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.

Living up to 'Garden City' is not a job for pansies

Cox faces tough bullpen decision

Sheffield lets bat speak for him
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - For the first time in many years, Gary Sheffield is playing for a contract.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
LAKELAND, Fla. - Horacio Ramirez isn't making life easy for Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox or pitcher Jason Marquis.

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.

Sheffield lets bat speak for him

Wholesale inflation jumps by 1 percent in February

Federal antitrust probe targets Monsanto

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.

On the move
Denise Hayes has joined Wachovia Mortgage Corp. as mortgage loan officer. The longtime area resident has been with Wachovia since 1993.

It's no myth that exporting can be profitable
Many misconceptions surround exporting. The number of people who think entry into export markets is "easy" always amazes me. It is not. I am equally amazed by the number of people who think exporting is "very difficult." It is not.

Long-distance relationship
Kay Lasser could have easily given up her small check-cashing franchise in Tulsa, Okla., when she moved to Columbia County a few years ago.

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Carlisle Tire & Wheel Co.

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

Business calendar
Tuesday: Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Women In Business: Balancing Work and Home in Crisis Situations; seminar by Sandra Johnson; sponsored by University Hospital; Pullman Hall, 11:30 a.m.; $15 at door.

Quick war may reduce prices

On the road again
When Roy Everingham gets in his car to go home, he starts heading away from downtown Augusta toward Thomson, where he and his wife find the smaller community a more enjoyable place to live.

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.

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.

Business briefs

Pocket change

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.

It's no myth that exporting can be profitable

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.

Long-distance relationship

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.

Business calendar

On the move

Georgia still fans' team despite absence

Season ends in familiar fashion

Lady Jaguars fail to break spell

Couple roots on missing Dogs in New Orleans

Lady Jags begin reaping rewards

End this practice now

End this practice now

Off on wrong foot

Rowland for sheriff

Revamp drought plan

Arts calendar
ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION: Parade, festival noon to 11 p.m. Monday, Eighth Street Plaza and Augusta Common, with dancing by Celtic Rhythm, Irish music, food, street dance, clowns and amusements; 821-1754.

In the know
Chronicle Books has released a set of cringe-worthy postcards to tickle your funny bone.

Proper pampering
CANCUN, Mexico - It was pure bliss: I was in a Jacuzzi, gazing at the Caribbean sea at sunset, having my head gently massaged as gentle music played in a room set with scented candles.

A perfect fit
Downsizing seemed the solution for Paul and Jane Brinkman.

Home front
Want to remake a room? Here are some tips:

She done it
For Georgia author Patricia Sprinkle, murder is just a means to an end.

Top off wedding attire with spring hat
Dear Carson: My youngest daughter will be married in a church at 10 a.m. on a weekday this month. The ceremony will be followed with a brunch at another location in our town, but one that is near our church. Will it be appropriate for the women to include a spring hat as part of their attire? May I, as mother of the bride, wear one as well? - Behatted Hostess

Corned beef has long history
There's a saying that there are two kinds of people on St. Patrick's Day, those who are Irish and those who are for the day.

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."

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.

Season ends in familiar fashion

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.

Love leaps into lead

Pacers coach likes challenge
USC Aiken has been at its worst this season against Division I opponents.

Love leaps into lead
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - For a tournament lacking big names, the Honda Classic has come up with a marquee final-round pairing .

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.

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.

Morgan avoids wind and leads SBC Classic

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.

Pacers coach likes challenge

Short course plays into players' hands

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

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

U.S. takes back aid package offered to Turkey in exchange for military cooperation against Iraq
WASHINGTON -- As U.S. hopes dwindled of going through Turkey for an attack on Iraq, the Bush administration took back its offer to give $15 billion in aid to Turkey in exchange for military cooperation, officials said Saturday.

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

Key developments concerning Iraq
Developments in the Iraq crisis:

Thumbnail sketches of Iraqi leaders
Prominent figures in Iraqi leadership:

Iraq invites Blix, ElBaradei to Baghdad to speed up cooperation
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq invited chief U.N. weapons inspectors Hans Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei to Baghdad to discuss outstanding disarmament issues as President Bush prepared to meet with his top allies about a possible war.

Key developments concerning Iraq
Developments in the Iraq crisis:

Carrier crew confronts stress as U.S. prepares for war
ABOARD THE USS HARRY S. TRUMAN -- The sun set over the eastern Mediterranean as sailors and pilots crowded into a packed gym above this aircraft carrier's massive hangar bay - the smell of sweat laced with an air of expectation.

Living up to 'Garden City' is not a job for pansies
In the world of our dreams, grandmothers in sunbonnets cultivate petunias.

