Elton John, Bernie Taupin bringing 'Vampire' to Broadway

Copies of new Harry Potter book found in field may have been stolen, publisher says
LONDON -- The publisher of the Harry Potter books said Tuesday it feared copies of J.K. Rowling's latest - as yet unpublished - novel had been stolen after a newspaper reported that two of the books were found in a field.

Arts review: a cursory overview of the 1970s
NEW YORK -- In the good-natured but completely unnecessary "Streakin': A Musical Flashback to the 1970s," the fashions and pop culture of the Me Decade come in for yet another satirical beating.

Arts review: a cursory overview of the 1970s

Elton John, Bernie Taupin bringing 'Vampire' to Broadway
NEW YORK -- No capes, no crosses and definitely no tap-dancing vampires.

Bad News Tigers try to stay positive as losses mount
BALTIMORE -- Break up the Tigers! They have a winning streak for the first time since August.

Bad News Tigers try to stay positive as losses mount

Fantasy Baseball: Know your adversaries' profiles
Fantasy owners beware! Proceed with caution.

Phillies selling pieces of Veterans Stadium - including the seats

Phillies selling pieces of Veterans Stadium - including the seats
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies are planning to auction off bits and pieces of Veterans Stadium after the baseball season, including lockers, signs, dugout benches and swatches of artificial turf.

Cheraw sends Barnwell home

Cheraw sends Barnwell home
BARNWELL, S.C. - The Cheraw Braves were desperate to make it back to Bishop England for the South Carolina Class AA Lower State baseball championship. It didn't take long for Cheraw to get Barnwell out of its way.

Fantasy Baseball: Know your adversaries' profiles

Jackets move on in state playoffs
ANDERSON, S.C. - North Augusta's four-run fourth inning helped the Yellow Jackets beat T.L. Hanna 5-2 win in an elimination game in the South Carolina Upper State Class AAAA baseball playoffs.

Jackets move on in state playoffs

Brett Leon Tanner
Phillip and LaVonda Tanner of Washington, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Brett Leon Tanner, Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Perry Pittman of Sharon, Ga., and Pam Pittman, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Tanner and Debbie Smith, all of Washington.

Kile Andrew Pond
Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Pond of Evans announce the birth of a son, Kile Andrew Pond, Saturday, April 19, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James E. Kile of Martinez and Mr. and Mrs. Vadis A. Pond of Martinez.

Cayla Mary-Ann Pierson

Anna Elizabeth Gill

Jo'Quila Bre'Nae Daggett
Joe and Aquila Daggett of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Jo'Quila Bre'Nae Daggett, Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Bernard and Brenda Jackson, Evelyn Maple and Martin Daggett, all of Augusta, and Jerry and Willie Mae Rosier of Aiken.

Jaylun Anthony Parker

John Tyler Sikes
John M. Sikes and Kimberly A. Tyler, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, John Tyler Sikes, Sunday, April 20, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Thomas D. Tyler of Lynchburg, Va., Cheryl D. Harris of Salem, Va., and John A. Sikes and Robin W. Davis, both of Augusta.

Sydney Bryson Radford

Alexis Mary McQuagge
Brad and Mary McQuagge of Pompano Beach, Fla., announce the birth of a daughter, Alexis Mary McQuagge, Thursday, April 17, 2003, at North West Medical Center in Margate, Fla. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael H. Tomasello of Evans, Mr. and Mrs. Humbert Tomasello of Gainsville, Fla., and the late Owen and Mary Murray.

Tanner Allen Hadden

Tanner Allen Hadden
Dwain A. Hadden Jr. and Dana K. Hadden of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Tanner Allen Hadden, Thursday, April 17, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mark Atkins and Mr. and Mrs. Dwain Hadden, both of Hephzibah.

Aaron James Stewart

Jayla Keiona Williams
James L. and Kylie D. Williams of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Jayla Keiona Williams, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Damond and Viane Hill of Beech Island and James and Shirley Williams of Aiken.

Alexis Mary McQuagge

Aaron James Stewart
Roger L. and Heidi M. Stewart of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Aaron James Stewart, Thursday, April 17, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Milton and Sandra Metzler and Marlene Metzler, all of Augusta, and the late Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Stewart.

Jo'Quila Bre'Nae Daggett

Mary Elizabeth Bryan
Greg and Barbara Bryan of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Bryan, Thursday, March 27, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mary G. Watts of Evans and the late Wallace S. Watts, and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur B. Bryan of Augusta.

Jordan Thomas LaBree

Jaylun Anthony Parker
Anthony and Catrena Parker of Blackville, S.C., announce the birth of a son, Jaylun Anthony Parker, Friday, April 4, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hughes Sr. of Blackville, Mr. and Mrs. Furman Hughes Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. James Murdough, all of Denmark, S.C.

Madison Elise Jones

Jordan La'Quez Landers
Jeffery L. Landers and Talonda T. Germany, both of Thomson, announce the birth of a son, Jordan La'Quez Landers, Thursday, April 24, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Freddie Germany Sr. of Thomson, Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Johnson of Norwood, Ga., and Jimmie L. Landers of Mesena, Ga.

