Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

Wine and dine
The Big Easy restaurant has moved from Aiken to Augusta, to the former site of The King George Pub at Riverwalk Augusta.

How to plan a better apocalypse
The federal government has been informing the citizenry that in the event of a chemical or biological attack, sealing windows and doors with duct tape and plastic sheeting will go a long way toward keeping contaminants at bay.

Reel in a tasty seafood dinner at Harbor Inn

Applause calendar
THE BATTLE OF AIKEN: re-enactment of Civil War battle Saturday and Sunday, 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. Sunday, 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.; $5 students and $10 adults at gate; (803) 641-1111.

At the Movies: 'Gods and Generals'

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

Ramblin Rhodes: Lewis Family mourns its matriarch

Reel in a tasty seafood dinner at Harbor Inn
Scientists continually tout the health benefits of fish, but the slithery little buggers can be so iffy/messy/smelly to prepare at home that few people bother.

Standing ovations

Ramblin Rhodes: Lewis Family mourns its matriarch
One of my favorite lines about Pauline "Mom" Lewis was telling people that she was sleeping in Conway Twitty's bed.

Applause calendar

At the Movies: 'Old School'
"Old School" is the first film to feature Snoop Dogg and James Carville -- not in the same scene, unfortunately, but hey, there's always room for a sequel!

Video watch

At the Movies: 'The Life of David Gale'
Things don't get much more black and white than Alan Parker's vision of Texas in "The Life of David Gale": The locals are twangy, the governor is an idiot and the death penalty is always, always wrong.

At the Movies: 'The Life of David Gale'

Concert calendar
Southern-fried funny man James Gregory returns to Augusta for a one-night stand at 7:30 and 9 tonight at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. The 7:30 p.m. show is sold out, but tickets ($25) are available for the 9 p.m. show. Call 722-8341.

Concert calendar

Standing ovations
The Augusta Symphony will present Augusta pianists Martin David Jones and Clara Park as part of its MasterWorks series at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. The concert will feature performances of Ward's Jubilation Overture, Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 in E minor, op. 93.

How to plan a better apocalypse

When viewers attack: Club loves bad movies
Though Edmond Kida holds nothing against the two-thumbs-up features that unspool daily at local cineplexes, he believes there is a certain beauty in the truly bad.

At the Movies: 'Dark Blue'

Video watch
JUST OUT: The Four Feathers, City by the Sea, Stealing Harvard, The Rules of Attraction, One Hour Photo and Mostly Martha

Club calendar

Learning from the past
The Civil War is a source of entertainment, and possibly some learning, this weekend, with the opening of the movie Gods and Generals covering the war's early years and some 1,000 enthusiasts presenting a re-creation of one of the South's final victories, the Battle of Aiken.

When viewers attack: Club loves bad movies

At the Movies: 'Dark Blue'
If you ever need to dial 911, the cops of "Dark Blue" are the last bunch of badges you'd want to show up.

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'Gods and Generals'
Turgid, textureless and endless, "Gods and Generals" will alienate all but the most dogged Civil War buffs. It's history as punishment, casting the men and women who made it as deities on Earth - their actions inscrutable, their flaws smoothed over.

Learning from the past

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
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.

Bonds has 'uneventful' surgery on left elbow

Burnett loses in arbitration, settles for $2.5 million

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.

JoiChanteyanna Kamilah Imani Jackson
Brian S. Freeman

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.

Emmett Peter Adams III

Carlita Suzanne Williams
Clifford and Susie Trammel

Nicholas Charles Shoup

Grant Allen Steerman

Sydney Michelle Land

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.

Hagan Edenfield Walker

Zayquannah Hannah LaShay Allen

Isaiah McNair Henderson

Kaylee Michale Stickney
Dan

Morgan Elizabeth Dye

Jack Conlan Sanders
Mr. and Mrs. G

Zayquannah Hannah LaShay Allen

Kaveion Markeese Smith

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.

