Evans catcher Michael Armstrong wasn't nervous or anything.
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Coming off a five-goal win against the No. 10 team in Class AA last week, Barnwell soccer coach Arvie Bennett expects the Warhorses to play like an upper-echelon squad.

Evans gets past rival in eighth
CINCINNATI -- Pete Rose turned down an invitation to be Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken's guest when the Reds open their new stadium next week.

Barnwell bests Silver Bluff, 3-1
ALBANY, Ga. -- The South Atlantic League has voted to allow the South Georgia Waves to move from Albany to Columbus in time for the upcoming 2003 season.

Have a problem? Don't complain - patch it up!
LAKELAND, Fla. - The sympathetic looks and pats on the back Jason Marquis received Tuesday morning were in direct proportion to the number of runs he gave up Monday night.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Mike Hampton has grown weary of talking about his two seasons with the Colorado Rockies, where the two-time All-Star's career was derailed by the thin air of Coors Field.

Byrd fares well in latest outing
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- With his command of the strike zone and the movement on his pitches, rookie lefty Horacio Ramirez is a perfect fit for the Atlanta Braves.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Longtime announcers Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren won't be part of TBS' coverage of the Atlanta Braves at the start of the season as the cable network tries to lure more viewers.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Although Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox has not made it official yet, his roster is virtually set.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - It has not been a spring of many smiles for Atlanta Braves pitcher Paul Byrd, but after pitching two innings Monday against a minor league squad, he offered a satisfied grin.

Marquis' disaster could force him into bullpen

Few questions linger as season approaches
If activity along Eighth Street is any indication, commercial interest in downtown has yet to flatten out.
NEW YORK -- Investors counting on a quick market recovery once a military conflict with Iraq began got a sobering lesson this week: This isn't the 1991 Gulf War.
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence declined for a fourth consecutive month in March, dragged down by worries about the economy and tensions in Iraq, a private research group said Tuesday.
WASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned homes fell 4.3 percent in February as bad weather kept house hunters indoors. But even with the decline, sales posted their fourth best month on record.
NEW YORK - Pfizer Inc. said Tuesday it expects to close its $54 billion acquisition of Pharmacia Corp. next month, now that the Federal Trade Commission has approved a compromise plan, allaying antitrust concerns.
NEW YORK -- Wall Street moved moderately higher Tuesday as President Bush's prediction that U.S.-led forces will prevail in Iraq prompted investors to pick up bargains following Monday's steep decline.
Like suitors preparing for a first date, Augusta Showcase organizers are putting final details together for companies visiting during Masters Week.
American flags and yellow ribbons are selling well in the Augusta area, several stores said Tuesday, as the war in Iraq continues.
NEW YORK -- War euphoria wore off on Wall Street Monday as investors realized that Operation Iraqi Freedom might not be so quick after all. The Dow Jones industrials gave back more than 300 points after its best week in two decades.
LONDON -- Oil prices surged Monday on market fears the Iraq war might take longer than some anticipated and because ethnic unrest was disrupting supplies from Nigeria.
Guests dive into the plates of sample sandwiches at the grand opening of a Boar's Head deli at Smoak's Bakery on Walton Way. The deli will offer a variety of Boar's Head meats and cheeses.
WASHINGTON - CSX Corp. paid Chief Executive John Snow a lump sum of $60.8 million when he resigned last month to become U.S. Treasury secretary, according to a regulatory filing Monday.
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State associate head coach Sean Sutton has interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at Clemson.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Joe Theismann was headed to North Carolina State before he changed his mind and chose Notre Dame.

A real red flag
Despite opposition from the business and tourist industries across the state, legislation on Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposal for a referendum on the Georgia state flag is being discussed in the House this week.
You've heard it before and you'll hear it again. Peacenik protesters, leftist celebrities and various other war foes - including 11 members of the U.S. House - who say they "support the troops but not the president or his policy."

What is real

The other shoe

Unpatriotic protests
The sight of a newly liberated Iraqi pounding an oversized poster of Saddam Hussein with his shoe was priceless.
Documentary maker Michael Moore, so cocksure he has the market cornered on morality, also seems to think he's got the surest grip on reality.
This is an important day for Aiken County. Voters begin electing a new sheriff. Our choice in the primaries is interim GOP Sheriff Jody Rowland. He has way more education and experience than the others. But whether Aiken Countians agree or not, they should make time to cast an informed ballot for their choice.

