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

Minnesota's Rincon violates drug policy

Timberwolves put end to Yellow Jackets' run

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.

Team caps year of firsts with region title
Brett Wiggins and cousin Ben Keilhotz walked side-by-side after yet another impressive Cross Creek victory.

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

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
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.

Local Lions devour prey on diamond

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.

Team caps year of firsts with region title
Brett Wiggins and cousin Ben Keilhotz walked side-by-side after yet another impressive Cross Creek victory.

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.

Team caps year of firsts with region title

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.

Players' union to speak with Selig

All weddings need a backup plan

Odds and Ends
CLEARFIELD, Pa. - The burger war is growing - one bun at a time.

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.

Employee's severed finger found in frozen custard
WILMINGTON, N.C. - State officials are trying to determine how a worker cut off part of his finger and how the severed piece wound up in a customer's ice cream at a shop that was cleared by the state after a similar accident last summer.

Firefighter makes astounding recovery
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Nearly 9½ years after a firefighter was left brain-damaged and mostly mute during a 1995 roof collapse, he did something that shocked his family and doctors: He asked for his wife.

Employee's severed finger found in frozen custard
WILMINGTON, N.C. - State officials are trying to determine how a worker cut off part of his finger and how the severed piece wound up in a customer's ice cream at a shop that was cleared by the state after a similar accident last summer.

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
CLEARFIELD, Pa. - The burger war is growing - one bun at a time.

Firefighter makes astounding recovery
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Nearly 9½ years after a firefighter was left brain-damaged and mostly mute during a 1995 roof collapse, he did something that shocked his family and doctors: He asked for his wife.

Hampton's hot streak put on ice

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.

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.

Hampton's hot streak put on ice
ATLANTA - Tuesday provided a perfect illustration of the danger that lurks in the Florida Marlins' lineup.

Long road brings Foster back to Braves

Chipper can't say when he'll return to field

Chipper can't say when he'll return to field
ATLANTA - Chipper Jones said Tuesday that he's done trying to guess when he'll be able to return from the mysterious, lingering left foot injury that has pained him for more than a week.

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.

Hampton's hot streak put on ice
ATLANTA - Tuesday provided a perfect illustration of the danger that lurks in the Florida Marlins' lineup.

Chipper can't say when he'll return to field
ATLANTA - Chipper Jones said Tuesday that he's done trying to guess when he'll be able to return from the mysterious, lingering left foot injury that has pained him for more than a week.

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.

Fed boosts key interest rate for eighth time

Women share tips for career success
Girls don't just want to have fun. They start businesses, too.

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.

Fed boosts key interest rate for eighth time
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve, caught between a sudden economic slowdown and heightened worries about inflation, decided to nudge a key interest rate up by another quarter-point on Tuesday.

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.

Stocks finish mixed after rate increase
NEW YORK - Stocks stumbled to a mixed finish Tuesday as the Federal Reserve kept to its policy of gradual interest rate increases but provided little new insight into the health of the economy.

Man admits obstruction in fraud case

Man admits obstruction in fraud case
WASHINGTON - An Augusta man pleaded guilty Tuesday to obstructing federal regulators' investigation of an alleged nationwide securities fraud scheme that used voice-mail messages made to look as if they were accidentally left on people's answering machines to pique their interest in stocks.

Ford, GM sales fall; Toyota has record sales
DETROIT - The nation's two largest automakers on Tuesday reported lower April demand, as light truck sales slipped against a backdrop of higher gas prices. Toyota Motor Corp. reported record U.S. sales, however, saying consumers snapped up hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles.

Manufacturing activity rose in April, but at slower pace

Profits rise for parent of bank

How energy prices are affecting consumers

Stocks finish mixed after rate increase

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.

Ford, GM sales fall; Toyota has record sales

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.

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.

Women share tips for career success

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.

Ford, GM sales fall; Toyota has record sales
DETROIT - The nation's two largest automakers on Tuesday reported lower April demand, as light truck sales slipped against a backdrop of higher gas prices. Toyota Motor Corp. reported record U.S. sales, however, saying consumers snapped up hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles.

Man admits obstruction in fraud case
WASHINGTON - An Augusta man pleaded guilty Tuesday to obstructing federal regulators' investigation of an alleged nationwide securities fraud scheme that used voice-mail messages made to look as if they were accidentally left on people's answering machines to pique their interest in stocks.

Women share tips for career success
Girls don't just want to have fun. They start businesses, too.

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.

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.

