Sleuthing is at its best in 'Children'

Sleuthing is at its best in 'Children'
Elizabeth Peters doesn't put a foot wrong - or a word wrong - in Children of the Storm (Morrow, 400 pages, $25.95), her latest adventure for her intrepid sleuth, archaeologist Amelia Peabody.

Three Palmetto State teams in postseason
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- With two NCAA regional appearances under its belt, selling Coastal Carolina to baseball recruits has been a little easier than a few years ago for coach Gary Gilmore.

UCLA beats California in NCAA softball championship
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Keira Goerl threw a no-hitter and Toria Auelua drove in the game's only run with a single in the ninth inning, giving UCLA a 1-0 victory over California in the title game of the NCAA softball championship Monday.

Three Palmetto State teams in postseason

Schilling smashes QuesTec machine, calls system "a joke"
PHOENIX -- Umpires who don't like the new electronic system that evaluates their calls on balls and strikes have gained an outspoken ally in Curt Schilling.

After everything, Clemens closes in on No. 300

After everything, Clemens closes in on No. 300
NEW YORK -- If only the New York Mets had scrounged up $15,000 more, it might have all been different for Roger Clemens.

Bonds out until at least Tuesday
DENVER -- Barry Bonds tested his sore right knee by riding a stationary bike Sunday, but the Giants still plan to keep him out of the lineup until they return to San Francisco.

Schilling smashes QuesTec machine, calls system "a joke"

Dog bite awareness week passes, but still beware

Odds and Ends
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- It would be hard to break the new Las Cruces mayor's prohibition against closed door meetings in his City Hall office. There isn't a door to close.

Inmates in Arkansas jail are sharing cells with spiders
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Spiders have infested a county jail in northeast Arkansas, biting at least 15 inmates and confounding the exterminator.

Police rescue child trapped in washer
POMONA, Calif. -- A 2-year-old girl was rescued from a locked, running washer at a coin laundry and her mother was arrested after a surveillance tape allegedly showed her putting the child into the machine, police said.

Reds top Braves in 11 innings
ATLANTA - Another day, another apology owed by Braves reliever Roberto Hernandez.

Reds top Braves in 11 innings
ATLANTA - Another day, another apology owed by Braves reliever Roberto Hernandez.

Maddux next to 300, but isn't worried

Maddux, Glavine set for showdown Friday
ATLANTA - Tom Glavine's struggles Saturday made his first start against his old team more forgettable than memorable.

Maddux next to 300, but isn't worried
ATLANTA - Once Roger Clemens finally reaches pitching's biggest milestone, Greg Maddux is sure to get plenty of unwelcome attention.

Braves players snap slumps
ATLANTA - A few thousand children gleefully circled the Turner Field bases for more than 90 minutes Sunday, part of a promotion that follows most afternoon games.

Maddux, Glavine set for showdown Friday

Braves players snap slumps
ATLANTA - A few thousand children gleefully circled the Turner Field bases for more than 90 minutes Sunday, part of a promotion that follows most afternoon games.

Honda struggles to increase momentum under new president

Store closings reduce choice at mall
The holiday weekend traditionally tends to be a bustling one for retailers, but those astute, sale-seeking shoppers strolling through Augusta Mall probably were quick to notice there's now one fewer spot to spend their money.

Offshore companies do $1 billion in business with U.S. government

Europe imports an American problem: spam

Business briefs

Small business outlook for second half

Europe imports an American problem: spam
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- The junk e-mail plaguing Europe has something decidedly in common with the American variety.

Offshore companies do $1 billion in business with U.S. government
WASHINGTON -- Companies that reduced their U.S. tax bill by incorporating overseas did $1 billion worth of business with the federal government last year, an Associated Press computer analysis of federal contracts showed.

Euro sets new record against the U.S. dollar in trading
TOKYO -- The euro broke its all-time high against the U.S. dollar Tuesday, reaching $1.1885 in Tokyo trading.

Yao sues Coca-Cola China over picture on bottles
BEIJING -- Basketball star Yao Ming is suing Coca-Cola's Chinese subsidiary in an effort to stop it from using his picture on commemorative bottles sold in his hometown of Shanghai.

Honda struggles to increase momentum under new president
TOKYO -- Honda has racked up its best profits in a half century of existence and earned a quality ranking that U.S. automakers can only wish for.

Startup takes on wireless messaging market
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Good Technology Inc. launched its wireless e-mail service and handheld device a year ago and has gotten such rave reviews it already has more than 750 companies as customers.

Small business outlook for second half
NEW YORK -- Small company owners are increasingly optimistic that the economy and their business will improve up during the second half of 2003, and economists predict a moderate recovery will indeed happen with some help from the government and the falling dollar.

