Young Augustan arrives from 'Oklahoma!' in time for festival
High school senior Chris Goss will go from singing in Augusta Christian School's production of Oklahoma! tonight and Friday to singing his father's original songs Sunday at the 20th annual A Day in the Country music festival.

Young Augustan arrives from 'Oklahoma!' in time for festival
High school senior Chris Goss will go from singing in Augusta Christian School's production of Oklahoma! tonight and Friday to singing his father's original songs Sunday at the 20th annual A Day in the Country music festival.

Young Augustan arrives from 'Oklahoma!' in time for festival

Alchemy troupe hopes to end belly-dancing myths

Alchemy troupe hopes to end belly-dancing myths
Mari Edwards, Ame Peeples and Jeannie Bylinowski are out to debunk a few myths.

Alchemy troupe hopes to end belly-dancing myths
Mari Edwards, Ame Peeples and Jeannie Bylinowski are out to debunk a few myths.

Nationals defeat Phillies
WASHINGTON - Brad Wilkerson connected off previously unbeaten Jon Lieber for the first upper-deck home run at RFK Stadium in 34 years, leading the Washington Nationals to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

Lewis becomes third member of '500' club
Dietmar Perez was a pitcher on the Harlem baseball team that got Jimmie Lewis his first high school baseball win as a coach in 1979.

Lewis becomes third member of '500' club
Dietmar Perez was a pitcher on the Harlem baseball team that got Jimmie Lewis his first high school baseball win as a coach in 1979.

Phillies shut out Nationals
WASHINGTON - The late afternoon shadows gradually crept across the RFK Stadium grass, the ripest conditions possible for a pitching masterpiece.

Nationals defeat Phillies
WASHINGTON - Brad Wilkerson connected off previously unbeaten Jon Lieber for the first upper-deck home run at RFK Stadium in 34 years, leading the Washington Nationals to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

Phillies shut out Nationals

Nationals defeat Phillies

Lewis becomes third member of '500' club

Phillies shut out Nationals
WASHINGTON - The late afternoon shadows gradually crept across the RFK Stadium grass, the ripest conditions possible for a pitching masterpiece.

Woman accused in finger case waives extradition
LAS VEGAS - The woman who was arrested after claiming she bit into a human finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili waived extradition Tuesday, telling a judge she was eager to return to California to face charges.

Odds and Ends
NEWARK, N.J. - She's 87 and "a nice lady." She's also facing a weapons charge after trying to enter a county courthouse with a.38-caliber Smith & Wesson.

Money found in box buried in backyard
METHUEN, Mass. - It's the stuff of fantasies, and Tim Crebase found it buried under two feet of earth in his own backyard.

Odds and Ends
METHUEN, Mass. - It's the stuff of fantasies, and Tim Crebase found it buried under two feet of earth in his own backyard.

Buffalo roam in a suburb of Baltimore
PIKESVILLE, Md. - A herd of buffalo somehow got loose and wandered around an upscale neighborhood Tuesday, disrupting traffic and alarming homeowners before officers managed to corral them in a tennis court.

Buffalo roam in a suburb of Baltimore
PIKESVILLE, Md. - A herd of buffalo somehow got loose and wandered around an upscale neighborhood Tuesday, disrupting traffic and alarming homeowners before officers managed to corral them in a tennis court.

Odds and Ends
METHUEN, Mass. - It's the stuff of fantasies, and Tim Crebase found it buried under two feet of earth in his own backyard.

Woman accused in finger case waives extradition
LAS VEGAS - The woman who was arrested after claiming she bit into a human finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili waived extradition Tuesday, telling a judge she was eager to return to California to face charges.

Odds and Ends
NEWARK, N.J. - She's 87 and "a nice lady." She's also facing a weapons charge after trying to enter a county courthouse with a.38-caliber Smith & Wesson.

Money found in box buried in backyard
METHUEN, Mass. - It's the stuff of fantasies, and Tim Crebase found it buried under two feet of earth in his own backyard.

Braves dominate Mets
NEW YORK - Tom Glavine was much better with the Braves than he has been against them.

Atlanta continues to dominate Glavine
NEW YORK - They can recite the scouting report on him like it's the Pledge of Allegiance.

Braves topple Mets
NEW YORK - John Smoltz finally got some run support and bullpen help, earning his first win of the season Tuesday night in the Atlanta Braves' 4-3 victory over Pedro Martinez and the New York Mets.

Furcal swipes three for first time in career

Atlanta closer shrugs off poor showing
NEW YORK - Forget silver linings. Braves closer Dan Kolb was mostly sunny Wednesday in discussing his tumultuous ninth inning from the night before.

Braves topple Mets

Atlanta continues to dominate Glavine

Smoltz breaks through with win

Atlanta closer shrugs off poor showing
NEW YORK - Forget silver linings. Braves closer Dan Kolb was mostly sunny Wednesday in discussing his tumultuous ninth inning from the night before.

Furcal swipes three for first time in career
NEW YORK -- Given his speed and how long he's been in the league, it doesn't seem possible it took until Monday for Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal to notch a special milestone.

Braves dominate Mets
NEW YORK - Tom Glavine was much better with the Braves than he has been against them.

Smoltz breaks through with win
NEW YORK -- So you thought John Smoltz's first win as a starter since 2001 would come easily?

Atlanta continues to dominate Glavine
NEW YORK - They can recite the scouting report on him like it's the Pledge of Allegiance.

Braves topple Mets
NEW YORK - John Smoltz finally got some run support and bullpen help, earning his first win of the season Tuesday night in the Atlanta Braves' 4-3 victory over Pedro Martinez and the New York Mets.

Braves dominate Mets

Furcal swipes three for first time in career
NEW YORK -- Given his speed and how long he's been in the league, it doesn't seem possible it took until Monday for Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal to notch a special milestone.

Smoltz breaks through with win
NEW YORK -- So you thought John Smoltz's first win as a starter since 2001 would come easily?

Atlanta closer shrugs off poor showing

Brazilian unemployment rises to 10.8 percent
SAO PAULO, Brazil - The jobless rate in Brazil, Latin America's most populous country, rose to 10.8 percent in March from 10.6 percent in February, the government said Wednesday.

Contractor might move once bank is renovated
One of the three vacant buildings bordering the Augusta Common could be coming back to life.

Crude prices drop after Bush meets Saudi crown prince

Eye-care center looks to grow

Orders to U.S. factories for durable goods fall in March
WASHINGTON - Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods plunged 2.8 percent in March, the biggest setback in 2½ years and the third straight decline, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

Tower lights are a registered trademark in France

Area's income grows quickly
Per capita income in the Augusta metro area grew faster than that in major Southeastern cities including Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., but lagged behind others, including Savannah and Columbus, Ga., according to government estimates released Wednesday.

