Chill reveals man's never-ending quest

Odds and Ends
CLINTON, Iowa -- They're talking trash about the environment at Clinton High School.

Initiative pokes fun at Washington's 'initiative guru'
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington voters may get to sound off on whether initiative guru Tim Eyman is "a horse's ass."

Business calendar
Today: Monthly meeting of the CSRA Medical Managers Association; Partridge Inn; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; call Karen DeMaere, 774-0478.

Packing light

Pocket change

How to fold a jacket

How to fold a jacket
Put away that folding garment bag.

Packing light
You've been there before: The night before a weeklong business trip. You're standing in front of the closet, pondering. There's an empty suitcase on the bed.

Value, utility funds would benefit from repeal of dividend taxes

Business calendar

Low interest rates make homeownership possible for the young

Parenting a parent

Payday loan stores thrive despite crackdown

First impression critical in getting business loan

Tax tips: how to track your refunds

On the move

Value, utility funds would benefit from repeal of dividend taxes
NEW YORK -- Mutual fund investors looking to benefit from the proposed elimination of taxes on dividends might consider value funds and utility funds for their portfolios.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: SouthTrust Bank

Low interest rates make homeownership possible for the young
CHICAGO -- Record-low interest rates are prompting people in their early 20s to do something they hadn't thought possible at their age: buy a home.

On the move
Morgan Keegan & Company Inc. announced the following promotions in its firm's Augusta office:

Payday loan stores thrive despite crackdown
ATLANTA --When Pam Sanson needed a quick $300 to pay the bills, she never expected her decision would cost her more than $900 in interest in just six months.

Parenting a parent
NEW YORK - As her mother has aged, Debbie Stacy has found herself gradually becoming a parent to her own parent.

Tax tips: how to track your refunds
WASHINGTON -- Already spent that refund? Wondering when you'll see the money? All you need is a computer or telephone to find out.

First impression critical in getting business loan
Getting a loan to start or expand a business is never an easy task. But in today's era of uncertain economic times, the prospects of a small business getting loans can be especially daunting.

Former Aiken star commits to play for Clemson

Former Aiken star commits to play for Clemson
Brian Staley was waiting for the ideal moment and place to announce his verbal commitment to play football at Clemson next year.

Tigers rally for victory

Tigers rally for victory
CLEMSON, S.C. - His body was sore and Clemson forward Olu Babalola was mad.

Lions lay claim to pair of wins

Huskies' accomplishment may be hard to beat

There are no more unbeaten teams

Let's work on the mix

A uniting legacy

Pass ethics package

Working together

Illegal doesn't work

Wait staff gave unwanted lip service
Dear Carson: My wife and I recently had dinner with another couple in an upscale restaurant. The wife of the other man ordered fresh orange juice. It was so good that she ordered another, but the second glass of juice tasted like it came from concentrate. She asked the waiter to replace it with a fresh glass of juice. He argued with her, saying that the kitchen staff maintained that it was fresh and the chef came out from the kitchen and adamantly denied that the second glass of juice was from concentrate. It ended up being quite a scene and the four of us were embarrassed by the unpleasantness and will not return to that restaurant. What should we have done? - Orange Juice Objection

All in the family
Brent Spivey spent many happy days at his grandparents' house during his childhood.

Film on 1955 murder of Emmett Till to air on PBS
JACKSON, Miss. -- Two white men walked into a dark shack in rural Mississippi with flashlights, searching for a black teenager they claimed had flirted with one of their wives.

'Greek Wedding' to become TV series
LOS ANGELES -- The hit film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" will get a modern-day makeover when it's transformed into a television series, its star and creator, Nia Vardalos, said Monday.

Art gallery listings
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhl

'Chicago' and 'The Hours' win Golden Globe movie honors
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The sultry jazz musical "Chicago" won the Golden Globe for best musical-comedy Sunday while "The Hours" was honored as best film drama.

Home front
When you can't find your shoes under the pile on the closet floor, it's time to organize.

