Selig available on online chat

Greenbrier tops Lakeside with offensive display
Lakeside's Danny Ryan had a leadoff home run taken off the board in Monday's Region 3-AAAA showdown at Greenbrier, but with the way Lakeside swung the bats, that really didn't matter.

Selig available on online chat
NEW YORK -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will answer questions from fans during a one-hour online chat Tuesday.

House passes stadium bill that may help save Twins
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota House approved a stadium plan Monday that could influence whether the Twins survive beyond this season.

Greenbrier tops Lakeside with offensive display

House passes stadium bill that may help save Twins

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Boy wins annual rotten sneaker contest by a nose
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- They've worn their sneakers while mowing the lawn. They've left them outside in the rain, and they've dragged them through the mud.

Odds and ends
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Coincidences were flying when a man was arrested and charged with stealing a bird feeder from Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology.

Braves 7, Royals 3

Chipper's stats speak for themselves

Marlins 6, Braves 1

Braves notebook
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Kerry Ligtenberg insists he can pitch effectively in April, which is not to be confused with the numbers he posts once the games count.

Braves notebook

Marlins 6, Braves 1
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Brad Penny allowed one run over six innings, Derrek Lee hit a two-run double in the first inning and the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 6-1 on Sunday.

Braves notebook
DAVENPORT, Fla. -- Facing an April that's crammed with 27 games in 30 days, manager Bobby Cox is leaning toward carrying 12 pitchers.

Braves notebook

Chipper's stats speak for themselves
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The following numbers are provided as a public service for Atlanta Braves fans and are not intended to disparage any other major league hitter, living or dead.

Braves 7, Royals 3
HAINES CITY, Fla. -- B.J. Surhoff went 2-for-2, raising his average to .432, while driving in two runs as the Atlanta Braves topped the Kansas City Royals 7-3 Monday night.

Cutting their cut

Early withdrawals from retirement plan can be costly
An early distribution from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or a qualified retirement plan need not be a "taxing" experience, according to the IRS.

Kmart struggles to survive, as competitors gain ground
NEW YORK -- Sarah Johnson used to shop for toiletries, light bulbs and other basics at her local Kmart, while driving 30 minutes to Target for fashion and other nonessential items. That all changed a month ago, after a trip to buy picture frames at Kmart turned out to be an exercise in futility.

Read the fine print, not the promises

Revlon pays for story line on 'All My Children'

Kmart struggles to survive, as competitors gain ground

Business briefs

When choosing an adviser, look for experience, similar values

Read the fine print, not the promises
Sprint is touting rates of 5 cents per minute "anytime." AT&T is promising unlimited calls for $20 per month. And WorldCom (MCI) is offering service for 9 cents per minute to Western Europe on weekends.

Business briefs
Service Merchandise's Augusta store closed its doors for good Monday evening.

Software package analyzes failures

When choosing an adviser, look for experience, similar values
The primary reason to use an investment adviser for your financial planning is to receive unbiased professional opinions on your risk tolerance and portfolio and to find ways to reach your goals and objectives.

Sometimes less is more on a resume
"ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Am a highly motivated individual, given the right set of circumstances."

Spreading sprawl is squeezing out growers
DANIELSVILLE, Ga. - Terry Chandler has put a lot of hard work into making his Madison County farm a productive operation, and it has been a labor of love - farming is a way of life, a family enterprise.

Revlon pays for story line on 'All My Children'
NEW YORK -- The cosmetics maker Revlon is paying ABC millions of dollars to be featured as a foil for Susan Lucci's character in the soap opera "All My Children" over the next few months.

Existing-home sales dip in February
WASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned homes dipped in February but still racked up the second highest monthly level on record as low mortgage rates and good weather motivated buyers.

Gambling winnings are taxable, losses might be deductible
Hit a big one lately? With more and more gambling establishments, the IRS reminds people that they must report all gambling winnings as income on their tax return.

Existing-home sales dip in February

Software package analyzes failures
CINCINNATI - Procter & Gamble Co. has formed a partnership with KPMG Consulting to sell a computer software system designed to improve manufacturing productivity.

Cutting their cut
The recent decision by several major airlines to stop paying commissions to travel agents did not come as a complete surprise to Michael Kerbelis III.

Spreading sprawl is squeezing out growers

Gambling winnings are taxable, losses might be deductible

Two No. 1 seeds in Final Four; Indiana in at No. 5

Upstart Old Dominion tries to ruin Connecticut's good time

Kansas not satisfied with first Final Four bid since 1993

Tennessee 68, Vanderbilt 63

Oklahoma 72, Texas Tech 62

Terp seniors focus on winning twice more

NIT could be Wagner's going-away party.

Tuesday Tipoff

Haston has mixed feelings about watching IU's run to Final Four

Red-hot Sooners take winning streak to Atlanta

Oklahoma 94, Colorado 60

Broyles' review after Richardson's second season cites inconsistencies

Price is right for Oklahoma in the Final Four

Old rivals meet in new setting

Kansas 104, Oregon 86

Maryland 90, Connecticut 82

Hoosiers take long road back to Final Four

Connecticut 85, Old Dominion 64

NIT Glance

Triple crown

Fight the con artists

The real deal

Time running out

Oscar fashion: The good, the bad, the sort of OK
Alas, there was no swan song for Bjork at the 74th annual Academy Awards on Sunday.

