Suzanne Somers is coming to Broadway
NEW YORK - Rev up your ThighMaster, Broadway. Suzanne Somers is coming to town.

Unpublished Tennessee Williams poem found
ST. LOUIS - A previously unpublished poem by Tennessee Williams, described as having been "written out of absolute, complete despair," has been discovered in his blue test booklet from a college course in 1937.

Unpublished Tennessee Williams poem found

Suzanne Somers is coming to Broadway

Suzanne Somers is coming to Broadway
NEW YORK - Rev up your ThighMaster, Broadway. Suzanne Somers is coming to town.

Unpublished Tennessee Williams poem found
ST. LOUIS - A previously unpublished poem by Tennessee Williams, described as having been "written out of absolute, complete despair," has been discovered in his blue test booklet from a college course in 1937.

Week off is a chance to look at area's elite
Masters Week brings a sudden halt to school and schedules for most area teams while the world watches golf's elite battle for the green jacket.

Week off is a chance to look at area's elite

Week off is a chance to look at area's elite
Masters Week brings a sudden halt to school and schedules for most area teams while the world watches golf's elite battle for the green jacket.

Padres and Cubs split doubleheader
CHICAGO - Mark Prior was a success in his season debut, while Kerry Wood struggled again.

Padres and Cubs split doubleheader

Padres and Cubs split doubleheader
CHICAGO - Mark Prior was a success in his season debut, while Kerry Wood struggled again.

Shot lands Texas freshman in Augusta for Masters

Odds and Ends
ITHACA, N.Y. - Not just anybody can say he has a slime-mold beetle named in his honor. But George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald H. Rumsfeld can.

Odds and Ends
ITHACA, N.Y. - Not just anybody can say he has a slime-mold beetle named in his honor. But George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald H. Rumsfeld can.

Woman who claims she found finger in chili won't sue
SAN JOSE, Calif. - A woman who claimed she scooped up a human finger along with her chili at a Wendy's restaurant has decided not to sue the fast-food chain.

No link between finger found in food and woman who lost digit
LAS VEGAS - Authorities investigating the origin of a finger found in a California bowl of fast-food chili said Thursday they have uncovered no link to a Nevada leopard attack that cost a woman part of her index finger.

Braves' Cox ejected in first inning
ATLANTA - Being ejected in the first inning didn't stop Atlanta's Bobby Cox from managing the Braves in Wednesday's 11-4 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Washington takes series from Braves
ATLANTA - In first baseman Adam LaRoche's eyes, the Atlanta Braves have far too much mojo for this sort of thing.

Rookie has gotten the job done for Atlanta

Washington takes series from Braves

Nationals happy for some stability
ATLANTA - RFK Stadium might not provide the trendiest of venues for the Washington Nationals, but at least it'll be home for the nomadic ballclub.

Rookie has gotten the job done for Atlanta
ATLANTA - Braves rookie Peter Orr hasn't quite reached the celebrity echelon of Celine Dion, Alex Trebek and Wayne Gretzky with the residents in his home country of Canada.

Giles anxious for return to Braves lineup
ATLANTA - Marcus Giles can make playing baseball look easy.

Rookie has gotten the job done for Atlanta
ATLANTA - Braves rookie Peter Orr hasn't quite reached the celebrity echelon of Celine Dion, Alex Trebek and Wayne Gretzky with the residents in his home country of Canada.

Giles anxious for return to Braves lineup
ATLANTA - Marcus Giles can make playing baseball look easy.

Nationals happy for some stability
ATLANTA - RFK Stadium might not provide the trendiest of venues for the Washington Nationals, but at least it'll be home for the nomadic ballclub.

Nationals happy for some stability

Washington takes series from Braves
ATLANTA - In first baseman Adam LaRoche's eyes, the Atlanta Braves have far too much mojo for this sort of thing.

Giles anxious for return to Braves lineup

Retail sales post modest gain in March
WASHINGTON - Retail sales rose by a modest 0.3 percent in March, the weakest showing since January, as prospects for stronger sales spurred by an early Easter were trumped by cold weather in much of the country and rising fuel costs.

Can Apple produce another blockbuster?
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Shares of Apple Computer Inc. sank more than 5 percent early Thursday, despite another quarter of robust profits attributed to sales of its iconic iPod digital music player. The question is looming larger whether the company will be able to follow that blockbuster with another.

World's financial leaders to review global economy
WASHINGTON - Financial leaders will grapple with expanding debt relief for poor countries and global fallout from high energy prices when the world's economic powers gather and the 184-nation World Bank and International Monetary Fund meet this weekend.

Slow growth expected for global economy
WASHINGTON - The global economy's growth is expected to slow this year, while still turning in a solid performance, as high energy prices weigh a bit on activity, the International Monetary Fund reported Wednesday.

Legislation passes making it harder to wipe away debt
WASHINGTON - Tens of thousands of people who want to wipe out their debts in bankruptcy court would have to work out repayment plans instead under legislation Congress approved Thursday.

Crude futures fall more than $1 a barrel on rising U.S. supply
Oil prices dropped by more than $1 a barrel Wednesday after the U.S. government released data that showed crude oil and gasoline supplies on the rise.

Demand grows for pilots
Kerry Wyatt never thought of himself as a pilot, until he went for a flight with a friend.

Retail sales post modest gain in March
WASHINGTON - Retail sales rose by a modest 0.3 percent in March, the weakest showing since January, as prospects for stronger sales spurred by an early Easter were trumped by cold weather in much of the country and rising fuel costs.

Wal-Mart aims to appeal to more upscale customer
NEW YORK - When Teresa McDowell shops at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., she sticks to buying basic household products and groceries, never crossing the aisle to pick up furniture or clothing.

Fan debate highlights controversy over energy efficiency
WASHINGTON - The efficiency of ceiling fans may not be at the center of the country's energy debate, given record high gasoline prices.

Demand grows for pilots
Kerry Wyatt never thought of himself as a pilot, until he went for a flight with a friend.

Financial Times to launch afternoon freebie in London
LONDON (Dow Jones/AP) - The Financial Times newspaper will launch a slimmed-down, free afternoon paper in Great Britain in an attempt to attract more readers to its online and main editions, the newspaper said Wednesday.

Crude futures fall on energy watchdog's bearish report

Slow growth expected for global economy

Crude futures rise from near seven-week lows
VIENNA, Austria - Crude prices rose Thursday from near seven-week lows reached after a U.S. government report showed an increase in the country's crude oil and gasoline stocks.

Crude futures rise from near seven-week lows

Jobless claims fall for second straight week
WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell by 10,000 last week, the second straight week of improvement, the government reported Thursday.

World's financial leaders to review global economy

Theft of retailer information leaves thousands vulnerable
NEW YORK - Data apparently stolen from the popular clothing retailer Polo Ralph Lauren Inc. is forcing banks and credit card issuers to notify thousands of consumers that their credit-card information may have been exposed.

