'Gypsy' returns to Broadway
NEW YORK -- The tabloids may be sniping and the Internet chat rooms chirping, but director Sam Mendes has more important things to worry about - getting "Gypsy," starring Bernadette Peters, ready for Broadway.

'Gypsy' returns to Broadway

Baseball officials scout stadium in Rome
ROME -- Major league baseball's field consultant inspected Olympic Stadium on Tuesday to help determine whether the facility could be used for regular-season games next year.

Baseball officials scout stadium in Rome

Fantasy Baseball: Fielder's success triggers Asian invasion

North Augusta senior proves perfect choice

Rocker allows two runs in extended spring start

Fantasy Baseball: Fielder's success triggers Asian invasion
With Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki and New York Yankees rookie left fielder Hideki "Godzilla" Matsui squaring off for the first time this week, the time has arrived to assess the Asian Invasion of Major League Baseball.

Rocker allows two runs in extended spring start
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- John Rocker allowed two runs and three hits over one inning Tuesday for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' extended spring training team.

Jones apologizes to teammates for comments on gays
DENVER -- Colorado Rockies pitcher Todd Jones apologized to the organization and his teammates Wednesday for his recent anti-gay remarks, but he didn't back off what he said.

North Augusta senior proves perfect choice
With Byrnes needing two victories Wednesday to win the District IV championship, North Augusta coach Drew Hummel had a decision to make.

Blue Jays sell out after offering $1 tickets
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays sold out Tuesday night's game against the Texas Rangers after offering $1 tickets in an effort to show Toronto remains vibrant despite SARS.

Elizabeth Jayna Barnes
Lance Barnes and Aimee Penrow, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Elizabeth Jayna Barnes, Sunday, April 13, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Thomas Penrow, Theresa Holland, Lewis Barnes and Linda Barnes, all of Augusta.

London Zane Luke
Stephen and Gena Luke of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, London Zane Luke, Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Luke Sr. of Grovetown.

Kennedy Elizabeth Powell
Bill and Dorcas Powell of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Kennedy Elizabeth Powell, Monday, April 7, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bob Kennedy of Kernersville, N.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Powell of Antwerp, N.Y.

Jordan Alexander Carroll
Kyle M. Carroll and Shanissa A. McKie, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Jordan Alexander Carroll, Monday, March 31, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Luther H. McKie of Graniteville, and William C. Carroll and Mae F. Carroll, both of Aiken.

Jameel Hakim Thompson Jr.
Jameel Hakim Thompson Sr. and Erica Williams, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Jameel Hakim Thompson Jr., Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mrs. Robert S. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Vincent, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Turner and Diane Wilson, all of Augusta.

Isaiah Gabriel Ramos
Eugene Ramos Jr. and Kimberly A. Ramos of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Isaiah Gabriel Ramos, Monday, April 14, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Jerry and Rosa Allmon of Rockwell, N.C., and Eugene Ramos Sr. and Omaira Ramos of Waycross, Ga.

Stewart James Covington

Emma Baylee Robertson
Jason E. and Amber M. Robertson of Harlem announce the birth of a daughter, Emma Baylee Robertson, Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Dwayne and Cindy Pruitt of Harlem, Gene Robertson of Thomson and the late Scarlett Robertson.

Tyler Pierce Chapman

Alyssa Kaylin Saxon
Dusty and Crystal Saxon of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Alyssa Kaylin Saxon, Friday, Feb. 28, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mark and Vicki Menefee and Sue Grant, all of Grovetown, Marjorie Menefee of Augusta and the late John Saxon.

Justin Leonard Hillman

Logan Avery Smith
Ashley and Tara Smith of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Logan Avery Smith, Sunday, April 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Randal and Karen Robinson of Mansfield, Ohio, James and Sheila Fleenor of North Augusta, the late Wayne Cox and the late Thomas Wayne Smith.

James Roberson Hays IV
James Hays III and Allison Hays of Graniteville announce the birth of a son, James Roberson Hays IV, Monday, April 14, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. August E. Kertnar of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Claude Masson of Grand Junction, Colo.

Morgan Ashley Symonds
Charles D. and Carla L. Symonds of Thomson announce the birth of a daughter, Morgan Ashley Symonds, Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Smith of Martinez and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Symonds of Augusta.

April Arieana Annieree Mitchell

Andie Melissa Washington
Eric V. and Melissa D. Washington of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Andie Melissa Washington, Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Enroughty of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Ron Washington of Augusta.

Kennedy Elizabeth Powell

Evan McKnight White
Chet and Diane White of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Evan McKnight White, Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McKnight of Hephzibah and Bill White and Ruby Dell, both of Albany, Ga.

Jackson Perry Means

Tyler Pierce Chapman
Jim and Lisa Chapman of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Tyler Pierce Chapman, Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Rupert J. McCormac III of Columbia, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Chapman of Graniteville.

Jackson Perry Means
Bradley D. and Julia N. Means of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Jackson Perry Means, Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Newsom of Greenville, S.C., Mr. and Mrs. William V. Means of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Babcock of Naples, Fla.

