Selig: No hurry to settle Rose matter

Selig: No hurry to settle Rose matter
By Greg Beacham

A nation's success can be measured in toilets per capita

Odds and ends
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. -- "Thou shalt not use a stolen credit card" isn't one of the Ten Commandments. But it seems like wise advice, especially after a man accused of stealing from several churches was tracked down through a purchase at a Christian bookstore.

Teacher loses job for giving morbid valentine to student
PHOENIX -- A theology teacher at a Roman Catholic high school lost his job after giving a student a valentine that read "I hate you, I wish you would die."

'Girls Gone Wild' to get less exposure in Panama City Beach
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. -- Girls won't be flashing on live television in Florida next week after the creators of a pay-per-view show announced they would move filming to Texas.

Braves' quiet newcomer speaks volumes at plate
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- There's still a long way to go before he starts giving Robert Fick any sleepless nights.

Dawley makes his pitch
JUPITER, Fla. -- Joe Dawley didn't win a job Sunday, but he certainly put his resume on top of the stack on manager Bobby Cox's desk.

Chipper, father iron out swing
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- His left-handed swing is a thing of beauty. His right-handed stroke resembles a Mercedes with a blown engine.

Braves' quiet newcomer speaks volumes at plate

Chipper, father iron out swing

Dawley makes his pitch

On the move

U.S. tourism industry bracing for impact of possible war with Iraq

Economic developer looks at existing industry
Every morning when Walter Sprouse brushes his teeth, a little bit of Prayon Inc. squeezes out of the Crest tube.

Investor reliance on financial planners may be costly
NEW YORK -- As many investors seek financial advice in a shaky market, some might discover that professional help comes with a hefty price - higher fees and lower returns on their mutual funds.

What do I need to get pre-approved for a mortgage?

U.S. tourism industry bracing for impact of possible war with Iraq
MIAMI -- The prospect of a U.S. war with Iraq has the nation's already troubled tourism industry bracing for even harder times.

Gunmaker woos buyers with .50-caliber revolver
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Two years ago, Smith & Wesson's reputation for firepower was nearly blown away by an agreement with the federal government.

Business calendar

What do I need to get pre-approved for a mortgage?
What documents do I need to get pre-approved for a mortgage?

Bankruptcy should be avoided
Q: How does one decide whether to file for personal bankruptcy?

Individual investors may want to consider Buffett's view
NEW YORK -- Individual investors might think Warren Buffett confirmed this week exactly what they were thinking about the stock market: It's too scary to jump into right now.

Tax tip: E-file provides faster refunds, delayed payments
Are you one of the almost 100 million taxpayers who will receive a refund this year? The IRS says that requesting direct deposit and filing your tax return electronically (e-filing) will put that money in your pocket faster and easier.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Seminar: "Are You Prepared for the Ideal Retirement? Is Your Family Prepared in the Event of Your Death?"; guest speaker Aubrey Rhodes; North Augusta Country Club; 6:30 p.m.; complimentary dinner served, reservations required; call Debby Markwalter at (803) 279-6065.

Business briefs

Credit report tells lenders what they need to know
When it comes time to borrow money to start or expand a business, remember that bankers are risk-averse; their main interest is getting repaid in a timely fashion.

Individual investors may want to consider Buffett's view

On the move
Attorneys Lamont Belk and Terrence Sommers have formed the law firm of Simm

Gunmaker woos buyers with .50-caliber revolver

Business briefs
April 15 is the day we typically pay Uncle Sam his fiscal due. But plenty of us don't have ready cash on Tax Day.

Investor reliance on financial planners may be costly

Bankruptcy should be avoided

Credit report tells lenders what they need to know

Clemson women fall to North Carolina

Clemson women fall to North Carolina
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- One little pep talk from her coach was enough to get Candace Sutton fired up for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Clemson routs Old Dominion
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Kyle Frank went 3-for-3 hitting to score three runs and get four RBIs as Clemson won 18-2 against Old Dominion on Sunday afternoon.

