A housewife finds success as novelist

A housewife finds success as novelist
LOS ANGELES - Jacquelyn Mitchard pressed the play button on her answering machine and heard a voice saying, "Hi. This is Oprah Winfrey. I read your book, and I'd like to talk to you about it. Would you please call me."

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.

Clinton sees 'dark faces' while having surgery last year

Art notebook
The Augusta Museum of History recently received an accreditation by the American Association of Museums. The honor, afforded only to institutions that display the highest level of professional, conservational and ethical practices, has been awarded to only 750 museums in the country.

A housewife finds success as novelist
LOS ANGELES - Jacquelyn Mitchard pressed the play button on her answering machine and heard a voice saying, "Hi. This is Oprah Winfrey. I read your book, and I'd like to talk to you about it. Would you please call me."

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.

Clinton sees 'dark faces' while having surgery last year
NEW YORK - In the paperback edition of "My Life," former President Clinton acknowledges that his memoir may have been too long, recounts some friendly faces from his book tour and some odder ones sighted under the influence of anesthesia as he underwent heart surgery last September.

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.

Clinton sees 'dark faces' while having surgery last year
NEW YORK - In the paperback edition of "My Life," former President Clinton acknowledges that his memoir may have been too long, recounts some friendly faces from his book tour and some odder ones sighted under the influence of anesthesia as he underwent heart surgery last September.

Museum picks science fiction over the real thing

Baseball notebook
ARLINGTON, Texas - David Dellucci led off a record-setting game for the Texas Rangers with - what else - a home run.

USC Aiken's run is over
JACKSONVILE, Fla. - USC Aiken's run through the NCAA South Atlantic Regional stretched into a third day but came to a disappointing end.

Baseball notebook
ARLINGTON, Texas - David Dellucci led off a record-setting game for the Texas Rangers with - what else - a home run.

Baseball notebook

Robin Annette Merritt

Chloe F. Johnfroe
Damien and Dawn Johnfroe of Aiken, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Chloe F., born May 5, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Kayla Lanae Anthony

Hallie Elizabeth Fulmer
Terry Fulmer and Ericka Runnels are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Hallie Elizabeth Fulmer, born May 8, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Robin Annette Merritt
S. Russell and Elizabeth Merritt of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Robin Annette, born May 11, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Sabrina Callen Davis
Roosavelt and Micheala Davis of Rayle, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Sabrina Callene, born April 22, 2005 at Wills Memorial in Washington, Ga.

Nicholas Gabriel Weisert
Rich Weisert and Merci Wadford are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Gabriel Weisert, born May 7, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Catilyn Nicole Chavous
Joe and Bonnie Chavous of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Catilyn Nicole, born May 8, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Bryce Evan Tillman

Ashton Wilkes Andrews
Ashley and Tiffani Andrews of Washington are pleased to announce the birth of their son Ashton Wilkes Andrews, born May 4, 2005 at St. Joseph in Augusta.

Kayla Lanae Anthony
Claude and Carolyn of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Kayla Lanae, born April 30, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Robin Annette Merritt
S. Russell and Elizabeth Merritt of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Robin Annette, born May 11, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Catilyn Nicole Chavous
Joe and Bonnie Chavous of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Catilyn Nicole, born May 8, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Erin Paige Grandy
James and Jill Grandy of Aiken, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Erin Paige, born March 28, 2005 at University in Augusta.

Hallie Elizabeth Fulmer

Kayla Lanae Anthony
Claude and Carolyn of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Kayla Lanae, born April 30, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Rachel Malinda Foulks

Reagan Renee Walker
Todd and Regina Walker of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Reagan Renee, born March 28, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 9:40 a.m., weighed 7lbs. 11oz. and was 19 1/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Roy and Joyce Strickland of Evans and William and Sue Walker of North Augusta. She was welcomed home by big sister, Jessica Alexandria, who is 3 1/2.

D'Angleo Micheal Bolton

Bryson Key Hopkins
Deanna Strakosch and Robert Hopkins are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bryson Key, born March 12, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 10:03 p.m., weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz. and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Susan Munro of Augusta, Douglas Strakosch of Hephzibah, Mel and Lynn Parrish of Grovetown and Bob and Kathy Hopkins of Evans.

Thomas Walter Blanchard

Rachel Malinda Foulks
Anthony and Lauren Foulks of Fort Gordon are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Rachel Malinda, born March 4, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. She was welcomed home by big brother, Alan, who is 4.

Kayla Lanae Anthony
Claude Anthony and Carolyn Williams are pleased to announce the birth of their daughters, Kayla Lanae Anthony, born April 30, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ethan William Dent
Ashley and Karen Dent of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ethan William Dent, born April 14, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Erin Paige Grandy
James and Jill Grandy of Aiken, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Erin Paige, born March 28, 2005 at University in Augusta.

Bryce Evan Tillman
Terrell and Melissa Tillman of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bryce Evan, born February 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by his big brother Chase 1 yr. old.

