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

'Chicago' turning into an international festival on Broadway

The year of Peter Paul Rubens

Museum closing world's biggest collection of money and medals
WASHINGTON -- The world's largest collection of money and medals will be closed to the public this summer after 40 years, the National Museum of American History announced Friday.

Museum closing world's biggest collection of money and medals

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.

Grisham's film on baseball about game and fatherhood

2005 Hall of Fame candidates list pared to 200
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Ron Santo, Roger Maris and Tony Oliva are among 200 players still eligible for election to the Hall of Fame in the 2005 Veterans Committee vote.

Clemens makes comeback look easy

Ripken called steroids 'black cloud'

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.

Clemens makes comeback look easy
HOUSTON -- Roger Clemens walked off the mound to a standing ovation after a series of blistering fastballs.

2005 Hall of Fame candidates list pared to 200

Fans camp out to buy old Yankee Stadium seats
NEW YORK -- You can buy a seat at Yankee Stadium for $500 - game not included.

Fans camp out to buy old Yankee Stadium seats

Grisham's film on baseball about game and fatherhood
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - John Grisham, the best-selling legal thrill writer, recalls sitting in a Little League dugout a few years ago, nostalgic for a rite of spring he hoped to see just once more.

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

Yankees avoid sweep by Red Sox

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.

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.

Ford upset by Internet ad depicting cat decapitation
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Ford Motor Co. is upset by the release of an Internet advertisement that depicts the decapitation of a computer-animated cat by a power moonroof hatch, saying it didn't authorize the clip.

Odds and Ends
VERONA, Pa. -- A trail of pennies led police right to two suspects accused of robbing a private club.

Braves fight back to the top
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves pounced on Andruw Jones near home plate, hopping up and down like a team that had just won the World Series.

Braves bag weekend's biggest fish

Braves fight back to the top

Chipper Jones expected to miss five to seven days

Chipper Jones expected to miss five to seven days
ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones avoided the disabled list Monday, but the Atlanta Braves' outfielder is expected to miss at least five to seven days with a hamstring injury.

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

Business briefs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Wachovia Corp. on Monday posted first-quarter profits that were 22 percent higher than it earned in the same period last year, with all four of its major business lines delivering record earnings and double-digit growth.

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.

Ugly, plush-fleece toys are in demand

Matsushita, Apple jointly develop digital editing technology
TOKYO -- Japanese electronics giant Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. and Apple Computer Inc. plan to market a digital video editing system that would simplify and lower the costs for TV stations and production companies in creating TV broadcasts, movies and DVDs.

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.

Pirated 'Passion' film puts bogus goods in the spotlight
LIMA, Peru - Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ made a controversial debut in Peru, but not because viewers found the film violent or anti-Semitic.

Coke launching mid-calorie cola

Jobs numbers can be difficult to figure

What politicians are saying about jobs

Former workers denied checks
When Click Dot Care closed, employees were left not only without jobs, but also without the paychecks they had earned.

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:

Universal to increase CD price
LOS ANGELES - Universal Music Group will raise the suggested retail price of its CDs by $1 to improve profit margins for merchants after many balked at the company's push to slash prices, a source familiar with the plan said Friday.

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.

GM, Ford to build six-speed automatic transmission
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. are investing $720 million in plants to build a new six-speed automatic transmission being developed under a first-of-its kind partnership.

Universal to increase CD price

Leading indicator index edges higher in March
NEW YORK -- A barometer of future economic activity edged higher in March, following a pause in February, suggesting that the economic recovery may be gaining a more solid footing.

Pirated 'Passion' film puts bogus goods in the spotlight

Seasonal businesses worry visa cap could leave them short-staffed

Merchants rethink their marketing to same-sex weddings

Economic survey finds hiring improvements
WASHINGTON -- The nation's hiring picture is improving, but worries about an unwanted pickup in inflation are being rekindled as the economic recovery strengthens, a survey of top economic forecasters suggests.