Oodles of noodles
TAIPEI, Taiwan - When chilly winter winds whip through Taipei, many Taiwanese like to slip into hard-to-find eateries to warm themselves up with steamy bowls of noodles - one of the specialties in this mecca for Chinese cuisine.

'The Simpsons' to become longest-running sitcom in TV history
NEW YORK -- Perpetual 10-year-old Bart, his clueless dad Homer and the rest of the Simpsons clan are about to go into TV history as stars of the longest-running sitcom ever.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
This week brings Martin Luther King Day and four outstanding programs on America's civil rights struggle:

Book recounts Bulge in personal detail
At the end of World War II's Battle of the Bulge, the 51st Engineer Combat Battalion withstood the onslaught of overwhelming German forces.

Folks getting in line for Futurity
Procrastinating riders beware: the 24th annual Augusta Futurity now has a waiting list.

Folks getting in line for Futurity

Jackets fall short on road
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- It's time for the rest of the Atlantic Coast Conference to take notice: Wake Forest's Josh Howard is among the best in the league.

Els in a thriller over a gutsy kid

Els in a thriller over a gutsy kid
HONOLULU -- In a thrilling battle that ended with an unlikely birdie, Ernie Els outlasted 21-year-old Aaron Baddeley in a playoff Sunday to win the Sony Open and become the first player in 14 years to win the first two PGA Tour events of the season.

England's Foster wins six-way playoff at Dunhill Championship

England's Foster wins six-way playoff at Dunhill Championship
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- England's Mark Foster made a 35-foot eagle putt on the second extra hole to win a six-man playoff at the Dunhill Championship on Sunday.

Hawks' Smith ready is for the big time

Prep basketball scores

Hawks' Smith ready is for the big time
Take a look at any recruiting list and scan the names of the blue-chippers.

Thrashers fall to Islanders
ATLANTA -- Alexei Yashin scored in consecutive games for the first time since mid-October and added a third-period assist Sunday, helping the New York Islanders beat Atlanta 4-1 and end the Thrashers' three-game winning streak.

From first to worst, Hartley takes over struggling Thrashers
ATLANTA -- When Bob Hartley decided to give up a nice, secure job at the windshield factory for the chance to coach hockey, his co-workers pleaded with him to reconsider.

Chill reveals man's never-ending quest
We're never satisfied, are we?

King's widow urges peace amid international tensions
ATLANTA -- The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow urged world leaders Monday to settle their differences peacefully and avoid a painful war.

Augustans thanked for their help

Bush's stimulus plan is appalling

Moral strength comes from religion

Augusta's common problem: mayor's poor leadership

The Republican goal is to destroy

Christianity growing as never before

Dreams that pro-life will come to be

Community should focus on events that draw families

Cigarette tax hike a beneficial idea

Bring back full-service gas stations

Hunt best candidate for sheriff

All in the family

Book recounts Bulge in personal detail

Film on 1955 murder of Emmett Till to air on PBS

'Greek Wedding' to become TV series

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

'Chicago' and 'The Hours' win Golden Globe movie honors

'The Simpsons' to become longest-running sitcom in TV history

Art gallery listings

Home front

Oodles of noodles

Wait staff gave unwanted lip service

ECHL notebook

Slapshots
Roanoke Express center Dylan Gyori has tallied 19 points in his past 11 games, and entered Saturday tied for sixth in the league in scoring.

Checkers drop Lynx in overtime
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Allan Egeland netted his first overtime goal of the year to lift the Charlotte Checkers past the Augusta Lynx, 3-2 at Cricket Arena on Saturday night.

ECHL notebook
For the big bosses of the East Coast Hockey League, there won't be much fun in the sun at this week's All-Star Game in Estero, Fla.

Checkers drop Lynx in overtime

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. -U.S. Sen. John Edwards needs to shore up support at home as he seeks the presidency, according to a new poll.

Couple turns in grandson in murder case
TIFTON, Ga. -- James and Linda Harrell each suffered the loss of a murdered parent when they were young.

