East meets West at French impressionism exhibit in Hawaii

Art for Absolut's sake: I'll drink to that

Carla Gugino set for Maggie in a revival of Miller's 'After the Fall'
NEW YORK -- Carla Gugino, late of television's "Karen Sisco" and all those "Spy Kids" movies, will play the pivotal role of Maggie in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Arthur Miller's "After the Fall" this summer.

Former President Clinton's memoirs will be out in late June

Exhibit celebrates a different kind of dance photography

Mona Lisa painting is deteriorating quickly

Exhibit resurrects ancient Egyptian quest for afterlife
MILWAUKEE -- The Egyptian god of the nether world lies on his stomach and raises his head, his eyes open at the moment of his resurrection.

Brooke Shields writing book about postpartum depression

Exhibit celebrates a different kind of dance photography
NEW YORK -- In one corner, Alexandre Proia curls and tenses, a spotted faun in orange loin cloth. In another, the Ballet Boyz muscle through a duet while Karole Armitage strikes a pose in sequins and fur.

New Jersey encyclopedia hits bookstore shelves

A playwright and his muse get primitive on Broadway

Former President Clinton's memoirs will be out in late June
NEW YORK -- The suspense is over, almost. Former President Clinton's memoirs will be published in late June, and promotion will begin a few weeks earlier with a speech at BookExpo America, the industry's annual convention.

Collector's passion gives researchers a link to 18th century giant

Brooke Shields writing book about postpartum depression
NEW YORK -- Brooke Shields, the mother of a nearly 1-year-old daughter, is writing a book about postpartum depression. Hyperion plans to publish "Down Came the Rain" in the spring of 2005.

East meets West at French impressionism exhibit in Hawaii
HONOLULU -- East and West cross, clash and meld into cityscapes, landscapes, portraits and nudes in an exhibit of works by European masters purchased a century ago by Japanese industrialists and rarely seen outside Japan.

New Jersey encyclopedia hits bookstore shelves
TRENTON, N.J. -- Nearly a decade ago, a new encyclopedia chronicled just about everything anybody would care to know about New York City, from its distinct neighborhoods to the Yankees to its scads of famous residents.

A troubled veteran of the war in Iraq spins out of control
NEW YORK -- A distraught veteran of the war in Iraq living in New York and slowly spinning out of control.

Mona Lisa painting is deteriorating quickly
PARIS -- The Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of the unknown woman with the enigmatic smile, is sparking a new kind of mystery: What is causing the Renaissance masterpiece to deteriorate so quickly?

Art for Absolut's sake: I'll drink to that
NEW YORK -- Absolut ... perfume? For Andy Warhol, yes. Back in 1985, the pale prince of pop art confessed to the Swedish vodka's importer that he preferred a splash of Absolut to anything by Chanel.

'Jerry Springer' arrives on Broadway in the fall of 2005
NEW YORK -- "Jerry Springer - The Opera" is coming to Broadway but not until the fall of 2005.

A playwright and his muse get primitive on Broadway
NEW YORK -- When playwright Mark Medoff first met actress Phyllis Frelich, there was no sign that she would soon become his muse.

Carla Gugino set for Maggie in a revival of Miller's 'After the Fall'

Collector's passion gives researchers a link to 18th century giant
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- For Mary Hyde Eccles, literary giant Samuel Johnson was more than a ghost of history. He was a passion.

Burks goes on DL, set for surgery
BOSTON -- Red Sox designated hitter Ellis Burks was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday and will have surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

Pacers' pair have sights set on the big leagues

Pacers' pair have sights set on the big leagues
Thirteen games into the baseball season, Ashley Farr didn't appear to be his old self.

Now this is expansion: Little League is off to Mars
McLEAN, Va. -- Whether life exists on Mars is an endless source of speculation. But if there is life, and if those life forms can hit a curveball, then northern Virginia has dibs on their Little Leaguers.

Burks goes on DL, set for surgery

White Sox GM pays a surprise visit to Wrigley Field
CHICAGO -- Yes, that really was Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams in the Cubs' dugout. And no, he didn't get lost on his way to the ballpark.

Mariners, Orioles must wait to end skids
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners were eager to end their losing streaks Monday night.

Red Sox complete sweep of Yankees
NEW YORK -- Six months later, Pedro Martinez and the Boston Red Sox held on against the Yankees and completed a weekend blowout in the Bronx.

A Bronx Bummer -
NEW YORK - Standing next to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman in an elevator, Reggie Jackson was startled by the silence.

A Bronx Bummer -

Dye making quite the comeback after tough 2003 season

Now this is expansion: Little League is off to Mars

Red Sox complete sweep of Yankees

Dye making quite the comeback after tough 2003 season
OAKLAND, Calif. -- This is how far Jermaine Dye had fallen last October: The Oakland Athletics' $32 million man got pinch-hit for by backup catcher Adam Melhuse with the season on the line.

Have fun with English and make Webster weep

Odds and Ends
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Most people do whatever they can to keep their money away from the Internal Revenue Service. Not Maria Woods, a German immigrant with a strong passion for her adopted country.

Smart pet trick
Rikki, a 10-year-old Yorkie, brushes his teeth while Karen Eaken of Mesa, Ariz., holds her on Saturday, April 24, 2004. Eaken started out brushing Rikki's teeth after her veternarian told her it was important. After that, Rikki just picked up the toothbrush one day and took over for her.

A dead dog, an exhumation and a fired cop: the uproar over Whiskers
TAMAQUA, Pa. -- Police officer Scott Michalesko thought he was being humane one cold January evening when he shot and killed Whiskers, a 15-year-old schnauzer hit by a car one frigid January evening.

$4,000 FCC fine for Miami station that crank-called Castro
MIAMI -- A radio station that crank-called Cuban President Fidel Castro and broadcast the recording should be fined $4,000, the Federal Communications Commission said.

Pitchers trying to avoid Bonds

Braves put Chipper on DL

Braves put Chipper on DL
SAN FRANCISCO - The Atlanta Braves placed outfielder Chipper Jones on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a strained right hamstring, the star's first stint on the DL since 1996.

