'Wicked' receives 11 Drama Desk nominations
NEW YORK -- "Wicked," a lavish musical prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," has scored 11 Drama Desk nominations, honoring the best of the 2003-04 New York theater season.

University of Chicago returning ancient tablets to Iran

University of Chicago returning ancient tablets to Iran
CHICAGO -- Three hundred ancient clay tablets that help provide information on the languages and daily life in the Persian empire are headed back to Iran in what University of Chicago officials have described as the first U.S. return of loaned Iranian artifacts since the Islamic Revolution.

'Wicked' receives 11 Drama Desk nominations

'Bombay Dreams' arrives on Broadway via Bollywood
NEW YORK -- "This is something that could only happen in a dream," sighs the hip-swiveling, rags-to-riches hero of "Bombay Dreams."

'Bombay Dreams' arrives on Broadway via Bollywood

Marlins slide past Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds wanted to play Thursday, so manager Felipe Alou rewrote his lineup to include the star slugger.

Orioles best Mariners

Jaguars zero in on title

Jaguars start up huge series

Jeter ends slump with homer into Monument Park

Rangers dethrone Royals

Cardinals surpass Phillies after 13

Reds put C LaRue on DL with broken finger

Prep baseball stats

Angels declaw Tigers

Marlins slide past Giants

Jaguars start up huge series
A few sets of bleachers are scattered here and there, but nothing distinguishes Augusta State's baseball field from a top-notch high school diamond.

Jeter ends slump with homer into Monument Park
NEW YORK -- A big swing, a broad smile and a ball into Monument Park. Just like that, Derek Jeter's slump was over.

Prep baseball stats
Here are the latest area prep baseball stats.

Orioles best Mariners
BALTIMORE -- Eric DuBose gave credit to his offense for making it an easy day on the mound, and the leader of the potent attack singled out the pitcher as the star of the game.

MLB begins drug testing program in Dominican
NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball will begin a drug testing program for the Dominican Summer League, checking players for steroids and other banned substances this year.

Jaguars zero in on title
Lee Rose stood outside the dugout, his uniform muddied from chest to shin. And he couldn't have been any happier.

Reds put C LaRue on DL with broken finger
CINCINNATI -- Reds catcher Jason LaRue was put on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, a day after his right index finger was broken on a bunt attempt.

Molitor tours Hall of Fame

Cardinals surpass Phillies after 13
ST. LOUIS -- With one big swing, Jim Edmonds helped the St. Louis Cardinals ease their home miseries.

Molitor tours Hall of Fame
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Walking through the National Baseball Hall of Fame surrounded by the game's history, Paul Molitor paused to consider his ideal lineup.

Angels declaw Tigers
DETROIT -- Vladimir Guerrero sure impressed Detroit pitcher Nate Robertson.

Rangers dethrone Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brad Fullmer emerged from a deep slump in dramatic fashion.

Any interest in our neighbors has become remote

Odds and Ends
LANSING, Mich. -- Add DJ to her duties: Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants it to be hip to hold when someone calls the state.

Diver adrift five hours after boat crew forgets him off Catalina
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- A recreational diver forgotten at sea by a boat crew drifted five hours and prayed for his life before a Boy Scout on an excursion aboard a century-old ship spotted him.

Odds and Ends
SEATTLE -- Larry Star didn't find wedded bliss with his bride, but he did find fame and a modest fortune by donning his ex's gown.

Japanese airline pilot nods off in air - in front of inspector
TOKYO -- A Japanese airline pilot nodded off twice while at the controls of a domestic flight last month - in front of a transport official who happened to be on board for a routine inspection.

Chuck-A-Rama apologizes for cutting low-carb couple off beef at buffet
SALT LAKE CITY -- Chuck-A-Rama says it's still not an all-you-can-eat establishment, but the restaurant chain is serving up an apology to a low-carb couple cut off from eating beef after making one too many trips to the buffet.

Snow puts freeze to Braves-Rockies tilt

Snow puts freeze to Braves-Rockies tilt
DENVER - A spring snowstorm was the only thing that stopped Joe Kennedy this April.

Kennedy is comfortable in Colorado
DENVER -- A spring snowstorm was the only thing that stopped Joe Kennedy this April.

Wright making most of comeback with Braves
Jaret Wright needs to work on his base-running. His pitching is coming along just fine.

Fears of price hikes after EU membership spark hoarding

ASU seeks bonds for expansion
Augusta State University has asked Richmond County economic developers to help arrange $35 million in tax-free bonds to finance the building of a student activities center and its first off-campus housing community.

Japan's unemployment rate improves to 4.7 percent in March
TOKYO -- Japan's unemployment rate improved to 4.7 percent in March, the best showing in three years, the government said Friday, amid growing signs that the nation is undergoing a moderate recovery.

Move suits Men's Wearhouse

Limited edition soups test marketed
Campbell's is test-marketing labels based on the colorful silk-screens Andy Warhol designed in the early 1960's. The Limited Edition 4-packs of Campbell's Tomato Soup are available at Giant Eagle supermarkets in western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and parts of West Virginia.

South leads nation's home sales boom, but slowdown predicted

Winn-Dixie plans to sell stores
The eight metro area Winn-Dixie supermarkets and their roughly 500 employees dodged a bullet Friday after the company said it was closing or selling 10 percent of its stores nationwide, but none in Augusta.

Google gets philosophical in IPO notice

U.S. Mint considers replacing Sacagawea on dollar coin
WASHINGTON -- Putting the faces of U.S. presidents on dollar coins would entice collectors, but there still would be challenges in getting the coins into cash registers and people's pockets, the chief of the U.S. Mint said Wednesday.

April consumer sentiment weakens

Economy grows at 4.2 percent rate in first quarter of 2004
WASHINGTON -- The economy grew at an annual rate of 4.2 percent in the opening quarter of 2004, a solid showing and fresh evidence that the business recovery is solidly on track. But the performance wasn't the blowout that some analysts wanted.

Winn-Dixie plans to sell stores

U.S. Mint considers replacing Sacagawea on dollar coin

Thousands celebrate as European Union nears its historic expansion

Qatari minister: OPEC to discuss price band hike

China orders new probe of construction projects in overheated industries

Move suits Men's Wearhouse
Men's Wearhouse will move from Augusta Mall to the Augusta Exchange later this month, saying a bigger store and the busier location should be better for business.

