Salvador Dali's 100th birthday is celebrated

Professor Irwin Corey is back on Broadway at 90

Book Review: Collection of columns offers glimpses of 'real' New Yorkers
"Work and Other Sins: Life in New York City and Thereabouts." By Charlie LeDuff. The Penguin Press. 357 Pages. $24.95.

Deborah Cox will be Broadway's 'Aida' all summer long
NEW YORK -- The sultry billboard will stare down onto 47th Street and the Times Square area all summer - Deborah Cox has extended her stay in the New York company of "Aida" through Sept. 5.

Book Review: Collection of columns offers glimpses of 'real' New Yorkers

Najimy and Gaffney come back to their off-Broadway roots
NEW YORK -- Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney together again. The comedy duo's latest theater piece is called "Afterbirth: Kathy and Mo's Greatest Hits" and it brings the performers back to Second Stage Theatre, where "The Further Adventures of Kathy and Mo" premiered in 1986.

Book Review: This model's life was no model life
"Everything About Me Is Fake ... and I'm Perfect!" By Janice Dickinson. ReganBooks. 260 Pages. $24.95.

Professor Irwin Corey is back on Broadway at 90
NEW YORK -- It's five minutes to curtain, and the cast of "Sly Fox" is buzzing backstage at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Book Review: This model's life was no model life

Renowned memoirist releases novel set at boy's school
STANFORD, Calif. -- Tobias Wolff strides past the 19th-century sandstone arcades and towering palms that frame the entrance to Stanford University, slinging a battered leather satchel over his shoulder and adjusting his wool driving cap.

Deborah Cox will be Broadway's 'Aida' all summer long

Salvador Dali's 100th birthday is celebrated
BARCELONA, Spain -- Shameless showman, brilliant artist and the proud owner of one of the world's pointiest mustaches, Salvador Dali was a cultural icon known as much for his eccentric lifestyle as for his art.

Renowned memoirist releases novel set at boy's school

Najimy and Gaffney come back to their off-Broadway roots

Woman hit by bat during sausage race retiring
MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin's most famous sausage has decided to retire, but she'll always relish the memories.

Americans still want some change in their pockets

Man has been hiccuping for 44 years
LAURINBURG, N.C -- Almost all cases of the hiccups last only a few minutes.

Invasive frogs in San Francisco pond evade eradication efforts
SAN FRANCISCO -- California biologists are alarmed over the latest invasive species to take up residence in this city: African clawed frogs, which eat just about anything and tend to breed like crazy.

Odds and Ends
MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin's most famous sausage has decided to retire, but she'll always relish the memories.

Polish police accidentally use live bullets to break up fight, killing one
WARSAW, Poland -- Police mistakenly opened fire with live ammunition to stop a street fight in a central Polish city, killing a 19-year-old man and wounding three others, officials said Sunday.

Braves' Garcia hopes to finally stick in majors

Bad bats hang ace with loss to Astros

Braves' Garcia hopes to finally stick in majors
ATLANTA -- Journeyman. It's the most dreaded of labels for a professional athlete.

Bad bats hang ace with loss to Astros
ATLANTA - Russ Ortiz pitched like the ace of the Braves' staff Sunday afternoon. His teammates played like jokers.

Despite more "sell" ratings, Wall Street banking clients don't bear brunt
NEW YORK - Before applauding Wall Street stock analysts for learning how to say "sell," take a closer look. They may not speak so freely when it comes to companies that buy investment banking services from their firms.

U.S. gas prices up 10 cents in past two weeks

Many factors at work in bringing Israeli jobs to California
Fresh from a visit to Israel, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger boasted to business leaders that he struck deals to bring almost 1,000 jobs and millions of dollars to state revenues.

Interest in mill renovation back on the upswing

Delta signals possible bankruptcy if it doesn't get wage concessions
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines said Monday that it may have to file for bankruptcy if its pilots union doesn't agree to significant wage cuts, the first time the struggling carrier has publicly linked the two issues.

Citigroup agrees to pay $2.65 billion to settle WorldCom shareholder case
NEW YORK -- Financial services giant Citigroup has agreed to pay $2.65 billion to settle class-action suits brought by investors who bought WorldCom Inc. securities before the telecommunications company's bankruptcy filing in 2002.

