Fine arts calendar
Here's a list of gallery showings and events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

New science museum opens in Washington
WASHINGTON -- A new museum designed to draw people into the spirit and excitement of science opens in Washington Friday.

Only 15, writer is already a best-selling author
NEW YORK -- After a few years of starting stories that never got finished, Flavia Bujor decided it was time she completed something.

Galleries

Only 15, writer is already a best-selling author

'Assassins,' shooting a president in song

Galleries
Here's a list of gallery showings and events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

New science museum opens in Washington

'Assassins,' shooting a president in song
NEW YORK -- The setting looks like a ghostly, abandoned carnival with a rickety roller coaster rising to the stars and a disturbing motto blazing in lights: "Shoot! Win!"

Fine arts calendar

Cubs-Pirates game rained out

Padres top Giants

Angels crown Rangers

Red Sox get Brad Thomas from Twins

All-Star fan balloting begins
NEW YORK -- Fan voting for All-Star starters began Wednesday at Minute Maid Park, which will host the game on July 13.

Pirates, Giants pitching for 2006 All-Star game

Red Sox get Brad Thomas from Twins
BOSTON -- The Minnesota Twins traded left-hander Brad Thomas to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday for a player or cash.

Athletics outmuscle Mariners

Angels crown Rangers
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Troy Glaus hit a three-run homer, Jeff DaVanon also homered and the Anaheim Angels ended a three-game losing streak with a 7-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Thursday.

Twins' Stewart leaves game with cramp in hamstring
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins left fielder Shannon Stewart was taken out of Thursday afternoon's game against the Detroit Tigers after the sixth inning with a cramp in his right hamstring.

All-Star fan balloting begins

Cubs-Pirates game rained out
PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates game was rained out Thursday night and was rescheduled as part of a May 28 doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m.

Marlins squeak past Phillies

Diamondbacks pound Brewers in 15
MILWAUKEE -- Danny Bautista established two career highs and made sure the effort wasn't wasted.

Pirates, Giants pitching for 2006 All-Star game
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh and San Francisco, both of which have opened new ballparks since 2000, have emerged as the front-runners to host the 2006 All-Star game.

Athletics outmuscle Mariners
SEATTLE -- Eric Chavez hit a three-run homer and Mark Mulder worked six strong innings, leading the Oakland Athletics over the Seattle Mariners 8-2 Thursday.

Bonds' homers aren't helping the Giants break out of funk
SAN FRANCISCO -Barry Bonds is having a hard time enjoying his home-run rampage of late. It sure would be better if the San Francisco Giants were winning.

Marlins squeak past Phillies
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies might have better luck against the Florida Marlins in a boxing ring. They haven't had much success against them on the field.

Padres top Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Diego Padres knew in spring training they had an improved lineup.

Diamondbacks pound Brewers in 15

Blue-haired beauty seeks sharp-dressed companion

Latest birth announcements

Latest birth announcements

Product reduces odor of flatulence in dogs
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Dogs may no longer be the butt of their owners' jokes, thanks to Frank Morosky.

CoolBrands to make frozen snacks for pets
MARKHAM, Ont. (Dow Jones/AP) - CoolBrands International Inc., the third-largest maker of ice cream in North America, Tuesday said it will start making frozen snacks for dogs.

Odds and Ends
ST. GEORGE, Utah -- Forget punch card ballots and ATM-style voting machines - the owner of a drive-in is using pennies and canisters to encourage customers vote on the governor's race.

Odds and Ends
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory -- There is nothing elementary about the mysterious, sudden disappearance of northern pike from Watson Lake.

Rain douses Braves rally
CINCINNATI - For weeks, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox has remained firm in his plans not to skip fifth starter Jaret Wright's turn.

Late heroics propel Atlanta
CINCINNATI - The tutorial started about 1 p.m. and didn't end for more than an hour.

Rain douses Braves rally

Late heroics propel Atlanta

Nymex gasoline surge takes oil to $37

Profit increases 30 percent

Dollar gives back gains on U.S. jobless data
NEW YORK (AP) - Benign U.S. economic data took the steam out of the dollar's recent advance Thursday, pushing it lower against the euro.

Motorola's blockbuster quarter impresses Street
CHICAGO -- Motorola Inc. stunned Wall Street and shareholders with its strongest quarter in years, riding the success of its new cell phones and other products to a sales resurgence that sent its stock roaring up 20 percent Wednesday morning.

Jobless claims drop by 9,000 last week
WASHINGTON -- Fewer people signed up for jobless benefits last week, a sign that companies are feeling less inclined to slash their work forces now that the economy is rebounding.

Downtown draw to relocate
Sieglinde Boykin, the owner of The Coffee Break Cafe in the Lamar Building, didn't usually open on Saturdays.

Malibus recalled

Business briefs
Wachovia Bank will donate $7,500 to the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library as part of National Library Week. The funds will be used to support the library's Vacation Reading Program, which runs from June through August.

Jobless claims drop by 9,000 last week

Profit increases 30 percent
ATLANTA - BellSouth Corp. reported a 30 percent jump in first-quarter profit on slightly lower revenue, but an executive said the company is concerned about the rate at which it is losing business and residential telephone access lines.

Government exempts Nissan from fuel economy rule

Business briefs

Maytag sees rise, Hoover struggles
DES MOINES, Iowa - Maytag Corp.'s first-quarter profit rose 12 percent as strong sales of major appliances helped offset a decrease in sales of Hoover floor care products and rising steel and energy costs.

Motorola's blockbuster quarter impresses Street

Owners target child support

Downtown draw to relocate

Owners target child support
Deadbeat dads better find a new rock to crawl under now that Calvin and Philessa Jenkins are on their trail.

Greenspan: Recovery on track, interest rates to rise at some point

Malibus recalled
DETROIT - General Motors said Monday it will recall about 108,000 of its 2004 Chevrolet Malibus to fix a seat belt anchor that might detach in a severe side-impact crash and to reprogram an anti-lock brake system controller.

Microsoft offers antitrust concession amid criticism
WASHINGTON -- Microsoft Corp. promised a U.S. judge Wednesday it will offer competitors licenses for some of its technology until at least two years beyond the expiration of the landmark antitrust settlement it negotiated with the Bush administration.

