In search of a new audience, ballet company turns to NASCAR
ROANOKE, Va. -- The race has gone for almost an hour, and dancers in bright jumpsuits have started to crash in their midair leaps like a squadron of misfit superheroes.

In search of a new audience, ballet company turns to NASCAR

Torre, Yankees agree to $19.2 million, three-year extension

Torre, Yankees agree to $19.2 million, three-year extension
NEW YORK -- Joe Torre and George Steinbrenner are going to grow old together.

Braves topple GreenJackets
ROME, Ga. - The Augusta GreenJackets dropped their second consecutive game to the Rome Braves 6-1 at State Mutual Stadium.

Indians dethrone Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Long games and late nights don't seem to tire the Cleveland Indians.

Indians claim pitcher off waivers

Clemens' special night prevents home sweep

Braves topple GreenJackets

Brewers bruise Cardinals

Johnson wants to help bring Expos to Norfolk
NORFOLK, Va. -- Robert L. Johnson, the billionaire entrepreneur who founded Black Entertainment Television, said he would help lure a Major League Baseball team to Norfolk.

Tigers defeat Twins in early season action
DETROIT -- Last year, the Detroit Tigers couldn't win at the start of the season. This season, they can't lose.

Indians claim pitcher off waivers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Cleveland Indians claimed pitcher Jason Anderson off waivers from the New York Mets on Thursday and optioned the right-hander to Triple-A Buffalo.

Clemens' special night prevents home sweep
HOUSTON -- The cheers started before Roger Clemens even made his first pitch and got only louder.

Brewers bruise Cardinals
ST. LOUIS -- In their opening series, the Milwaukee Brewers looked like a changed team.

Johnson wants to help bring Expos to Norfolk

The latest area birth announcements

The latest area birth announcements
Brianna Ashley Hoggard: Delbert E. Hoggard Jr. and Brenda Wangler, both of Evans, announce the birth of a daughter, Brianna Ashley Hoggard, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wangler, of Aberdeen, S.D., Ella Williams, of Ahoskie, N.C., and the late Delbert Hoggard Sr.

Teenager dragged by car and killed in altercation
SAN ANTONIO -- A teenager was dragged under a car, run over twice and killed in an altercation between six rival gang members outside a high school, authorities and witnesses said.

Odds and Ends
DAYTON, Ohio -- Most women are eager to show off their wedding photos. But Michele Hemphill is suing to get a picture of her drinking whiskey and smoking a cigarette in her wedding dress off store shelves.

9-year-old arrested, handcuffed on charges of stealing rabbit
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- A 9-year-old girl accused of stealing a rabbit and $10 from a neighbor's home was arrested, handcuffed and questioned at a police station.

Odds and Ends
GLASSPORT, Pa. -- First, the Passion of the Christ. Now, the torment of the Easter Bunny?

Braves' offense honors Aaron
ATLANTA - If day three of the season is indicative of what is to come, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox might call a local pharmacy and order a summer's supply of Maalox.

The Extra Mile

Team honors Aaron's milestone
ATLANTA - Most of today's players weren't old enough (or born yet, in Adam LaRoche's case) to remember when Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's home run record on April 8, 1974, but Braves bullpen coach Bobby Dews has a clear memory of the moment.

Team honors Aaron's milestone

Braves' offense honors Aaron

The Extra Mile
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox wished out loud before Friday night's game that Horacio Ramirez would pitch nine innings and save the bullpen.

Group asks Coke shareholders to withhold Buffett vote
ATLANTA -- Shareholders of The Coca-Cola Co. are being urged to withhold their votes for billionaire investor Warren Buffett for re-election to the beverage giant's board and to support a proposal to separate Coke's chairman and chief executive positions.

New manufacturing czar tapped
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration on Thursday tapped a California businessman to serve as its manufacturing czar after the first pick withdrew his nomination over criticisms his company cut U.S. jobs and shifted work to China.

Japanese finance minister outlines plans to keep recovery going

Energy company, 4 employees indicted
WASHINGTON - A subsidiary of Reliant Resources Inc. and four of its employees were indicted Thursday on charges of driving up prices during the 2000-01 California energy crisis. It's the first company to face criminal charges in the case.

No frills, just golf
L.D. Waters has developed real estate, owned a newspaper and even dabbled in city politics.

Japanese finance minister outlines plans to keep recovery going
TOKYO -- Japan's economy is showing signs of recovery, and the government plans to help it along by promoting regional cooperation, free trade agreements and stable currency rates, the finance minister said Thursday.

Energy Dept. predicts continuing rise in gas prices over summer

Internal AOL shift opens up possibility for making content public
A behind-the-scenes technical change at America Online will allow the company to offer some of its content to non-subscribers in an attempt to broaden AOL's audience beyond its members-only "walled garden."

3 charged in connection with fraud

Improper trading costly to Putnam

Business briefs
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - General Electric Co.'s earnings rose 8 percent in the first quarter, matching analysts' expectations as nine of its 11 businesses reported double-digit profit gains.

Consumer confidence sinks amid jobs, economy concerns

3 charged in connection with fraud
NEW YORK - The former vice president of finance for Computer Associates admitted in court Thursday that he helped backdate hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts as part of a broad conspiracy to inflate the software firm's quarterly earnings.

