Boston arts center displays works inspired by obsession and compulsion

Exhibition shows centuries of Indian history

Exhibit traces de Kooning's stylistic transformation

'Dangerous Liaisons' at the Metropolitan
NEW YORK -- The only thing more remarkable than the opulence, workmanship and beauty of 18th century French fashion and furniture is their seductiveness.

The Living Theatre gets a new home and a documentary film

Exhibit traces de Kooning's stylistic transformation
NEW YORK -- The broad pastel strokes of Willem de Kooning's later works convey a vibrancy and vitality typical of an artist in the prime of his career.

'Raisin in the Sun' star to sing at Carnegie Hall

Exhibition shows centuries of Indian history
PASADENA, Calif. -- For more than half a century, Ramesh Kapoor's family collected Indian art - colorful, intricately detailed and magical paintings - and turned what had been a hobby into a means of survival.

Robert Pinsky, Mavis Gallant among winners of PEN literary prizes
NEW YORK -- Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky, short story master Mavis Gallant and novelist Jonathan Safran Foer were among the winners of literary prizes awarded by PEN, the international writers' organization.

'Raisin in the Sun' star to sing at Carnegie Hall
NEW YORK -- Audra McDonald may be co-starring in the Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun," but the three-time Tony Award winner will be taking a few days off from the Lorraine Hansberry drama in June to sing at Carnegie Hall's new performance space.

'Dangerous Liaisons' at the Metropolitan

The Living Theatre gets a new home and a documentary film
NEW YORK -- The Living Theatre, the legendary troupe founded by Julian Beck and Judith Malina, is getting a new home off-Broadway.

Boston arts center displays works inspired by obsession and compulsion
BOSTON -- A Boston artist has dedicated a museum exhibit to the type of behavior that causes some to separate their M&Ms into colors, pop bubble wrap until there is no more plastic to crush and focus all their attention on the most minute detail out of pure obsession.

Dodgers hire Yankees' Greenspun as chief operating officer
LOS ANGELES -- The New York Yankees' chief financial officer, Martin Greenspun, will leave the team to become chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Hard work pays off for Canadian closer
LOS ANGELES - Plopped down in rural America, unable to speak or understand English, the 18-year-old pitcher felt so lonely and isolated that he desperately wanted to return home to Montreal.

Henderson re-signs with Newark Bears
NEWARK, N.J. -- Rickey Henderson is back in baseball.

The clothier to baseball's stars

The clothier to baseball's stars
BANGOR, Pa. -- Jim Thome already wears one. Next year, Barry Bonds will, too.

Bug eating is becoming more and more popular

Fraternity blows up cannon into apartments
COLUMBIA, Mo. Members of the Kappa Alpha fraternity tried to load an antique cannon on their front lawn with fireworks, but destroyed the cannon and blew out the window of an second floor apartment across the street.

Nurse charged with trying to electrocute wife in bathtub
HENDERSON, Texas -- A man set up a bubble bath for his wife, complete with candles and music, then tried to electrocute her by pushing a radio into the tub, authorities say.

Odds and Ends
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- It was a stunt worthy of Animal House - and so was the way it all went awry.

South Dakota politician plans to undergo a sex change
RAPID CITY, S.D. -- After getting involved in a fight in the Legislature over a bill to ban civil unions, Tom Murphy decided to reveal a secret he had kept for four decades, through school, an Air Force career and then as a member of the City Council:

State parole officials find 59 misplaced inmate files
ATLANTA -- Eighteen state prison inmates have been paroled after it was discovered that their files and those of dozens of others languished in the office of a Board of Pardons and Paroles official - in some cases for years.

Braves commit 7 errors in loss

Braves back from road trip
ATLANTA - Mercifully, the Atlanta Braves are home.

Braves back from road trip

Braves commit 7 errors in loss
DENVER -- Luis Gonzalez hit a three-run homer and the Colorado Rockies took advantage of seven errors by the Atlanta Braves - including four by third baseman Mark DeRosa - in a 13-4 win Sunday.

Suzuki lot goes to Ford dealer
The owners of Augusta Lincoln Mercury have sold its Suzuki dealership's property and facilities to next-door neighbor Fairway Ford.

Badcock celebrates centennial of furniture sales

For one older student, retraining was tough and transformative
HOLYOKE, Mass. -- When Donald Vitkus went back to school, there was no first-day spring in his step, no looking forward to new friends and new ideas. There was dread at the prospect of studying again, and of being thrown in a classroom with students one-third his age.

For one older student, retraining was tough and transformative

Q&A with ChoicePoint boss Derek Smith

Database honcho: info shield should protect society

Database honcho: info shield should protect society
NEW YORK -- Derek V. Smith sees bad people lurking everywhere: terrorists, sexual predators, quack doctors, identity thieves. And yet Smith colors himself an optimist, insisting that society can protect itself from such dicey characters, using information as a shield.

J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank One announce planned board
NEW YORK -- J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Bank One Corp. on Monday announced the names of the 16 people they plan to name to the board when the banks are merged.

Community colleges asked to retrain workers among other tasks
HOLYOKE, Mass. -- Richard Messier worked 25 years on an assembly line, fabricating steel and making air compressors. When foreign competition took his job 15 months ago, he knew those industries weren't coming back.

Oil price hits highest level since October 1990

Fed prepares for interest rate increases - but not a replay of 1994

EU says music licensing groups may be hampering Internet services

EU says music licensing groups may be hampering Internet services
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union launched a probe Monday into 16 national organizations that collect royalties for composers and songwriters, charging that their system for licensing music is hampering the rollout of Internet downloading services across Europe.

Construction spending jumps in March to best month on record

Report: State finances doing better, but slow growth poses challenges
The nation's governors are the latest group to document signs of improving finances for their states, but - as they issued a new report Monday - the states' top officials tried to dampen expectations of a quick economic recovery.

Manufacturing growth slows in April

Justice, Cracker Barrel reach agreement on racial discrimination claims

Manufacturing growth slows in April
NEW YORK -- The nation's manufacturing sector grew at a slightly slower pace in April, in part because of escalating costs for materials, an industry group reported Monday.

