Arts review: Young star of Royal Ballet makes New York debut
NEW YORK -- There was the unmistakable whiff of stardom in the air the other night at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Children's Theatre Company basks in Tony recognition

Children's Theatre Company basks in Tony recognition
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Children's Theatre Company is enjoying a storybook season.

Arts review: Young star of Royal Ballet makes New York debut

Arts review: Kiki & Herb present a dizzying pop culture montage

Arts review: Kiki & Herb present a dizzying pop culture montage
NEW YORK -- With his Mack truck of a baritone, Justin Bond doesn't sound remotely female.

Court requires 90 days' notice for Expos move

Singular journey got Palmeiro on road to 500 homers
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rafael Palmeiro needed years of work to transform himself into a power hitter.

Singular journey got Palmeiro on road to 500 homers

Court requires 90 days' notice for Expos move
A federal judge ordered baseball to give her court 90 days' notice of any attempt to move or sell the Montreal Expos.

Life was hard way back in the good old days

Man gets new trial; court finds juror couldn't understand English
MADISON, Wis. -- A man convicted of sexual assault will get a new trial because a juror could not understand English well enough to competently hear the case, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Nurse charged with killing patient with bagel
CLEVELAND -- An unlicensed nurse has been charged with murdering a multiple sclerosis patient by feeding her a piece of bagel and letting her choke to death so she could carry on an affair with the patient's husband.

Odds and ends
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- A pregnant woman who won a $4.4 million slot machine jackpot attributed the good luck to a kick from her unborn baby.

Odds and Ends
SANDUSKY, Ohio -- People waited so long to ride the world's tallest roller coaster that workers at Cedar Point Amusement Park organized bathroom breaks.

70-year-old woman staying fit with football
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Charlotte Chambers' application stuck out from the dozens of hopefuls who tried out for the Orlando Starz, a fledgling team in the Independent Women's Football League. In the space for date of birth, Chambers wrote 1932.

Lawmakers put spotlight on tongue-splitting
CHICAGO -- Ears with two, three, even five piercings are ancient history. Studs in tongues and navels are, for many, no big deal. And who doesn't have a tattoo? These days, the attention-grabbing look is tongue-splitting: cutting the tongue to make it forked.

Braves top Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- Gary Sheffield hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and Russ Ortiz outpitched Kazuhisa Ishii as the Atlanta Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 Tuesday night.

Braves top Dodgers

Retooled team keeps winning

Braves rally to beat Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- Javy Lopez hit a three-run homer and Gary Sheffield added a two-run double as the Atlanta Braves scored seven runs in the ninth inning to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-4 Monday night.

Retooled team keeps winning
LOS ANGELES - No matter how many changes the Atlanta Braves make to their roster, one of the few constants through the past 12 seasons has been the way manager Bobby Cox has successfully pulled the strings.

Braves rally to beat Dodgers

Airline to buy at least 170 jets
ARLINGTON, Va. - US Airways signed deals with two jet-plane manufacturers to buy at least 170 and possibly as many as 550 regional jets from Canada-based Bombardier Aerospace and Brazil-based Embraer.

Business briefs
Charleston-based Select Health of South Carolina announced this week that its First Choice plan for Medicaid-eligible families has been expanded to the Aiken area.

Classes will aid laid-off staffers
AIKEN - Savannah River Site personnel who find themselves out of work will be eligible for further training in computers and financial skills.

Tobaccoland to close on Broad
After years of watching customer traffic decrease, one downtown business owner is snuffing out her shop.

Stocks retreat as investors take some profits

Stocks rally higher again, building on weeks of big gains
NEW YORK -- Wall Street extended its big rally Monday, propelling the Dow Jones industrials up 122 points despite the absence of economic or earnings news to guide investors.

Stocks retreat as investors take some profits
NEW YORK -- Wall Street retreated Tuesday as investors, concerned that stocks have become too pricey, collected profits following weeks of gains. Wal-Mart's report of weaker-than-expected revenue contributed to the decline.

