Hugh Jackman to again serve as host of Broadway's Tony Awards

Edward P. Jones wins National Book Critics Circle award
NEW YORK -- Edward P. Jones, winner of this year's National Book Critics Circle fiction prize, took 10 years to write his novel and felt so embarrassed about the delay that when he finally finished he couldn't bear to tell his agent, Eric Simonoff, on the phone.

Edward P. Jones wins National Book Critics Circle award

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Hugh Jackman to again serve as host of Broadway's Tony Awards
NEW YORK -- "The Boy From Oz" will be the host of the 2004 Tony Awards.

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Bravo's 'Queer Eye' goes to print
NEW YORK - Not every man can pull off the bright colors and vintage-inspired fashions that have made Queer Eye for the Straight Guy host Carson Kressley one of the most recognizable members of the TV cast, and he's not out to inspire a bunch of look-alikes in the "fab five's" new book.

Bravo's 'Queer Eye' goes to print

Greenbrier star has something extra

A-Rod enjoys debut
TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Rodriguez trotted down the third-base line, stepped on the plate and raised his right hand to give Derek Jeter's fist a knock. Then Jason Giambi crossed the plate, completing his grand slam.

Koufax ends break with Dodgers
VERO BEACH, Fla. -With the Los Angeles Dodgers now under new ownership, Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax made his first public appearance at the club's spring training facility on Friday since severing ties with the team last year.

Greenbrier star has something extra
Scott Wandless is Greenbrier's version of wheeling a Xerox machine up to the plate.

Prep baseball capsules
Previews of Georgia and South Carolina teams

Prep baseball capsules

How to win elections: It's the slogan, stupid

Woman finds severed finger in salad
CANTON, Ohio -- Talk about leaving a bad tip at the restaurant. A 22-year-old woman found the severed tip of a thumb in her lunch salad at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.

Odds and Ends
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Harry Vanderford has a 10-year plan - to live until he's 110. It's not that far-fetched, considering he just turned 100 and could conceivably walk the rest of the way.

No one takes the fifth for Braves
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The battle for the Braves' fifth starter's job got off to an inauspicious start Saturday.

Ramirez shy about legend
VERO BEACH, Fla. - Horacio Ramirez was born in 1979, 13 years after Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax hung up his spikes.

Braves' notebook
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - At this rate, Atlanta will set a Grapefruit League record for errors.

No one takes the fifth for Braves

Ramirez shy about legend

Braves' notebook

Pocket change
Employer Spotlight: John Deere Commercial Products

Unemployment rate stuck at 5.6 percent as jobs growth slows
WASHINGTON -- The nation's payrolls grew by just 21,000 in February and left the unemployment rate stuck at 5.6 percent, just as President Bush revved up a re-election campaign that is counting heavily on a revived economy.

Know your customer to succeed in business world
When we walk into a store, we appreciate being welcomed by name and learning about products that we're interested in and meet our needs. Store owners and employees who know us and know what we like make us feel important. As a result, we spend money more freely.

Getting in your head
Give June Barksdale 30 minutes, and she can tell whether you're management material or better off following orders.

Stewart's conviction expected to hurt her business
NEW YORK -- The guilty verdict for Martha Stewart will badly damage her company, scaring more advertisers and perhaps readers and viewers away from her media business, industry experts said. Sales of her towels and other household goods may hold up better.

Boeing braced for $310 million charge if tanker deal fails

Personality tests can help you know you
Looking at the results of your personality test is a lot like looking at yourself naked in the mirror. You're probably not going to like everything you see, but you'll find it to be an accurate reflection.

Jobless rate stuck at 5.6 percent in February as jobs grow slows

Martha Stewart guilty of all counts in ImClone stock case

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McDonald's monthly sales gain nearly 23 percent
OAK BROOK, Ill. -- McDonald's Corp.'s sales jumped a whopping 22.6 percent in February over last year's numbers, the fast-food chain said Friday, extending a recovery that began last spring and sending its stock to a nearly two-year high.

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Jobless rate stuck at 5.6 percent in February as jobs grow slows
WASHINGTON -- America's unemployment rate remained stuck at 5.6 percent in February as the economy added a paltry 21,000 positions.

Unemployment rate stuck at 5.6 percent as jobs growth slows

Member-owned credit unions add more branches, services

Stewart's conviction expected to hurt her business

Personality tests can help you know you

McDonald's monthly sales gain nearly 23 percent

Status of high-profile corporate scandals
A look at some of the most high-profile recent corporate scandals, and the status of pending legal action.

