Less levity in Evan Evans' seventh
The books in Rhys Bowen's series featuring Welsh Constable Evan Evans have often been light, quaint and amusing. However, the latest, "Evan Only Knows," gets serious.

Grosses, ticket prices up during the 2002-2003 Broadway season
NEW YORK -- Grosses were up, but then so were ticket prices during the 2002-2003 Broadway season which began strongly, faltered mid-winter and then staged a modest comeback.

Grosses, ticket prices up during the 2002-2003 Broadway season

Historic season brings followers

Historic season brings followers
GIBSON, Ga. - After its second-round playoff win against Athens Academy on Saturday, the Glascock County baseball team dropped its bats and gloves and took a knee in the outfield grass.

Fantasy Baseball: Interleague play adds intrigue

Record run concludes at Washington County
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - When Washington County won five games Zack Webb's freshman season, he never dreamed of playing in the postseason.

Record run concludes at Washington County
SANDERSVILLE, Ga. - When Washington County won five games Zack Webb's freshman season, he never dreamed of playing in the postseason.

Red Sox settle lawsuit brought by former Florida bat boys
TAMPA, Fla. -- Seven men who said they were molested as bat boys at the Boston Red Sox spring training camp settled their lawsuit against the team for an undisclosed amount.

Glascock, Long split

Fantasy Baseball: Interleague play adds intrigue
As interleague play begins Tuesday, fantasy baseball owners can reflect on how it has affected their game since 1997 and can tailor their lineups to account for the trends that have developed.

Glascock, Long split
GIBSON, Ga. - The Glascock County baseball team will have to play a third game for to see if it can extend the deepest playoff run in school history one more round.

Man changes plea to guilty in attack on Royals coach

Greenbrier bounced
ATLANTA - Marist first baseman Josh Darby likes his new bat just fine. Greenbrierdidn't like it at all.

Man changes plea to guilty in attack on Royals coach
CHICAGO -- A man who pleaded innocent in the father-son beating of a Kansas City Royals coach changed his plea to guilty Tuesday and will be sentenced June 18.

Hartley Grace McKinzie
Ken and Jennifer McKinzie of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Hartley Grace McKinzie, Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Everett L. Sessions of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Herschel McKinzie of Swainsboro, Ga.

Brandon Andre' Moore

Hartley Grace McKinzie

Sarah Michelle Reese
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Reese of Thomson announce the birth of a daughter, Sarah Michelle Reese, Friday, April 25, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Vest of Dearing, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Santos Martinez of Keysville, Ga., and Myrtle Reece of Harlem.

Allison Emeria Brouillard

Ethan Clay Richey
Brian and Amy Richey of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Ethan Clay Richey, Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Frank and Beth Chance of Wrens, Ga., and Jim Richey and Wendy Avery, both of Augusta.

Tristan Jay Holder
Rodney and Kelli Holder of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Tristan Jay Holder, Saturday, April 12, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Terry Holder of Lincolnton, Ga., John Saxon of Appling, and Patricia Saxon of Martinez.

Skylar Bradleigh Goss Riley
Brad and Veronica Riley of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Skylar Bradleigh Goss Riley, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Ronald and Annette Barnett of Jackson, Ronnie Goss of Aiken, and Gerald and Margaret Riley of Graniteville.

Eliza McNeill Morris

Samantha Evelyn Thaxton
Brian and Dawn Thaxton of Thomson announce the birth of a daughter, Samantha Evelyn Thaxton, Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Glen and Phoebe Brenchley of Norwood, Ga., Larry and Judy Lendman of Thomson and Jay Thaxton of Evans.

Samantha Evelyn Thaxton

Kylie Elizabeth-Grace Towns
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin L. Towns of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Kylie Elizabeth-Grace Towns, Monday, May 19, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Les and Francine Towns of Augusta, and Robert Maitland and Deborah Lease, both of Columbus, Ga.

Sydney Theresa Labanosky

Isabella Cristina Walters
Christopher and Lysa Walters of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Isabella Cristina Walters, Monday, May 12, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Terry Walters of Augusta, Barbara Broome of Jackson, Ga., and John Gaines of Newnan, Ga.

Brandon Williams Jr.
Brandon and Renee W. Williams of Trenton, S.C., announce the birth of a son, Brandon Williams Jr., Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Joann and Curtis Wooden Jr. of Wagener, and Joshua and Mattie F. Williams of Trenton.

Allison Emeria Brouillard
Daniel J. and Cynthia Y. Brouillard of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Allison Emeria Brouillard, Monday, May 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David Boersma of McCormick, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. James Brouillard of Augusta.

Evan Russell Finstad
Russell and Kimberly Finstad of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Evan Russell Finstad, Friday, May 16, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Vernon and Dianna Davis of Evans, Herschel and Connie Harrell and Rusty Finstad of Augusta.

Caden Alexander Clamp
Lee and Leisa Clamp of Barnwell, S.C., announce the birth of a son, Caden Alexander Clamp, Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Faircloth and Mr. and Mrs. Alex Clamp, both of Williston, S.C.

