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.

French artist's plastic surgeries defy Western beauty standards
NEW YORK -- French performance artist Orlan, who has undergone numerous plastic surgeries to transform her face and body to challenge traditional perceptions of beauty, says art "has to shock."

Over art lovers' protests, museum auctions French painting
NEW YORK -- A 19th-century painting that art lovers did not want to be sold by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts has been auctioned.

Over art lovers' protests, museum auctions French painting

'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!"

'Assassins,' shooting a president in song

French artist's plastic surgeries defy Western beauty standards

New science museum opens in Washington

Easy day enjoyed by Evans
Tri-Cities gave Evans chance after chance Friday night. The Knights responded with run after run in an 11-1 region victory that was halted by the 10-run rule.

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.

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

Padres top Giants

Easy day enjoyed by Evans

Marlins squeak past Phillies

Diamondbacks pound Brewers in 15

Athletics outmuscle Mariners

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.

Phillies' protest denied

Chipper's torn hamstring will keep him out longer

Vazquez to pitch on three days' rest against Boston

Chipper's torn hamstring will keep him out longer
MIAMI - Atlanta left fielder Chipper Jones spent 10 minutes Friday afternoon in Pro Player Stadium's indoor batting cage swinging at hitting coach Terry Pendleton's pitches. He swung from both sides of the plate and wasn't happy.

Cubs top Mets

Cubs-Pirates game rained out

Easy day enjoyed by Evans

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.

Phillies' protest denied
NEW YORK -- Philadelphia's protest of a game against the Florida Marlins was denied Friday by the commissioner's office.

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.

Vazquez to pitch on three days' rest against Boston
NEW YORK -- Javier Vazquez will pitch on three days' rest for the New York Yankees against Pedro Martinez and the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

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

Cubs top Mets
CHICAGO -- Greg Maddux watched as all the other Chicago Cubs starters but him got victories.

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.

Sabathia expected to miss a week
DETROIT -- Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia is expected to be sidelined for at least a week after straining his biceps tendon.

Sabathia expected to miss a week

Angels crown Rangers

Blue-haired beauty seeks sharp-dressed companion

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.

Odds and Ends
PAYSON, Utah -- Somebody who has a way with words has a chance at walking away with a sweet deal.

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

Braves get the better of Beckett
MIAMI - No one really expects Atlanta's Russ Ortiz to win 21 games again, like he did last year when he was one of the best-supported pitchers in the league.

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.

Braves get the better of Beckett

Rain douses Braves rally

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.

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

Orders for big-ticket goods jump in March
WASHINGTON -- Orders to factories for costly manufactured goods, such as cars and machinery, rose by a strong 3.4 percent in March, fresh evidence that America's economic recovery is bounding ahead.

Delta, pilots face off at annual shareholder meeting

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.

Workers likely won't recoup unpaid wages

Eastman Chemical to cut as many as 150 jobs in South Carolina
KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Eastman Chemical Co. plans to cut up to 150 jobs at its Voridian plant near Columbia, S.C., as part a continuing effort to reduce costs and remain competitive.

Soybean shortage may push food prices a bit higher this summer

Malibus recalled

CEO of Atlanta Bread Co. accused in South African fraud scheme

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.

Profit increases 30 percent

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.

Bank & Trust is showing growth

Dollar gives back gains on U.S. jobless data

Jobless claims drop by 9,000 last week

Weekly U.S. oil and gas rig count down by four
HOUSTON -- The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States decreased by four this week to 1,146.

Owners target child support

Nymex gasoline surge takes oil to $37

Orders for big-ticket goods jump in March

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.

Workers likely won't recoup unpaid wages
The prospect of getting paid is rather slim for former Click Dot Care employees.

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.

First Bank to build its main office
First Bank of Georgia will spend about $4.3 million to build its first corporate headquarters, further punctuating its position as the area's fastest growing local bank.

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.

Soybean shortage may push food prices a bit higher this summer
WASHINGTON -- A soybean shortage could push prices a bit higher this summer for consumer items ranging from baby food to frozen desserts.

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.

