Awaiting Monday's nominations for Broadway's Tony Awards
NEW YORK -- Let the nail-biting begin. From "Avenue Q" to "Wicked," from "A Raisin in the Sun" to "I Am My Own Wife," Broadway looks toward Monday's 2004 Tony Awards nominations with anxious hope.

Hollywood theater named for actor Ricardo Montalban to open
LOS ANGELES -- The opening of the Ricardo Montalban Theatre fulfills a 34-year quest by the veteran movie and television star who has long championed Hispanics in Hollywood.

MIT hopes imaginative new building stirs the broth of creativity
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Stata Center, the newest addition to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus, contains all the mysteries of a child's toy box: Open the top and a jumble of surprises tumbles out.eativity

A cheeky, campy 'Candide' at Lincoln Center

Arts calendar

MIT hopes imaginative new building stirs the broth of creativity

A cheeky, campy 'Candide' at Lincoln Center
NEW YORK -- Let's hear it for the cheeky, campy "Candide" that has buoyantly landed at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall for, lamentably, only a four-performance run.

Picasso's 'Boy with a Pipe' sells for a record $104 million

Lennon memorabilia auctioned in London
LONDON -- John Lennon memorabilia, including a leather collar he wore during the 1960s, was auctioned by Christie's for a total of $400,500.

Lennon memorabilia auctioned in London

Arts calendar
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Hollywood theater named for actor Ricardo Montalban to open

Picasso's 'Boy with a Pipe' sells for a record $104 million
NEW YORK -- Willem de Kooning once said "Picasso is the guy to beat."

Baseball reverses course: Spider-Man ads on bases don't fly
NEW YORK -- Spider-Man ads on bases didn't fly with baseball fans.

Cardinals outflocke Phillies

Astros blast Pirates

Walker rewarded for choosing winning over money
Walker rewarded for choosing winning over money

Mayor presents latest proposal to lure Expos to Washington

Cubs blank Rockies
CHICAGO -- The Colorado Rockies were happy to get one hit off Carlos Zambrano, let alone a pair of them.

Wolfpack win region
A seventh-inning rally wasn't enough to save Lakeside from a loss at the hands of Greenbrier in Thursday's county rival matchup at the Brierpatch.

Bonds back in the lineup after missing three straight games

Rangers confident fast start not a fluke

Cubs blank Rockies

Cubs Gonzalez could miss two months with broken wrist

After years of chasing Fisk, Piazza has his record
NEW YORK -- The soft smile on Mike Piazza's face said more than most words could.

Wolfpack win region

Rangers confident fast start not a fluke
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The surprising success of the Texas Rangers raises an intriguing question: Is their 18-10 start merely good luck or could it really be the start of something big?

Cubs Gonzalez could miss two months with broken wrist
CHICAGO -- Shortstop Alex Gonzalez will be out six to eight weeks after breaking a bone in his right wrist, joining the Chicago Cubs' growing list of injured players on Thursday.

Hundley to have hip surgery
PITTSBURGH -- Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Todd Hundley, out all season while recovering from a back problem, will have surgery Tuesday to repair torn cartilage in his right hip.

Mayor presents latest proposal to lure Expos to Washington
WASHINGTON -- Baseball officials wanted to know where the money is coming from. City officials wanted to know if baseball is serious about locating in Washington.

Hundley to have hip surgery

Bonds back in the lineup after missing three straight games
NEW YORK -- Sniffling and battling a stuffed nose, Barry Bonds was back in the San Francisco Giants' starting lineup Thursday night after missing three games with a sinus infection.

Walker rewarded for choosing winning over money

Cardinals outflocke Phillies
PHILADELPHIA -- St. Louis manager Tony La Russa expected a high-scoring game where the bullpens would get stretched thin.

Baseball reverses course: Spider-Man ads on bases don't fly

Astros blast Pirates
HOUSTON -- Wade Miller is feeling better than he did all last year, and showed it again Thursday afternoon.

After years of chasing Fisk, Piazza has his record

High gas prices leave more month at money's end

Latest area births

Latest area births
Latest area births announcements.

Foul smell leads to apartment zoo with about 200 live animals
GERMANTOWN, Wis. -- It was a stench of decay that caused authorities to search an apartment in suburban Milwaukee.

Odds and Ends
GREENFIELD, Wis. -- Some politicians are grilled for the skeletons in their closet. But an alderman in this Milwaukee suburb came under fire for the mannequin in his office.

Odds and Ends
WHITEFISH BAY, Wis. -- Burglars beware: a bathroom break on the job can get you busted.

Chipper's anxious to return to lineup
ATLANTA - Chipper Jones typically personifies his nickname when at the ballpark. But Jones seemed more bitter than chipper Friday afternoon before Atlanta's game against the Houston Astros.

Braves slide below .500

Astros handle Braves
ATLANTA - Jeff Kent drove in three runs and Tim Redding took advantage of Atlanta's depleted lineup, allowing one run in six innings to lead the Houston Astros past the Braves 5-3 on Friday night.

Chipper's anxious to return to lineup

Rare triple play lightens mood
ATLANTA - On a day when the Atlanta Braves were out-hit 13-6 and their No. 2 starter fell to 0-3, they delighted in Thursday afternoon's only highlight, a 5-4-3 triple play in the eighth inning.

Astros handle Braves

Braves slide below .500
ATLANTA - The cavalry spent the day in the trainers room, nursing a variety of aches and pains.

Price of gas soars in city
Augusta gasoline prices reached an all-time high Thursday, with a gallon of regular unleaded selling for $1.77 in some parts of the city.

Productivity grows solidly, jobless claims plunge
WASHINGTON -- The productivity of America's companies rose solidly in the opening quarter of this year, and new filings for jobless benefits plunged last week to their lowest level in more than three years, good news for the country's economic health.

Congress' top budget analyst sees smaller deficit than forecast

Consumer confidence rebounds in May

Business briefs
The Downtown Development Authority said Thursday that it will begin selling miniature versions of its new downtown clock.

Greenspan: federal deficit threatens the economy

Unemployment rate slips to 5.6 percent

Price of gas soars in city

Greenspan: federal deficit threatens the economy
WASHINGTON -- America's soaring federal budget deficits represent a major obstacle to the country's long-term economic stability, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan warned on Thursday.

