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Aquinas poised to succeed

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

Aquinas poised to succeed
Aquinas baseball T-shirts - hundreds of them - have been printed and given out. The hats have been distributed. The hype is there.

Three in the morning is not TV's shining hour

Young lefty makes case for fifth spot in rotation

Scouting director impresses Braves
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Four players in camp are older than the man in charge of the Atlanta Braves farm system.

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. - Greg Maddux insists he doesn't pay attention to his spring training numbers, which is not be confused with what he does in the spring once the games count.

Scouting director impresses Braves

Chipper's fall gives Braves a scare

Braves notebook

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.

Sheffield homers in Braves victory
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Gary Sheffield homered and Trey Hodges pitched two scoreless innings to lead an Atlanta Braves split squad to a 10-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

Air service important for growth
It might not make or break a deal, but economic developers from most cities tend to echo the same message: strong air service can be a powerful tool for attracting new businesses.

Thriving communities make it easier to succeed
All mariners know it's easier to float a boat in a rising tide than a falling tide. Business owners know it is easier to prosper in a thriving community than in a shrinking one.

Driving down costs
Besides complaining, there is something you can do about the pricey cost of gasoline: use less of it.

New SEC chairman pushes tighter ethics

Business calendar
Monday: SuCCess Columbia County - Business After Five; Augusta Harley Davidson, 4200 Belair-Frontage Road; 5-7 p.m.; free, reservations required; call the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, 651-0018.

Talk of war isn't helping defense stocks

On the move

Tax tip: Free e-filing of federal tax forms is available this year
You may be one of millions of taxpayers who will be able to prepare and file their 2002 federal tax returns electronically this year for free.

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Augusta Iron and Steel works

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

On the move
Brian W. Slater, a registered professional engineer in Georgia and South Carolina, has announced the formation of Ingenium Consulting Inc., a civil, structural and mechanical engineering firm serving clients in the Southeast. Mr. Slater has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree from Oglethorpe University. He has two years of commercial construction experience and 10 years of civil structural engineering.

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.

No-fault insurance under fire in Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The no-fault auto insurance requirement in Florida was designed 30 years ago to protect motorists involved in accidents by guaranteeing they would receive at least minimum health insurance coverage no matter who caused the wreck.

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?

Economy grows at pace twice as fast as first thought

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.

Lower phone bill is a call away

Stocks trade higher following upbeat GDP report

Driving down costs

Fume levels drop at site

Pocket change

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

Air service important for growth

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.

Thriving communities make it easier to succeed

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.

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

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.

Business calendar

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.

Tax tip: Free e-filing of federal tax forms is available this year

A milestone in safety

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.

Deacons tame Tigers
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Josh Howard had 29 points, including a career-best six 3-pointers, as No. 12 Wake Forest moved closer to its first outright ACC title since 1962 with an 80-68 victory over Clemson on Saturday.

South Carolina shut out by Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson starter Tyler Lumsden would take a win any time over archrival South Carolina. This one, though, felt a little better than most.

South Carolina shut out by Clemson

Bowden: Changes to be made in offense

Deacons tame Tigers

Bowden received well while filling in
CLEMSON, S.C. - The start of spring practice brought a new twist for Clemson football coach Tommy Bowden and his group of prized wide receivers.

Bowden received well while filling in

Peach Belt tourney coming back

Pacers win two of three as guard hits hot streak

Lady Pacers have a score to settle

Jaguars' baby steps a big leap for Pacers

Lady Jaguars finish off rivals

Court protects freedom

Real reconciliation

Economic fix needed

Support HRC plan

New surroundings
When Peter and Mei-Lin Wang moved from their 120-year-old home in Easton, Pa., to a house in West Lake in Columbia County four months ago, they were a little worried.

Guest crosses line from beer to boor
Dear Carson: I recently gave a formal dinner party with four courses. I used a damask tablecloth and napkins, silver utensils and my best china and crystal. My centerpiece was a fresh arrangement of spring flowers. One of my guests did something that really upset me, but wanting to be a gracious hostess, I said nothing about it. We served cocktails, including beer and wine, and when I told my guests that dinner was served, one man brought his glass beer bottle and placed it on the table. It spoiled the looks of my lovely dinner table. Was I silly to be upset and what, if anything, should I have done about it? - Upset and Upstaged

In the know
The temperature is slowly climbing, the days are getting longer ... it can mean only one thing. Prom season. It's time to let the teenagers of today see what the teens of yesterday considered fashionable prom wear.

