Book sales soar for new pope
NEW YORK - The selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the new pope has led to immediate demand for his many books, including "Truth and Tolerance," "Salt of the Earth" and "The Ratzinger Report," a full-length interview from the 1980s.

Red Sox fan loses season tickets for 2005
BOSTON - The spectator who interfered with New York Yankees right fielder Gary Sheffield had his season tickets for 2005 revoked Monday by the Boston Red Sox.

Lakeside earns historic sweep
Lakeside's Sean Harrell felt lost after a March 19 game against Evans.

Red Sox fan loses season tickets for 2005

Red Sox fan loses season tickets for 2005
BOSTON - The spectator who interfered with New York Yankees right fielder Gary Sheffield had his season tickets for 2005 revoked Monday by the Boston Red Sox.

Lakeside earns historic sweep
Lakeside's Sean Harrell felt lost after a March 19 game against Evans.

Lakeside earns historic sweep

Good 'followership' is becoming hard to find

Odds and Ends
MESA, Ariz. - Police tactical units usually don't engage in a lot of monkey business, but one SWAT team wants to add a capuchin monkey to its staff.

Blogger bounced from Disneyland
NEW BOSTON, N.H. - Jim Hill has been expelled from the Happiest Place on Earth. And that makes him... well, unhappy.

Odds and Ends
MESA, Ariz. - Police tactical units usually don't engage in a lot of monkey business, but one SWAT team wants to add a capuchin monkey to its staff.

Odds and Ends
HAMPTON, Va. - A 75-year-old woman who lay trapped in her bathtub for five days toasted her rescue with a Coke and a cigarette.

Odds and Ends
HAMPTON, Va. - A 75-year-old woman who lay trapped in her bathtub for five days toasted her rescue with a Coke and a cigarette.

Blogger bounced from Disneyland
NEW BOSTON, N.H. - Jim Hill has been expelled from the Happiest Place on Earth. And that makes him... well, unhappy.

Homer puts end to pitching duel
HOUSTON - In a season that's sure to include a lot of firsts, there's no doubt that Ryan Langerhans will always remember his first career home run.

Kolb's second loss difficult to swallow

Kolb's second loss difficult to swallow
HOUSTON -- A week ago, after blowing his first save of the year, Dan Kolb was upset but not dejected. Down, if you will, but not out.

Homer puts end to pitching duel
HOUSTON - In a season that's sure to include a lot of firsts, there's no doubt that Ryan Langerhans will always remember his first career home run.

Braves offense is quiet in loss
HOUSTON - The Atlanta Braves scored more than a run for the first time since Friday. Three, to be exact.

Kolb's second loss difficult to swallow
HOUSTON -- A week ago, after blowing his first save of the year, Dan Kolb was upset but not dejected. Down, if you will, but not out.

Homer puts end to pitching duel

Adobe to acquire Macromedia

Wholesale prices jump 0.7 percent in March
WASHINGTON - Inflation at the wholesale level, propelled by a surge in the price of gasoline and other energy products, shot up 0.7 percent in March, the government reported Tuesday. It was the biggest jump in five months.

Lobbyists see reform as aid to businesses

GM sees large quarterly loss
DETROIT - General Motors Corp. reported its deepest quarterly loss in more than a decade - $1.1 billion - as rising health care costs and lackluster response to some new models hammered its North American business.

Perdue opposes benefits as lure
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue, asked Monday about a German automaker's decision not to build a plant on a state-owned megasite near Savannah, said he's not sorry the industrial prospect got away.

Pfizer takes hit; rivals fare better
NEW YORK - Pfizer Inc., the world's biggest drug company, reported Tuesday an 87 percent plunge in first-quarter profits, due partly to its now-withdrawn pain reliever Bextra. It said the drop will drive full-year earnings below its previously announced forecast.

Crude prices rise to $52 a barrel
NEW YORK - Crude prices rallied above $52 a barrel Tuesday, as traders bought contracts to cover earlier commitments made when prices were falling.

GameStop to buy Electronics Boutique
GRAPEVINE, Texas - Video game retailer GameStop Corp. said Monday it agreed to acquire rival Electronics Boutique Holdings Corp. for $1.44 billion in cash and stock.

Race rolls cash into economy

Power costs are questioned
ATLANTA - State utility regulator David Burgess said he has changed his driving habits because he doesn't see gasoline prices dropping any time soon.

Krispy Kreme shares plunge; company will miss filing deadlines

Perdue opposes benefits as lure
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue, asked Monday about a German automaker's decision not to build a plant on a state-owned megasite near Savannah, said he's not sorry the industrial prospect got away.

Adobe to acquire Macromedia
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Combining two of the largest makers of software for creating and delivering digital content, Adobe Systems Inc. said Monday it will acquire Macromedia Inc. in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.4 billion.

Race rolls cash into economy
The Dodge Tour de Georgia is bringing bikes, and bucks, to Augusta.

Adobe to acquire Macromedia
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Combining two of the largest makers of software for creating and delivering digital content, Adobe Systems Inc. said Monday it will acquire Macromedia Inc. in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.4 billion.

Gasoline prices declined by 4 cents a gallon
WASHINGTON - The retail price of gasoline fell by 4 cents last week to average $2.24 a gallon nationwide, the Energy Department reported Monday.

Wholesale prices jump 0.7 percent in March
WASHINGTON - Inflation at the wholesale level, propelled by a surge in the price of gasoline and other energy products, shot up 0.7 percent in March, the government reported Tuesday. It was the biggest jump in five months.

Gasoline prices declined by 4 cents a gallon

Perdue opposes benefits as lure

GameStop to buy Electronics Boutique
GRAPEVINE, Texas - Video game retailer GameStop Corp. said Monday it agreed to acquire rival Electronics Boutique Holdings Corp. for $1.44 billion in cash and stock.

Crude prices rise to $52 a barrel
NEW YORK - Crude prices rallied above $52 a barrel Tuesday, as traders bought contracts to cover earlier commitments made when prices were falling.