Ashton Wilkes Andrews
Ashley and Tiffani Andrews of Washington are pleased to announce the birth of their son Ashton Wilkes Andrews, born May 4, 2005 at St. Joseph in Augusta.

Sabrina Callen Davis
Roosavelt and Micheala Davis of Rayle, Ga., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Sabrina Callene, born April 22, 2005 at Wills Memorial in Washington, Ga.

Ashton Wilkes Andrews

D'Angleo Micheal Bolton
Lonnie and Yolanda Bolton of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, D'Angleo Micheal, born April 26, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Kayla Lanae Anthony

Chloe F. Johnfroe
Damien and Dawn Johnfroe of Aiken, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Chloe F., born May 5, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Thomas Walter Blanchard
Thomas and Dana Blanchard of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Thomas Walter Blanchard III, born May 9, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Rachel Hope Beauford
Thomas and Stephanie Beauford of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Rachel Hope, born March 30, 2005 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Augusta.

Rachel Hope Beauford
Thomas and Stephanie Beauford of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Rachel Hope, born March 30, 2005 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Augusta.

Nicholas Gabriel Weisert
Rich Weisert and Merci Wadford are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Gabriel Weisert, born May 7, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Ethan William Dent

Nicholas Gabriel Weisert

Erin Paige Grandy

Hallie Elizabeth Fulmer
Terry Fulmer and Ericka Runnels are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Hallie Elizabeth Fulmer, born May 8, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Chloe F. Johnfroe

Kayla Lanae Anthony
Claude Anthony and Carolyn Williams are pleased to announce the birth of their daughters, Kayla Lanae Anthony, born April 30, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Bryce Evan Tillman
Terrell and Melissa Tillman of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bryce Evan, born February 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by his big brother Chase 1 yr. old.

Ethan William Dent
Ashley and Karen Dent of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ethan William Dent, born April 14, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Reagan Renee Walker

Rachel Hope Beauford

D'Angleo Micheal Bolton
Lonnie and Yolanda Bolton of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, D'Angleo Micheal, born April 26, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Sabrina Callen Davis

Reagan Renee Walker
Todd and Regina Walker of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Reagan Renee, born March 28, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 9:40 a.m., weighed 7lbs. 11oz. and was 19 1/4 inches long. Proud grandparents are Roy and Joyce Strickland of Evans and William and Sue Walker of North Augusta. She was welcomed home by big sister, Jessica Alexandria, who is 3 1/2.

Rachel Malinda Foulks
Anthony and Lauren Foulks of Fort Gordon are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Rachel Malinda, born March 4, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. She was welcomed home by big brother, Alan, who is 4.

Catilyn Nicole Chavous

Bryson Key Hopkins
Deanna Strakosch and Robert Hopkins are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Bryson Key, born March 12, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 10:03 p.m., weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz. and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Susan Munro of Augusta, Douglas Strakosch of Hephzibah, Mel and Lynn Parrish of Grovetown and Bob and Kathy Hopkins of Evans.

Thomas Walter Blanchard
Thomas and Dana Blanchard of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Thomas Walter Blanchard III, born May 9, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Bryson Key Hopkins

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

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

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.

Atlanta's injuries begin to mount up
BOSTON - After making it more than a month without placing a player on the disabled list, the Atlanta Braves are now getting far too accustomed to that process.

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

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

Atlanta's Hudson struggles in Boston

Atlanta beats up Boston

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

Atlanta beats up Boston
BOSTON - Kyle Davies overcame the Red Sox and the rain in a scoreless major league pitching debut, and the Atlanta Braves ended their longest losing streak in three years with a 7-5 win Saturday night.

Atlanta's injuries begin to mount up

Red Sox top Braves, 4-3

Atlanta beats up Boston
BOSTON - Kyle Davies overcame the Red Sox and the rain in a scoreless major league pitching debut, and the Atlanta Braves ended their longest losing streak in three years with a 7-5 win Saturday night.

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

Atlanta's injuries begin to mount up
BOSTON - After making it more than a month without placing a player on the disabled list, the Atlanta Braves are now getting far too accustomed to that process.

Web site explains start-up essentials

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.

Business calendar

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for May 5-12. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Wal-Mart stumbles as rivals close in
NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is facing a new reality: Its customers want more than just the lowest price.

Fee-based planner can eliminate biased advice

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.

Wal-Mart stumbles as rivals close in
NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is facing a new reality: Its customers want more than just the lowest price.

On the move

Fee-based planner can eliminate biased advice
I am desperate to find out who I could talk to about financial advice, someone who is not connected with any investment or securities firm. Someone who can give me advice on what to do about losses on investment, on 401(k) and IRA, but who is not in the business of selling.

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.

Business briefs
A break from work is a chance to rest and rejuvenate, restoring your vim, vigor and mental engagement with your job.

Temporary workers cut costs, increase production

Temporary workers cut costs, increase production
For Sylvia Mangialetto, temp work has hardly been temporary.

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.

On the move
Paul Cloutier has joined the Augusta Youth Develpoment Campus as the recreation director. George Holland has been promoted at the facility from juvenile correctional officer 1 to juvenile correctional officer 2 (sergeant).

