Top baseball official likely to meet with Rose's manager, possibly Rose
NEW YORK -- A top baseball official is likely to meet with Pete Rose's business manager, and possibly the banned career hits leader, before the end of spring training.

Top baseball official likely to meet with Rose's manager, possibly Rose

It's official: Baker the NL All-Star skipper
MESA, Ariz. -- Dusty Baker is going to have to find another time to go fishing.

A person can lose much more than weight

Ortiz's first outing gives Atlanta hope

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.

Smoltz struggles in loss
VIERA, Fla. -- John Smoltz struggled in his one inning against Montreal, giving up two runs and three hits as the Expos defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-4 Tuesday.

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

Injury delays Byrd's progress

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.

Smoltz struggles in loss

Injury delays Byrd's progress
VIERA, Fla. - Atlanta pitcher Paul Byrd, who strained his right groin in Atlanta in February, has said the injury has affected his preparation.

Marked Man

Predatory lending law vote delayed

Stocks fall on war fears, downgrade of auto stocks

Lobbyist combats doctors' reforms
ATLANTA - To doctors, Bill Clarke has gone over to the enemy. But to hear Mr. Clarke tell it, he didn't leave the Medical Association of Georgia last year as much as it left him.

Tax Tip: Toll-free telephone service available from IRS
Free tax help from the IRS is just a phone call away. The IRS provides various services through its toll-free telephone numbers. You can order forms and publications, listen to prerecorded tax information, check on the status of your refund, or ask questions about your tax return. Many of these services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Stocks fall on string of disappointing economic data

Business briefs
ATLANTA - Efforts in Georgia to reduce water pollution near construction sites would be underwritten by fees paid by builders under legislation passed by the House on Tuesday.

Business briefs

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.

Filter maker tackles fumes
As more states get strict on vehicle emissions, Burke County's newest manufacturer hopes to make profits by cutting out auto pollution.

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 war fears, downgrade of auto stocks
NEW YORK -- Renewed fears about war and terrorism tormented Wall Street Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrials to their lowest level in nearly five months.

Pampered pets

Tax Tip: Alimony payments have tax implications

War jitters slow manufacturing growth, cut consumer spending

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.

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

Greenspan cautions that housing market may cool off this year

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

Filter maker tackles fumes

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.

Lobbyist combats doctors' reforms

Tax Tip: Toll-free telephone service available from IRS

Greenspan cautions that housing market may cool off this year
WASHINGTON -- The red-hot housing market is likely to cool a bit this year, a move that could dampen consumer spending, a main force keeping the economy going, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Tuesday.

Clemson edges Winthrop
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Russell Triplett singled in David Slevin with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as Clemson rallied to a 5-4 victory against Winthrop Tuesday.

Tuesday tipoff

Arizona, Kentucky 1-2 for third straight week

Former Jaguar making his professional debut

One big loser

Arabs stand with Saddam

Brainwashing kids

Setback or disaster?

Review foreign aid

Slow cooker makes Italian-style roast with minimal fuss
I can get in a rut with my slow cooker - using it only for stews and soups. So, this week and next, I'll share some other options for this super-convenient small kitchen appliance.

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.

Small portions
It's unnecessary to make a batch of cookies and eat them all in one sitting. Prepare your favorite cookie recipe and roll the dough into logs. Then wrap the logs in plastic wrap and again in foil, and freeze. Cut and bake as needed for you and your family. The dough will keep in the freezer for up to three months.

Entertainment briefs
NEW YORK -- The director of an upcoming movie about former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is defending his decision to include graphic news footage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

In the know
It starts off with a nose full of peach and vanilla scents. The flavors are perfectly balanced with loads of yellow apple and peach notes and finishes with a creamy toasty fruit-forward finish.

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.

Toby Keith tops Academy of Country Music nominees
LOS ANGELES -- Toby Keith received a leading eight Academy of Country Music nominations Tuesday, including song and single of the year for "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)."

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.

"My Big Fat Greek Life" gives life to comedy format on TV
NEW YORK -- Situation comedy isn't dead on television yet, judging by the number of viewers who checked out "My Big Fat Greek Life" on CBS last week.

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.

Holy flashback! Movie reunites "Batman" TV series stars
LOS ANGELES -- Holy reunion! Thirty-seven years after Adam West and Burt Ward put on skintight suits to keep Gotham City safe from the villainous Penguin, Joker and Riddler, the Dynamic Duo is back together for a peek at what really happened behind the scenes.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

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

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

Woods, Els still might meet in San Diego
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Tiger Woods and Ernie Els might get together on a San Diego course this year, after all.