New factory, revamped historic Rouge site part of Ford revival
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Ford Motor Co.'s $2 billion revival of the sprawling River Rouge complex - a risky endeavor while the company battled financial problems - has transformed a gritty piece of American history into a modern model of environmental responsibility and manufacturing flexibility.

Suzuki lot goes to Ford dealer

Badcock celebrates centennial of furniture sales
MULBERRY, Fla. -- Furniture mogul Wogie Badcock's wood-paneled office is lined with mounted game trophies in a style some might liken to a gentleman's hunting lodge.

Wal-Mart employs campaign-style tactics to promote its expansion
LOS ANGELES -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has gotten more headlines lately for aggressive electioneering rather than discount retailing.

New factory, revamped historic Rouge site part of Ford revival

Q&A with ChoicePoint boss Derek Smith
ChoicePoint Inc. chairman Derek Smith hopes to prompt debate about the balance of security and liberty in America. Here are highlights of an interview he gave to The Associated Press.

Wal-Mart employs campaign-style tactics to promote its expansion

Ameritrade aims for long-term investors
OMAHA, Neb. -- Gone are the television ads featuring Stuart, a frenetic, spike-haired hipster counseling his staid boss about how to buy stocks over the Internet.

Ameritrade aims for long-term investors

Community colleges asked to retrain workers among other tasks

Oil price hits highest level since October 1990
WASHINGTON -- The price of oil rose to its highest level in more than 13 years on Monday as traders responded to the weekend killing of five Westerners working for an oil contractor in Saudi Arabia.

J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank One announce planned board

Worm crashes 'Chronicle' computers
An internet worm that infected hundreds of thousands of machines worldwide caused The Augusta Chronicle's computer network to be shut down Monday morning, affecting e-mails to the paper and disrupting the way customers placed classified ads.

Report: State finances doing better, but slow growth poses challenges

Fed prepares for interest rate increases - but not a replay of 1994
WASHINGTON -- A replay of 1994? That's one question facing Federal Reserve policy-makers when they meet Tuesday and try to determine how an economy accustomed to super-low interest rates will react to rising rates.

Justice, Cracker Barrel reach agreement on racial discrimination claims
WASHINGTON -- Cracker Barrel restaurants will expand sensitivity training for employees as part of an agreement to settle a government investigation of customers' racial discrimination claims, the company and Justice Department announced Monday.

GM delivers first full-size hybrid pickup to Miami-Dade County
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. delivered the industry's first full-size hybrid pickup Monday to Miami-Dade County, one of 50 such vehicles expected to be added to the county's fleet.

Construction spending jumps in March to best month on record
WASHINGTON -- Construction spending registered its best month on record in March, but manufacturing growth slowed a bit in April, weighed down in part by higher costs for materials.

Burnett, Munoz re-elected captains at Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee linebacker Kevin Burnett and offensive tackle Michael Munoz have been re-elected captains for this season, team officials announced Monday.

Judge denies final request to throw Richardson case out

Price attorney seeks to remove Witt from lawsuit
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Former Alabama football coach Mike Price has decided to dismiss university President Robert Witt from a lawsuit over his firing in May 2003.

Burnett, Munoz re-elected captains at Tennessee

Judge denies final request to throw Richardson case out
LITTLE ROCK -- A federal judge denied the University of Arkansas' final request to dismiss former basketball coach Nolan Richardson's lawsuit against it Monday.

Not a day too soon

EU-phoria
Those of us who huddled through the coldest years of the Cold War may still shake our heads at times in disbelief that it's truly over.

Augusta Tech's growth

Abuse unconscionable
Osama bin Laden himself couldn't have scripted a worse public relations disaster for the United States.

Not a day too soon
How much of a sacrifice did the World War II generation make for mankind?

Abuse unconscionable

Midland Valley merge
Aiken County's nine-mile stretch of rural Midland Valley communities between the city of Aiken and North Augusta are considering a merger. It could happen this year if Warrenville resident Sharon Gagnon has her way.

Augusta Tech's growth
Augusta State University and Paine College do a great job of educating young people and are huge assets to our community. Yet the fastest growing institution of higher learning in our area is neither Paine nor ASU. It's Augusta Technical College.

Midland Valley merge

Jackson briefs among items taken by prosecutors from collector
TRENTON, N.J. -- Underwear worn by Michael Jackson and handwritten notes were among Jackson items belonging to a businessman that were turned over to prosecutors in his child-sex case.

Supreme Court sidesteps fight over Ozzy Osbourne tunes
WASHINGTON -- Two musicians who claim they've been cheated by rocker Ozzy Osbourne got no sympathy Monday from the Supreme Court.

Jason Priestley announces engagement
LOS ANGELES -- Former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star Jason Priestley has gotten engaged to longtime girlfriend Naomi Lowde, the actor-director's publicist said Monday.

Q&A: Bob Weir on the Grateful Dead
LOS ANGELES -- It's been more than 40 years since a fateful New Year's Eve encounter connected Bob Weir with Jerry Garcia and started a rock band, the Grateful Dead, that would become the eternal poster child for 1960s psychedelic music.

People in the News
RENO, Nev. -- Donald Trump will assume the role of apprentice himself when he puts his frailties on display in an atmosphere many find more intimidating than the corporate board room - the golf course.

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

Japanese markets closed for national holiday
TOKYO -- Japan's financial markets were closed Monday for Constitution Day, a national holiday. The markets will be closed two more days, also for national holidays, before resuming trading Thursday.

Japanese markets closed for national holiday

How much was the fraud at MCI?

Global Crossing may be delisted from Nasdaq
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Global Crossing Ltd., the fiber-optic network that listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market less than four months ago, Monday said it may be delisted because of an accounting review.

Hospira debuts as publicly traded firm
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Hospira Inc., the hospital and pharmaceutical products maker spun off by Abbott Laboratories, debuted as a publicly traded firm Monday.

Bill Gates agrees to $800,000 penalty for investment rules violation

Stocks rally on strong economic data

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

Bill Gates agrees to $800,000 penalty for investment rules violation
WASHINGTON -- The world's richest man is out $800,000 for violating federal rules by making a large investment in a pharmaceutical company.

