Concert calendar
LIL ROMEO, COREY AND LIL D: 4 p.m. Sunday, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $27; tickets available at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center box office, 601 Seventh St., or charge by phone at 828-7700.

Spooky movies reawaken ghostly fears
When I was a kid, I would pass an old house, covered in vines and perpetually dark, on my way to the school bus every morning. Over time, I convinced myself that the things that went on inside were not of the normal morning-paper-and-coffee variety, but cult ceremonies and dark carnivals of horror. And I knew there were ghosts. Lots and lots of ghosts.

Standing ovations
The Augusta Concert Band will present its annual Cleon W. Mauldin Memorial Concert with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre on the campus of Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for students and free for university students and staff. For more information, call (803) 202-0091.

Wine and dine

Magical Mozart
While fellow students are cracking tomes detailing quadratic equations, European economics or literary metaphor, a cast of Augusta State University scholars, past and present, are delving into the disparate world of Mozart's The Magic Flute.

Spooky movies reawaken ghostly fears

Applause calendar
IRISH FEST: Irish-American Heritage Society event 6 to 11 tonight and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; three stages at Riverwalk Augusta between Eighth and Ninth streets; performers include storytellers and fiddlers, Augusta Pipe and Drum, Augusta Irish Dancers and Bogside Zukes; traditional Irish food and beverages, merchandise and memorabilia, face painting and entertainment for children; food and beverage proceeds benefit Project Children, which promotes fellowship between Irish Catholic and Protestant children; 284-3600 or e-mail GallyND@aol.com

Club calendar

Musician has long love affair with the piano
The first time Chicago-born musician Bud Hudson sat at a piano, Franklin Roosevelt was occupying the Oval Office, the clouds of war in Europe had just begun to form and America was beginning to emerge from the Great Depression.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Star doesn't act like one

Video watch
JUST OUT: A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The One and The Last Castle

Art galleries

Art galleries
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Video watch

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs:

Singer has surprising maturity

Wine and dine
When Peter Knox contemplated renovating the dilapidated building on the corner of Ellis and Sixth streets, he was intrigued with the name "D. Timm" etched above the doorway.

Luck o' the Irish will stay longer in Augusta

Singer has surprising maturity
It wasn't that long ago that Atlantan Corey Jerome Hodges was strolling the mall with friends and emulating his musical idols, people like Usher and Michael Jackson, in his bedroom.

Applause calendar

Luck o' the Irish will stay longer in Augusta
Here's the bad news:

Musician has long love affair with the piano

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location for today through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times.

Magical Mozart

Ramblin' Rhodes: Star doesn't act like one
The Augusta Radio Co. in July of 1947 ran an advertisement in The Augusta Chronicle offering some new 78 rpm records.

Concert calendar

Bonds-Sosa discussion turns into desert dustup
MESA, Ariz. -- This little desert dustup between Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa isn't blowing away quite yet.

Bonds-Sosa discussion turns into desert dustup

Young Bulldogs loss to Panthers
Lakeside opened up an early lead at home Thursday against Harlem, and that opened up the dugout turnstiles.

Evans routs Greenbrier, 8-2
Evans just needed a second to beat Greenbrier in season-opening baseball action Wednesday at the Brierpatch.

Evans routs Greenbrier, 8-2

Baseball's president Beeston resigns
NEW YORK -- Paul Beeston resigned as baseball's president and chief operating officer Thursday, saying he hoped his departure will spark negotiations for a new labor contract.

If only women could hear what men really mean

Colorado town plans 'Frozen Dead Guy Days'
NEDERLAND, Colo. - Town leaders - who once fought against a frozen dead man and the grandson who kept him in his back yard - are now ready to celebrate the celebrity who hasn't drawn a breath in nearly 13 years.

'Constrict-o-meter' measures snake's squeeze
When an 18-foot-long predator snake gets hungry, how hard will it squeeze its prey?

Odd and ends
KELSO, Wash. -- It's rare the champion who can boast of winning every competition he's entered for 30 years.

Braves' Sheffield won't face Dodgers
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Gary Sheffield will not return to "Zero Beach," at least not this spring.

Indians beat Braves

Players battle for jobs
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The question of how Bobby Cox will shape his roster won't be answered with any certainty until the final weekend of the spring, mostly because it will take that long to sort out the survivors.

Players battle for jobs

Braves' Sheffield won't face Dodgers

Maddux pleased with second start despite four runs
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Despite allowing four runs in the Atlanta Braves' 6-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians Thursday, Greg Maddux was pleased with his second start of the spring.

Indians beat Braves
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Jim Thome and Bruce Aven each hit two-run homers Thursday as the Cleveland Indians beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2.

Braves notebook
FORT MYERS, Fla. - It's probably nothing serious, but the Braves aren't taking any chances with shortstop Rafael Furcal.

Braves notebook

Maddux pleased with second start despite four runs

Analyst sees daylight ahead
Analyst and commentator John Manley has a message for Augusta investors: "Things are getting better, and that's a statement of fact."

Home mortgage points might be tax deductible
Did you buy or build a new home in 2001? Many new homeowners don't know that they can deduct points paid on home mortgage loans. The IRS reminds homeowners that this can really pay off because some home mortgage points are fully deductible in the year they are paid.

Greenspan: recovery seems well under way
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday that recovery from the recession "is already well under way," his most upbeat assessment yet as signs of economic revival piled higher.

Grocery rolls out new card
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Supermarket chain Winn-Dixie wants to use modern-day technology to conduct old-fashioned grocery business.

