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.

Jaguars' pitching falters

USC Aiken tops Carson-Newman

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

Need to drop a few pounds? Try the Perdue plan

Glavine talks about why he left Atlanta
His two Cy Young plaques hang on a wall in his study, one at the foot of the circular staircase in his 12,000-square-foot mansion.

Team gets its replacements

Team gets its replacements
Who will replace Glavine, Millwood and Moss?

Glavine talks about why he left Atlanta

Highlights of new rules and bebefits
The new 10 percent tax rate applies to the first $6,000 of taxable income for a single filer, $10,000 for a head of household or $12,000 for those married and filing jointly.

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.

ANIC buys plots for retail use

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.

Highway expansion promises commerce

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.

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.

Pilot hits hole-in-one with golf snack
BEAUFORT, S.C. - Mike Smoak, a pilot for a charter airline service, had the idea when he got hungry while playing a round of golf at the Country Club of Beaufort at Pleasant Point a few years ago.

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.

Business calendar
Monday: Not Just Coffee; speaker: Ron Cross, chairman of the Columbia County Commission; topic: Columbia County Commission; Evans Government Center Auditorium, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans; 7:30 a.m.; 651-0018.

Tax changes can seem daunting
Several years ago, Abram Serotta was teaching an Augusta State University class about business expenses and the fickle nature of the IRS.

On the move
Certified public accountant John William Demyan Jr. has been accepted as a partner in the accounting firm of Robert E. Harkrider Jr. The new firm, Harkrider & Demyan LLC, belongs to the American and Georgia societies of CPAs.

Business calendar

Proposals offer opportunities for people with a lot of money to save
NEW YORK -- President Bush's budget proposal includes new savings accounts that could revolutionize the way Americans save to buy homes, finance college educations for their children and fund retirement.

Highlights of new rules and bebefits

Increasing payroll deduction offsets year-end liability
If you're avoiding April 15 because you know it's the day you'll write a large check to the government for taxes, there might be hope for you next year.

On the move

City awaits new downtown

Pilot hits hole-in-one with golf snack

Unemployment rate drops, companies start hiring again

Employer spotlight

Stocks drop despite encouraging employment report

In the know

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.

Growth of consumer borrowing smallest gain since 1992

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.

Tax tip: pay your taxes over the internet

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.

Proposals offer opportunities for people with a lot of money to save

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.

Tax changes can seem daunting

Employer spotlight
South Carolina Electric & gas OWNER: The largest subsidiary of SCANA Corp. of Columbia, S.C

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

Voorhees ruins homecoming

Concordia-Moorhead guard breaks Div. III free-throw record

Coach reaches milestone win

Jaguars keep division lead

Lady Lions prevail in OT

Rebounding drives Paine's turnaround

Mending fences

Indecent exposures

No more mandates

In the know
Six big music retailers banded together recently to sell digital music both online and offline, and said they would lobby the recording industry to give consumers the flexible pricing and copying terms they really want.

Augustan releases new book of poetry
Augustan Beverly Martin Allen has released The Poetry of Life, a collection of her poems.

Alabama city claims U.S. origins of Fat Tuesday revelry
MOBILE, Ala. - An economic crunch and threats of war with Iraq haven't altered preparations for Mardi Gras in Mobile, which some historians say is where the masked cavorting began in the United States in the 1700s.

Home front
What do you call the ultimate TV-DVD-CD-VCR-hot-tub combo?

Collectors embrace Summerville home's past
When David and Alissa Bogorad began searching for a home in Augusta, they knew they wanted one with which they could get their hands dirty.

Thirty at 30
When Lynda Head of New Ellenton faced her 30th birthday, she panicked.

Make monogramming letter-perfect
Dear Carson: I have noticed that the "new" way that many people do monogramming is to have the last initial in the middle and the husband's first initial on one side and the wife's on the other side. Is this acceptable and, if so, on which side does the wife/husband's initial go? Thanks for your help. - Monogram Muddle

Georgia Southern tops ETSU
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Julius Jenkins hit a 3-pointer with 44 seconds left to put Georgia Southern ahead and propel the Eagles to an 87-83 victory over East Tennessee State Saturday night.

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.

Georgia Southern tops ETSU

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.

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.

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.

Wie starts strong vs. men
AIEA, Hawaii - Michelle Wie had them buzzing Friday at the Hawaii Pearl Open.

