John Guare and Craig Lucas among winners of PEN awards
NEW YORK -- Playwrights John Guare and Craig Lucas and essayist William Gass were among the winners of literary awards announced Monday by the PEN American Center.

Elton John, Bernie Taupin bringing 'Vampire' to Broadway
NEW YORK -- No capes, no crosses and definitely no tap-dancing vampires.

Arts review: a cursory overview of the 1970s
NEW YORK -- In the good-natured but completely unnecessary "Streakin': A Musical Flashback to the 1970s," the fashions and pop culture of the Me Decade come in for yet another satirical beating.

Elton John, Bernie Taupin bringing 'Vampire' to Broadway

Copies of new Harry Potter book found in field may have been stolen, publisher says
LONDON -- The publisher of the Harry Potter books said Tuesday it feared copies of J.K. Rowling's latest - as yet unpublished - novel had been stolen after a newspaper reported that two of the books were found in a field.

John Guare and Craig Lucas among winners of PEN awards

Godwin's novel of a couple is tender, moving
"Evenings at Five," a tender novel about a marriage, begins with a cherished daily routine between a husband and wife: the mixing of drinks.

Godwin's novel of a couple is tender, moving

Arts review: a cursory overview of the 1970s

Bad News Tigers try to stay positive as losses mount
BALTIMORE -- Break up the Tigers! They have a winning streak for the first time since August.

Indians off to rocky start
CLEVELAND -- John Hart walked up a few steps into the Texas Rangers' dugout last weekend, poked his head out and soaked in Jacobs Field.

Indians off to rocky start

Bad News Tigers try to stay positive as losses mount

Protesters occasionally miss big picture

Odds and Ends
SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio Park Police say they've received dozens of complaints about a man riding his bike in the park wearing only a black thong.

Odds and Ends
MIAMI -- When the chartered Boeing 727 reached cruising altitude, 87 passengers took off more than their seat belts. They removed their clothes.

Braves secure victory

Shoulder injury sidelines Holmes
ATLANTA - Atlanta reliever Darren Holmes underwent a battery of tests Monday to determine the cause of numbness in his right hand and arm.

Smoltz dominates end after rough start to '02
ATLANTA - There's still a long way to go before Lee Smith starts feeling the heat.

Smoltz dominates end after rough start to '02

Shoulder injury sidelines Holmes

Braves secure victory
ATLANTA - Take away the altitude, and Atlanta's Mike Hampton will give you some attitude.

Expert in retail says city must know demographics
City officials need to be as prepared as real estate brokers and developers to aggressively pursue new stores, a visiting retail expert said Monday.

Fed likely to leave rates unchanged but signal willingness to cut if necessary

Stocks mixed on reported Boeing probe, services sector report
NEW YORK -- The stock market stalled Monday, held back by a reported investigation of Boeing and profit-taking from Wall Street's recent rally.

Fed likely to leave rates unchanged but signal willingness to cut if necessary
WASHINGTON -- Though the economy is still struggling, the Federal Reserve is expected to pass up a chance to prod growth by lowering interest rates at its Tuesday meeting.

Augusta loses thousands on parking deck
In the first quarter of 2003, a newly hired management company collected slightly more money in parking fees than was collected during the same period last year for a city-owned parking deck that serves the Augusta Convention Center and the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Grocer strives to compete

Fed holds interest rates steady

Augusta loses thousands on parking deck

Business briefs
Three Aiken entrepreneurs whose flower and gift shop was credited with revitalizing a section of downtown Aiken were given the city's highest business honor Tuesday.

Business briefs

Grocer strives to compete
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The preview party for the new Winn-Dixie in northern St. Johns County was a sight any retailer would love.

Stocks mixed on reported Boeing probe, services sector report

Business briefs
Local golf car manufacturer E-Z-Go Inc. will extend its annual two-week plant shutdown to a full month this summer, company officials said Monday.

Expert in retail says city must know demographics

Stocks rise on another batch of upbeat earnings

Business briefs

Fed holds interest rates steady
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve, keeping a close eye on the fragile, postwar economy, held a key interest rate steady at a 41-year low Tuesday. But policy-makers opened the door to a possible rate reduction in the future in the event that business conditions take a turn for the worse.

