Quake threatens the Pacific Northwest in 'Saving Cascadia'
Doug Lam finds himself trapped on an island that could be washed away at any moment by a deadly tsunami in John J. Nance's timely new thriller, "Saving Cascadia."

'Ireland' a big novel with plenty of stories to tell
"Ireland," Frank Delaney's grand sweep of a novel, is a story about a storyteller - or a "seanchai," to use the Gaelic word for those yarn-spinners who have roamed the "auld sod" since the days of the Druids.

Shepherd biography deserves its own 'brass figlagee'
Jean Shepherd is known to moviegoers as the author and narrator of "A Christmas Story," a frequently shown holiday film about a boy who wants and finally gets a Ryder BB gun for Christmas.

Museum brings all sides of Abraham Lincoln to life

New book puts human face on Sunshine Mine disaster
SPOKANE, Wash. - When fire broke out in Idaho's Sunshine Mine in 1972, there was little panic. Miners knew there wasn't much to burn a mile down a wet mine. But deadly carbon monoxide killed 91 men in one of the nation's worst mining accidents.

New book puts human face on Sunshine Mine disaster

These books have answers to your questions
Dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases and almanacs are valuable reference tools and chock-full of useful information.

Museum brings all sides of Abraham Lincoln to life
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - In most museums, Abraham Lincoln is discussed in hushed voices and illustrated with sepia-toned photos and marble statues that give him a saintly air.

Quake threatens the Pacific Northwest in 'Saving Cascadia'
Doug Lam finds himself trapped on an island that could be washed away at any moment by a deadly tsunami in John J. Nance's timely new thriller, "Saving Cascadia."

Museum brings all sides of Abraham Lincoln to life
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - In most museums, Abraham Lincoln is discussed in hushed voices and illustrated with sepia-toned photos and marble statues that give him a saintly air.

New book puts human face on Sunshine Mine disaster
SPOKANE, Wash. - When fire broke out in Idaho's Sunshine Mine in 1972, there was little panic. Miners knew there wasn't much to burn a mile down a wet mine. But deadly carbon monoxide killed 91 men in one of the nation's worst mining accidents.

Shepherd biography deserves its own 'brass figlagee'

Shepherd biography deserves its own 'brass figlagee'
Jean Shepherd is known to moviegoers as the author and narrator of "A Christmas Story," a frequently shown holiday film about a boy who wants and finally gets a Ryder BB gun for Christmas.

These books have answers to your questions

'Ireland' a big novel with plenty of stories to tell
"Ireland," Frank Delaney's grand sweep of a novel, is a story about a storyteller - or a "seanchai," to use the Gaelic word for those yarn-spinners who have roamed the "auld sod" since the days of the Druids.

Quake threatens the Pacific Northwest in 'Saving Cascadia'

'Ireland' a big novel with plenty of stories to tell

These books have answers to your questions
Dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases and almanacs are valuable reference tools and chock-full of useful information.

Mets rally to reel in Marlins

Orioles rally to beat Yanks
BALTIMORE - Brian Roberts hit a three-run homer off Tom Gordon to cap a five-run seventh inning, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the slumping New York Yankees, 7-6 on Saturday.

Police investigating Sheffield, fan confrontation
BOSTON - Police are still investigating the confrontation between New York Yankees outfielder Gary Sheffield and a Boston fan, and the Red Sox are considering revoking the fan's season tickets.

Orioles rally to beat Yanks
BALTIMORE - Brian Roberts hit a three-run homer off Tom Gordon to cap a five-run seventh inning, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the slumping New York Yankees, 7-6 on Saturday.

Orioles rally to beat Yanks

Mets rally to reel in Marlins
NEW YORK - More than 55,000 fans filed into Shea Stadium to see Pedro Martinez pitch another gem.

Police investigating Sheffield, fan confrontation

Police investigating Sheffield, fan confrontation
BOSTON - Police are still investigating the confrontation between New York Yankees outfielder Gary Sheffield and a Boston fan, and the Red Sox are considering revoking the fan's season tickets.

Mets rally to reel in Marlins
NEW YORK - More than 55,000 fans filed into Shea Stadium to see Pedro Martinez pitch another gem.

New year for baseball puts a bit of spring in my step

Carley Jaden Hasty
Jeffrey and Tara Hasty of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Carley Jaden, born February 8, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 3:45 a.m., weighed 7 lbs and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Tom and Kathy Salley of Martinez, Spike and Karleen Nichols of Augusta and Ronald and Helen Hasty of Clearwater. She was welcomed home by her big brother and sister Bradley and Ashley, who are 9.

Ariana Marie Diggs
Joshua and Katrina Diggs of Augusta are please to announce the birth of their daughter, Ariana Marie Diggs, born on March 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Jared Jeffrey Poole
Jeffrey and Sheri Poole of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jared Jeffrey Poole, born March 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Parker Roland Oliver
Jack and Rolene Oliver of Sardis, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Parker Roland, born February 8, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by big sister, Taylor.

Ja'len Vermont Blue
Vasha Blue and Johnny Frazier are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ja'len Vermont Blue, born November 20, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Cameron McKenzie Culver
Donna Culver and Freddie Smith are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Cameron McKenzie Culver, born March 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Aidan James Berry
Shelley Amerson and James Berry, III are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Aidan James Berry, born February 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Aidan James Berry
Shelley Amerson and James Berry, III are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Aidan James Berry, born February 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Pat'Schan Bre'Aisha Rogers
Jacqueccsharta Brooks and Patrick Rogers are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Pat'Schan Bre'Aisha Rogers, born March 25, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tyler Ryan Mealing
Bryan and Misty Mealing of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tyler Ryan Mealing, born on March 11, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Olivia Grace Grady
Delmar and Elizabeth Grady of Graniteville are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Grace Grady, born March 24, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kellen Miles Peake
Ray and Gail Peake of Hephzibah are please to announce the birth of their son, Kellen Miles Peake, born on March 31, 2005 at Doctors Hospital of Augusta.

Jared Jeffrey Poole
Jeffrey and Sheri Poole of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jared Jeffrey Poole, born March 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kelby Orlando Walker
Kelby and Kenyanna Walker of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kelby Orlando Walker, born March 22, 2005 at Univeristy Hospital in Augusta.

Kelby Orlando Walker
Kelby and Kenyanna Walker of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kelby Orlando Walker, born March 22, 2005 at Univeristy Hospital in Augusta.

Taylor Renee Spivey
Brent and Mary Spivey of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Taylor Renee, born April 1, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 12:57 p.m., weighed 6 lbs 7 1/2 oz. and was 18 1/2 inches long. Proud grandparents are Janet Mileham of Norris City, Ill., B. Mitchell Wells of Augusta and Hugh and Dorothy Spivey of North Augusta.

Parker Roland Oliver

Walker Rickie Pierce
Bryan and Donna Griswold of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Walker Rickie Pierce Griswold, born March 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ja'len Vermont Blue

Pat'Schan Bre'Aisha Rogers
Jacqueccsharta Brooks and Patrick Rogers are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Pat'Schan Bre'Aisha Rogers, born March 25, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Emery Howard Burnett

Logan Scott Glover
Brad and Ashley Glover of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Logan Scott Glover, born January 7, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Cameron McKenzie Culver

Brooks Anthony Kramer
Anthony and Robyn Kramer of Evans are please to announce the birth of their son, Brooks Anthony Kramer, born March 30, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Kelby Orlando Walker

Jacyle Malik Hines
Jacqueline Crew and Tericas Hines are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jacyle Malik Hines, born March 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Logan Scott Glover

Emery Howard Burnett
Brad and Shannon Burnett of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Emery Howard Burnett, born March 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Aidan James Berry

Walker Rickie Pierce
Bryan and Donna Griswold of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Walker Rickie Pierce Griswold, born March 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Taylor Renee Spivey

Ja'len Vermont Blue
Vasha Blue and Johnny Frazier are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ja'len Vermont Blue, born November 20, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Tyler Ryan Mealing

Kellen Miles Peake
Ray and Gail Peake of Hephzibah are please to announce the birth of their son, Kellen Miles Peake, born on March 31, 2005 at Doctors Hospital of Augusta.

Walker Rickie Pierce

Brooks Anthony Kramer
Anthony and Robyn Kramer of Evans are please to announce the birth of their son, Brooks Anthony Kramer, born March 30, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Olivia Grace Grady

Tyler Ryan Mealing
Bryan and Misty Mealing of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tyler Ryan Mealing, born on March 11, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Ariana Marie Diggs

Parker Roland Oliver
Jack and Rolene Oliver of Sardis, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Parker Roland, born February 8, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by big sister, Taylor.

