Event captures spirit of the Oscars
Sunday, Augusta film fans will once again have the opportunity to enjoy a Southern-fried, grits-and-glamour take on Hollywood's biggest night.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Riding in Cars with Boys and Training Day

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

Art therapy

Standing ovations
Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road in Grovetown, will hold an Easter egg hunt for ages 1-10 at 10 a.m. Saturday. Children will be separated into four age groups, and prize baskets will be up for grabs. Admission is free.

Art galleries

Oscar has snubbed some classic films
Let's open with a painful truth - the Academy Awards are a crock. I love Oscar time, and spend countless hours handicapping nominees and second-guessing Academy voters. But, for me, Oscar time is a game, an innocuous pastime that has nothing to do with gauging films on excellence. Here's why: The Academy has a long history of passing out statues to poor films and performances and shunning classic cinema. Skeptical? Here is a list of outstanding films that not only never won an Oscar, but were never nominated.

Concert calendar

Applause calendar
SACRED HEART GARDEN FESTIVAL: 10th annual fund-raiser for Sacred Heart Cultural Center; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; live butterfly exhibit, tours of six private gardens noon to 5 p.m. each day, lectures, demonstrations, vendor plant and supply sales, $10 per day or $20 for three days, garden tour with $20 ticket only; 826-4700.

Event captures spirit of the Oscars

Ramblin' Rhodes: First Edition was memorable
Reading that the Shriners from Savannah's Alee Temple were a part of Augusta's St. Patrick's Day parade last weekend brought back memories of the first celebrity interview I did for this column.

Standing ovations

Art therapy
There are 236 pieces entered in the Gracewood State School and Hospital Multimedia Art Show, and though only a few pieces have been recognized with ribbons of merit, every one represents a therapeutic victory.

Club calendar

Singer's latest solo effort has more of a Drivin' beat
It took Kevn Kinney a while to decide what he wanted to be when he grew up, but the results are worth the wait.

Video watch

Art galleries
ARTISTIC PERCEPTIONS: 551 Broad St.; oil paintings, prints, stained glass, art supplies and old master reproductions; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 724-8739.

Mini reviews

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

Singer's latest solo effort has more of a Drivin' beat

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

Applause calendar

Oscar has snubbed some classic films

Ramblin' Rhodes: First Edition was memorable

Wolfpack persist

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

American flags to be on all team jackets

Jaguars' Fite gets 500th win in marathon
After riding an emotional 11-inning roller-coaster Thursday, the smile on Skip Fite's face said it all.

Caminiti pleads guilty, sentenced to three years probation
HOUSTON -- Former Houston Astros third baseman Ken Caminiti pleaded guilty Thursday to cocaine possession and was sentenced to three years probation.

Jaguars' Fite gets 500th win in marathon

Prep baseball statistics
Here are statistics for area prep baseball players.

Caminiti pleads guilty, sentenced to three years probation

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.

Prep baseball statistics

Bowa suspended for one game
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Philadelphia Phillies manager Larry Bowa was suspended for one game and fined Thursday as a result of his ejection during the first inning of a spring training game on March 9.

Burke County boasts hot prospect

Burke County boasts hot prospect
The scouts are mingling with each other, talking about their golf swings or about the perfect game they saw the other night.

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.

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.

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

Braves trade Perez to Cleveland

Braves notebook
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Wes Helms plans to be one of the first players into the clubhouse on opening day.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook

Braves trade Bako, Cabrera for Blanco

Braves trade Perez to Cleveland
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Eddie Perez refused to say good-bye.

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.

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.

Area gains from growth

Krispy Kreme readying 'doughnut-mobile'

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

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

Seminar stresses worker worth

Justice backs BellSouth bid
BellSouth's bid to offer long-distance service to Georgia residents received a boost Thursday when the U.S. Department of Justice announced its support of the company's long-distance application.

Planning ahead to save on taxes

Home construction highest since 1998

Planner outlines 7 things to avoid
Local financial planner and CPA Gene McManus detailed the seven deadly sins of financial planning in an informal seminar Wednesday night:

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

Justice backs BellSouth bid

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.

Banks get customers' numbers

Banks get customers' numbers
With sophisticated software, some of the nation's largest banks have begun measuring the profitability of each of their customers. And they are using that data to determine what level of service to provide, and to whom.

