Mini reviews

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

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

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.

Group will teach performance skills

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

At the movies: 'Cradle 2 The Grave'

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.

Artist's work recalls her Southern upbringing

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.

A new 'Annie'

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.

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

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.

Video watch

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

Artists' brush adds personal touch to snapshots

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

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

Applause 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.

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

Baseball bans ephedra for players with minor league contacts

Bonds homers in first at-bat
MESA, Ariz. -- Barry Bonds looks like he's ready for the season.

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.

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.

Firstborn children get earlier start on path to success

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.

Chipper's fall gives Braves a scare
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - There was a collective gasp from the home dugout when Atlanta left fielder Chipper Jones hit the ground in the first inning Friday afternoon, rolled over and lay motionless.

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.

Young lefty makes case for fifth spot in rotation
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - With his first two innings of the spring Friday, Horacio Ramirez drew a line on the mound for Jason Marquis and other pitchers, challenging them for the fifth starter's job.

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.

Chipper's fall gives Braves a scare

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

Young lefty makes case for fifth spot in rotation

Braves-Georgia Tech game suspended

Storm cancels contest

Braves notebook

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:

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

New-home sales plunge, manufacturing picks up

Fume levels drop at site

Talk of war isn't helping defense stocks
NEW YORK -- With war fears hounding Wall Street this past week, it would seem one winning bet would be defense stocks, particularly as a U.S. military buildup continues in the Middle East. So why is much of the sector trading at 52-week lows?

Lower phone bill is a call away

Stocks trade higher following upbeat GDP report
NEW YORK -- Faster-than-expected economic growth heartened investors Friday, prompting them to bid stocks higher on the notion that a business rebound is indeed under way.

Economy grows at pace twice as fast as first thought

Tax tip: Is your child a dependent?

New SEC chairman pushes tighter ethics

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.

Stocks trade higher following upbeat GDP report

Economy grows at pace twice as fast as first thought
WASHINGTON -- The economy didn't falter as badly in the final quarter of last year as first thought. A new reading showed growth at a 1.4 percent pace - still slow but twice as fast as the government previously estimated.

A milestone in safety

Tax tip: What to do if you haven't received a Form 1099
If you received certain types of income, you may receive a Form 1099 for use with your federal tax return.You should receive these forms from the payer by early February, according to the IRS. Payers have until Jan. 31, 2003, to mail these to you. If you have not received an expected 1099 by a few days after that, contact the payer. If you did not get the form by Feb. 15, call the IRS for help at 1-800-829-1040.

Talk of war isn't helping defense stocks

Consistency can avoid racial lawsuits

A milestone in safety
William McNair (left) watches Kelvin Carter raise the Star Worksite flag outside the International Paper lumber yard.

Company grows with marriage

Business briefs
ATLANTA - The Georgia House scheduled a vote for Monday on a revised version of a predatory lending law passed last year.

Mixed signals show economy's road to recovery is bumpy

Fume levels drop at site
Excessive fumes from a cleanup project at a defunct manufactured gas plant on Augusta's Eighth Street subsided during the past week, according to the most recent round of air monitoring.

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

Lower phone bill is a call away
The savings might be minor when compared to the rest of their increasingly expensive phone bills, but customers can get around at least one monthly charge.

Tax tip: What to do if you haven't received a Form 1099

New SEC chairman pushes tighter ethics
WASHINGTON - The new chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission is challenging American corporations to behave more ethically than the law requires to help restore investors' trust.

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.

Bowden: Changes to be made in offense

Bowden: Changes to be made in offense
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said Friday the Tigers' offense will be slowing down in spring practice to improve their running game, a stark contrast from the fast-paced, no-huddle play fans have seen in the past four years.

Belmont Bruins close to reaching NCAA tourney goal

Pacers win two of three as guard hits hot streak

Peach Belt tourney coming back

Lady Pacers have a score to settle

Late-season SEC ritual begins picking up steam

Coaches nationwide prepare to honor Phelan after 49 seasons

'Mister Rogers'

Court protects freedom

United Way successes

Friend or foe?

Support HRC plan

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 tournament news

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?

Pruning roses? Try a shovel

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

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?

Jackets, Tar Heels play Jekyll and Hide
Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt and North Carolina's Matt Doherty entered the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2000, young, hot coaches eager to carry on winning traditions at storied programs.

