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

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.

Dodgers player tackles fan on the field

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.

Glavine prepares for first start against Braves
ATLANTA -- Tom Glavine isn't sure how he'll be received by the fans at Turner Field on Saturday, when he faces the Atlanta Braves for the first time as a member of the New York Mets.

Patriots games go to new place
It is slated to be torn apart as soon as the season is done, but nothing will be able to demolish the memories for those who played, coached or witnessed history at Westside High's baseball field.

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.

Postcard season is upon us yet again

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
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Jason Romano is well aware of several recent instances in which spectators trespassed on the baseball field - and the game last year where a player was attacked.

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.

Glavine makes return
ATLANTA - It was fitting that after choosing to pitch in New York, Tom Glavine was stuck in a traffic jam on his return to Atlanta.

Unlikely hero rescues Mets

Glavine makes return
ATLANTA - It was fitting that after choosing to pitch in New York, Tom Glavine was stuck in a traffic jam on his return to Atlanta.

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.

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.

Offense carries Braves

Unlikely hero rescues Mets
ATLANTA - For the slipping and sliding New York Mets, beating the archrival helps make the season worth enduring.

Jones angered by bottle toss

Euro spikes above $1.18 to four-year high against U.S. dollar
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The euro surged above $1.18 on Friday, coming within a penny of its all-time high against the dollar in a rapid climb fed by signals that U.S. officials welcome a weaker currency to spur exports.

Airport seeks business liaison

Cookie factory eyes new growth
Tim McGee has two tall orders to fill during the next 12 months.

Tax cuts, new spending in bill heading through Congress

Congress approves $330 billion in tax cuts
WASHINGTON -- Congress gave its final approval Friday to $330 billion in new tax cuts for families, investors and businesses, handing President Bush a victory despite sharply curtailing his plan for lifting the economy from its knees.

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.

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.

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."

Jobless claims rise

Euro spikes above $1.18 to four-year high against U.S. dollar

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.

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.

Congress approves $330 billion in tax cuts

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.

Cookie factory eyes new growth
Tim McGee has two tall orders to fill during the next 12 months.

Business briefs
ATLANTA - Georgia Power asked the Georgia Public Service Commission to approve a new fuel rate Friday that would increase the average customer's bill by about 2.9 percent, or $1.60 a month.

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.

Clemson falls to Duke
SALEM, Va. -- Tim Layden pitched seven strong innings and Duke used a seven-run second against Clemson ace Tyler Lumsden to beat the Tigers 7-4 Friday in an elimination game at the ACC baseball tournament.

Fort Gordon needs you

It's decision time
Kicking, screaming, bombing, killing.

No virtue in this

It's decision time

Saudis: Friend or foe?

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

Fort Gordon needs you
There's still a ton of work to be done in the continuing campaign to save Fort Gordon from the next round of base closures in 2005, but important progress has been made since earlier in the year.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Rumors, speculation may be main stock catalysts in coming weeks

Inadequate natural gas supply stirs more worry
NEW YORK - Although natural gas is primarily a winter fuel, the industry is getting an unusually high level of attention as summer rolls around because supplies are tight and prices are soaring.

Rates on 30-year mortgages drop to new low

Stocks modestly higher ahead of long weekend
NEW YORK -- Wall Street went into the holiday weekend quietly, with stocks edging higher amid a lack of economic and earnings news.

Inadequate natural gas supply stirs more worry

Rumors, speculation may be main stock catalysts in coming weeks
By Hope Yen Associated Press

Stocks modestly higher ahead of long weekend

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.

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

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Fishing report
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

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.

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

Leaf gall prevalent in spring

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?

GreenJackets on-deck
Capital City Bombers (Mets) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox) WHERE: Lake Olmstead Stadium THE SERIES: One game - Tonight, 7:15 p.m.

Ramirez gets game-winning run
Wipe the slate clean. Hanley Ramirez is ready for a fresh start.

Ramirez gets game-winning run
Wipe the slate clean. Hanley Ramirez is ready for a fresh start.

Game report
TURNING POINT: With the game tied 1-1, Augusta's Chad Spann doubled to drive in Hanley Ramirez with the go-ahead run in the sixth.

Ramirez gets game-winning run
Wipe the slate clean. Hanley Ramirez is ready for a fresh start.

GreenJackets on-deck
Capital City Bombers (Mets) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox) WHERE: Lake Olmstead Stadium THE SERIES: One game - Tonight, 7:15 p.m.

Ramirez gets game-winning run
Wipe the slate clean. Hanley Ramirez is ready for a fresh start.

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.

A woman will play the PGA some day, just not Annika

Clarke takes lead of Volvo PGA with a 66

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

Britain's Karen Stupples leads Corning Classic after one round

Sorenstam misses the cut in PGA Tour debut
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Annika Sorenstam was good enough to play against the men, but only for two days.

