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.

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

Titans pick off their spots for state title
The teams NorthPoint Academy played in the Georgia Association of Christian Schools hadn't given the Titans a challenge.

Georgia prep playoff schedule

Greenbrier follows close win with romp
Greenbrier sure has a flair for the dramatics.

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

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.

Man accused of attacking umpire pleads innocent

Sale of Angels unanimously approved by owners
NEW YORK -- The sale of the Anaheim Angels from The Walt Disney Co. to Arturo Moreno was approved Thursday, making him the first minority with a controlling stake in a major league team.

Expos could be back in Puerto Rico in 2004

Prep baseball statistics

Fantasy Baseball: Closers keep things interesting

Sale of Angels unanimously approved by owners

Greenbrier follows close win with romp

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.

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

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.

Georgia prep playoff schedule
Here is a schedule of area prep playoff games.

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.

Selling your SEC championship ring? Try eBay

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.

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.

Houston Glenn Heyward

Richard Tyler House

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.

De'Marcus Tra'Von Mazone

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.

Annabelle Lee Barrow Hartley

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.

Kyleigh Denyse Widener

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 Benjamin Mason

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.

Morgan Jamil Prouty

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.

Randall Jamaal Cleckley

Ryan Patrick Shiley

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Skylar Paige Mayson

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.

William G. Johnson III

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.

Conner Michael Logan

Matthew Aaron Hallman

Nyah Chave' Boyd

Aaron James Smoak

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.

Emma Jean Nabahe

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.

Ella Grace Lockamy

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.

Hope Ryan Dunbar

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.

Claire Marie Miller

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.

Colton Jacob Swiecki

Brayden Eugene Pender

Rheanne Dolores Sullivan

William Burke Hammer

Brian Shamar Johnson

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.

Angel Monique' Doe

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
LAKELAND, Fla. -- A woman who went to the emergency room thinking she was having an anxiety attack ended up giving birth in a hospital restroom.

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

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.

Braves continue to win

Braves rout Padres

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.

Dodgers top Braves

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.

Braves rout Padres
SAN DIEGO -- Julio Franco's two-run triple highlighted an eight-run fifth inning and the Atlanta Braves routed the San Diego Padres 15-6 on Thursday.

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

Airlines rethink weight
Dieters beware.

Chamber forms plan for agency
Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce officials hope to have details of their new economic development agency worked out by the summer.

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.

Stocks fall on tepid retail sales report

Stocks gain on drop in jobless claims, upbeat IBM outlook

Disney, Fox, AOL sour on synergy, put pro teams on market
LOS ANGELES -- For the Walt Disney Co., owning two professional sports teams playing just down the street from Disneyland seemed to make good sense in the 1990s.

Business briefs

Job search tests new graduates
A week after graduating from the University of South Carolina Aiken, Derek Weaver spent Thursday afternoon waiting by the phone for a job.

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.

Airlines rethink weight

Job search tests new graduates

Business briefs

Chamber forms plan for agency

Stocks gain on drop in jobless claims, upbeat IBM outlook
NEW YORK -- Wall Street pushed higher Thursday as a drop in jobless claims and an upbeat outlook from IBM recharged investors' hopes that the economy was improving.

New businessmen find success with talking smoke detectors

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.

Business briefs
Morris Communications Co., the parent company of The Augusta Chronicle, has purchased the Hospitality Industry Association, a member services organization based in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Disney, Fox, AOL sour on synergy, put pro teams on market

New businessmen find success with talking smoke detectors
ATHENS, Ga. - Armed with a unique product that addresses the fact that traditional smoke detectors do not wake small children, four graduating MBA students at the University of Georgia have launched a start-up company that could prove to be a multimillion-dollar enterprise.

Not just talkin' trash

The damage they've done

Not on our watch

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

Adjourn on time
Here's some good advice for the South Carolina legislature: Don't raise taxes (unless it's on tobacco products) and don't expand the session beyond the June 5 adjournment date.

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.

