Publishers shy from Sept. 11 books this fall

Musical production of 'The Lord of the Rings' planned

Classic portraits come to life, thanks to new museum

John Turturro stars in 'Life (x) 3'
NEW YORK -- John Turturro did not plan to do his "slow burn" in "Life (x) 3."

John Turturro stars in 'Life (x) 3'

Musical production of 'The Lord of the Rings' planned
LONDON -- A London producer has announced plans for a lavish musical version of "The Lord of the Rings," the J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy that has become a cinematic hit.

Classic portraits come to life, thanks to new museum
LONDON -- The Regency was a turbulent time in Britain, when King George III was officially declared mad, his rascal of a son - the Prince of Wales - held the throne and the country was at war with France.

Publishers shy from Sept. 11 books this fall
LOS ANGELES -- Thousands of books are on display this weekend at BookExpo America, with the next "Harry Potter" novel and the memoirs of Gabriel Garcia Marquez among the favorites at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Teams searching for future major league stars in draft

Tigers vs. Padres, an interleague battle for the basement

Shoulder troubles Glascock pitcher
BREMEN, Ga. - For the first nine innings of the Class A state semifinals doubleheader between Glascock County and Bremen, it looked as if the Panthers would be coming home Monday to prepare for the state championship on Friday.

Clemens again denied 300
DETROIT -- Roger Clemens was denied his 300th career victory for the second time Sunday when the Detroit Tigers rallied from six runs down and tied the New York Yankees in the seventh inning.

Shoulder troubles Glascock pitcher

Clemens again denied 300

Teams searching for future major league stars in draft
NEW YORK -- A handful of players are certain to be selected with the first picks of the baseball draft. How it shakes out after that is anyone's guess.

Tigers vs. Padres, an interleague battle for the basement
SAN DIEGO -- Nineteen years ago, the Detroit Tigers and San Diego Padres played in the World Series. Look at them now, if you dare.

Exhibit of postcards illustrates Augusta's history

Mental patient wrongly held in jail because of mixup
MILWAUKEE -- The mental health system that was supposed to care for a 54-year-old schizophrenic with dementia sent her to jail, where she was wrongly held for two months, officials acknowledged.

Odds and Ends
MINNEAPOLIS -- A swarm of more than 12,000 honeybees picked a bad part of downtown to buzz about.

Judge orders beauty queen's name off raunchy Web site
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A judge has ordered the operator of a raunchy Web site to stop posting details of an alleged sexual relationship he had with a former beauty queen who promotes abstinence and sobriety.

Clawing its way into primetime: 'Meow TV'
NEW YORK -- Balls of yarn, little plastic toys with bells inside and the occasional whiff of catnip simply aren't enough to satisfy the entertainment needs of today's sophisticated, high-tech felines.

Furcal becomes game-turning shortstop
Atlanta Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal doesn't have Alex Rodriguez's power or Edgar Renteria's smoothness. He still needs to polish his defense and learn to work pitchers for walks.

Hodges feels like he's back in College World Series

Big inning costs win

Chipper, Andruw Jones out of Braves' lineup Sunday

Furcal becomes game-turning shortstop
Atlanta Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal doesn't have Alex Rodriguez's power or Edgar Renteria's smoothness. He still needs to polish his defense and learn to work pitchers for walks.

Hodges feels like he's back in College World Series
ATLANTA -- Trey Hodges is having flashbacks to his college days, when he was used to getting the call in every crucial situation.

Chipper, Andruw Jones out of Braves' lineup Sunday
NEW YORK -- Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones were both taken out of the Atlanta Braves' starting lineup against the New York Mets on Sunday because of minor injuries.

Big inning costs win
NEW YORK - With a chance to gain 1 1/2 games on their closest pursuer in the National League East, the Atlanta Braves could have breathed a sigh of relief.

Interleague opinion split
NEW YORK - On the eve of the latest installment of interleague play, the Braves' locker room is a house divided on the idea.

Government allows companies to own more TV stations
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators relaxed decades-old rules restricting media ownership Monday, permitting companies to buy more television stations and own a newspaper and a broadcast outlet in the same city.

Construction permit values increase in area
Spending on construction projects throughout the country slowed in April to the lowest level in four months, while construction permit values in the Augusta-Aiken area grew 20 percent, according to a construction market analyst.

