Latest 'Prey' thriller returns to series' roots
In "Broken Prey," John Sandford delivers yet another blistering tale from the life of Lucas Davenport, surely one of the most attractive cops on the crime-fiction beat today.

Bass player recalls days with Grateful Dead

Latest 'Prey' thriller returns to series' roots

Latest 'Prey' thriller returns to series' roots
In "Broken Prey," John Sandford delivers yet another blistering tale from the life of Lucas Davenport, surely one of the most attractive cops on the crime-fiction beat today.

Bass player recalls days with Grateful Dead
"Searching for the Sound: My Life With the Grateful Dead." By Phil Lesh. Little, Brown. 338 Pages. $25.95.

Bass player recalls days with Grateful Dead
"Searching for the Sound: My Life With the Grateful Dead." By Phil Lesh. Little, Brown. 338 Pages. $25.95.

Sparks' latest mystery-romance is for believers
If fortunetellers, UFOs and ghosts are just a bunch of paranormal mumbo-jumbo in your book, Jeremy Marsh would make good company.

Sparks' latest mystery-romance is for believers

Sparks' latest mystery-romance is for believers
If fortunetellers, UFOs and ghosts are just a bunch of paranormal mumbo-jumbo in your book, Jeremy Marsh would make good company.

Silver Bluff takes advantage of errors
INMAN - Now there's no room for error for the Chapman softball team - and errors are the reasons why.

Power outage: Home runs down 9 percent
NEW YORK - In the first year of toughened steroid testing, home runs are down in the major leagues for the first time since 2002.

Slugger leaves game after being beaned

Power outage: Home runs down 9 percent

Silver Bluff takes advantage of errors

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.

Slugger leaves game after being beaned
BOSTON - Manny Ramirez left Monday night's game against Oakland after being beaned, the second straight day the Red Sox slugger was removed after being hit by a pitch in the first inning.

Silver Bluff takes advantage of errors
INMAN - Now there's no room for error for the Chapman softball team - and errors are the reasons why.

Terry, Styles take next step
Small ripples in life can lead to the biggest splashes of achievement.

Slugger leaves game after being beaned
BOSTON - Manny Ramirez left Monday night's game against Oakland after being beaned, the second straight day the Red Sox slugger was removed after being hit by a pitch in the first inning.

Red Sox create new rules after Sheffield scuffle

Terry, Styles take next step

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.

Terry, Styles take next step
Small ripples in life can lead to the biggest splashes of achievement.

Power outage: Home runs down 9 percent
NEW YORK - In the first year of toughened steroid testing, home runs are down in the major leagues for the first time since 2002.

Schools' actions aren't as crazy as they might seem

Odds and Ends
KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - Workers at two DaimlerChrysler's transmission plants better allow more time to walk in from the parking lot if they drive Fords or General Motors vehicles.

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.

Prison officials trade pizzas for hostages
SYDNEY, Australia - Officials bought 15 pizzas to secure the release of a guard who had been held for 42 hours by inmates at an Australian top-security prison, police said Monday.

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's toast auction has unhappy ending
STILLWATER, N.J. - A local man who made the case of runaway Georgia bride Jennifer Wilbanks the toast of eBay said he feels burned because the winning bidder has refused to pay for the item.

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.

Couple ticketed for allegedly allowing chicken to jaywalk
RIDGECREST, Calif. - Linc and Helena Moore may have finally learned the answer to that age-old question: Why did the chicken cross the road?

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.

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.

Stray dog saves abandoned baby
NAIROBI, Kenya - A stray dog saved the life of a newborn baby after finding the abandoned infant in a forest and apparently carrying it across a busy road and through some barbed wire to her litter of puppies, witnesses said.

Odds and Ends
KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - Workers at two DaimlerChrysler's transmission plants better allow more time to walk in from the parking lot if they drive Fords or General Motors vehicles.

Stray dog saves abandoned baby
NAIROBI, Kenya - A stray dog saved the life of a newborn baby after finding the abandoned infant in a forest and apparently carrying it across a busy road and through some barbed wire to her litter of puppies, witnesses said.

Prison officials trade pizzas for hostages
SYDNEY, Australia - Officials bought 15 pizzas to secure the release of a guard who had been held for 42 hours by inmates at an Australian top-security prison, police said Monday.

Couple ticketed for allegedly allowing chicken to jaywalk
RIDGECREST, Calif. - Linc and Helena Moore may have finally learned the answer to that age-old question: Why did the chicken cross the road?

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.

Hot streak has Braves back in first place
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves began a long road trip Monday with the best record in the National League despite spending most of the first five weeks of the season floundering at the plate.

Langerhans makes Jones feel like 'proud papa'

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

Rockies rock Braves; snap five-game streak
As far an National League inauguration to the majors' hitting haven, Monday wasn't much of a celebratory one for the Braves' ace.

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

Rockies rock Braves; snap five-game streak
As far an National League inauguration to the majors' hitting haven, Monday wasn't much of a celebratory one for the Braves' ace.