Kellen Miles Peake

Emery Howard Burnett
Brad and Shannon Burnett of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Emery Howard Burnett, born March 28, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jared Jeffrey Poole

Olivia Grace Grady
Delmar and Elizabeth Grady of Graniteville are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Grace Grady, born March 24, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Pat'Schan Bre'Aisha Rogers

Ariana Marie Diggs
Joshua and Katrina Diggs of Augusta are please to announce the birth of their daughter, Ariana Marie Diggs, born on March 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Brooks Anthony Kramer

Cameron McKenzie Culver
Donna Culver and Freddie Smith are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Cameron McKenzie Culver, born March 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Taylor Renee Spivey
Brent and Mary Spivey of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Taylor Renee, born April 1, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 12:57 p.m., weighed 6 lbs 7 1/2 oz. and was 18 1/2 inches long. Proud grandparents are Janet Mileham of Norris City, Ill., B. Mitchell Wells of Augusta and Hugh and Dorothy Spivey of North Augusta.

Logan Scott Glover
Brad and Ashley Glover of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Logan Scott Glover, born January 7, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Man fights off shark, keeps surfing
CANBERRA, Australia - A surfer in Australia fought off a seven-foot shark with his board - and kept on surfing, a lifeguard said.

Lieber mutes Braves' bats
PHILADELPHIA - It's simple but frustrating math for John Smoltz and the Atlanta Braves.

Lieber mutes Braves' bats

Phillies edge Braves in extra innings
PHILADELPHIA - Placido Polanco's bases-loaded single gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves in 10 innings Sunday night.

Braves' notebook
PHILADELPHIA - Raul Mondesi's first real taste of success in an Atlanta uniform bred no complacency for the recently beleaguered Atlanta Braves right fielder.

Braves' notebook
PHILADELPHIA - Raul Mondesi's first real taste of success in an Atlanta uniform bred no complacency for the recently beleaguered Atlanta Braves right fielder.

Phillies edge Braves in extra innings

Braves' notebook

Phillies edge Braves in extra innings
PHILADELPHIA - Placido Polanco's bases-loaded single gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves in 10 innings Sunday night.

Lieber mutes Braves' bats
PHILADELPHIA - It's simple but frustrating math for John Smoltz and the Atlanta Braves.

Companies with a lot cash doesn't impress investors
NEW YORK - Cash may be considered king in the corporate world, but just having lots of it doesn't mean that a company will necessarily reign in investors' eyes.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for April 1-6. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Business calendar
- Tuesday: Women in Business, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce series; 11:30 a.m., Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta; guest speaker Ed Tarver, Destination 2020 - A Vision for Metro Augusta; members $17 at the door; nonmembers $20; R.S.V.P. to Elizabeth Donsbach at 821-1306 or edonsbach@augustagausa.com.

Moody market flummoxes Wall Street

Calorie-wary consumers are boosting business for sweetener maker
Aspartame, a substance 200 times sweeter than sugar, is one of the world's most widely used artificial sweeteners. The NutraSweet Co.'s plant in east Augusta has produced more of it than anyone else, and it's about to start making more.

Calorie-wary consumers are boosting business for sweetener maker

Many teens now have credit cards, balances

Business calendar

Calorie-wary consumers are boosting business for sweetener maker
Aspartame, a substance 200 times sweeter than sugar, is one of the world's most widely used artificial sweeteners. The NutraSweet Co.'s plant in east Augusta has produced more of it than anyone else, and it's about to start making more.

On the move

Business calendar
- Tuesday: Women in Business, Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce series; 11:30 a.m., Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta; guest speaker Ed Tarver, Destination 2020 - A Vision for Metro Augusta; members $17 at the door; nonmembers $20; R.S.V.P. to Elizabeth Donsbach at 821-1306 or edonsbach@augustagausa.com.

Property transfers

Enron's failed broadband unit focus of trial
HOUSTON - The next trial to emerge from the Enron scandal involves what became a habit at the company once lauded for innovation: Big talk about a new business that went bust.

Enron's failed broadband unit focus of trial

Chip industry's guiding law turns 40
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - To mark its 35th year, Electronics magazine broke from its usual coverage of vacuum tubes, newfangled lasers and high-tech minutia to ask a handful of experts to look ahead and write about their vision of the future.

Companies with a lot cash doesn't impress investors

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for April 1-6. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Moody market flummoxes Wall Street
NEW YORK - In the span of only a few days, Wall Street went from worrying about accelerating inflation and higher interest rates to fretting over deteriorating profits and the specter of a possible economic slowdown.

On the move
- Preston Oellerich has joined Innovative Health Strategies as a systems engineer and database administrator. He has five years of industry experience and earned a degree in information technology from the University of South Carolina. Melissa Mancusi has been promoted to the medical consultation company's AWAC Coordinator, a liaison between company medical staffers and third-party administrators. Judi Summers has joined the company as a receptionist. She has eight years of office administration experience.

Companies with a lot cash doesn't impress investors
NEW YORK - Cash may be considered king in the corporate world, but just having lots of it doesn't mean that a company will necessarily reign in investors' eyes.

Many teens now have credit cards, balances
NEW YORK - The credit card generation is getting younger.

Enron's failed broadband unit focus of trial
HOUSTON - The next trial to emerge from the Enron scandal involves what became a habit at the company once lauded for innovation: Big talk about a new business that went bust.

Yard sales call for coordination
Q: I have a lot of stuff I want to clear out of my house and garage this spring, and I'm thinking of selling some of it. Can you give me some ideas on preparing for a successful yard sale?

Chip industry's guiding law turns 40
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - To mark its 35th year, Electronics magazine broke from its usual coverage of vacuum tubes, newfangled lasers and high-tech minutia to ask a handful of experts to look ahead and write about their vision of the future.

On the move
- Preston Oellerich has joined Innovative Health Strategies as a systems engineer and database administrator. He has five years of industry experience and earned a degree in information technology from the University of South Carolina. Melissa Mancusi has been promoted to the medical consultation company's AWAC Coordinator, a liaison between company medical staffers and third-party administrators. Judi Summers has joined the company as a receptionist. She has eight years of office administration experience.

Moody market flummoxes Wall Street
NEW YORK - In the span of only a few days, Wall Street went from worrying about accelerating inflation and higher interest rates to fretting over deteriorating profits and the specter of a possible economic slowdown.

Many teens now have credit cards, balances
NEW YORK - The credit card generation is getting younger.

Nike enters world of deep discount chains
VANCOUVER, Wash. - After long arguing that its brand would be devalued if it sold in discount chains, Nike, Inc. has made it to Wal-Mart Stores. But you won't find its trademark swoosh anywhere.

Chip industry's guiding law turns 40

At Democratic meeting, GOP almost appears to be the focus

At Democratic meeting, GOP almost appears to be the focus
Everybody got recognized and almost everybody got a commendation, plaque or Yellow Dog Democrat award as the Richmond County Democratic Party honored its elected officials Friday.

At Democratic meeting, GOP almost appears to be the focus
Everybody got recognized and almost everybody got a commendation, plaque or Yellow Dog Democrat award as the Richmond County Democratic Party honored its elected officials Friday.

Tigers show off few changes in scrimmage
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson might have found a new standout receiver in Kelvin Grant during Saturday's spring game, but the Tigers' place-kicking duties could be up for grabs next fall.

Tigers show off few changes in scrimmage
CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson might have found a new standout receiver in Kelvin Grant during Saturday's spring game, but the Tigers' place-kicking duties could be up for grabs next fall.

Tigers show off few changes in scrimmage

College football notebook
In Lexington, Ky., Jon Sumrall, a linebacker who started every game for Kentucky last season and led the Wildcats in tackles, is giving up football because of a medical condition, Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said Friday.

College football notebook

College football notebook
In Lexington, Ky., Jon Sumrall, a linebacker who started every game for Kentucky last season and led the Wildcats in tackles, is giving up football because of a medical condition, Kentucky coach Rich Brooks said Friday.

Leitao pledges to build championship team

Making criminals pay
Georgia has just made crime more expensive. For years, the state had a crime victim's restitution law but it was optional and the courts seldom ordered or followed through on it, focusing instead on criminals' conviction and punishment. Now that's about to change.

Nuclear waste headache

Nuclear waste headache
A scientific study commissioned by Congress reports that highly radioactive nuclear waste stored at 68 nuclear plants in 31 states could be vulnerable to terrorist attacks that would ignite roaring fires and spread deadly radiation for miles around.

Norfolk Southern's bill
Aiken County government is sending Norfolk Southern Corp. a $431,000 bill for costs related to the Jan. 6 train collision and chlorine spill in Graniteville that killed nine people, forced hundreds to seek medical attention and drove an estimated 4,500 people from their homes.

Norfolk Southern's bill

Put parents in charge
There's a row going on in South Carolina between Gov. Mark Sanford, State School Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum and the state Legislature.

