'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.

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

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.

Photographer recalls Negro League baseball

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.

Bugs & Co. jump from celluloid to museum walls

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

Photographer recalls Negro League baseball
For the black community in Memphis, Tenn., the return of spring meant the return of baseball at Martin's Stadium, home of the Red Sox from 1923 to 1960.

'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.

Bugs & Co. jump from celluloid to museum walls
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - What's art, doc? At the James A. Michener Art Museum, that question is answered with a new exhibit featuring more than 160 drawings, cels, paintings and related items from the golden era of Warner Bros. animation.

Dave Van Ronk spins tales in memoir

Photographer recalls Negro League baseball
For the black community in Memphis, Tenn., the return of spring meant the return of baseball at Martin's Stadium, home of the Red Sox from 1923 to 1960.

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.

Bugs & Co. jump from celluloid to museum walls
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - What's art, doc? At the James A. Michener Art Museum, that question is answered with a new exhibit featuring more than 160 drawings, cels, paintings and related items from the golden era of Warner Bros. animation.

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.

Tiny islands breed big trouble in new whodunits

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.

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

'Two-Dollar Bill' worth spending time with

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.

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.

Dons infielder creates big stir despite height

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

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.

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.

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.

Devan Kamren Johnson

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.

Tyquan Kamel Brown

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

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

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

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.

Connor Gene Ridenour

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.

Leah Shannon Putnam

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.

Kayleen Sharnice Coleman

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.

Tremelle Raekwon Simmons

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.

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.

Ansley Elizabeth Pacheco

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.

Jaylyn Tait Johnson

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.

Tia Jameela Laws

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

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

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.

Kenneth Michael Morgan

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.

Kiara Sanaa Curry

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.

Ricky Wayne Jones

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.

James Jackson Fortson

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.

Mary Kathryn Cooper

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.

Brantley James Griffin

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.

Emily Nicole Catherine

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.

Brooklyn Grace Winburn

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.

Carter Ray Mackes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Long-married couple die on same day
ST. LOUIS, Mich. - Alexander J. Vance and his wife, Leola, made a life together for nearly 64 years. This week, they died 14 hours apart at Schnepp's Health Care Center.

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.

Long-married couple die on same day
ST. LOUIS, Mich. - Alexander J. Vance and his wife, Leola, made a life together for nearly 64 years. This week, they died 14 hours apart at Schnepp's Health Care Center.

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.

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.

Birthday catastrophe for hot-hitting Jones
ATLANTA - So much for a happy 33rd birthday for Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones.

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.

Birthday catastrophe for hot-hitting Jones

Braves' notebook

Thomson quiets Phillies

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.

Thomson quiets Phillies
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves just thought they were going along poorly.

Thomson quiets Phillies
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves just thought they were going along poorly.

Birthday catastrophe for hot-hitting Jones
ATLANTA - So much for a happy 33rd birthday for Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones.

For broadband generation, music videos on demand
DENVER - Venture capitalists told Drew Massey, founder of the 1990s young men's magazine P.O.V., that old media was dead and he believed them.

Businesses reach clients, get feedback via online journals

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?

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.

On the move

For broadband generation, music videos on demand

For broadband generation, music videos on demand
DENVER - Venture capitalists told Drew Massey, founder of the 1990s young men's magazine P.O.V., that old media was dead and he believed them.

New Monopoly game lets anyone get piece of Berkshire

Business calendar

Commission: There are too many tax breaks

Manufacturer can make, break idea

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.

Natural gas making Qatar world's richest country
DOHA, Qatar - Beyond the fishing boats moored on this city's seaside corniche and under the sandy bottom of the Persian Gulf lies a giant bubble of natural gas that is fueling a historic economic boom.

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:

Natural gas making Qatar world's richest country
DOHA, Qatar - Beyond the fishing boats moored on this city's seaside corniche and under the sandy bottom of the Persian Gulf lies a giant bubble of natural gas that is fueling a historic economic boom.

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.

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.

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

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.

Weak dollar, rates open real estate to foreigners

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.

Everthere brings on partner to help boost sales of carrier

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?

Natural gas making Qatar world's richest country

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.

New Monopoly game lets anyone get piece of Berkshire
OMAHA, Neb. - If you've got $30 and some imagination, you can invest with Warren Buffett.

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.

