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

Expressionist painter likes to think big
Constructions, causes and a desire for two-dimensional transcendence all inform the art of Tom Nakashima.

Augusta Ballet will celebrate 40 years with repertoire performance
Ballet companies are, by nature, pack rats. While theater and opera companies mount productions, strike sets and then move on to the next thing, the ballet world is careful to preserve its productions. Post-performance, pieces are figuratively boxed, bundled and placed on a shelf for future use.

Expressionist painter likes to think big

Group gives children quick lesson in theater
Take a few dozen young actors, divide them by two directors, multiply by five days of rehearsal time and try to make it equal a single, cohesive theatrical production.

Group gives children quick lesson in theater

Augusta Ballet will celebrate 40 years with repertoire performance

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.

Fantasy Baseball: Give sophomores a try

Daytona Cubs player injured protected osprey with ball

Pacers, Jaguars close out season
Augusta State seniors John Graham, Matt Bailey and Matt May practiced one final time Thursday.

Panthers' prowl gets attention in poll
Glascock County coach Don Mims saw the latest Georgia high school baseball poll, and he wasn't sure of what to think.

Bowman achieves goal

Selig intends to step down as commissioner in 2006
NEW YORK -- Bud Selig does not intend to seek a new term as baseball commissioner after his current deal expires in December 2006.

Panthers' prowl gets attention in poll

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

Making a Point
The grass was long and the infield dirt needed some work, but NorthPoint Academy baseball coach Pete Meadows showed it off with pride.

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.

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

Prep baseball statistics

Former Reds executive accuses team of discrimination
CINCINNATI -- A former Cincinnati Reds assistant general manager sued the team Thursday for discrimination, claiming he was demoted because he is black.

Making a Point

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.

Former Reds executive accuses team of discrimination

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.

Toby Joel Baumgarten

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.

Leyton Evans Watson

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.

Jacob Edward Baldwin

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.

Harrison Dean Cook

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.

Julia Love Osborn

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.

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.

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.

Vincent Nicholas Nolan

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.

Cali Brian Field

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.

Jaquay Jesus Washington

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.

Ja'Kiya Lajuria Sherrod

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nathan Taylor Robert Barnes

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.

Nicholas Michael Salcedo

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

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.

Savanna Ruth Pfefferkorn

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.

Brayden Colt Reeves

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.

Steven Austin Kelley

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.

Corey Hunter Scales

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.

Jeffery Grant Palmer

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.

Elizabeth Latter Kuhlke

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.

Krystina Jade Smith

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 James Terry

Maybe they should name this dog ''Lucky''
CLEARLAKE, Calif. -- Veterinarians are calling a dog that survived being hit by a car, shot in the head and kept in a freezer for two hours a "miracle girl."

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

Odds and Ends
SAN FRANCISCO -- Tony and Emily, a pair of Siberian tigers at the San Francisco Zoo, are a couple of scaredy cats.

Braves rally to 4th win
ATLANTA - With St. Louis starter Woody Williams gone and the bullpen doing a high-wire act, the Atlanta Braves finally came up a winner.

Braves notebook

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 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 reliever gives batters a sinking feeling

Braves rally to 4th win

Braves defeat Cardinals

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Johnny Estrada, regular catcher. The 26-year-old Atlanta Braves catcher likes the sound of that, even if it's a temporary title.

Durable goods orders jump 2 percent in March
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods, powered by a continued surge in demand for military equipment, rose an unexpectedly sharp 2 percent in March. But a second government report Thursday showed that the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level in a year.

Fed chairman to accept fifth term

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?

Report details record profits
Brisk mortgage business helped propel Georgia Bank & Trust Co. to record profits during the first quarter.

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.

New CEO faces questions about Nasdaq's relevance

Profit taking, spike in unemployment send stocks lower
NEW YORK -- Concerned that stocks are overpriced after this week's big rally, investors collected profits Thursday, sending Wall Street moderately lower. A surge in unemployment claims and disappointing earnings reports also fed worries that the economy wasn't keeping pace with the market's gains.

Job-seeking teens feel brunt of economy

Fed finds economy activity still lackluster

Job-seeking teens feel brunt of economy
WASHINGTON -- Lazy or picky? Neither. Teenagers complaining that they can't find summer jobs this year are telling the truth.

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.

Profit taking, spike in unemployment send stocks lower

OPEC agrees to raise production ceiling but cut output
VIENNA, Austria -- OPEC members agreed Thursday to cut their current oil output by 2 million barrels a day, or 7 percent, in an effort to head off more declines in oil prices.

