'Wicked' receives 11 Drama Desk nominations
NEW YORK -- "Wicked," a lavish musical prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," has scored 11 Drama Desk nominations, honoring the best of the 2003-04 New York theater season.

'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.

University of Chicago returning ancient tablets to Iran

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.

University of Chicago returning ancient tablets to Iran
CHICAGO -- Three hundred ancient clay tablets that help provide information on the languages and daily life in the Persian empire are headed back to Iran in what University of Chicago officials have described as the first U.S. return of loaned Iranian artifacts since the Islamic Revolution.

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.

'Bombay Dreams' arrives on Broadway via Bollywood
NEW YORK -- "This is something that could only happen in a dream," sighs the hip-swiveling, rags-to-riches hero of "Bombay Dreams."

Plays put everyone on stage

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

'Bombay Dreams' arrives on Broadway via Bollywood

'Wicked' receives 11 Drama Desk nominations

Galleries

Tigers' Rodriguez out with finger injury

Prep baseball stats

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.

Orioles best Mariners
BALTIMORE -- Eric DuBose gave credit to his offense for making it an easy day on the mound, and the leader of the potent attack singled out the pitcher as the star of the game.

Barnwell hurler leads way

Marlins slide past Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds wanted to play Thursday, so manager Felipe Alou rewrote his lineup to include the star slugger.

Cardinals surpass Phillies after 13

Jeter ends slump with homer into Monument Park
NEW YORK -- A big swing, a broad smile and a ball into Monument Park. Just like that, Derek Jeter's slump was over.

Rangers dethrone Royals

Rangers dethrone Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brad Fullmer emerged from a deep slump in dramatic fashion.

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.

Cardinals surpass Phillies after 13
ST. LOUIS -- With one big swing, Jim Edmonds helped the St. Louis Cardinals ease their home miseries.

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

Reds put C LaRue on DL with broken finger
CINCINNATI -- Reds catcher Jason LaRue was put on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, a day after his right index finger was broken on a bunt attempt.

Marlins top Rockies

Durham goes on DL with left knee injury

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.

White Sox edge out Indians

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.

Jaguars start up huge series
A few sets of bleachers are scattered here and there, but nothing distinguishes Augusta State's baseball field from a top-notch high school diamond.

Jaguars start up huge series

Orioles best Mariners

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.

Angels declaw Tigers

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.

Reds put C LaRue on DL with broken finger

Marlins slide past Giants

Angels declaw Tigers
DETROIT -- Vladimir Guerrero sure impressed Detroit pitcher Nate Robertson.

Prep baseball stats
Here are the latest area prep baseball stats.

Jeter ends slump with homer into Monument Park

Any interest in our neighbors has become remote

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

Diver adrift five hours after boat crew forgets him off Catalina
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- A recreational diver forgotten at sea by a boat crew drifted five hours and prayed for his life before a Boy Scout on an excursion aboard a century-old ship spotted him.

Odds and Ends
LANSING, Mich. -- Add DJ to her duties: Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants it to be hip to hold when someone calls the state.

Giants top Braves

Wright making most of comeback with Braves
Jaret Wright needs to work on his base-running. His pitching is coming along just fine.

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.

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.

ASU seeks bonds for expansion
Augusta State University has asked Richmond County economic developers to help arrange $35 million in tax-free bonds to finance the building of a student activities center and its first off-campus housing community.

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.

Limited edition soups test marketed
Campbell's is test-marketing labels based on the colorful silk-screens Andy Warhol designed in the early 1960's. The Limited Edition 4-packs of Campbell's Tomato Soup are available at Giant Eagle supermarkets in western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and parts of West Virginia.

Japan's central bank lifts economic growth forecast

Limited edition soups test marketed

Fears of price hikes after EU membership spark hoarding
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Salt by the shopping cart. A rush for rice. Pasta by the pallet.

U.S. Mint considers replacing Sacagawea on dollar coin

Augusta is flying high in magazine
More than 1 million pairs of eyes will soon look upon Augusta from the air.

Economy grows at 4.2 percent rate in first quarter of 2004
WASHINGTON -- The economy grew at an annual rate of 4.2 percent in the opening quarter of 2004, a solid showing and fresh evidence that the business recovery is solidly on track. But the performance wasn't the blowout that some analysts wanted.

