Less levity in Evan Evans' seventh
The books in Rhys Bowen's series featuring Welsh Constable Evan Evans have often been light, quaint and amusing. However, the latest, "Evan Only Knows," gets serious.

Historic season brings followers
GIBSON, Ga. - After its second-round playoff win against Athens Academy on Saturday, the Glascock County baseball team dropped its bats and gloves and took a knee in the outfield grass.

Man changes plea to guilty in attack on Royals coach
CHICAGO -- A man who pleaded innocent in the father-son beating of a Kansas City Royals coach changed his plea to guilty Tuesday and will be sentenced June 18.

Historic season brings followers

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.

Three Palmetto State teams in postseason

Man changes plea to guilty in attack on Royals coach

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.

Dog bite awareness week passes, but still beware

Odds and Ends
PINELLAS PARK, Fla. -- Dawn Jenkins isn't in the new Jim Carrey comedy "Bruce Almighty," but her phone number is - and that's become a problem.

Fire hero arrested again - this time on assault charge
ABILENE, Texas -- A man who rescued four children from a burning apartment and was arrested shortly afterward on a probation violation returned to jail over the weekend after being arrested on an assault charge.

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.

Maddux next to 300, but isn't worried

Atlanta escapes with win
ATLANTA - After averaging 8.4 runs in Shane Reynolds' first eight starts, Atlanta manager Bobby Cox must have wondered what happened to all the offense during Tuesday night's game against Cincinnati.

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

Braves reliever cool under fire
ATLANTA - For a pitcher with less than one year in the major leagues, the idea of facing a hitter like Ken Griffey Jr. with runners in scoring position doesn't bother Atlanta Braves reliever Trey Hodges as much as one might think.

Braves reliever cool under fire
ATLANTA - For a pitcher with less than one year in the major leagues, the idea of facing a hitter like Ken Griffey Jr. with runners in scoring position doesn't bother Atlanta Braves reliever Trey Hodges as much as one might think.

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.

Atlanta escapes with win

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

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.

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.

Drop affects tourists, retailers

Diplomats will tour Augusta
ATLANTA - Augusta, Athens and other east Georgia cities will play host this week to a bus load of diplomats and foreign trade representatives touring the area with the state's industry-recruiting agency.

Honda struggles to increase momentum under new president

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.

Diplomats will tour Augusta

Business briefs

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.

Drop affects tourists, retailers
Those busy packing their bags for that long-awaited overseas summer vacation might find it worthwhile to pause and peruse the business headlines.

Business briefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Sprint Corp. announced Tuesday that it has begun transforming its telephone network so voice calls are transmitted in "packets" - the same way data move over the Internet. The move is designed to lead to a wide range of improved services for consumers, such as online voice-mail management.

Goodwill official becomes director
The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce has tapped Gordon Renshaw as its new director.

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.

Business briefs

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.

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

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.

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.

Euro rises, erasing a long slump
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The euro hit an all-time high against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday, restoring prestige to Europe's 4 1/2 year experiment with a shared currency while making consumer goods and European vacations more expensive for Americans.

Novice golfer earns his wings

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.

Unbelievable

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.

Unbelievable
Many people are shocked and awed that disgraced reporter Jayson Blair, who quit The New York Times after being exposed as a plagiarist and liar, is now looking to get rich peddling a book and TV movie about his experience.

Reversal of fortune

Don't privatize IRS

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

Don't privatize IRS
Certain chores can be done better and more economically by the private sector than the public sector, which is why it's good policy to encourage government to contract out some of its services instead of doing them all in-house.

Stuff to do
The Augusta GreenJackets face off against the Asheville Tourists at 7:15 Friday and against the Capital City Bombers at 7:15 p.m. Saturday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Milledge Road. Tickets cost $8 box seats, $7 reserved, $6 general admission, $5 seniors, military and children ages 4-12 and $1 children 3 and younger. For more information, call 736-7889 or visit tixonline.com.

Midnight hour brings bowlers out to lanes
The lights go down at midnight Monday nights at Brunswick National Lanes on Washington Road, and that's when Bowlapalooza begins.

