Romano brothers see humor in sibling rivalry
NEW YORK - Ray is grayer, Richard more reflective and Robert's head no longer has the shape of a bean. But otherwise, the Romano brothers will tell you, not much has changed since they were kids growing up in Queens, N.Y.

Big Guy Books don't look like literature
NEW YORK - Books have to compete with video games, DVDs, CDs, PCs and iPods when it comes to filling children's free time, and since books don't beep, flash or call attention to themselves in some other noisy way, they can be easily overlooked by today's joystick generation.

Big Guy Books don't look like literature

Romano brothers see humor in sibling rivalry

'Pol Pot' portrays an 'accidental' murderous despot
By any measure, Cambodia's Pol Pot deserves a spot alongside Hitler, Stalin and Mao Zedong in the hall of shame of despots whose policies killed off millions of their people.

Big Guy Books don't look like literature
NEW YORK - Books have to compete with video games, DVDs, CDs, PCs and iPods when it comes to filling children's free time, and since books don't beep, flash or call attention to themselves in some other noisy way, they can be easily overlooked by today's joystick generation.

'Witch in the Well' a well-done mystery
Catherine LeVendeur and her family are bound not only by blood but by water - from a well - in "The Witch in the Well," the 10th in Sharan Newman's mystery series set in 12th-century France.

'Pol Pot' portrays an 'accidental' murderous despot
By any measure, Cambodia's Pol Pot deserves a spot alongside Hitler, Stalin and Mao Zedong in the hall of shame of despots whose policies killed off millions of their people.

Romano brothers see humor in sibling rivalry
NEW YORK - Ray is grayer, Richard more reflective and Robert's head no longer has the shape of a bean. But otherwise, the Romano brothers will tell you, not much has changed since they were kids growing up in Queens, N.Y.

'Pol Pot' portrays an 'accidental' murderous despot

Knights stake state spot
The Evans baseball team began another mission Friday night.

Royals snap 9-game skid

Royals snap 9-game skid
CLEVELAND - Ken Harvey hit his first career grand slam, and Eli Marrero homered twice to back rookie Denny Bautista as the Kansas City Royals snapped a nine-game losing streak with an 8-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.

Griffey's HR not enough
MILWAUKEE - Ken Griffey Jr. found his home run swing. The Milwaukee Brewers found a way to win.

Knights stake state spot

Royals snap 9-game skid
CLEVELAND - Ken Harvey hit his first career grand slam, and Eli Marrero homered twice to back rookie Denny Bautista as the Kansas City Royals snapped a nine-game losing streak with an 8-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.

Knights stake state spot
The Evans baseball team began another mission Friday night.

Griffey's HR not enough
MILWAUKEE - Ken Griffey Jr. found his home run swing. The Milwaukee Brewers found a way to win.

Griffey's HR not enough

Selig seeking tougher steroid policy
NEW YORK - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig asked players to agree to a 50-game suspension for first-time steroid offenders and a lifetime ban for a third violation under what he called a "three strikes and you are out approach" to doping.

Time flies by in decade with no name, but you're the pilot

Christopher Leroy Hickson

Caleb LaVel Ballard
Casey and Candace Ballard of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Caleb LaVel, born March 18, 2005 at Aiken Regional Hospital in Aiken.

Tatiana Bernice Thomas
Ronald and Stacey Thomas of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tatiana Bernice, born April 15, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Noah Mason Clary
Charles and Gabriela Clary of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Noah Mason, born April 14, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by big sister, Nina Marie, 7.

Noah Mason Clary

Eliza Phinizy Holmes
Lee and Elizabeth Holmes of Edgefield, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Eliza Phinizy, born March 27, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Doug and Elizabeth Reese of Augusta, Alan Hanson of Mesa, Ariz., Joe Holmes and Deborah Holmes, both of Trenton, S.C. She was welcomed home by big sister, Hollis.

Stephen Kaleb Price
Stephen and Cathryn Price of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Stephen Kaleb, born April 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jackson Trainum Stull
Joshua and Serena Stull of Nashville, Tenn., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jackson, Trainum, born February 16, 2005 at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.

Anna Katherine Gunder
Shawn and Laura Gunder of Appling are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Anna Katherine, born April 13, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Autumn Nicole Mahan
John and Nicole Mahan of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Autumn Nicole, born November 8, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ricky Antwavious Holmes

Gabriel Ian Messex
Rufus and Pamela Messex of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gabriel Ian, born March 28, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He made his debut at 12:14 p.m., weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. Proud grandparents are James and Debra Thompson, Jr. of Hephzibah, Jim and Anna Barry and Eddie and Connie Bash, all of Augusta. He was welcomed home by big sisters, Chiara, Samantha and Alessandra.

Eliza Phinizy Holmes

Kemiyana Jermiah Garrett
Bianca West and Derrick Garrett are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kemiyana Jermiah, born April 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Christopher Leroy Hickson
Christopher and Karen Hickson of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Christopher Leroy, born March 29, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Caleb LaVel Ballard
Casey and Candace Ballard of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Caleb LaVel, born March 18, 2005 at Aiken Regional Hospital in Aiken.

Carter Wyatt Padgett
Kevin and Sarah Padgett of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Carter Wyatt, born April 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Olivia Taylor Rose
Christy Rose of Wagener, S.C. is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Olivia Taylor, born April 4, 2005 at Aiken Regional Hospital in Aiken.

Jade Elizabeth Brown
Reasa Hart and Waylon Brown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jade Elizabeth, born April 19, 2005 at Aiken Regional Hospital in Aiken

Eric Jamal Wiley
Eric and Ashley Wiley of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Eric Jamal, born April 17, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Eliza Phinizy Holmes
Lee and Elizabeth Holmes of Edgefield, S.C., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Eliza Phinizy, born March 27, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Proud grandparents are Doug and Elizabeth Reese of Augusta, Alan Hanson of Mesa, Ariz., Joe Holmes and Deborah Holmes, both of Trenton, S.C. She was welcomed home by big sister, Hollis.

Christopher Leroy Hickson
Christopher and Karen Hickson of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Christopher Leroy, born March 29, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Gabriel Ian Messex
Rufus and Pamela Messex of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gabriel Ian, born March 28, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He made his debut at 12:14 p.m., weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. Proud grandparents are James and Debra Thompson, Jr. of Hephzibah, Jim and Anna Barry and Eddie and Connie Bash, all of Augusta. He was welcomed home by big sisters, Chiara, Samantha and Alessandra.

Blake Allyn Stringer
Chad and Ashley Stringer of Clearwater are pleased to announce the birth of their son, born April 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Olivia Taylor Rose

Stephen Kaleb Price
Stephen and Cathryn Price of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Stephen Kaleb, born April 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jameson Marcelius Jukes

Jameson Marcelius Jukes
Dianne Rolle and Clark Jukes are pleased to announce the birth of their son, born April 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tatiana Bernice Thomas

Brittany Ann Hester
Derek and Stephanie Hester of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Brittany Ann, born April 6, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Olivia Taylor Rose
Christy Rose of Wagener, S.C. is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter, Olivia Taylor, born April 4, 2005 at Aiken Regional Hospital in Aiken.

