Clemens agrees to one-year contract with the Yankees
NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens returned to the New York Yankees on Monday, agreeing to a $10.1 million, one-year contract.

Adding up the good, the bad and the in-between for 2002

Step right up, and pound a nail in your nose!
NEW YORK -- Adam Rinn was stumped by his homework. Sitting before class with his teacher, Rinn explained his frustration.

Odds and Ends
ELLSWORTH, Kan. -- Some of Santa's helpers wear prison stripes.

Is filing for personal bankruptcy a bad idea?
Q. How does one decide whether or not to file for personal bankruptcy?

BellSouth extends its region
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - BellSouth Corp. launched long-distance service in Tennessee and Florida on Monday, becoming the first regional phone company to offer long-distance across its entire region.

Planners caution against overdiversifying portfolios
NEW YORK -- Amid a grueling three-year bear market, investors have been constantly reminded of the need to diversify their financial portfolios. But analysts worry that investors might respond by choosing too many mutual funds, a strategy that can be equally hazardous.

Mutual funds prepare to end year down
NEW YORK -- While stock mutual funds are ending 2002 with their third straight yearly decline, most fund categories managed to show some signs of life during the fourth quarter.

Mutual funds prepare to end year down

Is filing for personal bankruptcy a bad idea?

Financial resolutions to help you prosper in the new year

Welfare numbers rising in most of country

Planners caution against overdiversifying portfolios

Market forfeits Santa Claus rally

Financial resolutions to help you prosper in the new year
NEW YORK -- Getting rid of those 10 ugly pounds. Spending more time with the family. Quitting smoking. Cleaning the attic, the basement, the garage. The possibilities for New Year's resolutions are almost infinite.

Business briefs
Look for The Augusta Chronicle's special 4 1/2 -page section on the year's stock and mutual fund performances in Thursday's print edition.

Retailers wonder when consumers will start spending again
NEW YORK -- Given a holiday season that's shaping up to be the weakest in more than 30 years in terms of sales growth, the big question is: How long will consumers' penny pinching last?

Market forfeits Santa Claus rally
NEW YORK -- Wall Street extended its holiday lull Monday, closing mixed as investors refrained from making big bets.

Retailers wonder when consumers will start spending again

Welfare numbers rising in most of country
WASHINGTON - The number of people on welfare rose in three-quarters of the states last summer and the national total crept up as well, as low-wage jobs became more scarce, a private survey of the states finds.

Business briefs

Tigers stay undefeated

Tigers stay undefeated
ANDERSON, S.C. - All of Clemson's starters scored in double figures as the Tigers beat Coastal Carolina 90-63 on Tuesday.

One game could make the difference at Michigan, Florida

Rivers trying to earn third bowl MVP for Wolfpack

Wake Forest beats Oregon in Seattle Bowl

Penn State again ringing in new year on field
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Shawn Mayer and his Penn State teammates spent two years watching bowl games from their couches and listening to the critics take aim at the normally untouchable Joe Paterno.

Maryland trounces Tennessee in Peach Bowl

Tressel's calming influence has Buckeyes in title game
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Jim Tressel stands stoically on the sideline during games, nothing like the stomping, shouting Woody Hayes.

Wake Forest beats Oregon in Seattle Bowl
SEATTLE -- Despite having one of the nation's best rushing offenses, Wake Forest took to the air in the Seattle Bowl.

Boise St. tops Iowa St. in Humanitarian Bowl
BOISE, Idaho -- A cold, wet and dreary morning turned into a delightful afternoon for Boise State.

Auburn's focus: Stopping L.J.

Texas Christian wins Liberty Bowl
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Texas Christian figured out how to stop Colorado State standout Cecil Sapp after just two runs in the Liberty Bowl.

Sun Bowl teams look for redemption

Minnesota wears down Arkansas defense
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If Minnesota coach Glen Mason had his way, Dan Nystrom would not have been the Most Valuable Player of the Music City Bowl.

Texas Christian wins Liberty Bowl

Chow helped turned Trojans into offensive power
MIAMI -- If Southern California scores a lot in the Orange Bowl, all those points could translate into brighter career prospects for its offensive coordinator.

