France has given us many things, but not support

Pratt has edge among Braves lefties

Braves' notebook

Braves shrug off Spooneybargar comments; Marquis signs
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Atlanta Braves shrugged off criticism by reliever Tim Spooneybarger, who was traded during the offseason to the Florida Marlins.

Braves shrug off Spooneybargar comments; Marquis signs

Braves agree to terms with Marquis, three other players

Braves' future Hall of Famer

Pratt has edge among Braves lefties
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Andy Pratt looks a bit like political commentator James Carville. But Carville doesn't have his fastball.

Braves' future Hall of Famer
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- An empty batting cage provided a suitable backdrop to the start of Chipper Jones' ninth season with the Atlanta Braves.

Hampton starts fresh after two dismal seasons
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Mike Hampton strolled off the mound, having completed another baby step in the rehabilitation of his career.

Braves' notebook
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jason Marquis' demise has been greatly exaggerated.

Hampton starts fresh after two dismal seasons

Braves agree to terms with Marquis, three other players
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Atlanta Braves agreed Friday to a $368,000, one-year contract with pitcher Jason Marquis, expected to be the team's fifth starter.

Pocket change

Direct sales have large market
AMARILLO, Texas -- For Margie McGuire, the color of green is pink.

Women open restaurant to work for themselves

Employees need motivation to perform well
Employees. Don't you just love them? Or do you hate them?

Tax tip: IRS has free publications on many tax topics
From aardvark to zyzzyva, the IRS has a publication that covers it free for the asking. The IRS has numerous publications on a variety of tax-related topics available by phone, fax, or the Internet.

Tax tip: some home refinancing costs are deductible
Taxpayers who refinanced their homes may be eligible to deduct some costs associated with their loans, according to the IRS.

On the move

Stocks post second straight winning week

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Beasley Broadcast Group Inc.

Interim director selected
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce has an interim director during the search for a more permanent leader.

Women open restaurant to work for themselves
Alex Askew was 17 the first time she stepped inside the restaurant at 3160 Wrightsboro Road.

Surge in profits relieves recovering Bridgestone
TOKYO - Japanese tiremaker Bridgestone Corp. reported Friday that its profit more than doubled in 2002 from the previous year, led by a turnaround at its U.S. subsidiary Bridgestone/Firestone and gains in sales in Europe and Japan.

On the move
Beverly Barshafsky Peltierhas joined Augusta Technical College as director of institutional advancement. She will be responsible for the management and day-to-day operation of the Augusta Tech Foundation. Mrs. Peltier brings more than 17 years of marketing and public relations experience from companies such as IBM, First Union and most recently SunTrust Bank, where she served as director of marketing for the Augusta and Savannah markets. She is a 1996 graduate of Augusta State University where she received a bachelor's degree in marketing. She and her husband, Mark, reside in Richmond County.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Free electronic filing course; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; limited seating; University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, 1054 Claussen Road, 737-1790.

Who has your number?
Robert Blocker purchased a big-screen TV from Best Buy }using the Augusta store's attractive 18-month, no-interest payment plan.

Fraud costs millions for investors
When Ronald Robinson recently took the $111,000 that was left of his retirement fund to Solomon Smith Barney, his new stockbroker asked him unfamiliar questions.

Churches form financial firm

Consumer prices up, government reports

National registry to block unwanted telemarketing calls to be built

National registry to block unwanted telemarketing calls to be built
WASHINGTON -- The government will begin within days building a national do-not-call list intended to help people block unwanted telemarketing calls, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Timothy Muris said Friday.

Who has your number?

Churches form financial firm
While most businesses mark their openings with ribbon cuttings and speeches, the United Neighborhood Federal Credit Union will add the sound of choirs to its grand opening at noon today.

Direct sales have large market

Stocks post second straight winning week
NEW YORK -- The Labor Department's report of a moderate increase in inflation helped soothe Wall Street Friday, sending stocks to their second straight winning week despite concerns about Iraq and a U.N. Security Council meeting on Monday.

