A strange, overwrought and unlikely 'Prymate'

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.

Ground zero chapel hosts exhibit on aftermath of attacks

Galleries

'Aida' closing on Broadway in September

'Frozen,' still a chilling look at a young girl's disappearance

The Mona Lisa will to go under the microscope

Album of 26 works on paper from 1970 on display for first time
NEW YORK -- From simple pen and ink drawings of nude women to a colorful and elaborate felt pen and ink drawing of two men ogling a nude woman, a sketchbook that was filled in a week reveals the obsessive nature of a mature Pablo Picasso at work.

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

A strange, overwrought and unlikely 'Prymate'
NEW YORK -- Oh, my. What is one to make of Mark Medoff's "Prymate," the strangest play of this waning Broadway season? Also, the most overwrought.

'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.

Actors take audience to quirky town
The fictional town of Second Samuel, Ga., is populated with characters right out of Faulkner, had he been funny, or Thornton Wilder, had he been wilder.

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.

Galleries
Here's a list of gallery showings and events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

'Wicked' takes four Outer Critics Awards

'Aida' closing on Broadway in September
NEW YORK -- Disney's "Aida" is pulling down its pyramid and leaving Broadway.

'Frozen,' still a chilling look at a young girl's disappearance
NEW YORK -- In its move to Broadway, "Frozen" still manages to engage the mind and chill the heart.

Album of 26 works on paper from 1970 on display for first time

Yankees send down Contreras to improve mechanics

Clemens passes Carlton on K list

Division II spot goes to Jaguars
Augusta State players stretched, took ground balls and did jumping jacks. As of 3:30 Wednesday afternoon, the Jaguars still didn't know whether they were holding a fruitless practice.

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.

Yankees send down Contreras to improve mechanics
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jose Contreras was optioned to Single-A Tampa by the New York Yankees on Wednesday, a day after the shortest outing of his career.

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.

Blue Jays blast Royals

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.

Bonds out again with sinus infection

Griffey out of lineup with tight hamstring

Phillies top Cardinals
PHILADELPHIA -- David Bell tied a career-high with four RBIs, including a three-run homer, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Blue Jays acquire Stubby Clapp from Indians

Blue Jays blast Royals
TORONTO -- Vernon Wells homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs, and Roy Halladay pitched seven strong innings on three days' rest, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 10-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Rosen hired as executive vice president of Dodgers

Division II spot goes to Jaguars

Piazza sets homer record for catchers

MLB denies Mets' protest of game at San Diego

Clemens passes Carlton on K list
HOUSTON - Roger Clemens moved into second place on the career strikeouts list behind fellow Houston-area native Nolan Ryan, and became first six-game winner in the majors by leading the Astros over Pittsburgh 6-2 on Wednesday night.

Baseball sells 'Spider-Man' ads on bases
NEW YORK -- Spider-Man is coming to a base near you.

Pirates allowed to pay Mondesi after court order lifted
HOUSTON -- A Dominican court order opposing payment to Raul Mondesi was lifted Wednesday, allowing the Pittsburgh Pirates to finally pay their star outfielder.

Baseball sells 'Spider-Man' ads on bases

Piazza sets homer record for catchers
NEW YORK -- Mike Piazza broke Carlton Fisk's major league record for home runs as a catcher Wednesday night, hitting No. 352 in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants.

Bonds out again with sinus infection
NEW YORK -- Barry Bonds was not in the San Francisco Giants' starting lineup again Wednesday night because of a sinus infection.

MLB denies Mets' protest of game at San Diego
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets' protest of a game against the San Diego Padres because of a pitcher's delivery was denied Wednesday by Major League Baseball.

Odds and Ends
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. has 455,382 retirees and surviving spouses in the United States, but none has a lengthier connection to the world's largest automaker than Ernest Pusey.

''Crybaby Award'' gets coach in trouble; board wants him fired
PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. -- A middle school basketball coach who presented a "Crybaby Award" trophy to a 13-year-old player has been fired from his coaching job, and the board of education wants him out entirely, officials said Wednesday.

