Valentine Pops with tango beat
The tango - it's a music filled with throaty growls and blissful sighs, a music that both begs and teases. Romantic and raunchy, emotionally rich and technically complex, it embraces conflict and encourages love. It is, musically speaking, the personification of mankind's emotional complexity.

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JUST OUT: Sweet Home Alabama, Igby Goes Down, Formula 51 and Little Secrets

Applause calendar
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Standing ovations

Romantic movies have ageless quality
My mother has a boyfriend - an electrical engineer named Ray. I had always hoped that when Mom found love again it would be with someone who owned a movie theater or an

Laboring for 'Les Mis'

Fresh Thyme adds flare to Southern cuisine
With one of the most creative menus in town, Fresh Thyme Cafe in Surrey Center is a little gem.

Dancer fills Juliet's shoes again after four years

Dancer fills Juliet's shoes again after four years
Augusta dancer Julia Morgan is resurrecting the perpetually doomed heroine Juliet.

Applause calendar

At the Movies: 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'
For a romantic comedy, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" is surprisingly tolerable - and that's a ringing endorsement from a chick who loathes chick flicks.

Romantic movies have ageless quality

Laboring for 'Les Mis'
In the theater world, there are musicals, big musicals - and Les Miserables.

At the Movies: 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'

Emerald Rose's roots planted in Celtic music
Come Oscar time, Georgia Celtic band Emerald Rose will be in Hollywood playing a party sponsored by the semi-official Lord of the Rings Web site www.theonering.net.

Emerald Rose's roots planted in Celtic music

Celebrities show their artistic sides at First Friday
A project on Artists' Row has revealed a previously unseen side of some area celebrities.

Fresh Thyme adds flare to Southern cuisine

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

Valentine Pops with tango beat

Standing ovations
The Sea Island Singers blend cultural tradition with infectious musical mastery.

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At the Movies: 'Shanghai Knights'
There's this to say about "Shanghai Knights": Cast and crew tried with enormous enthusiasm to put on a good show.

At the Movies: 'Deliver Us from Eva'

At the Movies: 'Deliver Us from Eva'
Gary Hardwick has a rare and noble ambition among contemporary filmmakers: to explore the love lives of young black professionals in seriocomic tapestries that never ignore race but transcend it with their universality of theme.

Celebrities show their artistic sides at First Friday

Mini reviews

Reds beat Chen in first arbitration case of the year
NEW YORK -- The Cincinnati Reds beat Bruce Chen in the first salary arbitration case this year, and the pitcher will make $700,000 this season instead of the $830,000 he asked for.

Oglethorpe's life was a colorful one

Amber Marie Cooper

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

Eva Sue Catherine Woods

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.

Haylie Marie Pittard

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.

Cassandra Reyes

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.

Jordan Thomas Sanders

Brayden Parker Nardi
Tim and Heather Nardi of Eastman, G

Katelyn Renee' Curry
Gregory Ricardo Curry and Do

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

Myles Lee Shirey

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.

William Lane Findley

Luci Bridges Marchant
Wayne Patrick and Amy Leig

Madison Celestina Almodovar

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

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.

Rachel Elisabeth Lafontaine
Mr. and Mrs. Dav

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.

Madison Reese Knoblauch
Mikael and Tanja Knoblauch

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.

Richard Mixon Welsh Jr.
Richard

Riley Christopher Hardy

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

Luci Bridges Marchant

Madison Celestina Almodovar
Juan Alm

Katelyn Renee' Curry

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

Gabriella Lee Sanchez
Gaud

William Lane Findley
William M. and Tammy

Rachel Elisabeth Lafontaine

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.

Rhys Jones Thomas

Galen Kent Davis
Michael and Candace Davis of Hephzibah announce the

Eliana Annaias Faison

Riley Christopher Hardy
Christopher Hardy and Shauna Stot

Jack Cohlan Sanders
Mr. and Mrs. G

Alicia Leeann Leonard

Jack Cohlan Sanders

Zoe Maya Henley

Annalise Ruth Rucker

Madison Reese Knoblauch

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.

