AugustaChronicle.com
CINCINNATI -- Byung-Hyun Kim is making the move out of choice. Danny Graves is doing it out of necessity.

Aiken plays spoiler

Fantasy Baseball - Players aren't to blame for your team's game

AugustaChronicle.com
What do Ken Griffey Jr., Kevin Brown, Juan Gonzalez, Roberto Alomar, Moises Alou, Sean Casey, Mike Hampton, Mo Vaughn, Frank Thomas, Roger Clemens, Vinny Castilla and Carl Everett have in common?

AugustaChronicle.com
AIKEN - With a win against Aiken on Tuesday night and one against Orangeburg-Wilkinson later this week, the South Aiken baseball team, in the words of coach Tommy Allen, would have been in the "driver's seat" for the playoffs.

Keeara S'niah Hudson

Christa Marie Berry and Emily Owen Berry

Jamie Kathleen Kennedy

AugustaChronicle.com
Topher and Marie Berry of Aiken announce the birth of twin daughters, Christa Marie Berry and Emily Owen Berry, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Spearman of Easley, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Berry of Denver.

David Lee Johnson IV

AugustaChronicle.com
Bobby Charles Taylor Jr. and Tiffany Lynn Welch, both of Harlem, announce the birth of a son, Quincy Devin Taylor, Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Cheryl Myles of Harlem and Bobby and Belinda Taylor of Thomson.

AugustaChronicle.com
Matt and Kristen Wagaman of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Pierce Henderson Wagaman, Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roy Gmitter of Aiken, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Salley of Martinez, the late Douglas R. Gordon and the late Kenneth Wagaman.

AugustaChronicle.com
Martin J. and Lori J. Taylor of Evans announce the birth of a son, Jacob Lawrence Taylor, Friday, March 14, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Elizabeth Keefe of Stratford, Conn., and the late John E. Keefe, and Linda Taylor of Smiths, Ala., and the late Lawrence J. Taylor.

Jacob Lawrence Taylor

AugustaChronicle.com
Forrest and Stacy Mitchell of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Madison Elaine Mitchell, Thursday, March 20, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Ray and Donna Avinger of Harlem, Michael L. Mitchell of Beech Island and Stella Amelung of Grovetown.

Michael Scott Minteer Jr.

AugustaChronicle.com
James T. Kennedy II and Shelly Kennedy of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Jamie Kathleen Kennedy, Monday, March 17, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Fred and Kay Rexer of Grovetown, Jimmy Kennedy of Harlem and Ginny Hutton of Martinez.

Mason Aaron Drummond

AugustaChronicle.com
Michael and Shannon Minteer of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Michael Scott Minteer Jr., Thursday, March 13, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Minteer of Fredricksburg, Va., Mr. and Mrs. Larry LaPorte of Saline, Kan., and the late Christina D. Lewis.

Quincy Devin Taylor

AugustaChronicle.com
David Lee Johnson III and Courtney Redd, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, David Lee Johnson IV, Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Nick and Denise Thompson of Blythewood, S.C., Mr. and Mrs. Barry Redd of Blythe and Buddy and Debbie Horton and Mr. and Mrs. David Lee Johnson Jr., all of Augusta.

Madison Elaine Mitchell

AugustaChronicle.com
Dayau Tramaine Hudson and Courtney Patrice Thomas, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Keeara S'niah Hudson, Saturday, March 22, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Thomas Jr., Estelle Thomas, Valerie B. Griffin and Richard Hatfield, all of Augusta.

Tia Theresa Williams

AugustaChronicle.com
David M. and Amanda B. Drummond of Appling announce the birth of a son, Mason Aaron Drummond, Monday, March 3, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Leon Crews of Grovetown, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Berryman of Crawford, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Ben A. Long of Appling and the late Edgar Drummond.

AugustaChronicle.com
Ronald and Sarah Williams of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Tia Theresa Williams, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Michael and Laura Worth of Syracuse, N.Y., and Ronald and Mary Williams of Huntsville, Ala.

Pierce Henderson Wagaman

AugustaChronicle.com
SALT LAKE CITY -- Call it the Great Salt Lake Beer Party.

AugustaChronicle.com
ATLANTA - He figured his career in the big leagues would start in 2004. He would go to the minors this year, maybe earn a ticket to Atlanta in September, then join one of baseball's most prestigious starting rotations next spring.

