Modern art meets Margaret Thatcher in new exhibition
LONDON -- Margaret Thatcher, Britain's former prime minister is better known as a scourge of socialists and champion of free enterprise than as a patron of the arts.

Modern art meets Margaret Thatcher in new exhibition

Performers provide up-close entertainment
The curtain never goes up on Behind the Masque. The members of the Augusta performance group never bask in the warmth of the footlights and are unable to gauge the success of a performance via ticket receipts.

Shock of the old: BritArt's greatest hits fill new Saatchi Gallery
LONDON -- The shark is back, but the shock has gone.

Venerable art school approaches 200th year with big plans
PHILADELPHIA -- It may be nearly 200 years old, but the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is painting itself in a brand new light.

Shock of the old: BritArt's greatest hits fill new Saatchi Gallery

Judge sets bond at $250,000 in attack on umpire
CHICAGO -- A judge set bond at $250,000 on Thursday for a man who attacked an umpire during a Chicago White Sox game.

Fantasy Baseball: Rookies are unpredictable
Each April, a fresh crop of rookies is harvested from the minor league ranks to test the waters of the big leagues.

Spend a day with Canseco - for a price

Baseball to review security after fan violence

Spend a day with Canseco - for a price
MIAMI -- Jose Canseco plans to profit while under house arrest for his part in a 2001 nightclub brawl.

Fantasy Baseball: Rookies are unpredictable

Coastal Carolina nabs Barnwell star

Westside sits atop region

Prep baseball statistics

Prep baseball statistics
Here are statistics for area prep boys baseball players.

Westside sits atop region
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - If Washington County baseball coach Dwayne Sapp knew before Wednesday's game that his squad would hold Westside to four hits, he would have figured the Golden Hawks would win.

Coastal Carolina nabs Barnwell star
Barnwell shortstop Derek Martin had a pretty good week.

Baseball to review security after fan violence
CHICAGO -- Major league baseball officials said Wednesday they will review security at ballparks nationwide after a fan attacked an umpire at a Chicago White Sox game.

James Edward Coleman Jr.

Noah Forest Newsome

Charles Dwayne Beard Jr.
Charles and Ebony Beard of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Charles Dwayne Beard Jr., Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Cathy Scott, Vilma Rato and Earnest Beard, all of Augusta, and Robert Smart of Atlanta.

Holly Alisa Porterfield
Sam and Kristin Porterfield of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Holly Alisa Porterfield, Friday, April 4, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Sue Erwin of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. Don Porterfield of Tallahassee, Fla.

Lucas Allen Wilson

Emory Victoria Reeves
Bill and Lara Reeves of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Emory Victoria Reeves, Friday, April 4, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Norris L. O'Dell of Martinez and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Reeves of Augusta.

Maria Elizabeth Flanagan

Jackson Collin Rutland
Christopher K. and Brandy L. Rutland of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Jackson Collin Rutland, Friday, March 14, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are David and Sherri Simmons of North Augusta, Kenneth and Audrey Rutland of Clearwater and the late Richard Jackson.

Conner Blake Franco
Joel G. and Jennifer K. Franco of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Conner Blake Franco, Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Carter of Hephzibah and Lucina Franco of Guadalajara, Mexico.

Haley Rose Stewart
Darion G. and Angela B. Stewart of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Haley Rose Stewart, Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Karen Reyes of Augusta, Mr. and Mrs. James M. Boyd of Hephzibah and Clarence and Gerald Stewart of Martinez.

Trevin Caleb Ezra Tyndall

Trevin Caleb Ezra Tyndall
Brian Anthony Tyndall and Tiffany Nichole Roberts, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a son, Trevin Caleb Ezra Tyndall, Monday, March 31, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Leland and Mary Roberts, Lelia Roberts and Mr. and Mrs. William D. Tyndall, all of Hephzibah.

Joshua William Winston Cody

Jacob Reid Wales
Byron R. and Amanda P. Wales of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Jacob Reid Wales, Thursday, March 20, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Angell Poston of North Augusta, Harry Poston Jr. of Taylors, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Byron Wales of Raceland, La.

Emory Victoria Reeves

Carson Davis Wiley
Robert L. and Georgianna D. Wiley of Lincolnton, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Carson Davis Wiley, Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Bill and Trisha Wiley of Lincolnton, Ga., Bill and Gertrude Wilson and Myrtle Doggette, all of Martinez, and the late George Lee Doggette.

Reagan Elizabeth Mason
Brandon R. and Shila S. Mason of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Reagan Elizabeth Mason, Thursday, March 27, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Donna Gibbs of Aiken, Parker Golden of Beech Island and Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Ray Mason of Garland, Texas.

Claire Rebecca Williams
Lamar and Tonya Williams of Stapleton, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Claire Rebecca Williams, Friday, March 28, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Terry Redfern of Gibson, Ga., Barbara Williams of Stapleton and the late Charles Williams.

Haley Klaire Gregory
Tommy and Sharon Gregory of Warrenville announce the birth of a daughter, Haley Klaire Gregory, Monday, March 31, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Larry Haney of Langley and the late Mr. and Mrs. Billy Gregory.

Gracie Lynne Williams
Kristina Williams of Dearing announces the birth of a daughter, Gracie Lynne Williams, Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Donna Rogers and Larry Williams, both of Dearing.

