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

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

Red Sox create new rules after Sheffield scuffle

Red Sox create new rules after Sheffield scuffle
BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox have increased security, especially around beer stands, in the wake of a scuffle between New York Yankees outfielder Gary Sheffield and a fan.

Red Sox create new rules after Sheffield scuffle
BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox have increased security, especially around beer stands, in the wake of a scuffle between New York Yankees outfielder Gary Sheffield and a fan.

Test your mom knowledge with these famous matrons

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.

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.

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.

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.

Addison Kay Cooper

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Brandon George Larke

Gavin Lee Anderson-Johnson

Cadence Alexis Walker

Seth Cadence Todd

Riley Kalani Wilson

Jacob Zachariah Roose

Colette Elyse Alston

Hayden MonaŽ Jones

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.

Evan Anderson Jones

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.

Ansley Yvonne Gartrell

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

DŽOnte Nyheim Butler

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.

Olivia Claire Andrews

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

Dylan and Hailey Porter

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.

Angel Alicia Myers

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.

Emily Elaine Drew

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.

Jequan LaKalvin Octavious

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.

Clayton Thomas Woods

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.

Brice Patrick Nunnallee

Man carves runaway bride on toast
NEWTON, N.J. - A local man has made the case of runaway Georgia bride Jennifer Wilbanks the toast of eBay.

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

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.

Car wash employees restore Virgin Mary image on Chicago underpass
CHICAGO - A stain on the wall of an expressway underpass that some believe resembles the Virgin Mary is again attracting visitors after two car wash employees cleaned graffiti and brown paint off the image.

Car wash employees restore Virgin Mary image on Chicago underpass
CHICAGO - A stain on the wall of an expressway underpass that some believe resembles the Virgin Mary is again attracting visitors after two car wash employees cleaned graffiti and brown paint off the image.

Man carves runaway bride on toast
NEWTON, N.J. - A local man has made the case of runaway Georgia bride Jennifer Wilbanks the toast of eBay.

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

Jersey man set to make some bread off a piece of toast
NEWTON, N.J. - A local man has made the case of runaway Georgia bride Jennifer Wilbanks the toast of eBay.

Jersey man set to make some bread off a piece of toast
NEWTON, N.J. - A local man has made the case of runaway Georgia bride Jennifer Wilbanks the toast of eBay.

Franco atones for 6th-inning gaffe
ATLANTA - A little tongue-in-cheek rivalry is brewing between the Braves' corner infield positions.

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.

Langerhans makes Jones feel like 'proud papa'

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.

Braves' notebook

Langerhans makes Jones feel like 'proud papa'
ATLANTA - Chipper Jones said he felt "like a proud papa" after watching rookie Ryan Langerhans hit two homers and drive in six runs Sunday.

Langerhans makes Jones feel like 'proud papa'
ATLANTA - Chipper Jones said he felt "like a proud papa" after watching rookie Ryan Langerhans hit two homers and drive in six runs Sunday.

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.

Hampton solid in Braves' rout
ATLANTA - When you're up by 13 runs, it's pretty difficult to get a crowd on its feet.

Will spyware be Spitzer's next big thing?
ALBANY, N.Y. - The windowless, cluttered 10-by-15-foot storeroom on the third floor of a Manhattan government building seems an unlikely setting for Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's next big thing.

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

Will spyware be Spitzer's next big thing?

Diversified portfolio can help retirement investments

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:

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

Unions struggle to organize academics, engineers

State's manufacturers show optimism on hiring, profit

Super Fast Pizza cooks food in mobile kitchens
FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Scott Matthew knows there's nothing like a hot pizza delivered to your door on a January night.

Some call centers decide there's no place like home
ARLINGTON, Texas - "Hello, is Jennifer there? Jennifer at extension 43?"

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.

Property transfers

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 spyware be Spitzer's next big thing?
ALBANY, N.Y. - The windowless, cluttered 10-by-15-foot storeroom on the third floor of a Manhattan government building seems an unlikely setting for Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's next big thing.

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.

Globalization breeds interminable work day
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The traffic jam ended hours ago, the parking lot is nearly empty and fluorescent lights are dimmed at PortalPlayer Inc., where the nightly brainstorming session is about to begin.

Super Fast Pizza cooks food in mobile kitchens

Detroit ponders fast-food tax
DETROIT - Would you like fries with that? Either way, the Detroit city treasury would like a bite.

Mixed message on what GM's future could hold
NEW YORK - The fundamentals at General Motors Corp. haven't changed a bit, but in the course of a few days the market's attitude toward the world's largest automaker went from bad to good to who knows what could happen next.