Bria Caitlynn Epps

Alexander James Comella
James and Elizabeth Comella of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Alexander James Comella, Monday, May 19, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Timothy A. Fitzgerald of Augusta and Dr. and Mrs. Martin C. Comella of Martinez.

Ethan Clay Richey

Ky'Auna Marie Dennis
Michael A. Favor Jr. and Karen M. Dennis, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a daughter, Ky'Auna Marie Dennis, Monday, April 28, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mary and Michael Favors Sr. of Augusta, Dave Dennis III of Windsor, and Evelyn E. Dennis of Hephzibah.

Caden Alexander Clamp

Jalen Cameron Eady
Jemeral R. Eady and Crystal A. Covington, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Jalen Cameron Eady, Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Pamela V. Covington and Shirley R. Eady, both of Augusta.

Samantha Victoria Foerster

Grayson Bailey Brackett

Adam Tyler Padgett

Adam Tyler Padgett
George A. and Amanda P. Padgett of Aiken announce the birth of a son, Adam Tyler Padgett, Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Peters of Moncks Corner, S.C., Lucille O. Padgett of Johnston, S.C., and the late George Price Padgett.

Brandon Andre' Moore
Jeremy Keith Moore and Tomekia Shantel Hawthorne, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Brandon Andre' Moore, Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are David and Sandra Hawthorne and Bernice Moore, all of Augusta, and the late Ulysses Moore.

Eliza McNeill Morris
Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Morris of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Eliza McNeill Morris, Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael Phillpotts of Martinez, Col. and Mrs. David Purr of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Byron Morris of North Augusta.

Sydney Theresa Labanosky
Adam M. and Michelle D. Labanosky of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Sydney Theresa Labanosky, Sunday, May 11, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William D. Adams of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. James A. Labanosky of Bossier City, La.

Skylar Bradleigh Goss Riley

Ka'Mari NyKeithen Jones
Kwana Jones of Augusta announces the birth of a son, Ka'Mari NyKeithen Jones, Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mary and Keith Wright of Augusta.

Sarah Michelle Reese

Samantha Victoria Foerster
Eugene A. and Doris A. Foerster of Wadley, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Samantha Victoria Foerster, Sunday, May 11, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Miguel Herrera of Chinda, Honduras, and the late Etta B. Foerster.

Abigayle Louise Chase

Jacob Trevor Bedgood
Brad and Michelle Bedgood of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Jacob Trevor Bedgood, Thursday, April 17, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Dale and Ann Sprinkle of Lizella, Ga., Doug and Donna Creamer of Macon, and Ray and Elise Bedgood of Dalton, Ga.

Brandon Williams Jr.

Grayson Bailey Brackett
Matthew L. and Jennifer T. Brackett of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Grayson Bailey Brackett, Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Pat Sullivan of Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tipton of North Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Brackett of McDonough, Ga.

Kylie Elizabeth-Grace Towns

Jacob Trevor Bedgood

Evan Russell Finstad

Ky'Auna Marie Dennis

Alexander James Comella

Isabella Cristina Walters

Abigayle Louise Chase
Steven Roy and Amy Lee Chase of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Abigayle Louise Chase, Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Chuck and Michelle Looper of Evans, Donna Knox of Grovetown, and Clifton R. Chase of Orange, Mass.

Ka'Mari NyKeithen Jones

Bria Caitlynn Epps
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher M. Epps of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Bria Caitlyn Epps, Sunday, May 11, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Billy Epps and Carolyn Anderson, all of Augusta, and the late Robert H. Anderson.

Jalen Cameron Eady

Fire hero arrested again - this time on assault charge
ABILENE, Texas -- A man who rescued four children from a burning apartment and was arrested shortly afterward on a probation violation returned to jail over the weekend after being arrested on an assault charge.

Muslim woman wants to keep on veil for license photo
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Florida's refusal to issue a driver's license to a Muslim woman unless she is photographed without her veil violates her religious rights, an ACLU attorney argued in court Tuesday.

Odds and Ends
MOUNT AIRY, N.C. -- A small-town chiropractor bent on keeping fees low for the uninsured is relying on an honor system to get paid.

Odds and Ends
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. -- Dawn Jenkins isn't in the new Jim Carrey comedy "Bruce Almighty," but her phone number is - and that's become a problem.

Braves rout Reds
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves and Jeff Austin reached a bunch of milestones in the very first inning.

Atlanta escapes with win
ATLANTA - After averaging 8.4 runs in Shane Reynolds' first eight starts, Atlanta manager Bobby Cox must have wondered what happened to all the offense during Tuesday night's game against Cincinnati.

Braves reliever cool under fire
ATLANTA - For a pitcher with less than one year in the major leagues, the idea of facing a hitter like Ken Griffey Jr. with runners in scoring position doesn't bother Atlanta Braves reliever Trey Hodges as much as one might think.

Braves reliever cool under fire
ATLANTA - For a pitcher with less than one year in the major leagues, the idea of facing a hitter like Ken Griffey Jr. with runners in scoring position doesn't bother Atlanta Braves reliever Trey Hodges as much as one might think.

Atlanta escapes with win

Braves rout Reds

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - There's nothing wrong with Roberto Hernandez's fastball. It still registers 96 mph on the radar gun. It's the location of his pitches that's troubling him.

