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.

Customs says paintings, other goods are being shipped out of Iraq
WASHINGTON -- Several members of the media and a U.S. serviceman have been caught attempting to ship Iraqi paintings, weapons and other war souvenirs to America, U.S. authorities said Wednesday.

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

With war in Iraq winding down, book proposals rise

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

Customs says paintings, other goods are being shipped out of Iraq

Daytona Cubs player injured protected osprey with ball

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

Baseball to issue precautions for teams visiting Toronto
NEW YORK -- Major league baseball plans to recommend that its teams visiting Toronto take precautions against SARS, such as refraining from signing autographs and not mingling with large crowds.

Daytona Cubs player injured protected osprey with ball
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A minor league pitcher might face animal cruelty charges for injuring a protected bird with a thrown baseball.

Bowman achieves goal

Fantasy Baseball: Give sophomores a try
Webster's Dictionary defines sophomoric as "intellectually pretentious but immature and ill-informed."

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.

Fantasy Baseball: Give sophomores a try

Baseball to issue precautions for teams visiting Toronto

Bowman achieves goal
Ashley Bowman wasted little time in making her aspirations clear to South Aiken girls basketball coach Steve Young.

Nicholas Michael Salcedo
Miguel and Allison Salcedo of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Nicholas Michael Salcedo, Monday, April 7, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Handley Jackson of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Salcedo of Vilseck, Germany.

Jaquay Jesus Washington

Krystina Jade Smith

Jaquay Jesus Washington
Jaquay Washington and Anesha Chimere Glover, both of Williston, S.C., announce the birth of a son, Jaquay Jesus Washington, Monday, April 7, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Eddie Lee Glover Jr. and Willie Ann Mention, both of Pelion, S.C., Georgia M. Lindsey of Edgefield, S.C., and Sara Lou Washington and Jesse and Luretha Washington, all of Williston.

Elizabeth Latter Kuhlke
Christopher and Laura Kuhlke of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Elizabeth Latter Kuhlke, Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mary Latter of Covington, La., Benjamin Goliwas of New Orleans, and Mr. and Mrs. Edmund P. Kuhlke of Martinez.

Leyton Evans Watson
Robert G. Watson and Jennifer L. Rish, both of North Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Leyton Evans Watson, Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Malcohm R. Rish and Deborah A. McDaniel, both of Edgefield, S.C., and Robert and Jean Watson of Aiken.

Savanna Ruth Pfefferkorn
Timothy R. and Lisa A. Pfefferkorn of Clarks Hill, S.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Savanna Ruth Pfefferkorn, Friday, March 28, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. Frederick Kell of Huntertown, Ind., Alice K. Pfefferkorn of Waterloo, Ind., and the late Richard A. Pfefferkorn.

Toby Joel Baumgarten
Daniel V. and Deborah M. Baumgarten of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Toby Joel Baumgarten, Sunday, March 23, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are H.L. McIntosh III of Atlanta, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Green of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Baumgarten of Bismarck, N.D.

Cali Brian Field

Bailey Nicole Brewer
Robert and Stacy Brewer of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Bailey Nicole Brewer, Monday, March 31, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gene Livingston of Augusta, Mr. and Mrs. Earl C. Brewer of Martinez and the late Stan Forbes.

Ja'Kiya Lajuria Sherrod

Austin James Carter
Jamie Carter and Nancy Rodriguez, both of Aiken, announce the birth of a son, Austin James Carter, Thursday, April 10, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Carmen Perez of Rochester, N.Y., Rosa Perez of Villalba, Puerto Rico, Mr. and Mrs. David W. Lyons of Smoaks, S.C., and Clyde and Mary Carter of Bamberg, S.C.

Ja'Kiya Lajuria Sherrod
Krista Sherrod of Swainsboro, Ga., announces the birth of a daughter, Ja'Kiya Lajuria Sherrod, Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Valorie Sherrod and Wendy Underwood, both of Swainsboro.

Brenna Alexandria Clark
Michael A. and Christy M. Clark of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Brenna Alexandria Clark, Friday, March 14, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Peter P. Boyzuick and Mr. and Mrs. M. Charles Clark, all of Evans.

