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'Rapunzel' appeals to children
Seeing Mom playing the piano as actors perform on the stage above her is a thrill for Cindy Wilkinson's three small children.

Playwright's themes often tend to be dark
Rick Davis loves the uncomfortable position his playwriting puts him in.

'Rapunzel' appeals to children

Video watch
JUST OUT: K-Pax, Iron Monkey, Original Sin, Life as a House and Bread and Tulips

Playwright's themes often tend to be dark

Sets offer the hits and plenty of extras
Be they Deadhead or jazz aficionado, science-fiction fanatic or soul survivor, music lovers have long been the target of market-minded music companies willing to think inside the box.

Soup's on at Aiken Brewing Company

Standing ovations
The University of South Carolina Aiken theater department will present a musical adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Studs Terkel book Working. The musical, which focuses on the 9-to-5 lives of America's working class, features songs by Stephen Schwartz, Mary Rodgers and James Taylor, among others. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through April 6 and April 8-9 and at 3 p.m. April 7 at the Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, faculty and staff. For more information, call (803) 641-3305.

Sets offer the hits and plenty of extras

Video watch

Mini reviews

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

Standing ovations

Concert calendar
REDBELLY AND THE RIFF RAFF KINGS: Benefit concert for Jennifer Clark Scholarship Fund; tonight, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St., doors open 7 p.m., concert 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.

Club calendar

Band is byproduct of gathering of friends
Members of Augusta band Redbelly don't believe in measuring the group by the standards of rock.

Concert calendar

Living while dying
Over the course of the Augusta Theatre Company's production Grace and Glorie, audiences will be subjected to terminal illness, the death of a child and the threat of suicide.

Events Calendar

Soup's on at Aiken Brewing Company
Can we start with the soup? Aiken Brewing Company is renowned for its ribs, chicken wings and, above all, its fantastic beer, micro-brewed on site. (The restaurant recently won second place in a national competition in the red category, a well-deserved honor.) We offer kudos for all of the above, but we can't stop thinking about the soup.

Living while dying

Some of film's best roles were played by bald men
Nowhere does the story of Samson and Delilah ring more true than in the hallowed halls of Hollywood. There, popular opinion states that appearances are everything, and the idea of a Cary Grant comb-over or Tom Cruise's gleaming pate reflecting the hot California sun is ... well actually, that idea would never even come up.

Some of film's best roles were played by bald men

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.

Robbers steal $7,000 from Florida State baseball team
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Florida State lost a three-game series against North Carolina last weekend - and $7,000 in baseball equipment that robbers took from a university van.

Prep baseball statistics

Sosa not satisfied with past glory

Sosa not satisfied with past glory
MESA, Ariz. -- While players milled about the batting cage, a few dozen fans lined the rows of seats behind them, asking for autographs.

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

Odds and ends
ATLANTA -- If all goes well for a Southern breakfast staple, grits will join the ranks of peanuts, peaches and Vidalia sweet onions as official foods of Georgia.

Court ruling favors naked fellow
America's a nation where a person is free to say what he wants, vote as he chooses and now, maybe drop his trousers in the back yard on a hot summer night.

Braves notebook

Furcal returns with high hopes

Braves notebook
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Barring a setback in his recovery from hemorrhoid surgery, Marcus Giles will be the Braves' opening day second baseman.

Braves notebook
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - With Bobby Cox's decision to carry 12 pitchers, infielder Matt Franco was told he would start the season at Class AAA Richmond.

Furcal returns with high hopes
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Barry Bonds beat the rest of the South to the ``Wow'' with Rafael Furcal.

Braves notebook

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Good weather motivated people to hunt for houses, and favorable financing got them to lock in deals, giving new-home sales a solid increase in February.

Airport works on service
Nothing sets back an airport's marketing image like a passenger scorned.

Printing plant expands, brings 100 jobs to county

Options come with retirement savings
When you retire, you often are given a choice of receiving your retirement plan savings distribution as a lump sum or as a periodic lifetime income. It can be a tough decision.

Business briefs

'Someday you might need a husband'
Will Gardner adjusts his tool belt, digs into his jeans pocket and pulls out a business card. As he hands it over, he quips: "Take this - someday you might need a husband."

Economy grew faster than previously thought

Economy grew faster than previously thought
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy, which fell into recession in early 2001, was already bouncing back in the final three months of the year, growing at an annual rate of 1.7 percent.

New tax changes for business owners
At tax time, many business owners want to make sure they are aware of the latest changes that could affect their taxes. If you are one of these owners, a good source of information is IRS Publication 334, "Tax Guide for Small Business." Publication 334 includes a listing of some tax changes for 2001 returns, plus explanations of the changes. It also includes some of the changes for 2002.

New-home sales rise 5.3 percent in February
WASHINGTON -- New-home sales rose 5.3 percent in February as buyers were motivated by low mortgage rates and mild weather.

Options come with retirement savings

Printing plant expands, brings 100 jobs to county
Quebecor World announced a $35 million expansion Wednesday, a project slated to bring about 100 jobs to Columbia County.

New tax changes for business owners

First tax holiday is this week
Some people don't need a reason to go out to make a big purchase. For everyone else, there's the upcoming sales tax holiday.

Gas prices climb with temperature

Business briefs
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The fight against the computer industry's biggest merger landed in court Thursday, as dissident Director Walter Hewlett accused Hewlett-Packard Co. of improperly enticing a big investor to back HP's $19 billion buyout of Compaq Computer Corp.

