Torre, Santo, Miller could get Hall call

No one elected to Hall by Veterans Committee

No one elected to Hall by Veterans Committee
NEW YORK -- The redesigned Veterans Committee failed to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

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

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

Logan Avery Martin

Robert Kane Hatten

Ellen Gail Perry

Waylon Carl Scott
Mike and Christie Scott of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Waylon Carl Scott, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Ron and Liz Faulk of Paragould, Ark., and Mike and Joan Scott of Martinez.

Savannah Marie Rhodes

Nabrandeye' Najai Shivers
Tenita Quanita Shivers of Sparta, Ga., announces the birth of a son, Nabrandeye' Najai Shivers, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Bobby and Lena Wilson of Sparta.

Ru'Asia Jer'Tyna Alexandria Huddleston

Jasmine Aubreanna Thomas
Aubrey T. Thomas II and Victoria A. Burley, both of Augusta

Emily McBrayer Hogue

Johnathan James Brownlee
Thomas and Janet Brownlee of Augusta ann

Avery Gayle Morningstar

Rachel Hope Bullock
Nathan B

Trevian Montrell Christopher Douglas

Allison Leighann Carter
Ronald All

Johnathan James Brownlee

Hailey Alexis Cliett
Mark and Kimila Cliett of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Hailey Alexis Cliett, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Richard Canterbury of Thomson and Frances Canterbury and Jimmy and Judy Cliett, all of Augusta.

Jesse Edward Rogers

Hannah Grace Dimeler
Scott Christopher and

Jesse Edward Rogers
Mr. and Mrs. Dallas L. Rogers

Trevian Montrell Christopher Douglas
Montrell Douglas and Christina Stampley, both of Gro

Aliyah Grace Ryan
Jeffrey Ryan and Amy Holbrook, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Aliyah Grace Ryan, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Rachels, Mr. and Mrs. Robbie Slater and Chuck Ryan, all of Augusta.

Destiny Tyanna Dunbar
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Aliyah Grace Ryan

Avery Gayle Morningstar
Ryan and Keri Morningstar of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Avery Gayle Morningstar, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Boyd of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. William Morningstar of Martinez.

Ellen Gail Perry
Mr. and Mr

Jasmine Aubreanna Thomas

Destiny Tyanna Dunbar

Bryce Austin Brown

Nabrandeye' Najai Shivers

Logan Avery Martin
Brooke D. and Michelle R. Martin of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Logan Avery Martin, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Rutherford and Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Martin, all of Augusta.

Ja'Maya Nicole Jenkins

Molly Elizabeth Lee
Eric and Tabitha Lee of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Molly Elizabeth Lee, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Russell T. Clark of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Alfred R. Lee of Augusta.

Rachel Hope Bullock

Quailond Anton Newman Jr.
Quailond Anton Newman and Chartara LaVetra Courtn

Abigail Christina Haywood

Ja'Maya Nicole Jenkins
Mark and Barbara Jenkins of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Ja'Maya Nicole Jenkins, Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Jessie and Bessie Fleming of Jackson, Miss.

Allison Leighann Carter

Ru'Asia Jer'Tyna Alexandria Huddleston
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Elijah Lee Rupert
Jeremiah L. and Sunday R. Rupert of Augus

Emily McBrayer Hogue
Michael Thomas and Lisa Brickle Hogue of Augusta announce the birth of a

Hannah Grace Dimeler

Abigail Christina Haywood
Christopher John and

Savannah Marie Rhodes
Justin and Valarie Rhodes of Aiken ann

Robert Kane Hatten
Robert Hatten and Mae Hooks, both of Swainsboro, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Robert Kane Hatten, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Peewee and Judy Hooks of Sw

Quailond Anton Newman Jr.

Brianna Nicole Bartlett
Brian Keith and Kimberly Holt Bartlett

Waylon Carl Scott

Elijah Lee Rupert

Molly Elizabeth Lee

Brianna Nicole Bartlett

Hailey Alexis Cliett

Bryce Austin Brown
Keith and April

Odds and Ends
DOLLAR BAY, Mich. -- A school administrator has proposed a job cut - his own - to help the district fight its growing budget deficit.

Thousands throng India's exorcist fair
MALAJPUR, India -- Farm laborer Jeevan dragged his kicking and screaming wife by her hair toward the priests at the temple of Guru Deoji Maharaj.

