A book argues for banning TV

Hillary Clinton bares the pain of the Lewinsky episode
WASHINGTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton says her husband's relationship with Monica Lewinsky caused so much pain that, at one point, Buddy the dog was the only member of the family willing to keep President Clinton company.

Hillary Clinton bares the pain of the Lewinsky episode

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.

Fantasy Baseball: Can Sosa recover after the cork?
Sammy Sosa - 1998 National League MVP, first player to have three seasons of 60-plus home runs, member of the 500 home run club, all-around great guy, bat corker?

Physicists: Cork adds little pop at plate
The boost a slugger gets from a corked bat is highly overrated. In fact, experts on the physics of baseball say such bats reduce a hitter's power.

Lions' Belcher drafted by Reds
Augusta Christian's Jordan Belcher answered his home phone Wednesday, and the excitement wasn't exactly evident in his voice.

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.

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.

Florida baseball team to spoof Sosa with cork giveaway

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.

Florida baseball team to spoof Sosa with cork giveaway
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A Florida minor league baseball team plans to poke fun at Sammy Sosa by giving away pieces of cork to the first 505 fans through the gate at its game Thursday night.

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

Fantasy Baseball: Can Sosa recover after the cork?

Jeter appointed Yankees captain

Expos buck the odds to contend once again
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- All sorts of negative thoughts ran through Jeff Liefer's mind when he was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Montreal Expos in January.

Glascock's dream comes to end

Expos buck the odds to contend once again

Sosa ejected for cork in bat

No cork in Sosa's 76 bats tested by MLB
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa's 76 bats confiscated by baseball officials showed no signs of cork in X-rays taken the day after he was ejected for using an illegal bat in a game.

Physicists: Cork adds little pop at plate

Brayden Michael Turner
Mr. and Mrs. Clay Turner of Belvedere announce the birth of a son, Brayden Michael Turner, Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mike Hadden and Cheryl Jackson, both of Clearwater, and Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Turner of Graniteville.

Vinesha Ber'Shay Brown
Vincent Bernard Brown Sr. and Tanesha La'Shay Brown of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Vinesha Ber'Shay Brown, Friday, May 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Wade A. and Beatrice R. Smith of Hephzibah and Willie A. Brown Jr. and Lueneal Brown of Augusta.

Mackenzie Sue Wilson

Aysa Emani Gillam
Leslie William and Charlette Elicia Gillam of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Aysa Emani Gillam, Friday, May 16, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Linwood and Eva Brinson Sr. and Frank and Ernestine Tate, all of Hephzibah.

Zakk Nickalus Epps
Daran L. and Crystal R. Epps of Gibson, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Zakk Nickalus Epps, Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Vanessa D. Reddick of Gibson, Dennis and Carol Hammons and Helen Epps, all of Thomson, and James H. Epps of Canton, Ga.

Korleone Nasir Coleman

Jessica Margot General
Briggy General and Crystal Wagner, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a daughter, Jessica Margot General, Monday, May 19, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George Roberts and Charles Wagner, all of Augusta, and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce General of Thomson.

Logan Maverick Hammack

Jacob Trevor Bedgood
Brad and Michelle Bedgood of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Jacob Trevor Bedgood, Thursday, April 17, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Dale and Ann Sprinkle of Lizella, Ga., Doug and Donna Creamer of Macon, and Ray and Elise Bedgood of Dalton, Ga.

Aysa Emani Gillam

Korleone Nasir Coleman
Mali S. Wilson and Tameka L. Coleman, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a son, Korleone Nasir Coleman, Friday, May 16, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barnes and Verna Clemons, all of Hephzibah, and Mr. and Mrs. Johnny B. Berry Sr. of Warrenton, Ga.

Jacob Trevor Bedgood

Logan Maverick Hammack
Mr. and Mrs. Marcus W. Hammack of Evans announce the birth of a son, Logan Maverick Hammack, Saturday, May 17, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gary McLish of Houston and Mr. and Mrs. S.L. Hammack of Claremore, Okla.

