Parade, festivities mark St. Patrick's Day
The luck of the Irish will once again shine on Augusta when the Irish American Heritage Society of Augusta stages the St. Patrick's Day parade and festivities Monday.

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JUST OUT: I Spy, Moonlight Mile, Swim Fan, White Oleander and Below

Lower prices could help fund-raisers
Several weeks ago, I wrote about some concerns I had about fund-raising campaigns in Augusta. Soon after, I decided that while that column might have brought a few points to light, truly drawing attention to the good and bad in area fund-raisers was a task to be tackled over an extended period time, using specific events as illustrations.

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At the Movies: 'The Hunted'
Tommy Lee Jones has a great walk: short, forceful strides, shoulders hunched slightly forward, eyes hard-wired to the ground ahead of him. There's no wasted motion; it's the walk of a man who knows what he's after.

At the Movies: 'The Hunted'

At the Movies: 'Agent Cody Banks'
The James Bond formula has always been juvenile, so there aren't any points to be won for tossing it indifferently into a teen milieu.

'Tosca' is family affair

Promoters want people to buy tickets in advance
Joe Stevenson and David Plunkett have hatched a fiendish plot.

'Tosca' is a favorite piece for many opera performers

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country legend's final days recalled
The phone rang last week, and it was Charlie Dick, calling me back on the 40th anniversary of the plane crash that killed his wife, singer Patsy Cline.

At the Movies: 'Willard'

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Promoters want people to buy tickets in advance

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At the Movies: 'Agent Cody Banks'

Cirque stretches human ability in production
It's a story as old as time. Boy (who has fallen from the sky in an Icarus fashion) meets girl (who inexplicably dresses like a lizard and hangs with a guy with pampas in his pants), boy loses girl (to what appears to be a band of evil trapeze artists), boy gets girl back and they both dress up like wedding cakes.

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'Tosca' is a favorite piece for many opera performers
Torture, betrayal, suicide and multiple murders - it's just another night at the opera.

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'Tosca' is family affair
There are families that plan on meeting for a meal on a certain evening, ensuring a least a few hours of togetherness. Others might organize a weekly game night or perhaps a weekend outing.

Air-disaster flicks almost never crash at movie theaters

Dave's serves Southern dishes, Hon
You know you're in for authentic Southern cooking when the server calls diners by name or, in a fix, just settles for "hon."

Ramblin' Rhodes: Country legend's final days recalled

Entertainment briefs
LOS ANGELES -- Chris Rock, whose edgy humor propelled him from standup comic to movie star, now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Lower prices could help fund-raisers

At the Movies: 'Willard'
Thirty-two years after rival rats Ben and Socrates first swarmed over the silver screen, they and their nasty little friends are back, infesting homes and devouring humans in a creepy remake of the horror flick "Willard."

Dave's serves Southern dishes, Hon

Air-disaster flicks almost never crash at movie theaters
Statistically speaking, odds of death by rogue lightning strike are far better (or worse, depending on how you look at it) than odds of dying in an air disaster. The same goes for the bathtub fall, a crosswalk collision and, I suspect, the martini olive-choking mishap.

A-Rod hurt, Guerrero suspended

A-Rod hurt, Guerrero suspended
Alex Rodriguez should be ready for Texas' opening day despite a minor injury to his neck. The only way Vladimir Guerrero can play the opener for Montreal is if he appeals his suspension.

Pirates finally sign outfielder

Pirates finally sign outfielder
BRADENTON, Fla. - Not long ago, most major-league teams would have loved starting Kenny Lofton in center field and Reggie Sanders in right. The Pittsburgh Pirates hope it's still a winning combination.

Which dog is best to have around in a dark situation?

Cox faces tough bullpen decision
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Atlanta manager Bobby Cox is prepared to open the season with one left-hander in his bullpen, but he'd prefer two.

Hampton is sinking, but it's OK

Hampton is sinking, but it's OK
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - If Mike Hampton was a rookie, he probably wouldn't win a job, not with an 8.00 ERA and a hits-to-innings ratio of 16-9.

