Punctuation prognosis is grim but funny in unlikely best seller
Punctuation prognosis is grim but funny in unlikely best seller

Librarian-first lady on annual list of eager readers

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Punctuation prognosis is grim but funny in unlikely best seller

Rare 'Hamlet' edition fails to sell at auction

Rare 'Hamlet' edition fails to sell at auction
NEW YORK -- A rare edition of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet," valued at well over $1 million, failed to sell at auction when the bidding fell short of the seller's minimum.

Arts calendar

Librarian-first lady on annual list of eager readers
GARDINER, Maine -- Laura Bush joins actors, writers and a former British prime minister in pitching her favorite books for the annual "Who Reads What?" list, out in time for National Library Week.

Arts calendar
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Martha Graham Dance Company opens new season
NEW YORK -- Martha Graham Dance Company saved the best for last, as the company kicked off its 2004 New York season at City Center with an array of the great modern pioneer's works.

Martha Graham Dance Company opens new season

Bonds seems poised to keep breaking records
SAN FRANCISCO -- So, what's next for Barry Bonds? He doesn't even want to think about it. Not yet, anyway.

Here's to you Mr. Robinson
NEW YORK - As a boy, Bud Selig went to Wrigley Field to watch a rookie named Jackie Robinson. More than a half-century later, the memory still sticks with the commissioner.

Bonds seems poised to keep breaking records

Phillies top the Reds
PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Lieberthal gave Philadelphia's offense the lift it needed and the Phillies a first win to remember at their brand new ballpark.

Phillies top the Reds

White Sox squeeze past Royals
CHICAGO -- Magglio Ordonez hit a one-out home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 6-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday and a three-game series sweep.

White Sox 10, Royals 9
CHICAGO -- The White Sox again blew a big lead against Kansas City. Only this time, Chicago came back to win.

Rangers top Athletics
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kenny Rogers pitched seven solid innings, Alfonso Soriano had three hits and the Texas Rangers avoided a three-game sweep with a 7-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.

Marlins drown Expos
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Carl Pavano was determined to keep the shutout streak going for the Florida Marlins.

Student Teacher
It wouldn't be right to say that Hephzibah's Bronson Eldridge would make a fine high school coach one day. That's because he already is. Sort of.

White Sox squeeze past Royals

Astros blast Cardinals

Cubs roll over Pirates
CHICAGO -- Aramis Ramirez homered twice, Todd Walker went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and Matt Clement scattered two hits Wednesday in the Chicago Cubs' 8-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Yankees beat Devil Rays

Brewers blank Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds took most of the day off after hitting his 661st homer.

Student Teacher

Astros blast Cardinals
ST. LOUIS -- Wade Miller walked a career-high seven, which usually come back to haunt a pitcher.

Rangers top Athletics

White Sox 10, Royals 9

Lakeside proves itself with big win in difficult region
Lakeside's baseball victory this week against Cross Creek validated its status as a team to be reckoned with. That's saying something in Region 3-AAAA, one of the toughest divisions in the state.

Hardest part still to come as Bonds creeps up HR list
SAN FRANCISCO - This was the milestone he said he didn't want, the one that he would have liked to have skipped on his way to the two he does want.

Indians' Bard out 2 1/2 months after surgery
CLEVELAND -- Indians catcher Josh Bard will be out 2 1/2 months after having lower abdomen surgery.

Greenbrier dominates Hephzibah

A's recall Harden from minors
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Right-hander Rich Harden was recalled from the minors by the Oakland Athletics to start Thursday's game against the Texas Rangers.

Hardest part still to come as Bonds creeps up HR list

Indians' Bard out 2 1/2 months after surgery

Yankees beat Devil Rays
NEW YORK -- Well on the way to his 200th career victory, tough guy Kevin Brown got a bit misty.

Cubs roll over Pirates

A's recall Harden from minors

Greenbrier dominates Hephzibah
The phrase "last call" means different things to different folks in all walks of life. It meant one significant thing Wednesday evening when Greenbrier played host to Hephzibah in Region 3-AAAA play.

Brewers blank Giants

Here's to you Mr. Robinson

Latest birth announcements

Latest birth announcements
Here's a list of the latest area birth annoucements.

Girl, 6, found near dead mother more than a week after crash
MORENO VALLEY, Calif. -- A 6-year-old girl found in a ravine survived for 10 days on dry noodles and Gatorade while remaining near her dead mother following a car crash, relatives said.

Minister dies from snakebite during service
JONESVILLE, Va. -- A preacher bitten by a rattlesnake as he handled it during an Easter service at a rural church died after refusing medical treatment, authorities said.

Odds and Ends
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A white and tan Taiwanese cat made his successful television debut - on the toilet.

Teen sentenced for hitting jogger on purpose
GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- A teen who wrote about wanting to do "horrible things" was sentenced to 50 years in prison for trying to kill a woman by driving up onto a sidewalk to hit her with his sport utility vehicle.

Odds and Ends
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- A man shopping for trees at a Lowe's home improvement store was bitten by an 18-inch eastern diamondback rattler, a snake native to the Southeast.

Secret Service office worker charged in thefts of ground zero cars
NEW YORK -- A Secret Service office worker stole agency cars contaminated by dust from the World Trade Center collapse and gave them to his mother and daughter, prosecutors charged. The cars were supposed to have been scrapped.

Braves rookie fitting in fine
ATLANTA - All it took was one road trip with the Atlanta Braves to make Adam LaRoche realize he was no longer in the minors.

Defending champs on first trip to town
NEW YORK - It's not exactly Yankees-Red Sox, but when the Braves and defending world champion Marlins get together Friday night at Turner Field in the opener of a weekend series, it won't be business as usual.

Thomson silences Mets' bats
NEW YORK - The lineup was posted at 3 p.m. The guffaws started at 3:01.

Atlanta not in New York state of body

Thomson silences Mets' bats

Atlanta not in New York state of body
NEW YORK - The injury news remained as grim as the Flushing forecast Wednesday with Chipper Jones, J.D. Drew and Rafael Furcal out of the Atlanta Braves lineup again.

Expo draws nearly 1,000 applicants seeking jobs

Government alerts parents to two big toy recalls
WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of thousands of Batman Batmobiles by Mattel are being recalled after reports that more than a dozen children have been hurt by the toys, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.

Government alerts parents to two big toy recalls

Golf fans turn to eBay for tournament items

Savannah merchants have mixed opinions of summit
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Soft guitar music played in the background of his upscale store as merchant Alton Brecker discussed an international economic conference called G-8 that's coming to coastal Georgia.

NRA creating news company to take to the airwaves

Savannah merchants have mixed opinions of summit

Business briefs

CinemaNow signs video-on-demand deal with SBC Yahoo!
LOS ANGELES -- Subscribers to the SBC Yahoo! broadband Internet service will be able to watch movies online for 98 cents during a limited promotion with online movie service CinemaNow.

