Ballet draws unusually high male interest

Collages unleash artist's impulses
For Augusta artist Lara Rhoades, destruction, design, creativity and chaos are intertwining elements that inform her work.

Production brings Manilow lyrics to life
Lola, who was a showgirl, has some amazing survival instincts.

Collages unleash artist's impulses

Production brings Manilow lyrics to life

Ballet draws unusually high male interest
Out of a brotherly duty four years ago, Matthew Conway attended the Augusta Dance Theatre's The Roar of Love to watch his sister, Michelle.

Leap of faith
Lakeside pitcher Patrick Bagwell (left) jumped, but couldn't get the ball in time to make a play on Jones County's Justin Lord after a wild pitch in Friday night's Region 3-AAA game.

Houston shortstop Julio Lugo arrested

Prep baseball statistics

USC Aiken's Keown signs with Cincinnati
USC Aiken senior outfielder Clint Keown signed with the Cincinnati Reds after the school's athletic banquet Wednesday night. Keown departed Aiken later that night for his hometown of Evansville, Ind.

Playoffs spots still up in air

Houston shortstop Julio Lugo arrested
HOUSTON -- Houston Astros shortstop Julio Lugo was demoted Thursday, hours after he was arrested and charged with hitting his wife in the face and slamming her head on a car hood.

Playoffs spots still up in air
Bunched together at the top of Region 3-AAAA, Greenbrier and Lakeside might have a region title on the line when they play at Lakeside at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Yankees, Rockies account for scoring increase
Jeff Nelson has a theory about why scoring is slightly up after the first month of the baseball season.

Yankees, Rockies account for scoring increase

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

Heart pumps up Jackets

Heart pumps up Jackets
Seven players at North Augusta already have signed scholarships, and two more will do so in the next few weeks.

Leap of faith

League suspends pitchers
NEW YORK - Minnesota pitcher Brad Radke was suspended for five games, and Tampa Bay pitcher Nick Bierbrodt for three by Major League Baseball on Friday for hitting batters in the same game.

Climber cuts off arm to save his life
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- A climber who amputated his own arm with a pocketknife to free himself from a narrow, remote canyon in Utah was driven by a strong will to survive, a rescuer said Friday.

Odds and Ends
SEATTLE -- Monika Culbertson sure is lucky for someone who claims she doesn't like to wager.

Man sues McDonald's for $25,000 after finding gum in salad
DETROIT -- A man is suing fast-food giant McDonald's after allegedly biting into a piece of already chewed gum in a salad.

Odds and ends
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Charlie Scott is often needled for his choice of hobby.

Sheffield leaves team for funeral

Sheffield leaves team for funeral
PHOENIX -- Atlanta slugger Gary Sheffield will miss at least two games while attending a funeral.

All-Star alterations OK'd

Braves sweep Astros
HOUSTON - The presence of the former president, the absence of the skipper and some terrific defense by fortysomething first baseman Julio Franco didn't exactly energize Atlanta Braves starter Shane Reynolds on Thursday night.

Braves sweep Astros

AOL hires firm to help with sale of Braves
ATLANTA -- AOL Time Warner Inc., which has a buyer for two of its sports teams, has hired a New York investment bank to help sell the Atlanta Braves.

All-Star alterations OK'd
HOUSTON - Reaction was favorable inside the visitors' clubhouse Thursday to changes in the selection of All-Star teams and Major League Baseball's announcement that the winner of the All-Star Game will receive home-field advantage in the World Series.

Wage study hits theory about cities
Moving to larger cities used to mean you could earn a bigger paycheck for doing the same type of job.

Big Three automakers see sales decline in April

Two word headline rarely happens
Sixteen months after an experimental unmanned plane in Afghanistan made its first-ever combat kill, pilotless planes are standard in the U.S. war kit. Over Iraq, they fired on and destroyed about a dozen military targets.

Group takes auction online

Wage study hits theory about cities

Supporters renew push for district

Federal measure would give option on overtime
Because Sweetheart Cup Co. pumps out plastic cups 24 hours a day, it's standard practice for employees to work overtime.

Business briefs

Stocks end mixed on weak economic reports
NEW YORK -- A series of disappointing economic reports - from manufacturing to jobless claims - pressured Wall Street Thursday, leaving stocks mixed as investors saw few signs of a resurgent economy.

Fuel economy has improved little since 1980s
WASHINGTON -- Vehicle fuel economy has improved little since the mid-1980s, at least partly because of the continuing popularity of sport utility vehicles, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a report Friday.

New factory may bring ill news

Business briefs
Soon-to-be-graduated college students are an optimistic bunch when it comes to finding their first positions, according to a survey of 600 seniors.

Stocks end mixed on weak economic reports

Supporters renew push for district
The cost to create a business improvement district downtown will be cheaper than previously expected, but the idea's backers still need to convince property owners that the additional tax required will be worth it.

