Augusta authors turn out new tales
Back before tourism was a multibillion dollar industry, Evans resident Frances A. McWhorter left with her husband, William Achurch, to see the world.

Afghan teenager wins memoir contest
NEW YORK - An Afghan girl whose father and two sisters were killed in a 1998 bombing attack in Kabul will have her memoir published after winning a contest co-sponsored by "Good Morning America" and Simon & Schuster.

'Two-Dollar Bill' worth spending time with
Stone Barrington hated him on sight: Billy Bob Barnstormer, tall and Texan, who tips with rare $2 bills.

Metropolitan Opera offers new production of "Faust"

Dole holds nothing back in World War II memoir
Bob Dole doesn't deny that some obstacles in his life have been easier due to his fame as a politician.

'Two-Dollar Bill' worth spending time with

Dave Van Ronk spins tales in memoir
He didn't become as famous as Bob Dylan. His records never sold as well as Simon and Garfunkel's. And he didn't become a cultural icon on the level of Peter, Paul and Mary.

'Recovered' Haring painting may not be all it seems

Tiny islands breed big trouble in new whodunits
All islands are surrounded by water - but some are surrounded by trouble, too.

Afghan teenager wins memoir contest

Metropolitan Opera offers new production of "Faust"
NEW YORK - Charles Gounod's "Faust," a work rich in beautiful melodies but seriously short on emotional depth, has gotten a new production at the Metropolitan Opera that fits it all too well.

Dave Van Ronk spins tales in memoir

Tiny islands breed big trouble in new whodunits
All islands are surrounded by water - but some are surrounded by trouble, too.

Tiny islands breed big trouble in new whodunits

Life lessons are woven into children's picture books
NEW YORK - A new batch of children's books has all the familiar trappings - colorful covers, talking dogs and slightly mischievous children - but, beware, there might also be morals to the stories.

Augusta authors turn out new tales

Augusta authors turn out new tales
Back before tourism was a multibillion dollar industry, Evans resident Frances A. McWhorter left with her husband, William Achurch, to see the world.

Life lessons are woven into children's picture books

Dole holds nothing back in World War II memoir
Bob Dole doesn't deny that some obstacles in his life have been easier due to his fame as a politician.

Dole holds nothing back in World War II memoir

'Recovered' Haring painting may not be all it seems
KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The auctioneer billed it as a painting by "one of America's most sought after contemporary artists," an "American treasure" that had been "left for lost" in a woman's attic for 20 or so years.

Life lessons are woven into children's picture books
NEW YORK - A new batch of children's books has all the familiar trappings - colorful covers, talking dogs and slightly mischievous children - but, beware, there might also be morals to the stories.

Metropolitan Opera offers new production of "Faust"
NEW YORK - Charles Gounod's "Faust," a work rich in beautiful melodies but seriously short on emotional depth, has gotten a new production at the Metropolitan Opera that fits it all too well.

Dave Van Ronk spins tales in memoir
He didn't become as famous as Bob Dylan. His records never sold as well as Simon and Garfunkel's. And he didn't become a cultural icon on the level of Peter, Paul and Mary.

Afghan teenager wins memoir contest
NEW YORK - An Afghan girl whose father and two sisters were killed in a 1998 bombing attack in Kabul will have her memoir published after winning a contest co-sponsored by "Good Morning America" and Simon & Schuster.

'Two-Dollar Bill' worth spending time with
Stone Barrington hated him on sight: Billy Bob Barnstormer, tall and Texan, who tips with rare $2 bills.

'Recovered' Haring painting may not be all it seems
KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The auctioneer billed it as a painting by "one of America's most sought after contemporary artists," an "American treasure" that had been "left for lost" in a woman's attic for 20 or so years.

Dons infielder creates big stir despite height

Dons infielder creates big stir despite height
SAN FRANCISCO - When Royce Fukuroku steps in to hit, he resembles a bat boy more than a batter. Even with his pants generously rolled under, they nearly hang to his heels and catch on his cleats.

Dons infielder creates big stir despite height
SAN FRANCISCO - When Royce Fukuroku steps in to hit, he resembles a bat boy more than a batter. Even with his pants generously rolled under, they nearly hang to his heels and catch on his cleats.

Worker's complaint shows me what's in a name

Jimmy Dawson George

Maycie Lane McGahee
Jeffery and Ginger McGahee of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Maycie Lane McGahee, born March 31, 2005 at University Hospital.

Brantley James Griffin
Matt and Mandy Griffin of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brantley James, born March 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Larry and Jackie Wiggins and Ducky and Sandy Griffin, all of Evans; and Barbara Griffin of Augusta.

Connor Gene Ridenour

Carter Ray Mackes
Chad and Stacy Mackes of Hoschton, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Carter Ray, born March 18, 2005 at Northeast Georgia medical Center in Gainesville, Ga. He made his debut at 6:59 p.m., weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William R. Osterhoudt of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Arlon Mackes of Braselton, Ga.

Ansley Elizabeth Pacheco
Richard and Allison Pacheco of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ansley Elizabeth born March 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tia Jameela Laws
David and Latece Laws of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tia Jameela Laws, born March 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tavion Vontrez Hill

Mary Kathryn Cooper
Brett and Amber Cooper of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mary Kathryn, born, March 23, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 8:19 p.m., weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Ronnie and Anne Easler of Norwood, Ga. and Buddy and Jeanette Cooper of North Augusta. She was welcomed home by big brother, C. J., 19 months.

Tyquan Kamel Brown

Kayleen Sharnice Coleman
Shewana Dukes and Raymond Coleman are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kayleen Sharnice Coleman, born February 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Cody James and Carson Joshua Tomac
Cody James and Carson Joshua Tomac Jim and Teresa Tomac of Aiken are pleased to announce the births of their twin sons, Cody James and Carson Joshua Tomac, born on April 9, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Jack Ross Antonakos
Clayton and Elizabeth Antonakos of Lincolnton are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jack Ross Antonakos, born April 8, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Brooklyn Grace Winburn
Kenneth and Danielle Winburn of Clarks Hill are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Brooklyn Grace Winburn, born March 23, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Kiara Sanaa Curry
Kelvin Lamont Curry and Nakia Holley are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kiara Sanaa Curry, born April 5, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kiara Sanaa Curry

Ricky Wayne Jones
Ricky Wayne Jones, Sr. and Gina Benson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ricky Wayne Jones, Jr., born April 10, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Jaylyn Tait Johnson

Brooklyn Grace Winburn
Kenneth and Danielle Winburn of Clarks Hill are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Brooklyn Grace Winburn, born March 23, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Kayleen Sharnice Coleman

Kenneth Michael Morgan
George and Rachel Morgan of Gloverville are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kenneth Michael Morgan, born March 9, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Cody James and Carson Joshua Tomac

Leah Shannon Putnam
William and Teresa Putnam of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Leah Shannon Putnam, born March 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Emily Nicole Catherine
Rodger and Angel Woods of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Nicole Catherine Woods, born April 13, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Tremelle Raekwon Simmons
Cassie Edminster and Chris Simmons are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tremelle Raekwon Simmons, born March 31, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tyquan Kamel Brown
Taquawana Brown and Marcus Allen are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tyquan Kamel Brown, born April 4, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mary Kathryn Cooper
Brett and Amber Cooper of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mary Kathryn, born, March 23, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 8:19 p.m., weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Ronnie and Anne Easler of Norwood, Ga. and Buddy and Jeanette Cooper of North Augusta. She was welcomed home by big brother, C. J., 19 months.

