Concert calendar
PART TIME HEROES: Friday, March 21, Crossroads.

Player admired Globetrotters when he was growing up
Harlem Globetrotters spokesman and player Eathan O'Bryant owes some of his basketball success to summertime and soap operas.

Guitarists hit right chords as group
In the right hands, 24 strings can offer infinite opportunities.

Work under way to put life back in First Friday

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

At the Movies: 'Tears of the Sun'

At the Movies: 'Bringing Down the House'
Queen Latifah oozes charisma and talent and absolutely deserves her supporting-actress Oscar nomination for playing prison matron Mama Morton in the musical "Chicago."

At the Movies: 'Bringing Down the House'

Video watch
JUST OUT: The Ring, Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie, Biggie and Tupac, Half Past Dead and Weight of Water

Birthday movies are caked with emotion

Birthday movies are caked with emotion
Today is my birthday. It's also the birthday of Willard Scott, Maurice Ravel, Tammy Faye Bakker and my grandmother. Why is this important, you ask? Well, in the grand scheme of things, it probably isn't. Let's face it, Willard is never going to call me on his birthday to wish me a happy birthday, and humming Ravel's Bolero over a cake full of candles doesn't quite cut it.

Ramblin' Rhodes: A Christmas offering turns into an album

Applause calendar
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Applause calendar

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

Player admired Globetrotters when he was growing up

Work under way to put life back in First Friday
I was ready to call time of death on First Friday: I felt the monthly arts event, once the crown jewel of downtown development efforts, would never recover from the criminal blows that laid it low last fall.

Standing ovations

Band brings to life Legends of Yesterday
Tomorrow, the Imperial Theatre belongs to Yesterday.

Club calendar

Standing ovations
The Augusta Collegium Musicum will present an evening of music by George Fredric Handel at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St. Appearing with the choral ensemble will be organist Keith Shafer. Tickets are $10, but there's no charge for students and ensemble patrons.

Band brings to life Legends of Yesterday

Ramblin' Rhodes: A Christmas offering turns into an album
When Augusta musician Jamie Jones recorded one of his grandmother's songs as a Christmas gift, he didn't expect it to become a full-blown album, Down by the Railroad Tracks.

Concert calendar

At the Movies: 'Tears of the Sun'
"Tears of the Sun," a grim and mournful war movie about U.S. intervention in a fictional conflict in Nigeria, conjures atrocities out of thin air, asking us to respect the sacrifice of implausible U.S. troops and treating them with a reverence that signifies nothing.

Mini reviews

Baseball union to players: Stay clear of ephedra

Widow sues Tigers over death of husband at park

Widow sues Tigers over death of husband at park
DETROIT -- The widow of a man who died of a heart attack at a Detroit Tigers' game claims the team did not train its employees to handle a medical emergency and did not have lifesaving equipment available.

Baseball union to players: Stay clear of ephedra
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Surrounded by memories of Steve Bechler, the Baltimore Orioles closed their clubhouse Friday and silently gathered around players' union head Donald Fehr to hear his stark message: Stay away from ephedra.

Longer days mean losing treasured hour of sleep

Hampton's sinker is coming along
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Start the season tomorrow and Atlanta pitcher Mike Hampton said he'd take his chances with his sinker.

Mets (ss) blank Braves (ss)
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mike Piazza hit his first home run of the spring and the New York Mets turned in their second consecutive shutout Friday with a 4-0 win over Atlanta.

Braves (ss) top Indians

Giles' sore ankle causing worry
LAKE BUENA VISTA,Fla.- Atlanta second baseman Marcus Giles' sore right ankle concerns the Braves more than they're willing to admit.

Braves (ss) top Indians
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Mike Hampton allowed two earned runs in three innings but was happy with his performance as an Atlanta Braves' split squad beat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 Friday.

Giles' sore ankle causing worry

Hampton's sinker is coming along

Trio will battle for at-bats

Trio will battle for at-bats
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - According to the rules of mathematics, three doesn't go into one.

Giles' sore ankle causing worry

Giles' sore ankle causing worry
LAKE BUENA VISTA,Fla.- Atlanta second baseman Marcus Giles' sore right ankle concerns the Braves more than they're willing to admit.

Tax tip: hybrid vehicle buyers get clean fuel tax deduction
If you are the original owner of a qualifying hybrid vehicle - one that combines an electric motor with a gasoline-powered engine - you may be eligible to claim a one-time tax deduction on your federal income tax return, says the IRS.

Tax tip: You might qualify for the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit

News signals revival of Washington Group

War fears spur job cuts, pushing unemployment higher
WASHINGTON -- Businesses unexpectedly slashed more than 300,000 jobs last month in the largest cuts since the terrorist attacks, pushing the unemployment rate higher as the nation moved closer to war.

Business briefs
Sitel Technology Services expects to take on new clients this year and is looking to call back workers it laid off last year.

Wartime rally on Wall Street not guaranteed
NEW YORK -- In the past, Wall Street has enjoyed relief rallies after a long-anticipated war actually started. But the stock market shouldn't bet on that phenomenon happening if and when the United States begins military action against Iraq.

News signals revival of Washington Group
Washington Group International Inc. had two financial milestones to celebrate Thursday.

Tax tip: special retirement plan tax credit is available
This tax credit, which will be available only from 2002 through 2006, could help you offset the cost of the first $2,000 contributed to IRAs, 401(k)s and certain other retirement plans, says the IRS.

Augusta area endures increase in job losses

Wartime rally on Wall Street not guaranteed

Jobless claims rise sharply last week, partly reflecting toll of bad weather

Stocks post 2nd weekly decline

Augusta area endures increase in job losses
The Augusta-Aiken area lost 1,600 jobs last year, about 400 more than it lost during the previous year.