South leads nation's home sales boom, but slowdown predicted
ATLANTA -- If the housing market is keeping the nation's economy afloat, it's the South that's doing the hardest paddling.

Augusta is flying high in magazine
More than 1 million pairs of eyes will soon look upon Augusta from the air.

Japan's unemployment rate improves to 4.7 percent in March

Qatari minister: OPEC to discuss price band hike
PARIS -- Ministers from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries are likely to discuss a possible increase in their targeted prices for crude when they meet next in June, Qatar's oil minister said Thursday.

DaimlerChrysler maintains Mitsubishi stake
STUTTGART, Germany -- Automaker DaimlerChrysler will keep its 37 percent stake in Mitsubishi Motors despite its decision to cut off funding to its troubled Japanese partner, its chief executive said as he reaffirmed Daimler's goal of a strong presence in Asia.

Business briefs
The jobless rate in Augusta fell one-tenth of a percentage point in March to 4.3 percent as the number of jobs increased by 300, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

China orders new probe of construction projects in overheated industries
SHANGHAI, China -- The Chinese government broadened its investigations into construction projects in its latest attempt to slow growth in the economy.

DaimlerChrysler maintains Mitsubishi stake

April consumer sentiment weakens
NEW YORK - Consumers grew a bit less optimistic about the economy in April, according to a report released Friday.

Limited edition soups test marketed

Google gets philosophical in IPO notice
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- When Google Inc. began its explosive rise nearly six years ago, it was unconventional in its stark layout, absence of annoying banner ads and unprecedented usefulness.

ASU seeks bonds for expansion

Economy grows at 4.2 percent rate in first quarter of 2004

Thousands celebrate as European Union nears its historic expansion
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Hundreds of thousands of people across the "new Europe" celebrated with street festivals in a jubilant countdown Friday to the European Union's historic enlargement.

Augusta is flying high in magazine

Japan's unemployment rate improves to 4.7 percent in March

Consumer spending rises by modest 0.4 percent in March
WASHINGTON -- Consumers, an important force shaping the economic recovery, spent modestly in March, helping the economy log solid growth in the last quarter.

Eurostat says euro-zone inflation jumps in April to 2 percent
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The euro-zone's annual inflation rose to 2 percent in April, exceeding the European Central Bank's target of keeping inflation below 2 percent for the first time this year, a preliminary estimate by the European Union showed Friday.

Fears of price hikes after EU membership spark hoarding
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Salt by the shopping cart. A rush for rice. Pasta by the pallet.

Hephzibah grad signs Titans deal

Hephzibah grad signs Titans deal
Ben Troupe won't be the only local among the incoming rookie crop with the Tennessee Titans this year. Hephzibah's Brandon Lynch signed a free agent contract Monday with the Titans.

NCAA approves academic reforms

Highway bill unfair

Hole left in Georgia

Lots of nerve
When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, the United Nations didn't have the nerve to stand up to him. It took an ad hoc coalition put together by the United States.

Taliaferro's David

Highway bill unfair
Some congressional lawmakers are against the 2004 federal transportation bill because, at nearly $300 billion, it's too expensive; others oppose it because they think it's too cheap.

Taliaferro's David
A Georgia Environmental Protection Division's decision has enabled the Taliaferro County David to slay the mighty Atlanta Goliath. It took awhile, but it finally happened.

Hole left in Georgia
Every now and then a man dies who leaves a huge hole in his community. Fred Davison, University of Georgia president from 1967 to 1986, who succumbed to cancer Wednesday at age 74 in Augusta, was such a man. His passing is a great loss.

People in the News
BURBANK, Calif. -- Ellen DeGeneres swears she's not going to do another standup tour.

Keanu Reeves to get honorary World Stunt Award
LOS ANGELES -- Keanu Reeves will be honored for his work in action movies at the upcoming World Stunt Awards.

Bob Edwards signs off NPR on Friday morning
NEW YORK -- Just shy of 25 years at the microphone, Bob Edwards is signing off Friday as host of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition."

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

Alleged stalker arrested on Britney Spears' father's property
KENTWOOD, La. -- A Canadian man who entered the property of pop star Britney Spears' father was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing and stalking.

Heidi Fleiss sues ex-boyfriend Tom Sizemore
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss has sued ex-boyfriend and actor Tom Sizemore, seeking unspecified damages for domestic violence and property she allegedly lost during their volatile relationship.

Donald Trump proposes to girlfriend
NEW YORK -- There's a new member of Donald Trump's "A-Team." Following Ivana and Marla, model Melania Knauss became engaged this week to the billionaire developer, Trump spokesman Norma Foerderer said Thursday.

Twins get a star on Walk of Fame
Mary-Kate Olsen, left, and her twin sister Ashley Olsen touch their new star after a dedication ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 29, 2004.

Couples rule People's '50 Most Beautiful' list
NEW YORK -- Couples rule People magazine's list of "The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World 2004," with cover girl Jennifer Aniston and her husband, Brad Pitt, among them.

Bob Edwards signs off as host of NPR's 'Morning Edition'
NEW YORK -- Bob Edwards signed off Friday after nearly 25 years as host of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," thanking the "hundreds of people who have done their best to make me sound like I know what I'm talking about."

Michael Jackson indicted pleads not guilty to charges
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- Michael Jackson pleaded not guilty Friday to a grand jury indictment charging him with child molestation and a conspiracy count involving allegations of child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.

Video best
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine:

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Menudo, the popular Puerto Rican teen pop band of the '70s and '80s, is being revived.

Exxon Mobil revenue rises on higher oil prices
DALLAS -- Exxon Mobil Corp.'s first-quarter profits fell 23 percent from a year ago, when the company had a huge gain from the sale of its stake in a German pipeline company. Revenue rose 6 percent on higher oil prices, and the company's profit beat Wall Street expectations.

Volkswagen posts first quarter loss on weak car sales worldwide
BERLIN -- German automaker Volkswagen announced Friday it lost 71 million euros ($84.8 million) in the first quarter, largely because of weak car sales and the strong euro.

Rates on 30-year mortgages climb above 6 percent
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year mortgages climbed above 6 percent this week for the first time in 2004 as more signs of an improving economy triggered concerns about what impact the stronger growth will have on inflation.