Jimmy Dawson George
Maurita Bishop and James White are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jimmy Dawson George White, born March 29, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

James Jackson Fortson
Traci Watkins and Kenneth Fortson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, James Jackson Fortson, born March 31, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Leah Shannon Putnam
William and Teresa Putnam of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Leah Shannon Putnam, born March 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jimmy Dawson George
Maurita Bishop and James White are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jimmy Dawson George White, born March 29, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Kiara Sanaa Curry
Kelvin Lamont Curry and Nakia Holley are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kiara Sanaa Curry, born April 5, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Omarrion Dayquan Zykale
Jessica Jordan and Lamaas Abraham Bey, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Omarrion Dayquan Zykale Jordan, born March 16, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Tia Jameela Laws

Cody James and Carson Joshua Tomac
Cody James and Carson Joshua Tomac Jim and Teresa Tomac of Aiken are pleased to announce the births of their twin sons, Cody James and Carson Joshua Tomac, born on April 9, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Kenneth Michael Morgan

Connor Gene Ridenour
Gene and Alison Ridenour of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Connor Gene Ridenour, born March 28, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Omarrion Dayquan Zykale

Tyquan Kamel Brown
Taquawana Brown and Marcus Allen are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tyquan Kamel Brown, born April 4, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ansley Elizabeth Pacheco

Jaylyn Tait Johnson
April Coleman and Walter Johnson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jaylyn Tait Johnson, born April 2, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Tremelle Raekwon Simmons

Carter Ray Mackes
Chad and Stacy Mackes of Hoschton, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Carter Ray, born March 18, 2005 at Northeast Georgia medical Center in Gainesville, Ga. He made his debut at 6:59 p.m., weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William R. Osterhoudt of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Arlon Mackes of Braselton, Ga.

Leah Shannon Putnam

Brantley James Griffin
Matt and Mandy Griffin of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brantley James, born March 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Larry and Jackie Wiggins and Ducky and Sandy Griffin, all of Evans; and Barbara Griffin of Augusta.

Raleigh Ray Walden

Tavion Vontrez Hill
Kanita Sullivan and Walter Hill are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tavion Vontrez, born April 2, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Jack Ross Antonakos

Raleigh Ray Walden
Mark and Jennifer Walden of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Raleigh Ray, born March 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Devan Kamren Johnson

Ansley Elizabeth Pacheco
Richard and Allison Pacheco of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ansley Elizabeth born March 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Raleigh Ray Walden
Mark and Jennifer Walden of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Raleigh Ray, born March 26, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kayleen Sharnice Coleman
Shewana Dukes and Raymond Coleman are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kayleen Sharnice Coleman, born February 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tavion Vontrez Hill
Kanita Sullivan and Walter Hill are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tavion Vontrez, born April 2, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Devan Kamren Johnson
Falon Freeman and Derrick Johnson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Devan Kamren Johnson, born April 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Devan Kamren Johnson
Falon Freeman and Derrick Johnson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Devan Kamren Johnson, born April 6, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jaylyn Tait Johnson
April Coleman and Walter Johnson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jaylyn Tait Johnson, born April 2, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Tia Jameela Laws
David and Latece Laws of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tia Jameela Laws, born March 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Connor Gene Ridenour
Gene and Alison Ridenour of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Connor Gene Ridenour, born March 28, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Emily Nicole Catherine
Rodger and Angel Woods of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Nicole Catherine Woods, born April 13, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Omarrion Dayquan Zykale
Jessica Jordan and Lamaas Abraham Bey, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Omarrion Dayquan Zykale Jordan, born March 16, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Carter Ray Mackes

James Jackson Fortson
Traci Watkins and Kenneth Fortson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, James Jackson Fortson, born March 31, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Emily Nicole Catherine

Jasmin Ora McCullen
Jessica Snead and Meekaaeel McCullen are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter , Jasmin Ora McCullen, born March 22, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Mary Kathryn Cooper

Kenneth Michael Morgan
George and Rachel Morgan of Gloverville are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kenneth Michael Morgan, born March 9, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

James Jackson Fortson

Jack Ross Antonakos
Clayton and Elizabeth Antonakos of Lincolnton are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jack Ross Antonakos, born April 8, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Brooklyn Grace Winburn

Ricky Wayne Jones
Ricky Wayne Jones, Sr. and Gina Benson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ricky Wayne Jones, Jr., born April 10, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Brantley James Griffin

Ricky Wayne Jones

Tremelle Raekwon Simmons
Cassie Edminster and Chris Simmons are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tremelle Raekwon Simmons, born March 31, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Finger in chili a hoax police say, woman arrested
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Police investigating how a human finger ended up in a woman's bowl of Wendy's chili declared the claim a hoax Friday and arrested her on charges of attempted grand larceny.

W.Va. jail mistakenly releases inmate wearing wrong ID
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Three corrections officers were suspended after an inmate was mistakenly freed from jail wearing another inmate's wristband, officials said Friday.

Jury awards $1.2 million to pair arrested at Babies R Us
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A jury has awarded $1.2 million to a mother and daughter who were arrested on shoplifting charges after paying for cookies, toys and other items at a Babies R Us store in North Charleston.

Finger in chili a hoax police say, woman arrested
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Police investigating how a human finger ended up in a woman's bowl of Wendy's chili declared the claim a hoax Friday and arrested her on charges of attempted grand larceny.

Jury awards $1.2 million to pair arrested at Babies R Us
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A jury has awarded $1.2 million to a mother and daughter who were arrested on shoplifting charges after paying for cookies, toys and other items at a Babies R Us store in North Charleston.

W.Va. jail mistakenly releases inmate wearing wrong ID
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Three corrections officers were suspended after an inmate was mistakenly freed from jail wearing another inmate's wristband, officials said Friday.

Odds and Ends
RENO, Nev. - An alleged burglar was busted when he got stuck in a chimney and began yelling for help.

Man asks cop for a ride, forgets about drugs in pocket
STATESBORO, Ga. - Sgt. Jason Kearney sat in his marked patrol car Thursday, waiting for his colleagues to join him for lunch when Ron Stone asked him for a ride.

Odds and Ends
RENO, Nev. - An alleged burglar was busted when he got stuck in a chimney and began yelling for help.

Atlanta's offense comes to life in win

Braves' notebook
ATLANTA - The desire to sit corner outfielders Brian Jordan and Raul Mondesi and catcher Johnny Estrada led to a pretty interesting lineup for Atlanta in Friday's series opener against Philadelphia, a 6-2 Braves victory.

Atlanta's offense comes to life in win
ATLANTA - Maybe a return home was all that was needed to awake the Atlanta Braves' slumbering lumber.

Hudson patient with Braves' bats
ATLANTA - In his past 17 innings, Braves pitcher Tim Hudson has given up one earned run.

Braves' notebook

Atlanta's offense comes to life in win
ATLANTA - Maybe a return home was all that was needed to awake the Atlanta Braves' slumbering lumber.

Hudson patient with Braves' bats

Braves' notebook
ATLANTA - The desire to sit corner outfielders Brian Jordan and Raul Mondesi and catcher Johnny Estrada led to a pretty interesting lineup for Atlanta in Friday's series opener against Philadelphia, a 6-2 Braves victory.

Braves crush Phillies
ATLANTA - The reasoning behind the statistic itself is logical. When a starting pitcher gets four or more runs of support, he should win more often than not.

Hudson patient with Braves' bats
ATLANTA - In his past 17 innings, Braves pitcher Tim Hudson has given up one earned run.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Free retirement investment strategies seminar, sponsored by Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union; 6:30 p.m., Goshen Country Club; limited to 70 reservations; to R.S.V.P., contact Cathy Gilbert at (706) 796-8140, ext. 143, or e-mail cathy. gilbert@augustametrofcu.org.

Google stock hits new high as analysts boost earnings estimates
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc.'s earnings are growing so rapidly that not even the stock market bulls can keep up.

Manufacturer can make, break idea
For many entrepreneurs, finding the right manufacturer can mean the difference between having an idea land on the floor of the cutting room or the showroom.

Supplier dispute might raise prices
NEW YORK - When a rack of dresses goes unsold in a department store, forcing the merchant to mark them down, someone's profit evaporates.

Businesses reach clients, get feedback via online journals
AKRON, Ohio - So, you feel all tech-savvy now because you know what the word "blog" means. But do you know what a blog could mean for your business?

Businesses reach clients, get feedback via online journals
AKRON, Ohio - So, you feel all tech-savvy now because you know what the word "blog" means. But do you know what a blog could mean for your business?

Stocks fall as worries mount on Wall Street
NEW YORK - A fresh wave of worries pushed stocks lower Friday as investors dealt with disappointing earnings in the consumer sector, rising oil prices and the possibility of a nuclear weapon test by North Korea. Stocks finished the week higher, however, on the previous session's strong rally.

Business calendar

Stocks fall as worries proliferate
NEW YORK - A fresh wave of worries pushed stocks lower Friday as investors dealt with disappointing earnings in the consumer sector, rising oil prices and the possibility of a nuclear weapon test by North Korea.