Mary Elizabeth Bryan

Averie Reese Abellan
Mr. and Mrs. Jarrod Abellan of Warrenville announce the birth of a daughter, Averie Reese Abellan, Thursday, April 24, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Heyward E. Workman of Clearwater and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Abellan of Trenton, S.C.

Jovan Lavert Scurry

Anna Elizabeth Gill
Jamie and Wendy Gill of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Anna Elizabeth Gill, Thursday, April 3, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dave Hamilton and Mr. and Mrs. Tony Gill, all of Martinez, and Betty Gill of Augusta.

Robert Thomas Bradley III

Abigail Margaret Burke
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Burke of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Abigail Margaret Burke, Thursday, March 27, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Annette Kalwaytis of Clark Summit, Pa., and the late Norman Kalwaytis, and Mr. and Mrs. Lynn N. Burke of Scranton, Pa.

Caroline Elizabeth Madsen

Grant Edward Walters
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn E. Walters of Knoxville, Tenn., announce the birth of a son, Grant Edward Walters, Thursday, April 17, 2003, at Fort Sanders Park West Hospital in Knoxville. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Leroy E. Lohre and Dr. and Mrs. Douglas R. Walters, both of Augusta.

Abigail Margaret Burke

Rheanne Dolores Sullivan
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen O. Sullivan of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Rheanne Dolores Sullivan, Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Quarles of Aiken and Mary Ann Sullivan of Spring Hill, Fla.

Jordan La'Quez Landers

Spencer Lee Sill
Glenn and Melissa Sill of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Spencer Lee Sill, Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are James L. and Judy A. Geeting of Hephzibah, David and Jackie Powell of Ruther Glenn, Va., and Roy and Diane Sill of Williamsburg, Va.

Jayla Keiona Williams

Jovan Lavert Scurry
Gary and Vanesa Scurry of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Jovan Lavert Scurry, Thursday, April 24, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Varnado, Mary Scurry and Mr. and Mrs. Norman Scurry, all of Augusta.

John Tyler Sikes

Caitlyn Kiara Rogers
Michael and Jennifer Rogers of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Caitlyn Kiara Rogers, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Canada of Pearson, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Rogers and Pamela Rogers, all of Augusta.

Grant Edward Walters

Cayla Mary-Ann Pierson
Richard R. and Holly R. Pierson of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Cayla Mary-Ann Pierson, Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Kenny Herron and Sherry Rose, both of Hephzibah, and Bob and Mary Pierson of Evans.

Averie Reese Abellan

Christopher Floyd Murray
Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Murray of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Christopher Floyd Murray, Sunday, April 20, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ross F. Broughton of Monroe, Ga., Floydtina H. Murray of Hephzibah and Randolph Murray of Augusta.

Kile Andrew Pond

Caroline Elizabeth Madsen
Tom Madsen Jr. and Donna Madsen of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Caroline Elizabeth Madsen, Monday, April 14, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Albert and Dianna McClendon of North Augusta, Gail Madsen of Medfield, Mass., and Tom Madsen Sr. of North Windham, Maine.

Abigail Elizabeth Ann Jefferson

Rheanne Dolores Sullivan

Madison Elise Jones
Jonathan P. and Lisa M. Jones of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Madison Elise Jones, Friday, March 7, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Getgood and Jim Hopkins, all of Augusta, and Carolyn Jones and Don Jones, both of Greer, S.C.

Jordan Thomas LaBree
Mr. and Mrs. Paul LaBree of Harlem announce the birth of a son, Jordan Thomas LaBree, Sunday, April 20, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Mitchell of Harlem and Mr. and Mrs. John Labree of Plantation, Fla.

Abigail Elizabeth Ann Jefferson
Lenny and Jennifer Jefferson of Graniteville announce the birth of a daughter, Abigail Elizabeth Ann Jefferson, Saturday, April 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Janie Johnson of Fulton, Miss., and the late Elvin J. Johnson, and Leonard and Patricia Jefferson of North Augusta.

Christopher Floyd Murray

Robert Thomas Bradley III
Robert T. Bradley Jr. and Katherine M. Bradley of Lincolnton, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Robert Thomas Bradley III, Friday, March 28, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Harriet Turner of Augusta and the late Leonard M. Morris Jr., Judy Bradley of Lincolnton and the late Robert T. Bradley Sr.

Caitlyn Kiara Rogers

Sydney Bryson Radford
Mr. and Mrs. Hal Radford of Lincolnton, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Sydney Bryson Radford, Thursday, April 24, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bob Cooper and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Radford, all of Lincolnton.

Odds and Ends
SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio Park Police say they've received dozens of complaints about a man riding his bike in the park wearing only a black thong.

Nude models at art college have union vote
PHILADELPHIA -- Complaining of low pay, cold rooms and air laden with paint fumes and charcoal dust, models who pose nude at a Philadelphia art school cast ballots Wednesday on whether to join a union.