Life insurance refunds premiums - but it takes a while
NEW YORK -- There's an emerging life-insurance product that promises to fully refund your money if you live long enough to collect.

Consumers should heed warning signs of debt overload

Stocks rally on strong economic data
NEW YORK -- Wall Street put aside its worries over interest rates Monday and managed a halfhearted rally on the eve of a key Federal Reserve meeting.

Impressive first-quarter results fail to inspire Wall Street
NEW YORK -- With first-quarter earnings roughly 23 percent higher than they were a year ago, you'd think Wall Street would be on fire.

Disney strengthened by Comcast withdrawal
LOS ANGELES -- The withdrawal of Comcast Corp.'s bid to take over The Walt Disney Co. removes a major distraction for the media giant and strengthens the position of chief executive Michael Eisner, analysts say.

How much was the fraud at MCI?
NEW YORK -- No one can blame MCI for being eager to change the subject after a wrenching 21-month trip through scandal and bankruptcy.

Stocks rally on strong economic data

Life insurance refunds premiums - but it takes a while

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Consumers should heed warning signs of debt overload
NEW YORK -- You're fighting with your spouse over money. Or you're waking up at night worrying about the bills. Or you're taking cash advances on one credit card to pay the minimum due on another.

Disney strengthened by Comcast withdrawal

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

Eagles shut out Georgia State
ATLANTA -- Pitcher Everett Teaford led Georgia Southern to its second-straight shutout as the Eagles defeated Georgia State 11-0 on Sunday.

Georgia Tech sweeps N.C. State
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Clifton Remole and Steven Blackwood each drove in three runs Sunday to help Georgia Tech sweep a doubleheader with North Carolina State.

Georgia Tech sweeps N.C. State

GreenJackets get split
With the wind blowing hard to straightaway center field at Lake Olmstead Stadium, Monday night's doubleheader had the makings of a pitcher's worst nightmare.

Weather disrupts schedule again
For the second time in three days, bad weather got in the way of a GreenJackets game at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Longtime Sprockets worker falls victim to offplaneting

Golf Capsules
NEW ORLEANS -- Vijay Singh made a 25-foot birdie on the 18th hole Monday to win the rain-delayed HP Classic, denying Masters champion Phil Mickelson his second straight victory and Joe Ogilvie his first title.

Golf Capsules

Imada wins in five-hole playoff

From 13 to 81, a record number of U.S. Open entries

Imada wins in five-hole playoff
TRAVELERS REST, S.C. -- Ryuji Imada won his second Nationwide tour title Sunday, outlasting Paul Gow in a five-hole playoff at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.

Havret and McDowell lead Italian Open

Mickelson two back heading into final round

Tant ends drought with senior victory
Roger Tant didn't mind playing four matches in two days, or waiting out a 1-hour rain and lightning delay Sunday, before winning the senior division of the City of Augusta Match Play Championship.

Tant ends drought with senior victory

Havret and McDowell lead Italian Open
MILAN, Italy -- Gregory Havret and Graeme McDowell shared the lead at 18 under at the Italian Open on Sunday when final-round play was suspended because of darkness.

Rosales gets first win on LPGA Tour

Rosales gets first win on LPGA Tour
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Jennifer Rosales shot a 7-under-par 65 for her first LPGA Tour victory Sunday, overcoming Annika Sorenstam, Grace Park and other more acclaimed players to win the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship.

Big Mama just won't act her age
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - JoAnne Carner could have been down in the Bahamas, drinking a beer and reeling in some fish from her beloved boat.

Gangjee of India wins China Masters in playoff
BEIJING -- Rahil Gangjee of India made par on the first playoff hole against South Korea's Mo Joong-kyung Sunday to claim the inaugural China Masters.

From 13 to 81, a record number of U.S. Open entries
FAR HILLS, N.J. -- A record 8,726 golfers have entered the U.S. Open, ranging from a 13-year-old from Bradenton, Fla., to an 81-year-old from Milwaukee.

Fleisher coasts to Bruno's victory
HOOVER, Ala. -- Bruce Fleisher shot a 4-under 68 Sunday and coasted to a seven-stroke victory at the Bruno's Memorial Classic, the largest winning margin in tournament history.

Singh comes from behind to win HP Classic
NEW ORLEANS -- Vijay Singh made a 25-foot birdie on the 18th hole Monday to win the rain-delayed HP Classic, denying Masters champion Phil Mickelson his second straight victory and Joe Ogilvie his first title.

Singh comes from behind to win HP Classic

Big Mama just won't act her age

Mickelson two back heading into final round
NEW ORLEANS -- Playing in his first tournament since winning the Masters, Phil Mickelson moved into position to make it two in a row on Sunday at the HP Classic.

Weather disrupts schedule again

GreenJackets get split

Burke out as Canucks' president, GM

McCabe, Leafs need to win Game 6 vs. Flyers
TORONTO -- Bryan McCabe is ready to move on. The rest of the Toronto Maple Leafs better be, too.

Danton returns to St. Louis area to face charges
ST. LOUIS -- Blues forward Mike Danton returned to the St. Louis area from California on Monday to face charges in an alleged murder-for-hire plot, a federal marshal said.

Injured minor leaguer watches playoff hockey game

Flyers dominate Maple Leafs
PHILADELPHIA -- Back at home, the Philadelphia Flyers dominated the Toronto Maple Leafs and regained control of the series.

McCabe, Leafs need to win Game 6 vs. Flyers

Burke out as Canucks' president, GM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Brian Burke is out as president and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, who were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Calgary Flames.

Flyers dominate Maple Leafs

Injured minor leaguer watches playoff hockey game
CLEVELAND -- A minor league hockey player viciously attacked by an opponent during an AHL playoff game hopes to resume playing soon.

Bug eating is becoming more and more popular
When this month's 17-year swarm cycles of cicadas arrive, some people will be ready for them.

Early morning tractor-trailer accident closes I-20 westbound
A tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 20 this morning caused major traffic headaches for commuters attempting to come into Georgia.

