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.

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!

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.

Reel in a tasty seafood dinner at Harbor Inn

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.

At the Movies: 'Gods and Generals'

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.

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.

Ramblin Rhodes: Lewis Family mourns its matriarch

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.

How to plan a better apocalypse

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.

Learning from the past

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.

Standing ovations

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

At the Movies: 'Dark Blue'

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.

Club calendar

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.

Applause calendar

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.

Video watch

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.

At the Movies: 'The Life of David Gale'

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

When viewers attack: Club loves bad movies

Mini reviews

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.

Burnett loses in arbitration, settles for $2.5 million

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

Carlita Suzanne Williams
Clifford and Susie Trammel

Margaret Christine Garcia

Zayquannah Hannah LaShay Allen

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.

Morgan Elizabeth Dye
Denton and Mary Beth Dy

Lasharie Demae Mack
Stanley and M

Jack Conlan Sanders

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.

Joshton Christopher Mincey

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

Nicholas Charles Shoup
Tim

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.

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

Jack Conlan Sanders
Mr. and Mrs. G

JoiChanteyanna Kamilah Imani Jackson
Brian S. Freeman

Carlita Suzanne Williams

Emmett Peter Adams III
Emmett Peter Adam

Matthew Edward Hensel

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.

Charles Yates Kelleher

Hagan Edenfield Walker

Joshua Patrick Johnson

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

Zayquannah Hannah LaShay Allen

Doris Shereen Cross
Floyd and P

Emmett Peter Adams III

Trista Lajune Williams
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E.

Alden Christian Ennis

Hagan Edenfield Walker
Bruce and Shel

JoiChanteyanna Kamilah Imani Jackson

Kaylee Michale Stickney
Dan

DeLainey Louise Britt
Phillip and Stephanie B

DeLainey Louise Britt

Kayla Nicole Rutledge

Kaylen Alonna Hudson
Kenny Huds

Kayla Nicole Rutledge
Terry and Kim

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.

Khamal Aidan Zane Brown

Nicholas Charles Shoup

Lasharie Demae Mack

Grant Allen Steerman

Kaylee Michale Stickney

Brice Alan Peterson

Kaylen Alonna Hudson

Trista Lajune Williams

Matthew Edward Hensel
Mr.

Sydney Michelle Land

Isaiah McNair Henderson
John C. and Jennifer R. Henderson

Doris Shereen Cross

Landon Ryan Johnson

Isaiah McNair Henderson

Kaveion Markeese Smith

Margaret Christine Garcia
Jonathan Brooks and Sta

Morgan Elizabeth Dye

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Cox impressed with young left-handers

Braves hold first full-squad workout

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 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.

Practice takes serious tone

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.

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.

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

Deal seals local company's fate

Business briefs
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Business briefs

Housing construction rises to strongest level in 16 years

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tax Tip: what to do with capital gains and losses

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Grandfather's sauce leads to condiment line

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.

U.S. trade deficit hit record in 2002

Stocks fall on four disappointing economic reports

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.

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.

FCC decision on phone competition could affect prices, services

Auburn stadium to be renovated, expanded

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.

Tuell remains stuck on 99

SEC notebook

Pendulum swing

Saving Fort Gordon

The Nanny State

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 report

Fishing tournament news

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.

Spruce up yard with lettuce

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.

Make your garden worm-friendly

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Jackets rout Mercer

Deacs end Jackets' home run

Wake Forest ends Tech's streak

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

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.

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

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

Two Georgia high school athletes die after collapsing during practice

Georgia playoff capsules

Prep basketball scores

Lady Trojans cruise to next round

S.C. playoff capsules

Second season begins

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Key developments concerning Iraq
Developments in the Iraq crisis:

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

DOT needs to address railroad crossing

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

Cheeks' behavior embarrassing

Secure our borders with land mines

Prudent advice worth taking - not!

