Position switches could play key role in NL East race
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Chipper Jones is worried he might hurt a teammate as he tries to get comfortable in an unfamiliar spot. Edgardo Alfonzo just wants an end to all the questions about his new job.

Astros remove Enron's name from one side of field
HOUSTON -- Letter by letter, Enron Corp.'s name is being stripped from the field the energy giant called its own.

Astros remove Enron's name from one side of field

Position switches could play key role in NL East race

Watson looking to speed games
Bob Watson insists baseball really means it this time when it vows to speed up games.

Ostertag testifies as contraction grievance resumes

Watson looking to speed games

Ostertag testifies as contraction grievance resumes
NEW YORK -- Tom Ostertag, baseball's general counsel since 1990, testified Monday as baseball's contraction hearing resumed for the first time since Feb. 28.

Suggestions pour in for Augusta's new motto

Franco to share duties with Helms, Surhoff
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- If history is an indicator, Julio Franco will hit .300 this year and knock in enough runs to force Bobby Cox to write his name into the lineup three or four times a week.

Braves notebook
JUPITER, Fla. - George Lombard's spring took a painful turn for the worse Monday.

Franco to share duties with Helms, Surhoff

Braves notebook

Communities get creative in refilling big-box stores
Shoppers love the big-box retailers, and suburban communities are building their commercial futures on the foundations of individual stores that

Communities get creative in refilling big-box stores

Trade deficit widens as exports plunge, oil bill soars

Trade deficit widens as exports plunge, oil bill soars
WASHINGTON -- America's trade deficit surged to $28.5 billion in January as the nation's foreign oil bill increased and U.S. exports fell to the lowest level in more than three years.

Small-business tips offered
Creative financing and marketing solutions will take center stage at Mayor Bob Young's second small-business conference, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Julian Smith Casino in Augusta.

Assembly approves gas reform
ATLANTA - The General Assembly moved along Gov. Roy Barnes' effort at fixing Georgia's natural gas industry Tuesday, with the Senate approving his plan and the House debating the same measure late into the afternoon.

Piece of history for sale

Want to know what's going on with gas prices?
All of a sudden a gallon at the pumps costs a dime or two more than it did two weeks ago.

Business briefs

Want to know what's going on with gas prices?

Business briefs
LONDON -Increasingly confident about flying as the shock of Sept. 11 recedes, travelers are returning to the skies over the North Atlantic.

Piece of history for sale
NORTH AUGUSTA - Another year has passed, and the former Seven Gables restaurant and hotel is set to begin yet another chapter in its history.

Tire processor loses permit
DARIEN, Ga. - A scrap-tire processor with a stockpile of 200,000 used tires has lost its transport permit and has been ordered to reduce its inventory, according to state records.

Board watches problem builders

Board watches problem builders
Building officials in Columbia and Richmond counties want to take a bite out of the bad guys' business.

Assembly approves gas reform

Some taxes are deductible
Did you know that you may be able to deduct certain taxes on your federal income tax return? The IRS says you can if you file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A. There are three types of deductible non-business taxes:

Tax assistance available for disabled

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve left a key interest rate unchanged Tuesday and began preparing Americans for the possibility that short-term rates will go higher this year as the country bounces back from recession.

Police clarify job limits of store security guards

Some taxes are deductible

Tire processor loses permit

Tax assistance available for disabled
Are you unable to complete your federal income tax return because of a physical disability or hearing impairment? Get help from the IRS through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs, or through a special TDD phone number available in both English and Spanish.

Small-business tips offered

Police clarify job limits of store security guards
A day after two loss-prevention officers from Wal-Mart chased a shoplifting suspect from Columbia County to Columbia, S.C., police say they don't recommend that people risk their lives for merchandise.

Clemson 23, UNC Asheville 5

Stallions coach wants established players

Clemson 23, UNC Asheville 5
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Jeff Baker had two homers and six runs to lead Clemson in a 23-5 win over North Carolina-Asheville on Tuesday.

Bowden inspires with devotion to sport
Really, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said, he's having too much fun to quit now.

Tuesday Tipoff

Williams, Bird, Howland, Auriemma win Naismith Awards

Old Dominion 74, Purdue 70, OT

Kent State no upstart

O'Connell on Basketball: Some teams benefited from staying near home

Pitt offers strong defense for deep NCAA run

Vanderbilt 61, Arizona St. 35

Sooners getting big effort from their big man

Blue Devils have experience edge in South Regional

Arkansas puts off decision on Richardson

Syracuse 66, Butler 65, OT

Temple 65, Louisville 62

Gators left gasping for answers

NCAA ratings for first four days best since '94

North Carolina 72, Minnesota 69

Oklahoma 66, Villanova 53

Big 12 finally coming up huge in NCAA tourney

UCLA hopes it won't need another miracle against Missouri

Villanova 67, Louisiana Tech 64

Tide stars planning to return

INS still a mess

Rape trial horror

S.C.: cut DUI level

Another chance for justice?

Directing Oscar much coveted
A film director's lot can be difficult. Eclipsed by the stars they help create, often betrayed by the studios that hire them, they work harder than anyone - only to be denied full credit for their contribution.

Risky business pays off for Kidman
Nicole Kidman may have won a Golden Globe for "Moulin Rouge" in January, but she was anything but confident before the announcement of Oscar nominations last month. After failing to be nominated for two acclaimed performances - a conniving newscaster in "To Die For" (1995) and a 19th century heiress in "The Portrait of a Lady" (1996) - she knew not to count on anything.

Best-directing category offers variety
LOS ANGELES -- The best-directing field at the Academy Awards is a true multi-generational affair.

'Stone Flower' is rock-solid mystery
Darl Union and Eli Wade are childhood soul mates, yet their lives can't be more diametrically opposed. She is the heiress to the Hardigree Marble Co. that rules the town, and he is the son of one of the company's stonecutters.

