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.

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

MIT hopes imaginative new building stirs the broth of creativity

A strange, overwrought and unlikely 'Prymate'

Picasso's 'Boy with a Pipe' sells for a record $104 million

'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.

Lennon memorabilia auctioned in London

Hollywood theater named for actor Ricardo Montalban to open
LOS ANGELES -- The opening of the Ricardo Montalban Theatre fulfills a 34-year quest by the veteran movie and television star who has long championed Hispanics in Hollywood.

Hollywood theater named for actor Ricardo Montalban to open

Picasso's 'Boy with a Pipe' sells for a record $104 million
NEW YORK -- Willem de Kooning once said "Picasso is the guy to beat."

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

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

Galleries

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.

Arts calendar

'Aida' closing on Broadway in September

MIT hopes imaginative new building stirs the broth of creativity
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Stata Center, the newest addition to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus, contains all the mysteries of a child's toy box: Open the top and a jumble of surprises tumbles out.eativity

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.

Lennon memorabilia auctioned in London
LONDON -- John Lennon memorabilia, including a leather collar he wore during the 1960s, was auctioned by Christie's for a total of $400,500.

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

Mayor presents latest proposal to lure Expos to Washington

Piazza sets homer record for catchers

Cubs Gonzalez could miss two months with broken wrist
CHICAGO -- Shortstop Alex Gonzalez will be out six to eight weeks after breaking a bone in his right wrist, joining the Chicago Cubs' growing list of injured players on Thursday.

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

Division II spot goes to Jaguars

Bonds out again with sinus infection

After years of chasing Fisk, Piazza has his record
NEW YORK -- The soft smile on Mike Piazza's face said more than most words could.

Baseball sells 'Spider-Man' ads on bases

Astros blast Pirates

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.

Blue Jays blast Royals

Wolfpack win region

Cardinals outflocke Phillies

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.

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.

MLB denies Mets' protest of game at San Diego

Rangers confident fast start not a fluke
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The surprising success of the Texas Rangers raises an intriguing question: Is their 18-10 start merely good luck or could it really be the start of something big?

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.

Wolfpack win region
A seventh-inning rally wasn't enough to save Lakeside from a loss at the hands of Greenbrier in Thursday's county rival matchup at the Brierpatch.

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.

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.

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.

After years of chasing Fisk, Piazza has his record

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.

Clemens passes Carlton on K list

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.

Yankees send down Contreras to improve mechanics

Mayor presents latest proposal to lure Expos to Washington
WASHINGTON -- Baseball officials wanted to know where the money is coming from. City officials wanted to know if baseball is serious about locating in Washington.

Cubs Gonzalez could miss two months with broken wrist

Bonds back in the lineup after missing three straight games
NEW YORK -- Sniffling and battling a stuffed nose, Barry Bonds was back in the San Francisco Giants' starting lineup Thursday night after missing three games with a sinus infection.

Bonds back in the lineup after missing three straight games

Cardinals outflocke Phillies
PHILADELPHIA -- St. Louis manager Tony La Russa expected a high-scoring game where the bullpens would get stretched thin.

Astros blast Pirates
HOUSTON -- Wade Miller is feeling better than he did all last year, and showed it again Thursday afternoon.

Rangers confident fast start not a fluke

High gas prices leave more month at money's end

Latest area births
Latest area births announcements.

Latest area births

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.

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.

Foul smell leads to apartment zoo with about 200 live animals
GERMANTOWN, Wis. -- It was a stench of decay that caused authorities to search an apartment in suburban Milwaukee.

Odds and Ends
GREENFIELD, Wis. -- Some politicians are grilled for the skeletons in their closet. But an alderman in this Milwaukee suburb came under fire for the mannequin in his office.

''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.

Rehab sends Jones to Rome for game

Braves slide below .500

Rare triple play lightens mood
ATLANTA - On a day when the Atlanta Braves were out-hit 13-6 and their No. 2 starter fell to 0-3, they delighted in Thursday afternoon's only highlight, a 5-4-3 triple play in the eighth inning.