Braves' batters beat up on Reds

Braves rename cheap seats
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves have decided to name their cheapest seats after the town's most famous tightwad.

Braves notebook

Braves rename cheap seats

Braves' batters beat up on Reds
ATLANTA - After failing to record an out in his last start, Cincinnati's Jeff Austin vowed this one would be different, and it was.

Goodwill official becomes director
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce has tapped Gordon Renshaw as its new director.

Durable goods fall 2.4 percent in April
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket goods fell in April by the largest amount in seven months, fresh evidence that the battered manufacturing sector is the weakest link in the economy's ability to get back to full speed.

Euro rises, erasing a long slump
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The euro hit an all-time high against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday, restoring prestige to Europe's 4 1/2 year experiment with a shared currency while making consumer goods and European vacations more expensive for Americans.

Merger ends public company

Monsanto plant gets safety award

Drop affects tourists, retailers
Those busy packing their bags for that long-awaited overseas summer vacation might find it worthwhile to pause and peruse the business headlines.

Drop affects tourists, retailers

Diplomats will tour Augusta
ATLANTA - Augusta, Athens and other east Georgia cities will play host this week to a bus load of diplomats and foreign trade representatives touring the area with the state's industry-recruiting agency.

Airports trim fuel prices
Augusta Regional Airport has a problem, and it's called competition.

Business briefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Sprint Corp. announced Tuesday that it has begun transforming its telephone network so voice calls are transmitted in "packets" - the same way data move over the Internet. The move is designed to lead to a wide range of improved services for consumers, such as online voice-mail management.

College graduates look for debt relief

Bush signs $350 billion tax-cut into law

Diplomats will tour Augusta

Businesses hope for post's survival

Business briefs

Monsanto plant gets safety award
The 190 employees at Monsanto Co.'s bovine hormone plant in Augusta have a sense of humor. After all, dairy cows are the main customer.

College graduates look for debt relief
During his undergraduate tenure at the University of South Carolina Aiken, Wesley Riddle didn't think much about the $10,000 in student loan debt he was racking up.

Business briefs
Merchants Credit Bureau, an Augusta-based affiliate of credit reporting agency Experian, announced that its reports will be available online through a Connecticut company's Internet-based lending, leasing and research service.

Merger ends public company
With a "'til we meet again," Merry Land Properties Inc.'s chairman, Tennent Houston, concluded the company's final shareholders meeting Wednesday, marking the end to one of the few remaining public companies based in Augusta.

Bush signs $350 billion tax-cut into law
WASHINGTON -- President Bush signed a bill on Wednesday that offers $330 billion in tax breaks to families, businesses and investors and $20 billion in state aid - a package less than half the size of the one he initially sought.

Businesses hope for post's survival
Whether Jugal Purohit's new Wingate Inn hotel on Gordon Highway can stay in business in coming years should matter to most Augustans.

Business briefs

Durable goods fall 2.4 percent in April

Airports trim fuel prices

Overall GPA of Clemson athletes drops slightly

Overall GPA of Clemson athletes drops slightly
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson athletes had an overall GPA of 2.84 for the spring semester, falling slightly short of last year's recording breaking GPA of 2.85, school officials said Wednesday.

Novice golfer earns his wings

Reform PSC now
Most South Carolinians may not know much about their Public Service Commission, even though it can have a huge impact on their pocketbooks. The PSC regulates and approves - or disapproves - rate changes for state utilities.

Unbelievable
Many people are shocked and awed that disgraced reporter Jayson Blair, who quit The New York Times after being exposed as a plagiarist and liar, is now looking to get rich peddling a book and TV movie about his experience.

Don't privatize IRS
Certain chores can be done better and more economically by the private sector than the public sector, which is why it's good policy to encourage government to contract out some of its services instead of doing them all in-house.

Sharon's peace talk

Don't privatize IRS

Sharon's peace talk
Is Israeli Prime Minster Ariel Sharon on the level?

Unbelievable

Stuff to do
The Augusta GreenJackets face off against the Asheville Tourists at 7:15 Friday and against the Capital City Bombers at 7:15 p.m. Saturday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Milledge Road. Tickets cost $8 box seats, $7 reserved, $6 general admission, $5 seniors, military and children ages 4-12 and $1 children 3 and younger. For more information, call 736-7889 or visit tixonline.com.

Midnight hour brings bowlers out to lanes
The lights go down at midnight Monday nights at Brunswick National Lanes on Washington Road, and that's when Bowlapalooza begins.

Bee's Knees tempts exotic palate
You can munch on falafel, goat-cheese bruschetta, garlicky shrimp, calamari, spicy Louisiana crab cakes and other exotic fare at The Bee's Knees on 10th Street.

Sony shows PlayStation 'crossover' machine
TOKYO -- Sony Corp. showed on Wednesday a revamped PlayStation 2 video game machine with a built-in DVD recorder and TV tuner, which can download movies and music and is a key part of the company's new business strategy.

Soul Bar shrugs off fire for rebirth
Many of the Soul Bar's hallmarks - the memorabilia, mirror ball and multiple James Browns - are gone, victims of the fire that swept through the Broad Street establishment and shut its doors for more than a month earlier this year.