Gas prices see average 3-cent drop nationwide
CAMARILLO, Calif. - The average price nationwide for all grades of gasoline fell 3 cents in two weeks, continuing a drop in pump prices that began last month, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Detroit ponders fast-food tax
DETROIT - Would you like fries with that? Either way, the Detroit city treasury would like a bite.

ADRs aid investors in foreign businesses

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.

Business bits

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.

Globalization breeds interminable work day
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The traffic jam ended hours ago, the parking lot is nearly empty and fluorescent lights are dimmed at PortalPlayer Inc., where the nightly brainstorming session is about to begin.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Detroit ponders fast-food tax

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.

Mixed message on what GM's future could hold

Super Fast Pizza cooks food in mobile kitchens
FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Scott Matthew knows there's nothing like a hot pizza delivered to your door on a January night.

Some call centers decide there's no place like home

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.

Globalization breeds interminable work day

Unions struggle to organize academics, engineers
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Union organizers at Yale University know it's hard to generate sympathy for Ivy League graduate students who are paid up to $25,000 a year to teach.

Unions struggle to organize academics, engineers
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Union organizers at Yale University know it's hard to generate sympathy for Ivy League graduate students who are paid up to $25,000 a year to teach.

Mixed message on what GM's future could hold
NEW YORK - The fundamentals at General Motors Corp. haven't changed a bit, but in the course of a few days the market's attitude toward the world's largest automaker went from bad to good to who knows what could happen next.

Some call centers decide there's no place like home
ARLINGTON, Texas - "Hello, is Jennifer there? Jennifer at extension 43?"

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.

Small businesses need a disaster plan

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:

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.

Virginia Tech defeats Clemson

Virginia Tech defeats Clemson
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Bryan Thomas had three hits and drove in two runs as Virginia Tech beat Clemson 11-7 on Sunday.

Virginia Tech defeats Clemson
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Bryan Thomas had three hits and drove in two runs as Virginia Tech beat Clemson 11-7 on Sunday.

Setback, but not a defeat
Gov. Mark Sanford is right to want to give all parents - not just rich parents - choices as to where they may send their kids to school. Choice will provide competition, not only between public and private schools but between good and bad public schools - driving the former toward excellence and forcing the latter to improve or go out of business.

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

Islam's critics in danger

Setback, but not a defeat
Gov. Mark Sanford is right to want to give all parents - not just rich parents - choices as to where they may send their kids to school. Choice will provide competition, not only between public and private schools but between good and bad public schools - driving the former toward excellence and forcing the latter to improve or go out of business.

Islam's critics in danger
One major difference between Islam and other well established religions is the ability to deal with criticism. Muslims, including moderates, have a hard time tolerating critics - even fellow Muslims.

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.

Islam's critics in danger
One major difference between Islam and other well established religions is the ability to deal with criticism. Muslims, including moderates, have a hard time tolerating critics - even fellow Muslims.

Setback, but not a defeat

Britain's Prince Harry begins military career
LONDON - The rebellious Prince Harry is not bucking one family tradition - he began a military career Sunday at an elite British academy.

Paula Abdul pokes fun at ' Idol' scandal
NEW YORK - Despite the controversy surrounding her, Paula Abdul is showing she can have a sense of humor about it.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Actress Neve Campbell said relatives with epilepsy have inspired her to support an epilepsy "bill of rights" to draw attention to the disease and options for coping with it.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Actress Neve Campbell said relatives with epilepsy have inspired her to support an epilepsy "bill of rights" to draw attention to the disease and options for coping with it.

JFK nephew weds fiancee in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES - Bobby Shriver, the nephew of President John F. Kennedy and brother of California first lady Maria Shriver, married his fiancee Malissa Feruzzi Saturday in Los Angeles.

JFK nephew weds fiancee in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES - Bobby Shriver, the nephew of President John F. Kennedy and brother of California first lady Maria Shriver, married his fiancee Malissa Feruzzi Saturday in Los Angeles.

Paula Abdul pokes fun at ' Idol' scandal
NEW YORK - Despite the controversy surrounding her, Paula Abdul is showing she can have a sense of humor about it.

Jackson defense to portray him as victim
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson has played the victim in his songs for years.

Jackson defense to portray him as victim
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Michael Jackson has played the victim in his songs for years.

Paying for college can be big burden for family

New index offers fresh way to follow large-cap stocks
NEW YORK - A new index from the Russell Investment Group aims to help you track Wall Street's 800-pound gorillas.

New index offers fresh way to follow large-cap stocks
NEW YORK - A new index from the Russell Investment Group aims to help you track Wall Street's 800-pound gorillas.

