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here’s a move afoot on the part of some very powerful people to bring Ed McIntyre out of retirement, polish up his image (as a convicted felon) and run him for mayor of Augusta. This is serious business, folks. We don’t need a convicted felon as our mayor, I don’t care how damn good a job some folks might think he did before he got caught and hauled off to jail. It’s one thing to forgive Ed

Thumbs Up A recent repor t from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited teen smoking as being at its lowest level in a decade, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution repor ted. The CDC at tributed steep cigaret te ta xes and educational programs in schools for the lowered teen smoking rate — 28.5 percent of high school students in 2001. In 1999, the last time teens were surveyed, the smoking rate was 34.8 percent, the ar ticle stated.

Thumbs Down The Augusta Chronicle repor ted that Steve Storm, tournament director for the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship in Edgefield, will not release at tendance figures for the annual LPGA tournament, now in its second year. Storm told the paper, “It’s just going to be our policy not to do that.” What’s he got to hide? The picture that ran with the story, showing a sparse group one could barely call a crowd on the 18th hole, might provide the answer. If Storm’s going to be so coy, maybe the media should ignore the free publicity press conferences Storm and the mayor hold to give free tickets to the tournament for kids, a gimmicky ploy, to say the least.

McIntyre for his crime, but we all need to remember that he broke his oath of office. You will have to do what you think is best for Augusta, but this whiner will never forgive him for breaking his oath to the people. I agree with Austin Rhodes: Barry Paschal is the prime candidate to replace Suzanne Downing at The Augusta Chronicle. Who else is more qualified? Paschal is Phil Kent-trained and an experienced Billy Morris yes-man. Morris will maintain control of his political agenda to help develop his stagnant downtown property. It takes a yes-man newspaper editor to support the slimy politicians. In return, the slimy politicians answer by guiding pork-barrel tax money to Morris’ downtown projects. Representative Charlie Norwood’s choice for the 12th District seat was Cleve Mobley, whom we now find is a twicecited DUI person and has problems with domestic abuse. Choose again, Charlie — or have you finally learned not to endorse a candidate until after the primary? Mayor Young should resign from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. For his shooting off at the mouth to tear down the DeLaigle House and make it a parking lot. What kind Historic Preservationist is Mayor Young?

W O R D S “It was a loony statement last month, and it is still a loony statement today.” — U.S. Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.), as quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, referring to earlier remarks by U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) that the Sept. 11 terrorist at tacks occurred with full knowledge beforehand by President George W. Bush as par t of a conspiracy to profit from the war in Afghanistan. Her remarks took on a new light when news broke that the president had not acted on legitimate tips foretelling the terrorist at tacks. Miller had called McKinney’s initial allegations “loony” and said he still had no intentions of apologizing to her.

on Sundays, but you can't buy beer or wine or liquor. How is gambling less of a sin than drinking? I thought that was really stupid. It just kills me how all the rich doctors who live out in Columbia County send buckets full of money to Charles Walker and Charles Jr. Those Hippocratic hypocrites would squeal like little girls at an alligator farm if they had to live with either of them as their representative. But, they’re perfectly willing to send their money so they can represent you and me. To the whiner about the leaf blowers: Get over it. There are more important things to complain about.

I thought Tom Tomorrow was the token socialist. Now Jim Hightower has topped him with the anti-business, anticapitalist and anti-market democracy diatribe. Appears to have been written by the meat-cutters union for running in the “Havana Spirit.” A basic economics and common sense lesson is in order. Corporate management, employees and shareholders prosper only at the will of the customers. If the customer is not happy, the business fails. It’s as simple as that.

I listen to Austin Rhodes on the radio; I have to commend him. For someone who hasn’t gone to college, he has a definite view and insight about what is going on around the city. But if you want to impress me, I would like Austin to bring a Jehovah’s Witness on the show, go head-to-head with them and find out what they believe. Debate them; that would really impress me or maybe The Spirit could do an article on them. They knock on your door every day, so let’s find out what they are all about.

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This is a symbol that they are still pure. Two State Construction Company was indicted over five months ago, yet no trial date has been set. Arthur Anderson’s trial is underway less than a month and a half after their indictment. It seems unusual. Could it be not “what you know,” but “whom you know” to cause this to occur? I’m so happy that we have a real rock station in Augusta. I mean where else (besides Y-105) could I listen to bands like Staind, Incubus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Limp Whoever? Maybe one-day Augusta’s real rock station will play real rock bands like Slipknot, Soulfly, and bands that need the exposure, instead of playing the other ones into the ground. Regarding Mayor Bob Young’s statement to tear down the historic DeLaigle House at 551 Greene St. and build a parking lot: Would we even be discussing this issue if Bob Young, his wife or even Sen. Charles Walker’s family had a connection to this piece of Augusta’s history? Mr. Mayor, how much more of Augusta’s historical properties do you need for the “Marble Palace” asphalt parking lot? It is outrageous that President Bush appointed you to the Advisory Council on Historic continued on page 5

Preservation and yet you have so little regard for the properties in your own city! I wonder if the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is aware of this.


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When are the folks in North Augusta going to put up those wonderful flags on the poles again that had different artists’ work shown? I think they were original and a pleasant change. You go, Andy Cheek and Channel 26! Let the public housing residents block their windows with air-conditioners. So what if the requirement for a second exit from a bedroom has been in the codebooks since the early 1990s? To heck with safety.

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Visited the Municipal Building last week. I am disabled and struggled to walk from the rear parking lot to the building’s front. Once inside, I saw four cops — a deputy, two marshals and a rent-a-cop — were manning one security station. They were roaring with laughter. If four cops have time sit and joke, why can’t the city assign two of them to man a security station at the rear entrance where the vast majority of traffic would enter? What does the city’s leadership need — a coloring book to aid it in grasping the basic principles of treating citizens well? My city government at work: I am so proud.

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When are people in Augusta going to stop wasting paper by publishing Brad Owens’ stories? First he was a Republican; now a Democrat. He was a hardcore white supremacist; now he's supposed to be a people-lover. Wake up people: The guy is a nut. So the Rotarians have the gall to defend their buddy list! Let me say, dear members, that as a taxpayer any elected official will answer to me, sooner or later, for their actions whether those actions

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I just finished reading your article about the deputy (while running emergency lights and siren) hitting some people who ignored said warnings and turned left in front of this bullet on wheels! The Grovetown couple should be charged with this accident along with charging Marion Williams with being an idiot! Since when has Marion been trained as an EMT or anything else for that matter? In response to Aimee Pavlik’s article on “Acing That Audition,” I would like to say how appalled I am at Richard Justice’s remark about, “What matters is who fits a character’s shoes best.” As a long-time theatregoer, and someone who acts as well, I can say with much certainty that that is not how the Players’ casting goes. To listen to some black leaders in Augusta you’d think the city was still in the clutches of Jim Crow. Blacks being arrested now for no cause. A “Gestapo” brutalizing young black men for no reason at all. The talk seems to always be vague. The accusations are never backed up with specific evidence. If this conspiracy of brutality and injustice is happening, then please give the evidence so that the guilty parties can be prosecuted. With all of this talk of oppression against the black citizenry of Augusta, they never

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mention that a couple of black commissioners pretty much hold all of the power in Augusta’s government. The city administrator is also black. The most powerful man in the General Assembly after Tom Murphy, who is from Augusta, is also black. If I were a black person in Augusta’s inner city I would be asking the people who represent me what they have been doing. I respect the job cops have to do, but I am so tired of seeing and hearing our county cowboys flooring the pedal to the metal and speeding down the road without sirens or lights flashing. They apparently are not trained to respect county property and county citizens. I have spoken to three people who observed a cop going 70-80 mph on Reynolds Street without sirens or blue lights run a red light and crash into the drivers’ side of a vehicle, totaling a brand new Tahoe and seriously injuring the occupants. Just today I saw another county cowboy flying down Telfair Street without lights or siren on. Who are we hiring to protect and serve us? Why are they allowed to speed with impunity? Do they get tickets for speeding and causing wrecks? Rarely, if ever. Cops protect cops. It is up to the public to complain about this so the public officials will react. Check out all the free kittens and puppies in the classifieds. Why are people allowing their pets to breed and have

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unwanted litters? Animal overpopulation is a big problem in the CSRA and these irresponsible pet owners are the cause. How come, when the Augusta consolidation bill was passed (and it was decreed) that all city and county employees' pay would be equalized, no one thought about the county employees’ crappy retirement that did not meet the same level as the city employees. Wonder why that is? Talking about consolidated government being equal for all employees, it hasn’t been and never will be until someone speaks up. I am a black male. I’m productive in the community. I pay taxes and vote. I believe in democracy and the American Way. I believe every black man has the right to his opinion. Black Supremacy Nation, question: How many men and women does it take to make a nation? One? One hundred? One thousand, wearing black fatigues? I didn’t vote for this person to come to Augusta and lead me or protect my equal justice. Is it his opinion blacks are treated unfairly? when did he take this poll? I surely would have been interested to be a part of that poll. This really (hacks) me off when people think they are speaking for me. — Call our Whine Line at 510-2051 and leave your comments. We won’t use your name. Fax your whines by dialing (706) 733-6663 or e-mail your whines to

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What is in a name? Amon – The Hidden, was the first god of the Thebes in the religion of ancient Egypt. As Amon-Re, the deity is represented in the form of a man wearing on his head a disk surmounted by two tall ostrich plumes. Ra or Re – The ancient Egyptian sun god. As supreme deity, he maintained the world order and inspected it daily. A line of kings descended from the priests of Re promulgated the doctrine that the king was the actual bodily son of Re. Other gods throughout Egypt were identified with Re and given names as Sobek-Re, Khnumen-Re, etc. This assured that these gods of obscure or local origin received the attributes of the supreme sun god. This is what I perceive from the article and interview with the “Nubian, Amon-Ra:” Amon-Ra is not the sun god. He is evidently ignorant of this fact or just wishes to ignore it. Does he actually think that he has the attributes of kings or gods? • I would like to see this man’s lineage on paper and how he came by it. He purposefully misrepresented his intentions when leasing the property. What other kinds of misrepresentation is he likely to present, in regards to his true purpose here? • He has very poor oracle skills, you know, like, I mean, be is poorly educated. • Supposedly the organization has been around for five years, yet the one employee has no idea why the organization is called the “Black Supremacy Nation.” This indicates that these charlatans have a hidden agenda. He attended school in two districts in Richmond County. Ergo, he has prejudices against this community. Personally I would like to know what kind of juvenile record he has. • He embraces the teachings of the Nation of Islam and the leadership of Louis Farrakhan, a known racist. • He embraces the Black Panthers ethic, a known militant/terrorist organization. His organization is “for-profit.” That means he will be preying on the weak-minded, under-educated, elderly, and the “‘followers” or “sheep” as I prefer to call those who mindlessly accept leadership or authority. • The fact that the Black Supremacy Nation doesn’t draw controversy in Tucson is because it doesn’t exist. He and his cohorts are simply opportunists. He wants confrontation with Richmond County authorities; that way, he can cry discrimination because he is of another race. • To say that Black Supremacy does not bear the same connotation that White Supremacy carries is a fallacy. “Supremacy” as defined in the dictionary is, “Highest in power or authority; dominant supreme power or authority.” Black/white – it doesn’t matter. He states there will be public hearings where everyone is welcome, except whites. Thus they are not public. Instead (this makes) them covert and subversive: The members of the media he will invite are no doubt of his own race. And by these meetings he will further the racial tensions already apparent. I know what Black Supremacy means, as well as everyone else, and I am not too concerned with this rube. Amon-Ra is a false prophet and eventually will be found out by his own race to be so. And you can tell him that for me if you like. Ever most sincerely, Karin Frieda Westendorf

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Opinion: Austin Rhodes

Perdue Ad Slanders Rats


saw the latest Star Wars movie with a bigger crowd, but the enthusiasm was nothing compared to the raucous reception given Sonny Perdue’s new production at its lavish Buckhead premier. Attempting to separate himself from his fellow GOP candidates for Georgia’s top office, Perdue pulled out the stops with a scathing satire of the reigning governor, Democrat Roy Barnes. The slick campaign video is part homey biography, part Godzilla movie, with images of a 10-story tall rodent playing the part of “King Roy” the all powerful. The video is very well done, and among other things, depicts the “King Roy Rat” stomping and slithering across the state with the all the smarminess conservatives say exemplifies the Barnes administration. The mini movie is now playing in all its glory on Perdue’s Web site (, and already has the Barnes camp walking around like somebody slapped their mama. According to the candidate, the feature was prepared fully with tongue-in-cheek. The governor’s people may not get the joke, but I can guarantee the folks who don’t like him will laugh for days. One of the greatest applause points for the film was a surprise appearance by Congressman Charlie Norwood. Norwood has made no secret of his choice in the primary, but given the egg on his face following the implosion of Cleve Mobley’s campaign, you would think the congressman might be ready to play his cards a little closer to the vest. Norwood can never be accused of being shy. The Atlanta media has already labeled the movie as “mud slinging,” and the snide manner in which WSB-TV reporter Bill Nigut reported the event should earn him a role in the sequel as yet another lower form of mammal, the weasel. Nigut’s sneering review was right at home next to the toothy vermin making his premier. The obvious historical perspective that Nigut and the rest of Atlanta’s Fourth Estate failed to mention, was the last Georgia Republican to make a such a bold cinematic comment. Mitch Skandalakis was running for lieutenant governor when he produced a TV spot showing a drugged-up actor shuffling through a rehab center. That unflattering figure was supposed to be his portly opponent, Mark Taylor. The ad was a not-so-veiled reference to rumors about his alleged use of cocaine. Taylor’s lackluster campaign was rewarded by sympathy publicity generated by the ad, and many say even Roy Barnes’ campaign was helped by the fallout. To this day Republican Guy Millner claims that ad cost him the race. If the voting public doesn’t get the joke, the “rat ad” could be the Skandalakis scenario revisited. One thing is certain, the Republican crowd attending the premier Tuesday night ate it up. The venue for the bash was an interesting choice. The last time that many conservatives gathered in the ultra-hip Roxy Theater, they were there to arrest concert-goers. The right-wing fest included former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers, Representative and Mrs. Bill Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Kent, and enough state Republican Party bigwigs to fill a Lawrence Welk performance. It is clear that the movers and shakers in GOP circles are squarely behind Sonny, but what about the rest of the state? According to poll figures recently collected in the Bob Barr-John Linder congressional race, it appears state School Superintendent Linda Schrenko still has a commanding lead over Perdue and also ran Bill Byrne. That fact continues to baffle the party leaders. Linda Schrenko has no money, no support among the press, and a total lack of respect from virtually every Republican state office-holder in Georgia. But like the Little Engine That Could, she continues to chug away. Unless something drastic happens in the weeks left in the evaporating primary season, she could very possibly be the Republican nominee for governor. If Linda does capture the nomination, it may well be the greatest case of “the dog catching the car” in the history of Georgia politics. The “King Roy Rat” film is clearly a direct shot by Perdue to gain traction where, so far, he has been unable to do it. As public reaction is gauged in the days and weeks to come, we may well see one of the most interesting primary finales in recent memory. To their credit, Perdue’s team has gotten everyone’s attention. Of course they have completely lost the “rat vote.” Rats do a lot of dirty, rotten, nasty things. But in their defense, they never shy away from the fact that they are, in fact, rats. Barnes’ tenure has shown us that he will never be honest about who he is, why he is, or how he is. His biggest accomplishments have been constructed in secrecy, and he remains the biggest bully the governor’s office has seen since the days of Eugene Talmadge. Will the Republicans have what it takes to bring down the Big Rat? So far, their Sylvester the Cat reputation, sadly, appears safe. — The views expressed in this column are the views of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher. The archived Austin Rhodes columns can now be seen at


Opinion: Insider

Will Andrew Jefferson Bow Out?


he political rumor mill is in overdrive now that this year’s elections are approaching. The suggestion that former Augusta Mayor Ed McIntyre may run for the office again has tongues wagging and previously announced candidates for mayor contemplating how McIntyre’s entry may help or hurt their cause. Political insiders suggest that, whether McIntyre enters the race or not, things do not look good for Richmond County Board of Education President Andrew Jefferson. Reliable sources report that Jefferson may change his mind about running within the next couple of weeks. Jefferson does not want to embarrass himself. He knows that Mayor Bob Young and former state Rep. Robin Williams Andrew Jefferson will raise and spend big bucks during the mayoral campaign. If Jefferson can’t keep up in the fund-raising department, he says, he won’t run. If Jefferson does not raise $75,000 by early June, he will likely bow out. With practically every politician running for re-election this year, donors are being tapped from all directions. Competing for those dollars is difficult. Whether McIntyre decides to run or not, Jefferson will struggle to raise the target amount by his self-imposed deadline. If Jefferson does stay in the race, he must resign from his position on the school board when he qualifies to run for mayor. He has two years remaining in his term. Qualifying week for the mayoral election is Aug. 26-30. A special election to fill his seat would be held in November. Upon his resignation, the board would elect a new president. Several black ministers and others in the black community do not want Jefferson to leave his post. They feel that blacks have made progress during the 10 years Jefferson has served on the board and they don’t want to hand over the presidency to someone else. Jefferson is under pressure to forego the mayor’s race and stay where he is. Another consideration for Jefferson is the fact that some influential black ministers and politicians are lining up behind Williams. The word is spreading in the black community that Jefferson cannot win, Williams can beat Bob Young, and Williams will be fair to the black community. Look for an announcement from Jefferson soon regarding his intentions.

The McIntyre Factor

The rumblings that former Augusta Mayor Ed McIntyre may enter the mayor’s race bring a new dynamic to the political scene. Mac says, “scores of people have called and asked me to consider running.” No doubt this is gratifying and McIntyre interprets the attention as a signal that he did a few things right as mayor. What the clamor doesn’t diminish is the one big thing he did wrong. Another run at the mayor’s job will dredge up his arrest and conviction on three federal counts of extortion in 1984. McIntyre had served only two years of his mayoral term. Just the mention of his possible candidacy has local talk show host and Spirit columnist Austin Rhodes in a tizzy. The Augusta Chronicle has joined the act with a scathing editorial cartoon depicting McIntyre Ed McIntyre as the Hamburglar. This is just the beginning. Does McIntyre want go through this barrage of negative publicity again? The former mayor has spent the years since his release from prison attempting to redeem his good name. As much as he has tried, it just hasn’t worked. People who were around during his career in elective office realize he was a good county commissioner and mayor but his fall from grace has permanently tarnished his image. He still has a loyal following in the black community and can still influence votes but he is older now and his health is not as good as it once was, leaving questions about whether he can effectively mount a county-wide campaign. Another loss would devastate McIntyre and put an end, once and for all, to his political aspirations. McIntyre says he will make a decision in about a month. Meanwhile, political insiders have differing opinions. Longtime political observer Ralph Walker has never wavered in his prediction that McIntyre will run. Other politicos speculate that McIntyre is making noise about running but will throw his support behind another candidate. These observers suggest that McIntyre will take on the role of a “paid consultant,” and “get out the vote” for his chosen candidate. In past elections McIntyre has helped candidates by including them on the famous “McIntyre Ticket,” a printed piece handed out to voters in the black community listing the candidates McIntyre endorses. Also, McIntyre has previously taken to the radio airwaves in his role as vote-getter for candidates. If McIntyre does take on this supporting role for the mayoral candidate of his choice, the recipient of his support will likely pay mightily for his services. Supporters of Augusta Mayor Bob Young want McIntyre to enter the race. Their view is that McIntyre will take votes away from Robin Williams and improve Young’s chances. The Young crowd’s biggest fear is a one-on-one with Williams. In that contest, Williams takes practically all the black vote as well as an assortment of white voters. Very interesting. All eyes are on McIntyre. And that’s just the way he likes it. —The views expressed in this column are the views of The Insider and do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher.