Jordan Thomas Sanders

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

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.

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

Richard Mixon Welsh Jr.

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.

Galen Kent Davis

Garrett Wade Wright

Gabriella Lee Sanchez

Tyler Denzel Brunson

Brayden Parker Nardi

Brayden Michael Collett

Christopher Porter Murphy

Melanie Ruth McNutt

Chasey Carlisa Walker

Leroy Anthony Laird Jr.

Elijah Miguel Smith

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.

Smoltz shares story with soldiers

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.

Two health concerns cut jobs

Testimony ends in labor trial

Stocks fall on sluggish productivity report

Sanford talks up tourism growth
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The state's biggest industry has a bright future and a new commitment from state government, Gov. Mark Sanford said Thursday.

Pupils win big in mock investing game
They're more likely to watch MTV than Bloomberg Television, but a number of area middle and high school pupils managed to turn a profit on stocks during last year's dismal bear market.

Stocks trade higher on Cisco earnings

Flight requests start to come in
With nearly a month to go before Continental Express starts flights from Augusta to Newark, N.J., and Houston, travel officials say they already are receiving requests for the service.

Newspaper offices to move in March

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

Flight requests start to come in

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.

Business briefs

Stocks fall on sluggish productivity report
NEW YORK -- A tepid productivity report gave investors more reasons to sell Thursday, sending stocks moderately lower and carrying the Dow Jones industrials and Standard & Poor's 500 index to levels not seen in nearly four months.

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.

Cost-cutting, not new business, lifts profits

Truck rental owner keeps drive for work

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.

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.

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.

Business briefs
Taxpayers who earn nonwage income, such as proceeds from selling a stock or interest on an account, should receive a Form 1099. It's similar to the W-2 form given out by employers.

Pupils win big in mock investing game

Cost-cutting, not new business, lifts profits
NEW YORK -- The jump in corporate earnings last quarter didn't come because there was a sudden surge in business. Much of it was fueled by cost-cutting across corporate America.

Tax tips: mail returns to the correct address

Duke routs Lady Tigers

Duke routs Lady Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Duke coach Gail Goestenkors never thought the Blue Devils would let last week's loss to Connecticut beat them a second time.

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.

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:

South Carolina colleges list of signees

LSU football recruits called best in nation

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:

LSU football recruits called best in nation
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Coach Nick Saban isn't calling this year's recruits the best in the nation. People who analyze that sort of thing are, though.

Small colleges look outside South Carolina

LSU, USC get top recruiting classes

List of players signing scholarships with small colleges in Georgia

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.

USC Aiken falls to North Florida

College basketball notebook

Augusta State earns split with Armstrong

The loaded gun

No to grocery tax

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

Southern exposure
Sally S. Wright had stories to tell.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report
Despite the cold weather, fish are being caught in Thurmond Lake and the Savannah River, with the only criteria being just how strong is the determination of each angler to fish in sometimes miserable conditions.

Fishing report

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or informatio

Wade carefully through garden catalogs
By now, you may have a growing pile of advertisements for plants. You might call them "seed catalogs" or "nursery catalogs," but there's no getting around it - they are ads. Their goal is to induce you to make a purchase.

Bark beetles feasting on millions of acres of pine trees
PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- Bob Lange could once look out the window of his hillside home and see nothing but miles of dense ponderosa pines.

Bark beetles feasting on millions of acres of pine trees

Cold damage can cause boxwood discoloration
Q: I see a lot of brown to bronze foliage on some of my boxwoods. I thought they were supposed to be evergreen. What is wrong with them, and are they going to die?

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.

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:

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 Southern

Georgia Southern signs 21 prospects

List of players signing scholarships with Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech gets nine players from the state of Florida

I will believe anything until I see the fine print

Even without Woods, Pebble Beach is something to see

Pebble surprise: Bright sun, clear skies as Sutherland takes lead
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- As usual, the weather was the talk of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am - only this year, it's the complete absence of rain, wind and gloom that's bedeviling pros and amateurs alike.