Factory orders up 1.6 percent in January
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories rose by 1.6 percent in January, lifted by stronger demand for cars, computers and machinery, providing new evidence that the battered manufacturing sector is turning a corner.

Chip sales are off 40 percent from a year ago
Worldwide semiconductor sales plunged 40 percent in January from a year ago as the industry struggled to recover from the worst downturn in history, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.

Paper mill shows advances in energy efficiency
Augusta Newsprint Co. this week showcased the technological advances that have made it North America's most efficient paper mill.

Chip sales are off 40 percent from a year ago

Retail sales in February uneven
NEW YORK -- Consumers inspired by unseasonably warm weather and new fashion trends went on a small clothes buying spree in February, raising hopes that they'll keep spending in the months ahead and accelerate the economic recovery.

Grocery rolls out new card

Factory orders up 1.6 percent in January

Greenspan: recovery seems well under way

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Energized by more encouraging economic news, Wall Street resumed its upward march Wednesday, propelling the Dow Jones industrials to their third triple-digit gain in the past four sessions.

Retail sales in February uneven

Social security benefits might be taxable
The IRS says that whether your Social Security benefits are taxable depends on your total income and marital status. Form SSA-1099, which Social Security recipients receive by January 31, shows your total benefits, but determining your taxable benefits requires putting pencil to paper.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Wall Street played it safe Thursday, pausing for mild profit-taking even as more evidence of a recovering economy flowed in.

Paper mill shows advances in energy efficiency

'Noles oust Tigers in OT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Steve Robinson gets to coach another day. Larry Shyatt gets to wonder.

'Noles oust Tigers in OT

Jaguars fall in first round

Miami tops Georgetown in OT

Arkansas won't forget Richardson at SEC tournament

All eyes on NCAAs

Huskies' goal is perfection

Area colleges continue runs

Terrapins top seed; Blue Devils seeking record

SEC tournament notebook

Broadcaster's remarks bother Augusta State

SEC tournament notebook

Tennessee beats Arkansas 68-61

Ducks rally for win

LSU tops Vanderbilt

No. 11 Florida 81, Auburn 63

Ivy League has a tournament now

Aiken's runway

Augusta vs. Big Apple

Barkley's bite

The IQ factor

No more chances

Mayor's race warming

Sinking ratings lead show back to island
Everybody's happier on a Polynesian island.

In the know
The Augusta Chronicle wants to talk to those couples. Whether your reasons are based on money, health or population control, The Chronicle is looking for you.

Grammy Awards struggle in ratings
NEW YORK -- The Grammy Awards struck a sour note with television viewers, another piece of bad news for a music industry struggling through its worst sales slump in two decades.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

Dilbert deja vu
Editor's note: No, you weren't experiencing Dilbert deja vu: Due to an editing error, the Dilbert comic strip for Tuesday was repeated Monday and Tuesday.

Capsules
People who can speak two languages rely on their brains to save themselves from information overload, say new findings reported in last week's Nature.

Pacers
Who sets the pace for Augusta-Aiken's medical community? If you're a medical professional, send information on your promotion, activity or academic achievement to PACEMAKERS, c/o The Augusta Chronicle, PO Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.

Women are proof it's fabulous being 50
NEW YORK - Beverly Johnson, the first black model to grace the cover of Vogue, has the advantage of approaching age with hindsight.

Cold spot may have injured many plants

Delightful daffodils are spring's welcome mat

Delightful daffodils are spring's welcome mat
The earth-shaking news is that spring is coming. Yes, it is. Daffodils, Mother Nature's nod that she has not forsaken us, are already poking up through the soil in some areas and dazzling us with their sunny dispositions.

Cold spot may have injured many plants
I really hated to see the unusually cold weather this past week. I am not sure what the official low was, but I know that in some areas it got as low as 16 degrees.

You never really outgrow your love of capes

Parnevik ready to defend Honda Classic title

U.S. to defend Warburg Cup in Georgia

Equipment issue garners response

Club tightens Masters security
A ban on cell phones and restrictions on carry-in items are among some of the security changes planned for this year's Masters Tournament.

Taylor's struggles on greens continue

Solheim Cup moves forward a year

Parnevik ready to defend Honda Classic title
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- It started as a "stupid" bet with his caddie. Jesper Parnevik had missed two cuts on the PGA Tour's West Coast swing and hadn't finished in the top 10 in any event.

Taylor's struggles on greens continue
NORTH AUGUSTA - The ball trickled past the hole, and Vaughn Taylor smacked the head of his putter, a symbolic ending to a frustrating day.

Solheim Cup moves forward a year
LONDON -- The Solheim Cup will move forward a year to 2003 to avoid a conflict with golf's other major biennial team event - the Ryder Cup.

Equipment issue garners response
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Honda Classic leader Brad Faxon said Thursday that some players would skip the Masters Tournament if Augusta National Golf Club ever forced the field to use a uniform ball.

Club tightens Masters security

U.S. to defend Warburg Cup in Georgia
NEW YORK -- The United States will defend its UBS Warburg Cup title at Sea Island Golf Club on Sea Island in Georgia on Nov. 14-17.

Hephzibah, Glenn Hills to face off in state final

Swainsboro girls advance to state final

Lady Tigers rally for shot at title

Mighty Ducks 4, Thrashers 1
ATLANTA -- Paul Kariya scored two goals as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim beat the Atlanta Thrashers 4-1 Wednesday night.

Mighty Ducks 4, Thrashers 1

NHL GMs wraps up meeting

NHL GMs wraps up meeting
NAPLES, Fla. -- NHL general managers wrapped up three days of meetings Wednesday with little trade activity, but the seeds for deals have been planted as the March 19 deadline approaches.