Services expand at bank in Aiken

Business briefs
ATLANTA - Traffic remains depressed at Atlanta's airport, though it is steadily building toward the levels of before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Child's investment income might be taxable
Part or all of a child's investment income may be taxed at the parent's rate rather than the child's rate, according to the IRS. Because a parent's taxable income is usually higher than a child's income, the parent's top tax rate will often be higher as well. This special method of figuring the federal income tax only applies to children who are under the age of 14. For 2001, it applies if the child's total investment income for the year was more than $1,500. Investment income includes interest, dividends, capital gains, and other unearned income.

Child's investment income might be taxable

Airport markets to visitors
Augusta Regional Airport officials are hoping to create a buzz by launching a new marketing campaign - just in time for airlines visiting during Masters Week.

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.

Woman leaves after 49 years
After 49 years, the matriarch of Broad Street is retiring.

Airport markets to visitors

Fabulous freshman turning Texas into basketball school

Kansas' Hinrich tired of answering questions about ankle

Surprise teams spice women's regionals

Glenville St. 94, American International 86, 2OT

Arkansas system president upholds Richardson's dismissal

Cal Poly Pomona 88, Mars Hill 69

Shaw 102, West Georgia 84

David Graves resigns as Wofford women's coach

Metro St. 82, Indiana, Pa., 52

Metro St. 65, CS San Bernardino 48

Bender fired as Washington coach

Memphis 80, BYU 69

Southern Illinois in unfamiliar territory

Hoosiers don't think much of underdog status

Indiana upsets Duke

Lavin confounds critics with another postseason surge

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

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

Oklahoma 88, Arizona 67

Courting biotech

Trouble is back

Federal court logjam

Herman Talmadge

Bush wimps out

'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.

'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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Sacred Heart to grow funds from garden festival
Ted Stephens never met a plant he didn't like.

Plants can remove air pollutants

Plants can remove air pollutants
The air inside your home may be hazardous to your health.

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

France's Olivier David leads Madeira Island golf

Rain slows TPC

Rain slows TPC
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Those low numbers in Thursday's rain-suspended first round of The Players Championship aren't going to continue.

A major test awaits Woods, strong field

Woods seeks repeat on one of golf's toughest courses

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.

Course that changed golf turns 20

Woods plays to become first to defend TPC title

Non-winner leads in Tucson after career-best round

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.

Soft course, crowded leaderboard at Players

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.

Players Championship notebook

Players Championship notebook
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Mark Calcavecchia was one of the lucky ones. He didn't hit his ball into the water on No. 17 in The Players Championship on Thursday.

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.

France's Olivier David leads Madeira Island golf
MADEIRA, Portugal -- Olivier David rolled in a 35-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole on his way to a 6-under-par 66 and the first-round lead in the Madeira Island Open on Thursday.

Woods seeks repeat on one of golf's toughest courses
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Almost every time Tiger Woods steps on a golf course, there's some kind of history on the line.

Soft course, crowded leaderboard at Players
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Rain at The Players Championship was not unusual, only the events that followed - a relatively easy golf course, Scott Hoch among the leaders and a happy and heckle-free round for Colin Montgomerie.

Non-winner leads in Tucson after career-best round
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Ashli Bunch, winless in four seasons on the LPGA Tour, shot a career-best 8-under-par 64 Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Welch's/Circle K Championship.

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.

Players Championship notebook

Mr., Mrs. Basketball awards given out

Emotions rise as Blue Jackets return home

Emotions rise as Blue Jackets return home
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Ron Tugnutt thought about his two children after the death of a 13-year-old girl who was hit by a puck.

Lightning 4, Thrashers 2

Hockey death raises questions about safety, liability

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.

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

List of the world's richest people excludes us
Well, I don't mean to complain, but Forbes magazine has released its annual list of the world's richest people and once again you and I aren't on it.

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.

Lakeside High to announce new coach
Lakeside High School's new head football coach and athletic director will be announced during an 11 a.m. press conference Monday at the Lakeside media center.

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

Bond glitch has LeBlanc in custody again
Aaron LeBlanc is back in custody, not for anything he has done since his most recent rape arrest in North Carolina but because of a bonding company technicality.