Cox faces tough bullpen decision

Federal antitrust probe targets Monsanto

Quick war may reduce prices

Call-ups result in staffing battles

Federal antitrust probe targets Monsanto
ST. LOUIS - The Justice Department is investigating Monsanto Co. for possible antitrust practices in the herbicide industry, the agricultural and biotech giant disclosed in a regulatory filing.

Retail sales drop by 1.6 percent in February
WASHINGTON -- War worries and snow storms kept shoppers away from the stores, driving down sales at the nations' retailers by 1.6 percent in February. The worst showing in 15 months was another ominous sign for the sputtering economy.

Smaller, fuel-efficient cars gain in sales, dealers say
Full-size sport utility vehicles might be the Goliaths of the road, but some Augusta car dealers say a David - a smaller, more fuel efficient vehicle - is now gaining ground in the battle of sales.

Dow, Nasdaq score best daily gains in five months

Business briefs

Business briefs
Augusta fuel prices inched up Thursday to an all-time high, breaking the record set Wednesday, according to AAA Auto Club South.

Smaller, fuel-efficient cars gain in sales, dealers say

Dow, Nasdaq score best daily gains in five months
NEW YORK -- Wall Street reveled in its best day in five months Thursday as the Dow Jones industrials surged nearly 270 points and the Nasdaq composite index soared by more than 60 on investor hopes that a U.S. war with Iraq would be short and successful.

Stocks mostly higher, market snaps two-week losing stretch
NEW YORK -- Momentum from Wall Street's big rally spilled over to Friday's session, lifting most stocks for a third straight day and helping the market snap a two-week losing streak.

Wholesale inflation jumps by 1 percent in February

Business briefs

Quick war may reduce prices
LONDON - If U.S.-led forces invade Iraq, world oil prices will probably plunge from current levels and stay there - so long as the conflict ends quickly and causes little damage to production capacity in the Persian Gulf, several energy analysts said Friday.

Retail sales drop by 1.6 percent in February

Business briefs
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A jury began deliberating Friday in a $560 million lawsuit against Bayer Corp. over a cholesterol drug that was pulled from the market after being linked to dozens of deaths.

Wholesale inflation jumps by 1 percent in February
WASHINGTON -- Inflation at the wholesale level shot up 1 percent in February as energy prices soared by the largest amount since the last Persian Gulf War while industrial production managed to eke out a tiny gain.

Call-ups result in staffing battles
The door remains locked most of the week at the 8th Street Vintage.

Clemson sets sights on NIT bid

Clemson sets sights on NIT bid
GREENSBORO, N.C. - In keeping with the 50th anniversary theme of the ACC, Clemson lost its 50th ACC Tournament game Thursday night.

Lady Jaguars fail to break spell

Georgia still fans' team despite absence

Tournament schedule

Season ends in familiar fashion

Couple roots on missing Dogs in New Orleans

Official works overtime

Verbal exchange bothers Arkansas

Lady Jags' success reassures coach

Revamp drought plan

Protest this!

Off on wrong foot

Nothing is beyond faith

Lost and Found A Kid's Book for Living Through Loss
As children grow and mature, they will experience loss. This is an inevitable fact of life. How each loss is dealt with, however, offers opportunities for growth in compassion and in understanding bigger life issues.

These cookies are a fun twist on an Irish tradition
For most school children, St. Patrick's Day is a holiday filled with frivolity and festivities. Making certain to wear green (and giving a gentle pinch to those who do not), searching for the clever leprechaun and his pot of gold; for most American kids, St. Patrick's Day is a day of light-hearted merriment.

Keeping kids safe on the Internet
There's NetNanny, Cyber Snoop and SOS Kidproof.

Family scrapbook
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About the Family Chronicles
The Family Chronicles is a monthly publication of The Augusta Chronicle. It is distributed with the newspaper the second Friday of each month. An online version is available at www.augustachronicle.com/family.

Celebrating a milestone: a decade of motherhood
Wow! I have been a mother for 10 years! It seems impossible, yet at the same time completely natural. Little did I know that motherhood would redefine my life.