Supplier dispute might raise prices

On the move
Nancy Szocinski has been named relationship development coordinator for University Health Link. Ms. Szocinski has the responsibility of developing and maintaining relationships with the business and industry community, including area health-care insurance brokers.

Number of horses rises in Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. - Spurred by stronger economic trends during the past five to six years, Georgia's horse industry has enjoyed seemingly unbridled growth.

Weak dollar, rates open real estate to foreigners
ORLANDO, Fla. - There's a new group of buyers in the U.S. real estate market: foreigners.

Post cancels Signal Symposium
The city's largest nonsports tourism draw is in jeopardy. Fort Gordon's Signal Symposium, which last year pumped an estimated $3.7 million into the local economy, this week was canceled because of military cutbacks to help fund the war in Iraq.

Google stock hits new high as analysts boost earnings estimates
SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc.'s earnings are growing so rapidly that not even the stock market bulls can keep up.

Weak dollar, rates open real estate to foreigners

Everthere brings on partner to help boost sales of carrier
Everthere is growing up. The startup company has boosted its manpower through a life-changing decision of its president and through the company's addition of a new partner.

Businesses reach clients, get feedback via online journals

Number of horses rises in Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. - Spurred by stronger economic trends during the past five to six years, Georgia's horse industry has enjoyed seemingly unbridled growth.

Everthere brings on partner to help boost sales of carrier

Crude futures rise on renewed supply worries
BUDAPEST, Hungary - The price of crude oil rose Friday, fueled by a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia and refinery problems in the United States that triggered supply concerns.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for April 7-14. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

On the move
Nancy Szocinski has been named relationship development coordinator for University Health Link. Ms. Szocinski has the responsibility of developing and maintaining relationships with the business and industry community, including area health-care insurance brokers.

Manufacturer can make, break idea
For many entrepreneurs, finding the right manufacturer can mean the difference between having an idea land on the floor of the cutting room or the showroom.

Weak dollar, rates open real estate to foreigners
ORLANDO, Fla. - There's a new group of buyers in the U.S. real estate market: foreigners.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Free retirement investment strategies seminar, sponsored by Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union; 6:30 p.m., Goshen Country Club; limited to 70 reservations; to R.S.V.P., contact Cathy Gilbert at (706) 796-8140, ext. 143, or e-mail cathy. gilbert@augustametrofcu.org.

Supplier dispute might raise prices
NEW YORK - When a rack of dresses goes unsold in a department store, forcing the merchant to mark them down, someone's profit evaporates.

Crude futures rise on renewed supply worries

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for April 7-14. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Stocks fall as worries mount on Wall Street

Nasdaq to buy electronic rival
NEW YORK - The Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. is purchasing Instinet Group Inc.'s electronic trading network for $934.5 million, a move designed to improve Nasdaq's position as competition grows among the world's stock markets.

Manufacturer can make, break idea

Google stock hits new high as analysts boost earnings estimates

Everthere brings on partner to help boost sales of carrier
Everthere is growing up. The startup company has boosted its manpower through a life-changing decision of its president and through the company's addition of a new partner.

Nasdaq to buy electronic rival

Post cancels Signal Symposium

Stocks fall as worries mount on Wall Street
NEW YORK - A fresh wave of worries pushed stocks lower Friday as investors dealt with disappointing earnings in the consumer sector, rising oil prices and the possibility of a nuclear weapon test by North Korea. Stocks finished the week higher, however, on the previous session's strong rally.

Nasdaq to buy electronic rival
NEW YORK - The Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. is purchasing Instinet Group Inc.'s electronic trading network for $934.5 million, a move designed to improve Nasdaq's position as competition grows among the world's stock markets.

Stocks fall as worries proliferate

Stocks fall as worries proliferate
NEW YORK - A fresh wave of worries pushed stocks lower Friday as investors dealt with disappointing earnings in the consumer sector, rising oil prices and the possibility of a nuclear weapon test by North Korea.

Number of horses rises in Georgia

Crude futures rise on renewed supply worries
BUDAPEST, Hungary - The price of crude oil rose Friday, fueled by a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia and refinery problems in the United States that triggered supply concerns.

Property transfers

Post cancels Signal Symposium
The city's largest nonsports tourism draw is in jeopardy. Fort Gordon's Signal Symposium, which last year pumped an estimated $3.7 million into the local economy, this week was canceled because of military cutbacks to help fund the war in Iraq.

On the move

Gap Inc. outlines concept catering to boomer women
NEW YORK - Gap Inc.'s new store concept catering to the over-35 woman now has a name and a launch date, company officials say.

Leaders shrug off population numbers

Leaders shrug off population numbers
The population in Richmond County is going down, and city officials are in denial. Six have gone to Savannah for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia's spring fling (training meeting). City Administrator Fred Russell, meanwhile, left town for a week to serve as "feed zone coordinator" for the Tour de Georgia bicycle race, which started here Monday.

Leaders shrug off population numbers
The population in Richmond County is going down, and city officials are in denial. Six have gone to Savannah for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia's spring fling (training meeting). City Administrator Fred Russell, meanwhile, left town for a week to serve as "feed zone coordinator" for the Tour de Georgia bicycle race, which started here Monday.

Race to unity
Think of it as a press conference - in reverse.

Race to unity

An agreed-on destination?

Escaping tragedy

Consolidate programs
Being president is a tough job. Sometimes you take a beating no matter what you do. For instance, President George W. Bush came under heavy fire - and rightfully so in our opinion - for running the deficit up over $400 billion.

Race to unity
Think of it as a press conference - in reverse.

Escaping tragedy
The state Department of Corrections apparently learned nothing from the Atlanta courthouse shootings last month.

An agreed-on destination?
Augustans can't sit back and expect their public officials to do everything for them.

Consolidate programs
Being president is a tough job. Sometimes you take a beating no matter what you do. For instance, President George W. Bush came under heavy fire - and rightfully so in our opinion - for running the deficit up over $400 billion.

An agreed-on destination?
Augustans can't sit back and expect their public officials to do everything for them.

Escaping tragedy
The state Department of Corrections apparently learned nothing from the Atlanta courthouse shootings last month.

Consolidate programs

Fingered?
The world's leftist agitators love to rail against corporations, delighting in throwing objects through fast-food windows during their occasional violent tirades.

Janu Tornell quits 'Survivor'
NEW YORK - Quitters never win, but if they make it far enough on "Survivor," they get to be on the jury.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Tom Waits' next boozy, bluesy tune might be about European car manufacturers.

'Cojo' discusses kidney transplant with Oprah
NEW YORK - Three months after Steven Cojocaru's kidney transplant, Oprah Winfrey rolled out the red carpet for the fashion maven.

Court sides with makers of 'The Perfect Storm'
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The makers of "The Perfect Storm" have found themselves in the company of Bob Dylan and "Girls Gone Wild."

People in the News
NEW YORK - Tom Waits' next boozy, bluesy tune might be about European car manufacturers.

Court sides with makers of 'The Perfect Storm'
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The makers of "The Perfect Storm" have found themselves in the company of Bob Dylan and "Girls Gone Wild."

Minor league notebook
They're not a Cincinnati Reds farm club, but the Mid-Missouri Mavericks are a professional baseball team.

Golf roundup

Bryan follows familiar script
AIKEN - Bad weather and the Joe Wyatt Memorial prep golf tournament seem to go hand-in-hand for George Bryan IV.

Golf roundup
HUMBLE, Texas - Defending champion Vijay Singh fought off windy conditions and a slow start Saturday, shooting 2-under-par 70 to join Australia's Gavin Coles at the top of the leaderboard after the third round of the Shell Houston Open.

Major attracts Hooters stars

Major attracts Hooters stars
Eight of the top 10 money winners on the NGA/Hooters Tour are headed for McCormick, S.C., this week to play in the tour's first major championship of the year.

Golf roundup
HUMBLE, Texas - Defending champion Vijay Singh fought off windy conditions and a slow start Saturday, shooting 2-under-par 70 to join Australia's Gavin Coles at the top of the leaderboard after the third round of the Shell Houston Open.

Bryan follows familiar script
AIKEN - Bad weather and the Joe Wyatt Memorial prep golf tournament seem to go hand-in-hand for George Bryan IV.

Major attracts Hooters stars
Eight of the top 10 money winners on the NGA/Hooters Tour are headed for McCormick, S.C., this week to play in the tour's first major championship of the year.

