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.

Brooke Shields writing book about postpartum depression

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.

Sean Combs gets mixed reviews for his Broadway debut

New Jersey encyclopedia hits bookstore shelves

Sean Combs gets mixed reviews for his Broadway debut
NEW YORK -- "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down," chants P. Diddy in one of his hit songs. Maybe not even a bag full of mixed reviews.

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.

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

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?

Mona Lisa painting is deteriorating quickly

'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.

Dye making quite the comeback after tough 2003 season

Kearns fitted for cast on broken arm
CINCINNATI -- Reds outfielder Austin Kearns got a small cast on his left forearm Tuesday after breaking a bone when he was hit by a pitch.

Prior's simulated session goes well
PHOENIX - Chicago Cubs ace Mark Prior threw about 50 pitches off a bullpen mound at Bank One Ballpark on Tuesday and came away optimistic.

Blue Jays place Myers on 15-day DL

Astros-Pirates game postponed

Kearns fitted for cast on broken arm

Burks goes on DL, set for surgery

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.

Astros-Pirates game postponed
PITTSBURGH -- The Houston-Pittsburgh game was postponed Tuesday because of cold weather and the threat of sleet and rain.

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.

Blue Jays place Myers on 15-day DL
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Toronto Blue Jays placed catcher Greg Myers on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a sprained left ankle.

Pacers' pair have sights set on the big leagues

A Bronx Bummer -

Prior's simulated session goes well

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.

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

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

Have fun with English and make Webster weep

Parking spot in Boston sells for $160,000
BOSTON -- As real estate spaces go, it's quite small. Still, it comes with heat and valet service, sits in a tony Boston neighborhood and costs a mere $160,000.

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.

Odds and Ends
BISMARCK, N.D. -- A man who was arrested while leaving his wedding ceremony won't be enjoying his honeymoon quite yet. He first has to deal with a warrant for writing bad checks in Montana.

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.

Boy fights off brown bear attack
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A 15-year-old boy on a wilderness expedition for emotionally troubled youths woke up to find a 400-pound brown bear with a bad attitude sitting at his feet.

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

Braves put Chipper on DL

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

Braves stomp Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- J.D. Drew and Johnny Estrada each homered and Marcus Giles had three doubles among his four hits and scored three times in the Atlanta Braves' 12-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

Braves stomp Giants

Giants ace earns win

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.

Giants top Braves

Now the $50 bill gets a colorful makeover

Milk prices edge toward $4 per gallon
NEW YORK -- An increase in the base price of milk is pushing the retail price of the staple to nearly $4 per gallon, causing some consumers to cut back, switch brands or seek out wholesalers.

2 ports bring in billions to state
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Multiply by seven the $5.1 billion the 1996 Olympics dumped in Georgia's economic coffers between 1989 and 1997, and you'll have the impact Georgia's two deepwater ports had on the state's economy in fiscal year 2003, according to a study by the University of Georgia.

Consumers could feel pinch far from pumps

Consumers could feel pinch far from pumps

Chief executive of Mitsubishi Motors resigns

First Bank posts drop in earnings
First Bank of Georgia's profit for the first three months of the year fell 26 percent as its mortgage business slowed because of a sharp drop in home refinancing deals.

WTO issues landmark decision denouncing U.S. cotton subsidies

Last Oldsmobile to roll off assembly line Thursday
LANSING, Mich. -- The Oldsmobile, the line of cars that started out in 1897 and featured models such as the Rocket 88 and the muscular 442, is coming to an end this week.

Time Inc. brings veteran editor to Life magazine resurrection project
NEW YORK -- Time Inc.'s efforts to revive Life magazine took another step forward Tuesday when the magazine publisher added Bill Shapiro, a veteran editor from its custom publishing division, to its development team.

2 ports bring in billions to state

Energy Department announces grants for hydrogen fuel technology
DETROIT -- The Energy Department announced $350 million in grants Tuesday to more than 130 research institutions and companies, including the Big Three automakers, to put hydrogen-fueled cars on the road by 2015.