Professionals keep body graphics out of office to compete for jobs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The inside of John Kosakowski's leg is glowing.

Governor thanks Augusta factory
During the past two years, Augusta's Procter & Gamble detergent plant racheted up production to avoid a shutdown from its parent company's cost-cutting program.

Professionals keep body graphics out of office to compete for jobs

Business briefs

Stocks rally higher again, building on weeks of big gains

Governor thanks Augusta factory

Airline to buy at least 170 jets

Tobaccoland to close on Broad

Clemson tops North Carolina
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Brad McCann scored two runs to lead Clemson to a 5-2 victory against North Carolina Monday.

Clemson tops North Carolina

Price's sons reassigned within athletic department

Price appeals his firing as Alabama football coach
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mike Price, fired as Alabama's football coach in the wake of a trip to a topless bar in Florida, is appealing his termination, The Tuscaloosa News reported Monday.

Price's sons reassigned within athletic department
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama assistant football coaches Eric and Aaron Price, sons of fired head coach Mike Price, have been reassigned within the athletic department.

No apologies
Since Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein's regime was brought down several weeks ago, U.S. and coalition forces have found telltale signs of weapons of mass destruction, such as mobile labs, but not the chemical and biological mother-lode that many people thought would be found by now.

Oreos: Illegal substance?

New sheriff for Aiken
Aiken County voters signaled in last month's GOP primary that they want a change in the Sheriff's Department when they overwhelmingly favored Aiken Public Safety Department Lt. Mike Hunt over interim Sheriff Jody Rowland, a protege of Howard Sellers. Sellers resigned in midterm to take a Homeland Security post.

Oreos: Illegal substance?
A car drives slowly up the darkened city street. It stops, and a man comes out of the shadows, handing the driver a package in return for money.

Don't hide; resign
The battle of the Alamo was fought to institute American democracy in Texas. There was a lot of courage involved.

Well-deserved award
Former Govs. Roy Barnes, a Georgia Democrat, and David Beasley, a South Carolina Republican, both richly deserve the prestigious Profile in Courage Award they received this week from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.

Oil or blood thicker?
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell was right not to cancel his visit to Saudi Arabia in the wake of Tuesday's terrorist attacks on three Riyadh housing compounds that killed and injured scores of Americans and other Westerners.

Oil or blood thicker?

No apologies

Entertainment briefs
LOS ANGELES -- A former movie studio security guard pleaded no contest to receiving custom-made Spider-Man and Batman suits stolen from Warner Bros. and Sony Studios and was sentenced to nine months in county jail.

'Tower 3' is good addition to franchise
Art and horror don't always blend well, especially in the erratic world of videogames.

In the know
Two area middle schools won $500 in the first Captain John Derst's School Spirit Sandwich Contest held May 3 at Augusta Mall.

Castillo making most of opportunity
After patiently waiting in the wings, infielder Osmar Castillo is making the most of his latest opportunity to be a regular in the Augusta GreenJackets lineup.

Road to recovery leads right-hander to Augusta
Denny Tussen, Carlos Morle and Carlos Morla joined the Augusta GreenJackets pitching staff Monday.

Two minutes with Dan Generelli
Augusta GreenJackets pitcher Dan Generelli answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Augusta rallies to beat Lexington
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lexington failed to hold on to an early lead as Augusta rallied for an 8-4 win Tuesday night.

GreenJackets on deck
Monday-Thursday: at Lexington Legends (Astros).

If she has no chance, then why all the fuss?

Singh apologizes to Sorenstam
IRVING, Texas -- Vijay Singh said Tuesday he was sorry if his comments about Annika Sorenstam playing on the PGA Tour - "I hope she misses the cut" - came across as a personal attack.

