Official: Weight-loss drug probably contributed to Bechler death
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A weight-loss drug probably contributed to the heatstroke death of Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Steve Bechler, a medical examiner said Tuesday.

Bonds has 'uneventful' surgery on left elbow
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Barry Bonds had a 10-minute operation on his left elbow Wednesday to remove a quarter-inch ball of scar tissue and suture from a previous surgery.

Burnett loses in arbitration, settles for $2.5 million

Macon will get new baseball team in Southeastern League

Burnett loses in arbitration, settles for $2.5 million
JUPITER, Fla. -- Florida Marlins ace A.J. Burnett pretended he was hurting for cash Wednesday after losing baseball's final arbitration case of the year.

Official: Weight-loss drug probably contributed to Bechler death

Bonds has 'uneventful' surgery on left elbow

Macon will get new baseball team in Southeastern League
MACON, Ga. -- Macon will get a new minor league baseball team this summer to replace the Atlanta Braves farm club that moved to Rome, city officials announced Monday.

Jack Conlan Sanders

Grant Allen Steerman
Clint and Trudi Steerman of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Grant Allen Steerman, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jim Tyler of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Donald H. Steerman of Appling.

Alden Christian Ennis

Kaylee Michale Stickney
Dan

Matthew Edward Hensel

Hagan Edenfield Walker
Bruce and Shel

DeLainey Louise Britt

Carlita Suzanne Williams
Clifford and Susie Trammel

Kayla Nicole Rutledge
Terry and Kim

Trista Lajune Williams
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E.

Khamal Aidan Zane Brown

Khamal Aidan Zane Brown
Paula L. Brown of Augusta announces the birth of a son, Khamal Aidan Zane Brown, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Charles and Pauline Brown of Augusta.

Landon Ryan Johnson

Doris Shereen Cross
Floyd and P

Nicholas Charles Shoup
Tim

Morgan Elizabeth Dye
Denton and Mary Beth Dy

Lasharie Demae Mack

Alden Christian Ennis
Marvin R. Ennis Jr. and Shannon Beard Ennis of Warrenville announce

Grant Allen Steerman

Margaret Christine Garcia
Jonathan Brooks and Sta

Brice Alan Peterson
Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Peterson of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Brice Alan Peterson, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Gabryelski III of Martinez and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Peterson of Evans.

Isaiah McNair Henderson
John C. and Jennifer R. Henderson

Charles Yates Kelleher

Matthew Edward Hensel
Mr.

Nicholas Charles Shoup

Sydney Michelle Land
Michael and Shannon Land of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Sydney Michelle Land, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Terry Sperry of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Greg Land of Jasper, Ga.

Brice Alan Peterson

Lasharie Demae Mack
Stanley and M

Kaylen Alonna Hudson

Kaveion Markeese Smith

Trista Lajune Williams

Joshua Patrick Johnson

Jack Conlan Sanders
Mr. and Mrs. G

Charles Yates Kelleher
Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Kelleher of Newnan, Ga.,

Kaylee Michale Stickney

Landon Ryan Johnson
Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Edward Johnson of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Landon Ryan Johnson, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David Pearson Jr. of Graniteville and Lynn Johnson of Augusta.

JoiChanteyanna Kamilah Imani Jackson

Joshua Patrick Johnson
Calvin and Mary Johnson of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Joshua Pa

Sydney Michelle Land

Kaveion Markeese Smith
Kelvin and Kylisha Smith of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Kaveion Markeese Smith, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Alonzo and Elaine McClattie of Hephzibah and Gwendolyn Smith of Augusta.

Hagan Edenfield Walker

Carlita Suzanne Williams

DeLainey Louise Britt
Phillip and Stephanie B

Doris Shereen Cross

Joshton Christopher Mincey
Tiffany Montrese Mincey of Augusta announces the birth of a son, Joshton Christopher Mincey, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Myron and Robin Mincey-Brooks and Julius and Barbara Dixon, all of Augusta.

Emmett Peter Adams III

Isaiah McNair Henderson

JoiChanteyanna Kamilah Imani Jackson
Brian S. Freeman

Margaret Christine Garcia

Emmett Peter Adams III
Emmett Peter Adam

Zayquannah Hannah LaShay Allen

Kaylen Alonna Hudson
Kenny Huds

Morgan Elizabeth Dye

Zayquannah Hannah LaShay Allen

Kayla Nicole Rutledge

Joshton Christopher Mincey

Odds and Ends
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Christa Sorauf won't be stuck at home playing Solitaire. She's got a new deck of cards that she thinks is a surefire bet for meeting a potential mate.

Statesboro man invents gizmo to lift and lower toilet seats
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Four years ago, when his mother couldn't bend over to lower the toilet seat, Emory Jones sprang into action.

Bird attack helped solve murder
DALLAS -- Prosecutors say a pet cockatoo that was killed while trying to protect its owner from an attacker produced evidence crucial in convicting the man's murderer.

Braves still consider themselves team to beat

Braves hold first full-squad workout
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Wilson Betemit was the only no-show Wednesday as the Atlanta Braves held their first full-squad workout of spring training.

Braves still consider themselves team to beat
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Bobby Cox arrived at his office before the sun came up Wednesday, all pumped up for another baseball season.

Big money Braves

Braves notebook
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Marcus Giles isn't looking over his shoulder this spring. He knows he'll be the second baseman on opening day and will remain in the lineup throughout the season if he hits more than .250.

Braves agree to terms with three players

Third base up for grabs
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - They dress within 40 feet of each other in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse, and soon they will be sharing the same spot on the infield.

