A scene-stealing automobile flies on Broadway
NEW YORK - Actors often worry about appearing on stage with those perennial scene-stealers: children and dogs.

Natural History Museum dino exhibit goes high-tech
NEW YORK - The machine turns on, and the 6-foot-long cast of a dinosaur skeleton comes to life. Its feet lift and lower as its tail sways, a predator on the move, mesmerizing to watch.

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.

'Spamalot' receives 12 Drama Desk nominations

Alchemy troupe hopes to end belly-dancing myths

Natural History Museum dino exhibit goes high-tech

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

A scene-stealing automobile flies on Broadway

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

Natural History Museum dino exhibit goes high-tech
NEW YORK - The machine turns on, and the 6-foot-long cast of a dinosaur skeleton comes to life. Its feet lift and lower as its tail sways, a predator on the move, mesmerizing to watch.

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

'Spamalot' receives 12 Drama Desk nominations
NEW YORK - "Monty Python's Spamalot," the cheeky stage version of the British comedy troupe's movie, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," scored 12 Drama Desk nominations Thursday, honoring the best of the 2004-05 New York theater season.

'Spamalot' receives 12 Drama Desk nominations
NEW YORK - "Monty Python's Spamalot," the cheeky stage version of the British comedy troupe's movie, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," scored 12 Drama Desk nominations Thursday, honoring the best of the 2004-05 New York theater season.

A scene-stealing automobile flies on Broadway
NEW YORK - Actors often worry about appearing on stage with those perennial scene-stealers: children and dogs.

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.

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

Former Braves closer Rocker back in baseball
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - John Rocker once said retirement would beat playing for a New York team. Now, the metropolitan area he slammed so hard provides the setting for a comeback bid.

Challenges have been no match for Harris
It happens at the start of every Glenn Hills baseball game. A hitter steps to the plate. He sees TaCara Harris at second base and wishes for a mirror and a comb.

Former Braves closer Rocker back in baseball

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

Former Braves closer Rocker back in baseball
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - John Rocker once said retirement would beat playing for a New York team. Now, the metropolitan area he slammed so hard provides the setting for a comeback bid.

Phillies shut out Nationals

Challenges have been no match for Harris
It happens at the start of every Glenn Hills baseball game. A hitter steps to the plate. He sees TaCara Harris at second base and wishes for a mirror and a comb.

Challenges have been no match for Harris

Woman gives up Packers' tickets to avoid jail
OSHKOSH, Wis. - A woman given the choice between giving up her family's Green Bay Packers' tickets or going to jail has chosen to turn her back on football.

Odds and Ends
ENID, Okla. - There may be a burglar with a conscience in Garfield County.

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.

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.

Mystery of the exploding toads explained - maybe
BERLIN - What's making toads puff up and explode in northern Europe? More than 1,000 toad corpses have been found at a pond in an upscale neighborhood in Hamburg and over the border in Denmark after bloating and bursting.

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.

Mystery of the exploding toads explained - maybe
BERLIN - What's making toads puff up and explode in northern Europe? More than 1,000 toad corpses have been found at a pond in an upscale neighborhood in Hamburg and over the border in Denmark after bloating and bursting.

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.

Braves dominate Mets

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

Atlanta closer shrugs off poor showing

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

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

Atlanta continues to dominate Glavine

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.

Friends prepared for faceoff
ATLANTA - Fate does have a sense of humor, apparently.

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

Melania Trump to appear in Aflac commercial
NEW YORK - In her first big commercial, model Melania Trump is starring alongside a duck - not The Donald.

Melania Trump to appear in Aflac commercial
NEW YORK - In her first big commercial, model Melania Trump is starring alongside a duck - not The Donald.

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.

Economy logs its slowest growth in two years
WASHINGTON - Cramped by high energy prices, consumers and businesses tightened their belts in the first quarter, causing the economy to log its slowest growth in two years.

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

Assets pass $750 million mark
The parent company of Georgia Bank & Trust Co. reported modest first-quarter earnings growth Thursday and announced it has passed the $750 million asset mark.

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.

Crude prices rebound after falling below $50 a barrel
NEW YORK - Oil prices rebounded after dropping more than $1 a barrel Thursday as growing crude supplies and signs of slower economic growth led traders to test the $50 mark.

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.

Walgreens looks to add new location in Augusta
A near-stagnant commercial section of central Augusta might soon see new development.