Transcripts offer look behind Federal Reserve's rate cuts
WASHINGTON --Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and his colleagues struggled through the fall of 1998 to develop the appropriate response to a spreading global financial crisis that Greenspan called the most extraordinary event he had seen in 50 years, according to transcripts of the Fed's closed-door deliberations released Thursday.

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.

CEO of Atlanta Bread Co. accused in South African fraud scheme
ATLANTA -- The chief executive of one of the nation's largest cafe and bakery chains is accused in a scheme to defraud investors in South Africa, and control of the company has been temporarily shifted to his brother as he fights the charges.

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.

Delta, pilots face off at annual shareholder meeting
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines executives and pilots who are being asked to take steep pay cuts faced off Friday at the company's annual meeting as the fate of the nation's third-largest carrier hung in the balance.

Commission to allow healthcare cuts for Medicare-eligible retirees
WASHINGTON -- Retirees who qualify for Medicare would see their health benefits cut or eliminated under a proposal approved Thursday by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Eastman Chemical to cut as many as 150 jobs in South Carolina

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.

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.

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.

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.

Don't delay BRAC
With the Base Realignment and Closure Commission gearing up to make its recommendations next year, U.S. communities and their state and local leaders have two ways to go this year.

Razing controversy
Aiken City Council is slated to decide Monday whether to spend taxpayers' money to help the Kroger Co. develop property for the supermarket it plans to build at the corner of Pine Log and Whiskey roads.

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.

Where's the outrage?

The Litter City?

Don't delay BRAC

The Litter City?
We urge CSRA residents to participate in one or more of the Earth Day activities under way around the region today. Among the most fun and educational are the Swamp Stomp at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park on Lock and Dam Road, and Kids Earth Day 2004 until 2 p.m. at Lions Memorial Field in North Augusta.

People in the News
JERUSALEM -- An Israeli movie theater plans to screen Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," a decision likely to raise an uproar in the Jewish state over accusations the movie is anti-Semitic.

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 -- 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.

Defense could challenge hide-and-seek grand jury in Jackson case
LOS ANGELES -- The indictment of Michael Jackson is just the beginning of a legal journey into a maze of grand jury regulations, with the defense poised to challenge it as having been compromised by extraordinary secrecy precautions.

King Abdullah's brother engaged to a CNN reporter
AMMAN, Jordan -- Jordan's royal family on Friday announced the engagement of King Abdullah II's half brother, Prince Ali, to CNN reporter Rym Brahimi.

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.

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.

The top five list
Here are the top five TV shows, movies, music, concerts and video sales.

Durable goods lift dollar in pre-G7 trade
NEW YORK -- The dollar strengthened against its major European rivals Friday after another strong U.S. economic indicator lent further credence to the view U.S. interest rates will have to rise soon.

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.

International Paper profits rise 66 percent
STAMFORD, Conn. -- International Paper Co. reported first-quarter profit jumped 66 percent Friday as strong sales and price increases for its products offset higher costs.

Money funds fell in latest week

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.

Fiserv investigated for possible improper mutual fund trades
BROOKFIELD, Wis. -- A Fiserv Inc. division is being investigated for possible improper mutual fund trades, the company's chief executive says.

Fiserv investigated for possible improper mutual fund trades

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tokyo stocks end higher, U.S. dollar down against Japanese yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks advanced Friday as investors pushed technology issues higher and more than offset a big decline in troubled Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors Corp. The U.S. dollar slid against the Japanese yen.

Big movers in the stock market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

Tokyo stocks close up, dollar higher against yen

Scana reports earnings increase
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Scana Corp. said Friday its earnings were up 20 percent in the first quarter, thanks to higher sales of electricity and natural gas.

Stocks edge higher, overcoming rate jitters

Mortgage rates rise for 5th consecutive week

International Paper profits rise 66 percent

Kimberly Clark earnings rise

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.

Big movers in the stock market

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.

Durable goods lift dollar in pre-G7 trade

Xerox reports first-quarter profits of $248 million
STAMFORD, Conn. --Xerox Corp. reported first-quarter profits of $248 million, citing strong sales of color systems and office digital products and the sell-off of its interests in a digital rights management company.

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.