Home front
Why can't they leave well enough alone?

Under the weather
April showers may bring May flowers, but March is the month for umbrellas.

It's access to carpool lanes that puts hybrid vehicles on road
VIENNA, Va. -- Francine Rosenberger is not a tree hugger. She doesn't empathize with rants against gas-guzzling vehicles and, truth be told, has no moral opposition to parking a second SUV in her driveway.

Desert nation displays a mix of cultures
FEZ, Morocco - It's impossible not to get jostled in the narrow alleys in the old city of Fez. Coming toward you, or trying to squeeze past, are formidable Moroccan ladies in black, grizzled men pulling hand carts and boys tugging donkeys.

Arts calendar
CLASSIC MOVIE NIGHT: 7 p.m. Friday, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, building 32100; featuring Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest; $3, includes movie, pizza, subs and soft drinks; cash bar and wine available; open to ages 16 and older; 791-4389.

Georgia Tech falls to North Carolina, 67-66
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Less than a week after a losing a game due to missed free throws, North Carolina made amends in a clutch comeback against Georgia Tech.

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.

Georgia Tech falls to North Carolina, 67-66

Jackets, Tar Heels play Jekyll and Hide

Tiger stays alive
CARLSBAD, Calif. - Tiger Woods went from breathing easy to a huge sigh of relief.

Dubai awaits decision of Woods and Els

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
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.

Tiger romps into quarterfinals

Golf roundup

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.

With revamped swing, Lickliter takes lead at Chrysler

Davies leads Women's Australian Open

Tiger stays alive

Golf roundup
TUCSON, Ariz. - Frank Lickliter II edged closer to his second PGA Tour victory, and first since a drastic makeover in his golf swing, by widening his lead to four strokes after three rounds of the Chrysler Classic of Tucson.

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.

Glenn Hills coasts to semis

North Augusta exits playoffs

Swainsboro falls out

Persistence pays off for Hephzibah girls

Silver Bluff buries Mullins

Laney finds groove

Dodge County ousts Macon

Prep basketball scores

Laney can't rally twice for victory

Dorman ends Aiken's run

Defense guides Hephzibah girls

Tournament pairings and results

Bulldogs shot out of AAAA playoffs

Thrashers bow to Kings
LOS ANGELES -- Bryan Smolinski had two goals an an assist - including his eighth game-winner this season - as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Atlanta Thrashers 4-1 Saturday.

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.

Iraq begins U.N.-ordered missile destruction
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A top U.N. weapons inspector met with an Iraqi general Saturday to work out final details of Iraq's destruction of its Al Samoud 2 missile program, expected to begin within hours.

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:

Big powers squeeze minor states for council votes on Iraq
LONDON -- The United States and Britain are locked in a ferocious diplomatic battle with France for the support of six nations who could hold the key to whether or not the U.N. Security Council backs a war on Iraq.

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.

Chief inspector says Iraq must provide more details about weapons programs
UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations' chief inspector says Iraq must provide more documents, physical evidence and testimony about its weapons programs, despite plans to begin destroying banned missiles on Saturday.

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.

Kurds say they will resist any Turkish troops
SALAHUDDIN, Iraq -- Kurdish leaders said Friday they will resist if the United States lets Turks join an invasion of northern Iraq, raising fears American troops will be caught in a generations-old ethnic struggle for control of the strategic border region.

Arabs, at least publicly, don't back calls for Saddam to step down
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt -- Arab leaders said Friday they can't ask one of their own - Iraq's Saddam Hussein - to leave office, despite advice from the United States and the feeling among many in the region that it's the only way to avert war.

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.

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.

Turkish parliament rejects U.S. plan to send combat troops to Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's parliament dealt a stunning blow to U.S. war planning Saturday by failing to approve a bill allowing in American combat troops to open a northern front against Iraq.

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.

Iraqi jets repeatedly penetrated no-fly zone, U.S. military says
WASHINGTON -- Iraqi fighter jets entered the southern no-fly zone twice last week, apparently trying to test U.S. responses or look for surveillance drones, military officials said Saturday.

Three in the morning is not TV's shining hour
I couldn't sleep the other night. I don't know. My head was stuffed up or something.