McDonald's stock drops slightly after CEO's cancer surgery

SEC probing Wachovia Securities' sales practices
WASHINGTON - Wachovia Corp. said Friday the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating its retail brokerage subsidiary's practices and procedures for sales of some mutual funds.

Check printer closing Alabama plant, shifting jobs to Colorado

McDonald's stock drops slightly after CEO's cancer surgery
CHICAGO -- McDonald's Corp. stock slipped Thursday, a day after the company's announcement that new chief executive Charlie Bell had undergone surgery for colorectal cancer.

Officials swing away at FedEx groundbreaking

Ford, DaimlerChrysler add incentives on SUVs
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group have launched new incentives on some of their sport utility vehicles.

Retailers report modest sales gains in April

Brazilian inflation eases but hopes for an interest rate cut seen limited

Productivity grows solidly, jobless claims plunge

Bank of England hikes key interest rate to 4.25 percent
LONDON -- The Bank of England on Thursday raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter percentage point to 4.25 percent - its third increase in six months - amid concerns that Britain's booming property market could crash and damage the economy.

Check printer closing Alabama plant, shifting jobs to Colorado
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Check-printing company Deluxe Corp. will close a plant in Alabama and move the operation to Colorado Springs, Colo., bringing about 100 jobs in the process.

Retailers report modest sales gains in April
NEW YORK -- After a strong spending pace the first three months of the year, consumers retrenched a bit in April, leaving many retailers with disappointing sales gains. Cool weather, particularly in the Northeast, hurt results at many stores.

Price of oil hits $40 a barrel
WASHINGTON -- The price of oil climbed to $40 a barrel Friday, rising on traders' fears of attacks against petroleum industry targets in the Middle East at a time when supplies are tight and demand is strong.

Consumer confidence rebounds in May
WASHINGTON -- Consumer confidence, which has been on a roller coaster ride this year, rebounded over the past month as Americans took heart from a gusher of brighter economic news, especially in the area of jobs.

Girl Scouts council honors area businesswomen
The Central Savannah River Council of Girl Scouts honored area women for their contributions to the community Friday.

Sizemore signs deal to expand
Sizemore Inc. is about to begin a nationwide expansion on the back of the company's single biggest contract.

Price of oil hits $40 a barrel

Officials swing away at FedEx groundbreaking
The golf balls, driving irons and prominent onlookers gathering around the tee area Thursday morning had the triumphant feel of Sunday at the Masters Tournament.

Girl Scouts council honors area businesswomen

European Central Bank leaves refinancing rate unchanged
HELSINKI, Finland -- The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged Thursday, with recent economic data backing up its view that a modest upswing is on the way.

Consumer confidence rebounds in May

Ford, DaimlerChrysler add incentives on SUVs

Oil prices squeeze airlines, but Southwest can gloat

Oil prices squeeze airlines, but Southwest can gloat
NEW YORK - As oil prices try to head over $40 a barrel, squeezing transportation company profits, one petroleum user is sitting pretty: Southwest Airlines Co.

Unemployment rate slips to 5.6 percent
WASHINGTON -- Employers added 288,000 jobs to their payrolls in April as the nation's unemployment rate slipped to 5.6 percent, reinforcing hopes for a sustained turnaround in the jobs market that had lagged for so long.

Stock of Tennessee bank holding company surges on buyout report
CINCINNATI -- National Commerce Financial Corp.'s stock surged Friday on a report that SunTrust Banks Inc. and Fifth Third Bancorp are bidding to buy the Tennessee-based bank holding company.

European Central Bank leaves refinancing rate unchanged

Brazilian inflation eases but hopes for an interest rate cut seen limited
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Monthly inflation eased in April to a five-month low, but analysts said Friday that high world oil prices and uncertainties about the U.S. economy will limit chances for cuts in Brazil's interest rates.

Congress' top budget analyst sees smaller deficit than forecast
WASHINGTON -- Congress' nonpartisan budget analyst says this year's federal deficit seems on track to be less than the $477 billion it predicted in March, in the latest indication that the government's short-term fiscal picture may be improving.

Bloom loses bid for injunction against NCAA
DENVER -- Colorado receiver Jeremy Bloom was denied an injunction against the NCAA on Thursday, hurting his bid to play football while collecting endorsement money from his pro skiing career.

Bloom loses bid for injunction against NCAA

How many pounds?
Whatever Donald Rumsfeld had to say to Congress on Friday may have come too late.

Covering their bases

Dems in the hunt
If good news for the economy is bad news for Democrats, then Democrats are getting a heap of bad news: On Friday it was reported that 288,000 new jobs created over the past month lowered the unemployment rate to 5.6 percent and last week the Conference Board reported that consumer confidence rose sharply in April.

SRS is a U.S. asset

Where's the weak link?
Unforgettable. Inexcusable. Unforgivable.

Covering their bases
It was a wild pitch anyway.

SRS is a U.S. asset
There aren't many issues where you'll find a bipartisan consensus across two states, but political leaders in South Carolina and Georgia are clear about what they want for the future of the Savannah River Site. Let's just hope Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham will listen to them as he's welcomed to Aiken today to give a talk on his agency's new security policies.

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

Friars Club to roast Donald Trump
NEW YORK -- Donald Trump - you're roasted. Or he will be when the Friars Club gets hold of him.

Woman who alleged affair with Beckham lands job on Dutch TV
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- A woman whose claims of an affair with soccer star David Beckham made her a minor celebrity has landed a job on Dutch television, broadcaster SBS6 said Friday.

People in the News
DULUTH, Minn. -- Phil Solem didn't want to be known as a one-hit wonder, but it will be hard to think otherwise when the final episode of "Friends" airs Thursday and viewers hear him sing the show's theme song.

Thomas Gibson and wife have new baby girl
LOS ANGELES -- Thomas Gibson, who played the stuffy lawyer-husband on the TV sitcom "Dharma & Greg," and his wife, Cristina, have a new addition to the family - a baby girl.

Former manager sues singer Ricky Martin
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Ricky Martin's former manager has filed a $63.5 million lawsuit against the singer for breach of contract.

People in the News
LONDON -- It didn't require much 007 derring-do, but former James Bond actor Roger Moore came to Queen Elizabeth II's rescue Friday, helping out when technical trouble prevented the monarch from unveiling a plaque.

