Sean Combs gets mixed reviews for his Broadway debut

Galleries
ART AND WINE: 215 Park Ave. S.E., Aiken; portraits, prints, etchings, wine; visits by appointment; noon-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; www.poloartist.com; (803) 648-3564.

Plays put everyone on stage
Featuring more than a little bit of its drama students, the Augusta Mini Theatre's annual spring show, A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That - Keep Reaching for Your Dreams, opens Friday at the Jack B. Patrick Technology Center at Augusta Technical College.

Plays put everyone on stage

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.

'The Wiz' puts an urban spin on 'Oz'

'The Wiz' puts an urban spin on 'Oz'
The scene is familiar: A wizard, of the negligibly great and powerful variety, loads himself into a balloon and bids farewell to the emerald city he has called home.

Galleries

Tigers' Rodriguez out with finger injury
DETROIT -- Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez was scratched from the Tigers' lineup before Wednesday night's game against the Anaheim Angels with a finger injury.

Barnwell hurler leads way

Blue Jays place Myers on 15-day DL

Marlins top Rockies

Marlins top Rockies
DENVER -- One phone call was all it took to relax Alex Gonzalez - the one that said he would be playing Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies.

Durham goes on DL with left knee injury

Astros-Pirates game postponed

White Sox edge out Indians
CHICAGO -- Ozzie Guillen's first month as a major league manager has given him reason to fidget. The Chicago White Sox's early-season success has been anything but a breeze.

Prior's simulated session goes well

Durham goes on DL with left knee injury
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco second baseman Ray Durham was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a left knee injury.

Gonzalez, Pratt suspended three games
NEW YORK -- Florida Marlins shortstop Alex Gonzalez and Philadelphia Phillies catcher Todd Pratt each drew three-game suspensions Wednesday for a brawl last week.

White Sox edge out Indians

Williams out of lineup with strained knee
NEW YORK -- Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams was not in the starting lineup Wednesday night against the Oakland Athletics because of a strained left knee.

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.

Tigers' Rodriguez out with finger injury

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.

Barnwell hurler leads way
BARNWELL - Barnwell's Kevin Anderson tried to do too much Wednesday afternoon in the South Carolina District V championship game.

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.

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

Kearns fitted for cast on broken arm

Latest area birth announcements
Camri Joyce Murphy: Ronnie and Bonnie Murphy, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Camri Joyce Murphy, Monday, March 29, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Lair and Mr. and Mrs. Loyal Murphy, all of Hephzibah, and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Agerton, of Augusta.

Latest area birth announcements

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.

Odds and Ends
BOWLER, Wis. -- It seemed all too familiar when Mike Rickert pitched a no-hitter for Bowler High School.

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.

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.

Braves stomp Giants

Giants ace earns win

Giants top Braves
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds lined a single to right in the eighth and surprisingly became the final San Francisco starter to record a hit.

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 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.

Giants top Braves

Toyota remains on top in vehicle quality
DETROIT -- The average quality of new cars and trucks improved significantly in the past year, but no one fared better than once-suspect Korean brands, which for the first time topped domestic and European automakers in initial quality, according to a closely watched study of 2004 models released Wednesday.

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.

Comcast dropping bid to acquire Walt Disney Co.

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.

WTO issues landmark decision denouncing U.S. cotton subsidies

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.

Banking on history

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.

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.

Google founders wary of IPO headaches

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.

2 ports bring in billions to state

Japan's central bank lifts economic growth forecast
TOKYO -- Japan's central bank lifted its economic growth forecast for the year Wednesday, saying a rebound in the United States and Asia would fuel strong exports and company profits.

Low mortgage rates propel existing homes sales

McDonald's CEO Bell says he'll follow late Cantalupo's lead

Milk prices edge toward $4 per gallon

Japan's central bank lifts economic growth forecast

Consumer confidence rises in April

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

Toyota remains on top in vehicle quality

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.

McDonald's CEO Bell says he'll follow late Cantalupo's lead
CHICAGO -- McDonald's Corp.'s new chief executive pledged Wednesday to stick to the strategy his predecessor used to help turn the company around, making his first public remarks since the sudden death of Jim Cantalupo last week.

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.

Banking on history
The most powerful company Augusta has ever known, and perhaps will ever know, is the subject of a new permanent exhibit at the Augusta Museum of History.