Margaret Christine Garcia

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.

DeLainey Louise Britt

Matthew Edward Hensel

Trista Lajune Williams

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.

Joshua Patrick Johnson

Hagan Edenfield Walker
Bruce and Shel

Kaylen Alonna Hudson

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.

JoiChanteyanna Kamilah Imani Jackson

Nicholas Charles Shoup
Tim

Carlita Suzanne Williams

Kayla Nicole Rutledge
Terry and Kim

Joshton Christopher Mincey

Jack Conlan Sanders

Brice Alan Peterson

DeLainey Louise Britt
Phillip and Stephanie B

Matthew Edward Hensel
Mr.

Landon Ryan Johnson

Isaiah McNair Henderson
John C. and Jennifer R. Henderson

Lasharie Demae Mack
Stanley and M

Margaret Christine Garcia
Jonathan Brooks and Sta

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

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

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

Lasharie Demae Mack

Emmett Peter Adams III
Emmett Peter Adam

Kayla Nicole Rutledge

Kaylen Alonna Hudson
Kenny Huds

Charles Yates Kelleher

Alden Christian Ennis

Kaylee Michale Stickney

Khamal Aidan Zane Brown

Morgan Elizabeth Dye
Denton and Mary Beth Dy

Doris Shereen Cross
Floyd and P

Trista Lajune Williams
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E.

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.

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.

Braves still consider themselves team to beat

Cox impressed with young left-handers

Braves notebook

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.

Practice takes serious tone

Cox impressed with young left-handers
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Three young left-handers have made quite an impression on Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox during the early days of spring training.

Sheffield anxious to put 2002 behind him
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Gary Sheffield doesn't want to look back. He tries not to look too far ahead, either.

Atlanta looks for new pitchers to step up
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - They might find a way to top the three pitchers they're replacing, but it will be tough and the critics have already begun taking their shots.

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 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.

Braves hold first full-squad workout

Practice takes serious tone
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The crack of bats start at 8 a.m. inside the batting cages at the Atlanta Braves spring training facility.

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.

Economic activity fell in January after three straight months of gains
NEW YORK -- A key gauge of future economic activity fell in January, reversing three straight months of gains, the Conference Board reported Thursday. The group had retracted an earlier report showing the number was flat.

Grandfather's sauce leads to condiment line

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.

Business briefs
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Tax Tip: what to do with capital gains and losses
Almost everything you own and use for personal purposes, pleasure or investment is a capital asset. The IRS says that when you sell a capital asset, such as stocks, the difference between the amount you sell it for and your basis, which is usually what you paid for it, is a capital gain or a capital loss.

Housing construction rises to strongest level in 16 years

FCC decision on phone competition could affect prices, services

Deal seals local company's fate
Augusta's Merry Land Properties Inc. is being acquired by a Virginia real estate company through a $136 million tax-free merger that is expected to close within 90 days.

Business briefs

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.

FCC decision on phone competition could affect prices, services
WASHINGTON -- Consumer advocates say changes to telephone competition rules being considered by the government are only a temporary fix for preserving familiar prices and a choice of services.

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.

Stocks fall on four disappointing economic reports
NEW YORK -- Investors already edgy about the economy got new reasons to sell stocks Thursday with the release of four disappointing economic reports. Ongoing worries about a potential war with Iraq and what it might do to the economy depressed the market further.

IRS warns of most common 'dirty dozen' tax schemes

Deal seals local company's fate

Wachovia buys brokerage

U.S. trade deficit hit record in 2002
WASHINGTON -- The United States recorded a $435.2 billion trade deficit for 2002, the largest imbalance in history, as the weak global economy set back American exports while imports of autos and other consumer goods were hitting all-time highs.

U.S. trade deficit hit record in 2002

Stocks fall on four disappointing economic reports

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.