Seniors earn conference honors

Pacers end season after near upset

Jags vacate throne at tournament

Smith hearing cheers as Wildcats perfect in SEC

ASU women get second chance

Cougars, Pirates grab tourney titles

We don't walk alone

We deserve better

No place for liberties

Louder diplomacy, please

Theater chains hope customers will sit still for new advertising
LOS ANGELES -- Bob Morales and his wife sat through advertisements for the Cartoon Network, the NBC show "Boomtown" and AOL Broadband.

Group highlights Georgia women's achievements
The Georgia Women of Achievement, which began at the suggestion of former first lady Rosalynn Carter, was created in 1990 as a way to teach children about the history and accomplishments of Georgia women.

Talk to us
The temperature is slowly climbing, the days are getting longer . . . it can mean only one thing. Prom season.

Restorative powers
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Jack Walter can see beauty where others are unable to find it.

Learn to show your guests the door
Dear Carson: How do you get rid of people who outstay their welcome? We've tried everything including yawning and putting things away, but there is at least one couple who simply does not get the hint that it is time to leave. Help, please! -- Tried and Tired

Fox's 'Oliver Beene' nails 1962 (and childhood) for laughs
NEW YORK -- As someone who is exactly the age of its hero, I approached "Oliver Beene" with a particularly watchful eye.

Home front
If you can't find your refrigerator's water dispenser for the messages stuck to the front of the fridge, you might be interested in the built-in voice memo function of Amana's Messenger refrigerator.

Queen Latifah hopes to bring down the house with first movie lead
LOS ANGELES -- Queen Latifah seems to have flip-flopped from singer-who-moonlights-as-an-actor to movie-star-who-dabbles-in-music.

In the know
Web travel agent Orbitz (www.orbitz.com) is sprucing up its travelers' tool kit with a new flight-search option, an expanded inventory of hotel rooms and a beefed-up lodging locator.

Arts calendar
SPRINGTIME MADE IN THE SOUTH: Craft show 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St.; $5; (704) 847-9480.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
"I was working in American films. But I was looking at foreign films."

Blossom of the Garden City
Julia Lester Dillon's career as a famed Southern garden architect began just as one phase of her life ended.

Ellsberg portrayed as whistleblower, hero and traitor in TV movie
NEW YORK -- In the early 1960s, Daniel Ellsberg was a high-level military analyst, ex-Marine and hawk who believed the United States could win in Vietnam.

Georgia Tech women advance in ACC Tournament
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Fallon Stokes had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Georgia Tech to a 64-59 victory over Florida State in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Lady Jackets fall to Duke in semifinals
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- No. 2 Duke had the game well in hand and Sheana Mosch was still throwing her body all over the court. She crashed into the scoring table, she fell into the opposing bench.

Lady Jackets fall to Duke in semifinals

Georgia Tech women advance in ACC Tournament

Unfinished business between Hoch, Furyk
MIAMI -- Scott Hoch has made a career out of calling things the way he sees them, no matter whom he might offend.

Unknown Dutchman stuns Els at Dubai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Tiger Woods' withdrawal made it possible for Robert-Jan Derksen to even play in the Dubai Desert Classic. The real treat came Sunday, when the unheralded Dutchman stole the show from Ernie Els.

Golf roundup

Unfinished business between Hoch, Furyk

Unknown Dutchman stuns Els at Dubai

Golf roundup
MIAMI -- Scott Hoch finally found a swing that worked and a putting stroke that couldn't fail Saturday to shoot 6-under-par 66 and share the lead with Bob Tway going into the final round of the Ford Championship at Doral.

Silver Bluff stuns Calhoun County

Hephzibah looks toward 2004

Jenkins County runs out of gas

Thrashers fall to Wild

Thrashers fall to Wild
ATLANTA -- The Minnesota Wild can win a high-scoring game, too.

Iraq says U.S. set on war
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A top Iraqi official said Sunday he is convinced the United States has decided to go to war but that Iraq's cooperation with U.N. weapons inspectors would strengthen opposition on the Security Council to U.S. war plans.

Aircraft carriers to remain at forefront of naval power for decades
ABOARD THE USS CONSTELLATION, in the Persian Gulf -- Military experts have been debating the relevance of aircraft carriers since the end of the post-Cold War world, but the United States and other navies keep putting new ones into the waters as the backbones of their fleets.

