Oh, brother! Oh, sister, too, in new books featuring siblings

U.S. losing terror war, warns new book
Surveys and opinion polls have shown terrorism subsiding as a major fear among Americans. However, "Against All Enemies," the recently published and much-discussed book by Richard A. Clarke, former chief counterterrorism adviser to President Bush, rattles this popular sense of security and blames Bush for losing the first battles in the war on terror by invading Iraq and neglecting Afghanistan.

'Bandbox' captures essence of the Jazz Age
Thomas Mallon has long been a time traveler with a keen ear. In "Dewey Defeats Truman," he captured the sense of 1948 Michigan and that year's turbulent presidential campaign. In "Aurora 7," he had a pitch-perfect sense of that day in 1962 when Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter orbited Earth.

U.S. losing terror war, warns new book

Oh, brother! Oh, sister, too, in new books featuring siblings
A pair of siblings is at the center of each of three new novels that deal with some serious topics, including eugenics, adoption and dysfunctional families.

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

'Good Blood' is in the right vein

'Good Blood' is in the right vein
The prologue of Aaron Elkins' mystery, "Good Blood," may remind readers of a plot suitable for the first scene of a Verdi opera. Then the book turns modern.

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.

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

Twins beat Tigers
DETROIT -- Minnesota set a Comerica Park record with six home runs, including two by light-hitting catcher Henry Blanco, and the Twins handed the Detroit Tigers their first loss of the season, 10-5 Saturday.

Tourists in town for three
GreenJackets first-year manager Chad Epperson has never been to Augusta and he doesn't know too much about it.

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.

White Sox get best of Yankees
NEW YORK -- Mark Buehrle kept the New York Yankees in their post-Japan slumber.

Tourists in town for three

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

Twins beat Tigers

Brewers outlast Astros
MILWAUKEE -- Ben Sheets struck out a career-high 10 in six scoreless innings, and Wes Helms hit a three-run homer to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday.

White Sox get best of Yankees

Reds top Pirates
CINCINNATI -- D'Angelo Jimenez drove in a pair of runs and the Cincinnati Reds extended their best start in 10 years, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Saturday.

Braves topple GreenJackets

Pettitte placed on 15-day DL
MILWAUKEE -- Houston Astros pitcher Andy Pettitte was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained left elbow.

Johnson wants to help bring Expos to Norfolk

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

Reds top Pirates

'Chronicle' anticipated large crowds at Masters

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.

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.

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.

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.

Franco's hit rescues Braves
ATLANTA - On Friday night, the Chicago Cubs tried to give the game away and the Atlanta Braves refused to take it.

Franco's hit rescues Braves

Maddux returns to Turner Field with Cubs
ATLANTA -- Greg Maddux strolled into the visitor's clubhouse at Turner Field for the first time and immediately felt right at home.

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.

Maddux returns to Turner Field with Cubs

The Extra Mile

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.

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.

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.

Group asks Coke shareholders to withhold Buffett vote

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.

Consumer confidence sinks amid jobs, economy concerns

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.

On the move

Prepared businesses can bounce back

A uniform decision

A uniform decision
Golf fans glued to their televisions this weekend will wait for a glimpse of Tiger Woods and wonder who will don the green jacket come today's final round.

Golf retailer is striving to be industry's earnings leader

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.

President is eager to keep E-Z-GO rolling along

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.

Bartering is back

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.

Business briefs

Consumer confidence sinks amid jobs, economy concerns

Prepared businesses can bounce back
ANAHEIM, Calif. - When the telephone rang around midnight last June 21, Nick El Deek didn't know how much his life was about to change.

President is eager to keep E-Z-GO rolling along
Legend has it that the idea for E-Z-GO was hatched at the 1954 Masters Tournament, when Augusta brothers Bev and Billy Dolan saw the legendary Bobby Jones riding around in a little three-wheeled vehicle.

Delta Air Lines works to rub out image problems
ATLANTA - Even if Delta Air Lines returns to profitability and wins wage concessions from its pilots to stave off bankruptcy, the nation's third-largest carrier could have an even bigger obstacle to overcome - its image.

Bartering is back
SAN JOSE, Calif. - An increasing number of entrepreneurs are making barter a part of their business model.

Golf retailer is striving to be industry's earnings leader
DALLAS - As long as a market is expanding, retailers talk about the other guy in a sportsmanlike manner, saying, "Competition is good" and "There's room for everybody to grow." That is, until a category flattens like a putting green.

