Arts review: Expertly traveling the bumpy road from innocence to maturity

Billy Joel signs book publishing deal with Scholastic

Pittsburgh to hold first ever national performing-arts convention
PITTSBURGH -- For the first time, professional associations representing the performing arts will hold a convention next month to learn from each other and promote the arts.

Pittsburgh to hold first ever national performing-arts convention

Whitney museum renews expansion plans

Harold Bloom creates his dream anthology

E.L. Doctorow lights out for the heartland

Arts review: Expertly traveling the bumpy road from innocence to maturity
NEW YORK -- Julia Jordan has been living a playwright's dream lately, seeing four of her pieces produced off-Broadway in the past year.

Billy Joel signs book publishing deal with Scholastic
NEW YORK -- First the Material Girl, now the Piano Man.

Whitney museum renews expansion plans
NEW YORK -- The Whitney Museum of American Art has renewed its plans for a $200 million expansion, interviewing new architects including Italian designer Renzo Piano.

Harold Bloom creates his dream anthology
"The Best Poems of the English Language: From Chaucer Through Frost" arperCollins. 972 Pages. $34.95) - selected and with commentary by Harold Bloom

E.L. Doctorow lights out for the heartland
NEW YORK -- On a leisurely spring afternoon, author E.L. Doctorow sits for an interview in his office at New York University, a professorial figure with his high forehead and soft beard, his wry smile fitting for a man who always seems to be debating how much he's willing to tell.

Labor violations cost Giants two offseason workouts
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants had two days of their offseason program taken away Friday for violating the NFL's collective bargaining agreement under new coach Tom Coughlin.

Roberts to have shoulder surgery

Brewers-Pirates postponed

Bonds gets his trainer

Former big leaguer Petrick retires with Parkinson's disease

Brewers-Pirates postponed
PITTSBURGH -- The opener of a three-game series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed Friday because of expected 70 mph winds and thunderstorms.

Glaus has shoulder surgery
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Angels slugger Troy Glaus had surgery on his right shoulder Friday, an operation that might sideline him for the rest of the season.

Red Sox put Williamson on DL
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox placed reliever Scott Williamson on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation and recalled right-hander Anastacio Martinez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Bonds back in lineup for game in San Juan

Beck rejoins Padres
PHILADEPHIA -- Reliever Rod Beck rejoined the San Diego Padres on Friday, more than two months after leaving the team to deal with an unspecified personal problem.

Red Sox sign DH/1B Ortiz to two-year extension

Roberts to have shoulder surgery
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets agreed to allow right-hander Grant Roberts to have surgery on his ailing shoulder after he was examined by three doctors.

Beck rejoins Padres

Laird out three months with torn ligament in thumb
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers rookie catcher Gerald Laird will have surgery to reattach a torn ligament in his left thumb Saturday, and will be sidelined approximately three months.

Red Sox sign DH/1B Ortiz to two-year extension
BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez talked David Ortiz into staying with Boston. Now the Red Sox can only hope the three-time Cy Young winner follows his own advice.

Cardinals defeat Cubs in late bid

Red Sox put Williamson on DL

Glaus has shoulder surgery

Johnson getting ready to head back to mound
MIAMI -- Sunday cannot come fast enough for Randy Johnson.

Cardinals defeat Cubs in late bid
CHICAGO -- Early or late, the St. Louis Cardinals are managing to get enough offense to win.

Former big leaguer Petrick retires with Parkinson's disease
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Former major league catcher Ben Petrick announced his retirement this week and said he had Parkinson's disease.

Marlins stomp Diamondbacks ,11 - 2

Bonds back in lineup for game in San Juan
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- With just five minutes to go before the first pitch Friday night, Barry Bonds stood near the fence on the third-base line and signed autographs. Then, he did something that thrilled the Puerto Rican fans just as much: He played.

Marlins stomp Diamondbacks ,11 - 2
MIAMI -- Luis Castillo shelved his switch-hitting skills and showed some rare power.

Laird out three months with torn ligament in thumb

Bonds gets his trainer
Major League Baseball has approved the San Francisco Giants' hiring of Bonds' long-time stretching coach as a member of the training staff, The San Francisco Chronicle has learned, after three months of high-level talks plus a lot of lobbying and pressure from Bonds.

The dryer ate my socks - what happened to my mind?

Surf's up for high school athletes in Hawaii after sport made official
WAILUKU, Hawaii -- Surf's up for Hawaii's high schools. Riding the waves was made an official high school sport Thursday by the state Board of Education, convening on Maui. The decision whether to have a surfing team will be up to each school.

Odds and Ends
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Feeling sick as a dog? Patients at some Michigan hospitals may get comfort and a speedier recovery with a visit from their own pooch.

