Players' union to speak with Selig
NEW YORK - The baseball players' union told commissioner Bud Selig on Monday that it was willing to talk to him about his call for harsher steroids penalties.

Players' union to speak with Selig
NEW YORK - The baseball players' union told commissioner Bud Selig on Monday that it was willing to talk to him about his call for harsher steroids penalties.

Timberwolves put end to Yellow Jackets' run
NORTH AUGUSTA - It's the Upper State semifinals. Two runs down. Three outs remain in the season. And your coach just got tossed from Riverview Park for being too critical of the eyesight of the men in blue.

Timberwolves put end to Yellow Jackets' run

Local Lions devour prey on diamond
The Augusta Christian baseball team has crushed opponents all season.

Local Lions devour prey on diamond

Timberwolves put end to Yellow Jackets' run
NORTH AUGUSTA - It's the Upper State semifinals. Two runs down. Three outs remain in the season. And your coach just got tossed from Riverview Park for being too critical of the eyesight of the men in blue.

Minnesota's Rincon violates drug policy

Minnesota's Rincon violates drug policy
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Twins pitcher Juan Rincon, who emerged last season as one of baseball's top setup men, became the highest-profile violator of Major League Baseball's new policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

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.

Minnesota's Rincon violates drug policy
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Twins pitcher Juan Rincon, who emerged last season as one of baseball's top setup men, became the highest-profile violator of Major League Baseball's new policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

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.

Players' union to speak with Selig

Proposal could take time to play out

Local Lions devour prey on diamond
The Augusta Christian baseball team has crushed opponents all season.

All weddings need a backup plan

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.

Odds and Ends
CLOVIS, N.M. - A 911 call about a possible weapon at a middle school prompted police to put armed officers on rooftops, close nearby streets and lock down the school.

Odds and Ends
CLOVIS, N.M. - A 911 call about a possible weapon at a middle school prompted police to put armed officers on rooftops, close nearby streets and lock down the school.

Braves' Foster beats injury to return to majors
ATLANTA - The first glance at Braves reliever John Foster - a smattering of tattoos from head to foot - tells you this is an assuredly unique individual.

Braves' Foster beats injury to return to majors

Long road brings Foster back to Braves
ATLANTA - John Foster had been working out for months, but his shoulder wasn't getting any better. Every time he threw, the pain shot through his arm.

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.

Long road brings Foster back to Braves
ATLANTA - John Foster had been working out for months, but his shoulder wasn't getting any better. Every time he threw, the pain shot through his arm.

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' Foster beats injury to return to majors
ATLANTA - The first glance at Braves reliever John Foster - a smattering of tattoos from head to foot - tells you this is an assuredly unique individual.

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.

Long road brings Foster back to Braves

La Russa badmouths Braves

Smoltz and wind blow away Cards

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.

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.

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.

Restrictions on cold drugs recommended

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.

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.

Profits rise for parent of bank

New Lockheed CEO faces shifting defense budgets

How energy prices are affecting consumers

Fast food apple buys could be boon for growers

Oil prices trade below $50 a barrel

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."

How energy prices are affecting consumers
WASHINGTON - Energy bills are straining Kamal Ziadat's budget. As he shells out more for gas, he tries to cut back elsewhere. He doesn't think he'll take a vacation this year or buy a better car as he once hoped.

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.

Oil prices trade below $50 a barrel
Oil prices traded below $50 a barrel Monday, falling to levels last seen in February on rising U.S. supplies and slower economic growth. Analysts said growing OPEC production also was behind the downward drift.

Manufacturing activity rose in April, but at slower pace

Profits rise for parent of bank
First Bank of Georgia's holding company reported a 14 percent increase in first-quarter earnings, largely on improvements in its core bank operations.

Chinese companies face stumbling blocks overseas

North Slope oil companies gamble on heavy oil

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.

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.

'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
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.

How energy prices are affecting consumers
WASHINGTON - Energy bills are straining Kamal Ziadat's budget. As he shells out more for gas, he tries to cut back elsewhere. He doesn't think he'll take a vacation this year or buy a better car as he once hoped.

'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.

Manufacturing activity rose in April, but at slower pace
WASHINGTON - The manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 23rd consecutive month, though the rate of growth slowed, continuing a trend that began in December.

