'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.

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
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

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.

Romano brothers see humor in sibling rivalry

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.

'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.

'Pol Pot' portrays an 'accidental' murderous despot

Griffey's HR not enough

Proposal could take time to play out
Now comes the hard part for Bud Selig, who must convince players that longer suspensions for using steroids is in their best interest and that banning amphetamines would be good for the game.

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.

Proposal could take time to play out
Now comes the hard part for Bud Selig, who must convince players that longer suspensions for using steroids is in their best interest and that banning amphetamines would be good for the game.

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.

Proposal could take time to play out

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

Royals snap 9-game skid

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

Kevin Asher Wright

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.

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.

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.

Autumn Nicole Mahan

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Brittany Ann Hester

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.

Jade Elizabeth Brown

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Anna Katherine Gunder

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.

Blake Allyn Stringer

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.

Stephen Kaleb Price

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.

Jackson Trainum Stull

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.

Caleb LaVel Ballard

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Eliza Phinizy Holmes

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.

Christopher Leroy Hickson

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.

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.

Jameson Marcelius Jukes

Gabriel Ian Messex

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.

Eric Jamal Wiley

Tatiana Bernice Thomas

Ricky Antwavious Holmes

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

Olivia Taylor Rose

Noah Mason Clary

Kemiyana Jermiah Garrett

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.

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.

Man tries to pay for pizza with pot
FARGO, N.D. - Police arrested a 21-year-old man early Saturday after he allegedly assaulted a pizza delivery driver who refused to take marijuana as payment for a pie, police said. The man, charged with robbery, was released from the Cass County Jail after posting $5,000 bond.

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

Braves' notebook

La Russa badmouths Braves

Smoltz and wind blow away Cards
ATLANTA - The stiff, steady breeze at Turner Field on Sunday afternoon did nothing for the cold John Smoltz was fighting.

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.

La Russa badmouths Braves
ATLANTA - Braves manager Bobby Cox and general manager John Schuerholz on Sunday shrugged off the dress-down comments made by St. Louis manager Tony La Russa after Saturday night's 4-3 Atlanta victory.

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.

Smoltz and wind blow away Cards
ATLANTA - The stiff, steady breeze at Turner Field on Sunday afternoon did nothing for the cold John Smoltz was fighting.

La Russa badmouths Braves
ATLANTA - Braves manager Bobby Cox and general manager John Schuerholz on Sunday shrugged off the dress-down comments made by St. Louis manager Tony La Russa after Saturday night's 4-3 Atlanta victory.

Smoltz and wind blow away Cards

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.

'Tags' ease sifting of digital data
NEW YORK - Here's how we tend to organize our digital photos: We stick them into a folder on our computer and label it "Hawaii trip," or whatever.

Chinese companies face stumbling blocks overseas
SHANGHAI, China - As they shop overseas for resources and assets lacking at home, ambitious Chinese companies are learning the pitfalls of trying to build overseas empires.

North Slope oil companies gamble on heavy oil

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."

Chinese companies face stumbling blocks overseas

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.

Restrictions on cold drugs recommended

North Slope oil companies gamble on heavy oil
PRUDHOE BAY, Alaska - Oil companies are betting that heavy oil in Alaska will result in a big payoff.

Grocers lure with grab-and-go produce

Fast food apple buys could be boon for growers
YAKIMA, Wash. - The nation's apple growers, who have been fighting flat prices for years, are optimistic about the future now that the world's largest fast-food chain has become their biggest foodservice customer.

Fast food apple buys could be boon for growers

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.

Sweet-onion labels set off court fight among growers

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:

Richmond County property transfers

Fast food apple buys could be boon for growers
YAKIMA, Wash. - The nation's apple growers, who have been fighting flat prices for years, are optimistic about the future now that the world's largest fast-food chain has become their biggest foodservice customer.

Busines calendar

New Lockheed CEO faces shifting defense budgets
BETHESDA, Md. - Since it was formed in a 1995 merger, Lockheed Martin Corp. has been led mostly by engineers, men who helped build the jet fighters and missiles that made Lockheed the nation's largest defense contractor.

Biz bits

Restrictions on cold drugs recommended
WASHINGTON - An association representing more than 36,000 pharmacies is issuing guidelines for possible federal legislation to restrict sales of cold medications containing a substance often used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine - or "speed."

A tale of two hotels

Grocers lure with grab-and-go produce
CHICAGO - Eat more fruits and vegetables. Mom says it. Uncle Sam, too. Yet people still do not get enough - and the government just doubled the recommended amount.

