Logan delivers for Patriots

Shaw survives Cross Creek
Even Yogi Berra might have said this one was over.

Knights rally in seventh for win
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Bryan Kilgore's gut told him he still had zap in an arm which had already thrown 11 innings in two days.

Marlins defeat Dodgers, 8-3
LOS ANGELES - Josh Beckett is learning how to win without his best stuff.

Marlins defeat Dodgers, 8-3

Logan delivers for Patriots
Seven innings on the mound; seven innings behind the plate; nine times on base - all accomplished by one person.

Aces draw squads even

Aces draw squads even
The probable future of Chipola Junior College was on display Wednesday evening at Cross Creek High School.

Shaw survives Cross Creek
Even Yogi Berra might have said this one was over.

Aces draw squads even
The probable future of Chipola Junior College was on display Wednesday evening at Cross Creek High School.

Shaw survives Cross Creek

Marlins defeat Dodgers, 8-3
LOS ANGELES - Josh Beckett is learning how to win without his best stuff.

Logan delivers for Patriots
Seven innings on the mound; seven innings behind the plate; nine times on base - all accomplished by one person.

Pop culture expert was light-years ahead

Odds and Ends
HOUSTON - Like a scene from the horror movie "The Birds," large black grackles are swooping down on downtown Houston and attacking people's heads, hair and backs.

Odds and Ends
OAKFIELD, N.Y. - Katie Brownell is in a Little League all her own.

Budweiser distributor fired him for drinking Coors
DENVER - Ross Hopkins still likes to drink Bud, even though he says a brief tryst with a Coors beer cost him his job at a Budweiser distributor.

Odds and Ends
HOUSTON - Like a scene from the horror movie "The Birds," large black grackles are swooping down on downtown Houston and attacking people's heads, hair and backs.

Father charged after beating softball coach with bat
HAMDEN, Conn. - A father apparently distraught over his daughter's suspension from a softball team was arrested on a charge of beating her coach with an aluminum bat.

Budweiser distributor fired him for drinking Coors
DENVER - Ross Hopkins still likes to drink Bud, even though he says a brief tryst with a Coors beer cost him his job at a Budweiser distributor.

Odds and Ends
OAKFIELD, N.Y. - Katie Brownell is in a Little League all her own.

Braves face problems in quest to repeat

Padres stomp Braves
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres are playing their most exciting baseball in years.

Padres stomp Braves
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres are playing their most exciting baseball in years.

Braves face problems in quest to repeat
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves are facing all sorts of problems in their quest to win a 14th straight division title.

Padres stomp Braves

Injury forces Braves to alter rotation
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves will be without starting pitcher John Thomson for two to three months, general manager John Schuerholz said Thursday.

Injury forces Braves to alter rotation
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves will be without starting pitcher John Thomson for two to three months, general manager John Schuerholz said Thursday.

Injury forces Braves to alter rotation

Braves face problems in quest to repeat
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves are facing all sorts of problems in their quest to win a 14th straight division title.

Alt-fuel advocates show off vehicle technology

JPMorgan Chase to roll out new no-swipe credit card
NEW YORK - JPMorgan Chase & Co. said Thursday it will offer a new credit card that allows users to pay for items by holding the card near a terminal instead of manually swiping it.

Alt-fuel advocates show off vehicle technology
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Peek under the hood of Ken Wells' pickup and you'll see 24 golf cart batteries stacked where the V6 engine usually sits. The bed of his bright yellow Ford Ranger 4X4 is bridged with solar panels.

Prospect of new power plant arises

Delta vows to continue costs cuts amid uncertain future
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. - Tough decisions may have to be made, but Delta Air Lines Inc. is committed to doing whatever necessary to achieve the remaining $1 billion of its targeted cost cuts, Chief Executive Gerald Grinstein said Thursday.

Megaplex still changing industry
OLATHE, Kan. - It's a Saturday night in suburban Kansas City and Wayne Sutter and his family are waiting outside the AMC Studio 30 megaplex to see XXX: State of the Union.

Alt-fuel advocates show off vehicle technology
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Peek under the hood of Ken Wells' pickup and you'll see 24 golf cart batteries stacked where the V6 engine usually sits. The bed of his bright yellow Ford Ranger 4X4 is bridged with solar panels.

Delta vows to continue costs cuts amid uncertain future

Stocks rally on inflation reading
NEW YORK - Wall Street posted big gains for the third straight day Wednesday as a benign reading of consumer inflation relieved investors.

Two reports offer mixed signals for economy

Netflix takes over Wal-Mart's DVD rental business
SAN FRANCISCO - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is turning over its online DVD rental business to Netflix Inc., signaling that the world's largest retailer couldn't beat the Internet upstart at its own game.

Two reports offer mixed signals for economy
NEW YORK - The economy offered conflicting signs of growth on Thursday. While a closely watched gauge of future business activity fell for the fourth month in a row in April, job hunters got an encouraging cue when the number of new people signing up for unemployment insurance dropped sharply last week.

Prospect of new power plant arises
Georgia Power could have a new nuclear plant by 2015, Southern Co. President and CEO David Ratcliffe said Thursday.

Netflix takes over Wal-Mart's DVD rental business
SAN FRANCISCO - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is turning over its online DVD rental business to Netflix Inc., signaling that the world's largest retailer couldn't beat the Internet upstart at its own game.

Megaplex still changing industry

Delta vows to continue costs cuts amid uncertain future
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. - Tough decisions may have to be made, but Delta Air Lines Inc. is committed to doing whatever necessary to achieve the remaining $1 billion of its targeted cost cuts, Chief Executive Gerald Grinstein said Thursday.

Megaplex still changing industry
OLATHE, Kan. - It's a Saturday night in suburban Kansas City and Wayne Sutter and his family are waiting outside the AMC Studio 30 megaplex to see XXX: State of the Union.

Prospect of new power plant arises
Georgia Power could have a new nuclear plant by 2015, Southern Co. President and CEO David Ratcliffe said Thursday.

Officials impose limits on Chinese imports
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration said Wednesday it will impose new limits on imports of clothing from China.

New jobless claims down 20,000 last week
WASHINGTON - The number of new people signing up for jobless benefits dropped sharply last week, offering an encouraging sign for the health of the labor market.

Delta might avert 2005 bankruptcy
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. shares got a much-needed boost Wednesday, as an analyst asserted that the struggling carrier might not be in jeopardy of bankruptcy until next year.

Two reports offer mixed signals for economy
NEW YORK - The economy offered conflicting signs of growth on Thursday. While a closely watched gauge of future business activity fell for the fourth month in a row in April, job hunters got an encouraging cue when the number of new people signing up for unemployment insurance dropped sharply last week.

Netflix takes over Wal-Mart's DVD rental business

China lashes back over currency pressures
SHANGHAI, China - China on Wednesday rejected U.S. pressure for quick action toward revaluing its currency and criticized U.S. and European curbs on surging textile imports as unfair.