Bee's Knees tempts exotic palate
You can munch on falafel, goat-cheese bruschetta, garlicky shrimp, calamari, spicy Louisiana crab cakes and other exotic fare at The Bee's Knees on 10th Street.

Soul Bar shrugs off fire for rebirth
Many of the Soul Bar's hallmarks - the memorabilia, mirror ball and multiple James Browns - are gone, victims of the fire that swept through the Broad Street establishment and shut its doors for more than a month earlier this year.

Soul Bar shrugs off fire for rebirth
Many of the Soul Bar's hallmarks - the memorabilia, mirror ball and multiple James Browns - are gone, victims of the fire that swept through the Broad Street establishment and shut its doors for more than a month earlier this year.

Midnight hour brings bowlers out to lanes
The lights go down at midnight Monday nights at Brunswick National Lanes on Washington Road, and that's when Bowlapalooza begins.

Bee's Knees tempts exotic palate
You can munch on falafel, goat-cheese bruschetta, garlicky shrimp, calamari, spicy Louisiana crab cakes and other exotic fare at The Bee's Knees on 10th Street.

Stuff to do
The Augusta GreenJackets face off against the Asheville Tourists at 7:15 Friday and against the Capital City Bombers at 7:15 p.m. Saturday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Milledge Road. Tickets cost $8 box seats, $7 reserved, $6 general admission, $5 seniors, military and children ages 4-12 and $1 children 3 and younger. For more information, call 736-7889 or visit tixonline.com.

Stocks gain on positive reports
NEW YORK -- A pair of encouraging economic reports - one on consumer confidence, the other on home sales - gave Wall Street a shot of adrenaline Tuesday, sending the Nasdaq composite to its best level in nearly a year.

Low mortgage rates motivate buyers

'Orphan' drugs save lives, but who pays?

Low mortgage rates motivate buyers
WASHINGTON -- Low mortgage rates beckoned buyers in April and pushed up sales of new homes to the highest level this year and sales of previously owned homes to the fifth best month on record.

Postwar consumer confidence continues to rise
NEW YORK -- With the Iraqi war moving into the history books, consumers started turning their attention to domestic matters and became modestly more confident in the economy, according to the latest Conference Board survey.

'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.

Small portions
Vanilla beans, prized by pastry chefs for their intense true flavor, are pricey, so it is important to take care of them properly. Vanilla experts recommend that beans be stored in tightly sealed container at room temperature, not in the freezer or refrigerator where added moisture can turn them moldy.

Shrimp po' boy with spicy ketchup
The po' boy is a New Orleans specialty, a sandwich often made with deep-fried shrimp. Here's a recipe in which oven-frying the shrimp, coated in garlicky bread crumbs, delivers big flavor without the fat.

Small portions
Vanilla beans, prized by pastry chefs for their intense true flavor, are pricey, so it is important to take care of them properly. Vanilla experts recommend that beans be stored in tightly sealed container at room temperature, not in the freezer or refrigerator where added moisture can turn them moldy.

Small portions

Small portions

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.

Georgia Tech pulls off "triple" in ACC baseball

Two minutes with Chad Spann
Augusta GreenJackets third baseman Chad Spann answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Jackets' Spann continues to impress
Augusta GreenJackets third baseman Chad Spann continues to be one of the most pleasant surprises of the Boston Red Sox farm system.

Pitching dominates in win against Jackets
Asheville Tourists starter Ubaldo Jiminez was a momentum killer.

Pitching dominates in win against Jackets
Asheville Tourists starter Ubaldo Jiminez was a momentum killer.

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.

Extra bases
May 28-30: vs. Asheville Tourists (Rockies).

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.

The market now comes to Annika

Former Augusta State golfer Taylor raises status
After toiling on the Hooters Tour since 1999, Vaughn Taylor has earned a promotion.

Ticket plan announced for 2004 Ryder Cup
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- The PGA of America opened registration for tickets to the 2004 Ryder Cup to the general public Tuesday.

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.

