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

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

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

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.

Applause calendar

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.

Valentine Pops with tango beat

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

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.

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

Applause calendar
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Mini reviews
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Emerald Rose's roots planted in Celtic music

Romantic movies have ageless quality

Mini reviews

Laboring for 'Les Mis'

Fresh Thyme adds flare to Southern cuisine

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

Dancer fills Juliet's shoes again after four years

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.

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

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.

Video watch

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

Jaguars' pitching falters
As soon as Augusta State got ranked by Collegiate Baseball Magazine on Monday, it was bound to happen.

USC Aiken tops Carson-Newman
In Aiken, Mike Pomaville allowed four hits and one run in seven innings, and USC Aiken scored five runs in the third inning to give the No. 14 Pacers a win over the Eagles at J.H. Satcher Field.

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.

Jaguars' pitching falters

USC Aiken tops Carson-Newman

Oglethorpe's life was a colorful one

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.

Cost-cutting, not new business, lifts profits

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.

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.

Growth of consumer borrowing smallest gain since 1992

Business briefs

ANIC buys plots for retail use
Despite the number of ongoing investment projects downtown and in adjacent areas, pockets of dilapidated houses and overgrown lots are still common sights.

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.

Retailers add levy to sales
NEW YORK - Some major retailers this week began voluntarily charging online sales taxes in 37 states and the District of Columbia, a move that could reshape the way business is done on the Web.

In the know
College admissions officers know many high school students begin their college searches on the Web. That is why an increasing number are making their Web sites more informative and flashier, giving students and their parents a feel for what the school is like.

Growth of consumer borrowing smallest gain since 1992
WASHINGTON -- Consumers, coping with economic uncertainties, became more cautious users of credit in 2002, increasing their borrowing at the slowest pace in a decade.

Tax tip: pay your taxes over the internet
If youre going to owe taxes when you file your federal tax return, consider paying over the Internet through the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). EFTPS-OnLine is fast, easy, convenient, and secure. The government does not charge for this service.

Unemployment rate drops, companies start hiring again
WASHINGTON -- A seasonal hiring spree at stores, restaurants and bars in January fueled the first recorded U.S. job growth in four months, and the unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 5.7 percent. But economists cautioned the gains appeared to be on paper only.

City awaits new downtown

Stocks drop despite encouraging employment report
NEW YORK -- Investors brushed aside a better-than-expected employment report Friday, sending stocks to their fourth straight weekly decline as fears of war and terrorism again fed worries about the nation's economic outlook.

ANIC buys plots for retail use

Stocks fall on sluggish productivity report

Unemployment rate drops, companies start hiring again

Pupils win big in mock investing game

Highway expansion promises commerce

Flight requests start to come in

Stocks drop despite encouraging employment report

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.

City awaits new downtown
STATHAM, Ga. - This northeast Georgia town is poised to spruce up its downtown over the next few months, leaving the central commercial district more vibrant than it has looked since three manufacturing plants closed decades ago.

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.

Highway expansion promises commerce
Quantifying the benefits of the Fall Line Freeway isn't something you can easily do.

Tax tip: pay your taxes over the internet

Business briefs
More than 60 employers have signed up to participate in Augusta State University's job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the ASU Athletic Complex at 3109 Wrightsboro Road.

In the know

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.

Duke routs Lady Tigers

LSU football recruits called best in nation

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.

College basketball notebook

Rebounding drives Paine's turnaround

No to grocery tax

No more mandates

Mending fences

The loaded gun

Fishing report

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 tournament news

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

Bark beetles feasting on millions of acres of pine trees

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.

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?

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.

Georgia Tech offensive coordinator O'Brien resigns
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech offensive coordinator and assistant head coach Bill O'Brien, a member of the coaching staff since 1995, resigned Friday.

Zoeller disqualified after filming TV segment

McDowell, investor teammate disqualified from pro-am
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- The team of professional Graham McDowell and amateur Scott DeSano was disqualified from the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Friday for signing an incorrect scorecard.

