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

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.

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

Tyler Michael Coulson
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Conner Todd Street
Aaron T. and Michelle W. Street of Augus

Joshua Nicholas Lee Tucker
Danny H. Tucker Jr. and Dixie M. Tucker of Augusta announce the birth of a son,

Robert Gregory O'Shields III
Robert and Brandy O'Shields of Washi

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Derroyn Newa Avi Hodges
DoRinda Waiters of Augusta announces the birth of a son, Derroyn Newa Avi Hodges, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Gary and Eloise Hodges of Augusta and Ruben and Willie Mae Gore of Hephzibah.

Victoria Marie Craig

Katherine Jane Higgins
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Joshua Nicholas Wilkerson

Makena Uyen Griffis
Darrell and Uyen Griffis of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Makena Uyen Griffis, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Nguyen of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Griffis of Martinez.

Meagan Nicole Scritchfield
Richard W. Schadle and Miranda L. Scritchfield, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Meagan Nicole Scritchfield, Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Stan Scritchfield of Augusta.

Arlie Rose Dipolito
Marty and Wendy Dipolito of Thomson announce

Thomas Scott McDonald
Dennis S. and Sharo

Shawn Adam Crocker
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Abrum Logan Preast

Victoria Marie Craig
Brett M. and Jennifer N. Craig of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Victoria Marie Craig, Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Karen Hathcox and Jon and Tracy Craig, all of North Augusta.

Tyler Michael Coulson

Joshua Nicholas Wilkerson
Joshua N. and Audrey L. Wilkerson of Evans announce the birth of a son, Joshua Nicholas Wilkerson, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Ron and Michelle Eslick of Evans and Tony and Lynn Wilkerson of Appling.

Nyah Elizabeth Cox
Faron Cox Jr. and Crystal McDowell, both of North Augusta, announce the bir

Katherine Jane Higgins

John Huxley Reed

Tristan Scott Thomas
James G. and Heather K. Thomas of Martinez annou

Robert Gregory O'Shields III

Alexandria Hope Taylor
Shannon and Kelli Taylor of Windsor announce

Makena Uyen Griffis

Chloe Elizabeth Sligh
Thomas D. and E. Rachel Sligh of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Chloe Elizabeth Sligh, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Slater of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Tommae Sligh of Columbia.

Alexandria Hope Taylor

John Huxley Reed
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Garrett Wade Pennington

Garrett Wade Pennington
Brent and Melody Pennington of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Garrett Wade Pennington, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David Windes of Eatonton, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Pennington of Ringgold, Ga.

Meagan Nicole Scritchfield

Jamesha I'veon Joyner
James and Tonya Joyner of B

Arlie Rose Dipolito

Joshua Nicholas Lee Tucker

Nyah Elizabeth Cox

Chloe Elizabeth Sligh

Tristan Scott Thomas

Derroyn Newa Avi Hodges

Conner Todd Street

Shawn Adam Crocker

Jamesha I'veon Joyner

Thomas Scott McDonald

Bible college gets 666 prefix removed from phone number
VANCLEVE, Ky. -- After months of asking for a new telephone number, the Kentucky Mountain Bible College has finally dropped the 666 prefix that disturbed Christians who recognized it as the biblical mark of the beast.

Odds and Ends
FAIRFAX, Mo. -- Farmer Gary Wennihan may have made a meteoric rise to wealth.

Expensive sketch stolen from lobby of jail
NEW YORK -- A sketch drawn by Surrealist artist Salvador Dali for a former Correction Department commissioner was stolen from the lobby of the men's jail at Rikers Island, officials said.

Smoltz struggles in loss

Castilla continues to work on his hitting

Braves' rookie overcomes nerves against Yankees
TAMPA, Fla. - Several years ago Odalis Perez opened the Atlanta Braves' eyes and won a job on the pitching staff with a dominant spring performance against the New York Yankees.

Castilla continues to work on his hitting
TAMPA, Fla. - There was a brief sighting of Vinny Castilla's bat last year, but it also might have been an illusion.

