Straining for laughs on the Twentieth Century Limited
NEW YORK -- There is a lot of huffing and puffing on stage, and it's not just because the latest Broadway production from the Roundabout Theatre Company is set on the Twentieth Century Limited, the sleek luxury train that once traveled between Chicago and New York.

These coffee table books are right on key
The Lower Broadway section of Nashville, Tenn., has long been a hangout and proving ground for country music performers.

Kent Nagano extends stay at Berlin's German Symphony Orchestra
BERLIN -- Kent Nagano has agreed to stay on as a guest director at the German Symphony Orchestra for two years after he steps down as principal conductor in 2006, the Berlin ensemble said Friday.

Woman searches for mother and self in 'Loving Che'

Sales soar for book by former terrorism adviser
NEW YORK -- Sales keep soaring for "Against All Enemies," the book by former counterterrorism adviser Richard A. Clarke that claims the Bush administration did not do enough to protect the country from attacks.

New book castigates government over nuclear weapons plant

Kent Nagano extends stay at Berlin's German Symphony Orchestra

Tale of two heroes - one triumphant, one tragic

Family secrets unearthed in moving memoir
This moving memoir by Beth J. Harpaz is not so much a story about finding the Annie Farrell of the title as it is about discovering the painful secrets of an entire family, as well as the author's own feelings toward her past and present life.

Arts calendar

Edwidge Danticat searches for middle ground in her native Haiti
NEW YORK -- Edwidge Danticat's lunch of rice and salad sits untouched in its plastic container.

Edwidge Danticat searches for middle ground in her native Haiti

New book castigates government over nuclear weapons plant
DENVER -- Secret midnight burning of radioactive waste. An FBI spy flight with infrared cameras. An employee who claims she was contaminated by fellow workers for reporting safety violations.

Family secrets unearthed in moving memoir

These coffee table books are right on key

Sales soar for book by former terrorism adviser

'Dracula,' a musical version, to open on Broadway in August
NEW YORK -- "Dracula" sings. A musical version of the Bram Stoker horror classic will open Aug. 5 at Broadway's Belasco Theatre. Casting will be announced shortly.

Tale of two heroes - one triumphant, one tragic
"Evolution's Captain" is Peter Nichols' fourth book with a maritime theme and is further evidence of his skill as a historian, researcher and elegant writer.

Woman searches for mother and self in 'Loving Che'
Knowing who one's parents are is a fundamental aspect of one's identity. In Ana Menendez's first novel, "Loving Che," a young Cuban-American woman grapples to find that sense of self, but its absence is twofold.

Arts calendar
Here is a list of galleries and events in the Aiken-Augusta area,

Drugs take center stage
Baseball's steroid horror show is being played out in a San Francisco courthouse, in Congress, and in clubhouses around the majors.

Baseball notebook
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra will probably not be ready for Opening Day because of inflammation in his right Achilles' tendon.

Injury list grows for Kansas City
SURPRISE, Ariz. - All-Star first baseman Mike Sweeney and promising left-hander Jimmy Gobble are the latest Kansas City Royals to be slowed by injuries.

Urbina, Tigers reach one-year deal for $3.5 million
Free-agent closer Ugueth Urbina and the Detroit Tigers reached agreement on a $3.5 million, one-year deal Friday that reunited him with former Florida catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

Giants beat Athletics

Giants beat Athletics
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The San Francisco Giants are impressed with their new catcher.

Home-run robbery highlights victory
That's what his catch meant in the Razorbacks' 5-1 victory.

Angels edge out Padres
TEMPE, Ariz. -- John Lackey had another rough outing Friday, allowing five earned runs in four innings of Anaheim's 9-8 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Baseball notebook

Royals top Brewers
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Chris George had a chance Friday to help his chances at earning a spot in the Kansas City rotation, but instead had a poor showing in the Royals' 8-7 victory over a Milwaukee Brewers split squad.

No translation needed: Yankees, Devil Rays fight jet jag as they arrive in Japan
TOKYO -- Nothing lost in translation here.

No translation needed: Yankees, Devil Rays fight jet jag as they arrive in Japan

Urbina, Tigers reach one-year deal for $3.5 million

Reindeer herders building drive-in theater for snowmobiles
OSLO, Norway -- The Sami reindeer herders of Norway's Arctic are building a snowmobile drive-in theater using, of course, the tundra's most plentiful winter resource: snow.

Odds and Ends
WEST POINT, Utah -- A woman has accused a northern Utah city of trying to sweep her topless maid business out of town.

Oldest bank robber got late start in crime
SPUR, Texas - "Red" Rountree shuffled into the bank and surveyed the teller windows.

Atlanta Braves TV schedule
Schedule and ticket information for the 2004 Atlanta Braves season

Atlanta Braves TV schedule

Reitsma turning heads in bullpen
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Leo Mazzone beat the rest of the Braves to the 'Wow' with Chris Reitsma.

Late rally propels Braves past Tribe
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Damon Hollins hit a three-run homer, and Jaret Wright threw six shutout innings to help the Atlanta Braves to a 7-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

Braves get Reitsma from Reds
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The turnstile in the Atlanta Braves bullpen spun again Friday with a second trade in 24 hours.