It's almost 'showtime' for Gen. Tommy Franks
WASHINGTON -- Rarely do so many people who have been chewed out by one man have such nice things to say about him. Or such eagerness to excuse his salty language.

U.S., France compete for Security Council support ahead of vote on Iraq
UNITED NATIONS -- The United States and France were locked in a last-minute race Sunday for Security Council votes that could make or break international support for war in Iraq.

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

American, Spanish human shields wait for green light to enter Iraq
AMMAN, Jordan -- Anti-war activists were waiting Sunday for visas to enter Iraq, where they say they want to be "human shields" against a possible U.S.-led war against Saddam Hussein.

A war checklist with more ticked off by the day
WASHINGTON -- The pace is relentless now, on every front. America is marching through what amounts to a final checklist enabling it to strike at will once a decision to attack Iraq is made.

A nation's success can be measured in toilets per capita
How did we do it? How did people used to live that way? How did we ever survive with just one bathroom per household?

UGA suspends Harrick
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia suspended head coach Jim Harrick Monday and dropped out of the NCAA and Southeastern Conference tournaments because an internal investigation has shown that three players took a sham class taught by an assistant coach.

War protesters are just plain wrong

'Good ol' boy' days are over

Husband would fight all over again for America

Public servant will be missed

Hands-on experience makes Rowland the best candidate

The facts about Hunt speak for themselves

Learn to show your guests the door

Group highlights Georgia women's achievements

Talk to us

Queen Latifah hopes to bring down the house with first movie lead

Restorative powers

Fox's 'Oliver Beene' nails 1962 (and childhood) for laughs

Ellsberg portrayed as whistleblower, hero and traitor in TV movie

Arts calendar

Blossom of the Garden City

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Theater chains hope customers will sit still for new advertising

Lynx notebook
Every so often, a hockey player enters a zone and becomes almost superhuman. Twice in the past five seasons, Augusta Lynx fans have witnessed such transformations.

Lynx sweep Everblades

Slapshots
WHO'S HOT Mississippi forward Mike Scott has tallied 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists in his past 10 games, leading the Sea Wolves on an 8-2-0 run that vaulted them past Louisiana for first place in the Southwest Division.

Lynx road report
MONDAY: vs. Greenville Grrrowl, Bi-Lo Center, 7:05 p.m.

Lynx sweep Everblades
ESTERO, Fla. -- Andrew Williamson scored a pair of goals to lift the Augusta Lynx past the Florida Everblades 4-2 on Saturday.

Lynx notebook

Project unites Aiken councils
AIKEN -- The city and county councils are planning to join forces at month's end to select the route of a connector road vital to residents in both jurisdictions.

Valdosta State may dodge budget cuts
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Valdosta State University may have escaped statewide budget cuts affecting most colleges and government programs, said President Ronald M. Zaccari.

Ex-lawmakers enjoy life out of action

Across the southeast
SELMA, Ala. -- Marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday in a re-enactment of a pivotal 1965 event in civil rights history known as Bloody Sunday for the violent confrontation with state troopers.

Across the area

Southern speak
When lifelong Augusta resident Edith Jennings speaks, it's in a slow, comfortable cadence that allows her to linger over words.

Waynesboro boy retains title with second spelling bee win

Across the southeast
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The first person convicted under a law that bars aid to terrorists appealed his 155-year prison sentence for leading a cigarette smuggling ring and sending $3,500 in profits to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

Brush takes on school reform

Agency officials work to keep up
She was very thirsty, but no one would unlock the deadbolt on her bedroom door. So she banged on the window glass until it broke and she could escape.

Husband and wife ditch jobs, train together to be Marines
PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. -- They stood in a drizzle amid rows of green-clad Marine recruits about to take their places among the few and the proud, but Nicole and Robert Kyger had the right to be even a bit prouder.

Ex-jailers won't be charged
Three Richmond County jailers who were fired for slipping dollar bills to a female inmate to flash her body will not be criminally charged, District Attorney Danny Craig said Sunday.

Across the southeast

News you can use
MARCH 10, 1975 Law enforcement officers are investigating the Saturday night stabbing of an Augusta woman.