Braves agree to terms with three players
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves agreed to one-year contracts Tuesday with pitchers Andy Pratt and Matt Belisle and infielder Adam LaRoche.

Braves notebook

Braves hold first full-squad workout

Big money Braves
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - They both had their moments last season. Greg Maddux went 15 straight starts without a loss and finished with the league's second-best ERA.

Housing construction rises to strongest level in 16 years

Hacker gains access to 5.6 million Visa, MasterCard numbers
NEW YORK -- A computer hacker gained access to more than 5.6 million Visa and MasterCard account numbers by breaching the security of a company that processes transactions for merchants, the card associations said Tuesday.

IRS warns of most common 'dirty dozen' tax schemes

Grandfather's sauce leads to condiment line
Bubba Clark has been eating his grandfather's Southern sauce all his life - part barbecue, part marinade, part dipping sauce.

Tax tip: Where's my refund?
You filed your tax return and you're expecting a refund. You have just one question and you want the answer now - Where's My Refund?

Wachovia buys brokerage
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Wachovia Corp. announced Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire Prudential Financial Inc.'s retail brokerage unit, creating the nation's third-largest brokerage.

Stocks gain on bargain-hunting

Housing construction rises to strongest level in 16 years
WASHINGTON -- Construction of new homes and apartments rose in January to the highest level in 16 years as low mortgage rates continued to power a housing boom, the government reported Wednesday.

Expert says a quick war helps state
ATLANTA - Georgia's economy won't shift into higher gear until fall, provided the coming war in Iraq is quick, university economist Rajeev Dhawan said Wednesday.

Perdue wants to keep sales tax holidays
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue will keep the popular sales tax holidays his predecessor introduced last year to boost the state's sluggish economy.

Stocks gain on bargain-hunting
NEW YORK -- Bargain hunting extended Wall Street's rally to a second session Tuesday, lifting stocks to their highest level in two weeks. Investors were also encouraged by some positive corporate news.

IRS warns of most common 'dirty dozen' tax schemes
WASHINGTON -- The IRS is urging taxpayers not to be taken in this tax season by a "dirty dozen" of common scams.

Business briefs
Have you changed addresses lately? Notify the IRS to ensure you receive any refunds or correspondence. Although the IRS accesses the Postal Service's files, you might want to notify the agency directly using Form 8822. For more tips, go to www.augustachronicle.com/taxtips.

New SEC chairman sworn in

Grandfather's sauce leads to condiment line

Phone fee increase will assist schools

Business briefs

Phone fee increase will assist schools
Want to support your local schools? Make a long-distance cell phone call.

Wachovia buys brokerage

Business briefs
If you refinanced your home in 2002, you may be eligible to deduct any "points" associated with the loan. In most cases, points must be deducted over the life of the loan. The interest deduction is determined by dividing the points paid by the number of payments to be made over the life of the loan. This information is usually available from lenders. For more tax tips, go to www.augustachronicle.com/taxtips.

New SEC chairman sworn in
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, presiding at a swearing-in ceremony Tuesday to install William H. Donaldson as head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, called the Wall Street investment banker "the right man at the right time."

Business briefs

Clemson tops Virginia

Clemson tops Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Edward Scott scored 32 points and hit several key buckets down the stretch as Clemson dealt Virginia's NCAA tournament hopes a serious blow with a 73-64 victory Tuesday night.

NCAA alters 'halo' rule
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Football Rules Committee has eliminated the 2-yard "halo" rule on kick returns.

NCAA alters 'halo' rule

SEC notebook

SEC notebook

Tuell remains stuck on 99

Battle for first in ACC has different feeling

Once upon a time a champion could remain anonymous

Don't belittle safety

The Nanny State

France is part of problem

In the know
Quaker Oatmeal is searching for the perfect cookie recipe for its Search For the Ultimate Oatmeal Cookie recipe contest. The grand prize winner will receive $6,250.

Affleck's 'Daredevil' leaps to record President's Day debut
LOS ANGELES -- Movie-goers took Ben Affleck up on his latest dare.

In the know
THE WINE: Vichon Chardonnay, $10, from France

Small portions
A book titled Reality-Check Cooking will grab the attention of many stressed cooks, with its implied promise of recipes for the real, workaday world.

Fit to be Thai
I get the winter doldrums about this time every year. Short days, sporadic sunshine and chilly weather leave me longing for an escape - a culinary journey. So this week and next I'll offer recipes with a foreign flair.

Liberal radio network planned as an alternative to Rush Limbaugh
WASHINGTON -- A group planning a liberal-leaning radio network says the idea hasn't caught on in previous attempts because it wasn't marketed properly and wasn't entertaining enough.

Toy makers hope to make movie stars out of their toys
NEW YORK -- Toy makers have a new marketing strategy: turning toys like Bratz funky fashion dolls and Hot Wheels into movie stars.

ABC's bachelorette picks the sensitive fireman
NEW YORK -- Roses are red, violets are blue, "The Bachelorette" is history, and Charlie is, too.

Evan chooses Zora on 'Joe Millionaire' finale
NEW YORK -- "Joe Millionaire" concluded with Evan Marriott asking Zora, not Sarah, to go steady. She said yes, and they toasted their future with a glass of champagne.

British comic lowers the satire bar in HBO's 'Da Ali G Show'
LOS ANGELES -- First, in the interest of international relations, an obvious truth must be acknowledged: Britain has a glorious tradition of satire.