Jobless claims fall for second straight week
WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell by 10,000 last week, the second straight week of improvement, the government reported Thursday.

Hoover recalls 636,000 vacuum cleaners
WASHINGTON - Hoover Co. is recalling 636,000 vacuum cleaners after receiving about 250 reports of overheating that caused the handle area to smoke, melt or catch fire.

World's financial leaders to review global economy
WASHINGTON - Financial leaders will grapple with expanding debt relief for poor countries and global fallout from high energy prices when the world's economic powers gather and the 184-nation World Bank and International Monetary Fund meet this weekend.

Crude futures rise from near seven-week lows
VIENNA, Austria - Crude prices rose Thursday from near seven-week lows reached after a U.S. government report showed an increase in the country's crude oil and gasoline stocks.

Theft of retailer information leaves thousands vulnerable
NEW YORK - Data apparently stolen from the popular clothing retailer Polo Ralph Lauren Inc. is forcing banks and credit card issuers to notify thousands of consumers that their credit-card information may have been exposed.

Crude futures fall more than $1 a barrel on rising U.S. supply

Wal-Mart aims to appeal to more upscale customer
NEW YORK - When Teresa McDowell shops at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., she sticks to buying basic household products and groceries, never crossing the aisle to pick up furniture or clothing.

Retail sales post modest gain in March

Legislation passes making it harder to wipe away debt
WASHINGTON - Tens of thousands of people who want to wipe out their debts in bankruptcy court would have to work out repayment plans instead under legislation Congress approved Thursday.

Fan debate highlights controversy over energy efficiency

Hoover recalls 636,000 vacuum cleaners
WASHINGTON - Hoover Co. is recalling 636,000 vacuum cleaners after receiving about 250 reports of overheating that caused the handle area to smoke, melt or catch fire.

Can Apple produce another blockbuster?
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Shares of Apple Computer Inc. sank more than 5 percent early Thursday, despite another quarter of robust profits attributed to sales of its iconic iPod digital music player. The question is looming larger whether the company will be able to follow that blockbuster with another.

Extension can help deflect late tax penalties
If you haven't finished your taxes yet, it may be time to file an extension.

Fan debate highlights controversy over energy efficiency
WASHINGTON - The efficiency of ceiling fans may not be at the center of the country's energy debate, given record high gasoline prices.

Hoover recalls 636,000 vacuum cleaners

Crude futures fall on energy watchdog's bearish report
SINGAPORE - Crude futures dropped Wednesday after the International Energy Agency forecast slower growth in oil demand this year.

Demand grows for pilots

Slow growth expected for global economy
WASHINGTON - The global economy's growth is expected to slow this year, while still turning in a solid performance, as high energy prices weigh a bit on activity, the International Monetary Fund reported Wednesday.

Can Apple produce another blockbuster?

Crude futures fall more than $1 a barrel on rising U.S. supply
Oil prices dropped by more than $1 a barrel Wednesday after the U.S. government released data that showed crude oil and gasoline supplies on the rise.

Theft of retailer information leaves thousands vulnerable

Crude futures fall on energy watchdog's bearish report
SINGAPORE - Crude futures dropped Wednesday after the International Energy Agency forecast slower growth in oil demand this year.

Legislation passes making it harder to wipe away debt

Jobless claims fall for second straight week

Wal-Mart aims to appeal to more upscale customer

Judge won't reduce charges against UT's McDaniel
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A Knox County judge refused to reduce a felony assault charge against University of Tennessee defensive tackle Tony McDaniel on Wednesday.

Judge won't reduce charges against UT's McDaniel

Judge won't reduce charges against UT's McDaniel
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A Knox County judge refused to reduce a felony assault charge against University of Tennessee defensive tackle Tony McDaniel on Wednesday.

Save smoke ban bill
Gov. Sonny Perdue is wrestling with the notion of using his veto pen to send Georgia's smoking ban bill up in smoke. That would be a huge mistake.

Put a Tiger in your tank

Put a Tiger in your tank
None of us will ever walk in Tiger Woods' shoes. But that doesn't mean we can't follow in his footsteps.

Save smoke ban bill

Lab must be saved

Save smoke ban bill
Gov. Sonny Perdue is wrestling with the notion of using his veto pen to send Georgia's smoking ban bill up in smoke. That would be a huge mistake.

Progress in Iraq

Put a Tiger in your tank
None of us will ever walk in Tiger Woods' shoes. But that doesn't mean we can't follow in his footsteps.

Progress in Iraq
There's still plenty of violence and death in Iraq - yet overall, the attacks and car bombings are declining, according to coalition forces.

Augusta's Strengths
Not all monsters come dressed like Lon Chaney or Bela Lugosi. Some wear nice suits, and you believe them when they say they drive a Jaguar.

Lab must be saved
If the University of Georgia's world-renowned ecological scientist Eugene Odum were still alive today, the U.S. Department of Energy wouldn't dare try to kill funding for the prestigious 54-year-old Savannah River Ecology Lab.

Lab must be saved
If the University of Georgia's world-renowned ecological scientist Eugene Odum were still alive today, the U.S. Department of Energy wouldn't dare try to kill funding for the prestigious 54-year-old Savannah River Ecology Lab.

Progress in Iraq
There's still plenty of violence and death in Iraq - yet overall, the attacks and car bombings are declining, according to coalition forces.

Concerts
THE COMING WEEK: JERRY SEINFELD: tonight, Township Auditorium, Columbia

Lohan's father pleads not guilty to car crash charge
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - The father of teen star Lindsay Lohan pleaded not guilty Tuesday to an upgraded felony charge in connection with a fiery car crash on Long Island in February.

City's charms await Tour de Georgia cyclists
Augusta in April is a city of warm weather and hospitality. It's a city where a friendly wave between strangers is not unexpected and where the first real bloom of spring fills hearts with optimism.

People in the News
LONDON - British prosecutors said they had dropped robbery and blackmail charges against Pete Doherty, troubled former frontman of rock band The Libertines.

Stuff to do
A remake of the 1970s horror flick The Amityville Horror opens Friday. See what the critics have to say.

Britney Spears announces pregnancy
NEW YORK - Britney Spears, the one-time teenybopper who sang "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," has apparently completed the transition with news that she's pregnant.

Serious stick action still can be had at area's billiard spots
There once was a time when the neighborhood pool hall was something of a staple. Like the corner store, it was a mainstay, the business that every town or city would have at least one of.

People in the News
PARIS - France has honored Bruce Willis, making him an officer in the Order of Arts and Letters, one of the country's top awards for cultural achievement.

Britney Spears announces pregnancy
NEW YORK - Britney Spears, the one-time teenybopper who sang "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," has apparently completed the transition with news that she's pregnant.

