'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

Arts calendar
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'On Blondes' offers new take on flaxen femininity

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

Arts calendar

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.

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

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.

Rose sits behind plate at Reds' game
CINCINNATI -- Pete Rose attended his first game at the Cincinnati Reds' new ballpark Sunday, buying tickets for some of the best seats behind home plate.

Georgia all-area baseball team

South Carolina player of the year

Glavine scratched from next scheduled start
NEW YORK -- Tom Glavine will miss a scheduled start for the first time in 11 years, and the left-hander with a sore elbow is not sure exactly when he'll pitch again for the New York Mets.

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

Coach thrives in Sandersville

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

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.

Glavine scratched from next scheduled start

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.

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

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

Rose sits behind plate at Reds' game

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

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.

Villagers battle, and sometimes die, as tourists watch
MACHA, Bolivia -- A bus loaded with tourists pulls into this desolate pueblo on Bolivia's high plains to watch 6,000 drunken Indians beat themselves to a pulp in a three-day festival known as Tinku.

Muslim woman cannot wear veil in driver's license photo
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A judge ruled Friday that a Muslim woman cannot wear a veil in her driver's license photo, agreeing with the state that allowing people to show only their eyes would undermine efforts to stop terrorists.

Braves' notebook

Lopez hits the ones he sees

Lopez hits the ones he sees
ATLANTA - Lost in the shadow of Javy Lopez's power surge is this: With 14 home runs in his last 19 games, he has surpassed last season's total (11) in 91 fewer games.

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.

Atlanta catcher pads credentials in victory

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.

Lopez's home run helps Braves win

Atlanta catcher pads credentials in victory
ATLANTA - It's been five years since Javy Lopez went to the All-Star Game, but should start making plans to remain behind in Chicago when the Braves end the first half of the season at Wrigley Field.

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.

Low stock prices have businesses ducking out of public market

Ford see future with fuel cells, trains, 'smart' airbags

Bottled water is booming

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.

Small public companies consider going private as costs rise
NEW YORK -- Companies dove into the public market during the roaring '90s, when it was easy to grab capital and turn investors' heads. Now some smaller businesses are quietly retracing their steps to private life.

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.

Pocket change

When your child is also your employee
NEW YORK -- Thousands of college graduates won't be looking for work this summer - they've already gotten jobs in their parents' companies.

Business calendar

Ford see future with fuel cells, trains, 'smart' airbags
DEARBORN, Mich. -- By the year 2050, Ford Motor Co. expects nearly half the cars it sells will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Fifty years after that, some Ford officials muse, the company might be making high-speed trains for commuters tired of traffic.

Business calendar
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Bottled water is booming
WASHINGTON -- Walk through the beverage aisle of a grocery store and it is hard to miss the seemingly endless supply of bottled water on the shelves.

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.

On the move

Small public companies consider going private as costs rise

Orientation should be well-planned, pleasant

When your child is also your employee

'Manna' saves S.C.
President Bush's $350 billion tax cut and spending package, which included $20 billion to help bail states out of their fiscal crises, came just in time to save South Carolina from having to make some extremely painful education and Medicaid cuts - or to raise taxes, which many in the GOP-controlled legislature considered even worse.

Glimpsing the future?

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

Sunday school is for Sunday

Dragged through Georgia mud

'Manna' saves S.C.

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

Sunday school is for Sunday
The separation of church and state exists on an ice-thin line, and the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools is skating on it.

Tobey Maguire bulks up, then trims down, then bulks up
NEW YORK -- Tobey Maguire has been yo-yo dieting lately, but it's work-related.

Tax cuts give investors new reason to examine portfolios
NEW YORK -- The new tax cuts mean a smaller bill from Uncle Sam, but there are a few items that mutual fund shareholders must consider to maximize savings.

How can I successfully bid on a house?
Q. I've lost five homes in bidding wars. What am I doing wrong, and what do I need to do to get the house I want?

Tax cuts give investors new reason to examine portfolios

SBC, BellSouth, Cingular to link landline, cellular minutes

How can I successfully bid on a house?

Planning, shopping around can hold down summer travel costs
NEW YORK -- Most Americans are planning vacations this summer, but they're not going very far and they're keeping a tight hold on their wallets.

Boomers push sales of sneakers, retro styling

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.

Boomers push sales of sneakers, retro styling
NEW YORK -- Michael Jacobsen says his trendy teenagers are rarely impressed with the clothes he wears. But the 45-year-old got a different reaction after buying a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors, the high-top sneakers popular when he was a kid.

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.

Early offense gives Jackets big cushion
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Augusta GreenJackets jumped out to a 10-run lead after two innings, then held on through another disappointing outing by their bullpen for a 12-8 victory over the Savannah Sand Gnats on Saturday night at Grayson Stadium.