Knees and knee-jerk reactions
Three of the top five seeded players were knocked out in the first round of the Match Play Championship, and everyone started trying to figure out how to bring some stability to golf's most unpredictable event.

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.

Woods, Els still might meet in San Diego

Woods already in top form

Mickelson withdraws from sponsor tournament

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.

Gaffney wins Pre-Season title

Knees and knee-jerk reactions

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.

Patience puts Morgan with Tigers

Silver Bluff rides defense to final

Prep playoff capsules

Barnwell bounced out

Nelsons have coach, rivals seeing double

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.

Ottawa Senators restructure contracts
OTTAWA -- Several Ottawa Senators players have agreed to restructure their contracts, freeing up money for the team which declared bankruptcy earlier this season.

Some 60,000 more U.S. forces ordered to Gulf region
WASHINGTON -- The general who would command a war in Iraq headed to Washington for meetings with top administration officials as the Pentagon prepared to send another 60,000 American troops to the Persian Gulf region.

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. 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.

Annan says war must be last resort
UNITED NATIONS -- With the United States moving toward a vote next week to approve military action against Iraq, Secretary-General Kofi Annan declared Tuesday that war must be a last resort and called Baghdad's missile destruction "a positive development."

China of U.S. military action, but not in the mood to veto
BEIJING -- Emboldened by Russian and French opposition, China is assuming a more vocal stance against the idea of American military action over Iraqi disarmament. But it's probably not about to veto the U.S.-sponsored U.N. resolution paving the way for war.

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.

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.

Saddam says U.S. will be defeated if it attacks Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- In a letter marking the Islamic new year Tuesday, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said Iraq will defeat any invaders and accused the United States of trying to turn Arabs into slaves.

Iran offers plan to end Iraq crisis with U.N.-supervised elections
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran offered a plan Tuesday to avert war in neighboring Iraq, calling for elections supervised by the United Nations and urging the nation's divided opposition to reconcile with President Saddam Hussein.

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.

State workers meet with lawmakers on budget cuts
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Some state employees from around South Carolina took a day off to come here and meet lawmakers about the state's budget problems.

Fire damages popular nightclub
A fire at The Soul Bar nightclub on Broad Street caused minor damage this morning but will likely close the popular Augusta night spot for several days, officials said.

'Nanny State' editorial pejorative

Rowland remains calm in face of utter chaos

Former party affiliation to blame for action

Corps should allow broader input on correcting lake levels

Irresponsible banter keeps flames of racial division burning

City leaders poorly manage our money

That dew? It's actually someone's spit

Hunt's candidacy appeal transcends politics

Appreciate military personnel

Holy flashback! Movie reunites "Batman" TV series stars

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

In the know

In the know

Slow cooker makes Italian-style roast with minimal fuss

Children learn while having fun at museum

Entertainment briefs

Entertainment briefs

Small portions

"My Big Fat Greek Life" gives life to comedy format on TV

Toby Keith tops Academy of Country Music nominees

Channel name change usually means programming changes

Assistants work for 'dream job'

Five Questions with Andrew Ianiero

General manager refutes report

Assistants work for 'dream job'
It's nearly two hours after the game and the Augusta Lynx players and coaches are long gone.

Five Questions with Andrew Ianiero
Augusta Lynx forward Andrew Ianiero answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

General manager refutes report
Augusta Lynx general manager Jim Burton denied a report in a New Jersey newspaper that the team was on the verge of folding or relocating.

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.

Changes sought in state lending program
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gov. Mark Sanford suggested Tuesday that a long-standing state lending program for private schools was essentially a backdoor voucher program.

Across Georgia

Commissioner delays vote on Craig inquiry

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.

Officers monitor work zone speed

Friends mourn death of Lakeside student

Inmate accuses Rhodes at trial

Three more positive flu samples found in state
ATLANTA -- Three more flu samples - from Atlanta, Albany and Savannah - were confirmed positive for a total of 54 samples this season, state health officials said Tuesday.

Across Georgia

Across the area

News you can use

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.

Across the area

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.