Wadkins leads Champions Tour event
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Bobby Wadkins overcame back spasms over the final six holes to take a two-shot lead in the opening round of the Royal Caribbean Classic on Friday.

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.

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

Donation will not be affected
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta National Golf Club promised to at least match last year's $3.3 million in charitable donations despite not having television sponsors for the Masters.

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

Zoeller disqualified after filming TV segment
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Fuzzy Zoeller teed it up too many times Friday at the Royal Caribbean Classic.

Furyk edges atop crowded field at Pebble Beach
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Taking the second-round lead at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was a thrill for Jim Furyk, though it didn't really compare to the thrill of playing with one of his boyhood idols.

Prep girls basketball statistics

Prep basketball scores

Prep players of the week

Prep basketball scores

Prep boys basketball statistics

Jenkins County focused heading into playoffs

Thrashers rally to beat Devils

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.

Stars keep managing comebacks

Carolina dumps two-time all-star Kapanen
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The slumping Carolina Hurricanes began what could be a series of moves by trading two-time All-Star Sami Kapanen to the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday for former first-round draft pick Pavel Brendl.

Pittsburgh's Lemieux vents frustrations

Thrashers rally to beat Devils
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Marc Savard and Vyac-heslav Kozlov scored 15 seconds apart in the third period, and the Atlanta Thrashers handed the New Jersey Devils their first loss in regulation since Jan. 4 with a 4-2 win Friday night.

Pittsburgh's Lemieux vents frustrations
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins couldn't solve Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, which was frustrating enough. Mario Lemieux couldn't stomach what Brad Ference was doing, and his frustration boiled over.

Carolina dumps two-time all-star Kapanen

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.

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.

A war in Iraq would focus on Saddam Hussein
One lingering image from the 1991 Persian Gulf War was of terrified Iraqi soldiers waving their arms in surrender to an unmanned Navy reconnaissance drone as it skimmed overhead, videotaping the desert terrain.

For Iraq's neighbors, fear of war outweighs fear of Saddam
TEHRAN, Iran -- On the last stop of a tour of Iraq's neighbors, the Turkish prime minister made his priority clear: to avoid a U.S.-led war against Iraq.

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.

Three more Iraqi scientists interviewed by U.N.
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Three more Iraqi scientists gave private interviews to U.N. weapons inspectors Friday.

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.

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.

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

Some facts about Iraq's military forces
Some facts about Iraqi military forces, which once were among world's largest, with nearly 1 million soldiers at start of Gulf War:

Bush presses for U.N. action: 'Got to make up its mind soon"
WASHINGTON -- President Bush courted the leaders of France and China on Friday in an uphill struggle to win U.N. backing for war with Iraq. "The U.N. Security Council has got to make up its mind soon as to whether or not its word means anything," he said.

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 .

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.

Sanford will choose governor role over Reserves

'Chronicle,' churches fail to set moral atmosphere

It would be wiser to wait on war

Anti-war letter writer clueless

American people should show Iraq that we are unified

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

Infuriated by Republican letter

MPs nearly ruin wedding at Fort Gordon

'Affirmative access' just racist code words

Tax breaks are not funded

Democrats should vote issues - not party

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.

Lynx game report

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.

Lynx game night
WORTH NOTING: Snakes are unbeaten (2-0-1) since Roberto took over as coach for Bruce Garber, who resigned Jan. 27 with the team on an 0-9-2 slide

NHL

Depleted bench hampers Augusta
Already facing depth issues at forward, the Augusta Lynx bench is even thinner now with rookie Jeff Szwez called up by the AHL's Binghamton Senators following Friday's game against Roanoke.

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

Lynx lose in goalie's first game
Two bad breaks cost former NHL goalie Tom Draper a victory in his debut for the Augusta Lynx, but the 36-year-old veteran's performance left his new teammates brimming with optimism after a 2-1 overtime loss to the Roanoke Express.

