Amazon says fifth installation of Harry Potter best seller ever
NEW YORK -- The fifth novel in the popular Harry Potter series, due out in one month, will be Amazon.com's largest new product release, the online retailer said Wednesday.

Man charged with stalking Mets GM
NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn man was charged Tuesday with stalking New York Mets general manager Steve Phillips after a series of alleged tirades at Shea Stadium.

Man charged with stalking Mets GM

Shaw pitchers cuff Lakeside
COLUMBUS, Ga. - As veteran pitchers Shaw's Jason Good and John Brigman know it's far less stressful to throw when the score is tilted heavily in their favor.

Shaw pitchers cuff Lakeside

Westside sweeps series
An 11-inning contest in the first game that took three hours to play. A rain-soaked field in the second game.

Pitchers pace Pack's success

Pitcher nearly perfect
It may not have been a perfect evening for Greenbrier, but it was close enough.

Fantasy Baseball: A little luck never hurts

Westside sweeps series
An 11-inning contest in the first game that took three hours to play. A rain-soaked field in the second game.

Fantasy Baseball: A little luck never hurts
It's late May, and your neighbor's Springfield Isotopes All-Stars squad is entrenched in first place, seemingly leaving you, the Gas House Gang and the rest of your league behind in the dust.

Pitchers pace Pack's success
About this time last season, former Greenbrier pitcher Nick Wandless basically lived with an ice pack wrapped around his arm.

Zachary Adam Blevins
Timothy and Tonya Blevins of Evans announce the birth of a son, Zachary Adam Blevins, Monday, March 31, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Richard and Catherine Williams of Fountaintown, Ind., James Krebs of Shelbyville, Ind., and Bill and Ann Blevins of Woodstock, Ga.

Kerrigan Elayne Grey
Ryan Grey and Jessica Bell, both of Bath, announce the birth of a daughter, Kerrigan Elayne Grey, Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mike and Cindy Nickolson and Marty and Kim Hart, all of Graniteville, Danny and Marsha Bell of Aiken and the late Laron Grey.

Mary Elizabeth Jackson
Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Jackson of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Jackson, Saturday, April 19, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Arthur R. Staulcup and Mr. and Mrs. Fielden Jackson Sr., all of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Duffie of Evans.

Ciara Skyy Mixon
Ronald J. Mixon and Shawna M. Anderson, both of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Ciara Skyy Mixon, Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Doralee McDaniel of Hephzibah, Susan Blondin of Clearwater and the late Wilson McDaniel.

Chase Matthew Brown
Michael Lee Brown Jr. and Christina Elizabeth Finch, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Chase Matthew Brown, Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Clifford and Vickie Finch of Harlem and Michael Lee and Debbie Brown and Karis Hale, all of Augusta.

Payton Gray Manley
Phillip Alan and Kim Rodgers Manley of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Payton Gray Manley, Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Manley of Auburn, Ala., Carolyn G. Rodgers of Augusta and the late James L. Rodgers.

Joshua Edward Stafford

Emma Catherine LeRoy
Reese and Mary-Margaret LeRoy of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Emma Catherine LeRoy, Monday, May 5, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Glynn Weatherby Jr. of Kannapolis, N.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Lamar LeRoy of Lincolnton, Ga.

Leigh Anne Blanchard

Alyssa Lee Ladomirak
Benjamin A. Ladomirak and Dora N. Smoak, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Alyssa Lee Ladomirak, Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Christina Hutto, Nicolae Aga and Andy Ladomirak, all of Augusta, Mr. and Mrs. Ken Smoak of Pelion, S.C., and Sue Ladomirak of Wichita, Kan.

Claudia Amelia Eastmead
Jay Talmage Eastmead Jr. and Amy Crockett Eastmead of Waynesboro, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Claudia Amelia Eastmead, Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Crockett and Mr. and Mrs. James Eastmead, all of Waynesboro.

Kenzie Jane Kerby
Guy and Allison Kerby of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Kenzie Jane Kerby, Monday, April 14, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. E. Guy Kerby and Mary Jane Maclay, all of Jacksonville, Fla., and the late John Maclay.

Evan Martin Vakoc
Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Vakoc of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Evan Martin Vakoc, Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Alan Herndon of Hephzibah and Mr. and Mrs. Victor Vakoc of Augusta.

Sarah Neely Michelle James
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas James of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Sarah Neely Michelle James, Friday, May 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Neill Henderson and Connie Henderson, both of Augusta, and Art James and Carole James, both of Toledo, Ohio.

Claudia Amelia Eastmead

Leigh Anne Blanchard
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Maxwell Blanchard III of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Leigh Anne Blanchard, Thursday, March 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael Thomas Nations of Atlanta and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Maxwell Blanchard Jr. of Augusta.