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.

Hawaii teen gets invitation to LPGA major

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.

Pebble surprise: Bright sun, clear skies as Sutherland takes lead

Woods to end two-month recovery at Buick Invitational
It's time for Tiger Woods to get back to work.

North Augusta tops local list

Players are all smiles about their destinations

Prep basketball scores

Judge allows James to return to basketball court

Jenkins County focused heading into playoffs

Prep boys basketball statistics

Prep girls basketball statistics

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

Prep players of the week

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

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.

Stars keep managing comebacks

Stars keep managing comebacks
DALLAS -- While Dallas has lost just once in its last 17 games, the Stars are concerned with how they've avoided the losses.

Force assembling in Gulf expected to reach 150,000 by Feb. 15
WASHINGTON -- The buildup of American land, sea and air forces in the Persian Gulf is accelerating, with two and possibly three more aircraft carriers likely to head for the region in the next few days, officials said.

NATO meets to discuss Iraq; pressure growing for allies to prepare planes, anti-missile units to protect Turkey
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- France, Germany and Belgium came under renewed pressure at NATO Thursday to lift their three-week resistance to the start of military planning to protect Turkey in case of war with Iraq.

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 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.

101st Airborne Division receives deployment orders
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- The Army's 101st Airborne Division received orders Thursday to deploy overseas.

Key developments concerning Iraq
Developments in the Iraq crisis:

Powell's case against Iraq fails to win over doubters
TOKYO -- Though praised for presenting a compelling case that Iraq is blocking weapons inspections, Secretary of State Colin Powell failed to convince doubters in other countries that the time had come for military action.

Powell looks for congressional support on Iraq
WASHINGTON -- As foreign leaders weigh his detailed indictment of Iraq's arms programs, Secretary of State Colin Powell sought Thursday to bolster congressional support for a possible war with Saddam Hussein. A senior White House official said the next 24 hours or so will be critical.

Turkish parliament meets to consider upgrading military bases for possible Iraq war
ANKARA, Turkey -- In advance of a parliamentary session Thursday to consider allowing the United States to renovate Turkish military bases, Prime Minister Abdullah Gul said Turkey had no choice but to back Washington in an Iraq war .

Key senator believes Germans will remain adamantly against war with Iraq
WASHINGTON -- A key senator on foreign affairs issues said Thursday he expects Germany to remain steadfastly opposed to the use of force to disarm Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Oglethorpe's life was a colorful one
Today he's the image for the newest statue in our town's newest park. But James Edward Oglethorpe, the founder of both Augusta and Georgia, used to be a man.

Bush administration raises terror alert
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration Friday raised the national terror alert from yellow to orange, citing a U.S. intelligence warning of a "high risk" of terrorist attack, senior administration officials said. It's the second highest level in the color-coded system.

American people should show Iraq that we are unified

Feels forced to support war with Iraq as 'lesser of evils'

Democrats give power to the people

Anti-war letter writer clueless

Tax breaks are not funded

Columnist applauded for war views

It would be wiser to wait on war

United States should quit asking permission from U.N.

Early-retirement plan ploy to cut jobs

'Chronicle' should print both sides

Make a change: Vote for Mike Hunt

Democrats should vote issues - not party

MPs nearly ruin wedding at Fort Gordon

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

In the know

'Cedric the Entertainer' works hard at making variety fresh

Documentary helps chronicle slaves' memories

Photos capture cities' graceful architecture

Southern exposure

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

Augusta Georgia: Augusta Lynx: 02/07/03
It's not every day that a former National Hockey League goaltender becomes available in the East Coast Hockey League, which is why Augusta Lynx coach David Wilkie jumped at the chance to sign Tom Draper.

Augusta snaps up goalie

NHL

Augusta snaps up goalie
It's not every day that a former National Hockey League goaltender becomes available in the East Coast Hockey League, which is why Augusta Lynx coach David Wilkie jumped at the chance to sign Tom Draper.