Stewart James Covington
Kenneth and Tamara Covington of Evans announce the birth of a son, Stewart James Covington, Sunday, March 30, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Don and Sarah Grey and Marie Covington, all of Augusta.

Isaiah Gabriel Ramos

Nicholas Edward Coy and Jasmine Alys Coy
Marc A. Coy Sr. and Moya A. Pope, both of Aiken, announce the birth of twins, Nicholas Edward Coy and Jasmine Alys Coy, Thursday, April 3, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Pope of Aiken and the Rev. Edward Coy Jr. and Mrs. Edward Coy of Augusta.

Andrew Joseph Lucas-Frost
William J. Frost and Amanda A. Lucas, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a son, Andrew Joseph Lucas-Frost, Sunday, April 6, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David A. Lucas of Hephzibah and Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Freeman of Augusta.

Haylee Iyonna Evans
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Evans of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Haylee Iyonna Evans, Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Gause Sr. of Grenada, Miss., and Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Evans of Augusta.

Bradley Shawn Robertson Jr.
Bradley Robertson and Lisa M. Egan, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a son, Bradley Shawn Robertson Jr., Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Pellerin of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Milton Shields of Sardis, Ga.

David Patrick Orth
Robert H. Orth Sr. and Kim L. Orth of Martinez announce the birth of a son, David Patrick Orth, Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Barry and Rua Doick and Dao Orth, all of Hephzibah, and the late Robert Orth.

Emily Melissa Hollowell
Darren and Joy Hollowell of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Emily Melissa Hollowell, Saturday, April 12, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James C. Farr of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. John L. Hollowell of Burnettown.

April Arieana Annieree Mitchell
Christopher Mitchell and Wilnesha Reid, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, April Arieana Annieree Mitchell, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Willie Reid and Katherine Williams, both of Syracuse, N.Y., and Charles and April Mitchell of Buffalo, N.Y.

Haylee Iyonna Evans

Jordan Alexander Carroll

Evan McKnight White

David Patrick Orth

Anthony Jordan Hammac

Emma Baylee Robertson

Andrew Joseph Lucas-Frost

Bradley Shawn Robertson Jr.

Alyssa Kaylin Saxon

Madelyn Katie Goodwin
Ernest Goodwin III and Shannon Morgan, both of Gloverville, announce the birth of a daughter, Madelyn Katie Goodwin, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Clyde Jones and Karla Kaney, both of Clearwater, Katie Ricketson of North Augusta and Ernest and Heike Goodwin of Gloverville.

Andie Melissa Washington

Anthony Jordan Hammac
William Hammac and Lee Ann Edgar, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Anthony Jordan Hammac, Saturday, April 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Pete and Jean Cooper, David Hinton, Paul and Carol Hammac, Chiyo Pickett and William Anthony Pickett, all of Augusta.

Elizabeth Jayna Barnes

Justin Leonard Hillman
Jeffery Hillman Sr. and Demetric Hillman of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Justin Leonard Hillman, Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Sherman L. Jones of Decatur, Ga., Eugene James of Albany, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Hillman of Hephzibah.

Jameel Hakim Thompson Jr.

London Zane Luke

Logan Avery Smith

Emily Melissa Hollowell

James Roberson Hays IV

Madelyn Katie Goodwin

Morgan Ashley Symonds

Odds and Ends
GAYLORD, Mich. -- State conservation officials may ruffle a few feathers when they trot out their latest enforcement tool.

'Jerry Springer - the Opera' opens in London
LONDON -- "All my guests have guilty secrets," sings an onstage Jerry Springer.

Woman uses gender-bias defense to beat DUI charge
CANTON, Ga. -- Lisa Bufton says a DUI breath test she took last year registered too high because of her gender.

Odds and Ends
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An old-fashioned wedding it was not - no wedding dress, no walk down the aisle, no champagne - just a couple of bike enthusiasts taking their marriage vows in cycling gear and helmets.

Reynolds returns with mixed feelings

Veteran Braves pitcher starts against former teammates

Hampton puts hurt on Houston

New ballpark suits Maddux
HOUSTON - In the years before a cozy ballpark was built at the intersection of Texas and Crawford streets, Greg Maddux relished his visits here.

Braves notebook

Hampton puts hurt on Houston
HOUSTON - As the last Atlanta Braves starter to win a game, Mike Hampton earned the right Wednesday night to show his former team that his left arm is generating nasty sinkers again.

New ballpark suits Maddux

Braves notebook
HOUSTON - There was a time last season when, for Atlanta's Gary Sheffield, the simple act of carrying a bat to the plate caused him to grit his teeth.

Reynolds returns with mixed feelings
HOUSTON - Atlanta's Shane Reynolds was having a good day until he reached the park formerly known as Enron Field.

Veteran Braves pitcher starts against former teammates
HOUSTON -- The daily routine has been normal for Shane Reynolds the last couple of days, at least until he exits the freeway to downtown and pulls into Minute Maid Park.