Vote for sheriff
ATHENS, Greece -- Greek filmmakers, including award-winning director Theo Angelopoulos, are calling for a boycott of American movies to protest the war in Iraq.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Opera announced it would cut more than $5 million - much of it from programming and production - in a continuing effort to shrink its operating costs.
WASHINGTON -- More than 2 million people have used free tax preparation services offered through the Internal Revenue Service this tax season, surpassing the agency's goal for the program's first year.
The recipe for this refreshingly piquant fresh fruit salsa can deliver a variety of flavor combinations depending on the fruit used - you can adjust the ingredients to your taste, or to what fruit is available.
ATLANTA -- Dustin Phillips' two-run homer capped a ninth inning rally that gave Georgia State a 7-5 victory over Georgia Southern on Tuesday.
IOWA CITY, Iowa - There's not much time for Georgia Tech to savor its most dramatic victory of the season.
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Nothing comes easy on the road for Georgia Tech, not this season.

Jackets hang on for win

Jackets hit road quickly
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Take away that tee shot Tiger Woods hooked into the tennis courts at Riviera and he might be 4-for-4 since his return to the PGA Tour.
Augusta's John Engler survived a horrific automobile accident Sunday afternoon that killed two people and left him hospitalized.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods reached the century mark at the Bay Hill Invitational by making the cut for the 100th consecutive time on the PGA Tour.
NEW YORK -- Martha Burk plans to expand her campaign against Augusta National and CBS by contending that televising the event from an all-male golf club "is an insult to the nearly quarter million women in the U.S. armed forces."
Oliver Wilson walked quietly down the 16th fairway at Forest Heights Country Club on Sunday with his eyes focused on the grass below.