Chronicle's Oscar contest winner
Augusta Chronicle entertainment writer Steven Uhles correctly predicted that Denzel Washington, Jennifer Connelly and A Beautiful Mind would take home Oscar.

Daily TV highlights for week
Even during a mundane week on the tube, controversies swirl around what you'll see on "The Drew Carey Show" and "Boston Public."

Sally Field comes full circle
Sally Field surfed onto TV in the title role of "Gidget," soared through the ratings as "The Flying Nun," then landed Hollywood's respect and two Oscars during a long, distinguished movie career.

'Greg the Bunny': The Muppets were never like this
Let's get one thing straight: "Greg the Bunny" is NOT a children's show.

Rap mogul Simmons takes poetry mainstream with HBO series
NEW YORK -- The words come in rapid succession as poets step to the mike at the Supper Club in Times Square, each telling a story of urban life in a lyrical torrent.

No pain, Rogaine
Danny Thompson knew right away that the pills were working. He could see little, downy soft hairs sprouting from his balding scalp.

Stars generally play it safe
Halle Berry arrived at Sunday's Academy Awards in a wine-colored, A-line ballgown with a sheer bodice and strategically placed beaded flowers - a sexy departure for her and a fashion moment on a night when many stars played it safe.

'Survivor' watch, day 12
- Days on the island - 12 - R.I.P. Maraamu - Back on "Survivor: Africa," they swapped tribe members in Week 5. This time, six members were randomly picked to swap tribes. Neleh Dennis, Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien and Paschal English joined Maraamu, while Sean Rector, Rob Mariano and Vecepia Towery moved to Rotu. Let the record show that Maraamu's fate was sealed on Day 10.

Washington, Berry take top-acting awards
LOS ANGELES -- Halle Berry and Denzel Washington became just the second and third blacks to win Academy Awards on Sunday for lead roles, while "A Beautiful Mind" took top honors as best picture.

Reruns are the latest example of TV 'repurposing'
NEW YORK -- Conan O'Brien fans won't need to lose sleep or remember to program video recorders with Comedy Central's announcement this week that it will soon rerun his NBC show the next night.

Academy Awards a breakthrough for black actors
LOS ANGELES -- Until Sunday, just one black actor in 73 years had won an Academy Award in a lead role. Now there are three.

Find out what your ancestors were doing in 1930
WASHINGTON - Like millions of other Americans, Kimberly Crews is eagerly awaiting the April 1 release of records used in the 1930 Census, which will reveal the stories of ordinary families caught up in the Great Depression.

Complete list of 74th Academy Award winners
List of winners at the 74th annual Academy Awards, presented Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.:

In the know
If you want your new bundle of joy to be the best dressed in the nursery, visit www.rockstarbaby.com, the Web site for the hippest babies around. Tico Torres of Bon Jovi and designer Cinzia Spalletti, opened the new clothing store for newborn to 2 year olds. Featuring duds such as leather pants, denim jackets and matching accessories, the New York boutique has dressed the children of stars such as Cindy Crawford and Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

'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.

Oscar throws grand homecoming party in new theater
LOS ANGELES -- With unprecedented security, a new theater to break in and predictions of surefire winners, some folks were expecting the 74th Academy Awards to be either trouble-plagued or humdrum.

Next to winning, the parties may be the best thing
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- When singer Rufus Wainwright saw where he was sitting for dinner at the Elton John Aids Foundation Oscar party he thought he'd been banished to a bad table.

Berry, Washington, Poitier mark historic Oscar night for black actors
LOS ANGELES -- On a night when Sidney Poitier described how different Hollywood was 53 years ago, the Academy Awards showcased how different as Halle Berry and Denzel Washington joined Poitier as the only black actors to win Oscars for lead roles.

International media give Poitier, Redford, Berry standing ovations
LOS ANGELES -- After receiving their Oscars, Sidney Poitier, Robert Redford and Halle Berry each got standing ovations backstage from an international media contingent.

TV Ratings up slightly over last year for Oscar telecast
NEW YORK -- The Academy Awards telecast, with Denzel Washington and Halle Berry winning top acting awards, drew a slightly larger television audience than last year's show, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Georgia Tech 6, Gardner-Webb 2
ATLANTA -- Jason Perry, Victor Menocal and Eric Patterson each had two hits and Chris Goodman allowed two runs and seven hits over seven innings as Georgia Tech completed a sweep of a two-game series with Gardner-Webb 6-2 on Sunday.

Georgia Tech tries trio of QBs
ATLANTA - The subject everyone wants to talk about this spring at Georgia Tech is the quarterback competition.

Georgia Tech tries trio of QBs

Georgia Tech 6, Gardner-Webb 2

An unlikely finish, an unlikely winner

Perks wins Players Championship, invitation to Masters
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - New Zealand's Craig Perks is headed to Augusta National Golf Club for the 66th Masters Tournament in three weeks. Maybe he'll have come back down to earth by then.

Diaz wins first title in duel with Inkster
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Laura Diaz sank a 3-foot birdie putt on the last hole to cap a 4-under-par 68 and beat LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster by a stroke Sunday in the Welch's-Circle K Classic.

Perks unknown, but not untested

Augusta State wins Schenkel
STATESBORO, Ga. - Augusta State golf coach can now say that his team is on the same page - the champion's page.

An unlikely finish, an unlikely winner
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Not many people knew about Craig Perks. No one will forget his theatrical finish Sunday that brought him an unlikely victory at The Players Championship and a trip to the Masters.

