Books about words - Latin words, crosswords and foolish words
The last word in new books is books about words - words that will help you finish a crossword puzzle, speak Latin, use proper grammar, or say something without saying it at all.

Bunches of bunny books to fill an Easter basket
Signs of spring abound - including rapidly multiplying rabbits! So how is one little bunny, in fact, the littlest bunny in a very big family, going to make his presence known?

Author avoids writer's block to write a book about it

Books about words - Latin words, crosswords and foolish words

Author avoids writer's block to write a book about it
Battling her own postpartum mood disorder drove Massachusetts neurologist Alice W. Flaherty back to her pen and keyboard.

A 'dew breaker' tries to escape his violent past

A 'dew breaker' tries to escape his violent past
After two centuries of violent politics and economic tragedy in Haiti, the path of emigration from that small Caribbean nation is well-worn. Many Haitians flee primarily to escape the explosive cycle of government succession, the choking grasp of poverty or a vengeful regime.

Bunches of bunny books to fill an Easter basket

'A Meal Observed' is satisfying fare
In Paris, on a July evening in 1999, an American couple who seldom eat out embarked upon an incredible adventure - a culinary one.

Fans flock to new park

Pitcher struck in head by line drive

Griffey returns to Cincinnati for rehab

All eyes focus on Red Sox ace
BALTIMORE - The first game of the 2004 baseball season on American soil features the debut of two managers, the unveiling of the Baltimore Orioles' overhauled lineup and the start of another quest by the Boston Red Sox to win the World Series.

Fans flock to new park
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia got almost everything it wanted in the first game at its new home - except for a win.

Drug-test samples from Bonds, others exist
SAN FRANCISCO - The samples from drug tests taken last year by Barry Bonds and six other baseball players have not been destroyed and can be retested to determine if the players used a designer drug at the center of an alleged steroid-distribution ring, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

All eyes focus on Red Sox ace

Padres feel they can compete
SAN DIEGO - Hey, remember the San Diego Padres?

Padres feel they can compete

Pitcher struck in head by line drive
JUPITER, Fla. - New York Mets pitcher Al Leiter was hit in the head by a line drive Saturday and taken to a hospital for X-Rays on his skull.

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.

Augusta offers a few mysteries to its annual visitors

$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.

Odds and ends
Louis Paul Kadlecek, 21, who had never even been in an airplane before, broke into a hangar at an airport near Lake Jackson, Texas, on Feb. 29, and, using trial-and-error, got a Cessna 172 airborne for about a mile, intending to fly to Mexico, before slamming into power lines.

Atlanta sets its 25-man roster Braves set final roster

Atlanta sets its 25-man roster Braves set final roster
ATLANTA - Pitcher Trey Hodges, infielder Wilson Betemit and outfielder Damon Hollins were optioned to Triple-A Richmond on Saturday as the Atlanta Braves set their 25-man roster for Tuesday night's season opener against the New York Mets.

March shows jump in jobs

Business calendar
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Government will enforce tougher air conditioner efficiency standards

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

Business briefs

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.

HVAC techs needed ASAP
DALLAS - The heat is on for contractors who need qualified air-conditioning mechanics, even if the weather isn't sizzling.

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.

Family's approach to business brings success
EDITOR'S NOTE: Under the Radar is an occasional Sunday series spotlighting successful entrepreneurs whose business ventures often go unnoticed.

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.

Asian automakers continue pressing gains on Big Three 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

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.

Sun Microsystems settles with rival Microsoft

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.

84 Lumber builds professionally
EIGHTY FOUR, Pa. - Just over a decade ago, the founder of 84 Lumber decided to change course when he saw fast-growing home improvement chains siphoning off business.

Judge declares mistrial in Tyco corruption case

Green grows again
The tents are up, the bars are stocked, the food is ready and the tickets are in hand: Corporate hospitality money for this week's Masters Tournament has all been spent.