A stylist's tricks of the trade
NEW YORK -- The days leading up to the Academy Awards are intense and extremely busy for a star, a stylist and anyone else involved in an Oscar outfit, says Phillip Bloch, who will be helping best-actress nominee Halle Berry get ready this year for the March 24 ceremony in Hollywood, Calif.

Book evokes memories of childhood, readers say
Childhood nostalgia and a yearning for a lost way of life characterized reader response to The Augusta Chronicle's latest book club selection, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, at a group meeting Thursday.

Spacek enjoys wisdom of age
Five times before, Sissy Spacek has jumped for joy on Oscar nomination morning. She has lobbied in her soft-spoken way for the gold statuette, agonized over what to wear on the big night and prepared some semblance of a speech in case she was called to the podium.

Movie-goers migrate to animated adventure 'Ice Age'
LOS ANGELES -- "Ice Age" froze out the competition at movie theaters as the animated film about prehistoric pals debuted with a whopping $47.9 million, a record for a movie opening in March.

'Sexy Beast' shows villain for the ages
If there were a Movie Psychopath Hall of Fame, Ben Kingsley's Don Logan, from Sexy Beast, would be this year's inductee, joining such imm

Current 'Survivor': Our story so far
- Days on the island - 9 - Ewwwww! - Nurse John Carroll, heal thyself! A sea urchin left spines in his hand, while an eel sliced his middle finger. He called upon any fellow Rotusian to, um, relieve his pain by, er, relieving himself on the urchin wound. Paschal English tried, but it was Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien to the rescue. Yay, I guess.

Oscars return to Tinseltown
HOLLYWOOD - These days, the only stars strolling along Hollywood Boulevard are the Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and Superman impersonators who pose for photos with tourists.

In the know
Princeton University is not a place where even the best students gain admission easily. So how did James Hogue, a 31-year-old impostor, become a Princeton undergraduate and track star? This Reel Life documentary examines the strange case at 7 p.m. on Cinemax.

Party up and down with Oscar
SAN FRANCISCO - Oscar night is made for gatherings, but those black-tie events can be so stuffy. Even worse, dancing is sometimes required.

Sites offer looks at law, racing, barns
A valuable resource for those seeking legal precedents for Internet law is the Internet Law Library (www.internet-law-library.com), a free compendium of Internet law articles, statutes, cases and resources. The case library contains a selection of important decisions in the areas of copyright law, trademark law, domain name law, cookies, data retrieval, cybersquatting and Internet gambling.

13 films that swept acting nomations
This year, the movies "In the Bedroom" and "Iris," with three acting nominations apiece, account for six of the 20 Academy Award nominations in acting categories.

It can take a village to dress up an actress
NEW YORK - It sounds like the setup to a bad joke: How many people does it take to put together an Oscar outfit?

Marisa Tomei soldiers on
Of the victims of "The Curse of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar" - Mira Sorvino, Geena Davis and Kim Basinger among them - none has been singled out for razzing like Marisa Tomei, the 1993 winner for "My Cousin Vinny."

Deceptively decadent
Quick cooking is all about deception. Sound mysterious? Well, it's not, really.

The contenders
LOS ANGELES -- After 40 years in various Los Angeles venues, the Academy Awards return Sunday to Hollywood itself, to a glittering new theater - Oscar's first permanent home.

California Chardonnay offers a taste of fall
The 1999 Sebastiani Chardonnay from California starts with pleasant notes of fall fruit and warm, buttery tones. Do not let this softness fool you: The wine leads into big, full flavors of apple

Staging a Hollywood fashion show takes many players
NEW YORK -- It sounds like the setup to a bad joke: How many people does it take to put together an Oscar outfit?

Dessert wine 'a delightful closure to the meal'
If wine and food connoisseurs have their way, a meal's summation could just as easily become an affair of the grape: Icewine, made from naturally frozen grapes, meets a super-rich dessert pastry; or sauterne, a white wine, teams with glazed pears, said Gerald Ware, owner of Classic Wine Co. in Homewood, Ala.

Oscar's host of hosts: Carson, Hope, Goldberg, et al
In hosting, as in life, timing is everything. In March 1990, when enthusiastic applause greeted Oscar emcee Billy Crystal, he asked, "Is that for me or are you just glad I'm not Snow White?" Both, it turned out.

Next time, order Chablis and toast the region
I was in a restaurant with a group of people recently and a woman of respectably advanced years, asked by the waiter what she would like to drink, replied, in the cry that once echoed through America, "A glass of chablis."

Best-picture Oscar nominations give movies a box-office boost
LOS ANGELES -- Every best picture nominee takes home some form of Oscar gold, even if it's only at the box office or video store.

In the know
WRDW-TV (Channel 12) and CBS are staging an open casting call for Big Brother 3. Get the application online at www.wrdw.com, then take your application materials to Lone Star Cafe on Washington Road from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday for your audition tape.

Small portions
The following are a few tips and techniques for cooks from Food Network Kitchens:

Your ballot for the 74th annual Academy Awards
Ballot for key categories in the 74th annual Academy Awards, to be presented Sunday:

Els, Love, Janzen and Verplank to play at Worldcom
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The Worldcom Classic's only four-time winner says he'll return to next month's tournament.

One-armed golfer's prosthetic limb stolen
SPRING, Texas -- Someone stole the $15,000 artificial limb that a golfer known as the "One-Armed Bandit" needs for charity matches.

Anything but a smooth ride for Duval

Tiger separates himself from the field down the stretch
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods is not ready to declare his game in perfect shape heading into two of the biggest tournaments in golf. At least he knows what to expect should he wind up in the lead late in the final round.

Anything but a smooth ride for Duval
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Among the new gadgets at The Players Championship is a video monitor that allows fans to select some of the best shots on the PGA Tour. David Duval walked by one Tuesday and was told the menu didn't include any from him.