Google files its long-awaited IPO plans

Tokyo stocks close sharply lower, dollar up against yen

Stocks drop after latest GDP reading

Level 3 loss widens as revenue falls 28 percent
BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Data carrier Level 3 Communications Inc. Thursday said its loss widened in the first quarter as revenue fell 28 percent from a year ago.

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes

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.

Level 3 loss widens as revenue falls 28 percent

Tokyo stocks close sharply lower, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo's key stock index plunged more than 2 percent Friday on selloffs sparked by concerns that the United States and China - Japan's two biggest export markets - would be tightening monetary policy.

Dow Chemical's earnings increase six-fold in first quarter

DaimlerChrysler's chief keeps job, profits fall 33 percent
BERLIN -- DaimlerChrysler reported a 33 percent drop in first-quarter net profit Thursday, largely because of restructuring costs at its U.S. Chrysler division and troubles with a truck toll project in Germany.

Exxon Mobil revenue rises on higher oil prices

Dow Chemical's earnings increase six-fold in first quarter
MIDLAND, Mich. -- Dow Chemical Co. posted a first-quarter profit Thursday that was six times that of last year, beating Wall Street forecasts.

Money funds fell in latest week

Google files its long-awaited IPO plans
SAN FRANCISCO -- Internet search engine leader Google Inc. filed its long-awaited IPO plans Thursday, setting the stage for the company to make its stock market debut - a move that could still be months away.

Gillette profits up 43 percent on strong sales

DaimlerChrysler's chief keeps job, profits fall 33 percent

Rates on 30-year mortgages climb above 6 percent

Dollar mixed against major rivals
NEW YORK - The dollar slipped against the euro and pound but gained against the yen and Swiss franc Friday as dealers adjusted positions ahead of the weekend and potential market-moving events next week.

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $8.83 billion in the latest week to $859.27 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Tech stocks pull Wall Street sharply lower
NEW YORK -- The plunging technology sector pulled the rest of Wall Street lower Friday, giving the stock market a dismal end to a difficult week and the Nasdaq composite index its biggest weekly decline in 1 1/2 years. Blue chip stocks surrendered moderate gains as fears of higher interest rates again prompted investors to overlook strong earnings - this time from ChevronTexaco Corp. and Procter & Gamble Co.

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes
Investors sold off stocks Thursday as a lower-than-expected gross domestic product figure did little to ease interest rate anxieties.

Dollar mixed against major rivals

Stocks drop after latest GDP reading
NEW YORK -- Stocks tumbled in a late afternoon selloff Thursday after a lower-than-expected gross domestic product figure failed to ease investor fears about interest rates. The Dow Jones industrials fell 70 points, giving it a two-day drop of more than 200, and all three major indexes fell to their lowest levels in more than a month.

Volkswagen posts first quarter loss on weak car sales worldwide

Gillette profits up 43 percent on strong sales
BOSTON -- The Gillette Co. reported a 43 percent increase in first quarter profits, beating analysts' expectations on strong sales of its shaving, battery and oral care products. The company's shares soared nearly 6 percent on the news.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Weather fronts confuse fish and local fishermen

If Martinez man saw the fish, he caught them
"If I was you, I'd show up," professional bass fisherman Craig Johnson told wife, Crystal, his No. 1 supporter, Saturday before the Bass Fishing League tournament weigh-in at Mistletoe State Park on Strom Thurmond Lake.

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

Weather fronts confuse fish and local fishermen
Augusta area weather seems to be on a roller coaster ride, and the low pressure systems have been having an effect on fish and fishermen alike.

If Martinez man saw the fish, he caught them

Fishing tournament news

Rose pruning is neither special nor difficult

When to prune plants and trees
During winter, trees and shrubs are in a sleepy dormant state, but by spring they wake up and bring forth another season of greenery and color. If you want the best-looking flora and fauna on your block, its time to do some pruning.

Rose pruning is neither special nor difficult
Pruning a rose bush need not be complicated. The rose, after all, is just another flowering shrub, albeit one that inspires poets and painters, the formation of societies, and an undue amount of words on "special" pruning needs. Despite the fanfare, a rose responds to pruning as does any other shrub.

Setting good bugs against bad bugs in the garden

When to prune plants and trees

Setting good bugs against bad bugs in the garden
NEW MARKET, Va. -- I have this neighbor, an organic gardener, who is fond of saying there are only two kinds of bugs in the world: the bad kind and the good kind. Bad bugs, she says, feed on garden vegetables. Good bugs don't.

Sixth-inning rally falls short
By the time The Augusta GreenJackets' bats got going, it was too late.

Sorenstam gets mad and back under par at Chick-fil-A

In tune: Song leads at midway point of Chick-fil-A

Fleisher takes two-stroke lead at Bruno's

Golfers find shelter from the stormy weather in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS -- As a steady rain fell, Kent Jones' golf bag stood on a soggy rug by the door of his RV.

In tune: Song leads at midway point of Chick-fil-A
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- On her last day as a 17-year-old, Aree Song hardly played like a teenager.

Golfers find shelter from the stormy weather in New Orleans

Sorenstam gets mad and back under par at Chick-fil-A
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Annika Sorenstam decided it was time to get mad.

Good returns for Tant

Champions Tour more relaxed than PGA
HOOVER, Ala. -- With a relaxed atmosphere and some friendly competition, the Champions Tour stands in sharp contrast to the PGA Tour.

Good returns for Tant
The way Roger Tant played Augusta Municipal Golf Course on Friday, it looked like he'd never left.

Champions Tour more relaxed than PGA

Fleisher takes two-stroke lead at Bruno's
HOOVER, Ala. -- Bruce Fleisher shot an 8-under 64 Friday and held a two-stroke lead over Lonnie Nielsen after the first round of the Bruno's Memorial Classic.

Friday's Golf Capsules
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Aree Song shot a 6-under 66 Friday and shared the lead at the midway point of the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship with Lorie Kane.

Pair of veterans take early lead
NEW ORLEANS - Gene Sauers of Savannah, Ga., and Paul Azinger - who between them have just two victories over the past decade - shared the clubhouse lead in Thursday's rain-delayed first round of the $5.1 million HP Classic.

Sixth-inning rally falls short

GM Waddell agrees to new contract with Thrashers
ATLANTA -- Thrashers general manager Don Waddell will return for a sixth season after agreeing to a new contract Thursday.

