New biography seeks to raise reputation of Alexander Hamilton

Coffee-table titles led by big book about a big boat
A big new book about a big new boat has dropped anchor in bookstores.

Books can help let Mom know she's loved
Most people will tell you they love their mother, but oftentimes they forget to mention it to mom.

'Dangerous Liaisons' at the Metropolitan

Author preaches punctuation

Exhibit traces de Kooning's stylistic transformation

Writer lays rumors to rest in book on Brontes
Something is rotten in the state of literary criticism, says scholar Lucasta Miller in The Bronte Myth, her refreshingly honest book about her own field.

Exhibition shows centuries of Indian history

Arts calendar
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Exhibit traces de Kooning's stylistic transformation
NEW YORK -- The broad pastel strokes of Willem de Kooning's later works convey a vibrancy and vitality typical of an artist in the prime of his career.

Books can help let Mom know she's loved

Exhibition shows centuries of Indian history
PASADENA, Calif. -- For more than half a century, Ramesh Kapoor's family collected Indian art - colorful, intricately detailed and magical paintings - and turned what had been a hobby into a means of survival.

Alice Randall's new book addresses universal truths

'Raisin in the Sun' star to sing at Carnegie Hall
NEW YORK -- Audra McDonald may be co-starring in the Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun," but the three-time Tony Award winner will be taking a few days off from the Lorraine Hansberry drama in June to sing at Carnegie Hall's new performance space.

Alice Randall's new book addresses universal truths
If novelist Alice Randall stirred up trouble with her controversial parody, "The Wind Done Gone," she kicks up dirt with her second novel, which challenges stereotypes about race, beauty and motherhood, and explores the taboo subject of interracial relationships.

Boston arts center displays works inspired by obsession and compulsion
BOSTON -- A Boston artist has dedicated a museum exhibit to the type of behavior that causes some to separate their M&Ms into colors, pop bubble wrap until there is no more plastic to crush and focus all their attention on the most minute detail out of pure obsession.

Author preaches punctuation
If someone were to tell you there was a popular book on the subject of punctuation, you'd probably use all the marks in response: What! On punctuation? Hmmmmm ... It's hard to believe; on the other hand, maybe not.

The Living Theatre gets a new home and a documentary film
NEW YORK -- The Living Theatre, the legendary troupe founded by Julian Beck and Judith Malina, is getting a new home off-Broadway.

'Birth of Venus' an enchanting novel of Renaissance Florence

The Living Theatre gets a new home and a documentary film

New biography seeks to raise reputation of Alexander Hamilton
NEW YORK -- Dressed in shawls and widow's black, Eliza Hamilton would guide visitors through her house in Washington, D.C., serving the memory of her husband, Alexander Hamilton, who had died decades earlier in his duel with Aaron Burr.

'Raisin in the Sun' star to sing at Carnegie Hall

'Birth of Venus' an enchanting novel of Renaissance Florence
"The Birth of Venus" is Sarah Dunant's alluring novel about a rebellious and strong-willed girl who eventually finds what she has been seeking - the freedom to paint - in an unlikely place.

'Dangerous Liaisons' at the Metropolitan
NEW YORK -- The only thing more remarkable than the opulence, workmanship and beauty of 18th century French fashion and furniture is their seductiveness.

Writer lays rumors to rest in book on Brontes

Boston arts center displays works inspired by obsession and compulsion

Best sellers

Coffee-table titles led by big book about a big boat

Best sellers
Here is a list of this week's best sellers.

Giants' Pierzynski answers critics in victory
SAN FRANCISCO -- A.J. Pierzynski has been booed by the Giants faithful and ripped by three pitchers he works with every day.

Jaguars' losses put postseason in limbo
Somber faces stared into open spaces as shadows fell upon Jaguar Field late Saturday afternoon.

Jaguars' losses put postseason in limbo

Henderson re-signs with Newark Bears
NEWARK, N.J. -- Rickey Henderson is back in baseball.

Giants' Pierzynski answers critics in victory

Life lessons were learned long before 'free' ski trip

State parole officials find 59 misplaced inmate files
ATLANTA -- Eighteen state prison inmates have been paroled after it was discovered that their files and those of dozens of others languished in the office of a Board of Pardons and Paroles official - in some cases for years.

Former big leaguer stuck in minor league bathroom
The wait for the bathroom never was supposed to be this long.

Fraternity blows up cannon into apartments
COLUMBIA, Mo. Members of the Kappa Alpha fraternity tried to load an antique cannon on their front lawn with fireworks, but destroyed the cannon and blew out the window of an second floor apartment across the street.

Atlanta offense gets split

Atlanta offense gets split
DENVER -- The clutch hits that eluded the Atlanta Braves in the first game of their doubleheader against Colorado were plentiful in Game 2.

Braves commit 7 errors in loss

Braves commit 7 errors in loss
DENVER -- Luis Gonzalez hit a three-run homer and the Colorado Rockies took advantage of seven errors by the Atlanta Braves - including four by third baseman Mark DeRosa - in a 13-4 win Sunday.

Badcock celebrates centennial of furniture sales

Pocket change
Employee Spotlight: Winn-Dixie

Owners need to plan for vacations - for them and their kids

Focus is key attribute of successful companies

Focus is key attribute of successful companies
There are several books on the market that list the successful attributes of certain types of people. These books suggest that if you know why a group of people is successful at something, it will help you to become successful. I have always thought this is a logical approach.

