College baseball roundup
ATHENS, Ga. - David Coffey drove in three runs with a school-record-tying six hits, and Georgia matched another school mark with 13 runs in the fifth inning on the way to an 18-6 victory over Gardner-Webb on Saturday.

College baseball roundup

Insightful advice from our Oval Office heroes

Odds and Ends
BEND, Ore. -- You better hit the shower before you board the bus in Bend.

Military jet's fly-by scares town; aunt says pilot did it 'for his grandma'
GENESEO, Ill. -- As a military plane swooped over an Illinois town, frightened residents called police, but a relative said later that the pilot just wanted to impress his grandmother.

Man finds two 19th century caskets in his front yard
CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Two 19th century caskets have been discovered in the front yard of a Carrollton man's property when a truck pulled into his yard and sank into the ground.

Braves notebook
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Paul Byrd and pitching coach Leo Mazzone, who were often at odds when the right-hander was with the Braves in 1997-98, have smoothed out their working relationship.

Smoltz taking things slowly

Schuerholz weathers the storm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz sat astride his Harley-Davidson, pipes smoking, engine growling like a chained-up pit bull. He wore a Kaiser's helmet, black leather jacket and alligator cowboy boots. His beard was wild and straggly, held in place by a rubber band, and a heavy gold chain encircled his neck. He took off his jacket and slung it over a shoulder, revealing a skull and crossbones tattoo on his biceps. A little girl approached him for an autograph and went away in tears when Schuerholz drew a black X with her crayon.

Smoltz taking things slowly
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Atlanta closer John Smoltz isn't ready yet. He doesn't have to be.

Coach adjusting to new job duties
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - There are no black arm bands being worn in memory of Ned Yost. They didn't rename the coaches' room after him, or scratch his initials into the grass beside third base.

Schuerholz weathers the storm

Coach adjusting to new job duties

Stock volatility level indicates recovery not yet in the making

Old buddies have created a chain of success

How do I use my cell phone abroad?
Q: I just got a cell phone that's supposed to work overseas. Is that all there is to it, or is there something else I need to do before taking it with me on my European vacation?

Business calendar

Karaoke fans sing the blues as economy slumps
TOKYO -- After a decade in the karaoke business, lounge owner Kagura Muto has heard her share of sour notes. But business of late has been a different sort of flat.

Act looks out for reservists called up from work

More bang for your buck

Office's efforts are unrivaled

On the move

Office's efforts are unrivaled
Author Bill Cromartie described it as Clean Old-Fashioned Hate in his book by that title, but that enmity is put aside where the economic health of the Augusta area is involved.

Business briefs

Old buddies have created a chain of success
Jimmy Holt and Alan Brosious have the distinction of running the city's largest chain of convenience stores.

Act looks out for reservists called up from work
Approximately 10 percent of our 1.3-million military reservists have been called to active duty. Since the Clinton-era military reductions, reservists are called up more frequently and for longer periods.

On the move
Food Lion has promoted Aaron Carlisle to regional director of operations in the company's western division. He will relocate to Augusta to oversee operations of select Food Lion stores in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Mr. Carlisle attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and is a 15-year veteran of Food Lion, joining in 1988 as a perishables clerk. He and his wife have two children.

Business briefs
Employer spotlight: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Product/Services: General merchandise retailer

Business calendar
Tuesday: Introduction to computers, Evans High School; 6-9 p.m.; call 868-3663, Ext. 220.

How do I use my cell phone abroad?

More bang for your buck
Once a week, Bonnie Rowland stops into a Dollar Tree store to browse the greeting cards, picture frames and Easter decorations that never sell for more than a buck.

Karaoke fans sing the blues as economy slumps

Stock volatility level indicates recovery not yet in the making
NEW YORK -- Although war fears drove Wall Street shares to four-month lows this past week, some analysts say investors may not be worried enough. That's because stock volatility, one measure of determining market bottoms, hasn't been extremely high, and that forebodes more declines in the weeks ahead.

Tigers bounce back vs. Heels

Tigers bounce back vs. Heels
CLEMSON, S.C. - Thomas Nagys wasn't perfect Saturday. He did turn the ball over twice and commit two fouls.

Tar Heels edge Tigers
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Coretta Brown scored 19 points and hit a free throw with 4.3 seconds left Sunday as No. 8 North Carolina beat Clemson 70-66.

Slumping Rebels still grasping on to NCAA tournament hopes

Paine's Scott finds range, scores 31

USC Aiken women fade in second half

Lady Jags win division

Ethics reform tough

Support Estrada

Why not the '99 plan?

