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.

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
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.

Looking for a summertime book? No sweat!

Big-league bat boy takes a whack at writing

Historian returns with '1776'

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

Historian returns with '1776'

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

Historian returns with '1776'
SUDBURY, Mass. - David McCullough, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian, sits in a small, blue swivel chair and prepares to discuss the meaning of the American Revolution. His audience is not an assembly of scholars or reporters, but a gathering of fifth graders at the Josiah Haynes Elementary School.

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?

Historian returns with '1776'
SUDBURY, Mass. - David McCullough, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian, sits in a small, blue swivel chair and prepares to discuss the meaning of the American Revolution. His audience is not an assembly of scholars or reporters, but a gathering of fifth graders at the Josiah Haynes Elementary School.

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.

Historian returns with '1776'
SUDBURY, Mass. - David McCullough, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian, sits in a small, blue swivel chair and prepares to discuss the meaning of the American Revolution. His audience is not an assembly of scholars or reporters, but a gathering of fifth graders at the Josiah Haynes Elementary School.

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.

Monuments recall the heroism - and horror - of war
In Venice, on the square in front of the grand Dominican Church of Saints John and Paul, stands a colossal bronze statue of a 15th-century military leader, Bartolomeo Colleoni, a mercenary who led the republic's land forces when the city was at the height of its power. If it were not for the fact that Venice has few outdoor sculptures devoted to military figures, the looming equestrian statue would not be remarkable, as it is not much different from the thousands of other military statues that stand tall in most of the world's cities.

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

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.

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.

Summer reading heats up with new book releases

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.

Plenty to be learned from two books by teachers

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.

Sunday's College Baseball Scores

Old-school star learns hard work can pay off

Mississippi St. takes SEC tournament
HOOVER, Ala. - Mississippi State found a nice way to erase the sting of four consecutive losses to rival Mississippi: win the one that counts the most.

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

Knights facing another obstacle
ALBANY, Ga. - Evans pitchers have faced some great hitters this season.

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

Sunday's College Baseball Scores
Here are Sunday's College Baseball scores.

Mississippi St. takes SEC tournament

Mississippi St. takes SEC tournament
HOOVER, Ala. - Mississippi State found a nice way to erase the sting of four consecutive losses to rival Mississippi: win the one that counts the most.

Sunday's College Baseball Scores
Here are Sunday's College Baseball scores.

Knights facing another obstacle

Knights facing another obstacle
ALBANY, Ga. - Evans pitchers have faced some great hitters this season.

Let's get started on this year's postcards

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.

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.

Landon Lewis Brocato

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.

Kaeleigh Elizabeth Wingard

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Olivia Jean Hammett

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Averi Brooke D'Carlo

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Luke William Adams

Benjamin Aaron Halter

Isis Unique Leverett

William Ford Gurley

Donoven Mitchell Bivins

Heidi Quinn Shepherd

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ceres Abigail Williams

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.

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
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.

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.

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

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.

Elijah James Bailey

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.

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.

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.

Braydon William Fricks

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

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.

Olivia Sienna Guilbeau

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gunner Douglas Haney

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.

James Darryl Tuck

Noah Andrew Christian

Molly Katherine Griffin

TV thief released after 35 years
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. - After 35 years in prison for stealing a black-and-white television set, Junior Allen is a free man.

Doctor sells surgery exam answers on eBay
PHILADELPHIA - Doctors who fail the American Board of Surgery written exam are no longer allowed to review their tests privately after one man wrote down the answers to dozens of questions and offered them for sale on the Internet.

Mother who hired stripper for son indicted
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A mother faces criminal charges after she hired a stripper to dance at her 16-year-old son's birthday party.

Doctor sells surgery exam answers on eBay
PHILADELPHIA - Doctors who fail the American Board of Surgery written exam are no longer allowed to review their tests privately after one man wrote down the answers to dozens of questions and offered them for sale on the Internet.

Ticket against jaywalking chicken dismissed
RIDGECREST, Calif. - A chicken that got a ticket for crossing the road has clawed his way out of it.

TV thief released after 35 years
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. - After 35 years in prison for stealing a black-and-white television set, Junior Allen is a free man.

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.

Ticket against jaywalking chicken dismissed
RIDGECREST, Calif. - A chicken that got a ticket for crossing the road has clawed his way out of it.

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.

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.

