Former academy members show their love by returning to 'Roar'
For 20 years, the Ron Jones Academy of Ballet has taken audiences on a magical journey through the wardrobe with its production of The Roar of Love, a dance version of C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia.

'Lughnasa' is challenging play for cast of narrator's memories
Combining stark realism with abstracted theatricality, Dancing at Lughnasa is as much about the staging as the story, as much about the art of theater as the five Irish sisters central to its plot.

'Lughnasa' is challenging play for cast of narrator's memories
Combining stark realism with abstracted theatricality, Dancing at Lughnasa is as much about the staging as the story, as much about the art of theater as the five Irish sisters central to its plot.

'Lughnasa' is challenging play for cast of narrator's memories

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.

Former academy members show their love by returning to 'Roar'

'Miracle Worker' tells simple tale
The simple story of a teacher and her student, The Miracle Worker, based on the early life of Helen Keller, requires extensive lighting, a well-behaved canine, a few pairs of kneepads and one difficult-to-locate bell.

'Miracle Worker' tells simple tale

'Miracle Worker' tells simple tale
The simple story of a teacher and her student, The Miracle Worker, based on the early life of Helen Keller, requires extensive lighting, a well-behaved canine, a few pairs of kneepads and one difficult-to-locate bell.

Former academy members show their love by returning to 'Roar'
For 20 years, the Ron Jones Academy of Ballet has taken audiences on a magical journey through the wardrobe with its production of The Roar of Love, a dance version of C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia.

Bucs stave off rivals to retain region title
The story is an old one. Long-time rivals face off in a heated battle with a championship on the line.

Lakeside earns historic sweep

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

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

Elephants rampage through Seoul
SEOUL, South Korea - Six elephants escaped from an amusement park Wednesday and injured a woman as they rampaged through the South Korean capital, according to a news report.

Elephants rampage through Seoul
SEOUL, South Korea - Six elephants escaped from an amusement park Wednesday and injured a woman as they rampaged through the South Korean capital, according to a news report.

Odds and Ends
LOS ANGELES - Call it a rude awakening. A juror was cited for contempt and fined $1,000 by a judge for yawning loudly while awaiting questioning in an attempted murder trial. The fine later was reduced to $100.

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
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
LOS ANGELES - Call it a rude awakening. A juror was cited for contempt and fined $1,000 by a judge for yawning loudly while awaiting questioning in an attempted murder trial. The fine later was reduced to $100.

Braves' offense stuck in neutral

Nationals defeat Braves
WASHINGTON - Zach Day allowed just three hits over seven innings, Jose Vidro delivered a two-run homer and the Washington Nationals beat the struggling Atlanta Braves 2-0 Wednesday night.

Nationals defeat Braves
WASHINGTON - Zach Day allowed just three hits over seven innings, Jose Vidro delivered a two-run homer and the Washington Nationals beat the struggling Atlanta Braves 2-0 Wednesday night.

Braves' offense stuck in neutral
WASHINGTON - The last time the Atlanta Braves' offense had started to sputter, Washington pitcher Zach Day proved the perfect piata.

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.

Reitsma gets help with save
WASHINGTON - Tim Hudson called it a "Houdini." Chris Reitsma called it a relief effort that evoked, well, relief.

Nationals defeat Braves

Braves' offense stuck in neutral
WASHINGTON - The last time the Atlanta Braves' offense had started to sputter, Washington pitcher Zach Day proved the perfect piata.

Reitsma gets help with save
WASHINGTON - Tim Hudson called it a "Houdini." Chris Reitsma called it a relief effort that evoked, well, relief.

Reitsma gets help with save

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.

Wholesale prices jump 0.7 percent in March

Crude prices rise to $52 a barrel

Ford Motor earns $1.2 billion in quarter
DEARBORN, Mich. - Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it earned $1.2 billion in the first quarter, sharply below last year's results but far ahead of money-losing rival General Motors Corp. Ford said it's cutting North American production and considering the sale of its Hertz Corp. car rental unit as it braces for a difficult year.

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.

The Fed releases economic outlook
Reports on economic conditions from the Federal Reserve's 12 regional bank districts:

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.

Ford Motor earns $1.2 billion in quarter
DEARBORN, Mich. - Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it earned $1.2 billion in the first quarter, sharply below last year's results but far ahead of money-losing rival General Motors Corp. Ford said it's cutting North American production and considering the sale of its Hertz Corp. car rental unit as it braces for a difficult year.

Land shuffle builds fervor
Augusta's medical district has seen its fair share of changes over the years, but the area's transition is far from complete.

Land shuffle builds fervor
Augusta's medical district has seen its fair share of changes over the years, but the area's transition is far from complete.

'Give more,' official advises
Each year, the state investigates about 2,500 consumer complaints about real estate agents.

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.

Officials OK zoning for new hospital
A major outpatient rehabilitation company is proposing an 80-bed, 67,000-square-foot hospital near the intersection of 15th Street and Walton Way.

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.