Woods skipping Colonial, will play twice before U.S. Open

Jones uses experience to win

CBS extends coverage for Sorenstam

Wilson named MVP at ASU banquet

A World Cup without some world-class players?
Masters champion Mike Weir has traveled to Argentina, Japan and Mexico the last three years to play in the World Cup, a rare chance for him to represent Canada in a team competition.

Singh doesn't want Annika on PGA Tour
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Vijay Singh believes Annika Sorenstam has no business playing in the Colonial next week, and he would withdraw if he gets paired with her.

Musketeers win state golf title

Singh apologizes to Sorenstam

Singh doesn't want Annika on PGA Tour

Purse for U.S. Open rises to $6 million
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- The purse for this year's U.S. Open will be $6 million, a $500,000 increase.

Wilson named MVP at ASU banquet
Standing in front of a large crowd of Augusta State supporters at the Forest Hills clubhouse Tuesday, Oliver Wilson gave a short speech.

Musketeers win state golf title
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. - Richmond Academy ended the state's biggest high school golf dynasty Monday at the Class AAA state championship.

A World Cup without some world-class players?

Jones uses experience to win
After 21 years and 509 tournaments on the LPGA Tour, Rosie Jones knows how to hold a lead.

If she has no chance, then why all the fuss?
David Duval played in two exhibitions with Annika Sorenstam the last two years and knows her game as well as any PGA Tour player.

Woods skipping Colonial, will play twice before U.S. Open
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- Tiger Woods is skipping the Colonial, and will likely go to the U.S. Open having played only two tournaments since the Masters.

CBS extends coverage for Sorenstam
NEW YORK -- CBS Sports will devote an extra hour to the PGA Tour's Colonial tournament next week so it can show Annika Sorenstam playing the third round - or highlights of her missing the cut.

Augusta rallies to beat Lexington

Road to recovery leads right-hander to Augusta

GreenJackets on deck

Castillo making most of opportunity

For gourmet sandwich, the secret is in the spread
Could the perfect roast beef sandwich be hidden on the menu of a seafood restaurant? Absolutely!

For gourmet sandwich, the secret is in the spread

Life was hard way back in the good old days
Kids today don't know how good they have it, despite the fact that we keep reminding them.

Pump 'n shop slaying suspect arrested
The suspected triggerman in the robbery and slaying of Pump 'N Shop clerk Margaret King of Augusta was captured late Tuesday in the Atlanta area.

Police seek leads in teen's murder
A 16-year-old Augusta boy was killed as a result of an overnight shooting on Old Savannah Road, and police were struggling this morning to find witnesses.

What makes Peterson case so special?
I feel that the televised memorial for Laci Peterson is a slap in the face to all the other victims of violent crime and those left behind. What made this case so much more special than all the others? Nothing! Donald Sterling, Augusta

Hypocrisy, thy name is 'The Chronicle'

Much of historic downtown Augusta being lost
Recently I sent a letter to Augusta Mayor Bob Young inquiring about the demolition of the old Barrett Plumbing Supply warehouse. There is a little alley that runs beside the Barrett building and the one next to it, connecting Broad Street with Reynolds Street.Curtis D. Choplin, North Augusta, S.C.

U.S. needs to be honest with us about Iraq

What makes Peterson case so special?

Bush a shoo-in for second term

NASA story of worm is unbelievable
On Page 2A of the May 1 Chronicle in the Daily Briefing, there was a piece that stated that hundreds of worms being used in a science experiment aboard the space shuttle Columbia have been found alive in the wreckage. Arnold J. Throckmorton, Hephzibah, Ga.

Don't forget other SPLOST co-chairman
I am one of the members of the recently appointed special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) Citizens Advisory Committee. In your May 1 news article, "Board begins project search," announcing the formation of this committee, you acknowledged Monty Osteen as the committee co-chairman, and the appointed members of the committee were listed. Juanita L. Burney, Augusta

U.S. needs to be honest with us about Iraq
Now that President George W. Bush has declared war hostilities are over and the rebuilding process has begun, let's look at rhetoric that seemed, at best, disingenuous. Robert "Tunk" Martin, Edgefield, S.C.

