'Between Us': Examining the choices one makes in life

Nancy Lemenager is coming back to Broadway
NEW YORK -- From Jerome Kern to Billy Joel - Nancy Lemenager is returning to Broadway.

'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.

Vivienne Westwood exhibition shows innovation of 30 years

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

American Indian curator hopes to tell all sides of mission story

Emerson String Quartet: a quarter-century of good timing

Osage art tells story of tradition, adaptation

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.

Nancy Lemenager is coming back to Broadway

'Good Blood' is in the right vein

The evolution of an arts Mecca
NEW YORK -- An icy drizzle darkens the street beneath Bruce Pearson's studio.

Exhibit looks to everyday objects for beauty of design
NEW YORK -- They may not seem all that artistic, those ubiquitous yellow Post-it notes, or the chopsticks that came with last night's take-out, or the zipper keeping your pants up.

Emerson String Quartet: a quarter-century of good timing
NEW YORK -- Like all exceptional musicians, the members of the Emerson String Quartet have excellent timing.

Exhibit looks to everyday objects for beauty of design

Vivienne Westwood exhibition shows innovation of 30 years
LONDON -- Vivienne Westwood, famous for dressing the Sex Pistols and creating the 1970s punk look, isn't interested in keeping up with the times.

U.S. losing terror war, warns new book

American Indian curator hopes to tell all sides of mission story
SAN FRANCISCO -- Andrew Galvan stands on the steps of the old adobe building and sees a relic of a colonial crusade that wreaked havoc on his ancestors.

'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.

Osage art tells story of tradition, adaptation
ST. LOUIS -- As the city celebrates 2004 for the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark journey, a display at the St. Louis Art Museum is focusing on the American Indians who played an important role in the region long before the explorers arrived to map the Louisiana Purchase.

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.

'Between Us': Examining the choices one makes in life
NEW YORK -- Want to discover a new American drama? Check out the world premiere of "Between Us" Joe Hortua's look at two couples and the different paths they take with their lives. The play, now in previews at Manhattan Theatre Club's Stage I, opens officially April 20.

The evolution of an arts Mecca

Twins beat Tigers

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.

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.

Tourists in town for three

Reds top Pirates

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

Schmidt gets first win as manager
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt got his first win as a minor league manager when the Clearwater Threshers beat the Dunedin Blue Jays 9-3 Sunday in the Florida State League.

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.

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.

White Sox get best of Yankees

'Chronicle' anticipated large crowds at Masters

Attacker cuts woman's hair at family grave site in Louisiana
METAIRIE, La. -- A man grabbed a woman in a mausoleum, made her kneel and pull her hair into a ponytail, and then cut her hair off close to her head, police said.

Students to hold three separate proms
LYONS, Ga. -- It was hard enough to choose whether to attend the white prom or the black prom at Toombs County High School, but Yuri Flores hit another roadblock after she made her decision.

Children on Easter egg hunt find guns in schoolyard
FLINT, Mich. -- A group of children hunting for Easter eggs Saturday during a church event found two loaded handguns outside an elementary school.

Cubs' ace continues to dominate Braves

Cubs rout Braves
ATLANTA -- Kerry Wood's uniform was a bloody mess Sunday.

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.

Franco's hit rescues Braves

Cubs rout Braves

Maddux returns to Turner Field with Cubs

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.

Cubs' ace continues to dominate Braves
ATLANTA - Kerry Wood used his fastball to blow the Atlanta Braves out of the National League playoffs last October, earning two victories and striking out 18 batters in the 2003 Division Series.

CNN's Lou Dobbs makes offshoring issue his job
LOS ANGELES -- Lou Dobbs is a newsman on a mission. Or, as detractors would have it, he's a "raving" trade protectionist, a ratings hound, or possibly suffering "some sort of intellectual midlife crisis."

Prepared businesses can bounce back

A uniform decision

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.

CEO Gutierrez credited with Kellogg's comeback
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- Five years ago, with Americans eating more bagels and muffins instead of cereal for breakfast, Kellogg Co. was starting to look a little shaky.

Golf retailer is striving to be industry's earnings leader

CNN's Lou Dobbs makes offshoring issue his job

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.

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

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.

