'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
NEW YORK - Alan Alda was no where in sight. Kathleen Turner ducked out before she could be interviewed.

Tony nominees meet the press, say they're honored

New dinosaurs exhibit unveiled at museum
NEW YORK - The bones? Waayyyy old. The discoveries, research and technology? Brand spanking, up-to-the-minute new.

'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.

New dinosaurs exhibit unveiled at museum
NEW YORK - The bones? Waayyyy old. The discoveries, research and technology? Brand spanking, up-to-the-minute new.

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

New dinosaurs exhibit unveiled at museum

Lions on the prowl for first state championship

Pacers can only wait, watch
AIKEN - Robert Davis' immediate plans consist of tracking the Kennesaw State-Armstrong Atlantic State baseball series on the Internet.

Yogi celebrates 80th birthday

History haunts Lions in loss
Augusta Christian baseball coach Craig Johnson hopes that history doesn't repeat itself.

Lions on the prowl for first state championship
Kristin Wallace has grown up with the Augusta Christian softball team.

Pacers can only wait, watch
AIKEN - Robert Davis' immediate plans consist of tracking the Kennesaw State-Armstrong Atlantic State baseball series on the Internet.

Pacers can only wait, watch

Lions on the prowl for first state championship
Kristin Wallace has grown up with the Augusta Christian softball team.

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Real estate agent Wendy Heath is undressed for success.

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.

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Real estate agent Wendy Heath is undressed for success.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ramirez blends in at back of Braves' rotation
DENVER -- Of the Atlanta Braves hopeful that John Smoltz's back would be healthy enough to make his scheduled start Wednesday in Colorado, left-hander Horacio Ramirez was at the forefront.

Rockies rally for victory over Braves

Atlanta calls up pen help

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.

Ramirez blends in at back of Braves' rotation
DENVER -- Of the Atlanta Braves hopeful that John Smoltz's back would be healthy enough to make his scheduled start Wednesday in Colorado, left-hander Horacio Ramirez was at the forefront.

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.

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

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

Ramirez blends in at back of Braves' rotation

New rules tighten credit card safety
Imagine carrying a giant flag with your credit card information printed on it.

McDonald's plans to continue healthy focus
CHICAGO - The first-year CEO of McDonald's Corp. told shareholders Wednesday that the company will extend its strong two-year recovery through more healthy menu choices and a continued focus on customer service.

Urban Outfitters to bring jobs to Edgefield County
AIKEN - At least 200 jobs will be created in Edgefield County by the end of the summer.

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.

Central American leaders meet to discuss trade pact
WASHINGTON - President Bush tried Thursday to break congressional resistance to a free-trade agreement with Central American nations by arguing that open markets will help improve security and promote freedom in the Western Hemisphere.

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.

UPS pilots approve strike authorization
ATLANTA - UPS Inc.'s pilots have voted to give their union leaders authority to call a strike as the union and the world's largest shipping carrier continue federal mediated talks aimed at reaching a new contract.

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.

Commission hears income tax options

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.

Urban Outfitters to bring jobs to Edgefield County
AIKEN - At least 200 jobs will be created in Edgefield County by the end of the summer.

Business briefs
Augusta'sAtlanta Bread Co. franchise owner has opened a second location at 1944 Whiskey Road in Aiken, across from the Wal-Mart store.

Business briefs
Augusta'sAtlanta Bread Co. franchise owner has opened a second location at 1944 Whiskey Road in Aiken, across from the Wal-Mart store.

McDonald's plans to continue healthy focus
CHICAGO - The first-year CEO of McDonald's Corp. told shareholders Wednesday that the company will extend its strong two-year recovery through more healthy menu choices and a continued focus on customer service.

Retail sales have strongest gain in six months
WASHINGTON - Retail sales jumped 1.4 percent in April, the strongest showing in six months, as consumers streamed back into auto showrooms and shopping malls in what was viewed as a signal that this year's economic slowdown was short-lived.

United Airlines faces more labor challenges

United, unions progress in talks
CHICAGO - United Airlines and its ramp workers' and mechanics' unions intensified contract negotiations Thursday, pushing to settle their differences before a bankruptcy court rules on their high-risk showdown over labor costs.