Which celebrity pregnancy would grab headlines?
NEW YORK - Britney Spears is eating for two now, so what other celebrity pregnancy would gobble up the headlines?

Concerts
THE COMING WEEK:JERRY SEINFELD: tonight, Township Auditorium, Columbia

Augusta should get funky with tribute
Recently, the city of Aberdeen, Wash., most famous for being the childhood home of doomed rocker Kurt Cobain, announced that it would add Come As You Are, the title of one of Mr. Cobain's tunes, to its welcome sign.

Open tab
It's Motown Thursday at Club 706, 2623 Deans Bridge Road. Entertainment is provided by the Nightrider PC and DJ Blind Man Ray, and there are drink specials until midnight tonight.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augusta chronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220.

Games pack graphic punch
From a blood-soaked twist on Greek mythology to stealth combat in the near future, two new video games offer excellent but very different action thrills.

People in the News
PARIS - France has honored Bruce Willis, making him an officer in the Order of Arts and Letters, one of the country's top awards for cultural achievement.

Open tab
It's Motown Thursday at Club 706, 2623 Deans Bridge Road. Entertainment is provided by the Nightrider PC and DJ Blind Man Ray, and there are drink specials until midnight tonight.

Which celebrity pregnancy would grab headlines?
NEW YORK - Britney Spears is eating for two now, so what other celebrity pregnancy would gobble up the headlines?

People in the News
LONDON - British prosecutors said they had dropped robbery and blackmail charges against Pete Doherty, troubled former frontman of rock band The Libertines.

Augusta should get funky with tribute
Recently, the city of Aberdeen, Wash., most famous for being the childhood home of doomed rocker Kurt Cobain, announced that it would add Come As You Are, the title of one of Mr. Cobain's tunes, to its welcome sign.

Joaquin Phoenix checks into rehab facility
LOS ANGELES - Joaquin Phoenix has checked into a rehabilitation facility to deal with alcohol abuse problems.

Augusta should get funky with tribute
Recently, the city of Aberdeen, Wash., most famous for being the childhood home of doomed rocker Kurt Cobain, announced that it would add Come As You Are, the title of one of Mr. Cobain's tunes, to its welcome sign.

Calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augusta chronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220.

Galleries
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Games pack graphic punch
From a blood-soaked twist on Greek mythology to stealth combat in the near future, two new video games offer excellent but very different action thrills.

Galleries
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Stuff to do
A remake of the 1970s horror flick The Amityville Horror opens Friday. See what the critics have to say.

Augusta should get funky with tribute
Recently, the city of Aberdeen, Wash., most famous for being the childhood home of doomed rocker Kurt Cobain, announced that it would add Come As You Are, the title of one of Mr. Cobain's tunes, to its welcome sign.

Many teens carrying credit cards - and carrying balances
NEW YORK - The credit card generation is getting younger.

Many teens carrying credit cards - and carrying balances

Many teens carrying credit cards - and carrying balances
NEW YORK - The credit card generation is getting younger.

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.

Outlook wasn't bad for pair of local fishermen
As fishing days go, last Wednesday's outlook wasn't pretty. Cold and strong northeast winds, thick cloud cover and the threat of rain put a damper on things.

Outlook wasn't bad for pair of local fishermen

Fishing Tournaments

Outlook wasn't bad for pair of local fishermen
As fishing days go, last Wednesday's outlook wasn't pretty. Cold and strong northeast winds, thick cloud cover and the threat of rain put a damper on things.

McDonald's: After 50 years, many billions sold
DES PLAINES, Ill. - Open a newspaper and find stories about people suing McDonald's because its food supersized them, its coffee burned them and its fries were secretly cooked in beef-flavored oil.

McDonald's: After 50 years, many billions sold

'What's for Lunch: Cafe 209
CAFE 209 ADDRESS: 215 10th St. ON THE MENU: Daily entrees include two side items, corn bread muffin or roll: baked, barbecue or fried chicken,

McDonald's: After 50 years, many billions sold
DES PLAINES, Ill. - Open a newspaper and find stories about people suing McDonald's because its food supersized them, its coffee burned them and its fries were secretly cooked in beef-flavored oil.

Lawn mower's maintenance is vital to machine

An arbor can provide more than just grapes
What better way to a capture a little bit of sunny Italy in your backyard than with a grape arbor?

Pocket planting requires less effort
When the quantity of flower plantings gets out of hand, anyone can become a slave to the garden.

Pocket planting requires less effort

Sacred Heart's festival has talks, new additions
Starr Ockenga mastered the art of capturing images of people with her camera years ago. After two decades as a professional photographer, however, she was ready for a new muse. She found it in the garden.

Sacred Heart's festival has talks, new additions

Lawn mower's maintenance is vital to machine
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- All winter, your lawn mower waited, waxed and ready for you to fire her up this spring. Wait you don't wax your lawn mower?

Lawn mower's maintenance is vital to machine
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- All winter, your lawn mower waited, waxed and ready for you to fire her up this spring. Wait ñ you don't wax your lawn mower?

Sacred Heart's festival has talks, new additions
Starr Ockenga mastered the art of capturing images of people with her camera years ago. After two decades as a professional photographer, however, she was ready for a new muse. She found it in the garden.

Pocket planting requires less effort
When the quantity of flower plantings gets out of hand, anyone can become a slave to the garden.

Azalea care must persist after bloom

Azalea care must persist after bloom
Our azaleas have been magnificent this spring. As most of you know, they were a little later than normal this year, but it was a blessing in disguise because Masters Week was prettier than it has been in several years.

Azalea care must persist after bloom
Our azaleas have been magnificent this spring. As most of you know, they were a little later than normal this year, but it was a blessing in disguise because Masters Week was prettier than it has been in several years.

GreenJackets: Promotions are key
If you've ever wanted to be a part of a world record, show up at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Saturday.

GreenJackets: Promotions are key
If you've ever wanted to be a part of a world record, show up at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Saturday.

GreenJackets: Horwitz's bat cooking early
Brian Horwitz batted .423 in seven road games to open the Augusta GreenJackets' season.

GreenJackets: Horwitz's bat cooking early
Brian Horwitz batted .423 in seven road games to open the Augusta GreenJackets' season.

Australian opens with 62 to take early lead

Haas family adds to Harbour Town history

Haas family adds to Harbour Town history
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Jay Haas' dreams of golf success never got this big. After all, when his career started, no one stayed around the PGA Tour long enough to share a tournament spotlight with his son.

Haas family adds to Harbour Town history
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Jay Haas' dreams of golf success never got this big. After all, when his career started, no one stayed around the PGA Tour long enough to share a tournament spotlight with his son.

Australian opens with 62 to take early lead
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Peter Lonard flirted with 59 and finished with a two-stroke lead after Thursday's opening round of the MCI Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Australian opens with 62 to take early lead
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Peter Lonard flirted with 59 and finished with a two-stroke lead after Thursday's opening round of the MCI Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links.

