Griffey still feeling his way after surgery
CINCINNATI - Just the other day, Ken Griffey Jr. got an unsolicited hitting tip from his youngest child.

Griffey still feeling his way after surgery
CINCINNATI - Just the other day, Ken Griffey Jr. got an unsolicited hitting tip from his youngest child.

Clark hurls Bulldogs into Class AA final

Pacers on brink of postseason play

Silver Bluff softball in familiar spot for final
The Silver Bluff softball team can't help a feeling of been there, done that today. The Lady Bulldogs won state championships in 2002 and 2003 under coach Eric Hofstetter.

Silver Bluff softball in familiar spot for final

Silver Bluff softball in familiar spot for final
The Silver Bluff softball team can't help a feeling of been there, done that today. The Lady Bulldogs won state championships in 2002 and 2003 under coach Eric Hofstetter.

Griffey still feeling his way after surgery

Might Marlins' next move be to Vegas?
MIAMI - Foiled yet again by the state Legislature, the Florida Marlins remain winless in their bid for a new ballpark and must now decide their next move.

Players of the week

Pacers on brink of postseason play
AIKEN - The departure of two star players would cripple lesser teams.

No backing into title for Patriots
Gerald Barnes knew the situation and pondered his options: His Westside baseball team could win, or even lose by five runs and still claim the Region 7-AA title.

Players of the week
TIARA JOHNSON Silver Bluff softball Year: Senior Position: Third base

Clark hurls Bulldogs into Class AA final
PETTICOAT JUNCTION - Silver Bluff pitcher Jessie Clark doesn't rock the boat. She drives it.

Pacers on brink of postseason play
AIKEN - The departure of two star players would cripple lesser teams.

Clark hurls Bulldogs into Class AA final
PETTICOAT JUNCTION - Silver Bluff pitcher Jessie Clark doesn't rock the boat. She drives it.

No backing into title for Patriots

No backing into title for Patriots
Gerald Barnes knew the situation and pondered his options: His Westside baseball team could win, or even lose by five runs and still claim the Region 7-AA title.

Might Marlins' next move be to Vegas?

Might Marlins' next move be to Vegas?
MIAMI - Foiled yet again by the state Legislature, the Florida Marlins remain winless in their bid for a new ballpark and must now decide their next move.

Players of the week
TIARA JOHNSONSilver Bluff softballYear: SeniorPosition: Third base

Going sockless can free you - even from the truth

Odds and Ends
CHICO, Calif. (AP) - Wild parties that have brought notoriety to this college town could soon carry a heavy penalty for party throwers.

Odds and Ends
MINNEAPOLIS - Apostrophe boosters were in mourning at the University of Minnesota after it was decided to name a fancy new walkway the Scholars Walk, not the Scholar's Walk.

Rock paper scissors ends art auction dispute
NEW YORK - Winning a playground game of rock paper scissors has paid off handsomely for the august auction house Christie's.

Mexican city holds 'donkey derby'
OTUMBA, Mexico - A shaggy donkey named El Moro ordinarily spends his days towing a cart weighed down with tall canisters of fermented cactus juice called pulque.

Odds and Ends
MINNEAPOLIS - Apostrophe boosters were in mourning at the University of Minnesota after it was decided to name a fancy new walkway the Scholars Walk, not the Scholar's Walk.

Truck carrying yearbooks plunges into waterway
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - At first, students at Sandalwood High School thought someone was playing a cruel hoax, then they learned the truth: All 700 of the school's yearbooks were ruined when a truck carrying them went off a bridge.

Rock paper scissors ends art auction dispute
NEW YORK - Winning a playground game of rock paper scissors has paid off handsomely for the august auction house Christie's.

Odds and Ends
CHICO, Calif. (AP) - Wild parties that have brought notoriety to this college town could soon carry a heavy penalty for party throwers.

Truck carrying yearbooks plunges into waterway
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - At first, students at Sandalwood High School thought someone was playing a cruel hoax, then they learned the truth: All 700 of the school's yearbooks were ruined when a truck carrying them went off a bridge.

Mexican city holds 'donkey derby'
OTUMBA, Mexico - A shaggy donkey named El Moro ordinarily spends his days towing a cart weighed down with tall canisters of fermented cactus juice called pulque.

Andruw rejoins lineup after sitting out with sore back

Andruw rejoins lineup after sitting out with sore back
ATLANTA - Center fielder Andruw Jones returned to the Atlanta Braves lineup Friday, still bothered by a sore back but feeling much better than he did the previous day.

Comfortable win eases Smoltz's pain
ATLANTA - John Smoltz waited six years to return to the Braves' starting rotation.

Kolb isn't worried about fans
ATLANTA - Dan Kolb claims not to have noticed the boos or catcalls directed at him in his first season with the Atlanta Braves.

Andruw rejoins lineup after sitting out with sore back
ATLANTA - Center fielder Andruw Jones returned to the Atlanta Braves lineup Friday, still bothered by a sore back but feeling much better than he did the previous day.

Kolb isn't worried about fans
ATLANTA - Dan Kolb claims not to have noticed the boos or catcalls directed at him in his first season with the Atlanta Braves.

Kolb isn't worried about fans

Braves's Thomson, LaRoche rock Astros
ATLANTA - John Thomson pitched a three-hitter, and Adam LaRoche had a career-high four RBI as the Atlanta Braves cruised past the slumping Houston Astros, 9-3 on Thursday night.

Presley marketer tells how to promote image

Business briefs
THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE ROSE 5.02, OR 0.05 PERCENT, TO 10,345.40 ON FRIDAY. Broader stock indicators were narrowly mixed. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was down 1.28, or 0.11 percent, at 1,171.35.

Ad sales bouncing back at Martha Stewart Living
NEW YORK - Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. Chief Executive Susan Lyne said the company is seeing a strong rebound in advertising at its flagship magazine, Martha Stewart Living.

Presley marketer tells how to promote image
Scott Williams knows what taking care of business is all about. Be it Web cams at Graceland, Elvis-for-a-day sweepstakes or marketing the latest Elvis-emblazoned TV Guide, Mr. Williams is on it.

Ad sales bouncing back at Martha Stewart Living

Retailers report mixed sales results for April
NEW YORK - Consumers overcame some of their reluctance to shop in April, giving the nation's retailers sales that modestly beat expectations. Results again varied widely among merchants, reflecting shoppers' uncertainty about the economy and their struggles with higher gasoline prices.

S&P cuts GM, Ford credit ratings to 'junk'
DETROIT - Standard & Poor's Ratings Services cut its corporate credit ratings to junk status for both General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., a significant blow that will increase borrowing costs and limit fund-raising options for the nation's two biggest automakers.

Investors curious whether GM rally sustainable
DETROIT - Will it be just a one-day wonder for General Motors Corp. shares?

S&P cuts General Motors and Ford credit ratings to 'junk'
DETROIT - A major rating agency declared billions of dollars of debt owed by General Motors and Ford to be "junk," a blow that will increase borrowing costs for the nation's two biggest automakers.

Northwest replaces Bud Light for its flights
ST. LOUIS - Northwest Airlines Corp. has tapped Miller Lite, the nation's No. 2 light beer, to replace top-selling Bud Light on all of its flights worldwide.

Northwest replaces Bud Light for its flights

Panel questions Vioxx sales tactics
WASHINGTON - Merck & Co. is holding discussions with federal health officials about bringing its painkiller Vioxx back to the market, officials revealed Thursday, as lawmakers released new details of the extraordinary measures the company's salespeople took to divert doctors' attention from safety questions.

Airbus picks 4 site finalists

Presley marketer tells how to promote image
Scott Williams knows what taking care of business is all about. Be it Web cams at Graceland, Elvis-for-a-day sweepstakes or marketing the latest Elvis-emblazoned TV Guide, Mr. Williams is on it.

