Masters guests will have their own keys to the city

Woman finds finger while eating chili at restaurant
SAN JOSE, Calif. - A woman bit into a portion of a human finger while eating a bowl of chili at a Wendy's restaurant, health officials said.

Student reinstated after suspension over smoking principal photos
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A student who photographed his principal smoking outside a school building was allowed to return to class after initially being suspended for posting the photos on the Internet.

Odds and Ends
MOUNT CARMEL, Tenn. - A yearning for breakfast helped end a police chase.

Search continues for origin of finger found in chili
A woman bit into a partial finger served in a bowl of chili at a Wendy's restaurant, leading authorities to a fingerprint database Thursday to determine who lost the digit.

Student reinstated after suspension over smoking principal photos
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A student who photographed his principal smoking outside a school building was allowed to return to class after initially being suspended for posting the photos on the Internet.

Odds and Ends
NEW YORK - A British prankster has surreptitiously hung his own humorous artwork, some of them carrying an anti-war message, in four major New York museums over the last two weeks.

Odds and Ends
NEW YORK - A British prankster has surreptitiously hung his own humorous artwork, some of them carrying an anti-war message, in four major New York museums over the last two weeks.

Woman finds finger while eating chili at restaurant
SAN JOSE, Calif. - A woman bit into a portion of a human finger while eating a bowl of chili at a Wendy's restaurant, health officials said.

Odds and Ends
MOUNT CARMEL, Tenn. - A yearning for breakfast helped end a police chase.

Braves embrace new approach
TAMPA, Fla. - Spring training is a matter of necessary uncertainty this year for Braves pitcher Andy Van Hekken.

Braves embrace new approach

Yankees pound Braves

Braves: Ramirez's outing spoiled by birds

Yankees pound Braves
TAMPA, Fla. - Randy Johnson pitched like an opening day starter, then was given the honor of making his first start in pinstripes the Yankees' opener.

Braves: Ramirez's outing spoiled by birds
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Horacio Ramirez was so sharp Friday in his five innings that even Toronto's players were chattering about the movement on his fastball and how tough it was to lay off his slider.

Yankees pound Braves
TAMPA, Fla. - Randy Johnson pitched like an opening day starter, then was given the honor of making his first start in pinstripes the Yankees' opener.

Braves: Ramirez's outing spoiled by birds
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Horacio Ramirez was so sharp Friday in his five innings that even Toronto's players were chattering about the movement on his fastball and how tough it was to lay off his slider.

Braves embrace new approach
TAMPA, Fla. - Spring training is a matter of necessary uncertainty this year for Braves pitcher Andy Van Hekken.

Stock drop puts mutual fund returns in the red
NEW YORK - The stock market's retreat during the past three weeks has eroded the value of mutual funds, the vast majority of which posted negative returns for investors for the quarter, according to a preliminary survey released Friday by mutual fund watcher Lipper Inc.

Most Asian stock markets rise
Stock prices finished higher Friday in Japan and several other Asian markets as traders looked for bargains, buying technology and other issues that stand to benefit from recent strength in the dollar. The major stock exchanges the United States, Europe and in some Asian countries were closed for Good Friday and the start of the Easter holiday.

Fidelity trader's departure is fifth amid ethics probe
BOSTON - A senior Fidelity Investments trader left the huge mutual funds company this week, the fifth to depart since Fidelity recently began reviewing compliance with conflict-of-interest policies covering gifts and trading involving employees' relatives, a Fidelity spokeswoman said Friday.

Firing do's and don'ts

Fidelity trader's departure is fifth amid ethics probe
BOSTON - A senior Fidelity Investments trader left the huge mutual funds company this week, the fifth to depart since Fidelity recently began reviewing compliance with conflict-of-interest policies covering gifts and trading involving employees' relatives, a Fidelity spokeswoman said Friday.

Shareholders approve Sears-Kmart merger
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Shareholders signed off Thursday on Kmart Holding Corp.'s $12.3 billion acquisition of Sears, Roebuck and Co., clearing the way for the two struggling rivals to combine into the nation's third-biggest retailer.

Shareholders approve Sears-Kmart merger

Augusta gas prices reach record high
The price for regular unleaded gasoline in Augusta rose above $2 a gallon for the first time while average fuel prices statewide hit an all-time high Thursday.

Blockbuster drops bid for Hollywood Entertainment
NEW YORK - Blockbuster Entertainment Inc. said Friday it is dropping its bid for smaller rival Hollywood Entertainment Corp., which had resisted its overtures in favor of a lower offer from another video rental company.

Levy is seen as unfair to some
ATLANTA - December is a tricky time for Wayne McGuinty. The furniture store owner from Rochelle, Ga., finds himself balancing how many couches and tables to keep in stock before the end of the year when it's time to report how much he owes for property taxes on what's left inside his business.

RVers largely undeterred by higher gas prices
PERRY, Ga. - L.H. Boots, a retired Oklahoma rancher and oil man, enjoys traveling to Wyoming rodeos and Arizona horse sales in his $350,000 motor coach and he isn't about to let fuel prices of more than $2 per gallon spoil his fun.

Augusta gas prices reach record high
The price for regular unleaded gasoline in Augusta rose above $2 a gallon for the first time while average fuel prices statewide hit an all-time high Thursday.

French airline will buy new 777
SEATTLE - Air France said Friday it plans to replace part of its aging fleet of cargo planes with Boeing Co.'s new 777 freighter, but the airline would not say whether it will become the launch customer for the proposed new airplane.

Satellite radio battle heats up
NEW YORK - The CD player, cruise control and heated seats are standard features on many new cars - is the satellite radio far behind?

Satellite radio battle heats up

Business briefs
STAMFORD, Conn. - General Electric Co. boosted its earnings forecast Thursday and moved ahead with a strategy of returning to double-digit profit growth by shedding slow-growth businesses and eyeing more lucrative opportunities.

Oil prices rise following refinery explosion

Firing do's and don'ts
Firing 100 people is a lot harder than it seems. Picking who is going to be canned, and justifying it, is often a tedious task for those trying to cut costs and improve efficiency.

Business briefs

Augusta gas prices reach record high

Factories see orders for big-ticket goods rise

Levy is seen as unfair to some

RVers largely undeterred by higher gas prices

Oil prices rise following refinery explosion
VIENNA, Austria - Oil prices rose Thursday on the heels of a runup in gasoline futures that was triggered by an explosion at America's third-largest oil refinery. The jitters follow a three-day selloff in which oil prices fell by more than $3 a barrel.

Factories see orders for big-ticket goods rise
WASHINGTON - America's factories saw orders for big-ticket goods rise by 0.3 percent in February after falling sharply the month before. The report highlighted the sometimes uneven recovery experienced by manufacturers.

