Play confronts horror of Columbine High School massacre

Performing arts center outlines major upgrade plan
NEW YORK -- Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has outlined plans to transform a nondescript Manhattan side street into a pedestrian friendly space and make the cultural complex more accessible to theatergoers, music lovers, film buffs and people-watchers.

Play confronts horror of Columbine High School massacre
DENVER -- Five years after the Columbine High School massacre, a theater group is confronting the horror with a play that suggests what went through the minds of killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold once the shooting stopped.

Performing arts center outlines major upgrade plan

Rare second edition of 'Hamlet' to be auctioned

Rare second edition of 'Hamlet' to be auctioned
BOSTON -- A rare edition of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" could fetch well over $1 million when it is auctioned at Christie's in New York.

Angels' All-Star signs extension
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Anaheim Angels slugger Garret Anderson agreed Tuesday to a $48 million, four-year contract extension through 2008. The deal includes a team option for 2009 with a $3 million buyout.

White Sox roll over Royals

Phillies come up short in new home

Spring swing: Hafner powering Indians

Spring swing: Hafner powering Indians
CLEVELAND -- As Travis Hafner told for the umpteenth time how he hit his first grand slam into the teeth of a 28 mph wind on opening day, Indians third baseman Casey Blake decided to tell the real story.

Anderson agrees to $48 million, four-year extension with Angels

Jaguars devour Lions
After his team's 15-4 loss to Augusta State on Tuesday, Paine coach Pete Cardenas stood outside Jaguar Field holding a T-shirt that read: "Sam Barth for President."

Bonds ties Willie Mays with 660th homer

Two giants between Bonds and record

Baseball briefs

OPENING STRONG

Bonds ties Willie Mays with 660th homer
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds hit his 660th home run Monday to tie godfather Willie Mays for third on baseball's career list.

Pirates sink Cubs

Indians take out Twins
CLEVELAND -- No extra innings. No wasted chances. No bullpen implosion.

Indians take out Twins

Pirates sink Cubs
CHICAGO -- Greg Maddux's Wrigley Field homecoming with the Chicago Cubs was upstaged by Kris Benson.

Anderson agrees to $48 million, four-year extension with Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Angels slugger Garret Anderson agreed Tuesday to a $48 million, four-year contract extension through 2008. The deal includes a team option for 2009 with a $3 million buyout.

Phillies come up short in new home
PHILADELPHIA -- New stadium, same old Phillies.

Phillies insist it's too early to panic
PHILADELPHIA -- Struggle at the start, finish strong at the end, win the World Series. That's been the blueprint for the last three championship teams.

Scrappy little rookie comes up big for Yankees
NEW YORK -- Bubba Crosby bounced right out of the dugout and raised his helmet high in the air.

Two giants between Bonds and record
SAN FRANCISCO - If you want to consider the significance of the Grand Tote Board where it concerns Barry Bonds and home runs, consider for a moment the number of factors that conspire against the man every time he steps to the plate.

Retro ballparks are getting old
PHILADELPHIA - Barry Larkin is a big fan of ballparks. Heck, he even named his oldest daughter after a favorite place to play - she's Brielle D'Shea, as in Shea Stadium.

Phillies insist it's too early to panic

Baseball briefs
Seattle at Anaheim (10:05 p.m. EDT). Vladimir Guerrero plays his first home game as a member of the Angels.

Angels' All-Star signs extension

OPENING STRONG
All hope looked lost for the GreenJackets going into the ninth inning of their home-opener Monday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Jaguars devour Lions

Scrappy little rookie comes up big for Yankees

Retro ballparks are getting old

White Sox roll over Royals
CHICAGO -- Ozzie Guillen's homecoming was a winner Tuesday, thanks to an offense the Chicago White Sox figure will make them a contender.

Government should make tax forms user-friendly

Odds and Ends
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After much howling in the Legislature, senators decided that dogs can continue riding free in the backs of pickup trucks.

Odds and Ends
COOTAMUNDRA, Australia -- For a moment there were furrowed brows when organizers of an assault on the world plowing record realized they did not have enough tractors.

Sorority members were urged to lie for blood drive competition
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A sorority blood drive coordinator who urged members lie about their health to qualify as donors in a campus competition could face discipline ranging up to expulsion, a University of Missouri-Columbia official said Tuesday.

Man dangles off bridge for nearly three hours before rescue
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- A man dangled from bridge for two hours Sunday before he was spotted by a taxi passenger, then spent nearly another hour suspended as rescuers tried to retrieve him, officials said.

Man wins $270,600 after betting life savings
LAS VEGAS -- A man who put his life savings on the line took home $270,600 in a double-or-nothing roulette wheel gamble at the Plaza Hotel and Casino.

Braves off to sluggish start
NEW YORK - The opening week was, as anticipated, what one would expect from a team with three new regulars: Seven games pockmarked with imperfection and inconsistency.

Rookie fitting in just fine with Braves

Braves beset by injuries
NEW YORK -- Atlanta Braves slugger Chipper Jones was out of the starting lineup Monday against the New York Mets because of a mild right hamstring strain.

Hampton's poor start burns Atlanta early
NEW YORK - Move over, Russ Ortiz. Another Braves starting pitcher has found some hideous numbers pegged next to his name.

Rookie fitting in just fine with Braves
ATLANTA -- All it took was one road trip with the Atlanta Braves to make Adam LaRoche realize he was no longer in the minors.

Hampton's poor start burns Atlanta early

Braves off to sluggish start

Braves beset by injuries

Mets defeat Braves in 9

Mets defeat Braves in 9
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets hardly missed Mike Piazza and Cliff Floyd in their home opener.

Disney "Alamo" film could prove a fiscal disaster

Correction

Economist tapped to head San Francisco Federal Reserve

Microsoft pays $440 million to settle InterTrust patent suit

Last-minute tax filing begins

McDonald's chooses Wayport for new Wi-Fi restaurant service
DALLAS -- McDonald's Corp. has chosen Wayport Inc. to provide wireless Internet service in dining rooms and drive-through windows at several thousand of its U.S. restaurants.

Bubba Burger plans sales to Yankees

Turf is made to resist common weed killers
GERVAIS, Ore. - In an unmarked site on the edges of this community of berry farmers, Bob Harriman puts one foot on the world's most controversial grass.

