Woodward's book reveals Bush's roadmap to Baghdad
How can the public trust a book about the White House when it's based primarily on anonymous sources in Washington, one of the most duplicitous of places?

A cheeky, campy 'Candide' at Lincoln Center

New titles feature history and a horse story
Residents of the White House - and one accomplished fellow who didn't quite become one - are prominent figures in new nonfiction books about the recent invasion of Iraq, life with Jack and Jackie Kennedy, and the accomplishments of Alexander Hamilton.

'Bergdorf Blondes' a Plum-dandy debut

'Bergdorf Blondes' a Plum-dandy debut
The heroine of Plum Sykes' charming first novel, "Bergdorf Blondes," is a self-described "champagne bubble about town" known only as Moi.

U.N. weapons inspector describes his search in Iraq

U.N. weapons inspector describes his search in Iraq
Both the Bush administration and Hans Blix, head of the U.N. weapons inspection team in Iraq, had the same misgivings about Saddam Hussein's regime.

New book focuses fresh attention on 1925 Detroit civil rights case

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.

New titles feature history and a horse story

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.

Woodward's book reveals Bush's roadmap to Baghdad

New book focuses fresh attention on 1925 Detroit civil rights case
DETROIT -- In September 1925, a successful black obstetrician moved his young family into a spacious east-side home in a predominantly white neighborhood.

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

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.

Padres beat Marlins in 10 innings
MIAMI -- Sean Burroughs hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning Saturday night to lead the San Diego Padres over the Florida Marlins 6-3.

Walker rewarded for choosing winning over money

Hundley to have hip surgery

Cubs blank Rockies

Padres beat Marlins in 10 innings

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

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

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

America stands united against metric system

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.

Homer rescues Atlanta
ATLANTA - The scene on the field - Jimy Williams running out to protest an umpire's call, Roy Oswalt flinging a tackle box filled with bubble gum from the dugout, bench coach John Tamargo ejected by home plate umpire Gary Darling - will be remembered long after this season is completed.

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.

Astros handle Braves

Braves notebook

Chipper's anxious to return to lineup

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - After missing 16 games, during which the Braves went 6-10, Chipper Jones was activated from the disabled list Saturday and rejoined the lineup.

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
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.

Pocket change

Oil prices squeeze airlines, but Southwest can gloat

Consumer confidence rebounds in May

Price of oil hits $40 a barrel

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

Congress' top budget analyst sees smaller deficit than forecast

Girl Scouts council honors area businesswomen

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

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.

Nike treads into Indian health issues
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- As an American Indian who lost his mother to diabetes, Sam McCracken is using his role as a Nike Inc. executive to combat the illness - and help Nike boost its reputation for social responsibility.

Consumer confidence rebounds in May

Pocket change
Employer Spotlight: Milliken & Co.

Unemployment rate slips to 5.6 percent

Use survey to determine what your customers want
One of the best methods to determine what the buying public wants is to ask it.

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.

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.

Ex-factory workers enter nursing field

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.

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.

Busines calendar
A calendar of business events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

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.

Use survey to determine what your customers want

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.

Busines calendar

Ex-factory workers enter nursing field
Joann Thomason spent almost 30 years running a sewing machine.

Augusta ranks below average in job salaries
Money isn't everything. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Home is where the heart is.

Nike treads into Indian health issues

Hopefuls gripe as Finch joins race

Hopefuls gripe as Finch joins race
The last-minute entry of Robert Finch, of Athens, into the 12th Congressional District Democrat primary infuriated many party leaders and previously declared candidates, although they don't want to admit it publicly.

Controls are the wrong Rx
CVS/Pharmacy, the first large drug store chain to endorse importing prescription drugs from Canada, is playing to popular opinion and CVS' chairman and CEO Thomas Ryan knows it.

Covering their bases
It was a wild pitch anyway.

VA gets the message

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.

Covering their bases

VA gets the message
Commission reports and recommendations often are filed and forgotten. Thankfully, that didn't happen with an advisory commission appointed by Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi that looked into closing or consolidating various Department of Veterans Affairs facilities around the nation.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Money funds fell in latest week

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.

Be cautious to avoid fraud at ATM machines
Q: I keep hearing about ATM fraud. How serious a problem is it? And what can I do to protect myself?

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.

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.

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.

Boomers eyeing ways to pay for grandchildren's college fees
NEW YORK -- Hard as it may be to believe, the baby boom generation now has its fair share of grandparents.

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.

Boomers eyeing ways to pay for grandchildren's college fees

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.

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

Americans increase borrowing in March

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Janus said SEC still investigating agreements with brokers

Dollar up, gold down in Europe

Krispy Kreme lowers earnings guidance

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

Oberholser gets another shot at first victory
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Arron Oberholser felt like he was going to pass out from the steamy heat. Instead, he passed everyone and wound up alone atop the Wachovia Championship.

