Quilt museum celebrates fabric of Amish history
LANCASTER, Pa. -- A million-dollar collection of antique quilts that once graced the walls of a clothing company's corporate offices has returned to its native Lancaster County as the centerpiece of a new museum that showcases the fabric of Amish history.

Quilt museum celebrates fabric of Amish history

Junior wired for speed

Tigers obtain Colyer from Dodgers for Ross
DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers outfielder Cody Ross was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday for left-handed pitcher Steve Colyer and a player to be named.

Rockies tie up White Sox
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Chicago White Sox starter Esteban Loaiza left Thursday's 5-5 tie with the Colorado Rockies after the first inning with a stiff neck.

Griffey returns to Cincinnati for rehab
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Ken Griffey Jr. returned to Cincinnati to rehab his injured right calf in preparation for the Reds' home opener Monday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs.

Griffey returns to Cincinnati for rehab

Indians seek trade for Bradley

Tokyo trip eye-opening for Yankees, Devil Rays

Rockies tie up White Sox

Indians seek trade for Bradley
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Milton Bradley might soon be someone else's center fielder - and problem. The Cleveland Indians have apparently had enough of his antics.

Tokyo trip eye-opening for Yankees, Devil Rays
TOKYO - Derek Jeter walked around Tokyo and couldn't believe what he saw - or didn't see.

Junior wired for speed
Imagine the Tasmanian Devil cartoon character in human form. The image would look a lot like Justin Safford on a baseball field. Richmond Academy's junior center fielder knows just one speed. It's a setting between a blip and a blur.

Royals knock off Athletics
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Kansas City lefty Dennys Reyes allowed three runs in three innings to help the Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 8-7 on Thursday.

Many feel cheated after daylight-saving time starts

Odds and Ends
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Governator won't be baaack - Governator Ale, that is.

$30,000 settlement for pupil suspended for 'Barbie a Lesbian' T-shirt
NEW YORK -- An openly gay teenager received a $30,000 settlement from the city over her suspension for wearing a "Barbie is a Lesbian" T-shirt to school, her attorney announced Thursday.

Odds and Ends
IBERIA, Mo. -- Boo is one lucky dog. If a canine-loving mail carrier hadn't stepped in, the wandering pooch surely would have been a goner.

Braves confident as they leave spring training
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- While outsiders still may be skeptical, the Atlanta Braves head home from spring training convinced they are well-stocked and prepared to win their 13th straight division title this season.

Players wait for decision
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox has the roster set in his mind, but he hasn't shared it with the handful of players on the bubble.

Players wait for decision

Braves confident as they leave spring training

Star magazine takes aim at People magazine
NEW YORK -- Shocker! Did Star magazine desert longtime companions for lavish affair with rich, sexy young readers?

Asian automakers continue pressing gains on Big Three business
DETROIT -- Detroit's Big Three automakers ended the first quarter on somewhat of a positive note with a slight jump in sales, but their Asian rivals continued a trend of grabbing greater domestic business.

Business briefs
ABC affiliate WJBF-TV (Channel 6) has hired a South Carolina broadcaster as its new general manager.

Minority-owned business receives Kellogg award
MAU Inc. announced Friday that it has won a prominent supplier award from food products giant Kellogg Co.

Government will enforce tougher air conditioner efficiency standards

Google entering free e-mail fray, but letters will lead to advertising
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Google Inc. is introducing a free e-mail service to send a blunt message - the maker of the world's most popular online search engine is pulling off the gloves in its clash with high-tech heavyweights Yahoo! Inc. and Microsoft Corp.

Sun Microsystems settles with rival Microsoft
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Struggling server maker Sun Microsystems Inc. accepted a $1.6 billion settlement from Microsoft Corp. and said Friday it plans to cooperate with its longtime nemesis.

Business briefs
The Downtown Development Authority on Thursday agreed to two event sponsorships. During its regular monthly meeting, the group first approved a $1,000 donation to the Garden City Music Fest and then raised its previous donation of $2,500 to the Augusta Showcase to $5,000.

Judge declares mistrial in Tyco corruption case
NEW YORK - A judge declared a mistrial in the grand larceny case against two former Tyco executives Friday after nearly six months of testimony and 11 days of deliberations, citing intense outside pressure placed on one of the jurors.

Unemployed Americans dropping out of labor pool
WASHINGTON -- Computer programmer Gunther Viktor is an unwilling work force dropout.

Unemployed Americans dropping out of labor pool

Manufacturing sector continues expansion

Agencies examining whether economic data leaked
WASHINGTON -- Three government agencies said Friday they were examining whether Labor Department employment figures for March were improperly released, triggering unusual bond market activity a few minutes before the official release time.

Judge declares mistrial in Tyco corruption case

Government will enforce tougher air conditioner efficiency standards
WASHINGTON -- The government agreed Friday to require new central air conditioners and heat pumps to be 30 percent more efficient beginning in 2006.

Asian automakers continue pressing gains on Big Three business

Unemployment rate rises to 5.7 percent
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate bumped up to 5.7 percent in March while companies added 308,000 new jobs - the most in four years, providing long-awaited evidence that the weak jobs market may be gaining steam.

Sun Microsystems settles with rival Microsoft

March shows jump in jobs
WASHINGTON - After months of dismal job growth, the nation's employers dusted off their help-wanted signs in March and added workers at the quickest pace in four years, swelling payrolls by 308,000.

Agencies examining whether economic data leaked

Officials prepare Masters efforts
City economic developers are poised at the starting line, ready to wine and dine businesses during Masters Week.

