High school baseball capsules

High school baseball capsules
A look at prep teams of local interest

Aquinas poised to succeed

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

Bank robbers in Sweden carry out perfect heist -- but flee empty-handed
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Police in northern Sweden said there was an elaborate bank heist Friday involving explosives, diversion maneuvers and multiple getaway cars.

Odds and Ends
MIAMI -- Those who like to bare it all on the beach can get a head start stripping in the air.

Man uses AOL discs to make statement
SPOKANE, Wash. -- When America Online wouldn't stop billing a man's credit card for services he wasn't getting, he didn't just get mad, he got even.

Hampton pitches well in Braves debut

Roster decisions loom large

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.

Braves notebook

Hampton pitches well in Braves debut
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Mike Hampton pitched two scoreless innings in his Atlanta debut and the Braves beat the Montreal Expos 4-3 Sunday.

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.

Scouting director impresses Braves

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.

Roster decisions loom large
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Bobby Cox won't make his final roster choices until the end of the month, and it will take that long to make his decisions.

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

Small companies have success, growing pains at Toy Fair
NEW YORK -- Most of the manufacturers at this year's Toy Fair weren't big names like Mattel and Hasbro - they were businesses like Kids Corral, Ooz and Oz and Playhard.

Tax tip: Married couples often pay more tax
NEW YORK -- Newlyweds who face a "marriage penalty" when they pay their 2002 taxes might think they can avoid the extra cost by filling out their 1040 tax forms as "married filing separately."

Lowe's softer style a benefit in rivalry with Home Depot
SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Home Depot built itself into a retail giant with the style of scuffed and steel-toed workboots, its warehouse-style stores so big the lights sometimes don't reach into the shadowy corners of its vast aisles, with their handwritten signs and often dusty floors.

How do my fiance and I prepare to merge our finances?
Q: I'm getting married later this year. How do my fiance and I prepare to merge our finances?

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.

Investors move out of stock mutual funds in January
NEW YORK -- January was more than a disappointment for investors hoping for a turnaround on Wall Street. It turned out to be a measure of just how despondent investors are.

Business calendar

Driving down costs

On the move

Pocket change

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

Thriving communities make it easier to succeed

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.

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Augusta Iron and Steel works

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.

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.

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.

Tax tip: Married couples often pay more tax

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.

Air service important for growth

Investors move out of stock mutual funds in January

How do my fiance and I prepare to merge our finances?

Deacons tame Tigers

Florida State tops Lady Tigers

Florida State tops Lady Tigers
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Tasheika Morris scored 23 points as Florida State closed the regular season with its first win in exactly a month, beating Clemson 68-59 on Sunday.

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.

South Carolina shut out by Clemson

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.

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.

Bowden received well while filling in

Alabama opens first spring under new staff
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mike Price is enthusiastic about his first spring practice at Alabama, and he's hoping it's contagious.

Alabama opens first spring under new staff

Jaguars' baby steps a big leap for Pacers

Lady Jaguars finish off rivals

Asia danger looms

The U.N. is dead

Real reconciliation

Economic fix needed

PETA's intifada

Frances Conroy digs playing the funeral-home matriarch on 'Six Feet Under'
NEW YORK -- Ruth Fisher, the widowed matriarch of her funeral-home family, is as much a part of "Six Feet Under" as any other character.

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

'Queer as Folk' ready for romance in third season
LOS ANGELES -- "Queer as Folk" is wearing its heart on its sleeve this season.

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.

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

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.

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

Fox says it is readying a second version of "Joe Millionaire"
NEW YORK -- Flush with the success of "Joe Millionaire," Fox executives said Wednesday that they are readying a second edition.

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.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Dr. Henry A. Kissinger abruptly resigned last December as chairman of a commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, just two weeks after his appointment. The 79-year-old Kissinger cited demands by some Democratic lawmakers that he make public the names of all of his business clients.

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.

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.

Eagles sweep Davidson
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Grant Burruss drove in four runs with a pair of hits while A.J. Zickgraf added a pair of doubles to lead Georgia Southern to a 14-1 Southern Conference victory over Davidson Sunday in the completion of Saturday night's suspended game.

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.

