Bush adviser Karen Hughes launches favorable memoir
AUSTIN, Texas -- Presidential adviser Karen Hughes kicked off a six-week national book tour Sunday with unblinking support for President Bush and the war in Iraq.

Bush adviser Karen Hughes launches favorable memoir

Cardinals edge out Mets

Expos tie Marlins in 10 innings
JUPITER, Fla. -- Florida's Mike Lowell was hit by a pitch twice Tuesday, clearing benches, leading to manager Jack McKeon's ejection and sparking memories of last year when the All-Star third baseman missed four weeks with a broken hand.

Yankees expect, and get, best
TAMPA, Fla. - Kenny Lofton was eight outs away from a World Series title with the Giants in 2002. His Cleveland Indians made it to Game 6 of the Fall Classic in 1995.

From 7,000 miles away, ESPN announcers call MLB season opener
When the first pitch of the 2004 baseball season is thrown, ESPN's announcers will be thousands of miles away.

Yanks' Williams makes spring debut in outfield

Cardinals edge out Mets
JUPITER, Fla. -- So Taguchi took a huge step toward securing a roster spot with the St. Louis Cardinals, going 4-for-4 Monday in a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets.

Yankees stunned in opener
TOKYO - Fans in the Tokyo Dome seemed surprised. The ones back in New York must have been shocked.

Twins thrash Blue Jays
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Pat Hentgen looked little like a Cy Young Award winner Monday.

Pirates edge out Phillies
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Jose Castillo gave the Pittsburgh Pirates another reason to make him their starting second baseman.

Look out baseball: Here come the Yankees
TOKYO -- In a land far from home, where fans will watch on TV in the wee hours of the morning, the New York Yankees start the process of atonement.

Yanks' Williams makes spring debut in outfield
New York Yankees Bernie Williams tries to beat out the throw during the second inning at the Yankees minor league complex, in Tampa, Fla. Wednesday March 24, 2004. Williams making a rehab start after having his appendix was removed, was the designated hitter for the clubs AAA Columbus Yankees who took on the Toronto Blue Jays AAA team from Syracuse. (AP Photo/David Kadlubowski)

Cubs' Prior out until May

Expos tie Marlins in 10 innings

Yankees stunned in opener

Cubs' Prior out until May
MESA, Ariz. - Mark Prior probably won't pitch until May because of inflammation in his right Achilles' tendon and a stiff elbow.

Baseball opens its season on the other side of the world

Baseball opens its season on the other side of the world
TOKYO -- Japanese fans waited 49 years to see the New York Yankees again. Judging by the turnout at Tokyo Dome, it was worth the wait.

Pirates edge out Phillies

Tejada settles in as Orioles' shortstop
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Miguel Tejada began returning dividends on his new $72 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles long before he ever walked onto the field.

Yankees expect, and get, best

Blue Jays rout Red Sox
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Pedro Martinez's final outing of the spring sure didn't last long.

Blue Jays rout Red Sox

Look out baseball: Here come the Yankees

Tejada settles in as Orioles' shortstop

Weekend e-mail is clogged by invasion of spam

Motorist injured in crash spends 36 hours on freeway
FRIENDSWOOD, Texas -- A motorist injured in a crash lay paralyzed in the middle of a freeway with a broken neck for 36 hours before he was rescued.

"Passion of the Christ" prompts man to confess to bombings
OSLO, Norway -- A Norwegian man trying to put his neo-Nazi past behind him confessed to bombing a youth group's headquarters in the 1990s, saying he admitted his guilt after seeing "The Passion of the Christ."

Vermont officials worry as goat farmer's herd grows
CORINTH, Vt. -- State officials are investigating a man whose goats and his religious convictions against killing them have collided in a possibly inhumane and definitely stinky way.

Odds and Ends
KALISPELL, Mont. -- A busy mom was making a green salad when she unexpectedly came across some protein - live protein.

Odds and Ends
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Brett Schott has discovered that being honored as a hero for helping rescue a police officer can have a down side.

Woman faked daughter's cancer to keep husband from leaving
MARYSVILLE, Ohio -- A woman imprisoned for faking her daughter's leukemia to gain thousands of dollars in donations said she concocted the scheme to keep her husband from leaving.

Elderly California man jumps to his death from rented airplane
EL CAJON, Calif. -- An elderly man recently diagnosed with a brain tumor leaped to his death from a vintage airplane he rented to celebrate his 88th birthday, officials said Tuesday.

Betemit steps up in Giles' absence

Cox still working on relief pitchers' roles
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Atlanta Braves' starting rotation and closer appear set, but what happens in between remains uncertain with less than a week to go before the start of the season.

Betemit steps up in Giles' absence
VIERA, Fla. - Second baseman Marcus Giles' wisdom tooth gave Wilson Betemit a chance to demonstrate some versatility Monday night.

More control, less respect from Ramirez
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Horacio Ramirez credits a lack of respect for his improved command this spring.

Cox still working on relief pitchers' roles

Consumer confidence remains virtually unchanged in March
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence, which fell sharply in February, remained relatively steady in March, according to a business research group.

Fuel prices hitting farmers hard this season
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Farmers preparing to plant are including the rising cost of fuel in their business plans, knowing that price spikes will cut into profits.

Business briefs
One of the region's largest termite and pest control companies has acquired Augusta's Barnes Exterminating.

Business briefs
Morris Publishing Group LLC, the parent company of The Augusta Chronicle, said Monday that revenue last year grew 1.2 percent despite a tough economy, rising health care costs and increased operating expenses from a companywide consolidation.

Tyco mistrial request is denied
NEW YORK - The jury weighing charges against two former Tyco International executives went back to work Monday after the judge rejected a defense request for a mistrial that was based on a furor over one juror apparently holding out for acquittal.

Judge throws out Pooh merchandising lawsuit
LOS ANGELES -- A judge threw out a lawsuit against the Walt Disney Co. claiming unpaid royalties for use of Winnie the Pooh characters, after finding the plaintiff "tampered with the administration of justice" by unlawfully obtaining Disney documents in the case.