First Bank touts jump in profits, growth
Powered by brisk mortgage business, the holding company for First Bank of Georgia on Thursday announced record year-end profits and growth in assets.

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.

Tax Tip: what to do with capital gains and losses

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.

Business briefs
Morris Communications Co. LLC announced Thursday that its Fairway Outdoor Advertising division has purchased the Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina assets of Athens, Ga.-based Williamson Outdoor Advertising.

Auburn stadium to be renovated, expanded
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn University plans to refurbish Jordan-Hare Stadium's fan concourses and add about 1,100 seats as part of a $28 million project.

Auburn stadium to be renovated, expanded

Tuell remains stuck on 99

SEC notebook

Pendulum swing

The Nanny State

Saving Fort Gordon

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Fishing report
At last, there is a light showing at the end of the tunnel called "winter," which (officially) has another month from today to run.

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report

Make your garden worm-friendly
All those earthworms you saw wriggling in the top layers of soil last fall have not gone away, just down into the earth to keep warm. As the soil surface warms in spring, these creatures will again rise to near the surface and begin to multiply.

Spruce up yard with lettuce
Looking for an easy-to-grow vegetable this time of the year? Consider lettuce: It can be planted almost anywhere, and there must be a hundred }varieties.

Make your garden worm-friendly

Spruce up yard with lettuce

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.

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.

Wake Forest ends Tech's streak
ATLANTA -- Josh Howard knew all too well how long it had been since Wake Forest won at Georgia Tech.

Deacs end Jackets' home run
ATLANTA - Josh Howard made his case for ACC Player of Year once again.

Eagles edge Georgia St.

Wake Forest ends Tech's streak

Jackets rout Mercer

Deacs end Jackets' home run

Forget the rat race; see how slow you can go

Wie to play in six LPGA Tour events this year

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

Funk rings up a big lead

A new challenge for Woods: Riviera

Wie to play in six LPGA Tour events this year
HONOLULU -- Forget the sleep-overs, watching movies and hanging out at the mall, 13-year-old Michelle Wie has bigger plans this year - competing against the best female golfers in the world.

Funk rings up a big lead
LOS ANGELES -- Fred Funk worries that golf is becoming all about power, playing right into the hands of big hitters like Tiger Woods.

Two Georgia high school athletes die after collapsing during practice

Second season begins

S.C. playoff capsules

Lady Trojans cruise to next round

Prep basketball scores

Georgia playoff capsules

Prep basketball scores

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

Two Georgia high school athletes die after collapsing during practice
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- A second Georgia high school athlete died this week after collapsing at practice.

Key developments concerning Iraq
Developments in the Iraq crisis:

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.

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

Russia issues indirect attack on United States, claiming inspectors being pressured
MOSCOW -- In an indirect attack on the United States and Britain, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said Thursday that U.N. weapons inspectors were being pressured to provide a pretext for war on Iraq.

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.

Powell expects to hear from Turkey on aid package shortly
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday "there may be some creative things we can do" to gain acceptance of a proposed U.S. aid package meant to pave the way for Turkey to help in a war against Iraq.

Without Turkish bases, U.S. would lose option of opening a northern front
WASHINGTON -- Failing to win Turkey's approval to base American ground forces there for a possible invasion of Iraq would be a big setback for U.S. war planners, but Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says it could be overcome.

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.

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.

Astounding answers to most-pressing history questions
It's Friday and time for another edition of "Ask Bill":

Retired investigator charged in molestation cases
THOMSON, Ga. - A retired agent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been indicted on three counts of child molestation and one count of aggravated child molestation.

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.

Explosion sparks massive fire at oil refinery on New York's Staten Island
NEW YORK -- Fire broke out at an oil refinery on the edge of Staten Island, sending black smoke and flames hundreds of feet into the air over New York Harbor.

Not photogenic

The people know what's good for America

Democrats just mad because they lost

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

U.S. should holster weapons, abandon policy of hasty hostility

Celebrities not qualified to protest

Cheeks' behavior embarrassing

No one wins wars

Prudent advice worth taking - not!