Injury delays Byrd's progress

Braves rout Yankees
TAMPA, Fla. -- David Wells struggled in his second spring start, giving up five runs and failing to cover first base in the New York Yankees' 12-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

Braves rout Yankees

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.

Braves' rookie overcomes nerves against Yankees

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.

Tax tip: Reservists, new enlistees may get deferral for back taxes

Business briefs
ATLANTA - As Coca-Cola Co.'s net income dropped and it laid off employees, Chairman Doug Daft got a $4 million bonus on top of his $1.5 million salary in 2002, according to a company filing Wednesday.

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.

Economic activity remained subdued in January and February
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve said Wednesday economic activity around the country remained subdued in January and February as concerns about a possible war in Iraq slowed spending by consumers and businesses.

Tax Tip: Toll-free telephone service available from IRS

Glut of studies slows work
There are more than a dozen plans and studies in print dealing with issues facing downtown Augusta.

A new signature for U.S. currency: John W. Snow

Greenspan cautions that housing market may cool off this year

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 war fears, downgrade of auto stocks

Glut of studies slows work

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.

Lobbyist combats doctors' reforms

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.

Economic activity remained subdued in January and February

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.

A new signature for U.S. currency: John W. Snow
WASHINGTON -- It was a Mick Jagger moment. With cameras whirring and clicking, a smiling Treasury Secretary John Snow signed his name with flair, relishing one of the perks of the job: signing his name on the nation's greenbacks.

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.

Tax tip: Reservists, new enlistees may get deferral for back taxes
Reservists called to active duty and new enlistees in the armed forces might qualify for a deferral of taxes owed if they can show that their ability to pay taxes was impaired because of their military service. The Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act provides this benefit.

Filter maker tackles fumes

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.

Baseball: Tigers beat College of Charleston
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Kyle Frank hit two home runs for four RBIs as Clemson beat the College of Charleston 6-2 on Wednesday afternoon.

Littlejohn unavailable to host NIT game
CLEMSON, S.C. -- If Clemson gets an invitation to the NIT, the Tigers won't be able to host a game at Littlejohn Coliseum because the building needs more renovations before graduation, the school said Wednesday.

North Carolina State edges Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Scooter Sherrill scored a career high 24 points as North Carolina State held off Clemson 63-60 on Wednesday night, improving the Wolfpacks' hopes for an NCAA bid.

Tennessee seeks sweep of SEC regular-season, tournament title

USC Aiken's forgettable season comes to an end

Former Jaguar making his professional debut

A grand alliance

Arabs stand with Saddam

The worst drivers

Brainwashing kids

Review foreign aid

Norah Jones CD sales increase dramatically following Grammy sweep
NEW YORK -- Talk about a Grammy sales bump - Norah Jones' debut album, "Come Away With Me," sold 621,000 copies after her Grammy sweep, almost 500,000 more than the week before - the biggest post-Grammy sales spike ever, according to her record company.

In the know
The temperature is slowly climbing, the days are getting longer ... it can mean only one thing: Prom season.

Rating looks, bodies increasingly popular on Internet and TV
CHICAGO -- It is a quest for 15 minutes of fame that can turn into a few humiliating moments of shame.

Buenos Aires is becoming a top filming location
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- In sync with cranking 1970s funk, a black Cockney cab blows past a cafe full of well-heeled Londoners, leaving them choking on billows of smoke.

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.

"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.

Top 5 list
The top 5 television shows, movies and music:

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.

Food ideas mushroom into new cookbook
From grits to goat cheese and chicken livers with portobello mushrooms, Augusta's Martha Boardman Fleming cooks it all.

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.

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.

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)."

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.

Entertainment briefs
LAS VEGAS -- Americans saw an average of 5.7 films each and paid an average of $5.80 per ticket last year, said the president of the Motion Picture Association of America.

Eagles top Western Carolina
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Julius Jenkins scored 20 points to lead five Georgia Southern players in double figures as the Eagles opened the Southern Conference tournament with a 89-81 victory over Western Carolina on Wednesday.

Baseball: Eagles beat Georgia State
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Rocky Baker's two-run homer helped Georgia Southern score seven runs in the sixth inning en route to a 10-3 victory over Georgia State Wednesday.