If only women could hear what men really mean
I sat through a company-sponsored training session the other day and one of the speakers made a big deal about the difference between "hearing" and "listening."

Area Kmart stores survive
Kmart Corp.'s four stores in the Augusta-Aiken area were spared from a massive round of bankruptcy-related closures, the company announced today.

Tigers upset Bulldogs
ATLANTA -- Georgia had another meltdown in the Southeastern Conference tournament, losing to LSU 78-76 when Ezra Williams missed two free throws with 6.8 seconds left in Friday's quarterfinal.

Stop turning evildoers into victims

Finds Drew Carey not so funny

Let's 'test' longer bar hours with entertainment district

Answer to Lenten service question

Police shouldn't smoke in uniform

Black-on-black homicide should remain a priority issue

First Friday fee needed maintain event's original purpose

Finds killer of children enraging

Mad-cow ills and Russian roulette

Chamber offers mediator to help lawmakers find solution

Revamp civic center; sell Daniel Field

It would be revenge to kill Williams

Dilbert deja vu

Grammy Awards struggle in ratings

Women are proof it's fabulous being 50

Health calendar

Pacers

Capsules

Sinking ratings lead show back to island

Rookie knows road role
Part of life as a rookie is understanding your role, your place with the club.

Lynx trio form 'Green Machine'
In the hockey vernacular, a player who "turtles" on the ice is a coward, a guy who covers up to avoid flying fists rather than fight the enemy.

Lynx trio form 'Green Machine'

Lynx gamenight
Macon Whoopee at Augusta Lynx tonight at 7:35 p.m.

Rookie knows road role

Troubled construction company delays project
SAVANNAH - The $28 million science center on the southeast corner of Armstrong Atlantic State University's campus was supposed to be completed a year ago.

Corrections
In Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle:

News you can use

Pick 3 gets off to brisk start

Police arrest suspect in credit union heist
The Edgefield County man wanted in connection with Tuesday's armed robbery of a North Augusta credit union surrendered to authorities Wednesday,, according to North Augusta Department of Public Safety investigators.

Harlem proposes plan for divvying sales tax

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Mary T. Patterson of North Augusta.

Senators toughen bill to regulate crematories

Head lice are a nuisance, not a health threat
With gloved hands and a keen eye, Greenbrier Elementary School nurse Julie Howard demonstrated how she inspects little heads for lice.

Across South Carolina

Officials discuss seventh period
What's next: Richmond County Board of Education officials will meet with the full board next week to present guidelines for implementing a seven-period day in high schools.

Area Kmart stores survive

Harlem proposes plan for divvying sales tax
A plan pitched by Harlem's mayor pro tem may be the panacea for problems with distribution of Columbia County's local option sales tax.

Humanities Council honors Augusta lawmaker

Hunt ends for bodies at Georgia crematory
NOBLE, Ga. - Authorities said Wednesday they've finished excavating and searching the main property of Tri-State Crematory, where hundreds of corpses had been discarded and left to rot.

After 3 hours' deliberation, Aiken County jury convicts

Head lice are a nuisance, not a health threat

Officials discuss seventh period

Across Georgia

Hunt ends for bodies at Georgia crematory

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Legislative budget writers failed again Thursday to resolve their differences over the state's midyear spending package and said they doubted they could finish by today, when the Legislature goes into a weeklong recess.

News you can use

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Pick 3 gets off to brisk start
AIKEN - David McRay had his fortunes written on the back of his hand Thursday.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -A new round of urine tests shows levels of uranium decreased in 63 percent of the Simpsonville area residents who were tested, state health officials say.

Victim's parents address senators
ATLANTA - Christy Johnson's 5-year-old daughter, Aleana, died when she was hit by her school bus early last year.

Jackpot play opens at stores
AIKEN - After watching more than 23,000 people buy about $138 million in instant tickets in two months, South Carolina lottery officials are hoping the introduction of jackpot games will continue the payoffs for education.

Across Georgia

Education officials recognize lawmaker
AIKEN - Rep. Bill Clyburn, D-Edgefield, will be honored today in Washington for his educational leadership.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities arrested a North Augusta man Wednesday in connection with a February shooting.

Humanities Council honors Augusta lawmaker
ATLANTA - Nan Connell knows how to keep a political marriage going strong.

Educator speaks with Barnes
Much to her surprise, Barrow Elementary School teacher Elizabeth Kidd recently found a captive audience in Gov. Roy Barnes, who invited her to his office and listened attentively to her tales of woe among teachers in Athens.

Carjacking suspect acquitted
One of four teen-agers accused of taking part in a string of carjackings and robberies last fall has been acquitted of all charges.

Edgefield fires police chief

'90s prosperity missed children

Educator speaks with Barnes

Subscriber of the day

Police arrest suspect in credit union heist

Bridge is hitch in road project

Subscriber of the day

Tigers upset Bulldogs

Across the area

Across the area
A Burke County insurance agent convicted on insurance fraud charges was sentenced Thursday in Burke County Superior Court, according to Georgia Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine and District Attorney Danny Craig.

News you can use
MARCH 8, 1933 For the first time since the United States went dry, prohibitionists are now ready to challenge the "wets" at the polls in a referendum to determine whether or not the 18th Amendment shall be contained as a part of the Constitution.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -South Carolina's largest insurer, State Farm, wants permission from the state to raise rates by an average of 15 percent.

