Book chronicles heroics of 'Tin Can Sailors'

Exhibit celebrates a different kind of dance photography

Exhibit resurrects ancient Egyptian quest for afterlife
MILWAUKEE -- The Egyptian god of the nether world lies on his stomach and raises his head, his eyes open at the moment of his resurrection.

A playwright and his muse get primitive on Broadway

Collector's passion gives researchers a link to 18th century giant
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- For Mary Hyde Eccles, literary giant Samuel Johnson was more than a ghost of history. He was a passion.

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

Arts calendar

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.

Exhibit celebrates a different kind of dance photography
NEW YORK -- In one corner, Alexandre Proia curls and tenses, a spotted faun in orange loin cloth. In another, the Ballet Boyz muscle through a duet while Karole Armitage strikes a pose in sequins and fur.

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.

Carla Gugino set for Maggie in a revival of Miller's 'After the Fall'
NEW YORK -- Carla Gugino, late of television's "Karen Sisco" and all those "Spy Kids" movies, will play the pivotal role of Maggie in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Arthur Miller's "After the Fall" this summer.

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.

Art for Absolut's sake: I'll drink to that

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.

Book looks at area entertainment

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.

Maureen O'Hara avoids the blarney in new autobiography

Saga of New England mob figure spawns books, potential movies

A playwright and his muse get primitive on Broadway
NEW YORK -- When playwright Mark Medoff first met actress Phyllis Frelich, there was no sign that she would soon become his muse.

Political best sellers take unprecedented role in 2004 campaign

Art for Absolut's sake: I'll drink to that
NEW YORK -- Absolut ... perfume? For Andy Warhol, yes. Back in 1985, the pale prince of pop art confessed to the Swedish vodka's importer that he preferred a splash of Absolut to anything by Chanel.

Numbers count in a number of new mysteries

Collector's passion gives researchers a link to 18th century giant

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

A troubled veteran of the war in Iraq spins out of control
NEW YORK -- A distraught veteran of the war in Iraq living in New York and slowly spinning out of control.

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

East meets West at French impressionism exhibit in Hawaii
HONOLULU -- East and West cross, clash and meld into cityscapes, landscapes, portraits and nudes in an exhibit of works by European masters purchased a century ago by Japanese industrialists and rarely seen outside Japan.

Best sellers
Here is a list of the best sellers.

Carla Gugino set for Maggie in a revival of Miller's 'After the Fall'

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.

East meets West at French impressionism exhibit in Hawaii

White Sox GM pays a surprise visit to Wrigley Field
CHICAGO -- Yes, that really was Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams in the Cubs' dugout. And no, he didn't get lost on his way to the ballpark.

Now this is expansion: Little League is off to Mars

Red Sox complete sweep of Yankees
NEW YORK -- Six months later, Pedro Martinez and the Boston Red Sox held on against the Yankees and completed a weekend blowout in the Bronx.

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.

Is Cobb's legacy a fair one?

Now this is expansion: Little League is off to Mars
McLEAN, Va. -- Whether life exists on Mars is an endless source of speculation. But if there is life, and if those life forms can hit a curveball, then northern Virginia has dibs on their Little Leaguers.

Red Sox complete sweep of Yankees

Math tests have changed a lot since I was in school

$4,000 FCC fine for Miami station that crank-called Castro
MIAMI -- A radio station that crank-called Cuban President Fidel Castro and broadcast the recording should be fined $4,000, the Federal Communications Commission said.

A dead dog, an exhumation and a fired cop: the uproar over Whiskers
TAMAQUA, Pa. -- Police officer Scott Michalesko thought he was being humane one cold January evening when he shot and killed Whiskers, a 15-year-old schnauzer hit by a car one frigid January evening.

Pitchers trying to avoid Bonds

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.

Drew's triple sparks Braves
MIAMI - In most discussions of the game's best hitters J.D. Drew's name does not come up.

Marlins extend lead to 3

Pitchers trying to avoid Bonds
MIAMI - The question of how to pitch to San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds will come up in Atlanta's pregame meeting this afternoon at SBC Park.

Bunce: To succeed, learn what customers' businesses need

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.

