This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
Karen, It is still there as of J2EE 1.4. Historically, Sun deprecates them and leaves them there for a long time (if not forever, to date.) Having said that, you should still change over to the non-deprecated code as you touch it. Especially for something like this where the is a one to one correspondence between the old method and the new method.