Torre, Santo, Miller could get Hall call
NEW YORK -- Until recently, Joe Torre thought he was too active to be considered for Cooperstown.

Mike Schmidt says he's confident Rose will be reinstated

Torre, Santo, Miller could get Hall call

Rose fails to make Canadian Hall of Fame
TORONTO -- Even when he was put on a Hall of Fame ballot, Pete Rose failed to get elected.

Mike Schmidt says he's confident Rose will be reinstated
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Mike Schmidt believes Pete Rose could gain reinstatement to baseball soon.

Rose fails to make Canadian Hall of Fame

Lynx visit prompts third-grader to read paper

Helms doesn't look back

Battle of Braves spring: Castilla tries to hold on to third base
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Atlanta Braves rarely go to spring training with a lot of uncertainty. The biggest question is usually something like: Who's going to be the backup middle infielder?

Pendleton's style catches on
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Four times a week this winter, catcher Javy Lopez and hitting coach Terry Pendleton got together at Hardball Warehouse, Pendleton's indoor hitting facility, and worked on Lopez's swing.

Bong keeps close eye on the news
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - He calls home every day. He figures he spends $100 a week checking on his parents and three older sisters. In between phone calls he watches television for the latest news.

Braves notebook

Glavine won't face Braves this weekend
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Tom Glavine won't be pitching against his old friends on the Atlanta Braves this week.

Pursley makes return to Braves clubhouse

Marquis doesn't consider fifth starter a battle
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Apparently, someone forgot to tell Jason Marquis there's a battle for the final spot in the Atlanta Braves rotation.

Pursley makes return to Braves clubhouse
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- A familiar face showed up in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse Monday.

Byrd returns to Braves as established starter
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Paul Byrd used to pitch for the Atlanta Braves, didn't he? So who's this guy doing all sorts of funky contortions on the mound?

Bong keeps close eye on the news

Helms doesn't look back
PHOENIX -- Wes Helms doesn't like talking about his time in Atlanta, and not because he was buried on the bench for the talent-laden Braves.

Byrd returns to Braves as established starter

Battle of Braves spring: Castilla tries to hold on to third base

Braves notebook
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Center fielder Andruw Jones, a perennial Gold Glove winner, would rather play shortstop.

Marquis doesn't consider fifth starter a battle

Pendleton's style catches on

Division has new leader at helm

Low interest rates push existing-home sales higher
WASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned homes surged to a record monthly high in January as super-low mortgage rates induced people to make that big-ticket commitment despite worries about a possible war with Iraq.

Business briefs
Augusta home health company CareSouth Health System Inc. has relocated its corporate offices to a larger facility at 3623 Walton Way Extension.

Employers to avoid new hires
In the coming months, area employers are expecting to hire new workers at a slow pace - if at all, according to a quarterly survey by Manpower Inc.

Tax tip: what to do if you haven't received a Form W-2
You should receive a Form W-2, "Wage and Tax Statement," from each employer you worked for to use in preparing your federal tax return. According to the IRS, employers must furnish this record of 2002 earnings and withheld taxes no later than Jan. 31, 2003 (if mailed, allow a few days for delivery).

Tax tip: software determines value of donations
Donating a pair of used men's underwear to charity is a tax deduction - $2 a pair if they're in excellent condition, but only half that if in poor shape. And you only used that chain saw for one teensy massacre, so it's in excellent condition. That's worth a $25 deduction.

Tax tip: software determines value of donations

Stocks gain despite war fears, declining consumer confidence

Businessmen drop in at salon for gossip, haircut
Georgia Ansley: Owner took over control of the salon five years ago.

Businessmen drop in at salon for gossip, haircut

Stocks gain despite war fears, declining consumer confidence
NEW YORK -- Tumbling consumer confidence and increasing worries about war pressured Wall Street Tuesday, sending stocks lower for the fourth session in five.

Technology called key to success

Consumer confidence index near 10-year low
NEW YORK -- Consumers have grown extremely wary as the United States inches closer to war with Iraq, driving down their confidence in the economy to its lowest level in nearly a decade, a private research group said Tuesday.

Low interest rates push existing-home sales higher

Employers to avoid new hires

Consumer confidence index near 10-year low

Stocks fall on renewed war fears

Business briefs
The local branch of the Service Corps of Retired Executives, a nonprofit association developed by the Small Business Administration to help give guidance to small-business owners, will move to a new location today.

Division has new leader at helm
After several months without a full-time leader, Augusta's Electrolux Home Products is getting a 46-year-old DuPont executive as its new president.

Technology called key to success
Georgia's top minority business official told a group of female and minority entrepreneurs Tuesday that mastering technology is their key to success.

Stocks fall on renewed war fears
NEW YORK -- Wall Street posted its biggest decline in a month Monday as the United States and Britain submitted a new U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing war against Iraq. Retail stocks also sagged on forecasts of sluggish sales.

Tax tip: what to do if you haven't received a Form W-2

Business briefs

Truckers protest port delays
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Traffic gridlock, long waits at check-ins and delays in getting containers are the root causes for angst among Savannah's trucker drivers.

Maryland beats Tigers by 39
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Ryan Randle scored 18 points and Steve Blake added 14 as No. 14 Maryland beat Clemson 91-52 Tuesday night in its final home game of the season.

