Charming restaurant serves more than bread
The Augusta Exchange Shopping Center has become such a bustling behemoth that slipping into the subdued Atlanta Bread Company, smack-dab in its midst, is like getting a massage in the middle of the freeway.

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.

'Ragtime' tells timeless story of class, race
Although the action in Ragtime takes place at the turn of the 20th century, the stories it tells about class, race and human dignity are timeless.

Charming restaurant serves more than bread

Ramblin' Rhodes: Rock hall of fame finally honors former Augustan
It only took 46 years of recordings and sales of nearly 100 million copies before the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland finally woke up to the musical contributions of former Augustan Brenda Lee.

Magic of the Emerald Isle is found on silver screen

Globetrotter helps make basketball look fun, easy
Roy "Zazu" Byrd never expected as a child to don the red, white, blue and gold of a Harlem Globetrotter.

Mini reviews

Concert calendar
REDBELLY AND THE RIFF RAFF KINGS: Benefit concert for Jennifer Clark Scholarship Fund; Friday, March 29, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St., doors open 7 p.m., concert begins at 8 p.m.; $10; tickets available at Imperial Theatre box office and Somewhere in Augusta, next to Dillard's on Washington Road; post-concert gathering at Rhythm and Blues Exchange, 724 Broad St.; 860-9542.

A devil of a story

Concert calendar

Club calendar

A devil of a story
The devil, it seems, is coming down to Georgia, looking for a soul to steal.

Pianist will give musical tour of Spain in Concert

Standing ovations
It will be green garb and leprechaun shenanigans downtown when the Augusta Irish American Heritage Society presents the 25th annual St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday. This year's parade promises to be the largest ever with more floats and the inclusion of Shriners units previously found in Savannah's processional.

'Ragtime' tells timeless story of class, race

Pianist will give musical tour of Spain in Concert
For the record, Enrique Graf, who performs Saturday and Sunday with the Augusta Symphony at its Passion of Spain concerts, is not Spanish. He was born in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Rock hall of fame finally honors former Augustan

Magic of the Emerald Isle is found on silver screen
There's something magical about the idea of Ireland.

Globetrotter helps make basketball look fun, easy

Applause calendar
TRIPLE CROWN STREET FAIR: 6-11 tonight, Newberry Street Festival Center, Aiken; entertainment by The Catalinas, Liquid Sky and 41; food, drink, hot dog-eating contest, Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing Street Performers; $5 in advance, $7 at gate age 13 and older, $2 advance, $4 at gate 5-12, no charge 5 and younger; tickets available at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center and Citizens Park; (803) 642-7631.

Applause calendar

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

Video watch

Video watch
JUST OUT: Zoolander, Heist, Sexy Beast, Lia, The Wash and Joy Ride

Wildcats hold off Thoroughbreds
AIKEN - When South Aiken's baseball team took a one-run loss against No. 2 North Augusta last week, Thoroughbreds coach Tommy Allen could deal with it. After all, he said, his team played a complete game.

Players would give up arbitration and minimum for complete free agency
NEW YORK -- Baseball's union would give up salary arbitration and a minimum salary if owners were willing to let all players be free agents each time their contracts run out.

One step forward, two steps back

Wildcats hold off Thoroughbreds

One step forward, two steps back
It's always been one step forward, two steps back for Darryl Strawberry.

Booing New York means baseball's back to normal

Players would give up arbitration and minimum for complete free agency

Booing New York means baseball's back to normal
TAMPA, Fla. -- Everybody seemed to be cheering for New York's baseball teams after Sept. 11.

City slogan discussion has opened a can of worms

Former Brave calls NCAA tournament
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - For a dozen years, Bruce Benedict called pitches in the big leagues. This week, the former All-Star catcher and current New York Mets scout called something else - his first game as an NCAA tournament official.

Braves 5, Astros 5

Braves notebook
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Time is running out for Damian Moss.

Marquis ready for new season
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Start the season tomorrow, Jason Marquis said, and he'd be ready to go.

Dodgers (ss) 3, Braves 1

Braves 5, Astros 5
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Keith Ginter evened the score with sixth-inning sacrifice fly and the Houston Astros settled for a 5-5 tie with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.

Sheffield vs. Jordan I
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- For the first time Friday, Gary Sheffield and Brian Jordan faced each other wearing the uniforms of their new teams.

Dodgers (ss) 3, Braves 1
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Terry Mulholland pitched three hitless innings, Paul LoDuca went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a Los Angeles Dodgers split squad defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-1 Friday.

Marquis ready for new season

Former Brave calls NCAA tournament

Pendleton goes from Mr. Mom to Braves hitting coach

Braves notebook

Pendleton goes from Mr. Mom to Braves hitting coach
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- For the past three years, Terry Pendleton was Mr. Mom.

Sheffield vs. Jordan I

Stein Mart reports profit drop

Sign reflects new Wachovia

What if you're missing a W-2?
Q. Last year, I worked for a few months at a company that later went out of business. Taxes were withheld from my paychecks, but I never got a W-2 form. How should I report this when I file my taxes?

Augusta layoffs decline
Initial unemployment claims in Augusta fell 47 percent from January to February, a sign that local layoffs have slowed.

OPEC leaves oil output target intact for three months

Business briefs
WASHINGTON -- Reacting swiftly to the first indictment in the Enron bankruptcy, the government on Friday suspended Enron Corp. and its former accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, from entering into new federal contracts.

Sign reflects new Wachovia
Wachovia Corp. unveiled its new logo Thursday, but it could be more than a year before it appears on Augusta offices.

Home office might be deductible
Whether you are self-employed or an employee, if you use a portion of your home for business purposes, you may be able to take a home office deduction, according to the IRS.

Business briefs

Analyst predicts growth

Home office might be deductible

What if you're missing a W-2?

Business briefs

Business briefs
TOKYO - Eager to add Japan to its global reach, retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. entered an alliance with Tokyo-based retailer Seiyu on Thursday with an option to buy up two-thirds of the company in five years.

OPEC leaves oil output target intact for three months
VIENNA, Austria -- OPEC announced Friday that it would not change its oil production target until its members meet again in June to reassess market conditions, reflecting uncertainty over signs the economy is recovering.

Analyst predicts growth
The good news just keeps on coming.