Alyssa Lee Ladomirak

Sydney Brynn Ramsey

Aubrey Barrett Neal II

Blake Austin Price
Carlton W. Price Jr. and Adrianne L. Price of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Blake Austin Price, Thursday, April 24, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Lazar of North Augusta and Lamega Sharpe of Grovetown.

Aubrey Barrett Neal II
Jason W. and Shawn Marie Neal of Evans announce the birth of a son, Aubrey Barrett Neal II, Saturday, May 10, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh M. Long Jr. of Lincolnton, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Tom DeWerdt of Salley, and Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Barrett Neal of Martinez.

Sarah Neely Michelle James

Falynn Victoria Fuechsel
Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Fuechsel of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Falynn Victoria Fuechsel, Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Cecil M. Elliott of Hephzibah, Linda Fuechsel of Augusta and the late Richard Fuechsel Sr.

Chase Matthew Brown

Jalynn Cheyenne Curry
Jerome Curry and Kim Porter, both of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Jalynn Cheyenne Curry, Monday, May 5, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Dorothy Bell of Ferndale, Mich., and Mr. and Mrs. John Curry of North Augusta.

Blake Austin Price

Moses Ky'Rel White
Landslet R. White III and Dorothy M. White of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Moses Ky'Rel White, Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are James B. and Mary E. Wright of Harlem, Horace and Fannie Thomas of Augusta, Willie and Joann Nicely of Evans, the late Joseph Talbert and the late Daisey Choice.

Evan Martin Vakoc

Taran Tate
Scott and Tamara Tate of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Taran Tate, Friday, April 11, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Tony L. Bobo of Decatur, Ga., Reggie Tate of Mentone, Ala., and the late Eleanor Tate.

Joshua Edward Stafford
Larry and Melissa Stafford of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Joshua Edward Stafford, Sunday, April 27, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Terry and Jane Syms and Ernie and Joyce Johnson, all of Waynesboro, Ga., and Norman and Annette Stafford of Augusta.

Chase Elliott Palmer
Dustin Elliott Palmer and Christina Marie Goddard, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Chase Elliott Palmer, Friday, April 25, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Guy and Joy Goddard and Sharon Palmer, all of Martinez.

Kenzie Jane Kerby

Taran Tate

Chase Elliott Palmer

Moses Ky'Rel White

Kerrigan Elayne Grey

Jalynn Cheyenne Curry

Emma Catherine LeRoy

Mary Elizabeth Jackson

Ciara Skyy Mixon

Falynn Victoria Fuechsel

Zachary Adam Blevins

Sydney Brynn Ramsey
Todd Ramsey and Pam Stone, both of McCormick, S.C., announce the birth of a daughter, Sydney Brynn Ramsey, Sunday, May 4, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mike Stone of North Augusta, Rhonda Ramsey of Plum Branch, S.C., and the late Tommy Ramsey.

Odds and Ends
SAN FRANCISCO -- The ad might read something like this: "Tall, blonde, 'No Blood For Oil' activist seeks same. Let's have fair-trade coffee sometime."

Some Baltimore 16-year-olds get the vote
BALTIMORE -- Sixteen-year-old Andrew Brown smiles at the thought: He cannot legally buy cigarettes or drink a beer, but come September, he will be able to vote for mayor in the city's primary.

Odds and Ends
BOSTON -- A group of Massachusetts teenagers have filed a lawsuit to force the government to include women in the Selective Service System.

Woman says babies found in shed died after birth
MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- A woman was accused Tuesday of murdering three of her children and keeping the bodies for a decade or more before leaving them in a rented storage unit in Arizona, where they were discovered last week.

Healthy Sheffield produces big numbers

Braves suffer defeat

Braves notebook
CINCINNATI - If Vinny Castilla continues to perform as well in the No. 8 spot as he has lately, the third baseman should have some terrific numbers by the end of the season.

Braves notebook

Late homer lifts Reds past Braves

Healthy Sheffield produces big numbers
CINCINNATI - This is how the man shoulders the burden of being Gary Sheffield.

Late homer lifts Reds past Braves
CINCINNATI - He was supposed to restore some respectability to the bullpen, after a winter of discontent among the relievers.

Braves suffer defeat
CINCINNATI - This much is clear: Atlanta's Mike Hampton remains a work in progress, much like the landscaping outside Great American Ball Park.

Report predicts Augusta hiring will stay slow

Rules raise legal questions
After months of back-and-forth discussions about how to organize First Friday, Main Street Augusta has more revisions to make after a meeting with the Augusta Commission.

Sponsorship of golf tourney comes up big with Sorenstam
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bank of America opened its vault when it became title sponsor of the PGA Colonial tournament, but no amount of money can buy the attention the bank got when it added Annika Sorenstam to an all-male field.

