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.

Ground zero chapel hosts exhibit on aftermath of attacks
NEW YORK -- New Yorkers call it The Little Chapel That Stood.

The Mona Lisa will to go under the microscope
PARIS - Is the Mona Lisa headed for surgery? Leonardo da Vinci's 500-year-old painting of the woman with the mysterious smile will go under the microscope and be X-rayed for the first time in a half-century to determine what's causing it to warp.

The Mona Lisa will to go under the microscope

Ground zero chapel hosts exhibit on aftermath of attacks

Whitney officials announce $100,000 award to artist
NEW YORK -- Raymond Pettibon, whose art incorporates figures from Gumby to J. Edgar Hoover, has been awarded the 2004 Bucksbaum Award by the Whitney Museum of American Art.

'Wicked' takes four Outer Critics Awards
NEW YORK -- "Wicked," the "Wizard of Oz" prequel, has won four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including the prize for best musical.

'Wicked' takes four Outer Critics Awards

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.

Blue Jays acquire Stubby Clapp from Indians

Blue Jays acquire Stubby Clapp from Indians
TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays acquired minor league infielder Stubby Clapp from the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday for a player to be named.

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.

Rosen hired as executive vice president of Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers hired former Magic Johnson agent Lon Rosen on Tuesday as the team's executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

Rosen hired as executive vice president of Dodgers

Griffey out of lineup with tight hamstring
CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. was out of the Reds lineup Tuesday as a precaution because of a tight hamstring.

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.

Griffey out of lineup with tight hamstring

Bug eating is becoming more and more popular

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.

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:

Odds and Ends
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The military is warning against using lotions sold by some tanning salons because they contain tiny amounts of THC - marijuana's main active chemical.

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

Braves back from road trip

Ortiz throws Braves a win
ATLANTA -- Russ Ortiz pitched 6 1-3 strong innings, Damon Hollins had a career-high three RBIs and the Atlanta Braves returned home to beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 Tuesday night.

Ortiz throws Braves a win

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

Newspaper circulation edges down

Manufacturing growth slows in April

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

EU says music licensing groups may be hampering Internet services

Suzuki lot goes to Ford dealer

Factory orders jump by 4.3 percent, good sign for economy
WASHINGTON -- America's factories saw orders jump in March by the largest amount in more than a year and a half, a sign that the nation's manufacturers are getting a firmer grip on their own business recovery.

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.

Fed holds key short-term rate steady
WASHINGTON --The Federal Reserve held a main short-term interest rate at a 46-year low Tuesday in an attempt to keep the economy humming.

Event offers success insight
True success is not measured by how you grow your business, but rather how you invest in people, Dorie Tuggle told a group of female entrepreneurs.

Newspaper circulation edges down
NEW YORK -- Overall newspaper circulation edged down in the latest six-month reporting period, but several large newspapers bucked the trend, including USA Today, the largest newspaper in the country.

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.

Business briefs
Procter & Gamble's Augusta powdered detergent plant on Wednesday announced a one-time special performance award for employees for their recent productivity.

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.

Plans may be a wash if road project starts
Ashley Weeks' plan to build a self-service car wash on Jones Street looks less like a promising investment and more like a washout.

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.

Construction spending jumps in March to best month on record

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.

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

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.

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

Event offers success insight

Justice, Cracker Barrel reach agreement on racial discrimination claims

GM reports mediocre U.S. sales to end mediocre April

Oil price hits highest level since October 1990

UPS, FedEx rivalry a study in contrasts
ATLANTA -- Every once in a while, a purple emblazoned truck shows up with a delivery at the home of UPS chief executive Mike Eskew, whose company's package cars are a familiar brown.

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.

Google rewards top IPO offender
NEW YORK -- With all the anti-establishment, 'power-to-the-people' refrains sounded in its IPO manifesto, it's curious that Google Inc. chose to reward the most notorious investment bank of the IPO boom to spearhead the initial public offering.

GM reports mediocre U.S. sales to end mediocre April
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp.'s new car and truck business rose less than 1 percent in April, a lackluster result that wrapped up a month in which consumer demand failed to meet industry expectations.

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.

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.

Business briefs

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.

Plans may be a wash if road project starts

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.