Pitchers trying to avoid Bonds
MIAMI - The question of how to pitch to San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds will come up in Atlanta's pregame meeting this afternoon at SBC Park.

Drew's triple sparks Braves
MIAMI - In most discussions of the game's best hitters J.D. Drew's name does not come up.

Giants top Braves

Giants top Braves
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds is finally getting some of the help he desperately needs to revive the slumping San Francisco Giants.

California faces repeat of deregulation debate
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- It looks like California residents might escape a summer of rolling blackouts, and enjoy a period of calm after the energy crisis that plunged millions of people into the dark and sent the state's largest utility into bankruptcy.

Kmart withdraws suit against Martha Stewart Living
DETROIT -- Kmart and Martha Stewart's company announced an accord Monday regarding royalties on sales of goods bearing the domestic maven's name, settling a multimillion-dollar legal fight.

California faces repeat of deregulation debate

Consumers could feel pinch far from pumps
Consumers have been feeling the sting of higher gas prices at the pump, and they might start feeling it elsewhere too.

French lawsuit challenges heart of Google's business model
WASHINGTON -- Newspapers can gain a wider audience among the young and minorities by paying more attention to their interest in lifestyle coverage, features and ads, editors and publishers were told Wednesday.

Chief executive of Mitsubishi Motors resigns
TOKYO -- Rolf Eckrodt resigned Monday as chief executive and president of Mitsubishi Motors Corp. after DaimlerChrysler AG announced last week it will not offer more money to finance the struggling Japanese partner's turnaround.

Crude futures gain as oil terror worries stick

New home sales rise by 8.9 percent in March
WASHINGTON -- Sales of new homes surged by 8.9 percent in March, the largest monthly increase in nine months, as mortgage rates bottomed out before starting to ascend.

CEO perks still popular and often hidden

Boeing Co. announces launch order for 7E7 airline
SEATTLE -- The Boeing Co. announced its first customer for its 7E7 Dreamliner, All Nippon Airways, which placed a company-record launch order of 50 of the sleek planes.

French lawsuit challenges heart of Google's business model

Now the $50 bill gets a colorful makeover
WASHINGTON --The $50 bill is getting splashes of red, white and blue, the second of the nation's paper currencies to sport new hues beyond the traditional black-ink fronts and green-ink backs.

Chief executive of Mitsubishi Motors resigns

Workers at Caterpillar reject company contact offer
PEORIA, Ill. -- Some 8,000 Caterpillar Inc. workers rejected a six-year contract that the heavy equipment giant has called its final offer, but employees remained on the job, company and union officials said.

Consumers could feel pinch far from pumps

FedEx renames Kinko's to reflect its new ownership
FedEx Corp. is pasting its name onto the Kinkos computing and copy business it recently acquired to reflect its new ownership.

Boeing Co. announces launch order for 7E7 airline

Oxford being acquired by UnitedHealth
TRUMBULL, Conn. -- UnitedHealth Group will acquire Oxford Health Plans Inc. in a stock and cash transaction worth approximately $4.9 billion, UnitedHealth said Monday.

Crude futures gain as oil terror worries stick
NEW YORK -- Crude oil futures settled 1.4 percent higher Monday on the New York Mercantile Exchange, as traders remained nervous following weekend attacks targeting Iraqi oil facilities.

At corporate helm, extra benefits alive and well
NEW YORK -- The executive perk, much criticized during the corporate scandals of the past few years, is still thriving at many big companies, where top managers take personal trips on company jets, have their taxes paid or get free home security systems.

Toy maker LeapFrog struggles to regain its stride

Furnisher riding high on success of Martha Stewart furniture
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Martha Stewart could be headed for a bare-bones prison cell, but more folks than ever want her to furnish their homes.

Now the $50 bill gets a colorful makeover

Toy maker LeapFrog struggles to regain its stride
SAN FRANCISCO -- In six months, educational toy maker LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. has gone from an industry leader to a Wall Street loser.

Consumers could feel pinch far from pumps

CEO perks still popular and often hidden
NEW YORK -- Never mind the millions of dollars in personal use of the corporate jet.

Workers at Caterpillar reject company contact offer

Clemson tops N.C. State
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Lou Santangelo went 3-for-5, including a solo homer in the eighth, to lead Clemson to a 9-6 win over North Carolina State on Sunday.

Clemson tops N.C. State

Gunter expected to announce retirement Tuesday
LSU is expected to announce Tuesday that longtime women's basketball coach Sue Gunter is retiring and will be replaced by interim head coach Pokey Chatman.

Gunter expected to announce retirement Tuesday

Gunter expected to announce retirement Tuesday

SRS and public trust

Not a pretty picture
About the time a concerned world was trying to pry train-collision information out of North Korea, the U.S. government and its contractors were trying to put a lid on photos of flag-draped coffins of dead U.S. soldiers.

Not a pretty picture

Augusta's 'pork'
There's no better example of one community's "pork" being another community's vitally needed projects than the 11 Augusta area designations named in the just-released Congressional Pig Book.

SRS and public trust
The Savannah River Site is a huge and complex operation, so mistakes like radiation leakage, accidental exposure, safety malfunctions are going to happen occasionally. Everyone understands that. The expectation is that the people who work at SRS will learn from the small mistakes so as to avoid a big, tragic one.

Augusta's 'pork'

No empty threats
Admittedly, Fallujah is a "Darned if you do, darned if you don't" problem for U.S. forces. If the Marines rout the thugs and dead-enders who are holed up in the city's sacred shrines and civilian neighborhoods, the "collateral damage" could generate more uprisings in Iraq, stir anger throughout the Arab world and increase the resistance and recruitment of terrorists.

Lies and evasions
Exactly what, you may ask, inspired this weekend's pro-choice histrionics at the Washington Mall? Primarily three policy positions emanating from the Bush administration:

No empty threats

People in the News
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Jackie Chan, who's best known for his daredevil stunts, was named a goodwill ambassador Monday for the United Nations' Children's Fund and U.N. AIDS agencies.

Billy Joel in third car accident in two years
BAYVILLE, N.Y. -- Singer Billy Joel was involved in his third car accident in two years Sunday when he slammed into a house on a wet road on Long Island. No one was seriously injured.