Bank & Trust is showing growth

Ford Motor Co. alters leadership team
DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. named Jim Padilla as chief operating officer, replacing Nick Scheele in that role as part of a broader realignment of the company's leadership team. Mr. Scheele remains as president.

Report: Gillette's Kilts doesn't want Coke CEO job
NEW YORK -- Gillette chairman and chief executive James Kilts has taken himself out of consideration to be Coca-Cola Co.'s new chief executive, a newspaper reported.

Greenspan: Recovery on track, interest rates to rise at some point
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress on Wednesday that America's economic recovery has good momentum and that low, short-term interest rates will have to rise at some point, though he didn't say when.

Nymex gasoline surge takes oil to $37
NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - Gasoline futures hit a new record trading high of $1.1930 a gallon Thursday in New York as stories ranging from threats to crude supply to a refinery outage fueled traders' fears of insufficient inventories during the peak U.S. summer driving season.

Bank & Trust is showing growth
Georgia Bank & Trust Co.'s holding company reported record growth in assets on the back of increased commercial lending, a sign of a strengthening economy.

Government exempts Nissan from fuel economy rule
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators decided Tuesday to exempt Nissan Motor Co. from government fuel economy standards, a highly unusual move prompted by concern enforcement could lead to U.S. job losses.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Rates on benchmark 30-year mortgages rose for the fifth week in a row, climbing to their highest level of the year.

Dollar gives back gains on U.S. jobless data

Air Force promotes Mooney to head basketball coach
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Air Force promoted Chris Mooney to head basketball coach Thursday, a day after Joe Scott left for Princeton.

Judge keeps trial of Vick, other Tech players open
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. -- A judge decided Wednesday to allow media coverage of the trial of Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick and two other players charged with misdemeanor counts involving sex, alcohol and underage girls.

Judge keeps trial of Vick, other Tech players open

Tennessee close to ending probe into allegations

Tennessee close to ending probe into allegations
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee officials are close to finishing an investigation into allegations made by an Alabama attorney that coach Phillip Fulmer and an agent were involved in paying football players.

Auburn hires Fortner as women's basketball coach

Auburn hires Fortner as women's basketball coach
AUBURN, Ala. -- Nell Fortner led the United States to an Olympic gold medal and directed a WNBA team for three seasons.

Former Georgia Tech player Charlie Rogers cleared of charges
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- NFL kick returner Charlie Rogers, formerly of Georgia Tech, has been cleared of all charges stemming from a bar brawl.

Air Force coach Scott hired as Princeton boss

Kill Hamas leaders

Gorelick must go
What was supposed to be a bipartisan investigation into anti-terrorist policies before the Sept. 11 attack has turned into a bipartisan blame game. So far, the hearings only prove that an election year is an awful time to conduct such a sensitive probe.

Kill Hamas leaders
Europe and the Arab world are predictably supporting angry Palestinians' protests over Israelis' pinpoint accurate rocket attack Saturday that killed Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi. The deadly strike came just three weeks after Israel took out the terrorist organization's spiritual leader, Sheik Ahmed Yassin.

Where's the outrage?

Where's the outrage?
Muslim nations meeting in Malaysia this week condemned the U.S.-led coalition's "occupation" of Iraq and Israel's violence toward Palestine and assassination of Hamas leaders.

Be glad these failed
Usually legislation the General Assembly passes draws much public attention. That's understandable because newly passed laws bring change and can affect our lives in a myriad of ways.

A miserable index
The misery index first came to public attention when Jimmy Carter used it in the 1976 presidential campaign to demonstrate that Americans' financial health had deteriorated. Ronald Reagan, reasoning turnabout is fair play, used it against Carter in 1980.

Empowering victims

Empowering victims
If being a victim of a sexual assault is something to be ashamed of, why don't we have a "sexual assault victim" registry on the Internet like we do with offenders?

Extras, extras
JUST OUT: The Haunted Mansion and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Sean John, founded by rap mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, has formed a joint venture with Zac Posen, considered one of fashion's brightest new stars.

Disney rolls out red carpet in 'Princess Classics' on ice
Being a princess is good. Being a Disney fairy tale princess is the cream of the crop.

Open tab
Ready for a night out? Here's a roundup of some drink specials and entertainment at Augusta and Aiken nightclubs:

Event calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Report: Obstruction charges considered against Jackson associates
LOS ANGELES -- Conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges were being considered against several associates of Michael Jackson for allegedly threatening the family of the boy who accused Jackson of child molestation, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

Big ticket
THE PERFORMER: Jimmy Buffett WHEN: Saturday and Thursday, April 29

Chevy Chase auctioning items for environmental education
NEW YORK -- Chevy Chase and his wife, Jayni, are auctioning off items donated by their famous friends to raise funds for the Center for Environmental Education's Web site.

Grand jury indicts Michael Jackson
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson's legal team said the pop star will be fully exonerated when he goes to trial on child molestation charges.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Frank Serpico is blowing the whistle on a new book by an NYPD detective that downplays police corruption.

Stuff to do
Want some music with your latte? Jeremy Carr entertains from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at Borders Books, Music and Cafe, 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway.

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

On the road
It's all happening at the zoo Sunday as Riverbanks Zoo celebrates its 30th anniversary. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. in the zoo's entrance plaza with a parade.

Anna Kournikova's parents sue her over Miami Beach house
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Anna Kournikova is being sued by her parents, who say the 22-year-old tennis starlet has taken over the waterfront home the three jointly own.

Tokyo stocks end slightly lower on Greenspan's remarks

Mortgage rates rise for 5th consecutive week
WASHINGTON -- Rates on benchmark 30-year mortgages rose for the fifth week in a row, climbing to their highest level of the year.

UPS reports wider profit on higher revenue
ATLANTA -- UPS cited strength across all its business segments as it reported a 24 percent jump in first-quarter profit on an 11 percent increase in revenue.

Dollar rally fades on Greenspan caution

Stocks surge as investors shake off rate worries
NEW YORK -- Wall Street roared back to life Thursday as investors refocused on earnings news, shaking off concerns about rising interest rates that have dogged the market for almost two weeks. Upbeat reports from Caterpillar Inc. and United Parcel Service Inc. offered fresh evidence that the economy is growing.

