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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.

College baseball roundup
AIKEN - Clint Keown became the first player in Peach Belt Conference history to steal 50 bases in a season and also became the conference's all-time steals leader as USC Aiken swept a doubleheader from UNC Pembroke on Saturday at J.H. Satcher Field.

Royals, Blue Jays play in Toronto despite SARS

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.

Odds and Ends
LOS ANGELES -- A 23-year-old Marine who had an outstanding parking ticket but couldn't pay it because he was fighting in Iraq has been cleared of the infraction, city officials said.

Braves' notebook
ATLANTA - Leadoff man Rafael Furcal entered Saturday night's game tied for the league lead with 32 hits. But he's not even near the top of a list he is normally on: strikeouts..

Giles rises to occasion for Braves

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.

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Johnny Estrada: Ernie Broglio for a new generation?

Johnny Estrada: Ernie Broglio for a new generation?
ATLANTA -- Ernie Broglio knows a thing or two about the burden that's hovering over Johnny Estrada.

Giles rises to occasion for Braves
ATLANTA - Three weeks into the season, Atlanta's Marcus Giles is batting .347.

Brewers issue Braves beating

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.

Yost starting right in Milwaukee

On the move
John Rox was the top mortgage loan producer in March for Georgia Bank & Trust Co.

Business calendar

Last holdout union approves concessions at American Airlines

New foundation

Record number of people filing for bankruptcy
It was the purchase of a used Chevy Lumina three years ago that began sending Isiah's finances out of control.

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

Acquisition, sales of imports require planning
You've just returned home from a trip abroad. Wrapped in a sweater in the middle of your suitcase is a fragile, handcrafted ceramic work of art. Similar pieces are selling at local department stores for three times what you paid.

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.

Dow drops more than 130, investors collect profits

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

Business calendar
Tuesday and Wednesday: Bookkeeping: Applying the Basics, a two-day course; 8:30 a.m.-noon; Small Business Development Center Network, Augusta office, 1054 Claussen Road; $70, includes continental breakfast both days; registration required; 737-1790.

Analysts say recession can be avoided

Pocket change
Is pricey gasoline making you drive less? It is for some people, according to a survey of 547 people earlier this month.

Sellers fear swing in fuel cost

Workers seek debt-free retirement
NEW YORK - A new car would be so nice. It's $29,000 and the interest rate is practically zero.

Airport receives overhaul

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

Homeownership is up for blacks

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.

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.

Record number of people filing for bankruptcy

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.

Acquisition, sales of imports require planning

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.

Pocket change

Workers seek debt-free retirement

On the move

Brantley-Scott

Clemson tops Georgia Tech in 10 innings
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Brad McCann's three-run home run with two outs in the 10th inning lifted Clemson to a 9-7 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Filling the void

No debate
Some abortion proponents would let Scott Peterson off on a technicality for the death of his son Connor - as long as it preserved their right to late-term abortions.

No debate

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.

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.

America to blame?
If you admire chutzpah, then you've got to like the America-bashing, anti-war crowd. Despite being proved wrong time and again, they never admit their mistakes or apologize; they just move blithely on to their next rant.

America to blame?

Virtual pollution

Brantley-Scott
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wayne Brantley, Sr. of North Augusta, announce the engagement of their daughter, Wendy Jeanine Brantley of North Augusta, to Richard Paul Scott, Jr. of Warrenville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Paul Scott, Sr. of Warrenville.

Bays-Brown
Mr. and Mrs. John Douglas Bays of Atlanta, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Lindsay Bays of Atlanta, to Rufus Byron Brown IV, of Atlanta, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Byron Brown III, of Augusta.

Hancock-Johnson
Mr. and Mrs. Dane Hancock of Augusta, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lara Lee Hancock of Martinez, to George Scott Johnson of Kathleen, Ga., son of Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson of Kathleen.

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.

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.

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.

Nasdaq faces relevance issue

Nasdaq faces relevance issue
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?

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

South Atlantic League notebook
It was late spring 2000 when Brian Esposito showed up for a pre-draft workout at Fenway Park and put on an impressive display of hitting.

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.

Jackets sunk in historic fashion
Kannapolis pitching coach Sean Snedeker picked the wrong day to have emergency surgery.

Alabama pro leads by one

Rain washes out Legends first round

Gustafson grabs lead at rainy Chick-fil-A

Alabama school wins Joe Wyatt Memorial tournament
AIKEN - Most high school students spend their spring break at the beach or with family and friends.

Alabama pro leads by one
McCORMICK, S.C. - Todd Bailey found an easy way to vault to the top of the leaderboard Saturday.

Golf roundup
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - Karrie Webb is leading the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship, putting together two virtually flawless rounds.