Reitsma turning heads in bullpen

On the move

Negative attitude in workplace can spread, cause loss
Small businesses are faced with many dilemmas, ranging from finding and retaining good employees to offering attractive benefits packages.

Farmer sells millions of the bugs yearly

New oral HIV test gets feds' approval
WASHINGTON- On-the-spot testing for the AIDS virus is getting easier: The government has approved the first oral HIV test that gives results in 20 minutes.

Negative attitude in workplace can spread, cause loss

Owner reaches out to share island cuisine
For Antonio Mentis, relocating to Augusta 11 years ago was a decision that happened on a whim.

Commercial real estate practices can be a big surprise
NEW YORK -- For many small business owners, signing a commercial real estate lease for the first time can be one of those moments best described as a rude awakening.

Fuel efficiency may be updated
WASHINGTON - Within a couple of years, Americans could find the fuel-mileage estimates the government puts on new car and truck windows a little more sobering.

Pocket change

Business briefs
Fatz Cafe will open its first Georgia location Monday at the corner of Belair and Hereford Farm roads in Evans. The 212-seat bar and grill, part of the 22-store Taylors, S.C.-based chain, is managed by Augusta businessman Tom Clark.

Pocket change
Employer Spotlight: Bridgestone/Firstone North American Tire

Candidate vows to cut corporate taxes
DETROIT - Determined to counter President Bush's effort to portray him as a tax-raiser, Democrat John Kerry said Friday he would lower corporate taxes by 5 percent to promote job creation while eliminating tax incentives that send work overseas.

Bad debts can mean confusion at tax time
NEW YORK - One of the big letdowns some new business owners suffer during income tax season is when they find out they can't deduct their bad debts - bills their customers didn't pay during the previous tax year.

Event's efforts pay off in area
No one wants a repeat of last year's Masters Tournament washout when downpours canceled Monday's practice round.

Department stores get an infusion of affordable fashions

Pricey gasoline annoys, but doesn't deter drivers
When the price of gasoline surges, two things are practically guaranteed: Motorists will bemoan the rising cost and, more tellingly, they'll drive as much as ever.

Commercial real estate practices can be a big surprise

Department stores get an infusion of affordable fashions
NEW YORK -- There'll be plenty of Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren clothes in department stores this spring, but the famed designer labels will have a few new twists.

'Compromised' Tyco jury sent home for weekend

'Compromised' Tyco jury sent home for weekend
NEW YORK -- The judge in the corporate-looting trial of two former Tyco International Ltd. executives sent jurors home for the weekend Friday after the panelists reported their deliberations were "irreparably compromised" by infighting.

Urine tests keep cheats hopping

Consumer spending rises by 0.2 percent in February
WASHINGTON --Consumers, a key force shaping the economic recovery, were more restrained in February, increasing their spending by only 0.2 percent.

Farmer sells millions of the bugs yearly
Most boys play with bugs at some point in their lives. Then they discover girls. Clay Ghann has been married for years, and he's still playing.

EPA standards for fuel mileage stickers could change
WASHINGTON -- Within a couple of years, Americans could find the fuel-mileage estimates the government puts on new car and truck windows a little more sobering.

Pricey gasoline annoys, but doesn't deter drivers

Dentists to get $6.25 million in settlement with Aetna over slow payments
MIAMI -- Aetna would pay $6.25 million to settle a lawsuit by the nation's dentists alleging that the insurance company underpaid and slowly paid claims, under a plan given preliminary approval by a judge Friday.

Consumer spending rises by 0.2 percent in February

Urine tests keep cheats hopping
PHILADELPHIA - Put 30 drug-testing workers in a room together for a few hours and it isn't long before they start trading strange - and somewhat indelicate - tales of urine collection.

Owner reaches out to share island cuisine

On the move
E-Z-GO Textron announced the following promotions and new organizational structure for its sales and marketing group to improve the relationship between sales, marketing, engineering and manufacturing:

Event's efforts pay off in area

Business calendar
TUESDAY: Myths and Realities of Minority Financing; three-hour seminar; Small Business Development Center; 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; 10 a.m.; $25, includes continental breakfast and lunch; pre-registration required, 737-1790.

Samsons - A Textile Survivor
Burlington. Cone. Pillowtex. WestPoint Stevens. Each textile operation is an industry casualty that Ric Lichtenberg recounts in a tone reminiscent of a funeral dirge. The names tell the story of a sector that's the dead man walking in American manufacturing.

Samsons - A Textile Survivor

Ethnic remark may give rival a boost
Savannah, Ga., lawyer Tony Center, a Democratic candidate for the 12th Congressional District, counts a racial remark by one of incumbent Republican Max Burns' supporters as a big plus in his race for Congress.

NCAA grants extra year of eligibility to Hnida

Tennessee OK with curfew, adding parents on official visits
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee coaches would support the NCAA imposing a curfew for prospects on official visits and allowing schools to also host recruits' parents.

