Plenty to be learned from two books by teachers
Teachers should foster a "wildness" in the classroom and keep students "on edge," writes Jay Parini in "The Art of Teaching," a comparatively tame and tempered memoir of his 30 years at the lectern.

Looking for a summertime book? No sweat!
Summer days mean lighter clothing, lighter meals and, of course, lighter reading.

Shadowy biography of legendary underworld figure

Plenty to be learned from two books by teachers
Teachers should foster a "wildness" in the classroom and keep students "on edge," writes Jay Parini in "The Art of Teaching," a comparatively tame and tempered memoir of his 30 years at the lectern.

Looking for a summertime book? No sweat!

Looking for a summertime book? No sweat!
Summer days mean lighter clothing, lighter meals and, of course, lighter reading.

Summer reading heats up with new book releases
School's out, vacations are due, the days are long. Why not dive into a good book?

Robin Cook's 'Marker' is not to be missed
Robin Cook is in top form in his latest thriller, "Marker," which revisits the relationship of medical examiners Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery.

Plenty to be learned from two books by teachers

Shadowy biography of legendary underworld figure
The problem with Nick Tosches' new book, "King of the Jews," is that it contains too much Nick Tosches.

Summer reading heats up with new book releases

David Sedaris in full downplay mode
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Save your compliments. David Sedaris doesn't believe them anyway.

Big-league bat boy takes a whack at writing

Summer reading heats up with new book releases
School's out, vacations are due, the days are long. Why not dive into a good book?

Shadowy biography of legendary underworld figure
The problem with Nick Tosches' new book, "King of the Jews," is that it contains too much Nick Tosches.

Big-league bat boy takes a whack at writing
Despite the recent revelations about steroid use among baseball players, the game can still evoke memories of childhood innocence, of hiding under the covers to listen to late-night games on the radio or fantasizing about hitting a game-winning grand slam.

Big-league bat boy takes a whack at writing
Despite the recent revelations about steroid use among baseball players, the game can still evoke memories of childhood innocence, of hiding under the covers to listen to late-night games on the radio or fantasizing about hitting a game-winning grand slam.

Devil Rays top Mariners
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Josh Phelps hit a two-run homer to lead Tampa Bay to a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night, the Devil Rays' fourth straight win.

It was a long road to travel for pitcher
When Tim Steflik walked off the field Wednesday, he received the ovation of his dreams.

Deficits don't mean much to Westside
Parents of Westside baseball players have had a lot to cheer about during the state baseball playoffs.

Old-school star learns hard work can pay off

Deficits don't mean much to Westside
Parents of Westside baseball players have had a lot to cheer about during the state baseball playoffs.

It was a long road to travel for pitcher

Devil Rays top Mariners
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Josh Phelps hit a two-run homer to lead Tampa Bay to a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night, the Devil Rays' fourth straight win.

Deficits don't mean much to Westside

Old-school star learns hard work can pay off
Bradley Logan is a sucker for a good motivational phrase.

Devil Rays top Mariners

Old-school star learns hard work can pay off
Bradley Logan is a sucker for a good motivational phrase.

It was a long road to travel for pitcher
When Tim Steflik walked off the field Wednesday, he received the ovation of his dreams.

Baseball notebook
ATLANTA - A torn quadriceps injury which helped to ruin Raul Mondesi's 2004 season with Pittsburgh and Anaheim is hampering his 2005 comeback efforts with Atlanta.

Let's get started on this year's postcards

Luke William Adams
William and Stephanie Adams are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Luke William, born May 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ceres Abigail Williams

Garrett Levi Delaughter

William Ford Gurley
Brandi Godbee and Alan Gurley are pleased to announce the birth of their son, William Ford, born May 2, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Olivia Jean Hammett

Cason Hugh Davis
Dan and Ashley Davis of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Cason Hugh, born April 14, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by big brother, Austin, 1 1/2.

Heidi Quinn Shepherd
John and Krysten Shepherd of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Heidi Quinn, born May 12, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Noah Andrew Christian
Nathan and Gina Christian of Waynesboro are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Noah Andrew, born April 26, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Noah Andrew Christian

Olivia Sienna Guilbeau
Patrick and Jennifer Guilbeau of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Sienna, born May 4, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Luke William Adams

Molly Katherine Griffin
Reid and Laura Griffin of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Molly Katherine, born May 11, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Gunner Douglas Haney
Debra Johnson and Jason Haney are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gunner Douglas, born May 6, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Olivia Jean Hammett
Todd and Stephanie Hammett of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Jean, born April 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 4:14 p.m., weighed 8 lbs. and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Cynthia Athanaelos of North Augusta, Billy and Vickie Ramsey, Ronnie and Linda Hammett, all of Augusta and the late Betty Jean Hammett. She was welcomed home by big brother, Ronnie Hammett, 3 1/2.

Kaeleigh Elizabeth Wingard
Sharon Baskins and Michael Wingard are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaeleigh Elizabeth, born May 3, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

James Edward Spears
James and Autumn Spears of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, James Edward 'Jace', born February 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 12:27 p.m., weighed 8 lbs. 15 oz. and was 22 inches long. Grandparents are Benjamin P. Agee and Linda Agee and James Edward Spears and Marlene Z. Spears, all of Augusta. He was welcomed home by big sister Emma Dixon.

Heidi Quinn Shepherd

Ceres Abigail Williams
Bradley and Christina Williams are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ceres Abigail, born April 27, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 7:15 p.m., weighed 7 lbs 5 oz. and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Chong Kim and Jeffrey Chacon, both of Augusta and Karl and Bonnie Williams of Martinez. She was welcomed home by big sister, Madison Lynn, 2 1/2.

Isis Unique Leverett
Andrea Leverett and Vincent Bell are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Isis Unique, born May 8, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Braydon William Fricks
Ryan and Shallon Fricks of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Braydon William, born April 21, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 12:58 p.m., weighed 8 lbs 12 oz. and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Karen and Terry Shonkwiler of Martinez, Dean and Deb Bays of Charleston, S.C. and Vicki Fricks of North Augusta and the late Barry Fricks of North Augusta.

Elijah James Bailey

Emily Marie Bartlett
Brian and Kimberly Bartlett of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Marie, born April 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 11:02 a.m., weighed 9 lbs. 11 Ú oz. and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Judith F. Hold and the late Jerry D. Holt of Jacksonville, Ala. and Mary R. Bartlett and the late Lowell I. Bartlett of Evans. She was welcomed home by big sister, Brianna Nicole, 2.

Braydon William Fricks

Shane Matthew Coulson
Michael and Cynthia Coulson of Harlem are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Shane Matthew, born May 9, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Kaeleigh Elizabeth Wingard

Gunner Douglas Haney
Debra Johnson and Jason Haney are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gunner Douglas, born May 6, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Kaeleigh Elizabeth Wingard
Sharon Baskins and Michael Wingard are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaeleigh Elizabeth, born May 3, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Donoven Mitchell Bivins
Stephanie Bivins and Craig Williams are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Donoven Mitchell, born May 9, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Braydon William Fricks
Ryan and Shallon Fricks of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Braydon William, born April 21, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 12:58 p.m., weighed 8 lbs 12 oz. and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Karen and Terry Shonkwiler of Martinez, Dean and Deb Bays of Charleston, S.C. and Vicki Fricks of North Augusta and the late Barry Fricks of North Augusta.

Olivia Jean Hammett
Todd and Stephanie Hammett of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Jean, born April 21, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 4:14 p.m., weighed 8 lbs. and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Cynthia Athanaelos of North Augusta, Billy and Vickie Ramsey, Ronnie and Linda Hammett, all of Augusta and the late Betty Jean Hammett. She was welcomed home by big brother, Ronnie Hammett, 3 1/2.