Bush signs new bankruptcy law
WASHINGTON - President Bush signed the biggest rewrite of U.S. bankruptcy law in a quarter century on Wednesday, making it harder for debt-ridden Americans to wipe out their obligations.

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.

Crude prices rise as U.S. supply drops
Crude futures rose slightly Wednesday after U.S. government data showed declining domestic inventories of oil and gasoline.

Crude prices rise as U.S. supply drops

'Give more,' official advises
Each year, the state investigates about 2,500 consumer complaints about real estate agents.

Bush signs new bankruptcy law

Inflation shoots up 0.6 percent in March
WASHINGTON - Consumer prices jumped 0.6 percent in March, the biggest inflation surge in five months, as the costs of energy, clothing and airline fares all rose sharply.

Ford Motor earns $1.2 billion in quarter

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.

The Fed releases economic outlook

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.

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.

Krispy Kreme shares plunge; company will miss filing deadlines

The Fed releases economic outlook
Reports on economic conditions from the Federal Reserve's 12 regional bank districts:

Lobbyists see reform as aid to businesses

Inflation shoots up 0.6 percent in March
WASHINGTON - Consumer prices jumped 0.6 percent in March, the biggest inflation surge in five months, as the costs of energy, clothing and airline fares all rose sharply.

Crude prices rise as U.S. supply drops
Crude futures rose slightly Wednesday after U.S. government data showed declining domestic inventories of oil and gasoline.

Inflation shoots up 0.6 percent in March

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.

Land shuffle builds fervor

'Give more,' official advises

Bush signs new bankruptcy law
WASHINGTON - President Bush signed the biggest rewrite of U.S. bankruptcy law in a quarter century on Wednesday, making it harder for debt-ridden Americans to wipe out their obligations.

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.

Justice delayed
The U.S. Constitution is supposed to guarantee crime suspects a speedy trial, but not in South Carolina. A man accused of murder in Lexington County a decade ago, and hasn't been able to raise bail, has been cooling his heels in jail ever since.

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

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.

A different path
They knew Pope John Paul II would be a hard act to follow. So they're apparently not trying.

'Midnight Club 3' puts gamers in driver's seat of fast machines
It's the middle of the night. Your speedometer is pushing 120 as you zip through a red light, hit the brakes, slide into a turn and accelerate quickly, barely missing a parked car and a pedestrian.

Ex-Neverland guard testifies in Jackson trial
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A former security guard at Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch testified at the pop star's child molestation trial Wednesday that a notice once was posted in a guard station saying the boy who is now the singer's accuser was not to be allowed to leave the estate.

Powerfest is a family event featuring new, veteran acts
The annual outdoor hip-hop and R&B concert Powerfest will be from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the gate.

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

'Midnight Club 3' puts gamers in driver's seat of fast machines
It's the middle of the night. Your speedometer is pushing 120 as you zip through a red light, hit the brakes, slide into a turn and accelerate quickly, barely missing a parked car and a pedestrian.

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

R&B artist Valentino's second shot at music success
Bobby Valentino has been given what a lot of artists don't get in the music business: a second chance.

Mixing it up: from hip-hop to retro
From jazz to jam bands, hip-hop to hard rock, the acts assembled for the 3 Rivers Music Festival this weekend in Columbia represent a cross section of musical styles.

Open tab
Get in The Zone, U.S. Highway 1 in Graniteville, for a nine-ball tournament and karaoke contest.

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.

Officer reprimanded for not ticketing former child star
WARWICK, Ga. - A police officer will be reprimanded for not giving a speeding ticket to former child television star Emmanuel Lewis after he was clocked driving 25 mph over the posted speed limit while towing a trailer loaded with an sports utility vehicle.

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.

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

Officer reprimanded for not ticketing former child star
WARWICK, Ga. - A police officer will be reprimanded for not giving a speeding ticket to former child television star Emmanuel Lewis after he was clocked driving 25 mph over the posted speed limit while towing a trailer loaded with an sports utility vehicle.

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
NEW YORK - Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington, who is playing Brutus in the Broadway revival of "Julius Caesar," has come up with a new defense against pesky ringing cell phones during live performances: iambic pentameter.

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

Ex-Neverland guard testifies in Jackson trial
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A former security guard at Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch testified at the pop star's child molestation trial Wednesday that a notice once was posted in a guard station saying the boy who is now the singer's accuser was not to be allowed to leave the estate.

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

Open tab
Get in The Zone, U.S. Highway 1 in Graniteville, for a nine-ball tournament and karaoke contest.<

Mixing it up: from hip-hop to retro
From jazz to jam bands, hip-hop to hard rock, the acts assembled for the 3 Rivers Music Festival this weekend in Columbia represent a cross section of musical styles.

Powerfest is a family event featuring new, veteran acts
The annual outdoor hip-hop and R&B concert Powerfest will be from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the gate.

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

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.

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.

Chicken fricassee is a frugal favorite dish

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

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
This upside-down almond cake is crowned with two of the quintessential flavors of spring, the puckery-tart flavor of rhubarb, and strawberries' sweetness.