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
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.

New index offers fresh way to follow large-cap stocks

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.

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.

Lack of legal options might lead to life of crime

Webster wins Italian Open
MILAN, Italy - Steve Webster had five birdies in the last 10 holes Sunday to shoot a 4-under 68 and win his first European PGA Tour title at the Italian Open.

Monday qualifier wins Nationwide Tour title
RALEIGH, N.C. - Monday qualifier Eric Axley won his first Nationwide Tour title Sunday, shooting a pair of 4-under 67s in a 36-hole finish for a two-stroke victory over Troy Matteson in The Rex Hospital Open.

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

Sorenstam's winning streak comes to an end

Mickelson charges up the leaderboard before faltering late
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Phil Mickelson was defiant to the end, insisting one bad score wasn't going to spoil an otherwise spectacular day.

Webster wins Italian Open

Garcia takes command at Quail Hollow

Mickelson charges up the leaderboard before faltering late

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.

South Korea's Choi wins SK Telecom Open

Sorenstam's winning streak comes to an end
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Five tournaments in the making, Annika Sorenstam's winning streak ended with one miserable hole.

Sorenstam keeps her hopes alive for record

Woods assessed two-shot penalty after his round
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tiger Woods again got help from the gallery when he found something obstructing his swing Sunday. This time, it cost him two strokes.

Sorenstam's winning streak comes to an end
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Five tournaments in the making, Annika Sorenstam's winning streak ended with one miserable hole.

South Korea's Choi wins SK Telecom Open
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's Choi Kyung-ju won the SK Telecom Open for the second time, holding off Fred Couples for a five-stroke victory Sunday.

Mickelson charges up the leaderboard before faltering late
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Phil Mickelson was defiant to the end, insisting one bad score wasn't going to spoil an otherwise spectacular day.

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.

Webster wins Italian Open
MILAN, Italy - Steve Webster had five birdies in the last 10 holes Sunday to shoot a 4-under 68 and win his first European PGA Tour title at the Italian Open.

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.

South Korea's Choi wins SK Telecom Open
SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's Choi Kyung-ju won the SK Telecom Open for the second time, holding off Fred Couples for a five-stroke victory Sunday.

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.

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

GreenJackets end road trip with loss

Minor league notebook

U.S. snaps Sweden's winning streak
INNSBRUCK, Austria - U.S. captain Mike Modano had a goal and an assist to help the Americans snap Sweden's four-game winning streak with a 5-1 victory Sunday night at the hockey world 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.

U.S. snaps Sweden's winning streak
INNSBRUCK, Austria - U.S. captain Mike Modano had a goal and an assist to help the Americans snap Sweden's four-game winning streak with a 5-1 victory Sunday night at the hockey world championships.

U.S. snaps Sweden's winning streak

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

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.

Perdue signs bill banning smoking
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a bill Monday to ban smoking in most public places in Georgia, ending a guessing game that had gone on for weeks.

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.

Millen man dies on railroad track
An unidentified person was killed early this morning after kneeling in front of a moving train in south Augusta, according to railroad officials.

Blame parents, not government
After reading the April 27 article on Jennifer Birchill and her problem with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, I have one question: Why is the entire article about the ineptness of the immigration agency?Ann Riboch, 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

Letter misinterpreted Mary's place in church
A letter by the non-Catholic Rev. J.F. Rodgers ("Pope's scope was misrepresented," May 4) exemplifies a common experience of Catholics who find Southern Christians misinformed on our religion, and how we relate to God. One wonders if these folk have honestly tried to understand the church's teachings or base their opinions on hearsay and superstition. Mark Tribby, Augusta

Blame parents, not government
After reading the April 27 article on Jennifer Birchill and her problem with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, I have one question: Why is the entire article about the ineptness of the immigration agency? Ann Riboch, Augusta

DeMint, Bush selling out nation
It has come to my attention that U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., like a snake, slithered into Aiken recently to promote the Central American Free Trade Agreement. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Letter misinterpreted Mary's place in church
A letter by the non-Catholic Rev. J.F. Rodgers ("Pope's scope was misrepresented," May 4) exemplifies a common experience of Catholics who find Southern Christians misinformed on our religion, and how we relate to God. One wonders if these folk have honestly tried to understand the church's teachings or base their opinions on hearsay and superstition.Mark Tribby, 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

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

Blame parents, not government

Letter misinterpreted Mary's place in church

Ask lots of questions to pick out kid's camp

'Psychonauts' game is imaginative mind trip

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

Now grading your student writing: a computer

Parenting methods vary after daughters have own children

Free alternative to Office suite matches all but e-mail

TV shows put skills of parents in spotlight

Craigslist.org founder fights fraud, delves into journalism

Ban on children at wedding should be honored

Couple's Waynesboro home reflects old Southern charm

Europeans to counter Google digital library

Fanatics take theme park experience to new levels

Living briefs

Free alternative to Office suite matches all but e-mail
NEW YORK - It's weird how things can come back to bite you. Microsoft Corp. killed off the competition for office software suites and became a de facto monopoly in the area, with what result?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

'Psychonauts' game is imaginative mind trip
With its snarky wit and twisted mental landscapes, "Psychonauts" is a video game that'll blow your mind.