Maryland beats Tigers by 39

Teams head off to league tournament

UConn still unanimous in women's poll

Different top five for 10th straight week

Jaguars scramble before tournament

Tuesday tipoff

In the works

Terrorist apologists

Brain transplant needed

Dissension - or more?

Lighthearted but heavy

In the know
This wine is great for people who find California or New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc too acidic and crisp. Light, creamy flavors fill the glass, along with pineapple and melon notes.

Stir-fry dish brings China so close you can taste it
Last week our culinary travels took us to Thailand, and this week we're hopping to another Asian country - China.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

Women get hat-titude
It was all about the attitude. Flowers bloomed and feathers flew during the hat fashion show at Thursday's Augusta Newcomers Club meeting.

'Daredevil' dominates second weekend box office
LOS ANGELES -- Despite a nearly 55 percent attendance drop, the superhero adventure "Daredevil" dominated the box office for a second consecutive week, earning $18 million to hold the No. 1 spot against the bawdy frat-house comedy "Old School."

Grammys boost viewership by nearly six million viewers
NEW YORK -- This year's Grammy ceremony proved to be a winner with television viewers.

Entertainment briefs
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Besides Norah Jones, the biggest Grammy winner might have been Michelle DeCourcy.

Underage drinkers consume one-fifth of U.S. alcohol
CHICAGO -- Underage drinkers account for one-fifth of the nation's alcohol consumption, a study says.

Italian motor scooters attract people on a budget
DALLAS -- On a balmy winter's day, one sleek Italian motor scooter after another buzzes up to a bar.

Small portions
Want to spice up the standard side of mash? Grab a whole bulb of garlic, cut 1 inch off the top and place in a small oven-proof bowl or in a piece of foil large enough to cover the bulb. Drizzle extra-virgin olive oil, enough to coat generously, and cover with foil. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. The garlic cloves should just slide out when squeezed at one end. Mash with a fork and add to your favorite mashed potato recipe.

In the know
Partridge Inn officials are looking for memorabilia or photographs of the hotel's original Bamboo Room and they're offering dinner for two at Bambu.

Eagles blank Jacksonville
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Dennis Dove struck out 10 batters and gave up just one hit in seven shutout innings Tuesday in Georgia Southern's 6-0 victory over Jacksonville.

Eagles blank Jacksonville

Nicklaus to play in tourney with all four sons

Drawing a line in the sand with the golf ball

Golf's version of March Madness

The Bear will pair with sons

Burk to file for permit to protest at Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Martha Burk will seek a permit to demonstrate at the Masters about Augusta National's all-male membership, and she won't rule out an illegal protest if the site isn't close enough to the club's main gate.

Golf's version of March Madness
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods was changing shoes after his final round at Riviera when he noticed a broom putter leaning against the locker of Carl Pettersson, his opponent in the first round of the Match Play Championship.

Burk to file for permit to protest at Masters

Drawing a line in the sand with the golf ball
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Ernie Els gets most of the blame.

Nicklaus to play in tourney with all four sons
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Jack Nicklaus is ready for a golfing first - the Golden Bear will play in a tournament with his four sons.

The Bear will pair with sons
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Jack Nicklaus hasn't decided yet if he'll compete in the Masters Tournament, but the Nationwide Tour will bring a full-scale Nicklaus invasion to South Carolina three weeks later.

A second chance

Blackville-Hilda advances

Prep playoff capsules

Barnwell runs away with win

Prep basketball scores

Silver Bluff wins blowout

Prep basketball capsules

A second chance
SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan - The running of Yokosuka Seahawks tailback Chris Bolden left defenders looking to their rear, wondering whoexactly had just passed them during the inaugural Sasebo Bowl.

Thrashers trade Rheaume to Devils for draft choice
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers traded veteran forward Pascal Rheaume to the New Jersey Devils on Monday for a conditional choice in the 2004 NHL entry draft.

Canucks rout Thrashers
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Markus Naslund had a goal and five assists as the Vancouver Canucks extended their NHL-best unbeaten streak to 14 games with a 8-0 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday night.

Thrashers trade Rheaume to Devils for draft choice

Thousands of Marines arrive in Kuwait, nearly completing Marine force here
IN THE KUWAITI DESERT -- Roughly 6,000 U.S. Marines who had been sailing for 36 straight days arrived Monday in Kuwait, bringing the Marine force here to nearly full strength as the U.S. military prepares for a possible attack on Iraq.

Turkey, U.S. fail to agree on conditions of troop deployment
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey delayed a final vote Tuesday on U.S. plans to put tens of thousands of troops in the country after failing to conclude an agreement on the deployment.

Turkish Cabinet agrees to U.S. combat troop deployment
ANKARA, Turkey -- Ending a high stakes diplomatic standoff, Turkey's Cabinet agreed Monday to the deployment of tens of thousands of U.S. combat troops ahead of a possible war in Iraq.

Commander says war's target would be Saddam's pillars of power
LONDON -- The commander of the U.S. military forces massing on the borders of Iraq said Monday his job is to disarm the country, not necessarily to capture or kill Saddam Hussein.

Blair: Saddam has one last chance
LONDON -- Saddam Hussein has "one further final chance" to disarm in compliance with U.N. demands, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday.