Bryan follows familiar script

Worker's complaint shows me what's in a name
A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn't particularly feel like it.

Worker's complaint shows me what's in a name
A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn't particularly feel like it.

Authorities search for missing 2- and 3-year-old
Warren County and neighboring law enforcement officials are searching for two missing children said to have wandered from their Warrenton home at 6 p.m

Police intensify search for missing toddlers
Parents are questioned by GBIBoxIf anyone has information about these missing children, please call the Warren County EMA at 706 465-3003.

Moore announces gubernatorial bid
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) State Sen. Tommy Moore told South Carolina Democrats on Saturday that he wants to take on Republican Gov. Mark Sanford in the 2006 gubernatorial race.

Poverty letter missed the mark
In response to Dr. William J. Welsh's April 14 letter comparing U.S. poverty to Mexico's ("Capitalism editorial missed the mark"), I agree 100 percent that the poor of Mexico have it a lot worse than the poor in this country - but mainly because that country has no social laws protecting its poor, making their lives better, and our country does have social laws, lots of them.Nathan Kirby, Augusta

Abortion is bad; it can be worse
... On Feb. 26, The Augusta Chronicle stated in an editorial that the Georgia House of Representatives passed the Woman's Right to Know Act, "requiring abortion providers to help women give truly informed consent during a 24-hour waiting period, and calling for true parental notification of a minor's abortion."Richard Amundson, Augusta

Shun SPLOST and fix government
The Augusta Commission has asked the taxpayers to ap-prove a $160 million general obligation bond in June and a $312 million special-purpose local option sales tax in November.George Porter, Augusta

From any angle, nepotism is wrong

Masters experience was priceless
My husband and I were in Augusta for the Masters Tournament. I would be remiss if I did not write to tell you how kind your citizenry is.Antoinette T. Jackson, Bullard, Texas

Shun SPLOST and fix government
The Augusta Commission has asked the taxpayers to ap-prove a $160 million general obligation bond in June and a $312 million special-purpose local option sales tax in November. George Porter, Augusta

From any angle, nepotism is wrong
Your editorial "Should DeLay go?" (April 19) justifies his putting family members on his campaign payroll because other congressional members do it. Robert Barnett, Aiken, S.C.

Shun SPLOST and fix government

From any angle, nepotism is wrong
Your editorial "Should DeLay go?" (April 19) justifies his putting family members on his campaign payroll because other congressional members do it. Robert Barnett, Aiken, S.C.

Story's anecdote was misattributed
The Augusta Chronicle's April 3 story concerning tenants' rights ("Renters, know your rights") contained misleading information about Collier Management Co. Todd A. Dickson, Augusta

Publisher deserves Rotary award
This past week, members of the Augusta West Rotary Club held its annual Media Day. The purpose of this day is to present the Louis Harris Award to a deserving individual of the media in the Augusta area. This award is in memory of the renowned journalist who was the longtime editor of The Augusta Chronicle.Frank Spears, Evans

Senator voted correctly on records
State Sen. J.B. Powell deserves much praise for doing what is right. He voted for House Bill 340, which is good legislation, even though some claimed that it legalizes government "secrecy."William A. Bloodworth Jr., Augusta

It's hit or miss with adaptations

Fans approach 'Guide' with eagerness, skepticism

America's newest national park honors Lewis and Clark

Cover should help put end to crawl-space moisture

Building project fills diary of mad housebuilder

Men add more fashion-forward and tailored looks

Request for money as gift is inappropriate

Modern men wear pink

Homeowners with monster garages stir debate

Living briefs

Balancing fire risks with Lewis and Clark tourism

Ask the Carey Brothers

Balancing fire risks with Lewis and Clark tourism
POMPEYS PILLAR NATIONAL MONUMENT, Mont. - Each year, some 50,000 tourists visit the jutting sandstone butte engraved by explorer William Clark and are warned by signs or guides of the fire danger in this part of drought-stricken Montana.

America's newest national park honors Lewis and Clark
DISMAL NITCH, Wash. - With their clothes rotting off, their bedding soaked and their provisions low, members of the Lewis and Clark expedition were at the soggy depths of their misery.

Fans approach 'Guide' with eagerness, skepticism
Alien invaders, programmed paranoia and planetary destruction - man, that's funny stuff.

Living briefs
TV TONIGHT: Ryan Seacrest is the host of American Top 40 Live. It's a televised version of the pop-music radio countdown program. Among the scheduled performers: Ryan Cabrera, Gavin DeGraw, Finger Eleven, Maroon 5 and Hoobastank. The show airs at 8 on Fox (WFXG, Channel 54).

Travel briefs
DENVER - The United States Mint has resumed tours at its Philadelphia and Denver facilities

Men add more fashion-forward and tailored looks
NEW YORK - Men are taking a long overdue look in the mirror, and many don't like what they see. How could they have thought that wrinkled pleated chinos and shapeless shirts ever counted as fashion - or were even attractive?

Cover should help put end to crawl-space moisture
Q: I built my home four years ago in accordance with strict county and state energy requirements. My problem is condensation in the crawl space, along the foundation wall on the north side of the house during the winter months. The moisture is wetting my rim joist, floor joists, insulation, and mud sill. I installed more foundation vents, but this hasn't helped.

Modern men wear pink
There's a reason pink is a staple in most women's wardrobe - it looks good. And it looks good on most men, too, according to fashion editors at GQ who outfitted rapper T.I. in a pink wardrobe for the May issue.

Homeowners with monster garages stir debate
TROY, Mich. - Paul Piscopo wanted a home for his nine cars with plenty of space left over for other vehicles he might buy down the road.

Building project fills diary of mad housebuilder
SEATTLE - "My mother in Texas thinks I've lost my mind. She tells me, 'Paula, you must be crazy!'"

Living briefs
TV TONIGHT: Ryan Seacrest is the host of American Top 40 Live. It's a televised version of the pop-music radio countdown program. Among the scheduled performers: Ryan Cabrera, Gavin DeGraw, Finger Eleven, Maroon 5 and Hoobastank. The show airs at 8 on Fox (WFXG, Channel 54).

Cover should help put end to crawl-space moisture
Q: I built my home four years ago in accordance with strict county and state energy requirements. My problem is condensation in the crawl space, along the foundation wall on the north side of the house during the winter months. The moisture is wetting my rim joist, floor joists, insulation, and mud sill. I installed more foundation vents, but this hasn't helped.

America's newest national park honors Lewis and Clark
DISMAL NITCH, Wash. - With their clothes rotting off, their bedding soaked and their provisions low, members of the Lewis and Clark expedition were at the soggy depths of their misery.

Home showcases art
A dark wooden bookcase in the Rev. Charlie and Gloria Smith's bedroom is a family keepsake.

Building project fills diary of mad housebuilder
SEATTLE - "My mother in Texas thinks I've lost my mind. She tells me, 'Paula, you must be crazy!'"

Request for money as gift is inappropriate
EDITOR'S NOTE: Carson Elliot is off this week. This column originally ran July 26, 1998.

Request for money as gift is inappropriate
EDITOR'S NOTE: Carson Elliot is off this week. This column originally ran July 26, 1998.

Fans approach 'Guide' with eagerness, skepticism
Alien invaders, programmed paranoia and planetary destruction - man, that's funny stuff.

It's hit or miss with adaptations
Adapting a beloved piece of literature - zany sci-fi or not - to the screen is a tricky business.

It's hit or miss with adaptations
Adapting a beloved piece of literature - zany sci-fi or not - to the screen is a tricky business.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: There is a "slamming" when the toilet valve shuts off. I recently replaced floating arms in both our toilets with floating cup ball cocks. Now, when the water shuts off, the valve slams shut hard and it sounds like a water hammer. What should I do? -- John

Erykah Badu's style is just as eclectic as her music
DALLAS - Erykah Badu's mushroom cloud of hair bounces as she moves, with the grace of a dancer, into the living room of her east Dallas home. She's a diminutive 5-foot-2, so the oversize pouf dwarfs her, yet softly frames her face.

Balancing fire risks with Lewis and Clark tourism
POMPEYS PILLAR NATIONAL MONUMENT, Mont. - Each year, some 50,000 tourists visit the jutting sandstone butte engraved by explorer William Clark and are warned by signs or guides of the fire danger in this part of drought-stricken Montana.