Stocks edge higher, overcoming rate jitters
NEW YORK -- Wall Street tussled again with interest rate concerns Friday, closing mixed as a solid earnings report from Microsoft Corp. lifted tech stocks but failed to spark broad-based buying in other sectors.

Xerox reports first-quarter profits of $248 million

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.

Spring brings on an aromatic progression

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

South Aiken forges into the lead

Morgan leads Legends by one stroke

Citadel's golf team on the brink

Sifford breaks another barrier

South Aiken forges into the lead
AIKEN-Coleman Calhoun had no good reason to figure he'd go low Friday.

Morgan leads Legends by one stroke
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Gil Morgan shot a 7-under-par 65 Friday for a one-stroke lead over Hale Irwin and Dave Barr in the first round of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

Engler stays the course

Engler's comeback hits weekend
McCORMICK, S.C. - No matter what happens in the final two rounds of the Kandy Waters Memorial Classic, John Engler now knows he'll be able to resume his professional golf career.

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.

Engler's comeback hits weekend

Sifford breaks another barrier
Charlie Sifford broke another barrier Thursday.

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.

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.

Colorado's Tanguay expects to return for Game 2 against Sharks

Blues player to make plea

Rangers call up Allen
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers changed backup outfielders Friday, sending down prospect Ramon Nivar to Triple-A Oklahoma and calling up Chad Allen.

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:

Rangers call up Allen

St. Louis Blues players' statement on Danton

Flyers beat Leafs with skill, discipline
VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers used to beat teams with their size and strength. Now they're doing it with skill and discipline.

Senators fire Martin as coach

Blues player to make plea
ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton will plead innocent to federal charges that he tried to hire a hit man to kill an acquaintance, his lawyer said Friday.

Colorado's Tanguay expects to return for Game 2 against Sharks
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Colorado left wing Alex Tanguay expects to play Saturday after missing the Avalanche's last two playoff games with a knee injury.

Flyers beat Leafs with skill, discipline

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

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.

Abandon partisanship and fight terrorism

So what's the Latin word for Democrat?

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.)

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

RDC made sound decision on meals

Aiken teenager should not be deported
Since I first read about Griselda Lopez's story in the paper, it has bothered me deeply. For the life of me, I cannot understand how the U.S. government can possibly harbor the thought of sending children back to any country they (the children) know nothing about. Joan Kennedy, Grovetown

Aiken teenager should not be deported

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.

So what's the Latin word for Democrat?
The "In the Spotlight" article of April 13 reported supermodel Carmen Kass to be a member of Estonia's ruling Res Publica party - a pro-business party. Res Publica, explained the article, "means 'Republican' in Latin." DeSaussure F. Philpot, Augusta

Pacifism doesn't always work
Pacifism is a lovely ideal, but it causes more grief than joy in the real world. More people than can be imagined have suffered unduly because they were unprepared to meet aggression with aggression. John A. Terpack II, Augusta

Tailspin view of president is an illusion
I feel compelled to address several items after reading the tailspin letter ("Bush puts us into a tailspin," April 14). Next time, pay attention to the speeches you choose to comment on, instead of the elite media versions. Joanne Murdock, Harlem

Young Hispanics learn responsibility as part of quinceanera celebration

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

Survey: Hispanics see Spanish-language media as more fair

Newspapers can attract young readers with more lifestyle stories, features

Presto! Penn & Teller celebrate 30 years

Trinket found in England could be part of ancient necklace

Frozen sushi

Exhibit examines American wedding customs

Overseas productions threaten health of porn actors

Prom style should fit personality

Do your boss a favor and call in sick

Health and fitness calendar

Despite name, Spectra has changed

School programs discouraging soft drinks reduce obesity among children

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

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.

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.

Young Hispanics learn responsibility as part of quinceanera celebration
NAMPA, Idaho -- The pastel dresses were carefully pressed, the wax flowers twisted into delicate coronas, the waltz choreographed and the invitations sent.

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

Exhibit examines American wedding customs
WASHINGTON -- Everyone knows a wedding is a lot more than a few words in front of a minister. But where did those bridal showers, flower girls, wedding cakes, lavish receptions, stretch limos and all the rest come from?

