Applause calendar
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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.

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.

Work under way to put life back in First Friday

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.

At the Movies: 'Tears of the Sun'

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.

At the Movies: 'Bringing Down the House'

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

Ramblin' Rhodes: A Christmas offering turns into an album

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.

Mini reviews

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

Player admired Globetrotters when he was growing up

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

Birthday movies are caked with emotion

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."

Applause calendar

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

Standing ovations

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

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.

Club calendar

Concert calendar

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.

Widow sues Tigers over death of husband at park

Baseball union to players: Stay clear of ephedra

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.

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.

Longer days mean losing treasured hour of sleep

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

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

Hampton's sinker is coming along

Braves (ss) top Indians

Trio will battle for at-bats

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.

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.

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.

Giles' sore ankle causing worry

Giles' sore ankle causing worry

Tax tip: special retirement plan tax credit is available

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.

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.

Augusta area endures increase in job losses

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

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

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.

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.

News signals revival of Washington Group

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.

Wartime rally on Wall Street not guaranteed

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.

War fears spur job cuts, pushing unemployment higher

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stocks post 2nd weekly decline

MSU's LaToya Thomas named SEC player of the year

Senior forward carries Jaguars

Augusta State suffers upset

Familiar road awaits Jaguars

Back-to-back homers

Filibuster doomed to fail

Putting our safety first

What they forget

Fishing report

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.

Size plants to the landscape

Nightshades have it all

Glen Mary Plantation's historic aura threatened

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.

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.

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.

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

Els, three others tied for the lead in Dubai

With Woods in mind, Royal St. George boosts yardage

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.

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.

Relucatant change paying off for Tway

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.

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.

Westover falls to Hart County

Hart County tops Westover

Gainesville advances after win over Dodge County

Prep baskteball scores

Hephzibah misses shot at state title

Class AAAA capsule

Dorman beats Dutch Fork for Class AAAA girls champsioship

Hephzibah follows its leader

Hephzibah misses shot at state title

Silver Bluff gets rematch

Lady Rebels fall 49-44 in overtime at title game

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.

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

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.

NHL players in Boston golf tournament

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.:

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rowland's education, commitment lead the way

Hunt demonstrates ability to be sheriff

Corporation environment-friendly

Rowland strong supporter of public schools

Rowland wrong on seat-belt law

MOX article disappointing journalism

Supports professional lawman for sheriff

Cheeks stood up for a constituent - period

Commends reporters on mental health articles

Experience says Rowland top choice

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.

Lynx road report

Augusta scores win with overtime goal

Roy heats up Lynx in time

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

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.

House lending measure passes

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

Military pupils to get help with transition

Survey will assess residents' support of Family Y in Aiken

Dems plan to work on restoring HOPE scholarships to budget

Across South Carolina

Correction

Tobacco tax plan receives support

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.

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.

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.

Fitness, diabetes related in study

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.

Area wants school preserved

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.

Staff finds teen dead

Burk, ACLU apply for protest permits

Across Georgia

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.

Man raises other issues in protest at National

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

Tournament is big boost to economy

MCG instructor faces felony charge

Savannah takes stand on flag

Walker County correction officers arrested for sex with inmates

Lawmakers could study diminishing marshlands

Jury says Rhodes guilty of murder

Predatory-lending bill gets Perdue signature

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.

Subscriber of the day

Across South Carolina

Confederate submarine watch's time raises question

News you can use

Rhodes gets life without parole

Across Georgia

Map check

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.

News you can use

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.

Across the area

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.

Company where employee died had prior violations

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Civic center looks for financial security

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.

Lynx owner is accused of assault

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.

GOP's flag alternative leaves out battle cross

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.

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

Woman, son apprehended in drug raid

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 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.

Conservation group urges protection of environmental funds

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

UGA not yet in crisis, leader says

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?"

Man purchases costly procedure to help cure pet

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 the area

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Commerce leader says MLK holiday controversy bad for business

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.

Children's districts could get funds cut

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.

Hephzibah falls in state championship game

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.

Burk seeks permission to protest at Masters front gate

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.

Investigators question agency procedures for project

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.

Cab violations bring big fines for drivers

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Speeds all relative at NASCAR's fastest track

State backs Bruton for Atlanta's races

Newman scares self, but still wins

NASA chief urges changes to attract employees to space agency

Investigation board holds first public hearing on shuttle accident

Columbia mission specialist Anderson buried at Arlington

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Price is right: Peerless to Falcons

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

Mr. Walter Knight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Kathryn Hegler (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Willie Osburn (PEABODY, Kan.)

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

Mrs. Rosa Jenkins (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Calhoun (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Gibbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Lawson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Sharpe (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Malinda Turnbull (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Scott Nattinger (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Will Mickens (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida Mackins (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Hodges (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtice Carroll (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Walter Knight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Baldwin (STATESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charles Alexander (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Meshayla Nesbitt (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Leonard Bussey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Stephens (COLLEGE PARK, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Lucille Reeves (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Baker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Willie Brown (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Gardner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SMG Hughlon Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jack Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronnie Stanley (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Hess (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joel Jones (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Virgil Green (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Townsend (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Morgan Mosley (TRENTON, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Mamie Gibbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Lillie Rikard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Tomeka Brown (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie Gardner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Morgan Mosley (TRENTON, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Luther Nelson (WRENS, Ga.)

Rev. George Bearden (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Estela Guthrie (JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruby Howard (AUGUSTA, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Miller optimistic despite cancelation of World Cup giant slalom

Loyal caller adds flair to daily talk radio show

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Davenport wins opening match at Pacific Life Open

Men's college gymnastics continues to shrink

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Young Lady Rebels see a future with promise

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.

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.

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.

Vanderbilt beats Georgia in quarterfinals

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.

UGA not yet in crisis, leader says

Inquiry bothers coaches

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

Britain proposes March 17 deadline for Saddam to disarm

Bush to hold prime-time news conference

Powell fails to make gains on using force to disarm Iraq

Pakistani minister says two bin Laden sons arrested

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

British forces to be ready for war in days

Sandstorms make life difficult for soldiers

Britain explores possible deadline for Saddam

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

Pakistani minister says two bin Laden sons arrested

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

Iraq destroys more missiles, a third now flattened

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

Text of President Bush's prime-time news conference

Everest base camp to get Internet cafe

Faith and fellowship calendar

Church creates a joyful festival

Mideast Christians endure persecution

Serving out of Africa

Faith digest