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.

A major malfunction
Six nails embedded in the skull of construction worker Isidro Mejia, 39, after an industrial incident caused a nail gun to shoot nails into his head and brain on April 19, 2004, are seen in this X-ray image from Providence Holy Cross Hospital in Los Angeles.

Jones set for trip to Rome to test leg
ATLANTA - Get ready, Rome, Chipper Jones is headed your way.

Wells handles Braves offense
ATLANTA - The thought was that at this stage of his career, David Wells had lost his capacity to surprise.

Rehab sends Jones to Rome for game
ATLANTA - Get ready, Rome, Chipper Jones is headed your way.

Wells handles Braves offense

Jones set for trip to Rome to test leg

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.

Rehab sends Jones to Rome for game

Ortiz throws Braves a win

House works to hold back minimum tax for a year
WASHINGTON -- The alternative minimum tax, designed to trap affluent tax evaders, ensnares more and more middle income families, and House lawmakers want to limit its reach next year.

Japanese parts plant could be prelude to assembly plant

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.

More leadership changes could come as Coke fills top job

Sony online music service debut sets up brawl with Apple
LOS ANGELES -- Sony Corp. entered the burgeoning digital music market Tuesday, launching an online music download service that the electronics and media conglomerate is banking will also generate sales for its line of portable audio players.

After regaining financial footing, Kmart must now woo customers

IRS gives shelter investors until late June to come forward, avoid some penalties

Procter & Gamble employees rewarded with extra vacation days
CINCINNATI -- With sales, profits and its stock price rising, consumer products giant Procter & Gamble is rewarding virtually all of its 90,000 employees with two free days off.

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.

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

Business briefs
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - CVS Corp. reported that its first-quarter profit rose nearly 25 percent from a year ago, boosted by sales of pharmacy products and goods at established stores.

Event offers success insight

Citizens Financial Group to buy Charter One Financial
CLEVELAND -- The Royal Bank of Scotland Group is expanding its reach in North America with a $10.5 billion cash purchase of Charter One Financial Inc. through its Citizens Financial Group Inc. subsidiary.

Plans may be a wash if road project starts

Sony online music service debut sets up brawl with Apple

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.

House works to hold back minimum tax for a year

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Newspaper circulation edges down

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.

IRS gives shelter investors until late June to come forward, avoid some penalties
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday that taxpayers who used a tax shelter known as "Son of Boss," which was marketed aggressively beginning in the late 1990s, can avoid some penalties if they come forward by June 21.

Citizens Financial Group to buy Charter One Financial

Federal Reserve sets in motion countdown to higher interest rates
WASHINGTON -- The clock now is ticking to when, not if, the Federal Reserve will begin to nudge up ultralow interest rates.

Federal Reserve sets in motion countdown to higher interest rates

Former Dynegy executive to begin serving 24-year sentence May 20
HOUSTON -- A former Dynegy Inc. executive's 24-year prison sentence for his involvement in an accounting fraud will begin later this month.

Fed holds key short-term rate steady

After regaining financial footing, Kmart must now woo customers
ROSEVILLE, Mich. -- A year after emerging from bankruptcy, Kmart Holding Corp. has managed to regain its financial health and the confidence of investors. The hardest part of its recovery is yet to be achieved: winning back shoppers.

Former Dynegy executive to begin serving 24-year sentence May 20

Treasury to offer 2 inflation-indexed notes to help finance national debt

Treasury to offer 2 inflation-indexed notes to help finance national debt
WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department announced Wednesday that it is adding two securities to help finance the national debt, which recently topped $7 trillion.

Japanese parts plant could be prelude to assembly plant
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A Japanese truck parts plant expected to be built in eastern Arkansas will be the first step in a process that could end with establishment of a truck assembly plant, sources told The Associated Press.

More leadership changes could come as Coke fills top job
ATLANTA -- The uncertainty about who will be Coca-Cola's next CEO is over, but the upheaval at the beverage giant may be just beginning. Some observers wonder whether the snubbing of the company's No. 2 executive for the top job could mean more leadership changes to come.

