Play is not always 'Happily ever after'
Cinderella is saddled with a philandering spouse. Jack, of beanstalk fame, is on the run from the grief-stricken she-giant who has carelessly crushed a few of his neighbors.

Art Factory put creative twist on fund-raiser

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.

Play is not always 'Happily ever after'
Cinderella is saddled with a philandering spouse. Jack, of beanstalk fame, is on the run from the grief-stricken she-giant who has carelessly crushed a few of his neighbors.

Art Factory put creative twist on fund-raiser
It occurs to me that I have been a glass-is-half-empty kind of guy.

Shaw pitchers cuff Lakeside

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.

Dodgers player tackles fan on the field
LOS ANGELES -- Jason Romano is aware of recent history, so the 23-year-old rookie didn't hesitate when he saw a fan on the field at Dodger Stadium approaching teammate Brian Jordan.

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.

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.

Three errors hurt Glascock County
Glascock County was cruising along Wednesday after winning the opening game of the best-of-three Class A playoff series against Athens Academy.

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

Dodgers player tackles fan on the field

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.

Postcard season is upon us yet again

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.

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.

Blake Austin Price

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.

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.

Moses Ky'Rel White

Chase Matthew Brown

Mary Elizabeth Jackson

Evan Martin Vakoc

Falynn Victoria Fuechsel

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.

Kenzie Jane Kerby

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.

Claudia Amelia Eastmead

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.

Jalynn Cheyenne Curry

Kerrigan Elayne Grey

Zachary Adam Blevins

Emma Catherine LeRoy

Sydney Brynn Ramsey

Ciara Skyy Mixon

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alyssa Lee Ladomirak

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.

Sarah Neely Michelle James

Chase Elliott Palmer

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.

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.

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.

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.

Joshua Edward Stafford

Leigh Anne Blanchard

Taran Tate

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A new company is broadcasting funerals on the Internet, giving friends and relatives who can't make the service a chance to pay their respects.

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."

Motorists running red lights nabbed in 'homeless' sting
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Police went undercover as homeless people in tattered clothes to catch drivers running red lights.

Offense carries Braves

Offense carries Braves
CINCINNATI - Shane Reynolds was reading sports psychologist Harvey Dorfman's The Mental ABC's of Pitching on Thursday afternoon, oblivious to the card games and horseplay going on around him in the visitors clubhouse.

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.

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 suffer defeat

Jones angered by bottle toss

Jones angered by bottle toss
CINCINNATI - Left fielder Chipper Jones was still angry Thursday after a beer bottle whizzed by his head in the eighth inning of Wednesday night's loss at the Great American Ball Park.

Braves notebook

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.

Airport seeks business liaison
Women and minorities who own businesses, and owners of small businesses, could soon have someone working on their behalf at Augusta Regional Airport.

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.

Upscale clothing stores mark new venture for Goodwill
Since Goodwill Industries opened a new retail spot in Daniel Village Shopping Center, store manager Rose Compton has noticed a new breed of shoppers stopping in.

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.

Tax cuts, new spending in bill heading through Congress
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Thursday embraced a dramatically reduced compromise version of his tax-cut plan, calling the $350 billion package "good for American workers, good for American families."

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

Report predicts Augusta hiring will stay slow

Tax cuts, new spending in bill heading through Congress

Teens spending billions on high school dance

Upscale clothing stores mark new venture for Goodwill
Since Goodwill Industries opened a new retail spot in Daniel Village Shopping Center, store manager Rose Compton has noticed a new breed of shoppers stopping in.

Swoosh! LeBron James signs $90 million Nike deal
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James idolized Michael Jordan, right down to his shoes. Now the high school star will begin his NBA career just like Mike.

Jobless claims rise

Jobless claims rise
WASHINGTON --More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, in part because some businesses were forced to shut down after tornadoes wreaked damage upon the Midwest.

Airport seeks business liaison

Panel gets estimate on exhibit hall

Groups say holiday will start return of travelers

House and Senate reach tentative agreement on tax cut

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.

Sponsorship of golf tourney comes up big with Sorenstam

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Business briefs

Business briefs
MIAMI - A Georgia amusement park operator said he is negotiating with the owners of Cypress Gardens to buy the attraction and reopen it by October.

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

Two Clemson linebackers ruled ineligible

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.

No virtue in this
Peter McWilliams is the antithesis of Bill Bennett.