AugustaChronicle.com
ATLANTA - It was the night of the dueling rookies.

Young left-hander earns promotion to big leagues

Expo's rookie pitcher too much for Braves

AugustaChronicle.com
As of today, you have less than two weeks to file your taxes by April 15.

AugustaChronicle.com
NEW YORK -- Wall Street rebounded Tuesday from a four-day selloff as investors, curbing their disappointment over a weaker-than-expected manufacturing report, decided to take some chances on lower-priced stocks.

AugustaChronicle.com
WASHINGTON The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers to avoid the stress of filing their returns at the eleventh hour and offered tips to help taxpayers beat the crush of the April 15 deadline.

AugustaChronicle.com
WASHINGTON -- Construction spending dipped by 0.2 percent in February, pulled down by a sharp drop in government outlays for big public works projects.

AugustaChronicle.com
Augusta resident Terry Crescy was excited to hear the news Tuesday: A recently approved alliance of Continental, Delta and Northwest airlines means she will be able to visit her son in Bloomington, Ill., much more easily.

AugustaChronicle.com
Kenny Sink should have been happy after winning the eBay auction on a surprisingly cheap amplifier.

AugustaChronicle.com
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories dropped by 1.5 percent in February, the biggest decline in five months, as prewar jitters and higher energy prices sapped the buying appetite of businesses and consumers.

AugustaChronicle.com
DETROIT -- DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group has followed General Motors Corp. in beefing up its incentives as automakers try to lure buyers at a time when consumer confidence is lagging.

AugustaChronicle.com
Mike Stephens is no Bob Vila, but he's no slouch when it comes to renovations around the house.

AugustaChronicle.com
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The House on Wednesday gave key approval to a bill that would protect consumers from high-interest loans and other controversial lending practices.

AugustaChronicle.com
NEW YORK -- Wall Street moved sharply higher as U.S.-led forces closed in on Baghdad Wednesday, boosting investor optimism that the two-week-old military conflict with Iraq might soon end. The Dow Jones industrials soared more than 230 points.

AugustaChronicle.com
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's search for a new coach may have to wait for more higher profile openings to be filled.

Change of course

AugustaChronicle.com
Coalition forces are risking their lives, and sacrificing them in some cases, to save long-suffering Iraqis who have been under Saddam Hussein's thumb, to avoid harming civilians, to rescue those caught in cross fire and to bring aid to those in need of food and water.

AugustaChronicle.com
Richmond County school officials were expecting an angry mob last Friday night at Bernie Ward Community Center. So the officials stayed away.

Tobacco tax still alive

AugustaChronicle.com
Although Gov. Sonny Perdue's proposed tobacco tax boost was smoked 144-29 by the Democrat-controlled House recently, there may still be a breath of life left in it yet.

Doing it right

The self-loathing left

AugustaChronicle.com
When a Columbia University professor said at an anti-war "teach-in" at the New York college last week that he'd like the United States to lose the war in Iraq, and suffer a "million Mogadishus," it was outrageous, shocking, treasonous-sounding - but not all that surprising.

AugustaChronicle.com
The Augusta National Golf Club's change of course this week was - well, Masters-ful.

We see the enemy

AugustaChronicle.com
DETROIT -- DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group has followed General Motors Corp. in beefing up its incentives as automakers try to lure buyers at a time when consumer confidence is lagging.

AugustaChronicle.com
A bowl of steaming grits is a wake-up call in many Southern homes. Topped with a fried egg, some would call it Southern heaven. Add a sprinkling of cheese for people who like their grits slightly doctored, and you've got breakfast or a popular side dish at a summer fish fry.

AugustaChronicle.com
This pasta sauce is something you can put together at lightning speed. Another advantage: The ingredients providing its substance as well as its flavor could all be on your pantry shelves, within arm's reach.

AugustaChronicle.com
He has been called the next Nomar, the next A-Rod, the next Alfonso Soriano.

AugustaChronicle.com
Here are bios of the 2003 Augusta GreenJackets.

AugustaChronicle.com
Here is the Augusta GreenJackets 2003 roster as of April 1.

AugustaChronicle.com
Here is information about the Augusta GreenJackets organization.

