Classics authors play themselves in new mystery fiction

'Girls in Trouble' has some trouble spots
Open adoption, where birth mothers and adoptive parents try to keep the mystery out of the giving-up-baby process, is the focus of Caroline Leavitt's latest novel, "Girls in Trouble."

Men write about their experiences with women
NEW YORK -- Will Leitch was 21 and in love with a woman who was "blond and beautiful, sleek and refined." He gave her his grandmother's engagement ring and set the date.

Captain recalls heroics at sea

Icons, ancient manuscripts highlight Met exhibit
NEW YORK -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art is mounting its third exhibition on Byzantium in 27 years, presenting icons, manuscripts and other works from the final three centuries of a religious empire whose art and culture influenced the world for more than a millennium.

'Girls in Trouble' has some trouble spots

Book says Plum Island may be responsible for disease outbreaks
PLUM ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Plum Island Animal Disease Center off eastern Long Island may have been responsible for outbreaks of Lyme disease and West Nile Virus and could be vulnerable to terrorist attacks, a new book claims.

Icons, ancient manuscripts highlight Met exhibit

Classics authors play themselves in new mystery fiction
During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens and Jack London created dozens of characters in their many works of fiction.

Book explores recent evolution of American wife

Book explores recent evolution of American wife
Women have been given plenty of advice about marriage and raising a family, from "stand by your man" to "be your own woman." Such a range of views has made it difficult to pinpoint a current "typical" American wife, since the model has changed during nearly every decade during the past 50 years.

Book says Plum Island may be responsible for disease outbreaks

Men write about their experiences with women

Captain recalls heroics at sea
In their book, "In Peril," Skip Strong and Twain Braden present a dramatic narrative of events that occurred only 10 years ago but are rooted in ancient seafaring traditions and practices.

Bonds' spring swing returns
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Barry Bonds got into the swing of spring training Friday.

Armas has strain

Garciaparra, Nixon sidelined with injuries

Phillies make easy work of Tigers
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Vicente Padilla made another strong start, pitching the Philadelphia Phillies over a Detroit split squad 9-1 Friday.

Glascock pitcher back in top form
Pressure is warming up in the bullpen with 20 scouts watching every move. Pressure is being asked by those major league scouts to throw more breaking balls. Those scouts, traveling cross-country, wanted to see a little more besides a 90-mph fastball from Glascock's Timothy Murphey.

Armas has strain
VIERA, Fla. -- Montreal Expos pitcher Tony Armas Jr. strained a muscle on his right side, another setback in his comeback from shoulder surgery last year.

Superb mound effort swindles Jaguars

Garciaparra, Nixon sidelined with injuries
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston's Trot Nixon will be sidelined until May with a back injury and Red Sox teammate Nomar Garciaparra could miss opening day because of a foot problem.

Phillies make easy work of Tigers

White Sox bench coach retires
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Joe Nossek, known throughout baseball for his ability to steal signs, resigned Friday as the Chicago White Sox bench coach because of health reasons.

Bonds' spring swing returns

Devil Rays edge out Reds in 10 innings
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Cincinnati's Cory Lidle became the first pitcher in the majors to go seven innings this spring, doing it Friday in the Reds' 7-5 loss to Tampa Bay in 10 innings.

Glascock pitcher back in top form

Superb mound effort swindles Jaguars
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Augusta State dropped its third-straight game Friday as they fell to Charleston Southern 5-2 at Buccaneer Field.

Devil Rays edge out Reds in 10 innings

Man hit by train, then his ambulance is hit by car
HOUSTON -- A 60-year-old man was struck by a slow-moving train as he walked home from work, and then a car slammed into the ambulance that was to take him to the hospital. The man escaped both accidents with minor injuries.

Man sells 210 years of subscriptions to elderly woman
VENTURA, Calif. -- Two magazine salesmen were sentenced to jail for defrauding a nearly blind 85-year-old woman who bought 210 years worth of subscriptions.

Professor accused of vandalizing own car, then claiming hate crime, put on leave
LOS ANGELES -- A college has placed a professor on paid leave while prosecutors determine whether she vandalized her own car and reported it as a hate crime, officials said Saturday.

Odds and Ends
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- There will be no teaching of new tricks at this dog park: it's for older canines only.

Alfonseca's struggles continue

Alfonseca's struggles continue
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - It's a good thing Antonio Alfonseca had a job before camp opened, because he's done nothing to earn one.

Braves notebook
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Braves caught a glimpse of their future Saturday and they liked what they saw.

Braves notebook

As EU verdict looms, Microsoft more distracted than ever
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. is facing a world of troubles. The European Union is on the verge of imposing burdensome sanctions against the company, as antitrust challenges nag the software titan at home and in Asia. Plus, stiffer competition looms from open-source products led by the Linux operating system.

Oil prices add to mix of negativity on Wall Street

Scale firm's owner saw future in the stars

Music insiders debate next step of industry

Bank of America rejects accusations in Parmalat case
ROME -- Bank of America has denied wrongdoing in the near-collapse of Parmalat, saying efforts by authorities to put the bank on trial is not supported by facts.

Business briefs

Business briefs
The Richmond County Development Authority agreed to give $10,000 to the Red Carpet Tour, an annual industrial recruitment effort that invites corporate executives to Georgia around Masters Week with the hope of wooing business to the state.

