Publishers shy from Sept. 11 books this fall

A book argues for banning TV
NEW YORK -- When Jerry Mander wrote "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television," he made topical references to President Carter, Mary Hartman and The Fonz.

A book argues for banning TV

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

Glascock's dream comes to end

Jeter appointed Yankees captain
CINCINNATI -- Shortstop Derek Jeter, who was singled out for criticism in the offseason by New York owner George Steinbrenner, was named captain on the Yankees on Tuesday, according to a baseball source.

Sosa ejected for cork in bat
CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs star Sammy Sosa was ejected in the first inning of Tuesday night's game against Tampa Bay right when umpires found cork in his shattered bat.

Glascock's dream comes to end
BREMEN, Ga. - Glascock County's dream season ended in a 7-3 loss to Bremen High on Tuesday.

Devil Rays select high school OF Delmon Young with No. 1 pick
NEW YORK -- Delmon Young, a power-hitting high school outfielder from California, was taken by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with the No. 1 pick in Tuesday's baseball draft.

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.

Sosa ejected for cork in bat

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.

Jeter appointed Yankees captain

Tigers vs. Padres, an interleague battle for the basement

Shoulder troubles Glascock pitcher

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.

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.

Victim made desperate cell phone call before fatal crash
NEW YORK -- A passenger in a car made a desperate cell phone call to a friend, saying the driver was drunk and the car was going far too fast. Moments later, authorities said, the call cut off and the caller was dead.

Party-goers mistake officer for stripper
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A police officer arriving at a bachelorette party because of a noise complaint was mistaken as the entertainment.

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

Odds and Ends
ARMAGH, Pa. -- Although they aren't going to the prom, officials say these motorists need chaperones.

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.

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.

Andruw Jones delivers

Hodges feels like he's back in College World Series

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.

Andruw Jones delivers
ATLANTA - High anxiety collided with high drama on a cool June night at Turner Field, where the Braves overcame not only another uneven performance by their bullpen but the dismal pinch-hitting record of Andruw Jones.

Braves take prep pitcher

Braves take prep pitcher
ATLANTA - An organization that has followed a pitching-first philosophy for the last 18 years made a high school pitcher its No. 1 pick in Tuesday's annual amateur draft.

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.

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.

Business briefs
The Georgia Department of Labor announced that the unemployment rate in the metro-Augusta area held steady at 4.4 percent from March to April. But the rate was four-tenths lower than April 2002, when it was 4.8 percent.

Martha Stewart faces possible charges
NEW YORK -- Federal prosecutors are seeking a criminal indictment against Martha Stewart "in the near future," her media company said Tuesday. If indicted in an insider-trader scandal, she will plead innocent and go to trial, her lawyer said.

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.

McDonald's land will hold shops

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.

McDonald's land will hold shops
Local developers are planning to build a cluster of shops in front of the Kroger grocery store in the Washington Walk shopping center.

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.

Tourism study stirs confusion

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.

WestPoint Stevens files for bankruptcy

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.

Government allows companies to own more TV stations

Clemson's Johnson signs with Padres
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's Michael Johnson signed a contract with San Diego just minutes before the Padres would have lost the rights to the senior first baseman.

Clemson's Johnson signs with Padres

School: Doctor destroyed records after player's death
CHICAGO -- A Northwestern University doctor destroyed records of a routine physical exam of a football player who died three weeks later during practice, the school said Tuesday.

Augustan ends college career at NCAA tourney

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.

Constant vigilance

OK Senate PSC bill

Benefit of the doubt

Constant vigilance
The war goes on.

Lack-of-trust fund
If the government sells you on paying a fee to provide a specific service and it spends the money on something else, wouldn't you feel like you've been the victim of a bait and switch?

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

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

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."

Two video game sequels offer little originality
NEW YORK -- Computer game executives are just as smart as their golfing pals in the movie industry. They learned long ago that when a game sells well, you call it a franchise, pump out as many sequels as you can and wring out every last, clingy dollar.

