Baseball officials scout stadium in Rome
ROME -- Major league baseball's field consultant inspected Olympic Stadium on Tuesday to help determine whether the facility could be used for regular-season games next year.

Rocker allows two runs in extended spring start
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- John Rocker allowed two runs and three hits over one inning Tuesday for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' extended spring training team.

Baseball officials scout stadium in Rome

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 sell out after offering $1 tickets
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays sold out Tuesday night's game against the Texas Rangers after offering $1 tickets in an effort to show Toronto remains vibrant despite SARS.

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.

Rocker allows two runs in extended spring start

Henderson goes back to minors another shot

Now an ace, Millwood validates status with no-hitter

Undoing what's done is Legislature's job

Odds and Ends
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An old-fashioned wedding it was not - no wedding dress, no walk down the aisle, no champagne - just a couple of bike enthusiasts taking their marriage vows in cycling gear and helmets.

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.

Woman uses gender-bias defense to beat DUI charge
CANTON, Ga. -- Lisa Bufton says a DUI breath test she took last year registered too high because of her gender.

Braves an indicator of baseball's declining attendance

New ballpark suits Maddux

Giles making his stand for Braves in '03

Reynolds returns with mixed feelings
HOUSTON - Atlanta's Shane Reynolds was having a good day until he reached the park formerly known as Enron Field.

Reynolds returns with mixed feelings

New ballpark suits Maddux
HOUSTON - In the years before a cozy ballpark was built at the intersection of Texas and Crawford streets, Greg Maddux relished his visits here.

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.

Reynolds returns with mixed feelings
HOUSTON - Atlanta's Shane Reynolds was having a good day until he reached the park formerly known as Enron Field.

Reynolds returns with mixed feelings

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.

Shop's plans await ruling

Beaches see mixed results from consumers

Business briefs

MasterCard settles its portion of debit card suit

Regulators announce $1.4 billion settlement with brokerages

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.

Virginia enacts harsh anti-spam measure

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.

Consumer confidence rises sharply; beats forecast
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence improved sharply in April after declining for four consecutive months, helped by a swift outcome in the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

Business briefs
Al's Family Restaurant on Atomic Road in North Augusta reopened this week for business, a month after burglars torched the popular eatery.

Phone giant to oppose policy

Virginia enacts harsh anti-spam measure
RICHMOND, Va. - Internet mavens who clog computers with massive volumes of unsolicited e-mail pitches now risk landing in prison and losing their riches under a tough Virginia law signed Tuesday.

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.

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.

Shop's plans await ruling
The nation's leading purveyor of frothy lattes could open its first freestanding store in the Augusta market if it can overcome the county's parking rules.

Purnell names coaching assistants
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Oliver Purnell is bringing his three assistants from Dayton to the Tigers.

Purnell names coaching assistants

Recruit says Mississippi State coach gave him cash
JACKSON, Miss. -- A high school football recruit has told the NCAA he was given cash to pay for a summer school course by a Mississippi State coach, athletic director Larry Templeton confirmed Tuesday.

Recruit says Mississippi State coach gave him cash

College basketball could get facelift this week

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.

Into the abyss
You would've thought a district attorney with Danny Craig's experience would've seen it all by now.

No time, no dime to spare

Exempt sex offenders

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.

Exempt sex offenders
First-time sex offenders, like other first-time criminals, can be sentenced under Georgia's First Offender Act to probation instead of prison.

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.

The right flag choice

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.

Report: Ozzy Osbourne's teenage son, Jack, enters rehab
PASADENA, Calif. -- Jack Osbourne, the 17-year-old son of heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne, has checked into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic, People magazine reported.

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

Entertainment briefs
BERLIN -- The Berlin Philharmonic's repertoire for the 2003-04 season mixes tradition with newly commissioned works as Simon Rattle continues to put his imprint on the famed concert hall in his second season as chief conductor and artistic director.

Two-thirds of junk e-mail claims are probably false
WASHINGTON -- Internet users skeptical of junk e-mails promising easy money, miracle cures and dream dates are right to be wary: The government says two-thirds of the "spam" messages clogging online mailboxes probably are false in some way.

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.

Two-thirds of junk e-mail claims are probably false

Stocks rise sharply on upbeat data

Chocolate-chip cookies never lose favor

Slow down and savor a fast chicken recipe
Quick cooking does not mean skimping on substance, nutrition or color. The following recipe for chicken and pasta with fresh tomato sauce can be made start-to-finish in less than half an hour.