Eight losses enough as Dodgers end skid

Ortiz blanks Dodgers
ATLANTA - The presence of the Murph, the absence of the Big Unit, and a Friday night crowd of 27,194 fans didn't exactly galvanize the Braves offense.

Braves stuck in offensive swoon

Braves stuck in offensive swoon
ATLANTA -- One year ago, the Atlanta Braves overcame the exits of several top pitchers - including Tom Glavine and Kevin Millwood - by leading the National League in batting average, home runs and runs scored.

Eight losses enough as Dodgers end skid
ATLANTA - Gray clouds hung over Turner Field on Saturday afternoon.

Ortiz blanks Dodgers

Evans project to bring dollars
Columbia County developers will soon announce plans to build a 58-acre, upscale lifestyle center that could end up solidifying a downtown area for Evans.

Evans project to bring dollars

Business calendar
MONDAY: VIirtual Assistants will discuss the recent military spouse virtual assistance training at Fort Gordon; Villa Europa Restaurant, 3044 Deans Bridge Road; noon; for more information call Evy Williams at (706) 294-0765.

Companies must pay to help smokers quit

Leadership group makes mark
Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.

Tribes want to move casinos to other sites

Import crutch raises gas costs

Companies must pay to help smokers quit
NEW ORLEANS -A jury Friday ordered the tobacco industry to pay $590 million for nicotine patches, telephone hot lines, advertising and other programs to help Louisiana smokers kick the habit.

Workers resume bargaining

Cell-phone users free to find best deals, keep numbers

Communication keeps employees, management on track

UPS, FedEx have rivalry of contrasts

UPS, FedEx have rivalry of contrasts
ATLANTA - Now and then, a purple-emblazoned delivery truck shows up with a package at the home of UPS Chief Executive Mike Eskew, whose company's vehicles are a familiar brown.

Cell-phone users free to find best deals, keep numbers
Cell phone users in the metro area, pick up. The call has come. The wait is over.

Workers resume bargaining
SAN ANTONIO - Less than a day into a four-day walkout over benefits and outsourcing, SBC Communications Inc. and a union representing the striking workers returned to the bargaining table to try to work out their differences.

Communication keeps employees, management on track
Continuing on with our five key attributes of successful companies, No. 3 is communication. There are two types of business communications, internal and external. Most companies focus on external communications directed at the customer. Far less emphasis is devoted to internal communications.

Tribes want to move casinos to other sites
WASHINGTON - The Tule River American Indian tribe runs a booming casino with 1,500 slot machines on its reservation in central California. But the casino is up a long, winding road, and tribal members are eyeing a better location along Highway 190.

On the move
Matt Mills was promoted to vice president of Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial Corp. He is responsible for acquiring shopping centers and other income properties throughout the Southeast.

Import crutch raises gas costs
WASHINGTON - Everyone knows the United States relies heavily on foreign oil. But most people don't realize the nation also increasingly needs imported gasoline - a trend that's contributing to the recent spike in prices at the pump.

Leadership group makes mark

Solo debut
Workers Michael Smith (left) and Jason Whitaker put the finishing touches on the new company sign outside the Solo Cup Co. building on Wrightsboro Road. The company bought Sweetheart Cup Co. in March.

Solo debut

Business calendar

On the move

Enough petty politics; let's honor achievers

Enough petty politics; let's honor achievers
After watching another marathon Augusta Commission meeting that ended after 10:30 p.m., during which commissioners listened to themselves talk for two solid hours and voted five times on whether to cover up an old swimming pool at a park on Highland Avenue, City Ink is taking a week off from petty politics.

Clemson fights off Devils

Duke tops Clemson
DURHAM, N.C. -- Zach Schreiber tossed 8 1-3 strong innings and Eric Baumann belted a two-run home run to lead Duke to a 2-1 victory over Clemson on Friday.

Duke tops Clemson

Clemson fights off Devils
DURHAM, N.C. -- Russell Triplett went 3-for-5 with four RBIs to propel Clemson to a 9-6 victory over Duke on Saturday.

Escort service manager in University of Colorado recruiting scandal appears before grand jury
DENVER -- A grand jury convened Friday to hear evidence in the University of Colorado recruiting scandal, hearing closed-door testimony from a former escort service employee who says a Colorado recruiting aide handed over $2,000 to her agency.

Gator Bowl makes list of BCS hopefuls

Escort service manager in University of Colorado recruiting scandal appears before grand jury

Gator Bowl makes list of BCS hopefuls
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Gator Bowl is among nine college football bowl games to remain in contention for a fifth Bowl Championship Series game out of 12 that expressed an interest to the BCS last month.

A swath through history

A swath through history
Neil Armstrong's giant leap for mankind left a footprint on the moon.