Family briefs
New research may change the rationale behind when couples should time intercourse when trying to conceive, according to an article in the December issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Keeping a watchful eye
We recently pieced together an old computer for Ben to use in his bedroom.

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Augusta Lynx Get out there and support your Augusta Lynx! The season is almost over, so don't miss your chance to see these guys in action. Tickets are available through the Civic Center box office. Prices are $8 for upper level seats, $10 for second level seats and $12 for lower level seats. Group discounts are available. Call the Lynx ticket department (706) 724-4423. Schedule of home games is available online at www.augustalynx.com/schedule.

Report: Some academy voters upset over 'Gangs of New York' opinion column, ad
LOS ANGELES -- Citing objections from Oscar voters, Miramax Films has pulled ads featuring an opinion column that called on them to give Martin Scorsese an Oscar for directing "Gangs of New York."

'Groovie Granny' inducted by shrine
COLUMBIA - The late Mary Lawson "Groovie Granny" Delage of Chapin, S.C., at one time believed to be the nation's only woman striped bass fishing guide, has been induct-ed as a "Legendary Guide" into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hay-ward, Wis.

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.

Fishing tournament news

'Groovie Granny' inducted by shrine

Fishing report
Fishing can be a crazy pastime.

Fishing report

New potato varieties aren't your typical drab tubers

New potato varieties aren't your typical drab tubers
NEW MARKET, Va. -- The old potato patch just isn't the same anymore.

Garden show will fire imaginations
"Imagine a Garden" is the theme of Sacred Heart Cultural Center's 11th annual Garden Festival, which showcases Augusta and its horticulture.

Garden show will fire imaginations

Season ends in familiar fashion
GREENSBORO, N.C. - A season of close calls and near-misses culminated in predictable style for Georgia Tech at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on Friday.

Jackets set lofty goals
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech made sure it was eligible for the National Invitation Tournament with win in its last two games of the regular season.

Season ends in familiar fashion

Jackets set lofty goals

Morgan avoids wind and leads SBC Classic

Low scores drive Honda
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - The Honda Classic's latest venue, the Country Club at Mirasol's Sunset Course, is an exclusive, golfer-friendly members course.

Mallon flirts with history
TUCSON, Ariz. - Meg Mallon shot the second-lowest score in LPGA Tour history Friday, firing 10-under-par 60 in the second round of the Welch's-Fry's Classic.

Injuries behind him, Begay atop leaderboard again

Short course plays into players' hands
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Ernie Els' freshly minted PGA Tour scoring record is on the endangered list.

Low scores drive Honda

Morgan avoids wind and leads SBC Classic
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Early starter Gil Morgan avoided the afternoon wind that kept scores high and shot a 7-under-par 65 to take the first-round lead Friday in the SBC Classic.

Short course plays into players' hands

Injuries behind him, Begay atop leaderboard again
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Although it might seem unfamiliar, Notah Begay III felt right at home atop the leaderboard at the Honda Classic.

Aquinas coach calls it quits

Aquinas coach calls it quits
Saying he was ready "for a new challenge," Aquinas head football coach Marty Jackson resigned March 6 and is looking to land a job elsewhere.

Sabres buyer gives NHL hope
BUFFALO, N.Y. - By securing a $92 million deal to buy the Buffalo Sabres, B. Thomas Golisano has given NHL commissioner Gary Bettman a new reason to believe in the league's viability.

Sabres buyer gives NHL hope

Key developments concerning Iraq
Developments in the Iraq crisis:

Britain angered by French rejection of compromise
UNITED NATIONS -- As the United States tried to force a U.N. vote this week, the fissure in Europe over Iraq deepened Thursday: France rejected a British-proposed compromise resolution and London angrily accused Paris of pushing the world closer to war.

Bush, Blair, Aznar to meet in Azores
WASHINGTON -- In a last-minute stab at diplomacy, President Bush,

Iraq rejects British compromise proposal
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq reveled Thursday in the diplomatic turmoil surrounding U.S.-led war plans and rejected British Prime Minister Tony Blair's effort to find a compromise over an ultimatum for Saddam Hussein.