DuPont plans job cuts

Yearly refund should be kept
NEW YORK - A lot of Americans think of their tax refunds as "found money," similar to a windfall they'd get by winning a lottery or being named in the will of a long-lost relative.

Economist tapped to head San Francisco Federal Reserve
WASHINGTON -- Janet Yellen, a former Federal Reserve governor who served as President Clinton's chief economist from 1997 to 1999, has been chosen as the new president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Fed announced Monday.

Profit reports soar in quarter

Large rims gain popularity and size

Correction
An article in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly identified a company whose executive was participating in the Red Carpet Tour. The story should have listed the company as Grant Thornton LLC.

China pledges more efforts to ward off inflation
SHANGHAI, China -- China central bank is boosting the financial reserves that banks are required to hold to guard against inflation and reduce financial risks.

Hassle might scare donors
WASHINGTON - Charities fear that potential donors might conclude it's not worth the hassle to donate used cars if Congress follows through with plans to clamp down on inflated tax deductions.

Growing list of top executives leaving Coke
ATLANTA -- One-by-one, the titans of The Coca-Cola Co. are leaving - the head of the North American division, the chief executive and now the general counsel, the beverage giant's highest ranking black officer.

China pledges more efforts to ward off inflation

Gasoline futures prices surge

Large rims gain popularity and size
Chris Wise didn't like the look of the stock 18-inch rims on his Ford F-150 Lightning pickup, so he swapped them out for 20-inch chrome wheels.

Hassle might scare donors

Profit reports soar in quarter
TRENTON, N.J. - Health care giant Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday reported a 20 percent increase in first-quarter profit as soaring sales in all its divisions and favorable currency exchange rates more than offset higher spending.

Growing list of top executives leaving Coke

Retail sales rise by 1.8 percent, largest increase in year
WASHINGTON -- Cash-flush consumers kept shopping counters humming in March, propelling the largest monthly sales increase in a year at America's retailers.

DuPont plans job cuts
DOVER, Del. - The chemical giant DuPont Co. plans to eliminate 3,500 jobs, or about 6 percent of its global work force, by the end of this year as part of previously announced plans to cut costs.

Last-minute tax filing begins
The Internal Revenue Service warns that waiting until the last minute to file your taxes often results in mistakes, but many Americans appear willing to take that chance.

Turf is made to resist common weed killers

Microsoft pays $440 million to settle InterTrust patent suit
REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft Corp. is paying $440 million to InterTrust Technologies Corp. to settle a three-year-old patent infringement lawsuit over technology for protecting music, movies and other digital content against piracy.

Business briefs
Worries about an interest rate increase rattled investors Tuesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was off 134.28, or 1.3 percent, at 10,381.28. It was the biggest one-day drop since March 25. The Nasdaq composite index fell 35.40, or 1.7 percent, to 2,030.08. Get business news and stock listings at www.augustachronicle. com/stocks.

Federal deficit almost $300 billion in first half of budget year
WASHINGTON -- The government produced a deficit of $299.5 billion in the first half of the 2004 budget year, the Treasury Department reported Tuesday.

Bubba Burger plans sales to Yankees
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With a name like Bubba Burger, it was a pretty good bet that Hickory Foods Inc. would find a market for its frozen hamburgers in the South.

Chief of eBay predicts China will emerge as its biggest market
HONG KONG -- Mainland Chinese consumers are increasingly going online to purchase clothing and other goods, and the head of online auction site eBay Inc. said Tuesday that China will someday overtake the United States and become its biggest market.

Yearly refund should be kept

Gasoline futures prices surge
WASHINGTON -- Gasoline futures prices surged Monday to a record high, sending shares of oil refining companies higher too.

Chief of eBay predicts China will emerge as its biggest market

Bubba Burger plans sales to Yankees

Retail sales rise by 1.8 percent, largest increase in year

Large rims gain popularity and size

Federal deficit almost $300 billion in first half of budget year

Disney "Alamo" film could prove a fiscal disaster
LOS ANGELES -- Disney may want to forget "The Alamo." The much-hyped historical film, which cost as much as $140 million to make and market, met box office disaster during its opening weekend, pulling in only $9.1 million and leading some analysts to trim second-quarter earnings estimates for The Walt Disney Co.

Broussard quits as coach, takes fund-raising position

St. John's hires Kansas assistant as new head coach

Barnett says all who attended 2001 party share blame
BROOMFIELD, Colo. -- Suspended Colorado football coach Gary Barnett told investigators Tuesday there is "no question" there was misbehavior at a 2001 party at the center of a rape scandal but suggested everybody who attended shared the blame.

University of Colorado president becomes most public face of football scandal

Barnett says all who attended 2001 party share blame

Pac-10 penalizes Washington for violations
SEATTLE -- Washington was penalized by the Pac-10 on Monday for gambling violations and improper recruiting practices uncovered after former football coach Rick Neuheisel was fired last summer.

St. John's hires Kansas assistant as new head coach
NEW YORK -- Norm Roberts left New York City to start fulfilling his dream of becoming a Division I head basketball coach. Now he's back, facing the daunting task of turning around the St. John's program.

University of Colorado president becomes most public face of football scandal
BOULDER, Colo. -- Elizabeth Hoffman walked into the room and sat behind a table, the glare of television lights shining in her eyes.

Broussard quits as coach, takes fund-raising position
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Rickey Broussard has resigned as assistant basketball coach at LSU, but will stay to raise money for the athletic department.

Pac-10 penalizes Washington for violations

Guy chosen for college shrine
Two halls of fame down for Ray Guy. One more to go.

Did you get your Phil?

Did you get your Phil?
The Masters is famous for producing high drama and excitement, but this year the world's greatest golf tourney outdid itself. Even the weather cooperated in making this one of the most thrilling and historic Masters ever.

Environmental power grab?
Whenever gas prices soar through the roof, the call to investigate big oil firms for possibly fixing prices fills the air in Washington. But the probes run out of steam fairly fast, because they inevitably fail to turn up any evidence of price fixing or price gouging - at least by the big oil companies.

Environmental power grab?

Center on track, finally?
With the indecisive Augusta Commission having changed its mind five times in two years on where to locate the planned judicial center, it's understandable why many people are cynical about the massive $74 million project.

Center on track, finally?

Demanding decency
The fallout from Janet Jackson's blouse continues.

Lauren Hutton flown to hospital after suffering chest pain
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Actress and model Lauren Hutton was airlifted Monday to a heart hospital because of chest pain that doctors determined was probably from indigestion.