Tiger separates himself from the field down the stretch

Golf notebook

Els, Love, Janzen and Verplank to play at Worldcom

One-armed golfer's prosthetic limb stolen

Golf notebook
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- If someone thinks the best way to take money from a PGA Tour player is to have him swing from the opposite side, think again.

South Florida golfer wins playoff for title
AIKEN - Tele Wightman resolved the conflict between his head and his golf game in just one day.

Thrashers' Waddell swings three deals before deadline
DULUTH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Thrashers made three deals before the NHL trade deadline Tuesday, sending defenseman Jiri Slegr to Detroit, center Bob Corkum to Buffalo and minor-league defenseman Darcy Hordichuk to Phoenix.

Penguins 4, Thrashers 2
ATLANTA -- Milan Kraft scored just 1:14 into the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday night.

13-year-old girl dies after being hit by puck at Blue Jackets' game
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A 13-year-old girl died after being hit in the head by a puck that was shot over the glass and caromed off another fan at an NHL game.

13-year-old girl dies after being hit by puck at Blue Jackets' game

Penguins 4, Thrashers 2

Thrashers' Waddell swings three deals before deadline

Suggestions pour in for Augusta's new motto
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger.

LeBlanc freed on bond in North Carolina
Accused rapist Aaron LeBlanc was freed from a North Carolina jail today.

LeBlanc arrested on new rape charge
An Augusta man acquitted of three rape charges last month has been arrested in North Carolina on a new rape charge, District Attorney Danny Craig confirmed this morning.

Feminist columnist is overly P.C.

Backs pro-life bill

Swap battle flag for 'stars and bars' and everyone wins

Mixed-oxide fuel not the answer

Have full confidence in president

Innocent man sent to prison

Appalled by puppy mill conditions

Not optimistic about nursing shortage

Where's the outcry for Abner Louima?

Blames Yates' doctor, husband

ASU golf program gets close to goal for practice facility

18,000 homicide victims each year

Movie-goers migrate to animated adventure 'Ice Age'

Current 'Survivor': Our story so far

Deceptively decadent

Party up and down with Oscar

Book evokes memories of childhood, readers say

Next time, order Chablis and toast the region

Risky business pays off for Kidman

Small portions

'Sexy Beast' shows villain for the ages

Sites offer looks at law, racing, barns

'Stone Flower' is rock-solid mystery

In the know

In the know

It can take a village to dress up an actress

The contenders

Best-directing category offers variety

Spacek enjoys wisdom of age

Best-picture Oscar nominations give movies a box-office boost

Oscars return to Tinseltown

Staging a Hollywood fashion show takes many players

Directing Oscar much coveted

Your ballot for the 74th annual Academy Awards

California Chardonnay offers a taste of fall

Marisa Tomei soldiers on

Oscar's host of hosts: Carson, Hope, Goldberg, et al

Vandermeer faces old team

Lynx road report
Today: vs. Richmond Renegades, Richmond Coliseum, 7:05 p.m.

Vandermeer faces old team
Joe Vandermeer cherished his days with the Richmond Renegades, but times - and loyalties - have changed.

Across the area
Blood samples from two women will be sent to the state crime lab in an attempt to match their DNA with that of an infant found on the lawn of a Thomson apartment Friday.

Georgia Guard members protest discrimination
ATLANTA - Members of the Georgia National Guard protesting outside the Capitol on Monday hoped to draw the attention of state officials to allegations of favoritism within the militia's full-time staff.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Jack R. Brown of North Augusta.

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

Across Georgia

A Grave Matter
WRENS - Joe Rabun says he doesn't see what all the fuss is about.

Condon sues protest groups
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state filed a lawsuit Monday to stop rest-stop demonstrations by the NAACP and a white pride group in a dispute over the Confederate flag.

Web site offers chat with sheriff
Talked to the sheriff lately?

Across the southeast
ANNISTON, Ala. - Three companies found liable for widespread PCB contamination in the Anniston area reached an agreement with the federal government on measures to develop a cleanup plan.

Blacks speak out against city change

Across the area

City loan set after discussion

House approves budget for 2003

Bond denied for man accused of killing with SUV

City loan set after discussion
AIKEN - Members of Aiken City Council and the Aiken Corp. quickly agreed Monday night on a suitable interest rate for a construction loan the city has extended to the independent economic group.

Condon sues protest groups

Military, school systems team up
The Army is partnering with school systems across the nation to make life a little easier for high school students from military families.

Military, school systems team up

Two men arrested in bank robberies
Richmond County authorities said Monday they have closed the book on robberies at two Wachovia banks with the arrest of an admitted drug addict and a confession from another man in Spartanburg, S.C.

Budget's debt is too high, GOP says

County names new tax assessor
AIKEN - Reassessment isn't always an ugly word.

Around town

Lawyer challenges interrogation result
ATLANTA - A murder suspect's questions on how to get an attorney should have prompted police to halt their interrogation, a lawyer for a Richmond County man told the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday.

A Grave Matter

Future cuts are a threat

Subscriber of the day

Correction

Across the southeast

Web site offers chat with sheriff

Bike builder

Two report police impostor scam
Joe Clemons says he was duped by a man posing as a police officer. He hopes no one else takes the bait.

Across South Carolina

Bike builder
Daniel Duncan, the owner of the Odds and Ends shop in Johnston, S.C., puts together a new bicycle to be sold in his store. Mr. Duncan was taking advantage of the warm weather Monday by working outside.

Across the area

Navy airfield decision delayed
Residents anxious to learn whether the Navy will locate a controversial airfield in Burke County will have to wait several more months for environmental studies associated with the project.

County names new tax assessor

News you can use
March 19, 1952 James Rutherford, first vice president of Prudential Insurance Company of America, said yesterday that "the tremendous expansion of business and industry now under way in the Central Savannah River Area holds great promise for any large organization such as Prudential."