Google entering free e-mail fray, but letters will lead to advertising

Business briefs

Boll Weevil may soon have another location

Mortgage rates up, still lower than last year
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates climbed this week, but they are still lower than a year ago and should continue to spur the housing market.

Business briefs

Boll Weevil may soon have another location
When George Harrison started in business, the former furniture and clothing retailer always had a passing interest in restaurants.

March shows jump in jobs

Market head is named for area
Wachovia Corp. announced Thursday it has selected a longtime Bank of America executive to head its $1.2 billion operations in the Augusta-Aiken market.

Unemployment rate rises to 5.7 percent

Manufacturing sector continues expansion
NEW YORK -- The manufacturing sector continued to rebound strongly in March, an industry group reported Thursday, raising the prospect of more hiring at the nation's factories.

Minority-owned business receives Kellogg award

Star magazine takes aim at People magazine

Officials prepare Masters efforts

Top Air Force quarterback out with ruptured tendon
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Air Force quarterback Adam Fitch will miss four to six months after rupturing the Achilles' tendon in his right leg during spring practice.

Top Air Force quarterback out with ruptured tendon

Hornung's heresy on Notre Dame

Hornung's heresy on Notre Dame
A great running back ran off at the mouth and got a fight from the Fighting Irish.

Investigator says recruit's allegation lacks merit
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa's football program has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a football prospect's sexual liaison during a visit to campus, according to a report issued Friday.

Fans welcome Colorado back
BOULDER, Colo. - Winding their way down a walkway lined with cheering fans and university flags, the Colorado Buffaloes made their way to the first spring practice Friday.

Duhon leads Duke's defensive effort

Big changes in store for Final Four teams

Devils, Huskies count on centers

Washington is optimistic after defeat

Sons follow in dads' footsteps

Surprises mix with the familiar

Nelson, Martelli sweep AP awards

Source: Connecticut coach misses on Hall of Fame

Supremely frightening
Is the U.S. Supreme Court supreme - or not?

A rational fear of judges

A rational fear of judges
The Georgia House's decision to sign off on a constitutional ban on gay marriage doesn't make lawmakers homophobic.

How can this be wrong?
The president just signed a law making it a crime to harm an unborn child during an assault on a pregnant woman.

How can this be wrong?

More work, less time

Shadow boxing
It's probably a temporary inconvenience, these relatively high gasoline prices.

Shadow boxing

More work, less time
Barbara Sims finds herself today in the middle of a gaggle of chatty men.

People in the News
PARIS -- Calling Mel Gibson "a tortured soul," France's main Jewish group accused his film about Jesus' final hours of having anti-Semitic overtones.

Wife of Molly Hatchet guitarist found dead
GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The wife of the lead guitarist for the Southern rock group Molly Hatchet was found dead Thursday, police said.

Jackson's attorneys to see school, psychiatric records
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- The judge in the child-molestation case against Michael Jackson agreed Friday to let Jackson's attorneys see school and psychiatric reports on the boy and his family.

Report: 'Simpsons' voice actors in salary dispute
LOS ANGELES -- The actors who give voice to Homer, Marge and other characters on "The Simpsons" reportedly skipped work on Fox's animated series as contract renewal talks hit an impasse.

Stocks higher on upbeat economic data
NEW YORK -- Stocks were moderately higher Thursday as the government reported a drop in weekly unemployment claims and a rise in manufacturing activity, but many investors remained wary of taking big stakes ahead of a key employment report.

AT&T, International Paper and Kodak booted from Dow industrials

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Market correction curbs mutual fund returns

Strong jobs report gives stocks a boost
NEW YORK -- Pleased with a better-than-expected jobs report, investors sent stocks higher on Wall Street, setting aside worries on the potential for higher interest rates to focus on the 308,000 jobs created in March.

Maryland to become 'ground zero' in mutual funds fraud litigation
BALTIMORE -- Nearly 100 private lawsuits against six mutual fund companies accuse them of widespread trading abuses potentially affecting millions of investors.

Maryland to become 'ground zero' in mutual funds fraud litigation

Tokyo stocks rise to near 2-year high
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks advanced, pushing its best-known index more than 1 percent higher to near a two-year high Friday on growing hopes for an economic recovery. The dollar was marginally higher against the Japanese yen.

Dollar up as job data fuels rate hike hopes
NEW YORK - The dollar surged against its major rivals Friday after the release of U.S. jobs data fueled expectations of a hike in U.S. interest rates sooner rather than later.

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

Tokyo stocks edge down as exporter issues sink, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks ended lower Thursday as investors sold exporter issues Toyota and Sony. The dollar edged up against the Japanese yen.

Many older Americans losing their homes because of tax bills
PITTSBURGH -- Joan Ivey worries about her mounting tax bills. After borrowing money to keep her home from auction last year, the 69-year-old worked out a payment plan on her unpaid taxes of more than $8,000.

AT&T, International Paper and Kodak booted from Dow industrials
NEW YORK -- Dow Jones & Co. is reshuffling its benchmark industrial average for the first time in more than four years, ousting AT&T Corp., International Paper Co. and Eastman Kodak Co. in favor of financial services company American International Group Inc., telephone carrier Verizon Communications and drugmaker Pfizer Inc.

Does the Dow accurately reflect the market?
NEW YORK -- Can 30 stocks accurately reflect the entire U.S. stock market?

Strong jobs report gives stocks a boost

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.

Does the Dow accurately reflect the market?