Augusta State looks to regain focus
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Ernie Els withdrew from The Players Championship on Tuesday after injuring his right wrist two weeks ago while working out with a punching bag at his home in London.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The Players Championship has all the trappings of a major. The trick is getting everyone to consider it one.
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is confronting the costs of the Iraq war in lives and dollars, grieving for lost civilians and soldiers while telling lawmakers it will cost at least $70 billion to fight Baghdad.
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- U.S.-led coalition forces are making "rapid and in some cases dramatic" progress in Iraq but also have met sporadic resistance, U.S. commander Gen. Tommy Franks said Monday.
LONDON -- A British soldier was killed in combat in southern Iraq on Monday, the first British combat death since the war began, the Ministry of Defense said.
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- When Sgt. Asan Akbar was taken into custody on suspicion of killing a fellow serviceman with a grenade, an Army spokesman said he may have acted out of resentment. But where such bitterness may have come from remains a mystery.
NEW ORLEANS -- An Army sergeant suspected of a deadly grenade attack in Kuwait gave no hint of any problem with the military, though he once complained about difficulties blacks had in attaining rank, family members said.
Aiming for Saddam Hussein's seat of power, U.S.-led warplanes and helicopters attacked Republican Guard units defending Baghdad on Monday while ground troops advanced to within 50 miles of the Iraqi capital. President Bush put a $75 billion price tag on a down payment for the war.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. aircraft have dropped more than 2,000 precision-guided bombs on Iraq since the war's start, a feat possible in part because the "smart" bombs now are produced for a relatively cheap $20,000 each.
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- In a friendly fire incident, an American F-16 fired on a U.S. Patriot missile battery in Iraq after the battery's radar locked on the jet, the U.S. Central Command said Tuesday. No U.S. casualties were reported.
NEAR KARBALA, Iraq -- The Army's 3rd Infantry Division dashed north Monday toward the Shiite holy city of Karbala, only 50 miles south of Baghdad, but was stalled by a sandstorm that blew out of the desert.
British troops battled die-hard Iraqi defenders of Basra on Tuesday as warnings mounted of a humanitarian crisis for the city's 1.3 million residents. Blinding sandstorms plagued the American-led advance on Baghdad.
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq claimed Monday that it shot down two Apache helicopters and was holding the pilots prisoner. U.S. Gen. Tommy Franks said two pilots were missing in action.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia has contacted the United States and Iraq with a peace proposal, the kingdom's foreign minister told reporters Tuesday. He said he was still awaiting a response.
BOSTON -- The manufacturer of the Tomahawk cruise missiles that have pounded Iraq for a week plans to replenish the U.S. Navy's arsenal with upgraded versions of the low-flying, laser-guided rockets.
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- With U.S.-led forces closing in on Baghdad, a composed Saddam Hussein tried to rally his people and his troops with a stirring address Monday in which he vowed that allied forces would be crushed and "victory will be ours soon."
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Baghdad was digging in deeper Tuesday - literally.
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- Saddam Hussein is using guerrilla tactics to snarl the coalition advance, putting elite fighters in civilian clothes, duping U.S. troops with fake surrenders and employing human shields, U.S. and British officials say.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. helicopters have begun attacking Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard forces arrayed around Baghdad, a Pentagon official said Monday.
DERBY, Kan. -- The half brother of a Kansas soldier held captive in Iraq said he wants the United States to finish the war "as fast as possible" so his brother can come home.
CAMP AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar -- In an about-face, British forces said Tuesday they had decided to move against militia fighters who blocked them from securing the southern Iraqi city of Basra - even as Iraqi forces in the area allegedly began using civilians as human shields.
Playing host to out-of-town Masters guests or just looking for an easy, elegant entree? How about serving delicious roasted pork tenderloin with a peachy glaze?
We dismiss a temporary solution as a Band-Aid approach, but, more and more it appears, that's the way we're going with "patch" medications.
A longtime Augusta banker was named Tuesday to head community efforts to protect Fort Gordon from closure in 2005.
So now the legislators in Atlanta want to change the name of yet another of our Augusta roadways, River Watch Parkway, to honor one of their fellow politicians. Mike Padgett Highway and Doug Barnard Parkway were crammed down our throats in total disregard of the protests of us - the people who actually live in the area. Enough!
Historically, Americans are very proud of their individual freedom and the First Amendment guarantee of free speech. Tolerance and inclusion of all races, nationalities, religions, political affiliations and philosophies are what makes this country great. So what has happened during the last few weeks?
It is very important at this time for me to reiterate what several well-informed individuals have recently stated in reference to their direct knowledge of state Sen. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta.
As a Georgia taxpayer I resent Gov. Sonny Perdue's plan to balance the state budget on the people who can least afford it - the poor. As the majority of smokers are in the middle- and lower-income brackets, this tax plan will be paid for by them.
As a retired medical oncologist from the Medical College of Georgia and University Hospital, I want to support the tobacco user-fees increase proposed by Gov. Sonny Perdue (House Bill 379). Leonard H. Brubaker, M.D., Augusta
The protests to be held in Augusta over the Masters weekend should be stopped. An all-male organization has every right to remain that way. And the guests who plan to attend this event should in no way be unconvinced to visit this event. They are paying a dear price already, especially the ones from out of town. Fred Frantum, Aiken, S.C.
Shame on Martha Burk. Women everywhere should be incensed and offended.
Recently the Augusta Symphony, together with the Augusta Choral Society, presented two performances of Verdi's Requiem. They, together with their sponsors, gave the Central Savannah River Area a musical experience of the first magnitude. Vernon Johnson, Mesena, Ga.
In the March 15 Chronicle, there was an article ("Canal boat takes shape," Metro) regarding the building of two canal boats to be used in the Augusta Canal. These are replicas of old boats once used on the canal, which will offer rides beginning this year.
I agree with Janice McNair's March 17 letter, "Underpowered NOAA weather radio system needs updating." She addressed the miserable state our National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration alert system is in. Mrs. A. E. Waters, Hephzibah, Ga.
Upon hearing of the death of Fred Rogers (host of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood), my thoughts turned to someone closer to our area who recently passed away and shared many of the wonderful characteristics as those of Mr. Rogers.
North Augusta City Council elections are approaching; on April 29 your vote will count. I want to address an issue in the world of politics. Lettye L. Smith, North Augusta, S.C.
Bravo for your March 10 editorial on the library, "We deserve better."
After watching the Georgia Department of Transportation blundering on I-20 for the past several years, I realized that the situation was not as comical as I first thought. John Sullivent, Harlem, Ga.
The government is not the same as the people - unfortunately, very seldom. The United States is my adopted country and though I have done many very smart things in my life, the smartest was to get here. I love this country and its wonderful people. Dr. Bela Vitez, Aiken, S.C.