Navy airfield decision delayed

Budget's debt is too high, GOP says
ATLANTA - A bond package that Gov. Roy Barnes proposed to help jump-start Georgia's sluggish economy was the major sticking point during nearly two weeks of negotiations by House and Senate conferees that ended Monday.

LeBlanc arrested on new rape charge

Bond denied for man accused of killing with SUV
A judge ruled Monday that a young Augusta man will remain in jail pending his trial on charges of murder.

Police say Sego pupil had pistol

Choir will sing at Carnegie Hall
NORTH AUGUSTA - Kevin Creel says his involvement in music spans a long time, but he has never performed in New York - much less on the legendary stage of Carnegie Hall.

House approves budget for 2003
ATLANTA - The House overwhelmingly approved a $16.1 billion 2003 budget for the state Tuesday, despite objections from Republicans that it is loaded with politically motivated "pork-barrel" spending in a tight economic year.

Assembly OKs midyear budget
ATLANTA - The Georgia General Assembly gave final approval Monday to a midyear budget that adjusts to the recession by cutting spending but also relies heavily on borrowing to take advantage of low interest rates.

LeBlanc accused of N.C. rape
When a Gastonia, N.C., detective arrested Aaron LeBlanc on charges of rape, less than a month after his acquittal on three rape charges in Augusta, Mr. LeBlanc reportedly told him, "You won't get me."

Baby-abandonment bill hits snag
ATLANTA - A bill that would let mothers drop off unwanted newborns at a safe location took another unexpected turn Monday.

Police say Sego pupil had pistol
A Sego Middle School pupil who officials say is taking medication for depression was charged Tuesday with bringing a revolver to school.

Lawyer challenges interrogation result

Expert visits Augusta, talks attack response
Does Augusta have a mass casualty plan? Who has the legal authority to order an evacuation? What targets would terrorists hit first in an attack on the city?

News you can use

Condon's campaign draws fire
AIKEN - Charlie Condon has been criss-crossing the state in the past few months, shaking hands and smiling for the cameras.

Expert visits Augusta, talks attack response

News you can use
The life of Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy will be the subject of a documentary that airs from 8 to 9 tonight on Georgia Public Television.

Subscriber of the day

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is John R. Brandt of Aiken.

LeBlanc accused of N.C. rape

Historic status sought for racetrack
If the city of Aiken designates McGhee's Mile Track as part of a historic district, it would limit changes owner Bruce McGhee says are crucial to running the horse track for the public.

LeBlanc freed on bond in North Carolina

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

Condon's campaign draws fire

Blacks speak out against city change
Members of Augusta's black community told local legislators Monday that they oppose a bill changing city government.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -For the second time in a week, the House passed a spending plan for the state's lottery.

Future cuts are a threat
The Medical College of Georgia wasn't really cut in appropriations in the midyear budget; it was closer to being grazed, officials said.

Correction
A child suffering from meningitis was treated at Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center. A story in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle named the hospital incorrectly.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The Georgia Senate passed a bill 30-21 Thursday that would require elected officials to be out of office at least five years before having a street, bridge or other location named after them.

Across the area
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is looking for a North Augusta man who is accused of attacking his wife.

News you can use

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL -Police are investigating the possibility that drugs were involved in the shooting death of a 20-year-old Rock Hill man.

Baby-abandonment bill hits snag

Across Georgia
NOBLE -A Cobb County judge was named Monday to preside over the Tri-State Crematory case.

Hawks 102, Bulls 96

San Antonio tapped for WNBA franchise in 2003

Hawks 102, Bulls 96
CHICAGO -- Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Atlanta Hawks over the Chicago Bulls 102-96 Tuesday night.

NCAA ratings for first four days best since '94
NEW YORK -- The first four days of CBS' coverage of the NCAA tournament drew the highest ratings since 1994.

Tuesday Tipoff
TUESDAY TIPOFF Reviewing the first outbreak of March Madness while previewing the Sweet 16:

Oklahoma 66, Villanova 53
NORMAN, Okla. -- Once Villanova's shots stopped falling, the Wildcats had almost no shot of beating Oklahoma.

Ball St. 75, LSU 65
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Chris Williams scored 25 points, shooting 6-of-11 from 3-point range, to lead Ball State to a 75-65 victory over LSU on Tuesday night in the second round of the NIT.

Big 12 finally coming up huge in NCAA tourney
DALLAS -- The Big 12 has never had a problem getting teams into the NCAA tournament. It's sticking around that's been tough.

Villanova 67, Louisiana Tech 64
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Gary Buchanan made two free throws with 12.5 seconds remaining and finished with 21 points to lead Villanova to a 67-64 victory over Louisiana Tech in the second round of the NIT on Tuesday night.

Kent State no upstart
KENT, Ohio -- Kent State's impressive NCAA tournament run might stun everyone - except the Golden Flashes.

Pitt offers strong defense for deep NCAA run
PITTSBURGH -- The coach had no national identity, his team had been invisible on the NCAA scene for a decade.

Syracuse 66, Butler 65, OT
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Preston Shumpert scored six of his 36 points in overtime to lead Syracuse past Butler 66-65 Monday night in the second round of the NIT.

Temple 65, Louisville 62
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Lynn Greer scored 20 of his 27 points in the second half Tuesday night as Temple rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit and beat Louisville 65-62 in the second round of the NIT.

Gators left gasping for answers
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Billy Donovan's big-name players didn't produce big-time results at Florida this season.

UCLA hopes it won't need another miracle against Missouri
LOS ANGELES -- Seven years after Tyus Edney's length-of-the-court drive and layup beat the buzzer and Missouri, UCLA hopes it won't take another miracle shot to get past the Tigers.

O'Connell on Basketball: Some teams benefited from staying near home
When asked about the new NCAA tournament guideline that kept more teams closer to home, most coaches said they were going to wait and see how it affected the early rounds.

Connecticut 86, Iowa 48
STORRS, Conn. (AP)- Unbeaten Connecticut got 22 points from Sue Bird and cruised to its 35th straight win, an 86-48 rout of Iowa in the NCAA Mideast Regional on Monday night.