Tokyo stocks edge down as exporter issues sink, dollar up against yen

Market correction curbs mutual fund returns
NEW YORK -- With U.S. stock markets just about unchanged for the first quarter of 2004, equity mutual funds followed suit with minimal gains, according to final quarterly figures released Friday by mutual fund watcher Lipper & Co.

Many older Americans losing their homes because of tax bills

Fishing tournament results and announcements
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Shades, patience needed to reel in bass
Largemouth bass moved into the shallows to spawn earlier this week, but the current cold front may have forced them to move out again.

Fishing tournament results and announcements

Pruning small fruits is necessary

Pruning small fruits is necessary
Pruning grape and berry plants is an annual affair necessary to keep them manageable, healthy, and bearing oodles of fruit. Although the objectives for pruning these plants are the same, details differ. So sharpen your pruning shears and loppers, and lets prune.

The ankle is fine, thanks, but don't ask B.J. about it
SAN ANTONIO - Georgia Tech shooting guard B.J. Elder is tired of talking about his sprained right ankle. He asked Yellow Jackets' coach Paul Hewitt to pass along a message to members of the media.

Friends are Final Four foes
SAN ANTONIO - A relationship that began with a shoving match on a basketball court more than seven years ago takes center stage tonight. It seems only fitting that this reunion will take place on college basketball's biggest stage - the Final Four.

No worries, mate: Schenscher comes up big for Georgia Tech
SAN ANTONIO -- Back home in Australia, it's definitely a g'day. Or, as was the case last weekend, a g'morning - and a very early morning at that - for Luke Schenscher's family.

Jackets give Hewitt extension
SAN ANTONIO - Rest easy, Georgia Tech fans. Paul Hewitt isn't going anywhere.

Hewitt hire was right move
At the crowning moment of his coaching career to date, Paul Hewitt deferred.

Jackets give Hewitt extension

Sorenstam charges to lead
LOS ANGELES - Annika Sorenstam, her short game back in the groove, shot 4-under-par 68 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the Office Depot Championship.

Johnson surges with birdie binge
DULUTH, Ga. - He's known in golfing circles as "Back-to-back-to-back Zach."

LPGA World Championship set for Bighorn
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- The LPGA's Samsung World Championship, which has been contested on five different continents in its 23-year history, will be played at Bighorn Golf Club this fall.

Tambellini leads for first time in brief PGA Tour career

Johnson surges with birdie binge

Appeals court upholds ruling for PGA in golf-score case

Tambellini leads for first time in brief PGA Tour career
DULUTH, Ga. -- The tee shots found the fairway, the approach shots nestled close to the hole and the putts rolled smoothly.

Two lead blustery BellSouth
DULUTH, Ga. - Roger Tambellini shouldn't struggle to attract attention on the PGA Tour.

LPGA World Championship set for Bighorn

Appeals court upholds ruling for PGA in golf-score case
ATLANTA -- The PGA Tour has won the latest federal court challenge to its control over the release of real-time golf scores at its tournaments, but it may be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Two lead blustery BellSouth

Columbus teenager tied for NHL goals lead
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Even if 19-year-old Rick Nash fails to win the NHL goal-scoring title, his offseason in Brampton, Ontario, will be just fine.

Messier says goodbye to New York
NEW YORK -- Seven years ago, Mark Messier pulled off his Rangers sweater in a visiting locker room and ended his first tour of duty in New York without saying goodbye to a city that revered him.

Islanders secure final playoff position
RALEIGH, N.C. - Mariusz Czerkawski and Adrian Aucoin each scored twice, helping the New York Islanders clinch their third straight playoff appearance with a 6-4 victory Friday night over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Columbus teenager tied for NHL goals lead

Islanders secure final playoff position

Messier says goodbye to New York

Lightning strikes late in win
TAMPA, Fla. - Martin St. Louis scored twice in the third period, helping the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Florida Panthers, 4-3, Thursday night.

Many feel cheated after daylight-saving time starts
Daylight-saving time starts Sunday. This is the bad time change - the one where you lose an hour of sleep.

Woman found dead in South Augusta residence
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking into a possible homicide in south Augusta.

Flip-flops cast shadow of doubt
If a man doesn't mean what he says, is he a liar or a hypocrite? Sen. John Kerry says he is opposed to gay marriages, but his staff and those who follow him say he doesn't mean it. Well, we know that as a senator, Kerry voted against the Defense of Marriage Act. One must assume that as both senator and presidential candidate, he is functionally in favor of gay marriage, but scared to death to admit it. Richard E. Hogue, Grovetown, Ga.

Commissioner is committed
Recently, in The Augusta Chronicle's Rants and Raves there was a rave to Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson for spearheading the effort to keep the Deans Bridge Road Bi-Lo store open. This rave is well deserved for a man who has continued to keep his campaign promise of serving his constituency. Elliott Bing, Augusta

Commissioner is committed

Race track isn't that noisy
What is too much noise? Gordon Park Speedway has been in the public eye since 1947. I personally feel the track is not too noisy or disturbing; it's just one man trying to make some noise. William Goolsby, Hephzibah

Toughness, self-esteem build greatness
I'm extremely impressed with four Americans, whom I consider to be exceptional individuals for all of the right reasons. Of course, these individuals are loved by some and hated by others. E. Maner, Augusta

Good Samaritans still exist
On March 12, my two grandchildren and I were in an auto accident on Washington Road in front of a doughnut shop. Out of nowhere, three young men appeared and pushed my car out of harm's way into the parking lot. One of the men purchased ice to put on my swollen hand. Linda Corley, North Augusta, S.C.

