The year of Peter Paul Rubens
ANTWERP, Belgium -- Peter Paul Rubens never shied away from grand statements, as his sweeping paintings of angels and ample women have shown since the 17th century.

Profile of teenage Tibetan leader opens window on behind-the-scenes rivalries
Ten years ago, the world witnessed the startling spectacle of maroon-robed Tibetan monks - those tribunes of inner peace and outer compassion - hurling stones, soda bottles and curses at each other at the gates of a Buddhist institute in New Delhi.

Author offers different view of Lincoln's assassination
Charles Higham's "Murdering Mr. Lincoln" offers an uncommon rendering of one U.S. history's most famous political crimes.

'Chicago' turning into an international festival on Broadway

Profile of teenage Tibetan leader opens window on behind-the-scenes rivalries

Baseball books go back in time

Author offers different view of Lincoln's assassination

Debut novel tells tender story of young widow's grief

Debut novel tells tender story of young widow's grief
"PS, I Love You" by Cecelia Ahern is the weepy story of a young woman trying to cope with her husband's death.

Barbara Walters to write her memoirs

New biography seeks to raise reputation of Sargent Shriver

Arts calendar
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The year of Peter Paul Rubens

Barbara Walters to write her memoirs
NEW YORK -- After a career of interviewing political luminaries and celebrities, Barbara Walters will tell her own story.

'Chicago' turning into an international festival on Broadway
NEW YORK -- "Chicago" is turning into an international festival on Broadway.

New biography seeks to raise reputation of Sargent Shriver
WASHINGTON -- R. Sargent Shriver reclines cheerfully behind a well-papered table in his office at the Special Olympics, the program for mentally disabled athletes founded by wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Baseball books go back in time
Player, manager, coach. General manager, broadcaster, umpire. Nearly every baseball point of view - except perhaps that of the hot dog vendor - is represented in at least one of the many new books that cover just about all the bases.

Arts calendar

Baseball notebook

Sosa becomes Cubs career homer leader
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa moved ahead of Ernie Banks and became the Chicago Cubs' all-time home run leader when he connected on a solo shot in the first inning of Sunday's game against Cincinnati.

Yankees avoid sweep by Red Sox
BOSTON -- Even without any help from Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees got back to beating the Boston Red Sox.

Sosa becomes Cubs career homer leader

Baseball notebook
ST. LOUIS - Back at Busch Stadium for the first time since retiring, Mark McGwire had little to say about steroids in baseball.

Yankees avoid sweep by Red Sox

Ripken called steroids 'black cloud'

Ripken called steroids 'black cloud'
SEATTLE -- Cal Ripken Jr. called the steroid controversy "a black cloud over baseball" but also considers it an opportunity for parents and youth coaches to talk to children about the dangers of drug use.

'A' does not equal acceptable in Princeton's lexicon

Dog found six days after surviving avalanche that killed owner
BUENA VISTA, Colo. -- A Burmese mountain dog escaped an avalanche that killed her owner, and then survived six days in freezing temperatures before being found alive and well.

Dancing for dogs? Thousands of enthusiasts try new tricks
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The music swells and Annie Schlaff and her yellow Lab Danny slip into a lively cha-cha-cha.

Birders mourn falcon who nested at Minn. power plant and gained following with Web cam
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Birders around the world are mourning the death of Mae, the first known peregrine falcon to nest at a power plant, who became an Internet star through a Web cam that allowed thousands to watch her during nesting season.

Braves bag weekend's biggest fish
ATLANTA - Baseball seasons, much like the people who watch and play them, are impressionable at an early age.

Ortiz, Jones reel in Marlins

Braves bag weekend's biggest fish

Ortiz, Jones reel in Marlins
ATLANTA - The numbers screamed that the Braves had no shot at beating Josh Beckett.

Indians worry U.S. protectionism could hurt economic gains
BANGALORE, India -- IBM had to leave India back in 1977 when a socialist government tinkered with investment rules to protect Indian industry. Coca-Cola also fled, rather than reveal the secret recipe for Coke to the government.

Jobs numbers can be difficult to figure

Asian companies seek their own big-name brands
HONG KONG -- Names like Gucci and Rolex have long been associated in Asia with expensive imports from the West or cut-rate local knockoffs. Now Asian businesses are trying to develop their own brands that people everywhere will want to buy.

Now is the time for disaster planning
NEW YORK -- For many business owners, making their companies less vulnerable in case of a disaster is something they mean to get around to at some point. In the midst of client meetings and employee crises, disaster preparedness isn't at the top of many agendas.

Jobs numbers can be difficult to figure
NEW YORK -- At a time when the truth of the job market is difficult to ascertain, the government's monthly employment numbers sometimes do as much to confuse as to clarify.

Shop owner rides out bicycle's downward trend

Business students showing interest in 'corporate social responsibility

Focusing on your customers' problem equals success

Ugly, plush-fleece toys are in demand
RICHMOND, Va. -- Uglydolls have wide-open eyes (and some have three or just one), curiously bent appendages and little teeth or tongues pointing up or down from straight black mouths sewn from thick thread.

