Harry Potter back on library shelves

State poets laureate hold first-ever national conference
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Long before the White House postponed a literary symposium out of concern over anti-war statements, New Hampshire poet laureate Marie Harris had wanted to gather her peers from around the country to discuss the complicated rapport between poetry and politics.

Harry Potter back on library shelves
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Harry Potter series is back on library shelves in the Cedarville School District, following a federal judge's order to give students access to the popular books about the boy wizard.

State poets laureate hold first-ever national conference

Role of blacks in the Rockies featured in new library
DENVER -- In the 1800s, whites got their hair cut from Robert Smith, a black barber who set up shop in a neighborhood near downtown Denver.

Gehry's new building twists with the landscape

Gehry's new building twists with the landscape
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- The shimmering steel canopy of the new performing arts center captures the Catskill Mountains in the background and the tree line of the heavily wooded Bard College campus.

Role of blacks in the Rockies featured in new library

Millwood pitches no-hitter

Henderson goes back to minors another shot

Henderson goes back to minors another shot
NEWARK, N.J. -- Rickey Henderson will happily endure the long bus rides and the $3,000 monthly paycheck for a chance to get back to the major leagues at age 44.

Jaguars slam door on 30-win season

Now an ace, Millwood validates status with no-hitter

Millwood pitches no-hitter
PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Millwood finally outdid his former Cy Young teammates, pitching his first career no-hitter to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the San Francisco Giants 1-0 Sunday.

Now an ace, Millwood validates status with no-hitter
PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Millwood eschewed baseball superstition, sought out hitting coach Greg Gross, sat down and talked about his swing.

Blue Jays offer $1 tickets in an effort to show Toronto is safe

Blue Jays offer $1 tickets in an effort to show Toronto is safe
TORONTO -- In an effort to show that Toronto is safe despite the SARS outbreak, the Toronto Blue Jays' parent company is offering $1 dollar tickets for Tuesday's game against the Texas Rangers.

Jaguars slam door on 30-win season
Augusta State finished its season on Sunday with a display of progress and prowess, defeating Kennesaw State 12-7 on Senior Day at Jaguar Field.

Undoing what's done is Legislature's job

Odds and Ends
HAMBURG, Pa. -- An animal rights group says it will donate $15,000 worth of vegetarian patties to area schools if officials change the borough's name to Veggieburg.

Airline fires pilots accused of taking off clothes during flight
DALLAS -- Southwest Airlines has fired two pilots who reportedly took off all or part of their clothes in the cockpit while in flight, then summoned a flight attendant to bring them paper towels and soda water.

Braves top Brewers

Braves top Brewers
ATLANTA -- Marcus Giles had three hits and two RBIs, leading Russ Ortiz and the Atlanta Braves over the Milwaukee Brewers 7-1 Sunday.

Braves happy for ex-mate's gem
ATLANTA - The reaction inside the Braves clubhouse to former teammate Kevin Millwood's no-hitter Sunday afternoon ranged from Marcus Giles' gleeful celebration to a chorus of groans.

Giles making his stand for Braves in '03

Braves an indicator of baseball's declining attendance
ATLANTA -- Blue skies. Pleasant temperatures. The home team in first place. By all indications, a perfect day for baseball.

Braves an indicator of baseball's declining attendance

Giles making his stand for Braves in '03
ATLANTA - Midget. Tom Thumb. Pygmy. Squirt. Marcus Giles has heard them all, and none of them were complimentary.

Giles, Ortiz lead Braves

Giles, Ortiz lead Braves
ATLANTA - Three batters into Sunday afternoon's game, Russ Ortiz trailed the Brewersby a run and it appeared he was on his way to duplicating his most recent loss, in which he gave up 10 hits in four innings.

MasterCard settles its portion of debit card suit

IRS will ask some working poor to prove they qualify for tax credit

Buggy software raises questions on methods, regulation

Demand for pilotless planes expected to increase

Beaches see mixed results from consumers

Regal treatment of CEOs continued in 2002
SAN FRANCISCO -- The fallout from a dreary economy, corporate scandals and three straight years of stock market losses hasn't put much of a dent in executive paychecks.