Consumer confidence declines, new home sales soar
NEW YORK - Consumer confidence declined in April for the third consecutive month, signaling Americans' concerns that economic growth is leveling off. But one area of the economy is still white hot: the government said sales of new homes shot up 12.2 percent last month to the highest level in history.

Airbus A380 makes aviation history with its maiden flight
BLAGNAC, France - The world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, completed a maiden flight Wednesday that took it over the Pyrenees mountains, a milestone for aviation and for the European aircraft-maker's battle with American rival Boeing Co.

Crude prices drop after Bush meets Saudi crown prince
VIENNA, Austria - Crude futures slipped Tuesday after U.S. President George W. Bush met Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah to discuss ways to curb skyrocketing oil prices.

Area's income grows quickly
Per capita income in the Augusta metro area grew faster than that in major Southeastern cities including Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., but lagged behind others, including Savannah and Columbus, Ga., according to government estimates released Wednesday.

RealNetworks to give away music to boost sales
NEW YORK - RealNetworks Inc., facing intense competition from file-swapping networks and from Apple Computer Inc., will give away 25 songs for free each month as part of a new service that seeks to entice music-lovers to pay for more tunes.

Bush outlines new energy proposals
WASHINGTON - President Bush, trying to blunt growing unrest over high energy prices, is laying out proposals to speed construction of nuclear power plants and oil refineries and boost sales of energy-efficient vehicles.

Consumer confidence declines, new home sales soar
NEW YORK - Consumer confidence declined in April for the third consecutive month, signaling Americans' concerns that economic growth is leveling off. But one area of the economy is still white hot: the government said sales of new homes shot up 12.2 percent last month to the highest level in history.

Airbus A380 makes aviation history with its maiden flight
BLAGNAC, France - The world's largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, completed a maiden flight Wednesday that took it over the Pyrenees mountains, a milestone for aviation and for the European aircraft-maker's battle with American rival Boeing Co.

Bush outlines new energy proposals
WASHINGTON - President Bush, trying to blunt growing unrest over high energy prices, is laying out proposals to speed construction of nuclear power plants and oil refineries and boost sales of energy-efficient vehicles.

Contractor might move once bank is renovated
One of the three vacant buildings bordering the Augusta Common could be coming back to life.

Crude futures slip ahead of U.S. supply report
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Crude futures ticked lower in afternoon European trading Wednesday, with markets calm before the weekly U.S. petroleum stocks report, due later in the day.

Crude futures slip ahead of U.S. supply report
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Crude futures ticked lower in afternoon European trading Wednesday, with markets calm before the weekly U.S. petroleum stocks report, due later in the day.

Brazilian unemployment rises to 10.8 percent
SAO PAULO, Brazil - The jobless rate in Brazil, Latin America's most populous country, rose to 10.8 percent in March from 10.6 percent in February, the government said Wednesday.

Consumer confidence declines, new home sales soar

Crude prices drop after Bush meets Saudi crown prince
VIENNA, Austria - Crude futures slipped Tuesday after U.S. President George W. Bush met Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah to discuss ways to curb skyrocketing oil prices.

Tower lights are a registered trademark in France
PARIS - Snapping a picture of the Eiffel Tower by day, or snapping one by night. For many businesses, there's a big difference.

Bush outlines new energy proposals

Eye-care center looks to grow
An eye-care center in the medical district has set its sights on west Augusta.

Airbus A380 makes aviation history with its maiden flight

Tower lights are a registered trademark in France
PARIS - Snapping a picture of the Eiffel Tower by day, or snapping one by night. For many businesses, there's a big difference.

Crude futures slip ahead of U.S. supply report

SAP, Microsoft to link business software programs
FRANKFURT, Germany - SAP AG and Microsoft Corp. said Tuesday they had developed a new product to link their business software programs in a further cooperative step between the world's leading software producers.

Brazilian unemployment rises to 10.8 percent

Contractor might move once bank is renovated

Area's income grows quickly

Eye-care center looks to grow
An eye-care center in the medical district has set its sights on west Augusta.

Part of area's history saved from the rough

Can't drink to this

Can't drink to this
As if airline flight attendants don't have enough to do looking after the flying public, they may soon have to count the number of drinks passengers down. That is, unless the Georgia Supreme Court comes to its senses.

That pond was avoidable
Little Jonah Payne and his 2-year-old sister Nicole didn't just wander off Saturday.

Can't drink to this
As if airline flight attendants don't have enough to do looking after the flying public, they may soon have to count the number of drinks passengers down. That is, unless the Georgia Supreme Court comes to its senses.

That pond was avoidable
Little Jonah Payne and his 2-year-old sister Nicole didn't just wander off Saturday.

Frist-strike capability
The threat of the nuclear option will always be preferable to the use of it.

Schools are handcuffed
Is it really necessary to call police to arrest a 5-year-old elementary school student who's having a temper tantrum?

That pond was avoidable

The Top Five
The tiop five list in entertainment.

Travel agent testifies in Jackson trial
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A travel agent testifying under immunity in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial said Tuesday she booked a flight to Brazil for the family of the pop star's accuser at the request of one of the singer's business associates.

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

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

Published photos show Pitt, Jolie strolling on a beach
NEW YORK - It's true - again? Despite denials of a romance between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, new photographs show the couple on a beach in Africa, according to published reports.

Joe Diffie's enjoying his success
Situated comfortably in the territory between honky-tonk hero and has-been, singer Joe Diffie has found new, and ultimately more rewarding, ways to measure success.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

Open tab
Atlanta-based rockers Drivn N Cryn team with alt-country mainstay Dash Rip Rock for a show at The Mission, 1157 Broad St.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - As the first director allowed to make a movie inside the United Nations, Sydney Pollack had to keep the floors protected and officials happy while filming "The Interpreter."

People in the News
NEW YORK - MTV is pointing to spikey-haired singer Ryan Cabrera to host "Score," a new reality dating show. Unlike his ex-girlfriend's "The Ashlee Simpson Show," Cabrera's show won't focus on his personal life.

Open tab
Atlanta-based rockers Drivn N Cryn team with alt-country mainstay Dash Rip Rock for a show at The Mission, 1157 Broad St.

George Lopez has kidney transplant from wife
LOS ANGELES - George Lopez has undergone a kidney transplant with an organ donated by his wife.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - As the first director allowed to make a movie inside the United Nations, Sydney Pollack had to keep the floors protected and officials happy while filming "The Interpreter."

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

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

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

Published photos show Pitt, Jolie strolling on a beach
NEW YORK - It's true - again? Despite denials of a romance between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, new photographs show the couple on a beach in Africa, according to published reports.

Joe Diffie's enjoying his success
Situated comfortably in the territory between honky-tonk hero and has-been, singer Joe Diffie has found new, and ultimately more rewarding, ways to measure success.

George Lopez has kidney transplant from wife
LOS ANGELES - George Lopez has undergone a kidney transplant with an organ donated by his wife.

The Top Five
The tiop five list in entertainment.

