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.

'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

Standing ovations

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.

Playwright's themes often tend to be dark

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.

Club calendar

Sets offer the hits and plenty of extras

Events Calendar

Events Calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle.

Soup's on at Aiken Brewing Company

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.

Living while dying

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

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

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.

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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.

Mini reviews

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.

Concert calendar

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

Prep baseball statistics

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

Miscues cost Lady Jaguars in doubleheader
The 25-minute meeting Augusta State softball coach Melissa Mullins held after her team's doubleheader loss had more to do with the big picture than Friday's pair of losses.

Henderson added to Red Sox roster

Miscues cost Lady Jaguars in doubleheader

Henderson added to Red Sox roster
HOUSTON -- Rickey Henderson's contract was purchased from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday by the Boston Red Sox on Friday as the outfielder apparently settling his differences with the team.

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

Millwood does enough in victory
ATLANTA - Sometimes, Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone said, a Kevin Millwood pitching performance isn't pretty.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Opening Day is just two days away, but that doesn't necessarily make Braves right fielder Gary Sheffield anxious to start the season.

Braves offer portable TV rentals
ATLANTA -- What can fans sitting in the Turner Field bleachers do if a game turns boring this summer? Just change the channel.

Braves notebook

Braves notebook

Millwood does enough in victory

Inflation and legislative inaction drive up tax bills in some states

Last chance at Macy's
Macy's at Augusta Mall will close today, and it remains uncertain what store, if any, will take its place or how long before the doors reopen.

Economy grew faster than previously thought

Some income can be foreign
With more and more U.S. citizens earning money from foreign sources, the IRS reminds people that they must report all such income on their tax return, unless it is exempt under federal law.

Uninspiring quarter for mutual funds
NEW YORK -- Despite increasing signs that the U.S. economy is recovering from recession, the first quarter of 2002 was mostly flat for stock mutual funds, with international funds managing some gains while sector funds languished.

Options come with retirement savings

Business briefs

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.

Last chance at Macy's

Incomes, consumer spending increase
WASHINGTON - Americans' incomes increased solidly in February and they spent more too - fresh signs that the economy is gaining strength after a brief recession.

Survey shows drop in air fare
The average business fare from Augusta has been cheaper this year than those offered at Columbia Metropolitan Airport, according to a five-month Augusta Regional Airport survey.

Incomes, consumer spending increase

Uninspiring quarter for mutual funds

Some income can be foreign

Gas prices climb with temperature

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.

New tax changes for business owners

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

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.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Paul Volcker, the former Federal Reserve chairman in charge of Arthur Andersen LLP's cleanup, named two senior partners to lead the company's transition and said he was optimistic that his reform program would succeed.

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.

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.

Survey shows drop in air fare

'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
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.

Stockman, Clifton to leave Clemson

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.

Underdog role suits Sooners', Hoosiers' game

NCAA notebook

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

Williams measures success his own way

Williams, Howland earn top honors

Williams might not need good luck this time around

Terrapins remain grounded

Sooners lurk as Kansas, Maryland get much of the attention

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

Eight was enough for Duke's return to Final Four

Bird, Oldfield earn AP honors

Akins wins shootout; Dean, Roberts share dunk title

Vols tap into Alamo glory

Temple 65, Syracuse 54

Minority coaches make history

Coach defensive concerning Sunday's 'probable winner'

Tennessee freshmen maturing at right time

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

Breaking down the Final Four teams

Final Four capsules

Canyon closure safe?

Milton Berle

Shut down 'spa'

Uphold standards

Prayer the best hope

Abuse of rights

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

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

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

Neumann continues to set the pace
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Liselotte Neumann has a lot going her way in the Kraft Nabisco Championship - home course advantage, confidence in her putter and the lead going into the weekend in the LPGA Tour's first major championship of the year.

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.

Neumann continues to set the pace

Singh leads Shell Houston Open

Veteran trying for second tour victory

Singh leads Shell Houston Open
THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Vijay Singh misses the pressure of winning - something he hasn't done on the PGA Tour in nearly two years.

Barnwell selects Smith

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.

Barnwell selects Smith
Daryl Smith is getting the coaching job of a lifetime.

Capitals skate past Devils
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Peter Bondra had two goals and an assist to lead Washington to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night, moving the Capitals into a tie for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Capitals skate past Devils

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.

South Augusta traffic backed up
Thousands of cars blocked traffic in south Augusta today as people flocked to the annual Powerfest/KISS Family Reunion.