Test rewards program
Newly elected Richmond County school trustee Joe Scott is finding out it's not easy to sell new ideas to the school system. His fellow school board members rejected his proposal to pay pupils for turning in classmates who have weapons or drugs on their person.

Put parents in charge
There's a row going on in South Carolina between Gov. Mark Sanford, State School Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum and the state Legislature.

Norfolk Southern's bill
Aiken County government is sending Norfolk Southern Corp. a $431,000 bill for costs related to the Jan. 6 train collision and chlorine spill in Graniteville that killed nine people, forced hundreds to seek medical attention and drove an estimated 4,500 people from their homes.

Nuclear waste headache
A scientific study commissioned by Congress reports that highly radioactive nuclear waste stored at 68 nuclear plants in 31 states could be vulnerable to terrorist attacks that would ignite roaring fires and spread deadly radiation for miles around.

Put parents in charge

People in the News
BOSTON - There's a new addition to Olympic medal-winning figure skater Nancy Kerrigan's family.

People in the News
BOSTON - There's a new addition to Olympic medal-winning figure skater Nancy Kerrigan's family.

Hands-off regulatory approach belies challenges
NEW YORK - As Internet telephony blurs the distinction between voice and data services, federal regulators are facing an entirely new set of challenges

Watch out Vonage, here come the big guns
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Who becomes the 21st century equivalent of Ma Bell is anybody's bet right now.

Security, privacy, reliability among risks of Internet phones
NEW YORK - After four years of pondering, Bruce Stevens is finally ready to buy a service for making phone calls cheaply over the Internet.

VoIP family dials up customer-service nightmare
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Lured by the promise of a low monthly rate for unlimited domestic calls, Sherry Willis jumped at the opportunity to ditch the old phone company in favor of 8x8 Inc.'s Packet8 Internet telephone service.

Hands-off regulatory approach belies challenges
NEW YORK - As Internet telephony blurs the distinction between voice and data services, federal regulators are facing an entirely new set of challenges

Security, privacy, reliability among risks of Internet phones
NEW YORK - After four years of pondering, Bruce Stevens is finally ready to buy a service for making phone calls cheaply over the Internet.

Hands-off regulatory approach belies challenges

Security, privacy, reliability among risks of Internet phones

VoIP family dials up customer-service nightmare
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Lured by the promise of a low monthly rate for unlimited domestic calls, Sherry Willis jumped at the opportunity to ditch the old phone company in favor of 8x8 Inc.'s Packet8 Internet telephone service.

VoIP family dials up customer-service nightmare

Internet phones: A nifty new service, until your line goes dead
NEW YORK - Changing my landline phone service to an Internet telephone provider seemed like a very good idea. Voice over Internet was a lot cheaper, had lots of bells and whistles and offered unlimited long-distance packages that could eliminate that ticking-clock feeling whenever you call someone who lives far away.

Gailey can't rest for too long
ATLANTA - Chan Gailey left on vacation Saturday afternoon.ATLANTA - Chan Gailey left on vacation Saturday afternoon. And if any college football coach needed to get away for a while, it's Georgia Tech's Gailey.

Gailey can't rest for too long
ATLANTA - Chan Gailey left on vacation Saturday afternoon.ATLANTA - Chan Gailey left on vacation Saturday afternoon. And if any college football coach needed to get away for a while, it's Georgia Tech's Gailey.

Georgia Tech sweeps FSU
ATLANTA - Steven Blackwood homered and drove in four runs and Mike Trapani had three hits and two RBIs to lead Georgia Tech to a 9-4 victory Sunday for a sweep of their three-game series with Florida State.

Georgia Tech sweeps FSU
ATLANTA - Steven Blackwood homered and drove in four runs and Mike Trapani had three hits and two RBIs to lead Georgia Tech to a 9-4 victory Sunday for a sweep of their three-game series with Florida State.

Georgia Tech sweeps FSU

Gailey can't rest for too long

GreenJackets roll to sixth straight
Apparently most of Augusta wanted to be part of setting a world record at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Saturday.

Minor league notebook
A simple foul ball off an ankle in October changed spring training plans for former Greenbrier and USC Aiken baseball player Bradley Key.

GreenJackets roll to sixth straight
Apparently most of Augusta wanted to be part of setting a world record at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Saturday.

GreenJackets dust Sand Gnats in ninth
Jake Wald hadn't played in a game for the Augusta GreenJackets since April 12 and was 0-for-4 on the season going into Sunday afternoon's game against the Savannah Sand Gnats.

Minor league notebook
A simple foul ball off an ankle in October changed spring training plans for former Greenbrier and USC Aiken baseball player Bradley Key.

Fire ignites prevention curiosity

Lonard hangs on to win MCI Heritage

MCI Heritage notebook
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Ted Purdy got a call from his father, Jim, on Friday afternoon congratulating him on making the cut.

Lonard bounces back to lead
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Peter Lonard regained the lead in the MCI Heritage on Saturday, shooting 5-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Darren Clarke, with five-time Harbour Town champion Davis Love III lurking.

Hanson wins Spanish Open in playoff
SAN ROQUE, Spain - Peter Hanson won the Spanish Open on Sunday, defeating Swedish countryman Peter Gustafsson with a par on the first playoff hole.

College golf roundup

Hanson wins Spanish Open in playoff
SAN ROQUE, Spain - Peter Hanson won the Spanish Open on Sunday, defeating Swedish countryman Peter Gustafsson with a par on the first playoff hole.

Lonard bounces back to lead

Kentucky wins first SEC men's golf title

Lonard hangs on to win MCI Heritage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Darren Clarke handed Australian Peter Lonard his first PGA Tour title Sunday, collapsing with a startling run of bogeys and double bogeys in the final round of the MCI Heritage.

MCI Heritage notebook

Wildcats earn 1st SEC title; Duke takes 2
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - The University of Kentucky claimed its first-ever Southeastern Conference men's golf championship on Sunday, shooting 3-over 283 to finish the with a three-round total of 875, two shots better than second-place Auburn at Sea Island Golf Club.

College golf roundup
ST. SIMON'S ISLAND, Ga. - Florida shot 12-over-par 292 in the second round of the 2005 Southeastern Conference men's Golf Championship to take the lead at the Sea Island Golf Club on Saturday.

Wildcats earn 1st SEC title; Duke takes 2
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - The University of Kentucky claimed its first-ever Southeastern Conference men's golf championship on Sunday, shooting 3-over 283 to finish the with a three-round total of 875, two shots better than second-place Auburn at Sea Island Golf Club.

Wildcats earn 1st SEC title; Duke takes 2

Blaum helps Duke cruise to first ACC title since 1996
NEW LONDON, N.C. - Early last fall, Ryan Blaum walked into the office of Duke coach Rod Myers and brashly predicted the Blue Devils finally would win an Atlantic Coast Conference golf title.

Hanson wins Spanish Open in playoff

Kentucky wins first SEC men's golf title
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Kentucky won its first Southeastern Conference men's golf championship Sunday while Tennessee's David Skinns won individual top honors.

Blaum helps Duke cruise to first ACC title since 1996

Lonard hangs on to win MCI Heritage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Darren Clarke handed Australian Peter Lonard his first PGA Tour title Sunday, collapsing with a startling run of bogeys and double bogeys in the final round of the MCI Heritage.

Lonard bounces back to lead
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Peter Lonard regained the lead in the MCI Heritage on Saturday, shooting 5-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Darren Clarke, with five-time Harbour Town champion Davis Love III lurking.

Kentucky wins first SEC men's golf title
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Kentucky won its first Southeastern Conference men's golf championship Sunday while Tennessee's David Skinns won individual top honors.

MCI Heritage notebook
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Ted Purdy got a call from his father, Jim, on Friday afternoon congratulating him on making the cut.

Golf roundup
LAS VEGAS - Wendy Ward kept her cool, and her touch around the greens, Saturday for a wire-to-wire win in the Takefuji Classic, her first victory in nearly four years.

Blaum helps Duke cruise to first ACC title since 1996
NEW LONDON, N.C. - Early last fall, Ryan Blaum walked into the office of Duke coach Rod Myers and brashly predicted the Blue Devils finally would win an Atlantic Coast Conference golf title.

College golf roundup
ST. SIMON'S ISLAND, Ga. - Florida shot 12-over-par 292 in the second round of the 2005 Southeastern Conference men's Golf Championship to take the lead at the Sea Island Golf Club on Saturday.

GreenJackets roll to sixth straight

Minor league notebook

New year for baseball puts a bit of spring in my step
"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."

New year for baseball puts a bit of spring in my step
"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."

Armstrong to retire after Tour de France
It's official: Lance Armstrong's last race as a professional will come at this summer's Tour de France.