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.

Crude prices rebound after falling below $50 a barrel
NEW YORK - Oil prices rebounded after dropping more than $1 a barrel Thursday as growing crude supplies and signs of slower economic growth led traders to test the $50 mark.

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.

Walgreens looks to add new location in Augusta
A near-stagnant commercial section of central Augusta might soon see new development.

Crude prices rebound after falling below $50 a barrel

Airbus A380 makes aviation history with its maiden flight

Walgreens looks to add new location in Augusta

Economy logs its slowest growth in two years
WASHINGTON - Cramped by high energy prices, consumers and businesses tightened their belts in the first quarter, causing the economy to log its slowest growth in two years.

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.

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.

Melania Trump to appear in Aflac commercial

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.

Area's income grows quickly

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.

Bush outlines new energy proposals

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 futures slip ahead of U.S. supply report

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

Contractor might move once bank is renovated

Economy logs its slowest growth in two years

Brazilian unemployment rises to 10.8 percent

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

Pet limit is necessary
Columbia County is doing right by moving toward an ordinance that would limit the number of pets per household, perhaps to as few as six.

A school less pleasant
Alternative schools should be a place for difficult pupils to learn lessons and improve their behavior - but also a place they should want to get out of, in order to return to the regular public school population.

Restoring ethics

That pond was avoidable

Restoring ethics
What a mistake. When the GOP-led U.S. House approved dismissing misconduct charges against Tom DeLay in January, it exposed a weak flank that Democrats were more than happy to attack.

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?

Restoring ethics
What a mistake. When the GOP-led U.S. House approved dismissing misconduct charges against Tom DeLay in January, it exposed a weak flank that Democrats were more than happy to attack.

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

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

Jackson defense asks to strike ex-wife's testimony
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson's defense on Thursday asked the judge in his child molestation trial to strike the testimony of ex-wife Deborah Rowe but did not reveal the reason in open court.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Ricky Gervais is making the move from annoying office worker to sad-sack actor.

Limbaugh appeal over medical records denied by Fla. court
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday declined to consider an appeal from commentator Rush Limbaugh claiming his privacy was violated when his medical records were seized for an investigation of whether he illegally purchased painkillers.

Tina Fey and husband expecting first baby
NEW YORK - This just in: "Saturday Night Live" comedian-writer Tina Fey is pregnant.

Jackson defense asks to strike ex-wife's testimony
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson's defense on Thursday asked the judge in his child molestation trial to strike the testimony of ex-wife Deborah Rowe but did not reveal the reason in open court.

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.

Tina Fey and husband expecting first baby
NEW YORK - This just in: "Saturday Night Live" comedian-writer Tina Fey is pregnant.

Cruise and Holmes the latest Hollywood couple
LOS ANGELES - Tom Cruise has a new girlfriend - actress Katie Holmes.

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.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Ricky Gervais is making the move from annoying office worker to sad-sack actor.

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.

Boy battles to save Bugs' gang
TULSA, Okla. - Eleven-year-old Thomas Adams thought Warner Bros. had gone daffy when he saw the company's plans for a new cartoon called "Loonatics," based on Bugs Bunny and his Looney Tunes pals.

'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.

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

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.

Boy battles to save Bugs' gang
TULSA, Okla. - Eleven-year-old Thomas Adams thought Warner Bros. had gone daffy when he saw the company's plans for a new cartoon called "Loonatics," based on Bugs Bunny and his Looney Tunes pals.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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."

Rates on 30-year mortgages decline

Rates on 30-year mortgages decline
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages fell for a fourth consecutive week as more evidence of an economic slowdown eased concerns among bond investors about inflation.

Rates on 30-year mortgages decline
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year mortgages fell for a fourth consecutive week as more evidence of an economic slowdown eased concerns among bond investors about inflation.

Wind makes fishing spotty

Wind makes fishing spotty
Adverse weather conditions and cool water temperatures have kept many anglers off Thurmond Lake, but Savannah River angling has been red hot.

Wind makes fishing spotty
Adverse weather conditions and cool water temperatures have kept many anglers off Thurmond Lake, but Savannah River angling has been red hot.

Tournament results
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

Tournament results
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

Tournament results

'What's for Lunch: Sunset Grill

Metro a coffee house: The Liquid Life

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Too much insecticide can harm garden
Far too many gardeners think that the only good bug is a dead bug, but this is not true.