Sorenstam doesn't make cut, but is still a big winner in Sweden

Women's coach resigns post
Shannon Hanson resigned her position as Augusta State women's golf coach Friday afternoon.

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.

Friday's Golf Capsules
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kenny Perry and Dan Forsman held a one-stroke lead over Jim Furyk after Friday's second round of the Colonial.

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 woman will play the PGA some day, just not Annika
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Contrary to what too many men still think, there will be a woman playing on the PGA Tour some day.

Women's coach resigns post

Sorenstam doesn't make cut, but is still a big winner in Sweden
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Record TV ratings for golf. Unprecedented coverage in the newspapers. In less than a week, Annika Sorenstam became perhaps the hottest celebrity in her native Sweden.

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.

Friday's Golf Capsules

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.

Friendly advice for smokers looking to quit
One morning more than 16 years ago somebody at the breakfast table said something funny as I lit a cigarette. I appreciated the other's sense of comedy, so I laughed - but only for a couple of guffaws. Lamar Rush, Augusta

Pastor does not speak for all religions

A pillar of salt

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.

Has NASCAR paid Jackson to be quiet?
Well NASCAR fans, the Rev. Jesse Jackson has finally gotten his nasty hands into the NASCAR till. NASCAR gave the Rev. Jackson $250,000 not to cause problems at the race tracks that NASCAR sponsors. Bill Vaughan, Edgefield, S.C.

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.

A pillar of salt
After reading of reporter Jayson Blair's plagiarism, lying and cheating, for The New York Times (motto, "All the news that's print to fit our agenda"), I have upgraded the salt which I usually take with their articles from a grain to a pillar. Kris Kristensen, Martinez, Ga.

Bedside nurses often go unappreciated

Has NASCAR paid Jackson to be quiet?

Closely watching health coverage debate

Pastor does not speak for all religions
Pastor J.F. Rodgers, in his May 2 letter, "Various religions lack 'Christ Jesus,"' writes how unfortunate it is that the world religions lack "one all-important factor: Christ Jesus." Andrew L. Rosenkranz, 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.

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!"

Sanford's plan to restructure faces long haul

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.

Memorial Day closings

Man makes guilty plea in slaying
AIKEN - Jason Charles Sheahan pleaded guilty Friday to killing his teenage ex-girlfriend with a sword in May 2001 and was given a 45-year prison sentence.

Officials study prison employees' fatal crash

Holiday closings

Church provides singles group

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.

Meadows given reprieve by judge

Rants and raves
I HAVE CALLED the Rants and Raves line three or four times with a rant and haven't seen one of them in the paper. What do I have to do to get my rant printed? I bet you won't print this one either.

Memorial Day closings
This is a list of Memorial Day closings in the Aiken-Augusta area.

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.

Rivers overflow after hard rains

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.

Perdue signs new indigent defense bill

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

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.

Jail ends review over key in cell

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.

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!"

Rain tapers off in May - slightly

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

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.

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.

Police crack down on violence

A long walk
Erin Conway takes 2-year-old Cher for a walk along Broad Street. The mastiff belongs to Erin's neighbor.

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

Lake businesses prepare for rush
Charles Kelly's ski boat is tuned, gassed up and ready to go. Even the radio works.

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

City, schools anticipate smaller tax gains

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.

Corrections

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

Federal aid will be relief to state

Meadows given reprieve by judge
A magistrate judge said Friday there was probable cause to issue an arrest warrant for a local high school baseball coach, but he decided to give the coach another chance.

Around town

A long walk
Erin Conway takes 2-year-old Cher for a walk along Broad Street. The mastiff belongs to Erin's neighbor.

Man makes guilty plea in slaying

Corrections
An article in the May 10 editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly referred to physicians contracted to perform autopsies for the state of South Carolina. The article should have said that pathologists at Newberry Memorial Hospital perform the autopsies.

Across the area

Serviceman of the day
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christopher A. Martin is today's serviceman of the day.

New doctors show growing doubts, regrets in survey

Across the area

Across Georgia
ROME - An 18-year-old high school football player convicted of molestation and statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison.

Serviceman of the day
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christopher A. Martin is today's serviceman of the day.

End of year holds different meanings for two teachers
A reflective Audrey O'Keefe said a final goodbye to her sixth-grade pupils at C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School on Friday.

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.

Pets have friend in animal officer
AIKEN - Shirley Harden, like most people in a similar line of work, started out because of her love for animals.

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

Schools save old flag for vote
Columbia County schools, like others in the state, might soon be stuck with 26 pieces of history when the new state flag is hoisted.

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

Around town
MAY 24, 1953 Despite deep slashes made in appropriations for rivers and harbors throughout the nation, the House Appropriations Committee yesterday allocated $134,000 to complete plans for the Hartwell Dam above Augusta. The committee also allocated $2.25 million for further work on the powerhouse at Clark Hill.

