Book explores recent evolution of American wife

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.

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.

Ten years and counting - 'Stomp' keeps clattering on

'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."

Tabasco museum aims to bust myths about legendary hot sauce

'Girls in Trouble' has some trouble spots

Ten years and counting - 'Stomp' keeps clattering on
NEW YORK -- Ten years and counting. That's a lot of clangs, clatters, taps and thumps.

Motorcycles and memorabilia on display

Motorcycles and memorabilia on display
ALBANY, N.Y. -- When Ken McGuire was teased about the reliability of his small-engine, 1967 motorcycle, he took it as a dare - and drove 2,300 miles to California to prove that he could.

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.

Museum features photographers whose work shaped art form
LOS ANGELES -- The J. Paul Getty Museum, drawing from one of the largest photo collections in the country, has opened a new exhibit featuring photographers who helped shape the art form.

Iconoclastic European featured in MoMA retrospective

Art, objects from secret fraternal groups on display
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- You don't need to know a secret handshake or remember a password to enter the College of Charleston's Halsey Gallery.

Captain recalls heroics at sea

Tabasco museum aims to bust myths about legendary hot sauce
NEW ORLEANS -- Secret recipes, cologne bottles and gigantic rodents called nutria have long been part of the mystique surrounding America's favorite palate-burner: Tabasco.

Book says Plum Island may be responsible for disease outbreaks

Iconoclastic European featured in MoMA retrospective
NEW YORK -- At first glance, Dieter Roth's sprawling "Garden Sculpture" resembles a pile of discarded building materials more than the signature work of a consummate artist-provocateur.

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.

Art, objects from secret fraternal groups on display

Classics authors play themselves in new mystery fiction

Men write about their experiences with women

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.

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.

Philadelphia Veterans Stadium reduced to rubble in just over a minute

Zimmer not mellowing toward the Boss
TAMPA, Fla. -- Don Zimmer made it very clear, again.

Zimmer not mellowing toward the Boss

Glascock pitcher back in top form

Philadelphia Veterans Stadium reduced to rubble in just over a minute
PHILADELPHIA -- Veterans Stadium was reduced to a pile of rubble in just more than a minute on Sunday, as two honorary imploders pushed a symbolic plunger.

Custody of baby given back to American Indian mother who used cocaine before birth
DALLAS -- A mother who used cocaine the day she gave birth has regained custody of her baby after a judge cited a law that limits cases in which American Indian children can be taken from their homes.

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.

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

Short hop ball scares pitcher

Braves notebook

DeRosa expects to be back in lineup Monday

Short hop ball scares pitcher
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Jaret Wright, who took Albert Pujols' smash hit off his right hand in the fifth inning of the Braves' 6-4 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, acknowledged that thoughts of a broken bone flashed across his mind.

DeRosa expects to be back in lineup Monday
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Mark DeRosa wanted badly to be in the lineup. For the first time, he and the rest of the Atlanta Braves were facing former teammate Jason Marquis.

Pabst Blue Ribbon mounting unlikely comeback

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.

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.

New prescription drug plans shun discounts to save money

Pabst Blue Ribbon mounting unlikely comeback
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Matt Dixon sips beer from a red, white and blue aluminum can in a smoky corner of Betty's Food and Spirits, a dimly lit hangout for local artists, college students and restaurant workers.

Plant solves decades-old problem

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.

Guitar Center gobbles up instrument market

New prescription drug plans shun discounts to save money
NEW YORK -- It sounds counterintuitive: Give up discounts to save money.

Purveyor of music equipment thrives on size, buying power

Pocket change

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.

Scale firm's owner saw future in the stars

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.

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.

Kansas rolls into round of 16

Unheralded Wolf Pack end Bulldogs'

Tide turn back No. 1 Cardinal

Lady Jags thrive under Wilson

Xavier upsets Mississippi St.

Meetings get results for Jags

Vanderbilt 75, North Carolina State 73

Oklahoma St. 70, Memphis 53

Terps accomplished plenty, despite NCAA ouster

Pittsburgh 59, Wisconsin 55

Seattle survivors: Alabama and Nevada

Manhattan eliminated by Deacons

A quick look at what happened in the second round of the NCAA tournament

Illinois 92, Cincinnati 68

Pick up free money
The federal government has millions of dollars to give away to residents of Richmond and Columbia counties, so why is it going unclaimed? The answer is, it's the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Tracks won't be covered

Don't delay tests
One of the best things Roy Barnes accomplished as Georgia's governor was to push through legislation in 2002 that puts an end to the odious practice of social promotion - i.e., moving pupils to the next grade level whether they've earned it or not.