Prosecution sanctioned over remarks in Scrushy trial

S&P cuts General Motors and Ford credit ratings to 'junk'

Prosecution sanctioned over remarks in Scrushy trial
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A red-faced judge halted prosecutors' questioning of a key defense witness at the fraud trial of former HealthSouth Corp. CEO Richard Scrushy on Thursday after a government lawyer repeatedly mentioned the Enron fraud before jurors.

Stocks end mixed on jobs report as inflation fears rise
NEW YORK - Wall Street limped to a mixed finish Friday as a surprisingly strong employment report raised fears that a surge in economic growth could spark inflation and prompt the Federal Reserve to aggressively raise interest rates. The major indexes finished the week higher.

Airbus picks 4 site finalists
WASHINGTON - The parent company of European aircraft maker Airbus selected four Southern states Thursday as finalists for a $600 million factory to build refueling tankers for the U.S. military.

Consumer borrowing at slowest pace in four months
WASHINGTON - Americans increased their borrowing for auto loans and other types of consumer debt at an annual rate of 3.1 percent in March, the smallest gain in four months, the Federal Reserve reported Friday.

Will GM face the music June 7?
DETROIT - General Motors Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rick Wagoner has little time to formulate solutions for the company's perfect storm of problems: mounting losses, rising competition, shrinking market share and increasing health-care and pension costs.

CEO says company will now support gay rights legislation
SEATTLE - After being criticized for quietly dropping support for a state gay rights bill, Microsoft Corp. chief executive Steve Ballmer told employees Friday that management would publicly back such legislation in the future.

Officials' portfolios outperform average
For years, investors have been searching for the secret to making it big in the stock market.

S&P cuts General Motors and Ford credit ratings to 'junk'
DETROIT - A major rating agency declared billions of dollars of debt owed by General Motors and Ford to be "junk," a blow that will increase borrowing costs for the nation's two biggest automakers.

Productivity rises by solid 2.6 percent

Will GM face the music June 7?
DETROIT - General Motors Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rick Wagoner has little time to formulate solutions for the company's perfect storm of problems: mounting losses, rising competition, shrinking market share and increasing health-care and pension costs.

Panel questions Vioxx sales tactics

Business briefs
THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE ROSE 5.02, OR 0.05 PERCENT, TO 10,345.40 ON FRIDAY. Broader stock indicators were narrowly mixed. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was down 1.28, or 0.11 percent, at 1,171.35.

Retailers report mixed sales results for April

Business briefs

Investors curious whether GM rally sustainable

S&P cuts GM, Ford credit ratings to 'junk'

Retailers report mixed sales results for April
NEW YORK - Consumers overcame some of their reluctance to shop in April, giving the nation's retailers sales that modestly beat expectations. Results again varied widely among merchants, reflecting shoppers' uncertainty about the economy and their struggles with higher gasoline prices.

Panel questions Vioxx sales tactics
WASHINGTON - Merck & Co. is holding discussions with federal health officials about bringing its painkiller Vioxx back to the market, officials revealed Thursday, as lawmakers released new details of the extraordinary measures the company's salespeople took to divert doctors' attention from safety questions.

Investors curious whether GM rally sustainable
DETROIT - Will it be just a one-day wonder for General Motors Corp. shares?

Officials' portfolios outperform average
For years, investors have been searching for the secret to making it big in the stock market.

Northwest replaces Bud Light for its flights
ST. LOUIS - Northwest Airlines Corp. has tapped Miller Lite, the nation's No. 2 light beer, to replace top-selling Bud Light on all of its flights worldwide.

Stocks end mixed on jobs report as inflation fears rise
NEW YORK - Wall Street limped to a mixed finish Friday as a surprisingly strong employment report raised fears that a surge in economic growth could spark inflation and prompt the Federal Reserve to aggressively raise interest rates. The major indexes finished the week higher.

Business briefs
New York - consumers overcame some of their reluctance to shop in april, giving the nation's retailers sales that modestly beat expectations. results again varied widely among merchants, reflecting shoppers' uncertainty about the economy and struggles with higher gasoline prices.

Hiring increases, unemployment rate unchanged
WASHINGTON - Hiring around the country picked up briskly in April, with employers boosting payrolls by 274,000 and raising hopes of better days ahead for jobseekers and the economy as a whole. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.2 percent.

CEO says company will now support gay rights legislation
SEATTLE - After being criticized for quietly dropping support for a state gay rights bill, Microsoft Corp. chief executive Steve Ballmer told employees Friday that management would publicly back such legislation in the future.

Hiring increases, unemployment rate unchanged
WASHINGTON - Hiring around the country picked up briskly in April, with employers boosting payrolls by 274,000 and raising hopes of better days ahead for jobseekers and the economy as a whole. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.2 percent.

Productivity rises by solid 2.6 percent
WASHINGTON - Productivity, a key factor needed to boost living standards, rose at an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the first three months of the year. It was the best showing in nine months but still below the huge gains of recent years.

Officials' portfolios outperform average

S&P cuts GM, Ford credit ratings to 'junk'
DETROIT - Standard & Poor's Ratings Services cut its corporate credit ratings to junk status for both General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., a significant blow that will increase borrowing costs and limit fund-raising options for the nation's two biggest automakers.

Hiring increases, unemployment rate unchanged

Prosecution sanctioned over remarks in Scrushy trial
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A red-faced judge halted prosecutors' questioning of a key defense witness at the fraud trial of former HealthSouth Corp. CEO Richard Scrushy on Thursday after a government lawyer repeatedly mentioned the Enron fraud before jurors.

Will GM face the music June 7?

Ad sales bouncing back at Martha Stewart Living
NEW YORK - Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. Chief Executive Susan Lyne said the company is seeing a strong rebound in advertising at its flagship magazine, Martha Stewart Living.

CEO says company will now support gay rights legislation

Airbus picks 4 site finalists
WASHINGTON - The parent company of European aircraft maker Airbus selected four Southern states Thursday as finalists for a $600 million factory to build refueling tankers for the U.S. military.

Stocks end mixed on jobs report as inflation fears rise

Business briefs
New York - consumers overcame some of their reluctance to shop in april, giving the nation's retailers sales that modestly beat expectations. results again varied widely among merchants, reflecting shoppers' uncertainty about the economy and struggles with higher gasoline prices.

Business briefs

Productivity rises by solid 2.6 percent
WASHINGTON - Productivity, a key factor needed to boost living standards, rose at an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the first three months of the year. It was the best showing in nine months but still below the huge gains of recent years.

Clemson names Steelman assistant coach

Clemson's McKinney retains assistant
CLEMSON, S.C. - Former Clemson standout Itoro Coleman was retained as an assistant by new coach Christy McKinney.

Clemson names Steelman assistant coach
CLEMSON, S.C. - New Clemson women's basketball coach Christy McKinney brought assistant Todd Steelman over from her old job at Rice to join the Lady Tigers staff.

Clemson names Steelman assistant coach
CLEMSON, S.C. - New Clemson women's basketball coach Christy McKinney brought assistant Todd Steelman over from her old job at Rice to join the Lady Tigers staff.

USC Aiken hires new coach

Gateway to talent
A lot of taxpayers' education money is spent to help special-needs children - those with physical, emotional, behavior or learning problems. Much less is spent on kids with a different kind of special need - those who are very smart or very talented, or both. For them, public school can be a boring experience that stifles their imagination, spoils their education and, in some cases, damages their development as a mature, productive adult.

Another activist judge?
Idol worship can be a very messy business. Absolutely no one was covered with glory when Fox TV's hit American Idol talent show was hit with a potential scandal this week, with former contestant Corey Clark alleging that judge Paula Abdul secretly coached and romanced him during the show's 2003 season.

English spoken here
This is not a matter of life or death - it's more important than that.

Gateway to talent

Still fighting to pray
Our forebears battled the elements to journey thousands of miles across the seas in primitive ships to get to this great land to, among other things, practice their religion without being hassled by state authorities.

