'Spamalot' gets leading 14 Tony nominations
NEW YORK - "Monty Python's Spamalot," a madcap medieval musical loosely based on the zany British troupe's film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," led the field with 14 Tony nominations Tuesday, including best musical and bids for its King Arthur, Tim Curry, and Lancelot, Hank Azaria.

'Madama Butterfly' takes different tack at Imperial
It's tough to build a better Butterfly. On Friday, the Augusta Opera opens its production of Giacomo Puccini's classic tale of love forlorn, Madama Butterfly.

'Madama Butterfly' takes different tack at Imperial
It's tough to build a better Butterfly. On Friday, the Augusta Opera opens its production of Giacomo Puccini's classic tale of love forlorn, Madama Butterfly.

Tony nominees meet the press, say they're honored

Tony nominees meet the press, say they're honored
NEW YORK - Alan Alda was no where in sight. Kathleen Turner ducked out before she could be interviewed.

'Spamalot' gets leading 14 Tony nominations

'Spamalot' gets leading 14 Tony nominations
NEW YORK - "Monty Python's Spamalot," a madcap medieval musical loosely based on the zany British troupe's film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," led the field with 14 Tony nominations Tuesday, including best musical and bids for its King Arthur, Tim Curry, and Lancelot, Hank Azaria.

Tony nominees meet the press, say they're honored
NEW YORK - Alan Alda was no where in sight. Kathleen Turner ducked out before she could be interviewed.

'Madama Butterfly' takes different tack at Imperial

USC Aiken's playoff hopes aren't so bright
It was too good to be true. USC Aiken's baseball team sat pretty in the region standings two weeks back. A Division II playoff berth seemed inevitable.

Yogi celebrates 80th birthday
MONTCLAIR, N.J. - It still ain't over for Yogi Berra. The anchor of the New York Yankees dynasty of the 1950s and the man who uttered countless malapropisms, Berra was recently asked what he thought of octogenarians when he was a young man.

USC Aiken's playoff hopes aren't so bright
It was too good to be true. USC Aiken's baseball team sat pretty in the region standings two weeks back. A Division II playoff berth seemed inevitable.

Not just yet, Silver Bluff
PETTICOAT JUNCTION - First, the tears. Second, the wind sprints. Then, the sit-ups. This is not what Silver Bluff's softball team envisioned when it returned home needing one more victory for its third state championship in four years

Yogi celebrates 80th birthday
MONTCLAIR, N.J. - It still ain't over for Yogi Berra. The anchor of the New York Yankees dynasty of the 1950s and the man who uttered countless malapropisms, Berra was recently asked what he thought of octogenarians when he was a young man.

USC Aiken's playoff hopes aren't so bright

Yogi celebrates 80th birthday

Odds and Ends
YAKIMA, Wash. - Talk about timing - terrible timing. Thunderstorms caused flash flooding and water-related problems on - you guessed it - the National Weather Service's Flood and Flash Flood Safety Awareness Day.

Man charged with drunken horse riding
SOMERSET, Ky. - A man has been charged with drunken driving for riding a horse while allegedly intoxicated. Millard Greg Dwyer, 42, was arrested Sunday night after he rode his horse onto a downtown street in front of an off-duty state trooper, Somerset Police Lt. Allan Coomer said.

Odds and Ends
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Professor Eva Grudin was about to lead her students in a discussion of whether an abstract painting was meant to invoke a certain part of the male anatomy when her class was interrupted by the real thing.

Brazilian town declares orgasm day
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Sex rarely makes the news in Brazil's conservative Northeast - until a small town declared an official Orgasm Day on Monday.

London auction house to sell chimp artwork
LONDON - Congo the chimpanzee led a brief artistic career and enjoyed little critical success, despite the patronage of his contemporary and fellow abstract painter, Pablo Picasso.

Nevada brothels want to pay tax
MOUND HOUSE, Nev. - Nevada's legal brothels are feeling like the wife who slips into her sexiest negligee and still can't get her husband to put the newspaper down.

Cat survives fire, house explosion
BRAZIL, Ind. - A cat survived a fire and explosion that destroyed its owners' home and injured a half-dozen firefighters. Two off-duty firefighters found the cat while checking the remnants of Ken Michael's house on behalf of his insurance company.

London auction house to sell chimp artwork
LONDON - Congo the chimpanzee led a brief artistic career and enjoyed little critical success, despite the patronage of his contemporary and fellow abstract painter, Pablo Picasso.

Woman unwittingly gives fugitive ride around town
STUART, Fla. - A Florida woman unwittingly drove a fugitive who escaped from a state prison work crew around town for three hours before safely making her way back home, officials said.

Jesus Christ in legal battle for driver's license
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Even Jesus Christ can't circumvent the rules for getting a driver's license in West Virginia.

Cat survives fire, house explosion
BRAZIL, Ind. - A cat survived a fire and explosion that destroyed its owners' home and injured a half-dozen firefighters. Two off-duty firefighters found the cat while checking the remnants of Ken Michael's house on behalf of his insurance company.

Brazilian town declares orgasm day
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Sex rarely makes the news in Brazil's conservative Northeast - until a small town declared an official Orgasm Day on Monday.

Woman unwittingly gives fugitive ride around town
STUART, Fla. - A Florida woman unwittingly drove a fugitive who escaped from a state prison work crew around town for three hours before safely making her way back home, officials said.

Nevada brothels want to pay tax
MOUND HOUSE, Nev. - Nevada's legal brothels are feeling like the wife who slips into her sexiest negligee and still can't get her husband to put the newspaper down.

Odds and Ends
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Professor Eva Grudin was about to lead her students in a discussion of whether an abstract painting was meant to invoke a certain part of the male anatomy when her class was interrupted by the real thing.

Jesus Christ in legal battle for driver's license
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Even Jesus Christ can't circumvent the rules for getting a driver's license in West Virginia.

Atlanta calls up pen help
DENVER - The Braves' newly called-up reliever, left-hander Frank Brooks, said he's glad to be up with the big-league club.

Braves come out swinging
DENVER - For all the talk of altitude and balls flying around Coors Field faster than pitchers' heads can turn, Atlanta's relievers don't seem to fazed by the park's growing legend.

Rockies rally for victory over Braves
DENVER - There had to have been some sort of catch. This was far too easy.

Smoltz to take mound today
DENVER - After four days of what he called mental Pingpong, John Smoltz ultimately decided early Tuesday evening that he would make his scheduled start this afternoon at Coors Field.

Rockies rally for victory over Braves
DENVER - There had to have been some sort of catch. This was far too easy.

Smoltz to take mound today
DENVER - After four days of what he called mental Pingpong, John Smoltz ultimately decided early Tuesday evening that he would make his scheduled start this afternoon at Coors Field.

Atlanta calls up pen help
DENVER - The Braves' newly called-up reliever, left-hander Frank Brooks, said he's glad to be up with the big-league club.

Braves come out swinging
DENVER - For all the talk of altitude and balls flying around Coors Field faster than pitchers' heads can turn, Atlanta's relievers don't seem to fazed by the park's growing legend.

Atlanta calls up pen help

Smoltz to take mound today

Braves come out swinging

Rockies rally for victory over Braves

United Airlines faces more labor challenges
CHICAGO - United Airlines gained a significant financial victory with court approval to dump its four pension plans but faces a tough challenge to win back the support of angry employees.

United Airlines faces more labor challenges
CHICAGO - United Airlines gained a significant financial victory with court approval to dump its four pension plans but faces a tough challenge to win back the support of angry employees.

Eastman Kodak CEO plans to step down
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Eastman Kodak Co., rushing to bolster its digital businesses as film-based photography fades, said Wednesday it will replace its chief executive, Daniel Carp, with its No. 2 executive, Antonio Perez. Kodak shares jumped more than 4 percent..

Termination of United Airlines pensions approved
CHICAGO - A federal bankruptcy judge approved United Airlines' plan to terminate its employees' pension plans on Tuesday, clearing the way for the largest corporate-pension default in American history.

Demise of pension plans has accelerated
NEW YORK - On the morning after United Airlines won the right to walk away from his pension, Jerry Jedynak woke up groggy and depressed.

Yahoo introduces online music subscription service
SAN FRANCISCO - Internet powerhouse Yahoo Inc. is introducing an online music subscription service that will enable consumers to download thousands of songs onto their portable MP3 players for $60 annually, undercutting the prices of the current industry leaders by more than 60 percent.

Business briefs
Sandwich City , the popular lunchtime eatery at 944 Ellis St., is scheduled to reopen within the next two weeks, owner Jack Connell said.

Former Woolworth's building awaits redevelopment
An abandoned department store building in the heart of Augusta's business district might soon come back to life.

Commission hears income tax options
WASHINGTON - A presidential commission looking into how to make income taxes fairer and simpler heard pitches Wednesday from experts with ideas about revamping or replacing the current system.

Delta warns of substantial losses for rest of year
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. shares plunged Tuesday after the nation's third-largest carrier warned it will record a substantial loss for the rest of the year and will need to file for bankruptcy if its cash reserves fall too low or lenders seek immediate payment of its debts.

Commission hears income tax options
WASHINGTON - A presidential commission looking into how to make income taxes fairer and simpler heard pitches Wednesday from experts with ideas about revamping or replacing the current system.

Yahoo music service already hurting rivals
SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc.'s steeply discounted foray into online music subscriptions struck a sour note Wednesday with the shareholders of Napster Inc. and RealNetworks Inc. - the owners of the rival services that stand to lose the most from the new competitive threat.