Diaz wins first title in duel with Inkster

Perks unknown, but not untested
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Craig Perks was virtually unknown until he won The Players Championship with a stunning finish.

Perks wins Players Championship, invitation to Masters

Augusta State wins Schenkel

Borrego wins Madeira Island Open
MADEIRA, Portugal -- Diego Borrego of Spain overcame swirling wind Sunday to shoot a 3-under-par 69 and win the Madeira Island Open by one stroke.

Borrego wins Madeira Island Open

Lakeside assistant takes helm

Georgia 75, Tennessee 68

Georgia 108, Tennessee 100

Lakeside assistant takes helm
One year after being denied his "dream job," Randy Hill savored his second chance.

Need a spell checker? Talk to these experts
Congratulations to Joseph Shepherd, who won Saturday's regional spelling bee held here at The Chronicle.

LeBlanc's bond raised to $500,000
Instead of reinstating Aaron LeBlanc's $100,000 Monday morning, a judge in Gastonia, N.C., increased it to $500,000.

LeBlanc's bond raised to $500,000
Instead of reinstating Aaron LeBlanc's $100,000 Monday morning, a judge in Gastonia, N.C., increased it to $500,000.

Defendants in 1969 killing of black woman lose Pa. court challenge
YORK, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused to throw out charges against white defendants in the 1969 murder of a black woman during York's race riots, rejecting arguments that too much time had passed to allow an adequate defense.

Williams to manage civic center
Civic center officials today hired arena General Manager Reggie Williams to run the facility independent of a private management company.

Lakeside names new coach
Randy Hill was named Lakeside High School's new head football coach and athletic director Monday morning.

Lakewood names new coach
Randy Hill was named Lakeside High School's new head football coach and athletic director Monday morning.

Jury acquits two in DeKalb murder
DECATUR, Ga. -- Prosecutors suffered a blow to their murder case against former DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey on Monday when two of his alleged co-conspirators were acquitted of killing Dorsey's successor.

Police seek robbery suspect
Authorities are looking for a robber who wore a gray wig while robbing four convenience stores in Richmond and Aiken counties.

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Augusta area
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Augusta area in effect until 6 p.m. Large hail and high winds are possible as a line of showers moves across the area.

Reader wants more comics by blacks

Why Augusta needs fine-tuning

General answers critic of Fort Gordon blood drives

Deplores corporate puppy farms

'Rx industry' has too many kids on prescriptions

Residents fear mailbox terrorism

Lauds victims for coming forward

Augusta paid too much for fire chief

Senator sets a bad example of Southern Hospitality

Augusta Commission the worst ever

Walker's daughter unconvincing

Police no help in rape cases

Rap mogul Simmons takes poetry mainstream with HBO series

Daily TV highlights for week

Berry, Washington, Poitier mark historic Oscar night for black actors

Next to winning, the parties may be the best thing

Washington, Berry take top-acting awards

Find out what your ancestors were doing in 1930

No pain, Rogaine

Sally Field comes full circle

Reruns are the latest example of TV 'repurposing'

In the know

'Greg the Bunny': The Muppets were never like this

'Survivor' watch, day 12

Oscar fashion: The good, the bad, the sort of OK

Complete list of 74th Academy Award winners

Chronicle's Oscar contest winner

TV Ratings up slightly over last year for Oscar telecast

Academy Awards a breakthrough for black actors

International media give Poitier, Redford, Berry standing ovations

Stars generally play it safe

Oscar throws grand homecoming party in new theater

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

Larose, Willis will be missing from Lynx line

Time running out for Lynx
FLORENCE, S.C. - The Augusta Lynx entered the weekend with destiny in their own hands.

Lynx gamenight

Larose, Willis will be missing from Lynx line
The hits just keep on coming for the Augusta Lynx.

Lynx gamenight
Columbus Cottonmouths at Augusta Lynx

Time running out for Lynx

Flames spread in woods
It was the lingering trail of smoke that attracted most people's attention Sunday, said Sgt. Wayne Kent, of the Grovetown Department of Public Safety.

Panel says spa should lose license
The lawyer for a Washington Road massage parlor owner said his client runs a legitimate business that has been scandalized by one bad employee.

Lakeside names new coach

Across the southeast
COCOA BEACH, Fla. - A shark bit an 11-year-old tourist Monday as she waded in shallow water on an Atlantic Ocean beach, officials said.

Around town

Savannah merger talks hit deadlock
ATLANTA - The possibility of Savannah joining Augusta, Columbus and Athens in having a consolidated city-county government appears dead, at least for another year.

4 convicted in prison drug ring
Four people, including the leader of a prison gang connected to a massive drug, gambling and money-laundering ring inside the Edgefield Federal Prison, have been convicted by a federal jury in Columbia, prosecutors said Monday.

News you can use
March 26, 1934 Picking up where he left off in Georgia four years ago as the last man to whip Bob Jones in open golf competition, lanky Horton Smith of Chicago paced the professionals to a smashing triumph yesterday in the final found of the first Masters Invitation Tournament.

Panel says spa should lose license

Many members, one body
NORTH AUGUSTA - The Rev. Jon Breshears stared down at Georgia Avenue from the rooftop of First Baptist Church and made a suggestion to the crowd below.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Across the southeast
ROANOKE, Va. -Fire broke out in an illegal pile of as many as 4 million tires and could last for months, officials said.

News you can use

Pub brings taste of Britain to North Augusta
NORTH AUGUSTA - Dartboards and a jukebox can be found at just about any bar.