Many changes for Ortiz since World Series

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

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.

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.

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.

Marquis doesn't consider fifth starter a battle

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

Braves notebook

Helms doesn't look back

Regulars prepare for first spring game

Byrd returns to Braves as established starter

Regulars prepare for first spring game
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Tired of batting practice and infield drills, the Atlanta Braves will play a game that counts - sort of - Thursday afternoon against Georgia Tech.

Many changes for Ortiz since World Series
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Russ Ortiz has gone through a lot of changes since he walked off the mound in Game 6 of the World Series, a souvenir ball in his glove and the taste of champagne on his lips.

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.

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.

Consumer confidence index near 10-year low

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.

Greenspan opposes to raising limit on deposit insurance

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.

Technology called key to success

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.

City expands marketing event

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

Businessmen drop in at salon for gossip, haircut

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.

City expands marketing event
With the economy putting a serious pinch on the biotechnology sector, local officials will market the community to other industries during Masters Week.

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

Greenspan opposes to raising limit on deposit insurance
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan on Wednesday reiterated the central bank's opposition to raising the $100,000 limit on deposit insurance coverage, saying there would be no "clear public benefit" to the move.

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.

Stocks fall sharply on war worries, Hewlett-Packard revenue
NEW YORK -- Investors held to their pattern of retreating after even a moderate advance, sending stocks sharply lower Wednesday amid ongoing concerns about Iraq. Hewlett-Packard's report of weaker-than-expected revenue also contributed to the decline, which more than wiped out the previous session's gain.

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: How to order tax forms and publications
The Internal Revenue Service has many forms and free publications on a wide variety of topics to help you understand and meet tax-filing requirements. These forms and publications are available on the Internet, on CD-ROM, through fax on demand, over the telephone, through the mail, at some banks, post offices and libraries and even at some grocery stores, copy centers and office supply stores.

Stocks gain despite war fears, declining consumer confidence

Business briefs

Tax tip: How to order tax forms and publications

Low interest rates push existing-home sales higher

Business briefs

Business briefs
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Shares in Ahold, the world's third largest food retailer, tumbled for a third consecutive day Wednesday as the company confirmed that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating accounting irregularities at its U.S. subsidiary.

Maryland beats Tigers by 39

Clemson blanks Charleston Southern

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.

Clemson blanks Charleston Southern
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson opened up newly renovated Doug Kingsmore Stadium with a 5-0 win over Charleston Southern on Wednesday in a game that was shortened to eight innings because of rain.

After 14 seasons, assistant moves on
CLEMSON, S.C. - Rick Stockstill has an idea how he made it through four head coaches and 14 seasons on the football staff.

After 14 seasons, assistant moves on

Fort Valley State baffles Paine

Teams head off to league tournament

USC Aiken women rally for win

Paine women squander lead, fall to Benedict

North Florida sweeps Augusta State at home

Jaguars scramble before tournament

In the works

Long-term solution

Terrorist apologists

Save indigent defense

Dissension - or more?

In the know
The Partridge Inn warrants a mention in the newest listing of the Historic Hotels of America 2003 Directory, which is published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

'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."

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

Fox continues strong streak in ratings race
NEW YORK -- Fox can well afford to write "Joe Millionaire" a check: His show's finale led the network to its most-watched week ever, except during sports events like the Super Bowl or World Series.

Entertainment briefs
ASPEN, Colo. -- The gifts keep piling up for "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Mardi Gras unmasked
Color is key on Tuesday when decorating for Mardi Gras.That's according to Arthur Hardy, Mardi Gras expert for New Orleans' WDSU-TV and author of the award-winning Mardi Gras Guide.

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.

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.

Jackets fall to Duke
ATLANTA -- J.J. Redick scored 19 points and No. 6 Duke secured its seventh straight season with at least 20 victories by beating Georgia Tech 77-58 Wednesday night.

Eagles blank Jacksonville

Jackets fall to Duke

Toughest day is the one spent doing nothing

Howell's woes continue in match play

The Big Easy makes an early exit

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.

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.

Tryon hopes low-key PGA event turns his season around
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Ty Tryon has gone from teenage golf sensation to just another struggling pro on the PGA Tour, even though he's still a few months shy of his high school graduation.

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.