Braves set to cut ties with Mondesi
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz has called Raul Mondesi a calculated gamble. But, in the end, it appears the Braves decided to fold.

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.

Braves set to cut ties with Mondesi

Braves don't let Phillies have sweep
ATLANTA - The young Atlanta Braves got significantly younger Sunday. And that might not be such a bad thing.

Phillies throttle Braves again

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.

Braves don't let Phillies have sweep

Braves don't let Phillies have sweep
ATLANTA - The young Atlanta Braves got significantly younger Sunday. And that might not be such a bad thing.

Braves set to cut ties with Mondesi
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz has called Raul Mondesi a calculated gamble. But, in the end, it appears the Braves decided to fold.

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.

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.

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.

Interest in dividend-paying stocks renewed

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.

Business briefs

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.

Business briefs
OLDER WORKERS: The aging of America holds an important consequence for U.S. business - the retirement loss of a lot of experienced talent.

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.

Interest in dividend-paying stocks renewed
NEW YORK - The emerging leadership of dividend-paying stocks has some market watchers spotting a broader trend: With earnings growth on the decline, there's renewed interest in what was once considered an old-fashioned investment.

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.

About 40 percent seek prescription drug subsidy
WASHINGTON - If an early test run is any indication, only two out of five Medicare recipients eligible for extra help with their prescription drug costs next year will apply for that help.

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.

iRobot co-founder's perseverance now pays off
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Watching the original "Star Wars" movie as a mathematically inclined 11-year-old, Helen Greiner dreamed of someday creating a robot like the heroic R2-D2.

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 briefs
OLDER WORKERS: The aging of America holds an important consequence for U.S. business - the retirement loss of a lot of experienced talent.

Some enjoy their home-based businesses at home

About 40 percent seek prescription drug subsidy
WASHINGTON - If an early test run is any indication, only two out of five Medicare recipients eligible for extra help with their prescription drug costs next year will apply for that help.

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.

iRobot co-founder's perseverance now pays off
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Watching the original "Star Wars" movie as a mathematically inclined 11-year-old, Helen Greiner dreamed of someday creating a robot like the heroic R2-D2.

iRobot co-founder's perseverance now pays off

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.

On the move

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

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.

Company revamps Web site to draw business

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.

Treatment system changes 'hog water' into clean water

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.

Interest in dividend-paying stocks renewed
NEW YORK - The emerging leadership of dividend-paying stocks has some market watchers spotting a broader trend: With earnings growth on the decline, there's renewed interest in what was once considered an old-fashioned investment.

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.

Local business picks up by latching onto Internet

About 40 percent seek prescription drug subsidy

Romanian vehicle is waiting for green light

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.

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.

Clemson picked as NCAA regional site
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson has made the NCAA baseball tournament.

Clemson picked as NCAA regional site
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson has made the NCAA baseball tournament.

Clemson picked as NCAA regional site

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

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.

This is up to you
If you're on an east Georgia lake this summer without your life jacket, don't even think of running into Mark Held.

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

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.

Managing city's change

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?

Mourn the fallen
For many years after the unpopular Vietnam war, the true significance of Memorial Day was lost on large segments of the U.S. public. For many Americans, it came to be identified more as a cheerful holiday marking the start of summer instead of as a solemn day to mourn, remember and honor hundreds of thousands of the nation's armed forces who fought and died through the centuries to preserve our freedoms and our values.

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

We've got your back
It's one thing for your comrades in arms to second-guess your actions in the heat of battle.

Tape gives jurors image of Jackson accuser
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Investigators' first look at the boy who accused Michael Jackson of molesting him is also the last one jurors will be left with as they decide whether he is credible enough to convict the pop star.

Tape gives jurors image of Jackson accuser
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Investigators' first look at the boy who accused Michael Jackson of molesting him is also the last one jurors will be left with as they decide whether he is credible enough to convict the pop star.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - They say imitation is a form of flattery, but the artist who's been called Japan's "Andy Warhol" isn't convinced.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - They say imitation is a form of flattery, but the artist who's been called Japan's "Andy Warhol" isn't convinced.

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.

How do I consolidate my student loans?

South next in line for free credit reports
ATLANTA - Residents of the South will have the right to order free copies of their credit reports starting Tuesday.

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.

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?

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.

South next in line for free credit reports
ATLANTA - Residents of the South will have the right to order free copies of their credit reports starting Tuesday.