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.

Oil prices trade below $50 a barrel
Oil prices traded below $50 a barrel Monday, falling to levels last seen in February on rising U.S. supplies and slower economic growth. Analysts said growing OPEC production also was behind the downward drift.

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.

Director plans better service
Tye Brown has a message for unscrupulous business owners - watch out.

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."

Profits rise for parent of bank
First Bank of Georgia's holding company reported a 14 percent increase in first-quarter earnings, largely on improvements in its core bank operations.

'Tags' ease sifting of digital data

Manufacturing activity rose in April, but at slower pace
WASHINGTON - The manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 23rd consecutive month, though the rate of growth slowed, continuing a trend that began in December.

Newspaper circulation drops 1.9 percent in last six months
NEW YORK - Circulation fell 1.9 percent at major U.S. newspapers in the six-month period ending in March, an industry group reported Monday, marking one of the worst declines in recent years.

Here is experts' way for losing it
With prices on the rise and the health of the economy questionable, bargain-hunting is back in vogue. We look for bargains in clothing, electronics and travel - just to name a few. But what if we were as cost-conscious about calorie consumption as we are about spending?

Preemptive strikes

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.

Politics over substance
South Carolina has one of the weakest domestic violence laws in the nation, so when a TV reporter asked state Rep. John Altman, R-Charleston, why a get-tough- on-domestic-violence bill was dying in the House, he infuriated women's and victim advocate groups around the nation by his ludicrous insensitivity.

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.

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.

Dearly bamboozled ...
Poor Jennifer Wilbanks. A fairy-tale wedding that most young women can only dream about was just too stressful for poor, put-upon Jennifer.

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.

A nation to be proud of
Here's what we would have told Paine College graduating seniors, had we followed the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery's sermon at the school's baccalaureate Saturday:

Historic day in Iraq

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.

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.

Prosecution presents evidence about associates' calls
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - During the weeks surrounding the broadcast of a damaging documentary about Michael Jackson, his associates apparently made dozens of phone calls to each other, prosecutors showed Monday in the pop star's child molestation and conspiracy trial.

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.

Jackson jury hears about cashing checks
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A Michael Jackson associate cashed two big checks in early 2003 on an account controlled by him and Jackson, a bank official testified Monday as prosecutors neared the end of their presentation.

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.

Prosecution presents evidence about associates' calls
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - During the weeks surrounding the broadcast of a damaging documentary about Michael Jackson, his associates apparently made dozens of phone calls to each other, prosecutors showed Monday in the pop star's child molestation and conspiracy trial.

Jackson jury hears about cashing checks
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A Michael Jackson associate cashed two big checks in early 2003 on an account controlled by him and Jackson, a bank official testified Monday as prosecutors neared the end of their presentation.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Prammanasudh wins first LPGA title

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.

Bertsch wins BMW Charity Pro-Am

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.

Els runs away with BMW Asian Open

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Petrovic wins Zurich Classic in playoff

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.

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.

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.

GreenJackets get blanked by Bombers

Hockey talks to resume Thursday
NEW YORK - The NHL and the players' association will hold the next round of labor talks Thursday and Friday, several sources close to the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday.

Hockey talks to resume Thursday
NEW YORK - The NHL and the players' association will hold the next round of labor talks Thursday and Friday, several sources close to the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday.

Hockey talks to resume Thursday

All weddings need a backup plan
Cedric the Entertainer, one of my favorite comedians, was cracking them up Saturday night in Washington at the annual foreign correspondents' dinner (televised on C-SPAN).

All weddings need a backup plan
Cedric the Entertainer, one of my favorite comedians, was cracking them up Saturday night in Washington at the annual foreign correspondents' dinner (televised on C-SPAN).