Make Willis Augusta's fire chief
In my opinion, Augusta could not find a more experienced and dedicated man than Howard Willis for chief of its fire department.Richard Gantt, Grovetown

Voter IDs are not that intrusive
I read with interest Gloria Greenbaum's April 9 letter ("Passed ID bill is unfair to many").Jason W. Moak, Augusta

Big crowds for pope were a hazard
Several years ago, a book was published on crowd delusion and mass hysteria. The book described how a small group of people gathered when a tragedy, death, scandal or scheme happened. When hysteria appeared on the scene, the small crowd soon grew big.Carl W. Rafoth, Augusta

Get drastic with sex offenders
I hear "alas" and "too bad" every time a repeat crime is committed by registered sexual predators, when they can't seem to be found and are never where they claim they will be. Curtis Treadway, Aiken, S.C.

Our nation should bail out of WTO

Make Willis Augusta's fire chief
In my opinion, Augusta could not find a more experienced and dedicated man than Howard Willis for chief of its fire department.Richard Gantt, Grovetown

Reap benefits of drilling in ANWR
Like many other residents of the CSRA, I am increasingly troubled by the rising price of gasoline. Even more troubling is the fact that few in Washington seem concerned with this present crisis. Jeremy T.K. Farley, North Augusta, S.C.

Vets' hospital was wonderful
I recently had hernia surgery at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in downtown Augusta. Before my surgery, I was scheduled downtown on two occasions for an extensive pre-op to ensure that I was a viable candidate for my procedure.M. Gerald Wren, Grovetown

Our nation should bail out of WTO
Not content with the powers it already has, supporters of the World Trade Organization have been conducting regional conferences to discuss proposals to increase the clout of the 148-member organization. Glenda Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Make Willis Augusta's fire chief

Voter IDs are not that intrusive

Vets' hospital was wonderful
I recently had hernia surgery at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in downtown Augusta. Before my surgery, I was scheduled downtown on two occasions for an extensive pre-op to ensure that I was a viable candidate for my procedure.M. Gerald Wren, Grovetown

Big crowds for pope were a hazard

Our nation should bail out of WTO
Not content with the powers it already has, supporters of the World Trade Organization have been conducting regional conferences to discuss proposals to increase the clout of the 148-member organization. Glenda Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Locals slighted in Masters hype
Every year, Augusta gets all dressed up for the almighty Masters Tournament. All areas of Augusta get their streets manicured and their ditches cleaned, and main highways are cleaned to perfection. Menus change their prices, beer goes up a dollar more a bottle and the same steak you bought the week before is now $10 higher - but the excuse is the Masters.Wanda Clack, Augusta

Voter IDs are not that intrusive
I read with interest Gloria Greenbaum's April 9 letter ("Passed ID bill is unfair to many"). Jason W. Moak, Augusta

Big crowds for pope were a hazard
Several years ago, a book was published on crowd delusion and mass hysteria. The book described how a small group of people gathered when a tragedy, death, scandal or scheme happened. When hysteria appeared on the scene, the small crowd soon grew big. Carl W. Rafoth, Augusta

Vets' hospital was wonderful

Family briefs

Microsoft, Yahoo join blogging craze

Groomsmen, ushers have different roles

Agog over Apple iPods

In pricey London, a 'tenner' can go far

Einstein's legacy, like the universe, keeps on expanding

Philadelphia plans Franklin Tricentennial

Hair stylists will exhibit their works

Game review: Act of War- Direct Action

Travel briefs

Red wine on light carpet? Help!

Don't overlook subcontractors in projects

Techbits: Meetup fees, Apple secrets and more

Mr. Right came along before I was singled out

In pricey London, a 'tenner' can go far
LONDON - London isn't one of the world's bargain destinations, and the feeble U.S. dollar makes it all the more daunting for American visitors.

Mr. Right came along before I was singled out
When does a hope chest become a hopeless chest? For me it happened on my 42nd birthday. I'd been single for 20-plus years, and there wasn't a whiff of a testosterone on my horizon. The last male I'd had a meaningful encounter was the UPS man who asked me to sign for a package.

Philadelphia plans Franklin Tricentennial
"I begin to be almost sorry I was born so soon, since I cannot have the happiness of knowing what will be known a hundred years hence." Benjamin Franklin, 1783

Game review: Act of War- Direct Action
These are troubled times. As geopolitical turmoil mounts across the globe, essentials such as homeland security hang in the balance. Gas prices spiral upward of $7 per gallon as the United States falls deeper out of favor with oil producing nations - and others.

Family briefs
NEW YORK - There are so many questions about Passover - "Why do we recline" and Why do we eat unleavened bread," among them - and there are as many answers in the children's picture book "Passover Is Here" (Little Simon).

Microsoft, Yahoo join blogging craze
NEW YORK - Welcome to the blogging craze, Microsoft and Yahoo.

Mr. Right came along before I was singled out
When does a hope chest become a hopeless chest? For me it happened on my 42nd birthday. I'd been single for 20-plus years, and there wasn't a whiff of a testosterone on my horizon. The last male I'd had a meaningful encounter was the UPS man who asked me to sign for a package.

Agog over Apple iPods
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Some people can't leave the house without their iPod.

Travel briefs
NORFOLK, Va. - Mexico's Ballet Folklorico, the ballet "Giselle," and a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" set in the Roaring '20s are among dozens of performances on the schedule for the Virginia Arts Festival.

Techbits: Meetup fees, Apple secrets and more
NEW YORK - Groups of Michael Moore fans, stay-at-home moms, Dungeons & Dragons players and pug owners face a choice this month: Should their organizers pay a monthly fee to stay with Meetup.com?

Living briefs
The Augusta Chronicle is looking for fans of the classic sci-fi satire The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which opens in theaters April 29.

Einstein's legacy, like the universe, keeps on expanding
He stopped traffic on Fifth Avenue like the Beatles or Marilyn Monroe. He could've been president of Israel or played violin at Carnegie Hall, but he was too busy thinking.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: I built my home four years ago in accordance with strict county and state energy requirements. My problem is condensation in the crawlspace, along the foundation wall on the north side of the house during the winter months. The moisture is wetting my rim joist, floor joists, insulation, and mud sill. I installed more foundation vents, but this hasn't helped. Do you have any suggestions? -- Stephen

Game review: Act of War- Direct Action
These are troubled times. As geopolitical turmoil mounts across the globe, essentials such as homeland security hang in the balance. Gas prices spiral upward of $7 per gallon as the United States falls deeper out of favor with oil producing nations - and others.

Hair stylists will exhibit their works
Marvin Hill and Napoleon Scott have found a vocation in their art, a chance to practice their profession and a sense of focus in four minutes.

Microsoft, Yahoo join blogging craze
NEW YORK - Welcome to the blogging craze, Microsoft and Yahoo.

Groomsmen, ushers have different roles
Dear Carson: First of all, please explain to me the difference in groomsmen and ushers. My son's friend is having both, of which my son is a groomsman. What are the responsibilities of the groomsmen? - Definition & Distinction

Agog over Apple iPods
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Some people can't leave the house without their iPod.

Plan to contrast fact, fiction in Twain's hometown
HANNIBAL, Mo. - He was "ignorant, unwashed, insufficiently fed; but he had as good a heart as ever any boy had."

Techbits: Meetup fees, Apple secrets and more
NEW YORK - Groups of Michael Moore fans, stay-at-home moms, Dungeons & Dragons players and pug owners face a choice this month: Should their organizers pay a monthly fee to stay with Meetup.com?

Einstein's legacy, like the universe, keeps on expanding
He stopped traffic on Fifth Avenue like the Beatles or Marilyn Monroe. He could've been president of Israel or played violin at Carnegie Hall, but he was too busy thinking.

Philadelphia plans Franklin Tricentennial
"I begin to be almost sorry I was born so soon, since I cannot have the happiness of knowing what will be known a hundred years hence." Benjamin Franklin, 1783

Hair stylists will exhibit their works
Marvin Hill and Napoleon Scott have found a vocation in their art, a chance to practice their profession and a sense of focus in four minutes.

Travel briefs
NORFOLK, Va. - Mexico's Ballet Folklorico, the ballet "Giselle," and a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" set in the Roaring '20s are among dozens of performances on the schedule for the Virginia Arts Festival.

Saying goodbye to drab
When Daniel and Michelle Derrick moved into their Edgefield County home five years ago, Mrs. Derrick could see beyond its faults.

In pricey London, a 'tenner' can go far
LONDON - London isn't one of the world's bargain destinations, and the feeble U.S. dollar makes it all the more daunting for American visitors.

Red wine on light carpet? Help!
You've just installed new light-colored wall-to-wall carpeting. Then you or a guest spills red wine on this cherished new purchase.