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Working moms and dads who struggle to put a hot meal on the table each night can find new help in their grocery meat case - Kraft's Fresh Prep dinner kits.
The nose begins with pear and spice aromas that lead into peach and oakey notes with a touch of vanilla. The finish is short but crisp.
NEW YORK - Her bullet-deflecting bracelets are gone, her golden tiara has disappeared and her long, flowing locks have been shorn.
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, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.
Of the 122 entries received for this year's Augusta Chronicle Oscar contest, six entrants tied entertainment writer Steven Uhles with four of six categories correct and two, Richard Menger of Augusta and Angela Meyers of Augusta, beat him with five out of six.
What's in your purse? What about your wallet?
Should the Augusta Lynx reach the East Coast Hockey League playoffs, players and coaches stand to reap the rewards.

Lynx make push for playoff position

Center makes way back to Augusta via Macon
Luke Murphy has been in this situation before.

Lynx Gamenight
For five seasons, the Pee Dee Pride have had their number.

Team gets new five-year deal
The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority voted Tuesday to renew a five-year contract with the Augusta Lynx.
Pee Dee Pride at Augusta Lynx, Tuesday 7:05 p.m.
Augusta Lynx defenseman Chris Gustafson answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Pressure builds as Lynx lose

Masters event permits OK'd by committee
THESE DEMONSTRATORS against President Bush and our coalition should be treated as traitors. When war is over, demonstration is fine. But during a time of war, we must stick together.

Fort says Akbar trained at post

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A rant for all you smokers: If you all would stay home, we wouldn't have to ban the smokers from smoking in restaurants.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Some South Carolina police departments are scrambling to keep up with the loss of officers called to duty by the National Guard and military services as the war on Iraq escalates.
ATLANTA -Lawyers for the city of Winder argued Tuesday that the Georgia Supreme Court would hurt police if it does not reject a lawsuit filed by the family of a 14-year-old girl who was killed while fleeing officers.
March 26, 1943 A lone bandit armed with a "shiny" revolver staged a daylight robbery at the Bell Finance Co. office, second floor of the Lamar Building, shortly before 6 o'clock yesterday and walked out with about $488, police say.
Henry Frischknecht points to three black, golf ball-size circles on Augusta State University's Arsenal Oak.

Across the area

Lack of funds delay I-20 work
ATLANTA -- After calling for mandatory meningitis shots for college students, Georgia lawmakers are backing off and saying only that students should be warned of the risks of not getting a vaccine.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The U.S. Department of Defense is facing a new threat: drowning in donations.

Man set for execution maintains innocence
JACKSON, Ga. -- Larry Eugene Moon was executed Tuesday for the 1984 murder and robbery of a man who was buying aspirin for his wife at a convenience store.


Center makes way back to Augusta via Macon

Stolen shopping carts litter city
AIKEN - The Energy Department has plucked the word "acting" from Jeffrey Allison's title.

Across Georgia
A divided Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority voted Tuesday to hire a management company to run the civic center complex.
INSURANCE Q & A QUESTION: What amount of homeowners insurance coverage should I buy for my home? How much is enough?
An Atlanta consultant released its controversial choice Tuesday night for a connector route between Whiskey and Silver Bluff roads, an issue that attracted dozens of people even though the road's construction is years off.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When former Gov. Carroll Campbell asked Fred Carter to join his staff in 1987, he wasn't sure he wanted to leave a comfortable job as head of the political science department at the College of Charleston.
ATLANTA -- The Senate unanimously passed a bill Monday that would stiffen penalties for the sale or possession of methamphetamines.
ATLANTA -- Some military reservists and National Guard members would get a tax break on military income under a bill passed by the Georgia House Tuesday.
A Salley woman and her live-in boyfriend pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony animal cruelty charges and were given prison sentences by Circuit Judge James C. Williams.
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue called reporters into his office Tuesday to argue again for a tobacco tax increase to balance the budget, making the same arguments he's repeated since he took office - it's the only way to overcome a revenue shortfall, and it will deter smoking to boot.
An employee of Fazoli's Italian Restaurant was arrested Tuesday, accused of attacking a manager at the business on Washington Road.

