Publisher revs up promotion for new Harry Potter book
NEW YORK -- Think you've seen a lot of hype about "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"? Just wait until the book comes out.

Hillary Clinton bares the pain of the Lewinsky episode

'Joseph' stars young talent
Although cast and crew have avoided plagues of locusts, seas running red with blood or any other Old Testament-style calamities, the Augusta Players Youth Theatre production of the biblical musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has had tribulations to overcome.

Publisher revs up promotion for new Harry Potter book

'Joseph' stars young talent

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.

Expos buck the odds to contend once again

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.

Physicists: Cork adds little pop at plate

Glavine leaves game with injured elbow
NEW YORK -- Mets starter Tom Glavine injured his left elbow and was forced to leave in the second inning Thursday night in the second game of a doubleheader between New York and Milwaukee.

Florida baseball team to spoof Sosa with cork giveaway

Ho hum: Columbus-Marist again in playoffs
This sounds familiar.

Fantasy Baseball: Can Sosa recover after the cork?

Sosa awaits penalty for using corked bat

Sosa's five Hall bats all come up clean
All five of Sammy Sosa's bats belonging to the Hall of Fame showed no signs of cork or anything else that would violate baseball rules.

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.

Sosa awaits penalty for using corked bat
CHICAGO -- The bats have been checked and the interviews done. Now all Sammy Sosa can do is wait to see what his punishment will be for using a corked bat.

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.

Glavine leaves game with injured elbow

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Logan Maverick Hammack

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vinesha Ber'Shay Brown

Jacob Trevor Bedgood

Jessica Margot General

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.

Brayden Michael Turner

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.

Mackenzie Sue Wilson

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.

Korleone Nasir Coleman

Zakk Nickalus Epps

Aysa Emani Gillam

Odds and Ends
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The winner of the state's annual tall-tale-telling contest will study a field in college that's had more than its own share of exaggerating and truth-shading. He plans to study politics.

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.

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.

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.

Jones' wrist not broken
ATLANTA - The pain in left fielder Chipper Jones' left wrist is being caused by a damaged ligament, which was confirmed by team doctors who reviewed X-rays following Thursday afternoon's game.

Maddux dominates Rangers in victory

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.

Jones' wrist not broken

Braves notebook

Attitude carries Braves to victory
ATLANTA - Surely, something must be wrong with the Atlanta Braves when a rookie relief pitcher has as many victories as the ace of the rotation.

European Central Bank cuts interest rates
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The European Central Bank slashed a key interest rate by a half percentage point Thursday, in an effort to give the continent's flat economy a shove toward growth.

Productivity rises at 1.9 percent annual rate

Martha Stewart indicted in insider-trading scandal

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.

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.

Can Martha Stewart's company survive without her?
NEW YORK -- Can Martha Stewart's company survive the latest troubles of Martha Stewart?

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.

Business briefs

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.

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.

Jobless claims rise to five-week high

Martha Stewart indicted in insider-trading scandal

Jobless claims rise to five-week high
WASHINGTON --The number of American workers filing new claims for jobless benefits climbed to a five-week high last week as companies coped with an economy that is struggling to get back on firm footing.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Mortgage rates around the country tumbled to new lows this week, good news for people looking to buy homes or refinance.

Project shifts to owners

Business briefs

Project shifts to owners
Downtown officials, who have been pushing for the creation of a business improvement district for more than a year, have handed the effort over to downtown property owners.

European Central Bank cuts interest rates

Can Martha Stewart's company survive without her?

Clemson addresses NCAA concerns over minority hirings

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.

NCAA recommends delay in change of 3-point line, free-throw lane

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.

Which future for Burma?

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

Questions of legitimacy

It Takes a Keyboard

Which future for Burma?
Tucked between China, Thailand and Bangladesh is a country divided by two names and two visions for its future.

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.

Take him up on it
Even before Sept. 11, 2001, and certainly afterward, the West has longed for the day that historically duplicitous Arab leaders would publicly decry terrorism.

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.

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

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.