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

Jones set for trip to Rome to test leg

Wells handles Braves offense

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

Braves slide below .500
ATLANTA - The cavalry spent the day in the trainers room, nursing a variety of aches and pains.

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

Business briefs
The Downtown Development Authority said Thursday that it will begin selling miniature versions of its new downtown clock.

Greenspan: federal deficit threatens the economy

Check printer closing Alabama plant, shifting jobs to Colorado
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Check-printing company Deluxe Corp. will close a plant in Alabama and move the operation to Colorado Springs, Colo., bringing about 100 jobs in the process.

Citizens Financial Group to buy Charter One Financial

Retailers report modest sales gains in April

Japanese parts plant could be prelude to assembly plant

Bank of England hikes key interest rate to 4.25 percent
LONDON -- The Bank of England on Thursday raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter percentage point to 4.25 percent - its third increase in six months - amid concerns that Britain's booming property market could crash and damage the economy.

House works to hold back minimum tax for a year

Sony online music service debut sets up brawl with Apple

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

Productivity grows solidly, jobless claims plunge

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.

Officials swing away at FedEx groundbreaking
The golf balls, driving irons and prominent onlookers gathering around the tee area Thursday morning had the triumphant feel of Sunday at the Masters Tournament.

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.

Productivity grows solidly, jobless claims plunge
WASHINGTON -- The productivity of America's companies rose solidly in the opening quarter of this year, and new filings for jobless benefits plunged last week to their lowest level in more than three years, good news for the country's economic health.

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.

Ford, DaimlerChrysler add incentives on SUVs
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group have launched new incentives on some of their sport utility vehicles.

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.

Federal Reserve sets in motion countdown to higher interest rates

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.

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

Check printer closing Alabama plant, shifting jobs to Colorado

Price of gas soars in city

European Central Bank leaves refinancing rate unchanged
HELSINKI, Finland -- The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged Thursday, with recent economic data backing up its view that a modest upswing is on the way.

More leadership changes could come as Coke fills top job

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.

McDonald's stock drops slightly after CEO's cancer surgery
CHICAGO -- McDonald's Corp. stock slipped Thursday, a day after the company's announcement that new chief executive Charlie Bell had undergone surgery for colorectal cancer.

After regaining financial footing, Kmart must now woo customers

Price of gas soars in city
Augusta gasoline prices reached an all-time high Thursday, with a gallon of regular unleaded selling for $1.77 in some parts of the city.

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.

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

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.

McDonald's stock drops slightly after CEO's cancer surgery

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.

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

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.

Ford, DaimlerChrysler add incentives on SUVs

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.

Retailers report modest sales gains in April
NEW YORK -- After a strong spending pace the first three months of the year, consumers retrenched a bit in April, leaving many retailers with disappointing sales gains. Cool weather, particularly in the Northeast, hurt results at many stores.

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.

Greenspan: federal deficit threatens the economy
WASHINGTON -- America's soaring federal budget deficits represent a major obstacle to the country's long-term economic stability, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan warned on Thursday.

European Central Bank leaves refinancing rate unchanged

Officials swing away at FedEx groundbreaking

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.

Bloom loses bid for injunction against NCAA
DENVER -- Colorado receiver Jeremy Bloom was denied an injunction against the NCAA on Thursday, hurting his bid to play football while collecting endorsement money from his pro skiing career.

Two Tulsa football players arrested in burglary

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

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.

Bloom loses bid for injunction against NCAA

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

SRS is a U.S. asset

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.

SRS is a U.S. asset
There aren't many issues where you'll find a bipartisan consensus across two states, but political leaders in South Carolina and Georgia are clear about what they want for the future of the Savannah River Site. Let's just hope Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham will listen to them as he's welcomed to Aiken today to give a talk on his agency's new security policies.

A TV era ends

Where's the weak link?
Unforgettable. Inexcusable. Unforgivable.