Thumbnail sketches of Iraqi leaders
Prominent figures in Iraqi leadership:

Navy ships moving out of Mediterranean, abandoning Turkey option
WASHINGTON -- S

Which dog is best to have around in a dark situation?
A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.

Wachovia branch robbed
A robbery was reported to police at 9:15 a.m. today at the Wachovia Bank branch on Walton Way Extension.

Clearing up confusion over meanings of "liberal," " conservative"

Repealing Gail Hendrick Law bad idea

Calling mentally ill 'inmates' hurtful

Randy Hall not catching on to what new leadership is about

State flag has never represented racism

Tired of editorials ridiculing PETA

Alcohol tax hike won't reduce teen drinking

Author of transplant editorial heartless

Family briefs

Family scrapbook

About the Family Chronicles

Family calendar

Celebrating a milestone: a decade of motherhood

Keeping a watchful eye

Report: Some academy voters upset over 'Gangs of New York' opinion column, ad

Lost and Found A Kid's Book for Living Through Loss

Keeping kids safe on the Internet

Former Lynx lifts Stingrays to win

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WHERE: Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center

Former Lynx lifts Stingrays to win
The Augusta Lynx traded goaltender David Brumby to South Carolina in January for future considerations.

Lynx game night
South Carolina Stingrays at Augusta Lynx.

Lynx game night

Officer training goes to the dogs

Canal boat takes shape
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - The 65-foot hull is almost too big for Rusty Fleetwood's warehouse.

Army company keeps Marines moving forward
CAMP COYOTE, Kuwait - Their journey to the Middle East began almost two months ago on a chilly morning at the Army Reserve center on Wrightsboro Road.

Across South Carolina

Across the area
Two people faced burglary charges Friday in connection with a Wednesday morning intrusion in Blythe.

Feral hogs will be killed to save island, wildlife

Terrorism fears lead to strict truck checks

Rants and raves
IHAVE ALWAYS loved Glynn Moore's column. Now I love Rich Everett's too. Thanks, guys, for two great columns.

Army company keeps Marines moving forward

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Across the Southeast
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -Emergency officials are investigating the actions of a rescue crew who pronounced a Florida woman dead of an apparent suicide attempt, though she was discovered alive about two hours later.

Racing season starts in Aiken, brings along social season

Disability programs draw rally at Capitol
ATLANTA - Will Georgia's state budget woes cut back on health care?

Man uses note to rob bank branch

2 men are convicted of killing in '69 riot

Canal boat takes shape

Across South Carolina
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -Former 2 Live Crew rapper Luther Campbell, who was wanted on an obscenity charge, has turned himself in to authorities.

Across the Southeast

News you can use
MARCH 14, 1950 John P. Mulherin, retired businessman and one of Augusta's most beloved residents, died yesterday afternoon after a lengthy illness.

Shorebirds' movements are studied

DUI bill excludes revoking of license
COLUMBIA - A Senate bill that would reduce the legal limit for a driver's blood-alcohol level doesn't go far enough to combat drunken driving, critics of the legislation say.

UGA predicts no new HOPE aid

School leaders meet in Atlanta
Flexibility and more local control with state mandates are two of the issues local school superintendents will address when they meet with state officials today in Atlanta.

Family wins in medical lawsuit

Across Georgia
CAMILLA - The 24-year-old minister at New Life Worship Center has been charged with one count of child molestation and three counts of sexual battery, authorities reported.

Disability programs draw rally at Capitol

Shorebirds' movements are studied
CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. - A meticulous study of individual shorebird movements on Cumberland Island might help biologists develop programs that protect the animals in years to come.

Across the area

New gunfire detection system to begin in Charleston
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. A high-tech system that allows police to pinpoint gunfire has been declared a success in North Charleston and should be running in Charleston in about three weeks.