Scrap yards see demand for heavy metal

Central American leaders meet to discuss trade pact
WASHINGTON - President Bush tried Thursday to break congressional resistance to a free-trade agreement with Central American nations by arguing that open markets will help improve security and promote freedom in the Western Hemisphere.

Airlines may go Chapter 11 route

Business briefs

AOL jumps into free e-mail business

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.

U.S. trade deficit in March falls

Business briefs

Yahoo music service already hurting rivals

Retail sales have strongest gain in six months
WASHINGTON - Retail sales jumped 1.4 percent in April, the strongest showing in six months, as consumers streamed back into auto showrooms and shopping malls in what was viewed as a signal that this year's economic slowdown was short-lived.

Demise of pension plans has accelerated

UPS pilots approve strike authorization
ATLANTA - UPS Inc.'s pilots have voted to give their union leaders authority to call a strike as the union and the world's largest shipping carrier continue federal mediated talks aimed at reaching a new contract.

United, unions progress in talks
CHICAGO - United Airlines and its ramp workers' and mechanics' unions intensified contract negotiations Thursday, pushing to settle their differences before a bankruptcy court rules on their high-risk showdown over labor costs.

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.

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..

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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..

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.

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.

United, unions progress in talks

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.

UPS pilots approve strike authorization

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.

Retail sales have strongest gain in six months

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.

Central American leaders meet to discuss trade pact

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.

McDonald's plans to continue healthy focus

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.

Urban Outfitters to bring jobs to Edgefield County

Eastman Kodak CEO plans to step down

Don't sit down or shut up
Phyllis Holliday has never been to war. But she's taken on corruption and the pit bulls that guarded it. And that may be just as difficult - and heroic.

Don't sit down or shut up

Don't sit down or shut up
Phyllis Holliday has never been to war. But she's taken on corruption and the pit bulls that guarded it. And that may be just as difficult - and heroic.

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

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.

Air-scare lessons
Federal officials are giving themselves pretty good grades for the way they handled Wednesday's air scare when an errant Cessna 150 aircraft wandered into Washington's protected air space. The intrusion triggered a red alert and forced 35,000 people to evacuate the Capitol, Supreme Court and congressional buildings.

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.

Air-scare lessons
Federal officials are giving themselves pretty good grades for the way they handled Wednesday's air scare when an errant Cessna 150 aircraft wandered into Washington's protected air space. The intrusion triggered a red alert and forced 35,000 people to evacuate the Capitol, Supreme Court and congressional buildings.

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

Air-scare lessons

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."

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.

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.

Elton John joins the stars for premiere of 'Billy Elliot'
LONDON - An "ecstatic" Elton John joined a host of British celebrities Thursday for the opening night of fleet-footed musical "Billy Elliot."

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.

Elton John joins the stars for premiere of 'Billy Elliot'
LONDON - An "ecstatic" Elton John joined a host of British celebrities Thursday for the opening night of fleet-footed musical "Billy Elliot."

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.

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

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.

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."

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.

Minister sentenced for extorting singer's husband
LAS VEGAS - A judge sentenced a California minister to prison Thursday for trying to extort millions of dollars from Celine Dion's husband.

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.

People in the News
NEW YORK - "Gilligan's Island" is getting a little diversity.Tiy-E Muhammad, 35, a psychology and human sexuality professor from Atlanta, donned a dress shirt and some slacks as one of the Professors in the upcoming second installment of TBS' "The Real Gilligan's Island," which premieres June 8.

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.

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

People in the News
NEW YORK - "Gilligan's Island" is getting a little diversity.Tiy-E Muhammad, 35, a psychology and human sexuality professor from Atlanta, donned a dress shirt and some slacks as one of the Professors in the upcoming second installment of TBS' "The Real Gilligan's Island," which premieres June 8.

Fishermen bug out over infestation of nuisances
Fishermen and others visiting Thurmond Lake this week weren't prepared for the "Invasion of the Love Bugs."

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flier or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903.

