Costantino breaks Ventura's NCAA hits-streak mark
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Damian Costantino's name now represents for college baseball what Joe DiMaggio's means in the big leagues.

Selig: No hurry to settle Rose matter

Costantino breaks Ventura's NCAA hits-streak mark

Selig: No hurry to settle Rose matter
By Greg Beacham

Use of pew pencils doesn't always mean trouble

'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.

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."

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.

Hodges' success speaking to Braves
JUPITER, Fla. -- Trey Hodges is not apt to tell you he deserves a chance to pitch in the majors. One thing you are unlikely ever to witness is the Texas native raising his voice. He prefers to let his right arm do his talking.

Ramirez remains in hunt for spot as fifth starter
JUPITER, Fla. -- Nearly a month into his all-expenses-paid audition with the Braves, this much is known about rookie lefthander Horacio Ramirez : Even without his best stuff he leaves a lasting impression.

Dawley makes his pitch

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.

Ramirez remains in hunt for spot as fifth starter

Hodges' success speaking to Braves

Investor reliance on financial planners may be costly

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.

Stocks trade sharply lower on war jitters

Bankruptcy should be avoided

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

Stocks trade sharply lower on war jitters
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's downward trend reasserted itself Monday as nagging fears about war with Iraq sent stocks falling sharply. The Dow Jones industrials fell 120 points.

Business briefs
VIENNA, Austria -- OPEC will ratchet up its oil production and possibly even suspend its current output quotas to keep the world supplied with crude in the event of a war with Iraq, the group's president said Monday.

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

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.

What 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?

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

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

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.

Individual investors may want to consider Buffett's view

Gunmaker woos buyers with .50-caliber revolver

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.

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.

Cougars, Pirates grab tourney titles

Tuesday tipoff

Kentucky closes gap on No. 1 Arizona

Smith hearing cheers as Wildcats perfect in SEC

ASU women get second chance

LSU jumps three places; Ohio State rejoins Top 25

Louder diplomacy, please

Help wanted

Spellbound

We deserve better

Designers sell fashions to low-end retailers
NEW YORK -- As chief designer and president for the trendy label Bisou Bisou, Michele Bohbot was used to creating clothing in sizes no larger than 10 and selling to upscale department stores such as Bloomingdale's.

'How to Stay Out of Jail in Georgia'
John Blouin says he knew all about The Facts of Life in TV land as an actor on the sitcom, but he had no idea how dramatically his life would later change in the real world.

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.

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

In the know
Cooking up fun Most people -- and especially young people -- would rather be told about the things they can do rather than the things they can't.

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.

Seniors Calendar
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Student uses DNA strands to compose music for college
DECATUR, Ga. -- Alexandra Pajak has written musical scores before, she had just never tried to take someone's DNA and set it to music.

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.

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.

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

Hoch makes the wait worthwhile
MIAMI -- Scott Hoch made the wait worthwhile Monday, winning the Ford Championship at Doral with two birdie putts that he could see all the way into the hole.

Former female pro golfer plans to take R&A to court
LONDON -- Former British Open champion Vivien Saunders wants her amateur status back, and she's ready to take on the "old boys in blazers" who set the rules at one of golf's most venerable clubs.

A victory in clear view

Former female pro golfer plans to take R&A to court

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.

A victory in clear view
MIAMI -- One clutch putt made Scott Hoch look smart for waiting overnight to continue his playoff.

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.

Hoch makes the wait worthwhile

Unknown Dutchman stuns Els at Dubai

Unfinished business between Hoch, Furyk

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:

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.

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.

Russia says it might vote against U.N. resolution against Iraq
MOSCOW -- Foreign Minster Igor Ivanov said Monday that Russia would vote against the U.S. and British resolution before the U.N. Security Council giving Saddam Hussein a March 17 deadline to disarm or face war, a news agency reported.

Iraq urges the world to oppose U.S.-backed war resolution
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq urged U.N. Security Council members Monday to stand up to what it called Washington's "bloodthirsty whims" and reject a March 17 deadline for disarmament.

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.

France in position to benefit in post-Saddam Iraq
PARIS -- The French might opt out of a U.S.-led war on Iraq, but they are unlikely to miss out on the peace.

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.

Administration cautiously hopeful it can win necessary U.N. votes
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Colin Powell says he is within "striking distance" of rounding up the U.N. Security Council votes needed to pass an ultimatum giving Saddam Hussein until March 17 to prove Iraq has disarmed.

