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.

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.

Mutual funds prepare to end year down

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.

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?

Retailers wonder when consumers will start spending again

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.

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

Business briefs

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.

Market forfeits Santa Claus rally

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

Is filing for personal bankruptcy a bad idea?

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.

Financial resolutions to help you prosper in the new year

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.

Planners caution against overdiversifying portfolios

Welfare numbers rising in most of country

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.

Tigers stay undefeated

Penn State again ringing in new year on field

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.

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.

Purdue beats Washington in Sun Bowl

Auburn's focus: Stopping L.J.

Texas Christian wins Liberty Bowl

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.

Maryland trounces Tennessee in Peach Bowl

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.

Minnesota wears down Arkansas defense

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

A look at dearly departed college bowl games

Chow helped turned Trojans into offensive power

Sun Bowl teams look for redemption

Simms hoping for big game in Cotton Bowl finale

Rivers trying to earn third bowl MVP for Wolfpack

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Boise St. tops Iowa St. in Humanitarian 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.

Second Rose Bowl trip will be last for Price at WSU

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

Tressel's calming influence has Buckeyes in title game

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.

One game could make the difference at Michigan, Florida

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.

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.

Wake Forest beats Oregon in Seattle Bowl

Dyson helps Lady Lions in victory

Connecticut tops Florida St. in women's basketball

'One more' means wins for Jaguars

Strengthen S.C. governor

New military leaders

2002: A wild ride

Your tax dollars at play

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.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

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.

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)

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

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

Georgia Tech tries to improve bowl record

Fresno State edge out Georgia Tech

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.

Howell comes home for holiday honors

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.

Parent frustrated with school superintendent's failure to respond

Encourages support for new leaders

Young does promote racial healing

Developing canal for tourists not new

Lott was only venerating Thurmond

Agrees with suggestions to renovate existing properties

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

The year in music

'Adult Swim' adds 4 more days

Though interpretations vary, the song remains the same

Oscars offer mix of conventional fare and edgier prospects

New Year's Eve TV highlights

Senior calendar

HGTV enjoys sweet smell of success with Rose Parade

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

'Two Towers' outdoes two DiCaprios

In the know

Rants and raves
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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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Deputy of the Year enforces law with ingenuity

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.

Across Georgia

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

Learning to ride

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

Pentagon orders 3rd Infantry Division to Persian Gulf

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.

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 southeast

Sanford names DSS director

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

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.

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.

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

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

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 Georgia

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.

News you can use

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

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.

Holiday closings

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.

Man setenced in road-rage death

News you can use

Subscriber of the day

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

Up and over

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

Director of school band faces retirement

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

Across the area

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.

North Augusta officers ride with portable defibrillators

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Man gets life in roadside death

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.

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:

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.

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

Tree seedlings applications being accepted

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."

Two shooters receive maximum sentences

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

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 stops traffic to keep children safe

Across the Southeast

Subscriber of the day

Augustans seek changes by 2020

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Area hub set to swab suitcases

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.

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

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.

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.

Tough issues defined Barnes' tenure

Across the area

3 Augusta overpasses rate 'poor'

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.

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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.

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.

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

'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.

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.

Rams beat playoff-bound 49ers

Duckett must prove he's healthy

Falcons make playoffs, but just barely

Atlanta coach looking to fix red-zone problems

Atlanta must fix red-zone woes

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Mrs. Mamie Redd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Kenya McCord (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Moore (TUCSON, Ariz.)

Mrs. Lillie Rhinehart (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Oliver (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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."

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

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?

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

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

Cheek goes 4-for-4 at at speedskating championships

Henman, Rusedski out of Australian Open

Overtime

Overtime

Ferreira upset in first round

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

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.

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.

Greetings from Bourbon Street

Bowl will cap Edwards' record-setting career

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Pollack ready for tough test

'Voice of the Bulldogs' is in demand

Georgia has lots to lose

Sugar Bowl notebook

Sugar Bowl notebook

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.

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:

Bulldogs, Seminoles bring similar styles

Richt, Andrews were competitors on the field

Senior linebacker leads on and off field

Sugar Bowl memento

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

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

'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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

UGA notebook

Bowl will cap Edwards' record-setting career

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

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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.

Xtreme calendar

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

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

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.

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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.

Drinking, not reputation is girl's biggest problem

'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.

2002: Controversies, love and Harry

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.

Deadline extended to work on Lennon bus

Odds and Ends

Remote-controlled robot for hire

Interest in biodiesel grows despite costs

Frozed umbilical cord blood still useful after long-term storage

Effectiveness of new blood pressure cuffs debated