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

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:

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.

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:

'Tags' ease sifting of digital data

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.

New Lockheed CEO faces shifting defense budgets
BETHESDA, Md. - Since it was formed in a 1995 merger, Lockheed Martin Corp. has been led mostly by engineers, men who helped build the jet fighters and missiles that made Lockheed the nation's largest defense 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:

Restrictions on cold drugs recommended
WASHINGTON - An association representing more than 36,000 pharmacies is issuing guidelines for possible federal legislation to restrict sales of cold medications containing a substance often used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine - or "speed."

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.

'Tags' ease sifting of digital data
NEW YORK - Here's how we tend to organize our digital photos: We stick them into a folder on our computer and label it "Hawaii trip," or whatever.

New Lockheed CEO faces shifting defense budgets

Grocers lure with grab-and-go produce
CHICAGO - Eat more fruits and vegetables. Mom says it. Uncle Sam, too. Yet people still do not get enough - and the government just doubled the recommended amount.

North Slope oil companies gamble on heavy oil
PRUDHOE BAY, Alaska - Oil companies are betting that heavy oil in Alaska will result in a big payoff.

Chinese companies face stumbling blocks overseas
SHANGHAI, China - As they shop overseas for resources and assets lacking at home, ambitious Chinese companies are learning the pitfalls of trying to build overseas empires.

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."

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.

Historic day in Iraq

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

Preemptive strikes
Conservative critics of judicial activism have come under fire for hyping a problem that, according to left-of-center politicians and their echo chambers in the so-called mainstream media, doesn't really exist - or if it does, it's greatly exaggerated.

Preemptive strikes
Conservative critics of judicial activism have come under fire for hyping a problem that, according to left-of-center politicians and their echo chambers in the so-called mainstream media, doesn't really exist - or if it does, it's greatly exaggerated.

Poor guys

Preemptive strikes

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?

Safety net is on fire

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.

Historic day in Iraq
For irony, it would be hard to beat forming Iraq's first democratic government in more than 50 years on the same day as Saddam Hussein's birthday. Yet that's what happened Thursday, when the former tyrant "celebrated" his 68th birthday in a Baghdad cell while awaiting his crimes-against-humanity trial - at the same time Iraq's Parliament voted 180-5 to approve Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari's 31 cabinet members.

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

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?

Historic day in Iraq
For irony, it would be hard to beat forming Iraq's first democratic government in more than 50 years on the same day as Saddam Hussein's birthday. Yet that's what happened Thursday, when the former tyrant "celebrated" his 68th birthday in a Baghdad cell while awaiting his crimes-against-humanity trial - at the same time Iraq's Parliament voted 180-5 to approve Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari's 31 cabinet members.

Will Michael Jackson testify?
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson has sat silently in court for nine weeks, betraying little reaction as prosecutors laid out their child molestation and conspiracy case against him.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - We know he can direct. Now Steven Soderbergh wants to change the movie industry itself.

Q&A: Designer Marc Ecko on staying ahead of the curve
NEW YORK - There's more to Marc Ecko than the rhino. Since launching his urban-themed clothing company in 1993 with the now-ubiquitous rhinoceros logo, Ecko has since expanded into magazines (Complex) video games (an upcoming launch with Atari) and hot brands such as Avirex and 50 Cent's G-Unit Clothing.

Q&A: Designer Marc Ecko on staying ahead of the curve
NEW YORK - There's more to Marc Ecko than the rhino. Since launching his urban-themed clothing company in 1993 with the now-ubiquitous rhinoceros logo, Ecko has since expanded into magazines (Complex) video games (an upcoming launch with Atari) and hot brands such as Avirex and 50 Cent's G-Unit Clothing.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - We know he can direct. Now Steven Soderbergh wants to change the movie industry itself.

Will Michael Jackson testify?
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson has sat silently in court for nine weeks, betraying little reaction as prosecutors laid out their child molestation and conspiracy case against him.

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

Renewable energy consumers smile as oil prices soar
For people like Ronald Cascio, who fuels his pickup with a soybean oil derivative, and J.D. Doliner, whose home is partly solar powered, the high price of energy isn't a worry.

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

Georgia Tech tops Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - Tyler Greene, Steven Blackwood, Jeff Kindel, and Wes Hodges each had two hits as Georgia Tech beat Clemson 6-4 on Sunday.

Georgia Tech tops Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. - Tyler Greene, Steven Blackwood, Jeff Kindel, and Wes Hodges each had two hits as Georgia Tech beat Clemson 6-4 on Sunday.