Commodity funds can add diversity to a portfolio

South next in line for free credit reports

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?

Jackets win ACC title
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Tyler Greene had two hits and drove in a run, leading Georgia Tech to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title Sunday with a 4-3 win over Virginia and earning the Yellow Jackets the league's automatic NCAA berth.

Jackets win ACC title
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Tyler Greene had two hits and drove in a run, leading Georgia Tech to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title Sunday with a 4-3 win over Virginia and earning the Yellow Jackets the league's automatic NCAA berth.

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 win ACC title

Jackets win big to split with Bombers
Aaron Hornostaj's two-run triple in the bottom of the second broke an early tie, and the Augusta GreenJackets poured it on for a 14-2 victory Sunday over the Greenville Bombers at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

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

Jackets win big to split with Bombers
Aaron Hornostaj's two-run triple in the bottom of the second broke an early tie, and the Augusta GreenJackets poured it on for a 14-2 victory Sunday over the Greenville Bombers at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

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.

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.

Thinking too hard just ruins the joke

Reid gets improbable win

Leonard wins St. Jude Classic by one stroke

Leonard wins St. Jude Classic by one stroke
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Justin Leonard sure knows how to make things interesting.

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.

Augusta State among favorites for NCAA title

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.

Reid gets improbable win
LIGONIER, Pa. - Mike Reid was on the wrong end of one of championship golf's worst collapses. This time he benefited from not one but two improbable breakdowns minutes apart for a Senior PGA victory even he didn't think was possible.

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.

Reid gets improbable win
LIGONIER, Pa. - Mike Reid was on the wrong end of one of championship golf's worst collapses. This time he benefited from not one but two improbable breakdowns minutes apart for a Senior PGA victory even he didn't think was possible.

Cabrera wins BMW Championship by two strokes
VIRGINIA WATER, England - Angel Cabrera shot a 5-under 67 Sunday, winning the BMW Championship by two strokes over Paul McGinley.

Kang wins Corning Classic

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

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.

Leonard wins St. Jude Classic by one stroke
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Justin Leonard sure knows how to make things interesting.

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.

Kang wins Corning Classic
CORNING, N.Y. - For a change, Annika Sorenstam just didn't have it. Jimin Kang did.

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.

Cabrera wins BMW Championship by two strokes
VIRGINIA WATER, England - Angel Cabrera shot a 5-under 67 Sunday, winning the BMW Championship by two strokes over Paul McGinley.

Cabrera wins BMW Championship by two strokes

Kang wins Corning Classic
CORNING, N.Y. - For a change, Annika Sorenstam just didn't have it. Jimin Kang did.

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

Pinehurst offers more than golf

Minor league notebook

Jackets win big to split with Bombers

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
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.

Devils burning mad over name change proposal
TRENTON, N.J. - What chance do the New Jersey Devils give a proposal that would give the pro hockey franchise a less demonic name?

Reports: ESPN to pass on NHL

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.

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

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

Voting for bonds, SPLOST is mistake
I have been following the hot topic of the obligation bonds and property tax increase, and the special-purpose local option sales tax, to be used for the sports arena and infrastructure needs, respectively. Frank W. Scharite, 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

Don't discount danger of flooding
It is ironic that no engineer has been associated with the vast building program on the North Augusta side of the Savannah River. People recently have claimed that the river can never flood again, because Thurmond Lake will prevent flooding, and that the levee on the Augusta side should be removed. Curtis D. Choplin, North Augusta, S.C.

Work needed on Ga. 56

Don't discount danger of flooding
It is ironic that no engineer has been associated with the vast building program on the North Augusta side of the Savannah River. People recently have claimed that the river can never flood again, because Thurmond Lake will prevent flooding, and that the levee on the Augusta side should be removed.Curtis D. Choplin, North Augusta, S.C.

Voting for bonds, SPLOST is mistake
I have been following the hot topic of the obligation bonds and property tax increase, and the special-purpose local option sales tax, to be used for the sports arena and infrastructure needs, respectively.Frank W. Scharite, Augusta

Voting for bonds, SPLOST is mistake

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

Norwood voted wrong on stem cells
Of all people to vote against the stem-cell research bill which passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, Rep. Charlie Norwood should know a lot better. Lowell M. Greenbaum, Augusta

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

Don't discount danger of flooding

Couple enjoy cooking for family and friends

Review: handheld puzzles, 'Polarium,' and 'Mercury'

Kitchens and baths go big, modern and European

Designers finding colorful uses for canvas in summer

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

Japanese number puzzle conquers Britain

Living briefs

Ergonomic keyboards break old rule

Theme parks roll out new attractions for the summer

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

Announce engagement with party, not cards

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

Travel briefs

Bad boys don't hold up so well

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.