Blake Allyn Stringer

Blake Allyn Stringer
Chad and Ashley Stringer of Clearwater are pleased to announce the birth of their son, born April 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jade Elizabeth Brown

Jameson Marcelius Jukes
Dianne Rolle and Clark Jukes are pleased to announce the birth of their son, born April 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jade Elizabeth Brown
Reasa Hart and Waylon Brown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Jade Elizabeth, born April 19, 2005 at Aiken Regional Hospital in Aiken

Ricky Antwavious Holmes
Leticia Thomas and Willie Holmes are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ricky Antwavious, born April 14, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by sibling, Keyana, 6.

Brittany Ann Hester

Kevin Asher Wright
Kevin and Angel Wright of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kevin Asher, born March 17, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Stephen Kaleb Price

Brittany Ann Hester
Derek and Stephanie Hester of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Brittany Ann, born April 6, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Kemiyana Jermiah Garrett

Noah Mason Clary
Charles and Gabriela Clary of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Noah Mason, born April 14, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by big sister, Nina Marie, 7.

Jackson Trainum Stull

Eric Jamal Wiley
Eric and Ashley Wiley of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Eric Jamal, born April 17, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Gabriel Ian Messex

Kemiyana Jermiah Garrett
Bianca West and Derrick Garrett are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kemiyana Jermiah, born April 15, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Eric Jamal Wiley

Anna Katherine Gunder
Shawn and Laura Gunder of Appling are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Anna Katherine, born April 13, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Caleb LaVel Ballard

Ricky Antwavious Holmes
Leticia Thomas and Willie Holmes are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ricky Antwavious, born April 14, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by sibling, Keyana, 6.

Autumn Nicole Mahan

Tatiana Bernice Thomas
Ronald and Stacey Thomas of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tatiana Bernice, born April 15, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Kevin Asher Wright

Kevin Asher Wright
Kevin and Angel Wright of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Kevin Asher, born March 17, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Autumn Nicole Mahan
John and Nicole Mahan of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Autumn Nicole, born November 8, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Anna Katherine Gunder

Jackson Trainum Stull
Joshua and Serena Stull of Nashville, Tenn., are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jackson, Trainum, born February 16, 2005 at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.

Odds and Ends
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. - A high school production doesn't debut until June, but it's already getting some bad reviews.

Men who claimed they found buried money are arrested
LAWRENCE, Mass. - Two men who claimed in numerous national television interviews that they found buried treasure in the back yard of a home were arrested early Friday after being questioned by police, who said the money was stolen.

Town lifts ban on Speedos
CAPE MAY, N.J. - Come on in, Speedo wearers, the water's fine: Your skimpy little swimsuits are legal now.

Odds and Ends
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. - A high school production doesn't debut until June, but it's already getting some bad reviews.

Mulder gets best of Hudson
ATLANTA - Albert Pujols looked about as ordinary as he could in three of his four at-bats Friday against the Braves.

Jones stays on bench with injured left foot
ATLANTA - Chipper Jones' target date for a return to the lineup came and went Friday without the Braves' third baseman budging from the bench.

Braves' notebook
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves met commissioner Bud Selig's call for stiffer penalties for steroid users with a mixture of support and skepticism Saturday.

Mondesi homers to lift Braves
ATLANTA - With 35,789 wet Atlanta Braves fans clamoring for ninth inning heroics, Raul Mondesi delivered.

Mulder gets best of Hudson

Braves' notebook
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves met commissioner Bud Selig's call for stiffer penalties for steroid users with a mixture of support and skepticism Saturday.

Braves' notebook

Mulder gets best of Hudson
ATLANTA - Albert Pujols looked about as ordinary as he could in three of his four at-bats Friday against the Braves.

'Metro Spirit' gets new owner
"Augusta's Independent Voice" is under new ownership. The Metro Spirit, along with its affiliate publications Sass and Augusta Parent, have been acquired by Portico Publications Ltd., the company that publishes the Free Times in Columbia.

'Metro Spirit' gets new owner
"Augusta's Independent Voice" is under new ownership. The Metro Spirit, along with its affiliate publications Sass and Augusta Parent, have been acquired by Portico Publications Ltd., the company that publishes the Free Times in Columbia.

Incomes grow at fastest pace in three Months

Busines calendar

Gas prices stabilize as summer driving approaches
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Gas prices, which hit record highs earlier this month in South Carolina, have fallen back and stabilized as the summer driving season approaches.

Biz bits

Hospital plans 100 job cuts

A tale of two hotels

Firm brings work to 550
AIKEN - A California-based firm with plans to build a $328 million nuclear waste processing facility at Savannah River Site has beefed up its Aiken operations, with plans to hire an additional 550 workers to complete the job.

Sweet-onion labels set off court fight among growers

Stocks rally as oil falls below $50 per barrel

Firm brings work to 550

Firm brings work to 550
AIKEN - A California-based firm with plans to build a $328 million nuclear waste processing facility at Savannah River Site has beefed up its Aiken operations, with plans to hire an additional 550 workers to complete the job.

Spending a pretty penny

A tale of two hotels
Two reminders of the city's rise and fall as a tourism destination during the 20th century stand atop The Hill in Augusta.

Incomes grow at fastest pace in three Months
WASHINGTON - Americans' incomes rose by 0.5 percent in March, the best showing in three months, and they used the extra money to boost consumer spending by 0.6 percent, the government reported Friday.

Crude oil prices plunge, settle below $50 a barrel

Stocks rally as oil falls below $50 per barrel
NEW YORK - Wall Street ended a volatile week with a big advance Friday as oil prices tumbled below $50 per barrel and jittery investors took solace in a pair of economic reports that eased their inflation concerns. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 122 points for the session, but the major indexes finished the week mixed.

Richmond County property transfers

Second investor buys large amount of Wendy's stock
DUBLIN, Ohio - An investment company that tried unsuccessfully to acquire Circuit City Stores Inc. says it has purchased shares giving it a 6.1 percent stake in Wendy's International Inc.

Gas prices stabilize as summer driving approaches

Female-run strip club is one of nation's few

'Metro Spirit' gets new owner

Female-run strip club is one of nation's few
PHILADELPHIA - Here are a few things you might not know about Delilah's, possibly Philadelphia's most popular strip club:

Second investor buys large amount of Wendy's stock

Sweet-onion labels set off court fight among growers
VIDALIA, Ga. - The warehouse fills with the aroma of thousands of Vidalia onions tumbling on conveyor belts as R.T. Stanley starts his season with a mix of science and salesmanship - placing labels on his onions that declare them as "certified extra sweet."

Gas prices stabilize as summer driving approaches
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Gas prices, which hit record highs earlier this month in South Carolina, have fallen back and stabilized as the summer driving season approaches.

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for April 15-20. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Crude oil prices plunge, settle below $50 a barrel
Oil prices closed below $50 a barrel for the first time in more than two months on Friday after declining by more than $5 a barrel in the past week on rising U.S. supplies and slower economic growth.

