Braves notebook

MLB notebook

Yarnall pounded in first start for Yankees

Braves notes: Players wary of peaking in spring

Comiskey Park to get 2003 All-Star game

Yankees pound Braves

Ligtenberg says he still doesn't feel `normal' on mound

Overtime: Rain forces teams to try another day

Pitchers eye milestones

Braves look to bolster bullpen

Parent gives honest tips on dating

Progress, tradition sometimes clash
It's not just a Kenny Rogers song. Knowing when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em is a gamble land owners have been taking since development began infringing on countrysides and green spaces nationwide.

Business briefs
Busby's Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. has received the Drugs Don't Work Business of the Year plaque from the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce for promoting and maintaining a drug-free workplace policy program.

Pocket change
Wouldn't it be nice to see who's at the front door without having to get off the couch? Or to check on that noise in the back yard from the easy chair? The XCam2, an inexpensive surveillance camera from X10, might be what you need.

On the move
Judy Bailey has been named personal account executive at SunTrust's Bank's Forest Hills office.

Pocket change

Progress, tradition sometimes clash

On the move

Iowa St. wins title, respect

Cincinatti gets No. 2 seed

Nation dives into the office pool

Committee makes tough decisions

Iowa wins title, respect

Tips for filling out a bracket

Auburn too much for USC

Duke wins 11th straight ACC crown

Women's college basketball roundup

Kentucky's Desmond Allison suspended after DUI arrest

Arkansas takes SEC title

NCAA Tournament Automatic Bids

Tenn., UConn claim No. 1 seeds

Tennessee, Connecticut claim No. 1 seeds

Duke fights past Wake Forest

Arkansas takes SEC title

Arkansas edges LSU

Michigan St. looking past top seed

ACC notebook: James' hot hand helps send Duke into ACC finals

Lady Bulldogs head to the West again

Grant has career game in Gamecocks' loss

ACC gets three NIT entries

Duke, Maryland to meet for title

Pass Ga. reform bill

Lauds legislator for 'saving' lock, dam

Offers ideas for improving Augusta

Raps 'Chronicle' for panning speaker

Says economy no reason for slavery

Resents attorneys' 'smoke and mirrors'

Halt DNA sampling bill

Hits 'whining' untucked generation

Backs control of gasoline prices

SRS jobs cut too deep?

Wants improvements in animal control

Backs managed care reform

Cites a second teen 'hangout'

Defends competition from Web firms

Urges NAACP to focus on schools

Lauds Kent, enjoyed 'one big party'

Doubts report

Groom is not so close a friend after all
Dear Carson: A close friend married recently and had a huge wedding and reception. We have many mutual friends who were invited, but I was not.

In the know
E-BOOK: Stephen King, whose serialized novel The Green Mile was a salute to publishing's past, is now embracing tomorrow's technology by offering his latest work for distribution exclusively on the Internet.

How fast is fast food?
Between 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., the Rally's restaurant at 2609 Deans Bridge Road feels more like a military post than a hamburger joint. Manager Dwain Williams, a former Army sergeant, is barking orders to an eight-person crew hell-bent on beating the clock.

Hall celebrates basketball greats
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- A teen-ager with a ponytail and baggy clothes tools down a hallway with photographs of his basketball idol, Michael Jordan.

The adventurous spirit of Baja
ABOARD THE SPIRIT OF ENDEAVOUR -- Sometimes the best introduction to an immense place is a small ship.

Seamless sisterhood
Living with a sibling doesn't have to be like television's Marcia and Jan Brady.

Hunters told of swamp creature's attack
The Okefenokee Swamp was wild and dangerous in the early 1800s, a place avoided by all but the bravest and most reckless adventurers.

Fast food service by area
Members of The Augusta Chronicle's newsroom staff visited restaurants in the Aiken-Augusta area between noon and 1 p.m. on two Fridays, Feb. 11 and 18.

