Book describes Nazi ship's wartime 'escape'
"Shadow Voyage" is Peter A. Huchthausen's chronicle of an event from the early days of World War II that is little-remembered now but was important and newsworthy in its day.

Book describes Nazi ship's wartime 'escape'

Buzz Aldrin hopes to inspire future astronauts
NEW YORK - Thanks to video games, TV shows and movies such as "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" that are loaded with special effects, today's children don't have a realistic impression of space or space travel, says Buzz Aldrin, one of the men who planted the U.S. flag on the moon.

James Patterson's '4th of July' is a dud

'Ultramarathon Man' off and running in new book
Outdoor running is a low-tech sport. It involves a runner and the natural elements he faces. Its appeal is primal and universal.

Buzz Aldrin hopes to inspire future astronauts
NEW YORK - Thanks to video games, TV shows and movies such as "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" that are loaded with special effects, today's children don't have a realistic impression of space or space travel, says Buzz Aldrin, one of the men who planted the U.S. flag on the moon.

Game paved way for basketball integration

Game paved way for basketball integration
Sports fans shocked by last November's brawl in suburban Detroit might be surprised to learn that it was not the first nor the ugliest melee in a pro basketball arena.

'Ultramarathon Man' off and running in new book

James Patterson's '4th of July' is a dud
Underneath all the distractions, there's a good little mystery in James Patterson's "4th of July," written with Maxine Paetro. But a complex thriller it's not.

Book describes Nazi ship's wartime 'escape'
"Shadow Voyage" is Peter A. Huchthausen's chronicle of an event from the early days of World War II that is little-remembered now but was important and newsworthy in its day.

Stars of the past star in new coffee-table books
James Dean died at 24 and had major roles in only three Hollywood movies - two of which were released after his death. Yet today, 50 years later, Dean is still an object of fascination, as well as the subject of his own coffee-table book, "James Dean" (DK, $30).

'Ultramarathon Man' off and running in new book
Outdoor running is a low-tech sport. It involves a runner and the natural elements he faces. Its appeal is primal and universal.

Stars of the past star in new coffee-table books
James Dean died at 24 and had major roles in only three Hollywood movies - two of which were released after his death. Yet today, 50 years later, Dean is still an object of fascination, as well as the subject of his own coffee-table book, "James Dean" (DK, $30).

Stars of the past star in new coffee-table books

James Patterson's '4th of July' is a dud
Underneath all the distractions, there's a good little mystery in James Patterson's "4th of July," written with Maxine Paetro. But a complex thriller it's not.

Game paved way for basketball integration
Sports fans shocked by last November's brawl in suburban Detroit might be surprised to learn that it was not the first nor the ugliest melee in a pro basketball arena.

Buzz Aldrin hopes to inspire future astronauts

Calhoun sweeps to claim AA crown

Calhoun sweeps to claim AA crown
CALHOUN, Ga. - They watched Calhoun create a dogpile of players, students and fans, while Yellow Jackets shortstop Jacob Robbins did a standing backflip near the pitching mound.

Calhoun sweeps to claim AA crown
CALHOUN, Ga. - They watched Calhoun create a dogpile of players, students and fans, while Yellow Jackets shortstop Jacob Robbins did a standing backflip near the pitching mound.

Golden Eagles top Aggies to advance
CLEMSON, S.C. - Dennis Bigley had a two-run double and starter Taylor McIntyre went 7w strong innings to keep Oral Roberts going in the NCAA tournament with a 6-3 victory over North Carolina A&T on Saturday.

Baseball notebook
PITTSBURGH - As much as Atlanta starter Mike Hampton said he wanted to fight through the pain in his left forearm, the lingering tightness was enough for the team Saturday to send its veteran left-hander to the disabled list for the second time in a month.

Golden Eagles top Aggies to advance

Golden Eagles top Aggies to advance
CLEMSON, S.C. - Dennis Bigley had a two-run double and starter Taylor McIntyre went 7w strong innings to keep Oral Roberts going in the NCAA tournament with a 6-3 victory over North Carolina A&T on Saturday.

Gregory Lamar Grace

Bethany Nicole Williams

Cameron Bruce Foster

Bonnie Annalee Highfield
Brian and Stacey Highfield of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Bonnie Annalee, born May 19, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Aaron Matthew Altringer
Bryan and Frances Altringer of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Aaron Matthew, born May 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Tori Lilly-Maranda Mikell
Daniel and Carla Mikell of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tori Lilly-Maranda, born May 20, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Kenya Latasha Evette

Brody Allen Sawyer
Allen and Amy Sawyer of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brody Allen, born May 18, 2005 at St. Joseph in Augusta.

Amber Marie Chalmers

Bethany Nicole Williams
Brandon and Shannon Williams of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Bethany Nicole, born May 10, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Patrick Joseph Rowan
Paul and Celina Rowan of Martinez are please to announce the birth of their son, Patrick Joseph, born February 4, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Austin Edward James
Larry and Carolyn Weeks of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Austin Edward James, born March 24, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 4:08 p.m., weighed 7 lbs 10 oz. and was 21.25 inches long. Proud grandparents are Edward and Joan Krusavage of Martinez, Larry and Gina Weeks of Richmond Hill, Ga. and Allen and Barbara Watson of North Augusta.

Amber Marie Chalmers
Candice Chalmers and Cosean Valentine are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Amber Marie, born May 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Aaron Matthew Altringer
Bryan and Frances Altringer of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Aaron Matthew, born May 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Emily Marie Bartlett

Anna Claire Wicklum
Teryl and Amanda Wicklum of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Claire, born March 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 6 :15 a.m., weighed 8 lbs. 8 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Andy and Jane Edmunds of Augusta, Margaret Wicklum and the late Michael Wicklum of Ontario, Canada. She was welcomed home by big brother, Andrew, 3.

Austin Edward James

Marion Lee Pugh
Rose Ramos and Marion Pugh, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Marion Lee, born May 18, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Gehrig Owen Massey

Cameron Bruce Foster
Jessica Rabun and Christopher Lee Foster are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Cameron Bruce, born May 6, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Aaron Matthew Altringer

Patrick Joseph Rowan
Paul and Celina Rowan of Martinez are please to announce the birth of their son, Patrick Joseph, born February 4, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Maya Honore Nwankwo
Grant and Cheryl Nwankwo of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Maya Honore, born May 17, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Eugene Lester Doyle
Kimberly Ballard and Eugene Doyle III are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Eugene Lester, born May 18, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Cameron Bruce Foster
Jessica Rabun and Christopher Lee Foster are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Cameron Bruce, born May 6, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Maya Honore Nwankwo
Grant and Cheryl Nwankwo of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Maya Honore, born May 17, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

McKenzie Jae Hutto
Jessica Ashmen and Ernest Wayne Hutto are pleased to announce the birth of their, daughter, McKenzie Jae, born May 24, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Denzil Ray Beeson
Denzil and Erika Beeson of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Denzil Ray, born May 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Brighton Jewell Rinker
Bryan and Patricia Rinker of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Brighton Jewell, born May 21, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Kenya Latasha Evette
Chandra Mims and Terashea Jones are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kenya Latasha Evette, born May 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Talia Isabelle Wilkinson

Gehrig Owen Massey
Bryce and Riki Massey of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gehrig Owen, born May 19, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Brody Allen Sawyer

Gregory Lamar Grace
Gregory and Ranatta Grace of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gregory Lamar, born May 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Anna Claire Wicklum

Nicholas Alexander Toole
Kevin and Meredith Toole of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Alexander, born May 17, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Eugene Lester Doyle

Amber Marie Chalmers
Candice Chalmers and Cosean Valentine are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Amber Marie, born May 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tori Lilly-Maranda Mikell

Kenya Latasha Evette
Chandra Mims and Terashea Jones are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kenya Latasha Evette, born May 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Nicholas Alexander Toole

Denzil Ray Beeson
Denzil and Erika Beeson of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Denzil Ray, born May 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Maya Honore Nwankwo

Talia Isabelle Wilkinson
Toby and Anna Wilkinson of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Talia Isabelle, born May 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Bonnie Annalee Highfield

London Bo Brooks
Jason and Kelli Brooks of Thomson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, London Bo, born May 18, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Denzil Ray Beeson

Bonnie Annalee Highfield
Brian and Stacey Highfield of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Bonnie Annalee, born May 19, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Eugene Lester Doyle
Kimberly Ballard and Eugene Doyle III are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Eugene Lester, born May 18, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Tori Lilly-Maranda Mikell
Daniel and Carla Mikell of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tori Lilly-Maranda, born May 20, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Marion Lee Pugh
Rose Ramos and Marion Pugh, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Marion Lee, born May 18, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Bethany Nicole Williams
Brandon and Shannon Williams of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Bethany Nicole, born May 10, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Anna Claire Wicklum
Teryl and Amanda Wicklum of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Claire, born March 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 6 :15 a.m., weighed 8 lbs. 8 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Andy and Jane Edmunds of Augusta, Margaret Wicklum and the late Michael Wicklum of Ontario, Canada. She was welcomed home by big brother, Andrew, 3.