Jobless claims rise sharply last week, partly reflecting toll of bad weather
WASHINGTON -- New claims for unemployment benefits rose last week to their highest level of the year, partly reflecting the toll of snow storms that ravaged the East Coast, another setback for an already struggling job market.

Group wants bank clock
After keeping time for shoppers at Augusta Mall for more than 20 years, the Georgia Railroad Bank & Trust Co. clock might return downtown.

Tax tip: special retirement plan tax credit is available

Stocks post 2nd weekly decline
NEW YORK -- Wall Street notched its second weekly decline, despite a day of small gains Friday as investors' hopes that the uncertainty about Iraq might soon end helped overcome a dismal jobs report.

Tax tip: You might qualify for the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit
This tax credit, which will be available only from 2002 through 2006, could help you offset the cost of the first $2,000 contributed to IRAs, 401(k)s and certain other retirement plans, says the IRS.

Business briefs
BERLIN - German drug maker Bayer won approval Friday to sell a new impotence drug across the European Union. It hopes the drug will win business from Pfizer's breakthrough blockbuster Viagra.

War fears spur job cuts, pushing unemployment higher

Senior forward carries Jaguars

Augusta State suffers upset

MSU's LaToya Thomas named SEC player of the year

Familiar road awaits Jaguars

Filibuster doomed to fail

Putting our safety first

Back-to-back homers

What they forget

Fishing report
After two weeks of false starts, surface temperatures on Strom Thurmond Lake have climbed into the upper 50s, triggering a big bite from hybrid and striped bass and crappies.

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.

Fishing report

Glen Mary Plantation's historic aura threatened
Scenic America has named Glen Mary Plantation Historic Site in Sparta, Ga., to its Last Chance Landscapes 2002-03.

Nightshades have it all
As you put together seed orders, you'll be coming across nightshades - what a tasty, lovely, and eerie group they are. Besides tomato, pepper, potato, petunia, and tobacco, this botanical family includes a slew of other fine, but less well-known, garden plants.

Size plants to the landscape
Rising land and maintenance costs have led to shrinking landscapes around the home. That means there is less lawn to maintain, but it restricts the plants that can be used in the landscape.

Size plants to the landscape

Nightshades have it all

Glen Mary Plantation's historic aura threatened

Eagles fall to Coll. of Charleston
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- College of Charleston coach Tom Herrion always knew his team was more than flashy, 3-point shooters.

Georgia Tech puts season on the line
ATLANTA - Chris Bosh has his heart set on playing in the postseason this year.

Eagles fall to Coll. of Charleston

Georgia Tech puts season on the line

Els trails by one stroke at Dubai Desert Classic
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Ernie Els shot a 6-under-par 66 Thursday and was one stroke behind Scotland's Alistair Forsyth after the first round of the $1.9 million Dubai Desert Classic.

Els, three others tied for the lead in Dubai

Relucatant change paying off for Tway

Els trails by one stroke at Dubai Desert Classic

Relucatant change paying off for Tway
MIAMI -- Most people see the switch to a belly putter as an act of desperation. Bob Tway prefers to call it maturity.

With Woods in mind, Royal St. George boosts yardage
SANDWICH, England -- The course at this summer's British Open at Royal St. George will be lengthened, a decision made with Tiger Woods and other long hitters in mind.

Els, three others tied for the lead in Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Ernie Els took a chance on the 18th hole, and it cost him sole possession of the lead midway through the Dubai Desert Classic.

With Woods in mind, Royal St. George boosts yardage

Owen calls for Qatar Masters to be canceled
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Britain's Greg Owen urged the European PGA to cancel next week's Qatar Masters because of the threat of war in Iraq.

Lady Rebels fall 49-44 in overtime at title game

Hart County tops Westover

Hephzibah misses shot at state title

Class AAAA capsule

Westover falls to Hart County

Hephzibah follows its leader

Dorman beats Dutch Fork for Class AAAA girls champsioship

Hephzibah misses shot at state title

Prep baskteball scores

Silver Bluff gets rematch

Gainesville advances after win over Dodge County

NHL players in Boston golf tournament

Panthers skate past Thrashers

Thrashers-Capitals game ends in tie
WASHINGTON (AP)- Jaromir Jagr broke out of a slump with two goals and an assist and Ivan Ciernik scored with 2:57 left in regulation to lift the Washington Capitals into a 4-4 tie with the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night.

Panthers skate past Thrashers
ATLANTA -- Roberto Luongo flopped all over the ice, stopping one shot after another. Even without his stick, he couldn't be beaten.

NHL players in Boston golf tournament
CONCORD, Mass. -- NHL players will move from the ice to the fairways when they play on the PGA Tour's 50-and-over circuit at the FleetBoston Classic.

Sandstorms make life difficult for soldiers
CAMP NEW JERSEY, Kuwait -- Pfc. Charles Bryant got lost for three hours on the way back to his tent, disoriented by thick clouds of sand swirling at 50 mph in this desert camp near the Iraqi border.

Britain explores possible deadline for Saddam
UNITED NATIONS -- Seeking a compromise ahead of a key Security Council meeting on Iraq, British diplomats floated the idea of giving Saddam Hussein a short deadline to prove he has no more banned weapons - or face war.

A little laughter, a little applause, an unsubtle dig: a day inside the council
UNITED NATIONS -- Pity Francois Lonseny Fall, the foreign minister of Guinea. Friday's war-or-peace Security Council meeting was his first day on the job presiding over the bitterly deadlocked 15-member body.