Standing ovations
Augusta's monthly First Friday festival is from 5 to 10 tonight on Broad Street. The event features a gallery walk, outdoor vendors and live music. This First Friday also will feature Sacred Space Yoga Studio's opening festivities.

Applause calendar
ASHANTI, MR. CHEEKS: 8 p.m. June 27, Barton Field, Fort Gordon; gates open 7 p.m.; must have photo ID; $20 advance, $25 at gate; 793-8552 or fortgordon.com.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of concerts in the area.

'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.

Ford matches GM, Chrysler with heavy discounts

Stocks show limited gains

Government sets up Web site for food stamp eligibility
WASHINGTON -- A new Web site could help low-income families learn whether they qualify for federal food stamps and how much assistance they could get, even if some cannot get on the Internet at home.

Ford matches GM, Chrysler with heavy discounts
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. announced its latest round of incentives on new cars and trucks Thursday, following the lead of rivals General Motors Corp. and DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group as the three battle in an intense pricing war.

Stocks make small gains
NEW YORK -- Disappointing employment data and lackluster retail sales prompted investors to sell blue chip stocks Thursday and take profits from the market's recent rally that drove the Dow Jones industrial average to its first close above 9,000 in nearly 10 months.

Stocks show limited gains
NEW YORK -- Investors set aside disappointing employment data and lackluster retail sales reports Thursday, limiting their profit-taking in a market that eked out incremental gains and kept stocks at their highest levels in months.

Dow closes above 9,000

Stocks make small gains

Mortgage rates hit new lows

Mortgage rates hit new lows
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates around the country tumbled to new lows this week, good news for people looking to buy homes or refinance.

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.

Government sets up Web site for food stamp eligibility

Fishing report

Fishing report
Carolina-rigged plastic worms appear to be doing much of the damage on Strom Thurmond Lake's largemouth bass, while hybrids and striped bass are schooling sporadically.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

It's been raining dollar spots
Q: There are tan to brown patches in my Bermuda lawn that showed up in the past two weeks or so. Is this a fungus?

Day-lily expert gained from pain
John Kirkland got into horticulture in self-defense and into day lilies by chance.

It's been raining dollar spots

Epsom salts might not help your plants
Have you dosed your roses with Epsom salts yet? It's rumored to be very good for the plants. Matter of fact, a few years ago an elderly lady in Iowa spoke highly of using Epsom salts on her tomatoes, also.

We should let dead celebrities lie commercial-free

Three tied for Senior lead
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- Bobby Wadkins, Mike San Filippo and John Jacobs each shot 2-under par 68 Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the Senior PGA Championship.

Sorenstam holds her ground
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Annika Sorenstam ran into familiar foes Thursday in the LPGA Championship - a punishing DuPont Country Club and Wendy Ward.

The real test arrives for Sorenstam

PGA Tour golfer makes $1 million challenge to Sorenstam
POTOMAC, Md. -- Taking exception to recent remarks by Annika Sorenstam, PGA Tour golfer John Riegger said Thursday he has backing for a $1 million one-on-one challenge against the world's top female golfer.

Sorenstam holds her ground

Gamez, Beem top leaderboard; Mickelson struggles
POTOMAC, Md. -- Robert Gamez and Rich Beem hit stride at the Capital Open. Phil Mickelson hit a house.

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.

Whaley nervous, excited about PGA Tour

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

PGA Tour golfer makes $1 million challenge to Sorenstam

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.

Gamez, Beem top leaderboard; Mickelson struggles

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.

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.

Devils top Ducks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Three unconventional goals in a totally out-of-character game put the New Jersey Devils in a familiar position - up 3-2 in the Stanley Cup finals.

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

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

Devils top Ducks

Several states, countries added to postcard tally
There's a place in France where the postcards almost dance.

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

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.

Pastor's departure will be a loss

15 minutes of fame explained
I want to thank The Chronicle for reminding the people that I spent 15 minutes of a four-hour meeting discussing issues important to them (front-page story on June 4, "Marathon city meetings drain minutes and money"). However, missing from the article were the topics I discussed.