Brody Allen Sawyer
Allen and Amy Sawyer of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brody Allen, born May 18, 2005 at St. Joseph in Augusta.

Austin Edward James
Larry and Carolyn Weeks of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Austin Edward James, born March 24, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 4:08 p.m., weighed 7 lbs 10 oz. and was 21.25 inches long. Proud grandparents are Edward and Joan Krusavage of Martinez, Larry and Gina Weeks of Richmond Hill, Ga. and Allen and Barbara Watson of North Augusta.

London Bo Brooks
Jason and Kelli Brooks of Thomson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, London Bo, born May 18, 2005 at Doctors 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. Holt 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.

Gregory Lamar Grace
Gregory and Ranatta Grace of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gregory Lamar, born May 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Nicholas Alexander Toole
Kevin and Meredith Toole of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Alexander, born May 17, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Brighton Jewell Rinker

Talia Isabelle Wilkinson
Toby and Anna Wilkinson of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Talia Isabelle, born May 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Patrick Joseph Rowan

London Bo Brooks

Marion Lee Pugh

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. Holt 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.

Brighton Jewell Rinker
Bryan and Patricia Rinker of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Brighton Jewell, born May 21, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Gehrig Owen Massey
Bryce and Riki Massey of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gehrig Owen, born May 19, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Man bicycles Route 66 for 66th birthday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A man who pedaled from California to Chicago along Route 66 to celebrate his 66th birthday says that's just the beginning.

Odds and Ends
GODFREY, Ill. - James Ross isn't an appliance repairman, a firefighter or a policeman. But he's about to become a prisoner - again.

Odds and Ends
GODFREY, Ill. - James Ross isn't an appliance repairman, a firefighter or a policeman. But he's about to become a prisoner - again.

Man bicycles Route 66 for 66th birthday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A man who pedaled from California to Chicago along Route 66 to celebrate his 66th birthday says that's just the beginning.

'God loves you,' sign at church tells thief
BISHOP, Ga. - The bulletin board outside Oconee Baptist Church is usually reserved for routine church announcements - sermon topics, or covered-dish dinners.

It's back to DL for Hampton
PITTSBURGH - As much as Atlanta starter Mike Hampton said he wanted to fight through the pain in his left forearm, the lingering tightness was enough for the team Saturday to send its veteran left-hander to the disabled list for the second time in a month.

Braves' rotation could change

Hard slide keeps Braves alive
PITTSBURGH - Atlanta's offense didn't do a whole lot of perking up Saturday, but doing the little things in the ninth got the Braves a win.

Wells dominant against Braves
PITTSBURGH - A change of scenery didn't change the Atlanta Braves' fortunes Friday night.

Hard slide keeps Braves alive
PITTSBURGH - Atlanta's offense didn't do a whole lot of perking up Saturday, but doing the little things in the ninth got the Braves a win.

Braves' rotation could change
PITTSBURGH - The Atlanta Braves and Mike Hampton will wait until today to decide whether the left-hander will be able to make his scheduled start Sunday.

Hard slide keeps Braves alive

Wells dominant against Braves
PITTSBURGH - A change of scenery didn't change the Atlanta Braves' fortunes Friday night.

Braves' rotation could change
PITTSBURGH - The Atlanta Braves and Mike Hampton will wait until today to decide whether the left-hander will be able to make his scheduled start Sunday.

Wells dominant against Braves

Home inspectors find rewards

Job growth posts tiny gain
WASHINGTON - Job growth slowed nearly to a crawl in May, with new hiring registering the smallest gain in almost two years. However, the unemployment rate dipped to a low 5.1 percent.

Stocks dip on report of poor jobs growth

Property transfers

Job growth posts tiny gain
WASHINGTON - Job growth slowed nearly to a crawl in May, with new hiring registering the smallest gain in almost two years. However, the unemployment rate dipped to a low 5.1 percent.

Home inspectors find rewards
DALLAS - When Deb Sadler bought her home, it opened a window to a new career. She had watched the home inspector look things over and wondered: Wouldn't it be fun to try this?

Putting summer to work

Lawson will buy Intentia
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Lawson Software Inc. plans to buy fellow business-software maker Intentia International AB, of Sweden, in an all-stock transaction that Lawson valued at $480 million, although selling Thursday by uneasy Lawson shareholders quickly cut the deal's value.

Putting summer to work
AIKEN - A week out of high school, and Michael Mauldin is already changing motors and compressors in air-conditioning units, industrial refrigerators and restaurant fryers.

Business bite
Mutual funds help bring diversification to your portfolio and give you professional management. When you've chosen them, they can take a lot of the work out of investing.

Theft forces grocers to lock up infants' formulas
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Shoppers with little children might have noticed a change at the supermarket recently: The powdered baby formula has been locked up.

Companies save employees, money with drug-free policy
R. Daniel Blanton keeps his employees drug-free, and saves about $1,700 a year while he's at it.

Companies save employees, money with drug-free policy

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for May 18-23. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Job growth posts tiny gain

Home inspectors find rewards
DALLAS - When Deb Sadler bought her home, it opened a window to a new career. She had watched the home inspector look things over and wondered: Wouldn't it be fun to try this?

Service sector activity grows more slowly May

Business bite

Service sector activity grows more slowly May
NEW YORK - Business activity in the services sectors of the economy grew at an unexpectedly slow pace in May but the outlook for continued growth remains positive, the Institute for Supply Management reported Friday.

Lawson will buy Intentia
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Lawson Software Inc. plans to buy fellow business-software maker Intentia International AB, of Sweden, in an all-stock transaction that Lawson valued at $480 million, although selling Thursday by uneasy Lawson shareholders quickly cut the deal's value.

Stocks dip on report of poor jobs growth
NEW YORK - Wall Street finished a disheartening week lower Friday after a government report showing the slowest job growth in nearly two years exacerbated concerns about the health of the economy.

Lawson will buy Intentia

Apple shares dip on reports of slower iPod sales
SAN FRANCISCO - Shares of Apple Computer Inc. slid nearly 5 percent Friday following reports that sales of its iPod digital music player appear to be slowing.

Industry begs for wireless standard
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The technology behind wireless data networks in homes and businesses is on the verge of a makeover that promises to fix longstanding complaints of spotty coverage, flaky connections and inconsistent speeds.

Stocks dip on report of poor jobs growth
NEW YORK - Wall Street finished a disheartening week lower Friday after a government report showing the slowest job growth in nearly two years exacerbated concerns about the health of the economy.

Business briefs
- Alicia Johnson has been named assignments manager of television station WRDW (Channel 12). Ms. Johnson joined WRDW in November 2002 as a production assistant and was later named newscast producer. A native of Albany, Ga., she graduated from Paine College in 2002.