Employees need motivation to perform well

Consumer prices up, government reports
WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices jumped by 0.3 percent in January, the largest increase in nine months, as concerns about a possible war in Iraq helped push energy prices up sharply.

Tax tip: some home refinancing costs are deductible

Business calendar

Tigers making their case
CLEMSON, S.C. - For the last two years, the Clemson-Florida State basketball game has meant little more than deciding who gets to wear the home jerseys for the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament play-in game.

Tigers making their case

Jaguars earn share of division title with win

Fort Valley State women go unbeaten since Jan. 19

Lady Jaguars helped by forfeits

Paine's Yari Scott shoulders 'The Lion's Share'

A loving sacrifice

Revive the panels

Containment has failed

Maine attractions
MILBRIDGE, Maine - Ah, Maine. Nicknamed Vacationland and touted as "the way life should be," it's a state full of spectacular scenery, pure air and endless hordes of tourist-laden minivans, SUVs and RVs, their occupants intent on finding the perfect Kodak moment, fried seafood and, if possible, a public bathroom in the next 10 miles

In the know
MIX MASTERS Take a popular song, add a dash of made-up lyrics, and what do you get? Local teenagers find out.

What flag rules govern mourning?
Dear Carson: We want to honor our astronauts in the wake of the space shuttle Columbia tragedy. My question regards flying the U.S. flag at half-staff . Is there a predetermined length of time that the flag is to be flown? Are there specific rules and regulations about this? -- Flag Findings

Home reflects teacher's love for painting and antiques
During breaks from painting florals or landscapes in her second-story studio, Sue Powell can look out to the tree-lined street below.

Home front
Consumers today want loads of bubbles.

Hometown son lives his American dream
Mildred Robinson knew there was something special about her middle child.

Arts calendar
THE BATTLE OF AIKEN: re-enactment of Civil War battle today, Carolina Star Plantation, off Interstate 20, Exit 39, in Aiken County; camp opens 9 a.m., 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.

Georgia Tech gets easy win over Rider
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Jeremy Slayden drove in two runs and Kyle Bakker, Jeff Watchko and Jordan Crews combined on a four-hitter to lead top-ranked Georgia Tech to an 8-1 victory over Rider Friday on the first day of the Memorial Health Diamond Classic.

Georgia Tech tries to recover from first home loss
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech has yet to win on the road, and now its winning streak at the friendly confines of Alexander Memorial Coliseum is over.

Georgia Tech tries to recover from first home loss

Shareholders lawsuit dropped
After more than nine months in the courts, the lawsuit brought against the majority shareholder of the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship golf tournament has been dismissed.

Charles in charge at Riviera

Faldo withdraws from Match Play
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Nick Faldo, who qualified for the Match Play Championship with a runner-up finish to Ernie Els two weeks ago in Australia, withdrew from the $6 million tournament Friday because of the flu.

Sir Charles takes command

Veteran McCullough shoots 67 for lead at Verizon Classic

Faldo withdraws from Match Play

Shooting for No. 1

Veteran McCullough shoots 67 for lead at Verizon Classic
LUTZ, Fla. -- Nine-year Champions Tour player Mike McCullough shot a 4-under-par 67 Friday to take a one-shot lead in the Verizon Classic.

Shooting for No. 1
When you're small, you have to speak up to get noticed. When you're a small school, you have to be consistent and persistent to garner attention.

Sir Charles takes command
LOS ANGELES -- Charles Howell III made it a policy not to pay attention to scoreboards until the end, so imagine his surprise when he walked up to the 18th green Friday at the Nissan Open and saw his name at the top.

Charles in charge at Riviera
LOS ANGELES -- Charles Howell III was curious to see how he would respond to his first 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour. The answer was quick and decisive.