Review: handheld puzzles, 'Polarium,' and 'Mercury'
What's great about puzzle games is that there's no real commitment and no story line.

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.

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.

Ergonomic keyboards break old rule
A decade ago, there was much talk about keyboards causing repetitive motion injuries. Attention was focused on ergonomics and leading manufacturers including Microsoft introduced special curved and split keyboards.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ergonomic keyboards break old rule
A decade ago, there was much talk about keyboards causing repetitive motion injuries. Attention was focused on ergonomics and leading manufacturers including Microsoft introduced special curved and split keyboards.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Japanese number puzzle conquers Britain
LONDON - Britain has a new addiction. Hunched over newspapers on crowded subway trains, sneaking secret peeks in the office, a puzzle-crazy nation is trying to slot numbers into small checkerboard grids.

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.

Review: handheld puzzles, 'Polarium,' and 'Mercury'
What's great about puzzle games is that there's no real commitment and no story line.

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.

Japanese number puzzle conquers Britain
LONDON - Britain has a new addiction. Hunched over newspapers on crowded subway trains, sneaking secret peeks in the office, a puzzle-crazy nation is trying to slot numbers into small checkerboard grids.

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

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.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Gerald Harrison Grant Brown, 2, of North Augusta.

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.

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.

Festivities pay tribute to soldiers

Lunch system allows parents to spy

The week ahead
Considering I come from a large family - my maternal grandparents had a dozen children, my paternal had 15, and I couldn't tell you how many cousins I have - Memorial Day usually meant it was time to see whose house would be the site of the cookout where everyone would show up. My generation wasn't one that saw real wartime, so the day mostly provided a reason to see relatives, laugh and play, and not so much to remember people who had lost their lives in war.

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.

'Pushing the frontier'
CONYERS, Ga. - What led the Rev. Joseph Lowery, one of the nation's best-known black leaders, to trade his Sunday church clothes for Western wear and jump on a horse?

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

Transplanted Northerners take interest in Civil War
ATLANTA - Eric Peterson lives only eight miles from the route his great-great-grandfather took during the Civil War through what is now suburban Atlanta. But Mr. Peterson's ancestor wasn't a gray-coated Rebel; he was a Union soldier from Wisconsin taking part in Gen. Sherman's march through Georgia.

Across Georgia

Fan's love brought disc golf into area
Golf was never Brian Graham's game. Add a disc to the mix, though, and that's his passion.

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

A visit to their stars
Resigned to the likelihood that he would never see the National World War II Memorial in person, Harold Mays watched the dedication ceremony on television last year.

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

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina tops the list of places to go for 6 percent of people surveyed by the Travel Industry Association.

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.

Roadkill doesn't go to waste in near bird center
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Every now and then, a couple of women pull off the side of U.S. Highway 17, hoist a fresh deer carcass into their truck and speed off.

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

Former DeKalb sheriff prefers talk of Williams' innocence
REIDSVILLE, Ga. - Imprisoned for ordering the murder of a political rival, a former sheriff says he rather talk about another high-profile killer's innocence than his own.

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.

Spelling bee participant has a way with words

Former DeKalb sheriff prefers talk of Williams' innocence

Holiday closings

A visit to their stars

Across South Carolina

Former DeKalb sheriff prefers talk of Williams' innocence
REIDSVILLE, Ga. - Imprisoned for ordering the murder of a political rival, a former sheriff says he rather talk about another high-profile killer's innocence than his own.

Across the southeast

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.

Memorial Day events

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.

Chief Warrant Officer Clint Prather

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.

Families of troops share stories of loss

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

News you can use

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.

Where we live

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

Leonard wins St. Jude Classic

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 Georgia

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

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Two people were shot to death and two others were wounded during a home invasion. No arrests had been made as of Sunday, police said.

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.

Growing schools hire officers
Columbia County school officials are calling the hiring of three new public safety officers a needed measure for a growing school system and not a response to a rise in school-related incidents.