Georgia Tech tops Clemson

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 get blanked by Bombers
Greenville's Scott Shoemaker and Modesto Ozuna combined for a six-hit shutout, and the Bombers collected 15 hits as they beat the Augusta GreenJackets, 7-0 on Sunday afternoon.

GreenJackets get blanked by Bombers
Greenville's Scott Shoemaker and Modesto Ozuna combined for a six-hit shutout, and the Bombers collected 15 hits as they beat the Augusta GreenJackets, 7-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Label adds new wrinkles to science of sock-wearing

Bertsch wins BMW Charity Pro-Am
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. - Shane Bertsch overcame a 12-stroke deficit Sunday to win the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs, shooting a 7-under 65 to beat Bubba Watson and Charley Hoffman by a stroke in the rain-shortened tournament.

Petrovic wins Zurich Classic in playoff
AVONDALE, La. - Tim Petrovic completed the long journey from pizza deliveryman to PGA Tour winner Sunday, holing a 4-foot par putt to beat rookie James Driscoll on the first hole of a playoff in the Zurich Classic.

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.

Golf roundup

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.

Els runs away with BMW Asian Open
SHANGHAI, China - Ernie Els held an eight-stroke lead in the Asian Open on Sunday before the final round was suspended because of rain and darkness.

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.

Petrovic wins Zurich Classic in playoff

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.

Prammanasudh wins first LPGA title
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Stacy Prammanasudh made consecutive birdies at Nos. 16-17 to pull away from defending champion Lorena Ochoa and win her first LPGA Tour title at the Franklin American Mortgage Championship on Sunday.

Weather delays Zurich play

Thorpe wins FedEx Kinko's Classic
LAKEWAY, Texas - Jim Thorpe won his 10th career Champions Tour title Sunday, birdieing four of the final five holes for a four-stroke victory over Dana Quigley in the FedEx Kinko's Classic.

Kearns eyes Match Play title

Villegas outlasts field for victory
McCORMICK, S.C. - The City of Augusta Match Play wasn't the only head to head battle on the links Sunday.

McCormick reclaims his match magic
It was like a scene from a mid-1980s tournament on Sunday at Augusta Municipal Golf Course, better known as The Patch.

Prammanasudh wins first LPGA title
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Stacy Prammanasudh made consecutive birdies at Nos. 16-17 to pull away from defending champion Lorena Ochoa and win her first LPGA Tour title at the Franklin American Mortgage Championship on Sunday.

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.

Bertsch wins BMW Charity Pro-Am
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. - Shane Bertsch overcame a 12-stroke deficit Sunday to win the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs, shooting a 7-under 65 to beat Bubba Watson and Charley Hoffman by a stroke in the rain-shortened tournament.

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.

Prammanasudh wins first LPGA title

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.

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.

Els runs away with BMW Asian Open

Villegas outlasts field for victory

Villegas outlasts field for victory
McCORMICK, S.C. - The City of Augusta Match Play wasn't the only head to head battle on the links Sunday.

Martin edges out future teammate

Els runs away with BMW Asian Open
SHANGHAI, China - Ernie Els held an eight-stroke lead in the Asian Open on Sunday before the final round was suspended because of rain and darkness.

Bertsch wins BMW Charity Pro-Am

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.

Petrovic wins Zurich Classic in playoff
AVONDALE, La. - Tim Petrovic completed the long journey from pizza deliveryman to PGA Tour winner Sunday, holing a 4-foot par putt to beat rookie James Driscoll on the first hole of a playoff in the Zurich Classic.

Minor league notebook

GreenJackets get blanked by Bombers

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.

Bug Congress to fix Social Security

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

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

Bug Congress to fix Social Security
A recent poll indicated a decrease in the desire of people to change Social Security. This needs to be reversed, and Congress needs to be hounded until they change it. Elwyn Wingo, North Augusta, S.C.