Consumer confidence rises in April

Greenspan calls for increased global trade in natural gas
WASHINGTON -- The United States needs to expand the global trade in natural gas as a way to prevent future sharp price increases from harming its economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Tuesday.

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.

Boeing Co. announces launch order for 7E7 airline

Crude futures gain as oil terror worries stick

Workers at Caterpillar reject company contact offer

WTO issues landmark decision denouncing U.S. cotton subsidies
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- In a decision that could have far-reaching repercussions for the American farmer, the World Trade Organization has ruled that U.S. cotton subsidies are unfair to farmers in developing nations.

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.

Google founders wary of IPO headaches
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc.'s looming initial public stock offering is stirring tremendous excitement, but it shouldn't be surprising if its biggest beneficiaries have some reservations.

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.

Google founders wary of IPO headaches

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.

Low mortgage rates propel existing homes sales

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.

Milk prices edge toward $4 per gallon

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.

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.

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.

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.

Consumer confidence rises in April
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence rose more than expected in April with help from a brightening job picture, the Conference Board reported Tuesday.

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.

Low mortgage rates propel existing homes sales
WASHINGTON -- Home buyers, motivated by low mortgage rates and an improved job climate, propelled sales of previously owned homes in March to the second-best month on record.

Charge to drive
When Emory Fiveash needed a new car, he bought a hybrid.

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.

Kentucky wide receiver likely out for season

Kentucky wide receiver likely out for season
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky wide receiver Tommy Cook likely will miss the 2004 season after injuring a knee during the spring football game on Saturday.

Gunter expected to announce retirement Tuesday

New challenge, old friend attract Tuell to Florida

Gunter expected to announce retirement Tuesday

Jags strive to fill coaching void

Credibility gap
As Forrest Gump might say, an interview with John Kerry is like a box of chocolates: You never know what you're going to get.

No empty threats

Who left whom?
The Republican Revolution is said to have taken place in 1994.

Not a pretty picture

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:

Who left whom?

Credibility gap

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.

People in the News
PARIS -- Roman Polanski has found the young lead for his next film, "Oliver Twist," based on Charles Dickens' classic novel.

Act Two of Jackson case features new cast of lawyers
LOS ANGELES -- Act Two of the Michael Jackson child molestation case gets under way this week with a new cast of lawyers taking center stage.

Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden gives birth to twins
LOS ANGELES -- Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden just got a double dose of motherhood.

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.

Actress Halle Berry files for divorce
LOS ANGELES -- Actress Halle Berry has filed for divorce from her husband, R&B singer Eric Benet, a spokeswoman said.

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

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.

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."

Verizon's first quarter earnings down 50 percent

NASD concerned about sales abuses in variable annuities

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

Tokyo stocks fall on profit taking

Verizon's first quarter earnings down 50 percent
NEW YORK -- Verizon Communications Inc.'s earnings fell 50 percent in the first quarter, as employee buyouts increased expenses for the country's largest phone company.

States hope tax scofflaws will pay to avoid being outed on the Web

Stocks mixed despite good earnings, economic news

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.

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.

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.

Tyson reports increase in second-quarter earnings

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.

DuPont reports 25 percent rise in first-quarter earnings

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

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer approves one-time $8 per share dividend

Stocks mixed despite good earnings, economic news
NEW YORK -- Wall Street, stymied once again by worries about interest rates, gave up a healthy early advance and closed mixed Tuesday. Investors ended up disregarding another encouraging economic report and better-than-expected earnings from companies including Lockheed Martin Corp. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc.

Sony's profits slide 23 percent for year

Janus, regulators reach $225 million settlement in trading scandal
DENVER -- Janus Capital Group struck a $225 million settlement with regulators Tuesday, the latest deal to emerge from the improper trading scandal sweeping the $7 trillion mutual funds industry.

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.

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.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

DuPont reports 25 percent rise in first-quarter earnings
WILMINGTON, Del. -- DuPont reported a 25 percent increase in first-quarter earnings Tuesday, citing double-digit revenue growth in all of its operating segments.

