Woodward's book reveals Bush's roadmap to Baghdad

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.

Salvador Dali's 100th birthday is celebrated

'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.

Renowned memoirist releases novel set at boy's school

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.

Najimy and Gaffney come back to their off-Broadway roots

'Bergdorf Blondes' a Plum-dandy debut

Deborah Cox will be Broadway's 'Aida' all summer long

New book focuses fresh attention on 1925 Detroit civil rights case

Professor Irwin Corey is back on Broadway at 90

New titles feature history and a horse story

Salvador Dali's 100th birthday is celebrated
BARCELONA, Spain -- Shameless showman, brilliant artist and the proud owner of one of the world's pointiest mustaches, Salvador Dali was a cultural icon known as much for his eccentric lifestyle as for his art.

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?

Renowned memoirist releases novel set at boy's school
STANFORD, Calif. -- Tobias Wolff strides past the 19th-century sandstone arcades and towering palms that frame the entrance to Stanford University, slinging a battered leather satchel over his shoulder and adjusting his wool driving cap.

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.

Professor Irwin Corey is back on Broadway at 90
NEW YORK -- It's five minutes to curtain, and the cast of "Sly Fox" is buzzing backstage at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Deborah Cox will be Broadway's 'Aida' all summer long
NEW YORK -- The sultry billboard will stare down onto 47th Street and the Times Square area all summer - Deborah Cox has extended her stay in the New York company of "Aida" through Sept. 5.

Najimy and Gaffney come back to their off-Broadway roots
NEW YORK -- Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney together again. The comedy duo's latest theater piece is called "Afterbirth: Kathy and Mo's Greatest Hits" and it brings the performers back to Second Stage Theatre, where "The Further Adventures of Kathy and Mo" premiered in 1986.

Woman hit by bat during sausage race retiring
MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin's most famous sausage has decided to retire, but she'll always relish the memories.

Padres beat Marlins in 10 innings

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.

America stands united against metric system

Man has been hiccuping for 44 years
LAURINBURG, N.C -- Almost all cases of the hiccups last only a few minutes.

Bad bats hang ace with loss to Astros

Braves notebook

Bad bats hang ace with loss to Astros
ATLANTA - Russ Ortiz pitched like the ace of the Braves' staff Sunday afternoon. His teammates played like jokers.

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.

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.

Diebold finds voting machine business stormy
NORTH CANTON, Ohio -- After the Florida punch-card debacle hurt the credibility of the last presidential election, ATM maker Diebold Inc. decided it should expand into electronic voting.

Colleges join forces with publishing company to boost yearbook sales
Andrea Cranford is trying for the second time to revive The Cornhusker, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's student yearbook.

Diebold finds voting machine business stormy

Pocket change
Employer Spotlight: Milliken & Co.

'Sweatshop-free' firms see market in socially conscious consumers
LOS ANGELES -- In an industry with a history of sweatshops, two garment companies are convinced they can make money without underpaying or overworking employees.

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

Colleges join forces with publishing company to boost yearbook sales

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

'Sweatshop-free' firms see market in socially conscious consumers

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.

Many factors at work in bringing Israeli jobs to California
Fresh from a visit to Israel, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger boasted to business leaders that he struck deals to bring almost 1,000 jobs and millions of dollars to state revenues.

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

Walgreen's Rx in drugstore war: Capture 12,000 corners
CHICAGO -- Ice cream, fast food, optical centers, a travel agency - there was a time Walgreen Co. had so many businesses that prescription drugs seemed almost an afterthought.

Ex-factory workers enter nursing field

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.

Use survey to determine what your customers want

Many factors at work in bringing Israeli jobs to California

Busines calendar

Walgreen's Rx in drugstore war: Capture 12,000 corners

Pocket change

Despite more "sell" ratings, Wall Street banking clients don't bear brunt

Nike treads into Indian health issues

Despite more "sell" ratings, Wall Street banking clients don't bear brunt
NEW YORK - Before applauding Wall Street stock analysts for learning how to say "sell," take a closer look. They may not speak so freely when it comes to companies that buy investment banking services from their firms.