Planned Parenthood plans death
The World Book Dictionary defines euphemism as "the use of a mild or indirect expression instead of one that is harsh or unpleasantly direct." Gene Binet, Martinez

Planned Parenthood plans death
The World Book Dictionary defines euphemism as "the use of a mild or indirect expression instead of one that is harsh or unpleasantly direct." Gene Binet, Martinez

City must move wisely on SPLOST

Know our nation's spiritual roots

Republicans attack what is good
Christian-right groups, be careful of those Republican wolves who come dressed in sheep's clothing, when all they want to do is take your livelihood. Roy Ellis, 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

Planned Parenthood plans death

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

Constitution is not a living document

Bug Congress to fix Social Security

Constitution is not a living document
The current stalemate over President Bush's judicial nominations is a symptom of the ridiculously liberal view Americans have adopted with regard to the Constitution.Herbert A. Edney IV, 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

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

Constitution is not a living document
The current stalemate over President Bush's judicial nominations is a symptom of the ridiculously liberal view Americans have adopted with regard to the Constitution.Herbert A. Edney IV, 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.

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.

Study: obesity a growing problem among the affluent

'The Chronicle' tests rent-by-mail DVDs

Health and fitness calendar

Computerized shoe thinks between your strides

Experts: Being 50 pounds overweight is risky

Living briefs

A plane in every garage?

"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.

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

'The Chronicle' tests rent-by-mail DVDs
In an age where TiVo technology and movies on demand have made the occasional trip to the video store a little obsolete, a few rental companies have reimagined the idea of getting films to fans by offering DVD rentals delivered directly to your door.

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.

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?

Study: obesity a growing problem among the affluent
WASHINGTON - Obesity has long been a problem mostly of the poor, but new research shows that the more affluent are catching up fast.

Living briefs
A Kool-Aid mustache is as common as sunshine during the summer months, but for those who avoid the sweet treat - Moms with new carpet - there's a new choice.

Living briefs
A Kool-Aid mustache is as common as sunshine during the summer months, but for those who avoid the sweet treat - Moms with new carpet - there's a new choice.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to rebecca.smith@augusta chronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to rebecca.smith@augusta chronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

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.

'The Chronicle' tests rent-by-mail DVDs
In an age where TiVo technology and movies on demand have made the occasional trip to the video store a little obsolete, a few rental companies have reimagined the idea of getting films to fans by offering DVD rentals delivered directly to your door.

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

Study: obesity a growing problem among the affluent
WASHINGTON - Obesity has long been a problem mostly of the poor, but new research shows that the more affluent are catching up fast.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information.

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?

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.

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.

Ideas for safer courts discussed

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

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia

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.

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.

Best Friend Express extends services to downtown Augusta

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

Prosecutor considering charges against runaway bride

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

Teens rescued after six days at sea

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.

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.

Florida governor enacts tough law

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

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.

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.

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

Senate expected to deal with judicial debate issues

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.

Surge of emotions fueling legislation with more teeth

Lawmaker's comments provoke outcry

Across the southeast

Across South Carolina

Inmates help recondition computers for classrooms

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.

Paine grads hear C-SPAN creator

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.

Five questions

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.

Hot day in the country

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.

More anger than joy in missing bride's Georgia hometown

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.

Lights, Cameras, Saxby!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hot day in the country

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.

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.

Center builds plans for heart transplants

Center builds plans for heart transplants
Robert "Petey" Cothran may have had his life saved and didn't even know it.

Kid of the Day

Saloon owner campaigns from perch on bar stool

Notion of early college ditched

County wants to preserve area while using it to draw visitors

Corrections

Experts: Rescuers could do little to save more lives

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

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

Man recovering after shooting
An Augusta man who was shot during a Monday morning robbery was recovering after surgery at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, authorities said.

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.

Man is charged in abuse
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested an Augusta man on two child abuse charges Saturday after he allegedly hit his 2-month-old son in view of the infant's young sister, authorities said.

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.

Notion of early college ditched
Early College High School, a trendy concept spreading across the nation, won't be coming to Richmond County as planned.

The week ahead

Panel hears praise for sheriff's office
AIKEN - Residents, political leaders and law enforcement officials heaped praise Monday on the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, which is seeking accreditation from a national organization that sets high standards for police work.

Soul-inspired DJ makes her voice heard

Minor collision knocks 3 train cars off tracks
AIKEN - A slow-moving Norfolk Southern train derailed Monday in Warrenville after a minor collision, a railroad spokeswoman said.