Commission: There are too many tax breaks
WASHINGTON - As taxpayers recover from finishing their annual filing chores, a presidential commission studying the tax laws has reached the conclusion that there are just too many deductions and credits.

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.

Gas prices down slightly
CAMARILLO, Calif. - The average price for all grades of gasoline nationwide has fallen nearly 4½ cents per gallon in two weeks because of a drop in crude oil prices and slightly lower demand, an industry analyst said Sunday.

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.

Commission: There are too many tax breaks
WASHINGTON - As taxpayers recover from finishing their annual filing chores, a presidential commission studying the tax laws has reached the conclusion that there are just too many deductions and credits.

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:

New Monopoly game lets anyone get piece of Berkshire
OMAHA, Neb. - If you've got $30 and some imagination, you can invest with Warren Buffett.

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.

Property transfers

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.

N.C. State edges Clemson
RALEIGH, N.C. - Aaron Cone hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give North Carolina State a 9-8 win Sunday against Clemson.

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

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

When science confuses
It must be dismaying to people with arthritis or other chronic aches and pains to read the recent studies indicating that prolonged use of popular prescription painkillers poses a risk to heart safety. Two of the Cox 2 pain inhibitors, Bextra and Vioxx, have been yanked off the market while prescriptions for Celebrex, which not long ago was widely advertised on TV, have become much more difficult to obtain.

Key S.C. bills need OK
South Carolina's lengthy General Assembly session is starting to draw to a close. The deadline is this week for bills to clear either the House or Senate if they are to have a chance to pass this year, and there is still some very important legislation that deserves lawmakers' stamp of approval.

Race to unity

Key S.C. bills need OK

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

When science confuses

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

Key S.C. bills need OK
South Carolina's lengthy General Assembly session is starting to draw to a close. The deadline is this week for bills to clear either the House or Senate if they are to have a chance to pass this year, and there is still some very important legislation that deserves lawmakers' stamp of approval.

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

When science confuses
It must be dismaying to people with arthritis or other chronic aches and pains to read the recent studies indicating that prolonged use of popular prescription painkillers poses a risk to heart safety. Two of the Cox 2 pain inhibitors, Bextra and Vioxx, have been yanked off the market while prescriptions for Celebrex, which not long ago was widely advertised on TV, have become much more difficult to obtain.

An agreed-on destination?

People in the News
LONDON - Soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria are considering taking legal action over a newspaper story about their marriage, a spokesman for the couple said Sunday.

Jackson prosecution relies on witnesses
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - As the prosecution nears the end of its case against Michael Jackson, jurors face a dilemma: How much should they believe testimony from key witnesses who have admitted past lies?

Jackson prosecution relies on witnesses
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - As the prosecution nears the end of its case against Michael Jackson, jurors face a dilemma: How much should they believe testimony from key witnesses who have admitted past lies?

People in the News
LONDON - Soccer star David Beckham and his wife Victoria are considering taking legal action over a newspaper story about their marriage, a spokesman for the couple said Sunday.

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

What do you do when you're in Paris for one day?

Koch wins Corona Morelia Championship
MORELIA, Mexico - Sweden's Carin Koch shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday to capture the Corona Morelia Championship by six strokes.

Koch wins Corona Morelia Championship

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.

Scott wins Johnnie Walker Classic

Golf roundup

Smyth wins Legends

Matteson wins Virginia Beach Open

Singh wins Houston Open

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

Bryan follows familiar script

Singh wins Houston Open
HUMBLE, Texas - Vijay Singh waited patiently for a break in the final round of the Shell Houston Open. John Daly finally gave him a big one on the first extra hole.

Smyth wins Legends
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Ireland's Des Smyth wasn't bothered by Sunday's unseasonably cold weather. In fact, it may have helped him pick up his second Champions Tour victory of the season.

Smyth wins Legends
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Ireland's Des Smyth wasn't bothered by Sunday's unseasonably cold weather. In fact, it may have helped him pick up his second Champions Tour victory of the season.

Matteson wins Virginia Beach Open
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Former Georgia Tech star Troy Matteson won his first Nationwide Tour title Sunday, closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Chris Couch in the Virginia Beach Open.

Koch wins Corona Morelia Championship
MORELIA, Mexico - Sweden's Carin Koch shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday to capture the Corona Morelia Championship by six strokes.