Group fights phone charge
NEW YORK - Phone companies should be banned from imposing an array of surcharges that are labeled so as to suggest the government gets the fees or requires their collection, state watchdog agencies complained to federal regulators on Tuesday.

Google touches up its look to highlight shopping service

Radio Flyer to move production of wagons to China
CHICAGO -- Radio Flyer Inc., maker of the little red wagon loved by generations of children, plans to move its manufacturing operation to China.

Google touches up its look to highlight shopping service
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc. has fine-tuned its popular online search engine with a new look designed to boost its Froogle shopping service and alert users to previously unheralded tools for getting sharper results.

It's a tough life for the greenback, but can it survive?

Pager companies MetroCall, Arch Wireless to merge
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Dow Jones/AP) - Metrocall Holdings Inc. and Arch Wireless Inc., the country's two largest independent pager companies, plan to merge in an attempt to cut costs in the shrinking industry.

AOL to give away 2002 Porsche seized from spammer
NEW YORK -- Finally, some payback for all that spam: It's a 2002 Porsche Boxster S that will be the grand prize in an America Online sweepstakes launching Tuesday.

Linux fortunes rising, but uncertainties abound
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It might have seemed to be the best possible week for boosters of the Linux open-source operating system.

Hollywood Video agrees to be bought
PORTLAND, Ore. - Video retailer Hollywood Entertainment Corp. said Monday it has agreed to a buyout offer of about $840 million from a group led by a Los Angeles-based investment firm.

Tyco mistrial request is denied

Low-carb crazy

Donald Trump's Atlantic City casinos in trouble financially
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- While Donald Trump basks in the popularity of his runaway hit reality TV show, "The Apprentice," the auditors for his Atlantic City casino property are raising alarms over the financier's real-life debt load.

Exxon offers energy outlook

Airport hires consultants to boost business

Exxon offers energy outlook
The spokesman for the country's largest oil company told a group of local business leaders on Monday something they already knew.

OPEC considers necessity of output cut
VIENNA, Austria - The current high price of oil should not prevent OPEC from cutting its output target by 4 percent as planned, oil ministers said Tuesday.

Fuel prices hitting farmers hard this season

A swanky business style
When Cheri Biggs moved with her husband to Augusta in October, she said she couldn't find the hip and trendy products she had grown accustomed to living in Atlanta.

Radio Flyer to move production of wagons to China

Probes of Iraq contracts give Halliburton high-profile headaches
WASHINGTON -- Halliburton Co. has reaped as much as $6 billion in contracts from the U.S. invasion of Iraq, but improprieties in those military contracts have also given Vice President Dick Cheney's former company high-profile headaches.

OPEC considers necessity of output cut

Business briefs

Treasury Secretary says outsourcing can help economy

Linux fortunes rising, but uncertainties abound

Airport hires consultants to boost business
Over the next year, a consultant group hired by Augusta Regional Airport hopes to plug up the leak of Augustans flooding to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for cheap fares.

It's a tough life for the greenback, but can it survive?
WASHINGTON -- Andrew Wilson throws his own special load of laundry into the wash: eight white cotton terry towels, 2 1/3 ounces of powdered laundry detergent - and 25 crisp U.S. greenbacks.

Low-carb crazy
America's growing appetite for low-carbohydrate foods has left people such as Tony Stallone struggling to keep pace with demand.

Owner of Hollywood Video chain agrees to $840 million buyout
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Hollywood Entertainment Corp., the nation's second-biggest video rental chain, said Monday it has agreed to a buyout offer of about $840 million from a group led by a Los Angeles-based investment firm.

Donald Trump's Atlantic City casinos in trouble financially

Owner of Hollywood Video chain agrees to $840 million buyout

Consumer confidence remains virtually unchanged in March

Group fights phone charge

Continental addition pays off

Continental addition pays off
In the year since Continental Express landed at Augusta Regional Airport, officials said, there has been a mostly positive combination of increases and decreases.

Treasury Secretary says outsourcing can help economy
CINCINNATI -- Treasury Secretary John Snow says outsourcing of American jobs, a hot issue in the presidential campaign, can help make the economy stronger.

Clemson gives Davis a three-year extension

Clemson gives Davis a three-year extension
Clemson women's basketball coach Jim Davis had to watch the NCAA tournament on TV for the second straight year. Clemson's administration is betting its longtime leader won't make it three-in-a-row next season.

Clemson AD feels Cowboy pride
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Terry Don Phillips won't ever forget the tragic night in 2001 when a plane crash killed 10 people traveling with the Oklahoma State basketball team.

Clemson's Babalola has surgery
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson forward Olu Babalola had arthroscopic surgery on his ankle this week, the school announced.

Clemson's Babalola has surgery

Clemson AD feels Cowboy pride

Furman's Stepp to transfer

NCAA task force considering tighter rules on recruiting
INDIANAPOLIS -- College recruits could face curfews, limits on off-campus activities and fewer paid visits next fall, if recruiting changes are approved by the NCAA next month.

Furman's Stepp to transfer
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- With the emergence of Florida transfer Ingle Martin as Furman's starting quarterback, Paladins reserve passer Josh Stepp said he'll transfer after this semester.

NCAA task force considering tighter rules on recruiting

Cream rises to top in Final Four

Eastern Washington coach offered Utah job

Final Four star power on sidelines, not court

Players hope to overcome injuries

Rutgers advances to NIT final

Alabama has reason to look forward to next season

Martelli, Summitt named Naismith coaches

Minnesota stuns Duke

Let public decide
As a pro-life specialty license plate bill - "Choose Life" - has worked its way through Georgia's legislature with Gov. Sonny Perdue's active support, a South Carolina plate with the same message has been declared unconstitutional by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Basketball country
Georgia and Alabama aren't just in the Bible Belt.

Basketball country

A battle for freedom

Time to testify
Condoleezza Rice is perfectly right to want to avoid testifying in public on national security.

A battle for freedom
They're not random. They're not without great planning and thought. And terror isn't their only motivation.

Let public decide

New England nonsense
It does seem odd - lawmakers in liberal Massachusetts backing a ban on gay marriage, when Southern states such as Georgia and Kentucky have been unable to do so.