Robin Williams calls deals honest

News you can use
Augusta-Richmond County Commission: 2 p.m., eighth floor Commission Chamber, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

Kid of the Day

Florida governor enacts tough law
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Spurred by the kidnapping and slaying of a Citrus County girl, Gov. Jeb Bush signed legislation Monday to get much tougher on sex offenders.

Military hospital's rigid rules frustrate aid workers

Ideas for safer courts discussed
ATLANTA - A key Chatham County lawmaker said Monday it might be time for the state to step in and say clearly which local official is responsible for courtroom security.

Clemson undergraduates try hand at research

Corrections
The Week Ahead column in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle gave the wrong day for the unveiling of a statue honoring entertainer James Brown.

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.

Across Georgia
SMYRNA - At a ticket-only town hall meeting, Vice President Dick Cheney rallied the party faithful Monday to support President Bush's plan for Social Security reform.

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 South Carolina
FLORENCE - A man whose body was found in debris from a demolished apartment building suffocated when the structure was torn down around him, authorities say.

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 area
Drivers of 18-wheelers who park them in subdivisions zoned agricultural will have to find a new parking place if Augusta Commission members concur with the Augusta-Richmond County Planning Commission.

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.

Notion of early college ditched
Early College High School, a trendy concept spreading across the nation, won't be coming to Richmond County as planned.

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.

Questions focus on pricey cruise
The string of coincidences knotted throughout the prosecution's case against former state Rep. Robin Williams and four associates were just that - coincidences, defendants testified Monday.

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.

Kid of the Day
Tarah Henderson is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

Man recovering after shooting
An Augusta man who was shot during a Monday morning robbery was recovering after surgery at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, authorities said.

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.

Center builds plans for heart transplants
Robert "Petey" Cothran may have had his life saved and didn't even know it.

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

Florida governor enacts tough law
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Spurred by the kidnapping and slaying of a Citrus County girl, Gov. Jeb Bush signed legislation Monday to get much tougher on sex offenders.

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.

Ideas for safer courts discussed
ATLANTA - A key Chatham County lawmaker said Monday it might be time for the state to step in and say clearly which local official is responsible for courtroom security.

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

Corrections
The Week Ahead column in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle gave the wrong day for the unveiling of a statue honoring entertainer James Brown.

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.

News you can use
Augusta-Richmond County Commission: 2 p.m., eighth floor Commission Chamber, municipal building, 530 Greene St.

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.

Across Georgia
SMYRNA - At a ticket-only town hall meeting, Vice President Dick Cheney rallied the party faithful Monday to support President Bush's plan for Social Security reform.

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.

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE - A man whose body was found in debris from a demolished apartment building suffocated when the structure was torn down around him, authorities say.

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
Drivers of 18-wheelers who park them in subdivisions zoned agricultural will have to find a new parking place if Augusta Commission members concur with the Augusta-Richmond County Planning Commission.

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.

Kid of the Day
Tarah Henderson is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

News you can use

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.

Man recovering after shooting

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.

Across South Carolina

Across the area

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.

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.

Professor offers services as Hollywood mathematician
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard professor Jonathan Farley is an award-winning scholar, but he wouldn't mind being known as a Hollywood mathematician.

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'

'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.

Professor offers services as Hollywood mathematician
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard professor Jonathan Farley is an award-winning scholar, but he wouldn't mind being known as a Hollywood mathematician.

Professor offers services as Hollywood mathematician

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.

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

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.

Bumpy ride not OK for drivers

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.

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

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
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.

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.

Mavericks squeak by Rockets
DALLAS - Minutes away from finally leading their first-round playoff series, the Dallas Mavericks proved they deserved it.

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

Heat sweep Nets

Panthers appear content to stand pat at wide receiver

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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?

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?

Roddick wins at Italian Open

Henin-Hardenne wins again on clay

Overtime

Overtime

Derby beefing up drug testing

Roddick wins at Italian Open
ROME - Andy Roddick is taking a new, lighter approach to the clay-court season.

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.

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.

Roddick wins at Italian Open
ROME - Andy Roddick is taking a new, lighter approach to the clay-court season.