Asian companies seek their own big-name brands

Coke launching mid-calorie cola
ATLANTA -- Coke is launching a mid-calorie cola that promises half the sugar, carbohydrates and calories of its regular version.

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.

GM, Ford to build six-speed automatic transmission

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.

Lack of jobs reflects companies doing more with less

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.

Indians worry U.S. protectionism could hurt economic gains

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.

Matsushita, Apple jointly develop digital editing technology

Leading indicator index edges higher in March

Economic survey finds hiring improvements

McDonald's CEO dies unexpectedly
CHICAGO -- McDonald's Corp. chairman and CEO Jim Cantalupo, who helped engineer a turnaround of the fast-food chain by focusing on better food and service during 16 months at the helm, died unexpectedly of a heart attack Monday. He was 60.

McDonald's CEO dies unexpectedly

3rd Shell officer resigns
LONDON -- The chief financial officer of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Cos. stepped down Monday as the company further reduced its estimates of its proven oil and gas reserves.

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 defeats North Carolina

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.

Clemson rolls to ACC title

Tennessee seeks suggestions for improving stadium
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's Neyland Stadium needs some renovations and upgrades, and the athletic department is turning to fans for suggestions.

A lovely life, taken

Great Guy enters two Halls
Super-punter Ray Guy is best known to the sports public for the 14 great seasons he had playing for the Oakland Raiders. But before his magnificent career in the National Football League, the Thomson resident was kicking you-know-what in high school and college.

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.

Great Guy enters two Halls

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

Food for thought

When grades degrade

A lovely life, taken
Whenever there's a horrifying story of an abduction of an innocent child or woman in the nation, Americans pray for the safe return of the victim, and their hearts go out to the loved ones. Good and decent citizens empathize with the anguish that family and friends go through during long and difficult police investigations.

People in the News
DALLAS -- Elton John's antique piano sold for $164,500 and a guitar owned by Kurt Cobain during his early days with Nirvana was purchased for $117,500 at a Dallas auction.

Media companies, artists protest FCC ruling
NEW YORK -- Media companies, artists and civil rights activists joined together Monday to protest a ruling last month by the Federal Communications Commissions against the musician Bono of the group U2 for his use of an expletive on last year's Golden Globes broadcast.

Attorney Johnnie Cochran treated for neurological condition
LOS ANGELES -- High-profile attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. will temporarily curtail his work while recuperating from an undisclosed neurological condition, his publicist said.

Kevin Spacey apologizes for confusion around 'mugging' incident
LONDON -- Kevin Spacey apologized for confusion arising from his report to police that he'd been mugged. The Oscar-winning actor made, then retracted, the complaint after a weekend encounter in a London park that left him dazed and bleeding.

Miramax Film chief Harvey Weinstein honored by Queen Elizabeth II
LONDON -- Miramax Film chief Harvey Weinstein has been awarded an honor by Queen Elizabeth II.

Pirated 'Passion' film highlights bounty of bogus goods in Peru
LIMA, Peru -- Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" made a controversial debut in Peru, but not because viewers found the film violent or anti-Semitic.

Dollar slips versus European currencies

Dollar slips versus European currencies
NEW YORK -- The dollar gave back some of last week's gains against its major European rivals in technically-driven trading bereft of major economic data.

Hasbro first quarter earnings match expectations
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Hasbro Inc., the nation's second-largest toy maker, said strong sales of core brands such as Transformers and My Little Pony contributed to a fivefold increase in first-quarter profit.

Eli Lilly earnings dip 2 percent despite 17 percent sales growth

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

Manpower earnings more than double
MILWAUKEE - Manpower Inc., the world's second-largest job-placement firm, Monday said its earnings more than doubled in the first quarter due to the weak dollar, newly acquired Right Management Consultants and the sale of a stake in a European Internet job site.

Beware of shady refinancing tactics

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks edged down Monday as banking conglomerate UFJ Holdings led other banking and domestic issues lower. The U.S. dollar was down against the yen.