Averi Brooke D'Carlo
Danielle Oglesby and Peter D'Carlo are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Averi Brooke, born May 10, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Molly Katherine Griffin
Reid and Laura Griffin of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Molly Katherine, born May 11, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Elijah James Bailey
John and Patricia Bailey of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Elijah James, born May 5, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Skilar McKaden Smith
Danielle Hooker and Timothy Smith are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Skilar McKaden, born May 9, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Landon Lewis Brocato

Olivia Sienna Guilbeau
Patrick and Jennifer Guilbeau of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Sienna, born May 4, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Emily Marie Bartlett

Noah Andrew Christian
Nathan and Gina Christian of Waynesboro are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Noah Andrew, born April 26, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Benjamin Aaron Halter

Averi Brooke D'Carlo
Danielle Oglesby and Peter D'Carlo are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Averi Brooke, born May 10, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

James Darryl Tuck

William Ford Gurley

Donoven Mitchell Bivins
Stephanie Bivins and Craig Williams are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Donoven Mitchell, born May 9, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Molly Katherine Griffin

Landon Lewis Brocato
Trey and Teresa Brocato of Hephzibah, were pleased to announce the birth of their son, Landon Lewis, born May 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Averi Brooke D'Carlo

Garrett Levi Delaughter
Alex and Shanon Delaughter of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Garrett Levi, born May 11, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Donoven Mitchell Bivins

Isis Unique Leverett
Andrea Leverett and Vincent Bell are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Isis Unique, born May 8, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Cason Hugh Davis

Benjamin Aaron Halter
John and Buffy Halter of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Aaron, born May 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Olivia Sienna Guilbeau

Ceres Abigail Williams
Bradley and Christina Williams are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ceres Abigail, born April 27, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 7:15 p.m., weighed 7 lbs 5 oz. and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Chong Kim and Jeffrey Chacon, both of Augusta and Karl and Bonnie Williams of Martinez. She was welcomed home by big sister, Madison Lynn, 2 1/2.

Isis Unique Leverett

James Darryl Tuck
James and Jessica Tuck are pleased to announce the birth of their son, James Darryl, born May 13, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Elijah James Bailey
John and Patricia Bailey of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Elijah James, born May 5, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Benjamin Aaron Halter
John and Buffy Halter of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Aaron, born May 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Heidi Quinn Shepherd
John and Krysten Shepherd of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Heidi Quinn, born May 12, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

James Darryl Tuck
James and Jessica Tuck are pleased to announce the birth of their son, James Darryl, born May 13, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Emily Marie Bartlett
Brian and Kimberly Bartlett of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Marie, born April 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 11:02 a.m., weighed 9 lbs. 11 Ú oz. and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Judith F. Hold and the late Jerry D. Holt of Jacksonville, Ala. and Mary R. Bartlett and the late Lowell I. Bartlett of Evans. She was welcomed home by big sister, Brianna Nicole, 2.

Cason Hugh Davis
Dan and Ashley Davis of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Cason Hugh, born April 14, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta. He was welcomed home by big brother, Austin, 1 1/2.

Garrett Levi Delaughter
Alex and Shanon Delaughter of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Garrett Levi, born May 11, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Luke William Adams
William and Stephanie Adams are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Luke William, born May 13, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Landon Lewis Brocato
Trey and Teresa Brocato of Hephzibah, were pleased to announce the birth of their son, Landon Lewis, born May 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

William Ford Gurley
Brandi Godbee and Alan Gurley are pleased to announce the birth of their son, William Ford, born May 2, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Gunner Douglas Haney

Odds and Ends
VALPARAISO, Ind. - Drop a dime - get 50 bucks.

Polar bear with bad breath gets dental surgery
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Yukon the polar bear underwent surgery that zookeepers hope will clear the air.

Odds and Ends
VALPARAISO, Ind. - Drop a dime - get 50 bucks.

A race fit only for man and beast
DENVER - Donkeys don't like to do much of anything, let alone run a marathon. But they've been doing it in Colorado for years, and they'll be back at it this summer.

A race fit only for man and beast
DENVER - Donkeys don't like to do much of anything, let alone run a marathon. But they've been doing it in Colorado for years, and they'll be back at it this summer.

Lack of run support angers Smoltz
ATLANTA -- The frustration concerning a lack of run support reached a new mental plateau with Atlanta starter John Smoltz on Friday night.

Starter hopes to return Tuesday

Starter hopes to return Tuesday
ATLANTA - Fingers are still crossed that Mike Hampton will be able to return to the mound Tuesday in Washington, but the Braves' left-hander didn't exactly sound upbeat Friday about his strained forearm.

Phillies throttle Braves again
ATLANTA - The idea for the Atlanta Braves, coming into a weekend series against Philadelphia, was to continue their roll against National League East foes.

Mondesi held out of lineup
ATLANTA - A torn quadriceps injury which helped to ruin Raul Mondesi's 2004 season with Pittsburgh and Anaheim is hampering his 2005 comeback efforts with Atlanta.

Phillies throttle Braves again

Starter hopes to return Tuesday
ATLANTA - Fingers are still crossed that Mike Hampton will be able to return to the mound Tuesday in Washington, but the Braves' left-hander didn't exactly sound upbeat Friday about his strained forearm.

Phillies throttle Braves again
ATLANTA - The idea for the Atlanta Braves, coming into a weekend series against Philadelphia, was to continue their roll against National League East foes.

Treatment system changes 'hog water' into clean water

Romanian vehicle is waiting for green light
MIAMI - To many Americans, the best-known imports from Romania are gymnasts such as Nadia Comaneci. That's only one of the factors working against John A. Perez's plan to popularize an off-road vehicle made in the Eastern European country.

Couples who work together face battles
AKRON, Ohio - When Kerry Hornick's wife, Trudy, recovered from a tumor on her spinal column nine years ago, he realized how short life is - and he wanted a more fulfilling career.

Romanian vehicle is waiting for green light

Free credit reports go South

Local business picks up by latching onto Internet

Stocks stall ahead of long holiday weekend

Free credit reports go South
ATLANTA - Residents of the South will have the right to order free copies of their credit reports starting Tuesday.

Company revamps Web site to draw business
When officials at Everthere Carriers wanted to show a prospect how their product worked, they sent it to the Web site of another company.

A seaworthy business
When it comes to spending notes on floats, Americans aren't holding back.

On the move
- Harry Siddall has been appointed to vice president of national operations for First Vehicle Services, the provider of fleet management and maintenance for Augusta-Richmond County. Mr. Siddall has been with the company for three years.

Business calendar
- Tuesday: QuickBooks Pro 2005, seminar by Michelle Bennett and Angela Mantlow, certified QuickBooks Pro advisors; Serotta Maddocks Evans & Co. CPA's; 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $195 continental breakfast and lunch provided; contact Melissa Canady at 722-5337 or mcanady@smecpa.com for directions and reservation guarantee.

Business calendar

Local business picks up by latching onto Internet
It once took a staff of five to do what George Pocisk can do by himself today.

Some enjoy their home-based businesses at home

Romanian vehicle is waiting for green light
MIAMI - To many Americans, the best-known imports from Romania are gymnasts such as Nadia Comaneci. That's only one of the factors working against John A. Perez's plan to popularize an off-road vehicle made in the Eastern European country.

Stocks stall ahead of long holiday weekend
NEW YORK - Stocks eked out modest gains Friday ahead of the long holiday weekend as investors eyed higher oil prices and a government report that showed rising personal incomes but slower growth in consumer spending.

Free credit reports go South
ATLANTA - Residents of the South will have the right to order free copies of their credit reports starting Tuesday.

Treatment system changes 'hog water' into clean water
AYDEN, N.C. - Don Lloyd dipped his bottle into a tank of water that had been flushed out of three nearby pens filled with thousands of hogs just six hours earlier.

Company revamps Web site to draw business
When officials at Everthere Carriers wanted to show a prospect how their product worked, they sent it to the Web site of another company.

Local business picks up by latching onto Internet
It once took a staff of five to do what George Pocisk can do by himself today.

Property transfers

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for May 2-17. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office.

Some enjoy their home-based businesses at home
NEW YORK - Many people who start home-based companies find after a few years that it's time to move out - the business has grown too big for the house.