The damage they've done
With an explosion of "news" outlets that exhibit varying degrees of ethical restraints, it's getting more and more difficult to believe this, but the Jayson Blairs are a huge exception. An embarrassing, horrifying, ink-curdling, quasi-psychotic exception.

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

Standing ovations
May Park, 622 Fourth St., will be the setting for Mayfest, the annual rite of spring that brings up-and-coming urban acts to Augusta. This year's performers include Lil John and the Eastside Boyz, Playa, Rasheedah, T.I., Kizzy Rock and DJ Smurf, Malaysa and Klutch. The show starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and admission is free. Call 279-2330, ext. 226.

Applause calendar
MAYFEST: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May Park, 622 Fourth St.; with Lil John and the Eastside Boyz, Playa, Rasheedah, T.I., Kizzy Rock and DJ Smurf, Malaysa, Klutch and more; free; LaKeshia Collins, 279-2330, Ext. 226.

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

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.

Concert calendar
Concerts in the area

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 tournament news

Fishing report

Fishing report
Huge schools of hybrid bass slammed into blueback herring off the Fort Gordon Recreation Area early Wednesday - the first solid report on schooling fish this year.

All tastes served in Casi's Kitchen
We're thrilled that Augusta has become such a cosmopolitan dining center that it's easy to find specialized cuisine.

Wine and dine
Pit-cooked meat with a tangy mustard-and-vinegar-based barbecue sauce and thick pork chops on bread are menu staples at Pork Chops! on 615 E. Martintown Road in North Augusta.

All tastes served in Casi's Kitchen

Lady of the roses tended garden

Lady of the roses tended garden
Opal Davis is the first lady of Brandon Wilde's first rose garden, a stop Saturday on the Augusta Rose Society's free rose-garden tour.

Jackets lose 8 to grades
ATLANTA - What had already been a bad off-season for the state's two Division I-A football teams got worse Thursday.

Eight players at Georgia Tech academically ineligible
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech declared eight players academically ineligible for next season, including leading rusher Tony Hollings, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday on its Web site.

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.

Eight players at Georgia Tech academically ineligible

N.C. State in key series with Yellow Jackets

Jackets lose 8 to grades

Jackets rally past Legends
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Augusta scored three runs in the final three innings to beat Lexington 4-1 on Thursday night at Applebee's Park.

Wearying world of work has had its ups and downs

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

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.

Teenage girl to play Nationwide Tour event
BOISE, Idaho -- Teenager Michelle Wie has accepted a sponsor's exemption to play in the Boise Open on the Nationwide Tour, becoming the first female to compete on the PGA Tour's developmental circuit.

Jaguars 9 shots off lead
AUBURN, Ala. - At 20, James Heath is older than the average college freshman. Those extra years of maturation paid off Thursday.

Woods hopes for another exciting finish at Deutsche Bank Open

Sorenstam in first set of women's golf cards

Woods opens with solid round
ALVESLOHE, Germany --Tiger Woods shot a bogey-free, 3-under-par 69 Thursday and was four strokes off the lead after the first round of the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open.

Teenage girl to play Nationwide Tour event

Sorenstam thinks she can win Colonial; brushes off Singh comments

Putting lesson by phone paying off for Sluman

Europe to use world ranking for part of Ryder Cup team

Jaguars 9 shots off lead

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.

Putting lesson by phone paying off for Sluman
IRVING, Texas -- Jeff Sluman was so desperate for some help with his putting he took a lesson by phone. Now he's back on the top of the leaderboard.

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

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.

Sorenstam in first set of women's golf cards
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Now golf fans can swap Annika Sorenstam for Tiger Woods.

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.

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.

PGA Tour commissioner Finchem all for Sorenstam

Jaguars head to regional

Jackets rally past Legends

Aquinas sideline suits Connor

James picks agent

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

Selling your SEC championship ring? Try eBay
In case you hadn't heard, nine University of Georgia football players were declared ineligible this week for selling their 2002 Southeastern Conference championship rings for thousands of dollars. The eBay Internet auction site was the reported marketplace.