Fishing tournaments

Fishermen bug out over infestation of nuisances
Fishermen and others visiting Thurmond Lake this week weren't prepared for the "Invasion of the Love Bugs."

Fishing tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flier or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903.

Fishermen bug out over infestation of nuisances

Grubbin': Highlander, Wife Saver open earlier

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.

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.

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': 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

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.

Impatiens enliven darker areas of garden
This time last year I accepted a new challenge, horticulturally speaking, when my family moved into another home with a sun-challenged yard. Shade inspired us to plant azaleas, hostas, ferns and cast-iron plants like crazy, but some of the most enjoyable flowers have been the impatiens, especially the Fiesta double or rose-form impatiens.

Reap more from your vegetable garden
If you're planting your vegetables strictly according to instructions on seed packets or in most gardening books, you're wasting a lot of garden space.

Impatiens enliven darker areas of garden

Gardeners have woes in common

Gardeners have woes in common
There are three problems homeowners have been seeing in their gardens lately:

Reap more from your vegetable garden
If you're planting your vegetables strictly according to instructions on seed packets or in most gardening books, you're wasting a lot of garden space.

Reap more from your vegetable garden

Gardeners have woes in common
There are three problems homeowners have been seeing in their gardens lately:

Impatiens enliven darker areas of garden
This time last year I accepted a new challenge, horticulturally speaking, when my family moved into another home with a sun-challenged yard. Shade inspired us to plant azaleas, hostas, ferns and cast-iron plants like crazy, but some of the most enjoyable flowers have been the impatiens, especially the Fiesta double or rose-form impatiens.

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.

Hits finally click for Jackets' Klink
Simon Klink didn't start the season too smoothly, but that's old news.

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.

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.

Hits finally click for Jackets' Klink
Simon Klink didn't start the season too smoothly, but that's old news.

Appleby, Daly get back to work
IRVING, Texas - Stuart Appleby got behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Gallardo two weeks ago for a five-day road race in Tasmania, where his team finished 10th. John Daly got on stage with his acoustic guitar and belted out "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" before a packed house.

Appleby, Daly get back to work
IRVING, Texas - Stuart Appleby got behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Gallardo two weeks ago for a five-day road race in Tasmania, where his team finished 10th. John Daly got on stage with his acoustic guitar and belted out "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" before a packed house.

Appleby, Daly get back to work

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.

Sorenstam trying to get started on a new streak
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - Annika Sorenstam was back in her comfort zone Thursday - making birdies, staying out of trouble and taking her customary place on the leaderboard.

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.

Sorenstam trying to get started on a new streak

Sorenstam starts over at Chick-fil-A event

A year worth remembering

Sorenstam trying to get started on a new streak
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - Annika Sorenstam was back in her comfort zone Thursday - making birdies, staying out of trouble and taking her customary place on the leaderboard.

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.

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.

Hits finally click for Jackets' Klink

Harrison pitches Rome out of slide

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.

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.

Bad-luck omens seem to be a lot easier to find
It's Friday the 13th, so I decided to look up a bunch of things that supposedly bring good luck.

Four Georgia bases recommended for closure
WASHINGTON - Four Georgia military bases - including three in the Atlanta metropolitan area - are being recommended for closure by the Pentagon, The Associated Press has learned.

S.C.'s major military bases to remain open
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's major military bases escaped closure Friday, and in fact many will come out ahead, but two small Charleston facilities will close, taking 800 jobs with them.

Base closings by state
A list obtained by The Associated Press of military facilities the Defense Department recommended for closure Friday:

Fort Gordon survives first BRAC list
Fort Gordon has survived the first major hurdle of the Base Realignment and Closure round.

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.

Senate must stop filibuster tactics

Remember officers' sacrifice
Every 57 hours, on average, a law enforcement officer is killed on duty in the United States.Elizabeth O. Leon Waynesboro

Organization prevents need for abortion

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

Dogs menacing at First Friday
On May 6, friends of my family and I made the trek downtown to our first First Friday. It grew late, the shops closed, and that's when groups of young people, accompanied by their pit bulls, began to convene on the sidewalks.Nancy M. Downard, North Augusta, S.C.