What's For Lunch: Shilla Restaurant
SHILLA RESTAURANTADDRESS: 4001 Columbia Road, Suite B, Martinez

Simple recipes are tasty nod to Earth Day

What's For Lunch: Shilla Restaurant

Rhubarb gived a tart edge to strawberries in an almond cake

Low-fat slow-roasted beef recipe

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."

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

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

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.

What's For Lunch: Shilla Restaurant
SHILLA RESTAURANT ADDRESS: 4001 Columbia Road, Suite B, Martinez

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.<

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

Augusta burns Rome in eighth inning
The Augusta GreenJackets showed little life Tuesday night against the Rome Braves and wound up losing by 10 runs.

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

Augusta burns Rome in eighth inning
The Augusta GreenJackets showed little life Tuesday night against the Rome Braves and wound up losing by 10 runs.

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.

Houston is where it started for Singh

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.

Upcoming Events

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.

Augusta burns Rome in eighth inning

GreenJackets' streak is over

GreenJackets relievers have a new home

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 season won't start on time without deal
NEW YORK - If the NHL season is to begin on time, it will have to be with a new collective bargaining agreement in place - not with replacement players.

NHL season won't start on time without deal
NEW YORK - If the NHL season is to begin on time, it will have to be with a new collective bargaining agreement in place - not with replacement players.

NHL season won't start on time without deal

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

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.

Prisoner is killed after escape at hospital
A state prisoner who grabbed a gun away from a security guard and tried to run from Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Thursday morning was shot to death by MCG police, according to officials.

Rapist gets life plus 20 years in prison
An Augusta man convicted of raping an elderly woman in Burke County was sentenced today to life plus 20 years in prison.

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.

13-year-old killed in hit and run
Authorities are searching for a hit and run driver who killed a Barnwell teenager tonight.

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

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

U.S.culture of death, human dignity collide

Culture of life seems selective
The recent furor over the removal of a feeding tube prompts this letter. Some of our political and religious leaders say they support a "culture of life," implying that the opposition does not. Victor Reilly, Aiken, S.C.

Special schools are fine alternative

Avoid Chicago-like corruption

U.S.culture of death, human dignity collide
Legalized abortion is not born of the contrived constitutional right to privacy, but is the bastard offspring of an illegitimate union of elitist judges and eugenicists, such as Margaret Sanger, Allan Guttmacher, Julian Huxley and Adolf Hitler. Paul W. Rosenthal, Martinez

Senator will help group smear Dems

Avoid Chicago-like corruption
Having grown up in Chicago in the 1930s and '40s, I know many ways to steal an election. One of the easiest is serial voting. James W. Cleary, Keysville

Avoid Chicago-like corruption
Having grown up in Chicago in the 1930s and '40s, I know many ways to steal an election. One of the easiest is serial voting. James W. Cleary, Keysville

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

Culture of life seems selective
The recent furor over the removal of a feeding tube prompts this letter. Some of our political and religious leaders say they support a "culture of life," implying that the opposition does not. Victor Reilly, Aiken, S.C.

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

U.S.culture of death, human dignity collide
Legalized abortion is not born of the contrived constitutional right to privacy, but is the bastard offspring of an illegitimate union of elitist judges and eugenicists, such as Margaret Sanger, Allan Guttmacher, Julian Huxley and Adolf Hitler. Paul W. Rosenthal, Martinez

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.

Culture of life seems selective

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

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
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.

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

Target stores to clamp down on cold medicines

New research boosts role of vitamin D in fighting cancer

Living Briefs

Wildlife cook-off benefits children

Study casts more doubt on the safety of popular pain killers

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lynx won't bring Drulia back
Sean Connolly got the news when teammate Jamie Johnson called his cell phone early Wednesday afternoon.

Lynx won't bring Drulia back

Lynx won't bring Drulia back
Sean Connolly got the news when teammate Jamie Johnson called his cell phone early Wednesday afternoon.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Some senators say a bill letting local governments use cameras to catch people running red lights could be unconstitutional.

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.

Plane touches down on road

Plane touches down on road
The Martinez restaurant Wingstop became just that Wednesday when a small plane piloted by a 75-year-old Belvedere man came to rest in front of the business after an emergency landing on a busy Washington Road.

Father is guilty of sons' deaths

Neighborhood nestles quietly in the middle of things
When the previous owner of Mark and Lisa Cobb's Tanglewood subdivision home was ready to sell nearly two years ago, the couple was ready to buy.

Milestones

Prisoner is killed after escape at hospital
A state prisoner who grabbed a gun away from a security guard and tried to run from Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Thursday morning was shot to death by MCG police, according to officials.

Program will help in buying home

News you can use
Here is key legislation passed during the 2004 General Assembly session that is awaiting Mr. Perdue's signature:

Rapist gets life plus 20 years in prison

VA honors volunteers who help vets at medical centers
Residents who volunteer to make a difference in the lives of veterans are being honored in a ceremony today at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

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.