Stein Mart reports profit drop
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Stein Mart Inc. has reported fourth-quarter earnings that were slightly lower than analysts expected, as the fashion retailer was affected by the overall slowdown in the U.S. economy at the end of the year.

Clemson makes an early exit
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Shamika Christon scored 36 points as Arkansas beat Clemson 78-68 Friday night and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.

Clemson makes an early exit

Shyatt back for fifth year with Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Basketball coach Larry Shyatt is coming back to Clemson despite finishing last in the Atlantic Coast Conference the past three years.

March Madness: College rivalries play out in office pools nationwide

Illinois 93, San Diego St. 64

Kent State pulls off early upset

Oklahoma avoids stumble this year

Kentucky 83, Valparaiso 68

Coach K shows little mercy

Kansas 70, Holy Cross 59

Williams makes amends with performance

Wyoming 73, Gonzaga 66

Louisiana Tech 83, Vanderbilt 68

Tennessee 98, Georgia St. 68

Alabama 86, Florida Atlantic 78

Flashes of greatness

Wake Forest 83, Pepperdine 74

Oregon 81, Montana 62

Ohio State 69, Davidson 64

Tennessee and defending champs begin NCAAs in Knoxville

Coach K goes against another former assistant

Missouri 93, Miami 80

'Jays use two OTs to stun Gators

Tulsa 71, Marquette 69

N.C. State 69, Michigan State 58

Anything's possible when underdogs win fans

First-round NIT game postponed a day

All-Big 12 guard a question mark for Midwest's No. 1 seed

Brush's progress

Same old, same old

Where's the beef?

Encourage marriage

D.C. disgrace

Homestead calendar
The Homestead calendar is a listing of garden shows and classes, home shows, seminars and home-repair classes. Send information to Homestead Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, PO Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Plant fungus can be prevented
Q: Every year I have spots on the foliage of my iris. Can you tell me what it is and what I should do?

Plant fungus can be prevented

Help in the quest for a perfect lawn

Help in the quest for a perfect lawn
About now is when many gardeners go through their annual ritual of overseeding their lawns, often sprinkling grass seed right on top of snow. The snow does make it easier to see the seed, so you can spread it more evenly. And snow provides moisture.

Georgia Tech baseball loses to Wake Forest
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Ryan Johnson's two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Wake Forest to a 10-9 over Georgia Tech on Friday.

Georgia Tech baseball loses to Wake Forest

Haeggman and Eriksson share lead of Qatar Masters
DOHA, Qatar -- Klas Eriksson and Joakim Haeggman shot 6-under-par 66s Thursday and shared early first-round lead at the Qatar Masters.

Haeggman and Eriksson share lead of Qatar Masters

Tiger in top form again at Bay Hill

Mamat, del Olmo lead Indian Open

Sorenstam battles through wind to share lead in Phoenix
PHOENIX -- Annika Sorenstam was efficient, not magical, in the first round of the Ping Banner Health. Even that was enough to keep her in a familiar place - leading in Phoenix.

Tiger, Daly a star attraction
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Fans didn't have to wander around Bay Hill to find the action Thursday - Tiger Woods working magic with his short game in one group, John Daly right behind, booming big drives and avoiding big numbers.

Sorenstam shares lead in Phoenix

Mamat, del Olmo lead Indian Open
NEW DELHI, India -- Pablo del Olmo and Mardan Mamat had 66s Thursday and shared the lead after the first round of the Indian Open.

Sorenstam shares lead in Phoenix
PHOENIX -- Give Annika Sorenstam a couple of good days on a well-groomed golf course, and she'll take her chances against anybody.

Tiger in top form again at Bay Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The score alone was enough to show that Tiger Woods is on top of his game at the Bay Hill Invitational. Despite his first bogey in 76 holes, he had his best round of the year Friday and was leading by four strokes.

Tiger, Daly a star attraction

Sorenstam battles through wind to share lead in Phoenix

Thrashers get Lessard for Harlock, two draft picks
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers acquired defenseman Francis Lessard from the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday in exchange for defenseman David Harlock and two picks in the 2003 draft.

Thrashers 2, Avalanche 0
ATLANTA -- Milan Hnilicka posted his fifth career shutout, and Brian Pothier scored the go-ahead goal in the first period as the Atlanta Thrashers beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 Thursday night.

Thrashers get Lessard for Harlock, two draft picks

City slogan discussion has opened a can of worms
Augusta Mayor Bob Young has certainly sparked a debate with his suggestion to change Augusta's longtime slogan - "The Garden City" - to "City of Medicine."

Dunn signs with Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons added more speed to their backfield Friday when free agent running back Warrick Dunn signed a six-year contract worth approximately $24 million.

Infant's remains found on Thomson lawn
The badly decomposed body of an infant was found on the lawn of a Thomson duplex Friday morning, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent said.

Urges boycott of NAACP

Ga. paroles board tramples justice

Locals should pull their own wagon

Predicts city administrator will leave

Shopper loyalty urged

Guantanamo guests treated kindly

Advice to Burke County landowners: Resist, but take pictures

Hitching his wagon to Hankerson

Coverage of Richmond County high school sports shorted

Lady Bucs go unappreciated

Ashamed at vets' treatment

Left-hand lane laws in question

Lynx game report

Lynx game report
Lynx 5, Stingrays 3 Star of the game: Goalie Zac Bierk came up big time after time in net, keeping the Lynx in the game with 26 saves

Lynx use late surge to top 'Rays

Lynx gamenight

Lynx gamenight

Lynx use late surge to top 'Rays
Sometime between the second and third periods, the Augusta Lynx found their late-season magic.

Lynx have Seitz set on South Carolina
With 12 games remaining in the regular season, the Augusta Lynx face several obstacles as they battle to secure a playoff spot in the Southeast Division.

Lynx have Seitz set on South Carolina

Lynx gamenight
Columbia Inferno play the Augusta Lynx at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Lynx gamenight
South Carolina Stingrays at Augusta Lynx

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Dunn signs with Falcons

Columbia County wants incinerator for dead animals
Columbia County officials say the incinerator would save taxpayers money by generating revenue.

Chips aim to help lost dogs

School's funds are breath of fresh air to sick pupils
FORT STEWART, Ga. - The complaints from pupils and teachers at Brittin Elementary School started in October - rashes, flushed faces, stuffy noses and foul smells in the building.