GreenJackets: Horwitz's bat cooking early

GreenJackets: Promotions are key

Shot lands Texas freshman in Augusta for Masters
Earlier this week, a lot of people left Augusta and headed for home with their Masters Tournament memories. John Schaeffer was one of them.

Shot lands Texas freshman in Augusta for Masters
Earlier this week, a lot of people left Augusta and headed for home with their Masters Tournament memories. John Schaeffer was one of them.

Fire causes smoke for morning commute
Puffy white and gray billowing smoke visible to commuters this morning on John C. Calhoun Expressway and River Watch Parkway was caused by a house fire in the city's Harrisburg district, officials said.<

ID for voters is not asking much

Capitalism editorial missed the mark
The editorial published in The Chronicle on April 12, from The Record of Hackensack, N.J., took the admonishment of Pope John Paul II to the corrupt system of Mexico as a condemnation of capitalism in the United States. William J. Welsh, M.D., Augusta

ID for voters is not asking much
I see that Jesse Jackson is once again sticking his nose into Georgia's business. He is working with Georgia's Legislative Black Caucus in Atlanta to form a protest against the voter ID bill that recently passed the Georgia Legislature and could be signed into law by Gov. Sonny Perdue.John Bryan, Wrens

Ducking 18 votes was inexcusable
Charlie, Charlie, Charlie. State Sen. Charles Walker's pathetic excuse for not voting as he was empowered to do is inexcusable by any standards.Andy Chandler, Augusta

Bigotry mars group's good work
Regarding Allen Brodie's comments to the local media concerning the adoption of a parkway by members of Aiken's gay and lesbian community ("Critic wants cleanup sign gone," April 13):Lisa Hall, Vaucluse, S.C.

Capitalism editorial missed the mark
The editorial published in The Chronicle on April 12, from The Record of Hackensack, N.J., took the admonishment of Pope John Paul II to the corrupt system of Mexico as a condemnation of capitalism in the United States. William J. Welsh, M.D., Augusta

Bigotry mars group's good work

Bigotry mars group's good work
Regarding Allen Brodie's comments to the local media concerning the adoption of a parkway by members of Aiken's gay and lesbian community ("Critic wants cleanup sign gone," April 13):Lisa Hall, Vaucluse, S.C.

Voter IDs are a necessity nowadays
Regarding Gloria Greenbaum's April 8 letter to the editor stating that the new ID bill is unfair ("Passed ID bill is unfair to many"), I had to restrain myself to keep from laughing. Charles H. Kimbrough, Sylvania

Schiavo exposed culture of death
It is appalling to note the number of people who consider the legally sanctioned murder of Terri Schiavo to be not only correct, but who eagerly advocated or excused it!Robert Smock, Hephzibah

Ducking 18 votes was inexcusable
Charlie, Charlie, Charlie. State Sen. Charles Walker's pathetic excuse for not voting as he was empowered to do is inexcusable by any standards.Andy Chandler, Augusta

ID for voters is not asking much
I see that Jesse Jackson is once again sticking his nose into Georgia's business. He is working with Georgia's Legislative Black Caucus in Atlanta to form a protest against the voter ID bill that recently passed the Georgia Legislature and could be signed into law by Gov. Sonny Perdue.John Bryan, Wrens

Capitalism editorial missed the mark

Ducking 18 votes was inexcusable

Study: For mild asthma, less medicine might be right

Scientists scramble to destroy vials of flu virus sent worldwide

Will LEDs outshine the light bulb?

Study finds Chinese Internet filters sophisticated

New Yorker again dominates magazine awards

Appliances tap into emotions

Flu virus debacle sheds light on shipping system

Cigarette lighters now banned from planes

Most duck, geese test positive for bird flu in Mekong Delta

Affordable housing can be well-designed

Cigarette lighters now banned from planes
WASHINGTON - When Mike Metzger tossed his cigarette lighter into the plastic bin at the airport security checkpoint, a Transportation Security Administration screener had words for him.

Cigarette lighters now banned from planes
WASHINGTON - When Mike Metzger tossed his cigarette lighter into the plastic bin at the airport security checkpoint, a Transportation Security Administration screener had words for him.

Living briefs
We're looking for 'Hitchiker's fans The answer is "42" - do you know what the question is?

Affordable housing can be well-designed
PHILADELPHIA -- Ask people who can't afford a house what they want in one, and the answer is clear.

Will LEDs outshine the light bulb?
NEW YORK - If a time traveler from a hundred years ago were to visit a home today, much of the technology would be completely alien. The television, cordless phone and computer would probably leave him flabbergasted.

Will LEDs outshine the light bulb?
NEW YORK - If a time traveler from a hundred years ago were to visit a home today, much of the technology would be completely alien. The television, cordless phone and computer would probably leave him flabbergasted.

Affordable housing can be well-designed
PHILADELPHIA -- Ask people who can't afford a house what they want in one, and the answer is clear.

Study finds Chinese Internet filters sophisticated
NEW YORK - The Chinese government has become increasingly sophisticated at controlling the Internet, taking a multilayered approach that contributes to precision in blocking political dissent, a report released Thursday finds.

Most duck, geese test positive for bird flu in Mekong Delta
HANOI, Vietnam - More than 70 percent of random duck and geese samples have tested positive for bird flu in Vietnam's southern Mekong Delta, but many farmers have refused to slaughter their flocks, officials said Wednesday.

Appliances tap into emotions
CHICAGO -- Since when did we get emotional about our toasters?

Flu virus debacle sheds light on shipping system
Every day, deadly germs are shipped across the country and around the globe, right alongside the books, gourmet foods and birthday presents sent through FedEx and similar couriers.

New Yorker again dominates magazine awards
NEW YORK - The New Yorker once again dominated the National Magazine Awards, clinching five prizes Wednesday including honors for reporting on the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal and atrocities in Sudan.

Study finds Chinese Internet filters sophisticated
NEW YORK - The Chinese government has become increasingly sophisticated at controlling the Internet, taking a multilayered approach that contributes to precision in blocking political dissent, a report released Thursday finds.

Most duck, geese test positive for bird flu in Mekong Delta
HANOI, Vietnam - More than 70 percent of random duck and geese samples have tested positive for bird flu in Vietnam's southern Mekong Delta, but many farmers have refused to slaughter their flocks, officials said Wednesday.

Appliances tap into emotions
CHICAGO -- Since when did we get emotional about our toasters?

Scientists scramble to destroy vials of flu virus sent worldwide
Scientists around the world were scrambling to prevent the possibility of a pandemic after a nearly 50-year-old killer influenza virus was sent to thousands of labs, a decision that one researcher described as "unwise."

Flu virus debacle sheds light on shipping system
Every day, deadly germs are shipped across the country and around the globe, right alongside the books, gourmet foods and birthday presents sent through FedEx and similar couriers.