Don't blame Walker anymore

'Les Miserables' performed well by students

War on Iraq won't be fought on a video game

Re-electing Mark Taylor a mistake

Treatment by Planned Parenthood uncivilized

Craig a true advocate for child abuse victims

American's legacy of freedom a result of winning wars

Denies concept of 'predestination'

Guest crosses line from beer to boor

Desert nation displays a mix of cultures

It's access to carpool lanes that puts hybrid vehicles on road

Under the weather

Arts calendar

In the know

Home front

New surroundings

ECHL notebook
We pulled into the parking lot for The Family Y's in-line hockey clinic Saturday morning, and my 6-year-old son recognized a familiar face standing there in the rain with a dozen or so young hockey players.

Slapshots

Augusta loses in shootout
If David Wilkie could have spoken his mind about the officiating Saturday night and suffered no consequences from the East Coast Hockey League office, chances are it would have been one heck of a diatribe.

Thompson big in return

Slapshots
Atlantic City forward J.F. Caudron has tallied eight goals and 11 assists in his past nine games to lead the Northeast Division-leading Boardwalk Bullies on an 8-2-2 tear.

Lynx GameNight

Augusta loses in shootout

ECHL notebook

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
South Carolina Stingrays at Augusta Lynx

Next phases of work on Interstate 20 will close lanes
The healing work has already begun on Interstate 20's aging structure in Richmond County, but transportation officials say they'll start a new advancement treatment today. They're suggesting that motorists consider taking an alternate route.

Teachers meet federal standard

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.

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.

Voters back new system
ATLANTA - Apparently, those dangling chads really were a problem.

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.

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.

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.

News you can use

St. Marys wants its festival to be Super Bowl sanctioned

Teen faces murder charge
Richmond County investigators have charged an Appling teenager in the slaying of an Augusta man found shot on Wrightsboro Road early Saturday, and police are looking for a man alleged to be his accomplice.

Continental lift-off

Across Georgia
MACON -The mother of a 2-week-old baby abandoned in a hospital bathroom will not be prosecuted, Bibb County District Attorney Howard Simms said.

Across the area

New you can use
MARCH 2, 1945 Checks for Confederate pensioners have arrived from Atlanta, and persons on the pension rolls may secure their monthly payments by applying at the office in Richmond County.

Rants and raves
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Police search victim's house

Judge orders convict's release

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.

Main event was at Capitol

New you can use

Police search victim's house
Columbia County investigators had more questions than answers Saturday as they worked to solve the fatal shooting of an elderly Martinez woman.

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South Carolina senators fear new budget cuts

Aiken opponents argue over redistricting plan
As Aiken's April 1 vote on redrawing city council districts nears, arguments for and against a new plan are being made in the name of fairness.

Watch found on Hunley to be opened next week

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are investigating the death of an Augusta man who was found shot on Wrightsboro Road early Saturday.

School's diversity celebration ends with national celebrity

Pursuit of teens ends in 2 arrests
ATHENS, Ga. - Two teen-agers believed to be high on carburetor cleaner fumes and beer were arrested after leading Athens-Clarke and Oconee County authorities on a chase that ended at a sheriff's roadblock.

DUI charge won't halt campaign

On the journey to literacy
Mozelle Cummings has been teaching kindergarten for 31 years and has seen reading programs come and go.

Perdue says layoffs may be in offing without tax increase

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.

Across the area

Aiken opponents argue over redistricting plan

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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.

Woman offers children hope

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.

South Carolina considers route for Interstate 73

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.

Fuel cell vehicles' fate still is uphill

SRS could make hydrogen

Across Georgia

Show angers rural town

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.

Next phases of work on Interstate 20 will close lanes

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.

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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.

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.

Fort Gordon loses new agency

Teachers meet federal standard
Teachers in Aiken County's public schools are in good shape for meeting the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Foster care gets help of Perdues

Show angers rural town
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. - Alice Gibble never could understand why so many people seem to enjoy making fun of rural Americans, especially the so-called "hillbillies" of the Appalachian Mountains.

Robbery suspect receives sentence

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.

Jimmy Carter will help in flag discussion, Georgia gov says

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Continued violence at the state's prisons put an inmate in a coma and sent two corrections officers for medical treatment, according to the state Corrections Department.

Sheriff suspends four jailers

St. Marys wants its festival to be Super Bowl sanctioned
ST. MARYS, Ga. - This city, known as "Mayberry by the Sea," may have a new nickname: "Off Broadway."

Subscriber of the day
Maima Moore is today's subscriber of the day.

Agency reviews billing 'switch'
Nancy Williamson was puzzled the first time she heard about "the switch." So were state mental health officials.

SRS could make hydrogen
U.S. energy officials hope to use advanced-design nuclear power plants, yet to be built, as a preferred way to create hydrogen.