Vinesha Ber'Shay Brown

Zakk Nickalus Epps

Jessica Margot General

Brayden Michael Turner

Mackenzie Sue Wilson
Michael P. and Stacey J. Wilson of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Mackenzie Sue Wilson, Monday, May 5, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Buddy and Betty Sue James of Augusta and Jimmy Wilson and Mae Cleer, both of Edgefield, S.C.

Odds and Ends
MEYERSDALE, Pa. -- There were no limes or mixers nearby, but state officials are nevertheless wondering who dumped more than 145,000 cases of stagnant rum at a western Pennsylvania farm.

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

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.

77-year-old woman rappels out four-story building
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Ann Garrison worried that her children would try to stop her from signing up for a program that would send the 77-year-old great-grandmother rappelling down the side of a four-story building.

Hatfields, McCoys to sign truce
PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- While hostilities between the Hatfields and McCoys ended long ago, no truce was ever officially signed.

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.

Maddux dominates Rangers in victory

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.

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 notebook

Andruw Jones delivers

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - The Sammy Sosa corked bat incident provoked a lively discussion in the Atlanta clubhouse Wednesday, with one coach and one player admitting to using a corked bat during batting practice in the past.

Braves take prep pitcher

Maddux dominates Rangers in victory
ATLANTA - For weeks, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox has been defending his four-time Cy Young winner, suggesting Greg Maddux's critics don't appreciate his artistry.

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.

Business briefs

Martha Stewart indicted in insider-trading scandal

Martha Stewart indicted in insider-trading scandal
NEW YORK -- A grand jury indicted Martha Stewart on federal charges of securities fraud and obstruction of justice Wednesday in an insider stock trading scandal that could bring big fines or even a jail term for the home styles guru known for impeccable taste.

Palm to merge with Handspring
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Palm Inc., the leading maker of personal digital assistants, said Wednesday it plans to acquire challenger Handspring Inc., which was created five years ago by the people who had founded Palm.

Business briefs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. told shareholders Wednesday that it expects fiscal 2004 to be another year of record profit increases, with per-share earnings of 90 cents, and that it's finalizing the formulation of its line of frozen drinks.

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.

Officials try to get D.C. flights
Augusta might have direct airline service to Washington, D.C., by next spring, if the city can get takeoff and landing slots at Reagan National Airport, a local official said Wednesday.

Productivity rises at 1.9 percent annual rate

Productivity rises at 1.9 percent annual rate
WASHINGTON -- U.S. productivity grew a bit more quickly in the first three months of 2003 than first thought as companies produced more while they kept work forces lean.

Martha Stewart indicted in insider-trading scandal

McDonald's land will hold shops

Martha Stewart indicted in insider-trading scandal
NEW YORK -- A grand jury indicted Martha Stewart on federal charges of securities fraud and obstruction of justice Wednesday in an insider stock trading scandal that could bring big fines or even a jail term for the home styles guru known for impeccable taste.

Clemson's Johnson signs with Padres

Clemson addresses NCAA concerns over minority hirings
COLUMBIA, S.C.-- Clemson University is "aggressively" pursuing goals to increase the number of full-time minority employees in the athletic department, the school's president says.

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 addresses NCAA concerns over minority hirings

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

It Takes a Keyboard
One would think an autobiography named Living History would be largely written by the person who lived it. That's doubtless not the case with Hillary Clinton's new book.

Constant vigilance

No headlines, just help
The protesters have long gone. The national media have too, although they happily reported this week that the Masters tournament will again be commercial-free next year.

Questions of legitimacy

It Takes a Keyboard

Constant vigilance
The war goes on.

Questions of legitimacy
When was the victorious side in a war ever put on the defensive more quickly?

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?

Barry Manilow breaks nose
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Barry Manilow is trying to get the feeling again after walking into a wall in his bedroom and breaking his nose.