Walgreen's Rx in drugstore war: Capture 12,000 corners
CHICAGO -- Ice cream, fast food, optical centers, a travel agency - there was a time Walgreen Co. had so many businesses that prescription drugs seemed almost an afterthought.

Colleges join forces with publishing company to boost yearbook sales

Many factors at work in bringing Israeli jobs to California

U.S. gas prices up 10 cents in past two weeks
LOS ANGELES -- U.S. gasoline prices rose by 10 cents per gallon in the past two weeks, the biggest jump since last August, an analyst said Sunday.

Lowe's grants scholarships to Augusta Tech
Augusta Technical College received $20,000 from Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse on Monday, marking the school's first company-sponsored scholarship program.

Wi-Fi phones could be the next moneysaving move in telecom
NEW YORK -- Now that some Wi-Fi "hot spots" have grown into broader neighborhood "hot zones," the next wave is waiting: Phones and gear that send conversations over wireless Internet networks - for free or at a fraction of the cost of traditional calls.

SunTrust to acquire National Commerce Financial
ATLANTA -- SunTrust Banks Inc. said Sunday it was buying Memphis-based National Commerce Financial Corp. in a nearly $7 billion cash-and-stock deal, the latest merger in the wave of consolidation sweeping the financial sector.

Citigroup agrees to pay $2.65 billion to settle WorldCom shareholder case

Corporate tax bill blossoms with special interest breaks during spring debate
WASHINGTON -- It started as an effort to eliminate a $5 billion tax break for exporters that irked the European Union. Since then, a tax bill has blossomed into a $170 billion cornucopia of special breaks for the cruise ship industry, former Oldsmobile dealers, NASCAR and makers of bows and arrows.

Business roundup

Interest in mill renovation back on the upswing
LOWELL, Mass. -- They look like movie sets for a New York romance: funky lofts with 12-foot ceilings, nine-foot windows, exposed brick, brushed steel appliances and hardwood floors smooth as butter.

SunTrust to acquire National Commerce Financial

Pocket change
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - The new management of Tyco International vowed that it will pursue civil litigation against former officers, regardless of the outcome of their criminal trial.

Lowe's grants scholarships to Augusta Tech

Business roundup
NEW YORK - Financial services giant Citigroup has agreed to pay $2.65 billion to settle class-action suits by investors who bought WorldCom Inc. securities before the telecommunications company's bankruptcy filing in 2002.

Wi-Fi phones could be the next moneysaving move in telecom

Diebold finds voting machine business stormy

Corporate tax bill blossoms with special interest breaks during spring debate

Diebold finds voting machine business stormy
NORTH CANTON, Ohio -- After the Florida punch-card debacle hurt the credibility of the last presidential election, ATM maker Diebold Inc. decided it should expand into electronic voting.

Despite more "sell" ratings, Wall Street banking clients don't bear brunt

'Sweatshop-free' firms see market in socially conscious consumers
LOS ANGELES -- In an industry with a history of sweatshops, two garment companies are convinced they can make money without underpaying or overworking employees.

'Sweatshop-free' firms see market in socially conscious consumers

Colleges join forces with publishing company to boost yearbook sales
Andrea Cranford is trying for the second time to revive The Cornhusker, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's student yearbook.

Walgreen's Rx in drugstore war: Capture 12,000 corners

Pocket change

Tigers fall to Central Florida

Tigers fall to Central Florida
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Central Florida jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held off Clemson for a 3-2 win at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Sunday.

Jaguars dip in for new coach

Augusta State flips for 'Dip'

DOE comes to senses
It was harder than pulling teeth, but the U.S. Department of Energy finally did the right thing by extending the radiation monitoring program on the Georgia side of the Savannah River.

Davidson's Grammy
Augusta's Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School has long been known as an educational institution of excellence.

Release the ugly pics
When Sunday's news TV interview shows weren't talking about whether Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should stay or resign over the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal, discussions touched on how to deal with abuse pictures that haven't been released yet.