Group asks Coke shareholders to withhold Buffett vote

Economist sentenced to nearly three years over insider tip
NEW YORK -- A former Goldman Sachs & Co. economist was sentenced Friday to nearly three years in federal prison for passing along an inside tip that gave his firm an edge on the bond market and millions of dollars in tainted profits.

Economic ills keep golf sales below par

No frills, just golf

Consumer confidence sinks amid jobs, economy concerns

Jobless claims at lowest level since early 2001

House arrest granted to Parmalat founder Tanzi
ROME -- A judge granted house arrest Friday to Parmalat founder Calisto Tanzi and two other former officials of the company who have been jailed since late December in the fraud scandal of the Italian dairy conglomerate.

New manufacturing czar tapped

USDA rejects meatpacker's plan to test all animals for mad cow
WASHINGTON -- The Agriculture Department has rebuffed a meatpacker's plan to test every animal at its Kansas slaughterhouse for mad cow disease.

Energy Dept. predicts continuing rise in gas prices over summer
WASHINGTON -- A motorist can expect to see higher gasoline prices, averaging $1.76 a gallon, throughout the summer as supplies will remain tight and demand is expected to increase to record levels, the Energy Department predicted Thursday.

Consumer confidence sinks amid jobs, economy concerns
WASHINGTON -- Consumer confidence sank during the past month, weighed down by worries about job security and concerns about local economic conditions in the months ahead.

Report finds low 'health literacy'
WASHINGTON - Nearly half of American adults face higher risks of health problems because of trouble understanding medical terms and directions, experts said Thursday in a report that calls for a national effort to improve health literacy.

Augusta Showcase gives in-depth tour
If the nation's business leaders could only see Augusta, the city's economic developers say, they would want to move their production facilities here.

Improper trading costly to Putnam
BOSTON - Putnam Investments will pay $110 million to settle federal and state allegations of improper trading in the first of a wave of cases over so-called market timing, the company and regulators announced Thursday.

Economic ills keep golf sales below par
Tiger Woods and his buddies on the PGA Tour might be playing with the latest clubs available, but they're about the only ones.

Business briefs
PHILADELPHIA - DuPont Co. will eliminate at least 2,500 jobs companywide, about 3 percent of its work force, as part of cost-cutting plans announced last year, a union leader said Friday.

Group gets day to visit tournament
When two charter buses entered Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday morning, passers-by might have mistaken the hoopla for the arrival of royalty.

Appealing spring fashions help the nation's retailers record strong March sales
NEW YORK -- Appealing spring fashions helped lift many of the nation's retailers to their fourth straight month of solid sales during March, results released Thursday show.

Internal AOL shift opens up possibility for making content public

Feds indict first company for market manipulation in California energy crisis
WASHINGTON -- A subsidiary of Reliant Resources Inc. and four of its employees were indicted Thursday on charges of driving up prices during the 2000-2001 California energy crisis. It's the first company to face criminal charges in the case.

Feds indict first company for market manipulation in California energy crisis

Jobless claims at lowest level since early 2001
WASHINGTON -- The number of people filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in more than three years, a promising sign that companies feel better about the economy's prospects and are less inclined to get rid of workers.

Group gets day to visit tournament

Energy company, 4 employees indicted

Business briefs

Clemson's spring spent finding wideouts
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst hears the question all the time: Who's your favorite target?

Clemson's spring spent finding wideouts

Clemson eyes new receivers
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst hears the question all the time: Who's your favorite target?

Chattanooga's Lebo accepts Auburn job

Chattanooga's Lebo accepts Auburn job
AUBURN, Ala. -- Jeff Lebo resigned at Chattanooga to take over as men's basketball coach at Auburn, ending a three-week search to replace Cliff Ellis.

Lawmakers flunk tort

On sacred ground

Who's most to blame?
Any lingering notion that the commission looking into the 9-11 terrorist attacks is impartial was laid to rest with the hostile, partisan grilling of National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice by Democrats on the panel.

Lawmakers flunk tort
Georgia's partisan General Assembly's biggest successes in the session just ended were passage of a child endangerment law and some minimally painful changes in HOPE scholarship that could save the program - at least for the next several years.

Filthy scum terrorists
It's clear we've been far too kind to the forces opposing the coalition in Iraq. We never should have called them "insurgents." That's too romantic-sounding. It gives them more credit than they deserve.

On sacred ground
A golf course is perhaps the grandest exhibit of man's limited and temporal dominion over nature. The rolling hills are sculpted, the weeds banished, the grasses exquisitely short - even the trees are often put where we deign to put them.

Not quitting time yet
Terrorist attacks can't stop us.

Not quitting time yet

Police arrest man accused of stalking singer Avril Lavigne
LYNNWOOD, Wash. -- Police arrested a man for allegedly stalking teen pop star Avril Lavigne.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- "Kill Bill - Vol. 2" isn't even in theaters yet, but Quentin Tarantino says he's already planning volume three.

FCC fine prompts Clear Channel to drop Howard Stern
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators Thursday proposed $495,000 in indecency fines against Clear Channel Communications for broadcasts by Howard Stern, prompting the nation's largest radio chain to drop the country's best-known shock jock.