Gateway to talent
A lot of taxpayers' education money is spent to help special-needs children - those with physical, emotional, behavior or learning problems. Much less is spent on kids with a different kind of special need - those who are very smart or very talented, or both. For them, public school can be a boring experience that stifles their imagination, spoils their education and, in some cases, damages their development as a mature, productive adult.

'Godfather' embraced
For decades, Augusta has wrestled with a love-hate relationship with native son and rock-'n'-roll superstar James Brown.

'Godfather' embraced

'Godfather' embraced
For decades, Augusta has wrestled with a love-hate relationship with native son and rock-'n'-roll superstar James Brown.

People in the News
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mindy McCready was arrested and charged with drunken driving.

Horrors! Paris Hilton burns to be an actor
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.

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Mothers trusted Jackson with their sons
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Two mothers testified at Michael Jackson's trial Friday that they trusted Jackson enough to let their sons sleep in his bed and were convinced that no molestation ever occurred.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Who are the young stars of film, TV and music?

Jackson defense opens case, loses bid for acquittal
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson's lawyers opened their case Thursday in his molestation and conspiracy trial, calling a young man who grew up knowing the pop star and denied a prosecution witness's claim that he took a shower with the singer.

Horrors! Paris Hilton burns to be an actor
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 - Who are the young stars of film, TV and music?

Mothers trusted Jackson with their sons
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Two mothers testified at Michael Jackson's trial Friday that they trusted Jackson enough to let their sons sleep in his bed and were convinced that no molestation ever occurred.

People in the News
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mindy McCready was arrested and charged with drunken driving.

Jackson defense opens case, loses bid for acquittal
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson's lawyers opened their case Thursday in his molestation and conspiracy trial, calling a young man who grew up knowing the pop star and denied a prosecution witness's claim that he took a shower with the singer.

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Hybrids and stripers go to school early

Fishing tournaments

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Hybrids and stripers go to school early
Hybrids and stripers are schooling during the early morning in Thurmond Lake's Bass Alley cove and during the late afternoon in Parksville cove.

Hybrids and stripers go to school early
Hybrids and stripers are schooling during the early morning in Thurmond Lake's Bass Alley cove and during the late afternoon in Parksville cove.

Relax with Mediterranean chicken recipe
Picturing life in the south of France can conjure images of sunshine, relaxation, casual evenings and good times around the table. Quite the opposite of the stress-filled, hustle-and-bustle life Americans can't seem to let go of.

Relax with Mediterranean chicken recipe
Picturing life in the south of France can conjure images of sunshine, relaxation, casual evenings and good times around the table. Quite the opposite of the stress-filled, hustle-and-bustle life Americans can't seem to let go of.

Relax with Mediterranean chicken recipe

How to pick the best grass for your yard
I'm often asked, "What is the best grass to plant in my yard?" My standard answer is, "There are many factors involved, and they all have their pros and cons. There is no perfect grass, because if there were, we would all have the same thing!"

How to pick the best grass for your yard

Some uncommon fruit plants offer flavor and beauty

Some uncommon fruit plants offer flavor and beauty
Are you looking forward to this season's harvest of Nanking cherries, gumis, maypops, and saskatoons? You would be, if you had planted these uncommon fruits.

Some uncommon fruit plants offer flavor and beauty
Are you looking forward to this season's harvest of Nanking cherries, gumis, maypops, and saskatoons? You would be, if you had planted these uncommon fruits.

How to pick the best grass for your yard
I'm often asked, "What is the best grass to plant in my yard?" My standard answer is, "There are many factors involved, and they all have their pros and cons. There is no perfect grass, because if there were, we would all have the same thing!"

Jack surprises coach with stay-or-go debate
ATLANTA - Jarrett Jack wanted to talk. Paul Hewitt knew the topic. And he thought he knew what Jack would say.

GreenJackets to drop concessions prices
The Augusta GreenJackets and Centerplate concessions will soon find out if $1 is enough to restore their relationship with the fans at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

GreenJackets to drop concessions prices
The Augusta GreenJackets and Centerplate concessions will soon find out if $1 is enough to restore their relationship with the fans at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Sergio hangs onto the lead
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sergio Garcia posed over a 9-iron that never reached the green. Vijay Singh felt the wind change in the middle of his swing. Tiger Woods watched a birdie chance disappear off the green and into the water.

Rain puts Sorenstam's quest for record on hold
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Annika Sorenstam's winning streak is on hold again.

Sergio hangs onto the lead

Forget history, Sorenstam now chasing cut
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Forget making history. Annika Sorenstam has some work to do just to make the weekend.

Rain puts Sorenstam's quest for record on hold

Garcia finishes in style for two-shot lead
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sergio Garcia hardly missed a shot in his round of 6-under 66, took a two-shot lead Thursday in the Wachovia Championship and was mildly disgusted.

Forget history, Sorenstam now chasing cut

Sergio hangs onto the lead
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sergio Garcia posed over a 9-iron that never reached the green. Vijay Singh felt the wind change in the middle of his swing. Tiger Woods watched a birdie chance disappear off the green and into the water.

Garcia finishes in style for two-shot lead
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sergio Garcia hardly missed a shot in his round of 6-under 66, took a two-shot lead Thursday in the Wachovia Championship and was mildly disgusted.

Garcia finishes in style for two-shot lead

Forget history, Sorenstam now chasing cut
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Forget making history. Annika Sorenstam has some work to do just to make the weekend.

Rain puts Sorenstam's quest for record on hold
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Annika Sorenstam's winning streak is on hold again.

GreenJackets to drop concessions prices

Hockey negotiations ends after 3-hour meeting
The NHL and the players' association met for just over three hours Thursday in the first round of labor negotiations in two weeks.

NHL makes new offer; no progress reported
NEW YORK - The NHL made a new offer to the players' association during two days of negotiations in Toronto, but no headway was made toward ending the lockout.

Hockey negotiations ends after 3-hour meeting

Hockey negotiations ends after 3-hour meeting
The NHL and the players' association met for just over three hours Thursday in the first round of labor negotiations in two weeks.

NHL makes new offer; no progress reported

NHL makes new offer; no progress reported
NEW YORK - The NHL made a new offer to the players' association during two days of negotiations in Toronto, but no headway was made toward ending the lockout.

Going sockless can free you - even from the truth
This afternoon there will be a meeting in the South and North ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.

Going sockless can free you - even from the truth
This afternoon there will be a meeting in the South and North ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.

Crash hospitalizes highway worker
A South Carolina Department of Transportation employee was airlifted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital this morning after a wreck left him pinned between two vehicles along Furys Ferry Road just across the South Carolina line.

Augusta honors 'Godfather of Soul' with statue
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Showing he ain't too hip for the east Georgia town he calls home, entertainer James Brown was downtown Friday for the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue of the singer.

County official wears many hats
This is in response to the anonymous rant printed in the May 4 edition of The Augusta Chronicle regarding my job duties. Pamela P. Tucker, Evans

Some serve God and mammon
Why is it that whenever the Elmer Gantries of cable preach on the wrath of God, they always refer to Sodom and Gomorrah, never to Ananias and Sapphira? Why lust and never greed? Could it be that to disclose their finances would invite comparison with Ananais and Sapphira? Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Don't turn up your noses at science
Science has recently lost two of its greatest minds - Ernst Mayr and Hans Bethe. Jason Goodman, Belvedere, S.C.