Republican-led Legislature undoing environmental programs

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Bob Welk of Martinez.

Across Georgia
STATENVILLE -- Echols County Sheriff Donald Fender, who is the target of a federal investigation, has resigned.

Reform targets awards by jury
AIKEN -- An attempt to limit jury awards from lawsuits in South Carolina was part of legislation filed last week in an effort to overhaul the state's tort system.

Interstate 20 construction detour offers slower drive
It's quicker and shorter to take Interstate 20 through construction rather than taking a detour suggested by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Across the area
Three men were thrown from a 1994 Suzuki Sidekick on Interstate 20 in Aiken County on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Woman aids cancer registry

Across South Carolina
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Democratic presidential candidate Dick Gephardt, who declared in South Carolina that the Confederate battle flag shouldn't fly "anytime, anywhere," says he doesn't like the flag's display on private property but cannot stop it.

City sends auto park road bills to state
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- City officials are billing the state for roads to the site of a planned $2.6 billion automotive research park, even though state officials haven't committed to the location.

Correct records protect drivers
Donna Herndon should have been going home after a Toyota pickup rear-ended her Ford Taurus at Old Waynesboro and McDade roads, but because she had no proof of insurance, she went to jail.

Gephardt says flag can fly on private property
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Democratic presidential candidate Dick Gephardt said Saturday his recent declaration that the Confederate battle flag shouldn't fly "anytime, anywhere" didn't apply to flags on private property.

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County is considering dumping treated wastewater into the Chattahoochee River after a judge sent back a plan to put the sewage into Lake Lanier.

Inmates get no luxuries on death row

Woman aids cancer registry
In the war on cancer, Cheryl Wheeler might be an unsung hero.

Town celebrates center's opening

Zip Codes: Who and what makes up 30904?
Want a quick window into people's lifestyles, spending habits, income and housing?

Muns is voted in as head of party
Businessman and Columbia County Board of Education member Lee Muns grabbed the top spot at the Columbia County Republican Party Convention on Saturday.

Inspector keeps watch over I-20 construction
And you thought your workday was tough.

Longtime debate over ATVs returns to Legislature

Rants and Raves
OUR TEENAGERS don't seem to care about what they look like, and they are soon going to go into the work force. What ever happened to neatness and wanting to look nice? We as adults need to try to be a role model for these kids.

Perdue's clout angers assembly
A scene from the General Assembly:

News you can use
MARCH 9, 1966 Douglas Barnard, Gov. Carl Sanders' executive secretary, said Tuesday the 1966 legislative term was "anything but a lame duck session."

Doctors and lawyers argue over medical malpractice caps

Abortion foes find GOP support
ATLANTA -- Helen Swanson can't count the number of conversations she has had with women who decided to have an abortion in Georgia.

York police struggle to overcome reputation forged during race riots

Soldiers make time for center
Ruth B. Crawford doesn't bite her tongue when talking about generating funds for the community center she founded 25 years ago.

Across the area
Police are looking for an Augusta man accused of stabbing another man during an argument Friday night.

Ex-lawmakers enjoy life out of action
ATLANTA -- Retired fire horses continue to jump every time they hear the fire bell ring, but the fire is gone for some veteran Georgia lawmakers who are sitting out their first legislative session in decades.

Husband and wife ditch jobs, train together to be Marines

Across South Carolina

Ex-jailers won't be charged

Abortion foes find GOP support

Republican-led Legislature undoing environmental programs
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Environmentalists are worried the Republican-controlled state Legislature will scuttle or severely hamper more than two dozen programs and erode environmental protections.

Golfers continue games in Kuwait as war nears

York police struggle to overcome reputation forged during race riots
YORK, Pa. -- As the civil rights-era slaying of one their own plays out in a courtroom after a 33-year wait, current and former York city police officers who are following the trial are hearing a lot about their department.

Budget cuts face small schools

Groups help state in watching Lake Keowee's water quality
LAKE KEOWEE, S.C. -- Environmentalists and residents are trying to keep water contamination from getting worse around Lake Keowee.