Business briefs
STAMFORD, Conn. - General Electric Co. boosted its earnings forecast Thursday and moved ahead with a strategy of returning to double-digit profit growth by shedding slow-growth businesses and eyeing more lucrative opportunities.

Satellite radio battle heats up
NEW YORK - The CD player, cruise control and heated seats are standard features on many new cars - is the satellite radio far behind?

Firing do's and don'ts
Firing 100 people is a lot harder than it seems. Picking who is going to be canned, and justifying it, is often a tedious task for those trying to cut costs and improve efficiency.

Most Asian stock markets rise

Factories see orders for big-ticket goods rise
WASHINGTON - America's factories saw orders for big-ticket goods rise by 0.3 percent in February after falling sharply the month before. The report highlighted the sometimes uneven recovery experienced by manufacturers.

Blockbuster drops bid for Hollywood Entertainment

Shareholders approve Sears-Kmart merger
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Shareholders signed off Thursday on Kmart Holding Corp.'s $12.3 billion acquisition of Sears, Roebuck and Co., clearing the way for the two struggling rivals to combine into the nation's third-biggest retailer.

Fidelity trader's departure is fifth amid ethics probe

Levy is seen as unfair to some
ATLANTA - December is a tricky time for Wayne McGuinty. The furniture store owner from Rochelle, Ga., finds himself balancing how many couches and tables to keep in stock before the end of the year when it's time to report how much he owes for property taxes on what's left inside his business.

RVers largely undeterred by higher gas prices
PERRY, Ga. - L.H. Boots, a retired Oklahoma rancher and oil man, enjoys traveling to Wyoming rodeos and Arizona horse sales in his $350,000 motor coach and he isn't about to let fuel prices of more than $2 per gallon spoil his fun.

Oil prices rise following refinery explosion
VIENNA, Austria - Oil prices rose Thursday on the heels of a runup in gasoline futures that was triggered by an explosion at America's third-largest oil refinery. The jitters follow a three-day selloff in which oil prices fell by more than $3 a barrel.

Most Asian stock markets rise
Stock prices finished higher Friday in Japan and several other Asian markets as traders looked for bargains, buying technology and other issues that stand to benefit from recent strength in the dollar. The major stock exchanges the United States, Europe and in some Asian countries were closed for Good Friday and the start of the Easter holiday.

Blockbuster drops bid for Hollywood Entertainment
NEW YORK - Blockbuster Entertainment Inc. said Friday it is dropping its bid for smaller rival Hollywood Entertainment Corp., which had resisted its overtures in favor of a lower offer from another video rental company.

Spartans oust Blue Devils to advance

One-two punch carries Illini to regional final

A hammer is a hammer
If someone threatens to hit you with a hammer, are you supposed to be thankful when he switches to a smaller one?

Bush is losing this war

Bush is losing this war
Tyrone Williams was smuggling 19 illegal immigrants from Mexico when they died in his 173-degree tractor-trailer in May 2003. He earned $7,500 for the trip.

Bush is losing this war
Tyrone Williams was smuggling 19 illegal immigrants from Mexico when they died in his 173-degree tractor-trailer in May 2003. He earned $7,500 for the trip.

Beware the tentacles
We don't begrudge Terri Schiavo's parents from turning over every stone to save her.

Commitment
Question: Why can't we keep sex offenders away from kids? Answer: We're not trying. Not at all hard enough, anyway.

High, hard and inside
Baseball slugger Barry Bonds is tired of his kids crying over his troubles. He need not worry about the rest of us. We'll shed no tears for him.

Beware the tentacles

Commitment
Question: Why can't we keep sex offenders away from kids? Answer: We're not trying. Not at all hard enough, anyway.

Beware the tentacles
We don't begrudge Terri Schiavo's parents from turning over every stone to save her.

Commitment

A hammer is a hammer
If someone threatens to hit you with a hammer, are you supposed to be thankful when he switches to a smaller one?

A hammer is a hammer

People in the News
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A prison guard who escaped a car that sank in a flooded creek credits an episode of the TV reality show "Fear Factor" with saving her life.

Rapper's sister dies of leukemia
ST. LOUIS - The sister of Grammy-winning rapper Nelly died Thursday at a St. Louis hospital after a long battle with leukemia, the artist's publicist said.

Sandra Bullock gets star on Walk of Fame
LOS ANGELES - Actress Sandra Bullock was all smiles as she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, the same day her comedy "Miss Congeniality 2" opened nationwide.

Rapper's sister dies of leukemia
ST. LOUIS - The sister of Grammy-winning rapper Nelly died Thursday at a St. Louis hospital after a long battle with leukemia, the artist's publicist said.

People in the News
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Jadakiss will have charges of marijuana and gun possession dropped if he stays out of trouble for the next three months under a plea agreement reached in Cumberland County court.

Barney Martin, TV father of "Seinfeld," dead at 82
LOS ANGELES - Barney Martin, a former New York City detective who went into show business and became best known for playing Jerry Seinfeld's father Morty on the comedian's hit television series, has died. He was 82.

Friends pay tribute to the late Jerry Orbach
NEW YORK - Friends and colleagues gathered on Broadway to celebrate the life of Jerry Orbach, the song-and-dance man turned TV star.

People in the News
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Jadakiss will have charges of marijuana and gun possession dropped if he stays out of trouble for the next three months under a plea agreement reached in Cumberland County court.

People in the News
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A prison guard who escaped a car that sank in a flooded creek credits an episode of the TV reality show "Fear Factor" with saving her life.

Barney Martin, TV father of "Seinfeld," dead at 82
LOS ANGELES - Barney Martin, a former New York City detective who went into show business and became best known for playing Jerry Seinfeld's father Morty on the comedian's hit television series, has died. He was 82.

Beck thrives with artistic fearlessness
How close do you think Beck came to becoming Kid Rock?

First quarter mutual fund returns are in the red

First quarter mutual fund returns are in the red
NEW YORK - The stock market's retreat over the past three weeks has eroded the value of mutual funds, the vast majority of which posted negative returns for investors for the quarter, according to a preliminary survey released Friday by mutual fund watcher Lipper Inc.

First quarter mutual fund returns are in the red
NEW YORK - The stock market's retreat over the past three weeks has eroded the value of mutual funds, the vast majority of which posted negative returns for investors for the quarter, according to a preliminary survey released Friday by mutual fund watcher Lipper Inc.

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Warmer waters are right around corner
The vote among Thurmond Lake fishermen has been taken and it's unanimous: Let's get rid of March.

Warmer waters are right around corner
The vote among Thurmond Lake fishermen has been taken and it's unanimous: Let's get rid of March.

Fishing tournaments

Warmer waters are right around corner

Joseph's Coat can enhance other blooms
Looking for an annual plant to really brighten up the summer landscape? Try Chartreuse Joseph's Coat (Alternanthera ficoidea "Chartreuse")?