Boeing braced for $310 million charge if tanker deal fails
CHICAGO -- Boeing Co. still expects the government to go ahead with its suspended air-tanker contract this year but is braced to take a $310 million charge if the controversial deal is tossed out, the company said Friday.

Know your customer to succeed in business world

Martha Stewart guilty of all counts in ImClone stock case
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart was convicted Friday of obstructing justice and lying to the government about a superbly timed stock sale, a devastating verdict that probably means prison for the woman who epitomizes meticulous homemaking and gracious living.

On the move
Marty Banks has been promoted to assistant vice president of Blanchard & Calhoun Insurance Agency Inc.

Member-owned credit unions add more branches, services
With $375 million in assets and on the brink of building new area branches, Ed Templeton's institution has turned into a banking juggernaut.

Getting in your head

Status of high-profile corporate scandals

On the move

Business briefs
Commercial construction in the Augusta metro area is off to a slow start this year, down 70 percent from figures reported last year at this time, an industry analyst group said.

ANIC neglects notables at office opening

ANIC neglects notables at office opening
The grand opening of the controversial Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. office building on Laney-Walker Boulevard caught quite a few people by surprise.

Five Clemson coaches have duties changed
Clemson coach Tommy Bowden says he wasn't promoting or punishing anyone when he shifted the duties of five of his assistants this offseason.

Georgia College & State slips into the title game

SEC roundup

Cougars' Thomas makes statement

Lakers bounce Jaguars

The right callArmstrong Atlantic wins at the buzzer

Owls pound Pacers

How to save local jobs

Neither pretty nor petty
Citations for animal mistreatment handed out to three Augusta Mall pet store employees by Augusta Animal Services are terribly troubling.

Sorry just doesn't cut it

How to save local jobs
After playing a key role in getting the south Augusta Bi-Lo to stay open, city Commissioner Bobby Hankerson made a point we hope his colleagues and other leaders heard loud and clear.

Sorry just doesn't cut it
Apologies are nice. Sincere ones have become entirely too rare.

Celebrate a spell
When was the last time you celebrated words? Threw a party just to show your appreciation for the ways in which letters get together to make words?

Neither pretty nor petty

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Echoing her on-stage partner, Janet Jackson says her breast exposure during the Super Bowl halftime show was a "costume accident."

Lionel Richie's estranged wife wants $300,000 a month
LOS ANGELES -- The estranged wife of singer Lionel Richie wants $300,000 a month in child and spousal support, saying she had "no limit on what I could spend" during their nearly seven years of marriage.

Wall Street loves low interest rates, but they come at a price
NEW YORK -- The feeble job growth in the government's February employment report surprised economists and made the markets shudder, but the prospect of continued low interest rates softened the blow on Wall Street.

Wall Street loves low interest rates, but they come at a price

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $3.05 billion in the latest week to $887.25 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Value mutual funds still have edge over growth funds

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Dollar down, gold up in Europe
LONDON -- The U.S. dollar fell against most other major currencies in European trading Friday. Gold rose.

Dollar hurt by payrolls but rallies versus yen
NEW YORK -- The dollar fell sharply against most currencies after a disappointing U.S. employment report Friday, but hit a five-month high against the yen on apparent heavy intervention by Japanese authorities.

What is a consumer-driven health plan?

Dollar down, gold up in Europe

What's really driving stock buybacks?

Wild ride on Wall Street as jobs data disappoints

Financial planning has extra twists for gay boomers
NEW YORK -- As retirement draws nearer for baby boomer couples, many are scrambling to understand insurance, investments, Social Security and wills. For those who are in same-sex relationships, the difficulties multiply.

Money funds fell in latest week

What is a consumer-driven health plan?
Q. My employer is switching to something called a consumer-driven health plan. What is it and what does the change mean for workers?

Big Movers in the Stock Market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

Value mutual funds still have edge over growth funds
NEW YORK -- For investors trying to decide whether to put more money in value funds or growth funds, the current market offers little guidance, although recent returns show value might have a slight edge.

Bonds rise on jobs data
NEW YORK -- Bond prices jumped Friday on a disappointing report on job creation.

What's really driving stock buybacks?
NEW YORK -- Stock buybacks seem like they can only be a boon to investors - they boost share prices and give each remaining shareholder a bigger piece of the corporate pie.

