'On Blondes' offers new take on flaxen femininity

'On Blondes' offers new take on flaxen femininity
It seems so illogical and so unfair. Why should something so easily attainable mean so much?

Book examines dark and light side of 1893 fair
The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 was a place of wonder and discovery.

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Book examines dark and light side of 1893 fair

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South Carolina coach of the year
North Augusta baseball coach Drew Hummel won't be swayed.

South Carolina all-area baseball team
The Augusta Chronicle's 2003 South Carolina All-Area baseball team

Georgia player of the year
Before this season, Glascock County's Timothy Murphey figured he could use his pitching talent to make money playing professional baseball.

Independent schools all-area baseball team
The Augusta Chronicle's 2003 Independent School All-Area baseball team

Independent player of the year
His statistics this season are pretty impressive, but personal achievements weren't supposed to impress professional scouts on Augusta Christian center fielder Jordan Belcher.

Coach thrives in Sandersville
Before Dwayne Sapp accepted the Washington County baseball coach's job three years ago, he asked his fellow coaches what they thought about the opportunity.

South Carolina player of the year
The pressure, North Augusta outfielder Zach Cooper said, actually helped.

Independent Coach of the year
Even with a controversy that took place off the field, NorthPoint Academy baseball coach Pete Meadows still counts this season as a success.

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.

South Carolina coach of the year
North Augusta baseball coach Drew Hummel won't be swayed.

Sosa suspended for eight games

Georgia all-area baseball team
The Augusta Chronicle's 2003 Georgia All-Area baseball team

Georgia all-area baseball team

South Carolina player of the year

Coach thrives in Sandersville

Lists give a sense of accomplishment for the day

Mexican beach resort caters to big tourists
TANKAH, Mexico -- In a world enthralled by thin, perhaps no place is more slanted toward the slender or more daunting for the double-chinned than the beach.

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.

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.

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.

Braves' notebook

Braves' notebook
ATLANTA - At 40-19, the Atlanta Braves entered Saturday night's game with the National League's best record, but it hasn't translated into All-Star votes for several deserving players.

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.

Lopez's home run helps Braves win
ATLANTA - Atlanta catcher Javy Lopez, who two weeks ago was hearing trade rumors, has laid to rest any thoughts the Braves harbored of sending him packing.

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.

Rain washes out Pirates-Braves game

Lopez's home run helps Braves win

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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.

Orientation should be well-planned, pleasant
Starting a new job can be an exciting - and stressful - event.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: Bakelite Epoxy Polymers Corp.

Low stock prices have businesses ducking out of public market
NEW YORK - Companies dove into the public market during the roaring 1990s, when it was easy to grab capital and turn investors' heads. Now some smaller businesses are quietly retracing their steps to private life.

Unemployment rate rises nine-year high

On the move
Southern Mechanical Inc. announced thatChad Hillman has joined the company as a commercial estimator and Angel Torres has joined as a residential sales manager.

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.

Companies to move cautiously under looser ownership reins
For years, media companies have salivated over the prospect of owning newspaper and broadcast businesses within the same market.

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.

Morris to start McDuffie paper

On the move

U.S., Chile sign free trade agreement

Orientation should be well-planned, pleasant

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.

Pocket change

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.

Low stock prices have businesses ducking out of public market

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.

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Moving company expands, prospers

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.

Best-managed state?

Dragged through Georgia mud
It may very well have been time for Vince Dooley to take himself out of the game.

Wind advisory posted

Glimpsing the future?
Augusta may have turned a huge corner recently.

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.

Dragged through Georgia mud

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."

Glimpsing the future?

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

Consumers borrow more money

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.

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.

Stocks mixed Friday but higher for the week

SBC, BellSouth, Cingular to link landline, cellular minutes

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.

SBC, BellSouth, Cingular to link landline, cellular minutes
ATLANTA -- BellSouth Corp. and SBC Communications Inc. will soon allow customers to use on their home phones minutes from their Cingular Wireless cell phone plans, which often come with free nights and weekends.