Raiders tell 'Apprentice' contestant, 'You're hired'
OAKLAND, Calif. -- A former Xerox copier salesman who made it to the final episodes of Donald Trump's hit reality show, "The Apprentice," has been hired by the Oakland Raiders - but not to play football.

Naomi Campbell wins privacy case in Britain's top court
LONDON -- Supermodel Naomi Campbell won her appeal Thursday in her privacy case against a newspaper that published photographs of her leaving a drug counseling meeting.

Tokyo stocks hit six-week low, dollar up against yen

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Janus said SEC still investigating agreements with brokers
DENVER -- Despite settling allegations of improper trading, Janus Capital Group said federal regulators are still looking into agreements between the company and brokers who sell its mutual funds.

Big Movers in the Stock Market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

Tokyo's benchmark share index falls, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Japan's benchmark stock index fell for a fourth straight session Thursday as investors back from a five-day break sold shares in automakers and other exporters. The U.S. dollar was down from its level last week against the yen.

Playboy's earnings surge on 8.9 percent revenue rise
CHICAGO - Playboy Enterprises Inc.'s first-quarter income nearly tripled on revenue growth and a favorable comparison with last year's results, which included a debt-refinancing charge.

Sales power profit jump at Clorox

KLM returns to profit in final year as independent company
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines posted a net profit of 24 million euros ($29.1 million) for its latest fiscal year, swinging from a loss of 416 million euros a year earlier, in its last earnings report as an independent company.

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $277.2 million in the latest week to $858.99 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Sales power profit jump at Clorox
OAKLAND, Calif. - Clorox Co.'s profit jumped more than 14 percent in its latest quarter, propelled by what the company said was the largest year-over-year sales increase in eight quarters.

Money funds fell in latest week

Sony may report group operating loss in April-June quarter
TOKYO -- Sony Corp. may post a group operating loss for the April-June quarter amid falling prices for the PlayStation 2 game console and promotion costs for the new Spider-man movie, the company said Thursday.

Dollar up, gold down in Europe

Rates on 30-year mortgages up for 7th week in a row

Krispy Kreme lowers earnings guidance

Dollar up, gold down in Europe
LONDON -- The U.S. dollar rose against other major currencies in European trading Friday. Gold prices fell.

Americans increase borrowing in March

Martha Stewart Living reports wider-than-expected loss
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. reported a wider-than-expected first-quarter loss Friday as advertising revenue declined and the company struggled with the fallout from Stewart's felony conviction.

Tokyo's benchmark share index falls, dollar down against yen

Krispy Kreme lowers earnings guidance
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. lowered its forecast for earnings this fiscal year, saying it expects a 10 percent drop from earlier guidance because of increasing consumer interest in low-carbohydrate diets. Its shares tumbled 23 percent in early trading.

Stocks down on rate worries, slowdown in retail sales, deficit warning from Greenspan
NEW YORK -- Stocks slumped Thursday as upbeat labor market data was eclipsed by interest rate worries, lackluster retail sales and a stern warning about the nation's budget deficit from Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

Americans increase borrowing in March
WASHINGTON -- Americans borrowed more freely in March as an improved job climate and stronger economy made them more willing to take on debt.

Rates on 30-year mortgages up for 7th week in a row
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year mortgages rose this week to the highest level in eight months amid signs that the economy is gaining traction and that the Federal Reserve may push short-term interest rates up this summer.

Stocks drop on latest jobs data; Dow down 100
NEW YORK -- Investors succumbed again to interest rate fears Friday, sending stocks tumbling after the government reported blistering job growth in April that far exceeded Wall Street's expectations. The Dow Jones industrial average skidded more than 120 points.

Home Depot to buy White Cap Construction
ATLANTA -- The Home Depot Inc. is buying White Cap Construction Supply Inc. to expand its business among professional customers. Terms were not disclosed.

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.

Morningstar investment research firm going public
CHICAGO -- Morningstar Inc., the independent investment research firm, said Thursday it has taken steps to become a publicly traded company.

Stocks down on rate worries, slowdown in retail sales, deficit warning from Greenspan

Janus said SEC still investigating agreements with brokers

KLM returns to profit in final year as independent company

Tokyo stocks hit six-week low, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks sank Friday, sending the market's best-known index to a six-week low. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

Top-water bass action begins on Thurmond
Fluke season has finally arrived 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.

Top-water bass action begins on Thurmond

Fishing tournament news

A trellis can make you and your peas happier

A trellis can make you and your peas happier
Growing peas captures the essence of vegetable gardening because if you choose a good variety, then plant the seeds carefully in good soil, you are amply rewarded. Few vegetables compare with freshly harvested, homegrown peas. Early sowing is a must to get the peas ripe before hot weather renders them tough and tasteless.

Recruit spurns Georgia Tech
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's men's basketball team won over college hoops fans around the country with its run to the national championship game.

GreenJackets earn consecutive wins
A loss to Columbus on Wednesday must have been an awakening for Augusta.

Triplett steals the show at Quail Hollow
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thousands of fans watching Tiger Woods post his first bogey-free round of the year missed out on all the excitement behind them - Kirk Triplett setting the course record at the Wachovia Championship with an 8-under 64.

Woods sits in driver's seat
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tiger Woods says his game is starting to come around, and not many doubted him Friday in the Wachovia Championship.

Woods takes the lead at Wachovia
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tiger Woods says his game is starting to come around, and not many doubted him Friday in the Wachovia Championship.

Howell takes lead after first round of British Masters

Howell takes lead after first round of British Masters
MERIDEN, England -- David Howell shot a 6-under-par 66 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the British Masters on Thursday.

Williams bolts into lead with 63 at Kingsmill

Woods takes the lead at Wachovia

Woods sits in driver's seat

Williams bolts into lead with 63 at Kingsmill
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Kim Williams has been around long enough to know that a sparkling second round in a golf tournament guarantees little.

Triplett steals the show at Quail Hollow

GreenJackets earn consecutive wins

Linebacker always had Georgia on his mind
Some recruiting stories involve cross-country jaunts, stacks of mail and weeks of reflection.

Tortorella: Toughness not the only key to East finals
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning scoff at the notion they're not tough enough to beat the Philadelphia Flyers.