Jackets, Tar Heels play Jekyll and Hide

Tiger romps into quarterfinals
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods made sure he wasn't part of the nail-biting drama Friday in the Match Play Championship, winning six of the first seven holes in a ruthless display of golf to beat Stephen Leaney and advance to the quarterfinals.

Davies leads Women's Australian Open
SYDNEY, Australia -- Laura Davies led the Women's Australian Open after two rounds Friday, but defending champion Karrie Webb was lurking three strokes back.

Dubai awaits decision of Woods and Els

With revamped swing, Lickliter takes lead at Chrysler

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.

Tiger romps into quarterfinals

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.

With revamped swing, Lickliter takes lead at Chrysler
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Eighteen months ago, at age 32, not long after his first PGA Tour victory, Frank Lickliter decided to make a drastic change in his swing.

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.

Davies leads Women's Australian Open

A short day of work for Woods

Davies leads Women's Australian Open

Dubai awaits decision of Woods and Els
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Ernie Els decided Friday to defend his title next week in the Dubai Desert Classic, a big boost for a golf tournament that already has lost top players concerned over a possible war in Iraq.

Silver Bluff buries Mullins

Laney finds groove

Persistence pays off for Hephzibah girls

Dodge County upsets top seed

Prep basketball scores

Glenn Hills girls reach Elite Eight

Tournament pairings and results

Prep playoff capsules

Prep basketball scores

Young, Wheeler lift North Augusta

Bulldogs shot out of AAAA playoffs

Swainsboro avenges loss

Dorman ends Aiken's run

Laney learns from losses

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

U.N. Security Council members have vastly different views about military force in Iraq
Here's a look at the different views held by the 15 Security Council members regarding potential military action in Iraq:

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.

Strides in technology magnify info war potential
NEW YORK -- Imagine Iraqi commanders getting misleading text messages on their cell phones. They appear to contain orders from Saddam Hussein but are actually sent by the U.S. military in disguise, directing Iraqi troops to a trap.

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.

Iraqi sources: Iraq will begin destroying missiles Saturday
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq will begin destroying its Al Samoud 2 missiles on Saturday, the deadline imposed by chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix, Iraqi sources said Friday.

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.

Estimating Iraq war cost impossible, Rumsfeld says
WASHINGTON -- A possible war with Iraq has so many variables that estimating its cost is impossible, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said after Democrats complained that the White House was not offering an estimate.

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.

Marine unit prepares to leave for Persian Gulf
WASHINGTON -- A Marine Corps combat unit which saw action in Afghanistan and recently trained to counter biological and chemical attacks will leave Tuesday for the Persian Gulf, the military announced Friday.

101st Airborne moves out for the Persian Gulf
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Dressed in beige desert fatigues and armed with M4 automatic weapons, hundreds of soldiers from the storied 101st Airborne Division boarded planes Friday for the Persian Gulf.

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.

Most immediate threat to U.S. forces lies in Saddam's chemical weapons arsenal
WASHINGTON -- Much of Iraq's tactical chemical arsenal is made up of weapons that are fired by artillery or short-range rocket launchers, and generally can only hit targets a few dozen miles away or less, U.S. officials say.

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.

Denies concept of 'predestination'

Cheeks is a good man and senator

Favor came back to haunt Sen. Cheeks

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

'Les Miserables' performed well by students

Treatment by Planned Parenthood uncivilized

Don't blame Walker anymore

Cheeks should be removed from office

Lynx GameNight
South Carolina Stingrays at Augusta Lynx

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.

Augusta winger glad to be back

Thompson big in return

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

Thompson big in return
Chris Thompson could have been held scoreless. He could have finished minus-3. He could have been pummeled in a fight.

Lynx GameNight

Perdue says layoffs may be in offing without tax increase

Senate debates nearly three hours on bill to create abortion restrictions

Foster care gets help of Perdues
ATLANTA - Georgia child-protection officials say the best recruiters for the state's foster-care program are foster parents themselves.

Augusta National gets Klan's support

Fort Gordon loses new agency

Hospital gets computer system

News you can use
BACK IN TIME MARCH 1, 1935 Plans for calling Augusta merchants to campaign against a state sales tax were announced yesterday. The action will take place if the House Ways and Means Committee of the Georgia General Assembly approves a sales tax measure now under consideration.

Across the area

Watch found on Hunley to be opened next week
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Scientists excavating the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley next week will open the gold pocket watch of Lt. George Dixon, commander of the sub that was the first in history to sink an enemy warship.