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elevision crews and bright lights seem to follow Kathryn Solee everywhere, from her front yard to the movies. Almost as soon as Solee, director of marketing and business development for the Augusta Regional Airport, moved to Augusta, she was asked to speak to a camera crew about an issue related to the airport. “I was moving in and wasn’t particularly clean,” she says, remembering the time when she spoke to the media “with dirt on my knees and wearing sneakers” while standing by a tree in her front yard. On another occasion, Solee had taken the day off work and was on her way to the movies when she was contacted by a television station interested in speaking to her. She invited them to meet her, and within an hour Solee was speaking to a camera on the curb in front of the theater. But Solee says that she tries to be accommodating to the media and, as spokesperson for the airport, really doesn’t mind speaking with them. Prior to working at the Augusta airport, Solee held a similar position at the Asheville Regional Airport in Asheville, N.C. That allowed her to feel comfortably calm when she began her job here on Aug. 27 of this year and was thrown into the public eye in the aftermath of Sept. 11. “I’m new to Augusta, but I’m not new to airports and to crisis communication,” Solee says. “Augusta and Asheville are similar markets with similar issues, making it fairly easy to move in here.” While a sophomore at the University of North Dakota, Solee says, a sorority sister asked her if she wanted to take an introduction to flight class, and she agreed. Not only was this the beginning of her interest in aviation, but her unusual schedule of classes for that semester, comprised of figure skating, basket weaving, intro to flight and accounting, was a predictor of the unusual and varying occupations that Solee has held since college. “My mom firmly believed in experience and exposure to life, and I was brought up with the philosophy of experience, experience, experience,” she says. “The more experience you have, the greater the depth of knowledge you have to draw upon to make decisions.” For a woman who says that she had a “very calm, quiet and sedate childhood and adolescence,” and whose craziest moment was bombarding trains with 3-pound bags of sand thrown from a plane, which she describes as just “a stupid college thing to do,” Solee’s life after college has been far from boring. After graduating, Solee held a job at Northwest Airlines before deciding to take a sabbatical, where she ended up “hanging out with Patch Adams” at Gesundheit Institute for a summer. This was followed by jobs at the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in Washington, D.C., an inn in Vermont, and a stint as CEO of the Rich Bich Biplane company, making Heath bar-like candy and being “the purveyor of an heirloom confection — really great candy.” However, it was when she reached her job in Asheville that Solee realized the airport was where her experiences in

aviation, public relations, and marketing all came together and “jelled.” “You should do work that’s your heart’s content,” Solee says. “Life is just too short to not make your vocation your advocation.” For Solee, “community support” is one of the characteristics of Augusta that she appreciates the most, but adds that the management team at the airport “make it a fun and challenging place to be.” Twenty-one moves and 20 gallons of paint later, this North Dakota native is settling into her job at the airport and the figuring out how many more gallons of paint it will take before the rooms in her house are colors she can live with. After interviewing, accepting the job, and signing a contract on her house all in one day, Solee is glad to be in Augusta, but says that the adventure that is her life is far from over. “I still have personal challenges and I’m certain that Augusta is not my last,” she says.

MetroBeat The City’s Unauthorized Car Allowances


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ity Administrator George Kolb has some serious explaining to do. According to city records, it appears the administrator has taken it upon himself to resurrect Augusta’s old habit of supplementing some city employees’ salaries with unauthorized car allowances. After consolidation, the Augusta Commission and former administrator Randy Oliver agreed to put an end to the practice of giving city employees, who rarely leave their offices during the day, car allowances to compensate for the city’s inability to provide them with a salary increase. In July 1997, Oliver told a concerned commission that, instead of using these car allowances as a quick compensation fix, the city needed to consider properly adjusting the employees’ salaries to better reflect the work they did within the government. Oliver said the car allowances should not be used as a job perk because then those employees who legitimately need the car allowance will feel cheated. “For example, we have one individual that gets a car allowance of $350 a month and drives about 15,000 or 18,000 miles a year,” Oliver said in 1997. “So to them it’s not additional compensation. “Clearly you have other people, however, who are getting some amount of car allowance who never leave the office, and to them it’s totally compensation in their pocket.” On July 2, 1997, the commission agreed to implement an auto allowance policy which would eliminate all employee car allowances with the exception of contract employees, constitutional officers, the recreation director, a handful of employees in license and inspection, the director of the city’s housing department, the assistant director of public works, city field assessors and the director of emergency management. But last week, commissioners Richard Colclough and Marion Williams discovered Kolb had authorized three additional employees to receive a car allowance whose positions are not included in the city’s auto allowance policy. Those individuals include Deputy Administrator Fred Russell, Public Works Director Teresa Smith and newly hired Finance Director David Persaud. During the Augusta Commission’s May 21 meeting, Colclough wanted Kolb to explain why he had authorized car allowances that were in direct violation of the

city policy. However, Kolb was out of town and could not address the commission’s concerns. So, Colclough turned to County Attorney Jim Wall for some answers. “I understand that we still have people getting car allowances who are not supposed to be,” Colclough said. “That’s a direct violation of city policy.” “It is contrary to the policy – that’s correct,” Wall responded. Colclough couldn’t understand why Kolb would think he had the authority to disregard the commission’s position on car allowances. “What I would like to do today is make a motion that we rescind all car allowances per specification of the policies and procedures we have laid out,” Colclough said. Williams agreed, saying it’s about time the administrator understands what he can and cannot do. “We need to look at our policies,” Williams said. “The administrator has no authority to do that. He did not consult with this board – I know. So, I think that we need to rescind it.” But before the commission voted to rescind the administrator’s decision, Commissioner Lee Beard said that he believed the public works director was authorized under the policy to receive an auto allowance. While there did appear to be a discrepancy in the commission’s 1997 minutes concerning the public works director, Wall said that it was his opinion that Smith was not eligible for a car allowance. “She (Smith) had been receiving an automobile allowance in her position as pre-construction engineer,” Wall said. “And that was continued when she was named director.” Also, in the case of the new finance director, Wall informed the commission that the offer of an auto allowance was included in a city letter provided to Persaud; however, the commission did not approve such an allowance when they voted on the position’s $95,000 salary two weeks ago. Williams was clearly upset that Kolb would ignore the commission’s policy and give individuals such as the new deputy administrator a monthly car allowance of $350. Williams was particularly shocked at Kolb’s actions after there was so much controversy over Kolb’s request to hire Russell at $95,000 a year. The commission voted against such a high salary, and agreed to provide Russell approximately $79,000 a year.


With Russell’s unauthorized car allowance, Williams said the deputy administrator will receive more than $4,000 extra each a year. “I think it’s wrong,” Williams said. “I don’t care who it is.” Before the commission voted to rescind the car allowances in question, Mayor Bob Young said he thought that the commission should at least wait to hear Kolb’s explanation. “The administrator has apparently given out some automobile allowances contrary to established policies,” Young said. “So, would it not be better to defer this and take this up when the administrator is here and could speak to his transgression? To do this in his absence is not fair.” But Colclough immediately rejected the mayor’s assessment of the situation. “Mr. Mayor, the policy has been on the books since ‘97,” Colclough said. “Most managers are supposed to know the policy and procedures of their organization. If they don’t know, I think they should sit down and read it before they do something.” In the end, the commission could not agree on how to handle the situation and no action was taken regarding the current auto allowances. However, Williams assured the commission that the issue was not dead. “The administrator doesn’t make those decisions. We are the decision-makers here,” Williams said. “He works for this body. And the buck stops with us.”

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Sober Streets BY LISA JORDAN

Late at night, when the lights of Augusta’s many watering holes dim, business is just getting started for the Richmond County DUI Task Force. On most nights of the week, four silver cruisers and a van patrol the streets of Richmond County, searching specifically for impaired drivers. The cars are equipped with the latest technology; the van is a transport vehicle, shuttling its passengers from roadside to jail. And if you think you can drive home after a night of drinking without getting caught, don’t be too sure. An alert and specially trained force of officers and the latest alcohol-sensing technology enable the 10-year-old Task Force to detect, test and detain drivers who have had too much to drink. Each of the five members of the Task Force possesses a radar license, certification in administering field sobriety tests, knowledge of how

to spot drug use, and computer training. And the Richmond County Task Force boasts one of the highest DUI conviction rates in the state. “We average anywhere from 100 to 130 DUIs a month,” says Sgt. Randy Prickett, head of the Task Force. One of those arrested and convicted of DUI in Richmond County is “Kate,” who agreed to speak with The Spirit under an assumed name. “I’ve definitely learned a lesson,” she says. “I had been out that night, just kind of hung out with friends and drinking a little, and I really hadn’t had that much. I’d had maybe like three drinks in four hours: a couple glasses of wine, a beer,” Kate says, adding that minutes before she was stopped, she had

consumed a shooter. “It was obviously enough to make me not think.” It was also enough to make her blood alcohol concentration register .095 on the state’s breath testing device, the Intox5000. In the state of Georgia, the legal limit for a noncommercial driver over 21 years of age is .08; for a commercial driver over 21, the limit is .04; and for those under 21 years of age, the limit is .02, which is less than one drink for most people. “People know that (the legal limit) is .08,” says Sheryl Jolly, Solicitor General for Richmond County. “I’m not sure they know what .08 is.” Though many factors affect blood alcohol concentration (BAC) – such as weight, stomach contents prior to drinking and tolerance to alcohol – there are some general guidelines to estimate how much a person can drink before they have a BAC of .08. For someone as light as 100 lbs., two drinks in as many hours will put them over the legal limit; for a 200 lb. person, it takes four drinks in the same amount of time. “A common myth is that to be DUI, you have to be falling-down drunk, and you don’t,” says Prickett. “If your blood alcohol is .08 or better, the state considers you being impaired.” When trying to convict a driver of DUI, the state is not trying to prove that he or she is drunk; the state is trying to prove that the driver is too impaired to operate a vehicle. “If you’re over 21 and you choose to drink, it’s not against the law,” says Jolly. “Where it becomes a violation is when you’ve had enough to become a less safe driver.” In keeping less safe drivers off the streets, Jolly says that the DUI Task Force is helping to save lives — not only those of innocent drivers, but also those of drivers who have been drinking. “The main concern for us is to get the drunks off the road, get the impaired drivers off the road so people like you and me and my family and your family can go down the road and not get killed by a drunk driver,” says Prickett. “And to protect them from themselves. Because a lot of them are one-car accidents.”


“I don’t think the driving was impaired,” says Kate of the night she was arrested. “He didn’t say I was weaving or anything, which I wasn’t, but the thing was that I wasn’t maybe thinking as clearly as I would (be normally), and my reflexes probably weren’t as good as they would have been. I wasn’t one of those people that you see and you see them driving, and you can see they’re drunk, and you want to steer clear of them. I’d had enough, I guess, to speed by a police officer. The specifics are kind of fuzzy right now. I pulled over and he came to the window. It was all very standard, I guess.” When a car is stopped because an officer suspects the driver of DUI, Prickett explains, field sobriety tests are conducted. The Richmond County DUI Task Force uses a battery of three field sobriety tests, standardized across the U.S., to make an initial evaluation as to what a driver’s blood alcohol concentration may be. These tests are the walk-and-turn test, in which a suspect must walk a straight line, heel -to-toe; the one-leg stand test, which requires a suspect to stand on one leg for a period of time specified by the officer; and the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, where a suspect must follow the movement of a pen or small flashlight while the officer monitors the movement of their eyes. To administer these tests, an officer must be certified. “It has to be done in a certain way, in a certain order, and what you look for is not a pass or fail thing,” says Prickett. “You’re looking for what they call clues, and in each test there’s different clues and you can actually — by looking at the clues and putting them together on paper — determine pretty much what their level’s going to be when they take the breath tests. These tests are so sophisticated and they’re so accurate.” Kate was required to perform the three field sobriety tests, as well as an additional one. “He made me say my ABCs, not even backwards, forwards, which was embarrassing,” she says. And somewhere, there’s a tape of Kate’s performance on the tests and on the road prior to being stopped. The DUI Task Force cruisers are equipped with video cameras that can be turned on manually to capture film of the suspect’s driving; the tape is set to automatically record once the officer turns on his blue lights. But before the lights go on, an officer must know what to look for. continued on page 14

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Deputy Ramsey in the parking lot of DUI Task Force headquarters.

continued from page 13 Kate didn’t get to ride in the DUI Task Force van, since women are not usually transported “We look for weaving — of course that’s a big indicator; we look for speeding. Speeding in it. Instead, she rode, handcuffed, in the back of a cruiser to the Augusta-Richmond County is not that big of an indicator for DUIs. You might catch one occasionally,” says Prickett. Law Enforcement Center. “Because alcohol is a depressant, it slows you down. … You might find somebody that’s on “As soon as I finished the test, he brought out the handcuffs and said that he was going to take drugs or something, maybe speeding. The weaving, the improper turns, where they turn too me to jail,” Kate says. “I remember being stunned, because I was so in the moment, I couldn’t wide, they don’t stop at the stoplight right, driving too slow. believe that this was happening, and I was actually laughing because I was nervous. “Everything is picked apart in court now, so you have to have a good “I was very focused on him,” she says. “It’s kind of intimidating to have this huge strong case to be found guilty. And that’s something you have to guy there stopping you and making you do all these tests. keep in the back of your mind the whole time you’re out here “That’s the point, I think, that I realized that I was no longer in control of myt h n o m riding around. You watch somebody weaving: Did they actually how my evening was going to go.” m o c “A u o y do enough for you to stop them or did they just bend over and I, U D be pick something up and hit the line? You have to use your CRIME AND PUNISHMENT is that to n w o d g in head and you have to use good judgment.” The impact of Kate’s DUI arrest has lasted well beyond the evening. ll a f Kate was one of the rare DUI cases in which speeding She was summoned to court for a hearing, which took place about a have to be don’t. If your was a factor. month after the incident. “You just wait until your case is called, and you drunk, and is .08 or better, you make your plea,” Kate says. “Someone from Sheryl Jolly’s office “He did mention that I was going fast,” she says. “Then he asked me if I’d had anything to drink and then before I said took me aside and talked to me and asked me how I wanted to plead, d alcohol o lo you b s r e id anything, he said he could smell it. So I told him.” and when your case comes up, you actually go and stand in front of the s n o c In addition to their noses, members of the DUI Task Force judge. He asks you any questions he might have. … And then he t he s t ate .” ed use the new PAS III flashlights, which look like standard policepronounced his verdict and his sentence.” ing impairett of the e b issue flashlights and have a built-in, alcohol-detecting sensor. Kate’s sentence consisted of a hefty fine, community service, jail time, ndy Prick — Sgt. Ra sk Force “When you stick it in the window, if you push a little button, it DUI school, two years probation and a restricted license. “I can use my car DUI Ta has a sensor built into the flashlight that actually picks up the smell for work purposes, medical purposes and go to DUI school.” of alcohol,” Prickett says. A filter that is barely audible when running And this was only Kate’s first offense. pulls in an air sample and gives the officer an approximate readout of the The sentences Georgia imposes on drivers convicted of DUI “are pretty much in line suspect’s blood alcohol concentration within four seconds. The PAS III can also detect an with other states,” says Jolly. For a first offense, there is a fine from $300 to $1,000; 24 hours open container of alcohol in a vehicle. to 12 months jail time; 40 hours of community service; and the completion of a DUI or a After a DUI Task Force officer has enough reason to believe a driver has a blood drug and alcohol use risk-reduction program. For a second offense within a 5-year period, alcohol level above the legal limit, he calls the DUI Task Force van to pick up the fines range from $600-$1,000; 72 hours to 12 months in jail; 30 days of community service; suspect. The van contains the Intox5000 machine, as well as a holding area for detainees a DUI or drug and alcohol use risk-reduction program; a clinical evaluation; and a on their way to jail for the night. mandatory loss of license for 12 months, followed by 6 months of a restricted license. And “They get locked up back there and when we get a full load, we take it to the jail,” says for a third offense within 5 years, fines jump from between $1,000 and $5,000, with a 5-year Prickett. “And a full load is usually about five. On Friday or Saturday nights, he usually loss of license, in addition to the penalties imposed for a second offense. makes about three or four runs.” continued on page 16





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“When I decided to go to The Citadel, Shannon Faulkner didn’t even cross my mind. Not at all. But the unique thing that happened to me was, the barracks that I lived in, the males there were actually her former classmates.”

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he image of Citadel cadets wildly cheering and doing push-ups in the rain as a defeated Shannon Faulkner walked away from her dream of attending the military college in Charleston, S.C., was an event in 1995 that many women in this country won’t ever forget. These so-called Southern gentlemen and future leaders of our nation celebrated without restraint their hatred for a female who dared challenge the 150-year history of The Citadel’s all-male policy. However, their victory was short-lived. In August 1995, Faulkner withdrew from The Citadel, less than a week after being allowed to join the Corps of Cadets. She spent most of the school’s initial “hell week” in the infirmary being fed intravenously. Critics called Faulkner a failure. But Faulkner had achieved something no other female had been able to do. She pried open the

doors of the strictest military school in the South and forced it to make room for women. The Citadel would never be the same again. Toshika Hudson remembers only bits and pieces of Faulkner’s struggle. After all, she was still a middle-school student in Columbia, S.C., when Faulkner was accepted to The Citadel after deciding not to include her gender on a 1993 application to the college. Hudson was only a freshman in high school when Faulkner moved into The Citadel’s barracks in 1995, accompanied by federal marshals after receiving several death threats. Little did Hudson know while she was attending her ROTC classes in high school, how much she and Faulkner would soon have in common. Now, seven years after Faulkner’s battle with the South Carolina school, Hudson has made Citadel history of her own. continued on page 18

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Peaches Aren’t Always Sweet

On May 11, 2002, Hudson and six fellow cadets became the first black females graduating from The Citadel. The once all-white, all-male Citadel officially has a new face. But change did not come easily, Hudson said, recalling when she first arrived on The Citadel campus during her orientation visit in 1998. Hudson said the gray-uniformed male cadets weren’t shy about their dislike toward women at The Citadel and openly shouted things like, “We don’t want you here,” and, “Don’t come back.” “And that was actually before I even started at the school,” Hudson said, recalling her spring tour of campus. “But those types of comments just made me think, ‘So, they don’t want me here. If I come here, maybe they’re just thinking I won’t succeed.’ “That just gave me more motivation and drive to show the upperclassmen, ‘Look, you’re here. You’ve succeeded. You’re almost finished. Why can’t I do it?’” Hudson first became interested in The Citadel because her ROTC commander at Ridge View High School in Columbia was a graduate of the Charleston military college. “At the time, I was thinking about going into the military and I could have pretty much gone anywhere because I had a track scholarship,” Hudson said. “I considered West Point, but there you have to go into the military. And at The Citadel, you can opt not to go into the military. “And that was the biggest thing for me. I enjoyed the military atmosphere, but I still wanted to have options after I graduated.” Prior to Hudson attending The Citadel, there was only one other female at the military school on athletic scholarship. But in 1998, The Citadel opened up its scholarships to more female athletes involved in track and field, volleyball and cross-country. That’s when Hudson decided to become a member of the first full incoming class of female athletes at The Citadel. Her next hurdle was convincing her parents and grandparents of her decision. Hudson moved from New York to Columbia when she was 7 years old to live with her grandparents. And when their beautiful, bright grandchild came home one day and told them she wanted to attend this Southern military college, Hudson said it came as quite a shock. “At first they were like, ‘The Citadel?’” Hudson said. “Then, they told me, ‘If that is something you really want to do, we’ll support you.’ But you could tell they were very nervous while I was there. They didn’t know what to expect. But when I would come home during the break, I would reassure them that I was fine. But better yet, they saw that I was fine.” For her father, the man who nicknamed his baby girl “Peaches” when she was born, letting her go to The Citadel wasn’t easy. “Peaches was a name my dad gave me at birth and it’s just stuck with me. Everyone knows me as Peaches,” Hudson said, laughing. “So, when I told my dad about The Citadel, he was a lot like my grandparents. The first thing he asked was, ‘Are you sure?’ Then he said, ‘Well, as long as that’s something you want to do, because you’re the one who’s going to

“The whole atmosphere at school was just anti-female. ... It was harsh because I used to get in trouble for just talking to her because she was female.” – Dan Cannon, who graduated from The Citadel with Toshika Hudson

have to be there. I’m not going to be there. But if that’s something that you want to do, and you’re up to it, I’ll support you.’” In August 1998, with her family’s blessing, Hudson, along with 36 other females, became a member of The Citadel’s Class of 2002.

