With war in Iraq winding down, book proposals rise

With war in Iraq winding down, book proposals rise
NEW YORK -- As the war winds down in Iraq, book proposals are on the rise.

'Echoes in Blue' showcases contemporary Iranian art

'Echoes in Blue' showcases contemporary Iranian art
NEW YORK -- The painting is beautiful to see - an orange-striped curtain hangs from a wood pole above a shimmering ocean - but the title "Separation" hints at another meaning.

Poking fun at 'The Madness of George Dubya' in a new London satire
LONDON -- A British play that pokes fun at President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair is slowly becoming a popular diversion.

University of Alabama reveals 1980 theft of Indian artifacts
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Hoping to solve an archaeological crime after more than two decades, the University of Alabama has revealed a major 1980 theft of Indian artifacts.

University of Alabama reveals 1980 theft of Indian artifacts

Poking fun at 'The Madness of George Dubya' in a new London satire

Reinsdorf: Tougher laws are best way to deal with unruly fans

Torre, Steinbrenner suddenly at odds

Torre, Steinbrenner suddenly at odds
NEW YORK -- Off to the best start in their storied history, the New York Yankees should be enjoying this season. Instead, there's suddenly tension between the manager and the Boss - something commonplace for years until Joe Torre came along.

Reinsdorf: Tougher laws are best way to deal with unruly fans
CHICAGO -- White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf insists unruly fans are not limited to his team's ballpark, and tougher laws are the best way to keep spectators off the field.

Some occupations are simply odoriferous

Man who performed home castration gets prison term
PONTIAC, Mich. -- A man was sentenced Monday to up to four years in prison for performing a castration in his kitchen last year.

Odds and Ends
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Greg Meyer said he is proud to have won the Boston Marathon in 1983, but embarrassed that his victory was the last one by an American male.

Odds and Ends
CLEARLAKE, Calif. -- A dog named Dosha may have as many lives as a cat.

Braves top Cards
ATLANTA - The glower is still part of his repertoire. So is the bat waggle as he waits patiently at the plate to victimize another hapless pitcher.

Sheffield clears air after report

Braves top Cards

Reynolds enters Braves' new world

Sheffield clears air after report
ATLANTA - Just to set the record straight, Atlanta right fielder Gary Sheffield is not complaining about his contract.

Reynolds enters Braves' new world
ATLANTA - There's no question the Atlanta Braves made an impression on Shane Reynolds, but he was not willing to wait.

Big Three club gets new name
Investors in Columbia County's next golf community have decided not to rest on the laurels of its famous course designers.

Cyclists boost local businesses
Business at the Comfort Inn-Medical Center tends to slow down considerably after Masters Week.

Remotes replace engineers
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It was a Thursday morning, and train conductor Wayne Caruthers spent it pushing tons of steel around with his fingers.

Index of leading economic indicators down in March
NEW YORK -- A key indicator of where economic activity in the United States is heading fell in March for a second straight month.

Trade deficit leaves shipping containers piling up around ports

Bush: Greenspan should get another term

Mint director a champion of change

Mint director a champion of change
Henrietta Fore, director of the U.S. Mint, oversees the production of billions of the nation's coins each year. Adding to her credentials as a crusader of change, she is advocating a new look for coins - a position that has made her immensely popular with coin collectors but drawn heat from those who like the coins as they are.

Development chief learns turf
Zack Daffin is getting a lot of mileage out of his new job.

Slump helps some sales
ATHENS, Ga. - Whether the economy is up or down, business at John Gayer's Normal Brew Shop is remarkably consistent.

Big Three club gets new name

Russian oil takeover to create one of world's largest producers
MOSCOW -- Russia's largest oil company, Yukos, announced Tuesday it was acquiring a Russian rival in a takeover that creates one of the world's largest oil companies.

Index of leading economic indicators down in March

Slump helps some sales

Russian oil takeover to create one of world's largest producers

Bush: Greenspan should get another term
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Tuesday that Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan should get another term.