Illinois man pleads guilty to piracy of movie screener copies
LOS ANGELES -- An Illinois man pleaded guilty Monday to one count of copyright infringement for pirating Oscar screener copies of about 200 films including "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" and "Seabiscuit."

John Stamos and wife, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, have separated
LOS ANGELES -- Married life is over for "Full House" actor John Stamos and "X-Men" actress Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, the former Victoria's Secret model.

Coroner finds actor Robert Pastorelli died of heroin overdose
LOS ANGELES -- "Murphy Brown" actor Robert Pastorelli, found dead last month in a bathroom at his Hollywood Hills home, died of a heroin overdose, the coroner's office said Monday.

People in the News
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Latin singing star Thalia Sodi will appear in a Spanish-language print and television advertising campaign for Hershey Foods Corp.

California woman accused of posing as Reba McEntire tour manager
LANCASTER, Calif. -- A woman who allegedly posed as Reba McEntire's tour manager and persuaded a 77-year-old man to pay her $2,000 for a security job with the country singer has been arrested, officials said Monday.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Uma Thurman is glad "Kill Bill" turned out to be two installments. Vol. 1 of the action flick was released in October; Vol. 2 opens Friday.

Tokyo stocks rally, dollar lower against yen

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes

Two newspaper publishers reported mixed first-quarter results
NEW YORK -- Two newspaper publishers reported mixed first-quarter results Monday.

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes
Investors pessimistic that a big jump in retail sales might contribute to higher interest rates sent Wall Street sharply lower Tuesday.

Tokyo stocks rise, dollar lower against yen

Big Movers in the Stock Market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

Big Movers in the Stock Market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

Interest rate fears prompt selloff
NEW YORK -- Wall Street took a sharp downward turn Tuesday as investors interpreted a big jump in retail sales as a harbinger of an earlier-than-expected rise in interest rates. The Dow Jones industrial average gave up early gains, falling more than 130 points by the close.

Dollar up on U.S. retail sales, gold dives
NEW YORK - Growing expectations that Federal Reserve interest rates will rise soon sent the dollar higher Tuesday, as yet another solid piece of U.S. economic data appeared to confirm that the world's largest economy is firing on all cylinders.

Johnson & Johnson posts 20 percent profit increase
TRENTON, N.J. -- Health care giant Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday reported a 20 percent increase in first-quarter profit as soaring sales in all its divisions and favorable currency exchange rates more than offset higher spending.

Tokyo stocks rally, dollar lower against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rebounded Monday, pushing the benchmark index up more than 1 percent as investors shrugged off worries about a hostage crisis and focused on hopes for a sustained economic recovery. The U.S. dollar was lower against the yen.

Merrill Lynch earnings nearly double
NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - Merrill Lynch & Co.'s first-quarter net income nearly doubled, as the brokerage saw improvement in all three business segments and a 27 percent increase in net revenue.

Johnson & Johnson posts 20 percent profit increase

Pepsi Bottling profit soars as revenue jumps
SOMERS, N.Y. (Dow Jones/AP) - Pepsi Bottling Group Inc., the world's largest bottler of Pepsi drinks, Tuesday said net income for its latest quarter surged 52 percent on strong revenue gains in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Two newspaper publishers reported mixed first-quarter results

Tokyo stocks rise, dollar lower against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose to a new 32-month high Tuesday as investors bought shares in banks, retailers and other sectors poised to benefit from an economic upturn. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Strong earnings boost markets
NEW YORK -- Investors set aside their concerns about Iraq Monday, sending stocks solidly higher on expectations of companies' robust first-quarter earnings reports. All three major indexes regained the ground they lost last week.

SEC forces fund companies to disclose market-timing policies
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators moved Tuesday to force mutual fund companies to clearly disclose to shareholders their policies and procedures for market timing, a practice at the heart of many of the cases authorities have brought in the industrywide scandal.

Goodyear lowers income by another $65 million
AKRON, Ohio -- Goodyear Rubber & Tire Co. on Monday said it would reduce its reported profit for the past six years by another $65 million because of improper accounting at its overseas operations and other reasons.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Dollar up on U.S. retail sales, gold dives

SEC forces fund companies to disclose market-timing policies

Readers share recipes on what to do with leftovers
The Easter baskets are put away for another year, even though you'll be picking that green plastic "grass" out of your carpet for weeks to come. If you're looking for a few creative ways to use up all those eggs, check out these recipe choices

Readers share recipes on what to do with leftovers

Recipe makes pastries easy
A true gourmet would never cut corners by using prepared foods, but pastry can be such a tricky proposition that it's sometimes worth sacrificing pride for a time-saving shortcut.

Unpasteurized milk has fans despite health officials' warnings

Peruvian beverages get a kick out of coca leaf

Peruvian beverages get a kick out of coca leaf
LIMA, Peru -- It looks and tastes pretty much like the many brands of bottled iced tea that line American supermarket shelves - just don't drink it before a drug test.

Unpasteurized milk has fans despite health officials' warnings
HERNDON, Va. -- Like most moms, Cathy Fairbairn makes sure her kids get lots of milk. Nine-year-old Corinne and 7-year-old Ryan love the stuff. "It's delicious," their mom says.

Recipe makes pastries easy

Henderson now playing up to his strong potential
ATLANTA - Eric Henderson became known as "the man" among his Georgia Tech football teammates two years ago.

Eleventh-hour rally results in 12th -nning win
All hope looked lost for the GreenJackets going into the ninth inning of their home-opener Monday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Tourists stroll to easy victory
The Asheville Tourists looked ready to win their game Monday night against the GreenJackets, but Augusta made a ninth-inning rally to tie and go on to win in extra innings.

OPENING STRONG
All hope looked lost for the GreenJackets going into the ninth inning of their home-opener Monday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Mickelson shows off green jacket at home in San Diego
SAN DIEGO -- Back in his hometown, Phil Mickelson walked into an exclusive country club looking a lot like he did at dusk two days earlier at Augusta National.

What will Phil do next? Plenty of time to find out

'It was just so much fun'
A tournament that started on a somber note turned sentimental, then ended in a flash of pure exhilaration with Phil Mickelson jumping for joy after he won the 68th Masters Tournament.