Bee's Knees tempts exotic palate
You can munch on falafel, goat-cheese bruschetta, garlicky shrimp, calamari, spicy Louisiana crab cakes and other exotic fare at The Bee's Knees on 10th Street.

Stuff to do
The Augusta GreenJackets face off against the Asheville Tourists at 7:15 Friday and against the Capital City Bombers at 7:15 p.m. Saturday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Milledge Road. Tickets cost $8 box seats, $7 reserved, $6 general admission, $5 seniors, military and children ages 4-12 and $1 children 3 and younger. For more information, call 736-7889 or visit tixonline.com.

Soul Bar shrugs off fire for rebirth
Many of the Soul Bar's hallmarks - the memorabilia, mirror ball and multiple James Browns - are gone, victims of the fire that swept through the Broad Street establishment and shut its doors for more than a month earlier this year.

Midnight hour brings bowlers out to lanes
The lights go down at midnight Monday nights at Brunswick National Lanes on Washington Road, and that's when Bowlapalooza begins.

Low mortgage rates motivate buyers

Stocks gain on positive reports
NEW YORK -- A pair of encouraging economic reports - one on consumer confidence, the other on home sales - gave Wall Street a shot of adrenaline Tuesday, sending the Nasdaq composite to its best level in nearly a year.

Low mortgage rates motivate buyers
WASHINGTON -- Low mortgage rates beckoned buyers in April and pushed up sales of new homes to the highest level this year and sales of previously owned homes to the fifth best month on record.

Stocks rise modestly despite weak durable-goods orders

Postwar consumer confidence continues to rise
NEW YORK -- With the Iraqi war moving into the history books, consumers started turning their attention to domestic matters and became modestly more confident in the economy, according to the latest Conference Board survey.

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes
Investors shrugged off a report of sluggish factory orders Wednesday, giving the market a lift. It was the fifth straight win for the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor's 500 index and the fourth consecutive gain for the Nasdaq composite index.

Stocks rise modestly despite weak durable-goods orders
NEW YORK -- Brushing aside a report of sluggish factory orders, Wall Street extended its rally Wednesday as it focused instead on hopes for an economic rebound. Upbeat earnings from companies such as Krispy Kreme and Costco fed the market's optimism.

Small portions
Vanilla beans, prized by pastry chefs for their intense true flavor, are pricey, so it is important to take care of them properly. Vanilla experts recommend that beans be stored in tightly sealed container at room temperature, not in the freezer or refrigerator where added moisture can turn them moldy.

Small portions

Small portions

Small portions
Vanilla beans, prized by pastry chefs for their intense true flavor, are pricey, so it is important to take care of them properly. Vanilla experts recommend that beans be stored in tightly sealed container at room temperature, not in the freezer or refrigerator where added moisture can turn them moldy.

Shrimp po' boy with spicy ketchup
The po' boy is a New Orleans specialty, a sandwich often made with deep-fried shrimp. Here's a recipe in which oven-frying the shrimp, coated in garlicky bread crumbs, delivers big flavor without the fat.

Clematis needs annual pruning
Unpruned, a clematis vine grows increasingly large over the years, bearing flowers higher and higher until the only thing staring you in the face is a tangle of bare, woody stems. Avoid this by pruning - every year.

Pitching dominates in win against Jackets
Asheville Tourists starter Ubaldo Jiminez was a momentum killer.

Struggling outfielder progresses
Michael Goss has a million-dollar smile and a contagious laugh, but his Augusta GreenJackets teammates haven't seen or heard much of either lately.

Two minutes with Chad Spann
Augusta GreenJackets third baseman Chad Spann answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Extra bases
May 28-30: vs. Asheville Tourists (Rockies).

Pitching dominates in win against Jackets
Asheville Tourists starter Ubaldo Jiminez was a momentum killer.

Jackets' Spann continues to impress
Augusta GreenJackets third baseman Chad Spann continues to be one of the most pleasant surprises of the Boston Red Sox farm system.

Years of columns include some stolen moments

Augusta State starts at 20th

Montgomerie opposes political battle for European Ryder captain

Plenty of winners from Colonial, starting with LPGA Tour
For three months leading up to the Colonial and two rounds that she spent as the first woman in 58 years on the PGA Tour, Annika Sorenstam brought more attention to women's golf than at any other time in history.

Ticket plan announced for 2004 Ryder Cup

Augusta State starts at 20th
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oliver Wilson had the round of his life Tuesday in the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships. His Augusta State teammates also had unforgettable rounds, but for the opposite reason.

LPGA hoping for Sorenstam carryover

Former Augusta State golfer Taylor raises status
After toiling on the Hooters Tour since 1999, Vaughn Taylor has earned a promotion.

Tiger returns to the PGA Tour

The market now comes to Annika

Media back Morris' PGA suit

Woods gets a look at Olympia Fields
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Tiger Woods was a late arrival to the Memorial on Wednesday for good reason. He played golf the day before with Michael Jordan at Olympia Fields Country Club outside Chicago, where the U.S. Open will be held in two weeks.