At corporate helm, extra benefits alive and well
NEW YORK -- The executive perk, much criticized during the corporate scandals of the past few years, is still thriving at many big companies, where top managers take personal trips on company jets, have their taxes paid or get free home security systems.

CEO perks still popular and often hidden

Furnisher riding high on success of Martha Stewart furniture
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Martha Stewart could be headed for a bare-bones prison cell, but more folks than ever want her to furnish their homes.

French lawsuit challenges heart of Google's business model

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

Toy maker LeapFrog struggles to regain its stride

California faces repeat of deregulation debate

Toy maker LeapFrog struggles to regain its stride
SAN FRANCISCO -- In six months, educational toy maker LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. has gone from an industry leader to a Wall Street loser.

Man makes big profits from cutting timber down to size

French lawsuit challenges heart of Google's business model
WASHINGTON -- Newspapers can gain a wider audience among the young and minorities by paying more attention to their interest in lifestyle coverage, features and ads, editors and publishers were told Wednesday.

Business calendar

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

Employer spotlight

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.

Business briefs

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.

CEO perks still popular and often hidden
NEW YORK -- Never mind the millions of dollars in personal use of the corporate jet.

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
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.

California faces repeat of deregulation debate
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- It looks like California residents might escape a summer of rolling blackouts, and enjoy a period of calm after the energy crisis that plunged millions of people into the dark and sent the state's largest utility into bankruptcy.

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.

Clemson tops N.C. State

Clemson tops N.C. State
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Lou Santangelo went 3-for-5, including a solo homer in the eighth, to lead Clemson to a 9-6 win over North Carolina State on Sunday.

SRS and public trust

SRS and public trust
The Savannah River Site is a huge and complex operation, so mistakes like radiation leakage, accidental exposure, safety malfunctions are going to happen occasionally. Everyone understands that. The expectation is that the people who work at SRS will learn from the small mistakes so as to avoid a big, tragic one.

Augusta's 'pork'
There's no better example of one community's "pork" being another community's vitally needed projects than the 11 Augusta area designations named in the just-released Congressional Pig Book.

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.

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?

Augusta's 'pork'

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.

Jackson replacing attorneys Geragos and Brafman
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson is replacing high-profile attorneys Mark Geragos and Benjamin Brafman in his child molestation case, the lawyers told The Associated Press on Sunday.

From 'Sesame Street' to 'The Sopranos': An actress' journey
NEW YORK -- After filming an intimate scene with his girlfriend in "The Sopranos," Steve Buscemi's good-natured angst over actress Alison Bartlett's other job on "Sesame Street" was laid bare.

Calendar
Things to do in the Aiken-Augusta area.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.)

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?

Inflation mounting, but where is the Fed?
NEW YORK -- Federal Reserve officials keep talking about how inflation isn't a threat. But if you're buying a cup of coffee or shopping for new clothes, you might see things differently.

Inflation mounting, but where is the Fed?

Small investors can stay on the sidelines during earnings season
NEW YORK -- Earnings season is always volatile, but interest rate concerns have made Wall Street especially moody lately, with big block traders seeking short-term profits. For small investors unnerved by the resulting chaos, analysts say the best strategy may be to simply wait until the dust settles.

Green funds hold some appeal

Small investors can stay on the sidelines during earnings season

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.

Jackets hold off Florida St.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Micah Owings hit a two-run home run and Georgia Tech held off a late rally from Florida State to complete a three-game sweep with a 7-6 win on Sunday.

Vikings take Dorsey in fourth round
ATLANTA -- Nat Dorsey wants another challenge in his football career, and the Minnesota Vikings gave him the shot he needed.

Vikings take Dorsey in fourth round

What's a kid to do?

Jackets hold off Florida St.

Intimidators take two from Augusta
In Kannapolis, N.C., Daniel Haigwood shut out Augusta for seven innings and allowed only one hit in the Intimidators 3-1 win Saturday. Kyle Jackson (1-1) gave up seven hits, three runs and took the loss.

Ignore the call of the shopping mall

France's Cevaer wins Spanish Open

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

Langham wins Rheem Classic
FORT SMITH, Ark. -- Franklin Langham won his second Nationwide Tour title in nearly 11 years Sunday, shooting a 4-under 66 for a two-stroke victory in the Rheem Classic.