Hart wins Honda Classic by one

Sorenstam takes lead at Tucson

Golf pro gains strength from injuries

Hayes shoots 68 for 2-shot Honda lead

Winning doesn't just happen

Tour rookie battles weather for victory

Muntz leads Qatar Masters

Hart wins Honda by one

Rain holds up golfers

Blackville-Hilda wins state title

Win improves Lynx playoff chances

Thrashers acquire McAlpine from Lightning for Kuparinen

Predators escape with win

Thrashers get thrashed by Carolina

ECHL notebook

Lynx fall to Jackson

Sabres top Islanders

Rangers provide little resistance to Penguins

Panthers fall to Blackhawks

Lynx ledger

Parent gives honest tips on dating
I had to speak to a lunch group last week, and in going through my file, I came across this. I have no idea where reader Aimee Elwell found it, but I think you'll enjoy it.

Stallions begin preseason camp Friday
The Augusta Stallions arenaleague2 football team begins camp on Friday at Augusta State University in preparation for their April 7 season opener at Jacksonville. The opening of Stallions camp this Friday and Saturday will run from 7:45-11:45 a.m., and will be closed to the public, coach Mike Neu said last week. The team will hold an intrasquad scrimmage at Augusta State on Sunday at 3 p.m., which will be open the public. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Blackville-Hilda wins championship
COLUMBIA -- An energized Carolina Coliseum crowd went numb as it watched Blackville-Hilda and McBee's girls basketball teams huddled separately in celebration at the end of Saturday's Class A state championship contest. Moments after the dramatic finish, it was the Lady Hawks who continued to jump for joy while the stunned Lady Panthers slowly exited the floor as runner-ups. Blackville-Hilda took a wild 47-45 victory over McBee to claim its second straight state title. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Victim accused of abuse
Diane Hall can say what led her pregnant daughter to allegedly plunge a 3-inch hunting knife into her boyfriend's heart just before midnight Friday: fear. ``She just got to the point where she got tired of taking all those licks,'' she said. ``Anybody will get tired of being hit.'' Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Census success tied to ads
Three weeks before the most advertised census in U.S. history, census workers are crossing their fingers and hoping the estimated $167 million campaign to erase undercounts will work. About 115 million form letters were delivered this past week to homes across the nation to inform people that in the next few days they would receive their forms for Census 2000. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Weather thwarts Klan rally
WAGENER -- Mayor Steve Carver breathed a sign of relief late Friday night when he was informed that the Ku Klux Klan would not be marching through the streets of Wagener nor in the neighboring town of Salley on Saturday as scheduled. ``The only relief I've had since we found out that they were planning a rally was when I learned they chose Salley too and not just Wagener,'' he said. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Hall celebrates basketball greats

The adventurous spirit of Baja

Hunters told of swamp creature's attack

In the know

Seamless sisterhood

Fast food service by area

How fast is fast food?

Skyfest needs additional volunteers
Skyfest 2000 is on the runway and ready to take off, but it needs a little help.

Weather thwarts Klan rally

Legislature leaves trail of dead measures

Census aims for accuracy

Program celebrates diversity
Indrani Mazumder came from Athens, Ga., to see the Indian dancers. Her friend, Alex Boyd, came to see the African dancers.

Victim accused of abuse

MCG match plan sparks desire for service
Kristen Updegraff was sailing along her career path in banking when she decided to change course.

Blackville-Hilda wins championship

Growth leads church to add second service
Finding a seat at Curtis Baptist Church will get a little easier this morning.

Convict's father fights forfeiture
At age 76, Lewis Covar Sr. has never used illegal drugs or committed any felony offense, but local prosecutors have filed a forfeiture suit to take his property because his son has.

Candidates speak out on flag
NORTH AUGUSTA -- The current hot-button issue in the South Carolina Legislature revolves around the Confederate flag flying above the Statehouse.

Program celebrates diversity

Census aims for accuracy
Three weeks before the most advertised census in U.S. history, census workers are crossing their fingers and hoping the estimated $167 million campaign to erase undercounts will work. About 115 million form letters were delivered this past week to homes across the nation to inform people that in the next few days they would receive their forms for Census 2000. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

School councils elicit varying interpretations

Character, education promoted

Assembly turns back to education

Races spur Aiken economy

Across the area: State sets detour for Highway 302

Brief cold snap hits Augusta residents

Enterprise zones offer chance for growth
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Just a few blocks from the brick and the bustle of uptown Columbus lies a large tract of land filled with vacant lots, crumbling buildings and trailer parks that, politely put, could only be described as rundown.

