Arts review: Young star of Royal Ballet makes New York debut
NEW YORK -- There was the unmistakable whiff of stardom in the air the other night at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Rennie Harris explores hip-hop through dance, music and video
NEW YORK -- In Rennie Harris' hip-hop epic, "Facing Mekka," the breakdancing mat serves as reference point, cocoon and prison.

Arts review: Kiki & Herb present a dizzying pop culture montage
NEW YORK -- With his Mack truck of a baritone, Justin Bond doesn't sound remotely female.

Arts review: Young star of Royal Ballet makes New York debut

Arts review: Kiki & Herb present a dizzying pop culture montage

Rennie Harris explores hip-hop through dance, music and video

Expos could be back in Puerto Rico in 2004

Former White Sox 3B remembers the hit that started DiMaggio's streak

Court requires 90 days' notice for Expos move

Expos could be back in Puerto Rico in 2004
NEW YORK -- The Montreal Expos still could be playing some of their home games in San Juan next year.

Man accused of attacking umpire pleads innocent

Man accused of attacking umpire pleads innocent
CHICAGO -- A man who ran on the field at a Chicago White Sox game last month and was charged with attacking an umpire pleaded innocent Wednesday.

Fantasy Baseball: Closers keep things interesting

Former White Sox 3B remembers the hit that started DiMaggio's streak
NEW YORK -- All these years later, Dario Lodigiani can still picture how Joe DiMaggio started his path toward history.

Fantasy Baseball: Closers keep things interesting
Typically the hardest thrower on the staff, the closer is often the most intimidating presence, as well as the wackiest, flakiest character on the team. Basically, the closer commands attention, and his job is to simply mow down the opponent.

Court requires 90 days' notice for Expos move
A federal judge ordered baseball to give her court 90 days' notice of any attempt to move or sell the Montreal Expos.

Matthew Benjamin Mason

William Burke Hammer

Claire Marie Miller
George M. and Jennifer G. Miller of Harlem announce the birth of a daughter, Claire Marie Miller, Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Carl W. Gledhill and Mr. and Mrs. Gordon W. Miller, all of Augusta.

De'Marcus Tra'Von Mazone
Marcus and Pamela C. Mazone of Aiken announce the birth of a son, De'Marcus Tra'Von Mazone, Monday, April 21, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Dennis and Rozine Mosley, Solomon and Martha Carter and Gary and Jackie Brown, all of Aiken, and LeOtis and Lula Mazone of Augusta.

Matthew Aaron Hallman

Skylar Paige Mayson
William and Holly Mayson of Edgefield, S.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Skylar Paige Mayson, Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bill Stroud of Jackson and Mr. and Mrs. Milledge Mayson of Belvedere.

Houston Glenn Heyward
Troy G. and Lynn A. Heyward of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Houston Glenn Heyward, Monday, May 5, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John A. Werner of Williamsport, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. Owen Heyward of Aiken.

Matthew Benjamin Mason
Ricky and Amanda Mason of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Matthew Benjamin Mason, Thursday, May 1, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Dr. Mark P. Ellison and Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Mason, all of Hephzibah.

Ella Grace Lockamy

Conner Michael Logan
Rick and Melinda Logan of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Conner Michael Logan, Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Jerry Cook and Linda Cook of North Augusta and Richard and Anne Logan of Edgefield, S.C.

Ryan Patrick Shiley

Ella Grace Lockamy
Robert T. Lockamy Jr. and Pamela W. Lockamy of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Ella Grace Lockamy, Monday, April 28, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Williamson Jr. of Aiken, Robert T. Lockamy Sr. of Grovetown and the late Eva L. Lockamy.

Emma Jean Nabahe

Gage Malachi Johnson
Eddie Johnson II and Erin Prescott, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Gage Malachi Johnson, Monday, April 7, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Jerome Prescott of Medford, N.J., Eddie and Linda Johnson of North Augusta and the late Hattie Chavous Prescott.

Trent Earl Petersen
Steven A. and Monica M. Petersen of Graniteville announce the birth of a son, Trent Earl Petersen, Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. O. Earl Melton Jr. of Graniteville and Mr. and Mrs. John H. Petersen of Bath.

Brian Shamar Johnson
James Michael Johnson and Toni LaShon Randall, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Brian Shamar Johnson, Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparent is Marvine Randall of Augusta.

William Burke Hammer
Bob and Karen Hammer of Atlanta announce the birth of a son, William Burke Hammer, Monday, April 7, 2003, at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Wade Hammer of Augusta and Dr. and Mrs. Paul Huchton of El Paso, Texas.

William G. Johnson III
William and Thalia Johnson of Evans announce the birth of a son, William G. Johnson III, Monday, April 21, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Eugene and Rosemarie Parris and Ben and Doristine Rivers, all of Augusta.