What were they thinking?
After it was found out that a 20-year-old registered sex offender, a junior at Harlem High School, had been arrested on charges of molesting a 15-year-old female student, the public was understandably outraged. Yet authorities - like elites in an ivory tower - were still tiptoeing around the controversy.

Arafat's effect

S.C.: Repeal tattoo ban
You'd think documentary filmmakers would have more important topics to deal with than the ban on tattooing in South Carolina and Oklahoma.

What were they thinking?

Arafat's effect
Palestinians will rail and wail about the Israeli raids into Gaza - and they will hold aloft, in memory, the caskets of 10 protesters killed in a clash with Israeli troops this week.

S.C.: Repeal tattoo ban

Greed, scandal haunt Wall Street
NEW YORK - Right now, with visions of handcuffed executives and billions in scandal settlements still fresh in their memories, executives and corporations have ample reason to avoid misbehavior.

Greed, scandal haunt Wall Street

Minor league notebook
Former USC Aiken star Adam Riggs didn't record a hit until the 11th inning of his first game back with the Anaheim Angels. But the 11th-inning single scored the game-winning run as the Angels beat the New York Yankees 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Ciofrone rallies Augusta
The defense doesn't always play well behind Augusta starter Jose Vaquedano. The right-hander has given up the most unearned runs (6) of all GreenJackets pitchers.

Weibring holds two-shot lead in Champions event

Weibring holds two-shot lead in Champions event
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- He lives in Dallas, but Quincy, Ill., native D.A. Weibring remains a Midwesterner at heart.

Irish women's strategy could be sobering to club

Golf roundup

Morgan takes lead halfway through Sybase Classic
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Becky Morgan spent another day in the fairway and turned it into a four-stroke lead halfway through the Sybase Classic.

Campbell's record leads to three-way tie at Colonial

Morgan takes lead halfway through Sybase Classic

Irish women's strategy could be sobering to club
The latest blow for equality of the sexes hits where it hurts most.

Golf roundup
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - Bobby Walzel is a survivor. By Sunday afternoon, he could be a champion.

Campbell's record leads to three-way tie at Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Chad Campbell learned to play golf in windy conditions growing up in the flatlands of west Texas. So, 20-25 mph winds at the Colonial didn't even faze him.

Ciofrone rallies Augusta

Minor league notebook

Byrd focuses on unofficial visits

Byrd focuses on unofficial visits
North Augusta wrapped up its spring practice last week and will hold its annual spring scrimmage on Tuesday. C.J. Byrd will share his thoughts over his recruitment and final season with the Yellow Jackets this summer and fall in a diary. Today is the second installment of that ongoing series.

Lightning bolt into Cup final
TAMPA, Fla. - Given a second chance to clinch their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals, the Tampa Bay Lightning redeemed themselves.

Lightning try to correct errors
TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Lightning made a promise to themselves for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Lightning bolt into Cup final

Judge orders hockey player to remain jailed on charges he tried to have agent killed
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- The relationship between St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton and his agent continued through hours of jailhouse conversations after Danton's arrest in an alleged plot to kill the agent, an FBI agent testified Friday.

Judge orders hockey player to remain jailed on charges he tried to have agent killed

The dryer ate my socks - what happened to my mind?
Why do we lose stuff? Some think forgetfulness is the first indication of senility's check-in at one's mental motel.

Reward is offered in teen's slaying
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office announced Saturday it is offering a $25,000 reward for anyone with information on the October homicide of 18-year-old Natalie Clark, of Hephzibah.

Get the facts before you bash
In response to Anne Cook's letter "Bush must own up to mistakes" (May 13), let me remind her of a few facts. Terry Smith, North Augusta, S.C.

War in Iraq was pre-emptive

Cheers for ARC's soccer champions

'Group think' mentality ruinous
Frequently, trouble erupts from a disconnect between self-image and reality. Last year, the slogan was "mission accomplished." Today, we see body counts soaring, dehumanizing behavior by a few of ours and horrific beheadings by some of theirs. Those merely top the list of unintended consequences. Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Augusta's flaws have changed little
I lived in the Augusta area for 30-odd years and since moved from the area. I read on ocassion the online version of The Augusta Chronicle. Here are a couple of things I will never miss about Augusta: Rodney Solesbee, Buffalo, S.C.