Across South Carolina

Couple turns in grandson in murder case

South Carolina's roadways bursting at the seams
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's interstates cannot keep up with the growth in traffic, a national nonprofit group says in a new report.

King's widow urges peace amid international tensions

Passing go
AIKEN - His hair was slicked. His black leather jacket was nothing but serious. Jay Gill was at the Aiken County Public Library on Saturday to do business.

Father says son was good biker

Subscriber of the day

King family says blacks shouldn't wait for another leader

Georgia cities drop to record low temperatures
ATLANTA -- Chilly weather around Georgia was one for the books Saturday, as Augusta set a record low and several other cities came close.

News you can use

Parade's success leads to talk of Broad move
At Saturday's annual NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Day parade, drummers from local high school bands provided syncopated beats, symbolically honoring the man known as the Drum Major for Peace.

Perdue wants money to buy prison

County ends jail dispute
DARIEN, Ga. - The stalemate over the nearly year-old, but still unopened, McIntosh County jail ended this week when the County Commission authorized the hiring of 16 new detention officers and lifted a hiring freeze on six vacancies.

Georgia cities drop to record low temperatures

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina

Motorcycle wreck kills father, son

SRS levels old TNX buildings

FDA rejects protest based on 1999 law
Opponents of the military's anthrax vaccination program say soldiers should be allowed to refuse the shots under a post-gulf war law passed to prevent service members from being forced to take experimental drugs.

Morning chill sets new low

Payback time in House and Senate in first week of Legislature
ATLANTA -- Last year, state Rep. Larry Walker helped set House policy, had a hand in writing the $16 billion state budget and worked from a coveted Capitol office with built-in bookshelf for his law books and mementoes. After a failed bid for the speakership, he was stripped of it all.

Empty Stocking Fund ends with record-breaking total

S.C. sees high rate of foreclosures
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The soft economy and higher unemployment has many South Carolinians facing foreclosures on their homes.

Military medical debate rages on

Saving the Savannah

Across Georgia

Swelling controversy
Soldiers learn quickly to keep their mouths shut and do as they're told.

NAACP weighs in on sheriff's race

Morning chill sets new low
If it seemed chilly over the weekend, consider this: Jan. 18 hadn't been that cold in the Augusta area in at least 130 years.

African professors provide insight on King's life

Subscriber of the day
Sherry T. Barnes of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Plans for future use of facility uncertain

Across Georgia
MARIETTA -A Cobb County doctor has been convicted of stabbing his ex-wife to death and then wrapping her body in a blanket and stuffing it in the crawl space of his Mableton home.

Parents charged in shooting

Across Georgia

S.C. sees high rate of foreclosures

Across the southeast

Job takes man to great heights

Canal work could block path access

Perdue budget includes winners

Payback time in House and Senate in first week of Legislature

South Carolina's roadways bursting at the seams

News you can use
JAN. 20, 1968 A group of Augusta and Richmond County citizens will meet next week to review a proposal for total consolidation of the two local governments. At least three state legislators will be invited to attend.

Sharpton preaches for removal of Confederate flag

Perdue wants money to buy prison
LUMPKIN, Ga. -- Gov. Sonny Perdue included $40 million in bond money in his budget to buy and complete a 1,524-bed private prison near Lumpkin in west Georgia.

Homeless pack shelters

King family says blacks shouldn't wait for another leader
ATLANTA -- In the 34 years since Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, people have watched for a new leader to emerge who could carry the banner for political and social justice with as much influence among American blacks.

More rain on the way through spring

Homeless pack shelters
ATLANTA -- Homeless shelters in Atlanta overflowed this weekend as thousands of people sought food and refuge from freezing temperatures.

Subscriber of the day

More rain on the way through spring
GROVETOWN, Ga. -- As the four-year drought comes to a close, Georgia and South Carolina are looking forward to a year of rain and cool temperatures.