Naomi Campbell wins privacy case in Britain's top court
LONDON -- Supermodel Naomi Campbell won her appeal Thursday in her privacy case against a newspaper that published photographs of her leaving a drug counseling meeting.

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.

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

Applause calendar
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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

People in the News
DULUTH, Minn. -- Phil Solem didn't want to be known as a one-hit wonder, but it will be hard to think otherwise when the final episode of "Friends" airs Thursday and viewers hear him sing the show's theme song.

Orbitz turns to profit as bookings, revenue rise

Sales power profit jump at Clorox

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.

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

Morningstar investment research firm going public
CHICAGO -- Morningstar Inc., the independent investment research firm, said Thursday it has taken steps to become a publicly traded company.

Tokyo's benchmark share index falls, dollar down against yen

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.

Stocks down on rate worries, slowdown in retail sales, deficit warning from Greenspan
NEW YORK -- Stocks slumped Thursday as upbeat labor market data was eclipsed by interest rate worries, lackluster retail sales and a stern warning about the nation's budget deficit from Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

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.

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.

Rates on 30-year mortgages up for 7th week in a row
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year mortgages rose this week to the highest level in eight months amid signs that the economy is gaining traction and that the Federal Reserve may push short-term interest rates up this summer.

Playboy's earnings surge on 8.9 percent revenue rise
CHICAGO - Playboy Enterprises Inc.'s first-quarter income nearly tripled on revenue growth and a favorable comparison with last year's results, which included a debt-refinancing charge.

CVS reports first quarter profits increase by nearly 25 percent

KLM returns to profit in final year as independent company
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines posted a net profit of 24 million euros ($29.1 million) for its latest fiscal year, swinging from a loss of 416 million euros a year earlier, in its last earnings report as an independent company.

Home Depot to buy White Cap Construction
ATLANTA -- The Home Depot Inc. is buying White Cap Construction Supply Inc. to expand its business among professional customers. Terms were not disclosed.

Sales power profit jump at Clorox
OAKLAND, Calif. - Clorox Co.'s profit jumped more than 14 percent in its latest quarter, propelled by what the company said was the largest year-over-year sales increase in eight quarters.

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.

Rates on 30-year mortgages up for 7th week in a row

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.

Stocks down on rate worries, slowdown in retail sales, deficit warning from Greenspan

Japanese markets closed for national holiday

Sony may report group operating loss in April-June quarter
TOKYO -- Sony Corp. may post a group operating loss for the April-June quarter amid falling prices for the PlayStation 2 game console and promotion costs for the new Spider-man movie, the company said Thursday.

Tokyo's benchmark share index falls, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Japan's benchmark stock index fell for a fourth straight session Thursday as investors back from a five-day break sold shares in automakers and other exporters. The U.S. dollar was down from its level last week against the yen.

KLM returns to profit in final year as independent company

Top-water bass action begins on Thurmond

Fishing tournament news

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

Top-water bass action begins on Thurmond
Fluke season has finally arrived on Strom Thurmond Lake.

The Bee's Knees Tapas Restaurant

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

A trellis can make you and your peas happier

A trellis can make you and your peas happier
Growing peas captures the essence of vegetable gardening because if you choose a good variety, then plant the seeds carefully in good soil, you are amply rewarded. Few vegetables compare with freshly harvested, homegrown peas. Early sowing is a must to get the peas ripe before hot weather renders them tough and tasteless.

Recruit spurns Georgia Tech
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's men's basketball team won over college hoops fans around the country with its run to the national championship game.

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

Triplett steals the show at Quail Hollow
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Thousands of fans watching Tiger Woods post his first bogey-free round of the year missed out on all the excitement behind them - Kirk Triplett setting the course record at the Wachovia Championship with an 8-under 64.

Singh, Woods on a collision course for No. 1

Triplett steals the show at Quail Hollow

Howell takes lead after first round of British Masters

Howell takes lead after first round of British Masters
MERIDEN, England -- David Howell shot a 6-under-par 66 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the British Masters on Thursday.

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.