Trade deficit leaves shipping containers piling up around ports
NEWARK, N.J. -- They stand like empty Everests of trade, mountains of shipping containers stacked seven or eight high, over hundreds of acres of industrial land around the East Coast's busiest port.

Remotes replace engineers

Cyclists boost local businesses

Self takes over at Kansas

Protect responders

No empire wanted
"We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years and we've done this as recently as the last year in Afghanistan and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in."

Tax hike needed

No empire wanted

Bush & the economy

Tax hike needed
Today, for the second straight year, the Aiken County School Board is expected to be asked by the school administration to boost the millage rate by about 10 mills (nearly $40 on a $100,000 home). Again, the board will have little choice but to go along.

Curb domestic abuse
South Carolina has a lot to be proud of, but one of them isn't the domestic violence rate. It's among the highest in the nation, and has been for some years.

Bush & the economy
The coming presidential election year is going to be heavily political, so expect to see endless polls not only comparing the candidates' standing among voters, but also which of a long list of issues Americans regard as most important.

Protect responders
One of the most dangerous acts a highway patrolman or deputy sheriff can do is to issue a traffic ticket. It's not just because the law enforcer doesn't know who's in the car or what they might be capable of, such as being unexpectedly violent or even pulling a gun.

Entertainment Briefs
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Reggae singer Bob Marley and folklorist Louise Bennett will be honored later this month at the third annual Calabash International Literary Festival.

Entertainment briefs
MINNETONKA, Minn. -- The Cargill Foundation gave a boost to the Twin Cities cultural scene, announcing $6.8 million in grants to nine arts and civic institutions for construction projects.

Book offers snippets of America in World War II
How does it feel to be in a country that's mobilizing for war? What do people talk about? Do they change the way they dress, socialize or look at foreigners?

Stealth is needed in 'Tenchu'
"Ninja: any of a class of feudal Japanese warriors highly trained in stealth and employed as spies and assassins."

Stocks surge on better-than-expected earnings

Stocks surge on better-than-expected earnings
NEW YORK -- Investors sent stocks to their highest levels in months Tuesday after better-than-expected earnings from Lockheed Martin and Everest Re boosted optimism that corporate profits were improving. Analysts said investors were also reassured by President Bush's comments indicating Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan would likely be reappointed.

Stocks slip despite upbeat earnings from 3M, Merck
NEW YORK -- Wall Street dipped lower Monday as investors played it safe and cashed in some gains from last week's rally despite encouraging earnings from 3M and Merck.

Stocks slip despite upbeat earnings from 3M, Merck

Steak leaves diners stuffed

Chicken takes little time to work out
Spring has sprung, and we're all on the move more than ever, getting out and about, into the open air, into the backyard - or even just into spring cleaning.

Small portions

Steak leaves diners stuffed
Stuffed Flank Steak Brazil is a hearty dish, bursting with flavor but not overloaded with fat, enough to feed eight diners. Its substance comes from the stuffing that includes hard-boiled eggs, spicy black-bean filling (that's the Brazilian element) and spinach, rolled up inside the steak.

Small portions
If you want to grill outdoors but can't bear the idea of missing a single inning of the game, Cal Spas is your dream come true.

Barbecue creation gets turned on its head
Who would think that the inspiration for a recipe featuring barbecue would come from an upscale, "white-linen tablecloth" restaurant.

Barbecue creation gets turned on its head

Chicken takes little time to work out

Coach's hopes are high for next hoops season
There were times last year when Paul Hewitt might have understood if his young team decided to slap a stamp on the season and mail it all in.

Coach's hopes are high for next hoops season

Augusta runs streak to three
Augusta GreenJackets third baseman Chad Spann said he tries not to be "too big" when he hits.

West's stiff upper lip is back
GreenJackets second baseman Eric West was back in the lineup Monday against Greensboro for the first time since he was drilled in the mouth before the April 15 game vs. Capital City.

Jackets defeat Bats
Fourteen runs on 16 hits.

Jackets find ways to score
What do Lake County's Jason Cooper and J.J. Sherrill, Charleston's (W.V.) Raul Toblado and Lakewood's Mark McRoberts have in common?

