Author shows two faces of genocide in harrowing novel
"Johnny Mad Dog" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 321 Pages. $26) - Emmanuel Dongala, translated from the French by Maria Louise Ascher

Author shows two faces of genocide in harrowing novel

Author shows two faces of genocide in harrowing novel
"Johnny Mad Dog" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 321 Pages. $26) - Emmanuel Dongala, translated from the French by Maria Louise Ascher

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
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.

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

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.

Clark hurls Bulldogs into Class AA final

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.

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.

No backing into title for Patriots

Test your mom knowledge with these famous matrons

Evan Anderson Jones
Scott and Felice Jones of Clarks Hill, S.C. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Evan Anderson, born April 4, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Addison Kay Cooper

DŽOnte Nyheim Butler

Hayden MonaŽ Jones
Carnetta Holmes and Nathaniel Jones, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Hayden MonaŽ, born April 6, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Ansley Yvonne Gartrell
Spencer and Yvonne Gartrell of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ansley Yvonne, born April 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Clayton Thomas Woods
Milton and Tricia Woods of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Clayton Thomas, born April 7, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Cadence Alexis Walker

Angel Alicia Myers
James and Cheryl Myers of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Angel Alicia, born April 12, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Evan Anderson Jones

Brandon George Larke
George and Lawanda Larke of Beech Island are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brandon George, born April 13, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Cooper Gregory Brady
Gregory and Dana Brady of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Cooper Gregory, born January 24, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Gavin Lee Anderson-Johnson
April Anderson and Shaun Johnson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gavin Lee, born April 14, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Brice Patrick Nunnallee
Brian and April Nunnallee of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brice Patrick, born April 5, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Rachel Evelyn Brannen
Richard and Kate Brannen of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Rachel Evelyn, born April 18, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Dylan and Hailey Porter

Seth Cadence Todd
Jason and Sherry Todd of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Seth Cadence, born April 18, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Rachel Evelyn Brannen

DŽOnte Nyheim Butler
Delores Butler of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her son, DŽOnte Nyheim, born April 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Angel Alicia Myers

Ansley Yvonne Gartrell
Spencer and Yvonne Gartrell of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ansley Yvonne, born April 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Riley Kalani Wilson

Shelby Marie Bryan
Wes and Allison Bryan of Graniteville are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Shelby Marie, born April 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jacob Zachariah Roose

Jequan LaKalvin Octavious
Dewanda Weston and Anthony Harper are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jequan LeKalvin Octavious, born April 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Olivia Claire Andrews
Heath and Mary Andrews of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Claire, born April 25, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Jacob Zachariah Roose
Williams and Tami Roose of Belvedere are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jacob Zachariah, born March 3, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 1:34 p.m., weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Jerry and Brenda Bruner of Belvedere, S.C. and Williams and Leila Roose of North Augusta. He was welcomed home by big brother, Alec, 11.

Mary Eleanor Cramer
John and Beth Cramer of Charlottesville, Va., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Mary Eleanor, born February 7, 2005 at UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va.

Brice Patrick Nunnallee
Brian and April Nunnallee of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brice Patrick, born April 5, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Colette Elyse Alston
Sparticus Alston and Melissa Frank-Alston of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Colette Elyse, born March 24, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Jacob Zachariah Roose
Williams and Tami Roose of Belvedere are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jacob Zachariah, born March 3, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 1:34 p.m., weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Jerry and Brenda Bruner of Belvedere, S.C. and Williams and Leila Roose of North Augusta. He was welcomed home by big brother, Alec, 11.

Addison Kay Cooper
Michelle Cooper and Clark Smith are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Addison Kay, born August 15, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Colette Elyse Alston

Emily Elaine Drew
Brian and Lindsay Drew of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Elaine, born April 29, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Clayton Thomas Woods

Cooper Gregory Brady
Gregory and Dana Brady of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Cooper Gregory, born January 24, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Emily Elaine Drew

Riley Kalani Wilson
Jay and DeaDea Wilson of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Riley Kalani, born April 27, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Olivia Claire Andrews

Olivia Claire Andrews
Heath and Mary Andrews of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Claire, born April 25, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Ansley Yvonne Gartrell

Dylan and Hailey Porter
Micheal and Erica Porter of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their twins, son Dylan Loray and daughter Hailey Kay, born April 4, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. Dylan weighed 3 lbs. 12 oz. and Hailey weighed 2 lbs. 13 oz. Proud grandparents are Steven and Susan Webber, Mike and Shannon Brigham, Dennis and Shirley Porter, all of Augusta and Cindy Galloway of Savannah. The twins were welcomed home by big brother Michael, 7.