Boise St. tops Iowa St. in Humanitarian Bowl

A look at dearly departed college bowl games
As college football's glut of 28 bowl games meanders toward a conclusion, it might be appropriate to pause for a moment and remember some not-so dearly departed postseason classics.

Penn State again ringing in new year on field

One game could make the difference at Michigan, Florida
TAMPA, Fla. -- Ten wins. Four losses. The first is a universally recognized symbol of success in college football. The second, especially at a place like Michigan, is the epitome of mediocrity.

Simms hoping for big game in Cotton Bowl finale

Maryland trounces Tennessee in Peach Bowl
ATLANTA -- Maryland only dominated where it mattered most - the scoreboard.

Tressel's calming influence has Buckeyes in title game

Miami becomes site of Rose Bowl East
MIAMI -- At first glance, the setting is typical for a bowl game between Pac-10 and Big Ten co-champions, with palm trees swaying in the balmy breeze at the beachfront hotels where the teams stay.

Miami becomes site of Rose Bowl East

Sun Bowl teams look for redemption
EL PASO, Texas -- Despite seesaw seasons, both Washington and Purdue had strong finishes and would like to use the Sun Bowl to carry that momentum into next season.

Chow helped turned Trojans into offensive power

Second Rose Bowl trip will be last for Price at WSU
PASADENA, Calif. -- Mike Price's second trip to the Rose Bowl will be his last as Washington State's coach, something he's trying not to think about.

A look at dearly departed college bowl games

Auburn's focus: Stopping L.J.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- For Auburn cornerback Junior Rosegreen, the magic number is 100. Letting Penn State All-American Larry Johnson rush for more yards than that typically means trouble.

Purdue beats Washington in Sun Bowl

Simms hoping for big game in Cotton Bowl finale
DALLAS -- The way Chris Simms' college career has gone, the Cotton Bowl will only be considered a big game if Texas loses.

Second Rose Bowl trip will be last for Price at WSU

Rivers trying to earn third bowl MVP for Wolfpack
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The first job of North Carolina State's offensive line is to beat the defender one-on-one. Then the top priority kicks in - protecting the team's franchise player.

Purdue beats Washington in Sun Bowl
EL PASO, Texas -- Purdue didn't have much success in its bowl games the last few years.

Minnesota wears down Arkansas defense

Connecticut tops Florida St. in women's basketball

'One more' means wins for Jaguars

Dyson helps Lady Lions in victory

Your tax dollars at play

Strengthen S.C. governor

2002: A wild ride

New military leaders

The year in music
R. Kelly and Christina Aguilera without clothes, Michael Jackson's dwindling nose and Axl Rose's no-shows. Surely we didn't wait a lifetime for the moments we endured in 2002.

In the know
If you're not into Dick Clark, Cartoon Network has a New Year's show that's with not exactly live but, rather, cartoon coverage. Cartoon Network has recruited Carl and Brak to officiate from Times Square as episodes from the channel's Adult Swim unreel from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. tonight (Tuesday)

Oscars offer mix of conventional fare and edgier prospects
LOS ANGELES -- This year's crop of Academy Awards contenders may not be the healthiest, but it sure is an interesting one.

'Two Towers' outdoes two DiCaprios
LOS ANGELES -- "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" topped a double dose of DiCaprio to total more than $200 million in its first two weeks in theaters.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Seldom is television more useful than on New Year's Eve. With so much on-air celebrating, TV spares you the bother of ringing in the new year yourself. You need only sit back, get nostalgic, and watch TV's "coverage" as 2003 arrives.

'Adult Swim' adds 4 more days
In 2003 Cartoon Network is growing up and moving out.

Brittany Snow shines as a 1960s teen on NBC's 'American Dreams'
NEW YORK -- Few things can give you a holiday lift like the sight of Brittany Snow's smile.

HGTV enjoys sweet smell of success with Rose Parade
LOS ANGELES -- Stop and smell the Rose Parade on New Year's Day - then stay tuned for HGTV's procession of new shows and specials.

Though interpretations vary, the song remains the same
Every New Year's Eve, as the champagne corks pop, party-goers attempt to sing along with the New Year's Eve song, Auld Lang Syne. Only a handful actually know the words, but that never seems to matter much.

