'Hairspray' and 'Take Me Out' named best of the season
NEW YORK -- "Hairspray" was chosen best musical of the New York theater season and "Take Me Out" by Richard Greenberg was named best play in awards given Sunday by the Drama Desk, an organization of theater journalists and critics.

'Hairspray' and 'Take Me Out' named best of the season

Farewell to 'Les Miserables': Broadway's second-longest running show closes
NEW YORK -- The banners are being unfurled one last time and the barricades stormed for a final battle.

Fast-growing book genre dubbed 'street life' attracting young readers
NEW YORK -- Jose Perez wasn't interested in books as a child. They were boring, hard to understand. They didn't speak to him the way rap and hip-hop did.

Book recalls small town's huge loss on D-Day
It was told in the book and film, "The Longest Day," and again in "Saving Private Ryan." Now comes "The Bedford Boys," the story of the first American soldiers who landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.

Fast-growing book genre dubbed 'street life' attracting young readers

Farewell to 'Les Miserables': Broadway's second-longest running show closes

Lehane's tension-filled thriller not what his fans expected
At first, Teddy Daniels seems a heroic figure - a World War II hero turned straight-arrow U.S. marshal. But soon, he is revealed as a tormented soul, haunted by the evils he witnessed in war and by the murder of his wife.

Book recalls small town's huge loss on D-Day

Owners to discuss playoffs expansion
PHILADELPHIA -- When NFL owners think about expanding the playoffs, they don't see a dilution of the product. They see two more postseason games, two more sold-out stadiums and two more television dates.

Owners to discuss playoffs expansion

Newspapers are better source of life than reality shows

Beagle makes incredible journey from Kansas to Alabama
AUBURN, Ala. -- Stray dogs show up all the time around Auburn University. They don't usually belong 800 miles away in Kansas.

Beer-sipping pig symbol of new statewide walking tours
DECATUR, Ala. -- There's nothing like a beer-sipping swine to lure visitors to Alabama.

Court will not rule on redneck attire
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court refused Monday to consider whether students can be barred from taking their redneck humor to class.

Teen charged with feeding cat to alligator
CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- A teenager said he fed a neighbor's pet cat to an alligator just to see what the gator would do, police said.

Odds and Ends
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- What began as a quest to beat his dad doing push-ups as a 12-year-old ended 28 years later with a likely world record for Tim Sikes.

Braves sweep Padres

Braves' first-round pick Francoeur enjoys 'learning experience'

Sports psychologist helps Braves cope

Braves' next opponent on pace to break team home run record
CINCINNATI -- During an up-and-down season notable for leaky defense and wobbly starting pitching, the Cincinnati Reds are hitting home runs at a pace that would break the team's record.

Sports psychologist helps Braves cope
ATLANTA - Nearly a dozen years have passed since Jack Llewellyn sat behind home plate playing the matador to John Smoltz's snorting bull, and not one person has yet to suggest that he's crazy.

Braves have best record in baseball despite losing Glavine, Millwood
ATLANTA -- Two weeks into the season, Roberto Hernandez and Ray King wondered if they were stuck in a time warp.

Braves sweep Padres

Braves' first-round pick Francoeur enjoys 'learning experience'
ROME, Ga. - It's not an issue of if. It's only a question of when.

Braves have best record in baseball despite losing Glavine, Millwood

Braves sweep Padres
SAN DIEGO -- Vinny Castilla homered for the third time in two games and Russ Ortiz won his fifth straight decision to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday and a four-game sweep.

Braves sweep Padres
SAN DIEGO -- Vinny Castilla homered for the third time in two games and Russ Ortiz won his fifth straight decision to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday and a four-game sweep.

Braves' next opponent on pace to break team home run record

Sun Microsystems envisions mobile work force competing for cubicles

Coastal Georgia is new destination for executives
With its garden and garage, Barbara Treadwell's three-story row house on Gaston Street in Savannah would be considered a bargain in New York City, where the financial planner has a another home.

Specialist lets Hispanics know safety rights
SMYRNA, Ga. - On an ordinary Friday morning in the Atlanta area, Spanish-language radio stations are busy detailing the hot musical acts and weekend drink specials at the region's Hispanic-friendly bars.

GE's move into wind power business seen as significant
FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- General Electric Co. is injecting some pinstriped corporate muscle into the still evolving world of wind power.

