Road films awaken nomadic spirits
There is no greater catalyst for a cinematic story than the open road. Be it the dusty roadside cafe, the neon-lit motel or just a single strip of asphalt stretching toward the horizon, nothing enflames the imagination like a tale told in transit.

Applause calendar
GALA BANQUET: 7 tonight, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; sponsored by Richmond County Neighborhood Association Alliance; with the Rev. Wesley A. James; $30; Kay Capizzi, 836-5599 or Darry Brown, 793-8593.

Standing ovations
The Walton Foundation will hold its annual Mardi Gras Benefit Bash from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Old Medical College Building, 598 Telfair St. The Cajun-flavored fund-raiser features live jazz, an artists' market, cocktails and, in true New Orleans fashion, lots of food. Tickets are $75, available at D. Timm's, The Partridge Inn and the French Market Grille. Call 823-8526.

Club calendar

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

Mini reviews

Actors must stay quick to keep up with script
The cast and crew of the Aiken Community Playhouse production of the French farce A Flea in Her Ear had two concerns in approaching the classic Georges Feydeau play -- pacing and period.

At the movies: 'Cradle 2 The Grave'

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

Actors must stay quick to keep up with script

For Juice, conformity is the pits
Members of the Aiken band Juice have never met a songwriting standard they didn't believe could be bent or, at times, beautifully broken.

Applause calendar

At the movies: 'Cradle 2 The Grave'
East meets West, hip-hop hangs with kung fu, and the feet and the fists are flying as Jet Li and DMX team up in the high-octane thriller "Cradle 2 The Grave."

Standing ovations

Artist's work recalls her Southern upbringing
The landscapes artist Bessie Nickens roamed as a child are gone, paved over by nearly a century of progress, but her simple Southern upbringing still lives at the end of her prolific brush.

Group will teach performance skills

A new 'Annie'
Since her pen-and-ink birth in 1924, Little Orphan Annie has appeared in comic strips and books, starred in her own radio show and appeared in movies, on television and the Broadway stage.

Artist's work recalls her Southern upbringing

Group will teach performance skills
After studying two years of modern dance and ballet at Columbia College, Megan Luquire was restless.

A new 'Annie'

Video watch
JUST OUT: Road to Perdition, The Tuxedo, Tuck Everlasting, Mystic Masseur and Knockabout Guys

Ramblin' Rhodes: Ray Charles wasn't blind to segregation

Concert calendar
TRAVIS TRITT: 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, William B. Bell Auditorium.

Video watch

Artists' brush adds personal touch to snapshots

Artists' brush adds personal touch to snapshots
For many artists, the image is everything. Countless studio hours are burned carefully crafting color, shape, line into a recognizable form.

Wells says he had hangover for perfect game
NEW YORK -- David Wells was "half-drunk" when he pitched a perfect game for the New York Yankees in 1998.

Baseball bans ephedra for players with minor league contacts

Baseball bans ephedra for players with minor league contacts
NEW YORK -- Baseball has banned players with minor league contracts from taking ephedra, the substance linked to the death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler.

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.

Wells says he had hangover for perfect game

No one elected to Hall by Veterans Committee

Firstborn children get earlier start on path to success

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

Abigail Christina Haywood

Allison Leighann Carter
Ronald All

Hailey Alexis Cliett

Waylon Carl Scott

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

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

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.

Elijah Lee Rupert

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.

Logan Avery Martin

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.

Hannah Grace Dimeler

Elijah Lee Rupert
Jeremiah L. and Sunday R. Rupert of Augus

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
Mr. and Mrs. Dallas L. Rogers

Brianna Nicole Bartlett

Savannah Marie Rhodes
Justin and Valarie Rhodes of Aiken ann

Johnathan James Brownlee

Bryce Austin Brown
Keith and April

Ellen Gail Perry

Ellen Gail Perry
Mr. and Mr

Destiny Tyanna Dunbar

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.

Ja'Maya Nicole Jenkins

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.