Sources: Jackson grand jury heard from attorney, psychologist
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- A grand jury meeting under extraordinary secrecy heard testimony from the psychologist who first reported to authorities a boy's claim that he was molested by Michael Jackson, two sources close to the case said Tuesday.

People in the News
BOSTON -- Julia Stiles is fascinated by royalty. "It's not that I'm curious because I'm searching for some sort of dirt on them; it's that I'm curious because I just wonder if their lifestyle is so different than mine," the 23-year-old actress told the Boston Herald on Sunday.

Jackson and boyfriend party at album release event
NEW YORK -- Hours after explaining away that infamous "wardrobe malfunction," Janet Jackson spent the night partying with her boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri, and an assortment of celebrity pals while celebrating the release of her new album, "Damita Jo."

The top five list
Here are the top five TV shows, movies, music, concerts and video sales.

Peter Ustinov, actor, dies at 82
GENEVA -- Sir Peter Ustinov, a wit and mimic who won two Oscars for an acting career that ranged from the evil emperor Nero in "Quo Vadis" to the quirky Agatha Christie detective Hercule Poirot, has died. He was 82.

People in the News
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- James Brown will perform in New Zealand after the government granted the Godfather of Soul a special visa, despite a string of criminal convictions that would normally ban him from the country.

NBC signs Jay Leno to contract extension as 'Tonight' show host
NEW YORK -- NBC has inked late-night television's ratings king, Jay Leno, to a contract extension that will keep him as "Tonight" show host until the end of 2009.

Big Movers in the Stock Market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

Dollar pulls back; focus on ECB, U.S. payrolls
NEW YORK - The dollar slipped modestly against most major currencies Tuesday, while edging higher against the yen, as investors enjoyed a reprieve from recent volatility ahead of potential trendsetting events later this week.

Bounced checks can lead to banking ban
NEW YORK -- Lisa McKinley learned the hard way what can happen when you bounce checks.

Bonds finish lower

Cautious optimism sends stocks upward
NEW YORK -- Anticipation over a strong earnings season and hopes for a good job growth report sent stocks higher in a late afternoon rally Tuesday, with the Nasdaq composite index closing above 2,000 for the first time since March 8.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Shares rise on bullish earnings outlooks
NEW YORK -- A round of strong profit outlooks fueled anticipation over next week's first-quarter earnings reports, sending stocks markedly higher Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average gained more than 115 points, posting its second triple-digit advance in the past three sessions.

SEC inquiry looks at Edward Jones mutual fund sales practices

Gas prices hit new record high with no end in sight

Big Movers in the Stock Market

SEC inquiry looks at Edward Jones mutual fund sales practices
ST. LOUIS -- The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering enforcement action against Edward D. Jones & Co. over the company's mutual fund sales practices, according to an SEC filing Tuesday by the St. Louis-based brokerage.

Dollar, gold down in Europe

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes
Stocks closed higher Tuesday, extending their gains for a second session as investors grew more optimistic about first-quarter earnings and a much-anticipated jobs report due at the end of the week.

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes

Bonds finish lower
NEW YORK -- Bond prices fell Monday as traders looked ahead to the release of key economic data later in the week.

Dollar, gold down in Europe
LONDON -- The U.S. dollar was lower Monday against most other major currencies in European trading. Gold prices also fell.

Bounced checks can lead to banking ban

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes
Investors sent stocks sharply higher Monday as their spirits were raised by strong profit outlooks ahead of next week's first-quarter earnings reports.

Gas prices hit new record high with no end in sight
LOS ANGELES -- There is little chance that gas prices, which have reached a record high, will fall significantly in the near future, a national analyst says.

Big Movers in the Stock Market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

Penney puts $4.37 billion value on Eckerd
PLANO, Texas -- J.C. Penney Co. says the fair value of its stake in the Eckerd drugstore chain that it is trying to sell is $4.37 billion.

Tokyo stocks close marginally lower, dollar up against yen

Dollar pulls back; focus on ECB, U.S. payrolls

Tokyo stocks close marginally lower, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks slipped Tuesday as investors sold shares in banks and other sectors that have posted gains recently amid rising optimism about Japan's economy. The U.S. dollar rose against the Japanese yen.

Tokyo stocks close marginally lower, dollar up against yen

Small portions

Ham and hard-boiled eggs enrich spring soups, salads
It's spring, and it's appealing to turn to fresher fare - a little lighter in approach, food to tickle the taste buds, to make the most of seasonal items.

Small portions
The arrival of baby greens in markets is a sure sign that spring is finally here. Shoots of tender dandelion, arugula, new spinach or Bibb lettuce should prompt cooks to put aside hearty winter recipes in favor of lighter fare.

Ham and hard-boiled eggs enrich spring soups, salads

Jackets still look for respect
ST. LOUIS - The way Isma'il Muhammad sees it, Georgia Tech has come too far and proved too many people wrong to stop now.

Wilkinson finds himself back at familiar position
ATLANTA - Linebackers like Gerris Wilkinson don't often get blind-sided, and never by a 51-year-old man whose football playing days ended 30 years ago.

Elder says he's playing
ATLANTA - B.J. Elder, bound to the bench on Sunday with a sprained right ankle, begged his teammates to give him another chance to play this season. They responded by dumping Kansas in overtime and earning a spot in the Final Four, so Elder is doing everything he can to hold his end of the deal.

Jackets know less isn't Moore
ATLANTA - Clarence Moore knew something was missing - and not just within himself - during his year away from basketball. When he watched Georgia Tech play, he sensed the Yellow Jackets lacked something.

Daly returns to Masters; Roberts narrowly misses again

Orlando clubs tied after one day
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen combined to shoot a 10-under 62 in the Tavistock Cup to help Lake Nona split four matches Monday against a team of tour pros from Isleworth.

What does her future hold?
Everything was back to normal Tuesday for Michelle Wie, if there is such a thing anymore.

What does her future hold?

Duval withdraws from Masters
David Duval is withdrawing from the Masters Tournament , saying Tuesday he needs more time to work on his game and enjoy his new family.

Changes to the world ranking under review
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Changes to the world ranking could be coming, but it might not be this year.