Economic index suggests slow economic growth ahead
NEW YORK -- A widely watched indicator of the economy's direction rose only slightly in April, giving little sign of a postwar bounce in activity.

Sun Microsystems envisions mobile work force competing for cubicles
Sun Microsystems envisions mobile work force competing for cubicles

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Specialist lets Hispanics know safety rights
SMYRNA, Ga. - On an ordinary Friday morning in the Atlanta area, Spanish-language radio stations are busy detailing the hot musical acts and weekend drink specials at the region's Hispanic-friendly bars.

Business briefs
Two Augusta companies made the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's list of Georgia's 100 Top-Performing Companies.

Around the watercooler

Euro moves closer to all-time high against dollar
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The euro edged closer to an all-time high against the U.S. dollar Monday, continuing a 16-month rally that has helped the fledgling currency win back respect.

GE's move into wind power business seen as significant

Around the watercooler
Losing a job is the height of stress for most of us, especially as the bills don't stop. But adults often fail to realize how stressful the loss of a job can also be on children, according to Lee Hecht Harrison, a New Jersey-based career-services firm.

Coastal Georgia is new destination for executives

Motives of the ACC questioned by Kramer
Expansion has paid off in a huge way for the Southeastern Conference, but Roy Kramer seems skeptical it will do the same for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Riling racial waters
Some people see everything they don't like through a racial prism. James Gallman, president of South Carolina's NAACP chapter, is apparently one of them.

There's no in-between

Tax cut plan
By lavishing praise on the Senate's bill to cut income taxes and some business levies by $350 billion over the next decade, President Bush is signaling he'll be happy with anything Congress sends him with a tax cut in it.

You go, girl!

Classless of 2003
There is big money in big-time college sports. Big money. Really big.

You go, girl!
There are a lot of upsides to Annika Sorenstam playing in the PGA Tour's Bank of America Colonial Championship in Fort Worth this week.

There's no in-between
Mikhail Gorbachev thought he could have it both ways.

Tax cut plan

Entertainment briefs
LOS ANGELES -- Downtown's new Walt Disney Concert Hall, the dramatic Frank Gehry-designed building that opens this fall, is getting ready for its close-up.

Haunted castle, Nazis team up in great new game
The Nazis are cooking up trouble and you, as Army Capt. B.J. Blazkowicz, are the one-man army sent to unravel the mystery in an excellent new Xbox title, "Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Tides of War," from id Software, Nerve and Activision.

Hollywood fights software that copies DVD movies at home
WASHINGTON -- Brian Martin, a computer consultant in Maryland, is careful when he handles the plastic discs in his DVD library of more than 200 movies. But accidents - and scratches - still happen.

What can I do to lower my taxes?
Q. I paid an awful lot in income taxes this year. Are there any steps I can take now to try to lower them next year?

Gas prices could hold steady as crude market strengthens
CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Gasoline prices nationwide dropped more than 2 cents over the past two weeks, but the steady decline since March could be slowing or coming to an end, an industry analyst said.

What can I do to lower my taxes?

Dow drops 180 points

Dow drops 180 points
NEW YORK -- Wall Street pushed toward its biggest decline in nearly two months Monday as investors grew nervous that a declining dollar would dampen foreign investment and lower corporate earnings. The Dow Jones industrials slid 180 points.

Georgia Tech hires new coach
ATLANTA - In two seasons as an assistant coach at Georgia Tech, MaChelle Joseph made an imprint on the Yellow Jackets program.

Crossfire suits Pacers just fine
The USC Aiken golf team has never seen a golf course like Crossfire at Sunriver Resort, which bodes well for the Pacers in the NCAA Division II national championship.

Defunct Kemper Open has new sponsorship, new name: FBR Capital Open

Woods ties for 29th; Harrington beats Bjorn in playoff
ALVESLOHE, Germany -- Tiger Woods rarely finishes this far back.

Nicklaus remakes penultimate hole at Muirfield

Bracing for Annika's Alley
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A dozen photographers camped outside the clubhouse at Colonial late Monday afternoon, seeking shade from a blistering sun and checking each courtesy car to see if Annika Sorenstam was inside.

Nicklaus remakes penultimate hole at Muirfield
DUBLIN, Ohio -- The 17th at Muirfield Village Golf Club has always been a good hole. It just wasn't good enough for Jack Nicklaus.