Iraq is turning into another Vietnam

President need not apologize
Regarding Anne Cook's letter ("Bush must own up to mistakes," May 13): She demands apologies from a president who, in my opinion, need not apologize for anything. Angela Neglia, Augusta

Iraq is turning into another Vietnam
So because of world criticism, or congressional scrutiny, the Army will now limit its interrogation procedures used for "Iraqi detainees." We've even got the liberal news media calling prisoners of this war on terror "detainees"! What a farce. These barbarians are not even prisoners of war, but criminals. Tim Altmix, Evans

President need not apologize

Columnist has sudden change of heart
Ellen Goodman has finally reached a sane conclusion in regard to government giveaway programs, in this case: the prescription drug program. Ms. Goodman's liberal writings, though always colorful and wryly humorous, have finally matured enough to admit that government programs are baffling, wasteful and supremely ineffective. Why the change in heart? This program uncharacteristically occurred under a Republican administration. William J. Welsh, M.D., Augusta

Cheers for ARC's soccer champions
Congratulations to Coach Chris Hughes and the Richmond Academy men's soccer team for an outstanding season that culminated with the AAA state championship. Playing host to the state title game in Richmond County was a first that made all of us extremely proud. Tim Spivey, Augusta

Cut out rowdy graduation days
Graduation time is here again. I would like to ask that when you are attending please be respectful of all of the graduates and their families. The past several graduation exercises that I attended turned out to be little more than shouting and screaming matches. Please remember that all families want to hear their loved one's name called as much as you do yours. Edith Flynt, Grovetown

Evict squirrels the humane way
Robert Pavey needed more than a radio to evict squirrels from his attic ("Noisy house guests relocated," May 6). Carla Bennett, Norfolk, Va. (Editor's note: The writer is a senior writer for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Norfolk, Va.)

Augusta's flaws have changed little

Get the facts before you bash

'Group think' mentality ruinous

War in Iraq was pre-emptive
A senator from Oklahoma is outraged that we are outraged at the treatment of Iraqi prisoners. Well, I'm outraged at the lack of outrage concerning President Bush's pre-emptive war in Iraq.

Techbits: Phone printing, Virtual church, File-sharing defense, New DVD, Vietnam monitors

In the know

Video game review: Painkiller revives simple, scary shooter genre

New video games dazzle but demand powerful computers

Accessories, color make house a home

Couples should sit where hostess dictates

Product review: Microsoft focuses on collaboration in latest Mac Office

A rare but frightening prospect: Being awake during your own surgery

Black biography project opens the pages of history

Diet: New wine labels give low-carb lowdown

Property transfers

Product review: Microsoft focuses on collaboration in latest Mac Office
The latest Macintosh edition of Microsoft Corp.'s Office suite does text, e-mail, spreadsheets and presentations with aplomb. Then again, so did its previous versions.

Property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for May 4-7. The date indicates when the transaction was recorded in the clerk's office:

Black biography project opens the pages of history
BOSTON -- History has not been good to Onesimus.

Diet: New wine labels give low-carb lowdown
RUTHERFORD, Calif. -- Ever wonder if that full-bodied wine will leave you in a similar condition? Some wineries are tapping into consumers' low-carb cravings with new labels listing calorie and carbohydrate counts.

Accessories, color make house a home
It's the little things that make a house a home, especially for Sharon and Nehemiah Abrams, whose three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Grovetown boasts a large collection of handmade and bargain-priced accessories.

A rare but frightening prospect: Being awake during your own surgery
McLEAN, Va. -- The pain in Carol Weihrer's eye was so severe she decided to have it surgically removed, believing it was the only way to get on with life.

New video games dazzle but demand powerful computers
LOS ANGELES -- Video game manufacturers often resort to techno-lingo to explain what they've done to make "Half-Life 2" more lifelike and "EverQuest 2" graphically stunning.

In the know
Before Stephaine Strader met Keith Fell at Tybee Island, Ga., she had every intention of leaving the resort. Sometimes love has other plans.

Video game review: Painkiller revives simple, scary shooter genre
Simple yet unnerving, "Painkiller" is a splendidly horrific homage to classic first-person shooters like "Quake" and "Doom."

Couples should sit where hostess dictates
Dear Carson: My husband and I recently attended a seated wedding reception. There were place cards on the tables, and I was shocked to discover that my husband and I were not seated together. We were even at separate tables. I am a shy person and not very good with small talk, so this situation made me very uncomfortable. My husband refused to change the place cards, saying we had to sit where the hostess wanted us to sit. What do you think? - Seating Situation

Techbits: Phone printing, Virtual church, File-sharing defense, New DVD, Vietnam monitors
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Too busy to stop and print out a crucial e-mail, text message or picture snapped with a camera-phone?

Kid of the Day

Rants and raves
FOR THE MAN WHO got caught with marijuana, the first four letters of his name spell him out correctly. D-U-M-B dumb.

