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

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.

Sosa awaits penalty for using corked bat

Sosa suspended for eight games
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa knew he was going to be punished for using a corked bat. He just didn't expect it to be for this long.

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

Sosa suspended for eight games

Glavine leaves game with injured elbow

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.

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
NEW YORK -- Stranded for two weeks atop a 253-foot amusement park tower at Coney Island, a wayward raccoon was finally lured to safety with - what else? - a Nathan's Famous hot dog.

Nevada county declares state of emergency over crickets
ELKO, Nev. -- Thousands of crickets have devoured plant life and blanketed roads and buildings in a northeast Nevada county, prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency.

Muslim woman cannot wear veil in driver's license photo
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A Florida judge ruled Friday that a Muslim woman cannot wear a veil in her driver's license photo, agreeing with state authorities that the practice could help terrorists conceal their identities.

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.

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.

Giles moves out of brother's shadow
ATLANTA - Atlanta second baseman Marcus Giles was discussing his brother in the clubhouse before Friday's scheduled game against Pittsburgh when pitcher Mike Hampton ambled by and offered his two cents on the subject.

Giles moves out of brother's shadow

Rain washes out Pirates-Braves game
ATLANTA -- Heavy rain forced a postponement of Friday night's game between the Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Rain washes out Pirates-Braves game

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.

Jones' wrist not broken

Moving company expands, prospers
What started as a little side business a decade ago has since turned into a windfall and lifeline for Brian and Nyles Ellefson's moving company on Mike Padgett Highway.

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

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.

Morris to start McDuffie paper

Morris to start McDuffie paper
A new paper is coming to McDuffie County. A subsidiary of Morris Communications Co. LLC announced Friday it is launching The McDuffie Mirror, a weekly broadsheet newspaper covering the county and the city of Thomson.

Unemployment rate rises nine-year high

U.S., Chile sign free trade agreement
MIAMI -- Chile and the United States signed a free trade agreement Friday, the first such pact between Washington and a South American country.

Moving company expands, prospers

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.

Business briefs

U.S., Chile sign free trade agreement

European Central Bank cuts interest rates

Continental's discount fares end June 21
To all those looking to book a cheap Continental Express flight out of Augusta: You might not want to wait too much longer.

Can Martha Stewart's company survive without her?

Unemployment rate rises nine-year high
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate climbed to a nine-year high of 6.1 percent in May, but a slowing in the rate of job losses raised hopes that the weak economy is starting to recharge.

Jobless claims rise to five-week high

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

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
A new Subway restaurant will open this month in the Augusta Exchange shopping center at 236 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway, according to the national sandwich chain.

Big East schools sue to try to prevent ACC expansion
Five Big East schools sued Friday to try to prevent Miami and Boston College from jumping to the Atlantic Coast Conference, accusing them of secretly taking part in an expansion plan that could ruin the Big East.

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

Wind advisory posted
When a recent report indicated problems with local air quality, it didn't have the Augusta Commission in mind. But it could have.

Best-managed state?

Wind advisory posted

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

Best-managed state?
With bells ringing and whistles blowing, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced the other day his plans for a "Commission for a New Georgia." He's urging business leaders to put their heads together to develop new ideas to make Georgia "the best-managed state in the nation."

Which future for Burma?

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.

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.

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

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

Stocks mixed Friday but higher for the week

Ford matches GM, Chrysler with heavy discounts

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.

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.

Consumers borrow more money
WASHINGTON -- Consumers, despite job worries, increased their borrowing in April by the largest amount since the beginning of the year.

Mortgage rates hit new lows

Stocks mixed Friday but higher for the week
NEW YORK -- Profit takers emerged late Friday on Wall Street, taking the major market gauges well below the day's highs that saw the Standard & Poor's 500 index surpass 1,000 for the first time in nearly a year. Stocks ended mixed but the Dow Jones industrials managed their sixth straight daily gain. The market's three main indicators rose for the week.

Government sets up Web site for food stamp eligibility

Court: cell phone users should be able to keep numbers when switching carriers
WASHINGTON -- Cell phone users should be allowed to keep their numbers when they switch to new providers, a federal court ruled Friday in rejecting an appeal by wireless companies.

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.

Stock market's rise is tempting individual investors
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's recent surge is tempting badly burned investors, and some - but not all - are getting back into the stock market.

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

Consumers borrow more money

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.

Court: cell phone users should be able to keep numbers when switching carriers

Fishing report

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 tournament news

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.

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?

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.

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

Jackets lose again
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Ashley Freeman doubled home Ryan Spilborghs and Jason Frome in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Asheville Tourists to a 5-4 win over the Augusta GreenJackets at McCormick Field on Friday night.