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.

Tigers fall to Central Florida

Tigers fall to Central Florida
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Central Florida jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held off Clemson for a 3-2 win at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday.

Jaguars dip in for new coach

Sharon's setback
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan for pulling out of Gaza and four West Bank settlements was sinking in the polls even before his Likud Party voters turned it down by a whopping 60 percent majority in a May 2 referendum.

VA gets the message

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.

DOE comes to senses
It was harder than pulling teeth, but the U.S. Department of Energy finally did the right thing by extending the radiation monitoring program on the Georgia side of the Savannah River.

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.

Davidson's Grammy
Augusta's Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School has long been known as an educational institution of excellence.

Berkshire without Buffett? Shareholders' outlooks mixed

Boomers eyeing ways to pay for grandchildren's college fees

Google's stock auction: an IPO revolution or disaster?

Wi-Fi phones could be the next moneysaving move in telecom

Wi-Fi phones could be the next moneysaving move in telecom
NEW YORK -- Now that some Wi-Fi "hot spots" have grown into broader neighborhood "hot zones," the next wave is waiting: Phones and gear that send conversations over wireless Internet networks - for free or at a fraction of the cost of traditional calls.

Google's stock auction: an IPO revolution or disaster?
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc.'s initial public offering has a lot of people salivating for a piece of the action - an appetite that the Internet search engine leader hopes to satisfy by inviting the masses to the bidding table.

Investors flock to Japanese stock market on recovery hopes

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?

Berkshire without Buffett? Shareholders' outlooks mixed

Berkshire without Buffett? Shareholders' outlooks mixed
OMAHA, Neb. -- Gray and bespectacled, Warren Buffett would seem an unlikely character to garner the kind of adoration usually reserved for rock stars.

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.

Investors flock to Japanese stock market on recovery hopes
TOKYO -- Shunned by investors for more than a decade, Japan's stock market is regaining its reputation as a place to make money.

Jackets rout Duke
ATLANTA -- Mike Trapani, in the lineup only because regular shortstop Tyler Greene was sick, homered and drove in a career-high four runs to lead Georgia Tech past Duke 14-3 Sunday, the ninth straight victory for the Yellow Jackets.

Jackets rout Duke

If only real life came with a blooper reel at the end

Jason Knutson wins Macau Open

Nelson's late charge wins Kinko's Classic
AUSTIN, Texas -- With none of the day's early leaders finding the strokes to close out a victory, Larry Nelson charged from the pack Sunday to win the FedEx Kinko's Classic.

At last! Sindelar wins for the first time in 14 years

Lane wins British Masters
MERIDEN, England -- England's Barry Lane won his first title in nine years Sunday, shooting a 6-under-par 66 for a three-stroke victory in the British Masters.

Wie impresses in Kingsmill debut
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Michelle Wie's group was easy to find throughout the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill: Just follow the huge crowds scrambling to be in position for each shot the 14-year-old made.

At last! Sindelar wins for the first time in 14 years
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Fourteen years and 370 tournaments removed from his last victory, Joey Sindelar made it worth the wait Sunday in the Wachovia Championship with an improbable rally and a playoff victory over fast-fading Arron Oberholser.

Jason Knutson wins Macau Open
MACAU -- Jason Knutzon of the United States won the Macau Open on Sunday, making a birdie on the final hole to beat Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand by a stroke.

Bolli wins first Nationwide Tour event
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Justin Bolli won his first Nationwide Tour event Sunday, shooting a 7-under-par 65 for a one-shot victory at the Chattanooga Classic.

Oberholser gets another shot at first victory

Pak comes from behind to win at Kingsmill

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.

Pak comes from behind to win at Kingsmill
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Se Ri Pak won for her father on Father's Day five years ago. Now she's won for her mother on Mother's Day.