New gunfire detection system to begin in Charleston

Wachovia branch robbed

Crowd braves rain for Triple Crown street fair

Across the area

Military families to walk in parade

Across the area
Aiken County authorities are looking for an Aiken man wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl, police said Thursday.

House will discuss renaming River Watch

Jewish group gives honors
Phillis Wolk said she was very pleased to be named Woman of the Year on Thursday night by the Congregation Children of Israel Sisterhood.

Subscriber of the day
Willie Mae Sidbury is today's subscriber of the day.

College holds forum on Iraq war
Augusta State University provided students and professors with another opportunity Thursday to hear what people had to say about the impending war with Iraq.

House will discuss renaming River Watch
ATLANTA - Augusta's River Watch Parkway is on Monday's agenda for the Georgia House of Representatives as it considers whether to rename the road for former Rep. Jack Connell.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Dennis Venson of Martinez.

Feral hogs will be killed to save island, wildlife
CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. - Another animal has been added to the list of threatened and endangered species on Georgia's largest barrier island.

2 men are convicted of killing in '69 riot
YORK, Pa. - Two black men were convicted Thursday in the 1969 killing of a white rookie police officer in the second murder trial stemming from race riots that tore apart York more than three decades ago.

School picks new headmaster
Episcopal Day School will get a new headmaster this summer when Ned Murray begins work July 1.

New lab accepts its first autopsy
The new $4.1 million crime lab in Augusta accepted its first body this week for autopsy after the long-expected arrival of medical examiner Dr. Daniel Brown.

Agency receives subpoena delivery
GBI agents from the health care fraud control task force served subpoenas at the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia on Thursday as part of a Medicaid fraud investigation.

Bill calls for higher dropout age
A bill raising the minimum dropout age to 17 could encourage some students to finish high school, decreasing the dropout rate.

Gordon Highway track set for season premier
Racing season starts this weekend in Columbia County.

Company loses bid to reopen golf case
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville judge has blocked an attempt by Morris Communications Co., the parent company of The Augusta Chronicle, to reopen its case against the PGA Tour over the sale of live golf scores via the Internet.

UGA predicts no new HOPE aid
ATHENS, Ga. - A proposed tuition increase for the state's research universities - including the University of Georgia - would likely not be covered by the HOPE scholarship, according to UGA's top academic official.

Crowd braves rain for Triple Crown street fair
AIKEN - Twelve-year-old Ashley Whisenant wrung out her socks after she stepped down from the inflated gladiator jousting ring.

Rants and raves
IHAVE ALWAYS loved Glynn Moore's column. Now I love Rich Everett's too. Thanks, guys, for two great columns.

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - A former chief and treasurer of the Homeland Park volunteer fire station in Anderson County has been arrested and charged with embezzling.

Road fund bill softens limits
ATLANTA - A bill is moving through the General Assembly that would relax requirements that road-building money be spent equally among each area of the state.

Advocates keep watch on DUI law
AIKEN - Lowering South Carolina's legal blood-alcohol limit won't be enough to change the state's dubious distinction of leading the nation in drunken-driving fatalities, prosecutors and advocacy groups say.

Man uses note to rob bank branch
For the second time this week, an Augusta bank was robbed by a man demanding money but showing no weapon.

Video poker not coming back, top senator says
ATLANTA -- Video poker is unlikely to become legal again in Georgia, Senate Republican Leader Tom Price said Friday.

Hospital network honors teenager
A send-off ceremony was held Friday at Lakeside Middle School for Marcus Perry - Georgia's ambassador for the Children's Miracle Network.

Neighbor records burglars in action

Police search for carjacker
Richmond County authorities were looking for a man they say stole a Ford Explorer at gunpoint and led police on a short chase before causing an accident on Bobby Jones Expressway.

Full Thurmond Lake ends drought system

Family wins in medical lawsuit
A Richmond County Superior Court jury ruled against Doctors Hospital on Friday and awarded $175,000 to the family of a man who died there after surgery.

Across Georgia

Military families to walk in parade
SAVANNAH, Ga. - With the prospect of war just over the horizon, families of deployed military personnel are planning to walk in place of their loved ones Monday at the 179th Savannah St. Patrick's Day parade.