Budget's proposal cuts care

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -School Superintendent Linda Schrenko's plan to rewrite Georgia's curriculum standards was put on hold Thursday by school board members who said they need more time to review the proposals.

News you can use

Street fair kicks off races
AIKEN - At Friday's Triple Crown Street Fair, which kicks off three whirlwind weekends of horse racing in Aiken, the only horse was on a stick.

Across the area

Across South Carolina

Budget's proposal cuts care
Members of the House have made good on severe cuts the Ways and Means Committee proposed for health care to help balance the budget.

Piloting History
It is a feeling of going back in time, looking over the wing of a North American SNJ advanced trainer airplane.

Chips aim to help lost dogs
AIKEN - The days of identifying dogs by tags on their collars are coming to an end.

News you can use

Budget cuts ground Atlanta mounted patrol
ATLANTA - Atlanta's mounted police force has fallen victim to budget cuts after 30 years of riding high in the saddle.

Street fair kicks off races

Aquarium gets more color
CHARLESTON, S.C. - In a tank in one corner of the South Carolina Aquarium, colorful angelfish and butterfly fish school through a tropical coral reef.

Abandonment bill gets new chance

Poll says Barnes' support is shaky
ATLANTA - Georgia voters aren't ready to reanoint Roy Barnes as governor, a potential opponent's poll shows.

Con artists trick man out of savings

Religion-based bills hit Capitol
ATLANTA - Feet were stomping and hands were clapping in joyous rhythm Wednesday as the crowd gathered at the Capitol for Standing for Faith Day listened to a children's choir from a church in Cobb County.

School's funds are breath of fresh air

Across Georgia

House budget taps accounts

Kings Bay to give out smart IDs
CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. - All sailors, some reservists and Department of Defense civilian workers at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base will be issued new high-tech military identification cards this summer.

125-vehicle crash kills 4, injures 39
RINGGOLD, Ga. - About 125 vehicles piled up in a foggy chain-reaction crash that killed four people and left a half-mile trail of mangled cars and trucks on a highway in northwest Georgia on Thursday.

City, historians battle over Tybee lighthouse
CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. - For more than 265 years, Tybee Island's lighthouse has weathered much: twice the ocean has leveled the beacon, and in 1862 Confederate troops burned it down to prevent the Union army from putting it to use.

JROTC teams show off their colors
Bragging rights were on the line Thursday as JROTC programs from Richmond County high schools battled it out in the annual Richmond County JROTC Drill and Color Guard Competition.

Officer gets tough on Augusta's escort services

Forum lets 3 lawmakers talk reform
If a show of hands means anything, the people of Augusta are ready for a reform of local government.

Military exercise remains a puzzle

News you can use
MARCH 15, 1980 The Georgia Court of Appeals has reversed a contempt order imposed on the Columbia County Commission by a Superior Court judge because the procedure in which the order was placed overreached the judge's powers.

Officer gets tough on Augusta's escort services
If Richmond County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Greg Smith has his way, illegitimate escort services will become a thing of the past in Augusta.

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

Across South Carolina

Poll says Barnes' support is shaky

School's funds are breath of fresh air to sick pupils

Youngsters show competitive spirit

Probation revoked; man jailed

Across the Southeast
MIAMI -A federal appeals court ruled jailers were justified in strip searching a high school girl accused of helping prepare a hate-filled pamphlet that speculated "what would happen" if the principal or students were shot.

Man's appeal goes awry as he gets more jail time

Across the Southeast

Across the area

Infant's remains found on Thomson lawn

125-vehicle crash kills 4, injures 39

Across Georgia

Town tries to save 'Shamrock'
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Four historical properties in Blackville, including the Shamrock Hotel, have been named among the 11 most endangered in South Carolina.

JROTC teams show off their colors

Abandonment bill gets new chance
ATLANTA - An effort to give mothers a safe option to aborting or abandoning their unwanted babies is expected to resurface in the Georgia state Senate on Monday.

Corrections
Kyung and Su Jim Cantrell Park were misidentified in an article in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about their appearance in federal court.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME MARCH 15, 1980 The Georgia Court of Appeals has reversed a contempt order imposed on the Columbia County Commission by a Superior Court judge because the procedure in which the order was placed overreached the judge's powers.

Names pile up in mayoral race
Qualifying for the Augusta mayor's race is more than five months away, but the rumor mills and political skullduggery have already started.

House budget taps accounts
COLUMBIA - House Democrats hope they'll have better luck in protecting the priorities they share with Gov. Jim Hodges in the Senate after the House gave key second-reading approval to a $5.6 billion state spending proposal early Friday.

School's funds are breath of fresh air
FORT STEWART, Ga. - The complaints from pupils and teachers at Brittin Elementary School started in October - rashes, flushed faces, stuffy noses and foul smells in the building.

Across Georgia
DECATUR -DeKalb County police are investigating the death of a 13-year-old girl found in her apartment early Friday.

Military exercise remains a puzzle
ROCK HILL, S.C. - It's been six months since the night when mysterious helicopters swooped down near a nuclear plant near Rock Hill, and still the details are as murky as when it happened.

Across South Carolina
GOOSE CREEK -Twenty-eight sailors who said they were gay were discharged from a Navy nuclear training school last year, down sharply from 81 discharged the year before, a new report says.

Probation revoked; man jailed
An Augusta man lost his big break Thursday when his 20-year probation sentence was revoked in full.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Eleanor Ames of Belvedere, S.C.

Forum lets 3 lawmakers talk reform

Across the area
A 13-year-old eighth-grader at Lakeside Middle School has been charged in two small fires at the school earlier this week.

Corrections

Con artists trick man out of savings
Robert Denton says he should have known better.

Board halts racy dance routines
Lewd routines by high school dance teams and bands are out.

Taxi rider stops jaunt
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Patricia Agness, who climbed into a golden taxi 16 days ago on the trip of a lifetime to see the country, returned to her southside Jacksonville home Friday, bragging about "the beautiful country, the beautiful trip and the beautiful people" she met on her 16,000-mile odyssey.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Richard Lowe of Belvedere.

Thomson man finds baby's body in yard
THOMSON - Police are looking for the mother of an infant whose badly decomposed body was found on the lawn of a Thomson duplex Friday morning.