Odds and Ends
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Palo Alto City Council members won't have to turn their frowns upside down.

Braves to play two Thursday
ATLANTA - That's not a misprint at the top of the National League's RBI leaders.

Shoulder injury sidelines Holmes
ATLANTA - Atlanta reliever Darren Holmes underwent a battery of tests Monday to determine the cause of numbness in his right hand and arm.

Braves to play two Thursday

Shoulder injury sidelines Holmes

Braves secure victory
ATLANTA - Take away the altitude, and Atlanta's Mike Hampton will give you some attitude.

Braves secure victory

Business briefs

Stocks lower due to profit taking, Cisco's downbeat results

Stocks lower due to profit taking, Cisco's downbeat results
NEW YORK -- A drop in sales at Cisco Systems unsettled Wall Street Wednesday, sending stocks lower as investors cashed in profits from the market's recent earnings-driven rally.

PayPal puts ban on adult items
SAN JOSE, Calif. - It could soon be easier to buy adult videos at your local sex shop than through the Internet.

Business briefs
Three Aiken entrepreneurs whose flower and gift shop was credited with revitalizing a section of downtown Aiken were given the city's highest business honor Tuesday.

Nextel brings new services to Augustans
After testing the Augusta market since March, wireless phone company Nextel Partners Inc. is coming out.

Fed holds interest rates steady

Business briefs
The unemployment rate for the five-county Augusta-Aiken metro area fell to 4.4 percent in March, down from 4.8 percent in February, the Georgia Department of Labor said Wednesday.

Nextel brings new services to Augustans

PayPal puts ban on adult items

Business briefs

Stocks rise on another batch of upbeat earnings
NEW YORK -- Wall Street regained its upward momentum Tuesday on another spate of encouraging earnings and the Federal Reserve's decision to leave interest rates unchanged.

Stocks rise on another batch of upbeat earnings

Fed holds interest rates steady
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve, keeping a close eye on the fragile, postwar economy, held a key interest rate steady at a 41-year low Tuesday. But policy-makers opened the door to a possible rate reduction in the future in the event that business conditions take a turn for the worse.

Bama officials still weighing options in coaching search

Bama officials still weighing options in coaching search
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's coaching search, which began with a whirlwind of three interviews in two days, turned more deliberate Wednesday as Crimson Tide players were updated about the process.

Half a glass

Unconscionable
What do you call someone who covers up a crime? Who makes fraudulent reports to the state? Whose negligence puts children at risk?

The death of shame
One would think that former Alabama football coach Mike Price would be Crimson with shame. After all, the university's $10 million man - a supposed leader of men - has admitted blowing hundreds of dollars at a Pensacola, Fla., strip club, after which a woman ordered $1,000 in room service from his hotel room.

Half a glass
The good news for Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue in a recent poll for Morris News Service was that just over half of voters approve of his performance this past legislative session.

Unconscionable

Nightmare finally over

The death of shame

Nightmare finally over
The wheels of justice grind slowly, but never so slowly as in the case of Carl Isaacs who orchestrated what is one of the most notorious mass-murder cases in the nation's history - the senseless, systematic shotgun killings of six members of the Ned Alday farm family at their rural southwest Georgia home in 1973.

Tour offers history of hip-hop from pioneers' perspective
NEW YORK -- Imagine Yoko Ono directing sightseers through the Dakota. Or Elvis leading a tour of Tupelo.

Entertainment briefs
MOSCOW -- Russian officials promised to take tougher action to protect intellectual property rights and rid the country of its reputation as a major producer of counterfeit music and videos.

Entertainment Briefs
VIENNA, Austria -- Opera classics and experimental Shakespeare productions will be featured at Vienna's annual summer music and theater extravaganza opening Friday.

Small portions

Small portions
Trimmed asparagus stalks can be thinly sliced and added to stir-fries or cooked briefly before adding to salads or pastas.

New apple makes Cameo appearance
Cameo apple-topped French toast is a quick and easy idea for making breakfast or brunch special. You could make it for mom, for example, in a mere 25 minutes, combining fruit topping with the classic toast, nuts and vanilla, cinnamon and brown sugar flavors.

New apple makes Cameo appearance

Low-fat picadillo recipe is nice with rice

Low-fat picadillo recipe is nice with rice
Picadillo with rice fills a plate with flavor, substance and color, but not much fat. A serving has only about 9 grams of fat, and that is no coincidence - it's strictly to the point of the new cookbook Family Circle Eat What You Love and Lose by Peggy Katalinich, which includes this dish among about 250 low-calorie recipes it offers.

Georgia Tech freshman to announce NBA decision Friday
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech freshman Chris Bosh will hold a news conference Friday at his Dallas high school to announce whether he will enter the NBA draft.

Georgia Tech freshman to announce NBA decision Friday

Weather woes hound GreenJackets
Given their 10-19 start, maybe there really is a black cloud hanging over the heads of the Augusta GreenJackets this season.

Jackets avenge shutout
Their struggling offense made an ace out of another opposing pitcher in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader, but the Augusta GreenJackets finally gave their own starter some run support in the nightcap.