Start real Social Security reform
America's greatest president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, signed the Social Security Act in 1935. In the past 70 years, Social Security provided life-saving benefits to widows, orphans, retirees and the disabled, including many in my family.Anne Cook, Augusta

Allow prayer, not appeasement
When I pray, I pray to God - the God in whom I trust, and the same God that our forefathers trusted and prayed to for guidance while building our great nation. Why, for the sake of political correctness, would I want to pray to someone or something in which I do not believe?Mike Lane, Millen

Start real Social Security reform
America's greatest president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, signed the Social Security Act in 1935. In the past 70 years, Social Security provided life-saving benefits to widows, orphans, retirees and the disabled, including many in my family. Anne Cook, Augusta

Sales taxes must fund local projects
I am a proud resident of Augusta-Richmond County, and I know we need to move forward with improved infrastructure and entertainment venues. I believe we need a new performing arts center and a sports/entertainment arena. However, all citizens in the CSRA would benefit from these facilities - therefore, everyone should share in the funding. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Runaway bride editorial misfired
Your editorial about the bride who fled before her wedding ("Dearly bamboozled ...," May 3) misses the mark completely. Should Jennifer Wilbanks be held accountable? Yes, but only for any crime she might have committed. And, as it appears to most legal analysts, the only crime she committed would be falsely reporting a crime. If she indeed did falsely report a crime, she should, as you say, face the music. Greg Capers, Martinez

Allow prayer, not appeasement
When I pray, I pray to God - the God in whom I trust, and the same God that our forefathers trusted and prayed to for guidance while building our great nation. Why, for the sake of political correctness, would I want to pray to someone or something in which I do not believe? Mike Lane, Millen

Start real Social Security reform

Allow prayer, not appeasement

FDA advises against allowing sperm donation from gay men

Living briefs

Do you have the essential tools for your home?

Bloggers' conference emphasizes tools of reporting

Mercedes-Benz M-Class gets serious

Anti-piracy 'flag' was never popular with technologists

Dozens got dangerous bacteria from 'pocket pets'

Court blocks U.S. rules for anti-piracy TV technology

Most tires require air, not nitrogen

Most tires require air, not nitrogen
Q: I recently had to buy two tires for my 2000 Toyota Avalon. I bought them at a Costco in Southern California, and they were filled with nitrogen. Could you please explain the pros and cons of this practice and what to do if you get a flat? - Cliff Kendall, San Jose, Calif.

Even used, some hybrids selling above sticker price
LOS ANGELES - Sheila Catoira wanted a fuel-efficient Toyota Prius hybrid so badly, she found a used model online and paid $1,000 more than the car would have cost new.

FDA advises against allowing sperm donation from gay men
NEW YORK - To the dismay of gay-rights activists, the Food and Drug Administration is about to implement new rules recommending that any man who has engaged in homosexual sex in the previous five years be barred from serving as an anonymous sperm donor.

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

Dozens got dangerous bacteria from 'pocket pets'
Furry "pocket pets" like hamsters, mice and rats have sickened up to 30 people in at least 10 states with dangerous multidrug-resistant bacteria, health officials are warning.

Bloggers' conference emphasizes tools of reporting
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Bloggers - those Internet-based writers without rules - are fighting back against criticism that their work is unreliable, libelous or just poorly written.

Mercedes-Benz M-Class gets serious
Mercedes-Benz, whose sport utility sales declined last year, looks to get back on track with a new, second-generation M-Class.

Anti-piracy 'flag' was never popular with technologists
SAN FRANCISCO - The consumer technology industry never embraced the "broadcast flag."

See old, new on home tour
A blend of old and new will highlight the Warren County (Ga.) Spring Tour of Homes.

Court blocks U.S. rules for anti-piracy TV technology
WASHINGTON - People buying the next generation of digital televisions will be able to record and then watch their favorite shows later, after all.

FDA advises against allowing sperm donation from gay men
NEW YORK - To the dismay of gay-rights activists, the Food and Drug Administration is about to implement new rules recommending that any man who has engaged in homosexual sex in the previous five years be barred from serving as an anonymous sperm donor.

Emily, Jacob again top list of baby names
WASHINGTON - A lot of kids must look up when teachers call out "Emily" or "Jacob" these days. Those were the most popular babies' names last year - and have been every year since the 1990s.

Do you have the essential tools for your home?
Hammer? Check. Screwdriver? Check. Middleweight 12-volt cordless drill with two battery packs and one-hour charger? Ummmm ...

Bloggers' conference emphasizes tools of reporting
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Bloggers - those Internet-based writers without rules - are fighting back against criticism that their work is unreliable, libelous or just poorly written.

Most tires require air, not nitrogen
Q: I recently had to buy two tires for my 2000 Toyota Avalon. I bought them at a Costco in Southern California, and they were filled with nitrogen. Could you please explain the pros and cons of this practice and what to do if you get a flat? - Cliff Kendall, San Jose, Calif.

Anti-piracy 'flag' was never popular with technologists
SAN FRANCISCO - The consumer technology industry never embraced the "broadcast flag."

Living briefs
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:

Court blocks U.S. rules for anti-piracy TV technology
WASHINGTON - People buying the next generation of digital televisions will be able to record and then watch their favorite shows later, after all.

Dozens got dangerous bacteria from 'pocket pets'
Furry "pocket pets" like hamsters, mice and rats have sickened up to 30 people in at least 10 states with dangerous multidrug-resistant bacteria, health officials are warning.

Do you have the essential tools for your home?
Hammer? Check. Screwdriver? Check. Middleweight 12-volt cordless drill with two battery packs and one-hour charger? Ummmm ...

Mercedes-Benz M-Class gets serious
Mercedes-Benz, whose sport utility sales declined last year, looks to get back on track with a new, second-generation M-Class.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Police reopen some Atlanta child killing cases

Sewage seeps into office at Augusta jail

Death penalty will be sought in court shootings
ATLANTA - A man accused of opening fire at a downtown courthouse where he was on trial for rape and killing a judge and three others during and after a furious escape was indicted Thursday on murder charges.

Sewage seeps into office at Augusta jail
The you-know-what hit Richmond County sheriff's Chief Deputy Sid Hatfield's desk Thursday morning.

Williams is guilty on all 17 charges
A federal jury convicted former state Rep. Robin Williams of all criminal charges Thursday.

Across the area
Gov. Sonny Perdue signed legislation Friday that creates an at-large elected school board chairman position in Columbia County.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the day

Kid of the day

Sewage seeps into office at Augusta jail
The you-know-what hit Richmond County sheriff's Chief Deputy Sid Hatfield's desk Thursday morning.

Across the area

Officials are eager to hear about report
ATLANTA - Like expectant parents, community leaders and state officials are eagerly awaiting the arrival of a report by the Department of Defense on the future of Georgia's 13 military bases.

Officials are eager to hear about report

Call from Iraq gets student suspended
COLUMBUS, Ga. - A high school junior has been suspended for the rest of the school year for refusing to end a cell phone call from his mother, who is a solider in Iraq.

Officials say state saw less tax profit

Mosquitoes cause early itch this year

Students get ahead online

Officers keep armed man out

Some discern a moral in Robin Williams' case

Judge orders wider range for jurors in Walker trial

Across South Carolina

Bride: 'I cannot fully explain what happened'
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks apologized Thursday for disappearing just before her wedding day, and insisted cryptically that her flight was prompted not by cold feet, but by "a host of compelling issues, which seemed out of control."

Aiken hospital shows off new intensive care rooms
AIKEN - Aiken Regional Medical Centers unveiled a spacious and high-tech intensive care unit Thursday, among the last improvements included in the hospital's multimillion-dollar face lift.

Mosquitoes cause early itch this year
To the annoyances caused by highway construction, add another - mosquitoes.

Council's nonvote makes point

Salvation Army to hold auction
The Salvation Army will hold an auto auction Saturday at its shelter at 1384 Greene St.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina
DENMARK - Two men drowned after their small boat overturned in a rural pond north of this Bamberg County town.

Young councilman is prepared for challenge

Students get ahead online
AIKEN - Marc Elraheb blogs seven days a week. Often, the Aiken High School junior uses class time to post entries about his hobbies, his school and other topics that interest him.

Stopped man will be evaluated

News you can use
On Mother's Day, mothers will be spoiled with attention, dined in retaurants and bedecked with flowers.

Police reopen some Atlanta child killing cases
ATLANTA - A police chief has reopened an investigation into four of the child slayings that terrorized the Atlanta area more than two decades ago, saying he believes the man suspected in most of the killings is innocent.

