Conservator restores 9-foot bronze figure once deemed obscene

Book: Bush secretly ordered Iraq war plan shortly after U.S. attacked Afghanistan
WASHINGTON -- President Bush secretly ordered a war plan drawn up against Iraq less than two months after U.S. forces attacked Afghanistan and was so worried the decision would cause a furor he did not tell everyone on his national security team, says a new book on his Iraq policy.

Conservator restores 9-foot bronze figure once deemed obscene
NORFOLK, Va. -- "Man" hasn't always been treated with respect since it was given to the Chrysler Museum of Art.

Arts calendar

Arts calendar
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Martha Graham Dance Company opens new season

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.

A's recall Harden from minors

Miscue saves Hornets

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.

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.

Rangers top Athletics

Indians' Bard out 2 1/2 months after surgery

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.

Student Teacher

Miami man builds vast Cuban baseball memorabilia collection
MIAMI -- A 1935 Havana baseball team jersey worn in a game. A payroll detailing how a young Tommy Lasorda made about $1,400 for four months of pitching in the Cuban Professional League. A silver coffee pot given to Leo Cardenas for the 1968 All-Star Game. Sandy Amoros' spikes.

White Sox squeeze past Royals

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.

Phillies top the Reds

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.

Here's to you Mr. Robinson

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.

Miscue saves Hornets
AIKEN -It mattered because there were two outs in the bottom of seventh. Aiken sophomore Tyson Dunbar stood in the on-deck circle and saw teammate Andy Fox wave at a two-strike curve from the strong right arm of South Aiken reliever Jeffrey Taylor.

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.

Williams statue unveiled at Fenway Park

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.

Hardest part still to come as Bonds creeps up HR list

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

Miami man builds vast Cuban baseball memorabilia collection

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.

Williams statue unveiled at Fenway Park
BOSTON -- A bronze statue of Ted Williams - a tribute to the "Splendid Splinter's" devotion to children with cancer - was unveiled Friday outside Fenway Park.

Car crashes just after woman gives birth in back seat; new father killed, newborn 'critical'
BRICK, N.J. -- A woman gave birth in the back of a car on the way to a hospital, but the vehicle then left the road and struck a utility pole, killing her husband.

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. -- A patrolman from Wisconsin left his opponents in a cloud of powdered sugar dust by downing 9 1/2 doughnuts in three minutes to win a doughnut-eating contest for police officers.

HIV scare shuts down some Southern California porn productions
LOS ANGELES -- An AIDS scare prompted adult movie companies to halt production and bar dozens of performers from the set after two actors tested HIV-positive.

Cat survives monthlong trip in crate shipped from China to Tampa
TAMPA, Fla. -- A business owner opening a shipment of merchandise from China got an additional item he didn't expect - a severely undernourished cat.

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.

Braves make some converts

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.

Braves make some converts
ATLANTA - A few early-arriving and cynical Braves fans suggested that just scoring a run off the Florida Marlins could be considered a moral victory for Atlanta in Friday's series opener against the defending world champs.

Business calendar
THIS WEEK: Tuesday:Administrative Professional Week Celebrations; sponsored by the Fairways chapter of the Georgia Division of the International Associations of Administrative Professionals; The Partridge Inn; 6-8 p.m.; guest speaker Dominique Benn; $25; for more information, call Sandi Harrell at 667-6410.

Caterpillar makes final contract offer

Housing starts rebounds in March

Golf fans turn to eBay for tournament items

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

Job growth belies gap, analyst says
AIKEN - Although South Carolina officials are cheering new employment numbers that show the state added 18,200 jobs in March as part of a nationwide surge in job growth, an independent economic analyst said Friday that there's a big hole in the recovery.

Contractor licensing law is working well

Happy Meals are all grown up

Business calendar

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

Your credit report tells others more than you know

Call center closes; 150 left jobless

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.

RealNetworks seeks to join forces with Apple in online music
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Apple Computer Inc. apparently doesn't want to sing the same tune as its Internet music rival RealNetworks Inc.

