'Da Vinci Code' best seller gets first challenge
CONCORD, N.H. -- "The Da Vinci Code," a thriller by a relatively unknown author, is a best seller.

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.

'Da Vinci Code' best seller gets first challenge

Young comedians stage scenes for unsuspecting audiences

Young comedians stage scenes for unsuspecting audiences
NEW YORK -- Two young men wearing captain's hats and carrying inflatable toy boats splash into a knee-deep park fountain, encouraging passers-by to line up for rides.

Tony winners look for a box-office bounce

Sosa makes appeal; awaits verdict
BALTIMORE -- Sammy Sosa is done talking. All he can do now is wait.

Sosa makes appeal; awaits verdict

Sosa gets appeal hearing Tuesday

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.

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.

Summertime dangers lurk everywhere

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.

Odds and Ends
CORONA, Calif. -- Police say a nasty spat at a restaurant between a family and a waiter turned even nastier when the peeved worker served up a dose of revenge - at their home.

Philip Morris USA says retailers, importers sold fake Marlboros
LOS ANGELES -- Tobacco giant Philip Morris USA is suing five tobacco importers and nearly 1,500 retailers - including little convenience stores, liquor stores and even doughnut shops - accusing them of smuggling and selling counterfeit cigarettes.

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

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.

Braves lose to Athletics in 12 innings

Lopez is back on track, and going deep

Braves lose to Athletics in 12 innings
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jermaine Dye homered in the 12th inning Tuesday night to lead the Oakland Athletics over the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in the first game between the teams since the 1914 World Series.

ConAgra sells chicken business to Pilgrim's Pride

Management fired at Freddie Mac over accounting review

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.

Outlet seeks out competiton

Hill analysts: Deficit surpassing $400 billion this year

Business briefs
DOHA, Qatar - The world's leading oil producers appear likely to maintain their production levels as world markets prepare for the unfettered return of Iraqi oil.

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.

Rest area business ban may be lifted
Whizzing through Augusta on Interstate 20, your only option for food and gas is at an exit. The federal government wants you to be able to simply pull over.

Report: WorldCom was run with few checks and balances

ImClone founder gets more than 7 years in prison
NEW YORK -- Sam Waksal, the jet-setting drug-company entrepreneur at the center of the insider-trading scandal that has ensnared Martha Stewart, was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison Tuesday for what a judge called his "lawlessness and arrogance."

Martha's message: 6 million visit Stewart defense Web site

Hill analysts: Deficit surpassing $400 billion this year
WASHINGTON -- Congress' top budget analyst warned Tuesday that the government is on track this year for a record deficit exceeding $400 billion, which provides fresh fodder for President Bush and Democrats to use in their battle over taxes and spending.

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.

Martha's message: 6 million visit Stewart defense Web site
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart, the goddess of gracious living, thanked her admirers Monday for 40,000 e-mails of praise and support that have flooded a Web site she set up just days ago to defend her name against a federal indictment.

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.

Senators hone Medicare prescription drug plan
WASHINGTON -- Taking advantage of favorable cost estimates, supporters of Medicare prescription drug legislation are working to close gaps in coverage under the bill before a showdown later this week in the Senate Finance Committee.

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."

Rest area business ban may be lifted

Senators hone Medicare prescription drug plan

Business briefs

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.

Clemson signs prep champions, honored by senators
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Things keep getting better for Clemson golf coach Larry Penley and his NCAA champion Tigers.

Clemson signs prep champions, honored by senators

Clemson leader sees his goals right on course

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.

Neuheisel says betting pool had school approval

Virginia governor asks for mediation in ACC expansion
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner urged the NCAA or another body to mediate the proposed expansion of the Atlantic Coast Conference rather than allow a protracted and expensive legal battle.

Virginia governor asks for mediation in ACC expansion

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.

Tournament to honor Sam Tweed

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

A very bumpy road

YDC in crisis

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.

Aborting an abortion
The repugnant procedure known as partial-birth abortion is virtually certain to become the law of the land - at least until the federal courts rule on it - now that the U.S. House has passed the measure. Nearly identical legislation was approved by the U.S. Senate last March.

Stop choking DSS
Perhaps the hardest hit agency in South Carolina's revenue shortfall crisis is the Department of Social Services. Budget cuts will cost 500 jobs, adding up to a total of almost 1,400 fewer jobs at the agency since 2000, said Teresa Arnold, DSS governmental affairs director. "Our plan calls for the cuts to come from the Columbia office first, then the counties," she said.

Standing ovations
The Budweiser Juneteenth Real Music and Arts Festival will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Riverwalk Augusta. Therewill be live entertainment, poetry, the McDonald's-News 12 Children's Area and an urban village vendors area. Admission is free. For more information, call 396-6000.