What will Phil do next? Plenty of time to find out
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The short trip down Magnolia Lane ends with a circular drive in front of the Augusta National clubhouse, and that's where it all might finally sink in for Phil Mickelson.

Heritage ritual nixed by rains
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - It was supposed to start with a cannon blast and Davis Love III hitting a ceremonial golf shot into the waters of Calibogue Sound.

Ratings for Mickelson's thrilling win down

Mickelson shows off green jacket at home in San Diego

From green jackets to Green Berets: Tiger Woods arrives for training at Fort Bragg
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Fresh from the green jackets of Augusta National, Tiger Woods arrived at the home of the Green Berets on Monday for a week of military training.

Ratings for Mickelson's thrilling win down
NEW YORK -- Despite a thrilling final-hole victory by Phil Mickelson, television ratings for Sunday's final round of the Masters were down more than 20 percent.

From green jackets to Green Berets: Tiger Woods arrives for training at Fort Bragg

'It was just so much fun'

Heritage ritual nixed by rains

Tourists stroll to easy victory

Eleventh-hour rally results in 12th -nning win

OPENING STRONG

Sharks' Nabokov stingy so far in first-round series

Senators still trying to solve Belfour in playoff series

Blue Jackets sign college defenseman

Blue Jackets sign college defenseman
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets signed Maine defenseman Prestin Ryan to a one-year deal on Monday.

Sharks' Nabokov stingy so far in first-round series
ST. LOUIS -- Evgeni Nabokov's stingy goaltending in the first two games of the San Jose Sharks' opening-round playoff series is no surprise to his coach.

Canadiens bruise Bruins
MONTREAL -- Jose Theodore not only stops goals, he sets them up. And Alex Kovalev is showing again that he knows how to finish plays.

Penguins assign Fleury to Wilkes-Barre

Canucks douce Flames
CALGARY, Alberta -- Johan Hedberg stepped in for an injured Dan Cloutier in goal, and looked as though he's been starting all season.

Hasek to have groin operation in Czech Republic
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Detroit Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek will have groin surgery next week in his home country after playing just 14 games in a season in which he came out of retirement.

Predators mangle Red Wings
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tomas Vokoun carried the Nashville Predators to the franchise's first playoff berth with his steady goaltending.

Senators still trying to solve Belfour in playoff series
OTTAWA -- Daniel Alfredsson has a prediction for Game 4 of Ottawa's first-round playoff series against Toronto: the Senators will score on Ed Belfour.

Aebischer must regain composure for Avs to keep edge
DALLAS -- As great as Patrick Roy was in winning three Conn Smythe Awards and four Stanley Cups, he had his share of soft goals and overtime losses along the way. What made him special was the way he responded.

Vokoun shutout evens series
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Detroit Red Wings are taking most of the shots. The Nashville Predators are making theirs count.

Predators mangle Red Wings

Vokoun shutout evens series

Penguins assign Fleury to Wilkes-Barre
PITTSBURGH -- Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the NHL's No. 1 overall draft pick last year, was sent to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Monday for the start of the AHL playoffs.

Canucks douce Flames

Canadiens bruise Bruins

Chicken divan crepes are divine way to dine
Crepes are part of many cuisines, from French crepes suzette to Chinese mu shu pork to cheese blintzes. In all these dishes, luscious fillings are encased in a thin egg-batter pancake.

Government should make tax forms user-friendly
The wages of sin is death, but after taxes are taken out it's just sort of a tired feeling.

Firefight in Fallujah, U.S. troops massed outside Najaf
FALLUJAH, Iraq -- U.S. warplanes and helicopters firing heavy machine guns, rockets and cannons hammered insurgents Wednesday in the besieged city of Fallujah, and the commander of U.S. Marines here warned that a fragile truce was near collapse.

Despite claims, Iraq is better off
I'm disgusted by the letters repeating the liberal line of calling President Bush a liar because we haven't uncovered weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and, therefore, we had no business going into Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein and liberate the Iraqis. Tom Taber, Augusta

Stop madness, fight terrorism
When common sense and logic have gone out the window, then the world has gone mad... If these terrorists are allowed to commit their crimes without being punished, then the world has gone mad. Ben Mordecai, Martinez

Fight gas war with ingenuity
I would like to know why you feel I should squeeze my 5-foot-9 body into a tiny little car just because the government has stolen the tax money collected at the pump and spent it on entitlements instead of on highway maintenance and development of alternative fuels and transportation. ("Shadow boxing," editorial, April 2). Arlene Candy, Martinez

Flaggers still pushing for vote
Despite all the misquotes, quotes taken out of context, biased media coverage and noncoverage that have been inflicted upon them by the media, Georgians calling for an honest state flag referendum continue to gain ground. P.K. Fitzgerald, Harlem

Accusation against Bush is baseless
As the presidential campaign unfolds the public continues being exposed to the hatred some Democrats have for George W. Bush. The encomiums have included descriptions of the president as "an intellectual moron," "another Hitler," "worse than Saddam," etc. Keith Shafer, Augusta

Morris typifies frivolous lawsuits

Give our president some room to work
Where are people persecuted and prosecuted the most? If your reply is "in the news media," you would be correct. Gregory J. Topliff, Aiken, S.C.

Don't privatize seniors' meals

Flaggers still pushing for vote

Accusation against Bush is baseless

Morris typifies frivolous lawsuits
This letter is to the hypocrites at Morris Communications who rant about their "rational fear of judges," (editorial, April 2) greedy lawyers, frivolous lawsuits and the need for tort reform, while at the same time they are retaining greedy lawyers to file frivolous lawsuits for millions of dollars against the PGA Tour that are consistently dismissed as frivolous by rational judges. Joseph R. Neal Jr., Augusta

Harold V. Jones a good candidate for solicitor

Don't privatize seniors' meals
As a taxpayer, a senior citizen and a Meals on Wheels volunteer, I am concerned about the privatization of the nutrition contract for the Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta and the CSRA. It appears that the fix was in; why else would the highest bidder be awarded the contract? Claire Shannon, Augusta

Despite claims, Iraq is better off

Fight gas war with ingenuity

Bush sending nation into tailspin
Some months ago our president, in a flurry of arrogance and in full battle regalia - which he has never worn for any reason except show - landed on an American aircraft carrier and decreed the war to be over. Elizabeth Leopard, Aiken, S.C.