Federal deficit surpasses $200 billion
WASHINGTON -- The government ran up a deficit of $201.6 billion in the first seven months of the 2003 budget year, more than three times the total for the corresponding period a year earlier.

Business briefs
The holding company for First Bank of Georgia reported record profits and continued assets growth at the company's annual shareholders meeting Wednesday in Augusta.

Groups say holiday will start return of travelers

Panel gets estimate on exhibit hall
A facility to attract more trade shows and conventions will cost between $16.4 million and $20.2 million, local tourism officials reported Wednesday.

Sponsorship of golf tourney comes up big with Sorenstam

Report predicts Augusta hiring will stay slow
ATLANTA - Georgians looking for jobs this winter should have better luck than people in the job hunt today, according to Georgia State University economist Rajeev Dhawan.

Teens spending billions on high school dance

Teens spending billions on high school dance
WESTPORT, Conn. -- Raquel Lucas is spending a small fortune on her senior prom.

Panel gets estimate on exhibit hall

Farmers decide to buy own plant in Donalsonville
DONALSONVILLE, Ga. -- A group of peanut growers have agreed to build a $14 million shelling plant which will create 70 jobs in this southwest Georgia city.

House and Senate reach tentative agreement on tax cut

Groups say holiday will start return of travelers
With gas prices dropping and the war in Iraq all but over, travel officials say more people should begin taking to the roads starting this Memorial Day weekend.

Greenspan: Fed ready to fight economic threats
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told a congressional panel Wednesday that the Fed is ready and able to do whatever necessary to guard against the remote possibility that a weak economy will trigger a debilitating bout of falling prices.

Rules raise legal questions
After months of back-and-forth discussions about how to organize First Friday, Main Street Augusta has more revisions to make after a meeting with the Augusta Commission.

House and Senate reach tentative agreement on tax cut
WASHINGTON -- House and Senate Republicans tentatively agreed on a framework for a $383 billion tax and spending package designed to give lift to an ailing economy. But Senate moderates whose votes are crucial to passing it hesitated to embrace the outline.

Two Clemson linebackers ruled ineligible
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Two Clemson linebackers are academically ineligible to play next season, the university says.

Purnell adjusting to life at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. -- There a few things new basketball coach Oliver Purnell still hasn't adjusted to at Clemson.

Two Clemson linebackers ruled ineligible

Purnell adjusting to life at Clemson

Apology not enough

Blowing smoke
"It's unfortunate that she smoked at a media conference that potentially went to hundreds of millions of people around the world. ... It's worth millions to the tobacco industry to have celebrities smoking."

Cleanup a near mess
They're trying to clean up a decades-old hazardous site near an old Augusta gas-manufacturing plant in the Laney-Walker area.

Cleanup a near mess

Grass-roots boycott

Pass tougher DUI bill
As the South Carolina legislature heads into its final days, the Senate will be taking up a House bill that gets tougher on drunken driving.

Grass-roots boycott
Since France took the lead in opposing the U.S.-led war in Iraq, relations between the two erstwhile allies have sharply deteriorated. The latest incident demonstrating the frosty state of affairs has Paris accusing Washington of spreading "lies and calumny" about France.

Blowing smoke

Apology not enough
Andre Bauer is a walking billboard for why it can be a bad idea to vote a straight party ticket. As South Carolina's lieutenant governor, Bauer is officially the state's second most powerful elected leader, right behind the governor.

Entertainment briefs
NEW YORK -- Children of World Trade Center victims will create artworks that will be stitched together and displayed at schools and museums across the country.

Stocks mostly higher after three days of selling
NEW YORK -- Wall Street stumbled through an uneven session and closed mixed Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said he is unable to make a firm judgment about the health of the economy.

Stocks slip on mad cow scare, heightened terror alert

Stocks mostly higher after three days of selling

Canadian mad cow case hits McDonald's, Wendy's, Tyson stocks

Canadian mad cow case hits McDonald's, Wendy's, Tyson stocks
Shares of big U.S. hamburger chains and meat processor Tyson Foods Inc. fell sharply Tuesday following the disclosure of the first case of mad cow disease in Canada in a decade, as investors feared that people would shy away from eating beef.

Stocks slip on mad cow scare, heightened terror alert
NEW YORK -- The stock market gave up early gains and finished narrowly lower Tuesday as fears about mad cow disease and a heightened terror alert pressured Wall Street.

Wedding cakes transcend mere baking

Wedding cakes transcend mere baking
NEW YORK - No question about it, the perfect wedding cake is the dream of every bride and groom.

Young guns deny Jackets
Some organizations are loaded with prospects who are suspect. Then there's the Atlanta Braves, a club that always seems to find the cream of the crop.