Republicans map for redrawing Senate clears committee

Predatory lending law vote delayed

Subscriber of the day

State workers meet with lawmakers on budget cuts

First Friday sees changes

Agency promotes forgotten shelters

Fire damages popular nightclub

Across South Carolina

Lending vote splits Democrats

Across South Carolina

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.

Gwinnett father finds missing children in Cayman Islands
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- After searching for two years, a Gwinnett County man learned that his two missing children have been living with their mother in the Cayman Islands.

School leaders adjust to cuts
AIKEN - Aiken County School Board members reluctantly cut school programs and rearranged funds to free up about $1.4 million to meet state budget cuts at an emergency meeting Tuesday night.

Lending vote splits Democrats
ATLANTA -- In an early test of Democratic solidarity in the state House, the ruling Democrats could not agree on a lending bill and eventually helped Republicans pass their version in the chamber.

Robbery investigators probe Atlanta cases
Law enforcement officials say the man who robbed an Augusta credit union in February might be connected to a series of bank holdups in the metro Atlanta area.

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.

Commission votes to fix Hephzibah ravine
From the local pharmacist to government officials, the feeling in Hephzibah on Tuesday was one of grand relief.

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.

Agency promotes forgotten shelters
You might have your duct tape and plastic sheeting, but do you know where to duck and cover?

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.

Commissioner delays vote on Craig inquiry
For the time being, Augusta commissioners have called off the dogs on the district attorney's office, removing an item from their Tuesday agenda that endorsed an investigation into the way Danny Craig handled a child molestation case.

Georgia Air National Guard unit called up for Gulf duty

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A redistricting plan approved Tuesday by a Senate committee would overturn a redistricting scheme adopted in 2001, when Democrats were in control of the Legislature.

School districts could furlough staff

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A Lexington electrical company has been fined $42,075 in a trench cave-in that killed two teenage brothers, state regulators say.

Subscriber of the day

Members of House approve new bill
ATLANTA - On Tuesday, the Georgia House of Representatives passed Sen. Don Cheeks' bill to correct problems in last year's predatory-lending law, though it made significant changes first.

Airline begins nonstop flights

Across the area
An Augusta woman was in police custody Tuesday after admitting she stole more than $19,000 from her employer, investigators said.

Man tried for murder

Gwinnett father finds missing children in Cayman Islands

Nearly two-thirds of Georgia's black children born out of wedlock, study says

Police charge men with drug trafficking

Fired deputy turns himself in

Child molestation bill stalls over concerns it's too broad

Bill seeks to limit lawsuits in South Carolina

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.

Robbery investigators probe Atlanta cases

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.

Commission votes to fix Hephzibah ravine

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

News you can use

Lobbyist combats doctors' reforms
ATLANTA - To doctors, Bill Clarke has gone over to the enemy. But to hear Mr. Clarke tell it, he didn't leave the Medical Association of Georgia last year as much as it left him.

Old airport signs cause confusion

Judge OKs developer's offer
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the developer of Aiken's largest neighborhood, Woodside Plantation, has offered residents a fair settlement for allegedly charging hidden builder fees.

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

Corps drops new drought plan
A plan to reduce flows in the Savannah River to preserve upstream lake levels during droughts was shelved this week after the Corps of Engineers was confronted with new concerns about effects on the coast.

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.

First Friday sees changes
First Friday organizers, who have begun to re-examine every detail of the monthly downtown event, came up with their first set of new guidelines Tuesday night.

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.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Wenona E. Knight of Martinez.

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.

News you can use
MARCH 5, 1924 THOMSON, Ga. - The trial of E.H. Miller, charged with assault with intent to murder John C. Wall, merchant and prominent citizen of this county, ended in McDuffie Superior Court late yesterday in a verdict of guilty for shooting at another not in his own defense. Judge Franklin imposed sentence immediately following the verdict, and the defendant goes to the penitentiary for a term of one to two years.

MCG's dean of nursing resigns

Inmate accuses Rhodes at trial
David Easterling, the only person who says he can place Jimmy Lee Rhodes at the scene of a 1998 double homicide, testified in his Columbia County trial Tuesday.

Republicans map for redrawing Senate clears committee
ATLANTA -- A redistricting plan approved Tuesday by a legislative committee could help Republicans cement their new majority in the Georgia Senate. But with the House still under Democratic control the measure's chances of passing the full Legislature are in doubt.

SRS team ends shuttle search
AIKEN - A team from Savannah River Site has returned from Texas, after being dispatched Feb. 7 to help search for debris from space shuttle Columbia.

