Need to drop a few pounds? Try the Perdue plan

'Rat Olympics' must change name
LINCOLN, Neb. -- For now, it's being called "the event formerly known as the Rat Olympics."

Odds and Ends
NEW YORK -- The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree belongs to Gus the polar bear now, and some of his buddies at the Central Park Zoo.

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

Glavine talks about why he left Atlanta

Team gets its replacements

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.

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

Pilot hits hole-in-one with golf snack

On the move

Tax tip: don't overlook these tax deductions

Payday loan stores thrive despite crackdown

Going for the gold isn't necessarily best option for small investors

Tax tip: don't overlook these tax deductions
NEW YORK -- Like any other taxpayer, small business owners want to get as many deductions as they can and lower their tax bills as much as possible. Yet accountants find there are some obvious expenses that company owners often forget to list on their returns.

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.

Business calendar

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.

Don't let confusion about Iraq lead to investment mistakes

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.

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
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.

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.

Highlights of new rules and bebefits

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

Don't let confusion about Iraq lead to investment mistakes
Don't let confusion about Iraq lead to investment mistakes, planners say

Tax changes can seem daunting

Going for the gold isn't necessarily best option for small investors
Going for the gold isn't necessarily best option for small investors

Payday loan stores thrive despite crackdown
ATLANTA -- When Pam Sanson needed a quick $300 to pay the bills, she never expected her decision would cost her more than $900 in interest in just six months.

Employer spotlight

Lady Tigers get win over Maryland
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Freshman Amanda White scored a career-high 21 points to lead Clemson to a 85-67 victory over Maryland on Sunday afternoon.

Clemson falls to No. 9 Duke
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke smelled an opportunity to get back into the Atlantic Coast Conference title race and picked on a familiar victim Sunday night.

Voorhees ruins homecoming

Lady Lions prevail in OT

Jaguars keep division lead

USC Aiken loses fourth overtime game

Coach reaches milestone win

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

Back on course

Too much red ink

Indecent exposures

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.

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

Where are the brains behind 'Jeopardy!' from?
OMAHA, Neb. -- Each time "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek reads a clue that mentions Nebraska - and it's fairly often - he teases some staffers after the show.

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

Old-fashion dating services attract baby boomers
NEW YORK -- Internet dating wasn't an option for Jordan Stevens.

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

Television viewers flock to ABC special on Michael Jackson
NEW YORK -- More than 27 million viewers couldn't resist a peek into Michael Jackson's bizarre private life Thursday night, a number that explained why ABC fought a bidding war to air it.

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.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
It would be hard to make a film like "Unchained Memories" and not pack a punch.

Penn and Teller promote skepticism on their new series
NEW YORK -- For their new Showtime series, Penn and Teller chose a title that proclaimed their skepticism for such things as weight-loss products, feng shui and creationism; for end-of-the-world forecasts and the purity claims by bottled-water marketers; for ESP, sex aids and "second-hand smoke."

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.

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.

Jackets pull off ACC upset
ATLANTA - With his favorite player sitting just a few rows behind the Georgia Tech bench, Jarrett Jack produced a Stephon Marbury-esque performance.

Jackets upset No. 8 Maryland
ATLANTA -- Jarrett Jack got a chance to chat with his favorite player - then went out and played like him.

Georgia Southern tops ETSU

Jackets upset No. 8 Maryland

Barr's late birdie barrage lifts him to first Champions Tour win

Jaguars win fourth title
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Oliver Wilson shot a final-round 73 in damp conditions on Sunday to win his second individual title of the season and lead Augusta State to its fourth tournament victory of the season at the Gator Invitational.

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.

Barr's late birdie barrage lifts him to first Champions Tour win
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Dave Barr ended 16 years of frustration with one putt.

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

Love holds off Lehman for Pebble Beach victory

Casey wins ANZ Championship
SYDNEY, Australia -- England's Paul Casey won the ANZ Championship on Sunday, scoring six points for a four-point victory over Australians Stuart Appleby and Nick O'Hern.

Love holds off Lehman for Pebble Beach victory
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Davis Love III was right: Staying ahead is even tougher than coming from behind at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Morgan leads Champions Tour event

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.