Inflation and legislative inaction drive up tax bills in some states
For taxpayers in at least a half-dozen states from Alabama to Hawaii, next month's bill will likely take a bigger bite than last year's because legislators don't account for inflation when they craft tax law.

Inflation and legislative inaction drive up tax bills in some states

New-home sales rise 5.3 percent in February

Tax code gets even kinder for college savers

Tax code gets even kinder for college savers
A good college education savings program just got better.

First tax holiday is this week

Business briefs

Gas prices climb with temperature
SAN DIEGO - Drivers across the nation are digging deeper into their wallets to cover gasoline prices, which have leaped an average of 23 cents per gallon in the past month - the most dramatic change in more than a decade.

Clemson 6, Coastal Carolina 2

Stockman, Clifton to leave Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Tony Stockman, Clemson's second-leading scorer, is leaving the Tigers for a school closer to his Ohio home.

Clemson 6, Coastal Carolina 2
CLEMSON, S.C. -- B.J. LaMura had his first career victory to lead Clemson in a 6-2 win over Coastal Carolina on Wednesday.

Stockman, Clifton to leave Clemson

Williams determined to enjoy the journey

Men still cast shadow over women's hoop team at Duke

Akins wins shootout; Dean, Roberts share dunk title

20 years later, Jordan's shot still the stuff of legend

Something to prove: Final Four teams following same theme

Tennessee freshmen maturing at right time

Sooners lurk as Kansas, Maryland get much of the attention

Talented UConn looms over women's Final Four

Williams measures success his own way

New point guard perfect fit for Sooners

Eight was enough for Duke's return to Final Four

Minority coaches make history

Temple 65, Syracuse 54

Bird, Oldfield earn AP honors

Father of Terps' Blake drives thousands of miles to see son play

Demand is high for Final Four tickets, and so are prices

Breaking down the Final Four teams

Williams might not need good luck this time around

Uphold standards

On reparations

Shut down 'spa'

Been there, done that

In the know
The Augusta Chronicle's book club will meet at 7 tonight at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway. The group will discuss Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, a memoir by Georgia native Janisse Ray. The 273-page paperback is a look at Ms. Ray's childhood in a South Georgia junkyard, as well as a discussion of the rapidly disappearing longleaf-pine ecosystem. It was chosen by the Georgia Center for the Book as part of a project to get everyone in the state reading the same book.

Oscars give ABC its second ratings win of the year
NEW YORK -- The Academy Awards telecast gave ABC a rare weekly win in the ratings, but even then the news wasn't as good as it could have been.

Books take fans out to ball game
It wouldn't be surprising to find stories by such literary luminaries as Thomas Wolfe, John Updike, Annie Dillard and Richard Ford in an anthology.

Capsules
Young adults who have high normal blood pressure or slightly elevated pressure in their 30s may cut their lives short by 2.2 to 4.1 years because of an increased risk of heart attacks or strokes.

The bald truth
Walker McWee of Augusta had a tough time accepting that his hair was thinning at 21.

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.

Four outstanding plants selected
The Olympics are long over, but the Georgia Plant Selection Committee still has four gold medals to award.

Violet behavior can be addictive
Members of the African Violet and Gesneriad Society are hooked on violets.

Four outstanding plants selected

Violet behavior can be addictive

Jackets' Gailey stops in Augusta
One thing is certain about Chan Gailey's three months at Georgia Tech: The football coach doesn't waste a lot of time.

Jackets' Gailey stops in Augusta

Your nose knows all the places you have been

Perks realized star status near after victory

Veteran trying for second tour victory

Perks realized star status near after victory
THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Celebrity status hasn't quite embraced Craig Perks since he won The Players Championship. It's getting closer, though.

Majors driving LPGA's top two players

Veteran trying for second tour victory
THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Jim Carter, with one PGA Tour victory since turning pro in 1985, shot a 7-under-par 65 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the Shell Houston Open.

Majors driving LPGA's top two players
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- The Walk of Champions leads around the island green on the 18th hole of the Dinah Shore course, with plaques of every winner at the Kraft Nabisco Championship on a waist-high wall. That's what got Annika Sorenstam's attention.

Coach's homecoming puts him at the helm

Coach's homecoming puts him at the helm
Three years ago Steve Summers left Burke County High School for another coaching job. Last week, he was given incentive to stay. He was named as the Bears' new head football coach.

Wild 4, Thrashers 2

Thrashers agree to terms with forward Hartigan
ATLANTA -- Mark Hartigan, the top goal scorer in college hockey this season, agreed to terms with the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday.

Wild 4, Thrashers 2
ATLANTA -- Andrew Brunette made a triumphant return to Atlanta with a goal and an assist as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Thrashers 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Goofing off has led to some amazing discoveries
National Goof-Off Day, which is promoted by the makers of Goof Off paint remover, even sent me a large button to wear.

The real 'rude golfer' admits mistakes

Neighbors work on litter problem

Don't build on top of grave sites

Wants to stick with Garden City

Flag flap damages both races

Sacred Heart center's architectural style is no anomaly

Don't link [filtered word] to motor-mouth

Spit-upon veterans still walk proud

Walker owed an apology

Another city moniker idea

Juror should have expected emotion from rape victims

Blame the choice, not the jail

Claims NASA an anti-God government agency

Oscars give ABC its second ratings win of the year

In the know

Books take fans out to ball game

Health calendar

The bald truth

Capsules

Rookie looks back on first season in the South

Lynx's postseason hinges on weekend wins

Lynx road report
Today: vs. Macon Whoopee, Macon Centroplex, 7:35 p.m.