Singh wins Houston Open
HUMBLE, Texas - Vijay Singh waited patiently for a break in the final round of the Shell Houston Open. John Daly finally gave him a big one on the first extra hole.

Scott wins Johnnie Walker Classic
BEIJING - Australia's Adam Scott won the Johnnie Walker Classic on Sunday, closing with a par-72 for a three-stroke victory over two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen.

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.

Matteson wins Virginia Beach Open
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Former Georgia Tech star Troy Matteson won his first Nationwide Tour title Sunday, closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Chris Couch in the Virginia Beach Open.

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.

Scott wins Johnnie Walker Classic
BEIJING - Australia's Adam Scott won the Johnnie Walker Classic on Sunday, closing with a par-72 for a three-stroke victory over two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen.

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.

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.

Search goes on for missing siblings
WARRENTON, Ga. -- The desperate search for two Warrenton children intensified this morning as authorities told a news conference that the case has reached a "critical stage."

I-20 crash in McDuffie County ties up traffic
THOMSON, Ga. -- An accident early this morning on Interstate 20 in McDuffie County tied up rush-hour traffic in both directions for miles, authorities said.

Bodies of missing children found
WARRENTON, Ga. -- The bodies of two toddlers missing since Saturday were found in a sewer pond behind their family's home this afternoon, putting an end to a multiagency search that spanned nearly two days.

Shun SPLOST and fix government

Secular nation imperils values
Regarding Victor Reilly's letter ("Culture of life seems selective," April 21): He says "America is, and must remain, a secular nation, with no laws for which the principal justification is read from someone else's holy book." Sue Alzheimer, Augusta

Conspicuous consumption dominates
Conspicuous consumption - keeping up with the Joneses - is catching up with us. Bob L. Gordy, Louisville, Ga.

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

Craft sane sales-tax referendum
The Augusta commissioners still don't get it. The general public axed their last proposal to spend nonexistent tax money and put every citizen in debt for the next 10 years paying for items we simply cannot afford in our present economy. Gene Gaines, 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

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

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

Homeowners with monster garages stir debate

Balancing fire risks with Lewis and Clark tourism

New Opera browser innovates but fails at basics

Building project fills diary of mad housebuilder

Ask the Carey Brothers

It's hit or miss with adaptations

Music videos, chatter on demand at ManiaTV

Request for money as gift is inappropriate

'Brothers in Arms' delivers on warfare realism

America's newest national park honors Lewis and Clark

Cover should help put end to crawl-space moisture

Fans approach 'Guide' with eagerness, skepticism

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

New Opera browser innovates but fails at basics
NEW YORK - Opera's new Web browser responds to commands you speak into a microphone. It rearranges pages to fit narrower windows. It adds a security bar to help reduce the risk of fraud.

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.

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!'"

'Brothers in Arms' delivers on warfare realism
Before the military had laser-guided missiles or remote-control spy planes, warfare was all about the four "Fs": find the enemy, fix him with fire, flank him, and most importantly - finish him.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!'"

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

'Brothers in Arms' delivers on warfare realism
Before the military had laser-guided missiles or remote-control spy planes, warfare was all about the four "Fs": find the enemy, fix him with fire, flank him, and most importantly - finish him.

Music videos, chatter on demand at ManiaTV
DENVER - Venture capitalists told Drew Massey, founder of the 1990s young men's magazine P.O.V., that old media was dead and he believed them.

Music videos, chatter on demand at ManiaTV
DENVER - Venture capitalists told Drew Massey, founder of the 1990s young men's magazine P.O.V., that old media was dead and he believed them.

New Opera browser innovates but fails at basics
NEW YORK - Opera's new Web browser responds to commands you speak into a microphone. It rearranges pages to fit narrower windows. It adds a security bar to help reduce the risk of fraud.

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.

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.

County worries about funeral plots for poor

County worries about funeral plots for poor
CONYERS, Ga. - Rockdale County is running out of burial plots for people too poor to afford their own. County officers say population growth has led to more people needing indigent burial services, and they have only three plots left.

Agencies stop search for missing children

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.

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

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.

Garden turns jail into artwork
British landscape artist Julia Barton has a passion for plants.

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

Army training Middle Eastern natives
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Fort Jackson is the U.S. Army's exclusive home for a pilot program that recruits native speakers of Middle Eastern languages and trains them to work as soliders and translator aides.