Reynolds returns with mixed feelings

Reynolds returns with mixed feelings
HOUSTON - Atlanta's Shane Reynolds was having a good day until he reached the park formerly known as Enron Field.

Starbucks drops Augusta plan
Frappuccino addicts will have to wait to get their own Starbucks in Augusta, county officials said Wednesday.

Company gets S. Korean deal

Business briefs

Virginia enacts harsh anti-spam measure

Company gets S. Korean deal
The NutraSweet Co. has enlisted a South Korean company to help fill orders because its artificial-sweetener plant in Augusta already is operating at full speed.

Ford to build new sedans in Georgia
ATLANTA - Ford Motor Co. plans to build an assembly plant in Georgia for its new Futura sedan, sources familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday.

Stocks post monthly gain
NEW YORK -- Wall Street posted its second monthly gain despite apathetic trading Wednesday, as investors weighed a dismal manufacturing report against Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan's statement that the economy should rebound. Prices finished modestly lower.

Virginia enacts harsh anti-spam measure
RICHMOND, Va. - Internet mavens who clog computers with massive volumes of unsolicited e-mail pitches now risk landing in prison and losing their riches under a tough Virginia law signed Tuesday.

Business briefs

Consumer confidence rises sharply; beats forecast
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence improved sharply in April after declining for four consecutive months, helped by a swift outcome in the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

Shop's plans await ruling
The nation's leading purveyor of frothy lattes could open its first freestanding store in the Augusta market if it can overcome the county's parking rules.

Business briefs
Al's Family Restaurant on Atomic Road in North Augusta reopened this week for business, a month after burglars torched the popular eatery.

Renovations bring life to old building
The first thing that Augusta contractor John Bowen did when he started working on the vacant midrise at 985 Broad St. was to run U.S. and Georgia flags up the pole on the roof.

Starbucks drops Augusta plan

Greenspan remains optimistic on economy
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Wednesday he remained hopeful that the end of the Iraq war will result in stronger economic growth in the months ahead, but he cautioned that improvement may occur only gradually.

Renovations bring life to old building

Shop's plans await ruling

Ford to build new sedans in Georgia

Stocks post monthly gain

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., still reeling over the uncertainty surrounding an insider trading investigation of its namesake founder and chief executive, posted an unexpectedly large loss in the first quarter as revenue fell 15 percent.

Purnell names coaching assistants
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Oliver Purnell is bringing his three assistants from Dayton to the Tigers.

Purnell names coaching assistants

Recruit says Mississippi State coach gave him cash
JACKSON, Miss. -- A high school football recruit has told the NCAA he was given cash to pay for a summer school course by a Mississippi State coach, athletic director Larry Templeton confirmed Tuesday.

Recruit says Mississippi State coach gave him cash

'Bama's Price mum on rumors until university talks
HOOVER, Ala. -- Alabama coach Mike Price declined to say Wednesday what, if anything, he had done to put himself under scrutiny by university officials amid rumors of inappropriate behavior.

'Bama's Price mum on rumors until university talks

We should be like them
Cities, counties and states are built by various units of government. As a result, cities have limits; counties have borders; states have lines.

Exempt sex offenders
First-time sex offenders, like other first-time criminals, can be sentenced under Georgia's First Offender Act to probation instead of prison.

Exempt sex offenders

We should be like them

Into the abyss
You would've thought a district attorney with Danny Craig's experience would've seen it all by now.

Behind the 'massacre'
Remember the massacre of civilians by U.S. troops in Kosovo? Or the atrocities by U.S. forces in Haiti and Somalia? Or the murders by U.S. troops of those children in Afghanistan?

Behind the 'massacre'

Report: Ozzy Osbourne's teenage son, Jack, enters rehab
PASADENA, Calif. -- Jack Osbourne, the 17-year-old son of heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne, has checked into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic, People magazine reported.

Entertainment briefs
BERLIN -- The Berlin Philharmonic's repertoire for the 2003-04 season mixes tradition with newly commissioned works as Simon Rattle continues to put his imprint on the famed concert hall in his second season as chief conductor and artistic director.

Entertainment briefs
ROME -- Rome is honoring Audrey Hepburn with an exhibit of 130 posters and sketches from Italian publicity campaigns for her movies, including 1953's "Roman Holiday."

Two-thirds of junk e-mail claims are probably false

Two-thirds of junk e-mail claims are probably false
WASHINGTON -- Internet users skeptical of junk e-mails promising easy money, miracle cures and dream dates are right to be wary: The government says two-thirds of the "spam" messages clogging online mailboxes probably are false in some way.

Chocolate-chip cookies never lose favor
NEW YORK - There was nothing quite like plunging a warm, gooey chocolate-chip cookie into a big glass of milk after school, or before bedtime, or any time you could get your hands on one.

Taters for tots

Small portions
Bell peppers, particularly yellow ones, are wonderful when stewed or braised until meltingly tender. They are great on their own or with other vegetables, such as fennel or onions, as a side dish for fish or tossed with pasta.