Pick up free money

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.

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.

Q&A with 'Seabiscuit' writer-director Gary Ross
AUSTIN, Texas -- Gary Ross tells modern-day fairy tales in a business in which cynicism is the norm.

Charlie Kaufman: Hollywood's reclusive scribe
LOS ANGELES -- Jim Carrey only needed to hear three words to know he wanted to act in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" - and they weren't "twenty million dollars."

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Managers with value approach often find bargains in bad headlines

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.

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?

Online shopping tips

Stock market comeback has boomers reassessing risk and expectations

What mergers and IPOs mean for Wall Street
NEW YORK -- The rise in merger and IPO activity is only good news for the stock market - or so investors may mistakenly think.

With bond business lobbying thriving, regulators mull ban

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.

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

Younger workers shun 401(k) program
401(k) APATHY: Many people praise 401(k) accounts as an ingenious device for aiding comfortable retirements, a pain-free financial virtue and a plus about many jobs. But the youngest folks coming into the career force don't seem to agree.

There is a lack of clarity in energy industry accounting

There is a lack of clarity in energy industry accounting
NEW YORK -- Energy companies announcing big reductions in their oil and gas reserves have left many investors wondering what happened - did the oil suddenly disappear or was it never there in the first place?

Online shopping tips
You've procrastinated audaciously - and now that required birthday-wedding-baby-congratulations gift is a true burden.

What mergers and IPOs mean for Wall Street

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.

Jackets rout Wake Forest
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Andrew Kown tossed a complete game four-hitter and Micah Owings and Wes Hodges homered to lead Georgia Tech past Wake Forest 9-2 on Sunday.

Jackets advance to Sweet 16
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Georgia Tech didn't need another miracle to advance in this NCAA Tournament. But the Yellow Jackets might have gotten a bit of divine intervention in holding off Boston College.

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.

Jackets rout Wake Forest

Forrest's 3-pointer resonates

Georgia Tech falls to Wake Forest

If this is what the future holds, hang me

Campbell wins Bay Hill in true Palmer form

Sorenstam survives blast furnace conditions to win
SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. -- It's 49 victories and counting for Annika Sorenstam.

Montgomerie wins Caltex Masters
SINGAPORE -- Colin Montgomerie shot a 7-under 65 Sunday to win the Caltex Masters by three strokes and claim a ticket to The Players Championship.

Sorenstam survives blast furnace conditions to win

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.

Golf capsules

Campbell wins Bay Hill in true Palmer form
ORLANDO, Fla. - Chad Campbell swings the golf club with the grace of his late fellow Texan Ben Hogan, but it was in a comeback style reminiscent of tournament host Arnold Palmer that Campbell won the 26th annual Bay Hill Invitational on Sunday.

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.

Montgomerie wins Caltex Masters

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

Georgia prep basketball players of year, all-state teams

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.

Pet stores need tougher oversight

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.

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.

Charity tournament was a success

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

Nation suffers from values famine

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

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.)

Spain's voters made right choice

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.

Bush has handled Iraq poorly

Spring into action

Google, Yahoo mount challenge to Microsoft

What to do

Pink has become the new black this season

Family briefs

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

How to get the most from your weak dollar

Watch this Tony Hawk

Google: the trusted name in Web trolling

Patient is upset about doctor's dirty office

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

China's melange of migrating fowl complicates efforts to control bird flu

A hearth that makes the home

Lifeline fails as a video game

Arts & Crafts: flower pot chimes

Children learn creativity is not dead

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

Researchers say stem cells could one day help cure baldness

Get Crackin'

Girls are different from boys

Q&A: A patio repair that requires caution

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

Think safety as the kids move outdoors

Strategies for coping with the weak dollar

Scientists rally around stem cell advocate sacked by Bush team

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.

Google, Yahoo mount challenge to Microsoft
SAN FRANCISCO -- Kenneth Insana depends on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system to make his computer run, but Yahoo! Inc. and Google Inc. have become the guiding forces on his desktop.

Researchers say stem cells could one day help cure baldness
SAN FRANCISCO -- Research showing that bald mice can grow hair after being implanted with a type of stem cell could lead to a cure for baldness, a group of scientists says.

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.

Google: the trusted name in Web trolling
NEW YORK -- When John Young heard a radio interviewer ask whether a song was pastiche, he didn't grab a dictionary. He typed an approximation into Google to get the word's spelling and meaning.

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?

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.

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?