LPGA hoping for Sorenstam carryover
AURORA, Ill. -- Laura Diaz remembers making her way to the putting green as Annika Sorenstam teed off in her first tournament of the year, passing fans who had lined up eight deep.

Media back Morris' PGA suit
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Fourteen U.S. media organizations have joined together to ask an appeals court to overturn a federal judge's decision prohibiting The Augusta Chronicle's parent company from disseminating live golf scores from PGA Tour events via the Internet.

Tiger returns to the PGA Tour
DUBLIN, Ohio -- A man and his young son waited on the first tee at Muirfield Village Golf Club before the sun could climb over the tree tops and start burning off the morning fog. Rumor had it that Tiger Woods was playing on the PGA Tour again.

Jaguars keep on fighting

Montgomerie opposes political battle for European Ryder captain
NEWPORT, Wales -- Colin Montgomerie warned Wednesday against making the choice of Europe's Ryder Cup captain into a public spectacle.

Ticket plan announced for 2004 Ryder Cup
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- The PGA of America opened registration for tickets to the 2004 Ryder Cup to the general public Tuesday.

The market now comes to Annika
Annika Sorenstam was just like 37 other players who teed it up at Colonial and left without making a dime.

Jaguars keep on fighting
STILLWATER, Okla. - The Augusta State golf team was following its game plan to perfection Wednesday, staying out of trouble at Karsten Creek Golf Club and steadily moving up the leaderboard in the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships.

Former Augusta State golfer Taylor raises status
After toiling on the Hooters Tour since 1999, Vaughn Taylor has earned a promotion.

Jackets' Spann continues to impress

Two minutes with Chad Spann

Struggling outfielder progresses

Devils blank Mighty Ducks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Mighty Ducks can take this lesson from their first Stanley Cup finals: There's nothing like experience in big games.

A devil of a time: For first time, Mighty Ducks dealing with adversity
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ask Martin Brodeur about the New Jersey Devils' 1-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals and his own superlative play, and it sounds as if he's talking about a preseason practice or a trip to the dry cleaners.

Devils blank Mighty Ducks

A devil of a time: For first time, Mighty Ducks dealing with adversity

Dip into this
Everyone loves layered Mexican bean dip. Sometimes it's called seven-layer dip, and my mother calls her version taco dip, but whatever you call it, it disappears quickly whenever it's served.

Dip into this
Everyone loves layered Mexican bean dip. Sometimes it's called seven-layer dip, and my mother calls her version taco dip, but whatever you call it, it disappears quickly whenever it's served.

3 injured in early morning wreck
Police say three people - including the son of the Richmond County schools superintendent and the son of a sheriff's lieutenant - were injured in an early morning crash on Berckmans Road.

Civic center feasibility study overlooked
I am disappointed that no group nor the Augusta Commission requested a feasibility study regarding the existing civic center renovation. Charlie Hannah, Augusta

Criticism of letter writer unwarranted
I must correct Andy Chandler, as his letter on May 10 ("Defends President Bush's military service") contained so many inaccurate statements. Rebecca Durst, North Augusta, S.C.

Daughter motivated by other talented graduates
I thank you so much for organizing The Augusta Chronicle's Best and Brightest Awards on May 20, as well as the wonderful banquet, honoring students and parents. Sabine Ceyssens, Augusta

Sex does not equal intimacy
Sharon Smith's May 1 guest column, "Shopping center images compromise youths' ethics," was courageous and instructive. Our culture really is teaching our youth to become sexually active. However, who's telling the teens that sex does not equal intimacy? Kathryn Lehn, Martinez, Ga.

Act on school cleanup before catastrophe occurs
Regarding The Chronicle's editorial on May 18, "A cleanup is needed," it reads, "First, concerned parents should make certain their kids' schools have plenty of necessary hygiene supplies. Give the principals what-for if they don't." Dennis E. Jones, Martinez, Ga.

Act on school cleanup before catastrophe occurs

Daughter motivated by other talented graduates

Sex does not equal intimacy

Criticism of letter writer unwarranted

Suggestions for Laney-Walker neighborhood
I have talked to a few affected people and read newspapers' comments about the Laney-Walker neighborhood where the proposed stadium is to be built. Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta

Some observations about Democrats
Here are some of my observations about current affairs: Lonnie E. Best, Martinez, Ga.

In the know

Bob Hope's 100th birthday brings a flood of 'Memories'

Show dad you care with hardware

Highlights in the life of Bob Hope

As Oscar emcee, Hope loved to sass the stars

100 years of Hope

In the know
If you're feeling a little corny and are a quick cook, you still have time to enter the Fresh Ways With Supersweet Corn Recipe Contest and compete for $3,000 in prizes.

Bob Hope's 100th birthday brings a flood of 'Memories'
LOS ANGELES -- Bob Hope might need another century to be thanked by all the veterans who cherish the wisecracker's performances for U.S. troops.

You have to be fast, accurate to win in 'Midnight Club II'
Law-abiding citizens tend to frown on the carnage caused by street racing. Once again, videogames to the rescue.