Joseph's Coat can enhance other blooms

New petunias offer months of summer color
The Suncatcher petunia series was introduced by Ball FloraPlant, a sister company to Pan American Seed, which brought us the Waves.

Joseph's Coat can enhance other blooms
Looking for an annual plant to really brighten up the summer landscape? Try Chartreuse Joseph's Coat (Alternanthera ficoidea "Chartreuse")?

GreenJackets VP stepping down
The next time Augusta GreenJackets fans see Chris Scheuer at Lake Olmstead Stadium there's a pretty good chance he'll be lounging in one of the box seats with a cold beer in his hand.

GreenJackets VP stepping down
The next time Augusta GreenJackets fans see Chris Scheuer at Lake Olmstead Stadium there's a pretty good chance he'll be lounging in one of the box seats with a cold beer in his hand.

Masters dreams hinge on Players
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The rainy weather and suspension of play Friday at the Players Championship is making the waiting harder on Joe Ogilvie, Richard Green and Geoff Ogilvy, whose Masters Tournament dreams are hanging in the balance this week.

Sorenstam poised to claim fifth win in row
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Annika Sorenstam is comfortable with her game, which means everyone else at the Nabisco Championship is probably playing for second place.

Rain is no friend of golfers' caddies
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Rain delays on the PGA Tour are tough on caddies as well as players. And it used to be downright dangerous.

Masters dreams hinge on Players

Sorenstam poised to claim fifth win in row

Jones leads at Players
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The first round of The Players Championship on Thursday was a perfect example of how the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium course favors none and punishes only the crooked hitters.

Sorenstam poised to claim fifth win in row
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Annika Sorenstam is comfortable with her game, which means everyone else at the Nabisco Championship is probably playing for second place.

Jones leads at Players
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The first round of The Players Championship on Thursday was a perfect example of how the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium course favors none and punishes only the crooked hitters.

Masters dreams hinge on Players
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The rainy weather and suspension of play Friday at the Players Championship is making the waiting harder on Joe Ogilvie, Richard Green and Geoff Ogilvy, whose Masters Tournament dreams are hanging in the balance this week.

Rosie Jones, two others ahead of Sorenstam
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Rosie Jones had four wins on the LPGA tour before Michelle Wie and Morgan Pressel were even born, and is looking forward to retiring after the end of this season.

Rain is no friend of golfers' caddies
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Rain delays on the PGA Tour are tough on caddies as well as players. And it used to be downright dangerous.

Rosie Jones, two others ahead of Sorenstam

Rain is no friend of golfers' caddies

Jones leads at Players

Rosie Jones, two others ahead of Sorenstam
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. - Rosie Jones had four wins on the LPGA tour before Michelle Wie and Morgan Pressel were even born, and is looking forward to retiring after the end of this season.

GreenJackets VP stepping down

NHL cancels draft because of lockout
NEW YORK - The NHL canceled its draft Thursday, the latest casualty of the six-month lockout.

NHL cancels draft because of lockout

NHL cancels draft because of lockout
NEW YORK - The NHL canceled its draft Thursday, the latest casualty of the six-month lockout.

Masters guests will have their own keys to the city
The rush is on to get ready for Masters. Nurseries and garden centers are sure to see crowds this weekend, as many of us work to make our homes look Garden City-like for early April guests.

Masters guests will have their own keys to the city
The rush is on to get ready for Masters. Nurseries and garden centers are sure to see crowds this weekend, as many of us work to make our homes look Garden City-like for early April guests.

Fort sunrise service cancelled
Fort Gordon's Sunrise Easter Service at Freedom Park scheduled for 6:30 a.m. Sunday has been cancelled due to inclement weather forecasts.

Let Terri Schiavo die peacefully
The Terri Schiavo case clearly illustrates hypocrisies and misuses of resources that prevail in America.Timothy C. Young, M.D., Evans

Laud Ashley Smith as a true heroine
What a wonderful job Ashley Smith did in helping capture Brian Nichols! Ashley has done what most of us could have only dreamed of doing. Debbie Woodward, Martinez

Enjoy life; don't dwell on death
In response to David Bowles' letter ("People should have a right to die," March 6): He must live in the present, and leave the future to God. Shameem Dallazy, Martinez

Was boy genius overwhelmed?

Evolution letter filled with errors

Evolution letter filled with errors
I wanted to write to reply to Sean Joiner's letter to the editor that appeared in The Augusta Chronicle on March 21, concerning theistic evolution ("Theistic evolution is valid"). Roy Ingle, Thomson

Let Terri Schiavo die peacefully

Was boy genius overwhelmed?
The March 20 headline described Brandenn Bremmer as an "unpretentious genius." He began reading at 18 months, played the piano at age 3, delivered his high school commencement address at 10 and began taking college courses soon thereafter.Dave Lorenzatti, McCormick, S.C.

Charity coat drive was a success
Many thanks to the Augusta community for its generous support of One Warm Coat. Nearly 400 coats were donated in just two days. I was overwhelmed by the response that this project received.Anne Randall Hatcher, Martinez

Let trustees pay for own Internet
I cannot believe that the Richmond County Board of Education is going through with this ridiculous idea for home Internet access for school board members.Joe Nirenberg, Jackson, S.C.

Let Terri Schiavo die peacefully
The Terri Schiavo case clearly illustrates hypocrisies and misuses of resources that prevail in America.Timothy C. Young, M.D., Evans

Evolution letter filled with errors
I wanted to write to reply to Sean Joiner's letter to the editor that appeared in The Augusta Chronicle on March 21, concerning theistic evolution ("Theistic evolution is valid"). Roy Ingle, Thomson

Few as next fire chief? Why not?
Waiting for the inevitable is difficult. Now that Augusta Fire Chief Al Gillespie has resigned, we simply know that the Augusta commissioners are going to select Ronnie Few as his replacement. Thomas D. Kohli, Augusta

Was boy genius overwhelmed?
The March 20 headline described Brandenn Bremmer as an "unpretentious genius." He began reading at 18 months, played the piano at age 3, delivered his high school commencement address at 10 and began taking college courses soon thereafter.Dave Lorenzatti, McCormick, S.C.

Charity coat drive was a success

Let trustees pay for own Internet

Few as next fire chief? Why not?

Let trustees pay for own Internet
I cannot believe that the Richmond County Board of Education is going through with this ridiculous idea for home Internet access for school board members.Joe Nirenberg, Jackson, S.C.