Seasonal businesses worry visa cap could leave them short-staffed
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Jody Dyer is worried that she won't be able to rent all the rooms in her inn this summer because there won't be enough workers to clean them.

Pocket change

What politicians are saying about jobs
What the politicians have to say about job creation in the United States and the movement of American jobs overseas:

Increase of steel costs takes toll on construction projects, consumers

Lack of jobs reflects companies doing more with less
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. -- Shouting over the whine of pneumatic screwdrivers, Phyllis Patrick points to changes in the assembly line that twists around her, evidence of a labor market starting to thaw.

Business students showing interest in 'corporate social responsibility
EVANSTON, Ill. -- As the stereotype goes, business students are supposed to be single-minded in their career goals: making money, more money and still more money.

Merchants rethink their marketing to same-sex weddings
NEW YORK -- When Leah McElrath was shopping with her partner, Cathy Renna, for a tuxedo for their wedding last year, some of the salespeople seemed more inclined to gawk rather than help.

Shop owner rides out bicycle's downward trend
When downtown Augusta succumbed to suburban sprawl, Theron Graves Jr. wasn't concerned. The owner of Clyde Dunaway Bicycles on 12th Street had sold enough bikes and fixed enough flat tires to know his shop could survive without moving.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: SITEL Corp

On the move

Merchants rethink their marketing to same-sex weddings

On the move
Jean Grover has joined Regions Bank as vice president and manager of its Broad Street office.

What politicians are saying about jobs

Increase of steel costs takes toll on construction projects, consumers
The Medical College of Georgia and Augusta Regional Airport both have stumbled across an unaccustomed snag in recent months that threatens to slow the start of multimillion-dollar construction projects.

Ugly, plush-fleece toys are in demand

Focusing on your customers' problem equals success
What is the one thing I can do to improve my business?

Asian companies seek their own big-name brands

Now is the time for disaster planning

Lack of jobs reflects companies doing more with less

Indians worry U.S. protectionism could hurt economic gains

Seasonal businesses worry visa cap could leave them short-staffed

Who's monkeying around with whom?

Who's monkeying around with whom?
"When the monkey gets throwed up on my back, I don't care where I throw him, but I get him off." That was the advice Augusta Commissioner Willie Mays gave Public Works Director Teresa Smith last week when she was on the hot seat over delays on the Barton Chapel Road widening project.

North Carolina shuts out Clemson
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Garry Bakker tossed seven shutout innings, and Marshall Hubbard went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in to lead North Carolina to a 4-0 win over Clemson on Saturday.

Clemson defeats North Carolina

Clemson rolls to ACC title
NEW LONDON, N.C. -- Clemson took almost all the drama out of the Atlantic Coast Conference men's golf tournament's final round, rolling to its second straight title.

Clemson rolls to ACC title

Clemson defeats North Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Lou Santangelo had a solo home run in the 10th inning to help Clemson beat North Carolina 4-2 on Sunday.

Order out of the court

Leaders vs. officeholders
Augusta commissioners have an unprecedented opportunity to display some leadership in the coming weeks.

When grades degrade
Take out your pencils. Time for a quick Ivy League spelling quiz. The question: How many A's in Princeton?

Leaders vs. officeholders

When grades degrade

Order out of the court
This can be fixed.

Food for thought
We've seen it before and deal with it every day - smiling, local service sacrificed at the altar of cost-efficiency. Why, for example, do we speak with more answering machines these days than real people? Because business owners don't have to pay an answering machine.

Food for thought

Investors' focus solidly on jobs

Beware of shady refinancing tactics
NEW YORK - Dan Schoemer, a New Jersey suburbanite and breadwinner for his family of four, lost his job as a computer programmer at AT&T Corp. nearly three years ago.

Beware of shady refinancing tactics

Sample core funds for beginning investors
Whether you're investing for retirement or to build up long-term savings, a broadly diversified core fund with low expenses should be at the center of your portfolio. Look for one with a history of stable management, a disciplined strategy and a solid track record compared to similar funds, and always consider your own time horizon and tolerance for risk.

Investors' focus solidly on jobs
NEW YORK -- What a one-track mind investors seem to have lately. They're clamoring for any updates on the health of the job market, while they're willing to discount almost everything else.

Sample core funds for beginning investors

Put your tax refund to work in a low-cost mutual fund

Put your tax refund to work in a low-cost mutual fund
NEW YORK -- Suppose you find yourself with a little windfall in the next few weeks - say, $2,300, this year's average tax return. Would you pay off some bills, go on a cruise, or invest it in mutual funds?

Eagles blank Western Carolina
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Josh Lairsey pitched eight scoreless innings to lead Georgia Southern to a 2-0 Southern Conference victory over Western Carolina on Sunday.

Jackets lose rubber game to Huskies
ATLANTA -- Ben Johnson and Matt Lane homered during an eight-run second inning to lead Washington to a 16-2 victory over Georgia Tech Sunday in the rubber game of a three-game series.

Backs help motivate each other
ATLANTA - P.J. Daniels is into yoga. And one of the things Georgia Tech's starting tailback meditates on these days is his running style.