Busines calendar
Tuesday: Estate planning seminar, Kurt Mobley, of Edward Jones, with guest speaker Aubrey Rhodes, 6:30 p.m., Guest House Inn, 3023 Washington Road; barbecue buffet served, reservations required; call 736-6252.

Hospital plans 100 job cuts
On Monday, St. Joseph Hospital will slash 100 jobs, citing failed negotiations with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia Inc., its largest managed care contractor.

Biz bits
- Cyndi Eber has joined the Georgia Bank & Trust Co.'s mortgage department. Ms. Eber has more than 19 years of mortgage lending experience in Augusta.

Spending a pretty penny
AIKEN - Natalie Landy has been looking forward to her first prom since the day she began high school. Her mother, Connie, has been awaiting Natalie's prom for much longer.

A tale of two hotels
Two reminders of the city's rise and fall as a tourism destination during the 20th century stand atop The Hill in Augusta.

Hospital plans 100 job cuts
On Monday, St. Joseph Hospital will slash 100 jobs, citing failed negotiations with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia Inc., its largest managed care contractor.

Female-run strip club is one of nation's few
PHILADELPHIA - Here are a few things you might not know about Delilah's, possibly Philadelphia's most popular strip club:

Stocks rally as oil falls below $50 per barrel
NEW YORK - Wall Street ended a volatile week with a big advance Friday as oil prices tumbled below $50 per barrel and jittery investors took solace in a pair of economic reports that eased their inflation concerns. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 122 points for the session, but the major indexes finished the week mixed.

Sweet-onion labels set off court fight among growers
VIDALIA, Ga. - The warehouse fills with the aroma of thousands of Vidalia onions tumbling on conveyor belts as R.T. Stanley starts his season with a mix of science and salesmanship - placing labels on his onions that declare them as "certified extra sweet."

Crude oil prices plunge, settle below $50 a barrel
Oil prices closed below $50 a barrel for the first time in more than two months on Friday after declining by more than $5 a barrel in the past week on rising U.S. supplies and slower economic growth.

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for April 15-20. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Spending a pretty penny
AIKEN - Natalie Landy has been looking forward to her first prom since the day she began high school. Her mother, Connie, has been awaiting Natalie's prom for much longer.

Busines calendar
Tuesday: Estate planning seminar, Kurt Mobley, of Edward Jones, with guest speaker Aubrey Rhodes, 6:30 p.m., Guest House Inn, 3023 Washington Road; barbecue buffet served, reservations required; call 736-6252.

Second investor buys large amount of Wendy's stock
DUBLIN, Ohio - An investment company that tried unsuccessfully to acquire Circuit City Stores Inc. says it has purchased shares giving it a 6.1 percent stake in Wendy's International Inc.

Biz bits
- Cyndi Eber has joined the Georgia Bank & Trust Co.'s mortgage department. Ms. Eber has more than 19 years of mortgage lending experience in Augusta.

Incomes grow at fastest pace in three Months
WASHINGTON - Americans' incomes rose by 0.5 percent in March, the best showing in three months, and they used the extra money to boost consumer spending by 0.6 percent, the government reported Friday.

Questions about adultery rile Larke

Questions about adultery rile Larke
Charles Larke has faced a variety of classroom and political obstacles lately, but last week he faced a different sort of challenge - in a Richmond County courtroom.

Questions about adultery rile Larke
Charles Larke has faced a variety of classroom and political obstacles lately, but last week he faced a different sort of challenge - in a Richmond County courtroom.

Safety net is on fire
On the surface, it seems inexplicable. Why would some in Congress oppose allowing Americans to invest a fraction of their Social Security taxes themselves?

At the end of a gavel
It's safe to say the war on terror will require more criminal prosecutions than any war in history.

Safety net is on fire

Bush's energy agenda
President Bush made it clear in his press conference Thursday night that he's making energy policy a high priority.

Poor guys
"Let us go. We're poor." "Stop hitting me. I'm poor."

Rock the boat, baby
Opponents of John Bolton are concerned he might rock the boat at the United Nations.

Rock the boat, baby

Poor guys

Rock the boat, baby
Opponents of John Bolton are concerned he might rock the boat at the United Nations.

Bush's energy agenda
President Bush made it clear in his press conference Thursday night that he's making energy policy a high priority.

Bush's energy agenda

Safety net is on fire
On the surface, it seems inexplicable. Why would some in Congress oppose allowing Americans to invest a fraction of their Social Security taxes themselves?

Poor guys
"Let us go. We're poor." "Stop hitting me. I'm poor."

People in the News
TEMPLE, Texas - A 27-year-old Texas man has been convicted in the slaying of a former manager of the 1970s rock group Grand Funk Railroad.

Evidence in 1993 Jackson investigation allowed at trial
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Prosecutors in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial may use as evidence two books seized from the pop star's bedroom in 1993 that feature pictures of nude boys, the judge ruled Friday.

Stan Lee reaches settlement with Marvel
NEW YORK - Superhero creator Stan Lee is feeling rather super himself after reaching a settlement with Marvel Enterprises.

Stan Lee reaches settlement with Marvel
NEW YORK - Superhero creator Stan Lee is feeling rather super himself after reaching a settlement with Marvel Enterprises.

Evidence in 1993 Jackson investigation allowed at trial
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Prosecutors in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial may use as evidence two books seized from the pop star's bedroom in 1993 that feature pictures of nude boys, the judge ruled Friday.

Health funds boost exposure to biotech industry
NEW YORK - Health care stocks stood up well during the market's recent swoon, but if you're considering adding more of this sector to your mutual fund portfolio, take care to avoid duplicating your existing holdings.

How to have an affordable European vacation

How to have an affordable European vacation
Q. Is a summer European vacation affordable this year when the dollar's value against the Euro is low?

How to have an affordable European vacation
Q. Is a summer European vacation affordable this year when the dollar's value against the Euro is low?

GreenJackets chain RiverDogs
With team leading hitter Brian Horwitz on the shelf for a week with a shoulder injury, GreenJackets manager Roberto Kelly went to his second option: Carlos Sosa.

Minor league notebook
It's fairly uncommon for two brothers to both end up playing professional baseball.

Minor league notebook
It's fairly uncommon for two brothers to both end up playing professional baseball.

GreenJackets chain RiverDogs
With team leading hitter Brian Horwitz on the shelf for a week with a shoulder injury, GreenJackets manager Roberto Kelly went to his second option: Carlos Sosa.

Weather delays Zurich play
AVONDALE, La. - India's Arjun Atwal is trying to keep a low profile in the Zurich Classic. It won't be easy if he keeps playing this well.

Bradley hoping for short tour stop

Weather delays Zurich play
AVONDALE, La. - India's Arjun Atwal is trying to keep a low profile in the Zurich Classic. It won't be easy if he keeps playing this well.

Bradley hoping for short tour stop
Rob Bradley likes his new home on the NGA/Hooters Tour, but he hopes his stay is temporary.

Martin edges out future teammate
AIKEN - Ben Martin and Philip Mollica spent the better part of nine hours together Saturday for the final round of the weather-plagued Southern Cross Invitational.