Teammates stay close to home
Even when the Savannah Sand Gnats are on the road, pitcher Nick Long and outfielder Reg Fitzpatrick are usually close to home.

Two minutes with Angus Roy
Augusta GreenJackets pitcher Angus Roy answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Extra bases
Wednesday-Thursday vs. Savannah Sand Gnats (Expos).

There's more to a movie than images on screen

Asian nation stakes claim on tour
Anyone who wins on the LPGA Tour these days is a world-beater in every sense of the word.

Asahi Ryokuken notebook

Asahi Ryokuken notebook
Mitzi Edge couldn't have gotten to Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club soon enough.

Rain cancels children's clinic
LPGA Tour rookie Christina Kim was all geared up for her first children's clinic Tuesday afternoon.

A new look for Weir
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Heads turned when Mike Weir walked through a small crowd of players in the locker room and sat down for lunch after his pro-am round Wednesday at the Wachovia Championship.

Pak set for debut
Narrow fairways? What narrow fairways?

Rain cancels children's clinic

Father-son success a rarity on tour
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bill Haas followed his father into the locker room at Quail Hollow Club and sat down for breakfast, a routine he knows well from a dozen or so trips on the PGA Tour.

'Tiger Woods of Mexico' makes strides
As she was finishing her practice round Tuesday at the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship, Lorena Ochoa's gallery consisted of. ... no one.

Park shows signs of fatigue after Michelob Light victory

Pak set for debut

Asian nation stakes claim on tour

Father-son success a rarity on tour

A new look for Weir

Defending champion practices patience

High school sophomore tests herself

Defending champion practices patience
Janice Moodie isn't concerned that she hasn't cracked the top 25 in an LPGA Tour event this season. It's still early in the season, and besides, she just experienced what she calls "a revelation" with her putting.

'Tiger Woods of Mexico' makes strides

Woods' caddie keeps job
LOS ANGELES -- Tiger Woods blamed his caddie for persuading him to use a driver on the third hole of the final round of the Masters, where a double bogey derailed his chances of winning.

Price finally elected to hall
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Nick Price no longer has to wonder what it takes to get into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

High school sophomore tests herself
It's easy to tell that Paula Creamer loves the color pink.

Park shows signs of fatigue after Michelob Light victory
The physical and emotional wear-and-tear of winning has Grace Park feeling exhausted.

Two minutes with Angus Roy

Teammates stay close to home

Extra bases

Jackets avenge shutout

Weather woes hound GreenJackets

Chicken sandwich delivers taste of Tuscany
Would Mom be happy if you made her a sandwich on Mother's Day? if that sandwich is as special as this week's Tuscan chicken panino, she may relinquish the kitchen to the rest of the family more often.

Chicken sandwich delivers taste of Tuscany

Take a closer look at Richmond County public schools
You say you want a revolution? Send your kids to public school. The ability for students to excel and achieve in the Richmond County school system has been proven at C.T. Walker Elementary and Davidson High School, both holding perennial top-10 positions in the state's school rankings. Davidson was actually the No. 1-rated high school in Georgia last year, a testament to its students, teachers and administrators alike. Kirk Brown, Augusta

School system should be helped with costs

School system should be helped with costs
As a member of the Aiken County Board of Education, I am growing more concerned about our education problems. I support the belief that a parent should have the right to send his child to any school he chooses. Larry Murphy, Clearwater, S.C.

Clinton's legacy pales in comparison to Bush's

Clinton's legacy pales in comparison to Bush's
It seems every time I open the editorial page of The Chronicle some Democrat has written in to tell us what a horrible leader President George W. Bush is. Scott Bedgood, Martinez, Ga.

Respects stance on declining culture
Bravo for Sharon Smith in her guest column on May 1, "Shopping center images compromise youths' ethics." Her words are articulate and poignant and, most of all, 100 percent true. Jim Long, North Augusta, S.C.

School board proposal on spending frivolous

Team spirit at A.R. Johnson needs rebuilding
As a concerned parent of a student at A.R. Johnson Magnet School, I would like to comment on the letters written with praise for Principal Dorothy Gandy. I am sure the writers have witnessed all of the positive things they have stated about Dr. Gandy. They are very lucky to have experienced such positive relationships with her. Parents and students who are speaking out against the teacher transfers have not had such positive experiences. Greg Cowart, Augusta

SPLOST highly insulting to taxpayers
Millen, too, has a special purpose local option sales tax (or SPLOST) setup, and it is highly insulting to taxpayers. The local powers that be - apparently, just as those in Augusta - come up with this "special purpose" tax thing, but don't have any special purposes in mind. Only later do they sit around and dream up ways to spend money that should never have been taken in as taxes in the first place, since there was no initial special purpose. Bill Dekle, Millen, Ga.

