Out-of-town baseball games coming to Internet

Jags freshman proves himself in second start
At the beginning of Augusta State's baseball season, coach Skip Fite made Justin Walker a middle reliever, sort of as an afterthought.

Costantino breaks Ventura's NCAA hits-streak mark

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.

Out-of-town baseball games coming to Internet
NEW YORK -- About 1,000 major league baseball games will be broadcast on the Internet this season, though live feeds of hometown teams will be blacked out locally to preserve television rights.

Use of pew pencils doesn't always mean trouble

Comeback motivates Holmes

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.

Comeback motivates Holmes
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Which National League pitcher, coming off back surgery, had the second-best earned run average among the league's relievers last year?

Injury does not worry Byrd yet
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Atlanta pitcher Paul Byrd says if the pain in his right elbow lingers for another 10 days, he'll start to worry.

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.

Jordan returns to Braves' camp as visitor
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Brian Jordan thought his future with the Atlanta Braves was so secure that he bought a home near the team's spring training complex at Walt Disney World to go with the one he already owned in Atlanta.

Injury does not worry Byrd yet

Braves top Dodgers
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Greg Maddux was perfect for the second game in a row, facing the minimum 12 batters in four scoreless innings Tuesday as the Atlanta Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3.

Jordan returns to Braves' camp as visitor

Hodges' success speaking to Braves

Ramirez remains in hunt for spot as fifth starter

Expenses hit trucking budgets
Car owners are not the only ones moaning at the gas pumps. Trucking companies and the customers they move freight for also are feeling the pinch.

Stocks trade sharply lower on war jitters

Major airlines say war will widen losses
WASHINGTON -- The largest U.S. airlines will ask Congress to suspend $9 billion in annual taxes and extend war-risk insurance to alleviate the potentially crippling impact of a war in Iraq, outlined in a report released Tuesday by the Air Transport Association.

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.

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.

Stocks fall after U.S. delays U.N. vote on war resolution

Speaker pushes retiree action
AIKEN - These days, Bob Kosky sees his old friend Jim Morrison once a year.

Expenses hit trucking budgets

Bad unemployment report may have Fed thinking of rate cut
WASHINGTON -- An alarming unemployment report that has stoked recession fears could prompt the Federal Reserve to drop a key interest rate to its lowest level since Dwight Eisenhower was president.

Major airlines say war will widen losses

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

Bad unemployment report may have Fed thinking of rate cut

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
WASHINGTON - Black & Decker Corp.'s chairman, president and chief executive saw his bonus more than triple to $2.75 million in 2002, compared with $850,000 in 2001, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday.

Business briefs

Stocks fall after U.S. delays U.N. vote on war resolution
NEW YORK -- Wall Street extended its slump Tuesday after the United States said it would delay a vote on its U.N. resolution on Iraq. The U.S. move raised investors fears of prolonged tensions with Saddam Hussein.

Tuesday tipoff

Kentucky closes gap on No. 1 Arizona

Basketball rules at Texas for now

LSU jumps three places; Ohio State rejoins Top 25

Biting the hand...

Help wanted

Spellbound

Harrick has fouled out

Clinton and Dole help CBS in TV ratings
NEW YORK -- Bill Clinton and Bob Dole had some drawing power in their debut as "60 Minutes" combatants - but not a lot.

Oscar organizers: 'show will go on' even in event of war
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Oscar organizers are hoping the movie awards ceremony doesn't get lost in a U.S.-led war with Iraq.

'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.

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.

Taking it slow
Corned beef is a long-standing St. Patrick's Day tradition that takes a long time to cook.

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.

Oscar contenders share hopes and quips at nominees luncheon
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The traditional Academy Awards luncheon turned into a time of hope for many nominees Monday.

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.

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Starts with dark, jammy, red fruit on the nose, which leads into dark cherries and hints of sage and spice, finishes with a leathery, earthy flavor.

Hoch makes the wait worthwhile

A new measure of depth on tour

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.