'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?

Metro reflects owners' diversity
The bass doesn't boom at Metro A Coffeehouse. There is no dance floor, no rock-ready sound system and no flashing lights cutting across a sweat-soaked crowd.

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.

Greenspan predicts high natural gas prices into next year

Greenspan predicts high natural gas prices into next year
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan predicted tight supplies of natural gas and high prices for a prolonged period Tuesday, largely because - unlike oil - the U.S. market is unable to draw on world gas supplies easily.

Stocks trade higher, resume rally
NEW YORK -- A late-day wave of momentum buying put Wall Street back on an upward path Tuesday, giving stocks a moderate advance despite an absence of major earnings or economic news.

Stocks trade higher, resume rally

Stocks fall as investors take profits

Serendipity is a tasty surprise

Sweet-potato recipe mixes summer tastes

Serendipity is a tasty surprise
Tucked away in a strip shopping center off Washington Road in Evans, Serendipity is a coffeehouse that offers more than just a cup of joe.

Sweet-potato recipe mixes summer tastes
Cooking out with family and friends is a favorite choice for diners at this time of year.

Small portions

Small portions
Do you love ice coffee but hate when the ice dilutes the brew? Try a trick from hard-core java junkies: Make a pot of coffee, cool it to room temperature, then decant it into ice-cube trays and freeze. Then you'll have the cubes on hand when the urge for a tall, full-throttled iced latte, cappuccino or whatever hits you

Extra bases
First baseman Jeff Ontiveros is batting .400 (6-for-15) with one home run and six RBI in his past four games.

Two minutes with... Matt Cooper
Career notes: In third season with Augusta, moving to the outfield after playing first base most of his career. ... Batted .238 with 12 home runs, 47 RBI in 99 games for Augusta last season before missing final month with an injury. ... Named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team, batting .306 with three home runs, 26 RBI and a .436 on-base percentage, which ranks fourth in the SAL.

Ex-Bulldog joins Augusta
University of Georgia fans will have no trouble recognizing the newest member of the Augusta GreenJackets.

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.

Jackets, Gnats split twin bill
SAVANNAH, Ga. - If David Coffey keeps hitting the way he has so far in professional baseball, he might be with the Augusta GreenJackets for only a cup of coffee.

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

Sabbatini chips his way to Capital Open win

Tiger denies being in slump

Tiger denies being in slump
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. - He hasn't won a golf tournament in three months.

Olympia Fields an unknown, and so is Sluman

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.

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.

A late start for some at this U.S. Open
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- Brad Faxon was trying out a utility driver that might be a good fit for Olympia Fields. Tom Kite was hitting the last few balls on the practice range.

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.

A late start for some at this U.S. Open

Jackets bats still hot

Two minutes with... Matt Cooper

Ex-Bulldog joins Augusta

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

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.

Devils are the NHL's model franchise
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- No city really claims the New Jersey Devils.

Devils win the Stanley Cup

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

Fluff up your summer
Summer is grilling season, so the centerpiece of your meals is as simple as choosing among grilled chicken, beef, pork or fish. With the main dish out of the way, the only question is what to serve on the side. For the next three weeks, I'm going to share simple side dishes to accompany your grilled summer entrees.

Fluff up your summer

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.

Parental support for the importance of education works

Youth theater showcases extreme talent

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.

'Road map to peace' can be successful
"So, let us not be blind to our differences, but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal." Herbert A. Edney IV, Augusta

Youth theater showcases extreme talent
While many of us have enjoyed the Augusta Players Theatre, a recent production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by the Augusta Players Youth Theatre proved not only that community theater continues to thrive in the Augusta area, but that there are some extremely talented young people who are committed to giving their best to this local field of entertainment. E.G. Yrizarry, Grovetown, Ga.

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.

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.

'Road map to peace' can be successful

Editorial implies Clinton book fraudulent
I was quite surprised at your editorial on June 5, "It Takes a Keyboard," bashing Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., for having a ghost writer. That is usually the case when celebrities write books. Surely you know that. You try to make it appear that she has done something fraudulent. You know very well that is not true. Vernon Johnson, Mesena, Ga.

Charges newspaper's church-state editorial is erroneous

Memorial clouded by colonel's speech

Charges newspaper's church-state editorial is erroneous
The Chronicle erred in its June 4 editorial, "Constant vigilance," saying the wall separating church and state only limits an official church and that a war on religious freedom exists. Matt Alan, North Augusta, S.C.

Senior calendar

In the know

It started with one crumb 150 years ago

In the know

Smoking Gun opens fire on reality shows

Programs enhance shapshots

Spam can be entertaining

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.

Programs enhance shapshots
For serious photographers, taking a digital picture is just the start of photo fun. More fun and creativity await the photographer in the digital darkroom - a place that includes a computer, digital-imaging program and inkjet printer. It's where a multitude of corrections and enhancements can be made to an image.