GreenJackets on deck
Rome Braves at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox)

Young guns deny Jackets
Some organizations are loaded with prospects who are suspect. Then there's the Atlanta Braves, a club that always seems to find the cream of the crop.

Extra bases
Today-Friday: vs. Rome Braves.

Two minutes with Russ Morman
Augusta GreenJackets manager Russ Morman answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Young guns deny Jackets
Some organizations are loaded with prospects who are suspect. Then there's the Atlanta Braves, a club that always seems to find the cream of the crop.

Esposito gives up pitching
The pitching experiment is over for Brian Esposito.

Young guns deny Jackets
Some organizations are loaded with prospects who are suspect. Then there's the Atlanta Braves, a club that always seems to find the cream of the crop.

Some tools cannot measure up to expectations

USC Aiken gets off to slow start
SUNRISE, Ore. - One quarter of the way through the NCAA Division II Golf Championship, highly touted USC Aiken is already playing catch-up.

Sorenstam already a big hit at Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Welcome to Annika's Alley.

Women on the PGA: Trend or novelty?
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Tim Herron was on the practice green at Colonial when Frank Lickliter walked by and asked a question that no longer seemed so absurd.

Colonial a critical week for U.S. Open bubble boys
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Tom Lehman has played in the U.S. Open the last 11 years, and is the only man to be in Sunday's final pairing four consecutive years.

Colonial a critical week for U.S. Open bubble boys

Annika a 4-1 underdog to make the cut at Colonial
LAS VEGAS -- In the sports books along the Las Vegas Strip they list Annika Sorenstam's chances of winning the Colonial at 500-1.

Annika fever rampant at LPGA Corning Classic
CORNING, N.Y. -- There's a buzz in the air at the Corning Classic, and not just at the gnat-infested 10th hole.

In Sweden, support for Sorenstam's bid at Colonial swells
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Tom Sorenstam plans to watch his daughter play at the Colonial from his home computer in Sweden.

Annika fever rampant at LPGA Corning Classic

Defending champ Price overlooked at Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Nick Price knows there are only a handful of courses where he still has a realistic chance of winning.

Defending champ Price overlooked at Colonial

USC Aiken gets off to slow start

Rookies excited to play with Sorenstam
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Dean Wilson is a journeyman who has spent most of his career on the Japanese Tour. Aaron Barber is an eight-year pro who didn't earn his first PGA Tour check until two months ago.

Esposito gives up pitching

Extra bases

Two minutes with Russ Morman

GreenJackets on deck

No-fuss fajitas
Crockpot cooking is usually associated with winter's hearty soups and stews, but at my house, the crock finds a place on the kitchen counter about once a week, year-round.

No-fuss fajitas
Crockpot cooking is usually associated with winter's hearty soups and stews, but at my house, the crock finds a place on the kitchen counter about once a week, year-round.

Police arrest pellet gun sniper
An hourlong standoff with police ended peacefully Wednesday afternoon after deputies took into custody an Augusta man, who police say fired a pellet gun at firefighters.

City needs to require structural repairs
I am amazed at the finger-pointing surrounding the May 10 collapse of the Augusta Hotel building. ... The historically and architecturally significant building has needed a new roof for many years. Its neglect over time caused its top floor to implode, and the falling weight of its large mansard roof caused the floors below it to give way. Erick Montgomery, Augusta

Politics is falsely divided into groups
We human beings have a remarkable penchant for dichotomizing things into overly simplistic black-and-white viewpoints - a type of logical fallacy called the "false dichotomy." Politics, a very sensitive and volatile issue to most, is one of these things. Jason Goodman, Belvedere, S.C.

Republicans will lead to our ruin
Regarding the May 5 letter by Richard Hogue, "Clinton: Good riddance to bad rubbish": Good riddance to bad rubbish indeed; unfortunately we have to wait until Nov. 4 of next year. Roy M. Judkins, Evans, Ga.

City needs to require structural repairs

Republicans will lead to our ruin

Associated Press demonstrates liberal bias
Having attended the University of South Carolina and majored in journalism, I was especially offended by the liberal bias of the Associated Press in its story of May 10 about conservative President George W. Bush speaking in Columbia. Tom Hunter, Augusta

Bush tax cut will only help his campaign
President George W. Bush has it right in pushing a $550 billion tax cut that primarily benefits wealthy Americans. After all, who cares about the 6 percent of Americans who are unemployed, or the 60 million Americans without health insurance? Or why should we be concerned with the 3.35 million people, including 1.35 million children, who are homeless? No, it's the wealthy who are really suffering in this country. Brian Gridley, Evans, Ga.

'Pro-choice' letter writer uses faulty rationale
Kevin Palmer's letter of May 10, "Pro-lifers need to 'get real,"' labeled pro-lifers as hypocrites. I am proud to be included among those persons to whom he refers; however, I must encourage him to do his homework and get his facts and conclusions correct. Vern J. Simon, Evans, Ga.