Roadkill doesn't go to waste in near bird center

Bikers bring enthusiasm for a cause
As a former Army brat, Carolyn Ramp said there was no way she would have missed Sunday's Memorial Ride for Hospitalized Veterans.

Transplanted Northerners take interest in Civil War

Reporter's spelling success proves 'ephemeral'

Fan's love brought disc golf into area

Across the southeast
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. - An Alabama woman is seeking class-action status for a lawsuit against a Dillard's Inc. hair salon that she said charged black women more than white women.

Bikers bring enthusiasm for a cause

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Gerald Harrison Grant Brown, 2, of North Augusta.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kid of the Day

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

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.

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.

Lunch system allows parents to spy
MARIETTA, Ga. - As Garin Hughes picks through his school-lunch burrito and unidentifiable apple-pear dessert, he has a secret.

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

Sgt. Orenthial Javon Smith

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.

Aiken salutes the military

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.

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

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

News you can use
Entertainment events for this week include:

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.

Across the area

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
For the fourth time, Mr. Shepherd is going to Washington.

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.

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

News you can use
Entertainment events for this week include:

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.

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?

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?

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

Defense begins arguing its case
The first defense witness in state Sen. Charles Walker's trial Sunday testified that there was no illegal quid pro quo relationship between the senator and an Atlanta public hospital.

Rants and raves
Comments from our readers:

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

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.

Schools offer 'HELP!' to students who failed
Georgia students who failed a portion of the Georgia High School Graduation Test will get five chances to make good on the exam.

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

'Pushing the frontier'
CONYERS, Ga. - What led the Rev. Joseph Lowery, one of the nation's best-known black leaders, to trade his Sunday church clothes for Western wear and jump on a horse?

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.

The week ahead
Considering I come from a large family - my maternal grandparents had a dozen children, my paternal had 15, and I couldn't tell you how many cousins I have - Memorial Day usually meant it was time to see whose house would be the site of the cookout where everyone would show up. My generation wasn't one that saw real wartime, so the day mostly provided a reason to see relatives, laugh and play, and not so much to remember people who had lost their lives in war.

Across South Carolina

Five questions with Jerry Sensenig
Sgt. 1st Class Sensenig, 42, is a soldier in the 67th Signal Battalion of the 93rd Signal Brigade at Fort Gordon. The 67th returned home from deployment in the Middle East in February after a yearlong tour. This Memorial Day, the sergeant is spending the holiday back at home in the United States.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina tops the list of places to go for 6 percent of people surveyed by the Travel Industry Association.

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.

'Pushing the frontier'

Georgia goes after more tourism

Across the area

Defense begins arguing its case
The first defense witness in state Sen. Charles Walker's trial Sunday testified that there was no illegal quid pro quo relationship between the senator and an Atlanta public hospital.

Holiday Closings

Across the area
A resident in a downtown Augusta neighborhood told police he was intentionally hit by a car driven by a man he did not know early Sunday.

Kid of the Day

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Two people were shot to death and two others were wounded during a home invasion. No arrests had been made as of Sunday, police said.

Defense begins arguing its case

Across the area
A resident in a downtown Augusta neighborhood told police he was intentionally hit by a car driven by a man he did not know early Sunday.

Growing schools hire officers

Holiday Closings
The following closings have been announced for Memorial Day.

The week ahead

Bikers bring enthusiasm for a cause
As a former Army brat, Carolyn Ramp said there was no way she would have missed Sunday's Memorial Ride for Hospitalized Veterans.

Roadkill doesn't go to waste in near bird center
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Every now and then, a couple of women pull off the side of U.S. Highway 17, hoist a fresh deer carcass into their truck and speed off.

Growing schools hire officers
Columbia County school officials are calling the hiring of three new public safety officers a needed measure for a growing school system and not a response to a rise in school-related incidents.

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.

Fan's love brought disc golf into area
Golf was never Brian Graham's game. Add a disc to the mix, though, and that's his passion.

Retiring judge gives GOP an opportunity

A visit to their stars
Resigned to the likelihood that he would never see the National World War II Memorial in person, Harold Mays watched the dedication ceremony on television last year.

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.