Welcome to “Knob” Year

According to The Citadel’s Web site, the military school stresses a strict indoctrination of its first-year students, nicknamed “knobs,” involving vigorous physical training and mental challenges throughout the year. “The Citadel believes the disciplined lifestyle that begins in the knob year binds cadets into a lifelong, close-knit camaraderie that is one of the strongest forces in their lives after graduation,” the Web site states. When Hudson began her knob, or freshman, year at the military college, she may not have been familiar with the entire history of Shannon Faulkner, but she was quickly introduced to the anti-female sentiment associated with Faulkner’s battle with The Citadel. “When I decided to go to The Citadel, Shannon Faulkner didn’t even cross my mind. Not at all,” Hudson said. “But the unique thing that happened to me was, the barracks that I lived in, the males there were actually her former classmates.” Many of the upperclassmen in the barracks had been freshmen in 1995 when Faulkner tried to join The Citadel. “So, it was kind of like, ‘Whoa,’ because you had all of these antifemale guys right there where I lived,” Hudson said. “And at first I couldn’t figure it out, until I started putting two and two together and continued on page 20

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realized Shannon Faulkner actually lived there and those were her classmates.� It was a huge wake-up call for Hudson because it became clear that these men weren’t happy about having to alter their living arrangements for women. “When we came in, we were the first females in our battalion so they had to get used to having women there,� Hudson said. “They had to add a bathroom and they actually added a ‘tac’ (tactical) officer to stay there on duty at night to monitor the activities that went on.� The tactical officers were adults hired to live in the barracks so upperclassmen would have supervision when making decisions affecting their battalions. Living in the barracks with dozens of guys forced her to make some adjustments of her own, Hudson admits, because she grew up in a household with four other sisters and no brothers. But no matter what was thrown at her, Hudson said she was determined to handle it like any other knob. “Every freshman is intimidated. And I was going in as intimidated as any other freshman would be,� Hudson said, adding that the military training was grueling. “Initiation week was a huge shock,� Hudson said. “And being an athlete didn’t make it any better. We were doing military training as well as racing. So, you never got rest. “It’s tiring and you can’t leave. So, then you start thinking about your counterparts at other schools out partying and having fun. And soon everyone always wants to go home.� During her first year at The Citadel, Hudson met Dan Cannon, a fellow knob and member of the track team. “Actually, we were the only two African-American runners at school,� Hudson said. “So, we just kind of bonded.� The closer the two cadets became as friends, Cannon said, the more he began worrying about Hudson.

“They didn’t respect me at first. It took a while for them to understand, ‘Look, you may not like me, but you are going to respect me. I’m in charge of this company and what I say, goes.’� – Toshika Hudson, a Citadel graduate

“I think our class, that came in 1998, we were the last class to get The Citadel’s old-school system,� Cannon said. “What I mean is, we still got the hard part of the system because the seniors that were there were the same guys that were around when Shannon Faulkner was there. “And there were some attitudes. The whole atmosphere at school was just anti-female.� By just being friends with Hudson, Cannon said he was immediately targeted by some male upperclassmen. “It was harsh because I used to get in trouble for just talking to her because she was female,� Cannon said. “I used to get a lot of grief, but I looked up to her and I admired her because school was hard for me, just being a male. “The Citadel is a predominately Caucasian school. And going in, I looked at it as, I’m an African-American, so maybe that’s one strike against me. Well, she had two, because she was an African-American and a female.� Both Hudson and Cannon said the level of racism evident at The Citadel hardly compared with some of the cadets’ intolerance of women. “The first African-American guy came to the school in the 1970s, so he kind of bridged that gap,� Cannon said. According to a December 2000 article in The (Columbia, S.C.) State, Charles Foster was the first black to graduate from The Citadel in 1970. “Foster was one of six black applicants and the only one accepted by The Citadel after colleges and universities were desegregated,� the article states. However, there is not much written of Foster’s experience at The Citadel because, when he entered the Corps of Cadets in 1966, reporters were instructed “not to single him out to avoid chaos on the campus.� The media complied with the school’s request, and according to The State Foster went through four years of college without much attention. After Foster graduated, he moved to Garland, Texas, where, in 1986, he was killed in a house fire. According to the article, Foster said he had never encountered problems at The Citadel. “So, it wasn’t so much a race thing, but the attitude against females was horrible when we got there in 1998,� Cannon said. “It’s gotten a lot better since we first came. It’s not completely gone. It’s going to take a while, but we really caught it coming up through the ranks. I can only imagine how hard it was for her being female. “I was worried about her.�

Taking Command of The Citadel

During her four years at The Citadel, Hudson did more than just prove she could survive; she excelled. As a senior, Hudson earned the rank of company commander, one of the top offices for undergraduates at The Citadel, and was also a standout on the school’s track and cross-country teams. Earning the position of company commander was both an honor and a tremendous challenge, Hudson said. “Becoming company commander felt great because I worked so hard to gain all the rank that I continued on page 22

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achieved at the school, but yet it also put me in the position where I felt a lot of pressure,” Hudson said. “Even though I had support from some of the administration, I always felt that there was someone waiting for me to fail. “And then of course my classmates, some of my male counterparts, were just waiting, expecting me to fail. But I didn’t.” Prior to Hudson becoming a company commander, there had been a white female cadet in command of a band company, but Hudson said she still felt the male cadets weren’t prepared to deal with having a female in charge. “Myself being the first black female in the position and then another female classmate of mine becoming company commander, I always felt that we had to work extra hard to keep things running along just so they (some of the males) wouldn’t get the last laugh,” Hudson said. And it took some time for a few of the underclassmen to accept that Hudson was their commander. “They didn’t respect me at first,” Hudson said. “It took a while for them to understand, ‘Look, you may not like me, but you are going to respect me. I’m in charge of this company and what I say, goes. And if you can’t deal with that, I’m going to take the proper repercussions to punish you.’ “So, I guess after they figured I wasn’t playing, I was being serious and I wasn’t going to take any junk from them, then they had to respect me whether they liked me or not.” However, one fellow cadet in particular did everything he could to undermine Hudson’s authority. Even to the point of trying to get her thrown out of The Citadel. “The biggest thing that happened was with my executive officer,” Hudson said. “Normally company commanders get to choose their executive officer, but we had a problem because my company didn’t have a lot of seniors, so he was kind of just put in my company and made executive officer.” Almost immediately after the switch, the executive officer began challenging Hudson’s authority. “I was actually considering graduating early in December, but I changed my mind and my executive officer got upset,” Hudson said. “If I had graduated in December, he would have become company commander. So, I guess he was mad that I wasn’t graduating and he wasn’t going to be able to take over the company. So, he lied and tried to do all sorts of stuff to get me in trouble. He actually tried to get me kicked out of school.” But all of the executive officer’s accusations were quickly dismissed because they were without merit. “He tried to say that I was hazing my knobs and that I was extorting money from them,” Hudson said. “But by the end of the year, the tables turned where he actually got kicked out of school. He got in trouble for cheating.” Unfortunately, Hudson said, hazing is a part of The Citadel’s tradition. Just two years before Hudson entered the military school, two female cadets withdrew after they were reportedly harassed by their male counterparts and had their clothes set on fire in an alleged hazing incident. When asked if she was ever hazed during her time at The Citadel, Hudson only smiled. “I really don’t want to get into that,” Hudson said, quickly shaking her head. “There are a lot

“Even though I had support from some of the administration, I always felt that there was someone waiting for me to fail. And then of course my classmates, some of my male counterparts, were just waiting, expecting me to fail. But I didn’t.” – Toshika Hudson, a Citadel graduate

of under-the-table things that go on at The Citadel that the media don’t get their hands on. But I can say that the school has actually cleaned that stuff up a lot since I was a freshman. It’s really gotten better. And this year, as company commander, we didn’t have any hazing incidents in my company.” Of the 37 female cadets that began with her class in 1998, 20 graduated on May 11 and Hudson says she is proud to say that she’s now a part of Citadel history. After graduating with a psychology degree, Hudson said she is considering a job offer down in Florida, but would still like to return to school and get her master’s in speech language pathology. From where, she’s still not sure, but whichever university she chooses, Hudson said she will fondly take the memories of The Citadel with her. “I got to learn about myself at The Citadel and I learned that I’m not a quitter,” Hudson said. “If I was a quitter and I wasn’t determined, I wouldn’t have graduated and I wouldn’t have gotten to this point. I would have given up a long time ago. “So, I think the most important thing that I learned at The Citadel was what I learned about myself. And with that, I can pretty much accomplish anything now.”

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“The Osbournes” Reality Draws Diverse Audience


ost teen-agers would admit that watching MTV with their parents is a bit strange. But MTV’s latest reality offering, “The Osbournes,” has been a hit not only among the cable channel’s usual crowd; their parents are watching as well. And in record numbers. The series, which chronicles the everyday lives of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, his wife Sharon and teen-agers Kelly and Jack, has finished its initial run, but audience response has been so overwhelming — the show has drawn upwards of 7 million viewers some weeks — another season is in the works. On the surface, the show’s popularity seems more than a little unlikely. It’s surprising that a show about an aging metal god and his expletive-spouting family has a place in mainstream America. But, as many in the media have speculated (while drawing parallels to Fox’s “The Simpsons”) the Osbourne family is incredibly normal. That’s not to say the family isn’t a product of their celebrity. We see Sharon and Kelly’s Ozzy-funded shopping sprees, Jack’s impertinence, and Ozzy hobbling out of a limo. But we also see Sharon’s very real disappointment when her daughter gets a tattoo; Ozzy’s frustrations in sharing his house with a bunch of pets; and the family discussion that arises over concern about Jack dabbling in drugs. There are funny moments, too, many of them unintentional. When Ozzy complains about the limited water flow of his steam room shower and Sharon says they’ll take off the flow-restriction device required by California law, Ozzy tells her they’re not going to do anything illegal. It’s also unexpected and amusing to see a star taking out the trash or messing with the vacuum cleaner, but there’s Ozzy, doing everyday things “The Osbournes’” audience takes for granted. There’s even a tender side to Ozzy and his family. For every f-word bleeped out by the censors, there are shots of Ozzy and Sharon snuggling; for every snide comment Jack and Kelly make about each other, there is footage of the two hanging out together. Ozzy portrays this frequent juxtaposition when he says, “I love you all. I love you more than life itself. But you’re all f—-ing mad.” The extent of their madness may best be illustrated by the episode in which the family binds together against neighbors from hell — they stay outside late at Photo Courtesy of MTV night, playing folk music on acoustic gui-


tars. In retaliation, Sharon and the kids throw a whole ham and some bagels over the fence, while Ozzy misguidedly throws a chunk of firewood through a window; and all the while, the Osbournes are blasting heavy metal. Though the actions may seem dysfunctional, the feelings which feed them are not — the family wants to get some sleep. But who would have ever thought Ozzy Osbourne just wanted some peace and quiet? “The Osbournes” also shows us that a nontraditional approach to family life doesn’t mean sacrificing honesty and values. Though Ozzy and Sharon are very open with their children — topics of casual family discussions range from drug abuse to sex — they also set limits. The elasticity of the limits may render them, at best, ineffectual, but it’s clear that Ozzy and Sharon are trying to do what’s best for their offspring. Ozzy offers his compromised abilities as an example of why the kids shouldn’t use drugs; Sharon takes a more direct route and threatens to urinate in a bottle of whiskey she finds in Jack’s room. Still, Jack and Kelly’s transgressions are somewhat understandable. When your dad’s Ozzy Osbourne, what do you do to rebel? Jack and Kelly seem determined to stretch boundaries as far as they can; Sharon and Ozzy, for the most part, let them explore before intervening. We watch Jack and Kelly enjoy the perks of their glamorous lifestyle — parties at clubs on school nights, running about their lavish home with large groups of friends, driving expensive cars — but we also see ways in which their lifestyle can serve to alienate them. Kelly complains that the kids at school refuse to shut up about Ozzy once biting the head off a bat; Jack seems to miss an awful lot of school. The reality of “The Osbournes” has left an indelible mark on the face of sitcom-style television — and on realitybased programming, for that matter. None of the Osbournes make any apologies for the way they live or who they are. Sharon comes across as a strong woman who isn’t willing to compromise, but she also comes across as someone who would be fun to hang out with. To outsiders, Jack and Kelly may seem like privileged brats, but their willingness to state and defend their opinions is admirable. And Ozzy, hero to millions of dark-rock wannabes, is a fun and caring dad. You can’t make this stuff up.



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Movie Listings About a Boy (PG-13) — Hugh Grant stars once

again as the selfish sor t of cad we’re used to seeing him play in movies like “Bridget Jones’ Diary” and “Nine Months.” Here, Grant is Will, a childless, well-todo Londoner who shamelessly invents an imaginary son in order to woo women at single-parent events. While dabbling in the world of “parenthood,” Will meets Marcus, a 12-year-old child with problems in school, and their unlikely friendship turns out to be mutually beneficial. Based on the best-selling novel by Nick Hornby. Cast: Hugh Grant, Toni Collet te, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Madison Cook, Jordan Cook, Ryan Speechly, Joseph Speechly, Nat Gastiain Tena. Running time: 100 minutes. All About the Benjamins (R) — Ice Cube and Mike Epps risk their necks for $20 million in uncut diamonds and a $60 million lot tery ticket. Cube plays Bucum Jackson, a Miami-based bounty hunter with an at titude. He dreams of opening his own private investigation firm. His latest hunt leads him to old foe Reggie Wright (Epps), a slippery con man. Reggie buys a lottery ticket with numbers supplied to him by his girlfriend (Eva Mendes). Bucum spots Reggie and af ter a way-too-long chase, Reggie escapes. Bucum spots Reggie a few minutes later and the chase is on yet again. Only this time, they both land smack dab in the middle of a multimillion-dollar diamond heist. Ice Cube may be the mastermind behind "All About the Benjamins," but it's Mike Epps who steals the show. Cast: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Eva Mendes, Tommy Flanagan, Valarie Rae Miller, Roger Guenveur Smith, Lil' Bow Wow, Carmen Chaplin and Anthony Michael Hall. Running time: 1 hr., 30 mins. (McCormick) ★★ A Beautiful Mind (PG-13) — Russell Crowe is the Nobel-prized brain with mental problems in Ron Howard's film about John Nash, a real math genius caught up in 1950s paranoia, represented by spooky agent Ed Harris. Jennifer Connelly is Nash's of ten frustrated wife. Howard brings back an era while being specific about Nash's long struggle, and his reality comes through movingly, even with a slightly maudlin finish. Cast: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jason GrayStanford, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bet tany. 2 hr. 8 min. (Elliot t) ★★★1/2 Changing Lanes (R) — A propulsive ner vebiter with genuine human characters, about a yuppie law firm hawk (Ben Af fleck) who upsets the precarious life of a volatile working stif f (Samuel L.

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Jackson), their mutual moral crisis moving on lines that converge jarringly, despite some plot conveniences. New York is seen smar tly by ace English director Roger ("Persuasion") Michell, with Toni Collet te also outstanding as a lucid mistress. 1 hr., 47 mins. (Elliot t) ★★★1/2 The Count of Monte Cristo (PG-13) — At first, Jim Caviezel is rather starchy and boyish as the young sailor. But af ter Edmond is betrayed by best friend Fernand Mondego, then tossed into the vile Chateau d’If for carrying a secret let ter from Napoleon on Elba, he endures hell, grows a beard, digs out, finds a buried for tune and becomes the count — and is quite the hero. Caviezel learns to stride and swoop as a superbly equipped man of the world. His scheme is cold revenge on Fernand and perhaps Mercedes, the lover he thinks turned too soon to his betrayer. This is a plum and peachy enter tainment. If you don’t think so, you’re too old. And, if you are young, say 11 on up, here is your chance for some old-time satisfaction. Cast: Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Luis Guzman, Richard Harris, Dagmar Dominczyk, Freddy Jones, James Frain, Michael Wincot t. Running time: 2 hrs. 5 mins. (Elliot t) ★★★1/2 Deuces Wild (R) — In the sweltering summer of 1958, a gang war is brewing. Brooklyn teenagers, disgruntled over the loss of the Dodgers and plied with guns and drugs, set tle their disputes in the streets. Violence erupts between two prominent gangs, while a romance blossoms between the leader of an all-girl gang and one of the warring Deuces. Cast: Fairuza Balk, Mat t Dillon, Stephen Dor f f, Deborah Harry, Johnny Knox ville, Frankie Muniz, Brad Renfro, Balthazar Get ty. Enough (PG-13) — Jennifer Lopez stars as a working-class waitress who marries into a contractor’s suburban lifestyle. But af ter a few years of marriage and a child, she learns her husband is not who she though he was; he’s abusive and possessive. Lopez flees, daughter in tow; cuts her hair; and learns the ar t of selfdefense. Her husband, played by Bill Campbell, pursues, solidifying Lopez’s conviction that the only way out of her marriage is to kill her husband. Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Bill Campbell, Russell Milton, Tessa Allen, Juliet te Lewis, Noah Wyle. Running time: 91 mins. E.T. (PG) — Stephen Spielberg celebrates the 20th anniversary of his ex traterrestrial epic with a restored rerelease, featuring previously deleted scenes and new


“Enough” special ef fects. Starring Henry Thomas and a young Drew Barrymore as a brother and sister who protect and befriend an alien stranded on Ear th, the “E.T.” 20th Anniversary Edition is set to captivate a new audience. Cast: Henry Thomas, Debra Winger, Drew Barrymore. Running time: 120 minutes. Ice Age (PG) — Most of "Ice Age" is about a lippy sloth named Sid, voiced by John Leguizamo. (Is there a less sloth-like actor alive?) Fleeing the advancing polar ice cap, he tries fiercely to bond with a hairy mammoth, Manfred (Ray Romano) and even a sabertoothed tiger, Diego (Denis Leary). Sure enough, Sid, Manfred and Diego rescue a human baby from marauding saber-toothed tigers. That's the story: the three travelers, each way ahead of the evolutionary curve with their jokes, and the papoose-like human with big eyes, and the pursuing big cats, who expect Diego to betray his new companions. There is a clima x, so safely predictable you won't find your temperature budging. "Ice Age" will probably get enough kids smiling to earn its big cost back, and then some. Voices: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Goran Visnjic, Jack Black, Tara Strong. Running time: 1 hr., 24 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ Insomnia (R) — LAPD veteran Will Dormer (Al Pacino) arrives in small-town Alaska to investigate the murder of a teen-age girl. While pursuing a suspect, he accidentally shoots and kills his par tner. Provided with

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an unexpected alibi that only serves to compound his guilt and sleep deprived due to the region’s constant sunlight, Dormer begins to unravel. Adding to his problems is the perceptive local detective investigating his par tner’s death. Robin Williams depar ts from slapstick comedic roles to play the murder suspect in this remake of the 1997 Norwegian film of the same name. Cast: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Maura Tierney. Jason X (R) — The latest in the “Friday the 13th” series, “Jason X” puts a sci-fi spin on a classic horror favorite. In the year 2455, a group of young explorers visits Ear th, which has turned toxic and been abandoned by humanity. They find Jason, cryogenically frozen and spor ting a hockey mask (later replaced by a futuristic-looking metal one), and make the mistake of bringing him on board their spacecraf t. He thaws and silently stalks the crew throughout the ship’s corridors. Plenty of gory special ef fects. Cast: Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Peter Mensah, Jonathan Pot ts, Lisa Ryder, Dov Tiefenbach. Running time: 93 minutes. John Q (PG-13) “John Q” is fairly engrossing and fairly bad. John Q's (Denzel Washington) son suddenly collapses at a Lit tle League game, freaking John and his fiercely commit ted wife, Denise (Kimberley Elise). We know the family is in economic straits, and when the boy is taken to a big Chicago hospital, it turns out