Don't overlook subcontractors in projects
You thought you cut a deal with a contractor to handle your remodeling project. Nice guy, good references plus some impressive kitchen, bath and bedroom projects.

Don't overlook subcontractors in projects
You thought you cut a deal with a contractor to handle your remodeling project. Nice guy, good references plus some impressive kitchen, bath and bedroom projects.

Red wine on light carpet? Help!
You've just installed new light-colored wall-to-wall carpeting. Then you or a guest spills red wine on this cherished new purchase.

Family briefs
NEW YORK - There are so many questions about Passover - "Why do we recline" and Why do we eat unleavened bread," among them - and there are as many answers in the children's picture book "Passover Is Here" (Little Simon).

Groomsmen, ushers have different roles
Dear Carson: First of all, please explain to me the difference in groomsmen and ushers. My son's friend is having both, of which my son is a groomsman. What are the responsibilities of the groomsmen? - Definition & Distinction

The week ahead

Railroad crossing fatalities on the increase
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Railroad officials say they are disappointed that deaths at crossings in South Carolina increased by more than 50 percent last year.

Third S.C. soldier killed in Afghanistan to return home
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The body of a third South Carolina soldier killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan will be buried Tuesday.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - The Greenville hotel that was the site of a fatal fire more than a year ago is to reopen today.

Across the southeast

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Fire officials recovered a man's body from the burned-out rubble of a mobile home near Savannah on Sunday.

Parks' deer could become targets
RUTLEDGE, Ga. - Tom Zalewski was joined by more than just his old golfing buddies when he teed off recently at The Creek, a public golf course in Hard Labor Creek State Park.

Across the area
A Hephzibah man told police a man he did not know shot at him and tried to take his vehicle after he gave the man a ride early Sunday.

Faster DNA processing could slow killers
COLUMBIA, S.C. - At least one killer could have been stopped after his first murder if law enforcement had been able to get DNA results faster, state and local police officials say.

Tuition talk can go past mathematics
ATLANTA - Taxpayers will put more money into state colleges next year, but tuition will rise anyway.

Across the southeast
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. - A 20-year-old man attending the Black College Reunion was fatally shot after resisting carjackers attempting to take his twin brother's souped-up sedan, police and witnesses said.

Man sought in Beech Island killing
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man wanted in the violent killing of a 53-year-old grandmother inside her Beech Island home.

Outreach director has been in clients' shoes
Melissa Elim gets a lot of calls at work from people in tears.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Laney alumni show school spirit in parade
To the sound of banging drums, marching feet and joyful shouts, alumni and supporters of Lucy C. Laney Comprehensive High School kicked off Satur- day's Laney Super Reunion parade.

The week ahead
When I was in middle school, turning the lights off to watch a movie on a book we'd just read or topic we'd just discussed frequently meant it was time to catch a quick nap or strain my eyes reading and writing notes my friends and I passed back and forth.

Healthy Augusta Expo kicks off cycling event
"Live Strong" yellow wristbands dotted Augusta Common as hundreds of bicycling and fitness enthusiasts enjoyed Saturday's delightful weather at the Healthy Augusta Expo.

State workers might be charged more to smoke
ATLANTA - Even without a law limiting where to light up, state employees who smoke may be penalized.

Across Georgia

Fate, effect of bill foggy
ATLANTA - Like many restaurant and bar owners in the state, Lorna Barrett will have some business decisions to make if a statewide bill banning smoking in most indoor places becomes law.

Bush visits roost of Social Security reformers
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolinians have had an appetite for sending Social Security system reformers to Washington for a decade.

Leaders put Evans tract high on agenda
These days, it might seem as though Columbia County is in the real estate business.

Land inspection stories differ
A state biologist is disputing several of the claims made by Augusta-Richmond County Planning Commission member Ashby Krouse about a 98-acre tract of land his wife sold to the Department of Transportation that is now the subject of an investigation by the Georgia attorney general's office.

Outreach director has been in clients' shoes
Melissa Elim gets a lot of calls at work from people in tears.

Tuition talk can go past mathematics
ATLANTA - Taxpayers will put more money into state colleges next year, but tuition will rise anyway.

Armstrong to retire after Tour de France
It's official: Lance Armstrong's last race as a professional will come at this summer's Tour de France.

The week ahead
When I was in middle school, turning the lights off to watch a movie on a book we'd just read or topic we'd just discussed frequently meant it was time to catch a quick nap or strain my eyes reading and writing notes my friends and I passed back and forth.

Fate, effect of bill foggy
ATLANTA - Like many restaurant and bar owners in the state, Lorna Barrett will have some business decisions to make if a statewide bill banning smoking in most indoor places becomes law.

Outreach director has been in clients' shoes

State workers might be charged more to smoke
ATLANTA - Even without a law limiting where to light up, state employees who smoke may be penalized.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Teacher offers taste of the blues
Stevens Creek Elementary School pupils often get a dose of the blues as they enter the doors of the Martinez school, but it's not a case of the spring doldrums. They are hearing the tunes of their harmonica-playing physical education teacher.

Armstrong brings prestige in return to Georgia
The volunteers are lined up. The signs are out. And Augusta officials are ready for their second grand sporting event in two weeks.

Film star is charged with reckless driving
Actor and comedian Chris Tucker spent time in the McDuffie County jail Sunday morning for speeding on Interstate 20.

Exhibit offers look at a record-breaking cyclist
Vincent Casella helped put Augusta on the nation's cycling map long before the sport became popular enough to spawn events such as this week's Tour de Georgia.

Festival features variety of art vendors, demonstrators

Tuition talk can go past mathematics

Laney alumni show school spirit in parade

Court considers whether Delta can be sued as bar

Across the southeast

Sheriff's security task force draws criticism

Officials disagree on tariff to China

Olympic bomber had planned more attacks

Kid of the day

Olympic bomber had planned more attacks
ATLANTA - It wasn't just what Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph confessed to doing, but what he confessed to almost doing that chilled Mark Thigpen.

Armstrong brings prestige in return to Georgia

Kid of the Day

Where we live

Court considers whether Delta can be sued as bar
ATLANTA - In Georgia, a bartender can be sued for serving alcohol to a noticeably drunk customer. The state's Supreme Court is considering whether the same rules apply to airlines - and if flight attendants must start monitoring plastered passengers.

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Fire officials recovered a man's body from the burned-out rubble of a mobile home near Savannah on Sunday.

News you can use

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area
An Augusta man said he was robbed early Saturday morning, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

Teen who killed grandparents gives interview

Across Georgia
COLLEGE PARK - An arrest has been made more than two months after the shooting death of a 2-year-old boy in Clayton County.

Teacher offers taste of the blues
Stevens Creek Elementary School pupils often get a dose of the blues as they enter the doors of the Martinez school, but it's not a case of the spring doldrums. They are hearing the tunes of their harmonica-playing physical education teacher.

Hundreds gather to remember hero, "Big Luke"
MACON, Ga. - The season has long been finished, but the Northeast High School Raiders still huddled Saturday evening in the school's gymnasium. After counting down, the Raiders barked "Hutt" and broke the huddle one last time for the man they knew as "Big Luke."

Dismissed founder to raise funds

Stanko's early life gave no clues to later problems
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Those who knew Stephen Stanko growing up say he wasn't the type they thought would end up the subject of a nationwide manhunt - wanted on rape and murder charges.

Taylor tells protesters Legislature hurt women's rights

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Railroad crossing fatalities on the increase

Healthy Augusta Expo kicks off cycling event

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

Across the area

Officials disagree on tariff to China
AIKEN - Concerns about fair trade with China have led to concerns about the communist country's rapidly growing military.

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jahnell Sante Williams.

Healthy Augusta Expo kicks off cycling event
"Live Strong" yellow wristbands dotted Augusta Common as hundreds of bicycling and fitness enthusiasts enjoyed Saturday's delightful weather at the Healthy Augusta Expo.

Assessors fall behind on notices

Assessors fall behind on notices
Augusta property tax bills might be as slow as Christmas this year. With the forced resignation of Chief Tax Appraiser Sonny Reece in March, there's been revolution in the ranks, and the assessors office has gone back to the old-fashioned way of doing things, interim Chief Appraiser Meg Birkinshaw said.

Across Georgia

Land inspection stories differ
A state biologist is disputing several of the claims made by Augusta-Richmond County Planning Commission member Ashby Krouse about a 98-acre tract of land his wife sold to the Department of Transportation that is now the subject of an investigation by the Georgia attorney general's office.

Land inspection stories differ

Armstrong to retire after Tour de France

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jahnell Sante Williams.

Faster DNA processing could slow killers

Festival features variety of art vendors, demonstrators
NORTH AUGUSTA - Christy Buchanan's paintings are immune to most debris, including chewing gum, footprints and red wine.

