Augusta Ballet will celebrate 40 years with repertoire performance

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

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.

Making a Point

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

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.

Former Reds executive accuses team of discrimination

Panthers' prowl gets attention in poll

Royals, Blue Jays play in Toronto despite SARS

Prep baseball statistics

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.

Royals, Blue Jays play in Toronto despite SARS
TORONTO -- Despite the SARS outbreak that has killed 19 people, the Toronto Blue Jays started their first homestand since a World Health Organization warning against travel to the city.

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.

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

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.

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

Tiny bikinis in park upset councilman
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A Charleston City Councilman wants scantily clad sunbathers in a downtown park to cover up a little.

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."

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 rally to 4th win

Braves notebook

Brewers issue Braves beating

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.

Yost starting right in Milwaukee
ATLANTA - If Ned Yost takes a page from Bobby Cox's book of managing, then he'll create a positive environment in which players can thrive, make certain they know he cares about them, and keeps his door open.

Brewers issue Braves beating
ATLANTA - For a dozen years, they shared the same dugout: one a cagey manager with four decades in the game to his credit; the other a former catcher whose passion for the game was rivaled only by his tireless work ethic.

Yost starting right in Milwaukee

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

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.

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.

Analysts say recession can be avoided
WASHINGTON -- The economy overcame war worries and bad weather to eke out a small gain in the first three months of the year, easing fears that the nation was headed into another recession.

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.

New foundation
Iron workers Michael Steff (left) and Willis Johnson work on tying steel rebar for pier footing for the foundation of the new CRL Warehouse and Logistics Company.

Profit taking, spike in unemployment send stocks lower

Airport receives overhaul
These days, Buster Boshears says, things are looking up for Daniel Field Airport.

Sellers fear swing in fuel cost
With gas prices finally dropping at area pumps, consumers might feel that the worst is behind them.

New foundation

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.

Homeownership is up for blacks
WASHINGTON - Homeownership rates for blacks have surged over the past 12 years, aided by rising incomes in a booming housing market, according to Census Bureau data released Friday.

Dow drops more than 130, investors collect profits
NEW YORK -- Investors cashed in for profits for a second day Friday, pushing stocks sharply lower on worries that stocks have risen too far, too quickly. The Dow Jones industrials dropped more than 130 points.

Durable goods orders jump 2 percent in March

Job-seeking teens feel brunt of economy

Sellers fear swing in fuel cost

Dow drops more than 130, investors collect profits

Analysts say recession can be avoided

Last holdout union approves concessions at American Airlines

Last holdout union approves concessions at American Airlines
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Flight attendants at American Airlines agreed Friday to concessions that the company said it needed to avoid bankruptcy.

Business briefs
The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 133.69, or 1.6 percent, at 8,306.35 on Friday.

OPEC agrees to raise production ceiling but cut output

Homeownership is up for blacks

Airport receives overhaul

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

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.

Virtual pollution

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.

Filling the void
Is it ingratitude? Or something more? It would be easy to conclude that the anti-U.S. demonstrations in Iraq are the result of world-class ingrates. It is tempting to be embittered while watching anti-Americanism among a population that was just liberated with the blood and sweat of U.S.-led coalition forces.

Virtual pollution
The Internet has been the best technological innovation since the invention of the telephone, radically changing the way people communicate and do business with one another. But it's in danger of being destroyed - sunk by spammers' unwanted, unsolicited e-mails.

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."

Filling the void

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.

Church organists perform at ASU
Organists from six local churches will perform to support the Augusta State University Firefighters Scholarship Fund at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. All proceeds benefit the scholarship, which is available to Richmond County and Columbia County firefighters and their children.

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

Entertainment briefs
BERLIN -- Berlin's three opera houses still face an uncertain future as the debt-laden city government tries to balance the city's status as a cultural center while pruning costs, managers at the venerable Staatsoper said.

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

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.

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

Fishing tournament news

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

Fishing report
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 report

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
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

Shade can yield color

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.

Georgia Tech, Clemson game suspended by rain
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The threat of lightning forced the suspension of Georgia Tech's series-opening game against Clemson Friday, with the Yellow Jackets and Tigers tied at 6 after 8 innings.

Georgia Tech, Clemson game suspended by rain

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.

Relief effort isn't enough
The Augusta GreenJackets didn't return to the win column, but their bullpen made a return to respectability.

Augusta's Spann silences skeptics
Coming out of Southland Academy in Buena Vista, Ga., the scouting report on Chad Spann said he wouldn't be ready for the South Atlantic League as a hitter in 2003 because he played at a small, independent school.