NCAA grants extra year of eligibility to Hnida
EdS: UPDATES with more Colorado background in final 2 grafs

Tennessee OK with curfew, adding parents on official visits

Biggest challenge in front of Tide

Hawks' stars have support

Kansas blazes trail into Elite 8

Success might pay off for Jags

Musketeers continue upset run in regional

Upstart Alabama finally meets its match against UConn

Map reflects new terrain

Blacks vs. gays
As far as hundreds of African-American pastors are concerned, the gay rights movement - which likes to compare itself to the civil rights movement of the 1960s - has pushed the envelope a little too far with its call to legalize same-sex marriages.

Quit carving up history
In Iraq, they're fighting for freedom and security. In China, they're fighting for freedom and private property rights. All over the world, people are fighting for freedom and basic human rights.

Blacks vs. gays

Quit carving up history

What price trust?
Richmond County school officials may be smarter than they've appeared lately.

Map reflects new terrain
When the landscape shifts significantly, it's time to make changes to your map.

Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz end three-year relationship
LOS ANGELES -- Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz have ended their three-year relationship.

Video best
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.

Media access again issue in Michael Jackson molestation case
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Media access in the Michael Jackson child molestation case came to the forefront again as prospective grand jurors arrived at court.

New Yorkers act out favorite scenes at 'movieoke'
NEW YORK -- Remember the scene from "When Harry Met Sally ..." when Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are sitting at the diner? Or when Jack Nicholson exclaims "You can't handle the truth!" to Tom Cruise in "A Few Good Men"?

People in the News
LOS ANGELES -- Kate Winslet thought she knew her way around water after shooting "Titanic."

Dollar mixed, up against euro
NEW YORK - The dollar posted a full recovery from early weakness against the euro Friday after renewed speculation that the European Central Bank could cut interest rates next week.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Rally falls apart, but stocks up for the week
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's rally lost momentum amid profit-taking Friday, leaving stocks narrowly lower but still allowing the Dow Jones industrials and Nasdaq composite index to reverse a two-week downward trend.

Bear market funds remained strong in first quarter

Medicare permits 28 companies to offer discount drug cards

Market lull a chance to redistribute mutual fund portfolio
NEW YORK -- Although bond mutual funds rose along with stock funds over the past year, investors tended to overlook them in favor of equities with soaring returns. Bonds were seen as an investment for the timid, or those hoping to retire soon.

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

Bear market funds remained strong in first quarter
NEW YORK -- In a quarter where the year-long stock market rally ran out of steam, most stock mutual fund returns were minimal at best, with only a handful of fund categories, including small-cap, real estate and Asian funds, posting any meaningful results.

Tokyo stocks higher, dollar down against yen

Medicare permits 28 companies to offer discount drug cards
WASHINGTON -- Seniors can get help finding the best prescription drug discount card for their needs beginning next month, when Medicare expects to release detailed information about the costs of approved programs.

Dollar mixed, up against euro

Expensive gas is a nuisance, but not a deterrent to drive
When the price of gasoline surges, two things are practically guaranteed: motorists will bemoan the rising cost and, more tellingly, they'll drive as much as ever.

Tokyo stocks higher, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo's benchmark stock index surged to a 21-month high Friday as investors, encouraged by strength on Wall Street, snapped up shares in technology companies and export-related sectors. The U.S. dollar was lower against the Japanese yen.

Expensive gas is a nuisance, but not a deterrent to drive

Growing wheat for bread is worth a try
This spring, consider planting some bread. Not loaves to pick from branches, of course, but wheat to harvest, then grind into flour for bread.

Dunks don't define junior
ST. LOUIS - Last season, Isma'il Muhammad was a sixth-man without a jump shot, a raw offensive player who could jump, but do little else.

Yellow Jackets survive Pack
ST. LOUIS - Nothing has come easy for Georgia Tech during this NCAA Tournament.

Hewitt's Yellow Jackets have depth, versatility
ST. LOUIS - When Georgia Tech emerged as a consistent national contender under Bobby Cremins, the Yellow Jackets typically consisted of one or two superstars, a solid supporting cast and a short bench.

Jackets' line leans to the right
ATLANTA - Criticism of Georgia Tech's offensive line tends to be one-sided this spring.

Ball throws TD pass, Woods runs for 77-yard touchdown
ATLANTA -- Reggie Ball completed 11 of 19 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown and Chris Woods had a 77-yard touchdown run in Georgia Tech's first scrimmage of spring drills on Saturday.

Jackets fall to in-state rivals
ATLANTA - There are single games that can turn around seasons. Georgia Southern's baseball team might have played one Saturday against Georgia Tech.

Hewitt's Yellow Jackets have depth, versatility

Ball throws TD pass, Woods runs for 77-yard touchdown

Jackets fall to in-state rivals

Jackets' line leans to the right

Wie maturing, and so is her golf game

Wie maturing, and so is her golf game
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Michelle Wie is maturing, and so is her golf game.

Sutherland, Kelly tied up
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Tiger Woods' storied cut streak was about the only thing that emerged safely from a wet, windy second round at The Players Championship on Friday.