Lynx's postseason hinges on weekend wins
Ask the Augusta Lynx what it will take to overcome long odds and make the playoffs, and expect nothing but the classic, cliched response.

Rookie looks back on first season in the South
It's hard to believe, but here we are in the final week of the regular season. The past 5 1/2 months have gone by so fast. It seems like training camp started yesterday.

Loss dims Lynx's hopes
GREENSBORO, N.C. - For the Augusta Lynx, their season is on the brink.

Across Georgia
WASHINGTON -Sen. Max Cleland attacked President Bush's veterans budget Wednesday during a hospital tour, but he said the criticism wasn't timed to overshadow Mr. Bush's Atlanta campaign appearance for his opponent.

Dad's day out
Mike Shealy, of Aiken, reaches up to give his daughter Becca, 3, a big push on the swings. The father and daughter were at the H. Odell Weeks Activity Center in Aiken on Wednesday to have their daily playtime at the park and to enjoy the spring weather.

Horse caretaker avoids trial on cruelty

Comcast Classic

Official takes up fishing after lifelong coastal job

2 tax-free days give consumers a break

2 senators clash over Aiken bill
AIKEN - Another point of contention arose this week between state senators who disagree over the appointment of a night court judge in Aiken County.

Wreck injures officer

Subscriber of the day

Valdosta State, neighbors mourn slain professor

Alter government setup, says '70s leader

Across Georgia

Officials order election recount

Charges weighed in Tybee explosion

Students bridge global gap
A year ago, Pakistan native Hammaad Shams says his country was ignored by American media. But since President Bush's vow to eradicate worldwide terrorism, Mr. Shams said, his homeland has become newsworthy.

Charges weighed in Tybee explosion
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - The owners of a Tybee Island pest control business could face criminal charges and state penalties after discarded fumigants exploded outside their home.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Bobbie Williams of North Augusta.

Opinions diverge on conclusions of school bus report

Dad's day out

Caterer casts net for Masters staff

Passover feast

Across South Carolina

Reformer wins round in child-support fight

Around town

Subscriber of the day

School bus bill meets rejection

Across the area

Correction

Across South Carolina

2 hopefuls announce plans for state House

Across the area
A North Augusta man was charged Wednesday with breaking into an Augusta jewelry store and taking more than $15,000 in jewelry, authorities said.

Across the area

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

Valdosta State, neighbors mourn slain professor
VALDOSTA, Ga. - Bobby Blake didn't wait for someone to ask him for help. He just helped when he saw a need.

Georgia seat sought
Columbia County Commission Chairman Barry Fleming will run for the Georgia House of Representatives this year.

Republican prepares for mayor term

Ex-cons seek new trial after DNA test

News you can use

Across Georgia

Former official says leadership is key

Fire razes historic plantation

Kolb meets resistance on buying

Woman admits she's guilty of stealing from employer
A woman who helped herself to more than $25,000 of a business' money while working as the office manager pleaded guilty Thursday.

Fire razes historic plantation
GOOD HOPE, Ga. - The most visible symbol for a group of residents fighting to keep a rock quarry out of eastern Walton County went up in flames Monday night in what authorities described Tuesday as a "suspicious fire."

Races benefit by Bush effort
ATLANTA - President Bush collected $2.6 million for Republican Senate candidates in two states Wednesday, hours after signing the campaign finance bill that will restrict political fund raising.

2 senators clash over Aiken bill

Church plans fire talks
FOLKSTON, Ga. - Leaders of a black church that was damaged by arson last week plan an open house to clear up any misunderstanding that could have led to the crime.

Ex-cons seek new trial after DNA test
SAVANNAH - State testing has confirmed that semen taken from a rape victim in 1986 does not match either of the two men convicted of the crime.

Intruder suspects get beaten up
The victims of a violent home invasion fought off the intruder with a pipe and sent him and another man fleeing to a hospital, authorities said Wednesday.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Kathy Hurd of North Augusta.

Students bridge global gap

News you can use
MARCH 29, 1975 Two developments in the fight to save historic Sacred Heart Church from destruction have produced optimism among members of Friends of Sacred Heart Church Inc., an official said.

Scholar vies for seat in state House
ATHENS, Ga. - When Todd Larsen graduates from the University of Georgia in May, the 21-year-old HOPE scholar plans to put his newly minted political science degree to the test in a bid for a state House seat.

Correction
A caption on the Metro front of Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misidentified Vishan Sama and Hammaad Shams. Mr. Sama was on the left in the photograph of the Augusta State University International Festival; Mr. Shams was on the right.

Alter government setup, says '70s leader
The power of Augusta's mayor is the focus of several proposals to reform consolidated government. But how do former mayors view the issue? Today, we ask Lewis A. "Pop" Newman, who served three terms from 1973 to 1981.

Across Georgia
LaFAYETTE -Though many of their identities may never be known, the bodies found on the property of Tri-State Crematory finally will be laid to rest and honored with a memorial.

Officials order election recount
Election officials will spend today checking to see that all ballots in New Ellenton's town election Tuesday were cast by registered voters.

Across South Carolina
LEXINGTON -Promising a significant tax cut and an end to what he called gimmicks and quick fixes for education, Lt. Gov. Bob Peeler on Thursday officially announced he's running for governor.

Pretrial motions in killing delayed
The second pretrial hearing for an Augusta man facing capital murder charges was a bust Wednesday.

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

Airport restaurant owes big

Across the area
Authorities in Richmond and Columbia counties were looking for two men Thursday in connection with gun thefts from a store on Washington Road, a sheriff's lieutenant said.