Business briefs
HOUSTON - Dozens more charges were filed against former Enron Corp. Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow on Thursday as his wife and nine other former executives were indicted on multiple counts of fraud, insider trading and other charges.

Manufacturer activity slows again in April
NEW YORK -- Business at the nation's manufacturers failed to pick up in April, with activity falling for the second consecutive month as the industry shifts focus from concern about the war to worries about a lingering weak economy, a private business group reported Thursday.

New factory may bring ill news
ATLANTA - Georgia may be getting a new automobile manufacturing plant, but industry experts say the addition could be costly.

Jobless figure in Augusta sits below U.S. number
WASHINGTON - The nation's unemployment rate jumped to 6 percent in April and companies slashed jobs for the third-straight month - particularly in manufacturing, airlines and department stores - as the fragile economy continued to quash hiring prospects.

Big Three automakers see sales decline in April
DETROIT -- Detroit's Big Three automakers posted declines Thursday in car and light truck sales for last month compared with a robust April a year ago, though results were better than the past couple of months.

Federal measure would give option on overtime

Productivity improves in first quarter
WASHINGTON -- U.S. productivity improved in the first three months of 2003, increasing at an annual rate of 1.6 percent as companies produced more while they kept work forces lean.

Productivity improves in first quarter

Group takes auction online
For years, the Augusta Advertising Federation has held silent and live auctions as an annual fund-raiser for its college scholarship competition.

Clemson quarterback to transfer
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson quarterback Willie Simmons, who lost his starting position to freshman Charlie Whitehurst last fall, says he will transfer to another school.

Bama's Price meets university officials amid strip club reports

SEC faculty endorse academic reforms
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Faculty from Southeastern Conference schools concluded a two-day meeting Friday by overwhelmingly agreeing to become the third league to endorse academic reforms for collegiate athletics.

NCAA panel rejects Seattle Bowl; approves new Fort Worth Bowl
SEATTLE -- The NCAA dropped the Seattle Bowl on Thursday after a financially troubled two-year run, while also approving a new game in Fort Worth, Texas.

Edwards, Wimbush stay close to home to pursue dreams

Edwards, Wimbush stay close to home to pursue dreams
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Terrence Edwards was the leading receiver in Georgia history. Recardo Wimbush was a four-year starter on Georgia Tech's defense.

Alabama's Price awaits decision on job status

Bama's Price meets university officials amid strip club reports
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama coach Mike Price met with university officials Thursday amid revelations of a free-spending night at a topless bar in Florida and that a young woman tried to charge more than $1,000 in food and drinks to his hotel bill the next morning.

SEC faculty endorse academic reforms

Alabama's Price awaits decision on job status
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama coach Mike Price could learn Saturday if off-the-field conduct will cost him his job before his first team takes the field.

NCAA panel rejects Seattle Bowl; approves new Fort Worth Bowl

Not-so-great debate
The race for the Democratic presidential nomination gets under way - unofficially - in a nationwide TV debate 8:30 this evening at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Hang up cell phones?
Augusta Mayor Bob Young says the city will negotiate a much better cell phone deal later in the year when the current contract expires. It better. The existing pact's a loser.

Not-so-great debate

Fatal attraction
Those who criticize our laws for being too hard on criminals ought to have a talk with family and friends of Gloria McKie, whose romantic involvement with Raymond Stevens Jr. turned out to be a fatal attraction.

Hang up cell phones?

Still rockin'
It's been said that Augusta has two huge claims to fame - the Masters Golf Tournament, which celebrated its 67th year last month, and the Godfather of Soul, who turns 70 years old today.

Bill Clinton Jr.?
In the above editorial we explain why the Democratic presidential wannabees won't be pitching their campaigns to mainstream South Carolinians, but instead to far-left partisans.

Dixie Chicks fans cheer at first U.S. concert
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A sold-out crowd cheered, danced and sang along during the Dixie Chicks' summer tour kick-off concert, showing little concern for the controversy that has surrounded the band since a member criticized President Bush over the war with Iraq.

Standing ovations
Comedian, educator, actor and author Bill Cosby will deliver the commencement address at Paine College's graduation ceremony at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St. Admission is free and the ceremony is open to the public.

Concert calendar
The is a listing of concerts in the Southeast.

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

Applause calendar
Here's what to see and do in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Entertainment briefs
NEW ORLEANS -- All the King's men were back - without Elvis. Presley's guitar players Scotty Moore and James Burton and drummer D.J. Fontana got together Wednesday night, assisted by Paul Burlison, Kim Curtis and others.

Entertainment briefs
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Alan Gilbert has been hired as the first music director of the Santa Fe Opera.