IMF warns U.S. budget deficits could depress world economy

Expo draws nearly 1,000 applicants seeking jobs
Though the din echoing from Augusta State University's Athletic Complex didn't have anything to do with sports Wednesday, the event inside had all the drama and competition of a championship game.

Happy Meals are all grown up
CHICAGO - Striving for a healthier image in the age of obesity, McDonald's is rolling out new Happy Meals for adults, with salad, bottled water and pedometers - and coming soon for children, fresh fruit instead of fries.

Google unveils localized ads

Golf fans turn to eBay for tournament items
Jim Phillips was heartbroken when his wife threw away his Masters Tournament shirt a few years ago.

CinemaNow signs video-on-demand deal with SBC Yahoo!

EIA report: Oil will cost $51 a barrel by 2025
WASHINGTON -- Crude oil prices will increase gradually and reach $51 a barrel by 2025 due to inflation and rising energy needs in developing nations, according to an Energy Department projection.

AP Poll: Most people prefer balanced budget to tax cuts

Happy Meals are all grown up

Honda recalls 600,000 vehicles for transmission defect
DETROIT -- American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 600,000 minivans and sport utility vehicles in the United States and Canada because their transmissions can fail.

China says its booming economy grew 9.7 percent in first quarter of year
SHANGHAI, China -- China said Thursday its economy expanded 9.7 percent in the first three months of this year, beating expectations and fueling worries about possible inflation.

China says its booming economy grew 9.7 percent in first quarter of year

Google unveils localized ads
NEW YORK -- Google is giving online merchants and other Web sites more options for tailoring their advertisements to local audiences.

Consumer prices rise by 0.5 percent in March
WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices - lifted by more expensive gasoline, airfares and clothing - rose by 0.5 percent in March, raising questions about whether the seeds of unwanted inflation are being sown.

Jobless claims jump by 30,000
WASHINGTON -- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits, after having fallen to the lowest level in four years, shot up last week by the biggest amount since late 2002. The new report dealt a setback to hopes that the economy is finally beginning to produce a sustained recovery in jobs.

Business briefs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Hospital chain HCA Inc., which owns Doctors Hospital in Augusta, on Wednesday cut its earnings forecasts due to a rising number of uninsured patients and uncollectible accounts. HCA said first-quarter earnings will likely be 69 cents a share.

Delta CFO leaving to take same role at Mirant
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines' chief financial officer is leaving to take the same job at bankrupt energy supplier Mirant Corp., becoming the second top executive at the struggling carrier to resign in the last month.

IMF warns U.S. budget deficits could depress world economy
WASHINGTON -- Uncontrolled U.S. budget deficits would pose a serious threat to global prosperity in coming years as rising interest rates depress economic growth in the United States and around the world, the International Monetary Fund warned Wednesday.

NRA creating news company to take to the airwaves
WASHINGTON -- The nation's gun lobby is creating an "NRA news" company that will produce a daily talk show for the Internet, buy a radio station and seek a television deal to spread its gun-rights message nationwide.

Consumer prices rise by 0.5 percent in March

Business briefs
Mayor Bob Young will present a resolution today at the Augusta plant of Solo Cup Co., formerly Sweetheart Cup Co., to officially welcome the company as a corporate citizen.

Claims decline locally
The number of newly unemployed workers filing first-time jobless claims in Augusta fell 20 percent from February to March, an indication layoffs are slowing in the city's hard-hit manufacturing sector.

AP Poll: Most people prefer balanced budget to tax cuts
WASHINGTON -- By almost a 2-1 margin, Americans prefer balancing the nation's budget to cutting taxes, according to an Associated Press poll, even though many believe their overall tax burden has risen despite tax cuts over the past three years.

Shula's decision didn't create much buzz among players
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Roman Harper didn't get caught up in the fuss over the decision of Alabama coach Mike Shula to rename a spring award honoring Sylvester Croom.

Shula's decision didn't create much buzz among players

Hodge staying for senior season at N.C. State

Two Yellow Jackets fly to college

Northern Illinois gives Novak contract extension

Sales tax the best tax

Where have they been?
It's about time.

Correction

Ominous strategy change

Ominous strategy change
Whether the tape offering European countries a "truce" if they won't attack Muslims was recorded by Osama bin Laden or not, it surely marks a shift in strategy by the al-Qaida leadership.

Putting it on the line

Putting it on the line
Ashley Revell of London made headlines this week when he put everything he had on a do-or-die spin of a Las Vegas roulette wheel.

Correction
A sentence in Monday's nuclear power editorial should have read, "Last year, N-power plants generated electricity for 20 percent of Americans' homes at a cost of 1.71 cents per kilowatt hour - considerably cheaper than coal, natural gas or oil, all of which are soaring in price."

Sales tax the best tax
There's one good thing about Income Tax Day - it reminds taxpayers how awful their government's income tax code is and how desperately in need of reform it is.

Terrible tax code
"Where is the dignity in a tax code that treats Americans like so many gerbils - do this and you get sugar water; do that and you get an electric shock? The 40,000 pages of social engineering in the IRS code should be an embarrassment to Congress. And both conservatives and liberals are to blame. The IRS prints more than 1,100 forms, instructions and other publications. We need to finance the federal government in a manner everyone can understand, and that means a low, simple flat tax. We need to eliminate the double taxation of dividends and other obstacles to savings, investment and growth."

People in the News
NEW YORK -- An organization Tom Cruise co-founded has raised $1.2 million to expand a treatment program for rescue workers exposed to potentially hazardous materials after the collapse of the World Trade Center.

Clubbin'
ABBI'S COFFEE MILL: 403 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez; 651-9111.

'American Bandstand' host Dick Clark has diabetes
LOS ANGELES -- Dick Clark, renowned as "America's oldest teenager," has diabetes.

Applause calendar
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Standing ovations
WASHINGTON MUSIC FEST: Ticketed performances and jam sessions Friday at venues across Washington, Ga., 11 a.m. Saturday.

The big ticket
SHINEDOWN, KNOWFACE, JEMANI: Doors open 7 p.m., music 8 p.m. today, the Boathouse, 101 Riverfront Drive; $10 adults, $12 younger than 21, tickets at Lokal Loudness, 1017 Broad St.; The Playground, 873 Broad St.; and CDs and More, 3821 Washington Road; www.lokalloudness.com.

Former 'Baywatch' star gives birth to a girl
LOS ANGELES -- It's a girl for former "Baywatch" star Kelly Packard.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

Steven Spielberg honored by Italian President
ROME -- Filmmaker Steven Spielberg received Italy's highest decoration Wednesday for his work in preserving the history of the Holocaust through film and documentary.