Rain forces Houston Open to Monday
HUMBLE, Texas -- Vijay Singh chipped in for eagle just before play was suspended Sunday to move into a three-way tie for the lead at the rain-delayed Houston Open.

Langham wins Rheem Classic

Boyette fights for first win

Irwin hangs on to win Legends of Golf
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Hale Irwin was rusty, and it showed.

Boyette fights for first win
McCORMICK, S.C. - Greg Boyette and John Engler got the answers they were looking for in Sunday's final round of the Kandy Waters Memorial Classic golf tournament.

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.

Irwin hangs on to win Legends of Golf

Mollica's late birdie streak seals win

Third round at Houston Open stopped by weather, darkness

Rain forces Houston Open to Monday

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.

France's Cevaer wins Spanish Open
FUERTEVENTURA, Canary Islands -- France's Christian Cevaer had two eagle-2s in a round of 69 Sunday and won the Spanish Open by one stroke for his first European tour victory.

Intimidators take two from Augusta

Flyers defeat Maple Leafs

Lightning go up 2-0

Flyers defeat Maple Leafs
PHILADELPHIA -- Robert Esche stole another game for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Lightning go up 2-0
TAMPA, Fla. -- Cory Sarich flicked the bouncing puck into the neutral zone, hoping to keep it away from the Montreal Canadiens. He wound up giving the Tampa Bay Lightning a whole lot more.

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.

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.

Byrd was right about Bush's war

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

Race track is noisy nuisance

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.

Columnist disdainful of Christians
Regarding the twisted doublespeak of columnist Ellen Goodman: Patricia Sanford, Augusta

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

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

Organ donation can help many

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

Real noise comes from other cars

Real noise comes from other cars
I can't understand all the complaining about the race track on the outskirts of Grovetown. That track was there long before most of the subdivisions were. James Lewallen, Martinez

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.

Byrd was right about Bush's war
During the weeks leading up to George W. Bush's military attack against Iraq, West Virginia's senior senator, Robert C. Byrd, talked for hours on end from the floor of the U.S. Senate and warned America and the rest of the world that the looming attack was wrong, immoral, and America would pay a terrible price for it in lives and money. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

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

Toolbars go way beyond search

Mother's Day is ...

TiVo faces fight of its life as market explodes

Save your knife, mail it back to yourself

Doubts raised about integrity of electronic voting machines

Einstein's predictions about the universe tested

Einstein's predictions about the universe tested

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

Vermont nature center with raptors opens in June

Life is fragile

Straight from the baby's mouth

Barbarians at the (sleep) gate

Experiments show theoretical speed limit to computer data storage

Nursery collection available

Video game review: New baseball games

James Madison's Virginia home, Montpelier, being restored

1, 2 Queen ... of

Whales abound in St. Lawrence River in Quebec

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

Project seeks to use airport radar to detect terror attacks

High Flying

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

Card from female president should list her first

Non-books work for young readers

Sneaking history past the kids in Boston

Techbits: LED prize, AOL mail, Patent fight

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

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!"

Video game review: New baseball games
For videogame fans, there's really no need to be taken out to the ballgame when five virtual versions are as close as your gaming system of choice.

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.

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.

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?

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

Einstein's predictions about the universe tested
LOS ANGELES -- NASA launched into orbit Tuesday a $750 million satellite conceived during the Eisenhower administration to test two of Albert Einstein's fundamental predictions about the universe.

Project seeks to use airport radar to detect terror attacks
LEXINGTON, Mass. -- For the U.S. Army, Doppler radar isn't just about more precise weather mapping and detecting wind shear. It also holds promise as an early warning system for airborne biological and chemical attacks.

Techbits: LED prize, AOL mail, Patent fight
BOSTON -- When Nick Holonyak Jr. set out to create a new kind of visible lighting using semiconductor alloys, his colleagues thought he was "nuttier than hell."

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.

Doubts raised about integrity of electronic voting machines
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A growing number of federal and state legislators are expressing doubts about the integrity of the ATM-like electronic voting machines that at least 50 million Americans will use to cast their ballots in November.

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.

Experiments show theoretical speed limit to computer data storage
If there is an article of faith in computer science, it's that everything can keep getting faster and faster.