Stocks surge on investor optimism

Stocks surge on investor optimism
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index posted its best finish in 10 months Friday as buyers grew increasingly confident of a rebounding economy. Airline stocks surged after Merrill Lynch said the worst of the industry's troubles seemed to be over.

Brokerage stocks are now higher-risk investments
NEW YORK -- When Wall Street's biggest brokerage firms settled charges this past week that they issued biased research, their own stocks suddenly became higher-risk bets.

Brokerage stocks are now higher-risk investments

Fishing report
Don't look now, but fishing is "on the verge" again at Thurmond Lake. This time, it's on the verge of seeing some consistent surface action - namely, schooling hybrids and striped bass.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report

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 and total weight of the catch.

Hungry fleas will put the bite on humans
If you've got pets, chances are you also have fleas.

Home on river is awash with flower gardens
Master gardener Dia Bettencourt's riverfront landscape is a work in progress.

Hungry fleas will put the bite on humans

Home on river is awash with flower gardens

Nelson gets release from Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Ed Nelson, who was Atlantic Coast Conference rookie of the year in 2002, has received a release to transfer from Georgia Tech.

Nelson gets release from Georgia Tech

GreenJackets snap long losing streak
The Augusta GreenJackets extended their losing streak to seven games before finally ending their skid in a doubleheader with Rome on Thursday night.

Jackets starting streak in Rome
ROME, Ga. - The Augusta GreenJackets trailed by one run midway through Friday night's game against the Rome Braves, but scored in each of their final four at-bats to rally for a 5-1 victory and a series win in the South Atlantic League.

Park, Ochoa share lead at Michelob
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Lorena Ochoa has been a model of consistency at the Michelob Light Open, playing 36 holes without a bogey. Grace Park's two rounds have included 11 birdies, four bogeys, and an eagle followed immediately by a double-bogey.

Home-course advantage pays off for club champion

Strom Thurmond junior shoots 69 at invitational

Verplank enjoying New Orleans even more after 63
NEW ORLEANS -- Scott Verplank enjoys his annual trip to New Orleans regardless of how he plays, because it gives him a chance to reminisce about a dear, departed friend.

Season opens at the Patch

Sorenstam trails leaders by two shots at Michelob Light

Sorenstam trails leaders by two shots at Michelob Light
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Annika Sorenstam played her best on the longest holes Thursday at the inaugural Michelob Light Open, shooting a 3-under-par 68 to trail the leaders by two strokes.

Nicklaus' family around for weekend
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. -- Jack Nicklaus birdied three of the four holes he played Friday in the weather-delayed second round of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs on the Nationwide Tour.

O'Malley leads Italian Open golf
BRESCIA, Italy -- Australia's Peter O'Malley shot an 8-under-par 64 Thursday to take a two-shot lead over England's Gary Clarke after one round of the $1.2 million Italian Open.

Park, Ochoa share lead at Michelob

Golden Bear bests cubs in first Nationwide round
SUNSET, S.C. -- The Old Man was the best Nicklaus of the bunch at the Nationwide Tour on Thursday.

Verplank enjoying New Orleans even more after 63

Season opens at the Patch
The Regions Cup amateur golf series celebrates its 15th anniversary with a new look today.

Strom Thurmond junior shoots 69 at invitational
AIKEN - Wes Herlong's knowledge of Palmetto Golf Club was limited to two rounds entering Friday's first round of the 29th annual Southern Cross Invitational.

O'Malley leads Italian Open golf

Irwin takes first-round lead at Bruno's
HOOVER, Ala. -- Hale Irwin shot a 7-under par 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Larry Ziegler and Bruce Fleisher in the first round of the Bruno's Memorial Classic on Friday.

Golden Bear bests cubs in first Nationwide round

Home-course advantage pays off for club champion
Now that the Regions Cup amateur golf series is making its first stop at his home course, The King of the Patch has no plans to give up his crown. Scott Brown has other ideas.

GreenJackets snap long losing streak

Jackets starting streak in Rome

South Aiken hires new coach

The hardest part of exercising is starting
America marks a half-century anniversary this year.

Severe weather warning issued
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Aiken-Augusta area until 10 p.m. tonight.

Wishes Bush were president earlier
For those who have berated and criticized the president of the strongest and greatest nation on Earth and the land that I love, I offer the following comments. Though President George W. Bush is labeled a "gunslinger" by the pacifist minority, he is a "straight-shooting gunslinger" who this country needs in these critical times. He sincerely cares about our security and has labored intently to keep us informed of his actions in the Middle East and here at home. He probably will set a presidential record of public appearances or televised announcements to explain the steps that must be taken to protect us and our country. Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

Did U.S. handle war the right way?