Dolly Parton to receive 'Living Legend' award
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dolly Parton will receive "The Living Legend" award Wednesday from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., a spokeswoman for the entertainer said.

People in the News
NEWARK, N.J. -- A judge has dismissed a $100 million breach of contract lawsuit filed against Whitney Houston by an entertainment company that her late father had founded.

Report: Nicole Kidman is Australia's richest entertainer
SYDNEY, Australia -- Oscar winner Nicole Kidman more than doubled her annual income in 2003, making her Australia's richest entertainer, a magazine reported Wednesday.

One alleged mistress defends her story, another savaged in press
LONDON -- One woman who claims she had an affair with David Beckham insisted she had no reason to lie, while another was accused by a tabloid newspaper on Wednesday of being a prostitute.

LA police investigate new abuse claim against Michael Jackson
LOS ANGELES -- Detectives are investigating a new allegation involving a person who claims to have been abused by pop star Michael Jackson in the late 1980s, a police spokeswoman said.

Citigroup reports record quarterly earnings

Intel shares fall despite strong sales worldwide boosting profits

Intel shares fall despite strong sales worldwide boosting profits
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Intel Corp.'s shares fell Wednesday after the chip maker reported first-quarter results that missed Wall Street's expectations despite stronger demand from businesses for computers and other high-tech gear.

Apple's second-quarter earnings triple

Tokyo stocks open lower, dollar higher against yen

Bank of America's first-quarter earnings up 11 percent

Stocks inch lower in erratic session
NEW YORK -- Wall Street ended an erratic session with a minuscule loss Wednesday as investors were torn between concerns over rising interest rates and optimism about generally strong corporate earnings. Tepid outlooks from companies including Intel Corp. also pressured the market.

Stocks close mixed as interest rate worries persist
NEW YORK -- Wall Street waffled through an indecisive session Thursday, closing mixed as better-than-expected earnings from Apple Computer and Citigroup were again eclipsed by investors' growing anxiety over interest rates.

Delta reports narrower 1Q loss, misses expectations
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines' chief executive stressed the urgent need for pilot wage concessions on Wednesday after the carrier reported a $387 million first-quarter loss, saying that "continued losses of this magnitude are unsustainable."

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

Delta reports narrower 1Q loss, misses expectations

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

Money funds fell in latest week

Rates on 30-year mortgages hit highest level since December
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year home mortgages rose for a fourth consecutive week, hitting their highest level this year, as investors continued to worry that a stronger economy will fuel inflation pressures.

Bank of America's first-quarter earnings up 11 percent
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bank of America Corp. said Wednesday that its first-quarter earnings grew nearly 11 percent, fueled by strong gains in consumer loans, fees, investment and brokerage services, and credit cards.

Citigroup reports record quarterly earnings
NEW YORK -- Citigroup, the nation's largest financial institution, reported Thursday that earnings rose 29 percent in the first quarter, soundly beating analysts' estimates.

Tokyo stocks plunge on profit-taking, dollar up against yen

Tokyo stocks plunge on profit-taking, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo's main share index Thursday posted its steepest decline this year on profit taking triggered by the prospect of higher U.S. interest rates and increasing chaos in Iraq. The U.S. dollar was up against the yen.

Apple's second-quarter earnings triple
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Huge demand for its iPod portable digital music players helped Apple Computer Inc. triple its second-quarter earnings and easily beat Wall Street expectations.

Consumer-staples companies expect gains despite rising costs
NEW YORK -- First-quarter earnings reports from consumer staples companies are expected to show steady gains, despite indications of rising costs for a wide range of commodities.

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $2.67 billion in the latest week to $871.63 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

IBM matches Wall Street quarterly forecasts

Tokyo stocks open lower, dollar higher against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks opened lower Wednesday following Wall Street's weakness. The dollar was trading higher against the Japanese yen.

Consumer-staples companies expect gains despite rising costs

Domino's plans initial public offering, seeks to raise $300 million
DETROIT -- Domino's Pizza Inc. said Tuesday that it plans to sell its stock to the public for the first time in its 44-year history.

IBM matches Wall Street quarterly forecasts
NEW YORK -- First-quarter profits rose 16 percent at IBM Corp. and matched Wall Street estimates Thursday, though rebounding corporate spending and weakness in the dollar helped the technology bellwether exceed revenue forecasts.

Fishing tournament news
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.

Winds don't blow successful fishing trip

Winds don't blow successful fishing trip
Thurmond Lake anglers are hoping to have seen (and felt) the last of the strong winds that have been dominating the scene this week and last.

McDonald's launches adult Happy Meals, health push
CHICAGO -- Coming soon to a McDonald's near you: Adult Happy Meals, featuring salad, bottled water, pedometer and a little bit of advice: Walk more.

McDonald's launches adult Happy Meals, health push

Ball adjusting to shotgun formation in spring practice
ATLANTA -- Reggie Ball set freshman records for passing yards, completions and total yards in his first season at Georgia Tech, all while taking each snap from under center.

Ball adjusting to shotgun formation in spring practice

Catfish school Jackets
Series openers have had a dramatic flair so far this season for the Augusta GreenJackets.

Fast start not enough for Jackets
Asheville catcher Neil Wilson didn't start too well against the GreenJackets on Wednesday at Lake Olmstead Stadium. Wilson made an errant throw on a steal attempt by Ignacio Suarez in the first inning, and Suarez would eventually score for an early Augusta lead.

Fast start not enough for Jackets
Asheville catcher Neil Wilson didn't start too well against the GreenJackets on Wednesday at Lake Olmstead Stadium. Wilson made an errant throw on a steal attempt by Ignacio Suarez in the first inning, and Suarez would eventually score for an early Augusta lead.

Woods expected back for Western Open
LEMONT, Ill. -- Tiger Woods is expected to play in this year's Western Open, a tournament he has won three times.

Els tries to forget Mickelson, Masters
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Ernie Els spent a tough evening Sunday reliving all the "what if" moments in his stirring second-place Masters Tournament finish to Phil Mickelson last week.

Kerr tied with three others
LAS VEGAS - Cristie Kerr was in her element in the swirling winds, shooting 3-under-par 69 on Thursday to share the lead with three others on a breezy opening day in the Takefuji Classic.

Love happier on, off course

Love happier on, off course
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Davis Love III's life off the course is apparently just fine.

Els tries to forget Mickelson, Masters

Woods expected back for Western Open

Court: Protest illegally hampered at Masters golf tournament last year

Court: Protest illegally hampered at Masters golf tournament last year
ATLANTA -- The city of Augusta illegally restricted a small protest last year against all-male membership at the home of the Masters, a federal court ruled Thursday.