Eagles sweep Davidson

Georgia Tech falls to North Carolina, 67-66

Tiger stays alive

Woods pulls out of Dubai Desert Classic
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Tiger Woods pulled out of next week's Dubai Desert Classic, which has lost several players concerned about a possible war in Iraq.

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.

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

Woods builds big lead at halfway point
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- With relentless power and accuracy off the tee, Tiger Woods built a 4-up lead over David Toms halfway through the 36-hole final Sunday at the Match Play Championship.

Scotland's McKay wins women's Australian Open
SYDNEY, Australia -- Scotland's Mhairi McKay wasn't about to let go of the winner's trophy at the women's Australian Open, especially after four second-place finishes and six winless seasons.

Tiger makes it a World sweep at Match Play
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods completed his sweep of the World Golf Championships on Sunday, building a big lead and then holding off a gritty comeback from David Toms to win the Match Play Championship.

Tiger makes it a World sweep at Match Play

Golf roundup

Woods builds big lead at halfway point

Dodge County ousts Macon

North Augusta exits playoffs

Laney can't rally twice for victory

Swainsboro falls out

Defense guides Hephzibah girls

Glenn Hills coasts to semis

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.

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.

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.

Iraq destroys more missiles, but says it may stop if U.S. wants war
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- With U.N. weapons inspectors looking on, Iraq destroyed six Al Samoud 2 missiles Sunday but warned it may suspend the destruction program if the United States indicates it will go to war anyway.

Army wife is elated by popularity of her adopt-a-soldier Web site
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Pamela Bates worried about getting depressed after her husband shipped out to Kuwait for a possible war with Iraq.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Key developments concerning Iraq
Developments in the Iraq crisis on Sunday:

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.

UAE presses proposal that Saddam step down
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Iraq poured scorn on the United Arab Emirates on Sunday for urging Saddam Hussein to go into exile, but the small Persian Gulf state pressed ahead seeking support for the proposal, calling it the only way to avert war.

U.S. tear gas use in Iraq may violate weapons treaties
SAN FRANCISCO -- Army Maj. Gen. David Grange is proud to have ordered his troops to use tear gas on hostile Serb crowds in Bosnia six years ago.

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.

France wasn't with us in World War II and are not today

Is attack on Cheeks a coincidence?

Wants National to sue protesters

American's legacy of freedom a result of winning wars

Re-electing Mark Taylor a mistake

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

Craig a true advocate for child abuse victims

In the know

Home front

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

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

Under the weather

Arts calendar

New surroundings

Frances Conroy digs playing the funeral-home matriarch on 'Six Feet Under'

'Queer as Folk' ready for romance in third season

Guest crosses line from beer to boor

Desert nation displays a mix of cultures

Fox says it is readying a second version of "Joe Millionaire"

ECHL notebook

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.

Augusta loses in shootout

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.

Slapshots

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.

Subscriber of the day

Subscriber of the day

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.

Teenager sought in slaying surrenders
An Augusta man sought in a slaying Saturday on Wrightsboro Road surrendered to police Sunday night.

Show angers rural town

Officials hope to revitalize Martinez

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.

Effort to develop herbal agriculture moves slowly

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.

Budget matters causing recess

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

Historians gather to discuss struggle for civil rights in S.C.

Continental lift-off

Across the area

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Work begins at full steam

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Officials call for action to keep HOPE alive

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.

Teacher's love of English runs beyond classroom

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

News you can use

Rants and Raves
WHERE ARE THESE Hollywood anti-war celebrities getting their military information? They say that Saddam Hussein does not have weapons of mass destruction and that he is not a threat to our country or to his neighbors. They should share this information with our government.

Nuwaubian leader receives plenty of jail mail

St. Marys wants its festival to be Super Bowl sanctioned

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

Teachers meet federal standard

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.

Next phases of work on Interstate 20 will close lanes

Officials call for action to keep HOPE alive
ATLANTA - Since its inception a decade ago, the HOPE scholarship has easily been the most popular government program in Georgia.

Across the area

Rants and Raves
WHERE ARE THESE Hollywood anti-war celebrities getting their military information? They say that Saddam Hussein does not have weapons of mass destruction and that he is not a threat to our country or to his neighbors. They should share this information with our government.

