Don Mattingly, Cal Ripken Jr. to buy part of minor-league Waves

Don Mattingly, Cal Ripken Jr. to buy part of minor-league Waves
ALBANY, Ga. -- Baseball greats Don Mattingly and Cal Ripken Jr. will become partial owners of the Class A South Georgia Waves, the team's owner said.

Mobster's wife fails to win custody of frozen sperm
PHILADELPHIA -- The wife of a New York mobster who smuggled his sperm out of prison can't use the sample to get pregnant, a federal appeals court ruled.

Odds and Ends
MEQUON, Wis. -- Builders constructing a senior housing center will have to bypass about 166 birds and identical 61-year-old twins.

Good home needed for 2,000 slightly used frog
ANGELS CAMP, Calif. -- What to do with 2,000 slightly used frogs? For years, organizers of the Calaveras County Fair and Frog Jumping Jubilee urged participants to carefully put the frogs back where they got them after the annual contest.

Braves sign reliever Venafro
ATLANTA -- Left-hander Mike Venafro and the Atlanta Braves agreed Monday to a one-year contract.

Braves sign reliever Venafro

Tax tips: e-filing gets easier
WASHINGTON -- It's easier this year to file your taxes electronically - and probably for free.

Morningstar winners posted negative returns in 2002

After two weeks of rallies, investors are cautious
NEW YORK -- Wall Street meandered through a listless session Monday, closing narrowly mixed while investors awaited the start of fourth-quarter earnings reports.

Decision could change media ownership rules

Wireless phone service amounts to 'cell hell'

Should I join a credit union?

Tax tips: how to qualify for an earned income credit

Decision could change media ownership rules
WASHINGTON -- Rules on delivering news and entertainment to the public are on the verge of a broad overhaul that could pave the way for more media mergers and alter the landscape of television and radio programming.

Morningstar winners posted negative returns in 2002
NEW YORK -- As many investors turn to experts for guidance in a shaky stock market, Morningstar Inc. is making recommendations that might surprise some - fund managers with stock portfolios that posted negative returns in the past year.

Wireless phone service amounts to 'cell hell'
YONKERS, N.Y. -- Nearly a third of cell phone customers surveyed are seriously considering switching companies because of poor service, but there's no easy way to figure out which plans are best, Consumer Reports magazine said.

After two weeks of rallies, investors are cautious

Should I join a credit union?
Q. My new employer offers a credit union. What are credit unions and what advantages do they offer over banks? What are their disadvantages?

Business briefs
Food Lion LLC announced Monday that it's store in Thomson on Washington Road will be among the 41 "unprofitable" stores it will close later this month as part of its cost-cutting strategy.

Tax tips: how to qualify for an earned income credit
WASHINGTON -- Lower-income workers may find it easier this year to qualify for a special tax credit designed to supplement wages and offset the payroll taxes they pay.

New group plans to buy lock facility
If all goes right, the lights won't go out at the Kwikset plant in Burke County, even after the lock manufacturer leaves town at the end of the year.

Tax tips: e-filing gets easier

Clemson looks to end a trend
His players have heard about it on campus and read about it in the papers. Most of them have experienced the exasperation of it first-hand.

Clemson looks to end a trend

Tuesday tipoff

Duke still a solid No. 1 in AP women's poll

Lady Pacers secure win with late layup

Virginia's Billet, Duke's Jones earn weekly ACC honors

Crazy like a fox?

Yes, it's a big deal

Making do in S.C.

Deadly serious

Awareness pays off

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Bill Maher returns to TV with new HBO show
LOS ANGELES -- Comedian Bill Maher has rebounded from the cancellation of his ABC talk show "Politically Incorrect" with another current events forum on HBO.

In the know
You've cleaned out the closet (finally). You're ready to unload the goods.

Many young people go uninsured after layoffs
Laid off from his job at a computer software company in Philadelphia, Andy Szamody wondered where he would find health coverage.

Shoppers log on for vintage deals
The search for vintage clothing now has a modern twist.< Once only available at thrift stores and the like, antique apparel has found a new home in the online community.

'Lord of the Rings' gets two big honors at People's Choice Awards
PASADENA, Calif. -- "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" proved a crowd-pleaser at the 29th Annual People's Choice Awards, sharing the favorite motion picture award with co-nominee "Spider-Man" and winning in the best dramatic motion picture category.