Players vying for final invites

Ballestros out

Players vying for final invites
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The Masters Tournament hopes of John Daly and Loren Roberts grew dimmer after poor third rounds in Saturday's Players Championship.

Ballestros out
MADRID, Spain - Two-time Masters Tournament champion Seve Ballesteros pulled out of next month's major because of back pain.

Great Scott! Aussie bids to become youngest Players champion
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Adam Scott used to sit in the back of a golf shop in Australia and watch countless video replays of his idol, Greg Norman, winning The Players Championship with a record score 10 years ago.

Els seeks career-best finish at TPC
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - If Ernie Els were to compile a list of his favorite golf courses, the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course would not be at the top.

Park ready to win, but Song and Wie leading youth charge in LPGA major
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Grace Park was playing her own game, and doing it quite well. Paired with teen sensation Michelle Wie, she managed to stay focused enough to move into a tie for the lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Great Scott! Aussie bids to become youngest Players champion

Sutherland, Kelly tied up

North Augusta coach calls it quits

Quinn: Regier, Ruff secure for next season

Quinn: Regier, Ruff secure for next season
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- General manager Darcy Regier and coach Lindy Ruff will return to the Buffalo Sabres next season.

Brathwaite burns Ducks
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Fred Brathwaite made 43 saves, and rookie Nikolai Zherdev had a goal and an assist in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 3-1 victory over Anaheim on Friday night.

Legislature's sessions are usually anything but short
Inevitably, inexorably, inescapably, the Georgia General Assembly is heading for adjournment this week.

Jackets advance to Final Four
ST. LOUIS -- Even if it takes a little extra time, Georgia Tech finds a way to get it done.

Social workers deserve gratitude
March was officially designated National Professional Social Work Month by the White House in 1984. Jo Dye, Evans, Ga. (Editor's note: Ms. Dye is chairwoman of the Augusta Unit of the National Association of Social Workers.)

How about a Kerry-Fonda ticket?

Think for yourselves, voters
Regarding Lowell Greenbaum's March 21 letter, "Spain's voters made right decision after attack": Bobby Renew, Harlem, Ga.

Received wonderful care at VA hospital

Think for yourselves, voters

Kerry is no national savior
We happened to be traveling through Mississippi during John Kerry's "Southern stump." The local news media provided good coverage, and one of the articles I read quoted Mr. Kerry as blaming President Bush "for all of the unemployment issues that plague our nation today." Mr. Kerry went on to say that he would take care of that by making sure that Bush had "another job" in the spring. Believe me, if the fix was anywhere near that simple we would all flock to the polls in support Mr. Kerry. Chuck Copenhaver, Aiken, S.C.

Received wonderful care at VA hospital
This is in reference to the care I received at the Uptown Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. I was visiting my brother here in Augusta. I decided to see if I could get my hernia repaired while I was here, so my brother took me there. Larry Parel, Mackinac Island, Mich.

Amendment is not discriminatory

Larke benefits should be balanced
I am a resident of North Augusta, but a Richmond County property owner, which makes me a taxpayer funding the school system. I think it is a sign of poor management for Charles Larke to say that he could not take vacation because of projects and problems. To me, that just indicates that he is micromanaging and not adept in the art of delegation. R. W. Fuller, North Augusta, S.C.

Kerry is no national savior

Have stadium honor area veterans
I have a thought-provoking question that I would like to ask. Why does Lake Olmstead Stadium have to be named for an Augusta baseball figure? I feel that the Augusta Commission was correct in its refusal to name this field Cobb Field. David G. Edmiston Sr., Grovetown

How about a Kerry-Fonda ticket?
Paul L. Cook wrote an excellent letter to the editor ("GOP is endangering our Social Security") and I would like to reply. Faber J. Hance, North Augusta, S.C.

Amendment is not discriminatory
You've probably heard in the past few weeks the charge that the federal marriage amendment, which would define marriage in the U.S. Constitution as the union of one man and one woman, would write discrimination into our country's founding document. Don't believe it for a second. R. Terry Burton, Augusta

Herman Cain energizes political arena
Here we go again amid election-year politics when we are inundated with political ads, stump speeches, promises and spin, causing those who vote and even those who don't to become cynical, exhausted or bored by the constant noise, double-talk or outright lies from the candidates. Joe Pride, Augusta

Dems have poor terrorism record
Bill Maxwell's article ("Bush's great leadership is a myth," March 10) is more fantasy than reality. Under the Democrats, America was attacked four times - the World Trade Center once, two embassies and the USS Cole. The Democrats responded by trying to gut intelligence and defense, bomb an aspirin factory and launch some cruise missiles - period. David G. Brown, Augusta

Gay marriage promises true equality
Marriage between people of the same sex is the civil rights issue of our present era. The question is uncomplicated and it is at the very heart of the matter. Herbert A. Edney, IV, Augusta

Low-carb lifestyle challenges, changes food industry

Gently show talkative girlfriend the door

More to sharks than 'Jaws' at Monterey Bay Museym

Lifelong fan finds the magic's still at Disneyland

Fla. beachgoers are warned of rip currents after deaths

Government approves oral HIV test that gives results in 20 minutes

Felines have made their mark in film, literature

Libraries using Internet, e-mailed chapters to entice readers

Reshaping heart is new treatment for congestive heart failure

On growth's fast track

Travel briefs

Felines have made their mark in film, literature
March is said to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. Judging from the chilly weather we had last week, it seems this lion isn't going away just yet. But when you consider the sultry heat that summer brings, that might not be a bad thing.