IRS to close 68 taxpayer assistance centers

On the move

A seaworthy business

A seaworthy business
When it comes to spending notes on floats, Americans aren't holding back.

Company revamps Web site to draw business

Business calendar
- Tuesday: QuickBooks Pro 2005, seminar by Michelle Bennett and Angela Mantlow, certified QuickBooks Pro advisors; Serotta Maddocks Evans & Co. CPA's; 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $195 continental breakfast and lunch provided; contact Melissa Canady at 722-5337 or mcanady@smecpa.com for directions and reservation guarantee.

Stocks stall ahead of long holiday weekend
NEW YORK - Stocks eked out modest gains Friday ahead of the long holiday weekend as investors eyed higher oil prices and a government report that showed rising personal incomes but slower growth in consumer spending.

On the move
- Harry Siddall has been appointed to vice president of national operations for First Vehicle Services, the provider of fleet management and maintenance for Augusta-Richmond County. Mr. Siddall has been with the company for three years.

Some enjoy their home-based businesses at home
NEW YORK - Many people who start home-based companies find after a few years that it's time to move out - the business has grown too big for the house.

Treatment system changes 'hog water' into clean water
AYDEN, N.C. - Don Lloyd dipped his bottle into a tank of water that had been flushed out of three nearby pens filled with thousands of hogs just six hours earlier.

IRS to close 68 taxpayer assistance centers
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service announced plans Friday to close 68 sites nationwide where taxpayers can get face-to-face help with tax issues.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for May 2-17. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office.

IRS to close 68 taxpayer assistance centers
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service announced plans Friday to close 68 sites nationwide where taxpayers can get face-to-face help with tax issues.

Mayor's unexpired term has lots of volunteers stepping up to the plate

Mayor's unexpired term has lots of volunteers stepping up to the plate
Now that Mayor Bob Young has announced he's outta here come June 20 to become a regional director for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the political maneuvering has begun in earnest.

Mayor's unexpired term has lots of volunteers stepping up to the plate
Now that Mayor Bob Young has announced he's outta here come June 20 to become a regional director for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the political maneuvering has begun in earnest.

Virginia knocks Clemson out of ACC Tournament
Tim Henry drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth to lead Virginia to a win over Clemson in the other bracket final.

Rivals to face off in all-Mississippi final

Rivals to face off in all-Mississippi final
HOOVER, Ala. - Jeff Butts' RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Mississippi State to a 3-2 win over Tennessee on Saturday and into the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game.

Rivals to face off in all-Mississippi final
HOOVER, Ala. - Jeff Butts' RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Mississippi State to a 3-2 win over Tennessee on Saturday and into the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game.

Sun is healthy, for now
Do you find health news confusing? Perhaps only if you're paying attention to it. First you hear coffee is good for you, a healthy stimulant.

Managing city's change
Bob Young may be able to do as much or more for Augusta in his next job than he's done as mayor.

Are upper rungs in view?
We are not often compelled to respond to something on our own pages - that's your job!

Are upper rungs in view?
We are not often compelled to respond to something on our own pages - that's your job!

Betting on Abbas
President Bush's White House meeting Thursday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas might someday, in retrospect, be seen as a historic event that helped turn the tide away from war with Israel and toward peace.

Managing city's change
Bob Young may be able to do as much or more for Augusta in his next job than he's done as mayor.

Betting on Abbas
President Bush's White House meeting Thursday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas might someday, in retrospect, be seen as a historic event that helped turn the tide away from war with Israel and toward peace.

Managing city's change

Betting on Abbas

Are upper rungs in view?

Sun is healthy, for now
Do you find health news confusing? Perhaps only if you're paying attention to it. First you hear coffee is good for you, a healthy stimulant.

Sun is healthy, for now

Eddie Albert, star of 'Green Acres,' dead at 99
LOS ANGELES - Eddie Albert, the actor best known as the constantly befuddled city slicker-turned-farmer in television's "Green Acres," has died. He was 99.

Eddie Albert, star of 'Green Acres,' dead at 99
LOS ANGELES - Eddie Albert, the actor best known as the constantly befuddled city slicker-turned-farmer in television's "Green Acres," has died. He was 99.

Jackson makes deal to bolster his 'financial strength'
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The investment company that recently took over Michael Jackson's $200 million loan from Bank of America has reached an agreement that his representative said is "more favorable" to the pop star.

Jackson makes deal to bolster his 'financial strength'
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The investment company that recently took over Michael Jackson's $200 million loan from Bank of America has reached an agreement that his representative said is "more favorable" to the pop star.

How do I consolidate my student loans?

Plan now for your retirement spending

Baby boomers must consider their spending

How do I consolidate my student loans?
Q: I hear this is a good time to consolidate my student loans. How would I go about that?

Baby boomers must consider their spending
NEW YORK - Most Americans focus on saving for retirement during their working years and don't think much about how they're going to spend their nest eggs in retirement.

Commodity funds can add diversity to a portfolio
NEW YORK - If you own both stock and bond funds, you probably consider yourself well-diversified. But research by Lipper Inc. suggests broad exposure to commodities like gold, oil and copper can go a long way toward rounding out a mutual fund portfolio, as long as you understand the risks.

Commodity funds can add diversity to a portfolio

Plan now for your retirement spending
NEW YORK - Most Americans focus on saving for retirement during their working years and don't think much about how they're going to spend their nest eggs in retirement.

Baby boomers must consider their spending
NEW YORK - Most Americans focus on saving for retirement during their working years and don't think much about how they're going to spend their nest eggs in retirement.

Commodity funds can add diversity to a portfolio
NEW YORK - If you own both stock and bond funds, you probably consider yourself well-diversified. But research by Lipper Inc. suggests broad exposure to commodities like gold, oil and copper can go a long way toward rounding out a mutual fund portfolio, as long as you understand the risks.

How do I consolidate my student loans?
Q: I hear this is a good time to consolidate my student loans. How would I go about that?

Plan now for your retirement spending
NEW YORK - Most Americans focus on saving for retirement during their working years and don't think much about how they're going to spend their nest eggs in retirement.

No lead's too big for Jackets to overcome
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - When Georgia Tech gets its bats going, no deficit is too big.

Jackets will face Cavs for title
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Flashing power and capitalizing on every Florida State mistake, top-seeded Georgia Tech is back in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game for a third consecutive year.

Jackets can't close deal on Bombers
The Augusta GreenJackets bullpen couldn't finish off the Greenville Bombers on Saturday night, allowing the tying run in the ninth inning and the winning run in the 11th for a 6-5 loss on Fireworks Night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Minor league notebook
The Greenville Bombers got a mention on ESPN's Baseball Tonight recently, but for a dubious reason.

Minor league notebook
The Greenville Bombers got a mention on ESPN's Baseball Tonight recently, but for a dubious reason.

Jackets can't close deal on Bombers
The Augusta GreenJackets bullpen couldn't finish off the Greenville Bombers on Saturday night, allowing the tying run in the ninth inning and the winning run in the 11th for a 6-5 loss on Fireworks Night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

GreenJackets turn tables on Bombers
The Augusta GreenJackets gave up a big inning Thursday night on their way to losing to the Greenville Bombers.

Sorenstam ties Turner for lead at Corning
CORNING, N.Y. - If Annika Sorenstam can figure out what keeps going wrong when she's on a roll, watch out.

Augusta State among favorites for NCAA title

Well-wishers send off Jags
The men's golf team at Augusta State University received a rousing send-off from some of its loyal supporters Friday as the No. 4-ranked Jaguars made final preparations to leave for the Division I NCAA Championships.

Augusta State among favorites for NCAA title
After helping Augusta State post its best-ever finish in the NCAA Division I Championships in their freshman year, Emmett Turner and Scott Jamieson waited to bring another title contender back to the national stage.

Golf roundup
LIGONIER, Pa. - The Senior PGA field must have known the sunny sky and near-ideal weather just couldn't last.

Well-wishers send off Jags

Sorenstam ties Turner for lead at Corning
CORNING, N.Y. - If Annika Sorenstam can figure out what keeps going wrong when she's on a roll, watch out.