Judge rules ABC can show celebrity survival show
NEW YORK -- ABC can broadcast its new celebrity survival show over the objections of CBS, which claimed the rival network had ripped off its hit "Survivor" format, a judge ruled Monday.

It'll be men against women in 'Survivor: The Amazon'
NEW YORK -- The sixth season of "Survivor" will be a battle of the sexes, with a tribe of men competing against a tribe of women for the $1 million top prize.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Who can't identify with Monte Walsh? He wants to be an independent contractor, the same as he's always been. But he's battling a new age of corporate bigness, of effete Easterners who see only dollar signs.

A sterling, stubborn hero lands in the U.S. Senate
NEW YORK -- The public-spirited but private son of a former California governor, Bill Sterling Jr. has suddenly been thrust into the spotlight.

Appalachian St. tops Georgia Southern
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Shawn Hall scored 20 points and Nate Carson 19 to lead Appalachian State to an 87-81 victory over Georgia Southern Monday night.

Jackets fall to Blue Devils
ATLANTA -- The Duke Blue Devils made their first trip of the season to Atlanta. They don't want it to be their last.

Arizona guard transfers to Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Arizona guard Will Bynum transferred to Georgia Tech and will be eligible at the end of the fall semester.

Appalachian St. tops Georgia Southern

Arizona guard transfers to Georgia Tech

Jackets fall to Blue Devils

Heritage in discussions with six possible sponsors
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The Heritage golf tournament is in serious discussions with six companies interested in becoming a title sponsor for the PGA Tour event next year, tournament director Steve Wilmot said.

Immelman wins South African Open in playoff
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Trevor Immelman made a 6-inch birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Tim Clark and win the South African Open on Sunday.

Critical year for Presidents Cup

Critical year for Presidents Cup
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- At the end of the 2000 season, a dozen Americans declined to take an eight-hour charter to Spain to play in a World Golf Championship that paid $1 million to the winner and $25,000 for last place.

The Big Easy makes a big statement

Els in a record runaway at Kapalua
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Ernie Els could not have asked for a better start. He set a PGA Tour scoring record, won the season-opening Mercedes Championships by eight shots, and Tiger Woods is nowhere to be found.

Els in a record runaway at Kapalua

The Big Easy makes a big statement
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- No need to wait for Tiger Woods' return from knee surgery to see a dominant performance on the PGA Tour.

Thrashers activate defenseman Smehlik

Thrashers to hire Hartley
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers called a news conference for Tuesday amid speculation they will hire Bob Hartley as their coach.

Thrashers to hire Hartley

Thrashers activate defenseman Smehlik
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers activated defenseman Richard Smehlik from injured reserve Monday.

Math problems present glimpse of changing times
My son has trouble with math. No surprise - so did I.

Georgia court strikes down law against unmarried sex
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court kicked the government out of bedrooms and struck down a 130-year-old law banning sex outside of marriage.

Perdue becomes first Republican governor since 1872
ATLANTA -- Sonny Perdue became Georgia's first Republican governor in more than a century Monday, pledging not to let the historic party shift disrupt state government.

God promised we are all of Israel

Burk, Jackson should unite in other causes

Bible is not opposed to abortions

U.S. should stop supporting Israel

Bush administration destroying nation's economy, reputation

'Choice on Earth' sacrilegious

Patriot Act like Big Brother's grip

Appalled by ludicrous protest

Planned Parenthood director deluded

Many young people go uninsured after layoffs

'Lord of the Rings' gets two big honors at People's Choice Awards

Judge rules ABC can show celebrity survival show

Shoppers log on for vintage deals

A sterling, stubborn hero lands in the U.S. Senate

It'll be men against women in 'Survivor: The Amazon'

In the know

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Lynx light up Blades to cap 2-game sweep
If the Augusta Lynx find a way to make the playoffs after a miserable first half, they'll remember a timeout Sunday as the moment they turned their season around.

Lynx light up Blades to cap 2-game sweep

House Democrats elect speaker
ATLANTA - Eager to show the Democratic Party is still a force in Georgia, House Democrats Monday elected Rep. Terry Coleman as their speaker after a fellow Democrat backed by Republicans withdrew from the race.