New Year's Eve TV highlights
It's a growing trend to stay home on New Year's Eve and cozy up with the television.

Senior calendar
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NY group says it's no longer trying to host part of Oscar telecast
LOS ANGELES -- A group of New York City show-business heavyweights and politicians said Monday it no longer plans to ask that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences move part of the 2003 Oscar telecast to the East Coast.

Georgia Tech tries to improve bowl record
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Georgia Tech takes great pride in having the nation's best bowl record, and the Yellow Jackets have a favorable chance of improving on their impressive mark.

Fresno State edge out Georgia Tech
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The play was as simple as those called in the backyard or the street games children play.

Georgia Tech, Fresno State mirror images
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Organizers have dubbed the Silicon Valley Football Classic the "Bowl by the Bay."

Georgia Tech tries to improve bowl record

Fresno State edge out Georgia Tech

Howell comes home for holiday honors

Howell comes home for holiday honors
David Leadbetter made a playful reference to the absence of female members at Augusta National Golf Club during a visit to Augusta last week.

Prep basketball scores

Prep basketball scores

Wild win in game of firsts

Wild win in game of firsts
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Jeremy Stevenson, Matt Johnson and Nick Schultz all scored their first goals of the season for the Minnesota Wild in a 4-1 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Tuesday night.

Adding up the good, the bad and the in-between for 2002
The ledger on 2002 comes to its final page today. The year that started with its usual promise, hopes, dreams and expectations ends with its usual realities.

Man setenced in road-rage death
A Martinez man was sentenced to life in prison plus 17 years for his role in the 2001 road-rage death of a Thomson resident.

Developing canal for tourists not new

Lott was only venerating Thurmond

Encourages support for new leaders

Agrees with suggestions to renovate existing properties

Parent frustrated with school superintendent's failure to respond

Young does promote racial healing

Brittany Snow shines as a 1960s teen on NBC's 'American Dreams'

'Adult Swim' adds 4 more days

Oscars offer mix of conventional fare and edgier prospects

The year in music

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

'Two Towers' outdoes two DiCaprios

New Year's Eve TV highlights

HGTV enjoys sweet smell of success with Rose Parade

In the know

Though interpretations vary, the song remains the same

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Pentagon orders 3rd Infantry Division to Persian Gulf

Rants and raves
THIS IS A rant against Planned Parenthood, which is a nice name for abortion clinics, and their Christmas card that they are sending out this year. After reading your editorial, I just want to let them know that one day they will get their just due. They will reap what they have sown.. They can count on it.

Pentagon orders 3rd Infantry Division to Persian Gulf
WASHINGTON -- An infantry division from Georgia has been ordered to the Persian Gulf region as a part of the military's preparations for war with Iraq, military officials said Tuesday.

Unused cell phones help in abuse fight
Augusta-area residents who want to put their old wireless phones to work to help fight domestic violence still have time to donate them.

Learning to ride
Summer Shuford, 7, of Aiken, gets a little push from her father, Steve Shuford, as she rides her bike at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center.

Christmas attack kills man

Area hub set to swab suitcases
Air travelers now have to be even more patient. Starting today, every checked bag at every U.S. airport must be screened for explosives, as mandated by Congress with the passage of the Aviation Security and Transportation Act. The government had previously been screening only 5 percent of checked luggage, according to Transportation Security Administration Chief James Loy.

Up and over
Kwame Simmons prepares to take a no-look shot over his back at the Oak Point apartments basketball court.

Subscriber of the day
Judge Isaac "Buddy" Jolies is today's subscriber of the day.

Subscriber of the day
Gary Hand of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

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Tough issues defined Barnes' tenure
ATLANTA - Supporters, critics and neutral observers alike see Roy Barnes as a governor

Safety concerns hinder protesters
Protesters looking for a spot to picket outside Augusta National Golf Club this year will be hard-pressed to find a place anywhere near the course's front gates.

Deputy of the Year enforces law with ingenuity

Rants and raves
THIS IS A rant against Planned Parenthood, which is a nice name for abortion clinics, and their Christmas card that they are sending out this year. After reading your editorial, I just want to let them know that one day they will get their just due. They will reap what they have sown.. They can count on it.

Man gets life in roadside death
A Martinez man was sentenced to life in prison plus 17 years for his role in the 2001 road-rage death of a Thomson resident.