Use of pew pencils doesn't always mean trouble
I knew I was in trouble Sunday.

Perdue stumps for tobacco tax
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Gov. Sonny Perdue said the Legislature has no choice but to seek tax hikes on tobacco and alcohol, but he traveled the state Tuesday to convince Georgians it's also the right thing to do.

Man sought in Regions Bank robbery
Regions Bank on Broad Street was closed this morning after its third robbery in a year.

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.

Hands-on experience makes Rowland the best candidate

War protesters are just plain wrong

Why is Jackson involved in protest?

Martha Burk and Jesse Jackson are good for a laugh

The facts about Hunt speak for themselves

Hunt is man for overhaul of sheriff's office

We made a promise when signing charter

Rowland a good manager, good man

Public servant will be missed

'Good ol' boy' days are over

Husband would fight all over again for America

Seniors Calendar

'How to Stay Out of Jail in Georgia'

Ellsberg portrayed as whistleblower, hero and traitor in TV movie

Theater chains hope customers will sit still for new advertising

In the know

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

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

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

Lynx injure playoff chances with loss
The Augusta Lynx missed a chance to move within one point of a playoff spot, falling behind by three goals and losing 3-2 in Greenville to the Grrrowl.

Lynx injure playoff chances with loss

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

Aiken agrees to lend plant

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

Higher health insurance bills likely if state underfunds Medicaid

Augusta man will organize protest

Shooting at party injures 3 students

Airport says no to coverage
Terrorism coverage used to be a freebie as part of Augusta Regional Airport's insurance policy. Then came the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Airport collects unpaid bills

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.

News you can use

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.

Med school classes will open to public

Anti-abortion group buys ads on Columbia TV
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An anti-abortion group is spending $50,000 to run television ads in Columbia encouraging women to not get abortions.

Airport says no to coverage

Southeast Georgia schools remained closed after heavy rain

U.S. representative visits soldiers at Fort Gordon

York police struggle to overcome reputation forged during race riots

Anti-abortion group buys ads on Columbia TV

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.

Georgia schools return to Iowa tests

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 the area

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.

Transport agency seeks funds

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.

U.S. representative visits soldiers at Fort Gordon
U.S. Rep. J. Gresham Barrett, R-S.C., visited Fort Gordon on Monday to show his district's support for soldiers who might be deployed in a war in Iraq.

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.

Sewer overflow keeps crews busy
Augusta Utilities Department crews were working Monday to clean up from an overflowed sanitary sewer line on Milledge Road.

Tower in Kuwait reflects liberation

Med school classes will open to public
For the first time since the Medical College of Georgia was founded in Augusta in 1828, ordinary residents will be able to take medical school classes.

Subscriber of the day

Transport agency seeks funds
For the past month, a lack of funds has stalled the operations of a local nonprofit agency that provides rides to the elderly and the disabled, stranding more than 60 clients who are otherwise unable to afford transportation.

Council votes to update demolition program
The Aiken City Council voted to update its demolition program Monday night but avoided addressing some residents' concerns about preserving historic houses.

Augusta man will organize protest
It's not a disease, but P.A.R.P. is spreading like a contagion.

News you can use

Across the area
A passenger in a one-car accident Sunday on Interstate 20 in eastern Aiken County died of massive head injuries Monday, Aiken County Chief Deputy Coroner Tim Carlton said.

Ex-jailers won't be charged

Across South Carolina
ATLANTA -- After two years of problems with the Stanford 9 standardized test, Georgia schools are returning to the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills.

Abortion foes find GOP support

Coroner identifies YDC teen
A coroner's report has identified the Clayton County youth found dead at the Augusta Youth Development Campus last week as Keith Clark, a 17-year-old from Jonesboro, Ga.

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

Tower in Kuwait reflects liberation
KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait -- The last nation that U.S. and British forces freed from Saddam Hussein has a tower reaching to the sky commemorating its liberation.

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.

Shooting at party injures 3 students
ATHENS, Ga. -- Three Georgia college students were shot early Sunday morning while attending a party in Athens.

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.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is James Morrissey of Aiken.

Across South Carolina

Man sought in Regions Bank robbery

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.

Escort service arrests made

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.

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.

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.

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.

Three congregations find harmony under one roof on Jekyll Island
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. -- The Jekyll Island United Methodist Church has a strong crowd of local Methodists each week.