Legislature OKs budget

Wound-infliction debate opens trial
A longtime Augusta banker was named Tuesday to head community efforts to protect Fort Gordon from closure in 2005.

Valve failure raises safety board issues
A troubled Augusta mental health center could lose $2 million by the end of June, but it is expected to be able to serve its clients, officials said Tuesday night.

Bar owners fail to sway vote for later hours
ATLANTA -- Lawyers for the city of Winder argued Tuesday that the Georgia Supreme Court would hurt police if it does not reject a lawsuit filed by the family of a 14-year-old girl who was killed while fleeing officers.

Teacher transfers protested

Across South Carolina
ATLANTA -- Think it's settled that Georgia will have a statewide vote on its flag? Not if some lawmakers get their way.

Banker chosen to protect post
ATLANTA -- An emotional debate over mandatory waiting periods for abortions hit the Georgia House on Tuesday, but the pleas did not sway a top Democrat blocking the bill.
Today's subscriber of the day is Billy Williams of Martinez.

SRS security finds body in river
THIS IS A rant for all you smokers: If you all would stay home, we wouldn't have to ban the smokers from smoking in restaurants.

Some students at A.R. Johnson Health, Science and Engineering High School say they plan to protest the proposed transfer of several of the schools' teachers.

Across the area
CAMP VIPER, Iraq - The sandstorm started at about 9 a.m. Tuesday and refused to let up.

Employee is arrested in attack on his boss

Race pulls in former sheriff

News you can use
Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Jeff Johnson knew something looked out of place - and it wasn't just the driver's youthful face.

Police find 12-year-old driving stolen car
AIKEN - Riding an apparent wave of voter discontent with the status quo, Aiken Department of Public Safety Lt. Mike Hunt delivered a crushing defeat to interim Aiken County Sheriff Jody Rowland on Tuesday night in the hotly contested special Republican primary for the county's top law enforcement post.
AIKEN - A body was found Tuesday afternoon in the Savannah River within the boundaries of Savannah River Site in Barnwell County.
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court threw out a death sentence Monday against Gary Chad Thomason, a burglar convicted of killing a Rome businessman.
Luke Murphy has been in this situation before.
ATLANTA -- A move to tighten protection against identity theft moved ahead Monday when a Georgia House committee voted to require merchants to partially remove credit card numbers from receipts.

Residents vary about arena
ATLANTA - The Georgia House approved a measure Monday that would rename Augusta's River Watch Parkway after the lawmaker credited with getting the money to build it.
ATLANTA -The Georgia Supreme Court threw out a death sentence Monday against Gary Chad Thomason, a burglar convicted of killing a Rome businessman.
Today's subscriber of the day is Russell Blodgett of Martinez.
An Army sergeant suspected of throwing grenades that killed one soldier and wounded 15 others in Kuwait received some training at Fort Gordon, a post spokeswoman said.
LOS ANGELES -- A South Carolina man entered surprise guilty pleas Monday to the 1957 killings of two California police officers and tearfully apologized.
Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams is cracking down on shopping cart thefts.
ATLANTA -- Larry Eugene Moon's attorneys say the state will be killing an innocent man if they go ahead with his execution by injection Tuesday.

