NEW YORK -- They slowly snake their way down a tall spiral staircase, a curlicue structure that rises to the proscenium arch of Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
VIENNA, Austria -- Hitler has returned, at least in spirit, to the men's hostel he called home when he was a young man in imperial Vienna.
NEW YORK -- Can sweet and charming survive on Broadway?
NEW YORK -- Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in "Some Like It Hot." Cherubino in "The Marriage of Figaro." Barbra Streisand in "Yentl."
NEW YORK -- With more than 4,000 Egyptian antiquities, the Brooklyn Museum of Art has one of the finest collections in the world. But only a fraction, about 500 or so items, have ever been on display.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers players signed a jersey Monday to send to Chief Warrant Officer Ronald D. Young Jr., one of the seven American POWs rescued last weekend.

Masters is over and Augusta is back to normal
LIVE OAK, Fla. - David Parkin was checking out a plant he wanted to buy at a Wal-Mart when he felt a searing pain shoot through his arm. When he dropped the plant, a water moccasin remained attached to his thumb, shooting its venom into his body.
ST. LOUIS -- A jury awarded $6,000 to a woman who sued a hair salon, claiming that bad hair treatment left her depressed and led her to seek early retirement.
PONCE, Puerto Rico - He has stories, all right. Like the times he would collapse on the living room couch after watching his son, Javy Lopez, play a doubleheader in the humidity of a Puerto Rican summer.
ATLANTA -- Military personnel will be able to buy two tickets for the price of one at Atlanta Braves home games this season.
MIAMI -- What was good news for the Atlanta Braves was bad news for the rest of the National League: Greg Maddux looked like his old self.

Lopez comes home
MIAMI - Greg Maddux, Roberto Hernandez and John Smoltz combined to break several Florida streaks in the Atlanta Braves' 7-1 victory over the Marlins:
MIAMI - The Florida Marlins might think twice before letting their marketing department make fun of Greg Maddux again.

Atlanta pitchers keep Florida at bay
DETROIT -- Jack Smith accepts his designation as the man who saved General Motors Corp. the same way he accepted the job to run the company just over 10 years ago - reluctantly.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- Philip Morris USA got a partial reprieve Monday when an Illinois judge cut in half the amount that the nation's biggest cigarette maker must come up with to begin appealing a $10.1 billion verdict.
ATLANTA -- Coca-Cola and Delta report on the state of their companies this week, and analysts said Monday they will be looking closely to see how the two Georgia corporations have weathered tough economic conditions at home and political tensions abroad.
NEW YORK -- Vanguard Group has decided to revamp seven of its popular index funds, aligning them with indexes operated by Morgan Stanley Capital International in a move designed to cut costs and improve returns.
Allen Green gets help with his taxes from AARP tax volunteer Ray Butler (right), who was part of a team of volunteers helping people fill out their returns at the Senior Citizens Council on 15th Street. The IRS also has a help line available.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Peppering her testimony with nervous laughter, an accountant Monday outlined the finances of HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy, including his mortgage-free mansions and a web of personal companies.
NEW YORK -- Investors attracted by lower prices but still wary of first-quarter earnings sent stocks soaring Monday, a break from last week's declines. The Dow Jones industrials climbed more than 140 points but volume was light, a sign that many investors want to see more profit reports before making any major moves.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Daniel Davidson gave up four hits and struck out seven in seven shutout innings as Florida State beat Clemson 8-1 on Sunday.

First water, then Weir

A stealth tax hike?
Sports fans hoped to see a first at the Masters this year; what they got was a bushel of firsts, but not the one they expected. Tiger Woods failed in his bid to be the first golfer ever to don the green jacket three years running.
Occasionally, out of the midst of mayhem and tragedy and grief and sorrow comes a miracle, a single, solitary miracle.
Given the state's dismal revenue prospects, and no public sentiment whatsoever for tax increases, Georgia lawmakers are being forced to make Draconian cuts in the $16 billion budget that begins July 1.

Martha's Media Circus
Public school districts' bans on home-school students participating in sports or other extracurricular activities seem to be motivated by pure spite - and are an insult to tax-paying, home-schooling parents.

507th Heaven
The Democratic-controlled Georgia House, after twice failing to pass a cigarette tax to plug a $128 million hole in the state's planned $16 billion budget, simply sent the bill onto the Senate with the shortfall still in it.
The Martha Burk rally Saturday turned out to be the biggest anticlimax since the Republican Guard's defense of Baghdad.