Rapper Eminem's former wife facing arrest
LANSING, Mich. -- An arrest warrant was issued for rapper Eminem's former wife Wednesday, a day after she failed to return to a court-ordered drug treatment program, officials said.

'Will & Grace' star Debra Messing gives birth to a son
LOS ANGELES -- Now it's "Will & Grace" - and baby. Debra Messing, co-star of the NBC sitcom, gave birth to a son Wednesday. The baby weighed 5 pounds and 14 ounces and was 19 inches long, publicist Annett Wolf said Thursday. It's the first child for Messing and her husband, screenwriter Daniel Zelman.

Case against former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil dismissed
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- A misdemeanor battery case against former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil was dismissed Wednesday after he completed more than 100 hours of community service, prosecutors said.

People in the News
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dolly Parton and Isaac Hayes will appear in a new series of state tourism ads that beckon visitors with the slogan: "Tennessee, the stage is set for you!"

Ted Turner honored with star on Hollywood walk of fame
LOS ANGELES -- Cable News Network founder, yacht racer, restaurant owner and philanthropist Ted Turner now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Tokyo stocks rebound, dollar higher against yen

Stocks fall on concerns over Iraq
NEW YORK -- Investors concerned about the deteriorating situation in Iraq looked past solid earnings from General Electric Co. and Yahoo! Inc. Thursday, sending stocks mostly lower and leaving Wall Street with a loss for the holiday-shortened week.

Dollar drifts versus euro in light trade
NEW YORK- The dollar ended slightly weaker Friday against the euro but only because of some slippage earlier in the holiday-dominated global session.

Money funds in fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $462.2 million in the latest week to $874.30 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Bank of England to hold interest rate at 4 percent

Tokyo stocks rebound, dollar higher against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo's benchmark stock index rebounded Thursday to hit a 32-month high for the second time this week on improved economic sentiment. The U.S. dollar rose against the yen.

Tokyo stocks sink, dollar higher against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo share prices sank Friday amid speculation that a hostage crisis involving three Japanese civilians in Iraq could hurt the government. The U.S. dollar rose against the yen.

Bank of England to hold interest rate at 4 percent
LONDON -- The Bank of England said Thursday it would hold Britain's benchmark interest rate at 4 percent for the next month.

Yahoo's first-quarter profit doubles
SAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo! Inc.'s first-quarter profit more than doubled, propelled by advertisers eager to have their products promoted on the Internet's most popular destination.

GE earnings up 8 percent in first quarter
HARTFORD, Conn. -- General Electric Co.'s earnings rose 8 percent in the first quarter, matching analysts' expectations as nine of its 11 businesses reported double-digit profit gains.

Putnam to pay $110 million to settle trading allegations

Putnam to pay $110 million to settle trading allegations
BOSTON -- Putnam Investments will pay $110 million to settle improper trading allegations brought by federal and Massachusetts regulators.

Yahoo's first-quarter profit doubles

Fishing tournament results

Back to school time for striper fishermen

Fishing tournament results
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.

Back to school time for striper fishermen
A preview of better fishing soon to come revealed itself Wednesday afternoon on Strom Thurmond Lake when hybrid and striped bass chased blueback herring to the surface beneath diving gulls and terns.

Clove currant offers beauty and flavor
Each spring, rows of small, yellow tubes dangling from the branches of a flowering currant flare open at their ends like trumpets to welcome in spring. Instead of a trumpet's blare, a heavenly, clove-like aroma wafts across the garden from the open flowers.

Clove currant offers beauty and flavor

Jackets look to replace Smith
ATLANTA - Three weeks ago, mentioning the name of Georgia Tech prize football recruit Calvin Johnson didn't elicit much reaction from quarterback Reggie Ball and the rest of the Yellow Jackets' offense.

Hole in roster strains Jackets
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech football coach Chan Gailey can't hide his enthusiasm over the play of cornerback Kenny Scott this spring.

Rose blooms at the Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Justin Rose sparkled. Tiger Woods fumed. Tom Watson mourned.

This Rose still blooming at Augusta National

This Rose still blooming at Augusta National
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- This was a day for celebrating the past and looking ahead to the future at the Masters.

Woods finds his game on back nine at Augusta
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Guess who finally showed up at the Masters.

Age just a number to big group at Augusta

Watson's caddie dies after yearlong struggle with ALS

Rose blooms at the Masters

Watson's caddie dies after yearlong struggle with ALS
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Bruce Edwards, the caddie whose struggle with Lou Gehrig's disease inspired longtime boss Tom Watson at last year's U.S. Open, died Thursday. He was 49.

Age just a number to big group at Augusta
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Sandy Lyle might have wondered if someone was trying to tell him something when he was slotted for the earliest tee time and placed in a threesome with a pair of senior citizens.

Woods finds his game on back nine at Augusta

Minnesota Duluth's Lessard honored as top college hockey player
BOSTON -- Minnesota Duluth forward Junior Lessard won the Hobey Baker Award on Friday, honoring him as college hockey's top player.