Across South Carolina
EASLEY -All eyes were on Tanya as she strolled through a construction site just outside of town, but there were no wolf whistles for this lady.

Youngsters show competitive spirit
Shaneesa Tuten couldn't wait to participate in the Special Olympics.

Across the area
Two Augusta-Richmond County firefighters received minor burns during a Thursday afternoon fire that left a family homeless.

Accused bus driver suspended
A Burke County bus driver has been suspended without pay after being accused of sexually assaulting a high school student, authorities said Friday.

Thomson man finds baby's body in yard

Judge sends 2 men to jail
Two men convicted of taking part in a violent home invasion received prison sentences Friday.

Taxi rider stops jaunt

Subscriber of the day

Senators spar over judge choice
AIKEN - There is no end in sight to the disagreement among the state senators who represent Aiken County over appointing a judge to hold bond hearings at night in the overcrowded Aiken County Detention Center.

Religion-based bills hit Capitol

Accused bus driver suspended

Man's appeal goes awry as he gets more jail time
An Augusta cocaine dealer had his appeal for a lighter sentence backfire when a federal appeals court decided his punishment wasn't harsh enough.

Names pile up in mayoral race

Around town

NBA owners speak out against Hornets move

NBA owners speak out against Hornets move
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Some NBA owners are criticizing their colleagues in Charlotte, saying a proposed move of the Hornets to New Orleans would be "unhealthy" for the league.

March Madness: College rivalries play out in office pools nationwide
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Gary "G-Money" Davis is betting on Duke in the office basketball pool. He actually hates Duke, but he figures whatever happens, he wins.

Ohio State 69, Davidson 64
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- One win later, Brian Brown and Ohio State are thrilled to be playing at The Pit.

Kentucky 83, Valparaiso 68
ST. LOUIS -- All disorder disappears when Kentucky steps on court for the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Female ref in NCAA tournament sets milestone
CHICAGO -- Melanie Davis became the first woman to referee a Division I men's NCAA tournament game.

Flashes of greatness
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Crazy stuff always happens in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The only question is where, when and how.

All-Big 12 guard a question mark for Midwest's No. 1 seed
ST. LOUIS -- Top-seeded Kansas is preparing for its second-round Midwest Regional game as if Kirk Hinrich will not in the lineup.

Wake Forest 83, Pepperdine 74
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Craig Dawson's first and last trip to the NCAA tournament isn't over yet.

Illinois 93, San Diego St. 64
CHICAGO -- Frank Williams came to play. Did he ever.

Alabama 86, Florida Atlantic 78
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Mo Williams regrouped from the disappointment of his last game and saved the day for Alabama.

California 82, Pennsylvania 75
PITTSBURGH -- Cal's players made the easy, backdoor baskets, played tough defense and made smart decisions. Who do they think they are - Ivy Leaguers?

Knight leads Pitt to victory
PITTSBURGH - Already, this much is obvious - however deep Pittsburgh advances into the NCAA tournament, Brandin Knight will take them there.

Coach K goes against another former assistant
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Notre Dame has upset No. 1 teams a record-tying nine times in school history. But can Mike Brey do what Quin Snyder couldn't last season in the NCAA tournament - beat his former mentor?

Tennessee and defending champs begin NCAAs in Knoxville
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's displeasure with its seeding in the NCAA women's basketball tournament has been well documented already. It's matched by that of the Lady Vols' first-round opponent.

Coach K shows little mercy
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Duke coac Mike Krzyzewski has been known to go ballistic at times, but cannibalistic?

Forget seeding; Wolfpack feels like underdog
WASHINGTON -- North Carolina State performed well as an underdog last weekend, so the Wolfpack has adopted a similar role in the NCAA tournament.

Anything's possible when underdogs win fans
GREENVILLE, S.C. - By now, Antoine Stevens is probably back home in Boca Raton, Fla., a television representing his only connection to the NCAA Tournament.

N.C. State 69, Michigan State 58
WASHINGTON -- The backdoor was closed. The 3-pointers weren't falling. North Carolina State had just 18 points at halftime and hadn't made a single jump shot. Leading scorer Anthony Grundy was in foul trouble.

'Jays use two OTs to stun Gators
CHICAGO - Visiting Michael Jordan's old arena, seeing his statue and sitting at his locker was a "spiritual" pilgrimage for Terrell Taylor.

Missouri 93, Miami 80
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Missouri woke up just after dawn and regained its early season form at just the right time.

Louisiana Tech 83, Vanderbilt 68
RUSTON, La. -- Antonio Meeking and Gerrod Henderson had 19 points apiece as Louisiana Tech beat Vanderbilt 83-68 Friday night in the first round of the NIT.

Oklahoma avoids stumble this year
DALLAS - Aaron McGhee and Hollis Price weren't about to let the Oklahoma Sooners stumble again in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Tennessee 98, Georgia St. 68
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Gwen Jackson had 28 points and 10 rebounds as Tennessee beat Georgia State 98-68 in the Midwest Regional opening round Friday night.

NCAA tournament notebook
CHICAGO -- Randy Holcomb arrived in Chicago and went straight to the telephone - to turn it off.

Wyoming 73, Gonzaga 66
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- So long, Dan Dickau and Gonzaga. The Wyoming Cowboys are the new darlings of the NCAA tournament.

Fresno State's Tarkanian calls it quits
FRESNO, Calif. -- Jerry Tarkanian retired from coaching college basketball Friday, tossing in his chewed-up towel after a career that spanned four decades and mixed success with scandal.

Kansas 70, Holy Cross 59
ST. LOUIS -- Kansas barely avoided becoming the first No. 1 seed in the history of the NCAA tournament to make a first-round exit, holding off Holy Cross 70-59 Thursday night in the Midwest Regional.

Notre Dame 82, Charlotte 63
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Notre Dame reached the NCAA tournament's second round for the second straight year, and ended Charlotte's run of opening-game successes.

Williams makes amends with performance
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Maurice Williams said he'd already forgotten about his miserable performance in Sunday's SEC Tournament loss to Mississippi State.

Tulsa 71, Marquette 69
ST. LOUIS -- Greg Harrington wasn't about to let all of Tulsa's hard work go to waste.

Kent State pulls off early upset
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Crazy stuff always happens in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The only question is where and when.