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“Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” that John's medical plan has been cheapened by his employer, and the $250,000 needed for a hear t transplant is not available. Agonized, John takes over the emergency room and some hostages. Despite some brickload dialogue and a music track that of ten seems to have its own agenda, Washington is a great actor. Even when forced into tears, into emotional taf fypulling, he brings weight and depth and dignity to his work. Cast: Rober t Duvall, James Woods, Anne Heche, Kimberley Elise, Eddie Grif fin, Ray Liot ta. Running time: 1 hr., 56 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ The Lord of the Rings (PG-13) — Simply saying the title is a verbal project. Watching the film for three hours is like hearing Wagner's Ring Cycle remastered by a genius of the kazoo — the concepts remain grandiose, but the music gets rather oopsy. The movie is visually spectacular, a feast from the kitsch kitchen. The story is a quest to return " the ring of power " to its bir thplace "in the fire of Mount Doom." The opening is not a movie launch, it's a franchise arrival, a hugely expensive gamble that the aging Tolkien mob can be whopper-welded to new crowds. The sights are ga-ga, but the story telling gets fairly turgid. As with the last "Star Wars" picture, we detect a team of imagineers stretching their plot like a Goliath of taf fy — tempting us, teasing us, set ting us up for future box-of fice kills. If you just got ta get killed that way, go for it. Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Viggo Mor tensen, Cate Blanchet t, Sean Astin, Liv Tyler, Ian Holm, Sean Bean. Running time: 3 hrs. (Elliot t) ★★ Monster’s Ball (R) — Strong, rather solemn drama of a New South town on the old racial divide, Billy Bob Thornton underplaying as a miserable prison guard who finds some wor th by loving a distraught mom (Halle Berry, fine and physically brave). Candid sex, true dialogue, pure-racist per formance by Peter Boyle, savvy direction by Marc Foster. Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Peter Boyle, Sean “Puf fy” Combs. Running time: 1 hr. 48 mins.(Elliot t) ★★★ Monsters, Inc. (G) — Pixar 'tooner Pete Docter, now directing, has twisted a clever story pretzel with his writers. They have fine-'tooned monstrous but cuddly variants of the gross blob, Cyclops, Medusa, furry freaks and a Mr. Vile. They work in a huge factory under boss J.J. Waternoose. The best "scarers" collect screams as necessary fuel for their high-tech world of comfy ick and cozy schtick. This is done via magic

por tals, doors that allow fast entry to sleeping kids' bedrooms. James "Sully" Sullivan is a huge shag pillow of a monster. His pal is one-eyed lit tle Mike Wazowski, a sor t of pea-pod Polish joke with borscht belt vibes. The buddies get stuck with a human, a toddler named Boo, who thinks they're just wonder ful. Her innocence, that of a cupcake Columbus, changes the world of monsterdom. Supervising animators: Glenn McQueen, Rich Quade. Composer: Randy Newman. Voices: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, James Coburn, Mary Gibbs, Steve Buscemi, Bob Peterson, Jennifer Tilly. Running time: 1 hr., 24 mins. (Elliot t) ★★★1/2 National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (R) — The latest NL romp is about a college slacker (Ryan Reynolds) and manages to balance out the gross yucks with lit tle details of character and story; also starring Tara Reid, Tim Matheson. 95 mins. (Carroll) ★★★ The New Guy (PG-13) — Every high school has a nerd, but the nerds aren’t usually the ones who end up in jail. Rocky Creek High School’s resident geek, Diz, gets expelled and ends up in prison, where his streetwise cellmate gives him tips on becoming cool. Af ter a makeover and a name change, Diz, now known as Gil, transfers to East Highland High School on the other side of town and becomes the most popular guy around — until one of the bullies from Rocky Creek ends up at East Highland. Cast: DJ Qualls, Zooey Deschanel, Eliza Dushku, Eddie Grif fin, Lyle Lovet t, Ross Pat terson, Rachael E. Stevens. Resident Evil (R) — The enter tainment gods have decided to do things backward this time and make a movie based on a video game instead of the other way around. This story is a thriller that sets out to tell the story of good versus evil by pit ting human beings against computers and the undead. There’s a viral outbreak and a supercomputer called the Red Queen inside a research facility, which is a scary place anyway. Alice, played by Milla Jovovich, finds herself the leader of a group of commandoes who try to isolate the virus while bat tling zombies and trying to stay alive. Starring: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius. Running time: 100 minutes. The Scorpion King (PG-13) — The Rock (Dwayne Douglas Johnson) plays Mathayus "the Akkadian." Up nor th are hairy Vikings, or Visigoths, or Who, but deser t lands, including sinful Gomorrah, are ruled by the crazed tyrant Memnon (Steven Brand). Mathayus leads the tribal remnant of free humans

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against him. First, Rock abducts and wins over the mean guy's sorceress (Kelly Hu). She joins him, a camel, a cute scamp, a silly sidekick and a vast dude who should be called the Meat (Michael Clarke Duncan of "The Green Mile"). The movie has epic sand, computerized vistas, harems of buf f women, ex treme violence dry-cleaned of blood, lines that roll of f the tongue like bricks, and costumes wor thy of an old DeMille show. The pulp purity goes back before silent films and is breezy fun on a toy-macho level. Cast: The Rock, Steven Brand, Michael Clarke Duncan, Kelly Hu, Bernard Hu. Running time: 1 hr., 32 mins. (Elliot t) ★★ Snow Dogs (PG) — This warm comedy is more about human feelings than goofy dog antics. It may not be a zany fish-out-of-water story, but it has a lot more hear t than you'd expect. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays a dentist who gets an unexpected inheritance and decides to visit the rugged town of Tolketna, where he finds out he's also inherited a team of sled dogs. The movie is neither too serious nor too funny. 1 hr., 39 mins. (Nina Garin) ★★ Spider-Man (PG-13) — Sweetly dorky Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) is bit ten by a new form of lab spider on a school trip. He morphs into a speed master with arachnid powers, but keeps his real identity masked from the girl literally nex t door, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst). Spider-Man casts webs from his hand, climbs and leaps around New York and battles a capitalist nut turned Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe). Always sidelined is the nut's son, Peter's best friend, Harry (James Franco). The film is high-craf ted and amusing, though the POW! style so right for Marvel pages can be numbing in this tech-loaded, hypersonic approach. "Spider-Man" has the heat of a newborn franchise. The costumed hero finally makes a brilliant match with Old Glory, in a gleaming Manhat tan. Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco, Clif f Rober tson, Rosemary Harris. Running time: 2 hrs. (Elliot t) ★★★

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (G) —

“Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” is the latest animated of fering from Dreamworks Pictures. It follows a wild stallion, Spirit, through his first encounter with man and his subsequent enslavement. He befriends a Lakota brave and even finds love with a beautiful mare, Rain. Cast: Mat t Damon, James Cromwell, Daniel Studi, Bryan Adams.

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (PG) — The latest episode in the “Star Wars” fran-

chise takes place 10 years af ter the events of “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.” Anakin is now a Jedi apprentice to Obi-Wan, and the two are assigned to protect Padme, whose life is threatened by political separatists. The choices that they make will impact their own lives and the future of the Republic. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Por tman, Hayden Christensen, Frank Oz, Samuel L. Jackson. The Time Machine (PG-13) — Guy Pearce, very intense and gaunt, is H.G. Wells' famous timetraveler, in a film of exciting design and special ef fects, and maybe too much monster shock for kids as he discovers a future where barely human beasts prey upon sweet lotus types. Samantha Mumba is lovely, while Jeremy Irons is like a surreal update on Johnny Winters. 105 mins. (Elliot t). ★★ 1/2 Unfaithful (R) — In this remake of the 1969 French film “La Femme Infidele,” Richard Gere and Diane Lane star as per fect suburban couple Ed and Connie Sumner. When Connie has an af fair, Ed hires a detective to trail her, and then Ed brutally kills her lover. In Ed’s rage, Connie sees a passion she’s never noticed in him before, and helps him cover up the murder. Cast: Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Olivier Mar tinez, Dominic Chianese, Margaret Colin, Chad Lowe, Erik Per Sullivan. We Were Soldiers (R) — is an at tempt to jump over the politics of the Vietnam War and say quite plainly: Here are the soldiers, here is how they fought and of ten died. Here is their courage and agony. The chief star on that flag is Mel Gibson as Lt. Col. Harold G. Moore. Backed by a pistol-using, WWII ramrod, Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley (Sam Elliot t), Moore pensively trains the 7th Air Cavalry troops. His "shock troops" were soon shocked. In 1965, they were choppered into the Ia Drang Valley right on top of a tough Nor th Vietnamese force, and the mutual carnage began. It's a horrifying but gripping movie. A lit tle piously, the grand pride of soldierly unity is here. So is the awfulness of war. They stand together, brothers in arms. Cast: Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliot t, Barry Pepper, Keri Russell. Running time: 2 hrs., 16 mins. (Elliot t) ★★★1/2 —Capsules compiled from movie reviews written by David Elliott, film critic for The San Diego Union-Tribune and other staff writers.

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Your big fight scene looked very realistic. What did it take to get you to that level of skill?


I started training two months before the filming started and luckily we didn’t shoot the scene until very late in the filming. So I had all that time to get ready and I was very prepared for the scene. I think it was important to be. I mean, the whole movie relied on me pulling off that sequence at the end. You had to believe that I could get the better of this 6-foot-4, 200-pound guy.


Have you ever had to defend yourself in real life?

A. No, thank God, I haven’t. Q. Do you see “Enough” more as an

action thriller, or a hot-button issue movie?


It is an edge-of-your-seat type of movie and the circumstances are extreme, even though we know this kind of stuff actually happens. But it does also have a message, which I think is very clear. It doesn’t matter how bad the situation is that you’re in, you still have the power within yourself to change it or to get out of it, to take back your life. And you’re the only person you can look to, to do that. That’s what I like about this movie. It’s a female “Rocky” in that it has all the training and the entertainment value, but it also has a very clear message and I think it’s a positive one.


Did you do any research about women in these kinds of relationships?


You talk to people, you read books, you go on the Internet to read stories. One thing I learned that stood out was that there’s love involved. You can’t really be reasonable sometimes when you’re in love. So it’s a process to get out, when you’re in a negative cycle with somebody you love and who has betrayed you. You have to emotionally come to terms with it, and then find the power to get out of it.


Where did you draw inspiration for the song you wrote for this film?


You draw from all the different experiences in your life, from way back to the present, to make it really true and honest. So for me it was kind of like a purging. I felt like I came out the other side, as an actress and as a person. And at the end I was inspired to write this song. Cris (Judd), my husband, was tinkering around on the piano and he made up this melody that was really beautiful and haunting. The song is about keeping it simple, because life can get so crazy and then you realize life’s just about the simplicity of being here and being healthy and alive.


You are doing really well musically. Do you still get excited when your songs are played on the radio a lot?


This year, the most pleasant surprise that I had was how well people received the music. I love the music I do, and I’m sure every musician loves the music they do, but you never know how it’s going to be received. The fact that it did have success, having a few more number-ones, I just couldn’t believe it. Every time it happened, it was overwhelming to me.


Do you see yourself as a powerful woman in Hollywood now?

A. It doesn’t feel that way, but it’s a

good feeling to have an idea, a vision for something, and people at least listen. So in that way, I guess I have some sort of pull.


What do you think about the rumors that you are somewhat difficult to work with?


It’s something I don’t worry about so much because I know they’ll be dispelled when people meet me and work with me. I know how much of it is just lies and fabricated stuff. It’s a shame that they choose to put the “diva” label on the person who probably works harder than anybody else, but it’s fine. I’m not complaining; I can handle it.

MASTERS 7 CINEMAS Movies Good 5/24 - 5/30 Enough (PG-13) 2:00, 4:45, 7:35, 9:55 Insomnia (R) 1:45, 4;25, 7:25, 9:50 Spirit (G) 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20 Star Wars Episode II (PG) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 The New Guy (PG-13) 1:25, 3:25, 5:25, 7:35, 9:40 Unfaithful (R) 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 9:25 Spider-Man (PG-13) 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:45 REGAL 12 CINEMAS Movies Good 5/24 - 5/30 We Were Soldiers (R) 2:00, 5:00, 7:45 Monsters, Inc. (G) 2:30, 4:35, 7:25, 10:00 Van Wilder (R) 2:40, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 Deuces Wild (R) 2:35, 4:55, 7:00, 9:35 Resident Evil (R) 2:10, 4:55, 7:35, 9:50 All About the Benjamins (R) 1:55, 4:30, 7:10, 9:40 John Q (PG-13) 2:25, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45 E.T. (PG) 2:05, 5:05 The Time Machine (PG-13) 7:30, 9:50 The Lord of the Rings (PG-13) 1:50, 5:00, 8:15 A Beautiful Mind (PG-13) 2:15, 5:10, 8:00 Count of Monte Cristo (PG-13) 2:00, 4:40, 7:15, 9:55 Snow Dogs (PG) 2:20, 4:45, 7:05, 9:30 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (PG) 2:00, 5:00

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EVANS 12 CINEMAS Movies Good 5/24 - 5/30 Insomnia (R) 2:30, 5:00, 7:35, 9:55 Enough (PG-13) 1:25, 4:10, 7:10, 9:40 Spirit (G) 12:45, 1:45, 2:45, 3:45, 4:45, 5:45, 6:45, 7:45, 8:45, 9:45 Star Wars Episode II (PG) Fri-Sat: 1:00, 1:30, 2:15, 4:00, 4:30, 5:15, 7:00, 7:30, 8:15, 10:00, 10:30; Sun-Thur: 1:00, 1:30, 2:15, 4:00, 4:30, 5:15, 7:00, 7:30, 8:15, 10:00 Unfaithful (R) 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 9:45 Spider-Man (PG-13) 1:15, 2:30, 4:15, 5:30, 7:15, 8:30, 9:45 The New Guy (PG-13) 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:25, 9:25 The Scorpion King (PG-13) 1:40, 3:40, 5:40, 7:40, 9:50

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REGAL AUGUSTA EXCHANGE 20 Movies Good 5/24 - 5/30 Insomnia (R) Fri-Sat: 10:20, 10:40, 1:20, 1:50, 4:00, 4:30, 7:10, 7:40, 9:45, 10:15, 12:30; SunMon: 10:20, 10:40, 1:20, 1:50, 4:00, 4:30, 7:10, 7:40, 9:45, 10:15; Tues-Thur: 1:20, 1:50, 4:00, 4:30, 7:10, 7:40, 9:45, 10:15 Enough (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 11:15, 12:15, 2:00, 4:10, 4:55, 7:05, 7:35, 9:40, 10:10, 12:20; SunMon: 11:15, 12:15, 2:00, 4:10, 4:55, 7:05, 7:35, 9:40, 10:10; Tues-Thur: 12:15, 2:00, 4:10, 4:55, 7:05, 7:35, 9:40, 10:10 Spirit (G) Fri-Sat: 10:00, 10:40, 12:05, 12:55, 2:10, 2:55, 4:15, 4:55, 6:55, 7:25, 9:00, 9:35, 11:30, 12:00; Sun-Mon: 10:00, 10:40, 12:05, 12:55, 2:10, 2:55, 4:15, 4:55, 6:55, 7:25, 9:00, 9:35; Tues-Thur: 12:05, 12:55, 2:10, 2:55, 4:15, 4:55, 6:55, 7:25, 9:00, 9:35 Star Wars Episode II (PG) Fri-Sat: 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 12:00, 12:30, 1:10, 1:40, 2:10, 3:20, 3:50, 4:20, 4:50, 5:20, 7:00, 7:15, 7:30, 8:00, 8:45, 10:15, 10:30, 10:45, 11:15, 12:00; Sun-Mon: 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 12:00, 12:30, 1:10, 1:40, 2:10, 3:20, 3:50, 4:20, 4:50, 5:20, 7:00, 7:15, 7:30, 8:00, 8:45, 10:15, 10:30, 10:45; Tues-Thur: 12:00, 12:30, 1:10, 1:40, 2:10, 3:20, 3:50, 4:20, 4:50, 5:20, 7:00, 7:15, 7:30, 8:00, 8:45, 10:15, 10:30, 10:45 About a Boy (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 10:40, 1:05, 3:40, 7:20, 9:45, 12:15; Sun-Mon: 10:40, 1:05, 3:40, 7:20, 9:45; Tues-Thur: 12:25, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35 Unfaithful (R) Fri-Mon: 10:00, 12:50, 4:05, 7:45, 10:35; Tues-Thur: 12:50, 4:05, 7:45, 10:35 The New Guy (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 10:15, 12:25, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35, 12:10; Sun-Mon: 10:15, 12:25, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35; Tues-Thur: 12:25, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35 Spider-Man (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 10:15, 10:45, 11:05, 12:10, 1:00, 1:30, 1:55, 4:00, 4:30, 4:45, 7:00, 7:30, 7:50, 9:40, 10:10, 10:30, 12:25; Sun-Mon: 10:15, 10:45, 11:05, 12:10, 1:00, 1:30, 1:55, 4:00, 4:30, 4:45, 7:00, 7:30, 7:50, 9:40, 10:10, 10:30; Tues-Thur: 12:10, 1:00, 1:30, 1:55, 4:00, 4:30, 4:45, 7:00, 7:30, 7:50, 9:40, 10:10, 10:30 Jason X (R) Fri-Sat: 7:50, 10:15, 12:35; SunThur: 7:50, 10:15 The Scorpion King (PG-13) Fri-Sat: 2:50, 5:10, 7:45, 10:00, 12:25; Sun-Thur: 2:50, 5:10, 7:45, 10:00 Changing Lanes (R) 12:05, 2:30, 5:25, 7:55, 10:30


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Arts Auditions THE YOUNG ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATRE COMPANY will hold auditions for “Pollyanna” on May 24 at 6:30 p.m. and May 25 at 1 p.m. in the Goodwin Commons at Augusta Preparatory Day School. The show will be presented July 26-28. Call John Greene at 373-0605 for more details. THE AUGUSTA PLAYERS CHILDREN’S WING will hold auditions for “Tom Sawyer” May 25 from 1-3 p.m. Auditions will be held at the Augusta Players Warehouse, 1001 Walton Way. Per formance dates are June 28-29. For more information, call 826-4707. THE AUGUSTA CHILDREN’S CHORALE will be auditioning children in grades 3-8 by appointment for the 2002-2003 season. To schedule an audition, please call 826-4718. THE AUGUSTA CONCERT BAND holds auditions for new members by appointment. To schedule, call 202-0091.

Education SCRAPBOOKING WORKSHOP at the H.O. Weeks Center. Held May-July. Morning classes 9 a.m. to noon the second Thursday of the month; evening classes are 6-9 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. $10 per class for Aiken City residents. Pre-registration is required. Call (803) 642-7631.

Exhibitions AT THE GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART in Athens: “From Fauvism to Impressionism: Alber t Marquet, an Exhibition from the Centre Pompidou in Paris” through July 7; “From Heroes to Dudes” through July 21; “Lucy May Stanton” through July 21. For more information, call (706) 542-4662.

Lange, Henri Car tier-Bresson and others. Visit on the Web or call (803) 799-2810. THE WORK OF KAY HUONGRAJ is on display at the Metro Coffeehouse on Broad Street throughout May. For more information, call the Metro Coffeehouse at 722-6468. “A DELICATE BOUQUET: FRENCH FLORAL STUDIES” runs through May 24 at the Main Gallery at Ware’s Folly. This collection of detailed drawings by an anonymous follower of French flower painter Antoine Berjon is on loan from the permanent collection at the Georgia Museum of Ar t. For information, call 722-5495 or visit on the Web. “RECENT WORKS FROM GERTRUDE HERBERT STUDIO ART CLASSES” exhibit runs through May 31 at the Gallery at Walker-Mackenzie Studio, 509 Fif th Street. The exhibit features selected works by student par ticipants in the Ger trude Herber t visual ar ts classes, and a variety of media will be represented. Call 722-5495 for additional information.

Dance HOPELANDS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES continues on May 27 with the Aiken Civic Ballet Company. Per formance begins at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to this free show. Call 642-7631 for more information, including rain dates and special accommodations for those requiring assistance. BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS run in six-week sessions through June 4. Only pairs may register. Cost is $40/couple. Held at the Odell Weeks Center. Call (803) 642-7631.

Music JAZZ CANDLELIGHT CONCERT SERIES continues on May 26 with Quiet Storm. Held on the Eighth Street Bulkhead of Riverwalk. Concer t begins at 8 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and some candles. $5 admission. Call Riverwalk Special Events at 821-1754 for more information.

WORKS BY RUSS BONIN will be on display at the Savage Gallery and Studio through June 29. The Savage Gallery and Studio is located at 1337 Jackson Road in Augusta. Phone 736-3336 or e-mail for more information.

A B’S CONCERT, featuring Bach, the Beatles and Bux tehude, will be presented by the Columbia County Choral Society May 31 at 7:30 p.m. Held at the First Baptist Church of Evans. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. For more information, visit www. or call Camilla Reid at 868-8670.

Well, this brick road isn’t yellow, but you can still follow it to some pretty amazing events, courtesy of the Hopelands Summer Concert Series. On June 24, you’ll find the Fort Gordon Army Jazz Band at the end of the rainbow.

WALTON’S “REFLECTIONS OF COLOR: 30 DAYS OF CREATIVE EXPRESSION” features works by Georgia artists with disabilities. At Walton Rehabilitation Hospital through June 2. Open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. to the public and free of charge. Call 823-8526.

CSRA ANNUAL GOSPELFEST 2002 May 25 from 5-10 p.m. at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater at Riverwalk. Features various choirs from the CSRA. For information, call 7245850 or 824-1754.

THE WORK OF EDWARD RICE will be on display at the Mary Pauline Gallery though June 8. For more information, call the gallery at 724-9542.

“FROM BIBLE TO BROADWAY” CONCERT, presented by Adas Yeshurun Synagogue, features Cantors Steven Weiss and Nancy Kassel, accompanied by Judith Cole. Held May 23 at 935 Johns Way in Augusta. Patron tickets, including pre-concer t cock tail par ty, raffle and preferred seating, and general admission tickets available. Call 733-9491.

“ANGELS IN AMERICA: PART ONE” is presented by the Augusta Theatre Company and runs June 21-23 and 27-29. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at For more information, call the box office at 481-9040.