Jet pilots return home

Comcast Classic
Terrie Bradford of Augusta hits a forehand return during action in the Comcast Classic tennis tournament, which started Thursday at Petersburg Racquet Club.

Races benefit by Bush effort

Olympics are special for participants, volunteers
AIKEN - Adorned with winning ribbons safety-pinned to his T-shirt, Larry Pressley was more inclined to serenade fellow Special Olympians with song than compete in metered runs.

Georgia seat sought

Kolb meets resistance on buying
Augusta commissioners have been reluctant in recent months to relinquish their hiring and firing power, and City Administrator George Kolb saw similar resistance resurface Thursday after asking the board to give his office more purchasing power.

News you can use

Caterer casts net for Masters staff
For area caterers, preparing for Masters Week boils down to one important task: getting good help.

Around town

Former official says leadership is key
The power of Augusta's mayor is the focus of several proposals to reform consolidated government. But how do former mayors view the issue? Today, we ask Ed McIntyre, who served as mayor from 1981 to 1983.

Scabies reported at school

Republican prepares for mayor term
NEW ELLENTON - Jim Sutherland, 48, stood Thursday in front of City Hall watching the traffic rumble by on the four-lane highway that runs from the Savannah River Site through the town, population 2,250.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Investigators still have not determined the cause of the pileup on smoke- and fog-shrouded Interstate 95 that left six people dead, but they say the conditions, speed and inattention likely contributed.

Wreck injures officer
At top, Aiken County Deputy Michael Stapleton, 21, is carried away after his patrol car was hit by another car and forced into a tree on Main St

Scabies reported at school
Students at the Academy of Richmond County will undergo health department screening today for a contagious skin disease after a pile of old, mildewed band uniforms - infested with the parasite that causes scabies - was discovered in a school storage room.

2 hopefuls announce plans for state House
Qualifying for the Georgia House of Representative races in Columbia County is still more than two months away, but two candidates have already announced plans to seek the seat being vacated by longtime representative Bill Jackson.

Jet pilots return home
BEAUFORT, S.C. - Megan Coletta and her sons talked Tuesday morning about the man they couldn't wait to see - Capt. Mike Coletta, an F/A-18 fighter jet pilot.

School bus bill meets rejection
A bill that would tighten school bus safety throughout the state was rejected for funding reasons, a state senator said Thursday.

Official takes up fishing after lifelong coastal job
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Many people leave their jobs to go fishing. So will Duane Harris.

Opinions diverge on conclusions of school bus report
Columbia County school officials say a grand jury's report on school bus safety shows no major flaws in the transportation department, while the mother of a kindergartener killed by a school bus last year says its findings validate many of her concerns.

Horse caretaker avoids trial on cruelty
AIKEN - A well-known caretaker of miniature horses, charged with cruelty to animals after two horses died on her property, has entered a pretrial intervention program.

Penny tax deal continues to elude leaders
Officials from Harlem, Grovetown and Columbia County edged closer to an agreement on penny tax distribution Thursday night.

Airport restaurant owes big
As Augusta Regional Airport officials prepare to revise and possibly rebid the airport's restaurant contract, they first have to nail down a few details, such as collecting the rent.

2 tax-free days give consumers a break
A two-day reprieve from state and local sales taxes begins today for Georgia shoppers itching to purchase computers, clothing and school supplies.

News you can use
March 28, 1964 Richmond County Warden Millard Gooding entered a county commission meeting Friday expecting a battle over whether he would retain his position. He left with his same job, and an apparently dead prison camp issue.

Student charged with flag burning
The district attorney's office will evaluate the case and decide whether to take the arson charge to a grand jury for possible indictment.

Passover feast
Rabbi Jordan Parr (left) answers questions about the Torah for Louis Silverman at Congregation Children of Israel on Walton Way. About 45 people attended the community Seder, the Passover feast, on Thursday.

Reformer wins round in child-support fight
ATLANTA - A Georgia lawmaker who has worked for two years to overhaul the state's guidelines for child-support awards has won a major change in the system.

Your nose knows all the places you have been
Scientists say that smell is the sense that stays with us the longest. Well past the time when the sights, sounds, tastes and touches have faded from memory, just one molecule against the olfactory nerve can bring back the years.

Raptors 85, Hawks 83
ATLANTA -- With Vince Carter gone for the remainder of the season, the rest of the Toronto Raptors haven't given up.

Jordan: knee needs to improve for him to return

Jordan: knee needs to improve for him to return
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan said Thursday he probably won't play next season unless his injured knee improves. At the same time, he said he intended to fulfill his contract, which runs another year.

Raptors 85, Hawks 83

Minority coaches make history
Plenty has already been made about the quests of two coaches to claim their first national title at the Final Four in Atlanta.

Players' choice kept these Hoosiers together
ATLANTA -- For Indiana, it's the Final Four that almost didn't happen.

Temple 65, Syracuse 54
NEW YORK -- John Chaney finally won a season finale.

Williams determined to enjoy the journey
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Roy Williams reached the Final Four twice in his first five seasons and decided what the heck, this is bound to happen every couple of years or so.

Williams measures success his own way
ATLANTA -- Gary Williams needed two straight appearances in the Final Four to be acknowledged as one of college basketball's great coaches.

New point guard perfect fit for Sooners
NORMAN, Okla. -- Quannas White began the year as just one of six new players on Oklahoma's roster. Now he's an indispensable part of a team headed to the Final Four.

Father of Terps' Blake drives thousands of miles to see son play
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Richard Blake loves to watch his son play basketball, hates flying, and apparently doesn't mind driving.