Senators toughen bill to regulate crematories
ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate voted Thursday to accept a substitute bill that would impose even tougher restrictions on crematories.

Action urged on city structure
The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce is leaning on state legislators to compromise and select - from the six proposals on the table - one that addresses the organizational structure of city government.

'90s prosperity missed children
Children in South Carolina and Georgia did not benefit from the economic growth of the 1990s, a study released Thursday says.

News you can use
MARCH 7, 1912 The city of Augusta is not buying property for the Medical College, despite rumors to the contrary.

Store affirms plan to rebuild
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Averill Courtney did not come alone to the news conference in the parking lot of Johnston's IGA store.

After 3 hours' deliberation, Aiken County jury convicts
AIKEN - An Aiken County jury struggled Wednesday with whether to convict a North Augusta man of killing a child. It ultimately did.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is William Scicchitano of North Augusta.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Across Georgia
MACON -The sister of the Macon police chief was found beaten to death in her home in Maryland, and her boyfriend was discovered dead in his back yard the next day in an apparent suicide.

Edgefield fires police chief
EDGEFIELD - Edgefield City Council has fired the town's police chief and will meet tonight to discuss hiring a new one.

Troubled construction company delays project

Bridge is hitch in road project
Georgia and South Carolina transportation officials will present their findings on the Bobby Jones Expressway bridge at the next meeting of the Augusta Regional Transportation Study Policy Committee, set for June 6.

Victim's parents address senators

Georgia Tech has nothing to lose
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Georgia Tech's season might end tonight. Without a winning record. Without an NIT invitation. Without any of the trappings we use to judge the relative success or failure of a program's season.

You never really outgrow your love of capes
When the new Spider-Man movie comes out, I'll probably have to go see it alone. My wife didn't grow up reading comic books, so she has missed an entire lifetime of pop culture.

Cheeks has Blazers back among West's elite
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Even during the bleakest days of the season, the Portland Trail Blazers insisted they could be strong again, given a little time.

Cheeks has Blazers back among West's elite

Hawks sign Smith for rest of season
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks signed troubled former first-round draft pick Leon Smith on Wednesday for the remainder of the season, saying they were intrigued by his potential in earlier stints.

Arkansas won't forget Richardson at SEC tournament
ATLANTA -- Nolan Richardson's replacement at Arkansas still refers to him as "daddy." Clearly, the Razorbacks haven't had ample time to get over the sudden, shocking departure of their longtime coach.

Huskies' goal is perfection
STORRS, Conn. -- They've won all 33 of their games. They average 87 points a game and hold their opponents to 50. Every starter averages in double figures.

Miami tops Georgetown in OT
NEW YORK -- Miami is in the Big East tournament semifinals again. Georgetown must wait to learn its next postseason stop.

No. 11 Florida 81, Auburn 63
ATLANTA -- Auburn had no answer for Udonis Haslem inside or Brett Nelson outside.

Terrapins top seed; Blue Devils seeking record
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For a change, it's not all about Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Ducks rally for win
LOS ANGELES - Leading scorer Frederick Jones was sick, and his Oregon teammates looked tired for most of the first half in the first Pacific-10 Conference tournament game in 12 years.

SEC tournament notebook
If his team begins tonight's game against Ole Miss as it did the last time it faced the Rebels, Dave Odom says South Carolina won't have a chance.

Area colleges continue runs
Funny what a little city rivalry can do.

LSU tops Vanderbilt
ATLANTA -- Antonio Hudson scored a career-high 24 points, including 15 in the second half, to lift LSU to a 69-62 victory over Vanderbilt on Thursday in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Tennessee beats Arkansas 68-61
ATLANTA -- Arkansas never imagined its season would end like this: Nolan Richardson was at home and the Razorbacks were about to join him.

Jaguars fall in first round
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - The same place where Gary Boodnikoff, Jayme Johnson and T.J. Ott nearly began their careers is where it came to a close for each.

Broadcaster's remarks bother Augusta State
Augusta State basketball fans are fuming after hearing the Columbus State radio crew make degrading comments about Australians Chris Harriman and Gary Boodnikoff in the Jaguars' 69-65 win over the on Cougars Saturday night.

SEC tournament notebook
If his team begins tonight's game against Ole Miss as it did the last time it faced the Rebels, Dave Odom says South Carolina won't have a chance.

All eyes on NCAAs
ATLANTA - Two years ago, Florida rolled into the Southeastern Conference Tournament having won five out of six games.

Ivy League has a tournament now
PHILADELPHIA -- The Ivy League usually misses out on the first part of March Madness. Not this season.

Atlanta fills gaps at right tackle, free safety

Patriots re-sign defensive end Willie McGinest

Augusta Georgia: This page is no longer avaliable.

Mr. James Jordan    (TIGNALL, Ga.)
TIGNALL, Ga. - James Walter Jordan, of Tignall, died Thu

Mr. Jimmy Weathersbee    (SEMINOLE, Fla.)
SEMINOLE, Fla. - Entered into rest Tuesday, March 5, 2002 in Seminole, Mr. Jimm

Mr. Freddie Shephart    (AUGUSTA, GA)
AUGUSTA, GA - Mr. Freddie Lee Shephard, 71, entered into rest on February 28, 2002, at the University H

Mr. Lester Toliver Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga.- Lester Ray T

Mr. Richard Bates    (AUGUSTA)
AUGUSTA - Entered into rest March 5, 2002, Mr. Richard Cory Bates, 46, husband of Mrs. Shirley Bates of Belair