Leonard laps field, leads by 8

Sorenstam ties Turner for lead at Corning

Frenchwoman leads Corning
CORNING, N.Y. - Once Karine Icher gained the third-round lead in the LPGA Corning Classic, not even Annika Sorenstam could wrestle it away.

Pinehurst offers more than golf

Augusta State among favorites for NCAA title
After helping Augusta State post its best-ever finish in the NCAA Division I Championships in their freshman year, Emmett Turner and Scott Jamieson waited to bring another title contender back to the national stage.

Pinehurst offers more than golf
PINEHURST, N.C. - Not swinging a golf club on a trip to Pinehurst is like going to the beach and staying dry.

Pinehurst offers more than golf
PINEHURST, N.C. - Not swinging a golf club on a trip to Pinehurst is like going to the beach and staying dry.

Leonard laps field, leads by 8
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Justin Leonard isn't trying to blow out the rest of the field. It just looks that way.

Solid play earns Coble another win
VILLA RICA, Ga. - Steady play in the final round of the Greater Atlanta Women's Amateur Championship helped Augusta's Laura Coble overcome a six-shot deficit and earn the victory Friday.

Well-wishers send off Jags
The men's golf team at Augusta State University received a rousing send-off from some of its loyal supporters Friday as the No. 4-ranked Jaguars made final preparations to leave for the Division I NCAA Championships.

Leonard laps field, leads by 8
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Justin Leonard isn't trying to blow out the rest of the field. It just looks that way.

Minor league notebook

Jackets can't close deal on Bombers

Reports: ESPN to pass on NHL
LOS ANGELES - ESPN will not pick up a $60 million option to retain NHL broadcasting rights for next season, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

Reports: ESPN to pass on NHL

Reports: ESPN to pass on NHL
LOS ANGELES - ESPN will not pick up a $60 million option to retain NHL broadcasting rights for next season, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

Let's get started on this year's postcards
When the day finally comes that I go on to that big newsroom in the sky, my surviving grandchildren will no doubt come across the boxes in my closet filled with your vacation postcards.

Let's get started on this year's postcards
When the day finally comes that I go on to that big newsroom in the sky, my surviving grandchildren will no doubt come across the boxes in my closet filled with your vacation postcards.

Braves part ways with Mondesi
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves said Sunday they will sever ties with right fielder Raul Mondesi on Tuesday.

Leonard wins St. Jude Classic
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves said Sunday they will sever ties with right fielder Raul Mondesi on Tuesday.

Entertainment arena can benefit all
The issue of a proposed sports and entertainment arena is so much bigger than William Morris III and Frank Lawrence.D.A. Baugh, Hephzibah

Work needed on Ga. 56
Recent articles have highlighted the dangers associated with travel on Ga. Highway 56. Jeff Padgett, Augusta

Without Greyhound, opportunity for Augusta is lost
I was saddened to see Greyhound was leaving Augusta ("Leaving the driving to us," May 26). Augusta needed them. Thomas D. Kohli, Augusta

Know the facts about the filibuster
This is in response to The Chronicle's editorial ("Dismaying compromise," May 25). Victor Reilly, Aiken, S.C.

Work needed on Ga. 56
Recent articles have highlighted the dangers associated with travel on Ga. Highway 56.Jeff Padgett, Augusta

Letter exposes 'culture of death'
Regarding Philip Almeter's May 18 letter on eugenics ("Group's founder pushed eugenics") and the real "mission unaccomplished" by Planned Parenthood's Mary Beth Pierucci's letter explaining the purpose of her directorship ("Organization prevents need for abortion," May 13):The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

Work needed on Ga. 56

Kitchens and baths go big, modern and European

Valentino designs clothes for 'real woman'

Living briefs

Pinehurst area has more to offer U.S. Open visitors

Announce engagement with party, not cards

Family briefs

Dos and don'ts of watching the U.S. Open in person

Theme parks roll out new attractions for the summer

Beach basics aren't so simple

Bad boys don't hold up so well

Designers finding colorful uses for canvas in summer

Couple enjoy cooking for family and friends

Kingda Ka: Riding the world's fastest, tallest coaster

Travel briefs

Theme parks roll out new attractions for the summer
ORLANDO, Fla. - Fans of roller coasters that launch like rockets, gravity-smashing spin rides and water park splashes are in for a treat this year.

Kitchens and baths go big, modern and European
Kitchen and bath makeover fans will have plenty of stylistic directions and pretty products to choose from if the recent Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas is any indication.

Designers finding colorful uses for canvas in summer
NEW YORK - Canvas tote bags and skimmer shoes have been warm-weather staples for decades but they seem to be making the leap into the must-have category.

Beach basics aren't so simple
NEW YORK - When you're packing your beach bag, leave the stained T-shirt and fraying shorts at home. Pick out your best beach ensemble instead.

Pinehurst area has more to offer U.S. Open visitors
PINEHURST, N.C. - Not swinging a golf club on a trip to Pinehurst is like going to the beach and staying dry.

Valentino designs clothes for 'real woman'
NEW YORK - Models look great on the runway and in advertisements, but Valentino, a designer known for his sexy dresses, likes to see real, regular women in his clothes because they "bring life" to a look.

Pinehurst area has more to offer U.S. Open visitors
PINEHURST, N.C. - Not swinging a golf club on a trip to Pinehurst is like going to the beach and staying dry.

Family briefs
NEW YORK - Children's eyes should be tested before they get to kindergarten - and that's not happening in enough families, placing kids at a greater risk for vision loss as well as physical and emotional difficulties, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bad boys don't hold up so well
When I used to bring home a new boyfriend to meet my family, the interrogation would begin.

Beach basics aren't so simple
NEW YORK - When you're packing your beach bag, leave the stained T-shirt and fraying shorts at home. Pick out your best beach ensemble instead.

Theme parks roll out new attractions for the summer
ORLANDO, Fla. - Fans of roller coasters that launch like rockets, gravity-smashing spin rides and water park splashes are in for a treat this year.

Valentino designs clothes for 'real woman'
NEW YORK - Models look great on the runway and in advertisements, but Valentino, a designer known for his sexy dresses, likes to see real, regular women in his clothes because they "bring life" to a look.

Travel briefs
WASHINGTON - Leisure travel will increase more than 2 percent this summer, with 328 million Americans expected to head for a destination more than 50 miles from home, compared to 320 million last summer, according to the Travel Industry Association of America.

Family briefs
NEW YORK - Children's eyes should be tested before they get to kindergarten - and that's not happening in enough families, placing kids at a greater risk for vision loss as well as physical and emotional difficulties, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kingda Ka: Riding the world's fastest, tallest coaster
JACKSON, N.J. - They say you can see Manhattan from the top of the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster.

Designers finding colorful uses for canvas in summer
NEW YORK - Canvas tote bags and skimmer shoes have been warm-weather staples for decades but they seem to be making the leap into the must-have category.

Dos and don'ts of watching the U.S. Open in person
In no other sport but golf can any fan get close enough to the action to stand an arm's length away from players and see the dimples on the ball.

Announce engagement with party, not cards
Dear Carson: I'm having postcard-style "save-the-date cards". On the front, they say "Save the date," our names, date, and location of wedding. On the back, where you would put a note on a regular postcard, is where I'm having trouble. We decided to put a little note announcing our engagement. How could I word something simple and appropriate? Is what I am planning proper? Is it OK to send these cards out 10-12 months ahead of time? There are a lot of weddings coming up next year, and we've already switched our date twice now because either a family member or a friend is planning to marry around the same time. We plan to marry May 13. Please help me make my decision before I need to change our date again. - Date Dilemma

Announce engagement with party, not cards
Dear Carson: I'm having postcard-style "save-the-date cards". On the front, they say "Save the date," our names, date, and location of wedding. On the back, where you would put a note on a regular postcard, is where I'm having trouble. We decided to put a little note announcing our engagement. How could I word something simple and appropriate? Is what I am planning proper? Is it OK to send these cards out 10-12 months ahead of time? There are a lot of weddings coming up next year, and we've already switched our date twice now because either a family member or a friend is planning to marry around the same time. We plan to marry May 13. Please help me make my decision before I need to change our date again. - Date Dilemma

Bad boys don't hold up so well
When I used to bring home a new boyfriend to meet my family, the interrogation would begin.