AugustaChronicle.com
Hickory Crawdads (Pirates) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox).

AugustaChronicle.com
The South Atlantic League opens its 100th season on Thursday with two new cities, a new team in an old city, and several new major-league affiliations.

AugustaChronicle.com
Russ Morman has lived the baseball life at every level during the past 20 years, from the low minors to the big leagues and back.

Just wait to see the kind of weather you want

AugustaChronicle.com
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- "Chase your own potential."

AugustaChronicle.com
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Former President Jimmy Carter believes women eventually will be able to join Augusta National Golf Club.

AugustaChronicle.com
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- David Toms is among those who wonder whether some drivers used on the PGA Tour are legitimate.

AugustaChronicle.com
DULUTH, Ga. -- Phil Mickelson took a month off for the birth of his third child, and his return to the PGA Tour for the BellSouth Classic comes only a week before the Masters.

FYI

GreenJackets scouting report

2003 Augusta GreenJackets

League set to begin milestone season

GreenJackets 2003 Roster

Young shortstop holds promise

AugustaChronicle.com
ATLANTA -- A new overtime system similar to the one used by colleges has been approved for Georgia high school football.

AugustaChronicle.com
Marty Jackson has expected to take over the Evans football program for the past few weeks. In the next day or two, it finally will become official.

AugustaChronicle.com
CAMP AS SALIYAH, Qatar -- Eleven bodies were found with prisoner of war Jessica Lynch when the Army supply clerk was rescued in a U.S. commando raid on an Iraqi hospital, a military spokesman said Wednesday.

AugustaChronicle.com
American ground troops surged to within 30 miles of Baghdad in a two-pronged attack from the south on Wednesday, smashing Republican Guard units in their path. The discovery of 11 bodies, Americans likely among them, tempered the joy over a POW's rescue.

AugustaChronicle.com
U.S.-led forces launched missiles Tuesday toward Baghdad and the holy Shiite Muslim city of Karbala to the southwest, and the U.S. military said it was investigating the shooting deaths of seven Iraqi women and children by American troops at a checkpoint a day earlier.

AugustaChronicle.com
WASHINGTON -- American troops rescued Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, who had been held as a prisoner of war in Iraq since she and other members of her unit were ambushed March 23, the Defense Department announced Tuesday.

AugustaChronicle.com
A 22-year-old Augusta woman was killed early this morning when she lost control of her vehicle and drove into the path of an oncoming van on Mike Padgett Highway, authorities said.

AugustaChronicle.com
I regret the misinformation and untruths that have come about as a result of the transfer requests of teachers at A.R. Johnson Magnet School. Each administrative decision that I make is in support of students and in support of the school and the system's mission, goals and policies. Dr. Dorothy B. Gandy, Grovetown, Ga.

AugustaChronicle.com
I wonder if the Iraqi war should be relabeled "Operation Stepping Stone" since we've started to threaten other countries in the region. It becomes clearer and clearer that this war is not about the liberation of the Iraqi people; rather it is so that we can use Iraq as a huge fire base to attack other countries in the region. Allan Levene, Augusta

AugustaChronicle.com
The Augusta Chronicle accuses those opposing the war with Iraq of not supporting our troops. Nonsense! My father was a combat veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. I know what it means to support our troops, and so do the veterans' groups and military families who, like me, oppose the war. Susan Yarborough, Augusta

AugustaChronicle.com
A short time ago, Dixie Chick Natalie Maines made comments concerning President George W. Bush, and subsequently suffered the effects of a public backlash against her opinion. Darren Blake, Evans, Ga.

AugustaChronicle.com
I am dismayed with the exaggerated truths and falsifications that I am hearing about A.R. Johnson Magnet School and the principal, Dr. Dorothy Gandy. It is unfortunate that a few parents and students are making assumptions based on rumors. I do believe one must stand up for what he believes, but I also believe one must gather facts before taking a stand. Melissa W. Jones, Grovetown, Ga.

AugustaChronicle.com
Are we another Iraq? It would seem so, since The Chronicle demands absolute silence if one does not agree with President George W. Bush's failed diplomatic policies that have caused us to be isolated from our Western allies and to be hated by millions around the world. Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

AugustaChronicle.com
There are several curious aspects of an article in the March 16 South Carolina edition of The Augusta Chronicle regarding how the proposed MOX (mixed uranium and plutonium oxide) nuclear fuel plant at the Savannah River Site might impact "minorities and the poor." Joseph M. Weaver, Graniteville, S.C.

