'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.

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.

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.

Dole holds nothing back in World War II memoir

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

'Two-Dollar Bill' worth spending time with

'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

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tiny islands breed big trouble in new whodunits

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.

Augusta authors turn out new tales

Life lessons are woven into children's picture books

Dave Van Ronk spins tales in memoir

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Devan Kamren Johnson

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.

Tyquan Kamel Brown

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.

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

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.

Tavion Vontrez Hill

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.

Ansley Elizabeth Pacheco

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.

Jaylyn Tait Johnson

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.

Jimmy Dawson George

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

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.

Mary Kathryn Cooper

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.

Brantley James Griffin

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.

Emily Nicole Catherine

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.

Raleigh Ray Walden

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.

Connor Gene Ridenour

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.

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

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.

Tremelle Raekwon Simmons

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.

Tia Jameela Laws

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.

Omarrion Dayquan Zykale

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.

Kenneth Michael Morgan

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.

Kiara Sanaa Curry

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.

Ricky Wayne Jones

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.

Brooklyn Grace Winburn

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.

Carter Ray Mackes

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Birthday catastrophe for hot-hitting Jones

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

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.

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

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' notebook

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

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.

On the move

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.

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

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.

Weak dollar, rates open real estate to foreigners

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:

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.

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.

For broadband generation, music videos on demand

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.

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
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?

Manufacturer can make, break idea

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.

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.

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?

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.

Business calendar

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.

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

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.

Commission: There are too many tax breaks

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.

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.

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.

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.

Property transfers

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.

Businesses reach clients, get feedback via online journals

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.

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

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.

An agreed-on destination?

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
Think of it as a press conference - in reverse.

Race to unity

When science confuses

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.

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

Key S.C. bills need OK

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

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

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.

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

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?

Singh wins Houston Open

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

Bryan follows familiar script

Smyth wins Legends

Matteson wins Virginia Beach Open

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

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.

Golf roundup

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

New Opera browser innovates but fails at basics

Building project fills diary of mad housebuilder

Fans approach 'Guide' with eagerness, skepticism

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

Cover should help put end to crawl-space moisture

America's newest national park honors Lewis and Clark

Ask the Carey Brothers

Homeowners with monster garages stir debate

Balancing fire risks with Lewis and Clark tourism

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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!'"

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

'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.

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

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.

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!'"

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.

'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.

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.

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.

Tricked-out car show is part of annual festival

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?

Kid of the Day

DUI case could affect others in state

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.

Search goes on for missing siblings

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

County worries about funeral plots for poor

Agencies stop search for missing children

I-20 crash in McDuffie County ties up traffic

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.

Across South Carolina

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?

Park leads effort to save tortoises

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.

Board calls for stricter image

Book details Augusta's solution to Civil War problem

News you can use

Garden turns jail into artwork

So many choices

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

Mother finds hope beyond guilt, despair

The week ahead

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.

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

Proposal to limit number of pets

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

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.

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.

Scholarship hopes remain for 32 teens

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.

Staff talks about river's importance

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

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.

Magazine's style sells at parties

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.

Five questions

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.

Bodies of missing children found

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Proposals would allow coastal drilling

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.

Across the area

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

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.

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

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

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Corrections

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 the area

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Artist turns old jail yard into garden exhibit

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.

Correction

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.

Officer and suspect killed in Atlanta shootout

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.

Getting a touch of class

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

Woman drives nurses' success

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.

Fraud trial set for court today

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.

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

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.

Tammy Faye talks about struggle with cancer

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.

Agencies stop search for missing children

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

In No. 2 job, gavel wields little power

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

Teenage engineers earn accolades

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Spirit of cooperation could keep Charleston base open

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:

Court planning would cut costs

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.

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

Across the southeast

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

Survivors detail tragic wreck

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.

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.

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.

Army training Middle Eastern natives

Party turns violent, teen dies

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Police intensify search for missing toddlers

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.

'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:

Sydney Pollack interprets long, varied career

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:

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

'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.