Temporary workers cut costs, increase production
For Sylvia Mangialetto, temp work has hardly been temporary.

Hyundai's new plant puts pressure on Big Three

Fee-based planner can eliminate biased advice
I am desperate to find out who I could talk to about financial advice, someone who is not connected with any investment or securities firm. Someone who can give me advice on what to do about losses on investment, on 401(k) and IRA, but who is not in the business of selling.

China imposes export tariffs to ease trade clash

Richmond County property transfers

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.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Women in Business, guest speaker Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox, 11:30 a.m., Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta; members $20, nonmembers $25, corporate tables available; R.S.V.P. at 821-1300.

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.

Greenspan: high oil prices not likely to hurt economy

Richmond County property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for May 5-12. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

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.

Wal-Mart stumbles as rivals close in

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.

On the move
Paul Cloutier has joined the Augusta Youth Develpoment Campus as the recreation director. George Holland has been promoted at the facility from juvenile correctional officer 1 to juvenile correctional officer 2 (sergeant).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Women in Business, guest speaker Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox, 11:30 a.m., Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta; members $20, nonmembers $25, corporate tables available; R.S.V.P. at 821-1300.

Rumors run rampant about mayor's plans in Washington

Rumors run rampant about mayor's plans in Washington
Two weeks ago, Mayor Bob Young asked whether everybody in Augusta knew something he didn't.

Rumors run rampant about mayor's plans in Washington
Two weeks ago, Mayor Bob Young asked whether everybody in Augusta knew something he didn't.

First black players at Death Valley return to Clemson
COLUMBIA - Former Wake Forest star linebacker Bob Grant recalled the death threats, the precautions to avoid violence on bus rides to Southern football stadiums and the harsh, volatile words spoken by opposing coaches including Clemson's Frank Howard - the very reason he became part of the "Junior Jim Crow Killers."

Tigers earn ACC sweep of Miami
CLEMSON, S.C. - Taylor Harbin tied a school record with three doubles as Clemson finished a three-game sweep of Miami with a 6-2 victory on Saturday.

First black players at Death Valley return to Clemson

First black players at Death Valley return to Clemson
COLUMBIA - Former Wake Forest star linebacker Bob Grant recalled the death threats, the precautions to avoid violence on bus rides to Southern football stadiums and the harsh, volatile words spoken by opposing coaches including Clemson's Frank Howard - the very reason he became part of the "Junior Jim Crow Killers."

Winning combinations
The best are not always the brightest. The brightest are not always the best. You've really got a winning combination when your community sees both the best and the brightest in you.

Winning combinations
The best are not always the brightest. The brightest are not always the best. You've really got a winning combination when your community sees both the best and the brightest in you.

SRS fee hike is due

The fork in the road

Give up CIA
The United States is wondering what to do with Luis Posada Carriles, a zealous anti-Castro Cuban who's been arrested for entering this country illegally. If what Posada has been charged with by Cuban and Venezuelan authorities is true, there's no doubt about what should be done - he must be turned over to Venezuela to be dealt with as a terrorist.

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

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.

Consumer terrorism
Terrorism comes from many places, and in many forms. One of them comes from right here in the good old USA.

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

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.

Winning combinations

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.

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.

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

Pension conversions, freezes impact retirement
NEW YORK - Troubled United Airlines ended its traditional pension plans dramatically earlier this month, abandoning them in a highly publicized move to the federal government's pension insurance agency. But many other traditional plans die quietly, either converted to "hybrid" plans or frozen and replaced with worker-funded 401(k) plans.

Pension conversions, freezes impact retirement
NEW YORK - Troubled United Airlines ended its traditional pension plans dramatically earlier this month, abandoning them in a highly publicized move to the federal government's pension insurance agency. But many other traditional plans die quietly, either converted to "hybrid" plans or frozen and replaced with worker-funded 401(k) plans.

Pension conversions, freezes impact retirement

Turner pitches shutout, Tech wins
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Ryan Turner tossed seven shutout innings and Georgia Tech (38-16, 22-8 ACC) hit three home runs for an 8-1 win over No. 15 North Carolina (40-15-1, 17-10-1) in the final game of the regular season Saturday.

Vericker, Augusta drop Grasshoppers
In Greensboro, N.C., Augusta's Brad Vericker hit his second homer in as many nights as the GreenJackets rolled to a 7-2 win over the Greensboro Grasshoppers to snap a four-game skid.

Vericker, Augusta drop Grasshoppers
In Greensboro, N.C., Augusta's Brad Vericker hit his second homer in as many nights as the GreenJackets rolled to a 7-2 win over the Greensboro Grasshoppers to snap a four-game skid.

Minor league notebook
Matt Childers was watching the Atlanta Braves game on television Monday night when starter John Thomson left the game in the fifth inning with a finger injury.

Minor league notebook
Matt Childers was watching the Atlanta Braves game on television Monday night when starter John Thomson left the game in the fifth inning with a finger injury.