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

Pupils experience disability

Pupils experience disability
WINDSOR - Nine-year-old Samelia Simmons put a cotton swab in her mouth, dipped the other end in paint, and tried to write her name on a blank sheet of paper.

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Augusta area

News you can use
March 25, 1954 A 31-year-old South Carolina man now awaiting death in the electric chair for the murder of a Georgia policeman has been charged with 23 armed robberies in Aiken, Detective Chief P.D. Grant revealed yesterday.

Savannah merger talks hit deadlock

Defendants in 1969 killing of black woman lose Pa. court challenge

Policy to conserve natural resources passes
The South Carolina Legislature approved a land bank last week that would help conserve natural resources for future generations.

Across South Carolina
ROSINVILLE - Six people died in a pileup on smoke- and fog-shrouded Interstate 95 early Monday when a tractor-trailer rig smashed into a car and it exploded, authorities said.

Lawmakers have busy 2 days
ATLANTA - It's likely to be another short week for the General Assembly, with the Legislature expected to take at least two days off at the end of the week to mark the start of Passover and Good Friday.

Authorities call off search

Two acquitted in sheriff death
DECATUR, Ga. - Prosecutors suffered a blow to their murder case against former DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey on Monday when two of his alleged co-conspirators were acquitted of killing Mr. Dorsey's successor.

Joint effort suggested for Whiskey Road rules

LeBlanc's bond raised to $500,000

Condon's fight seen as long shot
GREENVILLE, S.C. - A court fight Attorney General Charlie Condon has picked with the NAACP at state rest areas probably can't stand up to First Amendment challenges, constitutional experts say.

State pays tribute to Herman Talmadge

Across South Carolina
PARRIS ISLAND -Marine Corps officials have identified an 18-year-old recruit who died during a 1.5-mile training run.

Across the southeast

Jail will teach law enforcement history
GREENSBORO, Ga. - In 1895, the Greene County

Bill may shorten trips by athletes

Bill may shorten trips by athletes
A bill that would limit team travel to 200 miles round trip must be voted out of an education subcommittee and approved by the House before the session's 33rd day, which is Tuesday. Otherwise, it will die.

Subscriber of the day

Across the area

LeBlanc's bond raised to $500,000

Flames spread in woods

Across Georgia

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is David Scarlett of Belvedere.

Pub brings taste of Britain to North Augusta

Bush will stump for Graham

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Margaret Guisti of Belvedere.

Multistate games break state law, Condon says

Board set to vote on curriculum changes
Three months after an equity committee first recommended changes to Columbia County's elementary schools curriculum, school board members are expected to give their final approval at a meeting tonight.

Across Georgia
MACON -The proposed Fall Line Freeway would endanger Ocmulgee National Monument by cutting off the last undeveloped area from the rest of the park, an advocacy group contends.

Nominee's degree is challenged

Across the area
An Augusta woman charged last week with abusing her 6-month-old daughter had been investigated by police a month before, police said Monday.

A sprinkling of water advice

Bill aims to limit market

Across the area

Nominee's degree is challenged
AIKEN - The controversy over the open Aiken County night bond court judgeship boiled again Monday as Sen. Greg Ryberg called on the governor to rescind his nominee because of what he called his "bogus" degree.

Across the southeast

Proposals would let retirees teach again

News you can use

Jury acquits two in DeKalb murder

Lakewood names new coach

Proposals would let retirees teach again
To alleviate the teacher shortage, legislation before the General Assembly would bring retired teachers back to the classroom.

Subscriber of the day

Bush will stump for Graham
WASHINGTON - President Bush is big on loyalty in the White House, but bygones are bygones in his drive to help the GOP recapture the Senate.

Judge increases LeBlanc bond

Across Georgia
FORT STEWART -Two soldiers involved in a fatal shooting at Fort Stewart on Friday have been identified.

Two acquitted in sheriff death

Across the area
Aaron LeBlanc remained in a North Carolina jail Sunday night under a $250,000 bond on rape charges, jail officials said.

Across Georgia

Joint effort suggested for Whiskey Road rules
AIKEN - Four government bodies, two from the county and two from the city, will have to agree if one set of rules is to be adopted for well-traveled Whiskey Road.

State pays tribute to Herman Talmadge
ATLANTA -- The state paid tribute Monday to Herman Talmadge, remembering the governor and senator as a survivor of turbulent change during Georgia's emergence from its segregated past into a diverse future.

Multistate games break state law, Condon says
COLUMBIA - South Carolina cannot legally participate in multistate lottery games unless the constitution is amended, state Attorney General Charlie Condon said Monday.

Judge increases LeBlanc bond
Instead of reinstating Aaron LeBlanc's $100,000 bond Monday morning, a judge in Gastonia, N.C., increased it to $500,000.

Plans center on economy
AIKEN - Many in the Republican primary race for governor have pointed fingers at Democratic incumbent Jim Hodges as responsible for South Carolina's economic woes.

Bill aims to limit market
AIKEN - Rep. Charles Sharpe, R-Wagener, filed a bill last week that would regulate the sale of fertilizers that could be used to make a bomb.

Authorities call off search
NEW ELLENTON - Police called off the search for a missing elderly woman Sunday after an exhausting fifth day of efforts proved fruitless.

Policy to conserve natural resources passes

Lawmakers have busy 2 days

A sprinkling of water advice
Billy Clayton is ready for battle.