WestPoint Stevens files for bankruptcy
WEST POINT, Ga. -- WestPoint Stevens Inc., one of the nation's largest makers of sheets, pillow cases and towels, said Monday it has filed for bankruptcy and its chief executive is resigning.

Woman tries shop in district
Mary Scott's new 300-square-foot stationery store on Eighth Street doesn't fill even a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of square footage left dormant when downtown businesses fled to more monied areas in the suburbs a quarter-century ago.

Tourism study stirs confusion
ATLANTA - A new study measuring how much money tourism injects into Georgia's economy has received rave reviews from economists but also caused some confusion when compared to the state's previous studies.

NASD agrees to sell the American Stock Exchange
NEW YORK -- The National Association of Securities Dealers, which oversees the Nasdaq Stock Market, has agreed to sell the century-old American Stock Exchange for $110 million to a Chicago-based private-equity firm, a spokesman said Monday.

SEC chairman questions decimal trading
NEW YORK -- When decimal trading was introduced in the stock market two years ago, it was widely touted as a benefit to mutual fund investors, who would benefit from the smaller price increments. Now the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission is questioning whether the system might be unduly raising trading costs.

Woman tries shop in district
Mary Scott's new 300-square-foot stationery store on Eighth Street doesn't fill even a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of square footage left dormant when downtown businesses fled to more monied areas in the suburbs a quarter-century ago.

Sunday liquor sales becoming more common
DOVER, Del. -- On their way to a recent Sunday dinner at a friend's house, Ed and Alice Daino stopped at the store for a couple bottles of red wine - a transaction that would have been impossible just a few weeks ago.

WestPoint Stevens files for bankruptcy

Tourism study stirs confusion

Government allows companies to own more TV stations

Sunday liquor sales becoming more common

SEC chairman questions decimal trading

S.C. law to high court
The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to review an extremely controversial South Carolina legal issue involving women who destroy their advanced pregnancy by taking addictive substances.

Benefit of the doubt

OK Senate PSC bill

What a Constitution!
Anyone with the constitution to seriously seek the presidency must have an ego of reinforced steel.

Benefit of the doubt
Osama bin Laden. Saddam Hussein. Bigfoot. Elvis.

OK Senate PSC bill
The restructuring of South Carolina's Public Service Commission, in the hands of House-Senate negotiators, should be decided before the legislative session ends. Among the two plans under consideration, the bipartisan Senate proposal, sponsored by Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, and Thomas Moore, D-Aiken, is by far the best.

S.C. law to high court

Video game offerings include sunshine, celebrity and traffic jams
LOS ANGELES -- Sunshine. Window smudges. Traffic jams. Fragile celebrity egos.

Tips offered for PC first aid
Personal computers are part of a vast, no-wing conspiracy dedicated to embarrassing users.

'Auto Modellista' lovely to look at, awful to play
Like a Ferrari with no engine, "Auto Modellista" is all flash and no dash

Richard Chamberlain opens up about being gay
HONOLULU -- More than four decades after he captured women's hearts on television's "Dr. Kildare," Richard Chamberlain has decided to reveal his identity as a gay man "because I'm not afraid anymore."

E-books down, graphic novels up at BookExpo America
LOS ANGELES -- If you want to know what's "in" and what's "out" in the publishing world, just look at what's on and what's off the convention floor of BookExpo America, the industry's annual national gathering.

Prenuptial agreements can be written for love and money

How are mortgage interest rates and the bond market related?

Rising inventories create opportunity for consumers

Unemployed workers endure longest job searches in 20 years

Stocks advance on good economic news

How are mortgage interest rates and the bond market related?
Q. Why is it a good idea to track the bond market if I'm thinking about buying a home or refinancing my mortgage?

Unemployed workers endure longest job searches in 20 years
PRINCETON, N.J. -- It takes just a few minutes for the sheet of ledger paper to complete its trip around the circle - long enough for 28 pairs of hands to log months of frustration on its ruled blue lines.

Stocks advance on good economic news
NEW YORK -- Wall Street moved moderately higher Monday after better-than-expected manufacturing data reinforced investor confidence that the economy is improving. The Dow Jones industrials briefly surpassed the 9,000 mark for the first time since December.