WORKS BY MARYANNE KELLY HAND now on display at the SouthEastern NeuroScience Building on Roy Road off Wheeler Road. Held through the summer. For more information, contact Maryanne Kelly Hand at 667-6622. “VISUALIZING THE BLUES: IMAGES OF THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1862-1999” will be on display at the Columbia Museum of Ar t through May 26. Features photographs by Eudora Welty, Gordon Parks, Walker Evans, Dorothea

“ALL AMERICAN” MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, 7 p.m. May 27 at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater at Riverwalk. The Augusta Concer t Band presents a Memorial Day Tribute Concer t. Guest conductor will be Chief Warrant Officer John Mitchell. Free, but donations will be accepted. Call 202-0091.


“WOODY GUTHRIE’S AMERICAN SONG” musical tribute will be per formed by the Alliance Theatre Company through June 9. Presented on the Alliance Stage at the Woodruff Ar ts Center in midtown Atlanta. Tickets are $21-$60 and may be purchased by calling (404) 733-5000 or online at “BUS STOP” will be at the Aiken Community Playhouse May 31, June 1, 7-9 and 14-15. All shows are at 8 p.m., except for Sunday shows, which begin at 3 p.m. (803) 648-1438. MURDER AT THE PARTRIDGE INN SERIES PERFORMANCE June 23. Tickets are $35 per person and include grand din-

ner buffet at 7:30 p.m. Show star ts at 8. For reservation information, call the Par tridge Inn at 737-8888, ex t. 201.

Attractions RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN EXTENDED HOURS: On weekends, Riverbanks’ admission gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m., though visitors may stay in the park until 6 p.m. Weekday admission is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission is $7.25 for adults and $4.75 for children ages 312. For information, call (803) 779-8717 or visit their Web site at THOROUGHBRED RACING HALL OF FAME celebrates Aiken’s contributions to equestrian spor ts. The Hall of Fame is open Tuesday through Sunday from 2-5 p.m., weather permit ting. For more information, call 642-7650.

THE BOYHOOD HOME OF WOODROW WILSON circa 1859 Presbyterian manse occupied by the family of President Woodrow Wilson as a child during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Original and period antiques, restored house, kitchen and carriage house, located at 419 Telfair Street. Open 10 a.m. 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Tours are available. Tours for groups of 10 or more by appointment only. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students under 18 and free for ages five and under. For more information, call 724-0436.

HISTORIC COTTON EXCHANGE WELCOME CENTER Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. River walk. Free. 724-4067.


“OPTICAL ILLUSIONS ... YOU WON’T BELIEVE YOUR EYES” exhibit now showing in the Knox Gallery at the National Science Center’s For t Discovery through June 9. Features graphics and hands-on activities. Free admission to exhibit with paid general admission to For t Discovery, which is $8/adults, $6/children, seniors and active military. Operating hours are Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. For more information, call 821-0200. FORT DISCOVERY SUMMER EXPLOSION! kicks off May 25. Premiere of “Wolves at our Door” presentation in the Paul S. Simon Discovery Theater; runs daily at 1 p.m. Also featured is “Fun! Fun! Fun!” with games, competitions and science demos, noon-2 p.m. in the Science Plaza. “Make & Take” activities featured outside of KidScape from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $8/adults, $6/children, seniors and active military. Call 821-0200 for more information. ARTRAGEOUS SUNDAY! STORYTELLING WITH ART at the Morris Museum of Ar t June 2 at 2 p.m. Create stories through pictures with former illustrator Adam Parsons. Call the museum at 724-7501 for more information. “THE TIES THAT BIND” African-American Ar t and Heritage Tour Program is available to students in grades 3-12. Prior to touring the Morris Museum of Ar t, a museum docent visits students in their classroom and provides a slide orientation. The program is available year-round, Tuesday-Friday, and must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Call the Morris Museum of Ar t at 724-7501 or visit the museum Web site at EVENTS AT THE AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY: Mark Catesby’s Natural History of the Southern Colonies exhibition runs through May 31. Also, June’s Brown Bag History Series will take place at noon on June 5; topic is the Confederate States Powder Works. Bring a lunch and the museum provides a beverage and desser t. $2 for non-members; fee to members. Reservations are required. Please call 722-8454 for more information or visit MASTERWORKS OF SOUTHERN ART TOUR at the Morris Museum of Ar t. This guided tour of the museum’s collection



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On Memorial Day, May 27, the Augusta Concert Band will do their part to remind us what our veterans have done on our behalf. Concert takes place 7 p.m. at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, at the Riverwalk. is free and star ts at 2 p.m. May 26. For more information, call 724-7501 or see on the Web.

lunch, garden tour, Hanover House tour and tour of the town of Clemson. Call (803) 641-3563.

AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY, 560 Reynolds St., Augusta. Permanent exhibitions include the award-winning “Augusta’s Story” — 12,000 years of local history from early Indians through Susan Still’s 1997 space shut tle missions. Other at tractions include the community’s medical history, a restored 1917 steam locomotive and a reconstructed 1930s gas station; documentaries shown continuously in the History Theatre. Young people will enjoy the Susan L. Still Children’s Discovery Gallery. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children; children under 6 are free. Free admission on Sundays. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; closed Mondays. 722-8454.

DAIRY FESTIVAL June 1 at the John de la Howe School barn on June 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Features live enter tainment, stage ceremony, dairy exhibitions, dairy product exhibit, milking demonstration, craf ts, antique farm equipment, traditional lifeskills demonstrations, antique car show, old fashioned games, petting zoo, pony rides, clowns, face painting, pie contest and more! Located eight miles nor th of McCormick, S.C., on Highway 81. Call (864) 391-2131 for details.

THE LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY is located at 1116 Phillips St. The museum plays host to ar t exhibits, senior luncheons, youth leadership programs, ar t and history programs and more. Its hours of operation are 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays, closed on Mondays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 724-3576 or see their Web site at www.lucycraf NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION’S WILD TURKEY CENTER AND MUSEUM: 770 Augusta Highway, Edgefield. State-of-the-ar t museum celebrates the comeback of the wild turkey and features the role hunters and conservationists played in the wildlife success story. New legacy sculpture and garden; Outdoor Education Center; managing land for wildlife demonstrations; wetland habitat site and pavilion. Self-guided tours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; guided group weekend tours by appointment. Donation appreciated. On the Web at; (803) 637-3106.

ASIAN PACIFIC FESTIVAL June 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at For t Gordon’s Engineer Field. Includes ethnic fashion show, cultural displays, ethnic food and dances from Guam, Samoa, Thailand and the Philippines. Free and open to the public. Call 7916648 for more information. DEAN MITCHELL LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING June 1 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Ar tist will sign his latest book, “Dean Mitchell ... The Early Years,” at the Columbia Museum of Ar t. Reception to follow. $15 fee; reservations must be made by May 28. (803) 799-2810. WET PAINT RECEPTION 2002 June 8 at Marbury Center from 6-8 p.m. Guests are invited to purchase original recent works by local ar tists at a reception and “Wet Paint” sale. For more information, contact the Greater Augusta Ar ts Council at 826-4702 or visit www.augustaar FATHER’S DAY BRUNCH at For t Gordon’s Gordon Club June 16. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for kids ages 6-10 and $3.50 for kids 5 and under. Call 791-6780 for more info.

THE SIGNAL CORPS MUSEUM The museum is in Conrad Hall, Building 29807, nex t to the Signal Towers on For t Gordon. Its hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 791-2818.

ARTIFACT IDENTIFICATION DAY May 25 at the Ezekiel Harris House. Archaeologists on hand to help identify and classify prehistoric and historic ar tifacts. Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and free to the public. Call 595-6852 or 868-8433 for more info.

AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM Open 9:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (803) 642-2015.

MEMORIAL DAY FESTIVAL AND PARADE in downtown Aiken on May 25. Features patriotic music, food, games and watermelon seed spit ting contest. Free admission. Call the Aiken Downtown Development Association at (803) 649-2221.

GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART, located on the corner of Fif th and Telfair Street, is housed in historic Ware’s Folly. The Institute exhibits contemporary ar t in its gallery and presents ar t classes for children, youth and adults. The Walker-MacKenzie studio hosts classes and workshops. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and by appointment only on Saturday. The Walker-Mackenzie Studio is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 722-5495.

Special Events CLEMSON BOTANICAL GARDENS TRIP May 31. Presented by the Academy of Lifelong Learning at USC-Aiken. $58/person fee includes transpor tation,

GEORGIA WAR VETERANS HOME MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY May 27, 9:30 a.m. in the Veterans Home Cour tyard. Colonel Jeffrey W. Foley will be the guest speaker, and Mayor Bob Young will make opening remarks. For t Gordon’s United States Army Signal Corps Band and the Post Color Guard will par ticipate in the ceremony. The public is invited. Contact Charles Esposito at 721-2531 for more information.

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REDCLIFFE STATE HISTORIC SITE 1859 mansion of S.C. Governor James Henry Hammond, held by the family for three generations until 1975. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday-Monday on the grounds. House tours are noon-3 p.m. by appointment. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission to the grounds is free. Fee for house tours is $3 for adults and children ages 6 to 17. For more information, call (803) 827-1473. Located at 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island, S.C., 29842.

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AUGUSTA GOLF & GARDENS OF THE GEORGIA GOLF HALL OF FAME features beautiful display gardens, as well as bronze sculptures of some of golf’s greatest masters. Available for rent for a variety of functions, including weddings, receptions, photo sessions, business lunches, cocktail par ties, bir thday par ties and more. Group discount rates are available. Closed on Mondays; open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5.50 for adults; $4.50 for students, seniors and military; $3.50 for children (4 to 12); free for children 3 under. Sundays are two for one with a Super Sunday coupon. Annual garden memberships are available. For more information, call 724-4443 or 1-888-874-4443. Also, visit their Web site at FORT DISCOVERY/NATIONAL SCIENCE CENTER Children and adults alike can immerse themselves in the wonders of science through live demonstrations, vir tual realities, Starlab, KidScape and more than 270 hands-on exhibits. General Admission: $8 for adults; $6 for children, seniors and active military. Group rates available. Members enter free. Half-price admission daily af ter 3 p.m. Operating hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. For information call 821-0200, 1-800-325-5445 or visit their Web site at



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HIDDEN GARDEN WALK in Waynesboro, Ga., June 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be an ar t show and sale. Admission is $6 and tickets are available from Burkland Garden Club members, the Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce or Southern Bank. Call Nancy Palmer at (706) 554-7360 or Kathy Allen at (706) 437-1726. RED, WHITE AND BLUE VETERAN’S CELEBRATION May 25 at the Doctor’s Hospital Field in Evans, 6-9 p.m. See military displays, K-9 demos, a flag retirement ceremony, a highway dedication, 9/11 memorial, live enter tainment, kids’ activities, special guests and fireworks. For more info, call 868-3458. FIFTH ANNUAL BLACK TIE GALA, presented by 100 Black Men of Augusta, Inc., will be held May 24 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at the Radisson River front Hotel. Features dinner, dancing, a silent auction and enter tainment by trombonist

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Wycliffe Gordon. Tickets are $60 per person or $600 for a corporate table of 10. For more information, contact Larry Durr at 869-8699 or Wayne Foster at 651-8444. ADOPTION INFORMATION SESSION held at the Independent Adoption Center’s of fice in Tucker, Ga., June 1. The non-profit agency hosts this 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. session. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 1-800-385-4016. GEORGIA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL will be held weekends through June 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each weekend features a special event, ar tisans, rides, shows, concessions and retailers. Festival site is located off I-85, Peachtree City/Fairburn exit, close to Atlanta. Discount tickets available online at or at select retailers; regularly priced tickets, available at the festival box office, are $15 for adults, $11 for seniors, $6 for children 612 and free for those under 6. For info, call the festival hotline at (770) 964-8575 or visit on the Web. COLUMBIA COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY holds pet adoptions every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at PetsMar t. For more info, call 860-5020. RICHMOND COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL AND AUGUSTA ANIMAL RESCUE FRIENDS holds pet adoptions at Superpetz off Bobby Jones Expressway every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Call AARF at 364-4747 or visit www.aar Adoptions are also held at the Richmond County Animal Control Shelter on Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call the shelter at 790-6836. LOW-COST RABIES VACCINATIONS: Augusta-Richmond County Animal Control holds low-cost rabies vaccination clinics the four th Sunday of every month. The depar tment vaccinates privately owned pets for $8 per animal at 1 p.m. at Superpetz off Bobby Jones Expressway. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier. Puppies and kit tens must be three months of age and current for all other vaccinations. Schedule subject to change, so please call 7906836 for more information and to verify dates and times. THE CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY holds pet adoptions every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every Wednesday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pet Center located behind the GreenJackets Stadium on Milledge Rd. Call 261PETS for more information.

follow the tournament. Entry fee is $60. For more information or to enter, contact Bet ty Tharpe at 738-5072. THE GOLDEN HARVEST FOOD BANK is seeking donations of nonperishable canned goods and grocery products. Anyone interested in conducting a food drive to assist the Golden Harvest Food Bank feed the needy may call 736-1199.

Learning AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY CONTINUING EDUCATION is offering the following classes during June and July: Creative Writing, Acting and Public Presentation Workshop, Interior Design, Scanner Basics, Fly Casting, Aquacise, Medical Terminology, Prosperous Retirement, Advanced Medical Coding, and Medical Billing and Reimbursement. For more information, including classes dates, times and cost, call 737-1636 or visit FREE SMALL BUSINESS TAX WORKSHOP will be presented May 23 by the USC-Aiken Small Business Development Center. Held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 107 of USC-Aiken’s Administration Building. Registration is required. Contact the Small Business Development Center at (803) 641-3646. INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS CLASS offered at Ma xwell Branch Library May 24 and 31, 9:30-11 a.m. Classes are one session. For information, call 793-2020. AIKEN TECH CONTINUING EDUCATION is offering the following courses: Intro to Computers, Adobe PageMaker, Intro to Massage Therapy, Intro to Genealogy, Intro to Floral Design, Driver Education, Occupational Spanish and more. Classes begin in May and June. For more information or to register, contact the Aiken Technical College Continuing Education Division at (803) 593-9231, ex t. 1279.

Health MCG TICK REMOVAL STUDY compares two methods of removing ticks from humans. If you find a tick on you and would like to par ticipate, please call Dr. Mike Felz before the tick is removed at 721-2855, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.


FREE HIV/AIDS TESTING every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Ministry, 922 Greene Street. Free anonymous testing, pre and post test counseling and education.

SENIOR “FAN FAIR” is hosted by WJBF News Channel 6 and the Giving Your Best Par tners. Volunteers will be at the Nor th Augusta Wal-Mar t May 29 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. to collect new fans and donations for CSRA area senior citizens. For more information, call WJBF News Channel 6 at 722-6664.

HATHA YOGA CLASSES at the St. Joseph Home Health Care Center in Daniel Village Plaza. Held 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. $10 per class or $60 a month for unlimited classes. Mats are provided, but bring a towel and a water bot tle. Call Tess at 738-2782 for more information.

A HEART TO HEART CELEBRATION to assist the family of teenager Catrice “Kitty” Ortiz-DeLeon offset the cost of a recent heart transplant and to raise donor awareness. Performance by local band Loose Theory, with information about organ donation available from the K.O.D. Foundation. Held May 25 at the Private “I” on Thomas Lane in Augusta. For more information, contact the K.O.D. Foundation at 284-6086, Sandy Biles at 650-7927 or Cassandra Reed at 737-4482. BERRY CHILDREN’S CENTER BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT June 7 at Forest Hills Golf Club. The Lauderdale format tournament will begin at 1 p.m., and a fried chicken dinner will

A FREE WOMEN’S HEALTH CLINIC is held from 6-8 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Salvation Army and Welfare Center, 1383 Greene St., Augusta. Services include Pap smear, breast examination and the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmit ted diseases. This service is available through the Medical College of Georgia Student Chapter of the American Medical Women's Association and the MCG Depar tments of Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology. For more info or an appointment, call the St. Vincent dePaul Health Center at 828-3444.

W.G. WATSON, M.D., WOMEN’S CENTER CONDUCTS EDUCATION CLASSES at University Hospital. Course topics include Lamaze, breast feeding, parenting and grandparenting. Par tners will learn positive suppor t techniques to use during the shared bir th experience. There are also programs designed to help older siblings adjust to new family members. Some classes are free, while others require a fee. Registration is required by calling 774-2825.

AUGUSTA GREENJACKETS HOME GAMES May 31; June 13, 13-16, 27-30; July 1-2, 5-8, 19-26 and 31; August 1-3, 14-21, 26-28 30-31; and September 1-2. Ticket prices range from $6-$8, with special discounts for children and seniors. Sundays are Family Fest/Junior Jacket days, Tuesdays are “Two Fer” Tuesdays/Team Trivia and Thursdays are Thirsty Thursdays. For tickets, call 736-7889 or go to Also check out


THE G.O.A.L.L.S. PROGRAM AT WALTON REHABILITATION HOSPITAL is offering golf clinics for those with physical disabilities. Future clinics are planned for the second Tuesday of each month at the First Tee of Augusta. Golfers do not have to be affiliated with Walton to par ticipate. If you are interested in par ticipating, please contact Judie Thompson, G.O.A.L.L.S. Coordinator at 823-8691.

“ART FOR TOTS” FAMILY WORKSHOP at the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t. Toddlers ages 2-4 and their parents will explore the possibilities of painting and drawing media. Learn to encourage your child’s creativity and self-expression. 10-11:30 a.m. June 1. $12 per family (one adult and one child). Call 722-5495 for more info.


“DRAW LIKE CATESBY” program, par t of the Augusta Museum of History’s June Family History Series, will be held June 8 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the museum’s Special Exhibition Gallery. Local ar tist Heather Crist will lead the class. For children ages 7-11 years old; reservations required by June 3. Free to museum members; non-members must pay regular museum admissions. Call 722-8454 for more information. NIKE TENNIS CAMPS for boys and girls ages 6-17 at the Newman Tennis Center run in four one-week sessions, June 17 through July 19. Full-day tuition is $225/week; half-day tuition is $165/week. To enroll, phone 821-1600. VACATION READING KICK-OFF CARNIVAL with games and craf ts May 29 at the Appleby Branch Library. Held from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Call the library at 736-6244 for details. “500 HATS OF BARTHOLOMEW CUBBINS” FAMILY WORKSHOP June 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t. Families will create whimsical hats inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “500 Hats of Bar tholomew Cubbins.” Open to children ages 5-12 accompanied by an adult. $7 per family (one child, one adult) and $1 for each additional child. Call the Ger trude Herber t Institute of Ar t at 722-5495 to register. HISTORY CAMP 2002 is presented by the Augusta Museum of History and runs June 24-28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For children ages 8 to 10. Theme is American Civil War era. $35 for museum members; $50 for non-members. Reservations required and must be made by June 14. Call the museum at 722-8454 to make reservations. “KIDS IN COLLEGE” SUMMER DAY CAMPS offered by USC-Aiken feature computers, science, math, ar t, music and more. Fee is $135 for sessions I and II or $75 per session. Optional lunch fee of $30. Call (803) 641-3563. WALTON’S CAMP TBI July 14-19 at Magnolia Springs State Park. For information, call 823-8691 or e-mail KENNY THOMAS BASEBALL CAMP is for those 6-15 years old and is held at USC-Aiken. Half or full-day sessions available, with lunch provided for full-day campers. June 3-7, 1721 or July 15-19. Discount for those who register early. Call (803) 642-7761, (803) 641-3410 or (803) 641-3486. AUGUSTA PREP SUMMER CAMPS run in five one-week sessions from June 10 through July 19. Camp is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with ex tended hours available for an added fee. $175 per one-week session for ages 5-12; $90 per oneweek session for CITs, 13-14 years old. For more information, visit or call 863-1906. BOOKS-A-MILLION EVENTS: Preschool storytime, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Kids Movies, Fridays at 7 p.m.; Harry Pot ter and Pokemon Trading Card League every Saturday. For more information, call 481-9090. COLLAGE: CREATIVE ARTS CAMP is sponsored by the Friends of the Augusta Symphony and is for children entering kindergar ten through 5th grade. Camp is June 17-28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trinity-on-the-Hill. Tuition is $100 per week. For more info, call Sue Alexanderson at 738-7527 or the Symphony office at 826-4705. ROBERT SAPP BASEBALL CAMP is now accepting registration for summer session, May 27-31. Camp is 9 a.m.-3 p.m at Patriots Park and is for boys 7-14. Fee is $110; team rates available. Call the Columbia County Recreation Depar tment at 863-7523 or e-mail GIRLS INCORPORATED SPECTACULAR SUMMER PROGRAM now accepting registration for May 27-July 26 summer day camp. Camp runs 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is $350, plus an annual registration fee of $35. For information, contact Chiquida Brinson at 733-2512. ASU SUMMER CAMPS FOR AREA YOUTH: Kids University, Basketball Team Camp, Basketball Individual Camp, Choral/Vocal Camp, Cheerleading Camp, Orchestra/String Camp, Global Cultures Through the Ar ts Camp and Band Camp. Times, dates and cost vary from camp to camp. Call Steve Brady at 667-4821 or Kathy Schofe at 737-1878 for more information.