Eli Lilly earnings dip 2 percent despite 17 percent sales growth
INDIANAPOLIS -- Eli Lilly and Co. on Monday said first-quarter earnings dipped 2 percent in part because of a $362 million expense related to an acquisition, but the drug maker's results still beat analysts' expectations.

How women can maximize their salaries
NEW YORK - As the economy improves and job prospects brighten, more employees will be asking for higher salaries at the bargaining table.

Stocks mixed despite bullish earnings from 3M
NEW YORK -- Wall Street was unable to shake its malaise over interest rates Monday, closing mixed despite a rally in technology stocks and a series of upbeat earnings reports from companies including 3M and Eli Lilly. The Nasdaq composite index broke a four-day losing streak.

Investors' focus solidly on jobs

Hasbro first quarter earnings match expectations

How women can maximize their salaries

Manpower earnings more than double

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar down against yen

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.

Earnings rise 22 percent for Wachovia
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Wachovia Corp. reported a 22 percent gain in first-quarter profits, with all four of its major business lines delivering record earnings and double-digit growth.

Earnings rise 22 percent for Wachovia

3M earnings up nearly 44 percent in first quarter
MINNEAPOLIS -- Diversified manufacturer 3M Co. saw first-quarter profit surge 43.8 percent as the maker of Post-it Notes and Scotch-brand tapes benefited from swings in foreign currency and increased sales in its display business.

Stocks mixed despite bullish earnings from 3M

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities rose in Monday's auction.

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.

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.

Jackets lose rubber game to Huskies

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

Jenkins takes Blue Angels Classic, 5th Champions career win

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.

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.

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 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

Another early exit raises questions about Stars

Agent: Danton needs counseling
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton is in dire need of psychological counseling as he remains jailed on an alleged murder-for-hire plot, the player's agent said Monday.

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.

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

Devils center Igor Larionov announces retirement
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils center Igor Larionov announced his retirement Monday.

Devils center Igor Larionov announces retirement

Donald Trump is just another modern manager
There's this hot, new TV show where Donald Trump fires people.

Grand jury indicts man for Tamara Dunstan slaying
A Richmond County grand jury indicted Ronald F. Burke today on charges of murder, kidnapping and robbery in the April 15 slaying of Tamara Dunstan.

TIMELINE
Thursday, after 3 p.m.: Police say Mrs. Dunstan was at her mother's residence on Kipling Drive, near Boy Scout Road, where she walked into the middle of a burglary in progress. Mr. Burke was later found to have come through the floor of the house, thus not setting off the home's security system. Mrs. Dunstan was assaulted and robbed before being stranged to death, officials would say the next week, and alleged that Mr. Burke later confessed to taking her body to an area off of a U.S. Forest Service road in Edgefield County.

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.

Duputies searching for man involved in shooting
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are searching for a man whom they said shot another near downtown Augusta this afternoon.

Jones is best solicitor choice

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.

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.

Let learned men share same turf
I enjoyed reading your graphic "Gone with the wind" in your April 4 edition. The graphic accurately depicts the development of the SubAir turf-care system at Augusta National Golf Club in 1994. I did, however, note that your graphic suggested that Augusta National Golf Club and Marsh Benson were alone responsible for the creation of the SubAir system. This is not the case. Dave Ferris, Aiken, S.C. (Editor's note: The writer is a co-founder of SubAir Inc.)

Let learned men share same turf

See briefing in right perspective

Jones is best solicitor choice
On March 22, at about 12:45 p.m., I witnessed a historical event in a courtroom at the Law Enforcement Center in Augusta. I had the honor, with many other residents, to hear Harold V. Jones II announce his candidacy for the office of Richmond County solicitor general. Joseph Pearson, 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.

Public is getting a skewed view on Iraq
The recent Editorial Roundup on the president's April 13 news conference showed the weaknesses in news reporting that have dogged efforts from the beginning to bring some sort of integrity to the United Nations' Iraq response and democracy to the Iraqi people. Joseph B. Harris, Washington, Ga.