Badcock celebrates centennial of furniture sales
MULBERRY, Fla. -- Furniture mogul Wogie Badcock's wood-paneled office is lined with mounted game trophies in a style some might liken to a gentleman's hunting lodge.

Economists predict rise in interest rates for this year

Ameritrade aims for long-term investors
OMAHA, Neb. -- Gone are the television ads featuring Stuart, a frenetic, spike-haired hipster counseling his staid boss about how to buy stocks over the Internet.

Owners need to plan for vacations - for them and their kids
NEW YORK -- With summer not far off, small business owners should be thinking about vacations - for themselves and their children.

Wal-Mart employs campaign-style tactics to promote its expansion
LOS ANGELES -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has gotten more headlines lately for aggressive electioneering rather than discount retailing.

Economists predict rise in interest rates for this year
Prices for a growing list of goods and services from foodstuffs to clothes to hotel stays are going up each day. Raw materials and basic ingredients, such as scrap metal used in steel and soybeans found in pet food and Pop-Tarts, also are becoming more expensive.

Database honcho: info shield should protect society
NEW YORK -- Derek V. Smith sees bad people lurking everywhere: terrorists, sexual predators, quack doctors, identity thieves. And yet Smith colors himself an optimist, insisting that society can protect itself from such dicey characters, using information as a shield.

Company sees demand for wood floors
Greg Hunnicutt and Charles Marks have worked together so long, they're starting to sound like a married couple.

New factory, revamped historic Rouge site part of Ford revival

Property transfers

Wal-Mart employs campaign-style tactics to promote its expansion

Clean technology firms attracting venture dollar

Database honcho: info shield should protect society

On the move

Q&A with ChoicePoint boss Derek Smith

Department stores make a tentative comeback
NEW YORK -- That stylish atmosphere that once defined America's department stores is making a comeback.

For one older student, retraining was tough and transformative

Clean technology firms attracting venture dollar
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Martin Roscheisen, the CEO of Nanosolar Inc., holds up a plastic vial filled with dark, purple liquid - the secret ingredient behind a new kind of technology startup that's turning heads in Silicon Valley.

Ameritrade aims for long-term investors

Property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for April 6-14. The date indicates when the transaction was recorded in the clerk's office:

Community colleges asked to retrain workers among other tasks
HOLYOKE, Mass. -- Richard Messier worked 25 years on an assembly line, fabricating steel and making air compressors. When foreign competition took his job 15 months ago, he knew those industries weren't coming back.

On the move
l Corey Myers has been named the manager of the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Deans Bridge Road, replacing Travis Bailey, who was promoted to a field training position. Mr. Myers, who started with the company as a cart pusher in 1993 while serving in the Navy in Savannah, Ga., was previously store manager of the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Americus, Ga. Mr. Myers earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Savannah State University.

New factory, revamped historic Rouge site part of Ford revival
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Ford Motor Co.'s $2 billion revival of the sprawling River Rouge complex - a risky endeavor while the company battled financial problems - has transformed a gritty piece of American history into a modern model of environmental responsibility and manufacturing flexibility.

Department stores make a tentative comeback

For one older student, retraining was tough and transformative
HOLYOKE, Mass. -- When Donald Vitkus went back to school, there was no first-day spring in his step, no looking forward to new friends and new ideas. There was dread at the prospect of studying again, and of being thrown in a classroom with students one-third his age.

Company sees demand for wood floors

Community colleges asked to retrain workers among other tasks

Q&A with ChoicePoint boss Derek Smith
ChoicePoint Inc. chairman Derek Smith hopes to prompt debate about the balance of security and liberty in America. Here are highlights of an interview he gave to The Associated Press.

Pocket change

Chairman objects to Craig's switch

Chairman objects to Craig's switch
The political season - and the fireworks - began in earnest last week with qualifying for the July elections.

Price attorney seeks to remove Witt from lawsuit
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Former Alabama football coach Mike Price has decided to dismiss university President Robert Witt from a lawsuit over his firing in May 2003.

Jaguars start searching for coach

Not a day too soon

Midland Valley merge

Iraq War memorial?

Augusta Tech's growth

Iraq War memorial?
Ted Koppel's motivations may be upstanding. But given the knee-jerk liberalism of so many traditional news media outlets, you have to wonder exactly what the point is of having used his Nightline program Friday night to read a list of the 500-plus U.S. war dead in Iraq.

Midland Valley merge
Aiken County's nine-mile stretch of rural Midland Valley communities between the city of Aiken and North Augusta are considering a merger. It could happen this year if Warrenville resident Sharon Gagnon has her way.

Beginning of the end?
Is it a coincidence? A mere statistical quirk? A cyclical irrelevancy? An ominous lull?

Augusta Tech's growth
Augusta State University and Paine College do a great job of educating young people and are huge assets to our community. Yet the fastest growing institution of higher learning in our area is neither Paine nor ASU. It's Augusta Technical College.

Kolb deserves better

Not a day too soon
How much of a sacrifice did the World War II generation make for mankind?

Kolb deserves better
That Augusta Administrator George Kolb is looking for a new job is about as surprising as the sun rising in the east. The wonder is he hasn't looked sooner.

Q&A: Bob Weir on the Grateful Dead
LOS ANGELES -- It's been more than 40 years since a fateful New Year's Eve encounter connected Bob Weir with Jerry Garcia and started a rock band, the Grateful Dead, that would become the eternal poster child for 1960s psychedelic music.

Disney strengthened by Comcast withdrawal
LOS ANGELES -- The withdrawal of Comcast Corp.'s bid to take over The Walt Disney Co. removes a major distraction for the media giant and strengthens the position of chief executive Michael Eisner, analysts say.