Josey's chances blocked

Laney salvages victory

Prep basketball scores

Westside falls to Lady Panthers

Eagles can't stop Squaws

Hawks center surges

Peach County upsets Laney girls

Devils beat Bruins
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jeff Friesen has finally found his scoring touch with the New Jersey Devils, and even the bad shots are finding the net.

Devils beat Bruins

U.S. military planes banned from Swiss airspace except for Iraq surveillance, aid missions
BERN, Switzerland -- Switzerland banned U.S. military planes Friday from using its airspace unless they are on humanitarian missions or providing support for U.N. weapons inspectors in Iraq.

President Carter says warlike stance hurting America abroad
SALT LAKE CITY -- Former President Jimmy Carter blamed U.S. policy in the Middle East for creating animosity abroad, but he stopped short of taking a stand on war with Iraq.

Iraq's celebrated ration system to be tested in event of war
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- In a country where little works, it is showcased as an example of efficiency and social justice - a $3 billion-a-year food ration system that may have saved millions of Iraqis from starvation over the past decade.

U.S. has spent $28 billion so far fighting terror, Pentagon says
WASHINGTON -- The costs of a war with Iraq would be on top of the $28 billion the U.S. military has already spent battling terrorists in Afghanistan and around the world since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Pentagon officials said Friday.

Key developments concerning Iraq
Developments in the Iraq crisis:

Chief U.N. inspector orders destruction of illegal Iraqi missiles
UNITED NATIONS -- Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix ordered Iraq on Friday to destroy dozens of its missiles with ranges that violate U.N. limits, and gave Baghdad a March 1 deadline to begin the demolition.

Opponents of war in Iraq have trouble getting their message on TV
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Ben and Jerry want you. "Take it from a couple of old ice cream guys," Jerry Greenfield says in a recent TV ad arguing against war in Iraq. "Demonstrate. Act.

U.N. reduces humanitarian staff in Baghdad
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Half of the U.N. humanitarian staff in Iraq has left the country over the last two weeks to make a possible evacuation easier in case of war, a U.N. official said Friday.

Powell says there will be no war if Saddam Hussein leaves
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday if President Saddam Hussein leaves Iraq, there will be no war.

Upgraded Patriot missiles await second Iraqi test
ANDOVER, Mass. -- David Hartman, who commanded an air defense battalion outside Tel Aviv during the Gulf War, remembers the thrill of watching a Patriot missile race into the sky and destroy an incoming Iraqi Scud.

France has given us many things, but not support
When I traveled to Europe several years ago, an experienced vacationer advised me to drink the water only in France.

Man arrested in shooting death
AIKEN - An Aiken County man was shot to death early today after a fight broke out at a party in Petticoat Junction.

Harsh weather hits the area
A fast-moving line of thunderstorms pummeled parts of the Augusta area Saturday.

Comments on U.N., Augusta Commission

Applauds tobacco, alcohol tax increase

Many aren't convinced Saddam's a threat

Pacifists live in world of their own delusions

Bush - a one-term president

Book on Lincoln filled with inaccuracies

Comparison to King Solomon blasphemous

Flag editorial insulting and absurd

Home reflects teacher's love for painting and antiques

Maine attractions

Hometown son lives his American dream

Arts calendar

What flag rules govern mourning?

Home front

Lynx move on after bench fight
Just when it seemed like things could get no worse for the last-place Augusta Lynx, their miserable season took another bizarre turn for the worse Thursday night.

Slapshots
Led by a hot goaltending tandem of Patrick Couture and former Lynx Josh Blackburn, the Columbia Inferno have allowed just 17 goals in their past 10 games, going 9-1-0.

Lynx roll to crucial victory
It was a game the Augusta Lynx desperately needed to keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

Slapshots

Lynx move on after bench fight

ECHL notebook

Augusta Lynx Game Weekend
Tonight (Saturday): Lynx vs. Greenville Grrrowl, 7:35 p.m.