'Whiff' of inflation as the economy recovers, good for some, bad for others
GARRISONVILLE, Va. -- When Paddy's Steakhouse & Pub opened in December 2002, a 12-ounce prime rib sold for $15.99. Today, after a run-up in beef prices and a growing clientele, the menu lists that same cut for $19.99.

Caterpillar makes final contract offer
PEORIA, Ill. -- Heavy equipment giant Caterpillar Inc. announced Friday it has given the United Auto Workers its final offer on a new labor contract.

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.

Japan says corporate earnings, business sentiment improving
TOKYO -- The Japanese government said Friday that corporate earnings and business sentiment is improving in many industries and that private consumption is picking up.

Job growth belies gap, analyst says

Housing starts rebounds in March
WASHINGTON -- Housing construction rebounded with gusto in March, rising by 6.4 percent, the largest increase in 10 months. But production at America's industries fell.

'Whiff' of inflation as the economy recovers, good for some, bad for others

Greenspan urges restoration of trust to protect U.S. financial markets
WASHINGTON -- In light of the corporate scandals of recent years, companies need to work harder than ever to restore trust in the operation of the nation's financial markets, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Friday.

Will satellite radio become the cable TV of radio?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Google unveils localized ads

NRA creating news company to take to the airwaves

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.

Call center closes; 150 left jobless
Click Dot Care, the latest incarnation of troubled telemarketing company FutureCall, has closed its Augusta call center for good, putting 150 people out of work.

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.

Your credit report tells others more than you know
The next time you pull out your credit card, be aware that it might affect more than just your ability to get a loan in the future.

Will satellite radio become the cable TV of radio?
NEW YORK -- If traditional radio decides Howard Stern is too hot to handle, satellite radio is waiting with an armload of wet T-shirts.

Contractor licensing law is working well
As building season heats up with the temperatures, contractors in Columbia and Richmond counties will have to hold new licenses to do business.

Greenspan urges restoration of trust to protect U.S. financial markets

Northern Illinois gives Novak contract extension

A poor 'mettle' detector
There are skeptics. Then there are cynics. Then there are people like Andy Rooney who give even vile cynicism a bad name.

Where have they been?
It's about time.

Ominous strategy change

Literacy is not optional
One of the NASA officials portrayed in the movie Apollo 13 famously said during the attempt to rescue the ship's astronauts that "failure is not an option."

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."

Literacy is not optional

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.

Attacks on U.S. hurt all
Much of the world does support the war on terrorism. Even the incoming socialist prime minister of Spain has said he will fight terror.

People in the News
WINDHOEK, Namibia -- Namibian government officials were surprised to learn that Michael Jackson wouldn't be arriving Friday as they had thought.

Woman describes affair she claims she had with Beckham
LONDON -- A woman who claims she had an affair with soccer star David Beckham says she wasn't attracted to him immediately, found him to be a "generous" lover, but also claims that on one occasion she felt "really cheap, used."

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.

Stocks edge higher despite interest rate fears
NEW YORK -- Wall Street ended a bewildering week Friday with a mixed performance, a fitting end to a week that saw investors selling broadly on interest rate fears and buying blue chips defensively.

Investors win arbitrations against analyst Grubman

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.

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.

Tokyo stocks end slightly higher, dollar lower against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks ended slightly higher in volatile trading on Friday as investors bought up issues that had fallen a day earlier. The U.S. dollar was lower against the yen.

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.

IBM matches Wall Street quarterly forecasts

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.

Consumer-staples companies expect gains despite rising costs

Nokia posts 1Q profit, but warns of 2Q drop in revenue, earnings

Investors win arbitrations against analyst Grubman
WASHINGTON - Not that it threatens to change Jack Grubman's standard of living, but investors for the first time have won arbitration awards directly against the former Citigroup Inc. telecommunications analyst.

Money funds fell in latest week

Tokyo stocks end slightly higher, dollar lower 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.

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

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.

Citigroup reports record quarterly earnings

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
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.