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.

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.

Golf capsules
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Arron Oberholser surged past a pack of contenders and left struggling Tiger Woods far behind Saturday in the third round of 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.

Woods takes the lead at Wachovia

Woods sits in driver's seat

Williams bolts into lead with 63 at Kingsmill

Oberholser gets another shot at first victory

GreenJackets earn consecutive wins

Junior is surprised at attention

Junior is surprised at attention
Editor's note: No football player in the Augusta area has ever had more scholarship offers as a junior than North Augusta wide receiver/safety C.J. Byrd.

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

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.

Tortorella: Toughness not the only key to East finals

Lightning shock Flyers, take Game 1

AHL suspends player through next season for stick attack

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.

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.

Former teammates Nabokov, Kiprusoff face off

Lightning shock Flyers, take Game 1
TAMPA, Fla. -- It took the Tampa Bay Lightning just one period to get back into the flow of the playoffs.

Prosecutors: Hockey player wanted to kill his agent

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.

America stands united against metric system
America has become a land of diversity. We've got shirts made in Thailand, pants from Puerto Rico and outfielders from Japan.

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

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.

Negroponte is bad diplomatic choice

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

'Hunley' funeral was the real thing

'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

Ford resumes tours at historical Rouge complex

Daughter thinks her mother deserves a head-to-toe makeover

Joshua Tree's desert environment dazzles visitors in Calif.

Scientists may send Mars rover into deep crater

Commonsense concrete placement

Intel to focus on dual-core processors

New siding offers better protection and saves labor

New DVD copying software tries to skirt law

House with history changes hands generation to generation

Truckers taking to wireless Internet technology

Debutantes shine at annual cotillion

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

Find out china pattern to replace broken dish

Eudora Welty's garden is reborn in Mississippi

Just being on explosive Stromboli is an adventure

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

Ford resumes tours at historical Rouge complex
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Arches of light flew through the air, fog filled the room and the floor shook when truck bodies were pressed.

I do
What began as a trip to the city for Evita Young and Gerald Gaillard soon turned into much more.

Eudora Welty's garden is reborn in Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. -- Walk through Eudora Welty's garden and you get a glimpse of her world.

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.

House with history changes hands generation to generation
Michael Morgan's house off Highland Avenue is modest compared with some of the mansions in the surrounding Summerville neighborhood off Walton Way.

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.

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.

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.

Joshua Tree's desert environment dazzles visitors in Calif.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- I first heard of the Joshua tree more than a decade ago while buying the U2 album of the same name.

Daughter thinks her mother deserves a head-to-toe makeover
Children are born with the unwavering belief that their mommy is the most beautiful mommy in the world. As years pass, that belief isn't likely to change, but Mom may find herself stuck in a time warp - a never-ending cycle of work clothes and play clothes.

Debutantes shine at annual cotillion
The Rosa T. Beard Debutante Club celebrated its 39th anniversary April 24 with its annual cotillion.

Commonsense concrete placement
Watching a craftsman at work can be an inspiring experience.

Find out china pattern to replace broken dish
Dear Carson: My wife and I were invited to someone's house for cocktails and dinner. I accidentally broke one of their dinner plates. I've apologized sincerely, but now I'm wondering whether that's enough. Would it be in poor taste for me to offer to pay for the plate, even if I do not know the china pattern? Would the same answer hold true for the mess on the carpet that the spilled plate of food created? -Broken Mess

New siding offers better protection and saves labor
After a home's roof, siding is the primary defense against all that is abusive to a home: precipitation, wind, temperature and sun.

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.

Q&A: How to repair a damaged windowsill
Q. Kathy asks: Recently my daughter visited with her puppy. The puppy promptly gnawed off an area around the corner of two wooden windowsills in the bedroom. How can I repair these without replacing the whole sill? They are wood with a stain finish.

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.

Just being on explosive Stromboli is an adventure
STROMBOLI, Italy -- On this explosive island, you can have an adventure vacation by lounging in your beach chair.

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.

Kid of the day

Secretary boosts SRS' lab status

DOE unveils plans to add to security

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.

Sunken ship will get out of docks

Suspect in stabbing gets $25,000 bond

Dodging the fork

Poor areas suffer from doctor shortage
FAIRFAX, S.C. - Eddie Richardson, a high-energy ex-Marine, whips on his white clinic coat, slaps on his serious medical game face and snaps up a patient's chart.

Fertilizer seller opens can of worms

Athens fights to recoup court fees
ATHENS, Ga. - On the heels of winning a 2-year-old discrimination lawsuit, Athens Clarke-County will start to go after people who file lawsuits that liability attorneys call "frivolous."