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.

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.

Golf roundup

Former pitcher Rick Rhoden wins Lemieux Invitational
PRESTO, Pa. -- Former major league pitcher Rick Rhoden, won the Mellon-Mario Lemieux Celebrity Invitational for the fourth time Sunday.

Rain forces Monday finish at Capital Open

Jacobs wins Senior PGA

Sorenstam wins fifth major
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Annika Sorenstam faced this kind of pressure at Colonial, only this time she didn't miss the cut - she won a major.

Owen wins British Masters

Former pitcher Rick Rhoden wins Lemieux Invitational

Owen wins British Masters
MERIDEN, England -- Greg Owen of England won the British Masters by three strokes Sunday for his first victory in six years on the European tour.

Sorenstam wins fifth major

Sabbatini takes 1-shot lead into a final round at Capital Open
POTOMAC, Md. -- Rory Sabbatini put on a fine Sunday finish without the usual Sunday paycheck, shooting a 68 to take a one-shot lead after three rounds of the rain-delayed FBR Capital Open.

Sabbatini takes 1-shot lead into a final round at Capital 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.

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.

Jacobs wins Senior PGA
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- John Jacobs shot a 2-under 68 in the final round to claim a two-stroke victory over Bobby Wadkins in the Senior PGA Championship on Sunday.

Around the horn

Early offense gives Jackets big cushion

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.

One game to decide the Cup
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Mighty Ducks and Devils have played for two weeks on two coasts in what have often seemed two simultaneous but wildly contrasting Stanley Cup finals.

Anaheim forces Game 7

One game to decide the Cup

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.

Muns indictment immature, unjust
An injustice has been perpetrated upon Richard Chad Muns of Columbia County. A grand jury has handed down multiple counts of child molestation against a young man who is accused of having had sexual relations with a young girl three years younger than his 17 years of age. The counts of child molestation present an image to the public of an older male physically/sexually abusing a helpless child. Gene L. Rickaby, Martinez, Ga.

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

Defends N.A. police's performance
Regarding Terry Smith's June 1 letter, "N.A. police need to patrol city": The city of North Augusta is a safe and lovely place in which to live and work, due partly to the commendable performance of our police officers who are caring, diligent and work together with synchronous efficiency. Our police department deserves gratitude and praise for responding quickly to those in need, for patrolling the town thoroughly and for their expert teamwork. Liz Berry, North Augusta, S.C.

Appreciates Dr. Owings' loyal service
I want to personally thank and commend the Rev. Dr. Timothy Owings for his excellent words of wisdom and encouragement to Richmond County High School's class of 2003 during the baccalaureate service at the civic center. His message about the "final, final exam" was an excellent message for the seniors about their relationships with Jesus Christ. Kenneth Echols, Augusta

Wishes best to Owings on new journey

More to money change than written
The Chronicle's May 31 editorial, "About funny money," said the reason for the new multicolored $20 bill is to make counterfeiting more difficult. If you believe that to be the only reason, I have some riverfront property in Arkansas for sale at the bargain price of only $1 million an acre. Thomas D. Kohli, Augusta

More to money change than written

Believes in using people's money wisely
I completely concur with every suggestion made in Charlie Hannah's letter on May 29, "Civic center feasibility study needed." The letter called for using the old Regency Mall and Regency cinemas as the perfect place for a new civic center and performing arts theater. His ideas sound like something my late husband, Nathan B. Brown, would have had. Sarah R. Brown, Augusta

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.

Speller deserves a hand

Speller deserves a hand
I would like to say something about young Joe Shepherd of Waynesboro, Ga., (sponsored by The Augusta Chronicle), who worked very hard to compete in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. Vicki Snowden, Augusta

Appreciates Dr. Owings' loyal service

Family grateful for kindness

Believes in using people's money wisely

Americans shouldering medical burden
Canadians pay less for prescription drugs because Americans are subsidizing their socialist health system. The emphasis in this argument should not be on Canada's low cost, but on U.S.-elevated prices because we are shouldering their share of the burden for research and development. Ralph Buchanan, North Augusta, S.C.

Americans shouldering medical burden

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

Home front

Small printing shop shuns modern methods

Paris' disco inferno

Woman's son justifies her confidence in him

Technology for challenging spam is challenged

Avoid battles with bulling in-laws

Give dad his power

PBS launching cartoon aimed at Hispanic children

Study: Higher speed limit raises risk of death for women, elderly

Small printing shop shuns modern methods
MONTEVIDEO, Minn. -- In the small printing shop on Montevideo's main strip, patrons won't find a computer, a copy machine or even a telephone.