Most know why Owings is leaving
Amen in response to Laura Hill's June 1 letter, "Was popular pastor railroaded into resigning?" It's a sad fact that even in churches with the most gold (or those that think they have the most gold) write the rules for the rest of us. They have made it very plain in this power play that it is "their" church and not "ours" (the now not-so-silent majority). Jon W. Adams, Augusta

Pastor's departure will be a loss
I am not a member of First Baptist Church nor even of that faith, but my mother was and she loved that church until she passed away on April 11, 2003, which was one day after her 83rd birthday. Bob Turner, Augusta

United States must stem the tide of illegal immigrants

United States must stem the tide of illegal immigrants
Illegal immigration is a looming social threat, but our House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are doing nothing to prevent our social degenerative collapse. I was unaware until reading your May 26 editorial, "Dangerous policy," of the actual number of illegals entering the nation each year. The fact that 3 million annually agree to accept and work below the minimum wage law will eventually lead to the loss of more and more jobs for American citizens. Or else Americans themselves will have to work below minimum wage to survive. Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

Powerful, new handguns mainly used for hunting big game
Regarding Barbara Thurmond's May 19 letter, "Why produce more powerful handguns?": Instead of reading "100,000-Mom" newsletters ('Million Mom' March being a media fabrication that went bankrupt and was absorbed by the Brady campaign - formerly, Handgun Control Inc.), she should do a little of her own research. Greg Thompson, Aiken, S.C.

Powerful, new handguns mainly used for hunting big game

Eating ourselves into early graves
I applaud The Augusta Chronicle for placing the picture of the "Krystal eating contest" on the page next to the obituaries in the May 31 edition. We are, by the amount of and types of food we consume, eating ourselves into early graves. Robert Welk, Martinez, Ga.

Movie gives renewed respect for God

Road map for peace in Middle East hard to follow

Eating ourselves into early graves

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

Health-care system moving in right direction

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.

15 minutes of fame explained

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.

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

Most know why Owings is leaving

Moonlit Movies

Health calendar

In the know

Elevators helped reshape Augusta

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.

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.

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.

Across the area
An Augusta man said he was attacked and robbed of his wallet early Thursday as he walked downtown.

Medicaid resolution near

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.

Road work is complete on stretch of highway
David Griffith was delighted after realizing just how smooth a ride he would have from Augusta to Wrens.

Residents call on officials to rescue senior centers

Art gallery gets needed renovations
Without much-needed repairs being done this month, the front of the historic home housing the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art would have continued to deteriorate.

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.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for people who wear too much cologne or perfume while out in public. A little dab'll do you; but for some of you, you should lighten up on the cologne to the point of nonuse. You are not Capt. Brute of the S.S. Old Spice.

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

Nuclear workers vote on contract
If electrical workers at two nuclear power plants in Georgia vote to strike, 500-600 people could be out of work. The company running the plants says it has contingency plans to make sure the power plants in Vogtle and Hatch stay running and safe.

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 budget to raise taxes
Richmond County school system officials are scheduled to meet in two weeks to approve the proposed budget for fiscal year 2004.

Two burglars harm woman in her home

Group considers new look
After sitting on a pile of money for more than a year, the Downtown Development Authority on Thursday made plans to join the city on a redesign project that could create a whole new look for downtown.

Two suspects arrested in marijuana bust

Officials want more contact with council
Sheriff Mike Hunt, one of eight Aiken County elected officials who submitted a letter last week to the county council saying they didn't want their personnel subjected to an efficiency study, said Thursday that he has changed his stance.

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

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Chris Overstreet of Martinez.

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.

News you can use
JUNE 6, 1948 A bottle of water from the Savannah River will supplant the traditional champagne when the Little Nancy, Central of Georgia Railway train, which connects daily with the streamliner Nancy Hanks II, is christened at ceremonies tomorrow at Union Station.

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

Education officials suspect conspiracy
AIKEN - Republicans who lead the South Carolina Legislature have a hidden agenda to undermine public schools with deep budget cuts, said Aiken County school board Chairman John Bradley.