Deal with the cuts

Lift home-school ban
ROME -- Italy will build a Holocaust museum to preserve the memory of victims from this country and across Europe, parliament announced.
WASHINGTON -- Credit counseling agencies often give indebted consumers bad advice, charge excessive fees and engage in deceptive practices - and customer complaints are up, according to a report released Wednesday by two consumer organizations.
Q. With corporate annual reports getting thicker every year, it is harder for individual investors to find the time to read them. What are the most important areas to keep an eye on?
NEW YORK -- Retirement is starting to loom for the oldest of the baby boom generation, but few of them are prepared for the financial perils of old age, experts say.
Oops! Youve discovered an error after your tax return has been filed. What should you do? You may need to amend your return, according to the IRS.
NEW YORK -- Shortly after Yolanda Kilbride's husband was called up for active duty by the Marine Corps, she took advantage of a little-known law to shore up their finances.
Are you expecting a tax refund from the IRS this year? The IRS says that if you file a complete and accurate paper tax return, your refund should be issued in about six to eight weeks from the date IRS receives your return. If you file your return electronically, your refund should be issued in about 10 days even faster when you choose direct deposit.
NEW YORK -- With the war winding down, Wall Street stumbled lower this past week as investors shifted their attention to first-quarter earnings reports. Many believed that change bodes poorly for stocks because of concerns that the war curtailed spending by consumers and businesses, and therefore eroded company profits.
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Brent Stephens and Stan Lyons both homered, and each Georgia Southern starter had at least one hit as the Eagles beat Wofford 19-4 Sunday.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Tyler Greene drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single and another with a triple to help Georgia Tech beat Duke 13-6 Sunday and sweep their three-game weekend series.
HICKORY, N.C. - Hickory wrapped up a five-game series with Augusta on Sunday by sweeping a doubleheader, winning 6-4 and 6-1 at L.P Frans Stadium.
Augusta GreenJackets reliever Angus Roy didn't get to watch Mike Weir's historic Masters Tournament victory on Sunday.
And the nominees for "Biggest Hit of the Game" for the Augusta GreenJackets are:
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A Maple Leaf grows among the towering pines of Augusta National.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Who needs Tiger Woods?
Mr. Weir hugs his wife, Bricia, on No. 10 after making bogey on the hole in the playoff, which was good enough to give him the championship and the $1,080,000 prize money.
From a late start to a sudden conclusion, the 67th Masters Tournament was one for the record books. No wonder a player standing on the wrong side of the ball won it.
TORONTO -- Mike Weir returned home Monday with a green jacket.