Resolution says Iraq has failed to disarm
UNITED NATIONS -- Seeking U.N. approval for military action against Iraq, the United States, Britain and Spain submitted a resolution to the Security Council Monday declaring that Saddam Hussein has missed "the final opportunity" to disarm peacefully.

CBS' Dan Rather lands an exclusive interview with Saddam
NEW YORK -- CBS News' Dan Rather said hard work and luck helped him land his interview with Saddam Hussein on Monday - the Iraqi leader's first interview with a foreign television journalist in 12 years.

Bush heads drive for U.N. backing on using force
WASHINGTON -- Iraq must fully disarm to avoid war, President Bush said Tuesday, as he urged the United Nations to "honor its word" and back U.S. action against Saddam Hussein.

U.N. says missile destruction order is nonnegotiable
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq insisted Monday that a U.N. order to start destroying its Al Samoud 2 missile program by the end of the week was still open to negotiation, but a U.N. official in Baghdad ruled out further discussion.

Lynx visit prompts third-grader to read paper
Here's how things work at my house.

Microsoft founder gives $6.3 million to create small high schools in Georgia
ATLANTA -- The effort to curb Georgia's dropout rate with smaller, more personalized high schools has gotten a boost from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is contributing $6.3 million.

Sixth suspect arrested in slaying
A sixth suspect sought in this week's slaying of a Hephzibah man was captured in Columbia County.

Protesters should protest Iraq, North Korea

Know who the real enemy is

Peaceful protests not possible

President should wait on war

Suggestion for ending flag woes

Front page story leaves much to be desired

No longer trusts paper's movie reviews

Diversity through quotas is artificial

Don't blame George W. Bush for Clinton's mistakes

Alcohol-free restaurants better than smoke-free

Stir-fry dish brings China so close you can taste it

Women get hat-titude

Small portions

Grammys boost viewership by nearly six million viewers

Senior calendar

Entertainment briefs

'Daredevil' dominates second weekend box office

Italian motor scooters attract people on a budget

Fan favorite back with Lynx
Chris Thompson is coming home.

Five Questions with Ryan Lauzon

Fan favorite back with Lynx

Owner renews Lynx's lease
On a day when the Augusta Lynx re-acquired fan favorite Chris Thompson from the Dayton Bombers, minority owner Mark Vieira gave local hockey fans an even bigger reason to celebrate.

Five Questions with Ryan Lauzon
Augusta Lynx forward Ryan Lauzon answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Owner renews Lynx's lease

Across the area
The F2 tornado that ripped through Evans on Saturday caused more than $300,000 in damage.

Panel's job is to find place for city workers
In an effort to expedite work on a new city office building, a subcommittee of elected officials, engineers and city employees was appointed Monday by the Augusta Commission's judicial center advisory board.

Morris wants judge to review case

Local teacher makes state cut
Evans Middle School seventh-grade social studies teacher Lorraine Hall has been named one of 12 semifinalists for the 2004 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

Members of governor's reserve unit called up
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- About 15 reservists from Gov. Mark Sanford's Air Force Reserve unit have been called to active duty, a reserve spokesman said. Sanford was not among them.

Improvement work to begin on towpath
Contractors begin work this week on a variety of improvements that include regrading the Augusta Canal's popular towpath and installing safety rails and other features at bridges and overpasses.

Bill would block University of South Carolina hotel
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The president pro tem of the state Senate has introduced a bill to block the University of South Carolina's private foundation from opening a hotel on campus.

Local teacher makes state cut

Misuse of finances concerns county
THOMSON - McDuffie County's administrator has resigned and two other county employees will be reprimanded in the midst of accusations of financial impropriety.

Center could repay billings

Improvement work to begin on towpath

Campaign tops group's record

Across the area

Officials say center could lose funding

News you can use

Members of governor's reserve unit called up

Subscriber of the day

Democrat fires back at Perdue's education plan

Lawmaker's leave of absence raises questions

Airport boosts security

Lawmakers boast diverse training
ATLANTA - Members of the General Assembly are proud of their status as part of a citizen Legislature, but a look at their biographies shows that not all residents have an equal chance of participating in the lawmaking process.

Race may have not played role in election

Money misuses concern board
THOMSON - McDuffie County's administrator has resigned and two other county employees will be reprimanded in the midst of accusations of financial impropriety.

Board reopens manager search

Ban on executing mentally retarded gains key approval in House
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A bill that would ban executing the mentally retarded won key approval in the House on Tuesday.

Nude Internet photo gets pastor removed

Across Georgia

Schools OK military policy
The Columbia County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to approve a policy that would provide additional job security to employees called to active military duty.

Officials say road rage is spreading, causing more deaths despite 2001 law

Center could repay billings
A financially troubled Augusta mental health center could face repaying as much as $770,000 in possibly unauthorized Medicaid billings, officials said Tuesday night.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Gov. Mark Sanford's decision to close Cabinet meetings to the public has drawn criticism from the Society of Professional Journalists.

News you can use
FEB. 26, 1905 A buggy occupied by R.H. Sykes and S.S. Brown was struck by a Georgia Railroad shifting engine at the Marbury Street crossing last night about 8 o'clock. The horse was badly hurt, the buggy demolished and Mr. Brown severely bruised, but neither of the gentlemen was seriously hurt.