North Carolina 72, Minnesota 69
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Coretta Brown scored 19 points and Candace Sutton added 18 as fourth-seeded North Carolina beat fifth-seeded Minnesota 72-69 in the second round of the Midwest Regional on Monday night.

Vanderbilt 61, Arizona St. 35
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt is trying to prove that it learned its lessons well when it matters most.

Sooners getting big effort from their big man
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma forward Aaron McGhee is living up to his nickname - Ace.

Blue Devils have experience edge in South Regional
DURHAM, N.C. -- How many points is experience worth in the NCAA tournament?

Williams, Bird, Howland, Auriemma win Naismith Awards
ATLANTA -- Duke's Jason Williams and Connecticut's Sue Bird won the Naismith Awards on Monday as the top college basketball players in the country.

Tide stars planning to return
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mark Gottfried might have to rebuild the wounded psyches of his Alabama players this offseason, but he apparently won't have to rebuild the team.

Old Dominion 74, Purdue 70, OT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Hamchetou Maiga's 17 points and 17 rebounds led Old Dominion to a 74-70 overtime upset Monday night of Purdue, last year's runner-up in the NCAA tournament.

Richmond 67, Minnesota 66
MINNEAPOLIS -- Mike Skrocki scored a career-high 28 points Monday night to help Richmond beat Minnesota 67-66 in the second round of the NIT.

Arkansas puts off decision on Richardson
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Nolan Richardson's future as basketball coach at Arkansas will not be decided until at least Wednesday.

Wolf out as Falcons' GM candidate

Schedule could have late-season switches

Mr. Tom Williams    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
BARNWELL, S.C. - Mr. Tom J. Williams, 76, died Tuesday in Columbia, S.C. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the Trin

Mr. Jessie Harrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, March 16, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia, Mr. Jessie J. Harrison of DeWitt Street. Funeral service will be held Thur

Mrs. Debbie Mitchell    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Debbie Tipto

Mrs. Eloise Brand    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Eloise Brand    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Wyman Bell    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
WARRENTON, Ga. - Mr. Wyman Bell,81, of Warrenton, Ga., entered into rest on March 16, 2002. He leaves to cherish his memories one daughter, Renee Wilder, Warrenton; one son, Wil

Mrs. Nancy Simpson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mrs. Nancy Nelson Simpson, 81, of Aiken, widow of James Simpson, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center. Funeral arrangements will be announced. Rivers Funeral Home, Inc., 715 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, S.C.

Ms. Dorothy Webb    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga.- Entered into rest Monday, March 18, 2002, at the University Hospital, Ms. Dorothy Webb of Belmont Avenue. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. Survivors are one brother, William (Rebec

Mrs. Sarah Malone    (MANHATTAN, N.Y.)

Mr. Charlie Underwood Sr.    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
MIDVILLE, Ga. - Funeral services for Mr. Charlie Underwood Sr., who died March 16, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Roberson Grove Baptist Churc

Mrs. Mary Faulkner    (APPLING, Ga.)
APPLING, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at University Hospital, Augusta, Ga. Mrs. Mary "Molly" E. Faulkner, wife of Rev. Joseph L. Faulkner, of Ray Owens Road, Appling, Ga. Funeral services will be

Mr. Roy Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Roy Lee Turner, age 83, entered into rest on Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at the Salem Nursing & Rehab. The funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, March 21, 2002, at 2 p.m. from Peoples Fune

Mr. John Barnes    (EHRHARDT, S.C.)
EHRHARDT, S.C. - Mr. John Daniel Barnes died Tuesday morning in Gaston. Survivors include two sons, John Barnes, Willie Barnes; one

Ms. Karen Taylor    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Entered into rest Sunday, March 17, 2002, Ms. Karen J. Collins Taylor, age 40, of Aiken, daughter of Gladys McGee McCormick of North Augusta, and the late Ronald Collins. In addition to her mother, she is surviv

Mr. Tim Wall    (GIRARD, Ga.)
GIRARD, Ga. - Mr. Timothy "Tim" Kevin Wall, 41, of Eastmead Drive, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at Burke Medical Center. Funeral service

Mr. Robert Starlings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Memorial services for Mr. Robert Starlings will be h

Mrs. Frances Ponder    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen Spornberger    (MARIETTA, Ga.)
MARIETTA, Ga. - Mrs. Kathleen Reynolds Spornberger of Marietta, died March 17, 2002. She is survived by two sons, Raymond Spornberger of Marietta and Russell Spornberger of Atlant

Mrs. Lona McConnell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Mollie Roberts entered into rest on Monday, March 18, 2002, at the St. Joseph Hospital. The funeral arrangements will be announced by Peoples Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mazola Jones    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBOR

Mr. J. C. Raley    (JEWELL, Ga.)
JEWELL, Ga.- Mr. J.C. Raley of Jewell, Ga., entered in

Mrs. Lois Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, G

Mrs. Frances Ponder    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mozella Cummings    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - On Sunday, March 17, 2002, God called one of his faithful servants, Sister Mozella Cummings, from labor to reward. She was born in Burke County, Ga. on October 4, 1925 to the late Willie and Ma

Ms. Nina Parks    (SALUDA, S.C.)
SALUDA, S.C. - Funeral services for Nina Ouzts Parks, 79, who died March 17, 2002, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from Friendship Pentecostal Holine

Mr. Michael Black    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Trudie Page    (TAMPA, Fla.)
TAMPA, Fla. - Funeral services for Trudie Pierce Darrisaw Page who died March 11, 2002, will be held March 20, 2002, at noon in L.M. Pierce

Mr. Alvin Wylds    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
SAVA

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

Mr. Robert Wilkinson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mr. Robert J. Wilkinson entered into rest at his residence on Coulter Drive, Tuesday, March 19, 2002. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Poteet Funeral Homes, Downtown Chapel, 529 Greene Street, Augusta.