Study: For mild asthma, less medicine might be right
People with mild asthma may not need daily medicine to prevent flare-ups, as doctors now recommend.

Scientists scramble to destroy vials of flu virus sent worldwide
Scientists around the world were scrambling to prevent the possibility of a pandemic after a nearly 50-year-old killer influenza virus was sent to thousands of labs, a decision that one researcher described as "unwise."

New Yorker again dominates magazine awards
NEW YORK - The New Yorker once again dominated the National Magazine Awards, clinching five prizes Wednesday including honors for reporting on the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal and atrocities in Sudan.

Study: For mild asthma, less medicine might be right
People with mild asthma may not need daily medicine to prevent flare-ups, as doctors now recommend.

Club proposal called discriminatory
ATLANTA - After sharp, sometimes personal debate in a public hearing on a measure that would require parents to approve of the clubs their children join at school, the state Board of Education decided Wednesday to delay voting on the rule.

Alleluia residents enjoy safe feeling, brotherhood in their community

Principal has luncheon to reward kids
More than 70 Murphey Middle School pupils got to bypass the usual cafeteria offerings for a special lunch with their principal and invited guests March 30.

Kid of the Day

Kids will learn ecology at events for Earth Day
Earth Day celebrations on both sides of the Savannah River have increased over the past few years.

Fire causes smoke for morning commute

New you can use

Pupils admit they threatened teacher

Corps triumphs in lawsuit over river drawdown
A townhouse community's $1.2 million claim against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the collapse of its seawall during the January 2000 drawdown of the Savannah River has been dismissed in the corps' favor.

Study points to parking crisis

Photographer captures spirituality

Memorial marks anniversary of slaying

Principal has luncheon to reward kids
More than 70 Murphey Middle School pupils got to bypass the usual cafeteria offerings for a special lunch with their principal and invited guests March 30.

Stanko goes back to South Carolina
Stephen Christopher Stanko waived his right to formal extradition proceedings Wednesday and was sent back to South Carolina to face murder and sex-assault charges in the Grand Strand.

Arrests thrust Augusta into news spotlight
Tuesday's apprehension of Stephen Stanko, 37, at the Augusta Exchange shopping center was the latest in a string of high-profile arrests.

Festival will have activities, groups catering to children
The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, located at 1116 Philips St., will hold its second annual Children's Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Things to do
TAKE BACK THE NIGHT RALLY: 6:30 p.m. today; Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; with exhibits, speakers, candlelight march; free; 737-1500

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Secretary of State Cathy Cox will formally launch her campaign for governor with a rally at 4 p.m. Tuesday in her hometown of Bainbridge.

Events
FROG WALLOW FUN FEST: 9 a.m. Saturday; downtown Sardis, Ga.; parade, games, carnival rides, entertainment, bingo, barbecue, arts and crafts, street dance 8 p.m. to midnight; free; (478) 569-9357

School lunch menu

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Restaurant ratings

School notes
Members of the Richmond Academy math team have won a national competition.

Seeing double in Aiken County

Kid of the Day
Ebony LaMyiah Wynn is today's Kid of the Day.

Recycling
To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations:

Across the area
Richard Bernard Wilcox, of the 400 block of Old Evans Road, remained in the Richmond County Law Enforcement Center late Wednesday after being arrested and charged with felony rape.

Pet of the week
FH Fantasy, a 2-year-old retired racing greyhound, is available for adoption. She has been spayed and is up to date on all her shots and tests.

For the record

Harlem High shows off results
Results from a recent study might tarnish the image of block scheduling throughout the state, but one Columbia County high school administrator praises what she says is the success of the compacted classes at her school.

Harlem High shows off results
Results from a recent study might tarnish the image of block scheduling throughout the state, but one Columbia County high school administrator praises what she says is the success of the compacted classes at her school.

Police look into pair of shootings, death
Waynesboro police and state authorities investigated two separate shootings overnight Wednesday, one of them fatal.

Arrests thrust Augusta into news spotlight

Mother defends woman's role in arrest

Across the river
CRUISING THROUGH THE CONSTELLATIONS: 7 and 8 p.m. Friday; The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center's Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors and $2.50 for grades K-12; 641-3769

Students look into their future

Traveling theater group seeks children for 'Jungle Book' musical
The Missoula Children's Theatre staff is looking for area children, from kindergartners to high school seniors, whom they will train to perform in a musical.

Across the area

Anniversaries
Mavin C. and Jacqueline Overman, of Augusta, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a drop-in celebration March 19 at the home of their daughter, Carlene Johnson, in Aiken.

Insider might be behind rifle theft

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

Gas seller pushes fee to attract businesses

Calm is urged on flu strain
Augusta labs got a testing panel that contained a former deadly flu virus, but health officials said there is little danger it will pose a public health problem.

Kid of the Day
Ethan James is today's Kid of the Day.

For the record
Court sentencings, indictments, divorces and marriage licences.

Across the area
Two Augusta men were arrested in Columbia County on Thursday after police said they were suspects in a drive-by shooting in Appling.

Corps triumphs in lawsuit over river drawdown
A townhouse community's $1.2 million claim against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the collapse of its seawall during the January 2000 drawdown of the Savannah River has been dismissed in the corps' favor.

New you can use
Activities scheduled for today include:

Club proposal called discriminatory
ATLANTA - After sharp, sometimes personal debate in a public hearing on a measure that would require parents to approve of the clubs their children join at school, the state Board of Education decided Wednesday to delay voting on the rule.

Officer fatally shoots pit bull
AIKEN - An animal control officer shot and killed an aggressive pit bull terrier Wednesday that had been left unchained in its yard, an official said.

Kids will learn ecology at events for Earth Day

Gas seller pushes fee to attract businesses
ATLANTA - Atlanta Gas Light wants natural gas users to chip in for the state's recruitment of large companies by paying a new monthly economic development fee.

Officer fatally shoots pit bull

Students look into their future
Dozens of Lakeside High School students milled around the school's commons area Thursday morning to examine the more than 50 booths set up by college recruiters for Columbia County's Spring College Tour.

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Mother defends woman's role in arrest
Dana Putnam's mother stepped forward Thursday to defend her daughter's character after hearing people criticize her interaction with ex-convict and slaying suspect Stephen Stanko.

Arrests thrust Augusta into news spotlight
Tuesday's apprehension of Stephen Stanko, 37, at the Augusta Exchange shopping center was the latest in a string of high-profile arrests.

Memo blasts agency leader
One way or another, Augusta Recreation Director Tom Beck has some explaining to do.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - An Horry County resident is being treated to prevent rabies after encountering a rabid bobcat, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control said.

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News you can use
Activities and events this week include:

Insider might be behind rifle theft
The theft of eight air rifles from Hephzibah High School might have been an inside job, authorities said Thursday.