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.

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

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.

Tammy Faye talks about struggle with cancer

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.

Bodies of missing children found

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?

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

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:

Search goes on for missing siblings
WARRENTON, Ga. -- The desperate search for two Warrenton children intensified this morning as authorities told a news conference that the case has reached a "critical stage."

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

Agencies stop search for missing children
WARRENTON, Ga. - More than a day after two small children were reported missing from their Warrenton home, emergency workers called off a multiagency search of the area after scouring ponds and woods.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Magazine's style sells at parties

Court planning would cut costs

Getting a touch of class

Spirit of cooperation could keep Charleston base open

The week ahead
This week is Prom Promise Week, the time when promgoers make promises to have a sober prom night. A great time to share the story about my high school prom.

Staff talks about river's importance

Correction
The caption on a photo on Page 1C of Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained incorrect information. Carlos Rogers was photographed after he had been drafted by the Washington Redskins.

Across the southeast

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.

Scholarship hopes remain for 32 teens

The week ahead

Mother finds hope beyond guilt, despair

Tammy Faye talks about struggle with cancer
LANCASTER, S.C. - Former televangelist Tammy Faye Messner says losing her trademark eyelashes during her struggle with cancer was a liberating experience.

Corrections

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

So many choices

Party turns violent, teen dies
CONLEY, Ga. - A shooting at a birthday party attended by 200 teenagers killed a 14-year-old girl Friday night.

Kid of the Day

Officer and suspect killed in Atlanta shootout
ATLANTA - An Atlanta narcotics officer and a suspect were killed during a shootout in southwest Atlanta Saturday night, police said.

News you can use

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.

Board calls for stricter image

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

Park leads effort to save tortoises

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?

Tricked-out car show is part of annual festival

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina

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.

Survivors detail tragic wreck

Agencies stop search for missing children

Police intensify search for missing toddlers

Book details Augusta's solution to Civil War problem

Across the area

Five questions

Teenage engineers earn accolades

DUI case could affect others in state

Fraud trial set for court today
The federal trial begins today for four businessmen and former state Rep. Robin Williams, who are accused of scheming to steal about $2 million from an Augusta mental health center.

Garden turns jail into artwork

Proposal to limit number of pets

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.

In No. 2 job, gavel wields little power
ATLANTA - He's a heartbeat away from the governor's office if something happens to the state's chief executive, but other than that, Georgia's lieutenant governor fills a post that has more prestige than power and comes with nice perks but few duties.

Across the area
Police were called to an Augusta home early Sunday after a woman said a man attempted to stab her.

Getting a touch of class
You might be surprised what a person can do with a used school bus.

Book details Augusta's solution to Civil War problem
When the Civil War erupted in April 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis faced a grave obstacle in a conflict he was determined to win.

Five questions
Nathan Yanasak, a Medical College of Georgia research scientist, is a resident of Taliaferro County, Ga., where he and other residents have - successfully, so far - fought an Atlanta developer's plan to build a 1,030-acre landfill. He is a co-founder of a grass-roots residents group called Taliaferro Countians Against Landfill.

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

Magazine's style sells at parties
RIVERDALE, Ga. - The 10 women sitting around the cozy living room have plenty of ideas on how to use the rectangular glass vase Michelle Garcia is holding.

Across the area

Proposals would allow coastal drilling
ATLANTA - The answer to cheaper fuel could be lying off of the East Coast's beaches, but it could also risk spoiling what makes the area so attractive to tourists.

Party turns violent, teen dies

Woman drives nurses' success
Marilyn Bowcutt could barely squeeze into her office at University Hospital for all of the silver and gold balloons inside. For her, the party had just begun.

In No. 2 job, gavel wields little power

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

The week ahead
This week is Prom Promise Week, the time when promgoers make promises to have a sober prom night. A great time to share the story about my high school prom.

DUI case could affect others in state
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A Richland County judge's decision to throw out breath tests results in a drunken driving case could affect thousands of pending cases around the state, attorneys say.

Garden turns jail into artwork
British landscape artist Julia Barton has a passion for plants.

Agencies stop search for missing children
WARRENTON, Ga. - More than a day after two small children were reported missing from their Warrenton home, emergency workers called off a multiagency search of the area after scouring ponds and woods.

Across the area
Police were called to an Augusta home early Sunday after a woman said a man attempted to stab her.