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for New Year's:

Balloonists say river dip is routine
It turns out that a report of a balloon's nearly crashing into the Savannah River on Sunday was nothing but a bunch of hot air.

Across the area
A receptionist at an Augusta doctor's office was charged Tuesday with stealing more than $4,000 from the family practice, authorities said.

Across South Carolina

Across the southeast

Director of school band faces retirement
When the final school bell rings this spring, Richard Brasco will lay down his baton, leaving behind a band program at Evans High School that has become legendary.

Up and over

Downtown Aiken property guidelines debated
Downtown Aiken business owners considering the idea of property guidelines are hesitant to accept anything too restrictive, they said last week.

Director of school band faces retirement

Across South Carolina
CLEMSON -Fire investigators say they think a blaze that killed a 90-year-old man started in his home's natural gas heating unit.

Two shooters receive maximum sentences

3 Augusta overpasses rate 'poor'
The Fifth Street bridge over the Savannah River is in bad shape, a Georgia Department of Transportation study recently concluded, noting its cracked concrete, corrosion, a damaged guardrail and other deficiencies.

Tree seedlings applications being accepted

North Augusta officers ride with portable defibrillators

Across the Southeast
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -An eyewitness to the fatal shooting of a handcuffed black man by a Louisville Police detective said the victim never lunged at police with a box cutter.

Learning to ride

Across South Carolina
BROOKLET - A 10-year-old killed his father in a hunting accident when he mistook him for a deer, police said.

Area hub set to swab suitcases

Across Georgia
GREENVILLE -Lots of people hop onto the scales this time of year to prepare for a New Year's diet.

Across the area
A Columbia County man was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to molesting an 11-year-old girl when he was 16 years old.

Two shooters receive maximum sentences
Delshon Flournoy, partially paralyzed and unable to speak, limped into a Richmond County courtroom Monday, surrounded by family members.

Man stops traffic to keep children safe

North Augusta officers ride with portable defibrillators
It's like having a small ambulance in a bag. The medical kits that public safety officers in North Augusta load into their trunks before each shift can be lifesavers. The 40-pound bags carry everything from oxygen tanks and stethoscopes to bee sting pads and neck braces.

Sanford names DSS director
COLUMBIA - Republican Gov.-elect Mark Sanford on Monday named a prosecutor to lead the state Department of Social Services, his third Cabinet appointment.

Christmas attack kills man
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Despite a broken skull and other injuries, police say, Clarence Pixley managed to drag himself to his back yard early Christmas morning.

An invitation to ride
Sean Kelly, of Aiken, is all smiles as his girlfriend accepts his offer to go for a motorcycle ride.

Across Georgia

Holiday closings

Tree seedlings applications being accepted
The Georgia Forestry Commission is accepting seedling applications at the Columbia County office at 5887 Wrightsboro Road, Harlem.

Sanford names DSS director

Across the Southeast

Across the southeast
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -Within the next few years, you might be able to avoid big airport hassles by taking tiny jets from one small airfield to another.

Across the area

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DEC. 30, 1966 Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders of Augusta said he expected the latest federal court decision upholding school desegregation guidelines.

Resident wakes to his home on fire
Robert Kelly woke up to a room filled with fire. "The heat woke me up," he said, amid a scene of flashing fire truck lights just minutes after a fire destroyed his Augusta home New Year's Eve night. "I looked up and fire was everywhere."

Man stops traffic to keep children safe
AIKEN - A South Aiken High School student is crossing Pine Log Road, and, with the blow of a whistle and a raised hand, Gene Redd is ensuring her safety.

Birds lead woman to virus
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Cristina Pasa has a 16-month-old son, a master's degree in public health and a job tracking the spread of the deadly West Nile virus.

Across the area
An Augusta woman told police that her 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse was stolen early Sunday while she was inside her home waiting for the engine to warm up.

Ex-official faces embezzlement charge
One of the six men who federal prosecutors say conspired with former Augusta City Councilman Travers W. Paine III to defraud Medicare will be sent to a federal prison next week, an assistant U.S. attorney for South Carolina said Tuesday.