Sigel holds off McCullough on Champions Tour

Eagle in sudden death lifts North Augustan
GRANITEVILLE - Scott Brown's first Regions Cup victory didn't come easy Sunday. The North Augustan had to shoot the day's low round, withstand a spectacular late putting performance by Rusty Flanders and then make an eagle on the first playoff hole.

Singh pulls out of Colonial after Nelson victory
IRVING, Texas -- Vijay Singh made sure there won't be any awkward meetings with Annika Sorenstam at the Colonial.

Sigel holds off McCullough on Champions Tour
PARKVILLE, Mo. -- Jay Sigel sank a 9-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory Sunday over a surging Mike McCullough in the Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am.

Eagle in sudden death lifts North Augustan

Crossfire suits Pacers just fine

Taylor finishes as runnerup
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Augusta's Vaughn Taylor battled back from bogeys on the first two holes to shoot 3-under-par 69 on Sunday and finish second in the Nationwide Tour's Virginia Beach Open.

Singh rallies to win Byron Nelson

Singh rallies to win Byron Nelson
IRVING, Texas -- Vijay Singh made birdies on the 15th and 16th holes Sunday to win the Byron Nelson Championship, ending a week that began with criticism over his comments about Annika Sorenstam.

Defunct Kemper Open has new sponsorship, new name: FBR Capital Open
POTOMAC, Md. -- The Washington area's PGA tournament, formerly the Kemper Open, begins next month with a new sponsor and a new name, the FBR Capital Open.

East Coast Hockey League renamed 'ECHL'
Citing a 15-year history as the premier Double-A league in hockey and a strong brand recognition, ECHL president and CEO Brian McKenna announced Monday that the 32-team circuit has been simply renamed "ECHL."

East Coast Hockey League renamed 'ECHL'

Newspapers are better source of life than reality shows
The latest TV fad is "reality" programming.

Why produce more powerful handguns?
In the early 1990s the nation experienced an increase in homicides at a rate never seen before. Augusta was not exempt. In 1991, we experienced the highest homicide rate ever recorded in this city, and 97 percent of the victims were African-Americans. Barbara Thurmond

Moore's proposal is no solution

The people need a balanced view of politics
Regarding Floyd Brown's April 28 letter, "Letters of Clinton remembrance sicken": Carroll C. Kenny, Martinez, Ga.

Roy Barnes denigrated his Southern heritage
Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes denigrated himself, his ancestors and an entire region when he said, "It was wrong to rebel against the United States. It was wrong to defend the horrible institution of slavery, but we don't really honor our ancestors by flaunting a symbol that inflames and injures. It perpetuates their tragic mistake." Milton Gresham, Evans, Ga.

Pro-choice writer in no position to lecture
In his May 10 letter, "Pro-lifers need to 'get real,"' Kevin Palmer stated another writer's assertion that "abortion is wrong" lacks evidence and is, in his opinion, "pure pro-life rhetoric." Dave Caddell, Evans, Ga.

The people need a balanced view of politics

Moore's proposal is no solution
It has been proven time and time again that increasing taxes is a quick fix - not a solution to any problem. Surely someone who has spent as much time in politics as Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater, should know this. I have several problems with his tax-increase proposal (May 8 guest column, "Reasonable proposal to fix S.C. fiscal crisis"). Beverly Redmond, Warrenville, S.C.

Ticket unsafe drivers

Authorities must deal with exotic pets
Melanie Szegedi's neighbors should indeed be very worried (May 14 news article, "Exotic pets worry neighbors"). "Exotic pets" translates to "wild animals." No matter how well-trained or how long they have lived in captivity, these creatures will always and without fail act on their basic instincts to survive. Jean Strein, North Augusta, S.C.

Authorities must deal with exotic pets

Ticket unsafe drivers
It is truly unbelievable how many drivers in the Central Savannah River Area know where the windshield wipers are when it rains, but they don't seem to be able to find the light switch. Mrs. A. E. Waters, Hephzibah, Ga.

Enough about the flag, already!

Recent behavior by Democratic leaders is unusually weird
What's going on with the Democrats? In Texas, more than 50 Democratic representatives fled from the law as the result of their illegal boycott of redistricting legislation. The Texas Rangers tried to return them to their public responsibilities. Keith Shafer, Augusta

Enough about the flag, already!
I wish these flag wavers would let the Civil War end. I am from the South and don't see the need to rally around a flag that was the battle flag for the South and not the flag for the South. We need to be worried about more important things in Georgia than a flag that has no use in today's society. Doug Weaver, Augusta

Senior calendar

In the know
Can coronary artery disease be stopped, or even reversed?Cleveland physician Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. thinks so, and he has conducted a 12-year study that touts a plant-based diet, coupled with cholesterol-lowering medication.