Nissan reports rising profits on strong global sales

Japanese automaker Honda Motor posts record fiscal-year profit
TOKYO -- Japan's Honda Motor Co. posted a record annual profit for its latest fiscal year on robust overseas car sales and a one-time trading gain, but said Tuesday it expects the Japanese yen's strength will contribute to a decline in profit this year.

Tokyo stocks close at 32-month high

Tokyo stocks fall on profit taking
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks fell Tuesday, a day after the market's benchmark index reached a 32-month high. The U.S. dollar was lower against the Japanese yen.

How to drive off with rental-car savings this summer

How to drive off with rental-car savings this summer
NEW YORK - Waiting until the last minute to book your rental car will cost you more this summer.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer approves one-time $8 per share dividend
LOS ANGELES -- Film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. declared a one-time dividend of $8 Monday, even amid speculation the venerable studio could soon be sold.

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

T. Rowe Price imposes 2 percent fee on early fund redemptions
WASHINGTON (Dow Jones/AP) - Mutual-fund company T. Rowe Price is moving to combat market timing by imposing a mandatory 2 percent fee on international fund shares redeemed within 90 days.

Sony's profits slide 23 percent for year
TOKYO -- Sony Corp. posted a narrower loss for the fourth quarter but its profit dropped 23 percent for the full fiscal year as it accelerated layoffs and its electronics, movie and video-game businesses foundered.

Small portions

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.

Chefs to duel it out in Atlanta

Japan's working-class noodles go upscale, high-finance

U.S. Barista Championships attract those passionate about coffee

Japan's working-class noodles go upscale, high-finance
TOKYO -- Customers with Prada handbags and Gucci sunglasses sometimes stand in line for hours and gaze hungrily at a TV outside the restaurant door, feasting their eyes on the delicacy that awaits: a bowl of noodles.

Small portions
Because coffee deteriorates rapidly after grinding, the key to a fantastic cup is fresh beans. Aficionados advocate buying whole beans and grinding right before brewing. But if the beans are old or stored improperly, even a last-minute grind makes a less-than-satisfying cup.

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.

GreenJackets are set to win three in a row
When the GreenJackets play Charleston tonight, they will be trying to achieve something they haven't done all season: Win three games in a row.

GreenJackets are set to win three in a row
When the GreenJackets play Charleston tonight, they will be trying to achieve something they haven't done all season: Win three games in a row.

Consistent Singh closing on Woods

Nicklaus, Player will return to settle score
Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player will return as captains for the Presidents Cup in 2005, giving them a chance to settle a tie they negotiated last year in South Africa.

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

Nicklaus, Player will return to settle score

Singh wins rain-delayed Houston Open

Consistent Singh closing on Woods
With two victories and six top 10s, Vijay Singh's record is virtually the same as it was a year ago.

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

GreenJackets are set to win three in a row

GreenJackets are set to win three in a row

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.

Sharks swimming toward first conference finals
DENVER -- With a nearly unbeatable goalie, a top line that's scoring in bunches and a defense that has stifled one of the league's best-skating teams, San Jose has proved its surprising regular season was no fluke.

NHL labor talks to resume in Toronto on Thursday
TORONTO -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and players' union head Bob Goodenow will meet in Toronto on Thursday in an effort to spur stalled labor talks.

NHL labor talks to resume in Toronto on Thursday

Sharks swimming toward first conference finals

Fresh sage makes chicken saltimbocca a treat
The food world can become enamored with certain tastes, sometimes ignoring less trendy ingredients. When it comes to fresh herbs, chefs have spent the past two decades turning basil into pesto sauce, and multiplying the uses of cilantro, while neglecting a less-trendy herb, fresh sage.

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.)

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

Students find fault with SAT proctors
Westside High School is very lucky to be able to provide a Princeton SAT class. This course is designed to raise SAT scores of the students who chose to take the class. Because of the low scores in Richmond County, the board spends a substantial amount of money to provide the course. Reese Hamilton, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is a junior at Westside High School.)