What 'freedom fighters'?
Before 9-11, U.S. policy was largely supportive of Chechnya "freedom fighters" and their efforts to join Ukraine, Georgia and other former Soviet republics as a sovereign, independent nation.

Release the ugly pics

Sharon's setback
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan for pulling out of Gaza and four West Bank settlements was sinking in the polls even before his Likud Party voters turned it down by a whopping 60 percent majority in a May 2 referendum.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- TV talk show host Wayne Brady is joining the cast of the long-running Broadway musical revival "Chicago" as the opportunistic Billy Flynn.

'Wicked' dominates for 2004 Tonys
NEW YORK -- "Wicked," a quirky and fantasy-filled musical about those folks who live along the Yellow Brick Road, picked up 10 Tony Award nominations Monday.

Investors flock to Japanese stock market on recovery hopes

Berkshire without Buffett? Shareholders' outlooks mixed

Wi-Fi phones could be the next moneysaving move in telecom

Google's stock auction: an IPO revolution or disaster?
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc.'s initial public offering has a lot of people salivating for a piece of the action - an appetite that the Internet search engine leader hopes to satisfy by inviting the masses to the bidding table.

Google's stock auction: an IPO revolution or disaster?

Investors flock to Japanese stock market on recovery hopes
TOKYO -- Shunned by investors for more than a decade, Japan's stock market is regaining its reputation as a place to make money.

Berkshire without Buffett? Shareholders' outlooks mixed

Berkshire without Buffett? Shareholders' outlooks mixed
OMAHA, Neb. -- Gray and bespectacled, Warren Buffett would seem an unlikely character to garner the kind of adoration usually reserved for rock stars.

Wi-Fi phones could be the next moneysaving move in telecom
NEW YORK -- Now that some Wi-Fi "hot spots" have grown into broader neighborhood "hot zones," the next wave is waiting: Phones and gear that send conversations over wireless Internet networks - for free or at a fraction of the cost of traditional calls.

Dow closes below 10,000 as interest rate fears drive selling
NEW YORK -- Interest rate fears drove a major selloff on Wall Street Monday, with the Dow Jones industrial average closing below 10,000 for the first time since Dec. 10 and all three major indexes dropping to their lows for the year.

Jackets rout Duke
ATLANTA -- Mike Trapani, in the lineup only because regular shortstop Tyler Greene was sick, homered and drove in a career-high four runs to lead Georgia Tech past Duke 14-3 Sunday, the ninth straight victory for the Yellow Jackets.

Jackets rout Duke

Jackets remain stuck vs. Cats
Kyle Jackson's performance through six innings looked good enough for him to finally pick up his first win. But a rough seventh and virtually no support gave Jackson his fifth loss as the Charleston Alley Cats beat the GreenJackets 5-1 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

If only real life came with a blooper reel at the end

Putting on a smile
Kevin Martin/StaffPutting on a smileStacy Cason of Thomson reacts after sinking a putt on the ninth green during the Girls Class AAAA state championship at Goshen Plantation. Cason finished with 96 on Monday, and teammates Dottie Knox (95) and Leslie Wagness (106) helped the team to a 191 total. Led by medalist Amber Davis' 74, Woodward won the team title by six shots over Columbus.

Jason Knutson wins Macau Open

Jason Knutson wins Macau Open
MACAU -- Jason Knutzon of the United States won the Macau Open on Sunday, making a birdie on the final hole to beat Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand by a stroke.

New book, same old candor from Johnny Miller
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The problem with television is that Johnny Miller doesn't have enough time to tell you what he really thinks. That's one reason he wrote, "I Call The Shots."

New book, same old candor from Johnny Miller

Wie impresses in Kingsmill debut

Green, team can't repeat
CEDARTOWN, Ga. - Richmond Academy's Mike Green heard from a teammate Monday that his nemesis had just finished a stunning round in the Class AAA State golf championship at Meadow Lakes Golf Course.

Bolli wins first Nationwide Tour event
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Justin Bolli won his first Nationwide Tour event Sunday, shooting a 7-under-par 65 for a one-shot victory at the Chattanooga Classic.

Gainesville takes home second straight girls title
Gainesville High School turned what was supposed to be a rebuilding year for its girl's golf team into another Class AAA state championship Monday.