Bush to hold prime-time news conference
WASHINGTON -- Edging toward war, President Bush scheduled a rare prime-time news conference Thursday in an effort to counter stiff opposition to his plans for disarming Iraq

Britain proposes March 17 deadline for Saddam to disarm
UNITED NATIONS -- Britain proposed a March 17 deadline for Saddam Hussein to comply with U.N. inspections or face war after the chief weapons inspectors gave the Security Council a generally upbeat report Friday on Iraq's cooperation.

Bush says he won't leave Americans at 'mercy of Iraqi dictator
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, preparing the nation for the possibility of war, said Thursday night the United States will drive Saddam Hussein from power if it comes to war in Iraq - with or without support from France, Germany and other skeptical allies.

Pakistani minister says two bin Laden sons arrested
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The top police official in Pakistan's Baluchistan province said on Friday that two sons of Osama bin Laden were arrested in southwestern Afghanistan in a joint operation involving Pakistani and U.S. forces. American counterterrorism officials disputed the claim.

Seeking war surprise, U.S. escalates air patrols over southern Iraq
WASHINGTON -- Setting the stage for possible war, the United States and Britain have nearly tripled the number of air patrols in the "no-fly" zone over southern Iraq, a senior defense official said.

British forces to be ready for war in days
IN THE KUWAITI DESERT -- British forces will be ready to go to war in Iraq within days if necessary, the country's army chief said Friday.

Pakistani minister says two bin Laden sons arrested
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The top police official in Pakistan's Baluchistan province said on Friday that two sons of Osama bin Laden were arrested in southwestern Afghanistan in a joint operation involving Pakistani and U.S. forces. American counterterrorism officials disputed the claim.

Iraq destroys more missiles, a third now flattened
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi bulldozers flattened six more Al Samoud 2 missiles Thursday, meaning the country has now destroyed a third of its known stock of the banned rockets on the eve of a key report to the U.N. Security Council about its disarmament.

Powell plots two-day blitz to win backing for using force to disarm Iraq
WASHINGTON -- In a two-day diplomatic blitz, Secretary of State Colin Powell will try to overcome U.N. resistance to using force to disarm Iraq - warning that holding back would send a "terrible message" to tyrants everywhere.

Text of President Bush's prime-time news conference
Text of President Bush's prime-time news conference Thursday evening, as transcribed by eMediaMillWorks Inc.:

Powell fails to make gains on using force to disarm Iraq
UNITED NATIONS -- A new, fervent plea by Secretary of State Colin Powell to use force to disarm Iraq failed Friday to draw support at the U.N. Security Council beyond a small core of allies.

Longer days mean losing treasured hour of sleep
You've probably noticed the days are getting longer.

Man protests war with Iraq outside Augusta National
The first protester outside of the Augusta National Golf Club arrived Friday from Charlotte, N.C. However, the lone voice wasn't there to protest the Masters at all.

Hephzibah falls in state championship game
ATLANTA - A second straight trip to the Georgia Class AAAA state championship game provided a second dose of frustration for the Hephzibah girls basketball team Friday.

Man protests war with Iraq outside Augusta National
The first protester outside of the Augusta National Golf Club arrived Friday from Charlotte, N.C. However, the lone voice wasn't there to protest the Masters at all.

Rowland's education, commitment lead the way

Experience says Rowland top choice

Rowland strong supporter of public schools

Hunt demonstrates ability to be sheriff

Cheeks stood up for a constituent - period

Rowland wrong on seat-belt law

Supports professional lawman for sheriff

Commends reporters on mental health articles

Corporation environment-friendly

MOX article disappointing journalism

Roy heats up Lynx in time
Philippe Roy is built like a fire hydrant and skates like a hook-and-ladder speeding to a three-alarm blaze.

Augusta scores win with overtime goal
Ryan Lauzon scored on an unassisted goal 1:23 into overtime to lift Augusta to a 2-1 victory over Florida in a game played in Miami.

Augusta scores win with overtime goal

Lynx road report

Roy heats up Lynx in time

Lynx road report
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: vs. Florida Everblades, TECO Arena, 7:30 p.m.

Staff finds teen dead

Investigators question agency procedures for project
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Juvenile Justice Department officials failed to follow procedures when they provided documents to a group that wants to build a $47 million youth home in Fairfield County, Senate investigators say.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - About $9 million has been made available to South Carolina to help law enforcement prevent, prepare for and respond to terrorism, the Homeland Security Department announced Friday.

Increase in drink fees gets support

Across South Carolina

Walker County correction officers arrested for sex with inmates

Civic center looks for financial security

Subscriber of the day

Burk, ACLU apply for protest permits
Martha Burk, the chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations, has teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union to request two permits to protest outside Augusta National Golf Club on the Saturday of Masters Week - one for a group of 24 demonstrators and the other for an estimated 200.

Woman, son apprehended in drug raid

Walker County correction officers arrested for sex with inmates
LaFAYETTE, Ga. -- Two Walker County correction officers have been arrested and charged with engaging in sexual activity with female inmates.

Decision on Masters protest to come next week
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- County officials met Friday to discuss Martha Burk's request to protest at the Masters, but they won't make a decision until next week.

Across Georgia

Confederate submarine watch's time raises question
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The gold pocket watch belonging to the commander of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley was opened to reveal a broken hour hand, a minute hand pointing to 22 and a second hand pointing to 20.

Savannah takes stand on flag

Company where employee died had prior violations
COLUMBIA - The company that employed a man who died after he fell while working on a bridge was fined for several safety violations in the 1990s, records show.

Predatory-lending bill gets Perdue signature

Budget cuts hit pupils' program
COLUMBIA - About 7,800 at-risk children across the state will be affected by cuts to an after-school program.