Business briefs

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.

UPS, FedEx rivalry a study in contrasts

Racer to visit Aiken factory
Racing legend Mario Andretti is set to visit Aiken County's Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire plant Tuesday.

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.

Statue rejected by West Point is unveiled at College Football Hall of Fame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A statue of Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik was unveiled Wednesday at the College Football Hall of Fame after West Point rejected it because it lists the names of 23 players involved in a cheating scandal.

Two Tulsa football players arrested in burglary

Two Tulsa football players arrested in burglary
TULSA, Okla. -- Tulsa defensive back Kedrick Alexander and a teammate were charged Wednesday with breaking into another athlete's dorm room and stealing a laptop computer, a video game and a credit card.

Statue rejected by West Point is unveiled at College Football Hall of Fame

Diaz will conduct clinic at tournament

One nation, under God
Several years ago someone reworked an athletic shoe company's advertising slogan to say, "Life is short - pray hard."

Small plane crashes in downtown Atlanta

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

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.

A TV era ends
From commercial television's inception, starting with Milton Berle's show in the 1950s, there have been some hugely entertaining and popular "water cooler" programs airing each week.

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

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.

A TV era ends

Charlie Daniels to perform for soldiers in Germany, Kosovo
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Charlie Daniels Band will perform this week for American soldiers and airmen in Europe.

Are you ready, boots? Start crawling
For Coco Rubio, the events consultant for the Greater Augusta Arts Council, connecting a club crawl to the Garden City Music Festival was part scramble and part secret desire.

Heidi Klum gives birth to baby girl
NEW YORK -- Just in time for Mother's Day, Heidi Klum is a mom.

Extras, extras
Here's a look at what's new in video and DVD:

Featured band
THE GIBSON BROTHERS THE GIG: Friday, Stillwater Tap Room, 974 Broad St.

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.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

Center's exhibit beams extraterrestrial life to Earth
Ready or not, here they come. In about 48 hours, aliens and objects from outer space will arrive in downtown Augusta, where they will spend the summer.

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

On the road
Charlotte's annual music festival, the Charlotte City Fest, will take place Friday through Sunday in the uptown entertainment district, North College Street, Eighth Street. Among the bands scheduled to perform are the Roots, Hootie and the Blowfish, Pastor Troy, Cracker and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Three-day passes cost $50 and single-day tickets cost $25. For more information, visit www.cityfestlive.com.

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

People in the News
NEW YORK -- "Bug," Tracy Letts' dark drama of paranoia, has received the 2004 Lucille Lortel Award for best off-Broadway play and "Caroline, or Change" was chosen best off-Broadway musical.

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

CVS reports first quarter profits increase by nearly 25 percent
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- CVS Corp. reported first quarter profits on Wednesday nearly 25 percent higher than in the same period last year, boosted by sales of pharmacy products and goods at established stores.

TRW posts profit as sales rise slightly
LIVONIA, Mich. - Auto parts maker TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., which went public in February, Wednesday reported a modest profit for the first quarter despite added costs for repaying and refinancing debt.

Japanese markets closed for national holiday

Japanese markets closed for national holiday

Japanese markets closed for national holiday
TOKYO -- Japan's financial markets were closed Wednesday for Children's Day, a national holiday. The markets will reopen Thursday.

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.

Stocks mixed as investors weigh Fed statement on rates
NEW YORK -- Wall Street, unable to shake a lethargy induced by interest rate worries, wobbled to a mixed finish Wednesday as investors shrugged off a $10.5 billion bank merger and a bullish upgrade of Dell Inc.

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.

Northrop Grumman's profit slips

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.

Largest US radio station operator posts first-quarter profit

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.

Listing of Air France KLM shares marks end of Dutch aviation era
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- New shares of Air France KLM, the world's largest airline, made their debut on the Euronext stock exchange Wednesday, marking the end of an era for Dutch aviation that will see shares in KLM Royal Dutch Airlines disappear.

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.