Morgan leads Champions Tour event

Morgan leads Champions Tour event
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Gil Morgan feels fine right now. Being atop the leaderboard tends to alleviate his early season aches and pains.

Love lunges into lead at Pebble Beach
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- It's been two long, painful years since Davis Love III raised a trophy. Back injuries, neck injuries, elaborate mental blocks and plain old laziness - Love has battled them all.

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.

Zoeller disqualified after filming TV segment

Love lunges into lead at Pebble Beach

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

Prep basketball scores

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.

Flyers beat Rangers
PHILADELPHIA -- Sami Kapanen scored the tiebreaking goal in his first game with Philadelphia and lifted the Flyers to a 2-1 victory Saturday over the New York Rangers.

Pittsburgh's Lemieux vents frustrations

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

Senators top Thrashers
OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators took full advantage of the extra attacker Saturday night, even when he wasn't theirs.

Thrashers rally to beat Devils

Flyers beat Rangers

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.

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.

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.

Iraq's 1980s war with Iran: from wealth to war debt
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- In a park near the Tigris River, twin monumental sculptures - with swords crossing high overhead, gripped in fists said to be modeled on Saddam Hussein's hands - commemorate the long, bitter conflict that the Iraqi leader proclaimed the Qadissiya War.

Blix, ElBaradei open new round of Baghdad talks
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- U.N. disarmament chiefs went face to face with their Iraqi counterparts Saturday in "useful" and "very substantial" talks to find out what Baghdad did with stores of anthrax, nerve gas and other forbidden arms.

After 12 years of sanctions, Iraq is mired in Third World misery
A poster at Baghdad's Saddam International Airport promotes a state-owned Internet company that promises to "place the world in your hands."

U.N. secretary-general urges peaceful solution to Iraq
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the United States on Saturday to work with other countries to avoid a new Persian Gulf war. He also warned Iraq that if it doesn't cooperate the U.N. could make "a grim choice."

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:

France fears Washington risks shooting itself in the foot
PARIS -- As war drums from Washington beat steadily louder, the French seem united in a way they seldom are. Saddam Hussein must be stopped, most say, but not by setting alight a global powder keg.

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

Key events in Iraq's history
Key events in Iraq's history:

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.

Need to drop a few pounds? Try the Perdue plan
OK, let's review. Sonny Perdue has been Georgia's governor for four weeks, and so far he's told state employees they won't be getting raises, state lawmakers they'll have to be ethical, and everybody else that they ought to get healthy.

'Chronicle,' churches fail to set moral atmosphere

'Affirmative access' just racist code words

Lincoln a 'Centralizer,' not 'Emancipator'

Infuriated by Republican letter

If Bush has his way, forests will suffer

Use of RICO will encourage abortion

Sanford will choose governor role over Reserves

Column illustrates why peace isn't likely

Medicaid cuts will compromise care

Collectors embrace Summerville home's past

Thirty at 30

Alabama city claims U.S. origins of Fat Tuesday revelry

Make monogramming letter-perfect

In the know

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

Lynx lose in goalie's first game

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.

Goalie leads Lynx to victory

Men O'War fighting two battles

Goalie leads Lynx to victory
With veteran goalie Tom Draper taking the lead and timely contributions in supporting roles, the Augusta Lynx finally might have found the cast to take them back to the East Coast Hockey League playoffs.

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.

Men O'War fighting two battles
When it comes to the future of the Lexington Men O'War, it seems only fitting to borrow a famous line from longtime horse racing announcer Dave Johnson.

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

ECHL slapshots
In his first two starts for Trenton, goalie Andrew Allen posted two shutouts, including a 5-0 win at Charlotte on Friday to run the Titans' winning streak to seven games.

ECHL slapshots

Lynx game report

Depleted bench hampers Augusta

Lynx game night

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.

City tackles equal opportunity

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While its population surges, town strives to keep closeness

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.

Museum features war re-enactors, play

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.

Across the area

New lawyer joins Perdue fight

Watchdog ponders subpoena powers

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

Parade celebrates awareness

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.

Taxpayer funds keep trickling slowly to city

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

Horse trial brings in money for Red Cross

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.

Elephants on parade

Legal woes plagued jumper

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Marion Vann is today's subscriber of the day.

Edwards camp spending in S.C.

Hospital says ex-employee took from fund

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Across South Carolina

California panel allows start of shipment to South Carolina

Parents, teachers fight for program

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.