Financial planning has extra twists for gay boomers

Wild ride on Wall Street as jobs data disappoints
NEW YORK -- Disappointing job growth figures left stocks mixed after a volatile session Friday, with investors guessing whether the underlying economy was strong enough to warrant current share prices. But perhaps the biggest news of the day was Martha Stewart.

Jackets sweat out close one
ATLANTA - It was Senior Day at Georgia Tech, but a sophomore stole the show on Saturday afternoon at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Georgia Tech doesn't have time to celebrate
ATLANTA - Before Georgia Tech departed Durham, N.C., on Wednesday night, with the thrill of beating Duke still fresh in its mind, Marvin Lewis stood up in the back of the bus and issued a warning: Start getting ready for Florida State.

Georgia Tech doesn't have time to celebrate

Mickelson's 1 back

Venturi cries foul on Palmer
In a book that will be released as Arnold Palmer prepares for his 50th and final Masters Tournament, Ken Venturi claims Palmer broke the rules when he won the first of his four Masters titles in 1958.

Golf capsules
MIAMI - Craig Parry hasn't quite adjusted to the time change from Australia. He has figured out Doral's Blue Monster.

Venturi cries foul on Palmer

Golf capsules

Mickelson's 1 back
MIAMI - Phil Mickelson already has taken a Ford GT for a spin through his California neighborhood, a short joy ride that resulted in "a letter or two" from homeowners.

One that got away

How to win elections: It's the slogan, stupid
Many years ago, my former employer decided to hold a contest and let the employees suggest a company slogan for the year ahead.

State must butt out over smoking

Film grossly misrepresents Jews
After seeing The Passion of the Christ, I was saddened by The Chronicle's wholesale endorsement of the movie in dual editorials. The second editorial, "Secularists strike back," declares The Passion to be "great art" and a "magnificent film." Joshua Smith, Augusta

Guard service is a high honor
On Fox News recently, Sen. John Kerry stated: "I've never made any judgments about any choice somebody made about avoiding the draft, about going to Canada, going to jail, being a conscientious objector, or going into the National Guard." Neal B. Dillon, Aiken

State must butt out over smoking
The state should stay out of the restaurant/bar smoking/non-smoking business. The establishment belongs to the owner and only the owner should decide its smoking policy. Chuck Odom, Hephzibah

Film grossly misrepresents Jews

Warm-weather sandal fashion looks outside the box with designs, color

Is metered e-mail a viable anti-spam tactic?

Folate in food may dramatically reduce heart disease

Family needs demand couple get bigger home

Environmental concerns muddying Bali's tourism prospects

Some hope for a higher youth vote turnout

Folate in food may dramatically reduce heart disease
SAN FRANCISCO -- Adding the vitamin folate to flour, a practice begun in 1996 to prevent birth defects, also appears to have a striking effect against cardiovascular disease, preventing an estimated 48,000 deaths a year from strokes and heart attacks, a government study found.

Some hope for a higher youth vote turnout
CHICAGO -- When Greta Honold saw her best friend on TV, standing next to Democrat Wesley Clark, her jaw dropped.

Living briefs
Jill Hennessy fans will be glad to hear that her crime drama, Crossing Jordan, is back. Premiering a new season at 10 on NBC (WAGT-TV, Channel 26), Ms. Hennessy resumes her role as Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh, described as ''a sexy, smart and fearless Boston medical examiner'' who has an irresistible need to examine not just dead bodies but also unsolved crimes.

Warm-weather sandal fashion looks outside the box with designs, color
By the time spring has sprung, most people are ready to shed the layers. As bundled gives way to bare, sweaters are traded for T-shirts and socks get swapped for sandals.

Family needs demand couple get bigger home
A house doesn't become a home overnight. For Liz Jones, whose four-bedroom, two-bath, Williamsburg-style home in North Augusta is filled with pieces she acquired over the years, that's the challenge - and the beauty - of it.

Is metered e-mail a viable anti-spam tactic?
NEW YORK -- If the U.S. Postal Service delivered mail for free, our mailboxes would surely runneth over with more credit card offers, sweepstakes entries and supermarket fliers.

Environmental concerns muddying Bali's tourism prospects
Environmental concerns muddying Bali's tourism prospectsBALI, Indonesia -- Deadly nightclub bombings in 2002 nearly wrecked Bali's vital tourism industry.

Professor scolded for porn use in discussion of media
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A College of Charleston professor has been told to stick to the syllabus after allowing students to show a pornographic film clip during a media literacy class.

