Tony winners look for a box-office bounce

Tony winners look for a box-office bounce
NEW YORK -- Not that it needs more box-office bounce, but "Hairspray" received a major boost Monday from its eight Tony Awards, including the prize for best musical.

Belcher chooses shot with Reds
Originally, Jordan Belcher thought it was too good to be true. It turned out to be too true - and too good to pass up.

Rose sits behind plate at Reds' game

Sosa gets appeal hearing Tuesday

Glavine scratched from next scheduled start

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.

Sosa gets appeal hearing Tuesday
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa's appeal of an eight-game suspension for using a corked bat will be held Tuesday in Baltimore.

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.

Summertime dangers lurk everywhere

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.

Odds and Ends
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Call it the case of the K-9 that couldn't sniff the C-4.

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.

Man caught on 'Kiss Cam' going back to prison
CINCINNATI -- A wanted man arrested after his parole officer spotted him kissing his girlfriend on the scoreboard at a Cincinnati Reds game pleaded guilty to drug charges Monday.

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.

Lopez is back on track, and going deep
ATLANTA -- Javy Lopez is hitting like never before, and all it took was a slight change in his stance.

Atlanta catcher pads credentials in victory

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 hits the ones he sees

Lopez is back on track, and going deep

ConAgra sells chicken business to Pilgrim's Pride

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.

Business briefs

ConAgra sells chicken business to Pilgrim's Pride
OMAHA, Neb. -- ConAgra Foods Inc., one of the nation's largest food companies, has agreed to sell its chicken processing operations to poultry products supplier Pilgrim's Pride Corp. for $590 million in cash and securities, the companies announced Monday.

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.

CNN's Lou Dobbs renames his nightly news show
NEW YORK -- After more than 20 years, CNN's Lou Dobbs is retiring the name of "Moneyline."

Report: WorldCom was run with few checks and balances

Report: WorldCom was run with few checks and balances
McLEAN, Va. -- The former top executives at WorldCom Inc. ruled with unquestioned authority, steering the telecommunications company into multibillion-dollar acquisitions on a whim and intimidating underlings who questioned their conduct, according to two reports released Monday.

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.

When your child is also your employee

Management fired at Freddie Mac over accounting review
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage-market giant Freddie Mac announced Monday that it had fired its president because he didn't fully cooperate with an internal review of the company's accounting, now being investigated by federal regulators.

Management fired at Freddie Mac over accounting review

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

Outlet seeks out competiton

Bottled water is booming

Business briefs
The Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau announced it assisted with the booking of 48 groups having conventions, reunions and conferences in Augusta during June and July. In all, an estimated 5,475 people will attend the events.

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.

Outlet seeks out competiton
Rugged Wearhouse Inc.'s grand opening Friday marks another step in the transformation of the Augusta Square shopping center into a cluster for consumers bent on finding a bargain.

Small public companies consider going private as costs rise

Clemson leader sees his goals right on course
Matt Hendrix is quickly running out of goals for this summer, but the Clemson golfer isn't worried about it.

Clemson leader sees his goals right on course

Neuheisel says betting pool had school approval

Neuheisel says betting pool had school approval
SEATTLE -- Washington football coach Rick Neuheisel contends a school e-mail gave him permission to participate in an NCAA tournament betting pool.

YDC in crisis
The Augusta Youth Development Campus exists to discipline and socialize troubled, often dangerous, male teen-agers.

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.

'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.

A very bumpy road
The terrorist attacks by Palestinian militants that killed five Israeli soldiers over the weekend - four at an army post in Gaza and one in the West Bank town of Hebron - was a declaration of war against the U.S.-backed "road map" to Mideast peace.

YDC in crisis

'Manna' saves S.C.

A very bumpy road

Sunday school is for Sunday

'Hulk' is a surprisingly good game
Would it surprise you to learn that a summer blockbuster movie will have a videogame attached to its apron strings?

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.

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?

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
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.