Hunt is complete package for sheriff
I'm supporting Republican Mike Hunt for Aiken County sheriff because he's the most qualified candidate. Furthermore, his positive, upbeat campaign is a good indicator of how he'll run the sheriff's office. Rarely have I seen a candidate get out into the community, shake so many hands and demonstrate a real concern for the citizens of Aiken County. As sheriff, I'm confident that he'll continue to stay on the road, listen to the voters and "lead from the front." Pete Carpenter, Aiken, S.C.

Discrimination is discrimination
Regarding The Chronicle's March 22 article, "National answers Perdue's remarks": Harry Embry, Hephzibah, Ga.

Various religions lack 'Christ Jesus'
The similarities in various religions observed and expressed by Gene L. Rickaby in his letter to the editor on April 12, "Similarities among religions highlighted," is lacking one all-important factor: Christ Jesus. Pastor J.F. Rodgers, Clearwater, S.C.

Columnist's observations skewed
Regarding the April 9 guest column by David Foster, "Glory of Confederacy a myth": For Mr. Foster to write that the Civil War was a "rich man's war" is, in itself, largely a myth. Hundreds of thousands of patriotic Southerners fought until war's end. Frank Murphy, Aiken, S.C.

Did U.S. handle war the right way?
We Americans have always tried to make sure that we were morally correct before we entered into war. We entered World Wars I and II to stop the axis powers from conquering the entire world. James Walton, Augusta

Discrimination is discrimination

Wilkie gives up hockey

Florio on top of new coaches list

Wilkie gives up hockey
The Augusta Lynx are again in the market for a head coach after David Wilkie said he will not return next season.

Lynx forward not ready to leave Augusta by trade
Augusta Lynx forward Josh St. Louiswas stunned by the news that he was traded to the Johnstown Chiefs, then felt relieved Friday to hear the deal was a mistake.

Florio on top of new coaches list
Former Roanoke Express coach Perry Florio is on the short list of candidates to become the next coach of the Augusta Lynx.

Lynx forward not ready to leave Augusta by trade

Couple continues U.S. trek
The Journey of Hope is floating along, ready to leave the humid South for more temperate climes in the Midwest.

Facility leader resigns
Citing personal reasons, the director of Augusta's embattled youth detention center has resigned after less than eight months on the job.

Fierce winds hit South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Severe storms with strong winds blew down trees and damaged homes Friday across much of northern South Carolina.

Serviceman of the day

Fort Stewart honors soldiers killed in war

Pool hall owner gets warning

New club worries some parents
Andreax Jarre, the club's owner, says he keeps a tight watch on behavior at his business.

Democrats enter state for debate

Freshmen must live in UGA dormitories
ATHENS, Ga. - Hoping to improve grade-point averages and foster an intellectual climate, University of Georgia officials approved a policy Thursday requiring freshmen to live on campus.

Couple continues U.S. trek

News you can use

Across the area

Facility leader resigns

Offices seek OK to raise salaries

Race draws best riders

4-year-old boy drowns in pond

Race draws best riders
AIKEN - When Joe Papp's dad died, he knew it was time to take up something he had al-ways dreamed of doing - cycling competitively.

Police say man shot wife, self

Georgia denies request for life
ATLANTA - Georgia's parole board denied a clemency request Friday from Carl Isaacs, the nation's longest-serving death row inmate, after the family of his victims pleaded for an end to their 30-year wait for justice.

Severe weather warning issued

Poll reports 53 percent approve of Perdue
A detailed analysis of this survey and its implications for Gov. Sonny Perdue's re-election will be in Sunday's editions.

Bond is denied in slaying case

News you can use
BACK IN TIME MAY 3, 1964 Richmond County Engineer Jack Wier reports that the area experienced a "hundred-year rain" Saturday.

Poll reports 53 percent approve of Perdue

Police chase ends in wreck

Aiken kicks off lobster races
AIKEN - Winning won't be the most important thing tonight at the 19th annual lobster races - that is, to anyone except the lobsters.

Stores alter late-night policy after slaying

Saltwater plan gets fresh start
ATLANTA - It's a long shot, but the Georgia coast could become an important source of water for Atlanta if removing salt from seawater proves to be cost-effective.

Serviceman of the day
Pfc. Anthony Rakofsky is today's serviceman of the day.

State receives jury report

New club worries some parents

News you can use
MAY 2, 1974 World-renowned architect I.M. Pei will be in Augusta next week to meet with the Downtown Council's Revitalization Committee and discuss a study he is preparing that may lead to the redevelopment of Augusta's downtown area.

Storm knocks out power to homes

Police say man shot wife, self
A man is dead and his common-law wife was in fair condition after an apparent domestic shooting Thursday morning.

Stores alter late-night policy after slaying
Officials with Pump 'N Shop stores - where a clerk was robbed and killed Wednesday - have contributed to a $15,000 reward for information in the case and decided to stop opening the doors of the Central Avenue location after midnight.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Marine Corps Pfc. David T. Smalley of Augusta.

