Selig: No hurry to settle Rose matter
By Greg Beacham

Selig: No hurry to settle Rose matter

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

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.

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.

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

Dawley makes his pitch

Chipper, father iron out swing

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Credit report tells lenders what they need to know

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

Business calendar

On the move

Business briefs

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.

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.

Bankruptcy should be avoided

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

Investor reliance on financial planners may be costly

Clemson women fall to North Carolina

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.

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.

Jags vacate throne at tournament

Pacers end season after near upset

Smith hearing cheers as Wildcats perfect in SEC

ASU women get second chance

Cougars, Pirates grab tourney titles

Seniors earn conference honors

We deserve better

We don't walk alone

Louder diplomacy, please

No place for liberties

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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

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

Unfinished business between Hoch, Furyk

Golf roundup

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
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.

Hephzibah looks toward 2004

Silver Bluff stuns Calhoun County

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.

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.

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.

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.

'Good ol' boy' days are over

Hands-on experience makes Rowland the best candidate

Public servant will be missed

Husband would fight all over again for America

War protesters are just plain wrong

The facts about Hunt speak for themselves

Group highlights Georgia women's achievements

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

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

Talk to us

Restorative powers

Theater chains hope customers will sit still for new advertising

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Learn to show your guests the door

Blossom of the Garden City

Arts calendar

Ellsberg portrayed as whistleblower, hero and traitor in TV movie

Lynx sweep Everblades

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

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

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.

Abortion foes find GOP support

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.

Doctors and lawyers argue over medical malpractice caps

Across the area

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

Across the southeast

Longtime debate over ATVs returns to Legislature

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Woman aids cancer registry

Subscriber of the day

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reform targets awards by jury

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.

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.

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Republican-led Legislature undoing environmental programs

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.

City sends auto park road bills to state

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.

Information on Masters often wrong

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

Muns is voted in as head of party

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

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Valdosta State may dodge budget cuts

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

York police struggle to overcome reputation forged during race riots

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

UGA suspends Harrick

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.

Husband and wife ditch jobs, train together to be Marines

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."

Correct records protect drivers

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

Ex-lawmakers enjoy life out of action

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.

News you can use

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.

News you can use

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

Project unites Aiken councils

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Town celebrates center's opening

Ex-jailers won't be charged

Southern speak

Gephardt says flag can fly on private property

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.

Interstate 20 construction detour offers slower drive

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Waynesboro boy retains title with second spelling bee win

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.

Budget cuts face small schools

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

Golfers continue games in Kuwait as war nears

Zip Codes: Who and what makes up 30904?

Brush takes on school reform

Inmates get no luxuries on death row

Soldiers make time for center

Across the area

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.

Agency officials work to keep up

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.

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

Across the southeast

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.

Schumacher's top-three streak ends; Coulthard wins

Teams learn on run

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.

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.

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.

NASCAR notebook

Labonte wins again in Atlanta

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.

NASCAR notebook

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!"

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

Mrs. Katherine Burton (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Cooper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Victoria Melendez (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Thurla Braddy (SOPERTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Frank Baker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Flakes (PERKINS, Ga.)

Sgt. Maj. Hughlon Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Dillashaw (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Roberta Farr (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Brown (SEASIDE, Calif.)

Mr. Rene LaFleur (THOMSON, Ga.)

Dr. Starr Nichols (PITTSBURGH, Penn.)

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

Mrs. Mandy Jones (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Bennett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Royal (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. John Samuels (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rhusha Mack Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Nell Gheesling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Melvyne Grant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eula Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Peter Bennett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rhusha Mack Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

LTC Charles Wolf Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rachel Youngblood (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Royal (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Etha Brinson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Miller (GARFIELD, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Reagan (NORRISTOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruby Cameron (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lavon Wren (MACON, Ga.)

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

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.

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

'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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

Mauresmo, Capriati, Davenport advance at Pacific Life Open

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

Area sports announcements

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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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Anglers rejoice: A full lake means fish will be plentiful

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

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.

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?

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

Harrick stays silent; Cole wanted

Georgia looking for another running back

Win ends Dog's losing streak in Columbia

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.

Father teaches son to fly right

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

USC Aiken bounced from tournament

Odds and ends

Teacher loses job for giving morbid valentine to student

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

Iraq says U.S. set on war

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

Key developments concerning Iraq

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