Book chronicles heroics of 'Tin Can Sailors'
By calling his book about a World War II naval battle "The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors," James D. Hornfischer seems to be trying to evoke Custer's 1876 fight to the death.

Best sellers
Here is a list of the best sellers.

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.

Maureen O'Hara avoids the blarney in new autobiography

Book looks at area entertainment
History books often focus on matters of conflict, be they political, meteorological or sociological.

Numbers count in a number of new mysteries

Over art lovers' protests, museum auctions French painting

Political best sellers take unprecedented role in 2004 campaign

Saga of New England mob figure spawns books, potential movies
BOSTON -- It's a Boston gold rush: several people who played a role in the underworld saga of New England mobster James "Whitey" Bulger are trying to write books or land movie deals.

Arts calendar

Arts calendar
Here is a list of events at area galleries.

Saga of New England mob figure spawns books, potential movies

All roads lead back to Bush Falls in 'The Book of Joe'
Jonathan Tropper's new novel, "The Book of Joe," is about the pain of going back to a place where your older brother was the high school basketball star (you never made the team) and your friends were social misfits.

Book looks at area entertainment

Numbers count in a number of new mysteries
Readers of mystery fiction have numbers to ponder in some of their latest choices, which include two books by one author, one novel with 14 authors, and one mystery that's tackled by heroes from two series.

Book chronicles heroics of 'Tin Can Sailors'

French artist's plastic surgeries defy Western beauty standards

Maureen O'Hara avoids the blarney in new autobiography
LOS ANGELES -- In 1939, an Irish miss of 18 landed in Hollywood not knowing what to expect. Her education came swiftly as she was thrust into stardom with her first movie and became a pawn in the big-studio system.

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."

Political best sellers take unprecedented role in 2004 campaign
NEW YORK -- The pattern has become familiar: Allegations emerge that the Bush administration was too preoccupied with Iraq or not concerned enough about al-Qaida; White House officials deny the charges, while opponents talk them up.

'Blood Red Rose' blossoms after shaky start
After a preposterous beginning, "A Blood Red Rose" becomes quite a good mystery novel.

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.

Vazquez to pitch on three days' rest against Boston

Easy day enjoyed by Evans

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.

Is Cobb's legacy a fair one?
One hundred years later, Augusta's remembrances of one of the greatest baseball players in history aren't limited to his ability on the field.

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.

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

Easy day enjoyed by Evans

Cubs top Mets

Sabathia expected to miss a week

Phillies' protest denied

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.

Is Cobb's legacy a fair one?

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

Chipper's torn hamstring will keep him out longer

Math tests have changed a lot since I was in school

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

Marlins extend lead to 3
MIAMI - The Marlins went to great lengths Saturday night to lose their fifth straight to the Braves and keep the National League East race as tight as possible.

Braves get the better of Beckett

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.

Marlins extend lead to 3

Bunce: To succeed, learn what customers' businesses need
Last week in this space, I talked about the need to position a company to provide solutions to a customer's problems in lieu of trying to save it money or improve its productivity.

Man makes big profits from cutting timber down to size
Tommy Fulghum has spent the past half-century getting back at the 70-foot-tall pine tree that crashed down and crippled him in a Wadley, Ga., forest so long ago.

Employer spotlight

Delta, pilots face off at annual shareholder meeting

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.

Workers likely won't recoup unpaid wages

Bunce: To succeed, learn what customers' businesses need

Soybean shortage may push food prices a bit higher this summer

Business briefs

Orders for big-ticket goods jump in March

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

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

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.

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 calendar

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.

Man makes big profits from cutting timber down to size

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.

To get established in close-knit business community, be ready to put in time, effort

Business briefs
Vincient J. Colwell has been promoted to senior vice president and chief operating officer for Lexicor Medical Technology Inc. He was previously chief information officer. The retired Army major has extensive experience in telemedicine, information systems and architecture and has a master's degree in business administration and public administration.