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.

Comcast dropping bid to acquire Walt Disney Co.
PHILADELPHIA -- Comcast Corp. has withdrawn its bid to merge with the Walt Disney Co., the company said Wednesday.

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.

IRS reminds nonprofit groups to avoid political activities
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday reminded charities to steer clear of prohibited political actions during their election-year activities.

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.

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.

Kentucky wide receiver likely out for season

Jags strive to fill coaching void

New challenge, old friend attract Tuell to Florida

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.

What to do with them?

Wasted energy
We, along with many other supporters of open government and the public's right to know, are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will rule against the Bush administration's bid not to disclose members of Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force.

Credibility gap

Who left whom?

Wasted energy

What to do with them?
Should the government be forced to either put on trial or release Jose Padilla and Yaser Esam Hamdi?

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

Releases pack laughs, horror
LOVE ACTUALLY (UNIVERSAL, $26.98) Writer-director Richard Curtis packs nearly two dozen huggable characters into his romantic comedy about Londoners looking for love in the month leading up to Christmas. The cast includes Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman and Laura Linney.

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.

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

On the road
Since 1979, the Human Rights Festival has featured exhibits and speeches by political activities, but the primary attraction has been a gaggle of local bands. This year is no exception, with music punctuated with speeches on Saturday and Sunday in downtown Athens.

Hot ticket
THE PERFORMER: Shania Twain WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday THE VENUE: The Charlotte Coliseum, 100 Paul Buck Blvd., Charlotte, N.C.

Stuff to do
Augusta will put its no-longer-so-secret resource, the Augusta Canal, on display Saturday during the 17th annual Augusta Canal Cruise and Cookout. The event features a canoe, kayak or bicycle cruise, capped off by a barbecue picnic.

Applause calendar
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Open tab
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a roundup of some drink specials and entertainment at Augusta and Aiken nightclubs:

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.

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

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

Robert Downey Jr.'s marriage ending
LOS ANGELES -- Robert Downey Jr.'s marriage to actress-singer Deborah Falconer is ending in divorce.

People in the News
DALLAS -- John Travolta says the single best experience he ever had on a film was the 1980 honky-tonk movie "Urban Cowboy" - and that good experience had a lot to do with Texas.

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

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

Energizer earnings up sharply
ST. LOUIS -- Earnings for Energizer Holdings Inc. rose 62 percent in the company's second quarter thanks in large part to the acquisition last year of the Schick-Wilkinson Sword razor business.

Anheuser-Busch earnings rise 13.4 percent
ST. LOUIS -- Growth in each of its operating segments helped lift Anheuser-Busch earnings by 13.4 percent in the first quarter, the company said Wednesday.

Siemens doubles net profit in second quarter
BERLIN -- Siemens AG said Wednesday that net profit doubled in its latest quarter, buoyed by its sale of half of its stake in chipmaker Infineon Technologies.

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.

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.

Sony's profits slide 23 percent for year

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.

How to drive off with rental-car savings this summer

Dow drops 135 as Mideast, interest rates worry investors
NEW YORK -- Rising concern over violence in the Middle East gave investors yet another reason to sell Wednesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down 135 points despite another batch of solid earnings reports.

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

Verizon's first quarter earnings down 50 percent

CSX earnings down 70 percent for first quarter

Stocks mixed despite good earnings, economic news

Tokyo stocks mixed, U.S. dollar higher against Japanese yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks finished mixed Wednesday as gains by banks and losses by technology shares pulled major market indicators in different directions. The U.S. dollar was higher against the Japanese yen.

Tokyo stocks fall on profit taking

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.

Tokyo stocks mixed, U.S. dollar higher against Japanese yen

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.

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

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.

Profit soars nearly fourfold at bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises
ATLANTA - Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., the biggest bottler of Coca-Cola Co. beverages, Wednesday said first-quarter net income nearly quadrupled, reflecting robust revenue growth and more selling days in the period.

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

Energizer earnings up sharply

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.

Profit soars nearly fourfold at bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises

Time Warner net doubles on film, TV divisions
NEW YORK -- Time Warner Inc., the world's largest media company, reported Wednesday that its first quarter profits more than doubled from the same period a year ago, powered by stronger results in its film and television divisions.

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.

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.