Newspaper execs discuss Internet's growth
SAN FRANCISCO - Newspapers can transform one of their main financial threats - the Internet - into a lucrative opportunity by pursuing sometimes risky online experiments and partnerships, a group of industry executives said Sunday.

Crude prices rise to $52 a barrel

GameStop to buy Electronics Boutique

Wholesale prices jump 0.7 percent in March

Power costs are questioned
ATLANTA - State utility regulator David Burgess said he has changed his driving habits because he doesn't see gasoline prices dropping any time soon.

Race rolls cash into economy
The Dodge Tour de Georgia is bringing bikes, and bucks, to Augusta.

Blockbuster will continue with current strategy

Blockbuster will continue with current strategy
DALLAS - Blockbuster Inc., the nation's largest movie-rental chain, on Monday called criticism from its largest shareholder "inaccurate and potentially misleading," saying it will continue with a strategy aimed at jumpstarting its business.

Lobbyists see reform as aid to businesses
ATLANTA - Small-business lobbyists gave a thumbs up to this year's legislative session, during which they saw sweeping changes from civil justice reform to reducing health insurance mandates for employers.

Gasoline prices declined by 4 cents a gallon
WASHINGTON - The retail price of gasoline fell by 4 cents last week to average $2.24 a gallon nationwide, the Energy Department reported Monday.

Blockbuster will continue with current strategy
DALLAS - Blockbuster Inc., the nation's largest movie-rental chain, on Monday called criticism from its largest shareholder "inaccurate and potentially misleading," saying it will continue with a strategy aimed at jumpstarting its business.

Power costs are questioned

Krispy Kreme shares plunge; company will miss filing deadlines
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Shares of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. fell sharply Tuesday, one day after the struggling doughnut chain said it will miss key deadlines for regulatory filings and show mounting losses when it does file the reports.

Krispy Kreme shares plunge; company will miss filing deadlines
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Shares of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. fell sharply Tuesday, one day after the struggling doughnut chain said it will miss key deadlines for regulatory filings and show mounting losses when it does file the reports.

Lobbyists see reform as aid to businesses
ATLANTA - Small-business lobbyists gave a thumbs up to this year's legislative session, during which they saw sweeping changes from civil justice reform to reducing health insurance mandates for employers.

Clemson hires McKinney as women's basketball coach

Clemson hires McKinney as women's basketball coach
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Cristy McKinney, the winningest women's basketball coach in Rice history, is now Clemson's coach.

Clemson hires McKinney as women's basketball coach
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Cristy McKinney, the winningest women's basketball coach in Rice history, is now Clemson's coach.

Remedy for joint pain can be relief
Glucosamine, often recommended for joint pain, is one of the most popular supplements on the market. Considering the health concerns recently associated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, I thought it would be worth looking into whether glucosamine lives up to the hype.

Best come to city again
We Augustans are a fortunate lot. Having just finished hosting the best golfers in the world, we now get to host the world's best bicycle racers, including Lance Armstrong, who'll be chasing his seventh straight - and last - Tour de France title later this year.

Nothing to sneeze at
Some people still believe there's such a thing as a "victimless crime." They put such things as prostitution and private drug use in that category.

Remembering 4-19
Before there was 9-11, there was 4-19 - the Oklahoma City bombing that destroyed the Murrah Federal Building in 1995, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more.

Put it out of our misery
For nearly two decades, they've been putting the feeding tube in and pulling it out of the so-called death tax.

Remembering 4-19

Should DeLay go?
U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, is one of those people who are very effective managers within the organization they work for, but do not come across in public as an attractive personality.

Remembering 4-19
Before there was 9-11, there was 4-19 - the Oklahoma City bombing that destroyed the Murrah Federal Building in 1995, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more.

People in the News
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray, co-stars of the TV series "One Tree Hill," have tied the knot.

People in the News
OKLAHOMA CITY - Karl Malden has played a variety of roles in his long career, but his portrayal of characters in Westerns took center stage at the Western Heritage Awards.

People in the News
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray, co-stars of the TV series "One Tree Hill," have tied the knot.

People in the News
OKLAHOMA CITY - Karl Malden has played a variety of roles in his long career, but his portrayal of characters in Westerns took center stage at the Western Heritage Awards.

Jackson defense challenges photos of accuser's mother
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson's attorney on Tuesday challenged the authenticity of photographs that appeared to show the mother of the pop star's accuser with severe bruises from an alleged beating by store security guards.

Fed unveils new financial education Web site
WASHINGTON - Ever wonder how a check makes its way from the store to your bank, or where a dollar bill comes from?

Low-fat slow-roasted beef recipe

Low-fat slow-roasted beef recipe
A mouthwatering reminder: Beef takes on a new dimension of taste and lusciousness when it's braised in beef stock, as in this dish of slow-roasted boneless chuck. This is one of the most classic and rewarding uses of stock, and the dish's braising liquid is then made into a sauce, further enhancing the rich beef flavor.

Simple recipes are tasty nod to Earth Day
When Earth Day comes around, there are many ways people pay attention to the unique planet on which we live. That includes thinking about the way we eat and the many interpretations people give to the idea of "good food," and the adjective "natural."

A quick meal made with pasta, ricotta and broccoli rabe
Ricotta cheese is delicious on its own, but this recipe shows it can also work as an ingredient in a variety of dishes. Here, it's a great way to get dinner on the table in 20 minutes, with enough for six servings.

Rhubarb gived a tart edge to strawberries in an almond cake
This upside-down almond cake is crowned with two of the quintessential flavors of spring, the puckery-tart flavor of rhubarb, and strawberries' sweetness.

Chicken fricassee is a frugal favorite dish
BATON ROUGE, La. - If it was pretty weather, Grandma fixed fried chicken for Sunday lunch. If it was rainy, with a little nip in the air, her family would more likely sit down after church to a plate of chicken fricassee over rice.