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.

Now grading your student writing: a computer
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Student essays always seem to be riddled with the same sorts of flaws. So sociology professor Ed Brent decided to hand the work off - to a computer.

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

Craigslist.org founder fights fraud, delves into journalism
SAN FRANCISCO - The number of people who use Craigslist.org is expanding at more than 100 percent per year - a growth rate any venture capitalist would covet.

Europeans to counter Google digital library
Europeans have long bemoaned the influence of Hollywood movies on their culture. Now plans by Google Inc. to create a massive digital library have triggered such strong fears in Europe about Anglo-American cultural dominance that one critic is warning of a "unilateral command of the thought of the world."

Europeans to counter Google digital library
Europeans have long bemoaned the influence of Hollywood movies on their culture. Now plans by Google Inc. to create a massive digital library have triggered such strong fears in Europe about Anglo-American cultural dominance that one critic is warning of a "unilateral command of the thought of the world."

Now grading your student writing: a computer
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Student essays always seem to be riddled with the same sorts of flaws. So sociology professor Ed Brent decided to hand the work off - to a computer.

Free alternative to Office suite matches all but e-mail
NEW YORK - It's weird how things can come back to bite you. Microsoft Corp. killed off the competition for office software suites and became a de facto monopoly in the area, with what result?

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.

'Psychonauts' game is imaginative mind trip
With its snarky wit and twisted mental landscapes, "Psychonauts" is a video game that'll blow your mind.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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:

Craigslist.org founder fights fraud, delves into journalism
SAN FRANCISCO - The number of people who use Craigslist.org is expanding at more than 100 percent per year - a growth rate any venture capitalist would covet.

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

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.

Grave excavations offer a little insight
Experts researching long-forgotten graves at a Columbia County development site say they found few artifacts but some insight into the people buried there.

Navy unit's cyber cafes keep thousands of soldiers in touch with loved ones
CHARLESTON NAVAL WEAPONS STATION, S.C. - Since the Navy began setting up "internet cafes" for soldiers overseas to keep in touch with their loved ones, almost 200 of the high-tech tents have sprung up in war zones.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Becky Probus, 14, of Augusta.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A Simpsonville woman has died four days after firefighters pulled her from her burning home.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Escape attempt followed record
ATLANTA - When Darius Magby grabbed a gun from a corrections officer two weeks ago, he was attempting to run away from a lengthy criminal record and a life sentence in prison.

DMVS changes focus on service
Even if there's traffic on the roads, driver's license bureaus across Georgia should be backed up much less by July.

Across the area
Two Augusta men told police that a group of men got out of their car and attacked them with beer bottles outside their home this weekend.

Grave excavations offer a little insight

Program seeks to attract black men to college
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Kareem Blue and Chancellor Hudson are among the 200 black male pupils from Savannah-Chatham County middle and high schools scheduled to receive specialized college preparatory instruction this week.

Pretrial intervention often an option in domestic violence cases

Across the area

Think you spot a rare bird? Don't be so sure

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Revelation of mixed-race daughter prompts new Thurmond book
CHARLESTON, S.C. - As the impeachment trial began, the senator was appalled by the way Republicans were dragging President Clinton through the mud for lying about his relationship with an intern.

Treasure hunting
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Graves Mountain is home to more than two dozen unusual minerals - and John Whatley can name them all.

Parents of quadruplets settle in just in time for Mother's Day
ROME, Ga. - After Ellen Bishop gave birth to quadruplets in September, she and her husband rarely got more than an hour's sleep, but as Mother's Day approached the couple said they've found a melody among the racket of four infants and their siblings.

Spartanburg kindergarten teacher wins S.C. Teacher of the Year
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A Spartanburg kindergarten teacher who gets involved in the lives of her students and believes her children have a responsibility to the community has been named the South Carolina Teacher of the Year by the state Education Department.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Clyburn tops S.C. delegation in privately funded trips
A new database shows Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., takes more privately funded trips than any other South Carolina congressman.