Time for smoke ban?

HBO wants to sell sanitized 'Sex and the City'
NEW YORK -- Three of the four biggest broadcast networks said they have no interest in airing a sanitized version of HBO's Emmy Award-winning comedy "Sex and the City."

Tart brings out tuber's tastiness
Spud, tuber,pomme de terre. Known by many names, the potato is America's favorite comfort food.

Arts calendar
THE BATTLE OF AIKEN: re-enactment of Civil War battle Feb. 22-23, Carolina Star Plantation, off Interstate 20 Exit 39 in Aiken County; camp tours and presentations 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, battle re-enactments at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; camp reopens 9 a.m. Feb. 23, with period church service at 9:30 a.m., artillery barrage at 11 a.m., battle at 2 p.m. and ends with troop review at 3 p.m.; $3 students, $7 adults in advance; $5 students and $10 adults at gate; advance tickets available at Oreck Factory Retail Center in Augusta Exchange Shopping Center, Bobby's Bar-B-Q Buffet, 1897 U.S. Highway 1 in Warrenville; and the Aiken Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, 121 Richland Ave.; (803) 641-1111.

Women keep book club going for 90 years
ESTILL, S.C. -- You might see this one-light Hampton County town and think time has passed it by. You'd be wrong.

Toy makers expand the universe where toys are sold
NEW YORK -- These days, it's hard to predict where the next hot toy will turn up.

Home front
We're so used to automatic dishwashers, clothes washers and clothes dryers doing the work for us that it's all too easy to turn on these appliances and forget about them - even as we're walking out the door.

Mind your manners on the golf course
Dear Carson: I have been invited to join a private golf club. Not wanting to appear the neophyte that I am, would you give me a few tips for the golf course? - Golf Goofs

In the know
The Year of the Matrix - sequels, Web sites, video games, marketing madness - was launched earlier this month with the release of the first of nine short films based on the enormously popular film, which will have two sequels released this year, The Matrix: Reloaded on May 15 and The Matrix: Revolutions on Nov. 7.

Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit opens
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The Public Museum of Grand Rapids is billing its new show as "an exhibition of biblical proportions" - and for good reason.

'Joe Millionaire' and 'The Bachelorette' act romantic
NEW YORK -- Less than a week after Valentine's Day, you will learn the funny valentines Evan and Trista chose.

Happy birthday
The first week of August 2000 was a busy one for Amy Maxwell. "I moved into a new house, turned 30 and had a baby, all in one week," she said.

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

The race is on
Here are some things that help me sleep at night - warm milk, Victorian-era novelists and the reassuring rationale that it's luck rather than judgment that has made me a perpetual loser in The Augusta Chronicle's annual Oscar pick contests.

Company to launch 24-hour news channel aimed at black viewers
NEW YORK -- An Atlanta-based cable company said Tuesday it plans to launch a 24-hour news channel aimed at black viewers late this year or early in 2004.

Jackets can't break road hex
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It's becoming all too familiar to Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech sweeps Eagles
STATESBORO, Ga. - Kyle Bakker pitched six strong innings in the first game, and Jeremy Slayden and Eric Patterson each homered in the nightcap as top-ranked Georgia Tech swept a doubleheader from Georgia Southern.

Jackets can't break road hex

Georgia Tech sweeps Eagles

Wilson leading Jaguars' charge
Oliver Wilson is an assassin around the greens. The Augusta State senior golfer drops opponents with the single shot of his wedge.

Els wins fourth tournament of year in a landslide

Tiger returns in style
SAN DIEGO -- Tiger Woods returned to the PGA Tour the way he left it - on top.

Els wins fourth tournament of year in a landslide
PERTH, Australia -- Ernie Els is off to a breathtaking start this year, even by his own demanding standards - four titles in five tournaments, with a second-place finish in the other.

A dream final: Tiger leading and playing with Phil

Tiger returns in style

Wilson leading Jaguars' charge

A dream final: Tiger leading and playing with Phil
SAN DIEGO -- A script right out of Hollywood came together in a span of 20 minutes late Saturday afternoon in the Buick Invitational, when two players made birdie putts from the same line on the 18th green.

Prep basketball scores

Laney edges Hawks

Arab envoys split over plans to stage regional summit on Iraqi crisis
CAIRO, Egypt -- Disagreements between Arab foreign ministers over whether Washington or Baghdad should be doing more to avert war may derail efforts to hold an emergency Arab summit on the Iraqi crisis, diplomats said Sunday.