Boy suffers dog attack

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.

Parents, teachers fight for program
Facing a no-frills budget that threatens to eliminate a foreign language pilot program, local parents, educators and legislators say they are preparing to flex their mouth muscles to keep the program intact.

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.

Forestry advice
The Georgia Forestry Commission is advising residents whether their homes are at risk of woods or brush fires. The free service is primarily targeted toward rural residents.

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

Watchdog ponders subpoena powers
ATLANTA - The watchdog appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue to ferret out fraud, waste and corruption in government is considering whether to seek subpoena powers to do his job. The idea plays well with some lawmakers. Others fear it could be put to sinister political ends.

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.

Tourism must overcome challenges for continued success

UGA reveals layoff solution

Junior ROTC programs gain ground

Atlanta judge rules bars allowed to serve alcohol on Sunday

Pupils celebrate state's birthday

Facility to lose head of waste

Giant flea market doubles as weekly treasure hunt

News you can use
City officials and a group of businessmen yesterday launched Augusta on what they hope will be its way to becoming the Southeast's greatest inland port.

Lincolnton's 'Mom' Lewis dies

Elephants on parade
The mighty foot of Whimpy the elephant touches ground when the Sterling and Reid Bros. Circus comes to town.

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Georgia campus houses nation's tick collection
STATESBORO, Ga. - Like a menagerie of tiny army men, 3,000 gold-covered ticks stand upright in active positions on dime-sized platforms. Nearby is one of the most complete repositories of written knowledge on the tick, dating back to Homer, 800 B.C.

Sheriff candidates offer views

Woman dies fleeing from police

Budget may brake road work

Officials document decline in incidents

Alarms often prove false

Across Georgia

Rants and raves
I THINK EVERYONE in the United States should boycott French wine. We make a lot of wine in the United States. Drink American wine!

Pupils celebrate state's birthday

Parade celebrates awareness
The Aiken Black History Committee's parade is in its infancy, much like the recording of black history in general, organizers and patrons said.

Across the area

Horse trial brings in money for Red Cross
Harking back to pre-World War I and the "old guard of Aiken's Winter Colony," the city's equestrian community was at work Saturday night raising money for the Red Cross.

Cheeks admits lobbying effort

Sheriff candidates offer views
AIKEN - The four candidates for Aiken County sheriff share a zeal for making improvements in communication and community service.

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.

Budget may brake road work
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation has been building highways at the most frenzied pace in the state's history.

Lawmakers often salute constituents

Giant flea market doubles as weekly treasure hunt
ATHENS, Ga. - As the weather warms, thousands of people will begin to pour from U.S. Highway 441 into J&J Flea Market, the giant indoor-outdoor market that stands in a pine thicket between Athens and Commerce.

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.

Hospital says ex-employee took from fund
ATHENS, Ga. - A Danielsville woman has been arrested on suspicion of using tens of thousands of dollars from the Athens Regional Medical Center's foundation fund on shopping sprees and a trip to Walt Disney World, authorities said.

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.

Taxpayer funds keep trickling slowly to city
ATLANTA - Even in a tight budget year, taxpayer funds continue to flow to Augusta from Atlanta, just a little more slowly. Just last week, Department of Transportation Commissioner Tom Coleman agreed to grant $630,000 for local road repairs.

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.

Rants and raves
I THINK EVERYONE in the United States should boycott French wine. We make a lot of wine in the United States. Drink American wine!

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

Across the area
A Martinez man accused of aggravated child molestation is now registered as a sex offender.

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.

Savannah robberies, homicides increase
Savannah police figures released Friday show that crime overall in Savannah decreased in 2002, while some violent crimes, such as homicide, increased.

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.

Across the Southeast
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -The 314th Chemical Company, an Army Reserve unit from Carrollton, Ga., will be called to active duty Monday.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Shortly after a memorial on the 35th anniversary of the slayings of three civil rights protesters by state troopers, Gov. Mark Sanford formally apologized for what has become known as the Orangeburg massacre.

Police find missing airplane in S.C.

While its population surges, town strives to keep closeness
Although some Hephzibah residents openly say they feel like the stepchild of Augusta, their town is a growing child, with more and more people flocking to what were once open pastures.

ASU office updates tracking systems

Alarms often prove false
Most alarms from security systems end up being false alarms, county records show.