Much partisan ado over nothing

Vets not given the consideration deserved

DOT needs to address railroad crossing

Continue civil rights task with focus on 'sameness issues'

Secure our borders with land mines

Classic design returns to fashion

Capsules

In the know

Toy makers hope to make movie stars out of their toys

Health calendar

Duct tape keeps sticking around

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

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

Lynx's Galbraith lights fire under Inferno

Lynx pair return to ice
Lynx captain Brad Ralph and second-leading scorer Jim Shepherd returned to the lineup Thursday against Columbia after missing time with knee injuries.

Inferno sew up series

Lynx game night

Lynx pair return to ice

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

Inferno sew up series
It might take a miracle for the Augusta Lynx to win the Kelly Cup this season, but as long as they remain mathematically alive for a playoff berth, they know anything is possible.

Panel trims HOPE scholarships
COLUMBIA - The House Ways and Means Committee capped its work on a $5.1 billion state budget Thursday, scuttling state lottery funding for HOPE college scholarships along the way.

Across South Carolina
CLEMSON, S.C. - About 300 people gathered on South Carolina college campuses from the Upstate to the coast to talk peace as the United States prepares for war with Iraq.

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

Court rule on secret settlements passes first hurdle

News you can use
FEB. 21, 1923 There will be an important meeting at 12:30 o'clock today in the office of the Board of Commerce when the matter of the Furey Ferry Road and the purchase of the ferry itself will be discussed. This meeting was arranged on Monday when Secretary Spencer Hart of the Augusta Board of Commerce, and District Engineer William Greenslade went to McCormick and conferred with citizens and officials of that county.

Panel trims HOPE scholarships

Court rule on secret settlements passes first hurdle
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A new rule by the South Carolina Supreme Court that limits secret settlements in state courts got support from a House subcommittee Thursday.

Retired investigator charged in molestation cases

Across the area

Students can have choice to succeed, strongmen say

Liaison offers advice on base
A two-part strategy will be needed to lobby political and defense leaders to keep Fort Gordon open during the next round of base closures in 2005, a chamber of commerce official said.

Across the area

Accidents involving cars, deer decrease
Deer-vehicle accidents in Richmond County decreased in 2002 for the first time since annual studies began eight years ago.

Airport's need for new roads might need approval of FAA

Correction
An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said the Department of Family and Children Services has prepared initial case plans for Thelma Brown's four foster children.

Officer at YDC sues department

Protesters demonstrate during Bush appearance
KENNESAW, Ga. -- As President Bush rallied suburban Atlanta around his Iraq and economic plans in a high school gym Thursday, dozens of protesters shouted anti-war chants outside.

Correction

S.C. State reopens search for president

Head of Georgia School for the Deaf learns of probe and quits

MCG could end jobs, services

Group presents case to officials

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?

News you can use

No small change
The logo and sign, above, were revealed at several other Wachovia branches in the city Thursday to mark the completion of the two banks' merger in Georgia. Bank branches in South Carolina will be converted later this year.

Bush tries to drum up support for big tax-cut plan

Rants and Raves
TO THE MILITARY family who remarked about their experience with the Evans High School guidance office: I thought you were describing my daughter's counselor. But then I noticed "Ms." Don't take it personally, they are all like that - putting in an eight-hour day.

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

Airport hears advice
Augusta Regional Airport needs to become more efficient and focus on a new security design if it is to attract needed money for a new terminal project, a consultant told Augusta aviation commissioners Thursday.

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.

Mental health center meeting splits board

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.

Head of Georgia School for the Deaf learns of probe and quits
ROME, Ga. -- The head of the Georgia School for the Deaf resigned Jan. 31, the same day she learned of her suspension for alleged misconduct.

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.