Top 20 concert tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

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.

'Mockingbird's' Atticus leads film heroes, Hannibal is top villain
LOS ANGELES -- Atticus Finch from "To Kill a Mockingbird" beat out an army of swashbuckling idols for the top spot on the American Film Institute's list of top screen heroes. Hannibal Lecter from "The Silence of the Lambs" chewed up the competition to lead the list of film villains.

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.

Dow closes above 9,000
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 9,000-mark Wednesday for the first time in nearly 10 months, soaring more than 100 points following a pair of positive economic reports.

Dow closes above 9,000

Stocks rise on upbeat comments from Greenspan

Upper Crust serves variety

Small portions

Candy adds twist to ice cream recipe

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

We should let dead celebrities lie commercial-free

The real test arrives for Sorenstam
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Annika Sorenstam finished ahead of 11 men when she played on the PGA Tour at Colonial. All that matters now is beating the 143 women she faces in the LPGA Championship.

Love family endures tragedy

Whaley nervous, excited about PGA Tour

Catching up with Paul Azinger

Whaley nervous, excited about PGA Tour
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Suzy Whaley watched the first two rounds of the Colonial and tried to picture herself as Annika Sorenstam.

Perry quietly building a name for himself

Love returns to tour after brother-in-law's suicide

Former US Open champion diagnosed with 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.

Sorenstam set for LPGA Championship

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.

Zoeller out to defend title at Senior PGA Championship
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- Fuzzy Zoeller enjoys all the attention that goes with defending a title - especially a major.

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.

Love returns to tour after brother-in-law's suicide
POTOMAC, Md. -- Much of the field considers the Capital Open a final tuneup for the U.S. Open. For Davis Love III, it's a chance to get back to work while coping with a family tragedy.

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.

The real test arrives for Sorenstam

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.

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.

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

Two minutes with Brett Bonvechio

Draft stands to help Boston's farm system

GreenJackets on deck

Outfielder gains perspective

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' tale: Win in New Jersey, or they can't win the Stanley Cup
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Talk about culture shock.

Ducks' tale: Win in New Jersey, or they can't win the Stanley Cup

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

Dooley will step down in 2004
ATHENS, Ga. - Vince Dooley, longtime University of Georgia athletic director, will leave his post in June 2004.

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.

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.

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.

Road map for peace in Middle East hard to follow
The optimism expressed for the "road map" by some Israelis at the Augusta Jewish Community Center (The Chronicle, May 25 news article, "Event is celebration of Israel, chance for attendees to learn") is understandable. Anything for a return to some normality in life, to be free from suicide bombers at buses, cafes and religious celebrations, as well as pounds of nails, screws, bolts aimed at the flesh of innocent women and children. (Please see the June 2003 Atlantic Monthly with its ghastly X-ray of a human skull embedded with nails.) Steve Kohn, Hephzibah, Ga.

Road map for peace in Middle East hard to follow

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.

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

Health-care system moving in right direction
Lisa Myrick's May 23 letter, "Watching debate on health coverage," struck an empathetic nerve. Ironically, a few pages later appeared the article "Aetna agrees to deal in case," where a proposed settlement to a class-action lawsuit is outlined. Payouts include $50 million in plaintiff's legal fees alone. Thomas Wagner, 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.

Disagrees with definition of 'anti-American'
Regarding your editorial on May 25, "On being heard," did the person who wrote it actually read the text of New York Times war correspondent Chris Hedges' speech? Patrick Brown, Augusta

'Chronicle' editorials sounding more and more liberal

Movie gives renewed respect for God
Regarding Anna Howard's May 30 letter, "Movie to be shown this summer blasphemous": I believe everyone has the right to his or her own opinion, especially regarding God. Meghan Vitacco, Evans, Ga.