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

Remember officers' sacrifice

Health-center stories were great

Organization prevents need for abortion
It's remarkable when people don't get the "planned" in Planned Parenthood. There are those who use it in an attempt to further their own political agenda.Mary Beth Pierucci, 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

Organization prevents need for abortion
It's remarkable when people don't get the "planned" in Planned Parenthood. There are those who use it in an attempt to further their own political agenda.Mary Beth Pierucci, Augusta

Dems are worst travel offenders

Remember officers' sacrifice
Every 57 hours, on average, a law enforcement officer is killed on duty in the United States.Elizabeth O. Leon Waynesboro

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

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

Article gave the Godfather his due

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

Jaguar adds long-wheelbase XJ

Star Wars video games through the ages

Flu shots likely to be recommended for everyone

Force is strong with new 'Star Wars' game

Custom-built tanks provide focal point, peace for homes

Flu shots likely to be recommended for everyone
CHICAGO - Perhaps within five years, the government is likely to recommend annual flu shots for every American - not just young children, the elderly and other at-risk people, public health advocates predict.

Flu shots likely to be recommended for everyone
CHICAGO - Perhaps within five years, the government is likely to recommend annual flu shots for every American - not just young children, the elderly and other at-risk people, public health advocates predict.

Jaguar adds long-wheelbase XJ
Polished wood burl trim, aromatic leather and sumptuous lamb's wool floor mats aren't all that's needed for a luxury ride in Jaguar's flagship XJ sedan. Backseat room needs to be luxurious, too.

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.

Custom-built tanks provide focal point, peace for homes
Doctors and hospital administrators figured out a long time ago that aquariums are a great way to soothe jittery nerves, and homeowners are catching on, too.

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.

Study: diet effective in cutting cholesterol
PHILADELPHIA - Eating a low-fat diet packed with vegetables, fruit, beans and whole grains reduces levels of "bad" cholesterol twice as much as eating a low-fat diet that's heavy on processed foods, a small study has found.

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.

Custom-built tanks provide focal point, peace for homes
Doctors and hospital administrators figured out a long time ago that aquariums are a great way to soothe jittery nerves, and homeowners are catching on, too.

Jaguar adds long-wheelbase XJ
Polished wood burl trim, aromatic leather and sumptuous lamb's wool floor mats aren't all that's needed for a luxury ride in Jaguar's flagship XJ sedan. Backseat room needs to be luxurious, too.

Living briefs
If you live with a pack rat and you can't get them to clean out their junk, we want to hear from you.

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.

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.

Police seek man last spotted with victim
AIKEN - Police say they are searching for a man last seen with Donald C. Boyd, the Aiken County man whose body was found Wednesday in a shed near North Augusta.

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.

Milestones

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

Chris Tucker pleads guilty to speeding, eluding police

Drawing cuts scholarship field to 16

Military Intelligence Brigade hall honors 'real leader'

Man is found dead near mobile home

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

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.

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.

New span will link Augusta Canal bike trails
A final link in a network of bicycle trails between the Augusta Canal headgates and Riverwalk Augusta will include a pair of bridges spanning spillways behind King and Sibley mills along the Savannah River.

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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.

Ducks out of water cause traffic worry
Ducks at an Augusta apartment complex have been served eviction orders after running afoul of the law.

Senators spar on gas tax plan

Police seek man in connection with death

Chris Tucker pleads guilty to speeding, eluding police
WARRENTON, Ga. - Actor Chris Tucker has pleaded guilty to speeding and eluding police during a brief chase last month after which the comedian told authorities he didn't hear their sirens because he was on his way to church.

For the record

Kid of the day
Chase Spencer of Waynesboro is today's Kid of the day.

Around the block

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - A gunshot was fired into the floor in an Anderson County middle school after a pupil accidentally pulled the trigger of a deputy's holstered gun.

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.

Four Georgia bases recommended for closure

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.

Across the area
North Augusta authorities have arrested a Gloverville man on charges of attempting to obtain a driver's license with false identification, a police report states.