Jackets get road win
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Georgia Tech ended a season of misery on the road and kept Virginia's late-season meltdown going strong Wednesday night, beating the Cavaliers 90-73 for its first road win in 11 tries.

Owings' homerun lifts Jackets
ATLANTA -- Micah Owings hit a two-run homer and Tyler Greene had a solo shot Tuesday to lift Georgia Tech to a 3-1 victory over Campbell despite getting only three hits.

Baseball: Eagles beat Georgia State

Eagles top Western Carolina

Owings' homerun lifts Jackets

It's up to you whether I give you the business

Nicklaus on tour again with an eye toward the Masters
MIAMI -- Sweat was streaming down Jack Nicklaus' face even before he got to the first tee. He was met by more than 100 people, an unusually large gallery considering this was only a pro-am round, and the midday heat was stifling.

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.

Nicklaus on tour again with an eye toward the Masters

Els starts title defense in Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Tiger Woods posters are everywhere. His photo is even on the tournament's official magazine.

Woods, Els still might meet in San Diego

Knees and knee-jerk reactions

Els starts title defense in Dubai

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.

York's Latta to cap amazing career in title game

Barnwell bounced out

Glenn Hills suffers semifinal loss

Jenkins survives Key, Landmark

Griffin gets win over Cedar Shoals

Taylor County routs Athens Academy

Mays ends Glenn Hills' run

Nelsons have coach, rivals seeing double

Silver Bluff rides defense to final

Lady Rebels keep hopes for title alive

Prep playoff capsules

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.

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.

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."

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.

CIA director meets with Kuwaiti officials
KUWAIT -- CIA director George Tenet was meeting Wednesday with security officials in Kuwait, a U.S. official said, as American forces gathered here for a threatened war against the emirate's northern neighbor, Iraq.

France, Germany and Russia to block U.N. war resolution
PARIS -- The foreign ministers of France, Germany and Russia said Wednesday they will "not allow" passage of a U.N. resolution to authorize war against Iraq.

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.

Blair meets Russian foreign minister to discuss Iraq
LONDON -- War in Iraq can still be avoided if Saddam Hussein fully complies with the United Nations or goes into exile, Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday.

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.

Massive bombing expected in opening days of Iraq war
Opening days of war in Iraq to see 10 times the bombing of first Gulf war, Pentagon says

Top Turkish general backs deployment of U.S. troops
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's powerful military chief said Wednesday that the army backed the deployment of U.S. troops in the country for a war in neighboring Iraq.

Powell says Saddam trying to divide international community
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Colin Powell accused Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein on Wednesday of maneuvering to divide the U.N. Security Council and "split us into arguing factions." He conceded that key differences remain among members on using force.

Shouting match breaks out between Iraqis, Kuwaitis at Islamic unity summit
DOHA, Qatar -- Iraq's vice president shouted, "Shut up, you monkey!" at a Kuwaiti diplomat Wednesday during an emergency summit of Islamic nations that sought but failed to develop a new position on preventing a possible U.S.-led war against Iraq.

Slaying suspect surrenders
A Columbia County man wanted in the brutal beating death of an Augusta man surrendered today to police, and authorities were holding two others in the crime.

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.

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.

Irresponsible banter keeps flames of racial division burning

'Nanny State' editorial pejorative

Former party affiliation to blame for action

Corps should allow broader input on correcting lake levels

City leaders poorly manage our money

How conscious are we of our differences?

Diversity is applying differing perspectives

That dew? It's actually someone's spit

Diversity is here to stay

It will take all races to remove barriers

Rowland the only prepared candidate

Stress diversity to children now and always

Why hasn't Sellers backed Rowland?

Toby Keith tops Academy of Country Music nominees

Holy flashback! Movie reunites "Batman" TV series stars

In the know

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

In the know

Slow cooker makes Italian-style roast with minimal fuss

Buenos Aires is becoming a top filming location

Rating looks, bodies increasingly popular on Internet and TV

Entertainment briefs

Top 5 list

Small portions

Food ideas mushroom into new cookbook

Entertainment briefs

Lynx notebook

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

Lynx notebook
The Augusta Lynx hit the road Wednesday for one of their most important trips of the season with forwards Josh St. Louis and Jeff Szwez on board.