Boomers push sales of sneakers, retro styling

Stocks fall as investors take profits
NEW YORK -- Stocks took a break from their big rally Monday, dropping sharply as investors, wary that prices have climbed too high, too quickly, cashed in some of their profits.

Tax cuts give investors new reason to examine portfolios

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.

Stocks fall as investors take profits

How can I successfully bid on a house?

Jackets bats still hot
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Augusta GreenJackets used two big innings to take the lead, then held on down the stretch for a 9-7 victory over the Savannah Sand Gants on Monday night at Grayson Stadium.

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.

Teen phenom rallies to clinch berth in U.S. Women's Open bid
HEATHROW, Fla. -- Credit the impatience of youth for one of golf's newest phenoms landing a berth in the U.S. Women's Open.

Olympia Fields an unknown, and so is Sluman

Sabbatini chips his way to Capital Open win
POTOMAC, Md. -- Frustrated by a slow playing partner and tired from a week of wet weather, Rory Sabbatini needed one last big shot to settle himself.

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.

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.

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.

Olympia Fields an unknown, and so is Sluman
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- Everyone thinks Jeff Sluman has an edge this week at the U.S. Open as the only guy in the field who lives in Chicago.

Teen phenom rallies to clinch berth in U.S. Women's Open bid

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.

Former pitcher Rick Rhoden wins Lemieux Invitational

Sorenstam wins fifth major

Owen wins British Masters

Sabbatini chips his way to Capital Open win

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

Jacobs wins Senior PGA

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.

Early offense gives Jackets big cushion

Jackets bats still hot

Devils win the Stanley Cup
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Stanley Cup feels right at home in New Jersey.

Devils win the Stanley Cup

Game 7s last only a moment, but often live forever

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.

One game to decide the Cup

Game 7s last only a moment, but often live forever
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Game 7. For many athletes, it is the ultimate test, the pinnacle of a career. Some work a lifetime and never play in one, much less win one. Some seem destined to excel in it.

Summertime dangers lurk everywhere
It's June, and the Window Covering Safety Council has written me a nice letter asking that I remind readers that this is National Safety Month.

Coliseum authority considers inmate labor
Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority members plan to lobby city commissioners in hopes of getting a break on the cost of using inmate labor in the upkeep of the Civic Center complex.

Suspect arrested after bank robbery
Authorities spent about 2 1/2 hours searching for a man they said robbed a south Augusta bank Tuesday morning before making an arrest on Smith Drive.

A.R. Johnson school not what it once was
The Richmond County school year has drawn to a close and the board of education has yet to publicly state whether or not it supports A.R. Johnson Magnet School Principal Dorothy Gandy in making teacher transfers. Maybe the board of education is hoping the community will forget about the situation by the time their decision is made. Retha Baker, Hephzibah, Ga.

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

Speller deserves a hand

Americans shouldering medical burden

More to money change than written

Believes in using people's money wisely

Parental support for the importance of education works
Regarding Bill Maxwell's June 5 column, "Parents are the forgotten treasure in public education:" As a child, I went to a small Catholic school in a small town - the same school my father attended as a child. That school had a reputation for spitting out the higher-achieving students in our town. Rebecca Bresnahan, Martinez, Ga.

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

Appreciates Dr. Owings' loyal service

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

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

Memorial clouded by colonel's speech

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.

Parental support for the importance of education works

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.

Memorial clouded by colonel's speech
I read with great sadness the news about the loss of Air Force Staff Sgt. Patrick Lee Griffin in Iraq recently. However, I was also saddened and depressed to read the unabashed propaganda put forth by his colonel as part of his memorial. Col. Ted Kresege said, "He died fighting evil people who want nothing more than to kill Americans." David Reed, Aiken, S.C.

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.

Technology for challenging spam is challenged

In the know

It started with one crumb 150 years ago

Small printing shop shuns modern methods

Senior calendar

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

Spam can be entertaining

PBS launching cartoon aimed at Hispanic children

Spam can be entertaining
Spam, unsolicited e-mail advertisements, has become the crusade of choice for politicians and Internet service providers, although eliminating it is pretty much impossible.