Duval breaks course record
POTOMAC, Md. -- David Duval shot a course-record 62 Friday at the FBR Capital Open, breaking out of a 1 1/2 -year slump and showing he still has the desire some have doubted.

Colonial lessons pay off for Sorenstam

Duval breaks course record

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.

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.

Gamez, Beem top leaderboard; Mickelson struggles

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.

Colonial lessons pay off for Sorenstam
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Annika Sorenstam didn't make the cut at the Colonial, which is not to say her two days on the PGA Tour were a total loss.

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

Sorenstam holds her ground

PGA Tour golfer makes $1 million challenge to Sorenstam

Jackets lose again

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.

Giguere hopes Ducks bounce back
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Jean-Sebastien Giguere might as well have been watching a pinball careening wildly in front of him in Game 5, with the puck ricocheting off sticks, skates and the boards before finally winding up in the net behind him.

Giguere hopes Ducks bounce back

Devils top Ducks

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

United States must stem the tide of illegal immigrants

Why hasn't U.S. declared war on Israel?
Why must the Palestinians stop the suicide bombing and disarm? Israel will not stop the occupation, will not stop the killing and will not disarm. The president's "road map to peace" defies logic. Harry Sellers, Hephzibah, Ga.

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

Powerful, new handguns mainly used for hunting big game

War planned before Bush was president
President George W. Bush lied to the American people. The fact that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein didn't use weapons of mass destruction against U.S. troops proves he no longer had them, and also proves that the entire premise for the war was fraudulent, akin to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Mark Gelbart, Augusta

15 minutes of fame explained

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.

War planned before Bush was president

Pastor's departure will be a loss

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

Tax-cut costs grossly understated
Your editorial on May 25, "The tax-cut gambit," on the new tax bill leads off with "Better than nothing." Are you that stupid, or are you part of the cover-up of the real cost of this act? Victor Reilly, Aiken, S.C.

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.

Eating ourselves into early graves

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.

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

Most know why Owings is leaving

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - Leaders of New Foundations have confirmed that a crisis program for children will close, eliminating as many as 16 jobs.

Across the area

Across the area
An Augusta man sent to prison for a hit-and-run accident that critically injured two children has been paroled.

Officials want more contact with council

Education officials suspect conspiracy

Across South Carolina

Corrections

Mental health center gets funding

News you can use

6 arrested in apartment patrol

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.

Nuclear workers vote on contract

Child-advocate volunteers sought
The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Child Enrichment Inc. is looking for volunteers 21 and older to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in the juvenile court system.

Two suspects arrested in marijuana bust

Across the area

Woman delivers bomb scare

Police chiefs commend sheriff
AIKEN - It wasn't long ago that Salley Police Chief Brian Epperson's officers had to cool their heels for 30 to 45 minutes if they needed backup from Aiken sheriff's deputies. When they did arrive, police officers and deputies couldn't communicate by radio because they were on different frequencies.

Aiming high

Union head makes plan to oppose YDC change

Nuclear plant strike gets closer
The union representing 500 to 600 electrical workers at the Hatch and Vogtle nuclear plants rejected a new contract proposal by Southern Nuclear Operating Co. on Friday, setting the stage for a strike if the two sides can't come to terms by the end of the month.

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.

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.

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

News you can use

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.

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

Mom gets high school degree after 22 years
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Something was missing in Debra Smith's life.

Subscriber of the day

Ruling could lead to parole
Michael A. Wilcher received a life sentence Friday, but thanks to a recent decision by the Georgia Supreme Court, he might someday be considered for parole.

Goodale Inn has vacancy

Teachers work outside class
Pauline Arnold left her south Augusta classroom Monday and headed straight for the kitchen.

Burned church might relocate

Smuggling inmates get extra 10 years

Regents' plan helps military families

Woman unlikely to face charges in bomb scare
AIKEN - Authorities don't expect to bring charges against a woman who dropped off a package of what looked like high-grade explosives at the Aiken Department of Public Safety on Thursday.

Victim's children speak of cover-up

Train collision
Robin Harold Elliott of Grovetown escaped injury after his truck was hit by a train.

Tall cross

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.

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.

Across Georgia

Burned church might relocate
WAYCROSS, Ga. - A century-old South Georgia church destroyed by fire Memorial Day weekend might be rebuilt at a new location, its pastor said this week.

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.

Four suspended YDC guards will be fired
Four of the six guards suspended from the Augusta Youth Development Campus since February are being fired.

Group considers new look

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mental health center gets funding
Unpaid leave at a financially strapped Augusta mental health center was averted after Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue came up with $900,000 to tide the center over, officials said.

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.

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.

Bartender wants job in Savannah politics
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A bartender who plays guitar for a band called Hobo Erotic has decided he wants to be the city's next mayor.