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.

Lynx game report
STAR OF THE GAME: Forward Dan Carlson netted both goals for the Express, his 24th and 25th of the season.

Lynx lose in goalie's first game

Weekly Lynx program taken off the airwaves

Depleted bench hampers Augusta

Lynx game night

Augusta snaps up goalie

Police charge woman with lying

Edwards camp spending in S.C.

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.

Rawls sings praises of education at Paine
Using his famous silky-smooth voice, with out singing a note, Lou Rawls evoked collective "oohs and aahs" from about 1,200 people who watched him deliver a speech at Paine College on Friday.

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New laws hinder college life

Bush administration raises terror alert

Atlanta judge rules bars allowed to serve alcohol on Sunday

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

Junior ROTC programs gain ground

Rants and Raves
RIVER WATCH PARKWAY needs to remain the same name. It draws attention to the Augusta Canal National Heritage area and the river. Jack Connell Parkway would not do this. Citizens were allowed to submit names, and the DOT did a fine job selecting the name change from Murray Road.

Facility to lose head of waste

Man wants EMS substation

Pupils celebrate state's birthday

Co-speakers talk cooperation, Republicans try to heal wounds

ASU office updates tracking systems

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.

Police find missing airplane in S.C.

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.

Officials document decline in incidents

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.

Pupils celebrate state's birthday

Cheeks admits lobbying effort

News you can use

California panel allows start of shipment to South Carolina
In a decision its executive director characterized as "very contentious," the California Coastal Commission voted 7-5 Friday to allow the shipment of a decommissioned nuclear reactor down the state's coastline.

Across Georgia

Correction

New lawyer joins Perdue fight

Candidate approves of changes to patrols

Across the area

Belair answer will come soon

Boy suffers dog attack

Bill would put troubled DMV in governor's Cabinet

California panel allows start of shipment to South Carolina

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.

Pupils celebrate state's birthday
James Oglethorpe, Mary Musgrove, Tomo-Chichi and a host of other famous Georgians gathered in downtown Augusta on Friday to celebrate Georgia's 270th birthday.

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.

Across the area
A Thomson man was arrested early Friday at Kinko's on Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway after employees reported damage to the store restroom.

Tourism must overcome challenges for continued success

Junior ROTC programs gain ground
ATHENS, Ga. - For Sabrina Kinsey, Junior ROTC is just the first step.

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.

News you can use
FEB. 8, 1967 Picketing against a North Augusta supermarket was ordered halted yesterday by Richmond Superior Court Judge Wesley Killebrew.

Former Olympian speaks at Paine College symposium

New laws hinder college life
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia graduate student Mawar Tresna does not enjoy the pressure placed on international students these days.

The picture of dental health

Cheeks admits lobbying effort
Sen. Don Cheeks repeatedly tried to influence the prosecution of a man accused of child molestation, he and District Attorney Danny Craig now admit.

Lawmakers often salute constituents

Officials document decline in incidents
The Aiken County woman simply wanted to help a squirrel that had been injured in the road.

City tackles equal opportunity

New lawyer joins Perdue fight
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue switched lawyers Friday in his dispute with the attorney general. His original pick bowed out because his law firm does a lot of business with the state.

Facility to lose head of waste
AIKEN - No matter where they put him, Stephen Piccolo's talents are going to waste.

Atlanta judge rules bars allowed to serve alcohol on Sunday
ATLANTA -- A judge invalidated a law that prohibits bars in Atlanta from selling alcohol on Sunday.

Delta Air Lines to make its check-in process quicker

Police find missing airplane in S.C.
FLORENCE, S.C. -- All three people on a small plane died when the aircraft crashed in some woods near the Darlington-Florence county border, state wildlife officials said.