Cate Blanchett gives birth to a son
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- It's a boy for actress Cate Blanchett.

Michael Jackson says it was his decision to replace attorneys
LOS ANGELES -- Less than a week before his next arraignment, Michael Jackson said Monday he has replaced his high-profile legal team in his child molestation case because "my life is at stake."

Jackson replacing attorneys Geragos and Brafman
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson is replacing high-profile attorneys Mark Geragos and Benjamin Brafman in his child molestation case, the lawyers told The Associated Press on Sunday.

From 'Sesame Street' to 'The Sopranos': An actress' journey
NEW YORK -- After filming an intimate scene with his girlfriend in "The Sopranos," Steve Buscemi's good-natured angst over actress Alison Bartlett's other job on "Sesame Street" was laid bare.

Tyson reports increase in second-quarter earnings

Nissan reports rising profits on strong global sales

Small investors can stay on the sidelines during earnings season

Tyson reports increase in second-quarter earnings
SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- Tyson Foods Inc., the world's largest meat company, posted a 65 percent increase in second-quarter profit, despite trade restrictions that limited poultry and beef sales.

Inflation mounting, but where is the Fed?
NEW YORK -- Federal Reserve officials keep talking about how inflation isn't a threat. But if you're buying a cup of coffee or shopping for new clothes, you might see things differently.

Small investors can stay on the sidelines during earnings season
NEW YORK -- Earnings season is always volatile, but interest rate concerns have made Wall Street especially moody lately, with big block traders seeking short-term profits. For small investors unnerved by the resulting chaos, analysts say the best strategy may be to simply wait until the dust settles.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

NASD concerned about sales abuses in variable annuities
WASHINGTON -- Securities regulators say they are concerned about abuses in the sale of variable annuities and are seeking to impose new, tighter requirements on brokers' handling of the popular long-term investments.

Stocks fall on interest rate worries
NEW YORK -- Investors mired in interest rate concerns sold stocks lower Monday as a jump in new home sales added to their worries. Blue chips also fell on profit-taking, while tech stocks were dragged down by weakness in semiconductor shares.

Tokyo stocks close at 32-month high
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks climbed to a 32-month high on Monday as investors bought shares amid high hopes for strong corporate earnings reports due out this week. The U.S. dollar slipped against the Japanese yen.

Inflation mounting, but where is the Fed?

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities rose in Monday's auction.

Tokyo stocks close at 32-month high

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.

Nissan reports rising profits on strong global sales
TOKYO -- Nissan Motor Co. reported a 1.7 percent increase in profit Monday for its fiscal year on strong sales around the world, prompting the automaker to forecast even stronger results in the coming year.

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

NASD concerned about sales abuses in variable annuities

U.S. Barista Championships attract those passionate about coffee

Chefs to duel it out in Atlanta
Augusta's own Philippe Chin will represent the city Saturday when he goes head to head with Atlanta chef Tom Catherall at Simon Super Chefs Live!, a culinary face-off at Atlanta's Lenox Square.

Chefs to duel it out in Atlanta

U.S. Barista Championships attract those passionate about coffee
ATLANTA -- Heather Perry probably can brew an espresso faster than she can describe what motivates her to make a perfect drink.

Jackets hold off Florida St.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Micah Owings hit a two-run home run and Georgia Tech held off a late rally from Florida State to complete a three-game sweep with a 7-6 win on Sunday.

Vikings take Dorsey in fourth round
ATLANTA -- Nat Dorsey wants another challenge in his football career, and the Minnesota Vikings gave him the shot he needed.

Jackets hold off Florida St.

Vikings take Dorsey in fourth round

Intimidators take two from Augusta
In Kannapolis, N.C., Daniel Haigwood shut out Augusta for seven innings and allowed only one hit in the Intimidators 3-1 win Saturday. Kyle Jackson (1-1) gave up seven hits, three runs and took the loss.

Ignore the call of the shopping mall

Rain forces Houston Open to Monday
HUMBLE, Texas -- Vijay Singh chipped in for eagle just before play was suspended Sunday to move into a three-way tie for the lead at the rain-delayed Houston Open.

France's Cevaer wins Spanish Open
FUERTEVENTURA, Canary Islands -- France's Christian Cevaer had two eagle-2s in a round of 69 Sunday and won the Spanish Open by one stroke for his first European tour victory.

France's Cevaer wins Spanish Open

Langham wins Rheem Classic

Irwin hangs on to win Legends of Golf
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Hale Irwin was rusty, and it showed.

Singh wins rain-delayed Houston Open
HUMBLE, Texas -- Vijay Singh is usually unbeatable entering the final round of a tournament.

'Singh'ing in the rain
HUMBLE, Texas - Vijay Singh is usually unbeatable entering the final round of a tournament.

Singh wins rain-delayed Houston Open

Langham wins Rheem Classic
FORT SMITH, Ark. -- Franklin Langham won his second Nationwide Tour title in nearly 11 years Sunday, shooting a 4-under 66 for a two-stroke victory in the Rheem Classic.

Rain forces Houston Open to Monday

Boyette fights for first win
McCORMICK, S.C. - Greg Boyette and John Engler got the answers they were looking for in Sunday's final round of the Kandy Waters Memorial Classic golf tournament.

Irwin hangs on to win Legends of Golf

Boyette fights for first win

Intimidators take two from Augusta

Newest choice easy for Jackets

Newest choice easy for Jackets
North Augusta High School interviewed a total of nine people over the past few weeks in an effort to fill its head boys basketball coaching position.

Lightning go up 2-0
TAMPA, Fla. -- Cory Sarich flicked the bouncing puck into the neutral zone, hoping to keep it away from the Montreal Canadiens. He wound up giving the Tampa Bay Lightning a whole lot more.

Lightning go up 2-0

Flyers defeat Maple Leafs
PHILADELPHIA -- Robert Esche stole another game for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Flyers defeat Maple Leafs

Have fun with English and make Webster weep
When you spend your career in the newsroom, you get used to using words.