House takes first punch at Barnes' education plan

Judge orders convict's release

Site gets OK for redevelopment

Foster care gets help of Perdues

Abortion bill gets Senate approval

South Carolina considers route for Interstate 73

Counties consider funding coliseum

Across the area
The Augusta man arrested in the fatal shooting of a Jackson teen Sunday was extradited to Aiken on Friday, police said.

Return of video poker? Some lawmakers hope so

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.

Program will ease freshman transition

Jimmy Carter will help in flag discussion, Georgia gov says
ATLANTA -- Former president Jimmy Carter will help lead some of the public discussion as Georgians debate changing the state flag, Gov. Sonny Perdue said Friday.

Perdue's ethics bill passes unanimously in Senate

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.

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.

Watch found on Hunley to be opened next week

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.

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.

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?

DUI charge won't halt campaign

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?

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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.

Jimmy Carter will help in flag discussion, Georgia gov says

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.

School's diversity celebration ends with national celebrity
U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Gerald Reynolds was the keynote speaker at the middle school's program.

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 South Carolina
SPARTANBURG -Sheriff's deputies have filed murder charges against a man in the death of a Spartanburg woman earlier this month.

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.

Airport cancels vehicle searches
A security effort connected to the war on terrorism has been suspended for now at Augusta Regional Airport, but other safety measures could be put in place if war begins with Iraq.

Robbery suspect receives sentence
A man who robbed a barbershop and shot an employee during a struggle over the weapon pleaded guilty to those and other charges Friday.

South Carolina considers route for Interstate 73
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- As the state considers various routes for Interstate 73 through Horry County, there is concern that, even if the highway is built, there will be nothing to connect it to farther north.

Woman offers children hope
Tammy Hornsby was drunk, high and heavily medicated when she crashed her car in 1998 and killed her childhood friend.

Perdue says layoffs may be in offing without tax increase
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue warned Friday the state may have to lay off employees if lawmakers, already balking at his proposed tax increases, refuse to give the state an additional source of revenue.

Husband and wife team runs tiny town
HULL, Ga. - The city council that governs the town of Hull has only two members - and they live in the same house.

Mother pleads guilty to abuse
A young Augusta woman pleaded guilty Friday to child abuse and admitted she slapped her 2-month-old, who had bruises on both sides of her face in addition to a fractured arm, collar bone and ankle.

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.

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.

Hundreds of brown bats invade school auditorium
KINGSLAND - Opening night for the Camden County High School play Pirates of Penzance, originally scheduled for Thursday, was delayed one month because of an invasion of uninvited guests.

Savannah councilman charged with DUI in fatal wreck

Judge orders convict's release
Less than three months after she was sentenced to serve three years in prison for her part in the killing of a Thomson man, Tammy Melissa Lonergan has been released.

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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.

Officials rethink terminal proposal

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.

State making plans to clear air

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Greenville ad exec wants to Democratic Party chairman

South Carolina senators fear new budget cuts

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.

Main event was at Capitol

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

School's diversity celebration ends with national celebrity

Riverwalk could soon replace its fountain
After more than two years of being left high and dry, the street fountain at Riverwalk Augusta and Eighth Street could be back on tap before the summer's end.

Robbery suspect receives sentence

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.

Across the area

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.

Woman offers children hope

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.

Across Georgia

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

Sheriff suspends four jailers

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

South Carolina senators fear new budget cuts
COLUMBIA - There'll be no reprieve from the fiscal ax for USC Aiken and Aiken Tech as South Carolina's deficit-scarred budget moves from the state House to the Senate this spring, saythree senators who represent Aiken County.

Sheriff suspends four jailers
Four male employees at the Richmond County jail have been suspended without pay after allegations that they engaged in inappropriate behavior with a female murder suspect.

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Connie Burger is today's subscriber of the day.

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Families from the House of Prayer church in Atlanta have filed a sweeping lawsuit accusing the government of abusing their children.

Company files to test MOX fuel

DUI charge won't halt campaign
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Alderman David Jones will press on with his re-election campaign despite a drunken-driving charge Thursday stemming from a January wreck that killed a Savannah woman.

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

Main event was at Capitol
ATLANTA - OK, show of hands from everybody who got all excited about Mike Tyson's big bout last weekend against whatever-that-guy's-name-was. Hey, at 49 seconds, you only paid about 50 cents per second if you shelled out for the pay-per-view.

Pupils dream big in finalist's class

Fort Gordon loses new agency
A plan to start a national disaster medicine institute that would have brought a critical new mission and more jobs to Fort Gordon has fallen through, Lisa Macuch, a coordinator with the National Science Center Foundation, said Friday.