Qatari minister: OPEC to discuss price band hike
PARIS -- Ministers from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries are likely to discuss a possible increase in their targeted prices for crude when they meet next in June, Qatar's oil minister said Thursday.

Business briefs
The jobless rate in Augusta fell one-tenth of a percentage point in March to 4.3 percent as the number of jobs increased by 300, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

Banking on history

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.

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.

Comcast dropping bid to acquire Walt Disney Co.

Augusta is flying high in magazine

ASU seeks bonds for expansion

Toyota remains on top in vehicle quality

Fears of price hikes after EU membership spark hoarding

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

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.

Qatari minister: OPEC to discuss price band hike

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.

Economy grows at 4.2 percent rate in first quarter of 2004

U.S. Mint considers replacing Sacagawea on dollar coin
WASHINGTON -- Putting the faces of U.S. presidents on dollar coins would entice collectors, but there still would be challenges in getting the coins into cash registers and people's pockets, the chief of the U.S. Mint said Wednesday.

Hephzibah grad signs Titans deal
Ben Troupe won't be the only local among the incoming rookie crop with the Tennessee Titans this year. Hephzibah's Brandon Lynch signed a free agent contract Monday with the Titans.

Hephzibah grad signs Titans deal

NCAA approves academic reforms

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

Hole left in Georgia

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.

Lots of nerve
When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, the United Nations didn't have the nerve to stand up to him. It took an ad hoc coalition put together by the United States.

What to do with them?

Hole left in Georgia
Every now and then a man dies who leaves a huge hole in his community. Fred Davison, University of Georgia president from 1967 to 1986, who succumbed to cancer Wednesday at age 74 in Augusta, was such a man. His passing is a great loss.

Wasted energy

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

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.

Keanu Reeves to get honorary World Stunt Award
LOS ANGELES -- Keanu Reeves will be honored for his work in action movies at the upcoming World Stunt Awards.

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.

Couples rule People's '50 Most Beautiful' list
NEW YORK -- Couples rule People magazine's list of "The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World 2004," with cover girl Jennifer Aniston and her husband, Brad Pitt, among them.

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.

Bob Edwards signs off NPR on Friday morning
NEW YORK -- Just shy of 25 years at the microphone, Bob Edwards is signing off Friday as host of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition."

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

Donald Trump proposes to girlfriend
NEW YORK -- There's a new member of Donald Trump's "A-Team." Following Ivana and Marla, model Melania Knauss became engaged this week to the billionaire developer, Trump spokesman Norma Foerderer said Thursday.

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
BURBANK, Calif. -- Ellen DeGeneres swears she's not going to do another standup tour.

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.

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

Alleged stalker arrested on Britney Spears' father's property
KENTWOOD, La. -- A Canadian man who entered the property of pop star Britney Spears' father was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing and stalking.

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

Twins get a star on Walk of Fame
Mary-Kate Olsen, left, and her twin sister Ashley Olsen touch their new star after a dedication ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 29, 2004.

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.

Energizer earnings up sharply

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.

Google files its long-awaited IPO plans
SAN FRANCISCO -- Internet search engine leader Google Inc. filed its long-awaited IPO plans Thursday, setting the stage for the company to make its stock market debut - a move that could still be months away.

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.

DaimlerChrysler's chief keeps job, profits fall 33 percent

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.

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

Dow Chemical's earnings increase six-fold in first quarter

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.

Level 3 loss widens as revenue falls 28 percent

Level 3 loss widens as revenue falls 28 percent
BROOMFIELD, Colo. - Data carrier Level 3 Communications Inc. Thursday said its loss widened in the first quarter as revenue fell 28 percent from a year ago.

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.

Gillette profits up 43 percent on strong sales
BOSTON -- The Gillette Co. reported a 43 percent increase in first quarter profits, beating analysts' expectations on strong sales of its shaving, battery and oral care products. The company's shares soared nearly 6 percent on the news.

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.

Stocks drop after latest GDP reading
NEW YORK -- Stocks tumbled in a late afternoon selloff Thursday after a lower-than-expected gross domestic product figure failed to ease investor fears about interest rates. The Dow Jones industrials fell 70 points, giving it a two-day drop of more than 200, and all three major indexes fell to their lowest levels in more than a month.