Common cell phones are playing a different tune

Health calendar

Capsules

Small portions

Washington state prohibits selling violent video games to kids

Washington state prohibits selling violent video games to kids
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Gov. Gary Locke signed a bill into law Tuesday that hits retailers with a $500 fine for selling or renting video games to children that depict violence against police.

Games people play
LOS ANGELES - Movie sequels often fall short of the original. Video games, however, usually get better with time.

Capsules
When astronauts see flashes of light, they're not just suffering from space jet lag. Physicists have found that the mysterious flashes are produced by high-energy particles called cosmic rays interacting with the eye.

In the know
Dig out your salad spinner. It's that time of year: National Salad Month.

Common cell phones are playing a different tune
You're only as cool as your cell-phone ring tone.That annoying Nokia tune - not cool. The theme song to Sanford and Son - way cool.

Photo tips for 'sharpshooters'
Most photographers, and I'm one of them, strive to get the sharpest pictures possible. After all, if we start with the sharpest picture, we can soften it afterward in the digital darkroom if we so desire.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Small portions
Before you store a bunch of arugula, carrots, herbs or any other foods tied together, remove the band. Binding food in bunches makes sense when selling but can be a problem when storing for any period of time. Vegetables tend to deteriorate along the band or get slimy where moisture collects on the inside of the bunch. Removing the band allows the produce to breathe, which is particularly important with herbs such as chives, tarragon, or parsley. For convenience, store produce in bags or reusable containers.

In the know
Dig out your salad spinner. It's that time of year: National Salad Month.

In the know
It must be getting close to the silly season: WFXG-TV (Channel 54) airs Summer Music Mania at 8 Thursday, with performances by Kelly Clarkson, Brian McKnight and the Ben Taylor Band and a celebrity bikini contest.

Pupils receive school options
Parents at 14 Richmond County schools could have the option of sending their children to a higher-performing school this fall.

News you can use
MAY 22, 1963The first person to appear before City Court Judge Gordon W. Chambers in more than two years on a charge of operating a lottery was found not guilty Tuesday.

Area sees small drop in deadly vehicle wrecks

Police seek reports on evangelist
AIKEN - As the scope of the investigation into a Bath evangelist continues to expand, authorities Tuesday asked for anyone whose children might have had close contact with the traveling preacher to contact authorities.

Across Georgia
CARTERSVILLE -Bartow County is the latest public school system in Georgia to allow its resource officers to carry firearms.

North Augustans view fort's complexities
Some members of North Augusta's business community didn't just learn about Fort Gordon's impact on the area - they learned just how complex the base is.

City OKs skateboard park
NORTH AUGUSTA - Young skateboarding enthusiasts have waited a long time to be noticed, and their day has come.

Bath man died of heart attack
BATH - Police say the scene inside Tommy Stein's concrete-block home in Bath certainly looked like a murder at first glance.

Across Georgia

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Marine 1st Sgt. Harmon E. Meeker III of North Augusta.

College tuition to rise 15 percent

Fire call leads to standoff, man's arrest
An hourlong standoff with police ended peacefully Wednesday afternoon after deputies arrested an Augusta man whom authorities said fired a pellet gun at firefighters.

Police arrest pellet gun sniper

Group fears mishandling of poor defendants

Agency tries to protect its grant

Correction

Across the southeast

Across South Carolina

Report on costs angers leaders
Three years and more than $123,000 after the fact, the Augusta Commission is wondering exactly what taxpayers got from the time and money invested in a Richmond County special grand jury.

News you can use
MAY 21, 1928The second car of live poultry to leave Augusta from Richmond County will leave tonight over Georgia railroad for Thomson, Ga.

Across the area
Authorities are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at an Augusta motel near Washington Road on Wednesday morning.

Perdue signs school measure in Thomson
THOMSON - Gov. Sonny Perdue stopped in Thomson on Tuesday morning and spent time at Maxwell Elementary School, where he ceremonially signed one of the state education reform bills.

Fire call leads to standoff, man's arrest
An hourlong standoff with police ended peacefully Wednesday afternoon after deputies arrested an Augusta man whom authorities said fired a pellet gun at firefighters.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Marine 1st Sgt. Harmon E. Meeker III of North Augusta.

Bath man died of heart attack
BATH - Police say the scene inside Tommy Stein's concrete-block home in Bath certainly looked like a murder at first glance.

Godfather of Soul is granted pardon
COLUMBIA - Singer James Brown was granted a pardon Tuesday for his past crimes in South Carolina.

City OKs skateboard park
NORTH AUGUSTA - Young skateboarding enthusiasts have waited a long time to be noticed, and their day has come.