Runaway bride's attorney previously prosecuted her
ATLANTA - The attorney for runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks previously prosecuted her for shoplifting nearly a decade ago and, in another case, Wilbanks served jail time for shoplifting, according to court records.

Charleston Judicial Center still not finished
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Almost three years after it opened, the Charleston County Judicial Center is a mess, judges, clerks and secretaries say.

Wilson gives his support to Jasper port

Wilson gives his support to Jasper port
BEAUFORT, S.C. - Jasper County has earned the right to build and operate a shipping port, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson says.

Hundreds attend funeral for former Marietta mayor

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

Spartanburg kindergarten teacher wins S.C. Teacher of the Year

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

When mothers are deployed, others take care of 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.

Across the southeast
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. - Calling it a "great misunderstanding," the pastor of a small church who led the charge to remove nine members for their political beliefs tried to welcome them back Sunday, but some insisted he must leave.

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

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Teenage pregnancy rates have dropped in Georgia, state health officials said.

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.

Clyburn tops S.C. delegation in privately funded trips
A new database shows Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., takes more privately funded trips than any other South Carolina congressman.

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.

Pretrial intervention often an option in domestic violence cases
COLUMBIA, S.C. - In South Carolina, many cases of first-time criminal domestic violence qualify for a pretrial intervention program that lets the accused batterers wipe their records clean.

Navy unit's cyber cafes keep thousands of soldiers in touch with loved ones
CHARLESTON NAVAL WEAPONS STATION, S.C. - Since the Navy began setting up "internet cafes" for soldiers overseas to keep in touch with their loved ones, almost 200 of the high-tech tents have sprung up in war zones.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Becky Probus, 14, of Augusta.

Pretrial intervention often an option in domestic violence cases
COLUMBIA, S.C. - In South Carolina, many cases of first-time criminal domestic violence qualify for a pretrial intervention program that lets the accused batterers wipe their records clean.

Escape attempt followed record
ATLANTA - When Darius Magby grabbed a gun from a corrections officer two weeks ago, he was attempting to run away from a lengthy criminal record and a life sentence in prison.

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.

Treasure hunting
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Graves Mountain is home to more than two dozen unusual minerals - and John Whatley can name them all.

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.

Five questions
An East Augusta Middle School music teacher and keyboardist, Mr. Lynwood Holmes, 34, is the manager and one of the founders of the Sounds Unlimited Band. The band is celebrating its 10th anniversary at the 100 Black Men of Augusta Black Tie Gala at 7 p.m. Friday at the Gordon Club ballroom.

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.

DMVS changes focus on service

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Navy unit's cyber cafes keep thousands of soldiers in touch with loved ones

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

Across South Carolina

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.

Escape attempt followed record

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

Book details hidden history of Aiken County's founders

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.

Treasure hunting

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

Program seeks to attract black men to college

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.

Where we live

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

Across the southeast

Think you spot a rare bird? Don't be so sure
It isn't as elusive as its celebrity ivory-billed cousins, but the common pileated woodpecker is gaining newfound notoriety.

The week ahead
Congratulate me, please. I made it through last week.

The week ahead
Congratulate me, please. I made it through last week.

Across the area

Educators urge changes as PACT testing begins
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's elementary schoolchildren will sit down with paper and pencil this week to take the Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test, but some say it's time to switch to computers to ensure the test is doing all it can to help students learn and educators teach.

Spartanburg kindergarten teacher wins S.C. Teacher of the Year
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A Spartanburg kindergarten teacher who gets involved in the lives of her students and believes her children have a responsibility to the community has been named the South Carolina Teacher of the Year by the state Education Department.

Hundreds attend funeral for former Marietta mayor
MARIETTA, Ga. - About 600 people attended the Saturday funeral for one of Marietta's longest-serving mayors - and one of its most beloved.

Heat win Game 1 against Wizards

Parents of quadruplets settle in just in time for Mother's Day
ROME, Ga. - After Ellen Bishop gave birth to quadruplets in September, she and her husband rarely got more than an hour's sleep, but as Mother's Day approached the couple said they've found a melody among the racket of four infants and their siblings.

Charleston Judicial Center still not finished
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Almost three years after it opened, the Charleston County Judicial Center is a mess, judges, clerks and secretaries say.

Across South Carolina

Wilson gives his support to Jasper port
BEAUFORT, S.C. - Jasper County has earned the right to build and operate a shipping port, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson says.

News you can use

Educators urge changes as PACT testing begins
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's elementary schoolchildren will sit down with paper and pencil this week to take the Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test, but some say it's time to switch to computers to ensure the test is doing all it can to help students learn and educators teach.