Settlement ends race-based student selection at Buist
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A downtown academic magnet school here has ended its race-based admissions process as part of a settlement of a lawsuit that claimed the system was unconstitutional.

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.

Jackson, Oxendine won't run for Senate

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

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

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.

Owner of craft offers reward

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

Storm drill tests pupils

Explosion sparks massive fire at oil refinery on New York's Staten Island

Across Georgia
ALBANY, Ga. -An Albany man was threatened after someone apparently placed a gay-pride sticker on his car.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Group presents case to officials
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Around the small hospital conference room, they waited with different stories.

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

Sheriff reveals talk with Burk
Martha Burk and Sheriff Ronnie Strength have had plenty to say in the press about city protest laws, but they've never had anything to say to each other.

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.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Evelyn Casey of Martinez.

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.

Students can have choice to succeed, strongmen say
The Strength Alliance will perform at the Christian Heritage Church in Graniteville through Sunday.

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.

Police operation catches speeders in work zone
Police ticketed 35 motorists Thursday along Interstate 20 in a construction zone sting designed to slow traffic in that area.

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.

Airport's need for new roads might need approval of FAA
A recent decision to consider changing Augusta Regional Airport's future could mean resubmitting some plans plans to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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?

Across Georgia

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.

Bush goes to Georgia to tout economic plan

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.

Estimated flag vote tab: at least $2 million
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposed flag referendum would cost the state at least $2 million and may undermine public confidence in the new voting machines, Georgia's top election official warned Thursday.

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.

State patrol: Weather caused largest crash in state history
RINGGOLD, Ga. -- A thick blanket of fog - and not driver error - was to blame for a deadly pileup on Interstate 75 in March 2002, the Georgia State Patrol said Thursday.

Subscriber of the day

Task force: Medicaid patients should seek primary care
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- An ounce of prevention could save the state millions in Medicaid dollars, a governor's task force studying health care reform says.

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.

Bush tries to drum up support for big tax-cut plan
KENNESAW, Ga. -- President Bush worked to build support for his tax-cut proposals Thursday, including an appeal to America's stock "ownership society" to help his embattled plan to eliminate taxes on stock dividends.

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.

Escaped child turns up a half-mile from school

Police operation catches speeders in work zone

Senate Republicans aim cuts at greenspace, Democrats

Protesters demonstrate during Bush appearance

District receives Augusta offices

Airport hears advice

News you can use

Accidents involving cars, deer decrease

Flag vote will be ignored by blacks, leaders warn

Sheriff reveals talk with Burk

Report finds poor roads

Across South Carolina

Walker asks city officials to hold forums on protest

Rants and Raves
TO THE MILITARY family who remarked about their experience with the Evans High School guidance office: I thought you were describing my daughter's counselor. But then I noticed "Ms." Don't take it personally, they are all like that - putting in an eight-hour day.

Solution to fumes eludes workers at gas plant site

Officer at YDC sues department
Sgt. Patricia Walker, the first juvenile correctional officer to speak out about conditions at Augusta Youth Development Campus last year, has sued the Department of Juvenile Justice in federal court, claiming Commissioner Orlando Martinez and other department heads retaliated against her for complaining about race and gender discrimination.

Liaison offers advice on base

Across the area
The 252nd Signal Company, part of the 93rd Signal Brigade based at Fort Gordon, received deployment orders Thursday that could affect as many as 100 people.

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.

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.

College Sports TV will debut Sunday
Coming soon to a cable TV system near you: 24/7 college sports.

Speedway under scrutiny with NASCAR in Rockingham
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- What was long a whisper in NASCAR circles is now a shout: North Carolina Speedway is in danger of losing one of its Winston Cup races.

F1 rivals seek arbitration over changes

Speedway under scrutiny with NASCAR in Rockingham

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.

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.

Daytona 500 winner Waltrip is a marathon runner

Newly employed Tagliani eager for CART season to begin
St. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A few months after losing his job, Alex Tagliani expects to contend for the CART Champ Car World Series title.