Savannah Marie Rhodes

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.

Destiny Tyanna Dunbar
De

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

Hannah Grace Dimeler
Scott Christopher and

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.

Abigail Christina Haywood
Christopher John and

Ru'Asia Jer'Tyna Alexandria Huddleston
Rufus and Frankie Huddleston of Augusta ann

Brianna Nicole Bartlett
Brian Keith and Kimberly Holt Bartlett

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

Emily McBrayer Hogue

Nabrandeye' Najai Shivers

Rachel Hope Bullock
Nathan B

Ru'Asia Jer'Tyna Alexandria Huddleston

Rachel Hope Bullock

Jesse Edward Rogers

Quailond Anton Newman Jr.

Jasmine Aubreanna Thomas

Allison Leighann Carter

Avery Gayle Morningstar

Trevian Montrell Christopher Douglas

Molly Elizabeth Lee

Bryce Austin Brown

Aliyah Grace Ryan

Johnathan James Brownlee
Thomas and Janet Brownlee of Augusta ann

Robert Kane Hatten

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.

Regulars prepare for first spring game

Braves-Georgia Tech game suspended

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

Storm cancels contest

Braves-Georgia Tech game suspended
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones homered as the Atlanta Braves tied Georgia Tech 3-3 Thursday in a spring training opener suspended by rain.

Braves notebook

Wainwright flops in spring opener
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Adam Wainwright was anxious to impress the Atlanta Braves in his first appearance with the big-league club.

Wainwright flops in spring opener

Storm cancels contest
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The first afternoon rain of the spring forced Thursday's exhibition game between the Atlanta Braves and Georgia Tech to be called off in the top of the fourth inning with the score tied 3-3.

Braves notebook
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - It's no surprise infielder Ramon Castro has been on the main field with the regulars, and Jesse Garcia, who's battling him for a utility infielder's job, is on a back field with the youngsters.

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.

Consistency can avoid racial lawsuits

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.

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.

Tax tip: Is your child a dependent?

Company grows with marriage

Consistency can avoid racial lawsuits
The solution for companies seeking to avoid racial discrimination lawsuits is easy.

Mixed signals show economy's road to recovery is bumpy

Mixed signals show economy's road to recovery is bumpy
WASHINGTON -- The economy's bumpy road to recovery was vividly seen Thursday in a trio of reports: Demand to factories for big-ticket goods posted the best showing in six months, but new-home sales plummeted and unemployment claims hit a two-month high.

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.

Tax tip: Is your child a dependent?
So your daughter is off to college and you're wondering if you can still claim her as a dependent? To be claimed as a dependent, a person must meet five tests, according to the IRS:

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.

New-home sales plunge, manufacturing picks up
WASHINGTON -- New-home sales plunged in January by the largest amount in nine years, while orders for big-ticket manufactured goods posted the best showing in six months, highlighting the economy's bumpy road to recovery.

New-home sales plunge, manufacturing picks up

Greenspan opposes to raising limit on deposit insurance

Tax tip: How to order tax forms and publications

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.

Company grows with marriage
Kathryn and William Dye have worked on their business and their marriage for five decades.

City expands marketing event

After 14 seasons, assistant moves on

Clemson blanks Charleston Southern

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.

Coaches nationwide prepare to honor Phelan after 49 seasons

Paine women squander lead, fall to Benedict

Belmont Bruins close to reaching NCAA tourney goal

USC Aiken women rally for win

North Florida sweeps Augusta State at home

Fort Valley State baffles Paine

Late-season SEC ritual begins picking up steam

Long-term solution

'Mister Rogers'

United Way successes

Save indigent defense

Friend or foe?

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."

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
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.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report
The annual American shad spawning run is in full swing in the Savannah River below the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, with both buck (male) and roe (female) shad striking artificial lures.

Fishing report

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

Who says you can't have flowers and fruits now?
Although brightening sun is streaming into windows and stirring houseplants to grow, this time of year you may hunger for more than just growth from plants. How about some flowers and fruits?