Gavin Lee Anderson-Johnson

Evan Anderson Jones
Scott and Felice Jones of Clarks Hill, S.C. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Evan Anderson, born April 4, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Cooper Gregory Brady

Colette Elyse Alston
Sparticus Alston and Melissa Frank-Alston of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Colette Elyse, born March 24, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Brice Patrick Nunnallee

Cadence Alexis Walker
Joseph and Tiphany Walker of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Cadence Alexis, born March 16, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Hayden MonaŽ Jones

Hayden MonaŽ Jones
Carnetta Holmes and Nathaniel Jones, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Hayden MonaŽ, born April 6, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Seth Cadence Todd

Clayton Thomas Woods
Milton and Tricia Woods of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Clayton Thomas, born April 7, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Britney Lind Taylor
Anthony and Brookey Taylor of Barnwell, S.C. are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Britney Lind, born April 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Angel Alicia Myers
James and Cheryl Myers of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Angel Alicia, born April 12, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Riley Kalani Wilson
Jay and DeaDea Wilson of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Riley Kalani, born April 27, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Dylan and Hailey Porter
Micheal and Erica Porter of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their twins, son Dylan Loray and daughter Hailey Kay, born April 4, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. Dylan weighed 3 lbs. 12 oz. and Hailey weighed 2 lbs. 13 oz. Proud grandparents are Steven and Susan Webber, Mike and Shannon Brigham, Dennis and Shirley Porter, all of Augusta and Cindy Galloway of Savannah. The twins were welcomed home by big brother Michael, 7.

Cadence Alexis Walker
Joseph and Tiphany Walker of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Cadence Alexis, born March 16, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Gavin Lee Anderson-Johnson
April Anderson and Shaun Johnson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gavin Lee, born April 14, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Emily Elaine Drew
Brian and Lindsay Drew of Hephzibah, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Elaine, born April 29, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Rachel Evelyn Brannen
Richard and Kate Brannen of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Rachel Evelyn, born April 18, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Addison Kay Cooper
Michelle Cooper and Clark Smith are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Addison Kay, born August 15, 2004 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Seth Cadence Todd
Jason and Sherry Todd of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Seth Cadence, born April 18, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Jequan LaKalvin Octavious
Dewanda Weston and Anthony Harper are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jequan LeKalvin Octavious, born April 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Shelby Marie Bryan

Shelby Marie Bryan
Wes and Allison Bryan of Graniteville are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Shelby Marie, born April 22, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Jequan LaKalvin Octavious

Brandon George Larke

Brandon George Larke
George and Lawanda Larke of Beech Island are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brandon George, born April 13, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

DŽOnte Nyheim Butler
Delores Butler of Augusta is pleased to announce the birth of her son, DŽOnte Nyheim, born April 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Terror suspect gets Bush invite
HARTFORD, Conn. - A year after federal agents raided his home in a terrorism investigation, Muslim businessman Syed Maswood is lucky to get on an airplane without being detained and searched.

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.

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.

Sex workers go to school
SAN FRANCISCO - It's higher education of the horizontal variety.

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.

Sex workers go to school
SAN FRANCISCO - It's higher education of the horizontal variety.

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.

Franco proves age is only a number

Braves' notebook
ATLANTA - John Smoltz said there's no other way to describe his battle back to .500 after starting the year 0-3 than a grind.

Franco proves age is only a number
ATLANTA - Of the things Braves third baseman Chipper Jones sees himself doing in 13 years, hitting a home run is not one of them.

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.

Franco proves age is only a number
ATLANTA - Of the things Braves third baseman Chipper Jones sees himself doing in 13 years, hitting a home run is not one of them.

Andruw rejoins lineup after sitting out with sore back

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

Braves' notebook
ATLANTA - John Smoltz said there's no other way to describe his battle back to .500 after starting the year 0-3 than a grind.

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.

Braves' notebook

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

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.

ADRs aid investors in foreign businesses
In the financial world, ADR is the abbreviation for American depositary receipt, a dollar-denominated negotiable certificate that represents the stock of a foreign company traded on a U.S. exchange or 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.

U.S. companies take on China with technology, efficiency
CHICAGO - John Mautner says he's convinced that China is at war with the United States, even if shots are never fired.

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.

U.S. crop-duster planes are flying throughout the world
ALBANY, Ga. - Patricia Pearson looks forward to watching the departures of the crop-dusters she helps build. Each plane will most likely fight crop pests, put out forest fires or kill plants used to make illegal drugs like cocaine and heroin.

Will GM face the music June 7?

Small businesses need a disaster plan
NEW YORK - It might be hard for small business owners to focus on disaster preparation when the azaleas are in bloom, but preparing for the possibly catastrophic effects of hurricanes and tornadoes is indeed something that needs to be done now.

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.

U.S. companies take on China with technology, efficiency

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.

Small businesses need a disaster plan

Business bits

Property transfers

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.

ADRs aid investors in foreign businesses

Officials' portfolios outperform average

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

Diversified portfolio can help retirement investments
Q: I am deciding on my investment options for my retirement plan assets. What are the most important considerations to review for my investment alternatives? - Jenny

State's manufacturers show optimism on hiring, profit

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

State's manufacturers show optimism on hiring, profit
ATLANTA - Jobs and production appear to be looking up for Georgia's manufacturers, according to recent reports on activity in the sector.