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

Canada beats Finland at hockey worlds
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Atlanta Thrashers center Dany Heatley scored in overtime Thursday to give defending champion Canada a 5-4 victory over Finland and a spot in the semifinals of the world championships.

Sutter's creations collide when Sharks face Flames

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

Quinn to return as coach of the Maple Leafs
TORONTO -- Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn will return next season, ending speculation that the team would make a change after failing to get past the second round of the playoffs.

Sutter's creations collide when Sharks face Flames
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Darryl Sutter changed the franchise from the bottom up, erasing a losing culture and instilling passion in his players. He gave hope, pride and victories to a city full of downtrodden hockey fans.

For once, pressure off the Flyers

Canucks introduce Nonis as new general manager
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks introduced David Nonis as the team's general manager Thursday, just three days after announcing predecessor Brian Burke's contract would not be renewed.

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

For once, pressure off the Flyers
VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers won two Stanley Cups, made seven trips to the finals and reached the playoffs 30 times in their 37-year history.

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.

Quinn to return as coach of the Maple Leafs

Canada beats Finland at hockey worlds

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.

Canucks introduce Nonis as new general manager

High gas prices leave more month at money's end
I was stunned the first time I saw a sign announcing the latest, outrageous price for gasoline.

Kerry exploits 'escape clause'
I take exception to the last paragraph of the Associated Press article, "Military records praise Kerry," in the April 22 Chronicle. Roger L. Eden, Grovetown

Honors humble legendary golfer

Honors humble legendary golfer
I want to express to the fine people of Augusta my most sincere appreciation for honoring me on Arnold Palmer Day the Monday of Masters Week. Arnold Palmer, Youngstown, Pa.

Davison supported nuclear power
Our community lost an incredibly talented, giving man with the recent passing of Dr. Fred C. Davison. I know I personally lost a friend whom I admired for his vast knowledge, eclectic experience and undeterred perseverance. Bob Pedde, Martinez (Editor's note: The writer is president of Westinghouse Savannah River Co. LLC.)

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.

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.)

Davison was pillar of Scouting

Don't merge, rename Valley towns

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

California's queen bee breeders keep agriculture buzzing

CDs and DVDs not so immortal after all

Top-selling Explorer SUV keeps mainstream appeal

Researchers take a closer look at the moose's enigmatic nose

AARP: older Americans have tough time navigating complex consumer world

Black Americans living at risk

Health and fitness calendar

Computer security experts lament laggardly pace of patches

Fourth porn actor in California tests positive for AIDS virus

Scientists: Humpback whales' singing more prevalent than thought

Researchers take a closer look at the moose's enigmatic nose
PORTLAND, Maine -- Spindly legs and oversize antlers are all part of the moose's charm, but it's that big bulbous nose that makes it a cartoonist's dream.

Black Americans living at risk
The statistics are alarming: Black Americans are two to three times more likely to suffer from catastrophic illnesses such as cancer and heart disease than any other group; one in four over the age of 65 has diabetes; one in three has hypertension.

AARP: older Americans have tough time navigating complex consumer world
NEW YORK -- Americans who are 45 and older are a growing economic force, responsible for more than half the nation's consumer spending, but they often lack the skills and information to make good financial decisions, according to a study released Thursday.

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.

Earliest hummingbird-like fossil found in Germany
WASHINGTON -- More than 30 million years ago birds resembling hummingbirds were savoring nectar in the flowers of Europe, a continent where these birds long ago disappeared.

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.

Top-selling Explorer SUV keeps mainstream appeal
It's still king of the hill. The Ford Explorer, the longtime sales leader in the mid-size sport utility vehicle segment, remains atop the competition, even as the going gets tougher.

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.

CDs and DVDs not so immortal after all
Dan Koster was unpacking some of his more than 2,000 CDs after a move when he noticed something strange. Some of the discs, which he always took good care of, wouldn't play properly.

Scientists: Humpback whales' singing more prevalent than thought
BOSTON -- The male humpback whale is believed to sing its mysterious songs mainly for the same reason generations of teenage boys have started bad garage bands: to get girls.