NCAA says it wasn't able to talk to Clarett
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The NCAA tried numerous times to interview Maurice Clarett about accusations he made against Ohio State's football program, but the former Buckeyes running back never responded to its requests.

NCAA says it wasn't able to talk to Clarett

NCAA says it wasn't able to talk to Clarett
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The NCAA tried numerous times to interview Maurice Clarett about accusations he made against Ohio State's football program, but the former Buckeyes running back never responded to its requests.

Sanford reruns vetoes

Iraqi civil war brewing?
Since Iraq's new democratic government was sworn in several weeks ago, there's been a terrible escalation of death and violence, triggering fears of a burgeoning civil war.

Graniteville lessons
Death and injury tragedies have just one benefit - to learn from them. That's the only consolation that's coming out of last January's Graniteville, S.C., catastrophe when a Norfolk Southern train collision spilled 60 tons of chlorine - killing nine people, injuring hundreds more and forcing thousands to evacuate their residences.

Iraqi civil war brewing?

Graniteville lessons
Death and injury tragedies have just one benefit - to learn from them. That's the only consolation that's coming out of last January's Graniteville, S.C., catastrophe when a Norfolk Southern train collision spilled 60 tons of chlorine - killing nine people, injuring hundreds more and forcing thousands to evacuate their residences.

Teachers deserve more
It hasn't been closely scrutinized yet. But at first glance, Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke's proposed budget for the next fiscal year is tight, but it looks good: a $222 million spending plan that is 3 percent more than the current budget and includes, among other things, wage increases for school personnel; no tax increase; and, of course, no deficit.

Sanford reruns vetoes
It looks like deja vu all over again in South Carolina.

Iraqi civil war brewing?
Since Iraq's new democratic government was sworn in several weeks ago, there's been a terrible escalation of death and violence, triggering fears of a burgeoning civil war.

Graniteville lessons

Sanford reruns vetoes
It looks like deja vu all over again in South Carolina.

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.

Frank Gorshin, impressionist, dies at 72
BURBANK, Calif. - Frank Gorshin, the impressionist with 100 faces best known for his Emmy-nominated role as the Riddler on the "Batman" TV series, has died. He was 72.

Concert calendar
HOT SOUTHERN NIGHT: 7 p.m. Friday, Lake Olmstead Stadium on Milledge Road; featuring Travis Tritt, Shooter Jennings and Jimmy Wayne; $20 advance, $25 day of show; 278-4TIX or www.tixonline.com; benefits Augusta chapter of the American Red Cross

Were you spotted?
Above, Augusta GreenJackets fans Jonathan Stearns (from left), Nick Plouffe, Matt Champman and Kyle Hattaway attend a game at Lake Olmstead Stadium. At left, BreAnna Schroder has her face painted at the Aiken Bluegrass Festival. See The Augusta Chronicle's online reader photo blog, Spotted, at http://spotted.augusta.com for more photos.

People in the News
WASHINGTON - Amber Tamblyn is philosophical about the cancellation of her CBS series "Joan of Arcadia."

People in the News
NEW YORK - Lindsay Lohan has a mission... and she wants to accept it.

Clubbin': Surry Tavern
SURREY TAVERN ADDRESS: 471 Highland Ave. DRINK SPECIALS: Daily: happy hour, 4-8 p.m. daily $1 off all drinks; two-for-one purple hooters, kamikazes and melon balls; Tuesday: $2 Jgermeister shots; Thursday: $2 Bud Light and Coors Light and $2 Goldschlager shots.

Frank Gorshin, impressionist, dies at 72
BURBANK, Calif. - Frank Gorshin, the impressionist with 100 faces best known for his Emmy-nominated role as the Riddler on the "Batman" TV series, has died. He was 72.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Lindsay Lohan has a mission... and she wants to accept it.

Clubbin': Surry Tavern
SURREY TAVERNADDRESS: 471 Highland Ave.DRINK SPECIALS: Daily: happy hour, 4-8 p.m. daily $1 off all drinks; two-for-one purple hooters, kamikazes and melon balls; Tuesday: $2 Jgermeister shots; Thursday: $2 Bud Light and Coors Light and $2 Goldschlager shots.

People in the News
WASHINGTON - Amber Tamblyn is philosophical about the cancellation of her CBS series "Joan of Arcadia."

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.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augusta chronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220. Listings must be received by 6 p.m. Mondays for publication in the current week.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augusta chronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220. Listings must be received by 6 p.m. Mondays for publication in the current week.

Open tab
Ready for a night out? Here's a roundup of drink and performance specials at Augusta and Aiken night spots:

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.

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.

Oddness adds to fun plot of 'Psychonauts'
Psychonauts is a strange, surreal adventure that takes you into the minds of teachers and pupils at summer camp.

Were you spotted?
Above, Augusta GreenJackets fans Jonathan Stearns (from left), Nick Plouffe, Matt Champman and Kyle Hattaway attend a game at Lake Olmstead Stadium. At left, BreAnna Schroder has her face painted at the Aiken Bluegrass Festival. See The Augusta Chronicle's online reader photo blog, Spotted, at http://spotted.augusta.com for more photos.

Oddness adds to fun plot of 'Psychonauts'
Psychonauts is a strange, surreal adventure that takes you into the minds of teachers and pupils at summer camp.

Changes at lake mean schools in
The spawn may soon be over for blueback herring, and when the bait fish quit the shallows for Thurmond Lake's deeper water, most game fish will follow.

Changes at lake mean schools in
The spawn may soon be over for blueback herring, and when the bait fish quit the shallows for Thurmond Lake's deeper water, most game fish will follow.

Changes at lake mean schools in

Fishing tournaments

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. 30903-1928.

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. 30903-1928.

Barberitos opens second location
Barberitos Southwestern Grille & Cantina has expanded into a second Augusta location, across from the Regal Augusta Exchange 20 theater at 1151 Agerton Lane.

Barberitos opens second location

Barberitos opens second location
Barberitos Southwestern Grille & Cantina has expanded into a second Augusta location, across from the Regal Augusta Exchange 20 theater at 1151 Agerton Lane.

Grubbin': Palazzo's Cafe
PALAZZO'S CAFE ADDRESS: 231 Furys Ferry Road, Suite 101 ON THE MENU: Salads: Charleston citrus grilled shrimp, a mesclun spring salad mix with mandarin oranges, cucumbers and feta cheese, topped with citrus-grilled shrimp and served with house vinaigrette, $8.95; European chef salad with spring salad mix, roasted turkey, honey baked ham, Cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, olives, eggs, tomatoes and onions, $7.95.

Make your landscape more drought-resistant
With all the rain we were getting earlier this spring, I knew the time would come when we would be wishing we could save some of it for later. It is almost a guarantee that we will go through periods of drought during the spring, summer and fall. As I write this article, the last good rain most of us got was April 30.