Nokia posts 1Q profit, but warns of 2Q drop in revenue, earnings
HELSINKI, Finland -- Confirming it missed expectations in its flagship mobile phones unit, Nokia on Friday reported lower earnings and sales for the first quarter and lowered forecasts for the second quarter amid increased competition from American and Asian rivals.

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.

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.

McDonald's launches adult Happy Meals, health push

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.

Are the next generation of water gardens getting bigger or smaller?
GREENVILLE, Va. -- If you want to spend more time with the birds and the bees, build a water garden. Planning to set aside a place for contemplation and relaxation? Build it around a water garden.

Are the next generation of water gardens getting bigger or smaller?

An orgy of orchids - and the most valuable one really stinks
NEW YORK -- Among the tens of thousands of orchids on display, the most precious is ugly and stinky.

Anonymous Nanking cherry has it all
What a springlike welcome the Nanking cherry brings! This shrub's flowers appear on leafless branches in such profusion that each branch becomes a dense spike of pinkish white blossoms - a cheery sight amid winter's lingering legacy of drab browns and grays.

Anonymous Nanking cherry has it all

An orgy of orchids - and the most valuable one really stinks

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.

Gailey reshuffles deck again
ATLANTA - Forget the term "spring practice."

Gailey reshuffles deck again

Ball adjusting to shotgun formation in spring practice

Catfish deep-fry GreenJackets
Augusta starter Jarrett Gardner threw a pretty good game Friday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

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

Zoeller puts last week behind him, leads by 1
MILTON, Fla. - Fuzzy Zoeller shot 5-under-par 65 in the opening round of the Blue Angels Classic on Friday for a one-stroke lead over Gil Morgan and defending champion Bob Gilder.

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.

British champ's in front

Tiger Woods ends training at Fort Bragg, holds golf clinic
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Tiger Woods completed three grueling days of military training and said it helped him put in perspective what he does for a living.

Zoeller puts last week behind him, leads by 1

British champ's in front
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Ben Curtis, who won the British Open last year, says he's in no hurry to win another major tournament.

Court: Protest illegally hampered at Masters golf tournament last year

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.

Curtis makes mark at Harbour Town

North Carolina grabs lead in ACC tourney
NEW LONDON, N.C. -- Martin Ureta, Dustin Bray and Ted Smith combined to put North Carolina in the lead of the Atlantic Coast Conference men's golf tournament after the first round.

Curtis makes mark at Harbour Town
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Ben Curtis' first MCI Heritage could turn out like his last trip to the British Open.

Catfish deep-fry GreenJackets

Catfish school Jackets

Rouse not coming back to Josey next season

Sundin misses Game 5
TORONTO -- Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin missed Friday night's playoff game against the Ottawa Senators due to a left leg injury.

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.

Elia undergoing tests for abdominal discomfort
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Devil Rays batting coach Lee Elia underwent tests at an area hospital Friday after experiencing abdominal discomfort earlier in the week.

Elia undergoing tests for abdominal discomfort

Sundin misses Game 5

Detroit can clinch with first road victory this postseason

Detroit can clinch with first road victory this postseason
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Detroit Red Wings finally played like the star-studded team they are in taking the lead in their first-round series against Nashville. Now they face a different challenge: Winning on the road.

Canadiens expecting Raycroft to return to form

Leafs have two key injuries going to Game 5

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.

Stars sign top college player to one-year contract

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.

Vancouver police complete investigation into Bertuzzi attack
VANCOUVER -- Vancouver police completed their investigation of Todd Bertuzzi's on-ice attack that left Colorado's Steve Moore with a broken neck, and prosecutors will decide whether to press charges.

Canadiens expecting Raycroft to return to form
MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens figure they've seen the worst from Boston Bruins rookie Andrew Raycroft. They know they'll need to pick up their game to win again.

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

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

Family of missing woman releases statement
Statement given by spokesman Pat Rice at 5:15 p.m. Saturday:

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.

Prayer vigil to be held tonight for abducted woman
The church of an abducted Augusta woman is holding a prayer vigil for her safe return home this evening.

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.

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.)