Protesters plan global day of rallies against war in Iraq
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Tens of thousands of New Zealanders demonstrated against a war in Iraq Saturday, kicking off anti-war rallies planned around the world this weekend.

Iraq declines to assume presidency of disarmament forum
UNITED NATIONS -- Iraq has decided to give up its turn to take up the rotating presidency of the world's top disarmament forum, a prospect that had prompted strong U.S. opposition, the United Nations said Friday.

Ridge says terror alert will likely be lowered
WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Sunday he thought the current terrorism threat level would likely be lowered from the high-risk orange level, but wouldn't say when.

Audiotape purportedly from bin Laden claims U.S. war plans against Iraq part of plot to attack Muslim nations
CAIRO, Egypt -- An audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden calls President Bush "stupid" and claims American war plans against Iraq are part of a plot to attack Muslim nations in the Middle East and North Africa.

Iraq mourns civilian victims of Gulf War, celebrates growing anti-war movement
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- At the ruins of a bomb shelter struck by American missiles, Iraqi officials Sunday mourned the civilian victims of their last war with the United States and celebrated global anti-war protests aimed at preventing another one.

Bush faces decision on whether to delay war
WASHINGTON -- Barring a huge turnabout, President Bush is unlikely to gain U.N. support for war with Iraq. His choice is to face up to long odds and try again, or to bypass the Security Council and wage war with Britain and several other allies at the U.S. side.

The world waits, and worries about destabilization from an Iraq war
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A war to remove Saddam Hussein woul

Rice urges United Nations to stand up to Saddam Hussein
WASHINGTON -- Faced with broad opposition to war at the United Nations, President Bush's national security adviser said Sunday the White House might push a new U.N. plan to force a showdown with Saddam Hussein.

Insightful advice from our Oval Office heroes
America might not have realized its dream that anyone can grow up to be president, but almost everyone can write about the president.

Preservationists' fight misguided

Letter writer misinterprets passage

You bet that standing up for freedom is worth the fight

Broadway on Broad Street

Cheeks should do the right thing - resign

Change River Watch to Citizens Parkway

Hunt an electable public servant

Charles Walker: Do me a favor and leave me be

Want diversity? Just look around

Letter writer gets reference mixed up

'Chronicle' should speak out against ineffective leaders

Elected officials should be better educated

District attorney doing a fine job

We don't need more government intervention on smoking

Women keep book club going for 90 years

Company to launch 24-hour news channel aimed at black viewers

'Joe Millionaire' and 'The Bachelorette' act romantic

Arts calendar

HBO wants to sell sanitized 'Sex and the City'

In the know

Happy birthday

Tart brings out tuber's tastiness

Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit opens

Mind your manners on the golf course

Home front

Toy makers expand the universe where toys are sold

ECHL slapshots

Weather postpones Lynx-Grrrowl game
Sunday afternoon's game between the Augusta Lynx and the Greenville Grrrowl was postponed due to an ice storm warning in the Greenville, S.C., area. The game has been tentatively rescheduled for Tuesday, March 11th.

Weather postpones Lynx-Grrrowl game

ECHL notebook
With attendance sagging and operating costs rising across minor-pro hockey, the list of East Coast Hockey League franchises in serious trouble seems to be growing by the day.

Lynx road report

ECHL slapshots
In his past 10 games, Pensacola right winger Greg Pankewicz has tallied seven goals and 12 assists, as the Ice Pilots have won eight of their past 10 games to pull within five points of Louisiana for first in the Southwest Division.

Lynx spin way past Cyclones

Lynx spin way past Cyclones
Most hockey players are superstitious by nature, so Augusta Lynx trainer Brian Patafie may have no choice but to brush up on his dance moves.

Lynx road report
Today: vs. Greenville Grrrowl, Bi-Lo Center, 3 p.m.

News you can use

Across the area

Police think Spartanburg woman abducted from work

Augusta escapes area code division

Rants and raves
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GOP operatives make mark

South Carolina Republican strategists make their mark

Sweep by GOP revives rightists

ASU wants alumni to return to school

Past pollution shadows Russia

Car chase ends with 2 arrests in thefts
They came to Aiken armed with tinfoil-lined shopping bags, a shiny red rental car and more than 10 grams of cocaine.

South Carolina Republican strategists make their mark
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Two Republican operatives, who learned their political game in South Carolina, helped win campaigns that gave the GOP control in the U.S. Senate and highlighted how the state has become a hotbed for political strategists.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A fund drive to keep Gov. Mark Sanford from temporarily closing the Governor's Mansion already has raised $70,000.