Fate of fort is in limbo

Hundreds attend funeral for former Marietta mayor
MARIETTA, Ga. - About 600 people attended the Saturday funeral for one of Marietta's longest-serving mayors - and one of its most beloved.

Arena plans' change hailed

Soldier who refused Iraq deployment faces court-martial
SAVANNAH, Ga. - In the four months since he refused to return to Iraq, Sgt. Kevin Benderman has been called a coward, denied conscientious objector status by the Army and charged with deserting his unit.

Home shoppers wait for payoff

Grave excavations offer a little insight
Experts researching long-forgotten graves at a Columbia County development site say they found few artifacts but some insight into the people buried there.

Gov. Bush strikes moral tone with Republicans

County changes approach to tourism

Business is blooming

Across the area
Two Augusta men told police that a group of men got out of their car and attacked them with beer bottles outside their home this weekend.

DMVS changes focus on service
Even if there's traffic on the roads, driver's license bureaus across Georgia should be backed up much less by July.

Think you spot a rare bird? Don't be so sure
It isn't as elusive as its celebrity ivory-billed cousins, but the common pileated woodpecker is gaining newfound notoriety.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Book details hidden history of Aiken County's founders
AIKEN - Isabel Vandervelde's version of history wasn't written by the winners.

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

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A Simpsonville woman has died four days after firefighters pulled her from her burning home.

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.

Across the southeast
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. - Calling it a "great misunderstanding," the pastor of a small church who led the charge to remove nine members for their political beliefs tried to welcome them back Sunday, but some insisted he must leave.

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

Revelation of mixed-race daughter prompts new Thurmond book

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.

Clyburn tops S.C. delegation in privately funded trips

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

Educators urge changes as PACT testing begins

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.

Soldier who refused Iraq deployment faces court-martial

Soldier who refused Iraq deployment faces court-martial
SAVANNAH, Ga. - In the four months since he refused to return to Iraq, Sgt. Kevin Benderman has been called a coward, denied conscientious objector status by the Army and charged with deserting his unit.

The week ahead

Across South Carolina
SLED hopes computers give clues to slayings

Kid of the Day

Parents of quadruplets settle in just in time for Mother's Day

Book details hidden history of Aiken County's founders
AIKEN - Isabel Vandervelde's version of history wasn't written by the winners.

Charleston Judicial Center still not finished

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.

Revelation of mixed-race daughter prompts new Thurmond book
CHARLESTON, S.C. - As the impeachment trial began, the senator was appalled by the way Republicans were dragging President Clinton through the mud for lying about his relationship with an intern.

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

Across the southeast

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.

Congressional map changes boundaries

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Burn survivors gather for reunion

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.

School may try reform option

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.

Kid of the Day

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

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.

Across South Carolina
SLED hopes computers give clues to slayings

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.

Program seeks to attract black men to college
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Kareem Blue and Chancellor Hudson are among the 200 black male pupils from Savannah-Chatham County middle and high schools scheduled to receive specialized college preparatory instruction this week.

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.

Lack of legal options might lead to life of crime
There's an old Hollywood movie called They Made Me a Criminal. I'm not sure who "they" are, but it looks as though I'm next on their list.

Lack of legal options might lead to life of crime
There's an old Hollywood movie called They Made Me a Criminal. I'm not sure who "they" are, but it looks as though I'm next on their list.

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

'Kingdom of Heaven' reaches top of box office
LOS ANGELES - The epic battle tale "Kingdom of Heaven" fought its way to the top of the box office, taking in $20 million in its debut weekend.

'Kingdom of Heaven' reaches top of box office
LOS ANGELES - The epic battle tale "Kingdom of Heaven" fought its way to the top of the box office, taking in $20 million in its debut weekend.

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

HBO Films making movies for theaters
NEW YORK - The people at HBO Films have a rooting interest at the Cannes Film Festival this week. A film they bankrolled, Gus Van Sant's "Last Days," is among the 20 competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

'Kingdom of Heaven' reaches top of box office

Brendon Benson finally finds fame
NEW YORK - Brendan Benson expected his big breakthrough to happen almost a decade ago.

Brendon Benson finally finds fame
NEW YORK - Brendan Benson expected his big breakthrough to happen almost a decade ago.

Q&A with British pop duo Erasure
NEW YORK - If you're a child of the '80s, chances are Erasure provided the synthesized soundtrack to your angst-ridden adolescence.

Q&A with British pop duo Erasure

Brendon Benson finally finds fame

Q&A with British pop duo Erasure
NEW YORK - If you're a child of the '80s, chances are Erasure provided the synthesized soundtrack to your angst-ridden adolescence.

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.