Merchants might want to file tax extension
NEW YORK - With tax season in its final days, small-business owners who haven't started working on their returns yet should seriously consider filing not their 1040s but their 4868s.

On the move
l Carrie McCullough has joined Harbor House as director of marketing operations. She will be responsible for the book publishing company's editorial operations. The Augusta native earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina and has worked for several South Carolina newspapers.

Economic ills keep golf sales below par

Andrew truly is Prince Charming
All the beautiful people were at the Old Government House in Augusta last week for an elegant reception for Prince Andrew, Duke of York.

Lebo brings Tar Heel pedigree to Auburn
Unsure how to handle a player? Call Dean Smith or Larry Brown. Got a question about life in the Southeastern Conference? Give Eddie Fogler a ring, since Buzz Peterson is now a rival.

Lebo brings Tar Heel pedigree to Auburn

No more Griseldas

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.

Humanity's best hope
Sometimes when you're criticized, even pilloried, it doesn't mean you're wrong; sometimes it means quite the opposite. That you're on to something big.

Humanity's best hope

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.

Arab world gets a pass
Where is the Arab world?

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.

No more Griseldas
This country's lax immigration policies are usually seen in terms of foreigners unlawfully entering our country, stealing our jobs, sponging off our welfare, education and health care systems, and sometimes contributing to the nation's crime problem.

On sacred ground

Arab world gets a pass

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.

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

'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.

People in the News
MIAMI -- A routine security check at Miami International Airport turned into a diplomatic flap when the unhappy subjects of the search turned out to be the future king of Spain and his fiancee.

Parents can teach their children a lot about personal finance

Parents can teach their children a lot about personal finance
NEW YORK -- One of the most important skills parents can teach their children is how to manage money. And, fortunately, life often provides plenty of opportunities to do so.

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.

The hows, whys and buts of investing in China
Q: The Chinese economy is booming and seems to have room to grow. What's a good way to benefit from that through investing?

The hows, whys and buts of investing in China

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.

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.

This Rose still blooming at Augusta National

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

Woods finds his game on back nine at Augusta

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.

Greenbrier coach takes risks, receives rewards

Georgia girl's team

Parent helps player focus, improve

Cook kept to his plan with girls

Transformation

Solid defense earns player top award

Georgia boys

Smith dribbled past competitors

Independent boys

Thomas' tenacity nets her honor

Independent girls

Brentwood Academy's title twice as nice for coach Dennard

South Carolina boys

Devils still hoping for split in Philly

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.

McCauley scratched from Sharks' lineup

Minnesota Duluth's Lessard honored as top college hockey player

McCauley scratched from Sharks' lineup
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Center Alyn McCauley was scratched from the San Jose Sharks' lineup Saturday for Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against St. Louis.

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.

Islanders don't blame Cairns for costly mistakes

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.

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.

'Chronicle' anticipated large crowds at Masters
Who would have thought 70 years ago that the Masters Tournament would become the golfing event that it is today?

Police search for gunman in late night shooting
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are looking for two men they said were involved in a late Saturday night shooting.

Stop enabling illegal immigrants

Tax-cut plan was a bust
A few months back after the supposed life-improving, economic-stimulating tax-cut package was approved, I wrote a letter to the editor stating that, without some form of voluntary or mandated price controls, tax cuts create inflation. For non-believers, take a look at what has happened to the price of gasoline since we were blessed with that additional personal monetary assistance. Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

Liberals' influence is everywhere
Polls I have seen indicate to me that a minority of our population professes to be liberal. Their number may seem larger, but that is because they are the loudest and most aggressive in asserting their beliefs. Robert Smock, Hephzibah, Ga.

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

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.

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.

Tax-cut plan was a bust

Picture in IRS form helps authorities find missing child

Movies, myth, history - and Davy Crockett

Family project

Study: Boomers are much like younger adults online

Bobby Jones

Winter woes resurface in summer

Travel briefs

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

Cord blood banking industry flourishes amid controversy

'Stroke of Genius' just about says it all

Movies, myth, history - and Davy Crockett
SAN ANTONIO -- Wear the coonskin cap if you must, but you'll have to take it off at the front door of the Alamo.

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.

'Stroke of Genius' just about says it all
The problem with most golf movies is that few filmmakers seem capable of resisting the temptation of making the game a metaphor for something much larger.

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.

