Rhythmic musical shines light on Broadway
Much of the magic of the Broadway musical rests in its ability to transport an audience. Be it the water-filled tunnels beneath the Paris Opera House, the Austrian Alps or a tiny flower stall in London's Covent Gardens, far-flung is the location of choice for the song-filled stage show.

'Sesame Street' production is a buddy-fest
Dawn Johnson spends her workdays in hot costumes in which no one can see her face.

Couple revisits roles in 'Housekeeper'
Steve Walpert and Elizabeth Nelson Walpert have invited an old friend back into their lives, The Housekeeper.

Rhythmic musical shines light on Broadway

Couple revisits roles in 'Housekeeper'

'Sesame Street' production is a buddy-fest

Exhibit focuses on black artists
Stylistically, the Walter O. Evans collection gleefully runs the gamut. It features studies in abstraction, a variety of sculptures, landscapes, portraiture and landscape paintings.

Breaks break North Augusta
LEXINGTON, S.C. - Bloopers hit by Lexington started it. Solid line-drive outs by North Augusta continued it. Nick Godwin's three-run home run that was inches foul confirmed it.

Prep baseball statistics

Jackets learn history lesson

D.C. proposes $338 million plan to land Expos

Greenbrier clinches region

Bulldogs stay on title path
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - With Silver Bluff leading 5-1 in the seventh inning of Game 2, all Bulldogs pitcher Jessie Clark wanted to do was get out of the inning.

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

Bulldogs lacking bite in Class AAA playoffs

Jackets learn history lesson
The last time North Augusta needed to win both games of a doubleheader in the Upper State final was in 1997, and the Yellow Jackets ended the season as state champions.

Bulldogs stay on title path

D.C. proposes $338 million plan to land Expos
WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia proposed a $338 million package Thursday in an effort to persuade baseball owners to move the Montreal Expos to the nation's capital.

Bulldogs lacking bite in Class AAA playoffs
HARLEM - During the early minutes of Georgia Class AAA State Playoffs against South Effingham, Harlem coach George Berry knew his team wasn't ready.

Greenbrier clinches region
Greenbrier baseball coach Ed Williams had a little secret: If his squad could beat Lakeside on Thursday, the Wolfpack would be Region 3-AAAA champions.

Augusta's 'Lightfoot' sluggers all aimed high

Ad campaign claims cigarette tax hikes help mobsters
PHILADELPHIA -- The Lorillard Tobacco Co. is hoping people are more afraid of the mafia than they are of lung cancer.

Odds and Ends
GLASSPORT, Pa. -- Borough officials here learned just how behind the times they were when they noticed that their American flag was missing two stars.

Foppert strong as Giants top Braves
ATLANTA - Outfield seats were popular Friday night at Turner Field.

Braves finish sweep

Foppert strong as Giants top Braves

Braves finish sweep
ATLANTA - Even Mother Nature can't water down the Atlanta Braves.

Braves top Rockies

Braves top Rockies
ATLANTA -- Robert Fick had a grand slam and five RBIs, and Gary Sheffield hit a three-run double as the Atlanta Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 12-6 Thursday in a doubleheader opener.

Blanchard agency buys insurer's assets

Carnival will come to Jacksonville

Bureau drive seeks Augustans' business
With National Tourism Week set to kick off Monday, local officials are preparing to educate area residents about the virtues of their neighborhood attractions.

Merchants react to tobacco tax

Retailers report sluggish April sales
NEW YORK -- The arrival of Easter and the winding down of the war in Iraq couldn't lift retailers out of their slump in April - consumers still nervous about jobs curbed their spending for yet another month.

Pocket change
FRANKFURT, Germany - The euro surged above $1.15 on Friday, a level it hasn't touched since it was less than a month old in 1999, making many wonder how high it can go.

Stocks trade lower on sluggish same-store sales

Group says van factory will arrive
SAVANNAH, Ga. - It's almost official: DaimlerChrysler is building its new Sprinter van plant in nearby Pooler, and the company is expected to make an announcement to that effect this summer.