Love lunges into lead at Pebble Beach

Casey wins ANZ Championship

High School Playoffs

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

Flyers beat Rangers

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.

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.

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

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."

Karbala at pains to show loyalty to Saddam
KARBALA, Iraq -- On the front wall of one of the holiest shrines of Shiite Islam hang two black-and-white pictures of President Saddam Hussein.

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.

Military developing 'loitering' and 'sleeping' weapons
NEW YORK -- They loiter. They sleep. They hide. And when an enemy sticks his neck out, they kill.

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."

Bush says Saddam deceiving, U.N. faces "moment of truth"
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- President Bush said Sunday that Iraq has fooled the world for more than a decade about its banned weapons and the United Nations now faces "a moment of truth" in disarming Saddam Hussein.

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.

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.

Legislators banked on few survivors to cover

Letter writer uses name of God to justify views

Column illustrates why peace isn't likely

Downtrodden need to help themselves and stay off the dole

Medicaid cuts will compromise care

N.C. fire raises specter of disaster at Crosscreek H.S.

Use of RICO will encourage abortion

Demos want to create a spoon-fed society

Forked-needle vaccinations for smallpox

Lincoln a 'Centralizer,' not 'Emancipator'

If Bush has his way, forests will suffer

Hire employees based on more than resumes

Television viewers flock to ABC special on Michael Jackson

Make monogramming letter-perfect

Thirty at 30

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

In the know

Old-fashion dating services attract baby boomers

Collectors embrace Summerville home's past

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

ECHL slapshots

Goalie leads Lynx to victory

Men O'War fighting two battles

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.

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.

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.

Students can't hide grades from parents anymore

Sheriff candidates offer views

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A RANT for the child who stands in the suicide lane on Peach Orchard to cross the street on the way to school. I almost hit the child. Please cross at the crosswalks. Next time somebody might not see you in time.

Killer storm remembered three decades later
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Those who made it through the "Blizzard of 1973" will never forget it.

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.

Charleston storeowners considering guns
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Clyde Burris has spent the past three decades doing the same thing - unlocking the doors to his liquor store, flipping on the lights and strapping on a .38-caliber pistol.

Issues will keep leaders busy

S.C. man accused of killings led quiet, simple life
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Long-time friends say it's hard to understand how a man who lived a quiet, law-abiding life for more than four decades is charged with killing two California police officers in 1957.

Man collects pieces of history with art
Most pieces of an art collection come with a story. Each of the works in Bruce Cameron's aviation-art collection comes with a little bit of history.

Fight brewing over high-power electric lines
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Several fights are brewing across South Carolina between power companies who want to string high-voltage lines and environmentalists who don't want to lose pristine views.

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

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

Charleston storeowners considering guns

Hospital says ex-employee took from fund

Subscriber of the day

Legal woes plagued jumper

Sen. Randy Hall says he's glad he's not like his predecessor

News you can use

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Georgia Power Co.'s plan to offer renewable energy to its customers has been submitted for the state's approval.

Parents, teachers fight for program

Taxpayer funds keep trickling slowly to city

Giant flea market doubles as weekly treasure hunt

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.

Arson ruled in fire that damages Baptist church in Athens
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Prince Baptist Church was damaged by fire early Sunday and another building on the property was destroyed in what state fire officials called arson.

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

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.

News you can use
FEB. 10, 1948 Steady rains that have plagued this area for the past several days turned into a driving sleet early last night, causing cancellation of some bus operations, all flights out of Daniel Field - and left fuel-starved Augustans facing another shivering spell.

Subscriber of the day
Michelle Crenshaw is today's subscriber of the day.

Man collects pieces of history with art

Lawmaker wants to give voice to needy
ATLANTA - Timing is everything, freshman state lawmaker Rep. Quincy Murphy said. And last year, he decided it was time for him to put a tenet of his grandmother's philosophy to work in his own life.

Arson ruled in fire that damages Baptist church in Athens

Newcomer to House believes in hard work
ATLANTA - One of south Augusta's new representatives to the state House is a former NASCAR crew chief who says his background, common-sense approach and hard work will pay off in Atlanta.