Military medical debate rages on
One by one, soldiers in green Army fatigues walked into a small room at a clinic in Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon on Friday.

School gets box of mystery money

Augusta's 319th rolls out of town for duty
Spc. Will Winston of Sylvania, Ga., kisses his wife, Renea, before leaving with the Army Reserve's 319th Transportation Company. On Sunday, the unit said goodbye to family and friends before leaving to prepare for a possible war with Iraq.

Saving the Savannah
Frank Carl remembers the 1970s as an era of bad hair, bad fashion and - in terms of pollution - bad water across much of the United States.

Perdue budget includes winners
ATLANTA - You'd think that in such a lean year, there wouldn't be the usual list of winners and losers in the $16.3 billion budget Gov. Sonny Perdue dropped on the General Assembly last week.

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday events
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION: 8 a.m. today, Carey Hill Resource Center, 85 Fox Terrace Drive, North Augusta; with Timothy Williams.

Rants and Raves
I THINK KIDS these days are starving for attention. They ride around with their music loud so everyone can see them. I find that so funny. I challenge you to keep it up. Shorten your attention span and your hearing span. There can be too much of a good thing.

News you can use

Job takes man to great heights
Chris Buchheit can tell you what it's like to hang in a chair from the side of a 10-story building in downtown Augusta and watch the sun rise above a Carolina horizon.

Motorcycle wreck kills father, son
An Augusta neighborhood was devastated Saturday night after a father and his 10-year-old son died in a motorcycle crash in the subdivision where they lived.

Father says son was good biker
One day after losing his son and grandson in a motorcycle crash, Lawrence Dicks Jr. remembered his son in many ways Sunday: "devoted father and loving son," Aiken Regional Hospital supervisor, church member and experienced motorcyclist.

Canal work could block path access
After years of planning, local leaders are ready for renovation work at the Augusta Canal headgates to begin.

Officials watch for virus signs
Georgia officials cannot predict whether the spread of the West Nile virus will be worse this year because of increased rainfall, but health care officials say now is a good time to take steps to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

News you can use
JAN. 19, 1967 COLUMBIA - Gov. Robert E. McNair called on South Carolinians on Wednesday to share in the responsibility of building an even greater state in the next four years.

Parents charged in shooting
Police charged two Augusta parents Sunday with reckless conduct in connection with the accidental shooting of their 2-year-old daughter.

NAACP weighs in on sheriff's race
The NAACP of South Carolina, an ally of the Democratic Party, announced this week a renewed charge for better treatment of minorities by law enforcement.

Blaze leaves apartment residents without home
A fire Sunday morning gutted eight apartments at the Brandywine Apartments, displacing 24 residents.

Across South Carolina
NORTH CHARLESTON -A traffic court case turned into a tussle Tuesday and left North Charleston police officers under investigation for brutality.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Derrielle Linebarger of Augusta.

Across the area
An Augusta man was charged with slicing a teenager with a box-cutter Friday, authorities said.

Across South Carolina
WEST COLUMBIA -Lexington County deputies are investigating the death of a 60-year-old man who was found in his home.

Boy, 6, wounds sister, 2, with father's gun
A 2-year-old Augusta girl was shot in the arm Saturday evening while her 6-year-old brother was playing with their father's shotgun, authorities said.

Across the area
An Augusta man was charged with public indecency after exposing himself to an employee at a Bi-Lo store on Gordon Highway, according to Richmond County authorities.

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday events

African professors provide insight on King's life
In the late 1950s and early '60s, a number of African countries made strides to gain their independence from European colonial rule.

Parade's success leads to talk of Broad move

Across Georgia
BANGKOK, Thailand -A fugitive millionaire accused of arranging his wife's slaying is expected to argue Wednesday that Irish citizenship prevents his extradition to the United States.

Passing go

Plans for future use of facility uncertain
CLEARWATER - Environmental Control Systems, which owns the now defunct Clearwater Finishing Plant, will mail updated cleanup plans for the contaminated site to the state today, CEO Neil Farfour said last week.