Freebies take on role of business card

Carnival will come to Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The largest cruise ship company in the world said it will make Jacksonville a year-round home port for one of its vessels starting in October 2004.

Group says van factory will arrive

Freebies take on role of business card
When trying to decide on a promotional giveaway for his company, a pen just didn't do it for Don Harris.

Stocks trade lower on sluggish same-store sales
NEW YORK -- Sluggish retail sales gave investors more incentive to cash in profits from Wall Street's recent rally Thursday and send stocks lower for a second session.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates around the country dropped this week, with rates on 30-year mortgages sinking close to the lowest level on record, which was reached two months ago.

Business briefs

Retailers report sluggish April sales

Bureau drive seeks Augustans' business

Blanchard agency buys insurer's assets
Augusta's Blanchard and Calhoun Insurance Agency Inc. announced Thursday it has acquired the local assets of Palmer & Cay Inc., the nation's second-largest privately held insurance brokerage.

Merchants react to tobacco tax
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The air in the shop is thick with the smell of tobacco.

Former Clemson quarterback Simmons heads to Florida A&M
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Former Clemson quarterback Willie Simmons says he is transferring to Florida A&M.

Former Clemson quarterback Simmons heads to Florida A&M

Shula takes his shot at Alabama

Price vows to restore reputation
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Fired Alabama football coach Mike Price is ready to go to court to try to restore his reputation.

Shula takes over troubled Bama program

Shula takes his shot at Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Let the healing begin.

Reports: Bama to name Shula new coach
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mike Shula was excused from the Miami Dolphins' practice Thursday, amid reports he will become the new head coach at Alabama.

Shula takes over troubled Bama program
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mike Shula became Alabama's latest head football coach Thursday, agreeing to terms on a six-year contract worth $900,000 per year, Athletic Director Mal Moore announced.

Reports: Bama to name Shula new coach

Price vows to restore reputation

Michigan banned from postseason, loses scholarships

Bitter old man
At age 85, West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd became Congress' most senior U.S. senator after Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., retired. It's becoming obvious now that it's time for Byrd to follow Thurmond.

'Moving forward'

A world of caring
How do you suppose children decide where they're born?

Law in disarray
The first legal ruling on the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law is as complex and confusing as a highway spill of Rubik's Cubes.

'Moving forward'
"The flag the General Assembly adopted honors Georgia's past. It is also a flag that will allow us to move forward together."

A world of caring

Back in the game
"America has not begun to tap the promise nuclear energy offers this country. For years now there has been a figurative sign on the Department of Energy that essentially says, 'This is the department of all energy except nuclear energy.' This legislation will change that. This bill makes it clear America is back in the nuclear-energy game. Nuclear energy is reliable, affordable and absolutely clean..."

Castro gets a pass

Castro gets a pass
Earlier this year Harry Belafonte, a formerly prominent entertainer who hasn't had a hit record in decades, generated some news for himself by smearing Secretary of State Colin Powell as a "house slave" for George W. Bush.

Back in the game

Law in disarray

Bitter old man

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

Entertainment briefs
LONDON -- More than 150 guitars belonging to The Who's John Entwistle - including a Fender bass dubbed "Frankenstein" - went on display in London before being auctioned next week.

Standing ovations
Augusta jazz chanteuse (and mother) Kari Gaffney will perform at a Mothers Day concert at the Appleby Branch Library, 2260 Walton Way. The concert begins at 3 p.m. Sunday and admission is free. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call 821-2600.

Applause calendar
SESAME STREET LIVE: LET'S BE FRIENDS: 7 p.m. Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $10-$17; 724-2400.

Family scrapbook
Do you have a special family photo? Send it to Jennifer Miller, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga, 30903. Or you can email it as a jpg file tojmiller@augustachronicle.com.