Business briefs
BRUSSELS, Belgium - European Union governments approved a measure Monday to encourage pharmaceutical companies to sell cut-rate AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis drugs to poor countries by reducing worries the medicines will end up on the black market back in Europe.

Store closings reduce choice at mall
The holiday weekend traditionally tends to be a bustling one for retailers, but those astute, sale-seeking shoppers strolling through Augusta Mall probably were quick to notice there's now one fewer spot to spend their money.

Japan stuck in decade-long economic doldrums
TOKYO -- From the jobless scavenging through garbage to office workers lining up at fast-food restaurants, the Japanese are suffering through an economic slump that has persisted for a decade.

Take time to remember

Reversal of fortune

Godfather feels good
Before President Bill Clinton gave pardons a bad name as he left office in 2001, pardons were seen as not all that dishonorable - a kind of symbolic legal cleansing for persons who did wrong and then subsequently turned their lives around for the better.

Reversal of fortune
Long before SARS ever emerged, amnesia was the distemper of the day. It surfaced in 1991 and spread globally - until Thursday.

Dangerous policy
The grisly deaths of 19 illegal immigrants May 14 in an unventilated trailer in south Texas have prompted Texas U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, ranking Democrat on the House immigration subcommittee, to author legislation calling for harsher prison sentences for immigrant smugglers.

Curbing waste
A bitter partisan struggle in the South Carolina Senate still has the legislature tied in knots over tax and spending plans for the state's proposed $5 billion budget.

Take time to remember
Although the calendar indicates it doesn't arrive for nearly a month, for most Americans, today marks the first day of summer. Many students are out of school, and parents are planning vacation. The barbecue grills have been hauled out, fireworks shows prepared and many Central Savannah River Area families are already at Thurmond Lake for an early summer break.

Dangerous policy

Game creator gambles on bringing Myst to the masses
LOS ANGELES -- A decade ago, Rand Miller gave the world "Myst." One of the first programs to ship on a CD-ROM, the puzzle-solving adventure game redefined what was possible on a home computer. It had a rich story, beautiful visuals and sweeping music and sound effects.

Money funds rose in latest week

'Orphan' drugs save lives, but who pays?

Campaign links Social Security statement to retirement savings
NEW YORK -- Many Americans use the start of daylight savings time as a reminder not only to set their clocks ahead but also to change the batteries in their smoke alarm.

SEC examining how brokerage firms are paid for selling mutual funds
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators are examining how large brokerage firms are paid for selling mutual funds and whether that compensation is adequately disclosed to investors, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday.

SEC examining how brokerage firms are paid for selling mutual funds

Increased deduction would aid businesses

Campaign links Social Security statement to retirement savings

Increased deduction would aid businesses
NEW YORK - Tax-cut bills currently before Congress contain a possible windfall for small businesses, an increase in what's known as the Section 179 deduction.

'Orphan' drugs save lives, but who pays?
Steve Holland and his wife watched helplessly as, one-by-one, their three children fell victim to a rare and deadly genetic disease, becoming so lethargic they could barely walk. Hope arrived when a biotechnology venture enrolled all three in an experimental drug trial.

Money funds rose in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds rose by $3.43 billion in the latest week to $1.004 trillion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Jackets top North Carolina
SALEM, Va. -- Chris Goodwin knew he had to pitch a lot of innings if Georgia Tech hoped to play for an ACC tournament championship Sunday.

Georgia Tech pulls off "triple" in ACC baseball
SALEM, Va. -- Even before the day started, Georgia Tech knew it would have to do amazing things to win the ACC baseball championship.

Jackets top North Carolina

Georgia Tech pulls off "triple" in ACC baseball

GreenJackets on-deck
Infielder Osmar Castillo,who hit .333 and did not commit an error in 25 games with the Jackets, was promoted to high Class A Sarasota on Saturday.

Jackets, get split
The Augusta GreenJackets earned a doubleheader split with the Capital City Bombers on Sunday night.

Spann saves day for GreenJackets
COLUMBIA - Chad Spann's one-out home run in the top of the eighth inning gave the Augusta GreenJackets a 4-3 win over the Capital City Bombers in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader Monday at Capital City Stadium.

Matteson ready to defend NCAA golf title

Inkster shoots stunning 62 and wins at Corning
CORNING, N.Y. -- Juli Inkster made her first Corning Classic victory one for the record books.

Matteson ready to defend NCAA golf title
Georgia Tech's Troy Matteson picked an unordinary way to prepare for defending his NCAA individual golf title - he went home to Texas to apply for a marriage license.