Changes to the world ranking under review

Isleworth whips Lake Nona for bragging rights
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Stuart Appleby shot a 6-under 66 as three Isleworth members swept their matches Tuesday, giving the club bragging rights over Lake Nona with a 14 1/2 -9 1/2 victory in the Tavistock Cup.

Daly returns to Masters; Roberts narrowly misses again
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- John Daly gets another crack at Augusta National.

Lakeside coach will not return
Sometimes a coach has to worry about his own home team. Lakeside boys basketball coach Richie Carnes can definitely see the logic in that statement.

NHL approves sale of Thrashers
ATLANTA -- The NHL approved the sale of the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday, and the new owners expect to take over in the next few days.

Conference foes to meet in semis

Canucks recall Baumgartner and King from AHL
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Canucks recalled defenseman Nolan Baumgartner and right wing Jason King from Manitoba of the AHL on Monday.

Conference foes to meet in semis
BOSTON -- The four teams seeking the NCAA hockey championship have plenty of time to prepare. But already know their semifinal opponents well.

Canucks recall Baumgartner and King from AHL

NHL approves sale of Thrashers

Desjardins cleared to return
Flyers defenseman Eric Desjardins could return to the lineup for Philadelphia's game against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

Boston takes division lead
RALEIGH, N.C. - Sergei Samsonov scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and the Boston Bruins moved into sole possession of first place in the Northeast Division with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Breakfast pizza can be a delicious eye-opener
Looking for a way to wow your Masters guests during the upcoming tournament?

Weekend e-mail is clogged by invasion of spam
Some people start their Mondays with a song. Some start their Mondays with a frown.

Registered sex offender accused of sexually assaulting a woman
Columbia County authorities today are searching for a registered sex offender accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his Evans home Tuesday night.

Augusta National to restrict patrons bags, purses size
The Augusta National Golf Club announced today that it will restrict patrons at next week's Masters Tournament from bringing in purses, personal bags or packages larger than 10 inches wide, by 5 inches high by 5 inches deep.

Wasteland yields few good candidates
After reading the letters on Page 5A of the March 21 paper and some of the earlier letters, I wonder if there is anyone who will rationally seek the truth. Bob Cipperly, Evans, Ga.

Race track must not close

Question politics, not faith
My husband and I enjoy exercising our right of free speech by expressing our political views via letters to the editor, guest columns, bumper stickers, etc. We are longtime Democrats and we always support Democratic candidates. Anne Cook, Augusta

Race track must not close
CSRA International Speedway (formerly Gordon Park Speedway) is not there to only increase one man's wealth. There are quite a few of us who look forward to a Saturday night of good, old-fashioned fun with our friends and families. Each Saturday night, once a week from April until October. That is not an excessive amount of noise: six hours a week. Randy and Briggette London, Augusta

Dems' letters are good for a chuckle
As a new resident of the greater Augusta area, I am amused at The Augusta Chronicle's attempt to publish comedians on the editorial page. Two of my favorites are the ones I call "not very smart cookies." Once a month is just too long between laughs which those two provide. But to The Chronicle's credit, each current letter is funnier than the last. Buddy Adams, Evans, Ga.

Whose God will be in the pledge?

Pet store marred by tragedy
I am an eighth-grade pupil at North Augusta Middle School, and I am writing to voice my opinion on the situation at the Augusta Mall pet store. Tracie Tompkins, North Augusta, S.C.

Bush-bashers are light on facts

Bush-bashers are light on facts
After viewing a continuous barrage of letters from the Greenbaums and Cooks denigrating President Bush during the past three years, I rarely take further notice when I observe either surname. The article by Paul Cook ("GOP is endangering our Social Security," March 21) was cause for an exception. Cook's letter possessed its normal objective of berating President Bush. However, its details missed the most obvious facts of why Social Security soon will be defunct. Vern J. Simon, Evans, Ga.

Whose God will be in the pledge?
Here you go again, trying to maintain a fiction, that "under God" belongs in the Pledge of Allegiance (editorial, "Our fork in the road," March 24). It was not there when the pledge was originally written by Francis Bellamy. Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.

Dems' letters are good for a chuckle

Secular humanism established as religion
Islamist terrorists want to kill Americans, and another enemy wants to destroy our history, heritage, and Judeo-Christian values. The latter war is waged primarily by secular humanists (the religious left) who skillfully pit our government against its people. Activist judges relentlessly lead the charge, by creating a phony right of privacy to legalize infanticide, by fabricating a phony wall of separation between church and state, by limiting free exercise of religion and by mocking the institution of traditional marriage. Legal scholarship and intellectual honesty have been supplanted by illegitimate reasoning and the current whims of anarchy. Paul W. Rosenthal, Martinez, Ga.

Secular humanism established as religion

Kerry has voted down defense
Rick McKee's cartoon on Sen. John Kerry and Osama bin Laden (March 18) seems to be right on the mark if you check the senator's voting record on national defense. Dennis Ellis, Augusta

Next space tourist will bring along his own experiments

Creating jet fuel from coal

Seniors calendar

Study: Vitamin E linked to lower risk of bladder cancer

Speed humps make neighborhoods safer for kids, study says

Summer sun may increases women's chance of papilloma virus infection

Diet trends may have broadened demographics of fiber market

Exercising helps rate of survival, study says

Creating jet fuel from coal
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- With coal getting more attention as crude oil and natural gas prices climb, Penn State scientists believe the fuel can help the nation's military jet fighters fly.

Living briefs
Is Mom in desperate need of a haircut? Does Dad really need to get rid of that Member's Only jacket from 1981?

Summer sun may increases women's chance of papilloma virus infection
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The long sunny days of summer may increase the risk of catching a common sexually transmitted infection. And it's not just because people have more sex when the weather is nice.

Speed humps make neighborhoods safer for kids, study says
WASHINGTON -- Some people find them annoying, but those speed humps that force motorists to slow down in residential neighborhoods and near schools can significantly cut the risk of injury or death to children, a study says.

Microsoft to cut Xbox price
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. is hoping to draw a broader audience to its Xbox game console - and away from rival Sony's PlayStation 2 - by cutting its price by $30.