Calcavecchia, Furyk to play at Harbour Town

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.

Top spot eludes Augusta State

Nicklaus to play in tourney with all four sons

Howell's woes continue in match play
CARLSBAD, Calif. - With only two days to flush the disappointment of losing the Nissan Open out of his system, Charles Howell played his way into an extended vacation.

The Bear will pair with sons

Top spot eludes Augusta State
There was no need for the Augusta State golf team to watch The Golf Channel's College Central on Wednesday night.

Calcavecchia, Furyk to play at Harbour Town
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- U.S. Ryder Cup team members Mark Calcavecchia and Jim Furyk will take part in the Heritage golf tournament in April, organizers announced.

The Big Easy makes an early exit
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods held up his end of the bargain Wednesday, defeating Carl Pettersson in the first round of the Match Play Championship.

Tryon hopes low-key PGA event turns his season around

Drawing a line in the sand with the golf ball

Aquinas' girls put priority on playoffs

Laney can measure its travel time in minutes

Prep basketball scores

Blackville-Hilda advances

Prep playoff capsules

Washington-Wilkes waits for experience to catch up with talent

Silver Bluff wins blowout

Prep playoff capsules

SCHSL gets boost in litigious, shaky times

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.

Still no evidence Iraq has decided to disarmed
UNITED NATIONS -- Three days before he is to issue a report to the Security Council, chief U.N. inspector Hans Blix said Wednesday that Iraq's recent letters about its weapons programs did not represent "full cooperation or a breakthrough."

Bush: Overthrowing Saddam would encourage peace
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, offering new justification for war in Iraq, said Wednesday that "ending this direct and growing threat" from Saddam Hussein would pave way for peace in the Middle East and inspire democracy throughout the Arab world.

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.

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.

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.

House of Commons backs Blair on Iraq
LONDON -- The House of Commons backed Prime Minister Tony Blair's determination to disarm Iraq, voting Wednesday to support his handling of the crisis and reject his opponents' assertion that the case for war is "unproven."

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.

Turkey prepares for debate on U.S. troop deployment
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- The leader of Turkey's governing party summoned lawmakers Wednesday in an attempt to persuade them to agree to let in more than 60,000 U.S. troops for a possible war with Iraq.

Protestors flood Senate, White House with calls in "virtual march"
WASHINGTON -- Anti-war protesters on Wednesday made hundreds of thousands of phone calls and sent faxes and e-mails to senators and the White House to voice their opposition to a war on Iraq as part of a "virtual march" on the nation's capital.

Civilian 'human shields' in Iraq cannot be assured of safety
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- In the event of war, American and allied forces could not assure the safety of civilians who deliberately position themselves as human shields against attack on Iraqi targets, the U.S. general who would run the war said in an Associated Press interview.

British jets in Gulf region in "significant double figures"
LONDON -- Britain said Wednesday that it has deployed fast jets to the Gulf region in "significant double figures" to prepare for a possible war with Iraq.

Text of Bush's speech Wednesday night
Text of President Bush's remarks Wednesday night to the American Enterprise Institute, as transcribed by eMediaMillWorks Inc.:

First Patriot missiles, AWACS radar planes arrive in Turkey
ISKENDERUN, Turkey -- Patriot missiles and AWACS surveillance aircraft arrived in Turkey on Wednesday, the first NATO equipment deployed to defend Turkey against a possible attack in the event of an Iraq war.

France says Iraq war now would be seen as "illegitimate"
PARIS -- In an impassioned appeal Wednesday, French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin warned that waging war against Iraq now - without exhausting all peaceful means for disarming Saddam Hussein - would split the international community and "be perceived as precipitous and illegitimate."

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.

Mexico appears to shift toward U.S. position on Iraq
UNITED NATIONS -- U.S. neighbors both north and south are moving to ease the United Nations standoff that has arisen out off competing resolutions on disarming Iraq by the United States, Britain and Spain on one side and France and Germany on the other.

Cowboys release Emmitt Smith
IRVING, Texas -- Emmitt Smith, the leading rusher in NFL history, was released Thursday after 13 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

Car accident kills Martinez woman
A Martinez woman died early today after she lost control of the car she was driving on Belair Road and hit an oncoming tractor-trailer truck.

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.