McCormick duo on pace to play in final match
The McCormick brothers lived up to their pre-tournament billing as favorites in the City of Augusta Match Play Championship and could be headed for a sibling showdown for the title.

Golf roundup
SHANGHAI, China - Ernie Els opened up a five-stroke lead at the BMW Asian Open after shooting 4-under 68 in the third round Saturday.

Atwal rides wind to Zurich lead
AVONDALE, La. - India's Arjun Atwal overcame Friday's gusting winds to shoot 4-under-par 68 and take a one-stroke lead over J.J. Henry after two rounds of the Zurich Classic.

Eighth-grader boosts Dutch Fork
AIKEN - Dutch Fork golf coach Mark Giles expects the Bryan brothers to perform well each time they tee it up in competition.

Local golf tee times
City of Augusta Match Play Championship

Golf roundup
SHANGHAI, China - Ernie Els opened up a five-stroke lead at the BMW Asian Open after shooting 4-under 68 in the third round Saturday.

Eighth-grader boosts Dutch Fork
AIKEN - Dutch Fork golf coach Mark Giles expects the Bryan brothers to perform well each time they tee it up in competition.

Rain dampens Hooters event
McCORMICK, S.C. - The NGA/Hooters Tour is called a breeding ground for future PGA Tour professionals. These developmental-tour players are gaining valuable experience for the big leagues doing one thing over and again this year: Sitting out long rain delays.

Atwal rides wind to Zurich lead

Kearns eyes Match Play title
That first-round bye Tony Kearns earned in the senior division is looming large in the rain-delayed City of Augusta Match Play Championship.

Local golf tee times

Martin edges out future teammate
AIKEN - Ben Martin and Philip Mollica spent the better part of nine hours together Saturday for the final round of the weather-plagued Southern Cross Invitational.

Golf roundup

Kearns eyes Match Play title
That first-round bye Tony Kearns earned in the senior division is looming large in the rain-delayed City of Augusta Match Play Championship.

Martin edges out future teammate

Weather delays Zurich play

McCormick duo on pace to play in final match

Bradley hoping for short tour stop
Rob Bradley likes his new home on the NGA/Hooters Tour, but he hopes his stay is temporary.

Eighth-grader boosts Dutch Fork

McCormick duo on pace to play in final match
The McCormick brothers lived up to their pre-tournament billing as favorites in the City of Augusta Match Play Championship and could be headed for a sibling showdown for the title.

Kearns eyes Match Play title

Atwal rides wind to Zurich lead
AVONDALE, La. - India's Arjun Atwal overcame Friday's gusting winds to shoot 4-under-par 68 and take a one-stroke lead over J.J. Henry after two rounds of the Zurich Classic.

Local golf tee times
City of Augusta Match Play Championship

GreenJackets chain RiverDogs

Minor league notebook

Time flies by in decade with no name, but you're the pilot
Say what you will about 2005, but as of this morning it's a third over. Why, it seems like only yesterday that we were throwing away holiday wrapping paper and making lists of resolutions to break.

Time flies by in decade with no name, but you're the pilot
Say what you will about 2005, but as of this morning it's a third over. Why, it seems like only yesterday that we were throwing away holiday wrapping paper and making lists of resolutions to break.

Gordon dominates in overtime win
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Jeff Gordon proved again he is NASCAR's new king of restrictor-plate racing.

Authorities investigate shooting
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are working to find out why a man who witnesses said shot three people, in the plain view of young children this morning, then turned the gun on himself.

National Weather Service issues thunder storm watch
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the following counties:

Column has one fatal flaw
If I correctly read Mallory Millender's opinion piece in the April 24 edition of The Augusta Chronicle ("Burmeister ruined fragile trust between races"), he completely negates himself by the use of a fake premise. He seems to assume that we have an adequately functioning Augusta government.Merle E. Burkholder, Augusta

New abortion law is clearly right

President Bush proved it: Action can make dreams succeed

Stubborn Dems are out of mainstream
Regarding the April 26 letter by Lowell Greenbaum, chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party ("Don't turn United States into another theocracy"): I find it interesting that Democrats continue to compare the Christian right to Nazism.Tim Enfinger, Grovetown

How could citizenship debacle happen?

New abortion law is clearly right
Richard Amundson's letter ("Abortion is bad; it can be worse," April 23) offered irresponsible criticism of the recently passed Woman's Right to Know Act.Vern J. Simon, Evans

Column has one fatal flaw

How could citizenship debacle happen?
Your front-page article "Teen's future lies in limbo" (April 27) must be one of the least-researched articles you have published in a long time.John Ballard, Augusta

Stubborn Dems are out of mainstream

New abortion law is clearly right
Richard Amundson's letter ("Abortion is bad; it can be worse," April 23) offered irresponsible criticism of the recently passed Woman's Right to Know Act.Vern J. Simon, Evans

President Bush proved it: Action can make dreams succeed
It is a fine thing to dream.Mike Fulford, Evans

President Bush proved it: Action can make dreams succeed
It is a fine thing to dream. Mike Fulford, Evans

How could citizenship debacle happen?
Your front-page article "Teen's future lies in limbo" (April 27) must be one of the least-researched articles you have published in a long time.John Ballard, Augusta

Prayer marred bike-race opening
The wonderful ceremony at the Augusta Common, starting the Tour de Georgia with Lance Armstrong, was marred by, of all things, the opening prayer offered by a man of God.Robert Alman, Augusta

Stubborn Dems are out of mainstream
Regarding the April 26 letter by Lowell Greenbaum, chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party ("Don't turn United States into another theocracy"): I find it interesting that Democrats continue to compare the Christian right to Nazism.Tim Enfinger, Grovetown

Column has one fatal flaw
If I correctly read Mallory Millender's opinion piece in the April 24 edition of The Augusta Chronicle ("Burmeister ruined fragile trust between races"), he completely negates himself by the use of a fake premise. He seems to assume that we have an adequately functioning Augusta government.Merle E. Burkholder, Augusta

Michael Kors bottles the beach

Style Briefs

There's a bohemian style skirt out there for everyone

Adulthood comes too quickly for moms

Ask the Carey Brothers

Apartment lures woman downtown

Widow can wear wedding ring set on either hand

Let 'The Chronicle' help make your wishes come true

Destination weddings double as vacations

Albuquerque prepares for 300th birthday

All homes need safety and convenience features

New tricycle design has built-in training wheels

Destination weddings double as vacations
TULUM, Mexico - I was never someone who dreamed of a big wedding - or any wedding, for that matter. My motto: Give me the honeymoon, and spare me the frothy, white dress.

Michael Kors bottles the beach
NEW YORK - Fashion designers often say that developing a fragrance is more personal than a collection of clothes.

Apartment lures woman downtown
After Shannon Cochran moved into her Broad Street loft apartment, her friends joked with her about the huge space.

Adulthood comes too quickly for moms
If you've never been a mother, I can tell you exactly what happens. One minute you have a microscopic zygote embedded in your uterus; the next minute that zygote has grown a full beard and is maneuvering 2 tons of motorized metal down Bobby Jones Expressway.