NCAA golf roundup
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Augusta State men's golf team won its first NCAA regional in dominating fashion Saturday, flying past top-seeded Oklahoma State to win the Central Regional title at the Warren Course on the campus of Notre Dame.

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

Perry turning Colonial into his own playground

Pacers in need of a bigger sign after repeat
It was a triumphant moment for USC Aiken this past summer. School officials proudly posed for a picture beneath one of seven interstate signs commemorating the school's first national title. The signs read: "Home of USC Aiken, 2004 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Champions."

Burkhart buoys repeat feat

Consistent Newman on top of Golf Capital field
Carter Newman's days of relative anonymity as an Augusta golfer might be numbered.

Professional golf roundup
MAYNOOTH, Ireland - Part-time Augusta resident Oliver Wilson eagled two par-4s in a three-hole stretch on the back nine to move into a tie for second place in the Irish Open on Saturday.

Perry turning Colonial into his own playground
FORT WORTH, Texas - Kenny Perry feels as if he's in his own backyard at the Colonial, and he's turning the old course into his personal playground.

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.

Professional golf roundup

Consistent Newman on top of Golf Capital field

Perry turning Colonial into his own playground
FORT WORTH, Texas - Kenny Perry feels as if he's in his own backyard at the Colonial, and he's turning the old course into his personal playground.

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

Pacers in need of a bigger sign after repeat
It was a triumphant moment for USC Aiken this past summer. School officials proudly posed for a picture beneath one of seven interstate signs commemorating the school's first national title. The signs read: "Home of USC Aiken, 2004 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Champions."

Consistent Newman on top of Golf Capital field
Carter Newman's days of relative anonymity as an Augusta golfer might be numbered.

Pacers prevail

Pacers in need of a bigger sign after repeat

Professional golf roundup
MAYNOOTH, Ireland - Part-time Augusta resident Oliver Wilson eagled two par-4s in a three-hole stretch on the back nine to move into a tie for second place in the Irish Open on Saturday.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Minor league notebook

Vericker, Augusta drop Grasshoppers

Talented Tyler, Marsh lead area prospects

Talented Tyler, Marsh lead area prospects
Names like Kendrell Bell, Corey Chavous, Deon Grant, Carlos Rogers, Ben Troupe and Troy Williamson beef up the area's reputation for football players at the highest level of the game.

Talented Tyler, Marsh lead area prospects
Names like Kendrell Bell, Corey Chavous, Deon Grant, Carlos Rogers, Ben Troupe and Troy Williamson beef up the area's reputation for football players at the highest level of the game.

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.

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.

Think calmly about the sort of man you are
What sort of person are you? If you're like me, you're the sort of person who is always wondering something.

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.

'Chronicle' nailed mental-health center's plight
On behalf of consumers. family members, advocates and concerned supporters of mental-health issues, thank you!Phylis Holliday, Augusta

Save Bethlehem neighborhood from total decay
Before becoming city administrator, Fred Russell toured the Bethlehem area of Augusta with the Rev. William Bass of Tremount Temple Baptist Church. Immediately afterward, he assisted in a cleanup of Picquet Avenue. My first impression of Mr. Russell was that he exemplified genuine qualities of a leader. He is compassionate, caring and willing to listen to the needs of the community, and find ways to move this area forward. He rolled up his sleeves and assisted in the cleanup with a smile.Mattie Mitchell, 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

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

'Chronicle' nailed mental-health center's plight

Save Bethlehem neighborhood from total decay

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

Save Bethlehem neighborhood from total decay
Before becoming city administrator, Fred Russell toured the Bethlehem area of Augusta with the Rev. William Bass of Tremount Temple Baptist Church. Immediately afterward, he assisted in a cleanup of Picquet Avenue. My first impression of Mr. Russell was that he exemplified genuine qualities of a leader. He is compassionate, caring and willing to listen to the needs of the community, and find ways to move this area forward. He rolled up his sleeves and assisted in the cleanup with a smile.Mattie Mitchell, Augusta

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.

Parents, educators are disappointing

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

Teams show area's soccer might

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

Myths abound about international trade

'Chronicle' nailed mental-health center's plight
On behalf of consumers. family members, advocates and concerned supporters of mental-health issues, thank you! Phylis Holliday, Augusta

Drag race gets no coverage
The subject of this letter is to ask why this paper and all the rest of the sports media in Augusta will not cover one of the major sporting events in the state of Georgia: the Southern Nationals Drag Race, which was held May12-15.Reese Lewallen, Martinez

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.

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

New styles enhance popularity of flip-flops

Ruined dog bed shouldn't end friendship

Google allows users to add new options to home page

Festival revamped to celebrate woodpecker's rediscovery

Living briefs

Chattanooga reborn as the 'Scenic City'

'Extreme' exhibit focuses on high-perfomance fibers

Trout-fishing season is catching on in Pennsylvania

Planning departments have maze of rules to be followed

Florida tourism touting small towns

Ruined dog bed shouldn't end friendship
Dear Carson: My family and I went away for a week, and my husband's friend offered to dog-sit for us because he has a similar dog. I sent my dog to his house with her toys, food, bed, etc. When we returned, my husband picked up our dog and was told that his friend's dog had destroyed our dog's bed. He didn't even offer to replace it.

