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

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.

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.

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

'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.

Owners to discuss playoffs expansion

Pitchers pace Pack's success

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.

Man charged with stalking Mets GM

Pitchers pace Pack's success
About this time last season, former Greenbrier pitcher Nick Wandless basically lived with an ice pack wrapped around his arm.

Man charged with stalking Mets GM
NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn man was charged Tuesday with stalking New York Mets general manager Steve Phillips after a series of alleged tirades at Shea Stadium.

Newspapers are better source of life than reality shows

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

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.

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.

Some Baltimore 16-year-olds get the vote
BALTIMORE -- Sixteen-year-old Andrew Brown smiles at the thought: He cannot legally buy cigarettes or drink a beer, but come September, he will be able to vote for mayor in the city's primary.

Woman says babies found in shed died after birth
MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- A woman was accused Tuesday of murdering three of her children and keeping the bodies for a decade or more before leaving them in a rented storage unit in Arizona, where they were discovered last week.

Odds and Ends
BOSTON -- A group of Massachusetts teenagers have filed a lawsuit to force the government to include women in the Selective Service System.

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.

Late homer lifts Reds past Braves

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

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' next opponent on pace to break team home run record

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.

Healthy Sheffield produces big numbers

Braves have best record in baseball despite losing Glavine, Millwood

Late homer lifts Reds past Braves
CINCINNATI - He was supposed to restore some respectability to the bullpen, after a winter of discontent among the relievers.

Healthy Sheffield produces big numbers
CINCINNATI - This is how the man shoulders the burden of being Gary Sheffield.

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.

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.

Coastal Georgia is new destination for executives

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

Federal deficit surpasses $200 billion
WASHINGTON -- The government ran up a deficit of $201.6 billion in the first seven months of the 2003 budget year, more than three times the total for the corresponding period a year earlier.

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

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.

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.

Purnell adjusting to life at Clemson

Purnell adjusting to life at Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. -- There a few things new basketball coach Oliver Purnell still hasn't adjusted to at Clemson.

Grass-roots boycott

You go, girl!

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.

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
Mikhail Gorbachev thought he could have it both ways.

There's no in-between

Apology not enough
Andre Bauer is a walking billboard for why it can be a bad idea to vote a straight party ticket. As South Carolina's lieutenant governor, Bauer is officially the state's second most powerful elected leader, right behind the governor.

Apology not enough

Grass-roots boycott
Since France took the lead in opposing the U.S.-led war in Iraq, relations between the two erstwhile allies have sharply deteriorated. The latest incident demonstrating the frosty state of affairs has Paris accusing Washington of spreading "lies and calumny" about France.

Entertainment briefs
NEW YORK -- Children of World Trade Center victims will create artworks that will be stitched together and displayed at schools and museums across the country.

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.

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.

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.

Dow drops 180 points

Canadian mad cow case hits McDonald's, Wendy's, Tyson stocks
Shares of big U.S. hamburger chains and meat processor Tyson Foods Inc. fell sharply Tuesday following the disclosure of the first case of mad cow disease in Canada in a decade, as investors feared that people would shy away from eating beef.

Canadian mad cow case hits McDonald's, Wendy's, Tyson stocks

Stocks slip on mad cow scare, heightened terror alert
NEW YORK -- The stock market gave up early gains and finished narrowly lower Tuesday as fears about mad cow disease and a heightened terror alert pressured Wall Street.

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.

Stocks slip on mad cow scare, heightened terror alert

Wedding cakes transcend mere baking
NEW YORK - No question about it, the perfect wedding cake is the dream of every bride and groom.

Wedding cakes transcend mere baking

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.

GreenJackets on deck
Rome Braves at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox)

Extra bases
Today-Friday: vs. Rome Braves.

Esposito gives up pitching
The pitching experiment is over for Brian Esposito.

Two minutes with Russ Morman
Augusta GreenJackets manager Russ Morman answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Women on the PGA: Trend or novelty?
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Tim Herron was on the practice green at Colonial when Frank Lickliter walked by and asked a question that no longer seemed so absurd.

Nicklaus remakes penultimate hole at Muirfield

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.