'Wizard of Oz' dress sells for $252,000 at auction
LONDON - The blue and white gingham dress worn by July Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" was sold for $252,000 at auction Wednesday.

Travel agent testifies in Jackson trial
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A travel agent testifying under immunity in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial said Tuesday she booked a flight to Brazil for the family of the pop star's accuser at the request of one of the singer's business associates.

People in the News
NEW YORK - MTV is pointing to spikey-haired singer Ryan Cabrera to host "Score," a new reality dating show. Unlike his ex-girlfriend's "The Ashlee Simpson Show," Cabrera's show won't focus on his personal life.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

Create a fast meal with pea salad with bacon and eggs
Sometimes it's so easy being green. The ever-popular pea, a favorite springtime veggie, is arriving in quantity in produce sections, and who'd want to resist its multiple appeals? Along with the vibrant color, there's the so-edible size, the crunchy-smooth texture and subtly distinctive taste.

Crepes with blueberries are a treat to remember

Create a fast meal with pea salad with bacon and eggs
Sometimes it's so easy being green. The ever-popular pea, a favorite springtime veggie, is arriving in quantity in produce sections, and who'd want to resist its multiple appeals? Along with the vibrant color, there's the so-edible size, the crunchy-smooth texture and subtly distinctive taste.

'What's for Lunch: Sunset Grill
SUNRISE GRILLAddress: West Town Market Square, 3830 Washington Road, Martinez

Vegatarian recipe for breaded and baked eggplant
CONCORD, N.H. - Matzo pizza and pickled herring. My father's a proud Jew, but he's a strange cook. When it comes to dining from his heritage, he has a limited (and blessedly infrequent) repertoire - matzo pizza and pickled herring.

White Elephant re-opens; Chick-fil-A cart rolls on scene
After a short hiatus and a complete interior renovation, the White Elephant Cafe, 1135 Broad St., re-opened in late March under new management.

Vegatarian recipe for breaded and baked eggplant
CONCORD, N.H. - Matzo pizza and pickled herring. My father's a proud Jew, but he's a strange cook. When it comes to dining from his heritage, he has a limited (and blessedly infrequent) repertoire - matzo pizza and pickled herring.

'What's for Lunch: Sunset Grill

Easy to make low-fat Asian chicken with scallions

White Elephant re-opens; Chick-fil-A cart rolls on scene

Vegatarian recipe for breaded and baked eggplant

Metro a coffee house: The Liquid Life

Easy to make low-fat Asian chicken with scallions
LOW-FAT COOKING: Asian chicken with scallions, miso chicken with fresh ginger

Metro a coffee house: The Liquid Life
Metro a coffee houseADDRESS: 1054 Broad St., Augusta

Crepes with blueberries are a treat to remember
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - For Mother's Day or any day, cheese-filled crepes with blueberry sauce made with this recipe from The Culinary Institute of America would be a treat to remember long after the day itself. Although traditionally eaten in the morning, crepes can be served as a light snack, an impressive brunch item, or mouthwatering dessert.

'What's for Lunch: Sunset Grill
SUNRISE GRILL Address: West Town Market Square, 3830 Washington Road, Martinez

Easy to make low-fat Asian chicken with scallions
LOW-FAT COOKING: Asian chicken with scallions, miso chicken with fresh ginger

Metro a coffee house: The Liquid Life
Metro a coffee house ADDRESS: 1054 Broad St., Augusta

Crepes with blueberries are a treat to remember
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - For Mother's Day or any day, cheese-filled crepes with blueberry sauce made with this recipe from The Culinary Institute of America would be a treat to remember long after the day itself. Although traditionally eaten in the morning, crepes can be served as a light snack, an impressive brunch item, or mouthwatering dessert.

Create a fast meal with pea salad with bacon and eggs

White Elephant re-opens; Chick-fil-A cart rolls on scene
After a short hiatus and a complete interior renovation, the White Elephant Cafe, 1135 Broad St., re-opened in late March under new management.

Tech: Jack hopes to hit the road
ATLANTA - Without risking his final year of eligibility at Georgia Tech, Jarrett Jack will explore an early jump to the NBA.

Team welcomes return of first baseman
Augusta GreenJackets first baseman Jason Columbus started the season batting.455 in three games.

RiverDogs' pitcher mows down Jackets
The Augusta GreenJackets had the chance Tuesday night to put themselves back atop the standings in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division.

GreenJackets are swamped by RiverDogs
A big winning streak can go a long way in building a team's confidence.

RiverDogs' pitcher mows down Jackets
The Augusta GreenJackets had the chance Tuesday night to put themselves back atop the standings in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division.

Team welcomes return of first baseman
Augusta GreenJackets first baseman Jason Columbus started the season batting.455 in three games.

GreenJackets are swamped by RiverDogs
A big winning streak can go a long way in building a team's confidence.

Area could see double tour stops
Next year at this time, there might be back-to-back NGA/Hooters Tour events in the Augusta area.

Ochoa begins first title defense
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Lorena Ochoa is focused on her first title defense, and Wendy Ward has no plans to change her recent form.

Golf's popularity on rise in China

Area could see double tour stops

Golf's popularity on rise in China
Judging from all the tee times in China, golf is shifting its roots.

Ochoa begins first title defense
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Lorena Ochoa is focused on her first title defense, and Wendy Ward has no plans to change her recent form.

Golf's popularity on rise in China
Judging from all the tee times in China, golf is shifting its roots.

Area could see double tour stops
Next year at this time, there might be back-to-back NGA/Hooters Tour events in the Augusta area.

Upcoming events

Ochoa begins first title defense

Upcoming events
Upcoming events in the world of golf:

Upcoming events
Upcoming events in the world of golf:

GreenJackets are swamped by RiverDogs

RiverDogs' pitcher mows down Jackets

Team welcomes return of first baseman

Sage plays flavorful role in pork tenderloin
Veal or chicken saltimbocca is one of my favorite Italian entrees. It is flavored with salty prosciutto, fresh sage and creamy Fontina cheese.

Sage plays flavorful role in pork tenderloin
Veal or chicken saltimbocca is one of my favorite Italian entrees. It is flavored with salty prosciutto, fresh sage and creamy Fontina cheese.

Sage plays flavorful role in pork tenderloin

Judge charged with DUI in wreck
The chief magistrate judge in McDuffie County has been charged with drunken driving and running a stop sign in an accident Wednesday night, authorities said.