Augusta honors 'Godfather of Soul' with statue

Aiken's Lobster Races act as reunion

Kid of the day
Abby Nicole Bowser is today's Kid of the Day.

Reed, rival seek GOP support in state race
SAVANNAH, Ga. - If delegates to the Georgia Republican convention didn't know the name of Ralph Reed's opponent in the 2006 GOP primary for lieutenant governor, they found out as soon as they checked into the Westin Savannah Harbor hotel.

Aiken hospital shows off new intensive care rooms

Young councilman is prepared for challenge
Jason Whinghter, North Augusta's newest city council member, is one of the city's youngest elected officials ever.

Craig says prayer has guided him

Aiken's Lobster Races act as reunion
AIKEN - After 21 years of organizing Aiken's Lobster Races, one of Todd Stilp's proudest achievements is attracting a diverse crowd.

Bride: 'I cannot fully explain what happened'

Bride: 'I cannot fully explain what happened'
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks apologized Thursday for disappearing just before her wedding day, and insisted cryptically that her flight was prompted not by cold feet, but by "a host of compelling issues, which seemed out of control."

Judge orders wider range for jurors in Walker trial
Potential jurors in state Sen. Charles Walker's federal trial, set to begin May 23, will come from all over east central and southern Georgia.

Preacher sentenced for stealing millions
ROME, Ga. - A small-town preacher was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison Thursday for stealing nearly $9 million from some 1,600 black churches across the country by promising them big returns on small investments.

Doctor humbly accepts award

Craig says prayer has guided him
District Attorney Danny Craig confessed that he was apprehensive about speaking to the National Day of Prayer gathering at Curtis Baptist Church on Thursday after he found out that it was a $25-a-plate breakfast.

Police respond to false alarm
Police responded to a reported armed robbery at a Grovetown grocery store Thursday morning only to find that there had been no robbery, or even a gun - only a customer with a comb.Police responded to a reported armed robbery at a Grovetown grocery store Thursday morning only to find that there had been no robbery, or even a gun - only a customer with a comb.

Across Georgia

Backpack gets man in trouble
Retracing your steps is a good way to recover missing belongings.

Pupils celebrate Mexican holiday
Holding on to the bottom edge of her red-and-white-checkered dress, Andrea Puccini twirled to a Latin beat before hundreds of Augusta Christian Schools pupils Thursday.

DOT worker loses legs in crash
A South Carolina Department of Transportation employee lost both legs to amputation after being pinned between two vehicles in a wreck near the state line, authorities said Friday.

Salvation Army to hold auction
The Salvation Army will hold an auto auction Saturday at its shelter at 1384 Greene St.

Mosquitoes cause early itch this year
To the annoyances caused by highway construction, add another - mosquitoes.

Bid for historic property gets OK
Local businessman Clay Boardman's bid for the former Houghton School and Widows Home properties was approved by city officials Thursday.

Aiken's Lobster Races act as reunion
AIKEN - After 21 years of organizing Aiken's Lobster Races, one of Todd Stilp's proudest achievements is attracting a diverse crowd.

Vandalism gets six teens expelled
Six students at two Richmond County schools have been expelled for trashing rival schools and causing costly vandalism, according to school tribunal reports.

Council's nonvote makes point
AIKEN - The Aiken County Council has delayed accepting the Department of Energy's annual payment for land it occupies at Savannah River Site, which some members of the council say is too low.

Concert to benefit music program
Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and entertainer Russell Joel Brown will perform with a partly pint-sized orchestra this weekend.

Some discern a moral in Robin Williams' case
In the wake of his conviction for health-care fraud in U.S. District Court in Augusta, some see the case of former Georgia Rep. Robin Williams as a cautionary tale.

Kid of the day
Alexandra Brackett of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Doctor humbly accepts award
Holding the James W. Bennett Advocate of the Child Award, Marshall Guill looked as if he would like to hand it off.

Judge orders wider range for jurors in Walker trial
Potential jurors in state Sen. Charles Walker's federal trial, set to begin May 23, will come from all over east central and southern Georgia.

Stopped man will be evaluated
A man whom Richmond County deputy marshals arrested Thursday for bringing a weapon into the Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building has been sent to a local hospital for a mental evaluation, officials said Friday.

Manhunt ends in shootout with FBI
CONYERS, Ga. - A manhunt for a pair of Alabama bank robbery suspects who wounded a Columbus, Ga., police officer ended Thursday after a shootout with FBI agents at a Conyers, Ga., motel. One suspect was killed and an FBI agent was wounded, city officials said.

Across Georgia
GAINESVILLE - Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks' phony report to police that she was sexually assaulted won't be a factor for a Georgia prosecutor considering criminal charges.

Across South Carolina
DENMARK - Two men drowned after their small boat overturned in a rural pond north of this Bamberg County town.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A longtime Lexington County prosecutor who was charged last week with drunken driving has agreed to turn in his county-owned car until his case is resolved.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - If there is opposition to the state Department of Natural Resources' new rule concerning protests protected by the First Amendment, it failed to show up Thursday.

Officials say state saw less tax profit
ATLANTA - The state took in slightly less money from taxes and fees in April than it did the year before, but overall collections for the year to date point to the strong chance that the government will have extra revenue on hand when the fiscal year ends in June.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated the robbery of a man whose jaw was broken by his assailants early Thursday morning, a police report says.

Man reflects on flight from Nazis

News you can use
Today the Godfather of Soul will take up a permanent place on Broad Street.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Officers keep armed man out
Richmond County deputy marshals arrested a man Thursday morning who they said tried to bring a gun into the Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building.

Across South Carolina

Augusta honors 'Godfather of Soul' with statue
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Showing he ain't too hip for the east Georgia town he calls home, entertainer James Brown was downtown Friday for the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue of the singer.

Across Georgia

Crash hospitalizes highway worker
A South Carolina Department of Transportation employee was airlifted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital this morning after a wreck left him pinned between two vehicles along Furys Ferry Road just across the South Carolina line.

Manhunt ends in shootout with FBI

Unveiling of Brown statue draws excited crowd
On Friday, Augusta gave music legend James Brown his big payback.

Georgia technical schools raise tuition

Doctor humbly accepts award
Holding the James W. Bennett Advocate of the Child Award, Marshall Guill looked as if he would like to hand it off.

Crash hospitalizes highway worker

Some discern a moral in Robin Williams' case
In the wake of his conviction for health-care fraud in U.S. District Court in Augusta, some see the case of former Georgia Rep. Robin Williams as a cautionary tale.

Salvation Army to hold auction

Police reopen some Atlanta child killing cases
ATLANTA - A police chief has reopened an investigation into four of the child slayings that terrorized the Atlanta area more than two decades ago, saying he believes the man suspected in most of the killings is innocent.

Across the area

Pupils learn math through 'jobs' in class
The second-graders of Betty Kelley's class busily stuffed hotdogs into buns as they prepared to open their restaurant, Kelley and Kids Kool Kafe, on Friday afternoon.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated the robbery of a man whose jaw was broken by his assailants early Thursday morning, a police report says.

Stopped man will be evaluated
A man whom Richmond County deputy marshals arrested Thursday for bringing a weapon into the Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building has been sent to a local hospital for a mental evaluation, officials said Friday.

Kid of the day
Alexandra Brackett of Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

News you can use

Manhunt ends in shootout with FBI
CONYERS, Ga. - A manhunt for a pair of Alabama bank robbery suspects who wounded a Columbus, Ga., police officer ended Thursday after a shootout with FBI agents at a Conyers, Ga., motel. One suspect was killed and an FBI agent was wounded, city officials said.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - If there is opposition to the state Department of Natural Resources' new rule concerning protests protected by the First Amendment, it failed to show up Thursday.

Students get ahead online
AIKEN - Marc Elraheb blogs seven days a week. Often, the Aiken High School junior uses class time to post entries about his hobbies, his school and other topics that interest him.