The picture of dental health

Legal woes plagued jumper
A North Augusta woman who led police on a low-speed chase in Richmond County may have been worried about legal issues when she jumped to her death off a bridge on River Watch Parkway.

New laws hinder college life

Senator pushes to ban contact
Elected officials and board members who get government contracts may be no different from those involved in corporate scandals that rocked the business world in recent years, the chairman of the Georgia Senate Ethics Committee said.

News you can use

Museum features war re-enactors, play
At first, Chris Davis hesitated before proclaiming that Confederate President Jefferson Davis is a relative.

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.

Lincolnton's 'Mom' Lewis dies
Pauline Holloway Lewis, the matriarch of The Lewis Family bluegrass-gospel group, died Saturday after a brief illness.

Chairman says he is being voted out
The chairman of the Columbia County Republican Party said Saturday that members of the county's legislative delegation are working to vote him out of the top spot.

News you can use

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.

Learning how to attract a crowd
Of sense and sensitivities. Calling out deficiencies in decorum is not the most popular of subjects.

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.

Rocker immersed in racing experience
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Alice Cooper thought he knew everything about heavy metal.

NASCAR collects signed substance abuse policies before track action

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.

'Room of doom' awaits drivers
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Joe Nemechek posted the fastest lap Saturday in the final practice session leading up to pole qualifying for the Daytona 500, but that hardly makes him the favorite during today's time trials.

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.

Stewart loves racing at night

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.

Spencer suing Ganassi for breach of contract

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.

Rocker immersed in racing experience

With RJR considering leaving, Winston Cup is for sale

Earnhardt Jr. wins Shootout
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - When it comes to restrictor plate racing, there is only one all-star - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Teammate Earnhardt and Waltrip favorites in pole battle

'Room of doom' awaits drivers

Bodine family starts new year

Teammate Earnhardt and Waltrip favorites in pole battle
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. has established himself as a favorite any time he takes to the track at Daytona International Speedway.

Amnesty period for returning shuttle debris ends

Endless search for clues to disaster takes toll on debris teams

Mourners drawn to shrine at space center gates

NASA searching for secret communications device from shuttle Columbia

NASA still has more questions than answers

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

Earlier shuttle adjusted fiery flight amid fears of tile damage

Stojakovic wins another 3-point shootout

If they could be 'Like Mike'

Richardson defends slam dunk title
ATLANTA -- Jason Richardson won his second straight All-Star slam dunk contest Saturday night, using a soaring between-the-legs approach on his final attempt to score a perfect 50 and beat Desmond Mason.

Burk assures support to WNBA

First round of playoffs to go 7
ATLANTA - The first round of the NBA playoffs will switch from best-of-5 to best-of-7 this season under a tentative deal between the players' union and the league.

No surprise, Yao the center of attention

Rookie team falls to sophomores
ATLANTA - It seems like the NBA's rookies and sophomores are getting the hang of these All-Star exhibitions.

Atlanta vigilant of terrorists for All-Star game

Jordan's last All-Star game is Yao's first

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.

Richardson defends slam dunk title

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.

A significant All-Star anniversary
Fifty years ago, Don Barksdale became the NBA's first black All-Star, a significant step in the league's integration.

Having rivals as teammates a strange part of All-Star Game
ATLANTA -- Michael Jordan has seen enough of players and coaches verbally and physically accosting referees, and he offered some suggestions on how the confrontations could be avoided in the future.

It's hard to find a 7-foot Chinese guy
ATLANTA - Ready for a fun, new game? A contest that tests your mind, your strength, your skill and your flexibility?

If they could be 'Like Mike'
ATLANTA - The offer was declined, but on Saturday, Orlando Magic guard Tracy McGrady still was formulating a plan.

Stojakovic wins another 3-point shootout
ATLANTA -- Peja Stojakovic won another 3-point championship with a do-over Saturday night.

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.

First round of playoffs to go 7

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.

Having rivals as teammates a strange part of All-Star Game

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.

It's hard to find a 7-foot Chinese guy

Jordan's last All-Star game is Yao's first
ATLANTA -- When the ball goes up for tipoff of the All-Star game Sunday, Shaquille O'Neal and Michael Jordan will be watching from the bench for the very first time.

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

Amare Stoudemire is one of the NBA's hottest rookies

A significant All-Star anniversary

Voorhees ruins homecoming
Paine College has lost six conference games by five points or less. That gives coach Ron Spry reason to believe his Lions will create some late-season magic.