Smoking Gun opens fire on reality shows
NEW YORK - Finding embarrassing secrets in the past of reality television stars is about as tough as finding Botox in Hollywood.

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

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.

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.

In the know
If you're an aspiring weather forecaster, your prognostication could net you a trip to Philadelphia.

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.

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

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.

2 teens die in accident

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.

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.

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.

Contempt order appealed
A judge's order that could send Taliaferro County commissioners to jail unless they sign off on a landfill they don't want was put on hold Tuesday after their lawyer filed a notice of appeal.

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.

News you can use

Petition targets church officials at First Baptist
Members of First Baptist Church of Augusta are circulating a petition aimed at removing three trustees and the church moderator, who some blame for pushing Dr. Timothy Owings' resignation as pastor.

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

Writing competition

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.

Coliseum authority considers inmate labor

Vehicle thefts expand in area
Every year, the number of car thefts on both sides of the Savannah River keeps going up.

County elder home decried
AIKEN - Wade Jones Jr. wants Aiken County to get out of the nursing home business.

Aiken City Council OKs fee increases

Guard arrested in man's beating
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A man trying to file for state unemployment benefits was allegedly beaten so hard by a security guard at the facility that the guard's baton was bent.

Group objects to voting for school leader

Board weighs larger teacher raises
AIKEN - Cash-strapped Aiken County school officials asking taxpayers for a double-digit mill increase this fall are considering a 1 percent teacher salary increase instead of the 0.66 percent increase the state recommends.

Farmers face city in cattle dispute

Across the area

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Group objects to voting for school leader
A 19-member task force has nixed the idea of having the Columbia County school board chairman elected at large.

Lack of funds could delay parkway plan

Rants and raves
I WENT TO the bank recently. I'm a senior citizen, and I don't have much money. But I was treated like a second-rate citizen. I don't believe that is fair because everybody doesn't have money. If you have $5 or $100,000, it doesn't cost anything to be polite and treat you gently, as a person.

Clergy have many duties

Vehicle thefts expand in area

Court weighs Sunday drinks

Correction

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

Suspect in custody after Augusta bank heist

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 Georgia

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.

Charges in wreck await blood tests

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.

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
LAURENS - A man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a 47-year-old Gray Court man last month, police said.

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.

State hits high in child-care report
COLUMBIA - Fewer teens gave birth and deaths among children and babies dropped during the 1990s, according to the annual Kids Count survey released today.

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.

Sun day on Monday

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.

Judge gives ultimatum in landfill case

Petition targets church officials at First Baptist

Across the Southeast

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Across the area

Subscriber of the day

Suspect arrested after bank robbery

Guard arrested in man's beating

Across South Carolina

County elder home decried

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Board weighs larger teacher raises

More services create budget crunch

Employee efficiency confusion clears up

Free screening

State hits high in child-care report

Governor agrees to extradition

Drivers see need for work
NEW ELLENTON - Motorists experiencing the first day of construction on U.S. Highway 278 said a better road will make delays worth the wait.

Island's sea turtle project is model of care

Across the area
An Augusta man suspected in the beating and strangulation of his girlfriend in April was indicted Tuesday on murder charges.

Arena wants inmate-work deal

Correction
A headline on a news item in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said that the victim in a baseball bat beating at Morehouse College in Atlanta had a fractured skull but did not die.

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.

County schools to offer free breakfast
Richmond County school system officials want to make sure every child gets a meal before heading to class this fall.

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.

Rants and raves
I WENT TO the bank recently. I'm a senior citizen, and I don't have much money. But I was treated like a second-rate citizen. I don't believe that is fair because everybody doesn't have money. If you have $5 or $100,000, it doesn't cost anything to be polite and treat you gently, as a person.

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

Court weighs Sunday drinks
ATLANTA - Bars throughout Georgia - be they neighborhood pubs or Applebee's restaurants - should be subject to the same Sunday alcohol sales laws, a lawyer for a popular Atlanta nightspot told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday.

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.

Suspect in custody after Augusta bank heist
An Augusta man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after an explosive dye pack forced him to abandon the money he had taken from a south Augusta bank, police said.

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.

Arena wants inmate-work deal
Augusta's coliseum board plans to lobby city commissioners in hopes of getting a break on the cost of inmate labor in the upkeep of the civic center complex.

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.

Employee efficiency confusion clears up
Elected officials in Aiken County who were opposed to an efficiency study of their employees reversed their position Tuesday and blamed their stance on a lack of understanding and poor communication with the county council.

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.

Charges in wreck await blood tests
Law enforcement officials are waiting for toxicology results before filing charges against the driver in a single-car accident that killed two teens Saturday night.