Senior projects are huge success

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

Iraq war is a losing proposition

Choose protection over defense
This is in response to the letter by Michael J. Rhoden about self-defense for women ("Maybe self-defense is the answer," April 21). I want to commend him; women are the No. 1 target for violent acts. He has the right basic idea. Women do need to know how to handle themselves, but the key element isn't always to fight or go into battle mode. It is more important to teach women how to effectively escape and be safe. Terry Newton, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is a martial-arts instructor in Augusta.)

Wrong phrase begs correction

Stop the Sept. 11 finger-pointing game

Strict discipline is not the answer

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

Strict discipline is not the answer
On April 19, I read The Augusta Chronicle's article "Trials and tribulations." It recorded the rise of trials held for serious school infractions - mock trials that are the first taste of the real trial that some children will experience before being incarcerated, supposedly. Jamie Gorman-Kemp, Augusta

Medicare drug card program to begin with many choices

Seniors calendar

Interest growing in blimps to help with homeland security, defense

Blood proteins might be early warning signs of diabetes

Government to recommend new treatment for gonorrhea

Dental X-rays might result in small babies, study suggests

Living briefs

Gibson hopes to usher in the age of the digital guitar

New mineral from the moon discovered, named

Brazil has safe sex lessons for U.S.

Study finds seasons affect cholesterol levels

Researchers practice for possible Mars mission in Utah desert

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.

Government to recommend new treatment for gonorrhea
ATLANTA -- Because of growing cases of drug-resistant gonorrhea in major U.S. cities, the government is expected to announce this week that common treatments against the sexually transmitted disease no longer work and other drugs should be used, top experts said Monday.

Medicare drug card program to begin with many choices
WASHINGTON -- Every low-income Medicare beneficiary who qualifies should sign up for a Medicare-approved drug discount card, which provides $600 in government aid to buy prescription medicines.

FDA tightens regulation of pancreatic enzyme manufacturers
WASHINGTON -- The makers of more than three dozen versions of pancreatic enzymes will have to formally seek Food and Drug Administration approval to stay on the market, the agency announced Tuesday.

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.

Dental X-rays might result in small babies, study suggests
CHICAGO -- Women who undergo dental X-rays while pregnant face an increased risk of having underweight babies, a study found.

Brazil has safe sex lessons for U.S.
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Flush with dollars, American porn film directors swoop into Brazil for its exotic and uninhibited women, dazzling tropical backdrops and cheap production costs - a phenomenon that has turned South America's largest country into a prime destination for adult film outsourcing.

Blood proteins might be early warning signs of diabetes
CHICAGO -- Blood proteins suggesting early artery damage might also be early warning signs of diabetes, researchers say.

Study finds seasons affect cholesterol levels
CHICAGO -- Cholesterol levels tend to rise in the winter and fall in the summer - variations that in some cases could affect treatment decisions, researchers say.

Living briefs
THE WINE: 2002 Bodega Norton Malbec, $11, from Argentina THE FLAVORS: Ripe blackberries, plum, and hints of blueberries framed with oak notes

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.

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.

Gibson hopes to usher in the age of the digital guitar
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As Gibson Guitar Corp. launches a new digital model, company CEO Henry Juszkiewicz can close his eyes and almost hear the music.

Arson murder sends man to life in prison
The man convicted in the arson murder of an elderly Augusta resident, who also was beaten and robbed, was sentenced to life plus 60 years in prison Tuesday.

Harlem officials approve fire deal

Plant disease strikes in area

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

Helicopter found; no sign of soldiers
FLORENCE, S.C. - An Army helicopter that vanished during a training flight in bad weather was found Tuesday night on a river bank, and divers began searching for three soldiers who were aboard, Army officials said.

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.

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.

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.

Aiken will not haul for Kroger

Kid of the day

Board's language program question won't be on ballot
The Columbia County Board of Education wanted to ask voters whether they favor having an elementary foreign language program.

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

Sanford cycles to health
COLUMBIA - Exercise is a way of life for Gov. Mark Sanford, but he laughs with a touch of apprehension as he talks about the gears on the new, high-tech bicycle he borrowed for his three-day, nearly 170-mile ride across the state.