Service sector activity grows more slowly May
NEW YORK - Business activity in the services sectors of the economy grew at an unexpectedly slow pace in May but the outlook for continued growth remains positive, the Institute for Supply Management reported Friday.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for May 18-23. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Business briefs

Putting summer to work
AIKEN - A week out of high school, and Michael Mauldin is already changing motors and compressors in air-conditioning units, industrial refrigerators and restaurant fryers.

Business bite
Mutual funds help bring diversification to your portfolio and give you professional management. When you've chosen them, they can take a lot of the work out of investing.

Companies save employees, money with drug-free policy
R. Daniel Blanton keeps his employees drug-free, and saves about $1,700 a year while he's at it.

Hospices taking on bigger role in care of terminally ill
DALLAS - Lisa Grabbitt was at her wits' end caring for her terminally ill husband.

Business briefs
- Alicia Johnson has been named assignments manager of television station WRDW (Channel 12). Ms. Johnson joined WRDW in November 2002 as a production assistant and was later named newscast producer. A native of Albany, Ga., she graduated from Paine College in 2002.

Walker's projects smelled a little fishy
Buzzards were circling above the federal courthouse in Augusta while jurors deliberated the fate of Sen. Charles Walker last week. We wondered what the ancients would have said about that. I know what we said. It was not a good omen.

Ex-Clemson star McFadden dies of cancer
CLEMSON, S.C. - Banks McFadden, the only athlete in Clemson history to earn All-American honors in football and basketball, died Saturday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was 88.

For what it is
It doesn't carry the conspicuousness of a gun to the ribs, or the precision of a knife-point to the throat.

For what it is
It doesn't carry the conspicuousness of a gun to the ribs, or the precision of a knife-point to the throat.

Land of the free?

For what it is

Land of the free?
Why are they coming to America? Apparently not for its freedom of speech.

Why is force necessary?
If Richmond County's football teams dropped this many balls, they'd disband the teams and give up.

Time to say yes is now
After giving more than 15 speeches on the virtues of June 21's general obligation bond election, Fred Russell jokes that "I'm convinced!"

A failure to communicate
Misunderstandings, rather than real differences, seem to be what's causing some strained relations between the Columbia County Board of Commissioners and that county's Board of Education.

Why is force necessary?
If Richmond County's football teams dropped this many balls, they'd disband the teams and give up.

Land of the free?
Why are they coming to America? Apparently not for its freedom of speech.

Why is force necessary?

Spell him 'champ'
Joe Shepherd is living proof that even if you don't always finish first, it doesn't mean you're not a winner. No one wins all the time, but one can keep improving. And Joe certainly did that.

A failure to communicate
Misunderstandings, rather than real differences, seem to be what's causing some strained relations between the Columbia County Board of Commissioners and that county's Board of Education.

A failure to communicate

Cameron Diaz sues National Enquirer, claiming libel
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Actress Cameron Diaz is suing The National Enquirer for more than $10 million, alleging the celebrity tabloid libeled her in a story that claimed she cheated on boyfriend Justin Timberlake by kissing another man.

Jack White marries in Amazon ceremony
NEW YORK - Clearly, Jack White isn't brokenhearted over the recent marriage of ex-girlfriend Renee Zellweger.

Beckham to open soccer academy in the United States
CARSON, Calif. - Some American youngsters will have a chance to learn how to "Bend It Like Beckham."

People in the News
HONG KONG - Jackie Chan battled copyright pirates, smashing fake designer watches with a hammer and using a chain saw to destroy a street-side stand hawking counterfeit bags and clothes.

Michael Jackson molestation trial goes to the jury
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The child molestation case against Michael Jackson went to the jury Friday after the defense portrayed him as a victim of grifters trying to pull "the biggest con of their careers."

Cameron Diaz sues National Enquirer, claiming libel
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Actress Cameron Diaz is suing The National Enquirer for more than $10 million, alleging the celebrity tabloid libeled her in a story that claimed she cheated on boyfriend Justin Timberlake by kissing another man.

People in the News
HONG KONG - Jackie Chan battled copyright pirates, smashing fake designer watches with a hammer and using a chain saw to destroy a street-side stand hawking counterfeit bags and clothes.

Report: Dave Chappelle shows up at comedy clubs
LOS ANGELES - Is Dave Chappelle back? The AWOL comedian dropped in unannounced at two popular comedy clubs Thursday night, saying he had just arrived in Los Angeles and felt like performing, Daily Variety reported Friday.

Beckham to open soccer academy in the United States
CARSON, Calif. - Some American youngsters will have a chance to learn how to "Bend It Like Beckham."

Families should plan for financial needs in disasters
NEW YORK - With the arrival of hurricane season, it's a good time for families living near the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf Coast to make sure they're prepared financially if they have to flee a storm.

Saving energy a cool idea in hot weather
Summer is a good time to save energy, not only because of the expense but because of summer's increased demand and risk of blackouts.

Families should plan for financial needs in disasters
NEW YORK - With the arrival of hurricane season, it's a good time for families living near the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf Coast to make sure they're prepared financially if they have to flee a storm.

Families should plan for financial needs in disasters

Saving energy a cool idea in hot weather

Saving energy a cool idea in hot weather
Summer is a good time to save energy, not only because of the expense but because of summer's increased demand and risk of blackouts.

Pitcher solid as a rock for Jackets
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's Blake Wood is an admitted bullpen watcher.

Ex-pitcher carries Jackets with bat
ATLANTA - The date April 6, 2004, might prove to be among the most important in Georgia Tech baseball history.

Pitcher solid as a rock for Jackets
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's Blake Wood is an admitted bullpen watcher.

Ex-pitcher carries Jackets with bat
ATLANTA - The date April 6, 2004, might prove to be among the most important in Georgia Tech baseball history.

Ex-pitcher carries Jackets with bat

Pitcher solid as a rock for Jackets

GreenJackets score extra-inning victory
In Kannapolis, N.C., Carlos Sosa and Brian Horwitz both knocked in runs in the 10th inning, propelling the Augusta GreenJackets to an 8-6 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators on Saturday night.

Minor league notebook
On the heels of one of the most successful seasons in Augusta GreenJackets history, Boston Red Sox prospect Brandon Moss labored through his first month in Double-A. The 21-year-old hit just .209 in April after batting a team-record and South Atlantic League-high .339 last season.

GreenJackets score extra-inning victory
In Kannapolis, N.C., Carlos Sosa and Brian Horwitz both knocked in runs in the 10th inning, propelling the Augusta GreenJackets to an 8-6 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators on Saturday night.

Minor league notebook
On the heels of one of the most successful seasons in Augusta GreenJackets history, Boston Red Sox prospect Brandon Moss labored through his first month in Double-A. The 21-year-old hit just .209 in April after batting a team-record and South Atlantic League-high .339 last season.

Jag takes a Major step

Club will see major redesign
When North Augusta Country Club closes later this month for renovation, it will be the first major work done on the golf course since it was built in the early 1960s.

Blackburn shakes off loss, leads
Disappointment doesn't stay with Harlem's Jay Blackburn very long, which is one reason he's leading the W.M. Gregory Classic golf tournament.

Jag takes a Major step
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - One average day in the late 1980s still rings fresh in Russ Manning's memory bank.

Blackburn shakes off loss, leads
Disappointment doesn't stay with Harlem's Jay Blackburn very long, which is one reason he's leading the W.M. Gregory Classic golf tournament.

Sunday shootout looms at Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio - David Toms feared his 5-iron was headed for the back bunker on the par-3 fourth hole, so when it kissed off the pin and dropped into the cup for an ace, he figured Saturday might be his day at the Memorial.

Club will see major redesign

Club will see major redesign
When North Augusta Country Club closes later this month for renovation, it will be the first major work done on the golf course since it was built in the early 1960s.

Jaguars lose title shot in the rain
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - As Major Manning approached the 16th green Friday, Augusta State coach Josh Gregory took a peek at an adjacent leaderboard.

Jag takes a Major step
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - One average day in the late 1980s still rings fresh in Russ Manning's memory bank.