Council's nonvote makes point
AIKEN - The Aiken County Council has delayed accepting the Department of Energy's annual payment for land it occupies at Savannah River Site, which some members of the council say is too low.

Counties unite to seek state funds
Columbia County development officials say a joint effort with McDuffie and Lincoln counties is progressing and the informal relationship could lead to state funding for economic infrastructure developments this year.

Georgia technical schools raise tuition
Tuition will increase more than 10 percent at technical colleges in Georgia in the coming year, a move expected to add college instructors and reduce the number of students on college waiting lists.

Kid of the day
Abby Nicole Bowser is today's Kid of the Day.

Man reflects on flight from Nazis
In the 1930s, a young Jewish teenager named Eric Fleishner faced a choice - to stay in Austria as the Nazis took power or to flee.

Police reopen some Atlanta child killing cases
ATLANTA - A police chief has reopened an investigation into four of the child slayings that terrorized the Atlanta area more than two decades ago, saying he believes the man suspected in most of the killings is innocent.

Craig says prayer has guided him
District Attorney Danny Craig confessed that he was apprehensive about speaking to the National Day of Prayer gathering at Curtis Baptist Church on Thursday after he found out that it was a $25-a-plate breakfast.

Officials say state saw less tax profit
ATLANTA - The state took in slightly less money from taxes and fees in April than it did the year before, but overall collections for the year to date point to the strong chance that the government will have extra revenue on hand when the fiscal year ends in June.

Officials are eager to hear about report
ATLANTA - Like expectant parents, community leaders and state officials are eagerly awaiting the arrival of a report by the Department of Defense on the future of Georgia's 13 military bases.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A longtime Lexington County prosecutor who was charged last week with drunken driving has agreed to turn in his county-owned car until his case is resolved.

Man reflects on flight from Nazis
In the 1930s, a young Jewish teenager named Eric Fleishner faced a choice - to stay in Austria as the Nazis took power or to flee.

News you can use
On Mother's Day, mothers will be spoiled with attention, dined in retaurants and bedecked with flowers.

Georgia technical schools raise tuition
Tuition will increase more than 10 percent at technical colleges in Georgia in the coming year, a move expected to add college instructors and reduce the number of students on college waiting lists.

Across Georgia
GAINESVILLE - Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks' phony report to police that she was sexually assaulted won't be a factor for a Georgia prosecutor considering criminal charges.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area
Gov. Sonny Perdue signed legislation Friday that creates an at-large elected school board chairman position in Columbia County.

Aiken hospital shows off new intensive care rooms
AIKEN - Aiken Regional Medical Centers unveiled a spacious and high-tech intensive care unit Thursday, among the last improvements included in the hospital's multimillion-dollar face lift.

Young councilman is prepared for challenge
Jason Whinghter, North Augusta's newest city council member, is one of the city's youngest elected officials ever.

Not raising grade gets teacher fired
ATLANTA - A Gwinnett County teacher was fired early Friday after refusing to raise a student athlete's grade he lowered because the student appeared to be sleeping in class.

Officers keep armed man out
Richmond County deputy marshals arrested a man Thursday morning who they said tried to bring a gun into the Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building.

Early entries weaken NCAA, NBA
With one simple statement, so much was lost. "I've decided to take my talent to the NBA draft this year," said former Georgia signee Louis Williams of South Gwinnett High.

Early entries weaken NCAA, NBA
With one simple statement, so much was lost. "I've decided to take my talent to the NBA draft this year," said former Georgia signee Louis Williams of South Gwinnett High.

Handy Award winners have the blues
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite each won three awards at the 26th annual W.C. Handy Awards, and B.B. King was named entertainer of the year for the seventh time in a row.

Handy Award winners have the blues
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite each won three awards at the 26th annual W.C. Handy Awards, and B.B. King was named entertainer of the year for the seventh time in a row.

Handy Award winners have the blues

Darlington bucks NASCAR tradition
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Jim Hunter remembers the clunker of a deal NASCAR had the last time it squared off with Mother's Day nearly two decades ago.

Kenseth breezes to victory

Kahne on pole at 'scary' Darlington

Kenseth breezes to victory
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Matt Kenseth took control in the second half of the race and pulled away to a convincing victory Friday night in the first NASCAR Busch Series event under the lights at Darlington Raceway.

Kahne on pole at 'scary' Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Kurt Busch had two words to describe the Darlington Raceway Friday during qualifying: "It's scary."

Darlington bucks NASCAR tradition
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Jim Hunter remembers the clunker of a deal NASCAR had the last time it squared off with Mother's Day nearly two decades ago.

Kahne on pole at 'scary' Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Kurt Busch had two words to describe the Darlington Raceway Friday during qualifying: "It's scary."

Kenseth breezes to victory
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Matt Kenseth took control in the second half of the race and pulled away to a convincing victory Friday night in the first NASCAR Busch Series event under the lights at Darlington Raceway.

Darlington bucks NASCAR tradition

Wizards beat Bulls in final seconds

Pistons play waiting game for second-round opponent
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Lindsey Hunter enjoys resting and spending time with his family while the Detroit Pistons await their second-round playoff series.

Wizards beat Bulls in final seconds
WASHINGTON - Yes, Washington, basketball life does exist beyond the first round of the playoffs. For the first time since 1982, the franchise is headed there.

Rockets tie series with Mavericks

Rockets tie series with Mavericks
HOUSTON - Tracy McGrady was not going to endure another first-round meltdown without a fight.

Wizards beat Bulls in final seconds
WASHINGTON - Yes, Washington, basketball life does exist beyond the first round of the playoffs. For the first time since 1982, the franchise is headed there.

Rockets tie series with Mavericks
HOUSTON - Tracy McGrady was not going to endure another first-round meltdown without a fight.

Now they know: Heat hosting Washington on Sunday
MIAMI - The wait is over for the Miami Heat. After nearly a week of prepping for an unknown opponent, the Heat now can turn all their attention to the Washington Wizards. Washington's 94-91 win over Chicago on Friday night sent the Wizards into the Eastern Conference semifinals against top-seeded Miami.

Bowen's style has Allen mad
SEATTLE - Ray Allen took a seat on a water bucket after practice Thursday, and it wasn't long before he was asked about Bruce Bowen.

Boston outlasts Indiana in overtime
INDIANAPOLIS - In the wildest game yet of a series headed to a Game 7, the Celtics overcame the late ejection of Paul Pierce to send their first-round matchup with the Indiana Pacers back to Boston.

USC Aiken hires new coach
When he speaks, Vince Alexander sounds like a man sold on USC Aiken. And the school is sold on him as well.

USC Aiken hires new coach
When he speaks, Vince Alexander sounds like a man sold on USC Aiken. And the school is sold on him as well.

Mr. Joel E. Weeks    (GIRARD, Ga.)

SFC (Ret.) Leon Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Dea. Arnicus Harrison, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Allan Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Harry W. Cason    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Robert K. Arant, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

1SG Carlton Lee "Pete" Webber    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Blocker    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. James Clifford Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James G. Boatwright    (GREENWOOD, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Joshua J. Wooden    (JACKSON, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Elizabeth Brown    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. James Freeman, Sr.    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Sallie Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Isolene Porter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Daggett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Maxine Hooks    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Dobbins    (THOMSON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Betty Dobbins    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Eubanks    (BATH, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Benjamin Ingram, Sr.    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. James Freeman, Sr.    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Isolene Porter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Geraldine Garber    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. David Blocker    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Edith T. Hammond    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Betty Dobbins    (THOMSON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Dea. Arnicus Harrison, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. David Blocker    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Benjamin Ingram, Sr.    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Betty Reynolds    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Elsie Isom    (ELLENWOOD, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Eula Mae Kelley    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Jimmerson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Belinda Johnson    (OCONEE, Ga.)

Mr. John L. Keyes, III    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Allen M. Hobbs    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Alice Mae Smith    (WRENS, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Patricia Eubanks    (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby R. McKenzie    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Blanche B. Crain    (DUNCAN, S.C.)