Kuehne, Couples and Calcavecchia share lead of Houston Open

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.

NGA/Hooters Tour golfer has Aiken ties through mom

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.

Alabama school wins Joe Wyatt Memorial tournament

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.

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.

Jackets sunk in historic fashion

Augusta's Spann silences skeptics

Relief effort isn't enough

South Atlantic League notebook

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.

Senators top Flyers

Telephone calls are not held in high regard anymore
Telephone calls are easy to dodge these days.

Watering down true heroism

Let historians decide best and worst presidents
On March 31 a letter by Paul Cook charged that George W. Bush is the "worst, most inept U.S. president ever."... After re-reading his letter, I felt it to be anti-American. Carl W. Rafoth, Augusta

Gandy is a dedicated educator

Work together to resolve school problem

Obtaining an equal education through affirmative action

U.S. must withdraw from the U.N.
Much of the increasing anti-U.N. sentiment in America is based on disappointment that the United Nations is ineffective and hasn't done its job regarding Iraq. As a result, calls for granting the United Nations more power are being heard. This is a dangerous attitude. Glenda Windham, Wagener, 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

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

Watering down true heroism
I must be missing something, I really thought that heroes were people who committed heroic deeds. Just because one joins a branch of the military voluntarily does not make him a hero. If during his tour of duty he commits a heroic act, he should be recognized for that and usually is by being bestowed with a medal. Bob Groothand, Augusta

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

Obtaining an equal education through affirmative action
When the U.S. Supreme Court assembled April 1 to hear the University of Michigan's affirmation action case, Augusta's own Amil Cabral Johnson was among the more than 50,000 concerned demonstrators outside the Supreme Court. Mr. Johnson, a graduate of Morehouse College, is a third-year law student at the University of Georgia. Cecilia Johnson, Augusta

Dr. Laura can afford to be honest

Dr. Laura can afford to be honest
Recently, WGAC dropped Dr. Laura Schlessinger from their programing. WGAC morning announcer Harley Drew said, "She shot herself in the foot." His statement reflects his shortsightedness. Financially, she may have. On the other hand, I would speculate she is rich enough that she feels she can afford to be truthful. James R. Waid, Appling, Ga.

Put your foot down over houseguest

In the know

Cost-cutting helped decorate priceless home for mother, daughter

Men find working over hot stove ideal

Men find working over hot stove ideal
Thom Burnett has been eating sushi since he was 7 years old.

Put your foot down over houseguest
Dear Carson: A friend of my boyfriend is staying with us while he goes through a separation. Thinking it would only be for a few days, I didn't think much about it. This guest has been given a remote garage-door opener, enabling him to come and go at will. After three weeks this "guest" is not giving any indication of leaving any time soon. He has a few bad habits and I am afraid to leave on trips for the day or for the weekend. Should I just tell him that I don't want a roommate and to please make other arrangements or should I just hope he leaves soon? - Creepy Feeling

Cost-cutting helped decorate priceless home for mother, daughter
Meet Patti Parrish, the Bargain Shopping Queen.

Home front
Items that once were cutting edge were major trends at the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show recently in Orlando, Fla. Here's the buzz:

In the know
The company, which is an official partner of Special Olympics USA, is accepting donations of used wireless phones and will donate $5 to the Special Olympics for every phone turned in.

Augusta's Spann silences skeptics

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.

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.

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.

Will stadium help or hurt Laney-Walker?
The Richmond County Board of Education will hold a public meeting on Lucy C. Laney High School's future football stadium at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the school's music room.

News you can use

Power in the park

Brothers arrested in theft of air bags

Courthouse move sparks debate

Across Georgia

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.

Top polo players pick Aiken

Power in the park
Powerfest 2003, which took place Saturday at Augusta's Lock and Dam Park, attracted an estimated 20,000 people, organizers said.

Georgians will not get 'nuke pills'

Across the area

Top polo players pick Aiken
The soft, sandy soil that surrounds the city of Aiken is becoming fertile with some of the best polo playing in the country, slowly turning the area into the hottest new growth center for the equestrian sport.

School board leader kept quiet on work for company

News you can use

Doctors get advice on snakebites

Georgians will not get 'nuke pills'
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Should the worst happen at the Plant Vogtle nuclear power station, emergency planners say they want the 3,148 residents within a 10-mile radius to be focused on getting out of harm's way.

Medical students pit skills against nature

Suspect has first court appearance
AIKEN - Murder suspect Raymond Stevens Jr. appeared Saturday before an Aiken County magistrate, who set a $70,000 bail.

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.

