Elijah Miguel Smith

Christopher Porter Murphy

Amber Marie Cooper

Katelyn Renee' Curry
Gregory Ricardo Curry and Do

Rachel Elisabeth Lafontaine

Amber Marie Cooper
Jonathan Lewis and Stephanie Marie Cooper, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Amber Marie Cooper, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Janie Bailey of Augusta and Stephen Johnson of Grovetown.

Tyler Denzel Brunson

Garrett Wade Wright
Jerry and Christie Wright of Beech Island announce the birth of a son, Garrett Wade Wright, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Bobby and Ann Hollowell of Burnettown and Mr. and Mrs. Grace Wright of Beech Island.

Haylie Marie Pittard

Eva Sue Catherine Woods
Carl C. and Ann M. Woods of

Melanie Ruth McNutt

Brayden Michael Collett
Mr. and Mrs. Sean Collett of Evans

Garrett Wade Wright

Chasey Carlisa Walker
David C. Walker Jr. and Lisa A. Creswell, both of Augusta, announce the b

Chasey Carlisa Walker

Rhys Jones Thomas
Jennifer Leigh Thomas of North Augusta announces the birth of a son, Rhys Jones Thomas, Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Cliff Thomas and Jamie Thomas, both of North Augusta.

Eliana Annaias Faison

Elijah Miguel Smith
Tonja Smith of Augusta announces the birth of a son, Elijah Miguel Smith, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Mirtza Smith and Bryant Smith, both of Augusta.

Jack Cohlan Sanders

Myles Lee Shirey
Mr. and Mrs. Steven A. Shirey of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Myles Lee Shirey, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Larry Cotney of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Shirey of Augusta.

Brayden Michael Collett

Jordan Thomas Sanders

Myles Lee Shirey

Jack Cohlan Sanders
Mr. and Mrs. G

Rhys Jones Thomas

Gabriella Lee Sanchez
Gaud

Annalise Ruth Rucker

Annalise Ruth Rucker
Chris and Jennifer Rucker of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Annalise Ruth Rucker, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Pound of Marietta, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. John T. Rucker Jr. of Augusta.

Richard Mixon Welsh Jr.

Cassandra Reyes
Guillermo and Margarita Reyes of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Cassandra Reyes, Monday, Jan. 27, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roberto De Los Santos and Mr. and Mrs. Jose Reyes, all of Monterrey, Mexico.

Riley Christopher Hardy

Haylie Marie Pittard
Troy Pittard and Bonnie Kitchens, both of Thomson, announce the birth of a daughter, Haylie Marie Pittard, Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mary Kitchens of Augusta and Gary and Alta Pittard of Appling.

Zoe Maya Henley

Tyler Denzel Brunson
Roenzer and Tess Brunson of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Tyler Denzel Brunson, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Kenneth and Mary Taylor of Columbus, Ga., and Helen Brunson of Richmond, Va.

Galen Kent Davis

Brayden Parker Nardi
Tim and Heather Nardi of Eastman, G

Madison Celestina Almodovar

Christopher Porter Murphy
Ian and Rebecca Murphy of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Christopher Port

Cassandra Reyes

Melanie Ruth McNutt
Michael and Ruth McNutt of Harlem announce the birth of a daughter, Melanie Ruth McNutt, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George Wells of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. David McNutt of Grovetown.

Leroy Anthony Laird Jr.

Luci Bridges Marchant
Wayne Patrick and Amy Leig

Luci Bridges Marchant

Alicia Leeann Leonard
Leslie Joseph Leonard and Megan Marie Francisco, both of Evan

Eva Sue Catherine Woods

Rachel Elisabeth Lafontaine
Mr. and Mrs. Dav

Brayden Parker Nardi

Madison Reese Knoblauch
Mikael and Tanja Knoblauch

Gabriella Lee Sanchez

Leroy Anthony Laird Jr.
Leroy Anthony Laird Sr. and Melissa Ann Cooper, both of Warre

Alicia Leeann Leonard

Richard Mixon Welsh Jr.
Richard

William Lane Findley

Zoe Maya Henley
Ronald Henley Jr. and Ieasha Watson, both of Augus

Katelyn Renee' Curry

Madison Celestina Almodovar
Juan Alm

Madison Reese Knoblauch

William Lane Findley
William M. and Tammy

Jordan Thomas Sanders

Eliana Annaias Faison
Shaaron Tenise Faison of Augusta announces the birth of a daughter, Eliana Annaias Faison, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Stanley and Elizabeth Faison of Augusta.