Up in flames
Aiken Public Safety firemen pull sheetmetal from the remains of an abandoned house on the 200 block of Hedge Rd. The fire was reported to public safety around 1 pm and within 30 minutes the wood framed house had all but burned to the ground. The City of Aiken responded to the blaze with mutual aid from Central Fire Department. No one was enjuried in the afternoon blaze in Aiken, Friday, March 5, 2004.

Sanford says biggest legacy will be changing debate style

News you can use
March 6, 1954 A convincing plea was sounded today by Audley H. Ward as he addressed the Augusta Lions Club at their weekly luncheon.

Sanford says biggest legacy will be changing debate style
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford has been known as a political maverick, someone who likes to throw out a number of ideas and just see what sticks.

Mideast will be high on G-8 agenda
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Although trade tariffs and other economic policies will certainly be among the agenda items for the upcoming G-8 summit, perhaps the major topic of discussion will be how to pacify the Middle East, the European Union ambassador to the United States said this week.

Up in flames

Report leaves many questions
An environmental report was released Friday on a proposed Augusta judicial center site, but the jury is still out on whether contamination must be removed from the area.

News you can use

Event lacks space to park

Schools consider raising tuition

State's curriculum sees more changes
ATLANTA - Biology standards aren't the only ones that will evolve under a new curriculum being developed by the state Department of Education.

Towns cast wary eye on taxtax

Towns cast wary eye on taxtax
Jackson residents will be asked to support a 1-cent sales tax for a second time in November, but they have yet to see a dime of the $300,000 they were promised from the one passed by voters in 2000.

News you can use

Across the region
GREENVILLE, S.C. - One of the five Greenville police officers caught playing cards while they should have been on patrol has been kicked off the department's SWAT team.

Sun tints Augusta green

Search for shooter continues
AIKEN - After a night of searching through the woods of rural Aiken County, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office was still looking Friday for an individual who shot and wounded three men on Smith Hardy Road.

Bee winner makes it a three-peat

Man charged in teen's shooting at family fight
Police arrested a 28-year-old Augusta man in connection with a Friday afternoon shooting in Augusta's Bethlehem neighborhood, officials said.

Plan puts students on track

Event lacks space to park
AIKEN - Bernice Rogers didn't want to admit to playing hooky or arriving before the sun came up Friday so she could be the first person in line for the few and the final rail-side and second-row parking passes for the Aiken Steeplechase.

Segregation didn't stop at burial

UGA to look at honesty policy
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia faculty leaders have punted a proposed weakening of UGA's academic honesty policy back to a subcommittee for more discussion.

Agency backs off of sex offender move
COLUMBIA - The Department of Mental Health is no longer considering moving dozens of sex offenders to a minimum-security prison from a maximum-security one, agency Director George Gintoli said.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE for the state of Georgia and a rant for the person who said he never lived anywhere so awful and the military brought him here. The military brought me here, and I love it. Go ahead and go back to California. They're going bankrupt, and they're all nuts.

Hundreds get peek at stables in Aiken

Opening statements begin in crematory trial
ROME, Ga. - A former crematory operator accused of dumping 334 bodies and passing off cement dust as ashes broke a sacred trust, a lawyer for families told jurors Friday in the first civil trial stemming from the grisly case.

Across the area

Senator targets hidden charges

Experts try to improve cotton traits

Knitting group provides therapy
ATHENS, Ga. - As their knitting needles transform strands of yarn into colorful scarves, a dozen University of Georgia students gather and chatter about relationships, families, homework and plans to go out later in the evening.

Around town

News you can use
March 7, 1939 Recommendations that will enable Augusta to operate on a balanced budget were reluctantly adopted by the City Council last night. The plan takes into consideration every department in the city, and provides salary reductions for councilmen, members of the Civil Service Commission and city employees who draw above $100 a month. The proposal was heatedly opposed by Councilman Tom Maloney of the Fifth Ward.

Opening statements begin in crematory trial

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Man charged in teen's shooting at family fight

Hispanic population increases
Pedro Brito came to Augusta four years ago with the vision of opening the area's first Mexican grocery store. A year later, Mi Pueblito was born on Martintown Road in North Augusta.

Report leaves many questions

Across the region

Plan puts students on track
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - Katie Cleveland, a junior at Silver Bluff High School, doesn't know exactly what she wants to do when she graduates from college, but she knows she wants to do something with medicine and animals.

Steppin' OUT

Some minorities left out in talks
When Kip Edwards moved to the Augusta area seven years ago, he and his Mexican-born wife, Maria, noticed something interesting about the local racial climate.