Chocolate-chip cookies never lose favor
NEW YORK - There was nothing quite like plunging a warm, gooey chocolate-chip cookie into a big glass of milk after school, or before bedtime, or any time you could get your hands on one.

Taters for tots
I'm always looking for a side dish that my children will love - something besides macaroni and cheese or mashed potatoes. I've come up with a simple side dish that has two of their favorites tastes: ranch dressing and cheese.

Free-range hog farmers say taste sets their pork apart

Taste the sweet side of Mexico
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - The arrival of the Cinco de Mayo holiday is a reminder of Mexican festivities and the delicious foods typical of these fiestas. One such treat people regularly enjoy on special occasions is the dessert named dulce de leche.

Small portions
Bell peppers, particularly yellow ones, are wonderful when stewed or braised until meltingly tender. They are great on their own or with other vegetables, such as fennel or onions, as a side dish for fish or tossed with pasta.

Taste the sweet side of Mexico

Small portions

Free-range hog farmers say taste sets their pork apart
NEWTON GROVE, N.C. -- Unlike the future hams sandwiched together in industrial-style swine factories, the hogs that roam and root their way through Wade Cole's farm seem a contented lot.

Taters for tots

Center fielder upbeat despite recent struggles
Into the heart of the Augusta GreenJackets clubhouse he comes, strutting and chirping and proud as a peacock, wearing nothing but a white bath towel and a devilish grin.

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.

Two minutes with Eric West
Augusta GreenJackets second baseman Eric West answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

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.

Ex-farmhand Song tosses no-hitter
The Boston Red Sox knew what they were giving up in Seung Song.

Extra bases
Wednesday-Friday: at Rome Braves.

Finchem pleased with Nationwide direction
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. -- A few years ago, the Nationwide Tour had trouble keeping its cities, its sponsors and its focus. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem is glad to see that's changing.

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.

Sutton's resignation all about timing
Hal Sutton and David Toms have more in common than Louisiana roots and a PGA Championship in their trophy collections.

British Open gets new qualifying venues
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- For the first time, golfers will not have to go to Britain to qualify for the British Open.

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.

Couples enjoys the fruits of his labor
Fred Couples rediscovered his place in golf.

Musketeers win region by 41 shots
Fresh off a strong showing last weekend in the Joe Wyatt Memorial tournament in Aiken, Richmond Academy won the Region 3-AAA golf tournament Monday by 41 shots.

Finchem pleased with Nationwide direction

Sorenstam dreams of beating men at their game

Couples enjoys the fruits of his labor

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

Sutton's resignation all about timing

Musketeers win region by 41 shots

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

Center fielder upbeat despite recent struggles

Jackets lose 6th straight

Two minutes with Eric West

Ex-farmhand Song tosses no-hitter

Extra bases

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Taters for tots
I'm always looking for a side dish that my children will love - something besides macaroni and cheese or mashed potatoes. I've come up with a simple side dish that has two of their favorites tastes: ranch dressing and cheese.

Taters for tots

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.

Police seek help in robbery, murder
A convenience store worker was shot to death early today in a robbery at the Pump 'N Shop at Central Avenue and Heard Avenue, authorities said.

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

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.

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.

Chambliss supports reckless tax plan

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.

Would teach again for Principal Gandy

Chambliss supports reckless tax plan
In his April 23 guest column, "Georgians need the tax relief Bush's tax reforms would provide," U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., boldly speaks out in favor of the reckless tax plan proposed by President George W. Bush. Tim Kelly, Augusta

What kind of treatment is this?

Disgusted by effort to discredit Gandy
I attended Richmond County's April school board meeting and listened with disgust to three negative representatives who attempted to discredit Dr. Dorothy Gandy, principal of A.R. Johnson High School, over her recommendation of teacher transfers. Those representatives spoke on behalf of the teachers. Ruth Reddy, Hephzibah, Ga.

Resents attempt to rewrite history of Confederacy
I am so glad that geniuses like Chris Flagg (April 4 letter, "Confederate history account wrong") can educate us poor uninformed bigots as to the real truth about Confederate history. We always thought that Gen. Robert E. Lee was the commander of the Army of northern Virginia, but now we have learned that he was a mere battalion commander. Allen W. Johnson, North Augusta, S.C.