Hypocrisy, thy name is 'The Chronicle'
In the May 6 editorial, "A virtuous hypocrite?," The Chronicle slapped the great moralizer, Bill Bennett, on the wrist for his very compulsive gambling - to the tune of $8 million. Gloria R. Greenbaum, Augusta

Bush a shoo-in for second term
For a 2000 presidential candidate who couldn't name the heads of four obscure and inconspicuous countries, President George W. Bush has proved to be a genius in managing foreign affairs with his hand-picked administration. Al Kotras, Augusta

NASA story of worm is unbelievable

Don't forget other SPLOST co-chairman

Green tea: Myth or Magic?

In the know

Green tea: Myth or Magic?
Green tea has been found to be part of a healthy diet, but green tea and green tea extracts are found in a variety of products as well. It can be found in vitamins, weight-loss supplements, dishwashing liquid, perfumes and lotions - even hair restorative processes.

In the know
Not all sunscreens protect equally, even when they have the same SPF number. A recent study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology (January 2003, pages 65-71) stated that "Sunscreens are widely advocated to protect against skin cancer but if they offer insufficient protection, they may inadvertently increase skin cancer risk"

Augusta group wins humanities award
ATLANTA - A group dedicated to preserving Augusta's past earned the state's top award for the humanities Monday.

Aiken council OKs draft budget

Official says investigation targets chief

Owners told to stay up to code

Urban sprawl threatens forest
The urban forest of Augusta is a medley of oaks, elms and cypresses.

Consultants scout north side

Soldier accused in sex assault
The case of a Fort Gordon soldier charged with raping another soldier during a weekend party at an Augusta hotel is the latest in a string of arrests involving military men and women from the post.

Teen is killed at home
Josie Harris couldn't stand it: her grandson lying in the front yard as neighborhood children gazed at his bloodied and lifeless body.

Deputies hurt during arrest

Rants and Raves
I PAY MY water bill every month on time, but five times this month my water has been off, and I can't get water because the pipes are in such poor shape. I live near Lake Olmstead. And this happens on a regular basis.

Across Georgia

Across the area

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The highest-ranking official under former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell was sentenced Monday to 46 months in a federal prison for taking more than $70,000 in bribes while working for the city.

Official aims to expand facility

News you can use
MAY 13, 1955 THOMSON, Ga. - Members of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department and state revenue agents captured two men and destroyed a 100-gallon liquor still yesterday.

Serviceman of the day

Grand jurors hand up charges

Flames gut apartment building

U.S. drug czar praises courts

Across Georgia

Judge grants delay in beating-death trial
A May 27 trial for a man facing capital murder charges is off.

Across South Carolina

Augusta to meter raw water

Hunt takes win in race for sheriff
AIKEN - The long-expected outcome became reality Tuesday night as Aiken County voters picked the GOP nominee, Lt. Mike Hunt, as their next sheriff.

Soldier accused in sex assault

Fort plans kept despite '05 cuts
An attempt to derail the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process in Congress won't change how local officials will approach defending and strengthening Fort Gordon, they said.

Augusta group wins humanities award

Correction
In Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle, the identity of an Aiken County deputy sheriff who shot Annie Lowman during an April 25, 1925, liquor raid in Monetta, S.C., was incorrect. Deputy Arthur Shepphard shot Ms. Lowman during a gunfight in which Sheriff Henry Hampton Howard also was killed, according to accounts of court testimony.

Across the area
A sixth-grader at Evans Middle School was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with possession of a weapon on school property. School officials said they found a pellet gun in his book bag.

Grand jurors hand up charges
Murder indictments were issued Tuesday in two separate slaying cases, although not all the suspects initially charged were indicted.

Consultants scout north side
AIKEN - City officials and residents from the Toole Hill neighborhood mingled Monday with planning consultants hired to help refurbish the area, one of the first tangible signs that rebuilding and rehabilitating Aiken's once-forgotten north side will soon begin.