Aaron James Smoak

Richard Tyler House
Stuart House and Shannon Doolittle, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Richard Tyler House, Monday, March 24, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Richard and Brenda Doolittle, James M. House Jr. and Pasty Poole, all of Augusta.

Hope Ryan Dunbar

Nyah Chave' Boyd
Chavas and La'Keisha Boyd of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Nyah Chave' Boyd, Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Wallace and Janice Beasley and Enay Avery, all of Wrens, Lindsey Roberts of Avera, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Boyd and Rosie Boyd, all of Louisville, Ga.

Conner Michael Logan

Skylar Paige Mayson

Emma Jean Nabahe
Christopher J. and Lisa A. Nabahe of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Emma Jean Nabahe, Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Bill and Laurie Miller of Augusta, James and Okchu Young of Ellenwood, Ga., and the late Paul Nabahe.

Brayden Eugene Pender

Houston Glenn Heyward

William G. Johnson III

Annabelle Lee Barrow Hartley

Randall Jamaal Cleckley
Randy and Tara Cleckley of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Randall Jamaal Cleckley, Friday, April 25, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Willie and Vernell Shirer of St. Matthews, S.C., and Courtney and Christina Griffith of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Brayden Eugene Pender
Wesley Pender and Heather Petersen, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Brayden Eugene Pender, Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Peggy Petersen of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Wade Pender of Augusta.

Claire Marie Miller

Nicolas Gene Hoeppel
Robert M. and Susan U. Hoeppel of Evans announce the birth of a son, Nicolas Gene Hoeppel, Monday, April 28, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gene E. Uldrick of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Hoeppel of Evans.

Rheanne Dolores Sullivan

Annabelle Lee Barrow Hartley
Lee and Robyn Hartley of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Annabelle Lee Barrow Hartley, Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Leah G. Barrow and M.C. Hartley, both of North Augusta, the late Robert A. Barrow and the late Olie P. Hartley.

Kyleigh Denyse Widener
James R. and Stephanie P. Widener of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Kyleigh Denyse Widener, Monday, April 21, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Charlie and Jackie Padgett of Graniteville and James H. and Margaret Widener of Aiken.

Matthew Aaron Hallman
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Wayne Hallman of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Matthew Aaron Hallman, Thursday, April 24, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George E. Powell and Mr. and Mrs. Victor S. Hallman, all of Martinez.

Rheanne Dolores Sullivan
Steve and Terri 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.

Hope Ryan Dunbar
Russell A. and Javonia E. Dunbar of Belvedere announce the birth of a daughter, Hope Ryan Dunbar, Saturday, May 3, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Louise Johnson of Warrenville and the late Jessie P. Johnson, and Sally Mangual of Martinez and the late Bob Mangual.

Nyah Chave' Boyd

Colton Jacob Swiecki

Randall Jamaal Cleckley

Brian Shamar Johnson

Angel Monique' Doe
Malcolm A. Doe and Evelyn T. Bailey, both of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Angel Monique' Doe, Thursday, May 1, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Cleveland Curry and Shirley Bailey and Donald and Linda Doe, all of North Augusta.

Colton Jacob Swiecki
John J. and Angeletic C. Swiecki of Beech Island announce the birth of a son, Colton Jacob Swiecki, Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Phyllis Thigpen of Lexington, N.C., and David and Joy Swiecki of Rome, N.Y.

Ryan Patrick Shiley
Curtis and Leanne B. Shiley of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Ryan Patrick Shiley, Wednesday, April 30, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are David and Patricia Brown of North Augusta, Roger Shiley of Brevard, N.C., and the late Carolyn Shearouse.

Morgan Jamil Prouty
Michael R. and Jami S. Prouty of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Morgan Jamil Prouty, Thursday, April 10, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Susan Crawford of Charleston, S.C., Mr. and Mrs. Richard Prouty of Augusta and the late Kenneth Scott.

Angel Monique' Doe

Morgan Jamil Prouty

Richard Tyler House

Austin Dayton Stone
Dayton Stone Jr. and Faith Stone of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Austin Dayton Stone, Monday, April 14, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Harold and Gayle Staubitz and Richard and Terri Stone, all of North Augusta.

De'Marcus Tra'Von Mazone

Kyleigh Denyse Widener

Aaron James Smoak
James W. and Cassandra D. Smoak of Hephzibah announce the birth of a son, Aaron James Smoak, Monday, April 28, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Norman of Waynesboro, Ga., Steve and Dale Begunich of Jesup, Ga., and James W. and Joyce Smoak of Hephzibah.

Nurse charged with killing patient with bagel
CLEVELAND -- An unlicensed nurse has been charged with murdering a multiple sclerosis patient by feeding her a piece of bagel and letting her choke to death so she could carry on an affair with the patient's husband.

Century-old law may cause legal mess for California county supervisors
MARIPOSA, Calif. -- For the past three years, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors has met like clockwork nearly every Tuesday in a sleek government building to tackle laws affecting the community.