More gun laws not the answer
Mica French may mean well in her letter on May 1, "Endangerment bill not about gun rights." However, good-intentioned and "well-meaning" people sometimes turn a blind eye to blatant truths. Clay Redmond, Augusta

School board proposal on spending frivolous
The Richmond County School Board must certainly be a well-educated group and cognizant of community needs. Their recent proposal to uproot families on Laney Walker and build a stadium is surely a mark of progress. P.C. Santos, Augusta

Take a closer look at Richmond County public schools

High player salaries may contribute to decline in fan turnout
Atlanta Braves outfielder Chipper Jones is an idiot. In your April 29 Associated Press article, "Major league crowds decline," Mr. Jones whines, "I just think ticket prices have gotten so outlandish, it's tough for a family of four to come watch their team play." Justen Wonderly, Evans, Ga.

Respects stance on declining culture

Blasts inaction of judicial system in sex offenses
I, like many others, was appalled at the light sentence that Carlos Allen received and that charges against Brandon Bennett were dropped (April 23 news article "Act will clear record for sex offender"). Obviously, Georgia's First Offenders Act should not apply to cases such as these. Sarah Carper, Augusta

In the know

Sweating out the summer

Digital is not always foolproof

For $795,000, this could be your hometown
Somewhere among all the collectibles, electronics and cars for sale on eBay, there's a little piece of Georgia history.

Digital is not always foolproof
I have been taking digital pictures, some of which have appeared in this column, for about five years. Since a March 2000 trip to Cuba, I've been shooting digital almost exclusively. Most of my professional photographer friends also shoot digital. And most of my family members have digital cameras - most of them in addition to their film cameras.

Sweating out the summer
Rising temperatures can wreak havoc with an exercise program, but whether you prefer to work out indoors, outdoors, at home or five miles down the street, there's a program right for you.

In the know
Before you pack up the memories of early mornings and term papers, think about what high school meant to you - and tell us. We're looking for your high school mementos.

In the know
Not all shoes are created equal, which means each pair needs to be properly tested before purchase.

Uranium oxide begins to leave facility at SRS

Meeting shapes plan for sales tax panel
Members of Augusta's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Citizens Review Committee were looking for a road map Wednesday.

Chambliss says he may sue Senate
WASHINGTON - Georgia Republican Saxby Chambliss is considering the extreme measure of suing the U.S. Senate, where he serves, to break a filibuster that has prevented two of President Bush's judicial nominees from getting a confirmation vote.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RAVE for the gentleman on Wrightsboro Road who stopped mowing his lawn and put his hat over his heart as our funeral procession passed his home. I was indescribably moved by his show of compassion and respect for total strangers. I am normally one of those who complains about the tradition of stopping on the side of the road when a funeral procession passes, but this was an affirmation of all the good things about people.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer apologized Wednesday for a traffic incident in which he was charged with reckless driving.

Storm brings lightning, tornado warnings to north Georgia
ATLANTA -- Intense thunderstorms brought heavy rain and flooding, strong wind, lightning and tornado warnings to north Georgia on Tuesday.

Across the area

New labels nudge few UGA students
ATHENS, Ga. - Amy Mize is a 13th-year senior.

Police search by gas station

City delays vote on raises
Raises for select city offices will have to wait at least two more months before elected officials consider approving them. The Augusta Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to postpone reclassifications until a midyear financial report is available.

Police search by gas station
Police combed the area surrounding a Central Avenue Pump 'N Shop gas station Wednesday, lifting manhole covers for evidence in connection to the April 30 shooting death of store clerk Margaret King.

Officials study meningitis cases
Viral meningitis is an infection of the lining of the spinal column and brain, but it is usually much milder than bacterial meningitis. The disease is quite common. Its symptoms usually include sensitivity to light, headache, fever, stiff neck and general fatigue. It affects mostly children, and most usually recover within seven to 10 days.

Across Georgia

Bases get say on land in bill
A bill passed by the General Assembly will pave the way for military base commanders to have a say in land-use decisions around bases in Georgia.

Leader plans to fire guard

Athens man aided flag design
ATHENS, Ga. - Late last month, with only two days left in the state legislative session, Ed Jackson, a University of Georgia expert on flag design, delivered some bad news to the Senate.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is 2nd Lt. Gary Powell Jr. of Augusta.

Capitol fight enters high court
ATLANTA - It's not every day that the governor and attorney general sit on opposite sides of the Georgia Supreme Court while their lawyers argue which of the two the drafters of the state constitution intended to favor.

Uranium oxide begins to leave facility at SRS
AIKEN - A material whose storage at Savannah River Site last year was a target of critics is now on its way out.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. issued a call Tuesday for hundreds of volunteers to help teach elementary and middle school pupils who risk failing because budget cuts have eliminated summer school.

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

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS -The Civil Air Patrol was searching three states Tuesday for a missing plane that was supposed to arrive in Alabama a day earlier.

Legal accord will aid school
Funds not collected from the settlement of class-action lawsuits will bring more than $1 million to the Medical College of Georgia, officials at the institution said.

Across the area
Six people were indicted Tuesday on felony murder charges in the Feb. 24 shooting death of an Augusta man.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -An Amtrak engineer died Wednesday from injuries suffered a day earlier when his train collided with a lumber truck in southeast Georgia.