Augusta golfers face familiar green
STILLWATER, Okla. - Augusta State's golf team is back where it started this season, and no team has better memories of that time or place.

Drought eases, but rains dampen golf
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- While gardeners might like the drought-breaking rains this year, the rain clouds haven't done much for the state's golf-related tourism businesses.

Augusta golfers face familiar green
STILLWATER, Okla. - Augusta State's golf team is back where it started this season, and no team has better memories of that time or place.

Garrido wins Volvo PGA Championship in playoff
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Ignacio Garrido of Spain won the Volvo PGA Championship on Sunday, defeating Trevor Immelman of South Africa on the first hole of a playoff.

Garrido wins Volvo PGA Championship in playoff

Hatalsky wins Columbus Southern by one stroke
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Morris Hatalsky made a 4-foot par putt on the last hole to win his second Champions Tour title, beating Allen Doyle by a stroke Sunday at the Columbus Southern Open.

Perry wins Colonial by six
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Not even a near-perfect round by Justin Leonard could challenge Kenny Perry in the final round at the Colonial on Sunday.

Drought eases, but rains dampen golf

Spann saves day for GreenJackets

GreenJackets on-deck

Dog bite awareness week passes, but still beware
I guess it was a lapse of holiday thinking, but I let last week go by without pointing out that it was National Dog Bite Awareness Week.

Hodges' passing leaves void no one else can fill
The untimely passing of civic activist Greg Hodges, faithful friend and volunteer in the Central Savannah River Area, left a void that no one else could fill. We pass on our condolences to all his loved ones. P.H. Dickinson, Augusta

Seat-belt law doesn't address most problems
At first glance, the recent Click-it or Ticket weekend seemed like a terrific idea to get people to wear their seat belts, and it probably saved lives - at least for the weekend, anyway. R. Brian Clardy, Augusta

NCAA athletes should be compensated more
I think NCAA athletes should be compensated with money and gifts for the athletic services they render to American colleges and universities. If a college athletic booster or alumnus wants to give an athlete financial rewards, then I think it's OK. E. Maner, Augusta

Americans being misled about Middle East

Johnson will be prepared for Burk next time

Thirty-one years later, vet still remembers
More than 31 years ago on a 1st Air Calvary Division fire base, two 20 year olds from Georgia sat on a bunker talking about our hopes and dreams for the future. Five days later on June 15, 1971, Floyd Bradshaw III was shot and killed leading his platoon into a North Vietnamese bunker complex. His wife and a son he never knew survived him. Jeff M. Padgett, Augusta

NCAA athletes should be compensated more

We lost the Civil War; let's move on
There are a lot of rants about the Georgia state flag; I think we need to take a good, hard look at ourselves and ask if we've got our priorities confused. I think some of us do. Betty Maxwell Draughon, Augusta

Hodges' passing leaves void no one else can fill

Americans being misled about Middle East
When I consider events in Iraq and Afghanistan, it becomes clear to me how grossly misled the American public is concerning our Middle East policy. Brian Green, Augusta

Johnson will be prepared for Burk next time
On behalf of women across the United States, I would like to offer thanks to Augusta National Chairman Hootie Johnson for his recent handling of the "Martha mess." Mary W. Nelson, Augusta

Dependable backup with Ts'ai Lun's invention

Wright Brothers exhibit debunks misconceptions

In the know

Iraqis scramble to fix blacked-out Internet

Senior calendar

How do I keep my inkjet prints from fading?

Wright Brothers exhibit debunks misconceptions
WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian wants to debunk some common misconceptions about the Wright Brothers 100 years after they started the aviation age in their homemade aircraft near Kitty Hawk, N.C.

Iraqis scramble to fix blacked-out Internet
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Amr Bakr is an Internet addict. These days, the computer repairman finds himself in need of a fix.

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.

Dependable backup with Ts'ai Lun's invention
An almost-foolproof data backup device has been invented by a man named Ts'ai Lun, and you really ought to consider it.

In the know
The strength, concentration and relaxation that can come from practicing yoga are just as beneficial to little bodies as big ones, but some of those complicated poses might be intimidating to children unsure of their balance.

Changes in childbirth
When Sarah Kaszas had her third child, she knew exactly how she wanted to manage the pain.

Changes in childbirth
When Sarah Kaszas had her third child, she knew exactly how she wanted to manage the pain.

How do I keep my inkjet prints from fading?
Q. The photos I printed on my inkjet printer a few years ago have already faded! How do I stop this from happening?

Visitors view Hunley

Perdue proposes hefty budget reform

Military will screen troops for illnesses
FORT STEWART - Col. Paula K. Underwood, an Army physician, had just returned to her post in Germany from Operation Desert Storm in 1991 when she saw a patient whose condition baffled other doctors.