Timothy Nathan Castle

Lucas Allen Wilson
Glenn A. Wilson III and Jane E. Wilson of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Lucas Allen Wilson, Saturday, March 22, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are George and Ann Lewis of Cape Cod, Mass., and Glenn and Bonnie Wilson and Idell Long, all of Grovetown.

Elizabeth Claire Wingard

Stephen Matthew Cardullo
Rick and Terri Cardullo of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Stephen Matthew Cardullo, Monday, March 31, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kardos of Augusta, Pat Young of Branson, Mo., and the late Stephen Cardullo.

Madison Alexandria Perkins

Elizabeth Claire Wingard
Scott and Melissa Wingard of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Elizabeth Claire Wingard, Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas English of Hephzibah and Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wingard of Powder Springs, Ga.

Jackson Collin Rutland

Jordan Alexander Carroll
Kyle M. Carroll and Shanissa A. McKie, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Jordan Alexander Carroll, Monday, March 31, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Luther H. McKie of Graniteville and William C. and Mae F. Carroll of Aiken.

Haley Rose Stewart

Ashton George Carroll
Christopher and Sherry Carroll of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Ashton George Carroll, Monday, March 24, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George W. James III and Mr. and Mrs. Ramon P. Carroll, all of Grovetown, and Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Cissell of Springfield, Ky.

Gracie Lynne Williams

Timothy Nathan Castle
Casey Castle and Cassie Pitts, both of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Timothy Nathan Castle, Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Deneen Rosales of Augusta, James Inglett of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. Jon Willcox and Floyd Castle, all of Harlem.

Claire Rebecca Williams

Madeline Elizabeth Pittman
Brad and Jackie Pittman of Thomson announce the birth of a daughter, Madeline Elizabeth Pittman, Friday, March 28, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jack Herkel of Thomson and the late Mr. and Mrs. Jack Pittman.

Noah Forest Newsome
Joshua and Brandi Newsome of Harlem announce the birth of a son, Noah Forest Newsome, Thursday, March 27, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Debra Melendez and Thomas Penrow, both of Grovetown, and Louis and Janice Newsome of Harlem.

Madison Alexandria Perkins
Matthew and Melissa Perkins of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Madison Alexandria Perkins, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Coleman Newman of Grovetown, Greg Perkins of Dallas and Rhonda Kendrick of North Augusta.

James Edward Coleman Jr.
James Coleman Sr. and Khadijah Elam, both of Harlem, announce the birth of a son, James Edward Coleman Jr., Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Judith Elam of Decatur, Ga., Gary and Alberta Dorsey Sr. of Dearing and Mitchell and Janette Coleman and Edward and Sarah Coleman, all of Harlem.

Haley Klaire Gregory

Sheilae Isora Joseph
Maurice Joseph and Angela Philpot, both of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Sheilae Isora Joseph, Friday, March 28, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Robert and Juanita Philpot of North Augusta, Ferna Leerdam of Atlanta and Milton Joseph of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Dylana Brooke Bowling

Camden Clark Gay
Wayne Allen Gay Jr. and Carol Clark Gay of Evans announce the birth of a son, Camden Clark Gay, Friday, April 4, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Juanita Thaxton and Pauline Clark, both of Augusta, the late Rudy Clark, and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Allen Gay Sr. of Evans.

Ashton George Carroll

Addison Wells Bolton
Clay and Ann Bolton of Shreveport, La., announce the birth of a daughter, Addison Wells Bolton, Thursday, March 27, 2003, at Willis-Knight Hospital in Shreveport. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ronny Bolton of Aiken, Ruth Fowler Jackson of Athens, Ga., and Donna Wells Mixon of Lincolnton, Ga.

Reagan Elizabeth Mason

Dylana Brooke Bowling
Joseph Dean Bowling Jr. and Shannon Leigh Bowling of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Dylana Brooke Bowling, Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Glen E. Lanier Jr. of Savannah, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Doug Thomason of Augusta.

Sheilae Isora Joseph

Holly Alisa Porterfield

Carson Davis Wiley

Camden Clark Gay

Jordan Alexander Carroll

Conner Blake Franco

Jacob Reid Wales

Joshua William Winston Cody
William R. and Tonita L. Cody of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Joshua William Winston Cody, Saturday, March 29, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mazie Parks of Augusta, the late Rev. Winston C. Parks and the late Juanita C. Cody.

Madeline Elizabeth Pittman

Ashleigh Cenna Cooper
Mario and Devon Cooper of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Ashleigh Cenna Cooper, Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Charles Legare, Annette Richardson, Daisy Legare and Albertha Aiken, all of Charleston, S.C., Irene Cooper of Jonesboro, La., and the late Leroy Cooper, and Charles and Diane Lattin of Shreveport, La.

Stephen Matthew Cardullo

Maria Elizabeth Flanagan
Dr. Rosa C. Blanco and Dr. Lynn E. Flanagan of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Maria Elizabeth Flanagan, Thursday, March 20, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Dr. Maximino J. Blanco and Rosa I. Blanco and Evelyn S. Flanagan, all of Augusta, and the late Clarence E. Flanagan.

Charles Dwayne Beard Jr.

Judge declares mistrial in drug case because of sleeping juror
CINCINNATI -- A judge declared a mistrial after a juror fell asleep during the trial of a man facing cocaine charges.