Duct tape keeps sticking around
It's the tape that will hold the world together. At least that's what most Americans are thinking.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

Classic design returns to fashion
This lady gets around. This one has popped up on handbags, makeup totes, even wall clocks.

Capsules
Ancient farmers along Ecuador's coast may have been the first in the New World to domesticate plants, 10,000 to 12,000 years ago.

Eagles fall to Davidson
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Wayne Bernard scored 20 points, including four of his team's 14 3-pointers, as Davidson beat Georgia Southern 85-76 Tuesday night.

Eagles edge Georgia St.
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Rocky Baker's run-scoring single with two outs in the fifth inning lifted Georgia Southern to a 1-0 victory over Georgia State Wednesday.

Eagles edge Georgia St.
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Georgia State reliever Tony Wright threw a wild pitch while attempting an intentional walk in the sixth inning, scoring the decisive run in a 3-2 victory by Georgia Southern on Tuesday.

Geis joins Georgia Tech coaching staff
ATLANTA -- Wayne Geis joined Georgia Tech's staff as passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach Wednesday, part of a coaching shuffle which saw four assistants given new responsibilities.

Jackets rout Mercer
MACON, Ga. -- Eric Patterson, Brandon Boggs, and Jeremy Slayden each drove in two runs Wednesday to lead Georgia Tech to a 9-1 win over Mercer.

Eagles edge Georgia St.

Eagles fall to Davidson

Eagles edge Georgia St.

Jackets rout Mercer

Forget the rat race; see how slow you can go

Woods just wants to be like Mark

A new challenge for Woods: Riviera

A new challenge for Woods: Riviera
LOS ANGELES -- First, it was Phil Mickelson who called out Tiger Woods by suggesting he used inferior equipment.

Augusta State routs Clemson
PONTE VEDRA, Fla. - Augusta State made a strong case Tuesday for moving up to the No. 1 spot in the next NCAA Division I collegiate golf poll.

Augusta State routs Clemson

Woods just wants to be like Mark
A fan watching Tiger Woods in his first practice round since surgery was concerned after Woods belted one big drive.

The world will be watching - and keeping score
She teed it up against men on a course that became known as Hogan's Alley, and while she held her own, the world's best female golfer failed to make the final cut.

The world will be watching - and keeping score

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

Second season begins

S.C. playoff capsules

Lakeside senior signs scholarship
Lakeside senior Charles O'Byrne proved that good things come to those who wait.

Thrashers place Dafoe, Nurminen on injured reserve; recall Hnilicka
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers placed goatenders Byron Dafoe and Pasi Nurminen on injured reserve Tuesday and recalled Milan Hnilicka from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

Thrashers place Dafoe, Nurminen on injured reserve; recall Hnilicka

British leader says public opposition to war would fade if military action taken
LONDON -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday that he believed public opinion in Britain would swing behind military action against Iraq if the government decides to take that course.

Sea lions deployed as underwater guardians in the Persian Gulf
MANAMA, Bahrain -- Move over Navy SEALs: There's a new sea creature in town.

European nations give Iraq one last chance to disarm
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- "Old" and "new" Europe united Tuesday behind a declaration warning Iraq it has one last chance to disarm, papering over an acrimonious dispute that has set back the continent's push for a single voice in world affairs.

NATO approves urgent deployment of defensive systems to Turkey
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Days after breaking a stalemate over planning in case of war with Iraq, NATO on Wednesday approved the urgent deployment of AWACS radar aircraft, Patriot missile systems and chemical-biological response units to Turkey.

Israel's plans for an attack by Iraq are a decade in the making
JERUSALEM -- Israel has been preparing for an Iraqi missile attack since the last Gulf War, and now says it's ready.

Homeland security chief: be prepared but don't panic
CINCINNATI -- Telling Americans to be ready for terrorist attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge launched a public-relations campaign Wednesday that offers families a few basic steps to prepare for the worst.

Expect a swift thrust toward Baghdad if U.S. goes to war
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. attack on Iraq would be a swift, powerful combination of airstrikes and ground assaults aimed at overwhelming Saddam Hussein's defenses and keeping him from mustering catastrophic retaliation, defense officials and outside experts say.

Bush says he won't be deterred by global protests
WASHINGTON -- President Bush declared on Tuesday that he wouldn't be deterred by global protests against war with Iraq, saying "I respectfully disagree" with those who doubt that Saddam Hussein is a threat to peace.

The hard part will come if and when Saddam is forced out
WASHINGTON -- The United States is an old hand at supervising unscheduled government transitions in overseas trouble spots. Some examples are Afghanistan, the Philippines and Panama - all relative cakewalks compared with what could lie ahead in Iraq if the U.S. military forces out Saddam Hussein.

Homeland security chief: be prepared but don't panic
CINCINNATI -- Telling Americans to be ready for terrorist attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge launched a public-relations campaign Wednesday that offers families a few basic steps to prepare for the worst.

Germany shifts on "war as a last resort"
BERLIN -- Germany's endorsement of war as a last resort marks a shift of position on Iraq after months of often strident opposition, allowing Berlin to sound a conciliatory note toward Washington even as its leaders pledged to push for a peaceful solution.

Bush goes to Georgia to tout economic plan
KENNESAW, Ga. -- President Bush's $674 billion economic plan gained the support of a Senate Democrat for the first time, although other Democrats are stepping up their complaints that his proposals disproportionately help the rich.

Murder suspect arrested
Police have arrested an Augusta man in connection with the Friday death of Neville Hall.