Harold V. Jones a good candidate for solicitor
In announcing his bid for Augusta-Richmond County solicitor March 22, Harold V. Jones II talked about the importance for all of us to come together and work together in the legal arena as well as other areas. He exemplifies an individual who will maintain a high degree of intergrity in that office. Stephen M. Gaines, Augusta

Buried veterans records now on Web

Flu shots will be stockpiled for children for first time, CDC says

In gadget-loving Japan, robots get hugs in therapy sessions

Defibrillators now required on airliners

NASA gives Mars rovers software upgrade

Seniors calendar

Disposal plan for revenue stamps riles collectors

Living briefs

Millions of Americans at risk for vision loss or blindness

Abundance of fat cell hormone may cut the risk of a heart attack

Apple investigating reports of iPod Mini static
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Apple Computer Inc. is investigating complaints that its popular iPod mini is prone to static and other sound distortions when playing back music.

NASA gives Mars rovers software upgrade
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA said Tuesday it has beamed new software to its twin Mars rovers that should allow the six-wheeled vehicles to travel farther, sleep better and avoid the type of computer glitches that temporarily paralyzed one of them.

Abundance of fat cell hormone may cut the risk of a heart attack
CHICAGO -- Men with high levels of a hormone secreted by fat cells run a lower risk of a heart attack, according to a study that could lead to new ways to prevent or treat heart disease.

Defibrillators now required on airliners
WASHINGTON -- Most commercial airplanes now must have cardiac equipment on board to help passengers who suffer heart attacks. The new Federal Aviation Administration rule, which affects about 2,600 airliners, went into effect Monday.

News selection carries whiff of bias
A recent letter from one of your readers pointed out the media bias of the Associated Press. As you seem to be wedded to the AP as your source for news, I join in but also want to add absurdity. James M. Wetzel, Aiken, S.C.

Seniors 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.

Disposal plan for revenue stamps riles collectors
WASHINGTON -- The National Postal Museum plans to sell or destroy millions of stamps once used to prove that taxes had been paid on whiskey, cigarettes and playing cards. The idea is not sitting well with collectors.

Living briefs
Is Mom in desperate need of a haircut? Does Dad really need to get rid of that Member's Only jacket from 1981?

Buried veterans records now on Web
WASHINGTON -- Sally Naporlee turned to the Department of Veterans Affairs to find out more about her grandfather, who served during World War I.

In gadget-loving Japan, robots get hugs in therapy sessions
OHBU, Japan -- The elderly patients suffer from severe dementia, but their faces light up when they see the dog-shaped robot, swaddled in soft clothing, waddle around the hospital floor. Some clap; others break into feeble smiles. Urged by nurses, a few cautiously reach out and touch it.

Millions of Americans at risk for vision loss or blindness
CHICAGO -- More than 28 million Americans over age 40 have eye ailments that put them at risk for vision loss and blindness, researchers say, warning that the numbers will surge as the population ages.

Magazine helps kids come to terms with family drug woes
NEW YORK -- The first memory Natasha Santos has of her mother is of the woman banging her sister's head into the stove.

Flu shots will be stockpiled for children for first time, CDC says
ATLANTA -- For the first time, the government will stockpile flu shots for children to avoid the vaccine shortages that caught health officials off-guard this past winter.

Children learn dangers of visiting online chat rooms

SRS operator may be fined
AIKEN - The Department of Energy has proposed fining the private company that runs the Savannah River Site $206,000 for an incident of radiation exposure in July and the falsification of records related to the incident, a company spokesman said Tuesday.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - David Beasley's U.S. Senate campaign says it raised a record $1.2 million in the first quarter, despite not entering the race until February.

Baker wants review of maps
ATLANTA - Georgia government never seems to finish anymore.

Rants and raves
I HAVE A RANT about the number of accidents occurring on Richmond County roads. I believe 50-75 percent of the accidents are the fault of the Augusta-Richmond County police and their failure to properly police the roads. I see these cars sitting around all kinds of places and they should be out patrolling the roads and enforcing the speed limit.

State failed, group reports
COLUMBIA - A report released Monday says the state already failed at privatizing prison health care and should not try to do so again.

Augusta flooded regularly until dam

Officials dedicate museum to FDR
WARM SPRINGS, Ga. - Gov. Sonny Perdue joined other state officials Monday in dedicating a new $5 million museum at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in honor of the former president.

Across the Region
ATLANTA - A north Georgia doctor has been accused by federal authorities of traveling to Russia to have sex with young boys, the U.S. attorney's office said Tuesday.

Around town
Hank Thompson, of Augusta, plays disc golf at Lake Olmstead during a break in the rain. More rain is predicted for today.

Area's dry winter not entirely bad
Despite a good soaking over the past three days, weather experts say the region is still several inches below normal in annual rainfall.

High court tackles board of hospital
ATLANTA - A long-simmering battle over how board members are appointed to the Clarke County Hospital Authority spilled over into the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday.

Principal returns from Iraq service
Geoclyn Williams spent a year providing intelligence to American pilots who fly over Iraq. Now, she's back home, sharing intelligence with pupils at A. Dorothy Hains Elementary School.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Thomas Meredith, the head of Georgia's public colleges, withdrew Monday from the search for a new University of Tennessee president.

Children learn dangers of visiting online chat rooms

Barrett says pit facility is needed
AIKEN - Hoping to break a bureaucratic logjam that is delaying the decision on where to build a $4 billion trigger factory for nuclear weapons, U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, R-S.C., said he sent a letter Monday to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, urging him to complete an inventory of atomic weapons that was promised last fall.

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Children learn dangers of visiting online chat rooms
BATH - Seventh-grader Krista McCuen is going to change her online screen name, "LBCCheerleader," the minute she gets home from school.

MCG dean outlines recruiting
Success lies in creating a niche in health care and research and filling it with young, ambitious physician-scientists who work together, said the dean of the School of Medicine at Medical College of Georgia.

Masters caused no crime problem
Although the first three days of Masters Week ended with more than 20 people being cited for illegally soliciting tournament tickets, Col. Gary Powell said on Monday the regular tournament days brought few problems for police.

Committee to hold hearing on education act
It won't be a love-fest for President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act when congressional representatives visit Augusta on Thursday for a field hearing. But it won't be a gripe session either.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE for Martha Burk. Commercial-free Masters coverage is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Repairs are now finished
Riverwalk Augusta has a new look after more than $89,000 in repairs that have now been completed, city officials announced.