Beaches see mixed results from consumers
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - The summer rental market looks to be a mixed bag, with many property managers reporting strong reservations through July while others say revenues are down and vacationer interest is weak.

Demand for pilotless planes expected to increase
Sixteen months after an experimental unmanned plane in Afghanistan made its first-ever combat kill, pilotless planes are standard in the U.S. war kit. Over Iraq, they fired on and destroyed about a dozen military targets.

Phone giant to oppose policy
ATLANTA - BellSouth Corp. will take legal action, if necessary, to fight regulations that force it to lease parts of its network to rivals at deeply discounted rates, Chief Executive Duane Ackerman told shareholders Monday.

Buggy software raises questions on methods, regulation
NEW YORK -- When his dishwasher acts up and won't stop beeping, Jeff Seigle turns it off and then on, just as he does when his computer crashes. Same with the exercise machines at his gym and his CD player.

Phone giant to oppose policy

IRS will ask some working poor to prove they qualify for tax credit
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service plans to ask thousands of low-income earners to submit proof this year that they qualify for a tax credit designed to lift working people out of poverty.

Regulators announce $1.4 billion settlement with brokerages

Regulators announce $1.4 billion settlement with brokerages
WASHINGTON -- Securities regulators Monday detailed a settlement aimed at bolstering investors' confidence that will cost ten of Wall Street's biggest firms at least $1.4 billion and require them to adopt reforms to resolve allegations they issued biased stock ratings to lure investment banking business.

Regal treatment of CEOs continued in 2002

MasterCard settles its portion of debit card suit
NEW YORK -- MasterCard International reached a last-minute settlement with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and thousands of other retailers just before their multibillion-dollar lawsuit over debit cards was set to go to trial, a federal judge said Monday.

Tigers rout Jackets
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's Brad McCann had three hits and drove in four runs as the Tigers completed a three-game sweep of Georgia Tech with an 11-3 win Sunday.

Tigers rout Jackets

College basketball could get facelift this week

A mixed bag
If resolving the flag referendum issue was one of the Georgia General Assembly's best achievements (see above editorial), then the collapse of ethics legislation was one of its worst failures.

No time, no dime to spare
At the end of Georgia's longest legislative session in living memory, the General Assembly got done what it absolutely had to get done and left everything else for another day - but hopefully not for a special session.

Gephardt's folly
The man who would be, but never was, House speaker - U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo. - has moved on now to seek his party's presidential nomination.

Gephardt's folly

The right flag choice
Georgians will get to vote on the state flags they prefer - as promised by Sonny Perdue in his winning gubernatorial campaign - but not on the ones they expected. The legislative black caucus performed a great service to the state by successfully fighting to keep the 1956 state flag dominated by the divisive Confederate battle cross off the ballot.

Ruining it for us all
How about this for a beer commercial: A bunch of rowdy, suds-swilling fans enjoying a baseball game out at the stadium - behind barbed wire.

The right flag choice

Ruining it for us all

No time, no dime to spare

Entertainment briefs
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The eighth annual International Festival of Arts & Ideas plans to return in June with performances from artists around the globe.

Single-take movie is stunning feat of cinematography
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Making a movie spanning 300 years of Russian history with a cast of 867 actors would be challenge enough for any filmmaker. Cramming it all into 90 minutes would be even harder. But Alexander Sokurov was about to go even further.

'Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc' looks good as always
Ho-hum. Another platform title for the PlayStation 2.

Credit bureaus move to speed handling of identity theft

Tech funds show new promise

Tech funds show new promise
NEW YORK -- Mutual fund investors searching for signs of new life on Wall Street might look at a sector they've been avoiding: technology.

Stocks rise sharply on upbeat data
NEW YORK -- Wall Street got the economic and earnings news it's been so desperate to hear Monday, and stocks responded by barreling higher, lifting the Dow Jones industrials more than 160 points.