Book some time
Jennie Montgomery tugged my heart strings with her March article. She described the love she felt when her first child was a newborn and how that love grows as the baby grows.

Mom TV
Ever have one of those moments when you wish the floor would just open up and swallow you whole? Seems I've had a month of such episodes... and unfortunately for me, I can't blame any of it on my children, much as I'd like to!

Dining Out... with Kids
For Rachel and Paul Balducci, going out to eat with their four boys is rarely a spontaneous thing. It takes careful planning to orchestrate such an event.

Mother's Day Brunch
In one form or another, Mother's Day has been around for thousands of years. Each spring, ancient Greeks used to honor Rhea', mother of all gods, with sweet cakes, special drinks and flowers.

From the editor
It's been almost a year since we published the first issue of Family Chronicles. We've come a long way since then and it's been a great ride.

Fishing report
Most largemouth bass have moved off spawning beds and are hungry, hungry, hungry. That's good news for many fishermen competing in the Easter Seals and other bass tournaments on Saturday.

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.

Fishing report

Tell us about your fishing buddies
Fishing buddies are special people.

Tell us about your fishing buddies

Fishing tournament news

Winter kill and diseases scar lawns

Waterfalls bathe gardens
Patricia and Steve Smith went house-hunting 4 1/2 years ago looking for a place to put down roots.

Waterfalls bathe gardens

Organic fertilizers have special benefits

Winter kill and diseases scar lawns
Winter kill and diseases are causing a lot of problems in lawns this spring.

Organic fertilizers have special benefits
With all the concern about chemicals in our environment, some gardeners fear that using chemical fertilizers will poison people, plants or the soil. This is not the case - when chemical fertilizers are used correctly. But chemical fertilizers are too easy to use incorrectly. And this is where "organic fertilizers" come into play.

RiverDogs thump Jackets
Luis Mendoza threw 35 pitches. In the first inning.

Ramirez breaks rules, sent down
Staff WriterHanley Ramirez, the crown jewel of the Boston Red Sox farm system, was demoted to short-season Class A Lowell on Thursday for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

GreenJackets notebook
Want to know how it feels to replace a pair of legends?

Ramirez breaks rules, sent down
Hanley Ramirez, considered the top prospect in the Boston Red Sox farm system, was demoted to short-season Class A Lowell on Thursday for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Gnats humble starter
Yes, Jon Lester has a very bright future.

Comeback begins at Mount Vintage

LPGA notebook
Janice Moodie is attempting to defend her Asahi Ryokuken International Championship title like a true champion.

Asahi Ryokuken notebook
As Deb Richard watched her eight-foot downhill birdie putt trickle past the hole to the front of the No. 9 green, she stood perplexed. Richard three-putted for bogey.

Comeback begins at Mount Vintage
After enduring two shoulder surgeries last year, Nicole Dalkas is playing pain-free golf.

Top five belongs to U.S.

A wide open season resumes
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Davis Love III has matched his career best with three victories and is leading the money list. Mike Weir won the Masters and has doubled his number of PGA Tour victories.

Dixon leads Harrington by one stoke

Dixon leads Harrington by one stoke
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England -- David Dixon shot a 6-under-par 66 Thursday for a one-stroke lead over Padraig Harrington after the first round of the Benson and Hedges International.

Diaz pursues 18-birdie goal
Laura Diaz is keeping a positive outlook this week at the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship.

Hurst begins with unhappy ending
Pat Hurst had just hit her second shot on her last hole of the day when her caddie decided to take a shortcut.

LPGA notebook

Jones, Gustafson share lead

Coming up Rosie

Price, Couples share lead in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The tournament is new, not the guys leading it.

Top five belongs to U.S.
Rosie Jones was leaving her post-round news conference Friday afternoon when she passed Wendy Ward, one of her former teammates on the U.S. Solheim Cup team.

Jones, Gustafson share lead
If Thursday's first round of the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship is any indication of what's to come, expect the unexpected.