New tricycle design has built-in training wheels
INDIANAPOLIS - Who can forget the thrill - and terror - of that first solo bicycle ride: Mom or Dad letting go, the magic of two-wheeled freedom and, inevitably, toppling over in a knee-scraping crash?

Business briefs
IF YOU'RE getting big checks, you're loaning the government too much. Have your payroll department increase your exemptions during the year. This allows you to take home more, instead of having the IRS hold it until spring.

Let 'The Chronicle' help make your wishes come true
Our dreams as children are grandiose. We want to be astronauts, explorers, president or the first basketball player to dunk from the top of the key.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: I have a plumbing problem wherein the toilet appears to bubble up water and the bowl completely fills with water upon flushing. It requires about 30 minutes for the water to drain out. When it does, it almost completely drains out. I have tried using a plunger, but to no avail. Please advise. -- Crystal

There's a bohemian style skirt out there for everyone
NEW YORK - The hemline could be up, it could be down; the most important thing this season is that your skirt is round.

Style Briefs
NEW YORK - Deep inside our psyches lurks a "fragrance personality," at least according to Perfumania.

There's a bohemian style skirt out there for everyone
NEW YORK - The hemline could be up, it could be down; the most important thing this season is that your skirt is round.

Adulthood comes too quickly for moms
If you've never been a mother, I can tell you exactly what happens. One minute you have a microscopic zygote embedded in your uterus; the next minute that zygote has grown a full beard and is maneuvering 2 tons of motorized metal down Bobby Jones Expressway.

All homes need safety and convenience features
Universal home design isn't just for the elderly or disabled. Everyone can benefit from common-sense safety and convenience features added to the home. There are a few simple areas where you can make a big difference to the people who live and visit there.

All homes need safety and convenience features
Universal home design isn't just for the elderly or disabled. Everyone can benefit from common-sense safety and convenience features added to the home. There are a few simple areas where you can make a big difference to the people who live and visit there.

Albuquerque prepares for 300th birthday
ALBUQUERQUE - A yearlong celebration featuring art from Spain, dance from Mexico, Indian culture and a reenactment of a cattle drive will take place here as the city marks its 300th birthday.

Widow can wear wedding ring set on either hand
Dear Carson: My husband recently passed away. How long is it appropriate to wear my wedding set on my right hand, and when do I change hands? In what order do I wear my engagement ring and wedding? - Young and Lost

Widow can wear wedding ring set on either hand
Dear Carson: My husband recently passed away. How long is it appropriate to wear my wedding set on my right hand, and when do I change hands? In what order do I wear my engagement ring and wedding? - Young and Lost

Living briefs
The original frozen pop was invented in 1905 by an 11-year-old boy, and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of that achievement, nestle ice cream is looking for 10 "flavorful" children who will win all-expenses-paid trips to the company's top secret flavor lab at the nestle ice cream factory in southern California.

Apartment lures woman downtown
After Shannon Cochran moved into her Broad Street loft apartment, her friends joked with her about the huge space.

Destination weddings double as vacations
TULUM, Mexico - I was never someone who dreamed of a big wedding - or any wedding, for that matter. My motto: Give me the honeymoon, and spare me the frothy, white dress.

Albuquerque prepares for 300th birthday
ALBUQUERQUE - A yearlong celebration featuring art from Spain, dance from Mexico, Indian culture and a reenactment of a cattle drive will take place here as the city marks its 300th birthday.

New tricycle design has built-in training wheels
INDIANAPOLIS - Who can forget the thrill - and terror - of that first solo bicycle ride: Mom or Dad letting go, the magic of two-wheeled freedom and, inevitably, toppling over in a knee-scraping crash?

Michael Kors bottles the beach
NEW YORK - Fashion designers often say that developing a fragrance is more personal than a collection of clothes.

Style Briefs
NEW YORK - Deep inside our psyches lurks a "fragrance personality," at least according to Perfumania.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: I have a plumbing problem wherein the toilet appears to bubble up water and the bowl completely fills with water upon flushing. It requires about 30 minutes for the water to drain out. When it does, it almost completely drains out. I have tried using a plunger, but to no avail. Please advise. -- Crystal

Let 'The Chronicle' help make your wishes come true
Our dreams as children are grandiose. We want to be astronauts, explorers, president or the first basketball player to dunk from the top of the key.

Prosecutors say Williams lined pockets
A quarter-million dollars paid in hopes of opening a much-needed in-patient facility for mentally ill children mostly went to support former Augusta mayoral candidate Robin Williams' failed campaign and lifestyle, according to evidence presented Friday by prosecutors.

Chairman bill awaits governor's signature

Williams trial witness is first to admit fraud
If former state Rep. Robin Williams got paid for getting associates sweetheart deals with an Augusta mental health center, they deserved a cut, too, Jim Points testified the center's director told him.

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Rising to the roof

Williams trial witness is first to admit fraud

Bride claims kidnapping, then recants
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Distressed, out of cash and in disguise, a missing Georgia bride-to-be turned up on a seedy stretch of Route 66 and told authorities Saturday she'd been abducted, then admitted the truth - she fled the pressure of her looming wedding.

Across the area

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jailyn C. Walton of Augusta.

Gunman hurts 2, commits suicide

National Weather Service issues thunder storm watch

Doctors tout remedies for aches
People suffering headaches and neck pain from sitting hunched over their computers all day could find relief in a Botox injection, an Atlanta doctor said.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -- A private attorney assigned to represent a man arrested in Augusta in the killing of the man's girlfriend in Georgetown County has been excused from the case.

Senator faces tough road to Governor's Mansion
AIKEN - Political experts say gubernatorial candidate Tommy Moore needs plenty of two things between now and election day 2006: friends and money.

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

Bride's hometown vents anger
DULUTH, Ga. - They searched woods and alleys, crawled in sewage drains and stayed up late looking for a woman who went missing four days before her wedding.

Kid of the Day
Colson Wright is today's Kid of the Day.

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

Gently down the stream
CHRIS THELEN/STAFFGently down the streamParticipants in the 18th annual Augusta Canal Cruise and Cookout head down the Augusta Canal. Saturday's event ended with a party at Enterprise Mill.

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Group uses optimism, fund-raisers to seek cure

Cooking for Kids offers something for everyone
When asked whether she'd try some of the wild game roasting, grilling and boiling at Daniel Field on Saturday, 13-year-old Shey Price winced a bit, then flashed a grin.

Doctors tout remedies for aches

Senator faces tough road to Governor's Mansion
AIKEN - Political experts say gubernatorial candidate Tommy Moore needs plenty of two things between now and election day 2006: friends and money.

Ambulance company to offer more service

Bride's hometown vents anger
DULUTH, Ga. - They searched woods and alleys, crawled in sewage drains and stayed up late looking for a woman who went missing four days before her wedding.

Across South Carolina

Bride claims kidnapping, then recants

Georgia tax load less than others
ATLANTA - When Angela McGowan and her husband moved from St. Louis to Georgia a few years ago, they saw their house-purchasing power jump and their property tax bill drop.

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Rejoicing in reading
Joseph R. Lamar Elementary School pupils perform during a celebration of reading at the school.