Wachovia buying Prudential brokerage business
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Wachovia Corp. announced Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire Prudential Financial Inc.'s retail brokerage unit, creating the nation's third-largest brokerage.

Supports George W. Bush'sefforts to keep this nation free

No one wins wars

Prudent advice worth taking - not!

DOT needs to address railroad crossing

Opinions of stars are worthless

Three officials an embarrassment and should be investigated

The people know what's good for America

Michael Jackson same as 'normal' people

I.D. tags can help save your pet's life

Hunt best man to succeed Sellers

Kudzu good analogy for Iraqi war

Continue civil rights task with focus on 'sameness issues'

Small portions

Liberal radio network planned as an alternative to Rush Limbaugh

Evan chooses Zora on 'Joe Millionaire' finale

British comic lowers the satire bar in HBO's 'Da Ali G Show'

Capsules

Health calendar

Fit to be Thai

Toy makers hope to make movie stars out of their toys

Affleck's 'Daredevil' leaps to record President's Day debut

Duct tape keeps sticking around

In the know

Classic design returns to fashion

Lynx game night
Columbia Inferno at Augusta Lynx, Thursday, 7:05 p.m.

Generals extend Lynx's woes
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Bryan Richardson had a goal and two assists to lead the Greensboro Generals past the Augusta Lynx 5-2 at Greensboro Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Augusta forward looks to make most of chance
It's been nearly three seasons since Ryan Lauzon got his first and only taste of life in the National Hockey League.

Five Questions with Brian Patafie

Augusta forward looks to make most of chance

Lynx's Galbraith lights fire under Inferno

Lynx's Galbraith lights fire under Inferno
To the Columbia Inferno and their fans, Augusta Lynx superpest Lance Galbraith is public enemy No. 1.

Lynx game night

Five Questions with Brian Patafie
Augusta Lynx Head trainer/Coordinator of Team Services Brian Patafie answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Restoration will continue on historic home
The Augusta home of George Walton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, is getting a makeover.

Mayor resolves deadlock with vote for amendment

Georgia's first wave of smallpox shots sees few side effects of drug
ATLANTA -- Few of the state's 72 health workers vaccinated since Jan. 30 against smallpox had side effects, state health officials said Wednesday.

Senate votes for legislative pay cut
ATLANTA -- Georgia senators voted Tuesday to take a 10 percent pay cut to show voters they are willing to share the pain of state spending cuts.

Consumer group fights proposed cap on medical lawsuits

Atlanta business leaders opposed to state flag referendum
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank and other business leaders are opposed to a vote on the state flag that could lead to the return of the Confederate emblem.

Murder suspect arrested

S.C. Air National Guard F-16CJs called to duty
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- About 400 members of the South Carolina Air National Guard and their F-16CJs will head toward the Persian Gulf this week to support a potential war against Iraq, officials announced Tuesday.

ASU student dies of rare blood infection

Court to hear case of man suing to recover lost value after wreck
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on whether insurers must compensate policyholders for a vehicle's depreciation after a wreck.

Across South Carolina

University of Georgia receives $3.2 million gift
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia has received a $3.2 million trust fund established by a man who graduated from the school nearly 100 years ago.

Mobile unit helps to promote safety
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency showed off its mobile command vehicle at the Evans Government Complex on Tuesday, part of a tour to support Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Across Georgia

Sanford to keep mansion open
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Governor's Mansion will stay open this year, thanks to cost-cutting and $100,000 in private donations, Gov. Mark Sanford says.

Walker asks city officials to hold forums on protest

Rev. Jesse Jackson again asks Greenville County Council to honor MLK day
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Rev. Jesse Jackson and a crowd of 500 people showed up at a Greenville County Council meeting Tuesday night as community support for a holiday honoring Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. appears to be growing.

Mental health center meeting splits board

Student faces drug charges

Storm drill tests pupils

Adviser retains pension contract
More than 100 city pensioners said Tuesday that they wanted to keep the financial adviser to their retirement plans local, and the Augusta Commission obliged, voting 8-2 to retain Salomon Smith Barney as an investment manager.

Bush goes to Georgia to tout economic plan

Budget dominates Perdue's agenda
ATLANTA - In the month since Sonny Perdue became the first Republican governor of Georgia in more than a century, he has been at the center of a host of issues.

MCG could end jobs, services

Across the area

Rants and Raves
THIS IS TO ALL the different churches. Why aren't you speaking up more against the war with Iraq? What do you think Jesus would do? Are the lives of Iraqi children worth less than the lives of American children?

Rants and Raves
MY RAVE IS for the jail workers who put in a complaint. Thank you for putting that in the newspaper. I am an employee at Aiken County Detention Center. The policy and procedure are not even there. We get written up for everything.

System lacks review panels

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -The Medical University of South Carolina says it will treat all but the most critically injured burn patients.

Walker asks city officials to hold forums on protest
A plea from Charles Walker Jr. for Augusta commissioners to wait and publicly work out the details of a city protest ordinance came too late this week.

Thief damages laundries, takes coins
AIKEN - It's a pattern of smash-and-grabs that has owners of coin laundries in Midland Valley looking for some relief.

Across the area
Augusta commissioners voted unanimously late Tuesday to begin work toward appointing a citizens advisory committee that would review projects proposed for a sales tax referendum - possibly later this year.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Frank Scoggins of Augusta.

Across Georgia
HAYNESVILLE -A stubborn man got his dying wish and Hayneville got an "s" when Houston County commissioners voted to change the town's name to Haynesville.

