A person can lose much more than weight

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.

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.

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

Marked Man
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Jason Marquis may yet have the last word, but in his first spring appearance he didn't separate himself from the pack fighting for the fifth starter's job.

Ortiz's first outing gives Atlanta hope
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - As debuts go, Russ Ortiz couldn't have ordered a better one.

Roster decisions loom large

Braves fall to Astros
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Shane Reynolds pitched three pain-free innings in his first game appearance since back surgery in June, and the Houston Astros defeated the Atlanta Braves 5-2 Monday.

Marked Man

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.

Hampton pitches well in Braves debut

Ortiz's first outing gives Atlanta hope

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.

Business briefs

Stocks fall on string of disappointing economic data
NEW YORK -- Weaker-than-expected economic data and the market's persistent anxiety about a war with Iraq made for choppy trading Monday on Wall Street. Stocks waffled throughout the session before closing moderately lower.

Pampered pets
ATLANTA - When walking the aisles of your neighborhood pet store this spring, don't be surprised to find kosher animal food, cat breath mints or bacon-flavored popcorn for dogs.

Tax Tip: Alimony payments have tax implications
When the end of matrimony leads to the start of alimony, how does it affect your taxes? Alimony payments you receive are taxable to you in the year received, according to the IRS.

Stocks fall on string of disappointing economic data

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 briefs
Morris Communications Co. LLC is under contract to acquire a six-station radio company in Kansas.

Tax Tip: Alimony payments have tax implications

War jitters slow manufacturing growth, cut consumer spending
WASHINGTON -- Manufacturing barely grew and consumers cut spending amid worries about a possible war with Iraq, ominous signs for an already troubled economy.

Pampered pets

Investors move out of stock mutual funds in January

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

Tax tip: Married couples often pay more tax

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."

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.

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?

Predatory lending law vote delayed

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.

War jitters slow manufacturing growth, cut consumer spending

Predatory lending law vote delayed
ATLANTA -- Lawmakers continued to squabble over a new predatory lending law Monday.

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.

Florida State tops Lady Tigers

Alabama opens first spring under new staff

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.

Tuesday tipoff

Arizona, Kentucky 1-2 for third straight week

Asia danger looms

The U.N. is dead

One big loser

PETA's intifada

Setback or disaster?

Rap, martial arts pairing helps "Cradle" top the box office
LOS ANGELES -- The pairing of a rap star and a martial arts heavyweight pushed "Cradle 2 The Grave" to the top of the box office.

Children learn while having fun at museum
ATLANTA - Imagine a place that children enter by crawling through Swiss cheese, skipping between two giant potatoes or gliding down a banana peel.

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.

Entertainment briefs
LOS ANGELES -- The Producers Guild of America gave the maker of "Chicago" the top award at the 14th annual Producers Guild Awards.

In the know
The Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society will hold a wildflower walk beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve in South Carolina.

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

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.

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.

Channel name change usually means programming changes
NEW YORK -- The Learning Channel, American Movie Classics and Black Entertainment Television would all like to dispense with the formality.

Senior calendar
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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.

Lady Jackets close with shot at NCAA
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech knew it needed a victory Monday night to shore up its NCAA Tournament hopes.

Eagles sweep Davidson

Woods builds big lead at halfway point

Woods already in top form

Gaffney wins Pre-Season title

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.

Mickelson withdraws from sponsor tournament

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.

Gaffney wins Pre-Season title
AIKEN - When South Aiken's top guns could not quite push the Thoroughbreds over the top in the Pre-Season High School Golf Classic on Monday at Woodside Plantation Country Club, Ben Karns and the Gaffney Indians took control.

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.

Mickelson withdraws from sponsor tournament
MIAMI -- Phil Mickelson withdrew from the Ford Championship at Doral on Monday because his wife is getting closer to having their third child.

Woods already in top form
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods will have played only five tournaments by the time the Masters arrives, his lightest workload ever going into the first major of the year.

Tiger makes it a World sweep at Match Play

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.

Patience puts Morgan with Tigers

Patience puts Morgan with Tigers
For 15 years, Russell Morgan waited for his chance. He just had to sit and watch while two other coaches took the spot he wanted.

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.

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.