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

On the move
l Darryl Leech, the general manager of Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, has been promoted to vice president of Azalea Development Corp. Mr. Leech, a certified hospitality professional, has 26 years of industry experience and opened the Radisson Riverfront in 1992 and the adjoining Country Inns and Suites by Carlson in 2001.

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.

Male consumers usually shop alone, data indicate
NEW YORK - The male consumer - whether married or single - seems to be increasingly shopping alone. And not all of them shop alike.

Brand-new world

Boomers' love of wine propels U.S. industry
NEW YORK -- When Gregg Wurdeman wants a glass of wine with dinner, he has a big selection at his fingertips. His new custom-built house includes a special wine refrigerator that holds up to 175 bottles.

Boomers' love of wine propels U.S. industry

Star magazine takes aim at People magazine

HVAC techs needed ASAP

Unemployment rate rises to 5.7 percent

Outline case for promotion in letter to boss

Business briefs

Family's approach to business brings success

Outline case for promotion in letter to boss
Dear Mr. Walberg: How should I approach my boss for what I believe is a well-deserved raise and promotion? I was hired as "office help." Two weeks later, my immediate supervisor was fired, and I began doing his job as office manager. I was flown to our corporate office within two days for intensive training and have been doing the job of office manager for five months, but my salary is still at "office help" level. I want proper recognition and a raise. - E-mail from F.K., city unknown

Business lease can stop renter in tracks
NEW YORK - For many small-business owners, signing a commercial real estate lease for the first time can be a rude awakening.

Business briefs
Many organizations now use telephone interviewing during the hiring practice.

Georgia falls behind in small-business grants
Georgia is ranked 23rd in the country for federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grant and contract awards, placing the Peach State behind states with lower populations and fewer high-tech firms and resources.

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.

Agencies examining whether economic data leaked

Business calendar

Brand-new world
CHICAGO - Cendant Corp. is the biggest company you've probably never heard of. Even its executives acknowledge that.

Green grows again

Officials prepare Masters efforts

On the move

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

Business lease can stop renter in tracks

Officials-in-waiting cost taxpayers

Officials-in-waiting cost taxpayers
T. Cosnahan is a CPA, a CFE, a DBFA and a CGFM, all of which means he's well qualified in his field and can fetch a tidy per-hour sum for his work. He gives the city a break, though, for internal auditing work, billing at 80 percent of his usual $165-an-hour fee.

Top Air Force quarterback out with ruptured tendon

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.

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.

After 15 years, Ohio woman gets to game

Nelson, Martelli sweep AP awards

Devils, Huskies count on centers

Surprises mix with the familiar

Rivalry taken to bigger stage

Source: Connecticut coach misses on Hall of Fame

How can this be wrong?

As good as it gets

A rising czar?
Russia's Central Election Commission has finally got around to verifying that Vladimir Putin was officially re-elected president last March 14 with more than 70 percent of the vote.

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.

As good as it gets
If you could start a tradition of kicking off each spring with an event so big, so special and so revered that it became known the world over - and attracted guests from all over the world - communities all over creation would be after you to share the secret of your success.

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

More work, less time

A rising czar?

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.

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.

Market correction curbs mutual fund returns

Strong jobs report gives stocks a boost

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.

Some money managers find value in "sin" stocks
NEW YORK -- Whether the economy is soaring or sinking, chances are good that someone, somewhere, is bellying up to a bar, lighting a cigarette or testing their luck at a slot machine. On Wall Street, the habits we find hardest to break are considered exceptionally reliable investments.

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.

Some money managers find value in "sin" stocks

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.

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.

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

Big Movers in the Stock Market

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.

Something's fishy about this photo
Everyone's heard tales of giant catfish seen by scuba divers deep within our rivers and reservoirs. But do you ever see photos? Of course not.

Something's fishy about this photo

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.

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.

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

Bynum sends Jackets to final
SAN ANTONIO - Surprising Georgia Tech sure is making a name for itself at this Final Four.

Jackets use outside-inside route to final
SAN ANTONIO - Georgia Tech came out with a different strategy against Oklahoma State, and the Yellow Jackets kept on adjusting during their 67-65 win Saturday.