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.

Wie impresses in Kingsmill debut

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.

Flyers regroup after Game 1 loss to Lightning
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Philadelphia Flyers concede one thing after losing the opening game of the Eastern Conference finals to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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.

Flames burn Sharks in Game 1

Lightning shock Flyers, take Game 1

Flyers regroup after Game 1 loss to Lightning

Flames burn Sharks in Game 1
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Overtime suits the Calgary Flames - particularly when their goalie seems determined to show his former teammates exactly what they gave up.

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.

Arrington sentenced to death
A jury voted unanimously today to set Robert O. Arrington's punishment at death.

Week honors nation's nurses

Week honors nation's nurses
PrimeCare IV Infusion Specialists is celebrating National Nurses Week from May 6-12. The purpose of National Nurses Week is to raise public awareness of the value of nursing and to help educate the public about the vital roles nurses play in meeting the health care needs of the American people. Tammy C. Burdeaux, R.N., B.S.N., C.R.N.I., Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is director of nursing services for PrimeCare IV Infusion Specialists.)

Dam engineer's CSRA contribution was mighty
The Augusta Chronicle and reporter Robert Pavey should be commended on the articles commemorating the 50th anniversary of Clarks Hill Dam and many positive benefits that this project brought to the community. Of more than 2,000 people who worked on the project, no one had a greater impact on the CSRA than its principal designer, Josef C. Patchen. Lee E. Wheatley, P.E., Augusta

Cowardly Bush saves own skin
If George W. Bush had the same love of freedom for the people of Vietnam in 1968, when he was 22 years old, as he does in 2004 for the people of Iraq, he may very well have come back from Vietnam with a chest full of medals and a hero's glory. Richard D. Renew, Martinez

Widows' Home is in poor state
I have just passed by the old building that used to be the Widows' Home on Greene Street, and it's in deplorable condition. The same company that bought the old Houghton School bought the old Widows' Home and it, too, is in deplorable condition. Jo Hales, North Augusta, S.C.

Widows' Home is in poor state

Dam engineer's CSRA contribution was mighty

Isolated obese populations help search for genetic influences

Weighty new world: Obesity gains ground as global killer

Internet is changing the way performing artists manage their careers

Commonsense concrete placement

New siding offers better protection and saves labor

House with history changes hands generation to generation

New iTunes boosts features, but tweaks copy rules

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

Techbits: Marketing e-mail, Green PCs, and more

Debutantes shine at annual cotillion

Sluggish game play limits new soccer game

Find out china pattern to replace broken dish

Ford resumes tours at historical Rouge complex

Just being on explosive Stromboli is an adventure

Eudora Welty's garden is reborn in Mississippi

Joshua Tree's desert environment dazzles visitors in Calif.

Techbits: Marketing e-mail, Green PCs, and more
NEW YORK -- Microsoft Corp., whose Hotmail and MSN services are inundated by spam, has contracted for a service that lets e-mail from legitimate companies more easily reach people's inboxes.

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.

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.

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

U.S. contributes to global obesity, but can't take all the blame
It's all America's fault, right? In the global give and take, it seems only fair that the blame for bloating the world go to the nation that gave it rivers of Coke, mountains of Big Macs and an endless fitness-quashing entertainment feed from Hollywood.

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.

Internet is changing the way performing artists manage their careers
NEW YORK -- Let's say you're a small theater company and you want to tour the Southwest on a shoestring budget, or you want to find theaters in rural New England that are interested in experimental dance.

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.

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

Weighty new world: Obesity gains ground as global killer
It's a bitter truth to swallow: About every fourth person on Earth is too fat. Obesity is fast becoming one of the world's leading reasons why people die.

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.

Sluggish game play limits new soccer game
"World Tour Soccer 2005" tries something in videogaming I've long sought from real-world soccer - make it interesting.