Across Georgia
ATHENS -Athens-Clarke County has denied alcohol licenses to two strip clubs for the new year, as it did last year.

Augustans seek changes by 2020
By the year 2020, Augusta-area residents want a vibrant downtown, more cultural performances, better schools and a change in government.

Low-flying balloon causes commotion
A hot-air balloon had a near miss with the Savannah River and a line of trees minutes after taking off near the Fifth Street bridge Sunday.

Man charged with shaking baby
A 20-year-old Augusta father was charged Tuesday with violently shaking his infant daughter, leaving her with serious injuries, police said.

Rants and raves
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Deputy of the Year enforces law with ingenuity
Deputy Robert Silas likes to find creative ways to make a difference as he patrols the roads in Richmond County.

Tough issues defined Barnes' tenure

Budget crunch limits new troopers
AIKEN - The South Carolina Public Safety Department wanted to put more than 85 new troopers on the roads in the new year, but budget cuts will keep that from happening.

Across the area

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia

Subscriber of the day

Man setenced in road-rage death

3 Augusta overpasses rate 'poor'

Augustans seek changes by 2020

Man gets life in roadside death

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Georgia drivers won't need to carry auto insurance cards when the state starts using its new electronic database in February.

Across the area

Subscriber of the day

Across South Carolina
MONCKS CORNER - An off-duty North Charleston police officer has died in a wreck in Berkeley County, officials say.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME DEC. 31, 1961 AIKEN - A solution of diesel oil and chemical weed killer has proved almost 100 percent successful in controlling kudzu, two Aiken County agriculturists report.

Greetings from Bourbon Street
NEW ORLEANS - Standing together under the balcony of the Bourbon Street Blues Company and craning their necks to see the sights, football players from Georgia and Florida State mingled in peaceful harmony Sunday night.

Bowl will cap Edwards' record-setting career
NEW ORLEANS - The first time he ever played wide receiver in his life, Terrence Edwards established career highs with 10 receptions for 196 yards against Utah State. The first pass he ever caught was a 47-yard touchdown.

Heat outscores Hawks
MIAMI -- Eddie Jones scored 23 points and Travis Best added 20, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Miami Heat past the Atlanta Hawks, 93-84, Monday night.

Heat outscores Hawks

Dyson helps Lady Lions in victory
DURHAM, N.C. - Senior center Germaletta Dyson scored a game-high 26 points and had 12 rebounds as Paine College defeated North Carolina Central University 62-53 in the seventh annual Lady Eagle Classic on Monday.

'One more' means wins for Jaguars
The mantra at Augusta State is "one more."

Connecticut tops Florida St. in women's basketball
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Diana Taurasi and Ann Strother scored 18 points apiece as third-ranked Connecticut extended the nation's longest winning streak to 50 games with a 74-55 victory Monday night over Florida State.

Falcons make playoffs, but just barely

Duckett must prove he's healthy

Atlanta coach looking to fix red-zone problems

Rams beat playoff-bound 49ers

Atlanta must fix red-zone woes

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Mr. William Haney Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Frazier Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Adams (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. John Meyrick (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Margie Zissette (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Your tax dollars at play
The next time some politician says federal government's responsibilities are so great that it's foolhardy to cut taxes, then ask him or her this: If money is so tight for essential services, then why is Washington paying women $75 to watch pornographic videos?

Agrees with suggestions to renovate existing properties
I would agree with two letters to the editor that appeared in The Augusta Chronicle on Dec. 8 ("Renovate existing civic center," by Charlie Hannah, and "Regency good location for arena," by Cynthia Hightower.) Michael Teffeteller, Evans, Ga.

Young does promote racial healing
I don't understand why Augusta Mayor Bob Young is being accused of not caring about racial harmony when he has spoken and been to every prayer breakfast and unity meeting for healing the racial divide in the last few years. Theresa Johnson Von Plinsky, Augusta

Parent frustrated with school superintendent's failure to respond
I am writing this letter out of frustration and the lack of a more appropriate forum to express my frustration. I have been very disappointed in the Richmond County Board of Education and in Dr. Charles Larke, the superintendent. Alice Little Caldwell M.D., Augusta

Developing canal for tourists not new
I read with interest the Dec. 15 Business section article "Planners want to turn Augusta Canal into tourist destination." Jim Stringer, Augusta

2002: A wild ride
We made it through - and in pretty decent shape, considering all that happened in 2002.