New pope will bring unity to Christians

New pope will bring unity to Christians
I find that this new pope, Benedict XVI, is a German spiritual shepherd of souls.The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

New pope will bring unity to Christians
I find that this new pope, Benedict XVI, is a German spiritual shepherd of souls.The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

Fort's Signal Symposium is vital event
I would like to address the concerns of the Augusta community regarding the cancellation of the Signal Symposium at Fort Gordon.Amy Tuschen, Martinez

Fort's Signal Symposium is vital event

Corrections officers are not 'guards'
Concerning the recent events of the shooting at MCG: I've noticed throughout the articles that the Georgia Department of Corrections officer was stated as being a "security guard" or "guard." Amy Hilbert, Martinez

Corrections officers are not 'guards'

Spiritual law must not be ignored
Regarding Richard Amundson's letter "Abortion is bad; it could be worse" (April 23): He stated that the law passed in the Georgia House of Representatives regarding the Woman's Right to Know Act is illegal, and it is by federal law.Barbara A. Mohler, North Augusta, S.C.

Abortion letter was misleading
Regarding Richard Amundson's letter about abortion and adoption ("Abortion is bad; it can be worse," April 23): His assertion that "adoption would place the baby in a system that has more children than it can find adoptive parents for" is misleading.Dave Caddell, Evans

Fort's Signal Symposium is vital event
I would like to address the concerns of the Augusta community regarding the cancellation of the Signal Symposium at Fort Gordon.Amy Tuschen, Martinez

Corrections officers are not 'guards'
Concerning the recent events of the shooting at MCG: I've noticed throughout the articles that the Georgia Department of Corrections officer was stated as being a "security guard" or "guard." Amy Hilbert, Martinez

Activist judges need to be shown door
The attack on the judiciary in the United States is long overdue. The federal courts, for some reason, have determined that they, and not the Constitution, are the law of the land.Steve King, Belvedere, S.C.

Column, cartoon show cause, effect
If it is not beautiful irony, what is it? Whether intentionally or accidentally - when The Augusta Chronicle, in the April 24 editorial section, juxtaposed an opinion article by a Paine College professor, vigorously defending The Chronicle's cartoonist - in my opinion they reached a new editorial high.Richard Netzley, Evans

Living briefs

PC users drowning in information, executive says

Living briefs
A lot of spooky and kooky things have happened since last fall when the plane-crash survivors of Lost first started roaming across that mysterious tropical island. Diehard fans of the show, and neophytes, might appreciate this review episode, which will either clear up a few things or simply make your brain curl up into the fetal position. The show airs at 8 on ABC (WJBF-TV, Channel 6).

PC users drowning in information, executive says
WASHINGTON - Computer storage technology is getting so cheap a person could record every conversation of a lifetime and decades of photographs, but experts must improve search systems so users can make sense of such mind-boggling amounts of information, Microsoft's top research executive said Tuesday.

PC users drowning in information, executive says
WASHINGTON - Computer storage technology is getting so cheap a person could record every conversation of a lifetime and decades of photographs, but experts must improve search systems so users can make sense of such mind-boggling amounts of information, Microsoft's top research executive said Tuesday.

Low-temperature fire created without a spark
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - Zhiyu Hu is using nanoscience - the study of the tiniest bits of matter - at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to spontaneously start and sustain some small, cool-burning fires.

Living briefs
A lot of spooky and kooky things have happened since last fall when the plane-crash survivors of Lost first started roaming across that mysterious tropical island. Diehard fans of the show, and neophytes, might appreciate this review episode, which will either clear up a few things or simply make your brain curl up into the fetal position. The show airs at 8 on ABC (WJBF-TV, Channel 6).

Association unites residents to improve areas
A few years ago, residents of Oglethorpe Heights and Jordan Place neighborhoods off Wrightsboro Road and Heard Avenue began worrying about their community.

Officers involved in shooting return today

Team studies meditation's effect on young
Inside the dim classroom at Tutt Middle School, the silence is broken only by the soft hum of a computer at the front. Sitting at the desks are 14 seventh-graders with their eyes closed, concentrating on their breathing.

School lunch menu
Today: French toast sticks with syrup, applesauce or juice and milk *Chicken biscuit and hash browns

School reunions

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

SRS to be touted for nuclear plant
AIKEN - Its geographic location and nuclear-friendly folks make Savannah River Site an attractive location for a new nuclear plant, a South Carolina congressman said Wednesday.

Kid of the Day
Talyn Imani Underwood is today's Kid of the Day.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Hephzibah gets three cheers for team's top finish
SubheadWhen girls dropped out, team had new routine for region winPullquote""It was the best national competition I've experienced in a long time."

Across South Carolina

Neighborhood project will hold events for seniors
The Neighborhood Improve-ment Project will be helping senior citizens today and Saturday with health screenings and athletic activities.

Officers involved in shooting return today
The Medical College of Georgia police officers placed on leave after the fatal shooting of a state prisoner who attempted to escape from MCG last week will return to duty today.

Fort Discovery celebrates eighth birthday
It was a typical birthday party Saturday with clowns and a birthday cake.

Carpenter, Shealy will remain on city council
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Voters returned two incumbents to their city council seats Tuesday while the write-in campaign mounted by a third incumbent fell short, according to unofficial results.

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

Aiken County schools will hire 17 new teachers
AIKEN - Wagener-Salley High School will hire a vocational teacher to implement an industrial maintenance program and two instructors to launch a naval Junior ROTC program.

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

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

Highest bid will be sweet sound in auction of violins
Twenty-two vibrantly painted violins will be sold at the Augusta Symphony Guild Painted Violins Grand Finale Auction Party at 7:30 tonight at Enterprise Mill.

News you can use

Fort Discovery celebrates eighth birthday

Kid of the Day

Political signs get long life under law

Autopsies say two children drowned
The two small children found dead in a sanitation pond near their Warrenton, Ga., home drowned and had no bodily injuries, autopsies confirmed Tuesday.

System to make calls on missing
The North Augusta Department of Public Safety hopes a new telephone alert system will help the agency prevent tragedies similar to the recent drowning of two children in Warrenton, Ga.

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

Political signs get long life under law
It looks as though some politicians could be sticking around in Columbia County indefinitely.

Across the area
Investigators ruled out chlorine exposure as the cause of death for a 51-year-old man who inhaled the gas after a train wreck in Graniteville earlier this year, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Wednesday.

Association unites residents to improve areas
A few years ago, residents of Oglethorpe Heights and Jordan Place neighborhoods off Wrightsboro Road and Heard Avenue began worrying about their community.

Hephzibah gets three cheers for team's top finish
SubheadWhen girls dropped out, team had new routine for region winPullquote""It was the best national competition I've experienced in a long time."

Highest bid will be sweet sound in auction of violins
Twenty-two vibrantly painted violins will be sold at the Augusta Symphony Guild Painted Violins Grand Finale Auction Party at 7:30 tonight at Enterprise Mill.

Association unites residents to improve areas

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

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE -- After finding millions of dollars worth of drugs packed into tortilla chip boxes, police say they believe the owner of Rio Foods Distribution was using his business as a cover for drug trafficking.

Center moves on amid fraud trial
It was the difference between day and night. Hours after a former administrator of the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia entered his second day of trial Tuesday in federal court, the center's board swore in three new members and talked about new beginnings.