Couple enjoy cooking for family and friends
When Dr. Jed and Heather Howington first walked into their future home in Conifer Place, the Dutch Colonial-style house was empty. Even so, it was easy to imagine enjoying the L-shape kitchen and sitting area with its wood-burning fireplace.

Living briefs
The National Symphony Orchestra will honor America's veterans on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in a live broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert.

Travel briefs
WASHINGTON - Leisure travel will increase more than 2 percent this summer, with 328 million Americans expected to head for a destination more than 50 miles from home, compared to 320 million last summer, according to the Travel Industry Association of America.

Couple enjoy cooking for family and friends
When Dr. Jed and Heather Howington first walked into their future home in Conifer Place, the Dutch Colonial-style house was empty. Even so, it was easy to imagine enjoying the L-shape kitchen and sitting area with its wood-burning fireplace.

Kingda Ka: Riding the world's fastest, tallest coaster
JACKSON, N.J. - They say you can see Manhattan from the top of the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: The aluminum windows on my house have an almost concrete-like substance (or very hard putty) on the exterior, which presumably holds the windows in place. This substance is cracking and whole chunks are falling out of the window. What should I do? -- James

Dos and don'ts of watching the U.S. Open in person
In no other sport but golf can any fan get close enough to the action to stand an arm's length away from players and see the dimples on the ball.

Kitchens and baths go big, modern and European
Kitchen and bath makeover fans will have plenty of stylistic directions and pretty products to choose from if the recent Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas is any indication.

Living briefs
The National Symphony Orchestra will honor America's veterans on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in a live broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert.

Spc. Nathaniel Johnson

Reporter's spelling success proves 'ephemeral'
What happens when a 24-year-old reporter takes on a 13-year-old spelling prodigy in a spell-off?

Kid of the Day
Tiffany A. Davis is today's Kid of the Day.

Across the area

U.S. casualties, by state, in Iraq and Afghanistan
More than 1,600 Americans have died in Iraq since Operation Iraqi Freedom began Mar. 19, 2003. The state-by-state counts below reflect the hometowns of those who died and are current as of May 27, 2005.

Alleged hospital fraud is detailed

Twins never missed a school day
GRANITEVILLE - In most respects, twins Spencer and Tamara Younce aren't exactly two of a kind.

Officers to patrol Lake Thurmond

Festivities pay tribute to soldiers
Columbia County honored military veterans Saturday, paying tribute to soldiers who currently serve and those who have contributed to America's freedom.

Twins never missed a school day

Georgia goes after more tourism
ATLANTA - Memorial Day weekend kicks off the unofficial start of summer traveling, when many Georgians trade in office work and schoolwork for a change in scenery.

Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day events

Across Georgia

Holiday closings

Official says Georgia lacks authority over fraud cases

Kid of the Day
Tiffany A. Davis is today's Kid of the Day.

News you can use

Across the area
Augusta-Richmond County firefighters told Richmond County sheriff's deputies Friday that someone intentionally set fire to a house earlier in the week, a police report states.

Pretending to be the law will cost you

Chief Warrant Officer Clint Prather
This spring, Irene Prather lost her husband when his helicopter was swept into a sandstorm and went down in Afghanistan. She and their two children are coping with his death by remembering why he was there.

Mayor Young resigns to take federal post

News you can use
Entertainment events for this week include:

Tech student earns state honor

Aiken salutes the military
Reese Randolph, 13, watches the Aiken Memorial Day Parade.

Spc. Nathaniel Johnson
Felix Johnson and his family want to remember only the good times they had with "Nate."

Where we live

Chief Warrant Officer Clint Prather
This spring, Irene Prather lost her husband when his helicopter was swept into a sandstorm and went down in Afghanistan. She and their two children are coping with his death by remembering why he was there.

Aiken salutes the military

Master Sgt.Thomas Thigpen
There are a lot of memories to choose from in a marriage that encompasses 25 years, so the request to recall a favorite one was a bit daunting at first for Theresa Thigpen.

Festivities pay tribute to soldiers

Sgt. Orenthial Javon Smith
MARTIN, S.C. - Staunchly against the war in Iraq herself, Iratean Smith never could quite figure out where her son stood.

Alleged hospital fraud is detailed
It would have been cheaper for an Atlanta public hospital to hire employees and pay them full benefits than use state Sen. Charles Walker's temporary workers, witnesses testified Friday.

Property value notices start being mailed
The assessment's in the mail. The Richmond County Tax Assessor's office mailed 33,631 assessment-change notices Friday to owners whose property values have increased this year. And more are coming.

Mayor Young resigns to take federal post
Mayor Bob Young, joking that he was confirming Augusta's "worst kept secret," announced Friday that he is leaving office after six years to become regional director for a federal housing agency in Atlanta.

Replacement operation offers long-lasting help for arthritic
Donna Robert's throbbing ankle wouldn't let her stand in line for groceries or even drive a car. So she got rid of it.

School trustees criticize probes
When a parent filed a police report accusing a Richmond County bus monitor of choking her 10-year-old son this month, schools spokeswoman Mechelle Jordan responded by saying the matter was "under internal investigation."

Families of troops share stories of loss
Iratean Smith says she wouldn't wish what happened to her on her worst enemy.

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. - A warrant has been issued for runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks, but officials don't expect her to report to police until she's completed her psychiatric treatment.

Spc. Jason Moski
BARNWELL, S.C. - When Spc. Jason Moski phoned his wife and 3-year-old daughter from Iraq, he made a promise that excited them both.

Aiken salutes the military
Reese Randolph, 13, watches the Aiken Memorial Day Parade.

Rants and raves
Comments from our readers:

Sgt. Orenthial Javon Smith
MARTIN, S.C. - Staunchly against the war in Iraq herself, Iratean Smith never could quite figure out where her son stood.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Noah Wilson of North Augusta.

Property value notices start being mailed
The assessment's in the mail. The Richmond County Tax Assessor's office mailed 33,631 assessment-change notices Friday to owners whose property values have increased this year. And more are coming.

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

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

Across the area
The chief magistrate judge in McDuffie County pleaded guilty to drunken-driving charges Friday, court officials said.

Memorial Day events
HONOR THE WARRIOR, NOT THE WAR: 7 p.m., Veterans Plaza, U.S. Courthouse, Eighth and Telfair streets. For more information, call 736-4738.

Staff Sgt. George Buggs III
BARNWELL, S.C. - Many people likely know Staff Sgt. George Buggs III only as the first South Carolinian killed in the war with Iraq.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Police say a teenager gave a deputy no choice but to fire at her when she tried to run him over during a traffic stop. But the young woman says she simply panicked and that officers didn't believe her when she first told them she was shot.

Reporter's spelling success proves 'ephemeral'
What happens when a 24-year-old reporter takes on a 13-year-old spelling prodigy in a spell-off?

Festivities pay tribute to soldiers
Columbia County honored military veterans Saturday, paying tribute to soldiers who currently serve and those who have contributed to America's freedom.

Spelling bee participant has a way with words
For the fourth time, Mr. Shepherd is going to Washington.

Across the area
Augusta-Richmond County firefighters told Richmond County sheriff's deputies Friday that someone intentionally set fire to a house earlier in the week, a police report states.

News you can use
Entertainment events for this week include:

News you can use

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Memorial Day:

Kid of the Day

Memorial Day events
HONOR THE WARRIOR, NOT THE WAR: 7 p.m., Veterans Plaza, U.S. Courthouse, Eighth and Telfair streets. For more information, call 736-4738.

Across the area

Retiring judge gives GOP an opportunity
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue will make history in coming weeks when he fills a judicial vacancy on the same court that two years ago handed him one of his biggest political defeats.