Fred Rogers, host of 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood', dies of cancer at 74
PITTSBURGH -- Fred Rogers, who gently invited millions of children to be his neighbor as host of the public television show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" for more than 30 years, died of cancer early Thursday. He was 74.

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

They must resign to restore dignity

Suggestion for ending flag woes

Craig suffered from lapse in judgment

Protesters will destroy livelihood of workers

Was Bobby Brassell really guilty?

No longer trusts paper's movie reviews

Burk gets taste of her own medicine

Tort reform: Physician, heal thyself

Conservative demagogues mislead public about taxes

Uses columnist's comparison against him

President should wait on war

Grammys boost viewership by nearly six million viewers

Health calendar

Fox continues strong streak in ratings race

Small portions

'Daredevil' dominates second weekend box office

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

Entertainment briefs

Mardi Gras unmasked

Entertainment briefs

Fan favorite back with Lynx
Chris Thompson is coming home.

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

Fan favorite back with Lynx

Roster moves fill Lynx with promise
The Augusta Lynx have been burning up the transactions wire the past two days, and now that the ECHL trade deadline has passed, coach David Wilkie is sleeping and smiling again.

Five Questions with Ryan Lauzon

Lynx road report
Thursday: vs. Greensboro Generals, Greensboro Coliseum.

Owner renews Lynx's lease

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.

Tag office soon will get improved phone system

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.

White clergy pass petition backing King holiday
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Some white clergy members in Greenville County are circulating a petition supporting a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

News you can use

Rainbow/Push requests application to demonstrate at Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition has requested an application for a permit to demonstrate at the Masters in April.

Cowboys release Emmitt Smith

Savannah symphony cancels season
SAVANNAH, Ga. - First the Savannah Symphony Orchestra's 2002-03 season was cut back.

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.

Rainbow/Push requests application to demonstrate at Masters

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.

County police continue hunt for lost soldier
Where is Michael Ray White?

Local teacher makes state cut

Comprehensive state report card available online
ATLANTA -- Parents will be able to get a comprehensive look at how pupils are doing academically in an annual report card released by the Georgia Department of Education.

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.

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.

Rome judge charged with sexual battery

Air Guard begins series of departures for Gulf region
EASTOVER, S.C. -- Hundreds of men and women from the South Carolina Air National Guard will depart for the Persian Gulf region in the next few days, a spokesman said Wednesday.

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.

Across South Carolina
DENMARK -Denmark will stop commercial garbage collection Saturday because of the city's financial problems, the interim mayor says.

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

Correction

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.

Across the area

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.

Debris found near Cuthbert could be insulation from space shuttle
CUTHBERT, Ga. -- NASA officials are reviewing photographs of debris found earlier this month in a southwest Georgia field that could be from the space shuttle Columbia.

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

Perdue modifying referendum question on state flag
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue is still pushing for a nonbinding referendum on the state flag, but it won't be exactly the way he first outlined it.

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

Across Georgia

Five people face charges in slaying

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.

Improvement work to begin on towpath

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.

State finds more positive flu samples
ATLANTA -- Influenza is still going strong in Georgia, with 19 new positive flu samples confirmed for a total of 51 samples this season, state health officials said Wednesday.

Denmark to stop commercial garbage collection
DENMARK, S.C. -- Denmark will stop commercial garbage collection Saturday because of the city's financial problems, the interim mayor says.

College probes computer thefts

Sanford tries to mend veto issue fences
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford hopes lawmakers can eliminate a longstanding practice of passing laws that affect only one county after his vetoes of so-called "local legislation" riled Republican allies in the General Assembly.

Governor changes referendum plan
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue announced a change Wednesday to the format of his proposed state flag vote, as the emotional issue dominated discussions all over the state Capitol.

Senate approves day-care measure
ATLANTA - Jackie Boatwright got a step closer to her goal Wednesday when the Senate passed a bill requiring uninsured day-care centers to notify parents, something that might have changed her son's life.

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.

Across the area
The pilot of a single-engine plane was killed Wednesday when his plane crashed in an open field three miles south of Sylvania, Ga., police said.

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.

Debris found near Cuthbert could be insulation from space shuttle

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

Across the area

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.

Store supplies of former flag start to fade

Schools' flu absences abate

This magic moment can teach character
Magician Ken Ferree carefully pulls a colored rope out of the ear of 9-year-old Amber Hall at Jefferson Elementary School. Mr. Ferree and his wife, Mary-Ann - together known as Buffalo and Brandy - brought their act to the school Wednesday to talk with the pupils about building character.