Galen Kent Davis
Michael and Candace Davis of Hephzibah announce the

Riley Christopher Hardy
Christopher Hardy and Shauna Stot

Police can't wear uniforms at murder trial
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.

Odds and Ends
DAWSON CREEK, British Columbia -- With wings stretched wide, an eagle made of lard watched over the food line in the Northern Lights College cafeteria.

Smoltz shares story with soldiers
A 1996 Cy Young Award winner who set a National League record by recording his 54th save Sept. 27 in a game against the New York Mets said he was "humbled and a rookie" Wednesday morning as he stood before Fort Gordon soldiers at a prayer breakfast.

New players face pressure to keep division title streak going

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 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.

Smoltz shares story with soldiers

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.

Newspaper offices to move in March

Truck rental owner keeps drive for work

Business briefs
RICHMOND, Va. - Circuit City Stores Inc. will cut about 4.8 percent of its work force as it changes how it compensates its salespeople and closes more repair shops amid a sales slump, the electronics retailer announced Wednesday.

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.

Truck rental owner keeps drive for work
When Ben Holmes arrived a month ago to help run his grandfather's truck rental shop, he found bank statements from 1987 and bad checks from 1962.

Two health concerns cut jobs
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Two Lowcountry health-related concerns have cut jobs.

Testimony ends in labor trial
COLUMBIA - The manager of a Wal-Mart store in Aiken reprimanded two employees who were trying to organize a union only after other workers complained, company officials said Wednesday.

Stocks trade higher on Cisco earnings

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.

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.

Stocks fall again on war worries

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.

Tax tips: avoid headaches, prepare taxes early

Tax tips: mail returns to the correct address
WASHINGTON -- As taxpayers begin to prepare their tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service reminds them that they may be sending their returns to a different service center than last year. However, those who received a tax instruction booklet from the IRS in the mail and use the labels included with the booklet can be assured that their tax returns will go to the correct address.

RV brings test to women

Stocks trade higher on Cisco earnings
NEW YORK -- Wall Street cautiously resumed buying Wednesday, as Secretary of State Colin Powell made his case to the United Nations to use force against Iraq. Encouraging earnings from Cisco also provided a lift.

Board details stance on legislative issues

Testimony ends in labor trial

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.

Two health concerns cut jobs

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.

Newspaper offices to move in March
The Columbia County bureau of The Augusta Chronicle and The Columbia County News-Times will move into new offices next month.

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.

Tax tips: mail returns to the correct address

South Carolina colleges list of signees
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- High school football signings at South Carolina colleges announced Wednesday (name, position, height, weight, previous school and hometown (when available) also includes NCAA affiliation:

LSU, USC get top recruiting classes

Small colleges look outside South Carolina
Coastal Carolina coach David Bennett is building a team from scratch that takes its first snap in seven months and signed 16 players on Wednesday's signing day.

List of players signing scholarships with small colleges in Georgia

List of players signing scholarships with small colleges in Georgia
ATLANTA -- The players who signed football scholarships with small colleges in Georgia on Wednesday, with player, position, height, weight, hometown (if given), previous school:

Small colleges look outside South Carolina

South Carolina colleges list of signees

LSU, USC get top recruiting classes
LSU and Southern California used a simple formula to put together the top football recruiting classes in the country: Keep the best players home.

Augusta State earns split with Armstrong

USC Aiken falls to North Florida

West Lake promotes from within

A sad ending

Welcome symbolism

Southern exposure
Sally S. Wright had stories to tell.