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

Fed boosts key interest rate for eighth time
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve, caught between a sudden economic slowdown and heightened worries about inflation, decided to nudge a key interest rate up by another quarter-point on Tuesday.

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.

Factory orders post tiny March increase
WASHINGTON - Orders to U.S. factories eked out a tiny 0.1 percent increase in March even though demand for big-ticket items took a big plunge, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

Stocks finish mixed after rate increase
NEW YORK - Stocks stumbled to a mixed finish Tuesday as the Federal Reserve kept to its policy of gradual interest rate increases but provided little new insight into the health of the economy.

Oil prices trade below $50 a barrel

Palmetto deserves boost in fanfare

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?

Borderline insanity

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.

Abu Ghraib's Cover Girl

Budget crybabies
There's surely room for constructive criticism of the Republican-led Congress' planned $2.6 trillion budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, but don't expect to hear it from Democrats.

Abu Ghraib's Cover Girl
We feel certain Pfc. Lynndie England - the worst thing to happen to the U.S. military since Gulf War Syndrome - will not spend nearly enough time in prison.

Abu Ghraib's Cover Girl
We feel certain Pfc. Lynndie England - the worst thing to happen to the U.S. military since Gulf War Syndrome - will not spend nearly enough time in prison.

Budget crybabies

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.

Borderline insanity
It was, in essence, a human speed trap. And, as with any kind of speed trap, it may need to be repeated to truly slow the traffic down.

Borderline insanity
It was, in essence, a human speed trap. And, as with any kind of speed trap, it may need to be repeated to truly slow the traffic down.

Budget crybabies
There's surely room for constructive criticism of the Republican-led Congress' planned $2.6 trillion budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, but don't expect to hear it from Democrats.

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:

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.

Paris Hilton: 'I'm like an American princess'
NEW YORK - For someone with a wilder-than-wild party girl history and a faker-than-fake reality TV show, Paris Hilton is surprisingly real.

People in the News
NEW YORK - A Britney Spears song in a time capsule? Perhaps, if the wickedly subversive Richard Thompson is doing the packing.

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.

People in the News
NEW YORK - A Britney Spears song in a time capsule? Perhaps, if the wickedly subversive Richard Thompson is doing the packing.

The top five list
The top five list of entertainment.

Paris Hilton: 'I'm like an American princess'
NEW YORK - For someone with a wilder-than-wild party girl history and a faker-than-fake reality TV show, Paris Hilton is surprisingly real.

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.

The top five list
The top five list of entertainment.

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.

Low-fat grilled shrimp has a tangy taste
This grilled shrimp with yogurt cilantro sauce is a vibrant but healthily low-fat dish to include in grilling season meals, as either appetizer or entree, according to your menu.

Potatoes anchor dish for company or family
Spring and summer bring many occasions for holiday celebrations, family gatherings or just casual sociability. Whatever party plans you may be making, or just to have something in reserve for family visits, collect recipes for pleasing but practical dishes you can make ahead and have ready to serve as needed.

Potatoes anchor dish for company or family
Spring and summer bring many occasions for holiday celebrations, family gatherings or just casual sociability. Whatever party plans you may be making, or just to have something in reserve for family visits, collect recipes for pleasing but practical dishes you can make ahead and have ready to serve as needed.

Do-it-yourself apricot and cilantro chutney
CONCORD, N.H. - Call me the "Chutney Kid." A few years ago I was introduced to the wonder that is chutney, that chunky, saucy, sort-of-sweet, sort-of-spicy Indian condiment that often includes some combination of fruit and onion.

Small bites
DALLAS - The 2005 cookbook awards of the International Association of Culinary Professionals were announced at the association's recent 27th annual conference in Dallas. The purpose of the awards, the IACP says, is to "honor the best writing and publishing in the food and beverage industry."

Grilled pork chops made easy
If you're looking for a main course dish that you can be ready to serve in about 30 minutes or less, pork chops are a good starting point. The clincher would be some tasty way to dress them up.

Low-fat grilled shrimp has a tangy taste

Potatoes anchor dish for company or family

A souffle can lift a meal beyond routine
The idea of a souffle can seem appealing, something rather special and beyond routine to choose on a menu - but intimidating, perhaps, for the home cook to try.

Small bites

A souffle can lift a meal beyond routine
The idea of a souffle can seem appealing, something rather special and beyond routine to choose on a menu - but intimidating, perhaps, for the home cook to try.