GBI, Russian police join for arrest
ATLANTA - The Russians were watching Dr. Gregory Kapordelis for about six weeks. Prompted by a tip in early March from the Grand Europe Hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia, a police officer there began investigating whether the Gainesville, Ga., anesthesiologist was flying to Russia to have sex with boys, some as young as 12.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A federal appeals court has ruled that payday lenders may not continue to operate while they challenge the new state law seeking to put them out of business.

News you can use

News you can use

Police step up seat-belt watch
Motorists not wearing seat belts in Richmond County should be prepared to pay next week, officials said Friday.

Correction

Kolb is near top of list in Wichita
Augusta City Administrator George Kolb may be heading back to Kansas next week for another round of interviews with the Wichita City Council.

DeMint upholds his stand on trade

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day isSaxel Kissinger Darko, 6 months, of Hephzibah.

Sheriff extends reward for help

Parking bays could survive streetscaping

Inmates say sheriff used their labor

Evans Middle official takes top job in Warren County
Evans Middle School Assistant Principal Vanessa Watkins is packing her bags and heading to Warren County.

Ex says man broke in, beat her

Riding into summer
At first, the streets remained empty, except for pockets of chatting friends.

Correction
Some of today's editions of The Augusta Chronicle have an incorrect list of graduates for Lincoln County High School in the Best and Brightest section.

Arrests are 2nd for meth suspects
Three people suspected of operating meth labs in two Augusta motel rooms were charged with doing the same thing in North Augusta just six months ago.

Couple ties knot in roaring style while gunshots blare
BEECH ISLAND - Two of civilization's most serious rituals highlighted Saturday's Beech Island Heritage Day at Granville Plantation - a wedding and a duel, both held on the grounds of the stately antebellum mansion.

Parking bays could survive streetscaping
The parking bays on Broad Street might not have received a warm welcome from some when they were first opened in the 1970s. But these days, popular demand from Broad Street business owners just might save the bay's spaces after all.

Across the Southeast
BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. - The bombers came slow and low. First, a B-52, its lumbering body appearing massive against the blue sky. Next, a B-17, flying low over the Black Mountain Range with a P-51 Mustang flying escort at its flank.

Around town
Paddleboat the Robt. E. Lee owned by Freddie Duffie is locked out at the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam on its way down the Savannah River from Augusta. The water is raised to 14 feet and then lowered to 5 feet in the lock according to lock master Wendell Hall.

Fund-raiser serves up treats, tunes
Jason Sabo and his wife, Kambria, picked a great day to give their 14-month-old son, Christian Sabo, a chance to use his newest skill - walking.

Senior year: Where did the cash go?

GBI, Russian police join for arrest

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Letter ends teaching plan
ATLANTA - Retiring U.S. Sen. Zell Miller says he'd love to return to teaching when he leaves office next year.

Teen stays in town to lead team
Winning homecoming queen, prom queen, Miss Senior and female athlete of the year would be impressive for any high school graduate.

Fund-raiser serves up treats, tunes

School district fears transfers

Senior fulfills tradition at Evans

Senior year: Where did the cash go?
Some people make payments on their car.

Across the Southeast

Across Georgia
DECATUR - An apartment complex accused of falsely telling black customers there were no vacancies will pay as much as $180,000 to settle a federal lawsuit.

Inmates say sheriff used their labor
MILLEN, Ga. - It's been a sweet arrangement for a small-town sheriff who's also a logger and a landlord.

Across South Carolina
YORK - The York County sheriff is no longer allowing deputies to use patrol cars when they are off-duty to run errands because of rising gas prices.

DeMint upholds his stand on trade
AIKEN - In the high-stakes game of a political campaign, U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint has bet all his chips on a pat free-trade hand nobody thought he would still be holding.

Across the area
Griselda Lopez, 15, the Silver Bluff High School honor student who faces deportation to Mexico, was adopted by her aunt and uncle Thursday, but it won't help her in her quest to become an American citizen, her attorney Glenda Bunce said Friday.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Ten people have been indicted in a mortgage fraud scheme, U.S. Attorney J. Strom Thurmond Jr. said.

Driver sentenced to 5-year jail term
A man whom authorities accused of causing an accident that seriously injured a passenger in his vehicle was sentenced to prison Friday.

Senior fulfills tradition at Evans
A lot of Evans Knights have galloped through the Brooks household. When the youngest child, Mary Brooks, accepted her diploma Saturday, she became the ninth in her family to graduate from Evans High School.

Soldier convicted of desertion
HINESVILLE, Ga. - Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia will sit in a military prison for one year, a free man in his own mind.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Thomas Jacob Bell

News you can use
MAY 22, 1954 Augusta relatives of Capt. Michael Phillip Carroll, 32, U.S. Marine Corps, were unable yesterday to give any reason why the World War II veteran killed his three children, seriously injured his wife and then ended his life with a butcher knife. The tragedy occurred in Jacksonville, N.C., late Thursday.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Pupils could be kept behind
Some Columbia County third-graders likely will detour to summer school before crossing the bridge to fourth grade.