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

New iTunes boosts features, but tweaks copy rules
A year after Apple Computer Inc. proved that commercial music downloads from the Internet can be both convenient and legal, its pioneering iTunes software has undergone a revision that offers a flurry of advances - but takes one step backward.

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.

Isolated obese populations help search for genetic influences
On the Pacific island of Kosrae, scientists hope to find answers to one of the biggest mysteries about obesity: What genes nudge some people toward getting fat?

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.

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.

DSS hopes to foster more parents
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- The state Department of Social Services hope stories like Gayle Starr's will encourage others to become foster parents.

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.

Arrington sentenced to death

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

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Blacks disproportionately hold low-paying jobs while being underrepresented among South Carolina's highest-paying professions, according to a newspaper analysis.

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.

Special session was an extended 'goodbye' for departing lawmakers
ATLANTA -- For a Georgia Legislature losing some of its most experienced players, last week's special session offered an opportunity to say an extended goodbye.

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."

G-8 watchdogs prepare

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.

Battle weighs heavily in town
SUMMERTON, S.C. - History always lurks nearby in Summerton, often in the most unexpected places. An empty field. A small motel. A school district office.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Renovations to old buildings revitalize area
ATHENS, Ga. - Joe McCrary wishes he could have saved the second-story wood floors in downtown Athens' old Adcock building. Nearly 2 inches thick, the floors surely would have passed a required fire-delay test, he believes.

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.

Some say Muscogee school district discriminates against pregnant students
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Muscogee County school officials recently avoided a legal battle when they allowed a pregnant student to return to her high school rather than attend a Columbus teen parenting center.

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.

The week ahead

'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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Special session was an extended 'goodbye' for departing lawmakers

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.

Rural hospitals fight for survival
FAIRFAX, S.C. - The small-town hospital is the mother ship for doctors practicing in the outback of South Carolina and Georgia, rural health experts say, but these local institutions are being withered by the same economic pressures slamming big-city and suburban medical centers.

Kid of the day

Across Georgia
STATESBORO - When a Statesboro man tried to hire a hit man, he instead found an undercover Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, authorities said.

Blind mom finds way past hurdles

Across the area
Police arrested an Augusta man after investigators said he threatened his wife at knifepoint to prevent her from leaving their home early Sunday.

'Chronicle' keeps working to reflect whole community

Halliburton worker from S.C. killed in Iraq
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A former instructor at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy here has become the area's first civilian casualty in Iraq.

Results force 'Chronicle' to examine itself

Blacks still hold more low-income jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Blacks disproportionately hold low-paying jobs while being underrepresented among South Carolina's highest paying professions, according to a newspaper analysis.

Hooked on fish

Web site set up to honor slain student, generate information about case
ATHENS, Ga. -- The mother of a University of Georgia law school student found dead in her burning home in 2001 believes a Web site created to honor the woman might also generate information to help police find her killer.

Views on nursing homes are sought

University students lead excavation at antebellum home

Across the area

Halliburton worker from S.C. killed in Iraq

Poor areas suffer from doctor shortage

DSS hopes to foster more parents

Some say Muscogee school district discriminates against pregnant students

Retailers watch for suspicious customers

Rural hospitals fight for survival

Web site set up to honor slain student, generate information about case

Statesboro man tries to hire undercover agent for murder

County relaxes rules of protest

Battle weighs heavily in town

The week ahead
It has been more than 20 years since the influential Boston band Mission of Burma released its last album of original work. In that time, the band has developed something of a cult following, influencing the school of rock that became known as alternative and leaving a notable, if often unacknowledged, imprint on modern music. Now, the power trio has returned with the release of ONoffON. Here's hoping it affords this act some of the fame it so richly deserves. If nothing else, the occasion earns itself the honor of being this week's Best Bet. Here's what else is happening:

Teenagers may face hate-crime charges

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.

Duties may push chiefs to leave city

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.

Longer tests might affect performance

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.