Langerhans finding role with Braves
DENVER - Ryan Langerhans might not have this fourth outfielder thing down pat just yet, but he's picking up ground on its mastery.

Hot streak has Braves back in first place
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves began a long road trip Monday with the best record in the National League despite spending most of the first five weeks of the season floundering at the plate.

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.

Rockies rock Braves; snap five-game streak

Hot streak has Braves back in first place

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.

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.

Georgia adopts new filmmaker incentives

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

Business briefs
NEW YORK - A seat holder on the New York Stock Exchange filed suit Monday to block the merger between the NYSE and all-electronic stock market Archipelago Holdings Inc., claiming a breach of fiduciary responsibility

Globalization breeds interminable work day

Georgia adopts new filmmaker incentives
ATLANTA - When filmmakers start shooting The Note in Savannah this fall, they plan to make the city a prominent character.

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.

Unions struggle to organize academics, engineers

Powerplay: Duke Energy buying Cinergy
CINCINNATI - Duke Energy Corp. has agreed to buy rival power company Cinergy Corp. in a stock deal worth $9 billion that will create one of the nation's largest power generators.

Atlanta Gas Light appeals frozen rates
ATLANTA - Atlanta Gas Light on Monday filed a motion asking state regulators to reconsider their recent decision to freeze rates for natural-gas customers and cut the company's revenue target by several million dollars.

Detroit ponders fast-food tax

Kodak stays in lead in digital-camera market

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

Oil prices rise above $52 again

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.

Powerplay: Duke Energy buying Cinergy

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.

Giant tire shortage cripples coal mines

Giant tire shortage cripples coal mines
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Steve Walker was ready to sell four massive, 200-ton dump trucks, with price tags as high as $3 million, when the orders were canceled.

Mixed message on what GM's future could hold

Oil prices rise above $52 again
NEW YORK -- Crude futures rose above $52 on Monday, as traders responded to speculation that U.S. refineries might be unable to match demand in the latter half of the year.

Atlanta Gas Light appeals frozen rates

Stock up as Kerkorian ready to buy GM shares

Some call centers decide there's no place like home

Will spyware be Spitzer's next big thing?

Super Fast Pizza cooks food in mobile kitchens

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.

Powerplay: Duke Energy buying Cinergy
CINCINNATI - Duke Energy Corp. has agreed to buy rival power company Cinergy Corp. in a stock deal worth $9 billion that will create one of the nation's largest power generators.

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

Stock up as Kerkorian ready to buy GM shares
DETROIT - Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian went ahead Monday with an offer to buy up to 28 million GM shares - a bid that would roughly double his stake in the automaker - despite last week's downgrade of GM debt to "junk" status. Shares of the world's largest automaker rose slightly.

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.

Oil prices rise above $52 again
NEW YORK -- Crude futures rose above $52 on Monday, as traders responded to speculation that U.S. refineries might be unable to match demand in the latter half of the year.

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.

Giant tire shortage cripples coal mines
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Steve Walker was ready to sell four massive, 200-ton dump trucks, with price tags as high as $3 million, when the orders were canceled.

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

Georgia adopts new filmmaker incentives
ATLANTA - When filmmakers start shooting The Note in Savannah this fall, they plan to make the city a prominent character.

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.

Atlanta Gas Light appeals frozen rates
ATLANTA - Atlanta Gas Light on Monday filed a motion asking state regulators to reconsider their recent decision to freeze rates for natural-gas customers and cut the company's revenue target by several million dollars.

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.

Kodak stays in lead in digital-camera market
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Eastman Kodak Co., which shipped more digital cameras in the United States in 2004 than any of its Japanese rivals, retained its edge in the first quarter, a market research firm said Monday.

Stock up as Kerkorian ready to buy GM shares
DETROIT - Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian went ahead Monday with an offer to buy up to 28 million GM shares - a bid that would roughly double his stake in the automaker - despite last week's downgrade of GM debt to "junk" status. Shares of the world's largest automaker rose slightly.

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.

Kodak stays in lead in digital-camera market
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Eastman Kodak Co., which shipped more digital cameras in the United States in 2004 than any of its Japanese rivals, retained its edge in the first quarter, a market research firm said Monday.

Virginia Tech defeats Clemson

Clemson blanks Virginia Tech
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Josh Cribb pitched a six-hit shutout and led Clemson to a 7-0 victory over Virginia Tech on Monday night.

Clemson blanks Virginia Tech
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Josh Cribb pitched a six-hit shutout and led Clemson to a 7-0 victory over Virginia Tech on Monday night.

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.

Clemson blanks Virginia Tech

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.

Islam's critics in danger

Setback, but not a defeat

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
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.

Holding down the fort
Hold your breath. This week, possibly as early as today, the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission will release names of the nation's bases the Pentagon seeks to shut down, consolidate or expand. With the fate of Fort Gordon, the area's largest employer, in the balance, the announcement - no matter how it turns out - will mark a historic turning point for our community.

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.