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

Players that filter movies soon to hit stores

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

Seniors Calendar

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

U.S.-Russian-Dutch crew begins two-day journey to space station

Far Cry has groundbreaking graphics

Future of 'glanceable' technology glows brightly

DVD succession war looms

Terrain challenges fitness of hikers

Kites to fly on top of Georgia

Launch delayed of unmanned satellite to test Einstein predictions

Robot plane drops bomb in successful California test
LOS ANGELES -- A robotic plane deliberately dropped a bomb near a truck at Edwards Air Force Base on Sunday, marking another step forward for technology the U.S. military hopes will one day replace human pilots on dangerous combat missions.

Launch delayed of unmanned satellite to test Einstein predictions
LOS ANGELES -- NASA scrubbed the launch Monday of a satellite designed to test two of Albert Einstein's fundamental predictions about the universe.

Kites to fly on top of Georgia
The phrase "Go fly a kite!" often is used as a mild insult. Harlan Groover couldn't be happier to hear it.

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?

DVD succession war looms
NEW YORK -- The DVD stands out as one of the most rapidly adopted consumer technologies ever, but in the electronics industry it's akin to an aging king in Shakespearean drama - rivals are lurking, knives drawn.

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.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

U.S.-Russian-Dutch crew begins two-day journey to space station
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan -- A Russian-American-Dutch crew blasted into orbit Monday aboard a Russian spacecraft en route to the international space station on the third manned mission since the U.S. shuttle program was halted.

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.

Terrain challenges fitness of hikers
NORTH ELBA, N.Y. -- Some of the most popular walks in the Adirondack Park start near a 200-car lot southeast of Lake Placid, but many trails are no walk in the park.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around town
Jerry Scarborough holds his son, Daymon, 2, while talking with his daughter, Jermesha, 5, on a Broad Street park bench .

Officials to debate clause in contract

Foundation receives awards for bringing neighborhood back to former glory

Victims' bodies often brought across border

Professor discusses scents in new book

Across the area

Coroners see more people unable to pay for funerals

Across Georgia

Sanford, Ryberg team up

Across the South Carolina
CHARLESTON - 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.

Kid of the day

Heavily-wooded area yields shallow grave

Four DeKalb County employees charged in payroll scheme

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.

McKinney says Sept. 11 probe will justify her controversial comments

Officials debate location of site

GOP is ready to absorb state's party switchers

Police offer details of woman's slaying, burial

Woman's body is found

Police offer details of woman's slaying, burial
Tamara Dunstan was strangled inside her mother's Augusta home Thursday moments after encountering the man charged in her slaying, an investigator connected to the case said Monday.

Marijuana group sues music festival over First Amendment

Augustan wins online contest
A 22-year-old Augusta man received a $1,000 check Friday for winning an online contest sponsored by The Augusta Chronicle.

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.

New tour boat passes inspection
The Augusta Canal's second tour boat passed its safety and certification exam by the U.S. Coast Guard, clearing the way for the William Phillips to begin ferrying tourists along the waterway.

Across the southeast

Senators question conflict of interest in voting machine contract

Balloon banter

Across the area

Grand jury indicts man for Tamara Dunstan slaying

DNR could scale back trout hatchery

News you can use
April 20, 1938 Another step in the movement toward a better and more modern telephone system for Augusta was made yesterday when Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph purchased property in the 900 block of Greene Street extending through to Ellis Street.

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.

Shooting victim is found in pickup
State and local authorities are investigating the apparent shooting death of a Screven County man who was found inside a pickup on the side of a road this weekend.

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.

A.G. Edwards to pay
Brokerage firm A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc. will pay the state $700,000 in penalties and expenses and open its operations to outside review now that 123 area investors have settled their claims against the firm's Augusta branch.