Minnesota Duluth's Lessard honored as top college hockey player

Devils still hoping for split in Philly

Islanders don't blame Cairns for costly mistakes

Detroit's Legace struck on helmet by puck during practice
DETROIT -- Just when the Detroit Red Wings' goaltending situation seemed to be settling down, Manny Legace was hit on his mask by a puck toward the end of practice Friday.

Kings activate Jackson from injured list

Devils still hoping for split in Philly
VOORHEES, N. J. -- Just one game into the playoffs, the defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils already face a dire situation.

Denver wins, gets to final
BOSTON - With an empty net and not a defender in sight, Connor James had a chance for his first goal in five weeks. But he passed the puck to Greg Keith, who's gone almost as long without scoring - without the handy excuse of a broken leg.

Denver wins, gets to final

Kings activate Jackson from injured list
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings activated backup point guard Bobby Jackson from the injured list Thursday, in time for the team's Western Conference showdown against Minnesota.

Islanders don't blame Cairns for costly mistakes
TAMPA, Fla. -- Eric Cairns sat down at his locker, leaned over to remove some tape from his legs and spoke in a barely audible tone.

Plumbers see rise in business during Masters Week
This week's golf tournament obviously has an impact on our town, but it doesn't hit everyone the same.

Please stagger graduation times

Democrats, Christians are at odds
Anne Cook's letter ("Question politics, but not religious faith," March 31) was disturbing. She states she and her husband are longtime Democrats and born-again Christians. They were irate because someone suggested that the combination was incompatible. Their critic was correct. It is not difficult to identify ungodly behavior and values. Susan M. Huckaba, Evans, Ga.

Reconsider coaches' bonus system
Aiken County taxpayers need to be aware of a huge waste in our school system... A few years ago the board made a decision to increase coaching supplements and to implement bonuses for coaches making the playoffs. Ricky Napier, Aiken, S.C.

Don't contract with outside company
As a member of the Senior Citizens Council, I think it is not fair to take away the food contract from the Senior Citizens Council and award it to another company, G.A. Food Services, which is not from this area, or even from Georgia. Isabel C. LeCuona, Augusta

Please stagger graduation times
A lot has been said about the Richmond County Board of Education's decision to hold high school graduations at the schools' stadiums. Having a daughter who will graduate this spring, my concern is not the location, but the timing. Cynthia H. Lifsey, Augusta

Stop enabling illegal immigrants
Griselda Lopez is an illegal immigrant. She probably is a very nice, hard-working girl, but she said she knew she was here illegally, and her guardians knew she was illegal and made no effort to apply for her legal status. Yet The Aiken Standard, The Augusta Chronicle and TV stations portray her as a victim. Jim Bouknight Jr., Aiken, S.C.

From civic center to judicial center?

From civic center to judicial center?
Since our Augusta commissioners cannot seem to make up their minds where to put the judicial center, I would like to make a suggestion. No, it is not where some of you may think. In fact, it seems like a rather simple solution. Jack T. Eckert, Augusta

Stop enabling illegal immigrants

Study: New drug boost levels of heart-healthy good cholesterol

Picture in IRS form helps authorities find missing child

Extras, new editions drive college students' textbook costs higher

Cord blood banking industry flourishes amid controversy

Camp shirts hit courses

NASA mulls Russian request for one-year flight; decision expected in weeks

Ford expands hybrid offerings to include another SUV

Anti-plagiarism products expand beyond schools

Check those tires!

Jeep hopes for revival with new Grand Cherokee, other models

Anti-plagiarism products expand beyond schools
White-collar copycats may be less inclined to pilfer the well-chosen words of others now that software designed to ferret out plagiarism is moving out of academia and into the business world.

Check those tires!
April is National Car Care Month. The Car Care Council is recommending paying attention to factors that contribute to poor fuel economy as this year's theme. Poor fuel economy can be an expensive proposition, as well as an environmentally sensitive one, and often can be improved by a few simple measures.

NASA gives rovers months more to probe Mars for signs of water
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA gave its twin Mars rovers the green light to continue searching the Red Planet for evidence it once was a wetter place hospitable to life.

Camp shirts hit courses
The polo is the golf equivalent of a doctor's white lab coat.

Jeep hopes for revival with new Grand Cherokee, other models
NEW YORK -- After sparking America's craze with sport utility vehicles 20 years ago, Jeep has seen its share of the SUV business shrink in recent years, largely because of a flood of rival models in all shapes and sizes.

Ford expands hybrid offerings to include another SUV
NEW YORK -- Ford Motor Co. is increasing the number of hybrid vehicles it will offer in the next few years from two to three, adding another sport utility vehicle to its hybrid lineup.

Federal judge rules copyright doesn't cover all Internet
TAMPA, Fla. -- A U.S. District Court judge has ruled a Florida company's Internet-searching software program did not infringe on copyrights held by another Web site.

Study: New drug boost levels of heart-healthy good cholesterol
The good cholesterol HDL, which reduces the risks of heart disease, can be dramatically boosted by an experimental drug that also lowers bad cholesterol, according to a preliminary study.

Cord blood banking industry flourishes amid controversy
NEW YORK -- When Marla Dalton was expecting, she read the pregnancy magazines, picked up pamphlets at her doctor's office and logged on to mom-centric Web sites and chat rooms. In the process, she was inundated by marketing imploring her to privately store her twins' umbilical cord blood.