Vehicles to be inspected at Hartsfield airport

Campaign tops group's record
Although the United Way of the CSRA fell short of its 2002 campaign goal, there was still cause to celebrate Tuesday.

STAR pupil will pursue drama major

Nude Internet photo gets pastor removed
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - The pastor of a central Florida church has been removed after a watchdog group said it found his nude photo accessible on an Internet personals site.

Cremation industry makes changes

Five people face charges in slaying
Richmond County authorities announced murder charges Tuesday against five people linked to this week's robbery-motivated slaying of a Hephzibah man, including a woman who was arrested Tuesday morning.

Public gets news on MOX plant

Accident at plant would hit the poor

Leader lays out plan for money
AIKEN - Aiken Corp. Chairman Wade Brodie tried Monday night to sell Aiken City Council on the group's plans for $135,000 of city money it wants.

SRS scientist promotes hydrogen fuel
AIKEN - Savannah River Site scientist William A. Summers shares a vision with President Bush.

Cremation industry makes changes
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - It used to be a rarity for family members to ask whether they could watch the cremation of their loved ones' bodies at Wages & Sons Funeral Home in the eastern suburbs of Atlanta.

Accident at plant would hit the poor
AIKEN - Regulators say in a new report that accidents are unlikely at Savannah River Site's proposed mixed-oxide fuel plant.

Police charge four after man's slaying
Richmond County deputies charged four people Monday in connection with the fatal shooting of a Hephzibah man.

Officials say road rage is spreading, causing more deaths despite 2001 law
Jessie Hadden watched her husband take his last breath on Interstate 20 after being stabbed by an angry motorist.

Across the area
An Aiken man whose shootout with a gunman led police to his cocaine and marijuana dealing was sentenced Monday to three years in prison.

Insurance commissioner announces plans for pyrotechnics legislation
ATLANTA -- Georgia's insurance commissioner and a state senator introduced plans Tuesday to regulate stage pyrotechnics - only days after a fire killed nearly 100 people in a Rhode Island nightclub.

Senate Republicans show what budget would look like without tax hike

Senate Republicans show what budget would look like without tax hike
ATLANTA -- Does Georgia really need the tobacco and liquor tax increases Gov. Sonny Perdue proposed?

Teenager admits 3-year-old slaying of best friend
CLARKSTON, Ga. -- For three years it was a haunting mystery: a 10-year-old girl found strangled in a bottle-strewn gully behind her apartment complex.

Rome judge charged with sexual battery
ROME, Ga. -- Rome City Municipal Court Judge J. Scott Callan was arrested Monday on charges of sexual battery and simple battery.

Town pulls bid to build Hunley museum
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- Mount Pleasant, one of three communities that had wanted to build a museum to house the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, has withdrawn its $7 million bid.

Race may have not played role in election
ATLANTA -- A new analysis of the election last November that gave Georgia its first Republican governor in 130 years disputes the contention of some analysts that Gov. Sonny Perdue owes his election to a better-than-average turnout among whites.

Court ruling against auto insurers means money for charities

Democrat fires back at Perdue's education plan
ATLANTA -- A week after Gov. Sonny Perdue suggested sweeping changes in education, a top House Democrat blasted the plan as shortsighted and unworkable.

Schools OK military policy

Few delays reported as Hartsfield begins vehicle checks
ATLANTA -- Police conducting random inspections of cars and trucks at the Atlanta airport caused only slight delays Tuesday, the first day of the new security effort.

Rants and Raves
THIS CONCERNS the people who are trying to boycott the old Georgia flag: I have always said that there were two Georgians. You have the rich Georgians in Atlanta, and then you have the other Georgians. Those in Atlanta with the money are trying to force it down our throats, telling us what we should feel. For the man who owns the Falcons and The Home Depot, I am going to boycott them. I'll go to Lowe's. I say let the people vote on this flag referendum.

Former S.C. governor says war plan is a disaster
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and former South Carolina Gov. John West has attacked the Bush administration's plans for war against Iraq as "an absolute disaster" that would create chaos in the Middle East.

Rants and Raves
THIS CONCERNS the people who are trying to boycott the old Georgia flag: I have always said that there were two Georgians. You have the rich Georgians in Atlanta, and then you have the other Georgians. Those in Atlanta with the money are trying to force it down our throats, telling us what we should feel. For the man who owns the Falcons and The Home Depot, I am going to boycott them. I'll go to Lowe's. I say let the people vote on this flag referendum.

Subscriber of the day

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A new analysis of the election in November that gave Georgia its first Republican governor in 130 years disputes the contention of some analysts that Gov. Sonny Perdue owes his election to a better-than-average turnout among whites.

Across the area

Augusta grants first permit for Masters protest

Five people face charges in slaying

Lawmakers boast diverse training

Bail set for parents of missing girl
CONWAY, S.C. -- Bail has been set at $60,000 each for the parents of a missing 4-year-old girl.

Ban on executing mentally retarded gains key approval in House

Ballet groups merge to give S.C. dancers more opportunities
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Two of the state's largest dance groups are merging to form a single professional troupe that organizers say will help keep top dancers in the state with better pay and a wider audience.

Bail set for parents of missing girl

Another 115 Air Force reservists called up
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Another 115 U.S. Air Force reservists from South Carolina have been called to active duty as preparations continue for possible war with Iraq.