More to sharks than 'Jaws' at Monterey Bay Museym
MONTEREY, Calif. -- There is more to sharks than the menacing creature that terrorized swimmers in the 1970s movie "Jaws."

In the know
To celebrate Mother's Day and Father's Day, The Augusta Chronicle, with the help of Rich's-Macy's and Dillard's at Augusta Mall, want to give one lucky mom and dad a head-to-toe makeover.

Reshaping heart is new treatment for congestive heart failure
DALLAS -- After Charles Neal suffered five heart attacks and a stroke, his heart was so worn out that he couldn't walk across a room without feeling exhausted and short of breath.

On growth's fast track
CECIL, Ga. - This sleepy town 200 miles south of Atlanta has 265 residents, one store, no sewer system and no traffic lights. The motel has been abandoned for nearly 20 years, and though the town owns a police car, it does not employ any officers to drive it.

Government approves oral HIV test that gives results in 20 minutes
WASHINGTON -- On-the-spot testing for the AIDS virus is getting easier: The government has approved the first oral HIV test that gives results in 20 minutes.

Augusta couple needed a big floor plan for their growing family
When ice snapped branches and toppled trees during the winter, Michael and Melissa Lammers' Holly Hill Road neighbors knew the go-to person with their debris. Mr. Lammers likes to chop wood, his wife said.

Libraries using Internet, e-mailed chapters to entice readers
ALBANY, Ga. -- Patrons of the Dougherty County Library open their e-mail every day to find a chapter or so of a book.

Lifelong fan finds the magic's still at Disneyland
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Disney empire has struggled recently with attacks on CEO Michael Eisner, an unsolicited takeover bid, sour ratings at ABC and complaints that the theme parks are falling into disrepair. But none of that matters to my children or to me when we step into the Magic Kingdom. Indeed, all reality is suspended during those few days we visit Anaheim's Disneyland Resort each summer.

Low-carb lifestyle challenges, changes food industry
America's growing appetite for low-carbohydrate foods has left people like Tony Stallone struggling to keep pace with demand.

Travel briefs
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Let's say you're standin' on a corner in Winslow, Ariz. What's the "fine sight" you'll see?

Gently show talkative girlfriend the door
Dear Carson: My son has been dating a woman for the past four years, and now she's like family. She's a lovely girl. The only problem is that she talks incessantly and she doesn't know when to go home. When we see her drive up, we all groan. It doesn't matter if breaking news or a special program we've been looking forward to is on television. She drops in and starts talking. It's at least three hours before she leaves. What's the best way to say, "You've overstayed your welcome"? After all this time, is it too late to say anything? Speaking to my son will do not good. He's probably glad to get a break from her talking. - Talked Out

Fla. beachgoers are warned of rip currents after deaths
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Treacherous rip currents along the Florida coast in the past week have killed at least four beachgoers, led to dozens of rescues and forced lifeguards to issue an unpopular warning in the middle of spring break: Stay out of the water.

News you can use

Test couples report stares, but no racism
So what's it like to be an interracial couple in Augusta? That was the question we asked ourselves at The Augusta Chronicle when the responses to one of our survey questions suggested that most people in Augusta had no problem with couples of different races.

USC cries foul after fowl complaints

A class mourns
Greenbrier Elementary School fifth-graders Erica Langsam (left) and Brittany Coody blow bubbles with their classmates during a memorial ceremony for Eugenia Marshall, who died in a fire along with her sister and step father March 16. The ceremony took place Friday at the school in Evans.

Taboos, not laws, prevented most unions

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are expected at a Georgia resort next week to show their appreciation to contributors who have raised as much as $200,000 toward the Republicans' re-election campaign, according to two invitees.

19 face charges in bust at firm

Post offers old materials
Fort Gordon wants to know if the public wants its dead wood.

Kid of the day

Child molester gets 280 years
Calling his crimes despicable and finding no redeeming qualities in the seemingly harmless elderly man standing in court, Judge James Blanchard imposed the harshest sentence possible: 280 years in prison.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A man convicted of killing a Columbia schoolteacher in 1993 has been scheduled to be put to death April 23, the state attorney general's office said Friday.

Interracial couples often have to face subtleties of racism

Across the area
One of two men accused of tearing up the homes of others and stomping turtles to death received a five-year prison sentence Friday.

Dry spell may halt river experiment to aid fish

Three charged in purse robbery
Richmond County sheriff's investigators say they arrested three people who robbed a Louisville, Ga., woman while she was in the parking lot of a south Richmond County grocery store Friday morning.

Across Georgia

19 face charges in bust at firm
An Augusta marina manager, a former Millen city manager and a former Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home official have been indicted on racketeering charges after authorities say they took kickbacks from a Loganville, Ga., chemical company.