Wie returns to action

Kuehne, Couples and Calcavecchia share lead of Houston Open
HUMBLE, Texas -- A charging Hank Kuehne set a course record with an 8-under 64 Friday to join Mark Calcavecchia and Fred Couples for a share of the lead at 11-under 133 after two rounds of the Houston Open.

Taylor leads after first round

Gustafson grabs lead at rainy Chick-fil-A

Rain washes out Legends first round

NGA/Hooters Tour golfer has Aiken ties through mom

Schwartzel, Olander tied for first in Spanish Open

Gustafson grabs lead at rainy Chick-fil-A
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Sophie Gustafson got off to a good start at the tournament where she claimed her first LPGA victory. Michelle Wie barely got started at all.

NGA/Hooters Tour golfer has Aiken ties through mom
McCORMICK, S.C. - The bio says Greg Boyette is from Aiken. Boyette's accent says otherwise.

Rain washes out Legends first round
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The first big-time golf tournament in Savannah was put off Friday when thunderstorms washed out most of the first round in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, a Champions Tour event.

Kuehne, Couples and Calcavecchia share lead of Houston Open

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.

Patience key for top teams
AIKEN - Consistency and patience were the two requirements necessary for success Friday in the opening round of the Joe Wyatt Memorial golf tournament.

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

Relief effort isn't enough

Augusta's Spann silences skeptics

GreenJackets on-deck

Jackets fall after Mateo leaves mound

Senators top Flyers

Senators top Flyers
OTTAWA -- Marian Hossa had a goal and two assists, and the Ottawa Senators overcame a 2-0 deficit by scoring three times in the second period of a 4-2 victory Friday night over the Philadelphia Flyers in the opening game of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

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.

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.

Work together to resolve school problem

Help out at Spring River Cleanup
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary supports the Savannah Riverkeeper in all matters of area waterway improvement and protection. The Savannah Riverkeeper's mission is to protect the water quality of the Savannah River and the integrity of its watershed, and to promote an enlightened stewardship of this unique heritage. Mike Stacy, Augusta

Nothing to miss of Clinton presidency

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.

Gandy is a dedicated educator
My daughter attends A.R. Johnson Magnet School. It has been a very enjoyable and rewarding year for her. I would like to thank her teachers and the administration for providing her with an innovative and challenging curriculum. She admires and respects all of her teachers. Emily D. Baker, Augusta

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

Teacher inspired by 'phenomenal mentor'

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.

Tobacco fees increase should be higher

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.

Work together to resolve school problem
I am an A.R. Johnson High School parent who attended the Richmond County Board of Education meeting April 17. My thanks go to the board for taking the time to consider our concerns over the recent problems that have arisen at our school. Glennis Hager, Augusta

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.

Gandy is a dedicated educator

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.

Applauds educational Confederate column

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.

Augusta's Spann silences skeptics
Coming out of Southland Academy in Buena Vista, Ga., the scouting report on Chad Spann said he wouldn't be ready for the South Atlantic League as a hitter in 2003 because he played at a small, independent school.

Augusta's Spann silences skeptics

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Serviceman of the day

News you can use

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.

Brothers arrested in theft of air bags

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

Loading zones move into roads
ATHENS, Ga. - Hefting heavy boxes or cases of beer from a truck parked in the center of East Clayton Street on a traffic-heavy afternoon in downtown Athens can be a dangerous business.

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.

Critics say center should fall under sherff

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

School board leader kept quiet on work for company

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.

Doctors get advice on snakebites

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.

House OKs day care insurance bill
In the middle of a battle over the budget and the state flag late Friday, the Georgia General Assembly granted Jackie Boatwright her wish.

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.

Critics say center should fall under sherff
AIKEN - When sheriff's office investigators brought Raymond Stevens Jr. back to South Carolina on Friday to face murder charges in connection with the slaying of his ex-girlfriend, they put him into the super max security section of the new $15 million Aiken County Detention Center.

Pupils meet to give support

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

Courthouse move sparks debate

House OKs day care insurance bill

Serviceman of the day
Air Force Tech. Sgt. David R. Nunley is today's serviceman of the day.

Across the area

Police bring murder suspect back to Aiken
AIKEN - Raymond Stevens Jr., accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend April 18, waived his rights to an extradition hearing and was driven from North Carolina to the Aiken County Detention Center late Friday by sheriff's investigators.