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

Across Georgia
CONLEY - A 14-year-old girl was killed in a shooting at a birthday party attended by 200 teenagers.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Wayne Scott Jr., 14, of Augusta.

Across South Carolina
DENMARK - An Orangeburg man fleeing police shot and killed a Bamberg woman early Saturday before wounding himself, Bamberg County sheriff's officials said.

Artist turns old jail yard into garden exhibit
SAVANNAH, Ga. - One of Georgia's oldest and most notorious jails has been transformed into an art exhibit full of plants, flowers and reflective spaces thanks to a British artist.

Book details Augusta's solution to Civil War problem
When the Civil War erupted in April 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis faced a grave obstacle in a conflict he was determined to win.

Georgia home wins national design contest
WARWICK, Ga. - A bungalow-style house overlooking Lake Blackshear in southeast Georgia has been named the best new home in the country.

Correction
The caption on a photo on Page 1C of Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained incorrect information. Carlos Rogers was photographed after he had been drafted by the Washington Redskins.

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.

County worries about funeral plots for poor
CONYERS, Ga. - Rockdale County is running out of burial plots for people too poor to afford their own. County officers say population growth has led to more people needing indigent burial services, and they have only three plots left.

Army training Middle Eastern natives

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.

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.

Agencies stop search for missing children
WARRENTON, Ga. - More than a day after two small children were reported missing from their Warrenton home, emergency workers called off a multiagency search of the area after scouring ponds and woods.

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

Party turns violent, teen dies
CONLEY, Ga. - A shooting at a birthday party attended by 200 teenagers killed a 14-year-old girl Friday night.

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.

Officer and suspect killed in Atlanta shootout
ATLANTA - An Atlanta narcotics officer and a suspect were killed during a shootout in southwest Atlanta Saturday night, police said.

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.

Georgia home wins national design contest
WARWICK, Ga. - A bungalow-style house overlooking Lake Blackshear in southeast Georgia has been named the best new home in the country.

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:

Effects of chlorine spill lingers
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - The small crosses on top of St. Paul's Episcopal Church are still stained chlorine green from a chemical spill almost four months ago, and a vestry member works inside to get the sanctuary ready to resume services. A few hundred yards away, the local fire station that had to be rewired because of corrosion remains empty with hopes of opening in about a month.

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.

Artist turns old jail yard into garden exhibit
SAVANNAH, Ga. - One of Georgia's oldest and most notorious jails has been transformed into an art exhibit full of plants, flowers and reflective spaces thanks to a British artist.

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.

Army training Middle Eastern natives
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Fort Jackson is the U.S. Army's exclusive home for a pilot program that recruits native speakers of Middle Eastern languages and trains them to work as soliders and translator aides.

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

DUI case could affect others in state
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A Richland County judge's decision to throw out breath tests results in a drunken driving case could affect thousands of pending cases around the state, attorneys say.

Proposals would allow coastal drilling

Tammy Faye talks about struggle with cancer
LANCASTER, S.C. - Former televangelist Tammy Faye Messner says losing her trademark eyelashes during her struggle with cancer was a liberating experience.

Artist turns old jail yard into garden exhibit

Getting a touch of class
You might be surprised what a person can do with a used school bus.

I-20 crash in McDuffie County ties up traffic

Agencies stop search for missing children
WARRENTON, Ga. - More than a day after two small children were reported missing from their Warrenton home, emergency workers called off a multiagency search of the area after scouring ponds and woods.

Correction

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.

Officer and suspect killed in Atlanta shootout

I-20 crash in McDuffie County ties up traffic
THOMSON, Ga. -- An accident early this morning on Interstate 20 in McDuffie County tied up rush-hour traffic in both directions for miles, authorities said.

Search goes on for missing siblings

Fraud trial set for court today
The federal trial begins today for four businessmen and former state Rep. Robin Williams, who are accused of scheming to steal about $2 million from an Augusta mental health center.

Georgia home wins national design contest

In No. 2 job, gavel wields little power
ATLANTA - He's a heartbeat away from the governor's office if something happens to the state's chief executive, but other than that, Georgia's lieutenant governor fills a post that has more prestige than power and comes with nice perks but few duties.