Subscriber of the day

Project unites Aiken councils

News you can use

Valdosta State may dodge budget cuts

UGA suspends Harrick

Soldiers make time for center

Reform targets awards by jury

City sends auto park road bills to state

Waynesboro boy retains title with second spelling bee win
It's a good bet that dust hadn't settled on the dictionary Joe Shepherd took home last year after winning The Augusta Chronicle's spelling bee.

Correct records protect drivers

Doctors and lawyers argue over medical malpractice caps
ATLANTA -- Cole Allen may never walk. The dusty-blond, 5-year-old boy uses a wheelchair and isn't able to bathe, clothe or feed himself.

Rants and Raves
OUR TEENAGERS don't seem to care about what they look like, and they are soon going to go into the work force. What ever happened to neatness and wanting to look nice? We as adults need to try to be a role model for these kids.

Destructive hogs to be eradicated from Cumberland Island
CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. -- Wild hogs have become such a nuisance on Georgia's largest barrier island that park officials are now pushing to get rid of them for good.

Across South Carolina

Inmates get no luxuries on death row
RIDGEVILLE, S.C. -- It's a lonely existence of bars and razor wire, of concrete and collect phone calls, of watching the sunlight fade through a sliver of a window.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Budget cuts face small schools
AIKEN -- Cuts in state financial support for education are getting so severe that Aiken County school board members briefly considered the unthinkable during an emergency budget meeting last week -- closing some small schools.

Town celebrates center's opening
JACKSON -- For city slickers, and even some rural folks, word of a new doctor in town isn't a big deal.

Southern speak

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the southeast

Longtime debate over ATVs returns to Legislature
ATLANTA -- A simmering debate over all-terrain vehicles in the north Georgia forests has returned to the Legislature, with the House expected to vote in coming weeks on whether four-wheelers should be allowed on dirt roads in protected lands.

Muns is voted in as head of party

Golfers continue games in Kuwait as war nears
KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait -- At Ahmadi Golf Club, about 20 miles south of the city in a community controlled by Kuwait Oil Co., the hazards go way beyond water holes and bunkers.

Across the area

Brush takes on school reform
ATLANTA -- The change in the control of the Georgia Senate affected Sen. Joey Brush as much as anyone because it thrust the affable Appling Republican into the critical chairmanship of the Education Committee.

Subscriber of the day
Susan Lee of Martinez, Ga., is today's subscriber of the day.

Georgia-Florida football contest could be schools' holiday
ATHENS, Ga. -- Clarke County teachers and students could get a vacation day for the Georgia-Florida football game during upcoming school years -- but they'll have to give up the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to get it.

Information on Masters often wrong

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -- Thirteen schools across the state are vying to be recognized as one of South Carolina's best learning institutions.

News you can use

Zip Codes: Who and what makes up 30904?

Interstate 20 construction detour offers slower drive

Agency officials work to keep up

Information on Masters often wrong
It's hard to tell what's true about Augusta anymore.

Inmate assaults two deputies
Two Richmond County sheriff's deputies were injured during an attack by an inmate at the jail Saturday afternoon, police said.

Gephardt says flag can fly on private property

Labonte wins with attitude in Atlanta
HAMPTON, Ga. - It wasn't enough for Bobby Labonte to have the fastest car in Sunday's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. His victory before 125,000 sun-splashed fans required a little attitude.

NASCAR notebook

NASCAR notebook
HAMPTON, Ga. -- The fans have spoken at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and their collective voices -- all 125,000 of them -- were unanimous Sunday: Don't take either of the race track's two NASCAR Winston Cup Series dates.

NASCAR notebook
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Mark Gibson got a lot of help in winning's Saturday's ARCA 400 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway

Schumacher's top-three streak ends; Coulthard wins

Teams learn on run
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Jimmy Spencer said it takes time for new teammates to understand each other on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Labonte wins again in Atlanta

NASCAR notebook

Schumacher's top-three streak ends; Coulthard wins
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Formula One opened a new season under new rules, producing a striking result: Michael Schumacher failed to finish among the top three.

Teams learn on run

Labonte wins again in Atlanta
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Bobby Labonte once again mastered Atlanta Motor Speedway, fighting off a late challenge from Jeff Gordon to win Sunday's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500.