Yahoo music service already hurting rivals
SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc.'s steeply discounted foray into online music subscriptions struck a sour note Wednesday with the shareholders of Napster Inc. and RealNetworks Inc. - the owners of the rival services that stand to lose the most from the new competitive threat.

AOL jumps into free e-mail business
NEW YORK - Its subscription business in decline, America Online Inc. is launching yet another product on the open Web: a free, ad-supported e-mail service tied to its instant-messaging platform.

AOL jumps into free e-mail business
NEW YORK - Its subscription business in decline, America Online Inc. is launching yet another product on the open Web: a free, ad-supported e-mail service tied to its instant-messaging platform.

Demand for leis hits seasonal high in Hawaii
HONOLULU - The three women at Lita's Leis and Flower Shoppe sit around a small table covered with flowers, rhythmically stringing the vibrant blossoms onto cotton threads.

Scrap yards see demand for heavy metal
Men in beat-up trucks line up at the gates of Don's Metal Recycling Center on Molly Pond Road.

Delta stock continues to fall after warning
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc.'s battered stock fell Wednesday to its lowest level in at least 25 years after the company's warning about further losses and the possibility of bankruptcy.

U.S. trade deficit in March falls
WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit fell sharply in March to the lowest level in six months as U.S. exports climbed to an all-time high and the surge of textile shipments from China slowed.

Former Woolworth's building awaits redevelopment

Demise of pension plans has accelerated
NEW YORK - On the morning after United Airlines won the right to walk away from his pension, Jerry Jedynak woke up groggy and depressed.

Yahoo introduces online music subscription service

Termination of United Airlines pensions approved

Delta warns of substantial losses for rest of year

Eastman Kodak CEO plans to step down
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Eastman Kodak Co., rushing to bolster its digital businesses as film-based photography fades, said Wednesday it will replace its chief executive, Daniel Carp, with its No. 2 executive, Antonio Perez. Kodak shares jumped more than 4 percent..

U.S. trade deficit in March falls

Business briefs
Sandwich City , the popular lunchtime eatery at 944 Ellis St., is scheduled to reopen within the next two weeks, owner Jack Connell said.

Scrap yards see demand for heavy metal

Scrap yards see demand for heavy metal
Men in beat-up trucks line up at the gates of Don's Metal Recycling Center on Molly Pond Road.

Yahoo music service already hurting rivals

Airlines may go Chapter 11 route
WASHINGTON -- Now that United Airlines and US Airways have been granted bankruptcy court approval to terminate their pension obligations, competitive pressure is mounting on other struggling carriers to seek relief.

Business briefs

Yahoo introduces online music subscription service
SAN FRANCISCO - Internet powerhouse Yahoo Inc. is introducing an online music subscription service that will enable consumers to download thousands of songs onto their portable MP3 players for $60 annually, undercutting the prices of the current industry leaders by more than 60 percent.

Airlines may go Chapter 11 route
WASHINGTON -- Now that United Airlines and US Airways have been granted bankruptcy court approval to terminate their pension obligations, competitive pressure is mounting on other struggling carriers to seek relief.

U.S. trade deficit in March falls
WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit fell sharply in March to the lowest level in six months as U.S. exports climbed to an all-time high and the surge of textile shipments from China slowed.

Delta warns of substantial losses for rest of year
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. shares plunged Tuesday after the nation's third-largest carrier warned it will record a substantial loss for the rest of the year and will need to file for bankruptcy if its cash reserves fall too low or lenders seek immediate payment of its debts.

State Farm cuts auto insurance rates
CHARLESTON, S.C. - State Farm has cut auto insurance rates for its best drivers for the second time in six months.

Former Woolworth's building awaits redevelopment
An abandoned department store building in the heart of Augusta's business district might soon come back to life.

AOL jumps into free e-mail business

Campaign to focus on Augusta's golf image
If it's poker chips for Las Vegas, it's golf balls for Augusta. Citing the impossibility of separating the Garden City from its popular pastime, the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau rolled out a new branding campaign Tuesday that melds golf with everything else that might attract tourists to Augusta.

United Airlines faces more labor challenges

UPS to build five new freight hubs, add 200 jobs
ATLANTA - UPS Inc. is spending $24 million to build and equip five regional freight hubs at airports around the country in an expansion project that will initially create more than 200 new jobs.

Airlines may go Chapter 11 route

Termination of United Airlines pensions approved
CHICAGO - A federal bankruptcy judge approved United Airlines' plan to terminate its employees' pension plans on Tuesday, clearing the way for the largest corporate-pension default in American history.

Demise of pension plans has accelerated

Commission hears income tax options

Eastman Kodak CEO plans to step down

Harvey's grand slam gives Clemson easy victory

Harvey's grand slam gives Clemson easy victory
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Kris Harvey hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to lead Clemson to a 6-2 win over Virginia Tech on Tuesday night.

Harvey's grand slam gives Clemson easy victory
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Kris Harvey hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to lead Clemson to a 6-2 win over Virginia Tech on Tuesday night.

Hall will not hurry to replace director

One great tee shot
The irony is, you'd probably hear more about the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau if you lived outside the area. Its mission, after all, is to reach out and bring people here.

Clearing away the rubble
Many of us might have thought that freedom came to Eastern Europe with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

One great tee shot
The irony is, you'd probably hear more about the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau if you lived outside the area. Its mission, after all, is to reach out and bring people here.

Huge change for Augusta
It sounds boring. It's hard to understand. But next to the future of Fort Gordon and the upcoming capital improvement elections, it might be one of the most important things to happen in Augusta in 2005.

One great tee shot

Huge change for Augusta

Clearing away the rubble

Clearing away the rubble
Many of us might have thought that freedom came to Eastern Europe with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

An eater's bill of rights
In less than two months - and for the first time in the state's history - diners will be able to enjoy meals in Georgia restaurants without the fear of unwanted cigarette smoke.

Huge change for Augusta
It sounds boring. It's hard to understand. But next to the future of Fort Gordon and the upcoming capital improvement elections, it might be one of the most important things to happen in Augusta in 2005.

Witness: family of Jackson accuser didn't want to leave
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The property manager at Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch testified that the family now accusing the singer of molestation was never mistreated or held against their will.

Concert calendar
AIKEN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: Friday, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 124 Newberry St., Aiken, Saturday, Newberry Street Festival Site, downtown Aiken.

Animals pull into Augusta for event
More than 100 people will drive down Broad Street on Saturday, but none of their vehicles will be motorized.

Macaulay Culkin testifies he was not molest
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Actor Macaulay Culkin took the stand at Michael Jackson's child molestation trial Wednesday and denied he was molested, saying the accusations against the pop star were "absolutely ridiculous."

People in the News
NEW YORK - Nine Inch Nails and Eminem will perform at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards..

Animals pull into Augusta for event
More than 100 people will drive down Broad Street on Saturday, but none of their vehicles will be motorized.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Nine Inch Nails and Eminem will perform at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards..

Fine arts calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augusta chronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augusta chronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

People in the News
MODESTO, Calif. - Mark Hamill, who starred as Luke Skywalker in the "Star Wars" movies, will be in Modesto Friday for a sneak peek of the last episode of the series.

Robert Blake testifies in deposition for lawsuit
IRVINE, Calif. - Robert Blake sparred during a deposition Monday with an attorney seeking to prove that the actor who was acquitted in March of murdering his wife should pay damages in a civil suit, the attorney said.

Macaulay Culkin testifies he was not molest
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Actor Macaulay Culkin took the stand at Michael Jackson's child molestation trial Wednesday and denied he was molested, saying the accusations against the pop star were "absolutely ridiculous."

Robert Blake testifies in deposition for lawsuit
IRVINE, Calif. - Robert Blake sparred during a deposition Monday with an attorney seeking to prove that the actor who was acquitted in March of murdering his wife should pay damages in a civil suit, the attorney said.

Judge seals testimony of Blake' finances
IRVINE, Calif. - A judge in Robert Blake's wrongful-death lawsuit on Tuesday ordered that statements and records related to the actor's finances be sealed until the case goes to trial.

Singer says he has evidence of alleged affair
NEW YORK - Responding to Paula Abdul's "Saturday Night Live" cameo appearance, Corey Clark's lawyer said the former "American Idol" contestant has "explicit" and "incriminating" evidence into their alleged affair.

Fine arts calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augusta chronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

People in the News
MODESTO, Calif. - Mark Hamill, who starred as Luke Skywalker in the "Star Wars" movies, will be in Modesto Friday for a sneak peek of the last episode of the series.

Here are several angles on "the best" in recipes
Deciding what's "the best" is a tricky challenge, since such definitions are clearly subjective - especially with recipes and food. De gustibus, and all that.

Grubbin': Highlander, Wife Saver open earlier
Check out the Scotch whiskies tonight when Willie Tate, master distiller of Isle of Jura single-malt Scotch, visits D. Timm's Jazz Cafe.

Vegertarian: Linguine with caper and green olive sauce

Toss up fruity spring salad in no time
To point out that this juicy strawberry-cucumber salad is easy to make doesn't mean it lacks lively depth of taste and colorful ingredients that chime together nicely. Not at all: How about those bites of green onion and red radish in the salad, and a vinaigrette sparked with cumin and paprika?

Vegertarian: Linguine with caper and green olive sauce
Pasta is an appealing meal option for vegetarians, since the basic ingredient comes in countless shapes and forms, cooks quickly, and dresses up wonderfully well with vegetables and herbs.