Rants and raves
HERE'S SOMETHING different for a change. I think Junior deserved to lose the race Sunday because he hung his teammate, Michael Waltrip, out to dry.

Attorneys begin jury selection
Jury selection began Tuesday in the capital murder trial of an Augusta man accused of beating a woman to death after she kicked him out of her home.

Fun at court
Pupils from New Vision Christian Academy enjoy a pickup basketball game Tuesday in the parking lot of First Family Church of Augusta. Above, Brian Burton (from left), 13; his brother, Michael, 14; Rashad Harris, 13; and Taylor Brooks, 14, vie for control of the ball.

Across the Southeast

Across the area

Studio re-creates art on mountain

Hopefuls continue to stream to the Capitol

Across the area

Judge won't race again

Water report urges state to enter deal
AIKEN - South Carolina should immediately enter a compact with Georgia and the federal government that defines how the neighboring states share the Savannah River the provider of water to countless industries and cities on either side according to the final draft of a water law report Gov. Mark Sanford will unveil today.

Lawyer faces evasion charge

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

Lawyers enter food service battle

Lawyer faces evasion charge
The former attorney for an Augusta mental health center targeted by state and federal investigations was indicted Tuesday on charges he lied to state officials and evaded state income tax payments.

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

Around town
Mary Liz Nolan, WGAC radio news director and morning show host, pumps gas for customers who received 10 gallons of gasoline for 58 cents each at Greg's Gas Plus in North Augusta.

Across the region

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.

Nose may aid spinal cord repair
The nose might hold the answer to repairing spinal cord damage, a University of Miami researcher said.

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.

Water report urges state to enter deal

Store serves cancer patients

Fun at court

Officers rethink seat belt policies

Board's language program question won't be on ballot

Around town

Georgia roads added to watch list

Two candidates qualify to run for commission

University professors create course on G-8

Man pleads guilty to murder

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.

House speaker backs time limit

Across South Carolina

Supporters lobby for black museum

Craig joins GOP for re-election

Across the region
CARROLLTON, GA. - Authorities arrested a 12-year-old boy Tuesday in the death of an 8-year-old girl who went missing after a bike ride to a friend's home in a trailer park.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jasmine DeLong, 2, of Augusta.

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.

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.

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

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.

News you can use

Lawyers enter food service battle
The Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta's governing board hired two attorneys Tuesday to represent the center in its battle to retain the nutrition program in Augusta.

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.

Judge won't race again
After 16 years as Columbia County's chief magistrate judge, David Huguenin said Tuesday he will not run for re-election.

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.

Georgia roads added to watch list
A program that began as a neighborhood watch on wheels and expanded into a training ground for spotting terrorists is soon coming to Georgia.

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.

Blackhawk missing with three aboard
FLORENCE, S.C. - An Army helicopter with three soldiers aboard vanished during a training flight in bad weather, and a search was under way Tuesday in a swampy, wooded region, authorities said.

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.

Initial inquiry into campaign mail ends
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has finished an initial investigation into allegations that someone released the names and addresses of Columbia County Sheriff's Office workers to a political candidate.

Kid of the day

Supporters lobby for black museum
AIKEN - Creating a black history cultural center and museum in Aiken would attract tourists to the city, teach untold stories and add the area to a list of metropolises that already have similar sites, project advocates say.

Around town

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.

Sanford cycles to health

Across the area
An often-troublesome train overpass on Olive Road trapped a piece of heavy city Public Works equipment Tuesday morning, causing traffic to be tied up and a cleanup crew to be called, officials said.

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

Hopefuls continue to stream to the Capitol
ATLANTA - Georgia residents hoping to represent their hometowns in both state and federal government continued streaming to the Capitol on Tuesday to place their names on the primary election ballots.

Coach 'Tool' looks to fix another program
Gary Tuell's name fits his coaching mission. Coach "Tool" is the man to call when you need something fixed.

'Shinedown' takes a musical walk on the positive side

Five music channels airing Prince special at same time
NEW YORK -- Get ready for five channels of Prince. MTV, MTV2, BET, VH1 and VH1 Classic will simultaneously broadcast a 30-minute Prince concert special on Wednesday at 9 p.m. EDT, network executives told The Associated Press.

