Sleuthing is at its best in 'Children'

Sleuthing is at its best in 'Children'
Elizabeth Peters doesn't put a foot wrong - or a word wrong - in Children of the Storm (Morrow, 400 pages, $25.95), her latest adventure for her intrepid sleuth, archaeologist Amelia Peabody.

After everything, Clemens closes in on No. 300

Schilling smashes QuesTec machine, calls system "a joke"
PHOENIX -- Umpires who don't like the new electronic system that evaluates their calls on balls and strikes have gained an outspoken ally in Curt Schilling.

Woods helps Glascock County move on

After everything, Clemens closes in on No. 300
NEW YORK -- If only the New York Mets had scrounged up $15,000 more, it might have all been different for Roger Clemens.

Bonds out until at least Tuesday
DENVER -- Barry Bonds tested his sore right knee by riding a stationary bike Sunday, but the Giants still plan to keep him out of the lineup until they return to San Francisco.

Schilling smashes QuesTec machine, calls system "a joke"

Woods helps Glascock County move on
GIBSON, Ga. - Pitcher Derrick Wood has started two games this season for Glascock County.

Inmates in Arkansas jail are sharing cells with spiders
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Spiders have infested a county jail in northeast Arkansas, biting at least 15 inmates and confounding the exterminator.

UFO team looks into odd lights
LILBURN, Ga. - UFO investigators Olivia Newton and Jim Clifford are trying to solve the case of the red dots at Booger Bottom.

Police rescue child trapped in washer
POMONA, Calif. -- A 2-year-old girl was rescued from a locked, running washer at a coin laundry and her mother was arrested after a surveillance tape allegedly showed her putting the child into the machine, police said.

Maddux, Glavine set for showdown Friday
ATLANTA - Tom Glavine's struggles Saturday made his first start against his old team more forgettable than memorable.

Braves players snap slumps
ATLANTA - A few thousand children gleefully circled the Turner Field bases for more than 90 minutes Sunday, part of a promotion that follows most afternoon games.

Braves get new look at Glavine
ATLANTA - For the Atlanta Braves, the shock of seeing Tom Glavine wearing a New York Mets cap wore off at about the same time as that second-inning hammer Andruw Jones dropped on the former Atlanta ace.

Braves players snap slumps
ATLANTA - A few thousand children gleefully circled the Turner Field bases for more than 90 minutes Sunday, part of a promotion that follows most afternoon games.

Braves' notebook

Braves' notebook
ATLANTA - Greg Maddux sympathized with former Atlanta ace Tom Glavine on Saturday, understanding the mixed emotions the left-hander was experiencing on pitching at Turner Field for the first time since signing with the New York Mets.

Braves get new look at Glavine

Maddux, Glavine set for showdown Friday

Small business outlook for second half
NEW YORK -- Small company owners are increasingly optimistic that the economy and their business will improve up during the second half of 2003, and economists predict a moderate recovery will indeed happen with some help from the government and the falling dollar.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Two-hour course: Self-Employment & Franchising: The Best of Both Worlds; University of Georgia Business Outreach Services Small Business Development Center Network, 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $35.

Laid-off workers turn to community colleges

Japan stuck in decade-long economic doldrums
TOKYO -- From the jobless scavenging through garbage to office workers lining up at fast-food restaurants, the Japanese are suffering through an economic slump that has persisted for a decade.

Business calendar

Europe imports an American problem: spam
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- The junk e-mail plaguing Europe has something decidedly in common with the American variety.

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Keebler Murry Biiscuit Co.

Employers must know labor laws
Unemployment-compensation hearings are something many employers will have to deal with at some point, but preparing for them can be confusing for people unfamil iar with the process, according to one employment lawyer.

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Keebler Murry Biiscuit Co.

Owners should know when, how to close business

Employers must know labor laws
Unemployment-compensation hearings are something many employers will have to deal with at some point, but preparing for them can be confusing for people unfamil iar with the process, according to one employment lawyer.

Ski companies turn to real estate for revenue
HOOD RIVER, Ore. - When county officials held meetings in Hood River about expanding a ski resort on the north slope of Mount Hood, people raised such a ruckus they were ordered to wiggle their fingers instead of clapping or shouting.

Programs teach skills to help disabled residents find jobs
A week before he got his high school diploma, Travis Bush received a graduation certificate that helped just as much to prepare him for adulthood.

Programs teach skills to help disabled residents find jobs
A week before he got his high school diploma, Travis Bush received a graduation certificate that helped just as much to prepare him for adulthood.

