Guinness Book of Records founder McWhirter dead at 78
LONDON -- Norris McWhirter, co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records, final arbiter on everything from the fastest climb of Mount Everest to the world's longest hot dog, has died. He was 78.

Only 15, writer is already a best-selling author
NEW YORK -- After a few years of starting stories that never got finished, Flavia Bujor decided it was time she completed something.

Galleries

Fine arts calendar

Lyon Opera Ballet brings 'Tricodex' to America
NEW YORK -- Trisha Brown, Maguy Marin, Ohad Naharin - pick a name, any name. Odds are that the choreographer has spent time with the Lyon Opera Ballet.

Only 15, writer is already a best-selling author

Lyon Opera Ballet brings 'Tricodex' to America

Fine arts calendar
Here's a list of gallery showings and events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Galleries
Here's a list of gallery showings and events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Guinness Book of Records founder McWhirter dead at 78

Historic berth is within Jags grasp
With less than two weeks left in the baseball season, Augusta State has something to play for.

House Speaker: No money for Marlins this year

House Speaker: No money for Marlins this year
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A $60 million state subsidy the World Series champion Florida Marlins sought to help offset the planned costs of building a new stadium won't be awarded by lawmakers this year.

Pirates, Giants pitching for 2006 All-Star game
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh and San Francisco, both of which have opened new ballparks since 2000, have emerged as the front-runners to host the 2006 All-Star game.

All-Star fan balloting begins
NEW YORK -- Fan voting for All-Star starters began Wednesday at Minute Maid Park, which will host the game on July 13.

Red Sox get Brad Thomas from Twins
BOSTON -- The Minnesota Twins traded left-hander Brad Thomas to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday for a player or cash.

White Sox put Valentin on DL
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox put shortstop Jose Valentin on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a pulled left hamstring.

Bonds' homers aren't helping the Giants break out of funk
SAN FRANCISCO -Barry Bonds is having a hard time enjoying his home-run rampage of late. It sure would be better if the San Francisco Giants were winning.

All-Star fan balloting begins

Superman turns human

Red Sox get Brad Thomas from Twins

Historic berth is within Jags’ grasp

Pirates, Giants pitching for 2006 All-Star game

Superman turns human
The baseball field at Aquinas High School had more radar guns in action at one time Tuesday afternoon than in all of Richmond County. It could only mean one thing.

Prior to throw off mound again Wednesday
PITTSBURGH -- Chicago Cubs right-hander Mark Prior plans to throw off a mound again Wednesday as he tries to recover from an Achilles' tendon injury and a sore right elbow.

Latest birth announcements

Latest birth announcements

CoolBrands to make frozen snacks for pets
MARKHAM, Ont. (Dow Jones/AP) - CoolBrands International Inc., the third-largest maker of ice cream in North America, Tuesday said it will start making frozen snacks for dogs.

Odds and Ends
KINSTON, N.C. -- A man claiming to be an undercover agent hauled in a handcuffed neighbor for booking - but ended up facing charges of his own.

Odds and Ends
ST. GEORGE, Utah -- Forget punch card ballots and ATM-style voting machines - the owner of a drive-in is using pennies and canisters to encourage customers vote on the governor's race.

Woman discovers scissors in abdomen after surgery
SYDNEY, Australia -- A Sydney woman demanded an explanation Tuesday from a hospital where a pair of scissors where left in her abdomen after surgery and said she planned to sue.

Couple killed, baby survives when tree falls onto parkway in NY
HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- A large tree fell onto a parkway and hit a moving car, killing a couple and injuring a baby girl who was a passenger, police said.

Man indicted in attack allegedly involving ice cream route turf war
NEW YORK -- A man who allegedly beat two competitors with a wrench in an attempt to take over their ice cream truck route was indicted Monday, prosecutors said.

Late heroics propel Atlanta
CINCINNATI - The tutorial started about 1 p.m. and didn't end for more than an hour.

Chipper's fate hinges on Drew's status recover

Chipper's fate hinges on Drew's status recover
CINCINNATI - Uncertain whether J.D. Drew could play for the first time in a week, Bobby Cox posted two lineups Tuesday with Eli Marrero playing right field in one and playing left in the other.

Reds smother Braves
CINCINNATI - For those wondering what life without Chipper Jones would be like, here's your answer: At the moment, the Atlanta Braves are as lethal as a Little League team.

Reds smother Braves

Late heroics propel Atlanta

Microsoft offers antitrust concession amid criticism
WASHINGTON -- Microsoft Corp. promised a U.S. judge Wednesday it will offer competitors licenses for some of its technology until at least two years beyond the expiration of the landmark antitrust settlement it negotiated with the Bush administration.

Motorola's blockbuster quarter impresses Street

Business briefs
Wachovia Bank will donate $7,500 to the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library as part of National Library Week. The funds will be used to support the library's Vacation Reading Program, which runs from June through August.

Treasury secretary says America can't be world's only engine for growth
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration rejected global criticism that America's huge budget and trade deficits represent threats to the world economy.

GM's Saturn brand plans to double lineup size by end of 2006

McDonald's faces abrupt transition after Cantalupo's death
CHICAGO -- After the successful turnaround of its U.S. business, McDonald's Corp. faces a new challenge - the sudden death of CEO Jim Cantalupo puts a young and unproven leader in charge of the world's largest restaurant company.

Motorola's blockbuster quarter impresses Street
CHICAGO -- Motorola Inc. stunned Wall Street and shareholders with its strongest quarter in years, riding the success of its new cell phones and other products to a sales resurgence that sent its stock roaring up 20 percent Wednesday morning.

Greenspan says banks will thrive even as interest rates rise
WASHINGTON --The nation's banking system should remain healthy, even in a climate where interest rates are rising, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress Tuesday.

Downtown draw to relocate

Economic survey finds hiring improvements
WASHINGTON -- The nation's hiring picture is improving, but worries about an unwanted pickup in inflation are being rekindled as the economic recovery strengthens, a survey of top economic forecasters suggests.

Businesses change locations to gain space

Businesses change locations to gain space
The 3200 block of Washington Road is starting to look like a game of musical chairs.

Government exempts Nissan from fuel economy rule
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators decided Tuesday to exempt Nissan Motor Co. from government fuel economy standards, a highly unusual move prompted by concern enforcement could lead to U.S. job losses.

Business briefs
Atlanta Gas Light on Tuesday announced it has established a $10,000 fund with the Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area that will be used to support local charities and events.

Greenspan: Recovery on track, interest rates to rise at some point
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told Congress on Wednesday that America's economic recovery has good momentum and that low, short-term interest rates will have to rise at some point, though he didn't say when.