Travel briefs
NEW YORK -- Hitting the road this summer? Check out Travel+Leisure magazine's 20 great ideas for road trips.

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.

Family project
It was hardly love at first sight when Emily Goodman saw the Beech Island plantation house her husband, James, was itching to buy.

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.

Bobby Jones
More than 70 years after winning the Grand Slam and more than 30 years after his death, golf's greatest ambassador, Bobby Jones, is going Hollywood.

Study: Boomers are much like younger adults online
NEW YORK -- When Barbara Sloan needs directions to a friend's house, she doesn't consult the Rand McNally map sitting in the car.

Winter woes resurface in summer
Recent memories of ice and snow damage from this past winter may become the stuff of nightmares this summer for many homeowners.

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.

Hunley crew will be buried
CHARLESTON, S.C. - As many as 10,000 people, including 6,000 Civil War re-enactors, are expected to march in a somber funeral procession for the crew of the H.L. Hunley, the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship.

Students assist in flag's return

On the bunny trail

Police search for gunman in late night shooting

Free pour might help tourism

Kid of the day

Center captures hydropower, textile past

On the bunny trail
Aydney Parker, 10 months old, of Aiken, gives the Easter Bunny a giggle before having her picture taken while attending the City of Aiken Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism's annual Bunny Bop -N-Hop, held at the H. Odell Weeks Activity Centers soccer field .

Augusta State student carries sign of his faith

Rants and raves
I WAS JUST READING this Rants and Raves section of the paper and I came to the conclusion that I had no idea that there were so many big-wig liberals in the Augusta area. If you people really want John Kerry to become the president, you must be out of your mind. He's nothing more than Ted Kennedy on a diet. How any Vietnam veteran can support him after his Vietnam veterans against the war speeches in Washington is mind-boggling to me. If this man is elected president, our military will be stripped so bad, Mexico and Canada could take us over.

Across the Southeast

Across the area
Rumbles of thunder and drops of rain will likely accompany today's final round of the Masters Tournament, according to the National Weather Service.

Swanson bows out for good
AIKEN - Susan Swanson said a final goodbye Saturday to her hello-I-must-be-going campaign against veteran state Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater.

Augusta State student carries sign of his faith
There is a pregnant pause between the moment the young woman lets her eyes travel from Wouter Ceyssens to the wooden cross leaning against a brick wall outside Allgood Hall on the Augusta State University campus and the moment she musters the courage to ask the obvious:

Augusta State student carries sign of his faith

News you can use
APRIL 11, 1883 The Savannah River was booming once again yesterday. The continued heavy rains have caused it to rise rapidly at the rate of nearly 1 foot per hour last night.

Police seek help on security risks

McKinney wants to reclaim her old congressional seat

News you can use

Across the area

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - Two women have been arrested on murder charges in the shaking death of a 4-month-old boy.

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.

Police seek help on security risks
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Police preparing for the G-8 Summit are asking residents to report anyone taking photographs of nontourist attractions in Glynn County.

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.

Center captures hydropower, textile past
Enterprise Mill, built in 1881 along the banks of the Augusta Canal, operated around the clock for more than a century before it closed its doors for the last time in 1983.

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.

Forgotten groups have act's backing

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.

Soldier refuses to quit on recovery

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.

Around town

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

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.

Alamo lives in Saluda County

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.

Traffic is up at airport, officials say

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.

Thurmond Lake to celebrate its 50th birthday this week

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.

Reforms in school exclude test delay

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.

Forgotten groups have act's backing
WASHINGTON - There were no sit-ins, bus boycotts or million-man marches to protest the injustices some lawmakers are seeking to correct in a supplement to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. But, in many ways, they figure the lack of attention makes the case even stronger.

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.

Rants and raves
I WAS JUST READING this Rants and Raves section of the paper and I came to the conclusion that I had no idea that there were so many big-wig liberals in the Augusta area. If you people really want John Kerry to become the president, you must be out of your mind. He's nothing more than Ted Kennedy on a diet. How any Vietnam veteran can support him after his Vietnam veterans against the war speeches in Washington is mind-boggling to me. If this man is elected president, our military will be stripped so bad, Mexico and Canada could take us over.

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.

Across the area

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

Swanson bows out for good

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Cardia Phinizy, 2, of Augusta.

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.

Around town

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

Around town
A cyclist takes advantage of the fair weather and rides down the canal towpath in Augusta.

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.

Across South Carolina
CLEMSON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying to keep sudden oak disease from developing in South Carolina.