Assistants work for 'dream job'

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.

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

Fired deputy turns himself in

Mental health inquiry ending
State investigations into a troubled Augusta mental health center will wind up soon, Georgia Department of Human Resources Commissioner Jim Martin promised.

Company goes to court over pollution citations
A sewage treatment company in Aiken, which state authorities say has contaminated local waterways since 2001 despite being repeatedly warned to stop, will contest the allegations in court next month, an environmental official said Monday.

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.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Jimmy Whyte of Augusta.

Willis takes charge of challenged office

News you can use
MARCH 6, 1936 Bobby Jones, "here on business," as he put it, stepped from under the shower in his suite at the Partridge Inn last night and declared as he stroked his sun-tanned body with a towel, "I am scoring much better than I am shooting," his way of saying that luck has played a big part in the sub-par rounds he shot consistently in Florida recently.

Inmate accuses Rhodes at trial

Senator proposes agency for Black Belt poverty
WASHINGTON -- Georgia Sen. Zell Miller unveiled his plan to revive the Southern Black Belt by proposing a new $100 million agency Wednesday to address poverty in the swath of heavily black counties.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities were working on several leads Wednesday in the slaying of an Augusta man.

Lending bill splits parties
ATLANTA - Party ties are straining as lawmakers jockey to pass legislation that corrects problems in last year's predatory-lending law.

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.

Scandal leads sheriff to fire three deputies
Three Richmond County jailers who are accused of paying a female murder suspect to expose herself were fired Wednesday, but Sheriff Ronnie Strength said it appeared unlikely they will be charged with a crime.

Agency promotes forgotten shelters

Blaze damages Soul Bar
The Soul Bar nightclub in downtown Augusta will shut down for at least two weeks to recover from a fire that damaged the popular hangout Wednesday morning.

Company goes to court over pollution citations

Rants and Raves
A FEW OF us military wives got together to respond to the hateful military wife who slammed Augusta. We are embarrassed and outraged by her behavior.

Subscriber of the day

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina

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

Commissioner delays vote on Craig inquiry

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

Gwinnett father finds missing children in Cayman Islands

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.

Across the area

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.

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 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.

Rhodes denies murder charges

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.

Georgia Senate OKs spending cuts in budget
ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate voted Wednesday to impose steep spending cuts on state agencies to avoid tax increases proposed by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

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

Subscriber of the day

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.

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.

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.

Willis takes charge of challenged office
Howard Willis, sworn in as Augusta's Emergency Management Agency director Wednesday, has carried for the past 1 1/2 years the memory of his visit to ground zero in New York City, just a few weeks after terrorist attacks leveled the World Trade Center's twin towers.

Relatives lay wreath on grave of only Georgia woman ever electrocuted

Across Georgia

Group seeks higher tax on product

Robbery investigators probe Atlanta cases

News you can use

Fire damages popular nightclub

Across the area

State workers meet with lawmakers on budget cuts

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.

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.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Charleston County, joining area municipalities, has agreed that bars in unincorporated areas of the county must close at 2 a.m.

Lending vote splits Democrats

Group seeks higher tax on product
COLUMBIA - As House members prepared for next week's debate on the $5.1 billion state budget bill, a group of about 100 people gathered at the Statehouse on Wednesday to implore lawmakers to raise the state's cigarette tax.

Republicans map for redrawing Senate clears committee

Judges debate critics of seal
ATLANTA - Three federal appeals judges deciding whether the depiction of the Ten Commandments on the Richmond County Superior Court seal is unconstitutional sounded reluctant Wednesday to scrap the 131-year-old symbol.

First Friday sees changes

Across Georgia
DECATUR - An independent medical examiner for insurance companies has been accused of making inappropriate prostate and pelvic exams on policy applicants for his own sexual gratification.

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.

