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
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.

Clemson women fall to North Carolina

Cougars, Pirates grab tourney titles

Jags vacate throne at tournament

Seniors earn conference honors

Smith hearing cheers as Wildcats perfect in SEC

Pacers end season after near upset

ASU women get second chance

Louder diplomacy, please

No place for liberties

We don't walk alone

We deserve better

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Unknown Dutchman stuns Els at Dubai

Unfinished business between Hoch, Furyk

Golf roundup

Jenkins County runs out of gas

Silver Bluff stuns Calhoun County

Hephzibah looks toward 2004

Thrashers fall to Wild

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Hands-on experience makes Rowland the best candidate

Husband would fight all over again for America

The facts about Hunt speak for themselves

'Good ol' boy' days are over

Public servant will be missed

Blossom of the Garden City

Group highlights Georgia women's achievements

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

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Talk to us

Theater chains hope customers will sit still for new advertising

Ellsberg portrayed as whistleblower, hero and traitor in TV movie

Restorative powers

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

Arts calendar

Learn to show your guests the door

Lynx notebook

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 sweep Everblades

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.

Across South Carolina

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

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

Budget cuts face small schools

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

Golfers continue games in Kuwait as war nears

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.

Brush takes on school reform

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.

Waynesboro boy retains title with second spelling bee win

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.

Soldiers make time for center

News you can use

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.

Southern speak

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

City sends auto park road bills to state

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

News you can use

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.

Doctors and lawyers argue over medical malpractice caps

Project unites Aiken councils

Zip Codes: Who and what makes up 30904?

Town celebrates center's opening

Subscriber of the day

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.

Inmates get no luxuries on death row

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.

Valdosta State may dodge budget cuts

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

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.

Reform targets awards by jury

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.

Agency officials work to keep up

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.

York police struggle to overcome reputation forged during race riots

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.

Ex-lawmakers enjoy life out of action

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.

Longtime debate over ATVs returns to Legislature

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.

Correct records protect drivers

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.

UGA suspends Harrick

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.

Gephardt says flag can fly on private property

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.

Ex-jailers won't be charged

Interstate 20 construction detour offers slower drive

Woman aids cancer registry

Information on Masters often wrong

Republican-led Legislature undoing environmental programs

Across the area

Husband and wife ditch jobs, train together to be Marines

Muns is voted in as head of party

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

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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."

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.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Abortion foes find GOP support

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

Across the southeast

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.

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

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

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

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

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.

Labonte wins again in Atlanta

Teams learn on run

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.

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
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.

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.

Schumacher's top-three streak ends; Coulthard wins

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!"

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Mr. Ralph Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Etha Brinson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Victoria Melendez (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Rene LaFleur (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Flakes (PERKINS, Ga.)

Mr. John Samuels (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Dillashaw (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

LTC Charles Wolf Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Bennett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Cameron (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Miller (GARFIELD, Ga.)

Mrs. Nell Gheesling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Cooper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Louise Royal (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Roberta Farr (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mandy Jones (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Rachel Youngblood (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Royal (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Baker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Rhusha Mack Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Rhusha Mack Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Melvyne Grant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Starr Nichols (PITTSBURGH, Penn.)

Mr. Peter Bennett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ruby Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Chee Chan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Reagan (NORRISTOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Nellie Brown (SEASIDE, Calif.)

Mrs. Lavon Wren (MACON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Katherine Burton (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thurla Braddy (SOPERTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Eula Johnson (AUGUSTA, 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mauresmo, Capriati, Davenport advance at Pacific Life Open

Area sports announcements

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Anglers rejoice: A full lake means fish will be plentiful

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Father teaches son to fly right

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.

Win ends Dog's losing streak in Columbia

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

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.

Harrick stays silent; Cole wanted

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.

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.

USC Aiken bounced from tournament

Teacher loses job for giving morbid valentine to student

Odds and ends

Aircraft carriers to remain at forefront of naval power for decades

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

Iraq says U.S. set on war

Key developments concerning Iraq

A war checklist with more ticked off by the day

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

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

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