Web site honoring Rivera draws outrage

Across the southeast

Athens church arson, like many, go unexplained

Colleges create agroterror resource

Ecologists plan beyond Phinizy Swamp

Drought may not be over yet
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Georgia's five-year drought was nearing an end, according to weather experts. The state and many cities recently lifted water bans, rain finally fell on a regular basis in the fall and lakes approached full levels.

Police think Spartanburg woman abducted from work
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Police are looking for a Spartanburg woman who may have been abducted on her way to work.

Athens church arson, like many, go unexplained
ATHENS, Ga. -- Parishioners were just starting to arrive at Prince Avenue Baptist Church in Athens when a fire damaged the church and destroyed another building nearby.

Ecologists plan beyond Phinizy Swamp
Gene Eidson conducted his first ecology lesson at Phinizy Swamp in 1998 - with little more than $155 in materials and a determined smile.

Massage therapy or prostitution? Lawmakers want to know
ATLANTA -- Ever wondered what goes on in massage parlors that stay open all night? Lawmakers have, too, and some want tough regulations to make sure those neon-lit spas aren't selling sex.

Minority officials face new challenges

Colleges create agroterror resource
ATLANTA -- A little-known collaboration between Georgia universities and federal agencies is helping boost national preparedness efforts against agricultural terrorism, officials said.

Ready for anything

Keeping the cities' secrets
Imagine that all the people who work at Savannah River Site, along with their families, schoolteachers and shopkeepers, lived in an opulent,

Across Georgia

Across the area
A man died late Saturday after ingesting a suspicious substance during a police drug raid in Grovetown, authorities said.

Power line fears are misplaced, experts say

Web site honoring Rivera draws outrage
A Web site that portrays "Reinaldo Rivera, the human being" is drawing outrage from at least one relative of his alleged victims.

Preservationist will speak on his conservation act
Former state Rep. Chip Campsen, a champion of land preservation in South Carolina, will speak today at the Aiken County Historical Museum.

That sweet onion may hold clues to cancer
The red-clay dirt of Georgia nurtures world-famous sweet onions in the Vidalia area. It also contains feeble levels of selenium, a trace mineral that is being tested nationwide to see whether it can help prevent prostate cancer in men.

Sweep by GOP revives rightists
ATLANTA - When Georgia Republicans captured the Governor's Mansion and took control of the state Senate last fall, no one celebrated harder than religious conservatives.

Police look for second suspect
A 15-year-old Augusta boy is charged with murder and police are seeking an 18-year-old in connection with a Valentine's Day slaying.

Across Georgia
DALTON -A jury has found a man guilty of killing his friend when the two of them were building a house while high on methamphetamines.

Intelligence battalion eavesdrops on enemy
SAVANNAH, Ga. - When Sgt. Gregory Carroll's Savannah-based unit deploys overseas, he stays home.

City lets work projects linger
A community meeting about a proposed capital improvement plan has been set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Henry H. Brigham Community Center, at 2463 Golden Camp Road.

Lawmaker proposes straw bill
AIKEN - For one state representative, it was the last straw.

Massage therapy or prostitution? Lawmakers want to know

Ready for anything
Harold Thornton, of North Augusta, tries to stay dry while walking outside the North Augusta Activities Center during a cold rain. Asked what he thought of Sunday's weather, he replied, "I'm ready for summer."

Bird bath

Sheriff's deputy enjoys his role in justice system
After a decade at Augusta's water department, Kris Kennedy didn't see becoming a sheriff's deputy as a dangerous move.

Lobbyists want power stripped from utilities

Accident lands man in water fountain
An Augusta lawyer and his pickup landed in the middle of a downtown fountain after a bizarre two-vehicle collision Sunday morning that caused his truck to go airborne.

Convicted killer is up for parole

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG -Police are looking for a Spartanburg woman who may have been abducted on her way to work.

Senator adjusts to new duties

GOP operatives make mark
COLUMBIA - Two Republican operatives who learned their political game in South Carolina helped win campaigns that gave the GOP control in the U.S. Senate and highlighted how the state has become a hotbed for political strategists.

Safety advocacy group for students revived

Across Georgia
BRUNSWICK -Residents angry at Brunswick's elected officials have until March 17 to gather 2,000 signatures that would force a recall election of the mayor and two commissioners.

Dog disappearances lead to worries about thieves

Motives behind arson change
ATHENS, Ga. - The arson fires that consumed two properties owned by Prince Avenue Baptist Church last week are evidence of a growing change in the way the crime is perceived, experts say.