GM's Saturn brand plans to double lineup size by end of 2006
MILFORD, Mich. -- General Motors Corp.'s Saturn brand plans to double the size of its portfolio by the end of 2006, adding a sporty roadster, mid-size car and larger sport utility vehicle.

Downtown draw to relocate
Sieglinde Boykin, the owner of The Coffee Break Cafe in the Lamar Building, didn't usually open on Saturdays.

Greenspan says banks will thrive even as interest rates rise

Business briefs

Economic survey finds hiring improvements

Greenspan: Recovery on track, interest rates to rise at some point

Hormel to raise prices on Spam, and other products
AUSTIN, Minn. -- Hormel Foods Corp. plans to raise prices on Spam and hundreds of other packaged food items by 4.5 percent to 6.5 percent because of rising commodity prices and other costs, a spokeswoman said Monday night.

Labor rules would make more eligible for overtime
WASHINGTON -- Retreating under pressure, the Bush administration intends to revise a proposed overtime regulation to preserve eligibility for most white-collar workers making up to $100,000 a year as well as for police, firefighters and other first responders, Republican officials said Monday.

Labor rules would make more eligible for overtime

McDonald's faces abrupt transition after Cantalupo's death

Pilot to add truck repairs at travel centers
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Pilot Travel Centers LLC, the nation's largest truck stop operator, plans to add truck maintenance and repair service at about half of its 260 facilities.

Government exempts Nissan from fuel economy rule

Pilot to add truck repairs at travel centers

Judge keeps trial of Vick, other Tech players open

Former Georgia Tech player Charlie Rogers cleared of charges
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- NFL kick returner Charlie Rogers, formerly of Georgia Tech, has been cleared of all charges stemming from a bar brawl.

Appeals court upholds ruling against Price in UA lawsuit
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a ruling that former Alabama football coach Mike Price was not entitled to a hearing before or after his firing for drunken behavior while in Florida for a golf tournament.

Judge keeps trial of Vick, other Tech players open
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. -- A judge decided Wednesday to allow media coverage of the trial of Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick and two other players charged with misdemeanor counts involving sex, alcohol and underage girls.

Appeals court upholds ruling against Price in UA lawsuit

Air Force coach Scott hired as Princeton boss

Appeasement is not peace
Two of the most damaging things civilized governments can do when dealing with terrorists is to give in to their threats or negotiate with them to release hostages.

Empowering victims

Appeasement is not peace

Why the rush?
As the recent vacation-pay scandal unfolded around Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke, there were two sensible voices on the board of education - Kenneth Echols and Barbara Padgett.

Gorelick must go
What was supposed to be a bipartisan investigation into anti-terrorist policies before the Sept. 11 attack has turned into a bipartisan blame game. So far, the hearings only prove that an election year is an awful time to conduct such a sensitive probe.

Why the rush?

Kill Hamas leaders
Europe and the Arab world are predictably supporting angry Palestinians' protests over Israelis' pinpoint accurate rocket attack Saturday that killed Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi. The deadly strike came just three weeks after Israel took out the terrorist organization's spiritual leader, Sheik Ahmed Yassin.

Empowering victims
If being a victim of a sexual assault is something to be ashamed of, why don't we have a "sexual assault victim" registry on the Internet like we do with offenders?

Kill Hamas leaders

Stuff to do
Want some music with your latte? Jeremy Carr entertains from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at Borders Books, Music and Cafe, 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway.

Report: Obstruction charges considered against Jackson associates
LOS ANGELES -- Conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges were being considered against several associates of Michael Jackson for allegedly threatening the family of the boy who accused Jackson of child molestation, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

Chevy Chase auctioning items for environmental education
NEW YORK -- Chevy Chase and his wife, Jayni, are auctioning off items donated by their famous friends to raise funds for the Center for Environmental Education's Web site.

The top five list
Here are the top five TV shows, movies, music, concerts and video sales.

Open tab
Ready for a night out? Here's a roundup of some drink specials and entertainment at Augusta and Aiken nightclubs:

Big ticket
THE PERFORMER: Jimmy Buffett WHEN: Saturday and Thursday, April 29

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Frank Serpico is blowing the whistle on a new book by an NYPD detective that downplays police corruption.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES -- Behind singer Wyclef Jean is the wheel story - his stable of 37 rare and exotic automobiles.

On the road
It's all happening at the zoo Sunday as Riverbanks Zoo celebrates its 30th anniversary. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. in the zoo's entrance plaza with a parade.

Sheryl Crow to perform on airline flight
NEW YORK -- Sheryl Crow has performed across the country - but never during one show.

Disney rolls out red carpet in 'Princess Classics' on ice
Being a princess is good. Being a Disney fairy tale princess is the cream of the crop.

Court rules for Michael Jackson in memorabilia case
TRENTON, N.J. -- Pop star Michael Jackson has won a legal fight to shut down a pay-per-view Web site operated by a New Jersey man once awarded a warehouse full of Jackson family memorabilia.

Extras, extras
JUST OUT: The Haunted Mansion and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Stocks tumble on Greenspan testimony

Tokyo stocks higher, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rallied Tuesday, led by technology shares on hopes for strong earnings and gains by their U.S. counterparts on Wall Street. The U.S. dollar was marginally higher against the Japanese yen.

Ford profit more than doubles from year ago

Sprint reports lower earnings for first quarter

Dollar rally fades on Greenspan caution

Sears posts $859 million loss on accounting charge
CHICAGO -- Sears, Roebuck and Co. sustained a hefty first-quarter loss, mostly due to an accounting change involving its pension and post-retirement medical benefit plans, and reported another weak showing for clothing sales.

Kraft profits sink 34 percent on restructuring costs

Dollar up on Greenspan comments

Stocks up slightly for the day after Greenspan testimony

Lucent Technology swings to modest second-quarter profit

Lucent Technology swings to modest second-quarter profit
MURRAY HILL, N.J. -- Telecommunications equipment maker Lucent Technologies Inc. swung to a second-quarter profit - its third straight money-making quarter - as a 30 percent decrease in costs of making products and other expense-cutting more than offset falling revenues.

GM beats estimates for first-quarter profit

Pfizer profit falls by half on charges
NEW YORK -- Pfizer Inc.'s profit dropped 50 percent in the first quarter because of charges associated with acquisitions as well as a tough comparison with results a year ago that were fattened by more than $2 billion in proceeds from selling consumer lines.

Tokyo stocks higher, dollar up against yen

Pfizer profit falls by half on charges

Glitches force IRS to use backup electronic filing system

Tokyo stocks end slightly lower on Greenspan's remarks

Stocks up slightly for the day after Greenspan testimony
NEW YORK -- Wall Street staggered through an indecisive session Wednesday, ending modestly higher as investors' interest rate worries robbed them of any incentive to make sizable commitments to stocks. The market again shrugged off upbeat earnings reports, although tech stocks posted the largest gains in response to Motorola Inc.'s strong results.