Jail will teach law enforcement history

County forms plan to retain teachers
Lakeside High School English teacher and debate coach Charles Heywood has been given a job for life.

Ames can only watch wild ride
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - If Craig Perks had just won the Super Bowl instead of the Players Championship, he'd be going to Disney World - where they would immediately commission a roller coaster in honor of his thrill-ride of a Sunday finish.

Sheridan: Confident Lakers hold mental edge
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The best player on the team with the NBA's best record collapsed to his knees in frustration, lowering his head to the floor of Arco Arena in a telling display of anguish.

Nets 116, Hawks 102
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd hit consecutive 3-pointers to ignite a late run that carried the New Jersey Nets to a franchise-record 10th straight home win, 116-102 over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.

Sheridan: Confident Lakers hold mental edge

Nets 116, Hawks 102

Haston has mixed feelings about watching IU's run to Final Four
INDIANAPOLIS -- Kirk Haston faithfully tapes each Indiana basketball game, reads stories about the team and is in constant contact with many of the Hoosiers.

Kansas not satisfied with first Final Four bid since 1993
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- This much the Kansas Jayhawks know:

Two No. 1 seeds in Final Four; Indiana in at No. 5
If everything worked out according to the brackets designed by the NCAA basketball selection committee, there would be four top-seeded teams headed to next weekend's Final Four.

Red-hot Sooners take winning streak to Atlanta
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Except for the net around his neck and the sweat-soaked uniform underneath his celebratory T-shirt, Aaron McGhee might have been just another Oklahoma student stoked by the Sooners' Final Four run.

Terp seniors focus on winning twice more
Juan Dixon and Lonny Baxter already have done their share to lift Maryland to elite status, taking the Terrapins to the Final Four not just once, but twice.

Connecticut 85, Old Dominion 64
MILWAUKEE -- Sue Bird and the unbeaten Connecticut Huskies bounced the party crashers right out of the NCAA tournament.

NIT could be Wagner's going-away party.
NEW YORK -- John Calipari and Memphis came back to the NIT. Will Dajuan Wagner come back to Memphis?

Hoosiers take long road back to Final Four
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Indiana guard Dane Fife twirled his finger in the air, as if to signal that he didn't want all this to end.

Maryland 90, Connecticut 82
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- On a night when Maryland's senior stars led the way, struggling junior Steve Blake hit the shot that sealed a second straight trip to the Final Four.

Broyles' review after Richardson's second season cites inconsistencies
LITTLE ROCK -- Frank Broyles' concerns with Nolan Richardson's job performance began as early as 1987 - the coach's second season as Arkansas basketball coach, according to a document recently released by the university.

Price is right for Oklahoma in the Final Four
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma guard Hollis Price needs extra time to warm up before games. When he's on the sideline, a heating pad helps keep his injured right arm loose.

Oklahoma 72, Texas Tech 62
BOISE, Idaho -- For the third time this season, Oklahoma had more speed, more talent and more enthusiasm than Texas Tech could handle.

Perry takes over as IU point guard as Coverdale misses practice
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- While starting point guard Tom Coverdale hobbled around campus on crutches Monday, Indiana practiced with Coverdale's likely replacement, freshman Donald Perry.

Upstart Old Dominion tries to ruin Connecticut's good time
MILWAUKEE -- Wendy Larry sees Old Dominion as the party crasher at the big ball.

Few Final Four tickets available to Maryland students, fans
COLLEGE PARK -- Final Four tickets will be hard to come by for Maryland students and fans.

Old rivals meet in new setting
AMES, Iowa -- They are conference rivals separated by 180 miles of rolling Tennessee countryside, one in Nashville, the other in Knoxville.

Tuesday Tipoff
Reviewing the Sweet 16 and previewing the Final Four in Atlanta:

Kansas 104, Oregon 86
MADISON, Wis. -- Kansas met a team that wanted to run with it. It ran over Oregon instead.

NIT Glance
Here is a glance at the National Invitation Tournament.

Tennessee 68, Vanderbilt 63
AMES, Iowa -- Tennessee beat a familiar opponent to put itself back in a familiar setting.

Oklahoma 94, Colorado 60
BOISE, Idaho -- Chalk up another major accomplishment for Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale: a trip to the Final Four.

Panthers bring back Bates

Mrs. Cleo Fountain    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Funeral services for Mrs. Cleo Fountain, who died March 20, 2002, in the University Hospital, will be conducted

SSG (Ret.) John Richardson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Rushton    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - The funeral service for Mr. Clarence Frank Ruston will be conducted today, Tuesday, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Napier Funeral Home. The interment will follow in Aiken Memorial Park.

Mrs. Myrna Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. DAutel Livingston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -

Mrs. Mary Dooley    (WOODSTOCK, Ga.)
WOODSTOCK, Ga. - Mrs. Mary Lois Dooley, age 77, of Woodstock, formally of Nor

Mrs. Ruth Beasley    (GIBSON, Ga.)
GIBSON, Ga. - Mrs. Ruth H. Beasley, 89, of Beall Spring Road, entered into rest Monday, March 25, 2002, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be Wedn

Mrs. Lona Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest March 25, 2002, Mrs. Lona Bell Joh

Mr. Robert McGahee    (HARLEM, Ga.)
HARLEM, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday,March 24, 2002, at the University Hospital, Augsuta, Georgia, Mr. F. Robert McGahee, 79, of Whitaker Road, Harlem, Georg