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.

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes
Investors sold off stocks Thursday as a lower-than-expected gross domestic product figure did little to ease interest rate anxieties.

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.

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $8.83 billion in the latest week to $859.27 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Exxon Mobil revenue rises on higher oil prices
DALLAS -- Exxon Mobil Corp.'s first-quarter profits fell 23 percent from a year ago, when the company had a huge gain from the sale of its stake in a German pipeline company. Revenue rose 6 percent on higher oil prices, and the company's profit beat Wall Street expectations.

Google files its long-awaited IPO plans

Gillette profits up 43 percent on strong sales

Rates on 30-year mortgages climb above 6 percent
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year mortgages climbed above 6 percent this week for the first time in 2004 as more signs of an improving economy triggered concerns about what impact the stronger growth will have on inflation.

Exxon Mobil revenue rises on higher oil prices

Money funds fell in latest week

Dow Chemical's earnings increase six-fold in first quarter
MIDLAND, Mich. -- Dow Chemical Co. posted a first-quarter profit Thursday that was six times that of last year, beating Wall Street forecasts.

DaimlerChrysler's chief keeps job, profits fall 33 percent
BERLIN -- DaimlerChrysler reported a 33 percent drop in first-quarter net profit Thursday, largely because of restructuring costs at its U.S. Chrysler division and troubles with a truck toll project in Germany.

Siemens doubles net profit in second quarter

Stocks drop after latest GDP reading

Rates on 30-year mortgages climb above 6 percent

Profit soars nearly fourfold at bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises

CSX earnings down 70 percent for first quarter

A status report on Wall Street's major indexes

Weather fronts confuse fish and local fishermen
Augusta area weather seems to be on a roller coaster ride, and the low pressure systems have been having an effect on fish and fishermen alike.

Fishing tournament news

If Martinez man saw the fish, he caught them

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

If Martinez man saw the fish, he caught them
"If I was you, I'd show up," professional bass fisherman Craig Johnson told wife, Crystal, his No. 1 supporter, Saturday before the Bass Fishing League tournament weigh-in at Mistletoe State Park on Strom Thurmond Lake.

Weather fronts confuse fish and local fishermen

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

Grubbin'

Road taste

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?

Rose pruning is neither special nor difficult
Pruning a rose bush need not be complicated. The rose, after all, is just another flowering shrub, albeit one that inspires poets and painters, the formation of societies, and an undue amount of words on "special" pruning needs. Despite the fanfare, a rose responds to pruning as does any other shrub.

When to prune plants and trees

Setting good bugs against bad bugs in the garden
NEW MARKET, Va. -- I have this neighbor, an organic gardener, who is fond of saying there are only two kinds of bugs in the world: the bad kind and the good kind. Bad bugs, she says, feed on garden vegetables. Good bugs don't.

Setting good bugs against bad bugs in the garden

Rose pruning is neither special nor difficult

When to prune plants and trees
During winter, trees and shrubs are in a sleepy dormant state, but by spring they wake up and bring forth another season of greenery and color. If you want the best-looking flora and fauna on your block, its time to do some pruning.

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.

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.

Sixth-inning rally falls short
By the time The Augusta GreenJackets' bats got going, it was too late.

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

Champions Tour more relaxed than PGA

Sorenstam gets mad and back under par at Chick-fil-A

Sorenstam gets mad and back under par at Chick-fil-A
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Annika Sorenstam decided it was time to get mad.

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

Nicklaus makes a rare start

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

Pair of veterans take early lead
NEW ORLEANS - Gene Sauers of Savannah, Ga., and Paul Azinger - who between them have just two victories over the past decade - shared the clubhouse lead in Thursday's rain-delayed first round of the $5.1 million HP Classic.

Golf fans get treat - Masters champ and LSU football coach

Champions Tour more relaxed than PGA
HOOVER, Ala. -- With a relaxed atmosphere and some friendly competition, the Champions Tour stands in sharp contrast to the PGA Tour.