Letting the chips fall

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Richard Dong-Min Martin, 6, of Augusta.

Taboos, not laws, prevented most unions
Blacks and whites have been falling in love in America since the arrival of the first Europeans and African slaves.

Suspect charged after manhunt

Letting the chips fall
ATHENS, Ga. - There's often a full house at Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity - in more ways than one.

Players of polo explain nuances

Case stirs up questions on number of illegal pupils

Edgefield pottery jar has home in museum

Schools reassess safety efforts

Three charged in purse robbery

News you can use

Post offers old materials

Pet shop had other complaints

Across South Carolina

Across the area

Correction

Dust settles for horse track owner after property battle

University links troops with families
Jeanna Caraway had the opportunity Saturday to see her husband, Daniel, for the first time since he was deployed to Iraq on June 2.

UGA may tweak honesty policy

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

Around town

Facility gets visit from Navy secretary
As the U.S. military considers how to cut nearly one-quarter of its bases, sailors and soldiers at the Navy Supply Corps School on Prince Avenue in Athens hope that a high-profile visit means the right people are watching out for the 50-year-old school.

A class mourns

Across Georgia
LAGRANGE - A man accused of plotting to have two wildlife rangers killed was arrested along with another man as they allegedly were burglarizing a state Department of Natural Resources office in Troup County, authorities said.

Interracial couples often have to face subtleties of racism
Bart and Marcella Harper have a running joke between them. It goes, "Them's yo' people."

Police investigate man's past
ANDERSON, S.C. - It seems just about anybody in Anderson can recall meeting Jonathan Craig Marcy.

Schools reassess safety efforts
In the past two weeks, some Columbia County schools have produced a flurry of police reports, prompting school officials to take a second look at school safety.

Aiken polo tournament becomes hit
AIKEN - There were plenty of questions Saturday about how the sport of polo, the new final leg of Aiken's Triple Crown, is played and officiated.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Case stirs up questions on number of illegal pupils
AIKEN - Griselda Lopez, 15, the honor student at Silver Bluff High School who faces deportation to Mexico, has known she was an illegal immigrant since she was in elementary school, but she said she kept her status a secret for as long as she could.

Facility gets visit from Navy secretary

Charges spur finance checks
Mr. Persaud said his department already conducts random checks of city department finances, but that the effort will be stepped up.

Pet shop had other complaints
ATLANTA - The pet shop where an employee allegedly beat a sick dog to death had been the subject of other complaints, twice quarantined in the preceding months and repeatedly inspected by the state.

MCG patient receives surprise party
A little less than a year ago, Medical College of Georgia Hospital surgeons cut open the back of Malik McCuller's head and removed a brain tumor.

Around town
Jose Anzures, of Surig and Son masonry company, pressure - washes an archway at the entrance to Augusta State University as part of the university's master plan of improvements.

Across South Carolina
BAMBERG - The state attorney general's office says it will seek a new misconduct-in-office trial for ex-Denmark mayor Carolyn Davis after a jury could not reach a decision.

Correction
l An article in the Feb. 7 editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported that a comment made by MCG Health Inc. Executive Chairman Donald Leebern was in reference to nonpaying patients. Mr. Leebern was referring to getting a better rate on a line of credit from banks holding MCG deposits with his statement: "If they want a friend, go to the pound and get 'em a dog."

Across the area
An accident in Evans sent an elderly man to the emergency room via air ambulance Saturday.

Nader seeks votes in visit to Athens
ATHENS, Ga. - At the other end of a phone line in an airport somewhere between Georgia and his headquarters in Washington, D.C., Ralph Nader is on the move.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Quindarius Decarlos Ware

UGA may tweak honesty policy
ATHENS, Ga. - Violators of the University of Georgia academic honesty policy soon might be given more wiggle room, as the faculty group charged with tweaking it is pushing for a more educational approach.

Lawyer doubts legality of rule
AIKEN - More than 100 people who were arrested last year in a cockfighting raid will challenge the constitutionality of the law used to cite them.

Players of polo explain nuances
AIKEN - For the novice polo spectator, true enlightenment doesn't come from just watching the players jockeying their horses for a chance to take a whack at the small, white ball.

Police investigate man's past

Dust settles for horse track owner after property battle
AIKEN - Bruce McGhee says he's seeing things more clearly this year.

Kid of the Day

Dry spell may halt river experiment to aid fish
Below-average March rainfall might scuttle an April experiment by the Army Corps of Engineers to send "pulses" of water down the Savannah River to encourage spawning among targeted fish species.

MCG patient receives surprise party

Mayor urges stores to post proper signs
Just call him Mr. Clean.

Lawyer doubts legality of rule

Edgefield pottery jar has home in museum
Gordon Blaker dons white surgical gloves to handle what he reverently calls one of the rarest items acquired by the Augusta Museum of History.

Aiken polo tournament becomes hit

News you can use
March 27, 1934 There is a strong likelihood that the National Open golf tournament will be held next year at the Augusta National course, the Chronicle learned last night.