Too much insecticide can harm garden
Far too many gardeners think that the only good bug is a dead bug, but this is not true.

Smaller, hardy plants not your grandmother's lilacs
ST. LOUIS - The fragrance of lilac is fresh and floral with sweet undertones, as they say in the perfumeries.

Too much insecticide can harm garden

Smaller, hardy plants not your grandmother's lilacs

Smaller, hardy plants not your grandmother's lilacs
ST. LOUIS - The fragrance of lilac is fresh and floral with sweet undertones, as they say in the perfumeries.

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.

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

Jackets close out 'Dogs
They didn't have the lead, but the Augusta GreenJackets desperately needed their closer Thursday night in the eighth inning.

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

Jackets close out 'Dogs
They didn't have the lead, but the Augusta GreenJackets desperately needed their closer Thursday night in the eighth inning.

Musketeers' golf team has a wealth of talent
Richmond Academy's golf team begins its playoff walk today with the Region 3-AAA meet in Waynesboro. Will it be a good walk to a state title? Or steps spoiled at the end, like last year?

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.

Tschetter leads Franklin American Mortgage
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Kris Tschetter shot a 3-under 69 in driving rain that gave way to windy afternoon conditions Thursday to top the field in the first round of the Franklin American Mortgage Championship.

Area could see double tour stops

Jones keeping up with seniors

Ochoa begins first title defense

Tschetter leads Franklin American Mortgage

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.

Rousey hopes to follow peers

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.

Jones keeping up with seniors
How's this for timing: North Augusta's Lance Jones turned 50 and senior-eligible April 22, a week before the season's first Regions Cup event - which just happens to be match play, his favorite format.

Rousey hopes to follow peers
McCORMICK, S.C. - Nick Rousey is the NGA/Hooters Tour's current leading money winner. That doesn't mean the former Alabama golfer has a future on the PGA Tour, but it makes his hopes to reach pro golf's top level more realistic.

Jones keeping up with seniors
How's this for timing: North Augusta's Lance Jones turned 50 and senior-eligible April 22, a week before the season's first Regions Cup event - which just happens to be match play, his favorite format.

Rousey hopes to follow peers
McCORMICK, S.C. - Nick Rousey is the NGA/Hooters Tour's current leading money winner. That doesn't mean the former Alabama golfer has a future on the PGA Tour, but it makes his hopes to reach pro golf's top level more realistic.

Tschetter leads Franklin American Mortgage
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Kris Tschetter shot a 3-under 69 in driving rain that gave way to windy afternoon conditions Thursday to top the field in the first round of the Franklin American Mortgage Championship.

Jackets close out 'Dogs

GreenJackets are swamped by RiverDogs

Georgia prepares for hurricane season
SAVANNAH, Ga. -An unlucky 13 is the number of named storms hurricane expert William Gray is predicting for the upcoming hurricane season

At least it's clear the yard weed killer worked
The cramped confines of a fool's mind leave no room for doubt.

Metropolitan Spirit has been sold
The Metropolitan Spirit Inc., the Augusta-based publisher of the Metro Spirit, Sass and Augusta Parent, has been bought by a company that publishes free weekly newspapers in Charlottesville, Va., and Columbia, S.C.

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
I find that this new pope, Benedict XVI, is a German spiritual shepherd of souls.The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

Throw out inmates' frivolous lawsuit

Judges are out of touch with America
The letter by the Richmond County Democratic Party chairman comparing the actions by the religious right of challenging the decisions of the Supreme Court and some other appellate courts with the actions of Adolf Hitler is flat-out wrong ("Don't turn United States into another theocracy," April 26).Robert Schloesser, 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

Living history park was a treat

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

New pope will bring unity to Christians

Judges are out of touch with America

Bible isn't science book; it's more
In a letter by Jason Novotny ("Bible is not a science book," April 26), he states that the Bible is "a great book, and it's full of valuable life lessons." Ora Davis, Augusta

Fort's Signal Symposium is vital event

Bible isn't science book; it's more

Bible isn't science book; it's more
In a letter by Jason Novotny ("Bible is not a science book," April 26), he states that the Bible is "a great book, and it's full of valuable life lessons." Ora Davis, Augusta

Judges are out of touch with America
The letter by the Richmond County Democratic Party chairman comparing the actions by the religious right of challenging the decisions of the Supreme Court and some other appellate courts with the actions of Adolf Hitler is flat-out wrong ("Don't turn United States into another theocracy," April 26).Robert Schloesser, Augusta

Living history park was a treat
Last weekend I was involved in an artisan fair at the North Augusta Living History Park. I had never been to, or heard of, the park before then. Ann Baker, Aiken, S.C.