Government investigators criticize security at mad cow lab
WASHINGTON -- The Agriculture Department's mad cow disease testing lab, located in a strip mall in Ames, Iowa, is not secure enough for storage of mad cow tissue samples, a USDA investigative report said.

Diet trends may have broadened demographics of fiber market
PITTSBURGH -- The mass of dieters doing away with carbohydrates may be changing the demographics for companies that traditionally have marketed fiber laxatives to the silver-haired crowd.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Study: Vitamin E linked to lower risk of bladder cancer
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Scientists in search of cancer-preventing nutrients have found clues that vitamin E may protect against bladder cancer.

Next space tourist will bring along his own experiments
NEW YORK -- The next civilian to be rocketed into orbit at his own expense won't just be enjoying the ride: Gregory Olsen, a scientist who made a fortune with optics inventions, plans to do some research during his $20 million trip to the International Space Station.

Exercising helps rate of survival, study says
ORLANDO, Fla. - Getting modest amounts of exercise, even just an easy half-hour walk a day, appears to substantially improve women's chances of surviving breast cancer.

Democrat lawmaker seeks Miller's seat
ATLANTA - Rep. Denise Majette, a Democrat elected two years ago in suburban DeKalb County, will seek the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Zell Miller, Ms. Majette said Monday.

Meal critics surprise director
Augusta's Senior Citizens Council's executive director said he was not aware of any dissatisfaction among senior citizens in the 14 counties his agency provides meals for until the contract was abruptly rebid and awarded to a Florida for-profit company.

Augusta blood-drawing station to close; Shepeard to benefit

Man blames two in death

Meal critics surprise director

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Derrick Reaves, 6, of Augusta.

Activist enters, quits race against Moore
AIKEN - For about nine hours Tuesday, veteran state Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater, had a familiar Republican opponent for his reelection bid.

Base supporters work on options
ATLANTA - Planning to lose might seem unnatural to military leaders and their community boosters, but supporters of Georgia military bases want to be prepared in case a federal review next year recommends closing some of the state's 13 installations.

Scrapbooking aids pupils' writing
Evans Middle School seventh-grader Chase Cullinan loves macaroni and cheese. He says he eats it all the time.

Across the area

Around town
Robert Gimbi, a city trees and parks groundskeeper, cuts grass on the island between Greene and Eighth streets. Augusta workers have finished beautifying the city for Masters Week.

Some oppose allowing First Tee onto course

Man might face death in ex-girlfriend's killing
A man accused of killing an ex-girlfriend and another man in December will face a possible death sentence if convicted of murder.

Increase amount is unknown

Prom goes on despite injuries
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - Nine people were hospitalized during the weekend when the third-story balcony on which they were standing collapsed while the group was taking prom pictures.

Sheriff sees no contest in race

Man confesses killing mother

Arena might open in fall 2006
If all goes as planners hope, a sports and entertainment center - to be named Southgate Arena - could be opened at the Regency Mall area as early as fall 2006, it was announced Tuesday night.

Senate to debate seat belt bill
COLUMBIA - The state Senate is prepared again to take up a bill that would give police the authority to stop and ticket adult drivers not wearing seat belts, and many drivers say it's time for the state to make the change.

Conduct charge stands in fraud court-martial

Across the area
An 18-year-old Hephzibah man was indicted Tuesday on multiple charges, including the hijacking of a Superior Court judge's relative.

Correction

Rants and raves
I ATTENDED A DINNER at Greenbrier Middle School. I was totally shocked at the number of parents who were so rude. They talked throughout the entire performance - to each other and on their cell phones. There were also small children running around. I went to hear my daughter perform, not to listen to rude parents talk and out-of-control children.

Cicada invasion is ready to begin
Thousands of visitors will invade the Augusta area soon, but the influx has nothing to do with the Masters Tournament.

Recent evolution debate will create discussion at meeting

Increase amount is unknown
ATLANTA - University officials throughout the state remained tight-lipped Tuesday over how high tuition increases at the state's largest universities could go this year.

Augusta blood-drawing station to close; Shepeard to benefit
The American Red Cross will close its blood-drawing station in Augusta before its lease ends in July but promises to keep up its presence through mobile blood drives, a spokeswoman said. Shepeard Community Blood Center, which competes fiercely with the Red Cross for blood drives, is already looking to benefit.

Kid of the day

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - With only three legislative days left to pass cuts to the HOPE Scholarship, lawmakers still disagree on how deeply the popular lottery-funded program should be reduced.

6 compete for three positions on panel

Across the region
SMYRNA, GA. - A detention officer at the Smyrna jail has been charged with sexually assaulting a female inmate.

Democrat lawmaker seeks Miller's seat

Efforts for black judges get boost
COLUMBIA - Efforts to get more black judges on the bench in South Carolina got a boost Tuesday at the Statehouse with a visit from the Rev. Jesse Jackson and approval of a bill to change the judicial nominating process.

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Court-martial begins for Army hospital ex-official

Scrapbooking aids pupils' writing

Base supporters work on options

Stranger's kindness

Storm debris finally gone
It took 77,000 work hours and more than $900,000, but the Augusta cleanup effort from a Jan. 29 ice storm is finally over.

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Conduct charge stands in fraud court-martial
Testimony continued Tuesday in the court-martial of an officer the government is accusing of fraud at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Meal contract drops 31 jobs
A decision by the CSRA Regional Development Center to award a contract to a Florida company for a nutrition program that serves 14 area counties will cost Augusta 31 jobs and a $600,000 annual payroll, according to Ron Schoeffler, the executive director of the Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta.

Panel grants OK for action
Augusta Commission members have given City Attorney Steve Shepard the go-ahead to pursue legal action against the owner of the Club at Raes Creek for building a clubhouse there without city approval.

Efforts for black judges get boost

Rants and raves
I ATTENDED A DINNER at Greenbrier Middle School. I was totally shocked at the number of parents who were so rude. They talked throughout the entire performance - to each other and on their cell phones. There were also small children running around. I went to hear my daughter perform, not to listen to rude parents talk and out-of-control children.