Bartering is back

On the move

Dot-com millionaires want to restore luster to downtown Vegas casino
LAS VEGAS -- Dot-com millionaires Tim Poster and Tom Breitling knew how to get a deal at a hotel-casino and book flights to Las Vegas, but were far less expert about the gambling business. Yet the entrepreneurs have transformed themselves into gaming executives with the purchase of downtown Las Vegas' famed Golden Nugget.

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.

CEO Gutierrez credited with Kellogg's comeback

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.

Dot-com millionaires want to restore luster to downtown Vegas casino

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.

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.

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

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
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.

A new Plant Vogtle?
What's the cleanest, most efficient and least-expensive source of electricity? Nuclear power, of course.

No more Griseldas

Ultimate triumph of attitude
William Hung was laughed off the stage at his American Idol singing audition.

Humanity's best hope

Arab world gets a pass
Where is the Arab world?

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.

Arab world gets a pass

Q&A: Elisha Cuthbert on '24', 'The Girl Next Door'
LOS ANGELES -- The good news for "24" star Elisha Cuthbert was that her first lead movie role in the comedy "The Girl Next Door" came with lots of sexy costume changes - a relief from wearing the same outfit every single day on the real-time TV thriller.

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.

Wall Street tech trading could turn on results
NEW YORK -- The Nasdaq composite index, already bruised from a month of rocky trading, may see more volatility after bellwethers including Intel, IBM, Apple Computer and Sun Microsystems release earnings reports in the coming week.

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?

Wall Street tech trading could turn on results

The hows, whys and buts of investing in China

Investors worry about lawsuits used to quiet their views

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.

Investors worry about lawsuits used to quiet their views
NEW YORK -- Annual meetings have long been considered an open forum where company shareholders could speak out and hope to be heard - and not worry about being sued for what they say. Until now.

Parents can teach their children a lot about personal finance

Jackets top North Carolina
ATLANTA -- Eric Patterson had three hits and drove in five runs and Andy Hawranick also had three hits and two RBI to lead Georgia Tech to a 13-8 victory over North Carolina Sunday in the rubber game of their three-game series.

Jackets avoid sweep
ROME, Ga. - The Augusta GreenJackets are finally in the win column.

High school yearbooks hold memories, mistakes

Jackets avoid sweep

Solid defense earns player top award

Smith dribbled past competitors

Georgia boys

Georgia girl's team

Thomas' tenacity nets her honor

Independent girls

Brentwood Academy's title twice as nice for coach Dennard

South Carolina boys

Transformation

Greenbrier coach takes risks, receives rewards

Parent helps player focus, improve

Cook kept to his plan with girls

Independent boys

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.

Leafs optimistic about chances in Ottawa

Sharks lead 2-0 over undisciplined Blues

Stars hoping return home provides spark

Islanders happy to be home
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders returned from Florida with a win in their pockets and home-ice advantage.

Predators win first home playoff game

McCauley scratched from Sharks' lineup

Sharks lead 2-0 over undisciplined Blues
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues know they need to show much more discipline to get back into their first-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks.

Stars hoping return home provides spark
DALLAS -- Outplayed in every way through two losses to the Colorado Avalanche, the Dallas Stars are desperate for something to finally go right in their first-round playoff series.

Leafs optimistic about chances in Ottawa
TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs have made themselves perfectly comfortable at Ottawa's home rink.

Predators win first home playoff game
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators made the first home playoff game in their six-year history a day to remember.

Islanders happy to be home

'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?

Tornado watch issued
Three men died this morning when a small plane crashed in a wooded area near a North Augusta nursing home, authorities said.

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.

Three dead in North Augusta plane crash
Three men died this morning when a small plane crashed in a wooded area near a North Augusta nursing home, authorities said.

Will the real Kerry please stand up?

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

Will the real Kerry please stand up?
We will have the opportunity to vote for the president who will lead this nation for the next four years. However, to make the right decision, we need more facts. We have a good idea where President George W. Bush stands on the issues and on his accomplishments, but we need clarification on Sen. John Kerry's views and past actions. It is difficult to follow Sen. Kerry's opinions and beliefs because he reverses himself, except for his hatred of President Bush. Al Kotras, Augusta

Tax-cut plan was a bust

Golfer's generosity draws thanks
Dear Charles: I was very touched to read the article in the April 5 Augusta Chronicle where you recently honored your father with a donation to the Medical College of Georgia to help start an endowed chair in pediatric surgery. The feelings your father must have for your thoughtful deed must be overwhelming and I would like to commend you for your contribution. Jack Connell, 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.

