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

Wolfpack persist
All Greenbrier baseball coach Ed Williams had to do was keep talking to his players in the dugout.

Wolfpack persist

Astros remove Enron's name from one side of field

American flags to be on all team jackets
NEW YORK -- American flag patches will be worn on the jackets of all 30 major league teams this season.

American flags to be on all team jackets

Watson looking to speed games

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.

Odds and ends
MIAMI -- The freewheeling days of the stolen shopping cart may be over.

95 percent is close enough to a full pint of beer
LONDON -- The government had promised beer drinkers a full pint of ale, but it announced Monday that 95 percent was the best it could do.

Dead man may have boarded flight to Des Moines
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Authorities were trying to determine whether an 80-year-old man died on an America West Express flight or was already dead when he was wheeled on board.

Texas town celebrates St. Patrick by racing snakes
OLD SAN PATRICIO, Texas -- Start with the legend of St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland. Then give it a Texas twist.

Braves notebook
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- After a slow start this spring, Jason Marquis looks in midseason form.

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.

Franco to share duties with Helms, Surhoff

Braves trade Bako, Cabrera for Blanco

Braves notebook

Braves trade Bako, Cabrera for Blanco
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- In a move that answers one of the spring's biggest questions, the Atlanta Braves traded catcher Paul Bako and reliever Jose Cabrera to the Milwaukee Brewers for backup catcher Henry Blanco Wednesday.

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.

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.

Krispy Kreme readying 'doughnut-mobile'

Area gains from growth

Planning ahead to save on taxes
Wage earners, job hunters and retirees can cut their taxes with planning.

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.

Tax assistance available for disabled

Planning ahead to save on taxes

Services expand at bank in Aiken
Aiken's Security Federal Bank has expanded into trust, investment and insurance services.

Seminar stresses worker worth
Productive employees are a business owner's No. 1 asset and, when building an organization, it is imperative to take care of them.

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.

Seminar stresses worker worth

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.

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.

Krispy Kreme readying 'doughnut-mobile'
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- If you passed Krispy Kreme's newest store on the highway, you might think it was just a truck hauling doughnuts to the grocery store. Wrong - it IS the store.

Assembly approves gas reform

Home construction highest since 1998

Area gains from growth
Opening day is nearing for a multicounty industrial park located in Barnwell County near Savannah River Site.

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

Home construction highest since 1998
WASHINGTON -- Home builders, aided by low interest rates, broke ground in February on the largest number of projects since the end of 1998, providing more momentum for the country's recovery from a recession.

Piece of history for sale

Services expand at bank in Aiken

Clemson 23, UNC Asheville 5

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.

Glenville St. 94, American International 86, 2OT

UCLA hopes it won't need another miracle against Missouri

Memphis 80, BYU 69

Bender fired as Washington coach

David Graves resigns as Wofford women's coach

First-year Cougars coach shakes up the women's bracket

Metro St. 65, CS San Bernardino 48

Cal Poly Pomona 88, Mars Hill 69

Villanova 67, Louisiana Tech 64

Shaw 102, West Georgia 84

Arkansas puts off decision on Richardson

Pitt offers strong defense for deep NCAA run

Temple 65, Louisville 62

Lavin confounds critics with another postseason surge

Hoosiers don't think much of underdog status

Indiana (Pa.) 78, Northwest Missouri St. 72

Sooners getting big effort from their big man

Another chance for justice?

Federal court logjam

Courting biotech

INS still a mess

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?

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

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

Second generation to see E.T.
Augustan Jennifer Meadows wants her 7-year-old son, Tyler, to know she was cool once.

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.

The return of 'E.T.'
Steven Spielberg proves you can phone home again with "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: The 20th Anniversary."

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.

Capsules
Besides an array of cycling and stair-climbing machines, modern gyms also should be equipped with automated external defibrillators to use when members have cardiac arrest, two health organizations urge.

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."

'Celebrity Boxing' is ratings top contender for Fox
NEW YORK - If B-list celebrities want to beat the tar out of each other or be covered with worms, cockroaches and snakes on national television, people will watch.

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?

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Easter books abound for young readers
Wacky Witzy, the duck from Little Suzy's Zoo, and his pals find Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies and bonnets in Witzy's Backyard Easter Hunt (Scholastic, ages 2-4, $5.99) by Suzy Spafford.