Senior calendar
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In the know
Can coronary artery disease be stopped, or even reversed? Cleveland physician Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. thinks so, and he has conducted a 12-year study that touts a plant-based diet, coupled with cholesterol-lowering medication.

An unseen America captured in photographs
The workshops always start out the same - with the participants asked to look through magazines, newspapers and other popular media to find images that reflect their lives.

League focusing on name change
With the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies having wrapped up their first Kelly Cup championship last week by defeating Columbia in five games, the East Coast Hockey League turns its focus to renaming the league and ongoing negotiations with the player's union for a new collective bargaining agreement.

ECHL notebook

League focusing on name change

ECHL notebook
Goodbye East Coast Hockey League.

Government predicts six to nine hurricanes during upcoming Atlantic season
MIAMI -- Government forecasters predicted a busier-than-normal Atlantic hurricane season Monday: Six to nine hurricanes overall, including two to four major storms packing winds of at least 111 mph.

Soldier arrested in shooting
An Army sergeant at Fort Gordon was charged Monday with shooting at an Augusta couple in a van after an argument outside a nightclub.

Famed 12th Street block falls into disrepair

Judge allows evidence in trial

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Lakeside graduate gets award
Wearing a red dress, a stunned Violet Pu took top honors at The Augusta Chronicle's Best & Brightest Awards on Monday night.

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Lee says college is key to success
COLUMBIA - Filmmaker Spike Lee extolled the virtues of a college education and said some things are too sacred to laugh about during a speech to the Black Expo in Columbia.

Police arrest robbery suspect
Police say a parole violator with a drug problem is responsible for a string of armed robberies that escalated Monday with the holdup of a Hephzibah bank.

Across the area

Rants and Raves
WE NEED TO do away with the income tax. I am getting taxed for the food I eat and being taxed to haul off the containers that the food comes in. I am being taxed for gas and to drive on roads to pay for the pavement.

Man found slain in Bath
The death of a Bath man whose body was found Monday evening is being considered a homicide, Aiken County Sheriff Mike Hunt said.

Across the southeast

Government predicts six to nine hurricanes during upcoming Atlantic season

Nut's growers want brand
CORDELE, Ga. - Using Georgia's famous Vidalia onion as a role model, the state's pecan growers are trying to add value to their crops by marketing the nuts as a specialty product.

Living history
Will Christman (left) and Ben Creech strike an aggressive pose as they teach patrons of the Augusta Museum of History about the Civil War. Mr. Christman, Mr. Creech and other Civil War re-enactors took a "hands on" approach to learning as they made themselves into a living history exhibit in the museum's Civil War area.

Company might leave site
Atlanta Gas Light contractors are threatening to pull out of a Laney-Walker cleanup project and delay the removal of contaminated soil there unless the Augusta Commission signs off on an environmental plan by the end of the month.

Lynching law shifts focus

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Spc. Victor R. Velez of New York.

Bush school act strains budgets

Woman's egg is unbeatable art
In fifth grade, Dana Putnam made puppet heads out of eggs and won a second-place ribbon at the fair.

Woman's egg is unbeatable art

Famed 12th Street block falls into disrepair
Fifty years ago, it was a cobblestone street that spawned so many medical professionals they called it Medicine Row.

Across the area
An Augusta man was charged Monday with molesting a neighborhood girl.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are seeking the man who robbed a convenience store on Boy Scout Road on Sunday afternoon.

Company might leave site
Atlanta Gas Light contractors are threatening to pull out of a Laney-Walker cleanup project and delay the removal of contaminated soil there unless the Augusta Commission signs off on an environmental plan by the end of the month.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -This year's Harley-Davidson motorcycle rally is earning the distinction of the being the deadliest in the 63-year history of the event.

Servicewoman of the day
Today's servicewoman of the day is Army Reserve Sgt. Edricka L. Burnett of Augusta.

Across Georgia
ATHENS -The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has decided the death of a college student this month in Kentucky is not linked to the violent killing of University of Georgia law student Tara Baker.