Movie trailers don't do it justice

Movie gives renewed respect for God

Salutes Fort Gordon and all military
As a child when World War II began and a young teenager when it ended, I have always been proud of every branch of our military. Joyce M. Campbell, Augusta

Health-care system moving in right direction

Moonlit Movies

Health calendar

Cornea 'fingerprint' aims for better laser eye surgery

Portraits are reflections of personalities

Elevators helped reshape Augusta

Club owner focuses on music

Disc golf is inexpensive sport to play

In the know

In the know

In the know
The "Bollywood" film series on Turner Classic Movies honors the world of Indian cinema each Thursday in June. First up: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge at 8. The boy-meets-girl story became one of India's largest-grossing films and played to packed movie houses for five years.

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

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

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.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

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

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.

Moonlit Movies
Alice Fisher has fond memories of sneaking into drive-in movie theaters in Jacksonville, Fla., when she was a teenager.

Elevators helped reshape Augusta
What goes up, must come down - although it might make a few stops along the way.

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.

Perdue OKs cigarette tax increase
ATLANTA - Capping the longest legislative session in more than a century, Gov. Sonny Perdue on Wednesday signed next year's budget and a tax bill that will raise cigarette prices while lowering taxes for senior citizens.

School leader plans to save federal funds
AIKEN - A much-needed jolt of federal cash into Aiken County school coffers probably won't mean a smaller property tax increase or a restoration of slashed education programs, the county's school board chairman said Wednesday.

Residents call on officials to rescue senior centers

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.

School leader plans to save federal funds

Furys Ferry Station had unique construction

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

Across the area

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.

Two burglars harm woman in her home

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.

Slaying suspect rejects bargain

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.

Across the area
The suspected triggerman in an Augusta fatal convenience store robbery could face the death penalty if convicted.

Across Georgia

Subscriber of the day

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Lawsuit targets Augusta

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscirber of the day is Helen Yu of Martinez.

Across South Carolina

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

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.

Medicaid resolution near

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

Edgefield hospital holds mock hostage situation

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.

Perdue OKs cigarette tax increase

Road work will slow SRS route

Airport director's vehicle causes stir

News you can use

Slaying suspect rejects bargain
AIKEN - A man who authorities suspect was the lookout in the home invasion slaying of a popular short-order cook has been offered a plea bargain to avoid trial, but so far he has turned it down, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The House gave key approval Wednesday to a bill that would allow bars and restaurants to sell free-pour drinks in addition to minibottles.

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.

Across Georgia
LaGRANGE -A Troup County man was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the death of his wife nearly 33 years ago.

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.

Road work will slow SRS route
Workers at Savannah River Site soon will have to engineer their way through or around a road project on U.S. Highway 278.

Furys Ferry Station had unique construction
David Miles, owner of Furys Ferry Station, stands in the unfinished second building of the shopping center. Arched windows are a feature of the building.

Fort maintains lobbying rules
Although the community is free to lobby to defend Fort Gordon from the 2005 round of base closures, military and civilian staffers on the post say they are under stricter controls.

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.

Subscriber of the day

Two burglars harm woman in her home
Masked burglars kicked in the door to a National Hills home early Wednesday and sexually assaulted and robbed a 65-year-old woman who lived alone, authorities said.

Man changes bank robbery confession

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.

Medicaid resolution near
Georgia hopes to resolve most of its fouled-up Medicaid claims by the end of the year, a Medicaid official visiting the region said Wednesday.

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.

Residents call on officials to rescue senior centers
What's next: The Augusta Commission's finance committee will consider the senior citizen council's funding request at 2 p.m. Monday in Room 803 of the municipal building 530 Greene St.

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

Teacher tenure survives vetoes

State privatizes youth campus
Fed up with continuing problems at the Augusta Youth Development Campus, Georgia Juvenile Justice Commissioner Orlando Martinez has decided to privatize it, turning over the campus to the company that runs its mental health services.

News you can use

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.