To get established in close-knit business community, be ready to put in time, effort
For Dr. Peter F. White, Augusta represents a gold mine of opportunity.

Employer spotlight
WACHOVIA CORP. HEADQUARTERS: Charlotte, N.C. PRODUCT/SERVICE: Consumer and commercial banking and diversified financial services

Business calendar
TUESDAY: Quickbooks Pro 2004; sponsored by Serotta, Maddocks, Evans & Co, CPAs; 701 Greene St., Suite 200; 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sonia Gowen leads this seminar on the accounting software; $195; breakfast and lunch provided; call Dawn Hatfield at 722-5337.

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.

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

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.

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.

Decision on appeal emerges from ether

Decision on appeal emerges from ether
Augusta commissioners met behind closed doors last week to discuss appealing the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down the city's protest ordinance.

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.

Schools: How safe?
With the recent marking of the fifth anniversary of the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history - 13 people slain at Colorado's Columbine High School by a couple of deranged students - authorities are taking stock of what the status of school violence is across the nation today.

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.

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.

An American hero
In the dark days that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon that took nearly 3,000 lives, many more young Americans no doubt thought about enlisting in the war on terror than actually did.

Don't delay BRAC

Another Sifford first
"This is very wonderful. I thank all these wonderful players for accepting me. I know I had some bad days and tough days. But it looks like everything worked out fine."

Schools: How safe?

The Litter City?

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

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.

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.

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.

Cooking with Kids
Homemade strawberry preserves are a sweet tribute to strawberry season, but for me, putting up spring's strawberry preserves is most often associated with chigger bites.

Straight from the baby's mouth
Parents will enjoy their babies more and babies will enjoy their parents more if they all live in a safe, child-friendly environment, according to Jamie Schaefer-Wilson and Jo Anne Germinario, authors of "The Baby Rules: The Insider's Guide to Raising Your Parents'' (HCI).

Nursery collection available
One of the best things parents can share with their young children is a favorite nursery rhyme.

Barbarians at the (sleep) gate
Sleep is for sissies. So goes the mantra an old boss of mine would chant as we plunged into our umpteenth hour of labor with no end in sight.

High Flying
Jessica Brown flying kites at Lock and Dam Park.

Pet decor
For children who can't get enough of their furry friends, American Girl magazine has ideas for do-it-yourself pet decorations, including:

1, 2 Queen ... of
There is a lot of drama in my house. For example, I always have to hound my son to put on his glasses when I drop him off at school: "Zack, you have to wear your glasses. Put them on before you get out of the car." Beet-faced and gasping for air, Zack retorts, "Just kill me now. Really, go ahead and KILL me." Oh, please! Such drama over wearing glasses? (By the way, Zack, glasses are way cooler now than they were when I was a kid.)

Non-books work for young readers
Furry Logic by Jane Seabrook is what some retailers call a "non-book." That means it's a novelty or gift title something quirky, sweet, sardonic or inspirational with illustrations or photos to match.

Mother's Day is ...
"God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers" - Annonymous

Calendar
Things to do in the Aiken-Augusta area.

What's a kid to do?
Kids need something to do during their long summer vacation. Here's a list of camps and classes the kids will enjoy.

Life is fragile
Sometimes the fragile nature of life hits you like a big Mack truck careening down the highway.

Fiserv investigated for possible improper mutual fund trades

Xerox reports first-quarter profits of $248 million

Time in home can determine rate to get
Q: I want to buy a house, but with rising mortgage rates, I'm afraid I won't be able to afford a loan that only a month ago seemed manageable. What are my options?

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.

Stocks edge higher, overcoming rate jitters

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.

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.

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.

International Paper profits rise 66 percent

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.

Durable goods lift dollar in pre-G7 trade

Green funds hold some appeal

Big movers in the stock market

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.

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.

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.

Green funds hold some appeal
NEW YORK -- Robert Topham recycles everything, drives a fuel-efficient car and supports environmental charities. Last summer he took his activism to another level, opening an account with a "green" mutual fund.

What's a kid to do?