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

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.

Stocks rise on upbeat comments from Greenspan

Stocks rise on upbeat comments from Greenspan
NEW YORK -- An upbeat economic assessment by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan prompted investors to bid stocks higher Tuesday and resist the urge to take profits from weeks of rallies.

Stocks advance on good economic news

Small portions
If you are passionate about garlic, it pays to check out farmers markets for out-of-the-ordinary varieties that can vary from mild to positively potent.

Candy adds twist to ice cream recipe
Ice cream is one of the sweetest treats for most people almost any time, but its cool pleasure is even more welcome in warmer weather.

Small portions

Upper Crust serves variety

Upper Crust serves variety
It's not delivery. And, no, it's not DiGiorno. It's Malibu Beach pizza from The Upper Crust, 300 Towne Center Drive in Evans. This specialty pizza is topped with feta cheese, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, with a homemade garlic sauce - perfect for vegetarians.

Candy adds twist to ice cream recipe

Draft stands to help Boston's farm system
Although it's too soon to tell whether the Augusta GreenJackets will benefit from the 2003 baseball draft, the parent Boston Red Sox used their first two picks Tuesday to select a pair of players who would look good roaming the Lake Olmstead Stadium outfield someday soon.

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.

GreenJackets on deck
Today-Friday: at Asheville (Rockies)

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

Two minutes with Brett Bonvechio
Augusta GreenJackets first/third baseman Brett Bonvechio answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

Outfielder gains perspective
He was bored and looking for a diversion to keep him busy last winter, so Matt Cooper spent the off-season mixing and pouring concrete to help pass the time.

Masters to air commercial free in '04
Golf fans who enjoyed watching the Masters Tournament without any interruptions have an ally.

Perry quietly building a name for himself
The name on the scholarship at Lipscomb University says a lot about Kenny Perry without saying anything at all.

Love family endures tragedy
ORLANDO, Fla. - The brother-in-law of Davis Love III was being investigated for stealing money from the PGA champion's account, then killed himself after the FBI began to question him, Golfweek magazine reported.

Sorenstam set for LPGA Championship

Perry quietly building a name for himself

Former US Open champion diagnosed with cancer
NEWTON SQUARE, Pa. -- Hubert Green, who won the U.S. Open and PGA Championship along with 17 victories on the PGA Tour, has been diagnosed with throat cancer.

Sorenstam set for LPGA Championship
AURORA, Ill. - Annika Sorenstam tested herself against the best at Colonial, then returned to the top of the LPGA Tour without missing a step.

Love family endures tragedy

Woods to play in Buick Classic
HARRISON, N.Y. -- Tiger Woods added the Buick Classic to his schedule Tuesday, committing to play in the Westchester tournament following the U.S. Open next week at Olympia Fields.

Former US Open champion diagnosed with cancer

Catching up with Paul Azinger
With a growing number of players suspicious about hot drivers, the PGA Tour planned to experiment at the Western Open with a portable test measuring the trampoline effect and determining whether drivers conformed to the rules.

Catching up with Paul Azinger

Sorenstam's next test a major one

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.

Outfielder gains perspective

Draft stands to help Boston's farm system

Two minutes with Brett Bonvechio

GreenJackets on deck

Overtime is best time for Ducks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Anaheim Mighty Ducks are having the time - make that the overtime - of their lives.

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

Ducks tie series

Overtime is best time for Ducks

Variety is the spice of baked beans
Summer grilling is great - so how about some delicious baked beans on the side? Baked beans and barbecues just go hand in hand. And my version of the classic helps you keep your kitchen cool by simmering away in your slow cooker.

Variety is the spice of baked beans

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

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

Perdue signs bill to increase cigarette tax by 25 cents
ATLANTA -- A pack of smokes will cost a quarter more in Georgia beginning July 1 under the tax bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Sonny Perdue. The measure also includes higher taxes on cigars and a first-ever tax on smokeless tobacco.