Restoration will continue on historic home

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -A tugboat deckhand who fell overboard into the Intracoastal Waterway has been rescued after a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter spotted him.

S.C. State reopens search for president
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- South Carolina State University is reopening its search for a new president for 10 additional days, Board of Trustees Chairman Maurice Washington said Tuesday.

Slaying suspect turns himself in
Police have arrested an Augusta man in connection with the Friday shooting death of Neville Camille Hall.

Flag vote will be ignored by blacks, leaders warn
ATLANTA -- If Georgia holds a referendum on the state flag, many blacks won't participate, civil rights leaders warned Wednesday.

MCG could end jobs, services
Jobs might be cut at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and popular but money-hemorrhaging services such as the outpatient pharmacy shut down if the state follows through on 10 percent across-the-board cuts in Medicaid, the hospital CEO warned.

News you can use

District receives Augusta offices
After weeks of discussion about where the city should move its fire administration

Employee sues health facility
The author of a once-anonymous letter that sparked state and federal investigations at an Augusta mental health institution filed suit Tuesday, saying she is being demoted and harassed.

Owner of craft offers reward
More than eight months after an airplane was reported stolen from Augusta's Daniel Field airport, the plane's owner said Wednesday he'll offer an incentive for the recovery of his Cessna 172.

Report finds poor roads

Mental health center meeting splits board
A canceled meeting at an embattled mental health center Wednesday revealed a serious rift in the center's governing board.

Changes fail to bring reviews
For two years before she quit in frustration, Janet Weinberger says, she pleaded with the juvenile and superior court judges in Richmond County to turn her part-time job into a full-time position.

Partners develop polo club in Aiken
In Argentina, polo communities are as popular as golf communities in the United States.

Across the area
A convicted rapist who failed to register as a sex offender was arrested Tuesday morning, police said.

Medical University changes burn treatment

Senate votes for legislative pay cut

Consumer group fights proposed cap on medical lawsuits
ATLANTA -- A group of medical malpractice victims gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday to fight proposals to limit malpractice claims.

Perdue proposes more flexibility for school boards

Perdue proposes more flexibility for school boards
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue continued to roll back key aspects of his predecessor's education reform Tuesday when he announced legislation to give school systems more flexibility.

Sanford to keep mansion open

Flag vote will be ignored by blacks, leaders warn

Clients sue stockbroker over losses
Before May 2000, Hazel and Harold Lott's knowledge of financial investments was limited.

News you can use

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A group of medical malpractice victims gathered Tuesday at the Capitol to fight proposals to limit malpractice claims.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Willie Pearson of Augusta.

Perdue's proposal overhauls Barnes' education reforms
ATLANTA - Key elements of former Gov. Roy Barnes' education reforms would be delayed or scaled back under a plan rolled out Tuesday by the man who defeated him.

News you can use
FEB. 20, 1913 If chicken thieves have invaded your premises and "went South" with some of your cherished fowls, you may be able to regain your property by applying at police headquarters and giving a full description of the plumage, etc., of your lost birds. Just a whit of information can be gleaned from this article, and that is they are hens - and fat ones, at that. So, when you inquire of the desk sergeant, be sure that the ones you have lost are hens.

Student faces drug charges
A student at Glenn Hills High School was arrested Tuesday on charges of having crack cocaine and marijuana on campus, police said.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS TO ALL the different churches. Why aren't you speaking up more against the war with Iraq? What do you think Jesus would do? Are the lives of Iraqi children worth less than the lives of American children?

Leaders vote no on Craig inquiry
If an in-depth investigation is good enough for the city, it ought to be good enough for District Attorney Danny Craig.

Court to hear case of man suing to recover lost value after wreck

Employee sues health facility

Georgia's first wave of smallpox shots sees few side effects of drug

Across Georgia

District receives Augusta offices

Rants and Raves
MY RAVE IS for the jail workers who put in a complaint. Thank you for putting that in the newspaper. I am an employee at Aiken County Detention Center. The policy and procedure are not even there. We get written up for everything.

Rev. Jesse Jackson again asks Greenville County Council to honor MLK day

Senate Republicans aim cuts at greenspace, Democrats
ATLANTA -- Budget changes being considered by Senate Republicans would increase Gov. Sonny Perdue's entertainment allowance for the executive mansion by $60,000 - more than doubling it - while cutting money to purchase public lands and boosting the cost of health insurance premiums for poor families.

Senate Republicans aim cuts at greenspace, Democrats

Death row inmate gets chance for life sentence
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A Lexington County man sentenced to die for killing his 2-year-old son will get a new sentencing hearing, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Jackson, Oxendine won't run for Senate

Jackson, Oxendine won't run for Senate
ATLANTA -- Former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson and state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine announced Wednesday they will not run for the U.S. Senate when Zell Miller retires.

Perdue's proposal overhauls Barnes' education reforms

Headed for Atlanta visit, president minds economy as war nears
ATLANTA -- War with Iraq may come within weeks, but President Bush plans to talk about boosting the domestic economy during his visit to an Atlanta-area high school.

ASU student dies of rare blood infection
A rare infection, caused by the same bacterium that causes meningitis, claimed the life of an Augusta State University student early Tuesday.

Escaped child turns up a half-mile from school
GLOVERVILLE - The pursuit of Ian Enlow ended with him clasping a pilfered soda and a toy from a convenience store a half-mile away.

USC Aiken will build new housing complex
AIKEN - A new three-story housing complex will offer about 300 University of South Carolina Aiken students a place to call home on campus in 2004.