Water bill suit challenges fees

Candidate draws veterans' support
ATLANTA - The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry, brought his campaign to Georgia for less than five hours Monday to pick up some contributions and meet briefly with five military veterans.

Police offer details of woman's slaying, burial

Plane struggled before crashing
A preliminary accident report on a fatal plane crash in North Augusta last week indicates that the pilot was having trouble maintaining his proper course and altitude soon after taking off from Aiken.

Rants and raves
I WAS VERY SADDENED by the kidnapping of Tamara Dunstan. Unfortunately, all the local news stations didn't feel it was important enough to report that (a suspect) was found. On Sunday, I had to watch it from CNN to find out any details. I guess the local news stations didn't want to interrupt any of the games to update the community on her disappearance. This is very upsetting to me.

Officials to debate clause in contract
Augusta Administrator George Kolb's contract is back up for discussion at today's city commission meeting.

Across Georgia and South Carolina

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Rodriquez Antonio Walker Jr., 2 months, of Augusta.

New museum highlights FDR's ties to Georgia

Across the area
A Blythe physician has been committed to Georgia Regional Hospital after police say he shot one of his horses in the head Saturday, killing it, and then barricaded himself inside his home for several hours.

Student in critical condition after stabbing

Water bill suit challenges fees
ATLANTA - In a case that could determine how property owners statewide pay for some local services, the Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a lawsuit challenging fees charged by the Columbia County Storm Water Utility.

Lawmakers complain highway bill slights Georgia

Shop offers its patrons customized motorcycles
AIKEN - For Ron Whitmire, the core mission of his new business is to get that V-Twin motor running again in a customer's life with a roar that marks a re-entry into the world of motorcycles and open-road freedom.

Burke asks for attorney at Tamara Dunstan slaying hearing

Employees must now find new jobs
ATHENS, Ga. - Nineteen eggs, each no larger than a jelly bean, snuggle in one corner of Misty and J.J.'s nest. The pair of finches have lived for the past couple of years in a wire cage nestled in a fourth-floor University of Georgia office.

Corporate tax revenues bode well for state coffers

Officials debate location of site
AIKEN - Aiken County could save $41,000 and possibly speed up the construction of a much-needed southside emergency medical station if it builds the station in New Ellenton, according to estimates a county council committee will discuss today.

Five questions

Victims' bodies often brought across border
COLLIERS, S.C. - As long as there are abductions and homicides in Richmond County, bodies will be turning up in neighboring South Carolina, 11th Circuit Solicitor Donnie Myers acknowledged Monday.

Service becomes 'rally of tears'

Across the Southeast
CLEARWATER, FLA. - The attorney for a man seeking to end his severely brain-damaged wife's life argued Monday that Gov. Jeb Bush shouldn't be allowed to gather new evidence in the case because the judge has the information he needs to decide whether the law keeping her alive is unconstitutional.

Victims' bodies often brought across border

Service becomes 'rally of tears'

Candidate draws veterans' support

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Fulton County Sheriff Jackie Barrett's top deputy said his office was "duped" out of $2 million in an investment, partly because he never thought anyone would con a law enforcement agency.

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.

New status, publicity put Congaree Swamp on map
COLUMBIA - The Congaree National Park seems to be on more people's maps in the wake of moving up from national monument status last year.

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.

Rants and raves
I WAS VERY SADDENED by the kidnapping of Tamara Dunstan. Unfortunately, all the local news stations didn't feel it was important enough to report that (a suspect) was found. On Sunday, I had to watch it from CNN to find out any details. I guess the local news stations didn't want to interrupt any of the games to update the community on her disappearance. This is very upsetting to me.

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

Plane struggled before crashing

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.

The week ahead

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.

Kid of the day

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.

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

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.

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

Around town

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.

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.

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.

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.

Augustan wins online contest

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.

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

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.

Kid of the day

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

New status, publicity put Congaree Swamp on map

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.

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.

Plane struggled before crashing

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Employees must now find new jobs

Shop offers its patrons customized motorcycles

Projects are included in pork book

A.G. Edwards to pay

Trials & tribulations

Shooting victim is found in pickup

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Woman's body is found

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.

