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.

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."

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
NEW YORK -- A 19th-century painting that art lovers did not want to be sold by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts has been auctioned.

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.

Over art lovers' protests, museum auctions French painting

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.

Cubs top Mets

Is Cobb's legacy a fair one?

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.

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.

Vazquez to pitch on three days' rest against Boston

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

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.

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.

Chipper's torn hamstring will keep him out longer

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

Easy day enjoyed by Evans

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.

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.

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
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.

Marlins extend lead to 3

Braves get the better of Beckett

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Employer spotlight

Workers likely won't recoup unpaid wages

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.

Soybean shortage may push food prices a bit higher this summer

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.

Orders for big-ticket goods jump in March

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.

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

Man makes big profits from cutting timber down to size

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.

Business briefs

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.

Business calendar

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.

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

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.

Bunce: To succeed, learn what customers' businesses need

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

The Litter City?

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.

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.

Schools: How safe?

Don't delay BRAC

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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).

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.)

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.

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

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:

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.

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

Calendar
Things to do in the Aiken-Augusta area.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Big movers in the stock market

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.

Xerox reports first-quarter profits of $248 million

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.

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.

Green funds hold some appeal

Stocks edge higher, overcoming rate jitters

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.

Fiserv investigated for possible improper mutual fund trades

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.

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.

International Paper profits rise 66 percent

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?

What's a kid to do?

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Mollica's late birdie streak seals win

Engler's comeback hits weekend

South Aiken forges into the lead

Morgan leads Legends by one stroke

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.

Third round at Houston Open stopped by weather, darkness

Blues player to make plea

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

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.

Flyers beat Leafs with skill, discipline

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.

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.

Rangers call up Allen

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.

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.

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.

Race track is noisy nuisance

So what's the Latin word for Democrat?

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

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.

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

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

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

Organ donation can help many

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

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

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.

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

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

Card from female president should list her first

Whales abound in St. Lawrence River in Quebec

Non-books work for young readers

1, 2 Queen ... of

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

Save your knife, mail it back to yourself

Nursery collection available

Life is fragile

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

Barbarians at the (sleep) gate

Straight from the baby's mouth

Mother's Day is ...

James Madison's Virginia home, Montpelier, being restored

Do your boss a favor and call in sick

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

Vermont nature center with raptors opens in June

Exhibit examines American wedding customs

Sneaking history past the kids in Boston

Young Hispanics learn responsibility as part of quinceanera celebration

School programs discouraging soft drinks reduce obesity among children

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

4 pupils face weapon charges

News you can use

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.

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.

Protesters confront primate researchers

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.

Residents seek ways to stop subdivision

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.

17,000 brave heat for hip-hop event

New expansion begins

March in April

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.

Expert expounds on 'Southern'

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.

Principal leads children on final march toward test

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

History fans learn stories of old school

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.

Unsung copy desk heroes now get some recognition

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.

Across the area

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

Dead man's fine shows shift in enforcement

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.

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.

Mother complains about school's handling of fight

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.

Correction

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.

Professor sees little chance of violence

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.

Dry weather begins to worry outfitters as river gets lower

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.

Attorney to seek death penalty

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.

Edgefield historians claim victory in Alamo dispute

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.

'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.

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.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Acros Georgia

Kid of the Day

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Correction

Kid of the day

Federal grant to help center

Health students get closer look

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Courthouse gets name of civil rights advocate

Nature lovers flock to Earth Day at park

Residents ask about fire fees

Nature lovers flock to Earth Day at park

Around town

Rulings counter GOP talk on filing

Across Georgia

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.

Formula One eyes possible rule changes

Truex Jr. learns lesson from boss

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.

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.

Button grabs San Marino pole position

It's easy to pick 'plate' favorites

Rudd's practice pays off later

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Pistons use defense to take series lead

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

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.

Suns owners approve sale

Lovable losers: Nuggets finally give fans something to cheer

Ford opts for spinal surgery

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.

Kobe Bryant finally speaks, ending 11-day silence

Kukoc quietly helps young Bucks

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

Gibbs' persuasion lands Barrow in Washington

Panthers draft Ohio State's Gamble in first round

Packers re-sign DB Bhawoh Jue

Athletic director says Clarett unlikely to return to Ohio State

Troupe will be first-day choice

Draft packed with potential

Eli Manning is a Giant only after a tense hour

Troupe gets call from Tennessee

Falcons take cornerback with first-round pick

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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.

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

Members of Congress ask USOC to look at taekwondo rule

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

County's teams netting big wins

Arkansas, Stanford win big events at Penn Relays

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

Klitschko, Sanders the latest to fight for heavyweight title

Area sports announcements

Crew's Hejduk fined additional $500

Little-known team rides to stage 6 win

Spring prep sports scores

Post office ends deal with team

Armstrong still overall leader

Overtime

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

First bird

Whopper

Outdoors calendar

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Feral hogs are posing problems

Sifford honor long overdue

Tour still offers shot to compete

'American Idol' voting strikes sour note for some

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.

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."

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

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
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.

Nielsen finds a way to measure impact of stadium signs

People in the News

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

Cooking with Kids

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.

Four-run fourth leads to Georga victory

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.

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

African Archbishop says Anglicans will refuse money

Vatican says no to communion for pro-abortion politicians

Faith Calendar

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

Islamic doctrine that enthroned Saudi royals is proving hard to control

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

Conferences raise questions about church teaching on life and death