Calgary's Nieminen suspended for one game by NHL for charging Joseph

Aebischer matches Nabokov to keep Avs' hopes alive

GM Waddell agrees to new contract with Thrashers

Calgary's Nieminen suspended for one game by NHL for charging Joseph
TORONTO -- Calgary forward Ville Nieminen was suspended for one game by the NHL on Friday for charging Detroit goaltender Curtis Joseph, and will miss Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinal series.

Aebischer matches Nabokov to keep Avs' hopes alive
DENVER -- Evgeni Nabokov has turned away almost everything the Colorado Avalanche have sent at him.

Any interest in our neighbors has become remote
Want a good indication on how America has changed over the past half-century?

Fort's first female commanding general promoted
Army officials announced today that Fort Gordon's first female commanding general was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be promoted to major general.

Golf excursion in Augusta was rough
I invited three of my customers to join me for a round of golf before watching a practice round at the Masters Tournament. The Web site for one particular course in Augusta was nice, so I called to inquire about the layout, condition and fee. Harvey Eden, Concord, N.C.

More vacation pay for Larke?
I personally have no problem with (Richmond County School Superintendent) Charles Larke's vacation pay as long as it was within longstanding school board policy. However, if rumors I hear are true, will that also be included in his retirement? Hoke N. Brantley, Augusta

Golf excursion in Augusta was rough

Abortion amounts to a life lost

Abortion amounts to a life lost
The Augusta Chronicle report concerning faith and politics ("Faith at the polls," April 24) should cause all who read it to ask themselves: Why does the politician I plan to vote for in November state that he or she "personally opposes abortion"? Is it because they believe it causes the death of an unborn human? If so, can this politician rationally not impose their viewpoint on another? Mark Tribby, D.V.M., Augusta

Church reinforces tenets of Catholicism

Loud races hamper fun for others
Michael Kerns' April 25 letter, "Race track is a noisy nuisance," is one of the first I have seen from a resident near the race track in Grovetown in some time. One woman compared the race track noise to the fair at the Columbia County fairgrounds near her, which she enjoys. The weeks of fairs do not compare to the weekly races that run for almost six months a year. Margaret Ann Hogue, Grovetown

Loud races hamper fun for others

Goodwill appreciates area support
More than 8 million Americans are out of work, and their families are facing tough times. At Goodwill Industries, we know that the most effective way to help people is by providing them with the means to earn a paycheck and support their families long-term. James K. Stiff, Macon (Editor's note: The writer is president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA.)

Ex-administrator supports Phil Clarke
I'm writing to support Phil Clarke for Aiken County coroner. During my nine years as county administrator, I was privileged to work with Phil in his position as county coordinator of Emergency Medical Services and as a senior member of the county's Emergency Management Team. Bill Shepherd, Satellite Beach, Fla. (Editor's note: The writer is a former Aiken County administrator.)

More vacation pay for Larke?

Church reinforces tenets of Catholicism
Regarding the Vatican's new edict tightening the rules for Mass: Thank God that the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Rome and in this country is again exerting moral leadership in regard to the expectations of the church's clergy and laity. The Rev. Allan J. McDonald, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is pastor of the Catholic Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta.)

Web site posts drug price comparisons for new discount card

Heart disease huge but underappreciated global problem

Cancer find could help target drug to right patients

Traffic lights seem to slow us down at the very worst of times

Blood pressure campaign to entice with money-back guarantee

U.S. charges four under new law against 'spam' e-mails

China's mini-outbreak of SARS widens

CDC: Gay, bisexual men should get different gonorrhea treatment

China confirms world's first SARS death of the year

Third adult performer in LA tests positive for HIV

Study: penicillin allergy may not recur as often as commonly thought

Study finds exercise staves off cognitive effects of aging

Health and fitness calendar

Fears rise along with 'hot lab' building boom

Lilly to test weight-loss drugs
INDIANAPOLIS -- Eli Lilly and Co. said it plans to begin clinical trials of five weight-loss drugs this year.

Heart disease huge but underappreciated global problem
NEW YORK -- Heart disease is a huge but largely overlooked problem for global health, striking working-age people in developing countries and hampering their economies, a new report concludes.

Study: penicillin allergy may not recur as often as commonly thought
PHILADELPHIA -- A study by University of Pennsylvania researchers casts doubt on the conventional wisdom that most penicillin allergies are forever.

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

Fears rise along with 'hot lab' building boom
SAN FRANCISCO -- From Boston to Livermore, Calif., "hot labs" designed to combat bioterrorism and house the world's deadliest germs are being planned and constructed with a huge cash infusion from the federal government.

U.S. charges four under new law against 'spam' e-mails
WASHINGTON -- Federal authorities say they managed to pierce the murky underworld of Internet spam e-mails, filing the first criminal charges under the government's new "can spam" legislation.

Web site posts drug price comparisons for new discount card
WASHINGTON -- Sponsors of the new Medicare drug discount card on Friday said some prices are wrong on the online prescription price comparison that the Bush administration rolled out a day earlier.

CDC: Gay, bisexual men should get different gonorrhea treatment
ATLANTA -- The government recommended Thursday that doctors switch to a different drug to treat gonorrhea among gay and bisexual men.

China confirms world's first SARS death of the year
BEIJING -- China on Friday confirmed the world's first death from SARS this year as millions of Chinese were screened for symptoms of the contagious disease before boarding trains and planes for the May Day holiday.

Cancer find could help target drug to right patients
WASHINGTON -- In a step toward more tailored cancer therapy, scientists have discovered some lung cancer patients harbor gene mutations that make a new drug dramatically help them - even as it fails most.

Study finds exercise staves off cognitive effects of aging
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Older people who exercise regularly are more likely to maintain brain function used for everyday tasks like following a recipe and keeping the pills they take straight, Ohio State University researchers say.

Panel recommends paper ballot backups for electronic voting machines
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Ten counties with touch-screen voting machines can use them in November - but only if alternative paper ballots are offered in each precinct, a state advisory committee recommended Wednesday.

Traffic lights seem to slow us down at the very worst of times
Trying to determine which regional red light is the longest is trickier than it seems.

Third adult performer in LA tests positive for HIV
LOS ANGELES -- A third adult movie performer tested positive Thursday for the virus that causes AIDS in the midst of an HIV outbreak that has halted most production, according to the director of an AIDS testing service.

Blood pressure campaign to entice with money-back guarantee
WASHINGTON -- Too many people with high blood pressure quit medication because they don't feel bad - even though the disease is silently attacking arteries and organs. Now a drug giant is offering an extra incentive to stick with it: a money-back guarantee.