Sixth-inning rally falls short

Galvez finally get his first win

Aebischer matches Nabokov to keep Avs' hopes alive
DENVER -- Evgeni Nabokov has turned away almost everything the Colorado Avalanche have sent at him.

Aebischer matches Nabokov to keep Avs' hopes alive

GM Waddell agrees to new contract with Thrashers
ATLANTA -- Thrashers general manager Don Waddell will return for a sixth season after agreeing to a new contract Thursday.

Atlanta teams' sale a bargain

GM Waddell agrees to new contract with Thrashers

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.

Any interest in our neighbors has become remote
Want a good indication on how America has changed over the past half-century?

Fort's first female commanding general promoted
Army officials announced today that Fort Gordon's first female commanding general was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be promoted to major general.

Ex-administrator supports Phil Clarke
I'm writing to support Phil Clarke for Aiken County coroner. During my nine years as county administrator, I was privileged to work with Phil in his position as county coordinator of Emergency Medical Services and as a senior member of the county's Emergency Management Team. Bill Shepherd, Satellite Beach, Fla. (Editor's note: The writer is a former Aiken County administrator.)

Goodwill appreciates area support
More than 8 million Americans are out of work, and their families are facing tough times. At Goodwill Industries, we know that the most effective way to help people is by providing them with the means to earn a paycheck and support their families long-term. James K. Stiff, Macon (Editor's note: The writer is president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA.)

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.)

Golf excursion in Augusta was rough

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.)

Golf excursion in Augusta was rough
I invited three of my customers to join me for a round of golf before watching a practice round at the Masters Tournament. The Web site for one particular course in Augusta was nice, so I called to inquire about the layout, condition and fee. Harvey Eden, Concord, N.C.

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

Traffic lights seem to slow us down at the very worst of times

Cancer find could help target drug to right patients

Some straight couples choose domestic partnership over marriage

Study: Neanderthals grew up much faster than modern humans

Health and fitness calendar

Increasing violence among girls catches educators unprepared

U.S. charges four under new law against 'spam' e-mails

'Behavior pattern recognition' used to spot potential terrorists

China's mini-outbreak of SARS widens

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

CDC: Gay, bisexual men should get different gonorrhea treatment

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.

China's mini-outbreak of SARS widens
BEIJING -- Investigators targeted a southeastern province Thursday in their efforts to determine whether SARS emerged from a Beijing laboratory and made its way into the Chinese heartland, contributing to the latest eruption of the pernicious disease.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Panel recommends paper ballot backups for electronic voting machines
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Ten counties with touch-screen voting machines can use them in November - but only if alternative paper ballots are offered in each precinct, a state advisory committee recommended Wednesday.

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

CDC: Gay, bisexual men should get different gonorrhea treatment
ATLANTA -- The government recommended Thursday that doctors switch to a different drug to treat gonorrhea among gay and bisexual men.

'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?

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.

Traffic lights seem to slow us down at the very worst of times
Trying to determine which regional red light is the longest is trickier than it seems.

U.S. charges four under new law against 'spam' e-mails
WASHINGTON -- Federal authorities say they managed to pierce the murky underworld of Internet spam e-mails, filing the first criminal charges under the government's new "can spam" legislation.

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.

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.

Cancer find could help target drug to right patients
WASHINGTON -- In a step toward more tailored cancer therapy, scientists have discovered some lung cancer patients harbor gene mutations that make a new drug dramatically help them - even as it fails most.

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.

Once-soggy area may face drought

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A 250-year-old canoe that might have been dug out of a single log by Cherokees or early European settlers will be preserved after it was found in the Chattooga River in Oconee County.

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.

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

City homes in on code violations
Tice Brashear says that for more than 15 years he had asked Augusta officials to force a cleanup at an abandoned, dilapidated building that abuts his realty company on Broad Street.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Angelikia Mellynette Wilson, 10, Hephzibah.

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.

News you can use

Catch of the day

Cheeks qualifies for new District 22 race

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.

Venue may face new red flag

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.

Big sting nets 2 drug arrests
Richmond County sheriff's investigators arrested two men in what they said was the largest marijuana bust in more than a decade, officials said Thursday.

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.

Catch of the day
Firefighters responded at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday to the Fish & More restaurant on Wheeler Road. Battalion Chief Ivan Bolgla, of the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department, said grease in a fryer caught on fire. No one was injured, and there was no major damage, he said.