Iraq tries desperately to prove it is disarming
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq crushed missiles, sliced casting chambers, unearthed bombs and sent scientists to talk with U.N. weapons inspectors Monday, all in a desperate effort to prove it is disarming before a crucial U.N. report at the end of the week.

U.S. expects vote on war resolution next week
UNITED NATIONS -- A vote on a new U.N. resolution authorizing force against Iraq will likely come next week, after the chief weapons inspectors address the deeply divided Security Council, U.S. officials said Monday.

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.

Turkey's markets see sharp drop after parliament's refusal to authorize U.S. troop deployment
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Turkey's stock market fell by more than 10 percent Monday amid fears the nation could lose out on a multibillion dollar aid package after parliament refused to allow in some 62,000 U.S. troops for a possible war with 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. warplanes strike five targets in southern Iraq
WASHINGTON -- U.S. warplanes patroling a "no fly" zone over southern Iraq reported coming under anti-aircraft artillery fire and responded by attacking four military communications facilities and one air defense facility, officials said Monday.

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

A person can lose much more than weight
You've got to give Georgia's new governor, George Ervin Perdue III (aka "Sonny"), some credit.

Jailer to be arrested, fired
A Richmond County jailer will be arrested this afternoon on sexual assault charges following an investigation into illegal activity with an inmate, Sheriff Ronnie Strength said this morning.

Wants National to sue protesters

Rowland remains calm in face of utter chaos

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

Hunt's candidacy appeal transcends politics

Is attack on Cheeks a coincidence?

Appreciate military personnel

'Queer as Folk' ready for romance in third season

In the know

Channel name change usually means programming changes

Children learn while having fun at museum

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

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

Entertainment briefs

Rap, martial arts pairing helps "Cradle" top the box office

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

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

Across South Carolina

Man tried for murder
Yong-Suk Walker was the first to die because she wouldn't stop screaming, the prosecutor told the jury in her opening statement Monday.

USC leaders seek relaxed regulations

Airline begins nonstop flights

Judge to rule on builders' offer

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.

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.

Across Georgia

Army wife elated by popularity of web site

MCG's dean of nursing resigns

Nuwaubian leader receives plenty of jail mail

College delays signing contract

Teacher's love of English runs beyond classroom

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

Work begins at full steam

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.

Teenager sought in slaying surrenders

Old airport signs cause confusion
Is it Augusta Regional Airport or Bush Field?

State's cancer fight will begin at Grady

Old airport signs cause confusion

Jailer to be arrested, fired

Georgia Air National Guard unit called up for Gulf duty

Stone Mountain Park faces declining attendance, job cuts

Child molestation bill stalls over concerns it's too broad

Governor's floor leaders announce foster care legislation

Friends mourn death of Lakeside student

Across the area

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

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

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.

Budget matters causing recess

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.

Effort to develop herbal agriculture moves slowly

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.

Officials hope to revitalize Martinez

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.

Stone Mountain Park faces declining attendance, job cuts
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Declining attendance at Stone Mountain Park, the state's most popular tourist attraction, has led to staff layoffs, and officials say more cutbacks may be coming.

Airline begins nonstop flights
The inaugural Continental Express flights from Augusta Regional Airport took off Monday with a crowd of more than 300 people filling the terminal for the festivities.

News you can use

Adult material law to change
A federal court ruling that permitted an adult bookstore to open its doors off Gordon Highway also left the city with an unenforceable adult entertainment ordinance, a city attorney told the Augusta-Richmond County Planning Commission on Monday.

Officials call for action to keep HOPE alive

Man tried for murder

Hunley captain's image may be preserved in locket

Campaign money used for lawmakers' personal expenses

Predatory lending law vote delayed

News you can use

Planner opposes entertainment zone in city
Turning downtown Augusta into an entertainment district would be a grave mistake, a city planner told Augusta's planning commission Monday - but not for the reasons that sparked months of debate between members of a Broad Street synagogue and supporters of a proposed bar.

Across the area

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.

Military spends $2 billion in Carolinas; War could bring more

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.

Police charge men with drug trafficking

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Josephine Boeck of Appling.

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Across the area
Police are investigating an incident in which a Richmond County jailer said he struck an inmate several times in the face Sunday after the inmate swung at him.

Planner opposes entertainment zone in city

Group endorses sheriff candidate
AIKEN - The Aiken County Fire Chiefs Association endorsed Lt. Michael Hunt for Aiken County sheriff on Monday - the first political endorsement ever made by the group.