Weekly Lynx program taken off the airwaves

Lynx game night
FRIDAY: vs. Roanoke Express, 7:35 p.m.

Weekly Lynx program taken off the airwaves
SITUATION WANTED: Local minor-league sports franchise seeking sponsor and/or sponsors to support and help finance weekly television program dedicated to the sport of ice hockey.

Former Olympian speaks at Paine College symposium

News you can use
Feb. 7, 1968 Richmond County commissioners on Tuesday adopted a new policy that will provide taxi rides for some indigent patients instead of trips by ambulance.

City law muddles protest decision

Tri-State Crematory operator seeks to remove jurors
LaFAYETTE, Ga. -- A hearing is scheduled Friday on whether Walker County grand jurors should be disqualified from hearing evidence against Tri-State Crematory operator Brent Marsh.

BMW gives state park $100,000 for education, visitors center

Study finds some women UGA faculty paid more than men
ATHENS, Ga. -- An independent study released Thursday found no systematic pay inequalities between male and female faculty members at the University of Georgia.

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.

Dig believed to be 1700s commerce hub

Area lawmakers make stand

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A rant for the person who wrote in about the governor of Illinois commuting the sentences of the state's killers. I just want to point out that Gov. George Ryan is an ultra-conservative Republican, and the only reason he commuted the sentences of those people was to move attention away from the scandal that he has been involved in in the driver's license-for-money campaign. This is a similar tactic that George W. Bush is doing with the war on Iraq, trying to distract attention away from the economy, his close association with corporate corruption and his inabilitity to capture or stop Osama bin Laden.

State study unlikely for donor discount
ATLANTA - The state has no plans to study whether a driver's license discount for organ donors makes a difference in the number of donors, despite data from the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety suggesting there is an effect.

Correction

Olympian says spirit of protest remains

News you can use

Correction

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.

Youth minister charged in fight

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.

Crowd gathers to unveil Oglethorpe
Under gray skies and opened umbrellas, hundreds of schoolchildren stood alongside historians and dignitaries Thursday at the center of downtown's Augusta Common. What they saw unveiled was a statue one year in the making and more than a century overdue.

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

Board shrinks airport project
ATLANTA - After years of debate, the Augusta Aviation Commission might revert to the less-expensive version of its terminal plan in response to tight state and federal budgets.

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.

Correction
In an article about television home design shows that appeared in the Your Life section of Wednesday's Augusta Chronicle, The Associated Press incorrectly reported Nielsen Media Research ratings for the HGTV and TLC television networks. HGTV's average viewership rose 18 percent last year over 2001. TLC's viewership in 2002 was up 23 percent from the year before.

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

British lawmaker says founder's ideals remain
Since James Edward Oglethorpe served the people of Surrey, England, as a member of Parliament in the mid-1700s, 43 successors have followed in his footsteps and centuries have passed, but his work for freedom and social reform still holds purpose, said Virginia Bottomley, who serves in his seat today.

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.

Candidate approves of changes to patrols

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

Mysterious debris found in Georgia town

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.

Tri-State Crematory operator seeks to remove jurors

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.

Sanford opens his office to public

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.

Attorney General bucks governor on redistricting

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.

Practice test invalidates school's results

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Dig believed to be 1700s commerce hub
SAVANNAH, Ga. - After spending six months washing and carefully examining more than a ton of Colonial-era artifacts excavated from a Georgia Ports Authority site last year, archaeologist and principal investigator Chad Braley can sum up the earliest days of Georgia's frontier settlement in four words.

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.

Banquet honors chamber's choices
Standing before approximately 400 people Thursday night, Jenna Drenten couldn't help but giggle a little bit.

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.

Belair answer will come soon
ATLANTA - Columbia County can expect an answer in two or three weeks on the Georgia Department of Transportation's second look at the widening of North Belair Road.

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

Killer could be given new trial
AIKEN - If convicted killer David McClure Jr. is to get a new trial, the decision most likely will come within the next month, attorneys for both sides said Thursday.