News you can use
MAY 26, 1990The Evans High Knights took their third consecutive Georgia Class AAAA state baseball championship Friday night when Craig Coombs stole home to give them a 7-6 victory over Dunwoody and a sweep of the best-of-three series.

Across the Southeast
HOPE MILLS, N.C. -A dam burst Monday under the pressure of a rain-swollen lake, forcing the evacuation of about 40 houses and a rest home.

Visitors view Hunley
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Gazing at the 40-foot-long, crustacean-encrusted iron tube resting in a 90,000-gallon tank in Charleston's old Navy Yard, some might wonder what was like to crawl through the 15-inch-wide hatches on the CSS Hunley 138 years ago, seal it up and submerge.

Across Georgia

Closures threaten to sink Navy School
ATHENS, Ga. - The federal government is calling for the closure of 25 percent of all military bases, an action that could jeopardize the Athens-based U.S. Navy Supply Corps School.

Fort is crucial to area
Fort Gordon is more than just a 56,000-plus-acre behemoth on Augusta's western edges - it's its own city.

Fort is crucial to area

Meeting site changed
The Columbia County chapter of the Compassionate Friends meeting place has moved to Marvin United Methodist Church, 4400 Wheeler Road, Martinez.

Across Georgia
LaFAYETTE -The unidentified corpses of 108 people found at the Tri-State Crematory will be buried, a decision made soon after investigators were unable to determine their identities.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME MAY, 27, 1950 Facts that might help stabilize the tax structures of the city of Augusta, Richmond County and the Richmond County school board will be sought by a committee assembled yesterday.

Nearly 35 years later, soldier's loss is still felt
Almost 35 years ago, the 319th Transportation Company lost a man at Quon Loi in South Vietnam.

A day to remember
When Leroy Williams was a boy growing up in Beaufort, S.C., Memorial Day meant home-cooked food, ice cream and young people climbing greased poles.

Memorial Day bittersweet for 319th Transportation Company families
While in Kuwait and Iraq, Spc. Tracy Murray has missed almost a third of his daughter's life and the beginning of his son's life.

Crash with deer kills biker
Jesse Keatts was a safety-conscious motorcycle enthusiast who logged countless hours on his Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide, his brother-in-law and fellow rider said Monday.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Sgt. Nazim Ray of Augusta.

Halfway house funding studied
A Wrightsboro Road halfway house that cost Augusta more than $7,600 this year has continued to blatantly ignore federal regulations, according to a memorandum from the city's housing department to the mayor and Augusta Commission.

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - An Anderson man who left the scene after driving the car that struck and killed Robert Bryan Vinson surrendered four days later.

Project targets black males
ATLANTA - As a black man seeking a chemistry degree at Georgia State University, Mario McIntee was close to giving up.

Serviceman of the day
Army 1st Sgt. William Larry Ricks of Aiken is today's serviceman of the day.

Rants and raves
THIS IS IN reference to the person who doesn't know where to put used chemicals, gasoline, and oil-and-gas mixture. If they live in South Carolina, they have containers in Belvedere at the garbage disposal site. But in Georgia, I do not know. They will have to contact their place in Georgia where they dump their garbage.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - A woman was doused with a half-gallon of gasoline and set ablaze by another woman during an argument at a gas station, Cobb County police said.

Taliaferro County fights to halt landfill
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Charles Ware enjoys living in a county so untouched by time and progress that it once lured actress Reese Witherspoon and producers of the movie Sweet Home Alabama to its quaint streets.

What is historic?
One historic building has crumbled. An entire historic district in Augusta is on the brink of being dissolved, while another neighborhood to the east is working toward a historic designation.

Across the southeast

Fort symposium is popular event
If it's not the largest annual nonsporting convention in Augusta, it runs a close second.

Rants and Raves
THIS MEMORIAL DAY, continue to support our troops until they all come home. Many units from Fort Gordon and around the area are still deployed in Iraq, which is still a war-torn area.

Fort symposium is popular event
If it's not the largest annual nonsporting convention in Augusta, it runs a close second.

Meeting site changed

Signal Center trains soldiers
The U.S. Army Signal Center at Fort Gordon is more than just a set of classrooms for young soldiers fresh out of basic training.

Signal Center trains soldiers
The U.S. Army Signal Center at Fort Gordon is more than just a set of classrooms for young soldiers fresh out of basic training.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Beach advisories warning people of harmful waters will be posted on the Internet this year to help tourists when planning a beach outing, officials say.