News you can use
MAY 14, 1953 Members of the Richmond County Commission pushed their plans yesterday for supplying adequate water to the Thomas Woods and Lumpkin Park areas, now that they know the city cannot help.

Teen is killed at home

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Sgt. Robert Bonilla of Binghamton, N.Y.

Murder charges put aside

Board begins talks on land
Richmond County school officials will meet with Realtors and appraisers next week to begin negotiations for property for the Lucy C. Laney High School stadium.

Growth inflicts blow to budget

Coroner's office prepares funeral
AIKEN - Sue Townsend never asked to be a funeral director, but that's the role the Aiken County coroner will assume Friday when she helps bury the cremated remains of five people who died penniless and without survivors.

Coroner's office prepares funeral

Official says investigation targets chief
NEW ELLENTON - Police Chief Van McMillan is under investigation by 2nd Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan for interfering with an Aiken County Sheriff's Office arrest last year, she said Tuesday. The incident continues to be investigated by the state.

Pump 'n shop slaying suspect arrested

Official aims to expand facility
They say time heals all wounds, and city officials considering where to expand Augusta's overcrowded jail facilities are counting on it.

Aiken council OKs draft budget
The Aiken City Council begrudgingly gave preliminary approval Monday night to an upcoming fiscal budget complete with four fee increases that officials say are needed to offset declining revenues.

Flames gut apartment building
A few choice words expressed how Robert Damello felt Tuesday as he watch Augusta-Richmond County firefighters battle flames at his property on Tubman Home Road.

Across the area

U.S. drug czar praises courts
ATLANTA - The nation's drug czar praised Georgia's burgeoning drug-court system Tuesday and pushed for an expansion of the programs, which offer treatment instead of jail time for drug users.

Serviceman of the day

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Brown widow spiders, which apparently entered Florida from Australia in the mid 1990s, have spread northward and can now be found in South Carolina, entomologists say.

News you can use

Across Georgia
ROME -The Pepperell High School football star accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in a trailer on the school's campus in February testified Tuesday he did not understand his rights when police first questioned him.

Across South Carolina

Graduation policy remains unchanged
The Columbia County Board of Education refused Tuesday night to change its graduation policy after a parent whose child did not pass all sections of the Georgia High School Graduation Test asked that the failure not be listed on the graduation program.

Restaurant fire causes setback
An electrical problem was blamed for sparking a fire Monday that forced the Bombay Central Indian restaurant in Augusta to close for a few weeks.

Across the area
North Augusta police are investigating the weekend theft of a machine gun and two pistols from an Atomic Road business.

Doctor speaks on biohazards
It was a pointed question for an expert on biological agents.

Deputies hurt during arrest
An Augusta man wanted in connection with the assault of a business owner and his wife injured two sheriff's deputies when they tried to arrest him Sunday night, police said.

Augusta to meter raw water
A change in state oversight and the addition of a raw water line in west Augusta should bring big dividends for the city's utilities department.

Satcher speaks in Augusta on health

Owners told to stay up to code
The culprit in a massive building collapse at Sixth and Broad streets was likely a leaky roof, and the city's lead inspector says he suspects many more downtown buildings are weathering similar problems.

Lawyers say jury's retardation decision unfair

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The state Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man sentenced to death after he was convicted of fatally beating and shooting an Horry County police officer three years ago.

Correction

Correction
A story in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have stated that Jackie Boatwright was a constituent in Georgia Senate District 22.

Rants and Raves
MARION WILLIAMS wins the "Ringy-Dingy" award. This honorary achievement was bestowed on Mr. Williams by directory assistance operators nationwide. Lily Tomlin, alias Ernestine the telephone operator, gave him the award during a cell conference call last week. Mr. "Busy-Signal" Williams wanted it noted that he is the first firefighter/commissioner to achieve this coveted honor. Prizes included the naming of a cell tower in his honor, two carrying cases for both cell phones, one roll of quarters in case batteries fail and one carrier pigeon, cage included. Asked to comment about his award, Mr. Williams said, "Can you hear me now?"

