Classic images brought to small-town America
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Americans living far from big cities will get a close-up view of 300 classic photographs that reflect the nation's soul: Ansel Adams landscapes, battle scenes from Gettysburg to Omaha Beach, engaging portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Judy Garland, Babe Ruth.

Blind blues pianist doubles as photo artist

Classic images brought to small-town America

Classic images brought to small-town America
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Americans living far from big cities will get a close-up view of 300 classic photographs that reflect the nation's soul: Ansel Adams landscapes, battle scenes from Gettysburg to Omaha Beach, engaging portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Judy Garland, Babe Ruth.

Blind blues pianist doubles as photo artist
NEW ORLEANS - Renowned blues pianist Henry Butler imagined a human knee as he put his hands against the knots of a tree limb in New Orleans' Audubon Park. Intrigued by the image he could visualize but could not see, the blind musician stepped back, pulled out the camera he's been carrying around for years, and snapped a photograph.

Blind blues pianist doubles as photo artist
NEW ORLEANS - Renowned blues pianist Henry Butler imagined a human knee as he put his hands against the knots of a tree limb in New Orleans' Audubon Park. Intrigued by the image he could visualize but could not see, the blind musician stepped back, pulled out the camera he's been carrying around for years, and snapped a photograph.

Poet Stanley Kunitz looks forward to his centennial
NEW YORK - This summer marks the 100th birthday of Stanley Kunitz, former U.S. poet laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner, teacher and translator. Celebrations are scheduled in New York and Provincetown, Mass., his longtime homes, with Galway Kinnell and Gerald Stern among the poets expected.

A's fan who threw beer facing charges
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Coliseum fan who threw a cup of beer at Yankees slugger Jason Giambi will face multiple criminal charges, officials said Sunday.

A's fan who threw beer facing charges

A's fan who threw beer facing charges
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Coliseum fan who threw a cup of beer at Yankees slugger Jason Giambi will face multiple criminal charges, officials said Sunday.

How do you stop a charging deer in Wal-Mart?
NORFOLK, Neb. - So exactly how do you stop a charging deer in Wal-Mart? You take away its credit card.

Afghanistan's golf course is challenge
KABUL, Afghanistan - I am not a golfer, but that hardly stopped me from having a memorable day at the Kabul Golf Club. You see, the Kabul Golf Club is only barely a golf course.

Hot sauce named for runaway bride
ATLANTA - Maybe hot sauce is the cure for cold feet. "Jennifer's High Tailin' Hot Sauce," a nod to the saga of runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks, has sold briskly since its debut Wednesday.

Hide-and-seek game sparks search
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two young boys' apparent game of hide-and-seek prompted a massive search involving dozens of people, a helicopter, military planes and at least three K-9 units.

Odds and Ends
HONG KONG - At the strike of a gong Monday, 12 competitors scrambled up a 46-foot tower covered with Chinese buns and snatched away, relaunching a local tradition after a 26-year break.

Odds and Ends
HONG KONG - At the strike of a gong Monday, 12 competitors scrambled up a 46-foot tower covered with Chinese buns and snatched away, relaunching a local tradition after a 26-year break.

Hot sauce named for runaway bride
ATLANTA - Maybe hot sauce is the cure for cold feet. "Jennifer's High Tailin' Hot Sauce," a nod to the saga of runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks, has sold briskly since its debut Wednesday.

Afghanistan's golf course is challenge
KABUL, Afghanistan - I am not a golfer, but that hardly stopped me from having a memorable day at the Kabul Golf Club. You see, the Kabul Golf Club is only barely a golf course.

How do you stop a charging deer in Wal-Mart?
NORFOLK, Neb. - So exactly how do you stop a charging deer in Wal-Mart? You take away its credit card.

Joneses blast Braves to win

Joneses blast Braves to win
LOS ANGELES - Andruw Jones was awesome in March and awful in April. He's back to being terrific in May.

Joneses blast Braves to win
LOS ANGELES - Andruw Jones was awesome in March and awful in April. He's back to being terrific in May.

Braves fall to Padres
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres certainly aren't lacking in late-inning bravado.

Braves fall to Padres
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres certainly aren't lacking in late-inning bravado.

Braves fall to Padres

McDonald's test marketing new oil blend for french fries
CHICAGO - Healthy french fries might seem like an oxymoron, but McDonald's said it is trying to make good on an almost 3-year-old promise by testing a healthier blend of oil for its signature fries at a small number of restaurants.

Magazines focusing on ethnic minorities are growing

Howard Johnson's restaurants ride into the twilight
BANGOR, Maine - The orange roof is long gone and the Simple Simon plaque is history. The famous 28 flavors of ice cream have dwindled to 16 varieties.

Magazines focusing on ethnic minorities are growing
LOS ANGELES - Publisher Jaime Gamboa proudly flips the pages of his new magazine, pausing on articles that detail a new wave of Mexican-American surfers, chronicle Hispanic soldiers back from Iraq and tell readers where to get the best sushi.

Millions awarded in fraud lawsuit
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Billionaire financier Ron Perelman won $604.3 million in compensatory damages Monday in his lawsuit accusing the investment firm Morgan Stanley of duping him into believing a company was financially successful.

Will the consumer keep the economy going?
NEW YORK - Oil prices appear to be in retreat, at least for the short term. The question on Wall Street is whether it's too late for the rest of the economy.

Falling oil prices inspire investors

Leader reassures trade partners

Howard Johnson's restaurants ride into the twilight

Business briefs
JOB SECURITY: An improving job market is leading to improved employee confidence about job security, a worker survey suggests.

South Carolina CEOs see salary gains in 2004

Stamp collectors big business to post office
WASHINGTON - Like any good businessman, David Failor works hard to understand his customers and make sure he has a product they will want to buy - and maybe save.

Falling oil prices inspire investors
NEW YORK - Investors encouraged by falling oil prices sent stocks sharply higher Monday, with the Dow Jones industrial average soaring more than 112 points.

Greenspan to graduates: Work hard, be honest
PHILADELPHIA - Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan on Sunday urged the graduating class at one of the nation's top business schools to remember that, even in a business world tainted by corporate scandal, the nice guy doesn't always finish last.

No girls allowed at new gym

Business briefs
JOB SECURITY: An improving job market is leading to improved employee confidence about job security, a worker survey suggests.

McDonald's test marketing new oil blend for french fries

South Carolina CEOs see salary gains in 2004
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Top officers at South Carolina biggest public companies saw their salaries increase last year.

Stamp collectors big business to post office

Magazines focusing on ethnic minorities are growing
LOS ANGELES - Publisher Jaime Gamboa proudly flips the pages of his new magazine, pausing on articles that detail a new wave of Mexican-American surfers, chronicle Hispanic soldiers back from Iraq and tell readers where to get the best sushi.

Business briefs

Will the consumer keep the economy going?
NEW YORK - Oil prices appear to be in retreat, at least for the short term. The question on Wall Street is whether it's too late for the rest of the economy.

Will the consumer keep the economy going?

Greenspan to graduates: Work hard, be honest
PHILADELPHIA - Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan on Sunday urged the graduating class at one of the nation's top business schools to remember that, even in a business world tainted by corporate scandal, the nice guy doesn't always finish last.

Leader reassures trade partners
BEIJING - President Hu Jintao tried Monday to reassure China's trading partners that its growing economic might is a benign force for global prosperity, promising to open its markets more widely to foreign competitors and better protect intellectual property.