A sad day at the course
The Greenbrier High golf team and other students hit balls into a pond at Waynesboro Country Club in tribute to Daniel Hall and Shane Williams, Greenbrier golfers who died in a car wreck last month.

Across the area
Authorities are still investigating a third sexual assault at Greenbrier High School. A fourth student alleging sexual misconduct came forward Thursday, said Columbia County Sheriff's Office Capt. Steve Morris.

Democrats enter state for debate
COLUMBIA - Democratic candidates for president - vastly outnumbered by members of the media - were rolling into the Palmetto State on Friday, readying themselves for the first formal debate of the political season.

State receives jury report
The Georgia Attorney General's Office confirmed Thursday that it had received a special grand jury presentment and an accompanying Georgia Bureau of Investigation report this week on Augusta's fire department.

Across the area
A fourth warrant was issued Friday against Greenbrier High School student Thryshaun Ronta McCladdie.

Police search for man in thefts
Seven area police departments are looking for a Beech Island man who authorities suspect has stolen more than 20 credit cards during the past month.

Horse death leads to alert on mosquitoes
SAVANNAH, Ga. - South Georgia health officials are warning residents to protect themselves from mosquito-borne disease after an Effingham County horse died of encephalitis and a bird from midtown Savannah tested positive for the West Nile virus.

Postmaster leaves job
After 16 years of overseeing the distribution of the Augusta area's mail, Postmaster Al Jackson will retire today.

Offices seek OK to raise salaries
Three months into the fiscal year, the city of Augusta's financial books are bursting with good news.

Leaders' hunting venture criticized
ATLANTA - A hunting trip that Gov. Sonny Perdue and Rep. Charlie Norwood took in January is drawing criticism because it was sponsored by an insurance company executive whose business has a large stake in the ongoing debate over predatory lending.

Godfather of Soul celebrates 70th birthday
Today, soul music legend James Brown turns 70. "It's been seven decades alive and over five decades onstage, and I still feel good," the Godfather of Soul said in a telephone interview from his Beech Island home this week.

Across Georgia and South Carolina
ATLANTA -Parole officials will review a clemency request from one of Georgia's most notorious killers today, and in an unusual meeting, they will talk to the victims' family afterward to hear their pleas for him to be put to death.

Pool hall owner gets warning
A magistrate judge declined Friday to arrest a white pool hall owner on charges of choking a black customer, but he ordered the businessman to allow the customer into his place in the future or risk prosecution.

Engineering team inspects old chimney
One of Augusta's most significant historical landmarks is getting its closest look in more than a century.

Leaders' hunting venture criticized

Police chase ends in wreck
An Augusta man was arrested Thursday, accused of leading police on a chase then crashing into a pickup on Gordon Highway. No one was injured.

Across Georgia and South Carolina

Rants and Raves
THIS RANT IS for the work on Interstate 20. It is Tuesday, 1:15 p.m., and the traffic going east is dead stopped all the way from I-20 to Bobby Jones. It is ridiculous. I think that it should be a requirement that the work go on night and day.

Aiken kicks off lobster races

Serviceman of the day

Across the Southeast

Across the area

Grovetown church chicken barbecue
The Grovetown United Methodist Church is holding its semiannual Chicken-Que from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Rants and raves
TO THE RANTER of critics of the Dixie Chicks. If it's OK for them to criticize the president, why is not OK for Americans to criticize the Dixie Chicks? In case you have not noticed, being politically correct is on its way out. Everyday Americans are tired of being pushed around by liberal idealistic idiots.

Across the Southeast
MARIETTA, Ga. - Police would not say Friday whether they suspect professional wrestling personality Elizabeth A. Hulette died from a drug overdose, suicide or natural causes.

Grovetown church chicken barbecue

Horse death leads to alert on mosquitoes

Fierce winds hit South Carolina

Rants and Raves
THIS RANT IS for the work on Interstate 20. It is Tuesday, 1:15 p.m., and the traffic going east is dead stopped all the way from I-20 to Bobby Jones. It is ridiculous. I think that it should be a requirement that the work go on night and day.

Storm knocks out power to homes
A storm rolled into the Augusta area Friday night, bringing rain and strong winds, knocking over trees and leaving many residents without power, but no injuries were reported.

News you can use

Rants and raves
TO THE RANTER of critics of the Dixie Chicks. If it's OK for them to criticize the president, why is not OK for Americans to criticize the Dixie Chicks? In case you have not noticed, being politically correct is on its way out. Everyday Americans are tired of being pushed around by liberal idealistic idiots.

4-year-old boy drowns in pond
WAGENER - When Jennifer Pynes took her second step into the chin-deep water of a pit her daddy wanted to make into a pond, a body struck her knee, and she knew it was her little boy.