Stick to your guns, Arnold
The water is socialism. The boy with his finger in the dike is Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Stick to your guns, Arnold
The water is socialism. The boy with his finger in the dike is Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Stick to your guns, Arnold

Ex-boyfriend of McCready charged with attempted murder
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A former boyfriend of country singer Mindy McCready has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly breaking into her home and beating her up.

Zellweger and singer Kenny Chesney marry
CRUZ BAY, U.S. Virgin Islands - Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger and country music star Kenny Chesney were married Monday in a small ceremony on the Caribbean island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Britney Spears is enjoying her pregnancy. "Eating for two is so much fun; I get to eat lots and lots!" the 23-year-old singer says in a posting on her Web site.

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.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Britney Spears is enjoying her pregnancy. "Eating for two is so much fun; I get to eat lots and lots!" the 23-year-old singer says in a posting on her Web site.

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.

The top five list
The top five list of entertainment.

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.

The top five list
The top five list of entertainment.

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.

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.

Sunshine Band singer recovering after fall
NEW YORK - For KC of KC and the Sunshine Band, falling off the stage during a concert is definitely not the way he likes it. Uh huh, uh huh.

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.

Zellweger and singer Kenny Chesney marry
CRUZ BAY, U.S. Virgin Islands - Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger and country music star Kenny Chesney were married Monday in a small ceremony on the Caribbean island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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.

Ex-boyfriend of McCready charged with attempted murder
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A former boyfriend of country singer Mindy McCready has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly breaking into her home and beating her up.

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.

Sunshine Band singer recovering after fall
NEW YORK - For KC of KC and the Sunshine Band, falling off the stage during a concert is definitely not the way he likes it. Uh huh, uh huh.

Jackson defense calls former employee
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A former employee of Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch took the stand Monday to dispute the testimony of a maid who claimed the pop star inappropriately touched actor Macaulay Culkin and other boys.

Reports: Garner, Affleck expecting child
NEW YORK - Is Jennifer Garner taking on a new role as mother?

New index offers fresh way to follow large-cap stocks

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.

Musgrave steady again as Augusta wins
Augusta GreenJackets starter Mike Musgrave allowed just two earned runs in his past two starts combined - both GreenJackets wins - but the right-hander didn't factor into the decision in either game.

Musgrave steady again as Augusta wins
Augusta GreenJackets starter Mike Musgrave allowed just two earned runs in his past two starts combined - both GreenJackets wins - but the right-hander didn't factor into the decision in either game.

Lack of legal options might lead to life of crime

Aquinas girls take Class A golf title
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Aquinas took the Class A girls golf title Monday with a score of 162, beating runner-up Brookstone by 16 strokes at Southbridge Golf Club. Aquinas teammates Margrita Ramos and Sarah Mooney shared the medalist honors, each shooting 81.

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.

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.

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.

Thompson hunts down crown
HARTWELL, Ga. - As expected, the 2005 Class AAA state golf champion is headed for the University of Georgia. Only he'll be pursuing a medical career instead of golf.

Sergio Garcia's stunning collapse
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sergio Garcia looked at ease in the spotlight during the Wachovia Championship, starting with a private party two days before the tournament. Standing on stage before a packed house, with a beer in his hand and beautiful women at his side, he belted out the chorus to "Mustang Sally."

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'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

Sergio Garcia's stunning collapse
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sergio Garcia looked at ease in the spotlight during the Wachovia Championship, starting with a private party two days before the tournament. Standing on stage before a packed house, with a beer in his hand and beautiful women at his side, he belted out the chorus to "Mustang Sally."

With streak over, Sorenstam refocuses
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - When Annika Sorenstam walked off the course, her chances of extending her winning streak firmly intact again, a fan leaned over the railing of the grandstands and yelled, "We're pulling for six!"

Thompson hunts down crown
HARTWELL, Ga. - As expected, the 2005 Class AAA state golf champion is headed for the University of Georgia. Only he'll be pursuing a medical career instead of golf.

South Korea's Choi wins SK Telecom Open

Mickelson charges up the leaderboard before faltering late

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.

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.

Craig Stadler enjoying life as golf dad
CONCORD, Mass. - Craig Stadler won an unexpected prize with his victory in the Bank of America Championship: a whole new view of fatherhood.

Sergio Garcia's stunning collapse

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.

With streak over, Sorenstam refocuses

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.

Thompson hunts down crown

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.

With streak over, Sorenstam refocuses
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - When Annika Sorenstam walked off the course, her chances of extending her winning streak firmly intact again, a fan leaned over the railing of the grandstands and yelled, "We're pulling for six!"

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.

Craig Stadler enjoying life as golf dad
CONCORD, Mass. - Craig Stadler won an unexpected prize with his victory in the Bank of America Championship: a whole new view of fatherhood.

Craig Stadler enjoying life as golf dad

Musgrave steady again as Augusta wins

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
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

Schools' actions aren't as crazy as they might seem
Reading the news last week, I began to wonder if Georgia school administrators were losing their minds.