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."

'Under One Roof': All's fair in love and war
It's one thing to build a raft. It's another to keep it from falling apart in the Pacific Ocean.

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.

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

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.

In the know
Live images of the cleanup of the World Trade Center disaster in New York City are being hosted by Earthcam.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Georgia Tech 13, Eastern Kentucky 9
ATLANTA -- Tyler Parker had a two-RBI triple in a three-run first inning and Kyle Schmidt survived a a shaky start as Georgia Tech beat Eastern Kentucky 13-9 Wednesday.

Gailey begins first season as head coach
ATLANTA -- Chan Gailey's top priority in his first season as coach at Georgia Tech will be to replace quarterback George Godsey, one of the top signal-callers in the Atlantic Coast Conference the last two seasons.

Georgia Tech 13, Eastern Kentucky 9

Gailey begins first season as head coach

It is difficult to remember all the big cheeses

Ballesteros criticizes Sergio Garcia
MADEIRA, Portugal -- Seve Ballesteros criticized protege Sergio Garcia on Wednesday, saying he asked for appearance money to play in next month's Seve Trophy.

One-armed golfer's prosthetic limb stolen

A major test awaits Woods, strong field

Woods plays to become first to defend TPC title
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - When it comes to golfers trying to successfully defend a The Players Championship title, the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course has provided an impenetrable defense.

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.

Course that changed golf turns 20
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Jerry Pate had it right when he plunged into the pond off the 18th green to celebrate his victory 20 years ago at The Players Championship.

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.

A major test awaits Woods, strong field
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods was on the golf course at dawn Wednesday, and not entirely pleased with what he saw.

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.

Golf notebook

Woods plays to become first to defend TPC title

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

Players Championship notebook

Anything but a smooth ride for Duval

Course that changed golf turns 20

Players Championship notebook
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The par-3 17th hole on the TPC at Sawgrass is an island green that players find relatively easy - until the tournament starts.

Hockey death raises questions about safety, liability
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The NHL is looking at arena safety following the death of a 13-year-old girl who was hit in the forehead by a puck that flew into the stands.

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.

Lightning 4, Thrashers 2

Hockey death raises questions about safety, liability

Lightning 4, Thrashers 2
TAMPA, Fla. -- Dave Andreychuk is playing like a kid again.

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.

Thrashers' Waddell swings three deals before deadline

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

Authorities seek help in finding elderly woman
New Ellenton and Aiken County authorities are searching for a missing elderly woman with Alzheimer's.

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

Former Georgia governor Herman Talmadge dies at 88
ATLANTA -- Herman Talmadge, a former governor and U.S. senator who directed Georgia's most potent political machine for more than 30 years after inheriting it from his father, died Thursday. He was 88.

Kirby should practice presence of mind

Backs pro-life bill

Top 10 rejected Augusta mottos

Augusta known as 'Home of the Masters'

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

Change needed

New moniker makes city sound sick

ASU golf program gets close to goal for practice facility

Appalled by puppy mill conditions

Killing children legally?

Have full confidence in president

Evans man warns N. Augusta on fee

Urges support for proposed federal ban on human cloning

Reader offers some helpful tips for safer driving

Blames Yates' doctor, husband

Capsules

Marisa Tomei soldiers on

Oscars return to Tinseltown

Staging a Hollywood fashion show takes many players

Small portions

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

Risky business pays off for Kidman

The return of 'E.T.'

Directing Oscar much coveted

'Under One Roof': All's fair in love and war

Sites offer looks at law, racing, barns

'Celebrity Boxing' is ratings top contender for Fox

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

The contenders

Party up and down with Oscar

Easter books abound for young readers

Deceptively decadent

Your ballot for the 74th annual Academy Awards

Next time, order Chablis and toast the region

Health calendar

Spacek enjoys wisdom of age

Medical pacemakers

Best-directing category offers variety

In the know

It can take a village to dress up an actress

In the know

California Chardonnay offers a taste of fall

Lynx repel Renegades
RICHMOND, Va. - Outplayed by the Richmond Renegades on Wednesday night, the Augusta Lynx stole a victory thanks to goalie Zac Bierk.