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.

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.

New DVD releases
Heading to the video store this weekend? Here's a preview of some of the extras on new DVD releases:

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.

It started with one crumb 150 years ago
In 1853, a cranky customer and a chef in a snit helped create a culinary powerhouse that today is a $6 billion industry in the United States alone.

In the know
The third annual Dubble Bubble National Bubble Blowing Contest will be at local Wal-Mart stores from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.

Governor agrees to extradition
South Carolina's governor has cleared the way for William "Junior" Downs to stand trial in Augusta on child murder charges.

More services create budget crunch
Four Augusta senior centers at risk of closing by the first of next month will likely stay open and remain fully operational through the summer.

Ex-director says he was forced to quit
The former director of the Augusta Youth Development Campus says Juvenile Justice Commissioner Orlando Martinez hired him to turn the facility around and told him from the start that there were people there who needed to go.

Aiken City Council OKs fee increases
The Aiken City Council, faced with having to repair run-down water and sewer equipment and save for future infrastructure needs, approved a fiscal budget Monday night that included four fee increases.

Across the area
A Richmond County sheriff's deputy avoided injury Sunday night when a motorist tried to pull a gun on him during a traffic stop, according to a police report.

Across South Carolina 222
COLUMBIA -A North Augusta businessman is Gov. Mark Sanford's second appointee to the State Infrastructure Bank.

Sun day on Monday

Across the area 2222
Richmond County authorities are looking for someone who stole money from the bookstore at Augusta Technical College.

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.

Free screening

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

Lack of funds could delay parkway plan

2 teens die in accident
The end of the school year didn't bring an end to tragedy.

Across South Carolina 222

Free screening
As others wait, Belinda Trocke, with Cholestcheck Health Screening Services, takes a sample of Patty Brown's blood. Mrs. Brown and many others took advantage of the free cholesterol screening held at the Medicine Shoppe on Richland Avenue on Monday.

Suspect arrested after bank robbery

Coliseum authority considers inmate labor

Farmers face city in cattle dispute

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

Clergy have many duties

Group argues subject of car
Depending on which Augusta commissioner you asked Monday, Augusta Regional Airport Director Ken Kraemer either shouldn't have a $31,000 Ford Explorer or should be driving around in a limousine.

Governor agrees to extradition

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Episcopal leaders in South Carolina have issued a statement opposing the ratification of the election of the church's first openly gay bishop.

2 teens die in accident

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.

More services create budget crunch

Judge gives ultimatum in landfill case
Taliaferro County commissioners have one week to endorse a landfill planned for their county or be sent to jail, according to a Superior Court judge.

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.

Suicide watch ended before death
A terminally ill inmate who hanged himself with a bedsheet Friday had been taken off suicide watch despite two attempts to kill himself, authorities confirmed Monday.

Island's sea turtle project is model of care

News you can use
AIKEN - An Aiken County jury Tuesday found Paul F. Koon guilty of the Sept. 6, 1980 murder of Valerie White Newsome of Martinez, Ga.

Subscriber of the day

SRS ships out last of uranium
AIKEN - The Savannah River Site has completed the final shipments of depleted uranium metals from an old manufacturing area at the complex, clearing the way for demolition of six buildings.

Across South Carolina

Writing competition

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.

Research monitors irrigation with meters

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.

Council ponders bonds as options

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

Aiken City Council OKs fee increases

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.

Rants and raves
I WANT TO RANT about the Richmond County dress code. I think kids should wear what they want to wear. What is the big deal?

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

Burial solution proposed
The indigent would have their own graveyard next to an existing city cemetery under a plan presented Monday to Augusta commissioners.

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

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A 44-year-old Georgia man who visited Toronto has become the state's ninth suspected SARS case.

Perdue finds governing grants little family time

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Man puts his expertise to use at home, church

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

Money woes threaten program

Island's sea turtle project is model of care
LITTLE CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. - Years before researchers knew much about Georgia's nesting sea turtles, a small group of well-meaning people decided the animals needed protection.