Schools' actions aren't as crazy as they might seem
Reading the news last week, I began to wonder if Georgia school administrators were losing their minds.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Aiken County
The National Weather Service doppler radar indicates a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing nickel-size hail.

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.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for area counties
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm warning for Columbia County, Georgia until 4:40 p.m.

Gas-line rupture reroutes traffic
Law enforcement officers are rerouting traffic this afternoon through downtown Augusta after a construction crew ruptured a gas line at 13th and Reynolds streets.

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.

Blame parents, not government

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

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

Letter misinterpreted Mary's place in church

Look around for Medicare fraud
As a resident of the Augusta area and a former employee of East Georgia Community Mental Health Center, I am compelled to voice some facts as well as a few of my own opinions. Dena Ingram, Augusta

Look around for Medicare fraud

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

Look around for Medicare fraud
As a resident of the Augusta area and a former employee of East Georgia Community Mental Health Center, I am compelled to voice some facts as well as a few of my own opinions.Dena Ingram, 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.

Groups filled evening with music
I wanted to write this while all the good feelings were still with me. On Saturday, the Augusta Symphony - with the help of University Health Care - put on a fantastic concert to end their 50th season! They chose to end the season by giving a free concert in Columbia County, Pops Under the Stars, at the new University Health Care complex on Belair Road. Kurt Breitinger, Martinez

Upgrade services to improve airport
Regarding the impending airport director's review, and the TV ads extolling travel via Augusta Regional Airport: What a joke - another example of denial. Philip Blumenfield, 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

Different brain responses found in homosexual, heterosexual men

Demand for organic foods creates opportunity

Yearbooks reveal personality, life's direction

'Psychonauts' game is imaginative mind trip

We want to make dreams come true

Free alternative to Office suite matches all but e-mail

Low-fat dairy may lower risk of diabetes in men

Craigslist.org founder fights fraud, delves into journalism

Now grading your student writing: a computer

Family briefs

Europeans to counter Google digital library

Foreign languages can be part of everyday life for young children

Living briefs

Seniors calendar

Gridlock: It's not just Atlanta now

Health calendar

Different brain responses found in homosexual, heterosexual men
WASHINGTON - The brains of homosexual men respond more like those of women when reacting to a chemical derived from the male sex hormone, new evidence of physical differences related to sexual orientation.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Family briefs
An initiative by Scholastic and Woman's Day magazine urges parents and young readers to consider books as another warm-weather essential, just like bathing suits, pails and shovels, and baseballs.

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.

Low-fat dairy may lower risk of diabetes in men
CHICAGO - Eating low-fat dairy products may help slightly lower the risk of developing diabetes, a new study of more than 40,000 middle-aged men suggests.

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.

We want to make dreams come true
The Augusta Chronicle wants to know your dream.

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."

Yearbooks reveal personality, life's direction
High school yearbooks usually sit on bookshelves or are tucked away in boxes, but past the dusty exteriors are pages and pictures that reveal their owners' high school glories.

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?

Gridlock: It's not just Atlanta now
WASHINGTON - Sitting in traffic, an annoying part of life in many big cities, is becoming a major headache in places not usually lumped in with New York, Washington and Los Angeles.

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

Foreign languages can be part of everyday life for young children
NEW YORK - The world has gone global, and it might benefit children to speak that language.

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.

Low-fat dairy may lower risk of diabetes in men
CHICAGO - Eating low-fat dairy products may help slightly lower the risk of developing diabetes, a new study of more than 40,000 middle-aged men suggests.

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.

Foreign languages can be part of everyday life for young children
NEW YORK - The world has gone global, and it might benefit children to speak that language.

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?

Different brain responses found in homosexual, heterosexual men
WASHINGTON - The brains of homosexual men respond more like those of women when reacting to a chemical derived from the male sex hormone, new evidence of physical differences related to sexual orientation.

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."

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Yearbooks reveal personality, life's direction
High school yearbooks usually sit on bookshelves or are tucked away in boxes, but past the dusty exteriors are pages and pictures that reveal their owners' high school glories.

Living briefs
It's down to the wire for those globe-trotting contestants of The Amazing Race. The Emmy-winning reality series concludes its latest season tonight as it narrows its final three duos down to the ultimate big-money winners. The show airs at 9 on CBS (WRDW, Channel 12).

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Demand for organic foods creates opportunity
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. - Dairy cows munch lazily on a grassy hilltop overlooking Traders Point Creamery as 23-year-old Marc Murnane strides into the organic creamery's store in search of chocolate milk - lots of it.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

We want to make dreams come true
The Augusta Chronicle wants to know your dream.

Living briefs
It's down to the wire for those globe-trotting contestants of The Amazing Race. The Emmy-winning reality series concludes its latest season tonight as it narrows its final three duos down to the ultimate big-money winners. The show airs at 9 on CBS (WRDW, Channel 12).

Family briefs
An initiative by Scholastic and Woman's Day magazine urges parents and young readers to consider books as another warm-weather essential, just like bathing suits, pails and shovels, and baseballs.