As part of the Georgia Games, the East District Sports Festival events are on until July 4, in Augusta and surrounding areas, with championships to be held in Augusta July 12-21. For info call the Georgia State Games Commission at 770/528-3585 or visit WEEKLY STORY SESSIONS are held at all branches of Richmond County and Columbia County libraries. Visit for more information.

including: aerobics, quilting, tai chi, Spanish, painting, line dancing, bowling and crochet. For information regarding cost, length of classes and other details, call 826-4480, ex t. 351.

GIRL SCOUT SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS are available for girls ages 5-17; girls need not be Girl Scouts to at tend. Overnight camp at Camp Tanglewood in Columbia County runs in six sessions, beginning June 9 and ending July 26. Day camps are also sponsored: Barnwell Day Camp, June 17-21; Aiken Day Camp, June 24-28; Camp Tanglewood Day Camp, July 8-12; Jenkins Day Camp, July 15-19; and McDuffie Day Camp, July 22-26. Call 774-0505 or 1-800997-2472 to sign up.

SENIOR CITIZENS ARTS AND CRAFTS CLUB meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. at Smith-Hazel. Activities include ar ts and craf ts workshops, trips and holiday par ties. Those in at tendance should bring refreshments to share. For more info, call (803) 642-7635.

SUMMER ADVENTURES DAY CAMP REGISTRATION at the H.O. Weeks Center in Aiken. The camp is open to kids age 512, and activities include spor ts, ar ts and craf ts, games, field trips and special theme activities. Cost is $80 per child if living in Aiken City limits; $107.50 for all others. Camp begins June 10 and runs Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at H.O. Weeks. Call (803) 642-7631 for information. SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM is available to eligible children ages 1-18 from June 5 through July 26. There will be more than 70 locations throughout Richmond County providing children with the same high-quality meals in the summer that they receive from the school nutrition program during the school year. For additional information, contact Joe Brandenburg at 737-7174. PAINE COLLEGE NATIONAL YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAM is a spor ts camp for 10-16 year olds from low-income families throughout the CSRA. Applications are now available for the June 3-July 9 camp and can be picked up at the Paine College Campus Safety Office on Druid Park Ave. There is no cost to par ticipate, and space is limited to 350 children. For more information, contact the program director, Anthony Holland, at 821-8307.

ACADEMY FOR LIFELONG LEARNING provides a broad range of activities for mature adults. Meets the second Friday of each month, Room 107 of the USC-Aiken’s Penland Administration Building. Contact the Continuing Education Office at (803) 641-3288. SENIORNET provides adults age 50 and over education for and access to computer technology. Many different courses are offered. Contact the USC-Aiken Continuing Education Office at (803) 641-3563.

Sports UPCOMING EVENTS AT CITIZENS PARK in Aiken: USSSA Women’s Spring Fling Sof tball Tournament and USSSA Black American Sof tball Tournament May 25-26; USSSA Ebony Classic Black American Sof tball Tournament May 31-June 2; USSSA Diamond Derby Fast Pitch Sof tball Tournament June 7-9. For more information, call (803) 642-7761 or e-mail RAINBOW TOURNAMENT, a tennis tournament for inner-city adults, will be at the Newman Tennis Center May 24-27 from 6 p.m. until close. Phone 821-1600 for details.

SUMMER DAY CAMP REGISTRATION at all Augusta Parks and Recreation Community Centers. Summer Day Camp runs June 3 through July 26 and is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For registration information, call 796-5025.

SUNCOM SENIOR BOWL ALL-STAR SOCCER SHOWCASE features the top high school seniors from Richmond and Columbia County. Held May 23 at the Augusta Soccer Park; girls’ game is at 5:30 p.m. and boys’ game is at 7 p.m. Presented by the Augusta Arsenal Soccer Club. 854-0149.

FIRST SATURDAY STORYTELLING Each first Saturday of the month, children and adults are invited to the Lucy Craf t Laney Museum to hear one of our many talented storytellers weave stories and folk tales into exciting adventures. In addition, they get a tour of the museum. Call 706-724-3576 for more information.

GOLF TOURNAMENT, sponsored by the Shriner’s Legion of Honor military veterans, will be held at Applewood Golf Course on June 1. $40 per player covers green fees, car t rental, dit ty bags, beverages and a buffet. Prizes awarded. Registration at 8 a.m., with a shotgun star t at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 860-1268 or 210-0654.


EAST DISTRICT SPORTS FESTIVAL events are held in Augusta, Grovetown, Springfield and Statesboro through July 4, with the championships in Augusta July 12-21, and are presented by the Georgia State Games Commission. Open to all residents, regardless of age or skill level. Events include archery, baseball, basketball, bicycle riding, bowling, fishing, racquetball, sof tball, tennis and tae kwon do. For more information, call the Georgia State Games Commission at (770) 528-3585 or visit

MATURE SINGLES DINNER CLUB is a new organization open to those ages 55 and over. Meets once a week at restaurants in the area for companionship and social interaction. For more information, call 399-2087 af ter 5 p.m. LITERACY FOR SENIORS I at Augusta State University teaches basic concepts of personal computer systems, word processing, spreadsheets, Windows, the Internet and e-mail. Held 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 1026. Call 737-1636 for more information. GOLDEN OLYMPICS GAMES with events for senior citizens will be May 24 at the Julian Smith Casino. For more information, call 796-5025. THE SENIOR CITIZENS COUNCIL OF GREATER AUGUSTA AND THE CSRA offers a variety of activities during May,

HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS are every other Saturday through July 6 and July 20-September 14 at the Schofield Soccer Field in Aiken. Horses and supplies are provided, and cost is $20/person per session. For ages 4-adult. For more information, call (803) 642-7635. AUGUSTA STALLIONS HOME GAMES for the 2002 season are: May 24; June 8, 21; and July 5, 20, 27. Season tickets star t at $40. Contact the Stallions ticket office at 738-9539 for season and individual game tickets.

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OLDER AMERICANS ACT SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM is 0 0 looking for volunteers to serve hot, nutritious meals to needy 2 older residents. To volunteer in suppor t of senior nutrition programs, contact the Senior Citizens Council at 826-4480, or visit your nearest par ticipating senior center. For those in need of home-delivered meals, please apply with the Area Agency on Aging at 210-2018 or toll free at 1-888-922-4464. FAMILIES NEEDED TO HOST FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS: World Heritage, a non-profit organization, is looking for families to host high-school foreign exchange students. To learn more about the program, contact Beth Folland at (803) 279-2696 or visit on the Web. AUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL: Help Augusta-Richmond County Animal Control improve the lives of stray dogs and cats housed at our shelter by volunteering your time. New volunteer orientation is scheduled the first Saturday of every month at 11 a.m. at the shelter, 4164 Mack Lane. Schedule subject to change, so please call 7906836 for information and to verify dates and times. THE CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY is looking for animal lovers who are willing to donate a lit tle of their time. Volunteers are needed every Saturday at the Pet Center located behind the GreenJackets Stadium on Milledge Road. Please call 261PETS for more information. SHEPHERD COMMUNITY BLOOD CENTER is seeking donors to prevent a blood supply shor tage. To donate call 737-4551, 854-1880 or (803) 643-7996.

Meetings PRIDE AND PROGRESS OF AUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY meets May 28 at University Medical Center South on Peach Orchard Road at 7 p.m. Featured speakers are Senator Don Cheeks and the new fire chief, Al Gillespie. Call 798-3890 for more details. THE AUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY COLISEUM AUTHORITY will hold its monthly meeting 9 a.m. May 29 in Meeting Rooms E/F at the Civic Center. All commit tee repor ts will be limited to five minutes; if more time is needed, a writ ten repor t must be prepared. Call 722-3521 for more information. CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY MONTHLY MEETING May 28, 7 p.m. at the Pet Center near Lake Olmstead Stadium. Sheryl Silva from the Senior Citizens Council to speak on providing shelter for pets displaced during emergencies and disasters. Open to the public. Call the Pet Center at 721-PETS for info. THE CSRA APPLE MACINTOSH USERS GROUP meets 7 p.m. May 23 at the Ruth Patrick Observatory, USC-Aiken. Speaker Jim Cadieux will discuss astronomy-related programs available for Macintosh computers. Group is open to all Mac users, prospective users and anyone interested in Mac computers. Contact Beth Hackney, 860-8690, or Don Hostetler, 279-6456, for more information. STATE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM MEETING May 30 at the Central Savannah River Area Regional Development Center in Augusta. Begins at 7 p.m. with information available for highway, bridge, bicycle, pedestrian, enhancement and transit projects. For directions and more information, contact Costa Pappis at 210-2000, ex t. 129. THE AUGUSTA SKI AND OUTING CLUB is a non-profit organization for those who enjoy snow skiing, boating, camping, whitewater raf ting, cycling and other outdoor recreation. Meets 6:45 p.m. the first Tuesday of ever y month at the Cot ton Patch. Club interests should be directed to (803) 279-6186. GUIDELINES: Public Service announcements are listed in this section without charge at the discretion of the editor. Announcements must be received by Monday at noon and will be included as space permits. Send to Events, The Metropolitan Spirit, P.O. Box 3809, Augusta, GA, 30914 or Fa x (706) 733-6663. Listings cannot be taken over the phone.

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our poised musicians keep stealthy time behind a singer willing to bleed in front of his audience. The result is a dreamy landscape, both eerie and familiar. Their name is Thinfin, and they will play and sing their hearts out for you. Jon Crans, whose gut-level crooning fills this handful of songs with a sense of primordial longing, has already discovered that writing is therapeutic and enlightening, a regular field trip into the human psyche. One such lesson, titled “Say You Will,” is a song about disappointment. “When I first wrote it, it was from the perspective of someone hurting me,” Jon said. “But the more I sang it, I realized it had a lot to do with myself, too. I wrote it about a situation that happens to you, and it just doesn’t fall through the right way. And you can’t do what you said you would, you know?” He said he often doesn’t fully realize what a lyric is about until it’s been around for a while. “You’re such a singer, man,” came a bandmate’s voice from across the room. “The way you talk about things.” Asked if performing the song takes him back to the way he felt when he wrote it, Jon said, “Yeah. It does.” “Disease” and “Sinking” are about anxiety and depression, respectively. “Save Me,” Jon said, is about the need humans have to lean on something outside of themselves. “It’s not really about religion,” he said, “but sometimes you want something from somewhere, whether it’s inspiration or a person, you know? You need something.” Yet, these hints of sadness don’t leave the listener with a depressing aftertaste, because the darkness in the songs is more comforting than frightening. It creates a sort of emotional ambience. That idea is particularly illustrated by the song “Rain,” which both Jon and guitarist Edward Murray seem particularly proud of. It’s about release, Jon said. “People have cried when they’ve heard this song.” Ed described a session in which the song made a good friend of the band flee the room in tears. “We all followed her out to find out what was wrong,” Ed said. “She told us that nothing was wrong and everything was right. She said that the song was just so beautiful that it moved her and just made her cry. “That’s why we do what we do. Being given the chance to touch people is more than we could ask for, and when you know that you have touched someone and truly moved them, there is nothing better. That is the payoff.” And that payoff is important, because these young performers work hard. After rehearsal, they are just a group of guys who have hung out together through middle and high school. But while they are honing their craft, they are all business. They even have a mission statement, which may be found on their Web site at As a result of this dedication, each member of Thinfin has a lot of emotional investment in the work as a whole, and not just in the part he is responsible for. For instance, Ed said, Jon’s work becomes the words of the band. “When Jon writes and sings his lyrics, it seems like it comes from all of our hearts and minds, and when one of us comes up with a

THINFIN musical idea of some sort, it seems to just grow as each one of us feeds off it and adds to it as we jam and write at practice.” Ed’s not bad with a turn of phrase himself. Asked how it feels on those nights when everything goes right, he said, “It feels like your heart jumps outside your chest and instead of it being inside you, you are inside it.”

The other guys in Thinfin are Ryan Wheale on drums, Chris Dexter on bass and Kevin Boyd on guitar. On May 23, they will appear at the Soul Bar. On May 24, they will hold a dual CD release party with the band Solemn at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 7:30 p.m. On May 25, they will appear at the Playground. Don’t let these guys out of your sight.


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he rocker who once spent his time “Running Down a Dream” is getting ready to begin running down the road. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will begin a summer tour of the U.S. next month and there’s good news all around for his fans in the South. Petty and company, who have been busy wrapping up a new studio project scheduled for release in the fall, will end the first leg of the tour at Charlotte’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater July 20. After taking a few weeks off, the band will perform Aug. 9 at the Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre in Atlanta. You can buy your tickets early for these or any other Petty shows at the singer-guitarist’s official Web site at Incidentally, this tour marks the return of original bassist Ron Blair, who rejoined the group after longtime bassman Howie Epstein was busted last June for heroin possession.

Does It Really “Mathers” Dept.? Movies aren’t the only media being pirated these days. Eminem is pushing up the release date of his third album “The Eminem Show” to May 28 after bootleggers posted the complete album on the Internet. To entice buyers to wait and purchase the real deal, the record label (Interscope) is including the new LP with a free DVD with all sorts of behind-the-scenes goodies. Eminem is currently rehearsing for his summer tour that begins in July. Keyboard whiz Rick Wakeman has once again rejoined Yes for a summer tour that brings the classic rockers to Atlanta’s Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater Aug. 13. To mark the occasion (and cash in on the shows as well) a new box set “In a Word:Yes (1969-)” will be issued in July. Wakeman has often said since leaving the group in the mid-’90s that he would never tour again with his old bandmates but obviously succumbed to the lure of the big bucks. He joins the “classic” Yes lineup of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White. Beck has announced his first new studio offering since 1999’s disappointing and uneven “Midnite Vultures.” The disc, yet to be named by the musician, should reach the stores in September. The new disc finds Beck making plans with producer Nigel Goodrich, reuniting the pair for the first time since their collaboration on the sensational “Mutations” set from 1998. Live shows in support of the project are a certainty. New albums in the stores this week include Dave Alvin’s (ex-Blasters) “Out in California,” Laurie Anderson’s “Live at Town Hall,” Marc Anthony’s “Mended,” Patti Austin’s “For Ella,” Bad Company’s “In Concert,” The Breeders’ “Title TK,” Bryan Ferry’s “Frantic,” Neil Finn’s “One All,” Phil Lesh’s (Grateful Dead) “There and Back Again,” Peter Murphy’s “Dust,” Tito Puente’s “Live at Playboy Jazz Festival,” Pulp’s “We Love Life,” Duke Robillard’s “Living with the Blues” and Take 6’s “Beautiful World.”

Turner’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Jeopardy:

Q. What is “Stairway to Heaven?” A. Justin Hayward, Winonna Judd, and Dolly Parton have each covered this Led Zeppelin classic.


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Thursday, 23rd Aiken Brewing Co. - DJ Bhoomer’s Bar - Karaoke Contest Capri Cinema - Tokyo Rose, The Fight Coconuts - DJ Continuum - Playalistic Thursday Coyote’s - Ladies’ Night, Rhes Reeves, Shelley Watkins and the Coyote Ugly Band D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Eagle’s Nest - Richardean Norwood, Michael Johnson, Karaoke Fraternal Order of Eagles - Bingo Greene Street’s - Men’s National Karaoke Contest Highlander - ‘Smath sinn Dragon Honk y Tonk - The Duke Boys Joe’s Underground - Jason Last Call - Ma x from 95 Rock hosts Barroom Olympics, DJ Richie Rich Logan’s Roadhouse - Karaoke Luck y Ladies Bar and Grill - Pool League Marlboro Station - Talent Night Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Modjeska - House Music Mulligan’s Nitelife - DJ Playground - Open Mic Night Richard’s Place - DJ, Pool League Robbie’s Sports Bar - Pool and Dar t Leagues Safari Lounge Aiken - Ladies’ Night, Karaoke Shannon’s - Glenn Beasley Sidestreets/Barracks - Karaoke Silver Bullet Lounge - The Big Dogs Soul Bar - Thinfin, SPYT Sports Pub and Grill - Spor ts Trivia The Spot - Open Booth Night Squeak y’s Tip-Top - Live Music TGI Friday’s - John & Andy Time Piecez - Weekend Fishbowl Par ty Wheeler Tavern - DJ

Friday, 24th Adams Nightclub - Karaoke with Bill Tolbest Aiken Brewing Co. - Keith “Fossill” Gregory American Legion Post No. 63 - Flash Back Back yard Tavern - Karaoke Big Iron Saloon - DJ Frank Borders - Tim Nielson Cafe Du Teau - Buzz Clif ford Charlie O’s - Live Music Coconuts - Miss Hawaiian Tropic with DJ Doug Continuum - Nu Soul Cotton Patch - John Kolbeck Country Ranch - Live Music Coyote’s - Rhes Reeves, Shelley Watkins and the Coyote Ugly Band Crossroads - Needless D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Finish Line Cafe - DJ Mykie G Fishbowl Lounge - Karaoke Gordon Club - DJ Dance Par ty Greene Street’s - Karaoke with DJ Penny Hangnail Gallery - Gearbox, Cycle, Prefontaine Highlander - Live Music Honk y Tonk - The Duke Boys Joe’s Underground - Black-Eyed Susan Kokopelli’s - Adams Township, Jemani Last Call - Tony Howard, then DJ Richie Rich Luck y Ladies Bar and Grill - The Niche, Blind Draws Marlboro Station - Show Night with Special Guest

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You have a date with Tony Howard. Last Call. Friday, May 24th. Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Modjeska - DJ R. El Rey Mulligan’s Nitelife - DJ Partridge Inn - The C. Anthony Carpenter Project Patti’s - Free Pool Playground - Acoustic with Chuck Red Lion - Jemani Richard’s Place - Midnight Magic Robbie’s Sports Bar - DJ Mykie G Safari Lounge Aiken - Shag Night with DJ Shannon’s - Steve Chapell Shuck’s - Opticon Sidestreets/Barracks - Ladies’ Night, Cabaret Silver Bullet Lounge - The Big Dogs Soul Bar - Evolution The Spot - Live DJ Veracruz - Live Music Wheeler Tavern - DJ

Saturday, 25th Back yard Tavern - Karaoke Big Iron Saloon - DJ Frank Borders - Rod Macker t Cafe Du Teau - Buzz Clif ford Charlie O’s - Live Music, Military Night Coconuts - DJ Doug Continuum - Ladies’ Night Cotton Patch - John & Andy Country Ranch - Karaoke Coyote’s - Rhes Reeves, Shelley Watkins and the Coyote Ugly Band Crossroads - Shinebox D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Finish Line Cafe - DJ Mykie G Fishbowl Lounge - Karaoke Fraternal Order of Eagles - Sally Mallone Gordon Club - Salsa Night

Greene Street’s - Karaoke with DJ Penny Honk y Tonk - The Duke Boys Joe's Underground - Medicine Hat Kokopelli’s - Drop Level Last Call - Tony Howard, then DJ Richie Rich Luck y Ladies Bar and Grill - The Niche Marlboro Station - Show Night with Special Guest Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Modjeska - Miami Night with DJ Tony 2 Fingers Mulligan’s Nitelife - DJ Playground - Thinfin, Solemn Rae’s Coastal Cafe - Live Music Richard’s Place - DJ Robbie’s Sports Bar - DJ Mykie G Safari Lounge Aiken - Karaoke Shannon’s - Glenn Beasley Shuck’s - Opticon Silver Bullet Lounge - The Big Dogs Soul Bar - Park Bench Blues Trio with special guest Sawdust The Spot - Live DJ Squeak y’s Tip-Top - Live Music Time Piecez - ‘80s Ladies’ Night Veracruz - Live Music Wheeler Tavern - DJ

Sunday, 26th Adams Nightclub - Dance Par ty with DJ Tim Cafe Du Teau - Buzz Clif ford and The Last Bohemian Quar tet Capri Cinema - Point of Recognition, Seventh Star, Enamored, onefallsdown Country Ranch - Jam Sessions Fraternal Order of Eagles - Bingo Logan’s Roadhouse - Trivia Marlboro Station - Starlight Cabaret Mulligan’s Nitelife - DJ Robbie’s Sports Bar - DJ Mykie G