Pruning roses? Try a shovel

Who says you can't have flowers and fruits now?

Pruning roses? Try a shovel
Kathy Hylton got into roses the old-fashioned way. She inherited a rose garden.

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.

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
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods held up his end of the bargain Wednesday, defeating Carl Pettersson in the first round of the Match Play Championship.

A short day of work for Woods
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods hasn't made a bogey in two days and is playing better than anyone at La Costa. All that meant Thursday was he advanced to the third round of the Match Play Championship, same as 15 other guys.

The Big Easy makes an early exit

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.

Tryon hopes low-key PGA event turns his season around

Davies leads Women's Australian Open
SYDNEY, Australia -- Laura Davies is off to a good start in her bid to win a second straight tournament.

Top spot eludes Augusta State

Forest Hills to start renovation April 14
There wasn't much activity on the golf course at a rainy Forest Hills Golf Club on Thursday. Inside the pro shop was a different story.

A short day of work for Woods

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.

Calcavecchia, Furyk to play at Harbour Town

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.

Davies leads Women's Australian Open

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.

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

Laney learns from losses

Glenn Hills girls reach Elite Eight

Aquinas' girls put priority on playoffs

Prep playoff capsules

Young, Wheeler lift North Augusta

SCHSL gets boost in litigious, shaky times

Washington-Wilkes waits for experience to catch up with talent

Prep playoff capsules

Swainsboro avenges loss

Laney can measure its travel time in minutes

Dodge County upsets top seed

Hartley back in Colorado for first time since being fired
DENVER -- Bob Hartley is familiar with just about every aspect of the Colorado Avalanche, from the players and coaches to the secretaries in the front office and the security guards at the arena.

Hartley back in Colorado for first time since being fired

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.

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."

Turkey's top politician postpones U.S. deployment vote to Saturday
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's ruling party delayed a crucial vote on allowing in more than 60,000 U.S. combat troops as the government failed Thursday to persuade its lawmakers to back the deployment.

U.S. Gulf commander fine-tunes war plan with key generals
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- The American general who would lead an Iraq invasion fine-tuned the battle plan Wednesday with his senior commanders.

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.

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.

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."

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.

U.S. says still possible role for NATO in postwar Iraq despite row over Turkey
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The prospect of a role for NATO in a postwar Iraq is still on the table, despite the alliance's recent split over preparations for a possible conflict, a senior U.S. diplomat said Thursday.

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."

Iraqi police take up positions around Baghdad in readiness drill
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Huddling behind sandbags, patrolling rooftops with rocket-propelled grenades and mounting machine guns on pickup trucks, Iraqi police deployed around key western Baghdad installations on Wednesday in their first major drill for wartime defense.

Security Council discussions end in bitter disagreement on Iraq
UNITED NATIONS -- A Security Council meeting on Iraq ended in bitter disagreement Thursday with council members unable to agree on basic issues such as a timetable for weapons inspectors to report next to the council.

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.:

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.

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.

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.

Firstborn children get earlier start on path to success
Does the order in which you were born in your family influence your future?

Sheriff suspends four jailers
Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength has suspended four male jail employees without pay following allegations they engaged in inappropriate behavior with a female murder suspect.

Augusta National gets Klan's support
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The leader of a Ku Klux Klan splinter group said Friday he will demonstrate in support of Augusta National Golf Club's all-male membership during the Masters, whether the club likes it or not.

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.

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

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.

Cheeks should be removed from office

Uses columnist's comparison against him

Tort reform: Physician, heal thyself

Burk gets taste of her own medicine

Conservative demagogues mislead public about taxes

Craig suffered from lapse in judgment

Protesters will destroy livelihood of workers

Favor came back to haunt Sen. Cheeks

Become an organ donor; you may save somebody's life

They must resign to restore dignity

Was Bobby Brassell really guilty?