Strange start to the PGA Tour season
Four multiple winners. Five playoffs.

Past champions get invite to U.S. Open
This is one time when past champions of a major are thrilled to get a letter.

Hooters tour Taylor made for Augustan
Vaughn Taylor didn't grow up playing golf at a country club. He didn't seriously take up the game until he was 12.

Past champions get invite to U.S. Open

MCI extends tournament's run
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - A couple of old friends, Davis Love III and MCI, may have made this one of the most significant Heritage tournaments in history.

Hooters tour Taylor made for Augustan

Strange start to the PGA Tour season

MCI extends tournament's run

Jackets defeat Bats

Augusta runs streak to three

Jackets find ways to score

James heads USA Today's All-USA high school team

Wild force Game 7

Wild force Game 7
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Richard Park scored his second goal of the game 4:22 into overtime Monday night to give the Minnesota Wild a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche to force a decisive Game 7.

Barbecue creation gets turned on its head
Who would think that the inspiration for a recipe featuring barbecue would come from an upscale, "white-linen tablecloth" restaurant.

Barbecue creation gets turned on its head

Some occupations are simply odoriferous
Whenever I start thinking my job is difficult, I think about Nancy Rica Schiff and her book Odd Jobs: Portraits of Unusual Occupations.

Tour de Georgia races through Augusta
Willie Nelson sang. Bob Young fired. And the inaugural Dodge Tour de Georgia stage race began in Augusta on Wednesday morning.

True nature of the left is meanness

Site chosen for war protest tacky
I read the Metro article on the little war protest on April 6, "Women protest invasion of Iraq," with mixed emotions. I felt sad that these women, with what appears to be too much time on their hands, could have used this time to put their lofty principles to work as volunteers at a charitable organization in the area. By sharing their time, they could have really made a difference in someone's life. Marjorie Brosseau, Martinez, Ga.

We encountered two paper tigers in April: Burk and Iraq
Martha Burk has lots in common with the Iraqi Republican Guard - both Ms. Burk's and the Iraqi Republican Guard's reputations greatly preceded them. For nearly a year, Augusta trembled. Like Gen. William T. Sherman, Ms. Burk's most potent weapon was fear. Pamela Walters, Augusta

True nature of the left is meanness
Those on the far left of the political spectrum have such hatred of President George W. Bush, and anyone who is not a fellow traveler, that they are consumed by it. They could not stop the war for the liberation of Iraq from happening, so now they are initiating "whispering campaigns" about how the war is being conducted. Robert Smock, Hephzibah, Ga.

Some reasons why nation misses Clinton presidency
I recall an old proverb (not biblical) that says most people don't appreciate a good thing until they no longer have it. Well, some Americans didn't realize what a great President William Jefferson Clinton was until they saw the failures of his successor, George W. Bush. Anne Cook, Augusta

NCWO battle against the National's exclusivity isn't over

Thank goodness Burk has left Augusta
National Council of Women's Organizations Chairwoman Martha Burk has come and gone from the Augusta area with her merry band of women. Thank goodness. Illona Foley, Harlem, Ga.

Dangerous idea presented in article
On the front page of The Chronicle's April 17 "Your Life" section is a large photograph of a Marshmallow Peep being roasted with a propane cigarette lighter. A picture is worth a thousand words. You have presented a very dangerous idea to your readers - including small children who can't even read yet. John B. Brownlee, Augusta

Jefferson Co. fortunate to have Nelson as coroner
On April 7, we received a long-distance phone call from Johnny Nelson, the coroner of Jefferson County, Ga. On this day, my brother was killed by another driver. Mr. Nelson was very comforting to our family and, we feel, was an angel sent to us by God. Nabor and Lori Olea, Bellingham, Wash.