Senator proposes agency for Black Belt poverty

Officers monitor work zone speed

House Democrats feel shortchanged in budget

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.

Across Georgia

Lending bill splits parties

MCG, Fort Gordon form disaster course

Harris commissioners reject $250 million orphanage project
HAMILTON, Ga. -- After six hours of debate, Harris County commissioners rejected a rezoning application Wednesday, blocking plans for a $250 million center to house abused, neglected and orphaned children in west Georgia.

Judges debate critics of seal

Bill seeks to limit lawsuits in South Carolina

Bill requires high school personal finance classes

Slaying suspect surrenders

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.

Senate passes bill to extend exemption on unemployment compensation tax

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.

South Georgia faces flood warnings after three days of heavy rain

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.

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.

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.

Augusta State students protest Iraq war
Some students from Augusta State University didn't get much sleep Tuesday night.

MCG, Fort Gordon form disaster course
Officials at the Medical College of Georgia, Fort Gordon and other universities are working to develop a disaster course for the general public, MCG officials said.

Senate passes bill to extend exemption on unemployment compensation tax
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would extend an exemption on the unemployment compensation tax for businesses - a move labor organizations say is a mistake that would deplete the state's unemployment fund.

News you can use

Relatives lay wreath on grave of only Georgia woman ever electrocuted
CUTHBERT, Ga. -- Relatives of Lena Baker, the only woman ever executed in Georgia's electric chair, placed a wreath on her grave Wednesday to mark the 58th anniversary of her death.

Commission votes to fix Hephzibah ravine

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.

Harris commissioners reject $250 million orphanage project

Georgia's groundhog moving to new home
LILBURN, Ga. -- Georgia's groundhog will be moving from his Gwinnett County home in suburban Atlanta, but probably won't go far.

Lawmakers loosen teen driving law

South Georgia faces flood warnings after three days of heavy rain
Three days of heavy rains in south Georgia have authorities keeping a close watch on potential flooding of the St. Marys River and others rivers near the Florida line.

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.

Lawmakers loosen teen driving law
ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers are taking a second look at the rash of get-tough teen driving laws they passed in the past five years.

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.

Property clerk, teen charged in missing evidence case
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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.

School districts could furlough staff

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.

House Democrats feel shortchanged in budget
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- House Democrats will have to scramble to put their two cents into the state budget that landed on their desks this week.

Changes sought in state lending program

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

Rhodes denies murder charges
Jimmy Lee Rhodes, on trial for his life if convicted, looked jurors in the eyes Wednesday and denied any involvement in the robbery and slaying of an Evans couple five years ago.

Bill requires high school personal finance classes
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Legislators want to help students avoid falling into credit card debt during their first year of college by requiring them to complete a personal finance class to graduate from high school.

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

It's up to you whether I give you the business
Have I been rude to you lately? If so, I was probably your customer.

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.

Q&A with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
ATLANTA - Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second last week at Las Vegas and feels his team finally is on track to contend for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship. As he prepares for Sunday's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the third-generation driver answered some questions about his season.

Team will examine weather at races
HAMPTON, Ga. - When the NASCAR Winston Cup Series moves to the Atlanta Motor Speedway every spring, two things come to mind: fast speeds and weather.

Marlin says wreck wasn't intentional

Racing facts: Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500
Here are facts about this weekend's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 race.

RJR's decision to leave NASCAR leaves some mystified

Racing facts: Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500

RJR's decision to leave NASCAR leaves some mystified
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For 33 years, R.J. Reynolds and NASCAR have gone together like fast cars and Victory Lane.

Q&A with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Atlanta plays dating game
HAMPTON, Ga. - The battle to keep racing dates on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule will make a pit stop at the Georgia state Capitol.

Team will examine weather at races

Crews searching forest for shuttle debris sickened by chemical fumes

Molten aluminum, burst tires provide clues for shuttle investigators

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.

Hawks defeat Cavaliers

Hawks defeat Cavaliers
CLEVELAND -- Carlos Boozer lost 12 games in four years of high school in Alaska, and just 13 in three years at Duke. He's already lost 50 as an NBA rookie.

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.