Race track does not pose danger
Gordon Park Speedway was established in 1947, and it is my understanding that the one complaint about race track noise is coming from a house that was built after the race track was. I guess some people think that because they live by a race track, the track is not supposed to operate, though the track was there first. Amanda Brooks, Edgefield, S.C.

Burmeister owes an apology

Burmeister owes an apology
I was terribly disappointed when I read the March 14 City Ink column concerning state Rep. Sue Burmeister's comments about state Rep. Pete Warren. According to the article, Mrs. Burmeister, during an address to the Richmond County Republican Party on March 8, called for someone to challenge Mr. Warren's House seat because he left the Capitol just before the vote on the gay-rights amendment. She told her audience that Mr. Warren "got up, got in his car and drove back to Augusta during one of the most important votes we had to make this year. He was chicken." Lamar Simmons, Hephzibah

Race track isn't that noisy

Flip-flops cast shadow of doubt

Toughness, self-esteem build greatness

Reader appreciates vigilance with BOE

Does Social Security discriminate?
In the March 21 newspaper, I saw a letter to the editor and a news article about the Social Security Administration. I would like to share my ongoing ordeal with this dear government bureaucracy. Timothy M. Bledsoe, North Augusta, S.C.

Reader appreciates vigilance with BOE
Your steady reports of our Richmond County Board of Education have been helpful to residents of our school district. The superintendent, his subordinates and our board members are in charge of a huge portion of our county taxes. Please continue to help us gain better understanding of what they are doing correctly and where they are falling short of being efficient with monies and decisions that are supposed to be toward the important goal of helping our children and not for personal gain. ... W. Franklin Boulineau, Hephzibah

California reconsiders nation's only bio-pet ban

Tiniest particles of matter don't behave uniformly, raising concerns about nanotechnology

FDA approves first in new class of antibiotics to fight pneumonia

Device aids in tremor control

Suzuki Verona is eye catching

Report: FDA doesn't need proof of harm to curb risky supplements

Contraceptive sponge returns to the U.S.

Report: FDA doesn't need proof of harm to curb risky supplements
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration doesn't need direct evidence of human harm before taking steps to curb sales of a dietary supplement, an advisory panel reported Thursday.

Tiniest particles of matter don't behave uniformly, raising concerns about nanotechnology
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The tiniest particles of matter don't flow uniformly in water, a finding that could have wide-ranging implications in assessing environmental risks and benefits of nanotechnology - the science of manipulating the very small, a scientist said Thursday.

Economy, other models push convertibles aside
DETROIT - Fewer Americans chose to drive with the sun on their faces and the wind in their hair the past couple of years, as an uncertain economy and other sporty alternatives curtailed convertible purchases, a leading provider of auto statistics said Monday.

Suzuki Verona is eye catching
The 2004 Suzuki Verona doesn't look like the lowest-priced, six-cylinder, midsize sedan on the market. It doesn't look like a car that was plucked from a now-bankrupt company, either.

Contraceptive sponge returns to the U.S.
TRENTON, N.J. -- Marisa Dawson is delighted to say she has had many "spongeworthy" moments in the year since the Today birth-control sponge came back onto the market by way of Canada.

FDA approves first in new class of antibiotics to fight pneumonia
WASHINGTON -- Doctors are about to get the first in a new class of antibiotics to treat patients with a type of drug-resistant pneumonia, as well as those with sinusitis and bronchitis.

Device aids in tremor control
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Linda Zeigler's tremors and involuntary jerking had become so severe that she was embarrassed to be in public.

California reconsiders nation's only bio-pet ban
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California regulators voted Thursday to reconsider the nation's only ban on biotech household pets after one commissioner said he was lobbied by his wife, a household aquarium owner who wants to buy the outlawed fluorescent fish.

NASA rover finds more signs of past water on Mars
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Spirit rover uncovered more evidence that there was once water on Mars, although not in the quantities its twin Opportunity found traces of halfway around the planet last month, the space agency said Thursday.

Men's shopping magazine closely watched
NEW YORK - Is the Y chromosome evolving? Are guys really starting to care more about things like where to bargain-hunt for clothes, and what's the best skin cream?

Augusta notches shutout

Augusta notches shutout
In their final home game at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center on Thursday, the Augusta Lynx found their offense in unexpected places.

Housing company to revive complex

Passion for riding created Cowgirls
AIKEN - In the stillness of the early Friday morning air, Sarah Taylor, a member of the group known as the Cowgirls Coffee Club, silently watches the grace, beauty and vigor of young horses at the Aiken Training Track.

Army honors fallen soldiers
SAVANNAH, Ga. - As the 4-foot granite monument was unveiled from beneath a camouflage tarp, so was a year's worth of grief shared by the families of six soldiers who went down with "Storm 6."

Senator says she was threatened

Man is found guilty of murder
Oliver D. Nelson will never see freedom again, but co-defendant Kindra D. Mathis might face another jury after the end of 12 hours of deliberations Friday in their joint murder trial.

HOPE bill faces tight time frame
ATLANTA - The HOPE Scholarship faced a crucial deadline Thursday as the Senate debated dozens of bills and the clock wound down on the 2004 legislative session.

Relax: It's good for your brain

Lawmakers vote to delay session's end
ATLANTA - A disagreement between the House and Senate that could have torpedoed several major initiatives was resolved in the waning hours of Thursday night, keeping HOPE reform, tort reform and other bills alive.

Dangers of silicone put in spotlight

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is James Scott Stafford, 4, of Grovetown.