Jackets lose rubber game to Huskies

Backs help motivate each other

Catfish blank GreenJackets
The Augusta GreenJackets had a season high crowd in attendance Saturday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium, but for the fifth night in a row, the home crowd saw their team lose.

Catfish finish Augusta sweep
For the first time during Augusta's seven-game homestand at Lake Olmstead Stadium, the GreenJackets held the lead through a majority of the game. They hit home runs and starter Kyle Jackson pitched well for seven innings.

Variety is the spice of grocery aisles

Cink rallies at MCI Heritage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Stewart Cink came from nine strokes down to force a playoff, then beat Ted Purdy with a birdie on the fifth extra hole to win the MCI Heritage on Sunday.

Els will try comeback at Heritage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - The scenario will be a familiar one today for Ernie Els.

Florida surges into tie with Georgia in SEC Golf Tournament
SEA ISLAND, Ga. (AP) ) Florida rebounded from 14 strokes back into a tie for the lead with Georgia after the second round of the 2004 Southeastern Conference Men's Golf Championships at Sea Island Golf Club Seaside Course Saturday.

Jenkins takes Blue Angels Classic, 5th Champions career win

Purdy good time at MCI Heritage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Ted Purdy sat down to discuss his strong play, then dropped the clip-on microphone with a thud.

Gonzalez wins Seville Open
SEVILLE, Spain -- Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina birdied three of the final five holes for a 3-under-par 69 and won the Seville Open by two strokes Sunday.

Purdy good time at MCI Heritage

Els will try comeback at Heritage

Cink rallies at MCI Heritage

Jenkins takes Blue Angels Classic, 5th Champions career win
MILTON, Fla. -- Tom Jenkins won his first Champions Tour victory of the year and fifth of his career by five strokes over Rodger Davis with an 7-under 63 final round Sunday at the Blue Angels Classic.

Gonzalez wins Seville Open

Catfish blank GreenJackets

Catfish finish Augusta sweep

Another early exit raises questions about Stars
DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars are heading into the NHL's uncertain offseason with questions about their own future.

First playoff berth only whets Predators' appetite for more
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators wanted to be taken seriously in the NHL this season.

Another early exit raises questions about Stars

Canadiens burn Bruins

First playoff berth only whets Predators' appetite for more

Red Wings get through tough first round this time
DETROIT -- Just being in the second round is enough for the Detroit Red Wings to be happy about.

Canadiens burn Bruins
MONTREAL -- Once Darren Langdon scored a rare goal, the Montreal Canadiens knew this was their night.

'A' does not equal acceptable in Princeton's lexicon
Guess the biggest concern on our nation's top campuses today. It's not the war on terrorism. It's not high gasoline prices. It's not even the conclusion of the final season of Friends.

Burke asks for attorney at Tamara Dunstan slaying hearing
Ronald Burke, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and jail-issued tennis shoes, asked for a court-appointed attorney this afternoon during a first appearance hearing in the slaying of Tamara Dunstan.

Man charged with abducted woman's murder leads police to body
Police found the body of 29-year-old Tamara Dunstan and arrested one man in connection with her death, Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength announced at a Sunday press conference.

Slap muzzles on the dogs of war
In the 2000 presidential campaign, President Clinton's and the Democrats' nation-building adventures were rightfully criticized. Now that is exactly what the Republicans are engaged in, particularly in Iraq. We taxpayers are not even being told what this might cost or how long we will be there. My guess is trillions and decades. Robert Gilbert, Aiken, S.C.

See briefing in right perspective

Thanks for everything, Arnie
I remember as a child in 1958 when Arnold Palmer won his first Masters Tournament, and how he immediately made golf and Augusta synonomous. John Lawrence, Eugene, Ore.

Keep on pushing for clean power
Thank you for your most appropriate editorial April 12 ("A new Plant Vogtle?") cheering on The Southern Co. in its quest for new power reactors. Your editorial was indeed a fine public service, considering the vital importance of local support for such nuclear bonanzas. Fred Christensen, Aiken, S.C.

'Liberal' means to be generous
A public forum such as letters to the editor should be a place to present issues and propose solutions, not to denigrate those of opposing views ("President is a Christian, too," April 4). Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Support Bush marriage amendment

Get involved, protect America
The world is changing rapidly, and for the benefit of the United States we, as citizens, must educate ourselves about the world around us. We can no longer afford to think that somebody else will do it for you, then complain or pass judgment if it did not get done to your satisfaction. David Rushton, North Augusta, S.C.

Slap muzzles on the dogs of war

Get the record straight on Kerry
In response to Al Kotras' April 12 letter ("Will the real Kerry please stand up?"), I will be happy to help John Kerry stand up for Mr. Kotras. Nathan Kirby, Augusta

Support Bush marriage amendment
President Bush and other conservatives have been accused in recent weeks of seeking to put bias in the Constitution by endorsing an amendment that would define marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman. Nothing could be further from the truth. Debbie Stevens, Hephzibah

Isakson is a poor Senate choice
Johnny Isakson, who is running for the U.S. Senate, has a problem saying one thing to the people of Georgia and then voting differently in Washington D.C. In other words, Republican U.S. Rep. Isakson has one eye on the presidency, and he votes accordingly. Milton Gresham, Evans, Ga.