Georgia schools return to Iowa tests
ATLANTA -- After two years of problems with the Stanford 9 standardized test, Georgia schools are returning to the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills.

News you can use
MARCH 11, 1979 Three persons were injured in the crash-landing of a Cessna 310 airplane at Bush Field on Saturday morning. One was listed in serious condition at University Hospital.

State flag in Bartow County altered
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- An unknown vandal got Georgia's old flag flying above the Bartow County Courthouse, along with four other Confederate symbols. And it may have been weeks before anyone noticed.

Cleanup crews resume work at area gas plant
The excavation of contaminated soil at a defunct downtown Augusta gas plant resumed Monday after a two-week delay caused by excessive toxic fumes.

Higher health insurance bills likely if state underfunds Medicaid
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolinians will pay higher insurance premiums if the state fails to adequately fund Medicaid, according to organizations supporting a cigarette tax increase that would help the financially hemorrhaging health care program.

Perdue plans to cut schools' lottery funds
The state's school systems could soon need another way to buy computers and software for their classrooms.

House Democrats set budget fight priorities, expect few changes
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Badly outnumbered Democrats in the House will work to put more money into public schools and health programs for the poor as debate begins Tuesday on the $5.1 billion state budget.

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

House Democrats set budget fight priorities, expect few changes

Rants and Raves
A RAVE FOR Coach Black at Greenbrier High School. We read the newspaper every day in his class. He is one of the best teachers I've ever had.

Cleanup crews resume work at area gas plant

Escort service arrests made
Vice officers trying to shut down escort services in the Augusta area have not succeeded, but it's not for a lack of trying.

Fish kill leaves scientists puzzled

Charter schools feel sting from state's budget crisis
AIKEN -- Stacie Hall still drives her van between North Augusta and North Aiken every day to take pupils to and from Midland Valley Preparatory School -- even though she was cut from the charter school's payroll more than a week ago.

Rants and Raves
A RAVE FOR Coach Black at Greenbrier High School. We read the newspaper every day in his class. He is one of the best teachers I've ever had.

City sends auto park road bills to state

Aiken agrees to lend plant
A private sewage-treatment company that environmental officials say has been contaminating local waterways received support from Aiken City Council on Monday night to use city facilities.

Doctors and lawyers argue over medical malpractice caps

Hospital troops deploy, replacements arrive
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Navy medical staffers and support troops based here and elsewhere have departed to set up and operate a field hospital in an undisclosed country for a possible war with Iraq.

Zip Codes: Who and what makes up 30904?

Inmates get no luxuries on death row

Subscriber of the day

Gephardt says flag can fly on private property

Valdosta State may dodge budget cuts

Woman aids cancer registry

Across the area

Husband and wife ditch jobs, train together to be Marines

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reform targets awards by jury

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.

Agency officials work to keep up

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

Ex-lawmakers enjoy life out of action

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

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.

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

Across the southeast

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.

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.

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

Warrant issued for former state senator
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Monday was pursuing former Sen. Roy Allen II, who is accused of violating his parole by taking money from inmates' families to help with their own parole requests, officials said.

Southeast Georgia schools remained closed after heavy rain
Schools in several southeast Georgia counties remained closed Monday after heavy rains continued over the weekend.

Longtime debate over ATVs returns to Legislature

Across South Carolina

Correct records protect drivers

Airport collects unpaid bills
One year after airlines and tenants owed more than $1 million to Augusta Regional Airport, many of the long overdue bills have been paid. Still, officials say they'll continue the collection effort in the midst of a funding shortfall for airports nationwide.

Fish kill leaves scientists puzzled
WRENS, Ga. -- State and independent labs have been unable to solve what killed nearly all animal life mid-February in a Jefferson County pond.

UGA suspends Harrick

Quick reaction might spare program future sanctions from NCAA
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia's basketball season is over. Done. Kaput. Do not pass the regular season. Do not collect $300. Do not let the Stegeman Coliseum door hit you on the way out.

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.

CART drops Road America from 2003 schedule

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

NASCAR notebook

CART drops Road America from 2003 schedule
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Grand Prix of Road America was dropped from the 2003 Champ Car schedule because CART said it did not comply with the sanctioning agreement.

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.