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

Bruschetta is season's Italian treat

Bruschetta is season's Italian treat
Summer is imminent. Hot breezes, bright, sunny skies and lazy days lie ahead for Augustans.

Around the horn
Lake County Captains right-hander Jake Dittler went 2-0 with an 0.75 ERA with 11 strikeouts in two starts. Dittler is 4-1 and ranks fourth in the SAL with a 1.82 ERA.

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.

GreenJackets notebook
Chad Spann was a lock to represent Augusta in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. But because the miserable GreenJackets hold one of the worst records in the minor leagues, their chances of sending more than one player to the midseason showcase seemed a longshot.

Golf roundup

Colonial lessons pay off for Sorenstam

Duval breaks course record

Golf roundup
POTOMAC, Md. - The TPC at Avenel course became a water hazard Saturday, forcing a Monday finish in the PGA Tour's Capital Open just three days before the start of the U.S. Open.

Rain forces Monday finish at Capital Open
POTOMAC, Md. -- The entire Capital Open course became a water hazard, forcing a Monday finish just three days before the start of the U.S. Open.

Rain forces Monday finish at Capital Open

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.

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.

Around the horn

Jackets lose again

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

Anaheim forces Game 7

Anaheim forces Game 7
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anaheim star Paul Kariya was on wobbly legs, staggered by a thunderous hit that threatened to end his Stanley Cup finals. Then he made a comeback that stunned even the New Jersey Devils.

Lists give a sense of accomplishment for the day
Our lives are hardly listless. I should know. I start almost every day with a list.

War planned before Bush was president

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.

Family grateful for kindness
William Few Parkway is busy. Cars and lots of big trucks fly up and down the connector between Washington and Columbia roads. Diann Daniel, Evans, Ga.

Wishes best to Owings on new journey

Even non-believers will miss Owings
While I am not myself a person of faith, I am a member of a family that attends the First Baptist Church of Augusta. Clinton E. Plumlee, 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.

Wishes best to Owings on new journey
"Today, I tender my resignation as your pastor, believing the time has come for me to seek God's direction in my life in other ministry. The last services at which I will preach will be Sunday, June 8, at 8:30 and 11 The specific nature and place of my next assignment is as yet undetermined. I deeply believe, however, that God who called me to the ministry in August of 1972 and has led me these last 31 years will, in God's time, direct my way." Carole Jester Spinks, Augusta

Family grateful for kindness

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

Avoid battles with bulling in-laws

Home front

Woman's son justifies her confidence in him

Paris' disco inferno

Give dad his power

Woman's son justifies her confidence in him
Bonnie Marano has faith in her son, Patrick.So, when Mrs. Marano and her husband, Donald Smith, decided to move to Augusta from Utica, N.Y., to be closer to family, she put that faith to the test and asked her son to build their home.

Give dad his power
It's not a shopping experience many women look forward to.

Paris' disco inferno
PARIS - Paris is often called the City of Lights, and rightly so. This is the home of some of the best night life and evening activities on the planet, including great sites for vibrant teenagers looking for nights to remember.

In the know
Women playwrights in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee can submit their full-length, original play to the Women Playwright's Initiative for it annual playwright competition.

In the know
Women playwrights in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee can submit their full-length, original play to the Women Playwright's Initiative for it annual playwright competition.

Avoid battles with bulling in-laws
Dear Carson: My mother-in-law enjoys confrontation and often screams when she argues. I, who have trouble raising my voice, seldom lose my temper and even have trouble confronting an elder on any subject.

Home front
You know what happens when you squat too low in a shirt that's too short.

Victim's children speak of cover-up

Smuggling inmates get extra 10 years

Aiken DMV will offer service on Saturdays

Prison cuts create crowding concerns

Goodale Inn has vacancy

Sex charges disrupt rise of preacher

Nuclear plant strike gets closer

State pay comparison favors teachers

Across Georgia

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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.