Theater-site plans unclear

College delays signing contract
Medical College of Georgia officials said Monday that they didn't agree to start a disaster medicine institute based in Augusta because a firm involved in the project didn't want the Georgia Institute of Technology to be involved.

Friends mourn death of Lakeside student
The night before he died, Brandon Layton did one of the things he did best: spin his rifle with the Lakeside High School JROTC Drill Team.

News you can use
MARCH 4, 1965 The sale of mixed drinks in Richmond County, including the city of Augusta, will be stopped by noon Friday, Sheriff George C. Mutimer said late Wednesday night.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Child molestation bill stalls over concerns it's too broad
ATLANTA -- A bill requiring jail time for child molesters and setting up a crime of obscene Internet conduct stalled Monday amid concerns the bill goes too far.

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.

Researchers say phosphorous danger to marsh life
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Researchers are warning about the dangers of phosphorous on water quality, especially in coastal marshes that are breeding grounds and nurseries for a range of fish, shrimp and other commercially important sea creatures.

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A rant for anyone who wants to name a street, building, bridge after a local politician. They get the pay and prestige for doing what they are doing and should not be honored for just doing the job. We have a street named after a rock star and not one named after the founder of Augusta, James Oglethorpe. Go figure.

Greenville committee expects no quick decision on holiday
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The chairman of a county study committee says his panel is unlikely to come up with a recommendation on a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday here by a March 18 deadline set by black leaders.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -The chairman of a county study committee says his panel is unlikely to come up with a recommendation on a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by a March 18 deadline set by black leaders.

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.

Theater-site plans unclear
AIKEN - There are tentative plans to level downtown's abandoned Carmike Cinemas theater on Laurens Street, but details on the property's future won't be available until next week, a representative for the developer said Monday.

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.

Bricko Farms to improve foul odors
A composting business in Richmond County is cleaning up after a series of complaints about foul odors led to an inspection by Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

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.

City looks at moving its offices by 2006
North Augusta City Council members outlined plans for relocating the municipal building Monday night, a transition that should be finalized by 2006, City Administrator Charles Martin said.

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.

Pilot program teaches parents how to teach their teens driving safety

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.

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.

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.

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.

Military spends $2 billion in Carolinas; War could bring more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The U.S. military spent more than $2 billion on work contracts performed in North and South Carolina in 2002, a number that should go even higher this year with the prospect of war in Iraq.

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.

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.

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.

Georgia Air National Guard unit called up for Gulf duty
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- About 250 citizen-soldiers of the Georgia Air National Guard have been called up for deployment to the Persian Gulf region and a possible showdown with Iraq.

Police charge men with drug trafficking
Two men were arrested Monday after officers found more than a kilogram of cocaine and $20,000 inside a Martinez apartment, police said.

Predatory lending law vote delayed
ATLANTA -- Lawmakers continued to squabble over a new predatory lending law Monday.

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

Abortion rights groups protest 24-hour waiting period bill
ATLANTA -- Abortion rights groups staged a protest Monday at the Georgia Capitol over a bill approved by the Senate last week that would require a mandatory 24-hour wait before the procedure.

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

Perdue rallies support for his education bill
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue met with school board members and superintendents from around the state Monday hoping to rally support for his education reform package.

Across South Carolina

Governor's floor leaders announce foster care legislation
ATLANTA -- The governor's floor leaders introduced legislation Monday that allows foster parents to have a say regarding the child's future care and placement.

MCG's dean of nursing resigns
The dean of the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing has resigned after being asked to step down.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The Georgia House voted Monday to divert interest from a green-space fund to help balance the budget.

Kenseth gives Roush fourth win at Las Vegas

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.

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.

Dixon holds off de Ferran

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.

Skinner takes responsibility for wreck

Jordan wins Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors
NEW YORK -- Michael Jordan won Eastern Conference player of the week honors Monday.

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?
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

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

Jordan wins Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors

Arizona, Kentucky 1-2 for third straight week
Arizona and Kentucky held the first two spots in The Associated Press college basketball poll for a third straight week Monday. Wisconsin returned to the rankings for the first time since November.

UConn still No. 1 in women's poll
Texas climbed five spots to No. 5 in the AP women's basketball poll, the Longhorns' highest ranking in 13 years, while Mississippi State made the top 10 for the first time.