Augusta flooded regularly until dam
Long before dams and levees tamed the Savannah River's intermittent rage, floods were a way of life in Augusta for almost two centuries.

Thurmond Lake rests on ancient earthquake fault
An earthquake fault beneath Thurmond Dam prompted the filling of cracked bedrock with tons of concrete as the project took shape a half-century ago.

Tax commission hopeful resigns

County adds Spanish ballots
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - While most voters will pick between George W. Bush and John Kerry in November, Hall County voters will have to first choose between "the president" and "el presidente."

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE for Martha Burk. Commercial-free Masters coverage is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

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Principal returns from Iraq service

Baker wants review of maps

House works to delay BRAC

Principal returns from Iraq service

County adds Spanish ballots

Kid of the day

Across the area
Columbia County authorities are expecting to bring back a Martinez man accused of child pornography and desertion from the U.S. Army from New York today.

Barrett says pit facility is needed

2 bills could create tax cap
Proposed legislation at the State House that would radically shake up how property values are assessed in South Carolina would do more to benefit owners of expensive homes than those who own cheaper ones, Aiken County Tax Assessor Mike Reed said Tuesday.

Plane removed from woods
Less than 36 hours after a fatal plane crash in North Augusta, all that was left in the wooded area where the small aircraft went down was a path of fallen tree branches.

Across South Carolina

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APRIL 13, 1863 The consecration of the Church of the Most Holy Trinity was an event, which had long been awaited with eager interest by the Catholic portion of the community, as well as by the merely curious, who were upon the tip-toe of expectation to witness so unusual a ceremony, and to examine an advice to which rumor and past events had given a wide spread fame.

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Second Petersburg boat arrives at Augusta Canal

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Plane removed from woods

Superintendent asks school board for funds
Columbia County needs new schools and it needs the money now to build them, the schools' leader contended Tuesday.

Fixing problems delayed housing funds

Deadline set for fire deal
Growing tired of back-and-forth negotiations for providing fire service near Harlem and Grovetown, Columbia County officials on Tuesday set a deadline for the cities to either accept a finalized contract or allow other fire departments into their districts.

Committee to hold hearing on education act

Possible staff cuts worry natural resources officers
LANGLEY - When Cpl. Cary Davis heads to the woods early in the morning during turkey season, he's not hunting Ben Franklin's preferred choice for America's national bird.

Inmate asks Sanford for clemency

Around town
An egret leaps into the air to take flight near The River Club golf course in North Augusta.

Thurmond Lake rests on ancient earthquake fault

Fixing problems delayed housing funds
The left hand of the city's Housing and Neighborhood Development Department needs to communicate better with the right hand of the Augusta Commission and Mayor Bob Young.

Pucker up!

Park is included in judicial center site
It might not be a preferred site for criminals, but skateboarders and the outdoor lunch crowd should be pleased with an idea for a possible Augusta judicial center site between Walton Way and Fenwick Street.

KId of the day

Inmate asks Sanford for clemency
COLUMBIA - An inmate scheduled to die Friday by lethal injection for killing an Aiken County convenience store clerk is asking the governor to spare his life.

Park is included in judicial center site

House works to delay BRAC
Shuttering domestic military installations in the middle of fighting in Iraq seems like a case of bad timing to a couple dozen members of Congress, and they're trying to pass legislation that would delay potential base closings for years.

Rants and raves
I HAVE A RANT about the number of accidents occurring on Richmond County roads. I believe 50-75 percent of the accidents are the fault of the Augusta-Richmond County police and their failure to properly police the roads. I see these cars sitting around all kinds of places and they should be out patrolling the roads and enforcing the speed limit.

Hephzibah man faces 63 counts in child porn case
A Richmond County grand jury handed down a 64-page indictment against a Hephzibah man Tuesday, lodging 63 charges against him related to child pornography.

Pucker up!

Pucker up!
If you tickled a cow, would milk come out of her nose?

Tax commission hopeful resigns
AIKEN - One of the city's candidates for the county's 1-cent sales tax commission resigned Monday and said Aiken had entered a new era of destructive "big city" politics.

KId of the day
Today's kid of the day is Xavier Del'vano Bennett, 7, of Hephzibah.

Limit is placed on yard waste
AIKEN - The Aiken City Council got down to some trash talking Monday night.

News you can use
APRIL 14, 1852 E.S. Dodge, having purchased the entire right of the patenter for the city of Augusta to take pictures with the wonderful improvement, would respectfully announce to the citizens of Augusta and all admirers of the beautiful pictures that he has on exhibition at his gallery, with some fine specimens of pictures taken in the new style, which he would be pleased to show to all who make call on him.

State failed, group reports

Fixing problems delayed housing funds
The left hand of the city's Housing and Neighborhood Development Department needs to communicate better with the right hand of the Augusta Commission and Mayor Bob Young.

Incident suspends teacher, principal

Plane crash kills 3

SRS operator may be fined

Plane crash kills 3
A Colorado man and two of his grown sons who authorities said attended the Masters Tournament were killed Monday when their plane crashed in a wooded area of North Augusta.

Possible staff cuts worry natural resources officers

Second Petersburg boat arrives at Augusta Canal
In 1845, a young engineer named William Phillips conducted surveys that convinced skeptics a canal could bring growth and prosperity to Augusta.

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Across the area
An Augusta woman who stabbed her boyfriend in the leg after a disagreement over a case of beer was charged with battery early Monday, police said.

Superintendent asks school board for funds

Kennedy will speak at GSU
STATESBORO, Ga. - It's not the famous name or family charisma that whips up Chandra Brown whenever she hears Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speak. It's his message.

2 bills could create tax cap

Council OKs lot demolition
AIKEN - The Aiken City Council agreed Monday to let city utility workers tear down an old gas station state Sen. Greg Ryberg wants to convert into upscale townhomes.

Deadline set for fire deal

Construction contract passes
Augusta commissioners approved a contract with Heery International Inc. to oversee construction of the city's multimillion-dollar capital improvement program Monday, which includes a community liaison to recruit minority contractors.

Plane removed from woods

Panel OKs budget for renovation
A city commission committee voted Monday to move forward on renovating the historic Central Avenue No. 7 Fire Station in the heart of Augusta's Summerville neighborhood.

Across the Region

Incident suspends teacher, principal
A Burke County Middle School principal and teacher were suspended after a convicted sex offender was allowed to participate in a school function, a school board member said.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Ryan Patrick Crapps, 8 months.