Anniversaries

Memorial marks anniversary of slaying
Today, family and friends will remember a pregnant 29-year-old nurse, daughter and wife who, one year ago today, was abducted and slain.

Study leaves questions

Study points to parking crisis
A study of Augusta's downtown parking says the city is bound for - yet not actually in the midst of - a parking crisis, the executive director of the Downtown Development Authority said.

News you can use

Fire causes smoke for morning commute
Puffy white and gray billowing smoke visible to commuters this morning on John C. Calhoun Expressway and River Watch Parkway was caused by a house fire in the city's Harrisburg district, officials said.

Corps triumphs in lawsuit over river drawdown

Pupils admit they threatened teacher
AIKEN - Two sixth-graders who threatened to attack an Aiken Middle School teacher with a pocketknife pleaded guilty Thursday to criminal conspiracy.

Calm is urged on flu strain

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -- In the city where political leaders voted almost 145 years ago to secede from the Union, there is talk of secession again.

Anniversaries
Mavin C. and Jacqueline Overman, of Augusta, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a drop-in celebration March 19 at the home of their daughter, Carlene Johnson, in Aiken.

Kid of the Day
Ethan James is today's Kid of the Day.

Events
FROG WALLOW FUN FEST: 9 a.m. Saturday; downtown Sardis, Ga.; parade, games, carnival rides, entertainment, bingo, barbecue, arts and crafts, street dance 8 p.m. to midnight; free; (478) 569-9357

Across the area
Two Augusta men were arrested in Columbia County on Thursday after police said they were suspects in a drive-by shooting in Appling.

Reunions
This listing runs as space is available. For information to be published, please include the date of the reunion:

New you can use
Activities scheduled for today include:

Traveling theater group seeks children for 'Jungle Book' musical
The Missoula Children's Theatre staff is looking for area children, from kindergartners to high school seniors, whom they will train to perform in a musical.

Officer fatally shoots pit bull
AIKEN - An animal control officer shot and killed an aggressive pit bull terrier Wednesday that had been left unchained in its yard, an official said.

Cinco de Mayo helps post celebrate diversity
Fort Gordon's Cinco de Mayo Festival will feature four days of music, carnival rides, games and other activities.

Across Georgia
WARWICK- Emmanuel Lewis, the former child star of the '80s television series Webster, got off with a warning for speeding after giving his autograph and posing for a photo with the police officer, officials said.

Seeing double in Aiken County
AIKEN - Aiken County has nine Church streets and half a dozen Main streets.

Memo blasts agency leader
One way or another, Augusta Recreation Director Tom Beck has some explaining to do.

Calm is urged on flu strain
Augusta labs got a testing panel that contained a former deadly flu virus, but health officials said there is little danger it will pose a public health problem.

Insider might be behind rifle theft
The theft of eight air rifles from Hephzibah High School might have been an inside job, authorities said Thursday.

Course neighbors' hopes fade
A previously proposed special tax exemption probably won't be an option for residents near Augusta National Golf Club whose property tax bills are expected to skyrocket this year.

Experts offer advice on tax-day stress
Jim Messina knows it is a tough sell for those rushing to file their income taxes today, but he would like them to think of it as a positive experience.

Lighter ban begins at airports today
Goodbye, old flame. Beginning today, cigarette lighters will enter the same category as scissors, BB guns and other items prohibited beyond security checkpoints at all American airports.

Memorial marks anniversary of slaying
Today, family and friends will remember a pregnant 29-year-old nurse, daughter and wife who, one year ago today, was abducted and slain.

Board votes to hire 10 new bus monitors
The Richmond County Board of Education has agreed to hire 10 more bus monitors to help curtail violence during trips to and from school.

Study points to parking crisis
A study of Augusta's downtown parking says the city is bound for - yet not actually in the midst of - a parking crisis, the executive director of the Downtown Development Authority said.

Photographer captures spirituality
When Stanley Lanzano went to Pawley's Island, S.C., in 1993 for his usual vacation, he had no idea the trip would forever change his life.

Big boxes could get tax break
AIKEN - When the super-size Kroger grocery store opens later this month in Aiken, the chain will close two of its existing stores, leaving the city with unoccupied retail space.

Alleluia residents enjoy safe feeling, brotherhood in their community
Karen Swenson feels as though she goes home to a Utopia every day.

Gas seller pushes fee to attract businesses
ATLANTA - Atlanta Gas Light wants natural gas users to chip in for the state's recruitment of large companies by paying a new monthly economic development fee.

Pet of the week
FH Fantasy, a 2-year-old retired racing greyhound, is available for adoption. She has been spayed and is up to date on all her shots and tests.

Students look into their future
Dozens of Lakeside High School students milled around the school's commons area Thursday morning to examine the more than 50 booths set up by college recruiters for Columbia County's Spring College Tour.

Principal has luncheon to reward kids
More than 70 Murphey Middle School pupils got to bypass the usual cafeteria offerings for a special lunch with their principal and invited guests March 30.

Mother defends woman's role in arrest
Dana Putnam's mother stepped forward Thursday to defend her daughter's character after hearing people criticize her interaction with ex-convict and slaying suspect Stephen Stanko.

Kids will learn ecology at events for Earth Day
Earth Day celebrations on both sides of the Savannah River have increased over the past few years.

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Around the block
Augusta State University and University Hospital's Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services are sponsoring the ninth annual Take Back the Night Rally, beginning at 6:30 p.m. today on the lawn of the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way.

Pupils admit they threatened teacher
AIKEN - Two sixth-graders who threatened to attack an Aiken Middle School teacher with a pocketknife pleaded guilty Thursday to criminal conspiracy.

Library events
APPLEBY BRANCHTODDLER STORYTIME: 10:05-10:25 a.m., 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays; ages 3 and older

Study cites decrease in checks in the mail
When the century changed five years ago, Anne Hinton never bothered to order new checks so the years would conveniently begin with a "20" instead of a "19."

School lunch menu
TODAY: Breakfast burrito and salsa, juice and milk *Chicken biscuit and hash browns

Principal has luncheon to reward kids

Milestones
Candis N. McFalls, of Augusta, daughter of Sheila and Timothy McFalls, recently participated in the 29th annual Miss Black & Gold Pageant at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Kid of the Day

Lighter ban begins at airports today
Goodbye, old flame. Beginning today, cigarette lighters will enter the same category as scissors, BB guns and other items prohibited beyond security checkpoints at all American airports.

Festival will have activities, groups catering to children

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - An Horry County resident is being treated to prevent rabies after encountering a rabid bobcat, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control said.

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Secretary of State Cathy Cox will formally launch her campaign for governor with a rally at 4 p.m. Tuesday in her hometown of Bainbridge.

School notes

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Activities and events this week include:

Stanko goes back to South Carolina

Study leaves questions
ATLANTA - Students in block scheduling do worse on some standardized tests than those on more traditional daily calendars, according to a report issued by the state Department of Education, but what that says about school schedules is still a matter for debate.