Derby beefing up drug testing
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After acknowledging horse racing has a "very serious" drug problem, officials have increased security and added more testing for performance-enhancing substances entering Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Overtime
After being shut out Sunday, Marcus Sanders led off the game with a home run for the Augusta GreenJackets in a 5-3 victory at Greenville on Monday night in the South Atlantic League.

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.

Derby beefing up drug testing
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After acknowledging horse racing has a "very serious" drug problem, officials have increased security and added more testing for performance-enhancing substances entering Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Overtime
After being shut out Sunday, Marcus Sanders led off the game with a home run for the Augusta GreenJackets in a 5-3 victory at Greenville on Monday night in the South Atlantic League.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Asian actors on TV are underrepresented

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

CNN chief trying to energize network

'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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

Asian actors on TV are underrepresented
Asian actors on prime-time TV are underrepresented, get little screen time, new study shows

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

Will ban on TV indecency turn into censorship?

Asian actors on TV are underrepresented
Asian actors on prime-time TV are underrepresented, get little screen time, new study shows

'Family Guy' returns to network TV

A Close call for FX's "Shield"

People in the News

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

Prosecution presents evidence about associates' calls

Will Michael Jackson testify?

Jackson jury hears about cashing checks

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

My style
THE FACTS: Kaylyn Thomann, 17, a sophomore at Lakeside High School

There's no need to know exact reason for breakup
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I think my boyfriend broke up with me for my friend, but when I ask him about it, he just says he broke up with me because he wasn't going to change. How can I explain to him that I love him for who he was, and get the truth?

Question of the week
Q: Where's the best place to spot a cute guy or girl?

Tribute to artist gives people chance to see art as it's made

Grads have senior moments and reflect on final days

Question of the week

Xtreme calendar
OWN IT: National Treasure comes to VHS and DVD. Nicolas Cage stars an archaeologist who must protect a cache of gold hidden by the Founding Fathers; he just has to find it first, which requires stealing the original Declaration of Independence.

Xtreme calendar

Tribute to artist gives people chance to see art as it's made
Artists and musicians are gathering Saturday in Aiken to demonstrate the seriousness of art.

My style
THE FACTS: Kaylyn Thomann, 17, a sophomore at Lakeside High School

There's no need to know exact reason for breakup

My style

Picture Perfect

Abstaining from sex now can yield rewards later

Question of the week
Q: Where's the best place to spot a cute guy or girl?

There's no need to know exact reason for breakup
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I think my boyfriend broke up with me for my friend, but when I ask him about it, he just says he broke up with me because he wasn't going to change. How can I explain to him that I love him for who he was, and get the truth?

Xtreme calendar
OWN IT: National Treasure comes to VHS and DVD. Nicolas Cage stars an archaeologist who must protect a cache of gold hidden by the Founding Fathers; he just has to find it first, which requires stealing the original Declaration of Independence.

Grads have senior moments and reflect on final days
Cap and gown ordered? Check. Credits earned? Check. Future contemplated? Check. The senior year to-do list is almost all checked off.

Tribute to artist gives people chance to see art as it's made
Artists and musicians are gathering Saturday in Aiken to demonstrate the seriousness of art.

Picture Perfect
Shirley Helmick/specialKristina Archer and Zack Baker take a photo opportunity at the Brandon Wilde grounds before going to the Evans High School prom April 15.

Abstaining from sex now can yield rewards later
Imagine a wedding day. The church is full of smiling family members and friends. Beautiful flowers adorn the sacred altar as white candles burn brightly among them. Suddenly the sounds of the traditional bridal procession fill the air and a dazzling bride begins to make her way toward her stunning groom.

Abstaining from sex now can yield rewards later
Imagine a wedding day. The church is full of smiling family members and friends. Beautiful flowers adorn the sacred altar as white candles burn brightly among them. Suddenly the sounds of the traditional bridal procession fill the air and a dazzling bride begins to make her way toward her stunning groom.

Picture Perfect
Shirley Helmick/specialKristina Archer and Zack Baker take a photo opportunity at the Brandon Wilde grounds before going to the Evans High School prom April 15.

Grads have senior moments and reflect on final days
Cap and gown ordered? Check. Credits earned? Check. Future contemplated? Check. The senior year to-do list is almost all checked off.

Odds and Ends

Holy Land a challenge for pope