Fed holds key short-term rate steady

UPS, FedEx rivalry a study in contrasts

UPS integrates online shipping tools into Yahoo! site
ATLANTA -- UPS is increasing the presence of its online shipping tools with an agreement it has reached with Internet company Yahoo! Inc.

Clemson's Penley ACC coach of the year
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Larry Penley, whose men's golf team won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship last month, was named the league's coach of the year Tuesday for the sixth time.

Judge denies final request to throw Richardson case out

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.

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.

Diaz will conduct clinic at tournament

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

Small plane crashes in downtown Atlanta
ATLANTA - A small plane with two people aboard crashed during a rainstorm into an auto-body shop about 40 yards from the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. in downtown Atlanta. The two people in the plane were killed, but no one in the building was injured, authorities said.

SRS conundrums
Savannah River Site's Citizens Advisory Board is right to be concerned that the Department of Energy has so far failed to come up with a plan to dispose of 13 metric tons of plutonium, including five metric tons already at the site.

Abuse unconscionable

SRS conundrums

Saving Discovery
Fort Discovery funding, which seemed like an "iffy" proposition not too long ago, may be out of the woods, thanks to some recent developments.

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.

Can't rely on luck
Marcus Dixon just spent 15 months behind bars for an offense that should have brought only 12.

Small plane crashes in downtown Atlanta

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.

Dixie Chick Martie Maguire delivers twin girls
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Dixie Chicks' Martie Maguire and her husband, Gareth, are the parents of twin girls.

Report: David Beckham first in ranks of world's richest soccer stars
PARIS -- Real Madrid and England soccer star David Beckham with his annual income of $26.8 million is the best-paid soccer player in the world, according to France Football magazine's annual list.

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.

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.

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.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- To play the Greek hero Achilles in "Troy," the most physically demanding film of his career, Brad Pitt gave up something he loved: smoking.

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

Japanese markets closed for national holiday

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.

Largest US radio station operator posts first-quarter profit
SAN ANTONIO -- Clear Channel Communications Inc.'s earnings grew 64 percent for the first quarter to $116.5 million, buoyed by asset sales and strong outdoor advertising revenue.

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.

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.

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.

Largest US radio station operator posts first-quarter profit

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

Northrop Grumman's profit slips
LOS ANGELES -Northrop Grumman Corp.'s first-quarter net income declined 8.3 percent despite a 21 percent surge in revenue, as substantial gains from discontinued operations boosted the company's earnings in the prior-year period.

Stocks rally on strong economic data

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

Japanese markets closed for national holiday
TOKYO -- Japan's financial markets were closed Tuesday for People's Holiday, a national holiday.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Priceline swings to profit on higher revenue
NORWALK, Conn. -Priceline.com Inc. Monday reported a first-quarter profit, boosted by higher revenue and lower operating costs.

Japanese markets closed for national holiday

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.

Stocks rally on strong economic data

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

Life insurance refunds premiums - but it takes a while

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.

Northrop Grumman's profit slips

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.

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

Stocks edge higher after Fed keeps rates steady
NEW YORK -- Investors reacted cautiously to the Federal Reserve's latest statement on interest rates Tuesday, sending stocks slightly higher after the Fed suggested it would move carefully when raising the nation's base lending rate.

Food companies scramble to come up with low-carb products
CHICAGO -- Take a piece of pita bread, a little tuna, some olives and capers and - presto - it's a low-carb "sort of Mediterranean" pizza. The impact of the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet and other low-carbohydrate eating plans is everywhere at this year's food industry show of new products.

Small portions

Coke, Pepsi to square off in battle for dieters' dollars
CHICAGO -- Coke and Pepsi, trying to put more fizz into their soda sales, are about to launch new brands that taste like their flagship drinks but contain half the sugar, carbs and calories.

Food companies scramble to come up with low-carb products

Small portions
NEW YORK - The French Culinary Institute has inaugurated a new program to give recognition to American Culinary Icons with the induction of the late Craig Claiborne as the first honoree.

Coke, Pepsi to square off in battle for dieters' dollars

Lack of hitting hinders squad
When a toddler started crying during the sixth inning of Tuesday's GreenJackets game, he might have summed up the feelings of most of the 1,098 fans in attendance at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

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.