Canada beats Finland at hockey worlds

Prosecutors: Hockey player wanted to kill his agent

Tortorella: Toughness not the only key to East finals

AHL suspends player through next season for stick attack
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- An American Hockey League player was suspended Friday through the end of next season for a two-handed, stick-swinging attack on an opponent.

Former teammates Nabokov, Kiprusoff face off

For once, pressure off the Flyers

Sutter's creations collide when Sharks face Flames
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Darryl Sutter changed the franchise from the bottom up, erasing a losing culture and instilling passion in his players. He gave hope, pride and victories to a city full of downtrodden hockey fans.

Canucks introduce Nonis as new general manager

AHL suspends player through next season for stick attack

Sutter's creations collide when Sharks face Flames

Canucks introduce Nonis as new general manager
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks introduced David Nonis as the team's general manager Thursday, just three days after announcing predecessor Brian Burke's contract would not be renewed.

Former teammates Nabokov, Kiprusoff face off
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- When the San Jose Sharks traded Miikka Kiprusoff to the Calgary Flames last November, they were fully aware they might be giving away a future star for a mere second-round draft pick.

Canada beats Finland at hockey worlds
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Atlanta Thrashers center Dany Heatley scored in overtime Thursday to give defending champion Canada a 5-4 victory over Finland and a spot in the semifinals of the world championships.

Prosecutors: Hockey player wanted to kill his agent
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- Mike Danton of the St. Louis Blues plotted to kill his agent for at least six months and tried on at least three occasions to hire a hit man, prosecutors said Friday.

For once, pressure off the Flyers
VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers won two Stanley Cups, made seven trips to the finals and reached the playoffs 30 times in their 37-year history.

Quinn to return as coach of the Maple Leafs

Quinn to return as coach of the Maple Leafs
TORONTO -- Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn will return next season, ending speculation that the team would make a change after failing to get past the second round of the playoffs.

High gas prices leave more month at money's end
I was stunned the first time I saw a sign announcing the latest, outrageous price for gasoline.

Honors humble legendary golfer
I want to express to the fine people of Augusta my most sincere appreciation for honoring me on Arnold Palmer Day the Monday of Masters Week. Arnold Palmer, Youngstown, Pa.

'Hunley' funeral was the real thing
The Hunley funeral procession and interment was a glorious occasion and an event for the ages where we were privileged to attend an actual real-time event of the War Between the States. Allen W. Johnson, Augusta

Truth belongs at top of page

Negroponte is bad diplomatic choice

Kerry exploits 'escape clause'
I take exception to the last paragraph of the Associated Press article, "Military records praise Kerry," in the April 22 Chronicle. Roger L. Eden, Grovetown

Negroponte is bad diplomatic choice
The "honorable" John Negroponte, our ambassador at the United Nations, will be our first ambassador to "liberated" Iraq. As an ambassador to Honduras in the 1980s, Mr. Negroponte not only canalized the assistance to support the Contras in Nicaragua, but his tentacles also reached El Salvador. He funded the paramilitary forces in that country who were responsible for crimes against the peasants and the annihilation of nuns and Jesuits working in the country. Mr. Negroponte is an embarrassment at best. Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

Davison supported nuclear power
Our community lost an incredibly talented, giving man with the recent passing of Dr. Fred C. Davison. I know I personally lost a friend whom I admired for his vast knowledge, eclectic experience and undeterred perseverance. Bob Pedde, Martinez (Editor's note: The writer is president of Westinghouse Savannah River Co. LLC.)

Honors humble legendary golfer

Truth belongs at top of page
What are the priorities in headline news reporting for your paper? The May 2 front page made me sick at heart! Jackie Fekula, Evans

'Hunley' funeral was the real thing

Coffin photos were disrespectful
I am a bit disappointed in The Chronicle's comparison of North Korea to photos of caskets of U.S. servicemen ("Not a pretty picture," editorial, April 27). It's not about censorship or the First Amendment; it's about honoring the fallen. David Harrover, Evans

Intel to focus on dual-core processors

Scientists: Humpback whales' singing more prevalent than thought

Adidas blends computer chip with sole to create 'smart shoe'

Black Americans living at risk

Laser shoots down large-caliber rocket over N.M. desert

AARP: older Americans have tough time navigating complex consumer world

Truckers taking to wireless Internet technology

Researchers take a closer look at the moose's enigmatic nose

New DVD copying software tries to skirt law

Top-selling Explorer SUV keeps mainstream appeal

Health and fitness calendar

CDs and DVDs not so immortal after all

Scientists may send Mars rover into deep crater

Top-selling Explorer SUV keeps mainstream appeal
It's still king of the hill. The Ford Explorer, the longtime sales leader in the mid-size sport utility vehicle segment, remains atop the competition, even as the going gets tougher.

New DVD copying software tries to skirt law
NEW YORK -- Court rulings have pulled the most popular software for copying DVD movies off the market, but a new program, already on sale at CompUSA and Wal-Mart, is trying to get around these rulings and still let users duplicate copy-protected discs.

Truckers taking to wireless Internet technology
WADDY, Ky. -- All across the concrete byways of this interstate nation, long-haul truckers are going the extra miles - but it isn't necessarily for heaping plates of hearty fare or hot showers.

Emily and Jacob top lists of most popular baby names in 2003
WASHINGTON -- Emily again topped the list of most popular baby girl names last year, registering as No. 1 for the eighth straight time. Jacob led among names for boys for the fourth year in a row.

CDs and DVDs not so immortal after all
Dan Koster was unpacking some of his more than 2,000 CDs after a move when he noticed something strange. Some of the discs, which he always took good care of, wouldn't play properly.

Scientists may send Mars rover into deep crater
PASADENA, Calif. -- In what could be Opportunity's final act, the Mars rover may be sent on a one-way trip down a deep crater for a chance to study ancient rock that might have formed at the bottom of a salty ocean, scientists said Thursday.

Researchers take a closer look at the moose's enigmatic nose
PORTLAND, Maine -- Spindly legs and oversize antlers are all part of the moose's charm, but it's that big bulbous nose that makes it a cartoonist's dream.

Laser shoots down large-caliber rocket over N.M. desert
WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. -- A high-intensity laser designed to shield Israel from missile attacks downed its largest rocket to date during a test over the New Mexico desert.

Intel to focus on dual-core processors
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Switching gears for its next-generation microprocessors, Intel Corp. said it has canceled an existing project so that development efforts can be focused on a more advanced technology that's making faster progress than expected.