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.

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.

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.

Effort to develop herbal agriculture moves slowly
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- It looks a bit like parsley growing in neat green rows under a gray winter sky at Clemson University's Coastal Research and Education Center.

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

Across the area
Columbia County authorities will conduct more interviews today as they look for the person who killed an elderly Martinez woman Friday, sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said Sunday.

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

Judge to rule on builders' offer
AIKEN - A federal judge will decide Tuesday whether hundreds of residents in Aiken's largest subdivision have been offered a fair settlement in a case charging millions of dollars in hidden kickbacks.

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.

Teacher's love of English runs beyond classroom
AIKEN - It's deadline day, and Amelia Ligon is hovering over her students.

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.

Hunley captain's image may be preserved in locket

Army wife elated by popularity of web site
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Pamela Bates worried about getting depressed after her husband shipped out to Kuwait for a possible war with Iraq.

First half of Legislature has been on the job training for many
ATLANTA -- The 2003 Georgia Legislature is halfway over but lawmakers have barely begun to dig into the hard issues. And with new leaders in every position from governor to House Speaker, it isn't always clear who is calling the plays.

Nuwaubian leader receives plenty of jail mail
GRAY, Ga. -- He's admitted molesting children and been sent to jail, but sect leader Malachi York's time behind bars hasn't dulled the interest of his followers.

Campaign money used for lawmakers' personal expenses
ATLANTA -- State lawmakers used campaign money to pay for food, lodging and other apparently personal expenses, campaign finance reports show.

Historians gather to discuss struggle for civil rights in S.C.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- More than 70 historians from across the country and from England and Japan will gather at The Citadel this week to discuss new research about South Carolina's civil rights era, from 1895 to 1970.

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.

Work begins at full steam
Round-the-clock construction gets into full swing today in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 in Richmond County, and transportation officials are hoping motorists heed warnings to seek alternate routes.

Army wife elated by popularity of web site

Pay in S.C. struggles to keep up with inflation

Teenager sought in slaying surrenders

Budget matters causing recess
ATLANTA - Members of the General Assembly usually are buckling down to business during the first week of March, gearing up for the frenetic final few weeks of the legislative session.

Judge to rule on builders' offer

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -Police are investigating the city's fifth homicide of the year, the shooting death of a man early Sunday morning.

USC leaders seek relaxed regulations

Hunley captain's image may be preserved in locket
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A fair-haired man's image in a locket may give a clue to what the ill-fated captain of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley looked like.

State's cancer fight will begin at Grady

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Nearly one-third of South Carolina workers are in occupations with average salaries that didn't keep pace with inflation between 1999 and 2001, according to a newspaper's analysis of federal data.

Campaign money used for lawmakers' personal expenses

Officials hope to revitalize Martinez
Nancy Lunde would love to do most of her shopping in Martinez, but her shopping binges seem to take her to Augusta Mall and the Augusta Exchange shopping center.

Across South Carolina

State's cancer fight will begin at Grady
ATLANTA - At the new Grady Cancer Center, large windows bring in natural light for chemotherapy patients who must sit long hours for treatment. A garden with a bubbling fountain relieves stress and anxiety. Advanced imaging machines can detect new cancer cases.

Pilot program teaches parents how to teach their teens driving safety

News you can use
MARCH 3, 1955 Augusta City Council's Finance committeemen yesterday approved the proposed sale of 259,280 square feet of Allen Park off 15th Street to Sears, Roebuck and Co. Also approved were relocation of the fire station, a tool house, wading pool and several tennis courts.

Fuel cell vehicles' fate still is uphill

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

Agency reviews billing 'switch'

Approval given for execution, DMV bills
AIKEN - Legislation to improve the state's division of motor vehicles and ban the execution of the mentally retarded won key approval last week in the South Carolina Legislature.

Aiken opponents argue over redistricting plan

Pilot program teaches parents how to teach their teens driving safety
CONYERS, Ga. -- In order to reduce crashes among young drivers, a pilot program in Rockdale County has been created for teen-age drivers and their parents, University of Georgia officials said.