Workers find old items

Police charge woman with lying
AIKEN - A woman who said she was the victim of a kidnapping has been charged with lying to police.

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.

Across South Carolina
SURFSIDE BEACH -Officials are in shock after the Surfside Beach police chief shot and killed himself while talking on the phone with the town administrator.

Co-speakers talk cooperation, Republicans try to heal wounds

Governor's task force offers suggestions to improve life
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Ideas including streamlining the appeals process for environmental permits and encouraging traditional neighborhoods such as those in downtown Charleston and Aiken can improve life in South Carolina, according to a report requested by Gov. Mark Sanford.

Perdue contends constitutional crisis looming

Across the area

Bill would put troubled DMV in governor's Cabinet
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- After months of complaints about long lines and poor service at the Division of Motor vehicles, a bill was introduced Thursday in the House that would make major changes at the agency.

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.

Co-speakers talk cooperation, Republicans try to heal wounds
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Two new House speakers sought unity from chamber members Thursday while Republicans tried to heal wounds from a months-long fight between rival GOP factions.

Across South Carolina

Governor's task force offers suggestions to improve life

Subscriber of the day

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.

Board shrinks airport project

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.

News you can use

"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.

Work site learns new regulations on cranes

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.

Police require convict on list

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.

"In God We Trust" license plates are ready

Police charge woman with lying

Across the area

Doctors tie obesity to genes, culture

Candidate approves of changes to patrols
AIKEN - The Republican challenger to interim Aiken County Sheriff Jody Rowland says he agrees with the recent announcement to reorganize the office's patrol services.

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.

State suggests changes to Corps' drought plan

Man wants EMS substation

Jackson leads demonstration at County Council

British lawmaker says founder's ideals remain

Education Department revises report card for 13 schools

Friend, teacher help choking boy

Man wants EMS substation
AIKEN - Although he's pushing 70, Proctor Bush has no health problems.

Bush administration raises terror alert

Across South Carolina

Bill would put troubled DMV in governor's Cabinet

Officials postpone decision on water

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.

Delta Air Lines to make its check-in process quicker
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines plans to spend $30 million to speed up its passenger check-in process at 81 airports by expanding its use of ATM-like kiosks and phone banks connected to reservation agents.

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

Report alters Cheeks' opinion
Sen. Don Cheeks said Thursday night that he would have acted differently if he had known that the child molester he defends had failed a polygraph given by law enforcement.

BMW gives state park $100,000 for education, visitors center
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A $100,000 gift from BMW Manufacturing will fund the renovation of 66-year-old building into a science education and visitors' center at Paris Mountain State Park north of Greenville.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Thomas Bailey of Augusta.

Report alters Cheeks' opinion

Officials postpone decision on water
Mother Nature can be such a tease.

GBI arrests one, seeks another in alleged diversion scheme
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested one former state employee and is seeking another on charges that they helped divert more than $3 million in state funds and property for personal use.

Coliseum nears manager hire
The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority took a giant step Thursday toward hiring a new civic center manager.

Perdue contends constitutional crisis looming
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue declared Thursday that the attorney general's refusal to obey his directive to drop a redistricting lawsuit puts Georgia on the road to a constitutional crisis.

Former Olympian speaks at Paine College symposium
Paine College students were challenged by former Olympic sprinter Tommie Smith, during the college's Black History symposium.

Friend, teacher help choking boy
Carson Faulkner won't be eating grapes anytime soon.

Workers find old items
If you thought there isn't anything left in an old department store after it's closed, guess again.

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A rant for the person who wrote in about the governor of Illinois commuting the sentences of the state's killers. I just want to point out that Gov. George Ryan is an ultra-conservative Republican, and the only reason he commuted the sentences of those people was to move attention away from the scandal that he has been involved in in the driver's license-for-money campaign. This is a similar tactic that George W. Bush is doing with the war on Iraq, trying to distract attention away from the economy, his close association with corporate corruption and his inabilitity to capture or stop Osama bin Laden.