Adidas blends computer chip with sole to create 'smart shoe'
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Adidas says it has created the world's first "smart shoe" by mating it with a computer chip that adapts its cushioning level to a runner's size and stride.

Black Americans living at risk
The statistics are alarming: Black Americans are two to three times more likely to suffer from catastrophic illnesses such as cancer and heart disease than any other group; one in four over the age of 65 has diabetes; one in three has hypertension.

Scientists: Humpback whales' singing more prevalent than thought
BOSTON -- The male humpback whale is believed to sing its mysterious songs mainly for the same reason generations of teenage boys have started bad garage bands: to get girls.

AARP: older Americans have tough time navigating complex consumer world
NEW YORK -- Americans who are 45 and older are a growing economic force, responsible for more than half the nation's consumer spending, but they often lack the skills and information to make good financial decisions, according to a study released Thursday.

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.

Earliest hummingbird-like fossil found in Germany
WASHINGTON -- More than 30 million years ago birds resembling hummingbirds were savoring nectar in the flowers of Europe, a continent where these birds long ago disappeared.

Lynx ice deal: Saal and Goulet to return
A little girl in Detroit, Mich., is part of the deal between Jason Saal and the Augusta Lynx.

Groups decline offices at Common
An Augusta Common building originally planned in part for Main Street Augusta and the Downtown Development Authority will not be used by the two organizations, their executive director said Friday.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Senate Republicans couldn't agree on a way of breaking an impasse on a gaping $131 million hole in the state's budget Friday even after spending two hours behind closed doors and taking a 90-minute lunch.

Kid of the day

Ex-worker is arrested in jewelry store thefts
A former employee of an Evans jewelry store is in jail, accused of stealing merchandise worth nearly $118,000.

Rants and raves
DID I MISS SOMETHING? When did wearing an engagement ring become an issue in a teacher setting an example to her students? If wearing an engagement ring is the only problem this parent has with the teacher, she should consider herself incredibly lucky.

Poultry reigns in Leesville
LEESVILLE, S.C. - As Debbie Capps slowly crept through the dark shed Thursday, she parted a sea of 19,212 squawking white chickens and looked for those that didn't flinch or scare.

Antifreeze case tests defenders
PERRY, Ga. - Attorneys for a former 911 operator suspected of fatally poisoning two men with antifreeze face an uphill battle in winning their client's acquittal as her judge continues to let jurors hear a mountain of circumstantial evidence, legal experts say.

Polo to help get funding for clinic
AIKEN - Don Deaner was a man in need when he walked into the only doctor's office he could afford.

Trail honors explorer's contributions to South

War vet shares children's tales
ATLANTA - A fantasy world with an imaginary friend helped comfort and entertain Larry Michalove's children while he served in the Vietnam War.

Track passes county check
The engines will rev up legally in Grovetown after the owners of a dirt racetrack passed a last-minute inspection Friday by Columbia County.

Trail honors explorer's contributions to South
More than two centuries ago, famed naturalist William Bartram left Augusta to explore the lands along the Savannah River, where he recorded his observations for posterity.

Grads celebrate hard-earned goal
Perry Sheffield realized her mistake when she got to Madagascar to help with an outreach project. Though she knew French, only a third of the people on the African island spoke it.

Panel inspects perks at lottery
ATLANTA - A legislative oversight committee began looking Thursday at the generous employment policies of the Georgia Lottery Corp., whose former director and three top aides collected almost $300,000 for vacation and sick days they were due but never used when they left the state to help start Tennessee's lottery.

News you can use
May 8, 1905 The YMCA tennis courts on the vacant lot in front of the depot will be opened next Wednesday afternoon, with a number of games between members and their lady friends.

Around town
Nadia Walker, 8, of Augusta, screams as she slides at Oglethorpe Park at Riverwalk Augusta.

DOE unveils plans to add to security

Arrington found guilty
Robert O. Arrington's stoicism broke, and he wiped away tears after his defense attorney William Sussman asked his mother if she wanted the jury to spare Mr. Arrington's life.

Across Georgia

Churches consider closing during June's G-8 summit
SAVANNAH, Ga. - After a gunman tried to set fire to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist seven months ago, the towering church in downtown Savannah isn't taking any chances with the G-8 summit.

Sunken ship will get out of docks

Across the area
An Augusta man was charged with felony aggravated assault on Thursday after Richmond County sheriff's deputies said he used a plate to hit a woman he was dating in the face when she tried to break up with him.

Legislators quietly end special session
ATLANTA - A weeklong special session of the Georgia Legislature ended as quietly as it began Friday, with the Senate quickly passing a court fees bill to dissolve the term.

SRS lab will get national status
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham will designate the Savannah River Technology Center as his department's 12th national research laboratory, Department of Energy and Congressional sources said Thursday, boosting the future employment fortunes of the beleaguered Savannah River Site.

Across Georgia
ROME - A federal judge sentenced six men to prison terms ranging from six months to 46 months Friday for burning a cross in the yard of a woman whose daughter was romantically involved with a black man.

Utilities department to investigate canal
The city's utilities department will investigate the condition of the Augusta Canal, the major source of the city's water, and prepare an emergency action plan for dealing with a potential disaster there, according to Drew Goins, assistant utilities director.

Bus drivers' pay system tightened
ATHENS, Ga. - Concerns about school bus drivers padding their time cards led Clarke County School District officials to institute a new pay system and develop standardized bus route times that will take effect in August, district officials said Thursday.

Across South Carolina
MANNING - A judge hearing a trial on school funding will not consider race when deciding whether the state gives students in poor, rural school districts enough money for a decent education.

Around town
Mark Fulton, the monitor stage manager for the band Government Mule, finishes setting up the monitor on the stage at Augusta Common for the Garden City Music Festival, which starts today.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Southern Co. is canceling a contract with a Mississippi-based company building two power plants near Savannah after a third construction death at the site.

College honors cancer fighter
Hamilton Jordan might have suspected he would be remembered for his achievements, but he could not have guessed his greatest honors would stem from surviving three kinds of cancer.

Marshal's deputies OK'd for duty
Starting today, a new government presence with full arrest powers will be keeping a watchful eye on Augusta Regional Airport.