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."

Core Internet technology is vulnerable to hackers, researchers find
WASHINGTON -- Researchers found a serious security flaw that left core Internet technology vulnerable to hackers, prompting a secretive effort by international governments and industry experts in recent weeks to prevent global disruptions of Web surfing, e-mails and instant messages.

Toolbars go way beyond search
NEW YORK -- Search engine toolbars for the Internet Explorer browser have become nearly essential tools online: They can block pop-up ads, alert you to new e-mail, even protect you from scams.

TiVo faces fight of its life as market explodes
Debra Baker tells people she has TiVo. But she really doesn't. The 33-year-old New York tax consultant has a variant - a digital video recorder offered through her cable company. She didn't know what "DVR" stood for until then.

Economics weighed in school admission

Pupils may go online for classes

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

Thurmond aide dies of stomach cancer

Grants help replace old equipment

Qualifying week draws hopefuls

Nature lovers flock to Earth Day at park

Rematch could be GOP's best chance to expand Georgia congressional ranks

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.

Canal is awarded funding

Cancer centers target elderly
AIKEN - With the opening of a new high-tech cancer center, Aiken Regional Medical Centers are following a statewide trend that shows more such centers opening in highly populated areas and retirement communities, Department of Health and Environmental Control officials say.

Descendants of slaves gather on Cumberland Island

Losing firm sues election panel over contract award

Symposium examines plight of rural black students

Correction

Across South Carolina

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

Across the southeast

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.

Across the area

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.

Road to the primary begins Monday as qualifying opens

Five questions: Billy Clayton
Billy Clayton is the director of Columbia County's Water and Sewer Services, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Nuts bring new crowd of 'Battling Bozo' fans

Shelter closed after reports of inappropriate sexual contact, records show

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT against Ruth Crawford, Bob Young and the other board members who say they care about us senior citizens. But obviously they don't. Sending our tax money to Florida. What gives?

Nature lovers flock to Earth Day at park

Riverbanks Zoo thrives in 28 years with same director

Dead man's fine shows shift in enforcement

Area gets less in security funds than others

Across Georgia

Cancer centers target elderly

History fans learn stories of old school

Some worry downtown Charleston turning into museum

Kid of the Day

News you can use

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

Governor's spokesman is on stage but out of spotlight

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.

Police investigating apparent murder-suicide

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.

Area gets less in security funds than others
Augusta will receive less money in Department of Homeland Security funds this year for emergency departments than Savannah or Macon, but officials say that shouldn't keep residents from sleeping at night.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Grants help replace old equipment
AIKEN - Officials agree that Edgefield County needs a new repeater-based radio system for its Emergency Medical Services.

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

Primary qualifying kicks off
Qualifying in Augusta and Columbia County for the July 20 general primary, nonpartisan and special elections opens at 9 a.m. today and will close at noon Friday.

Western film, country TV performer Frankie Scott dies

Qualifying week draws hopefuls
ATLANTA - The crystal ball of Georgia politics will become less cloudy this week as those planning to run for office in this year's state and federal elections put their money where their mouths are.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT against Ruth Crawford, Bob Young and the other board members who say they care about us senior citizens. But obviously they don't. Sending our tax money to Florida. What gives?

News you can use
April 26, 1993 LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Former University of Georgia star running back Garrison Hearst returned home to Lincoln County to find himself the third overall pick in yesterday's NFL draft.

Nuts bring new crowd of 'Battling Bozo' fans
He is now known as Raymond Owens Sr., the man who sells hot boiled peanuts out of a red and yellow wagon by the side of the road in Evans.

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

I-95 road construction complete

Losing firm sues election panel over contract award
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- 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.

Primary qualifying kicks off

Police investigating apparent murder-suicide
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Police think the shooting deaths of an Orangeburg County man and woman were an apparent muder-suicide.

Across the area
An Augusta man was arrested in a Sunday afternoon stabbing, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

I-95 road construction complete
FLORENCE, S.C. -- Weary of lane shifts, construction crews and slowed traffic along Interstate 95 in Florence County? Well, that's over now along the 10-mile stretch of road with the completion of a highway widening project. And things finished early, to boot.