Capt. Robert Morrison Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Moore-Williams    (COLUMBUS, Ga.)

Ms. Carrie Rogers    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Funeral services fo

Mrs. Joanne Mitchell    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
McCORMICK, S.C. - Funeral services for Joanne Miller Mitchell, 82, who died March 17, 2002, wife of John R. "Bob" Mitchell, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday from McCormick United Methodist Church. The family will

Mrs. Henrietta Owens    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Funeral services for Henrietta Glover Fitts Owens, 88, who died March 16, 2002, the widow of Sidney Fitts and Wildon Owens, will be held at 2:30 p.

Mr. Walter Mangrum    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Mr.

Mr. Gladys Miles    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Gladys "Dock" Miles, 85, of Hillview Cir

Mr. John Manello    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Johnny "Poppie" James Manello, 59, of Alene Circle, Augusta entered into rest Saturday, March 16, 2002, in the Veterans Hospital, husband of Mrs. Rosa Williams Manello. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at

Mr. John Manello    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Holton    (SANDERSVILLE, S.C.)
SANDERSVILLE, S.C. - Mrs. Edna Brown Holton of Sandersville died Sunday, March 1

Mr. James Langford    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - James L. "Jim" Langford entered into rest Sunday, March 17, 2002, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta d

Mr. Baker Heath    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
NORWOOD, Ga. - Mr. Baker Heath, 77, of Norwood, Ga., entered into rest on Saturday, March 16, 2002. Funeral services and arrangements have been entrusted to Dawsons Mortuary, Warrenton, Ga.

Jaylen Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Jaylen Cason Jones, born January 30, 2002, entered into rest March 18, 2002, at University Hospital. His mother, Ciara Young; father, Glen Jones; grandm

Mrs. Shirley Hattaway    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Harding    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Sandra "Sandy" Smith Harding, 44, o

Mr. Jessie Harrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bobbie Gable    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
McCORMICK, S.C. - Funeral services for Bobbie Louise Martin Gable, 65, who died March 19, 2002, the wife of Charles Gable, will be held 3 p.m. Thursday

Mrs. Alma Griffin    (PORTAL, Ga.)
PORTAL, Ga. - Funeral services were held March 17, 2002, from Scarboro Grove Baptist Church for Alma Griffin, 89, a Bullock County native, who died March 13, 2002. Survivors includ

Mrs. Laura Evans    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Laura Harris Evans of North Harris Street, in Sandersville, died Tuesday, March 19 at the University Hospital in Augusta. Graveside funeral services will be held on Thursday, M

Featured obituary: Mr. Arthur Mowry
Those who knew Arthur Mowry say he was a walking contradiction.

Mr. Bennie Brown    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)
DAVISBORO, Ga. - Mr. Bennie Frank Brown, age 61, of S. Sparta, Davisboro Road in Davisboro, died Mond

Mr. Thomas Gresham    (LILBURN, Ga.)
LILBURN, Ga. - Entered into rest March 17, 2002, Thomas Douglas Gresham, 82, of Lilburn. Funeral services will be held at 1

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. Fu

Mrs. Mozella Cummings    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - On Sunday, March 17, 2002, God called one of his faithful servants, Sister Mozella Cummings, from labor to reward. She was born in Burke County, Ga. on October 4, 1925, to the late Willie and Ma

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

Mrs. Mazola Jones (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Harding (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Carrie Rogers (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Tim Wall (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Starlings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Henrietta Owens (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Wyman Bell (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. J. C. Raley (JEWELL, Ga.)

Ms. Nina Parks (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Bobbie Gable (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Roy Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Debbie Mitchell (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Eloise Brand (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Ponder (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Joanne Mitchell (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Roy Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Ponder (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Dorothy Webb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alvin Wylds (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Evans (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma Griffin (PORTAL, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Brown (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Hattaway (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Eloise Brand (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Holton (SANDERSVILLE, S.C.)

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

Featured obituary: Mr. Arthur Mowry

Mr. Jessie Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Capt. Robert Morrison Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Barnes (EHRHARDT, S.C.)

Mr. Baker Heath (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Jaylen Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lona McConnell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sarah Malone (MANHATTAN, N.Y.)

Mr. Charlie Underwood Sr. (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

House farm bill best for Georgia economy
GEORGIA'S FARMERS are not the only ones who should be focused on in Washington as a Senate-House conference committee reconciles two sharply different farm bills. The state's overall economic health could be affected, too. Our state's agriculture has not fared well under the current law. The so-called Freedom to Farm act of 1996 is woefully inadequate when it comes to providing an income safety net. The law does not include a mechanism to respond to the record-low prices that farmers have seen recently. Many farmers will be unable to obtain production financing this year if forced to operate under current law.

Have full confidence in president
The Democrats, with antennae fully extended, are sensing hard for an opening. Robert Smock, Hephzibah, Ga.

Backs pro-life bill
It's time for us to examine our consciences. Our nation's leaders express sympathy as if it was genuine, however many of these same people - including U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, D-Ga., - have been blind to the millions of babies that have been aborted. They have consistently fought against legislation to stop partial-birth abortion. Vern J. Simon, Evans, Ga.

Another chance for justice?
It didn't take 19-year-old Aaron LeBlanc, acquitted of Richmond County rape charges just last month, long to get arrested again on the same charge.

S.C.: cut DUI level
South Carolina politicians fighting the .08 blood alcohol standard as a threshold for drunken driving must be getting tipsy themselves. They have nothing to gain and everything to lose by their stubborn opposition.