Plenty of winners from Colonial, starting with LPGA Tour
For three months leading up to the Colonial and two rounds that she spent as the first woman in 58 years on the PGA Tour, Annika Sorenstam brought more attention to women's golf than at any other time in history.

Matteson ready to defend NCAA golf title

Former Augusta State golfer Taylor raises status
After toiling on the Hooters Tour since 1999, Vaughn Taylor has earned a promotion.

Media back Morris' PGA suit
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Fourteen U.S. media organizations have joined together to ask an appeals court to overturn a federal judge's decision prohibiting The Augusta Chronicle's parent company from disseminating live golf scores from PGA Tour events via the Internet.

Ticket plan announced for 2004 Ryder Cup

The market now comes to Annika
Annika Sorenstam was just like 37 other players who teed it up at Colonial and left without making a dime.

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.

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 State starts at 20th

Media back Morris' PGA suit

Augusta State starts at 20th
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oliver Wilson had the round of his life Tuesday in the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships. His Augusta State teammates also had unforgettable rounds, but for the opposite reason.

Jackets' Spann continues to impress

GreenJackets on-deck

Two minutes with Chad Spann

Spann saves day for GreenJackets

Devils blank Mighty Ducks

Devils blank Mighty Ducks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Mighty Ducks can take this lesson from their first Stanley Cup finals: There's nothing like experience in big games.

Dip into this
Everyone loves layered Mexican bean dip. Sometimes it's called seven-layer dip, and my mother calls her version taco dip, but whatever you call it, it disappears quickly whenever it's served.

Dip into this
Everyone loves layered Mexican bean dip. Sometimes it's called seven-layer dip, and my mother calls her version taco dip, but whatever you call it, it disappears quickly whenever it's served.

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.

Criticism of letter writer unwarranted
I must correct Andy Chandler, as his letter on May 10 ("Defends President Bush's military service") contained so many inaccurate statements. Rebecca Durst, North Augusta, S.C.

Daughter motivated by other talented graduates

Americans being misled about Middle East

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

Act on school cleanup before catastrophe occurs
Regarding The Chronicle's editorial on May 18, "A cleanup is needed," it reads, "First, concerned parents should make certain their kids' schools have plenty of necessary hygiene supplies. Give the principals what-for if they don't." Dennis E. Jones, Martinez, Ga.

Daughter motivated by other talented graduates
I thank you so much for organizing The Augusta Chronicle's Best and Brightest Awards on May 20, as well as the wonderful banquet, honoring students and parents. Sabine Ceyssens, Augusta

Sex does not equal intimacy

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

Sex does not equal intimacy
Sharon Smith's May 1 guest column, "Shopping center images compromise youths' ethics," was courageous and instructive. Our culture really is teaching our youth to become sexually active. However, who's telling the teens that sex does not equal intimacy? Kathryn Lehn, Martinez, Ga.

Criticism of letter writer unwarranted

Act on school cleanup before catastrophe occurs

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

Iraqis scramble to fix blacked-out Internet

Show dad you care with hardware

Senior calendar

In the know

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.

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.

Show dad you care with hardware
The Great Necktie Migration begins each year in early June and culminates mid-month, when neckties from all over the land leave their retail spawning grounds to join their kin in the closet on Father's Day.

You have to be fast, accurate to win in 'Midnight Club II'
Law-abiding citizens tend to frown on the carnage caused by street racing. Once again, videogames to the rescue.

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.

In the know
If you're feeling a little corny and are a quick cook, you still have time to enter the Fresh Ways With Supersweet Corn Recipe Contest and compete for $3,000 in prizes.

In the know
If you're feeling a little corny and are a quick cook, you still have time to enter the Fresh Ways With Supersweet Corn Recipe Contest and compete for $3,000 in prizes.

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.

Enhance beauty of pregnancy naturally
NEW YORK - Pregnancy is supposed to be a beautiful time in a woman's life: She's happy, she's glowing.

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.

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

Officials approve transfer of grant
Augusta commissioners approved a measure Tuesday to move more than $5,000 in federal grant money from a halfway house to other social services agencies.