Make your landscape more drought-resistant

Propagator names new camellia after his mother
Jim Dickson had a 1 in 10,000 chance that the collection of 100 japonica camellias at his North Augusta home would yield a variety worthy of submission to the American Camellia Society.

Make your landscape more drought-resistant
With all the rain we were getting earlier this spring, I knew the time would come when we would be wishing we could save some of it for later. It is almost a guarantee that we will go through periods of drought during the spring, summer and fall. As I write this article, the last good rain most of us got was April 30.

Propagator names new camellia after his mother
Jim Dickson had a 1 in 10,000 chance that the collection of 100 japonica camellias at his North Augusta home would yield a variety worthy of submission to the American Camellia Society.

Propagator names new camellia after his mother

USC Aiken returns to form
SAVANNAH, Ga. - USC Aiken's day began at the crack of dawn and ended 12 hours later.

USC Aiken returns to form
SAVANNAH, Ga. - USC Aiken's day began at the crack of dawn and ended 12 hours later.

Christina Kim in the lead at Sybase Classic

Pacers move closer to repeat
SAVANNAH, Ga. -The Dane Train keeps chugging along.

Christina Kim in the lead at Sybase Classic
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Christina Kim is having a great time on and off the golf course.

Jaguars third in Central Region
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - After waiting out a rain delay of nearly three hours, the Augusta State men's golf team started strong at the NCAA Central Regional, standing in third place in the first round of play Thursday.

Jaguars third in Central Region
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - After waiting out a rain delay of nearly three hours, the Augusta State men's golf team started strong at the NCAA Central Regional, standing in third place in the first round of play Thursday.

Jaguars third in Central Region

Christina Kim in the lead at Sybase Classic
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Christina Kim is having a great time on and off the golf course.

USC Aiken returns to form

Pop culture expert was light-years ahead
The sixth and, some say, final Star Wars film is out this week, and I keep thinking of my old friend Don.

Pop culture expert was light-years ahead
The sixth and, some say, final Star Wars film is out this week, and I keep thinking of my old friend Don.

Pacers win second straight national golf championship
USC Aiken captured its second straight Division II national golf championship on Friday with a five-stroke victory over Armstrong Atlantic State.

Firefighter injured in blaze
A Martinez firefighter was taken to a hospital this morning after suffering second-degree burns while extinguishing a house fire.

Thunderstorm blows down trees in subdivision
An afternoon thunderstorm, packing high winds, brought down numerous trees and caused serious damage to at least one home in an Evans subdivision.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Augusta area
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Augusta area. The watch in in effect until 5 p.m.

'Chronicle' wedding ad was brilliant

Politicians devalue money, nation
In 1542, King Henry VIII of England - a world power at that time - faced a problem. Inflation, and his eagerness to spend money on wars and other "essential" government functions, were driving government expenditures higher. Bob Gilbert, Aiken, S.C.

Honesty, truth take a beating in media
Newsweek's retraction of a story that it printed about the Quran being flushed down a toilet will do little to correct the damage that it has done.John M. Orr, Evans

'Chronicle' wedding ad was brilliant
While sifting through your paper May 8, I read with pleasure the advertisement announcing the "wedding" of Karen Bell to her newly purchased automobile.Carl Langley, Aiken, S.C.

Put James Brown on the Common

Honesty, truth take a beating in media

'Newsweek' editorial was unfair
Voice of America quoted the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard Myers, as saying that the theater commander and himself contend that the Newsweek article about the Quran has little or nothing to do with the riots in the Middle East. Leonard McCain, Martinez

Intolerance has double standard
Afghanistan's literacy rate is 36 percent, and 21 percent for women. It is therefore highly unlikely that the now-infamous Newsweek article was read by many of the rioters.Bob Groothand, Augusta

Torn U.S. flag symbolizes hypocrisy
Quite a fitting memorial: a tattered American flag hanging from a building shut down by a government that is supposed to guarantee us the constitutional right to keep such places open.Ernie Muller, Martinez

Honesty, truth take a beating in media
Newsweek's retraction of a story that it printed about the Quran being flushed down a toilet will do little to correct the damage that it has done.John M. Orr, Evans

Put James Brown on the Common
Recently, my family and I paid a visit to the new James Brown statue. I was puzzled about the location. David Carrie, Augusta

Put James Brown on the Common
Recently, my family and I paid a visit to the new James Brown statue. I was puzzled about the location. David Carrie, Augusta

'Chronicle' wedding ad was brilliant
While sifting through your paper May 8, I read with pleasure the advertisement announcing the "wedding" of Karen Bell to her newly purchased automobile.Carl Langley, Aiken, S.C.

Sumatra quake shook Earth's surface everywhere

Living briefs

Libraries stock more DVDs, add fees for movie watchers

'Domino' has focus on homes

Libraries stock more DVDs, add fees for movie watchers
TOLEDO, Ohio - Charita Kizer toted a basketful of movies through the downtown library with one hand and her 3-year-old son with the other.

Living briefs
SHRINERS PARADE: 11 a.m. Saturday, downtown Augusta; parade route to begin at Lucy C. Laney High School on Laney-Walker Boulevard, proceeding to Augusta Avenue, down to Wrightsboro Road, on to Ninth Street, ending at Dyess Park; parade will feature clowns, go-karts, marching bands.

Sumatra quake shook Earth's surface everywhere
WASHINGTON - December's great Sumatra-Andaman earthquake - the most powerful in more than 40 years and the trigger of a devastating tsunami - shook the ground everywhere on Earth's surface. Weeks later the planet was still trembling.

'Domino' has focus on homes
DETROIT - It's called Domino, the Shopping Magazine for your Home, and I can't put it down.

'Domino' has focus on homes
DETROIT - It's called Domino, the Shopping Magazine for your Home, and I can't put it down.

Libraries stock more DVDs, add fees for movie watchers
TOLEDO, Ohio - Charita Kizer toted a basketful of movies through the downtown library with one hand and her 3-year-old son with the other.

Sumatra quake shook Earth's surface everywhere
WASHINGTON - December's great Sumatra-Andaman earthquake - the most powerful in more than 40 years and the trigger of a devastating tsunami - shook the ground everywhere on Earth's surface. Weeks later the planet was still trembling.

Bird flu could be capable of human-to-human transmission
GENEVA - Bird flu may be capable of human-to-human transmission, raising fears of a global pandemic, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Living briefs
SHRINERS PARADE: 11 a.m. Saturday, downtown Augusta; parade route to begin at Lucy C. Laney High School on Laney-Walker Boulevard, proceeding to Augusta Avenue, down to Wrightsboro Road, on to Ninth Street, ending at Dyess Park; parade will feature clowns, go-karts, marching bands.

Girl Scout council honors Women of Excellence
Hard work, dedication and the commitment to do the right thing are three guides for ReNay Trotter's life.