Biffle brings home bacon in OT

This 'Lady' remains a favorite

Biffle's stock on the rise

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.

Biffle's stock on the rise
DARLINGTON, S.C. - It has taken Greg Biffle three years to become a dominant driver in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, and his victory in Saturday night's Dodge Charger 500 already has his car owner wondering how long he can keep the team together.

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.

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.

Impressive start for rookie Patrick
INDIANAPOLIS - Danica Patrick made it look so easy.

Biffle's stock on the rise
DARLINGTON, S.C. - It has taken Greg Biffle three years to become a dominant driver in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, and his victory in Saturday night's Dodge Charger 500 already has his car owner wondering how long he can keep the team together.

Nash edges Shaq in fourth-closest MVP vote
PHOENIX - Steve Nash edged Shaquille O'Neal by 34 points to win the NBA's most valuable player award, the fourth-closest margin since the media began determining the winner in 1980-81.

Indiana beats Boston, moves to second round

Heat take Game 1 from 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.

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.

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.

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.

Heat take Game 1 from 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.

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.

Heat take Game 1 from Wizards

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

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:

Mrs. Laforne W. Hamp    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Paul J. Pollard    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria Hansen    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Madeline Gilroy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Harry W. Cason    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ludell Freeman    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mr. Harry W. Cason    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Muriel L. Dyson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carolyn Lake    (YOUNGSTOWN, OH)

Ms. Linda Decker    (ORMOND BEACH, Fla.)
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Mrs. Mildred H. Brandenburg    (MACON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary C. Cole    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Veler Boothe    (EVAN, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Cochran-Ragland    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Grady G. Scott    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria Mae Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Linda Decker    (ORMOND BEACH, Fla.)

Mrs. Muriel L. Dyson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry L. Hudson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Mack    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Henry Lawrence Hudson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marion Carmichael    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Kennedy Hughes    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Harry W. Cason    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Laura Mack    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John Wayne Clifford    (BRUNSWICK, Ga.)

Mrs. Laforne W. Hamp    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria Mae Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Marion Finley Brooks    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Henry Lawrence Hudson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Betty M. Cochran-Ragland    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marion Carmichael    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. John Wayne Clifford    (BRUNSWICK, Ga.)
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Mr. Judson L. Luke    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Verna Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Madeline Gilroy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Veler Boothe    (EVAN, Ga.)
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Mr. John Henry West    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gilbert Sullivan, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Russell Jones    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mrs. Kathryn Mullins    (EVANS, Ga.)

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

Mr. Franklin Ray Murphy    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Gloria Mae Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathryn Mullins    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Jessie Brantley    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. John Henry West    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Harry W. Cason    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Henry L. Hudson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Austin Riley    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Russell Jones    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
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Betty M. Cochran-Ragland    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carolyn Lake    (YOUNGSTOWN, OH)
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Mr. Robert Austin Riley    (AIKEN, S.C.)

1SG Carlton Lee "Pete" Webber    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Harold Verna Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Lee Bell    (SYRACUSE, N.Y.)
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Mr. Gilbert Sullivan, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Judson L. Luke    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Ms. Marion Finley Brooks    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Gloria Mae Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Janie Kennedy Hughes    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. James Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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SFC (Ret.) Leon N. Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Paul J. Pollard    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Gloria Hansen    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Jessie Brantley    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Grady G. Scott    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Austin Riley (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Gloria Mae Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Veler Boothe (EVAN, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Henry West (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Madeline Gilroy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Laforne W. Hamp (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marion Carmichael (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Janie Kennedy Hughes (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

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

Ms. Linda Decker (ORMOND BEACH, Fla.)

Mr. Henry Lawrence Hudson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Jessie Brantley (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Marion Finley Brooks (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

Mr. Grady G. Scott (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathryn Mullins (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. John Wayne Clifford (BRUNSWICK, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Verna Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Lake (YOUNGSTOWN, OH)

Mr. Gilbert Sullivan, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gloria Mae Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Mack (AUGUSTA, 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.

Overtime

Long shot Giacomo stuns the field to win Kentucky Derby

Rivals await Giacomo in second leg of Triple Crown

Giacomo's Derby upset baffles almost everyone

Nadal takes Rome Masters title

Zito has no luck with his 5 horses

Irish endure some anxious moments

Jockey, trainer go straight to the top

ARC has reason to dance this time

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Area sports announcments

St. Pius X overwhelms Greenbrier

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.