Gandy makes A.R. Johnson the success it is
Dr. Dorothy Gandy, principal of A.R. Johnson Magnet School, is a wonderful person. She is articulate, very knowledgeable in the field of education and sensitive to the needs of those around her. I have known her for nearly 30 years and during this time, she has worked tremendously hard educating the youth of Richmond County. She has always placed students first and foremost. She was a successful English teacher and an assistant principal before she became principal. The students, faculty and staff have a leader in which they can be proud of for all she has done to continue to make A.R. Johnson the success it is today. Victoria Rogers, Augusta

Seniors calendar

Fans can get their fix with DVD sets

Answer beauty emergencies with quick first aid

In the know

Skipping meals could be beneficial to your health

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.

Skipping meals could be beneficial to your health
WASHINGTON -- The health benefits of sharply cutting calories may occur after periodic fasting, even if the fast does not result in eating less overall, a new report indicates.

Answer beauty emergencies with quick first aid
NEW YORK - There is a product out there to suit just about every imaginable beauty need.

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

In the know
This wine starts with light floral flavors that flow into soft layers of pear, golden apple and honeydew. This is a real winner for the price!

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.

'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.

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

Rants and Raves
I FIND IT very unsettling after numerous trips to the airport that soldiers have to pay for parking. Soldiers and family members who are fighting for their country have enough to worry about.

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.

Accusations fly over ethics-bill failure

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.

Safe Communities coordinator resigns

Leaders seek funds for child programs

Across the area

Rare Southern quake rattles several states

Across the area

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A House committee passed a bill Tuesday that would require all drinking straws handed out in restaurants to have wrappers.

News you can use

City re-elects incumbents
NORTH AUGUSTA - North Augusta City Council's three incumbents, all Republicans, were the top three vote-getters Tuesday in a bipartisan free-for-all.

Patient awaits SARS verdict
Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Tuesday discharged a patient who had been in isolation because the patient had some of the symptoms of a deadly Asian flulike virus.

Nuke pill available to handful of people

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

News you can use

Council divides on city districts

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.

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.

Perdue looks at legislative wins, trials

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 area
An Appling teenager is in the Columbia County Detention Center charged with molesting a 16-year-old fellow Greenbrier High School student on campus.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Patient tested for virus might not have SARS

Safe Communities coordinator resigns
For the past five years, Priscilla Bence has been working to make the roads safer as the coordinator of the Safe Communities Coalition of Augusta.

Correction

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.

Rare Southern quake rattles several states

Across South Carolina

Marshals tear down ad signs from poles

Stepfather sentenced in murder plot

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.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Spc. Butler Lamar Middleton of Augusta.

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

Across Georgia

Patient awaits SARS verdict

City plans downtown association

Across South Carolina

Residents fight proposal to turn courtyard into street

Serviceman of the day

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.

Rants and Raves
I FIND IT very unsettling after numerous trips to the airport that soldiers have to pay for parking. Soldiers and family members who are fighting for their country have enough to worry about.

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.

Across Georgia
WASHINGTON -Attorney David Walbert told the U.S. Supreme Court onTuesday that Georgia lawmakers were trying to empower black voters, not the Democratic Party, when they redrew the state's legislative map.

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.

Accusations fly over ethics-bill failure
ATLANTA - Entering this year's General Assembly session, good-government advocates had reason for optimism that the time had finally come to pass meaningful ethics reforms.

Serviceman of the day

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.

Across Georgia

Panel favors lobby funds

Flag vote will be subdued

Board faces residents over planned stadium
There were more questions than there was time to give answers to the standing-room-only crowd that filled Lucy C. Laney High School's music room Tuesday night, people seeking more information about a planned football stadium for the neighborhood near the school.

Board faces residents over planned stadium

Layout design is step closer to new terminal

Sumter forest's plan gets mixed reviews

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?

Trailer speeds helicopter service

Indigent-defense reform gets surprise win

Across the southeast

New budget spares state health care

Indigent-defense reform gets surprise win
ATLANTA - It was one of the strangest outcomes in a strange session. In a year when Georgia's General Assembly had a hard time agreeing on anything, it voted overwhelmingly to overhaul the state's system for defending the poor in court.

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?

Perdue looks at legislative wins, trials
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday he was surprised by the partisanship of the legislative session that which ended last week, and he called his first four months in office "an interesting ride."