Former officer is arrested, charged
AIKEN - A former Orangeburg police officer was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of assault with intent to kill after shooting at a car near downtown Aiken, authorities said Friday.

Former officer is arrested, charged

Debris, paperwork keep Aiken relief workers busy
AIKEN - The collapsed forest of trees and shrubbery from January's ice storm has grown so immense that it's commonly referred to as Mount Brushmore.

Developer fights permit appeals bill

Cancer center partnership gives patients more hope
After being president of the University of Georgia for 19 years, Fred C. Davison knows good teamwork when he sees it - particularly when his life might depend upon it.

Hundreds get peek at stables in Aiken
AIKEN - When they moved from Illinois to Aiken five years ago to be closer to their children, retirees Henry and Mary Ellen Krippner knew little about horses and had seen less.

Experts try to improve cotton traits
ALBANY, Ga. - Cotton growers across the South produced a banner crop last year, but experts say they still might have lost millions of dollars in potential earnings because the overall quality of the region's cotton is slipping.

Across the area
A Beech Island man remained hospitalized Saturday from a Thursday night shooting in Aiken County, and another man wounded in the incident has been discharged.

Preserving rich history
MACON, Ga. - Preserving an 1840s-era slave cemetery is difficult business, especially when there are few headstones - and few bodies.

Another pet is killed too soon

Developer fights permit appeals bill
ATLANTA - A Senate bill requested by a coastal developer would put a chill on the public's ability to appeal state permits issued to builders, environmental advocates said this week.

Demanding jobs require committed support team
It was the drowsiness that first bothered Shontina Johnson that afternoon.

Steppin' OUT
When India Thomas, 11, barks directions to her dance mates with the Barton Chapel Classy Steppers, she understands the collegiate traditions that precede her elementary school step group.

Debris, paperwork keep Aiken relief workers busy

Another pet is killed too soon
KINGSLAND, Ga. - For the second time in four months, workers at a coastal Georgia animal shelter have euthanized a dog before the end of the five-day waiting period they give people to claim their pets.

Professor scolded for porn use in discussion of media

Around town
Jaden Soto, 1, left, and his sister, Jasmine, 4, catch a ride in a bike wagon pulled by their mother Rachel at Riverview Park in North Augusta Friday March 5, 2004. The Soto family, from Belvedere, met up with another family to ride bikes on the greenway.

Knitting group provides therapy

Pet shop workers' identities withheld
For a second day in a row, Augusta officials withheld Friday the names of employees of a mall pet shop who are being charged by Augusta Animal Services with cruelty to animals.

Across the southeast

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Marvin Richard Washington Jr., 11 months, of Hephzibah.

Hispanic population increases

Across the area
GREENVILLE, S.C. - One of the five Greenville police officers caught playing cards while they should have been on patrol has been kicked off the department's SWAT team.

Segregation didn't stop at burial
ATHENS, Ga. - Along with former legislators and slaves, a forgotten generation lies beneath the soil of the South's black cemeteries, forged from the harsh necessities of a segregated society that divided the races even in death.

State's curriculum sees more changes

Schools consider raising tuition
ATLANTA - The University of Georgia and Georgia State University are considering tuition increases of 10 percent or more to cope with budget cuts mandated by the state.

Agency backs off of sex offender move

Some minorities left out in talks

Budget, bus law end up at odds

Mideast will be high on G-8 agenda

Kid of the day

Across the southeast
WICKLIFFE, Ky. - A woman whose dog mauled a 5-year-old boy to death was ordered to serve six months in jail with a picture of the child on her cell wall.

Pet shop workers' identities withheld

Demanding jobs require committed support team

Kid of the Day

Bee winner makes it a three-peat
At one point Saturday morning, it appeared that Joe Shepherd was going to be dethroned as champion of The Augusta Chronicle's annual spelling bee.

Cancer center partnership gives patients more hope

Sun tints Augusta green
Though Saturday started out gloomy and cool, the sun smiled upon the Augusta Irish Festival during the afternoon as Lily Butler, 1, trotted around with a garland of green.

Board offices' debut delayed

Across South Carolina
WESTMINSTER - A man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of his roommate, authorities say.

Board offices' debut delayed
Construction officials now say it will be mid-May before school administrators can move into the new downtown offices of the Richmond County Board of Education.

Across Georgia
GAINESVILLE - A Hall County man was arrested after a bomb was found near his home, authorities said.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Joseph A. Beggs Jr. of Mitchell, Ga.