China's melange of migrating fowl complicates efforts to control bird flu
POYANG LAKE, China -- From atop a centuries-old dike, high above the mud flats of China's biggest lake, the view is one of utter tranquility. A heron drifts by. Warblers dart through bushes. White-fronted geese splash and dive in ponds.

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.

Lifeline fails as a video game
"Lifeline" is an infuriating game which requires you to talk out loud and direct the action. There's lots of chatting - but this game is a terrible listener.

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."'

Scientists rally around stem cell advocate sacked by Bush team
SAN FRANCISCO -- Elizabeth Blackburn's dramatic laboratory discovery made her a scientific superstar and launched a burgeoning cancer research field.

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.

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.

Express drop Lynx

Express drop Lynx
For the first time in nine games, the Lynx lost on their home ice . The Roanoke Express scored three goals during the second period and two in the third to beat the Lynx 5- 3 on Sunday in front of 3,513 fans at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Lynx dent Gladiators' armor

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.

The week ahead

Senate party switchers face uncertain fate on map
ATLANTA -- When four Senate Democrats switched parties last year, they cited the new legislative district maps drawn up by members of their own party as one of the reasons for their change in party affiliation.

Panel looks at grad figures
ATLANTA - For many college and university undergraduates, four years simply isn't enough time to graduate anymore. For some Georgia students, it seems even six years might be insufficient.

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.

North Carolinians killed in Rock Hill motorcycle wreck
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A North Carolina man and woman were killed after being thrown from a motorcycle, South Carolina troopers said.

South Carolina goods could fill Cuba's needs

Woman opened her home, heart to veterans in need

Scene, horses attract patrons

Hornsby pupil wins $10,000
With a scoreless tie after the first period of Sunday's Augusta Lynx hockey game, there was little for fans to cheer about, but Christina Bussey was noticeably excited during the first intermission.

Life after war

Pelosi speaks to Charleston County Democratic Convention
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Republicans will go to extreme measures to tear down Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told Charleston County Democrats on Saturday.

Kid of the day

Grand Strand tries more trade show marketing as state cuts back
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Instead of waiting for tourists to head to the beach, some Grand Strand tourism promoters are taking a bit of the beach to their customers.

Battalion's commander gives perspective on war

Across the area

Across the southeast

Leaders look for decision on maps

Perdue achieves minimal success

Leaders look for decision on maps
ATLANTA - Lawmakers will keep one eye on their legislative business and one eye on the courts this week as they begin a new phase in the 2004 General Assembly session.

Rants and Raves
IF DEMOCRATS CAN'T take what they're passing out, they need to get out of the kitchen. In other words, they can dish it out, but they surely can't take it.

Advocate for organ donation dies from transplant complications
ATLANTA -- A McDonough man who passionately fought for people who needed an organ donation has died from complications of a transplanted heart.

Augusta case helps prompt EPA review of sludge rules
Since 1993, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adopted guidelines allowing cities to dispose of sewage sludge by applying it as fertilizer, debate has raged over its safety.

Organizers work to make Cherry Blossom Festival more racially inclusive
MACON, Ga. -- For years, the city's Cherry Blossom Festival has evoked colorful images of blooming trees, amusement park rides and pink ice cream - but some say the faces in the bustling crowds were anything but colorful.

Woman opened her home, heart to veterans in need
AIKEN - Near all the awards and stories about her life that cover her parlor table is a scrapbook that Ola Hitt holds close to her heart.

Safeguards protect against issuing unnecessary alerts
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State officials are calling the use of South Carolina's Amber Alert network to locate a boy who ran away from school a success.

Sludge suits burden taxpayers
The city of Augusta's six-year legal battle against claims that cattle and land were poisoned by sewage sludge has been costly to taxpayers.

Safeguards protect against issuing unnecessary alerts

Across the area
North Augusta authorities say they are investigating the unlawful use of gift cards at a Wal-Mart.

Rants and Raves
IF DEMOCRATS CAN'T take what they're passing out, they need to get out of the kitchen. In other words, they can dish it out, but they surely can't take it.

Rants and raves
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Candidates tout work experience

Secretary sees historic sites

Grand Strand tries more trade show marketing as state cuts back

News you can use

Church activity tries to raise teens' awareness of homelessness

News you can use
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Organizers work to make Cherry Blossom Festival more racially inclusive

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.

The week ahead
There's an old phrase, often associated with the news business, that refers to keeping an ear to the ground. My assumption has always been that it harked back to a time when skilled practitioners, such as Tonto or Robin Hood, could place an ear on the earth, and by listening closely to subtle vibrations could tell how many bad guys were on their tail and how far behind they were.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A McDonough man who passionately fought for people who needed organ donations has died of complications from a transplanted heart.