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.

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."

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

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.

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.

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."

Across the Southeast

Projects are included in pork book
Augusta has made its way into a book all about pork, but the designation has nothing to do with barbecue and has some officials scratching their heads.

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.

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

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

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.

'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.

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

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.

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

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.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected music reviews:

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

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.

After 36 years, Bobby Short to end his run at Cafe Carlyle

Banjo master Scruggs still picking at 80

After 36 years, Bobby Short to end his run at Cafe Carlyle
NEW YORK -- Bobby Short, whose cabaret act has been fixture at the swanky Cafe Carlyle for 36 years, is ending his run there on New Year's Eve, he told The Associated Press on Monday.

Universal to raise suggested price of CDs by $1
LOS ANGELES -- Universal Music Group will raise the suggested retail price of its CDs by $1 to improve profit margins for merchants after many balked at the company's push to slash prices, a source familiar with the plan said Friday.

Wallace gets win in marathon race

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.

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.

Resurfacing may get more extensive at Martinsville
MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- A resurfacing job scheduled to begin next week at Martinsville Speedway may get a lot more extensive if inspection crews find more evidence of failing spots in the concrete turns.

Tracy wins Long Beach opener

Earnhardt takes lead to Talladega

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

Resurfacing may get more extensive at Martinsville

Cassell strikes for 40 in win

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.

Mother of Kobe Bryant's accuser speaks in public for first time

Pacers' Artest suspended for one game
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's Ron Artest was suspended for one game by the NBA on Monday for leaving the bench during a confrontation in the Pacers' playoff win over the Boston Celtics.

Pistons take Game 1 from Bucks

Rasheed gives Pistons just what they needed
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- With the shot clock winding down, the ball was knocked out of Rasheed Wallace's hands. He grabbed it and hoisted an off-balance 3-pointer that went in.

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

Kings top Mavericks

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.

Grizzlies' forward Posey fined for flagrant foul
NEW YORK -- James Posey of the Memphis Grizzlies was fined $3,000 by the NBA on Monday for a flagrant foul against Manu Ginobili in a playoff game against the San Antonio Spurs.

Marbury to handle the ball less for Knicks in Game 2

Mother of Kobe Bryant's accuser speaks in public for first time
DENVER -- The mother of Kobe Bryant's accuser spoke publicly for the first time Monday, saying she was proud of her daughter amid the storm surrounding the high-profile sexual assault case against the NBA star.

Cassell strikes for 40 in win
MINNEAPOLIS - Directing traffic, yapping at the refs and swishing jumpers from the wing, Sam Cassell was in classic form.

Grizzlies' forward Posey fined for flagrant foul

Rasheed gives Pistons just what they needed

Appeals court blocks Clarett from entering NFL draft this weekend

Lions re-sign wide receivers Anderson, Swinton

Bucs re-sign Cook and Darby

Panthers drafting late after Super Bowl success

Chargers' eyes on the great Eli

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Commercial port becomes fortress for Olympics

IOC close to deal for cancellation insurance
LONDON -- The IOC is close to finalizing an insurance deal to cover the risk of the Athens Olympics being called off because of terrorism, earthquakes or other factors.

IOC inspectors visit Athens to examine stadium roof
ATHENS, Greece -- International Olympic Committee inspectors began a three-day review of Olympic sites Monday, including the troubled roof over the main stadium.

IOC close to deal for cancellation insurance

Commercial port becomes fortress for Olympics
PIRAEUS, Greece -- A passenger ferry from a Greek island has just docked. Tourists sit at outdoor tables overlooking the country's main commercial port.

Tyson in mix after night of heavyweights at MSG

Maradona in critical condition with heart and blood pressure problems

Armstrong begins Tour

Venus Williams wins first title in 14 months

Overtime

Big expectations greet Musketeers

Prep spring sports scores

Overtime

Ndereba, Cherigat give Kenya sweep in Boston

Overtime
University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt will be the keynote speaker at tonight's Greater CSRA Fellowship of Christian Athletes Home Team banquet.