Purveyor of music equipment thrives on size, buying power

As EU verdict looms, Microsoft more distracted than ever

Pocket change

Prilosec heartburn drug a big seller for P&G

Plant solves decades-old problem

Weekly U.S. oil and gas rig count down by six
HOUSTON -- The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States decreased by six this week to 1,128.

Weekly U.S. oil and gas rig count down by six

Oil prices add to mix of negativity on Wall Street
NEW YORK -- You can add oil prices to the growing mountain of negatives that has sent the stock market tumbling over the past few weeks.

Purveyor of music equipment thrives on size, buying power
LOS ANGELES - The year was 1964. The Beatles had conquered America, and the first Guitar Center store opened in Hollywood, selling instruments and amplifiers to a generation eager to play rock 'n' roll.

Tyco jurors fail to give verdict
NEW YORK - Jurors ended their first full day of deliberations Friday in the trial of two former top executives accused of looting $600 million from Tyco International Inc. without reaching a verdict.

Plant solves decades-old problem
Gray sludge - you'll find literally tons of it taking up space at any paper recycler in the world. It's the gunk that remains after wood fibers are skimmed off to make new paper.

Music insiders debate next step of industry
AUSTIN, Texas - Music industry insiders don't hesitate to throw around weighty phrases such as "paradigm shift" and "irrevocable change" when they discuss the current state of affairs in the American music business.

Scale firm's owner saw future in the stars
Economics textbooks say that to survive, companies must maximize profit and minimize loss. Nowhere is anything written about astrology.

Guitar Center gobbles up instrument market
LOS ANGELES -- The year was 1964. The Beatles had conquered America, and the first Guitar Center store opened in Hollywood, selling instruments and amplifiers to a generation eager to play rock 'n' roll.

Guitar Center gobbles up instrument market

Pocket change
Shapiro Packing was founded in 1932. The family-owned company was acquired in 1996 by Keystone, one of the world's largest suppliers of packaged foods and hamburger patties and a major supplier of McDonald's.

Prilosec heartburn drug a big seller for P&G
CINCINNATI -- Six months after it hit store shelves with a huge marketing blitz, Procter & Gamble Co.'s Prilosec over-the-counter heartburn medication is one of the company's star performers in sales.

Maps, crosses and one memorable week

Maps, crosses and one memorable week
The past week was nothing short of bizarre. Republican state Sens. Don Cheeks and Randy Hall and Democratic contenders Charles Walker and Ed Tarver all end up in the same predominantly Democratic-voting senatorial district.

Unheralded Wolf Pack end Bulldogs'

East Tennessee State misses another upset

Manhattan eliminated by Deacons

Vanderbilt tops Western Michigan

Pacific pops Providence

Meetings get results for Jags

No. 11 Cincinnati beats East Tennessee St.

Tide turn back No. 1 Cardinal

He walked out on us
One supposes that if Hollywood stars have delusions of setting America's foreign policy, individual soldiers might also be tempted to indulge in the fantasy.

Elect board chairman
Four years ago, Columbia County residents voted to change their charter to have the county commission chairman elected by the public instead of appointed by his colleagues. Commissioners didn't like the idea of having the public decide the matter; they preferred the old way of doing things.

This is rich
Perhaps there are more believers in Hollywood today.

This is rich

Tracks won't be covered

Elect board chairman

No good place to go
It might be inhumane to deport Griselda Lopez now. This is the only life the 15-year-old Aiken County girl has known, since her mother, who later died, brought her here from Mexico when she was but 2.

Tracks won't be covered
If Richmond County school officials are looking for opportunities to run a dictatorship, they'll be happy to know that one has just come open in Haiti.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Jock versus rock. That's how the folks at Arena Football have dubbed Sunday's nationally televised matchup between Colorado and Philadelphia.

FCC cites Howard Stern and Bono for indecency
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators continued their crackdown on indecency Thursday, issuing a fine for a broadcast of the Howard Stern radio show and ruling that an expletive uttered by rock singer Bono on NBC violated broadcast standards.

FCC cracks down on broadcast indecency
WASHINGTON -- If it seems you're hearing fewer four-letter words and less sexually graphic material on radio and TV, it's not your imagination. Regulators are cracking down on indecency, and broadcasters are paying attention.

New home-video releases
Selected reviews of home-video releases:

Tammy Faye tells television audience she has inoperable lung cancer
LOS ANGELES -- Former televangelist Tammy Faye Messner announced Thursday on CNN's "Larry King Live" that she has inoperable lung cancer.

'Pee-wee Herman' actor pleads guilty to obscenity charge
LOS ANGELES -- "Pee-wee Herman" actor Paul Reubens was sentenced to three years probation Friday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor obscenity charge involving photographs seized from his erotica collection.

Watch this Tony Hawk
Christian Horne, age 5, starts down the ramp at North Augusta's skateboard park.

Think safety as the kids move outdoors
The sun is out and so are the children. The bicycles have lost their layer of winter dust and pool covers will soon follow. With the warm weather upon us, we need to remind ourselves of a few safety tips to help keep our children healthy while they're active this spring and summer.

"Draw My Pet"coloring contest winners
Last month we asked children 4 to 10 to enter our Draw My Pet coloring contest. We asked them to draw a picture of their pet using the drawing area we provided. If they didn't have a pet they could draw the pet they most wanted to have. Only crayons, markers or colored pencils could be used. Our judges had a tough time picking three winners in each category: 4 to 6 year olds and 7 to 10 year olds. They looked for creativity, use of color and space, and subject matter.