Area lawmakers make stand
ATLANTA - Augusta legislators say they're not sold on a plan to allow consolidated cities to raise their local sales taxes another penny. They also told visiting community leaders they oppose giving the Augusta mayor veto power or returning to the old state flag.

Subscriber of the day

Across Georgia
ROCKVILLE, Md. -A Georgia priest was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday for sexually abusing two brothers while he was a student at a Washington seminary in the early 1970s.

Delta Air Lines to make its check-in process quicker

Across the area
Police have charged a church pastor and his daughter with disorderly conduct in connection with a Wednesday night brawl at Merrick Place Apartments in Augusta, authorities said Thursday.

State study unlikely for donor discount

Belair answer will come soon

Doctors tie obesity to genes, culture
As Paule Barbeau flips through maps of the United States on her computer screen, the red color spreads out with each succeeding year, engulfing the Southern states. On the 2001 map, Mississippi suddenly turns orange.

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.

Jackets taking lumps on road
CLEMSON, S.C. - If the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, the road to the NCAA Tournament is included in the TripTik.

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.

Weekly Lynx program taken off the airwaves
SITUATION WANTED: Local minor-league sports franchise seeking sponsor and/or sponsors to support and help finance weekly television program dedicated to the sport of ice hockey.

With RJR considering leaving, Winston Cup is for sale

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

Series' naming rights up for sale
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Todd Bodine wasn't surprised to learn R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. plans to withdraw its sponsorship of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. In fact, he wondered why the tobacco giant waited so long.

Hendrick signs Busch to contract

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?

Tobacco announcement adds fire to NASCAR's big day

Crow, Chesney to headline Earnhardt charity concert
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Sheryl Crow and Kenny Chesney are among the four singers who will headline the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert, a charity event being put on by Earnhardt's widow, Teresa.

Series' naming rights up for sale

Wife of NASCAR driver accused of making threats

Crow, Chesney to headline Earnhardt charity concert

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.

Tobacco announcement adds fire to NASCAR's big day
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The millionaires sat at their tables, discussing the latest business deals and how their portfolios might be affected.

Q&A with Mark Martin

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.

Andretti wants to race cousin in Indy 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- John Andretti has been given permission from his NASCAR bosses to run in the Indianapolis 500 this season, just in time to race against his cousin one last time.

Andretti wants to race cousin in Indy 500

With RJR considering leaving, Winston Cup is for sale
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Fast forward to 2008: Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for president, the stock market is at 12,000 and NASCAR's stars are racing for the Viagra Cup.

NASCAR finds big audiences for night races

Two Texans charged in stealing shuttle debris

Search for shuttle debris yields egg yolk, mudflap and more

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

Debris found by search crews yields no clues in space shuttle's destruction

NASA widens search for clues to Columbia's demise after retreating from foam theory

Shuttle disaster makes international space station dependent on Russia

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

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.

College basketball notebook
When it comes to rebounding, there's probably nothing as important as effort and desire.

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

Mrs. Rosalind Stewart-Paige    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Roberson    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Pauline Merchant    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Mr. Claude Astin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Rodney Gannaway    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Marion Babb    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Yolanda Roberts    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mrs. Ravenal Bell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lawrence Fletcher    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Parrish    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Edna Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. James L. Newman    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Melvis Brooks    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Leola Williams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Simonsen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Williams    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mr. John Powell Sr.    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Tucker    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Mazine Follin    (SUMTER, S.C.)
Sgt. 1st Class David Mullins    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Jesse Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Tessa Chavis    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Leonard Ledford    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Sheila Carter    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Bertie Hoke    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. James Burnett    (MACON, Ga.)
Mr. Marvin Davidson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Melvis Brooks    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Paul Richardson    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Martha Cooper Smith
From the time she began high school in the late 1930s, Martha Cooper Smith knew she wanted to be a journalist.