China's mini-outbreak of SARS widens
BEIJING -- Investigators targeted a southeastern province Thursday in their efforts to determine whether SARS emerged from a Beijing laboratory and made its way into the Chinese heartland, contributing to the latest eruption of the pernicious disease.

Adams gives back funds in paycheck mistake
ATHENS - University of Georgia President Michael Adams had to repay the state for an "unauthorized salary increase'' of $12,000 last year after a state auditor detected the overpayment.

Correction

Officers take aim for meet

Around town

Family, friends mourn 8-year-old at funeral

City homes in on code violations

Across the region
ATLANTA - Georgia State University has suspended a black student organization accused of harassing a member of a fraternity that had played host to a party where two white students appeared in blackface.

Kolb job news is no shock to panel

Architects uncover house's past

Attorney general gets debris removal case
One year after the old Augusta Hotel collapsed on Broad Street, a dispute between the lot's owner and the Environmental Protection Division concerning the removal of the debris, which contains asbestos, is still unsettled.

Life is a juggling act for nontraditional students

Kolb job news is no shock to panel
Augusta commissioners and Mayor Bob Young said Thursday they weren't surprised to hear that City Administrator George Kolb had applied for the city manager's job in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Limehouse prepares for attack
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - When you dream about winning the Kentucky Derby long enough, the vision of the perfect race is clear in your mind.

Rescue Mission increases outreach
Michael Shane Scarborough said that when he lost his job, he was left to wander Hephzibah with virtually nowhere to go.

Official named in plaque case
WINDER, Ga. - A Barrow County commissioner has acknowledged he is the person who hung a Ten Commandments plaque in a courthouse hallway almost two years ago, sparking an ongoing legal challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Man is called a teacher of faith
A lifelong educator in the secular realm, Dr. Fred Davison also contributed to teaching on a more spiritual level, a minister said Thursday.

News you can use
MAY 1, 1984 Augusta Mayor Edward M. McIntyre said Monday night he had made no decision about whether he will resign from office following his conviction on federal charges.

News you can use
APRIL 30, 1994 An Augusta youth charged with murder in the shooting of a former Lakeside High School student will remain in custody pending trial, a Juvenile Court judge ruled Friday.

Obstacles slow farmers' work

Rants and raves
ATTENTION, GROCERY store shoppers. Do you see those lines painted on the asphalt? You're supposed to place your car within those lines, not anywhere where you please. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Remember that.

News you can use

Plans for airport overhaul take step forward
Augusta Regional Airport officials will have to speak now or forever hold their peace about plans for a new terminal.

Budget shortfall may halt projects

Future is open at Augusta Tech
Students moved from cramped to comfortable at Augusta Technical College with Thursday's dedication of the $8.4 million student services and classroom buildings.

Clerk reports threats by chief

Around town
Tiffany Odom, 7, enjoys her treat on Blue Jell-O Day at Jefferson Elementary School in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month. The event is sponsored by Aiken Woman's Club in Bath.

Clerk reports threats by chief
AIKEN - The day after embattled New Ellenton Police Chief Van McMillan called the Aiken County Sheriff's Office to report vandalism at his home, a city clerk told authorities that the chief "violently" threatened the city and the office of Second Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan, records show.

Pickin' the tunes
AIKEN - The only thing more beautiful than the ornate, hand-crafted German fiddle that the Rev. Olin Sizemore holds in his hands is the cascade of notes he evokes with short jabs of a bow rushing over the steel strings.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Taylore A. Baker, 4, of Grovetown.

Once-soggy area may face drought
After a wet year in 2003, spring's been incredibly dry for Augusta.

Service group is given check
A small idea that grew into the area's largest food drive was awarded more than $10,000 Friday as one of 10 nationwide winners for Make A Difference Day.

City homes in on code violations
Tice Brashear says that for more than 15 years he had asked Augusta officials to force a cleanup at an abandoned, dilapidated building that abuts his realty company on Broad Street.

Man is denied bond in slaying
Bond was denied Friday for an Augusta man accused of fatally shooting a childhood friend after an argument over a woman.

Two Democrats qualify to challenge Burns
ATLANTA - Two Savannah residents Thursday officially added their names to the list of Democrats trying to oust incumbent U.S. Rep. Max Burns, R-Sylvania.

Around town
Ian McClelland (left), 8, and Josh VanDrun, 9, both third-grade pupils at Westminster Christian Academy, plug their ears as a horn sounds aboard the Henry Cumming on the Augusta Canal.

Big sting nets 2 drug arrests
Richmond County sheriff's investigators arrested two men in what they said was the largest marijuana bust in more than a decade, officials said Thursday.

Female general gets promotion
After almost a year of waiting, it's official: Brig. Gen. Janet Hicks will get a second star on her collar.

Second Circuit judge is sworn in
BAMBERG - Before an audience that included two state supreme court justices, four federal judges and eight state judges, Doyet Arnold "Jack" Early was sworn in Thursday as the newest judge for the 2nd Judicial Circuit.

Three charged with burglary

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A fight over how to pay for lawyers for poor people was resolved Thursday, meaning a looming special session of the Legislature should wrap up without much debate.

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A 250-year-old canoe that might have been dug out of a single log by Cherokees or early European settlers will be preserved after it was found in the Chattooga River in Oconee County.

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Across the area
A Warrenville woman told North Augusta Department of Public Safety officers that someone took $1,000 in cash from her.

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Catch of the day
Firefighters responded at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday to the Fish & More restaurant on Wheeler Road. Battalion Chief Ivan Bolgla, of the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department, said grease in a fryer caught on fire. No one was injured, and there was no major damage, he said.

Female general gets promotion

Police chief reports acts of harassment
AIKEN - New Ellenton's black police chief, who has been on paid leave since Feb. 6 for allegations of misconduct, says he has been repeatedly harassed at his home and was forced to call police after someone smashed the windshield of his car.

Brown's arrest delays statue's raising

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Angelikia Mellynette Wilson, 10, Hephzibah.

Man is denied bond in slaying

Attorney general gets debris removal case

Across the area

Once-soggy area may face drought

Obstacles slow farmers' work
DENMARK, S.C. - Down a gravel road about 3 miles south of this Bamberg County town, the earth is being tilled into long, straight rows at Still Water Farms.