Living history

2 die in weekend vehicle wrecks
An Evans man was killed and his girlfriend critically injured Sunday afternoon in a wreck on Interstate 20 in Aiken County, where his vehicle flipped over a guard rail and landed on another road.

Lynching law shifts focus
JENKINSVILLE, S.C. - From the time his son was old enough to understand, Kamau Marcharia has been telling Ramon the story of an ancestor who was tied to the bumper of a Model T Ford and dragged to his death.

More students turn to ROTC
SAVANNAH, Ga. - When the United States declared war on Iraq, 16 Savannah State University students withdrew from school for active military duty. When two students tried to organize an antiwar rally on campus that same week, only about eight people showed up.

Senate race may sap GOP strength
ATLANTA - Just when Republicans were getting a chance to wield political power in the Georgia Capitol after a long dry spell, the allure of higher office could cost them some of their most experienced lawmakers.

Officials expect storms all week
Augustans will need to keep their umbrellas and raincoats handy as weather officials predict a soggy work week with the possibility of severe thunderstorms.

More students turn to ROTC

Show brings new collectors
Ken Eskew has a bit of advice for any beginning coin collector: Spend nothing but discretionary money on the hobby and always check with Mrs. Discretionary.

Budget stall blame given to Democrats
AIKEN - GOP lawmakers from Aiken County blamed Democrats on Monday for stalled budget talks at the Statehouse but predicted that a budget would be approved by the end of this year's session in three weeks.

Bush school act strains budgets
ATLANTA - When President Bush signed into law his No Child Left Behind education act two years ago, the school-improvement plan held almost unprecedented appeal.

Rants and Raves
WE NEED TO do away with the income tax. I am getting taxed for the food I eat and being taxed to haul off the containers that the food comes in. I am being taxed for gas and to drive on roads to pay for the pavement.

Leader talks fort's future
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood said Monday it's not time to panic about Fort Gordon's future.

Show brings new collectors
Ken Eskew has a bit of advice for any beginning coin collector: Spend nothing but discretionary money on the hobby and always check with Mrs. Discretionary.

News you can use
MAY 19, 1979 The condition of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department Records Bureau is "deplorable," according to the March-term grand jury.

TAPP program fills classrooms
DEARING - Sharon Turman had a new baby when she quit her job as an accountant, entered Georgia's new Teacher Alternative Preparation Program and began teaching math at Thomson Middle School.

Across South Carolina

Soldier arrested in shooting
An Army sergeant at Fort Gordon was charged Monday with shooting at an Augusta couple in a van after an argument outside a nightclub.

Lee says college is key to success

Police arrest robbery suspect
Police say a parole violator with a drug problem is responsible for a string of armed robberies that escalated Monday with the holdup of a Hephzibah bank.

Nut's growers want brand

Judge to rule on evidence in rape case
A judge could decide today whether enough evidence exists to believe a 53-year-old man raped a teenage family friend.

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE - The son of a mortuary owner was arrested Sunday in the death of a missing man who was found decomposing at the family run funeral home during the weekend.

Storms cause tree damage
Leroy Fields Sr. got a rude awakening during the weekend.

TAPP program fills classrooms
DEARING - Sharon Turman had a new baby when she quit her job as an accountant, entered Georgia's new Teacher Alternative Preparation Program and began teaching math at Thomson Middle School.

Judge allows evidence in trial
Prosecutors may use evidence related to a different crime when Edward Judkins stands trial next month on charges connected to a fatal armed robbery, a judge ruled Monday.

Plant's wall raises queries
What is happening at Augusta's Highland Avenue water treatment plant?

Across the southeast
NAPLES, Fla. -Nearly 13,000 high school seniors in Florida will not graduate as scheduled this year because they failed to pass a newly required state achievement test.

Hunt for money is council's goal
AIKEN - Aiken County's budget is so tight that a wish list including new vehicles, heart monitors and emergency medical stations can't be turned into reality.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - Another biker was killed during the weekend as one of the deadliest biker rallies came to an end.

Servicewoman of the day
Today's servicewoman of the day is Army Reserve Sgt. Edricka L. Burnett of Augusta.

News you can use
MAY 20, 1984 Columbia County Sheriff's Department deputies say their investigation of the disappearance of George and Euclid Alread is continuing. But two months after the Martinez couple turned up missing, "the right leads" to solving the disappearance have yet to be found, a spokesman said.