Beckman breaks off from pack
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Just after noon on Thursday, three full days before any of the shots that will decide the 2004 MCI Heritage would even be contemplated, Savannah school kids ran to get into position on the ropes at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Catfish school Jackets

Fast start not enough for Jackets

Parents of girl killed by hockey puck got $1.2 million from league, others

Stars sign top college player to one-year contract
FRISCO, Texas -- Hobey Baker winner Junior Lessard signed a one-year contract Thursday with the Dallas Stars after leading Minnesota-Duluth to the Frozen Four.

U.S. to face Czechs in under-18 hockey worlds

Taxpayers asked to foot bill for NHL draft in Raleigh
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Taxpayers will be asked to pay $150,000 to the Carolina Hurricanes to pay for the NHL draft that's coming to Raleigh in late June.

Leafs have two key injuries going to Game 5
TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs could be missing Joe Nieuwendyk and Mats Sundin for Game 5 of their first-round series against the Ottawa Senators.

Leafs have two key injuries going to Game 5

Khabibulin, Lightning blank Islanders

Stars sign top college player to one-year contract

Khabibulin, Lightning blank Islanders
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Nikolai Khabibulin and the Tampa Bay Lightning have made themselves very comfortable in a building that was so unfriendly to visitors all season long.

Parents of girl killed by hockey puck got $1.2 million from league, others
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The parents of a 13-year-old girl killed by a hockey puck got $1.2 million in a settlement with the NHL and other groups, according to a copy of the agreement made public Wednesday under an appeals court order.

U.S. to face Czechs in under-18 hockey worlds
MINSK, Belarus -- The United States will play the Czech Republic in the semifinals of the under-18 world hockey championships.

Everyone knows it's never too late to procrastinate
National Procrastination Week was March 1-7. I meant to mention it earlier, but ...

Deputies search for missing woman
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are searching for a woman who has gone missing from her mother's west Augusta residence in what police say may be suspicious.

Authorities are looking for another vehicle in abduction of pregnant Augusta woman
Authorities have canceled one lookout for a sports car whose occupants were wanted for questioning in the abduction of a pregnant Augusta woman, but have issued a new one for a pick-up truck.

Court: Augusta illegally hampered Masters protesters
ATLANTA -- An attempt to govern protests at the Masters golf tournament last year violated First Amendment rights to free speech, a federal court ruled Thursday.

Police still searching for missing woman
After a long night for police and family members, officials say they still haven't found a pregnant Augusta woman who was believed to have been abducted last night.

Name entire road for Bobby Jones

Be mindful of victims' rights

Name entire road for Bobby Jones
I support naming the entire Augusta-Aiken interstate perimeter route the Bobby Jones Expressway. To do so would honor a great golfer and a great gentleman who helped give us the Masters Tournament. Carl Langley, Aiken, S.C.

Give the war a rightful name

Taxpayers must not foot voucher bill

Speedway should not be a problem
My husband and I relocated to Georgia knowing we would buy a house in the CSRA. While living in an apartment, we familiarized ourselves on where the race track, Interstate 20, the airport and the train tracks were, and kept this in mind while house hunting. Roxanne Birdsong, Grovetown, Ga.

Respect civil rights movement
I was profoundly offended by columnist Cal Thomas' attempt to revise history to suit his own ideology. In his April 9 column regarding Condoleezza Rice, Mr. Thomas said, "In 1963, childhood friends of hers were murdered by white racists in the bombing of a Birmingham church. She might have joined the company of victims. But instead of just singing the African-American anthem We Shall Overcome Someday, she simply overcame." Kevin D. Jenkins, Augusta

Taxpayers must not foot voucher bill
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is working to get the legislature to pass a bill giving vouchers to families whose children are going to private or parochial schools. Larry Murphy, Clearwater, S.C.

Speedway should not be a problem

Give the war a rightful name
Georgians seem to have a penchant for naming things after people. We name roads, bridges, intersections, buildings, schools, lakes, et cetera ad infinitum, after people. Richard Netzley, Evans

Respect civil rights movement

Tax cuts harmed middle class
With April 15 upon us, those of us in the middle class can start to contemplate how President Bush's tax cuts have helped us and the economy - not! Diana Perry, Augusta

Be mindful of victims' rights
"But I'll never be a victim of crime! Crime is something that happens to someone else. Crime is certainly a societal problem, but not one that affects me personally." Barbara Thurmond, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer represents Blacks Against Black Crimes Inc., an Augusta organization.)

Researchers develop 3-D search engine

Oldest known ornament found in South Africa cave

Windshield wiper tips

Hubble photos show newly discovered Sedna spinning alone

Affordable Toyota hatchback comes with notable features

Health and fitness calendar

Time to take care of those gathering dust bunnies

Survey: Consumers counting carbs even after diets end

Camping, hiking and cell phone service available at national parks

Windshield wiper tips
April is National Car Care Month. It's also the month for showers and low-angle sun, which can create serious problems if your windshield is dirty. One way to clean it, of course, is with a spritz of washer fluid and a wipe by the windshield wipers. But after a harsh winter, there's a good chance your wipers aren't working up to snuff.

First Finnish Millennium Technology Prize awarded to Web inventor
ESPOO, Finland -- The scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, has been awarded the first Millennium Technology Prize.

Hubble photos show newly discovered Sedna spinning alone
BALTIMORE -- Pictures of the newly discovered planetoid Sedna show it moonless, spinning alone some 8 billion miles from Earth.

Affordable Toyota hatchback comes with notable features
The subcompact 2004 Scion xA hatchback has a short hood and virtually no butt - an odd shape that's vaguely reminiscent of a baby's high-top shoe.

Camping, hiking and cell phone service available at national parks
When Sean Morrissey scaled California's 14,491-foot Mount Whitney for the first time a few years ago, he couldn't wait to take in the view. A woman who made the climb at the same time couldn't wait to dial her cell phone.

Time to take care of those gathering dust bunnies
Bunnies are a welcome sight around Easter, but not dust bunnies. The siren call of spring cleaning is growing, and experts have lots of advice on ways to get your house gleaming.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Survey: Consumers counting carbs even after diets end
NEW YORK - The low-carbohydrate dieting trend may have peaked, but consumers continue to watch their carbohydrate intake after going off the diets, according to a study published Wednesday.

Researchers develop 3-D search engine
NEW YORK -- The mind-boggling speed and reach of Internet search engines mask a severe limitation: They are powered by words alone.

Oldest known ornament found in South Africa cave
WASHINGTON -- Some 75,000 years ago, in a Stone Age cave overlooking the ocean, someone collected shells and bored holes in them, producing the oldest known evidence that humans had fashioned an ornament.

Lynx look for return of two stars

Lynx look for return of two stars
Augusta Lynx fans can rest a little easier for next season, as it looks like Augusta's two top players will return.

Suspect is indicted in 10-year-old killing
A 10-year-old cold homicide case turned hot again Wednesday as authorities arrested a man in Texas on Wednesday whom a Richmond County grand jury has indicted.