New military leaders
"Some of you are getting ready to graduate and begin your military careers, and I have no doubt that each of you will excel. But make no mistake. We are at war and that war is just getting started. We will be looking to you for leadership."

Encourages support for new leaders
I thank residents of Columbia County for the opportunity they gave me during these past four years to represent them on the Columbia County Board of Commissioners. It has been an incredible experience to work with so many giving people who want to make a difference and who are concerned about the future of our county. Frank G. Spears, Evans, Ga.

Lott was only venerating Thurmond
With all this hullabaloo over Sen. Trent Lott's innocent remark, one would think he was a wicked man who needs to be indicted on criminal charges. Anna J. Fellows, Augusta

Strengthen S.C. governor
For a dozen years, there's been talk in South Carolina of making statewide offices appointive instead of elective. In the new year there might actually be some action on the issue, for two reasons.

Overtime

Overtime

Ferreira upset in first round

Henman, Rusedski out of Australian Open

Cheek goes 4-for-4 at at speedskating championships

Ferreira upset in first round
ADELAIDE, Australia -- Franco Squillari of Argentina upset top-seeded Wayne Ferreira of South Africa 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 Wednesday in the first round of the AAPT Championships.

Overtime
The Augusta State men's basketball team can extend a winning streak and avenge a loss when they play host to Winston-Salem State tonight at Christenberry Fieldhouse. Tip-off is 7:30.

Overtime
An NCAA investigator has visited South Carolina as part of a probe into the school's football program.

Henman, Rusedski out of Australian Open
LONDON -- Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski, Britain's top two players, have withdrawn from next month's Australian Open because of injuries.

Cheek goes 4-for-4 at at speedskating championships
KEARNS, Utah -- Joey Cheek won for the fourth time in four races at the U.S. Speedskating Long-Track championships Monday, taking the 1,000 meters in 1 minute, 8.41 seconds.

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

Prep basketball scores
Here are scores from Monday's prep basketball games.

Rams beat playoff-bound 49ers
ST. LOUIS -- In their season finale, the St. Louis Rams looked more like defending NFC champions than the underacheivers who finished two games below .500.

Atlanta must fix red-zone woes
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons have struggled to score touchdowns recently, and coach Dan Reeves is searching for ways to fix their problems.

Duckett must prove he's healthy
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- If T.J. Duckett wants to be in uniform Saturday night at Green Bay, the Atlanta Falcons' rookie running back must prove his injuries aren't as bad as they look to coach Dan Reeves.

Falcons make playoffs, but just barely
CLEVELAND - Michael Vick, perhaps the NFL's brightest young offensive star, went on the defensive after the Atlanta Falcons faltered in the fourth quarter Sunday afternoon.

Atlanta coach looking to fix red-zone problems
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Coach Dan Reeves doesn't think the Atlanta Falcons are calling the wrong plays in the red zone as much they're failing to execute.

Bowl will cap Edwards' record-setting career

Greetings from Bourbon Street

Effectiveness of new blood pressure cuffs debated
WASHINGTON -- There's a quiet revolution taking place in hospitals and doctors' offices: More and more are getting rid of blood-pressure cuffs that for a century have been the standard, in favor of newer models that don't contain the environmental pollutant mercury.

Remote-controlled robot for hire
A humanoid robot controls the arm of an earth mover during a demonstration at Tsukuba, north of Tokyo.

Frozed umbilical cord blood still useful after long-term storage
Researchers revive and culture human umbilical cord blood that had been frozen for 15 years

Interest in biodiesel grows despite costs
UKIAH, Calif. -- Surrounded by a pack of tail-wagging dogs, Dave Hawley stuck his bearded face up to the exhaust pipe of his delivery truck, closed his eyes and inhaled.

'Voice of the Bulldogs' is in demand
NEW ORLEANS - The familiar gritty voice answers the phone, and his breathless response is as haggard as when the Georgia Bulldogs are facing fourth-and-oblivion at the Auburn 19-yard line.