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

Repairs continue on old church
The building housing Union Baptist Church on Greene Street has been around for 152 years, and the Rev. William Wright would like to keep it around for years to come.

Halfway house funding studied

Aiken sheriff vows to keep drug program
CLEARWATER - Although Drug Abuse Resistance Education doesn't enjoy the near-universal support it once had, the youth education program isn't going anywhere on Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt's watch.

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.

Aiken evangelist touts course based on Bible
AIKEN - Aiken County school officials are considering the implementation of a Bible-related social studies class in its high schools after hearing the request of a local evangelist at its board meeting Tuesday night.

Officials approve transfer of grant

School board decision angers computer seller
The Columbia County school board voted Tuesday night to buy 700 new computers, but once again, the purchase was not without controversy.

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.

Burk shifts focus on golf club
ATLANTA - Martha Burk said Tuesday that the wall keeping women out of Augusta National Golf Club already has begun to topple.

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 Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael C. Johnson II of Hephzibah.

Officials say school can run without post
For years, Richmond County school officials dreamed of a having a county school on Fort Gordon.

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.

Memory study links dementia, hormone therapy
When her hormones got out of balance, Arleen Harms knew the risks of going on hormone therapy to get her body righted again, particularly with a strong family history of breast cancer.

Repairs continue on old church
The building housing Union Baptist Church on Greene Street has been around for 152 years, and the Rev. William Wright would like to keep it around for years to come.

Growth hits farmland
AIKEN - Along both sides of Whiskey Road as it leaves the southside of town are signs advertising the sale of undeveloped commercial property.

Visitors view Hunley

News you can use
May 28, 1933The periodical cicada, or 17-year locust, that has moved into the swamps around Augusta by the thousands in great swarms, may be only slightly damaging to trees and of little or no damage to fruit crops, according to the Richmond County farm agent.

Across the Southeast

Post began museum

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

Across the area

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.

Rants and Raves
A RANT FOR inconsiderate neighbors to choose the holiday weekend, with friends and family gathering outdoors, to put on a new roof with hammering and sawing, disturbing what little peace and quiet we have. It may be important, but at least do it during the week.

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

Project targets black males

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 area
An Aiken woman was arrested Tuesday on charges that she embezzled more that $13,000 from a Vaucluse church where she worked as a part-time secretary.

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

Perdue creates panel to overhaul budget
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue turned to the private sector Tuesday to help the state government find its way out of a budget crunch brought on by the recession.

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.

Company meets civic center officials
Top officials of a company that expects to start managing the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center complex in July appeared before its governing board Tuesday.

Memory study links dementia, hormone therapy
When her hormones got out of balance, Arleen Harms knew the risks of going on hormone therapy to get her body righted again, particularly with a strong family history of breast cancer.

Police arrest men in standoff
Police arrested two brothers early Tuesday after the men locked themselves in a house with a 2-month-old baby, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Perdue creates panel to overhaul budget

Growth hits farmland
AIKEN - Along both sides of Whiskey Road as it leaves the southside of town are signs advertising the sale of undeveloped commercial property.

School board decision angers computer seller

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael C. Johnson II of Hephzibah.

Across the southeast

Rants and Raves
A RANT FOR inconsiderate neighbors to choose the holiday weekend, with friends and family gathering outdoors, to put on a new roof with hammering and sawing, disturbing what little peace and quiet we have. It may be important, but at least do it during the week.

Aiken sheriff vows to keep drug program
CLEARWATER - Although Drug Abuse Resistance Education doesn't enjoy the near-universal support it once had, the youth education program isn't going anywhere on Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt's watch.

Officials say school can run without post
For years, Richmond County school officials dreamed of a having a county school on Fort Gordon.

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

Boy hits capital for spelling bee
A Waynesboro, Ga., home-school pupil will compete in the 76th annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee today in Washington, D.C.

News you can use
May 28, 1933 The periodical cicada, or 17-year locust, that has moved into the swamps around Augusta by the thousands in great swarms, may be only slightly damaging to trees and of little or no damage to fruit crops, according to the Richmond County farm agent.