Cheeks is a good man and senator

Fox continues strong streak in ratings race

Entertainment briefs

Health calendar

Mardi Gras unmasked

Lynx GameNight
Pee Dee Pride at Augusta Lynx 7:35 Friday night.

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

Augusta winger glad to be back
Chris Thompson pulled into town after a 10-hour drive late Wednesday night, and the memories of Augusta were as fresh as the day he said goodbye to the Lynx more than two years ago.

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.

Augusta winger glad to be back

Store supplies of former flag start to fade

House approves bill on water availability

Return of video poker? Some lawmakers hope so
ATLANTA -- Video poker machines may be headed back to Georgia. A bipartisan group of House members introduced a bill Thursday to undo the video poker ban passed two years ago.

State making plans to clear air

Sanford tries to mend veto issue fences

Officials rethink terminal proposal

Company files to test MOX fuel
AIKEN - Duke Energy Corp. applied Thursday to burn its first test batch of mixed-oxide fuel, despite uncertainties about how the commercial power supplier will get it and when.

Subscriber of the day

State making plans to clear air
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State officials hope to improve air quality in South Carolina before new guidelines take effect in 2007.

Savannah councilman charged with DUI in fatal wreck

Program will ease freshman transition
Richmond County school officials want to make the transition from middle school to high school a little easier for upcoming freshmen.

Perdue's ethics bill passes unanimously in Senate

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

Return of video poker? Some lawmakers hope so

Rainbow/Push requests application to demonstrate at Masters

Counties consider funding coliseum

Senate debates nearly three hours on bill to create abortion restrictions
ATLANTA -- State senators debated nearly three hours Thursday on a bill that would require women to wait an additional 24 hours before getting an abortion.

Site gets OK for redevelopment

Atlanta children's museum offers 'pure delight of learning'
ATLANTA -- Imagine a place that children enter by crawling through Swiss cheese, skipping between two giant potatoes or gliding down a banana peel. It's got few walls, and kids can paint on one of them. A place with no "Do Not Touch" signs, where children can get wet with nobody fussing and get a fish's view of a stream.

Community support is called vital for future
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce will release a complete study comparing the economic impact of Fort Gordon and Savannah River Site - the two largest employers in the Augusta area - by the end of March.

Savannah symphony cancels season

Hospital gets computer system
University Hospital is plunking down $8 million for cows. Actually the COWs, or Computers on Wheels, are just part of a new system of electronic patient records and charts that physicians can access through the Internet and that will one day allow them to sign off on charts from home.

Augusta National gets Klan's support

MCG officer says doctor went berserk
Medical College of Georgia police officers contend that Tomasz Marzec went berserk when relieved of his clinical duties and that it took several officers to handcuff him, but the former assistant pathology professor's attorney said it was the officers who overreacted.

Pupils dream big in finalist's class
AIKEN - Jason Fulmer, a third-grade teacher at Redcliffe Elementary School, has photographs of his previous pupils in ocean-theme frames around his classroom, which is decorated in paper sea horses and colorful fish.

Counties consider funding coliseum
Why would Columbia County taxpayers want to buy into a regional arena built in Richmond County?

Abortion bill gets Senate approval
ATLANTA - After hours of bitter debate, the Senate gave basic approval Thursday to a bill requiring a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Dee Jaskowski of Martinez.

County police continue hunt for lost soldier

News you can use
FEB. 28, 1925 WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - A sensation was sprung late this afternoon in the trial of C.G. Rawlings, prominent planter of Washington County, charged as an accessory after the fact in the killing of his cousin Gus A. Tarbutton on Feb. 11.

Debris found near Cuthbert could be insulation from space shuttle

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.

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.

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.

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

Perdue's ethics bill passes unanimously in Senate
ATLANTA -- A bill that requires state contractors to register as lobbyists and disqualifies judicial nominees who contribute to the governor's campaign passed unanimously in the Senate on Thursday.

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

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

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.

Greenville ad exec wants to Democratic Party chairman
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A Greenville advertising executive who wants to be chairman of the state Democratic Party wants to create a gentler image as it builds support around the 2004 presidential primary.