Mrs. Alberta Smalls    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Bernice Bonner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Tara Shaw    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Miss Anita Whitley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Ries    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Stoddard    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
SFC David Mullins    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Chimes Winfrey    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Marie Griner    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Leola Williams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Eddie Flournoy    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Williams    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Ella Evans    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Miss Anita Whitley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Coleman    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. John Tarver    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Thelma McDaniel    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Elsie Merritt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Cecil Larymore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Pauline Merchant    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Mr. Henry Isler Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosalind Stewart-Paige    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Herman Hartzog Sr.    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mr. Joe Smith    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. Lawrence Fletcher    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Ms. Donna Haddock    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Gladys Cartledge    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Bernard Tanksley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Ries    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Sanders    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Lillian Williams    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Stoddard    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Cecil Larymore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Q.T. Portwood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Sgt. Laurence Landis Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Claude Astin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Azeline Bailey    (SALLEY, S.C.)
Mrs. Minnie Morris    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Bernice Bonner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marion Babb (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Griner (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Williams (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mazine Follin (SUMTER, S.C.)

Mr. John Tarver (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Lawrence Fletcher (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Claude Astin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Tara Shaw (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Stoddard (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Herman Hartzog Sr. (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Eddie Flournoy (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. John Ries (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Alberta Smalls (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. John Powell Sr. (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ravenal Bell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Melvis Brooks (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Larymore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leonard Ledford (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. James L. Newman (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Chimes Winfrey (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Lawrence Fletcher (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Elsie Merritt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Larymore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertie Hoke (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Gladys Cartledge (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Leola Williams (AIKEN, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Martha Cooper Smith

Miss Anita Whitley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Yolanda Roberts (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Ms. Donna Haddock (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Bernard Tanksley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Evans (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Isler Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sheila Carter (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Merchant (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

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

Mr. Marvin Davidson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Parrish (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Rodney Gannaway (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Coleman (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Azeline Bailey (SALLEY, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Mildred Stoddard (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas Roberson (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Paul Richardson (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Melvis Brooks (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Simonsen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Tessa Chavis (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Tucker (GRANITEVILLE, 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.

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.

Anti-war letter writer clueless
Regarding the Rev. Michael Lubinsky's letter on Jan. 31, "War with Iraq would be immoral," how does he feel about terrorist wars on Americans and our allies all over the world? What would he think when another World Trade Center happens in the United States? How would he feel if they only attacked churches? He needs to get back down to earth and see what is going on down here.Billy Cooper, North Augusta, S.C.

MPs nearly ruin wedding at Fort Gordon
My niece had a lovely wedding on Jan. 11. The reception was held at the Gordon Club at Fort Gordon. Donna Orr, Harlem, Ga.

The loaded gun
If U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell didn't produce a smoking gun in his case against Iraq at the United Nations Wednesday, he certainly produced a loaded gun.

Feels forced to support war with Iraq as 'lesser of evils'
I am being forced to support the invasion of Iraq, and I'm angry about it. There is no question that Saddam Hussein is evil. He must be stopped from killing and torturing his own people and from becoming an intolerable threat to his neighbors. Andy C. Reese, Augusta

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.

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.

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.

Tax breaks are not funded
I read with much disgust how Gov. Sonny Perdue "will find money to continue funding a tax break for homeowners." Folks, we must understand this: Tax breaks are not funded! However, tax levies and increases are funded, and they are funded by the taxpayers. Bobby Ross, Augusta

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.

Democrats should vote issues - not party
Regarding the letter from Cynthia J. Smith on Feb. 1, "Democrat 'crossovers,"' my question is, when are all of the people like Ms. Smith going to wake up and realize that their Democratic leaders don't live like them, either? Jaime Gallagher, Keysville, Ga.

'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

No to grocery tax
A grocery tax is one of the most regressive taxes a state can put on the books. It digs deepest into the pockets of low-income working families who don't qualify for food stamps. They must spend a larger share of their money on food than more affluent families, so therefore they pay a larger percentage of grocery taxes on their income as well.

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.