Commerce leader says MLK holiday controversy bad for business

Tobacco tax plan receives support
ATLANTA - The governor's plan to raise tobacco taxes gained an important endorsement Friday from the top Republican in the Senate, and House Democrats said for the first time that some type of tax increase may be needed.

Rants and Raves
AM I THE ONLY one in the Augusta area appalled by all of these anti-American/anti-war protesters. I have some words of advice for all anti-war supporters in our area and our country: You need to thank God that you live in the United States and have the freedom to protest whatever you darn well please.

GOP's flag alternative leaves out battle cross
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue says Georgians should get to vote on restoring the Confederate battle cross to prominence on the state flag. Other Republicans aren't sure, suggesting the Rebel emblem shouldn't be an option on the referendum.

Dems plan to work on restoring HOPE scholarships to budget
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As House members prepare to debate the state's $5.1 billion budget next week, Democrats say they will focus on restoring funding to HOPE and needs-based scholarships.

Rhodes gets life without parole
For the deaths of a husband and wife gunned down in their home, Jimmy Lee Rhodes must forever live behind bars, a jury determined Friday.

Organizers try again to get Atlanta approval for festival
ATLANTA -- Hip-hop festival organizers met Thursday with Atlanta city officials in another effort to get a permit for a three-day event in April at the Turner Field parking lots.

Rains wreck roads across rural areas
ATKINSON, Ga. - The cost of keeping rural south Georgia roads open is rising, along with this week's floodwaters. Road crews are scrambling to ensure that residents can get to work or school and have access to emergency services.

Children's districts could get funds cut

News you can use
BACK IN TIME MARCH 8, 1946 Nearly $1,500 was collected in Recorders Court during February from persons arrested on charges of selling whisky without a license and assembly for the purpose of gambling, according to a report submitted to the Safety Commissioner's Office by Sgt. F.B. Green.

News you can use

Dems plan to work on restoring HOPE scholarships to budget

Man raises other issues in protest at National

Conservation group urges protection of environmental funds

Across the area

Military pupils to get help with transition

Lynx owner is accused of assault

Subscriber of the day
Phil Burrell of Sylverster, Ga., is today's subscriber of the day.

Confederate submarine watch's time raises question

Area wants school preserved
KINGSLAND, Ga. - Supporters of a long-abandoned school that once served black children in rural south Georgia are working to have the structure declared a historic treasure.

Survey will assess residents' support of Family Y in Aiken
AIKEN - If there's to be a Family Y in Aiken's future, it will be up to the city's residents to make it happen.

MCG instructor faces felony charge
After three unsuccessful attempts for bond hearings, an instructor at Medical College of Georgia remained in jail Friday and his charge were increased to first-degree vehicular homicide, a felony.

House lending measure passes

Civic center looks for financial security
It has taken $23 million in taxes to keep the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center's doors open for the past 11 years, and there's no letup in sight.

Correction
A news brief in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about the murder conviction of Pennenton Raymond Mills should have said a statement by Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen was from an earlier news story. Mr. Bowen's statement - that Mr. Mills told him he was playing around with a gun when it went off - was not part of court testimony.

Lawmakers could study diminishing marshlands
ATLANTA - The General Assembly might be about to join the search for what's killing large stretches of salt marsh along the Georgia coast.

Conservation group urges protection of environmental funds
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Wildlife Federation wants legislators to avoid raiding cleanup funds and other environmental protection accounts to deal with the state's budget crisis.

Fort Gordon steps up blood donations
The Department of Defense has asked Fort Gordon to increase its blood donations fivefold to support troops being deployed overseas, Army officials said Friday.

Commerce leader says MLK holiday controversy bad for business
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The new leader of the Commerce Department says the fight over whether or not Greenville County should officially celebrate a holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. is bad for business.

Staff finds teen dead
A 17-year-old Clayton County boy was found dead in his room Thursday night at the Augusta Youth Development Campus.

Man purchases costly procedure to help cure pet

Burk, ACLU apply for protest permits

Perdue affirms support for faith-based initiatives
ATLANTA -- Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue sent a clear message of support Thursday for a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow faith-based groups to bid for state contracts to provide services for the poor.

Correction

March execution date set for convicted murderer
ATLANTA -- Convicted murderer Larry Eugene Moon has been scheduled to be the eighth inmate put to death in Georgia by lethal injection, the state Department of Corrections said Wednesday.

News you can use
MARCH 7, 1939 Recommendations that will enable Augusta to operate on a balanced budget were reluctantly adopted by the City Council last night.

Across the area

Jury says Rhodes guilty of murder

Investigators question agency procedures for project

UGA not yet in crisis, leader says

Hephzibah falls in state championship game

Fitness, diabetes related in study

Survey will assess residents' support of Family Y in Aiken

Survey examines family ties
A survey of area high school students appears to confirm what some already might have suspected: Children's relationships with their parents can influence whether they will cheat, smoke, drink or do drugs.

Tobacco tax plan receives support

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Barri Calloway of Martinez.

MCG instructor faces felony charge

Across South Carolina
WATEREE -A worker painting the U.S. Highway 601 bridge over the Congaree River has died after the scaffolding he was standing on collapsed, authorities said.

Map check

3 suspects arrested in man's death
Scott Nattinger was killed by people he considered friends, police said.

Across Georgia

Jury says Rhodes guilty of murder
Five years after an Evans couple was gunned down in their bedroom, a jury convicted Jimmy Lee Rhodes of murder, armed robbery, burglary and a weapon charge.

Tournament is big boost to economy

Increase in drink fees gets support
COLUMBIA - State Law Enforcement Division Chief Robert Stewart hopes the Legislature increases alcohol licensing fees to help pay for more agents and equipment.