Mr. Frederick Noegel Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Herndon Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Frank E. "Buddy" Herndon Sr. are private and underÊthe direction of George Funeral Homes Historic Downtown Chapel, 211 ParkÊAve. S.W. Aiken,

Mr. Robert McGahee    (HARLEM, Ga.)
HARLEM, Ga. - Enter

Mrs. Mattie Bradshaw    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, March 22, 2002, at Blair House Nursing Home, Mrs. Mattie Mae Bradshaw, 97, of Sea Isle

Mrs. Florrie Odoms    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Funeral services for Florrie Lee Durant Odoms, 79, who died March 23, 2002, widow of Edward Odoms and daughter of the late Wesley and Florrie F

Mrs. Myrna Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Burton    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Mr. Johnnie Burton, 45, of Burton Road, the husband of Emma Jean Simpkins Burton, died on March 24, 2002, at his home. He was born in Saluda County, a son of the Maggie Padgett Burton and the late J.B. Burton Sr. He

Mr. Tom Tate    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital, Mr. Tom Robert "Buddy" Tate, 70, of Weed Street, husband of the late Mrs. Leola Tate. Funeral services will be held today, Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at 2 p.m. from Dents

SSG (Ret.) John Richardson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Piland    (WOODVILLE, Ga.)
WOODVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Mildred Piland, age 97, of Woodville, entered into rest March 23, 2002. Graveside funeral services for Mrs.

Featured obituary: Mr. James Greene
The people of New Ellenton knew James Greene as the "Tomato Man."

Mr. Harold Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Sidney Hilliard    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Entered into rest March 22, 2002, Sidney Hilliard, 88, of Graham Street, Washington. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2002, from Spring

Mrs. Margaret Hightower    (JAMACIA, N.Y.)
JAMACIA, N.Y. - Mrs. Margaret Boynton Hightower, 81, of Jamacia, formerly of Allendale, S.C., entered into rest March 23, 2002, in J

Mrs. Maggie Greene    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Maggie V. Greene, 89, wife of the late Dennis Greene, ente

Mr. Raymond Hall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Overman    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Mary TeBow Overman, 77, wife of Lee Overman, of Riverview Drive, entered into rest Saturday, March 23, 2002, at University

Mrs. Lillie Lyons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, March 25, 2002, at University Hospital, Mrs. Lillie Lyons of Miller Street. Funeral arrangements wi

Mr. James Green    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Entered i

Mr. James Greene    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. John Freeman    (WRENS, Ga.)
WRENS, Ga. - Mr. John Willie Freeman Sr., 77, of Speering Street, Wrens, Ga., died March 21, 2002. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at Waysgrove Baptist Church in Stellaville, Ga., Rev. Ji

Mr. Donald Disher Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest at the Medical College of Georgia, Mr. Donald Ray Disher Jr. of Brown Road, Hephzibah, son of Mr. Donald Ray and Mrs. Billie A. Dishe

Mr. Danny Blizzard    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Danny Blizzard died on March 23, 2002. Funeral services will be Monday, March 25, 2002, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Peebles-Curry-Durden M

Mrs. Mattie Bradshaw    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, March 22, 2002, at Blair House Nursing Home, Mrs. Mattie Mae Bradshaw, 97, of Sea Isle Drive. Funeral service will

Mr. Joseph Berry    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest on Saturday, March 23, 2002, Mr. Joseph "Joe" Lee Berry of Grove

Mr. Walter Ashcraft    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Graveside services for Mr. Walter Morrison Ashcraft, 94, of East Summit Avenue, North Augusta, S.C., who died March 25, 2002, will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2:30 in the Denmark Cemetery, Denmark, S.C.,

Mr. Plemon Ansley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mr. Plemon Ansley, 80, beloved husband of Mrs. Lillie Ansley of Jeanette S

Mrs. Elizabeth Saelens    (EAST MOLINE, Ill.)
EAST MOLINE, Ill. - Elizabeth Rae Saelens entered into rest Mar

Mr. Clarence Rushton    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Answered Gods call Saturday evening, March 23, 2002, Mr. Clarence Frank Rushton, age 84, of Vaucluse, S.C., beloved husband of Mrs. Lula

Mr. Marvin Prescott    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Graveside services for Mr. Marvin Dennis Prescott, 59, of Lakeview Road, North Augusta, who died March 25, 2002, will be conducted Thursday morning at

Mrs. Mildred Piland    (WOODVILLE, Ga.)
WOODVILLE, Ga. - Mrs. Mildred Piland, age 97, of Woodville, entered into rest March 23, 2002. Graveside funeral services for Mrs. P

Mr. Gerald Butler    (DANBURG, Ga.)
DANBURG, Ga. - Gerald William "Pete" Butler entered into rest on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2002, at University Hospital, Augusta, Georgia, after a short illness. Pete was born June 1, 1918, in Wilkes County, Georgia, the first c

Mrs. Mary Overman    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA,

Mr. James Greene    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. - Graveside services for Mr. James S. Greene, 73, of Williston Road., husba

Mr. Robert McGahee (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Hightower (JAMACIA, N.Y.)

Mr. Clarence Rushton (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Overman (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. DAutel Livingston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Beasley (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Tate (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SSG (Ret.) John Richardson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Cleo Fountain (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Piland (WOODVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Piland (WOODVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Sidney Hilliard (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Clarence Rushton (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Johnnie Burton (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mr. James Greene

Mrs. Myrna Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Danny Blizzard (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Lyons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Plemon Ansley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Freeman (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Bradshaw (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert McGahee (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrna Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Green (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Hall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lona Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Greene (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Ashcraft (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Herndon Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Florrie Odoms (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Harold Johnson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Marvin Prescott (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Frederick Noegel Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Saelens (EAST MOLINE, Ill.)