All lanes of I-20 to reopen this afternoon
The Georgia Department of Transportation announced this morning that repairs to a bridge on Interstate 20 will be completed this afternoon and both lanes will be reopened.

St. Joseph Hospice deserving of praise

Andy Rooney is familiar with war
It might improve your editor's outlook on life if he had bothered to read Andy Rooney's military discharge papers. Then he wouldn't think Andy is a mean old man ("A poor 'mettle' detector," April 17, on Mr. Rooney's view of Iraq). His service record would probably disclose the following, if my memory is still working: Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.

DeMint should be next S.C. senator
During 2002, I had the honor of being the Aiken County co-chairman for Gresham Barrett's U.S. House race. As we have seen, Mr. Barrett has done an excellent job while in Washington and has remained true to his principles, values and convictions for the betterment of South Carolina and the United States. Robert G. Gossett, Graniteville, S.C.

Congressman delivers for travelers
My wife, Alice, and I recently enjoyed a wonderful two weeks of travel in Europe visiting with our granddaughter, a student in Spain. The Rev. Chuck C. Hunt, Augusta

Gay marriage is failed experiment
Before the United States heads further down the track toward homosexual marriage, it would be wise to consider other countries that have already taken that step. Kathryn Lehn, Martinez

Andy Rooney is familiar with war

Vietnam started with Eisenhower
Since Republicans such as Mona Charen and Don Williams wrote a column and a letter to the editor stating that Vietnam was President Kennedy's war, and trying to degrade Sen. John Kerry because of his ties to the Kennedys, we need to set the record straight. Carroll Kenny, Martinez

St. Joseph Hospice deserving of praise
The article "Hospice is getting a new home" in The Augusta Chronicle's April 1 Business section points up the increasing awareness of the importance of hospice and palliative care for our loved ones with terminal illnesses. A better title would have been "A new hospice is getting a home." John and Emily Hyatt, Augusta

New computer virus races around the world

House probes spyware - computer software to collect personal data

Debate over causes aside, warm climate's effects striking in the West

Digital video recorders take off, consumer choices widen

'Hitman: Contracts' remakes assassin's greatest 'hits'

Robots to the rescue

Inconsistent quality of natural gas raises safety and reliability concerns

'Computer' made from DNA able to detect, treat cancer

Abandoned storage units can bring money for company

New tools go well beyond text chat

Obese kids more likely to be bullying victims and aggressors

Finally, a tool for compiling Web research
NEW YORK -- Beyond a proclivity for bad posture from sitting hunched in front of computers, prolific users of the World Wide Web tend to develop a desperate need for decent digital data-keeping.

Obese kids more likely to be bullying victims and aggressors
CHICAGO -- Overweight adolescents are more likely than normal-weight children to be victims of bullying, or bullies themselves, a study found, bolstering evidence that being fat endangers emotional as well as physical health.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Professor develops robotic highway cones and barrels
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Did those orange construction cones just scuttle across the road? It's not a hallucination or the work of a stiff breeze, but the vision of one inventor.

New computer virus races around the world
NEW YORK -- An Internet worm that takes advantage of a known flaw with the Windows operating system raced around the world Monday, snarling tens of thousands of computers and causing Internet traffic to slow.

House probes spyware - computer software to collect personal data
WASHINGTON -- It's the newest computer security problem to attract the attention of Congress: spyware, or software designed to collect computer users' personal data without their knowledge.

Debate over causes aside, warm climate's effects striking in the West
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Just outside this mountain town, where the acres of ponderosa pine turn into a Christmas green blur, Tom Whitham eyes the weary, struggling forest.

Robots to the rescue
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Think Edward Scissorhands, but with bolt drivers and pliers for hands and a giraffelike neck topped with a pair of cameras resembling black cratered eyes instead of the handsome head of Johnny Depp.

Abandoned storage units can bring money for company
We're pack rats. Clothes that don't fit. Appliances that don't work. Artwork that would make an art critic cringe.

'Hitman: Contracts' remakes assassin's greatest 'hits'
After the first few levels of "Hitman: Contracts," the third game in this shooter series about a Yul Brynner lookalike genetically engineered to wipe out bad guys with extreme prejudice, fans will experience a bit of deja vu.

Inconsistent quality of natural gas raises safety and reliability concerns
It used to be that natural gas producers would strip out traces of propane and butane before piping the desired fuel - primarily methane - to power plants and utilities. The impurities were actually worth more than the natural gas itself, so collecting them gave producers a nice side business.

'Computer' made from DNA able to detect, treat cancer
Researchers have developed a vanishingly tiny "computer" that could someday enable doctors to treat cancer and other diseases from inside the body.

New tools go well beyond text chat
NEW YORK -- Instant-messaging software has evolved into the latest weapon in a fierce battle among major Internet companies to reap revenues off whatever you do, wherever you go online.

Digital video recorders take off, consumer choices widen
In the new world of digital video recording, TV viewers can forgo videocassettes, easily recording their favorite shows on a hard disk and watching them whenever they desire.

Like humans, privacy of pets being protected at their own hospitals

SRS layoff plans go on hold

Court votes to disbar attorney

Rants and Raves
WHILE CLEANING UP the city of Augusta, please let it include the Westview Cemetery off Broad Street. They only have four workers. They don't even take care of sections under perpetual care. I'm 82 years old, and I cannot take care of mine.

Council members take oath

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Aaliyah Monae Kelly, 18 months, of Augusta.

Grisly detail opens death penalty trial

Security or spying? Police gather intel on G-8 protests
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- New Jersey professor Trent Schroyer's group doesn't stage a typical G-8 protest. It's mostly academics who prefer a symposium to the streets, using the world leaders' summit as a backdrop for sit-down discussions focused on alternative economic policies.

Officials discuss state's meth problem

Special session has implications for anyone who uses court system
ATLANTA -- If you file a lawsuit, probate a will, get a traffic ticket or break a law, you will help pay the costs of providing lawyers for poor people under a bill that lawmakers are considering in the special session starting Monday.