Study: Higher speed limit raises risk of death for women, elderly
PHILADELPHIA -- Raising the speed limit to 70 mph or more increases the risk of driving-related deaths for women and the elderly, but not for younger men, a study has found.

Technology for challenging spam is challenged
NEW YORK -- It's being promoted as a surefire way to eliminate unsolicited e-mail: Force senders to prove they are human rather than one of those automated programs that inundate the Internet with spam.

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.

PBS launching cartoon aimed at Hispanic children
NEW YORK -- Scholastic Entertainment is starting a new cartoon, "The Misadventures of Maya and Miguel," aimed partly at helping Hispanic children learn English.

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.

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

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

Rain leads to floods in streets

Two teens die in car accident
Two Evans High School students were killed in a car accident Sunday morning.

Two teens die in car accident

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

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Stefanie Cooley of Martinez.

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Perdue finds governing grants little family time
ATLANTA - His enthusiasm for the job is easy to see, but five months into his term as Georgia's first Republican governor in more than a century, Sonny Perdue says he has found at least one huge downside to the position.

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.

Money woes threaten program
Golden Harvest Food Bank is feeling the economic pinch that's gripping other nonprofit agencies and businesses, the group's top official said at a recent news conference.

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

Across the southeast

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

Across the area

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

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.

News you can use

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.

School may be from Rosenwald
COMER, Ga. - A train rumbles by as 77-year-old William Sims journeys back into his childhood.

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.

News you can use

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.

Council ponders bonds as options
Garbage trucks. Police cruisers. A new Aiken County administration building.

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.

Across the southeast
FAYETTE, Ala. -A teenager faces arraignment today on capital murder charges in the fatal shooting of two policemen and a dispatcher who were gunned down as they booked the teen on a car theft charge.

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.

Across Georgia

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

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 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.

Sex charges disrupt rise of preacher

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.

Subscriber of the day

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.

Popularity of fishing derby grows every year

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.

Agency strives to revitalize diverse area

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.

Members demand answers

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!"

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RAVE for the teachers at Trinity Baptist pre-school. Just a thanks for providing a loving Christian atmosphere for my child this past school year.

Children's center director faces four charges in indictment

Agency strives to revitalize diverse area
The neighborhoods of Augusta's 30901 ZIP code - an arbitrary designation set by the postal service - somehow seem to fit together.

Man puts his expertise to use at home, church

Research monitors irrigation with meters
DAWSON, Ga. - The way Jimmy Webb sees it, a new mandate aimed at telling state policy-makers how much water farmers are using will improve his bottom line.

Across the southeast

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -A Greenville County man wanted for questioning in his wife's death died after shooting himself during a standoff with police, authorities said.

Popularity of fishing derby grows every year
ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Smiles were the big catch of the day as southeast Georgia children reeled in oyster toadfish, whiting, bluefish and croakers during the 13th annual Golden Isles Parent/Child Fishing Derby on the MacKay River.

Man puts his expertise to use at home, church
Ben Rhoden roots the roses, but he's too busy to stop and smell them.

Members demand answers
Dozens of members of the First Baptist Church of Augusta left their pews during an altar call and joined Dr. Timothy Owings up front Sunday to express support for the departing pastor.

Across the area
An Augusta woman was charged with trying to kill her husband early Sunday, police said.

Scientist awaits new glimpse of Mars

News you can use
JUNE 9, 1978 Richmond County fourth-, eighth- and 10th-graders scored lower than state averages for their grade levels on a test designed by Georgia educators to measure how well students are meeting Georgia standards.

Research monitors irrigation with meters

Water plant's trial to begin
Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in a complex civil trial in which the city of Augusta must defend itself against allegations that sludge from its wastewater plant poisoned cattle and pasturelands on a Burke County farm.

Council ponders bonds as options

Lure of food brings folks, money out for causes

Water plant's trial to begin

Department recognizes officers

Cable show films author

Glitch stalls customers at Department of Motor Vehicles

Harvesting shrimp is successful venture for farmer

School cuts could cost votes

Perdue finds governing grants little family time

Prison cuts create crowding concerns

Across Georgia

State pay comparison favors teachers

Money woes threaten program

School may be from Rosenwald

Across Georgia
HOUSTON, Texas -Since his arrest, the man known as the "Railroad Killer" has given authorities crucial details that have helped close four murder cases in three states, including one in Georgia.

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.

Hollywood brings back short films
LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood is trying on some shorts for the summer.

Hollywood brings back short films

Barbara Cook's intimate song-styling comes to DVD

Singer is anxious 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.