Police no help in rape cases
I was looking up the Augusta Lynx game to find the score when I saw Nate Schweitzer's and Amanda Revis' picture in the paper. I know both of them and read the story. I am shocked to hear that the rape charge came back not guilty. What I am not shocked about is the breakdown of the system. Don Cranston, Swansea, S.C.

Why Augusta needs fine-tuning
Persons in Augusta-Richmond County who think our government's problems are racial in nature are missing the point. What concerns most residents - whatever their race - is the abstentions and walk-outs on votes by commission members, the disrespect for professionals trying to do their jobs - e.g., the administrator or fire chief - the absence of efficient majority rule, micro-management of government departments by some of the commissioners and an elected mayor with no effective input. Mary R. Chandler, Augusta

Triple crown
"This is for every nameless, faceless woman of color who now has a chance because this door has been opened."

Deplores corporate puppy farms
Dog breeding is a multi-million dollar market and spread all across our so-called compassionate country are puppy mills: Farms where dogs are bred day in and day out - many of which are bred to death so we can walk into our nearest pet store and buy into the cruelty. Stephen Vining, Augusta

Senator sets a bad example of Southern Hospitality
The next time someone hits into you during a round of golf at one of our local courses, look back to see who it is. It might be our "honorable" Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta setting a bad example of Southern hospitality. Rick Sangston, Martinez, Ga.

Reader wants more comics by blacks
This letter is prompted by the lone comic strip that is currently in The Chronicle about and by a black person. Boondocks really is not my cup of tea. I have tried to read it, and I just don't get it. Cynthia Hightower, Augusta

Augusta paid too much for fire chief
Recently a new fire chief was hired and Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson was credited for getting the votes. Before voting, Mr. Hankerson said he had a total of eight votes. However, he ended up with only six votes - his and five others. Joseph Diggs, Augusta

'Rx industry' has too many kids on prescriptions
Prescription drug use in children as young as 5 years old has reached staggering proportions. Millions of American children are on Ritalin, Adderall or other drugs for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Elizabeth Estey, Thomson, Ga.

Time running out
Resolving problems with Augusta's government structure isn't the only critical issue in the General Time is also running out on a number of statewide bills that have local impact as lawmakers head into 2002 session's final days. Here are some of the most important.

Augusta Commission the worst ever
Augustans have the worst city commissioners around. The Rick McKee editorial cartoon on March 10 said it best. Let's get them out of office and put others in. They couldn't be as bad as what we have now. Michael W. Wilkins, Augusta

General answers critic of Fort Gordon blood drives
Regarding the comment on Fort Gordon blood drives that appeared in The Chronicle's March 6 Rant & Raves, Kendrick Memorial Blood Center, part of the Armed Services Blood Program, actively supports community blood banks. Whenever possible, Kendrick responds to requests for blood from area hospitals and blood centers. Brig. Gen. Darrel R. Porr, Fort Gordon, Ga.

Fight the con artists
Contractors in our area are finding out how a few bad apples can spoil it for the whole basket. Most contractors, of course, are honest. Yet there are a number of unscrupulous contractors (if, in fact, they are contractors at all) who are preying on homeowners, especially the elderly.

Lauds victims for coming forward
I commend Amanda Revis and the other women who were apparently victimized by Aaron LeBlanc for their strength and perseverance. Rape is an act of anger, not lust, and extremely difficult to overcome. These women have done what many women feel they can't; they have come forward and not slunk into the shadows. Melissa Kolmar, Aiken, S.C.

The real deal
In important elections, one can tell who the opposition party most fears by who its activists most frequently and ferociously attack. They seek to weaken the strongest candidates in hopes of running against the weakest.

Walker's daughter unconvincing
I have long felt that state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, is an opportunistic self-serving politician with questionable ethics, but I began reading his daughter Monique's March 17 column with an open mind. Don Williams, Augusta

Residents fear mailbox terrorism
Terrorism comes in many forms, including the destruction of property. Gregory J. Topliff, Aiken, S.C.

NASCAR fines three total of $30,000

Busch breaks into winner's circle at Bristol

Sampras upset by Chilean qualifier at Key Biscayne

Overtime

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Sampras upset by Chilean qualifier at Key Biscayne
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- A Pete Sampras signature remains a valuable commodity, even after the drubbing he endured Monday. That's why a cluster of kids leaned over the first-row stadium railing, holding out oversized tennis balls for their hero to sign.

NASCAR notebook
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kevin Harvick will be penalized this week for his pit-road confrontation with Greg Biffle during the Busch series race, NASCAR president Mike Helton said Sunday.

Overtime
Monique Martin of Thomson scored six straight points down the stretch en route to a game-high 26 points Sunday in leading the Georgia girls to a 75-68 win over Tennessee in the 14th annual Coca-Cola Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Basketball Game in Chattanooga.

Busch breaks into winner's circle at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Kurt Busch gambled on pit strategy and bumped Jimmy Spencer out of his way Sunday to win the first race of his career in an event that ended with tempers flaring and another pit road confrontation at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Agreement close on Tyson-Lewis fight June 8 in Memphis
Negotiators were close Monday to finishing a deal for Lennox Lewis to defend his heavyweight titles against Mike Tyson on June 8 in Memphis.