Subscriber of the day

News you can use
FEB. 19, 1903 AIKEN - The first case called in court yesterday morning was that of Lawrence Randall, charged with the murder of Arthur Weathersbee. The trial of this case occupied but a short time, and the jury, without leaving their seats, returned the verdict of "not guilty."

Budget dominates Perdue's agenda

Solution to fumes eludes workers at gas plant site

Wachovia buying Prudential brokerage business

Clients sue stockbroker over losses

Mayor resolves deadlock with vote for amendment
By way of a tie, the Augusta Commission broke a monthlong gridlock Tuesday - voting narrowly to amend city laws governing public protest and demonstration.

Owner of craft offers reward

S.C. State reopens search for president

Solution to fumes eludes workers at gas plant site
Fumes from a cleanup project at a defunct manufactured-gas plant on Augusta's Eighth Street remained a concern this week, despite a host of tactics employed by contractors to reduce emissions.

Across the area

Leaders vote no on Craig inquiry

System lacks review panels
Six months ago, outside of public view, children in state custody and their families lost the group of advocates who had stood up to ensure they were treated fairly.

Adviser retains pension contract

Medical University changes burn treatment
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Medical University of South Carolina says it will treat all but the most critically injured burn patients.

University of Georgia receives $3.2 million gift

Storm drill tests pupils
Dozens of children filed out of their classrooms and sought shelter in the hallways of North Columbia Elementary School in Appling on Wednesday as part of a statewide severe-weather drill.

Report finds poor roads
A new study ranks South Carolina as one of the lowest-spending states when it comes to road repair.

Escaped child turns up a half-mile from school

Forget the rat race; see how slow you can go
Brothers and sisters, I stand before you today to humbly beg your help in a valiant effort, a noble experiment. Gather around and join hands as I beseech your assistance.

Young drivers making lasting impressions

Stewart ready for 'real' start of NASCAR season
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Ask Tony Stewart a question, he will give you an answer. That's why it should be no surprise Stewart was one of many who were glad to have the Daytona 500 out of the way.

Stewart ready for 'real' start of NASCAR season

Daytona 500 winner Waltrip is a marathon runner

Racing Newsmaker - Q&A with Johnny Benson

Daytona 500 winner Waltrip is a marathon runner
NEW YORK -- Some years ago, Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip started running marathons, traveling 26.2 miles on his legs instead of his wheels.

Racing Newsmaker - Q&A with Johnny Benson
ATLANTA - Johnny Benson returns to the North Carolina Speedway at Rockingham on Sunday for the Subway 400. The raceway is special for the former American Speed Association and NASCAR Busch Series champion because it's where he won his first, and only, race in his seven-year career on the Winston Cup Series. Benson talked with racing writer Don Coble about going back to the 1.017-mile, D-shaped oval for the first time since he won there on Nov. 3, 2002.

Racing Facts for Subway 400
Here are facts about this weekend's Subway 400 race.

Young drivers making lasting impressions
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - It took Kurt Busch a year and a half to figure out how to handle the pressure of being a driver on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Shaq misses game against Yao

Mavs get victory over Hawks
DALLAS -- Michael Finley scored 26 points and reserve Walt Williams added 15 points as the Dallas Mavericks took early control and eased to a 105-79 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

Shaq misses game against Yao
LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal ruled himself out of Tuesday night's game against Yao Ming and the Houston Rockets because of a sore left knee.

Knights fend off late rally for share of conference lead
GRANITEVILLE - With his team's seemingly insurmountable lead quickly deteriorating late in the game, Aiken Tech coach Charles Welch called a timeout and stressed one thing: defense.

SEC notebook
Though he hasn't disposed of all the trash talk, there's no doubt Tennessee's Ron Slay has toned down his act for his senior season.

Tuell remains stuck on 99
KENNESAW, Ga. - Augusta State coach Gary Tuell will have to wait three more days for another shot at his 100th career victory with the Jaguars.

SEC notebook
Though he hasn't disposed of all the trash talk, there's no doubt Tennessee's Ron Slay has toned down his act for his senior season.

Battle for first in ACC has different feeling
DURHAM, N.C. -- Maybe a heated game between Maryland and Duke will spark one of the last two NCAA champions.

It's decision time for Falcons and Brooking

Falcons extend their time table

Mr. Gurney Wiggins Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
M. Sgt. James Jessee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Byrd    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Opal Kent    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Hollis Williford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Jones    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mrs. Louise Rapp    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Rapp    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marjorie Faulkner    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
Mr. Gary Osbon    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Homer Milford Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Orsbie Johnson Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Casey Bentley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Hutcheson    (ADRIAN, Ga.)
Mrs. Cynthia Terry    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mrs. Laura Reese    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Hazel Broyles    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Rube Hankinson Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Marie Crafton    (PERRY, Ga.)
Mr. Sterling Goldman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sara Harper    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Gaines Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Orsbie Johnson Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Frank Ferris, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sandra Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Walter Engle    (MISHAWAKA, Ind.)
Mr. Ronald Anderson Jr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Marie Crafton    (PERRY, Ga.)
Mr. Hollis Williford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jose Cordova    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Floyd Thigpen Jr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Miss Pauline Constantine    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Laura Reese    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Byrd    (AIKEN, Ga.)
Ms. Catherine Potter    (LOS ALTOS, Calif.)
Mrs. Frances Burris    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Burt    (MADISON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Nasworthy    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Miss Helen Clark    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Corine McPherson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charlie Cummings    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Gaines Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Britton McClain    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Sterling Goldman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Troy Green    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Gladys Phillips    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
Miss Ruth Jackson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Calvin Leipold    (DUBLIN, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Smith    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Georgia Mantlow    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances King    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. David McCullough    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. George Newton    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Britton McClain    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Larry Smith Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Mims    (MARTIN, S.C.)
Mrs. Lucy Blackmon    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna Philbeck    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Casey Bentley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Taylor    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Badie    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Shirley Yingling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ronald Anderson Jr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Christine Beasley    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Shirley Yingling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Raley    (MACON, Ga.)
Mr. Theodore Wilson Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Dera Brooks    (AVERA, Ga.)
Mr. Rube Hankinson Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Charlie Cummings (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Miss Ruth Jackson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Gaines Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Casey Bentley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Reese (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jose Cordova (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sara Harper (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Dera Brooks (AVERA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Crafton (PERRY, Ga.)