Atlanta mayor's son-in-law wanted on drug charges

Some worry downtown Charleston turning into museum
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Some people who follow Charleston's history are worried the priciest and most picturesque parts of the city are turning into a museum instead of places to raise a family.

Across the area

Riverbanks Zoo thrives in 28 years with same director
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Twenty-eight years ago, Riverbanks Zoo was a mess. The zoo's commission had just fired the facility's director over rising expenses and a promised petting zoo and sheep barn that hadn't been built.

Federal grant to help center

Symposium examines plight of rural black students
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Fifty years after a South Carolina court case helped spur integration of schools across the country, blacks and whites are lapsing back into separate schools, an author of a study on school desegregation says.

Unsung copy desk heroes now get some recognition

Governor's spokesman is on stage but out of spotlight
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Will Folks talks with a reporter, telephone headpiece in place, sitting at a cluttered desk surrounded by stacks of newspapers in the press office in the west wing of the Statehouse.

17,000 brave heat for hip-hop event

Atlanta mayor's son-in-law wanted on drug charges
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin said Saturday she is "saddened" her son-in-law has been indicted on federal drug charges.

March in April

Two Snellville children drown in Tallulah River
ATLANTA -- A 55-member rescue team has found the bodies of two Snellville boys who drowned Saturday after they slipped on the rocks of a restricted area at Tallulah Gorge State Park in north Georgia.

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Descendants of slaves gather on Cumberland Island
CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. -- All who attended the Stafford family reunion on Cumberland Island last week are not related by blood, but they are linked as if from the same family.

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

Shelter closed after reports of inappropriate sexual contact, records show
ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke County's only teen shelter was forced to close its doors after a state investigation found numerous operating problems, including allegations of inappropriate sexual contact among its residents.

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.

Rematch could be GOP's best chance to expand Georgia congressional ranks
WASHINGTON -- On a historic night for Georgia Republicans, when it seemed practically all the party's candidates emerged victorious, Calder Clay found himself not celebrating but reflecting on the race that got away.

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.

State may adopt outdoor water regulations
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Georgia may adopt statewide rules within two months to regulate noncommercial outdoor water use - even when there is no drought.

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.

Second death brings Taser stun guns into question
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- The second death of a person shocked by Houston County sheriff's deputies has led one middle Georgia law enforcement agency to discontinue to use of Taser stun guns.

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.

Road to the primary begins Monday as qualifying opens
ATLANTA -- The road to the primary and perhaps the November general election begins Monday for hundreds of Georgia candidates as the qualifying period opens for an election in which a U.S. Senate seat and several key congressional posts are at stake.

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.

Western film, country TV performer Frankie Scott dies
TOCCOA, Ga. -- Frankie Scott, singer, dancer, model, actress and comedienne, died Saturday after a stroke. She was 84.

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.

Poisoning trial resumes Monday in Houston County
PERRY, Ga. -- The trial of a woman charged with poisoning her police officer husband with antifreeze resumes this week in middle Georgia because of difficulty selecting an impartial jury in suburban Atlanta.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Brittany Rewis, 9, of Blythe.

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.

Canal is awarded funding
The Augusta Canal's color these days is green - money green, that is.

'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.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Buffalo Bill has gone roaming again in the Lowcountry. This time, he almost didn't survive his brush with freedom.

Edgefield historians claim victory in Alamo dispute

Across the southeast
PEMBROKE, N.C. - Descendants of a group of American Indians recognized by the federal government in 1938 complain that the Lumbee tribe is using their history to help their case for federal recognition and the accompanying financial benefits.

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.

Museum celebrates birthday
With cake and party hats, it had the feel of a typical 7-year-old's birthday.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A 55-member rescue team has found the bodies of two Snellville boys who drowned Saturday after they slipped on the rocks of a restricted area at Tallulah Gorge State Park in north Georgia.

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.

Ignore the call of the shopping mall
We were in the mountains, eating at a picturesque restaurant where all you had to do was walk outside to see hills and crops and winding roads and rushing rivers all around.