Grubbin': Limelite Cafe
In addition to having 50 beers on tap and 250 available in bottle, the cafe serves shark, mahi-mahi, Alaskan snow crab, clams, mussels, scallops, catfish, Cajun alligator and oysters on the half shell.

Big award uncovers little restaurant in New Orleans

Grubbin': Highlander, Wife Saver open earlier
Check out the Scotch whiskies tonight when Willie Tate, master distiller of Isle of Jura single-malt Scotch, visits D. Timm's Jazz Cafe.

Grubbin': Limelite Cafe
In addition to having 50 beers on tap and 250 available in bottle, the cafe serves shark, mahi-mahi, Alaskan snow crab, clams, mussels, scallops, catfish, Cajun alligator and oysters on the half shell.

Big award uncovers little restaurant in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS - Nearly 50 years after Willie Mae Seaton started dishing up fried chicken, smothered pork chops, and red beans and rice at her little restaurant near a public housing project, she has suddenly become trendy.

Low-fat: Fourteen vegetable stew with pork
This hearty, satisfying vegetable and pork stew boasts an impressive variety of healthy ingredients, a wide range of nutrients, textures and flavors, and a low amount of fat.

Grubbin': Highlander, Wife Saver open earlier

Quick: Sea scallops in sweet chili sauce
A simple marinade and some smartly combined seasonings give sea scallops just the right backup in this recipe from Martin Yan, popular master of Asian cuisine, cookbook author and television food-show host.

Grubbin': Limelite Cafe

Big award uncovers little restaurant in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS - Nearly 50 years after Willie Mae Seaton started dishing up fried chicken, smothered pork chops, and red beans and rice at her little restaurant near a public housing project, she has suddenly become trendy.

Low-fat: Fourteen vegetable stew with pork

Here are several angles on "the best" in recipes

Toss up fruity spring salad in no time

What's for Lunch: San Jose Mexican Grocery and Taqueria
DID YOU KNOW? The restaurant also has an adjacent deli and store that sell soccer shirts, dresses, trinkets and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Quick: Sea scallops in sweet chili sauce

Here are several angles on "the best" in recipes
Deciding what's "the best" is a tricky challenge, since such definitions are clearly subjective - especially with recipes and food. De gustibus, and all that.

Toss up fruity spring salad in no time
To point out that this juicy strawberry-cucumber salad is easy to make doesn't mean it lacks lively depth of taste and colorful ingredients that chime together nicely. Not at all: How about those bites of green onion and red radish in the salad, and a vinaigrette sparked with cumin and paprika?

Low-fat: Fourteen vegetable stew with pork
This hearty, satisfying vegetable and pork stew boasts an impressive variety of healthy ingredients, a wide range of nutrients, textures and flavors, and a low amount of fat.

Quick: Sea scallops in sweet chili sauce
A simple marinade and some smartly combined seasonings give sea scallops just the right backup in this recipe from Martin Yan, popular master of Asian cuisine, cookbook author and television food-show host.

Vegertarian: Linguine with caper and green olive sauce
Pasta is an appealing meal option for vegetarians, since the basic ingredient comes in countless shapes and forms, cooks quickly, and dresses up wonderfully well with vegetables and herbs.

Jackets loses another defensive lineman
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech lost another key player on the defensive line, announcing Wednesday that Travis Parker failed to meet academic requirements.

Klink, GreenJackets in swing
Simon Klink leads his team and is second in the league in strikeouts. After Tuesday night, the Augusta GreenJackets third baseman also leads his team and is in the top 10 in the league in RBI.

Augusta difficult to reel in
The Augusta GreenJackets have been nearly impossible to beat this season when they go into the eighth inning with a lead.

Augusta difficult to reel in
The Augusta GreenJackets have been nearly impossible to beat this season when they go into the eighth inning with a lead.

Harrison pitches Rome out of slide
The Augusta GreenJackets did more damage against Rome Braves starter Matt Harrison than anyone has all season, but it didn't matter.

Klink, GreenJackets in swing
Simon Klink leads his team and is second in the league in strikeouts. After Tuesday night, the Augusta GreenJackets third baseman also leads his team and is in the top 10 in the league in RBI.

Harrison pitches Rome out of slide
The Augusta GreenJackets did more damage against Rome Braves starter Matt Harrison than anyone has all season, but it didn't matter.

Singh doesn't need anyone to tell him he's No. 1

Sorenstam starts over at Chick-fil-A event

Faxon starting to regret not having surgery

Singh doesn't need anyone to tell him he's No. 1
IRVING, Texas - The buzz in golf this year has been the "Big Four," and IMG figured it could not go wrong by inviting Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson to showcase their skills on prime-time television later this summer in the "Battle at the Bridges."

Playoffs plentiful in first half of '05
Sunday evening local news is taking a beating, thanks to the PGA Tour's overtime ways this season.

Singh doesn't need anyone to tell him he's No. 1
IRVING, Texas - The buzz in golf this year has been the "Big Four," and IMG figured it could not go wrong by inviting Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson to showcase their skills on prime-time television later this summer in the "Battle at the Bridges."

Faxon starting to regret not having surgery
IRVING, Texas - Brad Faxon decided not to have surgery after tearing ligaments in his right knee toward the end of 2003. He had only two top 10s last year and wound up 76th on the money list, his lowest position since 1990.

A year worth remembering
IRVING, Texas - The 18 tee boxes on the TPC at Las Colinas each have a sign showing the tournaments Byron Nelson won in 1945 on the PGA Tour, including his record 11 straight victories from the Miami Four-Ball in March through the Canadian Open in August.

A year worth remembering

Sorenstam starts over at Chick-fil-A event
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - Nancy Lopez got a phone call from her husband last weekend, congratulating her for keeping a grip on a major piece of women's golf history - even if she's got to share it.

Playoffs plentiful in first half of '05

Sorenstam starts over at Chick-fil-A event
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - Nancy Lopez got a phone call from her husband last weekend, congratulating her for keeping a grip on a major piece of women's golf history - even if she's got to share it.

A year worth remembering
IRVING, Texas - The 18 tee boxes on the TPC at Las Colinas each have a sign showing the tournaments Byron Nelson won in 1945 on the PGA Tour, including his record 11 straight victories from the Miami Four-Ball in March through the Canadian Open in August.

Faxon starting to regret not having surgery
IRVING, Texas - Brad Faxon decided not to have surgery after tearing ligaments in his right knee toward the end of 2003. He had only two top 10s last year and wound up 76th on the money list, his lowest position since 1990.

Playoffs plentiful in first half of '05
Sunday evening local news is taking a beating, thanks to the PGA Tour's overtime ways this season.

Klink, GreenJackets in swing

Harrison pitches Rome out of slide

Augusta difficult to reel in

Gretzky, Coyotes still in talks
PHOENIX - Wayne Gretzky is still in talks to become coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, but no decision is close, the team said Tuesday.

NHL, union delay trip to continue bargaining
NEW YORK - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and players' association executive director Bob Goodenow will hold labor negotiations today and Thursday instead of going to Austria for the world hockey championships.

NHL, union delay trip to continue bargaining
NEW YORK - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and players' association executive director Bob Goodenow will hold labor negotiations today and Thursday instead of going to Austria for the world hockey championships.

More than salary caps discussed in meeting
NEW YORK - For a change, the NHL and the locked-out players' association talked about more than just salary caps Wednesday.

NHL, union delay trip to continue bargaining

More than salary caps discussed in meeting

More than salary caps discussed in meeting
NEW YORK - For a change, the NHL and the locked-out players' association talked about more than just salary caps Wednesday.

Poll: Gulf coast, Northeast unprepared for hurricane season
MIAMI - Most residents along the East and Gulf coasts don't plan to take even simple steps to protect themselves and their homes from hurricanes, despite the devastation caused by five hurricanes that struck the United States last year, according to a new poll.

Potato dish is great with grilled meat
Grilling season is in full swing, so the question this time of year isn't what's for dinner, it is often what to serve with your favorite grilled steak or chicken breasts.

Potato dish is great with grilled meat
Grilling season is in full swing, so the question this time of year isn't what's for dinner, it is often what to serve with your favorite grilled steak or chicken breasts.

Potato dish is great with grilled meat

Capitol, White House evacuated
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol and White House were evacuated Wednesday. War planes were seen flying overhead and security cars rushed away from the buildings.

Police seek man in connection with death
AIKEN - Police say that an Aiken County man whose body was found Wednesday in a shed near North Augusta was murdered.