He's got games
What if the Nike commercials are right?

NASA mulls Russian request for one-year flight; decision expected in weeks
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA is weighing a Russian request that astronauts spend a year on the international space station to make room on flights for paying customers, and expects to decide in a few weeks.

Extras, new editions drive college students' textbook costs higher
PORTLAND, Ore. -- College freshman Amy Connolly knows not to judge a book by its cover.

Six got West Nile virus through blood transfusions last year
Despite screenings, CDC says six got West Nile virus through blood transfusions last year

Picture in IRS form helps authorities find missing child
WASHINGTON -- Missing kids aren't pictured only on the back of milk cartons. A taxpayer found a missing child this spring after seeing her picture in an Internal Revenue Service tax instruction booklet.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A Baptist minister and student at the Interdenominational Theological Center said this week the school won't let him run for office because he's gay.

Group shows impact in state
AIKEN - South Carolina's growing Hispanic population totals more than 400,000 people, four times higher than official estimates, and will have a buying power of more than $4 billion by 2008, a University of South Carolina Aiken professor said this week.

Tara revisited
It might not be the 19th century, but visitors to the Morris Museum of Art this week will enter scenes out of Gone With the Wind.

Across the Southeast

Across the area
A shed fire in Harlem spread to burn part of a mobile home and eight acres of land Friday.

SHOWCASING WINNERS

Senate hopeful sticks to message
COLUMBIA - Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Inez Tenenbaum has her eye on key voters who sit on the political fence and has begun to stake out some middle ground.

MCG clinic will study leg malady

Assembly approves water bill
ATLANTA - For weeks, environmental advocates have been urging the General Assembly to approve the creation of a statewide water-management plan and ignore other environmental legislation in the pipeline.

Traffic is up at airport, officials say

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A 56-year-old North Charleston man faces 68 charges ranging from animal fighting to assault and battery with intent to kill after authorities found 47 dogs, caged treadmills and armed booby traps at his property.

McKinney wants to reclaim her old congressional seat

Pageant contestants gear up
AIKEN - Since Kristle Argo was two years old, she has dreamed of wearing Miss America's crown.

Free pour might help tourism

At least 22 cited for soliciting Masters tickets
This week more than 20 people have found out the hard way that trying to sell a Masters Tournament ticket near the front gate can lead to trouble.

Man tracks history of line
BELVEDERE - Carol Riley was surprised when she learned that her grandfather, Ben McDaniel, was one of the last people to work on the Augusta-Aiken trolley line that zipped through Midland Valley in the roaring 1920s.

Senate panel rescues caisson funds
COLUMBIA - Members of a Senate budget subcommittee said Thursday they would keep the adjutant general's office from losing $100,000 earmarked for a horse-drawn caisson unit used in military, police and state funerals.

Students assist in flag's return

UGA layoffs affect Augusta office
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia will lay off 47 employees June 30, including an employee at the Richmond County Cooperative Extension Service, because of ongoing state budget cuts, the school announced Thursday.

Kid of the day

Across the area

Kid of the day

Soldier refuses to quit on recovery
Sgt. Tracy Jones puffs out his cheeks as he lies on his back and lifts his left leg. The pain is evident on his face, but he does not cry out. His leg in the air says enough.

Beach houses may be razed

Around town
Charmagne Lewis ( center), who owns the Landrum House Florist and Gift Shop, walks with her children, Kayla and Nick, dressed as the Easter Bunny, to bring Easter cheer to Broad Street.

Senate hopeful sticks to message

Reforms in school exclude test delay

News you can use

Across Georgia
ATHENS - Making good on $180,000 it owed Chancellor Thomas Meredith, the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents hopes it will convince Mr. Meredith to withdraw his candidacy for a similar job in Tennessee.

MCG clinic will study leg malady
When Tom Kane settled his body into his recliner for the evening, he knew it would be only a matter of time before his legs would rebel.

Traffic is up at airport, officials say
Traffic at Daniel Field Airport has been sky-high this Masters Week compared with 2003, when rain dominated, officials say.

SHOWCASING WINNERS
AIKEN - Tucked behind a serpentine brick wall and buffered by a garden shaded by live oaks and deodar cedars, the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame is a hideaway reminder of the power and importance of horses and the people who own and race them.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Logan Ivey French, 16 months, of Augusta.

Rants and raves
BENJAMIN DISRAELI said, "There are lies, damn lies and statistics." Now that we know Charles Larke and his henchmen are guilty of the first two, somebody better check the facts surrounding their claimed achievements.

Alamo lives in Saluda County
SALUDA, S.C. - In a state that has long embraced lost causes such as the Civil War, Saluda County has a special fondness for one that happened a thousand miles away.

First black grad tells experience

Alamo lives in Saluda County

Across the area

News you can use
APRIL 9, 1903 COLUMBIA - James Jackson of Augusta was in the city today for a conference with E.B. Clark, manager of the local railway in regard to the Aiken-Columbia trolley extension.

Theme park to hit coastal area

Beach houses may be razed
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Two new, multimillion-dollar beachfront houses in Hilton Head might be razed for violating neighborhood land-use covenants dating back to the 1950s.