Companies are beating lowered expectations
NEW YORK -- Wall Street rallied this past week on a wave of encouraging earnings that sent stocks to their highest levels in months, raising hopes of a longer-term recovery now that the war with Iraq is over.

Stocks rise sharply on upbeat data

How can I lower my prescription drug costs?

How can I lower my prescription drug costs?
Q. My prescription drug costs are eating up too much of my limited budget. How can I bring those costs down?

Companies are beating lowered expectations

Credit bureaus move to speed handling of identity theft
NEW YORK -- The nation's three major credit bureaus are trying to make it easier for consumers to sort out problems stemming from identity theft.

Second-baseman stars again in loss
At the plate, in the field and even on the mound, Osmar Castillo continues to answer the bell for the Augusta GreenJackets.

Mendoza latest to join beleaugered bullpen
Help arrived for the battered Augusta GreenJackets bullpen, as the Boston Red Sox assigned 19-year-old right-hander Luis Mendoza from extended spring training Monday.

Jackets lose 6th straight
Signing a 16-year-old pitcher is always a crapshoot, but the Boston Red Sox may have found a keeper in Luis Mendoza.

Couples wins Houston Open for first victory in five years

Couples wins Houston Open for first victory in five years
HUMBLE, Texas -- Fred Couples outdueled Mark Calcavecchia and held off challenges from Stuart Appleby and Hank Kuehne to win for the first time in five years, shooting a 5-under 67 Sunday to take the Houston Open by four strokes.

Back to school: Wie's golf adventure takes a break
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Time to put down the golf clubs and grab those schoolbooks. Michelle Wie has, like, a math test to take.

Ferrie wins Spanish Open

Extra holes keep Taylor from victory
McCORMICK, S.C. - After what Kyle Owen went through in the final round of the Kandy Waters Memorial Classic, it's not surprising he nearly dropped the winner's trophy.

Lietzke hangs on to win Legends of Golf

Pak beats Waugh on fourth hole of playoff

Personal best helps Augusta Prep golf win
ALBANY, Ga. - Struggles during qualifying forced Augusta Prep golfer Clayton Boardman to start far ahead of his teammates during Monday's GISA Class AAA state championship.

Ferrie wins Spanish Open
COSTA ADEJE, Canary Islands -- England's Kenneth Ferrie won the Spanish Open on Sunday for his first European tour title, beating Ireland's Peter Lawrie and Sweden's Peter Hedblom on the second playoff hole.

Lietzke hangs on to win Legends of Golf
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Bruce Lietzke endured a series of frustrating putts, yet held on for his first Champions Tour victory of the season in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on Sunday.

Back to school: Wie's golf adventure takes a break

Sorenstam dreams of beating men at their game
WEST NYACK, N.Y. -- The dreamer in Annika Sorenstam says she can beat the men.

Sorenstam dreams of beating men at their game

Extra holes keep Taylor from victory

Pak beats Waugh on fourth hole of playoff
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Se Ri Pak defeated Shani Waugh on the fourth playoff hole to win the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship on Sunday, the South Korean's second victory of the year and 20th of her career.

Second-baseman stars again in loss

Jackets lose 6th straight

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Undoing what's done is Legislature's job
Georgia just finished its longest legislative session, and now comes the interesting part - figuring out what our lawmakers did over the past four months.

Rare Southern quake rattles several states
FORT PAYNE, Ala. -- A rare earthquake shook parts of the South with a loud roar early Tuesday, cracking foundations, shaking pictures off walls and startling residents from their sleep but causing no serious injuries.

Letters of Clinton remembrance sickening
I simply cannot let Anne Cook's letter of April 22, "Some reasons why nation misses Bill Clinton's presidency," pass without comment. Floyd Brown, Evans, Ga.

Letters of Clinton remembrance sickening

Wants proof Bush served in military
No doubt about it, President George W. Bush is a very popular man. If he could walk on water, he would be more popular than Jesus. Richard D. Renew, Martinez, Ga.