CSX earnings down 70 percent for first quarter
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Railroad giant CSX Corp. reported Wednesday that first-quarter earnings dropped about 70 percent, but the company still beat Wall Street estimates.

Siemens doubles net profit in second quarter

DuPont reports 25 percent rise in first-quarter earnings

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

Grubbin'
JOCCOMO'S PIZZA 1858 CENTRAL AVE. WHAT'S THERE: Pizza, calzones and sandwiches.

Road taste
What makes a barbecue restaurant good? Is it the sauce, the way the barbecue is cooked, the side dishes, or is it the things that happen well in advance of firing a grill?

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.

Grubbin'

Small portions

Road taste

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.

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' bats come alive
The Augusta GreenJackets finally put everything together Wednesday night, even if there wasn't much of a crowd to witness it.

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.

Galvez finally get his first win
Gary Galvez threw five perfect innings, retired the last 18 batters he faced and finally picked up his first win as an Augusta GreenJacket.

Nicklaus, Player will return to settle score

Golf fans get treat - Masters champ and LSU football coach
NEW ORLEANS -- How much better can things get for Phil Mickelson?

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.

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.

Consistent Singh closing on Woods

Nicklaus makes a rare start
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. - It turns out Jack Nicklaus might be finished with more than just the Masters Tournament.

Nicklaus makes a rare start

What's left for world's greatest female golfer?
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Annika Sorenstam seems to be running out of goals.

Golf fans get treat - Masters champ and LSU football coach

GreenJackets are set to win three in a row

Galvez finally get his first win

GreenJackets are set to win three in a row

Sharks swimming toward first conference finals

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.

Atlanta teams' sale a bargain

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.

Atlanta teams' sale a bargain
ATLANTA - The recent joint purchase of Atlanta's NBA and NHL teams might be one of the best deals in recent sports history.

NHL labor talks to resume in Toronto on Thursday

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.

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.)

Medical students thank body donors
To the families of those who have generously donated their bodies to the Medical College of Georgia: We, the Class of 2007, would like to express our appreciation and gratitude for the gift made to us by your relatives who donated their bodies so that we could gain a greater understanding of medicine. The Class of 2007, Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine (Editor's note: The writer, Frances Casey, is a freshman at the Medical College of Georgia.)

Be a cheerleader for nuclear power
Why doesn't The Augusta Chronicle publish a series of articles on how the United States could help reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil by building more nuclear power plants to make electricity instead of burning costly imported oil from overseas? Steve R. Smith, Evans (Editor's note: The Chronicle has written on and supported nuclear power for decades - most recently in our April 12 editorial calling for constructing a new Plant Vogtle in Burke County.)

Think of wounded troops coming home
What becomes of the thousands of wounded troops in Iraq and Afganistan? It seems like more and more are returning and then forgotten about except by their families. For most of them, their lives will never be the same. William French, Hephzibah

Strict discipline is not the answer

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

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.)

Medicare drug card program to begin with many choices

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

Study finds seasons affect cholesterol levels

Blood proteins might be early warning signs of diabetes

Living briefs

'Behavior pattern recognition' used to spot potential terrorists

Government to recommend new treatment for gonorrhea

Increasing violence among girls catches educators unprepared

Brazil has safe sex lessons for U.S.

Study: Military vets face elevated risk of Lou Gehrig's disease

Study: Neanderthals grew up much faster than modern humans

Gibson hopes to usher in the age of the digital guitar

Some straight couples choose domestic partnership over marriage

Some straight couples choose domestic partnership over marriage
CHICAGO -- As same-sex couples fight for their right to marry, some straight couples - who could marry if they wanted to - are deciding against it. Instead, they're registering as "domestic partners," an option offered by some cities and counties, mainly with gay and lesbian couples in mind.

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.

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: Iron helps improve memory, attention in young women
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Young women who have trouble concentrating might just need more iron in their diets, researchers say.

Study: Military vets face elevated risk of Lou Gehrig's disease
Men who served in the U.S. military during the last century appear to have an unusually high risk of dying from Lou Gehrig's disease, but experts are puzzled over why and are uncertain whether the apparent hazard is real.

'Behavior pattern recognition' used to spot potential terrorists
WASHINGTON -- When someone at an airport is sweating, is it because he's running late or trying to hide something? Could hand signals between people in a terminal be part of an inside joke or a terror plot?

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

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.

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.

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.