Across South Carolina

Dismissed founder to raise funds
ATLANTA - Ousted Habitat for Humanity International founder Millard Fuller is starting a new charity to raise money for the home-building group that fired him. But the plan has Habitat executives bristling and could trigger a legal battle over the word "Habitat."

Fig Island has remarkable examples of shell rings
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Fig Island looks like any of the thousands of tidal hummocks along the South Carolina coast.

Sheriff's security task force draws criticism
ATLANTA - Fulton County Sheriff Myron Freeman has drawn criticism for his courthouse security task force, as critics have questioned his selection of panel members and the way it is organized.

Faster DNA processing could slow killers
COLUMBIA, S.C. - At least one killer could have been stopped after his first murder if law enforcement had been able to get DNA results faster, state and local police officials say.

Teen who killed grandparents gives interview
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A teenager who blamed the antidepressant Zoloft after killing his grandparents said in a television interview that aired Saturday that he couldn't control himself and voices in his head told him to kill almost four years ago.

Assessors fall behind on notices
Augusta property tax bills might be as slow as Christmas this year. With the forced resignation of Chief Tax Appraiser Sonny Reece in March, there's been revolution in the ranks, and the assessors office has gone back to the old-fashioned way of doing things, interim Chief Appraiser Meg Birkinshaw said.

Court considers whether Delta can be sued as bar
ATLANTA - In Georgia, a bartender can be sued for serving alcohol to a noticeably drunk customer. The state's Supreme Court is considering whether the same rules apply to airlines - and if flight attendants must start monitoring plastered passengers.

Fig Island has remarkable examples of shell rings

Olympic bomber had planned more attacks
ATLANTA - It wasn't just what Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph confessed to doing, but what he confessed to almost doing that chilled Mark Thigpen.

Film star is charged with reckless driving

Body of woman found in woods
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - A woman's body has been found in the woods near her home and police say they are investigating her death as a homicide.

Teen who killed grandparents gives interview
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A teenager who blamed the antidepressant Zoloft after killing his grandparents said in a television interview that aired Saturday that he couldn't control himself and voices in his head told him to kill almost four years ago.

Taylor tells protesters Legislature hurt women's rights
ATLANTA - The state's top-ranking Democrat, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, told abortion rights supporters Sunday that this year's Republican-controlled Georgia Legislature attacked women's rights.

State workers might be charged more to smoke

Former football coach helps make dreams come true
ANDERSON, S.C. -The former T.L. Hanna High School football coach, whose life was portrayed in the movie "Radio," has started a foundation to help children with life-threatening illnesses enjoy outdoor adventures.

Across the area

Railroad crossing fatalities on the increase
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Railroad officials say they are disappointed that deaths at crossings in South Carolina increased by more than 50 percent last year.

Taylor tells protesters Legislature hurt women's rights
ATLANTA - The state's top-ranking Democrat, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, told abortion rights supporters Sunday that this year's Republican-controlled Georgia Legislature attacked women's rights.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Sheriff's security task force draws criticism
ATLANTA - Fulton County Sheriff Myron Freeman has drawn criticism for his courthouse security task force, as critics have questioned his selection of panel members and the way it is organized.

Former football coach helps make dreams come true

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is ChaVonne Broddie, 15, of Augusta.

Hundreds gather to remember hero, "Big Luke"
MACON, Ga. - The season has long been finished, but the Northeast High School Raiders still huddled Saturday evening in the school's gymnasium. After counting down, the Raiders barked "Hutt" and broke the huddle one last time for the man they knew as "Big Luke."

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - The Greenville hotel that was the site of a fatal fire more than a year ago is to reopen today.

Body of woman found in woods
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - A woman's body has been found in the woods near her home and police say they are investigating her death as a homicide.

Across the area
A Hephzibah man told police a man he did not know shot at him and tried to take his vehicle after he gave the man a ride early Sunday.

Fig Island has remarkable examples of shell rings
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Fig Island looks like any of the thousands of tidal hummocks along the South Carolina coast.

Man sought in Beech Island killing
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man wanted in the violent killing of a 53-year-old grandmother inside her Beech Island home.

Across the area
An Augusta man said he was robbed early Saturday morning, a Richmond County Sheriff's Office report states.

Fate, effect of bill foggy

Across Georgia
COLLEGE PARK - An arrest has been made more than two months after the shooting death of a 2-year-old boy in Clayton County.

Body of woman found in woods

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - Police are continuing their investigation into the deaths of an Horry County couple.

Leaders put Evans tract high on agenda

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - Police are continuing their investigation into the deaths of an Horry County couple.

Five questions
Mr. Mersfelder, 63, is a retired teacher from Detroit and a retired professional cyclist who won several Ohio state cycling championships years ago. He is a volunteer with eCorporate Solution, the official merchandise supplier of the 2005 Dodge Tour de Georgia. This is his second year volunteering with the race.

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What to do if you lose your pet

Leaders put Evans tract high on agenda
These days, it might seem as though Columbia County is in the real estate business.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

School classes will get safety device
Reacting to growing violence in schools nationwide, the Richmond County Board of Education has pledged to put "panic buttons" in every classroom in the district by next year.

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

Man sought in Beech Island killing

Laney alumni show school spirit in parade
To the sound of banging drums, marching feet and joyful shouts, alumni and supporters of Lucy C. Laney Comprehensive High School kicked off Satur- day's Laney Super Reunion parade.

Teacher offers taste of the blues

Batchelor's trial to begin Monday
AIKEN - The trial of Michael Batchelor, who faces multiple charges related to the deaths of his three sons in a 2002 car crash, is scheduled to start Monday in Aiken County.

Third S.C. soldier killed in Afghanistan to return home

Officials disagree on tariff to China
AIKEN - Concerns about fair trade with China have led to concerns about the communist country's rapidly growing military.

Stanko's early life gave no clues to later problems

Armstrong brings prestige in return to Georgia
The volunteers are lined up. The signs are out. And Augusta officials are ready for their second grand sporting event in two weeks.

Across the southeast
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. - A 20-year-old man attending the Black College Reunion was fatally shot after resisting carjackers attempting to take his twin brother's souped-up sedan, police and witnesses said.

News you can use
What to do if you lose your pet

Hundreds gather to remember hero, "Big Luke"

Across the southeast
ANNAPOLIS, MD. - A U.S. Naval Academy student found dead earlier this month fell more than 60 feet from his dormitory's fifth-floor ledge, academy officials said.

Stanko's early life gave no clues to later problems
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Those who knew Stephen Stanko growing up say he wasn't the type they thought would end up the subject of a nationwide manhunt - wanted on rape and murder charges.

Across the southeast
ANNAPOLIS, MD. - A U.S. Naval Academy student found dead earlier this month fell more than 60 feet from his dormitory's fifth-floor ledge, academy officials said.

Third S.C. soldier killed in Afghanistan to return home
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The body of a third South Carolina soldier killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan will be buried Tuesday.

Dismissed founder to raise funds
ATLANTA - Ousted Habitat for Humanity International founder Millard Fuller is starting a new charity to raise money for the home-building group that fired him. But the plan has Habitat executives bristling and could trigger a legal battle over the word "Habitat."

Festival features variety of art vendors, demonstrators
NORTH AUGUSTA - Christy Buchanan's paintings are immune to most debris, including chewing gum, footprints and red wine.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is ChaVonne Broddie, 15, of Augusta.

Film star is charged with reckless driving
Actor and comedian Chris Tucker spent time in the McDuffie County jail Sunday morning for speeding on Interstate 20.

Former football coach helps make dreams come true
ANDERSON, S.C. -The former T.L. Hanna High School football coach, whose life was portrayed in the movie "Radio," has started a foundation to help children with life-threatening illnesses enjoy outdoor adventures.

Spurrier ready to bring excitement to Columbia
The incoming South Carolina athletic director stood in the middle of a stadium filled with nearly 39,000 people watching a fake football game and tried to explain to a national television audience what the biggest headache is for a college administrator.

Spurrier ready to bring excitement to Columbia
The incoming South Carolina athletic director stood in the middle of a stadium filled with nearly 39,000 people watching a fake football game and tried to explain to a national television audience what the biggest headache is for a college administrator.

Fire ignites prevention curiosity
My next-door neighbor Floyd is a lucky man, and he knows it. One recent evening, he was in his garage with his dog, Ocean, and his new riding lawn mower. One second he was pouring gasoline into his mower; the next, man and dog were outside, lying on the driveway.

Fire ignites prevention curiosity
My next-door neighbor Floyd is a lucky man, and he knows it. One recent evening, he was in his garage with his dog, Ocean, and his new riding lawn mower. One second he was pouring gasoline into his mower; the next, man and dog were outside, lying on the driveway.