Laid-off workers turn to community colleges
PITTSBURGH - For 23 years, Larry Plowman fixed practically everything from electric arc furnaces to overhead cranes to assembly lines. Now he's learning how to break criminal cases using computers and the Internet.

Small business outlook for second half

Owners should know when, how to close business
Kenny Rogers' hit song, The Gambler, had the catchy line: "Know when to hold them, know when to fold them."

Europe imports an American problem: spam

Ski companies turn to real estate for revenue

Take time to remember
Although the calendar indicates it doesn't arrive for nearly a month, for most Americans, today marks the first day of summer. Many students are out of school, and parents are planning vacation. The barbecue grills have been hauled out, fireworks shows prepared and many Central Savannah River Area families are already at Thurmond Lake for an early summer break.

On being heard
Chris Hedges was an awful choice for a commencement speaker.

Door to peace?
"We have told the Israeli government that we would take their comments and address them seriously and fully as we went forward in the implementation of the road map. This does not require us to change the road map. It is a good document that leads to the president's vision of two states living in peace side by side."

Take time to remember

The tax-cut gambit
Better than nothing. That's the best one can say about the dramatically reduced compromise version of President George W. Bush's tax-cut plan approved by Congress on Friday.

Dangerous policy

Door to peace?

Dangerous policy
The grisly deaths of 19 illegal immigrants May 14 in an unventilated trailer in south Texas have prompted Texas U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, ranking Democrat on the House immigration subcommittee, to author legislation calling for harsher prison sentences for immigrant smugglers.

The tax-cut gambit

Young-Owens
Rev. and Mrs. James Young of Graniteville, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jeriah Young of Graniteville, to Bradley Owens of Williston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Owens.

Goodman-Pascarella
Mr. and Mrs. Emmett L. Goodman, Jr., of Macon, announce the engagement of their daughter, Stacey Amanda Goodman to David Michael Pascarella, son of Mrs. Carol K. Pascarella and Mr. Michael H. Pascarella of Augusta.

Game creator gambles on bringing Myst to the masses
LOS ANGELES -- A decade ago, Rand Miller gave the world "Myst." One of the first programs to ship on a CD-ROM, the puzzle-solving adventure game redefined what was possible on a home computer. It had a rich story, beautiful visuals and sweeping music and sound effects.

Money funds rose in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds rose by $3.43 billion in the latest week to $1.004 trillion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Increased deduction would aid businesses

Increased deduction would aid businesses
NEW YORK - Tax-cut bills currently before Congress contain a possible windfall for small businesses, an increase in what's known as the Section 179 deduction.

Campaign links Social Security statement to retirement savings

SEC examining how brokerage firms are paid for selling mutual funds
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators are examining how large brokerage firms are paid for selling mutual funds and whether that compensation is adequately disclosed to investors, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday.

Money funds rose in latest week

Campaign links Social Security statement to retirement savings
NEW YORK -- Many Americans use the start of daylight savings time as a reminder not only to set their clocks ahead but also to change the batteries in their smoke alarm.

SEC examining how brokerage firms are paid for selling mutual funds

Jackets top North Carolina
SALEM, Va. -- Chris Goodwin knew he had to pitch a lot of innings if Georgia Tech hoped to play for an ACC tournament championship Sunday.

Jackets top North Carolina

Jackets' Lester learns from past
When Jon Lester was dominating high school hitters a year ago, he'd never allowed eight earned runs in an entire season, let alone in one game.

Jackets' Lester learns from past
When Jon Lester was dominating high school hitters a year ago, he'd never allowed eight earned runs in an entire season, let alone in one game.

Jackets, get split
The Augusta GreenJackets earned a doubleheader split with the Capital City Bombers on Sunday night.

Late picks blossom into stars
The folks at SportsTicker recently produced a list of the top 10 surprises from the 2002 draft. Two of those 10 are South Atlantic League pitchers - Lake County's Shea Douglas and Kannapolis' Rick Hummel.

Around the horn
Lake County Captains reliever Shea Douglas allowed no hits, no runs and only one walk, struck out 12 batters and picked up a save in two outings (seven innings) last week. Douglas was a 32nd-round pick by the Indians last year.

Garrido wins Volvo PGA Championship in playoff

Second-round leader pulls away with course-record 61

Golf roundup

Garrido wins Volvo PGA Championship in playoff
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Ignacio Garrido of Spain won the Volvo PGA Championship on Sunday, defeating Trevor Immelman of South Africa on the first hole of a playoff.