School district fears transfers
AIKEN - Aiken County School District officials are bracing for an avalanche of school-transfer expenses and logistical problems this summer caused by the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Close shave
Principal Jon Pike watches his locks of hair fall as assistant principal Judy Bonadio does the honors of shaving his head in front of the school.

Teen stays in town to lead team

Check reveals no other offenders
After a cross check of the registry, officials say they have no other sex offenders in Columbia County classrooms.

Close shave

Suspect admits to role in death

Reward is offered in teen's slaying

Driver sentenced to 5-year jail term

Police step up seat-belt watch

Check reveals no other offenders

Museum aims to be first stop on tour through state's history

Augusta man faces child abuse charge

Across the area

Pupils could be kept behind

Evans Middle official takes top job in Warren County

Kid of the day

Around town

Augusta man faces child abuse charge
An Augusta man has been arrested in connection with the beating of a 2-year-old girl, who authorities said was incoherent and lethargic when taken to the hospital.

Soldier convicted of desertion

Lack of keepers raises red flag
Nearly 60 Augusta children taken from their parents lack guardians to look out for them, The Augusta Chronicle has learned.

Rants and raves
FOR THE MAN WHO got caught with marijuana, the first four letters of his name spell him out correctly. D-U-M-B dumb.

Museum aims to be first stop on tour through state's history
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - As soon as Lydarius Tutt, 8, and his second-grade classmates entered the Discovery Center on Friday, they were overwhelmed with the history and artifacts that surrounded them.

Arrests are 2nd for meth suspects

Ex says man broke in, beat her
An Augusta man was arrested over the weekend after his ex-wife accused him of breaking into her house and beating her, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Couple ties knot in roaring style while gunshots blare

Sheriff extends reward for help
Seven months after the killing of 18-year-old Natalie Clark, of Hephzibah, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office announced Saturday that it is offering a $25,000 reward for anyone with new information about her death.

Across Georgia

Suspect admits to role in death
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - The Augusta man who waited in the car while a gunman robbed and killed a Summerville convenience store clerk pleaded guilty Friday.

Training sessions focus on worst-case scenarios
Robert Bassler looked at the blood-soaked man lying on the ground next to the stretcher and tried to offer some encouragement.

Lack of keepers raises red flag

Humility in the humidity good for team
As baseball enters the sweltering season in Atlanta, it's not so much getting beat that defines these Braves, it's the humility.

Shattered Olympic dream won't slow down Whitfield
The Olympics officially begin in 82 days, but for Ray Whitfield they've been over for three months.

Filmmaker searches for objectivity in documentary about Al-Jazeera

Best Sellers-Video
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:

Filmmaker searches for objectivity in documentary about Al-Jazeera
NEW YORK -- As journalists from around the world descended on Doha, Qatar, to cover the war in Iraq in early 2003, filmmaker Jehane Noujaim had another idea - reporting on the reporters.

Best Sellers-Video

Jill Scott readies follow-up to double-platinum 2000 debut

Best Sellers-Audio

Best Sellers-Audio
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission. (Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold.):

Radiohead guitarist to become the BBC's composer in residence
LONDON -- Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood will become the British Broadcasting Corp.'s new composer in residence and will write a new work for one of its radio stations.

Radiohead guitarist to become the BBC's composer in residence

Jill Scott readies follow-up to double-platinum 2000 debut
NEW YORK -- Jill Scott's debut album, released four years ago, sold more than two million copies, garnered her critical acclaim and answered the question posed by its title: "Who Is Jill Scott?"

Wallace puts it together

Edwards' mistake lets Setzer keep streak alive
CONCORD, N.C. - Dennis Setzer took the lead when Carl Edwards inexplicably slowed for what he thought was a caution with four laps left, and Setzer held on Friday night to win the Infineon 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Unser with new, untried team

Edwards' mistake lets Setzer keep streak alive

Marlin wins Nextel Open, Schrader voted into All-Star Challenge
CONCORD, N.C. -- Two new tires were enough to get Sterling Marlin to the big show - barely.

New team, same Unser
INDIANAPOLIS - When Al Unser Jr. looks around the Patrick Racing garage at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway he sees mostly unfamiliar faces.

Bourdais takes Monterrey Grand Prix's provisional pole

Wallace puts it together
CONCORD, N.C. - Rusty Wallace wasn't the fastest driver during Friday night's qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge. And his pit crew wasn't the quickest.

Elliott to miss all-star race for only the second time

Marlin wins Nextel Open, Schrader voted into All-Star Challenge

Fans flock to race to show spirit
CONCORD, N.C. - The Charlotte area proved again Saturday night it loves stock car racing and it won't give up the Nextel All-Star Challenge without a fight.