Pupils stay focused on final assignments

Milestones
Saul Josman, a nurse practitioner assigned to the Primary Care Service Line, has been named the April Employee of the Month at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

News you can use
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Rants and Raves
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Hopeful outlines plans for Augusta
An upbeat and enthusiastic Helen Blocker-Adams entered the 2006 race for Augusta mayor Thursday, announcing a platform of "jobs, jobs, jobs," bridge-building and leadership.

Bill would postpone closing until 2006
The U.S. Energy Department's plan to close Savannah River Ecology Lab this fall could be postponed until June 2006, according to legislative language approved this week by the House Appropriations Committee.

Teacher's suspension appeal is denied
A former Richmond County educator who was fired for refusing to teach a typing class has lost an appeal to prevent the suspension of her teaching certificate.

Women motivate smokers to quit
Mamie Blount, 62, has turned her bad habit into a poem.

Tourism agency remains together
The Augusta area's tourism agency nearly split Thursday after infighting among board members.

Women motivate smokers to quit

Augusta man gets 7 years in prison
An Augusta man who was armed with a knife, handcuffs and gloves when he broke into his ex-wife's home last year pleaded guilty Thursday.

Wives groups join for Service Club
More than $14,000 in college scholarships and grants were distributed at the first official meeting of the Fort Gordon Service Club.

Paper tigers
Chad Stewart (middle) and Kevin Summers (left) turn over Sparky, the electrical construction and maintenance program's boat, as they fight for second place at the Paper Boat Race at Augusta Technical College's 2005 field day at Diamond Lakes Regional Park.

Good news
Augusta Mayor Bob Young, left, gets a hug from Maj. Gen. Janet Hicks, the Fort Gordon commander, at the fort on Friday after the BRAC list was released. The two were happy that Fort Gordon was not on the BRAC list for closure. The mission at the Army post will remain the same -- the fort did not lose or gain any personnel or missions. The Government Accountability Office has until July 1 to complete its review of the defense secretary's BRAC list to ensure it meets all required guidelines.

Property owners to get notices
The Richmond County Board of Tax Assessors approved assessment-change notices Thursday on 33,631 parcels of property whose values have increased this year.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - House Speaker David Wilkins is gearing up for the first round of confirmation hearings on his appointment to become U.S. ambassador to Canada.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - This school year's final edition of a high school student newspaper was killed, and the journalism class was eliminated after the principal said the paper highlighted negative stories and a lack of thorough reporting.

News you can use
As you grow older, your chances of becoming a victim of crime decrease, but older Americans can often be fearful of crime.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - House Speaker David Wilkins is gearing up for the first round of confirmation hearings on his appointment to become U.S. ambassador to Canada.

Across the area

Budget crafters take long view
AIKEN - Instead of spending money to hire more staff to keep up with Aiken's surging population, city leaders have crafted a budget that sinks $100,000 into projects that include an architectural engineering consultant, a spay and neuter program, and a lobbyist in Washington.

Restaurant ratings

Bill would postpone closing until 2006
The U.S. Energy Department's plan to close Savannah River Ecology Lab this fall could be postponed until June 2006, according to legislative language approved this week by the House Appropriations Committee.

Library events

Officials roll out the Red Carpet status at schools
GLOVERVILLE - At Gloverville Elementary School, visitor parking spaces are clearly marked and telephones are answered promptly.

Officials suspect remains' identity
Police suspect the skeletal remains of a child found in Burke County could be those of a little girl who disappeared on a red bike 11 years ago.

Across the area
A Hephzibah High School teacher used a tape recorder to document repeated verbal abuse from a student in his class, a device that helped prove his case in a tribunal hearing.

Children deliver 67,003 gifts for charity
A group of preschool and kindergartners took a special gift to the Ronald McDonald House on May 4.

Officials suspect remains' identity
Police suspect the skeletal remains of a child found in Burke County could be those of a little girl who disappeared on a red bike 11 years ago.

Luncheon, fashion show to benefit Hope House
Hope House will hold a luncheon and fashion show to raise money for a new facility and its children's program.

Plant's 24-ton cargo is missing
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are trying to figure out where more than 20 tons of fertilizer from an Augusta manufacturer has gone, officials said Thursday.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Campaign stresses effects of seat belts
Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Bill Manecke's job is to tell people to buckle up and to tell the public how they can save lives during his department's upcoming "Click It or Ticket" campaign next week.

Man convicted of fatal robbery
An Augusta man was convicted of every charge Thursday for his role in a deadly armed robbery that netted $13.50.

Kid of the Day
Jeremy Brackett is today's Kid of the Day.

Library events
TEEN ACTIVITY WORKSHOPS: 10 a.m. to noon Monday, June 20, 2-4 p.m. Monday, July 11, 2-4 p.m. Monday, July 18; poetry workshops with poet Reesee Willis

Rants and Raves
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Authorities try to ID remains
Officials now say they're investigating the case of skeletal remains found in northeast Burke County earlier this week as a homicide.

Teacher's suspension appeal is denied

Teeters out of running for fire chief
Augusta fire chief finalist Johnny Wayne Teeters is officially out of the running.

Officials roll out the Red Carpet status at schools

For the record

Scientists aim to aid rare fish

Davidson pupils stage concert to celebrate award

Bill would postpone closing until 2006

Woman affirms bid for mayor

Tourism agency remains together

Tuition will stay the same

Pacers win second straight national golf championship

Barton Village holds event on safety

Augusta man gets 7 years in prison

Storm preparations improve
When Hurricane Floyd forced thousands of coastal residents to evacuate inland in 1999, Augusta emergency officials were surprised and overwhelmed by the number of people that crowded city shelters.

Kid of the Day

Hopeful outlines plans for Augusta
An upbeat and enthusiastic Helen Blocker-Adams entered the 2006 race for Augusta mayor Thursday, announcing a platform of "jobs, jobs, jobs," bridge-building and leadership.

Storm preparations improve

Driver is charged in deadly collision
ATHENS, Ga. - A Commerce man who investigators say was high on drugs when he caused a deadly four-truck collision on U.S. Highway 441 in Jackson County has been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide and other crimes.

Paper tigers

Pet of the week
Callie, a 1-year-old female Australian shepherd and border collie mix, is available for adoption from Save the Animals Rescue Society.

News you can use

Residents enjoy life in Woodbine West
At a time when many people are leaving Augusta and heading west to Columbia County, Dana Nelms made a trip in the other direction.

Plant's 24-ton cargo is missing

This week
Richmond County Democratic Party breakfast: 9 a.m. Saturday; Richmond County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1101 Greene St.; with Dr. Sid Gates; $6; 733-0190

Budget crafters take long view

Appleby is prepared for readers
The East Central Georgia Regional Library will begin its annual summer Vacation Reading Program on Friday for children up to high school age.