Rants and Raves
HOW CAN THE Richmond County judicial system get so far behind if they have been doing their job? I think that too many are tried in the hallway by the lawyers who hold things up and don't succeed; then they have to go to the judges' judicial system later. You can't go backward if you are trying to go forward.

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.

Schools' flu absences abate
More than six weeks after a flu bug had many Columbia County pupils out of the classroom and in bed, school officials said most are back at their desks.

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.

Police say suspects planned to rob man
Six people charged this week with murder in the slaying of a Hephzibah man were all part of a plan to rob the victim of his cocaine, authorities said Wednesday.

Governor changes referendum plan

Group alters push to add school
Residents in the Merriwether community who have been pushing for a second high school in Edgefield County have decided to ask the state for permission to build a charter school instead.

News you can use

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.

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.

Bill would crack down on unwanted e-mail
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- A bill to crack down on unwanted junk e-mail is being considered by a committee in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Bill would block University of South Carolina hotel

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.

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

Savannah symphony cancels season

Airport boosts security

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.

Ban on executing mentally retarded gains key approval in House

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.

Campaign tops group's record

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.

Schools OK military policy

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.

Workers pass lie test

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?

Sixth suspect arrested in slaying

Cities plan pedestrian span

Senate Republicans show what budget would look like without tax hike

Members of governor's reserve unit called up

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Consolidated cities get House OK on tax

Race may have not played role in election

Comprehensive state report card available online

SRS scientist promotes hydrogen fuel

Car accident kills Martinez woman

Officials say center could lose funding

Sanford tries to mend veto issue fences

Subscriber of the day

Fred Rogers, host of 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood', dies of cancer at 74

Augusta grants first permit for Masters protest

Police say suspects planned to rob man

Across Georgia

County police continue hunt for lost soldier

Accident at plant would hit the poor

Across Georgia
CUTHBERT -NASA officials are reviewing photographs of debris found earlier this month in a southwest Georgia field that could be from the space shuttle Columbia.

Teenager admits 3-year-old slaying of best friend

Consolidated cities get House OK on tax
ATLANTA - The House passed legislation Wednesday that would let voters in consolidated cities such as Athens and Augusta raise local sales taxes a penny.

Democrat fires back at Perdue's education plan

College probes computer thefts
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia police are investigating the theft of computer equipment valued at nearly $21,000 from a campus building.

Insurance commissioner announces plans for pyrotechnics legislation

Funds fall short in runway repair needs
An uncertain path is ahead for the crosswind runway at Augusta Regional Airport.

Board reopens manager search

Cities plan pedestrian span
A 21st century alliance between Augusta and North Augusta became formalized Wednesday as business leaders and government officials discussed their transportation futures, including a plan to connect the two cities with a pedestrian/bicycle bridge.

Center could repay billings

Correction
An article in Sunday's Your Life section should have said that actor Keith Robinson is a graduate of Lakeside High School; his character in the NBC series American Dreams is from Jackson, Miss., and his father, Herbert Robinson, is a 30-year employee of Kendall Industries.

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

Doctor traces additive damage
Dale Sickles still gives in to his craving for potato chips and french fries, but only grudgingly.

Rants and Raves
HOW CAN THE Richmond County judicial system get so far behind if they have been doing their job? I think that too many are tried in the hallway by the lawyers who hold things up and don't succeed; then they have to go to the judges' judicial system later. You can't go backward if you are trying to go forward.

Senate approves day-care measure

Doctor traces additive damage

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.

News you can use
FEB. 27, 1915 Detective Roney arrested a neatly dressed man last night on a warrant charging forgery.

Tag office soon will get improved phone system
When Richmond County tag office Tax Clerk Betty Key gets to work at 8:15 a.m., she usually has 30 voice mail messages waiting to be returned. But it's not because a mere 30 people have placed after-hours calls with questions about vehicle registration.

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.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Ronald Burger of Augusta.

Store supplies of former flag start to fade
Unless a vote changes things, Keith Hendry says Georgia's post-1956 flag could become a rare find for flag collectors.

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.