Where we live

Gordon dominates in overtime win
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Jeff Gordon proved again he is NASCAR's new king of restrictor-plate racing.

Bride's hometown vents anger

National Weather Service issues thunder storm watch
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the following counties:

Bride claims kidnapping, then recants
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Distressed, out of cash and in disguise, a missing Georgia bride-to-be turned up on a seedy stretch of Route 66 and told authorities Saturday she'd been abducted, then admitted the truth - she fled the pressure of her looming wedding.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jailyn C. Walton of Augusta.

Williams trial witness is first to admit fraud
If former state Rep. Robin Williams got paid for getting associates sweetheart deals with an Augusta mental health center, they deserved a cut, too, Jim Points testified the center's director told him.

Across the southeast
ORLANDO, Fla. - A man was fatally shot by an Orange County sheriff's deputy after he tried to run over an officer during a stop, authorities said.

Gently down the stream
CHRIS THELEN/STAFFGently down the streamParticipants in the 18th annual Augusta Canal Cruise and Cookout head down the Augusta Canal. Saturday's event ended with a party at Enterprise Mill.

Across the southeast
ORLANDO, Fla. - A man was fatally shot by an Orange County sheriff's deputy after he tried to run over an officer during a stop, authorities said.

Gordon dominates in overtime win

Gunman hurts 2, commits suicide
A history of domestic disputes ended Saturday morning on an Augusta street after a man shot his former girlfriend and her boyfriend, and then turned the gun on himself, officials said.

Scrutiny of landing continues
The physical inspection of a Cessna 150C airplane that made an emergency landing on Washington Road in Martinez on April 20 is now complete, Federal Aviation Administration officials said Friday.

17 businesses cited for underage sales

Doctors tout remedies for aches
People suffering headaches and neck pain from sitting hunched over their computers all day could find relief in a Botox injection, an Atlanta doctor said.

Georgia tax load less than others

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Prosecutors say Williams lined pockets

Ambulance company to offer more service
Jim Adkins wants the public to know at least one thing about the ambulance company he's expanding to the Augusta area on the Georgia side: when in an emergency, call 911 instead of him.

Across the area

Rodeo to benefit burn center
Be sure to bring your cowboy hat, cowboy boots and wallet for a fun family event featuring bulls, steers and an opportunity to raise money for burn survivors and their families.

Authorities investigate shooting

Prosecutors say Williams lined pockets
A quarter-million dollars paid in hopes of opening a much-needed in-patient facility for mentally ill children mostly went to support former Augusta mayoral candidate Robin Williams' failed campaign and lifestyle, according to evidence presented Friday by prosecutors.

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Group uses optimism, fund-raisers to seek cure
Yves Berthiaume knows the importance of his Optimist International club's campaign to take on childhood cancer.

Kid of the Day

Board says soldier won't be discharged
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Army Conscientious Objector Review Board has ruled that 3rd Infantry Division Sgt. Kevin Benderman, who refused to redeploy to Iraq, failed to present "convincing evidence" that he is truly a conscientious objector.

Across the area
The woman injured after authorities said a McDuffie County chief magistrate judge ran a stop sign has been discharged from Medical College of Georgia Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Chairman bill awaits governor's signature
Legislation that would create an at-large elected school board chairman in Columbia County is still awaiting a signature by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Group uses optimism, fund-raisers to seek cure
Yves Berthiaume knows the importance of his Optimist International club's campaign to take on childhood cancer.

Officials consider changing pollution-control guidelines
Georgia's Environmental Protection Division will hold a public meeting in Augusta on Tuesday to discuss potential changes to rules that govern how industrial pollution is regulated.

Rising to the roof
Project Manager Chris Eggen (front) of Turner Construction Co. gives a speech at a topping-out party Friday.

17 businesses cited for underage sales
During a three-week undercover operation, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office cited 17 Columbia County businesses on a charge that they sold alcohol to a minor, according to information released Friday.

17 businesses cited for underage sales
During a three-week undercover operation, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office cited 17 Columbia County businesses on a charge that they sold alcohol to a minor, according to information released Friday.

Kid of the Day
Colson Wright is today's Kid of the Day.

Child support payment formula won't be set soon
ATLANTA - One out of every four Georgia children could be affected next year when a new law on child support payments takes effect.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A church has given $59,000 to the widow of a sheriff's deputy who was killed in a shooting spree last month that left three others dead.

Glitches bedevil tracking system
ATLANTA - High-tech satellite tracking monitors being tested on paroled Georgia convicts have broken, malfunctioned or required repairs at least 61 times since October, maintenance records show.

Rejoicing in reading
Joseph R. Lamar Elementary School pupils perform during a celebration of reading at the school.

Ambulance company to offer more service
Jim Adkins wants the public to know at least one thing about the ambulance company he's expanding to the Augusta area on the Georgia side: when in an emergency, call 911 instead of him.

Rising to the roof
Project Manager Chris Eggen (front) of Turner Construction Co. gives a speech at a topping-out party Friday.

Chairman bill awaits governor's signature
Legislation that would create an at-large elected school board chairman in Columbia County is still awaiting a signature by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Georgia tax load less than others
ATLANTA - When Angela McGowan and her husband moved from St. Louis to Georgia a few years ago, they saw their house-purchasing power jump and their property tax bill drop.

Across the area
A 12-year-old girl told Richmond County authorities that she was sexually assaulted Friday, a sheriff's office report states.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -- A private attorney assigned to represent a man arrested in Augusta in the killing of the man's girlfriend in Georgetown County has been excused from the case.

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News you can use
Activities scheduled for today include:

Across the area
A 12-year-old girl told Richmond County authorities that she was sexually assaulted Friday, a sheriff's office report states.

Across the area
The woman injured after authorities said a McDuffie County chief magistrate judge ran a stop sign has been discharged from Medical College of Georgia Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Minister speaks on nation
The dean of the civil rights movement urged Paine College's Class of 2005 on Saturday to guard against those attempting to steal their Christian identities and to turn the country back into a forgiving and charitable nation.

Board says soldier won't be discharged
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Army Conscientious Objector Review Board has ruled that 3rd Infantry Division Sgt. Kevin Benderman, who refused to redeploy to Iraq, failed to present "convincing evidence" that he is truly a conscientious objector.

Across Georgia
ATHENS - A federal judge has dismissed all but one of the legal challenges of a University of Georgia cheerleading coach who was fired after being accused of discriminating against a Jewish cheerleader.

Authorities investigate shooting
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are working to find out why a man who witnesses said shot three people, in the plain view of young children this morning, then turned the gun on himself.

Minister speaks on nation
The dean of the civil rights movement urged Paine College's Class of 2005 on Saturday to guard against those attempting to steal their Christian identities and to turn the country back into a forgiving and charitable nation.

Rejoicing in reading

Board says soldier won't be discharged

Child support payment formula won't be set soon

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Alice Tellis Critikos knew something was wrong with the fax asking her to send thousands of dollars' worth of diabetic supplies to Nigeria for a charity.

News you can use

Project assists needy families
Despite the looming clouds, several thousands of pounds of food were distributed to those in need at a south Augusta church Saturday morning.