Talented UConn looms over women's Final Four
SAN ANTONIO -- Tennessee, Duke and Oklahoma have everything it takes to win a national championship - talented players, smart coaches, ambition and drive.

Heath named coach at Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- After one season of attention-getting success at Kent State, Stan Heath was hired Thursday to replace fired Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson.

Men still cast shadow over women's hoop team at Duke
DURHAM, N.C. -- Each March, Duke applies for a bonfire permit so it can celebrate big basketball wins in the middle of campus.

20 years later, Jordan's shot still the stuff of legend
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mike Jordan waited on the left wing. With his team down by one and a national championship at stake, the skinny, 19-year-old freshman was virtually unnoticed by the defense as the final seconds ticked away.

Akins wins shootout; Dean, Roberts share dunk title
ATLANTA -- Hometown favorite Tony Akins of Georgia Tech outshot high-profile participants Dan Dickau of Gonzaga and Steve Logan of Cincinnati on Thursday night to win the long-distance portion of the Slam Dunk and Three-Point Championships.

Williams might not need good luck this time around
ATLANTA -- The Mississippi River is two states away. The grave of James Naismith, basketball's founder, is all the way back home in Lawrence, Kan.

Tennessee freshmen maturing at right time
SAN ANTONIO -- Tennessee freshman Brittany Jackson played six minutes against Connecticut in January. Michelle Munoz didn't even leave the bench.

Demand is high for Final Four tickets, and so are prices
ATLANTA -- The Final Four is a hot ticket. Madonna hot. Britney Spears hot, even.

Breaking down the Final Four teams
ATLANTA -- The teams and matchups in the Final Four: OKLAHOMA vs. INDIANA OKLAHOMA

Bird, Oldfield earn AP honors
SAN ANTONIO -- Sue Bird, the cool, clever point guard who has helped bring Connecticut within two games of a perfect season, was honored Thursday as The Associated Press player of the year in women's basketball

Something to prove: Final Four teams following same theme
ATLANTA -- When Dean Smith finally won his first national championship in 1982, no one was happier for him than Roy Williams.

Eight was enough for Duke's return to Final Four
SAN ANTONIO -- Eight certainly proved to be enough for Duke's return to the Final Four.

Sooners lurk as Kansas, Maryland get much of the attention
ATLANTA -- Watch out Kansas and Maryland. Oklahoma is OK, too.

Falcons sign defensive end Thierry

Falcons open against two playoff teams

Panthers receiver Muhammad gets probation on gun, drug charges

Panthers sign QB Peete

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Mr. Fred "Jack" Jarnagin, 80, died Monday. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Friday at George Funeral Homes, 211 Park Avenue. Burial will be in Vaucluse Cemetery. The famil

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Mrs. Charlotte Hoover    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Charlotte Hoover, of Augusta, entered into rest March 27, 2002. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m., at Poteet Funeral Home, South Chapel, 3465 Peach Orchard Road.

Mr. Joseph Robinson    (VERO BEACH, Fla.)
VERO BEACH, Fla. - Joseph William Robinson, 87, of Vero Beach, died March 27, 2002, at the VNA Hospice House, where he was well taken care of. He was born March 3, 1915, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Robinson rece

Mr. Neal Harrelson    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
WILLISTON, S.C. - Services for Neal Edward Harrelson, 64, will be 3 p.m., Friday at Folk Funeral Home with Eastern Star rites accorded. Burial in Williston Cemetery with military rites. Rev. James Irick offici

Mr. J.W. Reddick    (SARDIS, Ga.)
SARDIS, Ga. - M

Ms. Mildred Hammond    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ms. Mildred Hammond, of Augusta, passed away, on March 25, 2002. She was a Kentucky native, who retired here in Augusta with her late husband. Friends wanting to pay their r

Mrs. Miriam Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Giles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at the University Hospital, Mr. John D. Giles of Stiener Ave. Mr. Giles was a native of McDuffie County, but made his home in

Mrs. Ruth McLean    (MILLEN, Ga.)
MILLEN, Ga. - Mrs. Ruth Gay McLean, 81, died Thursday, March 28, 2002. She was born in Jenkins County, a

Mr. Hart Galle Sr.    (AUGUSTA , Ga.)

Mr. John Love    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
LANGLEY, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. John Love, 93, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2002, at G.L. Brighth

Mr. Willie Clark    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Willie T. Clark, age 72, entered into rest Thursday,

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 this Thursday afternoon at 2:30 in the Denm

Mr. Milton Callaway    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Mr. Milton S. Calla

Mr. William Landress    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
BELVEDERE, S.C. - Mr. William Rhoden Landress, 64, husband of Sandra McKnight Landress of Audubon Circle, entered into

Featured obituary: Ms. Barbara Wiley
For Barbara Wiley, taking care of others was the most important thing. So it was only right that she made her living doing just that.

Mrs. Bobbie Ward    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Farris Berry Jr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
WARRENTON, Ga. - Funeral services for Mr. Farris Berry Jr. will be Saturday, March 30, 2002, at 1 p.m. at the Unio

Mrs. Anna Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Anna Jo Turner, 65, of Au

Ms. Barbara Wiley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, March 25, 2002, at he

Ms. Barbara Wiley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Whidby    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Gladys Whidby, 77, belo

Mr. Robert Stephens Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest on Saturd

Mr. Harold Gibbons Sr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - Mr. Harold Gibbons Sr., better known as "Sonny", of Gibbons Lane, Sandersville, passe

Mr. Vonteko Devine    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Funeral services for Vonteko Devine who died March 23 will be 1 p.m. Saturday at William Grove Holiness Church, Millen, with Superintendent Kenneth Tho

Mrs. Martha Ballard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Strozier    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
UNION POINT, Ga. - Mr. Gene Strozier, 72, died Wednesday, March 27, 2002. Mr. Strozier was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, Men Sunday School Class and a U.S. A

Mr. Raymond Toole    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest on Tuesday, Mr. Raymond Sidney Too

Mr. Raymond Toole    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into

Mr. J.W. Reddick    (SARDIS, Ga.)
SARDIS, Ga. - Mr. Jesse Willard "J.W.