Durable goods orders jump 2 percent in March

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.

Maytag plant gets new boss

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages fell for a second straight week while other mortgage rates held steady this week

OPEC agrees to raise production ceiling but cut output

Clemson tight end back on team
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson tight end Ben Hall is back on the team after the senior-to-be left the Tigers to consider transferring to another school, athletics spokesman Tim Bourret says.

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.

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.

Change before visit
"(T)he American secretary of State going to Damascus to meet with a terrorist-supporting, secret police-wielding dictator is ludicrous ... This is a time for America to demand changes in Damascus before a visit is even considered. The visit should be a reward for public change, not an appeal to a weak, economically depressed dictatorship."

The worst instincts

Open up, or close down
Many Canadians are livid about a World Health Organization warning to avoid travel to Toronto - angry that it's an overreaction to the possible 267 cases of SARS in Ontario, and will only cripple an already reeling tourist economy there.

Change before visit

Open up, or close down

No to special session
After more than a century of one-party Democratic rule, it's pretty clear that Georgia's elected leaders are having a problem adjusting to divided government. As the longest and most hectic legislative session since the late 1800s draws to a close later today, very little has gotten done.

Standing ovations
Riverwalk Augusta's Saturday Night Live concert series continues with music by local bands Black Eyed Susan and Redheaded Stepchild. The free concert begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Eight Street plaza at Riverwalk.

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

Concert calendar
A listing of upcoming concerts in the Augusta and surrounding areas.

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

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."

Applause calendar
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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.

Stocks rise following another round of strong earnings

Fishing report

Fishing report
Ever since the end of one of the coldest (and longest) winters on record, fishing on Strom Thurmond Lake and elsewhere has been "on the verge" of taking off.

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 tournament news

Ming Wah is a staple on dining scene

Ming Wah is a staple on dining scene
As longtime Augusta residents, we have soft spots in our hearts for restaurants in town that have stood the test of time.

Shade can yield color

Shade can yield color
You would think, with winter not long gone, that green would be enough color to satisfy any gardener. Not so. Everybody already is hungry for reds and yellows and blues. And gardeners with shade are no exception.

Gardener masters landscape art
Master gardener Carolyn Ziegler had a lot to work with when she started improving the landscape at her Columbia County home.

Gardener masters landscape art

GreenJackets on-deck
Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox).

Jackets fall after Mateo leaves mound
Aneudis Mateo was facing what figured to be his last batter of the game when he was paid a visit on the mound from Augusta GreenJackets pitching coach Dave Tomlin.

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

PGA Tour golfers test sprawling new Houston Open course

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.

Schwartzel, Olander tied for first in Spanish 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.

Course's director is ready for test

Sutton resigns from policy board

Schwartzel, Olander tied for first in Spanish Open
COSTA ADEJE, Canary Islands -- South African teenager Charl Schwartzel and Sweden's Marten Olander each shot 9-under-par 63 Thursday to lead the Spanish Open after the first round.

Taylor leads after first round

Taylor leads after first round
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Vaughn Taylor is atop the Hooters Tour money list, so it isn't too difficult to fathom him shooting a 65.

LPGA major winner battling breast cancer

Wie returns to action

Wie returns to action
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - Michelle Wie worked her way through the bag before pulling out the club everyone came to see: the driver.

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.

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.

GreenJackets on-deck

Jackets fall after Mateo leaves mound

Bats pound Jackets with 7 runs in 10th

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.

Nothing like a quiet night out at the ball game
It's the best time of year to watch the Augusta GreenJackets play baseball at Lake Olmstead Stadium, which is where I was Wednesday night.

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.

Arrest in traffic incident
A University of Georgia student was arrested Thursday on charges related to a April 17 traffic accident that left a fraternity brother in critical condition with head injuries.

Teacher inspired by 'phenomenal mentor'

Nothing to miss of Clinton presidency

War protesters come off as anti-American by their actions
I have a gripe against the war protesters who, in my opinion, have not given any thought to their duplicity in what could be considered treason during a time of war. Gregory J. Topliff, Aiken, S.C.

Aiken VITA gives thanks for publicity

Norwood supports medically underserved
I support U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., for his outstanding leadership as a co-sponsor of the Patient Navigator, Outreach and Chronic Disease Prevention Act of 2003. This legislation will help people who face financial, cultural and language barriers in obtaining health care to get the treatment they need when they are diagnosed with a serious, potentially fatal illness like cancer. Harold L. "Andy" Anderson, Martinez, Ga.