70-year-old woman staying fit with football
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Charlotte Chambers' application stuck out from the dozens of hopefuls who tried out for the Orlando Starz, a fledgling team in the Independent Women's Football League. In the space for date of birth, Chambers wrote 1932.

Odds and ends
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- A pregnant woman who won a $4.4 million slot machine jackpot attributed the good luck to a kick from her unborn baby.

Odds and ends
BOSTON -- The battle of the blades is becoming even more cutthroat.

Lawmakers put spotlight on tongue-splitting
CHICAGO -- Ears with two, three, even five piercings are ancient history. Studs in tongues and navels are, for many, no big deal. And who doesn't have a tattoo? These days, the attention-grabbing look is tongue-splitting: cutting the tongue to make it forked.

Man gets new trial; court finds juror couldn't understand English
MADISON, Wis. -- A man convicted of sexual assault will get a new trial because a juror could not understand English well enough to competently hear the case, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Dodgers top Braves

Dodgers top Braves
LOS ANGELES -- Kevin Brown outpitched Greg Maddux to win his third straight decision, and Fred McGriff hit his 484th home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 Wednesday night.

Braves continue to win
LOS ANGELES -- Russ Ortiz prevented the Atlanta Braves from advancing to the NLCS last year by beating them twice. He switched allegiances during the offseason, and he's won over his new teammates.

Retooled team keeps winning
LOS ANGELES - No matter how many changes the Atlanta Braves make to their roster, one of the few constants through the past 12 seasons has been the way manager Bobby Cox has successfully pulled the strings.

Braves continue to win

Braves top Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- Gary Sheffield hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and Russ Ortiz outpitched Kazuhisa Ishii as the Atlanta Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 Tuesday night.

Braves top Dodgers

Retooled team keeps winning

Airlines rethink weight

Stocks fall on tepid retail sales report

Governor thanks Augusta factory
During the past two years, Augusta's Procter & Gamble detergent plant racheted up production to avoid a shutdown from its parent company's cost-cutting program.

Stocks retreat as investors take some profits

Business briefs
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Tenet Healthcare, the nation's second-largest for-profit hospital chain, reported a net loss in the first quarter as the company continues to cut costs and reduce its dependence on Medicare reimbursements.

Business briefs

Journal Communications wants to sell stock to public for first time
MILWAUKEE -- Journal Communications Inc., owner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and 42 radio and television stations, wants to sell up to $250 million in stock to the public for the first time, the company said Wednesday in a government filing.

Business briefs

Bank company shows profit
The holding company for Aiken's Security Federal Bank reported record year-end profits this week.

Governor thanks Augusta factory

Stocks retreat as investors take some profits
NEW YORK -- Wall Street retreated Tuesday as investors, concerned that stocks have become too pricey, collected profits following weeks of gains. Wal-Mart's report of weaker-than-expected revenue contributed to the decline.

Stocks fall on tepid retail sales report
NEW YORK -- A disappointing retail sales report sent Wall Street lower Wednesday after investors worried the economic recovery might be sluggish in the months ahead.

Airlines rethink weight
Dieters beware.

Business briefs
Charleston-based Select Health of South Carolina announced this week that its First Choice plan for Medicaid-eligible families has been expanded to the Aiken area.

Classes will aid laid-off staffers
AIKEN - Savannah River Site personnel who find themselves out of work will be eligible for further training in computers and financial skills.

Oil or blood thicker?

Not just talkin' trash
When it comes to fighting litter, why can't Georgia be more like South Carolina? The Palmetto State has perhaps the best anti-litter campaign in the nation.

Not just talkin' trash

Don't hide; resign
The battle of the Alamo was fought to institute American democracy in Texas. There was a lot of courage involved.

Well-deserved award
Former Govs. Roy Barnes, a Georgia Democrat, and David Beasley, a South Carolina Republican, both richly deserve the prestigious Profile in Courage Award they received this week from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.

Oil or blood thicker?
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell was right not to cancel his visit to Saudi Arabia in the wake of Tuesday's terrorist attacks on three Riyadh housing compounds that killed and injured scores of Americans and other Westerners.

Not on our watch

Not on our watch
Contrary to published reports, the front of the old Augusta Hotel didn't collapse Saturday.

The Top Five in entertainment
The top five in television, film and music.

Entertainment briefs
LOS ANGELES -- A former movie studio security guard pleaded no contest to receiving custom-made Spider-Man and Batman suits stolen from Warner Bros. and Sony Studios and was sentenced to nine months in county jail.

'Tower 3' is good addition to franchise
Art and horror don't always blend well, especially in the erratic world of videogames.

Entertainment briefs
NEW YORK -- "Take Me Out," Richard Greenberg's drama about a gay baseball player, was named best play, while "Hairspray," a stage version of John Waters' campy film about an irrepressible Baltimore teenager, was chosen best musical by the New York Drama Critics' Circle.