Woman sues former employer for religious harassment
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A woman with bipolar disorder is suing her former boss for religious harassment, claiming he blamed her disorder on unconfessed sins and fired her because it was "God's will."

Man serves sentence in doghouse
VIDOR, Texas -- Curtis Robin Sr. is finally out of the doghouse.

Odds and Ends
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Miss Nude World pageant, planned at a strip club north of the city in October, isn't the kind of event city convention officials say they generally would endorse.

Braves defense improving, but still struggling

Atlanta hangs on to beat Montreal
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - It was just as Bobby Cox hoped, and better than he could have imagined.

Atlanta hangs on to beat Montreal

Braves outlast Expos

Braves outlast Expos
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - This is the way Javy Lopez must have imagined it, departing his native island in triumph, his passion play complete.

Braves defense improving, but still struggling
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Less than a month into the season, the Atlanta Braves have used their leather sparingly, averaging more than one error per game.

Bank discloses small profit drop

Stocks mostly fall despite Microsoft, Intel earnings

Stocks higher despite jobless claims, mixed earnings data
NEW YORK -- Wall Street pushed higher Thursday as investors remained hopeful that the economy will improve despite a murky corporate outlook and a disappointing jobs report.

New jobless claims rise in Georgia
State labor officials reported a 27 percent increase in first-time unemployment claims in March compared with last year.

Pilot opens restaurant

Airport seeks federal funding
The crumbs of funding have been few and far between for Augusta Regional Airport lately, but that isn't stopping airport officials from again hoping for a larger piece of government pie.

Budget crisis could cancel tax holiday
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The economy is so tight, Georgia might not be able to afford a tax-free holiday this year.

Stocks mostly fall despite Microsoft, Intel earnings
NEW YORK -- Investors brushed aside a wave of encouraging earnings Wednesday, sending stocks mostly lower on concerns about the economic outlook. But tech shares managed a gain on strong results from Microsoft and Intel.

Jobless claims climb last week, point to sluggish job market
WASHINGTON -- New claims for unemployment insurance shot up last week to their second-highest level of this year, a fresh sign of the difficulties facing workers as companies, trying to cope with a listless economy, seek leaner work forces.

Jobless claims climb last week, point to sluggish job market

Coke shares plunge despite solid earnings

Stocks higher despite jobless claims, mixed earnings data

Coke shares plunge despite solid earnings
ATLANTA -- Investors ignored Coca-Cola's solid first-quarter earnings Wednesday, dumping shares amid concerns about weak sales at home and the prospects for the company's business abroad.

Bank discloses small profit drop
The parent company of Augusta's First Bank of Georgia on Thursday reported a small drop in first-quarter profits because of costs associated with opening its new branch office.

Pilot opens restaurant
Twenty-two years after Steve Fortunato began flying airplanes for the Navy, his newest job is taking him back to wings.

Kansas protests Williams' comments

Kansas receives permission to talk to Self

Don't reward law-breaking
The growing Hispanic influence on America has enriched our culture. But that influence appears to have gone way overboard in this case.

Achille Lauro heel
Before 9-11 most of us couldn't fathom the depth of evil that Middle Eastern terrorists could descend to. But the murder of Leon Klinghoffer should have given us a clue.

Save day-care bill

The A.G. wins big
In a historic judicial ruling for the state of Georgia, a Fulton County Superior Court judge has held that the attorney general, not the governor, is constitutionally empowered to call the state's legal shots.

Save day-care bill
The best way to kill a very good bill is to amend it or add to it until it becomes a very bad bill.

Limit grand juries
The special civil grand jury whose reports on local government operations since 1999 have embarrassed a number of Augusta commissioners, department heads and firefighters has nothing to apologize for.

Don't reward law-breaking

Bombshell in Iraq
Journalism professors, students, institutes and think tanks should all investigate, and discuss for years to come, CNN's bizarre and indefensible decision to stay in Iraq and stay silent while knowing its employees were being tortured, threatened and censored.

Concert calendar
CAPITAL A: Friday, April 25, Crossroads, 11th Street, between Broad and Ellis streets; 724-1177.

Standing ovations
Daredevil BMX bikers, motorcyclists and skateboarders will show off their stuff in the Superman Jam X Games, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St. Admission for the 4 p.m. show is $10.50 adults, $5.50 children 12 or younger in advance, $15 adults, $5.50 children day of show. For the 8 p.m. show, tickets cost $10.50 advance for adults and children, or $15 the day of show. Call 722-3521.

Entertainment Briefs
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Box office ticket sales for this year's Spoleto Festival U.S.A., which begins later this month, are off to a good start.

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

Applause calendar
SUPERMAN JAM X GAMES: 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.; for 4 p.m. show $10.50 adults, $5.50 children 12 or younger in advance, $15 adults, $5.50 children day of show; for 8 p.m. show $10.50 advance for adults and children, $15 day of show; 722-3521.

The Top Five
The top in television, movies and music.

Some solutions for post-tax season laments
NEW YORK -- As they finished their tax returns, many small business owners had a nasty surprise when they saw how much they owed the government, or how much in profits they had missed out on during the course of 2002.

Some solutions for post-tax season laments

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish caught and total weight of the catch.