Mr. Willie Benning    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Sunday, March 3, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mr. Willie "Nig" Benning of Twelfth Street. Mr. Benning was a native of Columbia County, but made his home in Augusta. Survivors in

Mr. Herbert Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Mr. Herbert Wilson, husb

Mrs. Ruby Thompson    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
LANGLEY, S.C. - Entered into res

Mr. Bruce Wingate Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Bruce A. Wingate, Sr., will be held Saturday, March 9, 2002, at 3 p.m., at Montmorenci First Baptist Church with Revs. Gary Youell and Waco Cotney officiating

Mr. Herbert Wilson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Evatt Sr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)
TRENTON, S.C. - James Dewitt Evatt, Sr., 84, of Trenton, died Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at the V.A. Medical Center. A graveside service will be held 4 p.m., F

Mrs. Lois Cook    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Classie Fountain    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ernestine Coleman    (GOLDSBORO, N.C.)
GOLDSBORO, N.C. - Mrs. Ernestine Allen Coleman, 88, of Goldsboro, died Tuesday evening. Graveside services will be Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., at Wadley City Cemetery, with Reverend Ray Jenkins officiating. Surviv

Mrs. Marie Garrett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.-

Mr. John Bell Jr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga.- John W. Bell, Command Sergea

Mrs. Maudie Green    (GSSH AUGUSTA, Ga.)
GSSH AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Maudie Victoria Powell Green, 66, of Byron Plac

Mrs. Sue Lariscy    (SARDIS, Ga.)
SARDIS, Ga. - Mrs. Sue Allen Lariscy, 74, of Hwy 24 South, died Thursday, March 7, 2002, at Burke Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. DeLoach Funeral Home, Inc., 842 Liberty Street, Waynesboro, GA.

Mr. Benjamin Wright Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Benjamin Franklin Wright Sr. entered into rest on Saturday, March 2, 2002, in the University Hospital. The funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, March 9, 2002, at 2:30 p.m. from The Good S

Mrs. Debbie Reese    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rita McCartney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Rita Marie Seary McCartney, 84, wife of the late George McCartney entered into rest on Wednesday, March 6, 2002, a

Mr. Herbert Smith    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
WILLISTON, S.C. - Services for Herbert G. Smith, 91, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday in the Folk Funeral Home chapel with burial in the Williston Cemetery. Vis

Mrs. Mattie Newsome    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Laurence Ward    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Otis    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C.- Entered into rest, Mr. James Daniel Otis, 71, of Aiken, who died March 7, 2002. Private funeral services wi

Mr. Horace Eubanks    (LOUISVILLE, Ky.)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Mr. Horace J. Eubanks, age 34, of Crop Court Louisville, entered into rest on March 3, 2002. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors includ

Mrs. Loring Ellis    (HAMPTON, S.C.)
HAMPTON, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Loring Snelling Ellis, 86, who died March 6, 2002, the widow of Calder Vincent Ellis Sr., the mother of Calder V. Ellis Jr., will be

Mr. David Holmes    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. David L. Holmes, 57, of Beaverdam Street will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2002, at China Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Andrew Adams officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Th

Mrs. Doris Barbadora    (FALMOUTH, Mass.)
FALMOUTH, Mass. - Doris L. McGrath Barbadora, of Falmouth, formerly of Hingham, beloved wife of the late Mario R. Barbadora, entered into rest March 5, 2002, loving daughter of Roberta M. Barbadora of Augusta, Ga. A funeral mass will be ce

Mr. Cleveland Aldred    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Daniels    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Wright Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leon Cominsky    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Deaconess Lula Benefield    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
MIDVILLE,

Mrs. Barbara Thompson-Reed    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Bates    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Thompson    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
LANGLEY, S.C. - Entered into rest on Wednesday, March 6, 2002, Mrs. Ruby Thompson, Chaffee Avenue. She was preceded in death by her husband Mr. George Thompson. She was the mother of Faye Butler of Clearwater, Fred Thompson and Joyce Cain, both of Lang

Mr. Bruce Wingate Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. Bruce A. Wingate, Sr., will be held Saturday, March 9, 2002,

Mr. Robert Sweet    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.- M r.Robert F. Sweet 65

Mrs. Ruth Manning    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Still    (HILDA, S.C.)
HILDA, S.C. - M rs. Susie Mae Hutto Still, 90, widow of Ansel R. Still, died Tuesday at her home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the Reedy Branch Baptist Church with the Rev. Harry Warren and Rev. John Platt officia

Mr. Jack Reece    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Shuford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest on Monday, Mr. Donald Gene Shuford, Deans D

Mrs. Effie Robinson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C.- Mrs. Effie Mae Butler Robinson, age 68, of Sundy Drive, entered into rest March 6, 2002 at Ai

Mr. Willie Saylor    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Willie "Bill" Saylor, 86, of Carriage Hills Plantation Nursing Center, entered into rest March 3, 2002. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2002, at G.L. Brightharp

Mr. Donald Shuford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered int

Mrs. Essie Nesbitt    (SENECA, S.C.)
SENECA, S.C. -Mrs. Essie Mae Willis Nesbitt, age 76, died March 1, 2002 at Oconee Memorial Hospital. Graveside services will be noon, March 8, 2002 at Old Doe Pond Cemetery, Allendale, S.C., wit

Mrs. Ima Smith    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah Key-Hardie    (FAR ROCKAWAY, N.Y.)