Eatery loses waiver effort
The Columbia County Board of Education yielded to public pressure Tuesday and denied a waiver-of-distance requirement for a restaurant that was planning to serve alcohol.

Panel takes up road development

Tornadoes, hard rains batter residents
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Jack-son Bush looked out of his home at about 1:30 a.m. Tues-day and couldn't believe it.

Across South Carolina

Child-care center meets opposition
A proposed 24-hour child-care facility at the Sage Mill Industrial Park, geared to help parents at the nearby Bridgestone/Firestone tire plant, met stiff resistance from one Aiken County councilwoman Tuesday night.

String of storms pushes rainfall past normal level

Tornado knocks over giant oak near home
BRADLEY, S.C. - Florence Ann Bryant walked out of her doublewide mobile home with her two young children just five minutes before a tornado ripped up a gigantic oak tree in her front yard Tuesday afternoon and blew splintered limbs through her front door and bedroom and living room windows.

Chambliss says he may sue Senate

Charter schools obtain clearance from Aiken board
AIKEN - The Aiken County school board recertified the county's two charter schools Tuesday night and, after a heated debate, granted one school's plan to expand its student population for the next school year.

News you can use
MAY 7, 1934 A grand jury will investigate the rumored bootleg payoff racket in Augusta. It became known definitely yesterday that this course of action will be followed when Solicitor George Hains announced that city officials had presented the matter to him and requested that rumors current in the city be thrashed out thoroughly by the body of great inquisitorial powers.

Official wants higher property tax
Faced with declining revenue and the rising cost of providing services to residents, Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian recommended Tuesday night that the county council raise property taxes 4 mills in the coming year.

MOX plant faces panel's questions
COLUMBIA - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission wants 19 lingering safety questions answered before it gives approval to a facility that would convert weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors.

Amtrak train collides with lumber truck, killing one
HINESVILLE, Ga. -- An Amtrak train en route from New York to Miami smashed into a lumber truck and derailed as passengers were waking early Tuesday, killing the truck driver and injuring 27 on board.

Unpopular flag's end nears
ATLANTA - Georgia's flag was called a political masterstroke when it was adopted in 2001 to replace a banner dominated by the Confederate battle cross.

Amtrak train collides with lumber truck, killing one

DOE pulls school buses to fix welding defects
School officials pulled 28 buses from Aiken and Edgefield county roadways Wednesday after South Carolina Department of Education mechanics found welding defects in the roofs of more than 280 vehicles across the state.

Serviceman of the day

News you can use
MAY 8, 1905 The YMCA tennis courts on the vacant lot in front of the train depot will be opened Wednesday afternoon, with a number of games between members and their lady friends.

Bases get say on land in bill

Panel takes up road development
Two hotly debated development zone issues in Aiken that highlight the city's evolving attitude toward growth are set to make return visits next week before the planning commission.

Across South Carolina

VA adopts system to find hospital errors
Working in an emergency department for 10 years means forming tight bonds with colleagues, said LaDonna Jenkins, a licensed practical nurse at the Augusta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. And even though she has seen only one medication error in that time, she knows witnessing an incident also means being put in a tight spot.

News you can use

Counselors say return can test troops
With troops expected to be coming home from Iraq within the next few months, Army staff are preparing for the emotional aftereffects of the war.

Athens man aided flag design

String of storms pushes rainfall past normal level
So far, Augusta's weather for 2003 has been a lot different from 2002.

Across Georgia

Leader plans to fire guard
The acting director of the Augusta Youth Development Campus plans to fire the guard in charge when two boys had sex in a laundry room almost five months ago.

Official wants higher property tax

Across the area
Police pepper-sprayed a 27-year-old Batesburg, S.C., woman at Augusta Mall after she struggled while being arrested on a charge of shoplifting, a police report states.

Charter schools obtain clearance from Aiken board

Legal accord will aid school

Tornadoes, hard rains batter residents

VA adopts system to find hospital errors

New labels nudge few UGA students

Winds tear roof off couple's home

Across the area

Counselors say return can test troops

Eatery loses waiver effort

Unpopular flag's end nears

Senate begins work on budget

Servicewoman of the day

Georgia has probable SARS case
ATLANTA - Georgia has one probable and six suspected SARS cases, state health officials said Tuesday.

News you can use

Senate begins work on budget
COLUMBIA - With only about a month left in this year's legislative session, senators found themselves at a crossroads Tuesday as they set to work on the state budget.

Student wins for war essay
In order to win a peace prize, Susan Davis had to study war.

Officials study meningitis cases

Street remains closed
If downtown officials are worried about crime around Broad Street's Richmond Summit apartments, they should be looking for ways to increase police protection in the area, Augusta Commission members said at a meeting Tuesday.

Winds tear roof off couple's home
MCCORMICK, S.C. - As Harold McConnell stood in his rain-soaked and wind-torn house, he pulled from his pocket a buckeye that a friend had given him Wednesday morning for good luck.