Study: Neanderthals grew up much faster than modern humans
If you think your kids grow up fast, consider this: A new study suggests that Neanderthal children blazed through adolescence and on average reached adulthood at age 15.

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.

Increasing violence among girls catches educators unprepared
BALTIMORE -- Twelve-year-old Nicole Townes is out of a coma but still struggling to recover after being pummeled and stomped at a birthday party in a beating that was shocking not just because of its savagery, but because it was meted out by other girls.

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.

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.

Vermont to require labeling genetically engineered seeds
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont has become the first state to require the labeling of genetically modified seeds.

Man must register as sex offender, judge rules
A 64-year-old Hephzibah man who pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography must register as a sex offender when he is released from prison in three years, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Lawyer faces evasion charge

Probe of crashed chopper begins
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Army investigators could spend three days at the South Carolina riverbank where an attack helicopter crashed, killing three crew members, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Across the area

Kolb is finalist for job

Law says 12-year-old gets tried as juvenile
CARROLLTON, Ga. - A 12-year-old boy accused of strangling his 8-year-old neighbor will not be charged as an adult and could only be sentenced to two years in prison, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Correction
An article in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle on a proposal that towns in Aiken County's Midland Valley band together under one government misrepresented a quote by Sharon Gagnon. When saying her group wants to incorporate the area under a "nonbiased" name, Mrs. Gagnon, the chairwoman of the Committee to Unite Midland Valley, meant towns would not have to give up their names to be included.

Supporters lobby for black museum

Across the area
Burke County school officials said they have resolved a matter involving a principal and teacher who were suspended after being accused of allowing a convicted sex offender to participate in school activities earlier this month.

News you can use

Hopefuls continue to stream to the Capitol

Venue may face new red flag

Rants and rave
AUGUSTA NEEDS new leadership. Go to Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Also take a look at Savannah in the county and the Atlanta suburbs. Take a look at Charleston and Charlotte. Augusta, wake up. A new day is needed urgently. Clean up the total city. Stop arguing, and do something today. Get new leadership, all of them. Start over!

Police charge 2 men with burglary

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A federal judge has delayed the May 1 start of a tough new Georgia law against payday loans, high-interest notes that critics say take advantage of consumers living paycheck to paycheck.

Around town

Pupils, schools feeling tested
Just thinking about it was enough to make Jessica Spray nervous.

Across the region

Kolb applies for Florida job
Augusta City Administrator George Kolb has applied for the city manager's position in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and now is among the top seven candidates for the job.

Across the area

Kid of the day

Cheeks qualifies for new District 22 race

Rants and rave

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.

Correction

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.

Man is at MCG after beating
An Augusta man was recuperating in a local hospital Wednesday after being beaten unconscious by three people this week.

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.

Sanford cycles to health

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.

Water report urges state to enter deal

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.

Lawyers enter food service battle

MCG considers hospital partnerships

Around town

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.

Train depot plan gets off track
A move to renovate the old Augusta train depot at Fifth and Reynolds streets has hit a roadblock, but Chris Naylor says it has only been delayed, not derailed.

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.

Judge won't race again

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.

County funds city fire service

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.

News you can use
April 29, 1923 Augusta architect G. Lloyd Preacher has been awarded a contract to draw plans for a $4 million tourist hotel in St. Petersburg, Fla., which will be, the St. Petersburg Times reports, the finest resort hotel in the world.The hotel, to be called the Vinol, will have its own refrigerating, lighting and heating plants, inside and outside swimming pools, bath houses, theater, casino, amusement pavilion and yacht club.

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.

Venue may face new red flag
Chuck Blackwell spent Wednesday afternoon blasting away months of disuse at CSRA International Speedway.

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.

Council spars over center
AIKEN - Aiken County Councilman Willar Hightower has taken a hard-line stance in support of a black history cultural center and museum and has threatened to campaign against the proposed renewal of the county's 1-cent sales tax unless the project receives support.

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

County funds city fire service
AIKEN - County residents who live within the city of Aiken's fire district pay hundreds of dollars a year for protection, but that doesn't necessarily equate savings on their homeowners' insurance, a cost comparison shows.

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.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Several large signs waiting for installation along a North Charleston highway have been stolen.

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.