Leader reassures trade partners
BEIJING - President Hu Jintao tried Monday to reassure China's trading partners that its growing economic might is a benign force for global prosperity, promising to open its markets more widely to foreign competitors and better protect intellectual property.

No girls allowed at new gym
You've heard of Curves for Women, the wildly successful fitness-club chain whose locations seem to have sprouted up in every shopping center in the nation.

Millions awarded in fraud lawsuit
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Billionaire financier Ron Perelman won $604.3 million in compensatory damages Monday in his lawsuit accusing the investment firm Morgan Stanley of duping him into believing a company was financially successful.

Sony set to unveil new PlayStation 3 console
LOS ANGELES - Gamers awaited details of Sony Corp.'s new PlayStation 3 video game machine Monday in what is likely a new round of console wars with rivals Microsoft Corp. and Nintendo Co.

No girls allowed at new gym
You've heard of Curves for Women, the wildly successful fitness-club chain whose locations seem to have sprouted up in every shopping center in the nation.

Millions awarded in fraud lawsuit

Falling oil prices inspire investors
NEW YORK - Investors encouraged by falling oil prices sent stocks sharply higher Monday, with the Dow Jones industrial average soaring more than 112 points.

South Carolina CEOs see salary gains in 2004
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Top officers at South Carolina biggest public companies saw their salaries increase last year.

McDonald's test marketing new oil blend for french fries
CHICAGO - Healthy french fries might seem like an oxymoron, but McDonald's said it is trying to make good on an almost 3-year-old promise by testing a healthier blend of oil for its signature fries at a small number of restaurants.

Stamp collectors big business to post office
WASHINGTON - Like any good businessman, David Failor works hard to understand his customers and make sure he has a product they will want to buy - and maybe save.

Howard Johnson's restaurants ride into the twilight
BANGOR, Maine - The orange roof is long gone and the Simple Simon plaque is history. The famous 28 flavors of ice cream have dwindled to 16 varieties.

Greenspan to graduates: Work hard, be honest

Tigers edge Wake Forest
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Despite a Wake Forest rally from an early 6-1 deficit, Clemson reliever Drew Fiorenza picked up his first save of the season in a 6-5 victory Sunday over the Demon Deacons (23-26, 11-16 ACC).

Temple to join Mid-American Conference for football

Temple to join Mid-American Conference for football
PHILADELPHIA - Temple's football program has found a home, accepting an offer to join the Mid-American Conference, looking for a fresh start for a team with little history of success.

Temple to join Mid-American Conference for football
PHILADELPHIA - Temple's football program has found a home, accepting an offer to join the Mid-American Conference, looking for a fresh start for a team with little history of success.

NCAA notifies Ohio State of alleged violations

Proceed with caution on road-trip snacks
Many of us will hit the road this summer, and that means fueling up - our cars and ourselves. Convenience stores are becoming quick-service restaurants in our time-starved culture - a phenomenon that can be costly if you're counting calories. Take a look and see whether you can make the "right choices" to stay fit.

Overreaction over lies

Free care for illegals
When it comes to immigration policy, President Bush goes soft. His latest move is to raid the pocketbooks of federal taxpayers for $1 billion to pay doctors and hospitals to take care of sick or injured illegal immigrants. Most American citizens don't get free care.

Free care for illegals
When it comes to immigration policy, President Bush goes soft. His latest move is to raid the pocketbooks of federal taxpayers for $1 billion to pay doctors and hospitals to take care of sick or injured illegal immigrants. Most American citizens don't get free care.

Suspension camps backed
Sending chronic troublemakers home from school for several weeks may provide relief for teachers and students they distract - and that's no small thing - but it does nothing to ensure that bad conduct will change when the miscreant returns.

Suspension camps backed
Sending chronic troublemakers home from school for several weeks may provide relief for teachers and students they distract - and that's no small thing - but it does nothing to ensure that bad conduct will change when the miscreant returns.

Overreaction over lies
The Islamic world stands constantly poised to believe the worst about America.

Cheney's hollow victory
In a ruling favorable to Vice President Dick Cheney, a federal appeals court last week dealt a blow to open and accountable government. The eight appellate judges held that the vice president did not have to disclose members of his 2001 energy task force or the advice they gave in shaping the Bush administration's national energy policy.

Overreaction over lies
The Islamic world stands constantly poised to believe the worst about America.

Free care for illegals

Why yearbooks matter
Computers are changing our culture, sometimes for the better and sometimes not. An example of the latter is that growing numbers of high schools around the country - citing budget squeezes - are doing away with yearbooks. When a choice has to be made between computers and yearbooks, computers often win out.

Suspension camps backed

Dave Chappelle: I'm not crazy
NEW YORK - Comedian Dave Chappelle wants to set things straight: "I'm not crazy, I'm not smoking crack," he tells Time magazine in an interview more than a week after his hit Comedy Central show was suspended and the rumors started to fly.

Dave Chappelle: I'm not crazy
NEW YORK - Comedian Dave Chappelle wants to set things straight: "I'm not crazy, I'm not smoking crack," he tells Time magazine in an interview more than a week after his hit Comedy Central show was suspended and the rumors started to fly.

Michael Jackson defense focuses on trips
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Witnesses testified Monday in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial that the accuser's mother got a body wax and her children visited an orthodontist at a time when the family was allegedly being held captive by the pop star and associates.

People in the News
DUBLIN, Ireland - Colin Farrell offered a loving farewell, peppered with jokes, at his grandfather's funeral.

Celebs aid Michael Jackson defense
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - In the grand theater that is the Michael Jackson courtroom, a celebrity cast is lining up in defense of the pop singer, testing whether star power can help persuade jurors.

Michael Jackson defense focuses on trips
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Witnesses testified Monday in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial that the accuser's mother got a body wax and her children visited an orthodontist at a time when the family was allegedly being held captive by the pop star and associates.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Ever dream of rocking out on stage with Sting? All you need to do is ask.

Celebs aid Michael Jackson defense
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - In the grand theater that is the Michael Jackson courtroom, a celebrity cast is lining up in defense of the pop singer, testing whether star power can help persuade jurors.

People in the News
DUBLIN, Ireland - Colin Farrell offered a loving farewell, peppered with jokes, at his grandfather's funeral.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Ever dream of rocking out on stage with Sting? All you need to do is ask.

Fund closed to new investors, but launches alternative
NEW YORK - Julius Baer's all-cap international equity fund has been wildly successful over the past few years, so much so, the company has shuttered it to new investors. But new customers can get access to its winning management team through another soon-to-be launched fund.

Fund closed to new investors, but launches alternative
NEW YORK - Julius Baer's all-cap international equity fund has been wildly successful over the past few years, so much so, the company has shuttered it to new investors. But new customers can get access to its winning management team through another soon-to-be launched fund.

Fund closed to new investors, but launches alternative

Hewitt talks up young team in Augusta
With the loss of five seniors and the possible departure of star point guard Jarrett Jack, it's no wonder Georgia Tech men's basketball coach Paul Hewitt is glad-handing fans around the Southeast this summer.

Hewitt talks up young team in Augusta
With the loss of five seniors and the possible departure of star point guard Jarrett Jack, it's no wonder Georgia Tech men's basketball coach Paul Hewitt is glad-handing fans around the Southeast this summer.

Georgia Tech romps Virginia
ATLANTA - Tyler Greene hit a grand slam and two singles and Matt Wieters added a three-run homer to lead Georgia Tech to a sweep of a three-game series with an 11-1 victory over Virginia Tech on Sunday.