Hateful Democrats are easy to spot
My wife and I often play a game while watching C-SPAN and other political programming. We watch and listen to the various speakers and cast a vote whether we believe the person is a Democrat or Republican based upon their dress, their demeanor and their speaking style. Believe it or not, we have gotten very good at spotting the Democrats and have a success rate of about 80 percent. David Chiera, Evans, Ga.

Stop fighting Halliburton's war in Iraq
We live in one of the most propaganda-generating countries in the world. The media often attach labels to deceive and divide the population. Roy Ellis, Augusta

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.

Name entire road for Bobby Jones

Hospitals' gifts are appreciated

Respect civil rights movement

Hospitals' gifts are appreciated
Recently, after 15 years, I retired from the telethon committee for the Medical College of Georgia Children's Medical Center to assist my husband in running the West Augusta Little League. Pam Wilkins, Augusta

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

Oldest known ornament found in South Africa cave

Time to take care of those gathering dust bunnies

Affordable Toyota hatchback comes with notable features

Windshield wiper tips

Health and fitness calendar

Hubble photos show newly discovered Sedna spinning alone

Researchers develop 3-D search engine

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.

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.

Author: Missions to moon and Mars will inspire humanity
SAN FRANCISCO -- Human exploration of the moon and Mars will move humanity beyond terrorism and war, inspiring the public in much the same way as Europeans who explored North America 500 years ago, author Ray Bradbury said Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

Car fans gather to celebrate Mustang's 40th anniversary
GLADEVILLE, Tenn. -- Craig Hutain has spent $17,000 and put in about 1,500 hours over the past four years restoring the original look of his 1965 Mustang - right down to the "springtime yellow" paint and tachometer mounted on the steering column.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Statement form Karen Perry and Family
Statement form Karen Perry and Family

Dump plan is rejected by agency
An Atlanta developer's request to locate a landfill in rural Taliaferro County was rejected Friday by Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

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

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

Rights group sues its founder
ATLANTA - The board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference has accused co-founder Joseph Lowery of violating his financial responsibility to the civil rights group by leasing office space to an organization run by his wife for $1 a year.

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Hunley families gather
CHARLESTON, S.C. - From North and South they have come to the city where the Civil War began for the funeral of their ancestors - the crew of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the first sub to sink an enemy warship.

Plans widen gap in budget

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Adoptions from a Chinese agency where a measles outbreak has been reported should be temporarily suspended, the government said Friday.

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.

Perdue pushes GOP switches
ATLANTA - Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue sets out for a 20-city bus tour Monday to sign bills and trumpet his victories from this year's legislative session. But there are a few side trips planned for what would otherwise be a routine after-session tour.

FINAL STATEMENT OF JERRY BRIDWELL MCWEE
FINAL STATEMENT OF JERRY BRIDWELL MCWEE:

Expect more changes to HOPE

Police continue search

Cities, county still clash on fire service

Across the area

Researchers find enzyme, Alzheimer's link

Around town

Island expects closings, delays during G-8 summit

Building creates tug of war

Men did dental work illegally, authorities say
Stories of disastrous dental work performed during house calls led Jefferson County authorities to arrest two Wadley men on charges of practicing dentistry without a license.

Statement form Karen Perry and Family

Across the area
THOMSON, GA. - The Georgia Department of Agriculture seized three horses in McDuffie County on Friday.

New competition in Evans adds sport to Paralympics

People want costly center
Highland Avenue Neighborhood Association members think a bird in the hand isn't worth two in the bush.

Kid of the day

Judge turns down request for bond by slaying suspects
A couple accused of killing an older Augusta woman who had befriended them must await possible indictment and trial in jail, a judge ruled Friday.

King site inspires diplomat

New competition in Evans adds sport to Paralympics
Ten-year-old Adam Hughes stepped up to the starting line, took aim and lobbed a softball that landed him his second blue ribbon of the day.

Across the area

Hopefuls might get new shot at ballot
AIKEN - If South Carolina Republican Party officials have their way, veteran state Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater, will face a challenger in November despite the passing of two filing deadlines set by state election laws.