Stocks rise on another batch of upbeat earnings
NEW YORK -- Wall Street regained its upward momentum Tuesday on another spate of encouraging earnings and the Federal Reserve's decision to leave interest rates unchanged.

Alabama pursues Mike Shula, other former Tide players
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's first stop on the search for a football coach was to Miami Dolphins assistant coach Mike Shula, a former Crimson Tide quarterback.

Alabama pursues Mike Shula, other former Tide players

Jackson: Alabama should consider black coach
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson urged the University of Alabama on Monday to consider hiring a black to replace football coach Mike Price, fired over allegations of personal misconduct.

Jackson: Alabama should consider black coach

Unconscionable
What do you call someone who covers up a crime? Who makes fraudulent reports to the state? Whose negligence puts children at risk?

The death of shame
One would think that former Alabama football coach Mike Price would be Crimson with shame. After all, the university's $10 million man - a supposed leader of men - has admitted blowing hundreds of dollars at a Pensacola, Fla., strip club, after which a woman ordered $1,000 in room service from his hotel room.

A virtuous hypocrite?

A virtuous hypocrite?
Bill Bennett served as secretary of Education under President Ronald Reagan and drug czar under the first President George Bush, but he is best known as author of The Book of Virtues and in frequent TV and press interviews as a passionate defender of traditional American values.

Serious messages
Bill Cosby is a very funny guy, but we hope Paine College graduates aren't laughing off the commencement address he delivered Sunday.

The death of shame

Unconscionable

Serious messages

Entertainment Briefs
VLADIKAVKAZ, Russia -- An arts center honoring Mariinsky Theater director Valery Gergiev will be built in the southern Russian region where the internationally known conductor spent much of his youth.

Entertainment Briefs
VIENNA, Austria -- Opera classics and experimental Shakespeare productions will be featured at Vienna's annual summer music and theater extravaganza opening Friday.

Tour offers history of hip-hop from pioneers' perspective
NEW YORK -- Imagine Yoko Ono directing sightseers through the Dakota. Or Elvis leading a tour of Tupelo.

New title puts 'rap' in 'grapple'
Rappers wrestling. Wrestlers rapping.

New apple makes Cameo appearance
Cameo apple-topped French toast is a quick and easy idea for making breakfast or brunch special. You could make it for mom, for example, in a mere 25 minutes, combining fruit topping with the classic toast, nuts and vanilla, cinnamon and brown sugar flavors.

Small portions
Trimmed asparagus stalks can be thinly sliced and added to stir-fries or cooked briefly before adding to salads or pastas.

Small portions

Low-fat picadillo recipe is nice with rice

New apple makes Cameo appearance

Low-fat picadillo recipe is nice with rice
Picadillo with rice fills a plate with flavor, substance and color, but not much fat. A serving has only about 9 grams of fat, and that is no coincidence - it's strictly to the point of the new cookbook Family Circle Eat What You Love and Lose by Peggy Katalinich, which includes this dish among about 250 low-calorie recipes it offers.

Weather woes hound GreenJackets
Given their 10-19 start, maybe there really is a black cloud hanging over the heads of the Augusta GreenJackets this season.

Extra bases
Wednesday-Thursday vs. Savannah Sand Gnats (Expos).

Two minutes with Angus Roy
Augusta GreenJackets pitcher Angus Roy answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

GreenJackets on deck
Savannah Sand Gnats (Expos) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox).

Caddies' 'day off' is spent on green
For most people, the idea of strolling fairways with a book in hand on your day off sounds like fun.

Rain cancels children's clinic

High school sophomore tests herself

Father-son success a rarity on tour
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bill Haas followed his father into the locker room at Quail Hollow Club and sat down for breakfast, a routine he knows well from a dozen or so trips on the PGA Tour.

Pak set for debut
Narrow fairways? What narrow fairways?

Price finally elected to hall
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Nick Price no longer has to wonder what it takes to get into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Caddies' 'day off' is spent on green

High school sophomore tests herself
It's easy to tell that Paula Creamer loves the color pink.

Father-son success a rarity on tour

Rain cancels children's clinic
LPGA Tour rookie Christina Kim was all geared up for her first children's clinic Tuesday afternoon.