Another city moniker idea

Abraham Lincoln, not Dixie, caused Civil War

The real 'rude golfer' admits mistakes

Juror should have expected emotion from rape victims

Flag flap damages both races

Cars don't stop for pedestrians

Deplores Columbia County litter

Blame the choice, not the jail

Spit-upon veterans still walk proud

Mason keeps Lynx in hunt
MACON, Ga. - The Augusta Lynx waited all season for Wes Mason to fulfill his potential, and that moment arrived in their biggest game to date.

Mason keeps Lynx in hunt

Lynx's postseason hinges on weekend wins

Lynx gamenight

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.

Lynx gamenight
New Orleans Brass at Augusta Lynx

Georgia honors top foster parents
KINGSLAND, Ga. - Charlie and Annette Mainor's philosophy about rearing foster children is simple.

Travel, demand push gas prices up
Gas prices are up more than 20 cents a gallon and won't be coming down anytime soon.

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.

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.

School bus bill meets rejection

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.

Charges weighed in Tybee explosion

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.

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.

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.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Nine years after it was filed, a federal judge has formally dismissed a lawsuit that challenged The Citadel's all-male admissions policy.

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.

Augustans get into spirit of spring
There was a bigger event than the Masters Tournament on Brandi Higginbottom's mind as she bought flowers to spruce up her yard Friday at Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse.

Chief suspects woman left town
NEW ELLENTON - Wherever Mary Alice Dixon is, New Ellenton Police Chief Van McMillan doesn't think it is within his town limits.

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News you can use
MARCH 30, 1961 The University of South Carolina will open its fifth off-campus extension center at Aiken this September, University President Robert L. Sumwalt said last week.

Opinions diverge on conclusions of school bus report

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

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

Man jailed in slave fund fraud
BATON ROUGE, La. - A South Carolina man has been sentenced to five years in prison for promising people he could tap into a nonexistent fund for descendants of slaves.

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.

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.

Across Georgia
LAFAYETTE -The attorney for Tri-State Crematory operator Ray Brent Marsh is seeking to replace the Cobb County judge who agreed to hear the case after local judges stepped aside.

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

Valdosta State, neighbors mourn slain professor

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

Feedback sought on roadwork
Got a complaint or praise about an upcoming road plan?

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.

Old city's last leader says changes needed
The old city of Augusta's last mayor, Charles A. DeVaney, said the law that created the consolidated government needs to be changed but that's not all that needs changing at City Hall.

Correction
An article in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have attributed a quote to state House candidate Barry Fleming. He said, "I don't think any other candidate will have the background, the knowledge and the understanding to serve Columbia County residents."

Correction

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Riverfront property is still at issue

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.

Swainsboro man charged with swindling Africans

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.

Correction

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.

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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.

Chief suspects woman left town

Swainsboro man charged with swindling Africans
An elderly Swainsboro, Ga., man faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine on allegations of swindling investors in a small south African nation.

Bunny arrives early

Racers hope for sunshine
AIKEN - There's a fine line between a soft dirt track and a muddy one.

Cleland pushes free care

Bunny arrives early
With her basket in hand, Kaylee Wright Heyward, 2, of Jackson, gets help from her mother, Erin Heyward, as they hunt for Easter eggs at the Harrison-Caver Park.

Georgia honors top foster parents

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Tech students serve as high school's gurus

Across the area
Aiken police have arrested the man they suspect stole $200 worth of lottery tickets from a convenience store earlier this week.

Owner transfer hits rocks

Across Georgia

Travel, demand push gas prices up

Caterer casts net for Masters staff

Road-funding bill's backers miss deadline

Cleland pushes free care
Veterans have paid in advance for health care and shouldn't have to pay again, U.S. Sen. Max Cleland said Friday. But a potential Republican opponent said Mr. Cleland's complaint is no longer valid.

Road-funding bill's backers miss deadline
ATLANTA - City and county officials from across Georgia swarmed over the Capitol one morning last month to lobby for more road money.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Kolb meets resistance on buying

Track owners hit obstacle
AIKEN - Aiken's historic horse district is considered hallowed ground by some, with little room for change. But one outsider has spent the past four years trying to do just that.

Ex-cons seek new trial after DNA test

Tech students serve as high school's gurus
KINGSLAND, Ga. - When teachers at Camden County High School have computer problems, they call students from Allen Powers' computer technology class.

Across Georgia

Owner transfer hits rocks
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - The Tybee City Council can hem and haw, but there's little it can do to stop the federal government from transferring ownership of the island's lighthouse to the local historical society, an official from the National Park Service said this week.

Track owners hit obstacle

Around town

Man jailed in slave fund fraud

Comcast Classic

Native history unearthed at SRS

2 hopefuls announce plans for state House

Former tax official convicted of theft

Across the area

Across the area

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.