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

Column has one fatal flaw

City must move wisely on SPLOST

Know our nation's spiritual roots

President Bush proved it: Action can make dreams succeed

Know our nation's spiritual roots
Regarding Victor Reilly ("Culture of life seems selective," April 21) and Sue Alzheimer ("Secular nation imperils values," April 25) on our nation's secularity or conformity to Christian principles: I see Reilly's points, even if I don't espouse all of them.Gene L. Rickaby, Martinez

City must move wisely on SPLOST
Sonny Pittman presented a fine argument on SPLOST V ("New proposal on SPLOST is poised to 'splat'," April 17), and I concur on many points - especially about spending and accounting for the past unspent SPLOST revenue. Also, I believe that we should lay the funding out no more than five years. That will give us close to an eight-year SPLOST operation if you include the unspent funding. Charlie Hannah, Augusta

City must move wisely on SPLOST
Sonny Pittman presented a fine argument on SPLOST V ("New proposal on SPLOST is poised to 'splat'," April 17), and I concur on many points - especially about spending and accounting for the past unspent SPLOST revenue. Also, I believe that we should lay the funding out no more than five years. That will give us close to an eight-year SPLOST operation if you include the unspent funding.Charlie Hannah, Augusta

Know our nation's spiritual roots
Regarding Victor Reilly ("Culture of life seems selective," April 21) and Sue Alzheimer ("Secular nation imperils values," April 25) on our nation's secularity or conformity to Christian principles: I see Reilly's points, even if I don't espouse all of them. Gene L. Rickaby, Martinez

Bug Congress to fix Social Security
A recent poll indicated a decrease in the desire of people to change Social Security. This needs to be reversed, and Congress needs to be hounded until they change it.Elwyn Wingo, North Augusta, S.C.

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

Destination weddings double as vacations

Widow can wear wedding ring set on either hand

Computerized shoe thinks between your strides

A plane in every garage?

Albuquerque prepares for 300th birthday

Experts: Being 50 pounds overweight is risky

Ask the Carey Brothers

All homes need safety and convenience features

Let 'The Chronicle' help make your wishes come true

Adulthood comes too quickly for moms

Style Briefs

Apartment lures woman downtown

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

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

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.

Computerized shoe thinks between your strides
NEW YORK - Ken Bob Saxton, the ebullient evangelist of running barefoot, got a lot of attention at last week's Boston Marathon with his simple message: Runners would, on the whole, suffer far fewer injuries if they unshod themselves.

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

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.

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

Experts: Being 50 pounds overweight is risky
CHICAGO - Now that the government says fat might not kill so many of us after all, is it OK to be just a little pudgy?

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.

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

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.

A plane in every garage?
BEND, Ore. - Nancy Huntsman uses her small plane the way some mothers use their Volvos.

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.

"Doom 3" debuts for Xbox; sequel arrives for PC
If your bloodlust somehow wasn't satisfied after vaporizing the umpteenth demon in last year's PC version of "Doom 3," id Software Inc. has released a reworked Xbox version and an expansion pack for the PC with even more carnage.

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.

Computerized shoe thinks between your strides
NEW YORK - Ken Bob Saxton, the ebullient evangelist of running barefoot, got a lot of attention at last week's Boston Marathon with his simple message: Runners would, on the whole, suffer far fewer injuries if they unshod themselves.

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.

Experts: Being 50 pounds overweight is risky
CHICAGO - Now that the government says fat might not kill so many of us after all, is it OK to be just a little pudgy?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

A plane in every garage?
BEND, Ore. - Nancy Huntsman uses her small plane the way some mothers use their Volvos.

Lawmaker's comments provoke outcry
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A bill that would toughen domestic violence penalties in South Carolina appeared to be dead - until a state legislator opened his mouth to question why abused women return to violent relationships.

Experts: Rescuers could do little to save more lives
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Even if rescuers had been prepared for the toxic gas leak from a train wreck here in January, there would have been little they could have done to save the nine people who died, experts said.

Hot day in the country
Throngs of country music enthusiasts who filed through the turnstiles at the Augusta Riverfront Marina on Sunday afternoon for the 10th annual A Day in the Country found themselves needing sunscreen.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Amy Reese, 15, of Langley.

News you can use

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.

Prosecutor considering charges against runaway bride
DULUTH, Ga. - On what was to be her wedding day, Jennifer Wilbanks wore not a white veil but an orange towel over her head to prevent the media from taking her picture. Instead of being led down the aisle by her father, she was led by police to an airplane that flew the runaway bride home.

Across the area
An Augusta woman and her boyfriend were in serious condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Sunday, a day after the woman's ex-boyfriend shot them and then killed himself.

Teens rescued after six days at sea
SOUTHPORT, N.C. - Two teenagers lost at sea for six days without food or fresh water were spotted by fishermen more than 100 miles from where they started, clinging to their small sailboat.

Best Friend Express extends services to downtown Augusta
AIKEN - Best Friend Express has lived up to its name for Levi Green.

More anger than joy in missing bride's Georgia hometown
DULUTH, Ga. - The hunt for Jennifer Wilbanks consumed this tight-knit town when she went missing four days before her wedding.