Georgia Tech romps Virginia
ATLANTA - Tyler Greene hit a grand slam and two singles and Matt Wieters added a three-run homer to lead Georgia Tech to a sweep of a three-game series with an 11-1 victory over Virginia Tech on Sunday.

Georgia Tech romps Virginia

Hewitt talks up young team in Augusta

Seven in seventh nets Jackets win
Finally, a blowout. The Augusta GreenJackets used a seven-run seventh inning Monday to beat the Columbus Catfish, 9-2 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Jackets can't rally after being slammed
The scene was set for a familiar ending at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Jackets can't rally after being slammed
The scene was set for a familiar ending at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Seven in seventh nets Jackets win
Finally, a blowout. The Augusta GreenJackets used a seven-run seventh inning Monday to beat the Columbus Catfish, 9-2 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Memories are worth the price of yearbooks

Brown, Burkhart eye second national title

Thorpe, Hatalsky can't beat darkness
MILTON, Fla. - Jim Thorpe and Morris Hatalsky parred the first hole of a playoff Sunday night before play was suspended because of darkness in the Champions Tour's Blue Angels Classic.

A Purdy prize at the Nelson
IRVING, Texas - Ted Purdy made sure this one didn't get away from him.

Thorpe, Hatalsky can't beat darkness

Couch shoots 60 to win Rheem Classic

Brown, Burkhart eye second national title
If every collegiate golf coach in America could be as lucky as USC Aiken's Michael Carlisle.

Sorenstam cruises to 60th career win in Atlanta

Bjorn wins British Masters in three-way playoff
MERIDEN, England - Thomas Bjorn won the British Masters on Sunday with a par on the second playoff hole after finishing in a three-way tie with Brian Davis and David Howell.

Bjorn wins British Masters in three-way playoff

Couch shoots 60 to win Rheem Classic
FORT SMITH, Ark. - Chris Couch won the Nationwide Tour's Rheem Classic on Sunday, matching the course record with a 10-under 60 for a five-stroke victory.

A Purdy prize at the Nelson
IRVING, Texas - Ted Purdy made sure this one didn't get away from him.

Sorenstam cruises to 60th career win in Atlanta
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - For Annika Sorenstam, the 60th career win was one of her easiest.

Couch shoots 60 to win Rheem Classic
FORT SMITH, Ark. - Chris Couch won the Nationwide Tour's Rheem Classic on Sunday, matching the course record with a 10-under 60 for a five-stroke victory.

Brown, Burkhart eye second national title
If every collegiate golf coach in America could be as lucky as USC Aiken's Michael Carlisle.

Thorpe, Hatalsky can't beat darkness
MILTON, Fla. - Jim Thorpe and Morris Hatalsky parred the first hole of a playoff Sunday night before play was suspended because of darkness in the Champions Tour's Blue Angels Classic.

Sorenstam cruises to 60th career win in Atlanta
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - For Annika Sorenstam, the 60th career win was one of her easiest.

A Purdy prize at the Nelson

Open to draw diverse group
WALLACE, N.C. - Cortney Brisson called his trip to the 2003 U.S. Open a second honeymoon. For a little-known pro golfer who usually plays on obscure mini-tours, the description fit perfectly.

Open to draw diverse group

Wang ends title drought with Macau Open win
MACAU - Taiwan's Wang Ter-chang shot a 3-under 68 Sunday to win the Macau Open for his first title in six years.

Bjorn wins British Masters in three-way playoff
MERIDEN, England - Thomas Bjorn won the British Masters on Sunday with a par on the second playoff hole after finishing in a three-way tie with Brian Davis and David Howell.

Open to draw diverse group
WALLACE, N.C. - Cortney Brisson called his trip to the 2003 U.S. Open a second honeymoon. For a little-known pro golfer who usually plays on obscure mini-tours, the description fit perfectly.

Seven in seventh nets Jackets win

Jackets can't rally after being slammed

Czech Republic blanks Canada
VIENNA, Austria - Martin Rucinsky made sure the Czech Republic wouldn't need overtime or a shootout to win the world hockey championship.

Czech Republic blanks Canada

Czech Republic blanks Canada
VIENNA, Austria - Martin Rucinsky made sure the Czech Republic wouldn't need overtime or a shootout to win the world hockey championship.

Who knew ironing could be an extreme sport?
What's the newest sport that you've probably never heard of? Extreme ironing.

Georgia Power raising rates in June
ATLANTA -- Georgia Power Co. customers will pay the utility $508 million to cover increasing fuel costs for generating electricity under a plan the state Public Service Commission approved today.

Alligator blocks traffic on River Watch Parkway
An 8-foot-long alligator blocking traffic along River Watch Parkway this morning was captured by Richmond County Animal Control officers and will be relocated to a more remote location by state wildlife authorities.

Delivery driver finds radioactive box in street
Augusta fire crews were investigating a suspicious package this morning in the area of Fifth and Broad streets.

Augusta Lynx hire new coach
The Augusta Lynx announced Monday that former Florida Everblades coach Bob Ferguson has agreed to a one-year contract to coach the Lynx next season.

Murder suspect found in a Greenwood hospital
AIKEN -- A man sought in connection with the apparent murder of an Aiken County man was located over the weekend in a Greenwood hospital, police said this morning.

Brand Augusta as true golf haven

AP pro-communist, anti-democracy
On April 29, The Augusta Chronicle ran two Associated Press stories that clearly showed AP's objective: socialism/communism over democracy. By continually running AP stories, The Chronicle either is being duped or knowingly taking part in this scam to overthrow democracy. Tom Hunter, Augusta

Evangelists deserve God's largesse
I am writing in response to Tom Zwemer's complaint about evangelists on television having wealth ("Some serve God and mammon," May 7). Traci Powers, Graniteville, S.C.

Brand Augusta as true golf haven
The Augusta Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau's "iPlayed Augusta" branding and "Play Augusta Georgia Week," with a little follow-through, could drive local airfares down and have a larger economic impact than 10 years of Red Carpet tours. Michael Schortinghuis, Grovetown

Retirees need private accounts
President Bush is pushing for a portion of your Social Security to be put in your own private account that you can manage. Woodrow Short, Aiken, S.C.

War in Iraq causes rifts here, abroad
It has been two years now since President Bush declared "mission accomplished" in Iraq on an American carrier.

Sex-crime law unfair to some teens
I want to inform the CSRA about Georgia's net to catch our male teens and charge them as criminals for engaging in consensual sexual encounters.

Brand Augusta as true golf haven
The Augusta Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau's "iPlayed Augusta" branding and "Play Augusta Georgia Week," with a little follow-through, could drive local airfares down and have a larger economic impact than 10 years of Red Carpet tours. Michael Schortinghuis, Grovetown

Outsourcing, Firefox gains, Web purge and more

Living briefs

Second-rate content mars Akimbo TV service

Next via Internet: tailored TV

Rowling plans reading of new Potter book

'Star Wars' spawned a galaxy of technologies

New inventions try to detect caches of cash

Interactive technology transforms the classrooms

Mount St. Helens rises from the ashes

'Green' diesel from natural gas could cut city smog

The art of coexisting with nasty neighbors

Seniors calendar

Health and fitness calendar

Public schools, private billions and the best of intentions

Partridge Inn opens kitchen to best chefs

Next via Internet: tailored TV
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Cable television often boasts that it can deliver esoteric fare suiting nearly any taste. But it could be rendered obsolete by the likes of Bill Eason's hog cooking class.

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

Partridge Inn opens kitchen to best chefs
Six Southern chefs will take part in The Partridge Inn's third annual Best Chefs of the South series beginning Wednesday.