Fishing report
Largemouth bass and hybrids have begun to haunt Strom Thurmond Lake blow-throughs to feed on spawning blueback herring.

Altman triumphs on Beaver Lake
All season long, Roy Altman told friends that if he had his "druthers," he'd rather win the Wal-Mart Open, if he was going to win during his first season on the Forrest L. Wood (FLW) bass fishing circuit.

Fishing report

Altman triumphs on Beaver Lake

Bamboo borders on insanity

Par for the dinner course
Billy Becton's a member of the country club.

Bamboo borders on insanity
I am considering planting bamboo as a hedge or screen from the adjoining property. What do you think? I have heard it can be very invasive.

Par for the dinner course

Timing is important

Timing is important
Play the averages when it comes to planting vegetable seeds in spring. To do so, you first have to know the average date of your last killing frost, which you can get from some gardening books or from Cooperative Extension publications.

Lefty's effort isn't enough
It's been a pretty good couple of weeks in Augusta for the city of Puyallup, Wash.

GreenJackets' progress impresses Boston officials
After keeping track of the Augusta Green-Jackets through phone calls and daily reports, Boston Red Sox director of player development Ben Cherington made his first appearance this season at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Wednesday.

RiverDogs blank Jackets
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Scott Autrey pitched seven solid innings, and Adam Bonner hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning as the RiverDogs defeated the Augusta GreenJackets 5-0 on Thursday at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.

Life would be all right if it were not so deadly

Westwood shoots 81, 17 behind Jacobson at Algarve Open

Barlow finds record round Harbour Town
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Craig Barlow's search for a solid swing ended abruptly Thursday with a nine-hole tournament-record 28 that gave him a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the MCI Heritage.

LPGA event presses on without Sorenstam

Mattiace gets plenty of support as Masters runner-up
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Len Mattiace gained plenty of admirers with his emotional runner-up finish at the Masters.

Palmetto Golf Club sees end of an era
AIKEN - It won't be the same around Palmetto Golf Club without Bobby Knowles.

Westwood shoots 81, 17 behind Jacobson at Algarve Open
FARO, Portugal -- Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson shot a course-record 8-under par 64 Thursday and held a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Algarve Open.

MCI to again sponsor Heritage tournament
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Nine months after booting troubled WorldCom Inc. as its title sponsor, Heritage Classic officials Wednesday welcomed back the reorganized company, rechristened MCI.

MCI to again sponsor Heritage tournament

LPGA event presses on without Sorenstam
With the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship less than a month away, tournament director Andy Bush repeatedly answers the same question: What are you going to do without Annika Sorenstam?

Barlow finds record round Harbour Town

Lefty's effort isn't enough

GreenJackets' progress impresses Boston officials

RiverDogs blank Jackets

Silver Bluff gets coach's attention

Aiken thrived without pressure

U.S. troops raid of home of Saddam's "Dr. Germ"
American troops raided the home of the mastermind of Saddam Hussein's biological weapons lab on Wednesday and discovered a sprawling, recently abandoned terrorist training camp south of Baghdad as they dug for secrets from a dead regime.

Legislative session is as slow as Christmas
Years ago, the joke down at the Georgia Capitol was they wanted to finish the annual legislative session before March 10, so House Speaker Tom Murphy could go home to celebrate his birthday.

Police seek leads in fatal shooting
Police are looking for leads today in the fatal shooting of an Augusta man on Third Avenue late Thursday night.

School has good principal in Gandy
Isn't it amazing how seldom people realize that "doing your job" requires hard, frequently unpopular and usually misunderstood decisions? Nancy Garcia, Linda Carrne Grovetown, Ga.

War protesters not necessarily baseless
Harry Oliphant's April 9 letter, "War protesters should be arrested, prosecuted," accuses anti-war demonstrators of being "traitors" to American democracy. He should have done some research before stereotyping the demonstrators as "ignorant and uninformed." Srinivas Venkata, Martinez, Ga.

2003 Red Carpet Tour was magnificent

Questions aren't being answered
I am a parent of students at A.R. Johnson Magnet School. I made an appointment with the principal, Dr. Dorothy Gandy, on March 28. I, as many parents do, have questions about the transfers of the teachers. Denise S. Lucas, Augusta

George W. Bush a much better president than Bill Clinton
In response to the letter from Paul Cook on March 31, "George W. Bush worst, most inept U.S. president ever," I would like to adamantly question how anyone could call George W. Bush the most inept president ever. Brenda W. Chance, Modoc, S.C.

Smoking should be up to public vote
I believe the public should vote on a smoking ban in restaurants, because no one forces a non-smoker to visit a restaurant where smoking is allowed. Just as a smoker is not forced to patronize a non-smoking business, it should be up to the public to make this decision, not the Augusta Commission. Ken Thomas, North Augusta, S.C.

Appreciates column on country music giant
I would like to thank Don Rhodes for his column on March 28, "Norah Jones pays tribute to Waylon," and for the write-up about Bill Carlisle, a country music giant who recently passed away at the age of 94, as well as some others who preceded him in death. Felix L. Busbee Jr., Langley, S.C.

Columnist Maxwell better suited to college newspaper
Bill Maxwell's March 27 column, "The solution is more democracy," supports the definition of democracy as a "confused, chaotic mess," such as expressed by anti-war activists. It is not really clear how he defines it himself, since he borrows the quotation from an Edward Abbey. Joseph B. Harris, Washington, Ga.