AugustaChronicle.com
The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus performed at Augusta's Bell Auditorium March 23. The superb program and performance we enjoyed cannot be adequately described. Bob and Sondra Gillespie, Augusta

AugustaChronicle.com
One of the finest gifts that Columbia and Richmond counties have given to its citizens is the tow path that borders the Augusta Canal. Hundreds of walkers, joggers and bikers enjoy the scenic 3.5 mile dirt road that joins the lock and dam with the Augusta Water Pumping Station. Kathy Williams, Evans, Ga.

AugustaChronicle.com
Regarding our current war situation with Iraq and the dissension among our American people: Isn't it great to live in a country where you have the freedom to vote, freedom of religion and the freedom to speak your mind if you like without fear of repercussion? Well, guess who allows us, as Americans to have this freedom? The United States military! Terry Newton, Augusta

AugustaChronicle.com
I have been a daily reader of your paper for a number of years and, for the most part, have been satisfied with few complaints. Rob Hamilton, Augusta

AugustaChronicle.com
I've known Jack Connell for a long time, and I respect him and I am proud of his service to Georgia. However, I strongly disagree that the proper way to honor him is to rename River Watch Parkway after him. Jimmie E. Johnson, North Augusta, S.C.

AugustaChronicle.com
Richmond County bus drivers really need a little more education. When our children start riding a bus, what's the first thing we tell them? "You be good and do what the bus driver says." Angelia Drew, Hephzibah, Ga.

New York receives band aid

In the know

In the know

Small portions

AugustaChronicle.com
When life gives you lemons ... well, you know the rest.

AugustaChronicle.com
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, fitness and health activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

AugustaChronicle.com
WASHINGTON -- A presidential commission submitted plans to Congress Wednesday for an African American museum on the National Mall.

AugustaChronicle.com
On a tranquil afternoon in a tidy Grovetown subdivision, the silence is shattered by a scream, smoke and fire.

AugustaChronicle.com
The Augusta National Golf Club, the "Patch" and the late caddie Butch Littles all warrant a mention in the April edition of National Geographic.

AugustaChronicle.com
This earthy wine is filled with the essence of mushrooms and peppers and is balanced by dark fruit flavors.

AugustaChronicle.com
Researchers from Germany and the United States have described the discovery of unique receptor molecules on the surface of sperm cells. Receptors are like locks that lie on the surface of cells, waiting for the right key to come along and activate them.

AugustaChronicle.com
Like car manufacturers rolling out their new models, the makers of kitchen products have introduced their latest gadgets.

Local group puts dibs on Lynx

AugustaChronicle.com
Larry Kish officially takes the helm as general manager of the Augusta Lynx on Thursday.

AugustaChronicle.com
Split evenly along racial lines, the Augusta Commission on Tuesday failed to find six votes in favor of a resolution to get rid of its six-vote rule.

AugustaChronicle.com
CAMP VIPER, Iraq - With the weather warming, American troops have another indigenous enemy to contend with in Iraq - bugs.

AugustaChronicle.com
Against the strong advice of its attorney, the Augusta Commission voted Tuesday to allow the Human Relations Commission to investigate complaints from county employees - something it has been precluded from doing under a city ordinance.

AugustaChronicle.com
How a cell patches a tear in its outer wall could have wide-ranging implications - from manned space flight to devastating muscular dystrophy diseases, a Medical College of Georgia researcher said.

AugustaChronicle.com
The FBI is trying to track down a former tenant of an Augusta apartment complex who is suspected of plotting terrorist activities.

Disaster program could be widened

AugustaChronicle.com
ATLANTA - The Confederate battle-emblem version of the Georgia flag probably won't get past lawmakers taking up the controversial issue today, a leading House Democrat said Wednesday.

AugustaChronicle.com
Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian, fearing that pending state legislation could dramatically restrict services local governments provide over the Internet, asked the county council Tuesday night to voice opposition to the bill.

AugustaChronicle.com
Selling a sales tax to city voters is rarely easy, but it's likely to become downright difficult, according to Augusta Commission members working to structure a new capital construction plan with penny tax collections.