Spc. Nathaniel Johnson

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

Claims shifted on ownership, witnesses say

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

Property value notices start being mailed

Staff Sgt. George Buggs III

Across the area

Transplanted Northerners take interest in Civil War
ATLANTA - Eric Peterson lives only eight miles from the route his great-great-grandfather took during the Civil War through what is now suburban Atlanta. But Mr. Peterson's ancestor wasn't a gray-coated Rebel; he was a Union soldier from Wisconsin taking part in Gen. Sherman's march through Georgia.

Lunch system allows parents to spy
MARIETTA, Ga. - As Garin Hughes picks through his school-lunch burrito and unidentifiable apple-pear dessert, he has a secret.

Holiday Closings
The following closings have been announced for Memorial Day.

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.

Thinking too hard just ruins the joke
Today's a holiday, which means I have too much time on my hands. Time to think, and that's always a dangerous thing.

Thinking too hard just ruins the joke
Today's a holiday, which means I have too much time on my hands. Time to think, and that's always a dangerous thing.

Ring tone becomes hit single in Britain
LONDON - A cell phone ring tone appeared set to top the British singles chart Sunday, outselling the new single by the band Coldplay by nearly four to one, a music retailer said.

Jack Johnson stays mellow despite success

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

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz on tour
As if pairing Eminem and 50 Cent isn't wild enough, Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz are going be joining their "Anger Management 3" tour this summer.

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz on tour

Nine Inch Nails drop out of MTV Movie Awards
LOS ANGELES - Nine Inch Nails dropped out of the MTV Movie Awards after clashing with the network over an image of President Bush the band planned as a performance backdrop.

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.

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.

Ring tone becomes hit single in Britain
LONDON - A cell phone ring tone appeared set to top the British singles chart Sunday, outselling the new single by the band Coldplay by nearly four to one, a music retailer said.

Ring tone becomes hit single in Britain

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz on tour
As if pairing Eminem and 50 Cent isn't wild enough, Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz are going be joining their "Anger Management 3" tour this summer.

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

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.

Wheldon wins Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS - The Andretti jinx is over at the Indianapolis 500. Danica Patrick's reign is just beginning.

NASCAR notebook

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

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.

Focus squarely on Indy field's only woman

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

Wheldon wins 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.

Johnson wins third-consecutive Coca-Cola 600

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.

Johnson wins third-consecutive Coca-Cola 600
CONCORD, N.C. - Jimmie Johnson slid past Bobby Labonte in the final turn to win the Coca-Cola 600 for the third consecutive year Sunday night. This one was nowhere near as easy as his previous wins.

Litke: No more jokes about women drivers
INDIANAPOLIS - No more jokes about women drivers.

Wheldon wins Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS - The Andretti jinx is over at the Indianapolis 500. Danica Patrick's reign is just beginning.

Daughter of legend seeks her own fame

Johnson wins third-consecutive Coca-Cola 600
CONCORD, N.C. - Jimmie Johnson slid past Bobby Labonte in the final turn to win the Coca-Cola 600 for the third consecutive year Sunday night. This one was nowhere near as easy as his previous wins.

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.

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.

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
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

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.

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.

Defense could mean return to Finals for Spurs

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.

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.

Heat take lead in East
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Instead of focusing on the Miami Heat, the Detroit Pistons devoted their attention to the referees. The champions weren't happy, and they let their disgust beat them.

Defense could mean return to Finals for Spurs
SAN ANTONIO - After all they've accomplished this season, the Phoenix Suns are taking an incredibly humble goal into what could be their 2004-05 finale.

Miami's Jones has hounded Hamilton

Defense could mean return to Finals for Spurs
SAN ANTONIO - After all they've accomplished this season, the Phoenix Suns are taking an incredibly humble goal into what could be their 2004-05 finale.

Heat take lead in East
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Instead of focusing on the Miami Heat, the Detroit Pistons devoted their attention to the referees. The champions weren't happy, and they let their disgust beat them.

Heat take lead in East

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Ms. Shirley Williams    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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Mrs. Kitty M. Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Kitty M. Reid    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Rocky D. Russell    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Ms. Shirley Williams    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. David Ervin Cyrus    (RIDGE SPRING, S.C.)
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Mr. Bony Curry    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Betty Ann Feagin    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

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

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

Mrs. Lorene Blackwell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Lewis "LM" Barnes    (HOUSTON, TX.)