Rescue Mission increases outreach

Lawyer will vie for District 3
A third candidate qualified for the District 3 seat on the Augusta Commission on Friday, the last day of qualifying for the July 20 general primary, nonpartisan and special elections.

Big sting nets 2 drug arrests

Across the area
Final jury selection in a man's death penalty trial is set to begin Monday morning in Richmond County Superior Court.

News you can use

Family, friends mourn 8-year-old at funeral
VILLA RICA, Ga. - The Rev. Marc Curlee said he "felt helpless" as he attempted to find words to comfort the family of Amy Yates.

Pickin' the tunes

Life is a juggling act for nontraditional students
Christie Duff stands out in a world of fresh-faced 20-year-olds.

Across the area

Budget shortfall may halt projects
AIKEN - Work on an unspecified number of projects at the Savannah River Site could be temporarily stopped if officials don't fill a $51 million budget shortfall, a spokesman said Friday.

Fort's first female commanding general promoted

Architects uncover house's past
ATHENS, Ga. - The T.R.R. Cobb House is getting ready to go through its third incarnation - returning to Athens and to the Greek Revival style it took more than 150 years ago.

Police chief reports acts of harassment

Democrat Oxford joins Senate race
ATLANTA - Self-made millionaire and south Georgia native William Cliff Oxford made a last-minute entry Friday into the already crowded race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Zell Miller.

Rants and raves
ATTENTION, GROCERY store shoppers. Do you see those lines painted on the asphalt? You're supposed to place your car within those lines, not anywhere where you please. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Remember that.

Correction
A story in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about highway surveillance misidentified the employer of Vernon Collins. He works for Augusta Delivery Service.

Second Circuit judge is sworn in

Three charged with burglary
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested three men who have or once had connections to oil change businesses in Augusta, officials said Friday.

Catch of the day

Brown's arrest delays statue's raising
There's at least one present James Brown won't receive this year for his birthday - a statue in his honor in downtown Augusta.

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Across the region

Officers take aim for meet
AIKEN - Despite being separated by a vast ocean, security officers who guard nuclear sites in the United States and the United Kingdom share the sense that the world of law enforcement has been transformed since Sept. 11, 2001.

Horse sense is needed at Derby
Perhaps it was the pre-dawn search for Barn 42 or the unfamiliar mammals who inhabit it.

At the Movies: 'Godsend'

At the Movies: 'Envy'

At the Movies: 'Mean Girls'
"Mean Girls" means to be an updated version of the best teen comedies of the 1980s, like "Heathers" and "Sixteen Candles."

At the Movies: 'Envy'
"Envy" sets out to test the comedic limits of flan. But just how funny is custard baked with a caramel glaze?

At the Movies: 'Mean Girls'

At the Movies: 'Godsend'
"Godsend" is so creepy, so scary, so moody - then collapses in a series of laughable cliches in the final reel.

Spielberg film "The Terminal" to open this year's Venice Film Festival
VENICE, Italy -- Steven Spielberg's "The Terminal," starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones, will open this year's Venice Film Festival.

Spielberg film "The Terminal" to open this year's Venice Film Festival

At the Movies: 'Laws of Attraction'
"Laws of Attraction" does everything "Intolerable Cruelty" tried to do, and then some.

At the Movies: 'Laws of Attraction'

Celia Cruz, Ricky Martin and Juanes lead Latin Billboard winners
MIAMI -- Nearly a year after her death, Celia Cruz's music is still winning awards and moving hips.

Last minute Philharmonic sub is driven by music, limo
NEW YORK -- He was late for his piano recital at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but Louis Lortie had a good excuse. He just performed at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, filling in at the last minute for an ailing superstar.

Technology allows immediate live-concert downloads

Young artists take the spotlight at Dove Awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A new wave of Christian artists dominated the 34th annual Gospel Music Association Awards, with MercyMe, Switchfoot, Stacie Orrico and Jeremy Camp among the big winners Wednesday night.

Technology allows immediate live-concert downloads
NEW YORK -- There was the 78, the 45 and then the MP3 - all heralded as great innovations in music recording technology. Fast forward a bit and now, minutes after your favorite band sounds its last note, you can load a live recording onto a cigarette-lighter-sized hard drive hanging off your keychain.

Rapper Rakim arrested on 2001 paternity warrant, pays $2,000
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- Rapper Rakim was arrested on a 2001 warrant by deputies from the Suffolk County sheriff's department minutes before he was scheduled to perform at a Manhattan concert hall, a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

Last minute Philharmonic sub is driven by music, limo

Young artists take the spotlight at Dove Awards

Christina Aguilera calls off tour due to strained vocal cords
NEW YORK -- Christina Aguilera has canceled her North American tour, set to begin in May, because she has strained her vocal cords.

Christina Aguilera calls off tour due to strained vocal cords

Three drivers crash during Indy 500 testing
INDIANAPOLIS -- Three drivers crashed Thursday on the second day of open testing for next month's Indianapolis 500.

Leffler wins Busch pole

Leffler wins Busch pole
FONTANA, Calif. -- Jason Leffler won his first Busch Series pole in nearly four years Friday, taking the top qualifying spot for the NASCAR Busch Series race at California Speedway.

Three drivers crash during Indy 500 testing

Elson apologizes for calling Garnett gay
DENVER -- Denver Nuggets rookie center Francisco Elson apologized Thursday for calling Kevin Garnett "gay" after the Timberwolves' star hit him in the groin during a game.

Anthony out for Game 5 against Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -- Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony missed Friday night's playoff game against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a sprained left knee.

Mavs, Cuban could have a volatile offseason
DALLAS -- Considering the bold moves Mark Cuban made after the Dallas Mavericks reached the conference finals last year, there's no telling what he might do after a first-round elimination this season.

Former NBA star Jayson Williams acquitted of manslaughter, convicted of tampering
SOMERVILLE, N.J. -- Former NBA star Jayson Williams was acquitted of manslaughter Friday in the shotgun slaying of a limousine driver at his mansion, but found guilty of trying to cover up the shooting.

Kings solve problems, get lucky to advance to second round

Lakers-Spurs familiarity breeds playoff rivalry
SAN ANTONIO -- It has become an annual drama - the Los Angeles Lakers against the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs.