'Cedric the Entertainer' works hard at making variety fresh
LOS ANGELES -- A man washes his hair in the shower, a simple enough enterprise.

Study: Television shows depict more sex, but depictions are more honest
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Sex on television is heating up, but more TV programs are including the risks and responsibilities of sexual behavior, a study released Tuesday found.

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.

Documentary helps chronicle slaves' memories
Comcast and The Augusta Museum of History will join Monday to play host to a screening of HBO's documentary Unchained Memories: Readings From the Slave Narratives.

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.

In the know
If you thought talking on the phone in the car was dangerous, hold on to your steering wheel - more than a third of motorists in an online poll said they'd changed clothes while driving.

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.

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.

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

Photos capture cities' graceful architecture
Visiting Charleston would be a vastly different experience without the stately old homes that line the streets. And Savannah's residential squares are as much a part of the city's charm as River Street.

List of players signing scholarships with Georgia Southern
STATESBORO, Ga. -- The players who signed football scholarships with Georgia Southern on Wednesday, with player, position, height, weight, previous school, hometown:

Georgia Southern signs 21 prospects
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Georgia Southern hopes to keep its talent pipeline flowing, signing 21 players on Wednesday for another run at the Southern Conference title.

Georgia Tech gets nine players from the state of Florida
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey got most of the players he hoped for, even after the disappointing way his first season ended.

Georgia Tech's road woes continue
CLEMSON, S.C. - Nobody said it would be easy.

List of players signing scholarships with Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- The players who signed football scholarships with Georgia Tech on Wednesday, with player, position, height, weight, previous school, hometown:

List of players signing scholarships with Georgia Southern

Georgia Southern signs 21 prospects

Georgia Tech gets nine players from the state of Florida

List of players signing scholarships with Georgia Tech

I will believe anything until I see the fine print

Even without Woods, Pebble Beach is something to see
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- For the first time since he left Stanford in 1996, Tiger Woods won't be prowling the fairways and greens of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am's three gorgeous courses.

Arnie might tee it up - but not at Augusta

Big talent, big temper

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.

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

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.

Hawaii teen gets invitation to LPGA major
Michelle Wie received an invitation Wednesday from the Kraft Nabisco Championship to play in the LPGA Tour's first major after the 13-year-old impressed PGA Tour pros with her fluid swing and 300-yard drives.

Even without Woods, Pebble Beach is something to see

Hawaii teen gets invitation to LPGA major

Decision takes load off senior

Players are all smiles about their destinations

North Augusta tops local list

Judge allows James to return to basketball court

Prep basketball scores

Aiken outplays rival

Raleigh high school player sets record, but what is it?

North Augusta tops local list
The list of North Augusta alumni floating around the college football ranks reads somewhat like a local hall of fame.

Players are all smiles about their destinations
Perhaps the festivities for National Signing Day were symbolized best by Thomson offensive lineman Brian Brinson.

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.

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.

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.

Key developments concerning Iraq
Developments in the Iraq crisis:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Powell presents tape recordings and satellite photos to try to sway allies on Iraq
UNITED NATIONS -- Secretary of State Colin Powell, methodically making his case that Iraq has defied all demands that it disarm, presented tape recordings, satellite photos and informants' statements Wednesday that he said constituted "irrefutable and undeniable" evidence that Saddam Hussein was concealing weapons of mass destruction.

Iraq denounces Powell remarks before the Security Council
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi officials dismissed Secretary of State Colin Powell's anti-Iraq case before the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday as a collection of "stunts," "special effects" and "unknown sources" aimed at undermining the work of U.N. arms inspectors in Iraq.

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.

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

Columnist applauded for war views

Being called 'cowboy' not an insult

Restore old atmosphere of First Friday

U.S. should focus on human rights problems at home

Early-retirement plan ploy to cut jobs

Make a change: Vote for Mike Hunt

Propagate evil by redefining concepts

'Chronicle' should print both sides

Government agencies can become self-perpetuating evils

United States should quit asking permission from U.N.