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

LPGA season gets started with one subject in mind
LPGA Tour commissioner Ty Votaw ticked off a list of story lines he believes will make this one of the best seasons ever in women's golf.

LPGA season gets started with one subject in mind

A new measure of depth on tour
MIAMI -- Jonathan Byrd was 1 under par through two rounds at Doral and not sure he would be around for the weekend. Two days later, he tied for fifth and cashed a check for $182,500.

A victory in clear view

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

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.

Football coaches voted bonuses for winning state football title

Football coaches voted bonuses for winning state football title
SYLVANIA, Ga. -- For winning the Class AAA state football championship, the coaches at Screven County High School were awarded $20,250 in bonuses from the school board.

Thrashers acquire Aquino from Stars for draft pick
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers acquired right wing Anthony Aquino from the Dallas Stars on Tuesday for a sixth-round draft pick.

Thrashers acquire Aquino from Stars for draft pick

Kuwait residents calmly await war
KUWAIT CITY - The Hilton Kuwait Resort practiced its missile attack drill at 11 a.m. Monday.

Blair faces revolt within party if second resolution on Iraq isn't passed
LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair faced new murmurings of revolt within his party Tuesday, raising the stakes in his frantic efforts to line up support for a second U.N. Security Council resolution to authorize war on Iraq.

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.

Agency asks governments to halt return of rejected asylum seekers to Iraq
GENEVA -- The United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday it is calling on governments to halt the forced return of Iraqis who have been refused asylum.

Iraq forces suspension of U.S. surveillance flights
WASHINGTON -- Iraqi fighter jets threatened two American U-2 surveillance planes, forcing them to abort their mission and return to base, senior U.S. officials said Tuesday.

U.S. and Britain delay vote on Iraq
UNITED NATIONS -- Facing almost certain defeat, the United States and Britain delayed a vote to give Saddam Hussein an ultimatum to disarm and signaled they might compromise to try to win support from Security Council members who oppose a rush to war.

Japan ups diplomatic pressure on Mexico
TOKYO -- Japan upped diplomatic pressure on Mexico Tuesday to help push through a U.S.-backed war resolution, as it tries to pull in key votes on the U.N. Security Council.

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.

Air Force tests biggest conventional bomb
WASHINGTON -- The Air Force tested for the first time the biggest conventional bomb in the U.S. arsenal Tuesday, a 21,000-pound munition that could play a dramatic role in an attack on Iraq.

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.

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.

U.S. expands aid program to combat "dirty bombs"
VIENNA, Austria -- The United States announced Tuesday it would help developing countries track down loose radioactive materials on their soil, the kind of step the chief U.N. nuclear watchdog said was "urgently needed" to foil terrorists bent on building "dirty bombs."

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

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

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

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.

Protesters given site leased by National
The Augusta National Golf Club agreed Wednesday to give up 5.1 acres of its land outside the golf club during Masters Week for protesters, Sheriff Ronnie Strength said.

Why is Jackson involved in protest?

No child should be left behind in foreign languages

Rowland a good manager, good man

Don Cheeks listens to and helps people

Hunt is man for overhaul of sheriff's office

Being right isn't always the best thing

We made a promise when signing charter

Leave the Georgia state flag as is

Martha Burk and Jesse Jackson are good for a laugh

Americans should come first in the U.S.

Everyone must play a role in improving race relations

'How to Stay Out of Jail in Georgia'

In the know

Taking it slow

Clinton and Dole help CBS in TV ratings

Oscar organizers: 'show will go on' even in event of war

Oscar contenders share hopes and quips at nominees luncheon

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In the know

Captain earns promotion to AHL

Lynx put hockey back into former coach's life

Five Questions with Curtis Cruickshank
Augusta Lynx goalie Curtis Cruickshank answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Lynx injure playoff chances with loss

Five Questions with Curtis Cruickshank

Captain earns promotion to AHL
For the second time this season, the Augusta Lynx have lost captain Brad Ralph to the American Hockey League. The NHL's Phoenix Coyotes promoted Ralph to their AHL affiliate in Springfield, Mass., and the timing couldn't be worse for the Lynx.