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.

Youth detention center to be privatized
Georgia Juvenile Justice Commissioner Orlando Martinez has decided to privatize the Augusta Youth Development Campus, turning it over to the company that runs the mental health unit, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Police search for men in home invasion
Richmond County authorities were looking for two men this morning who broke into a home on River Ridge Road and sexually assaulted an elderly woman who lived alone.

'Chronicle' editorials sounding more and more liberal
Uncharacteristically, I disagree with both editorials on May 25. Bert Dean, Augusta

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.

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

'Chronicle' editorials sounding more and more liberal

Movie trailers don't do it justice
I write in response to Anna Howard's May 30 letter, "New summer movie is blasphemous." In it, she states, "From the trailers I've seen, this film makes a graven image of God..." Christopher Baugh, Evans, Ga.

Angered by inconsistencies of laws
I read in amazement an editorial by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in The Chronicle's May 21 editorial roundup, "Laci and Conner's Law," that they are trying to pass in California. I am so angry at the inconsistencies of our laws in this country. Kathi Scott, Martinez, Ga.

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.

Movie trailers don't do it justice

Cornea 'fingerprint' aims for better laser eye surgery

Club owner focuses on music

Portraits are reflections of personalities

In the know

Disc golf is inexpensive sport to play

Cornea 'fingerprint' aims for better laser eye surgery
WASHINGTON -- Consider it an ocular fingerprint: A new generation of laser eye surgery is beginning that maps subtle irregularities in the cornea before it's zapped - in hopes of crisper vision and fewer side effects.

Club owner focuses on music
Crossroads owner Scott Levine has always believed the secret to the bar's success would depend on the bands.

Portraits are reflections of personalities
"Why do the people look so serious and unhappy in the portraits?" my son, Marco, asked the tour guide as we walked through the historic house in which the portraits were hanging. "Didn't all their money make them happy?" he added.

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.

In the know
The Richmond County Human Society will hold a rummage sale starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at 425 Wood St.

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.

Disc golf is inexpensive sport to play
If you don't know much about disc golf, don't worry, you're not alone.

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.

Airport director's vehicle causes stir
Augusta Regional Airport Director Ken Kraemer is in hot water with some Augusta Aviation commissioners over the purchase of an Eddie Bauer model Ford Explorer worth more than $31,000.

Leaders vote to write letter

Aiken plan faces halt by officials
Eight elected Aiken County officials, who manage almost a third of the county's work force, have united to block the second half of a salary and staffing analysis ordered by the county council.

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 South Carolina

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

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.

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

Firebomb investigated
Authorities were looking for an arsonist Tuesday after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the door of a third-floor apartment at Richmond Summit in downtown Augusta.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -The names and other identifying information of people who call 911 could be withheld from the news media despite Georgia's open records law under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

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.

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.

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.

Groups urge officials to add homeless help
THOMSON - McDuffie County needs to find a better way to respond to its growing homeless problem, according to community activists.

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.

Man changes bank robbery confession
Tyson E. Marshek had a small surprise Tuesday for the FBI agent who took his confession. He robbed a credit union all right, just not for the reason he said.

Museum organizers seek stories to tell

Aiken plan faces halt by officials

Meth lab find leads to arrest in Aiken
BEECH ISLAND - A hazardous materials team dressed in protective "moon suits" turned up what Aiken County Sheriff Mike Hunt called a "very substantial" methamphetamine lab during a Tuesday search of a trailer home and an adjacent storage building.

SRS is considered for weapons site

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?

DOT leader will retire
Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Tom Coleman announced Tuesday that he will retire in late August, which launched a search for his replacement.

Manhunt lacked tracking methods
AIKEN - For those trained in the ancient art of tracking and using dogs during a manhunt, it's no mystery why Eric Robert Rudolph evaded one of the largest searches in U.S. history.