Cheeks qualifies for new District 22 race
ATLANTA - Sen. Don Cheeks officially threw his hat into the race for the newly-configured Senate District 22 on Wednesday, placing his name on the ballot for this summer's Republican primary election.

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.

MCG considers hospital partnerships
Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics might begin exporting its expertise in certain services to other hospitals even as it strives to increase its market share.

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.

Around town
Jazz singer Kari Gaffney sings with accompanist Jeff Williams during the Downtown Lunch Date concert series at Augusta Common. The series will continue every Wednesday through June.

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

Inquiry into shooting at jail continues
COLUMBIA - An Allendale County prison remains on lockdown as Corrections Department investigators continue to look for the weapon used to shoot two inmates earlier this month.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Zykevious Tremel Grant, 2, of Augusta.

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.

Ex-UGA leader dies of cancer
No matter what he was involved in, Fred C. Davison always seemed to lead. And he did it by example with his character, energy and faith, friends and family said.

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Inquiry into shooting at jail continues

Pupils, schools feeling tested

Kolb is finalist for job
Augusta City Administrator George Kolb has applied for the city manager position in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and is among the top seven candidates for the job.

Kid of the day

Police charge 2 men with burglary
Two Augusta men were charged early Wednesday morning with breaking into Family Y vehicles and into a man's residence, authorities said.

Georgia roads added to watch list

Ex-UGA leader dies of cancer

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

Train depot plan gets off track

Fun at court

Aiken hospital lays off 17 workers
AIKEN - Aiken Regional Medical Centers, which recently expanded with a new cancer center and launched an ambitious project to renovate emergency room facilities, laid off 17 of its 872 full-time employees this week, hospital officials said Wednesday.

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.

Mexican epic 'Zapata' faces criticism even before it hits theaters
MEXICO CITY -- "Zapata," the year's most anticipated movie in Mexico, already has drawn criticism for failing to accurately depict the country's famous revolutionary hero.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Tribeca Film Festival a little older, a little wiser in third year

Mexican epic 'Zapata' faces criticism even before it hits theaters

Tribeca Film Festival a little older, a little wiser in third year
NEW YORK -- Now in its third year, the Tribeca Film Festival is a little older and a little wiser. It's also a little smaller, even though it's running a little longer.

Mini reviews

For a 70-year-old artist, Loretta Lynn gets great results from new approach

Blondie not going gray with recent albums

For a 70-year-old artist, Loretta Lynn gets great results from new approach
It's criminal how America treats its pop music icons.

Mistrial declared in rapper Beanie Sigel's case
PHILADELPHIA -- A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the case against Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel, who was accused of shooting a man outside a bar last summer.

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.

Confident country singer to star at festival
Blessed with a booming bass voice and a history right out of one of his own songs, Trace Adkins, who performs Sunday at the Day in the Country festival, is secure in his success - mostly.

Confident country singer to star at festival

Songwriter recalls stepfather
Billy Currington says his late stepfather probably would have liked Mr. Currington's hit song about him.

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

Music industry sues more computer users, college students
WASHINGTON -- The recording industry sued 477 more computer users Wednesday, including dozens of college students at schools in 11 states, accusing them of illegally sharing music across the Internet.

Mistrial declared in rapper Beanie Sigel's case

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.

Music industry sues more computer users, college students

Drivers are playing for real

Lineup grows for race in May

New engines get passing grade from drivers
INDIANAPOLIS -- Pulling out of the pits for the first time Wednesday, Scott Dixon could tell his car wasn't accelerating as it had during the Indy Racing League's first three races.

New engines get passing grade from drivers

NASCAR newsmaker Jimmie Johnson

Lineup grows for race in May
FONTANA, Calif. - NASCAR has changed the rules for May's Nextel All-Star Challenge to expand the starting lineup and do away with the eliminations after the first two segments.

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.

Drivers are playing for real
FONTANA, Calif. - Bobby Hamilton never paid much attention to video games until his son needed help beating a racing game.

NASCAR newsmaker Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson loves racing at California Speedway because it's only 90 minutes from his home in El Cajon. Racing at California, where he won his first NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race, not only means a lot of friends and family are in the stands, it means he can finally get some home-cooked meals - burritos - delivered to the track every day.

Clarification: Indy 500-Junqueira story

Hawks, Thrashers sold at bargin price

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.