ASU golf program gets close to goal for practice facility
It's great for The Chronicle to show interest in the Augusta State University golf programs and potential "full-fledged degree program," but we feel there are several points that need clarification. Laura and Rusty Coble, Augusta

18,000 homicide victims each year
It is common knowledge that the nation has been spurred into war against terror under the prudent leadership of President George W. Bush. We all pray for strength for the president and the fighting heroes on the war front. Bal Jerath, Martinez

Innocent man sent to prison
It saddens me to see that in this 21st century corruption and racism still exist in our American court system. We are the country that teaches all other countries the right way to freedom and democracy and, even sadder, we don't really have it perfect here. Evelyn Gibson, Augusta

House farm bill best for Georgia economy
GEORGIA'S FARMERS are not the only ones who should be focused on in Washington as a Senate-House conference committee reconciles two sharply different farm bills. The state's overall economic health could be affected, too. Our state's agriculture has not fared well under the current law. The so-called Freedom to Farm act of 1996 is woefully inadequate when it comes to providing an income safety net. The law does not include a mechanism to respond to the record-low prices that farmers have seen recently. Many farmers will be unable to obtain production financing this year if forced to operate under current law.

Rape trial horror
In reporter Sandy Hodson's in-depth report in Sunday's Chronicle on last month's shocking acquittal of Aaron LeBlanc on rape charges, District Attorney Danny Craig says the work of Augusta police and prosecutors in sexual assault cases is as good or better than other communities. Sadly, he may be right.

INS still a mess
Last week the nation was shocked when six months after the Sept. 11 attacks, a Florida flight school received confirmation from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service that two of the suicide hijackers had been approved for student visas.

Where's the outcry for Abner Louima?
The outcry pertaining to the Alexander Williams case by readers and public officials in your March 3 edition should certainly be noted. Ella Washington, Augusta

Swap battle flag for 'stars and bars' and everyone wins
The more I see the NAACP protesting at the welcome centers, or the Sons of Confederate Veterans counter-protesting at the same welcome centers, the more laughable it all becomes. This whole mess is ludicrous to say the least. Seth Benson, Millen, Ga.

Not optimistic about nursing shortage
Regarding your Feb. 17 article in the employment section, "Nursing a challenge," it should be no surprise to anyone that enrollment in nursing schools cannot meet the demands for nurses. Sandra Wilson, Augusta

Appalled by puppy mill conditions
The March 13 publication of (puppy mill operator) Kathleen Marie Humes' interview was well-saturated with "violator" from beginning to end. Suzanne Howell, Beech Island, S.C.

Mixed-oxide fuel not the answer
Mixed-oxide reactor fuel, made from surplus plutonium, is neither the answer to our future energy needs, nor is it the safest means of dealing with nuclear waste. Pam Harris, Harlem, Ga.

Feminist columnist is overly P.C.
Columnist Ellen Goodman's piece on March 8 acknowledged the benefits of stable marriages to children and society in general, but went on to decry government, i.e., the Republicans' encouragement of marriage. Gene Rickaby, Martinez, Ga.

Blames Yates' doctor, husband
I watched a TV movie, Guilty by Association, and it made me think that this should apply to the Andrea Yates case. Yes, she is guilty, but what about the doctor who recommended she not have any more children? Belle LeRoy, Belvedere, S.C.

A record-setting show for Yagudin

Tyson, Lewis representatives discuss fight in Memphis

Organizers expect crowds for steeplechase, parties

Overtime

Memphis fight site favorite, D.C. still in running

Yagudin, Goebel lead at figure skating world championships

Overtime

Stewart gets out of hospital

Yagudin, Goebel lead at figure skating world championships
NAGANO, Japan -- Former U.S. champions Tim Goebel and Michael Weiss landed quadruple jumps to finish 1-2 in their qualifying group at the World Figure Skating Championships on Monday.

Memphis fight site favorite, D.C. still in running
Memphis emerged as a favorite Tuesday to land the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis heavyweight title fight, following a two-day visit by promoters that left the city's mayor excited about the possible June 8 bout.

Gordon confirms divorce filing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jeff Gordon confirmed Monday that his wife has filed for divorce after seven years of marriage and he asked for privacy as NASCAR's most visible couple goes through their split.

Overtime
Michigan has renewed Mike Tyson's boxing license, clearing the way for a proposed Detroit-area bout with heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis.

Stewart gets out of hospital
Tony Stewart was released from a hospital Monday, a day after he hurt his back in a wreck at Darlington Raceway.

Aquinas looks ahead
Ask Aquinas senior Paulette Acevedo about the Lady Irish's biggest game of the year, and she doesn't hesitate to answer.

Bjoerndalen, Scott call for disqualification of skiers
GENEVA -- Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, a four-time gold medalist at the Salt Lake City Olympics, was among several athletes demanding that medals be stripped from cross-country skiers accused of using banned drugs.

Organizers expect crowds for steeplechase, parties
AIKEN - Organizers say this year's Aiken Steeplechase could be the best in years.

Tyson, Lewis representatives discuss fight in Memphis
WASHINGTON -- Representatives of Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis were in Memphis on Monday to discuss a possible June fight at The Pyramid.

A record-setting show for Yagudin
NAGANO, Japan -- Just as he did in the Olympics, Alexei Yagudin showed why he is a champion.

Overtime
Silver Bluff High School principal Lynn Landis and athletics director Al Lown forfeited the Bulldogs' scheduled soccer game against Bamberg-Ehrhardt on Monday.

Schedule could have late-season switches
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Important late-season NFL games this year might be switched from Sunday afternoon to Monday night to attract more viewers.

NFL puts off changes in tuck rule
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The co-chairmen of the NFL's competition committee disagree on the "tuck rule" - when a ball knocked free from a quarterback becomes a fumble instead of an incomplete pass.

Wolf out as Falcons' GM candidate
ATLANTA -- Ron Wolf told the owner of the Atlanta Falcons he has withdrawn as a candidate to become the team's executive vice president and general manager.

Blank moves closer to making Wolf an offer
ATLANTA -- Ron Wolf has dropped his demand for minority ownership in his contract talks to become the Atlanta Falcons' new executive vice president and general manager.