Fort Stewart plans housing

Vehicles to be inspected at Hartsfield airport
ATLANTA -- A directive from the federal Transportation Security Agency to begin random inspections of vehicles approaching Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport is expected to go into effect Tuesday.

Sheriff candidates air differences

Tri-state governors agree not to sue over water for four months
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The governors of Alabama, Georgia and Florida have agreed that their states won't sue each other for four months over water resources and will keep trying to agree on how to share water, Alabama Gov. Bob Riley said.

Researcher will get DNA bank

Court ruling against auto insurers means money for charities
ATLANTA -- A court ruling meant to make auto insurers compensate motorists for the diminished value of their vehicles after accidents has brought a multimillion dollar windfall to Georgia charities.

News you can use

Panel votes to fund repairs

Panel wants OK to investigate

City razes unused building
AIKEN - Louise Washington lost part of her neighborhood Tuesday.

A crowded docket

Deal to speed SRS cleanup
The Department of Energy is reworking its deal with Westinghouse Savannah River Co.

Bill may excuse pupils from mandatory tests

Public gets news on MOX plant
AIKEN - A much-anticipated Nuclear Regulatory Commission report on a proposed Savannah River Site project has been released.

DNA ties man to four 1977 slayings

Workers pass lie test

Ballet groups merge to give S.C. dancers more opportunities

Mother, boyfriend sentenced in bed-ridden child's death
CANTON, Ga. -- The mother of a 13-year-old with cerebral palsy and her boyfriend have been sentenced to five years in prison for charges related to the girl's death.

City plans club fire-code checks
Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department officials will inspect all nightclubs and lounges during the next two weeks to ensure fire-code compliance.

Rome judge charged with sexual battery

A crowded docket
Two judges took on Richmond County's shortage of courtroom space and backlog of criminal cases by holding back-to-back calendar calls in the same courtroom Monday morning.

Mother, boyfriend sentenced in bed-ridden child's death

Insurance commissioner announces plans for pyrotechnics legislation

Board reopens manager search
The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority voted Tuesday to reopen the search for a manager, rejecting its top pick after contract negotiations.

Panel votes to fund repairs
After being presented with a petition and a pledge by the city of Hephzibah on Monday, Augusta's Engineering Services Committee recommended spending $500,000 to fix a hole that has come to be known as the Hephzibah Grand Canyon.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Wade Bailey of Augusta.

Witnesses report bridge jumper
Augusta diving crews searched Monday night for a man who might have jumped into the Savannah River from the 13th Street bridge.

Bill would block University of South Carolina hotel

Leader lays out plan for money

News you can use
FEB. 25, 1963 WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Di Lane Plantation near here again is the scene for a field trial, this week hosting the Region Three competition of the Amateur Field Trials Association of America.

Across the region
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -A police major used DNA technology and 25-year-old evidence to link a reputed member of the Dixie Mafia to four execution-style killings committed in metro Atlanta's southern counties in 1977.

Lawmaker's leave of absence raises questions
Democratic state Rep. Alberta Anderson's unpaid leave of absence from the Richmond-Burke Job Training Authority during the legislative session has generated grumbling in Republican quarters that she is violating the authority's personnel policy.

STAR pupil will pursue drama major
A score of 1,560 on the SAT already ranked Kara Downey a top student in Richmond County.

Rants and Raves
YOUR CHILDREN ARE starved after missing food for five hours? Why don't you go to Iraq or Korea and miss food for five days?

SRS scientist promotes hydrogen fuel

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Lynda Anderson of Augusta.

Aiken approves May bike race
It won't be the Tour de France, but for one night in May, Aiken will play host to some of the world's finest cyclists.

Sixth suspect arrested in slaying

Teenager admits 3-year-old slaying of best friend

Airport boosts security
Airport police are conducting random searches of vehicles at Augusta Regional Airport in reaction to the nation's heightened terrorism alert. Still, officials say passengers shouldn't expect lengthy delays.

Changes to SAT will bring test closer to curriculum
AIKEN - Two years from now, analogies on the SAT will be long gone.

Officials say center could lose funding
Although the director of Fort Discovery said Tuesday that the center's state funding is safe from budget cuts, some local state legislators said they were not sure the funding would stay in place.

Researcher will get DNA bank
A two-year battle over blood and brains in Texas could finally give an Augusta researcher the material she needs to track down genes that might be associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Workers pass lie test
Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority members' efforts to find out which of two employees lied about running a forklift into a co-worker's car failed when both passed a polygraph test.

Fort Stewart plans housing
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Imagine children on bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates and scooters cruising the neighborhood.

Augusta grants first permit for Masters protest
Allison Greene, the general manager of The Boll Weevil cafe, has - in hand - a permit to protest during this year's Masters Tournament, even though her demonstration is going to be more of a cookout than a calling out.

Bill may excuse pupils from mandatory tests
When Jiaquang Chu moved to Augusta last year, there were many obstacles to overcome - a new school, new friends and a new language.

Sheriff candidates air differences
AIKEN - The differences between the two Republican candidates for Aiken County sheriff became clearer Monday as they addressed a political group.

DNA ties man to four 1977 slayings
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- A police major used DNA technology and 25-year-old evidence to link a reputed member of the Dixie Mafia to four execution-style killings committed in metro Atlanta's southern counties in 1977 and 1978.