Free-range hog farmers say taste sets their pork apart
NEWTON GROVE, N.C. -- Unlike the future hams sandwiched together in industrial-style swine factories, the hogs that roam and root their way through Wade Cole's farm seem a contented lot.

Free-range hog farmers say taste sets their pork apart

Taters for tots
I'm always looking for a side dish that my children will love - something besides macaroni and cheese or mashed potatoes. I've come up with a simple side dish that has two of their favorites tastes: ranch dressing and cheese.

Taste the sweet side of Mexico
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - The arrival of the Cinco de Mayo holiday is a reminder of Mexican festivities and the delicious foods typical of these fiestas. One such treat people regularly enjoy on special occasions is the dessert named dulce de leche.

Slow down and savor a fast chicken recipe
Quick cooking does not mean skimping on substance, nutrition or color. The following recipe for chicken and pasta with fresh tomato sauce can be made start-to-finish in less than half an hour.

Small portions

Taste the sweet side of Mexico

Chocolate-chip cookies never lose favor

Center fielder upbeat despite recent struggles
Into the heart of the Augusta GreenJackets clubhouse he comes, strutting and chirping and proud as a peacock, wearing nothing but a white bath towel and a devilish grin.

Two minutes with Eric West
Augusta GreenJackets second baseman Eric West answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Extra bases
Wednesday-Friday: at Rome Braves.

Ex-farmhand Song tosses no-hitter
The Boston Red Sox knew what they were giving up in Seung Song.

British Open gets new qualifying venues
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- For the first time, golfers will not have to go to Britain to qualify for the British Open.

Finchem pleased with Nationwide direction

Finchem pleased with Nationwide direction
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. -- A few years ago, the Nationwide Tour had trouble keeping its cities, its sponsors and its focus. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem is glad to see that's changing.

LPGA's top tier will play
Charlotta Sorenstam is entered in the third annual Asahi Ryokuken International Championship. Her sister Annika is not.

Couples enjoys the fruits of his labor
Fred Couples rediscovered his place in golf.

LPGA's top tier will play
Charlotta Sorenstam is entered in the third annual Asahi Ryokuken International Championship. Her sister Annika is not.

Sutton's resignation all about timing
Hal Sutton and David Toms have more in common than Louisiana roots and a PGA Championship in their trophy collections.

LPGA's top tier will play

Musketeers win region by 41 shots
Fresh off a strong showing last weekend in the Joe Wyatt Memorial tournament in Aiken, Richmond Academy won the Region 3-AAA golf tournament Monday by 41 shots.

Couples enjoys the fruits of his labor

Sutton's resignation all about timing

Musketeers win region by 41 shots

Extra bases

Center fielder upbeat despite recent struggles

Two minutes with Eric West

Ex-farmhand Song tosses no-hitter

Taters for tots
I'm always looking for a side dish that my children will love - something besides macaroni and cheese or mashed potatoes. I've come up with a simple side dish that has two of their favorites tastes: ranch dressing and cheese.

Taters for tots

Wilkie resigns as Lynx coach
The Augusta Lynx are again in the market for a new head coach after David Wilkie said he will not return next season.

Shooting leaves one dead
A man is dead and a woman is in fair condition after an apparent domestic shooting Thursday morning, authorities said.

Police seek help in robbery, murder
A convenience store worker was shot to death early today in a robbery at the Pump 'N Shop at Central Avenue and Heard Avenue, authorities said.

It's up to society to protect children

Black Caucus hypocritical on flag issue
It seems that the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus has won a significant victory regarding the design of the state flag. Thanks to their efforts, the Confederate battle emblem will not be an option for Georgia voters to choose on next March's state flag referendum. They're undoubtedly ecstatic as they've dealt a lethal blow to the co-called "flaggers" and others who wished to see the return of the Confederate emblem. Justin Steele, Martinez, Ga.

Disgusted by effort to discredit Gandy
I attended Richmond County's April school board meeting and listened with disgust to three negative representatives who attempted to discredit Dr. Dorothy Gandy, principal of A.R. Johnson High School, over her recommendation of teacher transfers. Those representatives spoke on behalf of the teachers. Ruth Reddy, Hephzibah, Ga.

Chambliss supports reckless tax plan

It's up to society to protect children
I've worked with children of all ages for over 25 years and am deeply concerned with our society's neglect in protecting our children's innocence. It's so blatantly obvious with the light sentences extended to sex offenders (under the First Offenders Act). Christine McCollum, Grovetown, Ga.

Resents attempt to rewrite history of Confederacy
I am so glad that geniuses like Chris Flagg (April 4 letter, "Confederate history account wrong") can educate us poor uninformed bigots as to the real truth about Confederate history. We always thought that Gen. Robert E. Lee was the commander of the Army of northern Virginia, but now we have learned that he was a mere battalion commander. Allen W. Johnson, North Augusta, S.C.