Mr. John Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Tuten    (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Tyrone Powell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Dunn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Kenneth Mendenhall    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mr. William G "Bill" Lange    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. David Lewis    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Jack Coke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Rosemary Cheatham    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Donald Brantley, Sr.    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. George Halford    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lula L. Neill    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Ona Stephens    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Ann Feagin (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Willie Felix (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Mary Ona Stephens (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Lorene Blackwell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Tyrone Powell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Mendenhall (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Bony Curry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. John Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Willie Bentley (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Johnnie Lee Conyer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Coke (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Ms. Rosemary Cheatham (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Margie Tuten (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Ms. Shirley Williams (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Brantley, Sr. (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

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

Mr. William Lange (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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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.

Davenport reaches French quarterfinals

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Safin's Slam stays alive

Marion Jones shrugs off critics but finishes second at FBK Games

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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.

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Five golfers qualified for the regional event at Wedges and Woods driving range.

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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.<

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Five golfers qualified for the regional event at Wedges and Woods driving range.

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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.

Davenport reaches French quarterfinals
PARIS - Lindsay Davenport phoned home with news every bit as shocking to her husband at it was to herself.

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Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Marion Jones shrugs off critics but finishes second at FBK Games
HENGELO, Netherlands - Given the chance to finally compete in Europe, Marion Jones had another disappointing performance.

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

Davenport reaches French quarterfinals
PARIS - Lindsay Davenport phoned home with news every bit as shocking to her husband at it was to herself.

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.

Marion Jones shrugs off critics but finishes second at FBK Games
HENGELO, Netherlands - Given the chance to finally compete in Europe, Marion Jones had another disappointing performance.

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]

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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.

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.

Pope reaches out to Orthodox Church in inaugural pilgrimage of papacy
BARI, Italy - Pope Benedict XVI pledged Sunday to work to end Roman Catholicism's 1,000-year-old rift with the Orthodox Church, delivering a message of healing on the first trip of his papacy.

Pope reaches out to Orthodox Church in inaugural pilgrimage of papacy
BARI, Italy - Pope Benedict XVI pledged Sunday to work to end Roman Catholicism's 1,000-year-old rift with the Orthodox Church, delivering a message of healing on the first trip of his papacy.

Keeping lakes full of stripers takes practice

Childers feels at home in Turner Field clubhouse

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

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

Networks prepare a flood of reality TV for summer

Fans take action over 'Joan of Arcadia' cancellation
NEW YORK - Even God is vulnerable to low television ratings.

'Starting Over' takes desperation out of housewives
NEW YORK - Rhonda Britten and Iyanla Vanzant, the life coaches from the daytime reality series "Starting Over," hope to take the desperation out of housewives - one woman at a time.

Hawaiian island is the world's stand-in on 'Lost'
MOKULEIA, Hawaii - As a band of jittery plane crash survivors huddle on an island hillside listening to a distress call that has looped through the airwaves for 16 years, one of them asks, "Where ARE we?"

Fans take action over 'Joan of Arcadia' cancellation

'Starting Over' takes desperation out of housewives

'Starting Over' takes desperation out of housewives
NEW YORK - Rhonda Britten and Iyanla Vanzant, the life coaches from the daytime reality series "Starting Over," hope to take the desperation out of housewives - one woman at a time.

Hawaiian island is the world's stand-in on 'Lost'

Fans take action over 'Joan of Arcadia' cancellation
NEW YORK - Even God is vulnerable to low television ratings.

Networks prepare a flood of reality TV for summer
NEW YORK - Get ready for Tommy Lee as an undergrad, two separate dance contests and apprentice rock stars, apprentice chefs, apprentice fashion designers, apprentice scholars, apprentice slackers and apprentice Hiltons.

Hawaiian island is the world's stand-in on 'Lost'
MOKULEIA, Hawaii - As a band of jittery plane crash survivors huddle on an island hillside listening to a distress call that has looped through the airwaves for 16 years, one of them asks, "Where ARE we?"

Networks prepare a flood of reality TV for summer
NEW YORK - Get ready for Tommy Lee as an undergrad, two separate dance contests and apprentice rock stars, apprentice chefs, apprentice fashion designers, apprentice scholars, apprentice slackers and apprentice Hiltons.

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

People in the News

Tape gives jurors image of Jackson accuser

TV thief released after 35 years

Ticket against jaywalking chicken dismissed

Doctor sells surgery exam answers on eBay

A race fit only for man and beast

Pope reaches out to Orthodox Church in inaugural pilgrimage of papacy