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.

Hot day in the country
Throngs of country music enthusiasts who filed through the turnstiles at the Augusta Riverfront Marina on Sunday afternoon for the 10th annual A Day in the Country found themselves needing sunscreen.

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.

Hot day in the country
Throngs of country music enthusiasts who filed through the turnstiles at the Augusta Riverfront Marina on Sunday afternoon for the 10th annual A Day in the Country found themselves needing sunscreen.

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

Surge of emotions fueling legislation with more teeth
COLUMBIA - Fueled by emotion and the flapping lips of a Charleston legislator, a bill tackling tougher domestic violence penalties went from dead to red hot in just a few days.

Robin Williams calls deals honest
Prosecutors have it all wrong, former state Rep. Robin Williams testified Sunday: He earned every cent of nearly $1 million that flowed from an Augusta mental health center into his pockets.

Robin Williams calls deals honest
Prosecutors have it all wrong, former state Rep. Robin Williams testified Sunday: He earned every cent of nearly $1 million that flowed from an Augusta mental health center into his pockets.

Soul-inspired DJ makes her voice heard
By the time Deanna Brown Thomas was old enough to talk, she had already been indoctrinated into a world called soul music.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A migrant farm worker from Mexico could face two years in prison for performing an abortion on herself.

Senate expected to deal with judicial debate issues
ATLANTA - Sen. Johnny Isakson said Saturday he expects the Senate to deal with the fight over how it will handle judicial nominations within two weeks of its return to Washington May 9.

Across the southeast
SOUTHPORT, N.C. - Two teenagers lost at sea for six days without food or fresh water were spotted by fishermen more than 100 miles from where they started, clinging to their small sailboat.

Lawmaker's comments provoke outcry
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A bill that would toughen domestic violence penalties in South Carolina appeared to be dead - until a state legislator opened his mouth to question why abused women return to violent relationships.

The week ahead
Days after he turns 72, the legendary James Brown will be presented with a life-size statue at a dedication ceremony at Augusta Common at 5 p.m. Saturday, my pick this week.

Gunman hurts 2, commits suicide

Paine grads hear C-SPAN creator
People said Brian Lamb was crazy when he first suggested a cable network that would provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of Congress.

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.

Best Friend Express extends services to downtown Augusta
AIKEN - Best Friend Express has lived up to its name for Levi Green.

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.

Military hospital's rigid rules frustrate aid workers
While having his knee replaced at Walter Reed Army Medical Center 19 months ago, retired Navy Capt. George Kraus saw the boredom that hospitalized service members fresh from Iraq and Afghanistan endured daily.

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.

Lights, Cameras, Saxby!
WASHINGTON - Like most U.S. senators, Saxby Chambliss is no stranger to television shows. He's just not accustomed to hosting one.

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

Senate expected to deal with judicial debate issues
ATLANTA - Sen. Johnny Isakson said Saturday he expects the Senate to deal with the fight over how it will handle judicial nominations within two weeks of its return to Washington May 9.

Teens rescued after six days at sea
SOUTHPORT, N.C. - Two teenagers lost at sea for six days without food or fresh water were spotted by fishermen more than 100 miles from where they started, clinging to their small sailboat.

Clemson undergraduates try hand at research
CLEMSON, S.C. - Groups of Clemson University students are studying South Carolina dairy farms, neighborhood planning and human sentiments as the school tries out an idea to make research a requirement for all undergraduates.

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.

Saloon owner campaigns from perch on bar stool
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - In the two years since he announced his bid for governor, Richard Ruth has spent more time on a barstool than he has on the campaign trail.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Office of the Georgia Capital Defender, which helps in death penalty cases, has been flooded with cases from around the state and says it is in danger of running out of money.

County wants to preserve area while using it to draw visitors
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Ten years after preservationists, landowners and government got together to preserve hundreds of thousands of acres of wetlands and forests in an area formed by the confluence of three rivers, local officials are still trying to figure out how to balance protection with drawing visitors to the ACE Basin.

Paine grads hear C-SPAN creator
People said Brian Lamb was crazy when he first suggested a cable network that would provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of Congress.

Experts: Rescuers could do little to save more lives
GRANITEVILLE, S.C. - Even if rescuers had been prepared for the toxic gas leak from a train wreck here in January, there would have been little they could have done to save the nine people who died, experts said.

Five questions
Rebecca Harris is a certified peer support specialist, one of 22 statewide with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Amy Reese, 15, of Langley.