Orbitz turns to profit as bookings, revenue rise

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

CVS reports first quarter profits increase by nearly 25 percent

Orbitz turns to profit as bookings, revenue rise
CHICAGO - Orbitz Inc. posted a profit in the first quarter, helped by higher bookings and a surge in hotel revenue.

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

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.

The Bee's Knees Tapas Restaurant

Small portions

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.

The Bee's Knees Tapas Restaurant
WHAT'S THERE: Appetizer-size portions of food from around the world

Food companies scramble to come up with low-carb products

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.

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.

Augusta continues struggles
The Columbus Catfish continued their winning ways Wednesday night by defeating visiting Augusta 15-4 at Golden Park.

China builds presence in professional golf world

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

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.

Singh, Woods on a collision course for No. 1
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Vijay Singh leaned back in a chair and flipped through a 13-page news release the PGA Tour puts out each week, containing all the vital data.

Diaz will conduct clinic at tournament

Singh, Woods on a collision course for No. 1

Lack of hitting hinders squad

Augusta continues struggles

Spring steps

Spring steps
Coach Eric Parker works with Hughey Vann on Wednesday. Parker is in his seventh year coaching at Laney, which won eight games last year.

Flyers and three newcomers fill conference finals field

Devil Rays demote Rolls, promote Cummings
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays sent slumping infielder-outfielder Damian Rolls to Triple-A Durham on Wednesday and called up veteran outfielder Midre Cummings, who last played in the majors in 2001.

Lucky 13: After years of futility, Sharks swim to conference finals

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.

Lucky 13: After years of futility, Sharks swim to conference finals
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- More than a few times during the Sharks' incredible season, Mike Rathje has pondered just how much has changed in San Jose since he initially put on the NHL's first teal uniform.

Flyers and three newcomers fill conference finals field
When the Philadelphia Flyers last won the Stanley Cup in 1975, there were 18 NHL teams in the league and none in Tampa, Fla., San Jose, Calif., or Calgary, Alberta.

Devil Rays demote Rolls, promote Cummings

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.

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

Davison was pillar of Scouting
The Georgia-Carolina Council and the Boy Scouts of America have lost a great leader with the passing of Dr. Fred Davison, our council president. Bill Lesshafft, Augusta (Editor's note; The author is scout executive for the Georgia-Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America.)

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
I have had enough. It's time to be politically incorrect. Arthur Wilson, Augusta

City leaders need to leave office now

Commission manages to mess it up

Augusta Commission is a disgrace

Sewage makes financial mess

Don't merge, rename Valley towns

Davison was pillar of Scouting

Don't merge, rename Valley towns
I saw in The Augusta Chronicle that Burnettown - which has a mayor and police department but no post office, and has already merged into outlying areas by planting flowers, bushes, etc., posting town limit signs and sending their police cars everywhere - are now desirous of taking over and renaming the entire Midland Valley area. J.F. Rodgers, Clearwater, 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

World events prompt troubling questions
Will this be the year that Catholics and other faithful Christians put church and scriptural teachings ahead of blind loyalty to a Democratic Party that promotes moral depravity? Paul W. Rosenthal, Augusta

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.

West Virginia, Mississippi battling high obesity rates

Couple adopts baby after woman sees their story on TV

Almost one in 10 Britons has ended relationship by text

Rescue workers preparing for more accidents involving hybrid cars

Marijuana abuse is up among U.S. adults

Computer security experts lament laggardly pace of patches

Fourth porn actor in California tests positive for AIDS virus

California's queen bee breeders keep agriculture buzzing

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.

Fourth porn actor in California tests positive for AIDS virus
LOS ANGELES -- A fourth pornography actor has tested positive for the AIDS virus in an outbreak that has prompted Southern California's adult-movie industry to halt production, according to an organization that tests the performers for HIV.

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.

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.

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.

Federal panel to examine vulnerability of electronic voting
WASHINGTON -- A computer science expert criticized electronic voting systems planned for the November election as highly vulnerable and flawed, saying on Wednesday a backup paper system is the only short-term solution to avoid another disputed presidential election.