Teen drama marks Duchovny's directing debut
LAS VEGAS - Hanging out with aliens, monsters and conspiracy nuts made a star of David Duchovny. He's had a tough time without the creatures and wackos of "The X-Files," though.

Teen drama marks Duchovny's directing debut

Teen drama marks Duchovny's directing debut
LAS VEGAS - Hanging out with aliens, monsters and conspiracy nuts made a star of David Duchovny. He's had a tough time without the creatures and wackos of "The X-Files," though.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

'Amityville' makes first-place debut
LOS ANGELES - "The Amityville Horror" returned from the dead with a vengeance, with the gory update of the 1970s fright flick taking in $23.3 million to top the weekend box office.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Donnie McClurkin puts the focus back on gospel
NEW YORK - Few gospel acts are as welcome in the secular music world as Donnie McClurkin.

Donnie McClurkin puts the focus back on gospel

Donnie McClurkin puts the focus back on gospel
NEW YORK - Few gospel acts are as welcome in the secular music world as Donnie McClurkin.

A Blaze Of Glory

Kahne speeds to victory
FORT WORTH, Texas - Kasey Kahne got past 19-year-old rookie Reed Sorenson just before the final caution and held on the final two laps after the restart for a NASCAR Busch Series win Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Newman hopes to turn pole into win

Johnson maintains his points lead
FORT WORTH, Texas - Jimmie Johnson started 18th in Sunday's Samsung/RadioShack 500 and was back as far as 30th early in the race before making a late-race rally to finish third.

Kahne speeds to victory

Johnson maintains his points lead
FORT WORTH, Texas - Jimmie Johnson started 18th in Sunday's Samsung/RadioShack 500 and was back as far as 30th early in the race before making a late-race rally to finish third.

Newman hopes to turn pole into win
FORT WORTH, Tex. - Ryan Newman went fishing after he won the pole at Atlanta in March. But after winning the pole position for today's Samsung/Radio Shack 500, he did something a little more satisfying: Run 190 mph practice laps around Texas Motor Speedway.

A Blaze Of Glory
FORT WORTH, Texas - Greg Biffle's second-best race car finished first in Sunday's Samsung/Radio Shack 500.

Kahne speeds to victory
FORT WORTH, Texas - Kasey Kahne got past 19-year-old rookie Reed Sorenson just before the final caution and held on the final two laps after the restart for a NASCAR Busch Series win Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Johnson maintains his points lead

NASCAR notebook
FORT WORTH, Texas - Robby Gordon's frustration started with the season-opening Daytona 500 and it hasn't gotten much better since.

Lehto, Werner post ALMS wins
BRASELTON, Ga. - JJ Lehto and Marco Werner won the Grand Prix of Atlanta on Sunday in another record-setting day in the American Le Mans Series.

Newman hopes to turn pole into win
FORT WORTH, Tex. - Ryan Newman went fishing after he won the pole at Atlanta in March. But after winning the pole position for today's Samsung/Radio Shack 500, he did something a little more satisfying: Run 190 mph practice laps around Texas Motor Speedway.

A Blaze Of Glory
FORT WORTH, Texas - Greg Biffle's second-best race car finished first in Sunday's Samsung/Radio Shack 500.

Marbury's shot downs Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After sitting out the final quarter of the New York Knicks' last game, Stephon Marbury made the most of his last-minute opportunity.

Duhon shoots Bulls past gawks

Duhon shoots Bulls past gawks
ATLANTA - With his team trailing by 15 points at halftime, Chicago Bulls coach Scott Skiles figured it was time to fire away in the locker room.

Marbury's shot downs Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After sitting out the final quarter of the New York Knicks' last game, Stephon Marbury made the most of his last-minute opportunity.

Duhon shoots Bulls past gawks
ATLANTA - With his team trailing by 15 points at halftime, Chicago Bulls coach Scott Skiles figured it was time to fire away in the locker room.

Marbury's shot downs Charlotte

Leitao pledges to build championship team
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Dave Leitao took over Virginia's basketball program Sunday, pledging to build a championship team with stiff defense and a commitment to rebounding.

Leitao pledges to build championship team
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Dave Leitao took over Virginia's basketball program Sunday, pledging to build a championship team with stiff defense and a commitment to rebounding.

Niners have added some intrigue to first choice

Falcons feel need for speedy defense

Mr. Joe Samuel    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. James H. Crouch, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Josephine Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Dr. Eugene McManus
More than anything, former Aiken pediatrician Eugene McManus loved caring for children.

Mr. Willie Broadwater    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Royce K. Tanner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Arnett Best    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Gloria McCladdy    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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Mr. Joe Samuel    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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Mr. James H. Crouch, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria McCladdy    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Regina A. Derrick    (IRMO, S.C.)
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Mr. Henry L. Martin, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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Mr. Cornelius Thurmond, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Donald Mickens    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Hiram L. Chavous    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Natica Lariscy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine C. Watson    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Kneece    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorcas Paschal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Jo Christopher    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. A. Rowland Dye    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Poinsettia Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard A. Hardin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Grant    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sadie Fulcher Coleman    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Ms. Regina A. Derrick    (IRMO, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Dr. Eugene McManus
More than anything, former Aiken pediatrician Eugene McManus loved caring for children.

Mr. Hiram L. Chavous    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Dale Cooks    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Dale Cooks    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Hiram L. Chavous    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Miss Josephine Scott    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
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Mr. Carey NeSmith (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Josephine E. Carter (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Regina A. Derrick (IRMO, S.C.)

Mr. Mack E. Clark (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. Henry L. Martin, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah Grant (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Mickens (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Hannah V. Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Poinsettia Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene Webster (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Kneece (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Hiram L. Chavous (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Joe Samuel (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene E. Craig (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Jo Christopher (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorcas Paschal (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. A. Rowland Dye (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard A. Hardin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida Mae Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Eugene McManus (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Cornelius Thurmond, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Adrianna Q. Outing (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Featured obituary: Dr. Eugene McManus

Mr. James H. Crouch, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ollie Simpkins (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Gloria McCladdy (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Royce K. Tanner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Richardine Early (GIFFORD, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah Grant (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Dale Cooks (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Broadwater (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Catherine C. Watson (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Josephine Carter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Horace K. Williams (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene Webster (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James R. Haid, Sr. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida Mae Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Regina A. Derrick (IRMO, S.C.)

Mrs. Natica Lariscy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estelle Arnett Best (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Gloria McCladdy (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Martha Nelle Bray (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

New proposal on SPLOST is poised to 'splat'
There were no second thoughts when the Augusta commissioners rushed to judgment and approved the city administrator's $472.5 million SPLOST V proposal, and there should be none when taxpayers go to the polls to defeat it.

New proposal on SPLOST is poised to 'splat'
There were no second thoughts when the Augusta commissioners rushed to judgment and approved the city administrator's $472.5 million SPLOST V proposal, and there should be none when taxpayers go to the polls to defeat it.

New proposal on SPLOST is poised to 'splat'
There were no second thoughts when the Augusta commissioners rushed to judgment and approved the city administrator's $472.5 million SPLOST V proposal, and there should be none when taxpayers go to the polls to defeat it.

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Henin-Hardenne wins Family Circle Cup

Doctor legs it out to find cure for disease

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Americans hope to end drought

Armstrong is favorite from talented field

Team Shosholoza makes waves
LONG BEACH, Calif. - If it seemed just a little bit wacky two years ago that landlocked Switzerland could win the biggest prize in sailing, it's downright revolutionary that South Africa now is competing for the America's Cup with a racially mixed crew.

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

Armstrong is favorite from talented field
The greatest golfers in the world came to town two weeks ago. Now, the Augusta area will get the opportunity to get an up-close view of one of the world's greatest athletes.

Overtime
In Columbia, Steven Tolleson had two hits and drove in two runs on a third-inning homer as South Carolina beat Vanderbilt 7-4 on Sunday.

Americans hope to end drought
BOSTON - It doesn't bother Bill Rodgers that no American runner has won the Boston Marathon in 20 years. What bothers him is that so few of the best ones try.

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

Doctor legs it out to find cure for disease
The Boston Marathon is an event unlike any other. This historic race, held on Patriots' Day in the state of Massachusetts, features crowds estimated at upwards of 1.5 million people.

Overtime
In Columbia, Steven Tolleson had two hits and drove in two runs on a third-inning homer as South Carolina beat Vanderbilt 7-4 on Sunday.

Americans hope to end drought
BOSTON - It doesn't bother Bill Rodgers that no American runner has won the Boston Marathon in 20 years. What bothers him is that so few of the best ones try.

Henin-Hardenne wins Family Circle Cup
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Former No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne showed she's back in top form Sunday, beating second-seeded Elena Dementieva 7-5, 6-4 to win the Family Circle Cup in her second tournament since returning from illness and injury.