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

News you can use
BLACK TIE GALA: 100 Black Men of Augusta Inc. annual Black Tie Gala, An Evening of Elegance, will be held at 7 p.m. at the Gordon Club Ballroom at Fort Gordon. Tickets cost $65 and are available at Pyramid Music. Proceeds will benefit the mentoring program. For more information, call 724-5994.

Bill would publicize doctor complaints
COLUMBIA - Medical board complaints against doctors would become public records under a bill that won key approval in the South Carolina Senate on Thursday.

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Birders flock for glimpse of temporary visitors
FOLKSTON, Ga. - More than 400,000 visitors come to the Okefenokee swamp each spring to enjoy the weather, see wildlife and participate in group activities.

New span will link Augusta Canal bike trails
A final link in a network of bicycle trails between the Augusta Canal headgates and Riverwalk Augusta will include a pair of bridges spanning spillways behind King and Sibley mills along the Savannah River.

Horse adoptions help with overpopulation
BLYTHE - Four years ago, Trinket's Treasure was a wild horse roaming Nevada's rugged mountain ranges.

Senators spar on gas tax plan
COLUMBIA - Plans to raise the state's gasoline tax by seven cents a gallon are likely to fuel filibusters and floor fights in the Senate next week.

Effort to retire torn flag halts

Soldier faces larceny charges
FORT STEWART, Ga. - An Army mechanic who refused to deploy to Iraq while he sought conscientious objector status faced new charges Thursday for collecting combat pay while he remained in the United States.

Students could lose street parking rights

Bill would publicize doctor complaints
COLUMBIA - Medical board complaints against doctors would become public records under a bill that won key approval in the South Carolina Senate on Thursday.

State to overhaul math courses

New plan sought for crisis unit
After hearing strong objections from doctors and staff about creating a crisis unit in Augusta, the Augusta Community Mental Health Center's governing board agreed Thursday that a better plan is needed.

Location of sex offenders is a concern

Author speaks at hooding ceremony
Being a good doctor means hanging on to what makes you human in the face of a dehumanizing system, the author of some classic medical books told the graduating class of the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine on Thursday.

Show and tell

Ducks out of water cause traffic worry
Ducks at an Augusta apartment complex have been served eviction orders after running afoul of the law.

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.

Horse adoptions help with overpopulation
BLYTHE - Four years ago, Trinket's Treasure was a wild horse roaming Nevada's rugged mountain ranges.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

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

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.

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

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

Ducks out of water cause traffic worry

Bill would publicize doctor complaints

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.

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.

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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.

Soldier faces larceny charges
FORT STEWART, Ga. - An Army mechanic who refused to deploy to Iraq while he sought conscientious objector status faced new charges Thursday for collecting combat pay while he remained in the United States.

Horse adoptions help with overpopulation

New plan sought for crisis unit
After hearing strong objections from doctors and staff about creating a crisis unit in Augusta, the Augusta Community Mental Health Center's governing board agreed Thursday that a better plan is needed.

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.

Author speaks at hooding ceremony
Being a good doctor means hanging on to what makes you human in the face of a dehumanizing system, the author of some classic medical books told the graduating class of the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine on Thursday.

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

Military Intelligence Brigade hall honors 'real leader'
The late Col. Jon "Jake" Jones probably would have been a tad uncomfortable about ceremonies in his memory at Fort Gordon on Thursday, family and colleagues said.

Senators spar on gas tax plan
COLUMBIA - Plans to raise the state's gasoline tax by seven cents a gallon are likely to fuel filibusters and floor fights in the Senate next week.

Chris Tucker pleads guilty to speeding, eluding police
WARRENTON, Ga. - Actor Chris Tucker has pleaded guilty to speeding and eluding police during a brief chase last month after which the comedian told authorities he didn't hear their sirens because he was on his way to church.

First BRAC list out today
Today's the day Augustans will have solid facts - not rumors, guesses and opinions - about Fort Gordon's future.

School lunch menus

Some at ASU graduation aren't quite finished
Graduating college will be more of a hopeful expectation than an actual celebration Saturday for some students at Augusta State University.

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Across the area
North Augusta authorities have arrested a Gloverville man on charges of attempting to obtain a driver's license with false identification, a police report states.