Athens residents debate return of Cobb's house

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.

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.

Reshaping the future
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Miki and Dave Allgire noticed the curious looks given to their daughter Samantha after she was born.

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.

Agriculture officials on the look out for tree fungus

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.

Minister fought for church's rights

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

Five questions with Julie Hendrick
Julie Hendrick, a clinical nurse specialist for the Women's Center at University Hospital, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Across South Carolina

Retailers watch for suspicious customers
Facing a growing methamphetamine problem, South Carolina authorities are turning to retailers that sell the common ingredients of the illegal stimulant in hopes of cutting off the supply chain.

New exams test pupils' knowledge

G-8 watchdogs prepare
ATLANTA - With less than a month remaining until the G-8 Summit convenes on Sea Island, Atlanta resident Carol Bass is busy preparing to protest the annual meeting of the world's leading industrial nations.

Kid of the day

Rants and Raves
IF PROVEN TRUE, consider this to be a rant of epic proportion. A close friend, whose job it is to teach young children in one of our better schools of lower learning, informs me that he is constantly confronted with running out of basic supplies - yeah, paper and pencils (especially paper). Therefore, being the way he is, he takes money away from his already inadequate salary and buys some. What, pray tell, is Larke doing to earn his ill-gotten gains? You tell me.

Reshaping the future

Party seeks bearer for Hollings' torch
COLUMBIA - As Democrats gather at the Galivants Ferry Stump today to honor U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings' half-century in politics, there's a looming question about who will be the state party's leader when he retires.

Blacks still hold more low-income jobs

Minister fought for church's rights
A few months after being named minister at Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in the summer of 1994, the Rev. J. Ronzell Maness received a phone call from Atlanta Gas Light Co. requesting permission to drill on the church's property at Eighth and Taylor streets.

Renovations to old buildings revitalize area

Across the southeast
MACON, Miss. - Former hostage Thomas Hamill was greeted with hugs from fellow churchgoers Sunday as he attended services with his family.

Across Georgia

Agriculture officials on the look out for tree fungus
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- State agriculture officials have put a hold on some ornamental plants shipped from California to test them for a tree-killing fungus.

Across Georgia

Businesses split on bike rallies
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Some businesses along the Grand Strand are hoping to persuade bikers to shift their annual rallies to different dates to keep them from cutting into more family oriented business in May.

Party seeks bearer for Hollings' torch

Myrtle Beach, Greenville in dispute over $7 million
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A loophole in state law has two cities in the opposite parts of the state fighting over the same money.

Across the area

Fallen Navy officer from Georgia honored
CHAUNCEY, Ga. -- Friends and family of a fallen Navy officer honored him at a funeral service, as the memory of man known for making everyone laugh brought many to tears.

Rants and Raves
IF PROVEN TRUE, consider this to be a rant of epic proportion. A close friend, whose job it is to teach young children in one of our better schools of lower learning, informs me that he is constantly confronted with running out of basic supplies - yeah, paper and pencils (especially paper). Therefore, being the way he is, he takes money away from his already inadequate salary and buys some. What, pray tell, is Larke doing to earn his ill-gotten gains? You tell me.

Statesboro man tries to hire undercover agent for murder
STATESBORO, Ga. -- When a Statesboro man tried to hire a hitman, he found the wrong person in an undercover Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent.

Five questions with Julie Hendrick

University students lead excavation at antebellum home
LAFAYETTE, Ga. -- Archaeology students are putting their classroom knowledge to the test in a search for hidden artifacts on the site of an antebellum home in northwest Georgia.

Across the southeast

Businesses split on bike rallies

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Savannah Dawn Berry, 6, of Aiken.

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.

If only real life came with a blooper reel at the end
The other night I was flipping channels when I came across a program that was showing bloopers and outtakes from a series.