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.

Spoleto Festival opens its season in Charleston
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Spoleto Festival U.S.A. opened its 27th season Friday with acrobats swinging from ropes in trees, jugglers tossing bowling pins and a cascade of colored balloons drifting from the roof of City Hall.

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

Hollings decision creates tension
COLUMBIA - The state Democratic Party, already suffering from recent losses in the Governor's Mansion and General Assembly, could face another major blow if U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings decides to step down, political observers say.

Federal aid will be relief to state
COLUMBIA - One day after the Senate approved a dismal $5 billion state budget that included deep cuts for health and education programs, the federal government approved aid for states, including $68 million for South Carolina.

Group leader pushes fight to save base

Across the area
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is searching for an Augusta teen who has been missing since May 17.

Savannah police say shootings are related

Sanford's plan to restructure faces long haul
COLUMBIA - Ten years ago, Gov. Carroll Campbell's three-year fight for restructuring state government was on the verge of clearing the Legislature in a struggle that played out amid fears of public corruption and lack of accountability.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - A Missouri man who was in town for the annual Memorial Day weekend biker festival died when he hit a metal building after being thrown from his motorcycle.

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

Police crack down on violence
With a GBI helicopter buzzing overhead, a strong police presence and funerals and vigils being held daily for shooting victims, downtown Savannah seemed like a war zone.

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.

Officials study prison employees' fatal crash
Officials from the Georgia State Patrol on Friday were investigating a single-car accident in Wrightsville, Ga., that killed a correctional officer and injured another.

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.

New doctors show growing doubts, regrets in survey
A rhythmic squawking came out of the small purple machine lying against LaToya Rhodes' swollen belly.

Jury takes doctor's side in malpractice suit

Doctors hope school's end reduces meningitis cases
Richmond County saw another big influx of viral meningitis cases this week, but health officials are hoping that school's ending will help slow the tide of cases. Whether it will remains to be seen over the coming weeks, officials say.

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.

City, schools anticipate smaller tax gains
During 2001 and 2002, sales tax collections in Augusta met or exceeded projections only a fraction of the time, and 2003 appears to be following the same sluggish path, according to collection reports tallied by the state Department of Revenue.

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.

Charges against McCoy increase
AIKEN - J. Wesley McCoy built an impressive following among young people with a charismatic personality and knack for connecting with youth, according to a friend of more than 10 years.

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.

Lake businesses prepare for rush
Charles Kelly's ski boat is tuned, gassed up and ready to go. Even the radio works.

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.

End of year holds different meanings for two teachers
A reflective Audrey O'Keefe said a final goodbye to her sixth-grade pupils at C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School on Friday.

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.

Schools save old flag for vote
Columbia County schools, like others in the state, might soon be stuck with 26 pieces of history when the new state flag is hoisted.

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.

Church provides singles group
Marvin United Methodist Church has formed a new group called Prisms for singles or "single again" people in the Augusta area. The group is not a dating service, but it is expected to expand into a large group to give people a place to get together with others in a casual Christian atmosphere. There will be some outings, along with casual meetings at the church on the corner of Belair and Wheelerroads.

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.

Man admits plot to kill woman
A man who tried to hire a hit man to kill the woman who gave his estranged wife shelter pleaded guilty Friday.

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.

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

Across the Southeast

Across the Southeast
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -Former President Clinton helped build part of his legacy Friday when he put his signature on a steel beam and watched a crane swing it into place to complete the skeleton of his presidential library.

Pets have friend in animal officer
AIKEN - Shirley Harden, like most people in a similar line of work, started out because of her love for animals.

Video watch

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

At the Movies: '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.

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

Mini reviews

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.

B.B. King wins top award for fifth straight year at Handy Blues Awards
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- B.B. King won entertainer of the year for the fifth consecutive year at the 24th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards.

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

'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.

B.B. King wins top award for fifth straight year at Handy Blues Awards

Newman puts Penske on both poles for Sunday
CONCORD, N.C. -- Ryan Newman won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600, giving owner Roger Penske cars on the front row in both of Sunday's races.

Indoor kart racing appeals to race car driver wannabes

Drivers roll with rainout

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
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.

NASCAR approves carbon monoxide filter
CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR approved a carbon monoxide filter Friday to allow drivers to breathe easier during races that can last as long as five hours.

Castroneves loves being part of Indy tradition

Engine thwarts efforts
CONCORD, N.C. - Ryan Newman won the Coca-Cola 600 pole position Friday afternoon for a lot of reasons. A fast car. A strong motor. A perfect setup.

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.

Elliott up for racing, Atwood back in NASCAR

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.

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

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.