Rising inventories create opportunity for consumers
NEW YORK -- At the Abercrombie & Fitch store in New Jersey's Short Hills Mall, shoppers can find piles of men's shorts, all marked down 25 percent.

Prenuptial agreements can be written for love and money
NEW YORK -- After going through a messy divorce, New York attorney Arlene G. Dubin decided she wouldn't let that happen again.

Spann stays hot; Jackets are not
In what has been a season with few shining moments for the Augusta GreenJackets, it's not hard to find the bright light.

Jackets get another bad break with X-ray
Luis Mendoza was knocked out of his last start Saturday after taking a line drive off his right foot.

Cedeno's high hopes marred by long skid
Look past his team's abysmal performance of late. Look past his own subpar record.

Cedeno's high hopes marred by long skid
Look past his team's abysmal performance of late. Look past his own subpar record.

Sorenstam makes triumphant return to LPGA Tour
AURORA, Ill. -- The question was never whether Annika Sorenstam was going to win, but by how much.

Perry breezes to another victory
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Kenny Perry has gone unnoticed for 17 years on the PGA Tour.

Ahern leads wire-to-wire to win Music City Championship

Perry breezes to another victory

Ahern leads wire-to-wire to win Music City Championship
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jim Ahern shot a 3-under 69 Sunday to complete a wire-to-wire win at the Champions Tour's Music City Championship, only the third victory of his professional career.

Poulter wins in Wales by three strokes

Nicklaus says Woods, Mickelson likely to play in South Africa
DUBLIN, Ohio -- The Americans might not be sending their junior varsity to South Africa for the Presidents Cup in November.

Sorenstam makes triumphant return to LPGA Tour

Sorenstam's next test a major one
AURORA, Ill. -- Annika Sorenstam tested herself against the best at Colonial, then returned to the top of the LPGA Tour without missing a step.

Sorenstam's next test a major one

Woods' late charge fires up loud gallery

Poulter wins in Wales by three strokes
NEWPORT, Wales -- Ian Poulter of England completed a start-to-finish victory in the Wales Open on Sunday, shooting a 2-under-par 70 to win by three strokes.

Woods' late charge fires up loud gallery
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Even when he's far behind and has few holes left, Tiger Woods refuses to relinquish center stage.

Spann stays hot; Jackets are not

No matter what happens to Ducks in finals, Disney is selling out

Ducks tie series
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Overtime, again. The Mighty Ducks win, again.

Ducks back in finals - but for how long?

Ducks tie series

No matter what happens to Ducks in finals, Disney is selling out
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Maybe he's thinking he could make a movie about these Stanley Cup finals.

Ducks back in finals - but for how long?
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- They don't mind being called lucky Ducks. Even Adam Oates, their most experienced player, called them exactly that.

Exhibit of postcards illustrates Augusta's history
People have been sending postcards for a long time.

Molotov cocktail thrown at Augusta apartment door
Arson investigators were at Richmond Summit this morning after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the door of a third-floor apartment.

Appeals court rules county seal OK
ATLANTA -- A Richmond County court seal depicting the Ten Commandments does not endorse religion and should be allowed to stay, a federal appeals court ruled.

2004 Masters will be commercial free
Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Hootie Johnson said Tuesday that the 2004 Masters Tournament will be commercial free.

Letter on Bush said what so many feel

Keep fire department privatized
The Columbia County Commission is at it again. They are planning a coup of the Martinez Fire Department. Larry Sheppard, Martinez, Ga.

U.S. should ignore European criticisms
There is nothing that differentiates Americans from the people of Europe and Canada more than character. European countries flock to join the European Union and give up their national identity and sovereignty. Most Americans would never do this. Robert Smock, Hephzibah, Ga.

Letter on Bush said what so many feel
Thanks to Scott Bedgood for his letter on May 8, "Bill Clinton's legacy pales in comparison to G.W. Bush's." Shirley Gottschalk, Augusta

Southern heritage being taken away little by little
I'm in my mid-50s now, but I remember a parable my grandmother used to tell me when I was very young. The parable goes: "If you put a live frog in a cold frying pan and slowly turn the heat up, you will cook the frog, but if you put him in a hot frying pan, he will jump out." Walker McWee, Augusta

Should sex ed be taught in our schools?
The Augusta Chronicle recently asked the public the survey question: Do you believe that sex education should be taught in schools? The question is moot since most children ranging from 11 years old on up would probably have more knowledge than their parents or teachers had at their same age. Barbara A. Mohler, Augusta

Keep fire department privatized

Slavery not unique to Confederacy
I thank James Isdell for his May 30 letter, "Confederates did not fight for slavery." I have said this for years. The Civil War was not a slavery issue. I think if we could get more people to realize the true political nature of this war, it could end a lot of racial arguments. Teresa Glackin-Callahan, Harlem, Ga.