Girls are different from boys
I have recently completed one successful year of being the father of a daughter. By successful, I mean that we're both reasonably healthy and still possess all our fingers and toes.

Lost in translation... (Well, sort of)
In that burst of great weather back in late February, my family spent an entire Saturday working in the yard. Like many others, Scott and I were bitten by the Spring Fever bug. We stocked up on all kinds of flowers, grass, mulch and lawn beautification items at the home warehouse store.

Get Crackin'
As a work-at-home mother of two, there are days in the summer when family life and work life collide. Last summer I worked on a new cookbook, taught cooking classes to children and traveled across the globe, all while continuing my regular weekly recipe columns. It was a crazy summer! When the day arrived to photograph the cover of my new cookbook, the kitchen was declared "off limits" to all but me.

Children learn creativity is not dead
First, the back story on today's story book. Author and artist Peter H. Reynolds wrote and illustrated The Dot (Candlewick Press, $14; ages 4 to 9). In a note on the jacket, he tells readers why: "I often visit classrooms and ask who loves to draw. In kindergarten and first grade, all the hands go up. By fourth and fifth grade, most of the hands are down, or perhaps pointing to "the class artist." It's sad to see kids' creative energy slowing down, being packed away. I am convinced it's because they learn early that there are rules to follow. But when it comes to expressing yourself, you can change the rules, stretch them or ignore them and dive headfirst into the unknown."

What to do
Make sure you're listed in What's Happening every month. Just send your information to jennifer.miller@augustachronicle.com. The deadline is the 10th of every month.

Family briefs
The debate over whether to have sex education in public schools seems to be over. But Americans still don't agree on what type of sex education is best.

Arts & Crafts: flower pot chimes
Bring spring inside with these cute wind chimes made from small clay pots and bells.

Spring into action
My family spent a recent weekend planting a few snapdragons, raking leaves and picking up a few more limbs the winter storms knocked down. While I can honestly say I hate yard work, I love springtime in Augusta.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks ended lower Friday as investors wary of currency fluctuations and terrorist threats locked in profits. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

With bond business lobbying thriving, regulators mull ban

Stock market comeback has boomers reassessing risk and expectations
In the late 1990s, baby boomers thought they would accumulate enough wealth to retire before 60. Then the recession hit and the stock market tanked, and they became convinced they'd have to work into their 70s.

Managers with value approach often find bargains in bad headlines

Stocks mixed as market goes through quarterly 'quadruple witching' day
NEW YORK -- Wall Street suffered through another volatile session Friday, with stocks mixed as investors cashed in their options and futures contracts and waited to see if al-Qaida's second-in-command would be captured.

With bond business lobbying thriving, regulators mull ban
Like many big investment banks, UBS Financial Services relies on a stable of well-connected local lobbyists to steer lucrative municipal bond underwriting business back its way.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar down against yen

Managers with value approach often find bargains in bad headlines
NEW YORK -- A company with great prospects hits hard times, a top executive winds up in court and the stock starts to tank. That's when smart investors run, right?

There's a lot of useful information on a pay stub
Q. I looked at my pay stub the other day and it has an alphabet soup of categories like FICA and FIT. What's it all about?

Stock market comeback has boomers reassessing risk and expectations

Dollar rises in another volatile session
NEW YORK - The dollar rose against most of its major counterparts Friday in another volatile trading day dominated by news and speculation regarding terrorism.

There's a lot of useful information on a pay stub

Georgia Tech tops Northern Iowa
MILWAUKEE -- Georgia Tech got as big a test as any it found in the ACC. From the most unlikely of schools, no less.

Forrest's 3-pointer resonates
ATLANTA - Jon Barry and Bobby Cremins can't recall it without getting giddy. Paul Hewitt still cringes when describing it. Every NCAA Tournament highlight reel must include it. James Forrest's 25-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer against Southern California in the second round of the 1992 NCAA Tournament became an instant classic, and no one who witnessed it can forget it easily.

Northern Iowa misses out on upset
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Ben Jacobson, having shot Northern Iowa into the NCAA Tournament, had a chance to shoot the Panthers into tournament lore.

Georgia Tech falls to Wake Forest
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Ben Ingold and Doug Riepe hit home runs to lead Wake Forest to an 8-4 win Saturday over Georgia Tech.

Forrest's 3-pointer resonates

Georgia Tech falls to Wake Forest

Golf capsules
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. - Annika Sorenstam had a great start and a good finish to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Safeway International.

Appleby has edge entering final day
ORLANDO, Fla. - The small and mighty tumbled down the leaderboard Saturday in the third round of the Bay Hill Invitational, and Australia's Stuart Appleby bolted up it.

Woods hits a pothole, trails Maruyama by nine

Wie's performance steals spotlight from Sorenstam

Wie's performance steals spotlight from Sorenstam
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. - Annika Sorenstam is in the lead in her first LPGA Tour start of the year, already exhibiting the skills that have made her the best female golfer in the world.

Woods needs record comeback

LPGA's Rosie Jones goes public with sexual orientation
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. -- LPGA golfer Rosie Jones has publicly acknowledged she is a lesbian and has entered a sponsorship agreement with a travel company that caters to a gay clientele.

Appleby has edge entering final day

Golf capsules

Woods hits a pothole, trails Maruyama by nine
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods' drive for five at the Bay Hill Invitational took a major detour Friday.