Lynx roll to crucial victory

ECHL notebook
The East Coast Hockey League submitted its first-draft proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement last week, and to say that the players are less than thrilled might be the understatement of the year.

State flag issue is still up in air
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue's plan for a vote on the state flag didn't officially go anywhere in the General Assembly last week.

Harsh weather hits the area

Jump Rope for Heart

Georgia belt-tighteners propose early retirement
ATLANTA - If necessity is the mother of invention, Georgia's budget crunch is proving to be a particularly fertile incubator for ideas on saving money.

Battle of Aiken lets pupils watch history
WINDSOR - Under gray skies and surrounded in cannon smoke, Landon Younce celebrated his 14th birthday. He and some of his classmates at Langley-Bath-Clearwater Middle School joined about 3,000 other pupils Friday for the Battle of Aiken school day program.

Legislator gets lesson in schools
ATHENS, Ga. - Government officials need to revisit and possibly revamp unrealistic requirements for improving schoolchildren's test scores in Georgia, U.S. Rep. Max Burns said this week after a tour of Clarke County schools.

Local club to honor students
Richmond County will choose its STARS Monday.

Old courthouse gets fresh look
DANIELSVILLE, Ga. - An out-of-towner who stumbled into the century-old Madison County Courthouse might imagine the building is one of the most thoughtfully preserved historic relics of the area.

EPA has new air pollution rules

Board throws support behind Spanish classes
The Richmond County Board of Education recently took on a new role - that of a rescue squad.

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Former director of Aiken detention center files suit

Across the area
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.

Subscriber of the day
Tim Hendricks is today's subscriber of the day.

Whistle-blower speaks out
It's not that Sharon Haire isn't concerned about her future after getting fired last week from an Augusta mental health center. It's just that she has 5,000 people she is more worried about.

Across the area
Police were investigating a shooting at the One Stop gas station on Barton Chapel Road early this morning.

Counties differ on offering rewards
Do rewards help police solve crimes? Aiken County is banking on it.

Federal program honors school
A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School is one of eight Georgia schools nominated to receive a national honor.

Across the area

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT to all the people complaining about Michael Jackson and his plastic surgery. The only difference from him and Pinocchio is when Pinocchio told a lie his nose got longer; when Michael Jackson tells a lie his nose gets smaller.

Old courthouse gets fresh look

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT to all the people complaining about Michael Jackson and his plastic surgery. The only difference from him and Pinocchio is when Pinocchio told a lie his nose got longer; when Michael Jackson tells a lie his nose gets smaller.

State creates doctor board to decrease tobacco use

Ex-lawmaker's fee gets attention

News you can use
BACK IN TIME FEB. 22, 1933 Bill Congdon, Roosevelt leader in Richmond County, last night stepped alongside Dick Allen, city councilman, as a potential candidate on the wet ticket aspiring to the State Convention, which will vote upon ratification of the congressional resolution to repeal the 18th Amendment.

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Reports cast doubts on Williams' claim
Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams has heard the rumors.

Legislator gets lesson in schools

Tree planting
Roger Davis (left), a landscape architect with the Davis Design Group, and Bill Franke, the chairman of the Pendleton King Park Commission, shovel dirt onto a chalkbark maple tree at Augusta Golf & Gardens.

Judge grants bond to homicide suspect

Across South Carolina
GEORGETOWN -A 2-year-old boy who was admitted to a Georgetown hospital weighing 13 pounds has been placed in foster care.

Savannah approves census challenge
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The Savannah City Council passed a resolution claiming the 2000 census undercounted the city by at least 2,539 people, including more than 1,100 inmates at a state prison.

Aiken's former city manager is dead at 78
Roland Windham, the Aiken city manager from 1963 to 1991 who was key in making the city grow and prosper, died Friday.

Hazard training classes draw health providers
A day after major medical emergencies happened in New York City and in Rhode Island, a group of health providers were in Augusta learning new methods of treating victims in hazardous situations.