Loading zones move into roads

Judge ends work of special grand jury

Across the Southeast

Agency plans MOX use for impure plutonium

Milltown Motorcade celebrates life in 1920s

Vote could save pharmacy

Girl's vanishing raises suspicion

Arrest in traffic incident

Across the Southeast
COLUMBIA -A Bishopville man was arrested early Friday morning, accused of crashing his vehicle into an entrance of the underground parking garage at the Statehouse complex.

Across Georgia

Police charge student in accident
ATHENS, Ga. - A University of Georgia student has been arrested on charges related to an April 17 traffic accident that left a Martinez fraternity brother in critical condition in an Augusta hospital.

Police arrest murder suspect

Office honors slain sheriff
AIKEN - Marian Bray, 81, sometimes has problems remembering things, but she'll never forget the Model-T her father drove around Aiken back when alcohol was illegal and he was the law of the land.

Perdue weighs long session

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 the area
A man who admitted Friday to repeatedly molesting two small children over a two-year period was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday.

Man gets new coil to clear arteries
It might sound strange, but Randy Radford picked the right time to have a heart procedure.

Milltown Motorcade celebrates life in 1920s
The town of Lakeland, Ga., has about 23 murals depicting early life in the city. The latest show people who were around in 1925, the last year the community was known as Milltown.

Candidate for sheriff builds up roster list

Police arrest 3 Hephzibah pupils
Three Hephzibah High School students have been arrested after police say they skipped classes Wednesday, allowing one of the students to have sex with a 14-year-old girl.

Ceremony opens ASU museum

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Chambliss warns of base closures

Courthouse move sparks debate
JEFFERSON, Ga. - If history holds true, Jackson County commissioners will receive very different messages at next week's public meetings to unveil and explain plans for a new courthouse on the outskirts of Jefferson.

Correction

Doctors get advice on snakebites
Hundreds of school kids enjoy Tony Mills' educational programs on snakes each year, but Friday's audience was a bit more advanced.

Lawmakers near finish line

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.

News you can use

Hospital merger will cut top jobs
The consolidation of management at two state institutions in Augusta will mean seven officials will be looking for new positions, one official said.

Legislature approves new flag
ATLANTA - Georgians will get a new state flag, but not a chance to revive the 1956 banner and its Confederate cross, if Gov. Sonny Perdue signs off on a plan approved by the General Assembly late Friday.

Across South Carolina

Serviceman of the day

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.

Across the area

GBI looks into air-bag theft spree

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.

Jurors convict teen of murder

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.

Girl's vanishing raises suspicion
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Just before she vanished a week ago, Ashleigh Moore tried to wake her younger sister around dawn, but her mother's live-in boyfriend pulled her away.

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.

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.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME APRIL 26, 1993 LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Former University of Georgia star running back Garrison Hearst returned home to Lincoln County to find himself the third overall pick in yesterday's NFL draft.

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.

State hunts share of drug forfeitures
ATLANTA - Little of the money state police officers seize from drug traffickers winds up helping them fight crime as a 1974 law intended, according to a government report that has lawmakers wondering whether changes are needed.

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

Brothers arrested in theft of air bags
With the arrests of two Augusta brothers, police said Friday they have stopped an elaborate scheme to sell stolen air bags over the Internet.

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.

School board leader kept quiet on work for company
The Columbia County Board of Education this week awarded a contract of nearly $1 million to a company board Chairman Wayne Bridges works for as a paid consultant.

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.

Judge ends work of special grand jury
A special grand jury investigation that began three years and five months ago and produced 10 presentments on the state of Augusta government quietly ended Friday afternoon after grand jurors were discharged from service by Superior Court Judge Albert M. Pickett.

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.

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.

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.

Budget brings cuts, new taxes
ATLANTA - The General Assembly passed a budget late Friday with deep spending cuts and Georgia's first major tax increase in a decade, both aimed at a recession-driven shortfall.

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.

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.

At the Movies: 'Identity'

At the Movies: 'It Runs in the Family'

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.

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

At the Movies: 'The Real Cancun'

Video watch

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

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

At the Movies: 'Confidence'

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."

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.

Mini reviews

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.

Vasser to drive second Rahal entry in Indy 500

Park fends off his critics
FONTANA, Calif. - NASCAR's obsession with feel-good stories continued Friday during qualifying for the Auto Club 500.

Park fends off his critics

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.

Harvick wins Busch pole

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

Wallace still hungry for wins

Wallace still hungry for wins
Coming back to California Speedway for Sunday's Auto Club 500 is a good-news, bad-news situation for Rusty Wallace.