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.

Across the southeast
NORFOLK, Va. -The Navy has stopped searching the USS Nassau for a missing sailor although crew members continue to keep an eye out for him, a Navy spokesman said Tuesday.

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Democrats chose Bobby Kahn, a former Gov. Roy Barnes' chief of staff, to fill the last remaining seat on the five-member state Elections Board.

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 South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Record-breaking sales for the opening weekend of the Spoleto Festival USA are encouraging to organizers worried about the effect of a weak national economy on festival sales.

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.

Suspected serial killer arrested in Atlanta
ATLANTA - A man suspected of killing six women in Louisiana was arrested Tuesday in Atlanta, where he spent at least the past week in a dingy Atlanta motel.

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.

Meeting site changed

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.

State mirrors county water plans
Local water watchers are following the lead of Georgia's Environmental Protection Division when it comes to water conservation.

Across South Carolina

Across the area

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.

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.

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

Aiken says 2 counties not paying

Aiken evangelist touts course based on Bible

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.

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.

Company meets civic center officials

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.

Burk shifts focus on golf club

Post began museum
The National Science Center, headquartered at Fort Discovery, is designed to improve the technical literacy of young people in math and sciences while encouraging pupils to gain interest in math- and science-related careers. The center's mission is met through interactive activities based at Fort Discovery and through educational opportunities offered nationwide by mobile discovery centers housed inside tractor-trailers.

Officials seek funds for center
State officials are making a last-minute plea for $900,000 to help a financially troubled Augusta mental health center make it through to next fiscal year. Otherwise, employees of the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia could face unpaid furloughs.

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

'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.

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.

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

Knaus fined $2,500 by NASCAR

Nadeau leaves hospital for rehab center
RICHMOND, Va. -- Winston Cup driver Jerry Nadeau was released from the hospital and moved to a rehabilitation center, nearly a month after crashing during practice at Richmond International Raceway.

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.

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.

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.

NASCAR decision to shorten longest race doesn't sit well

Nadeau leaves hospital for rehab center

Knaus fined $2,500 by NASCAR
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Crew chief Chad Knaus was fined $2,500 by NASCAR on Tuesday for a rules violation before qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600.

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.

Robinson has quiet farewell

Robinson has quiet farewell
SAN ANTONIO - Somebody tried to draw a comparison Tuesday between the atmosphere surrounding David Robinson's last few playing days and the hoopla from Michael Jordan's recent farewell tour.

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Delic wins NCAA singles title

Women's World Cup returns to United States

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After 50 years, some Mount Everest veterans suggest letting highest peak rest

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.

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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.

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.

After 50 years, some Mount Everest veterans suggest letting highest peak rest
KATMANDU, Nepal -- Sir Edmund Hillary and other Mount Everest pioneers suggested Tuesday that the world's tallest peak deserves a rest after a half century of more than 1,300 climbers scaling its slopes.

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.

Capriati hopes to keep her cool at French Open
PARIS -- She has made a captivating career comeback, Grand Slam trophy acceptance speeches and $7 million in prize money. And yet, Jennifer Capriati sometimes doubts her ability.

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.

ACC to begin site visits to Miami, Syracuse, BC
DAVIE, Fla. -- The University of Miami is moving closer to a decision on joining the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Winston Cup driver Jerry Nadeau was released from a hospital in Richmond, Va., and moved to a rehabilitation center, a month after crashing during practice at Richmond International Raceway.

Defending champ Costa avoids first-round upset at French Open
PARIS -- Defending French Open champion Albert Costa needed the biggest comeback of his long career to avoid a first-round loss Tuesday.

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.

'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

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

Novice golfer earns his wings
Making two eagles in one day, as Paul Carter did at Rocky Branch Golf Club in Lincolnton, Ga., is impressive enough.

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?

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.

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:

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

Remember priorities when you get a job

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

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.

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?

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.

Ratings won't keep teens from movies

Question of the week

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.

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.

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

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

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Fire hero arrested again - this time on assault charge

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