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.

Blondie not going gray with recent albums
NEW YORK -- The members of Blondie admit it's a bit weird to be on the music scene again when bands like the Rapture are named for one of their songs, and '80s fashion is so hip that girls shamelessly wander the streets in hot-pink leg warmers.

'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.

Blondie not going gray with recent albums

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

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.

Clarification: Indy 500-Junqueira story
INDIANAPOLIS -- In an April 26 story about Bruno Junqueira being a driver for next month's Indianapolis 500, The Associated Press reported that his Newman/Haas Racing team was crossing from the Champ Car series to the Indy Racing League. The team is racing the full Champ Car series this year and the Indy 500 is the only IRL race in which the team is participating.

Another Foyt may be coming to Indy

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

Clarification: Indy 500-Junqueira story

Jury deliberations begin in Jayson Williams manslaughter trial

Break between series not a new thing for the Nets

Jury deliberations begin in Jayson Williams manslaughter trial
SOMERVILLE, N.J. -- A jury began deliberating Tuesday in the case against Jayson Williams, the former NBA player accused of manslaughter in the shotgun slaying of a limousine driver.

West says playoffs exposed Grizzlies' flaws

New Orleans evens series with Miami
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Hornets have stopped showing their age and started showing their experience.

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.

Break between series not a new thing for the Nets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets aren't worried about losing momentum while they wait to play the winner of the first-round playoff series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons.

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.

Nurse, three young men testify behind closed doors at key Bryant hearing
EAGLE, Colo. -- A nurse who examined the alleged victim in the sexual assault case against Kobe Bryant was questioned by attorneys behind closed doors for more than three hours Tuesday.

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

Artest takes offense to Spurs coach's views on his defense
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana forward Ron Artest challenged Bruce Bowen to a game of one-on-one for the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award Tuesday, one day after Spurs coach Gregg Popovich criticized Artest and Pacers coach Rick Carlisle.

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.

Mavs on brink of elimination, and it shows

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

Artest takes offense to Spurs coach's views on his defense

Mavs on brink of elimination, and it shows
DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki was weary after a restless night, unable to sleep while replaying his offensive struggles in his head.

New challenge, old friend attract Tuell to Florida
Two lives converged on a basketball court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last week.

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.

Jags strive to fill coaching void
Augusta State finds itself in a crunch with the departure of seven-year men's head basketball coach Gary Tuell.

Deng leaves options open
RALEIGH, N.C. - Duke freshman Luol Deng will make himself available for the 2004 NBA Draft but won't hire an agent to keep open his option of returning to school, a published report said Tuesday.

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.

Jarrett Payton signs with Titans as free agent

Collins ready to leave GiantsNFL

Little charged as a persistent offender with DUI, speeding

Winslow contract could be sticky for Browns

Ravens release WR Sanders

Maddox meets with Steelers; won't say what took place

Tillman's body arrives at Dover Air Force Base

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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.

Americans concerned about steroids, worry about terrorism

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.

IOC gets cancellation insurance for Athens Olympics

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.

IOC gets cancellation insurance for Athens Olympics

IOC gets cancellation insurance for Athens Olympics
LONDON -- For the first time, international Olympic officials have taken out cancellation insurance: a $170 million policy to cover the risk of the Athens summer games being called off because of war, terrorism, earthquakes or flooding.

Athens official: Olympic security will help fight Balkan crime

Affirmative action is negative step
Some of my opponents in the race for the U.S. Senate seem to like to ask me if I am in favor of affirmative action. I'm sick and tired of people trying to divide us on race. So let me make my answer as plain as day, so that even a congressman can understand it. If by affirmative action you mean quotas - then no. But if you mean, do I favor giving all people equal opportunity? You bet. I don't understand how my opponents could not agree with the idea of removing all barriers for people to have equal opportunity.