Drought eases, but rains dampen golf

Inkster shoots stunning 62 and wins at Corning
CORNING, N.Y. -- Juli Inkster made her first Corning Classic victory one for the record books.

Hatalsky wins Columbus Southern by one stroke
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Morris Hatalsky made a 4-foot par putt on the last hole to win his second Champions Tour title, beating Allen Doyle by a stroke Sunday at the Columbus Southern Open.

Drought eases, but rains dampen golf
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- While gardeners might like the drought-breaking rains this year, the rain clouds haven't done much for the state's golf-related tourism businesses.

Second-round leader pulls away with course-record 61
FORT WORTH, Texas - With the focus back on the leaders after Annika Sorenstam missed the cut, Kenny Perry didn't go unnoticed again as he ran away from the rest of the field at the Colonial.

Perry wins Colonial by six
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Not even a near-perfect round by Justin Leonard could challenge Kenny Perry in the final round at the Colonial on Sunday.

Golf roundup
VIRGINIA WATER, England - South Africa's Trevor Immelman closed with three straight birdies in a round of 8-under-par 64 on Saturday and held a two-shot lead after three rounds of the European Tour's Volvo PGA Championship.

Championship visions dance in Jags' heads
When Oliver Wilson closes his eyes these days, he sees tinges of orange. And a national championship.

Championship visions dance in Jags' heads
When Oliver Wilson closes his eyes these days, he sees tinges of orange. And a national championship.

Around the horn

Late picks blossom into stars

Augusta monuments pay tribute to fallen heroes
It's easy to forget that this is a weekend set aside to remember.

Johnson will be prepared for Burk next time
On behalf of women across the United States, I would like to offer thanks to Augusta National Chairman Hootie Johnson for his recent handling of the "Martha mess." Mary W. Nelson, Augusta

Thirty-one years later, vet still remembers
More than 31 years ago on a 1st Air Calvary Division fire base, two 20 year olds from Georgia sat on a bunker talking about our hopes and dreams for the future. Five days later on June 15, 1971, Floyd Bradshaw III was shot and killed leading his platoon into a North Vietnamese bunker complex. His wife and a son he never knew survived him. Jeff M. Padgett, Augusta

Johnson will be prepared for Burk next time

Hodges' passing leaves void no one else can fill
The untimely passing of civic activist Greg Hodges, faithful friend and volunteer in the Central Savannah River Area, left a void that no one else could fill. We pass on our condolences to all his loved ones. P.H. Dickinson, Augusta

NCAA athletes should be compensated more

Hodges' passing leaves void no one else can fill

NCAA athletes should be compensated more
I think NCAA athletes should be compensated with money and gifts for the athletic services they render to American colleges and universities. If a college athletic booster or alumnus wants to give an athlete financial rewards, then I think it's OK. E. Maner, Augusta

Wright Brothers exhibit debunks misconceptions

First meeting requires a modest gift

How do I keep my inkjet prints from fading?

Dependable backup with Ts'ai Lun's invention

Home's decor creates an inviting atmosphere
Stepping into Scott and Kim Pidcock's home on the golf course at Jones Creek subdivision, guests immediately notice the meticulous attention that has been spent on decor.

Be mindful to rules of wearing white
NEW YORK - White clothing is far more complicated than a simple T-shirt.

Dependable backup with Ts'ai Lun's invention
An almost-foolproof data backup device has been invented by a man named Ts'ai Lun, and you really ought to consider it.

In the know
The 14th annual national Memorial Day concert from PBS presents an all-star tribute to the troops in Iraq. Airing live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the concert boasts musical performances, archival footage and dramatic readings.

In the know
The 14th annual national Memorial Day concert from PBS presents an all-star tribute to the troops in Iraq. Airing live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the concert boasts musical performances, archival footage and dramatic readings.

First meeting requires a modest gift
Dear Carson: I started dating a man two weeks ago and have yet to meet his family. My first encounter with his family will be at his mother's wedding in late May. Am I responsible for bringing a gift and, if so, what is appropriate? - Needs Advice

How do I keep my inkjet prints from fading?
Q. The photos I printed on my inkjet printer a few years ago have already faded! How do I stop this from happening?

Home's decor creates an inviting atmosphere
Stepping into Scott and Kim Pidcock's home on the golf course at Jones Creek subdivision, guests immediately notice the meticulous attention that has been spent on decor.