Mollica's late birdie streak seals win

Mollica's late birdie streak seals win
AIKEN - Phillip Mollica gave the rest of the field a lesson in intestinal fortitude Saturday.

Third round at Houston Open stopped by weather, darkness
HUMBLE, Texas -- Patrick Sheehan birdied his first hole of the third round Saturday to move into a four-way tie for the lead in the rain-delayed Houston Open.

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

Engler's comeback hits weekend

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.

Morgan leads Legends by one stroke

Third round at Houston Open stopped by weather, darkness

South Aiken forges into the lead

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 steady, Boyette holds lead
McCORMICK, S.C. - John Engler's comeback in the Kandy Waters Memorial Classic isn't the only storyline involving an area player in the NGA/Hooters Tour event at Savannah Lakes Village's Monticello Golf Club.

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

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.

Blues player to make plea

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.

Rangers call up Allen

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.

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.

Playoffs find youth in goal
Martin Brodeur has three Stanley Cup rings and the unofficial title of hockey's best goalie, but he'll watch the rest of the postseason from home. Patrick Roy and Mike Richter have retired, and Dominik Hasek seems unlikely to play again.

Flyers beat Leafs with skill, discipline

Math tests have changed a lot since I was in school
Our age of anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today's jobs with yesterday's tools. I hope his tests go well.

Family overwhelmed by support
On Thursday, April 15, at about 5:30 p.m., Tamara Cundey Dunstan was reported missing. Friends and family began to gather to pray for her safe return. An intense search by the law enforcement community began that evening. By morning, posters with Tamara's picture and a plea for her return appeared throughout the city and outlying areas. Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18, were a blur. The search intensified and extended. Local and national news media cooperated and spread the story. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, in the Augusta community prayed, called, supplied food and offered to help in any way possible. It was truly overwhelming. The family of Tamara Cundey Dunstan

Organ donation can help many

U.S. economy is suffering greatly under Bush administration's watch
Regarding The Augusta Chronicle's April 15 editorial, "Putting it on the line": You say George W. Bush is staking his presidency on Iraq and other issues aren't likely to play a major part in the campaign. Alan Roberts, 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

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

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

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

Rice, others should be fired
The 9-11 Commission has two tasks. It must determine the steps needed to minimize the chance of another devastating attack on the United States and also figure out whether anyone failed us on that date. There has not yet been even one person fired, unlike Pearl Harbor where U.S. Navy and Army commanders on Oahu were relieved of duty. Victor Reilly, Aiken, S.C.

So what's the Latin word for Democrat?

Race track is noisy nuisance

Aiken teenager should not be deported

Isakson critic twists the record
Regarding Milton Gresham's April 19 letter, "Isakson is a poor Senate choice": Deborah McCord, Evans

Race track is noisy nuisance
In response to the people who want to keep the race track open. I'm one of five homes closest to the track. I was all for Eagle to make the improvements which were to improve the noise, but that never happened. Michael Kerns, Grovetown

Day honors fallen Confederates
On April 9, 1865, Gen. John Gordon, as the commander of the once formidable Stonewall brigades, was the first to travel down the long clay road by Appomattox Courthouse, the surrender site where the Civil War ended. Dr. Robert L. Gordon, North Augusta, S.C.

Organ donation can help many
What a pleasure it is to live in a community that supports organ and tissue donation awareness. As a heart transplant recipient, I know firsthand the importance of organ/tissue donation. Sherrell Gay, Keysville

James Madison's Virginia home, Montpelier, being restored

Whales abound in St. Lawrence River in Quebec

Non-books work for young readers

Young Hispanics learn responsibility as part of quinceanera celebration

Vivid colors, well-used spaces set off family's individualized accents

1, 2 Queen ... of

Tip of the week: Security lighting: inexpensive, easy to install

Save your knife, mail it back to yourself

Q&A: Radiant heating good, but not without problems

Life is fragile

Straight from the baby's mouth

Barbarians at the (sleep) gate

Nursery collection available

Mother's Day is ...