Toughest day is the one spent doing nothing
I have some time to kill, so I'm sitting around the house, watching the clock on the wall, trying to see the minute hand move. If the clock is big enough, and I stare intently enough, I can see the hand move.

Racing Newsmaker: Q&A with Dale Jarrett
LAS VEGAS - Dale Jarrett, 46, heads to Las Vegas as the most-recent winner on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. His victory Sunday at Rockingham, N.C., gave the 39-and-older crowd a 2-0 le

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."

Racing Facts: UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400
Here are facts about this weekend's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 race.

Ecclestone blames F1 teams for changes
LONDON -- The head of Formula One says the governing body was forced to make rule changes because the Williams and McLaren teams were unwilling to cut spending.

Role of a lifetime
LAS VEGAS - Stanton Barrett can do just about anything with a car. He can flip it, spin it, jump it, crash it and, in some cases, even blow it up - all on cue.

NASCAR notebook

Racing Newsmaker: Q&A with Dale Jarrett

NASCAR notebook
LAS VEGAS - The folks at Fox were relieved Sunday when the Subway 400 at the North Carolina Speedway wasn't threatened by bad weather.

Role of a lifetime

Racing Facts: UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400

Shuttle inquiry leader described as problem-solver

Shuttle crew seen on videotape salvaged from wreckage

Engineers raised concerns about Columbia wing burning

NASA wants to give astronauts a shuttle repair kit

Thermal tile remains westernmost piece of shuttle debris

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.

Jordan sits out practice, may miss Rockets game

Jordan sits out practice, may miss Rockets game
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan sat out practice with a stiff right thigh and could miss Thursday's game between the Washington Wizards and the Houston Rockets.

USC Aiken women rally for win
FLORENCE, S.C. - Julie Szabo scored 25 points and Jami Cornwell hit a free throw with 3.1 seconds left as the USC Aiken women rallied past Francis Marion 64-63 on Wednesday in Peach Belt Conference action.

Paine women squander lead, fall to Benedict
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Paine coach Selina Kohn and assistant Terence Palmer sat on the bench stunned.

Fort Valley State baffles Paine
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Yari Scott's final shot as a Paine College Lion, a meaningless desperation heave from midcourt, ricocheted off the backboard.

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.

North Florida sweeps Augusta State at home
Augusta State chose its final home game of the season to honor its graduating seniors, but it was North Florida that left Christenberry Fieldhouse with the glory.

Scott, Dyson make the All-SIAC team
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Paine's Yari Scott and Germaletta Dyson have been named to their respective all-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference teams.

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

Mrs. JoAnn Harris    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Blizzard    (BLYTHE, Ga.)
Mr. Russell Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ora Green    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Clara Gibbs    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mrs. Leline Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Maguire    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Marion Haralson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Alma Walker    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Bernice Harrison    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Bonnie Hagan    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Genie Huff    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Leline Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Roy Jacobs    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Ronald Lawton    (ALEXANDRIA, Va.)
Mrs. Daisy Smith    (MONTMORENCI, S.C.)
Mr. Larry Nealious    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Sue Watts    (TOPEKA, Kan.)
Mrs. Georgia Smallwood    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Willie Burton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothy Weeks    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Estelle Butler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Kelley    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Sinclair Dunbar    (VARNVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Billy Eubanks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Vernon Busby    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Theresa Goudy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Flora Diamond    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Clara Gibbs    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mr. Walter Elam    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Eunice Edison    (SALLEY, S.C.)
Mr. Ronnie Fail    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Thelma Marks    (LAKELAND, Fla.)
Mrs. Ora Green    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Ms. Penny Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Marion Haralson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Vernon Busby    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. James Kellett Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Willie Burton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Minnie McDaniel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Bragg    (LINDALE, Ga.)
Mrs. Florence Morris    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. William Tye    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Katie Orr    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Dr. Raymond Bard    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Pool    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)
Mr. Dwight Allen    (LEESBURG, Ga.)
Mrs. Daisy Smith    (MONTMORENCI, S.C.)
Mr. Ralph Westbrook Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Carol Weeks    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Catherine Maddox    (OXFORD, Ala.)
Dr. Raymond Bard    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Larry Nealious    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Brady    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Earl Summers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Tye    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Donald Tilton Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Patricia Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Alma Walker    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Minnie McDaniel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Bishop B.J. Sanders    (HAMPTON, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Mims    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Sudie Bell    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Lacie McIntosh    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Bragg (LINDALE, Ga.)