Coming up Rosie
Keeping up with Rosie Jones off the tee isn't hard to do. Doing the same on the leaderboard at the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship is a another story.

A wide open season resumes

Price, Couples share lead in Charlotte

Hurst begins with unhappy ending

GreenJackets notebook

Ramirez breaks rules, sent down

Gnats humble starter

RiverDogs thump Jackets

Ramirez breaks rules, sent down

Augusta's 'Lightfoot' sluggers all aimed high
If they ever invent time machines, it would be interesting to go back to Augusta in the 1870s and watch the boys playing baseball at Telfair and Seventh (then called McIntosh) streets.

Pump `N Shop suspect arrested on unrelated charges
Police have arrested the second of three men sought in connection with the April 30 slaying of Pump 'N Shop worker Margaret King.

Officials respond to building collapse
Augusta-Richmond county firefighters and police blocked off a section of downtown Augusta after a building partially collapsed on the corner of Sixth and Broad streets.

Baffled by renewed search for general manager of Coliseum
I am a retired public assembly facility executive. I spent 32 years in a variety of cities and public assembly facilities prior to my retirement in July of 2001. I received my Certified Facilities Executive designation many years ago. A.C. Chapman, Hurricane, W.Va.

Editorial incongruous with headline
I read your May 1 editorial, "Behind the 'massacre,"' with interest and approval. In it you said, "The truth is, American forces would not fire on a group without first being fired upon." Gould B. Hagler, Augusta

Pro-lifers need to get real

Defends Bush's military service
Letter writer Richard Renew (April 29, "Wants proof Bush served in military") is a piece of work. Andy Chandler, Augusta

Rally in support of Augusta Mini Theater
The Augusta Mini Theater has been and should continue to be a positive force for the theatrical expression of life's lessons. My heart aches with the knowledge that this worthy organization has been cut from our state's budget. Organized primarily to serve minority youth, Tyrone Butler and his staff have inspired their students to dream of goals which transcend their present circumstances. Pastor Melvin Lowry, Augusta

What it means to be an American
On April 3 I was in an auto accident. During my recuperation at home, I have become an expert on the Iraqi war and severe acute respiratory syndrome (or SARS), have seen Laci Peterson's alleged killer caught and have reflected daily on what great people I work with and how caring and loving they are. Jim Sarver, Augusta

Editorial has auto accusations wrong

Pro-lifers need to get real
Regarding Teresa Glackin-Callahan's April 29 letter, "Pro-choice activists misguided": She wrote, "Personally, I know abortion is wrong." How does she know? Where is her evidence? Kevin Palmer, Martinez, Ga.

Editorial has auto accusations wrong
Regarding your May 5 editorial, "Crazy John's Autos": Don't know much about cars, do you? Ford Crown Victoria is a "luxury" car? You're joking, right? For a cost of $25,000 and "loaded with options"? Not a bad deal. Bill Harding, Evans, Ga.

What it means to be an American

Bring troops home, keep bases open
Incongruous? You bet. With all the hype about homeland security, why even think about closing military bases? Simply bring our overseas troops home from places like France, Germany, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea. They could man the bases at home and provide security here.

Augusta will miss Buchholz but grow because of his legacy

Remains steadfast to 1956 flag

Editorial incongruous with headline

Remains steadfast to 1956 flag
I saw your comments about the vote on the state flag (April 29 editorial, "The right flag choice") and decided not to participate. The flag that will fly at my house and the one on the front of my vehicle will be the 1956 version.

Bring troops home, keep bases open

Defends Bush's military service

Augusta will miss Buchholz but grow because of his legacy
Augusta recently lost a true friend. Lt. Gen. Doug Buchholz finally lost his battle with leukemia. John Vigna, Evans, Ga.