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.

Continental lift-off
Starting Monday, travel officials say, a trip to New York, Houston, Las Vegas, San Francisco or even Boston will become easier and quicker for Augustans.

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

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

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.

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.

Agency reviews billing 'switch'

Subscriber of the day
Connie Burger is today's subscriber of the day.

Fuel cell vehicles' fate still is uphill
AIKEN - Hydrogen is part of the chemical makeup of water, floated the ill-fated Hindenburg and is the "H" in H-bomb.

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

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

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.

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.

Cars look even early
LAS VEGAS - Part of Dale Jarrett's winning comments a week ago at Rockingham, N.C., was a suggestion, almost a plea, that NASCAR leave its rulebook on templates closed for a few more races.

NASCAR notebook
LAS VEGAS - Rain continues to haunt the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

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.

Labonte wins pole under the lights for Las Vegas race

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.

Barrett gets pole for Busch race

Cars look even early

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

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.

Pacers top Bucks

Hawks stop losing streak with win over Bulls

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

Jaguars' baby steps a big leap for Pacers
AIKEN - Augusta State moved a step closer to finding its new identity Saturday night.

Lady Jaguars finish off rivals
AIKEN - Augusta State center Arijana Sijercic sports a yellow and blue bruise on her left arm and a four-inch scratch on her right arm, but she wasn't going to let the nicks bother her Saturday night.

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

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

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.

Emmitt starts looking for a new team; Bills sign Posey

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Billy Eubanks cherished his community involvement, his job, his family and, most importantly, his granddaughter, family members say.

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Mrs. Iva Vickery (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Bessie Roberts (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertie Ward (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Margaret Hrabosky (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Stella Willis (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Walker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Cooper (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Pak Ja (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Jones (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Walker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Emily Sorrells (ATHENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Belton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Wilma Brown (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Miss Meshayla Nesbitt (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Bernice Robinson (WRENS, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Brandon Layton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Elizabeth Moore (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Ms. Mariellen Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mariellen Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Clarice Dean (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Lamont Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Economic fix needed
The latest polls show President George W. Bush still getting high marks for dealing with the war on terror - 67 percent approval, according to Pew Research.

Craig a true advocate for child abuse victims
As former executive director of the Augusta Child Advocacy Center, I have had firsthand experience working with District Attorney Danny Craig. Mr. Craig is a true advocate for child abuse victims. As soon as he took office, he immediately assigned one assistant district attorney to specialize in child abuse cases, he served as an advisory board member for the Augusta Child Advocacy Center and even founded the annual "Doctors vs. Lawyers" basketball game to raise much needed funds for the agencies serving abuse victims. Janna Malchow, Augusta

Re-electing Mark Taylor a mistake
It is a bit ironic that Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor is crying about the treatment he is receiving from Republican senators this year. In previous years when he had control, his famous (he thought funny) line to Republicans who tried to question his failure to follow Senate protocol was "well, cry me a river." It is amazing how these Democrats can carry on about partisan politics when they are not in power. However, give them a majority and that is all you get, and they call it doing what the American people want. David Moncus, Waynesboro, Ga.

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?

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

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.

Real reconciliation
The governor's proposed referendum on the Georgia flag and his desire for racial reconciliation are really two separate - and mutually exclusive - issues.

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.

American's legacy of freedom a result of winning wars
Regarding Willis Irvin Jr.'s Feb. 20 letter, "Vet says no one wins wars": Dan Piper, North Augusta, S.C.

'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.

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

War on Iraq won't be fought on a video game
Let's face it: Our attack on Iraq is almost inevitable. Like it or not, it's about to become a fact of life. Of life and death, more like it. Can anyone really think "we" (our government) can get this far out on a limb and then climb back? C.N. Textor, Augusta

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Tyson to Lewis: Stay away from King

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

Devers breaks U.S. record in 60-meter hurdles

Overtime

Jones weighs in on his chances

Backbreaker

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.

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.

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

Overtime
Top-seeded Roger Federer put away Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 6-2 in less than an hour Saturday to reach the final of the Dubai Open in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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

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

Backbreaker
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu master Ricardo Murgel and Bob Myrick demonstrate moves at Saturday's kickboxing seminar at Fort Gordon.