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

Vets not given the consideration deserved

Continue civil rights task with focus on 'sameness issues'

Much partisan ado over nothing

Not photogenic

The people know what's good for America

Celebrities not qualified to protest

No one wins wars

Democrats just mad because they lost

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

Health calendar

Toy makers hope to make movie stars out of their toys

In the know

Capsules

Duct tape keeps sticking around

Classic design returns to fashion

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.

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

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.

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

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.

District receives Augusta offices

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

Jackson, Oxendine won't run for Senate

Senate Republicans aim cuts at greenspace, Democrats

Escaped child turns up a half-mile from school

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.

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.

Sheriff reveals talk with Burk

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.

S.C. State reopens search for president

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.

MCG could end jobs, services

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Airport hears advice

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.

News you can use

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.

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.

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

Across the area

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.

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

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.

Officer at YDC sues department

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?

Correction

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

Liaison offers advice on base

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

Court rule on secret settlements passes first hurdle

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.

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

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.

Group presents case to officials

Accidents involving cars, deer decrease

Panel trims HOPE scholarships

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

News you can use

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

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.

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.

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.

Flag vote will be ignored by blacks, leaders warn

Across Georgia

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.

Across the area

Mental health center meeting splits board

Retired investigator charged in molestation cases

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.

Students can have choice to succeed, strongmen say

Report finds poor roads

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

Walker asks city officials to hold forums on protest

Police operation catches speeders in work zone

Storm drill tests pupils

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

Bush goes to Georgia to tout economic plan

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Protesters demonstrate during Bush appearance

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.

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.

Owner of craft offers reward

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Across South Carolina

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.

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.

Young drivers making lasting impressions

F1 rivals seek arbitration over changes

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.

Newly employed Tagliani eager for CART season to begin

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.

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.

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.

Stewart ready for 'real' start of NASCAR season

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

Speedway under scrutiny with NASCAR in Rockingham

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 Newsmaker - Q&A with Johnny Benson

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.

Bryant joins Wilt, MJ in NBA record book

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
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.

Hawks oddly silent as trade deadline comes and goes

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.

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.

Falcons extend their time table

It's decision time for Falcons and Brooking

Falcons sign Keith Brooking to contract

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

Ms. Catherine Potter (LOS ALTOS, Calif.)

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

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

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

Mr. Jimmy Grooms (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Margaret Burt (MADISON, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marjorie Faulkner (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Sterling Goldman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Larry Mahre (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charlie White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Helen Clark (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Dwyer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. David May (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Rapp (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Miss Ruth Jackson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Ruth Jackson (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Marie Crafton (PERRY, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Ila Allmond (MARYS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Shirley Yingling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Leigh (WRENS, Ga.)

Casey Bentley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Georgia Mantlow (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Hosie Milton (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sara Harper (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Georgia Mantlow (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Eric Rolland (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Britton McClain (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathie Godbee (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. James Hamlett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Calvin Leipold (DUBLIN, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Frank Badie (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

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

Pastor Geneva Jones (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Givens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Crafton (PERRY, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Reese (AUGUSTA, 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Overtime

Wrestler's resolve

Dogwood Stable off to a fast start

Capriati, Seles reach semis at Dubai Open

College Sports TV will debut Sunday

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
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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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 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.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

No. 3 Lady Vols pound Bulldogs

Lady Bulldogs fall to Tennessee

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.

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.

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

Statesboro man invents gizmo to lift and lower toilet seats

Odds and Ends

Powell expects to hear from Turkey on aid package shortly

Germany shifts on "war as a last resort"

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

NATO approves urgent deployment of defensive systems to Turkey

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

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

Sea lions deployed as underwater guardians in the Persian Gulf

Homeland security chief: be prepared but don't panic

"Modders" breathe new life into video games

Eerie follow-up a solid, if flawed, adventure

PC World magazine celebrates 20 years of computing

20 Years for PC World

Girl dying from botched surgery gets second transplant