Continuing debate about the Civil War unproductive

Reader offers some helpful tips for safer driving

Georgia's tax-funded education program not working

Augusta known as 'Home of the Masters'

Killing children legally?

Change needed

Urges support for proposed federal ban on human cloning

Mother's warning signs went unread

Top 10 rejected Augusta mottos

Kirby should practice presence of mind

Evans man warns N. Augusta on fee

Stupid jury

New moniker makes city sound sick

It's the law: Slow drivers must keep to the right

NAACP should help, not hurt, South Carolina

It's always someone else's fault

'Celebrity Boxing' is ratings top contender for Fox

Easter books abound for young readers

Medical pacemakers

Health calendar

In the know

Capsules

The return of 'E.T.'

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

Lynx repel Renegades

Lynx gamenight
Pee Dee Pride at Augusta Lynx

Death raises awareness
A few years ago, the Augusta Lynx ran a promotion at all home games, awarding a free dinner at a local restaurant to the lucky fan who caught the first puck to enter the stands.

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

Death raises awareness

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 meet with former teammates

State employee faces charges in fatal wreck

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A fire at Greater St. Peter's United Assembly of God Holiness Church was ruled arson Thursday by state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, the Folkston police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

In kilted re-enactment, old paper will be weapon
DARIEN, Ga. - Most people simply shred old paper to toss it in the trash. At Fort King George State Historic Site, men in kilts will blast some out of the barrels of muskets Saturday.

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.

Senators offer night judge solution

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.

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

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

MCG grads meet their match
Charley Procter has the guts of a gambler. Finishing up medical school at the Medical College of Georgia and seeking to go into a residency program in general surgery, Mr. Procter took a chance and signed a contract on a house in Lexington, Ky., the location of his first choice, the University of Kentucky.

Students circling globe on Swedish ship

News you can use

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.

Across Georgia

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.

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

Legislator joins push for school
AIKEN - The tinkering to legislative lines has led one representative to step into an Edgefield County debate in favor of building a new high school.

Across South Carolina

Across the area
Aiken County and New Ellenton police on Thursday afternoon suspended the search for a missing woman with Alzheimer's disease.

Foreign language model returns to House budget

Army is planning new post structure
The Army has restructured the way it runs bases, including Fort Gordon.

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.

House delegates talk change

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.

Air carrier warns of shutdown

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.

In kilted re-enactment, old paper will be weapon

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.

Across the area

Match made in medicine

Bond glitch has LeBlanc in custody again

Delegation to review options

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

Senators offer night judge solution
AIKEN - Two Aiken County senators issued their solution Thursday to the debate over who to nominate as the county's night bond court judge.

Across Georgia

Correction
An article in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misreported the relationship between an Aiken horse trainer and the Aiken Training Track. Ron Stevens is the track's president. The track is owned by the Whitney Trust.

Applications again rise at university

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

Delays keep Columbia County from moving into courthouse

House delegates talk change
Five of six area Georgia House delegates convened in Augusta on Thursday evening to talk about passing a bill that would change the way city government operates.

Police look for badge impostor

Fighter pilot honored for war service
Philip Colman doesn't think much about his accomplishments as a fighter pilot during World War II and the Korean War.

Crash victim's relatives sue Swainsboro, officer

Across South Carolina
SURFSIDE BEACH - A fire chief has been put on probation for waiting to read the results of a physical that said a firefighter was unfit to work. That firefighter died in a blaze.

Authorities seek help in finding elderly woman

Subscriber of the day

Second woman charged in forgeries

Democrat forecasts party's rise

Across the area

Correction

News you can use

Local schools rated for federal funds

N.C. jail releases LeBlanc on bond

Army is planning new post structure

Polling expands in Aiken County

MCG grads meet their match

Democrat forecasts party's rise
AIKEN - They don't make as many headlines, falling within the shadow of the Strom Thurmonds and Lindsey Grahams of the world.

Legislator joins push for school

DNA kits are tool for parents
On Saturday, Taylor Toyota on Jefferson Davis Highway in North Augusta and Taylor Auto Group on Washington Road in Augusta will offer free DNA kits and child safety information from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fighter pilot honored for war service

LeBlanc accusers discuss system
What a woman must endure after reporting a rape is so demeaning, said the three young women who accused Aaron LeBlanc, they cannot believe anyone would fake such a charge.