Georgia has probable SARS case

Storm brings lightning, tornado warnings to north Georgia

Capitol fight enters high court

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for Bonnie Ruben. You know, there are a lot of missing children here in Augusta, especially in the state of Georgia. Bonnie Ruben needs to get over the missing bonsai trees and focus on more pertinent issues.

Debate continues in Annika's absence
Annika Sorenstam is nowhere to be found this week at Mount Vintage Plantation, but that doesn't mean her presence isn't everywhere.

World dominates U.S. players
It is sponsored by a Japanese company that sells green barley water and is the only LPGA Tour event that includes the word "international" in its title.

There's more to a movie than images on screen
We watched Cool Hand Luke on television the other day. I hadn't seen the movie in many years, and as it neared its end, I got up and turned off the set. That was the way I saw the film the first time, and it seemed only right.

Robert De Niro touts New York City filmmaking as second Tribeca Film Festival begins
NEW YORK -- So many great films have been shot in New York because New York is the greatest city in the world, Robert De Niro said upon the start of the second annual Tribeca Film Festival.

Robert De Niro touts New York City filmmaking as second Tribeca Film Festival begins

Sound bites: audio reviews
Selected audio releases:

Sound bites: audio reviews

Q&A with Kim Wood

Owners seeking drivers

Racing facts - Charter Pipeline 250

Park, Earnhardt's original driver, fired from DEI

Multi-car owners turning NASCAR into team sport

Multi-car owners turning NASCAR into team sport
ATLANTA - Rick Hendrick wasn't the first car owner to have more than one race team. But just about everyone on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series now agrees he's the first to make it work.

Hattori crashes during practice at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS -- Shigeaki Hattori was hospitalized Tuesday after a crash during Indianapolis 500 practice.

Q&A with Kim Wood
ATLANTA - In honor of Mother's Day, Kim Wood, daughter of Wood Brothers Racing founder Glen Wood and sister to current car owners Len and Eddie Wood, talks about her mother's role in racing. Bernece Wood saw the sport evolve from its ban on women in the garage area to women drivers and car owners.

Racing facts - Charter Pipeline 250
Here are facts about this weekend's Charter Pipeline 250 race.

Hattori crashes during practice at Indy

Owners seeking drivers
ATLANTA - All of a sudden it's a driver's market on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Park, Earnhardt's original driver, fired from DEI
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Steve Park was fired Tuesday by Dale Earnhardt Inc., ending the tenure of the first fulltime Winston Cup driver the late Earnhardt hired.

Bush lifts U.S. sanctions on Iraq
WASHINGTON -- President Bush suspended U.S. sanctions against the old government of Iraq on Wednesday and prodded the U.N. Security Council to do the same. "No country in good conscience can support using sanctions to hold back the hopes of the Iraqi people," Bush said.

Spurs count on bench to make things happen

Jordan leaving Wizards
WASHINGTON -- Michael Jordan isn't welcome back with the Washington Wizards, who abruptly dumped him Wednesday because he failed to turn them around in his 3 1/2 seasons on and off the court.

Jordan leaving Wizards

MVP Duncan heads All-NBA first team
NEW YORK -- Two-time MVP Tim Duncan made the All-NBA team Tuesday, just the sixth player in league history to receive that honor in each of his first six seasons.

Snow doesn't intend for backups to steal show

Game-day decision for injured Billups
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups might miss Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals because of a sprained left ankle.

Game-day decision for injured Billups

Snow doesn't intend for backups to steal show
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Eric Snow doesn't plan on seeing two backup point guards become the featured matchup in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Stoudemire, Yao head All-Rookie team

MVP Duncan heads All-NBA first team

Nets top Celtics

Spurs count on bench to make things happen
SAN ANTONIO -- They're San Antonio's second wave, the guys who come into the game cold and try to make things happen while the starters cool down and catch their breath.

Nets top Celtics
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- This time, the New Jersey Nets didn't blow all of their big fourth-quarter lead against the Boston Celtics.

Stoudemire, Yao head All-Rookie team
NEW YORK -- Rookie of the Year Amare Stoudemire and No. 1 overall draft choice Yao Ming were unanimous choices for the NBA All-Rookie team announced Wednesday.

Bushofsky retiring from Carolina Panthers

Antione Wright    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Deacon Milton Jordan    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Charlie Peterson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Anne Morgan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Alvin Greene    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Larry Galloway    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Miss Kimberly Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Faye May    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Featured obituary: Mr. Alvin Greene
Dianna Greene-Barnes said her father was a top salesman.

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Mrs. Marion Bowersox    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Thomas Kernaghan    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ruth Campbell    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. John Crawford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Edwin Clover    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Susie Stokes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Veronica DeBeaugrine    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ollie Cook    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Nannie Drinkard    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annemarie White    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Cpl. Robert Mincy    (DEBARY, Fla.)
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Mr. Edwin Clover (APPLING, Ga.)

Antione Wright (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sadie Jenkins (ALEXANDER, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Harmon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elnora Eady (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Veronica DeBeaugrine (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Leon Jennings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nannie Drinkard (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. George Stapleton (AIKEN, S.C.)