Augustans get into spirit of spring

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

Native history unearthed at SRS
On a wooded tract that is to be the location of Savannah River Site's future, archaeologists are digging up the land's prehistoric past.

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.

Former official says leadership is key

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.

Republican prepares for mayor term

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.

Passover feast

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.

2 tax-free days give consumers a break

Former tax official convicted of theft
DARIEN, Ga. - A former coastal Georgia tax commissioner has been found guilty of stealing tax receipts from the office and could face 32 years in prison when sentenced.

Wreck injures officer

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.

Across South Carolina

Riverfront property is still at issue
NORTH AUGUSTA - The final piece of acreage needed to complete North Augusta's multimillion-dollar riverfront continues to elude officials, who say negotiations will continue next week.

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.

Golf ace provides good sign
ATLANTA - NCAA basketball championships are never won in August. And they've certainly never been won on a 127-yard, par-3.

Heat handle Hawks

Heat handle Hawks
MIAMI - Eddie Jones, coming off one of his worst games, scored 16 points to lead a balanced attack as the Miami Heat snapped a four-game losing streak with a 92-80 win against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

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
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

Jordan: knee needs to improve for him to return

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.

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

Underdog role suits Sooners', Hoosiers' game
ATLANTA - Someone asked Oklahoma's Blake Johnston to name last year's Final Four.

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

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.

Vols tap into Alamo glory
SAN ANTONIO - The memory of Davy Crockett apparently is still strong in the hills of Tennessee. Or maybe the Lady Vols are trying to endear themselves to the locals in San Antonio.

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.

Coach defensive concerning Sunday's 'probable winner'
SAN ANTONIO - Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale had some snappy comebacks for those who suggest that the Connecticut-Tennessee game will determine the probable winner of this year's women's Final Four.

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.

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.

Terrapins remain grounded
ATLANTA - Gary Williams heard what Roy Williams said about winning his first national title, about wanting it as badly as he wants to breathe.

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

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.

Final Four capsules
Kansas Jayhawks (Midwest Champion, No. 1 Seed)

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

Williams, Howland earn top honors
ATLANTA - Duke's Jason Williams and Pittsburgh's Ben Howland were honored Friday as The Associated Press college basketball player and coach of the year.

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.

Oklahoma tops Duke
SAN ANTONIO -- Oklahoma's amazing rebuilding project just keeps getting better.

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.

NCAA notebook
ATLANTA - Indiana's A.J. Moye has been swarmed since he's gotten to Atlanta.

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.

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.

Lady Huskies win, move into finals
SAN ANTONIO - Connecticut won another Final Four showdown with its biggest rival and is now just one game from perfection.

Falcons open against two playoff teams

Panthers receiver Muhammad gets probation on gun, drug charges

Panthers sign QB Peete

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Mr. J.W. Reddick    (SARDIS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Miriam Parker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Jackson    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Mrs. Julia Elmore Jackson, 58, died March 24, 2002. Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Saturday at Virgin Mary Baptist Church. B

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. 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

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

Mrs. Ilda Littlejohn    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Entered into re

Mr. Aaron Booker    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Mr. Aaron Booker, age 88, a nativ

Mr. James Green    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Ernestine Hogues    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elsie Smith    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Elsie Reese Smith will be held Saturday, March 30, 2002, at 3 p.m., in Montmorenci First Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Youell officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Mrs. Smith, 6

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

Mrs. Sara Newman    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
GROVETOWN, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, March 28, 2002, at the Doctors Hospital, Augusta, Mrs. Sara Frances Newman, wife of Mr. Cl

Miss Mary Hardin    (APPLING, Ga.)
APPLING, Ga. - Miss Mary K. Hardin, 74, of Ray O

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

Mrs. Louise Gregory    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Louise K. Cook Gregory, 80

Mrs. Mary Griffin    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Greer    (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)
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Mrs. Iola Parker    (AIKEN, S.C.)
AIKEN, S.C. - Entered into rest

Mr. James Green    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Hart Galle Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Giles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Hart Galle Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Andrew Prescott    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
SYLVANIA, Ga. - Andrew "Andy" Prescott, 51, died March 26, 2002. Services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, at Oak Grove United Methodist Church. Buria

Mr. Joseph Drayton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Clair Marriott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Marie Boisclair Marriott found eternal rest on Thursday, March 28 in the company of loved ones at the ho

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

Mr. William Landress    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
BELVEDERE, S.C. - Mr. William Rhoden Landress, 64, husband of Sandra McKnight Landress of Audub

Mr. Thomas Campbell, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marian Jackson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Anna Turner
Those who knew Anna Turner say she always talked about having a number of different hats.