Chattanooga reborn as the 'Scenic City'
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Back in the 1960s and '70s, Chattanooga had a deserted downtown on the Tennessee River and was smothered by soot from its foundries.

Chattanooga reborn as the 'Scenic City'
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Back in the 1960s and '70s, Chattanooga had a deserted downtown on the Tennessee River and was smothered by soot from its foundries.

'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.

Trout-fishing season is catching on in Pennsylvania
CHAMPION, Pa. - Anglers pursue a variety of fish in Pennsylvania, but nothing means fishing like trout does.

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.

New styles enhance popularity of flip-flops
Celebrities have added fine jewels to theirs, while the girl-next-door wears hers with sequins or flowers.

Planning departments have maze of rules to be followed
One of the ways we are able to keep our hands on the heartbeat of the remodeling industry is through ownership of our own honest-to-goodness remodeling company. In that capacity we get to experience - firsthand - changes in trends, new laws and what it all costs.

Trout-fishing season is catching on in Pennsylvania
CHAMPION, Pa. - Anglers pursue a variety of fish in Pennsylvania, but nothing means fishing like trout does.

Swimsuit designs have branched
It's a beautiful day. The sun is shining, the surf crashes gently upon the shore and the sand sparkles in the midafternoon light. And you're trussed up like a mummy in a muumuu because you couldn't find the perfect swimsuit.

Florida tourism touting small towns
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Florida visitors are probably already familiar with Orlando's glittering theme parks and the fine white sands of Gulf Coast beaches. But chances are they haven't heard much about the historic and picturesque downtowns of Dunedin, Lakeland or Jensen Beach.

Ruined dog bed shouldn't end friendship
Dear Carson: My family and I went away for a week, and my husband's friend offered to dog-sit for us because he has a similar dog. I sent my dog to his house with her toys, food, bed, etc. When we returned, my husband picked up our dog and was told that his friend's dog had destroyed our dog's bed. He didn't even offer to replace it.

Planning departments have maze of rules to be followed
One of the ways we are able to keep our hands on the heartbeat of the remodeling industry is through ownership of our own honest-to-goodness remodeling company. In that capacity we get to experience - firsthand - changes in trends, new laws and what it all costs.

Living briefs
Like many series, ABC's Desperate Housewives has its season finale this week. What's in store for Season 2? We should get some clues tonight when the women meet a new neighbor, Betty Applewhite. She's played by Alfre Woodard, who will join the full-time cast when new episodes resume in the fall. The show's finale airs at 9 on WJBF (Channel 6).

Living briefs
Like many series, ABC's Desperate Housewives has its season finale this week. What's in store for Season 2? We should get some clues tonight when the women meet a new neighbor, Betty Applewhite. She's played by Alfre Woodard, who will join the full-time cast when new episodes resume in the fall. The show's finale airs at 9 on WJBF (Channel 6).

New styles enhance popularity of flip-flops
Celebrities have added fine jewels to theirs, while the girl-next-door wears hers with sequins or flowers.

Festival revamped to celebrate woodpecker's rediscovery
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Plans for an annual birding festival have been revamped to celebrate the rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker - offering everything from speakers on the rare bird to a "woodpecker haircut."

Retractable screen doors are versatile
Planning on adding a new screen door for your home? Or replacing an old one? Before you spend anywhere from $75 to possibly hundreds of dollars for a traditional framed and hinged "fixed" screen door, you might want to consider the latest innovation: retractable door screens.

Florida tourism touting small towns
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Florida visitors are probably already familiar with Orlando's glittering theme parks and the fine white sands of Gulf Coast beaches. But chances are they haven't heard much about the historic and picturesque downtowns of Dunedin, Lakeland or Jensen Beach.

Augustan returns to her roots
Helen Turnage's family has called Augusta's Summerville area home for many generations.

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.

Festival revamped to celebrate woodpecker's rediscovery
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Plans for an annual birding festival have been revamped to celebrate the rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker - offering everything from speakers on the rare bird to a "woodpecker haircut."

'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.

Abuse story leads official to resign

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Injured cow is left at landfill

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Alcohol sales tempt Grovetown

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.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Makayla Jordan Wells of Hephzibah.

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.

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.

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

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.

Cousin recalls disappearance

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

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

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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.

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Weather cleanup continues in county

Authorities take 200 goats from man's home

Georgia base hits jackpot during BRAC

Windstorm hits area

Kid of the Day

Risk of strokes higher in South

Free hip-hop concert draws thousands

Afleet Alex wins Preakness after scary incident in stretch

Injured cow is left at landfill
A Grovetown woman was outraged Saturday when she witnessed three men dump a fatally injured cow at the Augusta-Richmond County Solid Waste Facility knowing the animal was still alive. But county officials say the incident does not qualify as animal cruelty.

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.

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.