Woods needs record comeback
ORLANDO, Fla. - Tiger Woods is looking history squarely in the face again at the Bay Hill Invitational, just not the kind he was anticipating, and not this early in the tournament.

Georgia prep basketball players of year, all-state teams

Thrashers win in final minute
ATLANTA - Ilya Kovalchuk bounced back after being benched much of the third period, to score his NHL-leading 39th goal with 23.7 seconds left to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

Thrashers win in final minute

How will we be remembered after leaving the game?
Efforts to rename an Augusta baseball field after Hall-of-Famer Ty Cobb failed again last week.

Democrats also use hate tactics
I feel sincerely bad for Democrats like Lowell and Gloria Greenbaum who are so desperate to unseat President Bush but who only have a two-faced, flip-flopping Sen. John Kerry to throw their support behind and somehow defend. On Friday, Mrs. Greenbaum insisted that all Republicans could do in light of Bush's so-called "abysmal" record was "resort to the lowest tactics of politics - smear, smear, smear." (Rick McKee's editorial cartoon, Thursday). R. Brian Clardy, Augusta

Try once-a-week trash pickup

Spain's voters made right choice

Charity tournament was a success

Kudos to McKee on Kerry cartoon

Bush has handled Iraq poorly

Pet stores need tougher oversight

Spain's voters made right choice
The people of Spain had a gut reaction to the American administration's plan to shut off terrorism by invading Iraq. Spaniards knew from the beginning that Iraq had only fuzzy al-Qaida connections, yet their soldiers and ours died in a distraction from the real target, which should have been to eliminate the core of al-Qaida in Afghanistan. Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta (Editor's note; Mr. Greenbaum is the chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)

Pet stores need tougher oversight
I am outraged at the abuse of animals at the Augusta Mall pet store. I first heard about it from one of my friends who read about it in the newspaper last week.

Nation suffers from values famine
Recently, I read about a famine that exists in this great nation of ours. It was really a surprise to find out that it was not a famine of bread and water as such, but a famine of hearing God's word (or the lack of it). Tony R. Bledsoe, North Augusta, S.C.

Democrats also use hate tactics

Bush has handled Iraq poorly
In November, polls indicate many Southerners will vote for George W. Bush. Question is: Why? His preemptive war on Iraq was not justified by the reasons stated before the war. Yet, this man stubbornly maintains that it was the right thing to do. Larry Jarrett, Warrenville, S.C.

Kudos to McKee on Kerry cartoon
I thought Rick McKee's cartoon spoof on John Kerry (Thursday) was brilliant and a pointed reminder of what we are truly dealing with in this coming election. Jackie Fekula, Evans, Ga.

GOP endangers Social Security
I must give George W. Bush credit for one thing. He is screwing things up faster than I can write letters to reveal his deceit, but I'll do my best to keep up. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Try once-a-week trash pickup
What do the cities of Atlanta, Savannah, Macon, Athens, Statesboro, Aiken, Thomson and Waynesboro all have in common? These cities all provide household garbage pickup service to their residents on a once-a-week schedule. Roy F. Chalker, Augusta

Charity tournament was a success
April 15, 2003, is a day that will forever live in my heart and memory. Patrick Crawford, Evans, Ga.

AP symbolizes liberal media slant
The Associated Press doesn't believe its own stories. Tom Hunter, Augusta

Nation suffers from values famine

Lost in translation... (Well, sort of)

Asteroid makes close but harmless pass by Earth

Library of Congress chooses more recordings to preserve

Get Crackin'

Michigan city installing coin-operated breath testing machines in bars

A hearth that makes the home

Tip of the week: Outdoor security lighting is efficient and inexpensive

Industry fears wiretap plan could chill innovation

Family briefs

Children learn creativity is not dead

Government recommends children, some women, limit fish intake

Strategies for coping with the weak dollar

Tech fair hawkers woo the geek-wary

Think safety as the kids move outdoors

How to get the most from your weak dollar

EU's historic expansion puts ex-communist capitals on travelers' radar

Spring into action

Watch this Tony Hawk

What to do

Girls are different from boys

Patient is upset about doctor's dirty office

International tourists find a lot to like about weak U.S. dollar

Pink has become the new black this season

Arts & Crafts: flower pot chimes

Q&A: A patio repair that requires caution

Tech fair hawkers woo the geek-wary
HANOVER, Germany -- Sharp design and simplicity are in. Acronyms are out, along with data transfer speeds, kilobytes and megabytes as marketing tools.

A hearth that makes the home
A well-designed hearth wall can make a house feel like home. This symmetrically placed fireplace is the room's focal point. Handsome wood frames the slate firebox.

Tip of the week: Outdoor security lighting is efficient and inexpensive
Looking for a way to improve the safety and security around the outside of your home at a modest cost?

Government recommends children, some women, limit fish intake
WASHINGTON -- Worried that mercury in fish poses a hazard to youngsters - while still trying to stress the health benefits of seafood - the government issued new guidelines Friday for eating fish.

Asteroid makes close but harmless pass by Earth
PASADENA, Calif. -- A 100-foot-diameter asteroid passed close but harmlessly by Earth on Thursday, astronomers said.

Library of Congress chooses more recordings to preserve
WASHINGTON -- An 1888 recitation of the Lord's Prayer, the original cast recording of "Oklahoma!" and the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album will be enshrined together in the nation's registry of historic sound.