Larke selects principal as deputy
Richmond County school Superintendent Charles Larke has recommended the appointment of James F. Thompson, the principal of John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School, as deputy superintendent.

Around town
Shepeard Community Blood Center Recruitment Coordinator Linda Walker, dressed as the Easter Bunny, gives an egg to blood donor Janet Coleman at the center, on Wrightsboro Road.

Housing company to revive complex
A planned renovation to a downtown Augusta housing unit is gaining steam just as a former proposal to transform an old Greene Street school building into affordable housing seems to have fizzled out.

Panel will meet to discuss HOPE
ATLANTA - Legislation paving the way for formal legislative negotiations on changes to the HOPE Scholarship passed the Senate late Thursday, ending a brief gridlock that had threatened to undermine the search for an agreement.

Exhibit keeper is cited in reptile mistreatment

News you can use
April 2, 1933 With every member of the Georgia delegation in Congress getting in line to get everything possible for his district, the march of the Roosevelt unemployment army began its first steps toward reality.

Driver not at fault in man's death
An Oklahoma man will not face vehicular homicide charges for striking and killing a bicyclist outside New Ellenton on Sunday night, a South Carolina Highway Patrol official said Thursday.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT to Richard Clarke, ex-terrorism expert. He is exploiting the 9-11 tragedy to help sales of his book. He's strutting around Washington like an oversexed rooster. With friends like him, who needs enemies?

Amputee wrestler inspires his peers

Sheriff's deputies to carry devices
AIKEN - Elvin Jones repaid a debt of gratitude Thursday to Sheriff Mike Hunt and the makers of a lifesaving gadget the size of a breadbox.

Horse riders aim high as Aiken show begins

Relax: It's good for your brain
Nick Fitts closed his eyes and helped spark a potential revolution in America's schools.

Council refuses statue's music

Correction
A photo caption that accompanied a story in Wednesdays edition s of The Augusta Chronicle contained inaccurate information about South Carolina state Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater. Mr. Moore said he has not campaigned for state Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum, a Democratic candidate for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, D-S.C. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Across the area
An Augusta Technical College student has been charged with several counts of transaction card fraud after Richmond County sheriff's investigators found that she had taken the cards out of her instructors' purses, officials said Friday.

Dangers of silicone put in spotlight
ALBANY, Ga. - Nikkia Scott and other drag queens have been getting illegal, back-room injections of industrial-grade silicone to give themselves some of the things nature denied them when they were born male - breasts, wider hips, more prominent cheekbones.

Council refuses statue's music
SAVANNAH, Ga. - City Council members hurled a third strike Thursday at a local couple's unwavering effort to add musical accompaniment to Savannah's Waving Girl monument.

HOPE bill faces tight time frame
ATLANTA - The HOPE Scholarship faced a crucial deadline Thursday as the Senate debated dozens of bills and the clock wound down on the 2004 legislative session.

World of Discovery
Now that school is out for Masters Week, children of all ages can take advantage by learning about golf at the National Science Center's Fort Discovery.

Students get skills through practice
Lakeside High School senior Drew Dominguez used to work at Publix as a cashier.

Across the area

Man is sentenced for pit bull attack
A Richmond County Magistrate Court judge sentenced a man to jail Thursday for failing to control his pit bull, which attacked a utility worker several weeks ago, officials said.

Across Georgia

Exhibit keeper is cited in reptile mistreatment
BEAUFORT, S.C. - There were some pretty dirty snakes at a Beaufort Fair last weekend.

Senator says she was threatened

Groups compete for funds
AIKEN - Leslie Pierce sat idle on the first floor of the Aiken County Historical Museum on Thursday as her sister, Virginia, browsed second-floor displays.

Tobacco growers hold on to buyout hopes
ENIGMA, Ga. - Tobacco farmers in Georgia, Alabama and north Florida are going through the springtime ritual of planting their next crop, even as they hold out hope for a government buyout of their growing rights.

Owners stand firm over parking issue
Once again, a draft streetscape plan presented Thursday included a removal of parking spaces from the bays on Broad Street. And once again, downtown business owners voiced their disgust.

Woman found dead in South Augusta residence

Legislative session may end abruptly
ATLANTA - The General Assembly veered Thursday toward an abrupt end to the legislative session that could kill several high-profile bills and force a special session to deal with the budget for the coming fiscal year. But a late meeting offered some hope the situation could be averted.

Panel will meet to discuss HOPE

Senator says she was threatened
ATLANTA - A Savannah senator said Thursday she was threatened after she voted against a cap on the size of noneconomic damages awarded to successful plaintiffs in medical malpractice lawsuits.

Around town

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina has the top-ranked international business graduate program among public universities for the 15th straight year, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Horse riders aim high as Aiken show begins
AIKEN - The Aiken Horse Show's fenced jumping arena, nestled deep within the dense foliage of Hitchcock Woods, shimmered beneath the sunlight Friday as organizers kicked off the event for the 88th time.

Amputee wrestler inspires his peers
SUWANEE, Ga. - When Kyle Maynard started wrestling in the sixth grade, he just wanted to win one match. He wasn't daunted by his limitations: He was born with stumps for arms and legs.

Long waiting lists upset director
COLUMBIA - The director of the state's mental health agency says the department needs to do more to treat people with both mental illness and substance abuse problems and needs to curb the waiting lists at emergency rooms throughout the state.

Evans land is nearer commercial use
Columbia County planning officials on Thursday made the initial move to allow Evans Middle School's transformation to a commercial property.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Taylor Nichole Dinkins, 6, of Grovetown.