'Liberal' means to be generous

Talk pundits are audio poison
I am extremely disturbed about radio and television talk-show hosts and the poison spewed by them daily. Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta

See briefing in right perspective
There has been much ado about the Aug. 6, 2001, briefing given to President George W. Bush. In reality, specific "skyscraper kamikaze" and U.S. airliner hijack warnings came about through the interrogation in 1995 of Abdul Hakim Murad, partner of convicted 1993 World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef... Floyd Brown, Evans, Ga.

Jewish center holds ceremony for Holocaust victims

Players that filter movies soon to hit stores

Bad knees, yen for exercise lead boomers to cycling

Far Cry has groundbreaking graphics

Lots of color, custom touches add owner's personality to home

Future of 'glanceable' technology glows brightly

$8,000 ring should be given back to groom

In the know

Idaho residents keep Hemingway home closed to the public

Property transfers

Come early to savor Normandy at its best

Techbits: Copyright fight, Wireless usage, Google trademarks and more

It's geek-meets-grape as wine gets wired

Why do I get e-mails saying I've sent other people viruses?

Future of 'glanceable' technology glows brightly
It looks like a size-XXXL chicken egg and glows in colors that change and waver in intensity as it tracks qualitative shifts in financial data from the Internet.

Why do I get e-mails saying I've sent other people viruses?
Q. Why do I keep getting e-mails telling me I've been sending e-mail viruses to other people - usually folks I've never even heard of - although I know my computer isn't infected?

Bad knees, yen for exercise lead boomers to cycling
NEW YORK -- It's a sound dreaded by baby boomers - the creaks and pops that can emanate from knees after years of running, skiing and other strenuous exercise.

Jewish center holds ceremony for Holocaust victims
Remembering the Holocaust isn't just about recalling the many millions who died and the millions more who survived attempted genocide under Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.

Flatbed scanners capture forgotten slides
From the days of poodle skirts until tie-dyed T-shirts were the rage, the shutterbugs of my family favored slides over photographs to capture weddings, vacations, reunions and even my dad's Army tour of Vietnam.

Lots of color, custom touches add owner's personality to home
A move from Waynesboro to Augusta in 2001 was a big step for Phyllis Cochran and her daughter, Macy. Ms. Cochran and her husband, Chip, had divorced, and this would be the first home for just mother and daughter. Fortunately, they had some help from Mr. Cochran, who found what would become their home on Wheeler Road.

A mayor's quest to bring the Old West east
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Stephen R. Reed had a dream, unbridled by geography.

$8,000 ring should be given back to groom
Dear Carson: What are the financial responsibilities when a groom cancels the wedding? Who gets the ring, which costs $8,000? The bride's father is saying that the groom must pay for the bridesmaids' dresses and I'm sure it is not going to end here. - Cancellation Concerns

It's geek-meets-grape as wine gets wired
SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- Once, wine meant horse-drawn plows and barefoot workers stomping in a tub. These days, winemakers are more likely to depend on the juice running through their personal computers as they turn grapes into premium vintages.

Property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for March 31-April 5. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office.

Techbits: Copyright fight, Wireless usage, Google trademarks and more
NEW YORK -- The photo agency owned by Bill Gates is getting more aggressive in using technology to go after copyright violators.

Idaho residents keep Hemingway home closed to the public
KETCHUM, Idaho -- Ernest Hemingway's last home is the only one of his three that isn't open to the public - and it might never be if this resort town continues its opposition to making it more accessible.

Players that filter movies soon to hit stores
LOS ANGELES -- People wanting to automatically mute the foul language in "Seabiscuit" or skip the violence in "The Patriot" have a new option - a DVD player from RCA that filters content deemed objectionable.

Come early to savor Normandy at its best
PONT L'EVEQUE, France -- This old Norman town is far from the beaches, but that's the point. If you're doing D-Day, go early. Then beat a strategic retreat to a memorable Calvados-spiked dinner.

Far Cry has groundbreaking graphics
"Far Cry" is a challenging, gorgeous new video game that should please first-person shooter fans - provided you have a powerful computer and a stomach for cliched science fiction.

Will tourists find charm in Pittsburgh's historic steps?
PITTSBURGH -- Bob Regan is out to save part of Pittsburgh's history one step at a time.

In the know
Red lights are comparable to the adage that a watched pot never boils. Drivers understand why they're needed, but sometimes a red light can seem to take forever.

War chests expand in 12th District race

Service becomes 'rally of tears'
Sunday's rosary to pray for the family and friends of Tamara Dunstan was best described as a "rally of tears."

Who is Ronald Francis Burke?
It was just four years ago that the man now charged in the slaying of Tamara Dunstan escorted her younger sister to the Augusta Symphony Guild cotillion.

Sanford, Ryberg team up

Coyote gains ground in area
LANGLEY - One of nature's most misunderstood creatures, the much-maligned coyote, isn't gaining many new friends as its visible presence continues to grow in the Southeast.