Homeowners with monster garages stir debate
TROY, Mich. - Paul Piscopo wanted a home for his nine cars with plenty of space left over for other vehicles he might buy down the road.

Modern men wear pink
There's a reason pink is a staple in most women's wardrobe - it looks good. And it looks good on most men, too, according to fashion editors at GQ who outfitted rapper T.I. in a pink wardrobe for the May issue.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: There is a "slamming" when the toilet valve shuts off. I recently replaced floating arms in both our toilets with floating cup ball cocks. Now, when the water shuts off, the valve slams shut hard and it sounds like a water hammer. What should I do? -- John

Men add more fashion-forward and tailored looks
NEW YORK - Men are taking a long overdue look in the mirror, and many don't like what they see. How could they have thought that wrinkled pleated chinos and shapeless shirts ever counted as fashion - or were even attractive?

Spirit of cooperation could keep Charleston base open
CHARLESTON NAVAL WEAPONS STATION, S.C. - The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines combine forces so often on this high-tech installation that local supporters tout it as an example of the military of the future - and a way to avoid the Pentagon's base closure ax.

Across South Carolina
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - About 20 homes in a private residential community were evacuated Friday as a precaution after a chlorine cylinder at a public service plant began leaking, officials said.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Christopher James Vining of Graniteville.

Force patrols MCG campus
With more than 10,000 people traversing its campus daily, the Medical College of Georgia and hospital is like a small city in downtown Augusta.

Reports of abuses honored
The Augusta Chronicle won 10 awards, including story of the year and a first place in the graphics and illustration category, in the 2004 Georgia Associated Press Association awards announced Saturday in Atlanta.

Girl recovers from transplant
AIKEN - In the coming months, a determined young Aiken girl has a to-do list that, at first glance, might seem mundane to her 9-year-old counterparts.

Tricked-out car show is part of annual festival
Lashonda Mathis' personal pick of best-in-show award came down to the bright yellow 1972 Chevy Caprice or the aqua 1971 Buick Electra.

Downpour downs trees, power lines
Blustery winds nearing hurricane speeds, heavy rain and hail struck the two-state area Friday afternoon, causing dangerous driving conditions, downing trees and knocking down power lines.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Officials say route is needed for safety
A connection between Richmond and Columbia county officials will be needed to help move forward a possible connector route for Old Augusta Highway to Newmantown Road.

Project turns back clock on headgates
A return to the 1800s is now only a few weeks away for the Augusta Canal Headgates in Columbia County.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated a sudden-snatch robbery Thursday in which a woman's cell phone was snatched from her purse, a police report states.

So many choices
Disc golfer Lionel Simmons of Augusta looks over discs for sale by Flye-N-Dyes at Riverview Park in North Augusta during a Friday visit.

Town struggles with hit-and-run
AIKEN - When a piece of furniture tipped out of the bed of a pickup Tabitha Brown was driving, she quickly jumped out to retrieve it.

Staff talks about river's importance
The games, coloring books and reptile exhibits at Saturday's Earth Day celebrations at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park were more than just to keep children occupied.

Road rage trial is set for May
ATHENS, Ga. - Former state senator and congressional candidate Doug Haines could stand trial next month on charges that he threatened a teenage girl in a fit of road rage.

Mother finds hope beyond guilt, despair
AIKEN - At times after her three sons were killed, Joy Groomes Batchelor couldn't distinguish between her dreams and reality.

Across Georgia
Two 3rd Infantry Division soldiers from Fort Stewart were killed when a car bomb detonated near their patrol Tuesday in Baghdad, Iraq.

New law limits acceptable IDs
ATLANTA - Georgians will now be forced to show one of five specific types of photo ID before they can step into a voting booth thanks to a controversial bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

I-20 crash kills North Carolina man
A Goldsboro, N.C., man was killed and his wife was seriously injured Friday after the car they were traveling in with their two young children crossed into oncoming traffic Friday on Interstate 20.

Officials say route is needed for safety
A connection between Richmond and Columbia county officials will be needed to help move forward a possible connector route for Old Augusta Highway to Newmantown Road.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Town struggles with hit-and-run
AIKEN - When a piece of furniture tipped out of the bed of a pickup Tabitha Brown was driving, she quickly jumped out to retrieve it.

Bank's contributions were missing from report
A "miscommunication" between Augusta officials and Wachovia caused the bank's contributions to the community to be excluded from a packet distributed to city commissioners earlier this week, a bank spokesman said Friday.

Mother finds hope beyond guilt, despair
AIKEN - At times after her three sons were killed, Joy Groomes Batchelor couldn't distinguish between her dreams and reality.

What big eye you have
Blue Ridge Elementary pupil Brianna Moore wears a giant eye, a symbol used in the A Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket, during an Earth Day Book Parade.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Christopher James Vining of Graniteville.

New law limits acceptable IDs
ATLANTA - Georgians will now be forced to show one of five specific types of photo ID before they can step into a voting booth thanks to a controversial bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Police intensify search for missing toddlers
Parents are questioned by GBIBoxIf anyone has information about these missing children, please call the Warren County EMA at 706 465-3003.

Kid of the Day
Cameron Huston is today's Kid of the Day.

Officials suspend disarmed officer
The Georgia Department of Corrections officer who was overpowered and disarmed during a struggle with a prisoner at a local hospital Thursday has been suspended.

Strong storms hit South Carolina
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Strong thunderstorms moved across South Carolina's Upstate on Friday, knocking down trees and leaving some people without power.

News you can use
Yahoo, Match, eHarmony, AOL, Lavalife, Jdate, True - there are almost as many online dating services out there as there are people using the Internet. With so many ways to meet new people, it can be very tempting to jump right in and e-mail the cute guy who also likes reading The Da Vinci Code. Here are some tips to consider before you fire up the digital camera:

Moore announces gubernatorial bid
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – State Sen. Tommy Moore told South Carolina Democrats on Saturday that he wants to take on Republican Gov. Mark Sanford in the 2006 gubernatorial race.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - A former York County elementary school principal has been arrested and charged with embezzlement after being accused of taking more than $5,000 from the school where she last worked.

Project turns back clock on headgates

Teenage engineers earn accolades
ATLANTA - High school students who built robots and entered them Saturday in the FIRST Robotics national championship at the Georgia Dome are bringing home many prizes of sorts, even if they didn't collect the top award.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day
Cameron Huston is today's Kid of the Day.

Authorities search for missing 2- and 3-year-old

What big eye you have
Blue Ridge Elementary pupil Brianna Moore wears a giant eye, a symbol used in the A Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket, during an Earth Day Book Parade.

Moore announces gubernatorial bid

Across Georgia
Two 3rd Infantry Division soldiers from Fort Stewart were killed when a car bomb detonated near their patrol Tuesday in Baghdad, Iraq.

Across Georgia

Road rage trial is set for May
ATHENS, Ga. - Former state senator and congressional candidate Doug Haines could stand trial next month on charges that he threatened a teenage girl in a fit of road rage.

What big eye you have

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Bank's contributions were missing from report

Girl recovers from transplant
AIKEN - In the coming months, a determined young Aiken girl has a to-do list that, at first glance, might seem mundane to her 9-year-old counterparts.

Officials suspend disarmed officer

Moore to run for governor
COLUMBIA - State Sen. Tommy Moore announced his candidacy for governor Saturday, becoming the first Democrat to enter the race.

Town struggles with hit-and-run

Across the southeast
RUSKIN, FLA. - More than 100 mourners gathered Saturday to remember a 13-year-old girl who police say was choked to death by a registered sex offender in her home this month.

Road rage trial is set for May

Teenage engineers earn accolades
ATLANTA - High school students who built robots and entered them Saturday in the FIRST Robotics national championship at the Georgia Dome are bringing home many prizes of sorts, even if they didn't collect the top award.

Officials say route is needed for safety

Authorities search for missing 2- and 3-year-old
Warren County and neighboring law enforcement officials are searching for two missing children said to have wandered from their Warrenton home at 6 p.m

Kid of the Day

Board calls for stricter image
Crossroads Academy, Columbia County's alternative school, might be at a crossroads of its own.

News you can use

Park leads effort to save tortoises
ADEL, Ga. - Gopher tortoises are declining throughout the South, but you'd never know it from the royal treatment they get at Reed Bingham State Park in south Georgia.