Up, up and away

Winning doesn't just happen

Character, education promoted
COLUMBIA -- A new study proves that schoolchildren who are taught character make better grades, are better behaved and have a better attitude.

Grandmonther reaps reward of foster care
While she sees it primarily as a paying job, 98-year-old Virginia Crawford has touched hundreds of lives in the past 20 years as a foster grandparent at the Youth Development Campus.

Victim accused of abuse
Diane Hall can say what led her pregnant daughter to allegedly plunge a 3-inch hunting knife into her boyfriend's heart just before midnight Friday: fear.

Across the area: State sets detour for Highway 302
The state Department of Transportation will detour traffic on South Carolina Highway 302 near Kitchings Mill beginning today. Work on the road is expected to last at least 10 days. Detour signs will be posted. Call (803) 641-7660for more information.

Up, up and away
Despite Saturday's afternoon showers, Addison Fisher, 8, of Augusta managed to get in a little kite flying at Riverview Park in North Augusta. Today's forecast calls for sunny skies.

Legislature leaves trail of dead measures
ATLANTA -- With Georgia's General Assembly heading toward adjournment this week, some high-profile bills have been left in the dust -- casualties of a lack of consensus, politics or simply the rush to finish business by the constitutionally required 40th day of the session.

Weather thwarts Klan rally
WAGENER -- Mayor Steve Carver breathed a sign of relief late Friday night when he was informed that the Ku Klux Klan would not be marching through the streets of Wagener nor in the neighboring town of Salley on Saturday as scheduled. ``The only relief I've had since we found out that they were planning a rally was when I learned they chose Salley too and not just Wagener,'' he said. Full story --The Augusta Chronicle

Enterprise zones offer chance for growth

Officials: Skyfest can sustain crowds
Airport and sheriff's department officials said parking and security plans for Skyfest 2000 air show will accommodate even the most generous estimates on crowd attendance.

MCG match plan sparks desire for service

Across the area: Woman arrested on murder charge
A 20-year-old pregnant woman was acting in self defense when she plunged a 3-inch hunting knife into her boyfriend's heart just before midnight Friday, her mother said.

Convict's father fights forfeiture

Some assembly required
Allen Burnette (center) and his wife, Casey, take advantage of Sunday's sunshine and put together a new bicycle for their son Avery at Riverview Park in North Augusta. The bicycle was a birthday gift to Avery, who turned 4 in February.

Census success tied to ads

Grandmonther reaps reward of foster care

Across the area: Woman arrested on murder charge

Some assembly required

Growth leads church to add second service

Return to base

Weather thwarts Klan rally

Burial attempts fail

Candidates speak out on flag

School councils elicit varying interpretations
Ellie Swenson has been a school volunteer and member of parent teacher organizations for 16 years.

Races spur Aiken economy
AIKEN -- Aiken's Triple Crown has brought Scottie Ruark out of hibernation.

Burial attempts fail
THOMSON -- Joyce Blevins is all too familiar with the scarred landscape half-hidden in a ravine off May Road.

Brief cold snap hits Augusta residents
A week ago, Augusta area residents could be seen strolling down the riverwalk in T-shirts and shorts. This weekend it was jeans and sweat shirts.

Return to base
Members of the Richmond County Emergency Management Dive Team return to Lake Olmstead's boat ramp after inspecting 8,000 feet of Augusta Canal shoreline from Interstate 20 to Augusta's raw water pumping station.

Assembly turns back to education
ATLANTA -- With the Georgia Legislature heading into its final days for the 2000 session, the year's biggest issue -- education reform -- returns to the front burner in the coming week.

Victim accused of abuse

McCloud and Mercer fined and suspended

Suns forward needs reconstructive knee surgery, out for season

Trailblazers get job done on road

Blazers edge Pistons

Jackson leads Hawks to win

Mrs. Mary Parks
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Mary Virginia Bradley Parks, 85, of Heritage Drive, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at Boswell Parker Nursing Center.

Mr. Carl Oliver
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Mr. Carl Francis Oliver, 40, died Friday, March 10, 2000, in Smyrna, Ga.

Mrs. Sue Browning
Mrs. Sue Browning, 59, of Martinez, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at her residence.