Child endangerment bill not about gun rights
This is in reference to Ken Drawdy's letter to the editor on April 24, "Legislators weaken self-defense rights." The child endangerment bill is not about taking away gun rights. Mica French, Augusta

Gandy makes A.R. Johnson the success it is
Dr. Dorothy Gandy, principal of A.R. Johnson Magnet School, is a wonderful person. She is articulate, very knowledgeable in the field of education and sensitive to the needs of those around her. I have known her for nearly 30 years and during this time, she has worked tremendously hard educating the youth of Richmond County. She has always placed students first and foremost. She was a successful English teacher and an assistant principal before she became principal. The students, faculty and staff have a leader in which they can be proud of for all she has done to continue to make A.R. Johnson the success it is today. Victoria Rogers, Augusta

Chambliss supports reckless tax plan
In his April 23 guest column, "Georgians need the tax relief Bush's tax reforms would provide," U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., boldly speaks out in favor of the reckless tax plan proposed by President George W. Bush. Tim Kelly, Augusta

Skipping meals could be beneficial to your health

In the know

Answer beauty emergencies with quick first aid

Capsules

Historic Augusta wants partygoers in high cotton
Robert Osborne knows the back of his Johns Road home is beautiful.

Answer beauty emergencies with quick first aid
NEW YORK - There is a product out there to suit just about every imaginable beauty need.

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.

Capsules
On Caribbean islands, plants and hummingbirds appear to have evolved together so both benefit.

In the know
Wham! Pow! Bam! If you can't get enough of colorful comics, or if you've ever wanted to see what the fuss was about, the comic-book industry has the solution.

Skipping meals could be beneficial to your health
WASHINGTON -- The health benefits of sharply cutting calories may occur after periodic fasting, even if the fast does not result in eating less overall, a new report indicates.

In the know
This wine starts with light floral flavors that flow into soft layers of pear, golden apple and honeydew. This is a real winner for the price!

Lynx complete deal with Johnstown

Lynx complete deal with Johnstown
The Augusta Lynx announced Wednesday that the rights to defenseman Ryan Crane and forward Josh St. Louis have been dealt to the Johnstown Chiefs.

Board begins project search

S.C. gears up for Dixie Chicks' U.S. tour opener
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- In the heart of Dixie, the Chicks are ready for their first concert in the United States since the Texas trio's frontwoman spoke ill of President Bush almost two months ago.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Spc. Butler Lamar Middleton of Augusta.

Board faces residents over planned stadium

Rare Southern quake rattles several states
FORT PAYNE, Ala. -- A rare earthquake shook parts of the South with a loud roar early Tuesday, cracking foundations, shaking pictures off walls and startling residents from their sleep but causing no serious injuries.

Council divides on city districts

Indigent-defense reform gets surprise win
ATLANTA - It was one of the strangest outcomes in a strange session. In a year when Georgia's General Assembly had a hard time agreeing on anything, it voted overwhelmingly to overhaul the state's system for defending the poor in court.

Children compete in Aiken tricycle races

SRS holds place in future of fusion
AIKEN - It could be at least 35 years before the United States has a viable fusion reactor, and that's only if the technology can be perfected.

Accusations fly over ethics-bill failure

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The Georgia Department of Education said Wednesday it will launch an investigation to see whether Gwinnett County school officials intentionally failed to report thousands of serious infractions on a state-mandated school discipline report.

Safe Communities coordinator resigns

Fort Payne tremblor first earthquake for many Georgians

Across the area

Purchase of car draws complaint
ATLANTA - The state attorney general's office is reviewing a complaint that Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine used tax money to fill his new state car with fancy accessories, even after bean counters rejected the purchase.

City plans downtown association

Perdue looks at legislative wins, trials
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday he was surprised by the partisanship of the legislative session that which ended last week, and he called his first four months in office "an interesting ride."

Rare Southern quake rattles several states

News you can use
APRIL 30, 1994 An Augusta youth charged with murder in the shooting of a former Lakeside High School student will remain in custody pending trial, a Juvenile Court judge ruled Friday.

Across South Carolina

Soldier details general's capture
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - One of Iraq's most wanted generals was captured during the weekend by a young soldier who just a few years ago was chasing opponents on her high school track team.

Perdue looks at legislative wins, trials

Residents fight proposal to turn courtyard into street
On most sunny days on a bright-red park bench outside downtown's Richmond Summit apartment building, you can find three women, lounging in the shade of the oak trees and discussing religion.

Serviceman of the day

Department extends guards' suspensions
The Department of Juvenile Justice has again extended the suspensions of several guards at the Augusta Youth Development Campus.

Wilkie resigns as Lynx coach

Store robber kills worker

S.C. gears up for Dixie Chicks' U.S. tour opener

Board begins project search
With more than $320 million in projects on the table, and as long as 10 years to pay for them, the 21-member citizens special purpose local option sales tax committee has its work cut out for it, committee member and Co-chairman Monty Osteen said after the panel's meeting Wednesday.

Just doing their jobs

Across the area
Bamberg County, S.C., officials are still awaiting the results of forensic tests being performed on a human skull that was found last week in the town of Denmark.

Across Georgia

Student faces more sex charges
A Greenbrier High School student arrested Monday in the sexual assault of a classmate is facing more charges in an earlier incident.