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.

Pupils dream big in finalist's class

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.

Correction

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.

Company files to test MOX fuel

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.

Senate debates nearly three hours on bill to create abortion restrictions

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

Panel drafts First Friday rules
By the time First Friday patrons come out of hibernation, organizers hope to have a new event plan detailed enough to submit to the Augusta Commission for approval.

House takes first punch at Barnes' education plan

Car accident kills Martinez woman

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.

Across the area
A Martinez woman died early Thursday after she lost control of the car she was driving on Belair Road and hit an oncoming tractor-trailer.

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.

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

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.

Governor changes referendum plan

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.

Across the area

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

News you can use

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.

Schools' flu absences abate

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.

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.

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.

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.

Site gets OK for redevelopment
A groundwater study at the defunct Goldberg Brothers junkyard off Dan Bowles Road yielded surprisingly few contaminants, according to engineers who gave the site a clean bill of health for future redevelopment.

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

Across the area

Perdue seeks Carter's help on state flag
PERRY, Ga. -- Gov. Sonny Perdue has spoken with former President Jimmy Carter and other prominent Georgia Democrats about helping bring the state together as it considers changing the state flag.

Pupils get history lesson
Dred Scott, Sojourner Truth and Matthew Henson were among the many famous black faces that made appearances Thursday at John Milledge Elementary School.

Savannah councilman charged with DUI in fatal wreck
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Savannah city councilman was charged Thursday with driving under the influence in connection with a crash that killed a 45-year-old Savannah woman.

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.

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.

Hospital gets computer system

House takes first punch at Barnes' education plan
ATLANTA -- The Legislature has thrown its first big punch at the education reforms passed three years ago. The Georgia House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to restore fair dismissal rights taken away under former Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes.

House approves bill on water availability
ATLANTA - Regions of Georgia running short on water would gain more flexibility to supplement their dwindling supplies under legislation passed overwhelmingly by the House on Thursday.

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.

Across the region
PERRY, Ga. -Gov. Sonny Perdue has spoken with former President Carter and other prominent Georgia Democrats about helping bring the state together as it considers changing the state flag.

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.

Consolidated cities get House OK on tax

Atlanta children's museum offers 'pure delight of learning'

College probes computer thefts

Police say suspects planned to rob man

Sheriff suspends four jailers

Cities plan pedestrian span

Senate approves day-care measure

Cowboys release Emmitt Smith

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.

Across Georgia

Officials rethink terminal proposal
Faced with budget constraints and limited options for Augusta Regional Airport's future, the Augusta Aviation Commission voted Thursday to revisit a terminal plan it had not favored.

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.

Comprehensive state report card available online

MCG officer says doctor went berserk

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.

Greenville ad exec wants to Democratic Party chairman

Doctor traces additive damage

Program will ease freshman transition

Tag office soon will get improved phone system

Abortion bill gets Senate approval

Rants and Raves
DOES LEONARD PITTS really think the United States is arrogant, or is he just longing for the Clintons and Gores to come back?

Rants and Raves
DOES LEONARD PITTS really think the United States is arrogant, or is he just longing for the Clintons and Gores to come back?

Sutherland gets pretty good at ugly Match Play victories
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Of all the courses and all the tournaments in all the world, he has to show up in his bracket.

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.

Two-time champ Hornish faces new challenges
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- A new year has brought another challenge for two-time defending Indy Racing League champion Sam Hornish Jr.

Busch looking for victory in Las Vegas homecoming

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.

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

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.

Busch looking for victory in Las Vegas homecoming
LAS VEGAS -- Kurt Busch won't be making any wide-eyed visits to the Las Vegas Strip or testing his luck in any casino. He's home this weekend, focusing on earning a victory in his backyard.

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

Racing Facts: UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400

Two-time champ Hornish faces new challenges

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.