Furys Ferry Station had unique construction

Aiming high
5-year-old Tia Finnie gets ready to shoot during the USC Aiken Little Swishers basketball camp.

Across South Carolina

Union head makes plan to oppose YDC change
Many state employees at the Augusta Youth Development Campus say they haven't been happy in recent months with the support they've gotten from their union, the Service Employees International Union.

School leader plans to save federal funds

Across South Carolina

Subscriber of the day

Perdue OKs cigarette tax increase

Union head makes plan to oppose YDC change

Road work will slow SRS route

Woman delivers bomb scare

Slaying suspect rejects bargain

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.

Two suspects arrested in marijuana bust
Two men face marijuana trafficking charges after they were arrested at the H. Odell Weeks Activity Center trying to sell 10 pounds of suspected pot to undercover police officers, authorities said.

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.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for people who wear too much cologne or perfume while out in public. A little dab'll do you; but for some of you, you should lighten up on the cologne to the point of nonuse. You are not Capt. Brute of the S.S. Old Spice.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Across Georgia
MACON, Ga. - A federal judge sentenced a former Echols County sheriff Thursday to a year in prison for stealing cash he collected from people who were fined for minor violations, such as speeding or illegal hunting.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
MANNING, S.C. - A 54-year-old woman has been found strangled in her home by someone that apparently broke in through her back door, police say.

Lawsuit targets Augusta

News you can use

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.

Education officials suspect conspiracy

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.

School budget to raise taxes

Edgefield hospital holds mock hostage situation

Across the area

State privatizes youth campus

6 arrested in apartment patrol
Fulfilling promises to crack down on illegal activity around Richmond Summit, the sheriff's office sent its crime suppression unit to the downtown complex Wednesday and Thursday.

Aiming high

Officials want more contact with council

Teacher tenure survives vetoes

6 arrested in apartment patrol

Across Georgia

Nuclear workers vote on contract

Subscriber of the day

Police seek man in check fraud
AIKEN - Aiken authorities are warning merchants to be on the lookout for a man suspected of writing $11,000 in bad checks in less than a month.

News you can use

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.

Woman delivers bomb scare
Aiken police got a scare Thursday when a woman unceremoniously dropped off a grocery bag containing what first appeared to be more than a pound of high-grade plastic explosives but turned out to be a training device.

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.

Group considers new look

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

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.

Across Georgia

New region will hit rivals in the wallet
In a perfect world, high school sports teams wouldn't have to look beyond their extended neighborhood to find competition. In that perfect world, regions would mean more than contrived mathematical designations.

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.

Video watch
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Mini reviews
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At the Movies: '2 Fast 2 Furious'

At the Movies: '2 Fast 2 Furious'
For all of you who thought a sequel to "The Fast and the Furious" couldn't possibly exist without Vin Diesel - wrong!

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

Concerts worth seeing are a day trip away

Country music insiders choose the genre's 100 greatest songs

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

Spunky sounds a must-have for summertime fun

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.

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

Can't sleep? Try The Thorns

Spunky sounds a must-have for summertime fun
Summer is a season with an eclectic soundtrack.

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

Concerts worth seeing are a day trip away
The crickets' chirp, a child's laugh, a sweaty cast of thousands rocking out retro-style - these are the sounds of summer.

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
NEW YORK -- As dreamlike as Norah Jones' past year has been, the folky jazz singer is ready to snap out of it.

Country music insiders choose the genre's 100 greatest songs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- George and Tammy are there. So are Johnny and Hank, and Waylon and Willie.

Can't sleep? Try The Thorns
The musical equivalent of sleepy-time tea, singer-songwriter super group The Thorns never musters enough passion to be considered rock 'n' roll nor the moral commitment for folk.

A surging Labonte hopes to regain Pocono touch

Japanese like to spend big

Drivers getting experience while still in school

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.

A surging Labonte hopes to regain Pocono touch
LONG POND, Pa. -- Bobby Labonte has gotten over last year's rough season. Now he's driving as well as ever and looking to regain his touch at Pocono Raceway.

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.

Racing facts - Pocono 500

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

Q&A with Rusty Wallace

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.