Uranium program begins

Schools draw ire for panel failures
Twenty-eight Richmond County schools must establish school councils by Oct. 1.

Rants and Raves
AIKEN NEEDS TO stop that woman in Wagener from owning wild animals. I don't care what she thinks, but it is quite obvious that she knows little about raising these creatures. Something needs to be done before one of these animals hurts someone and has to be put down.

Uranium program begins
AIKEN - The first step in a government program to convert weapons-grade uranium into electricity has begun at Savannah River Site.

Deployment to Middle East ends at Fort Gordon
The Lowe family traveled a combined 33 hours Wednesday.

Area sees small drop in deadly vehicle wrecks
Although last year brought the most traffic fatalities nationwide in a decade, Augusta experienced a small decline.

Sheriff starts agenda
AIKEN - The printout taped to an exterior door at the Aiken County Sheriff's Office makes the situation plain to the department's 100-plus employees: "Under New Management - M.E. Hunt, Sheriff."

Residents lose facility
For the first time since it was founded in 1911, New Hope Community Center - in the heart of Laney-Walker's historically black Bethlehem community - will close its doors at the end of this month.

North Augustans view fort's complexities
Some members of North Augusta's business community didn't just learn about Fort Gordon's impact on the area - they learned just how complex the base is.

Police seek reports on evangelist

Airport funds cannot aid post
Augusta Regional Airport won't be able to help financially in an effort to keep Fort Gordon open, airport officials announced Wednesday.

Rants and Raves
IT IS REALLY scary reading about all of the sexual abuse and molestations that are being committed by preachers, priests, schoolteachers, coaches, radio DJs and bus drivers. All are people that children and adults trust. Parents have to educate their children about these issues and encourage them to come forward when someone does this to them and report the incident the first time. Many of these have molested the same children multiple times.

Across the area
A west Augusta man has been indicted on kidnapping, rape and burglary charges.

Sheriff starts agenda
AIKEN - The printout taped to an exterior door at the Aiken County Sheriff's Office makes the situation plain to the department's 100-plus employees: "Under New Management - M.E. Hunt, Sheriff."

College tuition to rise 15 percent
ATLANTA - Students at Georgia's four-year universities will encounter the biggest tuition increase in 18 years when they return to campus in the fall.

Godfather of Soul is granted pardon

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army National Guard Pfc. Christopher Lloyd Richardson of Gloverville.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The House overrode a veto by Gov. Mark Sanford on Wednesday on a bill that creates a memorial for law enforcement officers on Statehouse grounds.

Correction
Because incorrect information was provided to the newspaper, an article on health conditions in Richmond County schools in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained an error. Bungalow Road Elementary School has had no confirmed cases of viral meningitis.

Witness says suspect hid gun
Shortly after the April 2000 slaying of Aiken short-order cook Paul Williams, a suspect in his shooting showed up at a friend's house with a gun to hide, according to testimony Wednesday in Aiken County Circuit Court.

Residents lose facility
For the first time since it was founded in 1911, New Hope Community Center - in the heart of Laney-Walker's historically black Bethlehem community - will close its doors at the end of this month.

Across the southeast
JACKSON, Miss. -A federal judge ordered mental health exams, fans, better toilets and other improvements on Mississippi's death row Wednesday after inmates complained of inhumane conditions behind bars.

Schools draw ire for panel failures
Twenty-eight Richmond County schools must establish school councils by Oct. 1.

Perdue signs school measure in Thomson
THOMSON - Gov. Sonny Perdue stopped in Thomson on Tuesday morning and spent time at Maxwell Elementary School, where he ceremonially signed one of the state education reform bills.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - An economic boycott of York County doesn't interest the two local branches of NAACP even though the group wants the county to adopt a holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

News you can use
MAY 22, 1963 The first person to appear before City Court Judge Gordon W. Chambers in more than two years on a charge of operating a lottery was found not guilty Tuesday.

Across Georgia
VALDOSTA - An obstetrician under investigation for attempting an illegal abortion has had his medical license revoked.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army National Guard Pfc. Christopher Lloyd Richardson of Gloverville.

Agency tries to protect its grant
Despite more than $7,600 that the city already is being forced to repay the federal government for a Wrightsboro Road substance abuse program, the Augusta Commission continued Tuesday to protect unspent grants to Transition Centers Inc., a move that could force the city to repay even more money to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Deployment to Middle East ends at Fort Gordon
The Lowe family traveled a combined 33 hours Wednesday.

Man convicted in rape
An Augusta man who tried to hide from police when he realized his 16-year-old victim wasn't going to keep her rape a secret was convicted Tuesday.

Airport funds cannot aid post

News you can use
MAY 21, 1928 The second car of live poultry to leave Augusta from Richmond County will leave tonight over Georgia railroad for Thomson, Ga.