Grilled pork chops made easy

Low-fat grilled shrimp has a tangy taste
This grilled shrimp with yogurt cilantro sauce is a vibrant but healthily low-fat dish to include in grilling season meals, as either appetizer or entree, according to your menu.

Do-it-yourself apricot and cilantro chutney

A souffle can lift a meal beyond routine

Small bites
DALLAS - The 2005 cookbook awards of the International Association of Culinary Professionals were announced at the association's recent 27th annual conference in Dallas. The purpose of the awards, the IACP says, is to "honor the best writing and publishing in the food and beverage industry."

Do-it-yourself apricot and cilantro chutney
CONCORD, N.H. - Call me the "Chutney Kid." A few years ago I was introduced to the wonder that is chutney, that chunky, saucy, sort-of-sweet, sort-of-spicy Indian condiment that often includes some combination of fruit and onion.

Grilled pork chops made easy
If you're looking for a main course dish that you can be ready to serve in about 30 minutes or less, pork chops are a good starting point. The clincher would be some tasty way to dress them up.

Woods, Sorenstam spark excitement
Other than major championships, there aren't many weeks in golf when turning on the television and tuning in is an absolute must.

Annika Sorenstam streaking into history
Annika Sorenstam was in South Korea six months ago when something strange happened. She didn't win.

Rolling in the dough
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Tiger Woods' chip-in birdie at the par-3 16th hole of the Masters Tournament didn't just help win his fourth green jacket.

Writer's wit adds entertainment to stories
"TPC sounds too much like something kids sniff." No one is safe from Dan Jenkins, and we're all that much more entertained because of it.

Woods, Sorenstam spark excitement
Other than major championships, there aren't many weeks in golf when turning on the television and tuning in is an absolute must.

Woods, Sorenstam spark excitement

Upcoming Events
Upcoming events in golf:

Annika Sorenstam streaking into history

Rolling in the dough

Annika Sorenstam streaking into history
Annika Sorenstam was in South Korea six months ago when something strange happened. She didn't win.

Upcoming Events
Upcoming events in golf:

Rolling in the dough
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Tiger Woods' chip-in birdie at the par-3 16th hole of the Masters Tournament didn't just help win his fourth green jacket.

Upcoming Events

Writer's wit adds entertainment to stories
"TPC sounds too much like something kids sniff." No one is safe from Dan Jenkins, and we're all that much more entertained because of it.

Writer's wit adds entertainment to stories

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

Turnovers can bring family together
Mom's special day is Sunday, so why not cook her a delicious after-church or Sunday-afternoon lunch.

Turnovers can bring family together
Mom's special day is Sunday, so why not cook her a delicious after-church or Sunday-afternoon lunch.

Turnovers can bring family together

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

Deal with sex offenders harshly

Pope's scope was misrepresented
Fox News Channel's talk-show host Bill O'Reilly asked viewers recently if they thought there was too much discussion about the pope in the news. The Rev. J.F. Rodgers, Clearwater, S.C.

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

Constitution is not a living document

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

Write truth about Social Security
I find it implausible that your staff at The Chronicle is as uninformed and unaware as to absent-mindedly write the empty-headed, totally laughable editorial "Safety net on fire" (May 1).Steve R. Smith, Evans

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

Deal with sex offenders harshly
Regarding two articles in the April 24 Augusta Chronicle:A.G. Blackmon, Warrenville, S.C.

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

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

Deal with sex offenders harshly
Regarding two articles in the April 24 Augusta Chronicle:A.G. Blackmon, Warrenville, S.C.

Study: obesity a growing problem among the affluent

Living briefs

Living briefs

'The Chronicle' tests rent-by-mail DVDs

Artist dishes up area sights

Health and fitness calendar

First teen booster shot for whooping cough approved

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

First teen booster shot for whooping cough approved
WASHINGTON - The government approved the first whooping cough booster shot meant just for adolescents on Tuesday, a vaccine that doctors hope will battle a disease that's making a dangerous comeback.

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.

'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.

Living briefs
Do fences really make the best neighbors? Is it possible to live and let live? If you've ever had to put up with loud music, barking dogs and messy yards, you know neighborly love often is anything but. We want to hear your stories of how you've dealt with nasty neighbors. Contact Staff Writer Patrick Verel at (706) 823-3332 or patrick.verel@ augustachronicle.com before Monday.

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.

Artist dishes up area sights
Amy Roberts has never shown her art in a gallery, but her work is coming to a dinner table near you.

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.

Survey examines celebrities' influence on cancer screening
WASHINGTON - Celebrities can send people to the doctor.