Kodak posts $28 million profit, beats forecasts

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

Wall Street divided on proposal to allow investors to pick speed over price as a trading priority

Dollar rally fades on Greenspan caution
NEW YORK -- The dollar's rally faltered a bit Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told legislators that while interest rates will have to rise at some point, he didn't know when.

Sprint reports lower earnings for first quarter
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sprint Corp. on Tuesday reported its consolidated earnings tumbled 87 percent in the first quarter from a year ago when the telecommunications firm had a big gain on the sale of its directory-publishing business.

Tokyo stocks end slightly lower on Greenspan's remarks
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks slipped on Wednesday after Wall Street shares declined in response to U.S. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan's hint about a possible interest rate increase. The U.S. dollar was higher against the Japanese yen.

GM beats estimates for first-quarter profit
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp.'s profit of $1.3 billion roared past Wall Street's estimate for the first quarter and the world's largest automaker boosted its forecast for the current quarter and the full year, sending its shares higher Tuesday.

Janus CEO resigns amid trading investigations
DENVER -- The chief executive of Janus Capital Group Inc. resigned Tuesday as the mutual funds company works to resolve allegations of improper trading.

Stocks tumble on Greenspan testimony
NEW YORK -- Wall Street tumbled Tuesday as Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, confirming investors' fears about interest rates, hinted in congressional testimony that a rate increase is indeed expected. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 120 points as the market's earlier gains evaporated.

Wall Street divided on proposal to allow investors to pick speed over price as a trading priority
NEW YORK -- Top regulators heard from Wall Street executives Wednesday at a public hearing on a proposal that would allow stock investors to choose the fastest trade over the best price, a move the New York Stock Exchange opposes.

Blockbuster's profit soars due to tax benefit
DALLAS -- Blockbuster Inc., the world's leading video-rental chain, Wednesday posted a 40 percent surge in first-quarter profit due to a one-time tax benefit.

Kodak posts $28 million profit, beats forecasts
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Eastman Kodak Co., battling through a painful transition from film to digital photography, said Wednesday it more than doubled its first-quarter profit and narrowly beat Wall Street forecasts.

Janus CEO resigns amid trading investigations

Dollar up on Greenspan comments
NEW YORK -- The dollar jumped across the board Tuesday, hitting fresh five- month highs against the euro and Swiss franc, after upbeat remarks on the economy from Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan further fueled speculation about a Federal Reserve rate hike this summer.

Ford profit more than doubles from year ago
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Ford Motor Co. posted a profit of $1.95 billion in the first quarter, more than double its earnings of a year ago, as improved automotive profits and continued cost cutting lifted results. Its shares rose sharply in early trading.

Blockbuster's profit soars due to tax benefit

Sears posts $859 million loss on accounting charge

Kraft profits sink 34 percent on restructuring costs
CHICAGO -- Kraft Foods Inc.'s first-quarter profits tumbled 34 percent amid continuing restructuring costs and sluggish sales volume at the nation's largest food company.

Chutney's versatility serves well
Chutney is a savory and versatile addition to a huge variety of dishes and edibles year-round.

Grubbin'

Grubbin'
JOE'S UNDERGROUND CAFE 144 Eighth St.

Chutney's versatility serves well

Where to eat

Small portions

Where to eat
Joe's Underground Cafe 144 Eighth Street. WHAT'S THERE: Sandwiches, salads and pizza THE ATMOSPHERE: Dark and cozy

Small portions
Dipping sauces, such as aioli, horseradish cream and Romesco, offer a nice excuse to eat grilled asparagus spears with your fingers.

Jacobsen has hip surgery
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Peter Jacobsen had arthroscopic hip surgery Tuesday morning in Florida to repair a bone spur, and was expected to miss six to eight weeks on both the PGA and Champions tours.

A Second Chance
At some point during today's first round of the Kandy Waters Memorial Classic, Augusta's John Engler will probably think back to a September 2003 day when he played a round of golf at Sea Island, Ga.

Couples battling history to defend Houston Open title
HUMBLE, Texas -- Fred Couples will try to defend his championship at the Houston Open, beginning Thursday. History says he'll fail - and so does Couples.

Building for the future, overlooking the past

Couples battling history to defend Houston Open title

Jacobsen has hip surgery

Haas' top-10 swing makes older set wait

MCI Heritage champion believes rules question was not necessary

Building for the future, overlooking the past
The next batch of inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame will be revealed Thursday, and the only hint from headquarters is that the four newest members will attend the announcement in Savannah, Ga.

Haas' top-10 swing makes older set wait
Although Jay Haas figured he would probably make his Champions Tour debut at the Legends of Golf, the tournament will have to go on without him.

MCI Heritage champion believes rules question was not necessary
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Stewart Cink should have been able to celebrate at the end of a long Sunday at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Rangers place Lewis on disabled list
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Right-hander Colby Lewis was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday by the Texas Rangers because of stiffness in his pitching shoulder.

Selanne looking forward to facing former team

Flyers thrilled to have home-ice advantage

Red Wings leery of Calgary's Iginla & Kiprusoff

Selanne looking forward to facing former team
DENVER -- Teemu Selanne had a difficult first season in Colorado, with extended scoring slumps and some time on the fourth line. What better way to get on track than against his former team?

Flyers, Leafs set for physical series

Hasek undergoes surgery

Medvedenko sits out practice
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Slava Medvedenko didn't practice Wednesday with the Los Angeles Lakers because of a strained right Achilles' tendon, and his status for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against Houston is uncertain.

Sharks have mountainous task: Bring down Avalanche

Flyers, Leafs set for physical series
VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs simply don't like each other.

Sharks have mountainous task: Bring down Avalanche
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Scott Parker was still groggy from sleep Tuesday morning when the first text message arrived. It was from Dan Hinote, the Colorado defenseman and Parker's teammate before his offseason move to San Jose.

Red Wings leery of Calgary's Iginla & Kiprusoff
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings respect the Calgary Flames for at least two reasons: Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff.

Hasek undergoes surgery
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Detroit Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek is recovering in his hometown after undergoing successful groin surgery.

Rangers place Lewis on disabled list

Outlook uncertain after historic collapse
BOSTON -- Joe Thornton stood tall in the Bruins' somber locker room after his team's historic collapse that hurt him more than his damaged ribs.

Outlook uncertain after historic collapse

Flyers thrilled to have home-ice advantage
VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers are thrilled to have home-ice advantage for the second round of the NHL playoffs. And they don't really care who they play.

Driver favor Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. - The Richmond International Raceway is a short track that acts like a superspeedway. Or is it a super-speedway that acts like a short track?