Gridlock: It's not just Atlanta now
WASHINGTON - Sitting in traffic, an annoying part of life in many big cities, is becoming a major headache in places not usually lumped in with New York, Washington and Los Angeles.

Demand for organic foods creates opportunity
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. - Dairy cows munch lazily on a grassy hilltop overlooking Traders Point Creamery as 23-year-old Marc Murnane strides into the organic creamery's store in search of chocolate milk - lots of it.

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

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Sender of child porn agrees to guilty plea
A Harlem man indicted on more than 150 counts of felony sexual exploitation of children pleaded guilty to 15 counts in a Columbia County courtroom Monday.

Educators urge changes as PACT testing begins

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.

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

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.

State will stop collecting drivers' fingerprints in a year

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.

Winning brings in more money for Ga. Republicans
ATLANTA - Since Gov. Sonny Perdue was elected to office in 2002, fellow Republican candidates in Georgia have seen an increase in campaign contributions.

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.

News you can use
Edgefield County School Board of Trustees (board of education trustees): 6:30 p.m., School District Conference Room, 3 Par Drive, Edgefield (executive session held before)

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

Pretrial intervention often an option in domestic violence cases

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

2 arrested in hit-and-run; 1 is still sought

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.

Eclectic Five Points shop still fills a niche
COLUMBIA, S.C. - With 50,000 choices, no wonder Graham Drummond was feeling a little overwhelmed.

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

The week ahead

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.

Anti-tobacco group aims at minorities
It was no accident that tobacco-control training Monday was done at Tabernacle Baptist Church.

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.

Budget plan won't raise Aiken property tax
AIKEN - For the first time in six years, Aiken taxpayers won't have to shoulder fee increases for trash, recreation and other services.

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

Winning brings in more money for Ga. Republicans
ATLANTA - Since Gov. Sonny Perdue was elected to office in 2002, fellow Republican candidates in Georgia have seen an increase in campaign contributions.

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.

Program seeks to attract black men to college

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

Soldier who refused Iraq deployment faces court-martial

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.

Charleston Judicial Center still not finished

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.

DMVS changes focus on service

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.

Augusta sports arena plan passes

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.

Clyburn tops S.C. delegation in privately funded trips

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.

Wilson gives his support to Jasper port

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.

Eclectic Five Points shop still fills a niche
COLUMBIA, S.C. - With 50,000 choices, no wonder Graham Drummond was feeling a little overwhelmed.

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.

Study calls for more ticketing
Augusta doesn't have a parking problem, it has a people problem.

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.

2 arrested in hit-and-run; 1 is still sought
Two Augusta men were arrested Sunday in connection with a hit-and-run accident last week in south Augusta that seriously injured an 11-year-old boy, police said.

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.

Atlanta murder cases are reopened after 20 years
ATLANTA - Some relatives of victims of the wave of child slayings that terrorized the Atlanta area more than 20 years ago believe the wrong man was blamed for the bulk of the killings and they hope a new police investigation will uncover the real killer.

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.

Kid of the Day
Logan Celeste Mayson of North Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

Budget plan won't raise Aiken property tax

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

News you can use

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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

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.

Hundreds attend funeral for former Marietta mayor

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.

Across South Carolina

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

Escape attempt followed record

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

Across the area

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Revelation of mixed-race daughter prompts new Thurmond book

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

Study calls for more ticketing

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.

Atlanta murder cases are reopened after 20 years

Across the area
A 37-year-old Millen, Ga., man was killed early Monday morning as he knelt in front of a moving train in south Augusta, according to officials.

Perdue signs college donor secrecy bill

Courts may begin case assignment
District Attorney Danny Craig told potential jurors in February that a new day was coming. It may have arrived in the mail Monday.

Perdue signs college donor secrecy bill
COLUMBIA, S.C. - As people live longer and need more assistance in later life, church-supported retirement homes are finding themselves in a financial pinch.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Aiken County
The National Weather Service doppler radar indicates aline of severe thunderstorms capable of producing nickel-size hail.

Grave excavations offer a little insight

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for area counties
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm warning for Columbia County, Georgia until 4:40 p.m.

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

Students fight for cell phones
Some Richmond County pupils are reacting violently to attempts by school officials to confiscate their cell phones for a year, a policy recently implemented in reaction to a rash of phoned-in bomb threats.

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

2 arrested in hit-and-run; 1 is still sought
Two Augusta men were arrested Sunday in connection with a hit-and-run accident last week in south Augusta that seriously injured an 11-year-old boy, police said.

Kid of the Day

Sender of child porn agrees to guilty plea
A Harlem man indicted on more than 150 counts of felony sexual exploitation of children pleaded guilty to 15 counts in a Columbia County courtroom Monday.

State will stop collecting drivers' fingerprints in a year
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue signed legislation Monday that sets the stage for the state to quit collecting fingerprints from drivers license applicants in about a year and to destroy the records it has amassed since the practice began in 1996.