AugustaChronicle.com
MACON, Ga. -A woman facing state child molestation charges in Putnam County has pleaded guilty to knowing about incidents of sexual abuse and not reporting them.

AugustaChronicle.com
University Hospital will break ground today on an $8.7 million, 60,000-square-foot medical office complex in Evans.

Burglars target downtown ministry

AugustaChronicle.com
Dorothy Richardson, national USO consultant on adolescent social problems, spoke yesterday to a group of Augusta civic leaders on the impact the war is having on young people.

AugustaChronicle.com
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum said Wednesday she plans to use $10 million in lottery funds earmarked for new school buses to repair older vehicles in the state's fleet.

AugustaChronicle.com
HINESVILLE, Ga. -- Amanda Sanchez jumped out of bed at 1:30 Wednesday morning when she heard the phone ring, hoping it was her husband, Spc. Pedro Sanchez, calling from somewhere in Iraq.

AugustaChronicle.com
A South Carolina man who attempted to snatch a pregnant Augusta woman off a city street last summer pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted false imprisonment and received probation and a fine.

AugustaChronicle.com
Audrey Brathwaite collapsed in her home, and no one noticed.

Rants and Raves
LET MARTHA BURK have the front gate and then close it during Masters Week; then she can protest that! What an idiot!

AugustaChronicle.com
Because of the inclusion of The Chronicle's annual 68-page Masters Preview section and a large number of Easter sale advertisements, Sunday's newspaper will be delivered about an hour later than normal. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are sure you'll find this special issue worth the wait.

AugustaChronicle.com
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- More rainfall this year will likely increase the West Nile virus outbreak in South Carolina, a state health official says.

AugustaChronicle.com
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The estate of a 2-year-old girl who died at the hands of her foster father has sued the Department of Social Services over her death.

AugustaChronicle.com
Aiken residents voted Tuesday to reject a proposed fifth city council district - an outcome that leaves city leaders in a difficult position.

AugustaChronicle.com
ATLANTA -- Voters likely will get to choose which state flag to fly in a referendum next year, but their options may not include the flag which featured the Confederate battle emblem, the chairman of a powerful House committee suggested Wednesday.

AugustaChronicle.com
ATLANTA -- Speaker Terry Coleman warned Tuesday that the House may have to eliminate many or all of the construction programs the governor recommended for next year - including those for new schools - to help balance the budget.

AugustaChronicle.com
Family members of the Army Reserve 319th Transportation Company will gather Friday night to put together care packages to send to their loved ones in Iraq.

AugustaChronicle.com
RINGGOLD, Ga. -- Georgia authorities are investigating a state medical examiner who worked on the Tri-State crematory case and is accused of practicing medicine without a license.

AugustaChronicle.com
After months without a valid adult entertainment ordinance, the Augusta Commission voted Tuesday to close a gaping loophole that - since January - has left strip clubs and adult bookstores unregulated by local law enforcement.

AugustaChronicle.com
MACON, Ga. -- A woman facing state child molestation charges in Putnam County has pleaded guilty to knowing about incidents of sexual abuse and not reporting them.

AugustaChronicle.com
COLUMBIA -A Darlington police officer who worked at a junior high school was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexually abusing a 14-year-old pupil, the State Law Enforcement Division said.

AugustaChronicle.com
ATLANTA -- House Speaker Terry Coleman backed off his plan to have elected public defenders Tuesday, clearing the way for a system of appointed lawyers for poor people in criminal cases.

AugustaChronicle.com
North Augustans got their first look at two proposed Palmetto Parkway and Interstate 20 interchanges at a Tuesday open house.

AugustaChronicle.com
BARNWELL, S.C. -- The grandparents of missing Army Sgt. George Edward Buggs are unsure whether the boy they helped raise in this rural Southern city is alive or dead.

Airport erases jobs to balance budget

AugustaChronicle.com
RICHMOND, Va. -- Edmund A. Matricardi III, a former official for the Virginia and South Carolina Republican parties, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of felony wire intercept for listening in on a Democratic Party conference call, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Businessman given probation

AugustaChronicle.com
Today's subscriber of the day is Amanda Blodgett of Augusta.

Public views 2 road choices

AugustaChronicle.com
LET MARTHA BURK have the front gate and then close it during Masters Week; then she can protest that! What an idiot!