Local legislators weaken self-defense rights

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.

Teacher inspired by 'phenomenal mentor'
I must compliment The Chronicle on its April 21 article, "Woman maintains desire to teach after 29 years," featuring North Augusta High School teacher Martha Butts. The Chronicle could not have been more accurate in calling Mrs. Butts' laugh "infectious" and her voice "soothing." Stacey L. Hughes, Grovetown, Ga.

Applauds educational Confederate column
I want to commend David Foster for his April 9 column, "Glory of Confederacy a myth." I also admire him for his courage to write the truth about the Confederacy as a Southern white gentleman. His column is well written and researched. Again, my congratulations to Mr. Foster! Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta

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.

Here's how you can 'support our troops' with your money
Tonight I noticed a red, white and blue ribbon on a TV advertiser's ad, with the caption, "We support our troops." That's great. I was wondering, how are they supporting them? Do they know any families of any troops? Have they offered to help any troops, or their families who are left behind? Maybe offered to help pick up some of the bills that they can't quite cover? William N. Jackson, Evans, Ga.

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.

Tobacco fees increase should be higher

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.

Applauds educational Confederate column

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

Tobacco fees increase should be higher
House Speaker Terry Coleman, D-Eastman, deserves a round of applause for exercising leadership and passing increases in tobacco user fees out of the House as a solution to the budget crisis. W. Mark McCollough, M.D., Albany, Ga.

What's wrong with teacher transfers?

Nothing to miss of Clinton presidency
In response to the April 22 letter by Anne Cook, "Some reasons why nation misses Bill Clinton's presidency": People are free in this country to spend money as they choose, even flush it away if they desire. How truly proud any founding member of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library must be! Thomas Wagner, Evans, Ga.

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.

Back to school

In the know

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.

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.

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.

Georgia mourns fallen soldiers
WAYCROSS, Ga. - Gov. Sonny Perdue will lay a memorial wreath in Ware County on Saturday honoring Georgians who died in the war in Iraq.

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.

Ceremony opens ASU museum
With a little help from a 19th century costume, Katie Lamar took people back in time Thursday.

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.

Servicewoman of the day

Candidate for sheriff builds up roster list

Perdue weighs long session
GREENSBORO, Ga. - A day before the final day of Georgia's 2003 legislative session, Gov. Sonny Perdue said he doesn't know whether a special session will be needed to finish the state's business.

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.

Jurors convict teen of murder
It took a jury less than half an hour to find Raymond Soto guilty of murder and weapons charges in the brutal slaying of a 16-year-old girl last spring.

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.

House may drop second flag vote

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 South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The head of a group that wants to reform medical malpractice lawsuits has apologized to state Rep. Shirley Hinson for mailing out postcards that she said distorted her view on tort reform.

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.

Chambliss warns of base closures
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss said Fort Gordon's missions in communications and military intelligence are unique but do not guarantee the post will stay open after 2005.

Agency plans MOX use for impure plutonium

Pharmacy closing surprises many
The newspaper told her that her world had changed, and she wasn't the only one.

Ceremony opens ASU museum

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christopher P. Wright of Aiken.

Vote could save pharmacy

Police arrest murder suspect
AIKEN - North Carolina investigators captured murder suspect Raymond Stevens Jr. shortly after noon Thursday at an Interstate 95 rest stop just south of the Virginia line, Halifax County, N.C., law enforcement authorities said.

Correction

Agency plans MOX use for impure plutonium
AIKEN - The National Nuclear Security Administration on Thursday made official in a document, called a record of decision, that it will use 6.5 metric tons of impure weapons-grade plutonium in its mixed-oxide fuel program.

Across Georgia

Across Georgia and South Carolina

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.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -Police suspect foul play in the disappearance of a 12-year-old girl reported missing a week ago by her mother's boyfriend, a convicted child molester.

Act will clear record for sex offender

Lawmakers near finish line
ATLANTA - The longest session of the Georgia General Assembly in more than a century will drag to a close today.

School probes parents' charges

Job ranks get focus of airport officials
A proposal to make Augusta Regional Airport's law enforcement officers employees of the city has been set aside while airport officials deal with what they say is a more pressing personnel issue.

Police arrest murder suspect

Proposal upsets teachers, parents
Nearly a hundred parents and teachers voiced their concerns Thursday evening at plans to close Bungalow Road Elementary School and move their students to other schools during the next school year.

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.

Vote could save pharmacy
A move by the Georgia Legislature to avoid Medicaid cuts to hospitals might forestall the closing of an outpatient pharmacy in Augusta that serves patients from throughout the state.