Few as next fire chief? Why not?
Waiting for the inevitable is difficult. Now that Augusta Fire Chief Al Gillespie has resigned, we simply know that the Augusta commissioners are going to select Ronnie Few as his replacement. Thomas D. Kohli, Augusta

Charity coat drive was a success
Many thanks to the Augusta community for its generous support of One Warm Coat. Nearly 400 coats were donated in just two days. I was overwhelmed by the response that this project received.Anne Randall Hatcher, Martinez

Devices stabilize occupants in wrecks

For decades, Sears sold house kits through catalogs

Living Briefs

States debate privacy safeguards on vehicle black boxes

Designers soften up look, feel of laundry room

Style briefs

Lexus has high-priced hybrid in 400h

Preserved soft tissue from ancient dinosaur recovered

Style briefs
NEW YORK - You don't have to reserve new spring clothes for picnics and parties. Many of the season's freshest looks are office-appropriate.

Designers soften up look, feel of laundry room
Long the haven of dust bunnies, bleach and lost socks, the laundry room has become the new home-decorating frontier.

Living Briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:JENNY CLARK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND CONCERT: 7 tonight, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.

Designers soften up look, feel of laundry room
Long the haven of dust bunnies, bleach and lost socks, the laundry room has become the new home-decorating frontier.

Living briefs
Religious themes don't get a lot of attention on most channels, but some schedules do recognize that today is Easter. Movie choices include the 1927 version of The King of Kings, on TCM at noon; and 1965's The Greatest Story Ever Told, on TCM at 8 p.m.

For decades, Sears sold house kits through catalogs
AKRON, Ohio - They were the buyers of Sears homes, ready-to-assemble houses ordered from the mail-order megastore and shipped by train all over the United States.

Style briefs
NEW YORK - You don't have to reserve new spring clothes for picnics and parties. Many of the season's freshest looks are office-appropriate.

Living Briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend: JENNY CLARK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND CONCERT: 7 tonight, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.

For decades, Sears sold house kits through catalogs
AKRON, Ohio - They were the buyers of Sears homes, ready-to-assemble houses ordered from the mail-order megastore and shipped by train all over the United States.

Devices stabilize occupants in wrecks
Q: I've been sizing up new car models and was impressed to find many have multiple-stage air bags in addition to side-impact air bags and seat belt pretensioners. Can you please explain how these work? These seem like a great idea, especially in minor crashes or a rollover. - Larry Taylor, Dublin, Calif.

Preserved soft tissue from ancient dinosaur recovered
WASHINGTON - Scientists who had to break a dinosaur bone to remove it from its sandstone location say they have recovered 70-million-year-old soft tissues from inside the bone.

Lexus has high-priced hybrid in 400h
The 2006 Lexus RX 400h rolling into showrooms next month isn't just America's first luxury gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle.

States debate privacy safeguards on vehicle black boxes
BISMARCK, N.D. - Raymon Holmberg didn't know his new sedan came equipped with the long arm of the law. The dealer hadn't bothered to mention the "black box," a computer chip that stores information on speed and seat belt use.

Preserved soft tissue from ancient dinosaur recovered
WASHINGTON - Scientists who had to break a dinosaur bone to remove it from its sandstone location say they have recovered 70-million-year-old soft tissues from inside the bone.

States debate privacy safeguards on vehicle black boxes
BISMARCK, N.D. - Raymon Holmberg didn't know his new sedan came equipped with the long arm of the law. The dealer hadn't bothered to mention the "black box," a computer chip that stores information on speed and seat belt use.

Devices stabilize occupants in wrecks
Q: I've been sizing up new car models and was impressed to find many have multiple-stage air bags in addition to side-impact air bags and seat belt pretensioners. Can you please explain how these work? These seem like a great idea, especially in minor crashes or a rollover. - Larry Taylor, Dublin, Calif.

Lexus has high-priced hybrid in 400h
The 2006 Lexus RX 400h rolling into showrooms next month isn't just America's first luxury gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle.

Age doesn't always improve wine's taste
Grand Funk Railroad wrote the almost universally accepted words, "like wine, with age it gets better," but is that really a truism, or yet another wine myth?

Ice Pilots barrel over Lynx
Two hockey teams left Augusta on Friday night for a seven-hour bus ride to Pensacola, Fla.

Ice Pilots barrel over Lynx

Ice Pilots barrel over Lynx
Two hockey teams left Augusta on Friday night for a seven-hour bus ride to Pensacola, Fla.

Lynx: Augusta captures shootout victory
Stan Drulia told his Augusta Lynx players that all they needed was a win Thursday night to clinch the Border Cup.

Lynx: Augusta captures shootout victory

Lynx: Augusta captures shootout victory
Stan Drulia told his Augusta Lynx players that all they needed was a win Thursday night to clinch the Border Cup.

Lynx can join elite company
Of the 18 East Coast Hockey League teams the Pensacola Ice Pilots have played this year, only three have beaten the league's best team more than once.

Widow rewarded for role in capture

Firm to boost research
A Columbia-based venture capital firm announced Thursday it has created a $16 million fund to finance the Augusta area's fledgling biotech industry.

Third atomic waste bunker may be needed
NORTH AUGUSTA - Federal energy officials will be forced to build a third multimillion-dollar concrete storage bunker at Savannah River Site for canisters of high-level nuclear waste if the Yucca Mountain repository is delayed again or scrapped.

News you can use

Vote on support bill fails on 1st attempt

Kid of the Day
Abby Grace Prescott is today's Kid of the Day.

Town homes see growth
Individual home construction is plentiful in Columbia County, but officials say another type of development also seems to be taking hold: town homes.

Measure changes license process

DMVS' days are numbered
ATLANTA - A bill touted as the solution for long lines at driver's license offices passed the General Assembly on Thursday despite criticism from Senate Democrats that the changes go too far.

Technical colleges evolve to attract students

Legislative struggle over local projects continues
ATLANTA - The Republican-led Legislature recessed Thursday for a long Easter weekend amid an ongoing fight over the placement of hometown projects in the $17.4 billion state budget.

Fort sunrise service cancelled

Golf traffic is barred from Alexander Drive

Golf traffic is barred from Alexander Drive
Drivers bound for the Masters Tournament once again will not be able to cruise through Alexander Drive to get to River Watch Parkway.

Across the area
A Hephzibah man pleaded not guilty Thursday to kidnapping and other charges.

Center rejects crisis unit offer

Group forms to aid gay students
Student leaders at Augusta State University have approved a club for gay, lesbian and transgendered students on campus.

Across the area

Building a home for a cure
Travis Little, of Southeast Restoration & Fireproofing Inc., caulks windows on the Medical College of Georgia's new Cancer Research Center.

Evans woman killed by gas

Vote on support bill fails on 1st attempt
ATLANTA - The Senate will take another shot next week at passing a bill that would make widespread changes to the formula used to decide child support payments in Georgia.

Fort sunrise service cancelled
Fort Gordon's Sunrise Easter Service at Freedom Park scheduled for 6:30 a.m. Sunday has been cancelled due to inclement weather forecasts.