Harvesting shrimp is successful venture for farmer

Child-advocate volunteers sought

Rain leads to floods in streets

Train collision

Cable show films author
The president of the Southeastern Legal Foundation, a conservative legal group, was given a chance to bring his views to a national audience at a taping Saturday.

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.

Scientist awaits new glimpse of Mars
As a rocket flies upward today from Cape Canaveral, Fla., it will carry with it Mike Wolff's dream of looking up from the surface of Mars.

Across the area

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

Cable show films author

Rain leads to floods in streets
Augusta was drenched with nearly 3 inches of rain Friday and Saturday, causing some street flooding but little damage.

Scientist awaits new glimpse of Mars

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

Children's center director faces four charges in indictment

News you can use

Rants and raves
A FEW YEARS AGO, I had a question about the religious beliefs of a church I was attending. I called several churches and left messages for pastors. The only pastor who returned my call was Dr. Tim Owings at First Baptist Church. We talked at length. He asked my husband and me to meet with him privately. He took time for us personally. He never maligned the church or leadership at the church that we attended. He was kind and loving. This is a man who truly has a heart for God and God's people.

Across the area

State pay comparison favors teachers
Brian Campbell knows the value of a teacher. Mr. Campbell, an assistant principal at Lakeside High School for the past year, taught biology at Greenbrier High School for five years. He recognizes that teachers have one of the most important jobs in society.

Plan irks YDC workers

Children's center director faces four charges in indictment
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The former finance director of Greenbriar Children's Center has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that she defrauded the organization of more than $200,000.

Burned church might relocate

Across the southeast

Regents' plan helps military families

Lure of food brings folks, money out for causes

Tall cross

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.

Police chiefs commend sheriff

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.

Four suspended YDC guards will be fired

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

States expect growth spurt

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

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.

Glitch stalls customers at Department of Motor Vehicles
Saturday was a driver's dream at the Aiken office of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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.

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.

Department recognizes officers

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.

Glitch stalls customers at Department of Motor Vehicles

Across the South Carolina
GREENVILLE -A paper plant employee died after he was crushed by a 1,500-pound bale of paper, authorities say.

Prison cuts create crowding concerns
ATLANTA - In Georgia, more than 200,000 people are either in the custody of the Department of Corrections or under its supervision.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Mary Durst of Martinez.

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

News you can use
JUNE 8, 1968 The Richmond County Health Department says it will have a busy summer.

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.

Lure of food brings folks, money out for causes
AIKEN - Willie Moore dropped another fleshy whiting filet into boiling peanut oil and joked with a visitor, "You're eating a fish sandwich in the 'hood!"

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

School cuts could cost votes

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.

Department recognizes officers
One officer jumped through the window of an out-of-control vehicle to prevent tragedy.

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.

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.

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

Harvesting shrimp is successful venture for farmer
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Wesley Bailey has raised almost everything you can think of on his Burke County farm: watermelons, sweet corn - even dairy cattle.

Mental health center gets funding

Sex charges disrupt rise of preacher
BATH - The traveling preacher who urged others to repent of their sins had some confessing of his own to do.

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.

Rental suit gets court date
A Clarke County Superior Court hearing that could decide the fate of a rental registration ordinance adopted last month has been set for June 18.

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.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating an incident in which a man tried to defraud a local pharmacy to get the drug oxycodone.

School cuts could cost votes
AIKEN - It's not politically smart to tick off a state full of teachers, administrators, school board members and parents.

Across Georgia
GAINESVILLE -A Hall County jury has cleared a 16-year-old boy of murder, assault and firearms charges in the deaths of two teenagers who were killed in a drive-by shooting during a birthday party last year.

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. -North Carolina has been granted permission to postpone for a year tough new federal rules that call for highly qualified teachers in schools that receive money to help students from poor families.

Rants and raves
A FEW YEARS AGO, I had a question about the religious beliefs of a church I was attending. I called several churches and left messages for pastors. The only pastor who returned my call was Dr. Tim Owings at First Baptist Church. We talked at length. He asked my husband and me to meet with him privately. He took time for us personally. He never maligned the church or leadership at the church that we attended. He was kind and loving. This is a man who truly has a heart for God and God's people.