Stewart ready for 'real' start of NASCAR season

Newly employed Tagliani eager for CART season to begin

Racing Newsmaker - Q&A with Johnny Benson

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.

F1 rivals seek arbitration over changes
LONDON -- Rival Formula One teams Williams and McLaren are taking the world governing body of motorsports to arbitration over new rules for the 2003 season.

Young drivers making lasting impressions

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.

Bryant joins Wilt, MJ in NBA record book

Hawks oddly silent as trade deadline comes and goes
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks kept their underachieving roster intact Thursday, unable to find a deal to their liking as the NBA trade deadline came and went.

Bryant joins Wilt, MJ in NBA record book
LOS ANGELES -- One minute, Kobe Bryant dragged his aching right knee behind him. The next, he dunked over 7-foot-6 Yao Ming.

Hawks oddly silent as trade deadline comes and goes

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.

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.

Falcons extend their time table

It's decision time for Falcons and Brooking

Falcons sign Keith Brooking to contract

Mr. Gurney Wiggins Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Jimmy Grooms    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Shirley Leigh    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Gaines Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Calvin Leipold    (DUBLIN, Ga.)
Mrs. Marjorie Faulkner    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
Mrs. Shirley Yingling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charlie Cummings    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Ms. Joyce Hendrickson    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Marie Crafton    (PERRY, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothy Givens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Helen Clark    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Rapp    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Byrd    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Doris Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Burt    (MADISON, Ga.)
Mr. Ronald Anderson Jr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Hazel Broyles    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Pastor Geneva Jones    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Sarah Ayers    (MATTAPAN, Mass.)
Mr. James Hamlett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ronald Anderson Jr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Louie Godowns    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Edgar Stephens Sr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Orsbie Johnson Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Ila Allmond    (MARYS, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna Philbeck    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. David McCullough    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Cynthia Terry    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)
Mr. Theodore Wilson Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Theodore Wilson Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Wayne Williams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Cova Cox    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Williams Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Leroy Davis Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Gurney Wiggins Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Larry Mahre    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charlie White    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Frances King    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mattie Watson    (VARNVILLE, S.C.)
Miss Ruth Jackson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Troy Green    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Harold Hammond    (LEXINGTON, S.C.)
Mr. Thadeaus Tompkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Gunter    (SALLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Smith Sr.    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Sterling Goldman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Mims    (MARTIN, S.C.)
Mrs. Kathie Godbee    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Pervis Rouse    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Clara Gibbs    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mr. George Newton    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Frances King    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Ralph Powell    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Georgia Mantlow    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna Philbeck    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Catherine Potter    (LOS ALTOS, Calif.)
Mr. George Newton    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Laura Reese    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Hosie Milton    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Floyd Thigpen Jr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert McNair Sr.    (BOCA RATON, Fla.)
Mr. Hollis Williford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Rube Hankinson Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Lorraine Barrs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Badie    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Marian Coursey    (VAUCLUSE, S.C.)
Casey Bentley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathleen Blackburn    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Sara Harper    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Kate Dangler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Ruth Jackson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Dwyer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
M. Sgt. James Jessee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Sterling Goldman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Georgia Mantlow    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Britton McClain    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. David May    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Eric Rolland    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Marie Crafton    (PERRY, Ga.)
Mr. Sterling Goldman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Margaret Burt (MADISON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sara Harper (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Calvin Leipold (DUBLIN, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Cova Cox (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Watson (VARNVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James Hamlett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Pervis Rouse (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Charlie White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathie Godbee (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Catherine Potter (LOS ALTOS, Calif.)

Mrs. Marian Coursey (VAUCLUSE, S.C.)

Miss Helen Clark (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Georgia Mantlow (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Miss Ruth Jackson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Hosie Milton (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert Gunter (SALLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise Rapp (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Davis Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Ruth Jackson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Givens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Crafton (PERRY, Ga.)