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.

Saudis: Friend or foe?
With friends like the Saudis, Americans don't need enemies.

Blowing smoke

Saudis: Friend or foe?

Cleanup a near mess

No virtue in this

Standing ovations
The Augusta GreenJackets face the Rome Braves at 7:15 p.m. today and the Capital City Bombers at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at lake Olmstead Stadium on Milledge Road. Fireworks follow the Saturday game, which is also the night for a giveaway of Greg Maddux Celebriducks.

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

Concert calendar
Here's a list of concerts in the area.

Standing ovations
The Augusta GreenJackets face the Rome Braves at 7:15 p.m. today and the Capital City Bombers at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at lake Olmstead Stadium on Milledge Road. Fireworks follow the Saturday game, which is also the night for a giveaway of Greg Maddux Celebriducks.

Dinosaurs roam Fort Discovery
Lifelike mechanized dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals have invaded the National Science Center's Fort Discovery.

Dinosaurs roam Fort Discovery
Lifelike mechanized dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals have invaded the National Science Center's Fort Discovery.

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

Applause calendar
JOKER'S WILD COMEDY TOUR, WITH JOHN WITHERSPOON, DON D.C. CURRY, BRUCE-BRUCE, T.P. HEARNS, ARNAZ J. AND MARVIN DIXON: 8 p.m. May 30, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 601 Seventh St.; $35 advance, $38.50 day of show.

Memorial Day events put patriotism on display
This weekend is shaping up to be a prime time for patriotism, with Memorial Day events ranging from family fun to distinctly solemn affairs.

Stocks rise sharply on tax cut plan

Rates on 30-year mortgages drop to new low
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year mortgages dropped to a new low this week, the seventh time that has happened this year.

Stocks rise sharply on tax cut plan
NEW YORK -- Stocks regained some upward momentum Thursday, rising on news that President Bush would sign a tax cut bill into law and on solid earnings from cigarette maker Altria.

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 mostly higher after three days of selling

Rates on 30-year mortgages drop to new low

Fishing report
The Memorial Day weekend starts after work ends today and ends at dark on Monday, so Thurmond Lake fishermen will need to get a jump-start to be successful.

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

Leaf gall prevalent in spring
Some leaves on my sasanqua bushes seem fatter than normal. What is the problem, and what can I do about it?

Hidden gardens open beautifully
Mary Weaver loves to spend mornings in her backyard garden.

Your plants just might want company
So-called "companion planting" may be thought of as choosing a mixed and good neighborhood for your plants. Rather than planting marigolds in the flower garden, basil in the herb garden, and cabbages in the vegetable garden, you grow flower, herb, and vegetable plants together. And no solid blocks - mingle the cabbages freely with the tomatoes, the cucumbers with the corn.

Hidden gardens open beautifully
Mary Weaver loves to spend mornings in her backyard garden.

Leaf gall prevalent in spring

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.

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.

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.

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

Annika fever rampant at LPGA Corning Classic

Britain's Karen Stupples leads Corning Classic after one round
CORNING, N.Y. -- After Britain's Karen Stupples matched the best round of her five years on the LPGA Tour, she did what most of the other players did at the Corning Classic - she watched Annika Sorenstam.

A solid debut for Sorenstam
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The first woman on the PGA Tour in 58 years played just like one of the boys.

Clarke takes lead of Volvo PGA with a 66
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Darren Clarke shot a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke lead in the first round of the Volvo PGA Championship on Thursday.

Monty changes caddies again
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Colin Montgomerie has changed caddies again, this time hiring Steve Rawlinson from Australian golfer Stephen Leaney.

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

A solid debut for Sorenstam
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The first woman on the PGA Tour in 58 years played just like one of the boys.

Britain's Karen Stupples leads Corning Classic after one round

Clarke takes lead of Volvo PGA with a 66

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.

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.

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.

Defending champ Price overlooked at Colonial

Postcard season is upon us yet again
Here we are again on the brink of a Memorial Day weekend and the long (or short) summer ahead.

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.

Republicans will lead to our ruin

Closely watching health coverage debate

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

Local young man will be missed
Although I only knew Maurice Glenn as the young man who worked at Bi-Lo and later as the boy who went to my daughter's school, he was a person who always brought a smile to your face. Volante L. McGee, Hephzibah, Ga.