Club Incognito - DJ Richie Rich Coliseum - Tournament Tuesday Coyote’s - Karaoke Docker’s - Pool Tournament D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Elks Lodge - Line Dancing Fraternal Order of Eagles - Bingo Greene Street’s - National Karaoke Contest Joe’s Underground - John Kolbeck Lucky Ladies Bar and Grill - Karaoke, Ladies’ Night Metro Coffeehouse - Irish Music Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Mulligan’s Nitelife - DJ Patti’s - Pool Tournament Playground - Tuesday Night Music Club: Rock ‘n’ Roll Jeopardy Red Lion - Dancing Under the Influence Robbie’s Sports Bar - Ladies’ Night Somewhere in Augusta - Trivia Sports Pub and Grill - Trivia

Wednesday, 29th Bhoomer’s Bar - Shag Night Big Iron Saloon - Ladies’ Night Coconuts - DJ Coliseum - Talent Search Cotton Patch - Trivia with Mat t Stovall Coyote’s - Rhes Reeves, Shelley Watkins and the Coyote Ugly Band Crossroads - Mo’ Chickin Blues Band Docker’s - Free Pool D. Timm’s - Joe Patchen and the Blue Diamond Express Euchee Creek Sports Bar - Ladies’ Night Fishbowl Lounge - Open Dar t Tournament Greene Street’s - National Karaoke Contest Honk y Tonk - The Duke Boys Joe’s Underground - Keith “Fossill” Gregory Kokopelli’s - Ladies’ Night Logan’s Roadhouse - Trivia Luck y Ladies Bar and Grill - Pool League Michael’s - Marilyn Adcock Modjeska - Chill Music Mulligan’s Nitelife - DJ

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Upcoming REO Speedwagon, Kansas - Bar ton Field at For t Gordon - June 7 Evening of Salsa with Bio Ritmo - Marbury Center - June 14 Locobazooka featuring Sevendust, Filter and more - Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds - July 6


India.Arie, The Calling - Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta - May 24 Billy Bob Thornton Private Radio - Ear thlink Live, Atlanta - May 24 Alanis Morissette - Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre, Atlanta - May 25 Poison, Cinderella, Winger, Faster Pussycat Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre, Atlanta - May 26 Meshell Ndegeocello - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta - May 29 The Cranberries - Chastain Park, Atlanta - May 30 Rusted Root, Alice Peacock -Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta - May 31 Dan Fogelberg and His Band - Chastain Park, Atlanta - June 1 Foreigner - Ear thlink Live, Atlanta - June 3 Chicago - Chastain Park, Atlanta - June 6 Drive-By Truckers, Cloud 10 - Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta - June 7

Are you needy for Needless? If so, check out this trio of Augusta musicians at Crossroads on Friday, May 24. The band is made up of Usual Suspects veterans Chris Hurley on guitar and Curt Hill on drums, with former Suspects soundman Pete Rittwage thumping out some bass guitar, with all three pulling vocal duty. Harry Connick Jr. - Chastain Park, Atlanta June 7 Rick James, KC & The Sunshine Band Chastain Park, Atlanta - June 9 Tommy Lee - Ear thlink Live, Atlanta - June 9 Melissa Etheridge - Chastain Park, Atlanta June 10

Snoop Dog - The Tabernacle, Atlanta - June 10 Goo Goo Dolls - The Tabernacle, Atlanta - June 11 Dave Koz and Friends - Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta - June 13 KMFDM - Masquerade, Atlanta - June 13 Indigo Girls - Chastain Park, Atlanta - June 14-15 Ben Folds - Roxy Theatre, Atlanta - June 15

Brooks and Dunn - Philips Arena, Atlanta - June 16 Jewel - Chastain Park, Atlanta - June 17 Danzig - Roxy Theatre, Atlanta - June 18 Scorpions, Deep Purple - Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre, Atlanta - June 19 Tweet - The Tabernacle, Atlanta - June 20 Michelle Branch - Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta - June 21 The B-52s, Inxs - Chastain Park, Atlanta - June 23 Elvis Costello - Chastain Park, Atlanta - June 24 Incubus, Hoobastank - Enter tainment and Spor ts Arena, Raleigh, N.C. - June 24; Cricket Arena, Charlot te, N.C. - June 25 They Might Be Giants, Superdrag - Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta - June 28 Jimmy Buffett - Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre, Atlanta - June 29 Kenny Chesney - Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre, Atlanta - July 3 Dave Matthews Band - Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre, Atlanta - July 8 Heart - Chastain Park, Atlanta - July 8 Jeep World Outdoor Festival with Sheryl Crow, Train - Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre, Atlanta July 11 Usher - Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre, Atlanta - July 14 Alicia Keys - Chastain Park, Atlanta - July 22 John Mellencamp - Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre, Atlanta - July 23 Ozzfest ‘02 - Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre, Atlanta July 28 Many tickets are available through TicketMaster outlets, by calling 828-7700, or online at w w Tickets may also be available through Tix Online by calling 278-4TIX or online at w w Night Life listings are subject to change without notice. Deadline for inclusion in Night Life calendar is Tuesday at 4 p.m. Contact Rhonda Jones by calling 738-1142, fa xing 736-0443 or e-mailing to




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ecause of what they called a “history of unacceptable professional conduct,” administrators at Lawrence Technological University (Southfield, Mich.) have ordered tenured engineering professor Sayed A. Nassar to remain inside his faculty office from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays (so that they can “monitor” him), except when he goes to class or has specific permission to leave, and not to go off campus during that time unless actually accompanied by the dean or his representative. According to faculty members interviewed for a May Chronicle of Higher Education story, the charges against Nassar boil down to the fact that he argues with the administration a lot. • The head of a Dutch hospital’s department of psychiatry and neurosexology told reporters in April that he has found a “post-orgasmic illness syndrome” after having had five patients who suffered flu-like symptoms (sweating, extreme fatigue, eye-irritation) for several days after sex. Dr. Marcel Waldinger of Leyenburg Hospital in The Hague guessed that the cause might have been an allergic reaction to the hormones released with orgasm and said his write-up would appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. The Bobbittizations Continue • Hassan Latief, 42, Hillsborough, N.J. (penis cut off by wife, Nelly, over alleged infidelity, January); Edward L. Praskovich, 31, Ambridge, Pa. (used a box cutter on his own penis in an unsuccessful suicide attempt, February); Raphael R. Scott, 20, St. Petersburg, Fla. (a robbery suspect who had his penis partially severed by a pursuing police dog, April); John Ndekeezi, Kampala, Uganda (genitals bitten off by wife, over alleged infidelity, March); Jose de Lima, 25, Brazil (cut off by wife, over alleged infidelity, January). Ironies • Two 16-year-old girls who won prizes at a Paterson, N.J., teen fair for their essays touting abstinence over condom use in sex education were revealed in May to be pregnant. One’s essay described having sex even with a condom as “like playing Russian roulette with your life.” • The London yoga center Triyoga came under strenuous neighborhood protest in March over the increasing noise level at its relaxation institute, according to a Reuters report; mellow music played at high volume, clients’ chanting, and group-breathing exercises (guttural sounds) were named as the major nuisances. And three surfer dudes

were arrested in a federal park in San Francisco in March after allegedly attempting to kill another surfer who might have intruded onto “their” wave. And a 54-year-old windsurfer dude was arrested at Kahana Beach Park in Hawaii in December after he allegedly sailed directly into a kite surfer who had stolen his wave. • In January, environmental officials in Denver denied Bromwell Elementary School a permit to burn its homemade prairie-grass garden, which was planned as a demonstration of the cycle of nature, citing the air pollution the fire would cause. The officials suggested, instead, that the 300 students take a field trip to the prairie-grass exhibit at the Denver Botanical Garden. However, according to Colorado Air Pollution Control Division estimates, one fumespewing school bus on a field trip produces more pollution by itself than would the entire controlled burn. • An arbitrator ruled in March that Pensacola, Fla., middle school teacher Robert K. Sites III, 37, was wrongly fired for showing up at work in a cocaine-distracted state (later measured at 50 times the level regarded as a “positive” test). The school has a “zero tolerance” policy on drugs, but it applies only to students. The arbitrator ruled that Sites is entitled to back pay and benefits and must be given drug counseling and a chance to get clean. • At a training seminar in January sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health (which is the agency responsible for enforcing foodhandling rules), at least 15 of the 150 participants came down with food poisoning, most likely from the catered box lunches or in-class treats. People Different From Us • Pharmacist Corey Penner, 29, pleaded guilty in March in Newton, Kan., to 16 counts of misdemeanor battery for his compulsion to trick strangers on the street into letting him draw their blood. Penner’s lawyer told the court that Penner had no explanation for his behavior but that he had engaged in it for 11 years, telling people falsely that he was doing research and, in some cases, giving people up to $20 to let him take the blood. Least Competent People • In preparation for the founding meeting of a new political group (the Anambra Peoples’ Forum) in Lagos, Nigeria, in March, officials concerned about being rained out hired a professional rain doctor, Mr. Chief Nothing Pass God, for about $47 (and a bottle of gin) to keep the skies clear. Before the doctor was finished with his incantations, a rare March downpour completely washed out the event. Said the Chief, “I have not failed. What caused the disappointment was that (this job) came unexpected(ly)” and that he had not had sufficient time to prepare. NOTE: In a November 1999 column, I noted that Jerry Wayne Walker had been charged with murder in Murray, Ky. Mr. Walker’s trial in July 2001 resulted in a hung jury, and I recently learned that in October 2001, the prosecutor dismissed the charges. — Chuck Shepherd © United Press Syndicate


singer croons, “It’s not just a daydream if you decide to make it your life.” I suggest you regard this as your mantra in the coming weeks, Virgo. The astrological omens suggest you have a mandate to bring a fierce new intensity to the glorious work of fantasy fulfillment. I dare you to prove just how much you believe in yourself.

Free Will Astrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

The Harvard Eating Disorders Center says that 40 percent of all 9-year-olds don’t like the way their bodies look. The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders asserts that “Eating disorders among teens and younger children have reached ‘epidemic levels.’” It cites kids’ dissatisfaction with their physical appearance as the primary cause. Unless you’re a rich supermodel who has indulged in cosmetic surgery, Aries, I bet you’ve fallen victim to the contagious spread of this kind of self-loathing. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it’s now prime time to dissolve the bad habit of wishing your body were different from what it is. I dare you to summon the courage to love what nature gave you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Here’s how my answering machine message starts: “If you are a telemarketer, please know that I love you and respect your struggle to make a living in this insane culture. However, I do not wish to talk to you about your magazine subscriptions, long-distance phone plans, or other fine products, so please hang up now.” Read that passage a few times, Taurus, until you grasp the subtleties of its tone. I advise you to bring the same spirit to your communication with anyone who is trying to sell you ideas and emotions and actions that you don’t really need. Be compassionate even as you succinctly express your firm convictions and strong desires.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Ready or not, Gemini, it’s time to play! Get ready for adult games and not-so-adult games; games you’ve never heard of and games you unwittingly invent; games that start at the end and work backward and games where you’re plopped down in the middle and have to figure out the rules as you go along. Let me get you in the mood for the odd fun with some tantalizing clues that tease as much as they please. One of the most entertaining diversions will be called “Undressing Your Defense

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

After studying your astrological omens for just 15 minutes, Libra, I realized I couldn’t come up with the right oracle for you as long as I was sitting on my butt indoors. Vigorous movement must be in your future, it was clear: an invocation of animal energy; decisive action and forceful exuberance; and strong displays of willpower fueled by physical agility. So I bolted from my house and ran gleefully towards the hills. My legs were happy. The sun was sweet nourishment. Sweat baptized me, and the wind was my ally. I could smell the bright blues and yellows of the wildflowers and could see their heady fragrance. This is the kind of experience I hope you’ll seek often in the coming week.

Mechanisms.” Another will be “There’s Something I’ve Always Wanted to Tell You but I Want You to Beg Me.” Now get out there and put on your game face, baby.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

My acquaintance John fantasized for years about making a pilgrimage to the Himalayas. In his imagination, it became his equivalent of a Grail quest, an emblem of joyous transcendence. At night he often dreamt of hiking along the snowy trails of Nepal’s majestic mountains. Finally he made a vow to actually go there. He saved his money, quit his job, and headed off last October. I spoke with him recently for the first time since his return. “How was your trip?” I asked. “I wasn’t moved as much as I thought I’d be,” he said. “It was disappointing, really. There’s very little wilderness and a lot of villages along the trekking routes; the tourist industry is everywhere. But it’s OK. Now I have the chance to hunt around for a new symbol of ultimate meaning. I’m excited.” Do you see where I’m going with this tale, Cancerian? It’s time for you, too, to get a reality check on a long-running dream.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

After careful reflection on the cosmic tendencies, Scorpio, I have selected historian Dan Fitzgerald as your role model. He specializes in researching the ghost towns, buried treasure, forgotten oases, and hidden Indian earthworks in his home state of Kansas. Like him, you will derive a great deal of psychic energy in the coming weeks from recovering evidence of past experiences that have almost been lost to memory.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Have you heard of Johannes Jensen, Salvatore Quasimodo, Roger Martin Du Gard, or Frans Eemil Sillanpaa? It’s doubtful. I’ll tell you what they have in common: They all won the Nobel Prize for literature, but their books are out of print and hard to find. Let this be your starting point in the coming week as you evaluate what you’re truly worth. Here are some other questions to ponder: Do you really need to be acknowledged for your greatness in order to feel successful? Do others’ opinions count for more than your own when you measure your value? Are you more eager to gain the approval of so-called “important people” than of the folks whose lives are entwined with yours? Is fame worth squat?

My psychotherapist friend specializes in couples counseling. With a wisdom tempered from years of mediation, she has come up with an idea about how best to prepare for marriage. Before tying the knot, an engaged couple should test their compatibility with a month-long journey through the Third World. If they still like each other after picking the lice out of their hair in Bangladesh and nursing each other through bouts of diarrhea in Laos, they will have earned a license to wed. I think every couple would benefit from tests like this, both in the early stages of their relationship and regularly thereafter. I bring this up, Sagittarius, because it’s a perfect time, astrologically speaking, to embark on an experiment in togetherness that’ll be a potent bonding experience.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

In “She’s on Fire,” a song by the band Train, the


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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

The fork did not quickly gain acceptance as an everyday eating utensil. Though introduced to Europe in the eleventh century, it was regarded as an upper class affectation for hundreds of years. “Instead of eating with her fingers like other people,” a medieval clergyman wrote of a Venetian noblewoman, “the princess cuts up her food into small pieces and eats them by means of little golden forks with two prongs.” I invoke this historical fact, Pisces, to draw a comparison to your life. The innovation you’re now in the midst of making may be ignored and even ridiculed at first, but ultimately it will become indispensable. — © Rob Brezsny You Can Call Rob Brezsny, day or night, for your Expanded Weekly Horoscope







AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Today’s best-selling poet, the ecstatic Sufi named Rumi, has been dead for 729 years. Prompted in part by his marketability, Time magazine even named him “mystic of the century” for the thirteenth century. Aside from Shakespeare’s plays and the Bible, is any other venerable text still so widely read? I doubt it. As a fan of Rumi’s visionary love poems myself, I recommend his work to you — especially during the coming weeks, Aquarius, when you’ll be in prime time to expand your relationship with spiritual rapture and erotic delight. I dare you to seek communion with God while making love.


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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

During baseball season, a professional pitcher may hurl a ball 80-90 miles per hour a hundred times every few days. Each throw requires many body parts to be coordinated in a complex motion. If a pitcher inadvertently develops a flaw in his delivery, no matter how minor, he can set himself up for serious muscle and ligament strains. That’s why some players visit the Biomechanics Lab at the University of Alabama Birmingham before they get hurt. Doctors there use sophisticated technology to detect nascent bad habits. To avoid having to go through rehab later, the athlete undergoes prehab. I recommend this way of thinking to you, Capricorn. Take preventive action now.











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ast year, on my boy friend’s birthday, I promised to strip for him, but I never got around to it. Well, now it’s his birthday again, and he still wants me to do it. I want to, but I have no idea how to go about it, or whether I should. I realize it’s not the most feminist thing to do. —All Dressed Up and No Idea It is with a heavy hear t that I invite you to join the ranks of oppressed women. Here goes: Rent “Striptease,” an at tempted comedy starring Demi Moore, and study it with a close friend by your side to comfor t you through the excruciatingly insipid par ts (any frame of film that includes anybody other than a fully-clothed Ving Rhames). You were, perhaps, expecting me to have “feminist” concerns? I do. I’m concerned that the car toon version of feminism — ‘80s-st yle victim feminism — is still taken seriously by so many people. The Walt Disney of victim feminism is Andrea Dworkin, herself something of a car toon — a large, angr y infant-woman in overalls who seems to take pride in looking, well ... aggressively ungroomed. Dworkin claims to have been brutalized by men with mindboggling frequency — more of ten, it seems, than many people take vacations. Just a wild guess, but if Andrea Dworkin looked like Rene Russo, she’d probably be writing sitcoms about sororit y girls with talking breast implants instead of gems of “feminist discourse” such as “in seduction, the rapist bothers to buy a bot tle of wine.” Feminism was supposed to improve women’s lives, not lock them in a mind-jail in which there’s one approved way to think. Regarding women dressing (or undressing) for men, that uni-think goes something like this: Any woman whose out fit says any thing sexier than “time to plow the fields again!” might as well announce that she’s a boss-lady, uh, bossperson, in the Nazi par t y; that is, whenever she gets time of f from her day job clubbing baby seals. That thinking is just dandy if you’re trolling for a position in Andrea’s end of the women’s studies industr y. If, however, your concern is keeping your relationship alive, kick Andrea to the curb and follow Demi’s lead. But ... but ... aren’t I advocating the obectification of women? Well, yeah ... including me. Although I do have a full-figured brain, I don’t think the average

man would find it, in and of itself, all that sexually at tractive, not even if I dusted it with bronzing powder and nestled it into a faux leopard pillow with swingy burgundy fringe. Never theless, my brain is ver y good with the facts — including the fact that men like at tractive women. I can get mad about this — for a moment or for a living — but if I want a man, I won’t get mad; I’ll go to the drugstore and get some Revlon. Since you already have a man, and, let’s assume, a solid supply of Revlon, we’ll move on to the dance-lesson por tion of this column. In “Striptease,” Demi strides on stage in a classic man’s suit and tie, then takes her sweet, pinstriped time removing it, illustrating an impor tant point: Stripping is less about showing what Ziploc bags of saline can do for a girl than about not showing it; at least, not right of f the bat. That’s why the dance is called “strip tease” — not “strip smack a man upside the head with a lot of past y white flesh.” Remember that you’re not being asked to land a 747 or reat tach severed toes. Stripping is something you do successfully ever y day — get undressed. You’re just going to do it a lot slower and sexier and to music; say, a lit tle something by The Ar tist Presently Known by a Symbol Which Does not Exist on my Keyboard. If you’re like a lot of women, you spend inordinate amounts of time cataloging the ways in which your body does not resemble that of Heidi Klum. Luckily, if your boy friend’s like a lot of men, he’s going to be too awestruck, grateful, turned on and stunned to be measuring the circumference of your thighs. Just have fun and act like you own the place, including the man in it. For best results, come to his door in character — someone else’s character, like a traveling encyclopedia salesman. Wear a man’s suit and tie, dark glasses, a fedora, a lit tle paste-on/rip-of f mustache, and pants long enough to cover stilet to heels. When he opens the door, he’ll probably tell you he “doesn’t want any.” “Oh, but I think you do, (inser t his name here),” you’ll say. Push your way in, pull your boom box from your encyclopedia satchel, and star t the fireworks. Why? Because it’s the feminist thing to do ... except, of course, for those “feminists” who are too busy decr ying the Clinique Beaut y Bonus as a giant stilet to-heeled step back ward for womankind to find a boy friend to strip for. — © 2002, Amy Alkon

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WOMAN WITH CHARACTER SBF, 40, college, enjoys many interests. ISO quality times with SM, 38-45. Ad# 4033 BE MY BOYFRIEND Shy, soft-spoken, 39, fullfigured BF, 5’8”, N/S, children at home, enjoys church, fishing, movies, ISO BM, honest, 30-55, drug-free, N/D. Ad# 4026 NEEDLE IN HAYSTACK BF, 42, 5’6”, long silky black hair, attractive, voluptuous, sociable, educator, enjoys computers, walks, movies, singing, instruments. ISO serious-minded, fun-loving SM, 40-60. Ad# 4030 WAITING FOR YOU Attractive BF, 28, 5’7”, medium build, enjoys dining, cooking, shopping, music and good conversations. Seeking SBM, 34-58, for sincere friendship. Ad# 3675 ANGEL EYES SWF, 21, 5’6”, brown hair/eyes, beautiful smile, enjoys having fun. Waiting to meet a charming SWM, 19-29, with gentleman qualities. Ad# 3671 BE MY KING Are you SBM, 38-49, seeking a serious relationship? I’m an attractive, very outgoing BF, 43, who enjoys dining, reading, sports. Ad# 3674 1 THING LEADS 2 Another! Start as friends with this BF, 26, who likes cuddling and quality times. Looking to meet a compatible M, 20-55. Ad# 3664