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.

Colonial a critical week for U.S. Open bubble boys
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Tom Lehman has played in the U.S. Open the last 11 years, and is the only man to be in Sunday's final pairing four consecutive years.

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

USC Aiken gets off to slow start

Crossfire suits Pacers just fine

Colonial a critical week for U.S. Open bubble boys

Rookies excited to play with Sorenstam
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Dean Wilson is a journeyman who has spent most of his career on the Japanese Tour. Aaron Barber is an eight-year pro who didn't earn his first PGA Tour check until two months ago.

In Sweden, support for Sorenstam's bid at Colonial swells
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Tom Sorenstam plans to watch his daughter play at the Colonial from his home computer in Sweden.

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.

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.

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.

USC Aiken gets off to slow start
SUNRISE, Ore. - One quarter of the way through the NCAA Division II Golf Championship, highly touted USC Aiken is already playing catch-up.

Two minutes with Russ Morman

GreenJackets on deck

Esposito gives up pitching

Extra bases

No-fuss fajitas
Crockpot cooking is usually associated with winter's hearty soups and stews, but at my house, the crock finds a place on the kitchen counter about once a week, year-round.

No-fuss fajitas
Crockpot cooking is usually associated with winter's hearty soups and stews, but at my house, the crock finds a place on the kitchen counter about once a week, year-round.

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

Police arrest pellet gun sniper
An hourlong standoff with police ended peacefully Wednesday afternoon after deputies took into custody an Augusta man, who police say fired a pellet gun at firefighters.

Authorities must deal with exotic pets

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.

Enough about the flag, already!

'Pro-choice' letter writer uses faulty rationale
Kevin Palmer's letter of May 10, "Pro-lifers need to 'get real,"' labeled pro-lifers as hypocrites. I am proud to be included among those persons to whom he refers; however, I must encourage him to do his homework and get his facts and conclusions correct. Vern J. Simon, Evans, Ga.

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

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.

Moore's proposal is no solution

Associated Press demonstrates liberal bias
Having attended the University of South Carolina and majored in journalism, I was especially offended by the liberal bias of the Associated Press in its story of May 10 about conservative President George W. Bush speaking in Columbia. Tom Hunter, Augusta

Politics is falsely divided into groups
We human beings have a remarkable penchant for dichotomizing things into overly simplistic black-and-white viewpoints - a type of logical fallacy called the "false dichotomy." Politics, a very sensitive and volatile issue to most, is one of these things. Jason Goodman, Belvedere, S.C.

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

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.

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

Senior calendar

Small portions

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.

Small portions
Before you store a bunch of arugula, carrots, herbs or any other foods tied together, remove the band. Binding food in bunches makes sense when selling but can be a problem when storing for any period of time. Vegetables tend to deteriorate along the band or get slimy where moisture collects on the inside of the bunch. Removing the band allows the produce to breathe, which is particularly important with herbs such as chives, tarragon, or parsley. For convenience, store produce in bags or reusable containers.

Photo tips for 'sharpshooters'
Most photographers, and I'm one of them, strive to get the sharpest pictures possible. After all, if we start with the sharpest picture, we can soften it afterward in the digital darkroom if we so desire.

In the know
Dig out your salad spinner. It's that time of year: National Salad Month.

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

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.

In the know
Dig out your salad spinner. It's that time of year: National Salad Month.

ECHL notebook

ECHL notebook
Goodbye East Coast Hockey League.

Pupils receive school options
Parents at 14 Richmond County schools could have the option of sending their children to a higher-performing school this fall.

Across South Carolina

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.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - An economic boycott of York County doesn't interest the two local branches of NAACP even though the group wants the county to adopt a holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

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 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.

Sheriff starts agenda
AIKEN - The printout taped to an exterior door at the Aiken County Sheriff's Office makes the situation plain to the department's 100-plus employees: "Under New Management - M.E. Hunt, Sheriff."

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.

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.

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

Police seek reports on evangelist
AIKEN - As the scope of the investigation into a Bath evangelist continues to expand, authorities Tuesday asked for anyone whose children might have had close contact with the traveling preacher to contact authorities.