Michael Lantz
BEECH ISLAND -- Michael Richard Lantz, 13, of Pine Log Place, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Mary Nimmons
Ms. Mary Ann Nimmons, 89, of Ramsey Street, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Cleo Tullis
Mrs. Cleo R. Tullis, 85, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. George Jackson
HEPHZIBAH -- Mr. George Albert Jackson, 78, of Edward Road, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000.

Mrs. Sallie Murray
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Sallie B. Murray, 73, of Ogeechee River Road, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Reva Williams
EDGEFIELD, S.C. -- Mrs. Reva Oliphant Williams, 77, of Shay Street, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. R.L. Penny
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Mr. R.L. Penny, 80, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at Fairview Park Hospital.

Mr. Walter Jukes
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Walter Stanley Jukes, 86, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Louise Brown
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Mrs. Louise Lloyd Brown, 67, of Ambassador Drive, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Leonard Ivey
Mr. Leonard H. Ivey, died Saturday, March 11, 2000.

Mrs. Macy Peebles
KITE, Ga. -- Mrs. Macy McNeely Peebles, 87, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at Emanuel County Nursing Home, Swainsboro.

Mr. Arthur LaFavor
Mr. Arthur Lee LaFavor, 47, of Twiggs Street, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at University Hospital.

Michael Lantz
BEECH ISLAND -- Michael Richard Lantz, 13, of Pine Log Place, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Ruth Carter
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Ruth H. Carter, 86, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Infant girl Hughes
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Infant girl Hughes, daughter of Dylan Crawford and Zanobia Hughes, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at Burke County Hospital.

Mr. Walter Jones
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- Mr. Walter Troupe Jones, 82, of South East Street, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.

Mrs. Evelyn Foskey
SWAINSBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Evelyn D. Foskey, 85, of U.S. Highway 1 North, died Sunday, March 12, 2000.

Mrs. Louise McGraw
Mrs. Louise D. McGraw, of Hopie Road, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Vandella Wilson
THOMSON -- Mrs. Vandella S. Wilson, 92, of Walnut Street, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at Westwood Nursing Home.

Mrs. Maxine Howard
Mrs. Maxine B. Howard, 80, of Millhollow Lane, Martinez, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Shirley Roof
GROVETOWN -- Mrs. Shirley Joanne Roof, 64, of Cottonwood Court, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Alma Dukes
WRENS, Ga. -- Mrs. Alma Dukes, 99, of Georgia Highway 17 North, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at her residence.

Mr. Robert Thacker
GROVETOWN -- Mr. Robert F. Thacker, 73, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at Beverly Manor, Augusta.

Mrs. Oneita Connell
Mrs. Oneita J. Connell, 75, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Mattie Taylor
AIKEN -- Mrs. Mattie Bell Stoble Taylor, 92, of Congaree Street, died Friday, March 10, 2000, at Beverly Manor Healthcare.

Mrs. Lena J. Abbott
WARRENTON, Ga. -- Mrs. Lena Johnson Abbott, of North Whitehead Street, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center. She was 101 years old.

Miss Heather Parker
COLUMBIA -- Miss Heather D. Parker, 24, of Thornwell Court, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at Providence Hospital.

Mr. John Burke
LINCOLNTON, Ga. -- Mr. John Ellis Burke, 76, of Dallas Street, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at his residence.

Mrs. Ella Boykins
WAYNESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Ella M. Boykins, of Ninth Street, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Shirley Price
HARLEM -- Mrs. Shirley Price, 91, of Macks Road, died Monday, March 6, 2000.

Mr. John Fuller
KITE, Ga. -- Mr. John William ``Pete'' Fuller, 90, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at Venore Hospital, Atlanta.

Mr. Robert Sheppard Sr.
HADDOCK, Ga. -- Mr. Robert Sheppard Sr., 75, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital, Dublin.

Mrs. Cleo Tullis

Mr. Robert Thacker

Mrs. Evelyn Foskey

Mr. John Burke

Mr. Walter Jukes

Mr. R.L. Penny

Mrs. Maxine Howard

Ms. Mary Nimmons

Michael Lantz

Mrs. Ella Boykins

Mrs. Louise McGraw

Mrs. Macy Peebles

Mr. George Jackson

Mrs. Sue Browning

Mr. Arthur LaFavor

Mrs. Louise Brown

Mr. Robert Sheppard Sr.