Man confesses killing mother
A 54-year-old Augusta man has surrendered to authorities and confessed in last year's fatal shooting of his mother.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will speak at the South Carolina Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson dinner next month, party officials said.

6 compete for three positions on panel
Lingering questions about suspended police Chief Van McMillan and the belief by some residents that New Ellenton is being mismanaged have stirred voter interest and attracted a pool of six candidates to today's city council election.

Stranger's kindness
Debby Clark, the general manager of Hardee ' s on Columbia Highway in Aiken, looks after Joseph Anderson. Mr. Anderson, who is a flagman with Cherokee Contracting, was backed over by a road grader as he directed traffic Monday near the intersection of Wire Road and Highway 118. Mrs. Clark, who has worked in a hospital before, had just gotten off work and stopped to offer help until paramedics arrived to take over. Mr. Anderson, 28, suffered injuries to the lower body, and he was taken to the Medical College of Georgia.

Authority wants grant to revamp Gilbert Manor
What some had considered a nearly dead issue - a plan to revitalize Augusta's Gilbert Manor area using a federal grant - still had a pulse at an Augusta Commission committee meeting Monday.

Schools get leeway on No Child Left Behind
Westside High School has a good reason to rejoice.

Continental addition pays off

Traffic wreaks havoc on residents, roads
The average Augustan forks over $157 each year for costs associated with traffic congestion, a new study of Georgia's transportation has found.

Across the area
An Augusta man was charged Monday in a Feb. 29 gunfight with police, authorities said.

Sheriff sees no contest in race
AIKEN - It's four more years for Aiken County Sheriff Mike Hunt.

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March 30, 1961 The University of South Carolina will open its fifth off-campus extension center at Aiken this September, University President Robert L. Sumwalt said last week.

Group calls for stricter penalties
Fifty-eight percent of sewage-treatment plants across Georgia violated pollution-control permits at least once during 2002-03, according to an environmental group that is calling for stricter penalties against violators.

Panel grants OK for action

Man blames two in death
The man serving life in prison for firing a bullet into the head of 27-year-old Willie Rhodes testified Tuesday that the death never would have happened if not for two of his former co-defendants.

Panel grants OK for action

Panel grants OK for action
Augusta Commission members have given City Attorney Steve Shepard the go-ahead to pursue legal action against the owner of the Club at Raes Creek for building a clubhouse there without city approval.

Prom goes on despite injuries

Museum tells of Augusta's past
History buffs with a taste for Augusta's past will enjoy the newly opened Augusta State University Guard House Museum.

Data show brush fire incidents up in 2004
AIKEN - It wasn't noon yet, and Sgt. C.E. Jordan and his colleagues at the Aiken Department of Public Safety had already responded to two brush fires, the most recent at a clearcut area off Wright's Mill and Tyler Hill roads.

Owner of pet store surrenders license
The owner of a pet store at the center of an animal cruelty investigation by local and state authorities has surrendered his state license, officials said Tuesday.

Arena might open in fall 2006

Around town
After a rainy morning, Warren Murray, of Augusta, walks his dog, Merlin, along Greene Street. More rain is predicted for today.

Activist enters, quits race against Moore

Continental addition pays off
In the year since Continental Express landed at Augusta Regional Airport, officials said, there has been a mostly positive combination of increases and decreases.

Museum tells of Augusta's past

Rants and raves
I WOULD LIKE people in St. John's Tower to mind their own business. They talk entirely too much.

Cicada invasion is ready to begin

News you can use
MARCH, 31, 1986 Arson is suspected in a Sunday morning fire that gutted the ground-level office of National Hills Baptist Church and destroyed financial records, membership lists and equipment, Richmond County fire officials said.

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Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Megan Remon Rucker II, 18 months, of Martinez.

Kid of the day

Rants and raves
I WOULD LIKE people in St. John's Tower to mind their own business. They talk entirely too much.

Group calls for stricter penalties

Data show brush fire incidents up in 2004

Traffic wreaks havoc on residents, roads

Meal contract drops 31 jobs

Spartanburg store holds release party for last 'Left Behind' book

Some oppose allowing First Tee onto course
AIKEN - Representatives of Houndslake Country Club are courting an Augusta program that introduces golf to underprivileged children, but some members are worried the young, novice duffers might damage their club's high-dollar fairways and greens.

March ends as one of driest in century
Tuesday's traces of rainfall did little to alleviate what forecasters have labeled as one of the driest Marches in the past century.

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Correction
An article about a court-martial proceeding in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said that Roberto Candelaria-Sierra received a reduced punishment for military charges imposed in September after applying for clemency, which was later approved by Brig. Gen. Janet Hicks.

Schools get leeway on No Child Left Behind

Storm debris finally gone

Spartanburg store holds release party for last 'Left Behind' book
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - A thousand fans were expected to line up Tuesday night for the book signing and national release of the final book in the Left Behind series.

Court-martial begins for Army hospital ex-official
The court-martial of the highest-ranking soldier accused in a fraud investigation at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center began Monday at Fort Gordon.

Recent evolution debate will create discussion at meeting
ATLANTA - The date and site were chosen seven years ago, long before Georgia considered removing the word "evolution" from the state curriculum. But the recent debate has made Atlanta an interesting setting for a meeting of the nation's science teachers.

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Nashville's songwriters falling on hard times
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville songwriters don't have far to look for inspiration these days. In a town famous for churning out sad country songs about heartache and despair, radio homogenization, corporate mergers and music piracy have made it tough for songwriters to earn a living.

Prince opens 'Musicology' tour in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- Every school should be this much fun. Prince is billing his "Musicology" tour as a way to educate audiences accustomed to computer-generated hits about the joys of live music. He made good on that promise Monday at the tour's opener at Staples Center

Placido Domingo takes risks 'in a humble way'

Legal action begun against music downloaders outside U.S.

Placido Domingo takes risks 'in a humble way'
NEW YORK -- There were once The Three Tenors. Now, there's only The One - still singing splendidly.

Jackson faces tough test with new album
NEW YORK -- MTV's "Spanking New" videos in heavy rotation include a gyrating, cleavage-baring Beyonce and a bleeped-out Eminem with his group D12.