Bedside nurses often go unappreciated
People ask me what is wrong with nursing today? Why are we facing a critical shortage? Today, the average nurse is in her 40s. Fewer young folks are choosing nursing and, of those who do, they quickly gravitate away from the bedside to administrative and advanced-practice positions. Barbara Cope, RN, BSN, CCRN, Waynesboro, Ga.

Closely watching health coverage debate
I am writing this letter from a true sense of helplessness. My husband is self-employed, and I am a stay-at-home mom. We have an individual health-insurance plan with one of the larger companies in Georgia. Lisa C. Myrick, Martinez, Ga.

Bedside nurses often go unappreciated

City needs to require structural repairs

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.

Washington state prohibits selling violent video games to kids

Capsules

Common cell phones are playing a different tune

Health calendar

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.

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
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.

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.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RAVE for the concert that was held on Saturday, the Southern Nights concert sponsored by the Red Cross. I just have to say it has to be the best show that I have been to in the area. We should have more concerts like that.

New research on amphibians' homes could spur overhaul in regulations on land use around streams
AIKEN - The topic of salamanders becomes even more slippery when there are implications for lawmakers and developers.

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

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

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

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

Jury takes doctor's side in malpractice suit

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.

Police make arrests in home invasion
Augusta authorities arrested three people Thursday they say were involved in a Wednesday afternoon home invasion.

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.

Holiday closings
Here is a list of area Memorial Day closings.

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.

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.

Perdue signs new indigent defense bill

Rain tapers off in May - slightly

News you can use
MAY 23, 1983A 27-year-old dental student collapsed and died Sunday morning after a U.S. Army Reserve physical training test.

Across the southeast

Group fears mishandling of poor defendants

Across the area

Airport funds cannot aid post

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.

Rivers overflow after hard rains
COLUMBIA - Rivers, creeks and streams flooded in some parts of the state Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Uranium program begins

Across the area
An employee of a Deans Bridge Road fast-food restaurant told police that a customer pulled a gun on another man and then took his food without paying after the employee went to call 911.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A House bill that gives American Indian issues to the Minority Affairs Commission has been approved by a Senate subcommittee.

Police make arrests in home invasion
Augusta authorities arrested three people Thursday they say were involved in a Wednesday afternoon home invasion.

Across Georgia
DOUGLAS -A 23-year-old Homerville man sought in the 2001 shooting deaths of three Coffee County men has surrendered to authorities at the Coffee County jail.

Savannah police say shootings are related

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.

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

Burglars get probation
A young man who admitted to breaking into several Hephzibah homes and making off with others' belongings got a shot at going straight Thursday.

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.

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

Correction

Servicewoman of the day
Today's servicewoman of the day is Air Force Senior Airman Karen Masters of Thomson.

Rivers overflow after hard rains

Science group wants new work in school
Its halls once rang with the cries of students and teachers. It might one day ring with cries of "Eureka!"

Residents push need for emergency station
AIKEN - About 80 residents of the Cedar Creek community, which is south of Aiken's borders, met with government representatives Thursday night to voice concerns about the county's thinly stretched emergency medical services.

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

Savannah police say shootings are related
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Savannah police suspect four recent homicides are connected, but they won't say whether the last three were in retaliation for the first.

Jail ends review over key in cell
Procedures were followed properly in the case of a Aiken County murder suspect who was found to have a handcuff key in his jail cell, a detention center official said Thursday.

Art shows Old South's slavery images
ATLANTA - Artist John W. Jones almost missed the inspiration for the work that now brings him fame.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RAVE for the concert that was held on Saturday, the Southern Nights concert sponsored by the Red Cross. I just have to say it has to be the best show that I have been to in the area. We should have more concerts like that.

Man gets life in murder of cook
AIKEN - Chris Davis got life plus 30 years for gunning down well-known short-order cook Paul Williams in a home invasion robbery, but he wasn't around to hear his sentence.

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

Group leader pushes fight to save base
An effort to save Fort Gordon, an updated fire study and an impending lawsuit dominated the conversations at a sparsely attended town hall meeting Thursday night in Columbia County.

Across South Carolina

Art shows Old South's slavery images
ATLANTA - Artist John W. Jones almost missed the inspiration for the work that now brings him fame.

Man gets life in murder of cook
AIKEN - Chris Davis got life plus 30 years for gunning down well-known short-order cook Paul Williams in a home invasion robbery, but he wasn't around to hear his sentence.