Teams gather for robot competition

FINAL STATEMENT OF JERRY BRIDWELL MCWEE

Protest ordinance struck down

UGA complex gets leader's name

Board upholds contract for meals

Family of missing woman releases statement

Kid of the day

17 counties will lose incumbents

EPA regulations to affect smog cleanup in 31 states

The barn bandwagon

Police continue search
The family of a pregnant Augusta woman pleaded for the safe return of their loved one Friday as police continue to search for her and her abductors.

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.

News you can use

McWee to be executed tonight

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!

Teams gather for robot competition

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.

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

Police search for pregnant Augusta woman

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

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!

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Desiree Nealious, 4, of 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.

Island expects closings, delays during G-8 summit
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Several waterways and two small airports will be closed for the upcoming G-8 summit, and security sweeps of traffic could cause hourlong delays, the Secret Service warned local residents Friday.

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.

Cities, county still clash on fire service
Grovetown and Harlem officials said Friday that they are willing to continue negotiations with Columbia County over a disputed fire services contract, but refuse to sign the agreement as is.

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.

Spinning Power
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - A half-century ago, when the last of seven hydropower turbines spun to life inside Thurmond Dam, the technology was hailed as the most advanced of its time.

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford said his 5-year-old son fell and broke his right arm Friday on the school playground.

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.

McWee put to death
COLUMBIA - Asking forgiveness for his crimes in his final moments, Augustan Jerry Bridwell McWee was executed by lethal injection Friday for the 1991 shooting death of an Aiken convenience store clerk.

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.

Crack shot ends police standoff
JONESBORO, Ga. - Like a scene out of an old television Western, a law officer ended a police standoff with a distraught man in a Jonesboro parking lot by shooting the man's pistol out of harm's way.

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.

UGA complex gets leader's name
More than 100 people turned out Friday as the University of Georgia's Life Sciences Building was named for former UGA President Fred C. Davison.

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.

Children keep up studies
SAVANNAH, Ga. - About 75 percent of the struggling third-graders in Savannah's public schools agreed to skip the fun of spring break for some tutoring instead.

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.

King site inspires diplomat
ATLANTA - The Moroccan ambassador to the United States toured the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site on Friday, comparing Dr. King's struggle to his own nation's civil rights movement and fight against terrorism.

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.

Around town
Lydell Briney (left) and Fred Franklin, of Fred Franklin Restoration, work on the dome at the top of Sacred Heart Cultural Center on Greene Street. The cross at the dome's peak was taken down to be restored after being in place 100 years.

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.

Building creates tug of war
EDGEFIELD - A condemned and crumbling building that has perched on the west side of Edgefield's Court House Square since 1896 is now a hot piece of property.

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.

Officials delay layoffs again
AIKEN - Looming layoffs at Savannah River Site that were scheduled to be announced after April 12 didn't come this week, leaving many of the site's 13,000 employees with an uncertain future dangling over them.

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.

Men did dental work illegally, authorities say

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.

Prayer vigil to be held tonight for abducted woman

Hearing addresses act

Judge turns down request for bond by slaying suspects

Ideas on tax talked about

People want costly center

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.

McWee put to death

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."

Board approves vacation rules

Perdue pushes GOP switches

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'
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.

At the Movies: 'The Punisher'

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'

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

For Jessica Simpson, "Divas" show another coronation

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.

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.

Junqueira nips Tracy for Long Beach provisional pole
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Bruno Junqueira got a clear lap and Paul Tracy didn't.

Newman/Haas drivers ready for new Champ Car season

Junqueira nips Tracy for Long Beach provisional pole

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.

Gordon rules at Martinsville
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - No matter how bad things get during the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season, Jeff Gordon knows he can always find relief at tiny Martinsville Speedway.

Gordon rules at Martinsville

Heat rising under Riley's protege
MIAMI -- A few weeks ago, when Stan Van Gundy was an obscure rookie NBA head coach with a lousy record, he took a seat for his daily session with the media. Notebooks opened, camera shutters clicked and Van Gundy smiled, amused by the attention.

Mashburn left off Hornets' playoff roster

Raptors fire O'Neill
TORONTO -- A day after coach Kevin O'Neill questioned the Toronto Raptors' commitment to winning, they fired him.

