Museum picks science fiction over the real thing
BOSTON - The Empire has struck again. This time, Benjamin Franklin is staring down the business end of Darth Vader's light saber.

Museum picks science fiction over the real thing
BOSTON - The Empire has struck again. This time, Benjamin Franklin is staring down the business end of Darth Vader's light saber.

Trump developing musical based on 'The Apprentice'
NEW YORK - Move over Max Bialystock. Broadway's foremost wheeler-dealer in "The Producers" could be joined by another man enamored by big money. Producers Barry and Fran Weissler and Mark Burnett, with an assist from real-estate mogul Donald Trump, are developing a musical based on "The Apprentice," Trump's hit NBC television series.

Museum picks science fiction over the real thing

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

Shaw survives Cross Creek

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.

Pop culture expert was light-years ahead

Woman wants to sell advertising on her body
WAYNE, N.J. - A 21-year-old business major has proven a basic lesson of marketing: Sex sells.

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.

Odds and Ends
PHILADELPHIA - White dress? Got it. Flowers? Check. Tuxedo for the Phillie Phanatic? Of course.

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

Odds and Ends
PHILADELPHIA - White dress? Got it. Flowers? Check. Tuxedo for the Phillie Phanatic? Of course.

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

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.

Red Sox top Braves, 4-3

Atlanta's Hudson struggles in Boston
BOSTON - A curse is alive and well at Fenway Park.

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.

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.

Red Sox top Braves, 4-3
BOSTON - A healthy Wade Miller gave Boston's battered rotation a big boost.

Atlanta's Hudson struggles in Boston

Atlanta's Hudson struggles in Boston
BOSTON - A curse is alive and well at Fenway Park.

Red Sox top Braves, 4-3
BOSTON - A healthy Wade Miller gave Boston's battered rotation a big boost.

Braves face problems in quest to repeat

China imposes export tariffs to ease trade clash

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.

Netflix takes over Wal-Mart's DVD rental business

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.

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.

Public tells presidential panel to scrap tax laws
WASHINGTON - When a presidential commission asked taxpayers for their thoughts about tax laws, they got a stream of replies that could be summed up by one from Harry Brown of Port Huron, Mich.

Web site explains start-up essentials
AIKEN - Melody Badger knows it takes more than a good cook to keep a family-operated restaurant in business.

China imposes export tariffs to ease trade clash
BEIJING - China announced new tariffs on its surging textile exports on Friday in a concession aimed at easing a clash with the United States and Europe over Chinese goods flooding into their markets.

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.

Wall Street finishes strong week with modest profit taking
NEW YORK - Investors taking profits after the week's big advance sent many stocks falling Friday, but the lack of a wholesale selloff left many on Wall Street pleased with the market's resiliency. The Nasdaq composite index managed a small gain, and all three major indexes finished the week higher.

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.

Hyundai's new plant puts pressure on Big Three
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - John Kalson left his Ford job in Detroit to work as production director for the new Hyundai plant in Montgomery, as did several of his current supervisors who say they were eager for a change from the Big Three culture.

Two reports offer mixed signals for economy

Greenspan: high oil prices not likely to hurt economy
WASHINGTON - The economy, which had hit a temporary soft patch from surging energy prices, probably will weather the situation well, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan suggested Friday.

Hyundai's new plant puts pressure on Big Three

Web site explains start-up essentials
AIKEN - Melody Badger knows it takes more than a good cook to keep a family-operated restaurant in business.

Prospect of new power plant arises

Public tells presidential panel to scrap tax laws
WASHINGTON - When a presidential commission asked taxpayers for their thoughts about tax laws, they got a stream of replies that could be summed up by one from Harry Brown of Port Huron, Mich.

Delta vows to continue costs cuts amid uncertain future

China imposes export tariffs to ease trade clash
BEIJING - China announced new tariffs on its surging textile exports on Friday in a concession aimed at easing a clash with the United States and Europe over Chinese goods flooding into their markets.

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.

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.

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.