Noise from speedway is exaggerated
In response to the letter from Randy and Briggette London, I agree completely. How can the Columbia County Zoning Board in all good conscience put up such a fuss about six hours of noise, once a week, from April until October? Tina Tucker, Grovetown, Ga.

Techbits: AOL's reality TV, Document detectors, Hot spots

Movies, myth, history - and Davy Crockett

Bobby Jones

Travel briefs

Formerly arcane research gets Pentagon, corporate respect

'Stroke of Genius' just about says it all

Winter woes resurface in summer

Study: Boomers are much like younger adults online

DVD backup software made toothless by courts

Family project

Formerly arcane research gets Pentagon, corporate respect
PITTSBURGH -- Researchers in robotics have traditionally faced two debilitating obstacles: terribly expensive parts and difficulty attracting funding from anyone outside of a small corps of true believers.

Techbits: AOL's reality TV, Document detectors, Hot spots
NEW YORK -- It's a lot like "The Apprentice," except nobody gets fired.

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.

'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.

DVD backup software made toothless by courts
SAN FRANCISCO -- When 321 Studios Inc. hit store shelves with software that could back up DVD movies onto blank disks, it seemed like a smart idea for households full of rambunctious children who play rough-and-tumble with their copies of "Finding Nemo."

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.

Vietnam shooter has too much Norris, too little "Platoon"
Anyone who's seen Chuck Norris' "Missing in Action" understands that the hero isn't going to analyze Vietnam's moral ambiguities - he's going to karate chop them in the head.

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.

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.

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

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.

Teacher inspires pupils to reach out
PETTICOAT JUNCTION - Mary Thomas, a geometry and pre-calculus teacher at Silver Bluff High School, knows there is more to teaching than textbooks and lectures.

The week ahead

Savannah man found shot inside burning car
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A man's body was found shot and scorched beyond recognition inside a burning car over the weekend.

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.

Debate on lake's name continues

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.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for Columbia County authorities. Adequate time has passed since the ice storm. It's time to ticket residents who have the large piles of tree refuse, limbs, branches, etc., all over the front yard, creating an eyesore and obstructing vision for drivers.

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.

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

Daughter of slain U.S. contractor in Iraq remembers her father
STATESBORO, Ga. -- The daughter of one of the four U.S. security contractors killed last month in an ambush in Iraq said her father wanted to help in the Iraqi reconstruction.

Female faculty seek mentors

State officials looking for moniker for Ga. 316-Interstate 85 connector
ATLANTA -- State officials are looking for a catchy nickname for Georgia 316's dangerous connection with Interstate 85 as it undergoes an $100 million overhaul to fix the bottleneck.

Bridge builders emphasize safety

No change foreseen in legislative makeup
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Few retirements and a dearth of challengers mean it's unlikely the state General Assembly will have any significant power shift after this year's elections.

United parties got work done
ATLANTA - Georgians got some glimpses during the just-concluded General Assembly session of how divided government can work.

Five questions

Shooting sends man to hospital
An Augusta man was recovering Sunday after a weekend shooting in the city's Bethlehem neighborhood, officials said.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for Columbia County authorities. Adequate time has passed since the ice storm. It's time to ticket residents who have the large piles of tree refuse, limbs, branches, etc., all over the front yard, creating an eyesore and obstructing vision for drivers.

Federal appeals court hears congressman's claim against Clinton, Flynt
WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr will get another shot at longtime foe Bill Clinton on Monday when his lawyers ask a federal appeals court to reinstate a defamation lawsuit he filed nearly two years ago against the ex-president.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - After two troubled years, the Babcock Center for the mentally disabled plans to scale back its operations.

Female faculty seek mentors
ATHENS, Ga. - A glance at the University of Georgia landscape reveals the obvious: most students here are women. But take a look inside the classrooms, lecture halls and research laboratories. Nearly three of four professors are men.

DIET: Slow down and savor the flavor; the home-cooking movement gains ground
ATLANTA -- They sound a lot like your mother.

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

Federal appeals court hears congressman's claim against Clinton, Flynt

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

Babcock plans to downsize
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- After two troubled years, the Babcock Center for the mentally disabled plans to scale back its operations.