Investigator surprised by incredible force in foam-impact test

Kidd not shooting well at Spurs' new arena
SAN ANTONIO -- Jason Kidd might want to take the San Antonio Spurs off his free-agent list after this season.

Spurs take Game 1

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.

Parker holds his own against Kidd

Parker holds his own against Kidd
SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker was supposed to be nervous, naive and overmatched in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Kidd not shooting well at Spurs' new arena

NCAA recommends delay in change of 3-point line, free-throw lane
INDIANAPOLIS -- Changes to the 3-point line and free-throw lane would be delayed until the 2004-05 college basketball season under a revised recommendation by the NCAA men's and women's rules committees.

Dyson tears Achilles' tendon in practice

Mr. Frederick Petersen Jr.    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Jackson    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mrs. Roberta Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Maffett Sr.    (MODOC, S.C.)
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Ms. Laura Peters    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Sam Johnson    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
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Lt. Col. Howard Gorman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Daniel Tompson    (ORANGE PARK, Fla.)
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Mrs. Delle Kilgus    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mr. James Warren    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Merritt    (SILOAM, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Young    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Robinson    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Hammond Still    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Featured obituary: Mr. Henry Cohen
Henry Cohen said it was his father's "entrepreneur spirit" that allowed him to run a successful furniture business for 40 years.

Featured obituary: Mr. John Palmer
John Palmer's battle with pancreatic cancer didn't stop him from doing the things he loved.

Mrs. Irene Wilcox    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lula Marion    (NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.)
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Mr. James Beard Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Marshall    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Irene Wilcox    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Leon McDonald    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Alexander Ford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Kum Pak    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Brittney Hutto    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. John Palmer    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mr. Sam Johnson    (COLUMBIA, S.C.)
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Rev. Robert Pierce    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lillie Lawrence    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. David Prickett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Maffett Sr.    (MODOC, S.C.)
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Mrs. Grace Rich    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John Palmer    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Mr. Sidney Rifkin    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Troy Rahn Jr.    (ROCKY FORD, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Sapp    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. James Warren    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mr. Mark Scott    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Faye Stubbs    (ASHEVILLE, N.C.)
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Mr. Samuel Stacey    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Annie Wallace    (WADLEY, Ga.)
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Mr. Daniel Tompson    (ORANGE PARK, Fla.)
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Mr. Charles Westray I    (GIBSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Adams Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Lloyd Williams    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Velma Adkins    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Adams Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Patricia Deuel    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Ms. Celia Bennett    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Frankie Dyke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Campbell    (WATKINSVILLE, Ga.)
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Dr. Nicholas Erneston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Bobby Johnson    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)
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Brittney Hutto    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Shirley Brown    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lizzie Chapman    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Charlie Callaway    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mr. James Dickson    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lizzie Chapman    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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William Ellis III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Louis Crawford Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lizzie Gaines    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Juanita Daughtry    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Grace Boddiford    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. Chester Dicks Jr.    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mr. James Patterson Sr.    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Susie Fluellen    (FORT VALLEY, Ga.)
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Mrs. Kathryn Seise    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Charles Westray I (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mr. Lloyd Williams (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Wallace (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Marion (NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Frankie [filtered word] (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Adams Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Shirley Brown (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. James Warren (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Brittney Hutto (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Daniel Tompson (ORANGE PARK, Fla.)

Lt. Col. Howard Gorman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Patricia Deuel (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William Maffett Sr. (MODOC, S.C.)

Mr. Sidney Rifkin (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Troy Rahn Jr. (ROCKY FORD, Ga.)

Mrs. Velma Adkins (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Robinson (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Frederick Petersen Jr. (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Merritt (SILOAM, Ga.)