Know Catholic truth on Mary's role
Regarding the Rev. J. F. Rodgers' letter ("Pope's scope was misrepresented," May 4), I would like to elaborate on his statement, "Only Catholics believe that Mary is the mother of God. All other Christians, including me, know Mary as the mother of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God." Doug Lockhart, Martinez

Senate must stop filibuster tactics

Article gave the Godfather his due

Senate must stop filibuster tactics
A deadly dance is going on in the U.S. Senate. There is a huge political vortex swirling around the Democrats' unprecedented use of the filibuster to basically veto any Bush judicial nominee they claim is extremist. Extremist, far-right, etc. are code words for someone who actually adheres jurisprudentially to the literal Constitution and not to flaky precedents by judges who ignored the Constitution and precedent to legislate a new morality for our country.Bill Thompson, Augusta

Article gave the Godfather his due
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Steven Uhles for such a beautiful article on James Brown published in The Augusta Chronicle on May 5 ("Hardworking Brown sees much more to do"). Elaine Perry, Augusta

Health-center stories were great
Thank you to Tom Corwin and Sylvia Cooper for their excellent investigative reporting on the wrongdoings at the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia.Philip Horton, M.D., FACP, Augusta

Health-center stories were great

Dems are worst travel offenders
As much as the elitist liberal media establishment - a.k.a. the voice of the Democratic National Committee - chooses to lambast U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay about the amount of traveling he does, take note of this: The House's and Senate's top-10 travelers are, for the fifth consecutive year, Democrats. At the top of the list are Maxine Waters and John Breaux.Lee Benedict, Augusta

Dems are worst travel offenders

Senate must stop filibuster tactics
A deadly dance is going on in the U.S. Senate. There is a huge political vortex swirling around the Democrats' unprecedented use of the filibuster to basically veto any Bush judicial nominee they claim is extremist. Extremist, far-right, etc. are code words for someone who actually adheres jurisprudentially to the literal Constitution and not to flaky precedents by judges who ignored the Constitution and precedent to legislate a new morality for our country. Bill Thompson, Augusta

Dems are worst travel offenders
As much as the elitist liberal media establishment - a.k.a. the voice of the Democratic National Committee - chooses to lambast U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay about the amount of traveling he does, take note of this: The House's and Senate's top-10 travelers are, for the fifth consecutive year, Democrats. At the top of the list are Maxine Waters and John Breaux. Lee Benedict, Augusta

Health-center stories were great
Thank you to Tom Corwin and Sylvia Cooper for their excellent investigative reporting on the wrongdoings at the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia. Philip Horton, M.D., FACP, Augusta

Article gave the Godfather his due
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Steven Uhles for such a beautiful article on James Brown published in The Augusta Chronicle on May 5 ("Hardworking Brown sees much more to do").Elaine Perry, Augusta

Approving bond issue is a bad idea
The Augusta Commission and the present administrator's recommendations are not in the best interest for Richmond County property owners. Harry Sellers, Hephzibah

Teacher drives great production
Recently, I attended the Harlem High School spring production Anything Goes. From the moment I stepped into Harlem's theater, with its unique character and charm, I knew I was in for a wonderful night. Nancy Sladky, Augusta

Force is strong with new 'Star Wars' game

Weight Watchers tops in diet rating

Photos detail King Tut's face

Living briefs

Star Wars video games through the ages

Success reported in West Nile vaccine

College recruitment efforts target new immigrants

Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old shoe

Microsoft unveils new Windows Mobile

College recruitment efforts target new immigrants
LINCOLN, Neb. - Jesus Gaytan is one of only a few dozen Hispanic students on the Doane College campus, and he wants that to change. So do college administrators.

Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old shoe
LONDON - Now this is an old shoe. Archaeologists said Tuesday they found a 2,000-year-old shoe hidden in a hollow tree used to construct an ancient well near Wellington in southwest England.

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

Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old shoe
LONDON - Now this is an old shoe. Archaeologists said Tuesday they found a 2,000-year-old shoe hidden in a hollow tree used to construct an ancient well near Wellington in southwest England.

Weight Watchers tops in diet rating
Meetings and shakes trump counting carbs when it comes to long-term weight loss, according to a recent analysis of diets by Consumer Reports magazine.

Weight Watchers tops in diet rating
Meetings and shakes trump counting carbs when it comes to long-term weight loss, according to a recent analysis of diets by Consumer Reports magazine.

Photos detail King Tut's face
CAIRO, Egypt - The first CT scan facial reconstructions of King Tutankhamun's mummy have produced images strikingly similar to the boy pharaoh's ancient portraits, with one model showing a baby-faced young man with chubby cheeks and a round chin.

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

Microsoft unveils new Windows Mobile
NEW YORK - Microsoft Corp. unveiled Tuesday a new version of its Windows operating system for mobile devices that unifies the platform for cell phones and Pocket PC handheld computers while adding such features as PowerPoint viewing and internal hard drive support.

Star Wars video games through the ages
There are probably enough "Star Wars" video games to fill a space cruiser. And let's face it: Many of them probably should have been destroyed along with those pesky Death Stars.

Success reported in West Nile vaccine
BOSTON - Early tests of a vaccine for West Nile virus are promising, a Cambridge biotech company said Wednesday.

Force is strong with new 'Star Wars' game
For those of us who spent most of our childhood - and some of our adulthood - daydreaming about what it would be like to be a Jedi Knight or a Sith Lord, the new "Star Wars" game is the answer to our prayers.

Success reported in West Nile vaccine
BOSTON - Early tests of a vaccine for West Nile virus are promising, a Cambridge biotech company said Wednesday.

Star Wars video games through the ages
There are probably enough "Star Wars" video games to fill a space cruiser. And let's face it: Many of them probably should have been destroyed along with those pesky Death Stars.

Microsoft unveils new Windows Mobile
NEW YORK - Microsoft Corp. unveiled Tuesday a new version of its Windows operating system for mobile devices that unifies the platform for cell phones and Pocket PC handheld computers while adding such features as PowerPoint viewing and internal hard drive support.

College recruitment efforts target new immigrants
LINCOLN, Neb. - Jesus Gaytan is one of only a few dozen Hispanic students on the Doane College campus, and he wants that to change. So do college administrators.

Force is strong with new 'Star Wars' game
For those of us who spent most of our childhood - and some of our adulthood - daydreaming about what it would be like to be a Jedi Knight or a Sith Lord, the new "Star Wars" game is the answer to our prayers.

Photos detail King Tut's face
CAIRO, Egypt - The first CT scan facial reconstructions of King Tutankhamun's mummy have produced images strikingly similar to the boy pharaoh's ancient portraits, with one model showing a baby-faced young man with chubby cheeks and a round chin.

Junior Lynx takes his shot
Drew Slaton's hockey career is closely tied to the Augusta Lynx.

Junior Lynx takes his shot

Junior Lynx takes his shot
Drew Slaton's hockey career is closely tied to the Augusta Lynx.

School safety buttons delayed by cost

Across South Carolina

Show and tell
Andi Branstetter (center) shows first-graders Kayleigh Newby (left), 7, and Caleb Culverhouse, 7, a cattle-milking machine during a presentation at Lewiston Elementary School in Evans. Ms. Branstetter is a representative for the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association.

Man is found dead near mobile home
AIKEN - Police are investigating the death of a man who was found Wednesday in a storage shed near North Augusta.

Developers fight landfill decision

Across the area
An Augusta man accused of killing an acquaintance was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Small-town student pursues big dream
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Carlos Harper spent much of his high school career surrounded by small children - a factor that contributed to his desire to become a pediatrician.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Aiken's bus drivers' pay increases again
AIKEN - For the second year in a row, Aiken County's school bus drivers will get a 3 percent raise, keeping them ahead of their counterparts in surrounding school districts.

Mental health center cashed in insurance
Even before five men were convicted of defrauding it of $2 million, the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia had been reimbursed a substantial portion of the money.

Perdue gives OK to budget
ATLANTA - A spending plan of more than $17 billion was one of several bills Gov. Sonny Perdue signed Tuesday, while he went light on the veto pen for both the budget and other legislation.

Sanford says blacks won't be elected to state office

Property value shows no sign of slowing
AIKEN - The assessed value of homes, land and commercial businesses in Aiken County jumped 21 percent between 2000 and 2004, highlighting a steady stream of growth that shows no immediate signs of slowing.

Wilson home is honoring mothers
The Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson is offering free tours throughout the month of May for mothers accompanied by a son or daughter.

MOX fuel will be put into reactor
ROCK HILL, S.C. - The nuclear power plant fuel made from weapons-grade plutonium will be loaded into a reactor within the next month and then closely monitored, a Duke Power spokesman said.

Referendum will include absentee ballots
Qualifying voters who want to cast an absentee ballot in the June 21 referendum on the city's general obligation bonds totaling $160 million and the redevelopment powers act may do so at the Richmond County Board of Elections beginning next week.

State to overhaul math courses
ATLANTA - Students in Georgia's high schools will see sweeping changes to their math courses in coming years, as the state undertakes an overhaul of its teaching standards that some say will put it ahead of the rest of the nation.

Mental health center cashed in insurance
Even before five men were convicted of defrauding it of $2 million, the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia had been reimbursed a substantial portion of the money.

Fort Gordon's efforts to be answered Friday
Friday the 13th, after all, will be the date when Augustans will know more about Fort Gordon's fate.

Around the block
The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and the Hephzibah Fire Department will hold the 16th annual Give Burns the Boot drive Friday through Sunday. Firefighters will collect donations for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. The foundation's mission is to educate the public in burn awareness and prevention, support medical facilities to care for burns and to assist burn survivors in their recovery.

Effort to retire torn flag halts
When Sgt. 1st Class Cesar Tricoche saw a tattered American flag hanging limply at half-staff outside a closed Augusta business Wednesday, his patriotism kicked into overdrive.

Safety officer's CPR training saves man

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Georgia communities await base closure list

Show and tell
Andi Branstetter (center) shows first-graders Kayleigh Newby (left), 7, and Caleb Culverhouse, 7, a cattle-milking machine during a presentation at Lewiston Elementary School in Evans. Ms. Branstetter is a representative for the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association.

Correction

Pet of the week
Kaloni, a 6-month-old female Rottweiler and Labrador mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia. Adoptions are held at PETsMART in Aiken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and at PETsMART in Augusta from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays. All pets for adoption can be seen in their foster homes. For more information about the cats and dogs available for adoption, visit www.mollysmilitia.org or call 279-6274 or (803) 640-2068.