Lynx put hockey back into former coach's life
When Dr. Larry Hendry moved to Augusta a quarter-century ago to begin working as a research chemist at the Medical College of Georgia, he left behind a piece of his heart at the ice rink in State College, Pa.

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.

MUSC to double number of nursing students
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- After hospitals across the state pitched in with money and space, The Medical University of South Carolina will double the number of nursing students to help ease a statewide shortage.

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.

Higher health insurance bills likely if state underfunds Medicaid

Board could snuff out cigarettes in eateries

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.

Burk prepares to sue Augusta over protest law

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.

Correction

AugustaChronicle.com
For the second time this season, the Augusta Lynx have lost captain Brad Ralph to the American Hockey League. The NHL's Phoenix Coyotes promoted Ralph to their AHL affiliate in Springfield, Mass., and the timing couldn't be worse for the Lynx.

New courts give city residents cheaper games

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Parents, Ron and Dawna; brothers Ryan (25), Adam (21).

Bill would remove two-year schools from USC umbrella

Democrats explore idea of keeping Georgia estate taxes
ATLANTA -- The state could plug holes in next year's budget by keeping the estate tax on assets that wealthy Georgians will to their heirs, a legislative committee was told Tuesday.

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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.

System gets right to sell school land

Ex-teacher pleads guilty to sex with student
ANDERSON, S.C. -- A former teacher who admitted in court to having sex with a student in his car on several occasions when she was 13 years old has avoided a prison sentence.

Airport learns role in security watch

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.

Democrats explore idea of keeping Georgia estate taxes

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.

Across the area

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

Across South Carolina

Anti-abortion group buys ads on Columbia TV

Perdue stumps for tobacco tax

Burk prepares to sue Augusta over protest law
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Martha Burk says she's ready to file suit against city officials who have yet to answer her request for permission to protest outside Augusta National Golf Club during the Masters.

Hearing begins in man's slaying

Clemson study suggest award caps won't cut malpractice rates
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Even if lawmakers choose to limit the amount plaintiffs can win in medical malpractice cases, the rules won't reduce liability insurance premiums for doctors, according to a Clemson University study.

Correction
A story in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about a private sewage treatment company should have said fecal coliform bacteria found in an Aiken stream and three ponds can cause mild intestinal illness, such as diarrhea, in humans.

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.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Claudia Thoresen of Evans.

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

Rants and Raves
I KNOW I AM not alone as a military spouse saying that I am right along with fellow Augustans who don't care if Fort Gordon closes, because if Fort Gordon closes, then I would never have to come back to Fort Gordon. And I would never have to come back to Augusta. I think that Southerners can have the South, and I understand more now why so many Southerners moved north so many years ago.

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.

News you can use
MARCH 12, 1956 Louise Suggs sank a 20-foot downhill birdie putt in a drizzling rain on the 18th green yesterday afternoon to climax a great comeback and capture the 17th Titleholders golf tournament in Augusta. She nosed out Patty Berg by one stroke.

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Governor talks issues during stop in Augusta
Augustans got their chance to chat with Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday.

Georgia schools return to Iowa tests

Lynx owner apologizes
Peter Gillespie, the owner of the Augusta Lynx hockey team, has apologized to Rob Mueller, a sportswriter for The Augusta Chronicle, and assured him that he would be "treated with professionalism and given the security you deserve" as he covers the team.

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ATLANTA - A conservative special-interest group is using the Masters Tournament controversy as a way to raise money by asking people to show support for Augusta National Golf Club's right to retain its all-male membership.

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.

Hearing begins in man's slaying
The trial for a man accused of firing a fatal gunshot that took the life of a good Samaritan began Tuesday.