Fort Stewart honors soldiers killed in war
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Brandy Williams had planned to celebrate her husband's 25th birthday Wednesday.

Chemist will study damage at Chernobyl
AIKEN - It happened 17 years ago, but for scientists, the contamination at Chernobyl is still fresh enough to learn from.

Augustans pray with the nation

Hearing ends in courtroom scuffle
AIKEN - A father's pain and an older brother's grief over the shooting death of Heath Hamilton turned into an angry confrontation Thursday.

Hearing ends in courtroom scuffle

Bond is denied in slaying case
AIKEN - John McKie wants the world to know that his daughter's body isn't the only thing buried six feet under the sandy soil.

A sad day at the course

Augustans pray with the nation
Joey Hilliard, a member of Burns United Methodist Church, sings The Star-Spangled Banner as ministers and city leaders gather at the Cotton Exchange on Eighth Street for an observance of the National Day of Prayer.

Church to close day-care center
After 3 1/2 decades, Warren Baptist Church is planning to close the doors of its day-care center.

At the Movies: 'X2: X-Men United'

At the Movies: 'The Lizzie McGuire Movie'
It's hard not to feel like a bully when picking on a cute-little-girl movie - but in childish terms, I'd argue that "The Lizzie McGuire Movie" started it.

At the Movies: 'The Lizzie McGuire Movie'

At the Movies: 'Bend It Like Beckham'
You don't have to know who British soccer superstar David Beckham is to enjoy "Bend It Like Beckham," which finds fresh cinematic moves in a musty old formula. (Oh, yes, he also is Mr. Posh Spice.)

Video reviews

At the Movies: 'X2: X-Men United'
"X2: X-Men United" is sure to satisfy most fans of the first "X-Men" movie, including the zealous devotees of the comic books that spawned the flicks.

At the Movies: 'Bend It Like Beckham'

Video reviews
Brief reviews of movies released on video.

Mini reviews

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.

ESPN takes on Mount Vintage
I swear I overheard someone say this last May while strolling along the rolling green fairways of the Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club: "Everyone knows the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship doesn't begin until the back nine on Sunday."

Chorus celebrates 40 years of making music
Each song for the Garden City Chorus starts with a single note, blown quietly on a pitch pipe from the back row. In response to the subtle call, the assembled men begin to sing, wordlessly at first, finding their places in the unique arrangement of a barbershop chestnut.

Chorus celebrates 40 years of making music

Fleetwood Mac returns with close to its classic lineup
NEW YORK -- Seven years ago when guitarist Lindsey Buckingham began working on a solo album, he was confronted by a cold reality: His record company had no interest in a Lindsey Buckingham solo album.

Crash critically injures Nadeau
RICHMOND, Va. - The Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barrier, an energy-absorbing wall covering designed for racetracks, should be in place at Richmond International Raceway by the time NASCAR returns to the popular three-quarter-mile speedway in September.

Terry Labonte wins pole for Pontiac 400
RICHMOND, Va. -- Terry Labonte won his first pole in more than three years in qualifying before Jerry Nadeau was injured in a crash while practicing Friday at Richmond International Raceway.

Crash critically injures Nadeau

Winston Cup drivers love racing under the lights
RICHMOND, Va. -- No baking sunshine. Heightened visual effects. A less hectic schedule. A rare chance to sleep in. An ever rarer Sunday off.

Terry Labonte wins pole for Pontiac 400

Text of President Bush's address
Remarks by President Bush announcing the end of major combat operations in Iraq Thursday evening from the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln:

President on board aircraft carrier says 'difficult work' remains in Iraq
ABOARD THE USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN -- President Bush, aboard an aircraft carrier steaming home from war, said Thursday night "the United States and our allies have prevailed" against Saddam Hussein and will confront any nation tied to terrorists.

Text of President Bush's address

President on board aircraft carrier says 'difficult work' remains in Iraq

Stockton plans to retire

Detroit rediscovers form in time to stay alive in playoffs

Golden State's Arenas wins award as most improved
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors guard Gilbert Arenas won the NBA's Most Improved Player award Thursday.

Detroit rediscovers form in time to stay alive in playoffs
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tight defense, efficient offense. The Detroit Pistons needed them to beat the Orlando Magic and stay alive in the postseason.

Pistons stay alive, beat Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Detroit Pistons are back from the brink of elimination and humiliation.

Golden State's Arenas wins award as most improved

Stockton plans to retire
SALT LAKE CITY -- John Stockton left the Delta Center on the verge of tears Friday, all but certain it is time for him to retire.

Pistons stay alive, beat Magic

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Mrs. Fairy Wade    (AUGUSTA, GA.)
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Mrs. Hattie Anthony    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Richard Stidons    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Rev. H.B. Bady    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Edna Halverson    (Retired)
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Mr. Lonnie Smith    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Ms. Gladys Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sam Slade Sr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. Nathaniel Calhoun Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Featured obituary: Carolyn Youngblood
Carolyn Youngblood was a familiar face to J.B. White's department store customers in Augusta.