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.

Do your boss a favor and call in sick
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- American workers should stop trying to be heroes and just stay home when they're sick- it could be cheaper for their employers, according to a study.

School programs discouraging soft drinks reduce obesity among children
LONDON -- School programs discouraging carbonated drinks appear to be effective in reducing obesity among children, a new study suggests - the first research to document that such programs work.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Attorney to seek death penalty
Tamara Dunstan's death was so vile and heinous that District Attorney Danny Craig wants Ronald Francis Burke executed, court records state.

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.

4 pupils face weapon charges
ATHENS, Ga. - Four Clarke County pupils have been charged this week with having weapons on school property, including three who were caught with knives and a boy who shot a girl in the face with a pellet gun on a school bus.

Courthouse gets name of civil rights advocate
COLUMBIA - When Matthew Perry started trying cases in South Carolina 50 years ago, judges made the young black lawyer sit in the balcony until his case was called.

Protesters confront primate researchers

Health students get closer look

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.

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.

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.

Kid of the day

Attorney to seek death penalty

Across South Carolina

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.

Across Georgia

Rulings counter GOP talk on filing
AIKEN - The South Carolina Republican Party's vow to keep the filing window open indefinitely until they find a replacement candidate to run against state Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater, contradicts a series of state attorney general opinions and a circuit judge's ruling this week that set limits on vaguely-worded state election laws.

Across the area

Professor sees little chance of violence
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Despite "pregame jitters" about the G-8 Summit on Sea Island this June, Savannah's chance for violent protests is "close to zero," an expert on the meetings said Thursday.

Residents seek ways to stop subdivision

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

Principal leads children on final march toward test

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.

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.

New expansion begins

Mother complains about school's handling of fight

Grant allows more study

Party switchers sacrifice posts

Residents ask about fire fees

Warning signals found in budget

Around town
Ann Roberts works on a painting of the trees next to the Rains Building at Augusta State University. Ms. Roberts, who has been a part-time student at ASU since 1996, was painting her first outdoor scene Friday as part of an oil painting class.

Democrat hopefuls bash Burns, Bush during rally

Vermont fuel rods could be in South Carolina
COLUMBIA - If an investigation shows missing nuclear waste from a New England power plant ended up in a low-level South Carolina landfill, it wouldn't be the first time such a mistake has happened.

Schools hope lost items will be found

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.

State park looks for ways to bring in more money

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.

Scanners assist doctors, patients

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.

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.

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.

Kid of the day

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.

News you can use

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

4 pupils face weapon charges

Across the area

Dry weather begins to worry outfitters as river gets lower

New expansion begins
Medical College of Georgia executives, state and local lawmakers, and other Augusta notables helped break ground Friday on the sites of two future multimillion dollar medical buildings and officially opened a third.

Dry weather begins to worry outfitters as river gets lower

News you can use
April 24, 1973 U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn told a $50-a-plate testimonial dinner Monday that serious problems face the country in the next five or six years.

Rulings counter GOP talk on filing

Grant allows more study
Sitting around the table in Clinton Webb's office, the scientists can tick them off on their fingers

Courthouse gets name of civil rights advocate

Mother complains about school's handling of fight
An Augusta mother complained this week that school officials are refusing to punish her son's classmate for an alleged assault that sent her child to the hospital with a swollen head and hairline fractures.

Correction
An Across the Area item in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained inaccurate information about a memorial service for a South Carolina Army National Guard soldier at Fort Gordon. The memorial service for Master Sgt. Thomas Thigpen was held April 21.

Dry weather begins to worry outfitters as river gets lower
CAMILLA, Ga. - Knotty cypress trees cling to the steep banks of Flint River at the River Bend Recreation Area, as the smell of honeysuckle drifts across the grassy landscape and water gurgles over exposed limestone rocks.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Convicted killer Jason Scott Byram maintained his innocence in his final statement before he was executed by lethal injection at 6:15 p.m. Friday for the death of a Columbia schoolteacher.

Acros Georgia

Principal leads children on final march toward test
That cheer at Bayvale Elementary School on Friday might not mean a lot to most people. But pupils in the Augusta school have quickly learned the meaning of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, the standardized tests used in Georgia.