Swelling controversy

Across the southeast
BLAINE, Tenn. -Gertrude Janeway, the last widow of a Union veteran from the Civil War, has died in the three-room log cabin where she lived most of her life. She was 93.

FDA rejects protest based on 1999 law

Sharpton preaches for removal of Confederate flag
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Rev. Al Sharpton says he chose to spend his Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in South Carolina because the Confederate flag needs to be removed from Statehouse grounds.

County ends jail dispute

School gets box of mystery money
ATHENS, Ga. - Winterville Elementary School received an unexpected windfall this week when someone sent the school a box full of money - $1,000 in cash.

Empty Stocking Fund ends with record-breaking total
People reached deep into their pockets this past holiday season to give to The Augusta Chronicle's Empty Stocking Fund.

SRS levels old TNX buildings
AIKEN - At Savannah River Site, they're called "skyline changes."

Perfect season interrupted by interference
Golf season is officially under way and college basketball is entering the meat of its schedule, but there are just a few football notes to clean up before the Super Bowl closes the book on 2002-03.

Japan's Masuoka wins Dakar Rally again

Japan's Masuoka wins Dakar Rally again
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt -- Hiroshi Masuoka of Japan won the Dakar Rally for the second straight year, completing a grueling 18-day race that began in the French port of Marseille and ended Sunday at a Red Sea resort.

Replay isn't so instant at end of Pacers' victory

Replay isn't so instant at end of Pacers' victory
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NBA rule book says instant replay reviews must be conducted and processed in two minutes or fewer.

Jaguars post easy victories
The Augusta State women must wait 10 more days for the return of injured starting center Arijana Sijercic, but they've had no problems replacing her scoring output.

Huskies' accomplishment may be hard to beat
STORRS, Conn. -- They've beaten powerhouses and powderpuffs, won by the slimmest of margins and by more than 60.

There are no more unbeaten teams
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland's victory over top-ranked Duke ensured there wouldn't be an undefeated Division I team at the end of the season.

Lions lay claim to pair of wins
With the Paine women clinging to a two-point lead against No. 17 Fort Valley State and five minutes remaining, Lady Lions coach Selina Kohn called a timeout to settle her team down.

The Bucs battle their own history in Philadelphia

Buccaneers vs. Raiders: one for the high seas

Week before Super Bowl, San Diego hotels still have room

San Diego police to be tested at providing Super Bowl security

Matchups for AFC championship game

Raiders favored by 3 1/2 to 5 points in early odds

Eagles have "unfinished business" against the Bucs

Matchups for the NFC championship game

Bucs beat Eagles, advance to Super Bowl

Raiders get win over Titans

Brown seeks one more win to put Super Bowl on resume

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For most of her life, Amy Varnell had to deal with lung disease.

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Hunt best candidate for sheriff
In case you missed it, Lt. Mike Hunt of the Aiken Department of Public Safety formally announced on Jan. 9 that he would seek the office of Aiken County sheriff as a Republican candidate. This announcement took place within the Aiken County Council chambers located on Richland Avenue. Robert G. Gossett, Graniteville, S.C.

Augusta's common problem: mayor's poor leadership
Augusta Mayor Bob Young is quite fortunate to have The Augusta Chronicle and local TV stations as allies. Their political favoritism cloaks the mayor's four years of poor performance. Still, it's painfully apparent that Mr. Young lacks the experience, skill, aptitude and vision to take Augusta into the 21st century. Robert A. Daniels, Augusta

Bush's stimulus plan is appalling
I am appalled at President Bush's stimulus plan that he is trying to push Congress to pass, as the ball is already in the Republican park. Nancy McCarty, Hephzibah, Ga.

Working together
"The challenge that confronts all of us is to go forward this session with a workable set of rules and procedures that accommodates the political change that has taken place in this body. The people of Georgia will judge us not on the procedural roles we play in the Senate, but on how we perform as a body."