Abuse experts say slaying case looks familiar
AIKEN - The escalating cycle of abuse, violence and death alleged against Raymond Stevens Jr. presents an almost textbook case of the deadly potential of domestic relationships gone tragically wrong, say victims' advocates, police and prosecutors.

Taxes pay cell bill for city leaders

Group says drought may worsen
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's 1998-2002 drought wasn't the state's worst - but human impact might be making droughts progressively worse, suggested researchers at a University of Georgia water conference.

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.

Taxes pay cell bill for city leaders
When Augusta city officials reach out to touch someone, there's a good chance you'll pay the bill

Deans Bridge tops study's list of midblock injuries
A new way to track automobile wrecks with injuries in Augusta shows that intersections aren't the only dangerous spots on the road.

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

Critics say center should fall under sherff

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.

Serviceman of the day

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.

Loading zones move into roads

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.

Across the Southeast

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.

Milltown Motorcade celebrates life in 1920s

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.

Girl's vanishing raises suspicion

Serviceman of the day

Will stadium help or hurt Laney-Walker?

Abuse experts say slaying case looks familiar

House OKs day care insurance bill

Group says drought may worsen

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Democrats aim to face Burns in '04

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

News you can use
APRIL 27, 1943 Police last night were seeking an unknown soldier who was alleged to have attacked a young married woman in Julian Smith Park late Sunday.

Tense session ends for Perdue

Sodomka: Thank you, Johnny, for telling the story

Sodomka: Thank you, Johnny, for telling the story
When you go to work every day, you don't expect to be thanked for doing your job. Neither do we.

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.

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.

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.

Serviceman of the day
Navy Seaman Apprentice Dwain K. Martin is today's serviceman of the day.

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.

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.

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.

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.

House rejects water trade
ATLANTA - A controversial proposal to allow Georgians to buy and sell water rights has sunk legislation aimed at setting state water policy for decades.

Medical students pit skills against nature
It was like combining Survivor and ER. The location: The deep woods of Fort Gordon.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina
ISLE OF PALMS -A Colorado woman is thankful she got a little help from an unknown source who returned her $7,000, three-diamond ring that she lost in the sand.

Across the area
A University of Georgia freshman who fell from the bed of a moving pickup earlier this month has died.

Judge ends work of special grand jury

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A 2-year-old watching television was struck in the back of the head by a bullet that passed through the wall of his apartment from an adjacent unit, authorities said.

Boys of April no real concern
ATLANTA - Perspective. If there is one thing lacking in baseball during the season-opening month, it's just that.

NASCAR notebook

Harvick wins Busch pole

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.

Park fends off his critics

NASCAR doesn't give extra points for injured drivers

Wallace still hungry for wins

NASCAR doesn't give extra points for injured drivers
FONTANA, Calif. - Ricky Craven jogged down pit road short after qualifying Friday because he wanted to be the first to congratulate Steve Park for winning the pole position.

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

NASCAR notebook
FONTANA, Calif. - Jeff Gordon's Chevrolet got roughed up a bit Saturday at California Speedway.

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.

Debris recovery from Columbia better than expected

Zoo visitors thrill to first look at pandas

Lions set to take Rogers at No. 2 spot

Falcons land Penn State safety

Plenty of options available in draft

Draft notebook

2003 NFL Team-by-Team Draft

Blunders outnumber smarts on Day 1

Teams try to bolster defenses

Panthers take two offensive linemen in first two rounds of draft

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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?

Rodriguez wins Stage 3, Vogels retains overall lead

Agassi moves within one victory of No.1 world rank

American overtakes Australian for Tour de Georgia lead

Area sports announcements

Willams sisters to play double-duty in Fed Cup

Overtime

Overtime

Early goals stand as Musketeers win title

Former Silver Bluff star joins ESPN networks

American overtakes Australian for Tour de Georgia lead
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - American Fred Rodriguez of Team Sidermec won Stage 4 of the Tour de Georgia cycling race Saturday, and American Chris Horner of Team Saturn overtook Australian Henk Vogels of Team Navigators for the overall lead.

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.

Overtime
Midas Eyes got trainer Bobby Frankel's Kentucky Derby week off to a perfect start in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Early goals stand as Musketeers win title
Richmond Academy's boys soccer team defeated Harlem 4-1 at ARC Stadium on Saturday to win the Region 3-AAA title.

Now is time to plant dove fields
Jerry Allen is thinking about doves long before many of them are even hatched.

Now is time to plant dove fields

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Hunter takes prized ghost gobbler
JACKSON, S.C. - A group of coon hunters described it as a ghost: a snow-white gobbler, flushed from its nocturnal roost, flying through the forest by the light of a full moon.