Masters shattered expectations

Canadian wins in sudden-death playoff

Roy roots on Weir from the road

Crawdads take two from GreenJackets

Parrish makes practice of state runner-up

Jones makes her own name for Lady Eagles
LITHIA SPRINGS, Ga. -- When Kaye Young saw the jerky picture of a smiling soldier in blue pajamas Sunday, she knew her son was safe after 22 days as a prisoner of war.
Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit fell with unexpectedly light resistance on Monday, the last Iraqi city to succumb to overpowering U.S.-led ground and air forces. A senior Pentagon general said "major combat engagements" are likely over in the 26-day war.
I was out at Augusta National on Sunday morning taking it all in.
A gas line breech on Ellis Street Tuesday morning caused the evacuation of an entire downtown block, including more than 300 pupils at Curtis Baptist Church Elementary School.
Two Greenbrier high School students were killed Tuesday afternoon while on their way to a golf tournament in Lincoln county, authorities said.
A man wanted in connection with Thursday's slaying of an Augusta pawn shop employee was captured early today in Columbia, S.C., authorities said.
One has to chuckle when reading your March 30 editorial, "Trespass or treason?" First, you assume this country has constitutional rights for free speech. We don't.R.E. Sutherland, Jackson, S.C.
I don't see any of those anti-war folks carrying arms or putting their lives on the line for our freedom - to oppose the war or anything else in this country. Did Sept. 11, 2001, not mean anything to them? They can oppose all they want and stick their heads in the sand. The evil of this world won't go away unless we do something about it. Bonnie Cox, North Augusta, S.C.
I just finished watching an interview with a former resident of Iraq. She told of being plucked from her classroom at age 15, taken to prison, beaten and then raped while her parents were forced to watch. Her crime was she had written something derogatory about Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in her notebook. She was turned over to the secret police by her teacher. Jim Vause, Warrenville, S.C.
Letter writers Paul Cook (March 31) and Lowell Greenbaum (April 2) are out with more malicious palter. Keep in mind that both of these individuals still support the two most inept presidents - Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton - that we have seen in my 70-plus years. Alan R. Jackson, Hephzibah, Ga.
Dealing with some minor adjustments since the horrific acts on Sept. 11, 2001, have become commonplace in today's society. We don't mind hassles if they are warranted. But, I don't believe that the water supply in Augusta is a prime terror target.Earle W. Lovering Jr., Augusta
I take issue with Lowell Greenbaum's April 2 letter,, "Chronicle demands absolute silence from dissenters."Pete Johnson, Augusta
As chairman of the Georgia Senate appropriations sub-committee for higher education, I want ... to tell the people of the greater Augusta area what a great addition to the Appropriations Committee Sen. Randy Hall, R-Augusta, has been. As a member of the higher education sub-committee Sen. Hall has diligently attended every budget hearing and he certainly realizes the economic difficulties facing the Medical College of Georgia and the entire state of Georgia. State Sen. Charles C. Clay, R-Marietta
The Chronicle acknowledges the constitutional right of free speech and assembly, but your recent editorials clearly evince your visceral disdain for any meaningful exercise of these rights.Joseph A. Dahlheimer, Martinez, Ga.
In response to Allan Levene's April 3 letter ("Iraqi war is a sham"), alleging that the war in Iraq is solely to increase U.S. power in the Middle East: I find some of his comments disturbing.Christopher Baugh, Evans, Ga.
This is in response to what I consider libelous remarks of my principal at A.R. Johnson Magnet School, Dr. Dorothy Gandy. I am one of the teachers Dr. Gandy has requested be transferred. Audrey Smith, North Augusta, S.C.

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Senior calendar

Cash back
For most of the year, Americans' relationship with Uncle Sam is one-sided - they give, he takes.
In order to give our readers a jump start on their weekend entertainment planning, The Augusta Chronicle is launching a new mini-section that will appear Wednesday and include quick reviews of upcoming movies, Augusta hot spots and local eateries.
Q: I'm relieved to learn that I am not the only one who gets headaches from sex. Over a 10-year period I had severe, pounding headaches during three separate vacations (great times for making love), only during sex, close to climax.
NEW YORK - Ridiculed for its cataloglike format and narrow focus on shopping, Lucky magazine was given a slim chance of survival when it debuted two years ago. Since then, the "magalog" has made its critics into believers and even copycats.
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.

Dad hopes son serves in House
Jasmine Ryals has asked her father about the scars.

Rants and Raves
I WOULD LIKE to say to the idiot ranter who told all nonsmokers to stay home: Why don't you come with me and take one of my treatments for the cancer that you gave me? I never smoked a cigarette in my life. But I have lung cancer, thanks to you.
Today's serviceman of the day is Air Force Airman 1st Class Terri Smith of Hephzibah.
City leaders say you can't put a price on free speech, but this weekend's protests outside Augusta National Golf Club cost Richmond County taxpayers a pretty penny - including nearly $10,000 in overtime pay for 53 sheriff's deputies.

SRS waste shipments reach 100

Rants and Raves
I SAY TO the United Nations, especially France and Germany ... to the victor go the spoils. Now sit down and shut up.
Garry Smith is aiming to take his relationship with his father, Rep. Roland Smith, R-Langley, to a significant level Tuesday.

Gas leak leads to evacuation
CONWAY, S.C. - Lawyers for an Horry County man must fight for his life after a jury convicted him of murder in the shooting of an off-duty jail employee.

Across South Carolina

Performance pays off for school

Across the southeast

School board to study adding members

Man arrested helping friend

Reward money in Holt case will be split, attorneys say
An Augusta man who tried to drive a wounded North Augusta friend to the hospital was charged with underage possession of alcohol, according to North Augusta police records.

GBI gets tough on child abuse
SPARTANBURG -Prosecutors say it could take years to close all of the cases tied to marriage scams uncovered in Operation Broken Vows.

Libraries voice concern of act's privacy invasion
APRIL 14, 1852 E.S. Dodge has purchased the patent rights for the city of Augusta to take pictures with a wonderful improvement. He respectfully announces to the citizens of Augusta that he has on exhibition at his gallery some fine specimens of pictures taken in the new style, which he would be pleased to show to all who make call on him.