Fort Gordon's efforts to be answered Friday

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day

Drawing cuts scholarship field to 16
As Xavier Madison worked his after-school job at Kroger in Aiken, he came one step closer to winning a $10,000 scholarship.

State to overhaul math courses
ATLANTA - Students in Georgia's high schools will see sweeping changes to their math courses in coming years, as the state undertakes an overhaul of its teaching standards that some say will put it ahead of the rest of the nation.

Sanford says blacks won't be elected to state office
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford said last week in a television interview it might be a long time before a black candidate is elected to statewide office in South Carolina, raising a few eyebrows but prompting a few amens from black leaders.

Up on the roof
Maintenance manager Kathy Berner puts a coat of primer paint on the caps of the roof of Whole Life Ministries in Augusta.

Boy's cracker art seeks bites on eBay
ATHENS, Ga. - Artistic inspiration can come from some interesting places. For Oconee County mother and son team Pam and Sam Kennon, it came from a famous piece of toast bearing the image of Jennifer Wilbanks, the runaway bride, and a tawdry scandal about the love lives of American Idol judge Paula Abdul and former Idol contestant Corey Clark.

Wilson home is honoring mothers
The Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson is offering free tours throughout the month of May for mothers accompanied by a son or daughter.

Capitol, White House evacuated
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol and White House were evacuated Wednesday. War planes were seen flying overhead and security cars rushed away from the buildings.

Kid of the Day

Referendum will include absentee ballots
Qualifying voters who want to cast an absentee ballot in the June 21 referendum on the city's general obligation bonds totaling $160 million and the redevelopment powers act may do so at the Richmond County Board of Elections beginning next week.

Developers fight landfill decision
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Developers of a proposed landfill in Taliaferro County hope to reverse a series of legal setbacks by taking their case before Georgia's Supreme Court.

State's abortion law gets new restrictions
ATLANTA - Women wanting an abortion in Georgia will now have to wait 24 hours after a physician's consultation, under the Woman's Right to Know Act that Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law Tuesday.

Around the block

Teacher earns state honor after taking a leap of faith
MERRIWETHER, S.C. - The 12,000-square-foot former gambling center that sits just off Interstate 20 doesn't seem like an ideal setting for a high school.

Calendar

News you can use

A lesson in courage

Effort to retire torn flag halts

Pet of the week

School safety buttons delayed by cost
Putting panic buttons in all Richmond County schools would cost more than a half-million dollars, a price tag that has caused the school board to delay installing one in each classroom.

Child service agency faces money woes
Kids Restart is in need of a jump start. The local nonprofit organization - which provides services to children in protective custody and their families - recently lost a large chunk of state money, meaning it has to come up with $25,000 to $35,000 to stay afloat.

Correction
- A brief news story in Monday's editions incorrectly reported details of a report filed with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. An Augusta woman, who reported to police that her longtime boyfriend drove into her vehicle Sunday, was driving to her home when the incident occurred, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's report. Ronza Hankinson's boyfriend lives elsewhere, according to the report.

Drawing cuts scholarship field to 16
As Xavier Madison worked his after-school job at Kroger in Aiken, he came one step closer to winning a $10,000 scholarship.

Students could lose street parking rights
The number of students parking along the streets near Evans High School has grown so much that officials are considering a permit system to help neighborhood residents.

Capitol, White House evacuated

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Perdue gives OK to budget

Pupils learn how astronauts live in space
A group of middle school pupils learned about space flight as Jim Gerard of NASA visited the National Science Center's Fort Discovery last week.

Across the area

Bethlehem community is hoping to reverse its decline
Driving through Bethlehem community off Wrightsboro Road near 15th Street, one sees deteriorating houses and piles of tree limbs.

Runaway bride enters treatment program

Black Tie Gala supports mentoring program
The 100 Black Men of Augusta will honor a local band and politicians at its eighth annual Black Tie Gala at the Gordon Club Ballroom at Fort Gordon.

Legislators reach deal on $5.8 billion budget

Farmers market
This is a list of commodities available at the Georgia Farmers Market, 1150 Fifth St. Prices and availability of produce are subject to change.

Child service agency faces money woes

Pet of the week
Kaloni, a 6-month-old female Rottweiler and Labrador mix, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia. Adoptions are held at PETsMART in Aiken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and at PETsMART in Augusta from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturdays. All pets for adoption can be seen in their foster homes. For more information about the cats and dogs available for adoption, visit www.mollysmilitia.org or call 279-6274 or (803) 640-2068.

Kid of the Day
Chase Ryder Williamson of Martinez is today's Kid of the Day.

Reunions
This listing runs as space is available. For information to be published, please include the date of the reunion:

Man is found dead near mobile home
AIKEN - Police are investigating the death of a man who was found Wednesday in a storage shed near North Augusta.

Calendar
GIVE BURNS THE BOOT: 16th annual drive Friday through Sunday; Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and the Hephzibah Fire Department will collect donations for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

Caught in traffic

Across the area

Georgia communities await base closure list
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers, lobbyists and community leaders traded rumors Tuesday about the fate of Georgia's military bases, but the Pentagon was keeping the official closure list close to the vest.

A lesson in courage
Amy Roberts walks around her art classroom at St. Mary on the Hill School giving sixth graders individual pointers on their drawings.

Kid of the Day
Angel "Brittney" Gore of North Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Milestones
Sarah A. Gibson, of Augusta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Gibson, has earned honors at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.

Kid of the Day
Chase Ryder Williamson of Martinez is today's Kid of the Day.

Georgia communities await base closure list
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers, lobbyists and community leaders traded rumors Tuesday about the fate of Georgia's military bases, but the Pentagon was keeping the official closure list close to the vest.

Students could lose street parking rights

Safety officer's CPR training saves man
If not for an unexpected Saturday shift assigned to Mat Chrisman, a Richmond County Board of Education public safety officer, Mother's Day 2005 might have turned out very differently for one teenager.

Safety officer's CPR training saves man
If not for an unexpected Saturday shift assigned to Mat Chrisman, a Richmond County Board of Education public safety officer, Mother's Day 2005 might have turned out very differently for one teenager.

Across the area
An Augusta man accused of killing an acquaintance was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday

Request on train cargo is rejected
AIKEN - Asking railroads to give cities advance notice before shipping hazardous materials would prove too costly at the moment, compared with the level of security provided in return, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta wrote recently to Augusta Mayor Bob Young.

Legislators reach deal on $5.8 billion budget
COLUMBIA - Legislators delivered a final deal on the state's $5.8 billion budget early Tuesday morning that puts $11.5 million into law enforcement officer raises and pumps an extra $315 million into public schools.

Child service agency faces money woes
Kids Restart is in need of a jump start. The local nonprofit organization - which provides services to children in protective custody and their families - recently lost a large chunk of state money, meaning it has to come up with $25,000 to $35,000 to stay afloat.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Sanford says blacks won't be elected to state office
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford said last week in a television interview it might be a long time before a black candidate is elected to statewide office in South Carolina, raising a few eyebrows but prompting a few amens from black leaders.

UGA, Tech led effort to shield more records
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia were among those pushing hardest for a law that would keep from the public information about who gives money to the state's public colleges - even as they recognized they would be criticized.

Wilson home is honoring mothers

Across South Carolina
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - A Hardeeville man charged in a fatal wreck that killed six people two weeks ago had his license suspended 14 times in three years and was tagged a "habitual traffic offender" by state authorities, according to the state Motor Vehicles Department.

Location of sex offenders is a concern
Armed with names and addresses, mothers in one Augusta subdivision are identifying the homes of convicted sex offenders and pressuring elected officials to find out how they can make the convicts move farther away.

Show and tell

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating a Tuesday morning home invasion at an apartment complex off Deans Bridge Road, according to a police report.

Man is found dead near mobile home

Effort to retire torn flag halts
When Sgt. 1st Class Cesar Tricoche saw a tattered American flag hanging limply at half-staff outside a closed Augusta business Wednesday, his patriotism kicked into overdrive.

Location of sex offenders is a concern

Legislators reach deal on $5.8 billion budget
COLUMBIA - Legislators delivered a final deal on the state's $5.8 billion budget early Tuesday morning that puts $11.5 million into law enforcement officer raises and pumps an extra $315 million into public schools.

For the record

Across the region

State to overhaul math courses

Archaeologists to identify artifacts

Milestones

Boy's cracker art seeks bites on eBay

Correction
- A brief news story in Monday's editions incorrectly reported details of a report filed with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. An Augusta woman, who reported to police that her longtime boyfriend drove into her vehicle Sunday, was driving to her home when the incident occurred, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's report. Ronza Hankinson's boyfriend lives elsewhere, according to the report.

State's abortion law gets new restrictions

Request on train cargo is rejected
AIKEN - Asking railroads to give cities advance notice before shipping hazardous materials would prove too costly at the moment, compared with the level of security provided in return, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta wrote recently to Augusta Mayor Bob Young.

Request on train cargo is rejected

Students could lose street parking rights
The number of students parking along the streets near Evans High School has grown so much that officials are considering a permit system to help neighborhood residents.

Up on the roof

Police seek man in connection with death

Perdue gives OK to budget
ATLANTA - A spending plan of more than $17 billion was one of several bills Gov. Sonny Perdue signed Tuesday, while he went light on the veto pen for both the budget and other legislation.

State's abortion law gets new restrictions
ATLANTA - Women wanting an abortion in Georgia will now have to wait 24 hours after a physician's consultation, under the Woman's Right to Know Act that Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law Tuesday.