Saloon owner campaigns from perch on bar stool
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - In the two years since he announced his bid for governor, Richard Ruth has spent more time on a barstool than he has on the campaign trail.

Inmates help recondition computers for classrooms
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The state Education Department is working with the Corrections Department to get more computers into public schools.

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

Military hospital's rigid rules frustrate aid workers

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.

County wants to preserve area while using it to draw visitors

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Prosecutor considering charges against runaway bride
DULUTH, Ga. - On what was to be her wedding day, Jennifer Wilbanks wore not a white veil but an orange towel over her head to prevent the media from taking her picture. Instead of being led down the aisle by her father, she was led by police to an airplane that flew the runaway bride home.

Project assists needy families

Best Friend Express extends services to downtown Augusta

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

Saloon owner campaigns from perch on bar stool

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.

Clemson undergraduates try hand at research

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

Teens rescued after six days at sea

Office of the Capital Defender sees increase in cases
ATLANTA - The Office of the Georgia Capital Defender, which offers assistance in death penalty cases, has been flooded with death penalty cases from around the state and says it is in danger of running out of money.

Across South Carolina

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

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.

Prosecutor considering charges against runaway bride

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.

Robin Williams calls deals honest

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Experts: Rescuers could do little to save more lives

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.

Lawmaker's comments provoke outcry

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.

Soul-inspired DJ makes her voice heard

More anger than joy in missing bride's Georgia hometown
DULUTH, Ga. - The hunt for Jennifer Wilbanks consumed this tight-knit town when she went missing four days before her wedding.

The week ahead

Surge of emotions fueling legislation with more teeth
COLUMBIA - Fueled by emotion and the flapping lips of a Charleston legislator, a bill tackling tougher domestic violence penalties went from dead to red hot in just a few days.

Columbia County residents seek breathing room
The line between commercial and residential in certain areas of Columbia County seems to be getting grayer.

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

Soul-inspired DJ makes her voice heard
By the time Deanna Brown Thomas was old enough to talk, she had already been indoctrinated into a world called soul music.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A migrant farm worker from Mexico could face two years in prison for performing an abortion on herself.

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.

Across the southeast
SOUTHPORT, N.C. - Two teenagers lost at sea for six days without food or fresh water were spotted by fishermen more than 100 miles from where they started, clinging to their small sailboat.

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.

The week ahead
Days after he turns 72, the legendary James Brown will be presented with a life-size statue at a dedication ceremony at Augusta Common at 5 p.m. Saturday, my pick this week.

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.

Five questions
Rebecca Harris is a certified peer support specialist, one of 22 statewide with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health.

Surge of emotions fueling legislation with more teeth

Hot day in the country
Throngs of country music enthusiasts who filed through the turnstiles at the Augusta Riverfront Marina on Sunday afternoon for the 10th annual A Day in the Country found themselves needing sunscreen.

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.

Inmates help recondition computers for classrooms
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The state Education Department is working with the Corrections Department to get more computers into public schools.

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.

County wants to preserve area while using it to draw visitors
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Ten years after preservationists, landowners and government got together to preserve hundreds of thousands of acres of wetlands and forests in an area formed by the confluence of three rivers, local officials are still trying to figure out how to balance protection with drawing visitors to the ACE Basin.

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.

Clemson undergraduates try hand at research
CLEMSON, S.C. - Groups of Clemson University students are studying South Carolina dairy farms, neighborhood planning and human sentiments as the school tries out an idea to make research a requirement for all undergraduates.

Lights, Cameras, Saxby!

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.

Hot day in the country

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.

Paine grads hear C-SPAN creator

Military hospital's rigid rules frustrate aid workers
While having his knee replaced at Walter Reed Army Medical Center 19 months ago, retired Navy Capt. George Kraus saw the boredom that hospitalized service members fresh from Iraq and Afghanistan endured daily.

Hot day in the country

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.

Williams trial witness is first to admit fraud

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

No foul play in truck, car fires at airport
ATLANTA - Baggage claim and ticketing for part of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport were closed for two hours Sunday while airport police investigated a suspicious rental truck abandoned on an airport loading curb, authorities said.

Gordon dominates in overtime win

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.

Bride's hometown vents anger

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

Senate expected to deal with judicial debate issues

Across the southeast

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.

Kid of the Day

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Minister speaks on nation

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

Gently down the stream

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.