Mrs. Ila Allmond (MARYS, Ga.)

Mr. Britton McClain (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Pastor Geneva Jones (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Badie (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charlie Cummings (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Eric Rolland (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert McNair Sr. (BOCA RATON, Fla.)

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

Mrs. Shirley Leigh (WRENS, Ga.)

Casey Bentley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Georgia Mantlow (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Powell (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Shirley Yingling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Gibbs (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

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

Mr. David May (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Wayne Williams (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Dwyer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Williams Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Crafton (PERRY, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Charles Smith Sr. (TENNILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jimmy Grooms (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Theodore Wilson Jr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Reese (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Larry Mahre (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Faulkner (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

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

Foxes guarding hen house?
LOST IN THE debate about the real and imagined impacts of the Georgia Fair Lending Act is the reality of just how pervasive predatory lending practices have become in Georgia and across the country.

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.

Getting it right the second time
ON FEB. 12, the Georgia Senate passed Senate Bill 53 close on the heels of the Georgia House's unanimous passage of House Bill 142. Bot

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

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

Saving Fort Gordon
Fort Gordon has played an important role in the nation's defense for many decades; now, as U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., made clear last week, it is the fort itself that needs defense - from BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure Commission).

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

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.

Not photogenic
So Martha Burk, chairwoman of the National Council on Women's Organizations, says that CBS wouldn't put her on camera even if she "stripped on the green" at the Augusta National Golf Club. It is a safe bet that no one would want to photograph Ms. Burk wherever she "stripped." James I. Roberts, Washington, Ga.

Much partisan ado over nothing
I have listened to this garbage about Sen. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta, and now feel inclined to write. Alfred F. Newman, Augusta

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.

Vets not given the consideration deserved
I see a fund has been set up for children and families of the crew of the Columbia space shuttle. As tragic as the World Trade Center and loss of Columbia were, they both pale in comparison to the thousands of children and families of brave and honorable members of our armed forces who have given their lives in defense of our great nation. Walter Cybart, Martinez, Ga.

Democrats just mad because they lost
Each morning as I read the editorial page, I find some die-hard Democrat who just can't make it through the day without bashing President George W. Bush. But what they are really mad about is they got pounded in the last elections. Billy Bedgood, Martinez, Ga.

U.S. should holster weapons, abandon policy of hasty hostility
President George W. Bush is champing at the bit, unable to contain himself from sending in the troops with guns drawn. He doesn't want to wait until Iraq's weapons are found and destroyed. But since when do the "good guys" start a war? Since when do the "good guys" shoot first? This has never been the American way. Mary-Kathleen Blanchard, Augusta

Pendulum swing
State Sen. Don Cheeks should never have injected himself into the criminal case of a friend accused of, and ultimately convicted of, sexual battery against a child.

Celebrities not qualified to protest
I wasn't aware that Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Sean Penn, Jeannine Garofalo, Dave Matthews, George Clooney, Alec Baldwin, Richard Gere, Martin Sheen, Jessica Lange and the rest of the airhead, court-jester, propaganda brigade had studied strategic analysis, game theory, nuclear physics, o-chem, bio-weaponry techniques, military history, comparative religions, constitutional theory, the history of republics, the nature of what generals (and commanders in chief) must do to win wars, "popular delusions and the madness of crowds" as it applies to the Internet age in the immediately post-Woodstock era, communist-tyranny, economics and trade-war stratagem or any of the other subjects that might help them understand why real Americans are going to reset the world's table. Will Sasser, Augusta

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

Cheeks' behavior embarrassing
Since when does Sen. Don Cheeks', R-Augusta, position give him the right to interfere with a criminal court proceeding? And even after Bobby Clark Brassell Jr. was convicted of "sexual battery," he continued to try to keep him off the sex offenders' registry and, in doing so, he wanted him to continue to live next to his neighbors - including my family - in hopes we would stay in the dark. There are a number of young kids on these streets who need to know what is out there, and what is living next to them. Steve Franko, 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.