Williams accepts honorary degree
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Essie Mae Washington-Williams returned to South Carolina State University on Friday, and she finally got a degree from the school she entered 58 years ago.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Javon Williams, 17 months, of Thomson.

Player ejected over can of dip
JOHNSTON, S.C. - When Travis Smith approached the batters box two weeks ago during a tense nine innings with playoff hopes on the line, he had a ready explanation when the umpire tapped his back pocket - the tobacco was not his.

Class of '04 is set for real world
AIKEN - After Frank Daniel retired, he went back to school to achieve his dream of becoming a sheriff's deputy.

War vet shares children's tales

Sweet hour of prayer

Polo to help get funding for clinic

School is awarded Grammy

Poultry reigns in Leesville

Panel inspects perks at lottery

Suspect in stabbing gets $25,000 bond

Medical leader to push for reforms
By the time this year's medical school graduates finish their residency training, there will be medical malpractice reforms, the president of the nation's largest physician group vowed Thursday.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Trevyuana A. Alexander, 4, of Wadley, Ga.

Sweet hour of prayer
Mayor Bob Young asked a crowd of about 200 people Thursday to join him in prayer for the city of Augusta during the noon observance of the National Day of Prayer at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater.

Suspect in stabbing gets $25,000 bond
A man accused of stabbing another man several times last month was granted bond by a Richmond County Superior Court judge Friday.

Churches consider closing during June's G-8 summit

Fertilizer seller opens can of worms
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Chris Neal's household includes her husband, 5-year-old daughter, two dogs and more than 100,000 worms.

Departing students leave valuables, junk in dorms
ATHENS, Ga. - Computer monitors, bicycles, underwear, and bags and bags of ramen noodles are left behind by University of Georgia students at the end of each school year.

Secretary boosts SRS' lab status
AIKEN - With its new status as one of the country's elite national laboratories, the research arm of the Savannah River Site will continue its work with environmental cleanup but has increased clout to explore a wide range of experimental opportunities, the nation's top energy official said Friday.

College honors cancer fighter

DOE unveils plans to add to security
AIKEN - Standing before a roomful of police and security teams from across the country, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham unveiled an ambitious $100 million program to revamp protection at the nation's federal nuclear facilities.

Ex-worker is arrested in jewelry store thefts

Sunken ship will get out of docks
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The Brunswick City Commission has awarded a contract worth nearly $88,000 to a Charleston, S.C., firm to lift a sunken shrimp boat at the city docks from the bottom and dispose of it.

Rants and raves
I'M CALLING CONCERNING MCG. MCG was considered a great hospital. Now it's a Wall Street-infected establishment with top figures being paid too much to write home about and patients and doctors being mistreated.

Across the area
An elderly North Carolina woman drove through a fence and struck a house on Dunham Court after driving off the road Friday afternoon, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Around town

Woman is sought to testify for defendant
Facing the possibility of a death sentence, Robert O. Arrington got to have his say to the jury Friday, and something else.

SRS officers win shooting eventSecurity team wins top prize in event

State's waste rises despite reduction plan
ATHENS, Ga. - When Georgia adopted a statewide plan for dealing with the state's solid waste a decade ago, planners set a goal of reducing the amount of waste the average Georgian generates by 25 percent.

Republicans split on budget

Racing to summer
The thrill of climbing into a potato sack and out-jumping your classmates hasn't changed over the years.

Player ejected over can of dip

College honors cancer fighter
Hamilton Jordan might have suspected he would be remembered for his achievements, but he could not have guessed his greatest honors would stem from surviving three kinds of cancer.

Grads celebrate hard-earned goal

Dodging the fork
AIKEN - Like a lobster that could sense the hinged steel crackers of doom looming above, Trippy's Toy struggled ahead to the finish line, half crawling, half swimming, not pausing until victory was in his brownish-orange claws.

Kid of the day

Republicans split on budget
COLUMBIA - Senate Republicans couldn't agree on a way of breaking an impasse on a gaping $131 million hole in the state's $5.3 billion budget Friday, even after spending two hours behind closed doors, taking a 90-minute lunch and spending hours backtracking on amendments passed Thursday.

Across the area

SRS officers win shooting eventSecurity team wins top prize in event
AIKEN - It was a combination of home cooking and beginner's luck - plus a whole lot of skill - that brought Savannah River Site's security force a clean sweep at this week's Security Police Officer Training Competition.

Legislators quietly end special session

Thurmond monument addition OK'd
COLUMBIA - A bill to add the name of Strom Thurmond's biracial daughter to a monument honoring the nation's longest-serving senator received approval from a state House subcommittee Thursday.

Fertilizer seller opens can of worms

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Arrington found guilty

Across South Carolina

Thurmond monument addition OK'd

Secretary boosts SRS' lab status

Across the area

Racing to summer

Around town

Antifreeze case tests defenders

Former Marine gets jail for rape
A former Marine whom authorities accused of invading the home of his neighbor and sexually assaulting her at knifepoint last spring was sentenced to prison Friday.

College honors cancer fighter

Departing students leave valuables, junk in dorms

Rants and raves
DID I MISS SOMETHING? When did wearing an engagement ring become an issue in a teacher setting an example to her students? If wearing an engagement ring is the only problem this parent has with the teacher, she should consider herself incredibly lucky.

Rants and raves
I'M CALLING CONCERNING MCG. MCG was considered a great hospital. Now it's a Wall Street-infected establishment with top figures being paid too much to write home about and patients and doctors being mistreated.

Woman is sought to testify for defendant

Class of '04 is set for real world

School is awarded Grammy
Put their name in lights, roll out the red carpet, and prepare the party.

Medical leader to push for reforms

Dodging the fork

Howell hoping to find groove
But there was a new man inspecting Howell's swing on the driving range Wednesday at Quail Hollow Country Club. For 30 minutes he offered unsolicited advice about hitting irons, even demonstrating a few swings himself using Howell's forged Hogan clubs and Callaway range balls.

Pinehurst pro is best story, not Tiger, Phil and Vijay
Then there are rare players such as Kelly Mitchum. When he doubled the final hole on Friday at the Wachovia Championship to fall off the leaderboard, you couldn't have knocked the smile off of his face with a titanium driver.

At the Movies: 'Van Helsing'
"Van Helsing" is the guy Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's monster whisper about around the campfire. He's the thing that goes bump in the night for ghouls, the hunter of the hunted.