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

Sacramento shocker: Defense ruling Mavs-Kings series
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- When this playoff series began, defense seemed certain to be a dirty word. After all, the Mavericks and the Kings were the NBA's two highest-scoring teams - and usually two of the most indifferent on the other end of the court.

Nuggets-Wolves series taking on a nasty tone

Pacers in waiting game after first-round sweep
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal has a rebuttal to those who say having an extended break between playoff series is a good thing.

Jury deliberations begin in Jayson Williams manslaughter trial

Heat-Hornets series now best-of-3

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.

Break between series not a new thing for the Nets

Kobe Bryant to enter plea May 10 in assault case
EAGLE, Colo. -- The judge in the Kobe Bryant case said Wednesday the NBA star will formally enter a plea in his high-profile sexual assault case during a three-day hearing that starts May 10.

Mavs on brink of elimination, and it shows

Kobe Bryant to enter plea May 10 in assault case

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.

Sacramento shocker: Defense ruling Mavs-Kings series

Anthony questionable for Game 5 against Minnesota
DENVER -- Denver star rookie Carmelo Anthony is questionable for Game 5 of the Nuggets' first-round playoff series against Minnesota on Friday because of sprained left knee.

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

Nuggets-Wolves series taking on a nasty tone
MINNEAPOLIS - Trash talking, bad feelings and name calling.

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.

Prince breaks mold of league
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Among today's straight-from-high-school NBA stars, Detroit's Tayshaun Prince is an anomaly.

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.

Hawks, Thrashers sold at bargin price
ATLANTA -- The recent joint purchase of Atlanta's NBA and NHL teams may be one of the best deals in recent sports history.

Prince breaks mold of league

Detectives testify in Bryant case

Pacers in waiting game after first-round sweep

Detectives testify in Bryant case
EAGLE, Colo. - Two detectives who spoke with Kobe Bryant shortly after he was accused of rape testified behind closed doors Wednesday on the final day of a three-day hearing.

Heat-Hornets series now best-of-3
MIAMI -- The way the New Orleans Hornets have it figured, they lead their playoff series against the Miami Heat, 2-all.

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

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.

Winslow contract could be sticky for Browns

Bucs sign linebacker Ian Gold

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

Cooled-off Maddox expects to be Steelers starter

Ex-Seminole QB finds new home

Ravens release WR Sanders

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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.

Official: Athens' stadium roof will be delivered as designed
ATHENS, Greece -- The delayed steel-and-glass roof of Athens' main Olympic stadium will be in place as originally designed by mid-May, a top government official said Wednesday.

The witch hunt is heating up

IOC gets cancellation insurance for Athens Olympics

Olympic security budget hits $1.2 billion
ATHENS, Greece -- The security budget for the Athens Olympics has climbed to $1.2 billion, nearly four times what was spent protecting the Sydney Games four years ago.

Olympic security budget hits $1.2 billion

IOC gets cancellation insurance for Athens Olympics

The witch hunt is heating up
This will be the cleanest team the United States has ever sent to the Olympics.

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.

Frankel happy with Master David's workout

Lakeside girls get breather

Goalie punch saves game

Two-time Derby winner Zito back with favorite

Spring prep scrores

Limehouse draws inside

Top-ranked Musketeers are looking for respect rank

Tapit jockey relishes golden opportunity

Overtime

Biancone, Lion Heart avoiding hectic Churchill

12-year-old makes U.S. Freestyle Team

Overtime

Riders make threat

Polo carves its niche in Aiken

Horse show draws Canadian family

Lakeside girls get breather
Three signs your first-round soccer matchup is in cruise control:

Shades of gray color Churchill Downs race
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The 130th Kentucky Derby will have a touch of gray.

12-year-old makes U.S. Freestyle Team
PARK CITY, Utah -- Twelve-year-old Rachael Pack became the youngest member ever selected to the U.S. Ski Team when she made the "C" freestyle roster for the 2004-05 season.

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

Riders make threat
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jockeys John Velazquez and Jose Santos said Wednesday they might not ride in the Kentucky Derby if a federal judge bars them from wearing ads during the race.

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.

Imperialism stays on routine
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Imperialism worked a quarter-mile in 24.8 seconds at Churchill Downs Wednesday as trainer Kristin Mulhall followed the same pattern that got the colt to the Kentucky Derby.

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.