Racing Newsmaker: Q&A with Dale Jarrett

Role of a lifetime

NASCAR notebook

Shuttle crew seen on videotape salvaged from wreckage

Engineers raised concerns about Columbia wing burning

Russian craft will bring space station crew home

Flight controller foresaw Columbia's catastrophe in e-mail; says it was 'a mental exercise'

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.

Belmont Bruins close to reaching NCAA tourney goal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A berth in the NCAA tournament can push even a small private college into the nation's sports consciousness, a dream Belmont Bruins coach Rick Byrd hopes to realize.

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

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.

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.

Coaches nationwide prepare to honor Phelan after 49 seasons
BALTIMORE -- Jim Phelan remembers the last time Mount St. Mary's went looking for a new basketball coach, back in 1954.

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.

Aiken Tech routs Cape Fear
In Spartanburg, S.C., A.J. Gordan and Brandon Simpkins each scored 15 points as Aiken Tech opened the Region X Conference Tournament with a victory over Cape Fear.

Late-season SEC ritual begins picking up steam
It's an annual ritual for Southeastern Conference basketball coaches: The later in the season, the louder their calls for maximum representation in the NCAA Tournament.

Paine women made strides
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Now that the Paine College women's basketball season has come to an abrupt end, coach Selina Kohn has some rebuilding to do.

Receiver remains in Atlanta with 4-year deal

Ramblin' Rhodes: Ray Charles wasn't blind to segregation

Mr. Russell Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Sinclair Dunbar    (VARNVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Adell Avery    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Estelle Butler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. JoAnn Harris    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)
Ms. Mamie Callaway    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Dr. Raymond Bard    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Mills Chance    (SARDIS, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Burton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Cooper    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Clara Gibbs    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mr. Maxwell Crayton Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Lacie McIntosh    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mrs. Katherine Dailey    (CLINTON, S.C.)
Mr. Earl Summers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Daughtry Jr.    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Ray Vaughters    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Clarice Dean    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Elisabeth Walters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Billy Eubanks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Estelle Butler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ronnie Fail    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. Billy Eubanks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Nancy Fleming    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Leline Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ora Green    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Ronald Lawton    (ALEXANDRIA, Va.)
Mr. Curley Haggard Sr.    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mr. Larry Nealious    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Bradley    (HOPEWELL, Va.)
Mrs. Georgia Smallwood    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Sherrie Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Tye    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. JoAnn Harris    (CLARKS HILL, SC.)
Mrs. Wilma Brown    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Patrick Ivey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ralph Westbrook Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Pak Ja    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Ms. Ulysees Battle    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Jones    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Belton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Karen Bradbury    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Vernon Busby    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mrs. Sue Watts    (TOPEKA, Kan.)
Mrs. Flora Diamond    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Carl Loadholt    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Mr. Walter Elam    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Dr. Robert Lominick    (CHAPIN, S.C.)
Mr. Ronnie Fail    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Irene Minor    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Ora Green    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Cora Odom    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mr. Marion Haralson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Katie Orr    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. James Kellett Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Ralph Westbrook Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Minnie McDaniel    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Rhodes, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Florence Morris    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mrs. Emma Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Katie Orr    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. James Simmons IV    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Pool    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)
Mrs. Daisy Smith    (MONTMORENCI, S.C.)
Mrs. Daisy Smith    (MONTMORENCI, S.C.)
Mr. Earl Summers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Donald Tilton Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Taylor    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Dwight Allen    (LEESBURG, Ga.)
Mr. Clyde Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sudie Bell    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. William Tye    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Jewel Usry    (ALBANY, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Pool    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)
Mr. James Keels Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Kellett Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Alma Walker    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Katie Orr (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Elam (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Pak Ja (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Dr. Raymond Bard (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Daughtry Jr. (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Maxwell Crayton Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Clyde Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sherrie Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Patrick Ivey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Ulysees Battle (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Adell Avery (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Loadholt (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Irene Minor (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William Tye (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Belton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Flora Diamond (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Bradley (HOPEWELL, Va.)

Mr. Dwight Allen (LEESBURG, Ga.)