How much was the fraud at MCI?
NEW YORK -- No one can blame MCI for being eager to change the subject after a wrenching 21-month trip through scandal and bankruptcy.

Disney strengthened by Comcast withdrawal

Impressive first-quarter results fail to inspire Wall Street
NEW YORK -- With first-quarter earnings roughly 23 percent higher than they were a year ago, you'd think Wall Street would be on fire.

Survey shows investors not concerned about fund scandal
Survey shows investors aren't very knowledgeable or concerned about fund scandal

Consumers should heed warning signs of debt overload
NEW YORK -- You're fighting with your spouse over money. Or you're waking up at night worrying about the bills. Or you're taking cash advances on one credit card to pay the minimum due on another.

Consumers should heed warning signs of debt overload

Do I redeem airline miles or just buy the ticket?
Q: I have a fair amount of frequent flier miles I save for emergencies or expensive trips to remote or obscure locales. For more mundane trips, how do I determine whether it's wiser to cash in some miles or to just buy the ticket?

How much was the fraud at MCI?

Survey shows investors not concerned about fund scandal

Eagles shut out Georgia State
ATLANTA -- Pitcher Everett Teaford led Georgia Southern to its second-straight shutout as the Eagles defeated Georgia State 11-0 on Sunday.

Georgia Tech sweeps N.C. State
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Clifton Remole and Steven Blackwood each drove in three runs Sunday to help Georgia Tech sweep a doubleheader with North Carolina State.

Georgia Tech sweeps N.C. State

Weather disrupts schedule again
For the second time in three days, bad weather got in the way of a GreenJackets game at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Late errors cost GreenJackets
GreenJackets fans saw another quality start by an Augusta pitcher go to waste Saturday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Longtime Sprockets worker falls victim to offplaneting

Havret and McDowell lead Italian Open
MILAN, Italy -- Gregory Havret and Graeme McDowell shared the lead at 18 under at the Italian Open on Sunday when final-round play was suspended because of darkness.

Hossack tops '03 champ

Fleisher coasts to Bruno's victory
HOOVER, Ala. -- Bruce Fleisher shot a 4-under 68 Sunday and coasted to a seven-stroke victory at the Bruno's Memorial Classic, the largest winning margin in tournament history.

Mickelson two back heading into final round

Rosales gets first win on LPGA Tour

Bad weather once again halts play at HP Classic
NEW ORLEANS -- On Saturday, Danny Ellis did something he'd never done before: take a lead in a PGA Tour event.

Golf capsules

Tant ends drought with senior victory
Roger Tant didn't mind playing four matches in two days, or waiting out a 1-hour rain and lightning delay Sunday, before winning the senior division of the City of Augusta Match Play Championship.

Hossack tops '03 champ
Chip Whitaker was hoping to breeze through his first-round match in the City of Augusta Match Play Championship on Saturday and conserve his energy for the quarterfinals later in the day.

Easley enjoys format

Imada wins in five-hole playoff
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. -- Ryuji Imada won his second Nationwide tour title Sunday, outlasting Paul Gow in a five-hole playoff at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.

Rosales gets first win on LPGA Tour
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Jennifer Rosales shot a 7-under-par 65 for her first LPGA Tour victory Sunday, overcoming Annika Sorenstam, Grace Park and other more acclaimed players to win the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship.

Tant ends drought with senior victory

Easley enjoys format
AIKEN - The Southern Cross golf tournament's unusual format played right into the hands of Easley High, which roared to a one-sided victory Saturday at Palmetto Golf Club.

Havret and McDowell lead Italian Open

Golf capsules
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Aree Song celebrated her 18th birthday by hanging on to the lead.

Imada wins in five-hole playoff

Gangjee of India wins China Masters in playoff
BEIJING -- Rahil Gangjee of India made par on the first playoff hole against South Korea's Mo Joong-kyung Sunday to claim the inaugural China Masters.

Mickelson two back heading into final round
NEW ORLEANS -- Playing in his first tournament since winning the Masters, Phil Mickelson moved into position to make it two in a row on Sunday at the HP Classic.

Late errors cost GreenJackets

Weather disrupts schedule again

Injured minor leaguer watches playoff hockey game

Calgary takes lead in playoff series
DETROIT -- When Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff made the final save of his shutout against the Detroit Red Wings, he held the puck above his head as the game-ending blue light went on behind him.

Flyers dominate Maple Leafs

Calgary takes lead in playoff series

Injured minor leaguer watches playoff hockey game
CLEVELAND -- A minor league hockey player viciously attacked by an opponent during an AHL playoff game hopes to resume playing soon.

Flyers dominate Maple Leafs
PHILADELPHIA -- Back at home, the Philadelphia Flyers dominated the Toronto Maple Leafs and regained control of the series.

Life lessons were learned long before 'free' ski trip
My family just returned from the free vacation ski trip we won last December at an Atlanta sports event.

Early morning tractor-trailer accident closes I-20 westbound
A tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 20 this morning caused major traffic headaches for commuters attempting to come into Georgia.

Prayer rally was overwhelming
What a shame that the local TV media missed a chance for some special reporting a week ago Friday night, and that The Augusta Chronicle did not have an article on the Prayer and Praise program that took place at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center on April 16. Carolyn K. Kershner, Augusta

President Bush is a huge failure
When will America accept the Bush administration for the miserable failure it is? It seems the war on terror has been sidetracked to Iraq for personal and oil interests. Dave Gleaton, Aiken, S.C.