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

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.

Across the area

Police chief reports acts of harassment

Rants and rave

Pickin' the tunes

Attorney general gets debris removal case
One year after the old Augusta Hotel collapsed on Broad Street, a dispute between the lot's owner and the Environmental Protection Division concerning the removal of the debris, which contains asbestos, is still unsettled.

County funds city fire service

Man is called a teacher of faith
A lifelong educator in the secular realm, Dr. Fred Davison also contributed to teaching on a more spiritual level, a minister said Thursday.

Second Circuit judge is sworn in

Rants and raves
ATTENTION, GROCERY store shoppers. Do you see those lines painted on the asphalt? You're supposed to place your car within those lines, not anywhere where you please. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Remember that.

Police charge 2 men with burglary

Plans for airport overhaul take step forward
Augusta Regional Airport officials will have to speak now or forever hold their peace about plans for a new terminal.

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.

Around town
Tiffany Odom, 7, enjoys her treat on Blue Jell-O Day at Jefferson Elementary School in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month. The event is sponsored by Aiken Woman's Club in Bath.

Correction

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.

Fort's first female commanding general promoted

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.

Kolb job news is no shock to panel
Augusta commissioners and Mayor Bob Young said Thursday they weren't surprised to hear that City Administrator George Kolb had applied for the city manager's job in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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
APRIL 30, 1994 An Augusta youth charged with murder in the shooting of a former Lakeside High School student will remain in custody pending trial, a Juvenile Court judge ruled Friday.

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.

Pickin' the tunes
AIKEN - The only thing more beautiful than the ornate, hand-crafted German fiddle that the Rev. Olin Sizemore holds in his hands is the cascade of notes he evokes with short jabs of a bow rushing over the steel strings.

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.

Future is open at Augusta Tech
Students moved from cramped to comfortable at Augusta Technical College with Thursday's dedication of the $8.4 million student services and classroom buildings.

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

Once-soggy area may face drought
After a wet year in 2003, spring's been incredibly dry for Augusta.

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.

Two Democrats qualify to challenge Burns
ATLANTA - Two Savannah residents Thursday officially added their names to the list of Democrats trying to oust incumbent U.S. Rep. Max Burns, R-Sylvania.

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.

Second Circuit judge is sworn in
BAMBERG - Before an audience that included two state supreme court justices, four federal judges and eight state judges, Doyet Arnold "Jack" Early was sworn in Thursday as the newest judge for the 2nd Judicial Circuit.

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.

Across the area
A Warrenville woman told North Augusta Department of Public Safety officers that someone took $1,000 in cash from her.

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.

Police chief reports acts of harassment
AIKEN - New Ellenton's black police chief, who has been on paid leave since Feb. 6 for allegations of misconduct, says he has been repeatedly harassed at his home and was forced to call police after someone smashed the windshield of his car.

Train depot plan gets off track

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.

MCG considers hospital partnerships

Attorney general gets debris removal case

Inquiry into shooting at jail continues

Rescue Mission increases outreach

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Big sting nets 2 drug arrests

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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!

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Kolb is finalist for job

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

City homes in on code violations

Around town

Kolb job news is no shock to panel

Rants and raves
ATTENTION, GROCERY store shoppers. Do you see those lines painted on the asphalt? You're supposed to place your car within those lines, not anywhere where you please. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Remember that.

Rescue Mission increases outreach
Michael Shane Scarborough said that when he lost his job, he was left to wander Hephzibah with virtually nowhere to go.

Ex-UGA leader dies of cancer

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A fight over how to pay for lawyers for poor people was resolved Thursday, meaning a looming special session of the Legislature should wrap up without much debate.

Horse sense is needed at Derby
Perhaps it was the pre-dawn search for Barn 42 or the unfamiliar mammals who inhabit it.

At the Movies: 'Godsend'
"Godsend" is so creepy, so scary, so moody - then collapses in a series of laughable cliches in the final reel.

At the Movies: 'Laws of Attraction'

Spielberg film "The Terminal" to open this year's Venice Film Festival
VENICE, Italy -- Steven Spielberg's "The Terminal," starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones, will open this year's Venice Film Festival.