Horse riders aim high as Aiken show begins

Officials tout arena's success
The Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center is continuing to lose money, but Coliseum Authority officials contend the facility's financial situation is getting better despite the red ink.

Legislative session may end abruptly

Golf museum wins vote
A proposed sale of land in Augusta for a Georgia Golf Hall of Fame museum and a possible residential development has moved one step closer to reality.

Officers charge man in death of 64-year-old
A man has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of a south Augusta woman.

Legislative session may end abruptly

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - No one was injured when a small plane made an emergency landing at a Lexington County golf course near the Columbia Metropolitan Airport on Friday, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Club shows art of golfer
William Rossignol didn't know the painting he spent two months working on late last year would encourage golfers.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia consumers will get another four-day sales tax holiday this year if Gov. Sonny Perdue signs a bill given final approval Thursday in the Georgia Senate.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - A Marietta dentist made her $50,000 bond just hours after being jailed on eight counts of insurance fraud and four counts of obtaining narcotics through fraud.

Larke selects principal as deputy

Around town
Sarah Shoemaker (left), of the Augusta Ballet, and Russell Joel Brown, of the Augusta Players, clean a showcase outside the J.B. White building. Mr. Brown performed there later during First Friday to promote the Players upcoming musical , The Wiz, based on The Wizard of Oz.

School board rewrites vacation payout rules
School board members tried to calm the storm surrounding Superintendent Charles Larke's $94,000 vacation payout Thursday, rewriting policies and forcing the district's top educator to take time off.

Across the area

Across the area
A door-to-door salesman was arrested Thursday after police say he was caught burglarizing a Columbia County home.

Kid of the day

Infant's surgery helped survival
ATLANTA - When Luke Cowdell was born, the nurses noticed he didn't have the pink hue of a healthy baby boy.

Around town

Owners stand firm over parking issue

Groups compete for funds

News you can use

Man is sentenced for pit bull attack

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT to Richard Clarke, ex-terrorism expert. He is exploiting the 9-11 tragedy to help sales of his book. He's strutting around Washington like an oversexed rooster. With friends like him, who needs enemies?

Driver not at fault in man's death

Kid of the day

Crash results are inconclusive
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The driver of a convertible that injured nine people when it plowed into a crowd during the St. Patrick's Day parade will not face charges, police said Friday, though their investigation found no mechanical problems with the car.

Lawyer fights review panel

Keeping Georgia on minds of summit
Are you watching the calendar? In two months, the G-8 Summit is coming to Sea Island. In case you had forgotten, the G-8 is a gathering of the leaders of the world's eight major industrial democracies. Actually, there are only seven, but they had to invite France. If they didn't, the French would get their Gallic noses out of joint. And they're bringing the wine.

Army honors fallen soldiers

Lawyer fights review panel
BAINBRIDGE, Ga. - A southwest Georgia prosecutor is suing a state panel over its decision to cut by nearly half the manslaughter sentence of a woman who shot her boyfriend to death.

Students get skills through practice

Sheriff's deputies to carry devices

Golf museum wins vote

Students get skills through practice

Man is found guilty of murder

HOPE bill faces tight time frame

Keeping Georgia on minds of summit

Senator says she was threatened

Officials tout arena's success

World of Discovery

Crash results are inconclusive

Legislative session may end abruptly

At the Movies: 'Walking Tall'

At the Movies: 'The Prince & Me'

Next year's Academy Awards show set for end of February

At the Movies: 'Walking Tall'
Suppose a peaceable man comes to town, where he's initially welcomed, later scorned, scourged and spat on for threatening to upset the order of things.

At the Movies: 'Home on the Range'

At the Movies: 'Home on the Range'
Ordinarily, an animated movie about talking, singing cows, which contains the tag line "Bust a moo," might be udderly (sorry, couldn't help it) cringe-inducing.

At the Movies: 'Hellboy'

At the Movies: 'The Prince & Me'
"The Prince & Me," in which Julia Stiles plays an American who falls in love with the prince of Denmark, is just begging for "Hamlet" puns - something about spreading compost on the weeds to make them ranker, perhaps, or how fluffy romantic comedies like this come not in single spies but in battalions.

At the Movies: 'Hellboy'
Hell might be an interesting place upon arrival, but it's bound to get dull after an eon or two.

Next year's Academy Awards show set for end of February
LOS ANGELES -- Oscar is sticking with his date. The late-February date for the Academy Awards presentation, that is. Next year, the statuettes will be handed out Sunday, Feb. 27.

Country music singer Carlene Carter jailed

Bobby Brown and wife Whitney Houston want reality show
ATLANTA -- Bobby Brown and his tumultuous life might be coming to the small screen.

Country music singer Carlene Carter jailed
GALLATIN, Tenn. -- Carlene Carter, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash and daughter of country singers June Carter Cash and Carl Smith, has been jailed, authorities said Thursday.

Bobby Brown and wife Whitney Houston want reality show

Kenseth's response: 2 wins and back atop points

Patience pays off for fast Labonte

Patience pays off for fast Labonte
FORT WORTH, Tex. - Bobby Labonte spent most of Friday's practice session at Texas Motor Speedway working on the race day setup on his Interstate Batteries Chevrolet. He savehis best lap for pole qualifying.

Patience pays off for fast Labonte
FORT WORTH, Tex. - Bobby Labonte spent most of Friday's practice session at Texas Motor Speedway working on the race day setup on his Interstate Batteries Chevrolet. He savehis best lap for pole qualifying.