Unser with new, untried team
INDIANAPOLIS -- When Al Unser Jr. looks around the Patrick Racing garage at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway he sees mostly unfamiliar faces.

Fans flock to race to show spirit

Bourdais takes Monterrey Grand Prix's provisional pole
MONTERREY, Mexico -- France's Sebastien Bourdais captured the provisional pole for the Monterrey Grand Prix on Friday, turning a fast lap of 1 minute, 15.978 seconds.

Newman better off in 2004 even without winning
CONCORD, N.C. -- For Ryan Newman, losing races is working out pretty well so far this season.

Elliott to miss all-star race for only the second time
CONCORD, N.C. - The Nextel All-Star Challenge won't have Bill Elliott in the field for only the second time ever.

Newman better off in 2004 even without winning

Montgomery takes over at Golden State

Shaq stands tall for Los Angeles

Carlisle faces familiar foe in Detroit

Coach faces former team
INDIANAPOLIS - Like many in the basketball world, Jermaine O'Neal was puzzled when he heard the Detroit Pistons fired Rick Carlisle after 100 wins and two Central Division titles in two seasons.

Los Angeles takes Game 1
MINNEAPOLIS - Shaquille O'Neal and the Los Angeles Lakers gave an early preview of the tenacity and cool necessary to win in the Western Conference finals.

Montgomery takes over at Golden State
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mike Montgomery admitted to Chris Mullin right away that he doesn't know all the inner workings of the NBA, and that honesty impressed Mullin.

Former NBA star Jayson Williams to face second trial on reckless manslaughter charge

Housekeeper killed in Houston area home owned by Shaq
SUGAR LAND, Texas -- A housekeeper was stabbed to death Friday at a suburban Houston home owned by Los Angeles Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal.

Shaq stands tall for Los Angeles
MINNEAPOLIS - Shaquille O'Neal scooped up the racquetball, examined it in his massive hands and began to dribble it nimbly between his legs, never interrupting his conversation.

Carlisle faces familiar foe in Detroit
INDIANAPOLIS -- Like many in the basketball world, Jermaine O'Neal was puzzled when he heard the Detroit Pistons fired Rick Carlisle after 100 wins and two Central Division titles in two seasons.

Housekeeper killed in Houston area home owned by Shaq

Former NBA star Jayson Williams to face second trial on reckless manslaughter charge
SOMERVILLE, N.J. -- Former NBA star Jayson Williams will be retried on a reckless manslaughter charge in the death of a limousine driver two years ago, prosecutors said Friday.

Bulger finally clear of Warner's shadow

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Mrs. Beverly Moore (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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Afghan Olympic team leaves to train on Greek island
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan's Olympic team left Friday for a Greek island training camp, where they'll hone their skills in hopes of putting this war-ravaged country back on the sporting map.

Gatson has traveled long, hard road to get to Athens
Jason Gatson's dream of going to the Olympics was as strong as ever when he went home to California in the spring of 2002.

Gatson has traveled long, hard road to get to Athens

Afghan Olympic team arrives in Greece
ATHENS, Greece -- After an eight-year absence from the Olympics, an Afghan team of five athletes - including the country's first female participants - arrived Saturday to train for the Athens Games.

This force could rival U.S. military
There's a force out there that may surpass even the United States military in its ability to induce change in the world.

It's time for America to enjoy some good news for a change
I don't know about you, but I am tired of hearing bad news. I am weary of all the blathering on radio talk shows, smug comments by know-it-all television commentators and photographs of innocent Americans being beheaded by cowardly lowlifes in Iraq. Thus, this week I will focus only on good news in the hopes that we can get things back into perspective. Won't you join me?

This force could rival U.S. military
There's a force out there that may surpass even the United States military in its ability to induce change in the world.

It's time for America to enjoy some good news for a change
I don't know about you, but I am tired of hearing bad news. I am weary of all the blathering on radio talk shows, smug comments by know-it-all television commentators and photographs of innocent Americans being beheaded by cowardly lowlifes in Iraq. Thus, this week I will focus only on good news in the hopes that we can get things back into perspective. Won't you join me?

Serena has designs on French title

Area sports announcements

Navratilova prepares to bid adieu to Paris - really, this time

Overtime

Senior Showdown

Overtime

FIFA lifts Cameroon's six-point penalty

Shirley rides to Criterium victory

Trio's resurgence began at Roland Garros

Trio's resurgence began at Roland Garros
PARIS - Heading into the 2003 French Open, Andy Roddick, Roger Federer and Juan Carlos Ferrero were brimming with potential and had little to show for it.