Democrats give power to the people

We must pay for quality health care

Southern exposure

Small portions

Restaurant inspired creamy pasta dish

'Cedric the Entertainer' works hard at making variety fresh

Study: Television shows depict more sex, but depictions are more honest

Michael Jackson discusses his life in new TV documentary

Reality shows make for another red-letter week for Fox

Photos capture cities' graceful architecture

In the know

Documentary helps chronicle slaves' memories

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 learn road can be dangerous

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.

Across Georgia and South Carolina

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

Aiken schools notice effect

Youth minister charged in fight
A youth minister was arrested on gun-related charges Wednesday after a brawl at an Augusta apartment complex that police say stemmed from a feud with former church members.

Blood bag maker says substance is natural

City could double tax under bill
ATLANTA - Consolidated governments could push to double the local sales tax they collect under a bill sponsored by a handful of influential House members.

Author publishes guide to Georgia's historical roadside markers
ST. MARYS, Ga. -- Valerie Goddard used white cotton gloves and a Global Positioning System to research her first book, "Get Off the Interstate," which took her through the backwoods of Georgia's 100 miles of coastal counties.

Colleges wait for decision on bonds

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.

News you can use

"In God We Trust" license plates are ready

Attorney General bucks governor on redistricting

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 South Carolina

House gives key approval to employment bill

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.

News you can use

Grocery tax proposal stalls

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.

Correction

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.

Subscriber of the day

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
I DON'T KNOW if this is a rant or a rave, but Don Cheeks' intervention on behalf of an admitted child molester helps me feel better about his becoming a Republican.

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.

Work site learns new regulations on cranes
A new procedure for crane operations has been instituted at the Bobby Jones Expressway extension project after an investigation into a Jan. 15 accident at the site.

Convict must join registry for sex crime

Correction
An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about a man arrested and accused of leaving two children alone in a vehicle at Doctors Hospital should have said the 1-year-old boy and the 2-year-old girl were taken into custody by the suspect's mother, Frankie Barnes.

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.

City law muddles protest decision
The way the Augusta Commission cast its votes on a public-protest ordinance Monday afternoon left some political observers scratching their heads.

DVD debate is on roll

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -Mayor Floyd Adams has asked state lawmakers to repeal the term limit for mayor in Savannah's city charter, which prevents him from seeking a third term this year.

Writing test results thrown out

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Gov. Mark Sanford held his first "open door after 4" office hours for the public Wednesday.

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.

Olympian says spirit of protest remains
Tommie Smith has no regrets about raising his black-gloved fist in protest at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. He also says he thinks today's athletes would do the same, but money plays a more pertinent role in their behavior.

Across the area

Across the area
An Augusta man was arrested Wednesday on kidnapping and aggravated stalking charges after an attack on the mother of his child.

Across the area

Agencies fight for city funds
AIKEN - Two Aiken agencies with dramatically different plans are vying for $135,000 in proceeds from the recent sale of a city-owned house.

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

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of t he day is Dorothy Baxter of Augusta.

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.

News you can use
FEB. 6, 1953 AIKEN - The DuPont Co. contended yesterday that the petition filed recently by the American Federation of Labor to have itself certified as representing all operating personnel at the Savannah River Plant was untimely.

Police require convict on list

Rants and Raves
I DON'T KNOW if this is a rant or a rave, but Don Cheeks' intervention on behalf of an admitted child molester helps me feel better about his becoming a Republican.

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.

Aiken officials say boy planned school attack
AIKEN - For the second time this school year, authorities are dealing with an Aiken Middle School pupil who they say plotted revenge against classmates.

Olympian says spirit of protest remains

State suggests changes to Corps' drought plan
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' plan to lower flows in the Savannah River to preserve drought-affected lake levels upstream needs revisions to protect downstream interests, according to Georgia authorities.

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.

Mysterious debris found in Georgia town
CUTHBERT, Ga. -- A south Georgia man believes he found a piece of the space shuttle Columbia on his land, which is hundreds of miles east of where most of the debris has fallen.