Child dies after near-drowning

Expert expounds on 'Southern'
EDGEFIELD - Intertwined with the quaintness and charm of the Home of Ten Governors is the history of bloody duels and gory fights that took place in the Old Edgefield District - a paradox that typifies Southern culture.

State senator announces she won't run again

Expert expounds on 'Southern'

Professor sees little chance of violence

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Moore's tax plan is target of GOP

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Briggs Palmer Ballard, 3, of Martinez.

Fate of worker is not certain

Residents seek ways to stop subdivision
Lake Olmstead-area residents held an emergency meeting Friday to map a strategy for stopping an unwanted development in their community.

Life savers

Protesters confront primate researchers
ATLANTA - The long-waged war of words between animal-rights activists and medical researchers returns to Georgia this weekend as protesters gather for a demonstration outside Emory University's Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta.

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Across the area
Georgia Power officials say a brief power outage Friday afternoon in Augusta was caused by a mechanical problem at a West Augusta substation.

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.

Beer drinkers come to enjoy festival, help charity
The first Border Beer Bust had thirsty enthusiasts quaffing microbrews at Riverwalk Augusta on Friday evening for a charitable cause.

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.

Acros Georgia
ATLANTA - A committee formed to monitor judicial elections in Georgia will ask candidates for judgeships to abide voluntarily by certain standards and sign a pledge to conduct clean campaigns.

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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.

Correction

Health students get closer look
EDGEFIELD - Strom Thurmond High School pupils didn't have to scrub in to gain access to the operating room Friday morning. Instead, they logged in.

Residents ask about fire fees
AIKEN - County residents who receive fire protection from the city of Aiken are paying hundreds of dollars a year for the service, while residents within the city don't have to pay extra.

Prosecutors will seek death penalty in Tamara Dunstan case

Tour still offers shot to compete
McCORMICK, S.C. - A beautiful day on a beautiful golf course in a beautiful retirement haven might seem like the culmination of a golfer's fantasy.

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."

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.

At the Movies: 'Man on Fire'

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.

Gordon, and everyone else, is chasing team DEI

Formula One eyes possible rule changes
IMOLA, Italy -- Formula One wants to reduce the cost of operating a team.

Rudd's practice pays off later
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Ricky Rudd had the fastest car in traffic Friday morning during practice for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Gordon, and everyone else, is chasing team DEI

Rudd's practice pays off later

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

Formula One eyes possible rule changes

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.

Kobe Bryant finally speaks, ending 11-day silence
HOUSTON -- Kobe Bryant took a brief break from his self-imposed media boycott Friday, giving an impromptu interview to The Associated Press in which he explained his extended silence with a short answer: "One thing, I am stubborn."

Hornets hope blowout loss was aberration
NEW ORLEANS -- If the New Orleans Hornets are right, their 30-point loss in Game 2 soon will be considered an aberration in their first-round playoff series with the Miami Heat.

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.

Ford opts for spinal surgery

Hornets hope blowout loss was aberration

Kukoc quietly helps young Bucks
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- Toni Kukoc isn't the flashy type.

O'Neal misses practice with sinus infection

Ford opts for spinal surgery
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. -- Milwaukee Bucks rookie point guard T.J. Ford has decided to undergo cervical spine surgery next month.

Suns owners approve sale
PHOENIX -- The owners of the Phoenix Suns formally approved the sale of the team Friday to a group headed by real estate and banking executive Robert Sarver.

Kobe Bryant finally speaks, ending 11-day silence

Lovable losers: Nuggets finally give fans something to cheer
DENVER -- The Broncos have won two Super Bowls, the Avalanche two Stanley Cup titles. The Rockies haven't exactly been winners, but at least the Blake Street Bombers were exciting to watch.

Portland's Randolph wins NBA Most Improved Player award

Suns owners approve sale

Lovable losers: Nuggets finally give fans something to cheer

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.

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.