Mr. Leonard Ivey

Infant girl Hughes

Mrs. Vandella Wilson

Mrs. Ruth Carter

Mrs. Mattie Taylor

Mrs. Oneita Connell

Mrs. Shirley Price

Mrs. Sallie Murray

Mr. John Fuller

Kent: Defining 'special interest'; Harbin on move
WHO EXACTLY ARE those ``special interests'' Sen. John McCain and Vice President Al Gore have been talking about? When you think about it, the ``special interest'' label includes the vast majority of Americans.

Offers ideas for improving Augusta
I would like to thank The Chronicle for giving its readers the opportunity to recommend solutions to some of Augusta's problems: Cheri & Michael Robinson, Augusta

Hits wait at DMV
If you can't be at the Department of Motor Vehicles 1' hours before it opens you will probably have to return the next day. Two of my grown children spent two days over there when it should never have taken but 30 minutes. Evelyn Luke, Augusta

Lauds Kent, enjoyed 'one big party'
This will probably be the last time I will ever write to The Chronicle editorial page. Remember, I said ``probably.'' And if this is my last letter, I must acknowledge former Editorial Page Editor Phil Kent, who has taken on another newspaper venture with The Chronicle. E. Maner, Augusta

Defends competition from Web firms
Regarding the loss of tax money to Internet sales: Why should Internet sales be any different than mail order? Local taxes are not charged on mail order when you are ordering out of state. If business on ``main street'' were as customer-friendly as businesses on the Web, then perhaps sales wouldn't be lost to the Web. E. Evonn Hopkins, North Augusta

Lauds legislator for 'saving' lock, dam
I give a thumbs up to Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., for his help in finding a way to save the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam. Now to get Georgia, South Carolina and local governments to give incentives in the form of tax credits to the party that takes over the lock and dam. This would be a win-win for all parties involved. Ronald G. Swank, Blythe

Raps 'Chronicle' for panning speaker
Shame on The Chronicle. Your March 6 editorial criticizing the Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta's choice for keynote speaker for our March 16 Steak & Burger Dinner was disappointing. Mike Toomey, Augusta

Shorter lunches OK
Most high-schoolers we know can wolf down a lunch in seconds flat. Columbia County school administrators are considering giving the students a little more time than that -- 35 minutes for their lunch periods, but far less time than students are accustomed to.

Resents attorneys' 'smoke and mirrors'
Re Thomas Allgood's comments about his ``child killer'' client, Louis Phipps (guest column, March 2): D. D. Smith, North Augusta

Kent: Defining 'special interest'; Harbin on move
WHO EXACTLY ARE those ``special interests'' Sen. John McCain and Vice President Al Gore have been talking about? When you think about it, the ``special interest'' label includes the vast majority of Americans.

Wants flag celebrated, not removed
The South is currently receiving a lot of unjust criticism because of slavery. However, slavery was a national problem. Therefore, it should be viewed as an overlay of international involvement. Donald R. Sturkie, Ridge Spring

Wants improvements in animal control
Animal control management is due improvement. But, it is this community's neglect creating this horrible need to kill 10,000 furry victims a year -- year after year. M. Judge, Augusta

Backs control of gasoline prices
Now that we have put John Rocker aside, let's concentrate on something more important -- high prices. C. Holtzhouser, North Augusta

Backs managed care reform
I support the managed care reforms of U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga. Costs would not increase substantially with qualified professionals making the decisions they are trained to make. Bob Graves, Martinez

Responds to letter on Olmsted Homes
In response to the March 4 letter, Olmsted Homes is a public housing community owned and managed by the Augusta Housing Authority. Created in 1937, the AHA is the oldest and second largest public housing agency in Georgia. It is proud of its service to the more than 6,000 families receiving housing assistance in Augusta-Richmond County. Sevi Roberson, Augusta

Cites a second teen 'hangout'
I find the ``Hanging Out'' article in the March 7 Xtreme section to be very biased. Tommy Bobo, North Augusta

Urges NAACP to focus on schools
The Richmond County School Board asked officials from the Georgia Department of Education School Improvement Team to meet with local principals. The principals should know what the problems are and have solved them by now, otherwise why are they principals? David L. Johnson, Augusta

SRS jobs cut too deep?
U.S. Rep. Lindsey Graham, one of the engineers of John McCain's ``Straight Talk Express,'' did some straight talking of his own to a Savannah River Site Retirees group.