Overtime
In Rome, knives, clubs and a banner were confiscated from fans entering AS Roma's game against Reggina on Saturday, the first high-profile match since Italy adopted tougher steps to curb soccer violence.

Armstrong could settle retirement questions
ATLANTA - Lance Armstrong is set to make an announcement Monday that is expected to settle questions on whether he will retire from cycling after this summer's Tour de France, where he will try for a seventh straight title.

Henin-Hardenne wins Family Circle Cup
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Former No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne showed she's back in top form Sunday, beating second-seeded Elena Dementieva 7-5, 6-4 to win the Family Circle Cup in her second tournament since returning from illness and injury.

Overtime
In Rome, knives, clubs and a banner were confiscated from fans entering AS Roma's game against Reggina on Saturday, the first high-profile match since Italy adopted tougher steps to curb soccer violence.

Doctor legs it out to find cure for disease
The Boston Marathon is an event unlike any other. This historic race, held on Patriots' Day in the state of Massachusetts, features crowds estimated at upwards of 1.5 million people.

Armstrong is favorite from talented field
The greatest golfers in the world came to town two weeks ago. Now, the Augusta area will get the opportunity to get an up-close view of one of the world's greatest athletes.

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

Quite a catch
Richard "Buster" Barden's bass is almost more than the 9-year-old can handle.

Quite a catch

Hunt calls to disabled outdoorsmen

Hunt calls to disabled outdoorsmen
JACKSON, S.C. - Wayne Hyatt has been blessed with many accomplishments since he lost a leg in a boating accident 26 years ago.

Quite a catch
Richard "Buster" Barden's bass is almost more than the 9-year-old can handle.

Outdoors calendar

Hunt calls to disabled outdoorsmen
JACKSON, S.C. - Wayne Hyatt has been blessed with many accomplishments since he lost a leg in a boating accident 26 years ago.

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

Trip shows how nation works
Spring break was a wonderful opportunity to take our three boys on an educational adventure to Washington, D.C., where the cherry blossoms were approaching full bloom.

Trip shows how nation works
Spring break was a wonderful opportunity to take our three boys on an educational adventure to Washington, D.C., where the cherry blossoms were approaching full bloom.

Niners have added some intrigue to first choice
The San Francisco 49ers brought four of the top college prospects in the nation into their boardroom over the past few days.

Vick 'very happy' despite lawsuit from ex-girlfriend
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Hit in March with a lawsuit which alleges he gave a former girlfriend genital herpes, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick said Saturday he will make it through the embarrassing scandal.

Falcons feel need for speedy defense
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Rich McKay entered March hoping to improve the speed of Atlanta's defense, but the Falcons' president and general manager had to be patient.

Falcons feel need for speedy defense
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Rich McKay entered March hoping to improve the speed of Atlanta's defense, but the Falcons' president and general manager had to be patient.

Niners have added some intrigue to first choice
The San Francisco 49ers brought four of the top college prospects in the nation into their boardroom over the past few days.

Italians not so set on reclaiming papacy
VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope in 455 years, and many analysts say the Italians are desperate to reclaim the papacy. But ordinary Italians on the streets say the new pope need not be one of them.

Cardinals check in for conclave
VATICAN CITY - Bringing their suitcases and personal views on the future of the church, the cardinals who will select the next pope settled in their rooms Sunday in the Vatican hotel that will be their home until the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics have a new leader.

Cardinals check in for conclave
VATICAN CITY - Bringing their suitcases and personal views on the future of the church, the cardinals who will select the next pope settled in their rooms Sunday in the Vatican hotel that will be their home until the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics have a new leader.

Italians not so set on reclaiming papacy
VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope in 455 years, and many analysts say the Italians are desperate to reclaim the papacy. But ordinary Italians on the streets say the new pope need not be one of them.

Trip shows how nation works

Spurrier ready to bring excitement to Columbia

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

TV execs to discuss broadcast indecency
Wardrobe malfunctions, radio shock jocks and "Saving Private Ryan" will be hot topics among TV and radio executives at the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas.

TV execs to discuss broadcast indecency

TV execs to discuss broadcast indecency
Wardrobe malfunctions, radio shock jocks and "Saving Private Ryan" will be hot topics among TV and radio executives at the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas.

Local man's film looks at Savannah in early 1900s
Readers of the 1994 book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil might come away from the experience thinking Savannah, Ga., is populated with con men, drag queens, murderers, society ladies and gigolos who know everything about everyone else.

The forgotten fights of Emile Griffith
NEW YORK - It March 24, 1962. Emile Griffith and Benny "Kid" Paret were inside the ring at Madison Square Garden, waiting for the bell, ready to fight for the championship of the world.

Local man's film looks at Savannah in early 1900s
Readers of the 1994 book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil might come away from the experience thinking Savannah, Ga., is populated with con men, drag queens, murderers, society ladies and gigolos who know everything about everyone else.

The forgotten fights of Emile Griffith

PBS 'Mystery!' series not your mother's Miss Marple
LONDON - Geraldine McEwan knows that Miss Marple's sensible shoes and cardigans have been filled by such redoubtable actresses as Margaret Rutherford, Angela Lansbury and Joan Hickson.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Frank Delano Roosevelt was a doer, a pragmatist with a charming streak as broad as his grin. He was a man of steadfast authority. He was also a target of contempt: An aristocratic man of the people, he was seen by fellow patricians as a traitor to his class.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Frank Delano Roosevelt was a doer, a pragmatist with a charming streak as broad as his grin. He was a man of steadfast authority. He was also a target of contempt: An aristocratic man of the people, he was seen by fellow patricians as a traitor to his class.<

PBS 'Mystery!' series not your mother's Miss Marple

PBS 'Mystery!' series not your mother's Miss Marple
LONDON - Geraldine McEwan knows that Miss Marple's sensible shoes and cardigans have been filled by such redoubtable actresses as Margaret Rutherford, Angela Lansbury and Joan Hickson.

Local man's film looks at Savannah in early 1900s

The forgotten fights of Emile Griffith
NEW YORK - It March 24, 1962. Emile Griffith and Benny "Kid" Paret were inside the ring at Madison Square Garden, waiting for the bell, ready to fight for the championship of the world.

People in the News

Georgia's first game of 2005 season will be televised
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia's 2005 season-opening football game against Boise State on Sept. 3 has been set for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff time.

Homeruns lift Diamond Dogs
ATHENS, Ga. - Joey Side, Bobby Felmy and Josh Morris hit home runs to lift Georgia past Mississippi State 6-3 Sunday, giving Georgia two wins in the three-game Southeastern Conference series.

Georgia's first game of 2005 season will be televised

Homeruns lift Diamond Dogs

Georgia's first game of 2005 season will be televised
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia's 2005 season-opening football game against Boise State on Sept. 3 has been set for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff time.

Homeruns lift Diamond Dogs
ATHENS, Ga. - Joey Side, Bobby Felmy and Josh Morris hit home runs to lift Georgia past Mississippi State 6-3 Sunday, giving Georgia two wins in the three-game Southeastern Conference series.

South Carolina spring game draws nearly 40,000 fans
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said it was just typical spring game.

Two Gamecock football players charged with marijuana possession

South Carolina spring game draws nearly 40,000 fans
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said it was just typical spring game.

Hyman excited about his return

Hyman excited about his return
COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina hired Eric Hyman as athletic director Saturday, bringing the former Furman assistant football coach and administrator back to his Palmetto State roots.

South Carolina falls to Vanderbilt
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Ryan Mullins allowed one unearned run in 8 2-3 innings to lead Vanderbilt to a 2-1 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

South Carolina falls to Vanderbilt
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Ryan Mullins allowed one unearned run in 8 2-3 innings to lead Vanderbilt to a 2-1 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

Hyman excited about his return
COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina hired Eric Hyman as athletic director Saturday, bringing the former Furman assistant football coach and administrator back to his Palmetto State roots.

Two Gamecock football players charged with marijuana possession
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Two South Carolina football players were arrested early Sunday and charged with simple marijuana possession, raising the total number of Gamecocks arrested since the end of last season to 11.

South Carolina spring game draws nearly 40,000 fans

South Carolina falls to Vanderbilt

South Carolina defeats Vanderbilt
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Steven Tolleson had two hits and drove in two runs on a third inning homer as South Carolina beat Vanderbilt 7-4 on Sunday.

Two Gamecock football players charged with marijuana possession
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Two South Carolina football players were arrested early Sunday and charged with simple marijuana possession, raising the total number of Gamecocks arrested since the end of last season to 11.

Italians not so set on reclaiming papacy

Cardinals check in for conclave