Bridges in Augusta need help
Augusta's bridges aren't falling down, but many still need improvement, including the Fifth Street bridge and a Berckmans Road bridge over Rae's Creek near Augusta National Golf Club, a recently released report states.

Rebels kidnap alumnus of ASU
Two aid workers who are Arab residents of Jerusalem - including one who graduated from Augusta State University nine years ago - were kidnapped Thursday by insurgents in Iraq, Israeli media reported.

Governor stands by session on '05 budget
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue on Thursday defended his decision to call a special legislative session dealing with the budget for the coming fiscal year, while lawmakers and others tried to determine the fallout of the extraordinary announcement.

ANIC gives its approval to location
The idea of putting a judicial center on two blocks between Walton Way and Fenwick Street appeals to officials of the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.

Rants and raves
THIS IS IN RESPONSE to the complaint from the Democrats about the jet fuel required for President Bush's Air Force One. Were you equally galled when President Clinton used the plane for his personal barbershop, for the $200 professional haircut he scheduled in California while the plane was parked on the tarmac? That now-famous haircut absolutely stopped all incoming and outgoing air traffic at the huge airport for over two hours. Did that overall expense and inconsideration gall you as much? I think we know the answer.

Readers respond to Fallujah pictures

Rants and raves
BENJAMIN DISRAELI said, "There are lies, damn lies and statistics." Now that we know Charles Larke and his henchmen are guilty of the first two, somebody better check the facts surrounding their claimed achievements.

Reforms in school exclude test delay
Third-graders must pass a state test to move to fourth grade.

Rants and raves
THIS IS IN RESPONSE to the complaint from the Democrats about the jet fuel required for President Bush's Air Force One. Were you equally galled when President Clinton used the plane for his personal barbershop, for the $200 professional haircut he scheduled in California while the plane was parked on the tarmac? That now-famous haircut absolutely stopped all incoming and outgoing air traffic at the huge airport for over two hours. Did that overall expense and inconsideration gall you as much? I think we know the answer.

Readers respond to Fallujah pictures
America's editors say they faced tough calls on how to handle photographs of gruesome killings in Fallujah, Iraq. Thousands of American readers, asked for their views by hometown news organizations, helped illustrate that difficulty.

Across South Carolina

Population nears milestone
The stream of people moving into Columbia County isn't slowing down, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates released this week.

Cutbacks to HOPE meet fear, relief

Around town

Group shows impact in state

Across South Carolina
SALEM - Tiny beetles that feed on a destructive exotic plant pest have been released in infested lands in the Southern Appalachian forest.

Governor stands by session on '05 budget

Golf hall of fame lies with Perdue
The proposed sale of state land for the golf hall of fame in Augusta needs only Gov. Sonny Perdue's signature to become a reality.

Rebels kidnap alumnus of ASU

Across the Southeast
MADEIRA BEACH, FLA. - The daughter of Atlanta Thrashers general manager Don Waddell and another girl escaped injury after a Florida beach full of people pooled their efforts to save them after their parasail cord snapped Thursday at Madeira Beach, near St. Petersburg.

Tara revisited

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is La'Daesha Grant, 5, of Augusta.

School will fix flawed center

Professor files discrimination claim
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A College of Charleston visiting professor filed a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging he was not hired for a tenure-track position because he has been outspoken during two semesters on campus.

Race to put Swanson on job fence

Students assist in flag's return
A group of young historians has provided funding to preserve and return to Georgia what will be the earliest flag in the state's collection.

UGA layoffs affect Augusta office

Across the area
Richmond County officials are investigating two separate cases of arson in the county.

Pageant contestants gear up

School will fix flawed center
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia will borrow $15 million to fix a flawed UGA research building.

Bridges in Augusta need help

Soldier refuses to quit on recovery

First black grad tells experience
ATHENS, Ga. - Chester Davenport entered University of Georgia's law school in 1963, the first black student to attend. Three years later, he graduated. He was still the only black student.

Correction
Information in an article and a photo caption in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said admission prices for tours at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History are $3 for adults and $1 for children.

Theme park to hit coastal area
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - For millions of motorists who stream along Interstate 95 every year, there are stretches through coastal Georgia where the only scenery is pines and palmettos.

Rants and raves
PLEASE, IF I EVER go to trial for anything, please, please, get me juror No. 4 because under her interpretation of the law, no one will ever be convicted.

Race to put Swanson on job fence
AIKEN - If she decides to keep her job while running for office, Republican state Senate candidate Susan Swanson will have to walk the tightrope of federal laws governing the tax-exempt status of her employer, Heritage Community Services, an Internal Revenue Service spokesman said Thursday.

Rants and raves
PLEASE, IF I EVER go to trial for anything, please, please, get me juror No. 4 because under her interpretation of the law, no one will ever be convicted.

Cutbacks to HOPE meet fear, relief
ATHENS, Ga. - At the University of Georgia, where two-thirds of the students are on the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship, news of belt-tightening in the program was met with both dread and relief that the cuts didn't run deeper.

ANIC gives its approval to location

McKinney wants to reclaim her old congressional seat
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - Cynthia McKinney, Georgia's first black congresswoman, wants her old seat back, and her biggest challenge might be getting voters to look beyond her past.