Jackets give Hewitt extension

Slick greens are the key

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.

Slick greens are the key
The numbers don't lie. For a player to win the Masters Tournament, he has to have a great week on Augusta National Golf Club's slick and undulating bent grass greens.

Putting to determine Haas' fate
Editor's note: Jay Haas, a 28-year PGA Tour veteran, is compiling a daily diary on his experiences in the 68th Masters Tournament. Haas, 50, has three top-10 finishes this season on the PGA Tour and is 22nd on the money list. The Greenville, S.C., resident is sharing his thoughts with staff writer David Westin.

Talbert defends for third straight title

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

Johnson nears first win
DULUTH, Ga. - Zach Johnson's gallery grew with each hole at the BellSouth Classic on Saturday, as more and more golf fans became enamored with his scrambling style and steel will.

Johnson surges with birdie binge

Putting to determine Haas' fate

Talbert defends for third straight title
The challenge at the Drive, Chip and Putt Junior Challenge presented by the Golf Channel on Saturday afternoon wasn't the driving, the chipping or the putting. It was watching the boys grind away, trying to keep up with two fantastic young girls from North Augusta.

Johnson nears first win

Darkness falls on 2nd round
Matt Hendrix raced against the falling sun Saturday to complete his second round.

Darkness falls on 2nd round

Devils claim first place
BOSTON - Martin Brodeur stopped 38 shots, and Scott Niedermayer and Patrik Elias each had a goal and two assists on Saturday as the New Jersey Devils beat the Boston Bruins, 5-2, and moved into first place in the Atlantic Division.

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.

Devils claim first place

Islanders secure final playoff position

Augusta offers a few mysteries to its annual visitors
Every year, Augusta entertains its Masters Tournament visitors. And every year, those of us who live here are faced with the usual challenge: How do you explain this place where we live?

Race relations still need work
I have written The Augusta Chronicle many times about the important role that newspapers play in determining the racial harmony or lack thereof in their communities. I also said that The Chronicle is failing miserably in this area. Now, just maybe, someone there at The Chronicle is listening. Hallelujah, because your history in this area has left much to be desired! James Walton, Augusta

Cain can make things happen
With all the buzz about Bush, Kerry, Nader and the effect of terrorism, it's easy to forget how much effect we can have over the process. The Senate race this year is one place. ... Peggy Heatherman Kageleiry, Augusta

Respond firmly to Fallujah attack
Our response to the atrocity in Fallujah, Iraq, should be so overwhelmingly powerful as to cause terrorists worldwide to cower in fear anytime they contemplate attacking Americans anywhere. Robert B. Rackliffe, Belvedere, S.C.

Don't forget another hoops champ
Your editorial in Tuesday's Augusta Chronicle ("Basketball country") is great news for Georgia and Alabama basketball fans. However, you have failed to recognize at least one other team that plays basketball in these two states. The Lady Saints of North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, Ga., won the 2004 Georgia-Carolina Conference Tournament, then went to the Final Eight in the 2004 Division I National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. They deserve mention for their achievement as well. P.J. Rodgers, Martinez

Intersection needs turn lane
I travel Evans-to-Locks Road regularly. When proceeding east at the intersection with Furys Ferry Road, there is no right-turn lane. There is one westbound at that intersection, and traffic flow is much better westbound. As it is now, the area in which to turn right is very rough. There are potholes and dirt. Fifty yards of paving would allow 2,000 vehicles per day to turn right while through traffic waits for the green light. R.W. Edwards, Evans

Iraq has become big mess
Can you imagine where the war on terrorism would be today if all the special forces that went to Iraq had remained in Afghanistan, all the billions of dollars we spent and continue to spend on Iraq went to finding Osama bin Laden or for homeland security, and all the goodwill of all the other countries in the world remained with our efforts instead of antagonizing some of our key allies? Donavon Reimche, Augusta

Flip-flops cast shadow of doubt

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.

Bush's lies are much more costly
I have recently seen several letters in your paper "justifying" President Bush's lies about weapons of mass destruction by saying that President Clinton also lied. Stephanie Wilson, Evans

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.