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

Subscriber of the day
Shaleen Gillen of Martinez is today's subscriber of the day.

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

News you can use
Wednesday's ground-breaking ceremonies for the $70 million W.F. Hall Printing plant near Evans was "a most significant occasion" because the plant will bring economic, technological and educational benefits to the area, Georgia Gov. George Busbee said.

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?

Across Georgia
STATESBORO - A Georgia Southern University safety inspector died Monday morning after he fell 20 feet from a building under construction.

Ex-director says he was forced to quit

Personal trials test golfer's strength
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. - Davis Love III has often been called too soft. The events of the past month prove he's a lot tougher than any of us ever knew.

New home-video releases
Selected home-video releases:

'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.

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

New home-video releases

Critical choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases. See Friday's Applause section for theater listings and movie critic Roger Ebert's reviews of new movies.

Critical choice

Band updates punk sound
Fresh out of the punk rock band The 556's, Chris Tomlinson and Bob Dunaway decided they needed a change of pace.

Band updates punk sound

Team retrieves chassis, engine of Stewart's car

Petty, Andretti part ways
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - John Andretti was fired Tuesday by Petty Enterprises, where he has driven the famed No. 43 car since 1998.

Petty, Andretti part ways

Team retrieves chassis, engine of Stewart's car
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR returned part of Tony Stewart's Chevrolet that was impounded March 28 after failing inspection.

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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Overtime

Who's the best? It might be Empire Maker

Lewis to defend title against Klitschko June 21

Lewis will be punching up against Klitschko

Losing makes Williams sisters work harder to get back on top

Overtime

Spectacular Bid dies at 27

Soccer star Beckham upset by deal to Barcelona

Afghanistan likely to participate in 2004 Olympics

Foreman gets put in Hall of Fame

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
Augusta's Chris Kuhlke won a U.S. Amateur Public Links sectional qualifier at Stone Mountain (Ga.) Golf Club.

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.

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

Spectacular Bid dies at 27
UNADILLA, N.Y. -- Spectacular Bid, whose drive to win the Triple Crown in 1979 was derailed by a safety pin the day of the Belmont Stakes, is dead at 27.

Soccer star Beckham upset by deal to Barcelona
LONDON -- David Beckham indicated Tuesday he would reject a deal that would send the Manchester United star to Barcelona.

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.

Afghanistan likely to participate in 2004 Olympics
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan likely will be allowed to participate in next year's Olympics, a senior IOC official said Tuesday.

Lewis will be punching up against Klitschko
LOS ANGELES -- At 6-foot-5, heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis usually punches down at his opponents.

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.

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.

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.

Personal trials test golfer's strength

Interview with Sen. Clinton draws 13.5 million viewers
NEW YORK -- An estimated 13.5 million people watched Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton talk to Barbara Walters about her marriage on Sunday, or less than a third of the audience for Walters' 1999 chat with Monica Lewinsky.

CNN's Lou Dobbs renames his nightly news show

Interview with Sen. Clinton draws 13.5 million viewers

How much time is David Letterman taking off this summer?

A slightly different 'View'
NEW YORK -- The view from "The View" has changed since the show debuted nearly six years ago.

A slightly different 'View'

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: 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.

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.

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

'Hulk' is a surprisingly good game

Standing ovations

Metro reflects owners' diversity

Anti-Adams revolt heats up

Regents back Dooley decision

Georgia fans take their fight to the Internet

Ticket sales grow with UGA stadium

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.

Regents back Dooley decision
ATLANTA - Since announcing the ouster of popular Athletic Director Vince Dooley, University of Georgia President Michael Adams has taken flak from legions of angry Bulldog fans.

Anti-Adams revolt heats up
ATHENS - John Withers, a University of Georgia alum and Bulldog fan extraordi-naire, is starting a capital campaign of his own to seek retribution against UGA President Michael Adams, who decided last week not to grant a contract extension for Athletic Director Vince Dooley.

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

Gamecocks suspend former Georgia prep star

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.

Gamecocks suspend former Georgia prep star
South Carolina running back Daccus Turman, a former star at Washington-Wilkes High School, has been suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team and athletic department policy, the school announced Tuesday.

South Carolina prepares for return to Omaha

Tournament to honor Sam Tweed
The Augusta Area Junior Golf Association will play a tournament in honor of Sam Tweed for the eighth consecutive year, but this one will be unlike the others.

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

Don't reject the Rejects

Audio best

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.

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:

Girl should reach out to make new friends

Talk to us

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.

My ride

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.

Xtreme calendar

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

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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?

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

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.

411

My style

411
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?"

Xtreme need you!

Teen board helps Habitat for Humanity

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Philip Morris USA says retailers, importers sold fake Marlboros