Two teens killed in car wreck
ATLANTA -- State lawmakers are trying to slow the proliferation of meth labs by making it illegal to own some over-the-counter drugs in large quantities.

Across the area

Across Georgia

Family rejoices in POW's release
ATLANTA - Despite the uncertainty surrounding next year's budget, it's an open question which of the 2003 session's biggest issues will make it out of the Georgia General Assembly first.

Across South Carolina
Bobby Kelly's eyes filled with tears Sunday when the Clearwater man learned that his grandson had been found safe in Iraq.
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- After watching the Catawba River and its lakes drop to historically low levels last summer, Duke Power and waterfront homeowners now are confronting the opposite problem - too much water.

Across Georgia
The faculty and staff at one Richmond County high school could be receiving a bonus next year.

Across the area
Columbia County School Superintendent Tommy Price told a group of Democrats on Monday that a task force studying the issue of having an at-large elected school board chairman will likely turn its attention to increasing the number of board members from five to seven.

Flag, budget still haunt lawmakers' final days
APRIL 15, 1843 NOTICE: SCREVEN COUNTY, GA. All persons are hereby cautioned not to trespass upon the plantation or premises of the subscriber, either by cutting or felling any board trees, rail timber or cutting or taking from the same.
I SAY TO the United Nations, especially France and Germany ... to the victor go the spoils. Now sit down and shut up.
Today's serviceman of the day is Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer William Watkins of Madisonville, Ky.
Arturo Mata, the manager of Teresa's Restaurant on Gordon Highway, said he feels pretty angry when a customer leaves without paying for a meal.
If there was a sign that officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation take child molestation seriously, it was the November arrest of the man who once headed their Thomson office.
BRUNSWICK -Glynn County police said they arrested a second man wanted in the fatal shooting of an off-duty Brunswick police officer during a convenience store robbery.
A construction worker who recently lost his job was charged Monday in last week's robbery and slaying of an Augusta pawnshop worker.
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who refused to leave an Augusta bar and threatened an officer using obscene language Saturday night.
An Augusta man was killed Monday afternoon when his vehicle was blindsided by a man fleeing police in a stolen truck, authorities said.
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- More than 2,000 people rallied in Warner Robins on Saturday to support United States troops fighting in Iraq.
The people who helped convict the men who killed Sam's Club Manager David Holt have split a $400,000 reward fund set up by Wal-Mart Inc.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Marine Pvt. Nolen Ryan Hutchings of Boiling Springs was killed in a friendly fire incident in the war in Iraq, his father said Sunday evening.
Keeping quiet is what libraries are all about. But lately, there has been a lot of talk at Augusta-area libraries concerning the Patriot Act.
North Augusta police are looking for a man who they say kidnapped an ex-girlfriend and returned her a few hours later.
FORT STEWART, Ga. -- Capt. Mike Enos and Sgt. Jeff Fornshell weren't deployed overseas with the 2nd Brigade in September. Nor did they get to help their fellow Fort Stewart troops take down Baghdad last week.
I WOULD LIKE to say to the idiot ranter who told all nonsmokers to stay home: Why don't you come with me and take one of my treatments for the cancer that you gave me? I never smoked a cigarette in my life. But I have lung cancer, thanks to you.
AIKEN - Officials at Savannah River Site said SRS sent its 100th shipment of transuranic waste to its permanent home in New Mexico on Monday.
LITHIA SPRINGS - The family of rescued prisoner of war Army Chief Warrant Officer Ronald Young Jr. awaits his return home with a steak dinner ready.
COLUMBIA -Nine candidates seeking the Democratic Party presidential nomination will debate at the University of South Carolina on May 3.
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -Cypress Gardens, which billed itself as Florida's oldest theme park and served as the backdrop for Esther Williams movies during its heyday, opened its gates for the last time Sunday.
"Stevie" is actually about two guys named Steve: One is the subject of the documentary, Stevie Fielding; the other the documentarian himself, Steve James.
LOS ANGELES -- When Justin Lin set out to make a movie about affluent Asian-American teens with a penchant for crime, potential investors loved the idea. But for such an edgy movie to make money, they told him he needed a white cast.
LOS ANGELES -- Adam Sandler, who's become one of Hollywood's top box-office draws by playing infantile men prone to fisticuffs and tantrums, displays in real life a shambling politeness and faux-naive modesty.
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Paul Tracy is as amazed as anyone that he's leading the CART Champ Car standings after winning the first three races of the season.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - The way Jeff Gordon bumped his way to victory Sunday in the Virginia 500 would have qualified for road rage on any interstate. But for Martinsville Speedway, where if there's no wrecker, there's no foul, Gordon's aggression seemed almost playful.