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

Man's death results in trial
A jury began hearing evidence Tuesday in a medical malpractice suit filed by the widow of a Grovetown man who allegedly choked to death after a surgical procedure.

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.

Traffic courts must offer jury trials
ATLANTA - A Georgia law allowing traffic courts to deny jury trials for speeding and other offenses infringes on a person's right to trial by jury, the state Supreme Court ruled.

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.

Police arrest man after bank holdup
Police didn't have to search far to find a suspect in Tuesday morning's holdup at Regions Bank in downtown Augusta. He lived on the same block.

Across South Carolina

Airport collects unpaid bills

Tower in Kuwait reflects liberation

Cleanup crews resume work at area gas plant

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.

Man's death results in trial

Perdue stumps for tobacco tax
VALDOSTA, 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.

Sanford heading to reserve training March 23

Bill would remove two-year schools from USC umbrella
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A bill introduced in the House would remove the University of South Carolina's four two-year campus from the school's control and place the under the control of the state's technical college board.

AugustaChronicle.com
Whether Barry Blackston and Matt Flynn object to a ban on smoking depends on which side of the wall they are on.

Sanford heading to reserve training March 23
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A camera-shy Gov. Mark Sanford will head to reserve training on March 23, but he won't be handing the reins of his office temporarily to Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer.

Police arrest man after bank holdup

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.

Sheriff candidates hold debate

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.

Conservative group backs National

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.

Protesters given site leased by National

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.

Man sought in Regions Bank robbery

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.

AugustaChronicle.com
For the second time this season, the Augusta Lynx have lost captain Brad Ralp to the American Hockey League. The NHL's Phoenix Coyotes promoted Ralph to their AHL affiliate in Springfield, Mass., and the timing couldn't be worse for the Lynx.

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.

U.S. representative visits soldiers at Fort Gordon

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Fish kill leaves scientists puzzled

House Democrats set budget fight priorities, expect few changes

Across the area

Police ready Masters protest ruling

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.

Augusta man will organize protest

AugustaChronicle.com
For the second time this season, the Augusta Lynx have lost captain Brad Ralp to the American Hockey League. The NHL's Phoenix Coyotes promoted Ralph to their AHL affiliate in Springfield, Mass., and the timing couldn't be worse for the Lynx.

Southeast Georgia schools remained closed after heavy rain

AugustaChronicle.com
When Dr. Larry Hendry moved to Augusta a quarter century ago to begin working as a research chemist at the Medical College of Georgia, he left behind a piece of his heart at the ice rink in State College, Pa.

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.

System gets right to sell school land
When it was built in the mid-1950s, the Evans Middle School campus was in the country.

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.

Committee grants OK to biology textbooks
AIKEN - The list of biology books that an Aiken resident expressed concerns about at a previous school board meeting has been approved for use in the classroom.

Transport agency seeks funds

Conservative group backs National
ATLANTA - A conservative special-interest group is using the Masters Tournament controversy as a way to raise money by asking people to show support for Augusta National Golf Club's right to retain its all-male membership.

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.

Sheriff candidates hold debate
WARRENVILLE - Debating response times, budgets and patrol shifts, the candidates for Aiken County sheriff answered questions at a packed restaurant Tuesday night.

AugustaChronicle.com
When Dr. Larry Hendry moved to Augusta a quarter century ago to begin working as a research chemist at the Medical College of Georgia, he left behind a piece of his heart at the ice rink in State College, Pa.

Aiken agrees to lend plant

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ATLANTA - A conservative special-interest group is using the Masters Tournament controversy as a way to raise money by asking people to show support for Augusta National Golf Club's right to retain its all-male membership.

New courts give city residents cheaper games
County taxpayers paid to build the city of Aiken's new tennis courts, and they'll pay again to play on them - even more than city residents.

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

Across the area
A former sheriff's deputy fired this month after reports surfaced that he had sexual contact with a female prisoner was indicted Tuesday.

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.