News you can use

Military pupils to get help with transition
Local school systems are teaming up with Fort Gordon to improve communications regarding the education of military-connected children.

Company where employee died had prior violations

Savannah takes stand on flag
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Savannah Mayor Floyd Adams Jr., who remained stubbornly silent in 2001 as black leaders across the state pushed for a new Georgia flag, has suddenly turned into an activist in the current debate.

Lawmakers could study diminishing marshlands

Critics say rental program violates privacy
ATHENS, Ga. - The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia is leveling criticism at plans for a rental registration program in Athens-Clarke County.

GOP's flag alternative leaves out battle cross

Area wants school preserved

Subscriber of the day

Across the area
Male jailers at Richmond County's Phinizy Road facility will no longer be allowed to inspect the outside of the female pods, Sheriff Ronnie Strength said Thursday.

Tournament is big boost to economy
Basketball is scoring dollars for North Augusta.

Across the area
Two of five people charged in the slaying of a Hephzibah man Feb. 24 were turned down for bond Friday in Richmond County Superior Court.

Across Georgia
JONESBORO - The man accused of killing four people in 1977 in a murder-for-hire case was sentenced Friday to two life terms in the deaths of two of the victims. He faces indictment Monday in DeKalb County for the other two slayings.

Lynx owner is accused of assault
The owner of the Augusta Lynx hockey team has been accused of attacking two people - the civic center operations manager and a sportswriter for The Augusta Chronicle, according to written reports of the incidents.

Across South Carolina

Competing festival, cold weather keep crowds from event
Linda Smith, of Aiken, had a question as she walked along Broad Street on Friday night: "Where's First Friday?"

Predatory-lending bill gets Perdue signature
ATLANTA - In signing his first major bill Friday, Gov. Sonny Perdue hoped to satisfy demands from credit agencies and keep lenders from fleeing the state's mortgage industry.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A rant to all the protesters. They are doing all this protesting to get their 15 minutes of fame. Maybe I should protest Dairy Queen because I am lactose intolerant.

Burk seeks permission to protest at Masters front gate

Transport device will aid EMTs
A new device is taking a big load off Columbia County emergency responders.

Cab violations bring big fines for drivers

4 teens make innocent pleas
Four teenagers accused of kidnapping and killing an Evans man in November pleaded innocent Thursday in Columbia County Superior Court.

Rants and Raves
AM I THE ONLY one in the Augusta area appalled by all of these anti-American/anti-war protesters. I have some words of advice for all anti-war supporters in our area and our country: You need to thank God that you live in the United States and have the freedom to protest whatever you darn well please.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Convicted murderer Larry Eugene Moon has been scheduled to be the eighth inmate put to death in Georgia by lethal injection, the state Department of Corrections said Wednesday.

Sheriff candidates present ideas
AIKEN - Democratic candidates for Aiken County sheriff spoke out Thursday night about how they would improve the office, which has been criticized recently for poor response times and public communication.

House lending measure passes
ATLANTA - A predatory-lending bill criticized as weak by victim advocates cleared the Senate on Thursday, after an aggressive lobbying effort by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

UGA not yet in crisis, leader says
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia President Michael Adams said the state's flagship school is in a not-so-rosy budget situation.

Cab violations bring big fines for drivers
The grace period is officially over for Augusta taxicab drivers.

Rhodes gets life without parole

Man purchases costly procedure to help cure pet
Oscar and Mr. Requarth look over photos taken by Todd Lista at Veterinary Services, where Oscar was named Pet of the Month because of his fight with cancer.

Woman, son apprehended in drug raid
Narcotics officers arrested a woman and her son and shot and killed a pit bull terrier Thursday during a drug raid on Haynie Drive in Augusta.

Children's districts could get funds cut
Local school systems could see a cut in the amount of funding they receive from the federal government for military children.

Fitness, diabetes related in study
Running on a sharply inclined treadmill for more than 10 minutes probably would kill most teenagers. LaQuesha Lawson barely breaks a sweat at Medical College of Georgia's Georgia Prevention Institute.

Burk seeks permission to protest at Masters front gate
The lead critic of Augusta National Golf Club's all-male membership asked permission Thursday for more than 200 people to stage a one-day protest during the Masters tournament, with a small number posted at the gate to Magnolia Lane.

Man raises other issues in protest at National
The first protester outside Augusta National Golf Club arrived Friday from Charlotte, N.C.; however, the lone voice wasn't there to protest the Masters at all.

Map check
Timothy Leonard, 11, checks out a big map of Ireland at the Augusta Common.

Young Lady Rebels see a future with promise
ATLANTA - Once the tears dried up and the hearts slowed down, Hephzibah's young Lady Rebels were already looking ahead.

Loyal caller adds flair to daily talk radio show
Every morning, Rex Davis sits alone in his bedroom with his Walkman tuned in to the oldies. He's old school. Loves all kinds of 1970s music, especially Elvis Presley and Diana Ross and the Supremes.

Driver gets restraining order on estranged wife
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR owner-driver Brett Bodine has a restraining order against his estranged wife, whom he alleges hit and threatened to ruin him financially.

State backs Bruton for Atlanta's races
ATLANTA - In a rare moment of bipartisan cooperation Thursday, Georgia politicians pledged their support for keeping two NASCAR races in the Atlanta area.

Speeds all relative at NASCAR's fastest track

Newman scares self, but still wins

Newman scares self, but still wins
HAMPTON, Ga. - Ryan Newman doesn't scare easily. Then again, he doesn't drive qualifying laps around the Atlanta Motor Speedway often.

Speeds all relative at NASCAR's fastest track
HAMPTON, Ga. -- When Atlanta Motor Speedway was redesigned in 1997, the facility gained a 37,000-seat main grandstand, 44 luxury suites and an expanded press box. Most importantly, the track became the fastest on the Winston Cup circuit.