Mrs. Anna Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Anna Jo Turner, 65, of Augusta, wife of Mr. James R. Turner, entered into rest, Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Funeral services will be a

Mrs. Bobbie Ward    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. James Russell    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Entered into rest March 27, 2002, at Doctors Hospital, Mr. James L. Russell, husband of the late Mrs. Mary Jane Thrash Russell. Mr. Russell is being transferred to Ott & Lee

Mr. Ronald Headley Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bobbie Roberts    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Bobbie L. Roberts will be held today, at 3 p.m. in the southside chapel of George Funeral Homes, Inc., 3175 Whiskey Road, Aiken, with Reverend David Holdman officiating. Entombm

Ms. Ernestine Hogues    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ester Pernell    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. - Mrs. Ester Mae Cumming

Mrs. Charlotte Hoover    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Charlotte M. Hoover, 74, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Marc

Mrs. Iola Parker    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Entered into rest

Mrs. Marian Jackson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest March 28, 2002, Mrs. Marian L. Jackson, wife of Mr. Randy Roy Jackson of Martinez. Funeral

Mrs. Lillie Lyons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Monday, March 25, 2002, at University Hospital, Mrs. Lillie Lyons of Miller Street. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 29, 2002, at 2 p.m., at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Edgefield, S.C., with Rev. Edward Lloyd of

Mr. Marvin Prescott    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Graveside services for Mr. Marvin Dennis Prescott, 59, of Lakeview Road,

Mrs. Ilda Littlejohn    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into rest on Thursday, March 28, 2002, Mrs. Ilda Torbert Littlejohn, of Hillside Drive, North Augusta. She was the w

Mrs. Patricia Powell    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mrs. Patricia Ann Powell, 56, wife of Joseph F. Powell of Maple Court, entered into rest Monday, March 25, 2002,

Mr. Claudie Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Graveside services for Mr. Claudie L. Johnson, 52, will be held t

Mrs. Ester Pernell    (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)
NEW ELLENTON, S.C. - Mrs. Ester Mae Cummings Pernell, 62, of Shady Lane, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at Aiken Regional Medical Center, Aiken. Mrs. Pernell was a homemaker and a member of Zion Fair Missionary Baptist Church,

Mr. V.W. Scott    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Miriam Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Stephens Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Iola Parker    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C.

Mr. John Symonds Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Lyons    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Travis    (MARIETTA, Ga.)
MARIETTA, Ga. - Billy R. Travis, 70, of Marietta died Wednesday, March 27, 2002. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 29 at Medford-P

Mr. John Love    (LANCLEY, S.C.)
LANCLEY, S.C. - Funeral services for Mr. John Love, 93, who died Saturday, March 23, 2002, at Barnwell County Hospital will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2002, at G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary with the Rev. Leroy Ho

Cole Turner    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Entered into rest on Friday, March 22, 2002, Cole Allen Turner, infant son of Patrick and Jennifer Wilkins Turner of McCombs Road.

Mr. Tomm Langner    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
ATLANTA, Ga. - Mr. Tomm P. Langner, 48, entered into rest on Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Mem

Mr. Bernard Jones    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Entered into rest on Monday, March 25, 2002, Mr. Bernard Jones, 79, formerl

Mrs. Bobbie Roberts    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Bobbie L. Roberts, 68, wife of Mr. Donald Roberts, who died Wednesday, will be held Friday, at 3 p.m. in George Fun

Ms. Mildred Hammond (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Cole Turner (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Wallace Brightharp (BRADDOCK, Pa.)

Mr. Joseph Drayton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Barbara Wiley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tomm Langner (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Gregory (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Lillie Lyons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ester Pernell (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Ms. MaryLou Stephens (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Jarnagin (INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.)

Mrs. Ester Pernell (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Eanon Belcher (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mr. J.W. Reddick (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Aaron Booker (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Hart Galle Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma DeLaigle (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bobbie Roberts (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillie Lyons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Claudie Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Elizabeth Johnston (CLEVELAND, Ga.)

Mrs. Ilda Littlejohn (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Miriam Parker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlotte Hoover (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Love (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Neal Harrelson (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. James Green (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald Headley Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert Stephens Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katie Gilbert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Iola Parker (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth McLean (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. William Landress (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Vonteko Devine (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Iola Parker (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ronald Headley Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bobbie Ward (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Toole (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Bell Sr. (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. John Symonds Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Mary Hardin (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Ballard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Gibbons Sr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Milton Callaway (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Marian Jackson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Melvin Williams (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. James Russell (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. J.W. Reddick (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlotte Hoover (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Travis (MARIETTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ernestine Hogues (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bobbie Roberts (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Gladys Whidby (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James Green (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Jim Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katie Gilbert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. V.W. Scott (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Gene Strozier (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Miss Mary Hardin (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Bernard Jones (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Stephens Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Farris Berry Jr. (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Sacred Heart center's architectural style is no anomaly
Thank you for your excellent March 17 article on the Sacred Heart Cultural Center ("Inspired"). David R. Brock, Evans, Ga.