Across South Carolina

Racing season starts in Aiken, brings along social season
Mike Freeman, the owner of Freeman Stables, is one of Aiken's most established horse trainers, with 53 years in the sport.

DUI bill excludes revoking of license

Gordon Highway track set for season premier

News you can use

Video poker not coming back, top senator says

Rants and Raves
HOW DUMB ARE the American politicians if they are going to bomb Iraq, then build it back? Did the Muslims bomb the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? They are not stupid enough to do so. I think it is a slap in the face of every America who loses his life in this war for us to rebuild so much as a small cave.

Road fund bill softens limits

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Calling the governor's proposed flag referendum confusing, top Democrats are considering a plan for two separate votes on the state flag.

Advocates keep watch on DUI law

Terrorism fears lead to strict truck checks
Approximately eight out of 10 goods shipped in the United States are delivered by trucks every day, according to the American Trucking Associations. That being the case, trucking officials have been preparing since Sept. 11, 2001, for a terrorist threat.

School leaders meet in Atlanta

Group hardens stance on site
The group aiming to protest Augusta National Golf Club's all-male membership definitively ruled out Thursday the location offered to demonstrators at this year's Masters Tournament.

Hospital network honors teenager

Perdue, Price will discuss class sizes
When Columbia County School Superintendent Tommy Price speaks to Gov. Sonny Perdue during a Listening Session on Saturday, the issue of class-size mandates will be his No. 1 talking point.

Jurors clear man in slaying
An Augusta man was found innocent Thursday of the 2001 shooting that claimed the life of a good Samaritan at the Underwood Homes public housing complex.

Police want earlier bar closings
The late-night party in Aiken is on its way to an earlier bedtime.

School picks new headmaster

Rants and Raves
HOW DUMB ARE the American politicians if they are going to bomb Iraq, then build it back? Did the Muslims bomb the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? They are not stupid enough to do so. I think it is a slap in the face of every America who loses his life in this war for us to rebuild so much as a small cave.

Agency receives subpoena delivery

Officer training goes to the dogs
AIKEN - It's the scent of the hunt that drives them.

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Company loses bid to reopen golf case

Neighbor records burglars in action
The man and woman probably didn't realize they were caught on videotape swiping items from a Blythe residence, police say.

Full Thurmond Lake ends drought system
Thurmond Lake hit its highest level in five years Thursday, prompting the Army Corps of Engineers to begin releasing excess water in flood-control mode.

ACC not what it once was
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The cheesiest baseline level of accomplishment in collegiate sports is achieving "bowl-eligible" status.

Missing link catches up to Georgia Tech
GREENSBORO, N.C. - On today's episode of Unsolved Mysteries, the Georgia Tech basketball team.

Sadler climbs to top

Sadler climbs to top
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Don't expect to find any stories about Elliott Sadler's first career pole on the walls at Robert Yates Racing. Those spaces are reserved for negative stories.

Hamilton wins Craftsman 200
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Bobby Hamilton swept past defending champion Ted Musgrave with 16 laps remaining and barely held on to win the NASCAR Craftsman 200 truck series event Friday at Darlington Raceway.

Georgia still fans' team despite absence
NEW ORLEANS - It hit David and Kristen Hester on Thursday night while they were walking the streets of the Big Easy.

Crowd at SEC tournament picks up
NEW ORLEANS -- After drawing its smallest crowd ever on the opening day, the Southeastern Conference tournament was a hot ticket on Friday.

Couple roots on missing Dogs in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS - It hit David and Kristen Hester on Thursday night while they were walking the streets of the Big Easy.

Official works overtime
NEW ORLEANS - The Southeastern Conference Tournament is usually a fun time for Freddy Jones.

Lady Jaguars fail to break spell
SALISBURY, N.C. - The Augusta State women's basketball team found out its jinx against Columbus State carries into the postseason.

Tournament schedule
Here is a schedule of upcoming games.