Rants and Raves
I FIND IT very unsettling after numerous trips to the airport that soldiers have to pay for parking. Soldiers and family members who are fighting for their country have enough to worry about.

Student faces more sex charges

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Navy Seaman Recruit Brian A. Rouse of Augusta.

City plans downtown association
What started out as a discussion for a downtown entertainment district has turned into the creation of a group to take on a number of issues affecting the central business district.

City re-elects incumbents

Officials set up trip for reactor
AIKEN - Taking a decommissioned nuclear reactor from Maine to its South Carolina burial ground is a herculean task with a checklist of steps.

Indigent-defense reform gets surprise win

Council divides on city districts
AIKEN - When the Aiken City Council divided along racial and party lines Monday night to approve a revamped redistricting plan for the city, there was a brief, sharp exchange between at-large council member Jane Vaughters and District 1 council member Beverly Clyburn about the thing these local politicians fear most: becoming Augusta.

News you can use

Purchase of car draws complaint

Across Georgia

News you can use
MAY 1, 1984 Augusta Mayor Edward M. McIntyre said Monday night he had made no decision about whether he will resign from office after his conviction on three federal extortion charges. McIntyre is scheduled to be sentenced June 4 on the three charges on which he was convicted Saturday.

Residents fight proposal to turn courtyard into street

Fort Payne tremblor first earthquake for many Georgians
ATLANTA -- Many groggy, sleepy-eyed Georgians had no idea what was causing the loud rumbling that shook them awake early Tuesday morning.

Patient awaits SARS verdict

Serviceman of the day

City re-elects incumbents
NORTH AUGUSTA - North Augusta City Council's three incumbents, all Republicans, were the top three vote-getters Tuesday in a bipartisan free-for-all.

Rants and Raves
A RAVE FOR Don Cheeks, who helped block legislation to change River Watch Parkway to Jack Connell Parkway. Hopefully, this will stop the renaming of major thoroughfares for politicians.

Board faces residents over planned stadium
There were more questions than there was time to give answers to the standing-room-only crowd that filled Lucy C. Laney High School's music room Tuesday night, people seeking more information about a planned football stadium for the neighborhood near the school.

Children compete in Aiken tricycle races
AIKEN - The skill of a good tricyclist is all in the genes, or at least, that's what Rick Osbon will tell you. He began a family legacy in the sport 28 years ago, and now his son has taken over where his wheels once rolled.

Rants and Raves
I FIND IT very unsettling after numerous trips to the airport that soldiers have to pay for parking. Soldiers and family members who are fighting for their country have enough to worry about.

Rants and Raves
A RAVE FOR Don Cheeks, who helped block legislation to change River Watch Parkway to Jack Connell Parkway. Hopefully, this will stop the renaming of major thoroughfares for politicians.

Across the area
An Appling teenager is in the Columbia County Detention Center charged with molesting a 16-year-old fellow Greenbrier High School student on campus.

Just doing their jobs
Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Jason Rogers figured he was responding to another domestic squabble last week until he heard the woman's cry for help from behind the apartment door.

Across the area

Store robber kills worker
Margaret King's family tried to persuade her to get another job or at least a different shift at the Pump 'N Shop on Central Avenue.

Costs of new blood tests worry medical facilities

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WASHINGTON -Attorney David Walbert told the U.S. Supreme Court onTuesday that Georgia lawmakers were trying to empower black voters, not the Democratic Party, when they redrew the state's legislative map.

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COLUMBIA -A House committee passed a bill Tuesday that would require all drinking straws handed out in restaurants to have wrappers.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -The Citadel is examining its policy of saying prayers in the mess hall after a federal appeals court ruled prayers before evening meals at Virginia Military Institute are unconstitutional.

Accusations fly over ethics-bill failure
ATLANTA - Entering this year's General Assembly session, good-government advocates had reason for optimism that the time had finally come to pass meaningful ethics reforms.

Costs of new blood tests worry medical facilities
Careful screening and genetic-based testing for new blood-borne viruses such as West Nile and possibly severe acute respiratory syndrome should help safeguard the nation's blood supply, Marsha J. Evans, the national president of the American Red Cross, said Wednesday.

Safe Communities coordinator resigns
For the past five years, Priscilla Bence has been working to make the roads safer as the coordinator of the Safe Communities Coalition of Augusta.

Patient awaits SARS verdict
Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Tuesday discharged a patient who had been in isolation because the patient had some of the symptoms of a deadly Asian flulike virus.

Thurmond slam angers politicians
AIKEN - South Carolina Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday denounced a shot taken at former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond in a fund-raising letter by a presidential hopeful, U.S. Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina.

Augusta golfer settles into new life on Nationwide Tour
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. - Because his job has already taken him to Australia, New Zealand and Fort Smith, Ark., this place seems like a fitting place for Scott Parel to find a little peace.

Five Bears make rare appearance
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. - Bear sightings are fairly common in the mountains and foothills of the Carolinas, but group sightings of the generally lonesome species are rare.