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.

Raptors fire O'Neill

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

Van Horn likely to start playoffs on the bench
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- Keith Van Horn will probably come off the bench in a playoff game for the first time in his career when the Milwaukee Bucks face the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.

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

Once traded for each other, Kidd and Marbury to meet in playoffs

Can Lakers win again?

Heat in 5.

Norris left off playoff roster; Houston unlikely to play

Heat rising under Riley's protege

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

Once traded for each other, Kidd and Marbury to meet in playoffs
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The careers of Stephon Marbury and Jason Kidd are entwined. They are both considered among the top point guards in the league and were once traded for each other.

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.

Van Horn likely to start playoffs on the bench

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.

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

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

Steelers re-sign Brooks, let Nkwenti go

Tampa Bay signs Howell, Zeigler

Mrs. Mary Russell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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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.

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Mrs. Sara Armstrong (RICHMOND HILL, Ga.)

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Mr. Elijah Bush (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Ms. Marie Temmermand (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert McCall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ollie Deese (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Hattie Jones (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Williams (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Garvin (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Ms. Cornelia Hall (UNION POINT, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Henley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Penvose (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry Osborne (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Earl Dority (JUNCTION CITY, Kan.)

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

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

Mr. Harry West (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Ortalaza (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bonnie Giddens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fern Shelton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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Athens races to get city center in shape

Athens races to get city center in shape
ATHENS, Greece - They work all day and night, racing to finish one of the most important construction projects for the Olympics' return to their birthplace.

Australian Olympic chief expects Stevens to yield to Thorpe

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.

Supporters of '56 flag need more friendly talks
After enduring a steady barrage of slings and arrows from this correspondent, flaggers did a wise thing. Kenneth Waters, an advocate for the pre-2001 state flag, asked for the opportunity to tell their side of the story. He put together a lunch with Dan Coleman, a spokesman for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and William Lathem, the head of the Southern Heritage Political Action Committee, that was testy at times but ended well enough to have been worth everybody's time.

Spring prep sports

Prep spring sports

Overtime

Overtime

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

Montanes into semis at rainy Valencia Open
VALENCIA, Spain -- Albert Montanes beat Marc Lopez 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 at the Valencia Open Friday in the only quarterfinal completed before rain forced suspension of play.

Overtime
Aiken Tech point guard Darrin Shine signed a letter-of-intent with Division I Delaware State on Friday.

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.

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

Prep spring sports
Here are the results from area prep sports activities from Friday's action.

Rouse not coming back to Josey next season
The message on Emmett Rouse's cellular phone identifies him as the head coach of the T.W. Josey boys' basketball team.

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

Packers re-sign Tony Fisher
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers on Friday re-signed running back Tony Fisher, a third-down back and special-teamer last season.

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.

Augusta church to celebrate 200 years
First Presbyterian Church of Augusta will compress 200 years of history into 200 days, starting with dinner First Presbyterian Church of Augusta will compress 200 years of history into 200 days, starting with dinner and worship Thursday and ending with another worship service and dinner Nov. 7. worship service and dinner Nov. 7.

Running feeds Texas seminarian's body, mind, spirit
AUSTIN, Texas -- In what he calls his "Mother Teresa Run," Roger Joslin looks for the divine in the faces of everyone he meets. When "Running With Alms," the Austin seminarian takes along a few dollars to help those in need.

Faith digest
Georgia state Judge Penny Brown-Reynolds, of Fulton County, will speak at a 100-Women-in-White event at 11 a.m. Sunday at Thankful Baptist Church, 302 Walker St.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities.

Muslims' request to use loudspeakers for call for prayer divides Detroit community
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. -- A request by Muslims to allow mosques to use loudspeakers for the call to prayer has prompted a backlash among some of their mostly white, Christian neighbors.

Religion briefs
WASHINGTON - A survey released Monday found that U.S. Roman Catholic voters are about evenly split between President Bush and presumed Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

Publishers appeal to teens with hip Bibles, magazines
If Thomas Nelson's Extreme Teen Bible in neon-colored covers wasn't eye-catching enough, its sales figures made up for it.