Across the area

Family Day honors Gullah culture
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 Saturday at the Morris Museum of Art.

Referendum will include absentee ballots

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.

Pet of the week

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.

Safety officer's CPR training saves man

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.

A lesson in courage

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Calendar

Rants and raves
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Author speaks at hooding ceremony

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.

Wilson home is honoring mothers

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 South Carolina

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.

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.

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):

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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

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.

Across the area

Family Day honors Gullah culture

Fort Gordon survives first BRAC list

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

Some at ASU graduation aren't quite finished
Graduating college will be more of a hopeful expectation than an actual celebration Saturday for some students at Augusta State University.

Some at ASU graduation aren't quite finished

Military Intelligence Brigade hall honors 'real leader'
The late Col. Jon "Jake" Jones probably would have been a tad uncomfortable about ceremonies in his memory at Fort Gordon on Thursday, family and colleagues said.

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.

New span will link Augusta Canal bike trails

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.

Base closings by state

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

Fort Gordon survives first BRAC list
Fort Gordon has survived the first major hurdle of the Base Realignment and Closure round.

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

Four Georgia bases recommended for closure
WASHINGTON - Four Georgia military bases - including three in the Atlanta metropolitan area - are being recommended for closure by the Pentagon, The Associated Press has learned.

Soldier faces larceny charges

Kid of the day
Chase Spencer of Waynesboro is today's Kid of the day.

News you can use
BLACK TIE GALA: 100 Black Men of Augusta Inc. annual Black Tie Gala, An Evening of Elegance, will be held at 7 p.m. at the Gordon Club Ballroom at Fort Gordon. Tickets cost $65 and are available at Pyramid Music. Proceeds will benefit the mentoring program. For more information, call 724-5994.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - State employees who smoke will soon have to start paying an extra $40 a month for health insurance.

New plan sought for crisis unit

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - A gunshot was fired into the floor in an Anderson County middle school after a pupil accidentally pulled the trigger of a deputy's holstered gun.

Family Day honors Gullah culture
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 Saturday at the Morris Museum of Art.

Base closings by state
A list obtained by The Associated Press of military facilities the Defense Department recommended for closure Friday:

They can't wait for a scrum
The prep season is rapidly winding down with its usual array of crowning spring moments - baseball, softball, soccer, golf. Winning schools bask in communal pride while their peers barely take notice.

They can't wait for a scrum
The prep season is rapidly winding down with its usual array of crowning spring moments - baseball, softball, soccer, golf. Winning schools bask in communal pride while their peers barely take notice.

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

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.

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

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Review: 'Unleashed'

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: 'Monster-in-Law'

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'

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.

Review: 'Kicking & Screaming'

Superheroes, remakes heat up season's movie offerings

'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.

Pink Floyd album featured in Mission cover series

'Mighty Rearranger': Plant's new way out
NEW YORK - Outside of being the title of his newest release, "Mighty Rearranger" serves fairly well as a neat synopsis of Robert Plant's career evolution.

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.

Hot Ticket: Weezer

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

'Mighty Rearranger': Plant's new way out
NEW YORK - Outside of being the title of his newest release, "Mighty Rearranger" serves fairly well as a neat synopsis of Robert Plant's career evolution.

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."

'Mighty Rearranger': Plant's new way out

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

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.

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.

Racing newsmaker: Jeff Burton

Local economies feeling the pinch of night racing

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Viewers tune in to Darlington

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.

Site asks for best ever on the track

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.

SuperSonics squeek past Spurs
SEATTLE - Ray Allen's 20 points and Vitaly Potapenko's big defensive stop were just enough to save the Seattle SuperSonics.

Pacers find way to tie semifinals

Heat takes 3-0 lead against Wizards

Heat takes 3-0 lead against Wizards
WASHINGTON - Shaquille O'Neal didn't play, and Dwyane Wade committed five turnovers in the first quarter. Still, the Miami Heat kept their perfect postseason intact.

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.

Sonics still believe, but it could be an uphill climb

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.

Heat takes 3-0 lead against Wizards
WASHINGTON - Shaquille O'Neal didn't play, and Dwyane Wade committed five turnovers in the first quarter. Still, the Miami Heat kept their perfect postseason intact.