House approves bill on water availability

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.

MCG officer says doctor went berserk

Sheriff suspends four jailers

Harrick, Cole return to roots
What did you expect? When you tuned into ESPN on Thursday night, you couldn't have been all that surprised that to hear the names Tony Cole and Jim Harrick linked in scandal. It wasn't so much a bombshell as it was a detonation of a buried mine planted four years ago under Georgia's basketball program.

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.

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.

Busch looking for victory in Las Vegas homecoming

Labonte wins pole under the lights for Las Vegas race
LAS VEGAS -- Cool track conditions helped Bobby Labonte set a qualifying record at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he waited out a long rain delay before winning the pole Friday night.

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.

Labonte wins pole under the lights for Las Vegas race

Barrett gets pole for Busch race

Barrett gets pole for Busch race
LAS VEGAS -- Stanton Barrett won the pole for the Busch Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when rain washed out qualifying Friday.

Two-time champ Hornish faces new challenges

Russian craft will bring space station crew home

Astronauts mug for camera in video of final minutes of their lives

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

Hawks stop losing streak with win over Bulls
CHICAGO -- Jason Terry had to wait it out - but he got the bounce that he wanted.

Pacers top Bucks

Hawks stop losing streak with win over Bulls

Pacers top Bucks
INDIANAPOLIS -- Brad Miller scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Reggie Miller had 20 points as the Indiana Pacers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 107-98 win against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.

Lady Pacers have a score to settle
USC Aiken women's coach Mike Brandt didn't know just how much the conference opener against Augusta State would shape the Lady Pacers' season.

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.

Pacers win two of three as guard hits hot streak
Reviewing and previewing local college basketball:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peach Belt tourney coming back
The Peach Belt Athletic Conference Tournament will return to Augusta State University and Christenberry Fieldhouse in 2004 and 2005.

Emmitt starts looking for a new team; Bills sign Posey

Receiver remains in Atlanta with 4-year deal

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

Mr. Curley Haggard Sr.    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mr. Albert Taylor    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. James Kellett Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Nancy Fleming    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Pak Ja    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Ronnie Fail    (BATH, S.C.)
Mrs. Pak Ja    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Billy Eubanks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Clarice Dean    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Clarice Dean    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. James Keels Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Daughtry Jr.    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Pool    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)
Mrs. Katherine Dailey    (CLINTON, S.C.)
Dr. Robert Lominick    (CHAPIN, S.C.)
Mr. Maxwell Crayton Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Vernon Harrell    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)
Mr. James Cooper    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. David Dove    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
Mr. Mills Chance    (SARDIS, Ga.)
Mrs. Daisy Smith    (MONTMORENCI, S.C.)
Ms. Mamie Callaway    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mr. William Tye    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Estelle Butler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. JoAnn Harris    (CLARKS HILL, SC.)
Mrs. Wilma Brown    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Cora Odom    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Bradley    (HOPEWELL, Va.)
Mrs. Ora Green    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Dr. Robert Lominick    (CHAPIN, S.C.)
Mrs. Karen Bradbury    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Calvin Moore    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Billy Eubanks
Billy Eubanks cherished his community involvement, his job, his family and, most importantly, his granddaughter, family members say.

Mr. George Lanham    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Ms. Leona Bryson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Crale Hopkins    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Wilma Brown    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Ms. Sherrie Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Belton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Sinclair Dunbar    (VARNVILLE, S.C.)
Miss Stella Willis    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Joseph Donaldson III    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Whitson    (CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.)
Mr. James Simmons IV    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Walker    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Earl Summers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Emma Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Clyde Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Clyde Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jewel Usry    (ALBANY, Ga.)
Ms. Corene Smith    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Ray Vaughters    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Bernice Robinson    (WRENS, Ga.)
Patrick Ivey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Lester Roberts    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Jones    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Ralph Westbrook Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Katie Orr    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Sherrie Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Irene Minor    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Maxwell Crayton Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Carl Loadholt    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Ms. Ulysees Battle    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elisabeth Walters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Meshayla Nesbitt    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Larry Nealious    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Bessie Roberts    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. James Cooper    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Rhodes, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Adell Avery    (WRENS, Ga.)
Ms. Mariellen Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Rhodes, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Johnnie Padgett, Sr.    (AVERA, Ga.)
Ms. Elease Wade-Adams    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mrs. Martha Belton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sherrie Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Adell Avery (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Minor (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Wilma Brown (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Taylor (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Elease Wade-Adams (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Wilma Brown (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. James Cooper (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Johnnie Padgett, Sr. (AVERA, Ga.)