Coach reaches milestone win
AIKEN - USC Aiken rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the eighth as the 14th-ranked Pacers held on to beat Carson-Newman 8-5 at J.H. Satcher Field on Saturday, giving head coach Kenny Thomas his 100th victory.

Jaguars keep division lead
In Spartanburg, S.C., Augusta State stayed atop of the Peach Belt Conference's North Division with a 68-63 victory over USC Spartanburg.

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

Lady Lions prevail in OT
Selina Kohn walked away from the locker room with her head hung low.

Concordia-Moorhead guard breaks Div. III free-throw record
NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- Concordia-Moorhead guard Jamie Visness broke the women's NCAA Division III record for consecutive free throws Saturday after extending her streak to 64 straight.

Featured obituary: Marvin Davidson
Marvin Davidson had one of the coolest jobs in town.

Dr. Andrew Durden    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Bernice Bonner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Fuller    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. A.F. Osborne    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. James Faust    (SALLEY, S.C.)
Mrs. Diane Smith    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Edna Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Acker    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Nathaniel Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Leah Hatcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Powell Sr.    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Ms. Eugenia Andrews    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosalind Stewart-Paige    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Melrose Rose    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Bernard Tanksley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Cecil Widener    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Corine Hankerson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Raymond Cody Jr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. William Hawkins    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Ulas Burgamy    (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Dan Watford    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Rodney Gannaway    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Cecil Widener    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Doris Feldman    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Leola Williams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Jessie Pickens    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. LuNeal Wright    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
Mrs. Bernice Bonner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Hill    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. John Hymer    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Bertie Hoke    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mrs. Alberta Smalls    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Wayman Hyatt    (GREENSBORO, N.C.)
Mrs. Addie Vaughns    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. John Hymer    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Baqui    (MODOC, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Acker    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Ms. Josephine Castleberry    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Isler Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Inez Cothern    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Ms. Michelle Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Hattie Brown    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Raymond DiSanto    (SENECA FALLS, N.Y.)
Mrs. Pauline Lewis    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Johnie Faulk    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Bertie Hoke    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Corine Hankerson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lil Merry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Hill    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. Wayne Neal Sr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Lucille Odom    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Kenneth McKnight    (COUCHTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Edna Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. John Powell Sr. (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Jessie Pickens (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Wayne Neal Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. LuNeal Wright (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Odom (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Bernice Bonner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Corine Hankerson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Hawkins (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnie Faulk (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Baqui (MODOC, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Lillian Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Marvin Davidson

Mr. James Faust (SALLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Ulas Burgamy (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Michelle Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Wayman Hyatt (GREENSBORO, N.C.)

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

Mrs. Melrose Rose (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Leah Hatcher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Addie Vaughns (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Bernard Tanksley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth McKnight (COUCHTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Bernice Bonner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Diane Smith (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Nathaniel Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Corine Hankerson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Ms. Eugenia Andrews (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Hattie Brown (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Column illustrates why peace isn't likely
Dr. Hossam E. Fadel has presented the Muslim case well in his guest column on Jan. 31, "Understand roots of conflict in order to fully resolve it." This thinking illustrates why peace in the Middle East is not likely. Chuck Tatum, North Augusta, S.C.

Use of RICO will encourage abortion
The National Organization for Women has sued abortion clinic protesters, citing provisions of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act. Glenda Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Medicaid cuts will compromise care
Most nursing home patients (80 percent) receive care paid for by federal and state governments. The Georgia General Assembly is considering reducing funding for frail nursing home patients by $100 million. Martha Chandler, RN, Sandersville, Ga.

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

Indecent exposures
There has been so much official disinformation, distortion and misdirection surrounding the case of convicted child molester Bobby Clark Brassell that we've lost any confidence that the principals are telling us the truth.

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."

Lincoln a 'Centralizer,' not 'Emancipator'
In a letter to the editor on Feb. 2, Joaquin Godoy of Aiken, S.C., stated that he could not locate the name of Thomas J. DiLorenzo in any reference book. I find his book, The Real Lincoln, to be a refreshing look at the great "Centralizer," and not the "Great Emancipator." Anyone else interested in discovering the real Abraham Lincoln should check it out. Richard L. Smith, North Augusta, S.C.

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

'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

'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

If Bush has his way, forests will suffer
I applaud The Augusta Chronicle for reporting on the rollback of our National Forest protections in the article "Activist requests views on forests" printed Jan. 21. Patrick Parker, Evans, 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.