Even casual fans drawn to Smarty
BENSALEM, Pa. - The letters, calls and e-mails arrive so fast that trainer John Servis can't keep up.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Serena has designs on French title
PARIS - Serena Williams calls it a tribute to the Moulin Rouge, but Paris has never seen anything like this.

Navratilova prepares to bid adieu to Paris - really, this time
PARIS -- Martina Navratilova has never been one to let others dictate what she should think, say or do. So it's really not too surprising that she'll compete at the French Open next week at age 47.

Overtime
In New Haven, Conn., all five Augusta State players improved on their first-round scores in Friday's second round of the NCAA East Regional, and kept the Jaguars' NCAA Division I championship hopes alive.

Overtime
Augusta State won't be going to the NCAA Division I Championship this year after a disappointing showing in the East Regional.

Senior Showdown
Gavin Hamilton of Evans (left) goes for the ball against Richmond Academy's Havird Usry during the Columbia-Richmond Senior Soccer Bowl at Augusta Soccer Park on Friday. It was a clean sweep for Columbia County, winning the boys game, 2-0, and the girls game, 7-0. Thomson's Shannon Hampton also won the Jenny Clark Memorial Scholarship. Scores, 2C.

Shirley rides to Criterium victory
Maggie Shirley rolled down Broad Street one final time with all the pace of a leisurely Sunday ride in the park.

FIFA lifts Cameroon's six-point penalty
PARIS -- Cameroon's six-point penalty for wearing one-piece uniforms during the African Cup of Nations was lifted by soccer's governing body on Friday.

Outdoors calendar

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

Reel big fish
specialReel big fishGreg Story of Evans took a break from baseball practice last week to enjoy a fishing trip with Clint Hardy. The 15-year-old Greenbrier High School student landed this 10-pound striper while casting a striker plug in deep water. Hybrids and striped bass are schooling this month and generating lots of smiles among local anglers.HANDOUT PHOTO VIA SOURCE 5-18-04

Deer harvest increase might be temporary
Georgia's deer harvest rose to a record 484,000 during the 2003-04 season, representing a 74,000-deer increase over the previous year, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Bulger finally clear of Warner's shadow
ST. LOUIS -- Though Marc Bulger is 18-3 as the St. Louis Rams' starting quarterback over the past two seasons, Friday was the first time he took the field as the unquestioned No. 1.

Author teaches the need to forgive
R.T. Kendall first prayed for Yasser Arafat in 1982. He never thought he would meet the Palestinian leader, but in the past two years he has visited with him four times.

Reaching out
Lynn Kirkland sensed a new calling on his first mission trip to Africa in 1999 - to be an evangelist. A second trip confirmed it.

Gay crisis fallout: Major changes proposed for 77 million Anglicans and Episcopalians
LONDON -- A written constitution, new powers for the archbishop of Canterbury, a looser federation of national churches - these ideas reportedly are among proposals being considered by a commission that is seeking a way to hold the Anglican Communion together.

Faith digest
THE RICHMOND COUNTY BACCALAUREATE SERVICE WILL BEGIN AT 3 P.M. SUNDAY AT THE AUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY CIVIC CENTER, 601 SEVENTH ST

Religion news in brief
SAN FRANCISCO -- Bishop William Swing of the Episcopal Church's Diocese of California says he suspended Bishop Otis Charles from clergy functions because he broke Swing's directive when he spoke publicly about entering a same-sex marriage.

Grease and God: Mechanics resurrect cars, jump-start spirituality
BOTHELL, Wash. -- Slumped over the wheel of a stubborn car that just won't start, many a desperate person has pleaded with God for help.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Deer harvest increase might be temporary

Humility in the humidity good for team

Shattered Olympic dream won't slow down Whitfield

TV networks setting the board for fall's big game
NEW YORK - It's spring, but the networks are ready for fall.

Felicity Huffman teams with husband William H. Macy in 'Reversible Errors'
LOS ANGELES -- Felicity Huffman is on her cell as she enters the restaurant for an interview. She's talking to husband William H. Macy, who's half a world away filming the adventure "Sahara."

Felicity Huffman teams with husband William H. Macy in 'Reversible Errors'

Georgia beats South Carolina
ATHENS, Ga. -- Justin Holmes hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning and Georgia clinched the East Divison title in the Southeastern Conference with a 6-4 win over South Carolina on Saturday.

Georgia beats South Carolina

Odds and Ends

Surf's up for high school athletes in Hawaii after sport made official

Faith digest

Religion news in brief

Reaching out

Grease and God: Mechanics resurrect cars, jump-start spirituality

Faith Calendar

Gay crisis fallout: Major changes proposed for 77 million Anglicans and Episcopalians

Author teaches the need to forgive