Tuesday tipoff
Reviewing and previewing college basketball in the ACC, SEC and elsewhere:

Atlanta signs former Cincinnati safety Cory Hall

Ms. Leona Bryson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Edward Patz    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruth Adkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Wilmoth Walker    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Ms. Louise Bracknell    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mrs. Iva Vickery    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Frances Cauley    (MCMINNVILLE, Ore.)
Ms. Sherrie Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Harold Raynor Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Louise Martin    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. Leroy Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Lanham Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Calvin Vickers    (SYLACAUGA, Ala.)
Mrs. Ruby Hopkins    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Lillian Carrow    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Pearl Olson    (SOUTHERN PINES, N.C.)
Mr. Thomas Jones    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. George Zeiss    (JUPITER, Fla.)
Mrs. Gladys Carpenter    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. John Cochran    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Mr. John Powell    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Carlos Rouse    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Donna Palmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. O.W. Hodge    (GIBSON, Ga.)
Mr. Carl Grizzard    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Jack Handegan    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Ms. Meridith Guy    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Curtis Ford Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Regina Hentges    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruby Drew    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Ms. Ruth Huff    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Dortch    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Catherine Clayton    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. John Cochran    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Ms. Lillie Rikard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Esther Campbell    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mattie Hall    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Brenda Boggs    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Hadden    (CHESAPEAKE CITY, Md.)
Mrs. Lillie Matthews    (QUEENS, N.Y.)
Mr. Arthur Smith Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Brandon Layton    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Lamont Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Lanham    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Wilmoth Walker    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Gladys Carpenter    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Leroy Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Maryland Carpenter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Alvin Dukes Sr.    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Maryland Carpenter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas Jones (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Carlos Rouse (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Louise Martin (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. George Zeiss (JUPITER, Fla.)

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

Mrs. Frances Cauley (MCMINNVILLE, Ore.)

Mr. Harold Raynor Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jack Handegan (TRENTON, S.C.)

Ms. Ruth Huff (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Alvin Dukes Sr. (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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

Mr. Edward Patz (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Gladys Carpenter (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Catherine Clayton (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Hall (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Lamont Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Pearl Olson (SOUTHERN PINES, N.C.)

Mrs. Mary Dortch (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Hadden (CHESAPEAKE CITY, Md.)

Ms. Lillie Rikard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Esther Campbell (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Brenda Boggs (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Adkins (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Gladys Carpenter (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Carl Grizzard (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mr. John Powell (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Leona Bryson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Hopkins (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Calvin Vickers (SYLACAUGA, Ala.)

Ms. Sherrie Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Arthur Smith Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Carrow (DEARING, Ga.)

Don't let our National Science Center close
I HAVE READ several articles in The Chronicle lately about our state's annual appropriation for the National Science Center here in Augusta. The tenor of comments from some of our elected leaders should cause all of us significant concern.

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.

One big loser
He'll never be as infamous as Osama bin Laden. But as the alleged architect of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed's name should live in infamy. And his arrest last weekend in Pakistan should be heralded as a milestone victory in the war on terror.

Appreciate military personnel
Something I have been doing when the opportunity arises is to take time to thank our service personnel - especially our veterans. James John, Hephzibah, Ga.

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

Don't let our National Science Center close
I HAVE READ several articles in The Chronicle lately about our state's annual appropriation for the National Science Center here in Augusta. The tenor of comments from some of our elected leaders should cause all of us significant concern.

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

Setback or disaster?
Did the Medical College of Georgia spoil an opportunity for Fort Gordon to get a new mission when a deal with the North Carolina-based Research Triangle Institute fell through last month?

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.

Hunt's candidacy appeal transcends politics
In recent weeks, several folks across Aiken County have asked me whom I support for sheriff. My repeated response has been that the best man in the race is unquestionably Mike Hunt. Martin Posey, Graniteville, S.C.

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

Rowland remains calm in face of utter chaos
On Sept. 15, 1997, my life and the lives of my employees and their families changed forever when the R.E. Phelon Co. Inc. experienced an act of terror perpetrated by one man.

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.

Cohen heads for worlds with first major title

Future of U.S. soccer could rest with a 13-year-old player

Overtime

Street ballers coming to town

Some weighty questions for new heavyweight champ

Striving to go the distance

Pacers, Jaguars split matches

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

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.