Stocks up slightly for the day after Greenspan testimony

Stocks up slightly for the day after Greenspan testimony
NEW YORK -- Wall Street staggered through an indecisive session Wednesday, ending modestly higher as investors' interest rate worries robbed them of any incentive to make sizable commitments to stocks. The market again shrugged off upbeat earnings reports, although tech stocks posted the largest gains in response to Motorola Inc.'s strong results.

Ford profit more than doubles from year ago

Caterpillar posts higher first-quarter profits
PEORIA, Ill. -- Caterpillar Inc. reported its first-quarter profit more than tripled from a year ago, crediting a rebounding worldwide economy with driving up heavy equipment and engine sales.

Blockbuster's profit soars due to tax benefit

Kimberly Clark earnings rise
DALLAS -- Tissue and diaper maker Kimberly-Clark Corp. posted higher first-quarter earnings as sales rose sharply, offsetting price declines due to promotions such as coupons.

Wall Street divided on proposal to allow investors to pick speed over price as a trading priority
NEW YORK -- Top regulators heard from Wall Street executives Wednesday at a public hearing on a proposal that would allow stock investors to choose the fastest trade over the best price, a move the New York Stock Exchange opposes.

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $2.41 billion in the latest week to $868.11 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Ford profit more than doubles from year ago
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Ford Motor Co. posted a profit of $1.95 billion in the first quarter, more than double its earnings of a year ago, as improved automotive profits and continued cost cutting lifted results. Its shares rose sharply in early trading.

Legal charges take bite out of Microsoft earnings
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. said Thursday that its quarterly earnings fell 38 percent as the company took big charges related to legal matters and for expenses related to stock-based compensation.

Blockbuster's profit soars due to tax benefit
DALLAS -- Blockbuster Inc., the world's leading video-rental chain, Wednesday posted a 40 percent surge in first-quarter profit due to a one-time tax benefit.

Wall Street divided on proposal to allow investors to pick speed over price as a trading priority

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

Kodak posts $28 million profit, beats forecasts

Dollar rally fades on Greenspan caution
NEW YORK -- The dollar's rally faltered a bit Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told legislators that while interest rates will have to rise at some point, he didn't know when.

Sears posts $859 million loss on accounting charge

Money funds fell in latest week

Kodak posts $28 million profit, beats forecasts
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Eastman Kodak Co., battling through a painful transition from film to digital photography, said Wednesday it more than doubled its first-quarter profit and narrowly beat Wall Street forecasts.

Mortgage rates rise for 5th consecutive week

Tokyo stocks end slightly lower on Greenspan's remarks
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks slipped on Wednesday after Wall Street shares declined in response to U.S. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan's hint about a possible interest rate increase. The U.S. dollar was higher against the Japanese yen.

Tokyo stocks close up, dollar higher against yen

Sears posts $859 million loss on accounting charge
CHICAGO -- Sears, Roebuck and Co. sustained a hefty first-quarter loss, mostly due to an accounting change involving its pension and post-retirement medical benefit plans, and reported another weak showing for clothing sales.

Kimberly Clark earnings rise

Tokyo stocks close up, dollar higher against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose Thursday as export-related issues got a boost from a stronger dollar and gains by U.S. technology shares. The U.S. dollar was higher against the Japanese yen.

BellSouth reports wider profit
ATLANTA -- BellSouth Corp. said growth in revenue from long-distance and high-speed Internet services offset its loss of access lines as it reported a 30 percent jump in first-quarter profit even though total sales declined slightly.

Anglers out in force as cobia begin spring run

Anglers out in force as cobia begin spring run
The spring cobia run has begun in Beaufort County's Broad River, which means anglers fishing during the week might have a better chance of finding a place to anchor their boats than on weekends.

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Grubbin'
JOE'S UNDERGROUND CAFE 144 Eighth St.

Where to eat

Where to eat
Joe's Underground Cafe 144 Eighth Street. WHAT'S THERE: Sandwiches, salads and pizza THE ATMOSPHERE: Dark and cozy

Grubbin'

Spring brings on an aromatic progression
Which do you enjoy more, the colors or the aromas of spring?

Spring brings on an aromatic progression

Couples battling history to defend Houston Open title

Citadel's golf team on the brink

Couples battling history to defend Houston Open title
HUMBLE, Texas -- Fred Couples will try to defend his championship at the Houston Open, beginning Thursday. History says he'll fail - and so does Couples.

Citadel's golf team on the brink
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Jeff Spencer saw one spring miracle save Citadel's golf team. He doesn't think there's another such charge left in the team's supporters.

Engler stays the course

Sifford breaks another barrier

A Second Chance
At some point during today's first round of the Kandy Waters Memorial Classic, Augusta's John Engler will probably think back to a September 2003 day when he played a round of golf at Sea Island, Ga.

Engler stays the course
McCORMICK, S.C. - John Engler's return to competitive golf Thursday at the Kandy Waters Memorial Classic couldn't have started out more auspiciously.

Sifford breaks another barrier
Charlie Sifford broke another barrier Thursday.

Lakeside star wastes no time

Lakeside star wastes no time
The penultimate moment of Matt Scott's recruiting came during physical education class at Lakeside High School. The Georgia Southern coaching staff decided to offer him a scholarship based on his work during a physical education class during the past month.

Flyers, Leafs set for physical series
VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs simply don't like each other.

Red Wings leery of Calgary's Iginla & Kiprusoff

St. Louis Blues players' statement on Danton

Senators fire Martin as coach
OTTAWA -- Another playoff loss to Toronto cost Jacques Martin his job as Ottawa Senators coach.

Senators fire Martin as coach

Medvedenko sits out practice
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Slava Medvedenko didn't practice Wednesday with the Los Angeles Lakers because of a strained right Achilles' tendon, and his status for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against Houston is uncertain.

Red Wings leery of Calgary's Iginla & Kiprusoff
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings respect the Calgary Flames for at least two reasons: Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff.

Flyers, Leafs set for physical series

St. Louis Blues players' statement on Danton
ST. LOUIS -- Text of a statement about St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton released Thursday by St. Louis Blues players:

Win on Sunday, buy on Monday'
MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Steve Stout once owned three different Intimidator models of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and he still has one of the 17-year-old treasures created to honor Dale Earnhardt parked at his McDonough, Ga., home.