Across the area

'Passion of the Christ' reclaims top box-office spot
LOS ANGELES -- Many Christians made "The Passion of the Christ" a part of their Easter weekend, lifting the crucifixion saga back to the top box-office spot with $17.1 million.

'Passion of the Christ' reclaims top box-office spot

Q&A: Wu-Tang producer and 'Kill Bill' composer RZA

Autistic man discovers a way to express himself with the piano

Autistic man discovers a way to express himself with the piano
NEW MILFORD, N.J. -- Paul DeSavino's mother grew increasingly nervous as she watched her son sit at a piano during one of his first public performances last year. He wasn't playing.

Q&A: Wu-Tang producer and 'Kill Bill' composer RZA
NEW YORK -- Usually, when a rapper breaks into movies, he's in front of the camera.

Kings overthrow Lakers

Nets 86 76ers
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For the first time in six years, the Philadelphia 76ers are heading into the postseason focused on making changes rather than winning championships.

King says Iverson will be back next season

Get the party started: the Nuggets headed to the playoffs
DENVER -- The clock showed a half-second left, so the officials tried to clear the floor and coax the Sacramento Kings back out of the locker room.

Bulls top Raptors in OT

When's a triple-double not a triple-double? When NBA says so
ATLANTA -- Bob Sura didn't make any pretense about it.

Wallace sets new standard
TORONTO - Donyell Marshall had 27 points and 16 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors ended Detroit's eight-game winning streak with a 87-78 victory Tuesday night.

Carmelo, Denver playoff bound

Kings overthrow Lakers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Though Doug Christie is one of the NBA's best defenders, he knows he's probably not good enough to hold Kobe Bryant to one shot in a half.

NBA ratings up on TNT and ESPN, down on ABC

King says Iverson will be back next season
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson told Philadelphia president Billy King what he wanted to hear at their season-end meeting: Iverson wants to stay with the Sixers.

Get the party started: the Nuggets headed to the playoffs

Nets 86 76ers

When's a triple-double not a triple-double? When NBA says so

Carmelo, Denver playoff bound
DENVER - The clock showed a half-second left, so the officials tried to clear the floor and coax the Sacramento Kings back out of the locker room. It took five minutes, not that the Denver Nuggets and their fans minded.

Maxwell jailed on child support warrant
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Former NBA player Vernon Maxwell was being held Monday on a felony charge for failing to pay about $160,000 in child support.

NBA ratings up on TNT and ESPN, down on ABC
NEW YORK -- The NBA regular season averaged a 1.4 national cable rating for 52 games on TNT, a 17 percent increase from last season.

Warriors slip past Mavericks
OAKLAND, Calif. -- So many times this season, coach Eric Musselman has had to explain away the misfortunes of his Golden State Warriors.

Bulls top Raptors in OT
TORONTO -- Jamal Crawford had a simple explanation for setting a career high with 50 points against the Toronto Raptors.

Warriors slip past Mavericks

Haith takes over at Miami
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Frank Haith took over as Miami's basketball coach Monday after three seasons as an assistant at Texas.

Bengals keep free agent DB Kaesviharn with 3-year contract

Maddox: Still the Steelers' starter, but not yet paid like one

Corporate lawyer named Ravens president

Vikings re-sign CB Kelly

Patriots re-sign cornerback Smith

Redskins sign T.E. Kozlowski, cut Chamberlain

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Crow to miss synchronized swimming test event in Athens
ATHENS, Greece -- American synchronized swimmer Tammy Crow will not compete in an Olympic test event in Athens this week, following a determination last week that said there is no basis to ban her from Olympic competition.

Greece, Albania to hold Olympic security talks
ATHENS, Greece -- Top Olympic officials will travel to neighboring Albania this week to discuss bolstering security for this summer's Athens Games.

Crow to miss synchronized swimming test event in Athens

Greece, Albania to hold Olympic security talks

'Passion' insulting, not anti-Semitic
For a good number of weeks now, historians and people of faith have been engaged in a battle of words to determine the validity of allegations that Mel Gibson's new movie, The Passion of the Christ, is anti-Semitic. As a subscriber to a multitude of Jewish publications, and one who is in frequent contact with Jewish leaders of all kinds, I have yet to see or hear even one Jew say that this movie is anti-Semitic.

'Passion' insulting, not anti-Semitic
For a good number of weeks now, historians and people of faith have been engaged in a battle of words to determine the validity of allegations that Mel Gibson's new movie, The Passion of the Christ, is anti-Semitic. As a subscriber to a multitude of Jewish publications, and one who is in frequent contact with Jewish leaders of all kinds, I have yet to see or hear even one Jew say that this movie is anti-Semitic.

Navratilova eliminated at Family Circle Cup

Spring prep scores

Defending champion Davydenko loses in first round

Prep spring sports scores

Overtime

Overtime

Limehouse will compete

Ljubicic wins opener at Valencia Open

Top-seeded Schuettler loses at Estoril Open

Limehouse will compete
Cot Campbell is ready to make another run for the roses at the Kentucky Derby.

Spring prep scores
Area spring prep sports scores from Tuesday's sports action.

Real Madrid's Ronaldo out up to two weeks with leg injury
MADRID, Spain -- World Cup star Ronaldo will be sidelined up to two weeks with a left leg injury, Real Madrid's team doctor said Monday.

Overtime
The New England Patriots signed veteran cornerback Otis Smith, less than a year after the team reluctantly released him as he struggled to recover from a shoulder injury.

Prep spring sports scores
Here are the area spring sports scores from Monday's action.

Top-seeded Schuettler loses at Estoril Open
OEIRAS, Portugal -- Top-seeded Rainer Schuettler lost to Victor Hanescu 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 6-3 Tuesday in the first round of the Estoril Open.

Defending champion Davydenko loses in first round
OEIRAS, Portugal -- Defending champion Nikolay Davydenko lost to Radek Stepanek 7-6 (4), 6-3 Monday in the first round of the Estoril Open.

Navratilova eliminated at Family Circle Cup
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Martina Navratilova lost the second match of her return to singles play in the United States, falling to Amy Frazier 6-4, 6-4 at the Family Circle Cup on Tuesday.

Overtime
Richmond Academy's boys soccer team is tied at the top of the national NSCAA/Adidas High School Spring Rankings.