Lighter ban begins at airports today

Police name suspect in robbery
AIKEN - Authorities have identified a man they say robbed Security Federal Bank on Richland Avenue on Monday.

Across the area

Police look into pair of shootings, death
Waynesboro police and state authorities investigated two separate shootings overnight Wednesday, one of them fatal.

Across the river

Things to do
TAKE BACK THE NIGHT RALLY: 6:30 p.m. today; Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; with exhibits, speakers, candlelight march; free; 737-1500

Milestones

Library events

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

School lunch menu
TODAY: Breakfast burrito and salsa, juice and milk *Chicken biscuit and hash browns

Club proposal called discriminatory

Memo blasts agency leader

Alleluia residents enjoy safe feeling, brotherhood in their community
Karen Swenson feels as though she goes home to a Utopia every day.

Park event lets parents know of programs for pupils
Parents of children at six schools in Richmond County are invited to a Parent Night Showcase to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at May Park.

Festival will have activities, groups catering to children
The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, located at 1116 Philips St., will hold its second annual Children's Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Library events
APPLEBY BRANCH TODDLER STORYTIME: 10:05-10:25 a.m., 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays; ages 3 and older

Stanko goes back to South Carolina
Stephen Christopher Stanko waived his right to formal extradition proceedings Wednesday and was sent back to South Carolina to face murder and sex-assault charges in the Grand Strand.

School notes
Members of the Richmond Academy math team have won a national competition.

Around the block

Across the river
CRUISING THROUGH THE CONSTELLATIONS: 7 and 8 p.m. Friday; The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center's Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors and $2.50 for grades K-12; 641-3769

Course neighbors' hopes fade

Photographer captures spirituality
When Stanley Lanzano went to Pawley's Island, S.C., in 1993 for his usual vacation, he had no idea the trip would forever change his life.

Police look into pair of shootings, death

Board votes to hire 10 new bus monitors
The Richmond County Board of Education has agreed to hire 10 more bus monitors to help curtail violence during trips to and from school.

Events

Course neighbors' hopes fade
A previously proposed special tax exemption probably won't be an option for residents near Augusta National Golf Club whose property tax bills are expected to skyrocket this year.

Principal has luncheon to reward kids

Site misses shot at shooting range
The organization USA Shooting has officially chosen Kerrville, Texas, as the location for most of its major shooting range venues.

Things to do

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Traveling theater group seeks children for 'Jungle Book' musical

Kid of the Day
Ebony LaMyiah Wynn is today's Kid of the Day.

Around the block
Augusta State University and University Hospital's Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services are sponsoring the ninth annual Take Back the Night Rally, beginning at 6:30 p.m. today on the lawn of the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way.

Milestones
Candis N. McFalls, of Augusta, daughter of Sheila and Timothy McFalls, recently participated in the 29th annual Miss Black & Gold Pageant at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Harlem High shows off results

Across the area
Richard Bernard Wilcox, of the 400 block of Old Evans Road, remained in the Richmond County Law Enforcement Center late Wednesday after being arrested and charged with felony rape.

Board votes to hire 10 new bus monitors

Study leaves questions
ATLANTA - Students in block scheduling do worse on some standardized tests than those on more traditional daily calendars, according to a report issued by the state Department of Education, but what that says about school schedules is still a matter for debate.

Across South Carolina

For the record
Court sentencings, indictments, divorces and marriage licences.

Pet of the week

Seeing double in Aiken County
AIKEN - Aiken County has nine Church streets and half a dozen Main streets.

Nobody can argue with Cox's style
ATLANTA - This should have been the day. It would have made Leo the Lip proud to have the company.

Nobody can argue with Cox's style
ATLANTA - This should have been the day. It would have made Leo the Lip proud to have the company.

Flicks
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday. See Friday's Your Life section for reviews of new movies.

At the Movies: 'The Amityville Horror'
"Kind of freaky, being back here," says a baby sitter returning to the haunted house in "The Amityville Horror" to mind the kids of the new couple living there, where she once baby-sat the doomed children of the previous owners.

At the Movies: 'Palindromes'

Convoluted time-travel film actually is enjoyable

At the Movies: 'The Amityville Horror'

Convoluted time-travel film actually is enjoyable
Primer is a smart, scientifically sophisticated film about the possible paradoxes of time travel that's difficult to understand but easy to enjoy.

Ideas never come to fruition in sleepy thriller 'Birth'
Cold, emotionless and saddled with a glacial pace, Birth is a movie that starts with a stagger and slows down from there.

New on DVD
Here's a look at what's new in DVD releases, and a calendar of what's coming:

At the Movies: 'Palindromes'
Aviva Victor is a 6-year-old black girl. She's also a series of 13- to 14-year-old white girls, an androgynous white boy, a heavyset black woman and, ultimately, Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Ideas never come to fruition in sleepy thriller 'Birth'
Cold, emotionless and saddled with a glacial pace, Birth is a movie that starts with a stagger and slows down from there.

At the Movies: 'Palindromes'
Aviva Victor is a 6-year-old black girl. She's also a series of 13- to 14-year-old white girls, an androgynous white boy, a heavyset black woman and, ultimately, Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Flicks
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday. See Friday's Your Life section for reviews of new movies.

New on DVD

Convoluted time-travel film actually is enjoyable
Primer is a smart, scientifically sophisticated film about the possible paradoxes of time travel that's difficult to understand but easy to enjoy.

Ideas never come to fruition in sleepy thriller 'Birth'

At the Movies: 'The Amityville Horror'
"Kind of freaky, being back here," says a baby sitter returning to the haunted house in "The Amityville Horror" to mind the kids of the new couple living there, where she once baby-sat the doomed children of the previous owners.

New on DVD
Here's a look at what's new in DVD releases, and a calendar of what's coming:

Flicks

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Top 20 Concert Tours

Switchfoot, Crabb family big winners at Dove awards

Hot ticket
GARBAGE WHEN: 8 tonight WHERE: The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta

Switchfoot, Crabb family big winners at Dove awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Christian rock group Switchfoot won artist of the year at Wednesday's Gospel Music Association awards show, one of four honors bestowed on the band during the night.

Hot ticket
GARBAGEWHEN: 8 tonightWHERE: The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta

Switchfoot, Crabb family big winners at Dove awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Christian rock group Switchfoot won artist of the year at Wednesday's Gospel Music Association awards show, one of four honors bestowed on the band during the night.

Sonic Spotlight: Craig Seamon
CRAIG SeamonAGE: 34HOMETOWN: JacksonOCCUPATION: Manager, McCall's Supply in Aiken

Sonic Spotlight: Craig Seamon

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Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Sonic Spotlight: Craig Seamon
CRAIG Seamon AGE: 34 HOMETOWN: Jackson OCCUPATION: Manager, McCall's Supply in Aiken

Handful of mechanics keep the engines going
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Scott Maxim stepped out of Jimmie Johnson's transporter last Friday and walked across the busy Martinsville Speedway garage area to Jeff Gordon's stall.