Kid of the day

Radio show host raises money for scholarships
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner hosted a benefit to raise money for 180 full academic scholarships at Savannah State University.

Security or spying? Police gather intel on G-8 protests

Cafe and bakery chain to name interim president
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Bread Co. plans to name an interim president Monday in the absence of current president and chief executive Jerry Couvaras, who is accused of scheming to defraud investors in South Africa.

DOE to finance monitor on river
Georgia's program to monitor radiation in the Savannah River will be extended until Dec. 31 with a $300,000 allocation from the U.S. Energy Department, which had planned to end the program this spring.

Some say killing of white woman sparks different response
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- After the first eight homicides of the year passed with little public comment from city officials, some noted a very different tone when the ninth killing prompted a splashy press conference and a new plan for fighting crime.

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR FOX 54: This is Sunday afternoon during the NASCAR race. One lightning strike, and it blows y'all out. I mean I'm sitting here now, the sun's shining, everything's drying up, but y'all still aren't back on the air.

Henry County police officer dies in interstate crash
MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- A Henry County police officer died Sunday morning after he crashed his car into the back of a tractor-trailer parked in an emergency lane on Interstate 75.

District may be forced to cancel class
A money mess will likely mean no summer school for hundreds of Richmond County middle school pupils and costlier tuition for high school students.

Delta reports computer-oriented delays cleared up
ATLANTA -- A computer glitch that grounded Delta Air Lines flights to and from Atlanta for about 6 1/2 hours and caused delays over the weekend has been solved, and the airline was trying to determine the cause of the malfunction.

Officials discuss state's meth problem
COLUMBIA - The advances of the information age have created unintended consequences and a nightmare for law enforcement officials trying to stem the source of the illegal stimulant methamphetamine, South Carolina's attorney general said during a seminar Monday.

Like humans, privacy of pets being protected at their own hospitals
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia's veterinary hospital treats thousands of horses, cows, cats, dogs, ferrets, birds, reptiles and other pets each year. But don't ask for information about those animals.

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR FOX 54: This is Sunday afternoon during the NASCAR race. One lightning strike, and it blows y'all out. I mean I'm sitting here now, the sun's shining, everything's drying up, but y'all still aren't back on the air.

Collins says Isakson wears moderate label
DULUTH, Ga. -- Describing himself as the only candidate with a true conservative voting record, Rep. Mac Collins told Gwinnett County Republicans that Rep. Johnny Isakson is a moderate candidate in the race for U.S. Senate.

Parties vie for Capitol control

State leaders expecting tourism to increase despite gas hikes
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Gas prices may be going up this summer, but tourism leaders throughout South Carolina expect vacationers to keep on driving.

Storm cuts power to thousands

Ozmint says assaults down at state prisons
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Despite staff turnover rates that are "disastrous," tight budgets and an influx of new inmates, Corrections Department director Jon Ozmint says assaults are down in every category.

Collins says Isakson wears moderate label

USC professor's creation offers outlet for moms who write
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- By reading many women's magazines, it appears that mothers are most concerned with how much TV their children watch, what kinds of snacks to offer or potty-training techniques.

Money divides GOP hopefuls

Sanford starts bike ride across the state
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The challenge was different for each of the scores of bicyclists who pedaled along South Carolina's back roads with Gov. Mark Sanford on Saturday.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - An 8-year-old boy was killed Monday by his 5-year-old brother, who found a handgun at a southwest Atlanta home they were visiting with their mother.

DSS could face penalties
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state Department of Social Services may face an $8 million penalty for failing to meet federal standards and any further budget cuts could keep it from its core mission of protecting children and vulnerable adults, agency director Kim Aydlette is telling lawmakers.

Kid of the day

Police overtime for bike rallies could be $500,000
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Local and state police agencies estimate that their workers will log more than half a million dollars in overtime pay to handle bike rallies in Myrtle Beach this month.

Around town

Waccamaw mass transit agency failed to test drivers properly
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The Waccamaw Regional Transportation Authority failed to meet the federal government's minimum requirements for employee drug and alcohol testing in 2003.

Georgia Supreme Court overturns black teen's 10-year sentence for having sex with white girl
ATLANTA -- A black teenager's 10-year prison sentence for having sex with a younger, white schoolmate was thrown out Monday by the Georgia Supreme Court.

Across Georgia
MCDONOUGH - A Henry County police officer died Sunday morning after he crashed his car into the back of a tractor-trailer parked in an emergency lane on Interstate 75, authorities said.

SRS layoff plans go on hold
AIKEN - The company that runs Savannah River Site will release fewer than half of the 300 workers whose layoffs it had asked the Department of Energy to approve and has abandoned further layoff plans until after this fiscal year, officials announced Monday.

Waiting for a bite
michael holahan/staffJustin Shoupe, 16, of North Augusta, fishes in the Savannah River from the boat ramp near Riverview Park. Justin, who took advantage of a break in the thunderstorms to get to the river, said he had caught bass and catfish before but was having no luck Sunday.

Judicial center site needs initial study

Black Republican candidates draw attention
ATLANTA - When Willie Talton became one of the first black law enforcement officials of central Georgia's Houston County in 1965, staking a place for himself in history wasn't on his mind.

Hopes are for speedy session

Across the southeast
CONCORD, N.C. - Nearly 30 students from Barber-Scotia College were awarded diplomas last year without meeting degree requirements, a report by the school's accrediting body found.

Across the area

Money divides GOP hopefuls
AIKEN - The race among Republicans vying for the state's U.S. Senate seat is quickening from a jog to a sprint, but only a handful of candidates have the big bank accounts needed to run statewide campaigns until the end.

Two Marines die in car wreck

Hopes are for speedy session
ATLANTA - The gavels that bring today's special session to order in the House and Senate might still be vibrating from the opening when it's time to adjourn for the day.

Waccamaw mass transit agency failed to test drivers properly

Across the area
An Augusta man told police someone shot at him while he was driving.

Sanford starts bike ride across the state

Storm cuts power to thousands
Strong thunderstorms pounded Augusta and nearby areas with torrential rainfall and heavy winds Sunday afternoon, causing property damage and several power outages.