Oregon 81, Montana 62
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Now that Oregon has beaten a pesky opponent and a big batch of butterflies for its first NCAA tournament victory since 1960, the ascendant Ducks think they can go anywhere.

First-round NIT game postponed a day
RICHMOND, Va. -- The first-round NIT game between Richmond and Montana State was postponed a day because of travel problems facing the Bobcats.

Pendleton goes from Mr. Mom to Braves hitting coach

Blank still hoping to make a run at Wolf

Falcons' owner sells minority stake in team

Running back signs $28.5 million deal with Atlanta

Dunn nears deal with Atlanta

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Featured obituary: Otis Pearce
Otis Pearce lived his life for other people, according to his wife, Diane Weeks Pearce.

Mr. Clyde Dekle    (MILLEN, Ga.)
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. G. Clyde Dekle, Jr., 92, of Millen, died Thursday, March 14, 2002. He was born in Jenkins County, was a retired attorney and Deacon of the Millen Baptist

Rev. Edward Coy Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at the University Hospital, Rev. Edward Coy Jr., husba

Mrs. Wadie Watson    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Peebles-Curry-Durden announces the death of Wadie Smith Watson of Swainsboro on Thursday, March 14, 2002, at the Emanuel Med

Mr. Jack Broyles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.- Entered into rest March 11, 2002, Mr. Jack D. Broyles, age 83, of Augusta. The funeral service will be conducted

Mrs. Leola Warthen    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Leola Warthen of Sanders

Mrs. Lois Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, March 15, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mrs. Lois Elam Green of Columbine Drive. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are her husband, Bobby Green; three sons, W

Mrs. Diane Turner    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Graveside services for Mrs. Diane Turner, 53, of Edgefiel

Mrs. Marie Rivers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Thursday, Mrs. Marie Cole Hensley Rivers, 87, o

Mrs. Margaret Thompson    (CAMILLA, Ga.)
CAMILLA, Ga. - Mrs. Margaret Eugenia Williams Thompson, 84, of Camilla, formerly of W

Mr. Allen Congdon    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Allen Duane Congdon, 74, of Landing Drive, Aiken, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. Survivors include his wife, Adele Bredesen Con

Mr. Charles Thomas    (MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.)

Mrs. Marie Bridgers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Thomas II    (ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.)

Mrs. Kate White    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Loretta Stephenson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C

Mrs. Vena White    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Josephine Ruckie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Moss    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene Ross Sr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Eugene Ross Sr. of Sandersville, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002. Funeral services will be held

Mrs. Gladys Faulkner    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Mrs. Gladys Lamar Faulkne

Mrs. Jeannette Robinson    (SARDIS, Ga.)
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Rev. Edward Coy Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. S.D. Roberson    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
TENNILLE, Ga. - Mr. S

Mrs. Marie Cobb    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Marie H. Cobb entered into eternal life on March 13, 2002, at Wil

Mrs. Marie Rivers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Thursday, Mrs. Marie Cole Hensley Rivers, 87, of St. Johns Towers. Funeral services for Mrs. Rivers will be Saturday at 3 p.m., at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. George Holcombe and Rev. Robert Riley

Mrs. Mabel Burt    (EDGEFIELD, S.C)
EDGEFIELD, S.C - Entered into rest March 12, 2002, Mrs. Mabel G. Burt, 79, of Burt Street. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 17, 2002, at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, McCormick, S.C., with the Rev. Jasper

Mr. Kevin Pinckney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Bowman    (MILLEN, Ga.)
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Bowman, 67, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, March 9 at Jenkins County Hospital. She made her home and living in Millen, and was the

Mr. Otis Pearce    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Mr. Otis Pearce, 62, of Deans Bridge Road, Hephzibah, died Wednesday. Funeral services will be held Saturday, at 2 p.m., at DeLoach Funeral Homes Inc., Hephzibah Chapel, Buri

Mr. Stafford Barton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ossie Partlow    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Ossie Lee Partlow of Lincolnton, died Sunday March 10, 2002. The funeral services will be held Saturday March 16, 2002, at 3 p.m., at New Tabernacle Baptist Church w

Mr. James Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at his residence, Mr. Jam

Mr. George McClintock    (REIDSVILLE, N.C.)
REIDSVILLE, N.C. - Funeral services for George Gilmore McClintock, 77, who died March 13, 2002, husband of Marie McClintock, will

Mrs. Kate White    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mrs. Kate New White, 75, wife of Lawrence E. White, of W. Martintown Road, entered into rest Wednesday, March

Mrs. Bernice Parrish    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Bernice D. Parrish will be held Saturday, March 16, 2002, at 11 a.m., in the southside chapel of George Funeral Homes, Inc., Whiskey Road, Aiken, with Rev. Rick Rogers officiating. I

Mrs. Junola Gregory    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
BEECH ISLAND, S.C.- The funeral service for Mrs. Junola Rager "Pearl" Gregory, will be conducted today, Saturday, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Napier Funeral Home in Graniteville. The interment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens, Graniteville.

Dea. Leroy Myers    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Deacon Leroy Myers, 77, of Abbeville Ave., N.W., Aiken, died Thursday, March 14, 2002,

Mr. Boyd Westmoreland    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest Mr. Boyd Wendell Westmorelan

Sgt. Louis Mosby    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Ossie Partlow    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Ossie Lee Partlow of Lincolnt

Mrs. Glen Meadows    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Eris "Glen" Meadows, 71, beloved wife of Mr. Jo

Mrs. Malene Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Thursday, March 14, 2002, in Keysville, Mrs. Malene Lane Smith, wife of the late Edgar B. Lane. Funeral services will be held in the Chapel of Hatcher Funeral Home, Sunday at 3 p.m. with Dr. C

Mrs. Vera McNair    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Vera Gibson McNair, age 78, of Louisville, passed away March 13, 2002. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, in the chapel of J

Mr. Joe Edenfield Sr.    (STILLMORE, Ga.)
STILLMORE, Ga. - All funeral services for Joe Walter Edenfield Sr., who died March 13, 2002, the husband of Connie Hooks Edenfield, will be at Mou

Mr. Harold McDonald Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, Mr. Harold Lee McDonald, Sr., 75, of Valley Road

Mrs. Mary Cummings    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
WARRENTON, Ga.