Across Georgia

Free pour might help tourism
COLUMBIA - Voters have the chance to overhaul South Carolina's liquor laws, changing more than just the bar scene. Some say it could improve the state's tourism industry.

At the Movies: 'The Alamo'
Remember the Alamo? Recall anything more than the war cry it inspired, "Remember the Alamo," and the fact that it's where Davy Crockett and a load of Texas freedom fighters died?

At the Movies: 'The Girl Next Door'

At the Movies: 'The Alamo'

At the Movies: 'The Whole Ten Yards'

At the Movies: 'The Girl Next Door'
"The Girl Next Door" is essentially "Risky Business" with porn stars instead of prostitutes, starring good-looking, likable Emile Hirsch in the Tom Cruise role and good-looking, likable Elisha Cuthbert in the Rebecca De Mornay role.

At the Movies: 'The Whole Ten Yards'
It's only three feet from "The Whole Nine Yards" to "The Whole Ten Yards," but the jokes get stretched so thin, it feels more like a mile.

Run-DMC's Rev. Run applies for poet laureate of Queens

Rapper pleads guilty to federal drug, gun charges
PHILADELPHIA -- Beanie Sigel, a Philadelphia rapper who was a protege of rap superstar Jay-Z, pleaded guilty Thursday to federal drug and weapons charges.

Run-DMC's Rev. Run applies for poet laureate of Queens
NEW YORK -- Run-DMC's Joseph "the Rev. Run" Simmons has been many things - pioneering rapper, ordained minister. Now he could add poet laureate to the list.

Shanghai race track nears completion, but will it draw fans?

Truex shatters track record for second pole of season

Nashville finds off-cup weekend next best thing to Nextel

Shanghai race track nears completion, but will it draw fans?
SHANGHAI, China -- With China's first Formula One race six months away, workers are trying to ensure the Shanghai International Circuit is ready.

Nashville finds off-cup weekend next best thing to Nextel
GLADEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Superspeedway will be the center of attention in the auto racing world this weekend.

Truex shatters track record for second pole of season
GLADEVILLE, Tenn. -- Martin Truex shattered the Nashville Superspeedway track record with a lap of 166.515 mph Friday and won his second Busch series pole of the season.

Miami Heat are .500 and loving it

New Knicks playoff bound

Miami Heat are .500 and loving it
MIAMI - Mediocrity has never felt so sweet.

New Knicks playoff bound
NEW YORK - Not since Luc Longley manned the middle and Glen Rice was griping about playing time have the New York Knicks been a playoff team.

Jaguars deal Craft to Saints

Tampa Bay signs cornerback Mario Edwards

New offense excites Atlanta QB

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Profile obituary: Mr. Millard F. Gooding
Former Richmond County warden and public works director Millard F. Gooding knew how to get things done and did them, according to former Augusta Mayor Larry Sconyers.

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Crow cleared for Athens by USOC executive board
DENVER -- The U.S. Olympic Committee's executive board determined Friday there is no legal basis to prevent synchronized swimmer Tammy Crow from being on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team despite her no-contest plea in a fatal car accident.

Crow cleared for Athens by USOC executive board

China promises quick Olympic work
BEIJING - Organizers of the 2008 Beijing Olympics have broken ground for a 100,000-seat stadium and plan to have all their major building projects finished more than 18 months before the Games begin, officials said Thursday.

China promises quick Olympic work

So what's so good about Good Friday, you ask?
It is a day that we long awaited. The azaleas and dogwoods are blooming, trees are leafing out and it seems the last gasp of winter has been taken and spring has truly arrived. Augusta is a truly beautiful place in the spring.

So what's so good about Good Friday, you ask?
It is a day that we long awaited. The azaleas and dogwoods are blooming, trees are leafing out and it seems the last gasp of winter has been taken and spring has truly arrived. Augusta is a truly beautiful place in the spring.

Klitschko brothers play nice outside heavyweight matches

Mauresmo, Farina Elia advance at Amelia Island

Cofidis pulls out of World Cup race after former rider makes doping accusations

Overtime

Fish, Roddick lead Americans

Grande reaches quarterfinals in Casablanca

Overtime

Mauresmo into semifinals Amelia Island

Area spring prep sports

Stable bets on Limehouse

Klitschko brothers play nice outside heavyweight matches
LAS VEGAS - They are huge heavyweights so polite and educated that every mother would love them. Their own mother loves them so much that they vow never to fight one another, no matter what the price.

Stable bets on Limehouse
AIKEN -- The arrival of spring means many things to many people: Warmer weather, the Masters Tournament and the celebration of Easter are just a few signs of the season.

Grande reaches quarterfinals in Casablanca
CASABLANCA, Morocco -- Defending champion Rita Grande beat local wild-card entry Bahia Mouhtassine 6-3, 6-3 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Grand Prix SAR.

Overtime
In Augusta, Matt Joaquim (3-0) pitched a complete game, two-hit gem and No. 10 Augusta State pounded USC Aiken 10-0.

Area spring prep sports
Here is a list of area spring prep sports scores from Thursday's action.