Hall honors lifetime of flight
Flying might as well be breathing to 82-year-old retired Lt. Col. Al Patton.

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.

Across the river

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.

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.

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.

Kid of the Day
Dwalyan O'Harold Bull is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Police say a man's cry for help, which tied up 50 police, fire and state officials; a helicopter; and 18 hours of their time, might have been a hoax.

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

Census shows gradual exodus
People aren't rushing to leave Richmond County, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

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

Rotary makes amphitheater more accessible
Area Rotarians assembled Friday to dedicate the handicapped-accessible benches at the Jessye C. Norman Amphitheater as part of the organization's anniversary celebrations.

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.

Across Georgia

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

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

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This week

School honors

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.

Meetings

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.

Regents, UGA board split

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

Literal comedy skit has audiences in stitches

Motorcycle run benefits McDonald House

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.

13-year-old killed in hit and run
Authorities are searching for a hit and run driver who killed a Barnwell teenager tonight.

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

Program will help in buying home
The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. launched a program Wednesday designed to "change the face of Augusta by creating 300 new homeowners throughout Richmond County.

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.

Regents, UGA board split
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Board of Regents terminated the University System's relationship with the University of Georgia Foundation on Wednesday, ending a two-year feud that began over Vince Dooley's retirement.

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.

Two men plead guilty to tax fraud
Defrauding both the government and a bank will cost two Augusta men two years in prison.

Here is the steeple
John Anderson, a worker with Two State Construction of Thomson, removes metal panels from the spire of the steeple at National Hills Baptist Church in Augusta.

Hall honors lifetime of flight
Flying might as well be breathing to 82-year-old retired Lt. Col. Al Patton.

SAT requirement pulled
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Students will be able to apply for admission to Georgia public colleges this fall without having to endure hours of standardized testing.

Man pleads guilty in deadly assault
An Augusta man pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder in hopes a plea negotiation will someday mean parole and dismissal of murder charges against his brother, he said.

Two men plead guilty to tax fraud
Defrauding both the government and a bank will cost two Augusta men two years in prison.

Riding through Georgia
Lance Armstrong draws big crowds at start of the Tour de Georgia race in Augusta.

Kidnapping sends man back to prison
A jury deliberated several hours to conclude Wednesday that a 64-year-old man is guilty of kidnapping, aggravated assault and weapons charges.

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Design plan too late for building
AIKEN - While downtowns throughout the country are struggling to reinvent themselves, Aiken is trying the opposite approach. It simply wants to maintain what it has.

Farmers Market

Brown to attend unveiling
Broad Street is ready to feel the funk.

Things to do
SUPER SUNDAYS: Buy one, get one free; coupons available at the gardens and local hotels, restaurants

Plane touches down on road
The Martinez restaurant Wingstop became just that Wednesday when a small plane piloted by a 75-year-old Belvedere man came to rest in front of the business after an emergency landing on a busy Washington Road.

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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.

Riding through Georgia
Lance Armstrong draws big crowds at start of the Tour de Georgia race in Augusta.

Train wreck blamed in death
Relatives are blaming a Graniteville man's death this week on the January train wreck that spewed 60 tons of toxic chlorine gas into the community.

Library events

Interns demonstrate new technologies in communication field
Joe Shaw leaned over the computer and told it to play a file of Kelly Clarkson's music.

SAT requirement pulled

Team will participate in firefighter competition
After a 10th-place finish at last year's world title event in Las Vegas, Fort Gordon's firefighters are looking forward to this year.

Rotary makes amphitheater more accessible

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

News you can use
Here is key legislation passed during the 2004 General Assembly session that is awaiting Mr. Perdue's signature:

Across the area
The district attorney's office will correct a mistake made in a drug indictment, officials said Wednesday.

Milestones
Mia-Talia Lowe, an honor student at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School, won first place in the Savannah River Site Speech Contest and also the Geor-gia Peach Council Nation- al Manage-ment Association American Enterprise Speech Contest in February. She was awarded $800.

School honors
Nineteen students from Augusta State University have been inducted into the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society.

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.

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Events

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

Rotary makes amphitheater more accessible
Area Rotarians assembled Friday to dedicate the handicapped-accessible benches at the Jessye C. Norman Amphitheater as part of the organization's anniversary celebrations.

This week
THE MEANING OF LIFE: 7 p.m. today; 170 University Hall, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; The Augusta Chronicle editorial page editor Michael Ryan will speak on the life of Viktor Frankel, Holocaust survivor; 737-1710

Post Happenings
Post Happenings lists events, programs and other community notices from Fort Gordon. Send information to Fort Gordon Calendar, attention Rebecca A. Smith, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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

Meetings
AL-ANON/ALATEEN: For friends and family members of alcoholics; 738-7984 for meeting information

Neighborhood nestles quietly in the middle of things

Farmers Market
This is a list of commodities available at the Georgia Farmers Market, 1150 Fifth St. Prices and availability of produce are subject to change.