Mr. William McClearen Jr.    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. William Arsh McClearen Jr., 85, of Hillcrest Drive, died March 14, 2002, at MCG, Augusta. Graveside services will

Mr. Curtis Cooper    (VIDETTE, Ga.)
VIDETTE, Ga.

Mrs. Sarah Malone    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Entered into rest March 13, 2002, in New York, Mrs. Sarah Mae Malone of New York. Funeral arrangements w

Mr. Sterling Combs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Lewis    (FAIRBURN, Ga.)
FAIRBURN, Ga. - Funeral services for Michael Lewis, 47, of Hania Drive, Fairburn, who died March 8, 2002, the husband of Karen A. Lewis, will be held 2 p.m. Sa

Mrs. Mabel Burt    (EDGEFIELD, S.C)
EDGEFIELD, S.C - Funeral services for Mrs. Mab

Mrs. Edna Koven    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mrs. Edna Rose Peterson Koven, 76, wife of Mr. Ludolph O. Koven, Jr., died Wednesday, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m.

Mr. Leroy Brown    (GOUGH, Ga.)
GOUGH, Ga. -

Mrs. Lillie Kendrick    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Saturday, March 9, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mrs. Lillie Mae Johnson-Kendrick of Swans Lane. Funeral services will be held today, Friday, March 15, 2002, at 2:30 p.m., fr

Mrs. Marie Cobb    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs.

Mrs. Mazola Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Thursday, March 14, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital, Mrs. Mazola H. Jones. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Carters Mortuary, 885 Waters Street, Waynesboro, (706)554-7842.

Mrs. Evelyn Austin    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. John Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Bell    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Shelia Hunter    (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Solomon Boatright    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Solomon Shad "Sollie" Boatright of Swainsboro, age 79, of Dellwood Road, passed away March 14, 2002. Survivors include his wife, Doris Walden Boatrigh

Mr. James Hunter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Bell    (EVANS, Ga.)
EVANS, Ga.- Entered into rest Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at the Doctors Hospital, Mr. Roosevelt Bell of Evans to Lock Road, Evans. Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 16, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Oakey Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Fredrick Patterson of

Mr. Wendell Heyward    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Entered

Mrs. Lillie Adams    (WADLEY, Ga.)
WADLEY, Ga. - Mrs. Lillie Wilson Adams died on Sunday, March 10, 2002, in Louis

Mrs. Lucile Haynes    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - M rs. Lucile J. Haynes, 83, died Friday, March 8, 2002, at University Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1

Mrs. Shelia Hunter    (BATH, S.C.)
BATH, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Shelia L. Thomas Hunter will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 16, 2002, at Mount Transfiguration Baptist Church with Rev. Clarence D. Hill officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The remains will l

Mr. Rollin Grimes    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Rollin T. Grimes, 86, died on Wednesday, March 13, 2002. Funeral services will be Saturday, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary. Interment

Cookie Zipperer    (GIRARD, Ga.)
GIRARD, Ga. - Mr. Herbert T. "Cookie" Zipperer, 42, died March 14, 2002. A native of Burke County, member of Hurst Baptist Church, and employed by Burke County Road Department. Survivors include wife, Sharon Flakes Zipperer

Mrs. Junola Gregory    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Boyd Westmoreland    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Queen Green    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Queen Elizabeth Curry Green, 58, of Margarets Road, Thomson, died Sunday at McDuff

Mrs. Barbara Wright-Dunbar    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. - Entered into rest Monday, March 11, 2002, Mrs. Barbara J. Wright-Du

Mr. Odell Green    (WILDER, Tenn.)
WILDER, Tenn. - Entered into rest February 25, 2002, Mr. Odell J. Green, age 59 of Wilder, Tenn., son of the late Elzie Green and the late Lucy "Be

Mrs. Louise Dawson    (GIBSON, Ga.)
GIBSON, Ga. - Mrs. Louise J. Dawson, 89, of Warren Street, died Thursday, March 14, 2002, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center, Thomson. The funeral wi

Mr. Nathaniel Cobbs    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Nathaniel Cobbs, 54, of Johnston, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at his residence. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m., Sunday, March 17, 2002, at the Faith Outreach Christian Center, with the Rev. Alvin Ligeons officiating. Buria

Mr. Sterling Combs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.- Entered into rest

Mr. John Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - E

Sgt. Louis Mosby    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at Veterans Hospital, Uptown Division, Sgt. Louis G. Mosby, 84, husband

Mrs. Mary Gay    (GIBSON, Ga.)
GIBSON, Ga. - Mrs. Mary English Gay, 91, of Beall Springs

Mr. Gladys Miles    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Gladys "Doc" Miles, 85, of Hillview Circle, Aiken, died Friday, March 15, 2002, at his reside

Mr. Freddie Gantt    (BATESBURG, S.C.)
BATESBURG, S.C. - Funeral services for Freddie Lee Gantt, 60, husband of Joyce Blocker Gantt, the son of Curtis (Luella) Gantt, who died March 11, 2002, will be held 1 p.m. Sa

Mrs. Margueritte Moses    (UVALDA, Ga.)
UVALDA, Ga. - Mrs. Margueritte Grogan Moses of Uvalda died early Thur

Mrs. Jenise Flowers    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Services for Mrs. Jenise Turner Flowers, 67, of wife of the late Ernest I. Flowers, who died Wednesday will be Saturday, at 4 p.m., at Aiken Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends tonigh

Mrs. Louise Norris    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Louise Norris, 80, beloved wife of Mr. James Norris of Old Milledgeville Road, died Friday, March 15, 2002, in the Gibson Re

Mr. Leroy Brown    (GOUGH, Ga.)
GOUGH, Ga. -Entered into rest on Thursday, March 14, 2002, at Burke Medical Center, M

Mr. Kevin Pinckney    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.