A quick meal made with pasta, ricotta and broccoli rabe

Simple recipes are tasty nod to Earth Day
When Earth Day comes around, there are many ways people pay attention to the unique planet on which we live. That includes thinking about the way we eat and the many interpretations people give to the idea of "good food," and the adjective "natural."

Rhubarb gived a tart edge to strawberries in an almond cake

Rhubarb gived a tart edge to strawberries in an almond cake
This upside-down almond cake is crowned with two of the quintessential flavors of spring, the puckery-tart flavor of rhubarb, and strawberries' sweetness.

Grilled spring pizza is a vegetarian treat

Grilled spring pizza is a vegetarian treat
CONCORD, N.H. - Grilling in winter just doesn't make sense to me.

Chicken fricassee is a frugal favorite dish

Low-fat slow-roasted beef recipe
A mouthwatering reminder: Beef takes on a new dimension of taste and lusciousness when it's braised in beef stock, as in this dish of slow-roasted boneless chuck. This is one of the most classic and rewarding uses of stock, and the dish's braising liquid is then made into a sauce, further enhancing the rich beef flavor.

Simple recipes are tasty nod to Earth Day

A quick meal made with pasta, ricotta and broccoli rabe
Ricotta cheese is delicious on its own, but this recipe shows it can also work as an ingredient in a variety of dishes. Here, it's a great way to get dinner on the table in 20 minutes, with enough for six servings.<

Chicken fricassee is a frugal favorite dish
BATON ROUGE, La. - If it was pretty weather, Grandma fixed fried chicken for Sunday lunch. If it was rainy, with a little nip in the air, her family would more likely sit down after church to a plate of chicken fricassee over rice.

Grilled spring pizza is a vegetarian treat
CONCORD, N.H. - Grilling in winter just doesn't make sense to me.

GreenJackets' streak is over
If timing is everything, then the Augusta GreenJackets had nothing Tuesday night.

GreenJackets relievers have a new home
The Augusta GreenJackets bullpen has a new home.

GreenJackets' streak is over
If timing is everything, then the Augusta GreenJackets had nothing Tuesday night.

GreenJackets remain on fire
There was one play in particular Monday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium that showed fans the type of baseball that the Augusta GreenJackets have played so far this year.

GreenJackets relievers have a new home
The Augusta GreenJackets bullpen has a new home.

GreenJackets remain on fire
There was one play in particular Monday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium that showed fans the type of baseball that the Augusta GreenJackets have played so far this year.

Upcoming Events

Houston is where it started for Singh
Vijay Singh now has gone three months since his last victory, when he birdied the 18th hole at Waialae and posed with a purple lei around his neck, a trophy in his hands and the No. 1 ranking next to his name.

Houston is where it started for Singh

Upcoming Events
Upcoming events in the world of golf:

DQ was Kite's first in 34 years on tour
Tom Kite has had just about every number appear next to his name in 34 years of playing PGA Tour events. However, until Friday, the letters "DQ" had never been seen there.

Upcoming Events
Upcoming events in the world of golf:

Houston is where it started for Singh
Vijay Singh now has gone three months since his last victory, when he birdied the 18th hole at Waialae and posed with a purple lei around his neck, a trophy in his hands and the No. 1 ranking next to his name.

GreenJackets' streak is over

GreenJackets relievers have a new home

GreenJackets remain on fire

NHL, players return to bargaining table
NEW YORK - The NHL and players' association returned to the bargaining table Tuesday and met for six hours, hoping to build momentum off talks that began two weeks earlier.

NHL, players return to bargaining table

NHL, players return to bargaining table
NEW YORK - The NHL and players' association returned to the bargaining table Tuesday and met for six hours, hoping to build momentum off talks that began two weeks earlier.

Amaretto puts a spin on brownies
No matter how great of a cook you are, it's hard to bake brownies better than those made from a mix.

Good 'followership' is becoming hard to find
I need to thank Simon Medcalfe and his MBA class at Brenau University's local campus for sitting still through most of my recent lecture about leadership.

Good 'followership' is becoming hard to find
I need to thank Simon Medcalfe and his MBA class at Brenau University's local campus for sitting still through most of my recent lecture about leadership.

Augusta Lynx coach not returning next season
Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia will not be back for the 2005-06 season, the club announced today.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany elected new pope
VATICAN CITY - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, a hard-line guardian of conservative doctrine, was elected the new pope Tuesday evening in the first conclave of the new millennium.

Tour de Georgia gets under way
First, the Portalet pit stop. Then the wireless communication check. Apply sun block. Fill jersey with nutrition bars.

Plane lands on Washington Road
A small plane made an emergency landing this morning on Washington Road in front of the Martinez Kmart.

Be thankful Stanko was caught
Regarding Dana Putnam's role in the Stephen Stanko case: We have known Dana Putnam since the day she was born. We have watched her grow up into a beautiful, young woman. Frank and Cheryl Andrews, Augusta

Know facts on Bible's evolution

Columnist needs to learn to forgive
I have some questions and a few comments concerning Dick Yarbrough's column "Olympics were success despite Rudolph's act" (April 16).Heyward Knight, Augusta

Senator will help group smear Dems
We, your readers, are impatiently awaiting the reaction of your editorial board concerning Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's decision to participate in a telecast sponsored by the Family Research Council, in which senators of the Democratic Party are portrayed as "people against people's faith."Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

Undercover cops belong on buses
After reading your article about monitors on school buses, it's obvious that parents are concerned about the safety of their children, and justifiably so. Ken Manfredi, Evans

Special schools are fine alternative
I thank Dr. Wayne Frazier for his dedication to the charge of being the principal at the alternative school. I also thank God for his journey and for bringing him to see the true purpose for that journey.Shirley Underwood, Hephzibah

Senator will help group smear Dems
We, your readers, are impatiently awaiting the reaction of your editorial board concerning Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's decision to participate in a telecast sponsored by the Family Research Council, in which senators of the Democratic Party are portrayed as "people against people's faith."Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