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
Do fences really make the best neighbors? Is it possible to live and let live? If you've ever had to put up with loud music, barking dogs and messy yards, you know neighborly love often is anything but. We want to hear your stories of how you've dealt with nasty neighbors. Contact Staff Writer Patrick Verel at (706) 823-3332 or patrick.verel@ augustachronicle.com before Monday.

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.

'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.

Artist dishes up area sights
Amy Roberts has never shown her art in a gallery, but her work is coming to a dinner table near you.

First teen booster shot for whooping cough approved
WASHINGTON - The government approved the first whooping cough booster shot meant just for adolescents on Tuesday, a vaccine that doctors hope will battle a disease that's making a dangerous comeback.

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.

Aiken could get bus cameras
AIKEN - In the five years Jeremy Williams has driven school buses, he has seen plenty of rowdy behavior.

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.

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.

Sex offender notices to be printed
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue has approved legislation that will require registered sex offenders to have their photos published in the counties where they live.

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

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.

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.

Tasty treats
Sarah Phoebe Cook, 20 months, of Augusta, gets a taste of strawberries at Bell Farms Strawberry Patch in North Augusta.

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.

News you can use
Parents of high school seniors in Richmond County might be confused about graduation sites with all the changes in recent years.

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.

Aiken could get bus cameras

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

Effort targets certification of teachers

Man recovering after shooting

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 South Carolina

Road work keeps going
The Empire State Building was built in less than a year and a half, from its excavation in January 1930 to its opening in May 1931.

Florida governor enacts tough law

Deal on damage claims reached
AIKEN - A tentative settlement has been reached for claimants seeking money from Norfolk Southern Corp., but the proposal is limited to minor injuries and evacuation and property damages caused by the Jan. 6 train crash in Graniteville.

Across Georgia

Cheney praises training center
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Vice President Dick Cheney told students and staff at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center that they are among the country's first and best defense against terrorists who would target the country.

Notion of early college ditched

Across the area
An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that someone who contacted him online made a false report of a fire at his house Monday.

Kid of the Day

Cheney praises training center

Corrections

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.

Deal on damage claims reached
AIKEN - A tentative settlement has been reached for claimants seeking money from Norfolk Southern Corp., but the proposal is limited to minor injuries and evacuation and property damages caused by the Jan. 6 train crash in Graniteville.

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.

News you can use

School board reviews budget

Across the area

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.

Center builds plans for heart transplants

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.

Ideas for safer courts discussed

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.

Road work keeps going
The Empire State Building was built in less than a year and a half, from its excavation in January 1930 to its opening in May 1931.

School board reviews budget
Columbia County school board members took a second look at a multimillion-dollar proposed budget at a special called meeting Tuesday but didn't suggest any changes.

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.

Effort targets certification of teachers
A statewide effort to increase the number of nationally certified teachers kicked off Tuesday in Richmond County, where the effort could nearly triple the number of highly qualified teachers.

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

Defendants had faith in Williams
Trusting former state Rep. Robin Williams could get you in trouble, two of his co-defendants testified Tuesday.

News you can use

Group shifts arena plans
Augusta Entertainment LLC is back in the picture with a new proposal for a public-private partnership with the city to operate a sports arena at the Regency Mall site.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Officials OK alcohol license
Despite some public dissent, Columbia County commissioners unanimously approved an alcohol license Tuesday night for a business that will be accessible only by way of an entrance to several subdivisions.

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.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - A 4-year-old girl has died after being attacked by two of the family's Rottweilers, Spartanburg County officials said.

Defendants had faith in Williams

Private school hires ex-coach
ATHENS, Ga. - Four days after a federal judge dismissed her claim that her constitutional rights were violated when she was fired in August, former University of Georgia cheerleading coach Marilou Braswell has landed a job as the dean of women at a private evangelical Christian school in Mableton.

School board reviews budget
Columbia County school board members took a second look at a multimillion-dollar proposed budget at a special called meeting Tuesday but didn't suggest any changes.

Officials OK alcohol license

Money orders lead to arrest
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office said it arrested an Augusta man Tuesday after stolen money orders were used to purchase goods from at least three people.

Private school hires ex-coach

Tasty treats
Sarah Phoebe Cook, 20 months, of Augusta, gets a taste of strawberries at Bell Farms Strawberry Patch in North Augusta.

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

Effort targets certification of teachers
A statewide effort to increase the number of nationally certified teachers kicked off Tuesday in Richmond County, where the effort could nearly triple the number of highly qualified teachers.