Around town

Across Georgia

G-8 Summit volunteers to help tend to diplomats

Retirees will reap benefits of Aiken's new cancer wing
AIKEN - Aiken County's burgeoning retirement community will be the prime beneficiary of a new $7 million cancer wing at Aiken Regional Medical Centers, hospital officials said Wednesday.

Man is sentenced to 50 months in prison
A former traffic manager at Castleberry/Snow's Brands who stole more than a half-million dollars from the company was sentenced to prison Wednesday.

Federal grand jury indicts district attorney
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A district attorney in South Georgia faces federal charges accusing him of forcing a defendant to have sex with him and then advising her not to talk to authorities.

Plan will speed up highway upgrades
ATLANTA - Projects that would widen Interstates 20 and 520 around Augusta and improve the interchange between the two roads are among those that would be fast-tracked under a construction plan announced Wednesday by Gov. Sonny Perdue

Researchers find enzyme, Alzheimer's link

Baby's parents admit to abuse
In two separate courtrooms Wednesday, a soldier and his wife pleaded guilty to charges that they shook and assaulted their 16-day-old baby last summer.

Rants and raves
WHEN TEST SCORES rise, it is because of the hard-working teachers and principals who work directly with students. And in the case of Richmond County, that happens despite a superintendent and Board of Education that have spent eight years blaming and punishing school-level employees, rather than supporting and encouraging them. When they claim the successes as their own to defend (Dr. Charles) Larke's treasure hoard, they exemplify the public's perception of them as arrogant and ignorant.

Protest ordinance struck down

McWee to be executed tonight
AIKEN - After more than a decade of trials, appeals and anxious waiting, 51-year-old Augustan Jerry McWee will likely take his final steps tonight.

Expect more changes to HOPE

Tax preparers, post offices see rush of late filers
Tax procrastinators filled the parking lot Thursday at Augusta's main post office on Eighth Street and kept lines long inside as they tried to mail their tax returns before the midnight deadline.

Retirees will reap benefits of Aiken's new cancer wing

Board approves vacation rules

Residents learn about rules

Senior council argues food bid
Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta officials will ask the CSRA Regional Development Center board tonight to rescind last month's vote to award a bid to a Florida company to run the nutrition program currently headquartered in Augusta.

New unit will tackle problem

The barn bandwagon

Deputies search for missing woman

Police search for pregnant Augusta woman

Thurmond Dam turns 50

Teams gather for robot competition

Senior council argues food bid
Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta officials will ask the CSRA Regional Development Center board tonight to rescind last month's vote to award a bid to a Florida company to run the nutrition program currently headquartered in Augusta.

Police search for pregnant Augusta woman
Police were searching Thursday night for an Augusta woman who is three months pregnant and believed to have been abducted after a burglary at her mother's west Augusta home.

Thurmond Dam turns 50
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - Henry Lee Hunt turned the pages of a yellowed scrapbook and smiled proudly.

District earns reading grants
Calling Richmond County "one of the neediest" school districts in Georgia, state education officials awarded the system nearly $10 million in grants to ensure all children can read by third grade.

Plans widen gap in budget
COLUMBIA - Instead of cutting state spending to cover a new $107.8 million hole in the state's spending plan, Senate budget writers came back to the table Thursday with plans to spend $13.7 million more.

Researchers find enzyme, Alzheimer's link
A normally protective enzyme in the powerhouse of brain cells can get knocked out and cause the sort of dysfunction that could lead to Alzheimer's disease, the dean of the Medical College of Georgia's School of Medicine said.

Correction

17 counties will lose incumbents
ATLANTA - An unexpected collision of retiring state lawmakers and new district boundaries has left a massive question mark hanging over the future political power of southeast Georgia.

Senior council argues food bid

Board approves vacation rules
New vacation policies sparked by the controversial $94,000 payout to Superintendent Charles Larke were approved in a divisive 7-3 vote Thursday by the Richmond County Board of Education.

Board upholds contract for meals

Across South Carolina

Hearing addresses act

G-8 Summit volunteers to help tend to diplomats
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Ask Karen Cassard about the bandits.

McWee to be executed tonight

Across South Carolina
CONWAY - A 32-year-old man was sentenced to seven years in jail in the beating death of his mother after new evidence surfaced linking him to the 16-year-old crime.

Ideas on tax talked about

Assault victims will speak out

Baby's parents admit to abuse

Kid of the day

Thurmond Dam turns 50

EPA regulations to affect smog cleanup in 31 states

Across Georgia

Teams gather for robot competition

Around town

Women receive Scouts' award
When Ann Beth Rutkowski saw the Girl Scouts name and phone number pop up on her Caller ID recently, she wondered what the organization was selling.

Correction

Court denies stay of execution

New unit will tackle problem

New unit will tackle problem
WARRENVILLE - The days when thousands of unserved bad check warrants collected dust in the sheriff's office should end with the advent of a new unit in her office, Aiken County Solicitor Barbara Morgan told area merchants Wednesday.

Officer killed in Iraq was 'part of the family'
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - An Oak Ridge pastor who performed the marriage ceremony of a Marine captain less than five years ago will officiate at the officer's funeral service today in Memphis.

Ideas on tax talked about
Augusta commissioners focused Thursday on how to structure a special local option sales tax, how long it should last if approved, and how and when it should be presented to voters on a ballot this year.

News you can use
April 15, 1843 NOTICE: SCREVEN COUNTY, GA. : All person's are hereby cautioned not to trespass upon the plantation or premises of the subscriber, either by cutting or felling any board trees, rail timber or cutting or taking from the same. They are also notified not to trespass on said premises by hunting or shooting any game or fishing in any stream or water course that the right of is vested in the subscriber, as the law will be rigorously enforced against all persons who shall attempt the same. ADAM BRINSON SR.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Former Gov. Carroll Campbell, an avid outdoorsman whose move for government restructuring created the state Natural Resources Department, wrote each state senator about proposed $3.2 million in budget cuts for the agency.

Around town
Greenbrier's Ben Lawson (right) scores as Hephzibah catcher Bronson Eldridge misses the tag.

Rants and raves
WHEN TEST SCORES rise, it is because of the hard-working teachers and principals who work directly with students. And in the case of Richmond County, that happens despite a superintendent and Board of Education that have spent eight years blaming and punishing school-level employees, rather than supporting and encouraging them. When they claim the successes as their own to defend (Dr. Charles) Larke's treasure hoard, they exemplify the public's perception of them as arrogant and ignorant.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Atlanta police said Thursday that they don't know why an off-duty detective killed himself Wednesday while Cobb County police were investigating a car accident in which he was involved.

Court denies stay of execution
AIKEN - Jerry McWee will likely become the first man convicted in Aiken County to be put to death in at least 42 years this week after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his application for a stay of execution Wednesday.