Jurors hear interviews

Correction
A report in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about a man who was attacked at a Gordon Highway auto dealership misidentified the parties involved. Ricarla Cartledge, who was charged with battery, is a woman. The man who reported the attack, William Reese, is the owner of Catfish Used Cars Inc.

Friend's warning was not enough

Judge OKs child-porn trial
A magistrate judge ruled Thursday that there is enough evidence to proceed with the prosecution of the case against an Augusta man charged with 74 counts of child pornography.

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.

GBI looks into air-bag theft spree
State investigators joined the hunt Thursday for air-bag thieves who are believed to have struck at six dealerships in Richmond, Columbia and McDuffie counties.

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.

First Steps' budget cut
AIKEN - More than 50 Aiken County women will not get prenatal assistance next year from First Steps, a program officials say greatly reduces the number of infant deaths, because of state budget cuts, child care specialists said Thursday.

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

GBI looks into air-bag theft spree

Candidate for sheriff builds up roster list
AIKEN - Although Republican Mike Hunt still faces a May 13 general election battle against fellow Aiken Department of Public Safety Lt. Donald Butler to become the county's next sheriff, he is already assembling a cadre of top-level subordinates.

Across South Carolina

Board passes closing budget

Pupils meet to give support
Eating a chocolate "We Support Our Troops" cake, five families got together at Evans Middle School on Thursday night to swap their own war stories - tales of what it's like to have a husband, a father or a mother gone to fight the battle in Iraq.

Airport to help Sizemore staff

Jury convicts Soto on weapons and murder charges

DNR drops deer-dog hunting bill

Rants and Raves
THIS IS IN response to the rant about MCG withholding patient information. Do not disparage MCG for following the law regarding patient confidentiality. If you do not like the new rules and how they have to be implemented, then let your thoughts be known to your members of Congress who created this monstrous and far overreaching piece of legislation. Do not kill the messenger.

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.

Across the area
The traffic congestion that plagued last year's Powerfest Festival is not expected to be a problem at this year's event, scheduled for Saturday, said Augusta Recreation and Parks Director Tom Beck.

Pupils meet to give support

News you can use

Senators oppose millage jump

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News you can use
APRIL 25, 1983 With overcast skies threatening rain, the maiden Augusta flights of Piedmont Airlines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines took off from Bush Field Airport on Sunday.

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.

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.

Jurors convict teen of murder

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.

Serviceman of the day

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.

Perdue weighs long session

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.

Arrest in traffic incident

News you can use

Chambliss warns of base closures

Lawmakers near finish line

House guts bill seeking to open adoption files

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.

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.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Darkness Falls, Real Women Have Curves, Standing in the Shadows of Motown and Bloody Sunday

At the Movies: 'Identity'
Are you one of those people who saw Hitchcock's "Psycho" and couldn't take a shower for weeks?

At the Movies: 'The Real Cancun'
They might revoke my film critic privileges for saying this, but I have to admit it: I liked "The Real Cancun."

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.

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'The Real Cancun'

At the Movies: 'It Runs in the Family'
"It Runs in the Family" sounds like an intriguing opportunity to catch three generations of the Douglas clan on screen.

At the Movies: 'Identity'

At the Movies: 'Confidence'
Think of "Confidence" as a poor man's "Ocean's Eleven" - a heist movie that doesn't have quite the elite cast, elaborate details and effervescence of Steven Soderbergh's film, but is genuinely entertaining nonetheless.

At the Movies: 'It Runs in the Family'

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.

Video watch

Cannes pits six newcomers against veteran directors

At the Movies: 'Confidence'

Cellist doesn't miss hickeys

Cellist doesn't miss hickeys
Cello virtuoso Daniel Lee might have become a violinist, had it not been for the hickeys.

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.

Dixie Chicks fire back at critics

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

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

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.

Racing facts - Auto Club 500

Steady Johnson defends win at California Speedway
FONTANA, Calif. -- Success for Jimmie Johnson is rooted in his consistency.

Schrader still has fun despite 12 winless years

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.

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.

Vasser to drive second Rahal entry in Indy 500

Q&A with Jimmie Johnson

Vasser to drive second Rahal entry in Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jimmy Vasser will drive a second Team Rahal entry in the Indianapolis 500, although he will have to miss the first weekend of qualifying because of a race in the rival CART series.

Steady Johnson defends win at California Speedway

Mario Andretti tests at Indy, just in case

Shuttle investigators zeroing in on accident theory

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

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.