Be thankful Stanko was caught

Be thankful Stanko was caught
Regarding Dana Putnam's role in the Stephen Stanko case: We have known Dana Putnam since the day she was born. We have watched her grow up into a beautiful, young woman. Frank and Cheryl Andrews, Augusta

Senator will help group smear Dems

Why DNA tests? Let's get past race

Special schools are fine alternative

Why DNA tests? Let's get past race
While E. Maner may find it "fascinating, charming, intriguing" etc. to make a blood connection between African-American-European kinship ("Exactly where do our true roots lie?" April 6) - and while such a discovery would probably reveal a very large connection - those of us who are of such a mixed heritage often do not find it as charming as the author of the letter believes it to be.E.M. Frails, Augusta

Special schools are fine alternative
I thank Dr. Wayne Frazier for his dedication to the charge of being the principal at the alternative school. I also thank God for his journey and for bringing him to see the true purpose for that journey.Shirley Underwood, Hephzibah

Know facts on Bible's evolution
In his letter ("Christian canon has changed," April 9), Harry F. Meyers states that he is devoted to historic and scientific truth. Mel La Pan II, Augusta

Know facts on Bible's evolution
In his letter ("Christian canon has changed," April 9), Harry F. Meyers states that he is devoted to historic and scientific truth. Mel La Pan II, Augusta

Why DNA tests? Let's get past race
While E. Maner may find it "fascinating, charming, intriguing" etc. to make a blood connection between African-American-European kinship ("Exactly where do our true roots lie?" April 6) - and while such a discovery would probably reveal a very large connection - those of us who are of such a mixed heritage often do not find it as charming as the author of the letter believes it to be.E.M. Frails, Augusta

Gathering for pope was orderly
I must respond to Carl Rafoth's letter "Big crowds for pope were a hazard" (April 18).Kurt Eyrich, Augusta

New research boosts role of vitamin D in fighting cancer

CDC: Americans 'getting the wrong idea' on alcohol

Living briefs

Health and fitness calendar

Seniors Calendar

Target stores to clamp down on cold medicines

Living Briefs

Wildlife cook-off benefits children

Study casts more doubt on the safety of popular pain killers

Consumers take to products' pleasing scents

Wildlife cook-off benefits children
One of Augusta's biggest annual parties will be held April 30 at Daniel Field, when chefs from across the state along with local outdoorsmen - will square off for the 16th annual Cookin' for Kids wild game and fish competition.

Tropical styles infuse fashion
Pretend you are Sophia Loren basking in the sunlight of the French Riviera, the most beautiful aqua-blue waves breaking on the shore.

Study casts more doubt on the safety of popular pain killers
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Smokers who regularly took certain popular pain killers cut their risk of developing oral cancer but increased their chances of dying from heart-related problems, according to a study that raises fresh questions about the long-term use of Advil, Motrin and Aleve.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Study casts more doubt on the safety of popular pain killers
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Smokers who regularly took certain popular pain killers cut their risk of developing oral cancer but increased their chances of dying from heart-related problems, according to a study that raises fresh questions about the long-term use of Advil, Motrin and Aleve.

Consumers take to products' pleasing scents
Lavender, white tea, rose, ocean breeze, mint: The smell of clean is changing, and sinks, counters, dishes and floors never had it so good. Neither have the noses of those who clean them.

Target stores to clamp down on cold medicines
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Discount retailer Target Corp. will no longer allow unfettered access to cold medicines that are used to make the illegal stimulant methamphetamine.

Living briefs
The Southern Hospitality Standard Flower Show will run Friday through Sunday. Entry tags and schedules are available at Parks Pharmacy, Jim Bush Florist or any flower show committee member. Call Martha Claire Farmer at 279-4910 or Sacred Heart Cultural Center at 826-4700 for more information.

Target stores to clamp down on cold medicines
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Discount retailer Target Corp. will no longer allow unfettered access to cold medicines that are used to make the illegal stimulant methamphetamine.

CDC: Americans 'getting the wrong idea' on alcohol
ATLANTA - Seeking to clear up any misconceptions on whether moderate alcohol consumption can lower a risk of heart attacks or strokes, the government on Tuesday cautioned that such drinking may not provide the protection that millions of Americans think it does.

Metallics weigh in heavy this season
Fashion is heavy into metal this season. From the unconventional metallic pinks and greens to the traditional shimmering silvers and golds, you've probably noticed several famous people going metallic in recent months.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

New research boosts role of vitamin D in fighting cancer
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Getting enough vitamin D may be a matter of life or death. A provocative new study suggests it plays an important role in surviving lung cancer.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Out with the old pyramid, in with 12 new ones
WASHINGTON - The government on Tuesday discarded its one-size-fits-all food pyramid in favor of 12 different triangle-shaped guides, each geared to people's differing lifestyles and nutritional needs.

Consumers take to products' pleasing scents
Lavender, white tea, rose, ocean breeze, mint: The smell of clean is changing, and sinks, counters, dishes and floors never had it so good. Neither have the noses of those who clean them.

Living Briefs
To benefit the Make-A-wish Foundation, nearly 1,000 Cold Stone Creamery locations will participate in the annual world's largest ice cream cake social fund-raiser from 5-8 p.m. Monday.

Living briefs
The Southern Hospitality Standard Flower Show will run Friday through Sunday. Entry tags and schedules are available at Parks Pharmacy, Jim Bush Florist or any flower show committee member. Call Martha Claire Farmer at 279-4910 or Sacred Heart Cultural Center at 826-4700 for more information.

New research boosts role of vitamin D in fighting cancer
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Getting enough vitamin D may be a matter of life or death. A provocative new study suggests it plays an important role in surviving lung cancer.