Officer killed in Iraq was 'part of the family'

Teams gather for robot competition
ATLANTA - Diablo whirs and rocks as it tries to climb a 6-inch stair onto the platform to score the game-winning points.

Across the area

Judge refuses to lessen sentences
The former Augusta driver's license bureau employee who provided fake licenses for $500 each began a three-year prison sentence Thursday.

Plans widen gap in budget

Protest ordinance struck down
ATLANTA - Augusta's attempts to control protesters suffered a blow Thursday when a federal appeals court ruled a local ordinance unconstitutional.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the is Sarah Anne Hart, 6, of Columbia.

Expect more changes to HOPE
ATHENS, Ga. - Modifications to Georgia's popular HOPE Scholarship will start as early as July, but, according to two lawmakers who helped steer the award's recent overhaul, more tweaking could be on the horizon.

Across the area

News you can use
APRIL 16, 1976 Six people were injured and 2,000 gallons of raw gasoline was spilled Thursday night when a large tanker truck collided with an automobile on U.S. 25 near Interstate 20.

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

Around town
Marion Satterwhite, of North Augusta Feed and Seed, waters dwarf magnolias and vincas outside the store. "I treat them like they're my own," Satterwhite said. "I treat them with love."

Hearing addresses act
It wasn't televised on C-Span, the witnesses weren't sworn in in dramatic fashion, and the meeting hall wasn't under a giant dome. But Thursday's Congressional field hearing still managed to bring a little bit of Washington to the Garden City.

Correction
l An article in Wednesday's Carolina Chronicle about rabies vaccinations for pets in Aiken County listed incorrect sites. The correct sites for Saturday are: 9 a.m. to noon, Veterinary Services, 1721 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 10 a.m. to noon, Belvedere Magistrate's Office, 537 Edgefield Road; 1-3 p.m., Center Fire Department; 2-4 p.m., Langley Community Center.

Board upholds contract for meals
THOMSON - The CSRA Regional Development Center board refused on Thursday to reverse last month's vote to award a bid to a Florida company to run a multicounty nutrition program.

Plan will speed up highway upgrades

The barn bandwagon
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - The weather-worn wooden barns that dot the nation tell a story about the past and present, tales kept alive by people like Margaret Rountree.

Residents learn about rules
For most homeowners looking for kicks, learning about county zoning rules rates alongside reading the fine print of a phone bill or watching grass grow.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT to the man (I hope) in Tuesday's Rants/Raves section. There are women fighting in Iraq also. In your last sentence, "at the cost of our young men," how dare you leave out the women fighting in Iraq - as a matter of fact, a female soldier was just killed a few days ago!

Across the area
A man was taken to an Augusta hospital Wednesday morning after officials found him stabbed several times at a west Augusta apartment complex, Richmond County sheriff's officials said.

EPA regulations to affect smog cleanup in 31 states
WASHINGTON -- After years of legal wrangling, the government is poised to issues new rules on where and how to comply with tougher air quality standards that will affect the cleanup of smog in dozens of states.

Correction
An article in Wednesday's Carolina Chronicle about rabies vaccinations for pets in Aiken County listed incorrect sites. The correct sites for Saturday are: 9 a.m. to noon, Veterinary Services, 1721 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 10 a.m. to noon, Belvedere Magistrate's Office, 537 Edgefield Road; 1-3 p.m., Center Fire Department; 2-4 p.m., Langley Community Center.

Plans widen gap in budget
COLUMBIA - Instead of cutting state spending to cover a new $107.8 million hole in the state's spending plan, Senate budget writers came back to the table Thursday with plans to spend $13.7 million more.

17 counties will lose incumbents

Woman celebrates 100th birthday
Bertha McGowan's family jokes that she is older than taxes.

District earns reading grants

Across the area
A Columbia County grand jury indicted an Augusta man Thursday for the fatal shooting of his mother last year.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - An off-duty Atlanta police investigator killed himself while Cobb County police were investigating a wreck in which he was involved early Wednesday morning.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT to the man (I hope) in Tuesday's Rants/Raves section. There are women fighting in Iraq also. In your last sentence, "at the cost of our young men," how dare you leave out the women fighting in Iraq - as a matter of fact, a female soldier was just killed a few days ago!

Authorities are looking for another vehicle in abduction of pregnant Augusta woman

Assault victims will speak out
Heather Fish was on a U.S. Navy ship headed to Iraq when her commanding officer raped her, a crime she kept to herself, she said, until she realized the military would never punish him.

Single-question ballot debated
Millions of dollars in sales tax money for dozens of Augusta projects could come down to just one vote later this year.

News you can use

Schools want to boost tuition
ATLANTA - The presidents of Georgia's 34 public colleges and universities want tuition raised by as much as 10 percent for some schools during the coming academic year, state documents show.

Gailey looks toward successful campaign
Chan Gailey picked a perfect day to play golf at Augusta National Golf Club on Wednesday. He picked an even better time to mingle with diehards of the Augusta Georgia Tech Club.

Movie releases
How's the saying go - something about death and taxes? Well, we hope most of us will make it through the day without shuffling off the mortal coil, but few will make it past midnight without having placed money in the extended hand of the government.

Mini reviews

'Kill Bill' sequel completes the circle for The Bride
If "Kill Bill - Vol. 1" was like a roundhouse kick to the head, "Kill Bill - Vol. 2" is practically a warm hug.

At the Movies: 'The Punisher'

Movie releases

At the Movies: 'The Punisher'
The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted."

At the Movies: 'Connie and Carla'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see augusta.com/movies.

At the Movies: 'Kill Bill - Vol. 2'

'Kill Bill' sequel completes the circle for The Bride

LA police arrest two men under new 'anti-camcording' film piracy law
LOS ANGELES -- Two men caught allegedly taping movies at Los Angeles theaters became the first people arrested under California's new "anti-camcorder" law, officials said Wednesday.

At the Movies: 'Connie and Carla'
Nia Vardalos and Toni Collette do all their own singing in "Connie and Carla" - and that's a good thing.

At the Movies: 'Kill Bill - Vol. 2'
If "Kill Bill - Vol. 1" was like a roundhouse kick to the head, "Kill Bill - Vol. 2" is practically a warm hug.

For Jessica Simpson, "Divas" show another coronation

Rapper Lil' Kim charged with perjury, obstructing justice

For Jessica Simpson, "Divas" show another coronation
NEW YORK -- Even the folks at VH1 admit they didn't really consider Jessica Simpson diva material when they put together their annual "Divas" extravaganza last year.

Concert calendar
THIS WEEK: GEORGE CARLIN, DENNIS BLAIR: 8 p.m. Saturday, War Memorial Auditorium, Greensboro, N.C.; $29.50-$39.50

Hot ticket
Today's hot ticket performer is the undeliable Prince.