'Chronicle' keeps working to reflect whole community
The future is where I want to live, not the past. I would rather spend more time inventing the future and less time wringing my hands over the past.

Music attracts many to downtown festival
Amanda Belge, of Martinez, figured taking in some sun would serve as the perfect accompaniment for an afternoon of live music at the Garden City Music Festival.

News you can use

Across Georgia
WARNER ROBINS - A man who suffered from Alzheimer's disease died Friday during a fight with a 91-year-old man at an assisted living facility where the two lived.

SRS officers win shooting eventSecurity team wins top prize in event

Across the area

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.

Results force 'Chronicle' to examine itself

Blind mom finds way past hurdles

Poor areas suffer from doctor shortage

College honors cancer fighter

Around town

Blind mom finds way past hurdles
Stephanie Ray said she can tell her 2-year-old daughter senses there's something different about her mother.

Views on nursing homes are sought

Athens residents debate return of Cobb's house
ATHENS, Ga. - More than a century after Confederate Gen. Thomas R.R. Cobb died fighting in the Civil War, his pro-slavery writings and architectural ideas are being hotly debated.

Hooked on fish

'Chronicle' keeps working to reflect whole community

County relaxes rules of protest
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Lawyers for Brunswick, Glynn County and protest groups said most of the major issues have been resolved in a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of ordinances enacted to regulate protests during the G-8 Summit.

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

Longer tests might affect performance
AIKEN - South Carolina pupils in the middle of a two-week grind of statewide testing will be exhausted from penciling in answer sheets and might not score as well when testing resumes next week, officials with the South Carolina Department of Education said.

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Longer tests might affect performance

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.

New exams test pupils' knowledge

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.

Racing to summer

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.

Athens residents debate return of Cobb's house

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.

Duties may push chiefs to leave city

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.

Teenagers may face hate-crime charges

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.

College honors cancer fighter

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.

Republicans split on budget

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.

Antifreeze case tests defenders

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 the area

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.

Legislators quietly end special session

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Player ejected over can of dip

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.

Views on nursing homes are sought
The Augusta Chronicle is looking for readers who would be willing to discuss their experiences and thoughts on dealing with nursing homes and elder-care facilities as part of an upcoming series of articles.

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.

Woman is sought to testify for defendant

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.

County relaxes rules of protest

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

Kid of the day

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.

Results force 'Chronicle' to examine itself
When The Augusta Chronicle kicked off its yearlong project on race relations in January, one of its goals was to examine the perceived causes of racial tension in the area.

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.

Teenagers may face hate-crime charges
CANTON, Ga. - Domingo Lopez Vargas wasn't the first Hispanic day laborer to be picked up by some white teens, taken to the woods, beaten and robbed of hundreds of dollars.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Across Georgia

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.

New exams test pupils' knowledge
High school students already take the Georgia High School Graduation Test, semester exams, Advanced Placement exams and the SAT.

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.

Duties may push chiefs to leave city
What makes Augusta unique apparently isn't just its form of government but also how long it keeps - or doesn't keep - its city administrators.

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.

Hooked on fish
COLLIERS - It wasn't the foot-long, black catfish that Sterling Banks caught at Lick Fork Lake on Saturday that reeled in a prize.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Kenneth Cummings Jr. of Augusta

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Senate Republican leaders found a way early Saturday morning to take the albatross of a 2-year-old deficit off their necks and hang accountability for dealing with it on Gov. Mark Sanford.

Grads celebrate hard-earned goal

Athens fights to recoup court fees

Across the area
An Augusta woman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies she saw two young men shoot a gun at least four times in a residential area of Laney-Walker Boulevard and Strother Drive on Friday, a police record said.

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.

Harris proves best successor for chairman
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When Hootie Johnson decides he's had enough of overseeing course changes, jousting with critics and presiding as chairman of a certain private club that hosts a certain major golf championship, his successor should be apparent.

Sting cancels British concert because of throat infection

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

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.

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.

Castroneves, new teammate Hornish ready for Indy

Ferrari star on his fourth pole
BARCELONA, Spain - Michael Schumacher captured the pole position for today's Spanish Grand Prix, where he will try to win his fifth straight race to start the Formula One season.

Castroneves, new teammate Hornish ready for Indy
INDIANAPOLIS - Spider-Man is back, with a new partner. Helio Castroneves earned the nickname with his celebratory fence climbs after winning the Indianapolis 500 in 2001 and 2002. He finished second last year to Gil de Ferran.

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.

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.

Harris a leading candidate in Hawks search
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks are placing a premium on experience in their search for a new coach, and that emphasis may push Del Harris to the top of the team's list of candidates.