In the know
Two area middle schools won $500 in the first Captain John Derst's School Spirit Sandwich Contest held May 3 at Augusta Mall.

N.C. State in key series with Yellow Jackets
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina State is determined to finish off one of its best baseball seasons in style.

N.C. State in key series with Yellow Jackets

Augusta rallies to beat Lexington
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lexington failed to hold on to an early lead as Augusta rallied for an 8-4 win Tuesday night.

Road to recovery leads right-hander to Augusta
Denny Tussen, Carlos Morle and Carlos Morla joined the Augusta GreenJackets pitching staff Monday.

Castillo making most of opportunity
After patiently waiting in the wings, infielder Osmar Castillo is making the most of his latest opportunity to be a regular in the Augusta GreenJackets lineup.

Two minutes with Dan Generelli
Augusta GreenJackets pitcher Dan Generelli answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

GreenJackets on deck
Monday-Thursday: at Lexington Legends (Astros).

Wearying world of work has had its ups and downs

If she has no chance, then why all the fuss?
David Duval played in two exhibitions with Annika Sorenstam the last two years and knows her game as well as any PGA Tour player.

Europe to use world ranking for part of Ryder Cup team

PGA Tour commissioner Finchem all for Sorenstam

PGA Tour commissioner Finchem all for Sorenstam
PARKVILLE, Mo. -- PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem urged critics to "just relax" and not worry about Annika Sorenstam playing in a men's tournament.

If she has no chance, then why all the fuss?

Sorenstam thinks she can win Colonial; brushes off Singh comments
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Without ever mentioning his name, Annika Sorenstam brushed off Vijay Singh's comments about her playing in the Colonial, saying he was entitled to his opinion.

Wilson named MVP at ASU banquet
Standing in front of a large crowd of Augusta State supporters at the Forest Hills clubhouse Tuesday, Oliver Wilson gave a short speech.

USA to cover Sorenstam live
NEW YORK -- Annika Sorenstam will get more TV coverage at the Colonial than Tiger Woods ever got on the PGA Tour.

Woods hopes for another exciting finish at Deutsche Bank Open

Kuehne comes home to Nelson as PGA Tour member
By Stephen Hawkins Associated Press

Woods hopes for another exciting finish at Deutsche Bank Open
ALVESLOHE, Germany -- Tiger Woods always seems to provide plenty of excitement when he plays in the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open.

Singh apologizes to Sorenstam

A World Cup without some world-class players?
Masters champion Mike Weir has traveled to Argentina, Japan and Mexico the last three years to play in the World Cup, a rare chance for him to represent Canada in a team competition.

CBS extends coverage for Sorenstam

Jaguars head to regional
At the time, 10 wins in a golf season didn't seem unreasonable to Josh Gregory.

CBS extends coverage for Sorenstam
NEW YORK -- CBS Sports will devote an extra hour to the PGA Tour's Colonial tournament next week so it can show Annika Sorenstam playing the third round - or highlights of her missing the cut.

A World Cup without some world-class players?

Sorenstam thinks she can win Colonial; brushes off Singh comments

Europe to use world ranking for part of Ryder Cup team
ALVESLOHE, Germany -- Europe changed its Ryder Cup selection process Wednesday to take the top five players from the world ranking and then five from the European tour money list.

Wilson named MVP at ASU banquet

Jaguars head to regional

Singh apologizes to Sorenstam
IRVING, Texas -- Vijay Singh said Tuesday he was sorry if his comments about Annika Sorenstam playing on the PGA Tour - "I hope she misses the cut" - came across as a personal attack.

Road to recovery leads right-hander to Augusta

GreenJackets on deck

Castillo making most of opportunity

Augusta rallies to beat Lexington

James picks agent

For gourmet sandwich, the secret is in the spread
Could the perfect roast beef sandwich be hidden on the menu of a seafood restaurant? Absolutely!

For gourmet sandwich, the secret is in the spread

MCG receives cancer program designation
Even from across the Savannah River, Jane Floyd could see what a regional program designation from the Georgia Cancer Coalition might mean for patients like her.

Aquinas football gets new coach
Two years away from life as a head football coach was long enough for Jim Connor.

Pump 'n shop slaying suspect arrested
The suspected triggerman in the robbery and slaying of Pump 'N Shop clerk Margaret King of Augusta was captured late Tuesday in the Atlanta area.