Mr. William Tye (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Thelma Marks (LAKELAND, Fla.)

Mr. Russell Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Estelle Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Georgia Smallwood (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Dwight Allen (LEESBURG, Ga.)

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

Mr. Willie Burton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruby Pool (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Brady (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. JoAnn Harris (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Dr. Raymond Bard (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Leline Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Blizzard (BLYTHE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Genie Huff (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Sue Watts (TOPEKA, Kan.)

Mr. William Maguire (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Elam (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. John Kelley (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Flora Diamond (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Tye (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Florence Morris (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Penny Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sinclair Dunbar (VARNVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Marion Haralson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie McDaniel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie McDaniel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Vernon Busby (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Leline Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sudie Bell (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Marion Haralson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Raymond Bard (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Ronald Lawton (ALEXANDRIA, Va.)

Mrs. Lacie McIntosh (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Ora Green (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Maddox (OXFORD, Ala.)

Mrs. Theresa Goudy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Beer tax increase will cause loss of jobs
JUST THE THREAT of a tax increase on beer is already hurting Georgia's economy. After last month's proposal to bump Georgia's beer excise

Unintended consequences of tobacco tax increases
AS YOU FLIP through the cable channels, you likely have seen one of the infomercials that promise to make you a millionaire in buying and sellin

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

They must resign to restore dignity
I had the utmost respect for Judge Carl Brown and District Attorney Danny Craig. However, both have compromised the integrity of their offices in the Bobby Brassell Jr. case. Bill Wood, Hephzibah, Ga.

Beer tax increase will cause loss of jobs
JUST THE THREAT of a tax increase on beer is already hurting Georgia's economy. After last month's proposal to bump Georgia's beer excise

Save indigent defense
One of this session's most important pieces of legislation sailed through the Georgia Senate this past week, but appears headed for serious problems in the House. That's a shame, because it's the bill that overhauls the state's outdated, unfair, unworkable public defender system modeled along the lines recommended by a state Supreme Court-appointed commission last December after two years of study.

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

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.

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?

Long-term solution
South Carolina's governor and lawmakers are just starting to get a handle on the state's ballooning $500 million deficit for the next fiscal year, which comes on the heels of the $348 million deficit they're just getting under control for this fiscal year.

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.

Unintended consequences of tobacco tax increases
AS YOU FLIP through the cable channels, you likely have seen one of the infomercials that promise to make you a millionaire in buying and sellin

Burk gets taste of her own medicine
My hat's off to Allison Greene, general manager of the Boll Weevil cafe, for counter protesting Martha Burk's Augusta National Golf Club protest. I'm sure Martha Burk has better things to do than try to disrupt something which is sacred to us. She should protest against those gasoline stations who buy from the Middle East! Now that would be a worthy cause! Celia Velez, Evans, Ga.

Tort reform: Physician, heal thyself
I agree completely that there is a desperate need for tort reform to stop the trial lawyers continuing to suck the blood from our country's medical care. But this "coin" has two sides. Why won't the medical profession do at least a little to police itself? They continue to close their eyes to the many in their profession who should be thrown out, if not imprisoned. Physician, heal thyself!Richard Netzley, Evans, Ga.

Uses columnist's comparison against him
Regarding Leonard Pitts Jr. Feb. 24 column, "Americans jittery about prospect of terrorist attacks, imminent war," I would like to ask Mr. Pitts what part he plays in his "stuck in an old Western" fantasy, where George W. Bush is "Gary Cooper in High Noon"? The pitiful town drunk, who dances for shots of whiskey, or the cowardly shopkeeper, who hides behind his wife's skirt, leaving the sheriff to face the bad guys alone?Jim Parkerson, Augusta

Craig suffered from lapse in judgment
Eric Treesh (Feb. 13 letter, "Their behavior will be remembered") wants to commit the proverbial error of throwing the baby out with the bath water. For over a decade, Danny Craig has run the district attorney's office without an ounce of impropriety. Throughout his tenure, I have never read even an insinuation of favoritism based on race, political affiliation or friendship.Gregory R. Davis, Augusta

Conservative demagogues mislead public about taxes
The American people are being misled by pundits who support President George W. Bush's economic plan. Misleading statistics are being fed to journalists by conservative think tanks which are funded by billionaire fascists. Journalists stupidly regurgitate these statistics without even considering the logic behind them. A good example is the Jan. 8 Augusta Chronicle editorial, "Stimulating debate."Mark Gelbart, Augusta

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.