Auto Club 500 perfect for California dreamers
FONTANA, Calif. -- The biggest problem isn't finding something to do around the California Speedway. It's finding time to do to it all. Race fans are an hour away from the beach, an hour from the mountains, 90 minutes from San Diego and five hours from Las Vegas.

Driver of the Month
Driver of the month is Kasey Kahne

Hmiel back from the brink
ATLANTA - The road Shane Hmiel now travels is straight and narrow, and it doesn't allow any detours.

California: 'Terminator' track
FONTANA, Calif. - The California Speedway had an impressive history long before it was a racetrack. Before the land was converted into a modern two-mile oval, it was an old steel mill -- and site of the final scenes from the original Terminator movie. Once filming ended on the movie, the mill was razed and replaced with an 92,000-seat speedway that closely resembles the Michigan International Speedway.

Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte is stock-car racing's true home
CONCORD, N.C. - The folks at Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse would prefer race fans call the racetrack that hosts two weeks of racing each May by its official name, the Lowe's Motor Speedway.

'Car of the Future' project to cut costs
ATLANTA - The men who have seats in the boardroom at NASCAR have never turned a wrench or welded a fender on a car, so it was difficult for them to understand what's involved with building a race car. More important, none of them ever had to pay for one.

Dull Dover
DOVER, Del. -- For the lucky few, a trip to the Dover International Speedway means never leaving the property.

Charlotte is a NASCAR fan's dream
CONCORD, N.C. - It's a good thing the racing in May lasts two weekends at the Lowe's Motor Speedway. It takes that long to see what the area has to offer.

Youth Movement
Star drivers aren't the only youngsters steering NASCAR into the future. Racing's fan base is growing up right alongside the sport itself.

Win on Sunday, buy on Monday'
MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Steve Stout once owned three different Intimidator models of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and he still has one of the 17-year-old treasures created to honor Dale Earnhardt parked at his McDonough, Ga., home.

Blend history, entertainment into race weekend in Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. - The Richmond International Raceway offers one of the best experiences on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

"The Monster Mile" is more than a slogan
DOVER, Del. - "The Monster Mile" is more than a marketing slogan for the Dover International Speedway. It's truth in advertising.

Fresh asparagus can become simple side dish
Asparagus season is in full swing, and you?ll find not only good prices on asparagus in your supermarket, but wonderfully fresh asparagus, too.

Fresh asparagus can become simple side dish

Shooting suspect surrenders
A man wanted by authorities in the shooting death of his roommate has surrendered, police said this morning.

Exactly how far can protests go?

Blythe third-graders get to have their say
As part of Newspapers in Education Month recently, I did several activities with my pupils. We worked on expressing opinions in this activity, so here are a few that may be worthy of being shared with Augusta readers. Remember, these are third-graders from Blythe Elementary School. Terry Hale, Augusta

Maybe self-defense is the answer
In light of the Tamara Dunstan slaying and others across the nation, it is imperative that a martial-arts training program for women be funded. There are too many rapes, assaults and kidnappings by the scum of our society. Women properly trained in a six-month course would be able to defend themselves effectively and even kill if they are in danger. Michael J. Rhoden, North Augusta, S.C.

Ruling on gay pastor was a big mistake

Dems see gloom in Iraq successes

Please serve up more local sports

Ruling on gay pastor was a big mistake
I was appalled at the Rev. Karen Dammann, the lesbian pastor, winning the Methodist Church trial recently in Bothell, Wash. I am a Methodist in the North Georgia Conference (thank God), and we do not, nor would we ever, condone such stupidity. Cheryl Beauford, Augusta

Please serve up more local sports
I have long been disappointed with The Augusta Chronicle's coverage of local vs. pro sports. April 13 was a great example, as the front sports page was totally pro articles, and on Page 2C there was a two-sentence "story" on the Richmond Academy boy's soccer team being rated No. 1 in the nation. Clark Morris, Martinez

Bush handling inherited problems
If you review our country's history, you will see the good times and the bad. During the bad times, people are quick to blame the current president for the economic problems they may be facing. I believe that each new president inherits the mistakes of the previous president. Cindy Anderson, Augusta

Maybe self-defense is the answer

Exactly how far can protests go?
Now that Martha Burk has set the precedent that demonstrators cannot be restricted as to location, does this mean pro-life counselors and demonstrators will be able to stand right outside the clinic door? Let's make a test case! Catherine S. Minor, Martinez

Dems see gloom in Iraq successes
I had thought the pessimism that presaged defeat in Iraq ... might have been dispelled by the miraculous victory over Saddam Hussein's regime in a matter of three weeks. But this was not to be, as the renewed display of gloom continues to follow the American military victory last spring. Neal Dillon, Aiken, S.C.

Study finds even tallest trees have limits to how high they can grow

Hybrid vehicle registrations up more than 25 percent in 2003

Researchers find clues about why more black women have deadly pregnancy complication

Commission urges new ocean protections and trust fund

Rural communities see new opportunities in wind power

Research making progress in quest for male version of The Pill

Research shows swine manure can become crude oil

Yet another age-fighting strategy: Surgery for a younger voice

Duke University encourages students to get more sleep

Rural communities see new opportunities in wind power
EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. -- Mike Sachs lacks the rusted tin pans of a mineral prospector in the Old West.

Commission urges new ocean protections and trust fund
WASHINGTON -- Citing a dire need to protect ocean resources from exploitation and pollution, a presidential commission on Tuesday urged creation of a federal oceans trust fund with up to $4 billion a year from oil and gas royalties.

Hybrid vehicle registrations up more than 25 percent in 2003
DETROIT -- Americans are opting more for vehicles with environmentally friendly gasoline-electric hybrid engines, new statistics show, and that trend is expected to continue because of high gas prices and a growing number of hybrid models.

Living briefs
Not all late snacks are fattening. Common knowledge isn't necessarily true when it comes to adages about eating. Here are two examples:

Research making progress in quest for male version of The Pill
More than 40 years after The Pill hit the market for women, scientists are still trying to come up with a version for men.

Duke University encourages students to get more sleep
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University is eliminating 8 a.m. classes and trying to come up with other ways help its sleep-deprived students, who too often are struggling to survive on a mix of caffeine, adrenaline and ambition.

Existing technology could significantly reduce auto emissions
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Automakers have the technology to meet strong global warming pollution standards, and existing technology could be used to significantly reduce emissions, according to a nonprofit group of citizens and scientists.

Should women try gene testing at time of breast cancer diagnosis?
WASHINGTON -- Jeannine Salamone was just 30 when genetic testing made her abandon hope that removing the aggressive tumor growing in one breast would be treatment enough. She switched to a double mastectomy.