Bush gets blame for economy but given no credit for victory
Die-hard Democrats vigorously continue to insist the current economic slowdown belongs to President George W. Bush. However, the tech sector collapse began in 1999, the plunge in equity markets in 2000 - both while Bill Clinton was still president. Indeed, Mr. Bush campaigned against Al Gore on the poor economic forecast. Bob Gardner, Augusta

Gun-safety comparison ludicrous
Mica French's letter of May 1, "Endangerment bill not about gun rights," lauding the so-called "child endangerment" law misses a few extremely important facts. The requirement to install "safety devices" on guns most assuredly interferes with one's gun rights. Mike Mitchell, Augusta

Don't forget other SPLOST co-chairman

Hypocrisy, thy name is 'The Chronicle'
In the May 6 editorial, "A virtuous hypocrite?," The Chronicle slapped the great moralizer, Bill Bennett, on the wrist for his very compulsive gambling - to the tune of $8 million. Gloria R. Greenbaum, Augusta

Says no to Bush's tax cut package
With federal, state and local governments all operating in the red, now is no time to reduce taxes. These small savings will not stimulate the economy. Spending must be reduced, or inflation will rise again. Guy R. Dobson, Barnwell, S.C.

Bush a shoo-in for second term

Bush gets blame for economy but given no credit for victory

Don't forget other SPLOST co-chairman
I am one of the members of the recently appointed special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) Citizens Advisory Committee. In your May 1 news article, "Board begins project search," announcing the formation of this committee, you acknowledged Monty Osteen as the committee co-chairman, and the appointed members of the committee were listed. Juanita L. Burney, Augusta

Hypocrisy, thy name is 'The Chronicle'

Bush a shoo-in for second term
For a 2000 presidential candidate who couldn't name the heads of four obscure and inconspicuous countries, President George W. Bush has proved to be a genius in managing foreign affairs with his hand-picked administration. Al Kotras, Augusta

New creams could improve slim chances

New government reports shows a quarter of Americans get virtually no exercise

New government reports shows a quarter of Americans get virtually no exercise
ATLANTA -- A quarter of all American adults are couch potatoes, getting virtually no exercise either at work or on the weekends, a government study found.

New creams could improve slim chances
NEW YORK - They're not quite the miracles in a bottle that many longing-to-be-buff bodies are hoping for, but some new skin-sculpting serums do promise to target the appearance of fat.

In the know
You never know who you'll bump into in New York. For Karen (Megan Mullally), it's Debbie Harry, who guest-stars as herself on NBC's Will & Grace, airing at 9:15 on WAGT-TV (Channel 26).

Chief avoids council discipline
NEW ELLENTON - White and black residents gave overwhelming support for black Police Chief Van McMillan Wednesday night in a racially charged meeting of the New Ellenton Town Council.

Across Georgia and South Carolina

Roaring back from the past

News you can use

Exotic pets worry neighbors
WAGENER - A pet owner's taste for the exotic has county officials pondering a possible ordinance that would put specific regulations on the ownership of unusual animals in private homes.

Chief avoids council discipline

Agency takes road plans to mall
Forget board room meetings.

Grand jurors hand up charges
Murder indictments were issued Tuesday in two separate slaying cases, although not all the suspects initially charged were indicted.

Hunt takes win in race for sheriff
AIKEN - The long-expected outcome became reality Tuesday night as Aiken County voters picked the GOP nominee, Lt. Mike Hunt, as their next sheriff.

Across Georgia and South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A bill requiring grades reporting on a child's conduct in school gained key House approval Wednesday.

Judge reveals plans to retire
After nearly eight years on the Superior Court bench, Judge Robert L. Allgood has decided to hang up his judicial robe and return to private practice.

Fort plans kept despite '05 cuts
An attempt to derail the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process in Congress won't change how local officials will approach defending and strengthening Fort Gordon, they said.

Senate deadlock downs tax plans
AIKEN -The South Carolina Senate's snarled budget debate, running through a fifth day Wednesday, has killed both a Republican and a Democratic plan to rescue the state's deficit-battered public school system.

MCG receives cancer program designation

Teen is killed at home

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Spc. Michael Morris of Fresno, Calif.

News you can use

Arena plan raises concerns for panel
A new, regional sports arena may look good on paper, but Madine Cummings says she's lived in Augusta long enough to say it won't work here.

Across the area

Correction
A story in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about a Fort Gordon soldier charged with rape incorrectly stated post policy. Soldier trainees who have not completed 20 weeks of training are not permitted to leave the post, according to Fort Gordon spokeswoman Marla Jones.

U.S. drug czar praises courts
ATLANTA - The nation's drug czar praised Georgia's burgeoning drug-court system Tuesday and pushed for an expansion of the programs, which offer treatment instead of jail time for drug users.

Aiken assists abuse inquiry

Official aims to expand facility
They say time heals all wounds, and city officials considering where to expand Augusta's overcrowded jail facilities are counting on it.

U.S. residents can see total eclipse of moon

Correction

Police arrest slaying suspect

Coroner's office prepares funeral
AIKEN - Sue Townsend never asked to be a funeral director, but that's the role the Aiken County coroner will assume Friday when she helps bury the cremated remains of five people who died penniless and without survivors.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Sgt. Robert Bonilla of Binghamton, N.Y.