Mr. Jimmy Weathersbee    (SEMINOLE, Fla.)
SEMINOLE, Fla. - Entered into rest Tuesday, March 5, 2002 in Seminole, Mr. Jimmy W. Weathersbee Jr., of Blossom Lake Drive, Seminole. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are his wife, Carman Weathe

Mrs. Nancy Justice    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Toliver Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga.- Lester Ray Toliver Sr., E-6 (Retired), 74, died Monday. Funeral services will be held at 2 p

Mr. Wesley Inglett    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Garrett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Green    (MILLEN, Ga.)
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Green, 53, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 2 at Med. College of GA. She was the wife of Mr. Prince A. Green and mother of Ms. Marsha Godbee. She was a lovi

Mr. Monte Tillman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Baskett    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest March 5, 2002, Mrs. Bernice Moton Baskett, 70, of Chalet North Court. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2002, at Mealing Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmie Dyson offici

Mrs. Kate Thigpen    (THOMSON, GA.)
THOMSON, GA. - Mrs. Kate Darden Thigpen, 93, of Cherry Street, Thomson, entered into rest March 6, 2002 at Taylor Regional Hospital. She was the wife of the late Maner Thigpen.

Featured obituary: Monte Tillman
Those who knew Monte Tillman remember him as someone who would do anything for his children.

Mr. Kenny Buff    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
WILLISTON, S.C. - Graveside services for Kenny J. Buff, 19, who died Wednesday, will be held Saturday, 4 p.m. at the Mount Beulah Baptist Church

Mrs. Jeanette Anderson    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest March 6, 2002, Mrs. Jeanette Shaw Anderson, age 56, of Warrenville, wife of Jerry M. Anderson and daughter of the late James Cl

Mrs. Ira Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Yvette Brooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Shephart    (AUGUSTA, GA)
AUGUSTA, GA - Mr. Freddie Lee Shephard, 71, entered into rest on

Mrs. Mattie Braxton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Sunday, March 3, 2002, at Beverly Manor Nursing Home Mrs. Mattie Bell Bra

Mr. William Norton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lena Wood    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.- Entered into rest March 4, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital, Mrs. Lena Braddy Wood, 93, of Augusta. Funeral services will be held at 1

Mrs. Dorothea McKie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clinton Bowles    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Clinton Robert "Clint" Bowles will be held Friday, March 8, 2002 at 1 p.m., from the graveside in Sunset Memory Gardens with Rev. W. James Ri

Mr. Robert Key    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Retired educa

Mr. William Branson    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Entered into rest March 4, 2002, Mr. William Andrew Branson, of Old Louisville Road, Grovetown, husband of Mrs. Patricia L. Branson. Funeral s

T.Sgt. (Ret.) Joe Reid Jr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
HARLEM, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, March 2, 2002, at the V.A. Medical Center, Mr. Joe Reid Jr., T.Sgt. (Retired), of Sandy Run Road, Harlem. Funeral service will be held Thursday, March 7, 2002, at 3 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, Co

Mr. Willie Gardner III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUG

Mr. David Holmes    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. David L. Holmes, 57, entered into rest March 2, 2002 at University Hospital. Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2002, at

Mr. Larry Hardy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Gardner III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wesley Inglett    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Davis Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.- Entered into rest Tuesday, March 5, 2002, Mr. James Henry "Jimmy" Davis, Sr., 59, beloved husband of 36 years to Mrs. Stella D. Davis. Other family members include two sons, James H. "Beau" Davis, Jr., Blythe and Terry D

Mrs. Eula Boatwright    (WRENS, Ga.)
WRENS, Ga. - Funeral serv

Mrs. Robbie Calhoun    (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga.- Entered into rest March 4, 2002, at the residence, Mrs. Robbie Chapman Calhoun, 87, of Owens Road, Evans, wife of the late James N. Calhoun Sr. Graveside services

Featured obituary: Mr. Eddie Gardner
Not even a permanent disability could dampen Eddie Gardner's outlook on life, say those who knew him.

Mrs. Mattie Braxton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clinton Bowles    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Clinton Robert "Clint" Bowles will be held

Mrs. Kate Thigpen    (THOMSON, GA.)
THOMSON, GA. - Mr

Mrs. Kate Thigpen (THOMSON, GA.)

Mr. Lester Toliver Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Loring Ellis (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mr. Cleveland Aldred (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Eula Boatwright (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Weathersbee (SEMINOLE, Fla.)

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

Mr. Donald Shuford (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Yvette Brooks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Key (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Newsome (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lena Wood (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Hardy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Gardner III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ernestine Coleman (GOLDSBORO, N.C.)

Mrs. Doris Barbadora (FALMOUTH, Mass.)

Mr. Kenny Buff (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Essie Nesbitt (SENECA, S.C.)

Mr. Freddie Shephart (AUGUSTA, GA)

Mrs. Mattie Braxton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Jordan (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Justice (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leon Cominsky (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Cook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Shuford (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Robbie Calhoun (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Reece (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Bates (AUGUSTA)

Mrs. Barbara Thompson-Reed (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Green (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Effie Robinson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Herbert Smith (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Wesley Inglett (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert Wilson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bernice Baskett (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Bruce Wingate Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Garrett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Saylor (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Leroy Daniels (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Horace Eubanks (LOUISVILLE, Ky.)

Deaconess Lula Benefield (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Freddie Shephart (AUGUSTA, GA)

Mrs. Sue Lariscy (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothea McKie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Still (HILDA, S.C.)

Mr. Benjamin Wright Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clinton Bowles (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ira Smith (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William Norton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Gardner III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Manning (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. William Branson (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Toliver Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Laurence Ward (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeanette Anderson (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Kate Thigpen (THOMSON, GA.)