Pass ethics package
Gov. Sonny Perdue is to be commended for proposing a government ethics package that shows he's serious about turning Georgia from one of the nation's weakest states on ethics to one of the strongest.

Community should focus on events that draw families
The Augusta Chronicle published opinions against the entertainment district based on public-safety costs and the probability that some family-oriented businesses will leave. Priscilla Bence, Martinez, Ga.

Let's work on the mix
The most controversial comments Gov. Sonny Perdue made in proposing his $16.3 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 is he could not cut deeper and still guarantee that Georgia's human needs - education, health care, child care, economic development - could be met.

Bring back full-service gas stations
Regarding your Dec. 26 Metro article, "Full-serve here": Ever since we moved to North Augusta in 1955, our service station has been the Exxon on Georgia Avenue; it was called Templeton's back then, Cooper & Carpenter Exxon in 1976 and now it's Carpenter Exxon owned by Kenneth Carpenter. For nearly a year now, Carpenter's has been a godsend to me. Betty M. Timmerman, North Augusta, S.C.

Dreams that pro-life will come to be
Like slain civil-rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., I have a dream. Jim Irish, North Augusta, S.C.

The Republican goal is to destroy
Every day I see letters describing former President Bill Clinton in the most vile terms. President George W. Bush easily lends himself to just such name- calling. He might well be called whiskey-swilling, land-swindling, insider- trading, Vietnam avoider, AWOL reservist, election-stealing, foreign-policy novice and would-be emperor of the world. Vernon H. Johnson, Mesena, Ga.

Moral strength comes from religion
Your editorial of Jan. 5, "To our better selves," blames parents and scientists for the Raelians' possibly-cloned Eve, and especially for the weak response expressed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Joseph B. Harris, Washington, Ga.

Cigarette tax hike a beneficial idea
You argue in your editorial of Jan. 9, "S.C. Medicaid crisis," that New York's cigarette tax failed to discourage smoking. Can you provide us with evidence of this claim? The only statistics I could find on changes in smoking rates (not purchases) since the tax was imposed was an 18 percent decrease in smoking rates among eighth graders in New York and a 19 percent drop in 10th graders. Susan Kinney, Waynesboro, Ga.

A uniting legacy
As the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day today - he'd be 74 if he hadn't been tragically assassinated in 1968 - it's remarkable how his legacy has pulled this nation together.

Augustans thanked for their help
Thanks, Augusta! The community response to the robbery that took place at our thrift shop at Christmastime was nothing less than wonderful and inspiring. People came in off the streets and made cash donations, and other folks and local businesses showed up with truck/car loads of new toys to replace what was stolen. William H. Berry, Rick Tuchscherer Augusta

Christianity growing as never before
Christmas Day has come and gone, but the spirit of Christmas, which is the spirit of love, hope and grace, has not departed and will never leave this Earth. Connie Alexander Dabney, Augusta

Illegal doesn't work
A lifeboat can take on only so many passengers.

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Hewitt is taking care of business Down Under

Area sports announcements

Squatters' rights

Australian Open notebook

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Navratilova lauds power game of Williams sisters

Hewitt is taking care of business Down Under
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Lleyton Hewitt is at the Australian Open on business, and he says it's only half completed.

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Infielder Jose Hernandez and reliever Steve Reed have reached agreements in principle with the Colorado Rockies on one-year contracts.

Squatters' rights
John Goethe successfully squatted 475 pounds Saturday during the Augusta Open Drug-Free Powerlifting Championships at Python Gym.

Australian Open notebook
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Croatia's Mario Ancic has a little bit of Goran Ivanisevic in him.

Area sports announcements
Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
Portland Trail Blazers forward Rasheed Wallace was suspended Saturday for seven games without pay for confronting and threatening a referee outside the Rose Garden in Portland.

Navratilova lauds power game of Williams sisters
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Once the fittest and strongest player in women's tennis, Martina Navratilova found the power of the Williams sisters too much to handle at the Australian Open.

Never too many deer, according to officials
It was a tall tale worthy of Mark Twain.