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

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.

Perdue prime example of voter apathy

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.

Let's learn from the loss of the Augusta Hotel
I have loved downtown Augusta since I moved here with my parents almost 14 years ago. In that time, I have seen the downtown area struggle on a journey to reclaim a long-forgotten dignity that once stood as the central defining character of our city. Will Sansbury, Augusta

Open closed bases instead of closing more

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

Open closed bases instead of closing more
I cannot in good conscience sit around and say nothing about the possible closing of Fort Gordon. I am a military retiree with more than 20 years of service and a 100-percent disabled veteran. The state of Georgia has always had tough-willed and very tough-minded senators to represent us in Washington, D.C., until now. I am speaking about former Sens. Herman E. Talmadge, Sam Nunn, Paul Coverdale and Max Cleland. All of these gentlemen would fight. Charles M. Davis Sr., Augusta

Perdue prime example of voter apathy
Politicians like Gov. Sonny Perdue are the root cause of voter apathy in this country. Is it any wonder so many Americans refuse to get involved in the political process? P.K. Fitzgerald, Harlem, Ga.

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

Bush gets blame for economy but given no credit for victory

Let's learn from the loss of the Augusta Hotel

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

New creams could improve slim chances

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).

Police chief still faces complaints

Teacher avoids criminal charges
NORTH AUGUSTA - A suspended teacher at North Augusta High School will not face criminal charges after being accused of sexually harassing a female student, police investigators said Thursday.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A former client has been charged with the home invasion of a prominent Columbia defense attorney, Richland County deputies say.

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.

Officials change strategy for SRS

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.

Speed helps stroke patients

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

Lack of soap cited in illness
Richmond County elementary schools need to stock soap and paper towels in their bathrooms to help stem the viral meningitis outbreak, according to the county's board of health.

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.

Preacher gets new abuse charges

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.

Judge rejects suspect's plea for bond

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.

Correction

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.

Chief avoids council discipline

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.

MCG receives cancer program designation

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.

City honors slain police
After rain fell throughout Thursday morning, city officials had a few rainless minutes to hold the second annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at the Heroes Overlook monument on the Riverwalk 10th Street Plaza.

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.

Convicted liar gets 2 years
AIKEN - A former Savannah River Site employee convicted in July of concocting rape and sexual harassment charges was sentenced this week in Columbia to more than two years in federal prison.

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.

Convicted liar gets 2 years

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

Across the area

Agency takes road plans to mall
Forget board room meetings.

City honors slain police

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

Correction

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.

Judge reveals plans to retire

Debate starts on new judge

Roaring back from the past

Police arrest slaying suspect

Senate deadlock downs tax plans

News you can use

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.

Across Georgia and South Carolina

Serviceman of the day

Agency takes road plans to mall

Debate starts on new judge
The news of Superior Court Judge Robert L. Allgood's pending resignation has the legal community abuzz with speculation about who might ask the governor to appoint him, or her, to the bench.

Aiken assists abuse inquiry

Judge rejects suspect's plea for bond
A man who was jailed last month when he appeared in court without an attorney was refused a new bond by the same judge Thursday.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -A monthlong search for a missing 12-year-old Savannah girl ended Thursday when police identified her body, found the day before by a fisherman.

News you can use
MAY 16, 1967 The Augusta-Richmond County Library will end service to Columbia County after December unless a new contract is negotiated within three months.

Correction
Residents living in the neighborhoods near Richmond County's jail on Phinizy Road were originally told the facility would house only female prisoners and nonviolent male prisoners. A story in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle did not clearly state that distinction.

County budget plan skips tax increase
It will cost more to run Columbia County's government next year, but residents won't see a tax increase, according to a budget package presented Thursday.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities on Thursday were investigating an arson at a vacant house in east Augusta.

Preacher gets new abuse charges
AIKEN - Sexual assault charges continue to mount against a Bath evangelical preacher who made several guest appearances on a North Augusta Christian television station.