Family scrapbook

Book some time

Dining Out... with Kids

From the editor

Mom TV

Community action agency gives awards
Frances Koone, 76, wasn't expecting to win an award Thursday.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RAVE and a big thank you to whoever found the stroller out at Riverside Park. Thank you for taking care of it and returning it. I was scared that it was gone. I'm glad that there are still some honest people in the world.

Community action agency gives awards

News you can use
MAY 10, 1923 The gates of Augusta were thrown wide open yesterday to receive Knights Templar from various sections of Georgia and other states, who made a pilgrimage to our city to participate in the 63rd annual conclave of the Grand Commandery of Georgia Knights Templar.

Perdue announces development grants

Perdue announces development grants
THOMSON, Ga. - Gov. Sonny Perdue handed out $5.3 million in OneGeorgia grants and loans during a Friday morning visit to McDuffie County.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RAVE and a big thank you to whoever found the stroller out at Riverside Park. Thank you for taking care of it and returning it. I was scared that it was gone. I'm glad that there are still some honest people in the world.

Principals reward pupils by spending day on roof
North Harlem Elementary Principal Lisa Soloff and Assistant Principal Kirk Wright paid their debt Friday.

Stricken town ponders future

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Spc. John Swan.

Advice to grads: Overcome setbacks
Graduation is not only for young twenty-somethings.

Augusta uses its last pauper burial plot
Augusta has run out of spaces to bury paupers.

Across Georgia
AVONDALE ESTATES -After the Avondale Estates Historic Preservation Commission rejected Stan Pike's plan to add a rounded front stoop to a house he's renovating, he staged a painted protest.

Chemical exposure kills men in pickup
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - Two men died and a third was critically injured early Friday after the valve on a pressurized container of anhydrous ammonia apparently blew out in the cab of their pickup, exposing them to the deadly chemical.

Report's absence threatens funding
McDuffie County risks losing all state money because it has submitted neither a 2001 county audit to the state nor a plan to correct major accounting problems, according to the Georgia auditor.

School system officials explain charter rejection
In a report submitted by the Richmond County Board of Education last month, school system officials outlined the reasons for rejecting a charter school proposal by a local revitalization group.

Across the area

Mom receives graduate award from MCG
As Medical College of Georgia graduates sat in rows in their caps and gowns, there was a 5-year-old girl among them, watching as her mother was called up front to receive one of the school's highest awards.

School board alters policy on uniforms

Second man is arrested in shooting
With one word, Jimmy Holt described his feelings about Friday's arrest of James "J.T." Tenant - the second of three men sought in connection with the April 30 slaying of Pump 'N Shop worker Margaret King.

Across the southeast

Across the area
Eleven more cases of viral meningitis were reported in the Augusta area but public health officials have not pinpointed a common source.

Police arrest man in clerk's death

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area
Someone took a man's platinum and gold wedding band from a bedroom dresser Wednesday evening, an Augusta woman told authorities.

Police find methamphetamine lab
Four people were in police custody Friday after authorities discovered a methamphetamine lab in an apartment on Wrightsboro Road.

Principals reward pupils by spending day on roof

Note to readers
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New flag flies over Georgia
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law Georgia's third flag in two years on Thursday, hoping an end to the bitter, racially tinged debate over the issue will follow.

Teacher in Aiken receives top prize
Jason Fulmer grew up learning in Aiken County public schools. On Friday night, he was named South Carolina's Teacher of the Year for making one of them a better place.

Former nurses return amid staff shortages
Lucy Hardy looked down at the woman on the operating table at St. Joseph Hospital and held her hand.

Coroners face daily tests
AIKEN - In his off time, Tim Carlton unloads the dishwasher, goofs off with his children and watches Judge Judy before taking an hourlong nap on the couch.

Woodside firm faces 2nd suit
AIKEN - Another lawsuit has been filed by a Woodside Plantation couple against the company that markets the exclusive gated neighborhood, alleging they paid a hidden 7 percent kickback fee when they purchased their home, according to court documents obtained Thursday.