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.

Bridge builders emphasize safety
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Construction on the new $632 million Cooper River bridge has been relatively accident-free, according to safety records.

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.

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE - The state placed the Gwinnett County Animal Control Shelter under a 14-day quarantine because of a virus outbreak in four dogs.

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.

Hunt's record pleases county

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.

Debate on lake's name continues
Strom Thurmond Lake or Clarks Hill?

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:

Seattle, San Francisco air passengers may have been exposed to measles

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.

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.

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.

Hunt's record pleases county
AIKEN - A cynic might view Mike Hunt's first 10 months as sheriff as an extended campaign for re-election.

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.

Five questions
Former Augusta-Richmond County mayor Larry Sconyers answers questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

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.

Restoring history
AIKEN - The heart of a town known as a mecca for horses, golf and retirees can't be found in the bars and boutiques that line Laurens Street or along the dusty lanes and stables of the Horse District.

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.

On the hunt
Neal Morgan runs around the playground at Savannah Rapids Pavilion in search of Easter eggs during an Easter egg hunt. The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter held the Easter egg hunt after its 10:30 a.m. service Sunday in Evans.

Forgotten groups have act's backing

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Keyondra Cobb, 12, of Augusta.

Around town

Trial to begin to man accused of killing two brothers
LaFAYETTE, Ga. -- Jury selection begins Monday for the murder trial of a Tifton man accused of killing two brothers who were doing volunteer work at a northwest Georgia boys home.

On the bunny trail

Smoking ban just the beginning of legislative failures
ATLANTA -- Smokers can relax. Green tree frogs need to wait another year.

Swanson bows out for good

Foundation looks for funds to pay chancellor
ATLANTA -- During the past two years, the Board of Regents foundation hasn't raised enough money to cover the supplemental compensation promised to Chancellor Thomas Meredith.

Augusta State student carries sign of his faith

Seattle, San Francisco air passengers may have been exposed to measles
ATLANTA -- Passengers on four flights from Hong Kong to San Francisco and Seattle late last month may have been exposed to toddlers from China with measles, federal officials warned.

Across the area

Columbus police make arrests in alleged kidnapping
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus police and the FBI arrested two men and a woman after an apparent kidnapping stemming from money allegedly lost in a failed electronics scam.

Center captures hydropower, textile past

Lottery is bright spot in S.C. revenues
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As a University of South Carolina student, Leah Sugarman is strapped for cash.

News you can use

Tornado watch issued

Police search for gunman in late night shooting

No change foreseen in legislative makeup

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.

Trial to begin to man accused of killing two brothers

Kid of the day

Pitt bulls bred to fight may be destroyed

Augusta State student carries sign of his faith

Pitt bulls bred to fight may be destroyed
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The dozens of pit bulls found at a North Charleston facility authorities say was used to train dogs to fight are likely to be destroyed.

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 .

The week ahead
If, like millions of Americans, you have waited until the last possible minute to file your income taxes, there is a very real chance that you have a long line at the post office in your future. It's a thought that, understandably, appeals only to the most masochistic sector of society.

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

Across the area
An Augusta woman was arrested after police tried to tow her car and she hit an officer in the shoulder early Saturday morning, a police report says.

Police seek help on security risks

Downtown churches join in early worship
An Augusta Easter service turned into a game of peekaboo at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater on Sunday.

Teacher inspires pupils to reach out

Savannah man found shot inside burning car

Smoking ban just the beginning of legislative failures

Across South Carolina

State officials looking for moniker for Ga. 316-Interstate 85 connector

Conflicts nearly sank HOPE reform

Across the area

DIET: Slow down and savor the flavor; the home-cooking movement gains ground

United parties got work done

Babcock plans to downsize

Kid of the day

Lottery is bright spot in S.C. revenues

Restoring history

Conflicts nearly sank HOPE reform
ATLANTA - It was falling apart again.

Thurmond Lake to celebrate its 50th birthday this week

High school yearbooks hold memories, mistakes
When I was in my hometown recently, the owner of a restaurant recognized me - even though it was from high school that he remembered me - and high school, dear friends, was a long, long time ago.