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

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.

California's queen bee breeders keep agriculture buzzing
VACAVILLE, Calif. -- In a field west of Sacramento, a man in a white zip-up suit, hat and veil peers into a small wooden box.

Computer security experts lament laggardly pace of patches
NEW YORK -- Far fewer computers would have been disabled by the latest Internet worm had their owners configured them to get the latest security fixes automatically.

Bobby Brown to stand trial
ATLANTA - R&B singer Bobby Brown was ordered to stand trial Wednesday on charges that he hit his wife, fellow singer Whitney Houston.

Across South Carolina

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.

Kid of the day

Around town

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.

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

Man sought in co-worker's shooting

Activist, ACLU sue over laws regulating protests

Across Georgia

News you can use

Across the area

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Regina "GiGi" Stallings, 10, of New Ellenton.

SRS' status may be on agenda

Study targets river's usage

Across South Carolina

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.

Airport officials seek solution

Witnesses testify to details of homicide

Around town

Across the area

Muslims can rebuild mosque

Officials work on projects list

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.

Neighbors question girl's death

One man's trash

Penny-tax formula is inaccurate

Bobby Brown to stand trial

Balloon release
Central Elementary third-graders release balloons in memory of classmate Amy Yates, on her 9th birthday, in Carrollton, Ga. The third-graders made a circle around the Yates family and Amy's classmates in Dana Reese's class Wednesday. Each balloon had a message written to Amy attached by a string. A 12-year-old boy, who lives in Amy's neighborhood and whose name is not being released by authorities, allegedly acknowledged killing Amy.

Police comb landfill for 10-month-old boy

Retiring lawmakers earn fond farewell

Man drowns in area lake
A North Augusta man died Wednesday night while swimming in Thurmond Lake - the area's first drowning of the swimming and boating season.

Job searches can be frustrating

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.

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.

Catawbas' suit seeks right to run video gambling hall
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Catawba Indian Nation filed suit Wednesday, asking a federal court to affirm its right to have video gambling on its York County reservation and to block local law enforcement from seizing video poker machines.

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

Track's owner plans to reopen despite dispute
The owner of a Grovetown dirt track plans to begin racing again Saturday, even if it's without Columbia County's permission.

Across Georgia

Mosque vandals receive probation
LUBBOCK, Texas - Two of the four teenagers who desecrated a Lubbock mosque in March received probation during a court hearing.

Billboard ads target key issue

SRS' status may be on agenda
AIKEN - Federal and state officials were mum Wednesday about a scheduled announcement by U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham regarding the Savannah River Technology Center, but political leaders have been pushing to have the facility named a national laboratory or center of excellence for hydrogen research.

Religious program appeals to pupils

Man sought in co-worker's shooting
TRENTON, S.C. - Edgefield County sheriff's deputies were still looking Wednesday evening for a Carlisle Tire and Wheel Co. employee suspected of shooting a co-worker in the foot Tuesday.

Training proves challenging

Young driver dies in wreck
AIKEN - For the second time in three days, a young Aiken County driver has died as the result of a one-car accident.

Wooden shoes come out of closet for fest

Colleges begin to court freed athlete
ATLANTA - An Atlanta college has offered a football scholarship to freed high school athlete Marcus Dixon, while other programs are keeping any recruiting plans under wraps.

Man gets 2 years for dumping

Suspect says he found body
Robert O. Arrington can explain his fingerprint and boot prints in Kathy Hutchens' blood inside her home: he discovered her body the night of April 3, 2001.

Kid of the day

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Fulton County Sheriff Jackie Barrett has appeared before a federal grand jury investigating questionable investments made with $7.2 million in funds controlled by her department.

Rebuilding a wetland

House OKs lone bill of session
ATLANTA - A special session of the Georgia Legislature is on track to conclude by the end of the week after the House approved the lone bill on the agenda Wednesday.

Balloon release

Suspect says he found body

Rebuilding a wetland
Oscar Flite and Amanda Garman spend their afternoons planting trees along the fringe of a former strip mine off Gordon Highway.