Across the southeast
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -The death of a Western Kentucky University freshman whose burned and stabbed body was found in her locked dorm room was being investigated as a murder, a school official said Friday.

Police find methamphetamine lab

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - State Department of Natural Resources officers recently issued 10 tickets to fishermen for illegally catching saltwater sports fish, authorities said.

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE - A State Court judge in Gwinnett County has been suspended pending investigation in alleged misconduct after an Atlanta television station reported his frequent visits to a bar.

New flag flies over Georgia

Aldays see killer executed
ATHENS, Ga. - Paige Seagraves' office is decorated in a country-western style that hints at her life on a Jackson County cattle farm but doesn't give a clue to the darkness that has shadowed her and her family for the past 30 years.

Advice to grads: Overcome setbacks

Defendant will accuse brother in slaying
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. - An Effingham County man has avoided a possible death sentence by identifying his brother as the man who shot and bludgeoned a Guyton, Ga., businessman to death in October 2000.

Servicewoman of the day

Scientist defends hormone research

Across the southeast
NORFOLK, Va. -Eleven Marines were injured when a piece of munitions exploded in a trash can aboard the USS Saipan in the Persian Gulf, the ship's commanding officer said Thursday.

Aldays see killer executed

Report's absence threatens funding

Across Georgia

Former policeman leaves federal prison after acquittal ruling

Legislators report on session
It took 130 years just to get there.

School board alters policy on uniforms
Richmond County pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade will have to adhere to a new dress code in the fall.

Serviceman of the day

Across the area

Douglasville wins for tastiest drink
ATLANTA - If you're looking for the tastiest glass of tap water in Georgia, it will take a bit of a drive before you can quench your thirst.

Mom receives graduate award from MCG

Former policeman leaves federal prison after acquittal ruling
A former Richmond County sheriff's officer convicted of a federal drug crime walked out of prison a free man Thursday afternoon.

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - The president and chief executive officer of Carolina Investors Inc. says he's received a death threat since his company collapsed in March.

Across the southeast

Athens' mayor to endorse rent rule
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke County commissioners approved a hotly debated rental registration ordinance 6-4 this week after receiving more than 16 hours of public input in recent weeks, both for and against the ordinance.

Coroners face daily tests

Train fans shrug off wrecks
HINESVILLE, Ga. - Traveling is an adventure, but it's usually safe.

Teacher in Aiken receives top prize

Police arrest man in clerk's death
Richmond County investigators have arrested an Augusta man in connection with the slaying of Pump N' Shop worker Margaret King and are seeking two other men in the case.

School system officials explain charter rejection

Scientist defends hormone research
Even though she suffers from post-menopausal hot flashes, Susan Hendrix isn't about to prescribe herself hormone therapy. One of the principal investigators of a massive study that found hormones increased the risk of breast cancer and heart attack without any real benefit for asymptomatic women, Dr. Hendrix answered some criticism of the study during a lecture Thursday at University Hospital.

Augusta uses its last pauper burial plot

Beginning of an end
University of South Carolina Aiken graduates make their way to the gymnasium before commencement.

News you can use

Servicewoman of the day
Today's servicewoman of the day is Army Spc. Priscilla Ubando of Long Beach, Calif.

Beginning of an end

News you can use
MAY 9, 1916 If there was any doubt in the minds of the directors of the Atsugua Association that Mr. Casey had brought a great crowd of stage-folk and performers to Augusta for the Atsugua Festival this week, it was dispelled last night by the rehearsal at the hippodrome. The big stage was completed in all details of dressing room, and as soon as it got dark enough to make the spotlights effective, they were turned on and the performers got to work.

News you can use

Woodside firm faces 2nd suit

Stricken town ponders future
FRANKLIN, Kan. - On Sunday morning, this unincorporated town in southeast Kansas consisted of 155 homes, a civic center and a post office.