NCWO battle against the National's exclusivity isn't over
In your April 15 editorial, "Martha's media circus," you write: "The rally was a total bust. Burk ought to be terribly embarrassed. It was pathetic." Don't be so cocksure! It ain't over yet. Why should the National Council of Women's Organizations Chairwoman Martha Burk be embarrassed? Father Lewis P. Bohler Jr., Augusta

Ridding Iraq of Hussein not our responsibility
In several of the pro-war, pro-Bush letters recently, there is the common theme that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had to be removed, as he was a danger to his own people. Frankly, I would like to know what business that is of ours. And, at what cost? No 9-11 link has ever been established. David Reed, Aiken, S.C.

Editorial finding fault with Republicans unusual
This is a response to your editorial on April 7 entitled "Bush's hush-up." I already know you will not dare publish my response, but I am writing anyway. John Malawi, Augusta

Dangerous idea presented in article

Bush critics eat humble pie
No matter if I look toward Iraq or North Korea, I see vindication for the Bush administration's foreign policy. Herbert A. Edney IV, Augusta

We encountered two paper tigers in April: Burk and Iraq

Guest column on flag issue magnificent
The April 9 guest column by David Foster, "Glory of Confederacy a myth," is undoubtedly the best I have ever read pertaining to the Georgia flag debate. I intend to cut this out and send it to some redneck friends that I have in Atlanta who think - as so many people do today - that the past is far better than the present or the future. Bill Adams, North Augusta, S.C.

In the know

Ready-to-eat meals are good grub for soldiers

Senior calendar

Wife rewrites song for war with Iraq

In the know

In the know
Layers of ripe strawberries and black cherries framed nicely with a hint of oak. This wine is reminiscent of great Burgundies I have tasted from France.

In the know
Children are always nice, right? Wrong! If your mother was a saint to put up with you as a child, we want to hear about it. Did you torment the family dog, tie up your little brother or try to bake mud pies in the oven? Tell us your favorite story about mom's patience and the best one will win a $100 gift certificate to a local day spa.

Wife rewrites song for war with Iraq
On Wednesday, 144 of the world's top professional cyclists will race out of downtown Augusta on the first stage of the Dodge Tour de Georgia.

Senior calendar
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Ready-to-eat meals are good grub for soldiers
When our editor asked us to taste-test our valiant soldiers' Meals Ready to Eat, we were determined to give Uncle Sam every benefit of the doubt.

Shooting suspect flees city
AIKEN - A man wanted in the fatal shooting of his former girlfriend Easter weekend has left South Carolina and telephoned his sister in White Plains, N.Y., from a pay phone in New Jersey, law enforcement investigators said Monday.

Across the southeast

Shooting suspect flees city

Coliseum Authority asks company to return

Corrections
An article in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle gave incorrect years for Cheryl McCoy's attendance at John Milledge Elementary School and an incorrect address for her mother. Mrs. McCoy, whose mother lives near the school in the cream-colored house at the corner of Eve and Telfair streets, attended Milledge in the early 1970s.

Tour de Georgia races through Augusta

UGA student in critical condition after accident

News you can use

Across the area

Facility voids contracts to lower deficit

State NAACP head plans to step down

Man sues over state flag

Democrats hold offbeat meeting
Written in chalk on a small sandwich board sign outside Broad Street's Metro coffeehouse and bar were the words "Don't Drink and Vote," but in all honesty, the young Democrats of Augusta were hoping $1.50 Bud Lights might just prove key in their campaign to attract a new crowd.

Serviceman of the day

Rants and Raves
MY RANT IS for the Bush administration. They promised they would find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Even if they have to put them there themselves.

House retries tobacco tax

Long backlog of cases brings crowd of defendants, others

Senate sets flag verdict for Friday
ATLANTA - Some Senate tweaking Tuesday to Gov. Sonny Perdue's effort to change the state flag leaves the political future of the effort in jeopardy with one day left in the General Assembly's 2003 session.

News you can use

Augusta leg of tour kicks off
Amateur Augusta-area cyclists gathered at a community festival at Augusta Common on Tuesday night to help kick off the Augusta leg of the Dodge Tour de Georgia.