Been there, done that
The Augusta Coliseum Authority seems less than confident in the new - or perhaps we should say old - direction it is taking the Civic Center and Bell Auditorium.

Shut down 'spa'
We do not find it surprising to learn that Osaka Spa is not, in fact, a Japanese tea house. Rather, it is a house of ill repute. And it was recently shuttered after an undercover officer stopped in to check on the menu of services offered. For $40 dollars he was offered ... well, we won't go there.

Flag flap damages both races
Having been born and raised in the great state of South Carolina, I fail to see why there's such a fuss over the Confederate flag. Janice Kennett, Gray Court, S.C.

Neighbors work on litter problem
I agree with those who are disturbed about the amount of litter on our highways. We here at Goshen Plantation decided to do something about it: We organized a litter patrol. Udell Miller, Eleanor Farrell Augusta

Blame the choice, not the jail
The Rev. Jack Scott's March 23 letter ("Aiken lockup worse than in Cuba") complains about the conditions, the overcrowding and lack of medical treatment, etc., in the Aiken County Jail. Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.

Juror should have expected emotion from rape victims
Regarding what Aaron LeBlanc juror, Monjette Fonville-Felder, said about the victims' stories being "too dramatic," I ask: What is realistic? Emily Greene, Martinez, Ga.

The real 'rude golfer' admits mistakes
Regarding Rick Sangston's March 26 letter, "Senator sets bad example...," Sen. Charles Walker's, D-Augusta, behavior on a golf course is uniformly appreciative and respectful. For instance, he hardly ever strikes the ball when another golfer is in sight in front of him. Those with him generally follow his example.Bill Bloodworth, Augusta

On reparations
No one argues that slavery is not a terrible injustice - an injustice that continues today across the African continent and in the Middle East.

Another city moniker idea
It is unfortunate that the moniker "The City of Medicine" has already been claimed by Durham, North Carolina. If our city fathers wish to showcase their contribution to our fair city, the slogan "The City of Festive Manhole Covers" has not been taken. Lee Sprague, Augusta

Walker owed an apology
A short time ago the State Ethics Commission ruled that allegations against Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, were bogus. Charges that the senator had any legal or illegal business connections to a company called Cres Tech were summarily dismissed. Leora Turner-Thomas, Augusta

Uphold standards
The nearly year-long partisan stalemate between Aiken area state senators as to who should fill the county's bond court judgeship is now embroiling the governor's office in a controversy over what the proper qualifications for the post should be.

Don't build on top of grave sites
Regarding the March 19 story, "A grave matter," about a Jefferson County builder putting houses on the site of an abandoned slave cemetery, if there are any questions whatsoever about this cemetery being on the property, someone such as the owner should have it checked out - regardless of cost. K. Dart, Augusta

Spit-upon veterans still walk proud
My thanks to Bonnie Johnston for her March 16 letter, "Ashamed at vets' treatment." As she noted, the graphic content of the movie We were Soldiers was highly disturbing. Richard E. Hogue, CWO(4), Ret., Grovetown, Ga.

Wants to stick with Garden City
I read with surprise that Mayor Bob Young is campaigning to change Augusta's motto from "The Garden City" to "The City of Medicine." The proposed slogan brings to mind a city of sick people taking large amounts of medicine. It doesn't conjure up an image of a community blessed with splendid health care facilities, as probably intended. Judith King, North Augusta, S.C.

Don't link jackass to motor-mouth
There are two things I take offense at. People calling (talk show host) Austin Rhodes a racist and a jackass. I will defend him to the end on not being a racist. Ignorant of the facts would be a better description. Jimmy Carter, Augusta

Claims NASA an anti-God government agency
In George Will's column on March 24, he states that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration "deals with the origin, nature and meaning, if any, of the universe." Although scientific equipment might be used, the reader should note that this has little to do with science. The scientific method does not apply since no one can observe or test any hypothesis and theories. Much of the so-called science has been fraud. Chuck Tatum, MS, Th.D., North Augusta, S.C.

Family Affair VII: Williams vs. Williams at Key Biscayne

Tyson acknowledges criminal record on application

Serena Williams beats sister at Key Biscayne

Memphis prepares for Lewis-Tyson fight

Prep athletes of the week

Young guns

Stallions' roster shapes up

Haas-Carter stops racing operations

Loudermilk leads by example

Overtime

Prep athletes of the week
Here are profiles of the area prep athletes of the week.

NASCAR gives Ford quarter-inch for Talladega
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR will increase the rear spoiler height on the Ford Taurus for the April 21 Talladega 500, the second of four restrictor plate races in 2002.

Overtime
After Augusta State's victory at the Schenkel/EZ-GO Invitational in Statesboro, Ga., the Jaguars moved up two spots to No. 16 in the latest GolfWeek Division I poll.

Serena Williams beats sister at Key Biscayne
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Serena Williams scored a breakthrough victory Thursday that ended older sister Venus' reign on Key Biscayne, winning 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals of the Nasdaq-100 Open.

Loudermilk leads by example
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - The White Knoll softball fans were getting frustrated and restless.

Young guns
ATLANTA - Jimmy Spencer wasn't happy with the way Kurt Busch pushed him around in the closing laps of last Sunday's Food City 500 at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

Loudermilk leads Silver Bluff
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - The hitting has been there. Without question, the pitching has been there. All Silver Bluff softball coach Eric Hofstetter was waiting for was his defense to stop giving up easy runs.

Family Affair VII: Williams vs. Williams at Key Biscayne
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Little sis takes another crack at Venus Williams on Thursday, this time with lower stakes and less hype but lots of incentive.