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

Mr. Grable Braswell    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO,

Mrs. Mary Greer    (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Mary Riddle Greer, died March 26, 2002. Survivors include sons, Loy M. Greer Jr., Rev. Dr. J. Howard Greer, Robert B. Greer; daughters, Sarah Greer High, Nancy Greer McKeown, Rosemarie Greer Martin. Funeral servic

Mr. Stephen Borkowski    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral arrange

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

Mrs. Monie Anglin    (DEARING, Ga.)
DEARING, Ga.- Mrs. Monie Anglin, 64, beloved wife of Mr. Roy Anglin, of George McDuffie Road, died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at her residence. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30, a

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

Mr. Carroll Yount    (SOUTH PORT, N.C.)
SOUTH PORT, N.C. - Mr. Carroll Thomas "Tom" Yount, age 67, of South Port Road, South Port, N.C., formerly of

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. Funeral Services will be held today Saturday, March 30, 2002, at 2:30 p.m. from Dents Undertaking Estab

Mr. George Williamson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, March 29, 2002, at Doctors Hospital, Mr. George P. Williamson, beloved husband of Mrs. Dorothy Williamson. Graveside services will be held 11 a.

Mr. William Clifton    (MILLEN, Ga.)
MILLEN, Ga. - Mr. William David Clifton, 65, died Friday, March 29, 2002. He was born in Jenkins County, a retired Sergeant with the Georgia Department of Transpo

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

Mrs. Lona Johnson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral services for Mrs. Lona Bell Johnson, 90, of Heil Drive will be held a

Mr. Jim Johnson    (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

Mrs. Gladys Whidby    (THOMSON, Ga.)
THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Gladys W

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

Mr. William Varner    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Entered into rest Wednesday, March 27, 2002, Mr. Will

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

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 at 2 p.m., Saturday, Mar

Mrs. Bobbie Ward    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. C.W. Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Reno Tapley    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - Mr. Reno Tapley, 89, died Wednesday. Services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m., at Mount Moriah African Methodist Episcopal C

Ms. MaryLou Stephens    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. MaryLou Stephens    (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. James Simpson    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
BARNWELL, S.C. -James Archie Simpson, 87, formerly of Abbeville, S.C., died Thursday at his home after a long illness. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Barnwell County Memory Gard

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. Mildred Silver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ernest Ready    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
LANGLEY, S.C. - Entered into rest on Friday, March 28, 2002, Mr. Ernest Ready, husband of Mrs. Edna Drakeford Ready, of Jackson Street, Langley. Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced. Hatcher Funeral, Langley, S.C.

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. Hart Galle Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Jim Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. MaryLou Stephens (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sara Newman (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Marian Jackson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Katie Gilbert (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Julia Jackson (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Ms. Clair Marriott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carroll Yount (SOUTH PORT, N.C.)

Mrs. Mary Greer (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth McLean (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Green (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Miss Mary Hardin (APPLING, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Aaron Booker (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Ernest Ready (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Gladys Whidby (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Green (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. William Clifton (MILLEN, Ga.)

Ms. Ernestine Hogues (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Drayton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Anna Turner

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

Mrs. Charlotte Hoover (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Vonteko Devine (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bobbie Ward (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. James Russell (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. C.W. Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Williamson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marian Jackson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Andrew Prescott (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Ms. Barbara Wiley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mildred Silver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Lyons (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Monie Anglin (DEARING, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Giles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Claudie Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Griffin (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Stephen Borkowski (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Schiefer: Media stereotypes impede the mentally ill
EDITORIAL PAGE editor Suzanne Downing's March 12 column ("One 'mentally ill' killer after another") implies that mental illness is frequently used as a plea (or, as she seems to view it, an excuse) to avoid responsibility and therefore guilt for a crime.

Milton Berle
He was the Father of Television and everybody's Uncle Miltie.

Abraham Lincoln, not Dixie, caused Civil War
Contrary to what most people think, it wasn't Southern secession that caused the start of the war in 1861. It was President Abraham Lincoln's idea of an indelible union that set the wheels of war turning. The new Southern nation had no intentions of a Northern invasion. It just wanted to determine its own course. Robert L. Gordon, North Augusta, 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.

Cars don't stop for pedestrians
On March 15, my life almost ended. Having received the pedestrian crossing sign, I proceeded to cross at 15th Street from the corner of Harper Street. As I walked across, four cars never even attempted to yield when making left turns off of Harper Street onto 15th. I stopped in mid-crossing and when the way was once again clear for me to continue, I began the last 10-foot walk. M.J. Moorman, 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.