Charlotte is a NASCAR fan's dream
CONCORD, N.C. - It's a good thing the racing in May lasts two weekends at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. It takes that long to see what the area has to offer.

California: 'Terminator' track
FONTANA, Calif. - The California Speedway had an impressive history long before it was a racetrack. Before the land was converted into a modern two-mile oval, it was an old steel mill -- and site of the final scenes from the original Terminator movie. Once filming ended on the movie, the mill was razed and replaced with an 92,000-seat speedway that closely resembles the Michigan International Speedway.

Hmiel back from the brink
ATLANTA - The road Shane Hmiel now travels is straight and narrow, and it doesn't allow any detours.

Auto Club 500 perfect for California dreamers
FONTANA, Calif. -- The biggest problem isn't finding something to do around the California Speedway. It's finding time to do to it all. Race fans are an hour away from the beach, an hour from the mountains, 90 minutes from San Diego and five hours from Las Vegas.

'Car of the Future' project to cut costs
ATLANTA - The men who have seats in the boardroom at NASCAR have never turned a wrench or welded a fender on a car, so it was difficult for them to understand what's involved with building a race car. More important, none of them ever had to pay for one.

Blend history, entertainment into race weekend in Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. - The Richmond International Raceway offers one of the best experiences on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

Dull Dover
DOVER, Del. -- For the lucky few, a trip to the Dover International Speedway means never leaving the property.

Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte is stock-car racing's true home
CONCORD, N.C. - The folks at Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse would prefer race fans call the racetrack that hosts two weeks of racing each May by its official name, the Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Driver of the Month
Driver of the month is Kasey Kahne

"The Monster Mile" is more than a slogan
DOVER, Del. - "The Monster Mile" is more than a marketing slogan for the Dover International Speedway. It's truth in advertising.

Driver favor Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. - The Richmond International Raceway is a short track that acts like a superspeedway. Or is it a super-speedway that acts like a short track?

Youth Movement
Star drivers aren't the only youngsters steering NASCAR into the future. Racing's fan base is growing up right alongside the sport itself.

Blue-haired beauty seeks sharp-dressed companion
Speaking of the troubles of aging, Everett Fernandez shares this delightful collection of classified personal ads:

Prosecutors will seek death penalty in Tamara Dunstan case
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty in the case of Ronald Francis Burke Jr., who is charged in the death of Tamara Dunstan, according to a court document obtained today.

Blythe third-graders get to have their say
As part of Newspapers in Education Month recently, I did several activities with my pupils. We worked on expressing opinions in this activity, so here are a few that may be worthy of being shared with Augusta readers. Remember, these are third-graders from Blythe Elementary School. Terry Hale, Augusta

Dems see gloom in Iraq successes
I had thought the pessimism that presaged defeat in Iraq ... might have been dispelled by the miraculous victory over Saddam Hussein's regime in a matter of three weeks. But this was not to be, as the renewed display of gloom continues to follow the American military victory last spring. Neal Dillon, Aiken, S.C.

RDC made sound decision on meals
This letter is to praise the CSRA Regional Development Center for its outstanding work and making a hard choice to save money and serve more people. Ruth B. Crawford, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is founder and executive director of the Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center.)

Center adds to culture-rich Aiken
In 1989, when my husband and I left the Washington, D.C., suburbs to move to Aiken, our friends laughed. "You'll never last a year," they said. Deborah Brooks, Aiken, S.C.

Abandon partisanship and fight terrorism

Please serve up more local sports

Dems see gloom in Iraq successes

RDC made sound decision on meals

Abandon partisanship and fight terrorism
This is a war, not a scandal. Sgt. 1st Class Tony W. Howard, Augusta

Please serve up more local sports
I have long been disappointed with The Augusta Chronicle's coverage of local vs. pro sports. April 13 was a great example, as the front sports page was totally pro articles, and on Page 2C there was a two-sentence "story" on the Richmond Academy boy's soccer team being rated No. 1 in the nation. Clark Morris, Martinez

Newspapers can attract young readers with more lifestyle stories, features

Commission urges new ocean protections and trust fund

Trinket found in England could be part of ancient necklace

Prom style should fit personality

Health and fitness calendar

Study finds even tallest trees have limits to how high they can grow

China reports new cases of SARS for the first time in months

Hybrid vehicle registrations up more than 25 percent in 2003

Rural communities see new opportunities in wind power

Despite name, Spectra has changed

Research shows swine manure can become crude oil

Frozen sushi

Overseas productions threaten health of porn actors

Survey: Hispanics see Spanish-language media as more fair

Presto! Penn & Teller celebrate 30 years

Hybrid vehicle registrations up more than 25 percent in 2003
DETROIT -- Americans are opting more for vehicles with environmentally friendly gasoline-electric hybrid engines, new statistics show, and that trend is expected to continue because of high gas prices and a growing number of hybrid models.

Presto! Penn & Teller celebrate 30 years
NEW YORK -- It's been 30 years, but Penn & Teller have no intention of pulling a disappearing act.

Frozen sushi
Sushi once carried an air of the exotic, and those who included it in their diet were considered daring diners. Those days are long past. It might never overtake barbecue or fried chicken in Augusta, but the Japanese delicacy known as edible art is becoming a familiar taste to more palates.

Survey: Hispanics see Spanish-language media as more fair
WASHINGTON -- Hispanics in the United States view Spanish-language news media as important to their community and more likely than English-language media to portray them positively, according to a survey.

Newspapers can attract young readers with more lifestyle stories, features
WASHINGTON -- Newspapers can gain a wider audience among the young and minorities by paying more attention to their interest in lifestyle coverage, features and ads, editors and publishers were told Wednesday.

Research shows swine manure can become crude oil
URBANA, Ill. -- A University of Illinois research team is working on turning pig manure into a form of crude oil that could be refined to heat homes or generate electricity.

Prom style should fit personality
NEW YORK - In the mind of a teenage girl, prom night is it - the end-all and be-all.

China reports new cases of SARS for the first time in months
BEIJING -- China reported two suspected cases of SARS in Beijing and in the eastern province of Anhui on Thursday, the first cases in those areas since the country's initial outbreak of the highly contagious disease subsided last summer.