Agency health care criticized

Rapist gets life plus 20 years in prison
An Augusta man convicted of raping an elderly woman in Burke County was sentenced today to life plus 20 years in prison.

Kid of the Day

For the record
Sentencings, indictments, divorces and other court cases.

Two men plead guilty to tax fraud

Agency health care criticized
ATLANTA - The taxpayer-funded agency charged with running Georgia's youth prisons lacks "basic information needed to effectively and efficiently manage" its roughly $40 million health-care system, according to state auditors.

Programs urge teens to abstain from sex

Father is guilty of sons' deaths
AIKEN - Michael Batchelor was found guilty Wednesday of all 10 charges against him stemming from the 2002 car accident that killed his three sons and injured three of their friends.

Recycling locations

Train wreck blamed in death
Relatives are blaming a Graniteville man's death this week on the January train wreck that spewed 60 tons of toxic chlorine gas into the community.

Reunions

Across the area
The district attorney's office will correct a mistake made in a drug indictment, officials said Wednesday.

Interns demonstrate new technologies in communication field

Here is the steeple
John Anderson, a worker with Two State Construction of Thomson, removes metal panels from the spire of the steeple at National Hills Baptist Church in Augusta.

Across South Carolina

Brown to attend unveiling
Broad Street is ready to feel the funk.

Kidnapping sends man back to prison

SAT requirement pulled
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Students will be able to apply for admission to Georgia public colleges this fall without having to endure hours of standardized testing.

13-year-old killed in hit and run

Programs urge teens to abstain from sex
Poverty, high dropout rates and a large number of single-parent families compound the problem of teenage pregnancy in rural Burke County, where more than one-third of black females have a second child as a teenager.

Post Happenings

Kidnapping sends man back to prison
A jury deliberated several hours to conclude Wednesday that a 64-year-old man is guilty of kidnapping, aggravated assault and weapons charges.

Farmers Market
This is a list of commodities available at the Georgia Farmers Market, 1150 Fifth St. Prices and availability of produce are subject to change.

Design plan too late for building
AIKEN - While downtowns throughout the country are struggling to reinvent themselves, Aiken is trying the opposite approach. It simply wants to maintain what it has.

For the record
Sentencings, indictments, divorces and other court cases.

Rants and Raves
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ASU deans list
The following students have been named to the dean's list for the fall semester at Augusta State University:

Milestones
Mia-Talia Lowe, an honor student at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School, won first place in the Savannah River Site Speech Contest and also the Geor-gia Peach Council Nation- al Manage-ment Association American Enterprise Speech Contest in February. She was awarded $800.

Churches share gospel with crowds at crusade

Glory Run events benefit Alleluia Community School
A run to benefit the Alleluia Community School is scheduled for Saturday, April 30.

Augusta Lynx coach not returning next season

Meetings
AL-ANON/ALATEEN: For friends and family members of alcoholics; 738-7984 for meeting information

Judicial center funds approved

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

News you can use

Child protection employees could be hired by year's end

School menu
TODAY: Chicken biscuit, hash browns or grits, fruit or juice and milk

Across the area

Witnesses detail fatal wreck

Census shows gradual exodus

Boy hit by car dies of injuries

Pet of the week

Kid of the Day

Around the block

Plane lands on Washington Road

Across Georgia

Legislators tout achievements of session

Riding through Georgia

College tuition will rise

Rants and Raves
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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.

For the record

Board adopts rezoning plan to create balanced schools

Prisoner is killed after escape at hospital

Rants and Raves
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News you can use

Woman will aid girl with reward

Train wreck blamed in death

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.

Warrant officer takes over to lead new band of soldiers

Census shows gradual exodus
People aren't rushing to leave Richmond County, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

Kid of the Day
Dwalyan O'Harold Bull is today's Kid of the Day.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Some senators say a bill letting local governments use cameras to catch people running red lights could be unconstitutional.

Agency health care criticized
ATLANTA - The taxpayer-funded agency charged with running Georgia's youth prisons lacks "basic information needed to effectively and efficiently manage" its roughly $40 million health-care system, according to state auditors.

Regents, UGA board split
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Board of Regents terminated the University System's relationship with the University of Georgia Foundation on Wednesday, ending a two-year feud that began over Vince Dooley's retirement.

Program will help in buying home
The Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. launched a program Wednesday designed to "change the face of Augusta by creating 300 new homeowners throughout Richmond County.

Literal comedy skit has audiences in stitches
Never has a turkey's dressing looked the way it did at Pierce Memorial United Methodist Church on April 13.

Father is guilty of sons' deaths
AIKEN - Michael Batchelor was found guilty Wednesday of all 10 charges against him stemming from the 2002 car accident that killed his three sons and injured three of their friends.

Warrant officer takes over to lead new band of soldiers
When it came to following his dream of being a full-time musician, Warrant Officer Jonathan Ward didn't want the words "starving" and "artist" together in the same sentence.

Programs urge teens to abstain from sex
Poverty, high dropout rates and a large number of single-parent families compound the problem of teenage pregnancy in rural Burke County, where more than one-third of black females have a second child as a teenager.