Mrs. Gloria Mae Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Sallie Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Patrick    (Crawfordville, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Belinda Johnson    (OCONEE, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Isolene Porter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Eula Mae Kelley    (MITCHELL, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Richard E. Ramsey, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Betty Reynolds    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Rev. Paul Reeves, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Chester Woods    (EVANS, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Rev. Grady Slaugther    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Harry Bray    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Elizabeth Swint    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Blanche B. Crain    (DUNCAN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Wade K. Thomas, Jr.    (DECATUR, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Mary Etheridge    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Pansy Stillinger    (SALLEY, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. John Henry West    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Herbert Whitfield, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Joshua J. Wooden    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Roger Williamson, Jr.    (HARLEM, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. James Turner    (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Brown    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Rev. Paul Reeves, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sallie Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria Mae Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Dobbins    (THOMSON, Ga.)

SFC (Ret.) Leon Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Freeman, Sr.    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. John L. Keyes, III    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Geraldine Garber    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin Ingram, Sr.    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mrs. Edith T. Hammond    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Phoneise Hodges    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Benjamin Ingram, Sr.    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mr. John Henry West    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elsie Isom    (ELLENWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. James Freeman, Sr.    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Jimmerson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Etheridge    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. John L. Keyes, III    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John Daggett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Mae Smith    (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Cochran-Ragland    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Isolene Porter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry W. Cason    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Chester Woods    (EVANS, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Raymond Allan Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Theodore T. Wright    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. John L. Keyes, III    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Gloria Mae Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

1SG Carlton Lee "Pete" Webber    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Bobby R. McKenzie    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Lipman    (AIKEN S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Dorothy Patrick    (Crawfordville, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria Mae Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Richard E. Ramsey, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Paul Reeves, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Rev. Grady Slaugther    (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. James Turner    (GIRARD, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Pansy Stillinger    (SALLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Joel E. Weeks    (GIRARD, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Elizabeth Swint    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert L. Wright    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Wade K. Thomas, Jr.    (DECATUR, Ga.)

Mr. John T. Brabham    (SYCAMORE, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Herbert Whitfield, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sallie Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Chester Woods    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James Clifford Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Theodore T. Wright    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. John Daggett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Phoneise Hodges    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Betty Cochran-Ragland    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Harry Bray    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Eubanks    (BATH, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. John T. Brabham    (SYCAMORE, S.C.)

Dea. Arnicus Harrison, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. David Blocker    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Allen M. Hobbs    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Robert L. Wright    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Robert K. Arant, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Chester Woods    (EVANS, Ga.)

Ms. Maxine Hooks    (MILLEN, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Phoneise Hodges (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Reynolds (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Joshua J. Wooden (JACKSON, S.C.)

Rev. Grady Slaugther (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Joel E. Weeks (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mrs. Sallie Carter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Eubanks (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Alice Mae Smith (WRENS, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Bray (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Pansy Stillinger (SALLEY, S.C.)

Mr. John T. Brabham (SYCAMORE, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Swint (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Chester Woods (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Geraldine Garber (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Cochran-Ragland (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Dobbins (THOMSON, Ga.)

Dea. Arnicus Harrison, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Freeman, Sr. (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Robert L. Wright (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Theodore T. Wright (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James Freeman, Sr. (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. John L. Keyes, III (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby R. McKenzie (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Allan Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Paul Reeves, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Chester Woods (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Eula Mae Kelley (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Brown (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Isolene Porter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Isolene Porter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SFC (Ret.) Leon Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Blocker (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Benjamin Ingram, Sr. (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mrs. Edith T. Hammond (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Betty Dobbins (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert Whitfield, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Allen M. Hobbs (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Benjamin Ingram, Sr. (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mrs. Blanche B. Crain (DUNCAN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mattie Jimmerson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. John Daggett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Patrick (Crawfordville, Ga.)

1SG Carlton Lee "Pete" Webber (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Wade K. Thomas, Jr. (DECATUR, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Etheridge (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Maxine Hooks (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria Mae Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John L. Keyes, III (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Turner (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. David Blocker (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Harry W. Cason (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sallie Carter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria Mae Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Clifford Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Belinda Johnson (OCONEE, Ga.)

Mr. John Henry West (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard E. Ramsey, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert K. Arant, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Elsie Isom (ELLENWOOD, Ga.)

Agassi handles wind, Hrbaty to reach Rome semis

Henin-Hardenne blocks Sharapova's bid for No. 1

Thoroughbreds advance to third round

Multiple sclerosis won't stop trainer at Derby

Roddick's good sportsmanship is costly

Kentucky Derby field loaded with speed, stalkers

SCHSL Track Championships results

Mullins brings another long shot to Derby

S. Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame inducts Fox, Barnes

Sharapova to face hot Henin-Hardenne in quarters

Overtime

Overtime

Carrying Steinbrenner around is no small feat

Boss, Bellamy Road set for Kentucky Derby run

Overtime
Former Hephzibah High and Clemson standout Itoro Coleman has been retained as a Clemson assistant by new coach Christy McKinney.

Overtime
Former Hephzibah High and Clemson standout Itoro Coleman has been retained as a Clemson assistant by new coach Christy McKinney.

Roddick's good sportsmanship is costly
ROME - Andy Roddick could have let a bad call stand and joined Andre Agassi in the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters.

SCHSL Track Championships results
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Results Friday from the South Carolina High School League track and field championships (remainder of meet takes place Saturday):

Thoroughbreds advance to third round
AIKEN - Jamal Geathers slept well Thursday night. The South Aiken forward couldn't have said that last season.

Agassi handles wind, Hrbaty to reach Rome semis
ROME - With the wind kicking up and shots hard to judge, Andre Agassi stuck to cautious tennis.

Mullins brings another long shot to Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jeff Mullins would like to forget his winter of discontent, and not just because record rainfall in Southern California made for countless dreary, soggy days at the racetrack.

Carrying Steinbrenner around is no small feat
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - As if carrying the jockey wasn't burden enough, there is the owner.

Thoroughbreds advance to third round
AIKEN - Jamal Geathers slept well Thursday night. The South Aiken forward couldn't have said that last season.

Kentucky Derby field loaded with speed, stalkers
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Front runners and speed could make for a contentious Kentucky Derby.

Sharapova to face hot Henin-Hardenne in quarters
BERLIN - Kim Clijsters slid awkwardly as she chased down a ball in her third-round match at the German Open. She tried to keep playing, but the pain in her knee was too much to bear.

Boss, Bellamy Road set for Kentucky Derby run
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The day before the Kentucky Derby, everybody was curious about George.

Overtime
In Columbus, Ga., Michael Wagner's single in the top of the 12th started a three-run inning to lead the Augusta GreenJackets to a 6-3 victory over the Columbus Catfish.

Baffert wants to see run for Triple Crown
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Bob Baffert is rooting for another run at the Triple Crown, even if it doesn't involve him.

Multiple sclerosis won't stop trainer at Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kiaran McLaughlin woke up in the middle of the night in October 1998 with excruciating pain in his neck and shoulders.

SCHSL Track Championships results
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Results Friday from the South Carolina High School League track and field championships (remainder of meet takes place Saturday):

Sharapova to face hot Henin-Hardenne in quarters
BERLIN - Kim Clijsters slid awkwardly as she chased down a ball in her third-round match at the German Open. She tried to keep playing, but the pain in her knee was too much to bear.

Henin-Hardenne blocks Sharapova's bid for No. 1
BERLIN - Maria Sharapova's bid to become the top-ranked player by winning the German Open ended Friday with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Justine Henin-Hardenne in a cold and rainy quarterfinal.

Henin-Hardenne blocks Sharapova's bid for No. 1
BERLIN - Maria Sharapova's bid to become the top-ranked player by winning the German Open ended Friday with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Justine Henin-Hardenne in a cold and rainy quarterfinal.