Strategies for coping with the weak dollar
NEW YORK -- If you're traveling to Europe, here are some strategies for coping with the weak dollar from the editor of TravelSmart newsletter, Nancy Dunnan.

International tourists find a lot to like about weak U.S. dollar
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Nicola Ross held up a gray and black sneaker for her husband, Ian, to examine in a Puma store aisle piled high with boxes of tennis shoes. She arched her eyebrows when she saw the price tag.

Michigan city installing coin-operated breath testing machines in bars
ROCKFORD, Mich. -- Down at the Rogue River Tavern, there's a whiff of change astir in the fight against drunk driving.

Patient is upset about doctor's dirty office
Dear Carson: Last week I went to a pain management clinic for the first time. There were dust bunnies on the exam room floors, the walls were scuffed up and the restroom was dirty. Because of all of the above I would not recommend this doctor to anyone. I wanted to speak to the office manager about these conditions, but my husband told me that I should let it go.

Industry fears wiretap plan could chill innovation
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Before 8x8 Inc. launched an Internet phone service in late 2002, it drafted a business plan, set up its equipment, posted a Web site and began taking orders from customers. As with most online ventures, U.S. government approval wasn't needed.

Pink has become the new black this season
Every year, when winter releases us from its bleak grip, we're treated to a makeover of gargantuan proportions.

Baby dinosaur bones back in Montana after 16-year legal dispute
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Some fossilized baby dinosaur bones that changed how the world thinks about dinosaurs are back in Montana, ending a legal fight that began in 1988 and extended through the halls of Yale and Princeton.

EU's historic expansion puts ex-communist capitals on travelers' radar
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Upstairs from a McDonald's and across the hall from a casino, Prague's latest attraction greets visitors with a hulking iron statue of Lenin and a whimsical poster: "Come see a 40-year episode of 'Big Brother."'

How to get the most from your weak dollar
NEW YORK -- Texas college student Cheryl Halbert experienced sticker shock on a visit to Rome in early March.

Q&A: A patio repair that requires caution
Q. Andrew asks: I have an exposed aggregate patio. The 4-foot-square slabs used to be divided by 2x4 redwood. The redwood finally rotted, so I replaced it with concrete. In some places the filler concrete spread over the exposed aggregate. I didn't get it hosed off in time. I've tried wire-brushing with an electric drill, but it isn't doing the job. Any advice?

Lynx come back for overtime win

Lynx come back for overtime win

Lynx dent Gladiators' armor

Lynx come back for overtime win
With his team virtually eliminated from playoff contention, Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia is using the final 10 games of the season to see which players he wants to bring back next season.

Lynx come back for overtime win
With his team virtually eliminated from playoff contention, Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia is using the final 10 games of the season to see which players he wants to bring back next season.

Lynx dent Gladiators' armor
The Gwinnett Gladiators have owned the Augusta Lynx all season. Going into Saturday night's game at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center the Gladiators were 5-0-0 against the Lynx. The closest Augusta got to a win was a 3-2 shootout loss at home Nov. 13.

Car in parade recalled in 2002

Smoke thwarts allergy remedy

Odd places house city halls
NICHOLSON, Ga. - If not for the heavy chains securing its front porch rockers, the new Nicholson City Hall could pass for just one more midsize country home in the northeast Georgia countryside.

Across the southeast

Smoke thwarts allergy remedy
Fido and Spot apparently get trumped by Winston when it comes to allergies.

Secretary sees historic sites

Life after war
Jonathan Somers drove a tanker truck during the Iraq war, braving enemy fire, sandstorms and hostile terrain to move diesel fuel to the front lines.

News you can use

Car in parade recalled in 2002
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The convertible that injured nine people when it plowed into a St. Patrick's Day parade crowd was subject to a 2002 recall to fix problems with sticking accelerators.

Mom, daughter die in fire

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - The State Law Enforcement Division has released a copy of its investigative report in the shooting death of a mentally ill black man in North Charleston.

Police arrest co-worker in slaying

Training may revive unused nuclear site

Perdue achieves minimal success

Police arrest co-worker in slaying
Authorities arrested a Thomson man during the weekend in connection with the strangulation death of a former co-worker who was found dead March 6 in a Thomson lake.

Across the region
ATLANTA - An effort to let widows of Medal of Honor recipients have a special license plate devolved into a fight over abortion in the state Senate on Friday.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Some doubt 15-year-old's asylum case

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - The Muscogee County Board of Elections and Registrations has verified an application to recall Sheriff Ralph Johnson, who has been sharply criticized since the Dec. 10 fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white deputy.

Start of war held fears of weapons
Based on U.S. intelligence and President Bush, some feared March 20, 2003, would be the start of a nasty conflict fraught with chemical warfare.

3 teens face charges of child molestation
Three Columbia County teens are facing felony charges and could be tried as adults after being arrested this week.

Kid of the day

Turkey hunters help out habitat

Trolley transformed for Bobby Jones film

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's authorities arrested an Army sergeant Saturday in connection with the St. Patrick's Day beating of a female soldier.

Aiken swells amid horse events

Across the region

Aiken may sell Girl Scouts' desirable land

Car in St. Patrick's parade crash was recalled for throttle problem

Child endangerment bill sent to Perdue

Training may revive unused nuclear site
BARNWELL, S.C. - With its towering black smokestack looming above, the old Allied General Nuclear Services facility represents an unrealized vision from a bygone era.