Season ends in familiar fashion
GREENSBORO, N.C. - A season of close calls and near-misses culminated in predictable style for Georgia Tech at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on Friday.

Lady Jags' success reassures coach
Each one of Augusta State's 47 losses the past three seasons eats at women's basketball coach Greg Wilson.

Verbal exchange bothers Arkansas
NEW ORLEANS - What's the Southeastern Conference without a controversy?

Kordell Stewart is ready to go to work for the Bears

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Mrs. Christine Beard    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
Mr. Nathaniel Kirkland    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)
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Featured obituary: Betty Bowers
Cliff Bowers Jr. said his mother devoted much of her time to reading, traveling and attending church activities.

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Mr. John Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Betty Ellison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Gilbert Ivey    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Josie Davis    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
Mr. Randall Reed    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Arzella Cooper    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Scott    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mrs. Myrtice Bussell    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mr. Jimmy Stitt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Daniel Brown    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Ray Thompson    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. John Braswell    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Moesha White    (LEESVILLE, S.C.)
Mrs. Emma Wright    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Robert NeSmith    (PORTAL, Ga.)
Mrs. Bizzell Whittaker    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Dea. Joseph Moore Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Timmerman    (Plumber Augusta, Ga.)
Mr. Rufus Lee    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Ms. Georgia Smallwood    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Kimble    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mattie Pryor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Mary Holley    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)
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Nothing is beyond faith
It was totally unreasonable to expect Elizabeth Smart to show up alive.

Randy Hall not catching on to what new leadership is about
The "it-takes-a-village" people and Sarah Brady's anti-gunners have forged an alliance behind House Bill 197 by Rep. Wendell Willard, R-Dunwoody, which contains the following provision: "A parent, guardian or other person, having immediate control or custody of a child under the age of 16, commits the offense of endangering a child in the second degree if the person intentionally or with criminal negligence engages in conduct that places the child in imminent danger of death, bodily injury or mental injury." Ken Drawdy, Hephzibah, Ga.

Protest this!
If our gentle friends overflowing with wisdom in Hollywood are so against violence, why is it that they excrete so much of it into our living rooms and theaters?

Repealing Gail Hendrick Law bad idea
I understand a bill has been introduced to repeal the Gail Hendrick Law. This is an invitation to whomever introduced the bill to visit Gail. She will not know him, since she has known nothing or no one since she was savagely attacked in November of 1999 by a youth who, because of his young age, knew not the difference between right and wrong! Mrs. Peter Hendrick, Augusta

Clearing up confusion over meanings of "liberal," " conservative"
Recent letters show that liberalism and conservatism are not well understood by some. Larry Jarrett, Warrenville, S.C.

Author of transplant editorial heartless
In response to the Feb. 25 editorial "Brain transplant needed," I would like to express how sad it makes me, an American 100 percent, that anyone could be so heartless while trying to sound sincere about the loss of Jesica Santillan. Leah Uscanga, Lincolnton, Ga.

Calling mentally ill 'inmates' hurtful
On Feb. 24, The Chronicle published an editorial about the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia. I cannot comment on the center, but this letter is to express my outrage with the title of your editorial, "Inmates in charge?" Glenda B. Brown, Decatur, Ga.

Tired of editorials ridiculing PETA
Regarding your March 3 editorial, "PETA's intifada": As a proud member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, I am sick and tired of your constant ridicule of an organization that is deeply dedicated to improving the lives of millions of animals that we share this planet with. Lydia Shirley, Evans, Ga.

State flag has never represented racism
A lot of people are talking about things that they know nothing about, and they don't care if they are right or wrong. One wrote, "I cannot stand the thought of my ancestors coming over here on a slave ship, under that hated flag." Well, she didn't have to worry. That "hated flag" never flew over any slave ship. As a matter of fact, it never flew over any state capital during slavery. It was never the flag of the Confederacy, and it was never the Stars and Bars. That is a different flag and was the first flag of the Confederacy. Jesse Myers, Millen, Ga.