DNA kits are tool for parents

State employee faces charges in fatal wreck
A Georgia corrections employee was faulted Thursday for rear-ending a truck near Waynesboro and killing a Hephzibah man who was stopped for a school bus, authorities said.

LeBlanc accusers discuss system

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

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.

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

Former Georgia governor Herman Talmadge dies at 88

Air carrier warns of shutdown
The regional carrier flying between Augusta and Charlotte, N.C., has warned employees about a possible shutdown, but local officials said it is too early to assume the connection will be lost.

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.

Local schools rated for federal funds
Two Richmond County schools have met or exceeded the state standards for receiving federal funds, according to a report from the state superintendent's office released Thursday.

News you can use
The annual conference of the 165th Rotary district opened yesterday at the Sheraton Bon Air with nearly 800 Rotarians in attendance. Several hundred more are expected today.

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

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Carol Clevenger of Belvedere.

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.

Howell's caddie pick knows way around
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The view from Bobby Conlan's office changes every day - and it's always stunning.

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.

Jordan practices, could return against Nuggets

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.

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.

New Orleans makes its pitch to NBA committee

Hawks 118, Knicks 89

Hawks 118, Knicks 89
ATLANTA -- Nazr Mohammed scored 24 points, and Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 20 as the Atlanta Hawks routed the New York Knicks 118-89 Wednesday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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

Fabulous freshman turning Texas into basketball school
MADISON, Wis. -- T.J. Ford winced after a tough practice Thursday.

Kansas faces challenge of stopping Illini's Williams
MADISON, Wis. -- Late in Kansas' practice session on Thursday, someone in the stands cupped his hands and shouted at Kirk Hinrich: "Hey, watch out for Frank Williams!"

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.

Cal Poly-Pomona 74, Glenville St. 62
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Lauri McIntosh scored 27 points as defending champion Cal Poly-Pomona beat Glenville State 74-62 on Thursday night to advance to the NCAA Division II title game.

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.

Southern Illinois in unfamiliar territory
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The white banner in front of the scorer's table at every NCAA tournament site lists each team in bright red letters.

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.

Kansas' Hinrich tired of answering questions about ankle
MADISON, Wis. -- Kirk Hinrich's sprained left ankle has become a sore point with Kansas' junior guard.

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.

Indiana upsets Duke
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- With a never-give-up rally and a wild ending, Indiana produced an upset of Duke as stunning as any in the Hoosiers' hoops history.

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.

Surprise teams spice women's regionals
One team is coached by a former NBA player who had Larry Bird as a teammate.

Arkansas system president upholds Richardson's dismissal
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The University of Arkansas' top executive upheld the dismissal of basketball coach Nolan Richardson, saying Thursday that he concurred in a campus chancellor's decision to fire the basketball coach.

Oklahoma 88, Arizona 67
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Arizona wouldn't let Oklahoma play its inside game, so Hollis Price went outside.

Metro St. 82, Indiana, Pa., 52
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Patrick Mutombo scored 17 points and Mike Buggs added 16 as Metro State beat Indiana, Pa., 82-52 Thursday night in the NCAA Division II semifinals.

Carolina, Lamar Smith agree to terms

NFL confident it can make flexible TV schedule

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Mrs. Willie Albert    (LIVINGSTON, La.)
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Mr. Gregory Hodges    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, March 21, 2002, at University Hospital after a long illness, Mr. Patrick S

Ms. Ruth Boylston    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
WILLISTON, S.C. - Services for Ruth Newman Boylston, 91, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Folk Funeral Home, Chape

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

Mrs. Dorothy Byce    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest March 20, 2002, at the residence, Mrs. Dorothy Louise Jackson Byce, age 74. A graveside service w

Mr. Michael Black    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Byerley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Alvin Wylds    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, March 19,

Mr. John Corder    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
WILLISTON, S.C. - Services for John Paul Corder, 43, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Elko Baptist Church with burial in the Will

Mrs. Mozelle Cummings    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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 b

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

Mrs. Mozelle Cummings    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN

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. Donald Disher Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Donald Ray Disher Jr., 22

Mr. George Thompson    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C. - A memorial service for George W. Thompson Jr., will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2002, at Johnston United Methodist Church.