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.

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.

Maradona in critical condition with heart and blood pressure problems
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Diego Maradona was in critical condition Monday, breathing with the help of a respirator but showing signs of improvement after heart and blood pressure problems.

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.

Armstrong begins Tour
MACON, Ga. - When it comes to defeating cancer, "Mellow Johnny" is anything but.

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

Prep spring sports scores
Prep spring sports scores from Monday's action.

Ndereba, Cherigat give Kenya sweep in Boston
BOSTON -- Catherine Ndereba won the Boston Marathon for the third time Monday in one of the hottest and closest races in the event's history.

Chargers' eyes on the great Eli
Although the San Diego Chargers are still completing plans for the No. 1 pick in this weekend's NFL draft, club president Dean Spanos is adamant about one thing - the Ryan Leaf fiasco won't influence their decision.

Bucs re-sign Cook and Darby
TAMPA, Fla. -- Jameel Cook and Chartric Darby re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday.

Panthers drafting late after Super Bowl success
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Odds are the Carolina Panthers will look for a defensive back or a wide receiver with their first-round pick, which comes 31st for the NFC champions.

Lions re-sign wide receivers Anderson, Swinton
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Wide receivers Scotty Anderson and Reggie Swinton re-signed Monday with the Detroit Lions.

Appeals court blocks Clarett from entering NFL draft this weekend
NEW YORK -- Maurice Clarett's bid to jump to the NFL was blocked Monday by a federal appeals court that left open the possibility he could enter a supplemental draft.

CBS, NBC prepare to expand their franchises

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

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.)

Josh Malina has been clever add to 'West Wing' ensemble
BURBANK, Calif. -- The vice president's top aide, Will Bailey, is explaining the "talking points on the VP's energy speech" to White House press secretary C.J. Cregg so she can help him "control the media."

Josh Malina has been clever add to 'West Wing' ensemble

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.

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.

People in the News

Attorney Johnnie Cochran treated for neurological condition

Pirated 'Passion' film highlights bounty of bogus goods in Peru

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.

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 loses Taylor for 2004 season with knee injury

Georgia presents case to NCAA infractions committee

Georgia loses Taylor for 2004 season with knee injury
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia linebacker Tony Taylor will miss the 2004 season after tearing a ligament in his knee in last weekend's spring game.

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.

Start with the stock market
Most young people are concerned about having enough money. They want to have the financial security to retire on time and buy the latest gear or gadgetry. Yet, with the precariousness of Social Security and Medicare, saving for retirement might seem like a huge task.

Teens' music video premieres online
After rolling into 21 towns, including Aiken, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus has finished its route.

Learn to trust your intuition in a relationship

Message of tobacco's danger is lost on teens

Silence speaks louder at times
Remember April 21 this year - and every year after, in fact. It is the annual Day of Silence.

Learn to trust your intuition in a relationship
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I have a boyfriend and I love him very much. We've been dating for over a year and a half. He says he loves me but I'm not quite sure if he does. How can I be sure? I asked him not to lie, but I've got a feeling he has been.

To tour colleges, simply press 'play'
The college tour has gotten a bit more accessible with a new set of videos that brings the campus to your home.

Band toiled three years for 'overnight success'
The venue was packed, all 500 tickets were sold out, and we had passes to see a national recording act and get a behind-the-scenes interview. We were not disappointed.

Audio best

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold:

Question of the week

Message of tobacco's danger is lost on teens
Smoking is a guilty pleasure for Damian Blevins. The 19-year-old Aiken Technical College freshman picked up his first cigarette when he was 16. Now smoking up to a pack a day, Mr. Blevins said it doesn't cross his mind as to why he does it.

Question of the week
Here's the results for last week's question:

Ford upset by Internet ad depicting cat decapitation

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