Mr. James Wheeler    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mr. Gerald Boyd    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mr. Gerald Boyd    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Hattie Anthony    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Ms. Hanny Schwarz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Fairy Wade    (AUGUSTA, GA.)
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Mrs. Martha Jackson    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Steven Brady    (Architectural Draftsman AUGUSTA Ga.)
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Mrs. Shirley Hibbitt    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Bobby Beasley    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bessie Grant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Sidney Clark    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Dix Elliott    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
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Ms. Josephine Davis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carolyn Dickerson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Ms. Gladys Dixon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Christie Jr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Blake Thompson    (North Augusta, S.C.)
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Dr. James Bridges    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Willie Harris    (HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.)
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Mr. Franklin Bracco    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Margaret King    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Lee Walden    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jennie Mears    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Barry Twilley    (TIGER, Ga.)
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Mrs. Minnie Moore    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Thomas Bessent    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Murrell Patterson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Nathaniel Calhoun Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Carolyn Shearouse    (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)
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Rev. H.B. Bady    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Arthur Sapp    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. James Wheeler    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Effie Quattlebaum    (WAGENER, S.C.)
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Mr. Franklin Bracco    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Murrell Patterson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Eddie Buggs    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
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Imani Overton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Luther Chassereau Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. T.J. Cooper    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Minnie Moore    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Velda Deaner    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Jennie Mears    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Dix Elliott    (SAVANNAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Jerold McDonald    (HILDA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Harriett Francis    (DAVISBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Herbert McClain    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Blanche Kaney    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Manya Martin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Eleanor Lockhart    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Margaret Marchisio    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ivy Milligan    (MANNING, S.C.)
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Mrs. Barbara Ludlow    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lucille Morris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Eleanor Lockhart    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Imani Overton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Frank Lock III    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Richard Pettigrew    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betty Lawrence    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Clarence Shumate    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. John Lane    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. LaVater Terrell    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Margaret King    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Donald Faircloth    (BATH, S.C.)
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Mrs. Madlyn Wimberley (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Sidney Clark (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sam Slade Sr. (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Bessent (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dix Elliott (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Cooper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Effie Quattlebaum (WAGENER, S.C.)

Mrs. Hattie Anthony (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence Shumate (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Frank Lock III (AIKEN, S.C.)

Rev. H.B. Bady (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Dickerson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Manya Martin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Steven Brady (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Christie Jr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Barbara Ludlow (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Lonnie Smith (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James Wheeler (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Franklin Bracco (AIKEN, S.C.)

Dr. James Bridges (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jennie Mears (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Beasley (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Hanny Schwarz (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert McClain (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Folks (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Dolores Zeller (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Jennie Mears (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Moore (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Gladys Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Sapp (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Youngblood (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Barry Twilley (TIGER, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Murray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. LaVater Terrell (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald Boyd (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Murray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Jackson (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche Kaney (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Nathaniel Calhoun Jr. (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret King (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Faircloth (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. James Wheeler (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Eleanor Lockhart (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Murrell Patterson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Blake Thompson (North Augusta, S.C.)

Mr. Luther Chassereau Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Moore (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Imani Overton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dix Elliott (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Morris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jerold McDonald (HILDA, S.C.)

Mrs. Harriett Francis (DAVISBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Franklin Bracco (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Nathaniel Calhoun Jr. (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. John Lane (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Gladys Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fairy Wade (AUGUSTA, GA.)

Mrs. Ivy Milligan (MANNING, S.C.)

Mrs. Carolyn Shearouse (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Mr. T.J. Cooper (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Eleanor Lockhart (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Josephine Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret King (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fairy Wade (AUGUSTA, GA.)

Mrs. Edna Halverson (Retired)

Mr. Richard Stidons (WRENS, Ga.)

Rev. H.B. Bady (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald Boyd (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Lawrence (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Velda Deaner (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Imani Overton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Anthony (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Marchisio (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Steven Brady (Architectural Draftsman AUGUSTA Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Grant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Pettigrew (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Murrell Patterson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Eddie Buggs (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mrs. Shirley Hibbitt (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Harris (HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.)

Featured obituary: Carolyn Youngblood

Mr. Lee Walden (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Ricky Ivey (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Lukas takes familiar path to Derby

Frankel confident Empire Maker will win Derby

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ESPN takes on Mount Vintage

Ellis doesn't have to speak for his horse

Prep athletes of the week

Kentucky Derby at a glance

Day's heavy lifting jeopardizes his Derby ride

Knights begin battle sequence

Overtime

IOC praises Vancouver; NYC 2012 bid could be hurt

Ellis doesn't have to speak for his horse
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Trainer Ron Ellis has director Steven Spielberg for a client and a wife who might faint at the Kentucky Derby.