Jaguars lose title shot in the rain
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - As Major Manning approached the 16th green Friday, Augusta State coach Josh Gregory took a peek at an adjacent leaderboard.

Blackburn shakes off loss, leads

Sunday shootout looms at Memorial

World's No. 1 into tie at top
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - With steely determination and precise putting, Annika Sorenstam shot 6-under-par 65 on Saturday to surge into a tie with Juli Inkster heading into the final round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Jaguars lose title shot in the rain

Sunday shootout looms at Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio - David Toms feared his 5-iron was headed for the back bunker on the par-3 fourth hole, so when it kissed off the pin and dropped into the cup for an ace, he figured Saturday might be his day at the Memorial.

GreenJackets score extra-inning victory

Minor league notebook

Stash of garish old clothes comes in handy after all
You can't win. OK, maybe I can't win. My wife reminds me that this weekend, one of our dear friends is having a special birthday - you know, one of those ending in "0."

Bryant emerges winner at Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio - Bart Bryant hit some dramatic shots Sunday at the Memorial, even if no one seemed to notice until an unlikely par on the final hole that gave him a one-shot victory over Fred Couples.

Honor Sabbath as intended

'Chronicle' buys into Bush's lies
The editorial page of The Augusta Chronicle, in a pique of moral indignation, savaged Amnesty International for its "lies" and "bunk" regarding alleged U.S. human-rights abuses.Charles Heywood, Martinez

Media misrepresents our president
In Why I Am Not a Christian, Bertrand Russell declares there is no God. To prove this, he creates his own god. Mike Fulford, Evans

'Chronicle' buys into Bush's lies

Arena would provide little benefit
Proponents of the taxpayer-funded sports arena are claiming that this project will be an economic shot in the arm for Augusta, and will revitalize a depressed part of the city.Nicholas Reese, Augusta

Honor Sabbath as intended
It is time for the CSRA to review the Fourth Commandment. I don't know about you, but I see an awful lot of work being done around here on the Sabbath.Stephanie Wilson, Evans

Minority hijacked stem-cell issue
It is unusual for me, a lifelong Republican who voted for President Bush and Rep. Charlie Norwood, to agree with the Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lowell Greenbaum. Robert P. Schloesser, Augusta

Arena would provide little benefit

Media misrepresents our president

Arena would provide little benefit
Proponents of the taxpayer-funded sports arena are claiming that this project will be an economic shot in the arm for Augusta, and will revitalize a depressed part of the city.Nicholas Reese, Augusta

'Chronicle' buys into Bush's lies
The editorial page of The Augusta Chronicle, in a pique of moral indignation, savaged Amnesty International for its "lies" and "bunk" regarding alleged U.S. human-rights abuses.Charles Heywood, Martinez

Media misrepresents our president
In Why I Am Not a Christian, Bertrand Russell declares there is no God. To prove this, he creates his own god. Mike Fulford, Evans

Honor Sabbath as intended
It is time for the CSRA to review the Fourth Commandment. I don't know about you, but I see an awful lot of work being done around here on the Sabbath.Stephanie Wilson, Evans

An apple of a home

Airlines must begin tallying pet casualties

Living briefs

Baby gets rhythm: Parents can help nature by bouncing

Plan can ease wedding-day jitters

For her show, Alice Roi is designer, model and bride

Parkway along historic Southern route

Major Gettysburg work starts with restoring stream

Travel briefs

Ask the Carey Brothers

Parents should get apology for couple's mistake

Hong Kong for $20 a day

Weddings vary from couple to couple

Fizz, fizz unclogs drains

Go beyond Bourbon Street for family fun

Hong Kong for $20 a day
HONG KONG - Visiting Hong Kong brings out the urge to splurge. Travelers are surrounded by glitzy shopping arcades filled with boutiques and stores selling the hottest fashions and the latest electronic gizmos.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: I have dry rot underneath my vinyl floor, next to the shower in the bathroom. There is a "bubble" formed. What kind of repair is involved and what is the estimated cost? Also, is this a do-it-yourself project? -- Jay from Martinez, Calif.

An apple of a home
Shirley Norman had heard about Augusta's Laney-Walker district. She knew about the area's decline and the development that was under way to revitalize it.

Baby gets rhythm: Parents can help nature by bouncing
WASHINGTON - Gently bounce a baby while you sing, and you'll usually get squeals of glee. But it's not just fun: Feeling the beat helps wire babies' brains to hear rhythm.

Hong Kong for $20 a day
HONG KONG - Visiting Hong Kong brings out the urge to splurge. Travelers are surrounded by glitzy shopping arcades filled with boutiques and stores selling the hottest fashions and the latest electronic gizmos.

Airlines must begin tallying pet casualties
WASHINGTON - Plenty of vacation guides list camps that allow dogs or rank pet-friendly hotels, but until now there's been no way to know which airlines are safest for four-legged travelers.

Weddings vary from couple to couple
Something old, something new: The adage still holds true for weddings. While some traditions are still honored, though, couples also want to make a unique statement.

For her show, Alice Roi is designer, model and bride
NEW YORK - Just like any other fashion show, the audience will line both sides of the catwalk. There'll be music and photographers. The designer will be the last to emerge. But instead of taking her customary quick bow and then scurrying backstage, the next time Alice Roi steps onto the runway, she'll go all the way down the aisle and take a husband.

Major Gettysburg work starts with restoring stream
GETTYSBURG, Pa.- Returning a stream to its Civil War-era condition will represent the first construction step in a $95 million project to send the Gettysburg battlefield back in time.

Children's Tylenol recalled over labeling confusion
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. - McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals, a unit of health care products company Johnson & Johnson Inc., is recalling certain lots of Children's Tylenol because of confusing packaging that could result in overdosing.

Go beyond Bourbon Street for family fun
NEW ORLEANS - It's a city of hot times and cold cocktails, known in the 1800s as the Great Southern Babylon and now as an annual gathering spot for women willing to bare their breasts at Mardi Gras.

Baby gets rhythm: Parents can help nature by bouncing
WASHINGTON - Gently bounce a baby while you sing, and you'll usually get squeals of glee. But it's not just fun: Feeling the beat helps wire babies' brains to hear rhythm.

Plan can ease wedding-day jitters
This is the time of the year when we say forever and really mean it. And boy, can it be scary.

For her show, Alice Roi is designer, model and bride
NEW YORK - Just like any other fashion show, the audience will line both sides of the catwalk. There'll be music and photographers. The designer will be the last to emerge. But instead of taking her customary quick bow and then scurrying backstage, the next time Alice Roi steps onto the runway, she'll go all the way down the aisle and take a husband.

Travel briefs
TIERRA VERDE, Fla. - Fort De Soto's north beach, a finger of sugary sand that reaches into the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, was named North America's best beach in an annual list that heralds the start of summer.

Airlines must begin tallying pet casualties
WASHINGTON - Plenty of vacation guides list camps that allow dogs or rank pet-friendly hotels, but until now there's been no way to know which airlines are safest for four-legged travelers.

Plan can ease wedding-day jitters
This is the time of the year when we say forever and really mean it. And boy, can it be scary.

An apple of a home
Shirley Norman had heard about Augusta's Laney-Walker district. She knew about the area's decline and the development that was under way to revitalize it.

Parents should get apology for couple's mistake
Dear Carson: I recently sent out medical school graduation announcements to family and friends. It got back to us (my sweetheart and me) by the parent of the graduate (my sweetheart), however, that (our) sending announcements to their friends was in bad taste, as though it were a plea for gifts. We're shocked! Was it inappropriate to send announcements without consulting the parents? Should I write a note to all those family and friends and apologize for having offended them?

Parents should get apology for couple's mistake
Dear Carson: I recently sent out medical school graduation announcements to family and friends. It got back to us (my sweetheart and me) by the parent of the graduate (my sweetheart), however, that (our) sending announcements to their friends was in bad taste, as though it were a plea for gifts. We're shocked! Was it inappropriate to send announcements without consulting the parents? Should I write a note to all those family and friends and apologize for having offended them?