State backs Bruton for Atlanta's races

Investigation board holds first public hearing on shuttle accident

Columbia mission specialist Anderson buried at Arlington

NASA chief urges changes to attract employees to space agency

Augusta State suffers upset
COLUMBUS, Ga. - After Augusta State's 61-55 overtime loss to Francis Marion on Thursday night, senior forward Sabrina Jones spoke as through her career might be over.

Familiar road awaits Jaguars
COLUMBUS, Ga. - The task for the Augusta State men's basketball team is very familiar: Win the Peach Belt Tournament and advance to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

USC Aiken holds on
COLUMBUS, Ga. - After winning the Peach Belt Conference regular-season title in 2002, USC Aiken made an early exit in the conference tournament.

Late run dooms Aiken Tech
GRANITEVILLE - Fatigued and at times overmatched, Aiken Tech saw its season come to an end as Monroe College used a 15-4 run over the final four minutes of the game to win 82-72 in the National Junior College Athletic Association District 3 semifinals on Friday night.

MSU's LaToya Thomas named SEC player of the year
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State forward LaToya Thomas, who is averaging 25.6 points per game, has been named women's player of the year in the Southeastern Conference.

Senior forward carries Jaguars
COLUMBUS, Ga. - One of three returnees from last year's Peach Belt Tournament championship team, Marcus Johnson showed his teammates how to play in the postseason.

Price is right: Peerless to Falcons

Ms. Cornelia Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Doris Gary    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Walter Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Henry Calhoun    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Florie Kofford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Alexander    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Merriwether    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mattie Hall    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mamie Gibbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Leonard Bussey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Will Mickens    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Lester Hodges    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Leroy Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Doris Gary    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Maryzena Wilson    (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)
Mr. Arthur Smith Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Westley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruvine Heyward    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Malinda Turnbull    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Townsend    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Gene Faulkner Sr.    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. Willie Terry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Brown    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Stone Jr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Gene Faulkner Sr.    (BATH, S.C.)
Mr. Howard Stephens    (COLLEGE PARK, Ga.)
Mr. Harry Hess    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ronnie Stanley    (EVANS, Ga.)
Ms. Tomeka Brown    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Arthur Smith Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Baker    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Lois Showalter    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Carlos Rouse    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Mildred Sharpe    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Rosa Jenkins    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Carlos Rouse    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruby Howard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Lillie Rikard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathryn Hegler    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Lucille Reeves    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mr. Metz Hackle    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. John Powell    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Mamie Gibbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Owens    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mrs. Annie Gardner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Osburn    (PEABODY, Kan.)
Mr. John Charleston Jr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Meshayla Nesbitt    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Thurla Braddy    (SOPERTON, Ga.)
Mr. Luther Nelson    (WRENS, Ga.)
Mrs. Jessie Bussey    (WAGENER, S.C.)
Mr. Scott Nattinger    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Myrtice Carroll    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Myers    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Annie Gardner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Morgan Mosley    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruvine Heyward    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Jack Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Hall    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Ida Mackins    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mrs. Estela Guthrie    (JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Lawson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Peter Bennett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Virgil Green    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Rev. George Bearden    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. James Westley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Acree Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Hattie Kirkland    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Lester Rikard    (BATESBURG, S.C.)
Mrs. Florrie Kofford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Blanche Welsch    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Walter Knight    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Morgan Mosley    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Hattie Kirkland    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Ms. Lillie Rikard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joel Jones    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Queen Sanders-Bey    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
SMG Hughlon Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. James Terry, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. William Miller    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Charles Baldwin    (STATESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathryn Hegler (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Tomeka Brown (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Stephens (COLLEGE PARK, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Hess (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mamie Gibbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Charleston Jr. (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Myrtice Carroll (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Queen Sanders-Bey (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Baldwin (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. William Miller (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Joel Jones (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Will Mickens (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Faulkner Sr. (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Baker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Malinda Turnbull (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Lillie Rikard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Kirkland (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

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

Morgan Mosley (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Hattie Kirkland (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lucille Reeves (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

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

Morgan Mosley (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Ida Mackins (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Florie Kofford (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Jenkins (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Hodges (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Lawson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Rev. George Bearden (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estela Guthrie (JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Gibbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Brown (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Luther Nelson (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Merriwether (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Maryzena Wilson (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Blanche Welsch (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Myers (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Calhoun (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Gardner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Osburn (PEABODY, Kan.)

Mr. Willie Acree Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SMG Hughlon Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie Bussey (WAGENER, S.C.)

Mr. Leroy Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Knight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Owens (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Lester Rikard (BATESBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Leonard Bussey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronnie Stanley (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Alexander (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Meshayla Nesbitt (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Annie Gardner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Scott Nattinger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Knight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Sharpe (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. James Westley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Stone Jr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Virgil Green (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Evelyn Townsend (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Beard: Agency director offers clarification on article about DFCS
IN RESPONSE TO THE Feb. 19 article in the Metro section, "System lacks review panels," I would like to provide the readers with a few corrections and clarifications.

Budget cuts put South Carolina school improvements at risk
SOUTH CAROLINA'S 30-point SAT improvement over the past four years is the nation's best. College Board Vice President Lee Fails says that no state with an SAT student participation rate as high as ours has made as much progress in so short a time.

Rowland's education, commitment lead the way
I support and publicly thank interim Aiken County Sheriff Jody Rowland for giving me a start in the criminal justice field, which I love. Michael Bush, Elizabethtown, N.C.