'Tiger Woods of Mexico' makes strides

'Tiger Woods of Mexico' makes strides
As she was finishing her practice round Tuesday at the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship, Lorena Ochoa's gallery consisted of. ... no one.

Pak set for debut

Weather woes hound GreenJackets

Extra bases

Two minutes with Angus Roy

Chicken sandwich delivers taste of Tuscany
Would Mom be happy if you made her a sandwich on Mother's Day? if that sandwich is as special as this week's Tuscan chicken panino, she may relinquish the kitchen to the rest of the family more often.

Chicken sandwich delivers taste of Tuscany

Protesters occasionally miss big picture
This whole protest thing has gotten turned around.

Storm blows through area
Hail, wind, lightning and rain blew through the Augusta area today, leaving flooded roads, downed trees and reports of funnel clouds in their wake.

South Carolina officials investigate possible meningitis link
Health officials in Aiken are looking into 10 recent cases of viral meningitis to see if there is a link to an outbreak in Augusta, South Carolina officials announced early Tuesday.

'Activism' and 'treason' are not the same

Take a closer look at Richmond County public schools

Blasts inaction of judicial system in sex offenses
I, like many others, was appalled at the light sentence that Carlos Allen received and that charges against Brandon Bennett were dropped (April 23 news article "Act will clear record for sex offender"). Obviously, Georgia's First Offenders Act should not apply to cases such as these. Sarah Carper, Augusta

Morale at A.R. Johnson has flat-lined
Time continues to march forward as it always has at this time of year at A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School. This year, however, a putrid stench of uncertainty hovers above the heads of students and teachers alike. And if I may say one thing frankly, it stinks. Marlayna Youngblood, Augusta

'Activism' and 'treason' are not the same
Regarding the letter by Marjorie Brosseau on April 23, "Site chosen for war protest was tacky": Ms. Brosseau should stop trying to equate "activism" with treason. Her rage is misplaced. While I realize she may be uncomfortable witnessing American citizens assembling and peacefully expressing themselves publicly, she should applaud - not disdain - our efforts. Denice Traina, Augusta

What you see is what you get with Hunt
Mike Hunt's victory in the March 25 Republican primary race for Aiken County sheriff was stunning. Not only did he win the primary with 59 percent of the vote, but he also received more votes than his Republican opponent and the two Democratic candidates combined! Carla B. Cribb, Aiken, S.C.

More gun laws not the answer
Mica French may mean well in her letter on May 1, "Endangerment bill not about gun rights." However, good-intentioned and "well-meaning" people sometimes turn a blind eye to blatant truths. Clay Redmond, Augusta

Take a closer look at Richmond County public schools
You say you want a revolution? Send your kids to public school. The ability for students to excel and achieve in the Richmond County school system has been proven at C.T. Walker Elementary and Davidson High School, both holding perennial top-10 positions in the state's school rankings. Davidson was actually the No. 1-rated high school in Georgia last year, a testament to its students, teachers and administrators alike. Kirk Brown, Augusta

SPLOST highly insulting to taxpayers
Millen, too, has a special purpose local option sales tax (or SPLOST) setup, and it is highly insulting to taxpayers. The local powers that be - apparently, just as those in Augusta - come up with this "special purpose" tax thing, but don't have any special purposes in mind. Only later do they sit around and dream up ways to spend money that should never have been taken in as taxes in the first place, since there was no initial special purpose. Bill Dekle, Millen, Ga.

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Digital is not always foolproof

CareFair to feature famous DJ

In the know

Senior calendar
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In the know
Before you pack up the memories of early mornings and term papers, think about what high school meant to you - and tell us. We're looking for your high school mementos.

Digital is not always foolproof
I have been taking digital pictures, some of which have appeared in this column, for about five years. Since a March 2000 trip to Cuba, I've been shooting digital almost exclusively. Most of my professional photographer friends also shoot digital. And most of my family members have digital cameras - most of them in addition to their film cameras.

In the know
If you're planning on dusting off the ol' grill this season, take some time to enter the Fourth Annual Jack Daniel's Great American Grill Out "The Secret is in the Sauce" recipe contest. The grand prize is a trip for two to attend the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, Tenn., Oct. 24-26.

CareFair to feature famous DJ
Five hours a night, six nights a week, the smooth sounds of nationally syndicated disc jockey Delilah drift to the ears of more than 7 million listeners.