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.

Throw out inmates' frivolous lawsuit
Two convicted murderers on death row, represented by overly compassionate and sympathetic lawyers, are suing the state of Kentucky in an effort to stop their executions by lethal injections.Al Kotras, 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

Throw out inmates' frivolous lawsuit
Two convicted murderers on death row, represented by overly compassionate and sympathetic lawyers, are suing the state of Kentucky in an effort to stop their executions by lethal injections.Al Kotras, Augusta

Living history park was a treat
Last weekend I was involved in an artisan fair at the North Augusta Living History Park. I had never been to, or heard of, the park before then. Ann Baker, Aiken, S.C.

Throw-away cleaners cause concern

Living briefs

Expert tells how to find hues to suit lifestyles

2005 Jetta is set to become family car

Undersea, space data back global warming projections

Throw-away cleaners cause concern
If someone were to load all of the disposable wipes purchased by consumers in North America last year onto tractor-trailers, the caravan would number 9,000 trucks and stretch for 68 miles. And it would be carrying 83,000 tons of these seemingly ephemeral cloths - which are anything but fleeting.

Undersea, space data back global warming projections
NEW YORK - Climate scientists armed with new data from the ocean depths and from space satellites have found that Earth is absorbing much more heat than it is giving off, which they say validates computer projections of global warming.

2005 Jetta is set to become family car
Volkswagen's most popular U.S. model, the Jetta sedan, isn't just for young buyers anymore.

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

Expert tells how to find hues to suit lifestyles
Elaine Ryan is on a mission to rid your house of beige, and she's not above sending you to the produce aisle to find a replacement color.

Throw-away cleaners cause concern
If someone were to load all of the disposable wipes purchased by consumers in North America last year onto tractor-trailers, the caravan would number 9,000 trucks and stretch for 68 miles. And it would be carrying 83,000 tons of these seemingly ephemeral cloths - which are anything but fleeting.

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

Expert tells how to find hues to suit lifestyles
Elaine Ryan is on a mission to rid your house of beige, and she's not above sending you to the produce aisle to find a replacement color.

Undersea, space data back global warming projections
NEW YORK - Climate scientists armed with new data from the ocean depths and from space satellites have found that Earth is absorbing much more heat than it is giving off, which they say validates computer projections of global warming.

2005 Jetta is set to become family car
Volkswagen's most popular U.S. model, the Jetta sedan, isn't just for young buyers anymore.

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.

Political signs get long life under law

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):

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

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

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.

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

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

Kid of the Day

Meetings

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.

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.

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

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

Team studies meditation's effect on young

Neighborhood project will hold events for seniors

School lunch menu

Inquiry will continue in drownings
The family of Nicole and Jonah Payne made preparations Thursday for their children's funeral while investigators continued efforts to piece together the circumstances of their deaths.

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

Across the river

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.

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.

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.

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.

CEO praises MCG workers

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.

Project makes prom available to all
When Jessica Marlatt attends her senior prom tonight, she goes knowing two of her peers would not be there without her efforts.

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.

For the record

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Summer activities await kids

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.

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.

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.

Aiken blood center to close

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

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.

Across the area

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.

Inquiry will continue in drownings

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

Judge returns after DUI arrest

Georgia climatologist urges caution
SAVANNAH, Ga. - An unlucky 13 is the number of named storms that hurricane expert William Gray is predicting for the upcoming hurricane season.

Witnesses speak of contract talks

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.

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

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

Library events

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

College requirements

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.

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News you can use

Homeless man not guilty of UGA fire

Events

Maybe the sign made it nervous

Gateway reopens for artistic youths
AIKEN - Last week's audition for a summer performing arts program was a bit harrowing for Meegian Gossard.

Georgia's last vestiges of Jim Crow laws are erased

Victims foil robbery attempt
Two gun-toting teenagers were attacked and disarmed by the gutsy targets of a home invasion who refused to be victims, a Richmond County sheriff's official said Thursday.