Center celebrates 8th anniversary
Officials celebrated Fort Discovery's eighth anniversary, unveiling a new sign Tuesday to point tourists and educators to the center.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -- The NAACP settled a federal lawsuit against a rib restaurant accused of discriminating against black bikers during a Memorial Day weekend festival, the civil rights organization announced Tuesday.

Court upholds murder conviction of area man
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday to uphold the murder conviction of a Richmond County man who claimed he accidentally shot his victim three times.

CEO praises MCG workers

Cox named coliseum authority chief
The newly elected chairman of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority said Tuesday he hopes during his one-year term to end the constant squabbling that goes on among authority members at monthly meetings.

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Richmond County sheriff's deputies have arrested a pregnant Augusta woman on charges of child abuse, records show.

School reunions
Three members of the school's DECA club left Tuesday for Anaheim, Calif., where they are attending the week long National DECA competition and conference. The conference attendees are junior Brittany Brown and seniors Cordaryl Middleton and Michael Frazier.

SRS to be touted for nuclear plant

Witness says he was 'puppet'

Across the river

UGA donors cut off support
ATHENS, Ga. -- The fallout from last week's Board of Regents decision to sever ties with the University of Georgia Foundation is affecting the university's $500 million capital campaign.

Team studies meditation's effect on young

Local media respond on race

Library events

Bringing home a souvenir

Gas bills won't change for most

Stopping for snack is downfall of suspect

Burglary suspects are shot
AIKEN -- The Aiken County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that it will seek warrants for the arrest of two Trenton men in connection with a convenience store burglary Monday night.

Summer activities await kids

Stopping for snack is downfall of suspect
KINGSLAND, Ga. -- A bank robbery suspect let his cravings for Krystals get the better of him Monday, and he was apprehended at the fast-food restaurant a few blocks away 15 minutes after the bank heist.

News you can use
Today is Administrative Professionals Day - observed on Wednesday during the last full week in April, which is Administrative Professionals Week.

UGA donors cut off support

Meetings

Across the river
7-8:30 p.m. Thursday ; Charles Wesley United Methodist Church, Trolley Line Road, Aiken; topics include organize gardening, landscape, disease control, etc.; taught by Jim Bennett, a former host of the Weekend Gardener TV show; free

Across the river
7-8:30 p.m. Thursday ; Charles Wesley United Methodist Church, Trolley Line Road, Aiken; topics include organize gardening, landscape, disease control, etc.; taught by Jim Bennett, a former host of the Weekend Gardener TV show; free

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Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Bars and restaurants could have liquor delivered instead of having to pick up alcohol from liquor stores under a bill that won key approval in the House on Wednesday.

Teen's future lies in limbo
In Jennifer Birchill's mind, she is as American as apple pie. Her parents are American, her siblings are American and her boyfriend is preparing to serve the United States in the Iraq war.

News you can use
It's hard to believe, but drowning is still the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death to children ages 1 to 14, taking more than 900 children's lives each year.

Green tree frog becomes official state amphibian
ATLANTA - The green tree frog officially hopped into Georgia law Tuesday, when Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a bill naming the tiny creature the state's official amphibian.

Woman shoots attacker in neck
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Police say a woman ended a rapist's assault by grabbing the man's gun and shooting him.

Soldiers talk communication
Tuesday's conference was attended by members of the Conference of American Armies, by observer armies and by special invitees.

Gas bills won't change for most
ATLANTA - Most natural gas customers will continue paying the same amount on their bills after the Georgia Public Service Commission on Wednesday denied a multimillion-dollar rate increase from Atlanta Gas Light.

Local media respond on race
Nearly 50 Augustans attended an open forum Tuesday to listen and pose questions to members of local news media to learn how reporters and news directors affect relations in what some say is a city divided by race.

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

School lunch menu

School lunch menu
Today: French toast sticks with syrup, applesauce or juice and milk *Chicken biscuit and hash browns

Aiken blood center to close

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

Across the area

Kid of the Day
Brittany Crafton is today's Kid of the Day.

Across Georgia

News you can use
Today is Administrative Professionals Day - observed on Wednesday during the last full week in April, which is Administrative Professionals Week.

Highest bid will be sweet sound in auction of violins

Officials set date for work on roads
Less than three months. That's the revised timetable for widening Davis Road from Washington Road in Martinez to Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway in Augusta.

Kid of the Day

Missing payments may hurt schools
ATLANTA -- The money local school districts use to buy books, keep the lights on and pay teachers could be temporarily threatened if the districts don't send enough money to the state's health-care plan for their employees.

News you can use

UGA donors cut off support
ATHENS, Ga. -- The fallout from last week's Board of Regents decision to sever ties with the University of Georgia Foundation is affecting the university's $500 million capital campaign.

Hephzibah gets three cheers for team's top finish

Jurors listen to tales of windfall
An Augusta mental health center proved to be a gold mine for former state Rep. Robin Williams and his associates and friends, witnesses testified Wednesday.

Aiken County schools will hire 17 new teachers

CEO praises MCG workers
Medical College of Georgia, MCG Health and state officials are still mulling over the fatal shooting of a prisoner who overcame a corrections officer and attempted to escape with his gun last week.

Authorities trace path of toddlers

Summer activities await kids
With summer around the corner, it won't be long before the excitement of being out of school slips into the "I'm bored" syndrome for many children.

Neighborhood project will hold events for seniors

This week
Student housing open house: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday ; 6000 Jaguar Way, off Damascus Road; view complex that holds 508 Augusta State University students; free; 729-2300

Jurors listen to tales of windfall

Events
Augusta State University will hold an open house at University Village, ASU's first student housing complex, from 11 a.m. to 6 today at 6000 Jaguar Way, off Damascus Road, across from First Tee of Augusta.

Events

Soldiers talk communication

Across Georgia
WASHINGTON - Senators prodded Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday about the fate of the Georgia-made C-130J aircraft, and one threatened to stall the nomination of a Pentagon official until he gets answers.

Autopsies say two children drowned

Across the area
Investigators ruled out chlorine exposure as the cause of death for a 51-year-old man who inhaled the gas after a train wreck in Graniteville earlier this year, Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton said Wednesday.

Witness says he was 'puppet'
After hearing several witnesses say that Campbell Peery's fingerprints were all over the case against former state Rep. Robin Williams and his co-defendants, a federal jury heard from Mr. Peery himself Tuesday.

News you can use
It's hard to believe, but drowning is still the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death to children ages 1 to 14, taking more than 900 children's lives each year.

Green tree frog becomes official state amphibian

Bringing home a souvenir
Glenn Rhodes, an auctioneer with South Augusta Auction Co., takes bids for school buses at the former Floyd Graham Elementary School in Hephzibah.

Carpenter, Shealy will remain on city council

Board OKs architect pay
Questions of whether the Columbia County school system still has an architect of record for its new administration building were resolved at a Tuesday school board meeting.