State funds speed parkway plans
AIKEN - The Palmetto Parkway was approved Thursday for a cash infusion of $95 million, speeding up the project by as much as three years.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - An Atlanta woman has pleaded guilty to two counts of making false statement concerning alleged terrorist activity, the U.S. attorney's office said Friday.

Across South Carolina

Across the area
Police charged a 13-year-old Lakeside Middle School pupil with sexual battery Friday after four 13-year-old girls told authorities he groped them.

Holiday Closings

Scheme brought in more money
SAVANNAH, Ga. - New federal documents claim Savannah resident Randy Treadwell's alleged Ponzi scheme was far more lucrative than even U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission officials first thought.

Town homes see growth

Brochures help guide sex talks

News you can use
Events scheduled for today include:

Concert to aid music programs
To support music education, turn up the volume. That's Lakeside High School senior Kelly Hoang's philosophy behind a charity concert she organized to support a music in education fund-raiser she calls the Raise the Volume Fund.

Across Georgia

Spring racing event draws sellout crowd
AIKEN - Georgianna Con- ger Wolcott can't remember a spring without the Aiken tradition of the Aiken Steeplechase.

Scheme brought in more money

Fitness program helps city employees
AIKEN - When Ashley Hardee takes her lunch break, the last thing she's thinking about is a meal.

Web site will provide hospital comparisons
The public will soon be able to compare hospital-quality measures on a government Web site that Augusta hospitals are already using to help them improve care. But officials caution that the data have limits and should be viewed in context.

Evans woman killed by gas
With no warning, the danger was colorless and silent.

Group forms to aid gay students

Center rejects crisis unit offer
An Augusta mental health center has rebuffed an offer to create a crisis unit in the former Georgia Regional Hospital, and the state is now looking to an Athens mental health group to do it.

Two theater groups change locations
For the Augusta Symphony MasterWorks series and Storyland Theatre, the show will go on.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Welcoming spring
Tricia Seymour, of Grovetown, enjoys the warm weather with 7-month-old Meghan Kennedy.

Woman is attacked by two dogs in Martinez
A 71-year-old Martinez woman who was attacked by two boxer dogs was listed in good condition Thursday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, said Danielle Wong Moores, a hospital spokeswoman.

Shirt sales to fund monument

Grants stall budget talks
ATLANTA - A power struggle between Republican leaders in the House and Senate over the state budget temporarily derailed the flow of legislative business Thursday.

Benchmark

Benchmark
Fred Smith (left), of F.A.S. Monumental Erectors, unloads granite benches with the help of construction foreman B.J. Rucker, of Augusta Facility Maintenance.

DMVS' days are numbered

Bill provides donor secrecy
ATLANTA - Information about individuals who give sometimes large donations to public colleges would be walled off from public view under a bill that passed a divided Senate on Thursday.

Widow rewarded for role in capture
ATLANTA - Richard Mecum didn't think the situation could end well. Brian Nichols, a rape suspect, was accused of gunning down three people at the Fulton County Courthouse and then shooting an off-duty federal customs officer later the same day.

State funds speed parkway plans

Holiday Closings
Closings for Good Friday and Easter:

Rants and Raves
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Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - A Lyman man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday after he admitted killing his mother while she slept.

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Events scheduled for today include:

Correction
- Crystal Pelt, of Windsor, who was struck and dragged by a car March 11, remains in serious condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Shirt sales to fund monument
AIKEN - The fire department that first responded to the deadly Jan. 6 train wreck and chemical spill in Graniteville is raising money for a monument to honor those who died that day.

Two theater groups change locations

Shirt sales to fund monument
AIKEN - The fire department that first responded to the deadly Jan. 6 train wreck and chemical spill in Graniteville is raising money for a monument to honor those who died that day.

Firm to boost research

State funds speed parkway plans
AIKEN - The Palmetto Parkway was approved Thursday for a cash infusion of $95 million, speeding up the project by as much as three years.

Correction

Across Georgia

Bill provides donor secrecy

Grants stall budget talks
ATLANTA - A power struggle between Republican leaders in the House and Senate over the state budget temporarily derailed the flow of legislative business Thursday.

Web site will provide hospital comparisons

Golf traffic is barred from Alexander Drive
Drivers bound for the Masters Tournament once again will not be able to cruise through Alexander Drive to get to River Watch Parkway.

Grants stall budget talks

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Leading the way

Legislative struggle over local projects continues

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - A Lyman man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday after he admitted killing his mother while she slept.

Measure changes license process
ATLANTA - As a driver-in-training, there are still lots of things that make Elizabeth Wiley nervous when she gets behind the wheel with her learner's permit - blind spots, lane changes, other drivers on cell phones.

Pupil will await trial at detention center
AIKEN - A 13-year-old boy accused of plotting to kill an Aiken Middle School teacher will remain in a juvenile detention center until his trial date, a judge ordered Thursday.

Leading the way
Judy Hartney, an Alleluia community member, sings I Exalt Thee with other Christians during a stop at Ascension Lutheran Church during the walk.

Fitness program helps city employees

Brochures help guide sex talks
ATLANTA - In an age when everyone seems to be talking about sex, it still is difficult for most parents to bring up the subject with their children.

Kid of the Day

Technical colleges evolve to attract students
AIKEN - On Tuesday morning, about 2,000 eighth-grade pupils will be at Aiken Technical College talking to professionals about what they want to be when they grow up.

Woman shows support for Schiavo's parents
Yvonne Lofton has spent many restless nights worrying about Terri Schiavo.

Benchmark
Fred Smith (left), of F.A.S. Monumental Erectors, unloads granite benches with the help of construction foreman B.J. Rucker, of Augusta Facility Maintenance.

Concert to aid music programs

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Proposals to require picture IDs for Georgia voters inspired Capitol protests Thursday, when more than 100 people called on lawmakers to can the idea.

Kid of the Day
Dewanta James Grice is today's Kid of the Day.

Holiday Closings
Closings for Good Friday and Easter:

News you can use
Doctors Hospital's Center for Sleep Disorders will hold a Sleep Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the H2U meeting area, Building 3, Doctors Hospital, 1305 Interstate Parkway.

Widow rewarded for role in capture
ATLANTA - Richard Mecum didn't think the situation could end well. Brian Nichols, a rape suspect, was accused of gunning down three people at the Fulton County Courthouse and then shooting an off-duty federal customs officer later the same day.

Measure changes license process
ATLANTA - As a driver-in-training, there are still lots of things that make Elizabeth Wiley nervous when she gets behind the wheel with her learner's permit - blind spots, lane changes, other drivers on cell phones.

Kid of the Day

Leading the way
Judy Hartney, an Alleluia community member, sings I Exalt Thee with other Christians during a stop at Ascension Lutheran Church during the walk.