Bride claims kidnapping, then recants

More anger than joy in missing bride's Georgia hometown

Senator faces tough road to Governor's Mansion

Five questions

Glitches bedevil tracking system

Inmates help recondition computers for classrooms

Across the area

Child support payment formula won't be set soon

Lights, Cameras, Saxby!
WASHINGTON - Like most U.S. senators, Saxby Chambliss is no stranger to television shows. He's just not accustomed to hosting one.

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.

Label adds new wrinkles to science of sock-wearing
I have a lot of socks, but they keep disappearing. The dryer eats them; the dog carries them off; the smell gets them - I don't know where they go.

Label adds new wrinkles to science of sock-wearing
I have a lot of socks, but they keep disappearing. The dryer eats them; the dog carries them off; the smell gets them - I don't know where they go.

Audiences give $21.7 million lift to 'Hitchhiker's Guide'
LOS ANGELES - "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" thumbed its way to the top of the box office, debuting at $21.7 million to beat out the explosive "XXX" brand.

Audiences give $21.7 million lift to 'Hitchhiker's Guide'

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

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

'Star Wars' draws lines of fans - for charity
NEW YORK - What new movie is worth waiting in line 19 days to see?

Audiences give $21.7 million lift to 'Hitchhiker's Guide'
LOS ANGELES - "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" thumbed its way to the top of the box office, debuting at $21.7 million to beat out the explosive "XXX" brand.

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

Former Devo frontman has many musical lives
LOS ANGELES - Even on an eclectic stretch like the Sunset Strip, it's hard to miss the Mutato Muzika office. The building is squat and round, painted lime green. It looks like a flying saucer about to lift off.

Former Devo frontman has many musical lives

Former Devo frontman has many musical lives
LOS ANGELES - Even on an eclectic stretch like the Sunset Strip, it's hard to miss the Mutato Muzika office. The building is squat and round, painted lime green. It looks like a flying saucer about to lift off.

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.

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.

Gordon at full force

Bumpy ride not OK for drivers
TALLADEGA, Ala. - NASCAR officials spoke softly to drivers about bump drafting prior to Sunday's 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.

Gordon at full force
TALLADEGA, Ala. - The force was with Jeff Gordon on Sunday at the Talladega Superspeedway.

NASCAR notebook

Truex takes two in victory

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

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.

Bumpy ride not OK for drivers

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.

Bumpy ride not OK for drivers
TALLADEGA, Ala. - NASCAR officials spoke softly to drivers about bump drafting prior to Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Gordon at full force
TALLADEGA, Ala. - The force was with Jeff Gordon on Sunday at the Talladega Superspeedway.

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.

NBA roundup

Heat sweep Nets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Until Shaquille O'Neal's sore thighs get better, Dwyane Wade is quite capable of leading the Miami Heat past anyone in the playoffs, even sweeping them.

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.

Heat sweep Nets

Pistons stop 76ers in overtime
PHILADELPHIA - When it was time for Detroit to get back into the game or allow Philadelphia to even their playoff series, Chauncey Billups took over.

Pistons stop 76ers in overtime

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

Heat sweep Nets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Until Shaquille O'Neal's sore thighs get better, Dwyane Wade is quite capable of leading the Miami Heat past anyone in the playoffs, even sweeping them.

Pistons stop 76ers in overtime
PHILADELPHIA - When it was time for Detroit to get back into the game or allow Philadelphia to even their playoff series, Chauncey Billups took over.

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

Panthers appear content to stand pat at wide receiver

Brown getting chances early

Jags enjoy changes to offensive playbook

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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.

Entertainment complex will boost Augusta
How exciting it was to see the Tour de Georgia cyclists! It was much like the excitement surrounding the Masters Tournament, not to mention the economic boon to our area. What if we could show you a way to increase property values, generate additional sales tax and SPLOST dollars, and at the same time create the same type of excitement that is felt during the Masters and the Tour de Georgia? And what if we could do this 10-12 times a year, every year? And, as a bonus, we put Augusta on the map as being the cutting-edge innovative community that we can be?

Entertainment complex will boost Augusta
How exciting it was to see the Tour de Georgia cyclists! It was much like the excitement surrounding the Masters Tournament, not to mention the economic boon to our area. What if we could show you a way to increase property values, generate additional sales tax and SPLOST dollars, and at the same time create the same type of excitement that is felt during the Masters and the Tour de Georgia? And what if we could do this 10-12 times a year, every year? And, as a bonus, we put Augusta on the map as being the cutting-edge innovative community that we can be?

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.

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.