'Man on Fire' edges '13 Going on 30' at weekend box office

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Jennifer Garner lets loose giggly side in '13 Going on 30'

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

'Man on Fire' edges '13 Going on 30' at weekend box office
LOS ANGELES -- Denzel Washington, who sets out to rescue a little girl in "Man on Fire," pushed aside another little girl in the comedy "13 Going on 30" to claim the top spot at the weekend box office.

Jennifer Garner lets loose giggly side in '13 Going on 30'
LOS ANGELES -- Jennifer Garner breaks up spy rings on "Alias" just like a woman, then she breaks up laughing just like a little girl.

Singer-guitarist Tedeschi is happy on tour
RENO, Nev. -- Take a pretty much unknown white chick belting the blues on an independent record label and you have the makings of a CD that's likely headed for the discount bin. But throw in a Grammy nomination for "Just Won't Burn" and suddenly you have a debut album that surpassed gold.

Black college women, sick of shakin' it, take aim at rappers

James Blood Ulmer: A matrix of American black music

James Blood Ulmer: A matrix of American black music
NEW ORLEANS -- Avant garde guitarist and musical rebel James Blood Ulmer makes no bones about it: He is a living, breathing tapestry of the roots of American music.

Singer-guitarist Tedeschi is happy on tour

Lynn energized, fresh on rock-edged 'Van Lear Rose'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eerie guitar licks creak and swirl as Loretta Lynn sings about a woman on death row. "Now they've strapped me in the chair, And covered up my eyes, And the last voice I hear on earth, Is my mama's cry."

Lynn energized, fresh on rock-edged 'Van Lear Rose'

Black college women, sick of shakin' it, take aim at rappers
ATLANTA -- Maybe it was the credit card that rap superstar Nelly swiped through a woman's backside in a recent video.

Drivers snipe at Stewart for aggressiveness on the track
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Talladega Superspeedway, the biggest and fastest track on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, had the look of a short track Sunday during the Aaron's 499.

Schumacher wins at San Marino for fourth straight win
IMOLA, Italy -- Michael Schumacher had to drive from behind, but it hardly mattered. Formula One has run four races this season, and Schumacher has won them all.

Button grabs San Marino pole position

It's easy to pick 'plate' favorites

Gordon puts brakes on run by Earnhardt
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Jeff Gordon seized the lead from Dale Earnhardt Jr. with six laps remaining and barely beat him in a controversial finish Sunday, ending DEI's winning streak at Talladega Superspeedway.

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.

Schumacher wins at San Marino for fourth straight win

Gordon puts brakes on run by Earnhardt

Angry fans douse Gordon in victory lap
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Ah, nothing like a beer-splashed victory lap to help Jeff Gordon celebrate his big victory.

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.

Drivers snipe at Stewart for aggressiveness on the track

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.

Angry fans douse Gordon in victory lap

Truex Jr. learns lesson from boss

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

Nets oust Knicks
NEW YORK -- Kenyon Martin was the real deal in carrying the New Jersey Nets to a sweep of the New York Knicks.

Lakers squeak past Rockets in overtime
HOUSTON -- A stubborn old man put the Los Angeles Lakers within one victory of the second round.

Spurs' Duncan heads All-NBA first team
NEW YORK -- San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan made the All-NBA first team Sunday, becoming just the sixth player to receive the honor in each of his first seven seasons.

Nets oust Knicks

Banged-up Davis leading Hornets despite limitations

Pistons use defense to take series lead

Bucks can't afford another second-half slump
MILWAUKEE -- Down 2-1 in a best-of-seven playoff series, the Milwaukee Bucks are not quite in a must-win situation against the Detroit Pistons.

Pacers sweep series

Kobe Bryant returns to Colorado; trial date could be set for assault charges
EAGLE, Colo. -- Closed hearings in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case could finally give way this week to open-court arguments on a key issue: a trial date.

Kobe Bryant returns to Colorado; trial date could be set for assault charges

Pacers sweep series
BOSTON -- Larry Bird was back in Boston for a familiar result: A playoff victory.

Lakers squeak past Rockets in overtime

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.

Bucks can't afford another second-half slump

Banged-up Davis leading Hornets despite limitations
NEW ORLEANS -- Despite being far from healthy, Baron Davis is finding ways to help the New Orleans Hornets.