Pet of the week
Rosie, a 7-week-old female lab and shepherd mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

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.

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.

Richmond Academy math team wins national event
The Academy of Richmond County math team was honored at the April school board meeting for winning a national math competition.

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.

Here is the steeple

Hall honors lifetime of flight

Recycling locations
To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations: Kimberly-Clark, Belvedere fire station at 204 Hampton Ave., Beech Island fire station, two Aiken County Department of Public Safety fire stations and the Graniteville fire station. Call 650-28766 for the location near you.

Design plan too late for building

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

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Police say a man's cry for help, which tied up 50 police, fire and state officials; a helicopter; and 18 hours of their time, might have been a hoax.

Motorcycle run benefits McDonald House
It was all about giving back as Donna Morton and several of her family members hit the road on motorcycles Saturday for the Ronald McDonald House's third annual Charity Run.

Warrant officer takes over to lead new band of soldiers
When it came to following his dream of being a full-time musician, Warrant Officer Jonathan Ward didn't want the words "starving" and "artist" together in the same sentence.

Events
ROSE SHOW AND FESTIVAL: Today-Saturday; downtown Thomasville, Ga.; roses, parades, music, arts and crafts, plantation ball, sporting events; (229) 227-3310 or www.down townthomasville.com

Interns demonstrate new technologies in communication field
Joe Shaw leaned over the computer and told it to play a file of Kelly Clarkson's music.

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

Pet of the week
Rosie, a 7-week-old female lab and shepherd mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

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

Recycling locations
To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations: Kimberly-Clark, Belvedere fire station at 204 Hampton Ave., Beech Island fire station, two Aiken County Department of Public Safety fire stations and the Graniteville fire station. Call 650-28766 for the location near you.

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.

Events
ROSE SHOW AND FESTIVAL: Today-Saturday; downtown Thomasville, Ga.; roses, parades, music, arts and crafts, plantation ball, sporting events; (229) 227-3310 or www.down townthomasville.com

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

Reunions
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News you can use
Activities and events in the area:

Across the river
HANSEL AND GRETEL: 7 p.m. today; The Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway; presented by The University of South Carolina Aiken and Playground Playhouse; $7 adults, $4 children; 641-3243

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

Motorcycle run benefits McDonald House
It was all about giving back as Donna Morton and several of her family members hit the road on motorcycles Saturday for the Ronald McDonald House's third annual Charity Run.

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.

This week
THE MEANING OF LIFE: 7 p.m. today; 170 University Hall, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; The Augusta Chronicle editorial page editor Michael Ryan will speak on the life of Viktor Frankel, Holocaust survivor; 737-1710

Across the river
HANSEL AND GRETEL: 7 p.m. today; The Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway; presented by The University of South Carolina Aiken and Playground Playhouse; $7 adults, $4 children; 641-3243

Around the block
Michael Ryan, the editorial page editor at the Augusta Chronicle, will discuss his book The Last Freedom at 7 tonight in Room 170, University Hall, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. The book discusses the meaning of life with Viktor Frankl, a Viennese psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust. Call 737-1710.

Brown to attend unveiling

School honors
Nineteen students from Augusta State University have been inducted into the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society.

Around the block
Michael Ryan, the editorial page editor at the Augusta Chronicle, will discuss his book The Last Freedom at 7 tonight in Room 170, University Hall, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. The book discusses the meaning of life with Viktor Frankl, a Viennese psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust. Call 737-1710.

Neighborhood nestles quietly in the middle of things
When the previous owner of Mark and Lisa Cobb's Tanglewood subdivision home was ready to sell nearly two years ago, the couple was ready to buy.

Literal comedy skit has audiences in stitches
Never has a turkey's dressing looked the way it did at Pierce Memorial United Methodist Church on April 13.

Teacher worked through her pain

Lucas, Spielberg usher in summer with sci-fi wars

At the Movies: 'A Lot Like Love'
Ashton Kutcher is an easy target. He's pretty, he's popular. He has a hit TV series ("That '70s Show") and a hot girlfriend (Demi Moore) who might be more than that, if you track the tabloid pregnancy rumors.

At the Movies: 'The Interpreter'
So much is right about "The Interpreter" that it's easy to forgive the fact that the essential story is a static assassination plot whose climax hits with a dull thud instead of a sharp bang.

At the Movies: 'A Lot Like Love'

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.

At the Movies: 'A Lot Like Love'
Ashton Kutcher is an easy target. He's pretty, he's popular. He has a hit TV series ("That '70s Show") and a hot girlfriend (Demi Moore) who might be more than that, if you track the tabloid pregnancy rumors.

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

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

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'The Interpreter'
So much is right about "The Interpreter" that it's easy to forgive the fact that the essential story is a static assassination plot whose climax hits with a dull thud instead of a sharp bang.

Movies from 13 countries to compete at Cannes festival

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

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.