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

City plans downtown association
What started out as a discussion for a downtown entertainment district has turned into the creation of a group to take on a number of issues affecting the central business district.

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

News you can use
APRIL 30, 1994 An Augusta youth charged with murder in the shooting of a former Lakeside High School student will remain in custody pending trial, a Juvenile Court judge ruled Friday.

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.

Council divides on city districts
AIKEN - When the Aiken City Council divided along racial and party lines Monday night to approve a revamped redistricting plan for the city, there was a brief, sharp exchange between at-large council member Jane Vaughters and District 1 council member Beverly Clyburn about the thing these local politicians fear most: becoming Augusta.

City re-elects incumbents

SRS holds place in future of fusion
AIKEN - It could be at least 35 years before the United States has a viable fusion reactor, and that's only if the technology can be perfected.

Residents fight proposal to turn courtyard into street
On most sunny days on a bright-red park bench outside downtown's Richmond Summit apartment building, you can find three women, lounging in the shade of the oak trees and discussing religion.

Augusta golfer settles into new life on Nationwide Tour
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. - Because his job has already taken him to Australia, New Zealand and Fort Smith, Ark., this place seems like a fitting place for Scott Parel to find a little peace.

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.

NASCAR suspends truck series driver

City leaders launch $650,000 campaign to keep The Winston in Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. -- The race to keep The Winston in Charlotte picked up Tuesday when city and business leaders launched a $650,000 campaign aimed at convincing NASCAR not to move the annual all-star event.

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

Busch Series points leader probably out of Richmond race

Busch Series points leader probably out of Richmond race
CONCORD, N.C. -- Busch series points leader Todd Bodine likely will miss Friday night's race in Richmond because he doesn't have a sponsor. His absence would virtually eliminate him from the title chase.

City leaders launch $650,000 campaign to keep The Winston in Charlotte

Tracy admits breaking rules in CART
WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- CART Champ Car leader Paul Tracy admits he broke the rules when he used traction control from 1994 until this year.

President promoting Iraqi democracy

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.

Nets top Bucks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks at the perimeter game, then hit their foul shots for a change Tuesday night.

Spurs down Suns

Gregg Popovich is NBA's Coach of the Year

Sixers on verge of eliminating Hornets

T-Mac doesn't want to be like KG
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Tracy McGrady and Kevin Garnett have more in common than being NBA stars who skipped college and have become unstoppable at times.

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.

Spurs down Suns
SAN ANTONIO -- The question the San Antonio Spurs have to be asking themselves: Is no lead safe against the Phoenix Suns?

Sixers on verge of eliminating Hornets
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia 76ers are giving Allen Iverson plenty of help, leaving the New Orleans Hornets on the brink of elimination.

T-Mac doesn't want to be like KG

Nets top Bucks

Bryant, Iverson, O'Neal added to Olympic team
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant was added to the U.S. basketball team Tuesday, along with Allen Iverson and Jermaine O'Neal.

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.

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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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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: Mrs. Faith Bertsche
Faith Bertsche wrote several books and articles throughout her 86 years.

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Mr. Benjamin OBanion    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
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Mrs. Annette Simmons    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Ms. Ola Roquemore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Charmaine Keller    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. James Christie Jr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Miss Shannon Purvis    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Betty Haddon    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Ms. Mary Poore    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Alva Dawson    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Alfred Pochini Jr.    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. James Newsome    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. James Christie Jr.    (TRENTON, S.C.)
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Mr. David McLin    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Ms. Carolyn Chow    (BKLYN, N.Y.)
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Mrs. Betty Mason    (MODOC, S.C.)
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Mrs. Karen Allen    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Lewis    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Dea. Clarence Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ervin Washington    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Reva Jordan    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Norman Skiles    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Cecil Howard Sr.    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Imani Overton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Horne    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Louise Norris    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Greg Hodges    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Newsome    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Marvin Hoar Sr.    (BATH, S.C.)
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Mrs. Jessie McGahee    (AVERA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Hill    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Kelly    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Hankinson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. James Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. W.G. Gray    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Greg Hodges    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lorene Gay    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Willie Harris    (HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.)
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Mrs. Linda Franklin    (MURFREESBORO, Tenn.)
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Mrs. Carolyn Dickerson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Marie English    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
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Lt. Gen. Douglas Buchholz    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Leroy Cullens Jr.    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruth Culbertson (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. Lenora Dick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Haddon (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Lewis (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Enos Mims (DETROIT, Mich.)