Mr. Clyde Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Leona Bryson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Ulysees Battle (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Lanham (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Annie Walker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. William Tye (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Mariellen Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katie Orr (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Bessie Roberts (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Mamie Callaway (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Belton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Jones (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Calvin Moore (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Karen Bradbury (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Donaldson III (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Patrick Ivey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Meshayla Nesbitt (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jewel Usry (ALBANY, Ga.)

Mrs. Clarice Dean (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Lester Roberts (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Fleming (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Robinson (WRENS, Ga.)

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

Miss Stella Willis (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James Cooper (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Mildred Whitson (CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.)

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

Dr. Robert Lominick (CHAPIN, S.C.)

Mr. Mills Chance (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Pak Ja (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Billy Eubanks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Pool (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Belton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Pak Ja (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Robert Bradley (HOPEWELL, Va.)

Ms. Corene Smith (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. David Dove (TIGNALL, Ga.)

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.

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

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

Support HRC plan
Augusta's worst problem isn't racism. That suggests people respond to each other primarily on the basis of racial or ethnic stereotypes. There's some of that, of course, as there is in every community, but what's really holding the Garden City back is distrust - distrust between the governed and those who govern; distrust, by some, of law-enforcement, distrust between geographic areas of the city (west Augusta vs. south Augusta vs. downtown), distrust between the public and private sectors of the community and, yes, distrust between the races.

'Les Miserables' performed well by students
My husband and I were fortunate to attend one of the performances of Les Miserables while it was on tour in Augusta. While we thoroughly enjoyed the performance, we couldn't help but reflect on the Les Miserables performance we had seen last fall at Augusta Preparatory School. Sandi Lorch, North Augusta, S.C.

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

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

'Mister Rogers'
Well, there goes the neighborhood.

Denies concept of 'predestination'
Regarding the Feb. 15 article in the Religion section, "Religious scholars stir debate over open theism": I am not a theologian or religious scholar, but approaching the question with faith and reason leads me to the observation that creation's past, present and future are all parts of God's "eternal now." There is no time with God, so our entire lifetime with all of our free-will decisions, prayers and God's answers to prayers are part of that eternal now, fully known by God from all eternity but not planned or predestined by him. Therefore, the fact that God knows our decisions, even before we do, does not mean that he made the decisions. We are imperfect and therefore changeable, but God is perfect and "perfect" does not change. For God to change himself or his plan(s) would be a contradiction of his very nature. Paul W. Rosenthal, Augusta

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.

Treatment by Planned Parenthood uncivilized
Last month's anniversary of Roe vs. Wade should not pass into history quietly. The heart of Planned Parenthood needs to be exposed to the public regularly. The group's inhumane and low value of life has its counterpart in ancient Greek and Roman culture. Infanticide, child abandonment and abortion were all accepted practices. Human life was expendable and of little value. Medicinal potions were a common method of inducing abortions among the Greco-Romans. Killing babies and children also corresponded to a low view of women in these same cultures. Kathryn Lehn, Martinez, Ga.

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.

Don't blame Walker anymore
Being a white Republican to the right of Rush Limbaugh, I find myself somewhat disturbed that I am for once in agreement with Charles Walker. Robert Carmain, Augusta

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

Court protects freedom
What if Al Capone had merely wanted you to not eat meat? What if Lucky Luciano did nothing more than protest your wearing fur coats?

Overtime

Overtime

Senators say fraud may have occurred at U.S. Olympic Committee

Tyson to Lewis: Stay away from King

Chronicle wins four awards

Jones a reluctant warrior no more

Jones weighs in on his chances

Jones weighs in on his chances
Apparently John Ruiz is as skilled a designer as he is a fighter.

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.

Overtime
Winter Wars 2003, a kick-boxing and mixed martial arts event, will be today at Fort Gordon.

Senators say fraud may have occurred at U.S. Olympic Committee
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Two senators visiting the headquarters of the U.S. Olympic Committee said Friday they may have found evidence of possible fraud.

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.

Tyson to Lewis: Stay away from King
LAS VEGAS -- Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis won't fight right away. When they do, Tyson doesn't want Don King in the way.

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

Silver Bluff buries Mullins
COLUMBIA - Despite his team's comfortable 11-point cushion, Silver Bluff coach Sam Lilly appeared flustered late in the first half of the Bulldogs' Class AA state quarterfinal matchup against Mullins.