Nelson's late charge wins Kinko's Classic
AUSTIN, Texas -- With none of the day's early leaders finding the strokes to close out a victory, Larry Nelson charged from the pack Sunday to win the FedEx Kinko's Classic.

At last! Sindelar wins for the first time in 14 years

Green, team can't repeat

Putting on a smile

Pak comes from behind to win at Kingsmill

Pak comes from behind to win at Kingsmill
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Se Ri Pak won for her father on Father's Day five years ago. Now she's won for her mother on Mother's Day.

At last! Sindelar wins for the first time in 14 years
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Fourteen years and 370 tournaments removed from his last victory, Joey Sindelar made it worth the wait Sunday in the Wachovia Championship with an improbable rally and a playoff victory over fast-fading Arron Oberholser.

Wie impresses in Kingsmill debut
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Michelle Wie's group was easy to find throughout the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill: Just follow the huge crowds scrambling to be in position for each shot the 14-year-old made.

Lane wins British Masters
MERIDEN, England -- England's Barry Lane won his first title in nine years Sunday, shooting a 6-under-par 66 for a three-stroke victory in the British Masters.

Jackets remain stuck vs. Cats

Flames burn Sharks in Game 1
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Overtime suits the Calgary Flames - particularly when their goalie seems determined to show his former teammates exactly what they gave up.

Flyers regroup after Game 1 loss to Lightning
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Philadelphia Flyers concede one thing after losing the opening game of the Eastern Conference finals to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Flyers regroup after Game 1 loss to Lightning

Flames burn Sharks in Game 1

Americans still want some change in their pockets
There seems to be a common belief that Americans don't like money that clinks. You know, pocket change.

Arrington sentenced to death
A jury voted unanimously today to set Robert O. Arrington's punishment at death.

Widows' Home is in poor state

Dam engineer's CSRA contribution was mighty
The Augusta Chronicle and reporter Robert Pavey should be commended on the articles commemorating the 50th anniversary of Clarks Hill Dam and many positive benefits that this project brought to the community. Of more than 2,000 people who worked on the project, no one had a greater impact on the CSRA than its principal designer, Josef C. Patchen. Lee E. Wheatley, P.E., Augusta

Young ladies come to rescue
So many times we hear and read about all the bad things young people do, but I would like to share a personal story that's restored my faith in our youth. Mary Huffman, Evans

Join in celebrating Older Americans Month
It's common knowledge that the U.S. population is growing older. In 2002 almost 35.2 million Americans were age 65 or older and 4.6 million of them were 85 or older. In fact, there are over 50,000 centenarians living in the United States. Pat Garrett, Augusta

Cowardly Bush saves own skin
If George W. Bush had the same love of freedom for the people of Vietnam in 1968, when he was 22 years old, as he does in 2004 for the people of Iraq, he may very well have come back from Vietnam with a chest full of medals and a hero's glory. Richard D. Renew, Martinez

Dam engineer's CSRA contribution was mighty

Week honors nation's nurses

Young ladies come to rescue

Join in celebrating Older Americans Month

Week honors nation's nurses
PrimeCare IV Infusion Specialists is celebrating National Nurses Week from May 6-12. The purpose of National Nurses Week is to raise public awareness of the value of nursing and to help educate the public about the vital roles nurses play in meeting the health care needs of the American people. Tammy C. Burdeaux, R.N., B.S.N., C.R.N.I., Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is director of nursing services for PrimeCare IV Infusion Specialists.)

Koppel undermined war in Iraq

Widows' Home is in poor state
I have just passed by the old building that used to be the Widows' Home on Greene Street, and it's in deplorable condition. The same company that bought the old Houghton School bought the old Widows' Home and it, too, is in deplorable condition. Jo Hales, North Augusta, S.C.