Sheriff's deputy enjoys his role in justice system

Budget battles remain priority
ATLANTA - It's been the main focus of this year's General Assembly session, and this week, the state budget promises to take front and center once again as lawmakers take a break from their daily sessions to home in on the state's finances.

Intelligence battalion eavesdrops on enemy

Minority officials face new challenges
WASHINGTON - Three Georgia Democrats debuting in Congress this year were elected amid a Republican sweep spanning from governor to dog catcher.

Motives behind arson change

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Marsha Wooten of Augusta.

Rants and Raves
THE LAST THING we need is the meddling of Charles "Chump" Walker in the business of the Augusta Commission. His advocacy of a meeting between our commissioners and the Jackson-Burk crowd is as flaky as his political ineptitude demonstrated during the past election.

News you can use
FEB. 17, 1993 The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that Richmond County cannot enforce its nude dancing ban until the court determines whether the ordinance is constitutional.

ASU wants alumni to return to school
On Saturday, Augusta State University students and alumni basked in unseasonable 78-degree weather, celebrating homecoming with a parade, floats, live music and grilled food.

Safety advocacy group for students revived
ATHENS, Ga. - Two months after its doors were nearly shut forever, Safe Campuses Now is again a bustling center of student activity.

Across the area

Ice storm clips South Carolina
The storm expected to bury the Mid-Atlantic states with up to 2 feet of snow clipped northern South Carolina on Sunday with sleet and freezing rain.

Keeping the cities' secrets

Augusta escapes area code division
As technology, the South's population and the economy grew throughout the past decade, Georgia and South Carolina area codes were subdivided six times.

Subscriber of the day

Rants and Raves
THE LAST THING we need is the meddling of Charles "Chump" Walker in the business of the Augusta Commission. His advocacy of a meeting between our commissioners and the Jackson-Burk crowd is as flaky as his political ineptitude demonstrated during the past election.

Subscriber of the day

Power line fears are misplaced, experts say
MARIETTA, Ga. - Experts say critics who oppose the erection of high-voltage electric transmission lines because of health risks and declining property values might be wrong.

Preservationist will speak on his conservation act

Lobbyists want power stripped from utilities
MARIETTA, Ga. - Faced by a juggernaut that gobbles land, could threaten health and is unstoppable in court, Newt Nickell and his neighbors remain confident.

MOX program's fate rests in Russia

Past pollution shadows Russia
Gulnara Ismagilova remembers 1957 the way folks from the South Carolina town of Ellenton remember 1950 - government officials came to her small town and said everyone was going to be relocated.

Dog disappearances lead to worries about thieves
Elly Schobel's black and tan German shepherd, Rascal, jumped out of her white Ford truck and immediately lay in the dirt.

MOX program's fate rests in Russia
Its supporters say it could mean billions in local investment and hundreds of good jobs for the Augusta area. Critics say it's a bigger risk than the nuclear terrorism it is intended to help prevent.

Convicted killer is up for parole
AIKEN - In about two hours on June 2, 1979, two Augusta men crisscrossed the Savannah River at least four times in a two-state robbery and murder spree that eventually sent them to prison for life.

Bird bath
A snowy egret catches some sun while wading in a lake off Stevens Creek Road. Saturday's warm weather brought many people out to enjoy the day.

Senator adjusts to new duties
ATLANTA - It's 7 a.m. at the state Capitol, and Eric Johnson is unpacking boxes in his spacious office next door to the Senate chambers.

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. -The lure of politics is strong for some, perhaps stronger than the pull of death for one mysterious man.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are investigating the slaying of an Augusta man found shot to death behind a vacant house on Wooten Road.

Subscriber of the day
Curtis Toler of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Budget battles remain priority

News you can use
FEB. 16, 1983 The Graniteville Co. announced plans Monday to close its Enterprise plant in Augusta, throwing 425 people out of work. The closing is the second part of a restructuring plan made public last month.

State opens fraud inquiry
More state agencies are investigating alleged corruption at the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia.

News you can use

Women join to give children works of comfort
Carol Armstrong spent 23 years helping people as a branch manager with Bank of America.

Police look for second suspect

Businesses worry about possible biker boycott

State opens fraud inquiry

Across South Carolina

City lets work projects linger

Businesses worry about possible biker boycott
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Some Grand Strand businesses are worried about a possible biker boycott of the annual Harley-Davidson rally in May.

Stripes leave coaches seeing stars
ATHENS, Ga. - Mercifully, this was not on television. You had to actually pay for a ticket to see this kind of career performance.