Schumacher's top-three streak ends; Coulthard wins

Astronaut may have tried to override shuttle's autopilot

LSU jumps three places; Ohio State rejoins Top 25
LSU's upset of Tennessee lifted the Lady Tigers to third in the AP women's basketball poll Monday, while Ohio State rejoined the Top 25 after a surprising win of its own.

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.

Tuesday tipoff
Reviewing and previewing college basketball in the ACC, SEC and elsewhere:

Kentucky closes gap on No. 1 Arizona
The Wildcats are gaining on the Wildcats.

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!"

Mrs. Roberta Farr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mandy Jones    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Rene LaFleur    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Joe Meadows Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Florence Stidem    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. John Samuels    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ralph Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Ralph Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Williams Kontoes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
LTC Charles Wolf Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Geraldine Walker    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Lavon Wren    (MACON, Ga.)
Mr. John Samuels    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Cameron    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Etha Brinson    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Dorothy Reagan    (NORRISTOWN, Ga.)
Mrs. Louise Royal    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Howard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Rhusha Mack Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Robert Horton    (KITE, Ga.)
Mrs. Virginia Jones    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Roberta Farr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Sgt. Maj. Hughlon Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Beatrice Duncan    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Bill Cosstephens    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Peter Bennett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Durr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Sally Peterson    (DARLIGTON, S.C.)
Mr. James Drummings    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Joseph Moore Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Campbell Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Joe Meadows Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Minister Tyrone Tyler    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Emma Whitaker    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Sasser    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Williams    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Ms. Geraldine Walker    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Melvyne Grant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Bro. Johnnie Garvin    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)
Mr. John Braswell    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. John Whinnery Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Josie Bessent    (NORFOLK, Va.)
Mr. Homer Benson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Jack Lott    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Rene LaFleur    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Howard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. George Bush    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Ms. Maggie Sanders    (HARLEM, Ga.)
LTC Charles Wolf Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Samuels (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Josie Bessent (NORFOLK, Va.)

Mr. Ralph Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Braswell (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. James Drummings (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Bill Cosstephens (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Beatrice Duncan (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Melvyne Grant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Minister Tyrone Tyler (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Etha Brinson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Cameron (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rene LaFleur (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. George Bush (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Louise Royal (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mandy Jones (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Stidem (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Jones (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Roberta Farr (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Rhusha Mack Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Lott (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Peter Bennett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rene LaFleur (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Dorothy Reagan (NORRISTOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Horton (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lavon Wren (MACON, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Whitaker (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Sasser (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Maggie Sanders (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Campbell Smith (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Ms. Sally Peterson (DARLIGTON, 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.

Why is Jackson involved in protest?
I am getting so sick of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, protesting about women not being allowed into the exclusive National Golf Club. Why is he involved in this when there are other more important things to be involved in? For example, where was he when the country of Ruwanda was killing the Hutus and other people? How about the country of Sudan? The government is Muslim and has killed over 1 million of its own people -- both Christian and animists. They have sold people into slavery -- yes, it is still going on in many parts of the world. I never once heard the Rev. Jackson say anything about that. Or, for that matter, say anything against the Muslims, who are a part of the slave trade. Woodrow J. Short, Aiken, S.C.

Rowland a good manager, good man
I believe in Jody Rowland. He is a straight arrow, and has the intestinal fortitude to take a stand when it would be easier to look the other way. Mim Woodring, North Augusta, 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.

Martha Burk and Jesse Jackson are good for a laugh
I wish to thank the chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations, Martha Burk, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson for giving us the opportunity to laugh ourselves silly as they get ready to come to town during the Masters. Jerry Scott, Augusta

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

Help wanted
Experienced, infallible coliseum manager with absolutely no other prospects is needed to help prevent an eastern Georgia community famous for its golf from running its civic center totally into the ground.

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

Spellbound
For the second year in a row, 11-year-old Joe Shepherd of Waynesboro is headed for Washington, D.C., to represent the Augusta area in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. Joe outlasted 16 other contestants in an intense competition Saturday, finally winning by correctly spelling the word "coherent."

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.

Hunt is man for overhaul of sheriff's office
I agree with James Hutto's letter of Jan. 31 in which he discusses the need for a major overhaul in the Aiken County Sheriff's Office. While the vast majority of sheriff's office employees are outstanding public servants, there is still a need for managerial reforms and a more efficient employment of the office's finite resources. Bill Bradley, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

We made a promise when signing charter
The Bush administration never ceases to remind us that Iraq has broken its word, has failed to live up to its promises. Greg Weis, Aiken, S.C.