Government drags down productivity
The enormity of the tax burden facing Americans continues to grow. Glenda Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Low price, practicality turn webcam newbie into voyeur

Action-based video games improve a person's visual perception

Accomplished chef showcases talent at Bambu
A 45-minute train ride changed the course of one Augusta chef's life - a ride that led from being an executive chef by the age of 19 to the world's youngest French master chef.

Action-based video games improve a person's visual perception
Action-packed video games may offer more than just entertainment: They may make you sharper, according to a new study.

In the know
If you're looking for romance, but don't enjoy the bar scene ... or the gym scene ... or the, well, you get the picture, The 4-minute Date may be the answer.

Accomplished chef showcases talent at Bambu
A 45-minute train ride changed the course of one Augusta chef's life - a ride that led from being an executive chef by the age of 19 to the world's youngest French master chef.

In the know
If you're looking for romance, but don't enjoy the bar scene ... or the gym scene ... or the, well, you get the picture, The 4-minute Date may be the answer.

Low price, practicality turn webcam newbie into voyeur
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- I never considered myself a voyeur - until my husband wired our living room with our very own network camera hooked to the World Wide Web.

Aiken leaders fear 'hog bill' steals control

Museum organizers seek stories to tell

Military families tell woes
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. - With the war in Iraq wrapping up, a U.S. Senate panel heard from families on the home front Monday about the challenges they face during a major deployment.

Man urges veterans to record their tales

Court reporting requires speed, accuracy, detail
A courtroom observer might not notice Kim Clayton as she seemingly fades into the background while attorneys posture and witnesses testify.

Central Avenue reopens days late
Three days after the nation's terrorism threat level dropped from orange to yellow, Central Avenue was reopened at the Augusta water treatment plant Monday morning.

Couple offer troops vacations to ranch
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. - An Athens-area couple are showing their appreciation for soldiers who served in Iraq with more than words: they are offering free vacations at their Colorado ranch.

News you can use
JUNE 3, 1988 WASHINGTON - Gregory Rogers of North Augusta finished fourth in the 61st Annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee on Thursday, earning $500 in the process.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are investigating three weekend burglaries, including a break-in in which the homeowner reported the theft of nearly $18,000 in jewelry and other items.

News you can use

Across South Carolina
AWENDAW - The body of a South Carolina native killed in the car bombing attacks at foreign compounds in Saudi Arabia last month has returned home.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - Boeing Co., looking for a location for its new airline plant, might have its eye on Georgia's coast.

Couple offer troops vacations to ranch

Murphy adjusts to infamy
MURPHY, N.C. - Bill Hughes is a little worried these days about the reputation of the town where bombing suspect Eric Robert Rudolph was captured.

Leaders debate funding pleas
A $10,000 request to fund a former Augusta commissioner's inner-city summer program will be delayed while elected officials consider how to handle an influx of funding requests brought on by state budget cuts to local social service agencies.

Decrease in funds could slow cleanup
A last-minute legislative raid on a trust fund to clean up Georgia's hazardous waste sites could mean a slowdown in the pace of cleanups and a shift in costs to local taxpayers.

2-story dirt mound will cover tanks
Residents near Halali Farm Road have begun to question the purpose of the giant mound of dirt rising two stories above the ground.

News you can use
JUNE 2, 1981 Augusta City Council adopted a 1981 permanent budget on Monday of just over $25 million, levied an 18-mill tax to fund the budget and issued a formal challenge to the county over its use of local option sales tax funds this year.

Role-playing gives Athens residents feel for poverty

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Senior Airman Bronson Allen Priebe of Evans.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A 90-year-old man has died after crashing his car through a gate at Riverfront Park and plunging into the Columbia Canal.