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

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.

Lynx ice deal: Saal and Goulet to return
A little girl in Detroit, Mich., is part of the deal between Jason Saal and the Augusta Lynx.

Ex-worker is arrested in jewelry store thefts
A former employee of an Evans jewelry store is in jail, accused of stealing merchandise worth nearly $118,000.

Around town

Muslims can rebuild mosque

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

Sweet hour of prayer
Mayor Bob Young asked a crowd of about 200 people Thursday to join him in prayer for the city of Augusta during the noon observance of the National Day of Prayer at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater.

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.

Poultry reigns in Leesville

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.

Churches consider closing during June's G-8 summit

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.

Job searches can be frustrating

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.

Departing students leave valuables, junk in dorms
ATHENS, Ga. - Computer monitors, bicycles, underwear, and bags and bags of ramen noodles are left behind by University of Georgia students at the end of each school year.

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.

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.

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.

Medical leader to push for reforms

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.

Across the area

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.

Balloon release

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Rants and raves
I'M CALLING CONCERNING MCG. MCG was considered a great hospital. Now it's a Wall Street-infected establishment with top figures being paid too much to write home about and patients and doctors being mistreated.

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.

Marshal's deputies OK'd for duty
Starting today, a new government presence with full arrest powers will be keeping a watchful eye on Augusta Regional Airport.

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.

Trail honors explorer's contributions to South
More than two centuries ago, famed naturalist William Bartram left Augusta to explore the lands along the Savannah River, where he recorded his observations for posterity.

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.

Polo to help get funding for clinic
AIKEN - Don Deaner was a man in need when he walked into the only doctor's office he could afford.

Panel inspects perks at lottery
ATLANTA - A legislative oversight committee began looking Thursday at the generous employment policies of the Georgia Lottery Corp., whose former director and three top aides collected almost $300,000 for vacation and sick days they were due but never used when they left the state to help start Tennessee's lottery.

Departing students leave valuables, junk in dorms

Kid of the day

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.

Thurmond monument addition OK'd

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.

Bobby Brown to stand trial

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.

SRS' status may be on agenda

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.

Kid of the day

House OKs lone bill of session

Across South Carolina
MANNING - A judge hearing a trial on school funding will not consider race when deciding whether the state gives students in poor, rural school districts enough money for a decent education.

Young driver dies in wreck

Man sought in co-worker's shooting

Retiring lawmakers earn fond farewell

Airport officials seek solution

Suspect says he found body

Across Georgia

Rebuilding a wetland

Ex-worker is arrested in jewelry store thefts

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.

School is awarded Grammy
Put their name in lights, roll out the red carpet, and prepare the party.

Study targets river's usage

Medical leader to push for reforms
By the time this year's medical school graduates finish their residency training, there will be medical malpractice reforms, the president of the nation's largest physician group vowed Thursday.

Around town
Nadia Walker, 8, of Augusta, screams as she slides at Oglethorpe Park at Riverwalk Augusta.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Southern Co. is canceling a contract with a Mississippi-based company building two power plants near Savannah after a third construction death at the site.

Arrington found guilty
Robert O. Arrington's stoicism broke, and he wiped away tears after his defense attorney William Sussman asked his mother if she wanted the jury to spare Mr. Arrington's life.

Utilities department to investigate canal
The city's utilities department will investigate the condition of the Augusta Canal, the major source of the city's water, and prepare an emergency action plan for dealing with a potential disaster there, according to Drew Goins, assistant utilities director.

Across the area
An Augusta man was charged with felony aggravated assault on Thursday after Richmond County sheriff's deputies said he used a plate to hit a woman he was dating in the face when she tried to break up with him.

Thurmond monument addition OK'd
COLUMBIA - A bill to add the name of Strom Thurmond's biracial daughter to a monument honoring the nation's longest-serving senator received approval from a state House subcommittee Thursday.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Javon Williams, 17 months, of Thomson.