Harvick wins Busch pole
FONTANA, Calif. -- Former NASCAR Busch series champion Kevin Harvick led a record qualifying session Friday, taking the pole for the CaliforniaSpeedway.Com 300.

Steady Johnson defends win at California Speedway

Debris recovery from Columbia better than expected

Zoo visitors thrill to first look at pandas

Zoo visitors thrill to first look at pandas
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Ya Ya and Le Le cranked up the cute Friday for their opening act at the Memphis Zoo's giant panda exhibit.

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.

Stoudemire wins Rookie of the Year award

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.

Team unveils four combinations of new uniforms

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

Plenty of options available in draft

Lions set to take Rogers at No. 2 spot

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Mr. Clark Smith III    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lottie Christian    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lurline Stroman    (LEXINGTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Gladys Edwards    (WHITE PLAINS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Cornelia Brinson    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Ms. Harriett Curtis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Agnes Calloway    (AVERA, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnie Benson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Shirley Avera    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Ms. Blanche Bibbs    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ruth Jaques    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Ms. Blanche Bibbs    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Henry Elswick    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Iona Simmons    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Nell Hensley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Dorothy Seals    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Alberta Jordan    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mr. Oswell Sauls    (BATH, S.C.)
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Mr. Herman Ellison Sr.    (GIRARD, Ga.)
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Mr. Curtis Wynn Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Major Duke Dugas Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Mobley    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Daniels    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Corine Monroe    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Maude Cozart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Alice ONeal    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Felton Bevill    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. Marvin Rollings    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Jimmy Robbins Jr.'s desire to become a preacher began when he was 12.

Mr. Oswell Sauls    (BATH, S.C.)
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Mr.Ê Arthur Brown    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Clarence Snipes    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Angela Blackburn    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Ms. Effie Williford    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
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Mr. Donnie Brown Sr.    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Margaret Kneece    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Eddie Darnall, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Kight    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Blume Finkelstein    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Rev. Elijah Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Goodman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Alberta Jordan    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Ms. Elizabeth Humphries    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. John Jenkins    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Prince Jennings    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Nell Hensley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Knowles Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. George Henderson    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
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Mr. William Goodman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Pastor Jimmy Robbins, Jr.    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Doris Poole    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Monika Proctor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. George Rollins, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Doris Poole    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Clark Smith III    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Alice ONeal    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Dick Solt    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Billy Myrick    (ULMER, S.C.)
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Mr. Robert Wise    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Robert Lazenby Sr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Neil Franklin    (MONTGOMERY, Ala.)
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Mr. George Henderson (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Eddie Darnall, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Murray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alberta Jordan (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Felton Bevill (HARLEM, Ga.)

Major Duke Dugas Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Elswick (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Poole (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Poole (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Herman Ellison Sr. (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. Johnie Benson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Monika Proctor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Goodman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clark Smith III (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. William Goodman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Harriett Curtis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Angela Blackburn (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Lazenby Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Calloway (AVERA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Edwards (WHITE PLAINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Alberta Jordan (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Sylvia Sturdivant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Avera (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Darnall Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Curtis Wynn Sr. (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Oswell Sauls (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Alice ONeal (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Ms. Blanche Bibbs (TRENTON, S.C.)

Ms. Dorothy Seals (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Pastor Jimmy Robbins, Jr. (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billy Myrick (ULMER, S.C.)

Mrs. Alice ONeal (AIKEN, S.C.)

Rev. Elijah Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clark Smith III (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lottie Christian (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Blume Finkelstein (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Iona Simmons (SPARTA, Ga.)

Ms. Effie Williford (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mr. John Jenkins (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Jaques (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Oswell Sauls (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Cornelia Brinson (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Maude Cozart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donnie Brown Sr. (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Daniels (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Neil Franklin (MONTGOMERY, Ala.)

Mr. William Kight (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Prince Jennings (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Blanche Bibbs (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. George Rollins, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dick Solt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Corine Monroe (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin Rollings (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Mobley (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Kneece (TRENTON, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Jimmy Robbins Jr.

Ms. Elizabeth Humphries (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Wise (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Nell Hensley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lurline Stroman (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Nell Hensley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Information-packed Web site just what the doctor ordered
DON'T WE ALL love a doctor who will listen to us? Don't we feel better when our physician lavishes time on us, carefully assessing our symptoms and answering our questions?

Information-packed Web site just what the doctor ordered
DON'T WE ALL love a doctor who will listen to us? Don't we feel better when our physician lavishes time on us, carefully assessing our symptoms and answering our questions?