Kukoc quietly helps young Bucks

Packers re-sign DB Bhawoh Jue

Troupe will be first-day choice

Athletic director says Clarett unlikely to return to Ohio State

Draft packed with potential

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

Gibbs' persuasion lands Barrow in Washington

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Severson earns top score, takes lead in three-day event
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kim Severson turned in the best score of the day Friday to top the standings in her division after the dressage at the Rolex Three-Day Event.

Hatch won't let knee injury derail Olympic dreams

Hatch won't let knee injury derail Olympic dreams
NEW WAVERLY, Texas -- Annia Hatch could have moped around after blowing out her knee only one day before the World Gymnastics Championships began last August.

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.

Members of Congress ask USOC to look at taekwondo rule
DENVER -- Three lawmakers have asked the U.S. Olympic Committee to review a taekwondo rule that allows young black belts to disable their opponents with kicks to the head.

British anti-terror official praises Greek 'professionalism'

It's a racket: Olympic 'triple shifts' turn Athens into sleepless city
ATHENS, Greece -- It's hard to sleep in Athens these days.

Severson earns top score, takes lead in three-day event

Members of Congress ask USOC to look at taekwondo rule

It's a racket: Olympic 'triple shifts' turn Athens into sleepless city

Listen up, We the People are finally speaking out
It is a new day in our country, and it has been a long time coming. We the People have spoken, and we have said, "Enough is enough is enough." Neither The New York Times nor the television networks nor all the glitterati in Hollywood can get us back in our cocoon. Let them think us a bunch of ignorant yahoos.

Listen up, We the People are finally speaking out
It is a new day in our country, and it has been a long time coming. We the People have spoken, and we have said, "Enough is enough is enough." Neither The New York Times nor the television networks nor all the glitterati in Hollywood can get us back in our cocoon. Let them think us a bunch of ignorant yahoos.

Klitschko, Sanders the latest to fight for heavyweight title

Maradona taken off respirator but still in intensive care, doctors say

Spring prep sports scores

Spring prep sports

Arkansas, Stanford win big events at Penn Relays

Park leads Spanish Open

Crew's Hejduk fined additional $500

Overtime

Armstrong still overall leader

Players of the week

Overtime

Sullivan is near-perfect example

Post office ends deal with team

U.S. star edges to victory

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.

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.

Klitschko, Sanders the latest to fight for heavyweight title
LOS ANGELES -- Vitali Klitschko wasn't supposed to be the best heavyweight in his family, much less the world. Big and awkward, his skills looked amateurish even in comparison with his younger brother, Wladimir.

Armstrong still overall leader
DAHLONEGA, Ga. - Lance Armstrong made the most of a ninth-place finish Friday.

Post office ending sponsorship of cyclist Lance Armstrong
WASHINGTON -- The Postal Service is ending its sponsorship of celebrated cyclist Lance Armstrong, winner of five consecutive Tour de France races.

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.

Arkansas, Stanford win big events at Penn Relays
PHILADELPHIA -- Alistair Cragg and Arianna Lambie made the most of their second chances at the Penn Relays.

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

Maradona taken off respirator but still in intensive care, doctors say
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Doctors removed former soccer star Diego Maradona from a respirator Friday, but he remained in intensive care for a sixth consecutive day battling severe heart and lung problems.

Overtime
In Minneapolis, Augusta's Lantz Lamback set a new PanAmerican record at the U.S. Paralympics Swimming Trials on Thursday night.

Crew's Hejduk fined additional $500
NEW YORK -- Columbus Crew midfielder Frankie Hejduk, already fined $250 and suspended for a game for hitting a player during a match, has been fined an additional $500 Friday by Major League Soccer.

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.

Post office ends deal with team
WASHINGTON - The Postal Service is ending its sponsorship of celebrated cyclist Lance Armstrong, winner of five consecutive Tour de France races.

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.

Spring prep sports scores
Here is the list of prep spring sports scores from Friday's action.

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.

Troupe will be first-day choice
Growing up, Ben Troupe's favorite team was the San Francisco 49ers.

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.

Draft packed with potential
NEW YORK - In one of the strongest drafts in years, perhaps decades, any of a handful of players could go on top. Eli Manning would prefer not to be No. 1 - unless the San Diego Chargers trade the pick.