Mr. Henry Downs    (GIBSON, Ga.)
GIBSON, Ga. - Mr. Henry Gibson Downs, 75, of Warren Stre

Ms. Dorothy Webb    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Carol Favro    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Ms. Carol Angela Favro, age 41, entered into rest on Saturday, March 9, 2002. Memorial services will

Mrs. Willie Albert    (LIVINGSTON, La.)
LIVINGSTON, La. - Entered into rest Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at the residence, Mrs. Willie D. Albert, 89, wife of the late Mr. Joseph S. Alber

Mrs. Nora Griffin    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Nora Elean Griffin of Ellington Ave., Thomson, entered into

Mr. Michael Black    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Rhoda Griffin    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
BELVEDERE, S.C. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, March 19, 2002, Mrs. Rhoda Riddick Griffin, McNair Drive, Belvedere. She was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Burwell F. Riddick and a daughter Sharon Riddick Richard. She was th

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

Rev. Randolph Hampton    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Rev. Randolph Hampton, 91, passed away in McCormick on March 19, 2002. Funeral s

Mother Emma Beck    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Loucius Harmon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Anthony Heath    (LITHONIA, Ga.)
LITHONIA, Ga. - Mr. Anthony B. Heath, Brisbane Way, died Monday, March 18, 2002 at Concentra Medical, Conley, Ga. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 23, 2002, 3 p.m. at New Hope Powelton Ba

Featured obituary: Mr. Robert Wilkinson
Robert Wilkinson, the owner of Wilkinson Photography and a former photographer for The Augusta Chronicle, died Tuesday at his residence.

Mr. Baker Heath    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
NORWOOD, Ga. - Funeral services for Mr. Baker Heath will be held Saturday, March 23, 2002, at 1 p.m. at the Rocky Branch Baptist Church,

Mrs. Predetha Vining    (WADLEY, Ga.)
WADLEY, Ga.- Mrs. Prede

Mr. John Hodges    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
SAVANNAH, Ga. - John Frank Hodges, 45, died March 17, 2002 in Savannah, Ga. He was born November 9, 1956, in Dublin, Georgia.He was employed as a

Mrs. Annie Watson    (MONETTA, S.C.)
MONETTA, S.C. - Services for Annie Shealy Watson, 102, of Monetta will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday from the First Baptist Church of Batesburg with the Rev. Bill West officiating. Burial will follow in Bate

Mr. Fred Jones    (LAGRANGE, Ga.)
LAGRANGE, Ga. - Mr. Fred T. Jones, 87, entered into rest on Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at West Georgia Medical Center. Graveside funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. today at Pineview Memorial Gardens with Rev. Roy McVeigh officiating. Survivors i

Mr. Robert Wilkinson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Ms. Carrie Rogers    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Funeral services for Ms. Ca

Mrs. Dorothy Young    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen Andrews    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mrs. Kathleen Andrews, 66, Tignall Road, Washington, died Monday, March 18, 2002. Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Saturday, March 23, 2002, from Black Rock A.M.E. Church, Tignal

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. Anna Pelfrey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bessie Bess    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Lona McConnell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Harrison    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annelle McCurley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Annelle McCurley of S

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. Ann McHugh    (CORNELIA, Ga.)
CORNELIA, Ga.- Ann Ritchie McHugh, age 66, of Cornelia, died Mon

Mrs. Debra Mitchell    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. -

Mrs. Hattie McKelton    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Entered into rest on Wednesday,March 20, 2002 at Burke Medical Center, Mrs. Hattie McKelton, widow of the late Frank McKelton Sr. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 23, 2002, a

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

Mrs. Ena Morris    (COCCOA, Fla.)

Mrs. JoAnn Smiley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Roberts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Anna Pelfrey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Laura Reeves    (DEARING, Ga.)
DEARING, 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. Donnie Rowe    (HEPHZIBAH, 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. Wilfred Sinclair    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Jules Smalls    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mr. Jules Smalls died March 18, 2002. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2002, at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Ul

Mrs. Jean Cowart    (GREENWOOD, S.C.)

Mr. Douglas Smiley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Saturday, March 16, 2002, Mr. Douglas Smiley, Sr., of Wharton Drive. Funeral service will be held Friday, March 22, 2002, at 2 p.m with Rev. J.R. Hatney

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

Mrs. Joann Smith    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Herman Talmadge
ATLANTA - Herman Talmadge, the junior figure in a father-son dynasty that dominated Georgia politics for a half-century, was remembered with lowered flags and lavish praise after his death Thursday at age 88.