Start of war held fears of weapons

South Carolina goods could fill Cuba's needs

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is TraMise C. Ransom, 2, of Augusta.

Battalion's commander gives perspective on war
Editor's note: Following are excerpts from a letter by Lt. Col. John A. Heath, the commander of the Augusta-based 878th Engineer Battalion, an Army National Guard unit still serving in Iraq. The letter, sent March 10, is his response to an e-mail from an Augusta Chronicle reporter asking him what has been accomplished in the year since the war started.

Mother charged in son's death
AIKEN - The mother of a 4-week-old baby who died March 13 has been charged with homicide by child abuse, police said Friday.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Aiken swells amid horse events
AIKEN - The partying in Aiken on Friday was in recognition of the horse, but it played out in dramatically different fashion at different parts of town.

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Khalil A. Ray

Seeds of spring sprout at festival
Flora Duley and her group of 30 Avant Gardeners traveled more than three hours by bus to the Sacred Heart Garden Festival for their first taste of spring, which officially begins today.

Kid of the day

Child endangerment bill sent to Perdue
ATLANTA - A bill calling for tougher penalties for putting children in harm's way easily passed the House on Friday, making it one of the only measures embraced by both parties this session.

Police speak about safety
BATH - Taylor Brantley, a second-grader at Jefferson Elementary School, knows her father keeps a gun in the house, but she didn't think about how dangerous it was until Sgt. Steve Deibel spoke to her class Friday.

Trolley transformed for Bobby Jones film
In the city where Bobby Jones founded the Masters Tournament, movie officials found a needed prop for a film about the golf legend.

Turkey hunters help out habitat
AIKEN - To Larry Page, turkey hunting is about more than waiting for the perfect moment to fire at the fowl.

Around town
Crafter Nona Mauzy of Aiken looks over handmade glass beads from vendor Laurie B. Smith of Florida at The Down The Street Bead Show held Friday and Saturday March 19-20, 2004 at the Langley Community Center. Tomorrow the hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is three dollars.

Car in St. Patrick's parade crash was recalled for throttle problem
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The convertible that plowed into a marching band and a crowd of spectators during a St. Patrick's Day parade was subject to a 2002 recall to fix problems with sticking accelerators.

'Chronicle' defends editorial cartoon
The Augusta Chronicle refused demands Friday that it apologize for an editorial page cartoon.

Medicaid shortage pressures lawmakers to approve budget
ATLANTA - Legislative budget negotiators, prodded by Gov. Sonny Perdue, resolved a budget battle Friday that had temporarily left the state unable to pay Medicaid bills.

Some doubt 15-year-old's asylum case
AIKEN - Griselda Lopez's hopes of staying in the only country she's known as home hinge on stalled legislation in the U.S. Congress and a long-shot appeal for asylum that is rarely granted to Mexican nationals, immigration experts said Friday.

Across the southeast
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Darryl Hunt, who served 18 years in prison for murder in a case of mistaken identity, is now a victim of identity theft.

Medicaid shortage pressures lawmakers to approve budget
ATLANTA - Legislative budget negotiators, prodded by Gov. Sonny Perdue, resolved a budget battle Friday that had temporarily left the state unable to pay Medicaid bills.

Secretary sees historic sites
On her first visit to Augusta, Interior Secretary Gale Norton said she was impressed while touring a few downtown historic sites.

17 sought sex in park, police say
Twenty-three men have been charged with either disorderly conduct or drug possession after police say they discovered sex acts being solicited in broad daylight at Pendleton King Park in Augusta.

Mom, daughter die in fire
An Augusta woman and her 2-year-old daughter were killed by fire early Saturday inside a public housing unit after becoming trapped between a wall of flames and bedroom windows sealed by burglar bars.

Aiken may sell Girl Scouts' desirable land
AIKEN - Thin Mints and merit badges at Dupree Place could be taking a hike.

Judges work to finalize borders

Children enjoy thrill of Special Olympics
Callie Sullivan let out a victorious, "Yes!" after her ribbon-winning performance in the Special Olympics soccer dribble game.

Scene, horses attract patrons
AIKEN - About 30,000 people gathered at Ford Conger Field on Saturday for food, drinks and merriment, with a little horse racing thrown in.

Prince Andrew will attend Masters
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, will attend this year's Masters Tournament.

Around town

Student sentenced in death
ATHENS, Ga. - A University of Georgia student convicted of misdemeanor charges in the death last year of his fraternity brother was sentenced to 30 days in jail Friday in Clarke County Superior Court.

Across South Carolina

Battalion's commander gives perspective on war

South Carolina goods could fill Cuba's needs
AIKEN - The cows, chickens and beans South Carolina officials want to ship to Cuba in coming months could give way to cars, clothing or any combination of consumer goods in the future.

Life after war

Scene, horses attract patrons

Infections land Kolb in hospital
Augusta Administrator George Kolb has been hospitalized with bacterial infections, including pneumonia.

Britney Spears suffers knee injury during concert

Music industry surfs the tide of change
AUSTIN, Texas -- Music industry insiders don't hesitate to throw around weighty phrases like "paradigm shift" and "irrevocable change" when they discuss the current state of affairs in the American music business.

Britney Spears suffers knee injury during concert
NEW YORK -- Britney Spears suffered a knee injury during her concert tour, forcing her to cancel a performance Friday night.

J.J. Jackson, original MTV 'VJ', dies at 62 in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- John 'J.J.' Jackson, who in the 1980s helped usher in the music video era as one of the first MTV on-air personalities, has died. He was 62.