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.

Child-advocate volunteers sought

Investigators arrest suspect in downtown apartment fire
Richmond County investigators have arrested a homeless man who they say was responsible for an arson at Richmond Summit apartments.

Police chiefs commend sheriff

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

Nuclear plant strike gets closer

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.

Train collision

Jail officials say man killed himself
An inmate at the Richmond County jail committed suicide Friday, just two weeks after he was arrested on charges of robbing three restaurants and a bank, officials said.

States expect growth spurt

School budget to raise taxes

Aiken DMV will offer service on Saturdays

Goodale Inn has vacancy
One historic downtown building has been saved, and even though Erick Montgomery of Historic Augusta Inc. is pleased, satisfaction is short-lived.

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR the person who knows all about the blue jays, cats and dogs. Obviously, you are unemployed or retired, because you have so much time to watch. I have a suggestion for you: Maybe someone needs to turn the dogs on you so you will experience pain firsthand. I hope you think about it and change your mind.

Riverwalk fountain to stay dry all season
The street fountain at Riverwalk Augusta and Eighth Street will likely stay dry another whole summer because of an oversight in the bid process, public works officials said Friday.

Plan irks YDC workers
State workers from the Augusta Youth Development Campus say Juvenile Justice Commissioner Orlando Martinez' plan to privatize the campus punishes the people doing their jobs, and rewards the company responsible for the YDC's worst incidents.

Victim's children speak of cover-up
ATLANTA - Lawyers for the children of a Florida woman slain in 1964 because she was black told a federal appeals court this week that a 32-year conspiracy of secrecy by police in Jacksonville, Fla., denied them justice.

States expect growth spurt
Extending Bobby Jones Expressway from Georgia into South Carolina and to Interstate 20 will create a nexus between Aiken and Richmond counties that should jump-start industrial and commercial development on both sides of the Savannah River, officials from both states say.

Regents' plan helps military families
Military personnel and their families could save thousands of dollars thanks to a recent policy change.

Aiken DMV will offer service on Saturdays
AIKEN - The Department of Motor Vehicles will open six offices on Saturdays this summer, including the one in Aiken, to improve service.

News you can use
The Richmond County Board of Education took the final step Friday night to cede the Junior College of Augusta to the state Board of Regents.

Tall cross
Workers set a 14-foot-tall, 6,700-pound granite Celtic cross in place at the building site of the Church of the Holy Comforter on Furys Ferry Road in Martinez.

Smuggling inmates get extra 10 years
For their roles in a smuggling operation at the Augusta State Medical Prison, two inmates received maximum 10-year prison sentences Friday.

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR the person who knows all about the blue jays, cats and dogs. Obviously, you are unemployed or retired, because you have so much time to watch. I have a suggestion for you: Maybe someone needs to turn the dogs on you so you will experience pain firsthand. I hope you think about it and change your mind.

Corrections
Because of a source's error, a caption in the sports section of Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misidentified a training horse as Triple Crown hopeful Funny Cide. The horse, whose name was not given, was ridden by Funny Cide trainer Barclay Tagg.

Four suspended YDC guards will be fired

Subscriber of the day
Steve Smith of Augusta is today's subscriber of the day.

Plan irks YDC workers

Subscriber of the day

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.

Mini reviews

At the Movies: '2 Fast 2 Furious'

Mini reviews
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

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!

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.

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.

Spunky sounds a must-have for summertime fun

Concerts worth seeing are a day trip away

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

Johnson wins pole at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. - A month ago, Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman gave credence to the sophomore jinx superstition.

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.

A surging Labonte hopes to regain Pocono touch

Johnson wins pole at Pocono

Test bolsters the theory that a piece of foam doomed space shuttle

Kidd not shooting well at Spurs' new arena

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.

Parker holds his own against Kidd

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.

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

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For Lt. Col. Howard Gorman, photography was more than just a hobby.

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

Mrs. Annie Wallace (WADLEY, Ga.)

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

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

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

Mrs. Juanita Daughtry (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mr. John Pierce (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Lloyd Williams (MIDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Alexander Ford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Callaway (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Brittney Hutto (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

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

Ms. Celia Bennett (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Westray I (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Black (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Mrs. Lizzie Chapman (SPARTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Mable Sweat (TOOMSBORO, Ga.)

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

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

Mrs. Roberta Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Susie Fluellen (FORT VALLEY, Ga.)

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Dorothy Merritt (SILOAM, Ga.)