Public schools, private billions and the best of intentions
SEATTLE - Bill Gates raised some hackles with his withering assessment of American high schools, but at least the billionaire founder of Microsoft is putting his money where his mouth is.

Mount St. Helens rises from the ashes
Virginia Dale was in the first helicopter load of ecologists to land at Mount St. Helens after it erupted 25 years ago this month. "I just remember how bizarre it was going out into that landscape," she says of the suddenly gray, ash-covered terrain. "It gave the impression of total lifelessness."

Second-rate content mars Akimbo TV service
Hundreds of TV channels are now available, and digital video recorders make it easy to watch shows whenever you find the time. Still, the advances have done little to end the refrain: There's nothing on TV.

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

New inventions try to detect caches of cash
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - Ah, the smell of money - there's nothing quite like it. Some people, in fact, may soon be looking for ways to mask the special odor.

Living briefs
What the heck is happening with our sweet, innocent Rory (Alexis Bledel) on Gilmore Girls? As the show's standout fifth season comes to a close, Lorelei (Lauren Graham) finds herself having to rescue her suddenly rebellious daughter from a night of reckless behavior with boyfriend Logan (Matt Czuchry). The show airs at 8 on the WB.

Flares from young stars may influence solar system formation
LOS ANGELES - Solar flares are infamous for wreaking havoc on electrical power lines and communication signals. But a team of astronomers says such bursts emitted by the sun in its youth may have helped planets form.

Partridge Inn opens kitchen to best chefs
Six Southern chefs will take part in The Partridge Inn's third annual Best Chefs of the South series beginning Wednesday.

Interactive technology transforms the classrooms
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Professor Ross Cheit put it to the students in his "Ethics and Public Policy" class at Brown University: Are you morally obliged to report cheating if you know about it?

'Star Wars' spawned a galaxy of technologies
SAN FRANCISCO - After filming the first "Star Wars" movie with special effects far from special, George Lucas spent millions to develop a complete digital editing system to populate his sequels with armies of X-wing fighters and Gungan warriors.

Rowling plans reading of new Potter book
LONDON - Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will give a midnight reading of the sixth book in her hugely successful series at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland to coincide with its publication, the writer announced Saturday.

New inventions try to detect caches of cash
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - Ah, the smell of money - there's nothing quite like it. Some people, in fact, may soon be looking for ways to mask the special odor.

Next via Internet: tailored TV
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Cable television often boasts that it can deliver esoteric fare suiting nearly any taste. But it could be rendered obsolete by the likes of Bill Eason's hog cooking class.

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

'Green' diesel from natural gas could cut city smog
RAS LAFFAN INDUSTRIAL CITY, Qatar - The rat's nest of pipes and columns snaking across the desert harbors a secret process that will use cobalt to turn natural gas into a powerful, clean-burning diesel fuel.

The art of coexisting with nasty neighbors
Fred Rogers had the luxury of asking people to be his neighbor on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. The rest of us have less control.

'Star Wars' spawned a galaxy of technologies
SAN FRANCISCO - After filming the first "Star Wars" movie with special effects far from special, George Lucas spent millions to develop a complete digital editing system to populate his sequels with armies of X-wing fighters and Gungan warriors.

Another prediction for above-normal hurricane season
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. - The East and Gulf coasts can expect another hurricane season that's worse than average, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.

Outsourcing, Firefox gains, Web purge and more
to such lower-cost countries as India, China and Russia may be a reversible trend that could ultimately benefit U.S. workers, the authors of a new book say.

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

Mount St. Helens rises from the ashes
Virginia Dale was in the first helicopter load of ecologists to land at Mount St. Helens after it erupted 25 years ago this month. "I just remember how bizarre it was going out into that landscape," she says of the suddenly gray, ash-covered terrain. "It gave the impression of total lifelessness."

The art of coexisting with nasty neighbors
Fred Rogers had the luxury of asking people to be his neighbor on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. The rest of us have less control.

Public schools, private billions and the best of intentions
SEATTLE - Bill Gates raised some hackles with his withering assessment of American high schools, but at least the billionaire founder of Microsoft is putting his money where his mouth is.

Outsourcing, Firefox gains, Web purge and more
to such lower-cost countries as India, China and Russia may be a reversible trend that could ultimately benefit U.S. workers, the authors of a new book say.

Second-rate content mars Akimbo TV service
Hundreds of TV channels are now available, and digital video recorders make it easy to watch shows whenever you find the time. Still, the advances have done little to end the refrain: There's nothing on TV.

'Green' diesel from natural gas could cut city smog
RAS LAFFAN INDUSTRIAL CITY, Qatar - The rat's nest of pipes and columns snaking across the desert harbors a secret process that will use cobalt to turn natural gas into a powerful, clean-burning diesel fuel.

Interactive technology transforms the classrooms
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Professor Ross Cheit put it to the students in his "Ethics and Public Policy" class at Brown University: Are you morally obliged to report cheating if you know about it?

Rowling plans reading of new Potter book
LONDON - Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will give a midnight reading of the sixth book in her hugely successful series at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland to coincide with its publication, the writer announced Saturday.

Living briefs
What the heck is happening with our sweet, innocent Rory (Alexis Bledel) on Gilmore Girls? As the show's standout fifth season comes to a close, Lorelei (Lauren Graham) finds herself having to rescue her suddenly rebellious daughter from a night of reckless behavior with boyfriend Logan (Matt Czuchry). The show airs at 8 on the WB.

Lynx name sixth coach
Five months away from a hockey bench was long enough for Bob Ferguson.

Lynx name sixth coach
Five months away from a hockey bench was long enough for Bob Ferguson.

Lynx name sixth coach

Police arrest 2 after gunfire

Across Georgia

Mother sues apartment company, police in daughter's death
DARLINGTON, S.C. - A real estate management company and the Darlington County Sheriff's Office were negligent in the death of a teenager, who was assaulted and killed last year, according to a lawsuit filed by the victim's mother.

Georgia citizen-soldiers depart for yearlong Iraq tour

Men find remains in Burke County

Authorities plan meth conference

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Cameron Morris, 6, of North Augusta.

Leaders optimistic about future of Albany base

Lawmakers question solicitor's lobbyist use
GREENVILLE, S.C. - At least one lawmaker says it was inappropriate for a prosecutor to use public funds to lobby the Legislature on a bill that would have benefited the prosecutor personally.

Agency says cuts take toll on quality of work

Riverkeeper shortage comes as threats increase

Lawmakers question solicitor's lobbyist use

Dean at medical college to leave

Lawmakers question solicitor's lobbyist use
GREENVILLE, S.C. - At least one lawmaker says it was inappropriate for a prosecutor to use public funds to lobby the Legislature on a bill that would have benefited the prosecutor personally.

Mineta unveils rail plan
COLUMBIA - U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta unveiled a six-pronged plan Monday aimed at creating safer rail operation, steps he said could have prevented the Jan. 6 train collision and chlorine spill in Graniteville.

British take Charleston again at re-enactment
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The continual booms resonating from the battlefield where hundreds of Revolutionary War soldiers engaged in realistic combat Saturday kept Justin Odom and his brother Jeremy on their toes, peaking wide-eyed through a wooden fence.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department officer shot to death a man who was suspected of stealing a marked police cruiser.

Kid of the Day

Waycross pharmacy closed after painkillers missing
PATTERSON, Ga. - A pharmacy has been closed after authorities conducted an inventory and determined that nearly 40,000 painkillers - including thousands of Oxycontin tablets - have been missing, state officials said.