New law limits acceptable IDs

Survivors detail tragic wreck
AIKEN - Justin Sowell says the moments after he was tossed from the back of the truck are blurry.

Girl recovers from transplant

Proposal to limit number of pets
A change is afoot that could curtail the number of wagging tails in the homes of Columbia County pet owners.

Across the area

Scholarship hopes remain for 32 teens
The number of contenders in a contest for a $10,000 scholarship was halved Saturday from 64 finalists.

I-20 crash kills North Carolina man

Court planning would cut costs
What if instead of having a property tax increase this year, Augusta residents could cut several million dollars off the budget, or even delay the cost of an anticipated $27 million jail expansion?

Strong storms hit South Carolina

Corrections
The caption on a photo that ran on Page 2B of Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained incorrect information. The events in the photograph occurred in 2004.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated an early morning robbery at a Gordon Highway motel Saturday, a police report states.

Downpour downs trees, power lines

Across the southeast
RUSKIN, FLA. - More than 100 mourners gathered Saturday to remember a 13-year-old girl who police say was choked to death by a registered sex offender in her home this month.

Force patrols MCG campus

So many choices
Disc golfer Lionel Simmons of Augusta looks over discs for sale by Flye-N-Dyes at Riverview Park in North Augusta during a Friday visit.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Authorities search for missing 2- and 3-year-old
Warren County and neighboring law enforcement officials are searching for two missing children said to have wandered from their Warrenton home at 6 p.m

Project turns back clock on headgates
A return to the 1800s is now only a few weeks away for the Augusta Canal Headgates in Columbia County.

Augusta man accused of kidnapping, assault
Richmond County sheriff's deputies charged a man Friday with kidnapping and aggravated assault after he ordered a group of women to take him to a downtown grocery store to get beer.

Spirit of cooperation could keep Charleston base open

Former agriculture chief gets 2-year prison term
Former South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Charles Sharpe was sentenced Friday to two years in prison for extortion and lying to federal officials in connection with an undercover investigation of an Aiken County cockfighting club.

Across the southeast

Bank's contributions were missing from report
A "miscommunication" between Augusta officials and Wachovia caused the bank's contributions to the community to be excluded from a packet distributed to city commissioners earlier this week, a bank spokesman said Friday.

Proposal to limit number of pets

I-20 crash kills North Carolina man
A Goldsboro, N.C., man was killed and his wife was seriously injured Friday after the car they were traveling in with their two young children crossed into oncoming traffic Friday on Interstate 20.

Corrections

Five compete for city council seats
Five candidates, including an eight-year incumbent who is waging a write-in campaign, are vying for three North Augusta City Council seats in Tuesday's general election.

Police intensify search for missing toddlers

Teens compete in contest with their created gizmos
ATLANTA - If America's future rests in the hands of the 8,500 teenagers screaming in the Georgia Dome on Friday, then it promises to be interesting.

Across South Carolina

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated a sudden-snatch robbery Thursday in which a woman's cell phone was snatched from her purse, a police report states.

Park leads effort to save tortoises

Police say exotic dancers violated county ordinance
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Five exotic dances were cut short this week as police raided Uncle Harry's International Gentleman's Club and arrested the strippers on charges of inappropriate touching.

News you can use

Strong storms hit South Carolina
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Strong thunderstorms moved across South Carolina's Upstate on Friday, knocking down trees and leaving some people without power.

So many choices

Downpour downs trees, power lines
Blustery winds nearing hurricane speeds, heavy rain and hail struck the two-state area Friday afternoon, causing dangerous driving conditions, downing trees and knocking down power lines.

Tricked-out car show is part of annual festival
Lashonda Mathis' personal pick of best-in-show award came down to the bright yellow 1972 Chevy Caprice or the aqua 1971 Buick Electra.

Force patrols MCG campus
With more than 10,000 people traversing its campus daily, the Medical College of Georgia and hospital is like a small city in downtown Augusta.

Across Georgia
VALDOSTA - A heated city council meeting ended with a local minister's arrest for being disruptive.

Officials suspend disarmed officer
The Georgia Department of Corrections officer who was overpowered and disarmed during a struggle with a prisoner at a local hospital Thursday has been suspended.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated an early morning robbery at a Gordon Highway motel Saturday, a police report states.

Park leads effort to save tortoises
ADEL, Ga. - Gopher tortoises are declining throughout the South, but you'd never know it from the royal treatment they get at Reed Bingham State Park in south Georgia.

Court planning would cut costs

Spirit of cooperation could keep Charleston base open
CHARLESTON NAVAL WEAPONS STATION, S.C. - The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines combine forces so often on this high-tech installation that local supporters tout it as an example of the military of the future - and a way to avoid the Pentagon's base closure ax.

Staff talks about river's importance

Board calls for stricter image
Crossroads Academy, Columbia County's alternative school, might be at a crossroads of its own.

Scholarship hopes remain for 32 teens

Survivors detail tragic wreck
AIKEN - Justin Sowell says the moments after he was tossed from the back of the truck are blurry.

Mother finds hope beyond guilt, despair

Proposal to limit number of pets
A change is afoot that could curtail the number of wagging tails in the homes of Columbia County pet owners.

Across the area

Staff talks about river's importance
The games, coloring books and reptile exhibits at Saturday's Earth Day celebrations at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park were more than just to keep children occupied.

Survivors detail tragic wreck

Scholarship hopes remain for 32 teens
The number of contenders in a contest for a $10,000 scholarship was halved Saturday from 64 finalists.

Tricked-out car show is part of annual festival

News you can use
Yahoo, Match, eHarmony, AOL, Lavalife, Jdate, True - there are almost as many online dating services out there as there are people using the Internet. With so many ways to meet new people, it can be very tempting to jump right in and e-mail the cute guy who also likes reading The Da Vinci Code. Here are some tips to consider before you fire up the digital camera:

Board calls for stricter image

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - A former York County elementary school principal has been arrested and charged with embezzlement after being accused of taking more than $5,000 from the school where she last worked.

Kid of the Day

Court planning would cut costs
What if instead of having a property tax increase this year, Augusta residents could cut several million dollars off the budget, or even delay the cost of an anticipated $27 million jail expansion?

Corrections
The caption on a photo that ran on Page 2B of Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained incorrect information. The events in the photograph occurred in 2004.

Teenage engineers earn accolades

These stars are not every mother's sons
One oversaw a home filled with 11 children. The other carefully tended to her two boys.

These stars are not every mother's sons
One oversaw a home filled with 11 children. The other carefully tended to her two boys.

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

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

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Shortage of melodies on new Springsteen album
Bruce Springsteen takes listeners to some desolate places on "Devils & Dust": a desert battlefield, a prostitute's bedroom, the riverbed of the Rio Grande, a barroom gripped by the desperation of last call.

Shortage of melodies on new Springsteen album

Shortage of melodies on new Springsteen album
Bruce Springsteen takes listeners to some desolate places on "Devils & Dust": a desert battlefield, a prostitute's bedroom, the riverbed of the Rio Grande, a barroom gripped by the desperation of last call.

Busch overcomes elements
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Neither rain delay nor loss of power nor a hard-charging Michael Waltrip could keep Kurt Busch from winning Saturday night's Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Winning keeps Biffle up
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Greg Biffle can't sleep at nights. The idea of leading the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series point standings has become an obsession.

Some drivers happy about spoilers

Some drivers happy about spoilers
AVONDALE, Ariz. - While most drivers aren't happy with the new lower spoiler for the Nextel Cup Series, Jamie McMurray and Rusty Wallace love it.

Winning keeps Biffle up
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Greg Biffle can't sleep at nights. The idea of leading the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series point standings has become an obsession.

Wallace prepares for life after leaving race track
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Rusty Wallace might not drive a stock car again after this season, but he's certainly not leaving the sport. In fact, the telephone rings every day with new opportunities for the 48-year-old driver.

Busch overcomes elements

Winning keeps Biffle up

Busch overcomes elements
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Neither rain delay nor loss of power nor a hard-charging Michael Waltrip could keep Kurt Busch from winning Saturday night's Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Some drivers happy about spoilers
AVONDALE, Ariz. - While most drivers aren't happy with the new lower spoiler for the Nextel Cup Series, Jamie McMurray and Rusty Wallace love it.