Baby boomers have trouble at stores geared toward youth
NEW YORK - When Ann Pinkerton was in her 20s and 30s, she was a slave to the latest fashions, from bellbottoms to micro miniskirts. Now, in her early 50s, Ms. Pinkerton wants to look stylish, but has trouble finding clothes that fit, even though her size has crept up only to an 8.

Inferno keeps fire burning into final

Inferno keeps fire burning into final
On the eve of the Kelly Cup Finals, there are two prevailing opinions for Augusta Lynx fans.

News you can use

Augusta airport to cut 17 TSA screeners
Under a plan to slash 3,000 government screener jobs at airports nationwide by May 31, Augusta Regional Airport will lose the second most Transportation Security Administration screeners in the state, with 17 cuts.

Amtrak train collides with lumber truck, killing one

Water park will close
The Augusta area's only water park is going dry.

Charter schools obtain clearance from Aiken board
AIKEN - The Aiken County school board recertified the county's two charter schools Tuesday night and, after a heated debate, granted one school's plan to expand its student population for the next school year.

Seniors to experience homeless life
Four Augusta Preparatory Day School seniors will get a taste of what it's like to be homeless when they go to Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Coalition for the Homeless' American Urban Plunge 101.

Correction

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2 robberies linked, police say
Only two in a recent rash of robberies at area convenience stores and other establishments seem to have been committed by the same person, police said Monday.

Servicewoman of the day
Today's servicewoman of the day is Navy Seaman Erica N. Jones of Hephzibah.

Child-care center meets opposition
A proposed 24-hour child-care facility at the Sage Mill Industrial Park, geared to help parents at the nearby Bridgestone/Firestone tire plant, met stiff resistance from one Aiken County councilwoman Tuesday night.

Correction
An article in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said the town in the Chernobyl nuclear disaster is in Ukraine.

Tornadoes, hard rains batter residents

Georgia has probable SARS case

New labels nudge few UGA students

Officials study meningitis cases

News you can use

Bases get say on land in bill

Ethics commission is too small to meet

Officials study meningitis cases
Viral meningitis is an infection of the lining of the spinal column and brain, but it is usually much milder than bacterial meningitis. The disease is quite common. Its symptoms usually include sensitivity to light, headache, fever, stiff neck and general fatigue. It affects mostly children, and most usually recover within seven to 10 days.

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE -A body was found early Monday at a lake near a townhouse complex in Gwinnett County. Police said it was wrapped inside carpet bound with duct tape.

Bases get say on land in bill
A bill passed by the General Assembly will pave the way for military base commanders to have a say in land-use decisions around bases in Georgia.

Eatery loses waiver effort
The Columbia County Board of Education yielded to public pressure Tuesday and denied a waiver-of-distance requirement for a restaurant that was planning to serve alcohol.

Athens man aided flag design
ATHENS, Ga. - Late last month, with only two days left in the state legislative session, Ed Jackson, a University of Georgia expert on flag design, delivered some bad news to the Senate.

School officials defend spending

Capitol fight enters high court
ATLANTA - It's not every day that the governor and attorney general sit on opposite sides of the Georgia Supreme Court while their lawyers argue which of the two the drafters of the state constitution intended to favor.

New labels nudge few UGA students
ATHENS, Ga. - Amy Mize is a 13th-year senior.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. issued a call Tuesday for hundreds of volunteers to help teach elementary and middle school pupils who risk failing because budget cuts have eliminated summer school.

School officials defend spending
State and local school officials went on the counteroffensive Monday against criticism that South Carolina school authorities spend too much money on administration and not enough on the state's classrooms.

Storm brings lightning, tornado warnings to north Georgia
ATLANTA -- Intense thunderstorms brought heavy rain and flooding, strong wind, lightning and tornado warnings to north Georgia on Tuesday.

Official wants higher property tax

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RAVE for the gentleman on Wrightsboro Road who stopped mowing his lawn and put his hat over his heart as our funeral procession passed his home. I was indescribably moved by his show of compassion and respect for total strangers. I am normally one of those who complains about the tradition of stopping on the side of the road when a funeral procession passes, but this was an affirmation of all the good things about people.