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

Vandermeer faces old team

Lynx meet with former teammates

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

Lynx meet with former teammates
Greetings from Richmond. It's a few hours before our game with the Richmond Renegades, and it's going to be a very important game for both teams.

Lynx repel Renegades

Then stay out of Aiken County schools' kitchens
AIKEN - Tammy Shaffer pointed to a screen door in the kitchen of Oakwood-Windsor Elementary School.

N.C. jail releases LeBlanc on bond

Across Georgia

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.

LeBlanc accused of N.C. rape

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.

Foreign language model returns to House budget

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

Authorities seek help in finding elderly woman

Police say Sego pupil had pistol

Across the area

Condon's campaign draws fire

Applications again rise at university
ATHENS, Ga. - Freshman hopefuls are storming the admissions office again this year at the University of Georgia, where the number of applications jumped by 10 percent, creating another year of record competition for seats.

Web site offers chat with sheriff

Students circling globe on Swedish ship

LeBlanc freed on bond in North Carolina

Delegation to review options

House approves budget for 2003

Delays keep Columbia County from moving into courthouse

Across Georgia

Across the area

Expert visits Augusta, talks attack response

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

Future cuts are a threat

Subscriber of the day

N.C. jail releases LeBlanc on bond
A grand jury will meet April 1 in Gaston County, N.C. Aaron LeBlanc's first-degree rape charge could be presented then for possible indictment.

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

Second woman charged in forgeries
Mail was stolen from as many as 80 households throughout Columbia and Richmond counties in a three-person forgery scheme to steal identities and forge checks, authorities said Wednesday.

CEO of medical center will relocate to Florida
AIKEN - Florida is only two states away, but for Ricky Satcher, the move will be a major adjustment.

News you can use
MARCH 21, 1973 Richmond County commissioners named Linda Beazley executive director for the new Board of Elections.

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Azalee T. Linyard of Belvedere.

Police look for badge impostor

Foreign language model returns to House budget
Pupils at three area elementary schools may get to continue honing their foreign language skills, which studies have shown improve test scores.

Match made in medicine

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A bill designed to get around a constitutional ban on school-sponsored prayer at graduations and other events has passed a House subcommittee.

Subscriber of the day

Former Georgia governor Herman Talmadge dies at 88

Applications again rise at university

Delays keep Columbia County from moving into courthouse
It's finally starting to look like a courthouse.

Crash victim's relatives sue Swainsboro, officer

Polling expands in Aiken County
AIKEN - More than one in six voters in Aiken County will vote in a different location by June.

Second woman charged in forgeries

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

News you can use

Crash victim's relatives sue Swainsboro, officer
Family members of a young woman killed during a police chase in Swainsboro last year have filed a lawsuit against the city and the officer involved.

Polling expands in Aiken County

Across Georgia
SNELLVILLE -Two South Gwinnett High School teachers have been forced to resign for showing an R-rated movie to six special education students.

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.

Students circling globe on Swedish ship
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Just like other high school students, they're studying geography, chemistry and foreign languages. But they're also learning about engineering and navigation as they help sail Sweden's largest sailing ship around the world.

News you can use

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.

Correction

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.

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 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."

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.

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?

Across the area
Legislation passed by the Georgia House this week would give burn centers the same legal rights as hospitals and nursing homes in recovering the costs of treating patients.

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.

Delegation to review options
Elected officials say the public has had plenty of time to weigh in on what they want local legislators to change - or not change - concerning the structure of city government.

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.

Police look for badge impostor
Wendell Hall has often seen the pigeon drop and the South African switch, but it wasn't until recently that the badge player scam surfaced.

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.

Match made in medicine
After they finish medical school, new doctors must complete additional years of training in their chosen field. The National Resident Matching Program takes lists fro

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

It is difficult to remember all the big cheeses
I stopped at the cheese case in the supermarket where a store employee was stocking the shelves.

New Orleans makes its pitch to NBA committee
NEW ORLEANS -- State and local officials think they made a big impression Wednesday on NBA officials who must decide whether to move the Charlotte Hornets from North Carolina to New Orleans.

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.

Jordan practices, could return against Nuggets
DENVER -- Michael Jordan participated in a morning shootaround with the Washington Wizards, with coach Doug Collins leaving open the possibility that he might return Wednesday night against Denver.