Across Georgia
DALTON - A Chatsworth man accused of using a church's banking information to buy Internet porn now faces criminal charges.

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

Across South Carolina
SENECA - An Oconee County woman has been charged after investigators say she ran over her 3-year-old nephew with a pickup.

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.

Abuse story leads official to resign
ATLANTA - A high-ranking Department of Corrections official resigned Friday after reports of routine beatings in a south Georgia prison.

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.

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

Alcohol sales tempt Grovetown
Joyce Stringer says she has no problem with the sale of alcohol in a restaurant on a Sunday so long as it brings more restaurants to Grovetown.

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

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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.

Across the area
The Army has announced its selection of a private company that will help renovate and build new housing on Fort Gordon as part of a privatization program.

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.

Injured cow is left at landfill
A Grovetown woman was outraged Saturday when she witnessed three men dump a fatally injured cow at the Augusta-Richmond County Solid Waste Facility knowing the animal was still alive. But county officials say the incident does not qualify as animal cruelty.

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Weather cleanup continues in county
Columbia County residents and officials continued Saturday to clean up from Friday's fierce weather.

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.

Across South Carolina
SENECA - An Oconee County woman has been charged after investigators say she ran over her 3-year-old nephew with a pickup.

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Activists fight fear, ban on same-sex marriages
COLUMBIA - Ginger and Mac McClure seize every chance they get to talk about gay rights.

Across the region

Weather cleanup continues in county
Columbia County residents and officials continued Saturday to clean up from Friday's fierce weather.

Meals perform balancing act

All done
Lauren Seaborn (left) and Jessica Dorn hug after Harlem High's graduation.

Cleaning up after bust of meth lab gets pricey
ATLANTA - The ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine might be cheap, but the bill to clean up chemical residues from a makeshift lab can run into the thousands of dollars for property owners who might have been unaware of the illegal activity.

Activists fight fear, ban on same-sex marriages
COLUMBIA - Ginger and Mac McClure seize every chance they get to talk about gay rights.

Kid of the Day

New president of Augusta Assembly
Newly elected Augusta Assembly President Jim Bennett (from left), and his wife, Frann, pose with assembly members Tim and Mary Moses before the assembly's spring party at the Augusta Country Club.

Across the area

Plan will bring middle school classes to fort
Negotiations are under way to build a middle school wing at Fort Gordon's only public school, a move welcomed by military parents concerned over violence in Richmond County schools.

SRS might be home to new nuclear plant

Free hip-hop concert draws thousands
As 3-year-old Kazana Bennett danced on a picnic table bench, the sounds of hip-hop artists and smells of barbecue wafted through May Park.

Some cheers, some tears

Georgia base hits jackpot during BRAC
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Ann Wade and her daughter have weathered some stormy economic tides for the past three years at Lil' Seabag, their tailor shop about a mile from Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base.

Cost of cooling off rises with mercury

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Makayla Jordan Wells of Hephzibah.

Schools expect loss of officials

Across Georgia
DALTON - A Chatsworth man accused of using a church's banking information to buy Internet porn now faces criminal charges.

New president of Augusta Assembly
Newly elected Augusta Assembly President Jim Bennett (from left), and his wife, Frann, pose with assembly members Tim and Mary Moses before the assembly's spring party at the Augusta Country Club.

Abuse story leads official to resign
ATLANTA - A high-ranking Department of Corrections official resigned Friday after reports of routine beatings in a south Georgia prison.

Alcohol sales tempt Grovetown
Joyce Stringer says she has no problem with the sale of alcohol in a restaurant on a Sunday so long as it brings more restaurants to Grovetown.

Across South Carolina

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

Across Georgia

Plan will bring middle school classes to fort
Negotiations are under way to build a middle school wing at Fort Gordon's only public school, a move welcomed by military parents concerned over violence in Richmond County schools.

Rants and raves
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Rants and raves
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New president of Augusta Assembly

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Plan will bring middle school classes to fort

55 years of Laney grads gather to remember
Their blood runs red - and gray. Fifty-five years ago, a bond began among the graduates of Lucy C. Laney High School. It wasn't biological, but it may as well have been.

Across the area

Free hip-hop concert draws thousands
As 3-year-old Kazana Bennett danced on a picnic table bench, the sounds of hip-hop artists and smells of barbecue wafted through May Park.

News you can use

Across the area
The Army has announced its selection of a private company that will help renovate and build new housing on Fort Gordon as part of a privatization program.

Georgia base hits jackpot during BRAC
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Ann Wade and her daughter have weathered some stormy economic tides for the past three years at Lil' Seabag, their tailor shop about a mile from Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base.

Activists fight fear, ban on same-sex marriages

When it comes to winning, red isn't so hot
For anyone feeling blue in the red states, science has uncovered the answer for what's wrong.

When it comes to winning, red isn't so hot
For anyone feeling blue in the red states, science has uncovered the answer for what's wrong.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

'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.

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.

Pitbull takes a bite out of the Latin rap game
Latin hip-hop is hotter than Miami at high noon. And no one is hotter than Pitbull.