School may be from Rosenwald

Farmers face city in cattle dispute
Farmers who say their crops and cattle were poisoned by toxic metals from Augusta's wastewater program were the victims of lies, betrayal and "plain old corruption," their lawyers said in court Monday.

Across the area

Writing competition
Entries are being accepted in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and playwriting categories for the 10th annual Porter Fleming Writing Competition, named for Augusta philanthropist Porter Fleming.

Two teens die in car accident

Man charged in fatal hit-and-run
A McDuffie County man was killed Monday in a head-on collision on Gordon Highway, and police charged a Grovetown man who fled without helping the man, authorities said.

News you can use

Across the Southeast
ANNISTON, Ala. -His wrinkled face crossed with a look of concern and his shirt soaked with sweat, former President Carter yelled down from atop a ladder before nailing a piece of lumber to an unfinished wall.

Members demand answers

Sun day on Monday
Tina Mercer, of Aiken, relaxes and works on her tan, accompanied by her 16-year-old basset hound, Sally-Ann. Ms. Mercer and Sally-Ann enjoyed the weather at Langley Pond on Monday.

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.

Lack of funds could delay parkway plan
NORTH AUGUSTA - The second phase of the Interstate 520 extension into South Carolina could be delayed for up to eight years unless the project gets a $143 million infusion of federal money.

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.

Subscriber of the day
Mary Ann Sparks of Martinez is today's subscriber of the day.

Water plant's trial to begin

Judge gives ultimatum in landfill case

Across the southeast

Across the Southeast

Subscriber of the day

Across the area

Popularity of fishing derby grows every year

Ex-director says he was forced to quit

Agency strives to revitalize diverse area

Clergy have many duties
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Reverend of revenues.Minister of management. Many clergy members, most without business degrees, tend to hold other titles than just rabbi, pastor or priest.

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.

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.

Decal may hurt beach money
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - Vacationers to one of Georgia's most popular barrier islands could soon find themselves in a difficult struggle to find a parking space near the beach.

'2 Fast 2 Furious' races to $50.5 million debut
LOS ANGELES -- Audiences lapped up life in the fast lane as the street-racing sequel "2 Fast 2 Furious" roared to a $50.5 million opening weekend.

Hollywood brings back short films

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

'2 Fast 2 Furious' races to $50.5 million debut

Singer is anxious to move on

Five Questions With Stacie Orrico

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.

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

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.

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.

NASCAR notebook

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

Stewart avoids trouble for season's first victory

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.

Unser again winning on and off the track

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 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.

With high school behind him, James ready for NBA

Jefferson looking for his game
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Richard Jefferson is becoming less and less of a factor for the New Jersey Nets in the NBA Finals.

Jefferson looking for his game

Vick hits stride with new QB coach

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United States beats New Zealand

Losing makes Williams sisters work harder to get back on top

Overtime

Foreman gets put in Hall of Fame

Third fight in junior welterweights' rivalry lives up to billing

Lewis to defend title against Klitschko June 21

Overtime

Ferrero wins French Open in lopsided final

Frankel finally wins his first Triple Crown race

Armstrong is 'strong and prepared' for Tour de France

ACC commissioner says expansion will move on

Who's the best? It might be Empire Maker

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.

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.

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.

Overtime
Atlantic Coast Conference presidents are expected to talk on a conference call sometime this week and could vote on adding Miami, Syracuse and Boston College to the nine-team league.

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

Chronicle takes 14 awards for '02
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Augusta Chronicle was named best sports section in the state Sunday night at the Georgia Sports Writer Association banquet.

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.

Lewis to defend title against Klitschko June 21
LOS ANGELES -- Vitali Klitschko is getting his chance to fight Lennox Lewis earlier than expected.

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.

Foreman gets put in Hall of Fame
CANASTOTA, N.Y. - For once, George Foreman wasn't the dope at the end of Muhammad Ali's rope. He wasn't selling anything, either.