Man charged with abducted woman's murder leads police to body

Trials & tribulations

Woman's body is found

Across Georgia

Senators question conflict of interest in voting machine contract

Service becomes 'rally of tears'

Burke asks for attorney at Tamara Dunstan slaying hearing

Heavily-wooded area yields shallow grave

Lawmakers complain highway bill slights Georgia

Student in critical condition after stabbing

Heavily-wooded area yields shallow grave
COLLIERS, S.C. - While her family and friends made a plaintive plea for Tamara Dunstan's safe return home, her body - and that of her unborn child - rested in a sandy-soiled grave less than a foot deep, guarded by scrub oak and tall, skinny pines.

Coyote gains ground in area

Sanford, Ryberg team up
AIKEN - Gov. Mark Sanford's idealistic style doesn't make him a lot of friends in South Carolina's Statehouse, but Aiken Sen. Greg Ryberg is a fan.

Club's rodeo is booted by UGA

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is A'Bria D'metrice Bennett, 3, of Hephzibah.

Robotics event lures teens into science

Senators question conflict of interest in voting machine contract
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Some state senators are questioning whether the director of the state Election Commission steered a lucrative voting system contract to a company she had ties to.

Five questions

Corporate tax revenues bode well for state coffers
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Corporate income taxes in South Carolina are rebounding from historic lows and economists say that could lead to bigger collections from sales and personal income taxes in the coming months.

Third-graders must pass exam's reading section to advance
Columbia County third-graders will sharpen their No. 2 pencils to take a test this week that will determine whether they are promoted to fourth grade.

Services honor two soldiers killed in Iraq
ATLANTA - With ceremonial flourishes honoring their military service and emotional outpourings from their families and friends, two Georgia men killed in Iraq were buried Saturday.

Across Georgia and South Carolina

War chests expand in 12th District race
Facing a fierce re-election fight, freshman U.S. Rep. Max Burns says he has raised $1.3 million to defend his 12th Congressional District seat.

The week ahead

Woman's body is found

Family, friends gather for vigil

Professor discusses scents in new book

New museum highlights FDR's ties to Georgia

Across the southeast
North Carolinians pick Edwards in caucus

Balloon banter

Across the area
An Augusta couple was jailed early Saturday after being charged with deprivation of a minor, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Augusta law's appeal affects G-8 ordinance

Funding clarification could bring more money to rural hospitals
MACON, Ga. -- A clarification in federal Medicare and Medicaid rules could allow a number of small Georgia hospitals to tap into hundreds of thousands of dollars in government funding for indigent health care.

Aging prison population needs costly care

Brown's wife gets out of 1st marriage
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A Family Court judge has dissolved the first marriage of singer James Brown's wife.

Disabled hunters have special day

Foundation receives awards for bringing neighborhood back to former glory

Third-graders must pass exam's reading section to advance

Across South Carolina

Exit exam standards increase

Leaders say roads bill slights Georgia

Corporate tax revenues bode well for state coffers

Marijuana group sues music festival over First Amendment

Who is Ronald Francis Burke?
It was just four years ago that the man now charged in the slaying of Tamara Dunstan escorted her younger sister to the Augusta Symphony Guild cotillion.

The week ahead
This week, according to my own quick math, there are three, perhaps four teams not involved in the marathon death march that is the NBA playoffs. This week marks the beginning of professional sports' most extended postseason, a complex, complicated and unbelievably convoluted period of games, series and second-guessing that can leave the uninformed reeling.

Club's rodeo is booted by UGA
ATHENS, Ga. - It's enough to make a cowboy cry. After 30 years of putting on the nation's largest student-run professional rodeo, the Block & Bridle Club at the University of Georgia has been roped off campus. The future is uncertain for this springtime tradition, once as big a draw as football games in the fall.

Trials & tribulations
Two pupils throw punches inside Morgan Road Middle School, striking a teacher in the jaw when he tries to break them up.

Exit exam standards increase
AIKEN - Graduating from high school just got harder. Starting Monday, about 45,000 South Carolina 10th-graders will take a new, more challenging exit exam that they must pass in order to collect a diploma in May.

Five questions
Lt. Tim Pearson is with the traffic division of the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, which routinely operates traffic control operations to combat speeding and other hazardous driving in the city.

Kid of the Day

Across the area

Coroners see more people unable to pay for funerals

Kid of the day

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is James Andrew McCartney of Augusta.

DNR could scale back trout hatchery

Woman's body is found
A family friend of Tamara Dunstan was arrested Sunday in her abduction and slaying after authorities say Ronald Francis Burke admitted to the crime and led police to her shallow grave.

Kid of the day

Service becomes 'rally of tears'
Sunday's rosary to pray for the family and friends of Tamara Dunstan was best described as a "rally of tears."

Four DeKalb County employees charged in payroll scheme

Student in critical condition after stabbing
BALTIMORE -- A Johns Hopkins University student remained in critical condition Sunday after being stabbed by an intruder in a house occupied by fraternity members.