Broker sane Mideast solution
There is plenty of blame for all parties to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including the United States. I wish The Augusta Chronicle had chosen - for once - to offer a forum for reasoned discussion instead of praising Israel's assassination of Hamas leaders. Susan Yarborough, Augusta

Gay marriage is failed experiment
Before the United States heads further down the track toward homosexual marriage, it would be wise to consider other countries that have already taken that step. Kathryn Lehn, Martinez

Congressman delivers for travelers
My wife, Alice, and I recently enjoyed a wonderful two weeks of travel in Europe visiting with our granddaughter, a student in Spain. The Rev. Chuck C. Hunt, Augusta

Prayer rally was overwhelming

St. Joseph Hospice deserving of praise
The article "Hospice is getting a new home" in The Augusta Chronicle's April 1 Business section points up the increasing awareness of the importance of hospice and palliative care for our loved ones with terminal illnesses. A better title would have been "A new hospice is getting a home." John and Emily Hyatt, Augusta

St. Joseph Hospice deserving of praise

Broker sane Mideast solution

Robots to the rescue

'Hitman: Contracts' remakes assassin's greatest 'hits'

Digital video recorders take off, consumer choices widen

Condo wasn't best fit for couple's family plan

FDR's 'Little White House' in Georgia

Soundwalk audio gives insider's tour of NYC

New tools go well beyond text chat

Sunless products are safe, easy applications

House probes spyware - computer software to collect personal data

Day-trippers urged to see the sights in Baltimore

A missing H-bomb lies off Georgia's coast - but is it a danger?

Q&A: Crawl space condensdation

Put instructions on wedding invitations

'Computer' made from DNA able to detect, treat cancer

'Computer' made from DNA able to detect, treat cancer
Researchers have developed a vanishingly tiny "computer" that could someday enable doctors to treat cancer and other diseases from inside the body.

Professor develops robotic highway cones and barrels
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Did those orange construction cones just scuttle across the road? It's not a hallucination or the work of a stiff breeze, but the vision of one inventor.

Q&A: Crawl space condensdation
Q. Stephen asks: I built my home four years ago in accordance with strict county and state energy requirements. My problem is condensation in the crawl space, along the foundation wall on the north side of the house during the winter months. The moisture is wetting my rim joist, floor joists, insulation and mud sill. I installed more foundation vents, but this hasn't helped. Do you have any suggestions?

Put instructions on wedding invitations
Dear Carson: My son will have a small wedding ceremony in New York with about 40 to 50 guests, including family and a few close friends. It is his and the bride's second marriage and my son does not want his guests to have to pack and wear tuxedos. How should we word the invitation? My son wants to put on the invitations, "Tux not necessary,"but I think that is tacky. My idea is to let people know by word of mouth. Do you have any suggestions? - Dress Dilemma

Robots to the rescue
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Think Edward Scissorhands, but with bolt drivers and pliers for hands and a giraffelike neck topped with a pair of cameras resembling black cratered eyes instead of the handsome head of Johnny Depp.

Limited editions revamp fashion
NEW YORK - The beauty business is built on brand loyalty. More so than the fickle world of fashion, fragrance and cosmetics makers count on customers who buy the same product again and again.

Finally, a tool for compiling Web research
NEW YORK -- Beyond a proclivity for bad posture from sitting hunched in front of computers, prolific users of the World Wide Web tend to develop a desperate need for decent digital data-keeping.

Condo wasn't best fit for couple's family plan
It would have been easy for Keith and DiAnn Peeples to do things as things are done, but that wouldn't have made them happy.

Digital video recorders take off, consumer choices widen
In the new world of digital video recording, TV viewers can forgo videocassettes, easily recording their favorite shows on a hard disk and watching them whenever they desire.

In the know
As American Idol fever continues, first winner Kelly Clarkson appears in animated form on Fox's King of the Hill, with her real voice on the soundtrack.

House probes spyware - computer software to collect personal data
WASHINGTON -- It's the newest computer security problem to attract the attention of Congress: spyware, or software designed to collect computer users' personal data without their knowledge.

A missing H-bomb lies off Georgia's coast - but is it a danger?
WASSAW ISLAND, Ga. -- The 20-foot Boston Whaler bobs in the swells of Wassaw Sound off Savannah. The engines grumble as Derek Duke peers over the stern. This, he says, is the place.

'Hitman: Contracts' remakes assassin's greatest 'hits'
After the first few levels of "Hitman: Contracts," the third game in this shooter series about a Yul Brynner lookalike genetically engineered to wipe out bad guys with extreme prejudice, fans will experience a bit of deja vu.

Soundwalk audio gives insider's tour of NYC
NEW YORK -- "I want to see your New York." That's what people tell me when they come to visit me here. Maybe it's their second or third visit and they've already been to Ellis Island and taken the double-decker bus tour. Or maybe it's their first visit and they want to bypass the spoon-fed tourist experience and go straight for the nitty-gritty. To these people I say, "Go take a Soundwalk."

New tools go well beyond text chat
NEW YORK -- Instant-messaging software has evolved into the latest weapon in a fierce battle among major Internet companies to reap revenues off whatever you do, wherever you go online.

FDR's 'Little White House' in Georgia
WARM SPRINGS, Ga. -- Suzanne Pike remembers gazing up at a smiling Franklin D. Roosevelt from her wheelchair. It was during one of the president's trips to Georgia where he sought relief from the crippling effects of polio in the warm mineral water gushing from the base of Pine Mountain.