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.

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.

China builds presence in professional golf world

Big Mama just won't act her age

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.

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

Singh comes from behind to win HP Classic

Diaz will conduct clinic at tournament
The tournament is played in memory of Brissey, a former Savannah Lakes Village member who died from breast cancer. Proceeds from the tournament, which has a full field, go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

China builds presence in professional golf world
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The largest country is starting to making small inroads in professional golf.

Golf Capsules

Diaz will conduct clinic at tournament

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.

Lack of hitting hinders squad

GreenJackets get split

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.

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.

Burke out as Canucks' president, GM

Maple Leafs scratch Francis from Game 6 lineup
TORONTO -- Ron Francis was left out of Toronto's lineup for Game 6 of its second-round series against Philadelphia, but it was unclear whether the Maple Leafs forward was benched or sidelined by injury.

McCabe, Leafs need to win Game 6 vs. Flyers

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.

Salsa verde can tart up chicken enchiladas
Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May, has become a festive time to celebrate Mexican culture, food and music. The annual holiday often extends through the weekend when Augusta-area Mexican restaurants hold Cinco de Mayo parties with food and drink specials and mariachi bands.

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.

Plant worker shot during argument
Edgefield County Sheriffs officers are investigating a Tuesday night shooting at a plant in Trenton, S.C.

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.

Commission manages to mess it up
Marion Williams' quote on the front page of Friday's paper really reveals his true nature. Not only did he completely blow his simile, (it's oil and water, Mr Williams) but to say that a manager who "has a management mind-set" doesn't fit in Augusta totally explains why the Augusta government is so dysfunctional. John F. Salazar, M.D., Augusta

City leaders need to leave office now

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.

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

Sewage makes financial mess
After reading the April 23 article "Officials await sewer response," we felt that we had to write. Bill and Peggie White, Edgefield, S.C.

Augusta Commission is a disgrace
To Mayor Bob Young and all Augusta commissioners, especially Marion Williams, what you had to say about Mr. Kolb and oil and "vinegar" not mixing is the truth. Now, as a longtime taxpayer, what makes you think you are correct? Jerry C. Draughon, Augusta

Andy Rooney is familiar with war

City leaders need to leave office now
I have had enough. It's time to be politically incorrect. Arthur Wilson, Augusta

Commission manages to mess it up

Sewage makes financial mess

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.

Augusta Commission is a disgrace

Obese kids more likely to be bullying victims and aggressors

Abandoned storage units can bring money for company

Rescue workers preparing for more accidents involving hybrid cars

Marijuana abuse is up among U.S. adults

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

West Virginia, Mississippi battling high obesity rates

New computer virus races around the world

Couple adopts baby after woman sees their story on TV

Inconsistent quality of natural gas raises safety and reliability concerns

Almost one in 10 Britons has ended relationship by text

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.

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.

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.

Rescue workers preparing for more accidents involving hybrid cars
PHILADELPHIA -- The growing popularity of hybrid vehicles is a step toward cleaner air and less dependence on gasoline. But for rescuers at accident scenes, they represent a potential new danger: a network of high-voltage circuitry that may require some precise cutting to save a trapped victim.

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.

West Virginia, Mississippi battling high obesity rates
HAMLIN, W.Va. -- On Monday nights, Peggy Lucas joins about a dozen other women to face the scales and share their stories about an old adversary - their weight.

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.

Post office issues stamps honoring choreographers
WASHINGTON -- Four of the 20th century's top choreographers were honored Tuesday on U.S. postage stamps.

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.

Almost one in 10 Britons has ended relationship by text
LONDON -- Dear John. We're thru :-( Nine percent of Britons admit to dumping a partner by sending an SMS text message - possibly signalling the beginning of the end for the "Dear John" letter - according to a new survey.

Couple adopts baby after woman sees their story on TV
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- A couple who were allegedly defrauded when they tried to adopt a baby told their story on television - and a pregnant viewer decided to make their dream come true.

Marijuana abuse is up among U.S. adults
CHICAGO -- Habitual marijuana use increased among U.S. adults over the past decade, particularly among young minorities and baby boomers, government figures show.

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.

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.

Training proves challenging

Across South Carolina

Kid of the day

Science program receives donation

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.