Senior projects are huge success
Kudos to language arts teachers for the outstanding success of senior projects at the four Columbia County high schools where I participated as a judge. I have been a volunteer for the past two years and can proudly vouch for the growth of our seniors in terms of their learning stretch and poise in presentation. Constance Lyngby, Grovetown (Editor's note: The writer is a substitute teacher in Columbia County.)

Stop the Sept. 11 finger-pointing game
It is time for all Americans to stop finger-pointing for the Sept. 11 attack. There is no one person or political party in our country responsible for that devastating day. The guilty person is Osama bin Laden. If we keep wasting our taxpayer dollars on formal meetings or committees, it will only result in more useless finger-pointing. What an extremely immature waste of our country's time and money. Teresa Glackin Callahan, Augusta

Real noise comes from other cars
I can't understand all the complaining about the race track on the outskirts of Grovetown. That track was there long before most of the subdivisions were. James Lewallen, Martinez

Iraq war is a losing proposition

Columnist disdainful of Christians
Regarding the twisted doublespeak of columnist Ellen Goodman: Patricia Sanford, Augusta

Real noise comes from other cars

Senior projects are huge success

Byrd was right about Bush's war
During the weeks leading up to George W. Bush's military attack against Iraq, West Virginia's senior senator, Robert C. Byrd, talked for hours on end from the floor of the U.S. Senate and warned America and the rest of the world that the looming attack was wrong, immoral, and America would pay a terrible price for it in lives and money. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Wrong phrase begs correction

Byrd was right about Bush's war

Iraq war is a losing proposition
President George W. Bush said that after victory in Iraq, the United Nations will take over. My questions are: How many member nations are in the United Nations? How many nations have committed troops? How many troops has each nation committed? J.M. Henderson, Augusta

Wrong phrase begs correction
As a great admirer of both language and logic, I write to plead with journalists and all members of the media: Please declare and observe a moratorium on the use of the phrase "beg the question." It doesn't mean what you think it does; it is not synonymous with "raise the question." Jody O'Connell, Augusta

Stop the Sept. 11 finger-pointing game

Doubts raised about integrity of electronic voting machines

Einstein's predictions about the universe tested

Experiments show theoretical speed limit to computer data storage

Interest growing in blimps to help with homeland security, defense

Video game review: New baseball games

Seniors calendar

TiVo faces fight of its life as market explodes

New mineral from the moon discovered, named

Project seeks to use airport radar to detect terror attacks

Einstein's predictions about the universe tested

Researchers practice for possible Mars mission in Utah desert

Toolbars go way beyond search

Techbits: LED prize, AOL mail, Patent fight

TiVo faces fight of its life as market explodes
Debra Baker tells people she has TiVo. But she really doesn't. The 33-year-old New York tax consultant has a variant - a digital video recorder offered through her cable company. She didn't know what "DVR" stood for until then.

New mineral from the moon discovered, named
WASHINGTON -- A chunk of the moon that landed on Earth as a meteorite contains a new mineral, which scientists have named after a researcher who years ago predicted the unusual process that formed the material.

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 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.

Techbits: LED prize, AOL mail, Patent fight
BOSTON -- When Nick Holonyak Jr. set out to create a new kind of visible lighting using semiconductor alloys, his colleagues thought he was "nuttier than hell."

Video game review: New baseball games
For videogame fans, there's really no need to be taken out to the ballgame when five virtual versions are as close as your gaming system of choice.

Doubts raised about integrity of electronic voting machines
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A growing number of federal and state legislators are expressing doubts about the integrity of the ATM-like electronic voting machines that at least 50 million Americans will use to cast their ballots in November.

Project seeks to use airport radar to detect terror attacks
LEXINGTON, Mass. -- For the U.S. Army, Doppler radar isn't just about more precise weather mapping and detecting wind shear. It also holds promise as an early warning system for airborne biological and chemical attacks.

Experiments show theoretical speed limit to computer data storage
If there is an article of faith in computer science, it's that everything can keep getting faster and faster.

Researchers practice for possible Mars mission in Utah desert
HANKSVILLE, Utah -- While robots have been scurrying around Mars for months, researchers here on Earth have been trying to make a little bit of Utah seem more like the Red Planet.

Core Internet technology is vulnerable to hackers, researchers find
WASHINGTON -- Researchers found a serious security flaw that left core Internet technology vulnerable to hackers, prompting a secretive effort by international governments and industry experts in recent weeks to prevent global disruptions of Web surfing, e-mails and instant messages.

Interest growing in blimps to help with homeland security, defense
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- The horizon someday may be lined with giant floating orbs guarding people below from the enemy.

Toolbars go way beyond search
NEW YORK -- Search engine toolbars for the Internet Explorer browser have become nearly essential tools online: They can block pop-up ads, alert you to new e-mail, even protect you from scams.

Einstein's predictions about the universe tested
LOS ANGELES -- NASA launched into orbit Tuesday a $750 million satellite conceived during the Eisenhower administration to test two of Albert Einstein's fundamental predictions about the universe.

Craig joins GOP for re-election
ATLANTA - Veteran Augusta prosecutor Danny Craig switched political parties Monday when he was among the first candidates to qualify for this fall's election by running as a Republican.

Craig joins GOP for re-election

Officers rethink seat belt policies

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A 55-member rescue team has found the bodies of two Snellville boys who drowned Saturday after they slipped on the rocks of a restricted area at Tallulah Gorge State Park in north Georgia.

Officers rethink seat belt policies
Col. Gary Powell has never second-guessed his decision to wear a seat belt during a 1986 police pursuit, even though the belt strap sliced his ear when he wrecked.

Five questions: Billy Clayton
Billy Clayton is the director of Columbia County's Water and Sewer Services, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Across the area

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT against Ruth Crawford, Bob Young and the other board members who say they care about us senior citizens. But obviously they don't. Sending our tax money to Florida. What gives?

Museum celebrates birthday
With cake and party hats, it had the feel of a typical 7-year-old's birthday.

Cancer centers target elderly
AIKEN - With the opening of a new high-tech cancer center, Aiken Regional Medical Centers are following a statewide trend that shows more such centers opening in highly populated areas and retirement communities, Department of Health and Environmental Control officials say.