Georgia climatologist urges caution

SRS to be touted for nuclear plant

Wal-Mart cashiers charged with fraud

This week

Schools put faith in heart devices

Association unites residents to improve areas

Gateway reopens for artistic youths

Aiken County schools will hire 17 new teachers

Across Georgia

Authorities trace path of toddlers

Kid of the Day
Ja'Khlya Kierra Collier is today's Kid of the Day.

Reunions

Georgia's last vestiges of Jim Crow laws are erased
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a set of bills Thursday that erased the last vestiges of Georgia's segregation-era "Jim Crow" laws.

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

Maybe the sign made it nervous
Columbia County Animal Care & Control workers coax a loose cow into a trailer beside Interstate 20 near Grovetown.

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

Wal-Mart cashiers charged with fraud
Three Wal-Mart cashiers have been charged with passing around a credit card they found in an Augusta store and using it to go on personal shopping sprees, authorities said Thursday.

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

Schools put faith in heart devices
A 15-year-old high school athlete in Gwinnett County was given CPR and shocked with a defibrillator this week after collapsing in the school weight room.

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 the area
Columbia County police arrested two Greenbrier Middle School sixth-graders Thursday in connection with two threats to the school.

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

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Superior Court judges have hired two groups to conduct a security audit at the courthouse where a judge and two others were shot to death last month.

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 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.

College requirements
Augusta State University student Kelly Boulineau and Holley Burke, an incoming freshman from Jefferson County High School, look at closet space during a tour of the new University Village apartment housing at ASU.

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.

Judge returns after DUI arrest
The chief magistrate judge in McDuffie County returned to work Thursday after being arrested on DUI charges in a wreck the night before.

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.

Witnesses speak of contract talks
Former Rep. Robin Williams did the talking to pitch a contract idea to a mental health center in western Georgia, but months later, at home in Augusta, he hired a public relations specialist to do the same, witnesses testified Thursday.

Gas bills won't change for most

Gateway reopens for artistic youths
AIKEN - Last week's audition for a summer performing arts program was a bit harrowing for Meegian Gossard.

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

Homeless man not guilty of UGA fire
ATHENS, Ga. - A Clarke County Superior Court jury acquitted a 20-year-old homeless man Thursday of charges he intentionally set a fire that caused about $17 million in damage to the University of Georgia's Main Library in 2003.

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."

Georgia climatologist urges caution
SAVANNAH, Ga. - An unlucky 13 is the number of named storms that hurricane expert William Gray is predicting for the upcoming hurricane season.

Rants and Raves
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Rants and Raves
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Inquiry will continue in drownings
The family of Nicole and Jonah Payne made preparations Thursday for their children's funeral while investigators continued efforts to piece together the circumstances of their deaths.

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.

Kid of the Day
Ja'Khlya Kierra Collier is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

Maybe the sign made it nervous
Columbia County Animal Care & Control workers coax a loose cow into a trailer beside Interstate 20 near Grovetown.

Across Georgia

Raids net nearly 50 on drug charges
THOMSON - Officials in McDuffie County arrested 48 people early Thursday in connection with street-level drug sales as part of an ongoing multiagency operation that has been in the works for nine months.

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.

University plans to add ICU beds
With more sick patients showing up in the emergency room, University Hospital plans to renovate part of its pediatric wing to add intensive-care beds for adults.

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.

School reunions

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.

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.

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:

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.

Across the area
Columbia County police arrested two Greenbrier Middle School sixth-graders Thursday in connection with two threats to the school.

Highest bid will be sweet sound in auction of violins

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A suspicious fire gutted the sanctuary of a black church in the Charleston suburb of Summerville early Thursday. It was the fourth time in recent weeks someone tried to burn Bethel AME Church, police said.

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Superior Court judges have hired two groups to conduct a security audit at the courthouse where a judge and two others were shot to death last month.

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.

Wal-Mart cashiers charged with fraud
Three Wal-Mart cashiers have been charged with passing around a credit card they found in an Augusta store and using it to go on personal shopping sprees, authorities said Thursday.

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

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

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.

College requirements
Augusta State University student Kelly Boulineau and Holley Burke, an incoming freshman from Jefferson County High School, look at closet space during a tour of the new University Village apartment housing at ASU.

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

Judge returns after DUI arrest
The chief magistrate judge in McDuffie County returned to work Thursday after being arrested on DUI charges in a wreck the night before.

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.