Wright Brothers exhibit debunks misconceptions
WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian wants to debunk some common misconceptions about the Wright Brothers 100 years after they started the aviation age in their homemade aircraft near Kitty Hawk, N.C.

Trees are party excuse in Japan
NAGASAKI, Japan - The spring day begins with groups of friends, families and co-workers lounging on blankets in a mountaintop park, soft sunshine filtering through a canopy of delicate pink and white cherry blossoms onto their smiling faces.

Home front
Proper lighting can set the mood for a romantic evening, save you a few nicks while shaving or make a scrumptious roast look even more delicious.

Rainy weather hinders area's upkeep efforts
AIKEN - When Alvin Bryan drives on any of the 800 miles of dirt road that run through Aiken County like veins of clay and sand, he isn't looking toward a blacktop future.

Soldier recalls mishap in Iraq
Sgt. Walker "Train" Marshall Jr. hasn't seen the other members of the 319th Transportation Company since March 29, when during the height of the war in Iraq his tanker truck crashed into a ravine on a desert road and he was flown out by medical helicopter.

Across Georgia
LaFAYETTE -The unidentified corpses of 108 people found at the Tri-State Crematory will be buried, a decision made soon after investigators were unable to determine their identities.

GOP members seek Senate
ATLANTA - Delegates jammed the biggest banquet room at the Macon convention center last weekend to hear U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, the main breakfast speaker at the state Republican Party's annual get-together.

All branches call post home
Most Augustans know that the Army has called Fort Gordon home for more than 60 years.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Event is celebration of Israel, chance for attendees to learn
Expressions of Shalom and plates filled with falafel were plentiful Sunday as visitors were treated to the Israel Experience at the Augusta Jewish Community Center in Evans.

Crowds mourn rapper
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Camoflauge - a nickname Jason Johnson once said he chose because he says his lyrics disappear into the beat - had a record of arrests on drug possession charges and suffered minor injuries in a shooting in September.

Across the area

Across the area
Police are investigating the theft of 60 lottery tickets from a convenience store in south Augusta.

Soldier recalls mishap in Iraq
Sgt. Walker "Train" Marshall Jr. hasn't seen the other members of the 319th Transportation Company since March 29, when during the height of the war in Iraq his tanker truck crashed into a ravine on a desert road and he was flown out by medical helicopter.

Across Georgia
MILLEDGEVILLE -A state investigation has cleared a Milledgeville city councilman of making threats against the mayor.

Parents present diplomas
With the turn of her tassel, Jessica Corbin was ready to begin the next chapter of her life.

Rants and Raves
THIS MEMORIAL DAY, continue to support our troops until they all come home. Many units from Fort Gordon and around the area are still deployed in Iraq, which is still a war-torn area.

GOP members seek Senate

Graduation speech veterans offer tips

Law agencies may feel grant cuts
Deep cuts to some federally administered law enforcement grants could have local authorities looking more to their own cash-strapped councils for money for weapons, equipment, vehicles and training.

Memorial Day bittersweet for 319th Transportation Company families
While in Kuwait and Iraq, Spc. Tracy Murray has missed almost a third of his daughter's life and the beginning of his son's life.

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina
CLOVER -Visitors to Clover High School's graduation weren't seeing double during the valedictory address.

Across Georgia

Memorial Day closings
Augusta-Richmond County offices: Closed Monday

Holiday closings
Here is a list of holiday closings for the Memorial Day holiday.

Graduation speech veterans offer tips
With the graduation season at hand, the experts of talk - politicians, preachers and speechwriters - say they have a little advice for this year's salutatorians, valedictorians and special guest speakers.

Crowds mourn rapper
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Camoflauge - a nickname Jason Johnson once said he chose because he says his lyrics disappear into the beat - had a record of arrests on drug possession charges and suffered minor injuries in a shooting in September.

Choreographer works dancers hard
Images of choreographer Bob Fosse and movies All That Jazz and A Chorus Line came to mind as Jermaine Browne worked his magic with about 30 Augusta dancers Saturday.

Richmond County grads attend baccalaureate
The afternoon event was a cross between a Sunday morning church service and a dress rehearsal for graduation.

Exhibit opens with a roar
Five-year-old Haley Payne clutched her mother's hand when a Tyrannosaurus rex replica let out a screeching roar.

Nearly 35 years later, soldier's loss is still felt
Almost 35 years ago, the 319th Transportation Company lost a man at Quon Loi in South Vietnam.