Across the area

Brochures help guide sex talks
ATLANTA - In an age when everyone seems to be talking about sex, it still is difficult for most parents to bring up the subject with their children.

Building a home for a cure

Legislative struggle over local projects continues
ATLANTA - The Republican-led Legislature recessed Thursday for a long Easter weekend amid an ongoing fight over the placement of hometown projects in the $17.4 billion state budget.

Kid of the Day
Abby Grace Prescott is today's Kid of the Day.

Evans woman killed by gas
With no warning, the danger was colorless and silent.

Two theater groups change locations
For the Augusta Symphony MasterWorks series and Storyland Theatre, the show will go on.

Technical colleges evolve to attract students
AIKEN - On Tuesday morning, about 2,000 eighth-grade pupils will be at Aiken Technical College talking to professionals about what they want to be when they grow up.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Proposals to require picture IDs for Georgia voters inspired Capitol protests Thursday, when more than 100 people called on lawmakers to can the idea.

Center rejects crisis unit offer
An Augusta mental health center has rebuffed an offer to create a crisis unit in the former Georgia Regional Hospital, and the state is now looking to an Athens mental health group to do it.

Across the area
A Hephzibah man pleaded not guilty Thursday to kidnapping and other charges.

Fitness program helps city employees
AIKEN - When Ashley Hardee takes her lunch break, the last thing she's thinking about is a meal.

Correction
- Crystal Pelt, of Windsor, who was struck and dragged by a car March 11, remains in serious condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Concert to aid music programs
To support music education, turn up the volume. That's Lakeside High School senior Kelly Hoang's philosophy behind a charity concert she organized to support a music in education fund-raiser she calls the Raise the Volume Fund.

Bill provides donor secrecy
ATLANTA - Information about individuals who give sometimes large donations to public colleges would be walled off from public view under a bill that passed a divided Senate on Thursday.

Group forms to aid gay students
Student leaders at Augusta State University have approved a club for gay, lesbian and transgendered students on campus.

DMVS' days are numbered
ATLANTA - A bill touted as the solution for long lines at driver's license offices passed the General Assembly on Thursday despite criticism from Senate Democrats that the changes go too far.

Kid of the Day
Dewanta James Grice is today's Kid of the Day.

Web site will provide hospital comparisons
The public will soon be able to compare hospital-quality measures on a government Web site that Augusta hospitals are already using to help them improve care. But officials caution that the data have limits and should be viewed in context.

Across the area
Police charged a 13-year-old Lakeside Middle School pupil with sexual battery Friday after four 13-year-old girls told authorities he groped them.

Building a home for a cure
Travis Little, of Southeast Restoration & Fireproofing Inc., caulks windows on the Medical College of Georgia's new Cancer Research Center.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - An Atlanta woman has pleaded guilty to two counts of making false statement concerning alleged terrorist activity, the U.S. attorney's office said Friday.

News you can use

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE - A 12-year-old boy has been taken into custody after he was found with a loaded handgun at Savannah Grove Elementary School.

Town homes see growth
Individual home construction is plentiful in Columbia County, but officials say another type of development also seems to be taking hold: town homes.

Across the area
Police charged a 13-year-old Lakeside Middle School pupil with sexual battery Friday after four 13-year-old girls told authorities he groped them.

Firm to boost research
A Columbia-based venture capital firm announced Thursday it has created a $16 million fund to finance the Augusta area's fledgling biotech industry.

Scheme brought in more money
SAVANNAH, Ga. - New federal documents claim Savannah resident Randy Treadwell's alleged Ponzi scheme was far more lucrative than even U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission officials first thought.

News you can use
Doctors Hospital's Center for Sleep Disorders will hold a Sleep Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the H2U meeting area, Building 3, Doctors Hospital, 1305 Interstate Parkway.

Vote on support bill fails on 1st attempt
ATLANTA - The Senate will take another shot next week at passing a bill that would make widespread changes to the formula used to decide child support payments in Georgia.

Woody Allen offers the comic and, of course, the tragic
NEW YORK - Woody Allen doesn't give many interviews. But when he does, he'll talk about anything.

Woody Allen offers the comic and, of course, the tragic

Woody Allen offers the comic and, of course, the tragic
NEW YORK - Woody Allen doesn't give many interviews. But when he does, he'll talk about anything.

New ways to distribute music at stake in case
LOS ANGELES - Recording industry executive Andy Gershon sees opportunity in the online file-sharing networks that most of his rivals decry as havens for music pirates.

New ways to distribute music at stake in case

New ways to distribute music at stake in case
LOS ANGELES - Recording industry executive Andy Gershon sees opportunity in the online file-sharing networks that most of his rivals decry as havens for music pirates.

One-two punch carries Illini to regional final
ROSEMONT, Ill. - Containing Deron Williams is no easy feat. When backcourt mate Dee Brown is on his game, too, playing Illinois is anything but a fair fight.

One-two punch carries Illini to regional final
ROSEMONT, Ill. - Containing Deron Williams is no easy feat. When backcourt mate Dee Brown is on his game, too, playing Illinois is anything but a fair fight.

Spartans oust Blue Devils to advance
AUSTIN, Texas - With one high-flying display of muscle and moxie, Maurice Ager and the Michigan State Spartans put the exclamation point on their bruising run through the NCAA Tournament.

Spartans oust Blue Devils to advance
AUSTIN, Texas - With one high-flying display of muscle and moxie, Maurice Ager and the Michigan State Spartans put the exclamation point on their bruising run through the NCAA Tournament.

Mrs. Ruth Mullins    (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)
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Dr. Stacy Hammond Story, IV    (CORDOVA, Tenn.)

Mr. John H. Quinn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin H. Moody    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John C. Wheatley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Yvonne Wilson    (AUGUSTA , Ga.)
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Mr. Ovid H. Beasley    (KITE, Ga.)
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Mr. John H. Quinn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lillie Mae Mims    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Nichols    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Gary    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Roger G. Perkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Zanayia Jacoya Smalley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Frances Gay    (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Florence Williams    (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. John A. Cumbee, Jr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Mullins    (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)

Mr. Fred Gary    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bernard Boyd    (POMPANO BEACH, Fla.)

Mr. Joseph A. Bellino    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Ms. Pamala Bodie    (BEAUFORT, S.C.)
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Mr. Douglas Tillery    ( HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Eddie Charles Gundy    (HARRISON, Ga.)
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Mr. James Nichols    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Bernard Boyd    (POMPANO BEACH, Fla.)
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Mr. Marvin H. Moody    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Stevens    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William E. Jones, Jr.    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Douglas Tillery    ( HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Joshua L. Holley, Jr.    (ORLANDO, FL.)
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Mr. Barney Blackburn    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Viola Elizabeth Walling    (DUNLAP, Ill.)
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Mrs. Betty Beckum    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Samuel R. Wise    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Pamala Bodie    (BEAUFORT, S.C.)