Mr. Robert Stephens    (WRENS, Ga.)
WRENS, Ga. - Mr. Robert "Honk" C. Stephens, 79, of Ellis Street, entered into rest Thursday, March 21, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 23, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the Wrens United Methodist Chu

Mrs. Nancy Simpson    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jewel Stewart    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Jewel Stewart Jr., 77, Lexington Street, Crawfordville, died March 17, 2002. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, March 23, 2002, at Friendship Baptist Churc

Mr. George Jones    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. George B. Jones, age 62, of

Mrs. Geraldine Andrews    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Janie Jones, will be conducted on today, Friday, March 22, 2002 at 3 p.m. from C.A. Reid, Sr. Memorial Funeral Home, Gibson Chapel, Rev. Robert Mixon officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mr. Jessie Kirkland    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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,

Ms. Carol Favro (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Anna Pelfrey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Donald Byerley (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Donnie Rowe (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Jessie Harrison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jules Smalls (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Gordon (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Kirkland (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mollie Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Dorothy Webb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Thompson (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Bessie Bess (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. JoAnn Smiley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Loucius Harmon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Henry Downs (GIBSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Janie Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie McKelton (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Chears (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine Andrews (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Debra Mitchell (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Anna Pelfrey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ruth Boylston (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Annelle McCurley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mozelle Cummings (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Jones (LAGRANGE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann McHugh (CORNELIA, Ga.)

Mr. Wilfred Sinclair (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tim Wall (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. John Hodges (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Black (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alvin Wylds (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Gregory Hodges (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nora Griffin (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine Andrews (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Baker Heath (NORWOOD, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Dorothy Byce (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie McKelton (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Stephens (WRENS, Ga.)

Ms. Carrie Rogers (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Smiley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Corder (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Faulkner (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen Andrews (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Albert (LIVINGSTON, La.)

Mrs. Joann Smith (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Featured obituary: Mr. Herman Talmadge

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

Mr. George Jones (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ena Morris (COCCOA, Fla.)

Mrs. Willie Albert (LIVINGSTON, La.)

Mrs. Annie Watson (MONETTA, S.C.)

Mr. Jewel Stewart (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Anthony Heath (LITHONIA, Ga.)

Stupid jury
Now admitted rapist Aaron LeBlanc has been caught in North Carolina after he got away with his crimes in Richmond County. Bob Waters, Hephzibah, Ga.

It's the law: Slow drivers must keep to the right
Regarding Glenda R. McCracken's March 15 letter ("Seeks left-hand lane laws") requesting clarification of Georgia traffic laws, space limitations prevent me from citing the entire statute, but she can go to her local library or the state of Georgia Web site to read the entire statute for herself. Steve North, Augusta

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

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.

It's always someone else's fault
I am disappointed at how many people allow themselves to be so influenced by the media. Almost every time a widely-publicized case of murder comes up, the mentality of "blame someone else" comes along with it. Ben Piper, Augusta

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.

Herman Talmadge
Herman Eugene Talmadge, the legendary Georgia politician whose long, colorful and questionable political career defined Georgia politics for decades, has died, but the story of his life and times - the good, the bad and the scandalous - will forever be etched on the history of Georgia.

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

Continuing debate about the Civil War unproductive
I'm replying to John Bryan's March 14 response ("Anti-Lincoln letter draws a defense") to my son's letter ("'Chronicle' hit for publishing letter critical of Lincoln") by David Szerlip on March 5. Harold M. Szerlip, Martinez, Ga.

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.

NAACP should help, not hurt, South Carolina
The NAACP charges South Carolina with being a racist state and says fair-minded people should stay out. Apparently, they have no idea how much they are hurting themselves. Maggie Murphy, Aiken, S.C.

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.

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.

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.

Bush wimps out
By not vetoing the campaign finance reform Congress just sent to his desk, President Bush wimped out on his vow not to sign any bill that did not provide "paycheck protection," i.e., preventing labor bosses from raiding members' wallets to fund partisan political causes and candidates.

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.