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
NEW YORK - Fighting words never sounded so good.

Q&A: Brooke Valentine knows that love hurts

Winning keeps Biffle up

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

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

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.

U.S. conservative Christians see ally inside Vatican City

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.

NBA playoff roundup

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.

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.

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.

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

Heat routs Nets in Game 1

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.

WR White is future of Falcons

Augusta area awash in professional potential

Utah quarterback selected first

Williamson, Rogers go in NFL's first round

More area stars get the call

Troubled back looks forward to starting anew

Panthers create competition at quarterback

Williamson is in seventh heaven

Rogers picked by Washington

Atlanta goes for playmaker

Panthers pick versatile defensive player in first round

Mr. Freddy Chandler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Martha Grubbs    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mrs. Myrtis Garrett    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Angela Bradley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Spearman    (RALEIGH, N.C.)
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Mr. Roman L. Brown    (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Roman L. Brown    (GIBSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Angela Bradley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. James Edward Odom    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Adrianna Campbell    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Darren Jordan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Roy Billy Knight    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Baldwin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie Baldwin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Horace Boatwright    (WARD, S.C.)
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Mr. William DeBow    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Ms. Gunnie Mae Luke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Kenneth Dyches, Sr.    (HILDA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary McNair    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas M. Lewis    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Horace Partain    (CANDLER, N.C.)
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Mr. Billy Joe Welch    (WINDSOR, S.C.)
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Mr. Elbert J. Turner    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sallie Mae Grier    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Angela Bradley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Tom Whitlock    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Jewel B. King    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William DeBow    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Sallie Mae Grier    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Doris C. Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Angela Bradley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Bailey B. All    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Freddy Chandler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Red Zeigler    (BAMBERG, S.C.)

Mrs. Margie Dorn    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
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Mr. Larry West    (INGLEWOOD, Calif.)

Mrs. Frances B. Irby    (STAPLETON, Ga.)
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Adrianna Campbell    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Jewel B. King    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Horace Boatwright    (WARD, S.C.)

Rev. Charles L. Kyles    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Mrs. Maggie Sanders    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Myrtis Garrett    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Horace Partain    (CANDLER, N.C.)

Mr. Melvin Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary McNair    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Denise Jones    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Jesse H. McCurry    (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jewel B. King    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Ms. Gunnie Mae Luke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vera Newman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Rev. Charles L. Kyles    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Sandy Washburn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jewel B. King    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris C. Young    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Booker T. Johnson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Booker T. Johnson    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. James Edward Odom    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse H. McCurry    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Myrtis Garrett    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Red Zeigler    (BAMBERG, S.C.)
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Ms. Martha Grubbs    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Maggie Sanders    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Melvin Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Larry West    (INGLEWOOD, Calif.)
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Mr. Billy Joe Welch    (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Ms. Denise Jones    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Sandy Washburn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Bailey B. All    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Myrtis Garrett (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Baldwin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Ms. Sandy Washburn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Freddy Chandler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Denise Jones (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Melvin Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Angela Bradley (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Larry West (INGLEWOOD, Calif.)

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

Ms. Gunnie Mae Luke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sallie Mae Grier (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. William DeBow (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Adrianna Campbell (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary McNair (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Angela Bradley (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Edward Odom (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

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.

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.

U.S. ousts Belgium to reach Fed Cup semis

States looking at testing prep athletes for steroid use

Overtime

Roddick easily wins third Clay Court title

Lance third in 5th stage

Armstrong ready to pass peloton to new American generation

Area sports announcements

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Armstrong 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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]

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

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.

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.

Pro football now a friend to NBC

PBS' 'Foreign Exchange' brings the world home

People in the News

Jackson prosecution relies on witnesses

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

Gibson to join former Bulldog in Pittsburgh

Two Dawgs taking over Bengal defense

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gamecocks top Tide

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

Long-married couple die on same day

W.Va. jail mistakenly releases inmate wearing wrong ID

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

Gentler image of new pope emerging

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

Pope formally assumes role

Text of Pope Benedict XVI's homily