Affirmative action is negative step
Some of my opponents in the race for the U.S. Senate seem to like to ask me if I am in favor of affirmative action. I'm sick and tired of people trying to divide us on race. So let me make my answer as plain as day, so that even a congressman can understand it. If by affirmative action you mean quotas - then no. But if you mean, do I favor giving all people equal opportunity? You bet. I don't understand how my opponents could not agree with the idea of removing all barriers for people to have equal opportunity.

Top-ranked Musketeers are looking for respect rank

Come back quickly, Lennox

Frankel happy with Master David's workout

Read the Footnotes hasn't missed competition

Spring prep scrores

Goalie punch saves game

Jones predicts her redemption

Biancone, Lion Heart avoiding hectic Churchill

United States ties Slovakia for first point

Overtime

Overtime

Lion Heart visits Churchill, heads back to Keeneland

U.S. Ski Team announces 2004-05 rosters
PARK CITY, Utah -- World Cup giant slalom champion Bode Miller and downhill specialist Daron Rahlves will lead the U.S. Alpine Team in the 2004-05 season.

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.

Frankel happy with Master David's workout
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- This time, trainer Bobby Frankel is enjoying Derby Week.

Top-ranked Musketeers are looking for respect rank
Rodney Dangerfield and the Richmond Academy boys soccer have something in common.

Goalie punch saves game
Most goalies try to catch a ball representing the tying goal heading for their net. Evans Knights goalkeeper Joey Ralph chose an uppercut.

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.

Biancone, Lion Heart avoiding hectic Churchill
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Lion Heart trainer Patrick Biancone covets the Kentucky Derby. He can live without the hectic bustle at Churchill Downs in the week leading up to the race.

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.

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.

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.

Spring prep scrores
Here is a list scores and results from Tuesday's spring prep sports action.

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.

Overtime
A team physician routinely gave University of Washington softball players painkillers and muscle relaxants before games, earning him the nicknames "Dr. Feelgood" and "the candyman," according to a report released Tuesday.

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

Weathersby improved, long recovery ahead
CINCINNATI -- Dennis Weathersby was moved out of an intensive care unit Tuesday, but the Bengals cornerback still has months of therapy ahead as he recovers from a severe head injury sustained in a car accident.

Maddox meets with Steelers; won't say what took place
PITTSBURGH -- An angered Tommy Maddox met Tuesday with Steelers coach Bill Cowher to discuss the team's use of a first-round draft pick on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

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.

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.

Winslow contract could be sticky for Browns
CLEVELAND -- Choosing Kellen Winslow Jr. was easy for the Cleveland Browns. Signing him may not be.

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.

Ravens release WR Sanders
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens released wide receiver Frank Sanders on Tuesday.

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.

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

Coach 'Tool' looks to fix another program

States hope tax scofflaws will pay to avoid being outed on the Web
ATLANTA -- To those for whom civic duty alone is not enough motivation to pay taxes, states are rolling out a new weapon: shame.

Reality show searches for domestic divas
LOS ANGELES -- The title of domestic diva is up for grabs in a new reality special in which gardening, cooking and entertainment skills are among those tested, ABC said Monday.

Reality show searches for domestic divas

John Schneider plays a family man on 'Smallville,' '10.5'
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. -- John Schneider still looks as though he could "yee-haw" if he needed to, but these days "The Dukes of Hazzard" good ol' boy is more content playing the dad.

Audience tunes out 'The Restaurant'
NEW YORK -- As a reality TV star, Rocco DiSpirito isn't nearly in the same league as Donald Trump or Boston Rob.

Audience tunes out 'The Restaurant'

John Schneider plays a family man on 'Smallville,' '10.5'

Michael Jackson says it was his decision to replace attorneys

Actress Halle Berry files for divorce

Cate Blanchett gives birth to a son

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Act Two of Jackson case features new cast of lawyers

People in the News

Billy Joel in third car accident in two years

Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden gives birth to twins

'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.

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

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.

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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.

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

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

Teens disagree on displaying their affection in public

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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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:

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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.

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

Xtreme calendar

Question of the week

Audio best

Boy fights off brown bear attack

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Smart pet trick

Parking spot in Boston sells for $160,000