Eatery loses waiver effort

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is 2nd Lt. Gary Powell Jr. of Augusta.

2 robberies linked, police say

Georgia has probable SARS case
ATLANTA - Georgia has one probable and six suspected SARS cases, state health officials said Tuesday.

Newcomers surprised at session of Legislature

Senate begins work on budget
COLUMBIA - With only about a month left in this year's legislative session, senators found themselves at a crossroads Tuesday as they set to work on the state budget.

Water park will close

Student wins for war essay
In order to win a peace prize, Susan Davis had to study war.

Ambulances are slow in rural areas

News you can use
MAY 7, 1934 A grand jury will investigate the rumored bootleg payoff racket in Augusta. It became known definitely yesterday that this course of action will be followed when Solicitor George Hains announced that city officials had presented the matter to him and requested that rumors current in the city be thrashed out thoroughly by the body of great inquisitorial powers.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS FOR the people who think that people who smoke give them cancer, as if they don't have another option. Get away from smokers. You have that option. If you don't like it, wear a mask.

Street remains closed
If downtown officials are worried about crime around Broad Street's Richmond Summit apartments, they should be looking for ways to increase police protection in the area, Augusta Commission members said at a meeting Tuesday.

Ruben mourns tree loss
Anyone with information about Bonnie Ruben's missing bonsai trees is asked to call 589-8305 or 825-5541. A $1,000, no-questions-asked reward is being offered for their return.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS -The Civil Air Patrol was searching three states Tuesday for a missing plane that was supposed to arrive in Alabama a day earlier.

Across the area
Six people were indicted Tuesday on felony murder charges in the Feb. 24 shooting death of an Augusta man.

Newcomers surprised at session of Legislature
Freshman state Sen. Randy Hall said he was surprised by how much work it takes to be an effective Georgia lawmaker.

Tornadoes, hard rains batter residents
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Jack-son Bush looked out of his home at about 1:30 a.m. Tues-day and couldn't believe it.

Amtrak train collides with lumber truck, killing one
HINESVILLE, Ga. -- An Amtrak train en route from New York to Miami smashed into a lumber truck and derailed as passengers were waking early Tuesday, killing the truck driver and injuring 27 on board.

News you can use
MAY 6, 1944 Nineteen additional Richmond County residents qualified to vote in the county, state and national elections by registering yesterday with Tax Collector Thomas E. Norris. Four of the registrants were in the teenage group, now permitted to vote under a recent legislative act.

Ruben mourns tree loss

Servicewoman of the day

Across the area
A 19-year-old Clearwater man who wounded his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend early Monday morning held police at bay for two hours outside his parents' home, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office said.

Tornado knocks over giant oak near home
BRADLEY, S.C. - Florence Ann Bryant walked out of her doublewide mobile home with her two young children just five minutes before a tornado ripped up a gigantic oak tree in her front yard Tuesday afternoon and blew splintered limbs through her front door and bedroom and living room windows.

MOX plant faces panel's questions
COLUMBIA - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission wants 19 lingering safety questions answered before it gives approval to a facility that would convert weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors.

Official wants higher property tax
Faced with declining revenue and the rising cost of providing services to residents, Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian recommended Tuesday night that the county council raise property taxes 4 mills in the coming year.

Across the area

Across Georgia

Augusta airport to cut 17 TSA screeners

Across South Carolina

Capitol fight enters high court

Ambulances are slow in rural areas
WAGENER - The weekend drowning death of 4-year-old Johnathan Alexander Pynes underscores how thinly spread Aiken County's emergency services are and the growing inequality between the somewhat urban western end and the county's primarily rural eastern side, officials said Monday.

Across South Carolina
CONWAY -The 100-year-old porch at the Peanut Warehouse has weathered everything it seems - so it's appropriate it has been dedicated to former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, who was the nation's longest-serving senator.

Athens man aided flag design

Senate begins work on budget

Charter schools obtain clearance from Aiken board

Serviceman of the day

Across the area

Storm brings lightning, tornado warnings to north Georgia

Ethics commission is too small to meet
ATLANTA - The state's watchdog over politicians could have $250,000 more in funding to work with during the coming fiscal year.