Fizz, fizz unclogs drains
Got a clogged drain or a toilet that needs cleaning? Do you have pots and pans with burned-on grease? Did a bee just sting you? Grab an Alka-Seltzer; in fact, grab a handful.

Major Gettysburg work starts with restoring stream
GETTYSBURG, Pa.- Returning a stream to its Civil War-era condition will represent the first construction step in a $95 million project to send the Gettysburg battlefield back in time.

Living briefs
USA Network relaunches its summer hit The 4400. Back for a second season, the story picks up with the 4,400 abductees back for a full year but still struggling to fit into the lives they left. The show airs at 9 on USA.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: I have dry rot underneath my vinyl floor, next to the shower in the bathroom. There is a "bubble" formed. What kind of repair is involved and what is the estimated cost? Also, is this a do-it-yourself project? -- Jay from Martinez, Calif.

Parkway along historic Southern route
FRENCH CAMP, Miss. - The meandering Natchez Trace winds through lush forests and expansive fields of yellow wildflowers, offering a serene escape from the beaten path.

Living briefs
USA Network relaunches its summer hit The 4400. Back for a second season, the story picks up with the 4,400 abductees back for a full year but still struggling to fit into the lives they left. The show airs at 9 on USA.

Travel briefs
TIERRA VERDE, Fla. - Fort De Soto's north beach, a finger of sugary sand that reaches into the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, was named North America's best beach in an annual list that heralds the start of summer.

Parkway along historic Southern route
FRENCH CAMP, Miss. - The meandering Natchez Trace winds through lush forests and expansive fields of yellow wildflowers, offering a serene escape from the beaten path.

Weddings vary from couple to couple
Something old, something new: The adage still holds true for weddings. While some traditions are still honored, though, couples also want to make a unique statement.

Go beyond Bourbon Street for family fun
NEW ORLEANS - It's a city of hot times and cold cocktails, known in the 1800s as the Great Southern Babylon and now as an annual gathering spot for women willing to bare their breasts at Mardi Gras.

Fizz, fizz unclogs drains
Got a clogged drain or a toilet that needs cleaning? Do you have pots and pans with burned-on grease? Did a bee just sting you? Grab an Alka-Seltzer; in fact, grab a handful.

Fort Gordon works to retain enlistees
It might have been a tough decision for Sgt. Loren Werner, a satellite communications operator at Fort Gordon, when he was offered more money to work as a civilian contractor doing the same job he's trained to do in the Army.

Leaders make plans for extra funds

Military wives have their say
SAVANNAH, Ga. - At first, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, didn't seem to get it.

Rants and raves
Comments from our readers:

Ye olde tyme spectacle
NORTH AUGUSTA - If you broke the law in a leafy suburban park Saturday, you'd face justice - 1780s style.

Lawmakers hope highway proposal gets green light
WASHINGTON - Southern states are preparing to grovel over gravel once again, but this time they'll be doing so as allies, not competitors.

South Augusta gets water treatment plant
Augusta celebrated a $55 million milestone Friday. After a decade of planning - and four years of construction - the new N. Max Hicks Water Treatment Plant was dedicated and should go into full operation in about two weeks.

Initial hearing is scheduled

Jury convicts on 127 of 137 counts
State Sen. Charles Walker was convicted of 127 federal criminal charges Friday afternoon.

Task force hopes to improve transportation for disabled

NAACP boycott's effects waning
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - If Crystal Hunt and Marquita Jackson were looking to draw attention, they succeeded. Wolf whistles and honking horns followed the bikini-clad duo as they strutted down Myrtle Beach's famed Ocean Boulevard.

Lawmakers hope highway proposal gets green light

Rants and raves
Comments from our readers:

News you can use

Ye olde tyme spectacle
NORTH AUGUSTA - If you broke the law in a leafy suburban park Saturday, you'd face justice - 1780s style.

Jury convicts on 127 of 137 counts

Initial hearing is scheduled
ATLANTA - A Fulton County Superior Court judge will hear oral arguments later this month on whether to dismiss a lawsuit filed by dozens of rural school districts that are challenging the way Georgia funds its public education system.

News you can use
Entertainment events and activities for this week include:

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - State Corrections Commissioner James Donald has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to find out how three death row inmates were able to plan an escape attempt at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

Free to succeed

Initial hearing is scheduled
ATLANTA - A Fulton County Superior Court judge will hear oral arguments later this month on whether to dismiss a lawsuit filed by dozens of rural school districts that are challenging the way Georgia funds its public education system.

Across Georgia

Where we live

Leaders make plans for extra funds
Imagine having $1.2 million in discretionary money to spend on recreation and transportation in Columbia County.

Group tries to teach history without hate
MOULTRIE, Ga. - Eleven-year-old Kenny Mason is proud to wear the uniform of a Confederate soldier while marching in parades and visiting cemeteries to honor the memory of Southerners who fought in the Civil War.

Phone carrier, county continue negotiations

Swimmers need adult supervision
Katie Lyle cringes when parents tell her their child isn't ready to take swimming lessons because they're nervous about the water.

Heading the wrong way

Bryant emerges winner at Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio - Bart Bryant hit some dramatic shots Sunday at the Memorial, even if no one seemed to notice until an unlikely par on the final hole that gave him a one-shot victory over Fred Couples.

Military wives have their say

What they're saying about the Walker verdict
Less than two hours after former state Sen. Charles Walker was found guilty on 127 counts in U.S. District Court, Augusta Chronicle readers began speaking out - submitting comments to www.augustachronicle. com/talk. We contacted a few of the contributors to share their comments with readers:

Mother of six earns GED after learning tough lesson

Counties get tough on truancy
Skipping school and getting away with it won't so easy when Georgia pupils return this fall.

Local leaders react to verdict

Election to be held to fill Walker's seat
Just after 5 p.m. Friday, Charles Walker stopped being a state senator.

Election to be held to fill Walker's seat

Daughter's promise fulfilled with degree
Runette Barnes fulfilled a promise to her late mother Friday by earning her GED diploma through Augusta Technical College.

Kid of the Day

News you can use
Before you hit the lake with your Jet Ski this summer, you should be aware of Georgia and South Carolina laws regarding personal watercraft:

Across the area

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Daughter's promise fulfilled with degree

Across the Southeast
RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia law banning a type of late-term abortion is unconstitutional because it lacks an exception to protect a woman's health, a divided federal appeals court ruled Friday.

Local leaders react to verdict
Shock rolled across Augusta political circles as those who knew former Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker learned of his conviction on fraud and conspiracy charges.

Phone carrier, county continue negotiations
They're SunCom, and in Columbia County, they might not get it. At issue is a new 311 nonemergency phone service set to start in Columbia County on July 1.

Kid of the Day
Richard M. Frazier is today's Kid of the Day.

Fort Gordon works to retain enlistees
It might have been a tough decision for Sgt. Loren Werner, a satellite communications operator at Fort Gordon, when he was offered more money to work as a civilian contractor doing the same job he's trained to do in the Army.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking into a report that someone kidnapped and threatened to kill a 13-year-old boy before he was able to escape Thursday, a police report states.

Schools tighten rules on excuses

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - State Corrections Commissioner James Donald has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to find out how three death row inmates were able to plan an escape attempt at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

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

Group tries to teach history without hate

What they're saying about the Walker verdict
Less than two hours after former state Sen. Charles Walker was found guilty on 127 counts in U.S. District Court, Augusta Chronicle readers began speaking out - submitting comments to www.augustachronicle. com/talk. We contacted a few of the contributors to share their comments with readers:

News you can use
Before you hit the lake with your Jet Ski this summer, you should be aware of Georgia and South Carolina laws regarding personal watercraft:

Schools tighten rules on excuses
Writing excuses for sick children is about to get a little more complicated for parents in Richmond County.

Free to succeed
There were caps and black gowns, a commencement speech and the handing out of diplomas, but this was no typical graduation ceremony.