CDC: Americans 'getting the wrong idea' on alcohol
ATLANTA - Seeking to clear up any misconceptions on whether moderate alcohol consumption can lower a risk of heart attacks or strokes, the government on Tuesday cautioned that such drinking may not provide the protection that millions of Americans think it does.

Wildlife cook-off benefits children
One of Augusta's biggest annual parties will be held April 30 at Daniel Field, when chefs from across the state ñ along with local outdoorsmen - will square off for the 16th annual Cookin' for Kids wild game and fish competition.

Living Briefs
To benefit the Make-A-wish Foundation, nearly 1,000 Cold Stone Creamery locations will participate in the annual world's largest ice cream cake social fund-raiser from 5-8 p.m. Monday.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Kid of the Day
Ashley Hart is today's Kid of the Day.

Trial is set to begin in fraud case
At a final pretrial conference with the federal judge Tuesday, attorneys worked through the logistics for the trial of former Georgia state Rep. Robin Williams and four others.

Boy hit by car dies of injuries
A Jefferson County boy died Monday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital as a result of injuries he suffered after being hit by a car last weekend.

Across the Southeast
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Weeks before a deadly grenade attack on his comrades, Sgt. Hasan Akbar attended a camp showing of the movie Apocalypse Now and laughed at a scene of U.S. troops being hit by a grenade, a soldier testified Monday.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - Apple Compu- ter Inc. will pay to study a plan to provide 15,800 Apple laptops to Cobb County pupils and teachers, a school spokesman said Tuesday amid questions over whether it's a conflict of interest for the company to fund the study.

Plea fails to change policies on strays
NORTH AUGUSTA - A Charleston man railed against the community's animal-control policy to city council members Monday night.

Across the area
Eleven people accused of peddling knock-off brand name items at an Augusta flea market were indicted Tuesday.

Police arrest slaying suspect
A Gloverville man still on the run from authorities will face an additional charge in the violent weekend killing of a Beech Island woman.

Judicial center funds approved

Trial starts for father of boys killed in crash
AIKEN - Michael Batchelor went on trial Monday, almost three years after his three sons died in a car accident that he survived.

News you can use
Activities and events in the area:

Act opens island to tour vehicles
CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. - An obstacle restricting access to the north end of Georgia's largest barrier island has been torn down by Congress.

Child protection employees could be hired by year's end
ATLANTA - Many of the 500 new caseworkers meant to relieve the strain on the state's embattled child protection agency could be hired by the end of the year, the head of the department that oversees those services said Tuesday.

Kid of the Day
Shavonne Jackson is today's Kid of the Day.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Plea fails to change policies on strays

Witnesses detail fatal wreck
AIKEN - When Michael Batchelor decided he was too drunk to drive, he handed the keys to his unlicensed 15-year-old son, who also had been drinking, witnesses testified Tuesday.

Across the Southeast

College tuition will rise

Canal's urban segment excites planner

Aiken leaders consider new business tax system
AIKEN - Under a new tax code city leaders are considering, hotels and health care businesses would be among those subject to lower business license fees, while mega-retailers would pay more.

Aiken leaders consider new business tax system

Witnesses detail fatal wreck
AIKEN - When Michael Batchelor decided he was too drunk to drive, he handed the keys to his unlicensed 15-year-old son, who also had been drinking, witnesses testified Tuesday.

Across the area
A 29-year-old Augusta man was sentenced to life in prison Monday after pleading guilty to three armed robberies.

College tuition will rise
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Students at research institutions such as the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia will see an 8 percent increase in tuition next year, and other state college and university students will see a 5 percent increase after the Board of Regents approves the proposed tuition and budget plan today.

Kidnapping trial begins
Betty Smith knew she was in trouble when her ex-boyfriend pulled a gun as he took the newest Bobby Jones Expressway ramp, she testified Monday.

Group reveals vision for city
If all goes according to Destination 2020's newly released vision document, the year 2020 will be a great time to live in Augusta.

Canal's urban segment excites planner
The urban segment of the Augusta Canal has untapped economic potential that could rival the city's riverwalk, a professional planner said Monday during the inaugural meeting of a new Canal Redevelopment Task Force.

Rezoning makes way for retail development
It came with some public dissent, but a proposed rezoning for a planned Surrey Center-like development at Furys Ferry and Evans to Locks roads was approved Tuesday night by Columbia County commissioners.

News you can use
Entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Augusta Lynx coach not returning next season
Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia will not be back for the 2005-06 season, the club announced today.

Tour de Georgia gets under way
First, the Portalet pit stop. Then the wireless communication check. Apply sun block. Fill jersey with nutrition bars.

Teacher worked through her pain
Teacher Deadra Oliver put her pupils above her pain.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany elected new pope
VATICAN CITY - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, a hard-line guardian of conservative doctrine, was elected the new pope Tuesday evening in the first conclave of the new millennium.

Judicial center funds approved
Augusta Commission members approved $80.12 million for a proposed judicial center Tuesday and not one dime for a James Brown Metroplex at Regency Mall.

Kid of the Day
Shavonne Jackson is today's Kid of the Day.

Child protection employees could be hired by year's end
ATLANTA - Many of the 500 new caseworkers meant to relieve the strain on the state's embattled child protection agency could be hired by the end of the year, the head of the department that oversees those services said Tuesday.

Act opens island to tour vehicles
CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. - An obstacle restricting access to the north end of Georgia's largest barrier island has been torn down by Congress.

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Plea fails to change policies on strays
NORTH AUGUSTA - A Charleston man railed against the community's animal-control policy to city council members Monday night.

Board adopts rezoning plan to create balanced schools

Across the Southeast
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Weeks before a deadly grenade attack on his comrades, Sgt. Hasan Akbar attended a camp showing of the movie Apocalypse Now and laughed at a scene of U.S. troops being hit by a grenade, a soldier testified Monday.

Teacher worked through her pain

Across the area
A 29-year-old Augusta man was sentenced to life in prison Monday after pleading guilty to three armed robberies.