Tax plea gets few backers
AIKEN - County council members are already stretching their budget, straining to pay for everything from the sheriff's budget to road maintenance.

Pupils receive school options

Thurmond's health has weak turn
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Friends and family said Wednesday that former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond has been weaker than usual in recent days.

Group fears mishandling of poor defendants
Richmond County State Court judges want to meet with the Southern Center for Human Rights attorneys who suspect the constitutional rights of poor people are being violated.

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Rants and Raves
AIKEN NEEDS TO stop that woman in Wagener from owning wild animals. I don't care what she thinks, but it is quite obvious that she knows little about raising these creatures. Something needs to be done before one of these animals hurts someone and has to be put down.

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No laughing matter
A minister, a wrestler and a woman were playing golf together ...

Some tools cannot measure up to expectations
My wife hasn't asked me yet, but when she does, I'll tell her that what I really want for my birthday this year is a good tape measure.

Disney to offer options for watching movies at home
LOS ANGELES -- The Walt Disney Co. will test two technologies this fall - movie downloads and self-destructing DVDs - designed to broaden the distribution of its films and boost profits by cutting out the middleman.

Almighty Superstar: God's movie career shifts to increasingly screwy comedies
LOS ANGELES -- Oh, how the Almighty has fallen - if you consider it a demotion to be brought down to Earth by the movies.

Disney to offer options for watching movies at home

Almighty Superstar: God's movie career shifts to increasingly screwy comedies

Vegas goes country for music awards
LAS VEGAS -- The two most successful artists at the Academy of Country Music Awards continued their winning ways Wednesday, with Alan Jackson capturing album of the year for "Drive" and Brooks & Dunn being named top vocal duo.

James Brown keeps up the pace

Software company plans on bringing back Napster name

Software company plans on bringing back Napster name
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Software maker Roxio said Monday it has acquired the online music service pressplay for about $40 million, setting up the return of the Napster name.

James Brown keeps up the pace
NEW YORK -- Five decades of splits, stop-on-a-dime spins and side-gliding dance steps can take a toll even on the hardest-working man in show business.

Ruben is new 'American Idol'
NEW YORK -- Ruben Studdard outsang Clay Aiken to become the new "American Idol."

Ratings indicate national growth

Q&A with Jack Roush
Jack Roush, the car owner for Fords driven by Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton, Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, has won the last four Coca-Cola 600 races at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. He talked about his success and what it would take to extend the streak this Sunday to five.

Elliott to race in Coca-Cola 600 with broken foot
Bill Elliott will race in Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600 with a broken left foot. It's up to his crew to figure out how to keep him comfortable through the longest race of the season.

Ratings indicate national growth
CONCORD, N.C. - Fox Sports president Ed Goren not only believes the NASCAR Winston Cup Series has finally shed its regional perception, but he also says the racing circuit has become one of the "healthiest" sports on television.

Racing facts - Coca-Cola 600

Confidence entering doubleheader comes from maturity
CONCORD, N.C. - There are a coupleof reasons for Robby Gordon to like his chances Sunday in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600.

Confidence entering doubleheader comes from maturity

Racing facts - Coca-Cola 600
Here are facts about this weekend's Coca-Cola 600 race.

Q&A with Jack Roush
Jack Roush, the car owner for Fords driven by Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton, Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, has won the last four Coca-Cola 600 races at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. He talked about his success and what it would take to extend the streak this Sunday to five.

Spurs even series
SAN ANTONIO -- First there was foul trouble for Dirk Nowitzki, and then he got hit with a technical foul. Next came serious foul trouble for Nowitzki, which was followed by the ejection of Don Nelson.

Maturing Martin carries Nets closer to conference title
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kenyon Martin cut the "stupid stuff" from his game. What's left looks like championship material.

The LeBron James sweepstakes to be held on Thursday
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Every once in a while, a player comes along who gives hope to all the downtrodden teams of the NBA.

The LeBron James sweepstakes to be held on Thursday

How did the Mavs shoot 98 percent in Game 1?
SAN ANTONIO -- Relax. Take a deep breath or two. Stare at the front of the rim. Remember that you've made this shot thousands of times.

Ginobili spurs Manu mania
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Forget Maradona, Manu mania has arrived.

Nets take Game 2

Duncan, Popovich, Yao win Sporting News NBA awards
ST. LOUIS -- San Antonio center Tim Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich were selected player and coach of the year by the Sporting News on Tuesday.

Detroit's desperation vs. New Jersey's greed
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons are desperate for a win. The New Jersey Nets are greedy for another.

How did the Mavs shoot 98 percent in Game 1?

Kidd makes childhood dreams come true
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jason Kidd grew up on the playgrounds of Oakland, Calif., recreating all the moves of Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.