Woman may be oldest in U.S.
AIKEN - Gussie Brown sat underneath the hair dryer in Mattie C. Hall Care Center, held her hand up and examined her perfectly painted, mauve fingernails through squinting eyes.

Peanut farmers record losses
ALBANY, Ga. - Like many other peanut farmers, Neil and Boyd Hagerson are thankful the disastrous 2002 peanut season is behind them.

House Democrats elect speaker

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina

Perdue becomes first Republican governor since 1872

State tests stores to see if they sell to children

Across the area
Police said Monday they will turn over information to the district attorney's office concerning a 61-year-old Augusta man who is charged with shooting his son to death Saturday.

New rules give GOP reins in state Senate

Board to give approval for new school zones

Peanut farmers record losses

Across the area

Ex-deputy running for sheriff

Subscriber of the day

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Nancy Outley of Evans.

Board OKs bid to run parking

USC Aiken sophomore wins title at pageant
AIKEN - Using her voice to echo the hope of Juliet, a University of South Carolina Aiken sophomore became the new Miss Aiken County on Saturday night.

Augusta troops prepare to leave
Twenty members of the Army Reserve's Augusta-based 319th Transportation Company are already in Kuwait, and the rest of the unit may be about to join them.

Across Georgia
REST HAVEN -The Rest Haven City Council returned to business last week after efforts to dissolve the town were denied in court.

School has broad literacy campaign
Armed with books, Meadowbrook Elementary School pupils are campaigning for literacy.

Rants and Raves
THIS MARTHA BURK issue would be a moot issue with the Masons, an all-male club.

Police investigate man's death
A North Augusta man was found dead at an apartment complex, and authorities say he may have died after being knocked to the ground by an automobile.

Exercise tests group on disaster response
What would happen if someone poured gasoline on a campfire?

News you can use

Perdue plans fun for inauguration
ATLANTA - Republicans aren't sure whether today's inauguration of Sonny Perdue will come off well. They concede they don't know exactly who is coming, how much food will be at the ball, even how much the whole thing will cost.

Georgia court strikes down law against unmarried sex

Woman may be oldest in U.S.

'A new day for Georgia'

Georgia asks hunters for help

Across the southeast

New rules give GOP reins in state Senate
ATLANTA - The Republican takeover of the Georgia Senate became official Monday when the chamber's new majority easily pushed through rules shifting power to themselves.

Exercise tests group on disaster response

Subscriber of the day

Legislature has questions, issues to face
ATLANTA - When the Georgia General Assembly convenes today, there will be plenty of high drama to go along with the usual pomp and circumstance of the Legislature's opening week.

Republican majority strips lieutenant governor's power to appoint committees

Board launches investigation

Rants and Raves
A RANT FOR all the Christian pedophiles: Steven Kuehne, Carlton Johnson and Catholic priests. Glad I'm not a member of the Christian cult.

News you can use
JAN. 13, 1952 Today at exactly 11:15 a.m., Augustans who tune their radios to 1050 on their dial will hear the first broadcast of the city's newest radio stations, WAUG and WAUG-FM.

Council names Wetzel to panel
The Aiken City Council voted in favor of horseman Jack Wetzel's nomination to the Historic Preservation Commission on Monday night despite his past violations of the panel's rules.

Man makes living asking questions
Whatever you do, don't call Mike Thomas a big source of useless information. He would prefer something more like the human sponge.

Rants and Raves
A RANT FOR all the Christian pedophiles: Steven Kuehne, Carlton Johnson and Catholic priests. Glad I'm not a member of the Christian cult.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A Richland County man has been acquitted of murder in the 2001 shooting death of a Columbia man.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Monique Bowen of Augusta.

Across the area
Three days after announcing his intention to run for Aiken County sheriff, New Ellenton Police Chief Van McMillan said he has changed his mind.

News you can use
JAN. 14, 1958 Even though all candidates "stand foursquare" for the preservation of racial segregation in the schools, the issue will nevertheless be a prominent one in this year's gubernatorial campaigns in South Carolina, Dr. Donald Russell declared last night.

Housing director answers 'Why?'
"Why Augusta?" It's a question the city's newly hired housing director is likely to find himself answering over and over when he arrives Feb. 3 for his first day on the job.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - A night clerk at a Rock Hill hotel has been found dead from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Police are trying to determine a motive.