At the Movies: 'The Interpreter'

London marathon to feature all six 'Star Wars' movies
LOS ANGELES - All six chapters of George Lucas' science-fiction saga - including the final one, "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" - will screen in a daylong marathon May 16 at London's Leicester Square.

Sonic Spotlight
BRANDON BarberAGE: 26HOMETOWN: AikenOCCUPATION: College and activity coordinator, Cedar Creek Church

Hasidic reggae star proving more than just a novelty

Multitalented performer ages gracefully in career
A certain King of Pop has given the impression that former child stars missed out on their childhood and more, but Marques Houston says that's not so.

Sonic Spotlight

Athens band makes sweeter music after taking hiatus
For members of Athens, Ga., jam band Wide-spread Panic, being apart has made playing together that much sweeter.

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.

Rapper makes name for himself with clever promotion
Houston rapper Mike Jones has never been shot and never served jail time.

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.

Rapper makes name for himself with clever promotion

Multitalented performer ages gracefully in career
A certain King of Pop has given the impression that former child stars missed out on their childhood and more, but Marques Houston says that's not so.

Multitalented performer ages gracefully in career

Sonic Spotlight
BRANDON Barber AGE: 26 HOMETOWN: Aiken OCCUPATION: College and activity coordinator, Cedar Creek Church

Rapper makes name for himself with clever promotion
Houston rapper Mike Jones has never been shot and never served jail time.

Racing Newsmaker: Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart led the most laps at Martinsville, Va., only to lose the race when a wheel fell off. Then he led 45 laps at Texas before his engine exploded in flames.

Early problems threaten teams' hopes
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Bobby Labonte said he's never had so much bad luck on the racetrack, but he's not getting much sympathy from his older brother, Terry.

Racing might return to network
AVONDALE, Ariz. - NBC Sports' new deal with the National Football League for Sunday night games in 2006 could signal the return of NASCAR to ABC.

Racing might return to network

Racing Newsmaker: Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart led the most laps at Martinsville, Va., only to lose the race when a wheel fell off. Then he led 45 laps at Texas before his engine exploded in flames.

Early problems threaten teams' hopes

Racing might return to network
AVONDALE, Ariz. - NBC Sports' new deal with the National Football League for Sunday night games in 2006 could signal the return of NASCAR to ABC.

Racing Newsmaker: Tony Stewart

Early problems threaten teams' hopes
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Bobby Labonte said he's never had so much bad luck on the racetrack, but he's not getting much sympathy from his older brother, Terry.

76ers hammer Hawks
PHILADELPHIA - The only drama for the Philadelphia 76ers came from other teams' results.

Bobcats top Pistons
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Emeka Okafor had 16 points and 19 rebounds and the Charlotte Bobcats closed out their inaugural season with a victory, snapping the Detroit Pistons' 11-game winning streak with a 97-86 win Wednesday night.

76ers hammer Hawks
PHILADELPHIA - The only drama for the Philadelphia 76ers came from other teams' results.

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.

Bobcats top Pistons

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.

76ers hammer Hawks

Bobcats top Pistons
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Emeka Okafor had 16 points and 19 rebounds and the Charlotte Bobcats closed out their inaugural season with a victory, snapping the Detroit Pistons' 11-game winning streak with a 97-86 win Wednesday night.

O'Neal out for final two games

Monday Night Football exits network TV

Falcons are defensive about top selection

Miss Ashlynn Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Joseph Henry Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rabun A. Lee    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Dale Cooks    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Mozelle J. Simpkins    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Rosemary Markley    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James E. Brevard    (CROSS HILL, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Hanks    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Angela Bradley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Miss Almedia Dukes    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Inez Bodie Carson    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. James E. Brevard    (CROSS HILL, S.C.)
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Mr. Ray Willis    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Nina Washington    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Estella Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jeraldine A. Thomas    (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mr. Rickey Brown, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Steven Nimmons    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlotte N. Skinner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marguerite Stephens    (ADRIAN, Ga.)

Charles Haynes, Jr.    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)
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Ms. Geraldine Snellings    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Miss Ashlynn Clark    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Glenn E. Pentecost    (GARLAND, TX)

Mrs. Inez Bodie Carson    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Lou Brown    (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Benjaman Weems    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Janice M. Spivey    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Charles Haynes, Jr.    (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Ms. Mozelle J. Simpkins    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Peggy Moore    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Estella Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estella Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Winefred Gauger    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Jefferson    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Sarah L. Langford    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Winefred Gauger    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Hasseltine "Bo" Coward, Jr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Ms. Betty Ferqueron    (GREENWOOD, S.C.)

Mrs. Glenda Finney    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Nell Eidson    (BATH, S.C.)

Dr. Willis Walker, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Almedia Dukes    (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Ms. Deadra M. Oliver    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Steven Nimmons (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Lesner (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Marguerite Stephens (ADRIAN, Ga.)

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

Mr. James E. Brevard (CROSS HILL, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Henry Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty D'Antignac (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosemary Markley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Nina Washington (TENNILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Nell Eidson (BATH, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Mary Hunt (DALLAS, Ga.)