U.S. conservative Christians see ally inside Vatican City
Now that Americans have had a few days to absorb the election of Pope Benedict XVI, it's clear that conservative Christians - whether Roman Catholic or not - feel they've won another battle in the nation's culture wars. Liberals seem ready to concede the point, but they aren't happy about it.

U.S. conservative Christians see ally inside Vatican City
Now that Americans have had a few days to absorb the election of Pope Benedict XVI, it's clear that conservative Christians - whether Roman Catholic or not - feel they've won another battle in the nation's culture wars. Liberals seem ready to concede the point, but they aren't happy about it.

U.S. conservative Christians see ally inside Vatican City

NBA playoff roundup

NBA playoff roundup
DALLAS - The jaw-dropping baskets by Tracy McGrady were expected. The clutch baskets by Mike James and Jon Barry? Well, that's why McGrady feels so good about his chances of finally winning a playoff series.

NBA playoff roundup
DALLAS - The jaw-dropping baskets by Tracy McGrady were expected. The clutch baskets by Mike James and Jon Barry? Well, that's why McGrady feels so good about his chances of finally winning a playoff series.

Rogers ready to jump into starting role

Smith, Brown could be top picks

Williamson is in seventh heaven

Utah quarterback selected first

Williamson has the right tools

Augusta area awash in professional potential

Augusta area awash in professional potential

Panthers pick versatile defensive player in first round

Rogers equals instant impact

Williamson, Rogers go in NFL's first round

Atlanta goes for playmaker

Williamson wants to prove he can be NFL playmaker

Rogers picked by Washington

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Mr. Larry West    (INGLEWOOD, Calif.)

Mr. Elbert J. Turner    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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Ms. Gunnie Mae Luke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Roman L. Brown (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Myrtis Garrett (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Marvin L. Johnson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Larry West (INGLEWOOD, Calif.)

Mr. Gary Sheley (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary McNair (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Jewel B. King (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Booker T. Johnson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearlie Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances B. Irby (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Horace Partain (CANDLER, N.C.)

Mr. Jesse H. McCurry (SPARTA, Ga.)

Rev. Charles L. Kyles (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary McNair (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas L. Latislaw, Sr. (THOMSON, GA.)

Mr. William DeBow (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Sally Roper (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Miss Ashlynn Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Reese (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Estella Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lawrence (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Maggie Sanders (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Emma Shiggs Ruffin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Charles L. Kyles (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances B. Irby (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Roman L. Brown (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Woodrow Guill (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Horace Partain (CANDLER, N.C.)

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

Mrs. Annie Baldwin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Baker, Sr. (SPARTA, Ga.)

Ms. Gunnie Mae Luke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Freddy Chandler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willette Folk (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Jewel B. King (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Elbert J. Turner (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Burmeister ruined fragile trust between races
For nearly three years now, this community has been discussing ways to eliminate the racial divide and the distrust that nearly everyone agrees prevents Augusta from reaching its full potential.

Free trade actually incurs high, hidden costs
What makes a nation great? Is it what it consumes, or what it produces? A casual look at America's recent spending habits leaves little doubt that our country has bought into the lie that consumption is the key to prosperity rather than wealth production.

Burmeister ruined fragile trust between races
For nearly three years now, this community has been discussing ways to eliminate the racial divide and the distrust that nearly everyone agrees prevents Augusta from reaching its full potential.

Burmeister ruined fragile trust between races
For nearly three years now, this community has been discussing ways to eliminate the racial divide and the distrust that nearly everyone agrees prevents Augusta from reaching its full potential.

Area sports announcements

Lance third in 5th stage

Overtime

Armstrong's team could be the key
DAHLONEGA, Ga. - Lance Armstrong's greatest strength in the Tour de Georgia might be more in his team than in his legs.

Lance third in 5th stage
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - When Tom Danielson found Lance Armstrong pulling him up Hogpen Gap - the second-to-last climb of the Tour de Georgia's Stage 5 - on Saturday, the Discovery Channel rider made sure his boss' work wasn't for naught.

Overtime
Aquinas freshman Kortlyn McPeek set a National Rifle Association record in the NRA's Georgia State Championship on Saturday.

Overtime
In Chapel Hill, N.C., North Carolina players Sean May, Raymond Felton and Marvin Williams are entering the NBA draft, leaving the NCAA champion Tar Heels without their top seven scorers for next season.

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

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

Lance third in 5th stage
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - When Tom Danielson found Lance Armstrong pulling him up Hogpen Gap - the second-to-last climb of the Tour de Georgia's Stage 5 - on Saturday, the Discovery Channel rider made sure his boss' work wasn't for naught.

Overtime
In Chapel Hill, N.C., North Carolina players Sean May, Raymond Felton and Marvin Williams are entering the NBA draft, leaving the NCAA champion Tar Heels without their top seven scorers for next season.

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

Outdoors calendar

Bird's the word
Bird's the wordNine-year-old Luke Johnson, above left, of Evans waited all year for Georgia's spring gobbler season in hopes of taking home a bird of his own. With his dad, Lee Johnson, working the call, the Columbia County fourth-grader soon found himself face-to-face with this fine 20-pound bird with an 11-inch beard. At left, 8-year-old Matthew Kamaka killed his first bird in Glascock County while hunting with his dad, Neal Kamaka of Evans. Another father-son duo, 11-year-old Hunter Burke of Martinez, above right, and his dad, Troy, killed a nice Burke County gobbler that weighed 18 pounds.[CAPTION]

Deer meat will help feed needy
APPLING - Families who benefit from one of the region's busiest food banks will find something extra among the offerings this month: ground venison donated by local hunters.

Deer meat will help feed needy

Deer meat will help feed needy
APPLING - Families who benefit from one of the region's busiest food banks will find something extra among the offerings this month: ground venison donated by local hunters.

Bird's the word

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

Bird's the word
Bird's the wordNine-year-old Luke Johnson, above left, of Evans waited all year for Georgia's spring gobbler season in hopes of taking home a bird of his own. With his dad, Lee Johnson, working the call, the Columbia County fourth-grader soon found himself face-to-face with this fine 20-pound bird with an 11-inch beard. At left, 8-year-old Matthew Kamaka killed his first bird in Glascock County while hunting with his dad, Neal Kamaka of Evans. Another father-son duo, 11-year-old Hunter Burke of Martinez, above right, and his dad, Troy, killed a nice Burke County gobbler that weighed 18 pounds.[CAPTION]

Sight of spotted fawns raises some questions
My friend Anthony Jowers e-mailed me some photos last week from the network of trail cameras he has placed strategically around his farm.

Sight of spotted fawns raises some questions
My friend Anthony Jowers e-mailed me some photos last week from the network of trail cameras he has placed strategically around his farm.

Smith, Brown could be top picks
The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock attempts to pick the order of today's NFL Draft. No trades have been forecast in this prediction.

Williamson is in seventh heaven
Damion Allen had it all figured out. While waiting for his close friend, Troy Williamson, to be selected in the NFL Draft, Allen thought the Houston Texans would be a perfect fit. The team drafted 16th, a little late Allen conceded. But it'd be a good situation for him.

Williamson is in seventh heaven
Damion Allen had it all figured out. While waiting for his close friend, Troy Williamson, to be selected in the NFL Draft, Allen thought the Houston Texans would be a perfect fit. The team drafted 16th, a little late Allen conceded. But it'd be a good situation for him.

Utah quarterback selected first
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Five minutes before commissioner Paul Tagliabue made the announcement, Alex Smith got the call he had been anticipating for weeks. The San Francisco 49ers had decided he was No. 1.

Rogers ready to jump into starting role
Butler alum Carlos Rogers will wake up this morning to a life-changing day. His daily grind will now be the dream.

Atlanta goes for playmaker
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Roddy White's voice trembled with excitement as he described the surprising call he took Saturday afternoon from the Atlanta Falcons.

Augusta area awash in professional potential
Marcus Lawrence was always one to let his play do the talking. "I remember him as a quiet and definitely not a rah-rah guy," Silver Bluff coach Al Lown said. "He just had a tremendous amount of athletic ability."

Williamson, Rogers go in NFL's first round
It would impress even if it were two young men from Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas or St. Louis. But two of the top picks in Saturday's NFL draft came from the immediate Augusta area. A little slice of the world known more for golf, medicine and blue-collar industry turned into a boom town for football players for a day.