Police inquiry stirs tensions
NEW ELLENTON - The flash of anger and skepticism surrounding the recent review of complaints against New Ellenton's first black police chief, Van McMillan, has sub-sided, but an old wound of race and small-town politics is still open in the Aiken County community of 2,800.

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. -North Carolina legislators want to strengthen and revamp state cremation laws as more people decide against traditional burials.

Parents present diplomas
With the turn of her tassel, Jessica Corbin was ready to begin the next chapter of her life.

Area residents say plan is good step
A conditional Israeli approval of a peace plan with the Palestinians was hailed as a positive step in Augusta on Sunday by a representative of the Consulate General of Israel in Atlanta.

News you can use
MAY 25, 1973 Dr. George Christenberry, president of Augusta College, and Dr. J.B. Searce Jr., commissioner of the newly formed South Atlantic Conference, offered words of encouragement about the future of the new conference to Augusta College athletes at the annual spring sports banquet yesterday.

Former police chief, SLED agents fight for convict's freedom
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Former Hanahan Police Chief M.C. Bellew has been fighting for Paul Mazzell's freedom for years and every day worries time is running out.

Serviceman of the day
Air Force 2nd Lt. Trevor M. Adams is today's serviceman of the day.

Event is celebration of Israel, chance for attendees to learn
Expressions of Shalom and plates filled with falafel were plentiful Sunday as visitors were treated to the Israel Experience at the Augusta Jewish Community Center in Evans.

Across the southeast
POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -The bombs bursting in air snapped 9-year-old Kayla Bodenheimer to attention.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Sgt. Nazim Ray of Augusta.

Celebrations honor heroes
AIKEN - Even though World War II veteran Doug Rearden could not see the American flags he saluted Saturday during Aiken's Memorial Day Parade, he felt their power.

News you can use
MAY 26, 1990The Evans High Knights took their third consecutive Georgia Class AAAA state baseball championship Friday night when Craig Coombs stole home to give them a 7-6 victory over Dunwoody and a sweep of the best-of-three series.

Rainy weather hinders area's upkeep efforts
AIKEN - When Alvin Bryan drives on any of the 800 miles of dirt road that run through Aiken County like veins of clay and sand, he isn't looking toward a blacktop future.

Military will screen troops for illnesses
FORT STEWART - Col. Paula K. Underwood, an Army physician, had just returned to her post in Germany from Operation Desert Storm in 1991 when she saw a patient whose condition baffled other doctors.

Across the southeast

Perdue proposes hefty budget reform
ATLANTA - The state budget for next year shows a big fat zero on the line for Fort Discovery, the interactive educational museum for science and math in Augusta.

Military will screen troops for illnesses

Memorial Day closings

Across Georgia

Choreographer works dancers hard
Images of choreographer Bob Fosse and movies All That Jazz and A Chorus Line came to mind as Jermaine Browne worked his magic with about 30 Augusta dancers Saturday.

Celebrations honor heroes
AIKEN - Even though World War II veteran Doug Rearden could not see the American flags he saluted Saturday during Aiken's Memorial Day Parade, he felt their power.

Holiday closings

Serviceman of the day
Air Force 2nd Lt. Trevor M. Adams is today's serviceman of the day.

Perdue proposes hefty budget reform

Exhibit opens with a roar
Five-year-old Haley Payne clutched her mother's hand when a Tyrannosaurus rex replica let out a screeching roar.

Across the area

Brown keeps working at 70
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.

Memorial Day bittersweet for 319th Transportation Company families
While in Kuwait and Iraq, Spc. Tracy Murray has missed almost a third of his daughter's life and the beginning of his son's life.

Fort is crucial to area
Fort Gordon is more than just a 56,000-plus-acre behemoth on Augusta's western edges - it's its own city.

Across the southeast

Nearly 35 years later, soldier's loss is still felt
Almost 35 years ago, the 319th Transportation Company lost a man at Quon Loi in South Vietnam.

Closures threaten to sink Navy School
ATHENS, Ga. - The federal government is calling for the closure of 25 percent of all military bases, an action that could jeopardize the Athens-based U.S. Navy Supply Corps School.

Across the area
A Martinez man told police he was attacked by about five men late Saturday on an Augusta road.

Fort is crucial to area

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Beach advisories warning people of harmful waters will be posted on the Internet this year to help tourists when planning a beach outing, officials say.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Sgt. Nazim Ray of Augusta.

Area residents say plan is good step

Richmond County grads attend baccalaureate
The afternoon event was a cross between a Sunday morning church service and a dress rehearsal for graduation.