Card from female president should list her first

Vermont nature center with raptors opens in June

School programs discouraging soft drinks reduce obesity among children

Sneaking history past the kids in Boston

Exhibit examines American wedding customs

Do your boss a favor and call in sick

High Flying

Vermont nature center with raptors opens in June
QUECHEE, Vt. -- The Vermont Institute of Natural Science had a problem. So many visitors were showing up at its headquarters in Woodstock - up to 30,000 a year - that neighbors complained the area's rural character was being ruined.

Tip of the week: Security lighting: inexpensive, easy to install
Here's an inexpensive way to improve the safety and security around the outside of your home quickly and easily.

Sneaking history past the kids in Boston
BOSTON -- My goal on a two-day trip to Boston with my children was simple. I wanted them to experience local history without hearing them say the words, "But history is boring!"

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.

Save your knife, mail it back to yourself
WASHINGTON -- Travelers who realize they're carrying a treasured pocketknife or grandma's scissors after arriving at the airport may now have a more convenient way to save the items.

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?

Whales abound in St. Lawrence River in Quebec
STE. ANNE DE PORTNEUF, QUEBEC -- We were on a little rubberized boat, bobbing in the choppy waters where the St. Lawrence River begins its wide yawn toward the sea, on the lookout for whales.

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.

James Madison's Virginia home, Montpelier, being restored
MONTPELIER STATION, Va. -- James Madison's ancestral home looks like it was struck by a tornado.

Vivid colors, well-used spaces set off family's individualized accents
If Melissa Manley could pick one word she would consider as a compliment of her home, it would be "comfortable."

Q&A: Radiant heating good, but not without problems
Sarah asks: Can you please give me some information on in-floor heating, using hot water through flexible pipes?

Card from female president should list her first
Dear Carson: Our college president is a woman and she wants to include her husband's name on the formal greetings that the college sends out during the spring holiday. If the president were male, the signature would read, "President and Mrs. Doe and the College Family." What is the proper way to arrange their names on the card? - Contemporary Quandary

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.

Economics weighed in school admission

Edgefield historians claim victory in Alamo dispute
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Those who know the history of a sprawling frontier domain known as the Old Edgefield District are bemused by yet another Hollywood epic on the Alamo and the starry-eyed rush of a neighboring county to claim two martyrs of the Texas massacre as sons of Saluda County soil.

Expert expounds on 'Southern'

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.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Tannasia C. Rhodes of Hephzibah.

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.

Grant allows more study

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.

Dead man's fine shows shift in enforcement
ATHENS, Ga. - Eric Ansley was ticketed Thursday because his truck was parked in front of his Chamberlin subdivision home, in violation of Athens-Clarke County law, on an unpaved piece of ground.

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
A deliveryman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that someone took several bags of money from his cargo truck while he was at a south Richmond County post office Friday, a police report states.

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.

Correction

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.

March in April

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.

News you can use

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.

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.

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.

Thurmond aide dies of stomach cancer
COLUMBIA - Less than a year after U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond's death, one of the South Carolina politician's longtime staffers has died.

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

History fans learn stories of old school
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Decades ago, when the rural Bettis Academy was teaching hundreds of black children a year, boys learned about agriculture and girls were schooled in home economics.

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The Department for Veterans Affairs has given an $18.5 million grant that will help build a new nursing home for veterans in Walterboro.

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.

History fans learn stories of old school

Residents seek ways to stop subdivision

Across Georgia

Dry weather begins to worry outfitters as river gets lower

Across the area

Attorney to seek death penalty

Dead man's fine shows shift in enforcement

New expansion begins

Mother complains about school's handling of fight

Edgefield historians claim victory in Alamo dispute

Correction

'Chronicle' wins seven awards
The Augusta Chronicle won seven awards, including a first place in the photo illustration category, in the 2003 Georgia Associated Press News Contest announced Saturday.

Professor sees little chance of violence

Federal grant to help center
Richard Woolford said he wished he had been busted right after he committed the burglary that eventually sent him to prison. As it happened, though, he got married, had a child and then was arrested.