'Chronicle' employee enjoyed being family man

Trial begins for man accused of homicide

'Grandma' takes cake for helping at school

Worker's radioactive delivery closes road

Georgia bases on closure list look at redevelopment

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Children from China find homes with local families

Heat is rising on projects

Worker's radioactive delivery closes road
When one of his drivers out delivering bottled water came across a big box marked "radioactive" blocking Monday morning traffic on Stevens Creek Road, Todd Brandenburg thought he gave him pretty clear instructions: "Leave it alone. Call 911."

Mineta unveils rail plan

One arm, one foul

Across Georgia

Kid of the Day
Savannah Smith is today's Kid of the Day.

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Local events this week:

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Richmond County sheriff's authorities are searching for two men who have failed to register as sex offenders in Richmond County.

City interviews fire chief pick
Augusta officials interviewed the first of three finalists for the vacant fire chief's job Monday.

Men find remains in Burke County
The partial remains of a human skeleton were discovered Monday in northern Burke County, but officials say it's too early to tell whether this could be a case of foul play.

Georgia bases on closure list look at redevelopment
ATLANTA - Amid the bad news that four Georgia bases for the first time are included on a list of suggested closings by the Pentagon was a sliver of comfort - at least those bases are all in fast-growing north Georgia, boosting the odds of successful redevelopment.

Across South Carolina
TAYLORS - The former Augusta woman who was held hostage by courthouse shooting suspect Brian Nichols urged members of a church congregation to remember that there is always hope.

Sanford and sons ride rapids
LONG CREEK, S.C. - Gov. Mark Sanford picked a wild place to continue his efforts at getting South Carolinians more active.

Riverkeeper shortage comes as threats increase
NAHUNTA, Ga. - When Georgia's riverkeepers pushed off for their annual river paddle on a recent Saturday, they needed only four canoes.

Delivery driver finds radioactive box in street

Sides spar over gag order
ATLANTA - Attorneys for Atlanta media outlets asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to declare that a former gag order in the murder case against Dacula dentist Barton Corbin was improperly issued.

Fire burns offices, plant for screen company
GEORGETOWN, S.C. - The administrative offices and part of a plant that makes porch screens have been destroyed by a fire. No injuries were reported.

Trial begins for man accused of homicide
The homicide trial began Monday for a man accused of taking part in a fatal convenience store robbery nearly five years ago.

Correction

'Grandma' takes cake for helping at school
You would think Mary Craig was on the payroll at Willis Foreman Elementary School.

Kid of the Day

Rants and Raves
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Judges craft assignment rules
Superior Court judges are working through the logistics of implementing case assignments, and they hope to have something on paper by this week.

City interviews fire chief pick

Children from China find homes with local families
Several years ago, when Dean and Stacy Moore finally received photos of the young Chinese girls they were to adopt, they couldn't help but notice their sad, blank expressions

Leaders optimistic about future of Albany base
ALBANY, Ga. - After months of hearing rumors that Albany's Marine Corps Logistics Base might be targeted for closure, community leaders were elated to learn that talk was false.

Serious charges often are dropped
COLUMBIA - An analysis of criminal domestic violence cases found more than one-third of the most serious offenses in South Carolina were dropped since then-state Attorney General Charlie Condon ordered prosecutors not to do so unless absolutely necessary.

Alligator blocks traffic on River Watch Parkway

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The fungus that causes Sudden Oak Death has been found in a small shipment of mountain laurel for a wholesale nursery in Norcross, state agriculture officials said.

Sides spar over gag order

News you can use
Local events this week:

Across the area

Heat is rising on projects
When it comes to some of the area's most important road improvements, listing start and finish dates doesn't even begin to tell the tale of the projects.

Rants and Raves
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Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - One man was killed and another injured when three men with guns entered a home early Sunday and demanded money.

Reviving a ghost town

Alligator blocks traffic on River Watch Parkway
An 8-foot-long alligator blocking traffic along River Watch Parkway this morning was captured by Richmond County Animal Control officers and will be relocated to a more remote location by state wildlife authorities.

Kid of the Day
Savannah Smith is today's Kid of the Day.

Correction
- In Sunday's Augusta Chronicle, a caption accompanying a photograph of the Augusta Horse and Carriage Parade contained incorrect information.

Slaying suspect found in hospital
AIKEN - A man sought in connection with the slaying of an Aiken County man was located over the weekend in a Greenwood hospital, police said Monday.

Police arrest 2 after gunfire
AIKEN - Police arrested two South Carolina men Saturday after an early morning exchange of gunfire at the Ballagio nightclub in Aiken.

Road might be widened
Meisha Clarke, an assistant manager for Goodwill Industries in Martinez, says she has seen too many wrecks in front of her business.

Mineta unveils rail plan
COLUMBIA - U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta unveiled a six-pronged plan Monday aimed at creating safer rail operation, steps he said could have prevented the Jan. 6 train collision and chlorine spill in Graniteville.

Police arrest 2 after gunfire
AIKEN - Police arrested two South Carolina men Saturday after an early morning exchange of gunfire at the Ballagio nightclub in Aiken.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department officer shot to death a man who was suspected of stealing a marked police cruiser.

Adviser sees class grow
For four years, Angela Simpson has cheered on a group of Harlem High School students. On Monday, she met with them for the last time.

City interviews fire chief pick
Augusta officials interviewed the first of three finalists for the vacant fire chief's job Monday.

Sides spar over gag order
ATLANTA - Attorneys for Atlanta media outlets asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to declare that a former gag order in the murder case against Dacula dentist Barton Corbin was improperly issued.

Dean at medical college to leave
David Stern once rode a bus 18 hours to interview for the job as dean of the School of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia.

Fire burns offices, plant for screen company
GEORGETOWN, S.C. - The administrative offices and part of a plant that makes porch screens have been destroyed by a fire. No injuries were reported.

Reviving a ghost town
Aside from the frequent whoosh of speeding trucks along Appling-Harlem Road, the only sign of life at noon in downtown Appling is the occasional buzz of a saw at its historic courthouse or the fluttering of lovebugs in the air.

The week ahead
If you judged commercials for cartoons and video games against those for books, you might think children found reading to be some uncool, archaic pastime.

Budget strikes startle courts
State court officials were taken by surprise when Gov. Sonny Perdue eliminated funding for judges' and prosecutors' councils with a stroke of his pen.

Delivery driver finds radioactive box in street
Augusta fire crews were investigating a suspicious package this morning in the area of Fifth and Broad streets.

The week ahead
If you judged commercials for cartoons and video games against those for books, you might think children found reading to be some uncool, archaic pastime.

'Grandma' takes cake for helping at school
You would think Mary Craig was on the payroll at Willis Foreman Elementary School.

Five questions
Carrie Brady is a teacher at Greenbrier High School. In her third year of teaching and second year at Greenbrier, Ms. Brady instructs students in ceramics and introductory art. The school year ends Friday.

Budget strikes startle courts
State court officials were taken by surprise when Gov. Sonny Perdue eliminated funding for judges' and prosecutors' councils with a stroke of his pen.

Agency says cuts take toll on quality of work
ATLANTA - Although the Public Service Commission is charged with representing the interests of millions of Georgians by challenging utilities to justify requests for rate increases, the agency says it now has less money than ever to do the job.

Reviving a ghost town
Aside from the frequent whoosh of speeding trucks along Appling-Harlem Road, the only sign of life at noon in downtown Appling is the occasional buzz of a saw at its historic courthouse or the fluttering of lovebugs in the air.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators charged two Augusta teenagers as adults with armed robbery early Sunday morning, sheriff's office records state.