Kings hope Peja goes off in Game 2

Jackson talks to Lakers about the future

Harris a leading candidate in Hawks search

Jackson talks to Lakers about the future
LOS ANGELES -- Facing a potential knockout punch, the fractious Lakers received a warning from coach Phil Jackson on Saturday concerning their uncertain future.

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

Stotts fired by Hawks

As Rivers struggles, Brees vows to keep Chargers' job

Giants' Coughlin probed for minicamp program

Manning struggles in first minicamp workout

Tennessee to host Aug. 7 scrimmage

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O'Connors want one last ride in Athens

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.

Weightlifting medalists Haworth, Cunningham back on U.S. team
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Cheryl Haworth and Tara Cunningham will again represent the United States in Olympic women's weightlifting. The challenge now is to do in Athens what they did in Sydney.

Weightlifting medalists Haworth, Cunningham back on U.S. team

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.

Top Greek official dismisses Athens bombings

Russia hoping to rebuild gymnastics teams before Athens
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- After the European gymnastics championships in which Romanians won nine of 14 gold medals, it became clear that the once-powerful Russian teams were in disarray.

Athens wants 'to look good on television'

O'Connors want one last ride in Athens
THE PLAINS, Va. -- For one heart-stopping second, David O'Connor got lost.

Japan preparing emergency manual for athletes

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.

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.

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!

Athens troubles bring speculation about U.S. plans

'Chronicle' will remain a vigilant watchdog
The job of a newspaper in a free and open society is to report the news without fear or favor. It must do so accurately, promptly and to the best of its ability.(Editor's note: The writer is chairman and chief executive officer of Morris Communications Co. LLC and publisher of The Augusta Chronicle.)

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

Opinion pages will seek one Augusta
I've been in Augusta for nearly two years now. And I realize that, as long as I live here, I'll never fully appreciate all the good things it has to offer.

'Chronicle' will remain a vigilant watchdog
The job of a newspaper in a free and open society is to report the news without fear or favor. It must do so accurately, promptly and to the best of its ability. (Editor's note: The writer is chairman and chief executive officer of Morris Communications Co. LLC and publisher of The Augusta Chronicle.)

Opinion pages will seek one Augusta
I've been in Augusta for nearly two years now. And I realize that, as long as I live here, I'll never fully appreciate all the good things it has to offer.

Tillman's life sets example for nation
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WESTSIDE LOSES

Seven records fall on second day of girls track championships

Landmark Christian captures fifth title in row

Lady Lions kick Harlem out again

Musketeers prove their mettle

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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.

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.

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

Lady Lions kick Harlem out again
History repeated itself for the Harlem Bulldogs on Saturday when, for the second year in a row, Lovett denied them a shot at the state soccer semifinals.

Greenbrier falls short
It was fitting that St. Pius and Greenbrier would have to settle their playoff meeting this way. The two schools bickered over everything from game site to game time to uniform selection in the days and moments leading up to their Georgia High School Association Class AAAA state quarterfinal matchup at Greenbrier.

Overtime
Paul Williams is still undefeated. Williams, from Aiken, upped his record to 23-0 with a unanimous decision over Luis Hernandez in a welterweight fight Friday night in Mashantucket, Conn.

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.

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.

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

Elliott cleared to ride in Preakness
BALTIMORE - Kentucky Derby winning jockey Stewart Elliott was cleared by Maryland racing officials Saturday to ride in the Preakness.

Landmark Christian captures fifth title in row
ALBANY, Ga. -- Landmark Christian captured its fifth straight girls track and field championship Saturday at the Georgia High School Association state meet.

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.

Outdoors calendar

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

Many anglers favor shellcracker
When wary shellcracker are guarding their spring beds, there is no such thing as loneliness - or boredom - unless you run out of worms.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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?"

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Many anglers favor shellcracker

Harris proves best successor for chairman

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

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

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."

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

More than 50 million viewers tune in for final "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.

CNN hires former prisoner of war as contributor to Iraq coverage

'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.

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.

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.

Fox News threatens lawsuit over flamboyant billboard near CNN

'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.

Thomas Gibson and wife have new baby girl

Friars Club to roast Donald Trump

People in the News

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

Georgia keeps win streak going

Georgia keeps win streak going
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Justin Holmes homered and Georgia extended its winning streak to a school-record-tying 11 games Saturday with an 8-4 win over Mississippi State.

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.

USC signee arrested, charged with armed robbery

Odds and Ends

Religion News in Brief

Faith Calendar

Faith digest

Arrival of choral society director was welcomed answer to prayer

Organist will play in finale of 3 inaugural performances

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

How did we get the New Testament?

Religious study is a family affair in parish