Aging prison population needs costly care
At Augusta's western edge, the effect of harder sentencing regulations, aging, bad health practices and rising health-care costs come together.

New art museum director needs $160,000 more to balance budget
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Columbia Museum of Art needs about $160,000 to balance the museum's $2.5 million budget and avoid a third consecutive year of deficits.

McKinney says Sept. 11 probe will justify her controversial comments

DNR could scale back trout hatchery
LONG CREEK, S.C. -- The state Department of Natural Resources says budget cuts could force the agency to scale back or eliminate the Walhalla Fish Hatchery.

Nation's largest student-run rodeo returns, but with a little less kick
ATHENS, Ga. -- It's enough to make a cowboy cry.

Marijuana group sues music festival over First Amendment
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A group that advocates the legalization of marijuana can leave its booth during a three-day music festival here, but if it flaunts its message and literature throughout the festival it might not get a booth next year, an attorney for the festival said Friday.

Lawmakers complain highway bill slights Georgia
WASHINGTON -- Georgia is considered a "donor state" when it comes to federal highway funds, but its congressional delegation would like to see a little less charity and a little more money.

Augusta law's appeal affects G-8 ordinance
At the urging of a group called the G-8 Legal Subcommittee, the city of Savannah and other governments passed protest ordinances based on an Augusta ordinance still being fought in court.

Four DeKalb County employees charged in payroll scheme
DECATUR, Ga. -- Four DeKalb Parks and Recreation Department employees have been charged in connection with taking at least $20,000 in a payroll scheme, authorities said.

GOP is ready to absorb state's party switchers

Man arrested in two Cobb County murders
MARIETTA, Ga. -- A 20-year-old man has been arrested for a string of crimes committed over an eight-month period throughout Cobb County, including two murders and several armed robberies.

Progressive Caucus looks to build support in Democratic Party
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Members of the Progressive Caucus want to help build up the state Democratic Party by getting more people involved who care about issues that affect workers, women and minorities.

Robotics event lures teens into science
ATLANTA - Don't tell the 7,000 teens who met in Atlanta for the national robotics championship that science isn't cool. They know otherwise.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Sheriff's departments in Richland and Lexington counties are offering a reward of $10,000 for information about a person suspected of robbing more than 20 Midlands businesses since early March.

New museum highlights FDR's ties to Georgia
WARM SPRINGS, Ga. -- Suzanne Pike remembers gazing up at a smiling Franklin D. Roosevelt from her wheelchair. It was during one of the president's trips to Georgia where he sought relief from the crippling affects of polio in the warm mineral water gushing from the base of Pine Mountain.

Across the southeast

Foundation receives awards for bringing neighborhood back to former glory
MACON, Ga. -- After years of disrepair, Tattnall Square Heights' glory days seemed to have faded away with its once-proud Queen Anne and late Victorian vernacular cottages.

Service becomes 'rally of tears'

North Augusta artisan's fair offers variety of works
About 20 white tents offered a natural, decorative look to newly sprouted grass at North Augusta's Living History Park on Saturday.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for the INS and the authorities down in Wadley who released the illegal alien who was practicing dentistry without a license on unsuspecting people in the Wadley area, turning him loose on $3,000 bond. He should be in jail.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - A Tennessee man is behind bars for taking a bite into crime.

Heavily-wooded area yields shallow grave
COLLIERS, S.C. - While her family and friends made a plaintive plea for Tamara Dunstan's safe return home, her body - and that of her unborn child - rested in a sandy-soiled grave less than a foot deep, guarded by scrub oak and tall, skinny pines.

Woman is selfless, friends say
Tamara Dunstan is so selfless, friends and family say, that she'd probably be surprised to see her friends and family mobilized to find her after her Thursday abduction.

Woman's body is found
A family friend of Tamara Dunstan was arrested Sunday in her abduction and slaying after authorities say Ronald Francis Burke admitted to the crime and led police to her shallow grave.

Disabled hunters have special day
JACKSON - The constant pain from David Cianfarano's spinal cord injury, which forces him to use a walker, quickly faded for the first time at 5:30 a.m. Saturday when he crept deep into the woods in search of wild turkeys.

Balloon banter
Jim Haselden, (right) chats with Larry Newman about ballooning in the lobby of the Augusta Museum of History. Balloonists gathered behind the museum later in the day for a hot air balloon launch.

Family hopes public can help
Valuable artwork was taken from the Augusta home where police say Tamara Dunstan was abducted by burglars. Richmond County investigators have not found the items at pawn shops and decided Saturday to release their descriptions.

Across the area
A Fort Gordon soldier told police he was robbed at gunpoint by three men early Sunday in Augusta.

News you can use
April 18, 1958 A gasoline "price war" has developed in the country - and industry leaders are genuinely afraid that it will spread to Augusta within a day or so.

Across the southeast
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University is eliminating 8 a.m. classes and trying to come up with other ways help its sleep-deprived students, who too often are struggling to survive on a mix of caffeine, adrenaline and ambition.

Family, friends gather for vigil
As the city awaited the safe return of Tamara Dunstan from her abductors, friends, family and neighbors crowded a Saturday night vigil.