American people should show Iraq that we are unified
The verdict is in, and it seems that Iraq has once again been found guilty. The question that our leaders must now face is how much more time should we allow them, if any, to comply with U.N. resolutions. Do they even deserve more time? Robin Carr, Grovetown, 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

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

It would be wiser to wait on war
Hawks in the Bush administration, who were already committed to "regime change" (war and occupation), saw inspections as a dangerous trap. They do not want to follow the U.N. inspectors' recommendations, determined to bring war in the region, and add to the suffering of the innocent people of Iraq and the region. Mohammad M. Ansari, Evans, Ga.

Hudson returns to past promise

Steward's latest prodigy to make his pro debut

Davis Cup: Blake carries Ashe tennis legacy

Overtime

Weekly Lynx program taken off the airwaves

Holyfield plans youth center charity events around All-Star game

Overtime

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.

Steward's latest prodigy to make his pro debut
DETROIT -- Emanuel Steward trained some of the greatest boxers of the last quarter century, including Lennox Lewis, Julio Cesar Chavez and Thomas Hearns.

Overtime
Lakeside's Grant Guthrie will sign a national letter of intent with South Carolina today at 1 p.m. in the school's conference room. The midfielder chose the Gamecocks over North Carolina, Virginia, Clemson, Furman and Notre Dame.

Hudson returns to past promise
When Jacob Hudson reached his corner after the first round of his Sept. 2000 fight, the North Augusta native was in agony.

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

Davis Cup: Blake carries Ashe tennis legacy
ZAGREB, Croatia -- James Blake is indebted to Arthur Ashe in many ways.

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

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.

Jenkins County focused heading into playoffs
MILLEN, Ga. - His team is 19-0, but Jenkins County girls basketball coach Joey Kirkland is just a little bit worried.

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

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.

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

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

Signing Day sparks Bulldogs fans interest

Jackets taking lumps on road

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.

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.

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

Shuttle disaster makes international space station dependent on Russia
KOROLYOV, Russia -- The Columbia shuttle disaster has handed Russ

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.

Debris found by search crews yields no clues in space shuttle's destruction
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Debris crews slogged through the fields and forests of east Texas in heavy rain Thursday as they searched for fallen pieces of the space shuttle Columbia that could reveal clues to its destruction.

NASA widens search for clues to Columbia's demise after retreating from foam theory
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- NASA is casting a wider net in the space shuttle investigation now that it has essentially ruled out a theory that a breakaway piece of foam may have caused Columbia to rip apart.

Search for shuttle debris yields egg yolk, mudflap and more
Burnt toast, a truck mudflap, egg yolk, a Chevy alternator - authorities collecting Columbia debris across what may be the world's largest accident scene are getting lots of calls about ordinary junk.

Kasparov, computer tie fifth game of chess match
NEW YORK -- Garry Kasparov, the world's top-rated chess player, and computer opponent Deep Junior tied the fifth game of their Man vs. Machine series Wednesday, playing just 19 moves.

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.

Satellite stalking removes victims' last option - fleeing
MILWAUKEE -- Connie Adams found it impossible to escape her ex-boyfriend.

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

Lady Bulldogs top Mississippi State
It took No. 17 Georgia 30 minutes to build a 10-point lead on No. 12 Mississippi State Thursday night.

Georgia fills needs, closes off state on signing day

Georgia gathers mostly home-grown roster

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.

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

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

Gamecocks fall to LSU

South Carolina on upswing in final days

Gamecocks fall to LSU
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Seimone Augustus keeps sparking a special season for Louisiana State.

Odds and Ends

Police can't wear uniforms at murder trial

Force assembling in Gulf expected to reach 150,000 by Feb. 15

Turkish parliament meets to consider upgrading military bases for possible Iraq war

101st Airborne Division receives deployment orders

Iraq denounces Powell remarks before the Security Council

NATO meets to discuss Iraq; pressure growing for allies to prepare planes, anti-missile units to protect Turkey

Powell looks for congressional support on Iraq

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

Kasparov, computer tie fifth game of chess match

Wine buffs sour over Internet sales ban

Satellite stalking removes victims' last option - fleeing