Polo carves its niche in Aiken
AIKEN - Ten years ago, Owen Rinehart - former captain of the U.S. polo team - and his wife, Georgina, had a vision of Aiken as a professional polo player's haven.

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.

Two-time Derby winner Zito back with favorite
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Nick Zito's world revolves around showing up for the Kentucky Derby.

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

Limehouse draws inside
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - If Limehouse is going to bring Dogwood Stable its first Kentucky Derby win, it will have to cover the shortest distance in the heaviest traffic.

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.

Jockeys hint at Kentucky Derby boycott
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jockeys John Valazquez and Jose Santos said Wednesday they might not ride in the Kentucky Derby if a federal judge bars them from wearing ads on their pants.

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

Overtime
Entries for the second annual City of Augusta Match Play Championship are still being accepted at Augusta Municipal Golf Course.

Tapit jockey relishes golden opportunity
BALTIMORE -- As a young jockey in Venezuela, Ramon Dominguez never allowed himself to consider the possibility of riding in the Kentucky Derby.

Horse show draws Canadian family
Alan and Sherry Chesler used to show horses in competitions similar to the Aiken Spring Classic Horse Show, which started Wednesday and runs through Sunday.

Lilly set to guide Eagles
The new head coach of the T.W. Josey boys basketball team shook his fist at his new players Wednesday.

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

Cooled-off Maddox expects to be Steelers starter
PITTSBURGH -- Tommy Maddox expects to remain the Pittsburgh Steelers' starting quarterback now that he has had a clear-the-air meeting with coach Bill Cowher.

Ogunleye unhappy about contract negotiations with Dolphins
MIAMI -- Miami Dolphins defensive end Adewale Ogunleye plans to miss a mini-camp for the first time in his career this week, and he said he'll sit out the start of the season unless he receives a better contract offer.

Bucs sign linebacker Ian Gold
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Denver Broncos free agent linebacker Ian Gold on Wednesday.

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.

Ex-Seminole QB finds new home
INDIANAPOLIS - Three years ago, Adrian McPherson relished walking out of his Florida home to hit the town with friends.

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.

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

Starting again without partner is difficult, but not impossible
How do you carry on when your singing partner of nearly 60 years - who also happens to be your brother - dies?

Coach 'Tool' looks to fix another program

DVD reflects on shortcomings of 1970s' cinematic revolution

Films take look at Russain society

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

Audience tunes out 'The Restaurant'

Noah Wyle looks ahead to his 11th season on 'ER'

'Nightline' to honor U.S. dead in Iraq war

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

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.

Vern Yip says he's trading TLC job for his own design show

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.

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.

Vern Yip says he's trading TLC job for his own design show
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Vern Yip, one of the designers on TLC's "Trading Spaces," will be trading spaces no more.

Noah Wyle looks ahead to his 11th season on 'ER'
NEW YORK -- "ER" star Noah Wyle has watched every other member of the original cast make an exit from the 10-year-old medical drama.

'Nightline' to honor U.S. dead in Iraq war
NEW YORK -- Ted Koppel will devote the entire half-hour of "Nightline" Friday to reading names and showing photographs of the more than 500 U.S. servicemen and women killed in action in Iraq, ABC announced Wednesday.

Elton John says 'American Idol' vote is 'incredibly racist'
NEW YORK -- Elton John thinks there's something "incredibly racist" about viewer voting on Fox TV's "American Idol."

Robert Downey Jr.'s marriage ending

Actress Halle Berry files for divorce

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Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden gives birth to twins

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DVD reflects on shortcomings of 1970s' cinematic revolution
In 1998, film historian Peter Biskin released Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood, a tome that asked its readers to buy an interesting theory - that a failed film revolution began with the success of Bonnie and Clyde and ended as Star Wars ushered in the era of the blockbuster.

Films take look at Russain society
In my childhood it seemed every May 1 evening newscast would feature footage of May Day celebrations beamed to network news from the heart of Moscow. It's odd, because to this day, I don't associate maypoles or spring celebrations with May Day, but rumbling tanks with red stars rolling past the Kremlin.

Where are you going to be when music's big stars swing into Atlanta?
Music Midtown, Atlanta's annual collision of rock, rap, pop and punk, brings music luminaries - past, present and future - to the 10-year-old festival's many stages Friday through Sunday.

Boy fights off brown bear attack

Parking spot in Boston sells for $160,000

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