Mrs. Nellie Smoak    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
LANGL

Mrs. Josephine Ruckie    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Bernie Wyatt    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Funeral services for Bernie Jewel "B.J." Wyatt, age 73, who died March 13, 2002, the widower of Jackie Wilson Wyatt, are Friday at 1 p.m. at Peebles- Curry-Du

Mrs. Kathryn Arline    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Kathryn K. Arline, age 91, entered into rest on March 14, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Memorial services will be held at The Church of the Good Shepherd March 15, 2002, at 2 p.m. with the Reverend Robert

Mr. George Young    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. George Edward Young, 82, of Double Branches Road, died March 14, 2002, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta. Funeral servic

Mr. James Ferguson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - James Raymond Ferguson, 58, died March 13, 2002, at University Hospital in Augusta. Visitation will be Friday, March 15 from

Mrs. Bertha Jackson    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Bertha Lee Curry Jackson died March 14, 2002. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., March 17, 2002, at Ervington Baptist

Mrs. Mazola Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Edenfield Sr. (STILLMORE, Ga.)

Mr. Harold McDonald Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Solomon Boatright (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Bowman (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Bell (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Odell Green (WILDER, Tenn.)

Mrs. Josephine Ruckie (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Lewis (FAIRBURN, Ga.)

Mr. Rollin Grimes (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Ferguson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leola Warthen (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. George McClintock (REIDSVILLE, N.C.)

Sgt. Louis Mosby (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Queen Green (THOMSON, Ga.)

Rev. Edward Coy Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucile Haynes (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Otis Pearce

Mrs. Glen Meadows (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Norris (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Dawson (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Kate White (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. S.D. Roberson (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Margueritte Moses (UVALDA, Ga.)

Mrs. Wadie Watson (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Kevin Pinckney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Kendrick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gladys Miles (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Sterling Combs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shelia Hunter (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. John Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Rivers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jenise Flowers (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Malene Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Jackson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ossie Partlow (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Jackson (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Thomas (MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.)

Mrs. Lois Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Stafford Barton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Cookie Zipperer (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mrs. Shelia Hunter (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Nellie Smoak (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Rivers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ossie Partlow (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Malone (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mr. Henry Moss (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Vera McNair (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mabel Burt (EDGEFIELD, S.C)

Mrs. Barbara Wright-Dunbar (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillie Adams (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. George Young (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Junola Gregory (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Cobb (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Sterling Combs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clyde Dekle (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Austin (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Cummings (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene Ross Sr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Boyd Westmoreland (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Kathryn Arline (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Diane Turner (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Loretta Stephenson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Wendell Heyward (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Josephine Ruckie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Allen Congdon (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William McClearen Jr. (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Bernie Wyatt (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Bridgers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Junola Gregory (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Gladys Faulkner (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Dea. Leroy Myers (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Otis Pearce (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Kevin Pinckney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeannette Robinson (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Bell (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Curtis Cooper (VIDETTE, Ga.)

Mr. James Hunter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Thompson (CAMILLA, Ga.)

Urges boycott of NAACP
The NAACP is a racist and bigoted organization. The Confederate flag issue in South Carolina is a stupid issue pursued by a stupid organization. Harry Sellers, Hephzibah, Ga.

Advice to Burke County landowners: Resist, but take pictures
The articles on Navy jets brings to mind my family's plight in 1950. We lived in the area now known as the Savannah River Site and went through the same fears and anger the people in Burke County are now experiencing. Paul Eubanks, Hephzibah, Ga.

Lady Bucs go unappreciated
The Briarwood Academy Lady Bucs basketball team had an outstanding season. They were undefeated in region play and were 23-3 in the regular season. They were also noticeably absent from the sports pages of The Chronicle. Chris McElveen, Crawfordville, Ga.

D.C. disgrace
The Washington, D.C., Boxing and Wrestling Commission walked away from any moral authority it might have had when it issued, on a 3-0 vote, a permit for Mike Tyson to fight in the district. Money won this match. The bookies will have their pound of flesh.

Brush's progress
State Sen. Joey Brush, R-Appling, who has fought for years to get lawmakers to stop naming highways, bridges, parks, buildings, etc., after themselves, is finally making some headway.

Where's the beef?
The State Ethics Commission, which came up empty-handed in its recent investigation of Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, may be on a fishing expedition.

Shopper loyalty urged
Our local K-Mart stores have been spared from closing - for now. It depends on how much the citizens of the Central Savannah River Area care about those stores and want to keep them open, now. Mrs. A. E. Waters, Hephzibah, Ga.

Coverage of Richmond County high school sports shorted
I have read The Chronicle for years and it still astonishes me how biased the sports section is. I am referring to the treatment Columbia County receives versus Richmond County when it comes to the high school baseball programs. Memorie Stelter, Augusta

Guantanamo guests treated kindly
If those bleeding-heart liberals out there would check out our guests being detained at Guantanamo Bay, they would find they are getting four hot meals a day, fresh fruit, snacks and having their clothes laundered for them. Dusty Rhoades, Augusta

Left-hand lane laws in question
I am responding to Steve Kohn's letter on March 11 titled "Left lane slowpokes are dangerous to other drivers" concerning those who legally drive in the left (passing) lane. Glenda R. McCracken, Augusta

Ga. paroles board tramples justice
On March 4, 1986, two worlds collided. In anticipation of her mother's birthday, a young girl ventured out to find a suitable gift. Thoughts of her mother were most likely foremost in her mind. Terri Exum, Martinez, Ga.

Predicts city administrator will leave
Based on recent events, it won't be long until City Administrator George Kolb yells "uncle" and leaves Augusta due to its dirty politics. Professional people like himself like to be treated professionally for some reason. Adequate compensation alone is not enough. Without overall good working conditions like high morale, it will only end one way. Andy Chandler, Augusta

Encourage marriage
President Bush is coming under fire from some leftist and feminist groups for proposing that $100 million be spent to encourage strong, lasting marriages. The money would be sent to states which would then experiment with specific programs and those that worked - if any do - could then be adopted by other states.

Locals should pull their own wagon
My main reason for expecting a better government bill to be passed for Augusta is to stop wasteful spending at the local special-interest level, the developers and minorities. Robert Periano, Augusta

Ashamed at vets' treatment
I saw the movie We Were Soldiers this weekend. While the movie was a little too graphic for my taste, I came away with a sense of awe for the men who fought in Vietnam. Bonnie Johnston, Martinez, Ga.

Hitching his wagon to Hankerson
Perhaps Richmond County has found a star on which to hitch our wagon. Jesse Smith, Hephzibah, Ga.