President is Christian, too
Anne Cook says God is nonpolitical ("Question politics, but not religious faith," March 31 letter). Rightfully so, Ms. Cook states that the most important priorities in our lives are Jesus Christ, our family and our country. Frank Lane, Evans

Respond firmly to Fallujah attack

Intersection needs turn lane

Race relations still need work

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

Reader appreciates vigilance with BOE

Terrorism book is chilling
Richard Clarke's finger-pointing in his book Against All Enemies sounds like an Orwellian script from a John Frankenheimer or Stanley Kubrick movie. No wonder the White House is agitated. Mr. Clarke has just opened up a very terrifying scenario that might expose the real power behind the Bush administration as a triumvirate of Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his eminence grise, Paul Wolfowitz. Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

Trench coats splashing brightly into springtime

Tip of the week: Moving furniture

Explaining Einstein's genius at science museum exhibit

California reconsiders nation's only bio-pet ban

Libraries attract readers online

FDA approves first in new class of antibiotics to fight pneumonia

Wedding season marked by bullets, butterflies

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

Mirrors reflect your tastes

Contraceptive sponge returns to the U.S.

Southern style

Q&A: Decorative lighting

Travel briefs

Sports trainers see influx of young, highly skilled athletes

Historic New Orleans cemetery gets makeover

Video golf game stays the course

Penny-pinching can reduce energy bills

Decorate deck for functional summer fun

Travel briefs
WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of decorated Easter eggs from eastern Europe are on display through May 8 at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington.

Penny-pinching can reduce energy bills
A simple question such as "What are some easy ways to save energy?" can be difficult to answer. Where do you start? How much time or money do you want to invest? What lifestyle changes would you consider in the ways you use energy now?

Trees are part of property
Q: I have a parcel of land in Portola, Calif. It is heavily forested, and there is an easement for the adjoining parcel along one side of my parcel. The easement is 40 feet wide and 500 feet long. It is for ingress, egress and the landscaping.

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.

Explaining Einstein's genius at science museum exhibit
BOSTON -- Before wandering through the Museum of Science with her father and younger sister this week, 7-year-old Emma Boardman had barely heard of Albert Einstein.

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.

Southern style
A 1918 photograph shows that coops for roosters once lined the broad walkway leading up to Steve and Deb Talley deShazo's home in Washington, Ga. The Rhode Island Reds were working roosters, a breed often used in cockfighting. They also were prized pets of Elizabeth Callaway, who is rumored to have brought some of them inside to live with her during her later years, Mrs. deShazo said.

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.

Video golf game stays the course
The track ball on the Golden Tee video game is about the size of a grapefruit, but a flick of the wrist can turn it into a tool as nimble as the sturdiest driver. That utility, and the potential to win cash in tournaments,has made Golden Tee a must have for sports bars, along with televisions, posters and pennants.

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.

Time to set the clocks ahead again
WASHINGTON -- It'll be a sleepy Sunday morning for millions of Americans, who will lose an hour's sleep this weekend with the return of daylight-saving time.

Historic New Orleans cemetery gets makeover
NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans' St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 gained celluloid immortality when a stoned-out Peter Fonda climbed on its ornate, above-ground tombs in the 1969 movie "Easy Rider."

Q&A: Decorative lighting
Q. Sylvia asks: We will be remodeling our home soon and plan to make some major improvements with the artificial lighting. We have read a number of articles in home improvement magazines about lighting and that it can have significant impact on the finished product. What should we know about home lighting before we proceed with our remodeling?

Sports trainers see influx of young, highly skilled athletes
In athletics, the difference between first place and going home empty-handed can be measured in seconds, inches or shots.

Tip of the week: Moving furniture
Next time you need to move furniture around a room, try one of these techniques. They could save you an aching back and scratched flooring.

Wedding season marked by bullets, butterflies
It's wedding season again. You can tell because the average bridal magazine weighs more than the average bride.