Across Georgia and South Carolina
NEWNAN - An Atlanta couple has been linked to a Nigerian check-forging ring after attempting to cash a forged check for $20,804, police say.

Woman is selfless, friends say

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for the INS and the authorities down in Wadley who released the illegal alien who was practicing dentistry without a license on unsuspecting people in the Wadley area, turning him loose on $3,000 bond. He should be in jail.

Across the area

Coroners see more people unable to pay for funerals
YORK, S.C. - Dale Saxton's well-worn Bible, with passages from nearly every book underlined or highlighted, and photographs of him sit unclaimed in a box in the York County Coroner's Office.

McKinney says Sept. 11 probe will justify her controversial comments
WASHINGTON -- Cynthia McKinney, who as a Georgia congresswoman suggested that the Bush administration had prior warning of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, says an independent commission's investigation into the matter justifies her concerns.

GOP is ready to absorb state's party switchers
ATLANTA - Republicans at the state Capitol have declared open hunting season on conservative, white Democrats from rural and south Georgia.

Professor discusses scents in new book
Whether scents come from food, exotic perfumes or nature, they can evoke powerful memories and emotions.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is A'Bria D'metrice Bennett, 3, of Hephzibah.

GNOMES need a new leader in clubhouse
It is time to come down from the euphoria of one of the finest Masters Tournament Sundays in history and address the void it left behind.

Variety is the spice of grocery aisles
The other day I bought one of those new soft drinks. I considered the extra-caffeine, extra-sugar, brightly colored sodas aimed at teenagers, but I chose the Diet Cherry Vanilla Caffeine-Free Coke with Zesty Garlic and a Twist of Lime.

Thomas Jane stays true to 'Punisher's' outlaw spirit
WASHINGTON -- Thomas Jane may seem an obscure choice to play the latest Marvel Comics hero to reach the screen, particularly when his flamboyant adversary is none other than John Travolta.

Thomas Jane stays true to 'Punisher's' outlaw spirit

Vengeance rules with 'Kill Bill' and Punisher' debuting on top

Uma Thurman is bloody muse for Tarantino's 'Kill Bill' films

'Greek Wedding' star Vardalos does drag with 'Connie and Carla'
LOS ANGELES -- Nia Vardalos still has bridal jitters, even though her big-screen wedding went off without a hitch.

Vengeance rules with 'Kill Bill' and Punisher' debuting on top
LOS ANGELES -- Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" saga slayed its movie rivals once again, with part two of the vengeance tale following its predecessor as the country's No. 1 weekend draw.

Uma Thurman is bloody muse for Tarantino's 'Kill Bill' films
LOS ANGELES -- Uma Thurman is one bride who wears red - from other people's blood.

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

Banjo master Scruggs still picking at 80
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Banjo great Earl Scruggs played on two of bluegrass music's most recognized songs, "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." But don't call him a bluegrass musician.

Banjo master Scruggs still picking at 80

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected music reviews:

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Harvick puts his emotions in check

Tracy wins Long Beach opener
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Paul Tracy pulled off a dangerous move on the first green flag lap of the Grand Prix of Long Beach, then drove away with an easy victory in the Champ Car World Series season opener Sunday.

Earnhardt takes lead to Talladega

Harvick puts his emotions in check
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - It generally takes equal amounts of engine, brakes, luck and anger management to survive 500 laps of racing at Martinsville Speedway, much less win at the paperclip-shaped half-mile racetrack.

Earnhardt takes lead to Talladega
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third in Sunday's Advance Auto Parts 500 at the Martinsville Speedway. While he seemed disappointed he didn't win, he was happy to become the newest leader of the Nextel Cup Series point standings.

NASCAR notebook
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Martinsville Speedway is known for being tough on brakes. But rarely has there been so much trouble before the main event.

Tracy wins Long Beach opener

Crawford's gamble pays off for Martinsville win
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Rick Crawford held off Dennis Setzer during a two-lap sprint to the finish Saturday at Martinsville Speedway, making a midrace gamble with his tires pay off for his third career victory.

Wallace gets win in marathon race
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Rusty Wallace started a new streak Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.

Wallace gets win in marathon race

Marbury to handle the ball less for Knicks in Game 2
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- After reviewing Stephon Marbury's double-zero performance in the second half of Game 1, the New York Knicks have decided to take the ball out of his hands.

Pistons take Game 1 from Bucks
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Detroit's defense completely shut down the Milwaukee Bucks.

Marbury to handle the ball less for Knicks in Game 2

Taurasi selected by Mercury with No. 1 pick in WNBA draft

Plenty at stake in latest Mavs-Kings tussle
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - One immensely talented team will be eliminated in the first round. One coaching staff could be finished. At least one fanatical owner will be hugely disappointed to see his millions wasted.

Plenty at stake in latest Mavs-Kings tussle

Kings top Mavericks
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- After finishing the regular season with an ugly collapse, the Sacramento Kings got back to what they do best: shooting, scoring and looking awfully good in the process.

Taurasi selected by Mercury with No. 1 pick in WNBA draft
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Diana Taurasi is heading a long way from Connecticut.