Gamble says playing receiver helped prepare him for defense

Falcons take cornerback with first-round pick

Eli Manning is a Giant only after a tense hour

Lavalais could be 5th-round steal for Atlanta

Troupe gets call from Tennessee

Panthers draft Ohio State's Gamble in first round

Atlanta Falcons draft thumbnails

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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.

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

Fasel: No NHL players at Olympics if league is shut down in January
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- The 2006 Winter Olympics will be played without NHL players if the league is shut down by January because of a labor dispute.

Fasel: No NHL players at Olympics if league is shut down in January

Overtime

Smarty Jones a winner even before the Derby

Armstrong wins Tour de Georgia

Little-known team rides to stage 6 win

Best in family, Vitali Klitschko may now be best in world

County's teams netting big wins

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

Area sports announcements

Williams leads U.S. into Fed Cup quarters

Castledale, St Averil are headed to Kentucky Derby

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.

Armstrong wins Tour de Georgia
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Lance Armstrong looks Tour-ready.

Area sports announcements
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.

Castledale, St Averil are headed to Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Castledale and St Averil will be part of the 20-horse field for the 130th Kentucky Derby.

Smarty Jones a winner even before the Derby
CLARKSBURG, N.J. -- Dr. Patricia Hogan shook her head as she looked at the thoroughbred's X-ray. Where there should have been a solid expanse of bone around the horse's eye was instead a crazed swath of lines and shadows, as if someone had taken a hammer to it.

Williams leads U.S. into Fed Cup quarters
PORTOROZ, Slovenia -- Venus Williams is playing like a major champion these days.

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.

Lamback will take on world's best
Lantz Lamback is going to Athens. Greece, that is.

Best in family, Vitali Klitschko may now be best in world
LOS ANGELES -- He wasn't supposed to be as good as his brother, wasn't supposed to be much of anything at all.

Overtime
In Columbia, Steven Tolleson's single to right drove home the only run as South Carolina beat Alabama 1-0 in 10 innings.

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.

Whopper

First bird

Outdoors calendar

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).

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

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.

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.

Lavalais could be 5th-round steal for Atlanta
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Georgia fans won't be surprised if Chad Lavalais makes an immediate impact for the Atlanta Falcons.

Gamble says playing receiver helped prepare him for defense
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Chris Gamble figures he's got an advantage on opposing wide receivers.

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.

A record number of trades in busy draft
NEW YORK -- Right from the beginning, it was one of the busiest NFL drafts.

Atlanta Falcons draft thumbnails
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The seven players selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL draft Saturday and Sunday:

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

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.

Panthers pick Ohio State's Carter in fifth round
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers added another wide receiver Sunday, selecting Ohio State's Drew Carter in the fifth round of the NFL draft.

Feral hogs are posing problems

Sifford honor long overdue

HBO documentary shows grueling demands of being a jockey

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Henry Luce is a hugely influential yet largely forgotten figure from the American Century - the name he himself coined for the 1900s.

'The Restaurant': Reality and fiction coexist

HBO documentary shows grueling demands of being a jockey
LOS ANGELES -- They're the little people who hop on the backs of 1,100-pound thoroughbred horses for a 40-mph ride around a racetrack up to 10 times a day.

'The Restaurant': Reality and fiction coexist
NEW YORK -- I'm no fan of the "reality TV" genre, but count me among viewers who can't get enough of "The Restaurant."

"The Office" continues to grow in popularity
LOS ANGELES -- If you're unhappy and you know it, quit that lousy 9 to 5.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

"The Office" continues to grow in popularity

From 'Sesame Street' to 'The Sopranos': An actress' journey

Jackson replacing attorneys Geragos and Brafman

Diamond Dogs sweep Mississippi
ATHENS, Ga. -- Justin Holmes and Derek Smith each drove in two runs to lead Georgia to a 7-3 victory over Mississippi Sunday for a sweep of their three-game weekend series.

Cooking with Kids

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.

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.

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.

Gamecocks edge Tide in 10 innings

Gamecocks edge Tide in 10 innings
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Steven Tolleson's single to right drove home the only run as South Carolina beat Alabama 1-0 in 10 innings.

$4,000 FCC fine for Miami station that crank-called Castro

A dead dog, an exhumation and a fired cop: the uproar over Whiskers