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

Sir Cherokee out of Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Arkansas Derby winner Sir Cherokee was scratched from the Kentucky Derby on Friday due to a fracture in his right rear leg.

Day's heavy lifting jeopardizes his Derby ride
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Doing his own chores has Pat Day in jeopardy of missing his 21st consecutive ride in the Kentucky Derby.

Lukas takes familiar path to Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Any time D. Wayne Lukas wonders if one of his colts is good enough to run in the Kentucky Derby, he heads 80 miles down the road to Keeneland.

Overtime
Augusta State junior Erin Cown has been selected to represent the school at the 2003 NCAA Leadership Conference at the Coronado Springs Resort and Walt Disney World Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., on May 25-29.

Kentucky Derby at a glance
What: The 129th Kentucky Derby When: Saturday at 6:04 p.m. EDT

Knights begin battle sequence
When Evans boys soccer coach Brian Killips found out the Knights were hosting Pope in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs next week, he immediately e-mailed Lakeside coach Dave Morgan for some information.

Overtime
Baseball players agreed to a two-year experiment Thursday to give home-field advantage in the World Series to the league that wins the All-Star game.

IOC praises Vancouver; NYC 2012 bid could be hurt
LONDON -- Vancouver emerged as the favorite to land the 2010 Winter Olympics, and that could hurt New York's chances for the Summer Games two years later.

Frankel confident Empire Maker will win Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Bobby Frankel stood atop a low brick wall alongside his barn Friday morning and issued a challenge to anybody who thinks Empire Maker won't win the Kentucky Derby: "Bet against him at your own risk."

South Aiken hires new coach
To replace Donnie Holland, who resigned his post after the season, South Aiken brought back a familiar face to head up the Thoroughbred basketball program.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Tippin proud of his American freedoms

Hephzibah United Methodist Church marks 150 years of worship
Hephzibah United Methodist Church rests on a gentle slope at an angle, more or less overlooking Brothersville Road. The sanctuary became rooted there in 1890 when it slid off rollers on its way into the village of Hephzibah from Mims Road.

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.

Experts look to the spirit to help heal troubled minds
Where is God when mental illness occurs? It is a question that many congregations leave unanswered, but more than silence is needed, said Augusta psychiatrist Lynn Tyson, a member of the Coalition for Mental and Spiritual Health Ministries. People with chronic mental illness need "their faith supported instead of facing a lack of understanding and stigma on top of it."

Our attitudes can be barriers to truth
A good attitude can make the difference. As a hospital chaplain, I saw people's medical conditions either improve or deteriorate because of their attitudes.

Jews in Hawaii find their faith spurs curiosity
HONOLULU -- On a recent stop at a gas station on the North Shore of Oahu, Rabbi Yitzchok Krasnjansky got an unusual request from the attendant.

Faith digest
Activities for singles, youth and children will be available during a marriage retreat for couples between 9 a.m. and noon today at Fleming Baptist Church, 3027 Peach Orchard Road. The fee for the retreat is $35, but the rest of the event is free.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Tippin proud of his American freedoms
South Carolina native Aaron Tippin headlines the 18th annual A Day in the Country festival on Sunday at Riverfront Marina.

Some pirate films sail on forever

Entertainment briefs

Dixie Chicks fans cheer at first U.S. concert

Applause calendar

Concert calendar

Entertainment briefs

Club calendar

Standing ovations

Georgia recruiting class reduced to one
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia's recruiting class has been reduced to one after two more players were granted releases.

Georgia recruiting class reduced to one

Nation's winningest pitcher points Georgia to first SEC championship

Nation's winningest pitcher points Georgia to first SEC championship
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia's softball team took a detour to Sanford Stadium during practice this week.

Some pirate films sail on forever
The pirate movie is a hard genre for filmmakers to pull off. Perhaps it's because protagonists who pillage and prod people onto the plank sometimes kill audience sympathy. Perhaps it's because the hook hand never really caught on as a fashion accessory. My theory is that it's because there are only so many ways to say "arg" and "ahoy." Still, there are some standouts - movies that, despite the handicaps, are sleek swashbucklers capable of shivering the most cynical timbers. Here are a few choice picks:

USC Aiken outfielder named top player
USC Aiken outfielder Ashley Farr was named Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year Friday, becoming the first Pacers player to receive the honor in 10 seasons.

Man sues McDonald's for $25,000 after finding gum in salad

Climber cuts off arm to save his life

Odds and Ends

Odds and ends

Jews in Hawaii find their faith spurs curiosity

Hephzibah United Methodist Church marks 150 years of worship

Faith digest

Our attitudes can be barriers to truth

Experts look to the spirit to help heal troubled minds

Faith and fellowship calendar