Handful of mechanics keep the engines going

Racing Newsmaker: Kasey Kahne

Fine for profanity raises ire of group
FORT WORTH, Tex. - When Dale Earnhardt Jr. used profanity during his post-race interview from Victory Lane last year, it earned NASCAR plenty of attention, especially after fining Earnhardt $10,000 and docking him 25 points in the championship standings.

Racing Newsmaker: Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne finished second last Sunday at Martinsville, Va., marking the sixth time in his young NASCAR Nextel Cup Series career he's been second-best in a race.

Handful of mechanics keep the engines going
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Scott Maxim stepped out of Jimmie Johnson's transporter last Friday and walked across the busy Martinsville Speedway garage area to Jeff Gordon's stall.

Fine for profanity raises ire of group
FORT WORTH, Tex. - When Dale Earnhardt Jr. used profanity during his post-race interview from Victory Lane last year, it earned NASCAR plenty of attention, especially after fining Earnhardt $10,000 and docking him 25 points in the championship standings.

Racing Newsmaker: Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne finished second last Sunday at Martinsville, Va., marking the sixth time in his young NASCAR Nextel Cup Series career he's been second-best in a race.

Fine for profanity raises ire of group

Wizards celebrate first playoff berth since 1997
WASHINGTON - For years, long-suffering Washington sports fans wondered which drought would end first. When would the woeful Wizards finally make it back to the playoffs? And when would the city finally be home to a major league baseball team again?

Wizards celebrate first playoff berth since 1997

Wizards celebrate first playoff berth since 1997
WASHINGTON - For years, long-suffering Washington sports fans wondered which drought would end first. When would the woeful Wizards finally make it back to the playoffs? And when would the city finally be home to a major league baseball team again?

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Mr. Charles H. Knight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Team increases rugby's stature

Defending champion ousted at Family Circle

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Playes of the Week

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Evans football standout Cheng Ho agreed to play football for Harvard earlier this week.

Overtime
In Rome, Ga., three Augusta pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout as the GreenJackets blanked the Rome Braves 5-0 on Wednesday night.

Team increases rugby's stature
Nathaniel Rugh had no idea what he was doing the first time he played in a rugby match.

Defending champion ousted at Family Circle
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Defending champion Venus Williams blamed exhaustion for her upset loss Thursday to Tatiana Golovin at the Family Circle Cup.

Team increases rugby's stature
Nathaniel Rugh had no idea what he was doing the first time he played in a rugby match.

Overtime
Evans football standout Cheng Ho agreed to play football for Harvard earlier this week.

Playes of the Week
Here are the players of the week:

Upcoming Events
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.

Defending champion ousted at Family Circle
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Defending champion Venus Williams blamed exhaustion for her upset loss Thursday to Tatiana Golovin at the Family Circle Cup.

Davenport advances at Family Circle Cup
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Top-ranked Lindsay Davenport needed just 55 minutes to advance to the second round of the Family Circle Cup, beating Canadian Maria-Eve Pelletier 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday.

Playes of the Week
Here are the players of the week:

Overtime
In Rome, Ga., three Augusta pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout as the GreenJackets blanked the Rome Braves 5-0 on Wednesday night.

Upcoming Events
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.

Vick can't run away from alias
ATLANTA - Michael Vick is considered the fastest quarterback ever to play in the National Football League.

Source: Four more players fail drug tests
NEW YORK - Four players projected to be taken in the middle to low rounds of next week's NFL draft have tested positive for marijuana, a source said.

Musician's solid start in Nashville leads to CD of diverse sounds

Papal tailor shop puts next pope's vestments on display
ROME - The secret talks to name the next pope haven't even begun, but the papal tailoring shop already has his vestments on display in the front window.

Papal tailor shop puts next pope's vestments on display
ROME - The secret talks to name the next pope haven't even begun, but the papal tailoring shop already has his vestments on display in the front window.

Musician's solid start in Nashville leads to CD of diverse sounds
Victor Sanz is proud of his Hispanic heritage, but the country singer from California had to stop to think when asked how he sees himself.

Musician's solid start in Nashville leads to CD of diverse sounds
Victor Sanz is proud of his Hispanic heritage, but the country singer from California had to stop to think when asked how he sees himself.

Nobody can argue with Cox's style

Flynn's life was adventure on, off stage

Americans spend 6.6 billion hours doing their taxes
WASHINGTON - People scurrying to meet Friday's tax deadline might consider this: It's taking you and your fellow Americans 6.6 billion hours to do all that paperwork.

Working poor pay high price for refund loans
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Three South Carolina cities were among the top 10 for percentage of people receiving a federal tax credit to help the working poor who also obtained high-cost "refund anticipation loans," according to a study by the Brookings Institution.

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 April 4-10. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

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 April 4-10. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Ratings for basic cable networks

Three new networks seeking gay and lesbian audiences

Showtime presents remake of raucous cult comedy
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - A six-foot hookah sits in the middle of the room, a remnant of an orgy a few days before.

Three new networks seeking gay and lesbian audiences
NEW YORK - Three new TV networks catering to gay and lesbian viewers are trying to establish themselves and all say they support one another - at least publicly.

News anchors turn out to be human, after all

Three new networks seeking gay and lesbian audiences
NEW YORK - Three new TV networks catering to gay and lesbian viewers are trying to establish themselves and all say they support one another - at least publicly.

Family of killed servicewoman gets home makeover
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The family of Spc. Lori Piestewa, the first woman killed in the war in Iraq, is getting a new home courtesy of a reality television show.

News anchors turn out to be human, after all
NEW YORK - TV anchormen are human after all. This should come as news to no one. But lately it's been an ongoing story at the Big Three evening newscasts.

Showtime presents remake of raucous cult comedy

Showtime presents remake of raucous cult comedy
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - A six-foot hookah sits in the middle of the room, a remnant of an orgy a few days before.

News anchors turn out to be human, after all
NEW YORK - TV anchormen are human after all. This should come as news to no one. But lately it's been an ongoing story at the Big Three evening newscasts.

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Britney Spears announces pregnancy

Flynn's life was adventure on, off stage
For nearly 30 years, Errol Flynn was the incarnation of what a movie star could be.

Flynn's life was adventure on, off stage
For nearly 30 years, Errol Flynn was the incarnation of what a movie star could be.

USC Aiken gets chance to improve season
Coach Jerry Snyder thinks about his team's season and dwells on the missed opportunities.

USC Aiken gets chance to improve season
Coach Jerry Snyder thinks about his team's season and dwells on the missed opportunities.

USC Aiken gets chance to improve season

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Papal tailor shop puts next pope's vestments on display