Patience pays off for fast Labonte

Former Texas winners head-to-head in IROC
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth have NASCAR wins at Texas Motor Speedway. Scott Sharp has won two IndyCar races, and Scott Dixon clinched the open-wheel series' 2003 title at the track.

Former Texas winners head-to-head in IROC

Kenseth's response: 2 wins and back atop points
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Matt Kenseth caught a lot of flak for winning NASCAR's championship last season when he won just one race.

Busch takes Busch pole
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Rookie Kyle Busch, the last of 49 drivers to take the track, secured his second Busch series pole of the season, running a lap of 189.847 mph Thursday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Hawks overcome 21-point deficit
ORLANDO, Fla. - Bob Sura scored 32 points to help the Atlanta Hawks overcame a 21-point deficit in a 95-87 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Hawks overcome 21-point deficit

Blazers blast 76ers
PHILADELPHIA - Zach Randolph scored 18 points, and Darius Miles had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to an 88-82 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.

Nelson, Martelli sweep AP awards
SAN ANTONIO - Saint Joseph's swept The Associated Press men's college basketball awards Friday, with senior guard Jameer Nelson a runaway winner as player of the year and Phil Martelli selected as coach of the year.

Wolverines make most of appeal
NEW YORK - Michigan cashed in on an opportunity it wasn't sure it would have before this season began, winning the NIT Championship on Thursday night with a 62-55 victory over Rutgers in the title game.

Surprises mix with the familiar
NEW ORLEANS - From the familiar to the unexpected, from a team making history to the local favorite, this women's Final Four comes fully loaded.

Big changes in store for Final Four teams
NEW ORLEANS - Dawn Staley remembers the games, of course. There also was a hospital visit to cheer up patients and a banquet.

Duhon leads Duke's defensive effort
SAN ANTONIO -- Chris Duhon stalks his opponent, swiping at the ball when he sees a screen out of the corner of his eye.

An inside look at the women's Final Four
A quick look at Sunday's national semifinal matchups:

Devils, Huskies count on centers
SAN ANTONIO - Bill Walton, Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon should be smiling today.

Source: Connecticut coach misses on Hall of Fame
SAN ANTONIO - A bit of disappointment has already crept into Jim Calhoun's Final Four.

Sons follow in dads' footsteps
SAN ANTONIO - John Lucas Jr. threw both arms around his son and pulled him close, turning back the clock.

Washington is optimistic after defeat
Eighth-seeded Mashona Washington seemed lethargic on the court Thursday.

Vikings defensive end Mixon sentenced for drunken driving

Bears agree to terms with Brown

Brown signs with Bears

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Olympic marathon route a dusty workathon

Iraq unveils new Olympic logo as it returns to international sports scene

Sources: Olympic organizers delay swim test

Iraq unveils new Olympic logo as it returns to international sports scene
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraq unveiled a new Olympic logo on Friday that features its well-known date palm trees, capping the nation's return to the international sports.

Sources: Olympic organizers delay swim test
ATHENS, Greece -- A pre-Olympic swimming test event scheduled for this month has been postponed, the latest sign of trouble for organizers facing urgent deadlines, two Olympic sources said Friday.

Olympic marathon route a dusty workathon
MARATHON, Greece -- Athens' chief Olympic organizer often tosses out the same retort about overcoming delays: We are running a marathon at a sprinter's pace.

Greece says NATO will bear costs of its role in Olympic security
ATHENS, Greece -- NATO will bear the cost for its role in helping safeguard the Olympics as Greece struggles with the growing financial cost of the games, a Greek defense official said Thursday.

River access should be granted in public interest, not private profit
I thought with the relatively recent withdrawal of U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood's House Resolution 2753 (a threat to turn over ownership of the Corps of Engineer's lakeshore property to the counties) that we might have a reprieve (at least temporarily) on the threats to our water resource in the large reservoirs (Clarks Hill, Russell and Hartwell) upstream. However, that does not seem to be the case.

River access should be granted in public interest, not private profit
I thought with the relatively recent withdrawal of U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood's House Resolution 2753 (a threat to turn over ownership of the Corps of Engineer's lakeshore property to the counties) that we might have a reprieve (at least temporarily) on the threats to our water resource in the large reservoirs (Clarks Hill, Russell and Hartwell) upstream. However, that does not seem to be the case.

Musketeers stay on roll

International flavor blends into tourney

Taylor Infiniti USTA at The Club at Rae's Creek

Back in the final: Serena Williams beats Daniilidou

Athlete of the week

Coria reaches Key Biscayne final

Ruiz looking for redemption

Washington is optimistic after defeat

Aiken stable hands reins to new jockey

Prep spring sports scores

Athletic director wants church to alter TV spots

Overtime

Spring sports scores

Overtime

Musketeers stay on roll
The folks at Webster's could have improved their dictionary if they would have seen Richmond Academy's 3-0 home win against Greenbrier on Friday night.

Athletic director wants church to alter TV spots
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee asked a local church to change television commercials it filmed inside Williams-Brice Stadium because they violate university policy.

Aiken stable hands reins to new jockey
Jose Santos, the jockey who guided Funny Cide to victory in last year's Kentucky Derby, will be in the saddle on Dogwood Stable's Limehouse at the Blue Grass Stakes.

Athlete of the week
Today's athletes of the week are Matt Easley and Jessie Clark.

Back in the final: Serena Williams beats Daniilidou
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- A serve by Serena Williams nearly hit Eleni Daniilidou in the face. A point-blank exchange at the net left Daniilidou looking like a dodge-ball target. And so when she handed her racket to a ball boy in mock surrender, he quickly gave it back.