Across Georgia

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Property owners to get notices

Children deliver 67,003 gifts for charity
A group of preschool and kindergartners took a special gift to the Ronald McDonald House on May 4.

Across the area

Tourism agency remains together
The Augusta area's tourism agency nearly split Thursday after infighting among board members.

Officials suspect remains' identity

Paper tigers
Chad Stewart (middle) and Kevin Summers (left) turn over Sparky, the electrical construction and maintenance program's boat, as they fight for second place at the Paper Boat Race at Augusta Technical College's 2005 field day at Diamond Lakes Regional Park.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Augusta area

Davidson pupils stage concert to celebrate award
For the second consecutive year, John S. Davidson Fine Arts School has been honored by the Grammy Foundation.

Hopeful outlines plans for Augusta

For the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

Campaign stresses effects of seat belts

Correction
A story in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle on school volunteer Mary Craig should have said that she has logged more than 550 volunteer hours during this school year alone at Willis Foreman Elementary School.

Firefighter injured in blaze

Pupils stay focused on final assignments
North Columbia Elementary School third-grader Jamiah Hudson can't wait for the 2004-05 school year to end Friday.

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Kid of the Day
Shamonteairea Horne is today's Kid of the Day.

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):

Beginning teachers may get raise
New Columbia County teachers might get a pay raise before even showing up for work in the 2005-06 school year.

Davidson pupils stage concert to celebrate award
For the second consecutive year, John S. Davidson Fine Arts School has been honored by the Grammy Foundation.

Budget crafters take long view
AIKEN - Instead of spending money to hire more staff to keep up with Aiken's surging population, city leaders have crafted a budget that sinks $100,000 into projects that include an architectural engineering consultant, a spay and neuter program, and a lobbyist in Washington.

Things to do
CELEBRATION OF FLIGHT EXHIBIT: Augusta-built Wright Flyer copy on permanent exhibit, suspended from ceiling

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Library events
TEEN ACTIVITY WORKSHOPS: 10 a.m. to noon Monday, June 20, 2-4 p.m. Monday, July 11, 2-4 p.m. Monday, July 18; poetry workshops with poet Reesee Willis

Milestones

Meetings
AL-ANON/ALATEEN: For friends and family members of alcoholics; 738-7984 for meeting information

Bigger school budget proposed

Announcements
Spc. Wesley Thompson, a Persian/Farsi linguist assigned to A Company, Task Force 201, 13th Military Intelligence Brigade, has been named Servicemember of the Quarter.

Augusta State Jaguar Battalion commissions second lieutenants

Milestones
Saul Josman, a nurse practitioner assigned to the Primary Care Service Line, has been named the April Employee of the Month at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

Reunions

Bigger school budget proposed
Richmond County schools Superintendent Charles Larke has proposed a $222 million budget for the upcoming school year, an increase of about 3 percent but a balanced budget that includes state-required teacher raises.

Recycling centers

Judges outline docket change
The Superior Court judges of the Augusta Judicial Circuit voted Wednesday for a new way of conducting the court's business.

Residents enjoy life in Woodbine West

Women motivate smokers to quit
Mamie Blount, 62, has turned her bad habit into a poem.

Good news

Board clashes with principal
Beverly Hite says she was just following orders when she recommended the removal of three teachers from the troubled C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School, a list that includes the school's 2003-04 Teacher of the Year.

News you can use

Beginning teachers may get raise
New Columbia County teachers might get a pay raise before even showing up for work in the 2005-06 school year.

Girl Scout council honors Women of Excellence

Graves become judge's concern
A grave controversy has surfaced in Columbia County.

Scientists aim to aid rare fish
Migratory fish including striped bass and American shad benefited from experimental surges of water sent down the Savannah River in March, but one of the region's rarest fish might not have been helped at all.

Rants and Raves
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Teacher's suspension appeal is denied
A former Richmond County educator who was fired for refusing to teach a typing class has lost an appeal to prevent the suspension of her teaching certificate.

History is hindrance to paving
The Augusta Canal's popular towpath has changed little since it was built in 1845, but flood control projects and the need to accommodate more visitors are spawning ideas that could give it a different look.

Property owners to get notices
The Richmond County Board of Tax Assessors approved assessment-change notices Thursday on 33,631 parcels of property whose values have increased this year.

Scientists aim to aid rare fish
Migratory fish including striped bass and American shad benefited from experimental surges of water sent down the Savannah River in March, but one of the region's rarest fish might not have been helped at all.

News you can use
Activities for this week include:

Storm preparations improve
When Hurricane Floyd forced thousands of coastal residents to evacuate inland in 1999, Augusta emergency officials were surprised and overwhelmed by the number of people that crowded city shelters.

Blood center thanks donors for quantity
For the past two years, Fort Gordon's Kendrick Memorial Blood Center has been the top blood facility for collections in the Army.

Pacers win second straight national golf championship
USC Aiken captured its second straight Division II national golf championship on Friday with a five-stroke victory over Armstrong Atlantic State.

Around the block
The Richmond County Democratic Party will hold its monthly breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday at the party headquarters, 1101 Greene St. The program will feature Dr. Sid Gates, who will speak on the impact of religion on politics in U.S. elections. Tickets are $6 and are available at the door.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Augusta area
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Augusta area. The watch in in effect until 5 p.m.

Aquinas art students create works of art from scratch
A running joke in the three-dimensional art class at Aquinas High School was that taking the yearlong course was better than taking gym.

Firefighter injured in blaze
A Martinez firefighter was taken to a hospital this morning after suffering second-degree burns while extinguishing a house fire.

Barton Village holds event on safety
Emergency medical technicians secured 8-year-old Demarcus Moore's neck brace then laid him on a board stretcher in the parking lot of the Weed and Seed building in Barton Village.

Kid of the Day
Jeremy Brackett is today's Kid of the Day.

Augusta State Jaguar Battalion commissions second lieutenants
For the third consecutive year, the Augusta State University Jaguar Battalion will exceed its goal for commissioning officers.

Campaign stresses effects of seat belts
Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Bill Manecke's job is to tell people to buckle up and to tell the public how they can save lives during his department's upcoming "Click It or Ticket" campaign next week.

Reunions
Boy's Catholic High School 1943-1958: Seeking classmates for a reunion with a golf tournament Friday; dinner and dance Saturday; morning reception Sunday; contact Adrian Ramp 860-4263

Plant's 24-ton cargo is missing
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are trying to figure out where more than 20 tons of fertilizer from an Augusta manufacturer has gone, officials said Thursday.

Events
GEORGIA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends through June 5; Peachtree City/Fairburn, Ga.; re-creation of 16th century Europeon country fair with costumed characters, jousts, food and drink; demonstrations of weaving, glass-blowing, sculpting, leather crafting and more; $15.95 adults, $12.95 seniors, $7.50 ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger; (770) 964-8575

Board clashes with principal
Beverly Hite says she was just following orders when she recommended the removal of three teachers from the troubled C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School, a list that includes the school's 2003-04 Teacher of the Year.