Spinks gets big fight with Judah, but Klitschko tops card
LAS VEGAS -- Before he beat Ricardo Mayorga to become the undisputed welterweight champion, Cory Spinks was known mostly for being the son of former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks.

Overtime
In Auburn, Ala., Jeff Lebo resigned at Chattanooga to take over as men's basketball coach at Auburn, ending a three-week search to replace Cliff Ellis.

Mauresmo into semifinals Amelia Island
AMELIA ISLAND, Florida -- Top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne overcame serving troubles and beat eighth-seeded Vera Zvonareva 6-4, 6-3 Friday to reach the Bausch & Lomb semifinals.

Mauresmo, Farina Elia advance at Amelia Island
AMELIA ISLAND, Florida -- Former champion Amelie Mauresmo eliminated Czech qualifier Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4 Thursday at the Bausch & Lomb Championships to reach her third quarterfinal in four tournaments this year.

Cofidis pulls out of World Cup race after former rider makes doping accusations
PARIS -- A top French team pulled out of Sunday's Paris-Roubaix World Cup race after a former cyclist accused its doctor and several riders of doping.

Fish, Roddick lead Americans
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Davis Cup teammates Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish were once racing rivals.

New offense excites Atlanta QB
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Growing up in Newport News, Va., Michael Vick loved the San Francisco 49ers, particularly Steve Young.

Tampa Bay signs cornerback Mario Edwards
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed cornerback Mario Edwards on Friday, shoring up their depth in the secondary.

Teams swap first-round draft picks, Bengals get CB O'Neal
CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals obtained talented but erratic cornerback Deltha O'Neal from the Denver Broncos Friday in a trade that also involved a swap of first-round draft picks.

Jaguars deal Craft to Saints
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars traded cornerback Jason Craft to the New Orleans Saints on Thursday for a fifth-round pick in the April 24-25 draft.

Slip of the lip
The years have taught the Rev. Steven Spencer that if he wants to be creative and get along with people, golf plays a crucial role. "Golf helps me keep my sanity," he said.

Area ministers will rejoice in Easter miracle
Whatever else people say about Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, it has a glorious ending.

Study: Marked increase in television news coverage of religion
NEW YORK -- TV news coverage of religious issues has risen sharply compared to a decade ago, according to a study released Monday.

Pope hears Good Friday confessions in Holy Week marked by security concerns
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II heard confessions from 11 Catholics on Good Friday in St. Peter's Basilica, keeping up a tradition in a Holy Week marked by security concerns in tourist-filled Rome.

A question that lingers beyond Easter: Why does evil still rage?
A classic issue that has consumed countless books of philosophy runs like so: If God is loving and has absolute power, why is there such evil and suffering in this life?

Faith Digest
First Presbyterian Church of Augusta will mark its bicentennial with a celebration 200 days long.

E-file nears 50 million tax returns as April 15 approaches
With one week remaining before the April 15 deadline, taxpayers continue to turn to electronic filing at record levels. New statistics released today show that 48.5 million tax returns have been submitted through e-file so far, which remains 12 percent ahead of last year.

Deion Sanders, Yolanda Adams to host gospel awards show

'Wonderfalls' takes the fall in tough TV season
LOS ANGELES -- The voice mail message is succinct: "You've reached what used to be the 'Century City' production office. We are closed."

Janet Jackson to be 'live' on 'Saturday Night Live'

With Clarke under ABC contract, other networks rebuffed

Janet Jackson to be 'live' on 'Saturday Night Live'
NEW YORK -- Viewers are used to watching "Saturday Night Live" aired live. Live, as in: as it happens, not five or seven seconds later, once the censors say it's safe for broadcast.

With Clarke under ABC contract, other networks rebuffed
NEW YORK -- With Richard Clarke under contract as an ABC News analyst, competing TV news organizations were rebuffed from talking to him about Condoleezza Rice's testimony.

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 29-April 4. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

Peter Bogdanovich to direct ESPN movie on Pete Rose

Bravo announces a new 'Queer Eye' for women
NEW YORK -- Fashion-challenged women will get their due when a companion to "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" arrives on Bravo.

Deion Sanders, Yolanda Adams to host gospel awards show
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Former NFL star Deion Sanders and gospel music singer Yolanda Adams will host the 35th annual Dove Awards, gospel music's version of the Grammys, on April 28.

'Wonderfalls' takes the fall in tough TV season

Peter Bogdanovich to direct ESPN movie on Pete Rose
LOS ANGELES -- Peter Bogdanovich is taking on Pete Rose. Bogdanovich will direct "Hustle," an ESPN original movie based on the findings of Major League Baseball's Dowd Report detailing Rose's gambling life in the 1980s.

Rapper Eminem's former wife facing arrest

Ted Turner honored with star on Hollywood walk of fame

Case against former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil dismissed

FCC fine prompts Clear Channel to drop Howard Stern

People in the News

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

9-year-old arrested, handcuffed on charges of stealing rabbit

A question that lingers beyond Easter: Why does evil still rage?

Pope hears Good Friday confessions in Holy Week marked by security concerns

Slip of the lip

Area ministers will rejoice in Easter miracle

Faith Digest

Study: Marked increase in television news coverage of religion