Storms cause tree damage
Leroy Fields Sr. got a rude awakening during the weekend.

Across South Carolina

Budget stall blame given to Democrats
AIKEN - GOP lawmakers from Aiken County blamed Democrats on Monday for stalled budget talks at the Statehouse but predicted that a budget would be approved by the end of this year's session in three weeks.

Rants and Raves
COULD IT BE those "Texas Democratic Cowboys" loaded a heifer-size page right out of the Augusta commissioners' playbook? You know, the book with the yellow cover titled Roberts Rules of Disorder for Dummies - The Fun and Easy Way to Avoid Those Pesky Quorums. With over a million copies in print, this best seller was highly endorsed by the coliseum authority. Those folks really know how to have a meeting.

Rants and Raves
COULD IT BE those "Texas Democratic Cowboys" loaded a heifer-size page right out of the Augusta commissioners' playbook? You know, the book with the yellow cover titled Roberts Rules of Disorder for Dummies - The Fun and Easy Way to Avoid Those Pesky Quorums. With over a million copies in print, this best seller was highly endorsed by the coliseum authority. Those folks really know how to have a meeting.

Across Georgia

2 die in weekend vehicle wrecks

Serviceman of the day

Leader talks fort's future
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood said Monday it's not time to panic about Fort Gordon's future.

Judge to rule on evidence in rape case

Across Georgia

'The Matrix Reloaded' becomes highest-grossing R-rated film
LOS ANGELES -- Hordes of fans took another trip down the rabbit hole with Neo, Trinity and the other characters of "The Matrix Reloaded," giving the sequel the highest opening weekend gross of any R-rated film on record.

'The Matrix Reloaded' becomes highest-grossing R-rated film

Cameron sails back to Titanic with Cannes film 'Ghosts of the Abyss'

Cameron sails back to Titanic with Cannes film 'Ghosts of the Abyss'
CANNES, France -- James Cameron's return voyage to Titanic landed him his first entry at the Cannes Film Festival.

Kalitta wins second event this year
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. -- Doug Kalitta won his second Top Fuel event of the season Sunday at the NHRA K&N Filters SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Schumacher wins Austrian Grand Prix

Carpenter wins easily on his home track

Borcheller passes France late to win Barber 250
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Terry Borcheller used a late caution flag to make his move, passing J.C. France on the final lap to win the Barber 250 at The Park on Sunday.

Hornaday wins at Nazareth
NAZARETH, Pa. -- Ron Hornaday beat Brian Vickers by less than half a second Sunday in the Busch Series race at Nazareth Speedway to end a 63-event winless drought.

Johnson changes thinking to win

Johnson changes thinking to win
CONCORD, N.C. -- Looking at the big picture worked for Jimmie Johnson, who won The Winston by focusing only on the final segment of NASCAR's $1 million all-star race.

Foyt still going strong 10 years after retirement
INDIANAPOLIS -- A.J. Foyt pulled up a chair in his Indianapolis Motor Speedway garage and ordered someone to hit the mute button on the television behind him. A better show was about to begin for the reporters who circled around as if he were headed toward another winner's circle.

No 'three-peat' for Billy Boat, much to his relief
INDIANAPOLIS -- For once, Billy Boat and Jimmy Kite didn't have to spend Bump Day holding their breath.

Johnson survives shuffle

Foyt still going strong 10 years after retirement

Schumacher wins Austrian Grand Prix
SPIELBERG, Austria -- Michael Schumacher watched the orange flames rise near his head during a fiery pit stop, yet remained focused on racing.

NASCAR museum in Dawsonville hits bumpy road
DAWSONVILLE, Ga. -- When Thunder Road USA opened last year, many envisioned an economic windfall for this small northeast Georgia town known for breeding NASCAR winners.

Johnson survives shuffle
CONCORD, N.C. - The people who put on The Winston may want to consider a change in their slogan for next year's all-star race. Instead of calling it "Survival of the Fastest," R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. may want to consider the more-appropriate maxim of "Survival of the Smartest."

Borcheller passes France late to win Barber 250

Kalitta wins second event this year

No 'three-peat' for Billy Boat, much to his relief

Carpenter wins easily on his home track
INDIANAPOLIS -- Once Ed Carpenter got a chance to race, no one could catch him.

White House press secretary resigns
WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, the public face of the Bush administration through two wars and a terrorist attack, said Monday he will resign in July to enter the private sector.