Greenspan: high oil prices not likely to hurt economy
WASHINGTON - The economy, which had hit a temporary soft patch from surging energy prices, probably will weather the situation well, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan suggested Friday.

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.

Web site explains start-up essentials

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.

Greenspan: high oil prices not likely to hurt economy

Public tells presidential panel to scrap tax laws

Air hubs may be lost in merger
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The merger of US Airways and America West, aimed at creating a national low-fare airline, will debut with some baggage, including an abundance of hubs.

Hyundai's new plant puts pressure on Big Three
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - John Kalson left his Ford job in Detroit to work as production director for the new Hyundai plant in Montgomery, as did several of his current supervisors who say they were eager for a change from the Big Three culture.

SRS fee hike is due
Instead of paying property taxes on the nuclear complexes at the Savannah River Site, Uncle Sam pays an annual fee based on land value to the three counties - Aiken, Barnwell and Allendale - on whose nearly 300 square miles the site sits.

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.

The fork in the road

SRS fee hike is due
Instead of paying property taxes on the nuclear complexes at the Savannah River Site, Uncle Sam pays an annual fee based on land value to the three counties - Aiken, Barnwell and Allendale - on whose nearly 300 square miles the site sits.

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

The fork in the road
Check the election map; America is becoming more conservative.

The fork in the road
Check the election map; America is becoming more conservative.

Sanford reruns vetoes

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

SRS fee hike is due

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 - Everybody loved Raymond - but don't look for Ray Romano to star in another network sitcom.

Judge considering sanction of Jackson attorney
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The judge in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial said Friday he may sanction lead defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. for misrepresenting the terms under which the pop star waived confidentiality with former lawyer Mark Geragos.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Everybody loved Raymond - but don't look for Ray Romano to star in another network sitcom.

Henry Corden, voice of Fred Flintstone, dead at 85
LOS ANGELES - Henry Corden, the voice of cartoon caveman Fred Flintstone's "Yabba-dabba-doo!" for more than two decades, has died. He was 85.

Judge considering sanction of Jackson attorney
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The judge in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial said Friday he may sanction lead defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. for misrepresenting the terms under which the pop star waived confidentiality with former lawyer Mark Geragos.

Henry Corden, voice of Fred Flintstone, dead at 85
LOS ANGELES - Henry Corden, the voice of cartoon caveman Fred Flintstone's "Yabba-dabba-doo!" for more than two decades, has died. He was 85.

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

Changes at lake mean schools in

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.

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.

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.

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.

Propagator names new camellia after his mother

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

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.

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.

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.

Burkhart buoys repeat feat
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Keila Auvenshine's eyes began to burn.

Burkhart buoys repeat feat
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Keila Auvenshine's eyes began to burn.

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 poised to move on
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Augusta State and Oklahoma State - the top two seeds in the NCAA men's Central Regional - pulled away from the field after the second round Friday.

Pacers prevail
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Clint Smith and Casey Thompson couldn't resist.

Jaguars third in Central Region

Amateur's 'Masters' stays afloat in family's dedication
There's only one golf tournament in Augusta older than this weekend's Gordon Uhl/Golf Capital Invitational.

Pacers prevail
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Clint Smith and Casey Thompson couldn't resist.

Christina Kim in the lead at Sybase Classic

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.

Burkhart buoys repeat feat

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

Amateur's 'Masters' stays afloat in family's dedication

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.

Amateur's 'Masters' stays afloat in family's dedication
There's only one golf tournament in Augusta older than this weekend's Gordon Uhl/Golf Capital Invitational.

Pacers prevail

NHL says 'some progress' made in talks
NEW YORK - The NHL and players' union made some progress Friday and promised further negotiations after 22 hours of talks over two days.

NHL says 'some progress' made in talks

NHL says 'some progress' made in talks
NEW YORK - The NHL and players' union made some progress Friday and promised further negotiations after 22 hours of talks over two days.