What kind of treatment is this?

Articles bring her closer to son

Would teach again for Principal Gandy
I feel compelled to write about my former administrator, Dr. Dorothy Gandy, who is the principal at A.R. Johnson Magnet School. While at my school, she was always fair, thorough and professional. She was visible and maintained an open-door policy for students, faculty and parents. She has initiated community projects in the interest of young people. I do not recognize her as the person that Larry Garner has demonized. I would not hesitate to teach under her administration again. Sheryl J. Bailey, Augusta

President Bush truly intends for no child to be left behind

President Bush truly intends for no child to be left behind
When the president said he wanted all American kids to learn, he meant it. Dr. Craig Spinks, Augusta

Two good editorials in two days
Will wonders never cease - two good editorials in two days. The first editorial on April 23, "Curb domestic abuse," about domestic violence in South Carolina is a large issue - not just a "good ol' boys" harmless treatment of women. Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.

Articles bring her closer to son
I would like to thank The Chronicle for sending Johnny Edwards to be with our troops. After discovering his articles on the 319th Transportation Unit, I felt as if I was getting letters from my son, Eric McCormick. Carolyn Padgett, Gainesville, Fla.

What kind of treatment is this?
I recently returned to the Augusta area and began searching for a doctor to continue the treatment I was receiving in New York for damage to the lining of my nerves. The doctors I've seen so far have refused to continue the treatment I was receiving, which has left me in pain and unable to work. I have great insurance but will soon lose it if I continue to be unable to work because of not being treated. If I can't find a doctor who will treat me, my only choices of survival are to fly back to New York every month for my prescriptions, which I can't afford to do, or try to get a court order to force area doctors to treat me, which is just as expensive and unlikely to happen. Marty Hodan, North Augusta, S.C.

Pro-choice activists misguided in Peterson case
Pro-choice activists have really touched an all-time low in the human world. Laci Peterson was murdered and so was her child - born or unborn. We will waste thousands of dollars in court to prove or disprove this fact. Teresa Glackin-Callahan, Harlem, Ga.

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Seniors calendar

Fans can get their fix with DVD sets
Do you remember that episode of The Simpsons when Bart gets accused of murder?

Seniors calendar
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In the know
Temperatures are rising, the days are longer and high school seniors everywhere are trying their hardest to combat senioritis. It can mean only one thing - graduation is coming.

'Baby-fat' bellies embraced, showcased in stylish fashion
NEW YORK - Many women spend a good chunk of their 40-week pregnancies in too-big T-shirts trying to hide what we're all eventually going to see - a bulging belly.

Stepfather sentenced in murder plot
AIKEN - Leah Snipes and Michael Graham no longer have to keep looking over their shoulder, waiting for a stranger to try to kill them.

Across the southeast

Layout design is step closer to new terminal

Across Georgia

Event lures patrons to canal
It was a bright, 80-something-degree day Sunday - perfect for a cruise down the Augusta Canal on a bicycle or in a canoe.

Across South Carolina

Correction

Serviceman of the day

News you can use

Across the area

State flag has man's complete support

News you can use

Parents hope donation will help another child
Even though a stem cell transplant failed to save his 5-year-old daughter from cancer, Chris Moon signed up to be a bone marrow donor.

Sumter forest's plan gets mixed reviews

Difficult session comes to close

Flag vote will be subdued

Difficult session comes to close
ATLANTA - Georgia's first foray into the world of divided government lurched to a halt at midnight Friday, with the mixed results many had predicted floating in its wake.

Across the southeast

Serviceman of the day

Nuke pill available to handful of people

Reservist packs with care

Marshals tear down ad signs from poles

Rants and Raves
THIS IS FOR the person who wrote in about the fog light being turned on: Some cars have automatic running day lights so the purpose is that you see the car coming. They are doing a good job because you notice the lights on there.