Senior linebacker leads on and off field

Bulldogs derail Panthers' No. 1 run
ATHENS, Ga. - Pittsburgh coach Ben Howland would be more upset at the Panthers missing an opportunity to become No. 1 if Tuesday's loss to Georgia were in April instead of December.

'Voice of the Bulldogs' is in demand

Pollack ready for tough test

Bowl will cap Edwards' record-setting career

Richt, Andrews were competitors on the field
NEW ORLEANS - The goal-line drills always seemed to push Mickey Andrews across the line.

Sugar Bowl notebook

Sugar Bowl notebook
NEW ORLEANS - It's hard for Florida State's players to accept their role as the underdog.

Georgia has lots to lose

UGA notebook
NEW ORLEANS - Quarterback D.J. Shockley has talked to his father about remaining at Georgia next year and is committed to the Bulldogs, he said Sunday.

Bulldogs, Seminoles bring similar styles

Richt, Andrews were competitors on the field

Sugar Bowl memento

Sugar Bowl notebook
NEW ORLEANS - Many Florida State players were spotted among the revelers along Bourbon Street this week, but Alonzo Jackson wasn't one of them.

Sugar Bowl memento
Georgia fans get a Sugar Bowl memento in today's print edition of The Augusta Chronicle.

Georgia has lots to lose
NEW ORLEANS - Mark Richt didn't make it through his first press conference as Georgia's head football coach two years ago before he was asked about playing Florida State, his employer of 15 years, and the gold standard of the sport back then.

Sullivan weighing NFL options
NEW ORLEANS -- Johnathan Sullivan wants to know what the NFL scouts think of him. But Georgia's star defensive tackle hasn't decided if he'll give up his senior season.

Pollack ready for tough test
NEW ORLEANS - Georgia's David Pollack has rapidly become an extraordinary talent in college football, but even he wonders how much better he'd be if Brett Williams were a Bulldog.

Bulldogs, Seminoles bring similar styles
NEW ORLEANS - Among the things no coach wants to hear when he's preparing for a big game, this sentence is high on the list:

UGA notebook

Bowl will cap Edwards' record-setting career
NEW ORLEANS - The first time he ever played wide receiver in his life, Terrence Edwards established career highs with 10 receptions for 196 yards against Utah State. The first pass he ever caught was a 47-yard touchdown.

Sullivan weighing NFL options

Senior linebacker leads on and off field
NEW ORLEANS - There are only three days left in Georgia's 2002-03 football season, so Tony Gilbert is growing his hair back out.

Sugar Bowl notebook

'Two Weeks' avoids cliche thanks to wit of its stars
Two Weeks Notice marks the first time Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant have worked together on the big screen. This movie is a perfect match for the two, since both of them have starred in countless romantic comedies already.

Teens find various ways to ring in safe New Year
Nothing says good time quite like a New Year's Eve party. But for teens who aren't old enough to take part in the fun, Dec. 31 can seem like just another day.

Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD: XXX, starring Vin Diesel as an extreme-sports athlete recruited by the government for a special mission to derail a terrorist plot to end the world.

Your style

Xtreme calendar

2002: Controversies, love and Harry

Drinking, not reputation is girl's biggest problem
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I went to a party a few weeks back and got drunk and ended up kissing a girl. I'm not gay but everybody thinks I am. How can I get my reputation back and get everyone to think I'm not gay? - 17-year-old Beech Island girl

Deadline extended to work on Lennon bus

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Q:Why does my makeup always disappear less than an hour after I put it on?

Drinking, not reputation is girl's biggest problem

Talk to us
There's an old saying that without teachers we would be nowhere. We think it's time that teachers got their due. We're taking nominations for your best teachers for a story that will appear in the Jan. 28 issue of Xtreme.

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Deadline extended to work on Lennon bus
If you've ever dreamed of working in a studio with music professionals, here's your chance.

Your style
THE FACTS: Brittany Robinson, 15, a sophomore at Strom Thurmond High School.

2002: Controversies, love and Harry
For local teens, 2002 was a year marked by local and national controversies, the confusion of celebrity love lives and the return of Harry Potter and Frodo Baggins.

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Odds and Ends

Remote-controlled robot for hire

Interest in biodiesel grows despite costs

Effectiveness of new blood pressure cuffs debated

Frozed umbilical cord blood still useful after long-term storage