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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Braves' Foster beats injury to return to majors

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

Long road brings Foster back to Braves

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.

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.

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.

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

Manufacturing activity rose in April, but at slower pace

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.

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.

Man admits obstruction in fraud case

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

Ford, GM sales fall; Toyota has record sales

Oil prices trade below $50 a barrel

Fed boosts key interest rate for eighth time

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Profits rise for parent of bank

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.

How energy prices are affecting consumers

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.

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.

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.

Women share tips for career success

Stocks finish mixed after rate increase

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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:

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.

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.

Budget crybabies

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

A souffle can lift a meal beyond routine

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.

Low-fat grilled shrimp has a tangy taste

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."

Potatoes anchor dish for company or family

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
Upcoming events in golf:

Annika Sorenstam streaking into history

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.

Upcoming Events
Upcoming events in golf:

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

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.

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.

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

Writer's wit adds entertainment to stories

Rolling in the dough

Upcoming Events

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.

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

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
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

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.

Planned Parenthood plans death

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

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

Deal with sex offenders harshly

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

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

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

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

Constitution is not a living document

Artist dishes up area sights

Living briefs

First teen booster shot for whooping cough approved

Health and fitness calendar

Study: obesity a growing problem among the affluent

'The Chronicle' tests rent-by-mail DVDs

Living briefs

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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

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
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.

'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.

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.

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.

School board reviews budget

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.

Sex offender notices to be printed

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Private school hires ex-coach

Man recovering after shooting

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.

Across South Carolina

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

Florida governor enacts tough law

Effort targets certification of teachers

Center builds plans for heart transplants

Defendants had faith in Williams

Across Georgia

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.

Notion of early college ditched

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.

Ideas for safer courts discussed

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.

Corrections

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

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.

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.

Officials OK alcohol license

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

Cheney praises training center

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tasty treats

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

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.

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.

Road work keeps going

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.

Money orders lead to arrest

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.

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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.

Across South Carolina

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

Aiken could get bus cameras

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.

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.

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Group shifts arena plans

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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.

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.

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
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.

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.

'Kingdom of Heaven' avoids Muslim outcry

Professor offers services as Hollywood mathematician

At the Movies: 'Kingdom of Heaven'

Boxing inspires singer Aimee Mann

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.

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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Derby beefing up drug testing

Some prefer Keeneland's quiet to Churchill's bustle

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Ratings illustrate the sad state of network comedies

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.

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

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

Asian actors on TV are underrepresented

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

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Jackson jury hears about cashing checks

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:

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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.

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.

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

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.

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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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?

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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.

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.

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
Artists and musicians are gathering Saturday in Aiken to demonstrate the seriousness of art.

Abstaining from sex now can yield rewards later

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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.

Question of the week

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

My style

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

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

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Grads have senior moments and reflect on final days

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Employee's severed finger found in frozen custard

Firefighter makes astounding recovery

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