Law agencies may feel grant cuts
Deep cuts to some federally administered law enforcement grants could have local authorities looking more to their own cash-strapped councils for money for weapons, equipment, vehicles and training.

News you can use
MAY 26, 1990 The Evans High Knights took their third consecutive Georgia Class AAAA state baseball championship Friday night when Craig Coombs stole home to give them a 7-6 victory over Dunwoody and a sweep of the best-of-three series.

Rants and Raves
THIS MEMORIAL DAY, continue to support our troops until they all come home. Many units from Fort Gordon and around the area are still deployed in Iraq, which is still a war-torn area.

Police inquiry stirs tensions
NEW ELLENTON - The flash of anger and skepticism surrounding the recent review of complaints against New Ellenton's first black police chief, Van McMillan, has sub-sided, but an old wound of race and small-town politics is still open in the Aiken County community of 2,800.

Turner Field becomes foreign territory
ATLANTA - The most peculiar sight in sports last week was not a woman competing on the PGA Tour or a gelding racing to the brink of a Triple Crown.

Getting illegal movies for free has never been easier

Cannes screens Clint Eastwood's dark tale of violence and its aftermath

Getting illegal movies for free has never been easier
ATLANTA -- Illegally downloading movies off the Internet used to be difficult, something for people with sophisticated computer skills. Now it's as easy as using an Internet search engine.

Cannes screens Clint Eastwood's dark tale of violence and its aftermath
CANNES, France -- Clint Eastwood's new movie focuses on a trio of tortured characters: a sexual abuse victim, a cop whose wife left him and a reformed criminal whose old instincts come back when his daughter is killed.

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

Johnson declared winner in the rain
CONCORD, N.C. - Despite starting last in the Coca-Cola 600, Jimmie Johnson out-ran everything but Mother Nature on Sunday.

IRL copies NASCAR's pattern successfully
CONCORD, N.C. - The Indy Racing League knew a good thing when it saw it. That's why it openly copied the little things that have made the NASCAR Winston Cup Series so popular.

Fiasco creates bitterness over Earnhardt park
CONCORD, N.C. - The month of May was supposed to be a busy time for nearby Kannapolis, the home of racing legend Dale Earnhardt.

De Ferran ends Castroneves' Indy run
INDIANAPOLIS -- Same team, same country, different driver.

Johnson declared winner in the rain

NASCAR notebook

Sophomores endure slump

Gordon hits speedbump before beginning his long day
INDIANAPOLIS -- The first hitch in Robby Gordon's plans came before he even left his hotel Sunday: His police escort never arrived and he had to navigate his own way to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

NASCAR notebook
CONCORD, N.C. - Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 offers a lot more challenges than racing 100 extra miles.

IRL copies NASCAR's pattern successfully

Sophomores endure slump
CONCORD, N.C. - Even after winning the pole position for today's Coca-Cola 600, there was no sense of relief in Ryan Newman's voice.

Fiasco creates bitterness over Earnhardt park

Glitches mar Gordon's long day
CONCORD, N.C. -- Robby Gordon thought he had cars good enough to win two races Sunday. A broken part and rain ruined his bid.

Nowitzki doubtful for Game 4 after MRI reveals sprain

Spurs take 3-1 lead

No fluke: Nets return to NBA Finals
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rick Carlisle played for the New Jersey Nets 13 years ago, scoring one basket all season as his career came to a dead end with a dead-end franchise.

Nets sweep Pistons

Edwards, at 38, set to make WNBA debut with Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -- To Teresa Edwards, Minnesota is just another stop. One more piece she can add to her long and illustrious career.

No fluke: Nets return to NBA Finals

Nowitzki doubtful for Game 4 after MRI reveals sprain
DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki's knee injury is not as bad as the Mavericks feared, although Dallas listed him as doubtful for Sunday's Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs.

Nets sweep Pistons
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Before there was a celebration, there was an almighty hush. Jason Kidd lay on the court grabbing his ankle, a towel stuffed in his mouth to help him fight the pain.

Spurs take 3-1 lead
DALLAS -- A combination of small ball, guts and resiliency weren't enough to defeat the San Antonio Spurs. Almost, but not quite.