Kahne eggs car on to pole spot

Rookie Kahne wins Darlington pole
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Rookie Kasey Kahne is proving he's a force on the NASCAR circuit.

Kahne eggs car on to pole spot
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Kasey Kahne still has the egg crew chief Tommy Baldwin gave him four weeks ago. In fact, he got it out and put it on the counter of his motor home Thursday night as a reminder.

Viewers flip off NASCAR

Brack might return for Indy 500
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Kenny Brack might be recovered from a devastating crash in time to drive in the Indianapolis 500.

Viewers flip off NASCAR
DARLINGTON, S.C. - When Ricky Craven beat Kurt Busch by less than an inch in the closest finish in NASCAR history a year ago at Darlington Raceway, it marked the first time in nearly two years the sport had a lead change on the final lap.

Brack might return for Indy 500

Return to Iraq weighs on troops just home from war
FORT STEWART, Ga. -- In many ways, Staff Sgt. John Teasley still feels like he just got home.

Return to Iraq weighs on troops just home from war

New basic training aims to prepare soldiers to go straight to Iraq
FORT KNOX, Ky. -- Three weeks into basic training, Pvt. Timothy Wilson pretended to be an enemy prisoner of war as other recruits camouflaged with green face paint detained and questioned him.

New basic training aims to prepare soldiers to go straight to Iraq

Brown, Arenas lift Wizards past Hawks
WASHINGTON - Kwame Brown scored 27 points, and Gilbert Arenas had his third triple-double of the season to lead the Washington Wizards to a 94-84 victory over Atlanta on Friday night.

Cavaliers activate Brown; Kapono placed on injured list
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers activated guard Kedrick Brown on Friday to give them another backcourt player while Jeff McInnis nurses a bruised right shoulder.

Cavaliers activate Brown; Kapono placed on injured list

No. 11 Cincinnati beats East Tennessee St.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Diminutive Tim Smith saw the opening - only a sliver, really, but more than ample - and headed to the basket. He had the shot he wanted with an NCAA tournament game on the line.

Tide turn back No. 1 Cardinal
SEATTLE - Josh Childress watched from the end of the bench as Stanford's latest comeback attempt came up just short, bouncing off the rim.

Manhattan eliminated by Deacons
RALEIGH, N.C. - Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser jokingly refers to the Demon Deacons' recent seasons as the "S.T." era: Since Tim Duncan.

Meetings get results for Jags
After Augusta State learned it qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament two weeks ago, the Lady Jaguars' seniors called a players-only meeting for the next day.

Vanderbilt tops Western Michigan
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mario Moore's outside shooting allowed Vanderbilt to turn a struggle into a rout.

Predictability falls from field
The defending champs are reeling, the No. 1 seeds are far from perfect and the potential for upsets has never seemed higher.

East Tennessee State misses another upset
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Another 3-pointer came between East Tennessee State and a first-round upset.

Pacific pops Providence
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Another day, another upset by a No. 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Unheralded Wolf Pack end Bulldogs'
SEATTLE - Now Gonzaga knows what it's like to get knocked out by a plucky underdog.

Keyshawn and Parcells: together again

Cowboys, Bucs finally complete receiver swap

Mr. Woodrow Parrish    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Powell    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Ms. Javana Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Floyd Wood    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Richard Green, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward Yaun III    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mabel Winner    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mr. Lonnie Ashley Jr.    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elsie Dettinburn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Reggie Howard (DECTUR, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy James (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorena Holdeman (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Bobra Hancock (VAUCLUSE, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Menger (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Grant, III (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. James Stallings Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elsie Dettinburn (HARLEM, GA)

Mrs. Dorothy James (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Reggie Howard (DECTUR, Ga.)

Mr. William Powell (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Willard Burroughs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Hopkins (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ethel McAlister (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Hubert Lambert (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Ms. Javana Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willard Burroughs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Green, Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Woodrow Parrish (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Langdale (GASTON, S.C.)

Brianna Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Woodrow Parrish (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Linda Oliphant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen Goldsmith (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Brenda Duncan (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Cole (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Howard Aiken (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Floyd Wood (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. James Williams (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Tiller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Patterson (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy Penn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lonnie Ashley Jr. (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Ellison (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Stagg (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Harrison (KLINE, S.C.)

Mr. John Saunders (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Matt Pollich (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Linda Oliphant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wendell Beaubian, Jr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Eddie McClain (Augusta)

Mrs. Carrie Fleming (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)

Mr. Edward Yaun III (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. David Ryans Jr. (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Ms. Mylar Harley (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Britain confident in Athens security measures

Britain confident in Athens security measures
LONDON -- The British Olympic Association expressed confidence Friday in security measures for the Athens Games and has no intention of withdrawing its team.

Harrick test makes Bulldogs tuck tails
ust when it looked as though things couldn't get worse at my alma mater, the University of Georgia - the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South - they got worse.

Harrick test makes Bulldogs tuck tails
ust when it looked as though things couldn't get worse at my alma mater, the University of Georgia - the oldest state-chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South - they got worse.

Snowball Flannagan wins again

Johnson triumphs over life's hurdles

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Overtime

Snowball Flannagan wins again
AIKEN-Snowball Flannagan provided the thrills for the second year in a row during the Imperial Cup at the 38th annual Aiken Steeplechase at Ford Conger Field. The spirited horse broke free from the pack just before the 14th and final gate at Ford Conger Field during the feature event of the afternoon.