Mrs. Karen Bradbury (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Pool (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mrs. Jewel Usry (ALBANY, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Eubanks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine Dailey (CLINTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Wilma Brown (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Curley Haggard Sr. (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Nancy Fleming (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. William Tye (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Cooper (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie McDaniel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Kellett Sr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Mills Chance (SARDIS, Ga.)

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

Ms. Mamie Callaway (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Ronnie Fail (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Russell Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Pool (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Jones (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Sue Watts (TOPEKA, Kan.)

Mr. Albert Taylor (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ora Green (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Ray Vaughters (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Sudie Bell (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Leline Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Haralson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lacie McIntosh (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Lawton (ALEXANDRIA, Va.)

National forests need real protection
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION has evidently made public its list of New Year's resolutions, with the latest announcements of changes to the regulations governing the management of our national forests. Recently, the administration issued its revisions of the National Forest Management Act, which sets the management direction for the nation's 155 national forests.

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

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

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.

Friend or foe?
Your friends and your enemies sometimes pop up in the most unexpected places.

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

United Way successes
The bad news is the United Way of the CSRA fell short of its 2002 campaign goal of $4.2 million. The good news is, the $4.05 million this group did manage to coax from the community set a new record - "the single largest amount of money we have ever raised," exulted outgoing board Chairwoman Marci Burdick.

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.

Cheeks is a good man and senator
Over the past several weeks, I have seen several negative articles about my friend, Sen. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta. I have known Mr. Cheeks for over 35 years and can say he is truly a good man who will help you when you are in need. We all have made bad decisions in our lifetimes and we will make more before we pass on. Don Cheeks has accomplished many good deeds and contributions for this community that most people are not aware of and that aren't publicized. Eugene A. Cronic, Augusta

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.

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

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.

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.

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

National forests need real protection
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION has evidently made public its list of New Year's resolutions, with the latest announcements of changes to the regulations governing the management of our national forests. Recently, the administration issued its revisions of the National Forest Management Act, which sets the management direction for the nation's 155 national forests.

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

'Mister Rogers'
Well, there goes the neighborhood.

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.

Cheeks should be removed from office
In reference to your Feb. 13 editorial, "No time for partisanship," plus Sen. Don Cheeks', R-Augusta, guest column on Feb. 14, "I thought I was doing the right thing! I still think I did!" and the letters explaining how the big heart of Don Cheeks got him into trouble: The real issue has never been addressed. Walter S. Williams, Augusta

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.

Become an organ donor; you may save somebody's life
I have been distressed, as have many others, by the tragic death of Jesica Santillan, who received a heart and lung of the wrong blood type. Since her death, nearly everything I have read or heard has focused on either the medical error or the fact that she and her family are illegal aliens. Rosemary Forrest, Augusta

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

Favor came back to haunt Sen. Cheeks
Sen. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta, tore his rear end big time. An investigation should be conducted to find out why Mr. Cheeks was hell-bent on preventing a convicted child batterer from registering as a sex offender. This registration is required by law. Was he paid, naive, asinine or what? Obbie L. Williams, Augusta

Overtime

No Title IX policy changes needed, minority report says

Chronicle wins four awards

Jones a reluctant warrior no more

Chronicle wins four awards
The Augusta Chronicle has received four awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors annual contest.

Jones a reluctant warrior no more
LAS VEGAS -- For much of his career, Roy Jones Jr. has been a somewhat reluctant warrior. His skills are spectacular, but Jones always seemed content to coast along fighting a string of no-names rather than take a real risk.

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.

Overtime
In Auckland, New Zealand, Team New Zealand was knocked out of Race 4 of the America's Cup when its 110-foot mast snapped in two while sailing through a squall.

Laney learns from losses
The scenario was played over and over again for the Laney boys basketball team this season.

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.

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

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

Dodge County upsets top seed
Tashera Lewis and Arronda Champion each scored 13 points, and third-seeded Dodge County held off a late Monroe-Albany comeback to beat the No. 1 seed Lady Tornadoes 47-38 Friday at Christenberry FieldHouse.