Foxes guarding hen house?
LOST IN THE debate about the real and imagined impacts of the Georgia Fair Lending Act is the reality of just how pervasive predatory lending practices have become in Georgia and across the country.

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.

Getting it right the second time
ON FEB. 12, the Georgia Senate passed Senate Bill 53 close on the heels of the Georgia House's unanimous passage of House Bill 142. Bot

Secure our borders with land mines
Our security at the borders of Mexico and Canada reminds me of the joke about keeping goats from climbing a fence to escape. Just prop a board on each side of the fence in order for them to "walk" across. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah, Ga.

Overtime

College Sports TV will debut Sunday

Capriati, Seles reach semis at Dubai Open

Dogwood Stable off to a fast start

Wrestler's resolve

Dogwood Stable off to a fast start
AIKEN - It's how you finish, not how you break from the starting gate, that matters in the world of thoroughbred racing.

Overtime
In a blockbuster five-player deal at the NBA trading deadline, Ray Allen was sent from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Seattle SuperSonics for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason.

Wrestler's resolve
As a sophomore in Lugoff, S.C., two years ago, Justin Otis won the Class AAA 145-pound state wrestling title.

Capriati, Seles reach semis at Dubai Open
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Jennifer Capriati suddenly has a winning streak.

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.

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

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

Georgia playoff capsules
Here are capsules for Georgia prep basketball playoff games.

Loss motivates Lady Spartans
Bar none, Glenn Hills girls basketball coach Bernard Bowman said, it was the worst game the Lady Spartans have played all season.

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.

Lady Trojans cruise to next round
MONETTA, S.C. - Playing in their first-ever South Carolina Class A playoff game, the Southside Christian Lady Sabres received a rude greeting to life in the postseason from top-seeded Ridge Spring-Monetta on Thursday.

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.

Falcons sign Keith Brooking to contract
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Linebacker Keith Brooking, who could have become a free agent on Feb. 28, signed a contract on Thursday.

"Modders" breathe new life into video games
DALLAS -- As Microsoft was finishing a new game that lets players crossbreed animals - as in elephants with sharks - it gave a select group of programmers an opportunity to tinker with the product.

20 Years for PC World
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.

Girl dying from botched surgery gets second transplant
DURHAM, N.C. -- With perhaps only hours left to live, the 17-year-old girl mistakenly given a heart and lungs with the wrong blood type was miraculously handed a second chance Thursday after doctors - against all odds - located another set of organs.

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.

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.

No. 3 Lady Vols pound Bulldogs
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - If No. 13 Georgia is going to take anything from its 87-60 loss to No. 3 Tennessee on Thursday, it can look to a one-minute stretch midway through the second half.

Landers suspends Braxton for season

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

Lady Bulldogs fall to Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Gwen Jackson scored 14 points and Shyra Ely added 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds as No. 3 Tennessee beat No. 13 Georgia 87-60 Thursday to extend its winning streak to 14.

Lady Bulldogs fall to Tennessee

No. 3 Lady Vols pound Bulldogs

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

Odds and Ends

Statesboro man invents gizmo to lift and lower toilet seats

Sea lions deployed as underwater guardians in the Persian Gulf

Powell expects to hear from Turkey on aid package shortly

Russia issues indirect attack on United States, claiming inspectors being pressured

Germany shifts on "war as a last resort"

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

Homeland security chief: be prepared but don't panic

NATO approves urgent deployment of defensive systems to Turkey

Without Turkish bases, U.S. would lose option of opening a northern front

"Modders" breathe new life into video games

Eerie follow-up a solid, if flawed, adventure

Girl dying from botched surgery gets second transplant

PC World magazine celebrates 20 years of computing

20 Years for PC World