Bourdais scores top spot on grid
MONTERREY, Mexico - Defending champion Sebastian Bourdais broke his course record and held off Justin Wilson by a half second Saturday to capture the pole position for the Monterrey Grand Prix.

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.

IRL notebook
INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Speedway and IRL boss Tony George had a new perspective on qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 on Saturday.

Brack in the saddle
INDIANAPOLIS - Former Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack got his comeback off the ground in a big way Saturday, qualifying for the May 29 race with a faster speed than pole sitter Tony Kanaan.

Bourdais scores top spot on grid
MONTERREY, Mexico - Defending champion Sebastian Bourdais broke his course record and held off Justin Wilson by a half second Saturday to capture the pole position for the Monterrey Grand Prix.

Future race site still up in the air
CONCORD, N.C. - Fans were handed buttons as they walked through the gates at Lowe's Motor Speedway that read, "Racing was built here. Racing belongs here."

NASCAR notebook
CONCORD, N.C. - With five laps remaining in Saturday night's Nextel All-Star Open, Mike Bliss asked his team to remind him what second place was worth.

NASCAR notebook
CONCORD, N.C. - With five laps remaining in Saturday night's Nextel All-Star Open, Mike Bliss asked his team to remind him what second place was worth.

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.

Brack in the saddle

Brack in the saddle
INDIANAPOLIS - Former Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack got his comeback off the ground in a big way Saturday, qualifying for the May 29 race with a faster speed than pole sitter Tony Kanaan.

Bourdais scores top spot on grid

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

NASCAR notebook

WNBA roundup
SEATTLE - Lisa Leslie had just picked up her third foul 9 minutes into the first half, and new Los Angeles Sparks coach Henry Bibby reluctantly went to a zone defense.

WNBA roundup

Suns, Spurs to decide best in West
PHOENIX - With an offense as relentless as the Arizona heat, the Phoenix Suns are trampling the conventional wisdom about defense being the way to go this time of year.

WNBA roundup
SEATTLE - Lisa Leslie had just picked up her third foul 9 minutes into the first half, and new Los Angeles Sparks coach Henry Bibby reluctantly went to a zone defense.

Suns, Spurs to decide best in West
PHOENIX - With an offense as relentless as the Arizona heat, the Phoenix Suns are trampling the conventional wisdom about defense being the way to go this time of year.

Suns, Spurs to decide best in West

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Mrs. Martha "Joan" Sherrill    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald Brown, Sr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Danny Jackson    (SOPERTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Essie Mae Hobbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Robbie F. Kearse    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Coffie    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Joye    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Nunnally    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robbie F. Kearse    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Essie Mae Hobbs    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Yi Kye Son    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Clide Leopard    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Destiny Jean Lane    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
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Destiny Jean Lane    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Allen    (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Grandstaff (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Clide Leopard (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mrs. Susan Rhodes (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida Frazier-Harmon (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. R. Hilton Kitchens (OCONEE, Ga.)

Jacob Alan Stavely (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Gilchrist (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Jones (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Anna Fambro (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Vernon Huffman (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Vernon Huffman (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Laraine Kirk (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. William Bradshaw, Jr. (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Seldin (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Essie Mae Hobbs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Barney W. Jones (SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

Mr. Michael H. "Mike" Riggs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Graham (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Australia Speed (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruby Coffie (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Willie D. Hollimon, Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James Stewart (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Danny Jackson (SOPERTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Luella Beasley (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche B. Kingsbury (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mike Riggs (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Mason Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gilbert Ferguson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Anna Dixon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Joye (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Vera L. Dunaway (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Allen (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Starling (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy M. Scott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Graham (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Gilchrist (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Nunnally (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sondra W. Henry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Scoggins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha "Joan" Sherrill (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Joye (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sondra W. Henry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy M. Scott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Von Pittman (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Destiny Jean Lane (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Robbie F. Kearse (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Yi Kye Son (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene "Millie" Morlan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Teresa Ann Adams (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Woodrow W. Parker (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Doris Elam (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Briana Machele Taylor (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Lyndoll Deal (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie B. Mitchell (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Gerald Brown, Sr. (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Clarence Hobbs (DEARING, Ga.)

Vetoes are key to fiscal discipline
There was much fanfare last year about pigs, pork-barrel spending and vetoes, yet lost in the commotion was what the vetoes were all about - the constitutional requirement of a balanced budget here in South Carolina. At the end of the day, those vetoes were not about individual spending items, but rather about using the only tool left to extinguish the remaining $16 million not paid of what had been a $155 million unconstitutional deficit.

Vetoes are key to fiscal discipline
There was much fanfare last year about pigs, pork-barrel spending and vetoes, yet lost in the commotion was what the vetoes were all about - the constitutional requirement of a balanced budget here in South Carolina. At the end of the day, those vetoes were not about individual spending items, but rather about using the only tool left to extinguish the remaining $16 million not paid of what had been a $155 million unconstitutional deficit.