Property value notices start being mailed

Georgia goes after more tourism
ATLANTA - Memorial Day weekend kicks off the unofficial start of summer traveling, when many Georgians trade in office work and schoolwork for a change in scenery.

Spelling bee participant has a way with words

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A Savannah man guilty of killing a fast food clerk after making him beg for his life was sentenced to three life terms in prison Friday, with a judge calling the case the worst he's ever seen.

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

News you can use
There's little better than spending a long summer evening outside. It would be idyllic except for one thing: mosquitoes are back, and their bite can be more than annoying - it can be deadly.

Dryness stunts some important crops
Augusta-area rainfall was bountiful early in the year, but the spring planting season was cool and dry - delaying some of the region's most important crops.

Police say inmates attempted suicide
Police say two inmates at the Columbia County Detention Center unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide at the same time while in isolation Friday.

Students get tips to argue at camp
Who thought this was a good idea? Send 30 high school students to camp for a week and teach them better ways to argue.

Memorial Day Events
Holiday events around town:

School trustees criticize probes
When a parent filed a police report accusing a Richmond County bus monitor of choking her 10-year-old son this month, schools spokeswoman Mechelle Jordan responded by saying the matter was "under internal investigation."

County's online courses are a hit
Columbia County Schools' first foray into online course offerings proved successful enough in the 2004-05 school year to continue the program for summer school and in the fall, officials say.

Official says Georgia lacks authority over fraud cases
ATLANTA - Attorney General Thurbert Baker says he lacks sufficient authority to go after many of the state politicians accused of corruption.

Alleged hospital fraud is detailed
It would have been cheaper for an Atlanta public hospital to hire employees and pay them full benefits than use state Sen. Charles Walker's temporary workers, witnesses testified Friday.

Mayor Young resigns to take federal post
Mayor Bob Young, joking that he was confirming Augusta's "worst kept secret," announced Friday that he is leaving office after six years to become regional director for a federal housing agency in Atlanta.

Concern mounts over tax credits
ATLANTA - Congress is considering legislation to protect what has become a widely used economic development tool for states that compete for new jobs and business investments after a federal court ruled tax incentives were unconstitutional.

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - A judge has approved a $150,000 settlement for the parents of a Clemson University student killed when a car crossed the median of Interstate 85 and struck her Honda Civic head on just weeks before cable median barriers were installed.

Tech student earns state honor
Kimberly Wilson says winning a new, jet-black 2005 Nissan Sentra is less exciting than the college scholarship and opportunities she will get as Georgia's technical college student of the year.

Official says Georgia lacks authority over fraud cases
ATLANTA - Attorney General Thurbert Baker says he lacks sufficient authority to go after many of the state politicians accused of corruption.

Twins never missed a school day
GRANITEVILLE - In most respects, twins Spencer and Tamara Younce aren't exactly two of a kind.

Claims shifted on ownership, witnesses say
The ownership of state Sen. Charles Walker's businesses varied depending on who asked when, witnesses testified Saturday.

Students get tips to argue at camp
Who thought this was a good idea? Send 30 high school students to camp for a week and teach them better ways to argue.

Across the southeast
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. - After 35 years in prison for stealing a black-and-white television set, Junior Allen is a free man.

Officers to patrol Lake Thurmond
Brian Hobbins has his boat filled with fuel and plenty of sunscreen on hand for the Memorial Day weekend, when Thurmond Lake will play host to its biggest crowds of the recreation season.

U.S. casualties, by state, in Iraq and Afghanistan
More than 1,600 Americans have died in Iraq since Operation Iraqi Freedom began Mar. 19, 2003. The state-by-state counts below reflect the hometowns of those who died and are current as of May 27, 2005.

Across the southeast

Leonard wins St. Jude Classic
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves said Sunday they will sever ties with right fielder Raul Mondesi on Tuesday.

Woman gets five years for molestation
A Superior Court judge sentenced a mentally retarded woman Friday to five years in prison on charges that she molested a 12-year-old girl.

Spc. Nathaniel Johnson
Felix Johnson and his family want to remember only the good times they had with "Nate."

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Police say a teenager gave a deputy no choice but to fire at her when she tried to run him over during a traffic stop. But the young woman says she simply panicked and that officers didn't believe her when she first told them she was shot.

Families of troops share stories of loss
Iratean Smith says she wouldn't wish what happened to her on her worst enemy.

Concern mounts over tax credits

Staff Sgt. George Buggs III
BARNWELL, S.C. - Many people likely know Staff Sgt. George Buggs III only as the first South Carolinian killed in the war with Iraq.

School trustees criticize probes

Spelling bee participant has a way with words
For the fourth time, Mr. Shepherd is going to Washington.

Woman gets five years for molestation

Holiday closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Memorial Day:

County's online courses are a hit

Retiring judge gives GOP an opportunity
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue will make history in coming weeks when he fills a judicial vacancy on the same court that two years ago handed him one of his biggest political defeats.

Kid of the Day

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A Savannah man guilty of killing a fast food clerk after making him beg for his life was sentenced to three life terms in prison Friday, with a judge calling the case the worst he's ever seen.

Police say inmates attempted suicide

Across the area
Augusta-Richmond County firefighters told Richmond County sheriff's deputies Friday that someone intentionally set fire to a house earlier in the week, a police report states.

Students get tips to argue at camp

Across the southeast
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. - After 35 years in prison for stealing a black-and-white television set, Junior Allen is a free man.

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. - A warrant has been issued for runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks, but officials don't expect her to report to police until she's completed her psychiatric treatment.

Claims shifted on ownership, witnesses say
The ownership of state Sen. Charles Walker's businesses varied depending on who asked when, witnesses testified Saturday.

Across the area
The chief magistrate judge in McDuffie County pleaded guilty to drunken-driving charges Friday, court officials said.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Noah Wilson of North Augusta.

News you can use
There's little better than spending a long summer evening outside. It would be idyllic except for one thing: mosquitoes are back, and their bite can be more than annoying - it can be deadly.

Leonard wins St. Jude Classic

Police say inmates attempted suicide
Police say two inmates at the Columbia County Detention Center unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide at the same time while in isolation Friday.

Georgia goes after more tourism

Holiday Closings
Schedule for the Memorial Day holiday:

Chief Warrant Officer Clint Prather

Memorial Day Events
Holiday events around town:

Reporter's spelling success proves 'ephemeral'

County's online courses are a hit
Columbia County Schools' first foray into online course offerings proved successful enough in the 2004-05 school year to continue the program for summer school and in the fall, officials say.

Sgt. Orenthial Javon Smith

Concern mounts over tax credits
ATLANTA - Congress is considering legislation to protect what has become a widely used economic development tool for states that compete for new jobs and business investments after a federal court ruled tax incentives were unconstitutional.

U.S. casualties, by state, in Iraq and Afghanistan

Tech student earns state honor
Kimberly Wilson says winning a new, jet-black 2005 Nissan Sentra is less exciting than the college scholarship and opportunities she will get as Georgia's technical college student of the year.

Across Georgia

Officers to patrol Lake Thurmond
Brian Hobbins has his boat filled with fuel and plenty of sunscreen on hand for the Memorial Day weekend, when Thurmond Lake will play host to its biggest crowds of the recreation season.

Claims shifted on ownership, witnesses say

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Across the area

Parade set to head out on the highway
Motorcyclists and antique car enthusiasts are ready to get out on the highway to ride for hospitalized veterans Sunday.

Staff Sgt. George Buggs III

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Retiring judge gives GOP an opportunity

Pretending to be the law will cost you
Police have a message for people who obtain blue lights, old uniforms and fake badges and try to impersonate legitimate law enforcement officers.

Across South Carolina

Pretending to be the law will cost you
Police have a message for people who obtain blue lights, old uniforms and fake badges and try to impersonate legitimate law enforcement officers.

Woman gets five years for molestation
A Superior Court judge sentenced a mentally retarded woman Friday to five years in prison on charges that she molested a 12-year-old girl.