Patient tested for virus might not have SARS

Tribute to dead revives debate

Rants and Raves
A BIG RANT to the powers-that-be at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Why is there a shortage of officers on the south side, which is dangerous for the deputies and the residents, while the north side has numerous extra deputies?

Across the area
An Augusta couple reported a violent assault Saturday night by three men who said they were upset about their interracial dating.

Trailer speeds helicopter service
From a trailer at Daniel Field, Bruce Bailey and his crew await the call to save a life.

New budget spares state health care

Layout design is step closer to new terminal
A new layout plan for a new terminal.

Nuke pill available to handful of people
AIKEN - A handful of people living in South Carolina near Savannah River Site will have the option of receiving potassium iodide pills, but not because of SRS.

Panel favors lobby funds
A group of business and government leaders working to expand Fort Gordon and boost its chances during the 2005 round of base closures got a boost Monday from the Augusta Commission.

Across Georgia

Hiring freeze pays off for Augusta
The Augusta Commission's finance committee learned Monday that the city saved $114,500 more than the $632,500 officials had anticipated saving by freezing most vacant city positions during the first quarter of 2003.

Nominees tread softly at polls
North Augusta voters will go to the polls Tuesday, where five candidates will battle for three spots on city council.

Tax appeals put on hold
More than 1,000 property owners who are appealing the tax values placed on their homes last year could get a property-tax bill before they get a second look from county appraisers.

Reservist packs with care
Sgt. Kathleen Taylor normally unpacks medical and dental supplies at the Army Reserve Center on Wrightsboro Road - day in, day out.

Across Georgia
AUSTELL -Three people were killed in a head-on collision Sunday that police said began as a routine traffic stop in Cobb County.

Rants and Raves
A BIG RANT to the powers-that-be at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. Why is there a shortage of officers on the south side, which is dangerous for the deputies and the residents, while the north side has numerous extra deputies?

Across South Carolina
WASHINGTON -The Supreme Court refused Monday to consider a challenge to a South Carolina abortion law.

Museum regains swiped statue

Trailer speeds helicopter service

Nominees tread softly at polls

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Air Force Airman 1st Class Gabriel R. Johnson of Augusta.

Across the area

Museum regains swiped statue
An expensive equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson was returned to the Morris Museum of Art after police say a man grabbed the 70-pound model and fled from the gallery in an attempted theft.

Parents hope donation will help another child

Retiree's devices assist disabled
Phil Atkinson, of Enabling Technologies Associates, looks over a transfer device he has developed for someone who has leg problems and has trouble standing up without help.

Patient tested for virus might not have SARS
A suspected case of a deadly flulike virus from Asia is being evaluated at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, officials said.

Flag vote will be subdued
ATLANTA - As Gov. Sonny Perdue's plan for a vote on the state flag was working its way through the General Assembly, he talked about healing while lawmakers predicted more pain.

Retiree's devices assist disabled

Panel favors lobby funds

Rants and Raves
THIS IS FOR the person who wrote in about the fog light being turned on: Some cars have automatic running day lights so the purpose is that you see the car coming. They are doing a good job because you notice the lights on there.

New budget spares state health care
ATLANTA - Advocates for Georgia hospitals and nursing homes left the 2003 General Assembly session relieved.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -An Atlanta police officer returning home from an extra job shot a man to death Sunday morning while trying to break up a fight.

Stepfather sentenced in murder plot

Across South Carolina
YORK -A Fort Mill teenager has been charged with assault after he intentionally ran over someone with his car, then turned to strike his victim again, police said.

Rare Southern quake rattles several states

Tribute to dead revives debate
VAUCLUSE - As the president of the South Carolina NAACP prepares to step down, the Confederate battle banner that he has tried to cast as a symbol of hate is alive and well in a third century.

Leaders seek funds for child programs

Leaders seek funds for child programs
AIKEN - South Carolina's state budget crisis has decimated programs that prevent children from being abused, child advocates and state representatives said Monday at a luncheon forum at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Marshals tear down ad signs from poles
The people posting those "Work From Home" signs all over town might have met their match.