Newcomer to House believes in hard work

Event honors American Indians' role in War between the States
SALLEY - Beaver Creek Indian tribe members and Civil War re-enactors gathered in Salley on Sunday to educate the public about the role of American Indians in the War between the States.

Across Georgia

Tourism group applauds battle
AIKEN - Organizers announced Sunday that the Battle of Aiken has received the Governor's Bundy Award as South Carolina's most outstanding tourism event.

Measure may end multiple districts

Across the southeast
COLLINSVILLE, Va. -Relatives of a Henry County family found slain nearly six months ago are frustrated with a police investigation they say has apparently ground to a halt.

Issues will keep leaders busy
ATLANTA - After 12 days in session, the state House and Senate have debated only a handful of mostly minor bills.

Students can't hide grades from parents anymore
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Teachers across Georgia are throwing out those green grade books, which are known by students to contain the secret records of their grades, conduct and attendance.

Across the area
Police uncovered a large stash of guns Sunday afternoon while investigating a shooting at an Augusta duplex.

Sen. Randy Hall says he's glad he's not like his predecessor
ATLANTA -- Freshman state Sen. Randy Hall doesn't mind staying behind the scenes and serving quietly, with little confrontation with colleagues and hardly any media attention.

Horse trial brings in money for Red Cross

Soldiers calling home from Gulf get affordable long distance
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Across the seas in the Persian Gulf, it's usually difficult for soldiers to keep in touch with their families at an affordable phone rate.

Parade celebrates awareness

Families trying to put crematory victims to rest
NOBLE, Ga. - The 334 dead were supposed to be incinerated to dust, their bodies destroyed and the ashes handed over to their grieving families.

Watchdog ponders subpoena powers

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.

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
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.

NCWO's Burk makes her first trip to Augusta
Martha Burk munched on a catfish sandwich, signed autographs and scouted protest locations during her first visit to Augusta.

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.

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.

Subscriber of the day

Confederate flag remains political issue in South Carolina
CHARLESTON, S.C. - More than 140 years after the first shots of the Civil War arced over Charleston Harbor, the Confederacy's flag remains an issue whenever national candidates sweep through South Carolina.

Museum features war re-enactors, play

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Ruth Bolen of Augusta.

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

Across the area

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.

Lincolnton's 'Mom' Lewis dies

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.

Across the area

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

Across South Carolina

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

NCWO's Burk makes her first trip to Augusta

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 the southeast

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.

Killer storm remembered three decades later

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.

Families trying to put crematory victims to rest

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.

S.C. man accused of killings led quiet, simple life

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.

Event honors American Indians' role in War between the States

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.

Soldiers calling home from Gulf get affordable long distance

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

Lawmaker wants to give voice to needy

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.

Confederate flag remains political issue in South Carolina

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.

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A RANT for the child who stands in the suicide lane on Peach Orchard to cross the street on the way to school. I almost hit the child. Please cross at the crosswalks. Next time somebody might not see you in time.

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!

Participants have a nose for learning
Even Cupid might have learned a thing or two about the meaning of flowers at an Herbs of the South class Sunday at Augusta's Meadow Garden.

Alarms often prove false

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE -Two Orlando, Fla., residents have been identified as the passengers killed when a small plane crashed in Florence on Thursday.

Across South Carolina

Measure may end multiple districts
AIKEN - A bill filed last week in the South Carolina House could force Barnwell and Bamberg school districts to restructure the way they administer education.

Elephants on parade

Budget may brake road work

While its population surges, town strives to keep closeness

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

Rudd starting season with new team, new attitude
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Ricky Rudd needed about a month off this winter to clear his head. Now refreshed and rejuvenated, he's starting the season with a clean slate and an optimistic new team.

Rain spoils NASCAR's pole runs

Rocker immersed in racing experience

'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.

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

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.

'Room of doom' awaits drivers

Rain spoils NASCAR's pole runs
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The rain that washed out Sunday's pole qualifying for the Daytona 500 and the Goody's Dash 150 for compact stock cars provided a rare chance for everyone to stand still and talk shop.