Budget plan won't raise Aiken property tax
AIKEN - For the first time in six years, Aiken taxpayers won't have to shoulder fee increases for trash, recreation and other services.

Perdue signs college donor secrecy bill
COLUMBIA, S.C. - As people live longer and need more assistance in later life, church-supported retirement homes are finding themselves in a financial pinch.

Across the area
A 37-year-old Millen, Ga., man was killed early Monday morning as he knelt in front of a moving train in south Augusta, according to officials.

Students fight for cell phones
Some Richmond County pupils are reacting violently to attempts by school officials to confiscate their cell phones for a year, a policy recently implemented in reaction to a rash of phoned-in bomb threats.

Courts may begin case assignment
District Attorney Danny Craig told potential jurors in February that a new day was coming. It may have arrived in the mail Monday.

Cookbook writer, U.S. senator's ex-wife dies
ATLANTA - Betty Shingler Talmadge, ex-wife of late U.S. Sen. Herman E. Talmadge, died Saturday after a long illness. She was 81.

Gas-line rupture reroutes traffic

Robot dog nose knows where the ball goes
ATLANTA - It looked like a scene from a sci-fi flick. Hugging the sideline, the dog droid waddled down the field and hit a ball with its nose. The ball bounced off the goal post.

State will stop collecting drivers' fingerprints in a year
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue signed legislation Monday that sets the stage for the state to quit collecting fingerprints from drivers license applicants in about a year and to destroy the records it has amassed since the practice began in 1996.

Judge says race affects rally rules
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A federal judge, ruling race motivated how Myrtle Beach handles traffic during a black biker rally, ordered the city Monday to use the same traffic controls for black and white biker rallies later this month.

Winning brings in more money for Ga. Republicans

In the know
Ron and Natalie Daise, of the Nickelodeon Gullah Gullah Island TV show, will offer a presentation on the customs, beliefs, folkways, language and heritage of the coastal Gullah people as part of Family Day on Sunday at the Morris Museum of Art.

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court has overturned a murder conviction for a Bulloch County woman accused of shooting and running over her husband seven years ago and has granted her a new trial.

Sender of child porn agrees to guilty plea

Governor signs ban on smoking
ATLANTA - While voicing concern about its impact on personal liberty, Gov. Sonny Perdue on Monday signed legislation that will outlaw smoking in most public places around the state, effective July 1.

Robot dog nose knows where the ball goes

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Governor signs ban on smoking

Augusta sports arena plan passes
It took less than a minute Monday for a majority of Augusta commissioners to approve a local company's latest proposal for operating an entertainment and sports arena at the Regency Mall site.

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.

Gas-line rupture reroutes traffic
Law enforcement officers are rerouting traffic this afternoon through downtown Augusta after a construction crew ruptured a gas line at 13th and Reynolds streets.

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.

Study calls for more ticketing
Augusta doesn't have a parking problem, it has a people problem.

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

Anti-tobacco group aims at minorities
It was no accident that tobacco-control training Monday was done at Tabernacle Baptist Church.

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.

Robot dog nose knows where the ball goes
ATLANTA - It looked like a scene from a sci-fi flick. Hugging the sideline, the dog droid waddled down the field and hit a ball with its nose. The ball bounced off the goal post.

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.

Atlanta murder cases are reopened after 20 years
ATLANTA - Some relatives of victims of the wave of child slayings that terrorized the Atlanta area more than 20 years ago believe the wrong man was blamed for the bulk of the killings and they hope a new police investigation will uncover the real killer.

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.

News you can use
Edgefield County School Board of Trustees (board of education trustees): 6:30 p.m., School District Conference Room, 3 Par Drive, Edgefield (executive session held before)

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court has overturned a murder conviction for a Bulloch County woman accused of shooting and running over her husband seven years ago and has granted her a new trial.

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.

Governor signs ban on smoking
ATLANTA - While voicing concern about its impact on personal liberty, Gov. Sonny Perdue on Monday signed legislation that will outlaw smoking in most public places around the state, effective July 1.

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.

Augusta sports arena plan passes
It took less than a minute Monday for a majority of Augusta commissioners to approve a local company's latest proposal for operating an entertainment and sports arena at the Regency Mall site.

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.

Kid of the Day
Logan Celeste Mayson of North Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

Eclectic Five Points shop still fills a niche

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.

Courts may begin case assignment

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.

Anti-tobacco group aims at minorities

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.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for area counties

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

Students fight for cell phones

Across the southeast

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Aiken County

Treasure hunting

Across the area

Book details hidden history of Aiken County's founders

Kid of the Day

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 South Carolina
MOUNT PLEASANT - Gov. Mark Sanford on Monday signed into law a bill giving movie and television production companies more incentives for bringing casts and crews to South Carolina, according to a release from the governor's office.

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.

New home-video releases
Selected home-video releases:

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.

'The Graduate' is 38 - and still looking good
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Mike Nichols says he was "just trying to make a nice little movie" when he directed Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft in 1967's "The Graduate."