Small-town singer has gotten big-time attention
Glenn Kearney, who lives in the tiny middle Georgia town of Collins, is gaining national attention for his Christian and country recordings.

AT&T Wireless launches music recognition service in U.S.
LOS ANGELES -- AT&T Wireless began offering its U.S. subscribers a service Thursday that uses mobile phones to identify the names and performers of more than 1 million popular songs.

Rapper Lil' Kim charged with perjury, obstructing justice
NEW YORK -- Rapper Lil' Kim was charged Wednesday with conspiracy to commit perjury, making false statements and obstructing justice in connection with a 2001 shootout involving her entourage that left one man wounded.

Small-town singer has gotten big-time attention

Wagner tops list of music not to play while driving
LONDON -- When Richard Wagner composed his powerful "Ride of the Valkyries" in the 1850s, he surely wasn't thinking of any danger he was posing to 21st-century motorists.

Christian rockers' latest album presents a powerful message

Concert calendar

Wagner tops list of music not to play while driving

Christian rockers' latest album presents a powerful message
Caught between a tight schedule in 2002 and their expanding families, members of Christian rock band Third Day decided to slow down last year.

The Reality of Racing

New boss happy with Spencer

Newman/Haas drivers ready for new Champ Car season
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- After a frustrating and uncertain offseason, teammates Bruno Junqueira and Sebastien Bourdais can hardly wait for the Champ Car World Series to begin.

NASCAR newsmaker Robert Yates

The Reality of Racing
ATLANTA - Michael Holigan knew if he was going to make his stock car team a reality, he'd have to do it bigger and better than anyone else.

New boss happy with Spencer
Jimmy Spencer earned the nickname "Mr. Excitement" early in his racing career for his hard-charging, rough-and-tumble driving style.

The Reality of Racing

NASCAR newsmaker Robert Yates
Ford has been working overtime since NASCAR approved a new cylinder head for the 2004 season. Robert Yates Racing, which builds engines for Ford teams on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, hopes to have the new cylinder head, which is supposed to give the Taurus more power, ready within the next month.

Newman/Haas drivers ready for new Champ Car season

Race stuff
Date Race Winner/Track

Race stuff

Bodine to mold new car design
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - The cost of racing and a lack of sponsorship put Brett Bodine out of business. Now his job is to help steer others from the same fate.

Bodine to mold new car design

Hawks face rebuilding job after weird season
ATLANTA - Talk about a rebuilding job gone awry.

Norris left off playoff roster; Houston unlikely to play

Heat in 5.

High school phenom Dwight Howard entering NBA draft
ATLANTA -- Dwight Howard made the decision to enter the NBA draft last fall, yet kept it to himself so he could enjoy his senior year.

Can Lakers win again?
For Phil Jackson, this could be the perfect playoffs.

Judge rules Jayson Williams trial will continue, rejects request to throw out charges
SOMERVILLE, N.J. -- A judge ruled Thursday the Jayson Williams manslaughter trial will continue, turning aside a defense request to dismiss all charges against the retired NBA star. The defense is appealing.

Mashburn left off Hornets' playoff roster

Norris left off playoff roster; Houston unlikely to play
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Moochie Norris was left off the playoff roster Thursday by the New York Knicks, who decided to keep Allan Houston active despite coach Lenny Wilkens' guess that there's a 70 to 80 percent chance he won't play.

Can Lakers win again?

Mashburn left off Hornets' playoff roster
WESTWEGO, La. -- Jamal Mashburn was left off the Hornets' playoff roster after missing all but 19 games this season because of a bruised right knee.

Judge rules Jayson Williams trial will continue, rejects request to throw out charges

Heat in 5.
Western Conference standings and matchups coming into playoffs.

Magic GM wants McGrady to make a decision - soon
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic are willing to trade Tracy McGrady in the offseason unless the NBA's scoring champion tells them he wants to stick around after next year.

High school phenom Dwight Howard entering NBA draft

Magic GM wants McGrady to make a decision - soon

Northern Illinois gives Novak contract extension
DEKALB, Ill. -- Northern Illinois gave football coach Joe Novak a three-year contract extension through 2007 on Thursday.

Hodge staying for senior season at N.C. State
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Julius Hodge announced Wednesday that he will stay at North Carolina State for his senior year, choosing not to enter the NBA draft.

Two Yellow Jackets fly to college
It was a forum to take a look and see just how far two basketball-playing young ladies at North Augusta High School had come.

Tampa Bay signs Howell, Zeigler

Steelers re-sign Brooks, let Nkwenti go

Season opener will feel like home for new coach

Mr. Eugene Thames    (ORANGE, N.J.)
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Mrs. Ann Koon    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Paul Busbee, Jr.    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lois Bailey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Andre Belser, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Frank Posey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lillian Simmons    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Larry Osborne    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
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Ms. Valerie Bell
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Mr. Elijah Bush    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Robert Woods, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mattie Henley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Williams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Pennie Boyd    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Inez White    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Williams    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Wilmer Turner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Spencer    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Nancy Tucker    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mrs. Edna Ready    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Mr. Shirl Tinsley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Willie Pearl Washington    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mr. George Thurmond    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Willie Burley, Jr.    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Larry Thomas    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mrs. Viola Chapman    (LANHAM, Md.)
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Mrs. Annie Thomas    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)
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Mrs. Bonnie Giddens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Stephens    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lucille Jackson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Beulah Smith    (BOSTON, Mass.)
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Mr. Charlie Nichols    (North Augusta, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lillian Simmons    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Sadie Birt    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lowell Sheppard    (MEEKS, Ga.)
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Mr. James Williams    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Jim Salvatore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Harry West    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Edna Ready    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Ms. Marie Temmermand    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Joseph Penvose    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Rev. Fred Speering, Jr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lillian Owens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Russell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bonnie McClellan    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Chance Profit    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruth Lee Kennemore    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Joseph Penvose    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ann Koon    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Florence Parrott    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Miss Suzanne Johnson    (BLUFFTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Henry Ortalaza    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Margaret Jenkins    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Paul Busbee, Jr.    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mattie Henly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jacob Byers    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mr. Charlie Hartley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. James Corda    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mrs. Essie Garnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Essie Garnett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. M. Francis Hutto    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Frances Hayes-Brown    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mr. Rolland Ferron    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. James Jackson    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mr. James Corda    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Marion Jackson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Miss Dorothy Chatman    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Johnnie Mae Royals    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jacob Byers    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Man always stayed active
Miller Francis Hutto was always quietly busy, even up to the end. He died Sunday at the age of 91.

Mrs. Ollie Deese    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Spencer (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Williams (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Eugene Thames (ORANGE, N.J.)