Day-trippers urged to see the sights in Baltimore
BALTIMORE -- Day-trippers from around the mid-Atlantic visit Baltimore each year to catch an Orioles or Ravens game and stroll along brick sidewalks lined with shops, seafood restaurants, museums and other attractions in one of the nation's oldest seaports.

Sunless products are safe, easy applications
We can blame fashion for a multitude of physical ailments: hammer toes from ill-fitting shoes, tight-pants syndrome from, well, tight pants. But nothing has been more damaging - or deadly - than the suntan.

DSS could face penalties
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state Department of Social Services may face an $8 million penalty for failing to meet federal standards and any further budget cuts could keep it from its core mission of protecting children and vulnerable adults, agency director Kim Aydlette is telling lawmakers.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - Despite "disastrous" staff turnover rates, tight budgets and an influx of new inmates, Corrections Department Director Jon Ozmint says prison assaults are down in every category.

Nurse often puts himself in place of his patients
If endoscopy patients at Doctors Hospital feel a little distraught and helpless, Paul Hallisy can sympathize.

Former death row inmate seeks parole
ROCK HILL, S.C. - A man who sat on death row for 17 years gets his first shot at parole Wednesday.

Henry County police officer dies in interstate crash
MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- A Henry County police officer died Sunday morning after he crashed his car into the back of a tractor-trailer parked in an emergency lane on Interstate 75.

Nearly 100 join Sanford for first leg of bike ride
COLUMBIA - The challenge was different for each of the scores of bicyclists who pedaled along South Carolina's back roads with Gov. Mark Sanford on Saturday.

Ozmint says assaults down at state prisons

A hint of Kentucky music heads south
AIKEN - On a day when a little bit of Aiken was on display in Kentucky, a little bit of Kentucky came to Aiken.

Across the southeast
CONCORD, N.C. - Nearly 30 students from Barber-Scotia College were awarded diplomas last year without meeting degree requirements, a report by the school's accrediting body found.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Mariah Ann Bullard of Augusta.

Special session has implications for anyone who uses court system
ATLANTA -- If you file a lawsuit, probate a will, get a traffic ticket or break a law, you will help pay the costs of providing lawyers for poor people under a bill that lawmakers are considering in the special session starting Monday.

Davison honored at funeral
Friends, family and colleagues gathered Saturday morning to say goodbye to a man credited with turning the state's flagship university into an academic powerhouse.

State leaders expecting tourism to increase despite gas hikes
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gas prices may be going up this summer, but tourism leaders throughout South Carolina expect vacationers to keep on driving.

Cruise, cookout bring Augustans to enjoy canal
By the time the Quibeuf family had readied their bicycles Saturday, the rain started to clear away for a nice ride along the Augusta Canal.

Money divides GOP hopefuls

Across the area
A man was jailed by North Augusta Department of Public Safety officers after a woman told them that he assaulted her and tried to take her to Columbia against her will Saturday morning, a report states.

Security or spying? Police gather intel on G-8 protests

Inmates' parole is delayed
ATLANTA - Eighteen state prison inmates have been paroled after it was discovered that their files and those of dozens of others languished in the office of a Board of Pardons and Paroles official - in some cases for years.

Hopes are for speedy session
ATLANTA - The gavels that bring today's special session to order in the House and Senate might still be vibrating from the opening when it's time to adjourn for the day.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia's largest newspaper, is buying the state's largest Spanish-language paper, Mundo Hispanico.

Waiting for a bite
michael holahan/staffJustin Shoupe, 16, of North Augusta, fishes in the Savannah River from the boat ramp near Riverview Park. Justin, who took advantage of a break in the thunderstorms to get to the river, said he had caught bass and catfish before but was having no luck Sunday.

Future of Fort Discovery lies in limbo
As the General Assembly goes into special session Monday, legislators must pass a balanced budget that includes anything from roads and bridges to schoolbooks.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Aaliyah Monae Kelly, 18 months, of Augusta.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Two teens have been charged in connection with the death of a 6-month-old infant who was in foster care.

Cafe and bakery chain to name interim president
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Bread Co. plans to name an interim president Monday in the absence of current president and chief executive Jerry Couvaras, who is accused of scheming to defraud investors in South Africa.

Veterinary officials say animals have confidentiality rights, too
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia's veterinary hospital treats thousands of horses, cows, cats, dogs, ferrets, birds, reptiles and other pets each year. But don't ask for information about them.

Like humans, privacy of pets being protected at their own hospitals
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia's veterinary hospital treats thousands of horses, cows, cats, dogs, ferrets, birds, reptiles and other pets each year. But don't ask for information about those animals.

News you can use
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USC professor's creation offers outlet for moms who write
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- By reading many women's magazines, it appears that mothers are most concerned with how much TV their children watch, what kinds of snacks to offer or potty-training techniques.

Minister convicted of molestation can return
SHARON, S.C. - At tiny St. John Baptist Church, the congregation was faced with a pastor who confessed to molestation, and it decided to let others cast the first stone.

Like humans, privacy of pets being protected at their own hospitals

Museum will restore Bettis Academy to life
TRENTON, S.C. - When people ask Patria Brayboy, 95, about Bettis Academy, memories from her childhood start to stir.

Sanford starts bike ride across the state

'Chronicle' seeks D-Day veterans
The Augusta Chronicle would like to talk to all area D-Day veterans.

Storm cuts power to thousands

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Up to Code
CLEARWATER - When Lilian Thomas ran the Child's Play day care center in Graniteville, she often was frustrated by how long it took to have a state fire marshal come out for the required annual inspection of her facility.