Jackson faces tough test with new album

Legal action begun against music downloaders outside U.S.
LONDON -- Recording industry associations in Europe and Canada are going after 247 people for illegally swapping music online, taking up a tactic used by music companies in the United States.

NASCAR fines McMurray for actions at Bristol
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jamie McMurray was fined $10,000 by NASCAR on Tuesday and placed on probation until the end of August for spinning out Matt Kenseth at Bristol Motor Speedway.

NASCAR fines McMurray for actions at Bristol

Allen out with knee sprain; Odom expected back
MIAMI -- Miami Heat forward Malik Allen missed practice with a sprained left knee Tuesday, a day after being taken off the court on a stretcher.

Pretrial hearing canceled in Bryant case

Former Rockets star Murphy charged

Knicks drop Trail Blazers
NEW YORK - Vin Baker made a jump hook over the outstretched arm of Theo Ratliff, the league's leading shot blocker, with 38 seconds left to give the New York Knicks' a three-point lead that held up Monday night in a 92-91

Allen out with knee sprain; Odom expected back

Pretrial hearing canceled in Bryant case
EAGLE, Colo. -- A pretrial hearing set for Friday in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case was canceled because of scheduling conflicts, a state courts spokeswoman said Monday.

Iverson out for rest of the regular season
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Allen Iverson will miss the rest of the regular season because of persistent pain in his right knee.

Former Rockets star Murphy charged
HOUSTON -- Hall of Fame guard Calvin Murphy surrendered to authorities Monday after being charged with sexually assaulting his daughters more than a decade ago.

Bulls' Chandler suspended
NEW YORK -- Chicago Bulls forward-center Tyson Chandler was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA on Monday for throwing a punch at Atlanta's Michael Bradley.

Knicks drop Trail Blazers

Bulls' Chandler suspended

UConn advances again
HARTFORD, Conn. - Diana Taurasi turned in one last stellar performance in front of the home fans and helped Connecticut add one more sterling accomplishment to its already glittering legacy.

Minnesota stuns Duke
NORFOLK, Va. - Lindsay Whalen and Minnesota ended Duke's championship dreams.

Final Four star power on sidelines, not court
Looking at Duke's roster, it's easy to find a number of good players, but only one household name.

Auburn gets permission to contact UAB's Anderson
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn received permission Tuesday to interview UAB's Mike Anderson for its men's basketball coaching position.

Martelli, Summitt named Naismith coaches
ATLANTA -- Saint Joseph's Phil Martelli and Tennessee's Pat Summitt were named Monday as the Naismith College Basketball Coaches of the Year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Eastern Washington coach offered Utah job
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah has offered Eastern Washington coach Ray Giacoletti the chance to replace Rick Majerus.

Alabama has reason to look forward to next season
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Even as Alabama savors its deepest trip into the NCAA tournament, the buzz is already beginning to mount about next season.

Rutgers advances to NIT final
NEW YORK - This was like old times for Quincy Douby and Curtis Stinson, two guards who had their share of showdowns on the concrete courts of New York City.

Cream rises to top in Final Four
For a few moments into last Sunday evening, college basketball was headed for only its second Final Four without a No. 1 seed.

Players hope to overcome injuries
ATLANTA - Saddled with a bum ankle, B.J. Elder limped during warmups, limped through 12 scoreless minutes, then limped back on the court to celebrate Georgia Tech's first trip to the Final Four in 14 years.

Bears trade for fullback Johnson

Panthers play Packers in opening game

McNabb excited about getting Owens

DT Gibson agrees to two-year deal with Bills

Owners vote to extend Tagliabue's deal

Falcons' Mora adjusts easily

Tagliab2ue, replay to stay

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Terrorism concerns may keep Serena Williams out of Olympics

Government: Athens Olympic budget running into the red
ATHENS, Greece -- Olympic preparation costs have exceeded the $5.6 billion budget, and still more projects could be trimmed to reduce spending, a top planner for the games said Tuesday.

Government: Athens Olympic budget running into the red

Terrorism concerns may keep Serena Williams out of Olympics
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Serena Williams says the threat of terrorism at the Athens Olympics might keep her home, even though she wants to compete there.

Overtime

Youth serves early upset

Serena wins on and off tennis court

Prep spring sports

Serena Williams advances to quarterfinals

Sinister G, Madcap Escapade top list of late Triple Crown nominations

Agassi upset by Argentine at Key Biscayne

Overtime

Santa Anita Derby could produce all-around winners

Young competitors grind through early stages

Young competitors grind through early stages
While watching Petra Rampre hit tennis balls on the adjacent court, Henri Elkins tries to explain what's needed to make it big on the WTA Tour.

Boxer dies after knockout in local match
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A professional heavyweight boxer has died after suffering a knockout that rendered him unconscious during a match two days earlier.

Despite distractions, Mayweather prepares for his 140-pound debut
NEW YORK -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. hasn't had many problems inside the ring. When the gloves are off, it's another story.

Serena wins on and off tennis court
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Serena Williams believes she can regain her No. 1 ranking as the majors domo of women's tennis en route to becoming perhaps the greatest player ever. This she would do in her spare time - world domination of her sport listed under "hobbies."

Overtime
Coach Lou Holtz vowed to become more involved next season in South Carolina's offense, but nobody expected him to break a leg doing it.

Youth serves early upset
By Kristy Shonka Staff Writer Tuesday was supposed to be Kids Day at the Taylor Infiniti Challenger Tournament at The Club at Raes Creek. Steady rain throughout the morning and early afternoon washed those plans away, but a kid still stole the show at the women's tennis tournament.

Santa Anita Derby could produce all-around winners
The Santa Anita Derby has produced three of the past seven Kentucky Derby winners, and there are plenty of candidates in this year's race.

Serena Williams advances to quarterfinals
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Serena Williams made her latest fashion statement and offered some eye-popping tennis as well Monday, beating 16-year-old Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Nasdaq-100 Open.

Agassi upset by Argentine at Key Biscayne
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Andre Agassi's reign on Key Biscayne ended when he turned tentative Tuesday.