Board launches investigation
The governing board of the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia voted Sunday to authorize its chairwoman to pursue an audit of the center, conduct an internal investigation and, if necessary, place personnel on administrative leave.

Board OKs bid to run parking
A downtown parking deck that has been losing money since 1999 would be managed by a Chattanooga, Tenn., parking services company if the Augusta Commission follows its finance committee's recommendation.

Man makes living asking questions

Ex-deputy running for sheriff
AIKEN - A former Aiken County sheriff's deputy announced Monday that he is running for the county's top law enforcement job, making the number of candidates four.

Board to give approval for new school zones
The Columbia County Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Government Complex in Evans.

Georgia asks hunters for help
MACON, Ga. - State wildlife officials are looking for more than a few good hunters to curb the deer population.

'A new day for Georgia'
ATLANTA - Georgia's first Republican governor in 130 years took office Monday pledging to minimize partisan divisions and focus on ethics, education and the state's lackluster economy.

State tests stores to see if they sell to children
AIKEN - Starting next week, Aiken County will join more than 300 communities around the state in an annual attempt to document illegal tobacco sales to children.

Housing director answers 'Why?'

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The former chief financial officer of a company that made police and firefighters' uniforms for several metro Atlanta governments pleaded guilty Monday to bank fraud.

Across the area

Republican majority strips lieutenant governor's power to appoint committees
ATLANTA -- The new Republican majority in the Senate flexed its political muscle Monday and stripped Democratic Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor of much of his power to appoint committees.

Across Georgia

Man says he raped fellow soldier
A private stationed at Fort Gordon admitted Monday that he raped a fellow soldier while she was unconscious.

Across the southeast
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -An Air Force colonel who said communications problems would cause "friendly fire" accidents will testify at a hearing into the accidental deaths of four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan last year, a defense lawyer said Monday.

Perdue plans fun for inauguration

Sauers' comeback just keeps coming
KAPALUA, Hawaii - The PGA Tour's Comeback Player of the Year has a few more comebacks he'd like to make.

DEI and Kannapolis at odds over Earnhardt tribute
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dale Earnhardt's widow has asked city officials in Kannapolis to stop using the late driver's name and likeness on materials associated with a statue and park until they get her approval.

Belnavis takes sponsor to Travis Carter team
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR should still have its first minority-owned Winston Cup team when the season starts under a partnership reached Monday between Sam Belnavis and car owner Travis Carter.

British rider crashes in desert; truck race halted by explosion
CAIRO, Egypt -- British motorcyclist Patsy Quick crashed and was rushed to a hospital, and truck racing was halted by an explosion in the Egyptian desert during the 11th stage of the Dakar Rally on Sunday.

Belnavis takes sponsor to Travis Carter team

British rider crashes in desert; truck race halted by explosion

DEI and Kannapolis at odds over Earnhardt tribute

Jordan on All-Star game: 'It's time for me to step aside'
WASHINGTON (AP)- If the NBA and its fans want to see Michael Jordan at the All-Star game, it's going to take some convincing.

Virginia's Billet, Duke's Jones earn weekly ACC honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Virginia's Todd Billet and Duke's Dahntay Jones were named co-players of the week by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday.

Lady Pacers secure win with late layup
Jami Cornwell scored a career-high 35 points for USC Aiken on Monday at the Courthouse, but it was a put-back from Erica Larsen with 2.7 seconds left that gave the Lady Pacers a 68-66 victory over Francis Marion.

Duke only unbeaten and still No. 1
Duke won the matchup of the last two unbeaten teams and held the No. 1 ranking Monday in The Associated Press college basketball poll.

Duke still a solid No. 1 in AP women's poll
Duke remains No. 1 in The Associated Press' women's basketball poll after a close call at Virginia.

Tuesday tipoff
Reviewing and previewing college basketball in the ACC, SEC and elsewhere:

Panthers sign 13 free agents

Eagles aren't satisfied just getting to this point

Raiders pound Jets

Eagles plan to let Bucs do all the talking

Titans are armed with McNair for AFC title game

Favorites come through this time

Bucs rout 49ers

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Appalled by ludicrous protest
As a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, I was incensed when I learned that certain professors and students at the law school believed that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas should not speak at graduation. James B. Trotter, Augusta

Bible is not opposed to abortions
Regarding the Dec. 18 editorial, "Sending the very worst" and all the other anti-abortion letters: Daru Ib-Shamiq, North Augusta, S.C.