South Carolina officials investigate possible meningitis link

City delays vote on raises
Raises for select city offices will have to wait at least two more months before elected officials consider approving them. The Augusta Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to postpone reclassifications until a midyear financial report is available.

Debate continues in Annika's absence
Annika Sorenstam is nowhere to be found this week at Mount Vintage Plantation, but that doesn't mean her presence isn't everywhere.

Robert De Niro touts New York City filmmaking as second Tribeca Film Festival begins
NEW YORK -- So many great films have been shot in New York because New York is the greatest city in the world, Robert De Niro said upon the start of the second annual Tribeca Film Festival.

Tribeca Film Festival expands as it tries to establish an identity in its second year
NEW YORK -- A combination of pain, passion and hometown pride inspired Robert De Niro and his business partner, Jane Rosenthal, to organize the first Tribeca Film Festival after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Tribeca Film Festival expands as it tries to establish an identity in its second year

Robert De Niro touts New York City filmmaking as second Tribeca Film Festival begins

Metallica honored with star-studded musical salute on 'mtvICON'
LOS ANGELES -- At first, Metallica's Lars Ulrich fretted that being an "mtvICON" meant he was finished.

Sound bites: audio reviews

Metallica honored with star-studded musical salute on 'mtvICON'

Sound bites: audio reviews
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Bourdais gets first CART win, ends Tracy's streak
WEST KINGSDOWN, England -- French rookie Sebastien Bourdais felt right at home on this track.

Hattori crashes during practice at Indy
INDIANAPOLIS -- Shigeaki Hattori was hospitalized Tuesday after a crash during Indianapolis 500 practice.

Park, Earnhardt's original driver, fired from DEI
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Steve Park was fired Tuesday by Dale Earnhardt Inc., ending the tenure of the first fulltime Winston Cup driver the late Earnhardt hired.

Nadeau's condition improving
RICHMOND, Va. -- Winston Cup driver Jerry Nadeau was improving Monday, three days after he was badly hurt in a crash at Richmond International Raceway.

Hattori crashes during practice at Indy

Green fired from Richard Childress Racing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jeff Green was fired by Richard Childress Racing on Monday, two days after arguing with the car owner following a wreck with teammate Kevin Harvick.

Park, Earnhardt's original driver, fired from DEI

Bourdais gets first CART win, ends Tracy's streak

Death toll climbs following Midwest tornadoes
PIERCE CITY, Mo. -- Searchers using dogs and heavy equipment went from one crumbled home to another Monday after tornado-packed storms flattened communities in four Midwestern states and killed at least 38 people. Ten people were missing, including eight in this southwestern Missouri town.

Death toll climbs following Midwest tornadoes

MVP Duncan heads All-NBA first team
NEW YORK -- Two-time MVP Tim Duncan made the All-NBA team Tuesday, just the sixth player in league history to receive that honor in each of his first six seasons.

MVP Duncan heads All-NBA first team

Despite loss to Detroit, Magic optimistic
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tracy McGrady carried the Orlando Magic to the postseason. The next step will be getting more from the players around him so the team can go deeper than the first round.

Spurs count on bench to make things happen

Despite loss to Detroit, Magic optimistic

Spurs count on bench to make things happen
SAN ANTONIO -- They're San Antonio's second wave, the guys who come into the game cold and try to make things happen while the starters cool down and catch their breath.

Recommendations to push back 3-point line, change lane
INDIANAPOLIS -- The 3-point line in men's college basketball would be moved back 9 inches to 20 feet, 6 inches under a recommendation from an NCAA rules committee Monday.

Bushofsky retiring from Carolina Panthers

Recurrent concussions may be linked to depression

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Sampras pulls out of German Open

Empire Maker to take on Derby winner in Preakness

Prep soccer and tennis playoff schedule

South Aiken tops Fort Mill

Victory comes as no surprise to Bulldog

Overtime

Thoroughbreds look toward title

Sampras pulls out of German Open
HAMBURG, Germany -- Pete Sampras pulled out of next week's German Open on Tuesday, increasing the possibility he will skip his first French Open in 13 years.

Prep soccer and tennis playoff schedule
Here is a schedule of prep soccer and tennis playoff games.

Empire Maker to take on Derby winner in Preakness
Empire Maker is a go for the Preakness.