Caught in traffic
Atlanta Gas Light employees work to repair the gas leak in downtown Augusta. A MasTec construction crew hit the Atlanta Gas Light line and briefly slowed rush-hour traffic Tuesday after authorities closed the 13th Street bridge to motorists for several hours.

Runaway bride enters treatment program
ATLANTA - Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks has voluntarily entered an inpatient medical treatment program, a spokesman for her family's church said Tuesday.

Fort Gordon's efforts to be answered Friday
Friday the 13th, after all, will be the date when Augustans will know more about Fort Gordon's fate.

Teacher earns state honor after taking a leap of faith
MERRIWETHER, S.C. - The 12,000-square-foot former gambling center that sits just off Interstate 20 doesn't seem like an ideal setting for a high school.

Archaeologists to identify artifacts
The Augusta Archaeological Society is sponsoring a free Artifact Identification Day on the grounds of the Ezekiel Harris House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21.

Runaway bride enters treatment program
ATLANTA - Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks has voluntarily entered an inpatient medical treatment program, a spokesman for her family's church said Tuesday.

Across the region
ATLANTA - A man who disrupted travel at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport earlier this month when he abandoned a stolen rental truck at the curb has been taken into police custody.

Up on the roof
Maintenance manager Kathy Berner puts a coat of primer paint on the caps of the roof of Whole Life Ministries in Augusta.

Developers fight landfill decision
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Developers of a proposed landfill in Taliaferro County hope to reverse a series of legal setbacks by taking their case before Georgia's Supreme Court.

Archaeologists to identify artifacts
The Augusta Archaeological Society is sponsoring a free Artifact Identification Day on the grounds of the Ezekiel Harris House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21.

Around the block
The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and the Hephzibah Fire Department will hold the 16th annual Give Burns the Boot drive Friday through Sunday. Firefighters will collect donations for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. The foundation's mission is to educate the public in burn awareness and prevention, support medical facilities to care for burns and to assist burn survivors in their recovery.

Walkers get separate trials
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that state Sen. Charles Walker's daughter won't have to stand trial with him later this month.

Drawing cuts scholarship field to 16

School lunch menus
Here are Richmond County school lunch menus through May 20.

School lunch menus

Police seek man in connection with death
AIKEN - Police say that an Aiken County man whose body was found Wednesday in a shed near North Augusta was murdered.

Across South Carolina
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - A Hardeeville man charged in a fatal wreck that killed six people two weeks ago had his license suspended 14 times in three years and was tagged a "habitual traffic offender" by state authorities, according to the state Motor Vehicles Department.

Referendum will include absentee ballots

Location of sex offenders is a concern
Armed with names and addresses, mothers in one Augusta subdivision are identifying the homes of convicted sex offenders and pressuring elected officials to find out how they can make the convicts move farther away.

Park begins storytimes for children
About 60 preschoolers endured chilly weather on May 5 to listen to stories, sing songs and see a caterpillar puppet at Pendleton King Park.

For the record
Here are Richmond County Superior Court sentencings, indictments, paroles, dui sentencings, juvenile sentencings, marriage license applications and divorces.

Murals grace walls of American Legion Post 63
Even after a fresh coat of paint, members realized something was missing on the walls of American Legion Post 63 on Milledge Road.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - An Atlanta police officer who threw a woman to the ground during an altercation at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been fired.

A lesson in courage
Amy Roberts walks around her art classroom at St. Mary on the Hill School giving sixth graders individual pointers on their drawings.

Boy's cracker art seeks bites on eBay
ATHENS, Ga. - Artistic inspiration can come from some interesting places. For Oconee County mother and son team Pam and Sam Kennon, it came from a famous piece of toast bearing the image of Jennifer Wilbanks, the runaway bride, and a tawdry scandal about the love lives of American Idol judge Paula Abdul and former Idol contestant Corey Clark.

Episcopal Day School pupils show off their work
Relatives and friends of pupils at Episcopal Day School came from near and far Friday for the school's annual Grandparents and Grandfriends Day.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

School safety buttons delayed by cost
Putting panic buttons in all Richmond County schools would cost more than a half-million dollars, a price tag that has caused the school board to delay installing one in each classroom.

Calendar
GIVE BURNS THE BOOT: 16th annual drive Friday through Sunday; Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and the Hephzibah Fire Department will collect donations for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

Across the region
ATLANTA - A man who disrupted travel at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport earlier this month when he abandoned a stolen rental truck at the curb has been taken into police custody.

Milestones
Sarah A. Gibson, of Augusta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Gibson, has earned honors at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating a Tuesday morning home invasion at an apartment complex off Deans Bridge Road, according to a police report.

School lunch menus
Here are Richmond County school lunch menus through May 20.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Teacher earns state honor after taking a leap of faith

Caught in traffic
Atlanta Gas Light employees work to repair the gas leak in downtown Augusta. A MasTec construction crew hit the Atlanta Gas Light line and briefly slowed rush-hour traffic Tuesday after authorities closed the 13th Street bridge to motorists for several hours.

Mental health center cashed in insurance

Kid of the Day
Angel "Brittney" Gore of North Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

News you can use

For the record
Here are Richmond County Superior Court sentencings, indictments, paroles, dui sentencings, juvenile sentencings, marriage license applications and divorces.

Felton knows place; Richt is king
Considering the religious following that college football - specifically Georgia Bulldogs football - has around here, it's fitting that the local boosters congregate annually at St. Mary on the Hill for a rousing revival.

Felton knows place; Richt is king
Considering the religious following that college football - specifically Georgia Bulldogs football - has around here, it's fitting that the local boosters congregate annually at St. Mary on the Hill for a rousing revival.

Review: 'Mindhunters'

Review: 'Kicking & Screaming'
If you just can't wait until July for the remake of "The Bad News Bears" starring Billy Bob Thornton, now you have "Kicking & Screaming," which is the exact same idea on the soccer field starring Will Ferrell.

Review: 'Unleashed'

Review: 'Monster-in-Law'
The possibility of watching Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda tear each other apart in "Monster-in-Law" inspires a certain morbid curiosity - something akin to Godzilla vs. Mothra, with bronzed skin and blond highlights.

'Team America' fails as satire, but ably spoof action movies
In 1999, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone released a feature motion picture based on the wildly popular Comedy Central series. The result was one of the sharpest, most insightful, filthiest and funniest movies made in the past decade.

'Star Wars' boss glad to leave space behind
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - A wilted monolith of establishment politics. An entrenched ruling class fearful of change. And one man who stealthily rebels from within, turning the system on its head and bending it to his will.

Review: 'Monster-in-Law'
The possibility of watching Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda tear each other apart in "Monster-in-Law" inspires a certain morbid curiosity - something akin to Godzilla vs. Mothra, with bronzed skin and blond highlights.

Mark Hamill reminisces on 'Star Wars'
NEW YORK - Though the new "Star Wars" movie ends with Luke Skywalker as a baby, the Jedi knight grew up a long time ago.

Superheroes, remakes heat up season's movie offerings

Woody Allen among familiar faces at Cannes
CANNES, France - The Cannes Film Festival is back in the hands of comfy old friends with a lineup that includes such familiar filmmakers as Woody Allen, David Cronenberg, Gus Van Sant, Wim Wenders, Lars von Trier and Atom Egoyan.

Review: 'Mindhunters'
If anyone finds Renny Harlin's mind, please return it. He's been making movies for years without it, and he clearly needs it back.

'Star Wars' boss glad to leave space behind
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - A wilted monolith of establishment politics. An entrenched ruling class fearful of change. And one man who stealthily rebels from within, turning the system on its head and bending it to his will.

Review: 'Unleashed'
What a difference for Jet Li and Luc Besson from their last collaboration.

Mark Hamill reminisces on 'Star Wars'
NEW YORK - Though the new "Star Wars" movie ends with Luke Skywalker as a baby, the Jedi knight grew up a long time ago.

Superheroes, remakes heat up season's movie offerings
The summer movie - the perfect thing for a cinematic season when the days get longer, the attention spans shorter and the explosions bigger and badder.

Woody Allen among familiar faces at Cannes
CANNES, France - The Cannes Film Festival is back in the hands of comfy old friends with a lineup that includes such familiar filmmakers as Woody Allen, David Cronenberg, Gus Van Sant, Wim Wenders, Lars von Trier and Atom Egoyan.

Review: 'Monster-in-Law'

Mark Hamill reminisces on 'Star Wars'

Review: 'Unleashed'
What a difference for Jet Li and Luc Besson from their last collaboration.

'Star Wars' boss glad to leave space behind

Woody Allen among familiar faces at Cannes

'Team America' fails as satire, but ably spoof action movies
In 1999, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone released a feature motion picture based on the wildly popular Comedy Central series. The result was one of the sharpest, most insightful, filthiest and funniest movies made in the past decade.

Review: 'Kicking & Screaming'

Superheroes, remakes heat up season's movie offerings
The summer movie - the perfect thing for a cinematic season when the days get longer, the attention spans shorter and the explosions bigger and badder.

'Team America' fails as satire, but ably spoof action movies

Review: 'Kicking & Screaming'
If you just can't wait until July for the remake of "The Bad News Bears" starring Billy Bob Thornton, now you have "Kicking & Screaming," which is the exact same idea on the soccer field starring Will Ferrell.

Review: 'Mindhunters'
If anyone finds Renny Harlin's mind, please return it. He's been making movies for years without it, and he clearly needs it back.

Hot Ticket: Weezer
Weezer. 8 p.m. Saturday, The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta.