Nearly two-thirds of Georgia's black children born out of wedlock, study says
ATLANTA -- Nearly two-thirds of black children in Georgia were born out of wedlock in 2001, perpetuating a main cause of poverty, according to a new study.

Fired deputy turns himself in
The three jailers accused of wrongdoing will attend a special meeting of the sheriff's disciplinary review board this morning to discuss their fate. Sheriff Ronnie Strength will make a decision after getting the board's recommendation.

Bill seeks to limit lawsuits in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A group of doctors, insurers and other businessmen say limits need to be set on most civil lawsuits in South Carolina.

Officers monitor work zone speed
If three miles of orange barrels and giant warning signs don't get the attention of motorists in the Interstate 20 work zone, police are betting a $625 speeding ticket will.

School districts could furlough staff
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- School districts dealing with the state budget crisis would have the option of employee furloughs under a resolution given key approval in the House on Tuesday.

Rants and Raves
SPECIAL RAVE TO Mr. David of the Harlem Fire Department. He deserves a big pat on the back for the good work that he does. Always a smile. I don't see how he does it. He is just a very nice person.

College delays signing contract

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.

Theater-site plans unclear

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.

Planner opposes entertainment zone in city

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

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.

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

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.

Changes sought in state lending program

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Jailer to be arrested, fired

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.

Stone Mountain Park faces declining attendance, job cuts

Governor's floor leaders announce foster care legislation

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.

Scandal closes in as Dogs savor win
ATHENS, Ga. - Ezra Williams played his last game at Stegeman Coliseum, and it was a beaut.

Marlin says wreck wasn't intentional

Marlin says wreck wasn't intentional
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sterling Marlin denied intentionally hitting Jimmie Johnson on the final lap at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, while Johnson dismissed rumors Tuesday of a later confrontation between the two at a casino.

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

Jordan wins Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors

Hawks top Nuggets
ATLANTA -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim hit a hook before Glenn Robinson made a clinching 3-pointer in the final minute as the Atlanta Hawks beat Denver 92-86 Tuesday night - the 13th straight loss for the Nuggets.

Auburn and Alabama get their last shots at NCAA tournament
Marquis Daniels and Erwin Dudley have played for Southeastern Conference contenders and league doormats over their four-year careers.

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

USC Aiken hoping for a turn around
His team is a long shot to win the Peach Belt Conference Tournament. Mike Roberts remains optimistic, however.

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.

Atlanta signs former Cincinnati safety Cory Hall

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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.

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.

Arabs stand with Saddam
The good news is that after months of ambiguity and inaction and neglect, 22 members of the Arab League this weekend made it clear where they stand in the confrontation with Iraq.

City leaders poorly manage our money
It appears the agreement to sign a three-year lease with Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. for the Fire Administration offices is another in a growing list of bad choices by our city leaders. Jerod McDowell, Augusta

Former party affiliation to blame for action
I hope everyone will get off Republican state Sen. Don Cheeks' back with regard to his seeking special treatment for the sexual offender. Keep in mind that up until a few months ago, this Augusta senator was a Democrat. Democrats are known for overlooking the sexual behavior of fellow Democrats. Gary Heffner, Augusta

Corps should allow broader input on correcting lake levels
At the Jan. 13 public meeting on lake levels, the Corps of Engineers was highly praised for its responsiveness to citizen suggestions. This praise may be premature, due to problems that are still unresolved. Jerry Clontz, Aiken, S.C.

Irresponsible banter keeps flames of racial division burning
Regarding the "flag flap" issue, I offer my opinion and a rebuttal of comments attributed to NAACP Southeast Region Director Charles White (news article, "NAACP threatens boycott of Georgia flag referendum") and guest columnist Bill Maxwell ("Flag opposed as symbol of terrorism and racism"): Wesley Rawlins, 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?

Brainwashing kids
There is nothing wrong in debating the pros and cons of going to war with Iraq in the nation's public school classrooms. Discussing controversial contemporary issues can be a valuable tool in teaching the principle of civil discourse and the free exchange of ideas in our democratic society.

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.

Review foreign aid
The United States should cease and desist bribing countries such as Turkey to join the war on terror.

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.

That dew? It's actually someone's spit
Nikita Khrushchev once said of the American people that you could spit in their faces and they would think it's dew. Glenda Windham, Wagener, S.C.