Hawks 102, Bulls 96

New Orleans makes its pitch to NBA committee

Jordan practices, could return against Nuggets

Lavin confounds critics with another postseason surge
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Doom, defeat and the threat of dismissal have hovered over Steve Lavin for six seasons - yet every March, it seems the UCLA coach is preparing the second weekend of the NCAA tournament.

Hoosiers don't think much of underdog status
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Indiana has had its share of distractions the last two seasons. So, playing defending champion Duke in the NCAA tournament is a minor sideshow to the Hoosiers.

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.

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.

'Kinder, gentler' Smith encouraging Wildcats into Sweet Sixteen
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky coach Tubby Smith turned on the encouragement last week as he guided the Wildcats to two impressive victories and a berth in the Sweet Sixteen.

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.

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.

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

Indiana (Pa.) 78, Northwest Missouri St. 72
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Wes Layton scored 27 points and Indiana (Pa.) made seven free throws in the final 15 seconds to hold off Northwest Missouri State 78-72 on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II tournament.

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.

David Graves resigns as Wofford women's coach
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- David Graves has resigned as Wofford's women's basketball coach and taken a job as an assistant coach at Western Kentucky.

Bender fired as Washington coach
SEATTLE -- In the end, affection and respect for Bob Bender weren't enough. Not when he couldn't win.

First-year Cougars coach shakes up the women's bracket
PROVO, Utah -- Jeff Judkins was the guy drafted by the Boston Celtics in the second round after they took Larry Bird. He spent 10 years as an assistant to Rick Majerus at Utah.

South Dakota St. 68, Northern Kentucky 67
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Shari Johnson hit a free throw with 4.1 seconds left as South Dakota State beat Northern Kentucky 68-67 Wednesday night in the NCAA Division II women's quarterfinals.

Memphis 80, BYU 69
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Like most teams still in the NIT, the Memphis Tigers wonder if they deserve to be in the NCAA field.

Glenville St. 94, American International 86, 2OT
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Amanda Mortelette had 27 points and 10 rebounds as Glenville State beat American International 94-86 in double overtime Wednesday in the NCAA Division II women's quarterfinals.

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.

Cal Poly Pomona 88, Mars Hill 69
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Lauri McIntosh had 19 points and seven rebounds as defending champion Cal Poly Pomona beat Mars Hill (N.C.) 88-69 Wednesday in the NCAA Division II women's quarterfinals.

Metro St. 65, CS San Bernardino 48
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Patrick Mutombo had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead Metro State to a 65-48 victory over Cal State San Bernardino on Wednesday in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals.

Shaw 102, West Georgia 84
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Kenyon Booker had 25 points and 11 rebounds as Shaw beat West Georgia 102-84 Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II tournament.

Wolf out as Falcons' GM candidate

Carolina, Lamar Smith agree to terms

NFL confident it can make flexible TV schedule

Mrs. Eloise Brand    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Carrie Rogers    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Debra Mitchell    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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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

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

Ms. Anna Pelfrey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Frances Ponder    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Simpson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Carrie Rogers    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. James Kirkland    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, March

Mr. Michael Black    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie McKelton    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Ente

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

Mrs. Annelle McCurley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - M rs. Annelle McCurl

Featured obituary: Mr. Jessie Harrison
For Jessie Harrison, nothing came before family - not even a job opportunity.

Mrs. Mollie Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine Andrews    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, March 20, 2002, Mrs. Geraldine Brooks Andrews, 65, wife of Norman Andrews of Augusta. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m., at the Hatcher Fune

Mr. John Manello    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Willingham    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. - Mr. Willie "Dick" Willingham, 71, of Pineview Drive, died Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at Parkers Residential Care, New Ellenton. Mr. Wi

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. Francis Watkins    (BATESBURG, S.C.)
BATESBURG, S.C. - Francis M. "Jack" Watkins, 72, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002. Funeral

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. Douglas Smiley Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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.

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. 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 Funeral Home chape

Mrs. JoAnn Smiley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lona McConnell    (AUGUSTA, 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. 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. Alvin Wylds    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lois Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Michael Black    (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

Mr. Neely Boggs Sr.    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - Mr. William Neely Boggs, Sr., 59, of Mount Calvery Road, Ridge Spring, died Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at his residence. A memorial service

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.