Leaders make plans for extra funds
Imagine having $1.2 million in discretionary money to spend on recreation and transportation in Columbia County.

Heading the wrong way
A bird sits on a posted sign pointing visitors to the main entrance of the Evans Government Complex.

Lawmakers hope highway proposal gets green light
WASHINGTON - Southern states are preparing to grovel over gravel once again, but this time they'll be doing so as allies, not competitors.

Election to be held to fill Walker's seat
Just after 5 p.m. Friday, Charles Walker stopped being a state senator.

Counties get tough on truancy
Skipping school and getting away with it won't so easy when Georgia pupils return this fall.

Military wives have their say
SAVANNAH, Ga. - At first, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, didn't seem to get it.

Counties get tough on truancy

Jury convicts on 127 of 137 counts
State Sen. Charles Walker was convicted of 127 federal criminal charges Friday afternoon.

Schools tighten rules on excuses
Writing excuses for sick children is about to get a little more complicated for parents in Richmond County.

Daughter's promise fulfilled with degree
Runette Barnes fulfilled a promise to her late mother Friday by earning her GED diploma through Augusta Technical College.

Group tries to teach history without hate
MOULTRIE, Ga. - Eleven-year-old Kenny Mason is proud to wear the uniform of a Confederate soldier while marching in parades and visiting cemeteries to honor the memory of Southerners who fought in the Civil War.

Effort to save school leads to popular bluegrass series
WOODBINE, Ga. - An effort to save an 80-year-old schoolhouse from demolition has turned into a weekly country and bluegrass concert series that draws hundreds from as far away as Arkansas.

Phone carrier, county continue negotiations
They're SunCom, and in Columbia County, they might not get it. At issue is a new 311 nonemergency phone service set to start in Columbia County on July 1.

NAACP boycott's effects waning
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - If Crystal Hunt and Marquita Jackson were looking to draw attention, they succeeded. Wolf whistles and honking horns followed the bikini-clad duo as they strutted down Myrtle Beach's famed Ocean Boulevard.

Mother of six earns GED after learning tough lesson
The turning point for former party girl LaRhonda Hall came when a longtime friend was involved in a revenge shooting and she was criminally charged just for being there.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested two people who they said were caught stealing scrap metal from a business Saturday morning, records show.

Local leaders react to verdict
Shock rolled across Augusta political circles as those who knew former Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker learned of his conviction on fraud and conspiracy charges.

Walker verdict changes politics
In his time in politics, Charles Walker has been called many things.

Task force hopes to improve transportation for disabled
Mark Hines had no idea that a little thing like his doctor's appointment running slightly longer than expected would leave him stranded for hours.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Niki Willingham of Augusta

Surprise!
Nartessia Hart, 8, screams as Tim Brewton drops a snake around her neck during a program at Thomson-McDuffie County Library.

Across the southeast
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Two men accused of street racing have been cleared of criminal charges in a collision that killed two Pensacola high school students.

Heading the wrong way
A bird sits on a posted sign pointing visitors to the main entrance of the Evans Government Complex.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Officials of the United Methodist Church in North Georgia have been investigating an allegation that one of its pastors misused church money.

Free to succeed
There were caps and black gowns, a commencement speech and the handing out of diplomas, but this was no typical graduation ceremony.

Walker verdict changes politics

Child molester gets 20 years
A man convicted of aggravated child molestation was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday.

Ye olde tyme spectacle

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking into a report that someone kidnapped and threatened to kill a 13-year-old boy before he was able to escape Thursday, a police report states.

Fort Gordon works to retain enlistees

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - A 27-year-old man was charged with murder in the stabbing death of a woman at a Wal-Mart parking lot, police said.

Bryant emerges winner at Memorial

Kid of the Day
Richard M. Frazier is today's Kid of the Day.

Across South Carolina

Mother of six earns GED after learning tough lesson
The turning point for former party girl LaRhonda Hall came when a longtime friend was involved in a revenge shooting and she was criminally charged just for being there.

What they're saying about the Walker verdict

Task force hopes to improve transportation for disabled
Mark Hines had no idea that a little thing like his doctor's appointment running slightly longer than expected would leave him stranded for hours.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A deputy director at the state Department of Transportation hopes no one takes offense to a parody song he helped write for a lobbyist party that refers to Gov. Mark Sanford as an intellectually challenged donkey.

Rants and raves
Comments from our readers:

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A deputy director at the state Department of Transportation hopes no one takes offense to a parody song he helped write for a lobbyist party that refers to Gov. Mark Sanford as an intellectually challenged donkey.

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

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested two people who they said were caught stealing scrap metal from a business Saturday morning, records show.

Across the area

Swimmers need adult supervision

NAACP boycott's effects waning

Walker verdict changes politics
In his time in politics, Charles Walker has been called many things.

Swimmers need adult supervision
Katie Lyle cringes when parents tell her their child isn't ready to take swimming lessons because they're nervous about the water.

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

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

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

Tour features rising Latin R&B stars

Wilco hits their stride and the road
Jeff Tweedy is a new man. The Wilco frontman, who battled an addiction to painkillers in 2004, has been clean for a year now and is feeling better than ever.

Kaiser Chiefs ride the 'roller coaster' of success

Wilco hits their stride and the road

Tour features rising Latin R&B stars
Although Natalie is a new face on the music scene, the singer of the hit ballad "Goin' Crazy" is no novice when it comes to life on the road.

Wilco hits their stride and the road
Jeff Tweedy is a new man. The Wilco frontman, who battled an addiction to painkillers in 2004, has been clean for a year now and is feeling better than ever.

Soldiers tell war stories through rap album
KILLEEN, Texas - As Staff Sgt. Terrance Staves dodged bullets recovering a burned-out Humvee in Baghdad's Sadr City, he heard a rocket-powered grenade zooming toward him.

Soldiers tell war stories through rap album

Tour features rising Latin R&B stars
Although Natalie is a new face on the music scene, the singer of the hit ballad "Goin' Crazy" is no novice when it comes to life on the road.

Kaiser Chiefs ride the 'roller coaster' of success
Nick Hodgson, principal songwriter and drummer for the Kaiser Chiefs - the latest Brit band to storm the shores of the United States - isn't tired of talking about where his band stands on the retro continuum, because, well, no one's really asking him about that.

Soldiers tell war stories through rap album
KILLEEN, Texas - As Staff Sgt. Terrance Staves dodged bullets recovering a burned-out Humvee in Baghdad's Sadr City, he heard a rocket-powered grenade zooming toward him.

Kaiser Chiefs ride the 'roller coaster' of success
Nick Hodgson, principal songwriter and drummer for the Kaiser Chiefs - the latest Brit band to storm the shores of the United States - isn't tired of talking about where his band stands on the retro continuum, because, well, no one's really asking him about that.

Should drivers fix own damage?

Tracy passes Vasser for win

Patrick's fame could pave the way for others
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Erin Crocker nervously watched the Indianapolis 500, silently rooting on Danica Patrick while doing her best to suppress any feelings of jealousy.

Tracy passes Vasser for win
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Paul Tracy has been schooled by several masters of oval racing, and Saturday he turned some of that savvy into his fourth win at The Milwaukee Mile.

Patrick's fame could pave the way for others
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Erin Crocker nervously watched the Indianapolis 500, silently rooting on Danica Patrick while doing her best to suppress any feelings of jealousy.

Truex runs away from Dover field
DOVER, Del. - Martin Truex Jr. bided his time until the handling on Kevin Harvick's car went away, then passed him for the lead with 70 laps to go and eventually drove away to an easy victory in the NASCAR Busch series race Saturday at Dover International Speedway.

Should drivers fix own damage?
DOVER, Del. - Mark Martin has a solution to the aggressive driving on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series this year: Make the drivers fix the cars.

Rain lets drivers recuperate
DOVER, Del. - The rain that washed out practice and qualifying for the MBNA 400 provided a much-needed day of rest for the NASCAR Nextel Cup circuit, especially coming off a 5-hour, 22-minute race last Sunday that included a series-record 22 caution periods.