Cougars, Pirates grab tourney titles
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Jed Bedford and John Thomas combined for 46 points to lead Columbus State to a 72-56 victory over Kennesaw State in Sunday's Peach Belt Conference Tournament championship game.

Smith hearing cheers as Wildcats perfect in SEC
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- In the final minutes of a rout in the home finale, Kentucky's fans launched into what suddenly has become a familiar refrain at Rupp Arena: "TUB-BEE! TUB-BEE! TUB-BEE!"

Pacers end season after near upset
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- After Lady Pacers senior guard Julie Szabo fouled out with 14 seconds remaining, she grabbed a towel and sat out the waning moments of her college career.

Seniors earn conference honors
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Augusta State senior forward Sabrina Jones was named to the 2002-03 Peach Belt All-Conference first team Saturday.

ASU women get second chance
After the Augusta State University women lost in the Peach Belt Tournament quarterfinals to Francis Marion, it appeared the Lady Jaguars' season may have been over.

Jags vacate throne at tournament
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Augusta State's reign in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament ended with a thud Saturday night.

Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Dr. Starr Nichols    (PITTSBURGH, Penn.)
Mrs. Victoria Melendez    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Sgt. Maj. Hughlon Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Rhusha Mack Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Howard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mandy Jones    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Harry Hess    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Frank Baker    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Basil Hall    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. Joe Meadows Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Melvyne Grant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Nell Gheesling    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Roberta Farr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Flakes    (PERKINS, Ga.)
Mrs. Rachel Youngblood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Dillashaw    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Agnes Miller    (GARFIELD, Ga.)
Mrs. Pauline Cooper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Royal    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Chee Chan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothy Reagan    (NORRISTOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Katherine Burton    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. Rene LaFleur    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Nellie Brown    (SEASIDE, Calif.)
Mrs. Ruby Howard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Thurla Braddy    (SOPERTON, Ga.)
Mr. James Westley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Etha Brinson    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Bro. Johnnie Garvin    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Mr. Homer Benson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Ruby Cameron    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Peter Bennett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Williams    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Lavon Wren    (MACON, Ga.)
Rhusha Mack Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
LTC Charles Wolf Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Albert Merriwether    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Ralph Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Willie Acree Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Geraldine Walker    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Rev. Augustus Washington    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. John Samuels    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Herbert Parrott    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Eula Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Peter Bennett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Royal    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mr. Ralph Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Sgt. Maj. Hughlon Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Baker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Flakes (PERKINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Miller (GARFIELD, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Royal (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Roberta Farr (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nell Gheesling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rene LaFleur (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Brown (SEASIDE, Calif.)

Mr. Ralph Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rachel Youngblood (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Melvyne Grant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Bennett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

LTC Charles Wolf Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Dillashaw (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Etha Brinson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Eula Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Reagan (NORRISTOWN, Ga.)

Rhusha Mack Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lavon Wren (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. Chee Chan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Samuels (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Basil Hall (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Katherine Burton (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mandy Jones (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Meadows Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Cooper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rhusha Mack Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert Parrott (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Ms. Geraldine Walker (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Bennett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thurla Braddy (SOPERTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Starr Nichols (PITTSBURGH, Penn.)

Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Williams (TRENTON, S.C.)

Rev. Augustus Washington (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. Homer Benson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Victoria Melendez (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Royal (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Cameron (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

What it means to be an astronaut
THE CROWD WAS still, the morning's quiet broken only by the occasional rustle of clothing as a thumb or forefinger wiped a cheek. We were sequestered from the rest of the NASA family, a throng of 14,000 gathering behind us, all awaiting NASA'S memorial service for the seven Columbia crewmembers. Within our small roped-off area were most of America's astronauts, from my space shuttle peers to the leading men of our nation's space program, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

There are no shortcuts to solving the issue of Iraq's disarmament
ON FEB. 19, Augusta State University Professor Jurgen Brauer attempted a moral assessment of war with Iraq by reducing the question to an economic cost-benefit analysis. Economists like to do such things, because they sometimes fancy that messy moral reasoning can be cleaned up by reducing it to dollar equations. Professor Brauer concludes his essay by suggesting that by flooding Iraq with more inspectors, the United States might be able to accomplish our military objectives at the cost of "a half a tank of gas" per person, per year, at current pump rates. That's an attractive proposition, even if one drives a gas guzzler.