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.

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SPARTANBURG - A 4-year-old girl has died after being attacked by two of the family's Rottweilers, Spartanburg County officials said.

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.

Officials OK alcohol license
Despite some public dissent, Columbia County commissioners unanimously approved an alcohol license Tuesday night for a business that will be accessible only by way of an entrance to several subdivisions.

Road work keeps going

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Parents of high school seniors in Richmond County might be confused about graduation sites with all the changes in recent years.

Sex offender notices to be printed

Across Georgia
LAFAYETTE - The notorious northwest Georgia crematory where 334 rotting corpses were discovered three years ago has been torn down.

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Across the area
An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that someone who contacted him online made a false report of a fire at his house Monday.

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

Private school hires ex-coach
ATHENS, Ga. - Four days after a federal judge dismissed her claim that her constitutional rights were violated when she was fired in August, former University of Georgia cheerleading coach Marilou Braswell has landed a job as the dean of women at a private evangelical Christian school in Mableton.

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.

Sex offender notices to be printed
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue has approved legislation that will require registered sex offenders to have their photos published in the counties where they live.

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.

EPD weighs pollution rules
Georgia has until January to adopt new rules to regulate industries classified as major sources of air pollution, according to state Environmental Protection Division officials.

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.

Kid of the Day
Tana Michele Banks is today's Kid of the Day.

Money orders lead to arrest
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office said it arrested an Augusta man Tuesday after stolen money orders were used to purchase goods from at least three people.

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Defendants had faith in Williams
Trusting former state Rep. Robin Williams could get you in trouble, two of his co-defendants testified Tuesday.

Group shifts arena plans

Women excel in community
Julie Ginn Moretz remembers the frustration of having a child in the hospital and not being able to be with him.

Deal on damage claims reached

Aiken could get bus cameras
AIKEN - In the five years Jeremy Williams has driven school buses, he has seen plenty of rowdy behavior.

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

Group shifts arena plans
Augusta Entertainment LLC is back in the picture with a new proposal for a public-private partnership with the city to operate a sports arena at the Regency Mall site.

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Cheney praises training center
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Vice President Dick Cheney told students and staff at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center that they are among the country's first and best defense against terrorists who would target the country.

Money orders lead to arrest

Glenn Hills gives back to ex-star by retiring jersey
Michael Curry has given and given and given to Glenn Hills High since he graduated in 1986.

'Kingdom of Heaven' avoids Muslim outcry
LOS ANGELES - In these uneasy times, you'd think a Hollywood epic about the Crusades would spark a major revival of hard feelings over the medieval religious wars in the Middle East.

'Kingdom of Heaven' avoids Muslim outcry

At the Movies: 'Kingdom of Heaven'
"Kingdom of Heaven," Ridley Scott's tale of love, honor and intrigue during the Crusades, is as impressively vast and immaculately detailed as you'd expect from the Oscar-nominated director of "Gladiator."

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.

At the Movies: 'Kingdom of Heaven'
"Kingdom of Heaven," Ridley Scott's tale of love, honor and intrigue during the Crusades, is as impressively vast and immaculately detailed as you'd expect from the Oscar-nominated director of "Gladiator."

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.

At the Movies: 'Kingdom of Heaven'

Professor offers services as Hollywood mathematician

'Kingdom of Heaven' avoids Muslim outcry
LOS ANGELES - In these uneasy times, you'd think a Hollywood epic about the Crusades would spark a major revival of hard feelings over the medieval religious wars in the Middle East.

Boxing inspires singer Aimee Mann
NEW YORK - Here's an image hard to get out of your head: wiry singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, chronicler of the emotionally fragile, whaling the tar out of somebody in a boxing ring.

Boxing inspires singer Aimee Mann
NEW YORK - Here's an image hard to get out of your head: wiry singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, chronicler of the emotionally fragile, whaling the tar out of somebody in a boxing ring.

Boxing inspires singer Aimee Mann

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

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Afleet Alex could be racing's next feel-good story

Roddick wins at Italian Open

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Geathers goes on scoring frenzy

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Derby beefing up drug testing

Clijsters gains advances with 18th win in 19 matches

Some prefer Keeneland's quiet to Churchill's bustle

Clijsters gains advances with 18th win in 19 matches
BERLIN - Kim Clijsters won for the 18th time in 19 matches, routing qualifier Yuliana Fedak of Ukraine 6-1, 6-0 Tuesday to reach the second round of the German Open.

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.