Missing payments may hurt schools

Bringing home a souvenir
Glenn Rhodes, an auctioneer with South Augusta Auction Co., takes bids for school buses at the former Floyd Graham Elementary School in Hephzibah.

Court upholds murder conviction of area man

Aiken blood center to close
AIKEN - For the second time in a year, an area American Red Cross blood center will close its doors.

Across the area

Soldiers talk communication
Tuesday's conference was attended by members of the Conference of American Armies, by observer armies and by special invitees.

Teen's future lies in limbo

Witness says he was 'puppet'
After hearing several witnesses say that Campbell Peery's fingerprints were all over the case against former state Rep. Robin Williams and his co-defendants, a federal jury heard from Mr. Peery himself Tuesday.

Cox named coliseum authority chief

Green tree frog becomes official state amphibian
ATLANTA - The green tree frog officially hopped into Georgia law Tuesday, when Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a bill naming the tiny creature the state's official amphibian.

Center moves on amid fraud trial

Carpenter, Shealy will remain on city council
NORTH AUGUSTA -- Voters returned two incumbents to their city council seats Tuesday while the write-in campaign mounted by a third incumbent fell short, according to unofficial results.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -- The NAACP settled a federal lawsuit against a rib restaurant accused of discriminating against black bikers during a Memorial Day weekend festival, the civil rights organization announced Tuesday.

Authorities trace path of toddlers
No charges are pending in the deaths of two Warrenton toddlers, but authorities on Wednesday provided numerous details about how the children may have ended up in the sewage pond where their bodies were found Monday.

Neighborhood project will hold events for seniors
The Neighborhood Improve-ment Project will be helping senior citizens today and Saturday with health screenings and athletic activities.

Aiken blood center to close
AIKEN - For the second time in a year, an area American Red Cross blood center will close its doors.

Cox named coliseum authority chief
The newly elected chairman of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority said Tuesday he hopes during his one-year term to end the constant squabbling that goes on among authority members at monthly meetings.

Gas bills won't change for most
ATLANTA - Most natural gas customers will continue paying the same amount on their bills after the Georgia Public Service Commission on Wednesday denied a multimillion-dollar rate increase from Atlanta Gas Light.

Local media respond on race
Nearly 50 Augustans attended an open forum Tuesday to listen and pose questions to members of local news media to learn how reporters and news directors affect relations in what some say is a city divided by race.

Reunions

Court upholds murder conviction of area man
ATLANTA -- The Georgia Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday to uphold the murder conviction of a Richmond County man who claimed he accidentally shot his victim three times.

Stopping for snack is downfall of suspect
KINGSLAND, Ga. -- A bank robbery suspect let his cravings for Krystals get the better of him Monday, and he was apprehended at the fast-food restaurant a few blocks away 15 minutes after the bank heist.

Kid of the Day
Brittany Crafton is today's Kid of the Day.

Center moves on amid fraud trial
It was the difference between day and night. Hours after a former administrator of the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia entered his second day of trial Tuesday in federal court, the center's board swore in three new members and talked about new beginnings.

Aiken County schools will hire 17 new teachers
AIKEN - Wagener-Salley High School will hire a vocational teacher to implement an industrial maintenance program and two instructors to launch a naval Junior ROTC program.

Teen's future lies in limbo
In Jennifer Birchill's mind, she is as American as apple pie. Her parents are American, her siblings are American and her boyfriend is preparing to serve the United States in the Iraq war.

CEO praises MCG workers
Medical College of Georgia, MCG Health and state officials are still mulling over the fatal shooting of a prisoner who overcame a corrections officer and attempted to escape with his gun last week.

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Political signs get long life under law
It looks as though some politicians could be sticking around in Columbia County indefinitely.

Officers involved in shooting return today
The Medical College of Georgia police officers placed on leave after the fatal shooting of a state prisoner who attempted to escape from MCG last week will return to duty today.

Summer activities await kids
With summer around the corner, it won't be long before the excitement of being out of school slips into the "I'm bored" syndrome for many children.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have arrested a pregnant Augusta woman on charges of child abuse, records show.

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

Missing payments may hurt schools
ATLANTA -- The money local school districts use to buy books, keep the lights on and pay teachers could be temporarily threatened if the districts don't send enough money to the state's health-care plan for their employees.

This week
Student housing open house: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday ; 6000 Jaguar Way, off Damascus Road; view complex that holds 508 Augusta State University students; free; 729-2300

This week

School reunions
Three members of the school's DECA club left Tuesday for Anaheim, Calif., where they are attending the week long National DECA competition and conference. The conference attendees are junior Brittany Brown and seniors Cordaryl Middleton and Michael Frazier.

Fort Discovery celebrates eighth birthday
It was a typical birthday party Saturday with clowns and a birthday cake.

Events
Augusta State University will hold an open house at University Village, ASU's first student housing complex, from 11 a.m. to 6 today at 6000 Jaguar Way, off Damascus Road, across from First Tee of Augusta.

Send your child to camp
Here is a list of camps offered on both sides of the Savannah River to help keep your child busy this summer:

Team studies meditation's effect on young
Inside the dim classroom at Tutt Middle School, the silence is broken only by the soft hum of a computer at the front. Sitting at the desks are 14 seventh-graders with their eyes closed, concentrating on their breathing.

Authorities trace path of toddlers
No charges are pending in the deaths of two Warrenton toddlers, but authorities on Wednesday provided numerous details about how the children may have ended up in the sewage pond where their bodies were found Monday.

Kid of the Day
Talyn Imani Underwood is today's Kid of the Day.

Across Georgia
WASHINGTON - Senators prodded Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday about the fate of the Georgia-made C-130J aircraft, and one threatened to stall the nomination of a Pentagon official until he gets answers.

SRS to be touted for nuclear plant
AIKEN - Its geographic location and nuclear-friendly folks make Savannah River Site an attractive location for a new nuclear plant, a South Carolina congressman said Wednesday.

For the record

Jurors listen to tales of windfall
An Augusta mental health center proved to be a gold mine for former state Rep. Robin Williams and his associates and friends, witnesses testified Wednesday.

Autopsies say two children drowned
The two small children found dead in a sanitation pond near their Warrenton, Ga., home drowned and had no bodily injuries, autopsies confirmed Tuesday.

This week's releases reveal directors, criminals

Unfortunately, there's nothing fresh in 'Lemony'

At the Movies: 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'

At the Movies: 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'
Surely "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" would seem sufficiently well-known and have a large enough cult following for its various incarnations that comparing it to something else - another book, another TV series, another movie, whatever - would be pointless. You know it or you don't. You love it or you don't.

Unfortunately, there's nothing fresh in 'Lemony'
Unashamed to wear its influences on its sleeve, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events combines generous portions of Tim Burton and Roald Dahl, Charles Addams and Salvador Dali in a heady visual stew that attempts an incredible act of cinematic courage.