Same old, same old
All this may not bode well for another politician who tends to call his critics "racist": the former mayor of Atlanta, Bill Campbell. For two years a federal grand jury has been examining charges that Mr. Campbell and his aides took bribes for city contracts. Mr. Campbell has called the investigators "racist dogs," and a preacher who is rallying support for Sid Dorsey (former DeKalb County Sheriff, accused of murdering Sheriff Derwin Brown) says the mayor, too, is a victim of racism. Oh for the future when quiet competence will be this city's only election issue.

Craven wins pole at Darlington, Park to start fourth

Race fans can visit street fair

Craven secures top spot

Races benefit charities

Park makes return at Darlington, site of crash

Burton will start No. 1 in Busch race

Martin upsets Kafelnikov; Hewitt advances

Thousands await start of races

Overtime

Overtime

Overtime
Shane Williamson, Swainsboro's defensive coordinator, was hired Monday as the school's athletic director and head football coach.

Craven secures top spot
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Before Ricky Craven and Jeff Gordon pulled off pit road Friday during time trials for the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400, they focused on the-first turn wall with a huge sense of reverence.

Craven wins pole at Darlington, Park to start fourth
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Ricky Craven, who resurrected his career after his own head injury, spoiled Steve Park's comeback Friday by winning the pole for the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400.

Races benefit charities
AIKEN - David Stinson says there is more to the Triple Crown than the horses. Behind the scenes, the money rolls in to help both people and animals.

Leffler wins pole, leads Dodge romp
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Jason Leffler led a Dodge sweep Thursday in qualifying for the Craftsman Anniversary 200 truck race, taking the pole at Darlington Raceway with a speed of 163.702 mph.

Signs are an effort to replace photos
AIKEN - A park official is hoping Triple Crown visitors can help replace the photographs of three champion race horses in the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum.

Martin upsets Kafelnikov; Hewitt advances
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Todd Martin, whose graying temples make him look older than his 31 years, shocked second-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7-6(5), 6-3 Friday to move into the Pacific Life Open semifinals.

Race fans can visit street fair
AIKEN - The city of Aiken's Triple Crown Street Fair, in its second year, is set for tonight.

Overtime
Winter Wars 2002, a mixed martial arts event, will be held today at the Augusta State University athletic complex.

Thousands await start of races
AIKEN - The Triple Crown is Aiken's annual moment in the sun.

Park makes return at Darlington, site of crash
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Don't look for any hidden reason why Steve Park picked Darlington Raceway to make his return after a serious head injury.

Burton will start No. 1 in Busch race
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Jeff Burton doesn't make many appearances on the NASCAR Busch Series, but when he does, he makes them count.

Fishing report
Few fishermen exist who haven't had this experience: Some days you win, some days you lose and some days you just don't get a bite.

Fishing report

Fishing tournament news

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

Dunn nears deal with Atlanta
ATLANTA -- Running back Warrick Dunn's agent was close to completing a contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.

Falcons' owner sells minority stake in team
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur M. Blank has agreed to sell 5 percent of the team to three investors, including former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs.

Running back signs $28.5 million deal with Atlanta
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons added more speed to their backfield Friday, signing free agent running back Warrick Dunn to a six-year contract worth about $28.5 million.

Pendleton goes from Mr. Mom to Braves hitting coach
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- For the past three years, Terry Pendleton was Mr. Mom.

Blank still hoping to make a run at Wolf
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- As his search for a general manager enters its seventh week, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank still has yet to make anyone a job offer.

Faith and fellowship calendar
Submit items for the Faith and Fellowship calendar in writing by noon Monday.

'Gospel' to come to life at church
After presenting the Gospel of John word for word more than 100 times, two ideas stand out to veteran actor Brad Sherrill.

God's way is only one for self-centered cabbage heads
We are born into this world like cabbage heads, all wrapped up in ourselves.

Making melodies
A small light illuminated William Toole's hands as he sat at the keyboard, accompanying his voice students during a midwinter concert at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church.

Faith digest
Artist Gretchen Clasby, the creator of Sonshine Promises Limited Edition Collectibles, will sign her artwork from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Heavenly Resources Christian Bookstore, 1109 Knox Ave. in North Augusta. For more information, call (803) 442-9222.

Church helps Head Start program expand
After a long dry spell, an Augusta-area church is serving as a host site for a Head Start class.

Health-care cost of obesity is high
Obesity contributes more to health-care costs than either smoking or problem drinking, according to a new study published Tuesday.

High-tech grads face slim job pickings
Two years ago, Silicon Valley's giddy employers couldn't get enough Navjit Ghumans.

Life before a webcam
A webcam, above a closed-circuit camera, showed a mare giving birth inside a barn.

Groups join to preserve river
CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. - You'd never imagine it, looking out from River Street at the tugboats and container ships chugging through its murky water, but the Savannah River is home to 108 species of fish.

AIDS vaccine at least a decade away
WASHINGTON -- Important unanswered questions remain in the development of a broadly effective AIDS vaccine, which could be a decade or more away, a top AIDS researcher said Friday.

Amateur astronomer discovers new comet
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. -- Amateur stargazer Doug Snyder had spent days scanning the skies with his 20-inch reflector telescope hoping to find something new when he happened upon "a little gray smudge."

Surgeon shortage possible
CHICAGO -- Doctors say general surgeons could wind up on the critical list if today's medical students continue to choose a comfortable lifestyle over grueling, unpredictable work hours.

Retail sales down as music theft increases
SAN FRANCISCO - The digital music battle has raged for years, pitting the music industry against online firms in the process. Lost in the noise was the plight of the music retailer.

Georgia advances with win over Murray State
CHICAGO -- Jarvis Hayes scored 20 of his career-high 31 points in the second half Friday night as Georgia overcame an early 14-point deficit to beat Murray State 85-68 in the East Regional.

Georgia's starting center questionable for Friday game
CHICAGO -- Unless he get healthy in a hurry, Georgia starting center Steve Thomas will be watching his team's opening-round game from his bed.

Bulldog learns from brother's death
After missing two crucial free throws in a loss to LSU in the SEC Tournament, Ezra Williams walked past reporters with his headphones on and found a quiet place to sit.

Georgia's starting center questionable for Friday game

Williams used to dealing with adversity

Williams used to dealing with adversity
After missing two crucial free throws in a loss to LSU in the SEC Tournament, Ezra Williams walked past reporters with his headphones on and found a quiet place to sit.

Bulldog learns from brother's death

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