Ljubicic wins opener at Valencia Open
VALENCIA, Spain -- Third-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia advanced to the second round at the Valencia Open by beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4 Monday.

Maddox: Still the Steelers' starter, but not yet paid like one
PITTSBURGH -- Amid speculation the Pittsburgh Steelers will draft a quarterback next week, their returning starter began his offseason workouts Monday. He doesn't have a new contract or any assurance he will get one.

Bengals keep free agent DB Kaesviharn with 3-year contract
CINCINNATI -- Defensive back Kevin Kaesviharn was re-signed Monday to a three-year contract by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Corporate lawyer named Ravens president
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Dick Cass has been appointed president of the Baltimore Ravens after helping to broker Steve Bisciotti's purchase of the team.

Patriots re-sign cornerback Smith
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots signed veteran cornerback Otis Smith, less than a year after the team reluctantly released him as he struggled to recover from a shoulder injury.

Safety Edwards signs with Dolphins
MIAMI -- Safety Antuan Edwards signed a one-year contract Monday with the Miami Dolphins.

Wolf leaves consulting job with Browns
CLEVELAND -- Ron Wolf resigned as a part-time personnel consultant to the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday, less than three months after being hired by the club.

Vikings re-sign CB Kelly
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings re-signed cornerback Eric Kelly to a one-year contract Tuesday.

Redskins sign T.E. Kozlowski, cut Chamberlain
ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins signed tight end Brian Kozlowski and released tight end Byron Chamberlain on Tuesday.

Many Hispanics don't collect tax credit money
HURON, Calif. -- When Petra Janzer arrived at the free tax workshop, her 10-year-old car was breaking down, the tires were worn through and she had never heard of the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Time to request an extension or quickly file tax return
WASHINGTON -- If you're among the 10 million taxpayers who won't meet the April 15 tax-filing deadline, now is the time to ask the Internal Revenue Service for an automatic four-month extension.

IRS expanding audits of corporate executives' tax returns
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service plans to increase audits of corporate executives after exploratory examinations uncovered significant problems.

Audits of businesses declined last year, study says
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service audited fewer corporations, small businesses and partnerships last year but more individual taxpayers, according to a study of government data.

Charities worry tax deduction crackdown could dry up car donations
WASHINGTON -- When taxpayers donate a car to charity, it can mean money for charities and a tax break for contributors. Plans in Congress to tighten the rules on car donations have charities worried that the contributions may dry up.

TCM marks 10th anniversary as haven for old-film buffs
NEW YORK -- Turner Classic Movies spent eight years "trying to scream a little louder than the other guy in the classic movie genre," said Tom Karsch, general manager of the cable channel.

Simpson and Jackson prove some people were watching TV

CBS chief promises double-digit advertising price increases

Giuliani launches Spike TV campaign for men's health

TV networks, worried about safety, pooling resources in Iraq

Miss Missouri crowned Miss USA 2004
LOS ANGELES -- A fast-food loving beauty queen from Missouri who has two master's degrees and once wrestled a greased pig in a mud pit was crowned Miss USA 2004.

Giuliani launches Spike TV campaign for men's health
NEW YORK -- Rudolph Giuliani helped start a nationwide campaign Tuesday sponsored by Spike TV - a cable network aimed at men - to get 100,000 of them to sign up for physicals by year's end.

TV networks, worried about safety, pooling resources in Iraq
NEW YORK -- Concerned about the safety of their personnel, five American television networks have taken the unusual step of pooling resources to cover fighting in Iraq.

Disney to reshuffle management at its fourth-place ABC network
LOS ANGELES -- The Walt Disney Co. is planning a management shake-up at its fourth-place ABC network to stem a ratings slide and placate dissatisfied investors.

CBS chief promises double-digit advertising price increases
NEW YORK -- CBS chairman Leslie Moonves on Tuesday predicted double-digit advertising price increases for his first-place network during next month's market for commercial time.

TCM marks 10th anniversary as haven for old-film buffs

Simpson and Jackson prove some people were watching TV
NEW YORK -- Television viewers didn't abandon their sets during a spring holiday weekend - just ask Jessica Simpson and Janet Jackson.

ABC looks to 'Harry Potter' for 'sweeps' magic
LOS ANGELES -- ABC hopes to make ratings magic with a night of television built around the network debut of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" - and a sneak peek at the third Warner Bros. film in the franchise.

Miss Missouri crowned Miss USA 2004

Disney to reshuffle management at its fourth-place ABC network

Illinois man pleads guilty to piracy of movie screener copies

Lauren Hutton flown to hospital after suffering chest pain

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Coroner finds actor Robert Pastorelli died of heroin overdose

John Stamos and wife, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, have separated

Anderson garners his own spotlight
ATHENS, Ga. - Three years ago, Gerald Anderson was the "other" Georgia freshman from Ware County High School.

Anderson garners his own spotlight

On the charts
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine :

14-year-old girl's problems go beyond her boyfriend
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: One of my friends has a boyfriend who is going through a difficult time in his life. ... My friend gets angry at him for not spending time with her, so she invites her other male friends over, and she makes a 'mistake' and sleeps with them. When her boyfriend asks her why she did it she says it's because he's never around. What can I tell her to make her know that her boyfriend loves her more than anything?

Xtreme question of the week

School restrooms have become nowhere to go
I am not scared of snakes. I am not scared of dying. I am not scared of failure.

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Picture perfect
It's the time of your life, so why not share it with us? We're looking for your prom snapshots, those photos you will cherish forever.

Quest for work doesn't always have to be scary

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THE FACTS: Domonique Brooks, 16, a 10th grade student at Lucy C. Laney High Schooll.

14-year-old girl's problems go beyond her boyfriend

Petition can help minors like Griselda find dream

Petition can help minors like Griselda find dream
It's a morning ritual at my school and in schools across the country. Before classes begin, students have the opportunity to stand up and recite the same words: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands ..."

Quest for work doesn't always have to be scary
If you don't work, you don't eat - or shop or get to have much fun. At least, that's what many teens, including Adrienne Wittschen, have come to realize.

School restrooms have become nowhere to go

Xtreme question of the week
Here are the results fo last week's question and the current poll question of the week:

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Man wins $270,600 after betting life savings

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Man dangles off bridge for nearly three hours before rescue

Sorority members were urged to lie for blood drive competition

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