Mirrors reflect your tastes
There is something magical about mirrors. From an infant's first gleeful look at her cherubic visage to a teenager's final glimpse before heading out on a first date, mirrors are a constant in our lives.

Libraries attract readers online
These "five-minute reads" may persuade the readers to check the book out from the library or go to a bookstore and buy it. If nothing else, they can share their thoughts on the book with other readers on the library's Web site.

Decorate deck for functional summer fun
I have to concede that it didn't take long for me to convince my decorating partner, Matt Fox, that decorating an outdoor space was a good idea. You only have to see one before-and-after scenario, and you're hooked.

Trench coats splashing brightly into springtime
ST. LOUIS - The trench coat may have had military beginnings, but this season's selection is coolly relaxed, perky and totally at ease.

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.

Across Georgia
ROME - A police officer shot and killed a 16-year-old boy while responding to a burglary.

Army honors fallen soldiers

Mother, leaders want education on sex laws

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Marquez Demetrius Wimberly, 14, of Grovetown.

Gardens sport new name just in time for big crowds
An attraction that Dianne King says has become a Masters Week tradition will go by a different name this year.

King's sister recalls prophetic sermon
ATLANTA - Christine King Farris talked about her brother's life and legacy Saturday during the fourth Annual Day of Remembrance at Ebenezer Baptist church.

Horse riders aim high as Aiken show begins

Across the area
Two men wanted in an April 1 armed robbery have been arrested, and officials are looking for a third person involved with the crime, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office reported Saturday.

Horse riders aim high as Aiken show begins

Victim of killer was a captive
A Richmond County woman was held captive for five days, bound with tape and locked in her bathroom before she was stabbed to death, officials said Saturday as a second person was charged in her slaying.

Victim of killer was a captive

Mother, leaders want education on sex laws
If Kim Muns had her way, teens would be educated about sex laws, and warnings would be posted in condom aisles.

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.

Officials-in-waiting cost taxpayers
T. Cosnahan is a CPA, a CFE, a DBFA and a CGFM, all of which means he's well qualified in his field and can fetch a tidy per-hour sum for his work. He gives the city a break, though, for internal auditing work, billing at 80 percent of his usual $165-an-hour fee.

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.

Across South Carolina
Kidnapping suspect is held without bond

World of Discovery

Across the area

Larke selects principal as deputy

Housing company to revive complex

Golf museum wins vote

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Richmond county restaurants
Here is a list of Richmond County restaurants, where they're located and how they scored.

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.

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.

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.

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

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."

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.

A peach of a festival, minus the fresh fruit
JOHNSTON, S.C. - There were signs of the juicy fruit on murals, in the ice cream and even at the local chamber of commerce.

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.

Officials say pupils are safer this year
AIKEN - Schools in Aiken and surrounding counties are safer today than they were five years ago because districts have cracked down on weapon violations and highlighted the consequences of security offenses to parents and pupils, school officials said this week.

Around town

Local dining places graded
Michael Allison said the last thing a health inspector wants to do is shut down a restaurant.

Officials tout arena's success

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Readers respond to stories on mixed couples
March 28's package of stories on interracial couples generated a number of e-mails about the topic. As part of The Augusta Chronicle's effort to open an ongoing dialogue on race relations, here are some excerpts of the responses the newspaper received.

We've been planning for this week all year
The most exciting week of the year in Augusta has begun. The practice rounds for the Masters Tournament start tomorrow, but for me and for thousands of other people, the week begins when we publish our annual Masters section, which is in today's paper.

Council refuses statue's music

King's sister recalls prophetic sermon

Man is found guilty of murder

Across the area

Crash results are inconclusive

Officials-in-waiting cost taxpayers

Lawyer fights review panel

Officials say pupils are safer this year

Richmond county restaurants

Kid of the day

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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.

North Augusta prepares for riverfront work
Mark Singh, who works in the Lamar Building downtown, says he enjoys the convenience of taking a nearby stroll during his lunch break at Riverwalk Augusta.

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.

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.

Things look sunny for Masters Week
Last year's Masters Tournament was a soggy affair.