Kid of the Day

Five questions
Nathan Yanasak, a Medical College of Georgia research scientist, is a resident of Taliaferro County, Ga., where he and other residents have - successfully, so far - fought an Atlanta developer's plan to build a 1,030-acre landfill. He is a co-founder of a grass-roots residents group called Taliaferro Countians Against Landfill.

Woman drives nurses' success

Magazine's style sells at parties
RIVERDALE, Ga. - The 10 women sitting around the cozy living room have plenty of ideas on how to use the rectangular glass vase Michelle Garcia is holding.

Fraud trial set for court today

Proposals would allow coastal drilling
ATLANTA - The answer to cheaper fuel could be lying off of the East Coast's beaches, but it could also risk spoiling what makes the area so attractive to tourists.

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.

Woman drives nurses' success
Marilyn Bowcutt could barely squeeze into her office at University Hospital for all of the silver and gold balloons inside. For her, the party had just begun.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Wayne Scott Jr., 14, of Augusta.

Bodies of missing children found
WARRENTON, Ga. -- The bodies of two toddlers missing since Saturday were found in a sewer pond behind their family's home this afternoon, putting an end to a multiagency search that spanned nearly two days.

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.

What do you do when you're in Paris for one day?
These days I don't get around much. My trips take me to the home-improvement store and the back yard. I do my traveling vicariously through books, television and my brother Tim.

What do you do when you're in Paris for one day?
These days I don't get around much. My trips take me to the home-improvement store and the back yard. I do my traveling vicariously through books, television and my brother Tim.

Sydney Pollack interprets long, varied career
NEW YORK - Sydney Pollack is an actor-turned-director who doesn't mind returning to other side of the camera.

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

Sydney Pollack interprets long, varied career

'Interpreter' speaks box-office language
LOS ANGELES - Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn's "The Interpreter" translated into solid box-office as the United Nations thriller debuted with $22.8 million to top the weekend for Hollywood.

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

'Interpreter' speaks box-office language
LOS ANGELES - Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn's "The Interpreter" translated into solid box-office as the United Nations thriller debuted with $22.8 million to top the weekend for Hollywood.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Sydney Pollack interprets long, varied career
NEW YORK - Sydney Pollack is an actor-turned-director who doesn't mind returning to other side of the camera.

'Interpreter' speaks box-office language

Q&A: Brooke Valentine knows that love hurts
NEW YORK - Fighting words never sounded so good.< The rowdy song "Girlfight" has launched Brooke Valentine's debut album, "Chain Letter," a confection of crunk, pop, rock and R&B, to a peak position of No. 16 on the Billboard album charts. The Houston native spoke to The Associated Press about scars, boys and fighting to be herself.

Q&A: Brooke Valentine knows that love hurts

Q&A: Brooke Valentine knows that love hurts
NEW YORK - Fighting words never sounded so good.

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.

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.

Alonso wins San Marino GP
IMOLA, Italy - In a duel between Formula One's new and old leaders, Fernando Alonso went wheel to wheel with Michael Schumacher on Sunday and held on to win the San Marino Grand Prix for his third straight victory.

Winning keeps Biffle up

Busch overcomes elements

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.

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

Heat routs Nets in Game 1

NBA playoff roundup

Pacers need to bounce back in Game 2

Pacers need to bounce back in Game 2
WALTHAM, Mass. - At least Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle doesn't have to worry about his team giving up.

Heat routs Nets in Game 1
MIAMI - Shaquille O'Neal didn't put up his customary big playoff numbers. Dwyane Wade and Damon Jones made sure it wasn't necessary.

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.

Pacers need to bounce back in Game 2
WALTHAM, Mass. - At least Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle doesn't have to worry about his team giving up.

Heat routs Nets in Game 1
MIAMI - Shaquille O'Neal didn't put up his customary big playoff numbers. Dwyane Wade and Damon Jones made sure it wasn't necessary.

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.

Troubled back looks forward to starting anew

Panthers create competition at quarterback

Panthers pick versatile defensive player in first round

Augusta area awash in professional potential

WR White is future of Falcons

Rogers picked by Washington

More area stars get the call

Atlanta goes for playmaker

Williamson is in seventh heaven

Williamson, Rogers go in NFL's first round

Utah quarterback selected first

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Mrs. Dorothy Spearman    (RALEIGH, N.C.)

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Mr. William DeBow    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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

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Ms. Gunnie Mae Luke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Horace Boatwright (WARD, S.C.)