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

Despite name, Spectra has changed
Kia's best-selling nameplate, the Spectra, is all new, almost.

Trinket found in England could be part of ancient necklace
LONDON -- An ornate trinket found in an English field by a metal detecting enthusiast is probably the missing part of an ancient gold necklace at the British Museum.

Rural communities see new opportunities in wind power
EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. -- Mike Sachs lacks the rusted tin pans of a mineral prospector in the Old West.

Existing technology could significantly reduce auto emissions
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Automakers have the technology to meet strong global warming pollution standards, and existing technology could be used to significantly reduce emissions, according to a nonprofit group of citizens and scientists.

Commission urges new ocean protections and trust fund
WASHINGTON -- Citing a dire need to protect ocean resources from exploitation and pollution, a presidential commission on Tuesday urged creation of a federal oceans trust fund with up to $4 billion a year from oil and gas royalties.

Study finds even tallest trees have limits to how high they can grow
Redwood trees are the tallest living things on Earth, but they are stretching up against a growth limit that likely cannot be overcome no matter how ideal the conditions, according to a new study.

Overseas productions threaten health of porn actors
LOS ANGELES -- For the past few years, the adult film industry has operated on a closed set of sorts, with many actors preferring to work within a few San Fernando Valley communities using a testing system that made them feel relatively safe from AIDS.

Professionals aim to recruit
High school seniors in Richmond County are being flooded this week with information on water-related careers as they prepare to enter the real world.

Moore's tax plan is target of GOP
AIKEN - The South Carolina Republican Party has yet to find a replacement candidate to run against state Sen. Tommy Moore, but party officials are already trying to portray the veteran Clearwater Democrat as a tax-and-spend liberal and a clone of his party's presidential nominee, John Kerry.

Area to offer many Earth Day activities
Area residents can help celebrate Earth Day on Saturday with several environmentally-friendly activities.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. has asked the Public Service Commission to let it raise electricity rates.

Kid of the day

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Crystal Marie Lerch, 15, of Martinez.

Ballot, bonding issues unresolved
Augusta commissioners took another stab at trying to whittle down a Phase 5 special-purpose sales tax list suitable to place before voters later this year, but decided before the meeting was over they'll need more sessions.

State park looks for ways to bring in more money

Fate of worker is not certain
Augusta commissioners on Thursday discussed the future of an Augusta Animal Services employee who is facing dismissal over allegations of inappropriate activities.

Learning on wheels
McCORMICK, S.C. - Barbara Barker doesn't get to use a computer very often, but once a week she can brush up on her typing and math skills without leaving the parking lot of her Westowne apartment complex in McCormick.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - The owners of a Greenville hotel that was the site of a deadly fire three months ago have denied they did anything wrong, according to their response to a lawsuit filed by two guests.

Across South Carolina

Worker records are now online
Property owners now have the chance to turn the tables on tax assessors and appraisers, being able to keep a watchful eye on them for a change.

Child dies after near-drowning

Morris appeals scores ruling
ATLANTA - Morris Communications Co. filed an appeal Wednesday of its lawsuit against the PGA Tour Inc. over instant access to golf scores for resale to Internet sites.

Across Georgia

Man admits killing woman
Thirteen years after the disappearance of a Sandersville woman, a man has been charged with murder after confessing to the crime.

News you can use
April 22, 1918 The Superior Court grand jury is making an investigation into the liquor situation in Augusta and Richmond County.

Around town

Rants and raves
AFTER PASSING OUT in Wal-Mart, thinking I was having a heart attack, I would like to give a special thanks to the very nice employees of Wal-Mart and the young lady and her little sister who found me passed out on the bathroom floor. I would like to give these employees at the Wal-Mart in Evans a big rave for all your help and for saving my life.

Officials await sewer response
If you're one of the 401 people in Augusta who haven't responded to the city's notice that you must tap on to the new sewer line in your neighborhood, you need to call the utility department, city officials said.

Around town
David Keel (left), Fort Discovery's finance director, and Victor Morales, the director of exhibit maintenance, look at a piece of a robotic alien named Harry. The alien exhibit will start May 8.

Life savers
Phlebotomist Esther Augustine (left) draws blood from Medical College of Georgia student Natasha Savage at MCG Childrens Medical Center as her nephew D.J. Chandler and his friend Isabella Dancy, both 4, watch during a bone marrow drive.

Something to sneeze at
Kenneth Bennett may want to choose a new city to live in, and while he's at it, a new profession.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The state will seek the death penalty against a man and woman accused of killing their 8-year-old daughter in January to rid her of a demon.

Learning on wheels

State senator announces she won't run again
ATLANTA - Depending on one's perspective, the political terrain of north Georgia's mountain counties became either a lot rockier or a lot smoother this week.

Around town

Mosquito virus prompts first warning of season
ATLANTA - Mosquitoes, and the diseases they carry, are back.

Across the area

Moore's tax plan is target of GOP

Estate holds little cash

News you can use

Ballot, bonding issues unresolved

Guilt earns man 21 years in prison
An Appling man who pleaded guilty to two sexual assault charges this week was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison in a Columbia County court Wednesday.

Parolee suspected in shooting surrenders

Schools hope lost items will be found

Parolee suspected in shooting surrenders
A man who surrendered to authorities on murder charges Wednesday was serving parole at the time police alleged he shot a longtime friend to death, records state.

Across the area

Victim was held captive, stabbed, official testifies
Elinor Emineth was attacked and killed by a handyman who became enraged after she made derogatory comments about his girlfriend, an investigator testified Wednesday.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Brian Jaylin Emanuel Blake, 7 months, of Hephzibah.

Perdue gives progress report
Gov. Sonny Perdue swung through Augusta on Wednesday to dash a little politics along with the salt and pepper on his eggs and grits.

Across the area
An Aiken man received probation Thursday after pleading guilty in General Sessions court to possessing child pornography.

Estate holds little cash
AIKEN - Retired U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond died with a net worth of $1.48 million, according to papers filed in Aiken County probate court this week.

Warning signals found in budget
The city of Augusta's financial condition is stable, according to information given to city commissioners Thursday by the finance director and tax assessor.