Hunt demonstrates ability to be sheriff
On Feb. 24, the Aiken Republican Club held a forum between the two Republican candidates for sheriff. While both candidates were articulate and knowledgeable, I believe that Mike Hunt made the best overall presentation. Pearlious Bledsoe, Graniteville, S.C.

Filibuster doomed to fail
While everyone was watching to see when President Bush would declare war on Iraq, it was Senate Democrats who declared war first - on Hispanic appeals court nominee Miguel Estrada.

Rowland wrong on seat-belt law
I agree with George C. Williams' Feb. 6 letter, "Make a change, vote for Mike Hunt." We need an Aiken County sheriff who'll enforce the laws passed by our General Assembly, not what he wants or wishes the law to be. Carl Johnson, Vaucluse, S.C.

Corporation environment-friendly
Last year when I was out bird-watching, I discovered three truckloads of roofing shingles dumped illegally. Since they were located either along or near the South Carolina Pipeline Corp.'s right of way, I called the firm to see if it could arrange to have them removed. Roger Brock, Aiken, S.C.

What they forget
It's fascinating, even quaint, to see that some of our college students have remembered how invigorating it can be to protest something. It's also easy, and it can get you out of class for a day.

Rowland strong supporter of public schools
Jody Rowland is by far the most qualified and experienced candidate for Aiken County Sheriff. He has the best education (a master's degree in Criminal Justice), the best training (FBI National Academy) and the best experience (chief deputy for Aiken County). Art Hadden, Jackson, S.C.

MOX article disappointing journalism
Your Feb. 25 news article ("Public gets news on MOX plant," 2B) on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed MOX (mixed-oxide fuel fabrication) plant at Savannah River Site does not give a balanced view of the adequacy of the statement, and is not a credit to your journalistic ability. L.A. Heinrich, Aiken, S.C.

Commends reporters on mental health articles
As a mental health consumer who doesn't receive services there, I wish to commend Augusta Chronicle staff writers Sylvia Cooper and Tom Corwin for their recent reports on the Community Mental Health Center.Greg M. McMillan, Modoc, S.C.

Back-to-back homers
The U.S. Supreme Court this week struck a blow against recidivist criminals by upholding important components of "Megan's Laws" in Connecticut and Alaska and the "three strikes and you're out" law in California.

Experience says Rowland top choice
Jody Rowland's candidacy for Aiken County sheriff offers a clear choice for the Republican primary on March 25. I have known Jody for over 22 years, and have watched him progress over the years into a dedicated Aiken County law-enforcement professional. Tom Greene, North Augusta, S.C.

Cheeks stood up for a constituent - period
I believe Dr. Geoffrey E. King's Feb. 27 letter, "Was accused man really guilty?," concerning the Bobby Brassell Jr. case, sums up the situation better than anything else I have read. These are the same facts that Sen. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta, gave on the Austin Rhodes radio program one Friday. ... He told Mr. Rhodes when he heard he was the topic of the program that he swung by the station so he could tell his side of the story live on the air. I was in my automobile, and feel I was blessed to be able to hear him tell what happened as he knew it. Sarah R. Brown, Augusta

Beard: Agency director offers clarification on article about DFCS
IN RESPONSE TO THE Feb. 19 article in the Metro section, "System lacks review panels," I would like to provide the readers with a few corrections and clarifications.

Budget cuts put South Carolina school improvements at risk
SOUTH CAROLINA'S 30-point SAT improvement over the past four years is the nation's best. College Board Vice President Lee Fails says that no state with an SAT student participation rate as high as ours has made as much progress in so short a time.

Supports professional lawman for sheriff
I have been an emergency medical technician from 1980-2002, and I have had the opportunity to work with law-enforcement officers from across Aiken County. One of these officers whom I have had the opportunity to see in action is Lt. Mike Hunt with Aiken Public Safety. Anthony Fulmer, Windsor, S.C.

Putting our safety first
Another stoic, forthright and principled presentation at his press conference Thursday night proved conclusively yet again that President George W. Bush has grown into one of the great world leaders of our time.

Men's college gymnastics continues to shrink

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Miller optimistic despite cancelation of World Cup giant slalom

Davenport wins opening match at Pacific Life Open

Loyal caller adds flair to daily talk radio show

Miller optimistic despite cancelation of World Cup giant slalom
SHIGAKOGEN, Japan -- Bode Miller is running out of time to catch Stephan Eberharter in the World Cup overall standings.

Overtime
Augusta State's Oliver Wilson has been named to the watch list for the Ben Hogan Award, given to the top collegiate golfer in all divisions.

Overtime
The 2014 World Cup will be held in South America, returning to the continent for the first time since 1978.

Davenport wins opening match at Pacific Life Open
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Fourth-seeded Lindsay Davenport, struggling with inconsistency and motivation, overcame Daja Bedanova in three sets Thursday to join Jennifer Capriati and Amelie Mauresmo in the third round of the Pacific Life Open.

Men's college gymnastics continues to shrink
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michael Reavis counts himself among the fortunate few: a male gymnast competing in college.

Griffin beats South Atlanta
ATLANTA -- Arthur Driver scored 34 points and Griffin rallied in the third quarter for a 72-62 victory over South Atlanta in the Class AAAA state championship game Friday.

Lady Rebels fall 49-44 in overtime at title game
The Hephzibah girls basketball players react to their 49-44 defeat to Mays High in the Class AAAA state final at Georgia Tech. The Lady Rebels finished with a 29-5 record and took second place in the state for the second consecutive year.

Hart County tops Westover
MACON, Ga. -- Demetrius Martin scored 23 points and Toddrick Verdell added 16 as Hart County beat Westover 72-50 in a Class AAA boys state semifinal on Friday.