At the Movies: 'Van Helsing'

Urban music fan Prince Charles meets rapper Jay-Z
LONDON -- Prince Charles declared himself an urban music fan Friday, and rapper Jay-Z said the prince was very cool.

Los Lobos launch 'The Ride' on their 30th anniversary
LOS ANGELES -- The five members of Los Lobos walk out onto a Los Angeles street for an impromptu photo shoot, causing some drivers to stop and gawk and a few fans in the predominantly Latino neighborhood to admire from a distance.

2004 Latin Grammys award show to return to Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- After a one-year stint in Miami, the Latin Grammys will return to Los Angeles this fall.

VP Records celebrates 25th anniversary amid

Sting cancels British concert because of throat infection
LONDON -- Rock star Sting canceled the opening night of the British portion of his world tour Friday because of a throat infection, Metro Radio Arena said.

VP Records celebrates 25th anniversary amid
NEW YORK -- When the Chin family opened VP Records here 25 years ago, it was simply a record store designed to bring the reggae music of their native Jamaica to the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens.

Los Lobos launch 'The Ride' on their 30th anniversary

2004 Latin Grammys award show to return to Los Angeles

Sting cancels British concert because of throat infection

Kings hope Peja goes off in Game 2
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Sacramento Kings are one of the few teams with enough talent to consistently overcome off nights by their leading scorer.

Pistons look to avoid - another - Game 2 letdown

Kings hope Peja goes off in Game 2

Lakers facing a daunting task

Stotts fired by Hawks
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks are starting over.

Lakers facing a daunting task
LOS ANGELES - The task facing the Los Angeles Lakers against the San Antonio Spurs seems nearly impossible.

Bryant prosecutors target forensics witness from Simpson case
DENVER -- Prosecutors in Kobe Bryant's case asked the judge to bar the defense from calling experts to testify about the proper handling of crime-scene investigations.

Pistons look to avoid - another - Game 2 letdown
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons have done the same thing in the opening game of their two playoff series.

Stotts fired by Hawks

Haynesworth shows up for Titans practice

As Rivers struggles, Brees vows to keep Chargers' job

Tennessee to host Aug. 7 scrimmage

Giants' Coughlin probed for minicamp program

Manning struggles in first minicamp workout

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Athens wants 'to look good on television'
ATHENS, Greece -- The city has a plan to make sure it looks good for the Olympics: If something can't be fixed, cover it up!

Japan preparing emergency manual for athletes

Athens wants 'to look good on television'

2000 bronze medalist injured in training
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Chris Thompson, a bronze medalist at the 2000 Olympics and holder of the American record in the 1,500-meter freestyle, fractured both elbows during training.

Japan preparing emergency manual for athletes
TOKYO -- Japanese Olympic officials are preparing an emergency manual for their athletes going to this summer's Athens Games.

Bombing probe carried out under intense Olympic spotlight
ATHENS, Greece -- Agents conducted door-to-door questioning Thursday seeking leads into bombings that embarrassed Olympic security chiefs and left many Greeks stunned at the global reaction.

Top Greek official dismisses Athens bombings

Hotel employees threaten to strike during Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- Hotel employees threatened to strike during the Olympics if their wages are not increased for the games.

Aniston, Magic, Lewis among celebrity Olympic torch bearers

Aniston, Magic, Lewis among celebrity Olympic torch bearers
ATHENS, Greece -- Magic Johnson, Carl Lewis and Gail Devers, along with "Friends" TV star Jennifer Aniston, will help carry the Olympic torch on its journey around the world.

Athens troubles bring speculation about U.S. plans
The question hasn't come up since President Carter angered the world and his nation's athletes by keeping the U.S. Olympic team home from Moscow. Even now, there are just whispers and speculation, though they grow louder with every bombing and passing day.

Hotel employees threaten to strike during Olympics

Top Greek official dismisses Athens bombings
WASHINGTON -- A Greek government minister offered fresh assurance Friday that the Olympics will be protected from terrorism despite three bombings in Athens this week.

Bombing probe carried out under intense Olympic spotlight

Athens troubles bring speculation about U.S. plans

IOC: Main roof must start moving by last major inspection
ATHENS, Greece -- The IOC insists that the complicated process of moving the steel-and-glass roof into place at Athens' main stadium must start by the time its inspectors arrive for a final review next week.

Tillman's life sets example for nation
To Zachary and Nicholas Wansley and Brian and Thomas Yarbrough:

Tillman's life sets example for nation
To Zachary and Nicholas Wansley and Brian and Thomas Yarbrough:

Players of the week

Seven records fall on second day of girls track championships

Musketeers prove their mettle

Williams powers to 13th straight win

Safin, Hewitt and Henman lose in Rome

Going for his goal

Spring prep scores

Westside soccer making historic run in playoffs

50 years ago, Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile

WESTSIDE LOSES

Prep sports

Overtime

Safin, Hewitt and Henman lose in Rome

Overtime

Aquinas' title run ends with last-minute upset

Prep sports
Area prep sports scores from Thursday's action.

Seven records fall on second day of girls track championships
ALBANY, Ga. -- Seven state records fell during the second day of competition at the Georgia High School Association state track and field meet on Friday.

Spring prep scores
Latest spring prep scores are contained in this link. Check them out.

Westside soccer making historic run in playoffs
Richmond Academy's boys soccer team is where it should be by now. The Westside team's drive through the Georgia High School Association Soccer Playoffs is a little unexpected.

Safin, Hewitt and Henman lose in Rome
ROME -- Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt and Tim Henman joined the long list of top players leaving the Italian Open early.

Overtime
Three Augusta State players and one from USC Aiken were named to the All-Peach Belt Conference team.

Overtime
Two Westside players recently announced their intentions to play for junior colleges next season.

Going for his goal
It's a journey thousands of Augustans take every day. Richmond Academy's Markus Jackson, a superb junior sweeper on the nation's top-ranked soccer team, takes the route after every practice.

Musketeers prove their mettle
The score at the half was 0-0. Richmond Academy had gotten just what it ordered in the quarterfinals of the Georgia High School Association Class AAA soccer tournament.

50 years ago, Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile
OXFORD, England -- Few will recall the exact date: May 6, 1954. Even the precise time is little remembered: 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds.