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.

Things look sunny for Masters Week

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.

North Augusta prepares for riverfront work

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.

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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.

Local dining places graded

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.

Gardens sport new name just in time for big crowds

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

A peach of a festival, minus the fresh fruit

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.

We've been planning for this week all year

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.

Keeping Georgia on minds of summit

Holding out for another hero
No way he took that shot.

Bobby Brown and wife Whitney Houston want reality show

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.

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.

Elliott's happy to just be in the race

Elliott's happy to just be in the race
FORT WORTH, Tex. - A week ago, Bill Elliott didn't have a $400,000 hauler or a million-dollar motor home for escape. He didn't need one.

Kenseth rallies for win

Kenseth rallies for win
FORT WORTH, Tex. - No matter how far behind Matt Kenseth got Saturday during the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 for the NASCAR Busch Series, he had one thing that helped him make up ground when it counted most - his Nextel Cup pedigree.

Patience pays off for fast Labonte

Teams get set for playoffs
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Ruminating on playoff issues as the postseason approaches:

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

Teams get set for playoffs

After 15 years, Ohio woman gets to game
SAN ANTONIO - Ruth Bubba was about as far away from the action as it was possible to get in the Alamodome.

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.

Lucas, Cowboys fall just short
SAN ANTONIO - John Lucas III got Oklahoma State to the Final Four. He couldn't push the Cowboys any further when the time came.

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

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.

Beard, Curl win AP honors
NEW ORLEANS - Duke's Alana Beard and Houston's Joe Curl won The Associated Press player and coach of the year awards in women's basketball Saturday after leading their teams through championship seasons.

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

Minnesota's Whalen compared to Taurasi
NEW ORLEANS - Connecticut star and two-time collegiate national player of the year Diana Taurasi made a move to the basket at practice this week that, because of some injuries she has had, her coach hadn't seen in years.

Rivalry taken to bigger stage
NEW ORLEANS - While Tennessee and Louisiana State aren't taking their women's basketball rivalry out of the Southeastern Conference, they are moving up in terms of stature.

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

Brown signs with Bears

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Athletes happy to train in America
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Iraqi wrestling coach Jamal Hassan sat in a jail cell for a month, his days broken up only when a bag was placed over his head so he could receive beatings and electric shocks.

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

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.

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.

Adu debuts, but no goals

International flavor blends into tourney

Castellvi gets time to shine

Serena cruises to win

Prep spring sports scores

Prep spring sports results

Musketeers stay on roll

Ruiz fighting to try and change image

Ruiz looking for redemption

Runner finds a way back

Overtime

Overtime

Coria reaches Key Biscayne final

Outdoors announcement

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

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

Overtime
Danny Gathings, the most valuable player in the Big South Conference tournament, intends to give his award to a player who he believes is more deserving.

Runner finds a way back
ST. LOUIS - Colleen DeReuck always wanted to make another Olympics team.

Serena cruises to win
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - The punishing shots, lopsided result and crystal championship trophy served as confirmation: Serena Williams is back.

Ruiz fighting to try and change image
NEW YORK - John Ruiz holds a piece of the heavyweight title, which says a lot about the division these days.

Castellvi gets time to shine
Vilmarie Castellvi can laugh about it now.

Prep spring sports results
Track and Field leads the top event in this list of spring prep sports results.

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

Outdoors announcement
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Adu debuts, but no goals
WASHINGTON - Freddy Adu didn't score. He didn't even have a good run with the ball. He was just there for the most part, and that was enough to make history.

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.

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.

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

Outdoors calendar

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

Palmer's passes not confined to the field
NEWARK, N.J. - The quarterback attempted 25 passes and only completed one. On TV, that makes you a winner.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

'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.

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

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

Odds and ends

Odds and Ends

Passover observance brings families together

Faith Calendar

Books ponder whether Jewish Passover commemorates real events

Pope presiding over Holy Week schedule

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

Many movie watchers will see the Crucifixion differently

Passionate art

Jesus' final words last throughout all our life