Nature lovers flock to Earth Day at park
Six-year-old Christian Heatherly sported a bright orange snake painted on his forehead at Greater Augusta's Earth Day Celebration at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park on Saturday.

Principal leads children on final march toward test

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.

4 pupils face weapon charges

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.

Pupils may go online for classes

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.

Pupils may go online for classes
Columbia County High School students might soon be learning outside the confines of a brick-and-mortar classroom.

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.

Unsung copy desk heroes now get some recognition
When you look at a team or a business, you usually can identify a few stars, those out-front performers who get the recognition and public praise.

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.

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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.

Shooting leaves family searching for meaning
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Leo Peloquin had a terrible premonition Thursday that he wasn't going to see his wife of 15 years again.

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.

Officers face punishment in rape cases
ATLANTA - Nine Atlanta police officers face disciplinary action after a 17-month investigation found they did not submit rape reports for women they deemed uncooperative.

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.

Economics weighed in school admission
ATLANTA - Students from poor families don't get most of the benefit from affirmative-action admission policies, according to new research that is prompting a debate over whether to give preferences to low-income applicants to universities and colleges.

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.

Election contract is protested
COLUMBIA - A South Carolina company that was passed over for a lucrative statewide voter machine contract has filed an official protest with the State Election Commission.

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.

Across Georgia
MILLEDGEVILLE - A Baldwin County man has been charged with killing his former co-worker with a clothes iron.

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

Correction
Bridgette Rodgers' wedding picture is missing from Page 1G in some editions of today's newspaper.

Acros Georgia

17,000 brave heat for hip-hop event
By 3:30 p.m. Saturday, PowerFest 2004 was so packed, those just arriving had to be turned away.

Across the area

March in April
Participants walk around Lake Olmstead at the March of Dimes annual Walk America fund -raiser held Saturday .

Kid of the day

Kid of the Day

Health students get closer look

Unsung copy desk heroes now get some recognition

Courthouse gets name of civil rights advocate

Federal grant to help center

Residents ask about fire fees

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Nature lovers flock to Earth Day at park

Rulings counter GOP talk on filing

Nature lovers flock to Earth Day at park

Protesters confront primate researchers

Dry weather begins to worry outfitters as river gets lower

17,000 brave heat for hip-hop event

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.

Sifford honor long overdue
Maybe now Charlie Sifford can relax and be happy. Golf finally did something right by him - and did it before it was too late.

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.

Button grabs San Marino pole position

Truex Jr. learns lesson from boss

Truex Jr. learns lesson from boss
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Martin Truex Jr. beat Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a video game at Talladega Superspeedway. Then he beat his boss on the racetrack.

It's easy to pick 'plate' favorites

It's easy to pick 'plate' favorites
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Should a novice race fan ask what exactly a restrictor plate is restricting in today's Nextel Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, the best answer isn't airflow to a car engine.

Junior races into first '04 driver honor
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. has already wrapped up one prize in 2004.

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

Formula One eyes possible rule changes

Button grabs San Marino pole position
IMOLA, Italy - Jenson Button beat Michael Schumacher on Saturday for the San Marino Grand Prix pole position, breaking the Ferrari star's run of three straight poles to open the year on the Formula One circuit.

Rudd's practice pays off later

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.

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.

Pistons use defense to take series lead
MILWAUKEE -- The Detroit Pistons took back control of their playoff series with Milwaukee the way they know best - with defense.

Kobe Bryant finally speaks, ending 11-day silence

Pistons use defense to take series lead

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

Hornets hope blowout loss was aberration

Ford opts for spinal surgery

Suns owners approve sale

Kukoc quietly helps young Bucks

Lovable losers: Nuggets finally give fans something to cheer

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.

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.