Families of troops share stories of loss

Childers feels at home in Turner Field clubhouse
If getting back to Georgia to play major league baseball wasn't comforting enough for Matt Childers, a piece of the Atlanta Braves clubhouse certainly felt like home for the Augusta product.

Childers feels at home in Turner Field clubhouse
If getting back to Georgia to play major league baseball wasn't comforting enough for Matt Childers, a piece of the Atlanta Braves clubhouse certainly felt like home for the Augusta product.

Mariah Carey has 16th No.1 single
NEW YORK - Mariah Carey is celebrating her Sweet Sixteenth.

Veteran rocker talks about upcoming tour

Jack Johnson stays mellow despite success
NEW YORK - In an age of self-aggrandizing pop stars who put their music on par with spouses, religion and the greatest works of art, Jack Johnson is refreshingly honest about where his mellow songs fit in the general scheme of things.

Veteran rocker talks about upcoming tour
Unlike other veteran acts who have been performing for years, John Mellencamp doesn't just dust off his set list from the previous tour when he starts a new one.

Jack Johnson stays mellow despite success
NEW YORK - In an age of self-aggrandizing pop stars who put their music on par with spouses, religion and the greatest works of art, Jack Johnson is refreshingly honest about where his mellow songs fit in the general scheme of things.

Lee Ann Womack to take her hits on the road

Jack Johnson stays mellow despite success

Lee Ann Womack to take her hits on the road
Lee Ann Womack admits she was a bit nervous when she released her latest record, "There's More Where That Came," after a three-year absence.

Veteran rocker talks about upcoming tour
Unlike other veteran acts who have been performing for years, John Mellencamp doesn't just dust off his set list from the previous tour when he starts a new one.

Lee Ann Womack to take her hits on the road
Lee Ann Womack admits she was a bit nervous when she released her latest record, "There's More Where That Came," after a three-year absence.

Focus squarely on Indy field's only woman
INDIANAPOLIS - All Danica, all the time. That's the way it has been for the past two weeks in the leadup to Sunday's Indianapolis 500.

NASCAR notebook
CONCORD, N.C. - Robby Gordon has joined golfer Vijay Singh in sports' version of the He-Man Woman Haters Club, telling a group of reporters Saturday he wouldn't compete in any Indy Racing League event with Danica Patrick.

NASCAR notebook

Gordon trailing Johnson
CONCORD, N.C. - Jeff Gordon is normally unflappable, able to jump with ease from the seat of a speeding race car to a gig hosting Saturday Night Live.

NASCAR notebook
CONCORD, N.C. - Robby Gordon has joined golfer Vijay Singh in sports' version of the He-Man Woman Haters Club, telling a group of reporters Saturday he wouldn't compete in any Indy Racing League event with Danica Patrick.

Earnhardt Jr. tries out another new crew chief
CONCORD, N.C. - Finding Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s in-car radio frequency used to be simple.

Daughter of legend seeks her own fame

Daughter of legend seeks her own fame
TOPEKA, Kan. - Ashley Force is 22, has a college degree and has driven up to 275 mph in her Top Alcohol Dragster.

Focus squarely on Indy field's only woman

Daughter of legend seeks her own fame
TOPEKA, Kan. - Ashley Force is 22, has a college degree and has driven up to 275 mph in her Top Alcohol Dragster.

Earnhardt Jr. tries out another new crew chief
CONCORD, N.C. - Finding Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s in-car radio frequency used to be simple.

Focus squarely on Indy field's only woman
INDIANAPOLIS - All Danica, all the time. That's the way it has been for the past two weeks in the leadup to Sunday's Indianapolis 500.

Earnhardt Jr. tries out another new crew chief

Your road rage might be justified
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - If you ever angrily thought the inconsiderate driver that just cut you off shouldn't have a license, you might be right.

Your road rage might be justified
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - If you ever angrily thought the inconsiderate driver that just cut you off shouldn't have a license, you might be right.

Some geologists see oil decline beginning soon
Could the petroleum joyride - cheap, abundant oil that has sent the global economy whizzing along with the pedal to the metal and the AC blasting for decades - be coming to an end?

Your road rage might be justified

Season is setting for Suns
SAN ANTONIO - These were the San Antonio Spurs everyone expects, the guys in black smothering the fun out of any offense, even the most high-powered.

Nash benefits most from Johnson's return

Miami's Jones has hounded Hamilton
MIAMI - Eddie Jones took a seat on the Miami bench late in the first quarter of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, and Detroit shooting guard Richard Hamilton suddenly couldn't miss.

Nash benefits most from Johnson's return
SAN ANTONIO - The Phoenix Suns have plenty of reasons to be excited about having Joe Johnson back for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday night.

Nash benefits most from Johnson's return
SAN ANTONIO - The Phoenix Suns have plenty of reasons to be excited about having Joe Johnson back for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday night.

Miami's Jones has hounded Hamilton
MIAMI - Eddie Jones took a seat on the Miami bench late in the first quarter of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, and Detroit shooting guard Richard Hamilton suddenly couldn't miss.

Miami's Jones has hounded Hamilton

Bledsoe finding Parcells treats vets differently

NFL notebook

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Mr. Ben L. Lane    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. William A. Rossignol    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. William Lange    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene Blackwell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Herbert M. Leach    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Boyce A. Helms    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Johnnie Lee Conyer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annette L. Dent    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mr. David Lewis    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Louella Shapiro    (MIAMI, Fla.)
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Mrs. Hattie M. Mack    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny L. Perry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnny Mack    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances W. Williams    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Essie Mae Anderson    (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel McCain    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Samuel McCain    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Drinkard    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie C. Terhune    (FORT VALLEY, Ga.)
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Mr. Boyce A. Helms    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James C. Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert M. Leach    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula L. Neill    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel McCain    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Johnny L. Perry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tyrone Powell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Barton Bowers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kitty M. Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine Winegardner    (WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.)
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Mr. John Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Denise Hentchey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Shirley Williams    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Sallie M. Edwards    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Katherine Winegardner    (WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.)

Mr. Edward Drinkard    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Lewis "LM" Barnes    (HOUSTON, Texas)

Mrs. Dorothy Barton Bowers    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Terrance Albea, I    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Willie Bentley    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Rocky D. Russell    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Nancy S. Love    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Tyrone Powell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. David Lewis    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lula L. Neill    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnny Mack    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Stanley Warlick    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Johnnie Lee Conyer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Shirley Williams    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Herbert M. Leach    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnnie Conyer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Lange    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Lewis "LM" Barnes    (HOUSTON, Texas)
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Mr. Ben L. Lane    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annette L. Dent    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. John Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Martha Dunn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kitty M. Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lorene Blackwell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James C. Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Denise Hentchey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel McCain    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Horace Hitchcock, Jr.    (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. George W. Martin, Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Nancy S. Love    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Shirley Williams    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. George W. Martin, Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Dunn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James C. Mitchell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Felix    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Johnnie C. Terhune    (FORT VALLEY, Ga.)

Mr. George Halford    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Stanley Warlick    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Willie Bentley    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Ms. Shirley Williams    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Lanthripp    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lorene Blackwell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Kirkey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Bony Curry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Victoria Jeane Gatliff    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie D. Hollimon, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Calloway Foreman, Sr.    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. William T. MacKendree, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Hattie M. Mack    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Nancy S. Love    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Denise Hentchey    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Herbert M. Leach    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Featured obituary: Melvin Parkman
To friends, family and colleagues, Melvin Parkman was a generous man who contributed much of his time helping his fellow citizens in the community.

Mrs. Lula L. Neill (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. David Lewis (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Hattie M. Mack (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. William T. MacKendree, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Halford (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Denise Hentchey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel McCain (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Nancy S. Love (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny Mack (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Herbert M. Leach (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bony Curry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Stanley Warlick (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Essie Mae Anderson (STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.)