Revamp drought plan
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to shelve its proposal to modify the drought contingency plan that's been in effect since the late '80s will sit well with the proposal's critics, one of which was the South Carolina Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management that shot it down.

Off on wrong foot
Martha Burk said this week that the fact that the Augusta National Golf Club owns the land where she is being offered a protest site is "quite a statement."

Alcohol tax hike won't reduce teen drinking
In response to the Feb. 23 letter by the president of the Georgia Parent-Teacher Association, Shiree Lynch ("Applauds increase in tobacco and alcohol tax"), calling for higher beer taxes, I'd like to set the record straight. J. Douglas Herman Sr., Augusta

Thoroughbreds coach steps down

Overtime

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Aiken Trials show power of two

Schuettler ousts Roddick; Hewitt wins

Overtime
University of Georgia sports radio broadcaster Jeff Dantzler has been relieved of some duties after asking female students what color underwear they were wearing during an interview.

Overtime
Senior pitcher Tom Capallo struck out 14 Augusta State batters, including the potential winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, to help Columbus State defeat Augusta State 6-4 at Jaguar Field on Friday.

Aiken Trials show power of two
The 61st running of the Aiken Trials Saturday at the Aiken Training Track will showcase some of the most promising two-year-old horses in the area, especially in the first two races of the day.

Thoroughbreds coach steps down
Five years after the shining moment of his career at South Aiken High, Donnie Holland announced he had coached his final game for the Thoroughbreds.

Schuettler ousts Roddick; Hewitt wins
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Andy Roddick ripped one serve at 147 mph, but couldn't overcome his erratic groundstrokes Friday and Rainer Schuettler beat him 6-3, 6-2 in the Pacific Life Open quarterfinals.

Kordell Stewart is ready to go to work for the Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Kordell Stewart is ready to be a starting quarterback again.

Faith digest
Cantors Steven Weiss and Nancy Kassel of Atlanta will bring Broadway to Augusta, performing show tunes at 8 tonight at Adas Yeshurun Synagogue, 935 Johns Road.

Singer's ministry founded on Truth
When John Mohr needed moral support at an audition about 30 years ago, he invited his friend Steve Green to tag along. It proved to be a turning point for them both.

Faith and Fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church- and temple-based activities in the Augusta and Aiken area. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. E-mail items to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Missing link catches up to Georgia Tech

Some lawmakers call for regulating, not banning, online gambling
WASHINGTON -- A small bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to let states regulate and tax Internet gambling, even as others in Congress renew efforts to ban the burgeoning form of wagering.

FDA to require bar codes on hospital drugs
WASHINGTON -- Supermarket-style bar codes will soon be required on every medication given to hospitalized patients, to help ensure they get the right dose of the right drug at the right time.

ABC News introduces online broadband news chanel
NEW YORK -- Aiming to become a regular presence on computer screens, ABC News has introduced ABC News Live, a 24-hour online channel featuring live feeds as well as anchored coverage of events.

Officials: Life expectancy reaches 'all-time high'
ATLANTA -- Life expectancy for Americans reached an all-time high of 77.2 years in 2001, federal officials said.

Scientists: Mars radiation would pose serious risk to astronauts
PASADENA, Calif. -- Radiation on Mars is so intense that it could endanger astronauts sent to explore the Red Planet, and it's unlikely that any extraterrestrial life would survive there, NASA scientists said.

These cookies are a fun twist on an Irish tradition

Kitchings leaves on sour note

Kitchings leaves on sour note
NEW ORLEANS - The look on Tony Kitchings' face said everything.

Bush, Blair, Aznar to meet in Azores

Britain angered by French rejection of compromise

Iraq rejects British compromise proposal

Thumbnail sketches of Iraqi leaders

Navy ships moving out of Mediterranean, abandoning Turkey option

Scientists: Mars radiation would pose serious risk to astronauts

Officials: Life expectancy reaches 'all-time high'

ABC News introduces online broadband news chanel

Some lawmakers call for regulating, not banning, online gambling

Faith digest

Faith and Fellowship calendar

Singer's ministry founded on Truth