Cancer network earns honor
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.

New sheriff takes over
AIKEN - A dispatcher's voice crackling over the airwaves heralded the arrival of Aiken County's new sheriff Thursday.

Officials change strategy for SRS
AIKEN - Savannah River Site may not land the $1.1 billion project that politicians had been pursuing, but U.S. legislators say they now have their eyes on bigger missions.

Rants and Raves
I WOULD LIKE to give a big rave to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office and those who were involved in finding the alleged murderers of Mrs. King, the convenience store clerk. They did a super job, and I am so glad to know that they are here to protect and serve us.

News you can use

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Staff Sgt. Kelly McCargo of Westfield, Mass.

New sheriff takes over

Business group urges survival of Army post
A Richmond County board tasked with attracting business to the area raised fresh concerns about efforts under way to make sure Fort Gordon survives the next round of military base cuts slated for 2005.

Business group urges survival of Army post

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

Cancer network earns honor

Across the area

County budget plan skips tax increase

Arena plan raises concerns for panel

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.

Aquinas football gets new coach

Teacher avoids criminal charges

U.S. residents can see total eclipse of moon

Exotic pets worry neighbors

Police chief still faces complaints
NEW ELLENTON - Police Chief Van McMillan is still under investigation for complaints against his police work, despite being cleared Wednesday by the town council for allegations of misconduct stemming from two March arrests, 2nd Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan said Thursday.

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."

Filmmaking Wachowski brothers hide in the shadows of 'The Matrix'

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.

At the Movies: 'The Matrix Reloaded'

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.

At the Movies: 'Down With Love'

At the Movies: 'The Matrix Reloaded'
Andy and Larry Wachowski should double-check their ammo. The brothers behind 1999's visionary "The Matrix" are shooting blanks with "The Matrix Reloaded," the first of two sequels due this year.

Mini reviews

Filmmaking Wachowski brothers hide in the shadows of 'The Matrix'
LOS ANGELES -- The realm of "The Matrix" is full of question marks, but here's a brain-twister from reality: Who are the elusive brothers behind the computer-phobic fantasy?

Vignettes from the Cannes Film Festival

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At the Movies: 'Down With Love'
"Down With Love" is the most exhilarating piece of old-meets-new moviemaking since "Moulin Rouge," and it's no coincidence that Ewan McGregor is at the center of both.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Analyze That and The Hot Chick

Sorenstam has networks on her side
We always knew Vijay Singh had a big mouth.

Chorus picks challenging program

Brother's death inspires country musician
Blake Shelton said the death of his brother, Ritchie, in a car crash 13 years ago led him to try harder at everything, including music.

Chorus picks challenging program
After a season tackling Handel, Haydn and Verdi, the Augusta Choral Society has decided it's ready for a challenge.

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.

Singer breaks cycle of ballads by doing things his own way

Young singer is happiest when he has the blues
Sean Costello's emotive guitar seems to speak with a voice all its own.

Singer breaks cycle of ballads by doing things his own way
Although his career has been punctuated by a slew of silky, slow-dance hits, crooner Mark Wills never intended on becoming a balladeer.

Singer celebrates works of gospel innovator
Augusta performer Russell Joel Brown met arranger Moses Hogan once and spent less than an hour with him.

All-star race gives drivers a million reasons to win

Daisy not ready for Winston

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.

Governor makes May "Motorsports Month" in North Carolina
CONCORD, N.C. -- Gov. Mike Easley declared May "Motorsports Month in North Carolina" on Thursday, another gimmick in the state's campaign to keep NASCAR from moving its annual all-star race.

Governor makes May "Motorsports Month" in North Carolina

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.

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

Pistons edge 76ers

Hawks' Robinson guilty on domestic battery, assault charges

Mutombo could get more time in conference finals

Yao Ming unhappy over Coke's use of image
BEIJING -- Houston Rockets center Yao Ming claims the Coca-Cola Co. is using his image without permission and is asking the company to remove his likeness from its products.