Stoudemire wins Rookie of the Year award

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.

Stoudemire wins Rookie of the Year award
PHOENIX -- Amare Stoudemire won the NBA Rookie of the Year award Thursday, the first player to do so after coming to the league directly from high school.

James expected to say he's NBA-bound
AKRON, Ohio -- LeBron James is expected to end months of speculation by announcing Friday he will make himself eligible for the NBA draft.

Team unveils four combinations of new uniforms

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

This year's draft: quarterbacks, defensive linemen and trades

Panthers could take a quarterback in NFL draft

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IAAF official calls for probe of Lewis

Harlem rallies to win region

Players forced to qualify for Wimbledon wild cards

Overtime

ESPN to launch pay-per-view service

Lakeside shows resiliency

WBC seeks bankruptcy protection to avoid $30 million fighter award

Overtime

Prep athletes of the week

Tour de Georgia kicks off in Augusta

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.

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

Italian takes Stage Two
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Italian Moreno DiBiase of Formaggi-Pinzolo won the 124-mile Stage Two of Dodge Tour de Georgia on Thursday, which stretched from Macon, to Columbus in a field sprint with a time of 4:07:45.

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

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Center fielder Zach Cooper was one of six North Augusta baseball players to sign letters-of-intent Thursday.

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

IAAF official calls for probe of Lewis
FRANKFURT, Germany -- A top official of track and field's world governing body is urging the International Olympic Committee to investigate the alleged doping case of nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis.

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

Harlem rallies to win region
HARLEM - Thanks to one slick save and two swift kicks, the Harlem Lady Bulldogs managed to snatch the Region 3-AAA soccer title away from Westside on Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

This year's draft: quarterbacks, defensive linemen and trades
NEW YORK -- It's a "Save The Whales" draft.

Team unveils four combinations of new uniforms
BUFORD, Ga. -- Barbara Sanders considered herself uniquely qualified to comment on the new Atlanta Falcons uniforms Michael Vick and Keith Brooking modeled Thursday at the Mall of Georgia.

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.

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.

Festival features bluegrass greats

Festival features bluegrass greats
Ralph Stanley will perform at the 16th annual Lewis Family Homecoming & Bluegrass Festival, which opens Thursday at Elijah Clark State Park in Lincolnton, Ga.

Propaganda films can outlive their message

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.

O.J. Simpson says no to reality show, but might comment on Robert Blake case
LOS ANGELES -- Contrary to widely circulated reports, O.J. Simpson said Thursday he won't be the star of a reality television show, but might consider becoming a news commentator for actor Robert Blake's murder trial.

O.J. Simpson says no to reality show, but might comment on Robert Blake case

PBS pursues its own reality with 'Manor House' and 'Warrior Challenge'
NEW YORK -- No Monica Lewinsky or pig rectums!

Jon Stewart to stay as host of "The Daily Show" through next presidential election
NEW YORK -- Comedy Central has locked up its biggest star, Jon Stewart, to continue as host of the comic newscast "The Daily Show" through next year's presidential election.

Andy Rooney has received thousands of letters on antiwar commentaries

Andy Rooney has received thousands of letters on antiwar commentaries
NEW YORK -- Andy Rooney, who covered World War II and was one of television's few voices to strongly oppose the war in Iraq, says he's chastened by the quick fall of Baghdad but doesn't regret his "60 Minutes" commentaries.

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.

PBS pursues its own reality with 'Manor House' and 'Warrior Challenge'

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Edwards will play NFL Draft waiting game
Mike Detillier understands that there are doubts surrounding Terrence Edwards' chances of succeeding in the National Football League. Detillier, a veteran NFL Draft analyst, has his own suspicions.

Edwards will play NFL Draft waiting game

Propaganda films can outlive their message
For many film fans, a relationship with the movies can be traced back to early childhood, to a warm spring afternoon when, seated cross-legged on a classroom floor, their fragile psyches were subjected to a barrage of propaganda. Oh sure, the subject matter was banal - hygiene, the importance of looking both ways, the four food groups - but the techniques were every bit as manipulative as any wartime know-your-enemy feature.

Son of U.S. Open champion signs with Gamecocks

Son of U.S. Open champion signs with Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The son of 1992 U.S. Open champion Tom Kite has signed to play golf at South Carolina, the school announced Thursday.

World's first hydrogen service station opens in Iceland
REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- Iceland opened what is believed to be the world's first filling station for hydrogen-powered vehicles on Thursday - the next step toward its dream of giving up fossil fuels completely.

World's first hydrogen service station opens in Iceland

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