Teacher worked through her pain
Teacher Deadra Oliver put her pupils above her pain.

Across South Carolina
GEORGETOWN - Four Georgetown men were killed in a fiery crash early Monday, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

Churches share gospel with crowds at crusade
Ashley Smith knew God had a plan for her life.

Across Georgia
DECATUR - Authorities are investigating a wreck on Interstate 285 that left two motorcycle riders dead.

Woman will aid girl with reward
Dana Putnam may be a little vulnerable, but she is also very generous, her father said.

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Double homicide trial could begin in August
An Augusta man accused of committing a double homicide might stand trial in August.

Trial starts for father of boys killed in crash
AIKEN - Michael Batchelor went on trial Monday, almost three years after his three sons died in a car accident that he survived.

Across the area
Eleven people accused of peddling knock-off brand name items at an Augusta flea market were indicted Tuesday.

Police arrest slaying suspect
A Gloverville man still on the run from authorities will face an additional charge in the violent weekend killing of a Beech Island woman.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Special interest groups would have to disclose their campaign contributions during all phases of a campaign, including the 45 days preceding elections, under a bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Portable computers ease work of officers
Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Lee Babbitt says his data terminal is handy.

Legislators tout achievements of session
Columbia County state lawmakers boasted Tuesday about the accomplishments made in the latest session of the Georgia Legislature - the first session in more than 100 years in which a Republican majority held sway over both houses.

Aiken leaders consider new business tax system
AIKEN - Under a new tax code city leaders are considering, hotels and health care businesses would be among those subject to lower business license fees, while mega-retailers would pay more.

Board adopts rezoning plan to create balanced schools
AIKEN - In an effort to maintain a level playing field among North Augusta's elementary schools, the Aiken County School Board adopted a rezoning plan Tuesday night that will put an equal number of disadvantaged pupils in each of the city's four grade schools.

Leaders look at flag size limit
The American flag might be a symbol of freedom, but in Columbia County it hasn't been free of a size limit.

Boy hit by car dies of injuries
A Jefferson County boy died Monday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital as a result of injuries he suffered after being hit by a car last weekend.

Kidnapping trial begins
Betty Smith knew she was in trouble when her ex-boyfriend pulled a gun as he took the newest Bobby Jones Expressway ramp, she testified Monday.

College tuition will rise
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Students at research institutions such as the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia will see an 8 percent increase in tuition next year, and other state college and university students will see a 5 percent increase after the Board of Regents approves the proposed tuition and budget plan today.

Canal's urban segment excites planner
The urban segment of the Augusta Canal has untapped economic potential that could rival the city's riverwalk, a professional planner said Monday during the inaugural meeting of a new Canal Redevelopment Task Force.

Plane lands on Washington Road
A small plane made an emergency landing this morning on Washington Road in front of the Martinez Kmart.

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Activities and events in the area:

Witnesses detail fatal wreck

Woman will aid girl with reward
Dana Putnam may be a little vulnerable, but she is also very generous, her father said.

Churches share gospel with crowds at crusade

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - Apple Compu- ter Inc. will pay to study a plan to provide 15,800 Apple laptops to Cobb County pupils and teachers, a school spokesman said Tuesday amid questions over whether it's a conflict of interest for the company to fund the study.

Augusta Lynx coach not returning next season

Churches share gospel with crowds at crusade
Ashley Smith knew God had a plan for her life.

Kid of the Day

Legislators tout achievements of session
Columbia County state lawmakers boasted Tuesday about the accomplishments made in the latest session of the Georgia Legislature - the first session in more than 100 years in which a Republican majority held sway over both houses.

News you can use

Board adopts rezoning plan to create balanced schools
AIKEN - In an effort to maintain a level playing field among North Augusta's elementary schools, the Aiken County School Board adopted a rezoning plan Tuesday night that will put an equal number of disadvantaged pupils in each of the city's four grade schools.

Tour de Georgia gets under way

Kid of the Day
Ashley Hart is today's Kid of the Day.

Police arrest slaying suspect

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Kidnapping trial begins

Child protection employees could be hired by year's end

Across the area

Legislators tout achievements of session

Judicial center funds approved
Augusta Commission members approved $80.12 million for a proposed judicial center Tuesday and not one dime for a James Brown Metroplex at Regency Mall.

Woman will aid girl with reward

Trial starts for father of boys killed in crash

Across Georgia

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Catholic leaders laud choice
Local Catholic leaders were enthusiastic at Tuesday's selection of German-born Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as pope, and surprised it came so quickly.

Boy hit by car dies of injuries

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany elected new pope

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Act opens island to tour vehicles

Kid of the Day

Plane lands on Washington Road

Champ wants to ride out on top
The Lance Gunderson story began in 1971 in Plano, Texas. The beginning of the end of the Lance Armstrong epic takes place today in Augusta.

Champ wants to ride out on top
The Lance Gunderson story began in 1971 in Plano, Texas. The beginning of the end of the Lance Armstrong epic takes place today in Augusta.

Movies from 13 countries to compete at Cannes festival

Lucas, Spielberg usher in summer with sci-fi wars

Lucas, Spielberg usher in summer with sci-fi wars
LOS ANGELES - This summer means war between old buddies George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.

Movies from 13 countries to compete at Cannes festival
PARIS - An Iraqi film will compete at the Cannes Film Festival for the first time, vying for the top prize against veteran directors and past winners such as Gus Van Sant.

Lucas, Spielberg usher in summer with sci-fi wars
LOS ANGELES - This summer means war between old buddies George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.

Movies from 13 countries to compete at Cannes festival
PARIS - An Iraqi film will compete at the Cannes Film Festival for the first time, vying for the top prize against veteran directors and past winners such as Gus Van Sant.

Hasidic reggae star proving more than just a novelty
NEW YORK - In the insular, Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Crown Heights in Brooklyn, members of the Hasidic religious group rarely mingle with outsiders.