Stones announce new album, world tour

Hot Ticket: Weezer

Stones announce new album, world tour
NEW YORK - Roll over Beethoven, and tell Tchaikovsky the news: The Rolling Stones announced a new album and world tour Tuesday with a three-song mini-concert at one of Manhattan's bastions of classical music, the Juilliard School.

Sonic Spotlight

Sonic Spotlight
E.J. Sharif, 22, is in the Sonic Spotlight. PLAYS: Five-piece Sonar Sonic Plus drum set. He also plays the tabla, a two-piece drum set popular in India. "My dad really likes that kind of music, so he takes me to shows, and I just started to learn how to play them."

Pink Floyd album featured in Mission cover series
Augusta musician Chip McDonald is ready to go to the Dark Side.

Hot Ticket: Weezer
Weezer. 8 p.m. Saturday, The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta.

Pink Floyd album featured in Mission cover series

Pink Floyd album featured in Mission cover series
Augusta musician Chip McDonald is ready to go to the Dark Side.

Stones announce new album, world tour
NEW YORK - Roll over Beethoven, and tell Tchaikovsky the news: The Rolling Stones announced a new album and world tour Tuesday with a three-song mini-concert at one of Manhattan's bastions of classical music, the Juilliard School.

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

Sonic Spotlight
E.J. Sharif, 22, is in the Sonic Spotlight. PLAYS: Five-piece Sonar Sonic Plus drum set. He also plays the tabla, a two-piece drum set popular in India. "My dad really likes that kind of music, so he takes me to shows, and I just started to learn how to play them."

Site asks for best ever on the track
RICHMOND, Va. - The Crown Royal International Race of Champions wants to know who's the best of the best.

Local economies feeling the pinch of night racing

Viewers tune in to Darlington

Local economies feeling the pinch of night racing
DARLINGTON, S.C. - It is race day and servers at the Roger's Bar-B-Que and Seafood Restaurant are waiting for a rush of customers that would never come.

Local economies feeling the pinch of night racing
DARLINGTON, S.C. - It is race day and servers at the Roger's Bar-B-Que and Seafood Restaurant are waiting for a rush of customers that would never come.

Racing newsmaker: Jeff Burton
Jeff Burton, a leading activist for safety and competitive changes in NASCAR, talked with reporters about everything from his position with Richard Childress Racing to drug testing.

Viewers tune in to Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Darlington Raceway's first Nextel Cup night race was a TV ratings winner.

Viewers tune in to Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Darlington Raceway's first Nextel Cup night race was a TV ratings winner.

Racing newsmaker: Jeff Burton

Site asks for best ever on the track

Racing newsmaker: Jeff Burton
Jeff Burton, a leading activist for safety and competitive changes in NASCAR, talked with reporters about everything from his position with Richard Childress Racing to drug testing.

Site asks for best ever on the track
RICHMOND, Va. - The Crown Royal International Race of Champions wants to know who's the best of the best.

Spurs top SuperSonics, extend series lead
SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs sure are making things look easy this postseason.

Wizards dig deep for inspiration against the Heat
WASHINGTON - The Washington Wizards have been here before, down 2-0 in a best-of-seven series. They know what it takes to come back and win, even with a short-handed lineup.

Pacers find way to tie semifinals
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The NBA's most resilient team bounced back again.

Spurs top SuperSonics, extend series lead
SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs sure are making things look easy this postseason.

Sonics still believe, but it could be an uphill climb

Heat too much for Wizards

Heat too much for Wizards
MIAMI - The sellout crowd in Miami serenaded Shaquille O'Neal with another "M-V-P" chant.

Heat too much for Wizards
MIAMI - The sellout crowd in Miami serenaded Shaquille O'Neal with another "M-V-P" chant.

Pacers find way to tie semifinals
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The NBA's most resilient team bounced back again.

D'Antoni honored for leading Suns' big turnaround

Sonics still believe, but it could be an uphill climb
SEATTLE - Seattle coach Nate McMillan was asked Wednesday if he thinks the SuperSonics will be better served by minor tweaks or a dramatic overhaul going into Game 3 against San Antonio.

Spurs top SuperSonics, extend series lead

D'Antoni honored for leading Suns' big turnaround
PHOENIX - After directing the Phoenix Suns to a 33-win turnaround and installing a fast-paced, high-scoring style praised throughout the league, Mike D'Antoni was rewarded as the NBA's coach of the year on Tuesday.

Sonics still believe, but it could be an uphill climb
SEATTLE - Seattle coach Nate McMillan was asked Wednesday if he thinks the SuperSonics will be better served by minor tweaks or a dramatic overhaul going into Game 3 against San Antonio.

Wizards dig deep for inspiration against the Heat

Wizards dig deep for inspiration against the Heat
WASHINGTON - The Washington Wizards have been here before, down 2-0 in a best-of-seven series. They know what it takes to come back and win, even with a short-handed lineup.

Spurs take command of series
SAN ANTONIO - From the city of the Alamo, the San Antonio Spurs have a new rallying cry: Remember what happened last year.

D'Antoni honored for leading Suns' big turnaround
PHOENIX - After directing the Phoenix Suns to a 33-win turnaround and installing a fast-paced, high-scoring style praised throughout the league, Mike D'Antoni was rewarded as the NBA's coach of the year on Tuesday.

Pacers find way to tie semifinals

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Joshua J. Wooden    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Jim Martin, a former Augusta Chronicle sports editor and confidante to some of golf's greatest players, died last week in Birmingham, Ala.

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Musketeers advance to state final

European gymnastics to test video replay

Musketeers advance to state final

Federer advances; Kuerten loses to Robredo

Agassi's game hits a cold stretch in Hamburg

Reinstated DiPiro aids Irish in win

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Area announcements

Serena Williams upset in opening match

Serena Williams upset in opening match
ROME - Serena Williams certainly didn't look ready for the French Open on Wednesday.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

European gymnastics to test video replay
MOUTIER, Switzerland - Video replays will be tested at the European gymnastics championships next month, the sport's latest attempt to avoid scoring errors like the one that plagued the Athens Olympics.

Reinstated DiPiro aids Irish in win
ATLANTA - For Tom DiPiro, the inevitability of Aquinas' state playoff run seemed excruciating.

Evans falls in semifinals
Most of the Evans players and coaches were smiling after their Class AAAA state semifinal match with Woodward Academy.

Musketeers advance to state final
DUNWOODY, Ga. - Things are much different in these playoffs for Richmond Academy.

Agassi's game hits a cold stretch in Hamburg
HAMBURG, Germany - With a nasty wind blowing and fans wrapped in blankets, Andre Agassi had little to offer Tuesday at the Hamburg Masters.

Thoroughbreds thwart Trojans
ROCK HILL, S.C. - At one point, the Northwestern boys soccer team was on top of the world, undefeated and ranked first in the country.

Overtime
Augusta State senior Scott Jamieson has been named the NCAA All-Independent Player of the Year.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Musketeers advance to state final
DUNWOODY, Ga.-Things are so much different these playoffs for the Richmond Academy Musketeers.

Musketeers advance to state final
DUNWOODY, Ga.-Things are so much different these playoffs for the Richmond Academy Musketeers.

Federer advances; Kuerten loses to Robredo
HAMBURG, Germany - Roger Federer's three-week break must have served him well.

Overtime
In Aiken, starter Steve Dunham got out of a ninth-inning jam and USC Aiken held on for a huge 2-1 victory over Lander in Peach Belt Conference play.

European gymnastics to test video replay
MOUTIER, Switzerland - Video replays will be tested at the European gymnastics championships next month, the sport's latest attempt to avoid scoring errors like the one that plagued the Athens Olympics.

Musketeers advance to state final
DUNWOODY, Ga. - Things are much different in these playoffs for Richmond Academy.

Agassi's game hits a cold stretch in Hamburg
HAMBURG, Germany - With a nasty wind blowing and fans wrapped in blankets, Andre Agassi had little to offer Tuesday at the Hamburg Masters.

Reinstated DiPiro aids Irish in win
ATLANTA - For Tom DiPiro, the inevitability of Aquinas' state playoff run seemed excruciating.

Injury trips up Bellamy Road
NEW YORK - In just a few days, Bellamy Road has gone from favorite to flameout.

Federer advances; Kuerten loses to Robredo
HAMBURG, Germany - Roger Federer's three-week break must have served him well.

Serena Williams upset in opening match
ROME - Serena Williams certainly didn't look ready for the French Open on Wednesday.

Overtime
In Aiken, starter Steve Dunham got out of a ninth-inning jam and USC Aiken held on for a huge 2-1 victory over Lander in Peach Belt Conference play.

Old Crow will bring classic bluegrass to Aiken music festival

Benedict's quest to reach out to flock tests security
VATICAN CITY - It was a security detail's nightmare, and with Benedict XVI's first days as pope spiced up with seemingly fearless forays into the public, it could be a recurring one.

Pastor who urged parishioners to vote for Bush resigns
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. - A Baptist pastor accused of threatening to banish from his church anyone who didn't vote for President Bush has himself chosen to depart, leaving in his wake a divided community and a cultural chasm.

Pope warming up to his role with public at Vatican
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI signed autographs, kissed children and shook the hands of hundreds of pilgrims Wednesday as his latest weekly audience found him warming up to his new role as pastor of the world's Roman Catholics.

Pope accepts resignation of Alabama bishop
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Monsignor David Foley, the bishop of Birmingham, Ala., the Vatican said Tuesday.