Williams powers to 13th straight win
BERLIN -- Venus Williams overwhelmed Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi 6-3, 6-1 in the third round of the German Open on Thursday, showing the full range of her power game.

Aquinas' title run ends with last-minute upset
A shirtless Sam Arthur streaked down the field holding his jersey high in the air as elated teammates waited with open arms.

Players of the week
This week's players of the week are David Hunter or Westside and Becca Balentine of Warlaw Academy.

WESTSIDE LOSES
Westside got a penalty kick goal from David Hunter, but couldn't mount a rally in a 3-1 loss to Johnson-Gainesville in the boys Class AAA quarterfinals.

Players of the week
DAVID HUNTER

Lakeside's best not enough against No. 1 Catamounts
A dejected Lakeside team choked down tears as it slowly walked to the locker room following a tough 3-2 loss to Dalton on Friday in the Class AAAA boys soccer quarterfinals at Panther Stadium.

Safin, Hewitt and Henman lose in Rome
ROME -- Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt and Tim Henman joined the long list of top players making early exits from the Italian Open.

Haynesworth shows up for Titans practice
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth practiced with the Tennessee Titans on Thursday - two days later than his teammates showed up.

Tennessee to host Aug. 7 scrimmage
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons will travel to Nashville to work against the Tennessee Titans for three days of training camp Aug. 5-7.

Giants' Coughlin probed for minicamp program
The NFL Players Association is investigating complaints about New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin's offseason training program.

Manning struggles in first minicamp workout
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Manning's first minicamp workout with the New York Giants was somewhat of a bust.

As Rivers struggles, Brees vows to keep Chargers' job
SAN DIEGO -- Philip Rivers fit right in during his first practice with the San Diego Chargers.

Faith digest
RAISING KIDS GOD'S WAY WILL BE CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST ALEX MABE'S topic at 5 p.m. Sundays in May at First Baptist Church, 421 Edgefield Road in Belvedere.

How did we get the New Testament?
"The Da Vinci Code," Dan Brown's super-selling novel, has brought mass attention - and mass confusion - to historical issues, among them: How did we get the New Testament? Who decided what to include, and when and why?

Church votes to forgive, hold job for pastor serving molestation sentence
SHARON, S.C. -- Faced with a shattering scandal - the conviction of their pastor on sexual assault charges - the congregation at St. John Baptist had a difficult choice: Throw out the Rev. John T. Brown or allow him to return after he finishes serving a four-year prison sentence.

Religious study is a family affair in parish
Bryan Tuschen wedged himself onto a picnic bench Wednesday to banter with sixth-graders and get their answer to a question that is always on his mind, "What did you learn?"

Organist will play in finale of 3 inaugural performances
Each time organist Everett Summerall sits at the keyboard of the year-old Schantz organ at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, he hears something he's never heard before.

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.

Arrival of choral society director was welcomed answer to prayer
That Isaac Holmes directs the Columbia County Choral Society was an answer to a prayer - only it wasn't his.

Religion News in Brief
CHICAGO -- The head of the National Review Board, a lay Roman Catholic body that monitors bishops' implementation of sexual abuse reforms, will soon leave that post.

Howell hoping to find groove

Pinehurst pro is best story, not Tiger, Phil and Vijay

Janice from "Friends" judges look-a-like contest at Milwaukee bar
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee had a friend of a Friend in town for festivities honoring the final episode of the long-running "Friends."

'Drake & Josh,' TV's latest Odd Couple

Rankings for basic cable networks

'Friends' finale gets speedy DVD release
LOS ANGELES -- No need to tape that final episode of "Friends" for posterity - Warner Bros. plans to release a DVD of the finale just five days after its Thursday broadcast.

More than 50 million viewers tune in for final "Friends"

'Friends' say goodbye
NEW YORK -- The fate of television's favorite on-again, off-again couple, Ross and Rachel, was headed for a resolution Thursday on the final episode of "Friends."

More than 50 million viewers tune in for final "Friends"
NEW YORK -- An estimated 51.1 million people tuned in to watch Ross and Rachel get together on the final episode of "Friends," according to preliminary Nielsen Media Research ratings released Friday.

Contestant George Huff voted off 'American Idol'
NEW YORK -- Soulful singer George Huff was voted off "American Idol" by viewers Wednesday during a live broadcast, leaving four women as the show's final contestants.

CNN hires former prisoner of war as contributor to Iraq coverage
NEW YORK -- CNN has hired a former Iraq prisoner of war, Ron Young, as a special contributor to help add a troop's eye perspective to its war coverage.

Fox News threatens lawsuit over flamboyant billboard near CNN
ATLANTA -- Fox News Channel is threatening to take a sign company to court if it does not post a cheeky billboard tweaking archrival CNN.

'Friends' gets the last laugh: A finale with few of them

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 26-May 2. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

CNN hires former prisoner of war as contributor to Iraq coverage

NBC escapes protests for its own rural-to-rich reality show
PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- After months of Appalachian outrage over CBS' planned "Beverly Hillbillies" reality series, NBC has shot the pilot of its own rural-to-riches show without attracting widespread attention.

'Drake & Josh,' TV's latest Odd Couple
LOS ANGELES -- They are television's latest Odd Couple, a teenage version of Oscar and Felix thrown together not by divorce, but by the marriage of their TV parents.

'Friends' finale gets speedy DVD release

Fox News threatens lawsuit over flamboyant billboard near CNN

'Friends' say goodbye

'Friends' gets the last laugh: A finale with few of them
NEW YORK -- NBC took a break from promoting the "Friends" finale to air it Thursday night.

NBC escapes protests for its own rural-to-rich reality show

Letterman will tape a show next week at 4 a.m.
NEW YORK -- David Letterman will be staying up very late - or getting up really early - to tape a show next week at 4 a.m.

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Friars Club to roast Donald Trump

Raiders tell 'Apprentice' contestant, 'You're hired'

Thomas Gibson and wife have new baby girl

Naomi Campbell wins privacy case in Britain's top court

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USC signee arrested, charged with armed robbery

USC signee arrested, charged with armed robbery
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A recruit who recently signed with South Carolina has been arrested and charged with armed robbery earlier this week, police said.

Foul smell leads to apartment zoo with about 200 live animals

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Organist will play in finale of 3 inaugural performances

Church votes to forgive, hold job for pastor serving molestation sentence

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