Cruise, cookout bring Augustans to enjoy canal

Across the area
An Augusta man told police someone shot at him while he was driving.

Museum will restore Bettis Academy to life

Money divides GOP hopefuls
AIKEN - The race among Republicans vying for the state's U.S. Senate seat is quickening from a jog to a sprint, but only a handful of candidates have the big bank accounts needed to run statewide campaigns until the end.

Plagiarism keeps students from graduating
ATHENS, Ga. - A pair of University of Georgia students were kept from Friday's journalism school graduation ceremony, just a few days after articles they wrote for a student newspaper were found to be plagiarized.

Black Republican candidates draw attention
ATLANTA - When Willie Talton became one of the first black law enforcement officials of central Georgia's Houston County in 1965, staking a place for himself in history wasn't on his mind.

A hint of Kentucky music heads south

Across Georgia
MCDONOUGH - A Henry County police officer died Sunday morning after he crashed his car into the back of a tractor-trailer parked in an emergency lane on Interstate 75, authorities said.

Police overtime for bike rallies could be $500,000
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Local and state police agencies estimate that their workers will log more than half a million dollars in overtime pay to handle bike rallies in Myrtle Beach this month.

Rants and Raves
WHILE CLEANING UP the city of Augusta, please let it include the Westview Cemetery off Broad Street. They only have four workers. They don't even take care of sections under perpetual care. I'm 82 years old, and I cannot take care of mine.

Waccamaw mass transit agency failed to test drivers properly
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The Waccamaw Regional Transportation Authority failed to meet the federal government's minimum requirements for employee drug and alcohol testing in 2003.

Security or spying? Police gather intel on G-8 protests
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- New Jersey professor Trent Schroyer's group doesn't stage a typical G-8 protest. It's mostly academics who prefer a symposium to the streets, using the world leaders' summit as a backdrop for sit-down discussions focused on alternative economic policies.

Lewis avoids civil trial, reaches settlement
ATLANTA -- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis reached a financial settlement with the daughter of one of two men killed in a fight after the Super Bowl in January 2000, avoiding a civil trial scheduled to begin next month.

Radio show host raises money for scholarships
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner hosted a benefit to raise money for 180 full academic scholarships at Savannah State University.

USC professor's creation offers outlet for moms who write

Some say killing of white woman sparks different response
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- After the first eight homicides of the year passed with little public comment from city officials, some noted a very different tone when the ninth killing prompted a splashy press conference and a new plan for fighting crime.

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Delta reports computer-oriented delays cleared up
ATLANTA -- A computer glitch that grounded Delta Air Lines flights to and from Atlanta for about 6 1/2 hours and caused delays over the weekend has been solved, and the airline was trying to determine the cause of the malfunction.

State leaders expecting tourism to increase despite gas hikes

Collins says Isakson wears moderate label
DULUTH, Ga. -- Describing himself as the only candidate with a true conservative voting record, Rep. Mac Collins told Gwinnett County Republicans that Rep. Johnny Isakson is a moderate candidate in the race for U.S. Senate.

Radio show host raises money for scholarships

Ozmint says assaults down at state prisons
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Despite staff turnover rates that are "disastrous," tight budgets and an influx of new inmates, Corrections Department director Jon Ozmint says assaults are down in every category.

Kid of the day

Sanford starts bike ride across the state
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The challenge was different for each of the scores of bicyclists who pedaled along South Carolina's back roads with Gov. Mark Sanford on Saturday.

Hopes are for speedy session

Across the southeast
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Two congressmen concerned about safety in the fast-growing regional airline industry after a crash last year in Charlotte resulted in the death of 21 people want a federal study of the issue.

Special session has implications for anyone who uses court system

Two Marines die in car wreck
BLUFFTON, S.C. -- Two Marines died and a third was injured during a crash Saturday morning, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Future of Fort Discovery lies in limbo

Some say killing of white woman sparks different response

Across the area

Waiting for a bite

Kid of the Day

Parties vie for Capitol control
ATLANTA - The magic number needed these days to win control of the Georgia Legislature is 91.

Nearly 100 join Sanford for first leg of bike ride

Delta reports computer-oriented delays cleared up

Edwards, Tenenbaum rouse Democratic convention crowd

Nurse often puts himself in place of his patients

Inmates' parole is delayed

Collins says Isakson wears moderate label

Davison honored at funeral

Across the area

Plagiarism keeps students from graduating

Waccamaw mass transit agency failed to test drivers properly

Across the southeast

Parties vie for Capitol control

Storm cuts power to thousands
Strong thunderstorms pounded Augusta and nearby areas with torrential rainfall and heavy winds Sunday afternoon, causing property damage and several power outages.

Rants and Raves
WHILE CLEANING UP the city of Augusta, please let it include the Westview Cemetery off Broad Street. They only have four workers. They don't even take care of sections under perpetual care. I'm 82 years old, and I cannot take care of mine.

Minister convicted of molestation can return

Henry County police officer dies in interstate crash

'Chronicle' seeks D-Day veterans

DSS could face penalties

The week ahead
Everyone has a passion in life. For some, it might be family, or doing good works, or amassing a killer collection of Swamp Thing comic books. For author Steve Almond (I kid you not), it's candy. On Tuesday, Mr. Almond's (man, that just gets funnier and funnier) learned treatise on all things sweet and sugary, appropriately called Candyfreak, hit bookstores. Perhaps now the question of plain or peanut can finally be answered. At any rate, Candyfreak is my best bet for this week. Here's what else is happening.