Rare hurricane hits El Salvador coast
PUERTO LA LIBERTAD, El Salvador - Hurricane Adrian slammed into El Salvador, unleashing torrential rains in an area prone to devastating floods and forcing some 14,000 people to seek higher ground.

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.

Afleet Alex wins Preakness after scary incident in stretch
BALTIMORE - In a miraculous recovery, Afleet Alex kept his balance after being knocked to his knees by Scrappy T at the top of the stretch and won the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

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.

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

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.

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

Parents, educators are disappointing
After forming a concerned parents group several months ago, I now realize much initiative is needed for school reform. Brian Green, Augusta

Teams show area's soccer might
Congratulations to the Academy of Richmond County, Aquinas High School and South Aiken High School - the area CSRA teams who won state championships in soccer recently.David D. Smith, Augusta

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

Headline on story was misleading
In his column May 9, Bill Kirby says we should not be upset at the school that punished a boy for talking to his mom on a cell phone. Eric Treesh, Hephzibah

Headline on story was misleading

Parents, educators are disappointing
After forming a concerned parents group several months ago, I now realize much initiative is needed for school reform. Brian Green, Augusta

Put James Brown on the Common

Myths abound about international trade
The topic is international trade. Once again, newspaper editors and the rulers of the airwaves are spewing out vile comments about just how rotten international trade is, and about how much ordinary Americans are made to suffer by cheap imports from China, Canada, Central America and other foreign places starting with "C" or any other letter of the alphabet.

'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.

Teams show area's soccer might
Congratulations to the Academy of Richmond County, Aquinas High School and South Aiken High School - the area CSRA teams who won state championships in soccer recently.David D. Smith, 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

Parents, educators are disappointing

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.

Teams show area's soccer might

Myths abound about international trade

Myths abound about international trade
The topic is international trade. Once again, newspaper editors and the rulers of the airwaves are spewing out vile comments about just how rotten international trade is, and about how much ordinary Americans are made to suffer by cheap imports from China, Canada, Central America and other foreign places starting with "C" or any other letter of the alphabet.

Headline on story was misleading
In his column May 9, Bill Kirby says we should not be upset at the school that punished a boy for talking to his mom on a cell phone. Eric Treesh, Hephzibah

Walker principal may have point
There is a best-selling book out, Blink, that ties in nicely to the controversy over Principal Beverly Hite's decision to reassign three teachers at C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School to other schools.Bill Trammell, Evans

'Chronicle' wedding ad was brilliant

'Domino' has focus on homes

Sumatra quake shook Earth's surface everywhere

Living briefs

Google allows users to add new options to home page

'Extreme' exhibit focuses on high-perfomance fibers

Libraries stock more DVDs, add fees for movie watchers

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.

'Extreme' exhibit focuses on high-perfomance fibers
NEW YORK - You hear "textiles," you think T-shirts. Or maybe you think trade because of the battle between U.S. and Chinese clothing manufacturers. If you're a fashionista, textiles might bring to mind a luxe embroidered fabric used by Oscar de la Renta or a sassy print from Betsey Johnson.

'Extreme' exhibit focuses on high-perfomance fibers
NEW YORK - You hear "textiles," you think T-shirts. Or maybe you think trade because of the battle between U.S. and Chinese clothing manufacturers. If you're a fashionista, textiles might bring to mind a luxe embroidered fabric used by Oscar de la Renta or a sassy print from Betsey Johnson.

'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.

Google allows users to add new options to home page
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google Inc. has introduced a new option that allows visitors to personalize the search engine's bare-bones home page with information such as top news stories, movie listings and stock quotes.

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.

Google allows users to add new options to home page
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google Inc. has introduced a new option that allows visitors to personalize the search engine's bare-bones home page with information such as top news stories, movie listings and stock quotes.

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.

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.

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.

Across the region
ATLANTA - A man who was running from police was killed at the Atlanta airport's commuter train station when he came in contact with the electrified third rail.

Some cheers, some tears
A group of students at Harlem High School casually played cards Friday morning on a table in the commons area while waiting for their chance to leave school for summer break.

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.