Do we need yet another English-language Bible?
Is this Bible necessary? That is the question, as the Holman Christian Standard Bible CSB) enters the cluttered and competitive market for English translations.

Hottest religious books depart from traditional Christian teaching
The lesson from this week's best-seller list is simple: God sells. But what worries some scholars is that the hottest religious books depart from traditional Christian teaching or distort the faith's origins.

Ancient Islamic texts crumble in West Africa's desert north
TIMBUKTU, Mali -- Lit by a sunbeam slanting through his broken roof, a 16-year-old Islamic student chants verses from a brittle, yellowing page - one of an estimated 1 million ancient texts that experts say are crumbling to dust in this once-thriving city of Islamic learning.

Henry Simmons nets a gladiator role in 'Spartacus'

Bill Nighy plays intrepid newspaper editor in BBC's 'State of Play'
LOS ANGELES -- Cameron Foster is an unconventional newspaper editor who stands fast behind a rogue reporter determined to cut through political spin and uncover the truth about a government scandal.

MTV Video Music Awards to be held in Miami

Bill Nighy plays intrepid newspaper editor in BBC's 'State of Play'

Henry Simmons nets a gladiator role in 'Spartacus'
LOS ANGELES -- Best known as Detective Baldwin Jones on ABC's "NYPD Blue," Henry Simmons exchanges his badge and gun for a net and spear to play gladiator slave Draba in USA Network's version of "Spartacus."

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."

'The Simpsons' creator to guest star as himself

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.

'The Simpsons' creator to guest star as himself
NEW YORK -- Matt Groening, creator of "The Simpsons," will make his first guest voice appearance on Sunday's show, Fox network said.

MTV Video Music Awards to be held in Miami
NEW YORK -- MTV will take its irreverent Video Music Awards to Miami this year.

Bill hired, Kwame fired on 'Apprentice' finale

'Never Scared,' Chris Rock stars in an HBO comedy special

Chicago man is Trump's 'Apprentice'

Chicago man is Trump's 'Apprentice'
ORLAND PARK, Ill. -- He started his own Internet cigar company, owns a home in a swank Chicago neighborhood, skydives to relax - and now Bill Rancic can add "apprentice" to his list of accomplishments.

'Never Scared,' Chris Rock stars in an HBO comedy special
NEW YORK -- As the father of a baby girl, Chris Rock discovered that his main job is giving her a healthy first impression of men.

Bill hired, Kwame fired on 'Apprentice' finale
NEW YORK -- When Bill Rancic aced "The Apprentice," Donald Trump gave him a choice of two plum jobs: managing a Trump-owned golf course in California or overseeing a 90-story building project in Chicago.

People in the News

People in the News

Woman describes affair she claims she had with Beckham

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

Store owner brings Georgia greats to town
Sam Cohen wanted to bring in an impressive group of University of Georgia football players for his store's first autograph session in Augusta.

G-Day: More at stake than steak
ATHENS, Ga. - DeMario Minter showed Georgia coaches enough in the team's 14 practices leading up to today's annual G-Day game to garner the Most Improved Defensive Back Award for the spring.

Store owner brings Georgia greats to town

Williamson has an ally in new receivers coach

Williamson has an ally in new receivers coach
Troy Williamson hasn't been real eager to talk to reporters this spring, but maybe that's OK.

Car crashes just after woman gives birth in back seat; new father killed, newborn 'critical'

Cat survives monthlong trip in crate shipped from China to Tampa

Odds and Ends

Teen sentenced for hitting jogger on purpose

Religion briefs

Muslims' request to use loudspeakers for call for prayer divides Detroit community

Do we need yet another English-language Bible?

Hottest religious books depart from traditional Christian teaching

Faith calendar

Running feeds Texas seminarian's body, mind, spirit

Publishers appeal to teens with hip Bibles, magazines

Augusta church to celebrate 200 years

Ancient Islamic texts crumble in West Africa's desert north

Faith digest