Awareness pays off
Although crime overall increased 5 percent in Augusta last year, certainly due in part to the slow economy, there are a couple of bright spots in the latest figures provided by the Richmond County Sheriff's Department. The 15 homicides in 2002 were two fewer than in 2001, an 11.7 percent drop.

Burk, Jackson should unite in other causes
I am already sick and tired of reading about National Council on Women's Organizations Chairwoman Martha Burk's and the Rev. Jesse Jackson's protest over no female members at the Augusta National Golf Club. Vickie Youngblood, Hephzibah, Ga.

Planned Parenthood director deluded
Regarding Mary Beth Pierucci's Dec. 28 Chronicle letter, "Some Christians are pro-choice": Ms. Pierucci says that "being Christian is not synonymous with being anti-choice." I say that she is sadly misinformed. If we, as Christians, are following the teachings of the Bible, then we should always be for life - from conception to natural death. Heather Visintainer, Augusta

Yes, it's a big deal
Some may wonder whether it's such a big deal that a local boy, Kevin Millward, finished first in the 12-13 age group of the national Punt, Pass and Kick competition this past weekend in Nashville, Tenn.

'Choice on Earth' sacrilegious
Mary Beth Pierucci's letter of Dec. 28, "Some Christians are pro-choice," was offensive to all people who possess an element of decency. One does not have to be a religious zealot to take exception. Susan Marie Huckaba, Evans, Ga.

Crazy like a fox?
Is North Korea crazy like a fox? Or just plain crazy?

God promised we are all of Israel
Regarding the Jan. 4 Woodrow Short letter, "Letter writer needs history lesson." The intent of this letter is not to ridicule Mr. Short as he did Harry Sellers (letter of Dec. 4), but to remind him that his statement was not factual. Pastor Wesley G. Ellis, Hephzibah, Ga.

Deadly serious
How seriously should deadly threats made by a couple of 13-year-olds be taken? Very seriously, according to Aiken County Family Court Judge Peter Nuessle.

Bush administration destroying nation's economy, reputation
I cannot believe the irrational statements made by Republican letter writers. In response to Charles G. Newton III's letter of Dec. 19 ("Geez! Can't Democrats take a joke?"), it was the Founding Fathers who decided to separate church and state. Most Founders were Christians but had seen the terrible consequences when the church takes over the state. Carroll C. Kenny, Martinez, Ga.

Making do in S.C.
As the South Carolina General Assembly prepares to convene Tuesday for its 2003 session, under a new governor, there is one issue dominating the minds of lawmakers: that awful deficit.

Patriot Act like Big Brother's grip
Homeland security? It seems we are missing a page in history. Most countries we have opposed had a similar homeland security chief. Adolf Hitler had one. It was called the Gestapo or the SS. Our civil rights are slowly being taken away by "well-meaning" politicians and those who think the average American cannot think for himself. James R. Sherrill, Evans, Ga.

U.S. should stop supporting Israel
Terrorist activities throughout the world, including 9-11, can be attributed to present and past foreign policies of our federal government as it relates to the nation of Israel. Harry Sellers, Hephzibah, Ga.

Tyson, second wife divorce

Down and out Down Under: Capriati loses opener

Overtime

Court Court? Arena named for Margaret Court

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Down and out Down Under: Capriati loses opener
MELBOURNE, Australia -- For two weeks, Jennifer Capriati stayed out of sunlight, recovering from surgery to her eyes.

Tyson, second wife divorce
ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Mike Tyson and his second wife were granted a divorce Monday, and the former heavyweight champion agreed to pay her $6.5 million from future earnings.

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The Augusta Chronicle 2002 All-Area Football Team awards banquet will be held Thursday at the Sheraton Augusta Hotel.

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Lloyd Ward kept his job as head of the U.S. Olympic Committee despite a finding that his attempt to steer business to a company with ties to his brother "created the appearance of a conflict of interest."

Court Court? Arena named for Margaret Court
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Perhaps they should have named it Court Court.

Panthers sign 13 free agents
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers on Monday signed 13 free agents to future contracts.