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.

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.

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

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The number of teachers laid off across the state because of budget cuts has not been as high as the worst-case scenarios predicted by educators.

News you can use
JUNE 4, 1928 Considerable excitement was created on the Sand Bar Ferry Road yesterday afternoon when four motorcycle officers chased a speeding automobile up to and onto the ferry bridge. It ended with the arrest of three men, one of whom was injured when Officer Hobson Glisson struck him over the head with his pistol after the man is alleged to have tried to drive his machine into the motorcycle ridden by the officer.

Officers attend session on gangs
The instructor warned the roomful of law enforcement officers that the video was gruesome.

Across the area

Building fire
Augusta-Richmond County firefighters stand outside a destroyed Waste Management transfer station building on Goshen Industrial Boulevard. Crews spent eight hours Tuesday battling the fire, which employee Reggie Dorsey said started at 10:30 a.m. in a load of waste. No one was injured in the fire, which officials say is under investigation.

Military families tell woes

City forecloses on property
The city of Augusta was freed Tuesday to foreclose on a piece of Columbia County property owned by a man who defaulted on a $125,000 loan the city extended.

Local leaders to tour Pentagon

Youth detention center to be privatized

SRS is considered for weapons site
WASHINGTON - A new environmental study of five sites competing for a billion-dollar government facility gives little indication which might be the front-runner.

Subscriber of the day

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

Perdue signs bill to increase cigarette tax by 25 cents

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Rodney Quesenberry of Grovetown.

Man changes bank robbery confession

Slaying suspects indicted
Two men accused of taking part in a fatal armed robbery of a grandmother working in a west Augusta convenience store were indicted Tuesday.

News you can use

Across the area
Richmond County authorities on Tuesday were investigating an incident that occurred last month at an apartment complex on Perimeter Parkway.

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.

Military base leaders gain voice on zoning
Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law Tuesday a bill that would give military base leadership a say in local zoning issues.

Lengthy talks at meetings put drain on time, money
If some of his fellow commissioners don't start curtailing their commentary soon, Bill Kuhlke says, he might just start leaving their meetings.

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

Meth lab find leads to arrest in Aiken
BEECH ISLAND - A hazardous materials team dressed in protective "moon suits" turned up what Aiken County Sheriff Mike Hunt called a "very substantial" methamphetamine lab during a Tuesday search of a trailer home and an adjacent storage building.

Police search for men in home invasion

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for the person who claims that parents can't talk one-on-one with teachers anymore. Unfortunately, it is necessary sometimes for teachers to meet in a team setting. All too often in one-on-one conferences, teachers' words get twisted and turned the wrong way. Sometimes, it is even a matter of safety. Angry, hostile and aggressive parents do show up at schools and try to "strong-arm" professional educators.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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?

Across Georgia

Manhunt lacked tracking methods
AIKEN - For those trained in the ancient art of tracking and using dogs during a manhunt, it's no mystery why Eric Robert Rudolph evaded one of the largest searches in U.S. history.

Building fire
Augusta-Richmond County firefighters stand outside a destroyed Waste Management transfer station building on Goshen Industrial Boulevard. Crews spent eight hours Tuesday battling the fire, which employee Reggie Dorsey said started at 10:30 a.m. in a load of waste. No one was injured in the fire, which officials say is under investigation.

Firebomb investigated
Authorities were looking for an arsonist Tuesday after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the door of a third-floor apartment at Richmond Summit in downtown Augusta.

Officers attend session on gangs
The instructor warned the roomful of law enforcement officers that the video was gruesome.

Across the area

Groups urge officials to add homeless help
THOMSON - McDuffie County needs to find a better way to respond to its growing homeless problem, according to community activists.

Lengthy talks at meetings put drain on time, money
If some of his fellow commissioners don't start curtailing their commentary soon, Bill Kuhlke says, he might just start leaving their meetings.

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.