Hugh Jackman battles monsters, belts out show tunes
NEW YORK -- Wanna meet Hugh Jackman? It's easy, though it could be expensive and a little embarrassing.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen face age 18 in 'New York Minute'
LOS ANGELES -- Sometimes two of a kind beats a "Full House." Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen proved that by topping their childhood stint on that saccharine sitcom by starting a billion-dollar enterprise of direct-to-video movies, a little girl fashion line, and assorted books, dolls, trinkets and doodads.

John Grisham trying to build an audience for Little League movie
MUNCY, Pa. -- Marcia Tanner lives just a few blocks from where the Little League World Series is played, so she's familiar with bright lights and high drama.

'Van Helsing' tops box office with $54.2 million

'Van Helsing' tops box office with $54.2 million
LOS ANGELES -- Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein stomped the Olsen twins in the first major box-office contest of the summer blockbuster season.

Ancient monsters get modern makeover in 'Van Helsing'

'Super Size Me' filmmaker's on a mission to change way America eats

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen face age 18 in 'New York Minute'

Ancient monsters get modern makeover in 'Van Helsing'
LOS ANGELES -- Look at them, the creatures of the night! What ghoulish movie stars they make.

'Super Size Me' filmmaker's on a mission to change way America eats
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Morgan Spurlock set out to make a movie. He ended up a crusader. And all it took was 5,000 calories a day.

Hugh Jackman battles monsters, belts out show tunes

Twista rides 'Slow Jamz' to the top
NEW YORK -- When Twista made his debut 13 long years ago, it seemed only a matter of time before the Midwest motor-mouth would be a platinum success.

Q&A with media mogul Quincy Jones

Singer/songwriter hopes to ruffle a few feathers with debut album

Q&A with media mogul Quincy Jones
NEW YORK -- Nearly 20 years ago, legendary producer and media mogul Quincy Jones gathered about 45 top musicians, including Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen, for the charity song "We Are The World."

Singer/songwriter hopes to ruffle a few feathers with debut album
NEW YORK -- Nellie McKay isn't afraid to admit that she was a "band geek" in high school.

Twista rides 'Slow Jamz' to the top

Indy officials get their wish with slower speeds
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indy Racing League officials hope slower cars will improve safety at this year's Indianapolis 500.

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.

Indy officials get their wish with slower speeds

Castroneves, new teammate Hornish ready for Indy

Schumacher wins fifth in a row
BARCELONA, Spain -- So far, it's the perfect year for Michael Schumacher.

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.

Jackson talks to Lakers about the future

Lakers dominate Spurs in Game 3
LOS ANGELES -- Don't count the Lakers and their Fab Four out just yet.

Bryant to enter formal plea at hearing in assault case
EAGLE, Colo. -- Although merely a formality, NBA star Kobe Bryant is expected to plead not guilty this week to charges he raped a 19-year old woman last summer.

Lakers dominate Spurs in Game 3

Heat in another hole as series moves to Miami
MIAMI -- This is a small, but daunting hole for the Miami Heat.

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.

Heat in another hole as series moves to Miami

Harris a leading candidate in Hawks search

Duncan, Parker stifled in Spurs' loss

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.

Duncan, Parker stifled in Spurs' loss
LOS ANGELES -- Tim Duncan and Tony Parker went from dominating duo to also-rans against the Los Angeles Lakers' energized defense.

Jaguars dip in for new coach
Darren "Dip" Metress will be announced as the Augusta State men's head basketball coach at a press conference today, according to sources close to the school.

Force snaps losing streak

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

U.S. grouped with Sweden, Russia in Olympic hockey
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- The United States will play Sweden and Russia in its hockey group at the 2006 Turin Olympics.

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.

Workers prepare to put roof arches in place at Olympic stadium

Workers prepare to put roof arches in place at Olympic stadium
ATHENS, Greece -- Workers dismantled support towers on sections of a delayed steel-and-glass roof at the main Olympic stadium Sunday in preparation for rolling the arches into place during a visit by International Olympic Committee inspectors.