Harvick's temper is under control
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Just because Kevin Harvick has behaved in the last year on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series doesn't mean he's lost his mean streak.
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Rookie A.J. Allmendinger led the whole way Sunday en route to his first career victory in the Toyota Atlantic Championship series.
MOTEGI, Japan -- American Scott Sharp won the crash-filled Indy Japan 300 on Sunday, and moved into a tie for the lead in career victories in the IndyCar series.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Jeff Gordon nudged Bobby Labonte aside on the 487th lap Sunday, ending a long stretch of nose-to-tail frustration to win the Virginia 500.
WASHINGTON -- Although he couldn't take the Washington Wizards to the playoffs in two years as a player, Michael Jordan brought sellouts, big profits and national TV exposure to a listless franchise.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz and Mike Bibby of the Sacramento Kings were added Monday to the national team that will compete in the Olympic qualifying tournament in August.
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Roy Williams told the Kansas Jayhawks he is leaving to coach North Carolina, his beloved alma mater, according to players who attended a meeting with him Monday.
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BRISTOL, Conn. -- ESPN reached a four-year agreement to televise Wimbledon from 2003-06.
University of North Florida pitchers kept USC Aiken off the board in a 4-0, 4-0 doubleheader sweep at Pacer Park on Sunday.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- It took one gymnast with a fractured leg and another with a bum ankle, but Auburn's gymnastics team is finally vaulting from Alabama's shadow.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- So much for the thought that Serena Williams is unbeatable.
One of these days the Briarwood girls basketball team is going to win a Georgia Independent Schools Association Class AA title.
She was a state champion last year, but this season she really had to grow up.
ATLANTA -- Her eyes closed, Rev. Kathleen Kiley's fingers twitch as her hands hover over the 73-year-old Parkinson's disease patient lying serenely on a clinic bed. Kiley was working to cleanse and release blocks in the patient's energy field.
In Iraq, Islam's ancient Sunni-Shiite divide is a matter of politics as well as history and doctrine.
WRENTHAM, Mass. -- The 50 Cistercian Sisters of Mount Saint Mary Abbey rise each morning at 3, pray until nearly 8 and then begin their work day making chocolate, the labor they have chosen to support themselves and their life of what they call "beautiful simplicity."
LOS ANGELES -- The Michael Jackson television frenzy isn't over.
NEW YORK -- Odds are, you know and love John Corbett.
Insider dramas about show business have a built-in appeal for the show-biz consumer. Now comes a TV series that probes the glamorous, sometimes explosive world of hip-hop.
NEW YORK -- A top CNN executive kept quiet about some atrocities in Iraq not because the network wanted to protect access but because it worried about putting lives in danger, CNN said Monday.
NEW YORK -- A vegetarian activist group says the Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera is willing to run graphic footage of human war victims but won't accept their commercial showing bloody animals.
NEW YORK -- Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC have eagerly fed a public hungry for war news, 24 hours a day. What happens when that hunger subsides?
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - New Georgia basketball coach Dennis Felton flew to California on Sunday to meet with Mohamed Abukar, but he left with little hope of convincing the San Diego-area player of the year to remain with the Bulldogs.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Marshall Szabo hit a two-run home run in the eighth to lead Georgia past Tennessee 8-6 Sunday.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Justin Tordi, Mario Garza, Brian Rose and C.J. Smith homered, leading Florida to a 13-4 win over South Carolina and snapping a five-game conference losing streak Sunday.
New CDs in stores today include the long-awaited debut from American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson.
What's the best way to clean CDs?
Takisha Burke, 18, is a senior at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. Prayer, a black and white photo, won an award of merit in the PTA Reflections art competition.
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

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THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I'm trying to talk to this girl who lives about an hour away. We have a ton of stuff in common, but I don't know if it will work out because she lives so far away. Should I try to make the relationship work or not? - 18-year-old Augusta boy.

Break a trend - be nice!
THE FACTS: Kaysie Patterson, 14, a freshman at Evans High School.

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