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

SuperSonics squeek past Spurs
SEATTLE - Ray Allen's 20 points and Vitaly Potapenko's big defensive stop were just enough to save the Seattle SuperSonics.

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

SuperSonics squeek past Spurs

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.

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

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Mrs. Wilma Q. Wheeler    (DALTON, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Welborn    (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mr. Luther McKie    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Fannie Walker    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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When Elijah Jackson Sr. died Saturday at age 97, he left friends and family with many memories. Roy Dwight "Ike" Carpenter says what he remembers most was Mr. Jackson's talent for weaving baskets and caning chairs.

Ms. Rosa Rhymes    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Joshua J. Wooden    (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby D. Randall    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Story    (MOXLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Edward J. Pendleton, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Edward J. Pendleton, Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Miguel Nunez Torres    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. John B. Mathews    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Kathryn Morton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Henry West    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Penny Minze    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Beard    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Luther McKie    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

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Mr. Willard B. Horton    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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Mrs. Evelyn Holman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Elijah Jackson Sr.
When Elijah Jackson Sr. died Saturday at age 97, he left friends and family with many memories. Roy Dwight "Ike" Carpenter says what he remembers most was Mr. Jackson's talent for weaving baskets and caning chairs.

Mrs. Katie Lou Moss    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Mack    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Theodore M. Freeman, Sr.    (APPLING, Ga.)

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Ms. Alberta "Tommie" Birkle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Susie Stevens    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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Mr. Luther McKie (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Alberta "Tommie" Birkle (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Alberta "Tommie" Birkle (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John B. Mathews (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Richard Beard (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Edward J. Pendleton, Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Eddie Jean Doty (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Youmans (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ellie Culbreath (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Ms. Josephine Lovell (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Edward J. Pendleton, Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Susie Stevens (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Hattie Williams (ROXBURY, Mass.)

Mr. Clearence Young (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Attaway (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. George H. Thornton (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Nell Q. Shirley (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Wilma Q. Wheeler (DALTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida Lou Price (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Franklin C. Bowers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie Thomas (SYCAMORE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Laura Barkley (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Luther McKie (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Nell Q. Shirley (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Hattie Williams (ROXBURY, Mass.)

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Mr. Gordon B. Dixon (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Claude E. Devor (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Theodore M. Freeman, Sr. (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Wilma Q. Wheeler (DALTON, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Grays, Jr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Laura Mack (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Franklin C. Bowers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Rosa Rhymes (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Willard B. Horton (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Holman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby D. Randall (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. John William Griffin, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Miguel Nunez Torres (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James H. Griffin (GIRARD, Ga.)

Mr. Roger Welborn (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mr. Sammie Savage (LAUDERDALE, Fla.)

Mrs. Gladys Freeman (WAUKEGAN, Ill.)

Mrs. Penny Minze (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Katie Lou Moss (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine B. Turner (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Catherine Story (MOXLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Walker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Joyce McGill Campbell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Bray, Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Neil Stephens (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie J. Burke (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. W. Earle Eskew (HINESVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Beulah Roberson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Gordon B. Dixon (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Kathryn Morton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Henry West (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Joiner (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Overtime

Overtime

Federer reaches quarters in Hamburg

Area announcements

Mauresmo advances to Italian Open quarters

Reinstated DiPiro aids Irish in win

Plans for Manhattan sports museum unveiled

Federer advances; Kuerten loses to Robredo

Musketeers advance to state final

Musketeers advance to state final

Serena Williams upset in opening match

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

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

Plans for Manhattan sports museum unveiled
NEW YORK - Gov. George Pataki joined sports stars Bob Cousy and Billie Jean King at the unveiling Thursday of plans for a National Sports Museum in lower Manhattan that will become the home of the Heisman Trophy.

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

Linebacker finally gets state title - in shot put
It was an out-of-the blue tip. A young man in Region 3-AAA throwing the shot put like Lakeside legend Reese Hoffa of years ago. Another call said it was a youngster from Burke County. The rest was mere formality.

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.