Protesters will destroy livelihood of workers
Many people benefit each year from the Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament. This outstanding facility and event attracts the attention of the world and brings with it the need for services. Those who provide the services are, in large part, those who will come no closer to the tournament than the traffic light at Berckmans Road.Bill Wolff, Martinez, 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

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.

Was Bobby Brassell really guilty?
If you take away the political hoopla and hysteria surrounding the Bobby Brassell Jr. case, the question remains - was he guilty of child molestation? Geoffrey E. King, M.D., North Augusta, S.C.

No Title IX policy changes needed, minority report says

Overtime

Wimbledon, NBC agree to new four-year deal

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

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

No Title IX policy changes needed, minority report says
WASHINGTON -- The law requiring equal opportunity for male and female athletes can be better enforced and explained, but the push to loosen the rules should be rejected, two dissenting members of a Title IX review study commission said Wednesday.

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.

SCHSL gets boost in litigious, shaky times
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Executive Director Ronnie Matthews feels a little more secure about his South Carolina High School League than he did a few days ago - but only a little more.

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

Laney can measure its travel time in minutes
Although the West Laurens boys basketball team will have a 100-mile trip to Augusta State's Christenberry Fieldhouse today, and although the Raiders will be in a bus for nearly two hours, coach Paul Williams counts himself lucky.

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

Prep playoff capsules
Here is a capsule look at area prep basketball playoff games.

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

Washington-Wilkes waits for experience to catch up with talent
WASHINGTON, Ga. - As well as the Washington-Wilkes boys basketball team has played this year, coach Don Keiser was reminded last week of the youth that permeates his squad.

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

Aquinas' girls put priority on playoffs
Aquinas' girls soccer team has outscored its opponents 57-0 in four games this season.

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.

Woods vs. Els not likely to happen this week

Shuttle crew seen on videotape salvaged from wreckage
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- A videotape salvaged from the wreckage of space shuttle Columbia provides what is likely the final glimpse of the astronauts before the shuttle broke apart. They are seen putting on their gloves and casually chatting - unaware of the impending destruction.

Engineers raised concerns about Columbia wing burning
WASHINGTON -- One day before the Columbia disaster, senior NASA engineers raised concerns the shuttle's left wing might burn off and cause the deaths of the crew, describing a scenario much like the one investigators believe happened. They never sent their warnings to NASA's brass.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Experimental bandage can stop bleeding, save lives in combat
TAMPA, Fla. -- As the United States threatens war against Iraq, soldiers are being armed with the newest medical technology, including an experimental bandage soaked in a blood-clotting agent that may save lives on the battlefield.

Diamond Dogs top N.C.-Asheville

Diamond Dogs rout N.C.-Asheville
ATHENS, Ga. -- Paul Lubrano held N.C.-Asheville to one run and three hits over five innings in a 9-1 rain-shortened Georgia victory Wednesday.

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 rout N.C.-Asheville

No. 21 Georgia gets win over Mississippi
OXFORD, Miss. -- Jarvis Hayes scored 32 points as No. 21 Georgia defeated Mississippi 89-82 on Wednesday night.

Three test positive for drugs at South Carolina

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.

Three test positive for drugs at South Carolina
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A University South Carolina athlete tested positive for cocaine during the fall semester, according to drug test results from the school.

Gators rout Gamecocks

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

Thousands throng India's exorcist fair

Odds and Ends

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

CBS' Dan Rather lands an exclusive interview with Saddam

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

Text of Bush's speech Wednesday night

Blair: Saddam has one last chance

France says Iraq war now would be seen as "illegitimate"

Civilian 'human shields' in Iraq cannot be assured of safety

Still no evidence Iraq has decided to disarmed

House of Commons backs Blair on Iraq

Mexico appears to shift toward U.S. position on Iraq

Bush: Overthrowing Saddam would encourage peace

First Patriot missiles, AWACS radar planes arrive in Turkey

Turkey prepares for debate on U.S. troop deployment

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

Experimental bandage can stop bleeding, save lives in combat

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

Not all cancer cells can spread, researchers say