Hasidic reggae star proving more than just a novelty

Citadel scenes filmed for Dave Matthews video
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Scenes from The Citadel campus as well as of the state military school's baseball team playing Wofford were shot by a production crew filming a new music video by the Dave Matthews Band.

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Citadel scenes filmed for Dave Matthews video

Citadel scenes filmed for Dave Matthews video
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Scenes from The Citadel campus as well as of the state military school's baseball team playing Wofford were shot by a production crew filming a new music video by the Dave Matthews Band.

Hasidic reggae star proving more than just a novelty
NEW YORK - In the insular, Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Crown Heights in Brooklyn, members of the Hasidic religious group rarely mingle with outsiders.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected music reviews:

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

O'Neal out for final two games
MIAMI - Shaquille O'Neal's bruised right thigh will keep him out of the Miami Heat's final two regular-season games, but the team expects him to be ready when the playoffs open this weekend.

O'Neal out for final two games
MIAMI - Shaquille O'Neal's bruised right thigh will keep him out of the Miami Heat's final two regular-season games, but the team expects him to be ready when the playoffs open this weekend.

O'Neal out for final two games

McKay likes Falcons's draft status

Falcons are defensive about top selection

Monday Night Football exits network TV

Panthers linebacker coach Sam Mills dies

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Mr. William Steven Nimmons (EVANS, Ga.)

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Dr. Willis Walker, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. William L. Wagner, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Sarah L. Langford (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Calvin Lee (KINGSTON, NY)

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Charles Haynes, Jr. (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

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Mr. Rickey Brown, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Hasseltine "Bo" Coward, Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. Rickey Brown, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Armstrong to retire after Tour de France

Hunter leads, Armstrong 15th after Stage 1

Armstrong gets ready to ride into retirement

Local team riding high into '05 Tour

Lance takes Augusta by storm

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Overtime
In Boca Raton, Fla., Matt Doherty was hired as Florida Atlantic's basketball coach Monday, starting over two years after he resigned as coach of North Carolina.

Armstrong to retire after Tour de France
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Lance Armstrong is retiring after this year's Tour de France, ending a cycling career in which he inspired millions by overcoming testicular cancer to win his sport's signature event a record six straight times.

Local team riding high into '05 Tour
Thanks to Cesar Grajales, the Jittery Joe's Professional Cycling Team finished on top of Brasstown Bald during last year's Tour de Georgia.

Lance takes Augusta by storm
Except for the cyclists themselves, Bill and Martha Chiarchiaro might have logged the most time on the road Tuesday.

Armstrong to retire after Tour de France
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Lance Armstrong is retiring after this year's Tour de France, ending a cycling career in which he inspired millions by overcoming testicular cancer to win his sport's signature event a record six straight times.

Hunter leads, Armstrong 15th after Stage 1
First, the Port-O-Let pit stop. Then the wireless communication check. Apply sun block. Fill jersey with nutrition bars.

Overtime
In Boca Raton, Fla., Matt Doherty was hired as Florida Atlantic's basketball coach Monday, starting over two years after he resigned as coach of North Carolina.

Overtime
In Savannah, Ga., USC Aiken shot a final round 4-under-par 284 to easily win the Peach Belt Conference championship by eight strokes over host Armstrong Atlantic State.

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In Savannah, Ga., USC Aiken shot a final round 4-under-par 284 to easily win the Peach Belt Conference championship by eight strokes over host Armstrong Atlantic State.

Local team riding high into '05 Tour
Thanks to Cesar Grajales, the Jittery Joe's Professional Cycling Team finished on top of Brasstown Bald during last year's Tour de Georgia.

Hunter leads, Armstrong 15th after Stage 1
First, the Port-O-Let pit stop. Then the wireless communication check. Apply sun block. Fill jersey with nutrition bars.

Armstrong gets ready to ride into retirement
With machine gun-like efficiency, photographers fired away as Lance Armstrong revealed one of the worst-kept secrets this year.

Lance takes Augusta by storm
Except for the cyclists themselves, Bill and Martha Chiarchiaro might have logged the most time on the road Tuesday.

Armstrong gets ready to ride into retirement
With machine gun-like efficiency, photographers fired away as Lance Armstrong revealed one of the worst-kept secrets this year.

McKay likes Falcons's draft status
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - No spotlights will follow Rich McKay during this year's NFL draft, which suits the Atlanta Falcons' president and general manager just fine.

McKay likes Falcons's draft status
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - No spotlights will follow Rich McKay during this year's NFL draft, which suits the Atlanta Falcons' president and general manager just fine.

Monday Night Football exits network TV
It really shouldn't matter that much, yet somehow it does. There will still be football on Monday night, but now that "Monday Night Football" is moving from network TV to basic cable, everything has changed.

Monday Night Football exits network TV
It really shouldn't matter that much, yet somehow it does. There will still be football on Monday night, but now that "Monday Night Football" is moving from network TV to basic cable, everything has changed.

Panthers linebacker coach Sam Mills dies
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Small in stature, Sam Mills was a giant both on and off the football field.

Falcons are defensive about top selection
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Rich McKay's quest to rebuild the Atlanta defense continues this weekend in the NFL Draft.

Falcons are defensive about top selection
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Rich McKay's quest to rebuild the Atlanta defense continues this weekend in the NFL Draft.

Panthers linebacker coach Sam Mills dies
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Small in stature, Sam Mills was a giant both on and off the football field.

Jubilation from seminarians in Ratzinger's hometown
TRAUNSTEIN, Germany - Students at the seminary where Joseph Ratzinger studied for the priesthood as a teenager in the 1940s erupted in cheers Tuesday at the news that he had become the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Smoke signal dates back to at least 19th century
Cardinals sequestered in the Sistine Chapel to elect a pope use an iron stove and its narrow metal chimney to announce their decision. Black smoke means they have failed; white smoke means they have succeeded.

Key issues facing John Paul II's successor
Some key issues awaiting the new pope.