Child has goal of developing video games
Like most seventh-grade boys, Stanley Esau Jr. enjoys playing video games.

Good news
Augusta Mayor Bob Young, left, gets a hug from Maj. Gen. Janet Hicks, the Fort Gordon commander, at the fort on Friday after the BRAC list was released. The two were happy that Fort Gordon was not on the BRAC list for closure. The mission at the Army post will remain the same -- the fort did not lose or gain any personnel or missions. The Government Accountability Office has until July 1 to complete its review of the defense secretary's BRAC list to ensure it meets all required guidelines.

Recycling centers
- To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations: Kimberly-Clark, Belvedere fire station at 204 Hampton Ave., Beech Island fire station, two Aiken County Department of Public Safety fire stations and the Graniteville fire station. Call 650-2876 for the location near you.

Recycling centers
- To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations: Kimberly-Clark, Belvedere fire station at 204 Hampton Ave., Beech Island fire station, two Aiken County Department of Public Safety fire stations and the Graniteville fire station. Call 650-2876 for the location near you.

History is hindrance to paving
The Augusta Canal's popular towpath has changed little since it was built in 1845, but flood control projects and the need to accommodate more visitors are spawning ideas that could give it a different look.

Reunions
Boy's Catholic High School 1943-1958: Seeking classmates for a reunion with a golf tournament Friday; dinner and dance Saturday; morning reception Sunday; contact Adrian Ramp 860-4263

Graves become judge's concern
A grave controversy has surfaced in Columbia County.

Augusta State Jaguar Battalion commissions second lieutenants
For the third consecutive year, the Augusta State University Jaguar Battalion will exceed its goal for commissioning officers.

Barton Village holds event on safety
Emergency medical technicians secured 8-year-old Demarcus Moore's neck brace then laid him on a board stretcher in the parking lot of the Weed and Seed building in Barton Village.

Judges outline docket change
The Superior Court judges of the Augusta Judicial Circuit voted Wednesday for a new way of conducting the court's business.

Correction
A story in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle on school volunteer Mary Craig should have said that she has logged more than 550 volunteer hours during this school year alone at Willis Foreman Elementary School.

Events
GEORGIA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends through June 5; Peachtree City/Fairburn, Ga.; re-creation of 16th century Europeon country fair with costumed characters, jousts, food and drink; demonstrations of weaving, glass-blowing, sculpting, leather crafting and more; $15.95 adults, $12.95 seniors, $7.50 ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger; (770) 964-8575

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SYLVESTER -- A third - grade teacher who slit her wrist in front of her class has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a student, police said.

This week
Richmond County Democratic Party breakfast: 9 a.m. Saturday; Richmond County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1101 Greene St.; with Dr. Sid Gates; $6; 733-0190

Kid of the Day
Shamonteairea Horne is today's Kid of the Day.

Girl Scout council honors Women of Excellence
Hard work, dedication and the commitment to do the right thing are three guides for ReNay Trotter's life.

Woman affirms bid for mayor
Helen Blocker-Adams is putting the rumors to rest. She is going to run for mayor of Augusta in 2006 and will make a formal announcement at a news conference today.

Residents enjoy life in Woodbine West
At a time when many people are leaving Augusta and heading west to Columbia County, Dana Nelms made a trip in the other direction.

News you can use
As you grow older, your chances of becoming a victim of crime decrease, but older Americans can often be fearful of crime.

Across the area
A Hephzibah High School teacher used a tape recorder to document repeated verbal abuse from a student in his class, a device that helped prove his case in a tribunal hearing.

Tuition will stay the same
Bucking a state wide trend, tuition for Paine College students will remain the same in the coming year.

Aquinas art students create works of art from scratch
A running joke in the three-dimensional art class at Aquinas High School was that taking the yearlong course was better than taking gym.

Pupils stay focused on final assignments
North Columbia Elementary School third-grader Jamiah Hudson can't wait for the 2004-05 school year to end Friday.

Pet of the week
Callie, a 1-year-old female Australian shepherd and border collie mix, is available for adoption from Save the Animals Rescue Society.

Across the area
An inmate at the Aiken County Detention Center died Tuesday in his cell.

Augusta man gets 7 years in prison
An Augusta man who was armed with a knife, handcuffs and gloves when he broke into his ex-wife's home last year pleaded guilty Thursday.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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MARIETTA - This school year's final edition of a high school student newspaper was killed, and the journalism class was eliminated after the principal said the paper highlighted negative stories and a lack of thorough reporting.

Announcements

Around the block
The Richmond County Democratic Party will hold its monthly breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday at the party headquarters, 1101 Greene St. The program will feature Dr. Sid Gates, who will speak on the impact of religion on politics in U.S. elections. Tickets are $6 and are available at the door.

Pet of the week

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):

Meetings

Meetings
AL-ANON/ALATEEN: For friends and family members of alcoholics; 738-7984 for meeting information

Aquinas art students create works of art from scratch

Announcements
Spc. Wesley Thompson, a Persian/Farsi linguist assigned to A Company, Task Force 201, 13th Military Intelligence Brigade, has been named Servicemember of the Quarter.

Beginning teachers may get raise

For the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

Correction

Money available for those touting tourism
AIKEN -- Guidelines spelling out how money from Aiken County's accommodations tax will be distributed have been approved , and non profit groups that promote tourism have until June 3 to apply for the cash.

History is hindrance to paving

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -- State workers would contribute more of their paychecks to South Carolina's retirement system under a bill given key approval in the House on Wednesday.

Children deliver 67,003 gifts for charity

Tuition will stay the same
Bucking a state wide trend, tuition for Paine College students will remain the same in the coming year.

Around the block

Woman affirms bid for mayor
Helen Blocker-Adams is putting the rumors to rest. She is going to run for mayor of Augusta in 2006 and will make a formal announcement at a news conference today.

This week

Across Georgia
SYLVESTER -- A third - grade teacher who slit her wrist in front of her class has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a student, police said.

Board clashes with principal

Across the area
An inmate at the Aiken County Detention Center died Tuesday in his cell.

Events

Bigger school budget proposed
Richmond County schools Superintendent Charles Larke has proposed a $222 million budget for the upcoming school year, an increase of about 3 percent but a balanced budget that includes state-required teacher raises.

Judges outline docket change

Officials roll out the Red Carpet status at schools
GLOVERVILLE - At Gloverville Elementary School, visitor parking spaces are clearly marked and telephones are answered promptly.

Kid of the Day

Graves become judge's concern

FireBall officials hope to heat up local fan base
Is Augusta ready for some futbol? Atlanta lawyer Alec Papadakis and local businessman Brad Usry think so.

FireBall officials hope to heat up local fan base
Is Augusta ready for some futbol? Atlanta lawyer Alec Papadakis and local businessman Brad Usry think so.