Mrs. Yvonne Wilson    (AUGUSTA , Ga.)

Mrs. Jewel Washington    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Winabee "Bee" Ward    (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. Roger G. Perkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Alberta C. Luke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles McKay Hunt, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie M. Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Verina Johnson    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Chris A. Lever    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Cleveland Cain    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dashawna M. Jackson    (VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.)

Mrs. Betty Cheely    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ida Gibbons Wells    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Ray Dean Jordan    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bertie M. Edmonds    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John A. Cumbee, Jr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betty Cheely    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. John Ernest Still    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Samuel R. Wise    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bertie M. Edmonds    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Barney Blackburn    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mae Frances Newsome    (WADLEY, Ga.)
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Mr. Samuel R. Wise    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Hagberg    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Florence Williams    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Fred Gary    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jewel Washington    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ida Gibbons Wells    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Florence Williams    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Nicholas Ashton Guthrie    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Stevens    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Hagberg    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Roger G. Perkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Dr. Stacy Hammond Story, IV    (CORDOVA, Tenn.)
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Mrs. Estella E. Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnnie Hilson    (BRANDON, FL.)
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Mr. Warren D. McZorn, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dashawna M. Jackson    (VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.)
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Mrs. Lillie Mae Mims    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Alice James    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lillie Mae Mims    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Nell Johnson Durden    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles M. McKeehan    (PERKINS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Verina Johnson    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dashawna M. Jackson    (VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.)
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Mrs. Janie Lamar    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Dr. Stacy Hammond Story, IV    (CORDOVA, Tenn.)
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Mr. Chris A. Lever    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Cobbie Leverett    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Idell Bennett    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Susie M. Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Jill Alberding    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Albert Lowe    (DETROIT, Mich.)
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Mrs. Winabee "Bee" Ward    (MACON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Alberta C. Luke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ovid H. Beasley    (KITE, Ga.)

Mr. Broderick Luke    (GAINESVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Florence Williams    (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. William R. Johnson    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mr. Adrian Smith    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dashawna M. Jackson    (VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.)

Mrs. Gloria T. Roberson    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Joshua L. Holley, Jr.    (ORLANDO, FL.)

Mrs. Anna Oatman    (QUEENS VILLAGE, N.Y.)

Dr. Stacy Hammond Story, IV    (CORDOVA, Tenn.)

Mr. Henry Morgan    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lillie Mae Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles McKay Hunt, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Janie Lamar    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Warren D. McZorn, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Alice James    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Morgan    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Johnnie Hilson    (BRANDON, FL.)

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Nicholas Ashton Guthrie    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Estella E. Murray    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Fred Gary    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna Ruth Salley    (LAFOLLETTE, Tenn.)
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Mrs. Mae Frances Newsome    (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria T. Roberson    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
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Mr. Ray Dean Jordan    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Roger G. Perkins    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. John Ernest Still    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Nan Rebecca Long    (TOPEKA, KS.)
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Mr. Cleveland Cain    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Anna Ruth Salley    (LAFOLLETTE, Tenn.)
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Cimmeshia Shangeria Wynn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Zanayia Jacoya Smalley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Adrian Smith    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lillie Mae Mims    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Gloria T. Roberson (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Roger G. Perkins (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Pamala Bodie (BEAUFORT, S.C.)

Mr. Roger G. Perkins (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Adrian Smith (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Idell Bennett (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Jewel Washington (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Mullins (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)

Mrs. Betty Cheely (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. James Nichols (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Charles McKay Hunt, Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. William R. Johnson (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Mae Mims (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estella E. Murray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Stacy Hammond Story, IV (CORDOVA, Tenn.)

Mrs. Lillie Mae Mims (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cleveland Cain (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Yvonne Wilson (AUGUSTA , Ga.)

Nicholas Ashton Guthrie (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Stevens (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Morgan (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Florence Williams (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Fred Gary (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joshua L. Holley, Jr. (ORLANDO, FL.)

Zanayia Jacoya Smalley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Beckum (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John A. Cumbee, Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Winabee "Bee" Ward (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. John Ernest Still (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. William E. Jones, Jr. (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mae Frances Newsome (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. John H. Quinn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Hilson (BRANDON, FL.)

Mr. Warren D. McZorn, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel R. Wise (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Stacy Hammond Story, IV (CORDOVA, Tenn.)

Mr. Cobbie Leverett (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Douglas Tillery ( HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillie Mae Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Barney Blackburn (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Ray Dean Jordan (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Fred Gary (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Lamar (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin H. Moody (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dashawna M. Jackson (VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.)

Mrs. Dashawna M. Jackson (VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.)

Mr. Chris A. Lever (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Anna Oatman (QUEENS VILLAGE, N.Y.)

Mrs. Bertie M. Edmonds (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert Lowe (DETROIT, Mich.)

Mr. Bernard Boyd (POMPANO BEACH, Fla.)

Mrs. Susie M. Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alberta C. Luke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Williams (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Ida Gibbons Wells (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice James (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Verina Johnson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Frances Gay (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Mullins (WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.)

Mr. Ovid H. Beasley (KITE, Ga.)

Players of the week

Questions arise about coach's record

Overtime

Richmond Academy lacks pieces of puzzle

Prep scores

Pacers' Dunham achieves Player of the Week honors

Questions arise about coach's record
Westside baseball coach Gerald Barnes might have reached another milestone on March 11 when the state's all-time leader in wins notched the 600th victory of his 30-year career.

Prep scores
Here are prep scores from across the area:

Pacers' Dunham achieves Player of the Week honors
Reviewing local college sports:

Prep scores
Here are prep scores from across the area:

Players of the week
A look at the players of the week:

Overtime
In Aiken, sophomore Zach Cooper hit his first career long ball in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game at 5 and Daniel Quartararo doubled in Casey Derhak to lead the No. 17 USC Aiken to a dramatic 6-5 win over No. 25 West Virginia State on Friday.

Overtime
Detroit Lions assistant Kevin Higgins was hired Thursday as the football coach at The Citadel, which went 3-7 last season.

Overtime
Detroit Lions assistant Kevin Higgins was hired Thursday as the football coach at The Citadel, which went 3-7 last season.

Richmond Academy lacks pieces of puzzle
Last season's soccer juggernaut is 2005's question mark.

Players of the week
A look at the players of the week:

Richmond Academy lacks pieces of puzzle
Last season's soccer juggernaut is 2005's question mark.

Questions arise about coach's record
Westside baseball coach Gerald Barnes might have reached another milestone on March 11 when the state's all-time leader in wins notched the 600th victory of his 30-year career.