Rain tapers off in May - slightly
It might seem as though Augusta parking lots and roads have transformed into ponds as a result of the week's rainfall.

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Residents tour new crime lab
Carin Tichgelaar, of Augusta, a fan of forensic science television shows, wasn't quite ready to see a corpse Thursday when she visited the morgue at the new Georgia Bureau of Investigation Eastern Regional Crime Lab.

Jury takes doctor's side in malpractice suit
An Augusta physician said his faith in the judicial system and common sense was restored Thursday evening when a jury found in his favor in a civil lawsuit.

Across the area

High water halts reactor trip
AIKEN - One problem no one was counting on when they planned the transport of an enormous, concrete-filled, decommissioned reactor vessel from Maine to South Carolina was too much water in the Savannah River.

Perdue signs new indigent defense bill
ATLANTA - Supporters hailed it as a historic step forward for justice in Georgia as Gov. Sonny Perdue signed legislation Thursday designed to overhaul the way the state provides legal defense for poor people charged with crimes.

Group leader pushes fight to save base

New research on amphibians' homes could spur overhaul in regulations on land use around streams
AIKEN - The topic of salamanders becomes even more slippery when there are implications for lawmakers and developers.

Holiday closings

Jail ends review over key in cell

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.

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

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.

Retiree's condition improves
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Retired U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond rallied over the past two days, family and supporters said Thursday, but the 100-year-old political legend is still not strong enough to go on the occasional outings he has taken since returning to his hometown in January.

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

Columbia County prepares Memorial Day festivities
Columbia County will honor those serving under the red, white and blue this weekend with a patriotic celebration.

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.

News you can use
MAY 23, 1983 A 27-year-old dental student collapsed and died Sunday morning after a U.S. Army Reserve physical training test.

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

Servicewoman of the day
Today's servicewoman of the day is Air Force Senior Airman Karen Masters of Thomson.

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.

Science group wants new work in school
Its halls once rang with the cries of students and teachers. It might one day ring with cries of "Eureka!"

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.

At the Movies: 'Bruce Almighty'
From the television commercials, "Bruce Almighty" looks like Jim Carrey's big return to the kind of broad physical comedy he made his name with.

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.

Video watch

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JUST OUT: 25th Hour, Star Trek: Nemesis, Antwone Fisher and Adaptation

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

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At the Movies: 'The In-Laws'
"The In-Laws," starring Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks as mismatched fathers whose children are getting married, is essentially the same as the 1979 comedy it's a remake of, starring Peter Falk and Alan Arkin.

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.

'American Idol' winner Ruben to release first single in a week
NEW YORK -- "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard won't have time to rest on his laurels - he's spending this weekend in the studio to work on his debut album, which is slated to come out by September.

James Brown keeps up the pace

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

'American Idol' winner Ruben to release first single in a week

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.

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.

Rice crew wins Pit Stop contest, $30,000 prize
INDIANAPOLIS -- Buddy Rice was the busiest driver in the final practice before the Indianapolis 500. His Cheever Racing crew was the best rewarded.

Indoor kart racing appeals to race car driver wannabes
INDIANAPOLIS -- The co-workers step out of their staff meeting, revved up for a team-building exercise - Indianapolis-style.

Ratings indicate national growth

Racing facts - Coca-Cola 600

Drivers roll with rainout

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

Castroneves loves being part of Indy tradition

Castroneves loves being part of Indy tradition
INDIANAPOLIS -- As Helio Castroneves rode a golf cart through Gasoline Alley and headed for pit lane, the cheers grew to a crescendo.

Elliott up for racing, Atwood back in NASCAR

Rice crew wins Pit Stop contest, $30,000 prize

Confidence entering doubleheader comes from maturity

Indoor kart racing appeals to race car driver wannabes

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.

Drivers roll with rainout
CONCORD, N.C. - It didn't matter qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 wasn't scheduled until 7 p.m. Thursday or that Lowe's Motor Speedway had lights. As soon as NASCAR saw the weather radar, it pulled the plug on time trials four hours in advance.

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.

Elliott up for racing, Atwood back in NASCAR
CONCORD, N.C. -- Bill Elliott used one crutch to navigate his way through the deep puddles at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Neither heavy rain nor a broken left foot could keep him away from the race track on Thursday.