I lived the exciting life of a school bus monitor
Driving past a school crossing guard the other day - after all the pupils were out of the way, of course - I was reminded of my own days when I wore the attire of elementary school law enforcement.

Hollywood's love affair with sequels swells in 2003

Hollywood's love affair with sequels swells in 2003

Hollywood's love affair with sequels swells in 2003
LOS ANGELES - All good things must end - except in Hollywood, where pretty much anything that finds an audience the first time becomes ripe for a follow-up.

Recording industry warns users of Kazaa, Grokster
LOS ANGELES -- The recording industry has tapped into two Internet file-swapping services and is flashing messages to music traders warning them they're breaking the law.

Recording industry warns users of Kazaa, Grokster

NASCAR notebook
RICHMOND, Va. - Despite NASCAR's suggestion the sport's all-star race be moved to a different track each year, government and business leaders near the Lowe's Motor Speedway have put up $650,000 to keep it near Charlotte, N.C.

Winless in 72 races, Wallace welcomes return to Richmond

Tracy admits breaking rules in CART
WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- CART Champ Car leader Paul Tracy admits he broke the rules when he used traction control from 1994 until this year.

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Racing facts - Pontiac Excitement 400

Winston Cup drivers make impact on Busch series

City leaders launch $650,000 campaign to keep The Winston in Charlotte

Kyle Busch finally turning 18, ready for debut

City leaders launch $650,000 campaign to keep The Winston in Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. -- The race to keep The Winston in Charlotte picked up Tuesday when city and business leaders launched a $650,000 campaign aimed at convincing NASCAR not to move the annual all-star event.

Busch Series points leader probably out of Richmond race
CONCORD, N.C. -- Busch series points leader Todd Bodine likely will miss Friday night's race in Richmond because he doesn't have a sponsor. His absence would virtually eliminate him from the title chase.

Busch Series points leader probably out of Richmond race

Winless in 72 races, Wallace welcomes return to Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. -- Long before defending Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart turned the Pontiac Excitement 400 into the race that jump starts his season, Rusty Wallace won six times at Richmond International Raceway.

Q&A with Jamie McMurray

Q&A with Jamie McMurray
ATLANTA - Jamie McMurray is poised to continue the recent trend of rookie success on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. He recently talked about moving into one of the premier rides on the circuit and what's expected of him during his first season.

Winston Cup drivers make impact on Busch series
RICHMOND, Va. - Michael Waltrip has a strong opinion about Winston Cup Series drivers who moonlight on the Busch Series circuit.

Kyle Busch finally turning 18, ready for debut
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kyle Busch is finally turning 18, and all he wants is a new stock car and to establish his own identity. He'll get both wishes - a year and a half behind schedule.

Racing facts - Pontiac Excitement 400
Here are facts about this weekend's Pontiac Excitement 400 race.

Bush signs 'Amber Alert' package of safety laws
WASHINGTON -- Surrounded by rescued Elizabeth Smart and the families of other kidnapped children, President Bush on Wednesday signed a wide-ranging package of child safety measures into law.

Nets top Bucks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks at the perimeter game, then hit their foul shots for a change Tuesday night.

T-Mac doesn't want to be like KG

T-Mac doesn't want to be like KG
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Tracy McGrady and Kevin Garnett have more in common than being NBA stars who skipped college and have become unstoppable at times.

Sixers on verge of eliminating Hornets

Spurs down Suns

Spurs down Suns
SAN ANTONIO -- The question the San Antonio Spurs have to be asking themselves: Is no lead safe against the Phoenix Suns?

Nets top Bucks

Bryant, Iverson, O'Neal added to Olympic team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant was added to the U.S. basketball team Tuesday, along with Allen Iverson and Jermaine O'Neal.

Kittles' aggressiveness helped Nets take 3-2 lead vs. Bucks

Sixers on verge of eliminating Hornets
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia 76ers are giving Allen Iverson plenty of help, leaving the New Orleans Hornets on the brink of elimination.

Bucks vow to change their ways
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- The Milwaukee Bucks issued a two-pronged promise Wednesday: they'll scrap their selfish behavior and Gary Payton will lead the way.

Kittles' aggressiveness helped Nets take 3-2 lead vs. Bucks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets are a game away from eliminating the Milwaukee Bucks because Kerry Kittles forgot about his early struggles and kept shooting.

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Shopping center images compromise youths' ethics
AS A HIGH school teacher for the last 2 1/2 years, I've found myself face to face with the world of the American teenager. I held a student as she cried over the prospect of having a baby. As I held her, I prayed for her safety and the safety of her unborn child. (Yes, I prayed in a Richmond County high school.) Two days later, I cried; for on that day, her boyfriend had arranged for "it" to be taken care of.

Shopping center images compromise youths' ethics
AS A HIGH school teacher for the last 2 1/2 years, I've found myself face to face with the world of the American teenager. I held a student as she cried over the prospect of having a baby. As I held her, I prayed for her safety and the safety of her unborn child. (Yes, I prayed in a Richmond County high school.) Two days later, I cried; for on that day, her boyfriend had arranged for "it" to be taken care of.