Workers find old items

Edwards camp spending in S.C.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards says he supports the NAACP's economic boycott of South Carolina to protest the flying of the Confederate flag on the Statehouse grounds.

British lawmaker says founder's ideals remain

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.

Across Georgia

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

Doctors tie obesity to genes, culture

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.

Across the area

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.

Perdue contends constitutional crisis looming

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.

Report alters Cheeks' opinion

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.

News you can use

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.

Friend, teacher help choking boy

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.

Dig believed to be 1700s commerce hub

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Woman dies fleeing from police

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

Across South Carolina
CHESTER -A Chester County jail officer has been arrested on charges that he had sex with a female prisoner last summer while on duty.

ASU office updates tracking systems
Recent changes in the federal Patriot Act are expected to make it easier for colleges and universities to track international students at Augusta State University and other schools, officials say.

Board shrinks airport project

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.

Tourism must overcome challenges for continued success
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- South Carolina's travel and tourism industry must overcome challenges in the upcoming year to keep growing, officials from the state Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department said Friday.

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

UGA reveals layoff solution

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.

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

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.

UGA reveals layoff solution
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia could avoid layoffs by leaving 640 currently vacant positions unfilled and assigning heavier teaching loads to faculty - if there are no more state-mandated budget cuts.

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
RIVER WATCH PARKWAY needs to remain the same name. It draws attention to the Augusta Canal National Heritage area and the river. Jack Connell Parkway would not do this. Citizens were allowed to submit names, and the DOT did a fine job selecting the name change from Murray Road.

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.

Boy suffers dog attack
Before 3-year-old Gage Wright goes out to play, he always asks his father a question.

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

Pupils celebrate state's birthday
James Oglethorpe, Mary Musgrove, Tomo-Chichi and a host of other famous Georgians gathered in downtown Augusta on Friday to celebrate Georgia's 270th birthday.

Woman dies fleeing from police
A woman was killed Friday after she led police on a low-speed chase from South Carolina to Richmond County, ditched her vehicle then jumped from a bridge on River Watch Parkway.

City plans hearing on equal opportunity
The same piece of legislation that set up Augusta's consolidated government in 1995 also provided for city officials to encourage equal employment opportunities and minority business development.

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

Man forgets snake in hotel room
AIKEN - Rita Mistry thought she was just cleaning up after another customer.

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.

Tri-State Crematory operator seeks to remove jurors

Lawmakers often salute constituents
ATLANTA - They set the state budget, create new laws and uphold the Constitution of Georgia. But the General Assembly is also proud of the Georgia Watermelon Queen and wants Eagle Scouts, high school football champions and hometown TV stars to know they've done a good job.

Area lawmakers make stand

Governor's task force offers suggestions to improve life

Across Georgia
ST. MARYS -St. Marys City Hall was flooded with calls after people received water bills that doubled the monthly charge.

State study unlikely for donor discount

City tackles equal opportunity
The same piece of legislation that set up Augusta's consolidated government in 1995 also provided for city officials to encourage equal employment opportunities and minority business development.

Witness in murder trial dies at home
A witness in a murder trial was found dead at her home Friday in what authorities suspect was an overdose.

Officials postpone decision on water

Across South Carolina

The picture of dental health
Michael Horstman, the owner of Equine Dental Services LLC, in Aiken, pries open Keystone Regal's mouth with a brace while working on the horse's teeth at McGhee's Mile Track on Banks Mill Road.

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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.

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.

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.

Tobacco announcement adds fire to NASCAR's big day

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.

Stewart loves racing at night

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.

Bodine family starts new year

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.

With RJR considering leaving, Winston Cup is for sale

Andretti wants to race cousin in Indy 500

Bodine family starts new year
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Brett Bodine's car won the pole position for tonight's Budweiser Shootout all-star race at Daytona International Speedway, but that wasn't why the middle of three racing brothers was upbeat Friday.

