Publisher revs up promotion for new Harry Potter book

'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
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.

'Joseph' stars young talent

Hillary Clinton bares the pain of the Lewinsky episode

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.

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.

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.

Fantasy Baseball: Can Sosa recover after the cork?

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

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?

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.

Physicists: Cork adds little pop at plate

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.

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.

Glavine leaves game with injured elbow

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.

Expos buck the odds to contend once again

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.

Florida baseball team to spoof Sosa with cork giveaway

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.

Jessica Margot General

Zakk Nickalus Epps

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.

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.

Aysa Emani Gillam

Korleone Nasir Coleman

Vinesha Ber'Shay Brown

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

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.

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.

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

Brayden Michael Turner

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

Maddux dominates Rangers in victory

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

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.

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.

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

Martha Stewart indicted in insider-trading scandal

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

European Central Bank cuts interest rates

Martha Stewart indicted in insider-trading scandal

Can Martha Stewart's company survive without her?

Productivity rises at 1.9 percent annual rate

Jobless claims rise to five-week high

Project shifts to owners

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

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

Which future for Burma?

Questions of legitimacy

It Takes a Keyboard

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

Stocks make small gains

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.

Dow closes above 9,000

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.

Ford matches GM, Chrysler with heavy discounts

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.

Mortgage rates hit new lows

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.

Stocks show limited gains

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 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.

Government sets up Web site for food stamp eligibility

Fishing report

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.

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.

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.

It's been raining dollar spots

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
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?

We should let dead celebrities lie commercial-free

Gamez, Beem top leaderboard; Mickelson struggles

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

The real test arrives for Sorenstam

Sorenstam holds her ground

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Devils top Ducks

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
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Talk about culture shock.

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.

United States must stem the tide of illegal immigrants

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.

Pastor's departure will be a loss

15 minutes of fame explained

Most know why Owings is leaving

Eating ourselves into early graves

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

Road map for peace in Middle East hard to follow

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Health-care system moving in right direction

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

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.

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.

Movie gives renewed respect for God

Elevators helped reshape Augusta

In the know

Moonlit Movies

Health calendar

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.

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.

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.

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.

Union head makes plan to oppose YDC change

School leader plans to save federal funds

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Road work will slow SRS route

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.

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.

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.

Edgefield hospital holds mock hostage situation

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

Woman delivers bomb scare

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.

Residents call on officials to rescue senior centers

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.

News you can use

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

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.

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

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.

News you can use

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 the area

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

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.

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

Furys Ferry Station had unique construction

Lawsuit targets Augusta

Two burglars harm woman in her home

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Group considers new look

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.

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.

Across South Carolina

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 the area

Across South Carolina

Medicaid resolution near

School budget to raise taxes

State privatizes youth campus

Officials want more contact with council

Perdue OKs cigarette tax increase

Education officials suspect conspiracy

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

6 arrested in apartment patrol

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.

Nuclear workers vote on contract

Slaying suspect rejects bargain

Subscriber of the day

Teacher tenure survives vetoes

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.

Across Georgia

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

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.

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.

Aiming high

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

Two suspects arrested in marijuana bust

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.

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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At the Movies: '2 Fast 2 Furious'

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Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

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JUST OUT: About Schmidt and Die Another Day

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

Can't sleep? Try The Thorns

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Country music insiders choose the genre's 100 greatest songs

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.

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.

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

Concerts worth seeing are a day trip away

Racing facts - Pocono 500

Drivers getting experience while still in school

A surging Labonte hopes to regain Pocono touch

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

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

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.

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.

Japanese like to spend big

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.

Investigator surprised by incredible force in foam-impact test

Parker holds his own against Kidd

Spurs take Game 1

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
SAN ANTONIO -- Jason Kidd might want to take the San Antonio Spurs off his free-agent list after this season.

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.

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. Bobby Johnson    (WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.)
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Henry Cohen said it was his father's "entrepreneur spirit" that allowed him to run a successful furniture business for 40 years.

Mr. Mark Scott    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Maffett Sr.    (MODOC, S.C.)
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Mr. James Patterson Sr.    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mr. Daniel Tompson    (ORANGE PARK, Fla.)
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Mrs. Annie Wallace    (WADLEY, Ga.)
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Mr. James Warren    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Roberta Johnson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Irene Wilcox    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Delle Kilgus    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Annie Young    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Brittney Hutto    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. James Beard Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Merritt    (SILOAM, Ga.)
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Mr. John Palmer    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
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Ms. Laura Peters    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mr. Troy Rahn Jr.    (ROCKY FORD, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lizzie Chapman    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Kathryn Seise    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Dickson    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Faye Stubbs    (ASHEVILLE, N.C.)
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William Ellis III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Featured obituary: Mr. John Palmer
John Palmer's battle with pancreatic cancer didn't stop him from doing the things he loved.

Mr. Charles Westray I    (GIBSON, Ga.)
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Rev. Robert Pierce    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Lloyd Williams    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Adams Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Grace Rich    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Celia Bennett    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Sidney Rifkin    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Charlie Callaway    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Frankie Dyke    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lizzie Chapman    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Dr. Nicholas Erneston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Louis Crawford Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Sapp    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
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Mrs. Juanita Daughtry    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Samuel Stacey    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. James Warren    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Susie Fluellen    (FORT VALLEY, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Adams Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Alexander Ford    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Grace Boddiford    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Lt. Col. Howard Gorman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Daniel Tompson    (ORANGE PARK, Fla.)
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Mr. Charles Westray I (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Wallace (WADLEY, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Juanita Daughtry (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

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

William Ellis III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Merritt (SILOAM, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Boddiford (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

Mr. James Warren (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

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

Mr. Daniel Tompson (ORANGE PARK, Fla.)

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

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

Mrs. Roberta Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sidney Rifkin (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Alexander Ford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Velma Adkins (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Ms. Celia Bennett (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Charlie Callaway (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Leon McDonald (THOMSON, Ga.)

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

Mr. David Prickett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Lizzie Chapman (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lizzie Chapman (SPARTA, Ga.)

Rev. Robert Pierce (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Lloyd Williams (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Elizabeth Campbell (WATKINSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Wilcox (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Elizabeth Marshall (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Mark Scott (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathryn Seise (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Susie Fluellen (FORT VALLEY, Ga.)

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

Brittney Hutto (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

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

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

Featured obituary: Mr. Henry Cohen

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

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

Brittney Hutto (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

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

'Chronicle' gives recreation sports their place in the sun

In the game calendar

Funny Cide frenzy peaking as Belmont Stakes draws closer

Costa comes back again; rematch with Ferrero next

Serena's reign ends with loss to Henin-Hardenne

Realignment suits Laney coach

Funny Cide tries to win Triple Crown for the home fans

Row, row, row your boat

Overtime

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

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

Jose Santos Jr. is racing's favorite kid

Ex-champ Riddick Bowe cleared of domestic abuse

Sources: Big East schools may want earlier departure

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Television's rerun season begins, audience dwindles

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.

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

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.

Club calendar

Applause calendar

Barry Manilow breaks nose

Concert calendar

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

Top 20 concert tours

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.

Felton lands fourth player for Bulldogs

Dooley's contract won't be renewed

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.

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.

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.

NCAA clears nine players who sold rings

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

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
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.

Gamecocks, Tar Heels hope to learn from last year

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