Koppel undermined war in Iraq
I was amazed, astonished and angry when I learned that Ted Koppel would read the names of our fallen soldiers in Iraq on ABC's Nightline, after which he was interviewed by Charles Gibson on Good Morning America. Mr. Koppel's excuse for his anti-war effort was that as a little boy growing up in England he remembered the blitzkrieg on London and the devastation that caused. Bob Groothand, Augusta

Open flame

Isolated obese populations help search for genetic influences

Little League coach wants kids to put kids back in charge

Seniors Calendar

Sluggish game play limits new soccer game

New iTunes boosts features, but tweaks copy rules

Study finds changes in ocean temps created '30s Dust Bowl

Internet is changing the way performing artists manage their careers

Family Briefs

Techbits: Marketing e-mail, Green PCs, and more

Weighty new world: Obesity gains ground as global killer

Consortium pushes more video games that also teach

Open flame
For the longest time homeowners have been trying to bring the outdoors in, but new products like the fire pit are helping them bring the indoors out.

U.S. contributes to global obesity, but can't take all the blame
It's all America's fault, right? In the global give and take, it seems only fair that the blame for bloating the world go to the nation that gave it rivers of Coke, mountains of Big Macs and an endless fitness-quashing entertainment feed from Hollywood.

Techbits: Marketing e-mail, Green PCs, and more
NEW YORK -- Microsoft Corp., whose Hotmail and MSN services are inundated by spam, has contracted for a service that lets e-mail from legitimate companies more easily reach people's inboxes.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Include the name and phone number of a contact person.

New iTunes boosts features, but tweaks copy rules
A year after Apple Computer Inc. proved that commercial music downloads from the Internet can be both convenient and legal, its pioneering iTunes software has undergone a revision that offers a flurry of advances - but takes one step backward.

Consortium pushes more video games that also teach
DALLAS -- Does "The Sims" video game accurately depict human psychology? Does a train simulator like "Railroad Tycoon" broach some basic engineering ideas?

Sluggish game play limits new soccer game
"World Tour Soccer 2005" tries something in videogaming I've long sought from real-world soccer - make it interesting.

Family Briefs
NEW YORK -- Bigger is not always better when it comes to family-friendly zoos: The Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Fla., is the nation's best, according to Child magazine.

Weighty new world: Obesity gains ground as global killer
It's a bitter truth to swallow: About every fourth person on Earth is too fat. Obesity is fast becoming one of the world's leading reasons why people die.

Little League coach wants kids to put kids back in charge
NEW YORK -- Les Edgerton - a dad, a coach, a self-proclaimed Little League survivor - says it's time to give children's sports back to children.

Internet is changing the way performing artists manage their careers
NEW YORK -- Let's say you're a small theater company and you want to tour the Southwest on a shoestring budget, or you want to find theaters in rural New England that are interested in experimental dance.

Style Briefs
NEW YORK -- The founder of the International Best Dressed List, the late Eleanor Lambert, has acknowledged the annual poll was created as a publicity stunt, but over the past 64 years it has become a respected barometer of style.

Study finds changes in ocean temps created '30s Dust Bowl
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Will-Allen Jameson still remembers the sound the huge, rolling wall of dust made before it reached her family's West Texas ranch.

Isolated obese populations help search for genetic influences
On the Pacific island of Kosrae, scientists hope to find answers to one of the biggest mysteries about obesity: What genes nudge some people toward getting fat?

Battle weighs heavily in town

University students lead excavation at antebellum home

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Blacks disproportionately hold low-paying jobs while being underrepresented among South Carolina's highest-paying professions, according to a newspaper analysis.

Special session was an extended 'goodbye' for departing lawmakers

Arrington gets death in slaying

Reshaping the future
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Miki and Dave Allgire noticed the curious looks given to their daughter Samantha after she was born.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A Greenville man died after a truck ran over him as he lay in the road, state troopers said.

Agriculture officials on the look out for tree fungus
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- State agriculture officials have put a hold on some ornamental plants shipped from California to test them for a tree-killing fungus.

Suspect has prior conviction
A man accused in a weekend slaying served time in prison for another killing almost 30 years ago, state records show.

Halliburton worker from S.C. killed in Iraq
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A former instructor at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy here has become the area's first civilian casualty in Iraq.

Across the area

Renovations to old buildings revitalize area

Party seeks bearer for Hollings' torch
COLUMBIA - As Democrats gather at the Galivants Ferry Stump today to honor U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings' half-century in politics, there's a looming question about who will be the state party's leader when he retires.