Jubilation from seminarians in Ratzinger's hometown
TRAUNSTEIN, Germany - Students at the seminary where Joseph Ratzinger studied for the priesthood as a teenager in the 1940s erupted in cheers Tuesday at the news that he had become the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Key issues facing John Paul II's successor
Some key issues awaiting the new pope.

Smoke signal dates back to at least 19th century
Cardinals sequestered in the Sistine Chapel to elect a pope use an iron stove and its narrow metal chimney to announce their decision. Black smoke means they have failed; white smoke means they have succeeded.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany elected new pope
VATICAN CITY - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, a hard-line guardian of conservative doctrine, was elected the new pope Tuesday evening in the first conclave of the new millennium.

New pope was in charge of doctrinal crackdowns
TRAUNSTEIN, Germany - A man of deep personal faith who choked up as he delivered the homily at Pope John Paul II's funeral, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger also has alienated some Roman Catholics with his zeal in enforcing church orthodoxy.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany elected new pope
VATICAN CITY - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, a hard-line guardian of conservative doctrine, was elected the new pope Tuesday evening in the first conclave of the new millennium.

New pope was in charge of doctrinal crackdowns
TRAUNSTEIN, Germany - A man of deep personal faith who choked up as he delivered the homily at Pope John Paul II's funeral, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger also has alienated some Roman Catholics with his zeal in enforcing church orthodoxy.

Champ wants to ride out on top

"Good Morning America" putting heat on "Today"
NEW YORK - For 487 weeks, viewers have made NBC's "Today" show team of Katie Couric and Matt Lauer their favorites in the morning. The steady rise of ABC's "Good Morning America" is threatening that dominance.

CBS to telecast 'Survivors' Brkich and Mariano wedding
NEW YORK - They fell in love on TV, and their nuptials will be shown on TV.

NBC's "Revelations" off to a strong start in ratings

ABC News faces its most challenging year in a decade
NEW YORK - A generation ago, Roone Arledge took a third-ranked ABC News organization and transformed it into a powerhouse with such stars as Peter Jennings, Ted Koppel and Barbara Walters. In part because of the personal crossroads of Jennings and Koppel, the next few years represent the news division's biggest challenge since then.

"Good Morning America" putting heat on "Today"

CBS to telecast 'Survivors' Brkich and Mariano wedding
NEW YORK - They fell in love on TV, and their nuptials will be shown on TV.

CBS to telecast 'Survivors' Brkich and Mariano wedding

"Good Morning America" putting heat on "Today"
NEW YORK - For 487 weeks, viewers have made NBC's "Today" show team of Katie Couric and Matt Lauer their favorites in the morning. The steady rise of ABC's "Good Morning America" is threatening that dominance.

ABC News faces its most challenging year in a decade
NEW YORK - A generation ago, Roone Arledge took a third-ranked ABC News organization and transformed it into a powerhouse with such stars as Peter Jennings, Ted Koppel and Barbara Walters. In part because of the personal crossroads of Jennings and Koppel, the next few years represent the news division's biggest challenge since then.

ABC News faces its most challenging year in a decade

NBC's "Revelations" off to a strong start in ratings
NEW YORK - It's a revelation: NBC figured out something to compete against "American Idol."

NBC's "Revelations" off to a strong start in ratings
NEW YORK - It's a revelation: NBC figured out something to compete against "American Idol."

People in the News

People in the News

Question of the week

Girl can inform pregnant friend about her options
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: One of my close friends just found out she was pregnant, and she wants to get an abortion. I am the only one of her friends who has the money to help her get an abortion. The thing is, I am morally against abortion; I think it is murdering a living person. I want to try to get my friend to have the baby, and put it up for adoption. I am willing to help her with school, medical appointments, adoption agencies and other things to help her do that.

My style
THE FACTS: Chevonne Andrews, 14, an eighth-grader at Paul Knox Middle School

Xtreme calendar
NEW MUSIC includes Something to Be, the solo release from Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas, and Who Is Mike Jones?, the rapper's major-label debut. He will perform Friday at Club Malibu, 1511 North Leg Road, but you must be older than 21 to enter. See Thursday's Applause! for an interview.

My style
THE FACTS: Chevonne Andrews, 14, an eighth-grader at Paul Knox Middle School

Fun is where you find it
Everyone gets bored from time to time. I get bored, but whenever I am searching for something to do, I know that there are ample opportunities to have a good time. All I have to do is look.

My style

Fun is where you find it
Everyone gets bored from time to time. I get bored, but whenever I am searching for something to do, I know that there are ample opportunities to have a good time. All I have to do is look.

Davidson pupils take charge of 'HONK!'

Davidson pupils take charge of 'HONK!'
One stage. One musical. One hundred eighty-nine pupil. This isn't your typical high school production.

Girl can inform pregnant friend about her options

Xtreme calendar
NEW MUSIC includes Something to Be, the solo release from Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas, and Who Is Mike Jones?, the rapper's major-label debut. He will perform Friday at Club Malibu, 1511 North Leg Road, but you must be older than 21 to enter. See Thursday's Applause! for an interview.

Question of the week
Q: Do you save your money?

Question of the week
Q: Do you save your money?

Davidson pupils take charge of 'HONK!'
One stage. One musical. One hundred eighty-nine pupil. This isn't your typical high school production.

Girl can inform pregnant friend about her options
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: One of my close friends just found out she was pregnant, and she wants to get an abortion. I am the only one of her friends who has the money to help her get an abortion. The thing is, I am morally against abortion; I think it is murdering a living person. I want to try to get my friend to have the baby, and put it up for adoption. I am willing to help her with school, medical appointments, adoption agencies and other things to help her do that.

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Fun is where you find it

Odds and Ends

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Odds and Ends

Key issues facing John Paul II's successor

Smoke signal dates back to at least 19th century

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany elected new pope

Jubilation from seminarians in Ratzinger's hometown

New pope was in charge of doctrinal crackdowns