New home-video releases
Selected home-video releases:

'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.

New home-video releases

'Kingdom of Heaven' reaches top of box office

'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.

Porcupine Tree's push forward, hears past
NEW YORK - The first time you hear the rock group Porcupine Tree, expect to be struck by its sonic richness, its sprawling eclecticism.

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
NEW YORK - If you're a child of the '80s, chances are Erasure provided the synthesized soundtrack to your angst-ridden adolescence.

Brendon Benson finally finds fame

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected audio reviews:

Q&A with British pop duo Erasure

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected audio reviews:

Porcupine Tree's push forward, hears past

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

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Porcupine Tree's push forward, hears past
NEW YORK - The first time you hear the rock group Porcupine Tree, expect to be struck by its sonic richness, its sprawling eclecticism.

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

Biffle's stock on the rise

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.

Busch's team wins Pit Crew Championship
MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Kurt Busch's team won the National Pit Crew Championship, defeating Jeremy Mayfield's crew in the final round with a mistake-free stop Monday night.

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.

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

Heat take Game 1 from Wizards

Suns trounce Mavericks
PHOENIX - The Phoenix Suns are just too fast to gather any rust.

Pistons get easy victory over Pacers
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Detroit and Indiana were able to just play basketball for the first time this season at The Palace.

Pistons get easy victory over Pacers
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Detroit and Indiana were able to just play basketball for the first time this season at The Palace.

Suns trounce Mavericks

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.

Suns trounce Mavericks
PHOENIX - The Phoenix Suns are just too fast to gather any rust.

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.

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.

Pistons get easy victory over Pacers

Vikings expected to be sold by June

Mr. William Veler Boothe    (EVAN, Ga.)

Mr. Miguel Nunez Torres    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Joyce McGill Campbell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robert Lee Bell    (SYRACUSE, N.Y.)

Mr. Judson L. Luke    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Harold Verna Taylor    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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SFC (Ret.) Leon N. Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Gloria Mae Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Lee Bell    (SYRACUSE, N.Y.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Wilkins    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Lee LaBrack    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Judson L. Luke    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Earl B. Finch    (UNION POINT, Ga.)

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

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Mrs. Laura Mack (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Ms. Carolyn Gamble (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Kathryn Mullins (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Roger J. Allen, Sr. (LEE, MAINE)

Mr. John Willie Jones, Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Miguel Nunez Torres (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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

Mr. Henry Lawrence Hudson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Jessie Brown (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William Veler Boothe (EVAN, Ga.)

Mrs. Sue Bailey Parker (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Austin Riley (AIKEN, S.C.)

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One Derby superfecta winner gets lucky twice

Overtime

Roddick upset; Federer wins at Hamburg

Nadal takes Rome Masters title

Rivals await Giacomo in second leg of Triple Crown

Giacomo's Derby upset baffles almost everyone

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.

Roddick upset; Federer wins at Hamburg
HAMBURG, Germany - Top-ranked Roger Federer won his first match after a three-week injury layoff while Andy Roddick lost in the opening round of the Hamburg Masters and Rafael Nadal withdrew because of a cut hand.

One Derby superfecta winner gets lucky twice
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Chris Hertzog figured all was lost as he sifted through the trash at Turf Paradise, frantically searching for his winning Kentucky Derby superfecta ticket.

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.

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.

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?

Roddick upset; Federer wins at Hamburg
HAMBURG, Germany - Top-ranked Roger Federer won his first match after a three-week injury layoff while Andy Roddick lost in the opening round of the Hamburg Masters and Rafael Nadal withdrew because of a cut hand.

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.

Greenbrier's Fransoso goes for Tigers ahead of schedule
Stephanie Fransoso sat in on a math class during a visit to Auburn a few weeks back.

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.

One Derby superfecta winner gets lucky twice
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Chris Hertzog figured all was lost as he sifted through the trash at Turf Paradise, frantically searching for his winning Kentucky Derby superfecta ticket.

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.

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?

Vikings expected to be sold by June
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs said Monday he's confident his team will soon be sold to the investor group now headed by New Jersey real estate developer Zygmunt Wilf.

Vikings expected to be sold by June
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs said Monday he's confident his team will soon be sold to the investor group now headed by New Jersey real estate developer Zygmunt Wilf.

S.C. Baptist ministries struggle to run retiree homes
COLUMBIA, S.C. - As people live longer and need more assistance in later life, church-supported retirement homes are finding themselves in a financial pinch.

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 John Paul II's baseball card creating biggest buzz
The sports trading card generating the most buzz among collectors right now doesn't feature a baseball, basketball or football player. This captivating athlete was a soccer goalie who also liked skiing, swimming, hiking and kayaking.

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.

S.C. Baptist ministries struggle to run retiree homes
COLUMBIA, S.C. - As people live longer and need more assistance in later life, church-supported retirement homes are finding themselves in a financial pinch.