Mr. Hollis Williford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Philbeck (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Burris (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Rapp (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Smith Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances King (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Miss Pauline Constantine (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Georgia Mantlow (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Britton McClain (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Crafton (PERRY, Ga.)

M. Sgt. James Jessee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Yingling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gurney Wiggins Sr. (JACKSON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Floyd Thigpen Jr. (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Taylor (DEARING, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lucy Blackmon (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin Leipold (DUBLIN, Ga.)

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

Ms. Catherine Potter (LOS ALTOS, Calif.)

Mr. Frank Ferris, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cynthia Terry (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Hazel Broyles (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Gary Osbon (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Helen Clark (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Phillips (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Burt (MADISON, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Engle (MISHAWAKA, Ind.)

Mrs. Marjorie Faulkner (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Reese (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Casey Bentley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Beasley (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Troy Green (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Gaines Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Yingling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Anderson Jr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mr. Frank Badie (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. George Newton (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Mims (MARTIN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Mary Nasworthy (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Corine McPherson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

This must be our goal
When your lawyer says you need to do something in order to limit your potential legal liability by perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars, that tends to get your attention.

Hunt best man to succeed Sellers
I'm backing Mike Hunt for sheriff in the March 25 Republican primary. I agree wholeheartedly with Carrol Busbee, the retired chief of the Aiken Department of Public Safety, when he said, "We need Mike Hunt as sheriff of Aiken County. Mike is a proven leader with new ideas and a refreshing approach." Greg West, Aiken, S.C.

I.D. tags can help save your pet's life
Since February of 1981, I have been going on WRDW Channel 12's Midday for the Augusta Humane Society and, later, Richmond County Animal Control. I often give a pet tip each week, urging pet owners to have proper food, water and shelter, as well as have pets spayed or neutered to help control the pet population. Also, it is very important to have I.D. and rabies tags on cats and dogs whether they are kept inside or out. Anne Sawyer, North Augusta, S.C.

This must be our goal
When your lawyer says you need to do something in order to limit your potential legal liability by perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars, that tends to get your attention.

No one wins wars
President George W. Bush can draw, but he shouldn't shoot. His trigger finger can itch, but he can scratch it. He should wait until he sees the whites of their eyes, but keep talking. It's all about power. It's the price of oil. It's Christianity vs. Islam. It's who is going to rule the world. It's World War III. Willis Irvin Jr., Augusta

France is part of problem
There's a joke going around that France will soon be sending its "special ops" unit to Iraq - to train Iraqis in the art of surrendering.

Opinions of stars are worthless
On politics, I must say I continue to be both amazed and amused at the amount of press coverage being given to the opinions expressed by various "stars" from the Hollywood elite: Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Martin Sheen and others. For goodness sake, these people are children - actors! Their world is make-believe. Why in the world would anyone give credence to the ga-ga, far-left rantings of such a bunch of squirrels? Karl Bankert, Augusta

Don't belittle safety
For months, Bush administration critics have been beating up on the president for not telling the American people what they can do to help protect themselves in the war against terrorism. Then, when the government finally comes out with a list of things to do, it's widely belittled.

The people know what's good for America
Many people claim we don't have a democratic type of government, but we have a republican form of government. Yet both have the same idea that either form is a government "for the people and by the people." Carl W. Rafoth, Augusta

Kudzu good analogy for Iraqi war
Look no further than your Georgia backyard for the best analogy for supporting President George W. Bush's war with Iraq - kudzu. Wayne B. Brown, Martinez, Ga.

The Nanny State
Liberal fascist do-gooders are at it again. Now they want to ban adults from smoking in cars when there are children passengers.

Michael Jackson same as 'normal' people
Regarding Michael Jackson's so-called eccentricities and implied abuse of children: Kevin Palmer, Martinez, Ga.

Continue civil rights task with focus on 'sameness issues'
We have come a long way as a nation that has struggled with raw segregation and decades of discrimination. We fought a war on our soil to keep the country together as one united nation that would no longer allow the official practice of slavery. Lowell K. Duckett, Evans, Ga.

Three officials an embarrassment and should be investigated
The Augusta area has had its share of corrupt, unethical and sleazy politicians over the years: a former mayor convicted of extortion and sent to the slammer; a former state senator reportedly under investigation by the FBI and GBI; and a former state representative allegedly lining his pockets with state money. Now, revelations that a serving state senator was actively lobbying the elected district attorney and a Superior Court judge for a lesser sentence for a convicted sex offender (sexual battery of a 3-year-old child). The plot thickens when the district attorney apparently admitted to The Augusta Chronicle that he tried to "cover" for the state senator and the judge. Maurie L. Reardon, Martinez, Ga.