Study finds even tallest trees have limits to how high they can grow
Redwood trees are the tallest living things on Earth, but they are stretching up against a growth limit that likely cannot be overcome no matter how ideal the conditions, according to a new study.

Researchers find clues about why more black women have deadly pregnancy complication
Researchers find clues about why more black women have deadly pregnancy complication

Research shows swine manure can become crude oil
URBANA, Ill. -- A University of Illinois research team is working on turning pig manure into a form of crude oil that could be refined to heat homes or generate electricity.

Study looks at how nutrition affects pilot performance
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Elliot Wilson is well on his way to becoming a commercial airline pilot, but that's not why the University of North Dakota student is eating expensive seafood this semester.

Yet another age-fighting strategy: Surgery for a younger voice
PHILADELPHIA -- After the tummy tuck, the forehead tightener, the nose job and the jowl trim, something still might be giving away your age: your voice.

Mosquito virus prompts first warning of season

Across South Carolina
Crash victims had been building store

Around town
David Keel (left), Fort Discovery's finance director, and Victor Morales, the director of exhibit maintenance, look at a piece of a robotic alien named Harry. The alien exhibit will start May 8.

Rants and raves
MY RANT IS about the young man who (is charged in the killing of) Tamara Dunstan. I think the liberals need to take a good look at this. I guess we're going to blame his childhood. ... I think if we, the people of the United States, would get more strict with the death penalty, some of this meanness would stop.

City council divided over cultural center
AIKEN - A black history culture center that supporters say will bring the community together divided the Aiken City Council for more than two hours Tuesday during a special meeting to divvy up tentative sales tax dollars.

Across Georgia
CUMMING - Police are searching for a man they say is involved in the disappearance of a hairstylist missing since Thursday.

News you can use

Time is ripe for the picking
NORTH AUGUSTA - Wearing an oversized, hot pink baseball cap to keep the sun out of her eyes, 6-year-old Grace Wenger carefully inspects the strawberries she's picking.

Perdue gives progress report
Gov. Sonny Perdue swung through Augusta on Wednesday to dash a little politics along with the salt and pepper on his eggs and grits.

Board examines doctor's stay at mental institution
Georgia's licensing board for physicians is looking into a weekend incident in which a Blythe physician was committed to a mental institution after allegedly shooting one of his horses in the head and then holding authorities at bay for hours.

Friends' fight turns deadly
An argument between roommates turned deadly Tuesday afternoon at a downtown apartment complex, police said.

Board examines doctor's stay at mental institution

Developer will appeal landfill denial

News you can use

Perdue gives progress report

Time is ripe for the picking

Across the area

Official opposes delay of deadline

Parolee suspected in shooting surrenders
A man who surrendered to authorities on murder charges Wednesday was serving parole at the time police alleged he shot a longtime friend to death, records state.

HIV-positive teens aren't aware of risks, CDC says

Wife sentenced for attacks on spouse
AIKEN - An Aiken woman who drove through a brick wall trying to run over her husband and later attacked him in bed with a meat cleaver was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday.

New zoning option decision put on hold

Parents speak out about school choice
COLUMBIA - Bridgette Reeves enrolled her son in a private school after public education specialists told her to accept her son's learning disabilities and stop "pushing to make him better."

Suspect indicted in death of woman

City will appeal protest ruling
Augusta will appeal last week's federal appeals court ruling that struck down the city ordinance that kept Martha Burk from protesting near the main gate of Augusta National Golf Club during last year's Masters Tournament.

Up in flames

New zoning option decision put on hold
Columbia County will hold off until next year to decide whether to create a new zoning category in its long-term development plan.

Rants and raves
MY RANT IS about the young man who (is charged in the killing of) Tamara Dunstan. I think the liberals need to take a good look at this. I guess we're going to blame his childhood. ... I think if we, the people of the United States, would get more strict with the death penalty, some of this meanness would stop.

Judge denies county's request to block racing

Correction

Professionals aim to recruit

Board weighs letting pupils carry phones

Council questions its need for fund

Shooting suspect surrenders

Ballot, bonding issues unresolved

Lawmakers ready to leave positions
ATLANTA - Two prominent state lawmakers announced their retirements Tuesday, including one of the four senators whose decision to switch parties two years ago helped Gov. Sonny Perdue gain control of the state Senate for Republicans.

Learning on wheels

Correction
An Across the Area item in Tuesday's Metro section incorrectly identified the alleged victims in a child molestation case. The article should have said that Jerry Willis Denny was arrested after two male relatives reported sexual abuse to their parents.

Something to sneeze at
Kenneth Bennett may want to choose a new city to live in, and while he's at it, a new profession.

Home just in time
When Sgt. Jeremy Williams arrived at Augusta Regional Airport on Monday night after traveling for three days from Baghdad with other members of Fort Gordon's 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion, all he wanted to do was sleep.

Victim was held captive, stabbed, official testifies
Elinor Emineth was attacked and killed by a handyman who became enraged after she made derogatory comments about his girlfriend, an investigator testified Wednesday.

Judge denies county's request to block racing
The green flag for the resumed roar of fast cars at a Grovetown track was dropped Tuesday by a Superior Court judge who denied Columbia County's request to block racing at the oval.

Estate holds little cash
AIKEN - Retired U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond died with a net worth of $1.48 million, according to papers filed in Aiken County probate court this week.

Estate holds little cash

Man admits killing woman

Official opposes delay of deadline
AIKEN - The re-election battle of state Sen. Tommy Moore could make ballot-box casualties of soldiers from his district who are serving in Iraq, an elections official says.

News you can use
APRIL 28, 1928 The Augusta Tygers will make their official bow to the baseball public at the new municipal stadium this afternoon in a doubleheader with Greenville.

Suspect indicted in death of woman
A man accused of kidnapping and killing a pregnant 29-year-old Augusta woman took more than paintings and figurines from her mother's house, court records allege.

City council divided over cultural center

Slander suit fees will be covered
The Richmond County Board of Education has agreed to pay for attorneys to defend two employees accused of slander in a lawsuit filed by a former basketball coach.

City will appeal protest ruling

Developer will appeal landfill denial
An Atlanta developer will appeal the state's denial of his request for permits to establish a 1,030-acre landfill in Taliaferro County.

Grovetown nears fire contract deal

Monetta fire traps, kills man

Time is ripe for the picking

Rants and raves
AFTER PASSING OUT in Wal-Mart, thinking I was having a heart attack, I would like to give a special thanks to the very nice employees of Wal-Mart and the young lady and her little sister who found me passed out on the bathroom floor. I would like to give these employees at the Wal-Mart in Evans a big rave for all your help and for saving my life.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Crystal Marie Lerch, 15, of Martinez.