South Aiken tops Fort Mill
AIKEN - The 3 1/2 -hour drive to South Aiken was only the beginning of Fort Mill's woes Tuesday.

Thoroughbreds look toward title
AIKEN - Coach Paul Waters says he would have been worried if his South Aiken soccer team had entered the Class AAAA postseason undefeated.

Overtime
Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan was suspended without pay for a month Tuesday for saying on television that Jason Kidd's wife needed someone to "smack her."

Kuerten bounced in first round
ROME -- Gustavo Kuerten lost in the first round of the Italian Open on Tuesday, then acknowledged he probably can't win another French Open title this year.

Victory comes as no surprise to Bulldog
Midway through Monday's Region 3-AAAA boys track and field championships at Cross Creek High School, Thomson coach John Barnett turned away from the track and said, almost to himself, "Man, I didn't think we'd be doing this."

Agassi loses match, No. 1 ranking
ROME -- Andre Agassi's hold on No. 1 slipped away about as quickly as his lead against a 60th-ranked opponent at the Italian Open.

Overtime
No. 1-ranked USC Aiken lived up to its billing in the first day of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional, shooting 1-under 287 as a team and taking a nine-shot lead after the first round of the 54-hole event.

Recurrent concussions may be linked to depression
WASHINGTON -- Retired football players who suffered three or four concussions have twice the risk of later developing clinical depression - a risk that rises with even more injuries, new research says.

Bushofsky retiring from Carolina Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jack Bushofsky is retiring as Carolina's director of player personnel when his conract expires next month.

Falcons will train at Furman University
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Atlanta Falcons have extended their agreement to hold training camp at Furman University here for at least two more years.

Debate continues in Annika's absence

A typical week in the television biz, unlike many in a ratings sweeps month
NEW YORK -- A ratings sweeps month on television is usually known for its stunts and specials. The first full week of the May sweeps was most remarkable for its status quo.

A typical week in the television biz, unlike many in a ratings sweeps month

New title puts 'rap' in 'grapple'

Entertainment Briefs

Tour offers history of hip-hop from pioneers' perspective

Six Georgia athletes charged in drug case get pretrial diversion
ATHENS, Ga. -- Five Georgia football players and a basketball player charged with possession of marijuana were given pretrial diversion Tuesday in Athens Municipal Court.

Georgia names Mike Jones assistant basketball coach
ATHENS, Ga. -- Dennis Felton has hired one of his former Howard University teammates to join his coaching staff at Georgia.

Senior accolades go for silly
Superlative - by definition it means the best of, superior. So, you'd think most high school seniors would be glad to be voted a class superlative. And most are. Who wouldn't want to be named best athlete, or most likely to succeed by their peers in the graduating class?

Artist's corner
Keisha Franklin, 16, is a sophomore at Lucy C. Laney High School.

Self-esteem lift will help girl's boyfriend dilemma
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I haven't had a boyfriend since I was 13 because boys think I'm ugly. I don't know what to do. Do you have any suggestions? - 15-year-old Augusta girl.

Senior accolades go for silly

Self-esteem lift will help girl's boyfriend dilemma

Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD: Catch Me if You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as legendary con man Frank Abagnale, and Tom Hanks as the FBI agent chasing him; Extreme Ops, an action flick about extreme sports enthusiasts who unknowingly stop a terrorist plot; and The Emperor's Club, starring Kevin Kline as a passionate professor of classics.

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:

Prom style

There's nothing like maternal wisdom to ease a girl's mind
As children, we adored our mothers. Mom was always there to comfort us when we cried; she fed us, nurtured us. Mom was our world, our life; the one woman we could try to get away from but never succeed.

Prom style
THE FACTS: Lindsey Pruitt, 17, is a junior at Cross Creek High School

Question of the week
Which silly superlative would you least like to receive?

Audio best

Mothers reign over domains with strength, love, support
Mothers. Who are they? Some say that they are the bearers of children. Others say that a mother is a person who takes care of and provides shelter for her children until they're grown.

Share your high school memories with us

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Share your high school memories with us
Before you pack up the memories of early mornings and term papers, think about what high school meant to you; and tell us. We're looking for your high school mementos.

Question of the week

Artist's corner

There's nothing like maternal wisdom to ease a girl's mind

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Odds and Ends