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Mrs. Rose Laudi    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Willie Lewis    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Meshach Key    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jesse Keats    (MONETTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Robert Johnson    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mr. Roosevelt Collier, II    (FORT WASHINGTON, Md.)
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Mrs. Marjorie Johnson    (SALUDA, S.C.)
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Mr. Larry Sundberg    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Hosea Johnson Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Martha Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Carl Hutto Sr.    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Thelma Hughes    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Chesley Hobbs    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Ms. Mamie Harrison    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Michael Goodale    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Virgil Griffith    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Virgil Griffith    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Montine Gay    (GREENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Chesley Hobbs    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rena Entin    (AURORA, Colo.)
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Mr. Miles Shipp    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Edward Duncan    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Mr. Jesse Keatts Sr.    (MONETTA, S.C.)
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Ms. Hattie Deverow    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jerry Lewis    (WACO, Texas)
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Dermaine Daggett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnnie Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jessie Cody Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles Pickett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Nancy Carter    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
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Mr. Henry Rikard    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Rena Entin    (AURORA, Colo.)

Mrs. Fannie Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Gary Carlton (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Pickett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ella Whitlock (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Carl Hutto Sr. (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Dermaine Daggett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Carter (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Pauline Dain (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Thelma Hughes (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Meshach Key (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gregory Walker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Campbell (CONYERS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Richardson (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Ms. Hattie Deverow (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Pate (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Bobby Miller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Sundberg (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Keatts Sr. (MONETTA, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Johnson (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Ms. Mamie Harrison (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Connie Negron (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Laudi (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Chesley Hobbs (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Chesley Hobbs (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Montine Gay (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Velma Kitchens (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Jake Hogan (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Annie Harmon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vivian Ansley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Virgil Griffith (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. George Stallings Sr. (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. George Stallings Sr. (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Marjorie Johnson (SALUDA, S.C.)

Mr. Virgil Griffith (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Miles Shipp (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Rikard (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Jessie Cody Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dermaine Daggett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Myrtice Bedingfield (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Johnson (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Memorial Day an opportunity to say thanks to the heroes
UNFORTUNATELY IN today's society, too often the true meaning of things gets lost in the shuffle. For many of us, Memorial Day has become just another holiday, another reason to have a 3-day weekend - when, of course, the meaning is far more significant than either of those.

Memorial Day an opportunity to say thanks to the heroes
UNFORTUNATELY IN today's society, too often the true meaning of things gets lost in the shuffle. For many of us, Memorial Day has become just another holiday, another reason to have a 3-day weekend - when, of course, the meaning is far more significant than either of those.

Darters rely on aim, math skills for cash

Georgia company offers extra workouts for would-be teen star athletes

Overtime

Illinois governor signs first statewide ban on ephedra

Men's tournament wide open, as usual

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Serena Williams: Good for Annika, but I don't want to play against men

Illinois governor signs first statewide ban on ephedra
CHICAGO -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the nation's first statewide ban on ephedra Sunday, flanked by the parents of a 16-year-old football player who died of a heart attack after taking the diet supplement.

French Open'03: Returning to 'the beginning of the big story'
PARIS -- So much has changed for Serena Williams since the last time she arrived at Roland Garros to play in a French Open.

Men's tournament wide open, as usual
PARIS -- Pete Sampras never won the French Open. Neither did John McEnroe or Stefan Edberg. Jimmy Connors and Boris Becker didn't reach a final at Roland Garros.

Overtime
Tyronne Jones caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Leon Murray with 37 seconds left to lift the Georgia Force to a 49-45 victory over the Dallas Desperados in the wild-card game of the Arena Football League playoffs Saturday.

Georgia company offers extra workouts for would-be teen star athletes
WASHINGTON -- Think of it as SAT prep for the body: Some young athletes take private lessons in physical education.

Overtime
The 57th annual Birmingham News preseason poll tabbed Georgia to win the SEC East crown, and archrival Auburn to win the West. The poll is based on voting by the league's 12 sports information directors.

Darters rely on aim, math skills for cash
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Guy Langton can explain a great game of darts in two words: misplaced chalk.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Serena Williams: Good for Annika, but I don't want to play against men
PARIS -- Serena Williams was impressed by Annika Sorenstam's foray onto the PGA Tour. The No. 1 women's tennis player has no desire to play against men, though.

Outdoors calendar
Monday: CSRA Flyfishing Association meets at 7:30 p.m. at Brandon Wilde Clubhouse, 4275 Owens Road, Evans. The public is welcome.

Outdoors calendar

Deer management group will make home in Athens
Quality deer management has made great strides during the past decade, and a national organization dedicated to that cause is planning to make Georgia its permanent home.