Pacers' Dunham achieves Player of the Week honors
Reviewing local college sports:

Services to draw light to meaning
Easter's message of restoration, forgiveness, joy and challenge will be celebrated Sunday during Augusta-area sunrise services.

Chocolate crosses move into mainstream
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A symbol of Christianity that sits atop church steeples, dangles from necks and hangs on walls is being worshipped in a new way - in the mouths of the faithful.

'Purpose Driven' preacher continues to make headlines
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - The Rev. Rick Warren wrote his best-selling The Purpose Driven Life to save souls, but even he was surprised when the man suspected of shooting his way out of an Atlanta courthouse heard God in his words and surrendered.

'Purpose Driven' preacher continues to make headlines
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - The Rev. Rick Warren wrote his best-selling The Purpose Driven Life to save souls, but even he was surprised when the man suspected of shooting his way out of an Atlanta courthouse heard God in his words and surrendered.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Services to draw light to meaning
Easter's message of restoration, forgiveness, joy and challenge will be celebrated Sunday during Augusta-area sunrise services.

Recovery program centers on Jesus
Where the 12-step method stops, Celebrate Recovery crosses the line.

Backyard labyrinth serves as path to clarity
Armed with a drawing, some string and willing parishioners, the Rev. Bob Cushing realized his vision of a backyard labyrinth last week.

Faith digest
Eggs will roll today at area Easter egg hunts. Games and prizes will be given during a hunt from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1260 Wrightsboro Road.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Two writers re-examine Jesus' 'seven last words'
Two thoughtful Christian writers meditate on Jesus' biblical "seven last words" from the cross, a classic form of Christian devotion, in recent little books: "Cross-Shattered Christ" (Brazos) by Duke University theologian Stanley Hauerwas, and "The Seven Last Words From the Cross" (Eerdmans) by traveling Episcopal preacher Fleming Rutledge.

Four Mile choir will hold reunion
Lana Thomas' front teeth were still pretty new when she started singing alto with the Four Mile Choir in 1972, its first year.

Backyard labyrinth serves as path to clarity
Armed with a drawing, some string and willing parishioners, the Rev. Bob Cushing realized his vision of a backyard labyrinth last week.

Chocolate crosses move into mainstream
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A symbol of Christianity that sits atop church steeples, dangles from necks and hangs on walls is being worshipped in a new way - in the mouths of the faithful.

Husband in 'Wife Swap' show charged with hitting daughter
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Nashville man being filmed for the TV show "Wife Swap" was charged with striking his 13-year-old daughter in the face after a production crew sought treatment for the girl.

Error gives TV viewers a chance to pick 'Idol' again

Ratings service to increase minority participation

Husband in 'Wife Swap' show charged with hitting daughter

Husband in 'Wife Swap' show charged with hitting daughter
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Nashville man being filmed for the TV show "Wife Swap" was charged with striking his 13-year-old daughter in the face after a production crew sought treatment for the girl.

Man creates filter to block cable news channel

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of March 14-20. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Error gives TV viewers a chance to pick 'Idol' again
NEW YORK - A wrong number and an extra day simply delayed the inevitable for "American Idol" contestant Mikalah Gordon.

Wanted: Big laughs, bigger ratings for NBC

Ratings service to increase minority participation
NEW YORK - Nielsen Media Research outlined several steps Wednesday to better reflect the television viewing habits of blacks and Hispanics, including paying families more to measure what they watch.

Man creates filter to block cable news channel
It's not that Sam Kimery objects to the views expressed on Fox News. The creator of the "Fox Blocker" contends the channel is not news at all.

Wanted: Big laughs, bigger ratings for NBC
LOS ANGELES - NBC had little to laugh about. With its glory sitcoms out of the picture, the network had lost its No. 1 ranking in viewership for the first time in six years.

Man creates filter to block cable news channel
It's not that Sam Kimery objects to the views expressed on Fox News. The creator of the "Fox Blocker" contends the channel is not news at all.

PBS's 'Wall $treet Week' canceled after 35 years
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - "Wall $treet Week," a financial information program that became one of the longest-running national franchises in television, is retiring, Maryland Public Television said Thursday.

Error gives TV viewers a chance to pick 'Idol' again
NEW YORK - A wrong number and an extra day simply delayed the inevitable for "American Idol" contestant Mikalah Gordon.

Wanted: Big laughs, bigger ratings for NBC
LOS ANGELES - NBC had little to laugh about. With its glory sitcoms out of the picture, the network had lost its No. 1 ranking in viewership for the first time in six years.

Ratings service to increase minority participation
NEW YORK - Nielsen Media Research outlined several steps Wednesday to better reflect the television viewing habits of blacks and Hispanics, including paying families more to measure what they watch.

Miller gets the boot on 'Survivor'
NEW YORK - That's six Ulongs gone in a row on CBS' "Survivor: Palau."

People in the News

People in the News

Barney Martin, TV father of "Seinfeld," dead at 82

Rapper's sister dies of leukemia

Georgia, Duke share characteristics
ATHENS, Ga. - When Georgia's Andy Landers looks at Duke, he sees a team that is big, talented, adept at the dribble drive, good in transition and accurate from the perimeter.

Chambers is key to 'Dogs' elite dreams

Georgia, Duke share characteristics

Chambers is key to 'Dogs' elite dreams
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Much like her team, Georgia sophomore Cori Chambers has experienced peaks and valleys this season. Fortunately for her and the Lady Bulldogs, the roller-coaster ride is currently on an upswing.

Georgia, Duke share characteristics
ATHENS, Ga. - When Georgia's Andy Landers looks at Duke, he sees a team that is big, talented, adept at the dribble drive, good in transition and accurate from the perimeter.

Chambers is key to 'Dogs' elite dreams
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Much like her team, Georgia sophomore Cori Chambers has experienced peaks and valleys this season. Fortunately for her and the Lady Bulldogs, the roller-coaster ride is currently on an upswing.

Pitching lifts Lady Pacers to sweep
AIKEN - Jerry Snyder takes all the blame. The first time his Lady Pacers faced Augusta State, he talked up the rivalry and the importance of winning conference games.

Pitching lifts Lady Pacers to sweep

Gamecocks head to New York for semifinals
COLUMBIA - Carlos Powell scored 21 points, and Tre Kelley added 12 in the second half to lead South Carolina to a 69-66 victory over Georgetown in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament on Thursday night.

Pitching lifts Lady Pacers to sweep
AIKEN - Jerry Snyder takes all the blame. The first time his Lady Pacers faced Augusta State, he talked up the rivalry and the importance of winning conference games.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Woman finds finger while eating chili at restaurant

Student reinstated after suspension over smoking principal photos

'Purpose Driven' preacher continues to make headlines

Chocolate crosses move into mainstream

Services to draw light to meaning

Backyard labyrinth serves as path to clarity

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