Wife sentenced for attacks on spouse
AIKEN - An Aiken woman who drove through a brick wall trying to run over her husband and later attacked him in bed with a meat cleaver was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday.

State park looks for ways to bring in more money
MCCORMICK, S.C. - Hickory Knob State Resort Park was built on the banks of Lake Thurmond to spur economic growth in rural McCormick County.

Man admits killing woman

Democrat hopefuls bash Burns, Bush during rally
SAVANNAH, Ga. - They're running against each other in the July 20 primary election, but there was little sign of that during a forum.

Monetta fire traps, kills man

Party switchers sacrifice posts
ATLANTA - State Rep. Tommy Smith, of Alma, knew there would be some perks and some pains when he decided earlier this week to join the state Republican Party after 26 years as a House Democrat.

Swimming to victory

Around town
Peter Letchford (right) puts his top hat on Maggie Gemsheer during the 200-year anniversary celebration of First Presbyterian Church in Augusta. Some of the members wore mid-1800s clothing to honor the churchs history.

News you can use

Party switchers sacrifice posts

Rants and raves
AFTER PASSING OUT in Wal-Mart, thinking I was having a heart attack, I would like to give a special thanks to the very nice employees of Wal-Mart and the young lady and her little sister who found me passed out on the bathroom floor. I would like to give these employees at the Wal-Mart in Evans a big rave for all your help and for saving my life.

Rants and raves
I THINK IT'S terrible that this boy got 20 years in jail today for those three girls they said he raped and molested. Somebody needs to give them 20 years because this boy's life is ruined.

Perdue gives progress report

Perdue selects top Daley aide
ATLANTA - An aide to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley will take over the Georgia agency charged with looking after some of the state's most vulnerable residents.

Rants and raves
I THINK IT'S terrible that this boy got 20 years in jail today for those three girls they said he raped and molested. Somebody needs to give them 20 years because this boy's life is ruined.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia's hate crimes law is unconstitutionally vague, lawyers for a man and woman convicted of an assault on two black men in Atlanta's Little Five Points argued before the state Supreme Court.

Kid of the day

Warning signals found in budget

Professionals aim to recruit

Monetta fire traps, kills man
MONETTA, S.C. - A mentally disabled Monetta man died in a house fire Wednesday, apparently overcome by smoke as he tried to escape through a hallway.

Across Georgia

Democrat hopefuls bash Burns, Bush during rally

Mosquito virus prompts first warning of season

Swimming to victory
Lantz Lamback is your typical teenager. He does schoolwork. He cleans his room. He swims in the afternoon.

Girlfriend indicted in slaying
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Sharron Nicole Redmond gained local distinction when she was crowned Miss Savannah in August 2003, but she gained nationwide notoriety for a shooting that occurred four months later.

Across the area
Columbia County's plan to fund fire service through property taxes is coming together as the first of the county's two cities signed an interim agreement Wednesday to provide fire service outside its city limits.

Perdue gives progress report

News you can use
APRIL 23, 1963 Two Republicans were elected to seats on North Augusta's city council in Monday's general election, with incumbent Democratic Councilman Ted A. Pressley re-elected.

Council questions its need for fund

State senator announces she won't run again

Something to sneeze at

Schools hope lost items will be found
It looks like laundry day in the lobby of Riverside Middle School.

Scanners assist doctors, patients

Prosecutors will seek death penalty in Tamara Dunstan case

Man to die today for 1993 stabbing
COLUMBIA - Peggy Ferrell says she wants at least some compassion from the condemned man who fatally stabbed her daughter more than 10 years ago - even if it's his final words.

Fate of worker is not certain

Scanners assist doctors, patients
Dr. Hadyn Williams points to a row of gray-colored images on a computer screen showing three views of a mass in a patient's spinal cord.

Life savers

Child dies after near-drowning
AIKEN - Christopher Charles King will be remembered by family members as a child who loved riding his bike, collecting rocks and being the first to help others.

Council questions its need for fund
AIKEN - There was little doubt in the Kroger Co.'s commitment to develop an abandoned department store when a company representative approached the Aiken City Council on April 12.

Mini reviews

Cannes Film Festival announces movie competition lineup
PARIS -- "The Ladykillers," the Coen brothers' remake of a 1955 comedy caper, will be among the 18 films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival next month.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

At the Movies: 'Man on Fire'
Apparently, a kidnapping involving the young daughter of a wealthy Mexico City couple, and the subsequent rampage of vigilante justice on which her guilt-ridden bodyguard embarks, aren't dramatic enough.

Spielberg to make film about 1972 Olympic hostage tragedy
LOS ANGELES -- Steven Spielberg plans to begin work on a movie about the 1972 Munich Olympics, in which Palestinian terrorists killed 11 Israeli athletes and coaches after a televised hostage standoff.

At the Movies: '13 Going on 30'
Jennifer Garner goes big in her first starring role in a comedy - and it pays off big-time - in "13 Going on 30."

Cannes Film Festival announces movie competition lineup

At the Movies: 'Man on Fire'

Riding high on 'Tipsy,' J-Kwon vows to walk a thin line

Hip-hop's, R&B's best headliners scheduled to grace family affair
The beats of some of the best in hip-hop and R&B will blend with the smell of barbecue at Saturday's PowerFest 2004, the annual outdoor family festival and concert sponsored by radio station WPRW-FM (107.7) and the Augusta Parks and Recreation Department.

Concert calendar

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

'We Built This City' tops Blender's 50 worst songs list
NEW YORK -- Starship may have built this city on rock and roll, but Blender magazine is tearing it down, naming the band's "We Built This City" as the worst song ever.

Riding high on 'Tipsy,' J-Kwon vows to walk a thin line
Not even a month into his 18th year, rapper J-Kwon is enjoying a streak of good luck that has been long overdue.

'We Built This City' tops Blender's 50 worst songs list

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

Indie rockers Denali start fresh with new members

Indie rockers Denali start fresh with new members
Barely two years removed from its debut album, the indie rock group Denali faced the possibility of flaming out just as its success had started to gel.

Dull Dover

Aaron's 499 race overview
Aaron's 499 race overview.

Report: Texas Motor Speedway to get second race, Darlington may lose one
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A second NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race is reportedly coming to Texas Motor Speedway in 2005 and Darlington Raceway in South Carolina may lose one of its two major events.