NASCAR gives RJR exec star treatment

Rivalry to be front and center
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - As long as Dale Earnhardt was alive, there was harmony between the teams he carried to prominence: Richard Childress Racing as a driver, Dale Earnhardt Inc. as an owner.

Earnhardt repeats feat
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It didn't take long for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to figure out the only place to be Saturday during the Koolerz 300 was in the lead.

Yellow line in effect, with new restrictions
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR tightened its restrictions on its yellow-line rule at the Daytona 500, threatening to penalize drivers who intentionally force a competitor below the mark during the race.

Waltrip wins rain-shortened Daytona 500
Waltrip wins rain-shortened Daytona 500

Yellow line in effect, with new restrictions

NASCAR gives RJR exec star treatment
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- There are stars. And then there are the people NASCAR really cares about.

A damp day at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - There were no emotional tugs on the sleeve, no somber whispers when Michael Waltrip returned to Victory Lane Sunday as the winner of the Daytona 500.

Rivalry to be front and center

NASCAR notebook
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Three attack helicopters hovered over Daytona International Speedway early Saturday as three other fighter jets were perched on the runway that runs parallel with the backstretch.

Waltrip wins rain-shortened Daytona 500

A damp day at Daytona

NASCAR notebook

Timeline of Columbia's final 7 minutes

Hawks top Pacers
ATLANTA -- Jason Terry scored 16 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to help the Atlanta Hawks end a four-game losing streak, defeating Indiana 99-86 Sunday night in a game that featured the ejection of Reggie Miller in the first quarter.

Jordan at 40: in search of a rhythm
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan turns 40 Monday, wishing he could switch on his A-game the way he did when he was younger.

Hawks top Pacers

Paine's Scott finds range, scores 31
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Yari Scott scored 31 points to lead Paine College to a 62-55 victory over Benedict College on Saturday night.

Slumping Rebels still grasping on to NCAA tournament hopes
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi's longest losing streak in seven years has put the Rebels' NCAA tournament hopes in critical condition.

Lady Jags win division
A loud scream erupted from the Augusta State women's locker room after fourth-year coach Greg Wilson told his players the news.

USC Aiken women fade in second half
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State women pulled away from USC Aiken in the second half to post a 56-52 Peach Belt Conference victory Saturday.

Homecoming win scored by Jaguars
Lander guard Ade Mason approached Augusta State's Chris Harriman outside the teams' locker rooms Saturday night.

Falcons linebacker enters final days of contract talks

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Mrs. Margie Franks    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Lula Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Laura Reese    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Remelle Washington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Otis Mims (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Gay (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Reese (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Jaylee Beeson-Broome (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel Harris Sr. (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Della Samples (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Mitchell (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Moss (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Homer Milford Sr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Miss Eloise Washington (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Leon Savage Jr. (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Gary Shockley (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Padgett Sr. (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mr. John Byrd (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Oma Boatright (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Mitchell (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Herbert Sams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Jones (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Myrtice McIntyre (GREER, S.C.)

Mr. Ronald Jones (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Jackson (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Reynold Suman (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Rube Hankinson Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Imogene Paschall (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Reese (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sibyl Davis (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Vernice Keller (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Mrs. Sandra Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Franks (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Herbert Sams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Hiergesell Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Wise (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bill Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Remelle Washington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Orsbie Johnson Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Gibson (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Odell Locklair Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Grace McWatty (HARTSVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Remelle Washington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wyley Minick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mabel Chantler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Earlie Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Blocker (TRENTON, S.C.)

We don't need more government intervention on smoking
I'd like to respond to the following statements made by Michael Smith in his letter of Feb. 4, "Prohibit smoking at restaurants": James "J.D." Davis, Aiken, S.C.

Letter writer gets reference mixed up
Regarding the letter to the editor on Jan. 21 by Carl S. Champlin, "Men share blame for pregnancies": It is important to note that Mr. Champlin has gotten his Catholic theology seriously mixed up. Christopher Welch, Augusta

'Chronicle' should speak out against ineffective leaders
When are the local media going to begin putting pressure on the Augusta government to start producing? It pains me to see the obvious apathy in the local media. Andrew Moyer, Aiken, S.C.

Want diversity? Just look around
We constantly argue over the diversity of our country, but where else in the world is the No. 1 golfer African-American, the No. 1 female tennis player African-American, the No. 1 music rapper white, and one of the most popular female country singers American Indian? We can look at the crew members of the space shuttle Columbia to see we are a diverse country regardless of our other differences. Norris Bunch, North Augusta, S.C.