Stallions coach wants established players
Augusta Stallions coach Mike Hold takes a different philosophy into training camp than the rest of his arenafootball2 colleagues.

Child returns to class after scare
Dalton Smith's parents called his life a miracle long before his recent bout with meningitis.

Gamers may rally to play racing title
In the United States, people equate motor racing with those NASCAR behemoths roaring around in a circle, the races interrupted from time to time by huge wrecks that send half the field limping to the garage.

Deep problems found in Internet gamblers
People who gamble over the Internet may actually have more profound gambling problems than those who hit the slots or play the lottery, according to a new study released Sunday.

Mad cow disease proteins can pool in muscle of mice
WASHINGTON -- Abnormal proteins linked to mad cow disease were found in the muscles of mice that were experimentally innoculated, a finding that suggests infectious proteins could possibly be present in some meats.

New surgery poses fewer repair risks
The pain in his stomach woke Cecil McCollum early one morning. But as he reached down to feel his stomach, he discovered a bigger problem.

Large area of Antarctic ice collapses, scientists' report
LONDON -- A large Antarctic ice shelf in an area that is warming faster than the global average has collapsed with "staggering" rapidity, British scientists said Tuesday.

Link between type of pneumonia and heart problem
Researchers have uncovered medical evidence that a common, low-level lung infection - known as walking pneumonia - has a direct link to heart disease and other cardiovascular problems.

Hurricane Center to issue alerts five days in advance
MIAMI -- The National Hurricane Center will give hurricane warnings two days earlier in 2003, allowing officials five days to clear the coasts for the massive storms.

Season equinox arrives, signaling the onset of longer, warmer days
Mildred Timmerman ambled into Brown Feed & Seed and gave proprietor Donnie Brown an enthusiastic hug.

Hewlett-Packard shareholders vote on Compaq deal
A friendly merger - that was what Hewlett-Packard had in mind when it made its bid to buy Compaq Computer in September.

Sony's new humanoid carries steep price tag
TOKYO -- The newest Sony Corp. family member has a photographic memory, an extensive vocabulary and a jukebox-like knowledge of music.

Man uses Web to 'get back' at hospital
CINCINNATI - An Ohio man can continue to "publish" accounts of what he says was a sexual and physical assault on him by a doctor and nurse at a hospital while he was undergoing a 1996 hernia operation, a judge says.

Atlanta launches biotech bid
Atlanta is poised to make a big push at attracting biotech companies, potentially overshadowing efforts already under way in Augusta.

Research has potential to save lives of humans
Considering that less than a third of people who need a bone-marrow transplant find a suitable match, new groundbreaking research on mice offers the potential to save the lives of thousands of people each year.

Harrick, Georgia forced to look toward next year

Harrick, Georgia forced to look toward next year
Despite three disappointing losses in their last four games, the Georgia Bulldogs say they are proud that they exceeded low expectations this year and are ready for high expectations next season.

Former running back's trial postponed
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Former South Carolina running back Derek Watson's trial on a marijuana possession charge has been postponed by another trial.

Gamecocks face UNLV in Columbia

South Carolina 75, Cincinnati 56
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Tatyana Troina scored eight of her 14 points in a 25-point second-half run, leading South Carolina to a 75-66 victory over Cincinnati on Monday night in the second round of the East Regional.

Gamecocks top UNLV in NIT
COLUMBIA - Most of the seats at Frank McGuire Arena were filled, and the fans in them made more noise than they had all season.

Gamecocks face UNLV in Columbia
The South Carolina men's basketball team will try to extend its season tonight when Nevada-Las Vegas visits Frank McGuire Arena in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Gamecocks top UNLV in NIT

Former running back's trial postponed

San Antonio tapped for WNBA franchise in 2003
SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio will be home to a WNBA franchise beginning in 2003 if enough fans pay for tickets in the coming months.

Question of the week
Which movie do you think should win the Oscar for best film?

Rock bands had good mix of sounds at Imperial show
Augusta was on the rocks March 7 when Big Mighty and Jump, Little Children took the stage at the Imperial Theatre.

Artist's corner
Casey Cohoon, 17, is a junior at Westside High School. He's been sculpting since he took an art class his freshman year. This pot is glazed ceramic clay with a braided leather handle.

Your style

Prom doesn't have to be costly

Advice line: Boyfriend has too many other women in his life

My ride
THE FACTS: Stuart Micek, 18, a senior at North Augusta High School.

Xtreme calendar

Advice line: Boyfriend has too many other women in his life
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I've been going with this boy since June. It seems like the closer we get, the more girls come into his life. I've been into it with three of them. But he treats me like the queen of his life. What should I do? Should I go or should I stay? - 16-year-old Augusta girl

Audio best

Harlem students direct faculty in benefit play
When Elizabeth Barron started directing the actors in Smoke on the Mountain at Harlem High School, she was a bit intimidated.

Xtreme calendar
New CDs include Spin, from Darren Hayes, half of the now-defunct Savage Garden; a self-titled album from MSM (formerly Miami Sound Machine); and double-disc sets, with live material, from K's Choice (Almost Happy) and Megadeth (Rude Awakening).

Prom doesn't have to be costly
Dress, flowers, hair and makeup, accessories, limousine - prom prices can add up quickly, and that's before you even get to the dance.

Question of the week

Your style
THE FACTS: LeJoi Walker, 17, a senior at Lucy C. Laney High School.

Artist's corner

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Harlem students direct faculty in benefit play

Hewlett-Packard shareholders vote on Compaq deal

Deep problems found in Internet gamblers

Link between type of pneumonia and heart problem

Atlanta launches biotech bid

Season equinox arrives, signaling the onset of longer, warmer days

Sony's new humanoid carries steep price tag

New surgery poses fewer repair risks

Hurricane Center to issue alerts five days in advance

Child returns to class after scare

Gamers may rally to play racing title

Mad cow disease proteins can pool in muscle of mice

Large area of Antarctic ice collapses, scientists' report