Grand jurors hand up charges

Flames gut apartment building
A few choice words expressed how Robert Damello felt Tuesday as he watch Augusta-Richmond County firefighters battle flames at his property on Tubman Home Road.

NAACP leader blasts school board decision

Speed helps stroke patients

Correction

Official says investigation targets chief
NEW ELLENTON - Police Chief Van McMillan is under investigation by 2nd Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan for interfering with an Aiken County Sheriff's Office arrest last year, she said Tuesday. The incident continues to be investigated by the state.

U.S. drug czar praises courts

Board begins talks on land
Richmond County school officials will meet with Realtors and appraisers next week to begin negotiations for property for the Lucy C. Laney High School stadium.

Coroner's office prepares funeral

News you can use
MAY 14, 1953 Members of the Richmond County Commission pushed their plans yesterday for supplying adequate water to the Thomas Woods and Lumpkin Park areas, now that they know the city cannot help.

Board begins talks on land

Correction
In Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, the identity of an Aiken County deputy sheriff who shot Annie Lowman during an April 25, 1925, liquor raid in Monetta, S.C., was incorrect. Deputy Arthur Shepphard shot Ms. Lowman during a gunfight in which Sheriff Henry Hampton Howard also was killed, according to accounts of court testimony.

Official aims to expand facility

Police arrest slaying suspect
The suspected triggerman in the slaying of Pump 'N Shop worker Margaret King was captured at a hotel near Atlanta late Tuesday, ending what police describe as a rash of crimes that grew increasingly violent.

Across the area

Teen is killed at home
Josie Harris couldn't stand it: her grandson lying in the front yard as neighborhood children gazed at his bloodied and lifeless body.

Rants and Raves
I PAY MY water bill every month on time, but five times this month my water has been off, and I can't get water because the pipes are in such poor shape. I live near Lake Olmstead. And this happens on a regular basis.

U.S. residents can see total eclipse of moon
The first total lunar eclipse of the century will be visible Thursday night throughout the United States.

Roaring back from the past
Tom Roach drives as Victor Morales holds on to a model of an apatosaurus at Riverwalk Augusta. The dinosaur is one of many that will be featured at Fort Discovery's new dinosaur exhibit, which opens May 24 and will run through Sept. 21.

Agency takes road plans to mall

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Aiken assists abuse inquiry
Aiken County authorities are expected to make an announcement today regarding a Bath evangelist jailed in Oconee County, S.C., on sex charges involving an 11-year-old girl.

Pump 'n shop slaying suspect arrested

News you can use
MAY 15, 1973 One of Augusta's oldest remaining landmarks is scheduled to fall in the path of progress, as the city of Augusta prepares to tear down the water tank on Monte Sano Avenue constructed over 75 years ago as part of the water system for the old village of Summerville.

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Rants and Raves
I HAVE LIVED in Augusta or Martinez all of my life. For most of that, I have noticed on Wrightsboro Road, west of Bobby Jones, that there is some sort of spring or fountain. There has been, for as long as I can remember, people always there, filling up various containers of the water. Will someone please tell me, is this some special water? Fountain of youth? Healing springs? It is also a traffic hazard.

Flames gut apartment building

Lobbying investigation clears ex-lawmaker
The Georgia attorney general's office has found no wrongdoing concerning former state Rep. Robin Williams' lobbying efforts on behalf of a south Georgia hospital.

Official says investigation targets chief

Speed helps stroke patients
Thomas Poteet Sr. suffered two strokes earlier this year and oddly enough could be considered among the lucky.

Hunt takes win in race for sheriff

Judge grants delay in beating-death trial
A May 27 trial for a man facing capital murder charges is off.

Fort plans kept despite '05 cuts

Serviceman of the day

Serviceman of the day

Judge reveals plans to retire

Graduation policy remains unchanged
The Columbia County Board of Education refused Tuesday night to change its graduation policy after a parent whose child did not pass all sections of the Georgia High School Graduation Test asked that the failure not be listed on the graduation program.

Aquinas football gets new coach

NAACP leader blasts school board decision
AIKEN - South Carolina's top civil rights activist accused the Aiken County school board of being racially insensitive when it reassigned six administrators and eliminated their positions to help fill a $12.5 million hole in the district's budget.

Exotic pets worry neighbors

Rants and Raves
I PAY MY water bill every month on time, but five times this month my water has been off, and I can't get water because the pipes are in such poor shape. I live near Lake Olmstead. And this happens on a regular basis.

Senate deadlock downs tax plans

Across the area
North Augusta police are investigating the weekend theft of a machine gun and two pistols from an Atomic Road business.

Across the area
A measure to cancel the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure round has failed before a congressional committee, officials said.

Across Georgia
ROME -The Pepperell High School football star accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in a trailer on the school's campus in February testified Tuesday he did not understand his rights when police first questioned him.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Brown widow spiders, which apparently entered Florida from Australia in the mid 1990s, have spread northward and can now be found in South Carolina, entomologists say.