Series' naming rights up for sale

NASCAR collects signed substance abuse policies before track action
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR spent Friday collecting signed copies of its substance abuse policy from drivers and team members - a requirement before cars are allowed on the track.

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.

Stewart loves racing at night
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Tony Stewart is a Prince of Darkness on the NASCAR circuit because he loves racing at night.

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.

Spencer suing Ganassi for breach of contract
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jimmy Spencer has filed a breach of contract suit against car owner Chip Ganassi over his firing at the end of last season. The suit also accuses his former boss of sabotaging his racing career.

Spencer suing Ganassi for breach of contract

Crow, Chesney to headline Earnhardt charity concert

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.

With RJR considering leaving, Winston Cup is for sale

NASCAR collects signed substance abuse policies before track action

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

Shuttle disaster makes international space station dependent on Russia

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

NASA searching for secret communications device from shuttle Columbia

Workers who launched Columbia honor crew with service at planned landing strip

Search for shuttle debris yields egg yolk, mudflap and more

Earlier shuttle adjusted fiery flight amid fears of tile damage

Burk assures support to WNBA

Atlanta vigilant of terrorists for All-Star game

No surprise, Yao the center of attention
ATLANTA -- Yao Ming's commercials are popular, his story is well-chronicled in national magazines and on Friday the NBA's most popular rookie got his first taste of All-Star attention.

O'Neal: James has tough road
ATLANTA - The best players in the NBA were at the Hyatt Regency on Friday for All-Star media day, but for much of the day, the topic of conversation returned to a player who's not yet in the league.

Amare Stoudemire is one of the NBA's hottest rookies

Atlanta vigilant of terrorists for All-Star game
ATLANTA -- Authorities reassured Atlanta and its visitors Friday that the city will be safe during All-Star weekend despite national terrorist warnings.

Amare Stoudemire is one of the NBA's hottest rookies
ATLANTA - The Phoenix Suns played Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards in January, so Suns rookie Amare Stoudemire decided to ask the guru for some advice.

Payton, an All-Star again, with trade speculation swirling

No surprise, Yao the center of attention

Payton, an All-Star again, with trade speculation swirling
ATLANTA -- Gary Payton lounged in his chair and popped a potato chip into his mouth as a scene of All-Star bedlam unfolded some 40 feet to his left Friday.

Rebounding drives Paine's turnaround
WHO'S HOT: Jen Kennedy. The USC Aiken forward, averaging 8.5 points a game, has scored 59 points the past three games

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

Mr. Rodney Gannaway    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Corine Hankerson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Simonsen    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Alberta Smalls    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
Ms. Tara Shaw    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Claude Astin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Yolanda Roberts    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mrs. Johnie Faulk    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. John Ries    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Leah Hatcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Powell Sr.    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Leola Williams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
SFC David Mullins    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Chimes Winfrey    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Bernard Tanksley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bernice Bonner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Tarver    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mr. Lawrence Fletcher    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Pauline Merchant    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Mr. Rodney Gannaway    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Thelma McDaniel    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Bertie Hoke    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Leonard Ledford    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Frances Hill    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Rosalind Stewart-Paige    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Miss Anita Whitley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Cecil Larymore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Williams    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Herman Hartzog Sr.    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mr. Henry Isler Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bertie Hoke    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Rosalind Stewart-Paige    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. John Hymer    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Bernard Tanksley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Azeline Bailey    (SALLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Cecil Widener    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Henry Isler Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. LuNeal Wright    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
Mr. Nathaniel Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Eugenia Andrews    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Stoddard    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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.

Mr. Dan Watford    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Marvin Davidson
Marvin Davidson had one of the coolest jobs in town.