Patriotism is about fighting for what is right, responsible

Author of transplant editorial heartless

Insulting second graders is a new low for liberals

Ex-trooper to vote for Hunt

'Chronicle' giving SUVs a bum rap

Let peace be our goal

Tired of editorials ridiculing PETA

Repealing Gail Hendrick Law bad idea

Arts calendar

A perfect fit

Home front

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

Proper pampering

In the know

She done it

Corned beef has long history

Top off wedding attire with spring hat

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

Former Lynx lifts Stingrays to win

Lynx GameNight
WHERE: Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center

Lynx on thin ice

Lynx on thin ice
As the Augusta Lynx keep losing, their margin for error to make the postseason grows smaller and smaller.

Lynx road report
Today: vs. South Carolina Stingrays, North Charleston Coliseum, 3 p.m.

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.

Getting it for a song

Chamber official spreads message to protect Fort
Thom Tuckey is committed to spreading the word to the community: Don't take for granted that Fort Gordon will always be around.

Hospital network honors teenager

Crowd braves rain for Triple Crown street fair

School picks new headmaster

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.

Road fund bill softens limits

Chamber official spreads message to protect Fort

Advocates keep watch on DUI law

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.

Company loses bid to reopen golf case

UGA predicts no new HOPE aid

Agency receives subpoena delivery

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.

Gordon Highway track set for season premier

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.

Video poker not coming back, top senator says

Subscriber of the day

MOX plant worries residents
A community meeting will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at Second Baptist Church in Aiken to discuss how a new SRS plant might affect minorities and the poor. The church is at 425 Hampton Ave. Call (803) 641-0224 for more information.

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.

Subscriber of the day
Phillip Hamilton is today's subscriber of the day.

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.

Weather hinders race day
AIKEN - Kenneth Beard braved the cold rain Saturday to watch his boss's horse race in the Aiken Trials.

House will discuss renaming River Watch

Canal boat takes shape

Across the area

Feral hogs will be killed to save island, wildlife

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.

Across the Southeast

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

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

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.

Across South Carolina

Disability programs draw rally at Capitol

Fuel-moving missions are vital to all troops

Sewer utilities fire back at state policies
Private water and sewer companies in South Carolina are caught up in a regulatory cat-and-mouse game that leaves customers footing the bil

Game day becomes schools' holiday

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the southeast

Across Georgia

Subscriber of the day

Racing season starts in Aiken, brings along social season

Across the area

News you can use

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.

School leaders meet in Atlanta

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.

Building up to rebirth

Building up to rebirth
The summer days when children on Aiken's north side scampered for Popsicles at the neighborhood store on Williamsburg Street are gone.

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.

Getting it for a song
The Rev. Jesse Jackson paid homage to the Swanee Quintet on a recent trip to Augusta.

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.

Game day becomes schools' holiday
Clarke County teachers and pupils will get a vacation day for the Georgia-Florida football game next year - and they won't have to give up the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, an option that had been proposed to make up classroom time.

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

Across the southeast
ORANGEBURG -Flooding caused by heavy rains closed a stretch of U.S. 301 in Orangeburg on Saturday, officials said.

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

Across Georgia
WARNER ROBINS -Police said Saturday they were investigating the deaths of two children who drowned in a neighbor's septic tank.

Military families to walk in parade

Across the area
A former Augusta mayor said money should not be an obstacle for renaming Augusta's River Watch Parkway after former state Rep. Jack Connell.

New gunfire detection system to begin in Charleston

Fuel-moving missions are vital to all troops
CAMP COYOTE, Kuwait - Fuel-moving missions take the truck drivers of the 319th Transportation Company into the badlands of northern Kuwait, over desert highways with nothing on the horizon but dirt and power lines, and onto bumpy roads skirting lands that could soon become a battle zone.

News you can use
MARCH 16, 1971 U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield of Oregon said he will hold a Capitol stork shower for Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina.

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.

Shorebirds' movements are studied

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Family wins in medical lawsuit

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

Sewer utilities fire back at state policies

MOX plant worries residents

Man uses note to rob bank branch

Tourney time still unbeatable
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The ACC is not the best basketball conference this season. It can't claim the best basketball team or a No. 1 seed. It can't promise depth of field in the NCAA bracket.

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

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.

Personal milestones get overshadowed by track
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Bill Elliott stopped counting every time he started a race on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series a long time ago.

Sadler climbs to top

Personal milestones get overshadowed by track

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.

Rain washes out Busch race
DARLINGTON, S.C. - The Busch race at Darlington Raceway was postponed until Monday because of rain.

Rain washes out Busch race

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lady Jags begin reaping rewards
Greg Wilson finds his phone ringing off the hook these days.

Kordell Stewart is ready to go to work for the Bears

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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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End this practice now
A wire service story several years ago described the partial birth abortion process as partially delivering a fetus and then sucking out the "skull contents."