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

Rudd starting season with new team, new attitude

Endless search for clues to disaster takes toll on debris teams

NASA still has more questions than answers

Amnesty period for returning shuttle debris ends

Mourners drawn to shrine at space center gates

Investigators trying to identify object spotted near Columbia

First round of playoffs to go 7

Foreigners reap league's rewards
The NBA truly is becoming an international league - and the foreign players quickly are establishing themselves as some of the top athletes around.

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

Stojakovic wins another 3-point shootout

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

West takes double OT win
ATLANTA - Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett scored 37 points and the West dominated the second overtime to lead it to a 155-145 win against the East in Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game at Philips Arena.

If they could be 'Like Mike'

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

West takes double OT win

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.

Foreigners reap league's rewards

A significant All-Star anniversary

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.

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

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.

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.

Fickle fans wait for a winner
ATLANTA - The banners hang everywhere: in local hotels, at the Georgia World Congress Center and all over Philips Arena.

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.

Fickle fans wait for a winner

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

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?

Richardson defends slam dunk title

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.

USC Aiken loses fourth overtime game
When the USC Aiken women went into overtime against nationally-ranked Columbus State, a sense of dread fell upon coach Mike Brandt.

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.

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

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.

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.

Mr. Raymond Cody Jr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Wayne Neal Sr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Cecil Widener    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. A.F. Osborne    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Roisetta Scott    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Lucille Odom    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Melrose Rose    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Wayne Neal Sr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lil Merry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ellen Smith    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Kenneth McKnight    (COUCHTON, S.C.)
Mr. Arnold Rizner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Pauline Lewis    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Bernice Bonner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Diane Smith    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Ms. Michelle Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Alvin Rhoden III    (CHARLESTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Edna Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Johnnie Kelley    (PARKSVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Acker    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Ronnie Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Hymer    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Alberta Smalls    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Wayman Hyatt    (GREENSBORO, N.C.)
Mrs. Elaine Scannon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bertie Hoke    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Ms. Inez Cothern    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances Hill    (BATH, S.C.)
Ms. Josephine Castleberry    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mr. William Hawkins    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mildred Baqui    (MODOC, S.C.)
Mrs. Corine Hankerson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Alberta Smalls    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
Dr. Andrew Durden    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Addie Vaughns    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Violet Green    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Raymond Cody Jr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Corine Hankerson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jessie Pickens    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Ollie Hayward    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Nan Hamilton    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Fuller    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Hawkins    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Doris Feldman    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Bertie Hoke    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. James Faust    (SALLEY, S.C.)
Mrs. Louise Jordan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Josephine Castleberry    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Lil Merry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wayne Bailey    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. A.F. Osborne    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Acker    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Lillie Cook    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillie Cook (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Corine Hankerson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. William Hawkins (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Melrose Rose (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Roisetta Scott (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Corine Hankerson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Josephine Castleberry (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Louise Jordan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Johnnie Kelley (PARKSVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Violet Green (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. William Hawkins (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Alvin Rhoden III (CHARLESTON, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Bernice Bonner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ollie Hayward (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucille Odom (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ellen Smith (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

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

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

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

Downtrodden need to help themselves and stay off the dole
Regarding Tim Kelly's letter to the editor on Jan. 23, "Bush's economic stimulus plan a windfall for the rich": I'm just assuming Mr. Kelly does know how to feed himself, but he obviously doesn't know how to do anything else. Charlie Connell, North Augusta, S.C.

Letter writer uses name of God to justify views
Tim Altmix's Jan. 29 letter, "It's up to us to mete out retribution," gave me many reasons to stop and pause. I must admire Mr. Altmix's zeal. That's where my admiration ends, however. Will Sansbury, Augusta

Forked-needle vaccinations for smallpox
I see that the people at Fort Gordon are using a forked needle to vaccinate for smallpox. Several pictures on television seem to show that they are going much deeper with the needle. The forked needle prevents this, so they deserve an "A" at Fort Gordon. Ernest F. Daniel, M.D., 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.

N.C. fire raises specter of disaster at Crosscreek H.S.
In 1998, a group of concerned Augusta citizens banded together in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the building of a new high school in the backyard of two chemical plants and close to the airport. Alan R. Jackson, Hephzibah, 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.