News you can use
JUNE 5, 1938 Loraine Black was named queen of the Cotton Ball last night at Cherokee Casino by three judges, who resorted to applause from the 600 attending to make their decision.

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.

Perdue signs bill to increase cigarette tax by 25 cents

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.

Aiken plan faces halt by officials

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.

Police search for men in home invasion

Firebomb leads to security changes
The firebombing of a neighbor's apartment this week at Richmond Summit was about all resident Sandi Vaughn could take.

Teacher tenure survives vetoes
ATLANTA - Plans to return tenure to public-school teachers survived a round of vetoes by Gov. Sonny Perdue on Wednesday, clearing their last hurdle on the way to becoming law.

Lawsuit targets Augusta
If the local indigent defense office wins its legal action filed Wednesday, Augusta taxpayers could be paying double what they do now to provide attorneys for poor people charged with minor crimes.

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.

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.

Edgefield hospital holds mock hostage situation
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - This was Wednesday's script: With four minutes still ticking on a time bomb strapped to his body, a terrorist was shot and killed by police in Edgefield County Hospital after seizing four hostages at gun-point and threatening to blow up the building because his 5-year-old daughter died in the emergency room.

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A rant for Georgia law that gives a license to steal to anyone entrusted to administer a will.

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.

Youth detention center to be privatized

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.

State privatizes youth campus

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.

SRS is considered for weapons site

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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.

We should let dead celebrities lie commercial-free
Several years ago, a beer company used a digitized image of John Wayne as a soldier, pushing that particluar brand of brew. The motions and words were done by a computer, not by the Duke, who had died years earlier.

'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.

It's the same game, but I've changed
The over/under on my first pulled hamstring is six games.

Judge says Kelly cannot go to music video shoot, but can go to awards show, charity concert
CHICAGO -- R. Kelly, free on bond since he was indicted on 21 child pornography charges, cannot go to Los Angeles to film a music video, but can travel to attend the BET Awards and perform at an upcoming concert, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Judge says Kelly cannot go to music video shoot, but can go to awards show, charity concert

After gaggle of Grammy wins and 6 million records sold, Norah Jones eager to move on
NEW YORK -- As dreamlike as Norah Jones' past year has been, the folky jazz singer is ready to snap out of it.

50 Cent grabs rap throne from Eminem at massive hip-hop concert
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When 50 Cent's album debuted to record-breaking sales earlier this year, the rapper joked that mentor Eminem - rap's reigning sales king - was getting a little worried about his own status.

After gaggle of Grammy wins and 6 million records sold, Norah Jones eager to move on

50 Cent grabs rap throne from Eminem at massive hip-hop concert

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.

Dodge: Davis dabbled with rival Toyota

Andretti, Patrick to step down from CART board

Drivers getting experience while still in school

Racing facts - Pocono 500

Q&A with Rusty Wallace
ATLANTA - Car owner Roger Penske is on a roll. His IRL teams finished one-two at the Indianapolis 500; one of his stock car teams, Ryan Newman, won Sunday's race at Dover. All that's left is for Rusty Wallace, the cornerstone of the Penske empire, to get on track. Wallace talked about what it will take to win on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and he tackled the difficult topic of Toyota coming to NASCAR.

Q&A with Rusty Wallace

Drivers getting experience while still in school
HAMPTON, Ga. - Twenty years ago, Richard Childress scouted local short tracks for new talent for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Now those searches have taken him to junior high schools.

Racing facts - Pocono 500
Here are facts about this weekend's Pocono 500 race.

Japanese like to spend big

Japanese like to spend big
LONG POND, Pa. - Corporate America already knows what it's like to go up against Japan's tenacity and deep pockets.

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.

Investigator surprised by incredible force in foam-impact test

Spurs take Game 1
SAN ANTONIO -- The rebound came off the rim, Tim Duncan grabbed it and fired a 60-foot pass ahead of the field to Stephen Jackson for an uncontested dunk.