Liberals should try to be part of the solution, not problem
In a letter to the editor by Mark Gelbart April 9 titled, "Conservative talk-show hosts are worst," we are privileged to see the usual rantings and whining from the liberal left, and it was nicely highlighted in this typically negative opinion. Bob Patrick, McCormick, S.C.

Appreciates column on country music giant

2003 Red Carpet Tour was magnificent
The 2003 Red Carpet Tour visited your gracious region on April 10 and April 12. A committee of leaders throughout the Augusta area spent countless hours over the past 12 months planning two days that the Red Carpet Tour guests would not forget. They succeeded. George Israel, Atlanta, Ga.

Affirmative action programs for people of ethnicity have merit

U.S. leaders ignore requirements for war

Picture of elderly woman's fall in poor taste

George W. Bush a much better president than Bill Clinton

Liberals should try to be part of the solution, not problem

Smoking should be up to public vote

Affirmative action programs for people of ethnicity have merit
I'm amazed at how wonderfully people of ethnicity are treated by the U.S. government when they are serving America during wartime, in comparison to being educated at renowned American colleges and universities. E. Maner, Augusta

Questions aren't being answered

'Team playing' much like sheep herding
I read with amusement the letters from the administrators at A.R. Johnson Magnet School on April 3, who chose to transfer outstanding teachers "for the good of the students." This sounds suspiciously like an oxymoron to me. Jeania Howard, Evans, Ga.

U.S. leaders ignore requirements for war
President George W. Bush and his spokesmen have given the impression that the war against Iraq was waged under U.S. authority to enforce American interests. But the Bush administration has officially sent the U.N. Security Council its acknowledgment that the war was conducted under United Nations authorization. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

'Team playing' much like sheep herding

Picture of elderly woman's fall in poor taste
I could not believe that The Chronicle would be so disrespectful as to publish the April 11 picture of an elderly lady who fell. Jackie Cobbs, Aiken, S.C.

Capsules

In the know

Hot easter ideas

Health calendar

Easter egg color code
To color your Easter eggs: Combine a half-cup of boiling water, 1 teaspoon of vinegar and the specified number of drops of food color (color guide follows) to get the color you want. Dip the hard-boiled eggs in dye for about 5 minutes or until the color looks right.

Craft original showpieces for holidays
Row upon row of supermarket and discount store shelves are covered with pink and yellow bunnies, chocolate eggs and pastel baskets. In case you weren't aware - Easter is here.

In the know
The Augusta Chronicle is launching the Best and Brightest Awards, a program to celebrate outstanding young adults.

Hot easter ideas
Ah, spring has sprung. Across the land, children (and perhaps a few adults) are awaiting their very own basketful of bellyaches.

Health calendar
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.

Capsules
Geologists have a new explanation for the gleam in a tiger's-eye. The brown-gold shimmer of the tiger's-eye gemstone had been attributed to the same process that forms petrified wood - pseudomorphism, when one mineral replaces another while maintaining the first mineral's shape. In tiger's-eye this was thought to involve quartz replacing crocidolite, a relative of asbestos.

Police seek leads in fatal shooting

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Reversing an earlier decision, the Georgia House voted Thursday by the narrowest possible margin to approve a $178 million increase in the state cigarette tax to help balance the budget.

Doctor pleads innocent to federal drug charges
A physician whose Augusta office was raided by narcotics agents last summer has been indicted on federal charges.

Rants and Raves
MY HEART GOES OUT to the families of Shane Williams and Daniel Hall, who died in that Ford Explorer crash. I had a Ford Explorer, and it rolled over on me.

Rants and Raves
THERE WAS A story in The Chronicle where a missing woman was admitted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Family members, unable to locate the woman, notified Aiken County Sheriff's Office, which launched a search with more than 30 people, including dog teams. MCG was contacted by the sheriff's office before the search started, but MCG refused to tell them the woman was there. It is a shame that an arrogant bureaucrat can mislead sheriff's officers and endanger public servants. MCG said it did not release the information because a badge does not trump a patient's rights. What would have happened if one of these rescuers had been hurt? I thought MCG was supposed to save lives not endanger them.

Groups worry about license
A federal license for the Augusta Canal that expired 24 years ago is in the final stages of being renewed, but the city still must address a myriad of concerns raised by state and federal agencies.

Group views tighter event
Main Street Augusta is looking to keep things simple with First Friday, even though it might cut out some participants.

Virus cluster investigated
The East Central Health District is investigating several cases of viral meningitis in Columbia and Richmond counties.

Burns holds public forum
U.S. 12th District Congressman Max Burns said he hopes to know by late summer the fate of a funding request that would pay for the initial work to move the Sixth Street railroad tracks out of downtown Augusta.

Judge denies bond for slaying suspect
A woman who investigators contend was in on the planning of a robbery and homicide and later helped dispose of stolen goods was denied bond Thursday.

Parents discuss school worries

Volunteers cheer special athletes
AIKEN - Just before LaDonna Carter crossed the finish line of the 50-meter run, she looked over at her mother and smiled.