'Nanny State' editorial pejorative
The Chronicle's Feb. 20 editorial, "The Nanny State," left me seriously concerned about the writer's mental health, as well as the health of your readers. Speaking for myself, after reading the opening line, I suddenly felt bile rising into my throat; the opening line being, "Liberal fascist do-gooders are at it again." Alan Roberts, 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.

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.

Pacers, Jaguars split matches

NBA Olympic players would face out-of-competition testing

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

Street ballers coming to town

Overtime

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

NBA Olympic players would face out-of-competition testing
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- NBA players on Olympic teams will face out-of-competition, random drug tests for the 2004 Athens Games starting July 1 as part of a global program that is expected to be approved Wednesday.

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.

Overtime
Augusta's Jay Mundy led Auburn to victory this week in the Palencia Collegiate Invitational in St. Augustine, Fla.

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.

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

Nelsons have coach, rivals seeing double
Almost everybody on the Hephzibah girls basketball team can tell Jacquelyn and Joycelyn Nelson apart.

Silver Bluff rides defense to final
CORDOVA, S.C. - Silver Bluff's defense clamped down on Andrews High in the fourth quarter on Tuesday night, and the Bulldogs rallied for a 58-48 victory in the Class AA Lower State Championship game at Edisto High School.

Barnwell bounced out
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. - Minutes after her high school career was over, Barnwell's Melanie Johnson donned her University of South Carolina sweatshirt and greeted Lady Gamecocks coach Susan Walvius at mid-court.

Prep 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.

Eagles get linebacker Simoneau from Falcons
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles acquired linebacker Mark Simoneau from the Atlanta Falcons for two draft picks late Monday night.

Scandal closes in as Dogs savor win

Doctors too often miss chance to prevent deadly blood clots
WASHINGTON -- If you're lying in a hospital bed, chances are doctors didn't check you for a silent killer - one that causes some 60,000 potentially preventable deaths a year.

Amid fears of West Nile and bioterrorism, mosquito experts meet
MINNEAPOLIS -- Hundreds of bug experts have gathered for a six-day conference to discuss ways to control mosquitoes, amid fears of future West Nile virus outbreaks and heightened concern that the insects could be used in a bioterrorism attack.

'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."

Experts recommend no more than 10 percent of calories from sugar
LONDON -- People should get no more than 10 percent of their calories from sugar, experts say in a major new report Monday on how to stem the global epidemic of obesity-linked diseases.

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.

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.

NCAA questions two Georgia players about allegations
ATHENS, Ga. -- NCAA and Georgia officials have questioned two basketball starters about allegations made by former player Tony Cole.

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.

Bulldogs pull off upset of Gators
ATHENS, Ga. - Damien Wilkins rollicked around the court with Jonas Hayes and planted a kiss on Hayes' cheek. Jim Harrick was mobbed by fans as he tried mightily - and unsuccessfully - to conduct a post-game interview on the floor.

Harrick denies all allegations by Tony Cole

Dogs edge Gators
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia put aside all the distractions for one night at least.

Dogs edge Gators

Harrick denies all allegations by Tony Cole
ATHENS, Ga. -- As widening allegations threatened his coaching career, Georgia's Jim Harrick denied any wrongdoing and vowed "the truth will come out."

Bulldogs pull off upset of Gators

Harrick hurt by Cole's claims

Former Jaguar making his professional debut
Jamie Elson can thank Colin Montgomerie for his spot in the Dubai Desert Classic, a PGA European Tour event that begins Thursday in the United Arab Emirates.

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.

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

Your style

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.

Professor explains the impending war with Iraq

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?

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.

War may keep catastrophe from happening in future

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!"

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

Conference was life-changing event

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.

Girl must find out if boyfriend cheated

Xtreme question of the week

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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:

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Audio best

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.

Saddam says U.S. will be defeated if it attacks Iraq

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

Annan says war must be last resort

China of U.S. military action, but not in the mood to veto

Iraq tries desperately to prove it is disarming

Some 60,000 more U.S. forces ordered to Gulf region

Iran offers plan to end Iraq crisis with U.N.-supervised elections

Digital-imaging programs can save the day

MouseCaster software installation is problematic

Experts recommend no more than 10 percent of calories from sugar

'Vexx' has nothing new, but is still fun

Amid fears of West Nile and bioterrorism, mosquito experts meet