Morris wants judge to review case
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The court case might be over, but the war of words over Internet access to golf scores continues between the PGA Tour and Morris Communications Co., the parent company of The Augusta Chronicle.

Panel wants OK to investigate
Members of the city's Human Relations Commission want the Augusta Commission to give them permission to investigate the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at will - something the citizens panel is precluded from doing under its governing ordinances.

Woods vs. Els not likely to happen this week
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Like a lottery billboard promoting an outlandish jackpot, the Tiger Woods vs. Ernie Els drama at the Accenture Match Play Championship should come with a fine-print disclaimer.

All but one of four skydivers hurt at NASCAR race released

Formula One denounces complaints from two top teams
LONDON -- Formula One denounced complaints about new rules by two of the sport's biggest teams as "vague claims and confused criticisms."

All but one of four skydivers hurt at NASCAR race released
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Three military skydivers injured during an exhibition before a weekend NASCAR race were released from hospitals Monday.

McMurray runs away with Busch race at Rockingham
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Jamie McMurray led all but five of 197 laps Monday to run away with the rain-delayed Busch Series race at North Carolina Speedway.

NASA wants to give astronauts a shuttle repair kit

Thermal tile remains westernmost piece of shuttle debris

Shuttle inquiry leader described as problem-solver

Trail Blazers edge Hawks
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Rasheed Wallace had 24 points and nine rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Atlanta Hawks 89-86 Tuesday night.

Tuesday tipoff
Reviewing and previewing college basketball in the ACC, SEC and elsewhere:

Different top five for 10th straight week
Arizona and Kentucky were 1-2 in The Associated Press college basketball poll for a second straight week Monday, while Memphis entered the Top 25 for the first time this season.

Jaguars scramble before tournament
Augusta State has two games to figure out a new lineup before the Peach Belt Tournament.

UConn still unanimous in women's poll
Connecticut received a mild challenge in its last two games. Not in The Associated Press poll.

Teams head off to league tournament
The past three seasons, Paine women's coach Selina Kohn has forced her team to watch the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship game from the bleachers.

Mrs. Elizabeth Blizzard    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Mr. William Tye    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Dr. Raymond Bard    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Brady    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Larry Nealious    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. William Maguire    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Brady    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. John Kelley    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Carol Weeks    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Marion Haralson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Bishop B.J. Sanders    (HAMPTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Theresa Goudy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Minnie McDaniel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Burton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Coone    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mr. Genie Huff    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Bragg    (LINDALE, Ga.)
Mrs. Bonnie Hagan    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Evans    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Eunice Edison    (SALLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Eddie Ennis    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Flora Diamond    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ronald Evans    (JERSEY CITY, N.J.)
Mr. Robert Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Estelle Donaldson    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Ralph Westbrook Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Bennie Davis    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Edna West    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Bush Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Dorothy Weeks    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Blizzard    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Mrs. Carol Weeks    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Dorothy Weeks    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Alma Walker    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Alma Walker    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. William Spires Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Daisy Smith    (MONTMORENCI, S.C.)
Mr. Roger Salter    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Patricia Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Rhodes, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Mims    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Sarah Payne    (SYCAMORE, Ga.)
Mrs. Thelma Marks    (LAKELAND, Fla.)
Mrs. Louise Parks    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Catherine Maddox    (OXFORD, Ala.)
Mr. William McDade Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Roy Jacobs    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Louise Lake    (BATESBURG, S.C.)
Mrs. Bernice Harrison    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. John Kelley    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Leline Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Marion Haralson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ora Green    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Bonnie Hagan    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Clara Gibbs    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mrs. Cora Green    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Vernon Busby    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Grant    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Burton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Theresa Goudy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Penny Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Marion Haralson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Westbrook Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Weeks (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William Maguire (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bonnie Hagan (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Minnie McDaniel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Brady (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Leline Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma Marks (LAKELAND, Fla.)

Mrs. Bernice Harrison (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Brady (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Rhodes, Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna West (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Raymond Bard (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Grant (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Carol Weeks (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. William Spires Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Eddie Ennis (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. John Kelley (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Coone (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma Walker (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Weeks (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Theresa Goudy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Theresa Goudy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Salter (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Burton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Bush Sr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. William McDade Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Green (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Evans (WRENS, Ga.)

Ms. Penny Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Davis (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Bishop B.J. Sanders (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mr. Richard Bragg (LINDALE, Ga.)

Mrs. Eunice Edison (SALLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Marion Haralson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Blizzard (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. William Tye (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Smith (MONTMORENCI, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Burton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Maddox (OXFORD, Ala.)

Mr. Larry Nealious (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah Payne (SYCAMORE, Ga.)

Mr. John Kelley (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Parks (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Genie Huff (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Donaldson (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Blizzard (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Lake (BATESBURG, S.C.)

We don't need a new airport
Goody goody for you! The idea was wrong from the start - kind of like someone who wants to buy an airplane, has no money and doesn't know one thing about flying. The point here is the aviation commission didn't realize that Augusta has a nice airport to move people in and out by plane. Most of the time, it is not in use - waiting for incoming and outgoing traffic.Roy C. Patrick, Augusta

Know who the real enemy is
It was very saddening to read the article in the Feb. 6 paper, "Youth minister charged in fight." While the church's job is to draw people to Jesus so that they might come to understand their purpose in life, we have to keep in mind that Jesus is perfect and people are imperfect. Jasper Green, Belvedere, S.C.