What is historic?
One historic building has crumbled. An entire historic district in Augusta is on the brink of being dissolved, while another neighborhood to the east is working toward a historic designation.

A day to remember
When Leroy Williams was a boy growing up in Beaufort, S.C., Memorial Day meant home-cooked food, ice cream and young people climbing greased poles.

Rants and Raves
THIS MEMORIAL DAY, continue to support our troops until they all come home. Many units from Fort Gordon and around the area are still deployed in Iraq, which is still a war-torn area.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME MAY, 27, 1950Facts that might help stabilize the tax structures of the city of Augusta, Richmond County and the Richmond County school board will be sought by a committee assembled yesterday.

Nearly 35 years later, soldier's loss is still felt
Almost 35 years ago, the 319th Transportation Company lost a man at Quon Loi in South Vietnam.

Taliaferro County fights to halt landfill
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Charles Ware enjoys living in a county so untouched by time and progress that it once lured actress Reese Witherspoon and producers of the movie Sweet Home Alabama to its quaint streets.

All branches call post home
Most Augustans know that the Army has called Fort Gordon home for more than 60 years.

Serviceman of the day
Army 1st Sgt. William Larry Ricks of Aiken is today's serviceman of the day.

Richmond County grads attend baccalaureate
The afternoon event was a cross between a Sunday morning church service and a dress rehearsal for graduation.

Rants and raves
THIS IS IN reference to the person who doesn't know where to put used chemicals, gasoline, and oil-and-gas mixture. If they live in South Carolina, they have containers in Belvedere at the garbage disposal site. But in Georgia, I do not know. They will have to contact their place in Georgia where they dump their garbage.

Soldier recalls mishap in Iraq
Sgt. Walker "Train" Marshall Jr. hasn't seen the other members of the 319th Transportation Company since March 29, when during the height of the war in Iraq his tanker truck crashed into a ravine on a desert road and he was flown out by medical helicopter.

Aiken says 2 counties not paying

Law agencies may feel grant cuts
Deep cuts to some federally administered law enforcement grants could have local authorities looking more to their own cash-strapped councils for money for weapons, equipment, vehicles and training.

Event is celebration of Israel, chance for attendees to learn
Expressions of Shalom and plates filled with falafel were plentiful Sunday as visitors were treated to the Israel Experience at the Augusta Jewish Community Center in Evans.

Across South Carolina

Across the area
Nighttime work on Interstate 20 in Richmond County will resume today.

Project targets black males

Aiken says 2 counties not paying
AIKEN - Members of the Aiken County Council are mad that the other two counties in 2nd Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan's jurisdiction are not paying their fair share to support her office.

Across the area

Halfway house funding studied

Military will screen troops for illnesses

Across the Southeast

Holiday closings

Soldier recalls mishap in Iraq
Sgt. Walker "Train" Marshall Jr. hasn't seen the other members of the 319th Transportation Company since March 29, when during the height of the war in Iraq his tanker truck crashed into a ravine on a desert road and he was flown out by medical helicopter.

Memorial Day bittersweet for 319th Transportation Company families
While in Kuwait and Iraq, Spc. Tracy Murray has missed almost a third of his daughter's life and the beginning of his son's life.

Holiday closings
Here is a list of holiday closings for the Memorial Day holiday.

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. -North Carolina legislators want to strengthen and revamp state cremation laws as more people decide against traditional burials.

Perdue proposes hefty budget reform
ATLANTA - The state budget for next year shows a big fat zero on the line for Fort Discovery, the interactive educational museum for science and math in Augusta.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Sgt. Nazim Ray of Augusta.

News you can use
MAY 26, 1990 The Evans High Knights took their third consecutive Georgia Class AAAA state baseball championship Friday night when Craig Coombs stole home to give them a 7-6 victory over Dunwoody and a sweep of the best-of-three series.

Area residents say plan is good step

Former police chief, SLED agents fight for convict's freedom
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Former Hanahan Police Chief M.C. Bellew has been fighting for Paul Mazzell's freedom for years and every day worries time is running out.

Law agencies may feel grant cuts
Deep cuts to some federally administered law enforcement grants could have local authorities looking more to their own cash-strapped councils for money for weapons, equipment, vehicles and training.

Richmond County grads attend baccalaureate
The afternoon event was a cross between a Sunday morning church service and a dress rehearsal for graduation.

Across the area

Event is celebration of Israel, chance for attendees to learn
Expressions of Shalom and plates filled with falafel were plentiful Sunday as visitors were treated to the Israel Experience at the Augusta Jewish Community Center in Evans.

Area residents say plan is good step
A conditional Israeli approval of a peace plan with the Palestinians was hailed as a positive step in Augusta on Sunday by a representative of the Consulate General of Israel in Atlanta.