Five questions
Carrie Brady is a teacher at Greenbrier High School. In her third year of teaching and second year at Greenbrier, Ms. Brady instructs students in ceramics and introductory art. The school year ends Friday.

Across the area

Children from China find homes with local families
Several years ago, when Dean and Stacy Moore finally received photos of the young Chinese girls they were to adopt, they couldn't help but notice their sad, blank expressions

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Agency says cuts take toll on quality of work
ATLANTA - Although the Public Service Commission is charged with representing the interests of millions of Georgians by challenging utilities to justify requests for rate increases, the agency says it now has less money than ever to do the job.

The week ahead

Serious charges often are dropped
COLUMBIA - An analysis of criminal domestic violence cases found more than one-third of the most serious offenses in South Carolina were dropped since then-state Attorney General Charlie Condon ordered prosecutors not to do so unless absolutely necessary.

One arm, one foul
Terry Colvin celebrates with his daughter Cassidy, 10, after getting a foul ball at the GreenJackets game against Columbus.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's investigators charged two Augusta teenagers as adults with armed robbery early Sunday morning, sheriff's office records state.

Worker's radioactive delivery closes road
When one of his drivers out delivering bottled water came across a big box marked "radioactive" blocking Monday morning traffic on Stevens Creek Road, Todd Brandenburg thought he gave him pretty clear instructions: "Leave it alone. Call 911."

Mother sues apartment company, police in daughter's death

Correction
- In Sunday's Augusta Chronicle, a caption accompanying a photograph of the Augusta Horse and Carriage Parade contained incorrect information.

Heat is rising on projects
When it comes to some of the area's most important road improvements, listing start and finish dates doesn't even begin to tell the tale of the projects.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's authorities are searching for two men who have failed to register as sex offenders in Richmond County.

Fire burns offices, plant for screen company

'Chronicle' employee enjoyed being family man
Calvin E. Thornton Jr. smiles slightly when he reflects on the life of his younger brother, George Henderson Thornton.

Trial begins for man accused of homicide
The homicide trial began Monday for a man accused of taking part in a fatal convenience store robbery nearly five years ago.

Dean at medical college to leave
David Stern once rode a bus 18 hours to interview for the job as dean of the School of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia.

Waycross pharmacy closed after painkillers missing

Riverkeeper shortage comes as threats increase
NAHUNTA, Ga. - When Georgia's riverkeepers pushed off for their annual river paddle on a recent Saturday, they needed only four canoes.

Leaders optimistic about future of Albany base
ALBANY, Ga. - After months of hearing rumors that Albany's Marine Corps Logistics Base might be targeted for closure, community leaders were elated to learn that talk was false.

Georgia citizen-soldiers depart for yearlong Iraq tour
SAVANNAH, Ga. - When he joined the National Guard's 48th Infantry Brigade in November, Pvt. Robert Ingle knew he'd soon be saying goodbye to his family - except his youngest brother, a sergeant in the same platoon.

Waycross pharmacy closed after painkillers missing
PATTERSON, Ga. - A pharmacy has been closed after authorities conducted an inventory and determined that nearly 40,000 painkillers - including thousands of Oxycontin tablets - have been missing, state officials said.

Across South Carolina
TAYLORS - The former Augusta woman who was held hostage by courthouse shooting suspect Brian Nichols urged members of a church congregation to remember that there is always hope.

S.C. Supreme Court gets high marks
COLUMBIA, S.C. - While judges at the federal level face criticism for being activists and creating law, South Carolina's justices are praised by lawmakers and legal experts as fair.

Authorities plan meth conference
FLORENCE, S.C. - A decade ago, South Carolina and local law enforcement agencies did not spend time or resources on methamphetamine. That has changed in a hurry.

Authorities plan meth conference
FLORENCE, S.C. - A decade ago, South Carolina and local law enforcement agencies did not spend time or resources on methamphetamine. That has changed in a hurry.

S.C. Supreme Court gets high marks
COLUMBIA, S.C. - While judges at the federal level face criticism for being activists and creating law, South Carolina's justices are praised by lawmakers and legal experts as fair.

Mother sues apartment company, police in daughter's death
DARLINGTON, S.C. - A real estate management company and the Darlington County Sheriff's Office were negligent in the death of a teenager, who was assaulted and killed last year, according to a lawsuit filed by the victim's mother.

British take Charleston again at re-enactment

Georgia citizen-soldiers depart for yearlong Iraq tour
SAVANNAH, Ga. - When he joined the National Guard's 48th Infantry Brigade in November, Pvt. Robert Ingle knew he'd soon be saying goodbye to his family - except his youngest brother, a sergeant in the same platoon.

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British take Charleston again at re-enactment
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The continual booms resonating from the battlefield where hundreds of Revolutionary War soldiers engaged in realistic combat Saturday kept Justin Odom and his brother Jeremy on their toes, peaking wide-eyed through a wooden fence.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The fungus that causes Sudden Oak Death has been found in a small shipment of mountain laurel for a wholesale nursery in Norcross, state agriculture officials said.

Men find remains in Burke County
The partial remains of a human skeleton were discovered Monday in northern Burke County, but officials say it's too early to tell whether this could be a case of foul play.

One arm, one foul
Terry Colvin celebrates with his daughter Cassidy, 10, after getting a foul ball at the GreenJackets game against Columbus.

Budget strikes startle courts

'Chronicle' employee enjoyed being family man
Calvin E. Thornton Jr. smiles slightly when he reflects on the life of his younger brother, George Henderson Thornton.

Serious charges often are dropped

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Cameron Morris, 6, of North Augusta.

Five questions

Georgia bases on closure list look at redevelopment
ATLANTA - Amid the bad news that four Georgia bases for the first time are included on a list of suggested closings by the Pentagon was a sliver of comfort - at least those bases are all in fast-growing north Georgia, boosting the odds of successful redevelopment.

S.C. Supreme Court gets high marks

Memories are worth the price of yearbooks
Attention, high school students: I have a word of advice that your little brothers and sisters won't understand and your grandparents can't do anything about: Buy a high school yearbook every chance you get.

Memories are worth the price of yearbooks
Attention, high school students: I have a word of advice that your little brothers and sisters won't understand and your grandparents can't do anything about: Buy a high school yearbook every chance you get.

You'll need the Force to answer these trivia questions

Lopez and Fonda score top weekend movie
LOS ANGELES - Jane Fonda's return to the big screen as Jennifer Lopez's villainous prospective mother-in-law took the top box office spot over the weekend.

Cannes premiere of 'Star Wars' raises questions
CANNES, France - Without Michael Moore and "Fahrenheit 9/11" at the Cannes Film Festival this time, it was left to George Lucas and "Star Wars" to pique European ire over the state of world relations and the United States' role in it.

Lopez and Fonda score top weekend movie

Christensen embodies Darth Vader's black heart
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - Half of Hollywood is playing a superhero these days, it seems. Hayden Christensen is more than content to play the super-villain.

You'll need the Force to answer these trivia questions
NEW YORK - We've traveled from the deserts of Tatooine to the forests of Endor to find the most impossibly difficult "Star Wars" trivia questions. May the Force be with you (answers at bottom):

Lopez and Fonda score top weekend movie
LOS ANGELES - Jane Fonda's return to the big screen as Jennifer Lopez's villainous prospective mother-in-law took the top box office spot over the weekend.

Christensen embodies Darth Vader's black heart
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - Half of Hollywood is playing a superhero these days, it seems. Hayden Christensen is more than content to play the super-villain.