Black Republican candidates draw attention

Smiley inspires 2004 grads
Nationally known radio and TV host Tavis Smiley's message to Paine College graduates Sunday boiled down to just one word: time.

Five questions with Brian Hobbins
Brian Hobbins, a law enforcement corporal for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Two Marines die in car wreck

Horse deserves shot at Pimlico
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Through the mud that was caked on his face, Jose Santos' satisfaction could not be suppressed.

Longtime Sprockets worker falls victim to offplaneting
The intercom buzzed on George's desk.

Summer movie lineup includes Spider-Man, Harry and Shrek

Summer movie lineup includes Spider-Man, Harry and Shrek
LOS ANGELES -- A boy wizard, a student superhero and a newlywed ogre walk into a movie theater ...

U.N. ambassadors cite impostor diplomats in "The Interpreter"

'Mean Girls' tops box office with $25 million

Tina Fey of 'SNL" makes screenwriting debut with 'Mean Girls'
NEW YORK -- The hilarious acorn doesn't fall far from the hilarity tree. "I think it's genetic," Tina Fey says, explaining where her acerbic humor comes from. "My mother is really dry," and her father and older brother were huge comedy aficionados.

Tina Fey of 'SNL" makes screenwriting debut with 'Mean Girls'

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

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

Lindsay Lohan's tips on dealing with 'Mean Girls'
LOS ANGELES -- Lindsay Lohan knows we can't all get along all the time.

Lindsay Lohan's tips on dealing with 'Mean Girls'

'Mean Girls' tops box office with $25 million
LOS ANGELES -- Maybe nice guys finish last, but "Mean Girls" came in first at the weekend box office.

U.N. ambassadors cite impostor diplomats in "The Interpreter"
UNITED NATIONS -- As Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn film "The Interpreter" on location in the United Nations, many ambassadors are mad - because all the diplomats in the movie are impostors.

Mainstreaming is latest rage

Thunder Valley nationals postponed by rain
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Final eliminations for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway were postponed until Monday by rain.

California is a dream for Gordon
FONTANA, Calif. - Even after the second-, third- and fourth-place cars ran out of gas on the final lap of Sunday's Auto Club 500, Jeff Gordon had just enough fuel - and a tank overflowing with confidence - to make a victory lap around California Speedway.

Thunder Valley nationals postponed by rain

Mainstreaming is latest rage
When NASCAR roars into Fontana, Calif., today, nearly 100,000 fans will be there to cheer.

Points race tightening up at top

Biffle wins Busch race

California is a dream for Gordon

Points race tightening up at top
FONTANA, Calif. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. struggled with his Chevrolet throughout the Auto Club 500 on Sunday at California Speedway, but a 19th-place finish helped him maintain his lead in the Nextel Cup Series standings.

Biffle wins Busch race
FONTANA, Calif. -- Greg Biffle's engine had a sporadic cough, he was losing oil pressure, had hot air blowing in his face - and he still won Saturday's Busch Series race at California Speedway.

Young drivers take top starting spots
FONTANA, Calif. - The four rookies who are in the top six starting spots for today's Auto Club 500 are fast and fearless. But Elliott Sadler, who's learned the lesson the hard way in the past couple years, knows that doesn't always translate to success during the main event.

Young drivers take top starting spots

Spurs take Game 1 from Lakers
SAN ANTONIO -- Poise down the stretch came only from Tim Duncan and the defending NBA champions. Precision was the quality the Los Angeles Lakers lacked.

Kidd-Billups matchup could be key in Nets-Pistons series
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jason Kidd made Chauncey Billups' last offseason much longer than Billups wanted it to be.

Wolves happy to start at home against Kings

Kidd-Billups matchup could be key in Nets-Pistons series

KG the MVP: Garnett to get award Monday
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's Kevin Garnett has won his first Most Valuable Player award, sources told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Spurs take Game 1 from Lakers

Wolves happy to start at home against Kings
MINNEAPOLIS -- Though the NBA's long, grueling regular season can seem meaningless at times, there's no arguing the value of a first-place finish.

Horry's hot hand and Lakers insight could help Spurs

Hornets force Game 7
NEW ORLEANS -- The Heat and Hornets will have one more chance to shove, scream and squabble. The only first-round series in the NBA playoffs to last beyond six games will go the distance.

Horry's hot hand and Lakers insight could help Spurs
SAN ANTONIO -- Robert Horry left Los Angeles with at least four valuable souvenirs from his six-plus years with the Lakers - three championship rings and a playbook.

Jaguars start searching for coach
Augusta State's search for a new men's basketball coach takes full effect this week.

Fields continues recovery, eyes return for Panthers

Falcons juggle linebackers

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Veiled threat? French secularism confronts Islam
Earlier this year, France banned the wearing of Muslim headscarves and veils, Jewish skullcaps and large Christian crosses in France's public schools.

Veiled threat? French secularism confronts Islam
Earlier this year, France banned the wearing of Muslim headscarves and veils, Jewish skullcaps and large Christian crosses in France's public schools.

D.A.'s exit is indictment of Democratic party
When asked why he's no longer a Democrat, District Attorney Danny Craig doesn't just answer.

D.A.'s exit is indictment of Democratic party
When asked why he's no longer a Democrat, District Attorney Danny Craig doesn't just answer.

On to the Preakness

Smarty Jones, Limehouse give thrills

Williams in J&S Cup final match

Overtime

Overtime

Peterson hits the road

Horse deserves shot at Pimlico

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Kentucky Derby broadcast ties as highest since 1992

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Overtime
In Atlanta, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis reached a financial settlement with the daughter of one of two men killed in a fight after the Super Bowl in January 2000, avoiding a civil trial scheduled to begin next month.