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.

Losing makes Williams sisters work harder to get back on top
PARIS - Mark it down: At least one Williams sister, and quite possibly both, will play in the Wimbledon final next month.

Who's the best? It might be Empire Maker
NEW YORK - The Belmont Stakes winner was booed. The beaten Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was cheered.

Vick hits stride with new QB coach
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Although Michael Vick sometimes is seen as a prototype for NFL quarterbacks, new Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach Mike Johnson sees him as a work in progress.

'Proud Family' animator Bruce Smith draws on diversity

Report: Dating game star left military after groping a female officer
NEW YORK -- NBC was standing by its man Monday, despite a report that the bachelor star of its new dating game had been expelled from a military program for drunkenly groping the breasts of a female Navy officer.

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.

'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.

David Letterman is taking some time off
NEW YORK -- Among the many mysteries of David Letterman: how much time he's planning to take off this summer.

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

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.

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

'Hulk' is a surprisingly good game

Ticket sales grow with UGA stadium
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia has already sold out soon-to-be-expanded Sanford Stadium for all but three games. Now school officials have to make sure construction is finished in time to accommodate the record number of season-ticket holders.

Georgia fans take their fight to the Internet
The backlash from Vince Dooley's forced retirement has gone to a new level.

Ticket sales grow with UGA stadium

Georgia fans take their fight to the Internet

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.

South Carolina prepares for return to Omaha
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina head coach Ray Tanner will do some things exactly the way he did on his last trip to Omaha, Neb. After all, in his first trip to the College World Series last year, he took the Gamecocks all the way to the final game before losing 12-6 to Texas in a one-game showdown.

South Carolina prepares for return to Omaha

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

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD: Biker Boyz, with Laurence Fishburne as the leader of a California motorcycle club; Frida, starring Salma Hayek as legendary artist Frida Kahlo; Old School, with Luke Wilson and Will Ferrell as former college buddies who try to recapture their youth; and Tears of the Sun, starring Bruce Willis as a commando trying to rescue an American doctor in a war-torn African nation.

My style
Kimberly Abney, 17, who will enroll at Augusta Technical College.

Audio best

Teen board helps Habitat for Humanity
It wasn't the way they spend most of their Saturday mornings, but on May 31, four members of The Augusta Chronicle's Xtreme Teen Board sacrificed for the good of two families in need.

My style

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Xtreme need you!

Xtreme need you!
Wanted: 18 responsible teens who want to expand their horizons by working and writing for a real newspaper. Those who just want to pad their college applications need not apply.

My ride

Xtreme question of the week
What is your favorite reality television show?

Xtreme calendar

My ride
Kristen Lauren Burch, 16, is a junior at Thomson High School.

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Teen board helps Habitat for Humanity

Don't reject the Rejects

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Have you ever wanted to pretend to be someone else? Through David Still's Web site, you can. Log on to www.davidstill.org, and David will let you "borrow" his identity, which includes sending people e-mails through his e-mail account. You also can read about his - um, your - life, including childhood, adulthood, friends and family. It's an intriguing site that's a work of art in itself. Or, as David poses, "Maybe I've become an artist - or am I the work of art?"

Girl should reach out to make new friends

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Interested in showing off your clothes in My Style, your room in My Pad, your wheels in My ride our your artwork in Artist's Corner?

Rapper says stay in school
On May 29, Atlanta rapper Chingy visited Augusta Common for a meet-and-greet session.

Don't reject the Rejects
The All-American Rejects: The name suggests these guys are just another rock band who will have a popular song and then fade away.

Girl should reach out to make new friends
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My best friend moved away from my school last year, and I've realized that I really don't have any other friends. I was really lonely at school this past year, and don't want to be that way again next year when I'm in high school. What should I do? - 14-year-old Aiken girl.

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Villagers battle, and sometimes die, as tourists watch

Muslim woman cannot wear veil in driver's license photo