Hamman looking to give United States Olympians a big lift in Athens

O'Connors want one last ride in Athens

U.S. grouped with Sweden, Russia in Olympic hockey

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.

Hamman looking to give United States Olympians a big lift in Athens
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Shane Hamman can dead lift more weight than any Olympic athlete in America. Imagine being able to hoist the back end of a Ford Focus or a Dodge Neon above one's head, and you get the idea.

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

'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.)

'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.

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.

Overtime

Elliott cleared to ride in Preakness

Moya, a craftsman on clay, wins Italian Open

Injured Venus Williams pulls out of German Open final

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Kentucky Derby winning jockey sues newspaper for libel

Marquex, Pacquiao may do it all over again

Landmark Christian captures fifth title in row

Greenbrier falls short

Lady Lions kick Harlem out again

Injured Venus Williams pulls out of German Open final
BERLIN -- Hobbling on crutches and hoping for the best, Venus Williams knew she couldn't play for the German Open title. Whether she'll be ready for the French Open is uncertain.

Kentucky Derby winning jockey sues newspaper for libel
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The jockey who rode Funny Cide to victory in last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes is suing The Miami Herald for libel, seeking $48 million in damages.

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.

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.

Marquex, Pacquiao may do it all over again
LAS VEGAS -- Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao gave themselves a tough act to follow with a thrilling featherweight title fight that had multiple knockdowns, lots of blood and even a little bit of controversy.

Overtime
In Albuquerque, N.M., Cindy Parlow, Mia Hamm and Lori Chalupny scored second-half goals to lead the U.S. women's national team past Mexico 3-0 on Sunday in an exhibition match to prepare for the Olympics.

Moya, a craftsman on clay, wins Italian Open
ROME -- Carlos Moya began the year aiming for a top-eight finish. After winning the Italian Open and reaching a No. 2 ranking, he might have to rethink his goals.

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.

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.

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.

Outdoors calendar
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Outdoors calendar

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.

Force snaps losing streak
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Leon Murray threw for 334 yards and eight touchdowns, and the Georgia Force snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 72-51 victory over the Columbus Destroyers on Sunday in the Arena Football League.

Many anglers favor shellcracker

Harris proves best successor for chairman

"Survivor" contestant loses game but gains a bride
NEW YORK -- It was "Survivor" meets "The Bachelor" at Madison Square Garden.

Toga epics are reborn as two Ancient Rome epics shoot in Italy

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Toga epics are reborn as two Ancient Rome epics shoot in Italy
ROME -- Ancient Roman commoners trembled with excitement at the arrival of Mark Antony, shoving to get near the general as he strode under a triumphal arch.

NBC leaving little to chance in 'Nightly News' anchor transition
NEW YORK -- Every week or so, a handful of NBC News executives meet to plot the schedule of a man who usually isn't in the room.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Most Manhattanites slog through traffic as if they were blindfolded. But Gerry McCambridge really is. Blindfolded. Putt-putting through Times Square on a gas-powered scooter.

Van [filtered word], Moore revisit classic '60s TV comedy

Van Dyke, Moore revisit classic '60s TV comedy
LOS ANGELES -- When Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Carl Reiner and Rose Marie got together for a reunion of "The Dick Van Dyke Show," it was as if 40 years hadn't passed.

"Survivor" contestant loses game but gains a bride

Georgia keeps win streak going

Diamond Dogs top Mississippi St. in extra innings

Diamond Dogs top Mississippi St. in extra innings
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Josh Morris had three RBIs and hit a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the 11th, and Georgia won its school-record 12th straight game, beating Mississippi State 8-6 on Sunday.

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.

Dooley's farewell tour comes to town
The Vince Dooley farewell tour makes it way through Augusta today.

South Carolina defeats Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. -- Brendan Winn and Landon Powell drove in seven runs combined to help South Carolina defeat Auburn 12-11 on Sunday.

Man has been hiccuping for 44 years