Kings hope to even series with Mavs at home in Arco

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.

Spurs eliminate Lakers

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 eliminate Lakers
LOS ANGELES -- The three-year championship reign of the Los Angeles Lakers came to a decisive end Thursday night.

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

Scott is no Riley; gives Nets rest after sweep

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.

Hawks' Robinson guilty on domestic battery, assault charges
MARKHAM, Ill. -- Atlanta Hawks forward Glenn Robinson was found guilty Thursday on domestic battery and assault charges for shoving his former fiancee in her house last July.

Lakers have been here before

Mutombo could get more time in conference finals
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Seconds after the New Jersey Nets finished off the Boston Celtics in four games, Dikembe Mutombo grabbed a broom and swept the floor of the Fleet Center.

Rookie and backup have Pistons on verge of advancing
PHILADELPHIA -- Tayshaun Prince is quickly becoming a go-to player. So is Chucky Atkins.

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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.

Silver Bluff repeats

SEC office lacking blacks in leadership roles

Hewitt, Kuerten advance into third round

Sorenstam has networks on her side

Athletes of the week

Warner seeks border-states' help for Va Tech ACC bid

Seles quits in Rome with foot injury

Capriati, Clijsters and Mauresmo advance

ACC plans have ripple effect across country

Peace Rules presents Preakness challenge for Funny Cide

Vitali Klitschko to fight Boswell on Lewis card

Overtime

Sophomore duo fills in nicely for Bulldogs' repeat run

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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.

Warner seeks border-states' help for Va Tech ACC bid
RICHMOND, Va. -- Gov. Mark R. Warner said Thursday he is determined that Virginia Tech athletic teams be included in an expansion of the Atlantic Coast Conference and that he is working with two neighboring state governors on the issue.

Athletes of the week
Here are profiles for the area prep athletes of the week.

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.

Overtime
USC Aiken has added two transfer forwards to its roster for the upcoming season.

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.

Sophomore duo fills in nicely for Bulldogs' repeat run
Whether it was Silver Bluff pitcher Jessie Clark striking out the side after a triple by Crescent's Cacy Crocker in Game 2 or catcher Stephanie Loudermilk diving on her knees to nab a foul ball in Game 1, the heart and soul of the Lady Bulldogs squad was its battery.

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.

Capriati, Clijsters and Mauresmo advance
ROME -- Jennifer Capriati fought the urge to be aggressive, and her patience was rewarded with a berth in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open.

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

SEC office lacking blacks in leadership roles
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- With the Rev. Jesse Jackson calling for a black football coach in the Southeastern Conference, the league office finds itself in the odd position of encouraging campus diversity despite having an all-white senior staff.

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.

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.

Vitali Klitschko to fight Boswell on Lewis card
LOS ANGELES -- Top heavyweight contender Vitali Klitschko will face unbeaten Cedric Boswell on the undercard of the fight between heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and Kirk Johnson.

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

Singer particular about autographs

Singer particular about autographs
If you ask Pat Boone for his autograph Thursday when he performs at the Newberry Opera House in Newberry, S.C., be forewarned - there are four things he will not sign.

Technology can be sinister

Fox brings back "Joe Millionaire," junior version of "American Idol"

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.

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

CBS introduces seven new series

Fox brings back "Joe Millionaire," junior version of "American Idol"
NEW YORK -- Fox will bring back a new "Joe Millionaire" next season and start a junior version of "American Idol" as well as a new drama about the porn industry.

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.

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Ex-Dogs take pride in rings
The fire in the fall of 2001 took almost all that Tim Crowe and his family cherished. The home in Watkinsville, Ga., the furniture, the mementos - almost everything except Crowe, his wife and their five children.

Ex-Dogs take pride in rings

Nine Bulldogs ineligible

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

Technology can be sinister
This weekend, millions of us (myself included) will hop into our cars, drive to a theater, buy tickets on a computer-monitored credit card and watch a movie about the dangers of technology, The Matrix Reloaded, electronically projected onto the silver screen.

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

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