Mr. David Holmes (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. David Holmes (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Debbie Reese (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Thompson (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. James Evatt Sr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy Weathersbee (SEMINOLE, Fla.)

Mr. Wesley Inglett (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

The IQ factor
"We have to be very careful because there's no going back if we say this is unconstitutional. If it turns out there's a claim of retardation in almost every case and there are expert witnesses willing to easily say someone is retarded, there's no way to go back, because no legislation can override a constitutional finding."

Finds killer of children enraging
I am enraged. This is for the family of Danielle Van Dam, the little girl who was kidnapped and murdered in California. I want them to know that I am enraged. The evil thrust upon this family must not go unpunished. Larry Rodgers, Evans, Ga.

No more chances
Last October many Augustans concerned with the quality of justice were dismayed when Rodricgus F. Maxwell, who pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine, received no jail time.

Stop turning evildoers into victims
A civilized society will cease to exist without law and order, and it seems that Lady Justice would tire of the continuous beatings. This time it wasn't a dirty cop, a crooked attorney or a biased jury to cast the crippling blow. It was the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles that spit in her face and sucker-punched her in the gut. Samuel L. Corley, Augusta

Let's 'test' longer bar hours with entertainment district
The Augusta Commission is reviewing ordinances covering the hours of businesses that serve alcoholic beverages. Andy Cheek, Augusta

Mad-cow ills and Russian roulette
Remember last year's headlines about a deadly disease with a funny name that killed Europeans and devastated the beef industry? That was mad-cow disease. Allen Causey, Augusta

Answer to Lenten service question
Valerie Rowell, in her North Augusta Neighbors section story on the Community Lenten Services, says,"No one participating in the program can remember exactly when North Augusta churches began having the community Lenten services." Betty Timmerman, North Augusta, S.C.

First Friday fee needed maintain event's original purpose
I appreciate The Chronicle's First Friday editorial published March 1. Chris Naylor, Augusta

Chamber offers mediator to help lawmakers find solution
Representing the business community of this area, the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce is looking to the Augusta-Richmond County legislative delegation for effective solutions to problems in our city government. Robert C. Osborne and James F. West Jr.

Black-on-black homicide should remain a priority issue
Since 1992 we've watched homicides decrease each year in Augusta, but what has not changed is the disproportionate number of blacks who die as the result of violence. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta

It would be revenge to kill Williams
Regarding Cathy Ward's Feb. 28 letter, "Justice didn't serve Aleta Bunch," I would like to make a few points. P.J. McManus, Augusta

Finds Drew Carey not so funny
I haven't seen anyone writing about the Drew Carey TV show on ABC, and I can't contain myself any longer. What I'm referring to is the episode that aired on Feb. 6 titled, Pretty Baby. While I am considered by many to have somewhat of a warped sense of humor, this particular program went too far. Jim Baggett, Thomson, Ga.

Revamp civic center; sell Daniel Field
If a poor family was too broke to buy food, but owned a very valuable piece of jewelry, what do you think they'd do? Augusta/Richmond County has reached that stage. Charles J. Scavullo Sr., Augusta

Barkley's bite
Charles Barkley knows a lot about rebounds and foul shots. The retired NBA star forward also knows a bit about how to get quoted.

Aiken's runway
Tens of thousands of dollars have been spent making improvements at Aiken Municipal Airport, including construction of a new terminal and more hangars, to better serve general aviation and charter flights in and out of the All-America city.

Augusta vs. Big Apple
Augusta's supposed to be a fairly conservative city and New York City quite liberal - but you'd never know that by how the two cities deal with their deficits.

Mayor's race warming
Although it's only March, the jockeying for the Augusta mayor's race is well under way. Mayor Bob Young has done his polls, former Rep. Robin Williams, R-Augusta, has done his polls, and the two will face off in November, with a few minor candidates sprinkled in.

Police shouldn't smoke in uniform
Recently, I saw a policeman sitting in his car with the window down, smoking. It looked like he was goofing off and didn't have anything else to do. Craig Anderson, Augusta

Overtime

Sports section received awards

NASCAR notebook

Tyson bout closer after D.C. mayor guarantees security at arena

Front-runners settle in for 24-hour layovers

Associate sponsorships are big business

Overtime

Parents pitch travel bill

Shaughnessy, Seles advance

Harvick returns to scene of emotional first victory

Sports section received awards
The Augusta Chronicle sports section received three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors annual contest.

Overtime
Jason Kirkland, Matt May, Andre Hanks, Jeff Macaione and Brandon Summlin each collected two hits as No. 17 Augusta State defeated Southern Indiana 16-6 on Wednesday afternoon at Jaguar Field.

Shaughnessy, Seles advance
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Monica Seles, the 1992 champion at Indian Wells, began her bid for another title with a 6-0, 6-2 victory Thursday over 14-year-old Russian Maria Sharapova.

Front-runners settle in for 24-hour layovers
CRIPPLE, Alaska -- Martin Buser, Linwood Fiedler, DeeDee Jonrowe and other top mushers were in Cripple Thursday morning, settling in for their mandatory 24-hour layovers at the halfway point of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Associate sponsorships are big business
HAMPTON, Ga. - At the bottom of Ricky Craven's race car, 3 inches above the exhaust pipe and 3 inches in front of the rear tire, is a bumper sticker promoting Kenmore appliances.

Harvick returns to scene of emotional first victory
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Kevin Harvick's first hint he had done something special last March at Atlanta Motor Speedway came when he saw crewman Danny "Chocolate" Myers crying.