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.

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.

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.

Pupils receive school options

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

Across the area
A west Augusta man has been indicted on kidnapping, rape and burglary charges.

Police arrest pellet gun sniper

Perdue signs school measure in Thomson
THOMSON - Gov. Sonny Perdue stopped in Thomson on Tuesday morning and spent time at Maxwell Elementary School, where he ceremonially signed one of the state education reform bills.

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

Man convicted in rape
An Augusta man who tried to hide from police when he realized his 16-year-old victim wasn't going to keep her rape a secret was convicted Tuesday.

Area sees small drop in deadly vehicle wrecks

Judge to rule on evidence in rape case

College tuition to rise 15 percent

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.

Godfather of Soul is granted pardon

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

Report on costs angers leaders
Three years and more than $123,000 after the fact, the Augusta Commission is wondering exactly what taxpayers got from the time and money invested in a Richmond County special grand jury.

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

Police seek reports on evangelist

Across the area

Rants and Raves
AIKEN NEEDS TO stop that woman in Wagener from owning wild animals. I don't care what she thinks, but it is quite obvious that she knows little about raising these creatures. Something needs to be done before one of these animals hurts someone and has to be put down.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Marine 1st Sgt. Harmon E. Meeker III of North Augusta.

Bath man died of heart attack
BATH - Police say the scene inside Tommy Stein's concrete-block home in Bath certainly looked like a murder at first glance.

Agency tries to protect its grant

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.

North Augustans view fort's complexities
Some members of North Augusta's business community didn't just learn about Fort Gordon's impact on the area - they learned just how complex the base is.

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.

News you can use
MAY 21, 1928The second car of live poultry to leave Augusta from Richmond County will leave tonight over Georgia railroad for Thomson, Ga.

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

Perdue signs school measure in Thomson
THOMSON - Gov. Sonny Perdue stopped in Thomson on Tuesday morning and spent time at Maxwell Elementary School, where he ceremonially signed one of the state education reform bills.

News you can use
MAY 21, 1928 The second car of live poultry to leave Augusta from Richmond County will leave tonight over Georgia railroad for Thomson, Ga.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Marine 1st Sgt. Harmon E. Meeker III of North Augusta.

Across Georgia
VALDOSTA - An obstetrician under investigation for attempting an illegal abortion has had his medical license revoked.

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.

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.

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

Across Georgia

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.

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.

News you can use

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

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.

Judge allows evidence in trial

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.

Across the southeast

Across the area

Residents lose facility
For the first time since it was founded in 1911, New Hope Community Center - in the heart of Laney-Walker's historically black Bethlehem community - will close its doors at the end of this month.

Government predicts six to nine hurricanes during upcoming Atlantic season

Sheriff starts agenda
AIKEN - The printout taped to an exterior door at the Aiken County Sheriff's Office makes the situation plain to the department's 100-plus employees: "Under New Management - M.E. Hunt, Sheriff."

Bath man died of heart attack
BATH - Police say the scene inside Tommy Stein's concrete-block home in Bath certainly looked like a murder at first glance.

Godfather of Soul is granted pardon
COLUMBIA - Singer James Brown was granted a pardon Tuesday for his past crimes in South Carolina.

Rants and Raves
AIKEN NEEDS TO stop that woman in Wagener from owning wild animals. I don't care what she thinks, but it is quite obvious that she knows little about raising these creatures. Something needs to be done before one of these animals hurts someone and has to be put down.

Across South Carolina

Area sees small drop in deadly vehicle wrecks
Although last year brought the most traffic fatalities nationwide in a decade, Augusta experienced a small decline.

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.

North Augustans view fort's complexities
Some members of North Augusta's business community didn't just learn about Fort Gordon's impact on the area - they learned just how complex the base is.

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

College tuition to rise 15 percent
ATLANTA - Students at Georgia's four-year universities will encounter the biggest tuition increase in 18 years when they return to campus in the fall.

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.

Residents lose facility
For the first time since it was founded in 1911, New Hope Community Center - in the heart of Laney-Walker's historically black Bethlehem community - will close its doors at the end of this month.

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.