Drug plan angers patients' advocates

Drug plan angers patients' advocates
ATLANTA - A state plan that could lead to new restrictions on prescription drugs would jeopardize health care for 2 million Georgians and cost more than it would save, several patient-advocacy groups charged Thursday.

Former nurses return amid staff shortages

Walker is under scrutiny of jury
A federal grand jury in Savannah is investigating former state Sen. Charles Walker and his ties to Grady Hospital, according to an Atlanta TV station.

Across Georgia

Commissioner is committing no crime
Absent the regular doses of substance abuse by players, frequent incidents of off-field violence, ramifications of a free-agent economy or salary-cap system, periodic accusations of antitrust and collusion or a good old-fashioned recruiting or game-fixing scandal, golf can be a pretty dull sport when it comes to juicy issues.

Former amateur champ gets taste of pro success
Chances are, you haven't heard of Marcy Hart - if only because until November she was Marcy Newton.

At the movies: 'Daddy Day Care'

At the movies: 'A Mighty Wind'

Video watch

At the movies: 'A Mighty Wind'
Old folkies never die. They just get mercilessly mocked by Christopher Guest and company.

Mini reviews

Video watch
JUST OUT: Extreme Ops, Catch Me If You Can and Borderline

At the movies: 'Daddy Day Care'
Running a day care center is far from an inspired outlet for Eddie Murphy's comic talents, but he's done much worse than "Daddy Day Care," a cheerful and intermittently amusing entry in his library of innocuous family comedies.

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.

Area couple is in perfect harmony

Area couple is in perfect harmony
Sitting in the solitude of a South Carolina thicket, 200 feet off a rutted gravel road, it takes a good set of directions and a little luck to locate the Reily home. It's a tranquil place, where birdsong competes with the string-section squeal of crickets at night.

Hattori released from hospital

Hattori released from hospital
INDIANAPOLIS -- Shigeaki Hattori was released from the hospital Thursday, two days after crashing during practice for the Indianapolis 500.

Nadeau upgraded to fair

Nadeau upgraded to fair
RICHMOND, Va. -- Jerry Nadeau was upgraded to fair condition and moved out of the intensive care unit Thursday, six days after he was critically injured in a crash at Richmond International Raceway.

Park hired at Richard Childress Racing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Steve Park was hired Thursday to drive for Richard Childress Racing, the same team that fielded cars for the late Dale Earnhardt.

Pistons defeat 76ers in overtime
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Tayshaun Prince carried the Detroit Pistons in overtime after Chucky Atkins got them there.

Short-handed Lakers face their biggest challenge
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant loves a challenge - always has, always will.

Bosh pursues NBA dreams
ATLANTA - Some dreams can't wait.

Wallace leads All-Defensive Team

Wallace leads All-Defensive Team
NEW YORK -- Detroit's Ben Wallace and San Antonio's Tim Duncan led the NBA All-Defensive team announced Thursday.

Possibility of Jordan in Charlotte would affect Tapscott's role

Short-handed Lakers face their biggest challenge

Bosh pursues NBA dreams

Possibility of Jordan in Charlotte would affect Tapscott's role
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If Michael Jordan takes a job with Charlotte's NBA expansion team, he would run basketball operations - a job originally earmarked for top executive Ed Tapscott.

Michigan banned from postseason, loses scholarships
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan's basketball team was barred from the next postseason and put on 3 1/2 years probation by the NCAA on Thursday for rules violations dating to the Fab Five era.

Vikings think big on Culpepper deal

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Dr. Joseph Surrao MD    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Hannah Ryans    (CHICAGO, Ill.)
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Mr. Willie Smith    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Catherine Chinn    (PETERSBURG, Fla.)
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Ms. Nancy Edenfield    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ervin Reville (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Isak Nygaard (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Kaye Woods (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Queenie Cheatham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Hannah Ryans (CHICAGO, Ill.)