Vetoes are key to fiscal discipline
There was much fanfare last year about pigs, pork-barrel spending and vetoes, yet lost in the commotion was what the vetoes were all about - the constitutional requirement of a balanced budget here in South Carolina. At the end of the day, those vetoes were not about individual spending items, but rather about using the only tool left to extinguish the remaining $16 million not paid of what had been a $155 million unconstitutional deficit.

Overtime

Despite loss, Giacomo has proved worth

Scrappy T escapes crash to finish second

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

Team becomes Force to be reckoned with

Laney's Dunn boosts grades

Federer seeks career Grand Slam at French

Overtime

Giacomo looks to continue the trend

Venus Williams gains Istanbul final

Afleet Alex wins Preakness after scary incident in stretch

Team becomes Force to be reckoned with
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - A raunchy hip-hop song thunders from the boom box. The players are huddled in small groups around the locker room - playing cards, chatting loudly about nothing in particular.

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.

Overtime
In Atlanta, former NFL running back David Lang, a member of the Dallas Cowboys' Super Bowl XXX championship team, was killed in a shooting near his Stone Mountain home, DeKalb County police confirmed Saturday.

Despite loss, Giacomo has proved worth
BALTIMORE - No Triple Crown for Giacomo, but nothing to be embarrassed about, either.

Afleet Alex wins Preakness after scary incident in stretch
BALTIMORE - Afleet Alex was gathering momentum, coming off the far turn and looking ready to romp in the Preakness Stakes.

Despite loss, Giacomo has proved worth
BALTIMORE - No Triple Crown for Giacomo, but nothing to be embarrassed about, either.

Scrappy T escapes crash to finish second
BALTIMORE - Scrappy T won't be remembered for finishing second in the Preakness.

Area sports 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. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

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?

Federer seeks career Grand Slam at French
PARIS - Year after bedeviling year, the thick red clay at the French Open buried the career Grand Slam aspirations of Pete Sampras. Is that to be the fate, too, of his heir as king of the game, Roger Federer?

Afleet Alex wins Preakness after scary incident in stretch
BALTIMORE - Afleet Alex was gathering momentum, coming off the far turn and looking ready to romp in the Preakness Stakes.

Team becomes Force to be reckoned with
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - A raunchy hip-hop song thunders from the boom box. The players are huddled in small groups around the locker room - playing cards, chatting loudly about nothing in particular.

Scrappy T escapes crash to finish second
BALTIMORE - Scrappy T won't be remembered for finishing second in the Preakness.

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
In Atlanta, former NFL running back David Lang, a member of the Dallas Cowboys' Super Bowl XXX championship team, was killed in a shooting near his Stone Mountain home, DeKalb County police confirmed Saturday.

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?

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.

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.

Federer seeks career Grand Slam at French
PARIS - Year after bedeviling year, the thick red clay at the French Open buried the career Grand Slam aspirations of Pete Sampras. Is that to be the fate, too, of his heir as king of the game, Roger Federer?

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.

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.

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.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Awards heaped on hunters' hearty harvest
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - The three finest whitetails taken in Georgia last season have at least two things in common: None were killed near Augusta, and all came from habitats where hunters are encouraged - or required - to let smaller bucks walk.

Awards heaped on hunters' hearty harvest
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - The three finest whitetails taken in Georgia last season have at least two things in common: None were killed near Augusta, and all came from habitats where hunters are encouraged - or required - to let smaller bucks walk.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Awards heaped on hunters' hearty harvest

When it comes to winning, red isn't so hot

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.

BBC has a hit with update of 'Doctor Who'
LONDON - A time-traveling blast from the past - and the future - has become one of the biggest hits of Britain's television present.

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.

Trump chooses Kendra Todd as 'The Apprentice'

BBC has a hit with update of 'Doctor Who'

BBC has a hit with update of 'Doctor Who'
LONDON - A time-traveling blast from the past - and the future - has become one of the biggest hits of Britain's television present.

People in the News

Henry Corden, voice of Fred Flintstone, dead at 85

Judge considering sanction of Jackson attorney

Bulldogs advance to regional final
ATHENS, Ga. - Top-seeded Georgia beat in-state rival Georgia Tech 8-1 Saturday to advance to the championship round of the NCAA softball regional.

Bulldogs advance to regional final

Bulldogs advance to regional final
ATHENS, Ga. - Top-seeded Georgia beat in-state rival Georgia Tech 8-1 Saturday to advance to the championship round of the NCAA softball regional.

Tolleson's homer lifts Gamecocks to victory
COLUMBIA, S.C. - After pinch-hitter Neil Giesler tied the game with an eighth-inning grand slam, Steven Tolleson had a three-run homer in the ninth to lead South Carolina into the Southeastern Conference tournament with a 12-9 victory over Kentucky on Saturday.

Gamecock players can clear records
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Two more South Carolina players involved in the thefts at Williams-Brice Stadium last November were accepted into a pre-trial intervention program.

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.

Odds and Ends

Facing the dark side

Exhibit of Jewish items is on view

Faith digest

Dobson, Focus on Family embroiled in policy fights

Faith Calendar

Mount Vernon rejoices in its 75th year