Entertainment complex will boost Augusta
How exciting it was to see the Tour de Georgia cyclists! It was much like the excitement surrounding the Masters Tournament, not to mention the economic boon to our area. What if we could show you a way to increase property values, generate additional sales tax and SPLOST dollars, and at the same time create the same type of excitement that is felt during the Masters and the Tour de Georgia? And what if we could do this 10-12 times a year, every year? And, as a bonus, we put Augusta on the map as being the cutting-edge innovative community that we can be?

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.

Zito, Pletcher strive for Derby success

Overtime

Henin-Hardenne wins again on clay

Overtime

Jones claims win in 100-meter race

Area sports announcements

Henin-Hardenne wins again on clay
WARSAW, Poland - Justine Henin-Hardenne won her second clay-court title in two weeks, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 Sunday in the J&S Cup final.

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.

Henin-Hardenne wins again on clay
WARSAW, Poland - Justine Henin-Hardenne won her second clay-court title in two weeks, defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 Sunday in the J&S Cup final.

Overtime
In Jacksonville, Fla., North Florida starter Jacob Dixon's five-hitter wrapped up a 6-1 victory and a weekend sweep of Augusta State.

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.

Overtime
In Jacksonville, Fla., North Florida starter Jacob Dixon's five-hitter wrapped up a 6-1 victory and a weekend sweep of Augusta State.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Panthers appear content to stand pat at wide receiver
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When the Carolina Panthers were forced to release Pro Bowl wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, it appeared the team would have to fill a gaping hole in its receiving corps.

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.

Panthers appear content to stand pat at wide receiver
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When the Carolina Panthers were forced to release Pro Bowl wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, it appeared the team would have to fill a gaping hole in its receiving corps.

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.

Holy Land a challenge for pope
JERUSALEM - Palestinian Christians have a particularly large cross to bear - cut off from land, restricted in movement, exposed to violence and often unable to visit the sacred sites where Jesus once walked.

New pope appears for first time at window
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI, embracing a cherished habit of his predecessor, appeared at his apartment's window on St. Peter's Square Sunday for the first time in his papacy to bless tens of thousands of faithful and curious.

Holy Land a challenge for pope
JERUSALEM - Palestinian Christians have a particularly large cross to bear - cut off from land, restricted in movement, exposed to violence and often unable to visit the sacred sites where Jesus once walked.

Miracle bird proves resilient

BCS should stop and ask for directions

Will ban on TV indecency turn into censorship?
NEW YORK - In the minds of many viewers, the current anti-indecency crusade isn't just out to make the airwaves safe for families and children. Another likely goal is to punish TV for its brazen smut-peddling.

'Family Guy' returns to network TV
NEW YORK - Imagine seeing "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," if it were about a cartoon family living in suburban Rhode Island, and you'll have some idea about the obsessive cult following "Family Guy" has achieved.

A Close call for FX's "Shield"
LOS ANGELES - To filmgoers, she's known as the woman who scared the pants back on Michael Douglas in 1987's "Fatal Attraction." Now it's the drug dealers of urban L.A. on "The Shield" who are worried.

Will ban on TV indecency turn into censorship?

A Close call for FX's "Shield"

A Close call for FX's "Shield"
LOS ANGELES - To filmgoers, she's known as the woman who scared the pants back on Michael Douglas in 1987's "Fatal Attraction." Now it's the drug dealers of urban L.A. on "The Shield" who are worried.

Will ban on TV indecency turn into censorship?
NEW YORK - In the minds of many viewers, the current anti-indecency crusade isn't just out to make the airwaves safe for families and children. Another likely goal is to punish TV for its brazen smut-peddling.

CNN chief trying to energize network

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

CNN chief trying to energize network
NEW YORK - Jonathan Klein wants to bring out the Bronx in CNN.

'Family Guy' returns to network TV

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.).

'Family Guy' returns to network TV
NEW YORK - Imagine seeing "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," if it were about a cartoon family living in suburban Rhode Island, and you'll have some idea about the obsessive cult following "Family Guy" has achieved.

CNN chief trying to energize network
NEW YORK - Jonathan Klein wants to bring out the Bronx in CNN.

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

Will Michael Jackson testify?

Q&A: Designer Marc Ecko on staying ahead of the curve

People in the News

South Carolina downs Auburn

South Carolina edges Auburn
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina held off a late rally by Auburn to win 8-7 Sunday in Southeastern Conference play.

South Carolina edges Auburn
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina held off a late rally by Auburn to win 8-7 Sunday in Southeastern Conference play.

South Carolina edges 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

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.

Holy Land a challenge for pope