Kid of the day

Religious program appeals to pupils

Laws on teen sex will be reviewed

One man's trash
GRANITEVILLE - A graveyard of gutted cars with smashed windshields is parked in uneven rows behind the first yard on the left of Sherwood Forest Avenue.

Court votes to disbar attorney

Man gets 2 years for dumping

Judicial center site needs initial study

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.

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.

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.

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.

Officials work on projects list

Judicial center site needs initial study

Witnesses testify to details of homicide

Grisly detail opens death penalty trial

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.

Across Georgia

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Taylor Renea Wilson, 2, of Martinez.

Activist, ACLU sue over laws regulating protests

SRS layoff plans go on hold

Neighbors question girl's death
CARROLLTON, Ga. - Neighbors at the Twin Oaks Mobile Home Park are still trying to piece together what they know about a child's murder in their back yard: Amy Yates got on her bicycle to go to a friend's house and disappeared.

Around town

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - Two police officers will not be charged with shooting and killing a 16-year-old boy last month while responding to a call about a break-in at a sporting goods store.

Wooden shoes come out of closet for fest

Across the area
A local congressman launched his re-election campaign Tuesday, a news release states.

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.

Training proves challenging
NEW ELLENTON - Gunshots ripped through the cool spring air Tuesday afternoon as dozens of camouflaged marksmen fired off round after round, stopping occasionally to reload or roll across the grassy field and line up another target.

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.

New law to tackle truancy by pupils
MORGANTON, Ga. - Local school systems attempting to combat problems with pupils playing hooky were given new weapons Tuesday, including disciplinary measures and a framework for interceding when a pupil skips too much class.

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.

Rants and raves
REGARDING THE TRAGIC death of Tamara Dunstan, we send our deepest sympathy to her family. We also send our deepest sympathy and prayers to the Burke family. We must remember to hate the sin but love the sinner. This young man needs our prayers too.

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.

Police comb landfill for 10-month-old boy
VALDOSTA, Ga. - About 40 law enforcement volunteers sifted through heaps of garbage in Lowndes County, Ga., on Monday, gently pulling back soup cans and cardboard beer cases searching for a missing baby from Jacksonville, Fla.

Across the area

Pupils meet goal to raise the roof
Lakeside Middle School Principal Felicia Dumas doesn't look like a cupola, but she was perched high atop her school Monday night, making good on a dare.

Billboard ads target key issue

News you can use
MAY 5, 1963 Augusta detectives have placed five charges against each of five juveniles in connection with four recent break-ins and a hubcap stealing episode.

Hotel tax may cover expenses
AIKEN - Before a battle of words erupted Tuesday night, the Aiken County Council voted unanimously to support a highly debated black cultural history center in Aiken and discussed creating a tourist-related tax to help pay for it.

Repairs to I-20 bridge might finish early
State engineers were able to reopen a portion of Interstate 20 Tuesday after repairing hundreds of feet of guardrail damaged in a Monday tractor-trailer wreck.

Religious program appeals to pupils
Almedia Harrison wants God in her son's life.

Police comb landfill for 10-month-old boy

Council members take oath

Across South Carolina

Commission OKs driveway paving
Saying the days of the horse and buggy are over, Augusta commissioners Tuesday overruled two decisions by the Augusta Historic Preservation Commission and allowed two Summerville residents to pave front yard driveways.

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

News you can use

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.

Neighbors question girl's death

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 the area

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.

One man's trash

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.

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.

July 20 Ballot questions

Caffeine boosts blood pressure

Around town

Officials work on projects list
With interest rates and construction costs expected to increase, Columbia County should consider looking at a general obligation bond to pay for immediate needs, a consultant told county commissioners Tuesday.

Officials discuss state's meth problem

Around town
Paul Kodanko (left), of Tomahawk, Wis., and Steve Williams, of Appleton, Wis., socialize at Best Chefs of the South, held on the fifth-floor deck of The Partridge Inn. They're in town on business.

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Billboard ads target key issue
AIKEN - At the same time the Republican primary battle for U.S. Senate is heating up over free trade and the loss of American jobs, a manufacturing lobbying group has resumed a billboard campaign hammering at the same issue.