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.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for April 21-26. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

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.

Stocks end mixed on jobs report as inflation fears rise

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

Business bits
- Clear Channel Radio CSRA announced the following promotions: Hank Brigmond has been named program director of WBBQ-FM. Mr. Brigmond, who was previously program director for Cumulus Broadcasting's WPEZ-FM in Macon, Ga., also serves as the program director for Clear Channel's WSGF-AM. He replaces Steve Cherry, who was promoted to program director for Clear Channel's Columbus, Ohio, market after WBBQ's No. 1 ranking in several target demographics during the most recent ratings period.

Diversified portfolio can help retirement investments

Small businesses need a disaster plan
NEW YORK - It might be hard for small business owners to focus on disaster preparation when the azaleas are in bloom, but preparing for the possibly catastrophic effects of hurricanes and tornadoes is indeed something that needs to be done now.

U.S. crop-duster planes are flying throughout the world

U.S. crop-duster planes are flying throughout the world
ALBANY, Ga. - Patricia Pearson looks forward to watching the departures of the crop-dusters she helps build. Each plane will most likely fight crop pests, put out forest fires or kill plants used to make illegal drugs like cocaine and heroin.

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.

U.S. companies take on China with technology, efficiency
CHICAGO - John Mautner says he's convinced that China is at war with the United States, even if shots are never fired.

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.

ADRs aid investors in foreign businesses
In the financial world, ADR is the abbreviation for American depositary receipt, a dollar-denominated negotiable certificate that represents the stock of a foreign company traded on a U.S. exchange or market.

Business bits
- Clear Channel Radio CSRA announced the following promotions: Hank Brigmond has been named program director of WBBQ-FM. Mr. Brigmond, who was previously program director for Cumulus Broadcasting's WPEZ-FM in Macon, Ga., also serves as the program director for Clear Channel's WSGF-AM. He replaces Steve Cherry, who was promoted to program director for Clear Channel's Columbus, Ohio, market after WBBQ's No. 1 ranking in several target demographics during the most recent ratings period.

Diversified portfolio can help retirement investments
Q: I am deciding on my investment options for my retirement plan assets. What are the most important considerations to review for my investment alternatives? - Jenny

Hiring increases, unemployment rate unchanged

Business calendar
Monday: SuCCess Columbia County Style, Columbia County Chamber of Commerce after hours networking event, 5 p.m., Renaissance Fine Furnishings, 3830 Washington Road, nonchamber members $10, R.S.V.P. to 651-0018.

CEO says company will now support gay rights legislation

State's manufacturers show optimism on hiring, profit
ATLANTA - Jobs and production appear to be looking up for Georgia's manufacturers, according to recent reports on activity in the sector.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for April 21-26. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

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.

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.

Williams' conviction was surprise to trial-watchers

Williams' conviction was surprise to trial-watchers
It was obvious during the trial that the jury didn't like Robin Williams. One member actually turned away from him as he testified last week. But nobody we knew thought they would convict him on all 17 counts of theft, health-care fraud, money laundering and bribery in siphoning off millions from the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia. And many thought Duncan Fordham, Chad Long and Rick Camp would walk, but they didn't.

Williams' conviction was surprise to trial-watchers
It was obvious during the trial that the jury didn't like Robin Williams. One member actually turned away from him as he testified last week. But nobody we knew thought they would convict him on all 17 counts of theft, health-care fraud, money laundering and bribery in siphoning off millions from the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia. And many thought Duncan Fordham, Chad Long and Rick Camp would walk, but they didn't.

Clemson names Steelman assistant coach

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

Shameless arrogance
If there's anything worse than blatant corruption, it's blatant corruption done in an atmosphere of utter shamelessness and high arrogance.

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.

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

What is Mom worth?
It's sad but true that many stay-at-home moms are embarrassed at their status. Of course, they shouldn't be - any more than working moms, especially if their family needs the income, should feel guilty that they're not spending more time at home parenting the kids.

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.

Gateway to talent

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

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

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.

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.

Paying for college can be big burden for family
NEW YORK - Cheryl and Glen White were certain their son Justin would get into the college of his choice. After all, the 18-year-old is an A student who earned perfect scores in mathematics and chemistry on his college entrance exams.

Paying for college can be big burden for family

Paying for college can be big burden for family
NEW YORK - Cheryl and Glen White were certain their son Justin would get into the college of his choice. After all, the 18-year-old is an A student who earned perfect scores in mathematics and chemistry on his college entrance exams.

GreenJackets end road trip with loss
The Augusta GreenJackets ended a solid road trip on a down note Saturday, falling 9-1 at Columbus to end 5-3 on their eight-game trip.

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.

Minor league notebook
Jeff Allison did something Thursday night the former national high school baseball player of the year had not done in nearly two years.

GreenJackets end road trip with loss
The Augusta GreenJackets ended a solid road trip on a down note Saturday, falling 9-1 at Columbus to end 5-3 on their eight-game trip.