Lawyers say jury's retardation decision unfair
ATLANTA - An attorney for a man convicted of murder and rape told the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday that proving mental retardation was made too difficult by the crime details that prosecutors presented.

Satcher speaks in Augusta on health
If Dr. David Satcher looks comfortable in Springfield Baptist Church, it is only natural.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Sgt. 1st Class Clinton Gordon III of Petersburg, Va.

Augusta group wins humanities award
ATLANTA - A group dedicated to preserving Augusta's past earned the state's top award for the humanities Monday.

Rants and Raves
MARION WILLIAMS wins the "Ringy-Dingy" award. This honorary achievement was bestowed on Mr. Williams by directory assistance operators nationwide. Lily Tomlin, alias Ernestine the telephone operator, gave him the award during a cell conference call last week. Mr. "Busy-Signal" Williams wanted it noted that he is the first firefighter/commissioner to achieve this coveted honor. Prizes included the naming of a cell tower in his honor, two carrying cases for both cell phones, one roll of quarters in case batteries fail and one carrier pigeon, cage included. Asked to comment about his award, Mr. Williams said, "Can you hear me now?"

Rants and Raves
I PAY MY water bill every month on time, but five times this month my water has been off, and I can't get water because the pipes are in such poor shape. I live near Lake Olmstead. And this happens on a regular basis.

Committee sees fire study draft
Columbia County Administrator Steve Szablewski wanted to be very clear Monday night: The copy of the revised fire services study he was presenting was just a draft.

NAACP leader blasts school board decision
AIKEN - South Carolina's top civil rights activist accused the Aiken County school board of being racially insensitive when it reassigned six administrators and eliminated their positions to help fill a $12.5 million hole in the district's budget.

Murder charges put aside
Prosecutors have decided not to pursue murder charges against the mother of a baby who investigators say died of child abuse.

Growth inflicts blow to budget
AIKEN - At a time when the Aiken County school board is asking taxpayers for the second double-digit millage increase in the past two years, it has approved the expansion of one of its charter schools. The move will leave a big hole in a budget that administrators have struggled to fill.

News you can use

Fort plans kept despite '05 cuts

NAACP leader blasts school board decision

Urban sprawl threatens forest

Hunt takes win in race for sheriff

Board begins talks on land

Correction

Attention Vijay: Sorenstam has every right
In the spirit of tactless honesty, I hope Vijay Singh misses the cut at next week's Colonial.

Appeals court reinstates part of Parks' lawsuit against rap group

Appeals court reinstates part of Parks' lawsuit against rap group
DETROIT -- An appeals court has reinstated parts of a lawsuit brought by civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks against a rap group she accuses of misusing her name in a song title.

Gordon off to Winston Cup before returning to Indy

Wheeler picks Johnson to win The Winston
CONCORD, N.C. -- Jimmie Johnson has had a string of late-race problems this season. If predictions come true, that will end in The Winston.

Wheeler picks Johnson to win The Winston

Gordon off to Winston Cup before returning to Indy
INDIANAPOLIS -- Robby Gordon spent little time celebrating his position on the front row of the Indianapolis 500. After all, he had another race on another series to prepare for.

Nadeau semiconscious after crash

Formula One star caught speeding
TOULON, France -- Juan Pablo Montoya was caught speeding on a French highway at nearly 128 mph. His driver's license was suspended but he will be able to race this season in Formula One.

NASCAR fan pleads guilty in e-mail barrage
BOSTON -- A NASCAR fan who flooded Fox with angry e-mails after a Red Sox game pre-empted an auto race pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge Tuesday.