Legislators draw out lengthy session
Although the Georgia General Assembly already is on Day 38 of its 40-day session, legislators will use breaks to stretch the time they have left to finish business. The final day of the session is not expected until late next week.

Police charge third man in death
AIKEN - An Augusta man described by Aiken County Sheriff Jody Rowland as the go-between in a drug deal that turned violent was arrested and charged with murder Thursday in a March 18 shooting death at a Beech Island convenience store.

Volunteers cheer special athletes

Tritium facility beats schedule
AIKEN - Construction on a Savannah River Site plant formerly mired in cost overruns and delays is now ahead of its revised schedule, according to one of the Department of Energy's project managers.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Marine Pfc. Brian C. Keith of Augusta.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The governor would appoint some statewide officers who are now elected and the governor and lieutenant governor would run on the same ticket under a state government restructuring proposal announced Wednesday by the state's top Republicans.

News you can use
APRIL 18, 1958 A gasoline "price war" has developed in the country - and industry leaders are genuinely afraid that it will spread to Augusta within a day or so.

High school mourns loss of two teens

Across the area
Police are asking for the public's help in catching a woman who is passing fake personal checks in the area.

Pickups, Chevy Caprice lead area car theft lists
Automobile thieves in Georgia prefer pickups, while South Carolina crooks target passenger cars such as the Chevrolet Caprice or Honda Accord, according to a new report.

Fugitive is arrested in California
A fugitive wanted in Augusta on drug charges was captured Thursday in California after being on the run for six months, officials said.

Groups worry about license

Husband gets shipped out for Iraq duty
AIKEN - While families and friends of some troops from South Carolina and Georgia are preparing homecomings for loved ones returning from the war in Iraq, Carolyn Anderson's long, nervous separation from her husband is just beginning.

Anti-abortion activists say they'll keep pushing waiting period bill
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue and anti-abortion activists called on state House members Wednesday to pass a bill that would require a 24-hour waiting period before getting an abortion.

Two men face charges in shooting at store
Two men were arrested Wednesday in the March 18 shooting death of a North Augusta man at a Beech Island convenience store, law enforcement authorities said.

GOP proposes Medicaid cuts as budget stalemate continues
ATLANTA -- Senate Republicans proposed $165 million in new cuts to Georgia's health care program for the poor on Wednesday - an idea rejected by House Democrats.

Residents hear plan for redevelopment

Teachers, students rally for school funding
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- About 500 educators, parents and students gathered at the Statehouse on Wednesday, asking lawmakers to restore education funding by raising the state sales tax by 2 cents on the dollar.

Serviceman of the day

Work at wetlands to be on display
Now that the Masters Tournament is over, the best place to watch for birdies is Phinizy Swamp Nature Park.

Across the area

Serviceman of the day

Across the area

Group tries to stop MOX tests

Four people, including toddler, found shot to death in Temple home
TEMPLE, Ga. -- Four people, including a 14-month-old girl, were shot to death in a suspected murder-suicide in rural Haralson County.

Husband gets shipped out for Iraq duty

Senate passes identity theft targeting credit fraud
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Consumers would get new tools to fight identity theft under a bill the Senate approved Wednesday.

Police, workers find way to face child-abuse trauma

Parents plan to take teacher fight to board
Several A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering High School parents said they plan to address the Richmond County school board tonight concerning the possible transfer of several of the school's top teachers.

News you can use

High school mourns loss of two teens
Wednesday was a somber day at Greenbrier High School, where students and staffers were mourning the death of two students.

Men plead guilty in child-porn case

News you can use
April 17, 1966 MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - A resolution strongly urging Richmond GOP Rep. Leroy H. Simkins Jr. to run for Congress was unanimously adopted by 10th District Republicans in convention here Saturday.

Teachers, students rally for school funding

Men plead guilty in child-porn case
Former Martinez roommates pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to possessing child pornography.

Rants and Raves
MY HEART GOES OUT to the families of Shane Williams and Daniel Hall, who died in that Ford Explorer crash. I had a Ford Explorer, and it rolled over on me.

Police, workers find way to face child-abuse trauma
AIKEN - Lt. Mark Hammond says one of the reasons he's an ace at investigating child-abuse cases is his ability to detach himself from the pain of the children he helps.

City planning to open street

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jason Shealy of Warrenville.

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Flag change is set for final vote
ATLANTA - A state flag change is set for a final vote Tuesday after cruising through a Senate committee Thursday.

Parents discuss school worries
After weeks of asking to be heard, three opponents of proposed teacher transfers at A.R. Johnson Health, Science and Engineering High School got a chance to speak their piece Thursday night.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -Three candidates are vying for an open state House seat vacated by former Rep. Mike Easterday, who stepped down in January to become Gov. Mark Sanford's legislative director.

SARS test is run on teacher
A North Augusta high school teacher who developed a respiratory illness after returning from a two-week trip to China was told by her doctor to stay at home until public health officials know the results of lab tests for the deadly SARS virus.

Residents hear plan for redevelopment
An inner-city redevelopment plan that will go before Augusta commissioners within the next month faced some of its toughest critics Thursday night in the social hall of Antioch Baptist Church.

Work at wetlands to be on display

Judge denies bond for slaying suspect

Across Georgia

Flag change is set for final vote

Senate passes identity theft targeting credit fraud

Group tries to stop MOX tests
AIKEN - An environmental group has filed a petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to stop the first test assemblies of mixed-oxide fuel from being burned.