Students will hold bone marrow drive

Students will hold bone marrow drive
Students at the Medical College of Georgia and Augusta State University want to get down to the bone.

Nurse program may see cuts

Teen denies aid in slaying
The slow shuffle and foot dragging Matthew Wiedeman exhibited as he made his way from a holding cell to the witness stand Tuesday afternoon should have been an omen.

Measure on arenas OKs joint facilities
Neighboring communities with a state line between them could soon be able to jointly develop a sports arena, an industrial park or a harbor.

Across the area

Terrorism expert tells students to be vigilant
Students exited Augusta Technical College's Information Technology Center on Tuesday sobered by a terrorism expert's presentation.

Coliseum Authority asks company to return
The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority voted Tuesday to ask the management company it voted to hire last month to come back to town for a presentation before the entire board.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Air Force Airman 1st Class Gabriel R. Johnson of Augusta.

Across the area
Legislation renaming River Watch Parkway for retired Augusta lawmaker Jack Connell stalled in the Georgia Senate on Monday, and supporters sought a way around the roadblock.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - War protesters say they will continue to demonstrate even as the war in Iraq winds down.

Opportunity to hold man slips away

County reworks laws on zoning

Teen denies aid in slaying

Girl's dad testifies in trial

Bike race shuts roads

Rants and Raves
MY RANT IS for the Bush administration. They promised they would find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Even if they have to put them there themselves.

Senate sets flag verdict for Friday

MCG teaches students to stabilize, prioritize

Across Georgia

Sharpton rolls campaign to town

Corrections

Across Georgia

News you can use
APRIL 23, 1963 NORTH AUGUSTA - Two Republicans were elected to seats on North Augusta's City Council in Monday's general election, with incumbent Democratic Councilman Ted A. Pressley re-elected.

Court delays Perdue-Baker case

Across the area
The Georgia House voted Tuesday for a second time to rename Augusta's River Watch Parkway for former Rep. Jack Connell.

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Convicted murderer Carl Isaacs has been scheduled to die by lethal injection, the Georgia attorney general said Tuesday.

Serviceman of the day

House retries tobacco tax
ATLANTA - Democratic House leaders found the key Tuesday to getting a tax increase through the General Assembly they say will balance next year's state budget.

Airport to help Sizemore staff
Right now, you might call the security employees at Augusta Regional Airport the Sizemore Police Department.

MCG teaches students to stabilize, prioritize
About 180 first-year Medical College of Georgia students got their first taste of disaster medicine Monday afternoon on the banks of Lake Olmstead.

Girl's dad testifies in trial
Fear gripped Anthony Burnett one year ago today, when he opened his daughter's bedroom door and found her bed empty and a window open.

Long backlog of cases brings crowd of defendants, others
A can of sardines would have been roomier than the Richmond County Superior Courtroom where hundreds of people gathered Monday morning.

Facility voids contracts to lower deficit
Dumping some hefty contracts with outside vendors is helping to brighten the financial outlook for a troubled Augusta mental health center, officials said Tuesday night.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - Two of 18 men accused of gang-raping a mentally disabled 13-year-old girl pleaded guilty Monday as jury selection for the trial was scheduled to begin.

Bike race shuts roads
Beware of bicyclists.

UGA student in critical condition after accident
A University of Georgia freshman from Martinez remained in critical condition Monday afternoon after being thrown from the bed of a truck early Thursday and going without medical care for nearly 24 hours afterward.

County reworks laws on zoning
It was while sitting before a group of neighbors concerned about the extension of the Bobby Jones Expressway that Greg Szymik, an Aiken County planning official, detected a change in attitude toward land-use regulations.

Event honors old school
TRENTON, S.C. - The buildings on the 350-acre plot of land at Bettis Academy and Junior College near the eastern border of Edgefield County have been empty for 51 years.

Rants and Raves
THE PEOPLE IN Hollywood think they are so high and mighty. How do you think they got where they are if it wasn't for us going to see their movies and buying their merchandise? Why don't we boycott them? They think they are so much better than us. Boycott their movies. Let's see how they feel.