Mr. James Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred Pochini Jr. (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. James Newsome (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bertha Stallings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Reva Jordan (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Lewis (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Bobbie Warren (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dea. Clarence Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Norman Skiles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Benjamin OBanion (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Miss Shannon Purvis (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Leroy Cullens Jr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorene Gay (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Karen Allen (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Linda Franklin (MURFREESBORO, Tenn.)

Mrs. Carolyn Youngblood (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Hill (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Greg Hodges (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Cecil Widener (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Christie Jr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Alva Dawson (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Greg Hodges

Imani Overton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Howard Sr. (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Nicholson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Frank Sweat (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Annette Simmons (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Annette Simmons (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Christie Jr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Hankinson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Norman Skiles (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marie English (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. William Horne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Douglas D. Buchholz

Mrs. Carolyn Dickerson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. W.G. Gray (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Brantley (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. George Bryant (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Harris (HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.)

Mrs. Betty Mason (MODOC, S.C.)

Ms. Carolyn Chow (BKLYN, N.Y.)

Mrs. Johnnie Crawford (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Ervin Washington (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Pat Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Charmaine Keller (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. James Newsome (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Louise Norris (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. William Horne (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Ola Roquemore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Joseph Arcuri Jr. (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Marvin Hoar Sr. (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Greg Hodges (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Roberson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Lt. Gen. Douglas Buchholz (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Stewart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jessie McGahee (AVERA, Ga.)

Miss Sara Richbourg (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. James Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Mary Poore (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Baffert hoping for happy ending of Derby week

Tenth anniversary of a violent day for Seles and tennis

Horse racing's Hall of Fame adds Hine, Smith

Greenbrier holds off competitors to take title

Day will make 20th straight Derby start

Colt takes unusual route to Kentucky Derby

Report: Minorities, women losing ground in sports

Lady Bulldogs' record speaks volumes

The curtsy bows out at Wimbledon

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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.

Lady Bulldogs' record speaks volumes
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - The Silver Bluff softball team is careful to watch its adversaries as they step off the bus in Petticoat Junction.

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

The curtsy bows out at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- One of Wimbledon's most enduring traditions is finished - players will no longer have to bow or curtsy to the Royal Box at Centre Court.

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

Horse racing's Hall of Fame adds Hine, Smith
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Carolyn Hine was sworn to secrecy about her late husband Sonny Hine's election to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.

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.

Colt takes unusual route to Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Outta Here took an unusual route to the Kentucky Derby.

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.

Overtime
Carolina Cobras head coach Mike Hold was fired Monday after an 0-13 start to the Arena Football League season. Hold was replaced by former NFL and AFL head coach Eddie Khayat.

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.

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

Augusta golfer settles into new life on Nationwide Tour

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.

Shows jam schedule for May sweeps - but they feel like reruns

All-reality TV cable channel planned for 2004

Shows jam schedule for May sweeps - but they feel like reruns
NEW YORK -- The war is over. Sweeps have begun. One sign: As a ratings stunt on May 12, "Tonight" host Jay Leno switches jobs with Katie Couric to be guest on NBC's morning news show "Today." A squeaky-voiced comic in Katie's anchor chair? The producers must expect a slow news day.

Journalist Tina Brown's talk show makes its CNBC debut
NEW YORK -- With Sony Corp. chief Howard Stringer, media magnates Barry Diller and Conrad Black and Queen Noor of Jordan as guests, journalist Tina Brown's first TV talk show resembles one of her famed dinner parties.

Journalist Tina Brown's talk show makes its CNBC debut

'Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc' looks good as always

Entertainment briefs

Entertainment briefs

Single-take movie is stunning feat of cinematography

Falcons put Edwards on road to NFL

Falcons put Edwards on road to NFL
The wait was probably longer than Terrence Edwards would have liked. The team, however, was something close to ideal.

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.

Amid threats, North Korea talks disarmament, U.S. official says

Amid threats, North Korea talks disarmament, U.S. official says
WASHINGTON -- Despite its threats of nuclear tests, North Korea caught the attention of U.S. officials last week by also expressing a willingness to dispose of its missiles and nuclear weapons programs.

Audio best
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:

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

Teens form bonds for lasting relationships

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

50 Cent is nice change of pace

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Teen should be honest with boyfriend, move on

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Artist's corner

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.

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

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.

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.

Prom style

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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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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.

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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