Overtime
Furman's Darby Sligh of North Augusta tied for second place in the Furman Invitational over the weekend. Sligh posted 69-73-70-212, one stroke behind medalist Brendon De Jonge of Virginia Tech.

NASCAR fines three total of $30,000
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Robby Gordon were fined a total of $30,000 by NASCAR on Monday for their postrace antics at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Georgia 108, Tennessee 100
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Al Thornton scored 28 points and grabbbed 12 rebounds to lead Georgia past Tennessee 108-100 in the 15th annual Coca-Cola High School all-star game Sunday.

Georgia 75, Tennessee 68
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Moniqe Martin of Thomson scored six straight points down the stretch en route to a game-high 26 points Sunday in leading the Georgia girls to a 75-68 win over Tennessee in the 14th annual Coca-Cola Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Basketball Game.

Panthers bring back Bates
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers brought back former special teams standout Michael Bates on Monday, signing the kick returner to a one-year deal worth $750,000.

Ames can only watch wild ride

AIDS vaccine for cats bodes well for humans
A shot to prevent a form of AIDS that strikes cats has become the first vaccine to be approved by the U.S. government against any immunodeficiency virus infection.

More Antarctic ice shelves face breakup
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The Antarctic's huge ice shelves may break up as the flow of ice across the frozen continent slows or even stops and the global climate warms, a New Zealand climate researcher warned.

New sensor improves digital camera images
Recently, I attended the 2002 Photo Marketing Convention in Orlando, Fla., where dozens of way-cool digital photographic products were introduced - from easy to use point-and-shoot cameras to digital picture stations for retail stores.

A good machine for someone not into lots of upgrades
As is common practice with many (notice I didn't say most) computer elitists, I would often sneer and thumb my nose when some poor, misguided individual would ask me if they should purchase an e-Machine or some other brand of inexpensive computer.

Did your computer lose an hour? We'll help you find it
Q. Stupid me, even though I am in the market for a new computer I couldn't let well enough alone. I downloaded an update for my gateway computer's modem and now the modem doesn't work.

Sports cars of the computer world
Notebook PCs are the sports cars of the computer world - light, fast, and lots less comfortable than their family-sedan desktop counterparts.

Giving vent
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - The first of seven new hydropower turbines that will help restore healthier oxygen levels in the Savannah River arrived Monday at Thurmond Dam.

New digital SLRs unveiled at photo show
The age of the professional digital single lens reflex camera is here. At the recent Photo Marketing Association trade show in Orlando, Fla., several new cameras were introduced that will appeal to working pros, as well as aspiring amateurs who wish they were working pros.

Jet Set Radio Future' is a must-have game
It's not often that something unusual in several aspects appears in the world of video games. A round of applause, then, for "Jet Set Radio Future."

Georgia 11, Vanderbilt 3

Georgia 11, Vanderbilt 3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Clint Sammons hit a three-run homer and Chaz Lytle went 3-for-5 Sunday to help Georgia beat Vanderbilt 11-3.

South Carolina 6, Florida 4
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Landon Powell's home run in the bottom of the 8th inning sealed a win 6-4 Sunday for fourth ranked South Carolina (21-4) over the Florida Gators (21-5) in a three-game series.

South Carolina 6, Florida 4

Duke can't forget South Carolina loss
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Four months have passed since South Carolina beat Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium, but the Blue Devils still remember how the Gamecocks celebrated by dancing on Coach K Court.

Gamecocks' center lead NIT charge
Three days before the Southeastern Conference Tournament, Tony Kitchings was summoned from the weight room to Dave Odom's office. He wondered what his coach could possibly want.

Lady Gamecocks fall to Blue Devils

Lady Gamecocks fall to Blue Devils
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Alana Beard scored 24 points and Monique Currie added 15 as Duke beat South Carolina 77-68 Monday in the East Regional championship to earn its second trip to the Final Four.

Gamecocks' center lead NIT charge

Your style
THE FACTS: Nichole Hines, 17, a junior at the Academy of Richmond County

Question of the week

Your style

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

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Question of the week
Q: What are you planning to do for spring break?

Artists corner
Jacob Jackson, 16, is a sophomore at Jefferson County High School. He's been painting using an airbrush since he was 7 after seeing an artist at the mall using the technique. Nightcrawler is acrylic paint airbrushed onto canvas.

Xtreme Calendar

My pad
THE FACTS: Briana Wilder, 15, a sophomore at Greenbrier High School

Advice line
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM I have a problem with my fiance - he said that he'd wait until I finished college, but now he says he wants to go ahead and marry me before he goes over to Afghanistan. What should I do? Should I put my career on hold and marry him, or should I just wait as planned? Help me, please. - 19-year-old Wrens girl

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Teens on their toes
Despite appearances, there's nothing effortless about grace.

Teens on their toes

Xtreme Calendar
The Augusta Lynx hockey team continues its battle for a playoff berth with a game against Columbus at 7:05 p.m. at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St. Call 724-4423 for ticket information.

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Boy wins annual rotten sneaker contest by a nose

Odds and ends

A good machine for someone not into lots of upgrades

Jet Set Radio Future' is a must-have game

New digital SLRs unveiled at photo show

Did your computer lose an hour? We'll help you find it

Giving vent

Sports cars of the computer world

New sensor improves digital camera images

AIDS vaccine for cats bodes well for humans

More Antarctic ice shelves face breakup