Nurse program may see cuts
In an 11th-hour move Monday, a budget committee of the General Assembly agreed to try to leave funds for the school nursing program intact.

Opportunity to hold man slips away
AIKEN - The first hope law enforcement authorities and prosecutors had of putting Raymond Stevens Jr. in prison, before he became a suspect in the shotgun slaying of his ex-girlfriend, took place more than a decade ago, when he forced a North Augusta woman named Angela Myers at gunpoint to drive him to Saluda, S.C.

Day celebrates canal visitors center
The Augusta Canal Authority's new visitors center at Enterprise Mill will offer free admission during a Community Get-Acquainted Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Sharpton rolls campaign to town
The thought of it was so delicious that the Rev. Al Sharpton had to smile after he uttered the words.

State NAACP head plans to step down
As president of the South Carolina NAACP, James Gallman's name has become synonymous with the group's battle to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds.

Across the southeast
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -The state Supreme Court on Monday threw out a prison sentence of at least 1,140 years for a man convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl.

Court delays Perdue-Baker case
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue's hopes of stopping a Democrat-drawn Senate-district map from coming back into play suffered a blow late Monday afternoon from the Georgia Supreme Court.

Event honors old school

News you can use
APRIL 22, 1918 The Superior Court grand jury is making a searching investigation into the liquor situation in Augusta and Richmond County. According to a statement by one of the members of this body, shipments into this city are increasing in frequency and the grand jury is considering drastic steps to break up the importation.

Man sues over state flag
ATLANTA - Even as the General Assembly was debating a redesign of the state flag, a Brunswick retiree was filing suit in federal court over the current banner.

Terrorism expert tells students to be vigilant

Measure on arenas OKs joint facilities

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Air Force Senior Airman Danny C. Blair Jr. of North Augusta.

Wolfpack plays through tragedy
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Tuesday afternoon seemed so perfect - warm, bright and breezy. It was the kind of afternoon that just beckoned golfers to head out to the nearest course for a quick 18 holes before retiring home to dinner.

American Music Awards will shift to earlier date
LOS ANGELES -- American Music Awards organizers plan to shift the show from its usual January date to November of this year, cutting the nominations window by about two months, a spokesman for the show said.

Cold weather makes trouble for Indy testing
INDIANAPOLIS -- Forget the hot laps. A cup of hot chocolate would have been just as welcome. Maybe even more.

A.J. Foyt IV youngest driver to pass Indy 500 rookie test
INDIANAPOLIS -- A.J. Foyt IV is the youngest driver in Indianapolis 500 history to pass his rookie test.

Stewart won't race in Indy 500
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart will not race in the Indianapolis 500 because he's focusing on winning another NASCAR title.

Cold weather makes trouble for Indy testing

A.J. Foyt IV youngest driver to pass Indy 500 rookie test

Search narrows for first effective SARS treatment

Search narrows for first effective SARS treatment
Scientists in search of a SARS cure have narrowed their focus to several dozen drugs that appear to have the best chance of stopping the deadly respiratory virus, but they have abandoned plans to test one of them in people.

Scott Peterson pleads innocent in deaths of pregnant wife, unborn son
MODESTO, Calif. -- Scott Peterson pleaded innocent Monday to killing his pregnant wife and unborn son, as prosecutors filed charges against him that could bring the death penalty.

Shaq misses Lakers shootaround; expected for Game 2
MINNEAPOLIS -- Shaquille O'Neal missed the Los Angeles Lakers' shootaround Tuesday morning, a day after flying to South Carolina for his grandfather's wake.

Karl plan changes, but wants better effort from Payton
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The changes George Karl has planned for the Milwaukee Bucks in their playoff series against New Jersey won't mean a thing if Gary Payton has another horrible game.

Spurs top Suns

Spurs top Suns
SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio didn't stop Stephon Marbury, but the Spurs did make their free throws down the stretch Monday night, and that was enough for an 84-76 victory over Phoenix to even their playoff series at one game apiece.