AugustaChronicle.com
APRIL 2, 1933 With Georgia congressmen getting in line to get everything possible for his district, the march of the Roosevelt unemployment army began its first steps toward reality.

AugustaChronicle.com
An Augusta man whose body was found in his home by friends Tuesday probably had been dead for several days, and police are treating his death as a homicide.

Leaders expand board's authority

AugustaChronicle.com
Burglars cleaned out an Augusta nonprofit ministry this week, stealing eight computers used for an after-school tutoring program.

AugustaChronicle.com
AIKEN - Some of the school buses hauling Aiken County pupils are so old and rickety that driving down rural dirt roads has caused their windows to break and their frames to crack.

AugustaChronicle.com
Faced with funding problems 1 1/2 years after the Sept. 11 attacks, Augusta Regional Airport officials are slashing their budget and seeking new revenue sources, including a $1 increase in parking fees.

Hospital to start building offices

AugustaChronicle.com
ATLANTA -Gov. Sonny Perdue's campaign will reimburse the state for a helicopter flight he took to a Republican rally in Blackshear before he was inaugurated.

AugustaChronicle.com
The future looks grim for Georgia's school systems.

Rants and Raves
THANK YOU TO ALL the doctors and nurses at Fort Gordon. I had open-heart surgery, and they were all so nice, Christian people and took good care of me. I would also like to say thank you to the members of my church, Victory Baptist, for all their support while I was in the hospital.

AugustaChronicle.com
A federal judge has ruled that Columbia County's stormwater utility fee is actually a tax.

Airport warned about hirings

AugustaChronicle.com
Today's subscriber of the day is Madge Nelson of Augusta.

Kidnap attempt gets probation

AugustaChronicle.com
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Marshall Tucker Band will play a May 1 concert organized as an alternative to the Dixie Chicks, who will be opening their U.S. tour at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville that day.

Low black turnout kills district

AugustaChronicle.com
YORK, Pa. -- A white man charged in the 1969 murder of a young black woman during 10 days of race riots in York pleaded no contest Wednesday to attempted murder and conspiracy.

AugustaChronicle.com
The former president of the garbage service that had the largest share of Augusta's business until he was accused of bilking the city pleaded no contest Tuesday to theft.

AugustaChronicle.com
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Senate confirmed Gov. Mark Sanford's appointees for the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism and the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services on Wednesday.

AugustaChronicle.com
ALBANY, Ga. -- Terri Rachals, a former nurse who was accused of injecting lethal doses of potassium chloride into six patients, has been released after serving her 17-year sentence.

AugustaChronicle.com
Augusta Regional Airport will have to try harder to hire female-owned, minority-owned and small businesses for construction projects and concessions, a consultant has told airport officials.

AugustaChronicle.com
Black voters crucial to the success of a proposed fifth Aiken City Council district endorsed by the NAACP didn't show up in significant numbers during Tuesday's citywide referendum, precinct statistics show.

AugustaChronicle.com
THANK YOU TO ALL the doctors and nurses at Fort Gordon. I had open-heart surgery, and they were all so nice, Christian people and took good care of me. I would also like to say thank you to the members of my church, Victory Baptist, for all their support while I was in the hospital.

AugustaChronicle.com
For 51 weeks a year, protesters probably could gather outside the gates of Augusta National Golf Club without incident or objection, Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength testified in federal court Wednesday.

Across the area

Stormwater fee is tax, judge says

AugustaChronicle.com
CENTRAL IRAQ - Pfc. John Michael Brown turned the tanker truck off the dirt road and began steering seven tons of metal, tires and petroleum down a steep incline.

AugustaChronicle.com
The Medical College of Georgia is close to an agreement with the American Medical Association that could lead to the college's teaching disaster medicine courses across the country, officials said.

AugustaChronicle.com
Richmond County authorities say an autopsy shows that an Augusta slaying victim died from a gunshot wound to his left leg.

Across the area

Schools see new cuts on the way

Commission refines adult-entertainment law

Internet-restriction bill draws protest

Across Georgia and South Carolina

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina

A note to readers:

Woman, 22, killed in car wreck

AugustaChronicle.com
If you're visiting town for golf, welcome to the area. The same goes if you have just moved here. In either case, you might want to lend an ear: I want to explain a couple of matters concerning the local weather.