Minor league notebook
Jeff Allison did something Thursday night the former national high school baseball player of the year had not done in nearly two years.

Garcia takes command at Quail Hollow
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sergio Garcia left a world-class field in his wake Saturday, making eight birdies in his first 15 holes for 5-under-par 67 that gave him a six-shot lead in the Wachovia Championship.

Garcia takes command at Quail Hollow
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sergio Garcia left a world-class field in his wake Saturday, making eight birdies in his first 15 holes for 5-under-par 67 that gave him a six-shot lead in the Wachovia Championship.

Garcia takes command at Quail Hollow

Rain puts Sorenstam's quest for record on hold

Sorenstam keeps her hopes alive for record
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Annika Sorenstam's cut streak is safe.

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

Sorenstam keeps her hopes alive for record

Coble will play in Chick-fil-A
Augusta amateur golfer Laura Coble knew before she won July's Georgia Women's Open that the champion no longer received a sponsor exemption into the LPGA Tour's Chick-fil-A Charity Championship the following May.

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.

Sorenstam keeps her hopes alive for record
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Annika Sorenstam's cut streak is safe.

Sergio hangs onto the lead

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
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.

GreenJackets end road trip with loss

Minor league notebook

GreenJackets to drop concessions prices

NHL makes new offer; no progress reported

Victories posted by Latvia, Belarus

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.

Victories posted by Latvia, Belarus
INNSBRUCK, Austria - Latvia shut out Ukraine, 3-0, and Belarus blanked Kazakhstan, 2-0, on Saturday in the second round of the world hockey championships.

Victories posted by Latvia, Belarus
INNSBRUCK, Austria - Latvia shut out Ukraine, 3-0, and Belarus blanked Kazakhstan, 2-0, on Saturday in the second round of the world hockey championships.

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.

Test your mom knowledge with these famous matrons
As a Mother's Day reminder, let's play a round of Name That Mom! See if you can identify the mother who was so important in the life of her famous child.

Test your mom knowledge with these famous matrons
As a Mother's Day reminder, let's play a round of Name That Mom! See if you can identify the mother who was so important in the life of her famous child.

Singh wins Wachovia after Sergio collapses
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Vijay Singh took advantage of a record-tying collapse by Sergio Garcia and an untimely mistake by Jim Furyk, rallying from six shots behind with a 6-under 66 and winning the Wachovia Championship on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday.

Heat win Game 1 against Wizards
MIAMI - They gave away a big lead, turned the ball over often, got nothing resembling dominance from either Shaquille O'Neal or Dwyane Wade, and kept sending the Washington Wizards to the foul line.

Allow prayer, not appeasement

Laney High School's gymnasium will bear the name of a great man
When I think of great high school basketball coaches, the first name that pops up to mind is Lucy C. Laney High School basketball coach Norman Bonner. Therefore, I applaud the Richmond County Board of Education for approving the recommendation for Laney's high school gymnasium to be named after this famed, sensational and ingenious retiring coach.E. Maner, Augusta

Laney High School's gymnasium will bear the name of a great man
When I think of great high school basketball coaches, the first name that pops up to mind is Lucy C. Laney High School basketball coach Norman Bonner. Therefore, I applaud the Richmond County Board of Education for approving the recommendation for Laney's high school gymnasium to be named after this famed, sensational and ingenious retiring coach.E. Maner, Augusta

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

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

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

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

Laney High School's gymnasium will bear the name of a great man

TV shows put skills of parents in spotlight

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

Anti-piracy 'flag' was never popular with technologists

Couple's Waynesboro home reflects old Southern charm

Fanatics take theme park experience to new levels

Living briefs

Maid of the Mist tour boats sail into new season at Falls

Parenting methods vary after daughters have own children

Ban on children at wedding should be honored

Ask lots of questions to pick out kid's camp

Bloggers' conference emphasizes tools of reporting

Ask lots of questions to pick out kid's camp
SANTA ANA, Calif. - One day, Peg Smith's son came to her and announced his desire to spend part of his summer away at a camp.

Ban on children at wedding should be honored
Dear Carson: I would like to ask a few questions regarding a wedding invitation that we received:

Ban on children at wedding should be honored
Dear Carson: I would like to ask a few questions regarding a wedding invitation that we received:

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.

Maid of the Mist tour boats sail into new season at Falls
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - Capt. Gary English powered the Maid of the Mist away from its dock and headed toward Niagara Falls and its walls of rushing whitewater looming more than 17 stories tall.

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

Living briefs
The Augusta Chronicle wants to know your dream. We're inviting readers to submit essays detailing the one dream they'd like to have come true.

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.

Maid of the Mist tour boats sail into new season at Falls
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - Capt. Gary English powered the Maid of the Mist away from its dock and headed toward Niagara Falls and its walls of rushing whitewater looming more than 17 stories tall.

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.

TV shows put skills of parents in spotlight
Moms are a lot of things: Comforters. Referees. Cooks. Maids. Boo-boo healers. And thanks to the fascination with reality television, moms are stars, too.