Christensen embodies Darth Vader's black heart

Cannes premiere of 'Star Wars' raises questions
CANNES, France - Without Michael Moore and "Fahrenheit 9/11" at the Cannes Film Festival this time, it was left to George Lucas and "Star Wars" to pique European ire over the state of world relations and the United States' role in it.

You'll need the Force to answer these trivia questions
NEW YORK - We've traveled from the deserts of Tatooine to the forests of Endor to find the most impossibly difficult "Star Wars" trivia questions. May the Force be with you (answers at bottom):

Cannes premiere of 'Star Wars' raises questions

Q&A: 'Star Wars' composer John Williams

Prine returns after cancer, fatherhood
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Over his 35-year career, singer-songwriter John Prine has been called a keen commentator, a wry humorist and a master storyteller.

Prine returns after cancer, fatherhood
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Over his 35-year career, singer-songwriter John Prine has been called a keen commentator, a wry humorist and a master storyteller.

Toby Keith shakes up business side of music industry
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - He's tangled with Peter Jennings and the Dixie Chicks over his music, criticized the media for its coverage of the Iraq war, tweaked the Country Music Association over awards snubs and threatened to flee his record label.

Q&A: 'Star Wars' composer John Williams
NEW YORK - Break out the lightsabers - the gallant theme is back. This time, however, the brassy fanfare leads us down the abyss.

Toby Keith shakes up business side of music industry
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - He's tangled with Peter Jennings and the Dixie Chicks over his music, criticized the media for its coverage of the Iraq war, tweaked the Country Music Association over awards snubs and threatened to flee his record label.

Prine returns after cancer, fatherhood

Toby Keith shakes up business side of music industry

Q&A: 'Star Wars' composer John Williams
NEW YORK - Break out the lightsabers - the gallant theme is back. This time, however, the brassy fanfare leads us down the abyss.

Hamilton wins NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race
MANSFIELD, Ohio - Bobby Hamilton edged defending race winner Jack Sprague in a two-lap shootout Sunday in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' UAW/GM Ohio 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway.

Kahne's victory first of many?

Kahne's victory draws respect
RICHMOND, Va. - Kasey Kahne became the 133rd different driver to win on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit Saturday night. With that goal achieved, he now faces a new challenge: Don't be a one-and-done driver.

Patrick disappointed by first Indy qualifying effort
INDIANAPOLIS - Danica Patrick's stellar week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway almost turned disastrous Sunday when she nearly spun on her first qualifying lap for the Indy 500.

Kahne's victory first of many?
RICHMOND, Va. - Tony Stewart was unusually happy with his second-place finish at Richmond International. That's because he had a front-row seat for Kasey Kahne's first career Nextel Cup victory.

Kahne's victory first of many?
RICHMOND, Va. - Tony Stewart was unusually happy with his second-place finish at Richmond International. That's because he had a front-row seat for Kasey Kahne's first career Nextel Cup victory.

Phoenix gets extra day off before series resumes
PHOENIX - The depth-shy Phoenix Suns got a badly needed extra day off before resuming their Western Conference semifinal series at home against the Dallas Mavericks.

Pistons even series with Pacers

SuperSonics lower boom against Spurs
SEATTLE -- The Seattle SuperSonics pulled off another surprise, this time without any help from All-Star Rashard Lewis.

Pistons even series with Pacers
INDIANAPOLIS - Just when the Indiana Pacers thought they couldn't possibly shoot any worse, the Detroit Pistons proved them wrong.

Phoenix gets extra day off before series resumes
PHOENIX - The depth-shy Phoenix Suns got a badly needed extra day off before resuming their Western Conference semifinal series at home against the Dallas Mavericks.

SuperSonics lower boom against Spurs
SEATTLE -- The Seattle SuperSonics pulled off another surprise, this time without any help from All-Star Rashard Lewis.

Phoenix gets extra day off before series resumes

Pistons even series with Pacers
INDIANAPOLIS - Just when the Indiana Pacers thought they couldn't possibly shoot any worse, the Detroit Pistons proved them wrong.

SuperSonics lower boom against Spurs

NCAA notifies Ohio State of alleged violations
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The NCAA notified Ohio State on Monday of nine alleged rules violations, including cash gifts, improper academic assistance and failure of the school and coaches to monitor the men's basketball program.

NCAA notifies Ohio State of alleged violations
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The NCAA notified Ohio State on Monday of nine alleged rules violations, including cash gifts, improper academic assistance and failure of the school and coaches to monitor the men's basketball program.

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Mr. Harvey L. Ergle    (NASHVILLE, TN.)

Mrs. Edna Glaze Armour    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Pierce Carroll    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Erica Anna Adam (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Clark Marks (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Robert M. Boulineau, Jr. (MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Virginia Clark Marks (EVANS, Ga.)

Clayton Lee Menefee ( EVANS, Ga.)

Miss Melissa M. Brooks (RIVERDALE, PA)

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Mrs. Marilyn S. Spivey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Catherine Chandler (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Melvin D. Parkman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gary L. Johnson, Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Coffie (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Marilyn S. Spivey (NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jewell A. Ansley (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Theo Larry Foskey (ROME, Ga.)

Ms. Lisa A. Beard (BLYTHE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Doris A. Bailey (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Stephen N. Norris (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Judi Lynn Quarles (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Pierce Carroll (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Harvey L. Ergle (NASHVILLE, TN.)

Mrs. Florence Warren (HUDSON, FL.)

Mrs. Ruby T. Weber (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Leviticus Smith (VIDALIA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Adlean Ellis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Edna Glaze Armour (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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SSG Frank Mosley, Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, SC)

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Mrs. Mildred P. Korach (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alan R. Brinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Donald Riner (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Hubert Gay, Jr. (WASHINGTON CH, OH.)

Mrs. Kathryn B. Morton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Herma K. Vandegrift (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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Mr. Norman James Schear (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Sallie Mae Terrell (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathryn B. Morton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Glennis Maness (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Kevin Glenard Choice (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Doyle Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. William Barnes, Jr. (FAIRFAX, S.C.)

Rev. German Archer, Sr. (MACON, Ga.)

Overtime

Overtime

Afleet Alex works in solitude at Pimlico

Mauresmo defends Italian Open title

Afleet Alex works in solitude at Pimlico
BALTIMORE - As the lone horse in the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course, Afleet Alex has been training for the Preakness in virtual solitude.

Mauresmo defends Italian Open title
ROME - Amelie Mauresmo rallied to defend her Italian Open title Sunday with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over eighth-seeded Patty Schnyder.

Afleet Alex works in solitude at Pimlico
BALTIMORE - As the lone horse in the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course, Afleet Alex has been training for the Preakness in virtual solitude.

Mauresmo defends Italian Open title
ROME - Amelie Mauresmo rallied to defend her Italian Open title Sunday with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over eighth-seeded Patty Schnyder.

Overtime
In Ardmore, Okla., Tyler Leon and Alex Noren, of Oklahoma State, both made birdie on the final hole, giving the Cowboys a one-shot victory over Augusta State at the Perry Maxwell Invitational on Sunday.

Overtime
In Roswell, Ga., Nancy Harvey, of Mesa, Ariz., carded 69 for the low round of the day at Horseshoe Bend Country Club to advance to the sectional qualifying round of the 2005 U.S. Women's Open.

Overtime
In Roswell, Ga., Nancy Harvey, of Mesa, Ariz., carded 69 for the low round of the day at Horseshoe Bend Country Club to advance to the sectional qualifying round of the 2005 U.S. Women's Open.