Red Sox fans pick name for documentary
Boston Red Sox fans have given a name to their pain, choosing "Still, We Believe: The Boston Red Sox Movie" as the title of a documentary about their beloved, beleaguered baseball team.

Red Sox fans pick name for documentary

'The Alamo' touches raw nerve in Mexico
MEXICO CITY -- Mexican audiences are bracing for "The Alamo," which depicts this country's most reviled traitor, one of its most humiliating defeats and events that ultimately cost Mexico half its territory.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

'The Alamo' touches raw nerve in Mexico

Jazz singer-pianist offers something old, something new

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

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews
Selected audio reviews:

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

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Two Atlanta radio hosts fired for broadcasting sexual content

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.

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

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.

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.

Jazz singer-pianist offers something old, something new
NEW YORK -- Peter Cincotti may love Paris, but as the Rodgers and Hart standard goes, he'll have Manhattan.

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

Crawford scores 50 points in Bulls' overtime win

Musselman could be out despite Golden State's revival

Kings give Lakers wake-up call
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Lakers were the perfect wake-up call for the Sacramento Kings - though Kobe Bryant helped out by sleeping through the first half.

Kings give Lakers wake-up call

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.

Crawford scores 50 points in Bulls' overtime win
TORONTO -- Jamal Crawford predicted he could score 50 points before the Chicago Bulls played the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

Galaxy defeat Centurions

Thunder stomp out Admirals

Tight end Williams returning to the Raiders

Fire scorches Claymores

McKenzie sought trade from Green Bay

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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.

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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.

Klitschko's future might be outside ring, not in it, after shocking loss

Dogwood Stable colt finishes in third

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Big finish by Roddick puts U.S. in Davis Cup semifinals

Chi knocks out Brodie for WBC featherweight crown

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Klitschko's future might be outside ring, not in it, after shocking loss
LAS VEGAS -- Wladimir Klitschko better get used to working in his brother's corner during fights. It might be the only future he has left in boxing.

Big finish by Roddick puts U.S. in Davis Cup semifinals
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Andy Roddick's final serve set a record, and a celebratory final forehand sent his racket into the stands.

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

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.

Davenport beats Mauresmo for 40th WTA title
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- You don't collect 40 titles on the WTA Tour without knowing how to size up an opponent.

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.

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.

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.

Overtime
In Atlanta, Eric Patterson had three hits and drove in five runs, and Andy Hawranick also had three hits and two RBI to lead Georgia Tech to a 13-8 victory over North Carolina on Sunday in the rubber game of their three-game series.

Ephedra banned from Monday, unless judge orders reprieve
WASHINGTON -- A government ban on sales of ephedra kicks in Monday unless a federal judge issues the dwindling industry a late reprieve.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Independent boys
All-Area basketball. Independent boys.

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.

Georgia boys
FIRST TEAM

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

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

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

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.

Independent girls
All-Area basketball. Independent girls.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Church leaders see more young people seeking faith
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The spirit is apparently moving young people along the Grand Strand.

First turkeys are most memorable

You've done your 2003 taxes. Now what?
NEW YORK -- The arrival of April 15 shouldn't signal the end of small business owners' tax concerns - they should take another look at 2003 and plan for the current tax year.

NBC's quake miniseries has seismic experts shaking their heads

News, corporate connections now in spotlight
NEW YORK -- Blindsided by a controversy over its corporate ties to the publisher of Richard Clarke's book, "60 Minutes" has promised that it will not happen again.

News, corporate connections now in spotlight

NBC's quake miniseries has seismic experts shaking their heads
LOS ANGELES -- An upcoming TV miniseries about an impossibly large earthquake that strikes the West Coast has left seismic experts shaking their heads at what they called gross inaccuracies.

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Q&A: Elisha Cuthbert on '24', 'The Girl Next Door'

Bulldogs come up empty
It took a few tries, but Tennessee pitcher Ben Riley finally shut down the Bulldogs.

South Carolina defeats Florida in extra innings

South Carolina defeats Florida in extra innings
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Brendan Winn tied the game with a three-run homer in the eighth inning, then won it with an RBI single in the 10th as South Carolina defeated Florida 7-6 on Sunday.

Students to hold three separate proms

Children on Easter egg hunt find guns in schoolyard

Attacker cuts woman's hair at family grave site in Louisiana

Church leaders see more young people seeking faith