Diversity through quotas is artificial
I have to take exception with Bernard Clark's letter to the editor, "Diversity a weakness? Look again," in the Feb. 13 edition of The Chronicle in which he called Lon Purvis a racist for his Feb. 2 letter, "Diversity creates weakness." The Rev. Frank Garner, Augusta

Don't blame George W. Bush for Clinton's mistakes
In response to Andy Reese's letter on Feb. 7, "Feels forced to support war with Iraq as 'lesser of evils,"' a few thoughts: Gary Slater, Appling, Ga.

We don't need a new airport
Goody goody for you! The idea was wrong from the start - kind of like someone who wants to buy an airplane, has no money and doesn't know one thing about flying. The point here is the aviation commission didn't realize that Augusta has a nice airport to move people in and out by plane. Most of the time, it is not in use - waiting for incoming and outgoing traffic. Roy C. Patrick, Augusta

Brain transplant needed
Too little, too late, our hearts go out to the family of Jesica Santillan. The death of the beautiful 17-year-old girl is an unbridled tragedy - made more so by the fact that merely checking blood types may have prevented her death.

Suggestion for ending flag woes
In order to avoid a lot of heated arguments on both sides of the flag issue and a certain boycott by many of our citizens, which would badly hurt our already ailing economy, I suggest the following changes for our state flag: Ollie W. Carter, Wadley, Ga.

Peaceful protests not possible
I had to smile at Jason Jarrard's letter about public protest (Feb. 13, "Putting protest in perspective.") He apparently has never protested in Georgia before. Dennis M. Gruba, Martinez, Ga.

President should wait on war
President George W. Bush (the first questionably elected president our country has ever endured) wants an early end to Iraq inspections. Only recently have the inspection teams reached full staff and acquired high-technological support and intelligence cooperation from the United States. Even the earlier inspections succeeded in promptly disabling Iraq's nuclear program and destroying 95 percent of its chemical and biological weapons. It is much too early to dismiss new, tougher inspections even if Iraqi cooperation is grudging. This could take a year. Toby Tomasi, Augusta

Protesters should protest Iraq, North Korea
What is wrong with these protesters? Why aren't they protesting Iraq and North Korea's proliferation of nuclear and biological weapons? Instead they're protesting our president's resolve to stop it! Maybe, if Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and friends saw a united American public and NATO, they would back down and allow the inspectors to do their jobs. Wouldn't that be a better way to peace?Linda Yorio, Martinez, Ga.

Alcohol-free restaurants better than smoke-free
Let me say to start with, that I do not smoke and have never smoked. I have read a lot of letters saying all restaurants should be smoke-free. Smokers have a right to eat out the same as the non-smokers. People say that the smell of smoke bothers them. I could say that the smell of beer and alcohol bothers me. I have a choice to visit those restaurants that serve alcohol or not to visit them. Same way with non-smokers. Don Matthews, Augusta

No longer trusts paper's movie reviews
I have never written a letter to the editor before because I have never felt compelled to do so. Recently, I looked through the paper for a movie to go to. I asked my son if the Friday paper was a good place to look for current movies since he knows more about these things than I. I find it very hard to justify paying $15 for a movie with my husband unless it is something pretty outstanding. But since I was alone and I could go to the matinee, I was going to treat myself. After reading through the reviews, I decided to go to The Hours. Cynthia A. Jurek, North Augusta, S.C.

Lighthearted but heavy
Which is easier to lose: 20 pounds or $600 million?

Terrorist apologists
Are Arab-American groups anything other than apologists for the extremists among their number? Where are their loyalties, with the terrorists or the United States?

Dissension - or more?
They're going to court to tie the president's hands. They're turning their backs on the flag. They're calling their own president an "international terrorist." And some of them are traveling to Baghdad to put themselves between U.S. troops and the enemy.

Front page story leaves much to be desired
On Feb. 12, I had the privilege of seeing Les Miserables. It was a wonderful Valentine's Day treat, filled with meaning and great eternal truths - that God's love can turn a heart of stone to a heart of flesh, and that a heart thus changed can make a difference to hurting people. It was a beautiful reminder of the true meaning of love. Michelle Stewart, Fort Gordon, Ga.

Wimbledon, NBC agree to new four-year deal

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Wimbledon, NBC agree to new four-year deal
NEW YORK -- Viewers can have "Breakfast at Wimbledon" with NBC for at least four more years.

Novak advances in Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Third-seeded Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic beat frequent practice partner Dominik Hrbaty 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 on Monday to reach the second round of the Dubai Open.

Overtime
MetroStars forward Clint Mathis had surgery to repair a hernia on Tuesday.

Overtime
Augusta's Chris Wilkins finished fifth out of 200 qualifiers, then won $5,000 in a long drive showdown over the weekend at the Pinnacle Distance Challenge event in Orlando, Fla.

High court vacates order against playoff ban
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Supreme Court ended C.A. Johnson's disputed postseason Tuesday, removing last week's order that allowed the Green Hornets into the state high school playoffs.

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

Prep basketball capsules
Here are capsules for area prep basketball playoff games.

Prep playoff capsules
Here is a capsule look at Wednesday's area prep playoff games.