Budget, bus law end up at odds
In these lean times, training for school bus drivers may be taking a back seat.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE for the state of Georgia and a rant for the person who said he never lived anywhere so awful and the military brought him here. The military brought me here, and I love it. Go ahead and go back to California. They're going bankrupt, and they're all nuts.

Harrick exam sure to raise scores
Georgia ranks 50th in the nation in test scores, and the state Board of Education grudgingly readmitted the word "evolution" into the high school curriculum.

Owls are too good for Division II
Augusta State coach Gary Tuell saw a brighter side to his flu-ridden team losing Friday night, which he shared it with USC Aiken coach Mike Roberts before tip-off.

'Blood on the Tracks' musicians reunite, minus Dylan
MINNEAPOLIS -- In late 1974, a studio in south Minneapolis took center stage in Bob Dylan's musical life - the re-recording of half of the songs on his "comeback" album, "Blood on the Tracks."

'Blood on the Tracks' musicians reunite, minus Dylan

Rookies take lead at Vegas
LAS VEGAS - The top three starters for today's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 will have to show their driver's licenses if they want to sit down for a hand of black jack on the Las Vegas Strip.

Rookie driver has record run

Rookies take lead at Vegas

Harvick holds on for Busch victory
LAS VEGAS - Kevin Harvick took advantage of Matt Kenseth's late-race misfortune to grab the lead, then held off hard-charging Kasey Kahne to win Saturday's Busch Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Rookie driver has record run
LAS VEGAS - A week off hasn't cooled down Kasey Kahne.

Harvick holds on for Busch victory

Gay unions divide nation's blacks

Gay unions divide nation's blacks
When small-town Mayor Jason West started presiding over gay weddings, he saw it as nothing short of "the flowering of the largest civil rights movement the country's had in a generation."

The right callArmstrong Atlantic wins at the buzzer
With 5.8 seconds left and the score tied in Friday's Peach Belt Conference quarterfinal game against Francis Marion, Armstrong Atlantic State coach Jeff Burkhamer called an out-of-bounds play to go to senior Jason Sanders.

Owls pound Pacers
Kennesaw State began Friday night's game against USC Aiken with a dunk by Terrence Hill off the opening tip, and that set the tone for the evening.

This 'ship' comes in for Lander
Jennifer Beamon danced a little jig at midcourt following Lander's 67-64 win over No. 21 Armstrong Atlantic State on Saturday in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament semifinals.

Georgia College & State slips into the title game
For some reason Georgia College & State's Breane Haggard can drain 3-pointers with ease, but struggles when she finds herself in the paint. So when Haggard found herself with the ball just inside the free-throw line with less than a second left on the clock, it seemed like North Florida might live to see overtime in Saturday's Peach Belt Conference tournament semifinal game at Christenberry Fieldhouse.

Stanford teeters, but stays unbeaten
PULLMAN, Wash. - Matt Lottich was engulfed by his whooping, joyous teammates, their arms raised and their perfect season still alive.

Greer named top freshman
Three local players were honored at the Peach Belt Conference postseason banquet on Saturday.

Peach Buzz
TOP PLAYER: Armstrong Atlantic State's Daryl Williams posted 17 points with 11 rebounds and 3 assists in the Pirates' 72-69 win over No. 5 Francis Marion.

Cougars defeat Pirates
Deshawn Bowman does his best to keep his Columbus State teammates satisfied.

Cougars' Thomas makes statement
John Thomas stood at midcourt late in the second half when a Columbus State fan drew his attention.

SEC roundup
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Timmy Bowers' first last-second shot kept No. 5 Mississippi State alive and his second gave the Bulldogs their first outright Southeastern Conference title in 41 years.

N.C. State victory wraps up 2nd place
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Engin Atsur guessed he was in kindergarten in Turkey the last time North Carolina State was near the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.

Lakers bounce Jaguars
The flu bug, along with Clayton State, brought out the worst in Augusta State on Friday night.

NFL notes

Dallas must go to Plan B now

Redskins get LB Washington

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Mr. Russell Prescott    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Bobby Meyers    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Marion Mack    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jarvis McCullers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Northern Donaldson    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
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Mr. Robert Kohler Sr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Jalin Brinkley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Albert Kitchings    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Luevenia Bellinger    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Willie Kimble    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Allyene Wynne    (CRAWFORDVILLE Ga.)
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Profile obituary: Mrs. Bonnie Hensley Pirkle
Bonnie Hensley Pirkle never won an Oscar for her work as an actress or director for the Augusta Players and Augusta Players Youth Theaters, but she did win an Auggie.