Rivals await Giacomo in second leg of Triple Crown
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Giacomo's stunning Kentucky Derby victory at 50-1 odds hasn't scared the competition away. The colt can expect to see some of the same rivals and a few new ones in Baltimore in two weeks for the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Rivals await Giacomo in second leg of Triple Crown
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Giacomo's stunning Kentucky Derby victory at 50-1 odds hasn't scared the competition away. The colt can expect to see some of the same rivals and a few new ones in Baltimore in two weeks for the second leg of the Triple Crown.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Nadal takes Rome Masters title
ROME - Maybe it's all the bananas and cola Rafael Nadal chugs down during changeovers that keeps him going, chasing down ball after ball in 17 straight clay-court victories.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Overtime
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.

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.

Giacomo's Derby upset baffles almost everyone
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Still trying to figure out how Giacomo pulled off the second biggest upset in Kentucky Derby history?

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.

Overtime
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.

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.

Giacomo's Derby upset baffles almost everyone
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Still trying to figure out how Giacomo pulled off the second biggest upset in Kentucky Derby history?

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.

Nadal takes Rome Masters title
ROME - Maybe it's all the bananas and cola Rafael Nadal chugs down during changeovers that keeps him going, chasing down ball after ball in 17 straight clay-court victories.

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.

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.

Outdoors calendar

Big surprise

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

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.

Parishes in Oregon battle to keep assets held by bankrupt archdiocese
PORTLAND, Ore. - Roman Catholic parishes and schools are competing with alleged victims of clerical sex abuse to claim assets held by the Archdiocese of Portland, the first in the country to file for bankruptcy because of abuse settlements.

Pope says media can spread peace or foment violence
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that the media can spread peace but also foment violence, and called for journalists to exercise responsibility to ensure objective reports that respect human dignity and the common good.

Pastor calls ousting of members who wouldn't back Bush a "misunderstanding"
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. - Calling it a "great misunderstanding," the pastor of a small church who led the charge to remove nine members for their political beliefs tried to welcome them back Sunday, but some insisted he must leave for the wounds to heal.

Pope says media can spread peace or foment violence
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday that the media can spread peace but also foment violence, and called for journalists to exercise responsibility to ensure objective reports that respect human dignity and the common good.

Pastor calls ousting of members who wouldn't back Bush a "misunderstanding"
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. - Calling it a "great misunderstanding," the pastor of a small church who led the charge to remove nine members for their political beliefs tried to welcome them back Sunday, but some insisted he must leave for the wounds to heal.

Parishes in Oregon battle to keep assets held by bankrupt archdiocese
PORTLAND, Ore. - Roman Catholic parishes and schools are competing with alleged victims of clerical sex abuse to claim assets held by the Archdiocese of Portland, the first in the country to file for bankruptcy because of abuse settlements.

River's fish get new book deal

Mothers do more than we realize

Forensic classes give budding CSIs a reality check
RICHMOND, Va. - In one hand, he holds a blood-smeared cotton swab over a beaker. In the other, he delicately clasps a dropper filled with a chemical solution.

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

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

'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.

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.

'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.

Forensic classes give budding CSIs a reality check
RICHMOND, Va. - In one hand, he holds a blood-smeared cotton swab over a beaker. In the other, he delicately clasps a dropper filled with a chemical solution.

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.

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.

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

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

Forensic classes give budding CSIs a reality check

News shows doing stories on their own network programs

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

JFK nephew weds fiancee in Los Angeles

Jackson defense to portray him as victim

Paula Abdul pokes fun at ' Idol' scandal

People in the News

Diamond Dogs top Vandy

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.

Diamond Dogs top Vandy
ATHENS, Ga. - Josh Morris, Joey Side and freshman Joshua Fields each hit solo homers to power Georgia to a 6-2 victory over Vanderbilt on Sunday in the rubber game of their three-game series.

Diamond Dogs top Vandy
ATHENS, Ga. - Josh Morris, Joey Side and freshman Joshua Fields each hit solo homers to power Georgia to a 6-2 victory over Vanderbilt on Sunday in the rubber game of their three-game series.

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

Tennessee routs South Carolina
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - James Adkins pitched 7 2-3 innings Sunday and struck out four to help Tennessee beat South Carolina 11-5 and sweep their three-game series.

Tennessee routs South Carolina

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 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 routs South Carolina
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - James Adkins pitched 7 2-3 innings Sunday and struck out four to help Tennessee beat South Carolina 11-5 and sweep their three-game series.

Sex workers go to school

Jersey man set to make some bread off a piece of toast

Man carves runaway bride on toast

Car wash employees restore Virgin Mary image on Chicago underpass

Pope says media can spread peace or foment violence

Parishes in Oregon battle to keep assets held by bankrupt archdiocese

Pastor calls ousting of members who wouldn't back Bush a "misunderstanding"

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