Newman puts Penske on both poles for Sunday

Engine thwarts efforts
CONCORD, N.C. - Ryan Newman won the Coca-Cola 600 pole position Friday afternoon for a lot of reasons. A fast car. A strong motor. A perfect setup.

Space shuttle Columbia rescue mission was possible

When Wallace swats, Collins heads to the boards

Cavaliers win LeBron James sweepstakes

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

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.

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.

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.

Peculiar officiating debated in Mavs-Spurs series

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De Ferran forgotten Penske driver

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Kournikova, Krajicek pull out of French Open

Meadows given reprieve by judge

Top-seeded player eliminated at NCAA tennis championships

All-Williams final possible in Paris

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Turner recognized as player of year
Emmett Turner was rewarded this week for his consistency this season.

Area athletes show for event
Despite a light turnout among current and former professional athletes, coaches and women were well represented at the sixth annual 100 Black Men of Augusta Black Tie Gala on Friday.

Top-seeded player eliminated at NCAA tennis championships
ATHENS, Ga. -- Top-seeded Bobby Reynolds of Vanderbilt was the only one of the top four seeds to lose in the third round of the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships.

Black tie gala
Former NFL tight end Jimmie Johnson talks with Silver Bluff head basketball coach Sam Lilly at the 100 Black Men of Augusta Black Tie Gala at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel.

Overtime
In Sunriver, Ore., USC Aiken finished eighth in the NCAA Division II Championships, and the Pacers' Scott Usher was second individually.

Area athletes show for event
Despite a light turnout among current and former professional athletes, coaches and women were well represented at the sixth annual 100 Black Men of Augusta Black Tie Gala on Friday.

All-Williams final possible in Paris
PARIS -- The streak of Sister Slams could be extended at the French Open.

Meadows given reprieve by judge
A magistrate judge said Friday there was probable cause to issue an arrest warrant for a local high school baseball coach, but he decided to give the coach another chance.

De Ferran forgotten Penske driver
INDIANAPOLIS -- Helio Castroneves has been the center of attention all month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, while teammate Gil de Ferran has gone about his business almost unnoticed.

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

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.

Black tie gala
Former NFL tight end Jimmie Johnson talks with Silver Bluff head basketball coach Sam Lilly at the 100 Black Men of Augusta Black Tie Gala at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel.

Bishop sings what 'Freedom Is'
Bruce Fox's main instrument is the guitar, but when he meditates on the Lord, he likes to use a keyboard.

Family credit's girl's recovery to faith
Workers hung a lighted cross in the upstairs window of Alexandra Chafin's home two Christmases ago, but it was weeks before she saw it.

Faith digest
A rendition of the skyline of Jerusalem will welcome visitors to the Israel Experience between 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way in Evans.

Family credit's girl's recovery to faith
Workers hung a lighted cross in the upstairs window of Alexandra Chafin's home two Christmases ago, but it was weeks before she saw it.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. E-mail items to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Religion news in brief
TORONTO -- A growing number of Canadians do not identify themselves as religious, according to Census figures released this month.

Forgiveness unlocks dungeon of hate
There are people imprisoned within the cold dungeon of hate and bitterness. However, they have in their hands the key that unlocks the door to spiritual liberation. The key to freedom is forgiveness.

Great-grandmother graduates from bible college
A grandparent's love knows few boundaries. For one local great-grandmother, devotion has more rewards than hugs. Scarlett Day enrolled in college to be a "study buddy" to her grandson, Greg Parrish; today she holds a bachelor's degree.

Great-grandmother graduates from bible college
A grandparent's love knows few boundaries. For one local great-grandmother, devotion has more rewards than hugs. Scarlett Day enrolled in college to be a "study buddy" to her grandson, Greg Parrish; today she holds a bachelor's degree.

Bishop sings what 'Freedom Is'
Bruce Fox's main instrument is the guitar, but when he meditates on the Lord, he likes to use a keyboard.

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.

Space shuttle Columbia rescue mission was possible
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA could have launched another shuttle to rescue the Columbia astronauts if it had realized the severity of the wing damage early on and decided it was worth the extreme risk to the second ship and crew, the chief accident investigator said Friday.

Motion picture academy president to direct Showtime's 'Soldier's Girl'
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Frank Pierson initially turned down the chance to direct Showtime's "Soldier's Girl" film because it seemed an impossible task.

Fox: 'American Idol' host was given faulty numbers

Motion picture academy president to direct Showtime's 'Soldier's Girl'

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

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.

TV's most prestigious awards come to television
NEW YORK -- At last, a medium the Peabodys have done much to elevate is returning the favor with some coast-to-coast face time.

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

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

Fox: 'American Idol' host was given faulty numbers
LOS ANGELES -- Turns out "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest can read.

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Richt doesn't blame Gibson

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.

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?

Alabama tops South Carolina

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.

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