Legislators banked on few survivors to cover
Regarding the guest column by Robert S. Dudney on Jan. 24, "Congress, the administration should negotiate fair settlement": I re-enlisted in the Army in 1948 when I was 20 years old. At that time, mention was made of free medical care for life upon completion of a career of 20 years of honorable service. This was a good recruiting incentive, and it worked. Bernard Ramirez, Evans, Ga.

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.

Back on course
Pilots with good sense don't fly into dangerous weather when they can avoid it. They fly around the storms or return to their point of departure.

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.

Hire employees based on more than resumes
It has come to my attention over the past several years that our Coliseum Authority hires employees based on interviews and resumes of the candidates. The current top choice for Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center manager has held four positions in five years. He has not stayed at one venue long enough to establish a track record before he applies for and accepts another position. C. William McGahee, Martinez, Ga.

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.

Too much red ink
Congress is still working on the fiscal year 2003 budget, and now along comes President George W. Bush with his 2004 budget blueprint. No wonder the nation's budget problems keep piling up.

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.

Demos want to create a spoon-fed society
This letter is in response to Tim Kelly's Jan. 23 letter, "Bush's economic stimulus plan a windfall for the rich." Wayne E. Minton Jr., Augusta

Overtime

Announcements

Six stars inducted into Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

Overtime

U.S. bounced from Davis Cup by Croatia

Argentina blanks United States

Former Olympic champion finding his sport's popularity soaring

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

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.

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.

Overtime
A three-run, eighth-inning home run by Barton designated hitter Chris Scott undid a 19-hit performance by Augusta State and gave the Bulldogs a 12-10 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday afternoon.

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

U.S. bounced from Davis Cup by Croatia
ZAGREB, Croatia -- A Croatian fan sitting courtside waved a sign as James Blake was about to serve: "You can't beat without Pete."

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

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

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.

Deer baiting back in Atlanta

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

Program helps preserve proud bird

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

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

Outdoor calendar

High School Playoffs
Here is a schedule of upcoming regional prep basketball playoff games.

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.

Polls suggest public remains enthusiastic about shuttle program
More than seven in 10 Americans say the space shuttle program is worth the risk in human life and should be continued, say polls taken after the disintegration of the shuttle Columbia killed its 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.

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!"

Investigators trying to identify object spotted near Columbia
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Investigators are searching for evidence that a block of ice big enough to damage Columbia's wing may have formed on a waste water vent, a problem that plagued an earlier shuttle flight.

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.

New browser a fine alternative to Microsoft
NEW YORK -- It doesn't take much time to appreciate the advanced, flexible features of Opera Software's new Web browser.

Bush touts hydrogen fuel cells
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Thursday urged Congress to "think beyond the normal" and approve his plan to spur development of clean-burning hydrogen fuel cells to power cars that he said would reduce pollution and America's foreign oil dependence.

Techbits
NEW YORK -- In only six years, the DVD player has found a place in half the United States' 100 million households as its price has shrunk tenfold to less than $100.

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.

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?

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.

Lady Bulldogs top Auburn
ATHENS, Ga. -- Mary Beth Lycett and Sherill Baker each scored 19 points as No. 17 Georgia beat Auburn 78-67 Sunday.

Tennessee trip does in Dogs

Lady Bulldogs top Auburn

Gamecocks beat Vanderbilt

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.

Lady Gamecocks defeat Alabama

Lady Gamecocks defeat Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- After South Carolina and Alabama combined to shoot 31-of-110 from the field and turn the ball over 42 times, Gamecocks coach Susan Walvius summed things up short and sweet - "It was not a pretty game."

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.

South Carolina snaps losing streak

Gamecocks solid but not scintillating this season

Gamecocks beat Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- South Carolina coach Dave Odom has been waiting for the kind of sizzling shooting performance his team gave him against Vanderbilt.

'Rat Olympics' must change name

Blix, ElBaradei open new round of Baghdad talks

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

Karbala at pains to show loyalty to Saddam

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

Military developing 'loitering' and 'sleeping' weapons

France fears Washington risks shooting itself in the foot

Bush says Saddam deceiving, U.N. faces "moment of truth"

Key events in Iraq's history

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

One less cookie a day could hault weight gain

Bush touts hydrogen fuel cells

New browser a fine alternative to Microsoft

Techbits

Online games increasingly a place for protest, social activism