Hephzibah misses shot at state title
ATLANTA - Heads rested in hands, hands covered eyes, and eyes stared blankly at Alexander Memorial Coliseum's domed ceiling.

Comeback sparked Jenkins
CLASS A Jenkins County (27-0) vs. Taylor County (31-1) 11 a.m. today Macon Centreplex, Macon, Ga.

Dorman beats Dutch Fork for Class AAAA girls champsioship
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Kelly White scored 14 points and Jade Hughes added 13 as Dorman beat Dutch Fork 62-43 for the Class 4A girls' championship Friday night at the Carolina Center.

Gainesville advances after win over Dodge County
MACON, Ga. -- Tasha Humphrey scored 27 points and Kita Waller added 11 as Gainesville routed Dodge County 65-28 in a Class AAA girls state semifinal on Friday.

Class AAAA capsule
Here is a capsule look at the girls Class AAAA state title game.

Prep baskteball scores
Pairings and results for the Georgia High School Association state basketball tournament semi-finals:

Silver Bluff gets rematch
When Silver Bluff last faced Calhoun County in December, the Bulldogs lost by 10 points, largely due to the absence of 6-foot-8 swingman Brandon Wallace, who was recovering from a minor hip injury.

Hephzibah follows its leader
He's had better players and better teams, but Hephzibah girls basketball coach Wendell Lofton has not had a better opportunity.

Westover falls to Hart County
MACON, Ga. -- Demetrius Martin scored 23 points and Toddrick Verdell added 16 as Hart County beat Westover 72-50 in a Class AAA boys state semifinal on Friday.

Price is right: Peerless to Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons acquired Peerless Price in a trade with the Buffalo Bills on Friday, landing a big-name receiver to go with quarterback Michael Vick.

NFL opener: Jets at Redskins
NEW YORK -- The New York Jets will play at Washington in the NFL's season opener Sept. 4, the second straight year the league will begin its schedule on a Thursday night.

Faith digest
Dr. David W. Fleming, 37, will lead the 3,500-member congregation at Warren Baptist Church. His first Sunday as senior pastor will be March 30.

Church creates a joyful festival
Debbie Williams' imagination has been working overtime, visualizing ice witches, wardrobes that lead to other worlds and a Lion King.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church- and temple-based activities in the Augusta and Aiken area. Space is limited. Deadl

Serving out of Africa
Joline and Lee Tuten of Belvedere celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary in February under starry African skies.

Mideast Christians endure persecution
Saddam Hussein's Middle East region is home not only to 150 million Muslims but to a minority remnant of 10 million to 12 million Christians.

Young Lady Rebels see a future with promise

Investigation board holds first public hearing on shuttle accident
HOUSTON -- An engineer whose team of experts found flaws in the safety and operations of the space shuttle program was among four witnesses called to testify at the first public hearing of the Columbia accident investigation board.

NASA chief urges changes to attract employees to space agency
WASHINGTON -- NASA's administrator is urging Congress to allow the space agency to change the ways it recruits and retains its brightest scientests and engineers.

Columbia mission specialist Anderson buried at Arlington
WASHINGTON -- Shuttle crew member Michael P. Anderson had tried to prepare his daughters for his darkest hour, should it come aboard the Columbia. On Friday, one hugging a teddy bear, they helped lay him to rest.

Two men arrested for allegedly stealing $136,000 from bank using Internet
TOKYO -- Two Japanese were arrested for allegedly hacking into bank accounts through the Internet and stealing $136,000, police said Thursday.

Everest base camp to get Internet cafe
KATMANDU, Nepal -- It could be the most challenging Internet cafe project going.

Harrick stands ground
Embattled Georgia basketball coach Jim Harrick says nothing - not even an NCAA investigation that has led to the firing of his son and possibly others - will dampen his enthusiasm for the rest of the season.

Vanderbilt beats Georgia in quarterfinals
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Foul trouble reduced Vanderbilt's leading scorer Chantelle Anderson to a cheerleader Friday at the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

UGA not yet in crisis, leader says
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia President Michael Adams said the state's flagship school is in a not-so-rosy budget situation.

UGA not yet in crisis, leader says

Inquiry bothers coaches

Vanderbilt beats Georgia in quarterfinals

UGA not yet in crisis, leader says
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia President Michael Adams said the state's flagship school is in a not-so-rosy budget situation.

Inquiry bothers coaches
Like most other basketball coaches in the Southeastern Conference, South Carolina's Dave Odom considers Jim Harrick a friend. He respects Harrick professionally, and he likes Harrick's family.

Mississippi St. beats S. Carolina
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- LaToya Thomas had so much help that her poor shooting could not keep her team down.

Mississippi St. beats S. Carolina

Thomas suspended from South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina receiver Matthew Thomas has been suspended from the team indefinitely after he was charged with simple assault in an incident involving a female student, Gamecocks' coach Lou Holtz said Friday.

Powell plots two-day blitz to win backing for using force to disarm Iraq

Britain explores possible deadline for Saddam

Seeking war surprise, U.S. escalates air patrols over southern Iraq

Britain proposes March 17 deadline for Saddam to disarm

Iraq destroys more missiles, a third now flattened

A little laughter, a little applause, an unsubtle dig: a day inside the council

British forces to be ready for war in days

Sandstorms make life difficult for soldiers

Bush says he won't leave Americans at 'mercy of Iraqi dictator

Pakistani minister says two bin Laden sons arrested

Pakistani minister says two bin Laden sons arrested

Powell fails to make gains on using force to disarm Iraq

Text of President Bush's prime-time news conference

Bush to hold prime-time news conference

Everest base camp to get Internet cafe

Faith and fellowship calendar

Church creates a joyful festival

Serving out of Africa

Mideast Christians endure persecution

Faith digest