Mrs. Leola Williams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Melvis Brooks    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Acker    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Marvin Davidson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bernice Bonner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Raymond DiSanto    (SENECA FALLS, N.Y.)
Dr. Andrew Durden    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Gladys Cartledge    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Hattie Brown    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mr. Ulas Burgamy    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. John Powell Sr.    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Leola Williams (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Gladys Cartledge (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Brown (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Dr. Andrew Durden (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Lawrence Fletcher (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Williams (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Chimes Winfrey (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Ulas Burgamy (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Hill (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Dan Watford (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Acker (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Cecil Widener (JACKSON, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Corine Hankerson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Simonsen (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Marvin Davidson

Mr. John Tarver (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Johnie Faulk (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Bonner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Nathaniel Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. LuNeal Wright (TIGNALL, Ga.)

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

Mr. Cecil Larymore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Tara Shaw (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Martha Cooper Smith

Mr. John Ries (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Marvin Davidson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mildred Stoddard (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Eugenia Andrews (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Melvis Brooks (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Leah Hatcher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Bernice Bonner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernard Tanksley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Hymer (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Claude Astin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Bernard Tanksley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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.

'Chronicle,' churches fail to set moral atmosphere
Churches, newspapers, clubs and schools set the moral atmosphere in their communities, and The Augusta Chronicle and many area churches are failing miserably in their obligations to set a Christian atmosphere in the Central Savannah River Area. Why does one say that? James Walton, Augusta

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

Infuriated by Republican letter
The letter by Terry Smith on Jan. 16, "God will never bless Democrats," infuriated me. Since when did God appoint him judge and jury? Martha Croft, Augusta

'Affirmative access' just racist code words
The Republican Party's reaction to Sen. Trent Lott's, R-Miss., comments supporting racial segregation reminded me of the Old West wagon trains. When the wagons were attacked, they would form a circle to defend themselves against the enemy. In Mr. Lott's case, the Republican Party (led by President George W. Bush) formed a circle, but they sacrificed the senator by leaving him outside the circle. They didn't care that Mr. Lott's comments were racist because they only wanted to protect Mr. Bush's right-wing agenda. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Mending fences
Augusta's biggest infrastructure need isn't roads or sewers or streetlights or sidewalks.

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.

Sanford will choose governor role over Reserves
Whoever wrote the editorial on Jan. 29, "Sanford a true leader," did not make it too clear what Gov. Mark Sanford would do if he is called to active duty. Does this writer mean he would go on active duty and "trump" his duty as governor of South Carolina, or stay as governor and trump his obligation to serve in the military? Philip Monaco, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

No more mandates
State Rep. Bill Hembree, R-Douglasville, wants to memorialize the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, by impressing the importance of freedom on the minds of Georgia's school children. So he's submitted a bill to mark the week of Sept. 11 as "Celebrate Freedom Week."

United States aims to beat Argentina for third straight time

Steward's latest prodigy to make his pro debut

Davis Cup: Blake carries Ashe tennis legacy

Hingis indicates she's quit pro tennis

Overtime

Overtime

New Zealand skipper: hula hull is no golden bullet

Weekly Lynx program taken off the airwaves

Hudson returns to past promise

Overtime
Paine College will hold its homecoming games tonight against Voorhees College at Augusta State University's Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Hingis indicates she's quit pro tennis
GENEVA -- Martina Hingis won her first big tennis trophy at the age of 12 and wowed the world with her perfect style. Now, 10 years later, plagued by foot injury, she seems set to retire from the sport she long dominated.

New Zealand skipper: hula hull is no golden bullet
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Team New Zealand's revolutionary hula hull won't assure victory in the America's Cup competition, the boat's skipper insists.

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.

United States aims to beat Argentina for third straight time
MIAMI -- The United States seeks its third straight win over two-time World Cup champion Argentina on Saturday.

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.

Augusta boxing event postponed
Fight Night at Club Malibu Friday could have represented a homecoming for North Augusta boxer Jacob Hudson. Instead, Hudson and 500 fans who showed up to watch him were left wondering, as the event was postponed due to unbalanced ropes on the new ring.

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

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.

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

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.