Mavs, Cuban could have a volatile offseason

Heat-Hornets series now best-of-3
MIAMI -- The Miami Heat's vast arena has been half empty at times this season, creating a library-like atmosphere that would provide a home-court advantage only if opponents were lulled to sleep.

Nets have forgotten about '03 sweep of Pistons
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As soon as the conversation shifted to the New Jersey Nets' sweep of the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference final last year, Lawrence Frank cut it short.

Anthony still unsure if he'll play in Game 5
DENVER -- Denver Nuggets star rookie Carmelo Anthony tested his sprained left knee with a light workout Thursday, though he's still not sure if he'll be ready for Game 5 against Minnesota.

Former NBA star Jayson Williams acquitted of manslaughter, convicted of tampering

Nets have forgotten about '03 sweep of Pistons

Anthony out for Game 5 against Minnesota

Lakers-Spurs familiarity breeds playoff rivalry

Heat-Hornets series now best-of-3

Celtics hire Doc Rivers as coach
BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics coaching job was only open a few hours when Danny Ainge decided that Doc Rivers was the guy he wanted.

Kings solve problems, get lucky to advance to second round
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- If it is defense that wins championships, the Sacramento Kings probably shouldn't block off a parade route past the California state Capitol just yet.

Celtics hire Doc Rivers as coach

Elson apologizes for calling Garnett gay

Anthony still unsure if he'll play in Game 5

NCAA approves academic reforms
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA approved a sweeping package of academic reforms Thursday that will penalize schools starting in 2006 if athletes perform too poorly in the classroom.

Strahan has concerns about Giants next season

Tillman promoted posthumously by Army

Bengals claim Kittner off waivers

There's a lot to absorb on first day for new safety

Mora proud of new class

Panthers return to field for first time since Super Bowl loss

Officials insist Muhammad is staying with team

Jaguars backup quarterback diagnosed with Crohn's disease

Jets CB Barrett to fly with commissioner to Tillman's funeral

Dallas' Fair Park is Cowboys' first choice for new stadium

Rookies get crash course on first day of minicamp

Manning looking to improve on MVP numbers

Owens Practices with Eagles for First Time

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Some Greeks fanning Olympic flame of dissent

Athens tries to clean up its act
ATHENS, Greece -- Preparing Athens' sports venues for the Olympics is hard enough. Keeping the city clean is another test.

Some Greeks fanning Olympic flame of dissent
ATHENS, Greece -- There are some holes in the welcome mat for the Olympic homecoming.

Mayor appeals to foreigners to visit Greece during Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- The mayor of Athens urged foreign visitors Thursday to attend the Olympics and not give in to fears of terrorism.

Athens tries to clean up its act

Greek union leader warns of trouble over Olympic holiday ban
ATHENS, Greece -- The surveillance cameras, massive policing and traffic restrictions for the Olympics were greeted with a grumble. But government plans to limit the Greek summer holiday are something else.

Kobe Bryant unlikely to play in Olympic Games
LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant acknowledged Friday that his legal problems will probably prevent him from playing in this summer's Olympic Games.

Greek union leader warns of trouble over Olympic holiday ban

Being an opinionated writer has been a challenge recently
Maybe it's the phase of the moon or maybe some star is out of whack in the cosmos, but I sure am getting fussed at these days. Even my good deeds don't go unpunished. I thought I was being extremely magnanimous when I said recently that Georgia Tech had a great basketball season and has a quality coach.

Being an opinionated writer has been a challenge recently
Maybe it's the phase of the moon or maybe some star is out of whack in the cosmos, but I sure am getting fussed at these days. Even my good deeds don't go unpunished. I thought I was being extremely magnanimous when I said recently that Georgia Tech had a great basketball season and has a quality coach.

Kentucky Derby is also a food festival

Ashado strides to victory in 130th Kentucky Oaks

Derby jockeys win right to wear advertising

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Will long layoff translate to big Derby payoff?

On the right track

Maradona plays golf a day after leaving hospital

Tyson heading to gym for planned July 31 comeback fight

Players of the week

Barrett's spree lifts Lady Irish

Kentucky Derby will be Baffertless

Pro Prado has final workout for Derby

Tapit: Have sod, will travel

Court patches rift between state, jockeys

The Kentucky Derby: This space for sale
Jockeys should be free to wear all the ads they want.

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USC Aiken has made an addition to its baseball schedule this year. The Pacers will play No. 16 Catawba at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

Court patches rift between state, jockeys
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky Derby jockeys won the right to wear advertising patches for the first time in what could become a financial bonanza.

Pro Prado has final workout for Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Pro Prado was the only Kentucky Derby horse to work out Thursday morning at Churchill Downs.

Barrett's spree lifts Lady Irish
The floodgates opened at approximately 3:27 on Thursday afternoon at Aquinas High School.

On the right track
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Cot Campbell knows firsthand that if you give a horse a try, anything can happen.

Maradona plays golf a day after leaving hospital
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Diego Maradona played golf on a secluded country estate Friday, a day after ending a 12-day hospital stay for heart and lung problems.

Santos' reputation is no laughing matter
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - No matter how unjust it is, Jose Santos still hears about it from time to time.

Players of the week
This week's players of the week are Cody McElhaney of Midland Valley and Caroline Barrett of Aquinas.

Ashado strides to victory in 130th Kentucky Oaks
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ashado caught pacesetter Madcap Escapade in the final furlong and held off Island Sand to win Friday's $572,000, Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, the precursor to the Kentucky Derby for 3-year-old fillies.

Aquinas tunes up Darlington
The attitude of Aquinas junior defender Adam Ribock resonated through his team's 5-1 first-round Class AA/A state home playoff victory.

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With two recent Division II signings, Glenn Hills has three Lady Spartans playing college basketball next season.

Derby jockeys win right to wear advertising
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jockeys can wear advertising patches during the Kentucky Derby, a judge ruled Thursday.

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

Derby a wide-open affair
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Hall of Fame candidate trainer Nick Zito believes this might be the "best betting" Kentucky Derby ever, with no clear-cut favorite in a wide-open field.

Kentucky Derby will be Baffertless
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The most recognizable mane in thoroughbred racing won't be in the winner's circle at the Kentucky Derby.

Will long layoff translate to big Derby payoff?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Friends Lake won the Florida Derby seven weeks ago, and he hasn't run a race since. Neither has Read the Footnotes, who finished fourth there.

Kentucky Derby is also a food festival
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Kentucky Derby isn't just about watching horses. Eating and drinking are a big part of the festivities.