Credit union robbed

Attorney General bucks governor on redistricting
ATLANTA -- Georgia's Democratic attorney general bucked the governor on a redistricting fight Wednesday, telling Sonny Perdue he won't drop a suit pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Boycott proposed over Georgia flag vote

Gov. Perdue continues scrapping predecessor's education plan
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue continued scrapping education changes made by his predecessor Wednesday and recommended a new chairwoman of the state school board.

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.

Education Department revises report card for 13 schools
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Parents will have to take another look at report cards for 13 schools across the state after the Education Department revised their grades on Wednesday.

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.

Sanford opens his office to public
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- People across South Carolina were eager to spend just five minutes with their new governor.

Subscriber of the day

"In God We Trust" license plates are ready
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State Rep. Lanny Littlejohn wants to see South Carolinians express themselves with the new "In God We Trust" license plates.

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

Jackson leads demonstration at County Council
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Demonstrators led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson pulled an all-nighter at the Greenville County office building where more than 200 people turned out Tuesday evening to show support for a holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Battalion gets ready to deploy

Savannah mayor seeks repeal of term limits so he can run for third term
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Savannah Mayor Floyd Adams wants four more years, but the law says eight is enough.

Panel OKs road-naming bill

Sanford opens his office to public

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

Practice test invalidates school's results

Judge jails doctor in fraud case

State suggests changes to Corps' drought plan

Budget pleases SRS supporters

City law muddles protest decision

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

Jackson leads demonstration at County Council

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.

Police require convict on list
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office will expect an Evans man to register as a sex offender because he pleaded guilty to sexual battery of a child, Capt. Steve Morris said Wednesday.

House approves predatory lending fix

Youth minister charged in fight

Less costly cleanup involves rocky bank

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

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.

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

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.

Practice test invalidates school's results
The Middle Grades Writing Assessment results for Riverside Middle School have been invalidated because of testing irregularities.

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.

Education Department revises report card for 13 schools

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mysterious debris found in Georgia town

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.

Work site learns new regulations on cranes

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.

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.

Signing Day sparks Bulldogs fans interest
ATHENS, Ga. - The Blind Pig Tavern started filling up for a special Wednesday breakfast at 8 a.m., but nobody intended to dine and dash off to work.

I will believe anything until I see the fine print
My trouble is that I like to read, even the tiny print on labels that most people don't care about. That is how I found out it's perfectly all right if I want to take a long drink from my toilet bowl.

NASCAR finds big audiences for night races

Hendrick signs Busch to contract

Wife of NASCAR driver accused of making threats

Q&A with Mark Martin
Q: You seemed to keep the title chase in perspective last year. Will that be your approach again this year?

Q&A with Mark Martin

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.

Wife of NASCAR driver accused of making threats
LOGANVILLE, Ga. -- The wife of NASCAR driver Brett Bodine was charged with making harassing phone calls and threatening a Loganville woman she suspected was involved with her husband.

Man dies behind wheel of car at Vegas racing school

NASCAR finds big audiences for night races
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - These are the easy days at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Only 200 of the daily calls to the ticket office are concerning the Sharpie 500, the race that shed new light - literally - on stock car racing.

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.

Hendrick signs Busch to contract
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - When Rick Hendrick sees something he likes, he's not afraid to go after it.

IRL hires Mears as driving coach and consultant

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

Critics question shuttle as sole ride to orbit

Hunt for space shuttle debris turns up nose cone

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

Memorials held for two astronauts

Two Texans charged in stealing shuttle debris

Russian cargo ship docks with International Space Station

Japan to keep astronauts off space shuttles until safety determined

Authorities crack down on shuttle looting, prepare to lift nose cone from forest

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

Bush leads solemn tribute to fallen astronauts

Lakers gaining ground in Western Conference playoff race
INDIANAPOLIS -- Kobe Bryant rolled his eyes as he was peppered with questions about a possible fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals.

Lakers gaining ground in Western Conference playoff race

USC Aiken falls to North Florida
In Jacksonville, Fla., North Florida pulled away down the stretch, sending USC Aiken to its 12th straight loss.