Blackville-Hilda advances
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Everybody always talks about Brandon Isaac. At least that's the opinion of Blackville-Hilda boys basketball coach Mike Beasley.

Barnwell runs away with win
BARNWELL, S.C. - The banners hanging from the walls at Solomon Blatt Gymnasium, touting state championships and other such accomplishments, all have a common slogan along the bottom: "Not finished, just begun."

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

Silver Bluff wins blowout
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Brandon Bussey waited until the time was right for the first dunk of his career.

Woods vs. Els not likely to happen this week

NASA wants to give astronauts a shuttle repair kit
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- NASA wants to give astronauts on future flights a fighting chance if their space shuttles end up with damaged thermal tiles.

Thermal tile remains westernmost piece of shuttle debris
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- A piece of a thermal tile remains the westernmost debris from Columbia - and probably the earliest known fragment from its breakup - but it has no identifying mark and NASA is struggling to determine where it came from on the shuttle.

Shuttle inquiry leader described as problem-solver
NORFOLK, Va. -- The retired four-star admiral leading the inquiry into what caused the space shuttle Columbia tragedy is described as a charismatic problem-solver who may hold the key to the public's acceptance of the board's findings.

Old medicine proven effective for halting deadly blood clots
BOSTON -- Steady low doses of an old-fashioned blood thinner have been shown to dramatically lower the risk of recurring, dangerous blood clots in the legs and lungs, offering the first effective treatment for an estimated 750,000 U.S. victims annually.

Not all cancer cells can spread, researchers say
WASHINGTON -- Researchers studying breast cancer have found that only a small percentage of the tumor cells are capable of moving on and creating new cancer elsewhere in the body, a discovery they hope will lead to ways to target the most dangerous cells.

B-movie fans will enjoy 'Monsters' video game
Those 1950s monster B-movies that scared kids out of their socks in darkened theaters across the land are back in a wild new game featuring a gaggle of gorillas and Godzillas.

Underage drinkers consume one-fifth of U.S. alcohol
CHICAGO -- Underage drinkers account for one-fifth of the nation's alcohol consumption, a study says.

Diamond Dogs top N.C.-Asheville
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia's Josh Smith singled in two runs in a four-run sixth inning Tuesday en route to a 10-6 victory over N.C.-Asheville.

Diamond Dogs top N.C.-Asheville

Gators rout Gamecocks
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Matt Bonner scored 18 points and No. 4 Florida shot 78 percent in the second half Tuesday night in a 96-63 victory over South Carolina that extended the Gators' home winning streak to a school-record 19 games.

Gators rout Gamecocks

In the works
AIKEN - Cedar Creek Golf Club - make that the Golf Club at Cedar Creek - is on the way back.

Your style
THE FACTS Brittany James, 13, an eighth-grader at Morgan Road Middle School.

My pad
THE FACTS: Lindsay Wagner, 13, is a seventh-grader at Riverside Middle School.

Girl seems obsessed with boyfriend's income
My boyfriend is a 20-year-old high school dropout and makes a living as a car mechanic. Last week he asked me to marry him, but I don't want to tie myself down yet. I love him, but I want to go to college and think I would be more comfortable marrying someone who would be more able to pay the bills. I don't want to lose him, and this seems to complicate things more than being girlfriend and boyfriend. I love him and don't want to lose him. - 18-year-old Augusta girl.

Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD: Road to Perdition, starring Tom Hanks as a Depression-era Chicago hit man; The Tuxedo, with Jackie Chan as an unsuspecting limo driver asked to take a secret agent's place and use his super-power tuxedo; and Tuck Everlasting, with Jonathan Jackson and Alexis Bledel as young sweethearts.

Creative lyrics will win $50 for writers

Artist's corner
Allegra Yeley, 14, is an eighth-grader at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School.

Girl seems obsessed with boyfriend's income

Energetic 'Chicago' returns Vaudeville to big screen
With its catchy tunes and flamboyant costumes, Chicago is hard to resist. And for all the guys who are probably skeptically shaking their heads, I have two names for you: Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger

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Ask us
Q: Who made up the policy requiring uniforms for school in Richmond County?

Audio best

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Creative lyrics will win $50 for writers
It's almost a guarantee that Avril Lavigne wasn't thinking about a country boy when she penned her hit, Skater Boi. But Jessica Beall and Christen Carroll, eighth-graders at Riverside Middle School, had other ideas.

Your style

Lack of respect is shown for many liberated women

Lack of respect is shown for many liberated women
Is chivalry dead? Many centuries have passed since knights in shining armor were the norm. In today's society, women are expected to keep up with the pace of men in the work place and the home.

Artist's corner

Thousands of Marines arrive in Kuwait, nearly completing Marine force here

U.N. says missile destruction order is nonnegotiable

Turkey, U.S. fail to agree on conditions of troop deployment

Turkish Cabinet agrees to U.S. combat troop deployment

Bush heads drive for U.N. backing on using force

CBS' Dan Rather lands an exclusive interview with Saddam

Resolution says Iraq has failed to disarm

Commander says war's target would be Saddam's pillars of power

Blair: Saddam has one last chance

Not all cancer cells can spread, researchers say

Underage drinkers consume one-fifth of U.S. alcohol

B-movie fans will enjoy 'Monsters' video game