Spurs even series

Nets take Game 2
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Another fourth-quarter comeback. Another two-point victory. Another breathless moment over a last-second shot that didn't go in.

Pottsville Maroons stake claim to 1925 NFL title

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Climbers pursue Everest on 50th anniversary

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Roddick reaches quarterfinals
ST. POELTEN, Austria --Top-seeded Andy Roddick beat German qualifier Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-4 Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Raiffeisen Grand Prix.

Marist girls outlast Lakeside
Lakeside had the heart and the home-field advantage, but Marist posted superior numbers to secure a 3-0 win Wednesday in the Georgia Class AAAA girls state soccer semifinals at Panther Stadium.

Heritage frustrates, eliminates Lakeside
The Lakeside-Heritage boys soccer rivalry isn't just about hard-fought, tough matches anymore. Now, it's bordering on good old-fashioned hate.

Seniors ready for annual game
Bragging rights will be on the line today when Richmond County faces Columbia County in the 2003 Senior Soccer Bowl.

De La Hoya's only focus is Mosley
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Oscar De La Hoya doesn't want to be an actor or singer anymore. He just wants to box, and his entire focus is on his rematch with Shane Mosley.

Heritage frustrates, eliminates Lakeside
The Lakeside-Heritage boys soccer rivalry isn't just about hard-fought, tough matches anymore. Now, it's bordering on good old-fashioned hate.

Climbers pursue Everest on 50th anniversary
KATMANDU, Nepal -- Wind storms forced more than 100 climbers to retreat from the south face of Mount Everest on Wednesday amid celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the first Everest conquest.

Overtime
USC Aiken's Ashley Farr and Clint Keown have been named to the NCAA Division II South Atlantic All-Region team.

Marist girls outlast Lakeside
Lakeside had the heart and the home-field advantage, but Marist posted superior numbers to secure a 3-0 win Wednesday in the Georgia Class AAAA girls state soccer semifinals at Panther Stadium.

Hewitt and Serena Williams top seeds at French Open
PARIS -- Serena Williams and Lleyton Hewitt were selected as the top seeds for the French Open on Tuesday.

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USC Aiken, ranked No. 2 in the Golf Coaches of America poll, were tied for sixth midway through its second round Wednesday in the NCAA Division II Golf Championship in Sunrise, Ore.

Pottsville Maroons stake claim to 1925 NFL title
PHILADELPHIA -- The NFL is looking into awarding the 1925 championship to the Pottsville (Pa.) Maroons instead of the Chicago Cardinals.

Giants coach, wife appear with son given for adoption
WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. -- New York Giants coach Jim Fassel didn't need much time to recruit the team's latest fan - his newfound son.

Report: sexual content on major networks down
WASHINGTON -- Major broadcast networks - ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox - are showing less sexual content on television, particularly during the first two hours of prime time, a TV watchdog group said Tuesday.

'The Practice' downsizes for next season

NBC's season finale of 'Friends' tops ratings
NEW YORK -- The season finale of "Friends," which opened new romantic possibilities for Joey, Rachel and Ross, was the most popular program during a competitive week of prime-time television.

Report: sexual content on major networks down

'The Practice' downsizes for next season
LOS ANGELES -- "The Practice" may be looking for smaller offices next season on ABC.

A turn toward diversity in casting for fall programming
NEW YORK -- Come to Whoopi Goldberg's hotel, or Luis Guzman's doughnut shop. Cheech Marin is dad to a talk show host. Steve Harvey is back, and Will Smith airs family dirty laundry.

Entertainment briefs

Augusta Bulldogs remain loyal
They gave Mark Richt and Vince Dooley standing ovations. They cheered throughout a highlight video that showed clips from an amazing football season.

Augusta Bulldogs remain loyal
They gave Mark Richt and Vince Dooley standing ovations. They cheered throughout a highlight video that showed clips from an amazing football season.

Letter blames Harrick Jr. for academic fraud at Georgia

Letter blames Harrick Jr. for academic fraud at Georgia
Former Georgia assistant basketball coach Jim Harrick Jr. was solely responsible for the academic fraud that left two players ineligible, the school said in a letter to the NCAA.

Rookie struggles on Hooters Tour
Augusta's Ryan Smith needs to make push for a Hooters Tour event at Rocky Branch Golf Club in Lincolnton, Ga. The way Smith plays his home course, he'd be a strong contender for a tournament title there.

Rookie struggles on Hooters Tour
Augusta's Ryan Smith needs to make push for a Hooters Tour event at Rocky Branch Golf Club in Lincolnton, Ga. The way Smith plays his home course, he'd be a strong contender for a tournament title there.

Odds and Ends

Woman says babies found in shed died after birth