State flag has man's complete support
In front of Joe Drake's Wheeless Road home stands something not often seen - the current, blue Georgia flag.

Dad pleads guilty to lesser charges
While the mother of a 3-month-old homicide victim is set for trial in two weeks, the baby's father has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Across the southeast
FORD, Ky. -Three bodies, wrapped in tarps and secured with tape, were removed Monday from the Kentucky River.

Across the area
An Augusta man who accidentally shot himself in the foot in a restaurant last month has been charged with carrying a deadly weapon to a public gathering, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

News you can use
APRIL 28, 1933 Mayor James L. Key of Atlanta urged a throng last night at the Richmond County Courthouse to "rise up and demand Gov. Talmadge call a session of the Legislature for beer and beer alone" in a speech on the steps in advance of the "Beer for Business - Beer for Revenue" parade.

Correction
An article in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly stated this year's cell phone costs for Augusta Mayor Bob Young and his former assistant, Mark Gibbons. The correct amount is $1,700.64, according to the city's accounting office.

Across the southeast
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -Fearing the SARS virus, parents said they would keep at least 10 elementary school children home starting today when a teacher planned to return from a trip to China.

Sumter forest's plan gets mixed reviews
McCORMICK, S.C. - Sumter National Forest's proposed new management plan has something for almost everyone, but almost everyone who attended a public meeting to view the plan Monday at Savannah Lakes Resort & Marina thought there was too much - or too little - emphasis on certain things.

News you can use
APRIL 29, 1923 Augusta architect G. Lloyd Preacher has been awarded a contract to draw plans for a $4 million tourist hotel in St. Petersburg, Fla., which will be, the St. Petersburg Times reports, the finest resort hotel in the world.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brent Shealy of Warrenville.

Jazz Fest turns New Orleans into citywide musical bonanza
NEW ORLEANS -- Along with Bob Dylan and LL Cool J, obscure but legendary musicians like Scotty Moore and Barbara Lynn will grace stages in New Orleans during the 10-day extravaganza of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Executive with record label Murder Inc. arrested in L.A. on a weapons charge
NEW YORK -- Authorities in Los Angeles have arrested an executive with rap music label Murder Inc. on federal firearms charges.

Executive with record label Murder Inc. arrested in L.A. on a weapons charge

Vandross has a tracheotomy as he recovers from pneumonia; still critical after stroke
NEW YORK -- Luther Vandross contracted pneumonia after suffering a stroke and had to undergo a tracheotomy to help him breathe, but the procedure didn't damage his vocal chords, his representatives said Monday.

Jazz Fest turns New Orleans into citywide musical bonanza

NASCAR suspends truck series driver

California dreamin': Busch wins again

NASCAR suspends truck series driver
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Truck series driver Brian Rose was suspended Monday by NASCAR for undisclosed reasons.

California dreamin': Busch wins again
FONTANA, Calif. - NASCAR had ballyhooed the fact nine different drivers had won the first nine races of the 2003 Winston Cup Series season.

Track throws light onto its situation
FONTANA, Calif. - California Speedway threw itself into the fight for a second racing date on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series by winning approval to add lights around the two-mile facility.

Vigil honors Laci Peterson, other crime victims

Vigil honors Laci Peterson, other crime victims
MODESTO, Calif. -- About 300 people gathered Saturday for an annual vigil honoring crime victims, an event that took on added significance as friends and family mourned the loss of Laci Peterson and her unborn son.

President promoting Iraqi democracy
DEARBORN, Mich. -- America will not impose any government or culture on Iraq but will be a "steady friend" in forming a new democracy to replace Saddam Hussein, President Bush said Monday in a speech broadcast across the Arab world.

President promoting Iraqi democracy

Plenty of suspense in sweep-free first round
The Lakers are on safer ground, the Trail Blazers avoided a sweep and the Suns evened their series with the top team in the West.