Mrs. Beatrice Chears    (MILLEN, Ga.)
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Beatrice Landing Chears,

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

Mrs. Jean Cowart    (GREENWOOD, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Crosland    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Ruth Prothro Gregorie Crosland, 84, of Sommer Street, Aiken, died Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 22,

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

Mrs. Mozelle Cummings    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mother Emma Beck    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Willie Albert    (LIVINGSTON, La.)
LIVINGSTON, La. - Entered into rest Wednesday, March 20, 200

Mr. Thomas Gordon    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Wehmeyer Gordon of Greensboro, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002. Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Friday,

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

Mr. Jessie Harrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Tim Wall    (GIRARD, Ga.)
GIRARD, Ga. - Mr. Timothy "Tim" Kevin Wall, 41, of Eastmead Drive, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at

Mrs. Alma Hatfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest March 19, 2002 at University Hospital. Mrs. Alma Lamb Hatfield, age 83, a native of Stillmore, Ga. Born July 21, 1918

Mr. George Thompson Jr.    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C. - George Wyatt Thompson Jr., age 68, died Wednesday, March 20, 2002. Memorial service

Mr. Gregory Hodges    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Mary Johnson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C.- Entered into rest Friday, March 15, 2002 at Aiken Regional Medical Center, Ms. Mary M. Johnson, age 48 of Community Drive,

Ms. Melissa Johnson    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
WARRENVILLE, S.C. - Answered Gods call, Tu

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

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

Mr. Willie Willingham (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Sandra Harding (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. JoAnn Smiley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Michael Black (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Evans (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Gregory Hodges (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mazola Jones (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Neely Boggs Sr. (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)

Ms. Carrie Rogers (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Roy Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine Andrews (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Jean Cowart (GREENWOOD, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Hattie McKelton (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Ms. Anna Pelfrey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Johnson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Gordon (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Faulkner (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Debbie Mitchell (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Chears (MILLEN, Ga.)

Jaylen Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Albert (LIVINGSTON, La.)

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

Mrs. Ruth Crosland (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Eloise Brand (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Debra Mitchell (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Brown (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Simpson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Ponder (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Alvin Wylds (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lona McConnell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Smiley Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tim Wall (GIRARD, Ga.)

Ms. Carrie Rogers (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Melissa Johnson (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Roy Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tim Wall (GIRARD, Ga.)

Courting biotech
While it may be true that Atlanta is pouring millions of dollars into a program to attract biotechnology companies to the area, Atlanta is not Augusta's main competition.

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.

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.

Reader offers some helpful tips for safer driving
Steve Kohn's March 11 letter ("Left lane slowpokes are dangerous to other drivers") is a perfect example of the prevailing American attitude that "I have a right to break the law; you do not have any right to obey it." Edward H. Johnson, 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.

Urges support for proposed federal ban on human cloning
In a world where standards of ethics and morals are becoming increasingly blurred, it is imperative to take a stand against human cloning for future generations. Emily Sickafoose, Evans, Ga.

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.

New moniker makes city sound sick
What's in a name? Although I live in Aiken, it's always nice to know what your neighbors are doing. I have always thought highly of Mayor Bob Young, but to name Augusta "The City of Medicine" sounds like trying to make Augusta what it sometimes seems to be - sick. Ed Rolader, Aiken, S.C.

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.

Augusta known as 'Home of the Masters'
After reading the March 12 Chronicle, I realize that we are indeed a medical community, and I am certainly proud of all four medical hospitals in our area. However, I have traveled out of town quite a bit and, without a doubt, if you say, "Masters," people reply, "Augusta, Ga." Linda Turner, Martinez, Ga.

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

Evans man warns N. Augusta on fee
Beware, North Augusta. Much like the Columbia County storm water tax, fee or whatever, you are going to be charged for something you have already paid for one time. You will also pay for it again by way of school tax increases and increased prices where you shop. Billy Thigpen, Evans, Ga.

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

Top 10 rejected Augusta mottos
Mayor Bob Young's choice for a new city motto was interesting. He would like Augusta to be known as "The City of Medicine" instead of "The Garden City." Gary Heffner, Augusta

Kirby should practice presence of mind
Metro Editor Bill Kirby's March 10 column needs a little clarification. The reason he can't remember if he locked his car is, most likely, because of absent-mindedness; not because of a decline in memory. Really, the event was never encoded, never entered his mind. Naturally, he couldn't recall it. Joseph B. Harris, Washington, Ga.