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

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.

Swainsboro avenges loss
Last year about this time, Swainsboro guard Garnell Smith was a bench-warmer. He sat, he cheered, and he wished he could be on the court.

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

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.

Hawks miss golden opportunity
Washington County had the momentum, the lead and Westover's best player sitting on the bench with five fouls.

Glenn Hills girls reach Elite Eight
MACON, Ga. - Bernard Bowman isn't a fan of playing state tournament games in middle Georgia.

Young, Wheeler lift North Augusta
GREENWOOD, S.C. - Its something when the North Augusta and Greenwood boys basketball teams meet up.

Receiver remains in Atlanta with 4-year deal
ATLANTA -- Brian Finneran agreed Thursday to a four-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons, keeping the starting receiver from becoming a restricted free agent.

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

Sutherland gets pretty good at ugly Match Play victories

Russian craft will bring space station crew home
WASHINGTON -- A Russian space capsule now docked at the international space station will be used to bring the space station crew back to Earth now that the U.S. shuttle fleet is grounded, NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe said Thursday.

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 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.

Flight controller foresaw Columbia's catastrophe in e-mail; says it was 'a mental exercise'
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Mission Control's Jeffrey Kling still had the sickened look of someone coping with tragedy.

Scientists lower estimate of mad cow disease epidemic
LONDON -- Scientists have dramatically lowered their estimates of how many people are likely to die from the human form of mad cow disease, though experts say much uncertainty remains.

Telemarketing technology trumps TeleZapper
NEW YORK -- A telemarketing tool that penetrates home privacy defenses is upping the ante in a technology battle between sales callers and consumers seeking shelter from unsolicited calls.

Hospitals can use quarantined blood if they filter out particles
WASHINGTON -- Mysterious white particles found in donated blood appear to be clumps of platelets that form when blood banks don't pull that natural substance out of the red cells that make up most transfusions, government scientists said Thursday.

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.

Silicon Valley wary about paperless voting machines
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- At least one in 10 voters nationwide cast ballots in the last presidential election on electronic machines, whose popularity is growing fast as counties replace the kinds of antiquated systems blamed for Florida's hanging chad debacle.

Former Georgia player accuses assistant coach of violations
ATLANTA -- Former Georgia basketball player Tony Cole has accused assistant coach Jim Harrick Jr. of paying his expenses and committing academic fraud before and after Cole was enrolled at the school.

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.

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 rout N.C.-Asheville

Former Georgia player accuses assistant coach of violations

Holtz changes game plan after disappointing season

Three test positive for drugs at South Carolina

Holtz changes game plan after disappointing season
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz has decided to end early morning practices this year after the Gamecocks suffered a disappointing 5-7 record last season after back-to-back Outback Bowl wins.

South Carolina routs Kentucky
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Jocelyn Penn scored 35 points and had eight rebounds but sprained her ankle late in No. 16 South Carolina's 97-51 defeat of Kentucky on Thursday night.

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.

Thousands throng India's exorcist fair

Odds and Ends

Security Council discussions end in bitter disagreement on Iraq

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

Still no evidence Iraq has decided to disarmed

Iraqi police take up positions around Baghdad in readiness drill

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

Turkey's top politician postpones U.S. deployment vote to Saturday

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

U.S. says still possible role for NATO in postwar Iraq despite row over Turkey

First Patriot missiles, AWACS radar planes arrive in Turkey

Bush: Overthrowing Saddam would encourage peace

Turkey prepares for debate on U.S. troop deployment

House of Commons backs Blair on Iraq

U.S. Gulf commander fine-tunes war plan with key generals

Text of Bush's speech Wednesday night

Hospitals can use quarantined blood if they filter out particles

Experimental bandage can stop bleeding, save lives in combat

Silicon Valley wary about paperless voting machines

Telemarketing technology trumps TeleZapper