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

Dorman ends Aiken's run
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Throughout the first half, Joy Couch had a loose grip on the blue towel she calls her security blanket.

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 basketball scores
Scores from Friday's prep basketball games.

Tournament pairings and results
Pairings and results for the Georgia High School Association basketball tournament sectionals:

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

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

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

Persistence pays off for Hephzibah girls
MACON, Ga. - Coach Wendell Lofton makes it easy to tell the type of basketball game the Hephzibah girls are playing.

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

Bulldogs shot out of AAAA playoffs
MACON, Ga. - Butler did everything right against Bainbridge in the Class AAAA second round Friday night at the Macon Coliseum.

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

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.

Laney finds groove
Free-throw shooting problems? What free-throw shooting problems?

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.

Emmitt starts looking for a new team; Bills sign Posey
While Emmitt Smith began pondering his options, the Buffalo Bills got off to a quick start on the first day of free agency.

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

Faith and fellowship calendar
MARDI GRAS CELEBRITY/SILENT AUCTION: 7 tonight, North Augusta Community Center; Our Lady Peace School fund-raiser; $15 advance, $20 at door; (803) 279-8396.

Area schools accept prayer edict
A recent U.S. Department of Education directive warning public schools to accommodate religious speech or face losing federal Title I funds is expected to have no impact on Augusta-area schools.

Christians encouraged to follow gospel of action
All God's people are called to do the ministry he has in mind for them. By doing this ministry, we fulfill the words of the Apostle Paul: "Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God the Father."

New book reflects Catholic changes
Recall what the Roman Catholic Church was like in 1967.

Faith digest
Cantors Steven Weiss and Nancy Kassel of Atlanta will go Broadway with show tunes from composers including Johnny Mercer, Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein in Broadway Cabaret, to be staged at 8 p.m. March 15, at Adas Yeshurun Synagogue, 935 Johns Road.

Getting organ-ized
Lynn Dobson built his first organ in his father's barn in Lake City, Iowa, more than 25 years ago - his 78th is now being readied in an Augusta church, St. John United Methodist Church on Greene Street.

Sutherland gets pretty good at ugly Match Play victories

Harrick, Cole return to roots

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.

Astronauts mug for camera in video of final minutes of their lives
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- In the final minutes of their lives, Columbia's astronauts were cheerful, at times lighthearted.

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.

Decrease in Cipro effectiveness linked to overuse
CHICAGO -- Cipro, the antibiotic that became a household word during the 2001 anthrax scare, is becoming increasingly ineffective against other dangerous germs because of overuse, a study found.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monsanto's genetically designed corn receives EPA approval
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency gave approval to Monsanto Co. to market a new variety of corn genetically designed to resist rootworm.

FDA proposes warnings for ephedra
WASHINGTON -- Bottles of the popular herb ephedra should bear warning labels that the pills can cause heart attacks, strokes or even kill, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

Young Bulldogs begin standing to be counted
ATHENS, Ga. - The defending Southeastern Conference and Sugar Bowl champion Georgia Bulldogs open spring practice this morning.

Young Bulldogs begin standing to be counted

Georgia suspends assistant basketball coach

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.

Georgia suspends assistant basketball coach
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia assistant basketball coach Jim Harrick Jr. was suspended with pay Friday while the remaining members of the basketball program hunkered down and tried to avoid the turmoil brought on by former player Tony Cole's allegations of misconduct.

Former Georgia player accuses assistant coach of violations

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.

Holtz changes game plan after disappointing season

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.

101st Airborne moves out for the Persian Gulf

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

Security Council discussions end in bitter disagreement on Iraq

Iraqi sources: Iraq will begin destroying missiles Saturday

Marine unit prepares to leave for Persian Gulf

Most immediate threat to U.S. forces lies in Saddam's chemical weapons arsenal

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

U.N. Security Council members have vastly different views about military force in Iraq

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

Estimating Iraq war cost impossible, Rumsfeld says

Strides in technology magnify info war potential

Iraqi police take up positions around Baghdad in readiness drill

Hospitals can use quarantined blood if they filter out particles

Monsanto's genetically designed corn receives EPA approval

Telemarketing technology trumps TeleZapper

FDA proposes warnings for ephedra

Silicon Valley wary about paperless voting machines

Area schools accept prayer edict

Getting organ-ized

Faith and fellowship calendar

Faith digest

New book reflects Catholic changes

Christians encouraged to follow gospel of action