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.

Spurs now must stop a different type of fast break

Spurs take Game 1

Dyson tears Achilles' tendon in practice

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Ex-champ Riddick Bowe cleared of domestic abuse

In the game calendar

'Chronicle' gives recreation sports their place in the sun

Realignment suits Laney coach

Jose Santos Jr. is racing's favorite kid

Row, row, row your boat

It's the same game, but I've changed

Santos makes a long ride to the cusp of history

Overtime

Agassi ousted by Coria; Williams overpowers Mauresmo

ACC group visits Syracuse

Funny Cide favored to win Belmont, become first Triple Crown winner in 25 years

Costa comes back again; rematch with Ferrero next

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.

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.

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.

Row, row, row your boat
They lug their 250-pound boat to the dock and gently lower the 45-foot craft into Langley Pond.

Costa comes back again; rematch with Ferrero next
PARIS -- Albert Costa was as cool as his rackets in the courtside fridge after double-faulting to hand Tommy Robredo a two-set lead in the French Open quarterfinals.

In the game spotlight
This week's local athlete of the week is Mark Williamson of Augusta.

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.

Jose Santos Jr. is racing's favorite kid
NEW YORK -- Horse racing is an adult game, and kids are rarely seen and almost never heard on the backstretch.

'Chronicle' gives recreation sports their place in the sun
Weekend warriors take heart. We've got something special for you.

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Get in the game: Rowing
Here are rowing fatcs and rowing-related words and their definitions.

Funny Cide favored to win Belmont, become first Triple Crown winner in 25 years
NEW YORK -- Jose Santos spoke quietly, yet the words were loud and clear: "I'm very confident that you guys are going to see history."

Realignment suits Laney coach
As the Georgia High School Association's reclassification committee released the first draft of the 2004-06 region realignment Wednesday, it played out just the way Laney football coach Eric Parker thought.

Ex-champ Riddick Bowe cleared of domestic abuse
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- Former heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe was cleared of assault charges Wednesday after Bowe's wife and three other witnesses failed to appear in court.

Dyson tears Achilles' tendon in practice
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Wide receiver Kevin Dyson, who signed with Carolina in the offseason, tore his left Achilles' tendon in practice Wednesday and could be out for the year.

Investigator surprised by incredible force in foam-impact test
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The Columbia accident investigator in charge of a series of impact tests said Wednesday he is surprised by the incredible force with which a 1 1/2 -pound chunk of space shuttle foam struck and deformed a fiberglass wing replica.

Advertiser-backed initiative for family TV programs has best season ever
NEW YORK -- Four new television shows that will premiere on broadcast networks next season were created in part with money contributed by advertisers interested in family programs.

CBS expands its 2003 Tony Awards show

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.

Television's rerun season begins, audience dwindles

CBS expands its 2003 Tony Awards show
NEW YORK -- Suspense may be missing from much of Sunday's 2003 Tony Awards.

Television's rerun season begins, audience dwindles
NEW YORK -- CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" was last week's most popular television program - just like most weeks - but its audience was half what it usually is.

Advertiser-backed initiative for family TV programs has best season ever

Top 20 concert tours

Barry Manilow breaks nose

'Mockingbird's' Atticus leads film heroes, Hannibal is top villain

Two video game sequels offer little originality

Felton lands fourth player for Bulldogs

Felton lands fourth player for Bulldogs
ATHENS, Ga. -- Levi Stukes, an all-state guard from Maryland, became the fourth high school player to sign with Georgia on Wednesday.

No penalties for Georgia over ring-selling
ATHENS, Ga. -- No penalties will be imposed on University of Georgia football players who sold their Southeastern Conference championship rings, the NCAA said Wednesday.

Overall GPA of South Carolina athletes improves
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Things were looking up in the classroom this past semester for South Carolina athletes, including the football and men's basketball teams.

Overall GPA of South Carolina athletes improves

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.

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