Officials discuss state's meth problem

Witnesses testify to details of homicide
Not far from where Kathy Hutchens' head lay, detectives found Robert O. Arrington's fingerprint in her blood, witnesses testified Tuesday.

All lanes of I-20 to reopen this afternoon

Man gets 2 years for dumping
AIKEN - The owner of an Aiken business that refurbishes airplanes will spend two years in federal prison for dumping toxic chemicals into the Aiken wastewater system, authorities said Tuesday.

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

Laws on teen sex will be reviewed
ATLANTA - The Georgia Legislature will almost certainly take a fresh look next year at laws involving teen sex as a result of this week's ruling in the Marcus Dixon case, but top lawmakers aren't predicting what the result will be.

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.

Activist, ACLU sue over laws regulating protests
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A community activist and the ACLU are asking a federal judge to strike down Brunswick and Glynn County ordinances regulating protests during the G-8 Summit next month.

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

Across Georgia
MOULTRIE - A third-grade boy was found with a loaded gun on a school bus.

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.

Wooden shoes come out of closet for fest
HOLLAND, Mich. - What do the Holland High School marching band, small planters, an electrical engineer in New Orleans and a French revolt against mechanization have in common?

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

Airport police face deadline
Augusta Regional Airport's police department has its back against the wall, facing a Friday deadline by Georgia's Peace Officers Standards and Training Council to become what it considers properly certified, county commissioners said Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Blanca Li's hip-hop celebration is long on frivolity

Blanca Li's hip-hop celebration is long on frivolity
NEW YORK -- Movie-goers in search of reality should avoid "The Dance Challenge," Blanca Li's hip-hop extravaganza, where MTV meets "West Side Story" with some "Ab Fab" thrown in for good measure.

Prince says success has always been there

Prince says success has always been there
TAMPA, Fla. -- Sitting in his purple-draped dressing room, sipping tea amid sweet-scented candles, Prince is as peaceful and serene as a superstar could be before showtime - until you utter THAT ONE WORD: Comeback.

Recording companies agree to pay $50 million in royalties
NEW YORK -- Major recording companies have agreed to return nearly $50 million in unclaimed royalties to Sean Combs, Gloria Estefan, Dolly Parton and thousands of lesser known musicians under a settlement being announced Tuesday.

Formula One headed for major makeover
MONTE CARLO, Monaco -- Formula One approved changes Tuesday to make racing more affordable for underfinanced teams hoping to compete with free-spending Ferrari and six-time champion Michael Schumacher.

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.

Formula One headed for major makeover

NBA fines Mavs for video

Nets owner says it will try to avoid eminent domain in Brooklyn
NEW YORK -- The real estate developer who purchased the New Jersey Nets and plans to move the team to Brooklyn will try to reach agreements with those who would be displaced by a new arena rather than try to remove them through eminent domain.

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

Majerus joins ESPN as college hoops analyst
BRISTOL, Conn. -- Former Utah coach Rick Majerus is joining ESPN as a college basketball analyst.

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.

Heat send Hornets home for 2nd round

Al Jefferson declares for NBA draft; will not hire agent

Pistons 'D' too much for many, including Nets

Lakers need more out of Malone, Payton
LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers added Karl Malone and Gary Payton to lighten the load on their two main superstars. So far, not so good.

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.

Pistons 'D' too much for many, including Nets
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Chauncey Billups crouched, spread his arms and pressed up against Jason Kidd.

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.

Heat send Hornets home for 2nd round
MIAMI - Long removed from their 0-7 start, the Miami Heat now seem unbeatable at home - which is why they're headed for the second round of the NBA playoffs.

Minnesota's Garnett gets league MVP

Majerus joins ESPN as college hoops analyst

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.

Nets owner says it will try to avoid eminent domain in Brooklyn

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.

Lakers need more out of Malone, Payton

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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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.

Australia, Greece resolve dispute Olympic torch relay security
SYDNEY, Australia -- Australian and Greek authorities resolved a dispute Tuesday over security for the Olympic torch relay.

IOC: no date set for arches to be moved onto roof
ATHENS, Greece -- The International Olympic Committee doesn't have a specific date for the installation of the steel-and-glass roof arches over the main Olympic stadium.