Police search victim's house

Pay in S.C. struggles to keep up with inflation
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Nearly a third of South Carolina workers are in occupations whose average salaries didn't keep pace with inflation between 1999-2001, according to a newspaper's analysis of federal data.

SRS could make hydrogen

New you can use

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.

USC leaders seek relaxed regulations
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Officials from the University of South Carolina are seeking relaxed regulations that would make the school less beholden to state government and less encumbered by rules for spending public money.

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."

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.

Skinner takes responsibility for wreck
LAS VEGAS - Once victory was out of sight Sunday - literally - Dale Earnhardt Jr. was left with only one battle in the closing laps of the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400.

Kenseth keeps up Roush's Vegas run
LAS VEGAS - They changed the cars on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, but one thing rarely changes at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway - a Jack Roush-owned car in Victory Lane.

Kenseth gives Roush fourth win at Las Vegas

Dixon holds off de Ferran
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Scott Dixon won his Indy Racing League debut, grabbing the lead during his final pit stop and easily holding off Gil de Ferran in Sunday's Toyota Indy 300.

Kenseth gives Roush fourth win at Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- Matt Kenseth solidified Roush Racing's hold on Las Vegas Motor Speedway by winning the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 on Sunday - giving his team its fourth victory in the track's six-year Winston Cup history.

Cars look even early

Skinner takes responsibility for wreck

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.

Dixon holds off de Ferran

Bucks rout Hawks

Malone: Why aren't Shaq, Garnett on U.S. team?
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Karl Malone can't understand why Shaquille O'Neal and Kevin Garnett are not jumping at the chance to play for the United States at the 2004 Olympics.

Bucks rout Hawks
MILWAUKEE -- Gary Payton and Sam Cassell are putting to rest the questions about whether they can coexist in the Milwaukee Bucks' backcourt.

Malone: Why aren't Shaq, Garnett on U.S. team?

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.

Mrs. Gertie Ward    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Leroy Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Caia Cowan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Charlie Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. O.W. Hodge    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Margaret Hrabosky    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Annie Walker    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. O.W. Hodge    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Mr. John Cochran    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Ms. Sherrie Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Meridith Guy    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Hacunda    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Jones    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Brandon Layton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Iva Vickery    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Elizabeth Moore    (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)
Ms. Leona Bryson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Brandon Layton    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Donaldson III    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Iva Vickery    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Dortch    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Gladys Carpenter    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Curtis Ford Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Leona Bryson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Ms. Sherrie Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Louise Bracknell    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Ms. Ruth Huff    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Ms. Mariellen Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Lanham    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Emily Sorrells    (ATHENS, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Jones    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Lamont Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillie Matthews    (QUEENS, N.Y.)
Mr. Curtis Ford Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Wilmoth Walker    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Dortch    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Drew    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Brandon Layton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. O.W. Hodge (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Matthews (QUEENS, N.Y.)

Mrs. Emily Sorrells (ATHENS, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Jones (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Ruth Huff (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Walker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Jones (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Caia Cowan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lamont Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Leona Bryson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Carpenter (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Ms. Wilmoth Walker (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. John Cochran (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Ms. Leona Bryson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Dortch (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertie Ward (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Curtis Ford Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mariellen Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Louise Bracknell (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

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

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

Ms. Sherrie Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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.

PETA's intifada
Here's a good rule of thumb: Don't be surprised by anything from a group that thinks beer is a healthier drink than milk. Or that genuinely thinks the eating of chickens is comparable to the slaughter of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust.

Wants National to sue protesters
Jason Jarrad's Feb. 13 letter, "Putting protest in perspective," made several points to be considered: Augusta National is in America. Don't think small. Don't be a redneck trying to deny protesters their rights. Charles F. Hafey, Augusta

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.

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

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

The U.N. is dead
After the Iraqi army folds like a pressed kerchief, the next step will be rebuilding Iraq.

France wasn't with us in World War II and are not today
At a ceremony to commemorate the 9-11 attacks, French President Jacques Chirac told the world that "France knows what it owes America. The French people stand with all their hearts at the side of the American people." He said the terror attacks had wounded "liberty and fraternity," and he vowed "to fight against international terrorism and combat without respite barbarity and the forces of evil." J. Scott Wade, Clark Hill, S.C.