Weather springs a surprise on us
The weather's been pleasant for the past week. The first day of spring was Saturday. What could go wrong now?

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A Greenville man is suing the Hardee's restaurant chain, saying he was wrongly accused of attacking an employee and trying to rob a store.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Logan Carter Hall, 2, of Grovetown.

Candidates tout work experience
If Sue Townsend had had her preference, Chief Deputy Coroner Tim Carlton would have gone into the race for Aiken County coroner as the incumbent.

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.

Church activity tries to raise teens' awareness of homelessness
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- A suburban Atlanta church is trying to raise awareness about homelessness by encouraging teenagers to experience it for themselves.

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.

Mars mission planners coming to Atlanta
ATLANTA -- Astronauts and scientists will discuss everything from extraterrestrial life to passenger flights into outer space at a public meeting this week on space travel to Mars.

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.

County says hefty price tag for school consultant worth it
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County's school board is looking to improve the way it does business with the help of a consultant who is billing the district $1,000 an hour for his services.

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.

Queen Noor of Jordan visits Spartanburg hospital
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan made stops at a neonatal intensive care unit and a cancer center on Saturday.

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.

Man spends year in jail for crime he says he didn't commit
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A Greenville man is suing the Hardee's restaurant chain, saying he was wrongly accused of attacking an employee and trying to rob a store.

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.

Town ordinance requires drivers to pay before pumping gas
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- When you drive up to the pump in this Charleston suburb, have your money ready.

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

Sludge suits burden taxpayers

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.

Man spends year in jail for crime he says he didn't commit

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.

Historic mill destroyed by fire
GLENDALE, S.C. -- The historic Glendale Mill, which has been closed for 43 years, was destroyed by a fire early Saturday.

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.

Former Gov. John C. West dies at 81
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former Gov. John C. West, a Democrat who helped smooth race relations after the Orangeburg Massacre left three black students dead, died Sunday. He was 81.

Training may revive unused nuclear site

Augusta case helps prompt EPA review of sludge rules

Senate party switchers face uncertain fate on map

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina

Kid of the day

Judges work to finalize borders

Panel looks at grad figures

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.

Weather springs a surprise on us

Mom, daughter die in fire

Former Gov. John C. West dies at 81

Smoke thwarts allergy remedy

Mars mission planners coming to Atlanta

Police arrest co-worker in slaying

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

Five questions
Mahoney Butler, shop supervisor for First Vehicle Service, the company contracted by Augusta Fleet Management to take care of marked Richmond County sheriff's patrol cars, answers questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Town ordinance requires drivers to pay before pumping gas

Daly stays just 1 step away from invitation
ORLANDO, Fla. - Classic Daly. With one foot in the Masters and one hand slammed in his car door, John Daly careened his way to a 10th-place finish at the Bay Hill Invitational.

If this is what the future holds, hang me
The other night we watched a new television series set in a law office in the year 2030. The TV studios must be running out of ideas about current-day crimes and trials, so they're looking into the future to a time when CSI and Law & Order will have run their course.

'Dawn of the Dead' debuts with $27.3 million, dethroning 'Passion'
LOS ANGELES -- Audiences feasted on zombies as the fright flick "Dawn of the Dead" ruled the box office, debuting with $27.3 million and bumping "The Passion of the Christ" from the top spot.

'Dawn of the Dead' debuts with $27.3 million, dethroning 'Passion'

Q&A With former 'Idol' RJ Helton

Katy Rose mines turbulent teen years for debut CD

Q&A With former 'Idol' RJ Helton
NEW YORK -- RJ Helton is hoping no one ever remembers he was a finalist on "American Idol."

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews
Selected audio reviews:

Katy Rose mines turbulent teen years for debut CD
NEW YORK -- Plenty of musicians have used their bad behavior, depression and subsequent rehabilitation as fodder for their songs.

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Gordon says wreck caused by slow racers
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Jeff Gordon could see trouble brewing early on in the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 - and it had nothing to do with Darlington Raceway's much discussed SAFER barriers.

Gordon says wreck caused by slow racers

Kanaan repeats as Phoenix champion

Viewers flip off NASCAR

Johnson wins in pits
DARLINGTON, S.C. - With passes at speed being as rare as a car without a dent in the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400, Jimmie Johnson found a great way to make up lost ground - on pit road.

Schumacher wins Malaysian GP
SEPANG, Malaysia -- Michael Schumacher is off to a fast start just two races into the season.