After winning ugly, Nets want a better break

Mavs expect to be focused, ready for Spurs

After winning ugly, Nets want a better break
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The New Jersey Nets had never won a game with so few points, a record they don't want to break again anytime soon.

Spurs, Mavericks contrast in styles
SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich put the Mavericks on notice: There's another high-octane team in Texas.

Nets edge Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jason Kidd's 20-foot fadeaway took a lap around the rim before falling in. In this ragged game, even the game-winning shot wasn't smooth.

Injuries keep Kings' title dreams on sidelines
Chris Webber absently dribbled a basketball in his courtside seat as another deciding playoff game slipped away from the Sacramento Kings. Once again, he couldn't carry the Kings to a title - only this time, he didn't even get a chance.

Spurs, Mavericks contrast in styles

Mavs expect to be focused, ready for Spurs
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks know the drill: Win the deciding game of a playoff series, celebrate, then try to forget about it and refocus on a new opponent.

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A 10-year SPLOST plan will give Augusta better return on investment
AS A MEMBER OF the Citizens Phase V Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Committee, I have been studying the funding requests presented to us and pondering our options. I can already see one course of action as preferable over all others - the worth and validity of a $330 million 10-year proposal.

A 10-year SPLOST plan will give Augusta better return on investment
AS A MEMBER OF the Citizens Phase V Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Committee, I have been studying the funding requests presented to us and pondering our options. I can already see one course of action as preferable over all others - the worth and validity of a $330 million 10-year proposal.

Spadafora agrees to leave Pittsburgh to fight Dorin again

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Red card frustrates Lakeside midfielder

Commissioner lashes out at Miami, ACC's expansion plan

Panthers advance in soccer

Spadafora agrees to leave Pittsburgh to fight Dorin again
PITTSBURGH -- There was only one unanimous opinion after the Paul Spadafora-Leonard Dorin lightweight title unification fight ended with a most unanticipated outcome: a draw.

Panthers advance in soccer
For the third consecutive year, the Lakeside girls soccer team stared at a zero on the scoreboard at the end of its Class AAAA state playoff quarterfinal match.

Overtime
University of South Carolina pitcher Matt Campbell was named the national pitcher of the week by Collegiate Baseball News on Monday.

Roddick wins opening match at Raiffeisen GP
ST. POELTEN, Austria -- Top-seeded Andy Roddick beat Alberto Martin of Spain 6-1, 7-6 (5) Monday in the first round of the Raiffeisen Grand Prix.

Commissioner lashes out at Miami, ACC's expansion plan
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- If Miami leaves the Big East, it would be the "most disastrous blow to intercollegiate athletics in my lifetime," conference commissioner Mike Tranghese said Tuesday.

Red card frustrates Lakeside midfielder
Right after Stephen Newman saw the referee pull out the red card from his shirt pocket, he realized the depth of his mistake.

Overtime
In Alpharetta, Ga., Statesboro's Wendell Akins overtook Augusta's Jeff Knox to win the rain-shortened Georgia Mid-Amateur Championship at Crooked Creek Golf Club.

U.S., Czech teams win opening matches
DUESSELDORF, Germany -- James Blake, Todd Martin and Mardy Fish combined to lead the United States past Spain 2-1 Sunday in round-robin action at the clay-court World Team Cup.

Senator Clinton to launch book tour with Barbara Walters interview
NEW YORK -- Barbara Walters will interview Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for a prime-time ABC News special the day before Clinton's "Living History" book hits stores.

Reality television suddenly a dirty word when fall schedules are announced
NEW YORK -- Three months ago, it seemed reality had changed the television world forever. Now, it's a dirty word.

Reality television suddenly a dirty word when fall schedules are announced
NEW YORK -- Three months ago, it seemed reality had changed the television world forever. Now, it's a dirty word.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
"The Kid Stays in the Picture" beats almost any film made about Hollywood. It boasts one of the most colorful heroes - actor-producer-romancer Robert Evans - any moviegoer ever saw.

Reality television suddenly a dirty word when fall schedules are announced

Wayne Brady sweeps Daytime Emmy talk show awards

'24' and 'Law & Order': Two season finales, two lessons in endurance
NEW YORK -- Television teaches us many things, but nothing more than perseverance.