Nature wins the day in Aiken
Mother Nature called a premature cease-fire to Saturday's re-enactment of the Civil War Battle of Aiken.

Local club to honor students

City will buy damaged house

News you can use
FEB. 23, 1943 Augusta Kiwanians yesterday unanimously condemned black markets, pledged not to patronize them and to report all black market activities coming to their attention.

Across the Southeast

Girl Scouts serve smiles

News you can use

Across South Carolina

Construction of Atlanta bridge may face weather delay

Cheeks fires up Capitol
ATLANTA - Don Cheeks, Augusta's senior senator, is blunt. And a plain-spoken chairman of a major Senate committee is going to be a lightning rod for controversy.

Georgia belt-tighteners propose early retirement

Girl Scouts serve smiles
Thirteen-month-old Aidan Byrd reacts with glee as he is given a box of Girl Scout cookies at the Kroger store on Washington Road.

Tree planting

A life sentence
Delshon Flournoy doesn't venture outside very much these days.

Battle of Aiken lets pupils watch history

Lyrics busted local rapper
Rap musician Verenzo Holmes might be the only Augusta criminal ever to sing his way into jail.

Subscriber of the day
Robert Abernathy is today's subscriber of the day.

Judge grants bond to homicide suspect
An Augusta man accused of returning to the scene of an argument with a gun and killing an unarmed man was granted a $100,000 bond Friday.

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Challengers surface for Burns' new seat
ATHENS, Ga. - Rep. Max Burns' seat in Congress isn't even warm yet, and possible challengers for the 12th District post, which runs from Athens to Savannah, are already emerging.

Former director of Aiken detention center files suit
AIKEN - A former director of the Aiken County Detention Center filed suit this week, claiming county officials wrongfully fired him.

Across the Southeast
LAFAYETTE, Ga. -Hundreds were expected to attend two events today for people affected by the discovery of uncremated bodies last year at Tri-State Crematory in Noble.

Jump Rope for Heart
Eight-year-old Sam Odi, a pupil at Episcopal Day School, jumps between two ropes. Odi raised $1,000 during the Jump Rope for Heart to benefit the American Heart Association.

State creates doctor board to decrease tobacco use
ATLANTA -- An advisory board of doctors has been created to reduce tobacco use in Georgia, state health officials said Friday.

City will buy damaged house
It's been two years, eight months and two days since floodwaters raged through the modest west Augusta home of Wanda and Mark Adams, marking their last night on Dominion Way and the beginning of what they've described as a personal nightmare.

Severe weather leaves its mark
Augustans breathed a sigh of relief as severe thunderstorms and a tornado passed through the area Saturday morning, causing serious damage in Columbia and Aiken counties but leaving Richmond County unscathed.

Construction of Atlanta bridge may face weather delay
ATLANTA -- Construction on the 17th Street bridge that would have shut down several lanes of Interstate 75-85 in downtown Atlanta over the weekend was canceled Friday.

Hazard training classes draw health providers

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS -Where's the talking duck in the new Aflac commercial? The Columbus-based insurance company isn't saying.

Whistle-blower speaks out

Ex-lawmaker's fee gets attention
A state licensing official said he was a little mystified when he heard former Georgia Rep. Robin Williams was being paid $150,000 to help a south Georgia hospital get a permit from his agency.

Subscriber of the day

News you can use

A life sentence

EPA has new air pollution rules
Augusta's air is no dirtier now than in past years, but changes in the way pollution is measured will require substantial local improvement efforts, according to Georgia's air quality chief.

Lyrics busted local rapper

Woman organizes protest of Burk
An Augusta group is the second organization to apply for a permit to protest Martha Burk's position against the Augusta National Golf Club.

Across the area

Severe weather leaves its mark

Aiken's former city manager is dead at 78

Counties differ on offering rewards

Cheeks fires up Capitol

State flag issue is still up in air

Howell's ready to find out
LOS ANGELES - Nothing's changed. Charles Howell planned a nice, quiet dinner with his wife Heather. He'd call his swing instructor, David Leadbetter. He'd call his sports psychologist, Jim Fannin. He'd go to bed at a decent time.