Singer is anxious to move on

Barbara Cook's intimate song-styling comes to DVD
NEW YORK -- Of all the unusual and beautiful pieces of art that fill Barbara Cook's apartment - aboriginal statues, abstract paintings - one of her favorites is a small wooden angel by American folk artist Howard Finster.

Five Questions With Stacie Orrico

Five Questions With Stacie Orrico
NEW YORK -- Stacie Orrico doesn't want to be the next Britney Spears or a Maxim cover girl.

Pocono prepared for a long day

Stewart avoids trouble for season's first victory
LONG POND, Pa. - The little voice inside Tony Stewart's head warned him of trouble in the final 11 laps of Sunday's Pocono 500.

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.

Unser again winning on and off the track

NASCAR notebook
LONG POND, Pa. - Mark Martin posted his 16th top-five finish at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. None of those, however, have been victories.

NASCAR notebook

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.

Unser again winning on and off the track
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Al Unser Jr. never considered that his racing career was over. But after admitting an alcohol problem, the champion driver knew he had to rebuild his image.

NASCAR notebook

Stewart avoids trouble for season's first victory

Two killed in crash after IRL race Saturday
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Two people on a motorcycle were killed after a collision in the Texas Motor Speedway parking lot following the Bombardier 500 IRL race Saturday night.

Nets heading East with confidence, momentum

Spurs' FT woes exposed in Game 2 loss

With high school behind him, James ready for NBA

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.

With high school behind him, James ready for NBA
CHICAGO -- LeBron James has his high school diploma in hand and is ready to begin his NBA education.

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.

Spurs top Nets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Out of the Jersey swamps emerged a horrific sight, a game so ugly it was almost frightening. They called it Game 3.

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.

Martin may not have to guard Duncan

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United States beats New Zealand

Area sports announcements

Late bloomer Verkerk plays Ferrero for French title

Frankel finally wins his first Triple Crown race

Funny Cide fails in Triple try; Empire maker takes Belmont

Ferrero wins French Open in lopsided final

Third fight in junior welterweights' rivalry lives up to billing

Armstrong is 'strong and prepared' for Tour de France

Overtime

ACC commissioner says expansion will move on

Overtime

Henin-Hardenne wins French for first Grand Slam title

United States beats New Zealand
RICHMOND, Va. -- Jovan Kirovski wasn't trying to be the hero, then luck made him one Sunday.

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.

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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.

ACC commissioner says expansion will move on
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Atlantic Coast Conference John Swofford thinks a lawsuit aimed at disrupting the conference's expansion won't succeed because the league and schools followed proper guidelines.

Frankel finally wins his first Triple Crown race
NEW YORK -- It took 37 years, a couple of near-misses and a lot of patience until trainer Bobby Frankel won his first Triple Crown race.

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

Ferrero wins French Open in lopsided final
PARIS -- Juan Carlos Ferrero smacked winners while lunging so far he nearly landed in the courtside geraniums. He whipped returns at his opponent's feet, put strokes on the lines and controlled the tempo on nearly every point.

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.

Armstrong is 'strong and prepared' for Tour de France
VILLARD-DE-LANS, France -- Lance Armstrong is a little older and grayer, and getting out of bed slower these days.

Third fight in junior welterweights' rivalry lives up to billing
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Micky Ward vowed to quit boxing after his third fight with Arturo Gatti. Now, he's sticking to the promise, which might be for the best - for the fighters, if not their fans.

Overtime
The Augusta Junior Rowing Club duo of Sean McCleskey and Tim Maryak took sixth place Sunday in the men's varsity double sculls at the USRowing Youth Invitational Championships in Cincinnati.

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

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

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.

Georgia announces dates for first alligator season

'Proud Family' animator Bruce Smith draws on diversity

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

Residents of upscale Chicago neighborhood don't want reality show
CHICAGO -- Producers of a new reality television show called "Starting Over" are getting a dose of reality from angry residents of an upscale neighborhood who don't want the program to set up shop near them.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Words fail to capture Cirque du Soleil, even when this words-defying troupe performs on a TV screen.

'Proud Family' animator Bruce Smith draws on diversity
GLENDALE, Calif. -- Animator Bruce Smith is literally not missing a blink as he focuses on Papi's eyeballs.

Tobey Maguire bulks up, then trims down, then bulks up

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.

Walker disagrees with Dooley decision

Burn, baby, burn: Gamecocks get fired up down the stretch

Burn, baby, burn: Gamecocks get fired up down the stretch
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- This was not the season South Carolina catcher Landon Powell or any of his national runner-up teammates had expected.

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.

Big bats lead Gamecocks back to series

Muslim woman cannot wear veil in driver's license photo

Villagers battle, and sometimes die, as tourists watch

Mexican beach resort caters to big tourists