Augusta State earns split with Armstrong
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Augusta State scored the first 10 points of the game, then held on for a 59-55 victory over Armstrong Atlantic State on Wednesday night.

Lions hire Mariucci as coach

Mrs. Marion Babb    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Bernard Tanksley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Tucker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James L. Newman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Ravenal Bell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Minnie Morris    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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For Debbie Davis, finding a kennel to board her sheltie Dylan was a chore, but that was before she met Cecil Suggs.

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Ms. Donna Haddock    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Tucker    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Roberson    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Claude Astin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marie Griner    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jean Tanner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mazine Follin    (SUMTER, S.C.)
Mr. Cecil Suggs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Eddie Flournoy    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Claude Astin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lawrence Fletcher    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Troy Still    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. James Burnett    (MACON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Parrish    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Elinor Veatch    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Hugh Jones    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Bostic    (BALTIMORE, Md.)
Mr. Joseph Mandarini Sr.    (CLERMONT, Fla.)
Mrs. Virginia Boney    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Frances Martorello    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Travis Thompson    (LEVELLAND, Texas)
Mrs. Elsie Merritt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Ries    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Audrey Parsons    (GREENWOOD, S.C.)
Mrs. Ozella Swan    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Miss Anita Whitley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jesse Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Leola Williams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mattie Coleman    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Marion Babb    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Sgt. 1st Class David Mullins    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Stoddard    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Tessa Chavis    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mrs. Lillian Williams    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Paul Richardson    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Paul Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Virginia Seals    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
Mr. Q.T. Portwood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Sanders    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Sheila Carter    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Jane Rowe    (ALMA, Ill.)
Mr. James Burnett    (MACON, Ga.)
Mrs. Melvis Brooks    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Claude Astin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosalind Stewart-Paige (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mrs. Sheila Carter (EVANS, Ga.)

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Mrs. Marion Babb (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Tucker (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Elsie Merritt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Evans (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mildred Stoddard (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Audrey Parsons (GREENWOOD, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Williams (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Davis (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Larymore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elinor Veatch (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Williams (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. James Burnett (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Boney (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ravenal Bell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Travis Thompson (LEVELLAND, Texas)

Mrs. Elsie Merritt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sheila Carter (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Melvis Brooks (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Suggs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Featured obituary: Mr. Cecil Suggs

Mr. Joe Smith (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Hugh Jones (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Eddie Flournoy (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Tanner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lawrence Fletcher (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Paul Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jane Rowe (ALMA, Ill.)

Mrs. Ozella Swan (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Griner (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Sgt. Laurence Landis Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Sgt. 1st Class David Mullins (DEARING, Ga.)

Separate functions
You'd have to plead temporary insanity in order to go to bat for someone you think is a child molester. State Sen. Don Cheeks passionately insists he didn't do that.

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.

It goes without saying
If an alien creature came down from another planet and saw our street signs, he might think we worship politicians.

U.S. should focus on human rights problems at home
I truly enjoy your paper, especially the editorial page. It amazes me how little some people know of the history of black people. From our very inception to this country, we have been called or considered every name in the book - and some names not in the book. At times, we still are. Delores S. Williams, Beech Island, S.C.

It goes without saying
If an alien creature came down from another planet and saw our street signs, he might think we worship politicians.

'Chronicle' should print both sides
Once again, I am submitting a letter in response to the multitudes of letters supporting the anti-choice side of abortion printed in recent weeks. James Epps, Augusta

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

Democrats give power to the people
A lot of things get under my skin these days, but nothing more so than the blatant "classism," elitism and, though far more subtle, the racism which has come to define this once-great nation. The Rev. Dr. M. Allen Flowers, Augusta

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.

Columnist applauded for war views
I applaud Cal Thomas on his Jan. 17 syndicated column,"Bush should not be swayed by polls." With today's technology, it is unlikely an error would occur. However, with all things human, there will always be a remote possibility. Teresa Glackin Callahan, Harlem, Ga.