Airport officials seek solution
Augusta Regional Airport security officials were scrambling Wednesday, looking for answers and solutions in light of a letter from Georgia's Peace Officer Standards and Training Council indicating the airport isn't meeting the agency's standards.

Retiring lawmakers earn fond farewell
ATLANTA - One was elected before the attack on Pearl Harbor; the other came to Atlanta the first year Star Trek aired.

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.

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.

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

Puppy scandal puts job in peril
City officials have recommended the firing of the man at the center of a controversy at Augusta Animal Services and have placed him on administrative leave without pay, documents show.

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.

Young driver dies in wreck

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.

House OKs lone bill of session

State budget gets a boost

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.

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.

Man drowns in area lake

Laws on teen sex will be reviewed

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.

Job searches can be frustrating
AIKEN - Holly Flowers stares at the job board in Aiken Technical College's career center, searching for an accounting position.

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.

Across the area
A clerk at an Augusta convenience store told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that she was robbed Tuesday night, a police report states.

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.

Penny-tax formula is inaccurate
AIKEN - Officials have discovered a crucial flaw in the formula used to distribute money from a 1-cent sales tax Aiken County voters will be asked to renew in November, raising questions about how a projected $100 million in fresh cash will be divided.

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.

Across South Carolina
FORT MILL - Two Fort Mill school bus drivers were suspended for a week without pay and required to take a one-day mandatory training class.

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.

Muslims can rebuild mosque
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A coastal Georgia Islamic group whose mosque was destroyed by arson last year recently won approval from Chatham County planners to build a new worship center.

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.

State budget gets a boost
ATLANTA - The state's financial picture took a dramatic turn for the better last month, with tax collections increasing $168.8 million, or 18 percent, over the same month a year ago, officials said Wednesday.

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

Study targets river's usage
Communities that depend on the Savannah River to maintain growth and prosperity also must share the pain when supplies run low, according to the principal planner for a $4 million regional water study.

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?

Kansas town marks tornado's anniversary
FRANKLIN, Kan. - One year after a tornado killed one person and destroyed 85 percent of the houses in Franklin, residents chose to gather at its site for a remembrance ceremony.

Mosque vandals receive probation

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE for Fox 54 for making all those rednecks miss their NASCAR on Sunday. Don't you know that's as bad as running out of Moon Pies and RC Cola on the weekend? Get a life, please, rednecks.

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.

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.

Around town
Annette M. Drowlette/staffBen Brandenburg, of Martinez, takes a walk at Brookfield Park.

Tiger at No. 2? It's possible
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Brace yourself, because it might be coming - and sooner than anybody thought.

Firefighter documentary 'Brotherhood' makes Tribeca premiere

Despite implausible plot, scientists warm up to climate flick
LOS ANGELES -- A super storm envelops the globe, sending tornadoes skittering through Los Angeles, pounding Tokyo with hail the size of grapefruit and burying New Delhi in snow.

Disney blocks distribution of Michael Moore's documentary
NEW YORK -- The Walt Disney Company is blocking its Miramax Films division from distributing Michael Moore's documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," which criticizes President Bush's handling of Sept. 11 and connects the Bush family with Osama bin Laden's.

Disney blocks distribution of Michael Moore's documentary

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Firefighter documentary 'Brotherhood' makes Tribeca premiere
NEW YORK -- Lilibet Foster didn't want to create yet another documentary about Sept. 11. She wanted to make a film about how New York City firefighters have carried on their traditions and fraternity after losing so many friends and colleagues that day.

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

Despite implausible plot, scientists warm up to climate flick

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

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.

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Hip-hop's No. 1 thug, Trick Daddy, aka T Double D, and fellow Miami rapper JT Money will perform Friday at Club Malibu, 1511 North Leg Road. Doors open at 8 p.m.

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

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WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday THE VENUE: HiFi Buys Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta BEST KNOWN FOR: Pop-infused punk, well spiced with scatological humor

Augusta festival rocks, pops and swings through musical diversity

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

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.