Shandrell Shania Ryan
Mandrell and Natashia Ryan of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Shandrell Shania Ryan, Monday, April 7, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Danny and Bertha Cain of Graniteville and Sammie and Rosa Ryan of North Augusta.

Harrison Dean Cook
Dean and Kara Cook of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Harrison Dean Cook, Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fittery of North Augusta, Gary Cook of Augusta and the late Thelia Cook.

Steven James Terry
Benjamin C. and Valerie D. Terry of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Steven James Terry, Thursday, March 27, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Terry Sr. of Harlem, Louise Anderson of Augusta and the late Benjamin Terry.

Cali Brian Field
Brian E. and Tracie M. Field of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Cali Brian Field, Friday, March 21, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Jack and Barbara Montgomery of North Augusta and Bill and Pat Field of Edgewater, Fla.

Savanna Ruth Pfefferkorn

Makenzie Leigh Gaddy
Jamey and Stefanie Gaddy of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Makenzie Leigh Gaddy, Thursday, March 6, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Eric Leeton, Larry Averitt and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Gaddy, all of Thomasville, Ala.

Brayden Colt Reeves

Nicholas Michael Salcedo

Corey Hunter Scales

Harrison Dean Cook

Julia Love Osborn

Vincent Nicholas Nolan
Vincent and Felicia Nolan of Alexander, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Vincent Nicholas Nolan, Monday, March 24, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Francis Bell of Alexander and the late Mitchell Bell, and Nathaniel and Annabell Nolan of Summerville, S.C.

Steven Austin Kelley
Lee and Carla Kelley of Waynesboro, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Steven Austin Kelley, Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are David and Carol Best of Waynesboro and the late John and Mary Van Maanen.

Krystina Jade Smith
Michael and Roxanne Smith of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Krystina Jade Smith, Saturday, April 5, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Burnham Sr. of Newnan, Ga., Kathy Smith of Harlem and the late Rudolph Christopher Smith.

Corey Hunter Scales
Jonathan Scales and Heather Gillen, both of Grovetown, announce the birth of a son, Corey Hunter Scales, Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Sandy Phelps of Grovetown, Tom Gillen of Ainsbille, Pa., and Shirley Scales of Alpharetta, Ga.

Nathan Taylor Robert Barnes
Robert M. Barnes Jr. and Electra Barnes of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Nathan Taylor Robert Barnes, Monday, March 10, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Thomas and Ollie Ruth Carswell of Trenton, S.C., Frank and Lola Burt of Johnston, S.C., and Robert M. Barnes Sr. and Bernice Williamson, both of Augusta.

Anslie Lorraine Glisson
James Lester Glisson III and Vickie Lorraine Glisson of Keysville, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Anslie Lorraine Glisson, Monday, April 7, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mays of Hephzibah and Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Glisson of Keysville.

Julia Love Osborn
Jason and Aprile Osborn of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Julia Love Osborn, Friday, Feb. 28, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Love of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Osborn of Augusta.

Brayden Colt Reeves
Lance and Joely Reeves of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Brayden Colt Reeves, Thursday, April 3, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Thomas W. Doegen Jr. of Kennesaw, Ga., Mary G. Doegen of Marietta, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Mac T. Reeves of Wrens, Ga.

Brenna Alexandria Clark

Jeffery Grant Palmer
George and Lisa Palmer of Evans announce the birth of a son, Jeffery Grant Palmer, Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Joseph Landrum Jr. of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. George Palmer of Waynesboro, Ga.

Jeffery Grant Palmer

Elizabeth Latter Kuhlke

Toby Joel Baumgarten

Jacob Edward Baldwin
Richard and Dusti Baldwin of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Jacob Edward Baldwin, Monday, April 7, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Rob and Rose Sturk of Fayetteville, N.C., Roy Mullins of Del City, Okla., and John and Mary Baldwin of Surfside Beach, S.C.

Leyton Evans Watson

Steven James Terry

Steven Austin Kelley

Nathan Taylor Robert Barnes

Vincent Nicholas Nolan

Jacob Edward Baldwin

Odds and Ends
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A man accused of barking at a police canine is in the doghouse with authorities.