Show dad you care with hardware
The Great Necktie Migration begins each year in early June and culminates mid-month, when neckties from all over the land leave their retail spawning grounds to join their kin in the closet on Father's Day.

As Oscar emcee, Hope loved to sass the stars
During more than 20 appearances on Academy Awards shows from 1939 to 1978 as host, co-host or presenter, Bob Hope loved to tease the stars or joke about his own failure to win a regular Oscar.

Enhance beauty of pregnancy naturally
NEW YORK - Pregnancy is supposed to be a beautiful time in a woman's life: She's happy, she's glowing.

How 'Thanks for the Memory' became Hope's signature song
"Thanks for the Memory" became Bob Hope's signature song with the release of his very first feature film, "The Big Broadcast of 1938."

In the know
If you're feeling a little corny and are a quick cook, you still have time to enter the Fresh Ways With Supersweet Corn Recipe Contest and compete for $3,000 in prizes.

Highlights in the life of Bob Hope
May 29, 1903 - Leslie Towns Hope born in Eltham, England.

100 years of Hope
LOS ANGELES - One hundred years ago today, a son they named Leslie Towns Hope was born to a stonemason and his wife in the London suburb of Eltham.

In the know
The Amazing Race 4 returns Thursday at 8 p.m. on CBS (WRDW-TV, Channel 12), and though it is sometimes overshadowed by other forms of "reality," this show provides competition that fans say is actually exciting. This time, the pairs who will race around the world include best friends who are both professional clowns and a couple described as "dating 12 years/virgins."

Across the area

Pastor reveals plans to resign
Dr. Timothy Owings will end 13 years in the pulpit of First Baptist Church of Augusta on June 8, according to a letter he mailed to church members this week.

Adviser stresses need to save post
Thom Tuckey took his "save the fort" speech across the 13th Street bridge Wednesday morning to highlight how a base closure in Augusta could hurt business concerns on the South Carolina side.

Across the area
Three women were injured Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 20 in Columbia County that caused both vehicles to flip, authorities said.

Rants and Raves
A RANT FOR inconsiderate neighbors to choose the holiday weekend, with friends and family gathering outdoors, to put on a new roof with hammering and sawing, disturbing what little peace and quiet we have. It may be important, but at least do it during the week.

Police try to keep edge
School resource officers walk a thin line between being police officers and being a friendly authority figure to teachers and pupils.

News you can use
May 28, 1933The periodical cicada, or 17-year locust, that has moved into the swamps around Augusta by the thousands in great swarms, may be only slightly damaging to trees and of little or no damage to fruit crops, according to the Richmond County farm agent.

Repairs continue on old church
The building housing Union Baptist Church on Greene Street has been around for 152 years, and the Rev. William Wright would like to keep it around for years to come.

Serviceman of the day

Aiken sheriff vows to keep drug program
CLEARWATER - Although Drug Abuse Resistance Education doesn't enjoy the near-universal support it once had, the youth education program isn't going anywhere on Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt's watch.

Aiken evangelist touts course based on Bible

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The National Science Center, headquartered at Fort Discovery, is designed to improve the technical literacy of young people in math and sciences while encouraging pupils to gain interest in math- and science-related careers. The center's mission is met through interactive activities based at Fort Discovery and through educational opportunities offered nationwide by mobile discovery centers housed inside tractor-trailers.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Pfc. John F. Ruffin of Augusta.

Across the area
An Aiken woman was arrested Tuesday on charges that she embezzled more that $13,000 from a Vaucluse church where she worked as a part-time secretary.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Record-breaking sales for the opening weekend of the Spoleto Festival USA are encouraging to organizers worried about the effect of a weak national economy on festival sales.

Aiken evangelist touts course based on Bible
AIKEN - Aiken County school officials are considering the implementation of a Bible-related social studies class in its high schools after hearing the request of a local evangelist at its board meeting Tuesday night.

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School board decision angers computer seller
The Columbia County school board voted Tuesday night to buy 700 new computers, but once again, the purchase was not without controversy.

Perdue creates panel to overhaul budget
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue turned to the private sector Tuesday to help the state government find its way out of a budget crunch brought on by the recession.

Police try to keep edge

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Budget doubts hinder rescue
With the state budget up in the air and Medicaid payments caught in a snarled computer system, plans are on hold to save the outpatient pharmacy at Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics.

Company meets civic center officials
Top officials of a company that expects to start managing the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center complex in July appeared before its governing board Tuesday.

Company meets civic center officials

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Area undertakes long fight to save installation
Community mobilization to help protect and expand Fort Gordon ahead of the 2005 round of base closures began even before U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss warned of base closures in January.

Senior centers face shutdown

Across the southeast
NORFOLK, Va. -The Navy has stopped searching the USS Nassau for a missing sailor although crew members continue to keep an eye out for him, a Navy spokesman said Tuesday.

10th defendant sentenced in Aiken woman's 1969 race-riot killing

Audit of child services finds mixed results
The Office of the Child Advocate, a small statewide agency created to oversee child services, will return to Augusta later this year to determine whether improvements have been made in providing protection and foster care for children.