Homeless man not guilty of UGA fire
ATHENS, Ga. - A Clarke County Superior Court jury acquitted a 20-year-old homeless man Thursday of charges he intentionally set a fire that caused about $17 million in damage to the University of Georgia's Main Library in 2003.

Hephzibah gets three cheers for team's top finish

City expects large crowd at Crawfish Festival
WOODBINE, Ga. - One thing's certain about this weekend's Woodbine Crawfish Festival: Craw dogs won't be on the menu.

Jurors listen to tales of windfall

Georgia's last vestiges of Jim Crow laws are erased
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a set of bills Thursday that erased the last vestiges of Georgia's segregation-era "Jim Crow" laws.

Fort Discovery celebrates eighth birthday

Schools put faith in heart devices
A 15-year-old high school athlete in Gwinnett County was given CPR and shocked with a defibrillator this week after collapsing in the school weight room.

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

Witnesses speak of contract talks
Former Rep. Robin Williams did the talking to pitch a contract idea to a mental health center in western Georgia, but months later, at home in Augusta, he hired a public relations specialist to do the same, witnesses testified Thursday.

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

DiMarco has higher profile, even with his children
Last we saw Chris DiMarco, he had gathered up his belongings and his kids, hugged the Mickelsons and turned his car down Magnolia Lane toward Washington Road.

DiMarco has higher profile, even with his children
Last we saw Chris DiMarco, he had gathered up his belongings and his kids, hugged the Mickelsons and turned his car down Magnolia Lane toward Washington Road.

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.

Don't panic, 'Hitchhiker's Guide' finally hits the screen

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: 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'

Unfortunately, there's nothing fresh in 'Lemony'

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

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

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

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.

Mini reviews

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

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.

Don't panic, 'Hitchhiker's Guide' finally hits the screen
LONDON - "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" has traveled light years in its voyage from airwaves to page to screen.

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.

Don't panic, 'Hitchhiker's Guide' finally hits the screen
LONDON - "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" has traveled light years in its voyage from airwaves to page to screen.

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

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

Head of rap label seeks separate trial

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

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

Soprano returning to sing with chorale

Big Ticket

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

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
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.

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."

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

Tenn. teen is first female winner of '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."

Musical family ties last a lifetime

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

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.

Racing Newsmaker: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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.

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

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.

Owner's penalties increased by panel

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.

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.

Transcript of President Bush's remarks
This is a transcript of President George W. Bush's remarks and press conference:

Transcript of President Bush's remarks

Transcript of President Bush's remarks
This is a transcript of President George W. Bush's remarks and press conference:

Grizzlies confident despite trailing in playoffs
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis Grizzlies are quick learners. Even with little NBA playoff experience, they know when they're being blown out or have a chance to win.

Grizzlies confident despite trailing in playoffs
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis Grizzlies are quick learners. Even with little NBA playoff experience, they know when they're being blown out or have a chance to win.

Grizzlies confident despite trailing in playoffs

Panthers reportedly testify in steroids probe

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Mrs. Della Harper    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Eleanor Garvey    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. A.J. Roberson    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Miss Frances Faulkner    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Raymond Wright (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Mike Plumley (AVERA, Ga.)

Miss Frances Faulkner (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Ephesus Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Jo Nichols (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fredy Chandler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Gloria Rouse (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ira Wayne James (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Chapman, Jr. (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert K. Cavnor (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Lou Poss (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Kathryn Nettles (HILDA, S.C.)

Mr. Jimmy Hatcher (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Jackson (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Eleanor Garvey (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Henry Smith (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Brenda Whitaker (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Hollows (WALTON BEACH, Fla.)

Mr. Harry Deal Gill (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Pamela Lazenby (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Derren Jordan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Debbie Funderburke (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Hilda Smith Floyd (BROOKLET, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Ethelene Mickens (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ann Bedgood (BIRMINGHAM, Ala.)

Mr. Benjamin Howell (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. A.J. Roberson (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Gamble, Jr. (WADLEY, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Annie Baldwin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mae Mobley (GIRARD, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Patricia Norman (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lola McGahee (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. William W. Farber, Jr. (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Derren Jordan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida R. Jackson (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Russell Oglesby (SUMMERTOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Tobie Davis, Sr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Anderson (KITE, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Martin (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Della Harper (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Augustan enjoying the ride

Knights defend at home

Lady Wolfpack wait turn

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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.

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

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

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The Southern Cross Invitational tournament gets under way today at Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken.