USC Aiken's forgettable season comes to an end
COLUMBUS, Ga. - With rebounding and defense, Clayton State pulled the plug on USC Aiken's season Wednesday night.

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.

Augusta State gears up for contest
COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Augusta State and USC Aiken women's teams learned the advantage of drawing a bye in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament.

Tennessee seeks sweep of SEC regular-season, tournament title
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Whether it's a down year or an up year for women's basketball in the Southeastern Conference, Tennessee weathers the storm.

Panthers re-sign Peete, add Delhomme

Mr. James ONeal Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mamie Gibbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Pat Willis
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Pat Willis was a woman of many achievements, friends say, some in the field of education, some in community service and some in journalism.

Mrs. Malinda Turnbull    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Barry Johnson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. James Taylor, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. James Terry Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Ronnie Stanley    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mrs. Wilmoth Walker    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mr. Jimmy Spears    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Adams Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Arthur Smith Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Lois Showalter    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Lois Showalter    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. James Taylor, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Wallace Rodgers    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Esther Campbell    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. John Powell    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. John Cochran    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
Miss Meshayla Nesbitt    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Roger Fease    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Currie Linder    (MACON, Ga.)
Mrs. Stella Willis    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Florrie Kofford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, SC)
Ms. Brenda Boggs    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Lamar Kendrick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Stella Willis    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Rosa Jenkins    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. John Powell    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Debra Jenkins    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Marian Lane    (LAURELTON, N.Y.)
Mr. Richard James Jr.    (NORFOLK, Va.)
Mr. Willie Terrell    (AVERA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Nellie Brown    (SEASIDE, Calif.)
Mr. Ernest Ivery    (LIVE OAK, Fla.)
Mrs. Gladys Carpenter    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruvine Heyward    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Lillian Carrow    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathryn Hegler    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Thompson    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)
Mr. Thomas Greenway    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Col. Hoyt White    (ATHENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Deal Gay    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Roger Fease    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Donnie Goodman    (MARION, Ind.)
Mr. Gene Faulkner Jr.    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Jimmie Wilson    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mrs. DeAlva Dukes    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruth Adkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Richard Clark    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
Mrs. Betty Haskell    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
Mrs. Lillian Carrow    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mr. Lamar Kendrick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Terry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Walter Knie    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Bedingfield    (COLUMBUS, Ga.)
Mrs. Ethel Rimes    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Ms. Brenda Boggs    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Donna Palmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Smith Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Adele McGahee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Spears    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Opal Walker    (ADRIAN, Ga.)
Mr. George Lanham Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Leroy Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Spears (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Malinda Turnbull (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Miss Meshayla Nesbitt (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmie Wilson (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lillian Carrow (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Brown (SEASIDE, Calif.)

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

Mr. Ernest Ivery (LIVE OAK, Fla.)

Mr. Roger Fease (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Willie Terry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Adkins (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Terrell (AVERA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Deal Gay (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Richard James Jr. (NORFOLK, Va.)

Mr. Lamar Kendrick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Clark (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Ms. Marian Lane (LAURELTON, N.Y.)

Mr. Barry Johnson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mamie Gibbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Powell (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Adele McGahee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Faulkner Jr. (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James Taylor, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Roger Fease (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mrs. Pat Willis

Mrs. DeAlva Dukes (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mary Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Col. Hoyt White (ATHENS, Ga.)

Mr. James Taylor, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Stella Willis (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Greenway (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Showalter (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Ronnie Stanley (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Opal Walker (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Jenkins (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Carrow (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruvine Heyward (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. James ONeal Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathryn Hegler (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Carpenter (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Lamar Kendrick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert Thompson (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Mr. James Terry Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Showalter (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Donnie Goodman (MARION, Ind.)

Mr. Jimmy Spears (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Aiken Technical College has impact on economic development
AIKEN TECHNICAL COLLEGE is the most important institution in our community for creating a large pool of skilled workers by offering high-quality worker training programs. In looking at the needs of the community for a trained work force, three points should be made.

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

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.