Australia, Greece resolve dispute Olympic torch relay security

U.S. team secures berth for 2006 Olympics

Comaneci defends her perfect 10s

IOC: no date set for arches to be moved onto roof

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.

Republicans actually have little to cheer about
Michael Ryan's attack on the Democratic Party (The Augusta Chronicle, May 2) is typical of the neocons' strategy to raise false issues to gain attention and distract people from the horrors of Iraq and the failures of George W. Bush's domestic policies. To use Augusta Circuit District Attorney Danny Craig's switch of parties to claim a major victory for the Republicans across the South is a stretch to say the least. Republicans have obvious problems electing their own, but resort to strong-arm tactics to convince vote-getting Democrats to join them.

Republicans actually have little to cheer about
Michael Ryan's attack on the Democratic Party (The Augusta Chronicle, May 2) is typical of the neocons' strategy to raise false issues to gain attention and distract people from the horrors of Iraq and the failures of George W. Bush's domestic policies. To use Augusta Circuit District Attorney Danny Craig's switch of parties to claim a major victory for the Republicans across the South is a stretch to say the least. Republicans have obvious problems electing their own, but resort to strong-arm tactics to convince vote-getting Democrats to join them.

Lady Pack stays on attack

Lady Panthers rally, advance

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Richmond regroups in victory

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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.

Overtime
Former Utah coach Rick Majerus is joining ESPN as a college basketball analyst

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.

Lady Panthers rally, advance
Despite a sluggish start, the ninth-ranked Lakeside Lady Panthers advanced to the quarterfinals of the state AAAA soccer tournament with a 3-1 win over Northgate on Tuesday.

GHSA Soccer Tournament
Second round pairings and scores from the Georgia High School Association soccer playoffs:

Lady Pack stays on attack
Greenbrier's girls soccer team reached best-ever status against Alexander on Tuesday. The white and green earned a 2-1 win in the second round of the Georgia High School Association Class AAAA state soccer tournament.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rams agree to four-year contract with Bulger
ST. LOUIS -- Marc Bulger on Tuesday agreed to a four-year contract with the St. Louis Rams - a deal that could affect whether two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner will be released next month.

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.

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.

Earthquake tale helps NBC to ratings win

CBS News says it held off on prisoner abuse story for two weeks

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.

Al Gore launching cable network

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.

NBC names Kevin Reilly as entertainment president

Earthquake tale helps NBC to ratings win
NEW YORK -- Impressive ratings for NBC's earthquake tale, "10.5," helped the network eke out a victory over CBS in the first week of the important May ratings sweeps.

NBC names Kevin Reilly as entertainment president
NEW YORK -- Kevin Reilly, a top deputy in the NBC entertainment department, was appointed head of the division on Monday.

CBS News says it held off on prisoner abuse story for two weeks
NEW YORK -- CBS News delayed reporting for two weeks about U.S. soldiers' alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners, following a personal request from the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.

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

Preliminary ratings up for "Nightline" broadcast of war dead
NEW YORK -- ABC's "Nightline" telecast with the names of Iraqi war dead last week drew a bigger audience than usual for the late-night newscast.

CNBC Louis Rukeyser says he has cancer
NEW YORK -- CNBC financial anchor Louis Rukeyser, who's been away on medical leave since last fall, has cancer but has promised a return to his weekly business show.

Al Gore launching cable network
NEW ORLEANS -- Former Vice President Al Gore and entrepreneur Joel Hyatt launched a cable television network Tuesday by buying Newsworld International from Vivendi Universal Entertainment for an undisclosed sum.

Jason Priestley announces engagement

People in the News

People in the News

Dixie Chick Martie Maguire delivers twin girls

Supreme Court sidesteps fight over Ozzy Osbourne tunes

Diaz will conduct clinic at tournament
The tournament is played in memory of Brissey, a former Savannah Lakes Village member who died from breast cancer. Proceeds from the tournament, which has a full field, go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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.

Question of the week
Have you made summer plans yet?

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.

In world of moms, mine is pretty cool

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.

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.

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

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.

Question of the week

My style

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

Girl should tell guy friend how she is feeling

Picture perfect

Nurse charged with trying to electrocute wife in bathtub

South Dakota politician plans to undergo a sex change

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