Lake levels should bring boaters back
Boat registrations in Georgia plummeted last year, but accidents and injuries rose dramatically - a phenomenon attributable to drought conditions that made our lakes and rivers less attractive and more dangerous.

Lake levels should bring boaters back
Boat registrations in Georgia plummeted last year, but accidents and injuries rose dramatically - a phenomenon attributable to drought conditions that made our lakes and rivers less attractive and more dangerous.

'Out of Order' takes its place among top TV dramas
LOS ANGELES -- Husband-and-wife screenwriters Wayne and Donna Powers are looking forward to this weekend, which brings the debut of both their new movie and television series.

'Brendan Leonard Show' makes leap to national TV
WINNETKA, Ill. -- It started out innocently enough: Brendan Leonard quit hockey and picked up a video camera. His TV reporter dad taught him how to edit tape. Then, at 15, he asked his buddies to star with him in a show for the local cable access channel.

'Face the Nation' displaces 'This Week' as second most popular Sunday talker
NEW YORK -- Tim Russert is still the king of Sunday morning political talk, but there's a new No. 2: folksy Bob Schieffer.

'Brendan Leonard Show' makes leap to national TV

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
They will leave from Dodger Stadium, then take off for Italy. The fourth edition of CBS' "The Amazing Race" is afoot beginning 8 p.m. EDT Thursday. As in previous seasons, this contest sets a dozen two-person teams on a round-the-world whirl, with the first pair back to the starting line $1 million richer.

Waller-Toole
AUGUSTA- Rebekah Toole of North Augusta and Brandon Waller of Graniteville, were married at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2003, at Sacred Heart Cultural Center. The Rev. John Bolin officiated.

McGlone-White
AUGUSTA- Felicia Raquel White of Augusta and Jamail Rasheen McGlone of Lenoir, N.C., were married at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2003, at the Christain Fountain Baptist Church. The Revs. Rayford Roundtree and Herman Jackson officiated.

Morrison-Roberson
TARBORO, N.C.- Elizabeth Carter Roberson of Winston-Salem and Lawrence Knox Morrison of Charlotte, were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church. Dr. William Henry Todd, Jr., and Dr. Todd Maxwell Hobbie officiated.

Reuter-Loebl
AUGUSTA- Mary Elizabeth Loebl of Augusta and Frederick Mark Reuter of Cincinnati, Ohio, were married at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 18, 2003, at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church. The Rev. P. James Costigan officiated.

Vaughters-Robertson
RICHMOND, Va.- Ann Byron Robertson of Richmond, Va. and Charles Burkman Vaughters of Aiken, were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at the First Presbyterian Church. Dr. Charles Summers officiated.

Robertson-Burton
EDGEFIELD- Robin Denise Burton of Edgefield and Chad Hampton Robertson of Saluda, were married at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2003, at the First Baptist Church. Dr. Tony Hopkins and Rev. Lloyd C. Greene officiated.

Pettis-O'Meara
AUGUSTA- Erin O'Meara and Christopher Ryan Pettis, both of Tucson, Ariz., were married at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church Chapel. The Rev. L. Todd Teller officiated.

Schmidt-Sellers
ORLANDO, Fla.- Lisa Mayo Sellers of Grovetown and David Brian Schmidt of Augusta, were married at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2003, at The Polynesian Resort at Disney World. The Rev. Jack Day officiated.

Hardin-Key
AIKEN- Natalie Faye Key and Todd Ashley Hardin, both of Aiken, were married at 7 p.m Saturday, May 10, 2003, at the Victorian Wedding Chapel. The Rev. Jerry Tindall officiated.

Allen-Vernon
AUGUSTA- Bethany Joyce Vernon and Walter Nicoll Allen III, both of Augusta, were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at The Augusta Riverfront Marina Boathouse. The Rev. Eddie Mason officiated.

Holland-Tenney
AUGUSTA- Melanie Annette Tenney of Martinez and James Michael Holland, Jr., of Wash-ington, D.C., were married at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003, at the First Assembly of God. The Revs. James M. Holland, father of the groom and Wesley M. McClain officiated.

Folsom-Bell
NORTH AUGUSTA- Tonia B. Bell and Mikel A. Folsom, both of Augusta, were married Saturday, May 10, 2003, at Gazebo Weddings. The Rev. Rudy Brostrom officiated.

Griffin-Hopkins
ANTIGUA- Angela Marie Hopkins of Harlem, and Christopher John Griffin of Greenville, S.C., were married at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2003, on the beach.

Inmates in Arkansas jail are sharing cells with spiders