Nets' Jason Collins big surprise for Bucks

Nets' Jason Collins big surprise for Bucks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets had a surprise for the Milwaukee Bucks in the opener of their playoff series: Jason Collins.

Shopping trip for Trail Blazers in Dallas
DALLAS -- The Portland Trail Blazers had big plans after practice Monday. They were going shopping.

Hornets have no new plans to defend Iverson
PHILADELPHIA -- The New Orleans Hornets insist their strategy for defending Allen Iverson is sound, despite evidence to the contrary in Game 1.

Shopping trip for Trail Blazers in Dallas

Karl plan changes, but wants better effort from Payton

Shaq misses Lakers shootaround; expected for Game 2

Hornets have no new plans to defend Iverson

Self takes over at Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Bill Self is back where his career began.

Lewis wants no glitches in signing No. 1 pick

Falcons already have 'first pick'

Texans secretive about second-ever draft

The Bengals are on the clock. Do they want to be?

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Hope Clark    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
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Hope Clark (WINDSOR, S.C.)

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Mr. Hugh Mayo (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

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Mr. Bonnie Brantley (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Fields (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Turner Holton III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Bowick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Voivedich (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Platt (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

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Mrs. Doris Furman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Guynell Phillips (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Leila Williams (STAPLETON, Ga.)

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Mr. Terrell Sullivan (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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Ms. Gradis Chisolm (BROOKLYN. N.Y.)

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Mr. Billy Rangel (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. James Boyleston (WILLISTON, S.C.)

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Mr. Willie Clements (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel Mooneyham (PRATTVILLE, Ala.)

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Mr. John Murray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Georgians need the tax relief Bush's tax reforms would provide
IN THIS WORLD nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes, Benjamin Franklin wrote in 1789. Franklin's statement was true then and it's true now - especially as April marks the month when millions of Americans, including over 2.5 million Georgians, file their federal income taxes.

Georgians need the tax relief Bush's tax reforms would provide
IN THIS WORLD nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes, Benjamin Franklin wrote in 1789. Franklin's statement was true then and it's true now - especially as April marks the month when millions of Americans, including over 2.5 million Georgians, file their federal income taxes.

Kenyan Robert Cheruiyot wins 107th Boston Marathon

Martinez cyclist gets pro start in Tour de Georgia

Overtime

Tour spins around Savannah

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Tour de Georgia brings pro cycling to NASCAR country

Augusta leg of tour kicks off
Amateur Augusta-area cyclists gathered at a community festival at Augusta Common on Tuesday night to help kick off the Augusta leg of the Dodge Tour de Georgia.

Tour spins around Savannah
SAVANNAH -- The racers streaked by in a blur of bright colors and corporate logos, past spectators behind roadside barricades, a VIP tent festooned with balloons and sponsors hawking Dodge vans and low-carb beer.

Overtime
USC Aiken's Aaron Black and Scott Usher were named to the Peach Belt All-Conference Team, and Dane Burkhart was named conference freshman of the year. Georgia College & State's David Robinson was named player of the year for the third consecutive time.

Kenyan Robert Cheruiyot wins 107th Boston Marathon
BOSTON -- Robert Cheruiyot won the Boston Marathon by 23 seconds Monday to give Kenya its 12th victory in 13 years. Russia's Svetlana Zakharova won the women's race to prevent a second consecutive Kenyan sweep.

Martinez cyclist gets pro start in Tour de Georgia
For Kurt Garin, it was tougher convincing his parents than his college professors on the importance of the Dodge Tour de Georgia race.

Overtime
Michael Vick reported for the Atlanta Falcons' off-season conditioning program Monday after missing three weeks of the voluntary workouts.

Tour de Georgia brings pro cycling to NASCAR country
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The racers streaked by in a blur of bright colors and corporate logos, past spectators behind roadside barricades, a VIP tent festooned with balloons and sponsors hawking Dodge vans and low-carb beer.

James heads USA Today's All-USA high school team
McLEAN, Va. -- LeBron James is USA Today's high school basketball player of the year.