Across Georgia

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.

South Carolina House passes additional school funding
A last-second attempt to plug an extra $44.6 million into South Carolina's deficit-scarred public education budget was passed Tuesday by the House in an amendment the Senate will consider today.

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

Airport director's vehicle causes stir

Two worlds come together
ATLANTA - In Todd Greene's world, courage is standing in the batter's box to face Randy Johnson in the World Series. Struggling is going hitless in 12 at-bats. Missing in action is a 15-day stint on the disabled list and a rehab assignment in San Francisco. Heroes get trophies, parades and million-dollar contracts.

Two worlds come together
ATLANTA - In Todd Greene's world, courage is standing in the batter's box to face Randy Johnson in the World Series. Struggling is going hitless in 12 at-bats. Missing in action is a 15-day stint on the disabled list and a rehab assignment in San Francisco. Heroes get trophies, parades and million-dollar contracts.

'Finding Nemo' nets $70.3 million, sets cartoon record

'Finding Nemo' nets $70.3 million, sets cartoon record
LOS ANGELES -- The fish tale "Finding Nemo" hauled in $70.3 million for the best opening weekend ever for an animated flick.

Andretti, Patrick to step down from CART board
INDIANAPOLIS -- Pat Patrick, a co-founder of Championship Auto Racing Teams, and Mario Andretti will not seek re-election to the CART board of directors.

Dodge: Davis dabbled with rival Toyota

Andretti, Patrick to step down from CART board

Dodge: Davis dabbled with rival Toyota
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dodge Motorsports has accused former partner Bill Davis of aiding rival Toyota before its entry into NASCAR next season, alleging he used their parts and pieces to build a truck for the Japanese automaker.

Spurs now must stop a different type of fast break

Johnson and Jordan meet again about new NBA team

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

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.

Spurs now must stop a different type of fast break
SAN ANTONIO -- The New Jersey Nets plan to run, and the San Antonio Spurs plan to stop them from running.

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.

Yao returning to China for exhibition

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

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.

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Agassi ousted by Coria; Williams overpowers Mauresmo

ACC group visits Syracuse

After all these years, McEnroe is still steaming

Kuerten falls at French Open

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Mauresmo looks to unseat Serena

Overtime

Funny Cide likely to face six challengers in Belmont

Santos makes a long ride to the cusp of history

Decisions loom for Funny Cide's potential opponents

3 schools will be put in Class AA

ACC group visits Syracuse
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- An Atlantic Coast Conference delegation began arriving for a campus tour Tuesday as part of the league's attempt to lure Syracuse from the Big East.

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.

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?

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.

Agassi ousted by Coria; Williams overpowers Mauresmo
PARIS -- Andre Agassi huffed as he chased Guillermo Coria's drop shot, each step accompanied by an exhale: shhh, shhh, shhh.

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.

Santos makes a long ride to the cusp of history
NEW YORK -- Jose Santos remembers all of it: the nights of cocaine and parties, the suspensions and broken bones, the accusations.

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

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.

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.

Overtime
Former Augusta State player Roger Rowland finished as the second alternate in a U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Ansley Golf Club's Settindown Creek in Roswell, Ga.

TiVo to sell data on programs, ads its customers watch
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- TiVo Inc., the leading maker of digital television recorders, is offering advertisers and broadcasters information on the commercials and shows its users are watching.

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

Tips offered for PC first aid

Two video game sequels offer little originality

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.

Augustan ends college career at NCAA tourney
Adam Cranford didn't win any tournaments or awards as a member of the Georgia Tech golf team. It wasn't until his senior year, which just concluded, that Cranford made the traveling team, playing in 10 events.

Your style

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.

Artist's corner

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.

Question of the week

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

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?

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

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.

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

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.

Audio best

Almighty Carrey film is predictable escape

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:

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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.

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Mental patient wrongly held in jail because of mixup

Judge orders beauty queen's name off raunchy Web site