HIV-positive teens aren't aware of risks, CDC says
ATLANTA - Few of the 59 HIV-positive Georgia teenagers in a study were aware of the risk of being sexually active and some were not treated for months after their diagnosis, federal officials said Tuesday.

Man admits killing woman
Thirteen years after the disappearance of a Sandersville woman, a man has been charged with murder after confessing to the crime.

Grovetown nears fire contract deal
Grovetown might become the first of Columbia County's two cities to sign an agreement to provide firefighting service for county residents living near city limits.

Across the area
Columbia County's plan to fund fire service through property taxes is coming together as the first of the county's two cities signed an interim agreement Wednesday to provide fire service outside its city limits.

Around town
Pedro Zuniga, of Net Results Sports Marketing, waters the tennis courts at Riverview Park. The company uses the water to find areas of the court that need to be patched for resurfacing.

Ballot, bonding issues unresolved
Augusta commissioners took another stab at trying to whittle down a Phase 5 special-purpose sales tax list suitable to place before voters later this year, but decided before the meeting was over they'll need more sessions.

Across the area
Authorities in Washington County have found a partial skull in Sandersville, Ga., and are working with state officials to excavate the area in an attempt to identify the remains, officials said Tuesday.

Swimming to victory
Lantz Lamback is your typical teenager. He does schoolwork. He cleans his room. He swims in the afternoon.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Kelsey Ivey Birt, 7 months, of Hephzibah.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. has asked the Public Service Commission to let it raise electricity rates.

Board weighs letting pupils carry phones
AIKEN - Cell phones could be more accessible to Aiken County pupils next year, Aiken County School Board Chairman John Bradley said Tuesday night.

Morris appeals scores ruling
ATLANTA - Morris Communications Co. filed an appeal Wednesday of its lawsuit against the PGA Tour Inc. over instant access to golf scores for resale to Internet sites.

Across South Carolina

Monetta fire traps, kills man
MONETTA, S.C. - A mentally disabled Monetta man died in a house fire Wednesday, apparently overcome by smoke as he tried to escape through a hallway.

Across the area

Professionals aim to recruit
High school seniors in Richmond County are being flooded this week with information on water-related careers as they prepare to enter the real world.

Around town

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia's hate crimes law is unconstitutionally vague, lawyers for a man and woman convicted of an assault on two black men in Atlanta's Little Five Points argued before the state Supreme Court.

Across Georgia

Mosquito virus prompts first warning of season
ATLANTA - Mosquitoes, and the diseases they carry, are back.

Kid of the day

Perdue selects top Daley aide
ATLANTA - An aide to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley will take over the Georgia agency charged with looking after some of the state's most vulnerable residents.

Something to sneeze at

Worker records are now online
Property owners now have the chance to turn the tables on tax assessors and appraisers, being able to keep a watchful eye on them for a change.

Perdue gives progress report

Guilt earns man 21 years in prison
An Appling man who pleaded guilty to two sexual assault charges this week was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison in a Columbia County court Wednesday.

Parolee suspected in shooting surrenders

Council questions its need for fund
AIKEN - There was little doubt in the Kroger Co.'s commitment to develop an abandoned department store when a company representative approached the Aiken City Council on April 12.

Swimming to victory

Learning on wheels
McCORMICK, S.C. - Barbara Barker doesn't get to use a computer very often, but once a week she can brush up on her typing and math skills without leaving the parking lot of her Westowne apartment complex in McCormick.

Around town

News you can use
April 22, 1918 The Superior Court grand jury is making an investigation into the liquor situation in Augusta and Richmond County.

Rants and raves
AFTER PASSING OUT in Wal-Mart, thinking I was having a heart attack, I would like to give a special thanks to the very nice employees of Wal-Mart and the young lady and her little sister who found me passed out on the bathroom floor. I would like to give these employees at the Wal-Mart in Evans a big rave for all your help and for saving my life.

Up in flames
New Holland volunteer firefighter Jimmy Wilson waters down a chicken house that was destroyed by fire on Harness Road . No chickens were inside the 250-foot metal and wood frame house when the fire started Tuesday.

Cannes Film Festival announces movie competition lineup

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Cannes Film Festival announces movie competition lineup
PARIS -- "The Ladykillers," the Coen brothers' remake of a 1955 comedy caper, will be among the 18 films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival next month.

Mini reviews

Amnesty program for online file-sharers dropped
LOS ANGELES -- The music industry's trade group has ended a program that offered to prevent people from being sued by recording companies if the downloaders admitted to illegally sharing music online, according to court documents.

'We Built This City' tops Blender's 50 worst songs list
NEW YORK -- Starship may have built this city on rock and roll, but Blender magazine is tearing it down, naming the band's "We Built This City" as the worst song ever.

Indie rockers Denali start fresh with new members
Barely two years removed from its debut album, the indie rock group Denali faced the possibility of flaming out just as its success had started to gel.

Jailed rapper Shyne close to $3 million music deal
LOS ANGELES -- Island Def Jam expects to sign imprisoned rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow to a $3 million record contract this week, a source familiar with the negotiations said.

'We Built This City' tops Blender's 50 worst songs list

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected music reviews:

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

Jailed rapper Shyne close to $3 million music deal

Hip-hop's, R&B's best headliners scheduled to grace family affair
The beats of some of the best in hip-hop and R&B will blend with the smell of barbecue at Saturday's PowerFest 2004, the annual outdoor family festival and concert sponsored by radio station WPRW-FM (107.7) and the Augusta Parks and Recreation Department.

Amnesty program for online file-sharers dropped

Concert calendar

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Riding high on 'Tipsy,' J-Kwon vows to walk a thin line

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Riding high on 'Tipsy,' J-Kwon vows to walk a thin line
Not even a month into his 18th year, rapper J-Kwon is enjoying a streak of good luck that has been long overdue.

Indie rockers Denali start fresh with new members

Auto Club 500 perfect for California dreamers

"The Monster Mile" is more than a slogan

Aaron's 499 race overview

Report: Texas Motor Speedway to get second race, Darlington may lose one

Blend history, entertainment into race weekend in Richmond

ŒWin on Sunday, buy on Monday'

Youth Movement

Model Car Owner
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Twenty years ago Rick Hendrick was no better than a field filler in NASCAR.

NASCAR newsmaker Sterling Martin

Ganassi livid at driver's penalty
TALLADEGA, Ala. - NASCAR's practice of enforcing some rules and not enforcing others and issuing varying degrees of penalties for the same violations sent one prominent car owner into a rage this week.

California: 'Terminator' track

Judge bars defense from medical records of Bryant's accuser
DENVER -- The judge in the Kobe Bryant case dealt a blow to the defense Wednesday, barring access to the medical records of the 19-year-old woman accusing the NBA star of rape.