Mrs. Annie Thomas (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Miss Suzanne Johnson (BLUFFTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Essie Garnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Williams (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Koon (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Larry Osborne (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Jenkins (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie Mae Royals (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jim Salvatore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Essie Garnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bonnie McClellan (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Man always stayed active

Mr. Rolland Ferron (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Corda (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Ollie Deese (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Wilmer Turner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry West (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Inez White (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances Hayes-Brown (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Woods, Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Ortalaza (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Williams (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Edna Ready (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Penvose (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Parrott (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James Jackson (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Jackson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Pennie Boyd (DEARING, Ga.)

Ms. Marie Temmermand (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Corda (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Bonnie Giddens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Pearl Washington (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Nichols (North Augusta, S.C.)

Mrs. Ann Koon (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Russell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Viola Chapman (LANHAM, Md.)

Mr. Andre Belser, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Paul Busbee, Jr. (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Burley, Jr. (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. James Stephens (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Penvose (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Owens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Ready (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Nancy Tucker (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Chance Profit (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Hartley (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Posey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Thomas (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Beulah Smith (BOSTON, Mass.)

Mrs. Mattie Henly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Valerie Bell

Mrs. Lowell Sheppard (MEEKS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Henley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ueberroth expects peaceful Athens Games
NEW YORK -- The terrorist attacks that left thousands dead from Manhattan to Madrid most likely will not occur during the Athens Games, one-time Olympic organizer Peter Ueberroth said Wednesday.

Australian Olympic chief expects Stevens to yield to Thorpe
SYDNEY, Australia -- The president of the Australian Olympic Committee expects swimmer Craig Stevens to yield his spot in the 400-meter freestyle to Ian Thorpe at the Athens Games.

Australian Olympic chief expects Stevens to yield to Thorpe

Ex-champ Chavez to step into ring for farewell fight in Mexico City

Serena Williams withdraws from Fed Cup

Golota promises clean fight against Byrd

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Prep sports scores

Spring prep sports

Overtime
In Carrollton, Ga., defending champion Laura Coble, of Augusta, advanced in the quarterfinals of the championship flight of the Georgia Women's Match Play Championship. Coble, who has claimed the title each of the past four years, took five of the first six holes and defeated Ellen Connors 5 and 4 at Sunset Hills Country Club.

Prep sports scores
Here's the list of scores from Wednesday's spring prep sports action.

Spanish teenager knocks Ivanisevic out of Estoril Open
OEIRAS, Portugal -- Goran Ivanisevic lost to Spanish teenager Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-1 in the first round of the Estoril Open on Wednesday.

Golota promises clean fight against Byrd
NEW YORK -- Don King unfurled a Polish flag and chanted "Andrew Golota! Andrew Golota!" as the heavyweight fighter made his way to the podium for a photo with Chris Byrd.

Classic softball comes to town
If you go out this weekend to Diamond Lakes Regional Park off Windsor Spring Road, you'll see a mix of young and old on the softball fields.

Overtime
Jose Santos will ride Dogwood Stable's Limehouse in the Kentucky Derby.

Ex-champ Chavez to step into ring for farewell fight in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY -- Julio Cesar Chavez will end his career with a farewell bout against Frankie Randall entitled "Goodbye Mexico ... Thanks."

Spring prep sports
Wednesday's Late Results from area sprin prep sports action.

Serena Williams withdraws from Family Circle Cup
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Serena Williams withdrew from the Family Circle Cup on Thursday, saying her left knee is sore from practicing and playing too much.

Serena Williams withdraws from Fed Cup
NEW YORK -- Serena Williams withdrew from the U.S. team's first-round Fed Cup match at Slovenia.

Steelers re-sign Brooks, let Nkwenti go
PITTSBURGH -- Offensive tackle Barrett Brooks re-signed Thursday with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who also withdrew their $628,000 qualifying offer to offensive tackle Mathias Nkwenti.

Season opener will feel like home for new coach
ATLANTA - Jim Mora often says he was hired to coach the Atlanta Falcons, not their checkered past.

Tampa Bay signs Howell, Zeigler
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed safety John Howell and signed tight end Doug Zeigler on Thursday.

Small-town singer has gotten big-time attention

Small-town singer has gotten big-time attention
Glenn Kearney, who lives in the tiny middle Georgia town of Collins, is gaining national attention for his Christian and country recordings.

Gailey looks toward successful campaign

Gailey looks toward successful campaign

'Master and Commander' never sails far off-course

April 15 tax deadline underlines complex forms, longer chores
WASHINGTON -- Taxpayers working feverishly to meet the April 15 filing deadline can take some comfort knowing they are not alone when it comes to scratching their heads over this year's forms. Tax returns are getting more complicated.

You're out of time: Tax returns are due today
WASHINGTON -- If you're one of the 30 million taxpayers waiting until the very last minute to file your tax return, the nation's tax collectors urge you to double-check your math and watch for common errors.

Postal Service prepares for tax night onslaught
WASHINGTON -- The annual stampede to mail last-minute tax returns takes place at post offices across the country Thursday.

Trump to fire last contestant on 'The Apprentice' finale

Kathie Lee Gifford returns to morning television
NEW YORK -- Kathie Lee Gifford returned to morning talk television Wednesday, co-hosting Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" with Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade.

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.

Trump to fire last contestant on 'The Apprentice' finale
NEW YORK -- If you asked Donald Trump the time, you could expect him to exaggerate it by several hours, then boast how his wrist watch is one of the greatest watches anywhere in the world.

New show gives former girlfriends another shot at romance
LOS ANGELES -- "The One That Got Away," a reality show that condenses that search for love into a single two-hour episode, will air next month on NBC.

ABC shifts exec Shelley Ross from morning to evening
NEW YORK -- ABC News on Wednesday shifted Shelley Ross, the chief executive behind "Good Morning America," to the top job at the newsmagazine "Primetime Thursday."

One alleged mistress defends her story, another savaged in press

'American Bandstand' host Dick Clark has diabetes

Applause calendar

Steven Spielberg honored by Italian President

Former 'Baywatch' star gives birth to a girl

People in the News

Club calendar

LA police investigate new abuse claim against Michael Jackson

The big ticket

Report: Nicole Kidman is Australia's richest entertainer

Standing ovations

Clubbin'

Judge denies Harricks' request to block NCAA hearing
ATLANTA -- A federal judge Thursday denied the request by two former Georgia basketball coaches to block the university's hearing this weekend before the NCAA's infractions committee.

Judge denies Harricks' request to block NCAA hearing

'Master and Commander' never sails far off-course
Imagine, if you will, a movie that offers no background on its primary characters, starts its narrative in the middle of what is obviously a much larger story and riddles its dialogue with technical terms so specialized that few people can follow any conversation from beginning to end.

Odds and Ends

Minister dies from snakebite during service

Teen sentenced for hitting jogger on purpose

Secret Service office worker charged in thefts of ground zero cars

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