Across Georgia

Serviceman of the day

Man urges veterans to record their tales
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., is flying around his congressional district asking veterans to tell their stories while they still can.

Female officers are rare sight in area's police departments

Aiken leaders fear 'hog bill' steals control
AIKEN - County officials are worried that proposed state legislation aimed at regulating South Carolina's agriculture industry will undercut their ability to police pollution from industrial-scale cattle, poultry and hog operations.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The metro Atlanta area broke an 80-year-old record for rainfall in May.

Female officers are rare sight in area's police departments
Columbia County sheriff's Deputy Judy Thomason said some people were skeptical of her abilities when she joined the department's crime suppression team.

Museum organizers seek stories to tell
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Before the mortar is poured, the building designed or money even raised, organizers of a planned $40 million International African-American History Museum are setting out to collect stories.

Kidnap victim escapes captors
A Hephzibah man who told police he was kidnapped during a home invasion early Sunday managed to escape his captors and find help, authorities said.

Local leaders to tour Pentagon
Every summer for the past decade, Augusta leaders have made a trip to Washington to lobby on behalf of the community's major government economic engines.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A big rant, and it is hard to put into words, but I read in the paper that the senior centers are facing shutdown because of the stupidity of people, not having, I guess you would say, common sense enough to know how to keep books or what they spend the money on. It looks like Richmond County has gone crazy. They can't answer what has become of the money.

Across the area
Felony charges were filed Monday against a Hephzibah man who kicked in the door to his estranged wife's home, attacked her and threatened her with a gun, police said.

Budget excludes tax increase for county
Columbia County residents won't face a tax increase from the county's budget for the coming fiscal year.

Military families tell woes

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Airman 1st Class Adam Lee Sweeney of Hephzibah.

Perdue approves bills, debates signing others
ATLANTA - Adopted children could have a better chance to obtain their genetic health history under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Focus on killer's mental illness enrages father
AIKEN - For Morgan Johnson, there's no such thing as closure.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Airman 1st Class Adam Lee Sweeney of Hephzibah.

Uneven lanes lead to more repairs on I-20
In the saga of Interstate 20 work, it might seem like another lengthy sequel.

Leaders vote to write letter

Molotov cocktail thrown at Augusta apartment door
Arson investigators were at Richmond Summit this morning after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the door of a third-floor apartment.

Murphy adjusts to infamy

Centers aid Hispanic day laborers
ATLANTA - Maria Garcia knew the Hispanic day laborers in northern Georgia were becoming more competitive in their efforts to find work.

Local leaders to tour Pentagon

2-story dirt mound will cover tanks
Residents near Halali Farm Road have begun to question the purpose of the giant mound of dirt rising two stories above the ground.

Across Georgia

Focus on killer's mental illness enrages father
AIKEN - For Morgan Johnson, there's no such thing as closure.

Across the area

News you can use
JUNE 3, 1988WASHINGTON - Gregory Rogers of North Augusta finished fourth in the 61st Annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee on Thursday, earning $500 in the process.

Appeals court rules county seal OK

Aiken County Council wrestles tight budget
AIKEN - Nerves on the Aiken County Council are becoming more unraveled as members try to make sure next year's budget is fiscally sound and organizations are adequately funded.

New market offers more than produce

Centers aid Hispanic day laborers
ATLANTA - Maria Garcia knew the Hispanic day laborers in northern Georgia were becoming more competitive in their efforts to find work.

Decrease in funds could slow cleanup

Leaders vote to write letter
If the state attorney general's office is going to investigate city government based on reports from the Richmond County Special Grand Jury, Augusta commissioners say their side should be heard as well.

Kidnap victim escapes captors

Commandments get OK for seal
ATLANTA - A federal appeals court has OK'd the image of the Ten Commandments on the 1-inch seal used to authorize documents in Richmond County Superior Court.

Across South Carolina

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for the inconsiderate person who thinks it is bad or wrong for an adult to put their priorities first. They need to wake up and realize it must be some little kids complaining, but why would you complain about someone trying to do what they need done?

Court reporting requires speed, accuracy, detail

Uneven lanes lead to more repairs on I-20
In the saga of Interstate 20 work, it might seem like another lengthy sequel.