Prep basketball scores
Scores from Friday's prep basketball games.

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

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

Falcons' Reeves to speak at gala
Dan Reeves is busy preparing for next season, but the Atlanta Falcons' head coach will take time out of his schedule to visit Augusta.

Clark: Rationalizations cannot fool God
I was a very young pastor when I met a wonderful old gentleman, affectionately known as Paw-Paw Jones. He had a lot of interesting and humorous stories to share.

Two Bible discoveries could be miraculous
It seems too good to be true, but two too-good-to-be-true archaeological finds about the Bible have popped up within less than three months.

Faith digest
A. Jaye O'Bryant, The Whitakers and Elvis impersonator Gary Jay will perform at 6 tonight at Mom's Country Kitchen, 1524 Gordon Highway. Doors open at 4 p.m.

U.S. presidents tangling with their religious denominations
President Bush and his father each have been at odds with leaders of their Protestant faiths over a potential war with Iraq, recent examples of what academics say is an often contentious relationship between presidents and their clergy.

Religion calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple-based activities in the Augusta and Aiken area. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. E-mail items to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle.

Jackets taking lumps on road

NASA searching for secret communications device from shuttle Columbia
BRONSON, Texas -- Debris crews combed an area along the Texas-Louisiana border for the wreckage of a secret communications device that allowed the encryption of communications between NASA and the shuttle Columbia.

Earlier shuttle adjusted fiery flight amid fears of tile damage
WASHINGTON -- Two years before the Columbia disaster, NASA safety experts fearing similar damage to delicate heat tiles on the space shuttle Atlantis decided it was "prudent" to adjust its return path to lessen danger during the fiery descent, according to internal documents.

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.

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.

Workers who launched Columbia honor crew with service at planned landing strip
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Thousands of workers who launched Columbia into orbit gathered for a memorial Friday at the landing strip where the space shuttle was supposed to return home.

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

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.

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

Researchers: genetic trait could be behind some congenital defects
A common and increasing cause of congenital heart defects may be linked to a growth factor that helps tumors spread, giving hope that there may be a way to treat it in the womb, said a researcher at the Medical College of Georgia.

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.

FDA urges more blood scrutiny as it probes possible contamination
WASHINGTON -- The government is investigating whether blood quarantined because it contained mysterious white particles may have played a role in health problems suffered by half a dozen people, including one who died, after recent transfusions.

Kazaa looks to legitimate arm for salvation
NEW YORK -- Two Guy Trio's singer, Evan Gamble, doesn't mind that bootleg copies of his band's "Shelby Sugarcane" are spreading on the Internet through the Kazaa file-sharing system.

Youths from tiny nation write controversial software
TALLINN, Estonia -- When Swedish software developer Niklas Zennstrom cast about for help in writing the Kazaa file-sharing software, colleagues raised eyebrows when he chose three unheralded youths from little-known Estonia.

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.

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

Gamecocks fall to LSU

Burk assures support to WNBA
ATLANTA - The head of the National Council of Women's Organizations assured the NBA players union Friday that her group is in support of its efforts to get a better deal from the league.

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

For Iraq's neighbors, fear of war outweighs fear of Saddam

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

Bush presses for U.N. action: 'Got to make up its mind soon"

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

A war in Iraq would focus on Saddam Hussein

101st Airborne Division receives deployment orders

Three more Iraqi scientists interviewed by U.N.

Some facts about Iraq's military forces

Powell looks for congressional support on Iraq

Satellite stalking removes victims' last option - fleeing

Researchers: genetic trait could be behind some congenital defects

Kazaa looks to legitimate arm for salvation

Youths from tiny nation write controversial software

Kasparov, computer tie fifth game of chess match

FDA urges more blood scrutiny as it probes possible contamination

Clark: Rationalizations cannot fool God

Faith digest

Religion calendar

Two Bible discoveries could be miraculous

U.S. presidents tangling with their religious denominations