'Car of the Future' project to cut costs

Report: Texas Motor Speedway to get second race, Darlington may lose one
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A second NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race is reportedly coming to Texas Motor Speedway in 2005 and Darlington Raceway in South Carolina may lose one of its two major events.

Dull Dover

NASCAR newsmaker Sterling Martin
Five of Sterling Marlin's 10 career wins have come at the two race tracks that require the use of a restrictor plate to reduce speeds for safety reasons, including a pair of wins at Talladega Superspeedway. Marlin talked about Talladega, NASCAR's rules and the future of the sport.

Ganassi livid at driver's penalty

Judge bars defense from medical records of Bryant's accuser

Model Car Owner

Hmiel back from the brink

Aaron's 499 race overview
Aaron's 499 race overview.

Confiscated cars bring penalties for drivers and teams
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jamie McMurray and Larry Foyt were docked 25 points apiece Tuesday by NASCAR for bringing cars to Bristol Motor Speedway that did not meet specifications.

Driver favor Richmond

Overanxious Anthony, Nuggets study mistakes from Game 1

Mashburn sent home by Hornets
MIAMI -- Injured forward Jamal Mashburn was sent home Tuesday by the New Orleans Hornets after he complained that the team mishandled his medical care.

Hunter denies meaning O'Neal harm in altercation

Rip job: Thomas bashes Martin, Collins - and own teammates

Overanxious Anthony, Nuggets study mistakes from Game 1
MINNEAPOLIS -- Carmelo Anthony wouldn't trade places with rookie rival LeBron James.

76ers introduce O'Brien

Lakers hit with another injury

Judge bars defense from medical records of Bryant's accuser
DENVER -- The judge in the Kobe Bryant case dealt a blow to the defense Wednesday, barring access to the medical records of the 19-year-old woman accusing the NBA star of rape.

Lakers hit with another injury
LOS ANGELES - The injuries are mounting for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Rip job: Thomas bashes Martin, Collins - and own teammates
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Injured Knicks forward Tim Thomas ripped Nets forward Kenyon Martin as a phony tough guy and criticized his teammates, too, for failing to respond to the flagrant foul that sidelined him.

Knicks F Tim Thomas out for Game 2 vs. Nets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Knicks forward Tim Thomas was ruled out of Tuesday night's Game 2 against the New Jersey Nets with back and ankle injuries.

76ers introduce O'Brien
PHILADELPHIA -- Jim O'Brien figures he'll have more success getting along with Allen Iverson than his predecessors.

Knicks F Tim Thomas out for Game 2 vs. Nets

Hunter denies meaning O'Neal harm in altercation
INDIANAPOLIS -- Boston Celtics rookie Brandon Hunter said he was not trying to start a fight with Indiana Pacers star Jermaine O'Neal when he pulled him to the ground in Game 1 of their playoff series.

Air Force coach Scott hired as Princeton boss
Joe Scott was hired as basketball coach at Princeton on Wednesday, returning to his alma mater a month after guiding Air Force to its first NCAA tournament berth in 42 years.

Ravens' Fuller charged with running gambling house

Bears could look to defense

Sparks flying as Cowboys prepare for draft

Martz: Warner departure not yet guaranteed

House backing a World War II salute for Super Bowl halftime show

Packers re-sign Torrance Marshall

Fitzgerald does everything well - even lunch

Browns focused on Big Three in draft

Winslow or Taylor for Redskins?

NFL draft sleeper: DT from Ukraine could be first-round pick

Dillon puts Super Bowl champs ahead of the game

First-round quarterbacks aren't sure things

Falcons relying on draft choices

Sharpe will play at least one more season

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Japan world record holder headed for Athens

IOC inspector: Athens stadium on pace to meet deadlines
ATHENS, Greece -- The chief IOC overseer of the Athens Games believes the roof on the main Olympic stadium will be finished before a June deadline.

Japan world record holder headed for Athens
TOKYO -- World record holder Kosuke Kitajima secured a spot in the Athens Olympics with a victory in the 100-meter breaststroke final Wednesday at Japan's national swimming championships.

Nadal to miss French Open with left foot injury

Another attempt to bring big-time cycling to America

Former Olympic boxer acquitted of rape charges

Coria, Safin reach third round in Monaco

After 30 years, charismatic Dance isn't slowing down

Maradona stays on respirator in intensive care

Prep spring sports scores

California lawmaker introduces bills to test high schoolers for steroids

Survivor inspired by Armstrong's courage

Musketeers stay perfect with win

Boston course best preparation for Ndereba's Olympics

Overtime

Father, son, are serious rivals

Maradona expected to be hospitalized for some time

Maradona expected to be hospitalized for some time
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Diego Maradona is expected to be hospitalized for some time, with doctors saying Tuesday his condition remained "delicate."

Maradona stays on respirator in intensive care
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Diego Maradona remained on a respirator in intensive care Wednesday, three days after the soccer great was hospitalized with heart and lung problems.

Nadal to miss French Open with left foot injury
MADRID, Spain -- Rising tennis star Rafael Nadal of Spain broke his left foot and will miss the French Open and the Athens Olympics.

Father, son, are serious rivals
Rick Sullivan has played table tennis for 20 years. When his son, Ricky, was old enough he taught him how to play the game.

'Super Mario' captures Stage 2
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Italian Mario Cipollini, known to homeland fans simply as Super Mario, outsprinted Cuban Ivan Dominguez and Canadian Gord Fraser in the last 100 meters to win Stage 2 of the seven-stage Tour de Georgia on Wednesday with a time of 4 hours, 30 minutes and 44 seconds, with time bonuses added.

Overtime
Lakeside High School standout Matt Scott has signed a national letter of intent to play for Georgia Southern.

After 30 years, charismatic Dance isn't slowing down
Bill Dance smiles after explaining how in more than 30 years he went from appearing on one television station in Memphis to a nationwide audience.

Former Olympic boxer acquitted of rape charges
CINCINNATI -- Former Olympic boxer Tim Austin was acquitted of charges he raped a 16-year-old girl.

Coria, Safin reach third round in Monaco
MONTE CARLO, Monaco -- Guillermo Coria overwhelmed Nicolas Kiefer 6-0, 6-3 Wednesday to reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Prep spring sports scores
Here are the results from Tuesday's spring prep sports action.

New Region 3-AAA champs are crowned
The Region 3-AAA Boys and Girls Tennis Tournaments played Wednesday at Newman Tennis Center had a very similar look: both were decided by tiebreakers in the final match, and both crowned a new champion.

Survivor inspired by Armstrong's courage
MACON, Ga. - Miracles have become commonplace for Troy Ford. Meeting hero Lance Armstrong was just the latest.

Boston course best preparation for Ndereba's Olympics
BOSTON -- Catherine Ndereba's next marathon will be similar to her last one.