AugustaChronicle.com
Guy held captive in a phone booth by a sniper. As a 10-word Hollywood pitch, it sounds like a cool and novel scenario.

AugustaChronicle.com
"The Man Without A Past" has such a violent, shocking start that some may be surprised at the quieter shock the film ultimately delivers: It emerges as an unforced fable of a uniquely stirring sort.

AugustaChronicle.com
What Amanda Bynes should have wanted from "What a Girl Wants" is a better script - and she deserves it.

AugustaChronicle.com
LOS ANGELES -- The Chris Rock political comedy "Head of State" was No. 1 at the box office with $13.5 million during its debut weekend.

AugustaChronicle.com
TALLADEGA, Ala. - A sport that puts the name of a cigarette and beer company on its letterhead may draw the line with the dietary supplement ephedra.

AugustaChronicle.com
Here are facts about this weekend's Aaron's 499 race.

Focusing on health

AugustaChronicle.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR admitted it made a mistake at Texas Motor Speedway when Matt Kenseth was allowed to keep the race lead even though Jeff Gordon had passed him under a caution flag.

AugustaChronicle.com
Dale Earnhardt Jr. can become the first driver to win four consecutive races at the Talladega Superspeedway with a victory in Sunday's Aaron's 499. His father, seven-time series champion Dale Earnhardt, holds the track record with 10 wins at Talladega. The third-generation driver is third in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series point standings. He took time out before Sunday's race to answer questions about Talladega and his season.

Racing facts - Aaron's 499

AugustaChronicle.com
TALLADEGA, Ala. - NASCAR admitted it made a mistake Sunday during the Winston Cup Series race in allowing Kurt Busch and Ricky Rudd to get their lap back in a sprint to the finish line during a caution period.

AugustaChronicle.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Busch series driver Chad Blount, his car owner and crew chief were punished Tuesday by NASCAR for rules violations at Texas Motor Speedway.

NASCAR notebook

AugustaChronicle.com
ATLANTA -- Pete Babcock was fired as general manager of the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, with eight games left in the team's fourth straight losing season.

AugustaChronicle.com
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Oklahoma guard Hollis Price searched and searched, but he rarely found a gap in Syracuse's zone defense. The Orangemen are planning an encore performance for T.J. Ford and the Texas Longhorns.

AugustaChronicle.com
AUSTIN, Texas -- The foundation for the Texas Longhorns' Final Four team was in place long before star guard T.J. Ford showed up.

AugustaChronicle.com
MILWAUKEE -- Trey Schwab sits on the Marquette bench, breathing oxygen from a tube connected to a portable tank. He wears a cell phone on his hip, and he checks it every so often to see if he's missed the call that could save his life.

AugustaChronicle.com
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Reserve Michael Lee tried telling teammate and close friend Aaron Miles about his frustration with criticism directed at the Kansas bench.

AugustaChronicle.com
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Getting through the talent-rich West Regional didn't buy the Kansas Jayhawks any extra confidence heading into the Final Four.

AugustaChronicle.com
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- With two freshmen and two sophomores in the starting lineup, Syracuse has been learning on the fly.

AugustaChronicle.com
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee coach Pat Summitt had a horrible start to her Wednesday morning. She watched a tape of the Lady Vols' 76-55 loss to Duke earlier this season.

AugustaChronicle.com
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Matt Doherty, who failed to make the NCAA tournament in two of three seasons at North Carolina and had a turbulent relationship with some of his players, resigned Tuesday.

AugustaChronicle.com
Diana Taurasi and Alana Beard will be there. So will "Rocky Top" and "Hook 'em, horns!" The women's Final Four will feature two of the game's top stars, a ton of tradition and plenty of orange.

AugustaChronicle.com
NEW YORK -- A simple message is posted in the locker room: "Know your ring size. St. John's goes for No. 6."