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.

Overtime
Wake Forest holds a one-stroke lead over Florida heading into today's final round of the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational in Statesboro, Ga.

Overtime
In Indian Wells, Calif., Tim Henman frustrated Andy Roddick with his tenacious net play and defeated the big-serving American 6-7 (6), 7-6 (1), 6-3 in the Pacific Life Open quarterfinals Friday.

Johnson triumphs over life's hurdles
Allen Johnson had perfect vision for six hours of his entire life. He never wants it again.

Spring prep scores
Area spring sports scores from are high schools.

Davenport back in Indian Wells final
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Two-time champion Lindsay Davenport is back in the Pacific Life Open final, defeating Nathalie Dechy 6-2, 7-6 (4) Friday in her first real test in this tournament.

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

Hunters prep for gobbler season
Few weeks are as pivotal as the gradual greening from winter into spring, and few weekends are as magical as this one.

Perdue achieves minimal success
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue will have little to show from the Georgia Legislature when the session rumbles to an end next month, but in other respects the governor is having a pretty good year.

Judges work to finalize borders
ATLANTA - Two years ago, Republican state Sen. Eric Johnson, of Savannah, cruised to re-election unopposed.

Georgia prep basketball players of year, all-state teams
Tasha Humphrey, who led Gainesville to the Class AAA girls championship, and Dwight Howard, who led Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy to the Class A boys championship, have been named Georgia High School Association basketball players of the year.

Cowboys, Bucs finally complete receiver swap
IRVING, Texas - Keyshawn Johnson's reunion with Bill Parcells is finally ensured.

Keyshawn and Parcells: together again
IRVING, Texas -- Keyshawn Johnson was reunited with Bill Parcells on Friday, giving the Dallas Cowboys the big target - and flamboyant personality - they've lacked since Michael Irvin retired.

Lakeside Baptist, pastor mark 50 years
Lakeside Baptist Church in Clearwater will mark its 50th anniversary Sunday and perhaps set a record in the Southern Baptist Convention at the same time.

South African scientist wins prestigious religion prize
NEW YORK -- A South African academic who studies the relationship between faith and science and has worked as an advocate for the homeless won a religion prize Wednesday that is billed as the world's richest annual award.

Churches put faith in names
The words "Sound Doctrine Revelation Knowledge Fellowship Church" came to KCM Moore's mind when he was ministering in a church more than five years ago, but he didn't know why or what the words meant.

Faith digest
Linda Davis of We Triumph Ministries and Jubilee Worship Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, will speak at 7 tonight at Gracewood United Methodist Church, 2117 Tobacco Road. For more information, call 798-2200 or see the church Web site, www.gracewoodumc.com.church Web site, www.gracewoodumc.com.

Book examines Ronald Reagan's religious commitment
The Gallup Poll reports that 64 percent of registered voters say their religious beliefs will be important in picking a president this year.

Brazil's pop star priest takes his message to the movies
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- He's had a No. 1 record, won a Latin Grammy and now has a hit movie - all aimed at revitalizing the Roman Catholic Church in Brazil.

Scripture-based strategy game lets players guide lost souls
Rory Rezzelle found Redemp- tion on the Internet about seven years ago.

Religion News in Brief
NEW YORK -- An annual statistical report on the strength of North American churches found membership has increased in some of the largest denominations and among some smaller Pentecostal churches.

Christian radio, public broadcasters battle for radio signals
FREDERICK, Md. -- One morning last month, WJTM-FM began the day with its usual fare of Christian preaching and prayer. But that afternoon, the programming changed to something that some longtime listeners find offensive - National Public Radio.

Hunters prep for gobbler season

Does 7 days without TV make one weak?

'Deadwood': A Western with bad words and fascinating people

'Deadwood': A Western with bad words and fascinating people
NEW YORK -- Deadwood is a realm of furious desires and a notable lack of restraint.

Does 7 days without TV make one weak?
NEW YORK -- In your role as a devoted TV viewer, are you a little like a fish: submerged, but unaware you're wet?

New home-video releases

Tammy Faye tells television audience she has inoperable lung cancer

People in the News

FCC cracks down on broadcast indecency

FCC cites Howard Stern and Bono for indecency

'Pee-wee Herman' actor pleads guilty to obscenity charge

Georgia sends Liberty home

Georgia sends Liberty home
PHILADELPHIA - Once Cori Chambers settled down, she took control for Georgia.

Richt tries to hold off complacency

Richt tries to hold off complacency
ATHENS, Ga. - No more talk about the past two years. It's time to get started on a new season.

Carney fries Gamecocks

Memphis takes out South Carolina

Carney fries Gamecocks
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dave Odom shot a quick look of bewilderment upon first seeing the stat sheet following South Carolina's first-round NCAA Tournament game against Memphis.

Memphis takes out South Carolina
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Memphis forward Rodney Carey had one of the best games of his career Friday.

Man hit by train, then his ambulance is hit by car

Odds and Ends

Man sells 210 years of subscriptions to elderly woman

Professor accused of vandalizing own car, then claiming hate crime, put on leave

South African scientist wins prestigious religion prize

Brazil's pop star priest takes his message to the movies

Book examines Ronald Reagan's religious commitment

Christian radio, public broadcasters battle for radio signals

Churches put faith in names

Lakeside Baptist, pastor mark 50 years

Religion News in Brief