Officials suspect remains' identity

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.

Kid of the Day

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.

Cost of cooling off rises with mercury
Just as the temperature goes up, the energy cost to county governments is expected to rise as the need for air conditioning hits in a time of increasing power costs.

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.

Budget crafters take long view

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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.

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Some cheers, some tears

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.

Kid of the Day
Nina Angel Sepha Wright is today's Kid of the Day.

Across the area
Augusta fire chief candidate David Berousek was ready, but Delta wasn't.

Across the area
Augusta fire chief candidate David Berousek was ready, but Delta wasn't.

Cost of cooling off rises with mercury
Just as the temperature goes up, the energy cost to county governments is expected to rise as the need for air conditioning hits in a time of increasing power costs.

Kid of the Day
Nina Angel Sepha Wright is today's Kid of the Day.

Risk of strokes higher in South
Sitting next to a picture of her father in a wheelchair after his stroke, with his paralyzed right arm tucked into his lap, Ann Spence said it just didn't occur to her that her own sudden weakness could be a stroke.

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.

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.

Property owners to get notices

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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.

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

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.

Windstorm hits area
Two fierce thunderstorm bands swept through the Augusta area Friday.

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.

Risk of strokes higher in South

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.

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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.

Windstorm hits area
Two fierce thunderstorm bands swept through the Augusta area Friday.

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.

Across the region
ATLANTA - A man who was running from police was killed at the Atlanta airport's commuter train station when he came in contact with the electrified third rail.

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

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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.

Afleet Alex wins Preakness after scary incident in stretch
BALTIMORE - In a miraculous recovery, Afleet Alex kept his balance after being knocked to his knees by Scrappy T at the top of the stretch and won the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

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

Some cheers, some tears
A group of students at Harlem High School casually played cards Friday morning on a table in the commons area while waiting for their chance to leave school for summer break.

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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.

Pacers win second straight national golf championship

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.

Augusta man gets 7 years in prison

Across Georgia

Storm preparations improve

Across the area

Campaign stresses effects of seat belts

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Augusta area

Across South Carolina

Teacher's suspension appeal is denied

Meals perform balancing act
AIKEN - Six-year-old Jessica Keel said she wished her school would serve pizza rolls and Doritos for lunch, but the kindergartner at East Aiken Elementary School seemed content Wednesday with the macaroni and cheese and lima beans on her lunch tray.

Bill would postpone closing until 2006

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Authorities take 200 goats from man's home
AIKEN - Animal control workers removed nearly 200 goats that had been living inside an Aiken man's home for nearly seven years, an official said Friday.

Kid of the Day

Windstorm hits area

Hopeful outlines plans for Augusta

SRS might be home to new nuclear plant

Firefighter injured in blaze

Cost of cooling off rises with mercury

Cousin recalls disappearance
Cousins Tiffany Nelson and Georgia Kelly did everything together as children.

Across the region

Pioneer speaks at Fort Gordon
At an Army post whose first female commander will be ending her tenure this summer, another pioneering female general spoke on Friday.

Meals perform balancing act

Schools first IB grads don distinctive robes
There will be a new color of graduation gowns standing out at Tuesday's ceremony at Academy of Richmond County.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Schools expect loss of officials

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.

Afleet Alex wins Preakness after scary incident in stretch

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

Across the area

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.

Cousin recalls disappearance

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.

Rants and Raves
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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.

Authorities take 200 goats from man's home

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.

Authorities take 200 goats from man's home
AIKEN - Animal control workers removed nearly 200 goats that had been living inside an Aiken man's home for nearly seven years, an official said Friday.

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.

Schools expect loss of officials
AIKEN - Higher salaries in surrounding school districts and a state retirement incentive program might remove more administrators from Aiken County in the next two years than school officials are able to replace.

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.

Cousin recalls disappearance
Cousins Tiffany Nelson and Georgia Kelly did everything together as children.

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.

SRS might be home to new nuclear plant
A consortium of power companies has identified Savannah River Site as a possible location for the nation's first new nuclear power plant in two decades.