Support Estrada
When Democrats controlled the U.S. Senate last year they killed many of President Bush's senior judgeship nominees on a party line vote in the Judiciary Committee, although had the names gotten out on the floor, most of the nominees would have passed.

Why not the '99 plan?
The Augusta Regional Airport Aviation Commission signaled several weeks ago that it would turn away from its overly ambitious $64 million master plan to revamp Bush Field's terminal.

Letter writer misinterprets passage
If Daru Ib-Shamiq ("Bible, Mosaic law do not prohibit pro-choice stand," Jan. 14) would spend more time being a careful reader, he might see things in a different light. Thomas G. Paschall Jr., Beech Island, S.C.

Ethics reform tough
The call to toughen up the state's ethics laws helped get Sonny Perdue elected governor. One of the more popular proposals would bar lawmakers and state officials from contacting the Department of Corrections or the state Board of Pardons and Paroles on behalf of a convict.

Broadway on Broad Street
Side By Side by Sondheim on Jan. 23 at the Imperial Theater was everything except stuffy opera. Augusta Opera Association presented this musical melange of many of Sondheim's best pieces about love, marriage and relationships, and the cast wove them together beautifully to create a tapestry of the many nuances of Sondheim's great talent. Vera Farmer-Welk, Martinez, Ga.

Cheeks should do the right thing - resign
In light of the recent revelations regarding Sen. Don Cheeks', R-Augusta, intrusion into the Richmond County criminal justice system, one thing is clear: the senator must go. Jay Connail, Augusta

Time for smoke ban?
The Richmond County Board of Health is revisiting the smoking-in-restaurants issue. In 1997, the board nearly banned smoking in all Augusta area eateries, but after restaurateurs' weeping and gnashing of teeth, coupled with threats of lawsuits, it was decided to designate 75 percent of seating space as non-smoking.

Preservationists' fight misguided
This is in response to Patrick Parker's letter on Feb. 9, "Forests will suffer under Bush," wherein he wants to prevent logging in our national forests. I.B. Lawton Jr., Allendale, S.C.

Elected officials should be better educated
I recently read that the Augusta commissioners gave City Administrator George Kolb a reprimand without allowing him any say-so. Well, that doesn't surprise me, being that most of the commissioners have a severe intellectual deficit. Joseph Diggs Sr., Augusta

Charles Walker: Do me a favor and leave me be
The Augusta Chronicle never ceases to amaze me. Regardless of the issue, you feel compelled to bring my name into the discussion. Case in point, your editorial entitled "No time for partisanship" in your Feb. 13 edition. Charles W. Walker, Augusta

Hunt an electable public servant
Lt. Mike Hunt is the best candidate for Aiken County sheriff. He has over 20 years of local law-enforcement experience, including large amounts of specialized training, and has risen through the ranks of the Aiken Department of Public Safety from public safety officer to lieutenant. Mike McElhaney, Langley, S.C.

District attorney doing a fine job
The editorial, "Indecent exposures," in the Feb. 9 Augusta Chronicle pointed out some significant concerns about how politics can affect the performance of our system of justice. What should also be pointed out is that our community is a safer place because of District Attorney Danny Craig, his staff and the judges of the Augusta Judicial Circuit. Dan Hillman, Augusta

Change River Watch to Citizens Parkway
I read with interest the Feb. 5 Metro article, "Road could carry Connell's name." Bill Webber, Grovetown, Ga.

You bet that standing up for freedom is worth the fight
I have visited some exotic and mystical places on this Earth, and in the performance of my duty helped to destroy the evil forces of oppression, ignorance and suffering by a mentality of human hatred from dictatorial despots who governed their countries. One such place was Vietnam, where I served as a young Marine. Gregory J. Topliff, Aiken, S.C.

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Overtime
Westside's Ginny Millar placed sixth in the 100-yard butterfly at the Class A-AAAA State Swimming Meet in Atlanta on Saturday.

Williams to face Clijsters in Diamond Games final
ANTWERP, Belgium -- Venus Williams coasted to a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Daniela Hantuchova on Saturday to reach the Diamond Games final against Kim Clijsters.

Tyson to miss flight, another indication fight might not happen
LAS VEGAS -- Mike Tyson won't be on his scheduled flight to Memphis Sunday, another indication his comeback fight with Clifford Etienne may be doomed.

Overtime
Evans junior Christian Kata took home a pair of third place finishes at the Class AAAAA swim meet in Atlanta on Saturday night.