Williams in J&S Cup final match
WARSAW, Poland - Venus Williams reached the J&S Cup final for the second straight year after beating third-seeded Vera Zvonareva, 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday.

Overtime
The Augusta Area Junior Golf Association has announced its schedule for this summer.

On to the Preakness
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones licked up his tub of feed, smacked around a net full of hay, looked "great" on Sunday, and is likely headed to the Preakness is two weeks.

Smarty Jones, Limehouse give thrills
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A Pennsylvania car dealer started a horse farm in the 1980s with a lot of big dreams they hoped to achieve some day.

Peterson hits the road
When Pete Peterson got home from the hospital following emergency gall bladder surgery, there was an e-mail waiting for him that he had been looking forward to for more than a year.

Favorite remains unbeaten
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A horse undervalued by everyone but the betting public won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Another horse undervalued by the bettors won a measure of respect.

Horse deserves shot at Pimlico
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Through the mud that was caked on his face, Jose Santos' satisfaction could not be suppressed.

Kentucky Derby broadcast ties as highest since 1992
NEW YORK -- Smarty Jones' win in the Kentucky Derby produced an 8.3 overnight rating, tying the 2001 and 2002 races for the highest-rated since 1992.

Two for 2
Alexis Fox is barely 2, but that didn't stop her from asking her dad, Kevin Fox of Evans, if she could tag along during a recent outing to Clarks Hill.

Easter Seals expects big turnout
More than $14,000 will be up for grabs Saturday during the 22nd annual Easter Seals Open Team Bass Tournament expected to lure as many as 200 boats to Columbia County's Wildwood Park.

Two for 2

Easter Seals expects big turnout

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

Noisy house guests relocated
At first, my wife thought the noises in the ceiling were my imagination.

Edwards, Tenenbaum rouse Democratic convention crowd
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- North Carolina Sen. John Edwards had a warm homecoming at South Carolina's Democratic Party convention Saturday.

Falcons juggle linebackers
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Remember how quickly the Atlanta Falcons reversed their decision to make Patrick Kerney an outside linebacker two years ago?

Fields continues recovery, eyes return for Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers linebacker Mark Fields has completed his treatment for Hodgkin's Disease and said he hopes to return to football practice next month.

eBay sellers auction items linked to NFL player killed in combat
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Pat Tillman memorabilia have become hot items on the online auction site eBay. Some people are offended that sellers are trying to profit from the former NFL player who was killed in combat in Afghanistan.

Polygamy still an option for parts of West Africa
DAKAR, Senegal -- Monday and Tuesday are with Mame Seye. Wednesday and Thursday, it's Khady. Then, Ibrahima Sene, a successful businessman, welcomes his third lawfully wedded spouse, Aida - perfumed, coifed and arrayed in her finest - into his bedroom for two nights.

Noisy house guests relocated

Horse deserves shot at Pimlico

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Joey
Would Joey even realize if we were laughing at him, not with him? A look back at the lovable lunkhead:

What will happen to sitcoms after 'Friends,' 'Frasier'?
NEW YORK -- This June, Fox presents rappers Method Man and Redman as stars of a new sitcom about adjusting to life in a stuffy gated community. Sound familiar?

Drew Carey is quietly going away

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Phoebe

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
When does "smart" become "brilliant"? When Pentagon planners pour billions of dollars into a new breed of weaponry systems that seem more akin to science fiction and video arcades than real-life battlefields. At least, that's the plan.

Drew Carey is quietly going away
NEW YORK -- For all the attention given to this week's "Friends" finale, another long-running comedy taped its final episode a few weeks ago - and few people outside its Hollywood set were aware of it.

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Chandler

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Chandler
Ah, Chandler, that whipsmart guy hard-pressed to find the fast track on his personal roadmap. A look back at how this loser in love actually ended up a husband and father:

What will happen to sitcoms after 'Friends,' 'Frasier'?

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Monica
Who knew her vacuum cleaner would suck Chandler into her orbit? Here's some dirt on Monica:

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Ross
It's been 10 years since the pitiful paleontologist Ross stumbled into our lives. Here's a look back who he is, what he's done and what we expect him to befall him next:

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Ross

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Monica

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Rachel
She's the best "Friend." A look back how Rachel styled her way to the top of the heap:

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Phoebe
What will we do without Phoebe to massage our funny bones? Here's a look back at how she caterwauled her way into TV history:

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Rachel

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Q&A: Bob Weir on the Grateful Dead

Georgia gets 8th straight
ATHENS, Ga. - Justin Holmes' two-run double, followed by a two-run single by Josh Morris, keyed a four-run sixth inning that helped carry Georgia to its eighth victory in a row, 7-2 over Kentucky on Saturday.

Georgia gets 8th straight

Diamond Dogs extend win streak
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia stretched its winning streak to nine games as senior left-hander Paul Lubrana threw the team's first complete game in three years in a 5-1 win over Kentucky on Sunday.

South Carolina falls to Mississippi
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Steven Head threw a four-hit complete game and hit a home run to lift Mississippi to a 6-1 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

South Carolina falls to Mississippi

South Carolina reports eight secondary NCAA violations
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina reported seven violations, four involving the football program, to the NCAA between June 1 and Dec. 31 last year.

Former big leaguer stuck in minor league bathroom

State parole officials find 59 misplaced inmate files

Polygamy still an option for parts of West Africa