Eagles aren't satisfied just getting to this point
PHILADELPHIA -- After St. Louis beat the Philadelphia Eagles in last year's NFC championship game, Donovan McNabb walked onto the field and watched the Rams celebrate.

Titans are armed with McNair for AFC title game
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Maybe now Steve McNair will get the attention the Tennessee Titans think he deserves.

Bucs rout 49ers
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offense finally played as well as their defense in the playoffs.

Eagles plan to let Bucs do all the talking
PHILADELPHIA -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers talk a lot during the week, and say even more during games.

Raiders pound Jets
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders found the surest road to the AFC championship game: Stay at home and avoid controversy.

Coach looks forward to 7th season
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Before he goes on vacation next week, Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves will attend several meetings. None is more important than the talk he has every winter with Pam, his wife of 37 years, regarding his future.

Favorites come through this time
When the Philadelphia Eagles last went to the Super Bowl 22 years ago, they ran into the Oakland Raiders.

Sauers' comeback just keeps coming

Movielink offers first word, but hopefully not the last, in online movies
SAN FRANCISCO -- Movielink takes us a step into the future of home entertainment with movies on demand that you download onto your computer over a high-speed Internet connection.

AOL Time Warner chairman resigns
NEW YORK -- Outgoing AOL Time Warner chairman Steve Case acknowledged Monday that the 2001 merger he helped orchestrate has not lived up to expectations, but he said he remains confident that the marriage of Time Warner and America Online will prove sound over the long run.

Microsoft has a wireless fight on its hands
NEW YORK -- After dominating the desktop, burrowing into the Internet and bursting into the video game market, Microsoft Corp. is making progress at getting firmly into the palm of your hand.

Study of vampire bat saliva may lead to new drug
DALLAS -- A substance in the saliva of vampire bats could prove to be a potent new treatment for strokes, an Australian scientist says.

Lady Dogs nearly slam dunk Gators
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - It was almost a slam dunk.

Lady Dogs nearly slam dunk Gators

Lady Gamecocks fall to Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- South Carolina head coach Susan Walvius' team saw Arkansas lose to No. 1 Duke, 74-72 in overtime, in November during the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands, so she knew her team would have a hard time getting a win when it faced the Lady Razorbacks.

Lady Gamecocks fall to Arkansas

Return of the '80s
It may be tragic but it's true - 1980s fashion is making a comeback.

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

Music bus to stop at Davidson

Teen must let parents get to know boyfriend
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM Me and my boyfriend have been together for about five months now, and the relationship is going great. The only problem is that we can't go on dates because my parents won't allow me to date. How can I get my parents to agree to let me date? - 17-year-old Augusta girl

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Q: How can I give my big bangs staying power?

Teen must let parents get to know boyfriend

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Artist's corner
Cassie Ejma, 17, is a junior at Westside High School.

Funny lyrics wanted
Have you ever made up alternate lyrics to a popular song (think Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)? Your pastime could finally pay off.

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Film is about more than dancing
The 1980s could be called the decade of teen angst. Some of the most memorable movies from that period are showcases of everything teen: heartache, schoolgirl crushes and coming of age.

Artist's corner

Return of the '80s

Film is about more than dancing

My ride
THE FACTS: Taylor Roy, 17, a senior at Lakeside High School.

'Candles' captures teen emotion
Sixteen Candles is the epitome of those so-called "awkward teen years." It incorporates the embarrassments, aggravations, and happy endings experienced with friends, family and secret crushes.

Music bus to stop at Davidson
Students at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School have imagination.

Your style
THE FACTS: Brooke Roberson, 16, a junior at Westside High School

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New on video and DVD: About a Boy, starring Hugh Grant as an immature man who is taught how to act like a grown-up by a little boy; Blue Crush, starring newcomer Kate Bosworth as a competitive surfer; Fear Dot Com, about a mysterious Web site that causes the death of all who visit it; and Undercover Brother, starring Eddie Griffin as a secret agent in the all-black Brotherhood.

Petty shines on 'Full Moon Fever'
At a time when the musical world was ruled by hair bands and material girls, Tom Petty, of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, was busy with his solo debut, Full Moon Fever.

Good home needed for 2,000 slightly used frog

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Study of vampire bat saliva may lead to new drug

Movielink offers first word, but hopefully not the last, in online movies

AOL Time Warner chairman resigns