Poultry reigns in Leesville
LEESVILLE, S.C. - As Debbie Capps slowly crept through the dark shed Thursday, she parted a sea of 19,212 squawking white chickens and looked for those that didn't flinch or scare.

Arrington found guilty

War vet shares children's tales
ATLANTA - A fantasy world with an imaginary friend helped comfort and entertain Larry Michalove's children while he served in the Vietnam War.

Sweet hour of prayer

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

School is awarded Grammy

Churches consider closing during June's G-8 summit
SAVANNAH, Ga. - After a gunman tried to set fire to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist seven months ago, the towering church in downtown Savannah isn't taking any chances with the G-8 summit.

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.

SRS lab will get national status
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham will designate the Savannah River Technology Center as his department's 12th national research laboratory, Department of Energy and Congressional sources said Thursday, boosting the future employment fortunes of the beleaguered Savannah River Site.

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.

Class of '04 is set for real world
AIKEN - After Frank Daniel retired, he went back to school to achieve his dream of becoming a sheriff's deputy.

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 the area

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.

Around town

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.

Panel inspects perks at lottery

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

War vet shares children's tales

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

Across Georgia

Penny-tax formula is inaccurate

Trail honors explorer's contributions to South

State budget gets a boost

Rants and raves
I'M CALLING CONCERNING MCG. MCG was considered a great hospital. Now it's a Wall Street-infected establishment with top figures being paid too much to write home about and patients and doctors being mistreated.

Mosque vandals receive probation

Class of '04 is set for real world

Man drowns in area lake

Polo to help get funding for clinic

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

Howell hoping to find groove
But there was a new man inspecting Howell's swing on the driving range Wednesday at Quail Hollow Country Club. For 30 minutes he offered unsolicited advice about hitting irons, even demonstrating a few swings himself using Howell's forged Hogan clubs and Callaway range balls.

At the Movies: 'Van Helsing'

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.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

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.

At the Movies: 'Van Helsing'
"Van Helsing" is the guy Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's monster whisper about around the campfire. He's the thing that goes bump in the night for ghouls, the hunter of the hunted.

Mini reviews

Despite implausible plot, scientists warm up to climate flick

Disney blocks distribution of Michael Moore's documentary

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.

Firefighter documentary 'Brotherhood' makes Tribeca premiere

Featured artist
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.

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

2004 Latin Grammys award show to return to Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- After a one-year stint in Miami, the Latin Grammys will return to Los Angeles this fall.

Los Lobos launch 'The Ride' on their 30th anniversary

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.

2004 Latin Grammys award show to return to Los Angeles

Los Lobos launch 'The Ride' on their 30th anniversary
LOS ANGELES -- The five members of Los Lobos walk out onto a Los Angeles street for an impromptu photo shoot, causing some drivers to stop and gawk and a few fans in the predominantly Latino neighborhood to admire from a distance.

Hot ticket

Hot ticket
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

Concert calendar

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

Featured artist

Augusta festival rocks, pops and swings through musical diversity

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.

One-day affair for Busch drivers

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

NASCAR newsmaker Ricky Rudd

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.

Racing takes initiative to diversify sport

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.

Pistons look to avoid - another - Game 2 letdown

Pistons look to avoid - another - Game 2 letdown
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons have done the same thing in the opening game of their two playoff series.

Lakers facing a daunting task

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.

Lakers facing a daunting task
LOS ANGELES - The task facing the Los Angeles Lakers against the San Antonio Spurs seems nearly impossible.

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.

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.

Jefferson ready to shoot again

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.

Hornets GM Bass retires, coach's future uncertain

Haynesworth shows up for Titans practice

Vikings' Biekert retiring after 11 NFL seasons

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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.

Archaeologists approve shot put in Ancient Olympia

2000 bronze medalist injured in training
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Chris Thompson, a bronze medalist at the 2000 Olympics and holder of the American record in the 1,500-meter freestyle, fractured both elbows during training.

All work, no play 100 days before Athens Olympics

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.