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
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.

Braves reliever gives batters a sinking feeling

Sheffield clears air after report

Braves reliever gives batters a sinking feeling
ATLANTA - He is 6-foot-5 inches and 235 pounds, so it's hard to miss Kevin Gryboski.

Braves top Cards

Braves defeat Cardinals
ATLANTA - The early returns suggested that Greg Maddux's best days were behind him, and with sympathy in short supply in baseball, there were plenty of hitters around the league who were secretly delighted.

Braves defeat Cardinals

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

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

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

Bush: Greenspan should get another term

Cyclists boost local businesses

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.

New CEO faces questions about Nasdaq's relevance

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.

Fed finds economy activity still lackluster

Remotes replace engineers

New CEO faces questions about Nasdaq's relevance
NEW YORK -- When Robert Greifeld becomes Nasdaq's CEO next month, he must answer a question that a few years ago, hardly anyone on Wall Street would have asked: Has the institution that once touted itself as "the stock market for the next 100 years" become an anachronism?

Mint director a champion of change

Fed chairman to accept fifth term
WASHINGTON -- Alan Greenspan, expressing appreciation for President Bush's confidence, said Wednesday he would accept a fifth term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.

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

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.

Maytag plant gets new boss
Appliance maker Maytag Corp. on Wednesday announced major management changes at its Dixie-Narco vending machine business in Williston, S.C.

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

Fed chairman to accept fifth term

Maytag plant gets new boss

Fed finds economy activity still lackluster
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy remained "lackluster" in March and early April as the war in Iraq dampened consumer spending and a mysterious Asian virus cut into international airline travel, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.

The worst instincts

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.

Fifth-term Fed boss
President George W. Bush's statement Tuesday that he intends to nominate Alan Greenspan for a fifth term as Federal Reserve Board chairman came as something of a surprise.

The worst instincts
Imagine an airliner packed with management and labor representatives - and that, after learning the plane was going down, the management executives grabbed a second parachute for themselves and told workers that some of them would have to do without one.

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.

Bush & the economy

Unfunded bonus hoax
The $200 bonus for state employees who earn $30,000 a year or less called for by the South Carolina House of Representatives is about as meaningless a piece of legislation as you can find.

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

Top five list
List of the top five TV shows, music and movies.

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.

Entertainment briefs
BERLIN -- Filming has started in Germany's historic Babelsberg Studios outside Berlin on the latest Hollywood version of Jules Verne's "Around the World in 80 Days."

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 rise following another round of strong earnings

Stocks rise following another round of strong earnings
NEW YORK -- Investors encouraged by another batch of better-than-expected earnings sent stocks moderately higher Wednesday, carrying Wall Street's rally over to a second day. The Nasdaq composite index climbed to its highest close in nearly five months.

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.

Chicken takes little time to work out

Steak leaves diners stuffed

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.

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.

Small portions

Barbecue creation gets turned on its head

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.

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

Bats pound Jackets with 7 runs in 10th
The numbers weren't pretty as Luis Villarreal entered his fourth start Wednesday night.

Undoing damage to bird nest takes extra effort

Course's director is ready for test
Sam Adams will be an interested observer today when the $150,000 Kandy Waters Memorial Classic golf tournament begins in McCormick, S.C.

LPGA major winner battling breast cancer

Past champions get invite to U.S. Open

Sutton resigns from policy board
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Hal Sutton resigned from the PGA Tour policy board on Wednesday because his Ryder Cup captaincy and attention to his golf and family were cutting into his time.

LPGA major winner battling breast cancer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Colleen Walker, who has missed the last three LPGA Tour seasons with a wrist injury, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

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

PGA Tour golfers test sprawling new Houston Open course
HUMBLE, Texas -- Golfers will encounter more than alligators, wild hogs or occasional bobcat at the Redstone Golf Club, new site of the Houston Open.

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

Sutton resigns from policy board

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.