Corrections

With experience comes wisdom
Since Tiger Woods became the gold standard by which all current golfers are measured, it was naturally assumed his toughest competition would develop from the pool of young stars rising in his wake.

Pocono prepared for a long day

NASCAR notebook
LONG POND, Pa. - Bill Elliott has been able to get through the past two races with broken bones in his left foot, but today's Pocono 500 presents a different kind of challenge.

Johnson wins pole at Pocono

NASCAR notebook

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

Pocono prepared for a long day
LONG POND, Pa. - The possibility of rain could delay the start of today's Pocono 500, which could turn one of racing's longest afternoons into an all-day affair.

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

Martin may not have to guard Duncan

Spurs' FT woes exposed in Game 2 loss

Spurs' FT woes exposed in Game 2 loss
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tim Duncan has more in common with Shaquille O'Neal than dominating the Western Conference, winning MVP awards and playing for championships.

Nets heading East with confidence, momentum

Martin may not have to guard Duncan
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets might have a way slow down Tim Duncan in the NBA Finals.

Nets heading East with confidence, momentum
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The NBA's great East-West divide doesn't seem quite so gaping any more - not while Jason Kidd is leaping confidently across it, and not while Tim Duncan is missing nearly enough free throws to fill it.

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Henin-Hardenne wins French for first Grand Slam title

Unseeded Verkerk vs. Ferrero in French Open final

Tagg won't rest on the eve of the Belmont

Late bloomer Verkerk plays Ferrero for French title

Funny Cide fails in Triple try; Empire maker takes Belmont

Overtime

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Retirees, caterer among Funny Cide's other owners

Area sports announcements

Area sports announcements
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Late bloomer Verkerk plays Ferrero for French title
PARIS -- Martin Verkerk has become the talk of the French Open thanks to his speedy serves, quick quips, facial contortions and - most of all - six consecutive wins.

Funny Cide fails in Triple try; Empire maker takes Belmont
NEW YORK -- Funny Cide's improbable run at the Triple Crown ended in the mud Saturday at the Belmont Stakes, splashed aside by a rival who wasn't about to let a gelded nobody become part of racing royalty.

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.

Overtime
Miami's possible move to the Atlantic Coast Conference could be delayed by a lawsuit filed by five Big East schools.

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.

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

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

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

Henin-Hardenne wins French for first Grand Slam title
PARIS -- Justine Henin-Hardenne won the French Open for Belgium, for her husband and for her coach.

Fishing tournament to benefit Special Olympics
John Bradford hadn't wet a line since a Cub Scout outing in 1976 - and that was a long, long time ago.

Fishing tournament to benefit Special Olympics

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Georgia announces dates for first alligator season
After two years of discussion, it's official: Georgia's Board of Natural Resources has scheduled the state's inaugural alligator season for Sept. 13-28.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Georgia announces dates for first alligator season

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

Adams pulls off power play to oust Dooley

Walker disagrees with Dooley decision

Walker disagrees with Dooley decision
ATHENS, Ga. - Herschel Walker said Saturday that he resigned from his role in the University of Georgia's ongoing capital campaign because of school President Michael Adams' decision not to extend athletic director Vince Dooley's contract.

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

Big bats lead Gamecocks back to series
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Landon Powell may have lost his swing in the middle of the season, but never his focus. Now, Powell's revived bat has South Carolina back in the College World Series.

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.

Big bats lead Gamecocks back to series

South Carolina tops North Carolina

Muslim woman cannot wear veil in driver's license photo

Mexican beach resort caters to big tourists

Odds and Ends

Nevada county declares state of emergency over crickets

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

Religious community considers merits of 'Bruce Almighty'

Mormons & minorities: Blacks see need for diversity in church

Orchard approved for new benefits

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

Faith and fellowship calendar

Faith digest

Hillcrest will hold Pentecost for community

When opportunity calls, seek counsel

Religion news in brief