Nurse often puts himself in place of his patients

Up to Code
CLEARWATER - When Lilian Thomas ran the Child's Play day care center in Graniteville, she often was frustrated by how long it took to have a state fire marshal come out for the required annual inspection of her facility.

Black Republican candidates draw attention

Five questions with Brian Hobbins
Brian Hobbins, a law enforcement corporal for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

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Smiley inspires 2004 grads
Nationally known radio and TV host Tavis Smiley's message to Paine College graduates Sunday boiled down to just one word: time.

Special session has implications for anyone who uses court system

The week ahead
Everyone has a passion in life. For some, it might be family, or doing good works, or amassing a killer collection of Swamp Thing comic books. For author Steve Almond (I kid you not), it's candy. On Tuesday, Mr. Almond's (man, that just gets funnier and funnier) learned treatise on all things sweet and sugary, appropriately called Candyfreak, hit bookstores. Perhaps now the question of plain or peanut can finally be answered. At any rate, Candyfreak is my best bet for this week. Here's what else is happening.

Caffeine boosts blood pressure

Nurse often puts himself in place of his patients
If endoscopy patients at Doctors Hospital feel a little distraught and helpless, Paul Hallisy can sympathize.

Rants and Raves
WHILE CLEANING UP the city of Augusta, please let it include the Westview Cemetery off Broad Street. They only have four workers. They don't even take care of sections under perpetual care. I'm 82 years old, and I cannot take care of mine.

Judicial center site needs initial study

News you can use
MAY 4, 1954 The Augusta Rams baseball team will be out of business by the end of May unless attendance at home games picks up sharply at once, President Jack Connell of the local baseball club said yesterday.

All lanes of I-20 to reopen this afternoon

Science program receives donation

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A Columbia woman has been charged with murder and arson in connection with a fire that killed her adult son at their home, police said Monday.

July 20 Ballot questions

Judicial center site needs initial study
Contamination or no contamination, city officials say a newly proposed judicial center site between Walton Way and Fenwick Street will need at least an initial environmental study before a land purchase can be considered there.

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Council members take oath
NEW ELLENTON - The city swore in three new council members Monday, all of whom said they were eager to find out why New Ellenton's police chief was being investigated, with hopes that the 3-month-old inquiry could be quickly resolved.

Officials discuss state's meth problem

Around town
CHRIS THELEN/STAFFBrandon Davis, 12, soars down Stanton Drive on his skateboard while playing in his North Augusta neighborhood. The forecast for today is sunny with temperatures in the upper 70s.

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Court votes to disbar attorney
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court disbarred an Augusta attorney Monday for improperly borrowing $120,000 a client was managing to help finance an emu farm, which failed.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - Despite "disastrous" staff turnover rates, tight budgets and an influx of new inmates, Corrections Department Director Jon Ozmint says prison assaults are down in every category.

19 questions will be on July ballot
Columbia County voters will cast their choice for more than candidates July 20.

Overturned truck snarls I-20 traffic
Monday's tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 20 might keep motorists scrambling to find alternate routes until later this week, officials said.

Two Marines die in car wreck
BLUFFTON, S.C. -- Two Marines died and a third was injured during a crash Saturday morning, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Special session starts
ATLANTA - Lawmakers, lobbyists and staffers returned to the Gold Dome on Monday, beginning what many hope will be a brief special session of the General Assembly dealing with legal aid for poor people.

Lewis avoids civil trial, reaches settlement
ATLANTA -- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis reached a financial settlement with the daughter of one of two men killed in a fight after the Super Bowl in January 2000, avoiding a civil trial scheduled to begin next month.

Science program receives donation
As the General Assembly convened in Atlanta for a special session to determine who gets what state money, Fort Discovery officials received a donation Monday to help its mission.

Some say killing of white woman sparks different response

Grisly detail opens death penalty trial
When investigators found the body of Robert O. Arrington's wife, they discovered that someone had pulled her shirt up over her breasts, just as someone did to Kathy Hutchens years later, District Attorney Danny Craig said Monday.

State leaders expecting tourism to increase despite gas hikes

Officials discuss state's meth problem
COLUMBIA - The advances of the information age have created unintended consequences and a nightmare for law enforcement officials trying to stem the source of the illegal stimulant methamphetamine, South Carolina's attorney general said during a seminar Monday.

Waiting for a bite

Across the Southeast
ATHENS, TENN. - An upgrade of automated fog-warning signs on a stretch of Interstate 75 where a 1990 pileup killed 11 people should be finished in June, a Tennessee Department of Transportation spokeswoman said.

Up to Code

Across the area
Two Johnston, S.C., men were still being held in the Edgefield County detention center Monday after a Friday arrest on charges of trafficking crack cocaine, authorities said.

Delta reports computer-oriented delays cleared up

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jakayla Bryana Hall, 2, of Augusta.

Parties vie for Capitol control
ATLANTA - The magic number needed these days to win control of the Georgia Legislature is 91.

July 20 Ballot questions
Here are the yes/no questions Columbia County voters will see on their primary election ballots July 20:

USC professor's creation offers outlet for moms who write

Caffeine boosts blood pressure
Lorenzo Houston, 15, knows he should cut down on the five sodas a day he drinks.

Henry County police officer dies in interstate crash

Across South Carolina

Radio show host raises money for scholarships

Around town
Brandon Davis, 12, soars down Stanton Drive on his skateboard while playing in his North Augusta neighborhood. The forecast for today is sunny with temperatures in the upper 70s.

Ozmint says assaults down at state prisons

DSS could face penalties

Afternoon accident
Michael Cash, of Kendrick Paint and Body Shop Inc., attaches cables to a 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport on Jones Street so he will be able to flip the automobile over. The driver, Varrick Harris, was hit from behind by another motorist. Mr. Harris suffered only minor cuts in the wreck and was given a citation for improper lane change.

Longtime Sprockets worker falls victim to offplaneting
The intercom buzzed on George's desk.

'Mean Girls' tops box office with $25 million

Forgotten script finally pays off for 'Bobby Jones' writer Pryor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The newspaper columnist who wrote a screenplay about golf legend Bobby Jones 13 years ago thought it had no chance of becoming a film.