Faith Moore (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Peterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Campbell (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Anderson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Stokes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Price (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John Hammett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Kernaghan (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. John Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Polatty Sr. (ROSWELL, Ga.)

Mrs. Anne Morgan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annemarie White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Waters (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Perry Hamilton (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Clifford Wright (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Annemarie White (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marion Bowersox (AIKEN, S.C.)

Cpl. Robert Mincy (DEBARY, Fla.)

Mr. Charlie Peterson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sadie Jenkins (ALEXANDER, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Usry (WRENS, Ga.)

Ms. Hannah Ryans (CHICAGO, Ill.)

Mr. John Hammett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Kimberly Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leon Jennings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Deacon Milton Jordan (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Geneva Truesdale (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Miss Ellie Williams (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Edwin Clover (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Cora Walker (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Callie Davis (AUGUSTA, GA.)

Mrs. Mamie Harmon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Stokes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Hutto (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Reasonable proposal to fix S.C. fiscal crisis
WE HAVE THE great benefit in South Carolina of a new and progressive "Think Tank" which is private, non-profit, non-partisan and independent. This organization is the Palmetto Institute. In the fall of 2002 the institute published an economic analysis of South Carolina; if you have not read this document you owe it to yourself to get a copy.

Reasonable proposal to fix S.C. fiscal crisis
WE HAVE THE great benefit in South Carolina of a new and progressive "Think Tank" which is private, non-profit, non-partisan and independent. This organization is the Palmetto Institute. In the fall of 2002 the institute published an economic analysis of South Carolina; if you have not read this document you owe it to yourself to get a copy.

Athletes pull double duty

Hephzibah sophomore ready for next challenge

Empire Maker to take on Derby winner in Preakness

Overtime

Roddick loses at Italian Open

Capriati advances to third round of German Open

South Aiken tops Fort Mill

Sampras pulls out of German Open

Overtime

China leaves world volleyball league amid SARS fears
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- China pulled out of the world volleyball league because of the SARS virus.

Kuerten bounced in first round
ROME -- Gustavo Kuerten lost in the first round of the Italian Open on Tuesday, then acknowledged he probably can't win another French Open title this year.

Athletes pull double duty
Richmond Academy girls coach Corey Tanksley doesn't mind that two of his starters and three of his alternates also play soccer for the Lady Musketeers.

Overtime
Augusta's Cortland Lowe shot 66 on Tuesday to advance to the sectional qualifying stage for the U.S. Open.

Empire Maker to take on Derby winner in Preakness
Empire Maker is a go for the Preakness.

Capriati advances to third round of German Open
BERLIN -- Jennifer Capriati beat Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday to reach the German Open's third round.

Hephzibah sophomore ready for next challenge
Her arms were wild, flailing all around her body. Her torso was much too straight while jumping over the hurdle. And she was getting too much air when her feet left the track.

Roddick loses at Italian Open
ROME -- Andy Roddick was eliminated from the Italian Open on Wednesday, losing to Dutch qualifier Martin Verkerk 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-4 in the second round.

South Aiken tops Fort Mill
AIKEN - The 3 1/2 -hour drive to South Aiken was only the beginning of Fort Mill's woes Tuesday.

Sampras pulls out of German Open
HAMBURG, Germany -- Pete Sampras pulled out of next week's German Open on Tuesday, increasing the possibility he will skip his first French Open in 13 years.

Overtime
Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan was suspended without pay for a month Tuesday for saying on television that Jason Kidd's wife needed someone to "smack her."

Bushofsky retiring from Carolina Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jack Bushofsky is retiring as Carolina's director of player personnel when his conract expires next month.

Falcons will train at Furman University
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Atlanta Falcons have extended their agreement to hold training camp at Furman University here for at least two more years.

World dominates U.S. players

Debate continues in Annika's absence

Bill Gates meets with journalist Bill Moyers on his PBS newsmagazine 'Now'

A typical week in the television biz, unlike many in a ratings sweeps month

A typical week in the television biz, unlike many in a ratings sweeps month
NEW YORK -- A ratings sweeps month on television is usually known for its stunts and specials. The first full week of the May sweeps was most remarkable for its status quo.

Steelworkers join protest against 'The Real Beverly Hillbillies'
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The United Steelworkers of America has joined the protest against CBS' plans for the reality TV series "The Real Beverly Hillbillies."

Bill Gates meets with journalist Bill Moyers on his PBS newsmagazine 'Now'
NEW YORK -- This week on his newsmagazine show, Bill Moyers interviews Bill Gates.

Steelworkers join protest against 'The Real Beverly Hillbillies'

Entertainment Briefs

Tour offers history of hip-hop from pioneers' perspective

Entertainment briefs

Six Georgia athletes charged in drug case get pretrial diversion
ATHENS, Ga. -- Five Georgia football players and a basketball player charged with possession of marijuana were given pretrial diversion Tuesday in Athens Municipal Court.

Nude models at art college have union vote

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