Across the area

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A big rant, and it is hard to put into words, but I read in the paper that the senior centers are facing shutdown because of the stupidity of people, not having, I guess you would say, common sense enough to know how to keep books or what they spend the money on. It looks like Richmond County has gone crazy. They can't answer what has become of the money.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for the inconsiderate person who thinks it is bad or wrong for an adult to put their priorities first. They need to wake up and realize it must be some little kids complaining, but why would you complain about someone trying to do what they need done?

Role-playing gives Athens residents feel for poverty
ATHENS, Ga. - At the beginning of the month, it looked doable for Gayle Guten.

New market offers more than produce
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Beth Kinstler moved to downtown Savannah seeking a sense of community. She says she's found a prime example on the corner of East Broad and Gwinnett streets.

Five Questions With Andrew Stanton
LOS ANGELES -- When a person decides to play a 152-year-old sea turtle in a movie, the key word to remember is "Whoa."

After 50 movies, Janet Leigh still haunted by that 'Psycho' shower
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Janet Leigh has starred in 50 movies, appearing opposite many of the biggest names in Hollywood. Yet she will never be as famous as the girl in the shower.

After 50 movies, Janet Leigh still haunted by that 'Psycho' shower

Five Questions With Andrew Stanton

Classic rock acts rule at concert venues

Classic rock acts rule at concert venues
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Norah Jones won eight Grammies and sold six million copies of her debut album, "Come Away With Me." But don't expect to see her performing live at the nation's biggest concert venues.

Newman wins at Dover
DOVER, Del. - Ryan Newman had the fastest car in Sunday's MBNA Armed Forces Family 400. It took more than that to win the race - Newman needed to win an arm-wrestling match with his Dodge at Dover International Speedway.

Montoya wins Monaco GP

NASCAR notebook
DOVER, Del. - Casey Mears' strategy for Sunday's MBNA Armed Forces Family 400 at Dover International Speedway was to keep all the fenders on his Dodge and be on the track at the end of the race.

ARCA's teen sensation earns second win of season

ARCA's teen sensation earns second win of season
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Shelby Howard caught a late break and made the most of it - and in the process, made himself the youngest ARCA driver to win on a superspeedway.

Montoya wins Monaco GP
MONTE CARLO, Monaco -- Juan Pablo Montoya won the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, ending Michael Schumacher's three-race winning streak in Formula One.

Newman wins at Dover

Johnson and Jordan meet again about new NBA team
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bob Johnson had dinner with Michael Jordan to discuss Jordan's possible involvement in Charlotte's NBA expansion team.

Loose Nets hope sun shines on 2nd try for NBA title
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In a few hours, they would get on a plane for Texas and a second shot at an NBA championship after being swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals a year ago.

Point guard Parker will be speedy foe for Kidd, Nets
SAN ANTONIO -- Nearly two years ago, shortly after hearing the Spurs drafted a French point guard, San Antonio forward Malik Rose learned that Tony Parker had his own Web site.

Johnson and Jordan meet again about new NBA team

Yao returning to China for exhibition
NEW YORK -- Yao Ming will return to China with the Houston Rockets for exhibition games in October 2004.

Jackson's seen plenty on his long road to finals
SAN ANTONIO -- One thing Stephen Jackson can do as well as shoot a basketball is tell tales about a career that took him around the globe before he landed in both New Jersey and San Antonio.

Loose Nets hope sun shines on 2nd try for NBA title

Jackson's seen plenty on his long road to finals

Yao returning to China for exhibition

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After all these years, McEnroe is still steaming

Kuerten falls at French Open

Funny Cide likely to face six challengers in Belmont

Overtime

Mauresmo looks to unseat Serena

Overtime

3 schools will be put in Class AA

Todd wins disc golf tournament

Decisions loom for Funny Cide's potential opponents

Venus Williams upset by Russian teen at French Open

Overtime
Brian Griese was once touted as a replacement for John Elway. Now Griese is about to become a victim of the salary cap.

Decisions loom for Funny Cide's potential opponents
NEW YORK -- Empire Maker and Dynever appear to be Funny Cide's strongest challengers in the Belmont Stakes. Just who else will show up to try to spoil the gelding's Triple Crown bid?

Overtime
Augustans Darryl Reeves and Retrina Lovett both qualified for the NCAA Division I Championships on June 11-14 for South Carolina State.