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.

When Wallace swats, Collins heads to the boards

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.

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.

Nets top Pistons
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin got running in the first quarter, so the New Jersey Nets didn't have to wait until the fourth to win the game.

Nets top Pistons

When Wallace swats, Collins heads to the boards
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As if the daunting task of facing Ben Wallace weren't motivation enough, New Jersey Nets center Jason Collins got a couple of extra challenges before the start of the Eastern Conference finals.

The LeBron James sweepstakes to be held on Thursday

Cavaliers win LeBron James sweepstakes
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The Cleveland Cavaliers hit the LeBron James jackpot.

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.

Peculiar officiating debated in Mavs-Spurs series
DALLAS -- There were no referees around Thursday, an off day in the Western Conference finals. Accordingly, nobody got too upset.

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.

Spurs even series

Cavaliers win LeBron James sweepstakes

How did the Mavs shoot 98 percent in Game 1?

Peculiar officiating debated in Mavs-Spurs series

Pottsville Maroons stake claim to 1925 NFL title

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Overtime

Climbers pursue Everest on 50th anniversary

Kournikova, Krajicek pull out of French Open

Overtime

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.

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.

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.

Kournikova, Krajicek pull out of French Open
PARIS -- Anna Kournikova and Richard Krajicek withdrew from the French Open on Thursday because of injuries.

Overtime
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.

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.

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.

Overtime
Brian Reed pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth inning as Alabama beat South Carolina 9-7 in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament in Hoover, Ala.

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.

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.

Songwriting duo turned out memorable hits
Grand Ole Opry star Sonny Osborne said the April 22 death of Felice Scaduto Bryant, co-writer of The Osborne Brothers' classic hit Rocky Top, was like the closing of a chapter in his life.

Songwriting duo turned out memorable hits
Grand Ole Opry star Sonny Osborne said the April 22 death of Felice Scaduto Bryant, co-writer of The Osborne Brothers' classic hit Rocky Top, was like the closing of a chapter in his life.

At end of TV season, 'CSI" is top show and CBS top network
NEW YORK -- The CBS drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" is officially the nation's favorite program, while CBS is once again the most popular network.

Big, easygoing guy beats skinny crooner to win 'American Idol'
LOS ANGELES -- Ruben or Clay? The suspense drew an estimated 33.7 million people to watch Ruben Studdard win Fox's "American Idol" competition on Wednesday night

Big, easygoing guy beats skinny crooner to win 'American Idol'

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

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.

'The Practice' downsizes for next season

At end of TV season, 'CSI" is top show and CBS top network

Applause calendar

Concert calendar

Richt doesn't blame Gibson

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.

Richt doesn't blame Gibson
Georgia receiver Fred Gibson caused quite a stir in the Bulldogs athletic department last week when he told an Associated Press reporter that he didn't do anything wrong by selling his Southeastern Conference title ring.

Letter blames Harrick Jr. for academic fraud at Georgia

Film scores can be unforgettable
Imagine Darth Vader striding through the metal corridors of the Death Star with only the click of his hobnail boots for accompaniment. Picture, if you can, a knife-wielding Norman Bates interrupting shower time without a screeching string section. Would Batman's battles, Rick and Ilsa's runway rendezvous or a River Kwai bridge-building have been half as exciting had they occurred without a timpani or two?

Film scores can be unforgettable
Imagine Darth Vader striding through the metal corridors of the Death Star with only the click of his hobnail boots for accompaniment. Picture, if you can, a knife-wielding Norman Bates interrupting shower time without a screeching string section. Would Batman's battles, Rick and Ilsa's runway rendezvous or a River Kwai bridge-building have been half as exciting had they occurred without a timpani or two?

Holtz casts spell over fans
AIKEN - South Carolina football coach Lou Holtz held a USA Today sports section up before members of the Aiken County Gamecock Club, which gathered to see him speak at their annual meeting Thursday at USC Aiken.

Alabama tops South Carolina
HOOVER, Ala. -- Beau Hearod went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Brian Reed pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth inning as Alabama beat South Carolina 9-7 in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Holtz casts spell over fans
AIKEN - South Carolina football coach Lou Holtz held a USA Today sports section up before members of the Aiken County Gamecock Club, which gathered to see him speak at their annual meeting Thursday at USC Aiken.

Alabama tops South Carolina

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