Police arrest men in standoff
Police arrested two brothers early Tuesday after the men locked themselves in a house with a 2-month-old baby, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Democrats chose Bobby Kahn, a former Gov. Roy Barnes' chief of staff, to fill the last remaining seat on the five-member state Elections Board.

Adviser stresses need to save post

Suspected serial killer arrested in Atlanta
ATLANTA - A man suspected of killing six women in Louisiana was arrested Tuesday in Atlanta, where he spent at least the past week in a dingy Atlanta motel.

Growth hits farmland
AIKEN - Along both sides of Whiskey Road as it leaves the southside of town are signs advertising the sale of undeveloped commercial property.

Officials approve transfer of grant

Audit of child services finds mixed results

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael C. Johnson II of Hephzibah.

Growth hits farmland
AIKEN - Along both sides of Whiskey Road as it leaves the southside of town are signs advertising the sale of undeveloped commercial property.

Officials say school can run without post
For years, Richmond County school officials dreamed of a having a county school on Fort Gordon.

Memory study links dementia, hormone therapy
When her hormones got out of balance, Arleen Harms knew the risks of going on hormone therapy to get her body righted again, particularly with a strong family history of breast cancer.

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Repairs continue on old church
The building housing Union Baptist Church on Greene Street has been around for 152 years, and the Rev. William Wright would like to keep it around for years to come.

Budget doubts hinder rescue

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael C. Johnson II of Hephzibah.

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Aiken sheriff vows to keep drug program
CLEARWATER - Although Drug Abuse Resistance Education doesn't enjoy the near-universal support it once had, the youth education program isn't going anywhere on Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt's watch.

Rants and Raves
TO THE PARENTS of Farmington and Pinebrook neighborhoods that let their kids drive golf carts: With the increase in overweight adolescents in the country today, you would think that maybe you should buy your kids a bike. They are a whole lot less expensive and a whole lot more healthy.

Required letter blasts landfill
Taliaferro County commissioners who could be sent to jail over their refusal to sign a letter allowing an unwanted landfill in their community offered a compromise Wednesday - sort of.

Burk shifts focus on golf club

State mirrors county water plans
Local water watchers are following the lead of Georgia's Environmental Protection Division when it comes to water conservation.

Officials say school can run without post
For years, Richmond County school officials dreamed of a having a county school on Fort Gordon.

Rants and Raves
A RANT FOR inconsiderate neighbors to choose the holiday weekend, with friends and family gathering outdoors, to put on a new roof with hammering and sawing, disturbing what little peace and quiet we have. It may be important, but at least do it during the week.

Boy hits capital for spelling bee
A Waynesboro, Ga., home-school pupil will compete in the 76th annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee today in Washington, D.C.

Senior centers face shutdown
A request for $150,000 to keep four Augusta senior centers open through the end of the year will be considered by the city's finance committee June 9.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Local governments will receive about $200,000 in state funds to fight potential base closings in South Carolina.

10th defendant sentenced in Aiken woman's 1969 race-riot killing
YORK, Pa. -- A white man who pleaded no contest to attempted murder and conspiracy in the 1969 murder of a young black woman during 10 days of race riots in York was sentenced to prison Wednesday for his role in the slaying.

News you can use
May 28, 1933 The periodical cicada, or 17-year locust, that has moved into the swamps around Augusta by the thousands in great swarms, may be only slightly damaging to trees and of little or no damage to fruit crops, according to the Richmond County farm agent.

Burk shifts focus on golf club
ATLANTA - Martha Burk said Tuesday that the wall keeping women out of Augusta National Golf Club already has begun to topple.

Across Georgia
ATHENS -The man suspected in the killings of five Louisiana women has been eliminated as a suspect in the unsolved 1992 slaying of a University of Georgia student, authorities said Wednesday.

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MAY 29, 1943 Police and firemen were dragging the second level of the Augusta Canal on 13th Street early this morning for the body of Raymond Anderson, 18, of Estes Street, who was believed to have drowned last night while fishing along the banks of the stream.

School board decision angers computer seller

Memory study links dementia, hormone therapy
When her hormones got out of balance, Arleen Harms knew the risks of going on hormone therapy to get her body righted again, particularly with a strong family history of breast cancer.

Officials approve transfer of grant
Augusta commissioners approved a measure Tuesday to move more than $5,000 in federal grant money from a halfway house to other social services agencies.

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Rants and Raves
TO THE PARENTS of Farmington and Pinebrook neighborhoods that let their kids drive golf carts: With the increase in overweight adolescents in the country today, you would think that maybe you should buy your kids a bike. They are a whole lot less expensive and a whole lot more healthy.

Officials seek funds for center
State officials are making a last-minute plea for $900,000 to help a financially troubled Augusta mental health center make it through to next fiscal year. Otherwise, employees of the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia could face unpaid furloughs.

Perdue creates panel to overhaul budget

Years of columns include some stolen moments
There's been a lot said recently - and deservedly so - about journalists who steal, lie and mislead, exerting much more effort in their charlatanism than they ever would have in doing the job right.

God's phone number in 'Bruce Almighty' annoys like the devil

God's phone number in 'Bruce Almighty' annoys like the devil
TAMPA, Fla. -- Talk about an almighty pain.