Dave Blaney wins the pole for Subway 400

NASCAR defends Daytona decision

NASCAR notebook
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Ryan Newman is glad his team decided to test a couple weeks ago at North Carolina Speedway.

Crew chief focuses on race

NASCAR notebook

Dave Blaney wins the pole for Subway 400
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - Of the new cars built for Dave Blaney, the one he drove to the pole position for the Subway 400 was supposed to be the weakest.

Crew chief focuses on race
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. - There are two things obvious about Robert "Bootie" Barker.

NASCAR defends Daytona decision
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Fans and drivers weren't the only ones disappointed with the rain-shortened Daytona 500.

New report suggests Columbia struck by 3 chunks of foam, not 1

NASA engineer warned of possible shuttle breach

76ers top Cavaliers
CLEVELAND -- Once again, Allen Iverson shined as brightly as the lights in Gund Arena.

76ers top Cavaliers

Paine's Yari Scott shoulders 'The Lion's Share'
Carter Gym feels as warm as a sauna as Paine College practices. Yet barely sweating, Yari Scott drains long-range jumper after long-range jumper.

Jaguars earn share of division title with win
Augusta State men's coach Gary Tuell was more relieved to walk away from Christenberry Fieldhouse with an 88-78 victory over Francis Marion and a share of the North Division on Saturday night, than his 100th career win with the Jaguars.

Lady Jaguars helped by forfeits
Just days after being named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Player of the Year, Shaw University's Naomi Mobley was ruled ineligible by the NCAA on Thursday afternoon.

Paine men leave home game happy
Paine's senior guards lit up Carter Gym one final time Saturday night.

Fort Valley State women go unbeaten since Jan. 19
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

Ambrose, Jefferson released to clear salary cap room

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Book on Lincoln filled with inaccuracies
A few of your readers, while engaging in the area's sport of bashing former President Abraham Lincoln, have used Thomas DiLorenzo's book, The Real Lincoln, to defend their own distorted and revisionist views on the Civil War. Jim Murrah, Martinez, Ga.

Comments on U.N., Augusta Commission
Finally, I have read someone in the letters-to-the-editor columns that I am in total agreement with. Amen to Charlie Bowles (Feb. 6, "United States should quit asking permission from U.N."). Raymond E. Ball, Augusta

Comparison to King Solomon blasphemous
The Feb. 14 editorial, "No graceful way out," which compared Gov. Sonny Perdue to King Solomon but then blasphemously belittled Solomon's God-inspired wisdom, is a good example of why many Southerners equate attacks against Confederate symbols (namely the "Southern Cross") with attacks against the South's Bible-belt heritage. P.K. Fitzgerald, Harlem, Ga.

Revive the panels
Recent sordid stories out of Florida tell how some children in state care have fallen through the cracks - disappeared, got lost in the system, sometimes turned up abused or dead.

Containment has failed
Some arguments against war in Iraq are better than others.

A loving sacrifice
Author/dramatist Jean Anouilh wrote that "Love is, above all, the gift of oneself." Willa Hightower and her dad, Aiken County Councilman Willar Hightower, know something about that.

Flag editorial insulting and absurd
This is in response to your editorial, "No graceful way out," printed on Feb. 14. There are several points contained therein that I would like to respond to. Justin Steele, Martinez, Ga.

Many aren't convinced Saddam's a threat
In your Feb. 11 editorial on the impending war in Iraq ("Let's get this done"), you suggest that France and Germany balk at supporting a war in Iraq out of a callous indifference for the security of the United States and Israel. If France and Germany are aware, as you suggest, that Iraq represents an imminent peril to the United States, their actions represent more than just mere indifference for our security; they embody an outright disdain for us. Patrick Brown, Augusta

Applauds tobacco, alcohol tax increase
With a membership of 360,000, the Georgia PTA's mission is to speak on behalf of Georgia's children and youth, ensuring that every child has an opportunity to reach his full potential. Our concern is for their health, safety and well being. To that end, we would like to applaud Governor Sonny Perdue's efforts to increase the user fees on tobacco and alcohol. Shiree Lynch, Smyrna, Ga.