University links troops with families

USC cries foul after fowl complaints
AIKEN - Cocky-Doodle-Lou, a 6-year-old rooster, just wants to strut his stuff at University of South Carolina Gamecock baseball games, but he's being asked by university athletic officials to fly the coop.

Suspect charged after manhunt
An Aiken man was arrested after a two-hour manhunt in the Nicholson Village area Friday night, charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in an abandoned home.

Republicans called to unity at convention

Island gauntlet: The par-3 17th
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The undisputed favorite of every Players Championship is not Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh or Adam Scott.

White Stripes frontman Jack White branches
DETROIT -- A whirlwind of court dates, award shows and tabloid rumors aren't slowing down Jack White.

White Stripes frontman Jack White branches

NASCAR notebook
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Brian Vickers had the fastest car in the final practice session Saturday for the Food City 500. He was clocked at 122.968 mph.

Truex grabs Busch victory

NASCAR notebook

Biffle wins Bristol pole with record lap
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Greg Biffle set a Busch series track record Friday in qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway.

McMurray loses car

Biffle wins Bristol pole with record lap

McMurray loses car
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Jamie McMurray will start this afternoon's Food City 500 as the 19th-ranked driver in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series standings. And since the top 10 drivers after 26 races move into the "Chase for the Championship," McMurray is starting to look for a loophole into the championship race.

Truex grabs Busch victory
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Martin Truex Jr. won his first NASCAR Busch Series race Saturday, pulling away after a restart nine laps from the finish in the Sharpie Professional 250, which ended in confusion and anger at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Houston returns after four-game absence

McGrady sidelined by knee tendinitis

Indiana bounces Orlando

Iverson misses third straight game

McGrady sidelined by knee tendinitis
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando Magic guard Tracy McGrady did not play against the Indiana Pacers on Friday night because of tendinitis in his left knee.

Iverson misses third straight game
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson was inactive for Friday night's game against Cleveland, the third straight game he has missed with a sore right knee.

Houston returns after four-game absence
NEW YORK -- Allan Houston started at shooting guard Friday night after missing the New York Knicks' previous four games.

Indiana bounces Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. - Ron Artest scored a career-high 35 points, leading the Indiana Pacers to 107-92 victory over the Orlando Magic as All-Stars Jermaine O'Neal and Tracy McGrady sat out.

Biggest challenge in front of Tide
PHOENIX - Mark Gottfried never got this far in the NCAA Tournament as a terrific player on some good Alabama teams.

Kansas blazes trail into Elite 8
ST. LOUIS - Wayne Simien, Aaron Miles and Kansas put Alabama-Birmingham through its own version of "40 Minutes of Hell.

Success might pay off for Jags
With Augusta State ending a record-setting campaign, Lady Jaguars coach Greg Wilson is hoping to reap the rewards with a stellar recruiting class.

Upstart Alabama finally meets its match against UConn
PHOENIX -- Upstart Alabama played the country's second-toughest schedule and beat some of college basketball's most high-profile programs in reaching a regional final for the first time. The Crimson Tide was finally overmatched against Connecticut.

Hawks' stars have support
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There's a lot more to Saint Joseph's than Jameer Nelson and Delonte West.

Musketeers continue upset run in regional
ATLANTA - The kid with the catchy Web site can post some breaking news: Xavier is going to an NCAA regional final for the first time.

Vick's life gets back into game

Mrs. Thelma Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Profile obituary: Mr. Felton Butler
Felton Butler was a retired salesman and a born comedian.

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Mr. Malcolm Myers Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Less word play, more work is what Olympics need

U.S. expects NATO will approve security requests for Olympics
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The U.S. ambassador to NATO said Friday he expects the alliance to approve a request from Greece to provide protection against terrorism during the Olympic Games and a similar appeal from Portugal for the European soccer championship.

Less word play, more work is what Olympics need
After a recent meeting with Athens Olympic organizers, the U.S. ambassador to Greece reported back to his countrymen that some optimism would be in order right about now.

St. Patrick's brought out patriotism
One of the most enjoyable parts of this job is the opportunity to go around the state and talk to various groups and organizations. Less pleasant is trying to get there without being run over by self-important yuppie-boomers in their gas-guzzling SUVs. Maybe that's the reason I don't do it more often.

St. Patrick's brought out patriotism
One of the most enjoyable parts of this job is the opportunity to go around the state and talk to various groups and organizations. Less pleasant is trying to get there without being run over by self-important yuppie-boomers in their gas-guzzling SUVs. Maybe that's the reason I don't do it more often.

Overtime

Prep scores

Swimmers hot over decision to scrap Olympic pool roof

Thorpe disqualified from 400 freestyle heats

Area sports announcmenets

Williams' win is eye-catching

Overtime

Garzon-Elkins up to challenge

Area sports announcmenets
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
In Atlanta, Reggie Ball completed 11 of 19 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown, and Chris Woods had a 77-yard touchdown run in Georgia Tech's first scrimmage of spring drills.

Prep scores
Here are the scores and results from various area prep spring sports action.