Across the area
A Martinez man told police he was attacked by about five men late Saturday on an Augusta road.

Getting illegal movies for free has never been easier

'Bruce Almighty' topples 'The Matrix' at weekend box office

Cannes screens Clint Eastwood's dark tale of violence and its aftermath
CANNES, France -- Clint Eastwood's new movie focuses on a trio of tortured characters: a sexual abuse victim, a cop whose wife left him and a reformed criminal whose old instincts come back when his daughter is killed.

'Bruce Almighty' topples 'The Matrix' at weekend box office
LOS ANGELES -- And on the fourth day the Lord said: Let there be an $86.4 million opening weekend for the God-comedy "Bruce Almighty," which will top the Memorial Day box office.

Getting illegal movies for free has never been easier
ATLANTA -- Illegally downloading movies off the Internet used to be difficult, something for people with sophisticated computer skills. Now it's as easy as using an Internet search engine.

Cannes screens Clint Eastwood's dark tale of violence and its aftermath

Five questions for rapper Fat Joe
NEW YORK -- Even though he's sold almost 2 million records over the past two years with hits like "What's Love," and "We Thuggin," Fat Joe knows his days as a best-selling rapper are numbered.

B.B. King wins fifth straight award
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- B.B. King won entertainer of the year for the fifth consecutive year at the 24th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards.

De Ferran ends Castroneves' Indy run
INDIANAPOLIS -- Same team, same country, different driver.

Johnson declared winner in the rain

Glitches mar Gordon's long day
CONCORD, N.C. -- Robby Gordon thought he had cars good enough to win two races Sunday. A broken part and rain ruined his bid.

Rain decision by NASCAR was surprise
CONCORD, N.C. - The Atlanta Braves, like other stick and ball professional sports, aren't afraid of a little rain. Or staying out past midnight.

Brazilians dominate track
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis 500 is becoming a regular Brazilian carnival.

Rain decision by NASCAR was surprise
CONCORD, N.C. - The Atlanta Braves, like other stick and ball professional sports, aren't afraid of a little rain. Or staying out past midnight.

Gordon hits speedbump before beginning his long day
INDIANAPOLIS -- The first hitch in Robby Gordon's plans came before he even left his hotel Sunday: His police escort never arrived and he had to navigate his own way to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Fiasco creates bitterness over Earnhardt park
CONCORD, N.C. - The month of May was supposed to be a busy time for nearby Kannapolis, the home of racing legend Dale Earnhardt.

Johnson declared winner in the rain
CONCORD, N.C. - Despite starting last in the Coca-Cola 600, Jimmie Johnson out-ran everything but Mother Nature on Sunday.

NASCAR decision to shorten longest race doesn't sit well
CONCORD, N.C. -- Ryan Newman stood in the garage, held out his hands and looked skyward. The rain had stopped, which made NASCAR's decision to halt the Coca-Cola 600 even more puzzling.

De Ferran's race is against himself, not history books
INDIANAPOLIS - Gil de Ferran still enjoys the sensations he gets from driving a race car: his hands gripping the wheel, the air whipping across the top of his helmet.

NASCAR decision to shorten longest race doesn't sit well

Fiasco creates bitterness over Earnhardt park

Spurs take 3-1 lead
DALLAS -- A combination of small ball, guts and resiliency weren't enough to defeat the San Antonio Spurs. Almost, but not quite.

Spurs take 3-1 lead

No fluke: Nets return to NBA Finals
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rick Carlisle played for the New Jersey Nets 13 years ago, scoring one basket all season as his career came to a dead end with a dead-end franchise.

No fluke: Nets return to NBA Finals

Mr. Billy Samuels Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Stallings Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Peggy Holmes-Contreras    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Velma Kitchens    (GIBSON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Fannie Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jesse Keatts Sr.    (MONETTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Hosea Johnson Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Robert Johnson    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Roosevelt Collier, II    (FORT WASHINGTON, Md.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Fannie Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Jerry Lewis    (WACO, Texas)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Jake Hogan    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Edward Duncan    (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Chesley Hobbs    (DEARING, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Edward Duncan    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Ms. Annie Harmon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Brunell Johnson    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Virgil Griffith    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Alex Hammonds    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Laura Grady    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Dale Curry    (EVANS, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Michael Goodale    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Miles Shipp    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Edward Duncan    (LANGLEY, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. James Pate    (DEARING, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Pauline Dain    (McCORMICK, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Dr. Beverly Jablonski    (EVANS, Ga.)

Dermaine Daggett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Johnnie Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dermaine Daggett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Martha Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jerry Ford    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Laura Grady    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Dale Curry    (EVANS, Ga.)