Nadeau semiconscious after crash
RICHMOND, Va. -- Driver Jerry Nadeau is semiconscious and has not spoken since his car slammed into a wall May 2 during practice for a Winston Cup race.

NASCAR fan pleads guilty in e-mail barrage

NBA won't punish Walker for argument with fan
BOSTON -- Celtics forward Antoine Walker avoided punishment by the NBA for confronting a fan during the team's Game 3 loss to New Jersey.

Mavericks top Kings
DALLAS -- Raja Bell was the unlikely hero for the Dallas Mavericks, who usually depend on their big three.

NBA won't punish Walker for argument with fan

Nets sweep Celtics
BOSTON -- The New Jersey Nets needed 10 extra minutes to avoid another game with the Boston Celtics.

Spurs edge Lakers

Nets sweep Celtics

Celtics' nucleus of the future: Walker, Pierce ... and Baker

Celtics' nucleus of the future: Walker, Pierce ... and Baker
BOSTON -- The new owners of the Boston Celtics didn't need to see how the team did in the playoffs to start making changes.

Spurs edge Lakers
SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs have pushed the Los Angeles Lakers to the brink of elimination.

Pistons know it's not easy to stop Iverson
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Allen Iverson is tough to stop, even for the Detroit Pistons' defense. Now he's making his teammates part of the show.

Pistons know it's not easy to stop Iverson

Mavericks top Kings

Falcons re-sign LB Rogers

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Silver Bluff wins softball opener

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Kuerten advances, Paradorn upset in Hamburg

Hat trick assures Greenbrier's win

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Hewitt advances at Hamburg Masters

Thomasville bounces Musketeers out of playoffs

Classifications to change

Frazier challenging dismissal of lawsuit against Oneida Indian Nation

Williams, Seles win in Rome

Hornets prepare for semifinals

ACC votes to expand

Silver Bluff wins softball opener
IVA, S.C. - The 200th win in the career of Silver Bluff softball coach Eric Hofstetter was pretty special. No. 201 could be even nicer.

Frazier challenging dismissal of lawsuit against Oneida Indian Nation
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Joe Frazier is appealing a federal judge's ruling that he cannot sue the Oneida Indian Nation over the unauthorized use of his photograph in a fight promotion.

Kuerten advances, Paradorn upset in Hamburg
HAMBURG, Germany -- Gustavo Kuerten took a step in reviving his clay-court game, beating Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 6-2, 6-4 Monday night to reach the second round of the Hamburg Masters.

Overtime
Augusta State women's golf coach Shannon Hanson and Lady Jaguars freshman Leah Hart were among the 24 golfers who advanced to the next stage of U.S. Women's Open qualifying Monday.

Hat trick assures Greenbrier's win
Sure, Greenbrier girls soccer coach Alex Heider said, his team has a legitimate shot at winning the Georgia Class AAAA state title.

ACC votes to expand
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Atlantic Coast Conference presidents voted to expand Tuesday, setting the stage to invite Miami and two other schools to join their nine-team league, two sources familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press.

Thomasville bounces Musketeers out of playoffs
The end came in the beginning for Richmond Academy.

Williams, Seles win in Rome
ROME -- Serena Williams and Monica Seles overcame challenges from unlikely sources Tuesday at the Italian Open.

Santos cleared of wrongdoing in Derby victory
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jockey Jose Santos was cleared Monday of any wrongdoing in riding Funny Cide to victory in the Kentucky Derby.

Hewitt advances at Hamburg Masters
HAMBURG, Germany -- Lleyton Hewitt withstood a strong challenge to start his clay-court season, beating German wild card Markus Hantschk 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 Tuesday to reach the second round of the Hamburg Masters.

Classifications to change
As the Georgia High School Association released preliminary enrollment numbers for its 2004-06 realignment last week, the Evans sports programs got a much-needed dose of good news: The Knights will be moved back to Class AAAA.

Harlem pulls out playoff victory
HARLEM - Harlem coach George Berry told midfielder Beyra Ortega to take something off her kick after her rebound shot missed the empty net 30 minutes into the game.