Overtime
In Ardmore, Okla., Tyler Leon and Alex Noren, of Oklahoma State, both made birdie on the final hole, giving the Cowboys a one-shot victory over Augusta State at the Perry Maxwell Invitational on Sunday.

Priest denies gays' supporters communion
ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Roman Catholic priest denied communion to more than 100 parishioners Sunday, saying they could not receive the sacrament because they wore rainbow-colored sashes to church to show support for gay Catholics.

Priest denies gays' supporters communion
ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Roman Catholic priest denied communion to more than 100 parishioners Sunday, saying they could not receive the sacrament because they wore rainbow-colored sashes to church to show support for gay Catholics.

Pope leads ceremony to ordain priests
VATICAN CITY - Encouraging obedience and missionary zeal, Pope Benedict XVI ordained a group of new priests Sunday, with many of the men coming from Latin America and Africa as the Roman Catholic Church in Western Europe struggles with falling numbers of recruits for the clergy.

Pope leads ceremony to ordain priests
VATICAN CITY - Encouraging obedience and missionary zeal, Pope Benedict XVI ordained a group of new priests Sunday, with many of the men coming from Latin America and Africa as the Roman Catholic Church in Western Europe struggles with falling numbers of recruits for the clergy.

Gumby stages comeback

NBC is first to release fall schedule
NEW YORK - NBC's formula for erasing the memory of a bad ratings year includes a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced drama about the Pentagon, Martha Stewart picking a protege and Amy Grant criss-crossing the country to make dreams come true.

Season of love on 'Gilmore Girls' comes to end

Everybody loves 'Raymond,' especially on its final night
NEW YORK - Nine years ago this month, "Everybody Loves Raymond" was announced as part of CBS' new fall lineup. But at the upfront presentation at Carnegie Hall, its star, then little-known standup Ray Romano, cracked up the gathering of ad buyers when he stepped on stage to bid them farewell.

Season of love on 'Gilmore Girls' comes to end
LOS ANGELES - The jilted woman sits in front of the TV set and fast-food cartons, watching Judy Garland belt out "The Man Who Got Away" and wallowing in heartache.

Everybody loves 'Raymond,' especially on its final night

Tom Westman wins 'Survivor: Palau'

Everybody loves 'Raymond,' especially on its final night
NEW YORK - Nine years ago this month, "Everybody Loves Raymond" was announced as part of CBS' new fall lineup. But at the upfront presentation at Carnegie Hall, its star, then little-known standup Ray Romano, cracked up the gathering of ad buyers when he stepped on stage to bid them farewell.

Tom Westman wins 'Survivor: Palau'
NEW YORK - New York City firefighter Tom Westman won "Survivor: Palau" on Sunday night, picking up a million dollars in the live finale of the CBS hit.

Season of love on 'Gilmore Girls' comes to end
LOS ANGELES - The jilted woman sits in front of the TV set and fast-food cartons, watching Judy Garland belt out "The Man Who Got Away" and wallowing in heartache.

Can NBC pull out of its slump?
NEW YORK - Of all the television networks presenting their fall schedules to advertisers this week, none will be watched more closely than NBC.

Gumby stages comeback
SAN FRANCISCO - Five decades after Gumby first captured the nation's imagination, the little green guy and his chums are starring in a new art exhibit - the first in a series of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the television icon's creation and launch his comeback.

The hero of 'House' is a doctor who hurts
NEW YORK - As an abrasive anti-hero, Dr. Gregory House is hardly unique. But the sort of rotten attitude he radiates is typically the product of a tortured psyche - think Andy Sipowicz's wrath on "NYPD Blue."

The hero of 'House' is a doctor who hurts
NEW YORK - As an abrasive anti-hero, Dr. Gregory House is hardly unique. But the sort of rotten attitude he radiates is typically the product of a tortured psyche - think Andy Sipowicz's wrath on "NYPD Blue."

Can NBC pull out of its slump?
NEW YORK - Of all the television networks presenting their fall schedules to advertisers this week, none will be watched more closely than NBC.

The hero of 'House' is a doctor who hurts

Tom Westman wins 'Survivor: Palau'
NEW YORK - New York City firefighter Tom Westman won "Survivor: Palau" on Sunday night, picking up a million dollars in the live finale of the CBS hit.

Can NBC pull out of its slump?

Gumby stages comeback
SAN FRANCISCO - Five decades after Gumby first captured the nation's imagination, the little green guy and his chums are starring in a new art exhibit - the first in a series of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the television icon's creation and launch his comeback.

Michael Jackson defense focuses on trips

People in the News

Dave Chappelle: I'm not crazy

People in the News

Celebs aid Michael Jackson defense

Diamond Dogs rout Auburn
ATHENS, Ga. - Brooks Brown and Joshua Fields combined to strike out 13 Auburn batters and Georgia collected 17 hits to beat the Tigers 10-4 Sunday.

Gamecocks fall to Mississippi

Gamecocks fall to Mississippi
OXFORD, Miss. - Chris Coghlan homered and had four RBIs as Mississippi defeated South Carolina 8-4 on Sunday.

Gamecocks fall to Mississippi
OXFORD, Miss. - Chris Coghlan homered and had four RBIs as Mississippi defeated South Carolina 8-4 on Sunday.

Pacers make tourney
USC Aiken's baseball team received good news Monday.

Teens enjoy air time perfecting skills as DJs in training
At first it's a race to untangle the headphone cords and select a good CD. There's a song to play, an introduction to give and only 42 seconds before listeners will encounter dead air. Everything is quick and loud in the small studio cluttered with stereo equipment and posters of recording artists.

Question of the week

Question of the week
Q: How cool are customized belt buckles?

Teens enjoy air time perfecting skills as DJs in training
At first it's a race to untangle the headphone cords and select a good CD. There's a song to play, an introduction to give and only 42 seconds before listeners will encounter dead air. Everything is quick and loud in the small studio cluttered with stereo equipment and posters of recording artists.

Question of the week
Q: How cool are customized belt buckles?

My style
THE FACTS: Diane Glenn, 16, a freshman at T.W. Josey High School.

Prom photos
gether. We let Spinz do 15 minutes on air and he did such a good job, I decided to pair them. One was the talker, one was the DJ."

My style
THE FACTS: Diane Glenn, 16, a freshman at T.W. Josey High School.

Xtreme calendar
WELCOME THE DARK SIDE: The long-awaited Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith hits theaters. If you're a true fan, try to catch one of the early screenings that start at midnight. See Wednesday's Your Life section for a review.

Teens enjoy air time perfecting skills as DJs in training

Xtreme calendar

Teen can ask friend about his feelings
This week's problem: I am in a relationship with the ex-girlfriend of a friend with whom I played football all through high school.

Xtreme calendar
WELCOME THE DARK SIDE: The long-awaited Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith hits theaters. If you're a true fan, try to catch one of the early screenings that start at midnight. See Wednesday's Your Life section for a review.

My style

Prom photos
gether. We let Spinz do 15 minutes on air and he did such a good job, I decided to pair them. One was the talker, one was the DJ."

Teen can ask friend about his feelings

Prom photos

Teen can ask friend about his feelings
This week's problem: I am in a relationship with the ex-girlfriend of a friend with whom I played football all through high school.

Hot sauce named for runaway bride

How do you stop a charging deer in Wal-Mart?

Odds and Ends

Afghanistan's golf course is challenge

Pope leads ceremony to ordain priests

Priest denies gays' supporters communion