Six stars inducted into Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

Former Olympic champion finding his sport's popularity soaring

Argentina blanks United States

Hingis indicates she's quit pro tennis

New Zealand skipper: hula hull is no golden bullet

United States aims to beat Argentina for third straight time

Overtime

U.S. trails Croatia 2-1 after losing doubles

Overtime

Announcements

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.

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

Six stars inducted into Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
MACON, Ga. -- Kevin Butler, Josh Gibson, Gayle Barron, Wallace D. Childs, Dewitt Weaver and Anne Paradise Hansford were inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

Overtime
Second-ranked Augusta State shot 280-291-571 on Saturday and holds a six-stroke lead over No. 5 Florida in the Gator Invitational heading into today's final round in Gainesville, Fla.

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.

Announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

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.

U.S. trails Croatia 2-1 after losing doubles
ZAGREB, Croatia -- Goran Ivanisevic winced with each serve.

Argentina blanks United States
MIAMI -- Argentina felt right at home from the outset Saturday, even though the United States was hosting the game.

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.

Former Olympic champion finding his sport's popularity soaring
Like any good businessman, Tom Jager knows it's all about selling a product.

Program helps preserve proud bird
Georgia had 135,000 quail hunters in 1962. Today, there are fewer than 16,000.

Deer baiting back in Atlanta
A group of south Georgia politicians are making another attempt to decriminalize hunting deer over bait.

Outdoor calendar

Deer baiting back in Atlanta

Program helps preserve proud bird

Outdoor calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Learning how to attract a crowd

Mourners drawn to shrine at space center gates
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- One week to the moment space shuttle Columbia broke apart in the sky, a handful of mourners gathered Saturday outside the gates of Johnson Space Center and gazed at the mounds of flowers, teddy bears and cards left in memory of the seven astronauts.

NASA still has more questions than answers
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- One week after the space shuttle Columbia broke apart as it streaked over Texas just minutes from home, NASA still has more questions than answers.

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.

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.

Amnesty period for returning shuttle debris ends
NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- A three-day amnesty period to turn over looted shuttle debris brought in hundreds of pieces of the shattered Columbia, but officials said Saturday that people are still illegally hoarding the debris and at least nine could soon face charges.

Endless search for clues to disaster takes toll on debris teams
SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas -- "All right!" a voice booms from the trees. "Let's move out!"

Online games increasingly a place for protest, social activism
NEW YORK -- Gone are the days when playing video games online meant simply playing a hand of poker or battling your buddies to the death in a giant arena you couldn't control.

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.

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.

One less cookie a day could hault weight gain
WASHINGTON -- Could eating a mere 100 fewer calories a day improve Americans' health by fighting the weight creep that adds up to, on average, 2 pounds a year?

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.

Tennessee trip does in Dogs
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - For seven minutes Saturday afternoon, Tennessee forgot the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer wore orange. When the Vols figured it out, Ron Slay put on a show Georgia won't soon forget.

Tennessee trip does in Dogs

Gamecocks solid but not scintillating this season
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Jocelyn Penn had just hit two free throws and the Carolina Center crowd couldn't get much louder. The Gamecocks had come from 10 points back at halftime to tie No. 4 Louisiana State at 51 with 6:53 left to go Thursday night.

Gamecocks solid but not scintillating this season

South Carolina snaps losing streak

South Carolina snaps losing streak
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Chuck Eidson said the rims started to look big after South Carolina hit its first few shots against Vanderbilt Saturday night.

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.

Three more Iraqi scientists interviewed by U.N.

Blix, ElBaradei open new round of Baghdad talks

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

France fears Washington risks shooting itself in the foot

U.N. secretary-general urges peaceful solution to Iraq

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

A war in Iraq would focus on Saddam Hussein

Some facts about Iraq's military forces

After 12 years of sanctions, Iraq is mired in Third World misery

Key events in Iraq's history

Iraq's 1980s war with Iran: from wealth to war debt

One less cookie a day could hault weight gain

Youths from tiny nation write controversial software

FDA urges more blood scrutiny as it probes possible contamination

Online games increasingly a place for protest, social activism

Researchers: genetic trait could be behind some congenital defects

Kazaa looks to legitimate arm for salvation

Clark: Rationalizations cannot fool God

U.S. presidents tangling with their religious denominations

Two Bible discoveries could be miraculous

Religion calendar

Faith digest