Haas-Carter stops racing operations
STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Joe Nemechek and Todd Bodine are out of Winston Cup rides after Haas-Carter Motorsports suspended racing operations for NASCAR's top circuit.

Lawsuit alleges fraud by former CART president
DETROIT -- Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc. has filed suit accusing former president Joseph Heitzler of fraud.

Tyson acknowledges criminal record on application
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When Mike Tyson received his boxing license in Tennessee he acknowledged his criminal record on his application.

Memphis prepares for Lewis-Tyson fight
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- With the Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson fight set, limousine operator Jim Hagmaier is calling for backup.

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
A glance at the sky will reveal the moon has moved into its full stage and that's good news for most fishermen, at least the fresh water variety.

Fishing report

Falcons open against two playoff teams
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons begin the 2002 season against two playoff teams, including the Sept. 8 opener at Green Bay's Lambeau Field.

Panthers receiver Muhammad gets probation on gun, drug charges
LAURINBURG, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad received probation Thursday after pleading guilty to misdemeanor weapon and drug charges related to a traffic stop earlier this year.

Panthers sign QB Peete
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Quarterback Rodney Peete signed with the Carolina Panthers on Thursday and probably will play as a backup and tutor to starter Chris Weinke.

Falcons sign defensive end Thierry
ATLANTA -- Defensive end John Thierry, a starter the last two season with the Green Bay Packers, signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday.

Stallions' roster shapes up
Training camp ends this week for the Augusta Stallions and second-year coach Mike Hold has his roster pretty much set.

SRS' F-Canyon plant closes
Some observers called Savannah River Site's F-Canyon a national nuclear treasure. Others considered it a dangerous disgrace.

Prevention needed to avoid full-blown diabetes
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 16 million Americans have a type of high blood sugar the government is now calling "pre-diabetes," and new guidelines urge most middle-aged people to get tested so they can take steps to prevent full-blown diabetes.

Board questions move to shut down SRS plant
A federal review board has raised more questions about a decision to shut down one of Savannah River Site's largest plants.

New finding about aspirin and heart-disease deaths
Researchers have confirmed for the first time that people resistant to aspirin's blood-thinning properties have a higher risk of dying from heart disease than those who respond to the drug.

CDC issues steps to battle drug-resistant germs
ATLANTA -- The government issued new guidelines for doctors and hospitals Tuesday to slow the growth of so-called supergerms - powerful bacteria that develop resistance to overused antibiotics.

Maybe bat meat caused mystery brain disease in Guam
WASHINGTON -- Scientists have long sought to understand a horrific brain disease that once devastated the native people of Guam - Lou Gehrig's, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's symptoms rolled into one.

Environment sensitive to even small climate changes
Many of the world's plants and animals are already experiencing extensive disruptions because of global warming, indicating the planet's environment is sensitive to even small climate fluctuations, according to ground-breaking scientific research.

Scientists gain new perspective on ice age
Scientists "fingerprinting" the course of sea-level changes at key points around the globe have determined that a sudden melting of Antarctic ice caused oceans to rise 70 feet in just 500 years at the end of the last ice age.

Health officials report polio eradication in sight
ATLANTA -- The eradication of polio around the world is in sight, with fewer than 600 cases reported last year, U.S. health officials said Thursday.

Survey says Internet sites collecting less personal data from Web surfers
WASHINGTON -- Internet sites appear to be collecting less personal information from consumers and doing a slightly better job explaining how Web sites use such sensitive data, according to a survey by an opponent of new privacy laws.

Deal allows new energy plant
An environmental group's challenge to permits needed for a 750-megawatt electric generating plant to be built in Augusta was dropped after the companies involved agreed to stricter anti-pollution requirements than originally planned.

Decomposing golf ball proposed for cruise ships
For more than a decade, cruise passengers have been denied the unique pleasure of whacking golf balls off the back of a ship and watching them splash into the deep blue sea.

Georgia Tech 9, Georgia 1

Stanford enters men's swims with fastest times

Georgia Tech 9, Georgia 1
ATLANTA -- Kyle Schmidt held Georgia to three hits over seven innings and Jason Perry hit a two-run homer to lead Georgia Tech to a 9-1 victory over the Bulldogs Wednesday night.

Stanford enters men's swims with fastest times
ATHENS, Ga. -- Top-ranked Stanford brings the nation's fastest times and a slogan of sorts - "Win one for the seniors" - to the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships starting Thursday at the University of Georgia.

The Citadel 5, South Carolina 1
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Paul Williams pitched seven and a third innings, struck out five and allowed four hits to lead The Citadel in a 5-1 win over South Carolina on Wednesday.

South Carolina team tours ground zero before NIT game
NEW YORK -- Aaron Lucas stared into the space where the Twin Towers used to stand.

The Citadel 5, South Carolina 1

Gamecocks fall to Memphis in NIT title game

Gamecocks fall to Memphis in NIT title game
NEW YORK -- Earl Barron scored a career-high 25 points and tournament MVP Dajuan Wagner had 16 as Memphis won the NIT with a 72-62 victory over South Carolina on Thursday night.

South Carolina team tours ground zero before NIT game

Odds and ends

Court ruling favors naked fellow

Scientists gain new perspective on ice age

Deal allows new energy plant

Environment sensitive to even small climate changes

Prevention needed to avoid full-blown diabetes

Maybe bat meat caused mystery brain disease in Guam

Health officials report polio eradication in sight

SRS' F-Canyon plant closes

Survey says Internet sites collecting less personal data from Web surfers

New finding about aspirin and heart-disease deaths