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.

Knights defend at home
Evans senior Joey Ralph is widely believed to be one of the area's top goal keepers.

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

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.

FireBall prepare for first season
Richmond Academy senior Cline Beam will have little time to celebrate his graduation in June. Instead, he'll be busy playing for the newest local soccer team: Augusta FireBall United.

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

Knights defend at home
Evans senior Joey Ralph is widely believed to be one of the area's top goal keepers.

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.

Overtime
The Southern Cross Invitational tournament gets under way today at Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken.

Panthers reportedly testify in steroids probe
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Todd Sauerbrun, who is reportedly cooperating with investigators in a steroids probe, will not attend Carolina's minicamp this weekend because the Panthers want to evaluate other punters.

Panthers reportedly testify in steroids probe
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Todd Sauerbrun, who is reportedly cooperating with investigators in a steroids probe, will not attend Carolina's minicamp this weekend because the Panthers want to evaluate other punters.

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

'Idol' contestant arrives

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.

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.

DiMarco has higher profile, even with his children

Spotting big stars in small roles has its own entertainment value

More than half of tax returns filed electronically
WASHINGTON - For the first time, more than half of all taxpayers filed their returns electronically this year, the Internal Revenue Service said Thursday.

Judy Woodruff, "Inside Politics" anchor, leaving CNN
NEW YORK - Judy Woodruff, the anchor of CNN's "Inside Politics," is leaving the network when her contract expires in June.

'ET' snares rights to wedding of Letourneau, Fualaau

'ET' snares rights to wedding of Letourneau, Fualaau
SEATTLE - The television show "Entertainment Tonight" has won the rights to the planned May wedding of Mary Kay Letourneau and her former sixth-grade pupil Vili Fualaau, the father of her two youngest children.

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.

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.

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."

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

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.

Judy Woodruff, "Inside Politics" anchor, leaving CNN
NEW YORK - Judy Woodruff, the anchor of CNN's "Inside Politics," is leaving the network when her contract expires in June.

Mayor wants 'Tonight' show brought back in New York

Judy Woodruff, "Inside Politics" anchor, leaving CNN

Cable network to produce series on New York Daily News

'ET' snares rights to wedding of Letourneau, Fualaau
SEATTLE - The television show "Entertainment Tonight" has won the rights to the planned May wedding of Mary Kay Letourneau and her former sixth-grade pupil Vili Fualaau, the father of her two youngest children.

Paula Abdul responds to 'fallen idol' allegations

PBS' 'Now' explores how U.S. treats suspected terrorists
NEW YORK - A former prisoner who says he was the man under the black hood in the gruesome photo from Abu Ghraib speaks out on this week's edition of the PBS newsmagazine "Now."

Presidential news conference puts networks in a bind

Presidential news conference puts networks in a bind
NEW YORK - The Bush administration put TV networks in a bind Thursday by scheduling a news conference during the first night of the May "sweeps," when ratings are closely watched to set local advertising rates.

Presidential news conference puts networks in a bind
NEW YORK - The Bush administration put TV networks in a bind Thursday by scheduling a news conference during the first night of the May "sweeps," when ratings are closely watched to set local advertising rates.

Peter Jennings active behind the scenes at ABC
NEW YORK - Peter Jennings hasn't returned to the air since his April 5 announcement that he has lung cancer, but he's often shaping "World News Tonight" from behind the scenes.

Peter Jennings active behind the scenes at ABC
NEW YORK - Peter Jennings hasn't returned to the air since his April 5 announcement that he has lung cancer, but he's often shaping "World News Tonight" from behind the scenes.

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."

PBS' 'Now' explores how U.S. treats suspected terrorists
NEW YORK - A former prisoner who says he was the man under the black hood in the gruesome photo from Abu Ghraib speaks out on this week's edition of the PBS newsmagazine "Now."

PBS' 'Now' explores how U.S. treats suspected terrorists

Peter Jennings active behind the scenes at ABC

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Concert calendar

Boy battles to save Bugs' gang

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Gallery calendar

Club calendar

Jackson defense asks to strike ex-wife's testimony

Joe Diffie's enjoying his success

Tina Fey and husband expecting first baby

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Ringtone speaks volumes
American society is a sucker for public definition.

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.

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

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.

Odds and Ends

Money found in box buried in backyard

Mystery of the exploding toads explained - maybe

School board votes to add Bible class as an elective