Two men face charges in shooting at store

Rants and Raves
THERE WAS A story in The Chronicle where a missing woman was admitted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Family members, unable to locate the woman, notified Aiken County Sheriff's Office, which launched a search with more than 30 people, including dog teams. MCG was contacted by the sheriff's office before the search started, but MCG refused to tell them the woman was there. It is a shame that an arrogant bureaucrat can mislead sheriff's officers and endanger public servants. MCG said it did not release the information because a badge does not trump a patient's rights. What would have happened if one of these rescuers had been hurt? I thought MCG was supposed to save lives not endanger them.

Parents plan to take teacher fight to board

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Good Friday:

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Senate Republicans proposed $165 million in new cuts to Georgia's health care program for the poor Wednesday - an idea rejected by House Democrats.

GOP proposes Medicaid cuts as budget stalemate continues

SARS test is run on teacher

Doctor pleads innocent to federal drug charges

Across Georgia

Holiday closings

News you can use

Legislators draw out lengthy session

Pickups, Chevy Caprice lead area car theft lists

City planning to open street
After more than a month of being blocked by large orange barricades, Central Avenue will be reopened as early as this weekend to residents of Augusta's Summerville neighborhood.

Across the area
Police have charged a second man in connection with last week's robbery and slaying of an Augusta pawnshop worker.

Burns holds public forum

Life would be all right if it were not so deadly
In a home-improvement store recently, I noticed that someone was looking at me as I dropped a roll of duct tape and a couple of plastic dropcloths into my shopping cart.

At the Movies: 'Malibu's Most Wanted'
For a movie that preaches about being yourself, "Malibu's Most Wanted" has a serious identity crisis.

Mini reviews

Summer of sequels
Cinematically speaking, there is nothing small about summer. The summer movie is bred big, with explosions, special effects and star-studded set pieces designed to dazzle. A plot, although recommended, is not always required. Below are some of the would-be blockbusters slated for release this summer, each a sticky-sweet cinematic confection:

At the Movies: 'Malibu's Most Wanted'

Video watch

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

At the movies: 'Bulletproof Monk'

At the movies: 'Bulletproof Monk'
"Bulletproof Monk" possesses a terrific title for an action flick and the serene poise of Chow Yun-Fat. And not much else.

At the Movies: 'Malibu's Most Wanted'

Video watch
JUST OUT: Drumline, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Spirited Away and The Transporter

Summer of sequels

At the Movies: 'Malibu's Most Wanted'
For a movie that preaches about being yourself, "Malibu's Most Wanted" has a serious identity crisis.

At the movies: 'Holes'

At the movies: 'Holes'
Viewing a movie about juvenile miscreants endlessly digging holes in the desert sounds as interesting as watching a film called "Paint Drying."

Thanks to CBS, golf remains focus of Masters broadcasts
When an interview with Lanny Wadkins, the new lead golf analyst for CBS Sports, was requested during last week's Masters Tournament, a spokeswoman for the network immediately laid down the ground rules regarding "The Controversy."

Madonna retools scrapped 'American Life' video and releases a nonviolent version

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Madonna retools scrapped 'American Life' video and releases a nonviolent version
NEW YORK -- Madonna's "American Life" video has been reincarnated as a tamer, nonviolent version of its former self.

Daytona has become a 'Motorsports mecca'
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The first hint came on Feb. 22, 1959, when 41,921 fans - not including the hundreds who sneaked in under a fence near the ticket booth - showed up for the first Daytona 500.

Cope finds new life in own team

Q&A with Dale Jarrett

Q&A with Dale Jarrett
ATLANTA - Despite winning the race at Rockingham, N.C., two months ago, Dale Jarrett's team shook things up last week by firing crew chief Brad Parrott and placing competition director Todd Parrott on indefinite leave. Jarrett, who finished 20th Sunday at Martinsville, Va., talked about his season and why the move was necessary.

Cope finds new life in own team
ATLANTA - Being a former Daytona 500 champion just doesn't buy the respect it used to.

Daytona has become a 'Motorsports mecca'

Will Jordan stay to try to fix Wizards?
WASHINGTON -- Even though he won't play again, Michael Jordan managed to end the season with a cliffhanger.

Bryant has top-selling player jersey; Lakers lead team sales
NEW YORK -- Kobe Bryant has the top-selling player jersey and the Los Angeles Lakers remain the most popular team jersey based on combined sales from the NBA Store in New York City and NBA.com since the start of the 2002-03 season.

Hawks fail to deliver on playoff guarantee

Bryant has top-selling player jersey; Lakers lead team sales

Will Jordan stay to try to fix Wizards?

Jordan plays final game
PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Jordan's final shot was a free throw, and like his final appearance in an NBA uniform, it was good.

Jordan plays final game

Hornets rout Hawks
NEW ORLEANS -- Baron Davis scored 21 points as the New Orleans Hornets defeated the Atlanta Hawks 92-77 Wednesday night to finish the regular season with a five-game winning streak.

Hawks fail to deliver on playoff guarantee
ATLANTA -- Break out the checkbook.

Hornets rout Hawks

Kansas receives permission to talk to Self
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Kansas received permission Wednesday to speak with Illinois basketball coach Bill Self about replacing Roy Williams.