Kings top Mavericks

Pistons take Game 1 from Bucks

Chargers want to put Leaf saga behind them

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Armstrong's entry cycles Augusta out

Overtime

Venus Williams wins first title in 14 months

Overtime

Climber is ready to ride

Big expectations greet Musketeers

Williams, Martinez reach Family Circle final

Tyson in mix after night of heavyweights at MSG

Williams, Martinez reach Family Circle final
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Venus Williams beat Jelena Kostanic of Croatia 6-4, 6-1 Saturday at the Family Circle Cup, capitalizing on a strong serve to reach her first final of the year.

Overtime
In Pembroke, N.C., Augusta State took both games of a doubleheader from UNC Pembroke on Sunday.

Armstrong's entry cycles Augusta out
The sun beat down on a clear April morning last year as spandex-clad cyclists gathered at Augusta Common. Local dignitaries flocked there. A men's vocal group sang the national anthem. Mayor Bob Young fired a starter's pistol.

Big expectations greet Musketeers
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America recently pegged Richmond Academy as the top high school soccer team in America. That is, of course, a subjective opinion.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Climber is ready to ride
ATHENS, Ga. - Cesar Grajales' cycling career has taken him from being the bum off the street to making a bum of some of the best cyclists in the world.

Venus Williams wins first title in 14 months
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Venus Williams spun around, waved and touched her heart, mouthing "I love you" to the crowd.

Tyson in mix after night of heavyweights at MSG
NEW YORK -- Don King had so many heavyweight champions clustered around him early Sunday morning at Madison Square Garden that even he couldn't keep them straight.

Overtime
In New London, N.C., Clemson turned in the low round of the day, a 13-under-par 275 to take a seven-shot lead after two rounds of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship.

Dog hunters see laws stay same

Dog hunters see laws stay same
Efforts to dilute new laws enacted last year to regulate hunting clubs that use dogs to hunt deer fell short of passage in this year's Georgia Legislature.

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Stripers might be coming back
Biologists who study striped bass in the Savannah River are accustomed to netting and tagging big fish.

Leaders say roads bill slights Georgia
WASHINGTON - Georgia is considered a "donor state" when it comes to federal highway funds, but its congressional delegation would like to see a little less charity and a little more money.

Chargers want to put Leaf saga behind them
SAN DIEGO - Standing at a podium in a party tent six years ago, San Diego Chargers owner Alex Spanos gushed about the team's new quarterback, obtained with the second pick in the draft.

Stripers might be coming back

GNOMES need a new leader in clubhouse

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
By one measure, this is a bad time to observe TV-Turnoff Week. It happens there are a number of interesting programs scheduled for the 10th annual call for television abstinence by the TV-Turnoff Network. (See www.tvturnoff.org for details.)

NBC's 'Joey' likely to inherit the prime 'Friends' time slot
NEW YORK -- Joey from "Friends" may be moving across the country, but he's still going to be in familiar territory.

WB airing 'Superstar USA,' an anti-talent contest
LOS ANGELES -- Talent counts for nothing in "Superstar USA," a new WB series that gives bad singers a shot at fame but doesn't let on they're being mocked in the process.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

CBS, NBC prepare to expand their franchises

CBS, NBC prepare to expand their franchises
NEW YORK -- Network executives spend much of their time this month in darkened rooms, watching pilots for new shows and guessing which can become hits.

Georgia fans give Hollis ovation
On a sun-splashed day with temperatures kissing the 80s, Georgia's annual G-Day game took on the feel of a hockey game for much of Saturday.

Georgia falls to LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Clay Dirks allowed seven hits over eight innings as LSU beat Georgia 10-2 on Saturday afternoon.

Georgia fans give Hollis ovation

Georgia presents case to NCAA infractions committee

Diamond Dogs rout LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Over seven innings Michael Hyle had four strikeouts and gave up no runs as Georgia beat LSU 12-4 on Sunday.

Georgia presents case to NCAA infractions committee

Georgia falls to LSU

Georgia captures conference golf crown by one shot over Florida
SEA ISLAND, Ga. -- Freshman Brendon Todd captured medalist honors with a closing 1-under-par 69 to lead Georgia to its 25th Southeastern Conference golf championship on Sunday - the most titles of any team in the league.

Georgia presents case to NCAA infractions committee
Former Georgia basketball coach Jim Harrick said he believes he was given a fair opportunity to represent his case when the NCAA infractions committee met for 12 hours Saturday with Harrick, his son, and a 16-member University of Georgia delegation.

Georgia presents case to NCAA infractions committee
With the Harricks in attendance, a Georgia delegation headed by University of Georgia president Michael Adams and athletic director Vince Dooley spent all day Saturday pleading for leniency from the NCAA's infractions committee.

Newton impresses Holtz in spring tie
COLUMBIA - When South Carolina coach Lou Holtz decides who will be his starting quarterback for next season, he'll pick the one who shows enthusiasm and an ability to lead the offense down the field for clutch scores.

Newton impresses Holtz in spring tie

Birders mourn falcon who nested at Minn. power plant and gained following with Web cam