The facts about Hunt speak for themselves
Mike Hunt is the most qualified candidate for Aiken County sheriff. Consider the following facts: Ed Murray, Aiken, S.C.

Louder diplomacy, please
As much anxiety as Iraq and al-Qaida are producing, the most volatile spot on the planet may be the 38th Parallel -- where 37,000 U.S. troops form the dividing line between a free South Korea and a mercurial Kim Jong Il of the north.

'Good ol' boy' days are over
Jody Rowland has known since he was in high school that he wanted to be in law enforcement. That's why he went to college and earned a master's degree in Criminal Justice. In 1994, he was a graduate of the FBI National Academy. In 1995 he was South Carolina's Deputy Sheriff of the Year. Gregg Gregory, Beech Island, S.C.

We deserve better
We deserve better Will the Internet eliminate the need for libraries?

We don't walk alone
"The world becomes a little weirder every day," a man told First Baptist Church of North Augusta pastor Dr. Gary Redding. "I feel I'm tiptoeing through each day."

Husband would fight all over again for America
This is in response to the letter from Gregory J. Topliff on Feb. 17, "You bet that standing up for freedom is worth the fight." Johnnie W. Smith-Graham, Augusta

Public servant will be missed
I write to pay tribute to a servant of the people of Augusta and Richmond County. On Feb. 27, I was informed that a friend of some 20 years had passed from a heart attack. I speak of Deputy Sheriff Billy Eubanks. James D. Jordon Jr., Augusta

No place for liberties
We applaud Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength for taking swift and sure action against jailers accused of improprieties with a female inmate.

Hands-on experience makes Rowland the best candidate
Professional management is the key to developing a strong and effective law-enforcement agency. The Aiken County Sheriff's Office performs a wide variety of functions including patrol, criminal investigations, forensic laboratory analysis, multi-jurisdictional dispatch, records management, civil process and more. In addition, there are political and technological challenges facing a new sheriff. David Vine, Aiken, S.C.

There are no shortcuts to solving the issue of Iraq's disarmament
ON FEB. 19, Augusta State University Professor Jurgen Brauer attempted a moral assessment of war with Iraq by reducing the question to an economic cost-benefit analysis. Economists like to do such things, because they sometimes fancy that messy moral reasoning can be cleaned up by reducing it to dollar equations. Professor Brauer concludes his essay by suggesting that by flooding Iraq with more inspectors, the United States might be able to accomplish our military objectives at the cost of "a half a tank of gas" per person, per year, at current pump rates. That's an attractive proposition, even if one drives a gas guzzler.

What it means to be an astronaut
THE CROWD WAS still, the morning's quiet broken only by the occasional rustle of clothing as a thumb or forefinger wiped a cheek. We were sequestered from the rest of the NASA family, a throng of 14,000 gathering behind us, all awaiting NASA'S memorial service for the seven Columbia crewmembers. Within our small roped-off area were most of America's astronauts, from my space shuttle peers to the leading men of our nation's space program, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

War protesters are just plain wrong
The highest function of our government is to ensure the safety and security of our citizens. The Bush administration and the Republican members of Congress and the Senate are endeavoring to fulfill this obligation. Robert Smock, Hephzibah, Ga.

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Mauresmo, Capriati, Davenport advance at Pacific Life Open

AOL Time Warner latest media giant seeking to shed its sports teams

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AOL Time Warner latest media giant seeking to shed its sports teams
ATLANTA -- For news and entertainment companies, owning a sports franchise can help build interest in other divisions, particularly fledgling cable channels. Once achieved, there's not much reason to hold on to the teams, analysts say.

Area sports announcements
May 16-18: The 14th annual Southeastern Traditional Championships at Robin Hood Archery Club in Elberton, Ga. For more information, call John Hood at (706) 746-9987.

Overtime
The No. 2-ranked Augusta State men struggled for the third consecutive round Sunday, finishing with 7-over-par 295 to end in 12th place at the Toyota Collegiate at Southern Highlands in Las Vegas.