Pacers, Jaguars split matches
Augusta State University and USC Aiken split matches Monday at Newman Tennis center. The Pacers beat the Augusta State men in convincing fashion, 8-1. The Lady Jaguars won their match 6-1.

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.

Future of U.S. soccer could rest with a 13-year-old player
BRADENTON, Fla. -- All of 13, Freddy Adu is already being trumpeted as the future of American soccer.

Street ballers coming to town
The Harlem Globetrotters are pioneers when it comes to fancy basketball.

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

Atlanta signs former Cincinnati safety Cory Hall
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Safety Cory Hall signed a contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday after spending four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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.

Digital-imaging programs can save the day
When I first became serious about taking pictures, back in 1975, I shot Kodachrome 64 slide film. Back then, virtually all serious magazine photographers shot slides, mainly because slide film offered more accurate color rendition than negative film. It also offered finer grain.

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.

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.

MouseCaster software installation is problematic
At last! More than 20 years ago, reviewing computer software and hardware was more exciting. Some stuff behaved nicely, as advertised. But a lot of stuff was balky, slow, bent on messing up the system and otherwise fun. Computing was a hobby then, and half the fun was putting a system back together after some wayward widget had made the pile of electronic cards fall down.

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.

'Vexx' has nothing new, but is still fun
Picture a cross between Dennis the Menace and Freddy Krueger and you'll have some idea of what you're dealing with when you sit down to play the darkly amusing "Vexx."

Harrick hurt by Cole's claims

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

Georgia still reeling from accusations by former player

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.

'Cats corral Bulldogs

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.

Harrick hurt by Cole's claims
After Sunday's loss to No. 2 Kentucky, the Georgia men's basketball team had a little more than 48 hours to prepare for tonight's visit from No. 3 Florida.

Dogs fall to Kentucky

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

Baseball: South Carolina tops Clemson

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.

Lady Gamecocks breeze by Mississippi

Iraq Timeline
1991: The Gulf War ends. As part of the cease-fire agreement, a U.N. special commission (Unscom) is established to dismantle Iraq's stockpile of chemical and nuclear weapons.

Conference was life-changing event
One boring day in November, I was staring dejectedly at a pile of homework when my mom handed me a letter that would change my life. I had been invited to the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.

Xtreme question of the week
Q: Do you think the United States should go to war with Iraq?

War may keep catastrophe from happening in future
If you turn on the news or open a newspaper today, you'll find people saying "Don't start a fight," "Just leave them alone," "Nothing will happen," "We're Americans; we want to be safe!"

Professor explains the impending war with Iraq

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Xtreme question of the week

Audio best

Views on war
FOR THE WAR: Saddam Hussein has systematically developed weapons of mass destruction since 1991, when the Gulf War ended and United Nations inspectors were unable to confirm that he had destroyed stocks of chemical weapons he was believed to possess.

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Girl must find out if boyfriend cheated

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Conference was life-changing event

No case made for going to war
The international community and the population of the United States stands divided on the subject of a seemingly imminent war with Iraq. Anti-war activists contend that waging war without exhausting diplomatic alternatives is irresponsible and suspicious.

War may keep catastrophe from happening in future

Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD: The Ring starring Naomi Watts as a young reporter who stumbles on a cryptic video while researching the death of her young niece.

Girl must find out if boyfriend cheated
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I just found out that my boyfriend of a year is gay. He's been talking to my other friend who's gay. I found out that they had sex. What can I do? - 15-year-old Augusta girl.

Your style

Your style
THE FACTS: Shane Clark, 15, is a sophomore at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School.

No case made for going to war

Professor explains the impending war with Iraq
It's one of today's most hotly debated issues: Should we go to war with Iraq?

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

Odds and Ends

Man uses AOL discs to make statement

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

Turkey's markets see sharp drop after parliament's refusal to authorize U.S. troop deployment

Iraq tries desperately to prove it is disarming

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

Key developments concerning Iraq

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

Southern states preparing for new West Nile virus season

Newest Sony Clie may be a bit ahead of its time

Researchers search for female equivalent of Viagra

Digital-imaging programs can save the day

'Vexx' has nothing new, but is still fun

MouseCaster software installation is problematic

Employers try scrapping paychecks in favor of cards