Patrick's fame could pave the way for others

Rain lets drivers recuperate
DOVER, Del. - The rain that washed out practice and qualifying for the MBNA 400 provided a much-needed day of rest for the NASCAR Nextel Cup circuit, especially coming off a 5-hour, 22-minute race last Sunday that included a series-record 22 caution periods.

Should drivers fix own damage?
DOVER, Del. - Mark Martin has a solution to the aggressive driving on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series this year: Make the drivers fix the cars.

Rain lets drivers recuperate

Tracy passes Vasser for win
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Paul Tracy has been schooled by several masters of oval racing, and Saturday he turned some of that savvy into his fourth win at The Milwaukee Mile.

Spurs resting, but don't want to relax
SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs are trying to balance the pluses and the minuses of their eight-day layoff before the start of the NBA Finals.

Spurs resting, but don't want to relax

Piston force game 7 with win

Piston force game 7 with win
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The bus carrying the losing team pulled away from the loading dock exactly 48 minutes after the final buzzer sounded, the mood of the Miami Heat as foul and their answers as pithy as their exit was hasty.

Spurs resting, but don't want to relax
SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs are trying to balance the pluses and the minuses of their eight-day layoff before the start of the NBA Finals.

Piston force game 7 with win
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The bus carrying the losing team pulled away from the loading dock exactly 48 minutes after the final buzzer sounded, the mood of the Miami Heat as foul and their answers as pithy as their exit was hasty.

Player's father blames media

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Mrs. Mary. W. Avera    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Annie Bell Scott    (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Walter V. "Bubba" Howe    (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Henrietta Berrien    (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mr. Damir Tomljenovic    (LOUISVILLE, Ky.)

Mr. William Berry, Jr.    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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Mrs. Emma Peterson Irby (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Purnell Widner (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Joshua Hudson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary. W. Avera (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Dora B. Dixon (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. William J. Taylor (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. June Frazier (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fay Herbst (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Sneed (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leola Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bud H. Robinson (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances B. Moore (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Ms. Nettie M. Neal (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Steadman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Wallace A. Yarrington (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. Robert W. Barnes (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Bud H. Robinson (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Hendrix (MILLEN, Ga.)

Montavious Spencer (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Damir Tomljenovic (LOUISVILLE, Ky.)

Mrs. Martha Green (GILBERT, S.C.)

Mrs. Allean Neal (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert W. Elder (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. George Kitchens (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Walter V. "Bubba" Howe (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Mitch Shaw (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Henrietta Berrien (WASHINGTON, D.C.)

Mrs. Alice N. Rogers (GRAND BLANC, Mich.)

Mr. William Berry, Jr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Vern Dale King (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Frances B. Moore (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Ruth Hall (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Kathleen V. Laird (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Holston (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Bessie L. Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Arthur (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Arthur L. Ivey, Sr. (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sallie Mae Baker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert L. Proctor, Jr. (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. Oliver R. Lamb (BROOKLYN, N.Y. )

Mrs. Mary Lou Usry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Grishkat (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Annie Bell Scott (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Green (GILBERT, S.C.)

Mr. Michael Lewallen (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Wallace A. Yarrington (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Doris L. Grant (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret S. O'Hara (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Cummings (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Edward Mincey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Kitchens (STAPLETON, Ga.)

U.S. defense spending is running on $800 billion a year
For fiscal year 2004, Defense Department expenditures were $436.4 billion, just under one-fifth of the total federal outlays of $2,292.2 billion - but those numbers are a far cry from the real cost of defense. Many Americans think 19 cents on defense for every 81 cents on non-defense costs is a reasonable way to spend each tax dollar.

U.S. defense spending is running on $800 billion a year
For fiscal year 2004, Defense Department expenditures were $436.4 billion, just under one-fifth of the total federal outlays of $2,292.2 billion - but those numbers are a far cry from the real cost of defense. Many Americans think 19 cents on defense for every 81 cents on non-defense costs is a reasonable way to spend each tax dollar.

U.S. defense spending is running on $800 billion a year
For fiscal year 2004, Defense Department expenditures were $436.4 billion, just under one-fifth of the total federal outlays of $2,292.2 billion - but those numbers are a far cry from the real cost of defense. Many Americans think 19 cents on defense for every 81 cents on non-defense costs is a reasonable way to spend each tax dollar.

Overtime

Overtime

U.S. shuts out Costa Rica

Pair of lefties face off in final

Bumps in the mud

Armstrong begins push for seventh Tour

Nadal beats Federer in French semis

Area sports announcments

New team in town debuts

Nadal beats Federer in French semis
PARIS - Rafael Nadal celebrated his 19th birthday with the match of his young life.

New team in town debuts
This afternoon, the Augusta area will be introduced to its newest sports team. Augusta FireBall United, a member of the Premier Development League, is an under-23 soccer team made up of Division I collegiate players from the Southeast.

Armstrong begins push for seventh Tour
AIX-LES-BAINS, France - Lance Armstrong plans to enjoy his last Tour de France by winning it.

Pair of lefties face off in final
PARIS - In French they're "les deux gauchers" - the two left-handers. At the French Open, one of them will become "le champion."

Armstrong begins push for seventh Tour
AIX-LES-BAINS, France - Lance Armstrong plans to enjoy his last Tour de France by winning it.

Bumps in the mud
A rain-soaked field didn't stop around 250 volleyball competitors from converging on the Augusta Soccer Park on Saturday for the Augusta Open, which is sponsored by the Augusta Volleyball Association. The tournament finishes today. The association's next tournament will be in August.

Nadal beats Federer in French semis
PARIS - Rafael Nadal celebrated his 19th birthday with the match of his young life.

Overtime
In Kannapolis, N.C., Marcus Sanders' two-out RBI triple in the eighth inning proved to be the difference in the Augusta GreenJackets' 5-4 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators on Friday night.

Pair of lefties face off in final
PARIS - In French they're "les deux gauchers" - the two left-handers. At the French Open, one of them will become "le champion."

Henin-Hardenne wins French title
PARIS - Grand Slam, indeed. Justine Henin-Hardenne slammed Mary Pierce grandly in the French Open final Saturday, reducing the Frenchwoman to tears and an apology to fans after the most lopsided title match at Roland Garros in 17 years.

Bumps in the mud
A rain-soaked field didn't stop around 250 volleyball competitors from converging on the Augusta Soccer Park on Saturday for the Augusta Open, which is sponsored by the Augusta Volleyball Association. The tournament finishes today. The association's next tournament will be in August.

Area sports announcments
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.

Area sports announcments
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 Kannapolis, N.C., Marcus Sanders' two-out RBI triple in the eighth inning proved to be the difference in the Augusta GreenJackets' 5-4 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators on Friday night.

New team in town debuts
This afternoon, the Augusta area will be introduced to its newest sports team. Augusta FireBall United, a member of the Premier Development League, is an under-23 soccer team made up of Division I collegiate players from the Southeast.

Overtime
In Atlanta, Matt Nagy threw for seven touchdowns and ran for another as the Georgia Force defeated the Orlando Predators, 60-58, to earn a trip to ArenaBowl XIX.

U.S. shuts out Costa Rica
SALT LAKE CITY - With a big pro-American crowd cheering from start to finish, Landon Donovan and Kasey Keller took big steps toward putting the United States in next year's World Cup.

Overtime
In Atlanta, Matt Nagy threw for seven touchdowns and ran for another as the Georgia Force defeated the Orlando Predators, 60-58, to earn a trip to ArenaBowl XIX.

U.S. shuts out Costa Rica
SALT LAKE CITY - With a big pro-American crowd cheering from start to finish, Landon Donovan and Kasey Keller took big steps toward putting the United States in next year's World Cup.

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

Hunter's idea has him 'calling' his own shots
Tom Wiley got his start in the duck call industry while working as an emergency room nurse in his hometown of Starkville, Miss.