Across the southeast

News you can use
Birth certificates can be necessary for obtaining driver's licenses, Social Security cards and passports. They're also needed when placing a child in school, obtaining Social Security payments and traveling internationally or on cruise ships.

Kid of the Day

Glitches bedevil tracking system
ATLANTA - High-tech satellite tracking monitors being tested on paroled Georgia convicts have broken, malfunctioned or required repairs at least 61 times since October, maintenance records show.

Minister speaks on nation

Child support payment formula won't be set soon
ATLANTA - One out of every four Georgia children could be affected next year when a new law on child support payments takes effect.

Gently down the stream

Project assists needy families
Despite the looming clouds, several thousands of pounds of food were distributed to those in need at a south Augusta church Saturday morning.

Project assists needy families

Gunman hurts 2, commits suicide
A history of domestic disputes ended Saturday morning on an Augusta street after a man shot his former girlfriend and her boyfriend, and then turned the gun on himself, officials said.

Senator faces tough road to Governor's Mansion

Glitches bedevil tracking system

News you can use
Birth certificates can be necessary for obtaining driver's licenses, Social Security cards and passports. They're also needed when placing a child in school, obtaining Social Security payments and traveling internationally or on cruise ships.

BCS should stop and ask for directions
This friend in college had a Jaguar sports car, one of those late 70's or early 80's X-something things with the long sleek nose and a roof line that crossed about at your waist.

BCS should stop and ask for directions
This friend in college had a Jaguar sports car, one of those late 70's or early 80's X-something things with the long sleek nose and a roof line that crossed about at your waist.

Cinema owners consider cell phone jammers
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand cinema owners said Friday they may use mobile phone jamming technology to stop mid-movie calls and text messaging in the hopes of preventing disruptions and conflicts between patrons.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Cinema owners consider cell phone jammers

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

Cinema owners consider cell phone jammers
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand cinema owners said Friday they may use mobile phone jamming technology to stop mid-movie calls and text messaging in the hopes of preventing disruptions and conflicts between patrons.

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

Guerra, Rubio and Juanes lead Billboard Latin winners
MIAMI - Juan Luis Guerra had little to say, but his awards spoke volumes.

Guerra, Rubio and Juanes lead Billboard Latin winners

Guerra, Rubio and Juanes lead Billboard Latin winners
MIAMI - Juan Luis Guerra had little to say, but his awards spoke volumes.

Truex takes two in victory
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Martin Truex proved he's just as good at restrictor-plate racing as his boss is, winning his second consecutive Busch Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday.

Tangled Talladega tough test to tame
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Elliott Sadler has the best car he's ever brought to the Talladega Superspeedway and more than enough horsepower under the hood.

NASCAR notebook
TALLADEGA, Ala.- With all the success Jeff Gordon has had at Talladega Superspeedway, you'd think he would look forward to racing here.

Truex takes two in victory
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Martin Truex proved he's just as good at restrictor-plate racing as his boss is, winning his second consecutive Busch Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday.

Tangled Talladega tough test to tame
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Elliott Sadler has the best car he's ever brought to the Talladega Superspeedway and more than enough horsepower under the hood.

NASCAR notebook

Talladega offers no leniency to drivers

Truex takes two in victory

Tangled Talladega tough test to tame

Talladega offers no leniency to drivers
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Driving Dale Earnhardt's old car on the Intimidator's birthday, Kevin Harvick won the pole for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Patrick proving that she belongs
MOTEGI, Japan - Rookie Danica Patrick has drawn attention this year as the only woman competing in the Indy Racing League. After her breakthrough performance at the Indy Japan 300, she'll get more credit for her driving.

NASCAR notebook
TALLADEGA, Ala.- With all the success Jeff Gordon has had at Talladega Superspeedway, you'd think he would look forward to racing here.

Talladega offers no leniency to drivers
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Driving Dale Earnhardt's old car on the Intimidator's birthday, Kevin Harvick won the pole for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

NBA roundup
WASHINGTON - The Big Three plus the Poetic One equaled the Washington Wizards' first playoff victory in 17 years.

NBA roundup

Down 3-0, Nets try to remain positive
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Richard Jefferson sat with his back against a brick wall Saturday, banners hanging to his left and retired numbers to his right as he delivered a brief history lesson on the New Jersey Nets' resiliency.

NBA roundup
WASHINGTON - The Big Three plus the Poetic One equaled the Washington Wizards' first playoff victory in 17 years.

Pollack feeling out of position

Brown getting chances early

Jags enjoy changes to offensive playbook

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Mrs. Julia Mobley (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. David Crane, Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Baldwin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Swint (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Luckey (HARLEM, Ga.)

Ms. Gloria Rouse (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Leila Weathersbee (LANGLEY, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Elizabeth Swint (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Phillips, Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Ephesus Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Lee Scott (MATTHEWS, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Charles Hollows (WALTON BEACH, Fla.)

Ms. Lisa M. Garcia (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Peggy Cook (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Earlene S. Baker (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. E. J. Lundy, Jr. (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Reginald Boone, Sr. (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. J. B. Battle (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Lester Berry (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Lamar Crawford (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Lee Carter (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Anderson (JONESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Mobley (GIRARD, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Hazel P. Bragg (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lizetta Phillips (BATESBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Howard "Ray" Barnes (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Daniel L. Holder (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Billie E. Williams (McCORMICK, S.C.)

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

Victoria Robinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lola McGahee (HARLEM, Ga.)

Nicole Payne ( WARRENTON, Ga.)

Support bond issue, SPLOST votes for Augusta's future
The June bond issue and companion November SPLOST package that will be presented to voters are the most important issues before our city. This truly is an opportunity to change the future of our city and help Augusta realize its potential.

Officials deserve big thank you
With the manslaughter trial of my ex-husband, Michael Batchelor, completed, I would like to give thanks to the Aiken County Solicitors Office and the Office Of Victims Services. These people have been a part of my life for the past 2 years. They are family to me.

Officials deserve big thank you
With the manslaughter trial of my ex-husband, Michael Batchelor, completed, I would like to give thanks to the Aiken County Solicitors Office and the Office Of Victims Services. These people have been a part of my life for the past 2 years. They are family to me.

Support bond issue, SPLOST votes for Augusta's future
The June bond issue and companion November SPLOST package that will be presented to voters are the most important issues before our city. This truly is an opportunity to change the future of our city and help Augusta realize its potential.

Officials deserve big thank you
With the manslaughter trial of my ex-husband, Michael Batchelor, completed, I would like to give thanks to the Aiken County Solicitors Office and the Office Of Victims Services. These people have been a part of my life for the past 2 years. They are family to me.

Support bond issue, SPLOST votes for Augusta's future
The June bond issue and companion November SPLOST package that will be presented to voters are the most important issues before our city. This truly is an opportunity to change the future of our city and help Augusta realize its potential.

Area sports announcements

Brown hot, but Burkhart hotter for Pacers in victory

Prep scores

Overtime

Overtime

Zito, Pletcher strive for Derby success

Jones claims win in 100-meter race

Overtime
In London, cricket's world governing organization is withholding all funding to the U.S. cricket body until it sorts out its "dysfunctional" management.