Mauresmo, Capriati, Davenport advance at Pacific Life Open
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Amelie Mauresmo of France won Saturday night to join Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport in the fourth round of the Pacific Life Open tennis tournament.

Overtime
Augusta State shot 1-over-par 289 to finish with a two-round total 582 and 13th place at the Toyota Men's Collegiate Championship at Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Anglers rejoice: A full lake means fish will be plentiful
Five months ago, the peninsulas along Thurmond Lake looked more like the Kalahari Desert than the shoreline of a 70,000-acre reservoir.

Shooting competition makes Augusta debut
Georgia's best marksmen gathered in Augusta this weekend for the International Defense Pistol Association's 2003 State Championship Match.

Outdoors calendar
Tuesday, March 18: A seven-lesson Boating Safety Course begins. Classes will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Port Authority Building in Augusta. Contact the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21 at 860-9477 for details.

Experts share turkey tips
David Blanton and Michael Waddell are accustomed to crowds when they're out chasing deer or turkey.

Experts share turkey tips

Anglers rejoice: A full lake means fish will be plentiful

Silver Bluff stuns Calhoun County
COLUMBIA -- Sometimes, winning a championship is about being at the right place at the right time.

Hephzibah looks toward 2004
ATLANTA -- The Hephzibah's girls basketball players' heads bobbed to the rap music coming from the Alexander Memorial Coliseum speakers. They intently watched the state title games on the court. They appeared to have forgotten their disheartening defeat to Mays on Friday afternoon.

Jenkins County runs out of gas
MACON, Ga. -- Too much depth. Way too many 3-pointers. Not nearly enough energy.

Study: Easier workouts may still help older exercisers' hearts
WASHINGTON -- For older exercisers, effort counts. At least that's what a large Harvard study of heart disease in older men showe

Fiber and soy diet drops cholesterol by one-third
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- People with high cholesterol may lower their levels by a surprising one-third with a vegetarian diet that combines a variety of trendy heart-healthy foods, including plenty of soy and soluble fiber, a study found.

Two high-end camera phones offer good picture quality
NEW YORK -- In some ways, the camera phone seems like technology for its own sake. Before these devices became available, did you really ever wish your camera had a phone, or vice versa?

Father teaches son to fly right
For all Donald "Fly" Wright knows, some of it might well be true. Tony Cole might have been wired $300, and he might have received an "A" for a course he never attended.

Georgia looking for another running back

Win ends Dog's losing streak in Columbia

Harrick stays silent; Cole wanted

Cooper back in the running
ATHENS, Ga. -- The hype has cooled down, but the fire still burns. Michael Cooper is determined to rekindle the love affair that he had with Georgia and the Bulldogs had with him.

Harrick stays silent; Cole wanted
ATHENS, Ga. -- Jim Harrick refused to comment on charges of misbehavior in his previous job becasue he said his team is moving past the controversy that has surrounded it for more than a week.

Georgia looking for another running back
ATHENS, Ga. -- In what has become a rite of spring, Georgia is again on the lookout for a running back.

Win ends Dog's losing streak in Columbia
COLUMBIA -- Early in the second half of Sunday's game at South Carolina, Georgia guard Ezra Williams asked his coach for something more than a typical breather.

Father teaches son to fly right

USC Aiken bounced from tournament
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- After Lady Pacers senior guard Julie Szabo fouled out with 14 seconds remaining, she grabbed a towel and sat out the waning moments of her college career.

Disappointments aside, Kitchings looks to tourney
COLUMBIA - Tony Kitchings stood at midcourt, under the scoreboard that told the latest disappointment, and listened to his alma mater for a final time.

Disappointments aside, Kitchings looks to tourney

USC Aiken bounced from tournament

Odds and ends

Teacher loses job for giving morbid valentine to student

Key developments concerning Iraq

It's almost 'showtime' for Gen. Tommy Franks

Iraq says U.S. set on war

U.S., France compete for Security Council support ahead of vote on Iraq

Aircraft carriers to remain at forefront of naval power for decades

A war checklist with more ticked off by the day

American, Spanish human shields wait for green light to enter Iraq

Study: Easier workouts may still help older exercisers' hearts

Two high-end camera phones offer good picture quality

Fiber and soy diet drops cholesterol by one-third