Mr. Daniel Culpepper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Cecil Johnson Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Roosevelt Wilson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruby Hattaway    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. David Wilson    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ernestine Dye    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Dennis Vickery    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Rev. Harold Rowland, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Ms. Abbie Bonner    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Lawrence Clark    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Sis. Edwina Parks    (WATERBURY, Conn.)
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Mr. Russell Prescott (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Downs (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Daniel Culpepper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Abbie Bonner (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Culpepper Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Sweeny (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. David Wilson (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. Wayne Coward (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Lawrence Clark (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Reeder (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Col. Elmer Grubbs (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Glenda Jessie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Sara C. Head (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Northern Donaldson (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mrs. Helen Keaton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Downs (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dennis Vickery (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Kimble (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Reba Neesam (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Whigham (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Veronica Holloway (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Kimble (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Tommy Porter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Luevenia Bellinger (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Edna Tolley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Meyers (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Lawrence Clark (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Kohler Sr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Kitchings (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Cecil Johnson Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Jalin Brinkley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Hattaway (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Rev. Harold Rowland, Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Louis Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Wilson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmie Carroll (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Nader offers his opinion on capitalism, lobbyists
It is a great honor for me that our newest presidential candidate, Ralph Nader, has graciously agreed to sit for an exclusive interview.

Nader offers his opinion on capitalism, lobbyists
It is a great honor for me that our newest presidential candidate, Ralph Nader, has graciously agreed to sit for an exclusive interview.

Triple Crown drops harness racing

Triple Crown is vital to Aiken economy

Area sports announcements

Devers has a hurdle left

Inexperienced horses race for bragging rights

Overtime

Local trainer hopes to make her mark

Overtime

Bring 'hattitude' to races

Triple Crown signals horse revelry
AIKEN - Horses and high times. Welcome to the month of March in Aiken, when three consecutive weekends of horse revelry known as the Triple Crown takes the city from partially horse-crazed to fully gone.

Inexperienced horses race for bragging rights
AIKEN - When her horse trots to the post at the Aiken Trials, the opening event of the Aiken Triple Crown, trainer Anne Mitchell will begin to get an idea of how the 3-year-old filly will react in the officially sanctioned races that will likely follow.

Triple Crown drops harness racing
AIKEN - Organizers of the third leg of the Triple Crown have a message for spectators: polo is a rough-and-tumble, action-packed sport.

Devers has a hurdle left
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Gail Devers won the 60-meter sprint at the indoor world championships Friday, moving within a victory in the hurdles of completing a historic double.

Triple Crown Terms
AIKEN - Before you're off to the Triple Crown events, ladies, don't forget your hat.

Overtime
The Augusta Boxing Club will hold the second annual Comcast Boys Junior National Summer Classic, June 16-19 at May Park Community Center.

Bring 'hattitude' to races
AIKEN - Before you're off to the Triple Crown events, ladies, don't forget your hat.

Overtime
No. 9 hitter Brandon Sumlin singled to start the game-winning rally in the ninth inning of Game 2 on Saturday for Augusta State in a 19-2 and 5-4 doubleheader sweep of Molloy.

Local trainer hopes to make her mark
AIKEN - As the horses thunder across the turf of Ford Conger Field during the Aiken Steeplechase, Mimie Percival will be watching with the anxious eye of a professional focused on her own horses as they gallop for the title and a share of the purse money.

USC Aiken wins a championship
While waiting to be announced Saturday at the Peach Belt Conference competition for dancers, cheerleaders and pep bands, members of the USC Aiken dance team cracked smiles as their cheering section screamed out chants of, "U-S-C-A, U-S-C-A."

Triple Crown is vital to Aiken economy
AIKEN - Before you're off to the Triple Crown events, ladies, don't forget your hat.

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 are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Outdoor center welcomes public
When it comes to outdoor recreation, nobody does it like the Army.

Senator targets hidden charges
ATLANTA - Call it the gift that keeps on taking. Gift cards - increasingly popular with shoppers - too often include hidden fees that can sap their value, says a Georgia state senator looking to clamp down on the practice.

Director accused of using racial epithet
MACON, Ga. - The director of Georgia's high school basketball tournament says he doesn't consider a racial epithet he used at a playoff game to be offensive.

One that got away
The chalkboard in Butler's locker room hammered home an important point before the Class AAAA boys basketball state championship game at Gwinnett Arena.