Across South Carolina
NORTH CHARLESTON -It wasn't so much a run for freedom as a slither. But when it was all over, the 22-foot reticulated python was recaptured and on her way to the South Carolina Aquarium.

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.

Across Georgia
ALBANY -A Haitian immigrant farm worker told a judge he killed one man and injured two others because they had placed a voodoo hex on him.

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.

AugustaChronicle.com
When Dr. Larry Hendry moved to Augusta a quarter-century ago to begin working as a research chemist at the Medical College of Georgia, he left behind a piece of his heart at the ice rink in State College, Pa.

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.

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Parents, Ron and Dawna; brothers Ryan (25), Adam (21).

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

Airport learns role in security watch
The idea is a program that works just like a neighborhood watch. The difference is, the neighborhood is Daniel Field Airport, and the threat is a terrorist instead of a burglar.

AugustaChronicle.com
Whether Barry Blackston and Matt Flynn object to a ban on smoking depends on which side of the wall they are on.

Police ready Masters protest ruling
Up against the end of a seven-day deadline, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office is expected to make a ruling today on three requests filed last week from groups seeking permission to protest during Masters Week - two of which want to picket right outside the Augusta National Golf Club's front gates.

Across Georgia

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For the second time this season, the Augusta Lynx have lost captain Brad Ralph to the American Hockey League. The NHL's Phoenix Coyotes promoted Ralph to their AHL affiliate in Springfield, Mass., and the timing couldn't be worse for the Lynx.

Med school classes will open to public

Videotape could cancel conviction
ATLANTA - Clayton Rowe's murder trial could prove that too much television is indeed harmful.

Shooting at party injures 3 students

Board could snuff out cigarettes in eateries
Whether Barry Blackston and Matt Flynn object to a ban on smoking depends on which side of the wall they are on.

Airport says no to coverage

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.

Man sought in Regions Bank robbery

Escort service arrests made

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.

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.

Harrick leaves Georgia in ruins
Emperor Nero presumably fiddled while Rome burned. As Georgia's basketball empire crumbled, coach Jim Harrick played golf.

CART drops Road America from 2003 schedule

Wallace loses appeal of fine for cursing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mike Wallace lost his appeal Tuesday of his $3,000 fine for cursing on television during a Busch Series race. NASCAR said he should have been aware of the cameras.

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.

Astronaut may have tried to override shuttle's autopilot

Shuttle recovery costs already above $137 million

Basketball rules at Texas for now
AUSTIN, Texas -- There is always talk of being No. 1 at Texas. The football team, for sure, and the handful of sports that pass the time between bowl games and preseason practice.

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.

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.

Mrs. Bizzell Whittaker    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Roberta Farr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. William Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Sasser    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Bill Cosstephens    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Ms. Maggie Sanders    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. John Samuels    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Williams    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. Dosker Howze, III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Josie Bessent    (NORFOLK, Va.)
Mrs. Beatrice Duncan    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Florence Stidem    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mr. Marion Bell    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Minister Tyrone Tyler    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Bessie Walker    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
Ms. Geraldine Walker    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Mrs. Emma Whitaker    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Sgt. Maj. Hughlon Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Gracie Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ruby Howard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Campbell Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. John Whinnery Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Horton    (KITE, Ga.)
Mr. John Braswell    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. John Samuels    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Annie Durr    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Sally Peterson    (DARLIGTON, S.C.)
Mr. James Drummings    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Featured obituary: Mrs. Eula Mae Johnson
Elease Smith said that at 104 years old, her mother had the mind of an energetic teenager.