Panthers pick versatile defensive player in first round
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Thomas Davis doesn't know where he'll play for the Carolina Panthers. Mark Fields may help make that decision.

Augusta area awash in professional potential
Marcus Lawrence was always one to let his play do the talking. "I remember him as a quiet and definitely not a rah-rah guy," Silver Bluff coach Al Lown said. "He just had a tremendous amount of athletic ability."

Augusta area awash in professional potential
Marcus Lawrence was always one to let his play do the talking.

Augusta area awash in professional potential
Marcus Lawrence was always one to let his play do the talking.

Williamson has the right tools
The era of the shutdown corner in the NFL is over. The league pretty much did away with that when it changed the rules regarding contact recently.

Rogers equals instant impact
Two interceptions is a terrible statistic.

Williamson wants to prove he can be NFL playmaker
Silver Bluff assistant football coach Keith Radford knew a few years ago what most of the football world knows now.

Williamson has the right tools
The era of the shutdown corner in the NFL is over. The league pretty much did away with that when it changed the rules regarding contact recently.

Panthers pick versatile defensive player in first round
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Thomas Davis doesn't know where he'll play for the Carolina Panthers. Mark Fields may help make that decision.

Rogers picked by Washington
Carlos Rogers had just stepped out of the shower when the 2005 NFL Draft began on Saturday. A big cake on his kitchen table read "Welcome to the NFL, Carlos" on top of a field of green icing.

Rogers picked by Washington
Carlos Rogers had just stepped out of the shower when the 2005 NFL Draft began on Saturday. A big cake on his kitchen table read "Welcome to the NFL, Carlos" on top of a field of green icing.

Rogers ready to jump into starting role
Butler alum Carlos Rogers will wake up this morning to a life-changing day. His daily grind will now be the dream.

Williamson, Rogers go in NFL's first round
It would impress even if it were two young men from Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas or St. Louis. But two of the top picks in Saturday's NFL draft came from the immediate Augusta area. A little slice of the world known more for golf, medicine and blue-collar industry turned into a boom town for football players for a day.

Williamson wants to prove he can be NFL playmaker
Silver Bluff assistant football coach Keith Radford knew a few years ago what most of the football world knows now.

Utah quarterback selected first
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Five minutes before commissioner Paul Tagliabue made the announcement, Alex Smith got the call he had been anticipating for weeks. The San Francisco 49ers had decided he was No. 1.

Smith, Brown could be top picks
The Augusta Chronicle's Raymond Beasock attempts to pick the order of today's NFL Draft. No trades have been forecast in this prediction.

Rogers equals instant impact
Two interceptions is a terrible statistic.

Atlanta goes for playmaker
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Roddy White's voice trembled with excitement as he described the surprising call he took Saturday afternoon from the Atlanta Falcons.

Jewish families do a little spring cleaning
Spring cleaning in a Jewish home ends in candlelight on the eve of Passover.

Faith digest
Overland Park, Kan. -Tthe 2,200-member Christ Episcopal Church in Overland Park has decided to leave the Episcopal Church and its Kansas diocese and join another body in the Anglican Communion.

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

Edgy clothing expresses faith, but some feel it goes too far
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Walk into Lori Devins' downtown shop and you'll see this clearly isn't a typical Christian retail store. First of all, Extreme Christian Clothing features T-shirts. Then, there are the shirts' in-your-face messages.

Benedict could accomplish much, even in a short papacy
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI realizes his papacy could be a short one, given his advanced age, but plans to accomplish a lot - and the Roman Catholic Church has great hopes for him, Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes said.

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

Futures of young Catholics at issue
WASHINGTON - As the Vatican prepares for the inauguration of newly elected Pope Benedict XVI, questions remain about the future of the next generation of young American Catholics.

Futures of young Catholics at issue
WASHINGTON - As the Vatican prepares for the inauguration of newly elected Pope Benedict XVI, questions remain about the future of the next generation of young American Catholics.

Edgy clothing expresses faith, but some feel it goes too far
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Walk into Lori Devins' downtown shop and you'll see this clearly isn't a typical Christian retail store. First of all, Extreme Christian Clothing features T-shirts. Then, there are the shirts' in-your-face messages.

New Bible provokes evangelical Protestants' gender wars
"Bible Gets a Bashing in Bid to be PC." That headline in The Express newspaper announced the British publication of Today's New International Version, a Bible translation that has provoked a gender war among evangelical Protestants.

Latin Americans posed little challenge to Ratzinger
VATICAN CITY - Latin American cardinals, touted as papal contenders, appear to have posed little challenge to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger when it became time to decide, according to accounts emerging from the secret conclave.

Latin Americans posed little challenge to Ratzinger
VATICAN CITY - Latin American cardinals, touted as papal contenders, appear to have posed little challenge to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger when it became time to decide, according to accounts emerging from the secret conclave.

Readers give their thoughts on pope
The Augusta Chronicle asked readers to comment on the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI, the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Benedict could accomplish much, even in a short papacy
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI realizes his papacy could be a short one, given his advanced age, but plans to accomplish a lot - and the Roman Catholic Church has great hopes for him, Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes said.

Readers give their thoughts on pope
The Augusta Chronicle asked readers to comment on the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI, the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

New Bible provokes evangelical Protestants' gender wars
"Bible Gets a Bashing in Bid to be PC." That headline in The Express newspaper announced the British publication of Today's New International Version, a Bible translation that has provoked a gender war among evangelical Protestants.

Sight of spotted fawns raises some questions

These stars are not every mother's sons

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
There may have been a stupider TV film this season. But if there was, I'm glad I didn't see it. "Locusts" will suffice.

PBS' 'Foreign Exchange' brings the world home
LOS ANGELES - No matter how small the world is made by the forces of terrorism, war and economics, television rarely seems big enough to contain it.

PBS' 'Foreign Exchange' brings the world home
LOS ANGELES - No matter how small the world is made by the forces of terrorism, war and economics, television rarely seems big enough to contain it.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
There may have been a stupider TV film this season. But if there was, I'm glad I didn't see it. "Locusts" will suffice.

PBS' 'Foreign Exchange' brings the world home

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Court sides with makers of 'The Perfect Storm'

People in the News

Davis, Pollack are taken in first round
David Pollack is getting a new position in the NFL. Thomas Davis isn't sure what position he'll play.

Davis, Pollack are taken in first round

Brown, Gibson set for the pros
ATHENS, Ga. - Since Reggie Brown and Fred Gibson were born in 1981, the number of Georgia wide receivers selected in the NFL Draft can be counted on one hand: Lindsay Scott (first round, 1982), Andre Hastings (third round, 1993), Brice Hunter (seventh round, 1996) and Hines Ward (third round, 1998).

Brown, Gibson set for the pros
ATHENS, Ga. - Since Reggie Brown and Fred Gibson were born in 1981, the number of Georgia wide receivers selected in the NFL Draft can be counted on one hand: Lindsay Scott (first round, 1982), Andre Hastings (third round, 1993), Brice Hunter (seventh round, 1996) and Hines Ward (third round, 1998).

Davis, Pollack are taken in first round
David Pollack is getting a new position in the NFL. Thomas Davis isn't sure what position he'll play.

Brown, Gibson set for the pros

Tide rolls past Gamecocks

Mills could be candidate for Pacers coaching spot

Mills could be candidate for Pacers coaching spot
USC Aiken athletic director Randy Warrick remains tight-lipped about the ongoing men's basketball coaching search.

Mills could be candidate for Pacers coaching spot
USC Aiken athletic director Randy Warrick remains tight-lipped about the ongoing men's basketball coaching search.

Tide rolls past Gamecocks
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Sophomore left-hander Wade LeBlanc went the distance as Alabama defeated No. 8 South Carolina 10-4 Saturday.

Tide rolls past Gamecocks
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Sophomore left-hander Wade LeBlanc went the distance as Alabama defeated No. 8 South Carolina 10-4 Saturday.

Odds and Ends

Finger in chili a hoax police say, woman arrested

W.Va. jail mistakenly releases inmate wearing wrong ID

Jury awards $1.2 million to pair arrested at Babies R Us

New Bible provokes evangelical Protestants' gender wars

Benedict could accomplish much, even in a short papacy

Latin Americans posed little challenge to Ratzinger

Edgy clothing expresses faith, but some feel it goes too far

Faith calendar

Futures of young Catholics at issue

Readers give their thoughts on pope