Early-retirement plan ploy to cut jobs
The early-retirement plan by the Augusta Commission is a gimmick by commissioners to get rid of certain employees, only to be replaced by the commissioners' buddies. This was the case before when they wanted to get rid of former Augusta Fire Chief Bill Maddox. John F. Pardue, 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.

United States should quit asking permission from U.N.
I am tired of the United States asking permission from the United Nations. Without the United States, the United Nations has no backbone or credibility. Charlie Bowles, Evans, Ga.

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.

Make a change: Vote for Mike Hunt
In response to Robert E. Boswell's letter on Jan. 24 ("Jody Rowland's experience makes him best candidate") about Jody Rowland being what we need as sheriff of Aiken County, I have to disagree. We need a sheriff who has an "open-door" policy to the people of Aiken County - not one who makes even his deputies schedule an appointment to see him. George C. Williams, Warrenville, 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.

Separate functions
You'd have to plead temporary insanity in order to go to bat for someone you think is a child molester. State Sen. Don Cheeks passionately insists he didn't do that.

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.

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

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

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

Holyfield plans youth center charity events around All-Star game

Overtime

Overtime

Tapia won't face drug 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.

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

Holyfield plans youth center charity events around All-Star game
FAIRBURN, Ga. -- Evander Holyfield has held a Main Event weekend to raise money for his charitable foundation for the past eight years. But the guest list is more impressive this year, as it coincides with the NBA All-Star game coming to Holyfield's hometown.

Overtime
Russ Morman, a member of the 1997 world champion Florida Marlins, will manage the Augusta GreenJackets in 2003.

Judge allows James to return to basketball court
AKRON, Ohio -- LeBron James was cleared Wednesday to resume his high school career, but he must sit out at least one more game.

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

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

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.

Raleigh high school player sets record, but what is it?
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Troy Mathis of Laurinburg Charter broke the North Carolina high school basketball scoring record that's stood for 53 years, but what the new record is has been called into question.

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 sparks Bulldogs fans interest

Signing Day is like Christmas

Astronauts' remains flown to military mortuary in Delaware for identification
DOVER, Del. -- Remains of space shuttle Columbia's astronauts arrived Wednesday at Dover Air Force Base, home of the military's largest mortuary, where experts will begin the process of identifying them.

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.

Two Texans charged in stealing shuttle debris
LUFKIN, Texas -- Two Texans were arrested Wednesday on federal charges they stole pieces of space shuttle Columbia that had dropped onto the countryside.

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.

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.

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.:

Authorities crack down on shuttle looting, prepare to lift nose cone from forest
HEMPHILL, Texas -- Recovery teams sent in a helicopter Wednesday to hoist Columbia's nose cone from an East Texas forest, and federal authorities charged two people with stealing pieces of the shuttle.

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.

Key developments about the Columbia disaster
Developments in the Columbia disaster:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wine buffs sour over Internet sales ban
ATLANTA -- Wine buffs are working to uncork 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.

Georgia fills needs, closes off state on signing day
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia didn't get to make a big splash on football signing day. The Bulldogs already had locked up most of their recruits weeks ago.

Georgia gathers mostly home-grown roster
The bad news for Georgia fans was that Ernie Sims chose to remain close to home.

Georgia gathers mostly home-grown roster

Georgia fills needs, closes off state on signing day

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.

South Carolina on upswing in final days

Summers chooses South Carolina

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

South Carolina on upswing in final days
UNION, S.C. -- The scene at Union High's gym Wednesday morning showed what kind of a signing day it was for South Carolina and Clemson.

Summers chooses South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state's top recruit has chosen South Carolina over Clemson.

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.

Police can't wear uniforms at murder trial

Odds and Ends

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

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

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

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

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

Iraq denounces Powell remarks before the Security Council

Powell presents tape recordings and satellite photos to try to sway allies on Iraq

Blix pleads for Iraq to produce evidence of weapons programs

Army's 3rd Infantry Division practices taking whole cities

British report charges Iraqis bug every phone and room of inspectors

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

Software can be annoying

Investigation of particles in donated blood continues

Researcher: Lean economic times may be good for your health

Wine buffs sour over Internet sales ban