Killing children legally?
Someone should have told Andrea Yates that the time to legally kill your children is before they are born, not after. Ron Mathis, Martinez, Ga.

Federal court logjam
Democrats say the partisan Senate Judiciary Committee vote to kill the nomination of federal Judge Charles Pickering to the Fifth Circuit of Appeals is no different than what Republicans did, when they controlled the Senate, to then-President Clinton's judicial nominees.

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.

Change needed
I support Mayor Bob Young's efforts to change the name of Augusta's slogan to anything other than "The Garden City." Our present slogan insults both gardeners and gardens. Clyde E. Lester, Augusta

GM teams angry over not getting any aero help

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

Organizers expect crowds for steeplechase, parties

NASCAR notebook

A record-setting show for Yagudin

Overtime

Dahlberg: Tyson's luck continues

Overtime

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.

Overtime
Stephanie Miller scored the winning run in the top of the eighth inning as Augusta State defeated Wingate 7-6 in Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader. Wingate won the first game 3-2.

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

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

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.

GM teams angry over not getting any aero help
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Richard Childress walked into NASCAR's hauler with just one question on his mind. "Are we getting any help?" he asked.

Dahlberg: Tyson's luck continues
Mike Tyson may never go down as one of the great heavyweights in history. He's wasted too much time and talent for that.

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

NASCAR notebook
Jon Wood is trying to make a name for himself in the family business.

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.

Carolina, Lamar Smith agree to terms
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Former Miami running back Lamar Smith has agreed to a three-year, $4.3 million contract with the Carolina Panthers.

NFL confident it can make flexible TV schedule
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The NFL remains confident it can build more flexibility into its TV schedule despite opposition from CBS and Fox to moving any of their late-season Sunday games to Monday night on ABC.

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.

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.

SRS uranium storage raises concern
A federal review board has questioned whether uranium is being stored safely at Savannah River Site.

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.

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

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.

CIA removes forbidden Web tracking software
WASHINGTON -- The CIA got caught with a hand in the Internet cookie jar.

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.

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.

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.

Investigation of online travel company continues
NEW YORK -- The government is moving forward with its investigation of online travel company Orbitz, which has been under scrutiny for potentially anticompetitive behavior since its launch nine months ago.

Massive increase in eye disease predicted for U.S.
WASHINGTON -- The number of blind or visually impaired Americans is likely to double over the next 30 years as the giant baby boom generation ages, the National Eye Institute reported Wednesday.

New tech gear unveiled at CeBIT
View the new tech gadgets introduced at CeBIT computer fair in Hanover, Germany, the world's biggest fair for information technology and telecommunications.

South Carolina, Ball State battle for trip to New York

South Carolina, Ball State battle for trip to New York
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When South Carolina plays Ball State on Thursday for a chance to go to the NIT final four, it really should be the last game in the Frank McGuire Arena.

South Carolina joins 6 other schools with men and women still playing
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The college basketball postseason began with more than 200 men's and women's teams. Many colleges had both teams playing in either the NCAA or National Invitation tournaments.

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 savor experience
COLUMBIA - There are other places Dave Odom might prefer to be spending his late-March days.

Gamecocks top UNLV in NIT

South Carolina joins 6 other schools with men and women still playing

Watson found guilty of marijuana possession
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Former South Carolina running back Derek Watson was found guilty of marijuana possession Wednesday, likely ending his chances of returning to the Gamecocks.

Watson found guilty of marijuana possession

Dead man may have boarded flight to Des Moines

Odds and ends

Texas town celebrates St. Patrick by racing snakes

New tech gear unveiled at CeBIT

Hurricane Center to issue alerts five days in advance

Mad cow disease proteins can pool in muscle of mice

Gamers may rally to play racing title

SRS uranium storage raises concern

Large area of Antarctic ice collapses, scientists' report

Investigation of online travel company continues

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

Sony's new humanoid carries steep price tag

CIA removes forbidden Web tracking software

Atlanta launches biotech bid

Massive increase in eye disease predicted for U.S.

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