News you can use
APRIL 27, 1943 Police last night were seeking an unknown soldier who was alleged to have attacked a young married woman in Julian Smith Park late Sunday.

Nuts bring new crowd of 'Battling Bozo' fans
He is now known as Raymond Owens Sr., the man who sells hot boiled peanuts out of a red and yellow wagon by the side of the road in Evans.

Man pleads guilty to murder
AIKEN - At 37, Susie Summers Bookman was the youngest of nine siblings, but she also was in many ways their leader, her mother said Monday.

Grants help replace old equipment

Growth threatens small-town environment
ATHENS, Ga. - The woods behind Courtney Spratlin's Winterville home might not be quaint much longer.

Across the southeast
PEMBROKE, N.C. - Descendants of a group of American Indians recognized by the federal government in 1938 complain that the Lumbee tribe is using their history to help their case for federal recognition and the accompanying financial benefits.

Two candidates qualify to run for commission

Shelter closed after reports of inappropriate sexual contact, records show

Across the area
An Augusta woman told police a man she once dated broke into her home during the weekend.

I-95 road construction complete

Western film, country TV performer Frankie Scott dies

Losing firm sues election panel over contract award

Kid of the day

Atlanta mayor's son-in-law wanted on drug charges

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT against Ruth Crawford, Bob Young and the other board members who say they care about us senior citizens. But obviously they don't. Sending our tax money to Florida. What gives?

Primary qualifying kicks off

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - One person is dead and another has been charged after a car struck a woman at a bus stop, authorities said.

Aiken will not haul for Kroger
AIKEN - The Aiken City Council voted Monday night against hauling rubble for the Kroger Co. and said the criteria for Aiken's demolition program needed to be clarified.

Around town
Darlene Rittel, of Aiken, pulled out her umbrella and takes a walk on the deserted track at the Odell Weeks Activity Center .

Across South Carolina

Across the Southeast
NORFOLK, VA. - A federal judge declined Monday to toss out a lawsuit by a public school student who was not allowed to perform a song with religious references at her commencement.

News you can use

Studio re-creates art on mountain
ATLANTA - Joseph Hurt knows a lot about the carving on Stone Mountain, even the exact distances between Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee's noses.

Descendants of slaves gather on Cumberland Island

Man pleads guilty to murder

Grants help replace old equipment
AIKEN - Officials agree that Edgefield County needs a new repeater-based radio system for its Emergency Medical Services.

Around town

Across the area

Store serves cancer patients

Some worry downtown Charleston turning into museum

Across the southeast

Area gets less in security funds than others

Qualifying week draws hopefuls

Symposium examines plight of rural black students

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Buffalo Bill has gone roaming again in the Lowcountry. This time, he almost didn't survive his brush with freedom.

Canal is awarded funding

Across the area
An Augusta man was arrested in a Sunday afternoon stabbing, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Area gets less in security funds than others
Augusta will receive less money in Department of Homeland Security funds this year for emergency departments than Savannah or Macon, but officials say that shouldn't keep residents from sleeping at night.

Harlem officials approve fire deal
Harlem officials united Columbia County's four fire departments under the county umbrella Monday when they signed an interim agreement to continue providing fire protection to unincorporated areas.

Governor's spokesman is on stage but out of spotlight

Canal is awarded funding
The Augusta Canal's color these days is green - money green, that is.

Cancer centers target elderly

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Brittany Rewis, 9, of Blythe.

Riverbanks Zoo thrives in 28 years with same director

Poisoning trial resumes Monday in Houston County
PERRY, Ga. -- The trial of a woman charged with poisoning her police officer husband with antifreeze resumes this week in middle Georgia because of difficulty selecting an impartial jury in suburban Atlanta.

Thurmond aide dies of stomach cancer

Western film, country TV performer Frankie Scott dies
TOCCOA, Ga. -- Frankie Scott, singer, dancer, model, actress and comedienne, died Saturday after a stroke. She was 84.

Road to the primary begins Monday as qualifying opens

Road to the primary begins Monday as qualifying opens
ATLANTA -- The road to the primary and perhaps the November general election begins Monday for hundreds of Georgia candidates as the qualifying period opens for an election in which a U.S. Senate seat and several key congressional posts are at stake.

Across South Carolina

Second death brings Taser stun guns into question
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- The second death of a person shocked by Houston County sheriff's deputies has led one middle Georgia law enforcement agency to discontinue to use of Taser stun guns.

News you can use

State may adopt outdoor water regulations
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Georgia may adopt statewide rules within two months to regulate noncommercial outdoor water use - even when there is no drought.

Rematch could be GOP's best chance to expand Georgia congressional ranks

Rematch could be GOP's best chance to expand Georgia congressional ranks
WASHINGTON -- On a historic night for Georgia Republicans, when it seemed practically all the party's candidates emerged victorious, Calder Clay found himself not celebrating but reflecting on the race that got away.

Nuts bring new crowd of 'Battling Bozo' fans

Shelter closed after reports of inappropriate sexual contact, records show
ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens-Clarke County's only teen shelter was forced to close its doors after a state investigation found numerous operating problems, including allegations of inappropriate sexual contact among its residents.

Rants and raves
THIS IS ANOTHER RANT for the show that brought in 17,000 people. If we can bring in that kind of people into an arena, why can't the city or the civic center authorities lower the price for drinks and stuff, so people can enjoy themselves? They might as well blow it up and use it as a parking lot, because nobody likes that place.

Descendants of slaves gather on Cumberland Island
CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. -- All who attended the Stafford family reunion on Cumberland Island last week are not related by blood, but they are linked as if from the same family.

Store serves cancer patients
AIKEN - Patsy Taylor knows losing a head of hair during a battle with cancer can be an emotional shock, so she's helping patients fight back.

Two Snellville children drown in Tallulah River
ATLANTA -- A 55-member rescue team has found the bodies of two Snellville boys who drowned Saturday after they slipped on the rocks of a restricted area at Tallulah Gorge State Park in north Georgia.