Mr. Billy Joe Welch (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mr. James Edward Odom (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Mary McNair (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Kenneth Dyches, Sr. (HILDA, S.C.)

Mr. Freddy Chandler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Spearman (RALEIGH, N.C.)

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

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

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

Ms. Denise Jones (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Ms. Martha Grubbs (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Angela Bradley (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Ms. Sandy Washburn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Bailey B. All (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

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

Mr. Melvin Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Red Zeigler (BAMBERG, S.C.)

Mrs. Angela Bradley (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Adrianna Campbell (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Baldwin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sallie Mae Grier (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Doris C. Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Gunnie Mae Luke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William DeBow (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Larry West (INGLEWOOD, Calif.)

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.

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.

U.S. ousts Belgium to reach Fed Cup semis

Overtime

Roddick easily wins third Clay Court title

States looking at testing prep athletes for steroid use

Area sports announcements

Lance third in 5th stage

Armstrong ready to pass peloton to new American generation

U.S. ousts Belgium to reach Fed Cup semis
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - The United States reached the Fed Cup semifinals when top-ranked Lindsay Davenport defeated Els Callens 6-4, 6-0 Sunday, giving the American women an unbeatable lead against Belgium.

Armstrong ready to pass peloton to new American generation
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Lance Armstrong is ready to pass the peloton to a new group of American cyclists.

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.

Armstrong ready to pass peloton to new American generation
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Lance Armstrong is ready to pass the peloton to a new group of American cyclists.

Overtime
Kevin Kelley and David Beumel both homered for Augusta State as the Jaguars defeated No. 21 USC Upstate, 7-2 in Peach Belt Conference action on Sunday.

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.

Overtime
Kevin Kelley and David Beumel both homered for Augusta State as the Jaguars defeated No. 21 USC Upstate, 7-2 in Peach Belt Conference action on Sunday.

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.

States looking at testing prep athletes for steroid use
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - As professional athletes like Jason Giambi and Jose Canseco admit using steroids, state lawmakers around the country are looking for ways to dissuade high school students from following the examples of their bulging heroes.

Roddick easily wins third Clay Court title
HOUSTON - Top-seeded Andy Roddick easily handled weak-serving Sebastien Grosjean on Sunday, taking a quick 6-2, 6-2 victory for his 17th career title and third U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in five years.

States looking at testing prep athletes for steroid use
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - As professional athletes like Jason Giambi and Jose Canseco admit using steroids, state lawmakers around the country are looking for ways to dissuade high school students from following the examples of their bulging heroes.

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.

Roddick easily wins third Clay Court title
HOUSTON - Top-seeded Andy Roddick easily handled weak-serving Sebastien Grosjean on Sunday, taking a quick 6-2, 6-2 victory for his 17th career title and third U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in five years.

U.S. ousts Belgium to reach Fed Cup semis
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - The United States reached the Fed Cup semifinals when top-ranked Lindsay Davenport defeated Els Callens 6-4, 6-0 Sunday, giving the American women an unbeatable lead against Belgium.

Deer meat will help feed needy

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]

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

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.

Outdoors calendar

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
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.

More area stars get the call
Marcus Lawrence found the 2005 NFL Draft to be filled with more mystery than a bookshelf of Agatha Christie novels.

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."

WR White is future of Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - As Rich McKay continued improving the depth of Atlanta's defense Sunday, Roddy White stood downstairs and talked about the future of the Falcons' offense.

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.

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 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.

More area stars get the call
Marcus Lawrence found the 2005 NFL Draft to be filled with more mystery than a bookshelf of Agatha Christie novels.

Panthers create competition at quarterback
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Carolina Panthers created competition for the right to back up Jake Delhomme by taking quarterback Stefan LeFors in the fourth round of the NFL draft on Sunday.

Troubled back looks forward to starting anew
DENVER - He sat out for two years, sued the NFL and alienated his alma mater. After being regarded as one of the best prospects in the country, he wound up as little more than an out-of-shape curiosity.

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.

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.

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 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, 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.

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.

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.

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 create competition at quarterback
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Carolina Panthers created competition for the right to back up Jake Delhomme by taking quarterback Stefan LeFors in the fourth round of the NFL draft on Sunday.

WR White is future of Falcons
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - As Rich McKay continued improving the depth of Atlanta's defense Sunday, Roddy White stood downstairs and talked about the future of the Falcons' offense.