Mini reviews

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

At the Movies: 'Laws of Attraction'
"Laws of Attraction" does everything "Intolerable Cruelty" tried to do, and then some.

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

At the Movies: 'Envy'
"Envy" sets out to test the comedic limits of flan. But just how funny is custard baked with a caramel glaze?

At the Movies: 'Godsend'

Spielberg film "The Terminal" to open this year's Venice Film Festival

At the Movies: 'Mean Girls'

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.

At the Movies: 'Envy'

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.

At the Movies: 'Mean Girls'
"Mean Girls" means to be an updated version of the best teen comedies of the 1980s, like "Heathers" and "Sixteen Candles."

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

Rapper Rakim arrested on 2001 paternity warrant, pays $2,000
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- Rapper Rakim was arrested on a 2001 warrant by deputies from the Suffolk County sheriff's department minutes before he was scheduled to perform at a Manhattan concert hall, a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

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

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.

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.

Young artists take the spotlight at Dove Awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A new wave of Christian artists dominated the 34th annual Gospel Music Association Awards, with MercyMe, Switchfoot, Stacie Orrico and Jeremy Camp among the big winners Wednesday night.

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

Young artists take the spotlight at Dove Awards

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

Mistrial declared in rapper Beanie Sigel's case

Confident country singer to star at festival

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.

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

Three drivers crash during Indy 500 testing

New engines get passing grade from drivers

NASCAR newsmaker Jimmie Johnson

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.

Three drivers crash during Indy 500 testing
INDIANAPOLIS -- Three drivers crashed Thursday on the second day of open testing for next month's Indianapolis 500.

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.

Lineup grows for race in May

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.

Drivers are playing for real

Sacramento shocker: Defense ruling Mavs-Kings series

Kobe Bryant to enter plea May 10 in assault case

Heat-Hornets series now best-of-3

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

Anthony still unsure if he'll play in Game 5

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.

Anthony still unsure if he'll play in Game 5
DENVER -- Denver Nuggets star rookie Carmelo Anthony tested his sprained left knee with a light workout Thursday, though he's still not sure if he'll be ready for Game 5 against Minnesota.

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.

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

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.

Elson apologizes for calling Garnett gay

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.

Elson apologizes for calling Garnett gay
DENVER -- Denver Nuggets rookie center Francisco Elson apologized Thursday for calling Kevin Garnett "gay" after the Timberwolves' star hit him in the groin during a game.

Detectives testify in Bryant case

Heat-Hornets series now best-of-3
MIAMI -- The Miami Heat's vast arena has been half empty at times this season, creating a library-like atmosphere that would provide a home-court advantage only if opponents were lulled to sleep.

Prince breaks mold of league

Celtics hire Doc Rivers as coach

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.

Heat-Hornets series now best-of-3

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.

Pacers in waiting game after first-round sweep

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.

Nuggets-Wolves series taking on a nasty tone

Hawks, Thrashers sold at bargin price

Celtics hire Doc Rivers as coach
BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics coaching job was only open a few hours when Danny Ainge decided that Doc Rivers was the guy he wanted.

NCAA approves academic reforms
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA approved a sweeping package of academic reforms Thursday that will penalize schools starting in 2006 if athletes perform too poorly in the classroom.

Bucs sign linebacker Ian Gold

Strahan has concerns about Giants next season

Tillman promoted posthumously by Army

Ex-Seminole QB finds new home

Panthers return to field for first time since Super Bowl loss

Cooled-off Maddox expects to be Steelers starter

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Olympic security budget hits $1.2 billion

Greek union leader warns of trouble over Olympic holiday ban

Greek union leader warns of trouble over Olympic holiday ban
ATHENS, Greece -- The surveillance cameras, massive policing and traffic restrictions for the Olympics were greeted with a grumble. But government plans to limit the Greek summer holiday are something else.

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.

The witch hunt is heating up

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.

Mayor appeals to foreigners to visit Greece during Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- The mayor of Athens urged foreign visitors Thursday to attend the Olympics and not give in to fears of terrorism.