Diversity is applying differing perspectives
The definition of diversity goes beyond the traditional traits that make each of us different and focuses on those traits that make each employee unique. Creating an atmosphere that fully utilizes the talents and abilities of every employee is critical to the mission of any business. The ability to bring people into harmony with our positive intentions is one of the most fundamental and powerful tools for business success. Valuing diversity is not tolerating differences; it is truly appreciating and applying differing perspectives and experiences to achieve goals. Donald Williams, Aiken, S.C.

Diversity is here to stay
Today diversity is getting a great deal of attention. It appears that we are acting as if we have discovered a new thing. This isn't the case. If we accept diversity as defined in the dictionary as "a state of unlikeness" or "the condition of being different," we are compelled to acknowledge its existence before our time. Johnny L. Hampton Sr., Augusta

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

It will take all races to remove barriers
Since the powerful speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Washington Mall in 1963, our country has made extraordinary leaps in the fields of technology and science. However, when it comes down to race relations, we still see too many issues within our society in only two colors - black and white. We spend too much time finger-pointing, blaming each other for our present and past problems, while obfuscating our own responsibilities as citizens. Alex L. Neupert, New Ellenton, S.C.

The worst drivers
Do you know where you can find the zaniest, most dangerous drivers? Speeding along an interstate construction site.

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.

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.

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.

How conscious are we of our differences?
Diversity is defined as "a state of unlikeness" or "the condition of being different." An earlier letter written by Norris Bunch, published on Feb. 16 and titled "Want diversity? You've got it," referred to the diversity in our country. Yes, there is diversity in the sports and entertainment industry. The question is, how conscious are we of diversity in our society as a whole? Terrell W. Bailey, Beech Island, 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 the only prepared candidate
I am a registered voter of Aiken County supporting interim Sheriff Jody Rowland. Sheriff Rowland is the most qualified candidate for the upcoming election on March 25. Sheriff Rowland has over 20 years of hands-on experience, including 10 years of management in the Aiken County Sheriff's Office and graduation from the FBI National Academy. With the current threat of war and terrorism in our society, we need his network of contacts from the national level to the local area. The professionalism of the sheriff's office needs his experience to continue to lead the department to meet the demands of Aiken County. Leslie M. Kiefer, Warrenville, S.C.

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

Why hasn't Sellers backed Rowland?
As the race for Aiken County sheriff is going into the home stretch, I'm still waiting for former Sheriff Howard Sellers to weigh in with his opinion or recommendation as to his successor. To the best of my knowledge, this has yet to occur. Ernie E. McFerrin, North Augusta, S.C.

Stress diversity to children now and always
I can't comment enough on the importance of stressing "diversity" to our children, especially during these times of possible war. I hear people commenting on programs scheduled at the schools, like the celebration of Black History Month in February and National Women's History Month in March. Our children need to be reminded of the importance of African-Americans in this world - today and everyday. James E. Frails, Augusta

Aiken Technical College has impact on economic development
AIKEN TECHNICAL COLLEGE is the most important institution in our community for creating a large pool of skilled workers by offering high-quality worker training programs. In looking at the needs of the community for a trained work force, three points should be made.

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

A grand alliance
It wasn't an ordinary meeting between our two-state area movers and shakers that was held at the Pinnacle Club last week. It was history in the making - at least, we hope, significant local history.

Overtime

Overtime

Sports, governments back first global drug code

NBA Olympic players would face out-of-competition testing

Greenbrier senior nears 100 goals
Senior Joey Grigsby is fast approaching a milestone he never thought about.

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

Overtime
In Atlanta, Micah Owings hit a two-run homer and Tyler Greene had a solo shot to lift Georgia Tech to a 3-1 victory over Campbell.

Sports, governments back first global drug code
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Sports bodies and governments from around the world on Wednesday approved a global policy for unifying doping rules and punishing drug cheats.

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.

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.

Lady Rebels keep hopes for title alive
ATLANTA - For the second consecutive season, the Hephzibah girls basketball team will make a trip to the GHSA Class AAAA final. This time, the Lady Rebels won't have to play county rival Glenn Hills for a chance at the state crown.