Coliseum panel hires manager for civic center
An article in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicleabout the membership controversy at the Augusta National Golf Club should have reported that the Georgia Chamber of Commerce pays for 80 admission badges it uses to take industrial prospects to the Masters Tournament.
Tyrone Butler, the executive director of the Augusta Mini-Theater, says budget cuts approved Monday by the General Assembly likely are just the beginning.
ATLANTA -- The Legislature passed and sent to the governor Monday a midyear budget that uses reserves and heavy spending cuts to offset a $620 million shortfall and does not need new taxes to fund.
This Masters Week, protesters won't be the only ones hitting the pavement outside Augusta National Golf Club.
Ron Cross was a little surprised by the show of hands: More than a dozen of the 50 or so people at Monday night's town hall meeting said they would support Columbia County's helping to pay for a new arena in Augusta.
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court upheld a law Monday that freezes property taxes for longtime homeowners.
CAMP VIPER, Iraq - With truck tires and helicopter blades kicking up sand, Camp Viper is seemingly in a never-ending dust storm.
U.S. Rep. Max Burns said it will take a major effort to protect Fort Gordon from the next round of military base closings.
CONWAY -Prosecutors across the state pushed Monday for passage of a law they said would level the playing field in criminal cases.
AIKEN - Aiken County school officials are facing the hard truth of being forced to operate with $12 million less than expected for the next school year, almost twice as much they thought they were going to lose a month ago.
Fort Gordon's contributions are "very compelling" in the face of 2005 base closures, the head of all Army training programs and classes said Monday.
AIKEN - A safety board review says the failure of a piece of equipment this month at Savannah River Site is cause for concern.
Columbia and Richmond County motorists can thank a lack of state funding for a delay of yet another Interstate 20 construction project, which had been set to begin as early as this summer.
AIKEN - There's an unannounced, absentee candidate in today's special primary for Aiken County sheriff - the former sheriff, Howard Sellers.
An article in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about North Augusta High School's baseball game against White Knoll contained incorrect information. Outfielder Madison Cochran did not commit an error.
The trial of an Augusta man charged with fatally stabbing his live-in girlfriend began Monday with a dispute over who inflicted the wound.
NORTH AUGUSTA - A popular restaurant known for its country cooking was apparently torched by burglars during the weekend, forcing it to close for at least three weeks, officials said.
ATLANTA - The General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a midyear budget Monday that relies on leftover revenues, reserve funds and spending cuts to avoid raising taxes.

Connector plan draws big crowd
One bad apple has spoiled the fun for a bunch of late night bars and restaurants in Aiken.

Rants and Raves
THESE DEMONSTRATORS against President Bush and our coalition should be treated as traitors. When war is over, demonstration is fine. But during a time of war, we must stick together.

Leaders talk of possible deficit

House approves naming measure

Hunt, Butler will meet at polls

Reduced funding to affect theater

Across Georgia and South Carolina
When a soldier leaves for war, family members aren't the only ones left behind. So are the soldier's co-workers.
ATLANTA -- In a move to bypass opposition from House Democrats, the Senate Education Committee unanimously voted in favor of Gov. Sonny Perdue's education package Tuesday, which gives local school systems more control over funding, curriculum and class size.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Greg Norman was resigned to an April without Augusta.
LOS ANGELES -- Steve Martin and Queen Latifah are turning into squatters at the top of the box office.
LOS ANGELES -- Steve Martin and Queen Latifah are turning into squatters at the top of the box office.
LOS ANGELES - Now that Chicago has been crowned with the best-picture Oscar and continues to draw droves to theaters, Hollywood stars and producers say they're eager to revive the long-dormant musical.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR suspended Trucks Series crew chief John Monsam for two months and fined him $1,500 Tuesday for using an illegal spring at Mesa Marin Raceway.
Close games, upsets, and new faces. The opening two rounds of the NCAA tournament gave fans everything they could want.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Two weeks ago, the Auburn Tigers didn't know whether they would be invited to the NCAA tournament, let alone headed to the Sweet 16.
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The opponent will be better and the setting more hostile when Notre Dame seeks its second straight upset in the NCAA women's basketball tournament.
MILWAUKEE -- Every time Travis Diener sinks a 3-pointer or slings an assist, his thoughts are half a world away.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Rick Barnes will be the only coach at the Alamodome this weekend who hasn't won a national championship.
For all the profits and fun of the men's NCAA basketball tournament, too many players wind up with nothing more than memories.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A day after his team was wiped out of the NCAA tournament, Florida coach Billy Donovan urged his critics to look at the big picture - or at least his interpretation of it.
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- A handful of teams recruited Keith Langford out of high school in Fort Worth, Texas.
The second round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament brought a number of upsets and another game-winning shot by Amber Jacobs.
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- When Kansans are asked to compare their proud basketball program with Duke's, the truth hurts.
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Mrs. Mary Woods-Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)