Augusta festival rocks, pops and swings through musical diversity
This weekend, the Greater Augusta Arts Council will present the Garden City Music Festival, a celebration of the city's and region's diverse musical heritage.

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.

Prince says success has always been there

Racing takes initiative to diversify sport

NASCAR newsmaker Ricky Rudd
Ricky Rudd drove his first NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race in 1975 and hasn't slowed down since.

Formula One headed for major makeover

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.

Racing takes initiative to diversify sport
ATLANTA - The checkered flag, an equal mixture of black and white, is racing's symbol of success. It doesn't, however, reflect of the sport's ability to attract minorities.

NASCAR newsmaker Ricky Rudd

One-day affair for Busch drivers

One-day affair for Busch drivers
ATLANTA - Saturday night's Charter 250 at Gateway International Raceway is unique for the NASCAR Busch Series because practice, qualifying and the race all happen on the same day.

Three years after Earnhardt's death, donations still sitting in memorial fund
RALEIGH, N.C. -- In the weeks after Dale Earnhardt was killed in a crash at the Daytona 500, mourning fans sought to honor him by sending money to a charitable fund in his name.

Well-rested Pacers face surging Heat in Round 2

Jefferson ready to shoot again
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Richard Jefferson stood at the foul line late in the third quarter of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and talked some trash with Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons.

Hornets GM Bass retires, coach's future uncertain
NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Hornets' disappointing season wasn't the reason general manager Bob Bass retired Wednesday.

Pistons 'D' too much for many, including Nets

Hornets GM Bass retires, coach's future uncertain

Majerus joins ESPN as college hoops analyst

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.

Heat send Hornets home for 2nd round

Well-rested Pacers face surging Heat in Round 2
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal couldn't help but smile while watching the Miami Heat prevail over New Orleans in a grueling first-round series.

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.

Lakers need more out of Malone, Payton

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

Jefferson ready to shoot again

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

Coaching ban, public apology ordered for coach
PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. -- A basketball coach who gave a 13-year-old player a "Crybaby Award" will be banned from coaching, sent to sensitivity training and ordered to make a public apology.

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.

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

Vikings' Biekert retiring after 11 NFL seasons

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Archaeologists approve shot put in Ancient Olympia
ATHENS, Greece -- Archaeologists have approved a request by Olympic organizers to stage the shot put competitions at the site of the ancient games, the Culture Ministry said Wednesday.

U.S. Olympic itinerary hasn't changed. Yet.

Construction delays prompt Olympic security concerns
WASHINGTON -- Construction delays at the Olympic venues in Athens are becoming a security issue, and congressmen are concerned about the safety of U.S. athletes.

All work, no play 100 days before Athens Olympics

Construction delays prompt Olympic security concerns

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.

Three bomb blasts hit Athens

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.

All work, no play 100 days before Athens Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- The sprint to the Olympics is being run through an obstacle course.

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

Archaeologists approve shot put in Ancient Olympia

Australia, Greece resolve dispute Olympic torch relay security

Three bomb blasts hit Athens
ATHENS, Greece -- Top anti-terrorist agents investigated three bomb blasts Wednesday that caused no injuries but rocked Greece's mission of trying to allay security fears for the Olympics that begin in 100 days.

U.S. Olympic itinerary hasn't changed. Yet.
A few prominent Americans have already announced plans to stay home and watch the Olympics from the comfort and safety of their couches. So far, none of them have been athletes. But stay tuned.

Today's prayers can make a difference in Augusta's tomorrow
Augusta is known around the world as the capital city of golf. Bobby Jones and the Masters golf tournament have given the city a special sense of identity that is almost unique in the world of sports.

Today's prayers can make a difference in Augusta's tomorrow
Augusta is known around the world as the capital city of golf. Bobby Jones and the Masters golf tournament have given the city a special sense of identity that is almost unique in the world of sports.