Rev. Jorden Bussey (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Conrad Brevick (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Roberta Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Bertha Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Cameron Johnson (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lois Beeler (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

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

Ms. Lou Clark (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Wilcox (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Wilcox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Barbara Casely (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Kathryn Seise (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. James Beard Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Overtime

Sources: Big East schools may want earlier departure

Funny Cide tries to win Triple Crown for the home fans

Overtime

Unseeded Verkerk vs. Ferrero in French Open final

Funny Cide frenzy peaking as Belmont Stakes draws closer

Tagg won't rest on the eve of the Belmont

Serena's reign ends with loss to Henin-Hardenne

Retirees, caterer among Funny Cide's other owners

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.

Retirees, caterer among Funny Cide's other owners
NEW YORK -- By now, who hasn't heard of the Sackatoga Six?

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.

Overtime
Annika Sorenstam was amused by a PGA Tour journeyman's offer to challenge her to an 18-hole match for $1 million.

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.

NBC wins rights to 2010-12 games
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- NBC won the U.S. TV rights to the 2010 and 2012 Olympics on Friday for $2.201 billion, extending the network's run of televising every games since 2000.

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.

Tagg won't rest on the eve of the Belmont
NEW YORK -- Barclay Tagg won't rest until he makes one final inspection tour before he saddles Funny Cide for Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

Unseeded Verkerk vs. Ferrero in French Open final
PARIS -- Martin Verkerk is having the time of his life at the French Open.

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

Ramblin' Rhodes: Incident at state prison yields legal clarification

Religious community considers merits of 'Bruce Almighty'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In the hit movie "Bruce Almighty," celestial powers are used to lift the skirt of a sexy woman, enhance the breasts of the hero's girlfriend and potty train a dog.

Oregon court says religion must be considered in scheduling scholastic sports tournaments
SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon education officials must reasonably accommodate the religious practices of students when scheduling prep sports tournaments, the state appeals court said Thursday.

Faith digest
A hand-carved Celtic cross, 14 feet tall and made of Georgia granite, will be dedicated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on the future site of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in the 400 block of Furys Ferry Road, across from Baker Woods Baptist Church in Martinez.

Mormons & minorities: Blacks see need for diversity in church
SALT LAKE CITY -- Mormon church leaders describe it as a shared, simultaneous revelation from God.

When opportunity calls, seek counsel
When opportunity knocks, part of us says, "Go for it!" then voices of caution creep in to say, "Wait a minute! Have you considered all that's involved?"

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. E-mail items to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Religion news in brief
LONDON -- In a rare step among Anglicans, the Church of Nigeria has cut ties with the Canadian diocese of Vancouver, British Columbia, because it authorized a May 28 blessing ceremony for a homosexual couple.

Hillcrest will hold Pentecost for community
Worshippers carrying banners will open a communitywide ecumenical service for Pentecost, the birthday of the church, at 7 p.m. Sunday at Hillcrest Baptist Church on Deans Bridge Road.

Orchard approved for new benefits
When Solid Rock Church of Wrens applied for nonprofit status with the Georgia Secretary of State's office this spring, the request to incorporate was approved with one stipulation, the church had to give up its name.

Many leaders of Hitler's Germany saw themselves as Christians - of a sort
Fascination with Nazism's incomprehensible evil is unending, witness the recent made-for-TV movie on CBS, the new "Hitler's Diaries" paperback and video, and many other books and articles.

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

Reality programs have become really cruel

Films can become time capsules

Test bolsters the theory that a piece of foam doomed space shuttle
SAN ANTONIO -- A chunk of foam fired at high speed cracked a space shuttle wing panel Friday, offering what investigators said was the most powerful evidence yet to support the theory that a piece of the stiff, lightweight insulation doomed Columbia.

CBS planning miniseries about former president and his family
LOS ANGELES -- CBS is planning a two-part miniseries about the family life of former President Reagan and wife Nancy.

CBS planning miniseries about former president and his family

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

Concert calendar

Adams pulls off power play to oust Dooley

NCAA clears nine players who sold rings

Adams pulls off power play to oust Dooley
Let's start with the obvious: Michael Adams and Vince Dooley do not like each other.

Dooley's contract won't be renewed

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.

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.

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.

South Carolina tops North Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Freshman Michael Campbell knows he's in the lineup for his defense. He showed South Carolina he's got a little pop in his bat as well.

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

South Carolina tops North Carolina

Muslim woman cannot wear veil in driver's license photo

Nevada county declares state of emergency over crickets

Odds and Ends

Mormons & minorities: Blacks see need for diversity in church

Religious community considers merits of 'Bruce Almighty'

When opportunity calls, seek counsel

Faith digest

Orchard approved for new benefits

Faith and fellowship calendar

Hillcrest will hold Pentecost for community

Religion news in brief

Oregon court says religion must be considered in scheduling scholastic sports tournaments

Many leaders of Hitler's Germany saw themselves as Christians - of a sort