Barnwell bests Silver Bluff, 3-1
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- At Jennifer Capriati's request, the 1999 Outkast song "Bombs Over Baghdad" was played on the stadium public-address system before her most recent match at the Nasdaq-100 Open.
The infant son of Tampa Bay receiver Joe Jurevicius has died nearly 10 weeks after being born prematurely during the Buccaneers' run to the Super Bowl.
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Coming off a five-goal win against the No. 10 team in Class AA last week, Barnwell soccer coach Arvie Bennett expects the Warhorses to play like an upper-echelon squad.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Lindsay Davenport strained her right hamstring and quit during her fourth-round match Monday against qualifier Marion Bartoli at the Nasdaq-100 Open.
Bode Miller settled for silver in the giant slalom at the U.S. Alpine Championships on Monday in Lake Placid, N.Y., beaten by his friend and roommate Erik Schlopy.
DALLAS -- Earl Carson wanted his high school basketball team to play better defense, and he had an idea: Every time a player drew a charge he would pay him a dollar.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Free agents Tod McBride and Twan Russell signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday.

There's hope for Norman yet
WASHINGTON -- NASA should re-examine the way it certifies space shuttles as safe to launch because of increasing problems discovered last year that can be blamed on the shuttle fleet's age, the agency's safety panel said Tuesday.
SINGAPORE -- Singapore's government on Monday ordered about 740 people who may have been exposed to victims of a mysterious flu-like illness to stay home for 10 days in a bid to contain the disease.
PASADENA, Calif. -- A new space telescope to be launched in mid-April should open another window on the universe, pulling into focus objects too cold, distant or clouded by dust for other observatories to see, NASA said Tuesday.
ATLANTA -- U.S. and international health officials now believe a flu-like illness from Asia that has sickened hundreds of people may actually be a new, virulent version of an old enemy: the common cold virus.
For years, console fans have been waiting for the ultimate combat flight simulator.
I recently returned from the 2003 Photo Marketing Association International convention in Las Vegas. This, the largest photo show in North America, is a showcase for new photographic hardware and software.
PDF files are the common currency of the computer age. They incorporate all elements of a document and allow it to be viewed across different computers.

As war plays out on television, viewers weigh how much to watch
Dramatic images of the war in Iraq have left people across the country struggling to decide when to watch TV and when to turn it off.
ATHENS, Ga. - Former University of Georgia quarterback John Rauch, who set a record for most career college passing yards, was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday.
ATHENS, Ga. - Alexis Kendrick was in her element.
ALBANY, Ga. -- Georgia basketball recruit and former Dougherty High School star Alexander Johnson said he took the SAT test in December and knows nothing about an allegation that someone else was asked to take the test for him.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Kelly Mazzante scored 27 points to lead fourth-seeded Penn State to a 77-67 victory over fifth-seeded South Carolina in the Mideast Regional on Tuesday.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Jocelyn Penn and Kelly Mazzante probably won't guard each other when fifth-seed South Carolina faces fourth-seed Penn State in the Mideast Regional's second round.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina starter Aaron Rawl is out indefinitely with a broken finger on his right hand, team officials said.
ORLANDO, Fla. - How's this for an odd couple for the ages:
Prom is the night that you're supposed to remember forever.
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My best friend does everything that her boyfriend says, and she's only 14. He makes her take posters off her wall because he doesn't like them, and he says that she's disrespecting him. What should I do? - 15-year-old Augusta girl.
Associated PressWeekly 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:

Weigh AP class decision carefully
Josh McKee, 19, is a senior at Harlem High School.
Pressured to love. When someone first hears this, they probably pass it off as an unintelligent remark. But maybe it's not that stupid.
Q: Do you smoke?
It's the time of your life, so why not share it with us? We're looking for your prom snapshots, those photos you will cherish forever.
Visit a virtual island that's designed specifically with young people in mind - CyberIsle. Developed by teens for teens, the Web site contains tons of health resources on topics as varied as menstruation, HIV and drug use.
New on video and DVD: Maid in Manhattan, starring Jennifer Lopez (right) as a hotel maid who poses as a socialite; director Brian DePalma's Femme Fatale, with Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as a jewel thief on the run from her former partners; and Ice Cube's Friday After Next, the third installment in the Friday series.

Jennifer Taylor, 14, a freshman at T.W. Josey High School.
It's pre-registration time and many students are considering which classes to take. One dilemma is whether to take an advanced placement class.

Images of teenage love lurk in media, family

Bullied girl will need friend

Mystery illness appears to be caused by common cold virus


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