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.

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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.

Meals perform balancing act
AIKEN - Six-year-old Jessica Keel said she wished her school would serve pizza rolls and Doritos for lunch, but the kindergartner at East Aiken Elementary School seemed content Wednesday with the macaroni and cheese and lima beans on her lunch tray.

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.

Risk of strokes higher in South
Sitting next to a picture of her father in a wheelchair after his stroke, with his paralyzed right arm tucked into his lap, Ann Spence said it just didn't occur to her that her own sudden weakness could be a stroke.

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.

Seniors get ready to take the walk
Feelings of excitement and sorrow mingled within the spirits of Columbia County high school seniors and faculty as they prepared Friday for their graduation today at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

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

Schools expect loss of officials
AIKEN - Higher salaries in surrounding school districts and a state retirement incentive program might remove more administrators from Aiken County in the next two years than school officials are able to replace.

Officials roll out the Red Carpet status at schools

SRS might be home to new nuclear plant
A consortium of power companies has identified Savannah River Site as a possible location for the nation's first new nuclear power plant in two decades.

Tourism agency remains together

Clerical error blamed for missing fertilizer
More than 20 tons of fertilizer reported missing from DSM Chemicals wasn't stolen, officials said Friday.

Paper tigers

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.

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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.

Plant's 24-ton cargo is missing

Scientists aim to aid rare fish

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

'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.

'Star Wars' hits one-day record of $50 million
LOS ANGELES - The last of the "Star Wars" movies has done what no movie in history has ever accomplished - sold $50 million worth of tickets in a single day.

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.

'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.

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.

'Star Wars' devotees delighted with final 'Episode'

Dave Matthews Band captures the jam with new CD

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.

Toby Keith finds refuge on the road with TV, 'cold one'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Toby Keith got an early lesson in showmanship from a Detroit rocker - and fellow truck enthusiast.

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.

Jarrett's new crew chief hopes to put life in team
CONCORD, N.C. - Bill Wilburn will attempt to do what four other crew chiefs couldn't: Get Dale Jarrett back up to speed.

Jarrett's new crew chief hopes to put life in team
CONCORD, N.C. - Bill Wilburn will attempt to do what four other crew chiefs couldn't: Get Dale Jarrett back up to speed.

Quick change: Newman at top
CONCORD, N.C. - Ryan Newman proved yet again that no one is better at qualifying - no matter what the procedure might be.

Jarrett's new crew chief hopes to put life in team

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Preakness new shooters face long odds

Laney's Dunn boosts grades

Overtime

Venus Williams gains Istanbul final

Overtime

N.Y. warned it will lose Olympic bid without stadium

Giacomo looks to continue the trend

Venus Williams advances to Istanbul semis

Venus Williams gains Istanbul final
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Top-seeded Venus Williams beat Bulgaria's Tszvetana Pironkova 6-1, 6-3 Friday despite numerous errors on a windy day to reach the Istanbul Cup final.

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.

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.

N.Y. warned it will lose Olympic bid without stadium
ALBANY, N.Y. - U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Peter Ueberroth warned the state's top lawmakers that New York will lose its chance to land the 2012 Summer Games if a plan for a Manhattan stadium is not approved, according to a letter released Friday.

N.Y. warned it will lose Olympic bid without stadium
ALBANY, N.Y. - U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Peter Ueberroth warned the state's top lawmakers that New York will lose its chance to land the 2012 Summer Games if a plan for a Manhattan stadium is not approved, according to a letter released Friday.

Overtime
In New Orleans, Ryan Roushandel scored the inaugural goal for the Augusta FireBall in their 1-0 victory over the New Orleans ShellShockers on Friday night.

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.

Laney's Dunn boosts grades
He scored about every sixth time he touched the football for Laney this fall. Ten of Robert Dunn's 20 touchdowns came in the Class AA football playoffs.

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.

Giacomo looks to continue the trend
BALTIMORE - Even though he's won the Kentucky Derby, a question still lingers for Giacomo: Was his Derby win at 50-1 odds a fluke or a first step on the way to the Triple Crown?