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

Tapit jockey relishes golden opportunity

Overtime

Barrett's spree lifts Lady Irish

Riders make threat

Lakeside girls get breather

Polo carves its niche in Aiken

Two-time Derby winner Zito back with favorite

On the right track

Tyson heading to gym for planned July 31 comeback fight

Horse show draws Canadian family

Limehouse draws inside

Derby jockeys win right to wear advertising

Overtime

Court patches rift between state, jockeys

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

Tapit: Have sod, will travel

Pro Prado has final workout for Derby

Players of the week

Will long layoff translate to big Derby payoff?

Court patches rift between state, jockeys
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky Derby jockeys won the right to wear advertising patches for the first time in what could become a financial bonanza.

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.

Derby jockeys win right to wear advertising
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jockeys can wear advertising patches during the Kentucky Derby, a judge ruled Thursday.

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.

Players of the week
This week's players of the week are Cody McElhaney of Midland Valley and Caroline Barrett of Aquinas.

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

Aquinas tunes up Darlington
The attitude of Aquinas junior defender Adam Ribock resonated through his team's 5-1 first-round Class AA/A state home playoff victory.

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

Will long layoff translate to big Derby payoff?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Friends Lake won the Florida Derby seven weeks ago, and he hasn't run a race since. Neither has Read the Footnotes, who finished fourth there.

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.

Tyson heading to gym for planned July 31 comeback fight
Mike Tyson has a date, a trainer and an opponent of sorts for his first fight in more than a year. Unlike his last comeback, he also has a wide-open heavyweight division in front of him.

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.

On the right track
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Cot Campbell knows firsthand that if you give a horse a try, anything can happen.

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

Overtime
USC Aiken has made an addition to its baseball schedule this year. The Pacers will play No. 16 Catawba at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

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.

Barrett's spree lifts Lady Irish
The floodgates opened at approximately 3:27 on Thursday afternoon at Aquinas High School.

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.

The Kentucky Derby: This space for sale
Jockeys should be free to wear all the ads they want.

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

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.

Tapit: Have sod, will travel
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It's no wonder Churchill Downs feels like home to Tapit.

Pro Prado has final workout for Derby
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Pro Prado was the only Kentucky Derby horse to work out Thursday morning at Churchill Downs.

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.

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.

Panthers return to field for first time since Super Bowl loss
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers return to the field Friday for the first time since their last-second loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Strahan has concerns about Giants next season
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- All-Pro defensive end Michael Strahan has concerns about the future of the New York Giants after the team's decision to waive Kerry Collins and make Eli Manning the starting quarterback.

Tillman promoted posthumously by Army
PHOENIX -- Pat Tillman was promoted posthumously from specialist to corporal after the former NFL player was killed while serving as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan.

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.

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.

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

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?

Horse sense is needed at Derby

DVD reflects on shortcomings of 1970s' cinematic revolution

Films take look at Russain society

Ali Wentworth, Jack Ford talk show canceled
LOS ANGELES -- Turns out the syndicated talk show "Living It Up! with Ali & Jack" will have a short life span.

Walters says adoption special promotion was overly zealous
NEW YORK -- Barbara Walters says ABC News was "overly zealous" in its promotion of this week's "20/20" that involves five couples interviewed as potential adoptive parents.

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of April 19-25. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

'American Idol' judges say Stevens' ouster more appropriate
LOS ANGELES -- Teenage crooner John Stevens has been bounced from "American Idol," leaving five finalists in Fox TV's talent competition.

'Queer As Folk' back with marriage in mind
LOS ANGELES -- Producers Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman figure they have bragging rights when it comes to putting the "queer" into television.

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."

'Nightline' reads toll of war dead - tribute or propaganda?
NEW YORK -- "Nightline" is calling Friday's program a simple tribute. Others call it anti-war propaganda. And one TV-station group is pre-empting it.

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.

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

Ali Wentworth, Jack Ford talk show canceled

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

Walters says adoption special promotion was overly zealous

Rankings for basic cable networks

'Nightline' reads toll of war dead - tribute or propaganda?

'Queer As Folk' back with marriage in mind

'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.

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.

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

Alleged stalker arrested on Britney Spears' father's property

Couples rule People's '50 Most Beautiful' list

Releases pack laughs, horror

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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.

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.

Diver adrift five hours after boat crew forgets him off Catalina

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