"The Monster Mile" is more than a slogan

Blend history, entertainment into race weekend in Richmond

NASCAR newsmaker Sterling Martin

Auto Club 500 perfect for California dreamers

Judge bars defense from medical records of Bryant's accuser

Ganassi livid at driver's penalty
TALLADEGA, Ala. - NASCAR's practice of enforcing some rules and not enforcing others and issuing varying degrees of penalties for the same violations sent one prominent car owner into a rage this week.

Youth Movement

Aaron's 499 race overview

NASCAR newsmaker Sterling Martin
Five of Sterling Marlin's 10 career wins have come at the two race tracks that require the use of a restrictor plate to reduce speeds for safety reasons, including a pair of wins at Talladega Superspeedway. Marlin talked about Talladega, NASCAR's rules and the future of the sport.

Gordon, and everyone else, is chasing team DEI

Driver favor Richmond

ŒWin on Sunday, buy on Monday'

Gordon, and everyone else, is chasing team DEI

'Car of the Future' project to cut costs

Gordon, and everyone else, is chasing team DEI
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Jeff Gordon is racing for more than third place at Talladega Superspeedway.

Judge bars defense from medical records of Bryant's accuser
DENVER -- The judge in the Kobe Bryant case dealt a blow to the defense Wednesday, barring access to the medical records of the 19-year-old woman accusing the NBA star of rape.

Model Car Owner

Model Car Owner
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Twenty years ago Rick Hendrick was no better than a field filler in NASCAR.

Report: Texas Motor Speedway to get second race, Darlington may lose one

California: 'Terminator' track

Ganassi livid at driver's penalty

Hmiel back from the brink

Mullin taking over Warriors' basketball operations
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Chris Mullin was promoted to executive VP of basketball operations by the Golden State Warriors, who are looking for leadership from one of the most popular players in team history.

Rip job: Thomas bashes Martin, Collins - and own teammates

Medvedenko misses another practice
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Slava Medvedenko skipped practice for the second straight day Thursday because of a strained right Achilles' tendon and is questionable for Game 3 of the Los Angeles Lakers' playoff series against Houston.

76ers introduce O'Brien
PHILADELPHIA -- Jim O'Brien figures he'll have more success getting along with Allen Iverson than his predecessors.

Portland's Randolph wins NBA Most Improved Player award
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Randolph was disappointed when he didn't make the All-Star team. Winning the NBA's Most Improved Player award Thursday took some of that sting away.

Rip job: Thomas bashes Martin, Collins - and own teammates
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Injured Knicks forward Tim Thomas ripped Nets forward Kenyon Martin as a phony tough guy and criticized his teammates, too, for failing to respond to the flagrant foul that sidelined him.

O'Neal misses practice with sinus infection
INDIANAPOLIS -- Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal missed practice Thursday with a sinus infection and was probable for Game 3 of Indiana's playoff series with Boston.

Judge bars defense from medical records of Bryant's accuser
DENVER -- The judge in the Kobe Bryant case dealt a blow to the defense Wednesday, barring access to the medical records of the 19-year-old woman accusing the NBA star of rape.

Portland's Randolph wins NBA Most Improved Player award

76ers introduce O'Brien

O'Neal misses practice with sinus infection

Air Force coach Scott hired as Princeton boss
Joe Scott was hired as basketball coach at Princeton on Wednesday, returning to his alma mater a month after guiding Air Force to its first NCAA tournament berth in 42 years.

Bears could look to defense

NFL draft sleeper: DT from Ukraine could be first-round pick

Clarett thrown for loss at Supreme Court in effort to enter NFL draft

Browns focused on Big Three in draft

First-round quarterbacks aren't sure things

Sharpe will play at least one more season

Packers re-sign Torrance Marshall

Martz: Warner departure not yet guaranteed

Falcons relying on draft choices

Ravens' Fuller charged with running gambling house

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Mrs. Yoshiko Copeland (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Jo Ann Thompson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Siglinde Dante (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Marie Henderson (UNION POINT, Ga.)

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British anti-terror official praises Greek 'professionalism'
ATHENS, Greece -- A top British anti-terrorism official praised Greece's policing effort to safeguard the Olympics and said no decision has been made whether British guards accompanying their national team to Athens would carry guns.

Japan world record holder headed for Athens

IOC inspector: Athens stadium on pace to meet deadlines
ATHENS, Greece -- The chief IOC overseer of the Athens Games believes the roof on the main Olympic stadium will be finished before a June deadline.

Japan world record holder headed for Athens
TOKYO -- World record holder Kosuke Kitajima secured a spot in the Athens Olympics with a victory in the 100-meter breaststroke final Wednesday at Japan's national swimming championships.

British anti-terror official praises Greek 'professionalism'

Players of the week

Sullivan is near-perfect example

Spring prep sports

Musketeers stay perfect with win

Father, son, are serious rivals

California lawmaker introduces bills to test high schoolers for steroids

Park leads Spanish Open

Overtime

Overtime

Nadal to miss French Open with left foot injury

U.S. star edges to victory

Coria, Safin reach third round in Monaco

Maradona stays on respirator in intensive care

Father, son, are serious rivals
Rick Sullivan has played table tennis for 20 years. When his son, Ricky, was old enough he taught him how to play the game.

Irish capture region
Two visuals defined Aquinas' 2-1 Region 7-A championship victory Thursday against Athens Academy. There were scant seconds to play in the game when Aquinas forward Mark Thompson collapsed to the ground.

California lawmaker introduces bills to test high schoolers for steroids
SAN FRANCISCO -- A California lawmaker has introduced bills to mandate steroid testing of high school students and ban the sale of some performance-enhancing substances to minors.

Overtime
One day after snapping a six-game losing streak, against the Hickory Crawdads, the Augusta GreenJackets dropped Game 2 of the series, 7-6, Wednesday in Hickory, N.C.

Prep tennis
High School

Park leads Spanish Open
FUERTEVENTURA, Canary Islands -- David Park of Wales shot a 6-under-par 64 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Spanish Open.