Pacifists live in world of their own delusions
Inspections in Iraq have run their final course. It is clearer than ever that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has no intention to disarm. He must be disarmed in the only language he understands: force. Herbert A. Edney IV, Augusta

Bush - a one-term president
I see where President George W. Bush wants to lower the taxes again. That makes sense with impending deficits as far as the eye can see, and the Republicans are shooting themselves in the foot, time after time after time. Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.

Quick work: Tyson wins in 49 seconds

Area sports announcemnets

Overtime

In Mike Tyson's world the bizarre is normal

First all-American semis on ATP Tour since 1995

Hauraki Gulf keeps America's Cup in holding pattern
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- The fickle Hauraki Gulf was at it again Saturday.

Area sports announcemnets
Saturday, March 8-Sunday, March 9: The Carolina Dragway presents the International Hot Rod Association Pro-Am Tour. All sportsman classes - top dragster, top sportsman, super stock, stock, quick rod, super rod and hot rod - will be racing. Qualifying begins Saturday evening, with eliminations Sunday afternoon. For more information, call Jeff or Kathy Miles at (803) 266-5831, (803) 471-2285, or go to www.carlionadragway.com.

In Mike Tyson's world the bizarre is normal
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The wacky world of Mike Tyson just keeps getting weirder.

Quick work: Tyson wins in 49 seconds
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - There is still some badness left in Iron Mike after all.

First all-American semis on ATP Tour since 1995
BC-TEN--Memphis,0584 First all-American semis on ATP Tour since 1995 Eds: PMs. By Teresa M. Walker

Ferrero injures ankle, drops out of ABN Amro
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- French Open runner-up Juan-Carlos Ferrero dropped out of the ABN Amro tournament Friday after injuring his right ankle in the first set of his quarterfinal match against Raemon Sluiter.

Overtime
Champion skier Mika Myllyla returned from a two-year ban for a failed drug test and won the Finlandia 60-kilometer race in Lahti, Finland.

Promoting a Safer Haven
Richard Hunt recalls with great fondness the early years of Clarks Hill Lake, when the newly filled reservoir became an inland mecca for boaters.

Outdoors calendar
All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Promoting a Safer Haven

Hunters, fisherman drop big bucks on their hobbies

Hunters, fisherman drop big bucks on their hobbies
Stewart Garrett has enough deer stands, canoes, four-wheelers, remote-controlled cameras, bows, traps, guns and other gadgets to open his own sporting goods store - in several locations.

Laney salvages victory
FORT VALLEY, Ga. - Its free-throw percentage has been awful this season. Embarrassing even.

Bulldogs soar past Hawks
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Size mattered for Silver Bluff and Hanahan in their first-round Class AA state playoff matchup Friday.

Peach County upsets Laney girls
FORT VALLEY, Ga. - When the game was no longer in doubt and the upset was assured, Peach County's Alvon-tee Jackson and Sydnee Scott skipped down the court to the foul line, yelling in jubilation.

Westside falls to Lady Panthers
FORT VALLEY, Ga. - Although Westside hit six 3-pointers, Perry dominated the paint and got 17 points from Moreemi Davis, and Fatima Stripling scored 16 as the top-seeded Lady Panthers beat No. 4 Westside 70-48 in the first round of the Georgia Class AAA playoffs Friday at Peach County High School.

Josey's chances blocked
FORT VALLEY, Ga. - All the work the Josey boys basketball team had done this year, all the goals the Eagles had set came down to a shot with two seconds leftSaturday night.