Tense session ends for Perdue
ATLANTA - It's been a bumpy first legislative session for Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue in the last Southern state to embrace two-party politics, and even his biggest victory - changing the flag - angered many of his staunchest supporters.

Democrats aim to face Burns in '04
ATHENS - An increasing number of Democratic hopefuls say they intend to run against Republican freshman U.S. Rep. Max Burns, who has been in his congressional post for only four months.

Teams try to bolster defenses
NEW YORK (AP) - NFL teams did their best Saturday to stem the league's increase in offense.

Blunders outnumber smarts on Day 1
NEW YORK - The true measure of the NFL draft doesn't come for several years. How teams addressed their needs is more discernible.

Panthers take two offensive linemen in first two rounds of draft
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Panthers continued the massive overhaul of their offense Saturday, patching up the offensive line by picking tackle Jordan Gross of Utah and center Bruce Nelson of Iowa in the NFL draft.

2003 NFL Team-by-Team Draft
Saturday's draft picks

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.

Draft notebook
NEW YORK - The Miami Hurricanes kept winning Saturday, this time in the NFL draft.

Falcons land Penn State safety
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons were excited to see most NFL Draft experts rate Penn State's Bryan Scott as a middle-round cornerback.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

Hunter takes prized ghost gobbler

Boys of April no real concern

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.

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.

Eloise of The Plaza comes to life in ABC TV movie

Entertainment briefs

Dogs' Bailey is pick of litter

Georgia player kicked off team after drug charge

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.

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.

Georgia's Sullivan goes first
Johnathan Sullivan, who backed up Richard Seymour and Marcus Stroud at Georgia in 2000, joined his former linemates Saturday as a first-round NFL Draft selection.

Georgia's Sullivan goes first

Harvell-Sanders
AUGUSTA- Susan Michelle Sanders and Stanley James Harvell II, both of Columbia, were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2003, at The Church of the Good Sheperd.

O'Brien-Hart
AUGUSTA- Deasha Yevette Hart of Augusta, and Christopher Thomas O'Brien of Port Charlotte, Fla., were married at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2003, at the Luteran Church of the Resurrection. The Rev. David B. Hunter officiated.

Cooper-Gunn
AUGUSTA- Stephanie Rajshanda Gunn of Augusta, and Anthony Cooper of Midlothian, Va., were married at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Sharon Baptist Church. The Rev. Reginald D. Jones officiated.

Harper-Quattlebaum
SAVANNAH- Katherine Jeannette Quattlebaum and Benjamin Charles Kohr Harper were married Saturday, January 25, 2003, at the Isle of Hope Methodist Church. Dr. James Trice officiated

Glover-Williams
AIKEN- Valeria Williams and Marty F. Glover, both of Johnston, S.C., were married at 3 p.m. Sat., April 19, 2003, at the Victorian Wedding Chapel. The Rev. Jerry Tindall officiated.

Gladd-Rhodes
AUGUSTA- Shannon Patrice Rhodes of Augusta, and Nicholas William Gladd of Columbia, were married at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2003, at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church. Father Michael Ingram officiated.

Corvelli-Davis
MARIETTA, Ga.- Pamela Jean Davis of Augusta, and Anthony Simca Corvelli of Bristol, Rhode Island, were married at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2002, at the Catholic Chuch of St. Anns. Father James Caffrey officiated.

Ward-Hancock
AUGUSTA- Martha Juanita Hancock of Martinez, and Christian Lee Ward of Boone, N.C., were married at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2003, at St. Luke United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jud Reasons officiated.

Hollis-McQuaig
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla.- Lee Anna McQuaig and Benjamin Sloan Hollis, both of Atlanta, were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Amelia Plantation Chapel. The Rev. Edward S. Schroder officiated.

Price-McKie
EDGEFIELD- Vivian V. McKie and Richard A. Price, both of Augusta, were married at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2003, at Old Piney Grove Baptist Church. The Rev. Louis T. Coley, Jr. officiated.

Tate-Clark
NORTH AUGUSTA- Aretha Vendel Clark and Brian Tate, both of Augusta, were married at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2003, at Gazebo Weddings. The Rev. Rudy Brostrom officiated.

Leonard-Savage
AUGUSTA- Lisa Savage of North Augusta, and Jason Leonard of Evans, were married at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2003, at Sacred Heart Cultural Center. Dr. R. Larry Brown officiated.

Martin-Dickson
AUGUSTA- Annie Dickson of Augusta, and James Martin of Mortgantown, W. Va., were married at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2003, at Curtis Baptist Church. The Rev. Dr. Mark Harris officiated.

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Many of us have been doubting Thomases

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Final resting place

Faith digest

Bishop denies spat with Daschle

National Day of Prayer rings with supplications