Mr. Samuel McCain (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Kitty M. Reid (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Conyer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Calloway Foreman, Sr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Sallie M. Edwards (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tyrone Powell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George W. Martin, Jr. (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Willie Bentley (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene Blackwell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene Blackwell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Boyce A. Helms (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances W. Williams (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Terrance Albea, I (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Dunn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Lee Conyer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Shirley Williams (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Shirley Williams (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie C. Terhune (FORT VALLEY, Ga.)

Mr. William Lange (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. James C. Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Dunn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Lanthripp (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Ben L. Lane (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Horace Hitchcock, Jr. (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Lewis "LM" Barnes (HOUSTON, Texas)

Mrs. Annette L. Dent (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Katherine Winegardner (WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.)

Mr. William A. Rossignol (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Felix (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Drinkard (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Johnny L. Perry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James C. Mitchell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Barton Bowers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert M. Leach (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Many people helped deliver long-deserved Brown statue
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in the creation of the James Brown statue. Our dedication event May 6 was an overwhelming success, and Mr. Brown has expressed many times since then his appreciation for this generous gesture on behalf of the city.

Many people helped deliver long-deserved Brown statue
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in the creation of the James Brown statue. Our dedication event May 6 was an overwhelming success, and Mr. Brown has expressed many times since then his appreciation for this generous gesture on behalf of the city.

Many people helped deliver long-deserved Brown statue
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in the creation of the James Brown statue. Our dedication event May 6 was an overwhelming success, and Mr. Brown has expressed many times since then his appreciation for this generous gesture on behalf of the city.

Area sports announcements

Safin's Slam stays alive

Overtime

Tennis: Another one bites the dust

Overtime

Tennis: Another one bites the dust
PARIS - Venus Williams did plenty to beat herself, and 15-year-old Sesil Karatantcheva took care of the rest.

Tennis: Another one bites the dust
PARIS - Venus Williams did plenty to beat herself, and 15-year-old Sesil Karatantcheva took care of the rest.

'ZZ' tops Cohen to leg out singles title
ATHENS, Ga. - On a team with three Zuzanas, Baylor freshman Zuzana Zemenova easily became "ZZ."

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.

Overtime
USC Aiken held a reception Friday morning to welcome new men's basketball coach Vince Alexander and his family to campus.

Safin's Slam stays alive
PARIS - Cap backward, his dialogue with himself rarely pausing, Marat Safin negotiated around danger once more in his zigzag path through the French Open for a shot at a second straight Grand Slam title.

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.

Overtime
In Charlotte, N.C., Sheri Sam scored 24 points to help the Charlotte Sting beat the Los Angeles Sparks, 84-75 on Saturday night, for their first victory of the season.<

Safin's Slam stays alive
PARIS - Cap backward, his dialogue with himself rarely pausing, Marat Safin negotiated around danger once more in his zigzag path through the French Open for a shot at a second straight Grand Slam title.

Overtime
In Charlotte, N.C., Sheri Sam scored 24 points to help the Charlotte Sting beat the Los Angeles Sparks, 84-75 on Saturday night, for their first victory of the season.

Overtime
USC Aiken held a reception Friday morning to welcome new men's basketball coach Vince Alexander and his family to campus.

Outdoors calendar

Award winner

Award winner
Award winnerCorey Singletary of Greenbrier Middle School earned a third-place award in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest this year with her drawing of a mallard.[CAPTION]

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

Award winner
Award winnerCorey Singletary of Greenbrier Middle School earned a third-place award in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest this year with her drawing of a mallard.[CAPTION]

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

Keeping lakes full of stripers takes practice
DEARING - Each time George Atnip sees a trophy striper caught at Thurmond Lake, it brings forth a tinge of pride - and a smile.

Keeping lakes full of stripers takes practice
DEARING - Each time George Atnip sees a trophy striper caught at Thurmond Lake, it brings forth a tinge of pride - and a smile.

NFL notebook
The grass roots efforts of the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals have earned recognition from Pop Warner football, which declared them the teams of the year.

Bledsoe finding Parcells treats vets differently
IRVING, Texas - Drew Bledsoe is finding there's a difference between playing for Bill Parcells fresh out of college as the No. 1 overall draft pick and as a 12-year veteran quarterback.

NFL notebook
The grass roots efforts of the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals have earned recognition from Pop Warner football, which declared them the teams of the year.

Bledsoe finding Parcells treats vets differently
IRVING, Texas - Drew Bledsoe is finding there's a difference between playing for Bill Parcells fresh out of college as the No. 1 overall draft pick and as a 12-year veteran quarterback.

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.

Faith digest
Augusta's Catholic community will hold a candlelight Corpus Christi procession at 7 tonight starting at the Catholic Church of the Most Holy Trinity, 720 Telfair St.

Singers promote shaping leaders
Platinum Souls, a Christian duo who describe their performance as a combination of poetry, hip-hop and soul, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 6, at Paine College's Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

Anglicans, Catholics reach agreement on Mary issues
In 1995, Pope John Paul II defined the top issues that would have to be resolved before Christianity could be reunited, including seemingly intractable differences over beliefs about Mary, the mother of Jesus.

The Crusades were more complicated than movie
"Kingdom of Heaven," the current movie about the medieval Crusades, concludes with the Muslim commander Saladin nobly promising Christian defenders safe passage home to Europe in 1187 when they agreed to surrender Jerusalem.

Anglicans, Catholics reach agreement on Mary issues
In 1995, Pope John Paul II defined the top issues that would have to be resolved before Christianity could be reunited, including seemingly intractable differences over beliefs about Mary, the mother of Jesus.

The Crusades were more complicated than movie
"Kingdom of Heaven," the current movie about the medieval Crusades, concludes with the Muslim commander Saladin nobly promising Christian defenders safe passage home to Europe in 1187 when they agreed to surrender Jerusalem.

Faith digest
Augusta's Catholic community will hold a candlelight Corpus Christi procession at 7 tonight starting at the Catholic Church of the Most Holy Trinity, 720 Telfair St.

Markers are a way for families to cope with loss
Before Jeff Howell lost his son in a car wreck, he considered roadside crosses unremarkable. Now they're personal.

Singers promote shaping leaders
Platinum Souls, a Christian duo who describe their performance as a combination of poetry, hip-hop and soul, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 6, at Paine College's Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

Markers are a way for families to cope with loss
Before Jeff Howell lost his son in a car wreck, he considered roadside crosses unremarkable. Now they're personal.

Keeping lakes full of stripers takes practice

Childers feels at home in Turner Field clubhouse

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Chuck, a medical student, is a whiz at functional neurology.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Chuck, a medical student, is a whiz at functional neurology.

'Fear Factor' to invade homes, change format
NEW YORK - Although "Fear Factor" doesn't have a space on NBC's fall schedule yet, the reality show's producers know exactly where they're going: homes across America.

'Fear Factor' to invade homes, change format

A strong season for most networks come to an end
NEW YORK - With nearly 30 million people watching the "American Idol" finale on Fox, broadcast television networks ended a season that gave everybody something to brag about - except NBC.

'Fear Factor' to invade homes, change format
NEW YORK - Although "Fear Factor" doesn't have a space on NBC's fall schedule yet, the reality show's producers know exactly where they're going: homes across America.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

A strong season for most networks come to an end

A strong season for most networks come to an end
NEW YORK - With nearly 30 million people watching the "American Idol" finale on Fox, broadcast television networks ended a season that gave everybody something to brag about - except NBC.

Jackson makes deal to bolster his 'financial strength'

Eddie Albert, star of 'Green Acres,' dead at 99

Gamecocks' offense sputters
HOOVER, Ala. - Freshman left-hander James Adkins struck out 12 batters in eight innings and Tennessee beat South Carolina 4-1 Friday to stay alive in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Gamecocks' offense sputters
HOOVER, Ala. - Freshman left-hander James Adkins struck out 12 batters in eight innings and Tennessee beat South Carolina 4-1 Friday to stay alive in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Gamecocks' offense sputters

A race fit only for man and beast

Odds and Ends

The Crusades were more complicated than movie

Anglicans, Catholics reach agreement on Mary issues

Singers promote shaping leaders

Faith digest

Faith calendar

Markers are a way for families to cope with loss