Vick reports for voluntary workouts
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick reported for the Atlanta Falcons' offseason conditioning program Monday, after missing three weeks of the voluntary workouts.

The Bengals are on the clock. Do they want to be?
NEW YORK -- Nothing goes right for the Cincinnati Bengals, even when they own the No. 1 choice in the NFL draft.

Texans secretive about second-ever draft
HOUSTON -- Houston Texans general manager Charley Casserly dispelled any mystery about the expansion team's first draft pick. Quarterback David Carr already was house-hunting by the time Houston formally chose him at No. 1 in 2002.

Falcons already have 'first pick'
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Three years have passed since Atlanta entered the NFL draft without a first-round pick. This time, Ron Hill isn't so concerned about it.

Lewis wants no glitches in signing No. 1 pick
CINCINNATI -- Coach Marvin Lewis insists the Cincinnati Bengals will have the top pick in the NFL draft signed to a contract before the first round begins Saturday.

Wolfpack plays through tragedy

It's painful for Roma Downey as 'Touched By an Angel' ends 9-year run
NEW YORK -- Some hit series change the TV landscape with their outsized success, rewriting old rules and sparking new crazes.

Fox dating show 'Mr. Personality' has strong premiere
NEW YORK -- "Mr. Personality," the Fox reality dating show with Monica Lewinsky as host, displayed a dominant personality with viewers for its premiere Monday night, according to Nielsen Media Research figures.

'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.

It's painful for Roma Downey as 'Touched By an Angel' ends 9-year run

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

Pentagon's embeds experiment drawing mostly favorable reviews
NEW YORK -- The sand, the food, the physical exhaustion - NBC's Chip Reid is glad to put those behind him. But as a journalist, being embedded with a military unit during the war in Iraq exceeded his expectations.

Pentagon's embeds experiment drawing mostly favorable reviews

Entertainment Briefs

Stealth is needed in 'Tenchu'

Entertainment briefs

Book offers snippets of America in World War II

Six Georgia athletes charged in drug case
ATHENS, Ga. -- Five University of Georgia football players were suspended for two games Tuesday and face other punishment after they and a basketball player were charged with violating the Georgia Controlled Substance Act.

Six Georgia athletes charged in drug case

South Carolina decides to skip 2003 Great Alaska Shootout
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Dave Odom has scrapped plans to go the Great Alaska Shootout next season.

South Carolina decides to skip 2003 Great Alaska Shootout

Prom style
THE FACTS: Melody Venters, 16, a junior at Evans High School.

Question of the week
Which folk remedy works for you?

Artist's corner
Dustin Stone, 17, is a junior at Aiken High School. Tiger Masters Augusta is a free-hand drawing by Dustin, who says drawing is one of his favorite hobbies.

Prom style

'Chronicle' will honor students
We're looking for the best and brightest. The Augusta Chronicle is launching the Best and Brightest Awards, a program to celebrate outstanding young adults.

Relationship will fail if partners lack trust
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I have a boyfriend I love very much, and we have been together eight months. He says he loves me, but at times he thinks I go places with other boys, when I don't. What should I do, stay in the house and not go outside, or what?

Xtreme calendar
The opening reception for an exhibit of works by seniors at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, 506 Telfair St. Works will be on display through May 8. Call 722-5495.

Acne home remedies
When 14-year-old Julia Haltermann finds a zit on her face, she doesn't rush to the drug store for the latest acne-fighting formula. Julia, a freshman at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, reaches for the toothpaste tube instead.

Spring is season to enjoy life
For just a moment, step outside and take a deep breath. What smells permeate your senses? Is it the scent of freshly cut grass from your neighbor's yard, or is it simply the breezy air that can clear one's head in minutes?

Xtreme calendar

Acne home remedies

Artist's corner

Audio best
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:

Spring is season to enjoy life

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Gone are the days of Tuesday mystery meat and mashed potatoes in high school cafeterias. Lunchroom food these days includes good stuff like pizza and ice cream bars. But some lunchrooms are still lagging.

Relationship will fail if partners lack trust

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