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.

Creative mind is needed for craft
AIKEN - Before sewing the first stitch, a masterful quilter must have a clear mental picture of what the final patchwork product will be.

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.

High-risk parolees to tackle cleanup
SAVANNAH, Ga. - High-risk parolees, once the criminal scourges of inner-city neighborhoods, now will be cleaning up unkempt properties while gaining skills and a paycheck.

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.

Thurmond Lake to celebrate its 50th birthday this week
On cool spring mornings, when the crappie and bass were biting, Tommy and Rose Nell Shaw began their workday promptly at 3 a.m.

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

Church's members will feed homeless
While the Rev. Ronald Wasiluk is speaking at the Easter sunrise service at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater today, his congregation at St. James United Methodist Church on Greene Street will be serving eggs, grits and sausage to the homeless.

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.

Hispanic-friendly business takes root in Aiken County
AIKEN - Elvia and Jaime Figueroa saved their money for seven years before opening Elvia's Restaurant on Richland Avenue, just outside downtown Aiken.

SHOWCASING WINNERS

MCG clinic will study leg malady

Readers respond to Fallujah pictures

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.

18-year-old riding high off success of hit song "Tipsy"
NEW YORK -- At age 18, J-Kwon is hardly old enough to be drinking or going to clubs - and that's what his huge debut hit, "Tipsy," is all about.

U.S. music sales turnaround continued in first quarter of 2004
LOS ANGELES -- Online file-sharing and other digital piracy persist, but a gradual turnaround in U.S. music sales that began last fall picked up in the first quarter of this year, resulting in the industry's best domestic sales in years.

Two Atlanta radio hosts fired for broadcasting sexual content

Two Atlanta radio hosts fired for broadcasting sexual content
ATLANTA -- Clear Channel Communications fired two radio station hosts Friday for broadcasting sexual dialogue during a commercial.

U.S. music sales turnaround continued in first quarter of 2004

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.

18-year-old riding high off success of hit song "Tipsy"

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

Re-release of first Jim Croce album shows artist as a young man

Re-release of first Jim Croce album shows artist as a young man
SAN DIEGO -- Jim Croce's first album was supposed to end his musical career before it ever got started.

Waltrip slides past crash
GLADEVILLE, Tenn. - Michael Waltrip avoided a crash that took out the top four drivers with two laps to go, and won the Pepsi 300 on Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway.

Waltrip slides past crash

Truex shatters track record for second pole of season

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.

Musselman could be out despite Golden State's revival

Musselman could be out despite Golden State's revival
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Eric Musselman is the Golden State Warriors' most successful coach of the last 10 years, and that might not be enough to save his job.

Tampa Bay signs cornerback Mario Edwards

Tight end Williams returning to the Raiders

New offense excites Atlanta QB

McKenzie sought trade from Green Bay

Galaxy defeat Centurions

Fire scorches Claymores

Thunder stomp out Admirals

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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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Mrs. Doris Martin (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Wendell Ryan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leoler Glenn (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Jethro McCain Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Earnest Graham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jewel Hinton (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Tillman Gary (BROOKLYN, N.Y.)

Mr. John Hunnicutt, Jr. (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Bobe (LEXINGTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Linda Doolittle (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Foreman (JACKSON, S.C.)

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Mrs. Amanda Hill (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Shirley Reel (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Larry Osborne (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Naomi Grom (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Sgt. Garvin Reese (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Lizzie Stephens (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Hawkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Brenda Chavous (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Bush (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Jacob Byers (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Janie Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Patricia Cassell (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Iris Touw (ISLAND, Ga.)

Dr. C. Stephen Mulherin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Booker Roberson Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Glaze (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

'Liberal' and 'conservative' need to be better understood
POLITICALLY, Americans can be classified in a number of ways. One of the most important of these ways is by political ideology. Your ideology is your beliefs, attitudes and opinions about how government should work.

'Liberal' and 'conservative' need to be better understood
POLITICALLY, Americans can be classified in a number of ways. One of the most important of these ways is by political ideology. Your ideology is your beliefs, attitudes and opinions about how government should work.

Overtime

Dogwood Stable colt finishes in third

Chi knocks out Brodie for WBC featherweight crown

Mauresmo into semifinals Amelia Island

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

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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.

Brothers come through for U.S.
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Bob and Mike Bryan gave the U.S. Davis Cup team a 2-1 lead over Sweden, beating Jonas Bjorkman and Thomas Johansson 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, on Saturday.