Mays ends Glenn Hills' run
ATLANTA - A few seconds remained on the clock, but Glenn Hills guard Marian Whitfield saw her last-ditch shot sail wide, and she laid on the Alexander Memorial Coliseum floor with her arms covering her face.

Griffin gets win over Cedar Shoals
ATLANTA -- Griffin put on a third-quarter aerial circus and held on to defeat Cedar Shoals 91-71 in a Boys Class AAAA semifinal Wednesday.

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.

Taylor County routs Athens Academy
MACON, Ga. -- Megan Kirksey scored 10 points and Taylor County held Athens Academy to nine points in the first half of a 40-26 win in a state Class A semifinal on Wednesday.

Jenkins survives Key, Landmark
MACON, Ga. - Ashley Key played herself to exhaustion Wednesday night.

York's Latta to cap amazing career in title game
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Dreher coach Teresa Jones couldn't help but laugh when she was asked how she planned to stop York's Ivory Latta in Saturday's Class 3A state championship game.

Glenn Hills suffers semifinal loss
ATLANTA -- Ramona Okonya scored 12 points and Mays used a 9-0 run in the third quarter to beat Glenn Hills 36-32 in the Girls AAAA semifinals Wednesday.

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

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.

Panthers re-sign Peete, add Delhomme
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers shored up their quarterback corps Wednesday, re-signing Rodney Peete and adding former New Orleans backup Jake Delhomme.

Scandal closes in as Dogs savor win

Molten aluminum, burst tires provide clues for shuttle investigators
HOUSTON -- A spray of molten aluminum found on much of Columbia's debris and burst tires from the left landing gear are providing concrete clues for shuttle accident investigators a month into their probe.

Crews searching forest for shuttle debris sickened by chemical fumes
LUFKIN, Texas -- Searchers combing the Sabine National Forest for pieces of the downed space shuttle Columbia have become ill after being exposed to chemical fumes, officials said.

Today's Sponge contraceptive goes on sale again
ALLENDALE, N.J. -- The Today's Sponge contraceptive is back on the market, eight years after it disappeared from U.S. drug store shelves in an alarming turn famously depicted on a "Seinfeld" episode.

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.

Study: Preventable side effects common in older outpatients
CHICAGO -- Largely because of doctors' errors, older non-hospitalized Americans suffer about a half-million preventable drug side effects each year, ranging from nausea to life-threatening kidney failure, a study suggests.

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.

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.

Georgia fires Jim Harrick Jr.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia fired assistant basketball coach Jim Harrick Jr. on Wednesday after he was accused of academic fraud and paying a former player's bills.

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."

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.

Firing follows claims

Firing follows claims
One Harrick down. One to go?

Georgia fires Jim Harrick Jr.

Bulldogs pull off upset of Gators

Harrick denies all allegations by Tony Cole

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.

Dogs edge Gators

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

Diamond Dogs edge William & Mary

Diamond Dogs edge William & Mary
ATHENS, Ga. -- Will Startup pitched 7 1/3 innings of solid relief, and Georgia rallied from a 4-0 deficit to a 6-5 victory over William & Mary Wednesday.

Gamecocks fall to Tide
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Kennedy Winston and Maurice Williams scored 22 points apiece as Alabama continued to make its case for an NCAA tournament bid, beating South Carolina 82-59 on Wednesday night.

Penn says her ankle is healing nicely
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's Jocelyn Penn is tired of answering questions about her right ankle.

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.

Expensive sketch stolen from lobby of jail

Odds and Ends

Bible college gets 666 prefix removed from phone number

CIA director meets with Kuwaiti officials

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

Powell says Saddam trying to divide international community

Blair meets Russian foreign minister to discuss Iraq

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

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

France, Germany and Russia to block U.N. war resolution

Annan says war must be last resort

Massive bombing expected in opening days of Iraq war

Top Turkish general backs deployment of U.S. troops

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

Experts recommend no more than 10 percent of calories from sugar

Study: Preventable side effects common in older outpatients

Amid fears of West Nile and bioterrorism, mosquito experts meet

Today's Sponge contraceptive goes on sale again