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.

Fanatics take theme park experience to new levels
ORLANDO, Fla. - George Reiger has turned his tattooed body into a human animation cell for hundreds of Disney characters.

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

Couple's Waynesboro home reflects old Southern charm
Bob and Nancy Buttermark have a historic home with modern appeal.

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.

Parenting methods vary after daughters have own children
Vegetables are optional in Susanne Lachman's home.

Couple's Waynesboro home reflects old Southern charm
Bob and Nancy Buttermark have a historic home with modern appeal.

TV shows put skills of parents in spotlight
Moms are a lot of things: Comforters. Referees. Cooks. Maids. Boo-boo healers. And thanks to the fascination with reality television, moms are stars, too.

Living briefs
The Augusta Chronicle wants to know your dream. We're inviting readers to submit essays detailing the one dream they'd like to have come true.

Ask lots of questions to pick out kid's camp
SANTA ANA, Calif. - One day, Peg Smith's son came to her and announced his desire to spend part of his summer away at a camp.

Parenting methods vary after daughters have own children
Vegetables are optional in Susanne Lachman's home.

Fanatics take theme park experience to new levels
ORLANDO, Fla. - George Reiger has turned his tattooed body into a human animation cell for hundreds of Disney characters.

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

Business is blooming

When mothers are deployed, others take care of children
The Department of Defense says that more than 7,000 military mothers are deployed, leaving spouses, grandparents and other relatives behind to care for their children.

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.

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

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.

Business is blooming
Bon Ellis, of Augusta, examines some orchids during the Pendleton King Park Plant Swap and Sale at the park in Augusta.

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.

Burn survivors gather for reunion
For many burn patients across the Southeast, their first glimpses of Augusta are of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Fate of fort is in limbo

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.

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.

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.

News you can use
Entertainment activities and events for today include:

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 southeast
BUSHNELL, FLA. - A trucker was found not guilty of killing two good Samaritans by crashing into an accident scene along Florida's turnpike in 2002 - but was immediately arrested on a perjury charge.

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.

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

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.

Gov. Bush strikes moral tone with Republicans
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Striking a moralistic tone that drew loud applause, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told Georgia Republicans at their state convention that standing for "absolute truth" on issues such as abortion will be key to the GOP's future success.

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

Burn survivors gather for reunion

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.

Across the area

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.

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.

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

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.

Congressional map changes boundaries
ATLANTA - You could be looking for someone new to fight for your concerns in Congress if you live in areas affected by shifts in district boundaries just signed into law by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

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.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated a Friday night armed robbery at a fast food restaurant, a police report states.

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.

School may try reform option
Darius Smith didn't have big plans Friday when he skipped classes at Glenn Hills High School.

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.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is William Parker Leiter of Evans

Stopped man will be evaluated

County changes approach to tourism
These days, Columbia County officials say they're looking to take a more focused approach to attracting tourists to their home.

Young councilman is prepared for challenge

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Council's nonvote makes point

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - After receiving hundreds of angry phone calls and e-mails, the Muscogee County School District has reduced the suspension for a student who refused to end a cell phone conversation with his mother, who is serving in Iraq.

Doctor humbly accepts award

Across the southeast
BUSHNELL, FLA. - A trucker was found not guilty of killing two good Samaritans by crashing into an accident scene along Florida's turnpike in 2002 - but was immediately arrested on a perjury charge.

News you can use

Where we live

Police reopen some Atlanta child killing cases

Across Georgia

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina

Kid of the Day

Some discern a moral in Robin Williams' case

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.

Students get ahead online

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

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

Officials are eager to hear about report

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

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.

Kid of the day

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

School may try reform option
Darius Smith didn't have big plans Friday when he skipped classes at Glenn Hills High School.

Burn survivors gather for reunion
For many burn patients across the Southeast, their first glimpses of Augusta are of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - After receiving hundreds of angry phone calls and e-mails, the Muscogee County School District has reduced the suspension for a student who refused to end a cell phone conversation with his mother, who is serving in Iraq.

Aiken's Lobster Races act as reunion

Gov. Bush strikes moral tone with Republicans
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Striking a moralistic tone that drew loud applause, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told Georgia Republicans at their state convention that standing for "absolute truth" on issues such as abortion will be key to the GOP's future success.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is William Parker Leiter of Evans

Across South Carolina
SLED hopes computers give clues to slayings

Arena plans' change hailed
Most, but not all, Augusta commissioners agree that a local company's latest proposal for operating a sports arena at the Regency Mall site is a major improvement over last year's plan.

Heat win Game 1 against Wizards
MIAMI - They gave away a big lead, turned the ball over often, got nothing resembling dominance from either Shaquille O'Neal or Dwyane Wade, and kept sending the Washington Wizards to the foul line.

When mothers are deployed, others take care of children
The Department of Defense says that more than 7,000 military mothers are deployed, leaving spouses, grandparents and other relatives behind to care for their children.