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

AugustaChronicle.com
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Annie Mealing (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Boyd (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Jack Hobbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Claude McEver (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine Gorman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Johnson Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. McKinley Wilson (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Melrose Sapp (PERKINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Callie Kindon (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mr. Louis James (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Carlton Pridgen (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Philip Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Germany (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annette Perry (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Cummings (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Isabella Mobley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rufus Owens Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Haven Peavler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Barney (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Wallace Wyatt (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Smith (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Parker Kroll (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Delores Edney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vertrille Boyer (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Dr. Lynda Whatley (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Smith (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Audrey Gilder (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Delores Edney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mozelle Boatwright (NEW HOLLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Cummings (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Isabella Mobley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Cleland (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Wallace Wyatt (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Johnnie Burns (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Alyce Bobal (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earl Midgett (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. William Waters (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie McCluskey (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Eva Chalker (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmie Brown (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Chuck Logan (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances McCorkle (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Rufus Owens Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Kirk (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Lovins (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Patrick (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Louis James (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Jeffrey Wooden (SUTTON, Mass.)

Mrs. Mary Ashley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sallie Williford (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances McCorkle (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Audrey Gilder (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joe Franklin (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mr. Robert Coach III (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Johnnie Barber (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Jamel Lyman Jr. (HARRISON, Ga.)

SARS makes it imperative to include Taiwan in WHO
EVEN AMID THE overwhelming coverage of the Iraq war, another important news item has caught many people's attention recently. And as this story unfolds day by day, it has become more and more alarming.

AugustaChronicle.com
EVEN AMID THE overwhelming coverage of the Iraq war, another important news item has caught many people's attention recently. And as this story unfolds day by day, it has become more and more alarming.

South Aiken coach feels right at home

Overtime

Overtime

AugustaChronicle.com
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Professional soccer players in Colombia will now have to think twice before lifting their shirts to celebrate goals.

AugustaChronicle.com
PARIS -- Lance Armstrong will defend his title at the Criterium du Dauphine Libere race in the French Alps in June as he prepares for a bid at a record-tying fifth straight Tour de France title.

AugustaChronicle.com
Former Chicago Bulls coach Tim Floyd has interviewed with Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley about the head coaching job, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday.

AugustaChronicle.com
Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis may fight in the same ring June 21 - just not against each other.

AugustaChronicle.com
Paul Waters' first year at South Aiken has been a definite eye-opener.

AugustaChronicle.com
PARIS -- The winners of this year's French Open will earn more money than last year, but women will still make less than men.

AugustaChronicle.com
Defending champion Laura Coble, of Augusta, was among seven top seeds to advance to the quarterfinals of the Geor-gia women's Match Play Championship at Sunset Hills Country Club in Carrollton, Ga.

AugustaChronicle.com
WASHINGTON -- There were ways NASA engineers might have tried to save Columbia if they had known for certain that the space shuttle was in trouble from a damaged wing, NASA's chief shuttle engineer wrote in an e-mail 12 days before the craft's destruction.

AugustaChronicle.com
PICKERING, La. -- The discovery of three engine parts from the space shuttle Columbia could mark the end of the debris search in Louisiana.

AugustaChronicle.com
LOS ANGELES -- This is shaping up as a very good year for BET.

AugustaChronicle.com
NEW YORK - Television viewers seeking relief from war news made Fox's American Idol last week's most popular program.

AugustaChronicle.com
LOS ANGELES -- "American Idol" finalist Corey Clark has been dropped from the Fox series because of an arrest last fall at his family's Topeka, Kan., home.

AugustaChronicle.com
NEW YORK -- After five weeks on sick leave, David Letterman returned to CBS' "The Late Show" acting happy, jazzed and just a little bit wacky.

AugustaChronicle.com
ATLANTA -- Dominique Wilkins wants to coach in the NBA. He might be willing to go back to school if his alma mater calls.

AugustaChronicle.com
ATHENS, Ga. -- Former Chicago Bulls coach Tim Floyd has interviewed with Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley about the head coaching job, an Atlanta newspaper reported Tuesday.

AugustaChronicle.com
ATHENS, Ga. -- Kyle Keen had three RBI singles and scored once Wednesday to help Georgia to a 10-2 victory over the College of Charleston.

AugustaChronicle.com
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's Susan Walvius knows she'll face the same questions she did a year ago about her team's continuing success. And Walvius expects her players to come up with the same winning answer next season as they did this time.

AugustaChronicle.com
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The visit by South Carolina starting quarterback Dondrial Pinkins to sports orthopedist Dr. James Andrews revealed what Gamecock personnel already knew - Pinkins has an elbow sprain.