University professors create course on G-8
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A few months back, Armstrong Atlantic State University assistant professor Jose da Cruz asked students if they had heard of an international meeting called G-8.

Atlanta mayor's son-in-law wanted on drug charges
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin said Saturday she is "saddened" her son-in-law has been indicted on federal drug charges.

Harlem officials approve fire deal

Governor's spokesman is on stage but out of spotlight
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Will Folks talks with a reporter, telephone headpiece in place, sitting at a cluttered desk surrounded by stacks of newspapers in the press office in the west wing of the Statehouse.

Plant disease strikes in area
A California killer that has invaded 13 Georgia nurseries, including two in the Augusta area, is prompting state and local officials to take action and ask for the public's help.

Symposium examines plight of rural black students
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Fifty years after a South Carolina court case helped spur integration of schools across the country, blacks and whites are lapsing back into separate schools, an author of a study on school desegregation says.

Two candidates qualify to run for commission
Qualifying opened Monday in Augusta for the July 20 general primary, nonpartisan and special elections, with two new candidates seeking seats on the Augusta Commission.

Riverbanks Zoo thrives in 28 years with same director
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Twenty-eight years ago, Riverbanks Zoo was a mess. The zoo's commission had just fired the facility's director over rising expenses and a promised petting zoo and sheep barn that hadn't been built.

House speaker backs time limit
ATLANTA - Georgia House Speaker Terry Coleman said Monday that it's possible the Legislature can complete the special session that opens next week in five days, as Gov. Sonny Perdue wants.

Some worry downtown Charleston turning into museum
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Some people who follow Charleston's history are worried the priciest and most picturesque parts of the city are turning into a museum instead of places to raise a family.

House speaker backs time limit

I-95 road construction complete
FLORENCE, S.C. -- Weary of lane shifts, construction crews and slowed traffic along Interstate 95 in Florence County? Well, that's over now along the 10-mile stretch of road with the completion of a highway widening project. And things finished early, to boot.

University professors create course on G-8

Police investigating apparent murder-suicide
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Police think the shooting deaths of an Orangeburg County man and woman were an apparent muder-suicide.

Aiken will not haul for Kroger

Losing firm sues election panel over contract award
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A South Carolina company that was passed over for a lucrative statewide voter machine contract has filed an official protest with the State Election Commission.

Studio re-creates art on mountain

Thurmond aide dies of stomach cancer
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Less than a year after U.S. Strom Thurmond's death, one of the South Carolina politician's longtime staffers has died.

Plant disease strikes in area

News you can use
April 26, 1993 LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Former University of Georgia star running back Garrison Hearst returned home to Lincoln County to find himself the third overall pick in yesterday's NFL draft.

Across the Southeast

Qualifying week draws hopefuls
ATLANTA - The crystal ball of Georgia politics will become less cloudy this week as those planning to run for office in this year's state and federal elections put their money where their mouths are.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Amber Saxon, 9, of Blythe.

Primary qualifying kicks off
Qualifying in Augusta and Columbia County for the July 20 general primary, nonpartisan and special elections opens at 9 a.m. today and will close at noon Friday.

Campaign Web sites pop up
COLUMBIA - In the digital age, campaign Web sites are a must for political hopefuls.

Police investigating apparent murder-suicide

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Some activists are angry that legislators plan to include a group that opposes gay marriage on a panel studying whether unmarried couples should be allowed to adopt children.

Ignore the call of the shopping mall
We were in the mountains, eating at a picturesque restaurant where all you had to do was walk outside to see hills and crops and winding roads and rushing rivers all around.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Jennifer Garner lets loose giggly side in '13 Going on 30'

'Man on Fire' edges '13 Going on 30' at weekend box office
LOS ANGELES -- Denzel Washington, who sets out to rescue a little girl in "Man on Fire," pushed aside another little girl in the comedy "13 Going on 30" to claim the top spot at the weekend box office.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

'Man on Fire' edges '13 Going on 30' at weekend box office

Jennifer Garner lets loose giggly side in '13 Going on 30'
LOS ANGELES -- Jennifer Garner breaks up spy rings on "Alias" just like a woman, then she breaks up laughing just like a little girl.

Local DJs take control of air waves by playing 'Homegrown' talent

Black college women, sick of shakin' it, take aim at rappers

Take my songs - please, says David Bowie

Local DJs take control of air waves by playing 'Homegrown' talent
Tom Petty pulled no punches with the radio industry in his 2002 release The Last DJ.

James Blood Ulmer: A matrix of American black music
NEW ORLEANS -- Avant garde guitarist and musical rebel James Blood Ulmer makes no bones about it: He is a living, breathing tapestry of the roots of American music.

'Shinedown' takes a musical walk on the positive side
NEW YORK -- Shinedown makes no apologies. Critically compared to Creed and other message-laden rockers, the band has broken into the musical mainstream with a heavy song about overcoming thoughts of suicide.

Black college women, sick of shakin' it, take aim at rappers
ATLANTA -- Maybe it was the credit card that rap superstar Nelly swiped through a woman's backside in a recent video.

James Blood Ulmer: A matrix of American black music

'Shinedown' takes a musical walk on the positive side

Lynn energized, fresh on rock-edged 'Van Lear Rose'

Take my songs - please, says David Bowie
LONDON -- David Bowie has invited fans to bootleg his music - and he's offering prizes for the most creative theft.

Lynn energized, fresh on rock-edged 'Van Lear Rose'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eerie guitar licks creak and swirl as Loretta Lynn sings about a woman on death row. "Now they've strapped me in the chair, And covered up my eyes, And the last voice I hear on earth, Is my mama's cry."

Singer-guitarist Tedeschi is happy on tour

Singer-guitarist Tedeschi is happy on tour
RENO, Nev. -- Take a pretty much unknown white chick belting the blues on an independent record label and you have the makings of a CD that's likely headed for the discount bin. But throw in a Grammy nomination for "Just Won't Burn" and suddenly you have a debut album that surpassed gold.

Gordon puts brakes on run by Earnhardt

Angry fans douse Gordon in victory lap
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Ah, nothing like a beer-splashed victory lap to help Jeff Gordon celebrate his big victory.