3 schools will be put in Class AA
The deadline date came and went Monday, and nothing happened in Richmond County.

Todd wins disc golf tournament
Cameron Todd has seen the competition level grow exponentially in disc golf.

After all these years, McEnroe is still steaming
PARIS -- John McEnroe has lost none of his feistiness.

ACC delegation tours Boston College
BOSTON -- An Atlantic Coast Conference delegation toured Boston College on Monday before heading to Syracuse in hopes of luring the Big East schools.

Funny Cide likely to face six challengers in Belmont
Funny Cide is likely to face six challengers when he tries to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday and become the 12th Triple Crown champion.

Mauresmo looks to unseat Serena
PARIS - It's been quite some time since only one Williams sibling was left in the late stages of a Grand Slam tournament.

Kuerten falls at French Open
PARIS -- Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten was undone by drop shots and lost to crafty Tommy Robredo 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 in the fourth round Monday.

Venus Williams upset by Russian teen at French Open
PARIS -- Jeers and whistles rained down as Venus Williams brushed past a TV interviewer on her way off the court. She raised a hand to wave stiffly.

WGBH to produce commercial children's TV series for the first time

Honestly, now: TV finds it hard to stick to the truth
LOS ANGELES -- I'm fed up with wholesale fibbing to the American public, and it's not even a presidential election year.

Honestly, now: TV finds it hard to stick to the truth

A rich, absorbing saga: 'The Wire' returns for its second season

American TV cop joins Scotland Yard
LONDON -- What keeps "Keen Eddie" keen? Being in Britain, says Mark Valley, who plays a brash American detective abroad in a new Fox cop show.

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

WGBH to produce commercial children's TV series for the first time
BOSTON -- WGBH, the leading creator of programming for the Public Broadcasting Service, will produce its first children's series for a commercial network.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Perhaps Oliver Stone is torn between two goals with his new documentary. Does he mean to probe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Or indulge himself in gritty grandstanding?

American TV cop joins Scotland Yard

A rich, absorbing saga: 'The Wire' returns for its second season
NEW YORK -- When it premiered last summer, "The Wire" was labeled "smart" - a terrible burden to bear, even for an HBO drama series. The implication: Watching this is work.

E-books down, graphic novels up at BookExpo America

Video game offerings include sunshine, celebrity and traffic jams

Tips offered for PC first aid

Gamecocks advance to Super Regional
ATLANTA -- South Carolina scored 20 runs on 41 hits in sweeping the Atlanta regional, but the success started on the mound.

South Carolina to face North Carolina in NCAA super regional
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina has struggled at times this year and many doubted the Gamecocks could match last year's run to the championship game of the College World Series.

Gamecocks advance to Super Regional

There is life away from computer's keyboard
Like many teens, my computer is my best friend. I depend on it to get me through the day.

Your style
THE FACTS: Candice Key, 15, a rising junior at Midland Valley High School.

Artist's corner
Melissa Walters, 14, is a rising freshman at Westminster Preparatory Schools. This untitled work is a free-hand pencil sketch.

Audio best

Question of the week
Q: What are your plans for the summer?

Your style

Xtreme needs you!
Wanted: 18 responsible teens who want to expand their horizons by working and writing for a real newspaper. Those who just want to pad their college applications need not apply.

Almighty Carrey film is predictable escape

Xtreme calendar
New albums released today include 0304, the fifth album from Jewel; Flying Without Wings, the first single from American Idol winner Ruben Studdard; and My Private Nation, from pop-rock group Train.

Question of the week

Girl must confront friend if she is sure about gossip
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I think my friend is talking about me behind my back, but to my face she's nice. People say she's just using me. What should I do about it ? - 19-year-old Augusta girl.

Techno teens
With cell phones, pagers and e-mail accounts, teens are always connected. But what would happen if their connection was cut?

Xtreme calendar

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:

Artist's corner

Almighty Carrey film is predictable escape
Have you ever felt that God is against you? That no matter what you do, it's never good enough?

Techno teens
With cell phones, pagers and e-mail accounts, teens are always connected. But what would happen if their connection was cut?

Odds and Ends

Judge orders beauty queen's name off raunchy Web site

Clawing its way into primetime: 'Meow TV'

Mental patient wrongly held in jail because of mixup