Halt DNA sampling bill
We're not comfortable siding with lawbreakers, but a bill that would require all Georgia felons to give DNA samples to the state is a bit much. Currently, the state only takes DNA samples from sex offenders.

Drop local partisan labels
There is absolutely no mention of ``political parties'' in the U.S. Constitution. But while we have no problem with the two major parties and others functioning in our democratic society -- and while we especially acknowledge the healthy philosophical and watchdog roles they provide at the federal and state level -- there are particular complications at the local level.

Larmer does right: resigns
Besieged Augusta animal control director Jim Larmer has done the right thing by resigning. Unfortunately, he wants to hang on for another six months before officially surrendering his post.

Hits 'whining' untucked generation
When I first heard of the whole shirttail business, I took it as a joke at first. But then my laughter quickly turned into nausea when some of these kids actually started whining and looking for a shoulder to cry on, mainly because their sleeves were wet from wiping away tears, over having to tuck in their shirts. James Walden, Augusta

Says economy no reason for slavery
This is in response to S. Hillman's Feb. 29 letter, ``Says keep `open' mind on history.'' Watson Clark, Augusta

Slams McCormick Co. school board
The McCormick County School bond referendum was defeated recently and it's appropriate to ask two questions: Why was it defeated and what happens next? Michael J. MacDonald, McCormick, S.C.

Pass Ga. reform bill
It would be convenient if legislation could be written that pleased everyone. It'll never happen. General Assembly proposals usually contain good and bad parts and one has to weigh both before deciding whether to endorse.

Doubts report
Re March 7 Across the Area item, ``Indecent exposure reported in North Augusta'': Richard Burwell, Hephzibah

Overtime: Rain forces teams to try another day

Marino makes his retirement official today

Lawmakers debate high school competition

Drivers upset with 'boring' label

Stallions begin camp Friday

Earnhardt wins by a bumper

NASCAR notebook

NASCAR notes: Engine failure prolongs Skinner's streak

Warm winter shatters record
Although folks in the Midwest and Northeast may feel they're paying a price now, December through February was the warmest winter for the United States in 105 years of government record-keeping, officials at the National Climatic Data Center reported Friday.

Web site helps real estate buyers
Internet real estate companies believe that eventually, consumers will push for completely paperless transactions, closing their deals online. But that doesn't mean real estate agents will disappear.

Microbe causes toxic mine runoff
WASHINGTON -- A super bug that eats iron and can thrive in the equivalent of battery acid may be a major culprit in causing toxic metal and acid runoff from a California mine, researchers say.

Thunderstorms, possible tornadoes rip path through South
Severe storms and possible tornadoes ripped through South, damaging homes and leaving thousands without power.

Experimental cream slows hair growth
SAN FRANCISCO -- An experimental cream significantly slowed the growth of facial hair on 70 percent of women in the final round of tests before the drug is presented for federal approval.

Officials: Arizona's Internet vote successful
PHOENIX -- Arizona's first-of-its-kind Internet election showed online voting can work with a relatively small population. The question now is whether it can succeed with much larger groups.

Study: Less air may save more lives of ventilated patients
Many deaths of patients on ventilators could be avoided simply by giving them air in smaller breaths, researchers say in a study that was released early so doctors could use the life-saving technique immediately.

Research suit in Florida settled for $3.8 million
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa General Hospital and the University of South Florida each has agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle a class action suit contending experimental procedures were performed on poor pregnant women.

DoubleClick forms privacy advisory board
Robert Abrams, former New York attorney general, will become chairman of a privacy advisory board being established at DoubleClick Inc. as the giant Internet ad agency seeks to allay fallout from its decision to match consumers' personal information with previously anonymous data about how they use the Net.

Web site helps real estate buyers

Warm winter shatters record

Study: Less air may save more lives of ventilated patients

Experimental cream slows hair growth

Thunderstorms, possible tornadoes rip path through South

Officials: Arizona's Internet vote successful

DoubleClick forms privacy advisory board