Ex-trooper to vote for Hunt
I want to add my support for Mike Hunt to be Aiken County sheriff. Upon retiring from the South Carolina Highway Patrol after 25 years, I served 14 months with the Aiken County Coroner's Office, 14 month as emergency preparedness coordinator, and three years as captain with the Aiken County Sheriff's Office until I left last year. Sgt. William Cole (retired SCHP), Aiken, S.C.

Rowland for sheriff
Every single vote is crucial in the special March 25 Republican primary for Aiken County sheriff.

Insulting second graders is a new low for liberals
The noble teaching profession (filled for the most part with highly dedicated professionals) is evidently not immune, along with the rest of society, to the idiocy of leftist extremists - who, in this pitiful case, made themselves feel better by insulting 7-year-old children whose parents were going off to war. This stomach-turning fiasco was reported recently after complaints were filed against a couple of elementary teachers in Maine who had "informed" the children of Army reservists, in front of their fellow students, that their parents were "unethical" and "immoral" participants in "an unjust war." David Blackmon, Augusta

Patriotism is about fighting for what is right, responsible
This letter is for all our American patriots, male and female, serving all our Armed Forces. Yes! To be patriotic to our country and nation now in the midst of peril and anxiety and a time when the United States must go in to disarm Saddam Hussein of massive weapons of destruction since he has been dishonest in doing so. The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

Let peace be our goal
I am a Navy wife. My husband has served for over 21 years and is still serving on active duty at Fort Gordon. I will always support the men and women of our Armed Forces, and keep them in my prayers. With that said, I will never, ever support an administration that insists America must be the aggressor, that we must throw the first punch that would threaten the global community we helped create. Robyn Hughes, Evans, Ga.

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

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."

'Chronicle' giving SUVs a bum rap
In reference to the Feb. 27 editorial cartoon by Rick McKee, I am trying to figure out why the SUVs are getting a lot of bad words against them. James Turner, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

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.

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.

Thoroughbreds coach steps down

Dogwood Stable team takes two of five

Schuettler ousts Roddick; Hewitt wins

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Area sports annoncments

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Hugh Douglas was looking for a team, and the Jacksonville Jaguars were seeking impact players.

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.

Dogwood Stable team takes two of five
Trainer Ron Stevens, jockey Kim Baker and Dogwood Stable emerged from a scratch-laden field at the Aiken Trials on Saturday to nearly sweep the sloshy Aiken Training Track clean.

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.

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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.

Area sports annoncments
Friday, May 16-Sunday, May 18: The 14th annual Southeastern Traditional Championships at Robin Hood Archery Club in Elberton, Ga. For more information, call John Hood at (706) 746-9987.

Safety advocate honored
Dwayne McLeskey was honored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as the Thomson District's volunteer hunter safety instructor of the year. McLeskey, who has been a volunteer more tha

Safety advocate honored

Tale of the whitetail

Outdoors calendar

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Tuesday: A seven-lesson Boating Safety Coursebegins at 7 tonight. Classes will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Port Authority Building in Augusta. Contact the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 21, 860-9477 for details.

Tale of the whitetail
The cover is yellowed with age - and dated April 1953. The handbook, Game Resources of Georgia was compiled by Georgia's Game & Fish Commission to inventory our wildlife, especially deer.

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

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 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.

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.

Tourney time still unbeatable

Missing link catches up to Georgia Tech

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.

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.

Research group working to end unwanted e-mail
SAN JOSE, Calif. - To stem the unrelenting tidal wave of unsolicited, unwanted e-mail, people and companies are going to extraordinary lengths - at considerable expense.

MCG readies center application
It stretches across 90 miles, costs up to $60 million and links amazing high-tech machinery

Mississippi State finds place at top
NEW ORLEANS - In a geographical sense, they have come from nowhere - otherwise known as Starkville, Miss.

Mississippi State finds place at top

Not playing costs Dogs big money
NEW ORLEANS - Georgia's decision to cut short its season will cost the Bulldogs a lot more than a chance at winning the Southeastern Conference Tournament or advancing to the Final Four.

Not playing costs Dogs big money

Navy ships moving out of Mediterranean, abandoning Turkey option

Thumbnail sketches of Iraqi leaders

Key developments concerning Iraq

Carrier crew confronts stress as U.S. prepares for war

Iraq invites Blix, ElBaradei to Baghdad to speed up cooperation

Bush, Blair, Aznar to meet in Azores

MCG readies center application

Scientists: Mars radiation would pose serious risk to astronauts

Research group working to end unwanted e-mail

Officials: Life expectancy reaches 'all-time high'

Faith digest

Singer's ministry founded on Truth

Faith and Fellowship calendar