Gregg Popovich is NBA's Coach of the Year
SAN ANTONIO -- Gregg Popovich won the NBA Coach of the Year award on Monday for leading the San Antonio Spurs to the league's best record.

Gregg Popovich is NBA's Coach of the Year

Celtics take 3-1 lead over Pacers

Celtics take 3-1 lead over Pacers
BOSTON -- The 24-second clock was winding down as Paul Pierce dribbled calmly in place, talking trash to defender Al Harrington.

College basketball could get facelift this week
INDIANAPOLIS -- College basketball may have wider lanes, longer 3-point attempts and more replays on game-winning shots as early as next season.

7 Dogs picked, but not Edwards

Henry upset with selection of McGahee

Panthers take Stanford safety on second day

McDougle brings confidence, skill

Too many QBs? Not for Texans

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Featured obituary: Mr. Greg Hodges
Greg Hodges, an Augusta auto dealer and aviation enthusiast, died Monday at Doctors Hospital after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.

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Featured obituary: Mr. Douglas D. Buchholz
Douglas D. Buchholz, a former commanding general at Fort Gordon, was known as a leader who looked out for soldiers and an outspoken figure on community relations, friends said Monday.

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Sir Cherokee avoiding pre-Derby hype at Trackside

Ins and outs of 2003 Kentucky Derby

Report: Minorities, women losing ground in sports

Serena Williams sends U.S. into Fed Cup quarters

Baffert hoping for happy ending of Derby week

Cruiserweight champ Toney wants heavyweight Byrd next

Greenbrier holds off competitors to take title

Day will make 20th straight Derby start

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Tenth anniversary of a violent day for Seles and tennis

Oregonian Horner wins first Tour de Georgia

Baffert hoping for happy ending of Derby week
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- As much as he tries, Bob Baffert is having a tough time generating his usual enthusiasm for the Kentucky Derby.

Tenth anniversary of a violent day for Seles and tennis
Women's tennis changed dramatically 10 years ago, altered forever in the middle of an otherwise ordinary match by a man with a knife.

Sir Cherokee avoiding pre-Derby hype at Trackside
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Arkansas Derby winner Sir Cherokee turned heads as he went out for a gallop Sunday morning at Trackside, the training center five miles from Churchill Downs.

Cruiserweight champ Toney wants heavyweight Byrd next
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- James Toney had just finished a slugging contest with Vassiliy Jirov for the IBF cruiserweight title when his thoughts turned to bigger things.

Report: Minorities, women losing ground in sports
Women and minorities are losing ground with jobs in professional and college sports, reversing a trend toward greater diversity, according to a study released Monday.

Overtime
USC Aiken right fielder Clint Keown ended his college career with several records over the weekend and was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week.

Day will make 20th straight Derby start
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Pat Day will make his 20th straight Kentucky Derby start on Saturday, riding Most Wanted.

Overtime
Clemson's Brad McCann had three hits and drove in four runs as the Tigers completed a three-game sweep of Georgia Tech with an 11-3 win Sunday.

Greenbrier holds off competitors to take title
Just before her race began, Greenbrier's April Bennett still had doubts she could actually win.

Serena Williams sends U.S. into Fed Cup quarters
LOWELL, Mass. -- Serena Williams sent the United States into the next round of the Fed Cup, beating Klara Koukalova 6-2, 6-2 for a third straight victory by the Williams sisters over the Czech Republic.

Ins and outs of 2003 Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Just last weekend, D. Wayne Lukas was still looking for a horse to enter in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Oregonian Horner wins first Tour de Georgia
ATLANTA -- David Clinger took the final stage by less than a bicycle length in a photo finish, but American Chris Horner of Team Saturn came in first overall and won the first Tour de Georgia on Sunday.

Panthers take Stanford safety on second day
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers picked safety Colin Branch of Stanford in the fourth round of the NFL draft Sunday.

Too many QBs? Not for Texans
HOUSTON -- Texans general manager Charley Casserly says an NFL team can't have too many quarterbacks. What about third basemen?