Jones claims win in 100-meter race
FORTE-DE-FRANCE, Martinique - Marion Jones won her first race in 11 months Saturday, sprinting to victory in the 100 meters at the IAAF Grand Prix.

Overtime
Augusta State, with only five total runs on the day, dropped both games of a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader to No. 3 North Florida.

Brown hot, but Burkhart hotter for Pacers in victory
Reviewing local college sports:

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

Prep scores
Here are the results from Friday's high school games:

Zito, Pletcher strive for Derby success
Winning the Kentucky Derby is on every horse trainer's list. Exactly where it is depends on the trainer.

Players of the week
These are the players of the week:

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

Overtime
In London, cricket's world governing organization is withholding all funding to the U.S. cricket body until it sorts out its "dysfunctional" management.

Overtime
Augusta State, with only five total runs on the day, dropped both games of a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader to No. 3 North Florida.

Prep scores
Here are the results from Friday's high school games:

Jones claims win in 100-meter race
FORTE-DE-FRANCE, Martinique - Marion Jones won her first race in 11 months Saturday, sprinting to victory in the 100 meters at the IAAF Grand Prix.

Brown hot, but Burkhart hotter for Pacers in victory
Reviewing local college sports:

Zito, Pletcher strive for Derby success
Winning the Kentucky Derby is on every horse trainer's list. Exactly where it is depends on the trainer.

Fresh fish

Fresh fish
Jessica Finley, 11, was proud to have landed the best amberjack during a recent offshore outing, but she preferred to let her father, Keith Finley, hold the fish for a photo.

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

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

Fresh fish
Jessica Finley, 11, was proud to have landed the best amberjack during a recent offshore outing, but she preferred to let her father, Keith Finley, hold the fish for a photo.

Outdoors calendar

Miracle bird proves resilient
Do you believe in ghosts? Scientists confirmed last week that a magnificent bird last seen 60 years ago - and long presumed extinct - has been rediscovered in the dense swamps of Arkansas.

Miracle bird proves resilient
Do you believe in ghosts? Scientists confirmed last week that a magnificent bird last seen 60 years ago - and long presumed extinct - has been rediscovered in the dense swamps of Arkansas.

Pollack feeling out of position
CINCINNATI - David Pollack walked off the Cincinnati Bengals' field with a broad smile, pleased with how he finished his first day as a linebacker-in-training.

Jags enjoy changes to offensive playbook
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - When quarterback Byron Leftwich first saw Jacksonville's new playbook a few weeks ago, he immediately called running back Fred Taylor.

Jags enjoy changes to offensive playbook
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - When quarterback Byron Leftwich first saw Jacksonville's new playbook a few weeks ago, he immediately called running back Fred Taylor.

Pollack feeling out of position
CINCINNATI - David Pollack walked off the Cincinnati Bengals' field with a broad smile, pleased with how he finished his first day as a linebacker-in-training.

Brown getting chances early
With Owens holding out of Philadelphia's minicamp and Mitchell on his way out of town, rookie wide receiver Reggie Brown is getting a chance to show off his skills.

Brown getting chances early
With Owens holding out of Philadelphia's minicamp and Mitchell on his way out of town, rookie wide receiver Reggie Brown is getting a chance to show off his skills.

What does the Bible say about the death sentence?
Pope John Paul II died days after a ruling from the Colorado Supreme Court that related indirectly to one of the Polish pontiff's notable innovations in Catholic teaching.

Book lists roadside examples of religion
A professor hits the highway to ponder ''roadside religion'' oddities

Faith digest
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - FORTY FOREIGN CHRISTIANS were arrested for proselytizing when police raided a clandestine church in suburban Riyadh. Convictions could result in harsh prison sentences, followed by deportation.

Faith digest
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - FORTY FOREIGN CHRISTIANS were arrested for proselytizing when police raided a clandestine church in suburban Riyadh. Convictions could result in harsh prison sentences, followed by deportation.

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

Events planned for Thursday's Day of Prayer
PEOPLE OF FAITH WILL TRANSCEND DENOMINATIONAL LINES Thursday during the National Day of Prayer to pray for the United States and its leaders.

Events planned for Thursday's Day of Prayer
PEOPLE OF FAITH WILL TRANSCEND DENOMINATIONAL LINES Thursday during the National Day of Prayer to pray for the United States and its leaders.

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

Mennonite women sew quilts for relief agency
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's a cottony-soft Saturday morning, and 10 Mennonite women are gathered in Margret Graber's home in Lee's Summit, Mo., to quilt for God.

Mennonite women sew quilts for relief agency
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's a cottony-soft Saturday morning, and 10 Mennonite women are gathered in Margret Graber's home in Lee's Summit, Mo., to quilt for God.

Book lists roadside examples of religion
A professor hits the highway to ponder ''roadside religion'' oddities

What does the Bible say about the death sentence?
Pope John Paul II died days after a ruling from the Colorado Supreme Court that related indirectly to one of the Polish pontiff's notable innovations in Catholic teaching.

Miracle bird proves resilient

BCS should stop and ask for directions

News conference rescheduled to accommodate networks
NEW YORK - A quick schedule shift by the White House enabled President Bush to get considerably wider television exposure than he would have otherwise gotten for Thursday's prime-time news conference.

'The Simpsons' looks beyond landmark 350th episode
LOS ANGELES - When a show reaches an impressive 350 episodes, it's fair to reflect on its mortality. So how long can "The Simpsons," which hits the milestone Sunday, keep going?

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Sunday brings Fox's so-called Animation Domination, including the 350th episode of "The Simpsons" (8 p.m. EDT) and the season premiere of "Family Guy" (9 p.m.).

'The Simpsons' looks beyond landmark 350th episode

'The Simpsons' looks beyond landmark 350th episode
LOS ANGELES - When a show reaches an impressive 350 episodes, it's fair to reflect on its mortality. So how long can "The Simpsons," which hits the milestone Sunday, keep going?

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Sunday brings Fox's so-called Animation Domination, including the 350th episode of "The Simpsons" (8 p.m. EDT) and the season premiere of "Family Guy" (9 p.m.).\r\n

Evidence in 1993 Jackson investigation allowed at trial

Stan Lee reaches settlement with Marvel

South Carolina board approves stadium plans
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The University of South Carolina's board of trustees approved building a $17.5 million baseball stadium for the Gamecocks.

South Carolina downs Auburn
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Michael Campbell hit a single in the ninth and Joey Friddle scored on a throwing error to lift South Carolina to a 3-2 win over Auburn on Saturday.

South Carolina board approves stadium plans
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The University of South Carolina's board of trustees approved building a $17.5 million baseball stadium for the Gamecocks.

South Carolina downs Auburn

South Carolina downs Auburn
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Michael Campbell hit a single in the ninth and Joey Friddle scored on a throwing error to lift South Carolina to a 3-2 win over Auburn on Saturday.

South Carolina board approves stadium plans

Odds and Ends

What does the Bible say about the death sentence?

Faith digest

Faith Calendar

Events planned for Thursday's Day of Prayer

Book lists roadside examples of religion

Mennonite women sew quilts for relief agency