Never too many deer, according to officials

Scouting out squirrels
Herschel Coxwell isn't crazy, but his friends might think so.

Scouting out squirrels

Prep basketball scores
Scores from area games

Bucs beat Eagles, advance to Super Bowl
PHILADELPHIA -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can forget about the cold.

Brown seeks one more win to put Super Bowl on resume
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rarely hurt, always effective, Tim Brown is the consummate NFL professional.

Buccaneers vs. Raiders: one for the high seas
SAN DIEGO -- A Super Bowl of the high seas: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. the Oakland Raiders.

Matchups for the NFC championship game
PHILADELPHIA -- How the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles match up in the NFC championship game:

Week before Super Bowl, San Diego hotels still have room
SAN DIEGO -- A week before Super Sunday, hotel reservations are down 15-to-25 percent from the last time this city hosted the NFL's championship game, prompting a drop in rates.

Eagles have "unfinished business" against the Bucs
PHILADELPHIA -- Fifty-two yards. The Philadelphia Eagles were just over a half-field away from reaching the Super Bowl last season, before falling short in a 29-24 loss to the St. Louis Rams in the NFC championship game.

San Diego police to be tested at providing Super Bowl security
SAN DIEGO -- Local police face a much tougher task on Super Bowl Sunday than they did the last time San Diego hosted the NFL's biggest game.

Raiders favored by 3 1/2 to 5 points in early odds
LAS VEGAS -- Oddsmakers like the Oakland Raiders in the Super Bowl just about as much as bettors do.

The Bucs battle their own history in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- Jon Gruden doesn't want to hear about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' pathetic history in Philadelphia or their cold-weather failures.

Matchups for AFC championship game
OAKLAND, Calif. -- How the Tennessee Titans and the Oakland Raiders match up in the AFC championship game:

Raiders get win over Titans
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tinged with a touch of gray, the Silver and Black are back in the Super Bowl.

Perfect season interrupted by interference

Blood-zapper tries to trick body into fighting heart failure
WASHINGTON -- Draw a vial of blood from someone with advanced heart failure. Zap the blood with heat and other stresses, then inject it back in hopes the altered blood cells will trick the patient's immune system into fighting the heart-destroying disease.

Should I trust what I read online?
Q. Should I trust what I read online?

Scientists invent new ways to fight infection
ST. LOUIS -- Most folks wouldn't last long without telephones, traffic lights and television, not to mention plain old talk. Communication is vital to just about everything we do.

These cell phones double as a camera
Camera and imaging technology are moving fast - very fast. Affordable digital cameras, for example, have only been around for a few years, yet today we have 4-megapixel digital cameras that take photo-quality pictures. Imaging technology is moving at lightning speed, too. Anyone with a computer and a digital camera can send pictures as e-mail attachments to anyone on the planet with access to the Internet - in a matter of seconds.

Lady Bulldogs top South Carolina

Lady Bulldogs top South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Christi Thomas thought no one could stop her. And that usually means that no one's stopping Georgia.

Georgia pulls upset over South Carolina

Dogs feast on Razorbacks for road win
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - There's a new meaning to "40 minutes of hell."

Georgia pulls upset over South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Buoyed by a poised effort from Alexis Kendrick and a double-double from Christi Thomas, the Georgia women's basketball team defeated No. 14 South Carolina 67-59 to earn its biggest win of the season and hand the Gamecocks their first loss at the new Carolina Center.

Gamecocks let good chance slip away against Florida

Gamecocks' best shot still not enough

Gamecocks let good chance slip away against Florida
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Dave Odom could sense this Saturday was something special.

Gamecocks' best shot still not enough
COLUMBIA - Dave Odom finally heard jubilation in his locker room Saturday night. Problem was, it was only halftime.

Initiative pokes fun at Washington's 'initiative guru'

Odds and Ends

Scientists invent new ways to fight infection

Should I trust what I read online?

Blood-zapper tries to trick body into fighting heart failure