Course's director is ready for test

Strange start to the PGA Tour season

Hooters tour Taylor made for Augustan

PGA Tour golfers test sprawling new Houston Open course

Bats pound Jackets with 7 runs in 10th

Augusta runs streak to three

Jackets find ways to score

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

Well-rested Senators prepare to face Flyers
OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators rested while waiting to see who they'd face in the next round of the playoffs.

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

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.

Murder suspect captured
AIKEN - North Carolina police captured murder suspect Raymond Stevens Jr. shortly after noon Thursday at a rest stop on the southbound side of Interstate 95, just across the Virginia line, Halifax County, N.C., investigators said.

Jury convicts Soto on weapons and murder charges
It took the jury less than half a hour to find Raymond Soto guilty of murder and weapon charges in the brutal slaying of a 16-year-old girl.

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.

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

Emergency personnel reassuring to children
On April 15 a house in Columbia County was engulfed in flames and the school buses were stopped for more than an hour on a road that had no outlet, and the children could not get home on time. As the smaller children became worried by the commotion, the Columbia County Sheriff's Department gave the children transportation down the road that other vehicles could not pass. Jack Flynn, Martinez, Ga.

School system's internal affair should remain just that
As a teacher at A.R. Johnson, I am becoming increasingly disturbed by the unwarrantable media attention given to a recent internal affair at our school. I empathize with the teachers involved, but do not condone the methods being employed to address the issue. Rita Rosier, Martinez, Ga.

What's wrong with teacher transfers?

True nature of the left is meanness

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

Aiken VITA gives thanks for publicity
The Aiken Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) group extends its thanks to The Augusta Chronicle for the publicity it gave to us. Robert F. Overman, Aiken, S.C.

Local legislators weaken self-defense rights
The Senate Bill 1 (the so-called "child endangerment" bill) passed the state Senate recently and is coming up in the Georgia House. Sen. Preston Smith, R-Rome, offered an amendment to let people keep their guns unlocked so they're ready for self-defense. Ken Drawdy, Hephzibah, Ga.

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.

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

Strategist should have had better plan in place for Iraq
It doesn't take a brilliant military strategist to predict that in the absence of law and order, anarchy will prevail. I'm disappointed that President George W. Bush's advisers on Iraq didn't think of that before the shooting started. Lamar Rush, Augusta

Local legislators weaken self-defense rights

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

We encountered two paper tigers in April: Burk and Iraq

What's wrong with teacher transfers?
In response to Larry Garner's April 10 letter to the editor, "Not a step in the right direction for A.R. Johnson High," this is just another indication that his information is not based on facts. Claudette J. Palmer, Hephzibah, Ga.

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

Dangerous idea presented in article

Aiken VITA gives thanks for publicity

Back to school

In the know

In the know

Back to school
The last time I spent any time in a kindergarten classroom, the United States was celebrating its bicentennial, disco was all the rage and my favorite thing to wear was a pair of scarlet vinyl gaucho boots that I wore ... a lot.

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.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, 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.

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.

Act will clear record for sex offender

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.

House may drop second flag vote

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.

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.

Across the area

Jurors hear interviews
Matthew Wiedeman refused to answer questions Wednesday about the brutal slaying of a teenage girl, but a jury heard what he had to say about it last year.

Across the area

Act will clear record for sex offender
A 21-year-old Augusta man admitted in court Wednesday that he lured a 12-year-old girl to a vacant apartment one night in January. Police say a neighbor said she flagged down a sheriff's deputy after she saw the man sodomizing the girl.

News you can use

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.

House guts bill seeking to open adoption files
ATLANTA - The Georgia House shut the door this week on adoption records that the Senate wanted to open.

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

Bone marrow drive gives aid to patient
Chris Killingsworth didn't think much would come of it last year when he signed up to become a bone marrow donor during a drive held by fellow students at the Medical College of Georgia.

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.

Facility voids contracts to lower deficit

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.

Servicewoman of the day

Airport to help Sizemore staff

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

DNR drops deer-dog hunting bill

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

Friend's warning was not enough

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.

Bike race shuts roads
Beware of bicyclists.