Arena plans' change hailed
Most, but not all, Augusta commissioners agree that a local company's latest proposal for operating a sports arena at the Regency Mall site is a major improvement over last year's plan.

Fate of fort is in limbo
Sometime this week, Augustans will find out more on the fate of Fort Gordon in the face of base closures.

Fate of fort is in limbo
Sometime this week, Augustans will find out more on the fate of Fort Gordon in the face of base closures.

County changes approach to tourism
These days, Columbia County officials say they're looking to take a more focused approach to attracting tourists to their home.

Home shoppers wait for payoff
Thirty potential home buyers will find out Monday or Tuesday if they are the lucky winners of a lottery that will allow them to purchase property in a hot North Augusta riverfront development.

Home shoppers wait for payoff
Thirty potential home buyers will find out Monday or Tuesday if they are the lucky winners of a lottery that will allow them to purchase property in a hot North Augusta riverfront development.

Congressional map changes boundaries
ATLANTA - You could be looking for someone new to fight for your concerns in Congress if you live in areas affected by shifts in district boundaries just signed into law by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

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

News you can use
Entertainment activities and events for today include:

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
Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated a Friday night armed robbery at a fast food restaurant, a police report states.

News you can use

Business is blooming
Bon Ellis, of Augusta, examines some orchids during the Pendleton King Park Plant Swap and Sale at the park in Augusta.

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 South Carolina
SLED hopes computers give clues to slayings

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

County changes approach to tourism

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.

School may try reform option

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

Gov. Bush strikes moral tone with Republicans

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.

Home shoppers wait for payoff

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.

Congressional map changes boundaries

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.

When mothers are deployed, others take care of children

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.

Heat win Game 1 against Wizards

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Across the southeast

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Arena plans' change hailed

Mothers do more than we realize
It was March 16, 1984, a sunny afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla. We were at Al Lang Stadium for a Mets spring training game.

Mothers do more than we realize
It was March 16, 1984, a sunny afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla. We were at Al Lang Stadium for a Mets spring training game.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

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

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

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

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.

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
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."

Homeland suits Alonso well
BARCELONA, Spain - Fernando Alonso practiced little for Saturday's qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix. The Spaniard didn't need much preparation.

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.

Biffle brings home bacon in OT

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."

Biffle brings home bacon in OT
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Greg Biffle had the most-dominant car in the Dodge Charger 500, but he needed a lot of help from his Roush Racing teammate to win Saturday night's race at Darlington Raceway.

This 'Lady' remains a favorite
DARLINGTON, S.C. - It was bad enough when NASCAR stripped Darlington Raceway of the Southern 500 - considered by most to be the sport's most traditional stock car race. But when it gave the 55-year-old racetrack a date on Mother's Day weekend, it was received as an attempt to push the speedway off the schedule.

This 'Lady' remains a favorite
DARLINGTON, S.C. - It was bad enough when NASCAR stripped Darlington Raceway of the Southern 500 - considered by most to be the sport's most traditional stock car race. But when it gave the 55-year-old racetrack a date on Mother's Day weekend, it was received as an attempt to push the speedway off the schedule.

This 'Lady' remains a favorite

Biffle brings home bacon in OT
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Greg Biffle had the most-dominant car in the Dodge Charger 500, but he needed a lot of help from his Roush Racing teammate to win Saturday night's race at Darlington Raceway.

Kahne on pole at 'scary' Darlington

Darlington bucks NASCAR tradition

Kenseth breezes to victory

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.

Another test awaits Spurs
SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs took down one of the NBA's top offenses when they eliminated Denver in the first round of the playoffs.

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.

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.

Indiana beats Boston, moves to second round
BOSTON - Jermaine O'Neal broke into a smile when asked about returning to the scene of the ugly brawl that nearly ruined the Indiana Pacers' season.

Capsule previews of the NBA's second-round playoff series

Capsule previews of the NBA's second-round playoff series
A look at the matchups in the second round of the NBA playoffs, which begin Sunday:

Wizards beat Bulls in final seconds

Dallas grounds the Rockets
DALLAS - When they needed it most, the Dallas Mavericks put together a record-setting romp in their first really good game of the playoffs.

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.

Dallas grounds the Rockets
DALLAS - When they needed it most, the Dallas Mavericks put together a record-setting romp in their first really good game of the playoffs.

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.

Indiana beats Boston, moves to second round
BOSTON - Jermaine O'Neal broke into a smile when asked about returning to the scene of the ugly brawl that nearly ruined the Indiana Pacers' season.

Indiana beats Boston, moves to second round

Capsule previews of the NBA's second-round playoff series
A look at the matchups in the second round of the NBA playoffs, which begin Sunday:

Dallas grounds the Rockets

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.

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Mrs. Isolene Porter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Clifford Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Daggett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sallie Carter    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John T. Brabham    (SYCAMORE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Patricia Eubanks    (BATH, S.C.)