Trouble is back
Mothers and fathers, husbands and boyfriends: Warn the women in your life that admitted rapist Aaron LeBlanc is back in town.

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.

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

Georgia's tax-funded education program not working
I am sick of hearing that my tax dollars are going to help Georgia's children. I refer to the claim that state and local politicians use to try to justify an over-taxation of its populace. With state, sales, property, ad valorem, wheel tax and local "voluntary" tax initiatives in place, how does one have any money left over? Chris Redmond, Grovetown, Ga.

Mother's warning signs went unread
Would a competent parent leave her child in a room with a loaded gun, lit matches, or in a carbon monoxide-filled room, thinking that the child would be safe? Pamela R. Blocker, Augusta

Augusta State graduate plays out a dream

Racing facts

Dahlberg: Tyson's luck continues

NASCAR notebook

Stewart, Sadler consider Bristol their favorite track

GM teams angry over not getting any aero help

With deadline looming, promoters head back to Memphis

Overtime

Overtime

Racing facts
Here are facts about this weekend's Food City 500.

With deadline looming, promoters head back to Memphis
With a final deadline looming to make the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis fight, promoters headed back to Memphis for another set of meetings Friday that could land the city the lucrative heavyweight title bout.

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

Stewart, Sadler consider Bristol their favorite track
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Tony Stewart walked gingerly Thursday, careful not to strain his tender back. With a race at his favorite track looming, he could take no chances.

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.

Augusta State graduate plays out a dream
When Festus Hawkins realizes a visitor is waiting to speak to him, the former Augusta State center's Harlem Globetrotter instinct takes over.

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.

Overtime
Augusta State blanked Lander 2-0 in Game 2 to complete a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader sweep Thursday at Diamond Lakes.

Prep players of the week
Artis Roberson of Silver Bluff High School and Erin Sullivan of Aquinas High School are the area prep players of the week.

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.

Cooking wild

Fishing report

Fishing tournament news

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

Fishing report
Oh, happy day! The Paralyzed Veterans of America are urgently in need of ablebodied partners (with bass boats) to pair with anglers with disabilities on Saturday through Sunday.

Cooking wild
Springtime is trout season in north Georgia's mountain streams. Here's an easy recipe, from one of Sports Afield's fine cookbooks, to make one of nature's best-tasting fish as good as they get:

Mr., Mrs. Basketball awards given out
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A junior guard from York High School who averaged 36.3 points a game this year has been names Miss Basketball for Class 3A by the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association.

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.

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.

Howell's caddie pick knows way around

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.

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

Meteorologists study Southern islands of heat
ATLANTA - Rachael Richardson has scraped frost from her car's windshield only once since moving to downtown Atlanta two years ago.

Teaching how to live lean
DURHAM, N.C. - In his first days at Structure House, Art LeClair had to drive the 25 feet from his apartment door to the entrance of the diet center. He weighed 475 pounds, so the short walk would tax his heart, his lungs, his back, his legs.

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.

Russian manufacturer develops new boosters
MOSCOW -- Russia's premier aerospace company has developed a range of new booster rockets for foreign satellites in a bid to hold onto its share of the market for commercial launches, its director said Tuesday.

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.

Dietary supplements might not be needed
Q: I am trying to lose weight and was thinking about taking a diet supplement. My husband feels that these supplements could cause more harm than good. What do you think?

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

South Carolina routs Ball State
South Carolina might not need fuel for its flight to New York. The energy present at Frank McGuire Arena on Thursday probably gave the Gamecocks all the propulsion they'll need.

Gamecocks rout Ball St.

Gamecocks rout Ball St.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina closed Frank McGuire Arena in a style their late coach would have loved, beating Ball State 82-47 in the NIT quarterfinals Thursday night.

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, Ball State battle for trip to New York

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.

South Carolina routs Ball State

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

Watson found guilty of marijuana possession

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.

Dead man may have boarded flight to Des Moines

Texas town celebrates St. Patrick by racing snakes

Odds and ends

Investigation of online travel company continues

Meteorologists study Southern islands of heat

Teaching how to live lean

New tech gear unveiled at CeBIT

Russian manufacturer develops new boosters

SRS uranium storage raises concern

Dietary supplements might not be needed

CIA removes forbidden Web tracking software

Massive increase in eye disease predicted for U.S.