McDougle brings confidence, skill
PHILADELPHIA -- Jerome McDougle isn't going to be a shy rookie, or a patient one.

Falcons sign 13 rookie free agents
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed 13 rookie free agents Monday, including Georgia Tech linebacker Recardo Wimbush.

7 Dogs picked, but not Edwards
Terrence Edwards, Georgia's all-time leading receiver, was left undrafted Sunday, but middle linebacker Tony Gilbert and fullback J.T. Wall gave the Bulldogs a total of seven players chosen in the 2003 NFL draft.

Henry upset with selection of McGahee
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Running back Travis Henry was angry at first when Buffalo picked Willis McGahee in the first round.

Helen Mirren bares all as Mrs. Stone in Showtime's 'Roman Spring'

PBS pursues its own reality shows
NEW YORK -- No Monica Lewinsky or pig rectums! That's a good first step in explaining how "reality" shows on public television differ from commercial network fare like "Mr. Personality" and "Fear Factor."

Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Why do people climb the tallest mountain on Earth?

All-reality TV cable channel planned for 2004

MSNBC's iron man, Lester Holt, getting ready for more normal hours

Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

MSNBC's iron man, Lester Holt, getting ready for more normal hours
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Now that the war is largely over, Lester Holt can get together again with his buddies to jam on loud rock songs in a grungy Manhattan rehearsal space.

Helen Mirren bares all as Mrs. Stone in Showtime's 'Roman Spring'
LOS ANGELES - -- One reason Helen Mirren enjoyed making Tennessee Williams' "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" was the "gorgeous clothes" she wore for the Showtime movie.

All-reality TV cable channel planned for 2004
LOS ANGELES -- The audience appetite for reality television could be tested by a planned cable channel that will offer a diet of all reality, all the time.

'Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc' looks good as always

Single-take movie is stunning feat of cinematography

Entertainment briefs

Mississippi blanks South Carolina

Mississippi blanks South Carolina
OXFORD, Miss. -- Freshman Stephen Head pitched a two-hit shutout as Mississippi defeated South Carolina 2-0 Sunday.

Frye to be honored by S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame

Frye to be honored by S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina track coach Curtis Frye will be given a special achievement award next month by the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

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THE FACTS: Domeeka Beauford, 16, a junior at Hephzibah High School

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Temperatures are rising, the days are longer and high school seniors everywhere are trying their hardest to combat senioritis. It can mean only one thing - graduation is coming.

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Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Teens form bonds for lasting relationships
Erika Hummel and Karla Lugo are like sisters.They complete each other's sentences and even seem to have some sort of code language - each one looking at the other before completing a thought.

Group encourages teens to avoid sex

Artist's corner
Ernest Jones III, 14, is a freshman at Lucy Laney Comprehensive High School. A Man and His Sax, a mixed media piece on foam, will be on display through Wednesday as part of the History of African American Music exhibit at the Lucy Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Philips St.

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Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD: Two Week's Notice, starring Sandra Bullock as a lawyer fed up with the antics of her boss (Hugh Grant); and Treasure Planet, an updated, animated Disney version of the classic Treasure Island, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David Hyde Pierce.

Teen should be honest with boyfriend, move on
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I have a boyfriend who I really care about. I do love him, but my heart belongs to someone else. My boyfriend wants me to marry him. I don't want to hurt him because he truly doesn't deserve it. I can't go on anymore like this. I'm an emotional wreck. Please I need some advice. - 19-year-old Aiken girl.

Group encourages teens to avoid sex
The Richmond County Health Department has a message for teens: No sex is the safest sex.

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Q: How old do you have to be to get your belly button pierced?

Teen should be honest with boyfriend, move on

Teens form bonds for lasting relationships

50 Cent is nice change of pace
He's been shot nine times, incarcerated and stabbed, but that hasn't stopped Eminem's new "creation," 50 Cent.

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Artist's corner

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50 Cent is nice change of pace

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Airline fires pilots accused of taking off clothes during flight