Prudent advice worth taking - not!
Let's follow the prudent advice of our friends in the U.S. Senate and House, and the French, Russians and Germans who want us to give Iraqi President Saddam Hussein yet another chance to disarm and destroy his weapons of mass destruction. Mac Smith, Augusta

Supports George W. Bush'sefforts to keep this nation free
If Robert A. Daniels' (Jan. 20 letter, "Augusta's common problem: mayor's poor leadership") can do a better job than Mayor Bob Young, why didn't he run for mayor? Unemployment is caused by former President Lyndon Johnson, who changed the immigration law so that any idiot could enter this country without a security clearance, without a skill required in this country or any knowledge of the English language, opening the door to terrorists and causing 9-11. Robert B. Heynneman, Augusta

DOT needs to address railroad crossing
There's a very dangerous railroad crossing on Lewis Road. One man was killed there two years ago. A school bus crosses two times a day and another Richmond County school bus picks up my grandchild and another child every day right at the dangerous crossing. These children just turned 7 years old. Carol Odom, Augusta

Tyson: Fight with Etienne is back on

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Tyson: Fight with Etienne is back on
LAS VEGAS -- Mike Tyson suddenly changed his mind Tuesday, saying his bout with Clifford Etienne is back on.

Overtime
Wayne Geis has joined Georgia Tech's staff as passing game coordinator and wide receivers. The move is part of a coaching shuffle which saw four assistants given new responsibilities.

Capriati wins for first time this year
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Jennifer Capriati won for the first time this year, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-2, 6-1 Thursday in the second round of the Dubai Open.

Overtime
The NCAA Football Rules Committee has eliminated the 2-yard "halo" rule on kick returns.

North Augusta clinches berth
When the North Augusta boys basketball team started the season as the top-ranked squad in Class AAAA, Yellow Jacket guard Quinton Ferrell insisted his team wasn't affected.

Second season begins
Silver Bluff coach Sam Lilly has Brandon Wallace and his supporting cast primed for the start of the Class AA state playoffs.

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

Prep basketball matchups
Here are area prep basketball playoff matchups.

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

S.C. playoff capsules
Here are South Carolina prep basketball playoff capsules.

It's decision time for Falcons and Brooking
ATLANTA -- With an NFL deadline approaching, the Atlanta Falcons face decisions on Pro Bowl linebacker Keith Brooking and several other key veterans.

Falcons extend their time table
ATLANTA - Deciding Wednesday they will not place a franchise or transition tag on Keith Brooking, the Atlanta Falcons extended their deadline to re-sign the Pro Bowl linebacker until Feb. 28.

Breach in left wing still the main theory about shuttle breakup
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- An engineering professor who warned NASA more than a decade ago about the catastrophic risk of launch debris says his analysis looks "more and more likely" now that the Columbia investigation board suspects a wing breach.

PC World magazine celebrates 20 years of computing
PC World magazine is celebrating 20 years of publication with its March issue and it's a compelling reminder of how much personal computing has changed over the last two decades.

New studies of Atkins diet have surprising results
Is it just possible that Dr. Robert C. Atkins was right? That his high-fat, low-carb plan, ridiculed for 30 years as dangerous nonsense, actually is a good, safe way to lose weight?

Bats, not dogs, responsible for most U.S. rabies deaths
ATLANTA -- Bats - not dogs - cause most of the few rabies deaths in the United States, and the species of bats that are usually to blame are rare, federal officials said Friday.

Eerie follow-up a solid, if flawed, adventure
"Devil May Cry" was a backbreaker. When it was released back in 2001, it seemed designed to bring even the best gamers to their knees, fingers smoking and brain fried by the effort to defeat a game that was amazingly hard to beat.

Bulldogs fend off Tide
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jarvis Hayes scored 23 points and No. 22 Georgia survived a wild comeback attempt to beat Alabama 74-69 Tuesday night, the Crimson Tide's sixth loss in eight games.

Landers suspends Braxton for season
ATHENS, Ga. - The season is over for Kara Braxton, the Georgia women's basketball team's top scorer.

Landers suspends Braxton for season

Warren's return sparks South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Could South Carolina's turnaround be this simple?

Despite troubles, Holtz is optimistic
Lou Holtz has never had much of a problem spinning a negative into a positive. His paychecks for motivational speeches - more than $20,000 a pop, according to some estimates - document that.

Gamecocks rout visiting Vols
COLUMBIA - With his team in the midst of a crushing 26-4 run early in the second half of Wednesday's game against Tennessee, South Carolina's Carlos Powell wore a devious smile that suggested he had roped someone into a trap.

Gamecocks rout visiting Vols

Warren's return sparks South Carolina

Once upon a time a champion could remain anonymous
When the McDonald's at 3804 Washington Road closed recently, it brought to mind one of my favorite Masters Tournament-related stories.

Odds and Ends

Statesboro man invents gizmo to lift and lower toilet seats

British leader says public opposition to war would fade if military action taken

Israel's plans for an attack by Iraq are a decade in the making

Sea lions deployed as underwater guardians in the Persian Gulf

Germany shifts on "war as a last resort"

Expect a swift thrust toward Baghdad if U.S. goes to war

Homeland security chief: be prepared but don't panic

The hard part will come if and when Saddam is forced out

NATO approves urgent deployment of defensive systems to Turkey

European nations give Iraq one last chance to disarm

Homeland security chief: be prepared but don't panic

Bush says he won't be deterred by global protests

Eerie follow-up a solid, if flawed, adventure

PC World magazine celebrates 20 years of computing