Mobley convicted of drunken driving
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Denver Broncos linebacker John Mobley was convicted of drunken driving on Friday.

Athletic director says Clarett unlikely to return to Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Maurice Clarett shouldn't count on returning to Ohio State now that the courts have blocked him from entering the NFL draft this weekend.

Gibbs' persuasion lands Barrow in Washington
ASHBURN, Va. -- Peaceful moments can be hard to come by for a football player pursued by coach Joe Gibbs. Just ask free agent linebacker Mike Barrow, who signed with the Washington Redskins on Friday.

Shaw recalls Kalsu in learning of Tillman's death
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Billy Shaw has remembered and respected former teammate Bob Kalsu for sacrificing his life in the Vietnam War.

Packers re-sign DB Bhawoh Jue
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers re-signed reserve defensive back Bhawoh Jue on Friday.

Manning mess just latest Chargers fiasco
SAN DIEGO -- This could only be happening to the San Diego Chargers.

Islamic doctrine that enthroned Saudi royals is proving hard to control
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- When his teenage male pupils asked about love, Mohammed al-Suhaimi would describe it as a great and noble feeling. When they asked whether Islam permits music, he would tell them the matter is disputed, but that music is a gift from God.

African Archbishop says Anglicans will refuse money
NEW YORK - Africans in the Anglican Communion have given "mixed signals" on whether they will refuse money from dioceses in America's Episcopal Church that favor gay clergy, the Episcopal News Service said.

Candidates often have policies at odds with their religion's beliefs
Since the days of John F. Kennedy, modern politicians have tried to have it both ways on matters of religion, espousing personal religious beliefs that at times are at odds with their public policy pronouncements.

Conferences raise questions about church teaching on life and death
VATICAN CITY -- Roman Catholic teaching on life and death is drawing renewed scrutiny as a result of meetings hosted by the Pontifical Academy for Life, a Vatican think tank that counsels Pope John Paul II.

Vatican says no to communion for pro-abortion politicians
VATICAN CITY -- A top Vatican cardinal said Friday that priests must deny communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion rights, but stopped short of saying whether it was right for John Kerry to receive communion.

Which one of the 'deadly sin' is deadlier - pride or greed?
Trivia question: What are the "seven deadly sins"? Alphabetical answer: anger, envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride and sloth.

District will unite faiths at health fair
The first time some people encounter the health department, they are already sick.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augustachronicle.com.

Tour still offers shot to compete

'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.

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.

'American Idol' voting strikes sour note for some
LOS ANGELES -- Theories flew fast and furious Thursday after the "American Idol" viewer vote went against favorite Jennifer Hudson, ranging from racism to fateful weather to teenage puppy love.

VH1 to honor hip-hop pioneers with new awards show
NEW YORK -- Hip-hop's pioneers will be celebrated with a new awards show to air later this year on VH1, the network's president told The Associated Press.

Nielsen finds a way to measure impact of stadium signs

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.

Racial, sexual harassment suit by ex-'Friends' staffer reinstated

Nielsen finds a way to measure impact of stadium signs
NEW YORK -- Nielsen Media Research will begin measuring how many times TV viewers see sponsorship signs at sports stadiums, a move that could lead to greater use of such advertising.

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

Racial, sexual harassment suit by ex-'Friends' staffer reinstated
LOS ANGELES -- An appeals court reinstated a sexual and racial harassment lawsuit filed by a woman who says she was subjected to offensive comments while working for the sitcom "Friends."

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."

Keith the fan favorite at CMT video awards

Fans to vote on all ESPY Awards

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

'American Idol' voting strikes sour note for some

Anna Kournikova's parents sue her over Miami Beach house

Event calendar

People in the News

People in the News

Defense could challenge hide-and-seek grand jury in Jackson case

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Conferences raise questions about church teaching on life and death

Islamic doctrine that enthroned Saudi royals is proving hard to control

Vatican says no to communion for pro-abortion politicians

African Archbishop says Anglicans will refuse money

Faith Calendar

Candidates often have policies at odds with their religion's beliefs

Which one of the 'deadly sin' is deadlier - pride or greed?