Kansas protests Williams' comments
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Now Kansas is really mad.

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Ms. Karen Herpolsheimer (BIG SPRING, Texas)

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Mr. Robert Bell Sr. (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Miss Gloria Hutton (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Knowles Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mrs. Nellie Dahl (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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Rev. Kenneth Youmans (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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Mrs. Margaret Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leta Compton (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Dewey Wilkes (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Isham Rucker Jr. (EAST POINT, Ga.)

Mr. Edward McGregor (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Georgia Wiggins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James DeHart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gail Saint (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mable Reid (TRENTON, S.C.)

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Clear Skies Act a new tool for the environmental toolbox
A SCREWDRIVER is a very versatile and essential tool, but if you are trying to put a nail in the wall, it's not the tool you want. You'll go looking for the hammer. Different tasks call for different tools - it's true in our homes and it's true of our efforts to protect the environment.

Clear Skies Act a new tool for the environmental toolbox
A SCREWDRIVER is a very versatile and essential tool, but if you are trying to put a nail in the wall, it's not the tool you want. You'll go looking for the hammer. Different tasks call for different tools - it's true in our homes and it's true of our efforts to protect the environment.

Lakeside senior puts high priority on improvement

WADA chief says Exum documents prove U.S. cover-ups

Kournikova withdraws from challenger tournament

Thanks to CBS, golf remains focus of Masters broadcasts

NCAA puts Arkansas on 3 years probation, takes 2 more football scholarships

Overtime

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WADA chief says Exum documents prove U.S. cover-ups
LONDON -- Documents purporting to show that a number of American athletes were allowed to compete in the Olympics after failing drug tests prove long-held suspicions of U.S. drug cover-ups, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency said Wednesday.

Athletes of the week
Here are profiles of the area prep athletes of the week.

Area rivalry opens Peach Belt softball tournament
The Augusta State-USC Aiken rivalry will help kick off this weekend's Peach Belt Conference Softball Tournament.

Tighter security planned for wartime Boston Marathon
BOSTON -- With U.S. troops at war in Iraq, security at the Boston Marathon will be tighter than it was last year, months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Overtime
Major league baseball will review security at ballparks nationwide to try to prevent fan violence following the attack on an umpire at a White Sox game.

Kournikova withdraws from challenger tournament
DOTHAN, Ala. -- Anna Kournikova pulled out of a minor league event because of a thigh injury.

NCAA puts Arkansas on 3 years probation, takes 2 more football scholarships
LITTLE ROCK -- The NCAA placed Arkansas' athletic program on three years' probation Thursday after finding that a university booster overpaid Razorback football and basketball players working for his Dallas trucking company.

Lakeside senior puts high priority on improvement
When Lakeside senior Grant Guthrie drove the streets of Spain, he could look just about anywhere and find a soccer field.

Overtime
Lenny Wilkens is out as coach of the Toronto Raptors, leaving Thursday by "mutual agreement" after the worst season of his 30-year NBA career.

Lofton puts heart into Hephzibah
The Hephzibah girls basketball team was undersized and not overly talented.

Aiken thrived without pressure
Before the season began, Aiken coach Aubrey Pompey noticed a disturbing trend in his Lady Hornets program.

Silver Bluff gets coach's attention
For the first time, Silver Bluff coach Sam Lilly was really focused on coaching. In his words, that means "100 percent focused."

Barnwell senior driven to succeed
Although they're not always apparent on the stat sheet, Barnwell's Melanie Johnson realizes the flaws in her game.

Music to be part of Easter service

Music to be part of Easter service
You won't find the Easter Bunny hopping around in Guido Gardens in Metter, Ga., Sunday morning, but you will find one of the nation's most famous gospel singers there.

Celebrity gala leaves Augusta disappointed

Some movies enhance original themes

'NOVA' pays tribute to Rosalind Franklin, the unsung heroine of DNA
NEW YORK -- The 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA's double helix structure is being observed this year.

Actress-comic Aisha Tyler mixes things up on 'Friends'

'NOVA' pays tribute to Rosalind Franklin, the unsung heroine of DNA

CNN blames human error for releasing Web mock-ups of obits
NEW YORK -- CNN blamed human error Thursday for exposing obituary mock-ups that its Web site's designers had prepared for Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope and other prominent figures.

Coal miners plan to protest reality hillbilly show
PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- Appalachian coal miners will go to New York to protest a CBS reality television series called "The Real Beverly Hillbillies" unless plans for the show are canceled.

Actress-comic Aisha Tyler mixes things up on 'Friends'
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Aisha Tyler looks at a reporter's hand extended in greeting and declines to shake. Is the new addition to "Friends" unfriendly? No, just considerate.

Applause calendar

Club calendar

The Top Five

Some movies enhance original themes
Everyone knows that Hollywood loves a sequel. Be it classic franchises such as the Thin Man movies or the continuing adventures of Tarzan, or more recent fare such as the Star Wars or James Bond films, in Tinsel Town, there is never too much of a good thing.

Celebrity gala leaves Augusta disappointed
Here's an Augusta myth: If it comes from outside, it has to better.

Woman sues former employer for religious harassment

Odds and Ends

U.S. troops raid of home of Saddam's "Dr. Germ"