Tina Fey of 'SNL" makes screenwriting debut with 'Mean Girls'

'Mean Girls' tops box office with $25 million
LOS ANGELES -- Maybe nice guys finish last, but "Mean Girls" came in first at the weekend box office.

Summer movie lineup includes Spider-Man, Harry and Shrek
LOS ANGELES -- A boy wizard, a student superhero and a newlywed ogre walk into a movie theater ...

Lindsay Lohan's tips on dealing with 'Mean Girls'
LOS ANGELES -- Lindsay Lohan knows we can't all get along all the time.

Summer movie lineup includes Spider-Man, Harry and Shrek

U.N. ambassadors cite impostor diplomats in "The Interpreter"

U.N. ambassadors cite impostor diplomats in "The Interpreter"
UNITED NATIONS -- As Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn film "The Interpreter" on location in the United Nations, many ambassadors are mad - because all the diplomats in the movie are impostors.

Lindsay Lohan's tips on dealing with 'Mean Girls'

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

Tina Fey of 'SNL" makes screenwriting debut with 'Mean Girls'
NEW YORK -- The hilarious acorn doesn't fall far from the hilarity tree. "I think it's genetic," Tina Fey says, explaining where her acerbic humor comes from. "My mother is really dry," and her father and older brother were huge comedy aficionados.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

California is a dream for Gordon
FONTANA, Calif. - Even after the second-, third- and fourth-place cars ran out of gas on the final lap of Sunday's Auto Club 500, Jeff Gordon had just enough fuel - and a tank overflowing with confidence - to make a victory lap around California Speedway.

Points race tightening up at top

Thunder Valley nationals postponed by rain

Points race tightening up at top
FONTANA, Calif. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. struggled with his Chevrolet throughout the Auto Club 500 on Sunday at California Speedway, but a 19th-place finish helped him maintain his lead in the Nextel Cup Series standings.

Force wins at Thunder Valley

Force wins at Thunder Valley
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- NHRA Funny Car ace John Force got the 110th victory of his career, winning the rain-delayed Thunder Valley Nationals on Monday.

California is a dream for Gordon

Thunder Valley nationals postponed by rain
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Final eliminations for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway were postponed until Monday by rain.

Playoff futility record eclipsed
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - New Jersey and Detroit played the lowest-scoring first half in NBA playoff history Monday night, combining for just 62 points as the Pistons held a 37-25 lead at halftime.

Kidd-Billups matchup could be key in Nets-Pistons series
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jason Kidd made Chauncey Billups' last offseason much longer than Billups wanted it to be.

Wolves happy to start at home against Kings
MINNEAPOLIS -- Though the NBA's long, grueling regular season can seem meaningless at times, there's no arguing the value of a first-place finish.

Bryant doesn't get late-game chance to hurt Spurs

Spurs take Game 1 from Lakers
SAN ANTONIO -- Poise down the stretch came only from Tim Duncan and the defending NBA champions. Precision was the quality the Los Angeles Lakers lacked.

Al Jefferson declares for NBA draft; will not hire agent

Wolves happy to start at home against Kings

Bryant doesn't get late-game chance to hurt Spurs
SAN ANTONIO -- It looked as if Kobe Bryant was headed for one of those big finishes that usually mean success for the Los Angeles Lakers, especially against the San Antonio Spurs.

Hornets force Game 7
NEW ORLEANS -- The Heat and Hornets will have one more chance to shove, scream and squabble. The only first-round series in the NBA playoffs to last beyond six games will go the distance.

NBA fines Mavs for video
NEW YORK -- The Dallas Mavericks were fined $25,000 by the NBA on Monday for showing a pregame video that ridiculed members of the Sacramento Kings.

KG the MVP: Garnett to get award Monday
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's Kevin Garnett has won his first Most Valuable Player award, sources told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Al Jefferson declares for NBA draft; will not hire agent
PRENTISS, Miss. -- Arkansas recruit Al Jefferson said his decision to enter the NBA draft was about 50-50. Those chances are still the same - even after he announced plans Monday to skip college.

NBA fines Mavs for video

Spurs take Game 1 from Lakers

Minnesota's Garnett gets league MVP
MINNEAPOLIS - It was a little more than seven months ago that Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett sat behind a table in the Target Center Skyway concourse, wearing a black suit and grinning from ear to ear between his diamond-studded earrings while announcing his new $100 million contract extension.

Minnesota's Garnett gets league MVP

Kidd-Billups matchup could be key in Nets-Pistons series

Fields continues recovery, eyes return for Panthers

Three more high school players declare for NBA draft

Panthers talk to Martin about coaching job

Tillman, killed in Afghanistan, remembered in hometown

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Comaneci defends her perfect 10s
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Nadia Comaneci defended her perfect 10s in gymnastics at the 1976 Montreal Games after a top Olympic official said the scores were inflated.

Comaneci defends her perfect 10s

U.S. team secures berth for 2006 Olympics

U.S. team secures berth for 2006 Olympics
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- The United States secured an automatic berth into the 2006 Olympics without playing Monday at the hockey world championships.

Veiled threat? French secularism confronts Islam
Earlier this year, France banned the wearing of Muslim headscarves and veils, Jewish skullcaps and large Christian crosses in France's public schools.

Veiled threat? French secularism confronts Islam
Earlier this year, France banned the wearing of Muslim headscarves and veils, Jewish skullcaps and large Christian crosses in France's public schools.

Kentucky Derby broadcast ties as highest since 1992

Overtime

Richmond regroups in victory

On to the Preakness

Overtime

McDowell claims Italian Open
MILAN, Italy - Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland won a playoff with Thomas Levet of France on the fourth extra hole to win the rain-delayed Italian Open.

Kentucky Derby broadcast ties as highest since 1992
NEW YORK -- Smarty Jones' win in the Kentucky Derby produced an 8.3 overnight rating, tying the 2001 and 2002 races for the highest-rated since 1992.