Overtime
Augusta State and USC Aiken each won a game in doubleheader action. Lee Rose had four hits and an RBI and the Jaguars topped USC Aiken 8-4 in Game 1. The Pacers tallied 19 hits, led by Daniel Quartararo's four-hit, three RBI performance and took the second game 13-9.

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.

Dogwood Stable colt finishes in third
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell is going to wait.

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

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.

Chi knocks out Brodie for WBC featherweight crown
MANCHESTER, England -- Injin Chi knocked out Michael Brodie in the seventh round Saturday to win the vacant WBC featherweight title, six months after they fought a disputed draw.

First turkeys are most memorable
I played hooky from work last week to go turkey hunting with my friend Russ.

Brentwood Academy's title twice as nice for coach Dennard
Chandler Dennard xeroxed greatness this year at Brentwood Academy. His team repeated as the Georgia Independent Schools Association State AA Champions with a 27-4 record.

Solid defense earns player top award
The Augusta Chronicle's Independent Schools Boys Player of the Year showed the game is far more than a shooting clinic.

Georgia girl's team
All area basketball. Georgia girls team

Aiken coach turns team around
The best way to understand the superlatives among Thomas Ryan's coaching at Aiken High this season is to imagine the team as a Broadway play.

Independent boys
All-Area basketball. Independent boys.

South Carolina girls
All-Area basketball. South Carolina girls first team

Cook kept to his plan with girls
The Brentwood girls basketball team proved plenty this season. In advancing to the Georgia Independent Schools Association title game, the team showed that basketball success at the school isn't limited to the boys team.

Parent helps player focus, improve
Adron Marshall got a little quicker, a little more effective and focused during the halftime of every Aiken basketball game.

Smith dribbled past competitors
Vontrease Smith with a basketball in her hand just might have been the most exciting thing going for four years in Jenkins County. She might have been the most exciting girls player among any of Georgia's 159 counties during the past four years.

Thomas' tenacity nets her honor
Thomas has netted a foundation for life and a starting point for her future. The Augusta Chronicle's South Carolina Girls Basketball Player of the Year made a verbal commitment last week to play at Anderson College. Thomas will play Division II basketball next season in her home state.

Georgia boys
FIRST TEAM

Greenbrier coach takes risks, receives rewards
Greenbrier coach Garrett Black has lived that through his 11 years of coaching so far. Black's father, Donnie, won more than 300 games around the Augusta area during a 30-year coaching career.

Transformation
The good things that athletic competition builds in young people is evident in every Matt Scott jump shot.

Independent girls
All-Area basketball. Independent girls.

Injuries put Norris to test
The South Carolina Girls Basketball Coach of the Year does her best work when it seems as if her team is crumbling all around her. Before this season, the most fragile squad Faye Norris ever coached was in 1998.

South Carolina boys
All-Area basketball. South Carolina boys.

Tomboy shoots to top spot
Amy Jones readily admits she's a bit of tomboy.

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.

Tight end Williams returning to the Raiders
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Tight end Roland Williams is returning to the Oakland Raiders, signing a contract Saturday.

Galaxy defeat Centurions
COLOGNE, Germany -- Jermaine Lewis scored a touchdown off a blocked punt Saturday to help the Frankfurt Galaxy beat the Cologne Centurions 20-10, spoiling the home debut of NFL Europe's newest team.

Fire scorches Claymores
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany -- Joffrey Reynolds ran for two touchdowns to lift the Rhein Fire past the Scottish Claymores 31-3 on Saturday in NFL Europe.

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.

McKenzie sought trade from Green Bay
MILWAUKEE -- Packers cornerback Mike McKenzie asked for a trade earlier this week, but Green Bay quickly denied the request.

Thunder stomp out Admirals
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Rohan Davey threw two long touchdown passes to Jorg Heckenbach in the Berlin Thunder's 28-17 win over the Amsterdam Admirals on Saturday in NFL Europe.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

First turkeys are most memorable

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.

Deion Sanders, Yolanda Adams to host gospel awards show

With Clarke under ABC contract, other networks rebuffed

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.

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.

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

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.

Peter Bogdanovich to direct ESPN movie on Pete Rose

People in the News

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

Odds and Ends

Slip of the lip

Faith Digest

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

Area ministers will rejoice in Easter miracle

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

Study: Marked increase in television news coverage of religion