Mr. Ralph Walker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Penny Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Edna Brinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joseph Moore Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Williams    (TRENTON, S.C.)
Mr. George Bush    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Ms. Geraldine Walker    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
Ms. Sally Peterson    (DARLINGTON, S.C.)
Mr. Thomas Still, Jr.    (JOHNSTON, SC)
Dr. Starr Nichols    (PITTSBURGH, Pa.)
Mrs. Lula Robinson    (GLENVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Bertie Long    (BRADENTON, Fla.)
Mr. Lawrence Key    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Theodore Morrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Joe Meadows Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Rene LaFleur    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Lott    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
Mrs. Mandy Jones    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mr. Rene LaFleur    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mrs. Eula Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Williams Kontoes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Sgt. Maj. Hughlon Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Virginia Jones    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mandy Jones    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Olka Haberski    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Jack Lott (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Rene LaFleur (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Olka Haberski (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bizzell Whittaker (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Theodore Morrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Sally Peterson (DARLIGTON, S.C.)

Ms. Maggie Sanders (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Emma Whitaker (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Dosker Howze, III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Horton (KITE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Ralph Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Sally Peterson (DARLINGTON, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Edna Brinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertie Long (BRADENTON, Fla.)

Mr. Marion Bell (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Sasser (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas Still, Jr. (JOHNSTON, SC)

Mr. John Samuels (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Penny Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lula Robinson (GLENVILLE, Ga.)

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

Dr. Starr Nichols (PITTSBURGH, Pa.)

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

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

Mr. William Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Josie Bessent (NORFOLK, Va.)

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

Mrs. Ruby Howard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Minister Tyrone Tyler (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John Braswell (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Alicia Gonzalez (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Virginia Jones (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mandy Jones (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

End Georgia's medical liability crisis with malpractice reform
DR. MARLA FRANKS said to heck with reading Pap smears. "You're losing money every time you look at one," the pathologist said. "It's high risk, low reimbursement." Rather than find a potential lawsuit whenev

Harrick has fouled out
Let's get this straight: The University of Georgia is throwing even its innocent players to the wolves by banning the team from post-season play for the roiling scandal swirling about them - while university officials are doing everything they can to protect the head coach who has presided over the shameful episode.

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.

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.

No child should be left behind in foreign languages
The Elementary School Foreign Language Model Program has been cut from the state budget. Run, don't walk, to your representative and raise a ruckus in any language you choose. Why? Because no child should be left behind in foreign languages. Jana Sandarg, Ph.D., Evans, Ga.

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."

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.

Americans should come first in the U.S.
We are all saddened by the death of poor little Jesica Santillan, who was stupidly given heart and lung transplants with organs of the wrong blood type. And, even though the Santillans are illegal immigrants, having paid smugglers to get them into the United States from Guadalajara, Mexico, our hearts still go out to them. Thomas D. Kohli, Augusta

Biting the hand...
Recently, in an effort to appease the belligerent bellicosity of North Korea, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell convinced the administration to resume food shipments to the Stalinist regime.

Being right isn't always the best thing
I support the Augusta National Golf Club's right to pick and choose its own members. I also hold in disdain and disgust the National Council of Women's Organization chairwoman Martha Burk and the Rev. Jesse Jackson for their attempt to force their views on others. Elliott C. Mumper, Augusta

Don Cheeks listens to and helps people
I know nothing of the details of the controversy surrounding Sen. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta, but I do know he is a good man and, as our state senator, he has done more to listen to and help the folks in Warrenton and Warren County than most any legislator we've had - and we appreciate him. Ed Ricketson Jr., Warrenton, Ga.

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.

Leave the Georgia state flag as is
I'm a 42-year-old white male, and a native Georgian. I can match my Southern family tree with nearly anyone. I can name several of my ancestors who fought in the Civil War. Some died in battles you've heard of and one of my ancestors is in your history book. It is a heritage I'm deeply proud of. Scott Finley, Augusta

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

Everyone must play a role in improving race relations
If we are serious about improving race relations, then each segment of our community must play a role - including citizens in decision-making groups, the media, public and private boards, religious establishments and businesses that affect the total community. Tracy F. Williams Jr., Augusta

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.