School probes parents' charges
North Augusta High School choral Director Kevin Creel has been on administrative leave since the end of March while school officials investigate a complaint about the popular instructor from the parents of a female student,, Aiken County public school administrators said Wednesday.

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.

House guts bill seeking to open adoption files

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.

Servicewoman of the day
Today's servicewoman of the day is Army Sgt. Jahel Jamieson of Anaheim, Calif.

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.

House retries tobacco tax

Serviceman of the day

Measure on arenas OKs joint facilities

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

Senators oppose millage jump
AIKEN - Aiken County property owners shouldn't have to shoulder the entire burden of a $12.5 million shortfall in public school revenue caused by the state budget crisis, said two powerful area legislators Wednesday in the wake of the county school board's preliminary decision to adopt a fiscal plan that calls for a 15-mill increase on homes.

Across Georgia and South Carolina

House may drop second flag vote
ATLANTA - A flag referendum without the racially charged Confederate battle emblem could be the end product of months of debate over Gov. Sonny Perdue's push for a vote on the state symbol.

Jury convicts Soto on weapons and murder charges

Across Georgia and South Carolina
ATLANTA -Secretary of State Cathy Cox urged lawmakers Wednesday to confirm dozens of appointments made by former Gov. Roy Barnes, saying the delay would have devastating effects on at least 20 professional licensing boards.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for the ignorant person who said golfers are not athletes. Golfers have to be in peak physical condition to appropriately perform in their sport, just as other athletes do. Play 18 holes walking like the pros do and tell me if not you're tired at the end of it.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for the ignorant person who said golfers are not athletes. Golfers have to be in peak physical condition to appropriately perform in their sport, just as other athletes do. Play 18 holes walking like the pros do and tell me if not you're tired at the end of it.

DNR drops deer-dog hunting bill
ATLANTA - The Georgia Board of Natural Resources on Wednesday agreed to drop a plan to shorten the season for hunting deer with dogs in four counties between Augusta and Savannah.

Opportunity to hold man slips away

Teen denies aid in slaying

Across the area
Matthew Barman was released Wednesday from Medical College of Georgia Hospital. His brother Michael remains in serious condition, according to an MCG spokeswoman.

Man sues over state flag

Jurors hear interviews

Terrorism expert tells students to be vigilant

Senators oppose millage jump

News you can use

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.

Coliseum Authority asks company to return

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

Senate sets flag verdict for Friday

School probes parents' charges

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.

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Friend's warning was not enough
AIKEN - On the last Sunday of Gloria McKie's life, she got a call of warning from Sulisa Loraine Bush about a man both women knew well - Raymond Stevens Jr.

Bike race shuts roads

Board passes closing budget

News you can use
APRIL 24, 1973 U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn told a $50-a-plate testimonial dinner Monday that serious problems face the country in the next five or six years.

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.

County reworks laws on zoning

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.

Board passes closing budget
An outpatient pharmacy that serves poor patients from across Georgia will be closed soon by the company that operates Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics.

Racers zip in and out of Harlem's notice
HARLEM, Ga. - To the wife of the retired tax commissioner from Appling, the psychedelic blur that went whizzing down North Louisville Street before disappearing in the distance might as well have been Halley's comet.

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.

Undoing damage to bird nest takes extra effort
The day before Easter, we went to Marsha's house because she was giving my wife several plants from her yard.

Cannes pits six newcomers against veteran directors

Cannes pits six newcomers against veteran directors
PARIS -- Six newcomers will tussle for the top prize at Cannes this year against veteran directors like Clint Eastwood, who returns to the French Riviera film festival after nearly a decade.

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.

Dixie Chicks fire back at critics

Dixie Chicks fire back at critics
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dixie Chicks' lead singer Natalie Maines says she spoke against President Bush and war with Iraq last month out of frustration and regrets her choice of words, but she makes no apologies for thinking critically.

Q&A with Jimmie Johnson

Cold weather makes trouble for Indy testing

Schrader still has fun despite 12 winless years
FONTANA, Calif. - The other George Bush was president when Ken Schrader won his last race on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series circuit. But that doesn't mean he's forgotten how to win.