Another Foyt may be coming to Indy

Angry fans douse Gordon in victory lap

Schumacher wins at San Marino for fourth straight win

Schumacher wins at San Marino for fourth straight win
IMOLA, Italy -- Michael Schumacher had to drive from behind, but it hardly mattered. Formula One has run four races this season, and Schumacher has won them all.

Another Foyt may be coming to Indy
INDIANAPOLIS -- Larry Foyt's emotions were running in overdrive.

Drivers snipe at Stewart for aggressiveness on the track
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Talladega Superspeedway, the biggest and fastest track on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, had the look of a short track Sunday during the Aaron's 499.

Drivers snipe at Stewart for aggressiveness on the track

Gordon puts brakes on run by Earnhardt
TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Jeff Gordon seized the lead from Dale Earnhardt Jr. with six laps remaining and barely beat him in a controversial finish Sunday, ending DEI's winning streak at Talladega Superspeedway.

Pacers sweep series

Heat, Hornets prepare for 'schoolyard scrap' in Game 4
NEW ORLEANS -- With six stitches around his left eye, Lamar Odom is ready for a "schoolyard scrap" when the Heat's opening-round playoff series against the Hornets resumes with Game 4 on Tuesday night.

West says playoffs exposed Grizzlies' flaws

Banged-up Davis leading Hornets despite limitations
NEW ORLEANS -- Despite being far from healthy, Baron Davis is finding ways to help the New Orleans Hornets.

Murphy's arraignment moved to May 12
HOUSTON -- Calvin Murphy's arraignment on charges he molested five of his daughters has been rescheduled for next month.

Pacers sweep series
BOSTON -- Larry Bird was back in Boston for a familiar result: A playoff victory.

Kobe Bryant returns to Colorado; trial date could be set for assault charges

Banged-up Davis leading Hornets despite limitations

Even 20 years later, Mavs-Sonics game still sheer madness
DALLAS -- When the Dallas Mavericks made the playoffs for the first time, everyone wanted to be part of the action, even actor Bill Bixby.

Kobe Bryant returns to Colorado; trial date could be set for assault charges
EAGLE, Colo. -- Closed hearings in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case could finally give way this week to open-court arguments on a key issue: a trial date.

West says playoffs exposed Grizzlies' flaws
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Jerry West was not happy.

Spurs' Duncan heads All-NBA first team
NEW YORK -- San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan made the All-NBA first team Sunday, becoming just the sixth player to receive the honor in each of his first seven seasons.

Even 20 years later, Mavs-Sonics game still sheer madness

Bucks can't afford another second-half slump
MILWAUKEE -- Down 2-1 in a best-of-seven playoff series, the Milwaukee Bucks are not quite in a must-win situation against the Detroit Pistons.

Lakers squeak past Rockets in overtime

Nets oust Knicks
NEW YORK -- Kenyon Martin was the real deal in carrying the New Jersey Nets to a sweep of the New York Knicks.

Nets oust Knicks

Bucks can't afford another second-half slump

Lakers squeak past Rockets in overtime
HOUSTON -- A stubborn old man put the Los Angeles Lakers within one victory of the second round.

Augusta State coach resigns
Gary Tuell resigned Monday as head coach of Augusta State men's basketball team, The Augusta Chronicle learned late Monday night.

Gunter expected to announce retirement Tuesday
LSU is expected to announce Tuesday that longtime women's basketball coach Sue Gunter is retiring and will be replaced by interim head coach Pokey Chatman.

Atlanta Falcons draft thumbnails

Lavalais could be 5th-round steal for Atlanta

Tillman's body arrives at Dover Air Force Base

Little charged as a persistent offender with DUI, speeding

Jarrett Payton signs with Titans as free agent

Gamble says playing receiver helped prepare him for defense

Collins ready to leave GiantsNFL

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Jacobson sisters meet in finals at U.S. Fencing Championships

Stevens withdraws from 400 at Athens, opens door for Thorpe
BRISBANE, Australia -- Australian swimmer Craig Stevens withdrew Monday from the 400-meter freestyle at the Athens Olympics, giving Ian Thorpe a chance to defend his title.

Athens official: Olympic security will help fight Balkan crime
ATHENS, Greece -- Cooperation among Balkan countries to provide Olympic security will help police crack down on trafficking gangs that smuggle people, guns and drugs across the region, Greece's public order minister said Monday.

Athens official: Olympic security will help fight Balkan crime

Fasel: No NHL players at Olympics if league is shut down in January

Americans concerned about steroids, worry about terrorism

Fasel: No NHL players at Olympics if league is shut down in January
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- The 2006 Winter Olympics will be played without NHL players if the league is shut down by January because of a labor dispute.

Americans concerned about steroids, worry about terrorism
An overwhelming majority of Americans believe the use of steroids by Olympic athletes is a problem, while many also worry about the threat of a terrorist attack this summer in Athens.

Jacobson sisters meet in finals at U.S. Fencing Championships
ATLANTA -- Sada and Emily Jacobson are happy to be competing at home for a change and don't mind facing each other in the process.

Lion Heart visits Churchill, heads back to Keeneland

Come back quickly, Lennox

United States ties Slovakia for first point

Best in family, Vitali Klitschko may now be best in world

Williams leads U.S. into Fed Cup quarters

Castledale, St Averil are headed to Kentucky Derby

Jones predicts her redemption

Armstrong wins Tour de Georgia

Read the Footnotes hasn't missed competition

Smarty Jones a winner even before the Derby

Overtime

Overtime

Overtime
In Columbia, Steven Tolleson's single to right drove home the only run as South Carolina beat Alabama 1-0 in 10 innings.

Best in family, Vitali Klitschko may now be best in world
LOS ANGELES -- He wasn't supposed to be as good as his brother, wasn't supposed to be much of anything at all.

Williams leads U.S. into Fed Cup quarters
PORTOROZ, Slovenia -- Venus Williams is playing like a major champion these days.

Jones predicts her redemption
American men and women swept all six races at the "U.S. vs. the World" relays, the meet within a meet at the Penn Relays.