William Ellis III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Young (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Grace Boddiford (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Hammond Still (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Lizzie Chapman (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Marshall (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Maffett Sr. (MODOC, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Jackson (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Samuel Stacey (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Louis Crawford Sr. (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Campbell (WATKINSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lizzie Chapman (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mark Scott (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Juanita Daughtry (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. James Patterson Sr. (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Irene Wilcox (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Sapp (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mrs. Kathryn Seise (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kum Pak (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Celia Bennett (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Lizzie Gaines (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Susie Fluellen (FORT VALLEY, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Mr. Henry Cohen

Mr. John Palmer (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Callaway (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Ms. Laura Peters (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Bobby Johnson (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mrs. Roberta Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Leon McDonald (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Chester Dicks Jr. (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. David Prickett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sam Johnson (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Rev. Robert Pierce (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Adams Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Brittney Hutto (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. James Dickson (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Alexander Ford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Overtime

In the game calendar

Row, row, row your boat

Realignment suits Laney coach

Funny Cide frenzy peaking as Belmont Stakes draws closer

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

Costa comes back again; rematch with Ferrero next

Ex-champ Riddick Bowe cleared of domestic abuse

Jose Santos Jr. is racing's favorite kid

Sources: Big East schools may want earlier departure

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

Funny Cide tries to win Triple Crown for the home fans

Serena's reign ends with loss to Henin-Hardenne

'Chronicle' gives recreation sports their place in the sun

Funny Cide frenzy peaking as Belmont Stakes draws closer
NEW YORK -- East Cide, West Cide, and on the World Wide Web, a fairy tale named Funny Cide is unfolding in thoroughbred racing.

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

Serena's reign ends with loss to Henin-Hardenne
PARIS -- Serena Williams' Grand Slam reign is over.

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.

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.

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."

Sources: Big East schools may want earlier departure
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Miami, Syracuse and Boston College may want to join the Atlantic Coast Conference sooner than expected, a potential snag in the proposed expansion plans.

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.

Overtime
Taking exception to recent remarks by Annika Sorenstam, PGA Tour golfer John Riegger said he has backing for a $1 million one-on-one challenge against the world's top female golfer.

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

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

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

Funny Cide tries to win Triple Crown for the home fans
NEW YORK -- Robin Smullen believes a Triple Crown sweep by Funny Cide could provide a lift for all New Yorkers.

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.

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.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Incident at state prison yields legal clarification

Ramblin' Rhodes: Incident at state prison yields legal clarification
I've been in a couple of other countries (including Vietnam), some very redneck towns in both the North and South, and in some very intense police confrontations. But in 40 years as a journalist, I never had law enforcement officers demand that I turn over my film to them.

New region will hit rivals in the wallet

Films can become time capsules

Reality programs have become really cruel

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.

Television's rerun season begins, audience dwindles

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.

CBS expands its 2003 Tony Awards show

A&E television network to make a movie about Hillary Clinton
NEW YORK -- If you don't want to bother with the book, there's a Hillary Rodham Clinton TV movie in the works.

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

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

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.

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

Concert calendar

Applause calendar

Top 20 concert tours

Barry Manilow breaks nose

Club calendar

NCAA clears nine players who sold rings
ATHENS, Ga. - Nine Georgia football players declared ineligible by the NCAA last month for selling their championship rings were cleared of any wrongdoing late Wednesday by the organization.

NCAA clears nine players who sold rings

Dooley's contract won't be renewed
ATHENS, Ga. -- Longtime Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley will lose his job next year after university president Michael Adams said Thursday he had rejected Dooley's request for a contract extension.

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.

Felton lands fourth player for Bulldogs

Dooley's contract won't be renewed

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.

Reality programs have become really cruel
During the early days of the reality television revolution, I was a fan.

Films can become time capsules
For filmmakers, the period piece can be a tricky proposition. The task of keeping an eye on authenticity while going about the day-to-day complexities of movie-making is a challenge on the best of days. Some of the cinema's surest hands have faltered when confronted with a corsetted cast cruising around in Victorian splendor.

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.

Gamecocks, Tar Heels hope to learn from last year

Gamecocks, Tar Heels hope to learn from last year
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Pitch after pitch, batter after batter, out after agonizing out, North Carolina coach Mike Fox told his Tar Heels they would get to South Carolina starter Blake Taylor and win last year's NCAA regional at Sarge Frye Field.

Overall GPA of South Carolina athletes improves

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