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 Panthers rally, advance

Venus makes it an even dozenFederer out but says there's no need for panic

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Lady Pack stays on attack

Aiken Tech inks trio for softball

Derby champion returns to home

Bannister's 4-minute mile still resonates

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Williams fighting hard to move up

Bannister's 4-minute mile still resonates
Fifty years after Britain's Roger Bannister first accomplished the feat, the phrase "4-minute mile" recalls long-ago taken-for-granted landmarks such as the jet engine, black-and-white television and the polio vaccine.

Champions Cup: Monaco reaches final
LONDON -- Monaco reached its first Champions Cup final by tying Chelsea 2-2 Wednesday night as Fernando Morientes set up one goal and scored the other.

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In Wilson, N.C., sophomore Scott Brown paced USC Aiken to its second straight NCAA Division II Southeast Regional title.

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

Williams fighting hard to move up
At 6-foot-2, Aiken's Paul Williams isn't your typical welterweight boxer.

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.

Derby champion returns to home
BENSALEM, Pa. - Sal Sinatra never had a day like this.

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.

Aiken Tech inks trio for softball
After missing her senior season with a broken foot, North Augusta third baseman Chelsea Wheatley is looking forward to playing softball again. At Aiken Technical College.

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

Venus makes it an even dozenFederer out but says there's no need for panic
BERLIN - Venus Williams extended her winning streak to 12 matches by beating Eleni Daniilidou 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the German Open quarterfinals.

Vikings' Biekert retiring after 11 NFL seasons
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota linebacker Greg Biekert is retiring after 11 years in the NFL, the Vikings said Wednesday.

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.

Mountain Heart's new CD could bring bluegrass to country charts

Mountain Heart's new CD could bring bluegrass to country charts
Tuesday marks the release of Mountain Heart's new album, Force of Nature, a 13-song CD produced by Ricky Skaggs for Skaggs Family Records.

Tiger at No. 2? It's possible

Visual storytelling wows in 'Belleville' now out

Don't know what to get Mom? Some films can inspire ideas

Happy birthday, Mr. Godfather

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.

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

'Survivor: All-Stars' final four unveiled tonight
NEW YORK -- Our free-and-easy standards for what qualifies as truth were mocked on a recent episode of the HBO comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

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.

''Friends'' ads are the Super Bowl of commercial time
NEW YORK -- Advertisers are paying up to $2 million for 30 seconds on the "Friends" finale this week, making it the Super Bowl of sitcoms.

NBC names Kevin Reilly as entertainment president

Journalist: TV missed the boat in 2001
NEW YORK -- One of television's top journalists says this summer will likely test whether the networks have learned from their past infatuation with sensational stories.

Al Gore launching cable network

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.

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.

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.

'Friends,' counting down to its last one, is one of a kind

'Survivor: All-Stars' final four unveiled tonight

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.

'Friends,' counting down to its last one, is one of a kind
NEW YORK -- Among all the coverage of the "Friends" finale, call this article The One That Explains What Makes "Friends" Unique.

Earthquake tale helps NBC to ratings win

"Friends" ads are the Super Bowl of commercial time

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Center's exhibit beams extraterrestrial life to Earth

Heidi Klum gives birth to baby girl

Happy birthday, Mr. Godfather
James Brown's birthday Monday should have - and probably could have - been a little happier.

Don't know what to get Mom? Some films can inspire ideas
Sunday marks the first real Mother's Day in the Uhles house. Now, I'm not sure what daughter Ava, now a precocious 9-month-old, has in mind for her mommy's special day - perhaps a display of her Cheerio-eating prowess or a shiny new tooth - but I'd like to do something special for my now maternal wife. So, in search of inspiration, I've scoured the Reel Releases library for some of my favorite mama movies, each of which has inspired its own gift idea.

Visual storytelling wows in 'Belleville' now out
Filmmakers by nature are unrepentant thieves. Sure, they gussy up their light-fingered ways with terms such as homage or interpretation, but the truth is that Quentin Tarantino wouldn't have a 10-minute short feature in him without 1970s exploitation cinema, and Star Wars would have been nothing without the invisible contributions of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.

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.

"Crybaby Award" gets coach in trouble; board wants him fired

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