Sampras, Venus Williams withdraw from Italian Open

Lights, camera, action! Stevens gets new ride as actor

Derby hopeful Brancusi had tough birth

Colt takes unusual route to Kentucky Derby

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Lady Bulldogs' record speaks volumes

Horse racing's Hall of Fame adds Hine, Smith

Turner enters exclusive bargaining over teams

The Dollases are back at the Derby

GHSA adds sports champions from era of segregation to Web site

The curtsy bows out at Wimbledon

The Dollases are back at the Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Quite a family, those devoted Dollases.

Derby hopeful Brancusi had tough birth
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Three years ago, it wasn't even clear whether Brancusi would live longer than a week. Now the horse is entered in the Kentucky Derby.

North Augustan makes a splash
Joel Johnson knew he was at risk of falling through the cracks, going unnoticed by college swimming coaches and unsigned by collegiate programs.

The curtsy bows out at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- One of Wimbledon's most enduring traditions is finished - players will no longer have to bow or curtsy to the Royal Box at Centre Court.

Silver Bluff stays course
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Silver Bluff lost both components of its all-star battery last year, but what the defending South Carolina Class AA state softball champions have left is enough.

Horse racing's Hall of Fame adds Hine, Smith
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Carolyn Hine was sworn to secrecy about her late husband Sonny Hine's election to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.

Lights, camera, action! Stevens gets new ride as actor
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Gary Stevens compares his acting debut in the upcoming "Seabiscuit" movie to putting an apprentice jockey on the favorite for the Kentucky Derby: a real gamble.

Colt takes unusual route to Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Outta Here took an unusual route to the Kentucky Derby.

GHSA adds sports champions from era of segregation to Web site
THOMASTON, Ga. -- The Georgia High School Association has placed a list on its Web site of black high school state champions from the era of segregated athletics.

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Carolina Cobras head coach Mike Hold was fired Monday after an 0-13 start to the Arena Football League season. Hold was replaced by former NFL and AFL head coach Eddie Khayat.

Turner enters exclusive bargaining over teams
ATLANTA -- Turner Broadcasting entered exclusive talks with Dallas businessman David McDavid about the sale of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers.

Lady Bulldogs' record speaks volumes
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - The Silver Bluff softball team is careful to watch its adversaries as they step off the bus in Petticoat Junction.

Sampras, Venus Williams withdraw from Italian Open
ROME -- Pete Sampras and Venus Williams withdrew Wednesday from the Italian Open, separate tournaments that are important clay-court tuneups for the French Open.

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Bruce Weber is back in the Big Ten, moving to Illinois as head basketball coach Wednesday after five successful seasons at Southern Illinois.

Augusta golfer settles into new life on Nationwide Tour

Five Bears make rare appearance

Shows jam schedule for May sweeps - but they feel like reruns

Michael Jackson's home videos are a dud for Fox
NEW YORK -- The bubble has burst on Michael Jackson's status as a TV ratings sensation. Either that, or people don't want to watch his home movies any more than they do anyone else's.

Journalist Tina Brown's talk show makes its CNBC debut

Shows jam schedule for May sweeps - but they feel like reruns
NEW YORK -- The war is over. Sweeps have begun. One sign: As a ratings stunt on May 12, "Tonight" host Jay Leno switches jobs with Katie Couric to be guest on NBC's morning news show "Today." A squeaky-voiced comic in Katie's anchor chair? The producers must expect a slow news day.

Michael Jackson's home videos are a dud for Fox

Journalist Tina Brown's talk show makes its CNBC debut
NEW YORK -- With Sony Corp. chief Howard Stringer, media magnates Barry Diller and Conrad Black and Queen Noor of Jordan as guests, journalist Tina Brown's first TV talk show resembles one of her famed dinner parties.

Entertainment briefs

Entertainment briefs

Richt confident in system
Georgia football coach Mark Richt knows the questions are coming.

Richt confident in system

Kent Lawrence inducted to Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame
DALLAS -- Kent Lawrence, a Georgia running back who led the Bulldogs to a 24-9 victory over SMU in the 1967 Cotton Bowl, was one of seven people inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.

Kent Lawrence inducted to Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame

Freshman football player charged with false report

Falcons put Edwards on road to NFL
The wait was probably longer than Terrence Edwards would have liked. The team, however, was something close to ideal.

Freshman football player charged with false report
ATHENS, Ga. -- A Georgia football player was charged with filing a false report of crime after he allegedly tried to avoid paying parking fines by switching his car tags.

Falcons put Edwards on road to NFL

Thomas granted pretrial intervention
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Suspended South Carolina receiver Matthew Thomas has been accepted into a pretrial program that would wipe away an assault charge if he completes its conditions successfully.

Amid threats, North Korea talks disarmament, U.S. official says

Amid threats, North Korea talks disarmament, U.S. official says
WASHINGTON -- Despite its threats of nuclear tests, North Korea caught the attention of U.S. officials last week by also expressing a willingness to dispose of its missiles and nuclear weapons programs.

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'Jerry Springer - the Opera' opens in London

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