Dr. Beverly Jablonski    (EVANS, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Ruth Cooper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. John Heskett Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Roosevelt Collier II    (FORT WASHINGTON, Md.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Ruth Godbee    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Gary Carlton    (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Gary Carlton    (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Hattie Williams    (THOMSON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Larry Sundberg    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Daisy Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Martha Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Willie Lewis    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Charles Pickett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Johnnie Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Mary Richardson    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Rev. Joseph Way    (SALUDA, N.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Henry Rikard    (TRENTON, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Sadie Thomas    (THOMSON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Hattie Williams    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Teague    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Gertrude Gamble    (AIKEN, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Larry Sundberg    (EVANS, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Carrie Stallings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Hazel Sullivan    (ANDERSON, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Dermaine Daggett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Stallings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Martha Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Martha Smith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Dale Curry    (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Dolphus Smith    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Dale Curry    (EVANS, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Miles Shipp    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mrs. Pauline Dain    (McCORMICK S.C.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Billy Samuels Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Bobby Fogle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Johnnie Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Clayton Logue    (MACON, Ga.)
 Send flowers to this funeral

Mr. Bobby Fogle    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Gamble (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Daisy Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Carlton (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mrs. Pauline Dain (McCORMICK S.C.)

Mrs. Velma Kitchens (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Richardson (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Hosea Johnson Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jake Hogan (AIKEN, S.C.)

Dermaine Daggett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Joseph Way (SALUDA, N.C.)

Ms. Annie Harmon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sadie Thomas (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James Pate (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pauline Dain (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Jesse Keatts Sr. (MONETTA, S.C.)

Mr. Jerry Ford (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Pickett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Heskett Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Peggy Holmes-Contreras (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gary Carlton (SPARTANBURG, S.C.)

Mr. Thomas Teague (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Miles Shipp (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Hazel Sullivan (ANDERSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Cooper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Virgil Griffith (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. Roosevelt Collier II (FORT WASHINGTON, Md.)

Mr. Miles Shipp (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruth Godbee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Rikard (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mr. Larry Sundberg (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dolphus Smith (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Chesley Hobbs (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. George Stallings Sr. (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Johnson (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Memorial Day an opportunity to say thanks to the heroes
UNFORTUNATELY IN today's society, too often the true meaning of things gets lost in the shuffle. For many of us, Memorial Day has become just another holiday, another reason to have a 3-day weekend - when, of course, the meaning is far more significant than either of those.

Memorial Day an opportunity to say thanks to the heroes
UNFORTUNATELY IN today's society, too often the true meaning of things gets lost in the shuffle. For many of us, Memorial Day has become just another holiday, another reason to have a 3-day weekend - when, of course, the meaning is far more significant than either of those.

Serena Williams: Good for Annika, but I don't want to play against men

Overtime

Men's tournament wide open, as usual

Delic wins NCAA singles title

Illinois governor signs first statewide ban on ephedra

Women's World Cup returns to United States

Overtime

Georgia company offers extra workouts for would-be teen star athletes

Darters rely on aim, math skills for cash

Overtime
The 57th annual Birmingham News preseason poll tabbed Georgia to win the SEC East crown, and archrival Auburn to win the West. The poll is based on voting by the league's 12 sports information directors.

Georgia company offers extra workouts for would-be teen star athletes
WASHINGTON -- Think of it as SAT prep for the body: Some young athletes take private lessons in physical education.

Women's World Cup returns to United States
The Women's World Cup is coming back to the United States this fall, four years after captivating the country with a championship team that made household names of Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain.

Illinois governor signs first statewide ban on ephedra
CHICAGO -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the nation's first statewide ban on ephedra Sunday, flanked by the parents of a 16-year-old football player who died of a heart attack after taking the diet supplement.

Serena Williams: Good for Annika, but I don't want to play against men
PARIS -- Serena Williams was impressed by Annika Sorenstam's foray onto the PGA Tour. The No. 1 women's tennis player has no desire to play against men, though.

Serena Williams opens French Open with easy win
PARIS -- Serena Williams warmed up with sister Venus on center court at the French Open, then barely broke a sweat in her opening match against Barbara Rittner.

Overtime
Detroit receiver Scotty Anderson and his brother were stabbed in the parking lot of a Houston nightclub early Monday after a scuffle with another club patron.

Delic wins NCAA singles title
ATHENS, Ga. -- Amer Delic of Illinois never gave Baylor's Benedikt Dorsch an opening in the finals of the NCAA men's singles championship.

Darters rely on aim, math skills for cash
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Guy Langton can explain a great game of darts in two words: misplaced chalk.