Court convicts Vatican cardinal in environmental case
ROME - A Rome court convicted a Vatican cardinal and a top Vatican Radio official Monday of polluting the environment with electromagnetic waves from a transmission tower, an official from Vatican Radio said.

Surveys make the case for public school Bible classes
Can you identify the following?

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.

Court convicts Vatican cardinal in environmental case
ROME - A Rome court convicted a Vatican cardinal and a top Vatican Radio official Monday of polluting the environment with electromagnetic waves from a transmission tower, an official from Vatican Radio said.

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 John Paul II's baseball card creating biggest buzz
The sports trading card generating the most buzz among collectors right now doesn't feature a baseball, basketball or football player. This captivating athlete was a soccer goalie who also liked skiing, swimming, hiking and kayaking.

Surveys make the case for public school Bible classes
Can you identify the following?

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.

Robin Roberts joins anchors on 'GMA'
NEW YORK - ABC elevated Robin Roberts to anchor status with Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America," a recognition of her increased role on the news program.

Robin Roberts joins anchors on 'GMA'
NEW YORK - ABC elevated Robin Roberts to anchor status with Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America," a recognition of her increased role on the news program.

Report: Chappelle's partying, pressure delay show
NEW YORK - Dave Chappelle is under pressure, according to a Newsweek report.

Rock band's swear word gets out on 'SNL' broadcast

Rock band's swear word gets out on 'SNL' broadcast
NEW YORK - NBC censors caught the five planned expletives in rock band System of a Down's "Saturday Night Live" performance - but a sixth, unscripted swear word slipped through.

Forensic classes give budding CSIs a reality check

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.

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.

Robin Roberts joins anchors on 'GMA'

Rock band's swear word gets out on 'SNL' broadcast
NEW YORK - NBC censors caught the five planned expletives in rock band System of a Down's "Saturday Night Live" performance - but a sixth, unscripted swear word slipped through.

People in the News

Zellweger and singer Kenny Chesney marry

Jackson defense to portray him as victim

People in the News

Paula Abdul pokes fun at ' Idol' scandal

The top five list

Ex-boyfriend of McCready charged with attempted murder

Sunshine Band singer recovering after fall

JFK nephew weds fiancee in Los Angeles

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

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.

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
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

Yearbooks are not a given any more
Cover to cover, a high school yearbook contains a school term's worth of events that become the memories of a lifetime.

Question of the week
Q: What's the best graduation gift?

Xtreme calendar
RENT OR BUY: Pirates, kidnapping and bankruptcy are some of the problems that plague Bill Murray's character in the comedy The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, at left. Also out on DVD and VHS are: In Good Company starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman who finds herself courted by the guy (Topher Grace) who has taken her father's (Dennis Quaid) job; and Racing Stripes, the family movie about a zebra who thinks he has what it takes to be a race horse.

Yearbooks are not a given any more

My Ride

Xtreme calendar
RENT OR BUY: Pirates, kidnapping and bankruptcy are some of the problems that plague Bill Murray's character in the comedy The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, at left. Also out on DVD and VHS are: In Good Company starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman who finds herself courted by the guy (Topher Grace) who has taken her father's (Dennis Quaid) job; and Racing Stripes, the family movie about a zebra who thinks he has what it takes to be a race horse.

Xtreme calendar

Picture Perfect
Xtreme is looking for pics from your prom.

Picture Perfect
Xtreme is looking for pics from your prom.

My Ride
THE DRIVER: Garrett Lynn, 18, a senior at Strom Thurmond High School

My Ride
THE DRIVER: Garrett Lynn, 18, a senior at Strom Thurmond High School

Question of the week
Q: What's the best graduation gift?

Picture Perfect

Yearbooks are not a given any more
Cover to cover, a high school yearbook contains a school term's worth of events that become the memories of a lifetime.

Nothing beats finding expert for opening up

Baseball is too important to let drug users ruin it
The aromas of fresh-cut grass and grilled hot dogs waft through the air. Some in the crowd wear jerseys and waves foam fingers. Little boys in the stands carry gloves, hoping to catch a home run.

Question of the week

Nothing beats finding expert for opening up
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My mother and I have had a talk about my sexuality. I prefer girls over boys, because I have been through a lot of stuff with boys. She doesn't like that, but she doesn't want to talk anymore about it. What should I do?

Nothing beats finding expert for opening up
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My mother and I have had a talk about my sexuality. I prefer girls over boys, because I have been through a lot of stuff with boys. She doesn't like that, but she doesn't want to talk anymore about it. What should I do?

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

Odds and Ends

Man carves runaway bride on toast

Couple ticketed for allegedly allowing chicken to jaywalk

Car wash employees restore Virgin Mary image on Chicago underpass

Stray dog saves abandoned baby

Prison officials trade pizzas for hostages

Pope says media can spread peace or foment violence

Pope John Paul II's baseball card creating biggest buzz

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

Surveys make the case for public school Bible classes

S.C. Baptist ministries struggle to run retiree homes

Parishes in Oregon battle to keep assets held by bankrupt archdiocese

Court convicts Vatican cardinal in environmental case

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