Harlem rallies to win region

Former Silver Bluff star joins ESPN networks

Overtime

Overtime

Rodriguez wins Stage 3, Vogels retains overall lead

Agassi moves within one victory of No.1 world rank

IAAF official calls for probe of Lewis

Prep athletes of the week

Willams sisters to play double-duty in Fed Cup

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.

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

Agassi moves within one victory of No.1 world rank
HOUSTON -- Andre Agassi breezed past his third straight opponent at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships on Friday, and moved within one victory of becoming the oldest men's player to be ranked No. 1 in the world.

Overtime
Strom Thurmond graduate and Anderson College pitcher Nick Wates received first-team honors for the Carolinas-Virginia Conference after leading Division II in saves this season.

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

Former Silver Bluff star joins ESPN networks
ESPN's most promising young NFL Draft analyst is not some Mel Kiper Jr. clone clogging the airwaves.

Willams sisters to play double-duty in Fed Cup
LOWELL, Mass. -- Venus and Serena Williams will work double-duty for the United States in the first-round of the Fed Cup against the Czech Republic.

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.

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.

Rodriguez wins Stage 3, Vogels retains overall lead
ROME, Ga. -- Fred Rodriguez of Team Sidermec won State 3 of the Dodge Tour de Georgia cycling race on Friday, but Australian Henk Vogels of Team Navigators held the overall lead by six seconds.

Lions set to take Rogers at No. 2 spot
NEW YORK - Matt Millen insists he has five or six players in mind when Detroit makes the second pick in today's NFL 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.

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

Plenty of options available in draft
Fantasy Football Writer Raymond Beasock gives an opinion on how the first round might shake out today. No draft-day trades have been predicted, although there is likely to be more movement besides the Bears and Jets trade on Friday.

Festival features bluegrass greats

Bishop denies spat with Daschle
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Carlson said he "would never break off dialogue or a pastoral relationship with anyone," after an article implied a breach had developed between the prelate and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle over abortion.

Many of us have been doubting Thomases
I often think of the people who come to church Sunday for the morning worship service and how their lives are affected by God's word. While the word of God is fresh in their hearts they feel close to the Lord Jesus Christ, but as the week wears on and testing and temptations are experienced, their hearts become weary and emptied of the power of God's word. Some refer to it as being "hot and cold," or it also can be viewed as "belief and unbelief."

Faith and Fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church- and temple-based activities in the Augusta and Aiken area. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. E-mail items to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Final resting place
No stretch limos. No mourners. Instead, the reburial of the Revs. James Harris and Edward "Ned" West was heralded by the distant crowing of a rooster.

Faith digest
Russell and Dorothy Spaulding, co-owners of North Augusta's religious programming television station WBPI-TV (Channel 49) are collecting signatures for a letter praising President Bush for his stance in Iraq. Their goal is 1,000 names. For more information, call (803) 278-3618.

Ministry mounts miraculous comeback
Dana Nelms had a roomful of hungry children she needed to feed Wednesday when she found yet another item that thieves had taken from Miracle Making Ministries.

National Day of Prayer rings with supplications
Augusta-area believers will recommit themselves to serving God on the annual National Day of Prayer Thursday as they seek divine guidance for government officials and the military, especially those in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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

Debris recovery from Columbia better than expected
WASHINGTON -- More than 70,000 pieces of space shuttle Columbia have been recovered from Texas and Louisiana by thousands of workers who searched more than a half-million acres almost "foot by foot," NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe said Friday.

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

Eloise of The Plaza comes to life in ABC TV movie

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.

Eloise of The Plaza comes to life in ABC TV movie
LOS ANGELES -- The late "Eloise" author Kay Thompson jealously guarded her creation against adaptations she thought might dilute it.

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.

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

Andy Rooney has received thousands of letters on antiwar commentaries

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

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.

Entertainment briefs

Standing ovations

Club calendar

Applause calendar

Dogs' Bailey is pick of litter

Georgia player kicked off team after drug charge
Georgia basketball guard Wayne Arnold was kicked off the team Friday after being charged in a marijuana case that also involved five football players.

Dogs' Bailey is pick of litter
Last year, Georgia left its imprint on college football by piling up 13 wins and winning its first Southeastern Conference title in 20 years.

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.

Georgia player kicked off team after drug charge

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

Odds and Ends

Tiny bikinis in park upset councilman

Bishop denies spat with Daschle

Faith digest

National Day of Prayer rings with supplications

Faith and Fellowship calendar

Many of us have been doubting Thomases

Final resting place