Overtime
In Bristol, Tenn., Greg Biffle set a Busch Series track record Friday in qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Burger King team triumphs
AIKEN - Team Burger King captured the University of South Carolina Aiken's inaugural polo tournament Saturday, riding a strong performance from MVP Carlos Gonzalez.

Swimmers hot over decision to scrap Olympic pool roof
Erik Vendt plans to dive into the Olympic pool in Athens five months from now and swim harder than most people ever will for nearly a mile. He can only hope he makes it.

Garzon-Elkins up to challenge
Martha Garzon-Elkins still feels the competitive fires that she thought were buried deep inside.

Thorpe disqualified from 400 freestyle heats
SYDNEY, Australia -- World record-holder Ian Thorpe was disqualified from the 400-meter freestyle in the Australian Olympic trials Saturday after falling off the starting block.

Williams' win is eye-catching
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Resplendent rather than rusty, Serena Williams looked like a costumed superhero and played pretty well, too.

Cautious Kwan penalized; hopes for sixth title in peril
DORTMUND, Germany - Michelle Kwan's bid for a sixth world title all but ended Friday when she was overshadowed by Sasha Cohen and penalized for a short program that officials contend ran two seconds too long.

Outdoors calendar
FRIDAY-SATURDAY: A primitive weapons hunt for turkey will be held at the Corps of Engineers Bussey Point Management Area. Hunts are limited to 10 hunters per day, chosen at random. Applications are due by March 19. Call (800) 533-3478, ext. 1159 for details.

Youngster nabs first turkey

Outdoors calendar

Youngster nabs first turkey
This huge gobbler must have looked as big as a golf cart to 12-year-old Ryan Crouch, who bagged his first big turkey during an opening day hunt with his dad, Stan Crouch, on Sat., March 20.

Crappie fishing entices anglers
Crappie are gregarious, social creatures - and so are the anglers who pursue them.

Republicans called to unity at convention
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- With a contentious U.S. Senate primary under way, Republicans at the state party convention were asked Saturday to stay unified.

North Augusta coach calls it quits
There's a time in every coach's life where the whistle wrapped around the neck and shoulders gets a little too tight. Former North Augusta boys basketball coach Keith Arrington felt that way after the end of this season, his fifth, at the school. He resigned as the team's coach, citing personal reasons.

Broncos sign Green
DENVER -- The Denver Broncos signed free-agent tackle Cornell Green on Friday.

Vick's life gets back into game
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Giving props to rap superstar Jay-Z, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick describes his life today as a gift and a curse.

Religion News in Brief
UNITED NATIONS -- The spiritual leader of the world's 300 million Eastern Orthodox Christians has announced plans for an interfaith conference and endorsed a proposed U.N. resolution that would condemn anti-Semitism.

Parishioners want photos of molester bishop removed
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Two years after the resignation of a Roman Catholic bishop in a sexual misconduct scandal, one of his former dioceses is still struggling with whether to remember him or take his photo out of church-owned buildings.

Faith digest
Dr. Andy Menger of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd will discuss The Words Men Most Want to Hear at a males-only dinner at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Dye's Southern Grill, 4020 Washington Road in Martinez. Dinner costs $12. For reservations or more information, call the sponsor, the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter , 210-1133.

ASU coach uses game to motivate his players
Although faith is the foundation of his coaching, Augusta State University Lady Jaguars basketball coach Greg Wilson doubts that God cares which team wins a game.

Churches are sanctuaries of racial harmony
New Creation Christian Church had friends and relatives up on their feet in the sanctuary of Hillcrest Baptist Church when New Creation celebrated its first anniversary in March.

Is Gibson's 'Passion' faithful to the New Testament?
First among the passionate disagreements stirred by "The Passion of the Christ" is the film's depiction of Jews.

Cruisers for Christ
Car enthusiasts who want to show their domestic or import vehicles, or who just like to talk cars, can join the Cruisers for Christ car show at 9 a.m. today at Fountain Gate Worship Center, 2439 Peach Orchard Road.

Crappie fishing entices anglers

Island gauntlet: The par-3 17th

Sources: Law & Order actor Jerry Orbach leaving show

Sources: Law & Order actor Jerry Orbach leaving show
NEW YORK -- It may be time for a less stressful job for Detective Lennie Briscoe.

The return of Eyewitness News

The return of Eyewitness News
NEW YORK -- In a control room above Times Square, an eight-member production team sits before a bank of video monitors, intent on the two anchors sitting in the adjoining studio.

New Yorkers act out favorite scenes at 'movieoke'

Media access again issue in Michael Jackson molestation case

Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz end three-year relationship

People in the News

Video best

Thomas is focused on present, not the future
ATHENS, Ga. - When Georgia senior Christi Thomas fouled out of Monday's second-round game against Texas Christian, she knew there was a chance her college career was over.

Thomas is focused on present, not the future

Odds and Ends

Oldest bank robber got late start in crime

Parishioners want photos of molester bishop removed

Faith digest

Churches are sanctuaries of racial harmony

Is Gibson's 'Passion' faithful to the New Testament?

Religion News in Brief