Overtime
Cross Creek's Al Young resigned last week as head football coach, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. He will stay on as the school's athletic director and girls basketball coach.

Tyson bout closer after D.C. mayor guarantees security at arena
WASHINGTON -- Mayor Anthony Williams on Wednesday guaranteed the owner of the MCI Center "a safe environment" for a Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis fight, clearing a hurdle that had threatened to derail the bout.

Parents pitch travel bill
ATLANTA - High school athletes are traveling too far for road games and not spending enough time studying, concerned parents told a legislative subcommittee Wednesday.

NASCAR notebook
HAMPTON, Ga. - NASCAR took its requirements for better seat belts a step further by adding three requirements in time for this week's MBNA America 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Happiness for anglers is when the 'bite' is on
The bite is on for fishermen in both fresh and salt water, from American shad on their spawning run in the Savannah River, to hybrids and stripers schooling on Strom Thurmond Lake, to crappies and bass in local ponds to sheepshead in coastal areas.

Fishing tournament results
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 results

Happiness for anglers is when the 'bite' is on

Hephzibah, Glenn Hills to face off in state final
MACON, Ga. -- Hephzibah overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, getting 26 points from Tamara Gilyard and 18 from Cheryl Hannah while beating South Cobb 76-65 in a Class AAAA girls state semifinal Wednesday.

Glenn Hills, Hephzibah will face off
MACON - During Monday's practice, Glenn Hills girls basketball coach Bernard Bowman said how nice it would be if his squad and Hephzibah were to battle for the Georgia Class AAAA state crown.

Lady Tigers rally for shot at title
MACON - As the two players sat at midcourt with their arms draped around each other, tears mixed with the sweat on their faces.

Swainsboro girls advance to state final
MACON, Ga. -- Swainsboro overcame an 11-point third-quarter deficit and got 22 points from Shayla Roberts to beat Fannin County 59-49 in a Class AAA girls semifinal Wednesday.

Patriots re-sign defensive end Willie McGinest
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Defensive end Willie McGinest, who went from starter to reserve in the regular season, and goat to hero in the Super Bowl, re-signed with the New England Patriots on Thursday.

Atlanta fills gaps at right tackle, free safety
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons began remaking their offensive line Wednesday, signing right tackle Todd Weiner to a five-year, $17.5 million contract.

Georgia Tech has nothing to lose

Gonorrhea infection rates leveling off
ATLANTA -- Gonorrhea has leveled off in the United States but rates are still rising in many cities hit hardest by the infection, a finding health officials say is unacceptable.

Blood pressure key in diabetes patients, study finds
Diabetes patients can dramatically reduce strokes, blindness and kidney failure by lowering their blood pressure with a couple pills a day, a landmark five-year study has found.

Digital Academy
If soldiers want additional training, the Army has installations that can provide them with education.

Chinese dinosaur found with mature feathers
Paleontologists working in China say they have unearthed the first fossil of a dinosaur that appeared to have mature feathers identical to those of modern birds, including long, showy plumage on its tail and hind legs.

Taking gym rats' well-being to heart
Figuring that people trying to get in shape are prime contenders for heart attack, two major health organizations said Monday that large fitness clubs should always have automatic defibrillators on hand - and staff trained to use them.

Board questions SRS waste removal
A federal review board has raised questions about a new plan to dispose of some highly radioactive salt wastes at Savannah River Site.

Researchers connect El Nino with Antarctic ice
PASADENA, Calif. -- The oscillating climate pattern in the tropical Pacific is connected with changes in the sea ice around distant Antarctica, a team of NASA researchers has found.

Board questions SRS waste removal
A federal review board has raised questions about a new plan to dispose of some highly radioactive salt wastes at Savannah River Site.

News is setback for SRS
When President Bush released a budget proposing $800 million to speed cleanup at federal nuclear-weapons sites, Savannah River Site officials said they hoped to receive a significant chunk of the dough.

More buildings put green on the drawing board
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - In most offices, the bathroom would be an odd place for a can of mulch.

Another promising step along the genetics highway
Medicine has taken another promising step along the genetics highway, raising not only hopes, but the hair on some necks.

Study ties lung cancer to air pollution
Years of exposure to air with high concentrations of soot and dust significantly increases the risk of dying from lung cancer and heart disease, comparable to living with a smoker, researchers report.

Georgia 5, Gardner-Webb 4

Georgia 5, Gardner-Webb 4
ATHENS, Ga. -- Clint Sammons scored on an error in the bottom of the ninth to give Georgia a 5-4 victory over Gardner-Webb on Wednesday after giving up the tying runs in the top of the inning.

Top-seeded Dogs seek respect
ATLANTA - The radio guy was asking Georgia coach Jim Harrick about his team's unforeseen success this season, and he made the mistake of insinuating that the Bulldogs got lucky.

Top-seeded Dogs seek respect

South Carolina survives late run

South Carolina survives late run
ATLANTA - There's still plenty of game left in these Gamecocks.

South Carolina 6, William and Mary 5

South Carolina 6, William and Mary 5
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A two-out pinch hit by Trey Dyson in the bottom of the ninth inning gave South Carolina the 6-5 win Wednesday night against William and Mary.

'Constrict-o-meter' measures snake's squeeze

Odd and ends

Study ties lung cancer to air pollution

Researchers connect El Nino with Antarctic ice

Board questions SRS waste removal

Blood pressure key in diabetes patients, study finds

Board questions SRS waste removal

Chinese dinosaur found with mature feathers

Digital Academy

Another promising step along the genetics highway

More buildings put green on the drawing board

Taking gym rats' well-being to heart