'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.

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.

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

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

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Vaughn Taylor's 27th birthday present was taken away from him on Sunday night.

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.

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.

Capriati outlasts Dementieva; Safin opens with win
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Jennifer Capriati beat Elena Dementieva in their fourth-round match, and Marat Safin began the men's competition Monday in the Pacific Life Open with a victory over Stefan Koubek.

Quick reaction might spare program future sanctions from NCAA

Astronaut may have tried to override shuttle's autopilot
HOUSTON -- In the moments before Columbia broke apart over Texas, an astronaut may have tried to override the shuttle's autopilot, according to officials familiar with an analysis of the final bits of data.

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.

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

Scientists develop first treatment for peanut allergies
Researchers have developed the first drug that can protect the 1.5 million Americans who are allergic to peanuts -- the leading cause of all allergy deaths.

Aggressive treatment recommended for blacks with high blood pressure
CHICAGO -- Most blacks with high blood pressure need aggressive treatment, including at least two drugs to effectively control hypertension, new guidelines say.

Team's postseason cut short
ATHENS, Ga. -- Jim Harrick Sr. isn't done yet at the University of Georgia, but his basketball team's season is.

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.

Team's postseason cut short

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.

School suspends coach, declares team ineligible
ATHENS, Ga. -- A week ago, Georgia basketball coach Jim Harrick sat before a national television audience as an angry and defiant man.

School suspends coach, declares team ineligible

Team's postseason cut short

Win ends Dog's losing streak in Columbia

Georgia suspends Jim Harrick

Georgia suspends Jim 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.

Team's postseason cut short
ATHENS, Ga. -- Jim Harrick Sr. isn't done yet at the University of Georgia, but his basketball team's season is.

Georgia looking for another running back

Players' families react
Annie Daniels isn't going to lose any sleep over news that her son, Chris Daniels, is suspended indefinitely from Georgia's basketball team.

Disappointments aside, Kitchings looks to tourney

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.

Lennon bus entry given to Yoko Ono

Osbourne surprisingly talented
"She is riding her dad's coattails all the way."

Your Style
THE FACTS: Carlee Reynolds, 13, and Liz Cox, 13, eighth-graders at Paul Knox Middle School

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

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Your Style

Ask us
Q: I'm always tardy for school because I get stopped by the train downtown. Isn't there some kind of quota for how many cars these things can carry?

Longtime classmate is missed
Brandon Layton sat one row to the left and two seats back from me in math class. I had gone to the same school with Brandon since kindergarten, all the way from Blue Ridge Elementary to Lakeside High.

Lennon bus entry given to Yoko Ono
A little piece of Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School has ended up in the hands of someone famous.

Osbourne surprisingly talented

Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD: I Spy, based on the 1960s television series and starring Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson; Inspector Gadget 2, the sequel to the 1999 hit; Moonlight Mile, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a young man dealing with the accidental death of his fiance; Swimfan, about a high school swimmer (Jesse Bradford, at right) who has a one-night stand with the wrong girl; and Michelle Pfeiffer as a mother who goes to prison for a crime of passion in White Oleander.

Artist's corner
Glynnis Carpenter, 18, is a senior at Hephzibah High School. She wrote this untitled poem as a project for her Upward Bound class at Paine College.

Nerf Wars

Girls should end dispute by talking, not fighting

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Artist's corner

Girls should end dispute by talking, not fighting
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I just came from a different school and this girl wants to fight me because she thinks her boyfriend likes me. All of my friends say I should just fight her and get suspended to get it over with. What should I do? -- 15-year-old Augusta girl.

Rogers treated kids like neighbors
"Won't you be my neighbor?"

Nerf Wars
It was 4:30 in the morning, hours before the start of the school day.

Teacher loses job for giving morbid valentine to student

Odds and ends

Key developments concerning Iraq

Administration cautiously hopeful it can win necessary U.N. votes

France in position to benefit in post-Saddam Iraq

Russia says it might vote against U.N. resolution against Iraq

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

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

Iraq says U.S. set on war

Iraq urges the world to oppose U.S.-backed war resolution

A war checklist with more ticked off by the day

Fiber and soy diet drops cholesterol by one-third

Study: Easier workouts may still help older exercisers' hearts

Scientists develop first treatment for peanut allergies

Aggressive treatment recommended for blacks with high blood pressure