Movie tie-ins can be bad for business
Grocery shopping is not, as a rule, one of my favorite activities. For me, it's a moderately unpleasant, but obviously necessary, errand that requires focus, fortitude and, above all, constant forward motion.

Mini reviews
Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see augusta.com/movies

'Star Wars' devotees delighted with final 'Episode'

Mini reviews

Review: 'Dominion Prequel to the Exorcist'

Review: 'Dominion Prequel to the Exorcist'
They say the devil is in the details, and that's especially true when comparing the new "Exorcist" prequel to the one that came out last summer.

Movie tie-ins can be bad for business
Grocery shopping is not, as a rule, one of my favorite activities. For me, it's a moderately unpleasant, but obviously necessary, errand that requires focus, fortitude and, above all, constant forward motion.

What critics are saying about 'Star Wars' finale
The Dark Side of the Force is expected to triumph at the box office this week, with the only new movie opening in Augusta and Aiken being Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. Unsure whether you want to stand in the ticket line? Here's a roundup of what the critics are saying:

New on DVD
Here's a look at new releaes in DVD and VCR and a calendar of what's coming:

'Kinsey' illuminates life of famed sex researcher
Kinsey, based on the life of famed sex researcher Alfred Kinsey manages a fairly unbelievable feat - it tells the story of a man obsessed with the minutiae of sex without becoming obsessed with sex itself.

What critics are saying about 'Star Wars' finale

New on DVD
Here's a look at new releaes in DVD and VCR and a calendar of what's coming:

'Kinsey' illuminates life of famed sex researcher

Mini reviews
Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see augusta.com/movies

'Star Wars' devotees delighted with final 'Episode'
NEW YORK - Jay Greene and his friends had a pact: When the sixth and final "Star Wars" movie came out - the one that brings the plot back around to George Lucas' original 1977 masterpiece - they'd be there, on opening night.

Review: 'Dominion Prequel to the Exorcist'
They say the devil is in the details, and that's especially true when comparing the new "Exorcist" prequel to the one that came out last summer.

'Star Wars' devotees delighted with final 'Episode'
NEW YORK - Jay Greene and his friends had a pact: When the sixth and final "Star Wars" movie came out - the one that brings the plot back around to George Lucas' original 1977 masterpiece - they'd be there, on opening night.

What critics are saying about 'Star Wars' finale
The Dark Side of the Force is expected to triumph at the box office this week, with the only new movie opening in Augusta and Aiken being Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. Unsure whether you want to stand in the ticket line? Here's a roundup of what the critics are saying:

Movie tie-ins can be bad for business

'Kinsey' illuminates life of famed sex researcher
Kinsey, based on the life of famed sex researcher Alfred Kinsey manages a fairly unbelievable feat - it tells the story of a man obsessed with the minutiae of sex without becoming obsessed with sex itself.

New on DVD

Dave Matthews Band captures the jam with new CD

Sonic spotlight

Radio station sponsors free Mayfest concert
For the past 28 years on the third Saturday in May, scores of people, automobiles and barbecue grills have filled May Park and its surrounding roads for Mayfest.

Shooter Jennings is following in family's footsteps
For Shooter Jennings, bristling at the safe and staid sounds of Nashville country is a family tradition.

Blues musician pens tunes on CD

Sonic spotlight
COLIN HESLIP AGE: 22 OCCUPATION: Cook at Somewhere in Augusta and culinary arts student at Augusta Technical College

Dave Matthews Band captures the jam with new CD
NEW YORK - The morning after a blistering three-hour concert to celebrate the release of their new album, members of the Dave Matthews Band were still jazzed - about the songs no one heard.

Blues musician pens tunes on CD
After more than 40 years as a leading practitioner of traditional blues, John Hammond recently decided to do something more than merely interpret the impressive canon of the uniquely American music.

Big ticket

Radio station sponsors free Mayfest concert
For the past 28 years on the third Saturday in May, scores of people, automobiles and barbecue grills have filled May Park and its surrounding roads for Mayfest.

Shooter Jennings is following in family's footsteps

Big ticket
NINE INCH NAILSWHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and SaturdayWHERE: The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta

Radio station sponsors free Mayfest concert

Shooter Jennings is following in family's footsteps
For Shooter Jennings, bristling at the safe and staid sounds of Nashville country is a family tradition.

Dave Matthews Band captures the jam with new CD
NEW YORK - The morning after a blistering three-hour concert to celebrate the release of their new album, members of the Dave Matthews Band were still jazzed - about the songs no one heard.

Sonic spotlight
COLIN HESLIPAGE: 22OCCUPATION: Cook at Somewhere in Augusta and culinary arts student at Augusta Technical College

Blues musician pens tunes on CD
After more than 40 years as a leading practitioner of traditional blues, John Hammond recently decided to do something more than merely interpret the impressive canon of the uniquely American music.

Big ticket
NINE INCH NAILS WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday WHERE: The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta

Lowe's hopes to keep sport's all-star event

Racing newsmaker: Kasey Kahne
CONCORD, N.C. -- Kasey Kahne, a 25-year-old driver from Enumclaw, Wash., won his first NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race last Saturday night at the Richmond International Speedway.

Penske poised to retool his team
CONCORD, N.C. - Now that Roger Penske owns all of Penske Racing South, crew chief Matt Borland has been signed to a contract extension and driver Ryan Newman is in negotiations for a similar extension, the focus shifts to finding a replacement for Rusty Wallace.

Penske poised to retool his team
CONCORD, N.C. - Now that Roger Penske owns all of Penske Racing South, crew chief Matt Borland has been signed to a contract extension and driver Ryan Newman is in negotiations for a similar extension, the focus shifts to finding a replacement for Rusty Wallace.

Racing newsmaker: Kasey Kahne

Racing newsmaker: Kasey Kahne
CONCORD, N.C. -- Kasey Kahne, a 25-year-old driver from Enumclaw, Wash., won his first NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race last Saturday night at the Richmond International Speedway.

Penske poised to retool his team

Lowe's hopes to keep sport's all-star event
CONCORD, N.C. - The Nextel All-Star Challenge has been at Lowe's Motor Speedway for 19 of the past 20 years, and speedway officials are spending $1 million to keep it there.

Lowe's hopes to keep sport's all-star event
CONCORD, N.C. - The Nextel All-Star Challenge has been at Lowe's Motor Speedway for 19 of the past 20 years, and speedway officials are spending $1 million to keep it there.

Sonics eager to take another shot at Spurs
SEATTLE - The Seattle SuperSonics returned home only hours before dawn Wednesday, a little bleary-eyed but lacking no confidence despite a 3-2 series deficit against San Antonio.

Sonics eager to take another shot at Spurs
SEATTLE - The Seattle SuperSonics returned home only hours before dawn Wednesday, a little bleary-eyed but lacking no confidence despite a 3-2 series deficit against San Antonio.