Agency tries to protect its grant
Despite more than $7,600 that the city already is being forced to repay the federal government for a Wrightsboro Road substance abuse program, the Augusta Commission continued Tuesday to protect unspent grants to Transition Centers Inc., a move that could force the city to repay even more money to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

'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.

Disney to offer options for watching movies at home

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.

Disney to offer options for watching movies at home
LOS ANGELES -- The Walt Disney Co. will test two technologies this fall - movie downloads and self-destructing DVDs - designed to broaden the distribution of its films and boost profits by cutting out the middleman.

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

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

Software company plans on bringing back Napster name
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Software maker Roxio said Monday it has acquired the online music service pressplay for about $40 million, setting up the return of the Napster name.

Software company plans on bringing back Napster name

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.

Elliott to race in Coca-Cola 600 with broken foot
Bill Elliott will race in Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600 with a broken left foot. It's up to his crew to figure out how to keep him comfortable through the longest race of the season.

Foyt still going strong 10 years after retirement

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.

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.

Nets take Game 2
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Another fourth-quarter comeback. Another two-point victory. Another breathless moment over a last-second shot that didn't go in.

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.

Nets take Game 2

Kidd makes childhood dreams come true
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jason Kidd grew up on the playgrounds of Oakland, Calif., recreating all the moves of Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.

Ginobili spurs Manu mania
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Forget Maradona, Manu mania has arrived.

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.

Duncan, Popovich, Yao win Sporting News NBA awards
ST. LOUIS -- San Antonio center Tim Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich were selected player and coach of the year by the Sporting News on Tuesday.

After winning ugly, Nets want a better break

Detroit's desperation vs. New Jersey's greed
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons are desperate for a win. The New Jersey Nets are greedy for another.

Spurs, Mavericks contrast in styles

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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.

Red card frustrates Lakeside midfielder

Commissioner lashes out at Miami, ACC's expansion plan

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

Hewitt and Serena Williams top seeds at French Open
PARIS -- Serena Williams and Lleyton Hewitt were selected as the top seeds for the French Open on Tuesday.

Heritage frustrates, eliminates Lakeside
The Lakeside-Heritage boys soccer rivalry isn't just about hard-fought, tough matches anymore. Now, it's bordering on good old-fashioned hate.

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.

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USC Aiken's Ashley Farr and Clint Keown have been named to the NCAA Division II South Atlantic All-Region team.

Heritage frustrates, eliminates Lakeside
The Lakeside-Heritage boys soccer rivalry isn't just about hard-fought, tough matches anymore. Now, it's bordering on good old-fashioned hate.

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.

Report: sexual content on major networks down

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

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.

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

Oprah Winfrey continues talk show through 2008

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

'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.

A turn toward diversity in casting for fall programming
NEW YORK -- Come to Whoopi Goldberg's hotel, or Luis Guzman's doughnut shop. Cheech Marin is dad to a talk show host. Steve Harvey is back, and Will Smith airs family dirty laundry.

Report: sexual content on major networks down
WASHINGTON -- Major broadcast networks - ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox - are showing less sexual content on television, particularly during the first two hours of prime time, a TV watchdog group said Tuesday.

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Entertainment briefs

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
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.

Augusta Bulldogs remain loyal
They gave Mark Richt and Vince Dooley standing ovations. They cheered throughout a highlight video that showed clips from an amazing football season.

Augusta Bulldogs remain loyal
They gave Mark Richt and Vince Dooley standing ovations. They cheered throughout a highlight video that showed clips from an amazing football season.

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

Rookie struggles on Hooters Tour
Augusta's Ryan Smith needs to make push for a Hooters Tour event at Rocky Branch Golf Club in Lincolnton, Ga. The way Smith plays his home course, he'd be a strong contender for a tournament title there.

Rookie struggles on Hooters Tour
Augusta's Ryan Smith needs to make push for a Hooters Tour event at Rocky Branch Golf Club in Lincolnton, Ga. The way Smith plays his home course, he'd be a strong contender for a tournament title there.

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.

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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?).

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.

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

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Audio best

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:

Prolific Ataris get personal on new album

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Woman says babies found in shed died after birth

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