Prayer the best hope
It's supposed to be darkest before the dawn, but in the Mideast today there's no sign of a dawn. On the heels of an unpromising Arab peace plan, Israeli troops stormed Yasser Arafat's West Bank compound and trapped the Palestinian leader in his office like a dog in a cage.

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

Canyon closure safe?
"The board questions the wisdom of this course of action. By prematurely shutting down one canyon, it is likely that the U.S. Department of Energy will significantly extend both the time to complete its stabilization work and the time the remaining canyon must stay open."

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.

Schiefer: Media stereotypes impede the mentally ill
EDITORIAL PAGE editor Suzanne Downing's March 12 column ("One 'mentally ill' killer after another") implies that mental illness is frequently used as a plea (or, as she seems to view it, an excuse) to avoid responsibility and therefore guilt for a crime.

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.

Deplores Columbia County litter
Every day as I travel the roads of Columbia County, I am disheartened by the litter that's reached epidemic proportions. Margie Hamilton, Evans, Ga.

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.

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.

Abuse of rights
The arrest of Augusta State University student Brandon Emert on charges of torching the former Georgia state flag Thursday is not about reigniting the old Confederate banner controversy.

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

Serena Williams beats sister at Key Biscayne

Loudermilk leads by example

Overtime

Tyson acknowledges criminal record on application

Agassi takes quick victory

Prep athletes of the week

Work at Olympic venues in overdrive as IOC visit looms

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

Work at Olympic venues in overdrive as IOC visit looms
ATHENS, Greece -- Working dawn to dusk with no weekend breaks, stadium builders for the beleaguered Athens Games await the latest inspection by the International Olympic Committee.

Agassi takes quick victory
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Andre Agassi won one set Friday, enough to make him a finalist at Key Biscayne for the seventh time.

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.

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.

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.

Overtime
No. 18 Georgia College and State scored four runs in the ninth inning Friday to overtake 16th ranked Augusta State 6-4. Georgia College is ranked No. 18 in the NCAA Division II poll.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report

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 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.

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 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.

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.

Healing hands
Looking at the smiling faces in a nearly 5-year-old photograph of Marvlene Branch and Dianne McClellan, it is hard to tell who is happier.

Faith and fellowship calendar
Submit items for the Faith and Fellowship calendar in writing by noon Monday.

Services to celebrate resurrection
Shouts of "He is risen ... He is risen" will rouse believers at the start of a retelling of Christ's resurrection at 7 a.m. Sunday at Westover Memorial Cemetery, 2601 Wheeler Road.

Faith digest
Russ Breault, an international lecturer and researcher, will present the evidence for the Shroud of Turin, the reputed burial cloth of Christ, at 6 tonight at Talatha Baptist Church, 361 Talatha Church Road in Aiken.

Musical opens doors for 'Prayer' group
Maggie Holmes, 17, has another happy story to credit to the best-selling Prayer of Jabez by Dr. Bruce Wilkinson - and she still has to finish the book.

Religion doesn't guarantee a life free from sin
Delivered from sin! What does that mean?

Golf ace provides good sign

Some nuclear energy plants taking 'nuclear' out of their names
NEW YORK -- They still make energy by harnessing the power of the atom, but at least a few plants from Connecticut to Washington state have scrubbed "nuclear" from their signs and stationery.

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.

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.

Pharmaceutical lobbying sparks controversy
NEW YORK -- The pharmaceutical industry is under fire for bankrolling campaigns in several states that cultivate a grass-roots image while lobbying for drug makers.

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.

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.

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.

U.S. recovery to perk up technology
The technology sector's wrenching slide is nearing an end. All the same, the sector's recovery is likely to be slow and job gains will be limited, two recently released reports predict.

Satellite provides sharp images from space
DENVER -- From an orbit 280 miles above Earth, a new satellite produces images clear enough to distinguish an SUV from a pickup, the lines on a tennis court and the shadows of a foursome on a golf course.

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.

Gamecocks fall to Memphis in NIT title game

Gamecocks expect to continue success

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.

Gamecocks expect to continue success
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Dave Odom knew long ago his first season as coach was a success. But it took an electrifying run to the NIT finals to convince everybody else.

Satellite provides sharp images from space

Prevention needed to avoid full-blown diabetes

Pharmaceutical lobbying sparks controversy

Health officials report polio eradication in sight

Some nuclear energy plants taking 'nuclear' out of their names

Environment sensitive to even small climate changes

Scientists gain new perspective on ice age

U.S. recovery to perk up technology

Faith digest

Services to celebrate resurrection

Religion doesn't guarantee a life free from sin

Faith and fellowship calendar

Healing hands