Devers breaks U.S. record in 60-meter hurdles
BOSTON -- Gail Devers broke her own American record in the 60-meter hurdles Saturday, winning a heat in 7.74 seconds to reach the final at the U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Dymanic duo

Dymanic duo
Ed Lepley (left) of Martinez and Todd Jones of North Augusta landed a pair of trophy stripers during the Feb. 22 Striper Kings Winter Classic fishing tournament, which lured 49 boats to Lake Hartwell. Jones' fish,

Legislator jumps at tree frog bill
You hear them on warm spring nights, calling in unison to herald an oncoming rain.

Callers strut their stuff

Outdoors calendar

Callers strut their stuff
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - With the finesse of a conductor preparing to direct a symphony, 9-year-old Joshua Turner strolled onto the stage and awaited his instructions.

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

Legislator jumps at tree frog bill

Dodge County ousts Macon
Jessica Powers scored 13 points and Candi Wilcox recorded 10 in the second half to lead Dodge County to a 46-41 win against Northeast-Macon in the Georgia Class AAA playoffs on Saturday at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

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.

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

North Augusta exits playoffs
ORANGEBURG, SC - The number three was not the magic number for the North Augusta boys' basketball team Saturday night.

Defense guides Hephzibah girls
MACON, Ga. - Hephzibah coach Wendell Lofton has often talked about retiring from coaching and giving his job to assistant coach Kim Schlein.

Laney can't rally twice for victory
The Laney boys basketball team had worked so hard to get into the game, scratching and clawing its way back from a 12-point halftime deficit.

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

Prep basketball scores
Pairings and results for Saturday's Georgia High School Association basketball tournament quarterfinals:

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

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.

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.

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.

Swainsboro falls out
Through the first 7:40 of the opening quarter of Saturday's Georgia Class AAA playoff game, Swainsboro's 5-foot-5 point guard Quad McKinney had scored more points and had tallied more rebounds than the Tigers' best player, 6-4 Tavarus Jones.

Glenn Hills coasts to semis
MACON, Ga. - Bernard Bowman's Glenn Hills girls squad had a much smoother ride during the Class AAAA quarterfinals on Saturday than they did during the first two rounds.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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."

Harrick, Cole return to roots

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.

Technology briefs
NEW YORK -- Computer geeks have been agog over WiFi for a few years. Now it appears the technology for wireless computer access has gotten some mainstream buzz as well.

States edging toward sales taxes on Internet purchases
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- With his state staring at a budget deficit that could hit $35 billion, California Gov. Gray Davis is rethinking his longstanding objection to imposing sales taxes on Internet commerce - a move that could ignite similar steps around the nation.

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.

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.

Spring has sprung for untested Dogs
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia football team got its first taste of spring practice Saturday. Its first look at spring weatherhad to wait.

Young Bulldogs begin standing to be counted

Ex-UGA player pins more charges on Harrick and staff
Baton Rouge, La.-- Just two days after Tony Cole appeared on ESPN to accuse the University of Georgia basketball program of violating NCAA rules, he sat down with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to further his allegations.

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.

Georgia suspends assistant basketball coach

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

Georgia tries to keep focus
Georgia's men's basketball team needs something to help shift its attention away from its off-court issues.

Lady Dogs bury Gators
ATHENS, Ga. -- Vanessa Hayden may be a difference maker for Florida, but not 43 points worth.

Spring has sprung for untested Dogs

Georgia tries to keep focus

Lady Dogs bury Gators

Powell leads South Carolina over Vanderbilt
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Carlos Powell set career highs with 21 points and seven assists as South Carolina beat Vanderbilt 76-64 Saturday.

Powell leads South Carolina over Vanderbilt

Big powers squeeze minor states for council votes on Iraq

Strides in technology magnify info war potential

Iraq begins U.N.-ordered missile destruction

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

Turkish parliament rejects U.S. plan to send combat troops to Turkey

Kurds say they will resist any Turkish troops

101st Airborne moves out for the Persian Gulf

Estimating Iraq war cost impossible, Rumsfeld says

Arabs, at least publicly, don't back calls for Saddam to step down

Iraqi sources: Iraq will begin destroying missiles Saturday

Marine unit prepares to leave for Persian Gulf

Iraqi jets repeatedly penetrated no-fly zone, U.S. military says

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

Chief inspector says Iraq must provide more details about weapons programs

Monsanto's genetically designed corn receives EPA approval

States edging toward sales taxes on Internet purchases

FDA proposes warnings for ephedra

Technology briefs

Getting organ-ized

Christians encouraged to follow gospel of action

New book reflects Catholic changes

Area schools accept prayer edict

Faith digest

Faith and fellowship calendar