Agassi handles wind, Hrbaty to reach Rome semis
ROME - With the wind kicking up and shots hard to judge, Andre Agassi stuck to cautious tennis.

Elder Perry absent from Hall of Fame induction
COLUMBIA - One of the state's most recognizable athletes was nowhere to be found Thursday as the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2005.

Carrying Steinbrenner around is no small feat
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - As if carrying the jockey wasn't burden enough, there is the owner.

Multiple sclerosis won't stop trainer at Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kiaran McLaughlin woke up in the middle of the night in October 1998 with excruciating pain in his neck and shoulders.

Boss, Bellamy Road set for Kentucky Derby run
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The day before the Kentucky Derby, everybody was curious about George.

Mullins brings another long shot to Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jeff Mullins would like to forget his winter of discontent, and not just because record rainfall in Southern California made for countless dreary, soggy days at the racetrack.

Kentucky Derby field loaded with speed, stalkers
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Front runners and speed could make for a contentious Kentucky Derby.

S. Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame inducts Fox, Barnes
COLUMBIA, S.C. - At 6-foot-5 and still growing, Jim Fox was so uncoordinated he couldn't make his Georgia high school team, let alone think about muscling up against Wilt Chamberlin and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Roddick's good sportsmanship is costly
ROME - Andy Roddick could have let a bad call stand and joined Andre Agassi in the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters.

Overtime
In Columbus, Ga., Michael Wagner's single in the top of the 12th started a three-run inning to lead the Augusta GreenJackets to a 6-3 victory over the Columbus Catfish.

S. Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame inducts Fox, Barnes
COLUMBIA, S.C. - At 6-foot-5 and still growing, Jim Fox was so uncoordinated he couldn't make his Georgia high school team, let alone think about muscling up against Wilt Chamberlin and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

49ers get first look at QB of the future
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Alex Smith stepped all the way up to the line, barked out signals and flawlessly took the snap. An instant later, the ball was on the ground when Smith bumped into his fullback.

Letters honoring mothers to be readLetters about mother
On Mother's Day, preachers at Bible Deliverance Temple often shared the microphone with members who want to remember their mothers.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send to virginia. norton@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403 or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Faith digest
Home-schooling families will get to check out teaching materials from Aiken 2 learn, Aiken Technical College, Christian Curriculum Connection, 4H and the University of South Carolina at Aiken at 8:30 a.m. today at River of Life Church, 1411 York St. N.E. in Aiken. The event is sponsored by Palmetto Independent Educators. For information, call (803) 643-0807.

God can ease that yoke of addiction
Paul in Galatians expressed anger toward those believers who had gained freedom from the bondage of sin, suffering and death only to succumb to a bondage to the law, obedience to the law rather than God's grace in Christ.

Mother, daughter sing, pray for people they meet
A cluster of houses at the end of Old South Road in Beech Island makes up a compound belonging to several generations of singer Flo Carter's family.

Letters honoring mothers to be readLetters about mother
On Mother's Day, preachers at Bible Deliverance Temple often shared the microphone with members who want to remember their mothers.

Does the Bible belong in the jury room?
Pope John Paul II died days after a ruling from the Colorado Supreme Court that related indirectly to one of the Polish pontiff's notable innovations in Catholic teaching.

Does the Bible belong in the jury room?
Pope John Paul II died days after a ruling from the Colorado Supreme Court that related indirectly to one of the Polish pontiff's notable innovations in Catholic teaching.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send to virginia. norton@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403 or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Mother, daughter sing, pray for people they meet
A cluster of houses at the end of Old South Road in Beech Island makes up a compound belonging to several generations of singer Flo Carter's family.

Churches learn to minister by the numbers
Curt Watke wants churches to do more than hang a sign on the door that says "Everybody welcome. Y'all come."

Early entries weaken NCAA, NBA

Ratings for basic cable networks

Susan Lucci walks down marriage memory lane
NEW YORK - When it comes to daytime TV weddings, the tenth time really is the charm for Erica Kane, the vampy center of ABC's "All My Children" played for 35 years by Susan Lucci.

Paula Abdul at the center of 'Idol' controversy
NEW YORK - "American Idol" has kicked off contestants for concealing sordid secrets about their pasts - including Corey Clark, who now says he had an affair with judge Paula Abdul while competing two years ago.

SpongeBob returns to little screen
For most TV shows, May is a time of closure, of winding down and shuttering up the shop for the summer.

'The Amazing Race' is down to final three teams

'The Amazing Race' is down to final three teams
NEW YORK - The oldest couple on CBS' "The Amazing Race" have been eliminated, leaving the final three teams to scamper across the finish line.

'The Amazing Race' is down to final three teams
NEW YORK - The oldest couple on CBS' "The Amazing Race" have been eliminated, leaving the final three teams to scamper across the finish line.

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of April 25-May 1. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Paula Abdul at the center of 'Idol' controversy

Report: Paula Abdul to make appearance on 'SNL'

Report: Paula Abdul to make appearance on 'SNL'
NEW YORK - Apparently Paula Abdul has no plans to keep a low profile.

Susan Lucci walks down marriage memory lane

Paula Abdul at the center of 'Idol' controversy
NEW YORK - "American Idol" has kicked off contestants for concealing sordid secrets about their pasts - including Corey Clark, who now says he had an affair with judge Paula Abdul while competing two years ago.

Susan Lucci walks down marriage memory lane
NEW YORK - When it comes to daytime TV weddings, the tenth time really is the charm for Erica Kane, the vampy center of ABC's "All My Children" played for 35 years by Susan Lucci.

Contestant won't help Fox investigate Abdul
NEW YORK - The former "American Idol" contestant who claims he had an affair with judge Paula Abdul said Thursday he won't help Fox investigate his charges.

Reporter plays a role on 'All My Children' wedding
BOCA RATON, Fla. - One day last month, I abandoned my normal life and became a soap star.

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of April 25-May 1. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

'Sopranos' star considers plea deal in assault case
NEW YORK - Vincent Pastore, who played gangster "Big Pussy" on HBO's "The Sopranos," is considering a plea deal offer over an alleged assault on his former girlfriend.

'Chappelle's Show' production is suspended
NEW YORK - Production of the popular Comedy Central series "Chappelle's Show" has been suspended and its third season's premiere indefinitely delayed.

Contestant won't help Fox investigate Abdul
NEW YORK - The former "American Idol" contestant who claims he had an affair with judge Paula Abdul said Thursday he won't help Fox investigate his charges.

Report: Paula Abdul to make appearance on 'SNL'
NEW YORK - Apparently Paula Abdul has no plans to keep a low profile.

Reporter plays a role on 'All My Children' wedding

Reporter plays a role on 'All My Children' wedding
BOCA RATON, Fla. - One day last month, I abandoned my normal life and became a soap star.

Contestant won't help Fox investigate Abdul

Mothers trusted Jackson with their sons

People in the News

Jackson defense opens case, loses bid for acquittal

Horrors! Paris Hilton burns to be an actor

People in the News

Top 20 Concert Tours

South Carolina hires equestrian assistant
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina has hired Ruth Sorrel, a former captain for the Gamecock equestrian team, as an assistant coach.

South Carolina hires equestrian assistant
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina has hired Ruth Sorrel, a former captain for the Gamecock equestrian team, as an assistant coach.

South Carolina hires equestrian assistant

Tennessee tops South Carolina 3-2
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Julio Borbon singled in Josh Alley in the eighth as Tennessee beat South Carolina 3-2 on Friday night.

Tennessee tops South Carolina 3-2

Tennessee tops South Carolina 3-2
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Julio Borbon singled in Josh Alley in the eighth as Tennessee beat South Carolina 3-2 on Friday night.

Mexican city holds 'donkey derby'

Truck carrying yearbooks plunges into waterway

Rock paper scissors ends art auction dispute

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Mother, daughter sing, pray for people they meet

Faith calendar

Does the Bible belong in the jury room?

Letters honoring mothers to be readLetters about mother