Arena plan raises concerns for panel

Attention Vijay: Sorenstam has every right
In the spirit of tactless honesty, I hope Vijay Singh misses the cut at next week's Colonial.

Football's power, promise drive ACC expansion
It's not quite official, but the ACC will soon relinquish its status as a basketball conference, and the Big East will be lame.

Wearying world of work has had its ups and downs
The minister was talking about being a good shepherd and a hired hand, and about how difficult those jobs are. He added: "Everyone should have one bad job."

Vignettes from the Cannes Film Festival
CANNES, France -- France's most vaunted cinematic tradition got off to a slow start Wednesday because of another national tradition - the strike.

Vignettes from the Cannes Film Festival

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

NASCAR fan pleads guilty in e-mail barrage
BOSTON -- A NASCAR fan who flooded Fox with angry e-mails after a Red Sox game pre-empted an auto race pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge Tuesday.

Nadeau semiconscious after crash

NASCAR fan pleads guilty in e-mail barrage

Daisy not ready for Winston
CONCORD, N.C. - Ryan Newman won't have the same car he drove to win The Winston all-star race last year. Instead, he will drive a Dodge that hasn't been good enough to earn its name.

Q&A with Jay Frye
CONCORD, N.C. - Jay Frye, general manager of MB2/MBV racing teams that include driver Jerry Nadeau, talked about the injuries to his driver and his prognosis. Nadeau suffered severe injuries in a crash May 2 at the Richmond (Va.) International Raceway and remains in a Richmond hospital. Recently invoked privacy laws have made it difficult to get information on Nadeau at the time, but Frye cleared up several conflicting reports on his condition and recovery.

Wheeler picks Johnson to win The Winston

Q&A with Jay Frye

Nadeau semiconscious after crash
RICHMOND, Va. -- Driver Jerry Nadeau is semiconscious and has not spoken since his car slammed into a wall May 2 during practice for a Winston Cup race.

All-star race gives drivers a million reasons to win

All-star race gives drivers a million reasons to win
CONCORD, N.C. - If baseball really wants to spice up its all-star game, it should follow in the steps of stock car racing. Instead of offering home-field advantage to the winning league during the World Series, just offer $1 million to the players on the winning team.

Daisy not ready for Winston

Wheeler picks Johnson to win The Winston
CONCORD, N.C. -- Jimmie Johnson has had a string of late-race problems this season. If predictions come true, that will end in The Winston.

Celtics' nucleus of the future: Walker, Pierce ... and Baker

Celtics' nucleus of the future: Walker, Pierce ... and Baker
BOSTON -- The new owners of the Boston Celtics didn't need to see how the team did in the playoffs to start making changes.

Mavericks top Kings
DALLAS -- Raja Bell was the unlikely hero for the Dallas Mavericks, who usually depend on their big three.

Pistons edge 76ers
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Chucky Atkins prevented the Detroit Pistons from facing the most difficult road in the NBA playoffs.

Lakers have been here before

Scott is no Riley; gives Nets rest after sweep
BEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets can be thankful that Byron Scott doesn't coach like Pat Riley.

Spurs edge Lakers
SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs have pushed the Los Angeles Lakers to the brink of elimination.

Kings hope to even series with Mavs at home in Arco
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Reality has set in for the Sacramento Kings - they miss Chris Webber big time.

Pistons know it's not easy to stop Iverson
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Allen Iverson is tough to stop, even for the Detroit Pistons' defense. Now he's making his teammates part of the show.

Lakers have been here before
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers faced the same predicament last year: They need two straight wins for a chance to extend their NBA championship run.

Scott is no Riley; gives Nets rest after sweep

Spurs edge Lakers

Kings hope to even series with Mavs at home in Arco

Pistons know it's not easy to stop Iverson

Mavericks top Kings

Pistons edge 76ers

Falcons re-sign LB Rogers

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Parents need to effect changes in schools
OUR SECOND DAUGHTER, Lauren, stormed into our personal library at home one evening and sweetly demanded that I justify the reason why school children were required to take so many standardized tests. Beyond her mix of anger and respect for her daddy, I could sense that her friends and classmates had approached her for answers, given that I, along with senior level school district administrators, have inherited the blame for requiring students to take so many tests.

Parents need to effect changes in schools
OUR SECOND DAUGHTER, Lauren, stormed into our personal library at home one evening and sweetly demanded that I justify the reason why school children were required to take so many standardized tests. Beyond her mix of anger and respect for her daddy, I could sense that her friends and classmates had approached her for answers, given that I, along with senior level school district administrators, have inherited the blame for requiring students to take so many tests.