Hawks center surges
FORT VALLEY, Ga. -- Hampered for much of the season by a high ankle sprain -- a gift he received playing for the Washington County football team -- center Chris Boss hadn't been a dominating force in the post.

Eagles can't stop Squaws
FORT VALLEY, Ga. -- Nothing Dodge County did Saturday afternoon surprised Josey girls basketball coach Lynn Brantley.

Prep basketball scores
Scores from Friday's prep basketball games.

Ambrose, Jefferson released to clear salary cap room
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons released cornerback Ashley Ambrose, receiver Shawn Jefferson and defensive tackle Shane Dronett Friday to move more than $12 million under the NFL salary cap.

'Blind' Billy Graham has his own message
SARALAND, Ala. -- He's very much at ease when he speaks from the pulpit. With the name Billy Graham, it's no wonder.

Mother's belief in God survived cruelest tests
It's often said that humanity ponders only a few ultimate questions: Does God exist? Can we know him? Where did we come from? Is there life after death? Do our lives have purpose? And, of course, this:

Faith digest
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Calling herself "Aly," Episcopal Church Bishop Geralyn Wolf spent January befriending the homeless and sleeping and eating in shelters.

Missions are pride of church
Photos of smiling people in far-off places might suggest an exotic vacation, but at First Presbyterian Church, such pictures pinned up in Sunday school rooms or published in the church newsletter carry a message -- pray for missions.

Faith and Fellowship Calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church- and temple-based activities in the Augusta and Aiken area. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. E-mail items to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Friends think priest killed in service to downtrodden
ST. LOUIS -- The Rev. James Carney, friends say, was a maverick -- a radical Roman Catholic priest whose convictions led him to challenge injustice in his adopted country of Honduras.

Howell's ready to find out

NASA engineer warned of possible shuttle breach
WASHINGTON -- A NASA safety engineer warned days before Columbia broke apart that he feared the shuttle was at risk for a breach near its left wheel and suggested others in the space agency weren't adequately considering the threat.

New report suggests Columbia struck by 3 chunks of foam, not 1
WASHINGTON -- The space shuttle Columbia may have been struck by as many as three large chunks of foam that smashed against delicate insulating tiles as it took off, not just the one noted previously, according to an internal analysis NASA disclosed Friday.

Marketers increase use of sound in online ads
NEW YORK -- Sometimes when Dirk Botterbusch is checking the weather online or listening to music on his computer, an ad starts talking or singing to him, pitching a new car or something else he doesn't need.

Study: If the doctor doesn't wash his hands, the nurses and resident probably won't either
ATLANTA -- If the doctor doesn't wash his hands, the nurses, residents and medical students under his supervision probably won't wash up either, a study found.

Dogs follow orders to rout Gamecocks

Dogs follow orders to rout Gamecocks
ATHENS, Ga. - As South Carolina forward Kerbrell Brown was getting back on defense Saturday at Georgia, he figured he had a second to say something to teammate Tony Kitchings.

Gamecocks expecting a stunning upset of Dogs

Gamecocks expecting a stunning upset of Dogs
A day after his team played a good game, Dave Odom talked one.

U.S. military planes banned from Swiss airspace except for Iraq surveillance, aid missions

Upgraded Patriot missiles await second Iraqi test

Chief U.N. inspector orders destruction of illegal Iraqi missiles

U.N. reduces humanitarian staff in Baghdad

Iraq's celebrated ration system to be tested in event of war

Opponents of war in Iraq have trouble getting their message on TV

U.S. has spent $28 billion so far fighting terror, Pentagon says

Powell says there will be no war if Saddam Hussein leaves

Study: If the doctor doesn't wash his hands, the nurses and resident probably won't either

Marketers increase use of sound in online ads

Mother's belief in God survived cruelest tests

'Blind' Billy Graham has his own message

Faith and Fellowship Calendar

Missions are pride of church

Faith digest

Friends think priest killed in service to downtrodden