Area sports announcements
Feb. 22-23: Independent Baseball League Tryout Camp at Luther Williams Field in Macon, Ga. For more information, call (770) 435-9651 or go to www.eteamz.com/tryouts.

Venus Williams beats Clijsters to win Diamond Games
ANTWERP, Belgium -- Venus Williams won her first title of the season, and a pattern is becoming clear: Just about the only person who can beat her is her sister.

Dog aficionados converge

Fatal accidents decrease

Dog aficionados converge
SHELL BLUFF, Ga. - They gather each winter among the rolling hills and hedgerows at the Elwin G. Smith Farm.

Move opens doors
George Bales remembers the old race track that once occupied a hillside off Windsor Spring Road.

Outdoors calendar
Thursday: The first of three safe boating classes will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Boat House, Riverfront Drive, Augusta. Registration is $25. Contact the Savannah River Sail & Power Squadron for more details, (706) 796-8532.

Fatal accidents decrease
Fatal hunting accidents in Georgia declined this past season - from six in 2001 to four during 2002 - but that's four too many.

Move opens doors

Laney bucks trend to win
The Lady Wildcats threw out the old superstition.

Hephzibah girls stifle Glenn Hills
For Saturday night's Region 3-AAAA girls basketball championship at Cross Creek, Hephzibah coach Wendell Lofton tested his young team.

Laney edges Hawks
The Laney Wildcats pulled out a nail-biter in the boys Region 3-AAA championship game Saturday, edging Washington County 52-51.

Prep basketball scores
Scores from Saturday's prep basketball games:

Falcons linebacker enters final days of contract talks
DULUTH, Ga. -- Keith Brooking wouldn't be dining at Falcons owner Arthur Blank's house Monday night if he weren't hopeful of re-signing with the team before Thursday.

Stripes leave coaches seeing stars

Timeline of Columbia's final 7 minutes
From the first hints that things were going wrong aboard the space shuttle Columbia until it disintegrated over Texas, killing its seven astronauts, the timeline was brief but full.

Video games are now attracting top Hollywood talent
LOS ANGELES -- It was virtually "Game Over" from the start for designer Dave Perry's video game version of "The Terminator."

Astronomy technology aims to improve vision
INDIANAPOLIS -- Technology that astronomers developed to take the twinkle out of starlight as it enters their telescopes is now peering in the opposite direction, revealing the eye's complexities as never before.

Store weds video and Internet to offer personalized shopping
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- Buying over the Internet is like ordering from a big cyberspace catalogue - you click on a picture, put the item in your virtual shopping cart and check out by typing in your credit card information.

HazMat Smart Strip may protect lives of first responders
WHEELING, W.Va. -- A $15 strip of vinyl and paper that changes colors when exposed to nerve agents, cyanide and other chemicals may protect police, firefighters and others who rush unprotected into the heart of a disaster.

New faces could keep Bulldogs motivated

Georgia's defense stops Vanderbilt

Georgia's defense stops Vanderbilt
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia basketball coach Jim Harrick related the Bulldogs' 83-70 win over Vanderbilt Saturday to a root canal.

New faces could keep Bulldogs motivated
ATHENS, Ga. - After a season in which the Georgia football team capped its first Southeastern Conference championship in 20 years with a victory over Florida State in the Sugar Bowl, one might think complacency would be a concern.

Late mistake costs Bulldogs

Late mistake costs Bulldogs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Alexis Kendrick has exhibited maturity beyond her years in her freshman season with the Georgia women's basketball team

South Carolina routs Arkansas

Gamecocks aren't the worst of SEC

Gamecocks aren't the worst of SEC
COLUMBIA - During one frustrating stretch of the first half Saturday, South Carolina coach Dave Odom told his assistants that Rolando Howell needed to be in the game.

South Carolina routs Arkansas
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's Jocelyn Penn knows it takes a lot to keep up with her - and she knew No. 13 Arkansas didn't have the energy to do it.

Odds and Ends

Man finds two 19th century caskets in his front yard

Audiotape purportedly from bin Laden claims U.S. war plans against Iraq part of plot to attack Muslim nations

Protesters plan global day of rallies against war in Iraq

Rice urges United Nations to stand up to Saddam Hussein

The world waits, and worries about destabilization from an Iraq war

Ridge says terror alert will likely be lowered

Iraq mourns civilian victims of Gulf War, celebrates growing anti-war movement

Bush faces decision on whether to delay war

Astronomy technology aims to improve vision

Store weds video and Internet to offer personalized shopping

Video games are now attracting top Hollywood talent

HazMat Smart Strip may protect lives of first responders