Gordon, Jones Jr. in $3 million USTA campaign to promote tennis
NEW YORK -- NASCAR star Jeff Gordon and boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. will appear in a $3 million ad campaign the U.S. Tennis Association is launching to promote participation in the sport.

Overtime
In Stockbridge, Ga., Augusta State finished seventh in the Atlanta Intercollegiate at Eagles Landing Country Club. The Jaguars shot 5-over 293 in Tuesday's final round.

Prep spring sports
Here is a list of area spring sports scores from Monday night action.

Sinister G, Madcap Escapade top list of late Triple Crown nominations
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The surprise winner of a Kentucky Derby prep race and an unbeaten filly were among 15 late Triple Crown nominations announced Tuesday.

Bears trade for fullback Johnson
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears acquired fullback Bryan Johnson from the Washington Redskins in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick Monday.

Falcons' Mora adjusts easily
PALM BEACH, Fla. - Jim Mora likes to say he's spent most of his 42 years preparing to be a head coach in the NFL.

Owners vote to extend Tagliabue's deal
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- All 32 NFL owners voted to extend commissioner Paul Tagliabue's contract for up to three years because the league is facing several key decisions.

Instant replay extended
PALM BEACH, Fla. - The NFL once again compromised on instant replay, deciding Tuesday to keep it for five more years rather than putting it in permanently.

Tagliab2ue, replay to stay
PALM BEACH, Fla. - NFL owners are ready to give commissioner Paul Tagliabue a new contract and keep instant replay.

Troy Vincent elected president of players' union
WAILEA, Hawaii -- Bills cornerback Troy Vincent was elected president of the NFL Players Association on Tuesday.

Panthers play Packers in opening game
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers will open the 2004 regular season against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 13 at Bank of America Stadium, the team announced Monday.

Redskins get WR Thrash from Eagles
WASHINGTON -- Receiver James Thrash returned to the Washington Redskins in a trade Tuesday that sent a 2005 fifth-round draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles.

McNabb excited about getting Owens
Donovan McNabb can't wait to throw passes to Terrell Owens.

DT Gibson agrees to two-year deal with Bills
ORCHARD PARK N.Y. -- Defensive tackle Oliver Gibson and the Buffalo Bills agreed to a two-year contract, the team confirmed Monday.

Parental dismay over TV content is widespread

Parental dismay over TV content is widespread
NEW YORK -- Congress is on the case, and so are federal regulators, but legions of American parents already have reached a verdict - much of what airs on television is not fit for their children.

'Coach' actors stage a laugh-filled reunion on "The District"
MARINA DEL REY, Calif. -- Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke and Bill Fagerbakke keep cracking up on the set of the CBS drama "The District."

Janet Jackson makes appearance on Letterman

NBC's "Crossing Jordan" a strong ratings performer in return

ESPN's women's basketball ratings on the rise
BRISTOL, Conn. -- Ratings for the NCAA women's basketball tournament on ESPN are up from last year and are the network's highest since 1999.

'Coach' actors stage a laugh-filled reunion on "The District"

NBC's "Crossing Jordan" a strong ratings performer in return
NEW YORK -- Absence apparently made television viewers fonder of Jill Hennessy and her NBC drama "Crossing Jordan."

Janet Jackson makes appearance on Letterman
NEW YORK -- Unlike the last time she appeared on CBS, Janet Jackson was bleeped by censors Monday while talking to David Letterman - for saying "Jesus."

ESPN's women's basketball ratings on the rise

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Sources: Jackson grand jury heard from attorney, psychologist

NBC signs Jay Leno to contract extension as 'Tonight' show host

Jackson and boyfriend party at album release event

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Lumpkin early leader in Georgia's tailback derby

Lady Dogs miss free throws, miss Final Four

Lumpkin early leader in Georgia's tailback derby
ATHENS, Ga. -- There is a sudden appearance of clarity on Georgia's depth chart at tailback this spring.

Lady Dogs miss free throws, miss Final Four
ATHENS, Ga. -- On what proved to be the final possession of Georgia's season, Coach Andy Landers called for a necktie play.

Lady Dogs miss free throws, miss Final Four

Lady Bulldogs ousted
SEATTLE - Back in Baton Rouge, Sue Gunter must have been leaping off her couch.

Holtz breaks leg at practice

Odom OK with team's future

Melillo to have surgery
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina infielder Kevin Melillo will need surgery on his right wrist that could keep him out for up to a month, the school said.

Odom OK with team's future
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina coach Dave Odom sees his young Gamecocks taking the right steps to yearly success - including a huge one earlier this month when they reached the NCAA Tournament.

Melillo to have surgery

Holtz breaks leg at practice
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Coach Lou Holtz vowed to become more involved next season in South Carolina's offense, but nobody expected him to break a leg doing it.

Avoid predicaments by planning

Question of the week

Your style
THE TEEN: Taylor Stulb, 15, is a freshman at Lakeside High School.

Your style

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nations best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold :

Working up a healthy attitude

Working up a healthy attitude
Beads of sweat dotted Jodie Yu's face as she stepped up from the abdominal machine at Omni Health and Fitness in Evans.

Avoid predicaments by planning
Have you ever been stuck in a situation you didn't want to be in because you didn't have the presence of mind to say "no"? Ever agreed to do something you wouldn't ordinarily do because you were caught up in the heat of the moment? If so, welcome to the club.

Question of the week
How much sleep do you get each night?

Girl should know boy's true feelings
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I've been friends with this girl for nearly a year and a half. We've gone out together and done a lot of things that friends just don't do. We've even told each other that we loved each other. I don't think she sees me as the boyfriend type, though. What should I do?

Girl should know boy's true feelings

Love seems to blossom in the spring
OK, so we know its spring. Around school, teens are in flip-flops, short sleeves and capris. Some teachers have even cranked up the AC.

4-1-1
Heads up, boys and girls - your source for just about any name in the English language (and a few others) is at www.behindthename.com.

"Passion of the Christ" prompts man to confess to bombings

Motorist injured in crash spends 36 hours on freeway

Elderly California man jumps to his death from rented airplane

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