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BEHIND MY BLUE EYES Slim, attractive DWF, 46, auburn hair, blue eyes, ISO DWM, 46-56, to spend time with. Are you ready? Ad# 2818 ARE YOU THE ONE? SWF, early 40s, 5’6”, 136lbs., college educated, extroverted, enjoys camping, country living, animals, traveling. Seeks similar SWM, 40-50, with similar interests. Ad# 2817 ROMANTIC? CALL ME! Friendly BF, 46, 5’8”, 170lbs., hobbies are music, bands, picnics and walking. Seeking BM, 4050, for friendship. Ad# 3615 HAPPY ME SWF, 5’6”, 138lbs., green eyes, reddish blond hair, enjoys movies, walks and good conversation. ISO SWM, 40-55, honest and outgoing. Ad# 3605 BE HONEST SF, 60, enjoys good conversations, going to Church, yard sales, music, seeking SM, 5070, N/S, likes to go to Church. Ad# 3606 GOOD GIRL HUNTING SWF, attractive, blonde, hazel eyes, looks 35, 5’4”, 140lbs. Seeking tall, handsome WM, 32-42, with old-fashioned values, enjoys having fun. Ad# 2813 HONESTY A MUST SWF, 42, 5’4”, 180lbs., long-haired, hardworking, easygoing, likes animals, dining, quiet times, laughter, the lake. Seeks N/S, honest SWM, 35-45. Ad# 3590 FOR GOOD COMPANY SWF, 62, 5’6”, 130lbs., adventurous, into gardening, antiques, dining, sports. Seeks SWM, 5575, for conversation, friendship. Ad# 3591 NO GAME PLAYERS Fun-loving, honest, loyal SWCF, 46, 5’4”, 160lbs., brown hair, loves camping, fishing, NASCAR, looking for serious, sincere SWCM, 38-55. Ad# 3558

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TABLE FOR TWO SWF, 57, 5’4”, blond hair, green eyes, easygoing, outgoing, enjoys cooking, fishing, reading, NASCAR, ISO honest, respectful S/DWM, 57-65. Ad# 3563 GENTLEMAN FOR ME? WWWF, 60, smoker, attractive, blonde, enjoys dancing, learning golf, socializing, the outdoors, seeking WPM, 50s-60s, mustache or beard a plus. Ad# 3557 LOOKING 4 LOVE SWF, 22, outgoing, fun, looking for SWM, 25-35, for friendship, possible LTR. Ad# 3193 GIVE ME A CALL SWF, 50, looking for friendship, possible LTR with SWM, 48-53. Ad# 3196 BEING YOURSELF SBF, 27, N/S, 5’6”, 180lbs., brown eyes/hair, open-minded, fun-loving, enjoys bowling, poetry, movies, quiet evenings. Seeking strong-minded SBM, 26-39. Ad# 3195 PICK UP THE PHONE All thoughtful, respectful, drug-free SBPCM, 40-55, this SBF, 49, 5’4”, 165lbs., N/S, who enjoys dining, music, picnics, bowling, softball, wants you. Ad# 3200 MUCH MORE!! SWF, 32, 5’3”, full-figured, reddish/brown hair, brown eyes, enjoys swimming, poetry, horseback riding, shooting pool. ISO secure, respectful SWM, 29-49. Ad# 3187 NO GAMES!! SBF, 33, N/S, full-figured, enjoys reading, long drives, the outdoors, seeking caring, understanding SBM, 25-38. Ad# 3551 SOMEONE JUST FOR ME DWPF, 44, 5’5”, 135lbs., very pretty, ethereal, enjoys gardening, reading, working, animals. ISO SCM, 40-50, with similar interests. Ad# 2809 MATURE MAN DBF, very spiritual, caring, honest, friendly, intelligent, romantic, physically fit, stable. Seeking BM, 37-45, spiritual, stable, and honest, for LTR. Ad# 2774

WE SHOULD MEET SWF, 30, 5’5”, full-figured, shy, into movies, reading, intelligent conversation, basketball. Seeks SM, 28-39, confident, for friendship. Ad# 3159 ALL THIS AND MORE SWF, 33, 5’3”, 125lbs., green-eyed redhead, affectionate, ambitious, student, enjoys travel, sporting events. Seeking SM, 30-43, honest, friendly, intelligent, familyoriented. Ad# 3164 NO GAMES PLEASE! SBF, 32, outgoing, downto-earth, smoker, likes long walks, church, travel, cooking, dining. Seeking SHM, 30-45, stable, secure, for friendship. Ad# 3171 WAIT AND SEE SWF, 62, 5’6”, blond hair, blue eyes, loves camping, fishing, boating, walking, seeking SWM, 70, with similar interests. Ad# 3156 UNDER THE STARS SWF, 52, enjoys fishing, dancing, spending time with grand children, seeking SWM, 50-58, to spend quality time with. Ad# 3144 CAN WE MEET? SWF, 57, 5’4”, blonde, personable, loves reading fiction, dancing. Seeks SWM, 57-63, for friendship. Ad# 3132 WERE U BORN 6/20/51? Tall, slim, attractive woman, auburn hair, light complexioned, seeking tall, attractive WM, born June 20, 1951. No other responders please! Ad# 2771 THE TWO OF US Beautiful, romantic SBF, 39, 5’6”, long black hair, enjoys swimming, ballgames, dancing, singing, movies, ISO outgoing, clever SBM, 40-60. Ad# 2654 LOOKING FOR YOU HF, 28, brown hair, likes good conversations, sports, and having fun. Looking to build a friendship with a SBM, 20-40. Ad# 3084 MAKE ME SMILE BF, 23, has a great personality, likes laughter and having fun. Seeking SM, 24-35, for friendship, possibly more. Ad# 3087

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GETTING TO KNOW U WF, 26, 5’8”, 155lbs., red hair, green eyes, enjoys traveling, sports, and spending time with friends. Searching for a SM, 23-36. Ad# 3106 WORTH YOUR WHILE Friendly, easygoing, laidback SWF, 20, 5’5”, 150lbs., brown hair, blue eyes, loves music, dancing, horseback riding, ISO SWM, 22-26. Ad# 3099 WAITING TO HAPPEN DWF, 45, 5’4”, brown hair, green eyes, likes sports, music, dining out, searching for serious, honest, hardworking SWM, 4055. Ad# 3107 TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Hardworking WF, 38, 5’4”, 100lbs., brown hair/eyes, enjoys biking, watersports, cooking, and travel. ISO WM, 35-50, for possible LTR. Ad# 2767 BE MY FRIEND SWF, 56, 5’4”, 160lbs., green-eyed, personable, loves dancing, reading. Seeks SWM, 62+, for friendship. Ad# 3059 LOVING YOU BF, 25, 5’10”, 170lbs., seeks a BM, 25-35, who is honest and trustworthy, for quality time and romance. Ad# 3046 NEEDING YOU Outgoing, friendly, BF, 5’8”, likes dining out, movies, basketball and long walks. Looking for M, 21-31, with similar interests. Ad# 3049 LOVES GOD Hazel-eyed brunette DWCF, 48, 5’7”, enjoys nature, cooking, movies, reading. ISO honest, financially secure SCM, 45-55, for friends first, possible LTR. Ad# 3051 TREAT ME RIGHT! Outgoing DWF, 37, N/S, has kids, seeks true, honest, stable SWM, 28-48, N/S, for dining, movies, walks, and quiet times. Ad# 3035 SHARE WITH ME Brown-eyed SBF, 26, 5’, 100lbs., humorous, likes good conversations, 3-D puzzles, movies, reading. ISO SWM, 21-28, for quality time. Ad# 3006

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"Continued from previous page" WELCOME TO MY LIFE SWCF, 47, 5’9”, 120lbs., green eyes, no children, seeking N/S SWCM, 3050, for friendship and possibly more. Ad# 2901 YOU NEED TO CALL SWF, 45, 5’9”, 165lbs., brown hair/eyes, outgoing, social, enjoys a variety of activities. Seeking active, fun, tall SWM, 4050. Ad# 2905 ARE YOU TRUSTWORTHY? Honest, loyal SWF, 45, 5’4”, 155lbs., brown hair, loves to sing, dance, swim, fish. ISO SWM, 3855, for companionship. Ad# 2909 THOMSON OR AUGUSTA AREA DWF, attractive, N/S, N/D, good personality, easygoing, enjoys movies, mountains, and walks. Seeks stable WM, 48-62, similar interests, for friendship, relationship. Ad# 2732 LET’S CONNECT Cool, crazy BF, 30, 6’, enjoys travel, bowling, basketball, singing. Looking for special, sensitive BM, 26-34, 5’11”. Ad# 2722 NOT AFRAID SBF, 40, 5’6”, black hair, attractive, outgoing, friendly, enjoys fishing, walks, dancing, dining, movies, cooking, entertainment. ISO SM, 40-60, for LTR. Ad# 2883 LOOKING FOR YOU SBF, 42, 5’5”, enjoys cards, movies. ISO SBM, 42-55, understanding, kind, loves children, for friendship first. Ad# 2886 ROMANCE IS THE KEY SBF, 50, 5’7”, 177lbs., salt-n-pepper hair, romantic, fun, enjoys fishing, traveling. ISO SBM, 49-70, who’s sincere, open, for friendship. Ad# 2890 MY WISH LIST: A wholesome, family-oriented, enthusiastic, gainfully employed SWPM, 40-50, sought by attractive, charming Santa’s helper, SWPF, loving, spontaneous, broad interests. Ad# 2719

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R U INTERESTED? SBM, 42, 5’8”, 160lbs., light complexion, enjoys baseball, movies, park walks, cooking, country music, movies. Seeking SWF, full-figured, intelligent, understanding. Ad# 3180

GOING TO THE RACES! SWM, 23, 5’10”, 150lbs., adventurous, smoker, likes the outdoors, sports, racing, dining, wrestling, movies. Seeking outgoing SF, 18-35, for friendship. Ad# 3172 LET’S MEET Secure, good-natured SWM, 26, 6’2”, blue-eyed, sandy blond hair. Seeks ambitious SF, 19-27. Ad# 3080 WATCH THE SUNRISE SBM, 25, 6’9”, 225lbs., has a wide variety of interests, looking for an outgoing, sweet, caring SF, 20-39, for friendship and possibly more. Ad# 3141

MODERN COUNTRY LIVING WM, retired senior citizen, 6’1”, 145lbs., ISO WF, 45-60, attractive, medium-built, N/D, N/S, no children, for companionship, LTR. Ad# 2770 PERFECT DATE Are you a SF, 18-29, looking for a gentleman? This WM, 22, is perfect so give him a call. Ad# 3098 A GOOD FRIEND WANTED HM, 26, 5’9”, 220lbs., brownish black hair, very outgoing, likes photography, traveling, cultural activities, and movies. Seeking SF, 23-27, for relationship. Ad# 3114 WHERE MY HEART IS Friendly DWM, 58, 5’10”, 190lbs., enjoys shooting pool, political research, cooking, looking for honest, healthy SWF, 46-56, for serious LTR. Ad# 3115 MILITARY MAN SWM, 34, 5’11”, 220lbs., fun-loving, easygoing, likes movies, quiet evenings, dancing, R&B, classic rock music. Seeks SBF, 29-40. Ad# 3057

WANT TO MEET? DBM, 45, 5’10”, 220lbs., enjoys good conversation and food, sports, movies, ISO SBF, 35-50, for LTR. Ad# 3064 COMPASSION SM, 53, 6’, 180lbs., musician, loving, communicative, loves bowling, dancing, walks, car racing. Seeking attractive, compassionate SWF, 21-60, for a LTR. Ad# 3070 JUST KICK IT SBM, 24, 5’9”, shy at first, likes wrestling, bowling, theater. Seeks SBF, 2131, medium build, fun-loving, to kick it with. Ad# 3082 SOMEWHERE OUT THERE SBM, 39, 5’6”, 160lbs., outgoing, honest, likes Blockbuster nights, attending church, fun times. Seeks SF, 27-44, feminine, open, respectful. Ad# 3083 ROMANCE IS ALIVE DWPM, 56, educated, cultured, seeks WF for LTR and romantic adventure. I’m very athletic, musical, 5’10”, muscular build, good, patient listener. Ad# 2513 NO LIES! Down-to-earth BM, 34, ISO a LTR with a SF, 2147, who wants a serious relationship without head games. Ad# 3622 HELLO LADIES!! WM, 30, with blond hair, enjoys beaches, dancing, movies and dining. Looking to meet a SF, 2238, for friendship. Ad# 3618 WISH UPON THE STARS Outgoing SWM, 48, 5’10”, 189lbs., enjoys mountains, beaches, the outdoors, seeking SF, 35-55, with similar interests. Ad# 3599 MR. CHEF SWM, 34, 6’1”, 175lbs., blue eyes, good sense of humor, enjoys cooking, in/outdoors. Seeking SF, 20-40, welling to eat my cooking. Ad# 3596 BE YOURSELF SBM, 35, 6’, 180lbs., humorous, down-toearth, enjoys church, jogging, movies, seeking SBF, 30-40, with same qualities. Ad# 3598

WASS UP?! SWM, 20, looking for a fun girl, 18-25, to kick it with. Keep it real. Holler back. Ad# 3579 WHAT DO YOU LIKE? SWM, 46, 5’10”, brown hair/eyes, outgoing, likes long drives, good conversation, fishing, quiet times at home, looking for friendly SWF, 18-20. Ad# 3559 HAND IN HAND SWM, 24, 6’2”, 225lbs., dark hair/eyes, outgoing, friendly, likes shooting pool, dancing, riding motorcycles, ISO SWF, 20-35. Ad# 3564 NO MIND GAMES SWM, 26, 6’, 165lbs., brown hair, loves movies, dining out, shooting pool, sports, looking for SWF, 20-26, to have with. Ad# 3561 READY AND WILLING Fun SBM, 28, 5’5”, 150lbs., bald headed, likes shooting pool, movies, clubbing, quiet times at home, seeking SBF, 28-35. Ad# 3567 ARE YOU THE 1? SWM, 26, 6’, 165lbs., brown hair, green eyes, outgoing, fun, likes sports, shooting pool, movies, romantic evenings, looking for SWF, 21-28. Ad# 3572

HAPPY-GO-LUCKY SWM, 44, 5’7”, 180lbs., auburn hair, green eyes, enjoys traveling, motorcycles, certified SCUBA diver. ISO SWF true companion, 30-45, outgoing, redhead. Ad# 3209 R WE A MATCH? SWM, 40, 6’1”, 160lbs., brown hair, blue eyes, enjoys classic rock, movies, dining, more. ISO nice, friendly SF, 25-45. Ad# 3550 ENJOYING LIFE Retired SWM, 52, 6’4”, 155lbs., reddish/blonde hair, enjoys dancing, fishing, hunting, seeking similar SWF, 44-65. Ad# 3554 GIVE ME A CALL! SBM, 6’1”, 270lbs., seeking SBPF, 35-50, for friendship, movies, walks in the park, and dining out. Ad# 2810 ATTN FEMALE CITIZEN Hardworking SWM desires intelligent, humorous, sensuous WF, 28-38, with creative and kinesthetic outlet. Call to negotiate terms of surrender. Ad# 2785 COUNTRY LIVING SWM, 37, 6’, brown hair, hazel eyes, 215lbs., likes the outdoors, country music, NASCAR, fishing, hunting, seeks homebody SWF, 28-45. Ad# 3048

WORTH THE WAIT SBM, 41, loves sports, church activities, searching for a SBF, 35-45, with similar interests, for conversation and possibly more. Ad# 3143 LOOKING FOR MY LADY SWM, 35, 6’1”, 195lbs., blond, blue eyes, enjoys cooking, dining, dancing, quiet evenings. ISO D/SWF, 25-40, for friendship, possible LTR. Ad# 2772 GOOD HEART... Looking for love. Retired engineer, DWM, 70, 5’9”, 200lbs., seeks openminded D/SWF to share friendship, love. ISO someone who likes movies, dining out, walks, talks, and some outdoor activities like golf, fishing. Age/race unimportant. Ad# 2773 LET’S TALK SWM, 34, 5’11”, 220lbs., easygoing, likes dancing, singing, fun times. Seeks laid-back, fun-loving SBF, 27-40, for coffee and conversation. Ad# 3065 MAKE ME SMILE SWM, 44, ex-military, mature, down-to-earth, respectful, enjoys movies, going out, fishing. Seeking reserved SBF, 32-44, for friendship. Ad# 3127

COULD BE YOU WM, 37, 6’, 220lbs., who’s the outdoorsy type, likes hunting, NASCAR and walking. Interested in meeting a F, 28-44. Ad# 3048 FOR YOU... I would do anything. Medium-built BM, 48, 6’4”, 195lbs., likes running, lifting weights and walking. Seeking H/W/BF, 25-45. Ad# 3053 MAKE IT HAPPEN! Outgoing SBM, 18, N/S, seeks SF, 18-21, who likes dancing, walks, movies, and enjoys life, for friendship first. Ad# 3038 LET’S DO LUNCH SM, 18, 5’8”, 250lbs., enjoys music, movies, shopping, meeting new people. ISO SF, 18-40, who wants something new. Ad# 3022

GUY TALK SWM, 6’2”, 240lbs., blue eyes, brown hair, 52, dating first, possible relationship. Enjoys walking, hand holding and talks. Seeking SWM, 30-40, with feelings. Ad# 3690 GIVE ME A CHANCE Call this SWM, 45, 0 dependents, outgoing, N/S, 195lbs., 5’11”, brown eyes, light hair, friendly, down-to-earth. ISO SM, 18-33, with hobbies. Ad# 3679

SOULMATE SEARCHING In-shape, physically fit, into fitness; running, SBM, 31, open-minded, attractive, smoker, outgoing. ISO SM, 21-40, attractive in mind, body and soul. Ad# 2685 LISTEN UP! 5’9”, 190lbs., short haircut, SBM, 25, nice personality, many interests. ISO SM, 23-40, friendly, down-to-earth. See where this goes. Call me. Ad# 3688 TAKE THAT CHANCE GBM who likes quiet evenings, dining out, movies and stimulating conversations. Seeking SBM, 34-45, for friendship, possibly more. Ad# 2828 ENJOYS SPORTS Sweet, romantic SWM, 18, 5’8”, 145lbs, brown hair, blue eyes, enjoys movies, walks and horseback riding. Seeks the same. Ad# 3656 NEED SOMEONE SPECIAL In your life? SBM, 46 young, 5’5”, 125lbs., oldfashioned, ISO sincere SM, 23-35, special friend and conversation. Let’s talk. Ad# 3627 DON’T PASS THIS UP SWM, 18, 5’9”, 140lbs., brown hair, blue eyes, caring, loving, outgoing. ISO SM, friendly, 18-45, for romantic adventures. Ad# 3637 CHECK IT OUT GWM 46, ISO GM, 23-35, to start a new friendship and more. Ad# 3627

NO EXTRA BAGGAGE Attractive SBF, 5’7”, long black hair, heavyset, outgoing, romantic, loves candlelight dinners, long walks, holding hands, ISO 35-65, SF, serious only apply. Ad# 4029 LET’S GET TOGETHER SF, 24, 5’4”, 185lbs., dark brown hair, likes singing and family-oriented activities. Seeking SBF, 22-33, for friendship, possibly more. Ad# 3670 FRIENDSHIP FIRST! Funny, smart, down-toearth GBF, 5’6”, 125lbs., loves long walks, hand holding. ISO GF, 21-30, who likes kids and doesn’t play games. Ad# 2829 LOOKING FOR A QUEEN SBF, 30, one child, articulate, athletic, sense of humor, enjoys dancing. ISO SB/H/WF, 24-35, for conversation, friendship. No head games. Ad# 2821 YOUNG AT HEART Active GWF, 60, 5’5”, 122lbs., brown hair, enjoys meeting new people, dining out, short trips, ISO plus-sized GWF, 4560. Ad# 3639 KIND AND CARING GBF, 24, 5’2”, 170lbs., blond hair, energetic, loving, enjoys movies, shopping, cooking, seeking romantic, outgoing GBF, 21-27. Ad# 3642 ZEST FOR LIFE Articulate, adventurous WF, 32, 5’8”, brown hair/eyes, enjoys animals, running, movies and dining. Looking for WF, 2540, for friendship. Ad# 3611

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Metro Spirit 05.23.2003  

The Metro Spirit is a free weekly newspaper that serves readers in the Augusta and North Augusta area. Editorial coverage includes Richmond...

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