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Suit alleges death threats, bribery by Don King in Mike Tyson scheme

Prep athletes of the week

Overtime

Empire Maker will pass on Preakness, Belmont next up

Overtime

Clijsters, Capriati advance to quarterfinals at German Open

Kournikova plays through pain to reach semifinals

Suit alleges death threats, bribery by Don King in Mike Tyson scheme
Lennox Lewis claims promoter Don King made death threats against one of Mike Tyson's friends and bribed another in an effort to get Tyson to back out of a deal to fight Lewis in a heavyweight title rematch.

Overtime
USC Aiken's Scott Usher and Aaron Black finished first and second respectively to help the Pacers capture the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional on Wednesday and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Clijsters, Capriati advance to quarterfinals at German Open
By ROY KAMMERER Associated Press

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

Rotary honors area's best
Laney's J.K. Sabb and Katie Sutherland of Greenbrier were named the top male and female high school athletes Thursday night at the Augusta West and Augusta South Rotary Clubs' annual Sports Award Banquet.

Empire Maker will pass on Preakness, Belmont next up
The final decision is in - Kentucky Derby runner-up Empire Maker will skip the Preakness next week and return for the Belmont Stakes on June 7.

Kafelnikov enjoys tennis again
ROME -- Still working his way back from a leg injury, Yevgeny Kafelnikov knocked off third-seeded Carlos Moya 6-4, 7-6 (4) Thursday to reach the Italian Open quarterfinals.

Kournikova plays through pain to reach semifinals
SEA ISLAND, Ga. -- Anna Kournikova overcame an inconsistent performance and pain in her thigh Friday to reach the semifinals of the Cloister Cup.

Overtime
Augusta State shot a combined 2-under 292 to take fifth in the Atlanta Intercollegiate at Eagles Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Ga., on Friday.

Vikings think big on Culpepper deal
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Daunte Culpepper signed a $102 million contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings on Friday, becoming one of the NFL's highest-paid players.

Rejection led to long music career

Faith digest
Did you know NASA scientists proved that God really made the sun stand still, just like it says in the Book of Joshua?

Good eggs
Using the tip of a knife blade, Sister Mary Vladimira Havelock lightly scraped away bits of red onion dye from a coated eggshell she held close to her face.

Religion news in brief
WARSAW, Poland -- In a solemn commemoration, Israeli President Moshe Katzav and his Polish counterpart, Aleksander Kwasniewski, paid tribute to the heroism of fighters in the 1943 Jewish Warsaw ghetto uprising and to other victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

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.

Alleluia leaders to speak at Christian unity conference
When leaders of Augusta's Alleluia Community heard that the annual National Workshop on Christian Unity would be coming to Savannah, Ga., they volunteered to shuttle attendees between the airport and the conference.

Rejection led to long music career
Legendary bluegrass musician Mac Wiseman was not thinking about being an entertainer when he was in high school in the 1940s.

Commissioner is committing no crime

Former amateur champ gets taste of pro success

Director deserves curtain call

'Fox & Friends' ignites the morning on Fox News Channel
NEW YORK -- "Fox & Friends," which airs on Fox News Channel from 7 to 9 a.m. EDT, stands apart from CNN's "American Morning" and the broadcast networks' breakfast fare: NBC's "Today," ABC's "Good Morning America" and CBS' also-ran "Early Show."

'Fox & Friends' ignites the morning on Fox News Channel

Entertainment briefs

Club calendar

Applause calendar

Mother's Day Brunch

Director deserves curtain call
Movie directors come in a variety of flavors. Some are visualists, concerned with concocting exotic eye candy for eager audiences.

SARS death rate is double previous estimates
LONDON -- The overall death rate from SARS worldwide is about 15 percent - double previous estimates - according to the first in-depth global analysis by the World Health Organization.

SARS death rate is double previous estimates

Ad campaign claims cigarette tax hikes help mobsters

Faith digest

Alleluia leaders to speak at Christian unity conference

Religion news in brief

Faith and fellowship calendar

Good eggs