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.

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.

Troubled back looks forward to starting anew
DENVER - He sat out for two years, sued the NFL and alienated his alma mater. After being regarded as one of the best prospects in the country, he wound up as little more than an out-of-shape curiosity.

Pope's hometown takes pride
TRAUNSTEIN, Germany - Residents of this picturesque Bavarian town that was the childhood home of Pope Benedict XVI prayed for the new pontiff Sunday at a special Mass - while others watched from home as he formally took stewardship of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pilgrims pack St. Peter's in enthusiastic welcome of Benedict's papacy
VATICAN CITY - For Grazyna Klimowicz, the emotions were extreme - deep pain over the loss of John Paul II and joy that his faithful servant, Pope Benedict XVI, was chosen to guide the world's Roman Catholics.

Text of Pope Benedict XVI's homily
Text of Pope Benedict XVI's homily delivered in Italian during his installation ceremony Sunday in St. Peter's Square. English translation provided by the Vatican:

Pilgrims pack St. Peter's in enthusiastic welcome of Benedict's papacy
VATICAN CITY - For Grazyna Klimowicz, the emotions were extreme - deep pain over the loss of John Paul II and joy that his faithful servant, Pope Benedict XVI, was chosen to guide the world's Roman Catholics.

Pope formally assumes role
VATICAN CITY - In a broad message of outreach to formally begin his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI stressed his church's shared bonds with Jews and other Christians and promised followers Sunday he would not ignore their voices in leading the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics.

Pope formally assumes role
VATICAN CITY - In a broad message of outreach to formally begin his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI stressed his church's shared bonds with Jews and other Christians and promised followers Sunday he would not ignore their voices in leading the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics.

Gentler image of new pope emerging
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has pushed the right buttons in his first days as pontiff, softening his image as an austere theologian, inviting the chief rabbi of Rome to his installation and promising to keep up his popular predecessor's meetings with Roman Catholic youth.

Gentler image of new pope emerging
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has pushed the right buttons in his first days as pontiff, softening his image as an austere theologian, inviting the chief rabbi of Rome to his installation and promising to keep up his popular predecessor's meetings with Roman Catholic youth.

Text of Pope Benedict XVI's homily
Text of Pope Benedict XVI's homily delivered in Italian during his installation ceremony Sunday in St. Peter's Square. English translation provided by the Vatican:

Sight of spotted fawns raises some questions

These stars are not every mother's sons

PBS' 'Foreign Exchange' brings the world home

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.

Pro football now a friend to NBC

Pro football now a friend to NBC
NEW YORK - NBC says its re-entry into the business of televising NFL football is not an admission that it was a mistake to walk away eight years ago.

Pro football now a friend to NBC
NEW YORK - NBC says its re-entry into the business of televising NFL football is not an admission that it was a mistake to walk away eight years ago.

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

Jackson prosecution relies on witnesses

People in the News

Two Dawgs taking over Bengal defense

Two Dawgs taking over Bengal defense
CINCINNATI - David Pollack hadn't even landed in Cincinnati when his cell phone rang with the unexpected news.

Gibson to join former Bulldog in Pittsburgh
Hines Ward gave Fred Gibson some encouraging advice about the NFL draft Sunday afternoon.

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.

Gibson to join former Bulldog in Pittsburgh
Hines Ward gave Fred Gibson some encouraging advice about the NFL draft Sunday afternoon.

Two Dawgs taking over Bengal defense
CINCINNATI - David Pollack hadn't even landed in Cincinnati when his cell phone rang with the unexpected 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.

Gibson to join former Bulldog in Pittsburgh

Davis, Pollack are taken in first round

Gamecocks top Tide
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Third baseman Joey Friddle hit an RBI single in the top of the seventh for South Carolina's final run in a 5-2 win over Alabama on Sunday.

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

Gamecocks top Tide
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Third baseman Joey Friddle hit an RBI single in the top of the seventh for South Carolina's final run in a 5-2 win over Alabama on Sunday.

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

Gamecocks top Tide

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

W.Va. jail mistakenly releases inmate wearing wrong ID

Long-married couple die on same day

Pope formally assumes role

Gentler image of new pope emerging

Text of Pope Benedict XVI's homily

Pilgrims pack St. Peter's in enthusiastic welcome of Benedict's papacy

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