Smarty Jones a winner even before the Derby
CLARKSBURG, N.J. -- Dr. Patricia Hogan shook her head as she looked at the thoroughbred's X-ray. Where there should have been a solid expanse of bone around the horse's eye was instead a crazed swath of lines and shadows, as if someone had taken a hammer to it.

Overtime
In Columbia, Gamecock lefty Matt Campbell has been awarded SEC pitcher of the Week for his 10 inning, 1-0 win over Alabama on Sunday.

Lamback will take on world's best
Lantz Lamback is going to Athens. Greece, that is.

Come back quickly, Lennox
The boos Lennox Lewis hears these days hurt more than most of the punches he took. The fighters claiming pieces of the heavyweight title he held seem like impostors.

Castledale, St Averil are headed to Kentucky Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Castledale and St Averil will be part of the 20-horse field for the 130th Kentucky Derby.

Spring prep sports scores
Here are the latest scores for area spring sports action from Monday.

Armstrong wins Tour de Georgia
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Lance Armstrong looks Tour-ready.

Lion Heart visits Churchill, heads back to Keeneland
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Blue Grass runner-up Lion Heart breezed four furlongs in 47.8 seconds on Monday after being vanned from Lexington to Louisville.

United States ties Slovakia for first point
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic -- Richard Park and Ryan Malone each scored power-play goals for the United States, which earned its first point in the hockey world championships Monday by tying Slovakia 3-3.

Read the Footnotes hasn't missed competition
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Read the Footnotes trainer Richard Violette says a seven-week break from competition is just what his colt needed before the Kentucky Derby.

Atlanta Falcons draft thumbnails
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The seven players selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL draft Saturday and Sunday:

Lavalais could be 5th-round steal for Atlanta
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Georgia fans won't be surprised if Chad Lavalais makes an immediate impact for the Atlanta Falcons.

Jarrett Payton signs with Titans as free agent
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Miami running back Jarrett Payton signed as an undrafted free agent with the Tennessee Titans on Monday.

Gamble says playing receiver helped prepare him for defense
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Chris Gamble figures he's got an advantage on opposing wide receivers.

Little charged as a persistent offender with DUI, speeding
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Rams defensive end Leonard Little was charged with a felony for drunken driving and speeding Monday, five years after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter for an accident that killed a woman.

Tillman's body arrives at Dover Air Force Base
PHOENIX -- The body of former Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Monday, a military official said.

Collins ready to leave GiantsNFL
NEW YORK - With Eli Manning in town, Kerry Collins is ready to leave.

Panthers add WR, sign Georgia's Bennett, 12 other free agents
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One day after taking two wide receivers in the NFL draft, the Carolina Panthers added yet another receiver to the mix by signing former Panther Donald Hayes to a one-year contract.

Panthers pick Ohio State's Carter in fifth round
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers added another wide receiver Sunday, selecting Ohio State's Drew Carter in the fifth round of the NFL draft.

A record number of trades in busy draft
NEW YORK -- Right from the beginning, it was one of the busiest NFL drafts.

"The Office" continues to grow in popularity
LOS ANGELES -- If you're unhappy and you know it, quit that lousy 9 to 5.

HBO documentary shows grueling demands of being a jockey

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Henry Luce is a hugely influential yet largely forgotten figure from the American Century - the name he himself coined for the 1900s.

HBO documentary shows grueling demands of being a jockey
LOS ANGELES -- They're the little people who hop on the backs of 1,100-pound thoroughbred horses for a 40-mph ride around a racetrack up to 10 times a day.

'The Restaurant': Reality and fiction coexist
NEW YORK -- I'm no fan of the "reality TV" genre, but count me among viewers who can't get enough of "The Restaurant."

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

"The Office" continues to grow in popularity

'The Restaurant': Reality and fiction coexist

People in the News

From 'Sesame Street' to 'The Sopranos': An actress' journey

Michael Jackson says it was his decision to replace attorneys

Cate Blanchett gives birth to a son

Billy Joel in third car accident in two years

Jackson replacing attorneys Geragos and Brafman

Diamond Dogs sweep Mississippi
ATHENS, Ga. -- Justin Holmes and Derek Smith each drove in two runs to lead Georgia to a 7-3 victory over Mississippi Sunday for a sweep of their three-game weekend series.

Gamecocks edge Tide in 10 innings
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Steven Tolleson's single to right drove home the only run as South Carolina beat Alabama 1-0 in 10 innings.

Gamecocks edge Tide in 10 innings

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THE FACTS: Kia Brisbon, 17, a senior at Evans High School

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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.

Teens disagree on displaying their affection in public

Xtreme calendar
Love Don't Cost a Thing, starring Nick Cannon as a nerd who uses his talent for repairing cars to land the most popular girl in school; Stuck on You, the comedy with Matt Damon as one half of a set of conjoined twins who find fame and fortune; and Big Fish, the tale of a son trying to learn about his father's past, starring Ewan McGregor.

Question of the week
Here are the results from last week's question:

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

Teens disagree on displaying their affection in public
A kiss is just a kiss, until everybody sees it. Then it becomes a public display of affection - and a point of contention.

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'Next level' of dating doesn't have to be sex
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I've been dating this boy for almost a year now and I care about him. He says he cares about me, too, but he wants us to take our relationship to another level by having sex. I had sex in the past, and it is something I feel I should wait for. I care about him, but I'm not ready to have sex with him. I just don't know how to tell him. I'm afraid I'm going to lose him.

'Next level' of dating doesn't have to be sex

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Simpson's new CD describes wedded bliss
"Is this chicken I'm eating, or fish?" Singer Jessica Simpson ponders the thought on a clip from her MTV show Newlyweds as her husband, Nick Lachey, looks on in disbelief. This mismatched matrimony is nothing like the paradise marriage that is described on Jessica Simpson's CD, In This Skin.

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4-1-1
Quirky, funny, offbeat and downright odd. These are just a few of the words that could be used to describe the online comic strip The White Ninja, found at www.whiteninjacomics.com.

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A dead dog, an exhumation and a fired cop: the uproar over Whiskers

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$4,000 FCC fine for Miami station that crank-called Castro

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