At the Movies: 'XXX: State of the Union'
The sequel to "The Fast and the Furious" proved there is box-office life after Vin Diesel. The sequel to "Pitch Black" indicated Hollywood might be better off without him when it comes to follow-up films.

At the Movies: 'XXX: State of the Union'
The sequel to "The Fast and the Furious" proved there is box-office life after Vin Diesel. The sequel to "Pitch Black" indicated Hollywood might be better off without him when it comes to follow-up films.

Bush signs bill that allows DVD filtering technonlgy
WASHINGTON - President Bush on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at helping parents keep their children from seeing sex scenes, violence and foul language in movie DVDs.

At the Movies: 'XXX: State of the Union'

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

Mini reviews

This week's releases reveal directors, criminals
Here's a look at what's new in DVDs and a calendar of what's coming:

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

Unfortunately, there's nothing fresh in 'Lemony'
Unashamed to wear its influences on its sleeve, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events combines generous portions of Tim Burton and Roald Dahl, Charles Addams and Salvador Dali in a heady visual stew that attempts an incredible act of cinematic courage.

At the Movies: 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'
Surely "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" would seem sufficiently well-known and have a large enough cult following for its various incarnations that comparing it to something else - another book, another TV series, another movie, whatever - would be pointless. You know it or you don't. You love it or you don't.

This week's releases reveal directors, criminals
Here's a look at what's new in DVDs and a calendar of what's coming:

Musical family ties last a lifetime
Kym Karath has lived her life with The Sound of Music ringing in her ears.

Sonic Spotlight: Dan Campbell
Dan Campbell AGE: 30 HOMETOWN: Aiken

Head of rap label seeks separate trial
NEW YORK - A hip-hop mogul charged in a racketeering case is seeking a separate trial from a notorious drug lord who is his co-defendant - and childhood friend.

Big Ticket

Soprano returning to sing with chorale
A rising star in the opera world, lyric coloratura soprano Melony Matthews has talent that has taken her across America and Europe. On Sunday, it will bring her home.

Soprano returning to sing with chorale

Tenn. teen is first female winner of 'Nashville Star'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Erika Jo, an 18-year-old Tennessee high school student, became the first female and youngest winner of USA Network's "Nashville Star."

Tenn. teen is first female winner of 'Nashville Star'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Erika Jo, an 18-year-old Tennessee high school student, became the first female and youngest winner of USA Network's "Nashville Star."

Tenn. teen is first female winner of 'Nashville Star'

Head of rap label seeks separate trial
NEW YORK - A hip-hop mogul charged in a racketeering case is seeking a separate trial from a notorious drug lord who is his co-defendant - and childhood friend.

Big Ticket
WHO: AudioslaveWHEN: 8 p.m. WednesdayWHERE: The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta

Musical family ties last a lifetime
Kym Karath has lived her life with The Sound of Music ringing in her ears.

Head of rap label seeks separate trial

Soprano returning to sing with chorale
A rising star in the opera world, lyric coloratura soprano Melony Matthews has talent that has taken her across America and Europe. On Sunday, it will bring her home.

Big Ticket
WHO: Audioslave WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday WHERE: The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta

Musical family ties last a lifetime

Owner's penalties increased by panel

Owner's penalties increased by panel
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Car owner James Finch told the National Stock Car Commission the illegal carburetor found on his Busch Series car was approved by NASCAR before the April 16 race at Texas.

Drivers: Sport has taken a turn for the worse
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Sterling Marlin is old enough to remember a phenomenon called the slingshot pass, experienced enough to have used the bump draft and smart enough to worry about the newest rage in racing - the slam draft.

Drivers: Sport has taken a turn for the worse
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Sterling Marlin is old enough to remember a phenomenon called the slingshot pass, experienced enough to have used the bump draft and smart enough to worry about the newest rage in racing - the slam draft.

Racing Newsmaker: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. started the season amid considerable scrutiny after switching race teams -- cars and crews included -- with Dale Earnhardt Inc. teammate Michael Waltrip.

Drivers: Sport has taken a turn for the worse

Racing Newsmaker: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Owner's penalties increased by panel
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Car owner James Finch told the National Stock Car Commission the illegal carburetor found on his Busch Series car was approved by NASCAR before the April 16 race at Texas.

Racing Newsmaker: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. started the season amid considerable scrutiny after switching race teams -- cars and crews included -- with Dale Earnhardt Inc. teammate Michael Waltrip.

Yao and T-Mac lay claim as NBA's top combo
HOUSTON - From his promising days in high school to his disappointing nights in Orlando, Tracy McGrady tried to pattern his multifaceted game after childhood idol Magic Johnson.

Yao and T-Mac lay claim as NBA's top combo

Yao and T-Mac lay claim as NBA's top combo
HOUSTON - From his promising days in high school to his disappointing nights in Orlando, Tracy McGrady tried to pattern his multifaceted game after childhood idol Magic Johnson.

NFL heads to Capitol Hill with new drug policy

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Mr. Lindsey Watson (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ira Wayne James (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. James Edward Marsh (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. Ephesus Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Debbie Funderburke (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary A. Lott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Pete Kitchens (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Bedgood (BIRMINGHAM, Ala.)

Mr. Harry Deal Gill (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Debbie Funderburke (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Lillian Goldman (SIMPSONVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Harry Deal Gill (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Eleanor Garvey (THOMSON, Ga.)

Nicole Payne ( WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ira Wayne James (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary A. Lott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fredy Chandler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Marrien Walker (ALTAMONTE, FL.)

Mr. Jimmy Hatcher (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sadie Robinson (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Perkins (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Olive Dickinson (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Leonard Mathis (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Blander Hull (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)

Mr. Julius A. Brown (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William Coppage, II (NEW ELLENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Jo Nichols (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katie Jane Moss (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Virginia Murdaugh (EHRHARDT, S.C.)

Rev. Joe B. Harden (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Derren Jordan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathern Benson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Norma J. Beai (TERRE HAUTE, IN.)

Mrs. Mary Jane Powell (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ann B. Newman (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Fredy Chandler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hilda Smith Floyd (BROOKLET, Ga.)

Mr. Andy Mitchell Rutherford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby McKevie (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

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Lady Wolfpack wait turn

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Lady Wolfpack wait turn
Halftime coaching strategies took a backseat Wednesday to obvious natural elements.

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Despite an autopsy completed Tuesday, authorities have been unable to determine why a 15-year-old died during spring football drills at Central Gwinnett High in Lawrenceville, Ga.

Lady Wolfpack wait turn
Halftime coaching strategies took a backseat Wednesday to obvious natural elements.

Area 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.

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Wide receiver Brian Bratton has signed a free-agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons.

Augustan enjoying the ride
Gretchen Reeves' path out of Augusta narrowed considerably after she left Athens, Ga. It became a road few in Augusta know, and even fewer have traveled.