Pope accepts resignation of Alabama bishop
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Monsignor David Foley, the bishop of Birmingham, Ala., the Vatican said Tuesday.

Pope presses ahead with busy schedule
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI is pressing ahead with a busy schedule of ceremonies and travel, indicating that concern over his age and health - including reports he has suffered at least two strokes - isn't slowing him down.

Church leader: New outlook needed in post-Sept. 11 world
AGIOS ANDREAS, Greece - Christian churches must set aside differences and adopt less confrontational approaches toward other faiths in an age of mobile populations and strains between the West and the Islamic world, the head of the Greek Orthodox Church told a global religious conference Tuesday.

Pope warming up to his role with public at Vatican
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI signed autographs, kissed children and shook the hands of hundreds of pilgrims Wednesday as his latest weekly audience found him warming up to his new role as pastor of the world's Roman Catholics.

Benedict's quest to reach out to flock tests security
VATICAN CITY - It was a security detail's nightmare, and with Benedict XVI's first days as pope spiced up with seemingly fearless forays into the public, it could be a recurring one.

Pastor who urged parishioners to vote for Bush resigns
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. - A Baptist pastor accused of threatening to banish from his church anyone who didn't vote for President Bush has himself chosen to depart, leaving in his wake a divided community and a cultural chasm.

Pope presses ahead with busy schedule
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI is pressing ahead with a busy schedule of ceremonies and travel, indicating that concern over his age and health - including reports he has suffered at least two strokes - isn't slowing him down.

Church leader: New outlook needed in post-Sept. 11 world
AGIOS ANDREAS, Greece - Christian churches must set aside differences and adopt less confrontational approaches toward other faiths in an age of mobile populations and strains between the West and the Islamic world, the head of the Greek Orthodox Church told a global religious conference Tuesday.

Old Crow will bring classic bluegrass to Aiken music festival
This weekend should be a great trip back in time for Jay Ketcham "Ketch" Secor, the vocalist and fiddler with Old Crow Medicine Show, a hot new band he co-founded that specializes in old-time country and bluegrass.

Old Crow will bring classic bluegrass to Aiken music festival
This weekend should be a great trip back in time for Jay Ketcham "Ketch" Secor, the vocalist and fiddler with Old Crow Medicine Show, a hot new band he co-founded that specializes in old-time country and bluegrass.

Felton knows place; Richt is king

'Star Wars'-inspired parodies entertain on Internet

Controversy has little effect on 'American Idol' ratings

'Raymond' stars look to future as show ends

First look: 'Real World' in Austin, Texas

In-depth look: 'Real World' Austin cast
AUSTIN, Texas - There's Texas-sized potential for hookups on the next season of MTV's "The Real World."

Controversy has little effect on 'American Idol' ratings
NEW YORK - Fox's "American Idol" ratings juggernaut showed no signs of slowing despite the widely publicized report of an affair between judge Paula Abdul and first-year contender Corey Clark.

It's goodbye after 9 season of loving 'Raymond'

"Idol" Rocker Bice a softy for family, hometown
HELENA, Ala. - Bo Bice hasn't traded his grandma-made rocker threads for Hollywood's designer labels just yet.

"Idol" finalist Underwood has small town talking
In the small Oklahoma town of Checotah, ranchers who gather at Katy's Cafe for breakfast usually talk about cattle prices or whether the crappie are biting at Lake Eufaula.

"American Idol": Fedorov lucky to be talking

First look: 'Real World' in Austin, Texas
AUSTIN, Texas - It's the same story you've heard before: the true story of seven strangers, picked to live in a house and have their lives blah blah blah.

Inside the 'Real World' Austin house
AUSTIN, Texas - Over the past 15 seasons, the camera-laden homes on MTV's "The Real World" have become as much of character as the seven strangers picked to live within it.

Uchenna and Joyce Agu win 'Amazing Race'

'Raymond' stars look to future as show ends
"Everybody Loves Raymond" was a loving gift for its cast. Patricia Heaton puts it most bluntly: "I didn't have a career until this show." For veteran actress Doris Roberts, "it put my career over the top."

It's goodbye after 9 season of loving 'Raymond'
LOS ANGELES - "Everybody Loves Raymond" wasn't hip, wasn't cool and missed out on the magazine covers that usually fawn over flavor-of-the-season TV shows.

Andre 3000 signs deal with Nickelodeon and MTV
NEW YORK - Andre 3000 says kids' movies need to be edgier - and he plans to make it happen through a new deal with Nickelodeon and MTV.

Inside the 'Real World' Austin house
AUSTIN, Texas - Over the past 15 seasons, the camera-laden homes on MTV's "The Real World" have become as much of character as the seven strangers picked to live within it.

'Raymond' stars look to future as show ends
"Everybody Loves Raymond" was a loving gift for its cast. Patricia Heaton puts it most bluntly: "I didn't have a career until this show." For veteran actress Doris Roberts, "it put my career over the top."

Inside the 'Real World' Austin house

It's goodbye after 9 season of loving 'Raymond'
LOS ANGELES - "Everybody Loves Raymond" wasn't hip, wasn't cool and missed out on the magazine covers that usually fawn over flavor-of-the-season TV shows.

"Idol" finalist Underwood has small town talking

First look: 'Real World' in Austin, Texas
AUSTIN, Texas - It's the same story you've heard before: the true story of seven strangers, picked to live in a house and have their lives blah blah blah.

"Idol" Rocker Bice a softy for family, hometown

"Idol" finalist Underwood has small town talking
In the small Oklahoma town of Checotah, ranchers who gather at Katy's Cafe for breakfast usually talk about cattle prices or whether the crappie are biting at Lake Eufaula.

Solomon goes from delivering mail to delivering on 'Idol'

Solomon goes from delivering mail to delivering on 'Idol'
When Vonzell Solomon sings, people cry.

"American Idol": Fedorov lucky to be talking
PHILADELPHIA - Anthony Fedorov was never supposed to talk, let alone sing.

Solomon goes from delivering mail to delivering on 'Idol'
When Vonzell Solomon sings, people cry.

Uchenna and Joyce Agu win 'Amazing Race'
NEW YORK - Rob and Amber who? Married couple Uchenna and Joyce Agu outraced a pair of former "Survivor" contestants and a former prisoner of war and his beauty queen girlfriend to win the seventh edition of CBS' "The Amazing Race" and the $1 million prize.

"American Idol": Fedorov lucky to be talking
PHILADELPHIA - Anthony Fedorov was never supposed to talk, let alone sing.

Controversy has little effect on 'American Idol' ratings
NEW YORK - Fox's "American Idol" ratings juggernaut showed no signs of slowing despite the widely publicized report of an affair between judge Paula Abdul and first-year contender Corey Clark.

Uchenna and Joyce Agu win 'Amazing Race'
NEW YORK - Rob and Amber who? Married couple Uchenna and Joyce Agu outraced a pair of former "Survivor" contestants and a former prisoner of war and his beauty queen girlfriend to win the seventh edition of CBS' "The Amazing Race" and the $1 million prize.

"Idol" Rocker Bice a softy for family, hometown
HELENA, Ala. - Bo Bice hasn't traded his grandma-made rocker threads for Hollywood's designer labels just yet.

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People in the News

Robert Blake testifies in deposition for lawsuit

Applause calendar

Animals pull into Augusta for event

Macaulay Culkin testifies he was not molest

Fine arts calendar

Richt says he won't suspend DT Swain
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's Darrius Swain began a 45-day jail sentence Tuesday for his latest incident of driving with a suspended license, but coach Mark Richt said he will not suspend the defensive tackle.

Richt says he won't suspend DT Swain
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's Darrius Swain began a 45-day jail sentence Tuesday for his latest incident of driving with a suspended license, but coach Mark Richt said he will not suspend the defensive tackle.

Richt says he won't suspend DT Swain

'Star Wars'-inspired parodies entertain on Internet
Soon after Star Wars premiered in 1977, parodies and fan films emerged.

'Star Wars'-inspired parodies entertain on Internet
Soon after Star Wars premiered in 1977, parodies and fan films emerged.

A.D. kept pursuit of Spurrier hush-hush
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Commercial airlines. Last minute plane tickets. Canceled visits. Information kept under wraps.

Furman slams South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Nick Wajda and Case Cassedy each had two RBIs to lift Furman to an 11-5 victory over South Carolina on Wednesday, giving the Paladins their second win over the Gamecocks in a week.

Furman slams South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Nick Wajda and Case Cassedy each had two RBIs to lift Furman to an 11-5 victory over South Carolina on Wednesday, giving the Paladins their second win over the Gamecocks in a week.

A.D. kept pursuit of Spurrier hush-hush
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Commercial airlines. Last minute plane tickets. Canceled visits. Information kept under wraps.

A.D. kept pursuit of Spurrier hush-hush

Furman slams South Carolina

Hall will not hurry to replace director
The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame doesn't plan to replace executive director Mark Darnell, at least not anytime soon.

Hall will not hurry to replace director
The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame doesn't plan to replace executive director Mark Darnell, at least not anytime soon.

Nevada brothels want to pay tax

Odds and Ends

Brazilian town declares orgasm day

Jesus Christ in legal battle for driver's license

London auction house to sell chimp artwork

Woman unwittingly gives fugitive ride around town

Cat survives fire, house explosion

Pope presses ahead with busy schedule

Pope accepts resignation of Alabama bishop

Benedict's quest to reach out to flock tests security

Pastor who urged parishioners to vote for Bush resigns

Pope warming up to his role with public at Vatican

Church leader: New outlook needed in post-Sept. 11 world