Clijsters gains advances with 18th win in 19 matches
BERLIN - Kim Clijsters won for the 18th time in 19 matches, routing qualifier Yuliana Fedak of Ukraine 6-1, 6-0 Tuesday to reach the second round of the German Open.

Afleet Alex could be racing's next feel-good story
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Afleet Alex is running for more than glory in the Kentucky Derby. The big bay colt is running to beat cancer, too.

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.

Evans welcomes Belchyk's return
Soccer is a sport where violent crashes are the norm. Mid-air collisions in soccer are as common as the high-speed wrecks in NASCAR.

Some prefer Keeneland's quiet to Churchill's bustle
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The dogwood trees are blooming, and the traffic - both human and equine - is light at Nick Zito's barn at Keeneland.

Some prefer Keeneland's quiet to Churchill's bustle
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The dogwood trees are blooming, and the traffic - both human and equine - is light at Nick Zito's barn at Keeneland.

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.

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

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
With one round remaining in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional, No. 1 USC Aiken leads Armstrong Atlantic State by two shots entering today's final round.

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

Geathers goes on scoring frenzy
AIKEN - The two coaches stood at midfield chatting. Before Boiling Springs coach Kingsley Emerson shook hands and walked away, he made sure he let South Aiken coach Paul Waters know that the state was aware of Jamal Geathers.

Overtime
With one round remaining in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional, No. 1 USC Aiken leads Armstrong Atlantic State by two shots entering today's final round.

Wolfpack overcome scare
Greenbrier received a scare Tuesday night that had nothing to do with their opponent, Warner Robins.

Geathers goes on scoring frenzy
AIKEN - The two coaches stood at midfield chatting. Before Boiling Springs coach Kingsley Emerson shook hands and walked away, he made sure he let South Aiken coach Paul Waters know that the state was aware of Jamal Geathers.

Afleet Alex could be racing's next feel-good story
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Afleet Alex is running for more than glory in the Kentucky Derby. The big bay colt is running to beat cancer, too.

Ratings illustrate the sad state of network comedies
NEW YORK - With a month remaining in the TV season and CBS having all but wrapped up the status of most popular network, the industry's attention turns to the hot battle between Fox and CBS for dominance among youthful viewers.

ABC News: Ex-'Idol' singer claims affair with judge
LOS ANGELES - An ABC News special on competitor Fox's hit series "American Idol" will report a former contestant's claim that he had a sexual relationship with judge Paula Abdul while on the talent show, ABC News said Tuesday.

Asian actors on TV are underrepresented

Ratings illustrate the sad state of network comedies
NEW YORK - With a month remaining in the TV season and CBS having all but wrapped up the status of most popular network, the industry's attention turns to the hot battle between Fox and CBS for dominance among youthful viewers.

ABC News: Ex-'Idol' singer claims affair with judge
LOS ANGELES - An ABC News special on competitor Fox's hit series "American Idol" will report a former contestant's claim that he had a sexual relationship with judge Paula Abdul while on the talent show, ABC News said Tuesday.

Ratings illustrate the sad state of network comedies

TV's hottest shows prepare for head-to-head battles
May 25, the final night of the 2004-05 TV season, could go down in history. Three powerhouse attractions - the crowning of the fourth American Idol, the double-length season finale of serial hit Lost and the torn-from-the-headlines TV movie Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution - will collide in what might be the most contentious weeknight ever.

TV's hottest shows prepare for head-to-head battles

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

ABC News: Ex-'Idol' singer claims affair with judge

TV's hottest shows prepare for head-to-head battles
May 25, the final night of the 2004-05 TV season, could go down in history. Three powerhouse attractions - the crowning of the fourth American Idol, the double-length season finale of serial hit Lost and the torn-from-the-headlines TV movie Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution - will collide in what might be the most contentious weeknight ever.

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

Prosecution presents evidence about associates' calls

Jackson jury hears about cashing checks

Paris Hilton: 'I'm like an American princess'

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Palmetto deserves boost in fanfare
Every year when national golf magazines come out with their lists of the greatest golf courses in each state, I read them, shake my head and wonder:

Palmetto deserves boost in fanfare
Every year when national golf magazines come out with their lists of the greatest golf courses in each state, I read them, shake my head and wonder:

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?

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

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

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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

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

My style

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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.

There's no need to know exact reason for breakup

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.

Question of the week

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Xtreme calendar

Grads have senior moments and reflect on final days

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Firefighter makes astounding recovery

Odds and Ends

Employee's severed finger found in frozen custard