Tyson heading to gym for planned July 31 comeback fight
Mike Tyson has a date, a trainer and an opponent of sorts for his first fight in more than a year. Unlike his last comeback, he also has a wide-open heavyweight division in front of him.

Tapit: Have sod, will travel
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It's no wonder Churchill Downs feels like home to Tapit.

Owens Practices with Eagles for First Time
PHILADELPHIA -- Terrell Owens already has bucked one of Andy Reid's rules.

Panthers return to field for first time since Super Bowl loss
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers return to the field Friday for the first time since their last-second loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Bengals claim Kittner off waivers
CINCINNATI -- The Bengals claimed Kurt Kittner off waivers from the Atlanta Falcons on Friday, bringing in another candidate for the third quarterback job.

Rookies get crash course on first day of minicamp
ASHBURN, Va. -- It's minicamp time, and the rookies' heads are swimming.

There's a lot to absorb on first day for new safety
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Michael Boulware had plenty to digest on his first day in pro football.

Manning looking to improve on MVP numbers
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Peyton Manning picked up an MVP award, two playoff victories and a $98 million contract after having the best season of his NFL career.

Jaguars backup quarterback diagnosed with Crohn's disease
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Doctors have diagnosed Jaguars quarterback David Garrard with Crohn's disease, an intestinal ailment that sent him to the hospital last week and left him sidelined Friday for the start of the team's minicamp.

Jets CB Barrett to fly with commissioner to Tillman's funeral
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Jets cornerback David Barrett will travel with NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and several other league officials to the funeral of former teammate Pat Tillman.

Dallas' Fair Park is Cowboys' first choice for new stadium
DALLAS -- The Dallas Cowboys proposed Friday to build a $650 million stadium at the home of the Texas State Fair with a plan that includes $425 million in public funding.

Mora proud of new class
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Coach Jim Mora says it's no accident the Atlanta Falcons' class of draft picks seems mature.

Strahan has concerns about Giants next season
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- All-Pro defensive end Michael Strahan has concerns about the future of the New York Giants after the team's decision to waive Kerry Collins and make Eli Manning the starting quarterback.

Tillman promoted posthumously by Army
PHOENIX -- Pat Tillman was promoted posthumously from specialist to corporal after the former NFL player was killed while serving as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan.

Officials insist Muhammad is staying with team
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers say Muhsin Muhammad isn't going anywhere.

Pope tells U.S. bishops of need for holiness, humble lifestyles
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II told American churchmen Thursday that bishops must strive for personal holiness and a lifestyle imitating "the poverty of Christ."

Speaker to share story of struggle
Ruth Bell Graham's first lessons in forgiveness came quickly with the give-and-take of growing up in a family. But the years brought deeper hurts, and with them deeper, more costly lessons.

Publishers work to lure turned-off youths to the Bible
For many of today's teens, the Bible, human history's most important book, is so "yesterday." Ignorance abounds, and worsens with each generation.

Summer expedition planned to try to prove existence of Noah's Ark
WASHINGTON -- An expedition is being planned for this summer to the upper reaches of Turkey's Mount Ararat where organizers hope to prove an object nestled amid the snow and ice is Noah's Ark.

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.

Prayer can bring us closer to God
When the Apostle Paul wrote, "To this end we always pray for you ..." (2 Thessalonians 1:11), he expressed a firm belief that we should pray for one another, especially those undergoing trying times, and that our prayers make a difference.

God and games mix in youth ministry
TULSA, Okla. -- It's Wednesday night, and the hottest teen hangout around is packed and throbbing with what seems an unholy beat.

Music, seminars offered in Augusta
The Christian rock band Resurrection was a sort of beachhead in the culture wars when it was started in the early 1970s.

Area cities plan breakfast events to mark National Day of Prayer
Under the banner Let Freedom Ring, based on Leviticus 25:10, local believers will join millions of others across the country Thursday in a variety of ways to seek blessings for the country for the National Day of Prayer.

Religion News in Brief
CONCORD, N.H. -- Conservatives in the diocese led by the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop have left to form a breakaway parish.

Horse sense is needed at Derby

Dean talks to executives about television talk show
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean is talking to television producers about hosting a talk show.

'Nightline' reads toll of war dead - tribute or propaganda?
NEW YORK -- "Nightline" is calling Friday's program a simple tribute. Others call it anti-war propaganda. And one TV-station group is pre-empting it.

Walters says adoption special promotion was overly zealous

Rankings for basic cable networks

'Nightline' reads toll of war dead - tribute or propaganda?

'Queer As Folk' back with marriage in mind
LOS ANGELES -- Producers Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman figure they have bragging rights when it comes to putting the "queer" into television.

'American Idol' judges say Stevens' ouster more appropriate
LOS ANGELES -- Teenage crooner John Stevens has been bounced from "American Idol," leaving five finalists in Fox TV's talent competition.

'Sesame Street' comes to Afghanistan

Ali Wentworth, Jack Ford talk show canceled
LOS ANGELES -- Turns out the syndicated talk show "Living It Up! with Ali & Jack" will have a short life span.

Ali Wentworth, Jack Ford talk show canceled

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of April 19-25. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

'Queer As Folk' back with marriage in mind

Walters says adoption special promotion was overly zealous
NEW YORK -- Barbara Walters says ABC News was "overly zealous" in its promotion of this week's "20/20" that involves five couples interviewed as potential adoptive parents.

'Sesame Street' comes to Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The famous puppets of "Sesame Street" will help Afghanistan's children overcome their country's traumatic past, starring in videos to be shown in schools recovering from Taliban rule and decades of war.

Bob Edwards signs off as host of NPR's 'Morning Edition'

Donald Trump proposes to girlfriend

Michael Jackson indicted pleads not guilty to charges

People in the News

Couples rule People's '50 Most Beautiful' list

The top five list

Heidi Fleiss sues ex-boyfriend Tom Sizemore

People in the News

Alleged stalker arrested on Britney Spears' father's property

Video best

Japanese airline pilot nods off in air - in front of inspector

Odds and Ends

Diver adrift five hours after boat crew forgets him off Catalina

Odds and Ends

Music, seminars offered in Augusta

Faith calendar

God and games mix in youth ministry

Religion News in Brief

Speaker to share story of struggle

Publishers work to lure turned-off youths to the Bible