Mr. Glenn E. Pentecost (GARLAND, TX)

Mrs. Winefred Gauger (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty A. Disney (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Janice M. Spivey (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Dean (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Glenda Finney (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Mozelle J. Simpkins (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Calvin Lee (KINGSTON, NY)

Miss Ashlynn Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Estella Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Winefred Gauger (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mildred Culpepper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Almedia Dukes (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Jeraldine A. Thomas (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Mr. William Steven Nimmons (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Betty Ferqueron (GREENWOOD, S.C.)

Mrs. Inez Bodie Carson (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

Miss Ashlynn Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy Brownlee (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Brown (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Connelly Austin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ray Willis (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Ms. Geraldine Snellings (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Benjaman Weems (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Estella Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Charles Haynes, Jr. (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Charles Haynes, Jr. (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

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

Ms. Deadra M. Oliver (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Peggy Moore (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Overtime

Seniors softball player is recognized

Hunter leads, Armstrong 15th after Stage 1

Overtime

Lance takes Augusta by storm

Greenbrier wins region title clash

Overtime
USC Aiken's Scott Brown and Dane Burkhart have been named Peach Belt Conference co-Players of the 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.

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.

Greenbrier wins region title clash
An ominous cloud of emotion swirled over the soccer field at Greenbrier on Wednesday night.

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.

Overtime
USC Aiken's Scott Brown and Dane Burkhart have been named Peach Belt Conference co-Players of the Year.

Austrian pedals past Armstrong
ROME, Ga. - Lance Armstrong was alone at the top of Wednesday's last hill, but he couldn't hold off a German charge to the line.

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.

Seniors softball player is recognized
When Terry Leiden and his fellow softball players wake up the morning after playing a game with every part of their body aching, they know one thing:

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.

Seniors softball player is recognized
When Terry Leiden and his fellow softball players wake up the morning after playing a game with every part of their body aching, they know one thing:

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

Greenbrier wins region title clash
An ominous cloud of emotion swirled over the soccer field at Greenbrier on Wednesday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Older Billy Gilman looking for balance with success

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reflection, tears and birthday wishes from a new pope
VATICAN CITY - It began with a solemn oath of secrecy in the storied Sistine Chapel, then gave way to deep reflection about the last pope. It ended with a gasp, applause, tears of joy and - quietly amid the excited chatter - warm birthday wishes from the new pontiff to a cardinal.

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.

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.

Reflection, tears and birthday wishes from a new pope
VATICAN CITY - It began with a solemn oath of secrecy in the storied Sistine Chapel, then gave way to deep reflection about the last pope. It ended with a gasp, applause, tears of joy and - quietly amid the excited chatter - warm birthday wishes from the new pontiff to a cardinal.

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

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.

Older Billy Gilman looking for balance with success
Billy Gilman wants to know: Will country music fans accept him as he ages? And, even more important, will country radio stations continue to play his music?

Older Billy Gilman looking for balance with success
Billy Gilman wants to know: Will country music fans accept him as he ages? And, even more important, will country radio stations continue to play his music?

CBS to telecast 'Survivors' Brkich and Mariano wedding

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

Election of a pope: A daytime TV reality show

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."

Election of a pope: A daytime TV reality show
NEW YORK - The election of Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday had all the elements of a hit daytime reality show for television networks: some comical confusion, anxiety-laden tedium and finally an exciting payoff.

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.

NBC's "Today" show executive is ousted
NEW YORK - NBC on Tuesday ousted the chief executive behind the "Today" show, with the network's biggest money-maker in a ratings slump and feeling the heat from ABC's "Good Morning America."

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

Election of a pope: A daytime TV reality show
NEW YORK - The election of Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday had all the elements of a hit daytime reality show for television networks: some comical confusion, anxiety-laden tedium and finally an exciting payoff.

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."

ABC News faces its most challenging year in a decade

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.

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

Officer reprimanded for not ticketing former child star

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'Midnight Club 3' puts gamers in driver's seat of fast machines

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Powerfest is a family event featuring new, veteran acts

Galleries

Ex-Neverland guard testifies in Jackson trial

Mixing it up: from hip-hop to retro

People in the News

Bulldogs' road trip is off to a bad start

Bulldogs' road trip is off to a bad start
ATLANTA - Georgia's four-game, five-day road trip couldn't have started much worse than it did on Wednesday.

Bulldogs' road trip is off to a bad start
ATLANTA - Georgia's four-game, five-day road trip couldn't have started much worse than it did on Wednesday.

Himalayas provide backdrop for cinematic tales
There are few mysterious places left in the world: Technological advances have made connecting with cultures, be they deep in the Amazonian rainforest or on the far fringes of the Gobi desert, possible .

Odds and Ends

Elephants rampage through Seoul

Odds and Ends

Reflection, tears and birthday wishes from a new pope

Jubilation from seminarians in Ratzinger's hometown

Key issues facing John Paul II's successor

Smoke signal dates back to at least 19th century

New pope was in charge of doctrinal crackdowns

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany elected new pope