Q&A with Jimmie Johnson
ATLANTA - Jimmie Johnson has been ranked among the top 10 in the Winston Cup Series point standings for all but three races in his young career. He returns to the California Speedway as the defending champion. He talked about his rookie success and what's expected of him at Hendrick Motorsports in 2003 now that he's a 27-year-old veteran in his second full-time season on the senior circuit.

Racing facts - Auto Club 500

Racing facts - Auto Club 500
Here are facts about this weekend's Auto Club 500.

Schrader still has fun despite 12 winless years

Mario Andretti tests at Indy, just in case

Season has seen variety in winners

Season has seen variety in winners
FONTANA, Calif. - The rare open weekend for Easter gave NASCAR a chance to look back at the first quarter of a season that doesn't end until Thanksgiving.

Mario Andretti tests at Indy, just in case
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ten years later, the view was the same for Mario Andretti.

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.

Shuttle investigators zeroing in on accident theory

Travelers warned away from Toronto, Beijing, which fail to contain SARS virus

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.

Search narrows for first effective SARS treatment

Travelers warned away from Toronto, Beijing, which fail to contain SARS virus
TORONTO -- Global health officials warned travelers Wednesday to avoid Beijing and Toronto, where they might get the SARS virus and export it to new locations.

Shaq misses Lakers shootaround; expected for Game 2

Wallace is Defensive Player of Year - again
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Ben Wallace of the Detroit Pistons won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award for the second straight season Wednesday.

Hornets have no new plans to defend Iverson

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.

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.

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.

Nets' Jason Collins big surprise for Bucks

Panthers could take a quarterback in NFL draft

Litigious Raiders spent $33.5 million on legal fees in 1997-2001

Falcons already have 'first pick'

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

Lewis wants no glitches in signing No. 1 pick

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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.

Tour de Georgia kicks off in Augusta

Players forced to qualify for Wimbledon wild cards

Overtime

WBC seeks bankruptcy protection to avoid $30 million fighter award

ESPN to launch pay-per-view service

Lakeside shows resiliency

Tour de Georgia brings pro cycling to NASCAR country

Tour spins around Savannah

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Players forced to qualify for Wimbledon wild cards
WIMBLEDON, England -- The Lawn Tennis Association has changed its wild-card selection guidelines for Wimbledon.

WBC seeks bankruptcy protection to avoid $30 million fighter award
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The World Boxing Council is seeking bankruptcy protection to keep from paying a $30 million judgment awarded a German fighter who had his light heavyweight title taken away from him.

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.

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.

Fund of Funds to miss Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Fund of Funds, who finished second in the Illinois Derby, won't run in the Kentucky Derby because of a torn tendon in his left foreleg.

Overtime
USC Aiken is ranked No. 1 in the latest Golfstat.com Division II men's golf poll.

Tour de Georgia kicks off in Augusta
Augusta Mayor Bob Young fired the starter's pistol into the blue sky overhead Wednesday morning, and the inaugural Dodge Tour de Georgia stage race began Stage One.

Lakeside shows resiliency
Donny Rogers believes his Lakeside girls team is playing its best soccer of the season at the right time.

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.

ESPN to launch pay-per-view service
NEW YORK -- ESPN is launching a pay-per-view service that will feature events such as the NCAA baseball tournament games and martial arts programs.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Litigious Raiders spent $33.5 million on legal fees in 1997-2001
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders led the NFL in offense last year and are No. 1 in the league in litigation.

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.

Panthers could take a quarterback in NFL draft
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers already have four quarterbacks on their roster and haven't ruled out adding another through the NFL draft.

Wolfpack plays through tragedy

Shuttle investigators zeroing in on accident theory
HOUSTON -- After nearly three months, investigators examining the Columbia accident have mounting evidence that a 2-pound chunk of insulating foam caused the tragedy.

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.

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.

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

NBC laughs its way to ratings win
NEW YORK - Several generations of comic talent helped NBC win the prime-time ratings crown last week in a lull before television's important May "sweeps" period.

Entertainment briefs

Stealth is needed in 'Tenchu'

Entertainment briefs

Top five list

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

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