ACC plans have ripple effect across country

Peace Rules presents Preakness challenge for Funny Cide

Seles quits in Rome with foot injury

Hewitt, Kuerten advance into third round

Hewitt advances at Hamburg Masters

Silver Bluff repeats

Hornets prepare for semifinals

Overtime

Hat trick assures Greenbrier's win

Overtime

ACC votes to expand

Williams, Seles win in Rome

Silver Bluff repeats
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - When Silver Bluff coach Eric Hofstetter looked at freshman pinch runner Maredith Guerrieri during a timeout in the bottom of the seventh, he kept it simple.

Hat trick assures Greenbrier's win
Sure, Greenbrier girls soccer coach Alex Heider said, his team has a legitimate shot at winning the Georgia Class AAAA state title.

Hewitt advances at Hamburg Masters
HAMBURG, Germany -- Lleyton Hewitt withstood a strong challenge to start his clay-court season, beating German wild card Markus Hantschk 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 Tuesday to reach the second round of the Hamburg Masters.

Overtime
Dave DeBusschere, the defensive cornerstone of two New York Knicks championship teams who also was the NBA's youngest coach and the last commissioner of the rival ABA, died Wednesday of a heart attack at age 62.

Hornets prepare for semifinals
AIKEN - The Aiken Hornets entered the South Carolina Class AAAA state boys soccer playoffs with a 10-8 record, one returning starter from last year and little respect.

Peace Rules presents Preakness challenge for Funny Cide
BALTIMORE -- Peace Rules has beaten Funny Cide before, and jockey Edgar Prado says there's no reason why his colt can't do it again in the Preakness.

Harlem pulls out playoff victory
HARLEM - Harlem coach George Berry told midfielder Beyra Ortega to take something off her kick after her rebound shot missed the empty net 30 minutes into the game.

Seles quits in Rome with foot injury
ROME -- Monica Seles quit during her second-round match at the Italian Open on Wednesday with a left foot injury that could force her to decide if she wants to keep playing tennis.

Williams, Seles win in Rome
ROME -- Serena Williams and Monica Seles overcame challenges from unlikely sources Tuesday at the Italian Open.

Hewitt, Kuerten advance into third round
By NESHA STARCEVIC Associated Press

Overtime
Augusta State women's golf coach Shannon Hanson and Lady Jaguars freshman Leah Hart were among the 24 golfers who advanced to the next stage of U.S. Women's Open qualifying Monday.

ACC plans have ripple effect across country
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Intending to shape the next generation of college sports instead of getting swept up in it, the Atlantic Coast Conference is moving forward with its aggressive expansion plan.

Thomson's hopes are high
After a seventh-place finish at the state championships in 2001 and an eighth-place finish last season, Thomson track and field coach John Barnett has lofty goals for this weekend.

ACC votes to expand
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Atlantic Coast Conference presidents voted to expand Tuesday, setting the stage to invite Miami and two other schools to join their nine-team league, two sources familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press.

James picks agent
CLEVELAND -- Aaron Goodwin won his own LeBron James lottery Wednesday.

Falcons re-sign LB Rogers
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Linebacker Sam Rogers re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday.

Attention Vijay: Sorenstam has every right

CBS introduces seven new series

For "ER's" leading men, a turning point in the Congo

ABC brings back its "TGIF" lineup of Friday night comedies

Estimated 22.3 million watched 'Survivor' final

ABC brings back its "TGIF" lineup of Friday night comedies
NEW YORK -- Struggling ABC will revive its "TGIF" Friday night comedy lineup this fall in hopes of delivering more laughs than its rivals.

For "ER's" leading men, a turning point in the Congo
KAAAWA, Hawaii -- It took a trip to the Congo and a gun pointed at his temple, but Dr. John Carter can finally feel like his own man.

Communication workers union joins protest of 'The Real Beverly Hillbillies'
WHITESBURG, Ky. -- The Communications Workers of America have joined the protest against CBS' plans for the reality television series "The Real Beverly Hillbillies."

Estimated 22.3 million watched 'Survivor' final
NEW YORK -- An estimated 22.3 million people tuned in to watch swimsuit model Jenna Morasca win the "Survivor" Amazon edition, leading CBS to victory in the prime-time ratings race.

CBS introduces seven new series
NEW YORK -- Top-rated CBS will make some bold changes in the fall, moving two of its most popular shows and adding seven series, including three crime-fighting dramas to a schedule already heavy with them.

'Tower 3' is good addition to franchise

Entertainment briefs

Entertainment briefs

Nine Bulldogs ineligible
ATHENS, Ga. - Kedric Golston wasn't alone.

Nine Bulldogs ineligible

Diamond Dogs rout Jackets
ATLANTA -- Told by coach David Perno to look for a pitch on the outside corner, Jasha Balcom knew what to do when he got it.

Diamond Dogs rout Jackets

Gamecocks fall to Citadel

Gamecocks fall to Citadel
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Chip Cannon hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning as The Citadel beat South Carolina 7-4 on Wednesday night.

Century-old law may cause legal mess for California county supervisors

Lawmakers put spotlight on tongue-splitting

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