Construction delays prompt Olympic security concerns

Bombing probe carried out under intense Olympic spotlight
ATHENS, Greece -- Agents conducted door-to-door questioning Thursday seeking leads into bombings that embarrassed Olympic security chiefs and left many Greeks stunned at the global reaction.

Aniston, Magic, Lewis among celebrity Olympic torch bearers

Three bomb blasts hit Athens

Bombing probe carried out under intense Olympic spotlight

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.

Hotel employees threaten to strike during Olympics

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.

Aniston, Magic, Lewis among celebrity Olympic torch bearers
ATHENS, Greece -- Magic Johnson, Carl Lewis and Gail Devers, along with "Friends" TV star Jennifer Aniston, will help carry the Olympic torch on its journey around the world.

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

Hotel employees threaten to strike during Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- Hotel employees threatened to strike during the Olympics if their wages are not increased for the games.

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

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.

Prep sports

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

Going for his goal

Overtime

Safin, Hewitt and Henman lose in Rome

Safin, Hewitt and Henman lose in Rome

Derby champion returns to home

50 years ago, Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile

Williams fighting hard to move up

Westside soccer making historic run in playoffs

Aiken Tech inks trio for softball

Bannister's 4-minute mile still resonates

Overtime

Williams powers to 13th straight win

Players of the week

Williams powers to 13th straight win
BERLIN -- Venus Williams overwhelmed Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi 6-3, 6-1 in the third round of the German Open on Thursday, showing the full range of her power game.

Overtime
Three Augusta State players and one from USC Aiken were named to the All-Peach Belt Conference team.

Players of the week
This week's players of the week are David Hunter or Westside and Becca Balentine of Warlaw Academy.

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

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.

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.

Prep sports
Area prep sports scores from Thursday's action.

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

Westside soccer making historic run in playoffs
Richmond Academy's boys soccer team is where it should be by now. The Westside team's drive through the Georgia High School Association Soccer Playoffs is a little unexpected.

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.

Safin, Hewitt and Henman lose in Rome
ROME -- Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt and Tim Henman joined the long list of top players making early exits from the Italian Open.

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50 years ago, Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile
OXFORD, England -- Few will recall the exact date: May 6, 1954. Even the precise time is little remembered: 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds.

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.

Safin, Hewitt and Henman lose in Rome
ROME -- Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt and Tim Henman joined the long list of top players leaving the Italian Open early.

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

Going for his goal
It's a journey thousands of Augustans take every day. Richmond Academy's Markus Jackson, a superb junior sweeper on the nation's top-ranked soccer team, takes the route after every practice.

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

Haynesworth shows up for Titans practice
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth practiced with the Tennessee Titans on Thursday - two days later than his teammates showed up.

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

Howell hoping to find groove

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

Happy birthday, Mr. Godfather

Visual storytelling wows in 'Belleville' now out

"Friends" ads are the Super Bowl of commercial time

'Friends' finale gets speedy DVD release
LOS ANGELES -- No need to tape that final episode of "Friends" for posterity - Warner Bros. plans to release a DVD of the finale just five days after its Thursday broadcast.

'Friends' finale gets speedy DVD release

NBC escapes protests for its own rural-to-rich reality show
PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- After months of Appalachian outrage over CBS' planned "Beverly Hillbillies" reality series, NBC has shot the pilot of its own rural-to-riches show without attracting widespread attention.

'Friends' say goodbye

Contestant George Huff voted off 'American Idol'
NEW YORK -- Soulful singer George Huff was voted off "American Idol" by viewers Wednesday during a live broadcast, leaving four women as the show's final contestants.

'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.

Rankings for basic cable networks

''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.

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

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.

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of April 26-May 2. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

'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."

'Friends' say goodbye
NEW YORK -- The fate of television's favorite on-again, off-again couple, Ross and Rachel, was headed for a resolution Thursday on the final episode of "Friends."

'Survivor: All-Stars' final four unveiled tonight

NBC escapes protests for its own rural-to-rich reality show

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Center's exhibit beams extraterrestrial life to Earth

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.

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

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

Foul smell leads to apartment zoo with about 200 live animals

A major malfunction

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