Nadeau leaves hospital for rehab center

Nadeau leaves hospital for rehab center
RICHMOND, Va. -- Winston Cup driver Jerry Nadeau was released from the hospital and moved to a rehabilitation center, nearly a month after crashing during practice at Richmond International Raceway.

Knaus fined $2,500 by NASCAR
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Crew chief Chad Knaus was fined $2,500 by NASCAR on Tuesday for a rules violation before qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600.

Safety remains priority

NASCAR notebook
DOVER, Del. - In the span of 11 days, Jimmie Johnson won two races and $1,289,504. His crew chief was fined twice for breaking rules. His sponsor, Lowe's, extended its agreement with the Hendrick Motorsports race team through the 2007 season.

Safety remains priority
CONCORD, N.C. - Last week, NASCAR ordered all race teams to attach a second tether to their cars' front wheels to keep them from flying into the grandstands during a crash, and it approved a filtering system to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Q&A with Jimmy Spencer

Q&A with Jimmy Spencer
After a slow start during the first three months of the season, Jimmy Spencer gave his new team, Ultra Motorsports, its best finish of the season last Sunday with a fourth-place showing at the Coca-Cola 600. Spencer talked about adjusting to a new team and his prospects for the rest of the season.

NASCAR notebook

Knaus fined $2,500 by NASCAR

Racing facts - MBNA Armed Forces Family 400
Here are facts about this weekend's MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 race.

Robinson has quiet farewell
SAN ANTONIO - Somebody tried to draw a comparison Tuesday between the atmosphere surrounding David Robinson's last few playing days and the hoopla from Michael Jordan's recent farewell tour.

Jefferson getting tired of seconditis

Nelson calls Nowitzki 'very doubtful' for Game 6
DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki is not expected to play in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, Dallas Mavericks coach Don Nelson said Wednesday.

Spurs must stop in-game collapses
DALLAS -- From classy David Robinson to unflappable Tim Duncan to charming Frenchman Tony Parker, the San Antonio Spurs are filled with model citizens.

Robinson has quiet farewell

Jefferson getting tired of seconditis
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Richard Jefferson talks about basketball, he usually has a smile on his face and a confident tone in his voice.

Nelson calls Nowitzki 'very doubtful' for Game 6

Spurs must stop in-game collapses

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Agassi overcomes teen in five sets; Harkleroad breaks through

Hillary unhappy with Everest conditions on 50th anniversary of conquest

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After 50 years, some Mount Everest veterans suggest letting highest peak rest

Tyson says he would rape victim now

Agassi overcomes teen in five sets; Harkleroad breaks through
PARIS -- Andre Agassi sat in his chair a few extra seconds at each changeover, resting his body and composing his mind.

Defending champ Costa avoids first-round upset at French Open
PARIS -- Defending French Open champion Albert Costa needed the biggest comeback of his long career to avoid a first-round loss Tuesday.

After 50 years, some Mount Everest veterans suggest letting highest peak rest
KATMANDU, Nepal -- Sir Edmund Hillary and other Mount Everest pioneers suggested Tuesday that the world's tallest peak deserves a rest after a half century of more than 1,300 climbers scaling its slopes.

Tyson says he would rape victim now
Mike Tyson hasn't lost his penchant for saying the outrageous.

ACC to begin site visits to Miami, Syracuse, BC
DAVIE, Fla. -- The University of Miami is moving closer to a decision on joining the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Overtime
Margaret Shirley, a rising senior at Lassiter High School in Roswell, Ga., shot even-par 72 for a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Greater Atlanta Women's Amateur Championship at Georgia National Golf Club in McDonough, Ga.

Capriati hopes to keep her cool at French Open
PARIS -- She has made a captivating career comeback, Grand Slam trophy acceptance speeches and $7 million in prize money. And yet, Jennifer Capriati sometimes doubts her ability.

Hillary unhappy with Everest conditions on 50th anniversary of conquest
KATMANDU, Nepal -- On the eve of the 50th anniversary of his historic ascent of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary complained about legions of climbers partying at base camp before scrambling up the world's tallest mountain on fixed ropes and ladders.

Overtime
Winston Cup driver Jerry Nadeau was released from a hospital in Richmond, Va., and moved to a rehabilitation center, a month after crashing during practice at Richmond International Raceway.

'American Idol' gives Fox an easy ratings win
NEW YORK -- Fox rode "American Idol" Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken into the winner's circle during the final few days of the television season.

'American Idol' gives Fox an easy ratings win
NEW YORK -- Fox rode "American Idol" Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken into the winner's circle during the final few days of the television season.

'American Idol' gives Fox an easy ratings win

'American Idol' gives Fox an easy ratings win

Sony shows PlayStation 'crossover' machine

S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame honors amateurs, professional

S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame honors amateurs, professional
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame will honor three amateurs and one professional athlete at an induction ceremony Thursday.

Novice golfer earns his wings
Making two eagles in one day, as Paul Carter did at Rocky Branch Golf Club in Lincolnton, Ga., is impressive enough.

Muslim woman wants to keep on veil for license photo

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Fire hero arrested again - this time on assault charge

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