End Georgia's medical liability crisis with malpractice reform
DR. MARLA FRANKS said to heck with reading Pap smears. "You're losing money every time you look at one," the pathologist said. "It's high risk, low reimbursement." Rather than find a potential lawsuit whenev

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Big year hasn't gone well so far for big brothers

Overtime

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

Big year hasn't gone well so far for big brothers
This was supposed to be the breakout year for Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, the Ukrainian giants with big plans to be heavyweight champions at the same time.

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.

Overtime
The Augusta State University athletic department has scheduled a bus trip Friday to Salisbury, N.C. to see the women's team compete against Columbus State in the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Concussions end fullback's career
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Fullback Bob Christian, whose season ended with a concussion in last December, has told the Atlanta Falcons he will retire.

Quick reaction might spare program future sanctions from NCAA

Harrick leaves Georgia in ruins

Shuttle recovery costs already above $137 million
WASHINGTON -- The search and recovery mission for debris and human remains from the shuttle Columbia has cost more than $137 million and counting, according to federal officials.

Shuttle and main body broke up later than thought
SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Even though Columbia apparently was out of control with severe damage to its left side, the shuttle's main body did not break apart for another 17 seconds, according to NASA's latest flight timeline.

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.

First treatment for peanut allergies may also help millions more with other food terrors
The first drug designed to protect the 1.5 million Americans who are severely allergic to even the smallest trace of peanuts also may aid millions more with other food allergies, researchers said.

West Nile likely to keep spreading
WASHINGTON -- West Nile virus may well complete its coast-to-coast spread this summer, infecting large numbers.

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.

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.

Jones finds action in Xbox title
Here's some good news, for a change. Indy's back

Hayes says he'll leave Dogs early
ATHENS, Ga. - The uncertain future of Georgia's basketball program didn't get any brighter Tuesday, when junior forward Jarvis Hayes announced his intention to enter this year's NBA Draft.

Hayes to enter draft, won't sign with an agent

Players express their frustration

Team's postseason cut short

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.

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.

Bulldogs follow growing trend

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.

Hayes says he'll leave Dogs early

Team's postseason cut short

Georgia suspends Jim Harrick

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.

School suspends coach, declares team ineligible

Players express their frustration
ATHENS, Ga. - Three University of Georgia officials had a meeting with most of the Bulldogs basketball team Tuesday, but it did little to ease the players' disappointment or anger that their season was cut short by the school.

Hayes to enter draft, won't sign with an agent
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia junior guard Jarvis Hayes will enter this year's NBA draft but won't sign with an agent, leaving open the possibility of a return to school.

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.

Bulldogs follow growing trend
ATHENS, Ga. - When University of Georgia officials suspended head basketball coach Jim Harrick and pulled the Bulldogs from postseason play, the university joined other schools that have run afoul of NCAA rules by taking action before the governing body for college athletics imposes sanctions.

AugustaChronicle.com
ATHENS, Ga. - When University of Georgia officials suspended head basketball coach Jim Harrick and pulled the Bulldogs from postseason play, the university joined other schools that have run afoul of NCAA rules by taking action before the governing body for college athletics imposes sanctions.

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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.

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?

Lennon bus entry given to Yoko Ono

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.

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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.

Your Style

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

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.

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

Osbourne surprisingly talented

Artist's corner

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

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.

Girls should end dispute by talking, not fighting

Nerf Wars

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:

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

Blair faces revolt within party if second resolution on Iraq isn't passed

U.S. and Britain delay vote on Iraq

Kuwait residents calmly await war

Air Force tests biggest conventional bomb

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

Agency asks governments to halt return of rejected asylum seekers to Iraq

U.S. expands aid program to combat "dirty bombs"

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

Iraq forces suspension of U.S. surveillance flights

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

France in position to benefit in post-Saddam Iraq

Japan ups diplomatic pressure on Mexico

First treatment for peanut allergies may also help millions more with other food terrors

Scientists develop first treatment for peanut allergies

Aggressive treatment recommended for blacks with high blood pressure

West Nile likely to keep spreading