Richmond regroups in victory
It was a shot to the chin Richmond Academy needed in the Georgia High School Association Class AAA soccer tournament. Westover put that figurative fist to jaw a little over ten minutes into play against the Musketeers on Monday in the second round of the state playoffs.

Overtime
South Carolina's Arik Hempy has been named SEC Pitcher of the Week after chalking up a win and a save in the Gamecocks' weekend series with No. 9 Mississippi.

Overtime
In Atlanta, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis reached a financial settlement with the daughter of one of two men killed in a fight after the Super Bowl in January 2000, avoiding a civil trial scheduled to begin next month.

On to the Preakness
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones licked up his tub of feed, smacked around a net full of hay, looked "great" on Sunday, and is likely headed to the Preakness is two weeks.

Limehouse out of Preakness
A fourth-place finish in Saturday's Kentucky Derby apparently isn't good enough for Limehouse to earn a trip to Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes.

Panthers talk to Martin about coaching job
MIAMI -- The Florida Panthers have met with former Ottawa coach Jacques Martin about becoming the team's fifth coach in three years.

Three more high school players declare for NBA draft
Three high school players said Monday they will enter the NBA draft, although none will hire an agent.

Tillman, killed in Afghanistan, remembered in hometown
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Before Pat Tillman was hailed as a national hero for leaving the NFL to fight and die in the mountains of Afghanistan, he was a high school football star with a bright life ahead of him.

Fields continues recovery, eyes return for Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers linebacker Mark Fields has completed his treatment for Hodgkin's Disease and said he hopes to return to football practice next month.

Polygamy still an option for parts of West Africa
DAKAR, Senegal -- Monday and Tuesday are with Mame Seye. Wednesday and Thursday, it's Khady. Then, Ibrahima Sene, a successful businessman, welcomes his third lawfully wedded spouse, Aida - perfumed, coifed and arrayed in her finest - into his bedroom for two nights.

Farrakhan condemns alleged prisoner abuse in Iraq
WASHINGTON -- Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan condemned the alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners by the U.S. military Monday, saying it was the latest example of U.S. unjustified violence against Islamic nations.

Georgia native earns spot on 'Nashville Star' tour
SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- This city of about 18,000 is going to need a Walk of Fame if it keeps up this pace.

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Phoebe
What will we do without Phoebe to massage our funny bones? Here's a look back at how she caterwauled her way into TV history:

Drew Carey is quietly going away

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Monica
Who knew her vacuum cleaner would suck Chandler into her orbit? Here's some dirt on Monica:

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Joey
Would Joey even realize if we were laughing at him, not with him? A look back at the lovable lunkhead:

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Ross
It's been 10 years since the pitiful paleontologist Ross stumbled into our lives. Here's a look back who he is, what he's done and what we expect him to befall him next:

Ed Begley Jr. plays against type in Hallmark's 'Life on Liberty Street'
LOS ANGELES -- Ed Begley Jr.'s distinctive voice, more expansive than the confines of the modest San Fernando Valley home he shares with wife Rachelle, is loud with joy as he snuggles on the couch with their 4-year-old daughter and the family dog and cat.

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Monica

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Ross

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Rachel
She's the best "Friend." A look back how Rachel styled her way to the top of the heap:

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Rachel

Ed Begley Jr. plays against type in Hallmark's 'Life on Liberty Street'

What will happen to sitcoms after 'Friends,' 'Frasier'?
NEW YORK -- This June, Fox presents rappers Method Man and Redman as stars of a new sitcom about adjusting to life in a stuffy gated community. Sound familiar?

Drew Carey is quietly going away
NEW YORK -- For all the attention given to this week's "Friends" finale, another long-running comedy taped its final episode a few weeks ago - and few people outside its Hollywood set were aware of it.

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Chandler

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Chandler
Ah, Chandler, that whipsmart guy hard-pressed to find the fast track on his personal roadmap. A look back at how this loser in love actually ended up a husband and father:

What will happen to sitcoms after 'Friends,' 'Frasier'?

'Friends' Finale: A look back at Phoebe

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
When does "smart" become "brilliant"? When Pentagon planners pour billions of dollars into a new breed of weaponry systems that seem more akin to science fiction and video arcades than real-life battlefields. At least, that's the plan.

Supreme Court sidesteps fight over Ozzy Osbourne tunes

People in the News

Jason Priestley announces engagement

Q&A: Bob Weir on the Grateful Dead

Diamond Dogs extend win streak
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia stretched its winning streak to nine games as senior left-hander Paul Lubrana threw the team's first complete game in three years in a 5-1 win over Kentucky on Sunday.

Question of the week
Have you made summer plans yet?

Pianist wins state competition
Winning isn't the goal when playing music, but for Marilyn Qian Li, 15, who recently placed first among ninth-graders in the Georgia Music Teachers Association's Piano Competition, winning isn't that bad.

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

Students uneasy about security checks
Safety is an issue that is constantly brought up in high schools today, but in the process of trying to protect students, schools have somehow lost their sense of respect for them.

4-1-1
Pantene, MTV and YM magazine are seeking unsigned female solo artists and female-fronted bands to try out for the Pantene Pro-Voice Music Competition.The competition is open to performers ages 14-24. The grand-prize winner will win a package that includes $5,000 to invest in her music career, tickets to the MTV Video Music Awards and a trip to New York City to perform alongside singers Ashanti, Fefe Dobson and another music sensation to be named later.

Pianist wins state competition

Girl should tell guy friend how she is feeling

Girl should tell guy friend how she is feeling
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I'm talking to this boy at school. We're not boyfriend and girlfriend, but we talk seriously. He doesn't seem to get that I want to be more than what we are, and every time I see him he's constantly flirting with some other girl.

Gifts reward students for all their years of hard work
After the pomp and circumstance, the hugs, kisses, tears and photographs, come the next best part of graduating: the gifts.

In world of moms, mine is pretty cool
Many teen girls have nothing but disdain towards their "uncool" mothers. I am one of the proud minority who cannot say that about mine.

Question of the week

My style

In world of moms, mine is pretty cool

Picture perfect

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THE FACTS: Terrence Jackson, 18, a senior at Glenn Hills High School

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