Mrs. Belinda Johnson    (OCONEE, Ga.)
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Dea. Arnicus Harrison, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SFC (Ret.) Leon Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Allen M. Hobbs    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Susan Lipman    (AIKEN S.C.)
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Ms. Maxine Hooks    (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Belinda Johnson    (OCONEE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ludell Freeman    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Ms. Linda Decker    (ORMOND BEACH, Fla.)
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Mr. James Freeman, Sr.    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary C. Cole    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Phoneise Hodges    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mr. Benjamin Ingram, Sr.    (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mr. Harry Bray    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. David Blocker    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Eula Mae Kelley    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Clifford Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Eula Mae Kelley (MITCHELL, Ga.)

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

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

Ms. Linda Decker (ORMOND BEACH, Fla.)

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

Mrs. Betty Reynolds (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

Mrs. Marion Carmichael (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Paul J. Pollard (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Etheridge (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sallie Carter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Clifford Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Henry West (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Robert Lee Bell (SYRACUSE, N.Y.)

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

Mrs. Gloria Mae Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Carolyn Lake (YOUNGSTOWN, OH)

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

Mrs. Isolene Porter (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mr. Chester Woods (EVANS, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Betty Dobbins (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Henry West (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Turner (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mrs. Madeline Gilroy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Bray (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Russell Jones (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

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

Mrs. Gloria Hansen (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mr. Judson L. Luke (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Belinda Johnson (OCONEE, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie Brantley (TENNILLE, Ga.)

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

Mr. Henry L. Hudson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria Mae Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. John Daggett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Maxine Hooks (MILLEN, Ga.)

Help protect officers who protect the public
Jan. 2, 2004, was a tragic day for Richmond County Sheriffs Office Deputy Kenneth Burton, who was struck by a car while directing traffic around an accident scene on Peach Orchard Road. As many Augusta-area residents know, two days later he became the first Georgia law-enforcement officer to die in the line of duty in 2004. By the end of the year, four more officers from McDonough, Atlanta, Appling and Pendergrass also lost their lives in their daily efforts to protect public safety.

Help protect officers who protect the public
Jan. 2, 2004, was a tragic day for Richmond County Sheriffs Office Deputy Kenneth Burton, who was struck by a car while directing traffic around an accident scene on Peach Orchard Road. As many Augusta-area residents know, two days later he became the first Georgia law-enforcement officer to die in the line of duty in 2004. By the end of the year, four more officers from McDonough, Atlanta, Appling and Pendergrass also lost their lives in their daily efforts to protect public safety.

Help protect officers who protect the public
Jan. 2, 2004, was a tragic day for Richmond County Sheriffs Office Deputy Kenneth Burton, who was struck by a car while directing traffic around an accident scene on Peach Orchard Road. As many Augusta-area residents know, two days later he became the first Georgia law-enforcement officer to die in the line of duty in 2004. By the end of the year, four more officers from McDonough, Atlanta, Appling and Pendergrass also lost their lives in their daily efforts to protect public safety.

Boss, Bellamy Road set for Kentucky Derby run

St. Pius X overwhelms Greenbrier

Carrying Steinbrenner around is no small feat

Zito has no luck with his 5 horses

Kentucky Derby field loaded with speed, stalkers

ARC has reason to dance this time

Overtime

Area sports announcments

Agassi handles wind, Hrbaty to reach Rome semis

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

Jockey, trainer go straight to the top

Long shot Giacomo stuns the field to win Kentucky Derby

Irish endure some anxious moments

Overtime

SCHSL Track Championships results

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

ARC has reason to dance this time
Richmond Academy's boys soccer team likely danced the night away at its prom Saturday night. It's a toss-up if the defending state co-champions even heard the music.

Jockey, trainer go straight to the top
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jockey Mike Smith and trainer John Shirreffs kept saying that Giacomo was a good horse. No one would listen.

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

Zito has no luck with his 5 horses
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The jockeys on trainer Nick Zito's five horses in the Kentucky Derby went in with high hopes, but none finished better than seventh.

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.

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.

Shootout win has Knights in semifinals
As Saturday night's Class AAAA boys soccer quarterfinal wound down at Blanchard Stadium, Evans goalkeeper Joey Ralph hoped for a case of dj vu.

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):

St. Pius X overwhelms Greenbrier
ATLANTA - A Greenbrier soccer team struggled offensively with an Atlanta private school for the second straight night Saturday.

Area sports announcments
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
In Savannah, Ga., No. 20 Armstrong Atlantic State used an eight-run fifth inning to come from behind and take a 12-10 Peach Belt Conference win over USC Aiken, earning a split in the doubleheader with visiting Pacers and taking the series.

ARC has reason to dance this time
Richmond Academy's boys soccer team likely danced the night away at its prom Saturday night. It's a toss-up if the defending state co-champions even heard the music.

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.

Long shot Giacomo stuns the field to win Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - This was payback. Long shot Giacomo did what his sire, Holy Bull, failed to do when he won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday in the second biggest upset in the 131-year history of America's most famous race.