Augustan enjoying the ride
Gretchen Reeves' path out of Augusta narrowed considerably after she left Athens, Ga. It became a road few in Augusta know, and even fewer have traveled.

Area 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.

Overtime
Wide receiver Brian Bratton has signed a free-agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons.

Overtime
Despite an autopsy completed Tuesday, authorities have been unable to determine why a 15-year-old died during spring football drills at Central Gwinnett High in Lawrenceville, Ga.

NFL heads to Capitol Hill with new drug policy
WASHINGTON - The NFL is tripling the number of offseason steroid tests each player can face, a policy change the league made public on the eve of a Wednesday hearing before congressmen who say they are already drafting legislation about drugs in sports.

NFL heads to Capitol Hill with new drug policy
WASHINGTON - The NFL is tripling the number of offseason steroid tests each player can face, a policy change the league made public on the eve of a Wednesday hearing before congressmen who say they are already drafting legislation about drugs in sports.

'Idol' contestant arrives

Young Augustan arrives from 'Oklahoma!' in time for festival

School board votes to add Bible class as an elective
ODESSA, Texas - The school board in this West Texas town voted unanimously to add a Bible class to its high school curriculum.

School board votes to add Bible class as an elective
ODESSA, Texas - The school board in this West Texas town voted unanimously to add a Bible class to its high school curriculum.

'Idol' contestant arrives
Former American Idol contestant Josh Gracin will be among the headliners Sunday at the 20th annual A Day in the Country music and crafts festival at Augusta Riverfront Marina.

Young Augustan arrives from 'Oklahoma!' in time for festival
High school senior Chris Goss will go from singing in Augusta Christian School's production of Oklahoma! tonight and Friday to singing his father's original songs Sunday at the 20th annual A Day in the Country music festival.

'Idol' contestant arrives
Former American Idol contestant Josh Gracin will be among the headliners Sunday at the 20th annual A Day in the Country music and crafts festival at Augusta Riverfront Marina.

Young Augustan arrives from 'Oklahoma!' in time for festival
High school senior Chris Goss will go from singing in Augusta Christian School's production of Oklahoma! tonight and Friday to singing his father's original songs Sunday at the 20th annual A Day in the Country music festival.

Spotting big stars in small roles has its own entertainment value

Paula Abdul responds to 'fallen idol' allegations

Television ratings illustrate the sad state of comedies
NEW YORK - Viewers aren't doing much laughing these days - at least intentionally.

Cable network to produce series on New York Daily News

Paula Abdul responds to 'fallen idol' allegations
NEW YORK - Paula Abdul is taking pre-emptive measures to squash a controversy sparked by an upcoming ABC special on "American Idol."

Mayor wants 'Tonight' show brought back in New York
NEW YORK - Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to get a promise from Conan O'Brien on Tuesday to bring the "Tonight" show back to New York when he takes over as host from Jay Leno in 2009.

Cable network to produce series on New York Daily News
NEW YORK - Bravo is bringing its cameras into New York's tabloid newspaper war.

'CBS Evening News' hits an low-water mark in the ratings
NEW YORK - While critics have praised changes made to the "CBS Evening News" since Bob Schieffer took over for Dan Rather last month, viewers clearly haven't been intrigued.

Television ratings illustrate the sad state of comedies

Report: 'Will & Grace' to return next season
LOS ANGELES - "Will & Grace" should be back for an eighth season. The Hollywood Reporter, citing unidentified sources, said Monday that NBC and the show's producers have reached a deal for the 2005-06 season.

Romano, James to star in HBO special
NEW YORK - Ray Romano isn't even off the air with "Everybody Loves Raymond" yet, but he's already lined up his next project: an HBO special with buddy Kevin James.

'CBS Evening News' hits an low-water mark in the ratings
NEW YORK - While critics have praised changes made to the "CBS Evening News" since Bob Schieffer took over for Dan Rather last month, viewers clearly haven't been intrigued.

Cable network to produce series on New York Daily News
NEW YORK - Bravo is bringing its cameras into New York's tabloid newspaper war.

Television ratings illustrate the sad state of comedies
NEW YORK - Viewers aren't doing much laughing these days - at least intentionally.

'CBS Evening News' hits an low-water mark in the ratings

ABC touts special report on 'American Idol'
LOS ANGELES - ABC's "Primetime Live" will air a special that the network said will "explore explosive claims about behind-the-scenes activities" at Fox's hit show "American Idol."

Mayor wants 'Tonight' show brought back in New York
NEW YORK - Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to get a promise from Conan O'Brien on Tuesday to bring the "Tonight" show back to New York when he takes over as host from Jay Leno in 2009.

Report: 'Will & Grace' to return next season
LOS ANGELES - "Will & Grace" should be back for an eighth season. The Hollywood Reporter, citing unidentified sources, said Monday that NBC and the show's producers have reached a deal for the 2005-06 season.

Mayor wants 'Tonight' show brought back in New York

Report: 'Will & Grace' to return next season

Paula Abdul responds to 'fallen idol' allegations
NEW YORK - Paula Abdul is taking pre-emptive measures to squash a controversy sparked by an upcoming ABC special on "American Idol."

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Spotting big stars in small roles has its own entertainment value
When director Terrence Malick released his World War II epic The Thin Red Line in 1998, he was widely praised for his unflinching approach to the horrors of war, his lush view of the natural world and his humanist approach to the business of war.

Spotting big stars in small roles has its own entertainment value
When director Terrence Malick released his World War II epic The Thin Red Line in 1998, he was widely praised for his unflinching approach to the horrors of war, his lush view of the natural world and his humanist approach to the business of war.

McGee disputes claim by Spurrier
COLUMBIA -- There's been no resolution to South Carolina's NCAA problems, no matter what new Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier says, according to athletic director Mike McGee.

McGee disputes claim by Spurrier
COLUMBIA -- There's been no resolution to South Carolina's NCAA problems, no matter what new Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier says, according to athletic director Mike McGee.

Suspended football player pleads guilty

Suspended football player pleads guilty
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Suspended South Carolina receiver David Smith has pleaded guilty to breaking into his former girlfriend's home and damaging a police car, prosecutor Donnie Myers said Wednesday.

Suspended football player pleads guilty
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Suspended South Carolina receiver David Smith has pleaded guilty to breaking into his former girlfriend's home and damaging a police car, prosecutor Donnie Myers said Wednesday.

McGee disputes claim by Spurrier

Part of area's history saved from the rough
A piece of Augusta 's golf history went the way of the wrecking ball earlier this month. Some of it will soon be rising from the ashes.

Part of area's history saved from the rough
A piece of Augusta 's golf history went the way of the wrecking ball earlier this month. Some of it will soon be rising from the ashes.

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Buffalo roam in a suburb of Baltimore

Woman accused in finger case waives extradition

Money found in box buried in backyard

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