Men's tournament wide open, as usual
PARIS -- Pete Sampras never won the French Open. Neither did John McEnroe or Stefan Edberg. Jimmy Connors and Boris Becker didn't reach a final at Roland Garros.

Virginia wins third NCAA lacrosse championship
BALTIMORE -- They worked diligently for an entire year to earn the right to take this victory lap, and they weren't about to let a little mud ruin the party.

PBS children's show 'Reading Rainbow' fighting for survival

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

'Brendan Leonard Show' makes leap to national TV

'Face the Nation' displaces 'This Week' as second most popular Sunday talker
NEW YORK -- Tim Russert is still the king of Sunday morning political talk, but there's a new No. 2: folksy Bob Schieffer.

'Out of Order' takes its place among top TV dramas

'Brendan Leonard Show' makes leap to national TV
WINNETKA, Ill. -- It started out innocently enough: Brendan Leonard quit hockey and picked up a video camera. His TV reporter dad taught him how to edit tape. Then, at 15, he asked his buddies to star with him in a show for the local cable access channel.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
They will leave from Dodger Stadium, then take off for Italy. The fourth edition of CBS' "The Amazing Race" is afoot beginning 8 p.m. EDT Thursday. As in previous seasons, this contest sets a dozen two-person teams on a round-the-world whirl, with the first pair back to the starting line $1 million richer.

'Out of Order' takes its place among top TV dramas
LOS ANGELES -- Husband-and-wife screenwriters Wayne and Donna Powers are looking forward to this weekend, which brings the debut of both their new movie and television series.

'Out of Order' takes its place among top TV dramas
LOS ANGELES -- Husband-and-wife screenwriters Wayne and Donna Powers are looking forward to this weekend, which brings the debut of both their new movie and television series.

PBS children's show 'Reading Rainbow' fighting for survival
NEW YORK -- In a plea for the life of "Reading Rainbow," host LeVar Burton returned to a familiar setting: the stage where he picked up the PBS show's seventh Emmy Award for best children's television series.

School's out, so many teens seek employment
Luck led Aquinas High School junior Will Henry to his current job.

Your style
THE FACTS: Robin Newsome, 13, a freshman at Strom Thurmond High School.

Xtreme calendar
New releases in video and DVD today include A Guy Thing, starring Jason Lee as a man who wakes up the morning after his bachelor party with a strange woman (Julia Stiles); The Pianist, starring Oscar winner Adrien Brody as a Polish Jew who survives the Nazi destruction of Warsaw; and The Recruit, starring Colin Farell as a young CIA agent and Al Pacino as his mentor.

Girl must tell both parents she wants to see dad more
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My parents are divorced and my dad lives in Florida. I live with my mom and hardly ever see my dad. I want to see him more. What should I do? All of my other friends' parents are still married happily, so I don't know what I should do. - 14-year-old Augusta girl.

Ratings won't keep teens from movies
Many teens waited in anticipation for the release of the action flick The Matrix: Reloaded. The movie packed with action, suspense and, most importantly, violence has earned a R rating. Still, no one doubts the success of the movie or the fact that many teens under age 17 will see it. So why attempt to deter teens from buying tickets?

Freed from school, teens will storm to 'The Matrix'
School is out for most teens. Trigonometry and biology have been forgotten already. If you want to take a crash course in mythology or philosophy 101 this summer, the movie to see is The Matrix: Reloaded.

Remember priorities when you get a job

School's out, so many teens seek employment
Luck led Aquinas High School junior Will Henry to his current job.

Remember priorities when you get a job
We've all heard it before: "When you go to a job interview, make sure you don't wear holey jeans or a lip ring." (By the way, it's good advice, take it.) But why do teens feel the need to take jobs in the first place? How do you keep it once you have a job?

Your style
THE FACTS: Robin Newsome, 13, a freshman at Strom Thurmond High School.

Question of the week
Q: Have you found a summer job yet?

Xtreme calendar
New releases in video and DVD today include A Guy Thing, starring Jason Lee as a man who wakes up the morning after his bachelor party with a strange woman (Julia Stiles); The Pianist, starring Oscar winner Adrien Brody as a Polish Jew who survives the Nazi destruction of Warsaw; and The Recruit, starring Colin Farell as a young CIA agent and Al Pacino as his mentor.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Ratings won't keep teens from movies

Freed from school, teens will storm to 'The Matrix'
School is out for most teens. Trigonometry and biology have been forgotten already. If you want to take a crash course in mythology or philosophy 101 this summer, the movie to see is The Matrix: Reloaded.

Question of the week

Inmates in Arkansas jail are sharing cells with spiders

Odds and Ends