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.

Johnson wins in pits

Kanaan repeats as Phoenix champion
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- With plenty of gas in the tank and some of the Indy Racing League's elite drivers out of the race, Tony Kanaan only had to stay out of trouble and ahead of Scott Dixon to win the Copper World Indy 200.

Oklahoma St. 70, Memphis 53
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A big first half by Joey Graham was all Oklahoma State needed to reach the regional semifinals.

A quick look at what happened in the second round of the NCAA tournament
A look at some of the interesting things that happened Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament:

Alabama-Birmingham shocks top-seeded Kentucky
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The NCAA tournament's top seed got sent back to its ol' Kentucky home.

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

Lady Jags thrive under Wilson
By Chris Gay Staff Writer Like any average American worker, Greg Wilson wondered what other occupations he would enjoy. After three sub-par seasons coaching Augusta State women's basketball, Wilson wanted something new.

Terps accomplished plenty, despite NCAA ouster
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- How appropriate that Maryland ended its remarkable season with one final, improbable comeback.

Illinois 92, Cincinnati 68
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- No flying elbows, no return taunts. Illinois just shut up and made shots - over and over again.

Vanderbilt 75, North Carolina State 73
ORLANDO, Fla. -- With a shout to the rafters, Matt Freije roused his slumping game. He then carried Vanderbilt to victory.

Kansas rolls into round of 16
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Wayne Simien and Kansas are healthy and headed to the round of 16.

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.

Pittsburgh 59, Wisconsin 55
MILWAUKEE -- If anybody knows how to quiet a crowd it's the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Seattle survivors: Alabama and Nevada
SEATTLE -- Don't tell Antoine Pettway that Alabama pulled a stunner against Stanford.

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.

Xavier upsets Mississippi St.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- When Dedrick Finn's shot from well beyond midcourt went through the basket, Mississippi State knew it was in trouble.

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.

Mr. Jack Ussery    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. James Masur (PALMS, S.C.)

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

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Mrs. Frances Hopkins (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Ussery (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Elliott Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Williams (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Elsie Dettinburn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy James (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James Williams (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Ms. Linda Oliphant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Sidney Gantt, Jr. (SAVANNAH, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Aiken (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Hubert Lambert (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorena Holdeman (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Haynes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Brenda Duncan (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Joiner, Sr. (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Elsie Dettinburn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Linda Oliphant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Brianna Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Masur (PALMS, S.C.)

Mr. Willard Burroughs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lura Andrews (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie McClain (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Snowball Flannagan wins again

Belbin, Agosto could end dance medal drought

Overtime

Johnson triumphs over life's hurdles

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Area sports announcements

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

Baker wins PBA World Championship
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Tom Baker got the mark he needed in the 10th frame when he rolled a spare to win the PBA World Championship over Mika Koivuniemi on Sunday.

Belbin, Agosto could end dance medal drought
The U.S. women usually reign at the World Figure Skating Championships, winning titles with such regularity it's practically expected. The American men are always in the mix, too.

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.

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Augusta Prep standout Lea Xenakis will play for the No. 12 Berry women's soccer team.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Hunters prep for gobbler season

Parents, teachers and students can get breaks at tax time
NEW YORK -- Teachers, college students and parents footing hefty tuition bills might find they're eligible for money-saving education credits and deductions when they fill out their federal income tax forms this year. But it's going to take some work to figure out which ones are appropriate for a given taxpayer.

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

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
England's Charles II lived an up-and-down, rather curious life. Here's a guy, for instance, who enjoyed more hanky-panky as king than went on in the Clinton White House. Yet, despite siring more than a dozen youngsters with his many mistresses, he couldn't find a queen to bear him a successor.

VH1 reimagines itself as a stopping point for channel surfers

VH1 reimagines itself as a stopping point for channel surfers
NEW YORK -- The renewed VH1 has imagined itself as the antidote for the itchy remote control finger.

The 1980s all over again: Donald Trump is back and riding high
NEW YORK -- For years, the words "Must-See TV" meant Jerry and Elaine, or Ross and Rachel, or Will and Grace.

The 1980s all over again: Donald Trump is back and riding high

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

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

Charlie Kaufman: Hollywood's reclusive scribe

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

Diamond Dogs defeat Alabama

Diamond Dogs defeat Alabama
ATHENS, Ga. -- Marshall Szabo hit a home run and scored twice to lead Georgia over Alabama 7-5 Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Georgia sends Liberty home

Custody of baby given back to American Indian mother who used cocaine before birth

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