Asia danger looms
One writer compared North Korea to the fictitious little nation in the Peter Sellers movie, The Mouse That Roared, that declared war on America because it was bankrupt and desperate.

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.

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.

Is attack on Cheeks a coincidence?
I think it is high time someone spoke up on behalf of state Sen. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta. Gay C. Shaw, Augusta

Overtime

Some weighty questions for new heavyweight champ

Backbreaker

Cohen heads for worlds with first major title

Striving to go the distance

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

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Overtime
USC Aiken took second place in the Geico Direct Collegiate Invitational at Hunter Army Golf Course in Savannah, Ga., on Sunday.

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

Cohen heads for worlds with first major title
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Sasha Cohen heads to the World Figure Skating Championships with the skill and flair she's long had, plus something new: the steely confidence of a champion.

Striving to go the distance
Rowing down the Savannah River might appear easy to an observer, but it's not. It takes coordination, effort and skill.

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.

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.

Some weighty questions for new heavyweight champ
LAS VEGAS -- Roy Jones Jr. wants some time to enjoy being a heavyweight champion of sorts. After that, he's got some weighty questions to answer.

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,

Dymanic duo

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

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

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.

Legislator jumps at tree frog bill

Callers strut their stuff

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Employers try scrapping paychecks in favor of cards
NEW YORK -- Sharon Baker always relished getting paid. It was the paydays themselves she could do without.

Researchers search for female equivalent of Viagra
NEW YORK -- The success of Viagra has companies racing to achieve a female equivalent, and one herbal product's claims of effectiveness are stirring debate on whether any one drug can be the answer for women.

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.

Newest Sony Clie may be a bit ahead of its time
NEW YORK -- Sony's latest Clie digital assistant is an ambitious all-in-one device that includes a digital camera, an MP3 player and Bluetooth and WiFi wireless capabilities in a slick all-metal clamshell design.

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.

Southern states preparing for new West Nile virus season
ATLANTA -- Across the South, officials are getting mosquito traps ready, ordering lab equipment and preparing information to re-educate the public at the start of yet another season of dealing with the West Nile virus.

Lady Dogs bury Gators

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

Georgia still reeling from accusations by former player

'Cats corral Bulldogs

Spring has sprung for untested Dogs

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

Dogs fall to Kentucky

Dogs fall to Kentucky
ATHENS, Ga. -- With No. 2 Kentucky trailing in the second half, Marquis Estill wasn't worried about the nation's longest winning streak.

Georgia tries to keep focus

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.

Georgia still reeling from accusations by former player
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia coach Jim Harrick didn't blame the Bulldogs' latest loss on the turmoil surrounding his team.

'Cats corral Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's players insisted the Tony Cole fiasco didn't bother them once they stepped onto the court Sunday.

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.

Lady Gamecocks breeze by Mississippi

Lady Gamecocks breeze by Mississippi
OXFORD, Miss. -- Despite the absence of leading scorer Jocelyn Penn, No. 16 South Carolina had no trouble beating Mississippi.

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.

Baseball: South Carolina tops Clemson
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's Aaron Rawl didn't want to go another month without beating Clemson. So Rawl made sure it didn't happen.

Powell leads South Carolina over Vanderbilt

Baseball: South Carolina tops Clemson

Odds and Ends

Bank robbers in Sweden carry out perfect heist -- but flee empty-handed

Man uses AOL discs to make statement

Key developments concerning Iraq

Chief inspector says Iraq must provide more details about weapons programs

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

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

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

Army wife is elated by popularity of her adopt-a-soldier Web site

Iraq destroys more missiles, but says it may stop if U.S. wants war

U.S. tear gas use in Iraq may violate weapons treaties

Iraq begins U.N.-ordered missile destruction

Kurds say they will resist any Turkish troops

Big powers squeeze minor states for council votes on Iraq

Researchers search for female equivalent of Viagra

States edging toward sales taxes on Internet purchases

Technology briefs

Employers try scrapping paychecks in favor of cards

Southern states preparing for new West Nile virus season

Newest Sony Clie may be a bit ahead of its time