Sonics eager to take another shot at Spurs

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Ramsey named player of year for junior tour

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Preakness new shooters face long odds

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Venus Williams advances to Istanbul semis

Venus Williams advances to Istanbul semis
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Top-seeded Venus Williams tuned up for the French Open with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over seventh-seeded Anna Chakvetadze on Thursday to reach the Istanbul Cup semifinals.

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Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number.

Ramsey named player of year for junior tour
Apparently winning junior golf tournament after junior golf tournament wasn't enough for Taylor Ramsey.

Overtime
Augusta GreenJackets reliever Adam Gardner allowed runs to the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the seventh inning, allowing the Rome Braves to break a tie game and go on to a 4-2 victory Thursday night in Rome, Ga.

Overtime
In Rome, Ga., Augusta dropped its second consecutive game to the Braves 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon.

Venus Williams advances to Istanbul semis
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Top-seeded Venus Williams tuned up for the French Open with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over seventh-seeded Anna Chakvetadze on Thursday to reach the Istanbul Cup semifinals.

Preakness new shooters face long odds
BALTIMORE - If Giacomo didn't win the Kentucky Derby, Barry Rose would have stayed home this week instead of bringing Hal's Image to Pimlico.

Overtime
In Rome, Ga., Augusta dropped its second consecutive game to the Braves 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon.

Overtime
Augusta GreenJackets reliever Adam Gardner allowed runs to the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the seventh inning, allowing the Rome Braves to break a tie game and go on to a 4-2 victory Thursday night in Rome, Ga.

Ramsey named player of year for junior tour
Apparently winning junior golf tournament after junior golf tournament wasn't enough for Taylor Ramsey.

Area Announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number.

Preakness new shooters face long odds
BALTIMORE - If Giacomo didn't win the Kentucky Derby, Barry Rose would have stayed home this week instead of bringing Hal's Image to Pimlico.

Singer has made her mark among black performers

Conservatives given airtime to defend Jesus' resurrection
NEW YORK - After numerous allegations about liberal bias at the broadcast networks, an intriguing hourlong "20/20" grants airtime for five religious conservatives to explain their belief in Christianity's central miracle, the bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave.

Conservatives given airtime to defend Jesus' resurrection
NEW YORK - After numerous allegations about liberal bias at the broadcast networks, an intriguing hourlong "20/20" grants airtime for five religious conservatives to explain their belief in Christianity's central miracle, the bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave.

Singer has made her mark among black performers
James Brown has a famous fan - blues vocalist Marcia Ball.

Singer has made her mark among black performers
James Brown has a famous fan - blues vocalist Marcia Ball.

FireBall officials hope to heat up local fan base

Fans to flock to Wisteria Lane for 'Housewives' finale
NEW YORK - In May 2004, no one had heard of Wisteria Lane, now TV's go-to address for sexy suburban angst, and "Desperate Housewives" was just a pair of words.

Fox, UPN bringing new series to fall schedule
NEW YORK - Fox is adding five new dramas and two comedies to a nearly reality-free schedule next fall, while UPN said Thursday it wants to start a new Thursday comedy tradition with Chris Rock.

TV movie dramatizes tragedy of abusive priests

Aided by 'Survivor', CBS prevails in ratings race

CBS announces new fall lineup

TV movie dramatizes tragedy of abusive priests
NEW YORK - "Our Fathers" confronts a subject that seems all too ripe for exploitation: sexually abusive priests in the Catholic Church.

Aided by 'Survivor', CBS prevails in ratings race
NEW YORK - It was another winning week for CBS, which dominated the ratings with six of the top 10 shows - while conspiring with Fox and ABC to shut out NBC.

Fans to flock to Wisteria Lane for 'Housewives' finale

Which woman will Donald Trump hire?
NEW YORK - Consider it another chapter in Donald Trump's sordid history with women.

Fox, UPN bringing new series to fall schedule

CBS announces new fall lineup
NEW YORK - NBC didn't have much luck replacing television's most popular comedy when "Friends" ended last year. CBS now faces the same challenge with the departure of "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Fans to flock to Wisteria Lane for 'Housewives' finale
NEW YORK - In May 2004, no one had heard of Wisteria Lane, now TV's go-to address for sexy suburban angst, and "Desperate Housewives" was just a pair of words.

Which woman will Donald Trump hire?
NEW YORK - Consider it another chapter in Donald Trump's sordid history with women.

Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood in 'Idol' finals
Vonzell Solomon, a 20-year-old singer from Fort Myers, Fla., who became known affectionately as "Baby V," was knocked off Fox's "American Idol" Wednesday night.

TV movie dramatizes tragedy of abusive priests
NEW YORK - "Our Fathers" confronts a subject that seems all too ripe for exploitation: sexually abusive priests in the Catholic Church.

Fox, UPN bringing new series to fall schedule
NEW YORK - Fox is adding five new dramas and two comedies to a nearly reality-free schedule next fall, while UPN said Thursday it wants to start a new Thursday comedy tradition with Chris Rock.

CBS announces new fall lineup
NEW YORK - NBC didn't have much luck replacing television's most popular comedy when "Friends" ended last year. CBS now faces the same challenge with the departure of "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Aided by 'Survivor', CBS prevails in ratings race
NEW YORK - It was another winning week for CBS, which dominated the ratings with six of the top 10 shows - while conspiring with Fox and ABC to shut out NBC.

Which woman will Donald Trump hire?

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of May 9-15. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

Oddness adds to fun plot of 'Psychonauts'

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Clubbin': Surry Tavern

Frank Gorshin, impressionist, dies at 72

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Johnson gets dismissed by head coach
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's linebacker corps grew uncomfortably thinner following Wednesday's announcement that freshman Josh Johnson has been dismissed from the team for unspecified disciplinary reasons and will transfer to Georgia Military College.

Johnson gets dismissed by head coach

Johnson gets dismissed by head coach
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's linebacker corps grew uncomfortably thinner following Wednesday's announcement that freshman Josh Johnson has been dismissed from the team for unspecified disciplinary reasons and will transfer to Georgia Military College.

World War II is bottomless well of material for war films
It's been 60 years since World War II drew to a close, and still we feel the repercussions of the conflict. Politically, economically and socially, those years transformed the face of the world. In the United States, much is made of the Greatest Generation, the young men and women who were active participants in battles they often didn't understand politically but accepted patriotically.

Pacers come up short against Ospreys' ace
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - University of North Florida pitcher Jacob Dixon had hoped to go seven innings Thursday to give his relievers a rest. They ended up having the whole night off.

Pacers come up short against Ospreys' ace

Pacers come up short against Ospreys' ace
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - University of North Florida pitcher Jacob Dixon had hoped to go seven innings Thursday to give his relievers a rest. They ended up having the whole night off.

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Budweiser distributor fired him for drinking Coors

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Conservatives given airtime to defend Jesus' resurrection