'Super Mario' captures Stage 2
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Italian Mario Cipollini, known to homeland fans simply as Super Mario, outsprinted Cuban Ivan Dominguez and Canadian Gord Fraser in the last 100 meters to win Stage 2 of the seven-stage Tour de Georgia on Wednesday with a time of 4 hours, 30 minutes and 44 seconds, with time bonuses added.

Players of the week
This week's player of the week are CLINE BEAM of Richmond Academy and MEGAN CLENDENNING or Evans.

Spring prep sports
Here are the spring sports scores from Thursday's prep sports action.

U.S. star edges to victory
ROME, Ga. - The country has watched Lance Armstrong for three days. Now other Tour de Georgia riders will too.

Overtime
The third annual Ed McIntyre Amateur Golf Classic will be held Saturday and Sunday at Augusta Municipal Golf Course. Entry fee is $100 with scholarships available to youth ages 8-17 based on financial need.

Sullivan is near-perfect example
If senior superlatives were voted on from every high school in the Augusta area, the depth of young people would invite some serious head scratching.

Hewitt blows lead, loses to Schuettler
MONTE CARLO, Monaco -- Lleyton Hewitt wasted a 3-0 lead in the third set and lost to struggling Rainer Schuettler 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 Thursday in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Nadal to miss French Open with left foot injury
MADRID, Spain -- Rising tennis star Rafael Nadal of Spain broke his left foot and will miss the French Open and the Athens Olympics.

New Region 3-AAA champs are crowned
The Region 3-AAA Boys and Girls Tennis Tournaments played Wednesday at Newman Tennis Center had a very similar look: both were decided by tiebreakers in the final match, and both crowned a new champion.

Coria, Safin reach third round in Monaco
MONTE CARLO, Monaco -- Guillermo Coria overwhelmed Nicolas Kiefer 6-0, 6-3 Wednesday to reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Maradona stays on respirator in intensive care
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Diego Maradona remained on a respirator in intensive care Wednesday, three days after the soccer great was hospitalized with heart and lung problems.

Musketeers stay perfect with win
The region championship photo was taken. Medals were hung around necks. A big trophy was raised.

Sharpe will play at least one more season
DENVER -- Tight end Shannon Sharpe will return to the Denver Broncos for at least one more season.

NFL draft sleeper: DT from Ukraine could be first-round pick
SAN FRANCISCO -- Igor Olshansky was just 15 but already a behemoth at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds.

Browns focused on Big Three in draft
CLEVELAND -- Butch Davis estimates there are at least 15 players in this year's NFL draft who could have an immediate impact for the Cleveland Browns.

Dolphins re-sign Minor to 1-year deal
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins re-signed backup running back Travis Minor to a one-year contract Wednesday.

First-round quarterbacks aren't sure things
NEW YORK -- This year's draft has three "can't miss" quarterbacks: Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers.

Packers re-sign Torrance Marshall
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers re-signed linebacker Torrance Marshall on Wednesday.

Falcons relying on draft choices
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons have their highest pick since trading up for Michael Vick in 2001. But this draft might be judged on how well they do after the first round.

Martz: Warner departure not yet guaranteed
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz said Wednesday that Kurt Warner's agent overreacted to a conversation he had with the quarterback, and emphasized there's still a chance the two-time MVP could stay with the team.

Clarett thrown for loss at Supreme Court in effort to enter NFL draft
WASHINGTON -- Maurice Clarett's bid to enter this weekend's NFL draft was turned down by the Supreme Court on Thursday, delaying his attempt to bypass the league's eligibility rule.

Ravens' Fuller charged with running gambling house
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller was charged with hosting high-stakes card games at his house, the site of a shootout three months ago.

Bears could look to defense
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears spruced up their offense during free agency, so it could be the defense's turn for an upgrade during this weekend's NFL draft.

Bluegrass star recalls reminiscing, final recordings with Johnny Cash

Bluegrass star recalls reminiscing, final recordings with Johnny Cash
According to Mac Wiseman, Johnny Cash spent his last days sitting around an outdoor fire recalling past stories and recording at his home studio.

Burton's 'Big Fish' is a good catch on style, throwback on substance

Fans to vote on all ESPY Awards

Fans to vote on all ESPY Awards
LOS ANGELES -- The ESPY Awards are going to the fans. For the first time in the show's 12-year history, fans will vote to decide winners in 34 categories, including 17 individual sport-specific awards and 17 crosscutter awards that pit athletes from different sports against each other.

Keith the fan favorite at CMT video awards

ABC management shake up gives Sweeney broader role
LOS ANGELES -- Anne Sweeney has kept a low profile at The Walt Disney Co., quietly building successful kids cable networks and supervising the creation of shows such as "Kim Possible" that Disney is counting on to generate a new generation of bankable characters.

'Pirates of the Caribbean' top MTV Movie Award nominees
LOS ANGELES -- There's no aarrgg-uing: "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" collected a leading six nominations for the MTV Movie Awards on Wednesday, including best movie and best on-screen team for co-stars Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom.

Diana's family 'shocked and sickened' by TV photos of dying princess
LONDON -- Princess Diana's family said Thursday they were "sickened" by CBS-TV's broadcast of photos of the dying princess taken moments after the crash that killed her.

'Iron Chef America': Just one of the shows on the Food Network menu
NEW YORK -- So much to gain! So little to lose! That's the message at Food Network, which promotes cooking and eating as a source of rich reward with negligible risk.

'Iron Chef America': Just one of the shows on the Food Network menu

Keith the fan favorite at CMT video awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Toby Keith took home three awards Wednesday in Country Music Television's Flameworthy Video Music Awards show, including video of the year for his patriotic song "American Soldier."

Kwame Jackson capitalizes on being No. 2
LOS ANGELES -- The real game has just begun for "The Apprentice" runner-up Kwame Jackson.

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Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of April 12-18. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

Kwame Jackson capitalizes on being No. 2

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Burton's 'Big Fish' is a good catch on style, throwback on substance
Big Fish, cinema stylist Tim Burton's meditation on truth, tall tales and fathers and sons, is two movies loosely bound by one character. Neither, sadly, is wholly successful.

McGee briefs trustees about baseball stadium

McGee briefs trustees about baseball stadium
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee is hopeful Gamecocks baseball can be in a new $14 million joint-venture stadium for the start of 2006 season.

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