Athletic director says Clarett unlikely to return to Ohio State

Draft packed with potential

Troupe will be first-day choice

Eli Manning is a Giant only after a tense hour

Gibbs' persuasion lands Barrow in Washington

Falcons take cornerback with first-round pick

Panthers draft Ohio State's Gamble in first round

Troupe gets call from Tennessee

Packers re-sign DB Bhawoh Jue

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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
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.

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.

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

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

Members of Congress ask USOC to look at taekwondo rule

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

Hatch won't let knee injury derail Olympic dreams

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.

County's teams netting big wins

Jacobson sisters meet in finals at U.S. Fencing Championships

Klitschko, Sanders the latest to fight for heavyweight title

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

Crew's Hejduk fined additional $500

Area sports announcements

Spring prep sports scores

Little-known team rides to stage 6 win

Armstrong still overall leader

Arkansas, Stanford win big events at Penn Relays

Post office ends deal with team

Overtime

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.

County's teams netting big wins
In the not-too-recent past, Columbia County high schools were among the top echelon of baseball programs in Georgia. Now, there's another sports racket.

Jacobson sisters meet in finals at U.S. Fencing Championships
ATLANTA -- Sada and Emily Jacobson are happy to be competing at home for a change and don't mind facing each other in the process.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Area sports announcements
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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.

Little-known team rides to stage 6 win
HIAWASSEE, Ga. - Cesar Grajales of the Athens-based Jittery Joe's team overcame a flat tire, Georgia's highest peak and the world's best cyclist Saturday to win Stage 6 of the seven-stage Tour de Georgia.

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.

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.

Whopper
Frank Carpenter, 26, was after little more than some rest and relaxation on Sat., April 10, 2004, when he joined his parents, Kenneth and Pat Carpenter of North Augusta, for an afternoon of fishing at Clarks Hill Lake.

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

First bird
This turkey was killed by twelve year old Chris Crumley (on the left).

First bird

Whopper

Outdoors calendar

Feral hogs are posing problems
They came from as far away as Montana, Texas and North Dakota - and as close as Thomson and AikenIn all, more than 110 wildlife professionals gathered in Augusta last week for a two-day symposium to discuss a problem that experts fear will continue to worsen: feral hogs.

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.

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.

Panthers draft Ohio State's Gamble in first round
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NFC champion Carolina Panthers moved to replenish their secondary Saturday, trading up to select Ohio State cornerback Chris Gamble in the first round of the NFL draft.

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.

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

Troupe gets call from Tennessee
SWAINSBORO, Ga. - It's hard for most to understand the sort of perch in life Ben Troupe sits on this morning. Mr. Troupe, a product of George P. Butler High School, joined the National Football League on Saturday.

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

Falcons take cornerback with first-round pick
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- DeAngelo Hall didn't shy away from the comparisons to Deion Sanders.

Eli Manning is a Giant only after a tense hour
NEW YORK -- After a tense hour in which Eli Manning was a prospective law student, the NFL's first family of quarterbacks got what it wanted.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Feral hogs are posing problems

Tour still offers shot to compete

Sifford honor long overdue

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.

'American Idol' voting strikes sour note for some

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

Nielsen finds a way to measure impact of stadium signs

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.

'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.

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."

People in the News

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

Four-run fourth leads to Georga victory

Four-run fourth leads to Georga victory
ATHENS, Ga. -- Joey Side hit a solo home run in the second inning and Bobby Felmy added a two-run homer in the fourth to help Georgia to a 9-4 victory over Mississippi on Saturday.

Watson drafted at end of first round
Georgia tight end Ben Watson slipped into the first round Saturday, landing with the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots after returning to school for another year.

Cooking with Kids

South Carolina falls to Alabama
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A ninth inning grand slam by Mark Haske and a solo homer by Carlos Sosa rallied the Alabama past South Carolina in a 7-4 Southeastern Conference win Saturday night.

Odds and Ends

Conferences raise questions about church teaching on life and death

Islamic doctrine that enthroned Saudi royals is proving hard to control

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

Vatican says no to communion for pro-abortion politicians

African Archbishop says Anglicans will refuse money

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

Faith Calendar