Washington is optimistic after defeat
Eighth-seeded Mashona Washington seemed lethargic on the court Thursday.

Prep spring sports scores
Area spring sports scores from Friday's action.

Coria reaches Key Biscayne final
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Nerves and Guillermo Coria were too much for Fernando Gonzalez.

Overtime
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., one of Alabama's spring practice awards - the Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award - went mostly unnoticed for 16 years, but it's getting plenty of attention now that coach Mike Shula has changed the name.

Ruiz looking for redemption
NEW YORK -- John Ruiz holds a piece of the heavyweight title, which says a lot about the division these days.

International flavor blends into tourney
It's a linguist's fantasy land.

Taylor Infiniti USTA at The Club at Rae's Creek
Here are the results from the Taylor Infiniti USTA at The Club at Rae's Creek.

Overtime
Augusta State plays host to its annual 54-hole ASU/Cleveland Golf Invitational beginning at 8 a.m. today at the renovated Forest Hills Golf Club.

Spring sports scores
Goals: Evans-Allen Ligon 2, Danny Battaglia, Sam Giovino 2. Assists: Kyle Buck, Battaglia, Ryan Crislip, Drew Hess 2. Goalkeepers: Evans-Joey Ralph (3 saves). Douglas-Michael Minter (10 saves).

Bengals choose synthetic surface to replace ailing grass
CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals will replace the natural grass at Paul Brown Stadium with an artificial surface for the upcoming season.

Vikings defensive end Mixon sentenced for drunken driving
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings defensive end Kenny Mixon was sentenced to 30 days in the county workhouse and 60 days of home monitoring Thursday after being convicted of drunken driving last month.

Bears agree to terms with Brown
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Eight-time Pro Bowl guard Ruben Brown agreed Thursday to a three-year deal with the Chicago Bears.

Brown signs with Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Ruben Brown joined the Chicago Bears on Friday after playing nine seasons with the Buffalo Bills.

Many movie watchers will see the Crucifixion differently
INDIANAPOLIS -- The most important stretch of the liturgical calendar begins Sunday for Christians, and throughout America, this year's observances of Holy Week will feel more somber than usual.

Jesus' final words last throughout all our life
We have nothing to say about our birth. The blessed event just happens. We can, however, have a lot to say about our final days and eventual death.

Pope presiding over Holy Week schedule
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II will keep a full Holy Week schedule, including Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square and a Good Friday appearance at the Colosseum, the Vatican said Tuesday, dismissing reports the pontiff had been urged to wear a bulletproof vest under his vestments while in public.

Books ponder whether Jewish Passover commemorates real events
There's been unending debate about whether the biblical story of the Exodus from Egypt - which Jews commemorate each year at Passover - was an actual event, a concocted national legend or a blend of both.

Passionate art
For years, Christ's Crucifixion has captivated Augusta artists Keith Johnson and Philip Morsberger. Their depictions, one in acrylic, the other in oil, are both personal and contemporary.

Golfer's devotion helps him on course
Jonathan Byrd, who finished eighth in the 2003 Masters Tour-nament, is working himself back into shape after hip surgery in February.

Pope to U.S. bishops: sex abuse scandal also provides hope, renewal
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II told American bishops Friday that the U.S. church's painful experience in dealing with the clergy sex abuse scandal also provided it with reason for reform and renewal.

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

Passover observance brings families together
Along with traditional foods, such as bitter herbs, matzo and charoset, Passover includes a small book, called the Haggadah.

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of March 22-28. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

'Sesame Street' begins its 35th season of sunny days
NEW YORK -- Here's a kids show that still boasts plenty of street cred. Now beginning its 35th season, "Sesame Street" remains a daily destination for millions of preschoolers, an evergreen cityscape as much a part of their world as any other play space.

It's the journey, not the destination, for Richard Dreyfuss
NEW YORK -- Traveling a noble cinematic tradition, "Coast to Coast" is a road picture. But not a rite-of-passage road picture. Or a caper kind of road picture.

It's the journey, not the destination, for Richard Dreyfuss

Bush speaks, a boy yawns, then Letterman and CNN get things confused
NEW YORK -- What began on David Letterman's "Late Show" as a comedy bit needling President Bush turned into a comedy of errors when CNN incorrectly reported that the White House had cried foul.

'Sesame Street' begins its 35th season of sunny days

Bush speaks, a boy yawns, then Letterman and CNN get things confused

No spinoff hopes for CSI's Robert David Hall
WASHINGTON -- "CSI" already has one spinoff in Miami, and there's another one planned for New York. But we won't be seeing "CSI: The Morgue" anytime soon.

Ashton Kutcher to return to MTV with new 'Punk'd' episodes
LOS ANGELES -- Curse you, Ashton Kutcher, for your lying, cheating, punk-ing ways!

Wife of Molly Hatchet guitarist found dead

Harricks seek injunction
ATLANTA - Former Georgia coaches Jim Harrick Sr. and Jim Harrick Jr. have asked a federal judge to block an NCAA hearing into four alleged rules violations of academic fraud and improper benefits in the men's basketball program.

Harricks seek injunction

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Odds and Ends

$30,000 settlement for pupil suspended for 'Barbie a Lesbian' T-shirt

Pope presiding over Holy Week schedule

Pope to U.S. bishops: sex abuse scandal also provides hope, renewal

Books ponder whether Jewish Passover commemorates real events

Many movie watchers will see the Crucifixion differently

Jesus' final words last throughout all our life

Passionate art

Faith Calendar

Passover observance brings families together