Overtime
The Augusta Lynx will open the 2003-04 season with a three-game homestand on Oct. 17 against the Florida Everblades.

Hornets prepare for semifinals
AIKEN - The Aiken Hornets entered the South Carolina Class AAAA state boys soccer playoffs with a 10-8 record, one returning starter from last year and little respect.

Falcons re-sign LB Rogers
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Linebacker Sam Rogers re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday.

Attention Vijay: Sorenstam has every right

One last melancholy - and perhaps overdue - journey up 'Dawson's Creek'

Estimated 22.3 million watched 'Survivor' final

Jay Leno switches jobs with Katie Couric

Reports: Ray Romano to get $1.8 million per episode for 'Everybody Loves Raymond'
LOS ANGELES -- CBS loves "Everybody Loves Raymond" more than ever it seems, reportedly giving star Ray Romano a raise to about $1.8 million an episode next season.

Communication workers union joins protest of 'The Real Beverly Hillbillies'
WHITESBURG, Ky. -- The Communications Workers of America have joined the protest against CBS' plans for the reality television series "The Real Beverly Hillbillies."

ABC brings back its "TGIF" lineup of Friday night comedies
NEW YORK -- Struggling ABC will revive its "TGIF" Friday night comedy lineup this fall in hopes of delivering more laughs than its rivals.

Estimated 22.3 million watched 'Survivor' final
NEW YORK -- An estimated 22.3 million people tuned in to watch swimsuit model Jenna Morasca win the "Survivor" Amazon edition, leading CBS to victory in the prime-time ratings race.

Reports: Ray Romano to get $1.8 million per episode for 'Everybody Loves Raymond'

ABC brings back its "TGIF" lineup of Friday night comedies

One last melancholy - and perhaps overdue - journey up 'Dawson's Creek'
NEW YORK -- For a show whose characters cling longingly to the misty, wistful days of youth, nearly everyone involved with "Dawson's Creek" is more than ready to move on.

Jay Leno switches jobs with Katie Couric
Jay Leno talked Mideast peace with Secretary of State Colin Powell, burned rubber in front of Rockefeller Center and of course cracked a few jokes Monday while subbing for Katie Couric as host of NBC's "Today" show.

'Tower 3' is good addition to franchise

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Diamond Dogs rout Jackets

Diamond Dogs rout Jackets
ATLANTA -- Told by coach David Perno to look for a pitch on the outside corner, Jasha Balcom knew what to do when he got it.

Band's raw punk sound gives album retro flavor

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Weird Al can't do Eminem parody
NEW YORK - Eminem may poke fun at himself in videos, but he doesn't want Weird Al Yankovic doing it.

Artist's corner

Teen is on mission to educate people about AIDS

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THE FACTS: Lisa Washer, 17, a junior at Evans High School

Teen is on mission to educate people about AIDS
David Keesee first heard the acronym AIDS in eighth grade when a health class speaker talked about the dangers of illicit drug use.

Era of rockin' female singer has now begun
Name the female lead singers of every rock band. Most likely, you can only come up with a few. Now out of those, which do not screech, scream, or otherwise cause headaches with their "singing?"

Band's raw punk sound gives album retro flavor
If The Clash and The Ramones had mixed their musical chromosomes, the result might be My So-Called Band.

Boyfriend should know of girl's unfaithfulness
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I have a boyfriend. Three months ago, I cheated on him. I feel really guilty about it because I really do love him. What happened was just a big mistake, and I don't know how to tell him about it. - 16-year-old Augusta girl.

Artist's corner
Jeffrey Blackman, 15, is a freshman at Lucy C. Laney High School. Underground Railroad is a mixed media on canvas and is part of an appliqued quilt. The quilt was part of the History of African American Music exhibit at the Lucy Laney Museum of Black History.

Boyfriend should know of girl's unfaithfulness

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