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
The Southeast Region Junior Championship Regatta will be held Saturday at Langley Pond.

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

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

Plans for Manhattan sports museum unveiled
NEW YORK - Gov. George Pataki joined sports stars Bob Cousy and Billie Jean King at the unveiling Thursday of plans for a National Sports Museum in lower Manhattan that will become the home of the Heisman Trophy.

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

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

Mauresmo advances to Italian Open quarters
ROME - Top-seeded Maria Sharapova defeated Mary Pierce 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the third round of the Italian Open on Thursday.

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

Federer reaches quarters in Hamburg
HAMBURG, Germany - Top-ranked Roger Federer moved closer to his sixth title of the year Thursday, beating Tommy Robredo 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Hamburg Masters.

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

Overtime
The Southeast Region Junior Championship Regatta will be held Saturday at Langley Pond.

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.

Federer reaches quarters in Hamburg
HAMBURG, Germany - Top-ranked Roger Federer moved closer to his sixth title of the year Thursday, beating Tommy Robredo 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Hamburg Masters.

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.

Mauresmo advances to Italian Open quarters
ROME - Top-seeded Maria Sharapova defeated Mary Pierce 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the third round of the Italian Open on Thursday.

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

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

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.

Old Crow will bring classic bluegrass to Aiken music festival

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 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.

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.

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.

They can't wait for a scrum

'Star Wars'-inspired parodies entertain on Internet

Shows could take cue from 'CSI'

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.

Bill Maher: Less yelling, no less controversy

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."

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.

Christiane Amanpour says she's leaving '60 Minutes'
NEW YORK - Christiane Amanpour, television's best-known international correspondent, said Thursday she's ending her part-time stint at CBS' "60 Minutes" because the arrangement had "run its course."

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.

What will Comedy Central do without Chappelle?
NEW YORK - Along with Jon Stewart, Dave Chappelle is Comedy Central's biggest star. Now he's gone, with some question about whether "Chappelle's Show" will ever return.

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.

What will Comedy Central do without Chappelle?

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.

Dave Chappelle seeks mental help

What will Comedy Central do without Chappelle?
NEW YORK - Along with Jon Stewart, Dave Chappelle is Comedy Central's biggest star. Now he's gone, with some question about whether "Chappelle's Show" will ever return.

Bill Maher: Less yelling, no less controversy
LOS ANGELES - It's an unlikely suspicion, but a kinder, gentler Bill Maher seems to be emerging on television.

Inside the 'Real World' Austin house

Bill Maher: Less yelling, no less controversy
LOS ANGELES - It's an unlikely suspicion, but a kinder, gentler Bill Maher seems to be emerging on television.

Christiane Amanpour says she's leaving '60 Minutes'
NEW YORK - Christiane Amanpour, television's best-known international correspondent, said Thursday she's ending her part-time stint at CBS' "60 Minutes" because the arrangement had "run its course."

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.

Dave Chappelle seeks mental help
NEW YORK - Comedy Central star Dave Chappelle has checked himself into a mental health facility in South Africa, the magazine Entertainment Weekly reported Wednesday.

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.

Uchenna and Joyce Agu win 'Amazing Race'

First look: 'Real World' in Austin, Texas

Christiane Amanpour says she's leaving '60 Minutes'

Dave Chappelle seeks mental help
NEW YORK - Comedy Central star Dave Chappelle has checked himself into a mental health facility in South Africa, the magazine Entertainment Weekly reported Wednesday.

Elton John joins the stars for premiere of 'Billy Elliot'

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People in the News

People in the News

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

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.

Shows could take cue from 'CSI'
Cinema bad boy Quentin Tarantino directs Thursday's season-ending episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

'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.

Shows could take cue from 'CSI'
Cinema bad boy Quentin Tarantino directs Thursday's season-ending episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

A.D. kept pursuit of Spurrier hush-hush

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
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

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.

Odds and Ends

Woman unwittingly gives fugitive ride around town

London auction house to sell chimp artwork

Cat survives fire, house explosion

Pastor who urged parishioners to vote for Bush resigns

Pope warming up to his role with public at Vatican