Musketeers stay perfect with win
The region championship photo was taken. Medals were hung around necks. A big trophy was raised.

US Open Series launches this summer
NEW YORK -- The prelude to the U.S. Open is set.

Prep tennis
High School

Overtime
One day after snapping a six-game losing streak, against the Hickory Crawdads, the Augusta GreenJackets dropped Game 2 of the series, 7-6, Wednesday in Hickory, N.C.

Another attempt to bring big-time cycling to America
MACON, Ga. -- A bit of Europe came to middle Georgia on Tuesday. Folks queued up along desolate country roads to watch brightly colored cyclists whiz by, here and gone in a flash.

Monaco upends Chelsea
MONACO -- Fernando Morientes and Shabani Nonda scored late goals, and Monaco beat Chelsea 3-1 despite playing a man short for most of the second half Tuesday in a UEFA Champions League semifinal game.

California lawmaker introduces bills to test high schoolers for steroids
SAN FRANCISCO -- A California lawmaker has introduced bills to mandate steroid testing of high school students and ban the sale of some performance-enhancing substances to minors.

Dillon puts Super Bowl champs ahead of the game
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Winning two Super Bowls in three years is an amazing feat. Now the New England Patriots have made another impressive move.

Winslow or Taylor for Redskins?
ASHBURN, Va. -- Think Kellen Winslow is a sure thing? Funny enough, in a way he reminds coach Joe Gibbs of Desmond Howard, a sure thing that wasn't.

Browns focused on Big Three in draft
CLEVELAND -- Butch Davis estimates there are at least 15 players in this year's NFL draft who could have an immediate impact for the Cleveland Browns.

Sharpe will play at least one more season
DENVER -- Tight end Shannon Sharpe will return to the Denver Broncos for at least one more season.

Fitzgerald does everything well - even lunch
PITTSBURGH -- Kevin Colbert could look out his office window the past two seasons and watch Larry Fitzgerald make the acrobatic grabs only a headed-to-the-pros receiver can.

First-round quarterbacks aren't sure things
NEW YORK -- This year's draft has three "can't miss" quarterbacks: Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers.

Bears could look to defense
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears spruced up their offense during free agency, so it could be the defense's turn for an upgrade during this weekend's NFL draft.

NFL draft sleeper: DT from Ukraine could be first-round pick
SAN FRANCISCO -- Igor Olshansky was just 15 but already a behemoth at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds.

Agent: Warner expected to be cut June 1
ST. LOUIS -- Two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner expects to be released by the St. Louis Rams after June 1, his agent said Tuesday.

Martz: Warner departure not yet guaranteed
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz said Wednesday that Kurt Warner's agent overreacted to a conversation he had with the quarterback, and emphasized there's still a chance the two-time MVP could stay with the team.

Sparks flying as Cowboys prepare for draft
IRVING, Texas -- Bill Parcells and Jerry Jones were still feeling each other out last year as they prepared for their first NFL draft together with the Dallas Cowboys.

Packers re-sign Torrance Marshall
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers re-signed linebacker Torrance Marshall on Wednesday.

Falcons relying on draft choices
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons have their highest pick since trading up for Michael Vick in 2001. But this draft might be judged on how well they do after the first round.

Dolphins re-sign Minor to 1-year deal
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins re-signed backup running back Travis Minor to a one-year contract Wednesday.

Ravens' Fuller charged with running gambling house
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Baltimore Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller was charged with hosting high-stakes card games at his house, the site of a shootout three months ago.

House backing a World War II salute for Super Bowl halftime show
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida House members want a different type of halftime show when the Super Bowl comes to Jacksonville next year.

Bluegrass star recalls reminiscing, final recordings with Johnny Cash

Bluegrass star recalls reminiscing, final recordings with Johnny Cash
According to Mac Wiseman, Johnny Cash spent his last days sitting around an outdoor fire recalling past stories and recording at his home studio.

Burton's 'Big Fish' is a good catch on style, throwback on substance

Glitches force IRS to use backup electronic filing system
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service switched to a backup computer system for accepting some electronically filed tax returns just before the April 15 filing deadline.

'Pirates of the Caribbean' top MTV Movie Award nominees
LOS ANGELES -- There's no aarrgg-uing: "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" collected a leading six nominations for the MTV Movie Awards on Wednesday, including best movie and best on-screen team for co-stars Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom.

Gibson's 'Passion' getting a cool reception at networks
NEW YORK -- Despite being the year's biggest box-office blockbuster so far, "The Passion of the Christ" seems unlikely to find a home on the four biggest broadcast networks.

Tom Brokaw to end "Nightly News" run in December

Legal drama 'The Guardian' makes its case for renewal
LOS ANGELES -- When a series faces the threat of cancellation, producers do whatever they can to keep it alive: seek publicity, badger the network for more promotion, spy.

NBC scores a Trump-inspired ratings win

Kwame Jackson capitalizes on being No. 2
LOS ANGELES -- The real game has just begun for "The Apprentice" runner-up Kwame Jackson.

ABC management shake up gives Sweeney broader role
LOS ANGELES -- Anne Sweeney has kept a low profile at The Walt Disney Co., quietly building successful kids cable networks and supervising the creation of shows such as "Kim Possible" that Disney is counting on to generate a new generation of bankable characters.

Tom Brokaw to end "Nightly News" run in December
NEW YORK -- Tom Brokaw's sign-off date as anchor of NBC's top-rated "Nightly News" has been set: it's Wednesday, December 1.

Gibson's 'Passion' getting a cool reception at networks

NBC scores a Trump-inspired ratings win
NEW YORK -- NBC owes Donald Trump a big thank-you bouquet: the outsized real estate mogul was almost single-handedly responsible for the network's ratings sweep last week.

Kwame Jackson capitalizes on being No. 2

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Hunter death ruled self defense
The shooting death of a former Georgia football player has been ruled a justifiable homicide, a Chicago Police Department spokesman said this week.

There's no time off for Richt
The Georgia Bulldogs football team just wrapped up spring practice Saturday with its annual G-Day game, but that doesn't mean coach Mark Richt gets any time off.

Burton's 'Big Fish' is a good catch on style, throwback on substance
Big Fish, cinema stylist Tim Burton's meditation on truth, tall tales and fathers and sons, is two movies loosely bound by one character. Neither, sadly, is wholly successful.

McGee briefs trustees about baseball stadium

South Carolina hires strength coach
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina hired Matt Jennings on Tuesday as men's basketball strength and conditioning coach.

McGee briefs trustees about baseball stadium
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee is hopeful Gamecocks baseball can be in a new $14 million joint-venture stadium for the start of 2006 season.

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Couple killed, baby survives when tree falls onto parkway in NY