Hunter's idea has him 'calling' his own shots
Tom Wiley got his start in the duck call industry while working as an emergency room nurse in his hometown of Starkville, Miss.

Player's father blames media
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - Injured Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. made his first public appearance since his motorcycle crash, and his father used the occasion Friday night to lambaste the media for its coverage of the accident.

Player's father blames media
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - Injured Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. made his first public appearance since his motorcycle crash, and his father used the occasion Friday night to lambaste the media for its coverage of the accident.

Jaguars like VanGorder's style
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former Georgia defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder appears to be a low key, soft-spoken type - until he steps on a football field.

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

Christian comic books: The Messiah is the message
MINNETONKA, Minn. - Zap! Pow! Amen! Whether it's fanciful tales of jewel-colored angels battling demons for a man's soul or retellings of familiar stories from the Bible, Christian comic books are taking wing.

Christianity's hold has Africa gaining power
ENUGU, Nigeria - When the Rev. Humphrey Ani walks out onto the poured concrete floor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, he sees the future of Christianity stretched before him.

Stem-cell standoff involves complex moral problems
At first glance, the nation's emotional debate over stem-cell research seems a mere rerun of the unending dispute over abortion. Both involve the questions about protecting the development of human life, after all.

Religion News in Brief
FOREST CITY, N.C. - The pastor of a small Baptist congregation had a change of heart and apologized to Muslims for posting a sign in front of his church that read: "The Koran needs to be flushed."

Leading Mormon discusses his church's unique beliefs
"Are we Christians? Of course we are! No one can honestly deny that," asserts Gordon B. Hinckley, president and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Woman's book explores Song of Solomon
Woman-to-woman Bible studies benefit women but also can benefit men, Linda Lariscy says.

Mistakes keep us growing as humans in God's eyes
In another place and time, a man called to discuss coming for therapy. He had just been fired from the executive position of his company. His wife had been talking about divorce.

Ordination fills man's dreams of priesthood
Chidi Osondu's journey to the Catholic priesthood started with a dream when he was 7 years old. It will end at 10 a.m. today when he and four other men enter the ornate sanctuary of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, Ga., for ordination.

Ordination fills man's dreams of priesthood
Chidi Osondu's journey to the Catholic priesthood started with a dream when he was 7 years old. It will end at 10 a.m. today when he and four other men enter the ornate sanctuary of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, Ga., for ordination.

Mistakes keep us growing as humans in God's eyes
In another place and time, a man called to discuss coming for therapy. He had just been fired from the executive position of his company. His wife had been talking about divorce.

Faith digest
ENDLESS FLIGHT WILL OPEN THE ANNUAL CAMP MEETING AT 4 P.M. TODAY at Fountain Campground on Georgia Highway 80 North about nine miles from the Camak/Warrenton exit on Interstate 20.

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

Christianity's hold has Africa gaining power
ENUGU, Nigeria - When the Rev. Humphrey Ani walks out onto the poured concrete floor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, he sees the future of Christianity stretched before him.

Faith digest
ENDLESS FLIGHT WILL OPEN THE ANNUAL CAMP MEETING AT 4 P.M. TODAY at Fountain Campground on Georgia Highway 80 North about nine miles from the Camak/Warrenton exit on Interstate 20.

Stem-cell standoff involves complex moral problems
At first glance, the nation's emotional debate over stem-cell research seems a mere rerun of the unending dispute over abortion. Both involve the questions about protecting the development of human life, after all.

Religion News in Brief
FOREST CITY, N.C. - The pastor of a small Baptist congregation had a change of heart and apologized to Muslims for posting a sign in front of his church that read: "The Koran needs to be flushed."

Christian comic books: The Messiah is the message
MINNETONKA, Minn. - Zap! Pow! Amen! Whether it's fanciful tales of jewel-colored angels battling demons for a man's soul or retellings of familiar stories from the Bible, Christian comic books are taking wing.

Leading Mormon discusses his church's unique beliefs
"Are we Christians? Of course we are! No one can honestly deny that," asserts Gordon B. Hinckley, president and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hunter's idea has him 'calling' his own shots

Jerry Hall seeks 'Kept' man for new TV show

Second season of '4400' chicanery launched
LOS ANGELES - Billy Campbell is back as manipulative power broker Jordan Collier in USA Network's The 4400, about a disparate group of people who returned to Earth in a ball of light after being missing for anywhere from weeks to decades.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
The funniest thing about "The Comeback": It's so tragic.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus to return as sitcom mom

Julia Louis-Dreyfus to return as sitcom mom
NEW YORK - Get out! Former "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus will play the title role in a new CBS sitcom "Old Christine," which is on the network's midseason roster.

Second season of '4400' chicanery launched

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
The funniest thing about "The Comeback": It's so tragic.

Jerry Hall seeks 'Kept' man for new TV show
NEW YORK - Wanted: Single, twentysomething boy toy to change light bulbs and escort divorced model-actress down red carpets. Must be somewhat intelligent, well-groomed and able to hang with rock royalty. Bond-era Sean Connery lookalikes preferred.

Second season of '4400' chicanery launched
LOS ANGELES - Billy Campbell is back as manipulative power broker Jordan Collier in USA Network's The 4400, about a disparate group of people who returned to Earth in a ball of light after being missing for anywhere from weeks to decades.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Julia Louis-Dreyfus to return as sitcom mom
NEW YORK - Get out! Former "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus will play the title role in a new CBS sitcom "Old Christine," which is on the network's midseason roster.

Jerry Hall seeks 'Kept' man for new TV show
NEW YORK - Wanted: Single, twentysomething boy toy to change light bulbs and escort divorced model-actress down red carpets. Must be somewhat intelligent, well-groomed and able to hang with rock royalty. Bond-era Sean Connery lookalikes preferred.

Cameron Diaz sues National Enquirer, claiming libel

Beckham to open soccer academy in the United States

People in the News

No worries: Bulldogs win title by 11 shots
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - After putting out on the No. 18 green, a jubilant Brendon Todd grabbed the flagstick and started walking toward his Georgia teammates.

Richt, Bulldogs dismiss LB White
In Athens, Ga., University of Georgia linebacker Derrick White, a senior projected as a starter, has been dismissed from the team by coach Mark Richt after White's arrest Friday.

No worries: Bulldogs win title by 11 shots

Richt, Bulldogs dismiss LB White
In Athens, Ga., University of Georgia linebacker Derrick White, a senior projected as a starter, has been dismissed from the team by coach Mark Richt after White's arrest Friday.

Richt, Bulldogs dismiss LB White

No worries: Bulldogs win title by 11 shots
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - After putting out on the No. 18 green, a jubilant Brendon Todd grabbed the flagstick and started walking toward his Georgia teammates.

Bunt gives South Carolina win at NCAA tourney

Gamecocks overcome Wolverines
ATLANTA - South Carolina's offense lived down to its punchless reputation Friday in the opening game of the NCAA Atlanta Regional.

Gamecocks overcome Wolverines
ATLANTA - South Carolina's offense lived down to its punchless reputation Friday in the opening game of the NCAA Atlanta Regional.

Gamecocks overcome Wolverines

Bunt gives South Carolina win at NCAA tourney
ATLANTA - Sparked by Davy Gregg's two-strike bunt, South Carolina pushed across a run in the ninth inning without getting a ball out of the infield for a 6-5 victory over Michigan in the opening round of the NCAA tournament Friday.

Bunt gives South Carolina win at NCAA tourney
ATLANTA - Sparked by Davy Gregg's two-strike bunt, South Carolina pushed across a run in the ninth inning without getting a ball out of the infield for a 6-5 victory over Michigan in the opening round of the NCAA tournament Friday.

Odds and Ends

Man bicycles Route 66 for 66th birthday

Faith Calendar

Stem-cell standoff involves complex moral problems

Leading Mormon discusses his church's unique beliefs

Christianity's hold has Africa gaining power

Faith digest

Ordination fills man's dreams of priesthood

Religion News in Brief

Christian comic books: The Messiah is the message

Mistakes keep us growing as humans in God's eyes