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):

St. Pius X overwhelms Greenbrier
ATLANTA - A Greenbrier soccer team struggled offensively with an Atlanta private school for the second straight night Saturday.

Overtime
In Savannah, Ga., No. 20 Armstrong Atlantic State used an eight-run fifth inning to come from behind and take a 12-10 Peach Belt Conference win over USC Aiken, earning a split in the doubleheader with visiting Pacers and taking the series.

Irish endure some anxious moments
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Aquinas knew it had to strike early and often against Savannah Country Day.

Area sports announcments
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Zito has no luck with his 5 horses
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The jockeys on trainer Nick Zito's five horses in the Kentucky Derby went in with high hopes, but none finished better than seventh.

Long shot Giacomo stuns the field to win Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - This was payback. Long shot Giacomo did what his sire, Holy Bull, failed to do when he won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday in the second biggest upset in the 131-year history of America's most famous race.

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.

Irish endure some anxious moments
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Aquinas knew it had to strike early and often against Savannah Country Day.

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.

Jockey, trainer go straight to the top
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jockey Mike Smith and trainer John Shirreffs kept saying that Giacomo was a good horse. No one would listen.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Outdoors calendar

Big surprise

Big surprise
specialBig surpriseRobert Edwards and his wife, Mary Ann, were camping at Mistletoe State Park last weekend, but engine trouble forced them to leave their boat at the repair shop. At his wife's insistence, Edwards put a few lines out from the bank and landed this 42-pound striper. The Evans man played the fish almost 20 minutes before two women from a nearby campsite waded into the water and brought it to shore.

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

Big surprise
specialBig surpriseRobert Edwards and his wife, Mary Ann, were camping at Mistletoe State Park last weekend, but engine trouble forced them to leave their boat at the repair shop. At his wife's insistence, Edwards put a few lines out from the bank and landed this 42-pound striper. The Evans man played the fish almost 20 minutes before two women from a nearby campsite waded into the water and brought it to shore.

River's fish get new book deal
A good day on a farm pond might bring you bluegill and bass, and perhaps a catfish.

River's fish get new book deal
A good day on a farm pond might bring you bluegill and bass, and perhaps a catfish.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

River's fish get new book deal

Mothers do more than we realize

'Elvis' comes to life in four-hour TV movie
LOS ANGELES - When Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers was asked to play American icon Elvis Presley, his first instinct was to reject the role.

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.

News shows doing stories on their own network programs
NEW YORK - Two television newsmagazines are turning their spotlights on their own networks' hit shows.

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.

Webcast bringing you the news. Is this TV's future?

'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.

News shows doing stories on their own network programs

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.

'Elvis' comes to life in four-hour TV movie
LOS ANGELES - When Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers was asked to play American icon Elvis Presley, his first instinct was to reject the role.

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

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Here's a fascinating film that recalls a time most viewers have forgotten, if they ever knew of it - a time before everyone had VCRs and HBO, when movie lovers living in Los Angeles could access a pay-cable station that brought them a round-the-clock film festival.

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.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

Report: Paula Abdul to make appearance on 'SNL'

News shows doing stories on their own network programs
NEW YORK - Two television newsmagazines are turning their spotlights on their own networks' hit shows.

Reporter plays a role on 'All My Children' wedding

'Elvis' comes to life in four-hour TV movie

Webcast bringing you the news. Is this TV's future?
NEW YORK - What's ahead on TV? In a couple of weeks the broadcast networks will announce their fall schedules.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Here's a fascinating film that recalls a time most viewers have forgotten, if they ever knew of it - a time before everyone had VCRs and HBO, when movie lovers living in Los Angeles could access a pay-cable station that brought them a round-the-clock film festival.

Webcast bringing you the news. Is this TV's future?
NEW YORK - What's ahead on TV? In a couple of weeks the broadcast networks will announce their fall schedules.

Susan Lucci walks down marriage memory lane

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

People in the News

Mothers trusted Jackson with their sons

Bulldog Road Tour stops in Augusta

Bulldog Road Tour stops in Augusta
Georgia football coach Mark Richt will be the featured speaker when the Augusta Bulldog Club Road Tour makes a stop at Saint Mary on the Hill Parish's gym Tuesday.

Bulldog Road Tour stops in Augusta
Georgia football coach Mark Richt will be the featured speaker when the Augusta Bulldog Club Road Tour makes a stop at Saint Mary on the Hill Parish's gym Tuesday.

South Carolina vanity plate is starting to help children
COLUMBIA - Nearly five years after parking his race car at the Statehouse, Jeff Burton has seen his idea to help troubled children come to life.

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.

South Carolina vanity plate is starting to help children

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

South Carolina vanity plate is starting to help children
COLUMBIA - Nearly five years after parking his race car at the Statehouse, Jeff Burton has seen his idea to help troubled children come to life.

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.

Sex workers go to school

Mexican city holds 'donkey derby'

Odds and Ends

Faith calendar

Does the Bible belong in the jury room?

Mother, daughter sing, pray for people they meet

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