Wayne Brady sweeps Daytime Emmy talk show awards
NEW YORK -- It's Wayne's world, and we're all just living in it.

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' bites the dust after seven seasons

Oprah Winfrey continues talk show through 2008

Andrew Firestone chooses Jen on 'The Bachelor' season finale
NEW YORK -- Andrew Firestone chose perky blonde Jen over statuesque brunette Kirsten in the season finale of "The Bachelor" Sunday night.

'24' and 'Law & Order': Two season finales, two lessons in endurance

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' bites the dust after seven seasons
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Apocalypse? Like, that is so 1997. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" has thwarted the end of the world so many times since then, it's no longer cool.

Reality television suddenly a dirty word when fall schedules are announced

Oprah Winfrey continues talk show through 2008
NEW YORK -- Television's top talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, has had second thoughts about retiring.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

Hollywood fights software that copies DVD movies at home

Entertainment briefs

Richt, Dooley to speak
University of Georgia football coach Mark Richt and athletic director Vince Dooley will headline the Augusta Bulldog Club's annual meeting tonight at St. Mary on the Hill.

Diamond Dogs fall to Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Starter Matt Campbell struck out 13 batters to lead South Carolina to 5-2 win against Southeastern Conference rival Georgia on Sunday.

Tailback considers leaving Georgia
Georgia tailback Michael Cooper said he has a 50-50 chance of staying with the Bulldogs beyond the 2003 season.

Diamond Dogs fall to Gamecocks

Tailback considers leaving Georgia
Georgia tailback Michael Cooper said he has a 50-50 chance of staying with the Bulldogs beyond the 2003 season.

Richt, Dooley to speak

Artist's corner
Donchae Shepherd, 15, is a freshman at Butler High School. His portrait of Mary J. Blige was done in pencil.

Photographers strive to see the big picture
In 10 years, when the class of 2003 is planning its first reunion and memories of the faces and fun times of senior year have faded, the school yearbook and its photographs will bring them back to life.

Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD: 25th Hour, starring Edward Norton as a drug dealer contemplating his last day of freedom; Adaptation, starring Nicolas Cage as a screenwriter trying to adapt a nonfiction book into a movie; Denzel Washington as a Navy psychiatrist who helps a young sailor in Antwone Fisher; and Patrick Stewart as Capt. Picard in another installment of the Star Trek franchise: Star Trek: Nemesis.

Before confronting friend, girl must be sure of guilt
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I just found out that my friend stole some money from me when she spent the night. What should I do? - 17-year-old Augusta girl.

Your style
THE FACTS: Kendra Allen (left), 14, and Coyia Nolan, 14, freshmen at Glenn Hills High School.

Artist's corner
Donchae Shepherd, 15, is a freshman at Butler High School. His portrait of Mary J. Blige was done in pencil.

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Photographers strive to see the big picture
In 10 years, when the class of 2003 is planning its first reunion and memories of the faces and fun times of senior year have faded, the school yearbook and its photographs will bring them back to life.

Prolific Ataris get personal on new album
One of the coolest rock bands is The Ataris.The band's eighth and latest album, So Long, Astoria, is their biggest hit yet. Each song is like a page in a scrapbook, telling its own story. Everyone can relate to these songs because they talk a lot about friends and things they do together, like staying up all night talking, listening to '80s songs, skating, watching the city from the roof, and sneaking into hotel swimming pools.

Your style
THE FACTS: Kendra Allen (left), 14, and Coyia Nolan, 14, freshmen at Glenn Hills High School.

Prolific Ataris get personal on new album

Question of the week
Q: What piece of technology could you never live without?

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Audio best
Associated PressWeekly 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:

Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD: 25th Hour, starring Edward Norton as a drug dealer contemplating his last day of freedom; Adaptation, starring Nicolas Cage as a screenwriter trying to adapt a nonfiction book into a movie; Denzel Washington as a Navy psychiatrist who helps a young sailor in Antwone Fisher; and Patrick Stewart as Capt. Picard in another installment of the Star Trek franchise: Star Trek: Nemesis.

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The Smoking Gun is a cheeky Web site that brings you quirky and confidential documents from the lives of celebrities. This includes mug shots from arrests in addition to musicians' peculiar demands (did you know Jennifer Lopez needs an all-white dressing room in order to function backstage?).

Teen charged with feeding cat to alligator

Beagle makes incredible journey from Kansas to Alabama

Court will not rule on redneck attire

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