Butler title is just out of reach
DULUTH, Ga. - Butler had not been this close to greatness in 38 years. Bulldog alumnus Larry Blumley joined the crowd at the Gwinnett Center to see it all again.

Redskins get LB Washington
ASHBURN, Va. - The Washington Redskins added Marcus Washington to their free agent haul Friday, signing the linebacker to a six-year, $24 million contract.

Dallas must go to Plan B now
DALLAS - Talks between Tampa Bay and Joey Galloway have hit a dead end, forcing the Dallas Cowboys to come up with a Plan B in their bid to acquire Keyshawn Johnson.

NFL notes
ATLANTA - After agreeing to pay defensive tackle Rod Coleman a $10 million signing bonus Saturday, the Atlanta Falcons met with quarterback Jeff Garcia.

Former Khmer Rouge soldiers turn to new Brother No. 1: Jesus Christ
ANLONG VENG, Cambodia -- During his three decades with Cambodia's infamous Khmer Rouge, Ung Khorn planted land mines, set booby traps and led 200 soldiers into battle - killing an untold number of people.

'The Passion' and 'The Da Vinci Code' spur religious book sales
NEW YORK -- Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" is a million-selling historical thriller that has angered Catholics by attacking the clergy and implying Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married.

Religion News in Brief
CONCORD, N.H. -- Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson is avoiding all speeches outside the United States until a commission finishes studying the effect of his consecration as the Anglican Communion's first openly gay leader.

Homeward bound
After a year in Iraq and Kuwait, Mark Riser is ready to return to the pulpit he left behind at Matlock Baptist Church in Jackson.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403, or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Faith digest
The story of Jesus Christ's Resurrection will unfold in drama and song in Augusta-area churches.

Saving the ties that bind
After thousands of hours spent counseling individuals, psychologist Charles Lowery has heard enough. He wants to give some preventive medicine for the two biggest sticking points most people have: communication and relationships.

Facing abuse allegation, Albany bishop fights back in public
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Albany Bishop Howard Hubbard has never shied away from a fight, and now the spiritual leader of 400,000 Roman Catholics in upstate New York is waging an unusually public campaign against sexual misconduct allegations to save his career.

Outdoor center welcomes public

Owls are too good for Division II

Harrick exam sure to raise scores

Jane Goodall still in Africa with her beloved chimps
NEW YORK -- A new documentary finds Jane Goodall telling a rapt audience how, growing up in England, she saw herself as the Jane who should rightfully have shared jungle life with Tarzan.

NBC airs audiotapes of Princess Diana speaking about her troubled marriage

'The Sopranos' returns and viewers are remarried to the mob
NEW YORK -- "The Sopranos" is back, and all is wrong with the world.

NBC countersues 'Will & Grace' creators

Jane Goodall still in Africa with her beloved chimps

NBC airs audiotapes of Princess Diana speaking about her troubled marriage
NEW YORK -- A somber Princess Diana tells of a lonely and desperate existence in her early married life to Prince Charles, saying in interviews recorded by her biographer that she "had tremendous hope in me which was slashed by day two."

NBC countersues 'Will & Grace' creators
LOS ANGELES -- NBC filed suit against the creators of "Will & Grace" in an ongoing dispute over how negotiations for the sitcom's renewal were conducted in 2002.

Lionel Richie's estranged wife wants $300,000 a month

People in the News

Bulldogs top Gators in tourney
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Sherill Baker scored 18 points and Cori Chambers added 15, helping No. 20 Georgia rally to beat Florida 76-72 on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Georgia ends with win

Bulldogs get victory in OT

Bulldogs get victory in OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Janese Hardrick made a driving layup with nine-tenths of a second left in overtime, and No. 20 Georgia stunned top-ranked Tennessee 68-66 Saturday night to advance to the Southeastern Conference tournament championship.

Bulldogs top Gators in tourney

Georgia ends with win
ATHENS, Ga. - Rashad Wright scored 21 points as Georgia closed its regular season with a 71-61 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

Gamecocks are fading

Gamecocks are fading
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - With a win against Tennessee on Saturday, South Carolina likely would have secured an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Odds and Ends

'The Passion' and 'The Da Vinci Code' spur religious book sales

Faith digest

Facing abuse allegation, Albany bishop fights back in public

Faith Calendar

Religion News in Brief

Former Khmer Rouge soldiers turn to new Brother No. 1: Jesus Christ

Homeward bound