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.

Laney's Dunn boosts grades
He scored about every sixth time he touched the football for Laney this fall. Ten of Robert Dunn's 20 touchdowns came in the Class AA football playoffs.

Giacomo looks to continue the trend
BALTIMORE - Even though he's won the Kentucky Derby, a question still lingers for Giacomo: Was his Derby win at 50-1 odds a fluke or a first step on the way to the Triple Crown?

Overtime
In New Orleans, Ryan Roushandel scored the inaugural goal for the Augusta FireBall in their 1-0 victory over the New Orleans ShellShockers on Friday night.

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.

Venus Williams gains Istanbul final
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Top-seeded Venus Williams beat Bulgaria's Tszvetana Pironkova 6-1, 6-3 Friday despite numerous errors on a windy day to reach the Istanbul Cup final.

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.

Dobson, Focus on Family embroiled in policy fights
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - To millions of conservative Christians, James Dobson and his Focus on the Family ministry have emerged as a life preserver for a culture that is fending off assaults from popular culture and liberals.

Exhibit of Jewish items is on view
They came from Poland, Germany and other countries in Europe but also places such as Ireland and Egypt.

Facing the dark side
Jeremy Williamson already had listened to the audio book version of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith before he stood in line Wednesday for the movie's midnight opening.

Faith digest
Single women can get free oil changes for their vehicles from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 1810 Knox Ave. in North Augusta. The outreach is sponsored by First Baptist Church of North Augusta.

Faith digest
Single women can get free oil changes for their vehicles from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 1810 Knox Ave. in North Augusta. The outreach is sponsored by First Baptist Church of North Augusta.

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.

Dobson, Focus on Family embroiled in policy fights
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - To millions of conservative Christians, James Dobson and his Focus on the Family ministry have emerged as a life preserver for a culture that is fending off assaults from popular culture and liberals.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar lists church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Mount Vernon rejoices in its 75th year
The 19 adults and five children who gathered in April 1930 to begin Mount Vernon Baptist Church had no idea they were initiating what would become a 75-year legacy.

Exhibit of Jewish items is on view
They came from Poland, Germany and other countries in Europe but also places such as Ireland and Egypt.

Mount Vernon rejoices in its 75th year
The 19 adults and five children who gathered in April 1930 to begin Mount Vernon Baptist Church had no idea they were initiating what would become a 75-year legacy.

Facing the dark side
Jeremy Williamson already had listened to the audio book version of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith before he stood in line Wednesday for the movie's midnight opening.

FireBall officials hope to heat up local fan base

Fox, UPN bringing new series to fall schedule

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.

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.

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.

Trump chooses Kendra Todd as 'The Apprentice'

Fans to flock to Wisteria Lane for 'Housewives' finale

Trump chooses Kendra Todd as 'The Apprentice'
NEW YORK - Donald Trump selected Kendra Todd as his first female "Apprentice," handing her a job with his organization and a $250,000 salary at the close of the NBC reality show's live finale Thursday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trump chooses Kendra Todd as 'The Apprentice'
NEW YORK - Donald Trump selected Kendra Todd as his first female "Apprentice," handing her a job with his organization and a $250,000 salary at the close of the NBC reality show's live finale Thursday night.

TV movie dramatizes tragedy of abusive priests

Judge considering sanction of Jackson attorney

Henry Corden, voice of Fred Flintstone, dead at 85

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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.

Big seventh lifts Pacers to victory
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The USC Aiken baseball team extended its season by one game Friday afternoon, breaking away from a seventh-inning tie for a 5-2 victory over Francis Marion in the first game of the loser's bracket in the NCAA South Atlantic Regional.

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

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Facing the dark side

Conservatives given airtime to defend Jesus' resurrection

Exhibit of Jewish items is on view

Mount Vernon rejoices in its 75th year

Faith Calendar

Faith digest

Dobson, Focus on Family embroiled in policy fights