Across Georgia

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Businesses split on bike rallies

SRS awaits pit facility decision
AIKEN - A highly anticipated report on the nation's nuclear stockpile that could have a direct effect on future work at the Savannah River Site has been completed and will be given to Congress within weeks, a key energy official said Friday.

The week ahead

SRS awaits pit facility decision

Across South Carolina

DSS hopes to foster more parents

Businesses split on bike rallies
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Some businesses along the Grand Strand are hoping to persuade bikers to shift their annual rallies to different dates to keep them from cutting into more family oriented business in May.

Five questions with Julie Hendrick

DSS hopes to foster more parents
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- The state Department of Social Services hope stories like Gayle Starr's will encourage others to become foster parents.

Kid of the day

Myrtle Beach, Greenville in dispute over $7 million
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A loophole in state law has two cities in the opposite parts of the state fighting over the same money.

Halliburton worker from S.C. killed in Iraq

Blacks still hold more low-income jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Blacks disproportionately hold low-paying jobs while being underrepresented among South Carolina's highest paying professions, according to a newspaper analysis.

Men honor soldiers of Civil War

Fallen Navy officer from Georgia honored
CHAUNCEY, Ga. -- Friends and family of a fallen Navy officer honored him at a funeral service, as the memory of man known for making everyone laugh brought many to tears.

Across Georgia

Some say Muscogee school district discriminates against pregnant students
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Muscogee County school officials recently avoided a legal battle when they allowed a pregnant student to return to her high school rather than attend a Columbus teen parenting center.

Input is sought for new school
Want to add your two cents' worth to the $16 million career and technology magnet school planned in Richmond County?

Statesboro man tries to hire undercover agent for murder
STATESBORO, Ga. -- When a Statesboro man tried to hire a hitman, he found the wrong person in an undercover Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent.

Increase in fraud alarms officers
AIKEN - Financial fraud, once the province of the professional check-kiter, fly-by-night counterfeiter and quick-change artist, has grown to "overwhelming" levels in recent years, so much so that investigators have a hard time keeping up with it, local authorities say.

Web site set up to honor slain student, generate information about case
ATHENS, Ga. -- The mother of a University of Georgia law school student found dead in her burning home in 2001 believes a Web site created to honor the woman might also generate information to help police find her killer.

Minister fought for church's rights
A few months after being named minister at Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in the summer of 1994, the Rev. J. Ronzell Maness received a phone call from Atlanta Gas Light Co. requesting permission to drill on the church's property at Eighth and Taylor streets.

University students lead excavation at antebellum home
LAFAYETTE, Ga. -- Archaeology students are putting their classroom knowledge to the test in a search for hidden artifacts on the site of an antebellum home in northwest Georgia.

Members consider baggage system

Special session was an extended 'goodbye' for departing lawmakers
ATLANTA -- For a Georgia Legislature losing some of its most experienced players, last week's special session offered an opportunity to say an extended goodbye.

Retailers watch for suspicious customers
Facing a growing methamphetamine problem, South Carolina authorities are turning to retailers that sell the common ingredients of the illegal stimulant in hopes of cutting off the supply chain.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Savannah Dawn Berry, 6, of Aiken.

G-8 watchdogs prepare
ATLANTA - With less than a month remaining until the G-8 Summit convenes on Sea Island, Atlanta resident Carol Bass is busy preparing to protest the annual meeting of the world's leading industrial nations.

Renovations to old buildings revitalize area
ATHENS, Ga. - Joe McCrary wishes he could have saved the second-story wood floors in downtown Athens' old Adcock building. Nearly 2 inches thick, the floors surely would have passed a required fire-delay test, he believes.

Arrington sentenced to death

Agriculture officials on the look out for tree fungus

Across the southeast

Rural hospitals fight for survival

Rants and Raves
IF PROVEN TRUE, consider this to be a rant of epic proportion. A close friend, whose job it is to teach young children in one of our better schools of lower learning, informs me that he is constantly confronted with running out of basic supplies - yeah, paper and pencils (especially paper). Therefore, being the way he is, he takes money away from his already inadequate salary and buys some. What, pray tell, is Larke doing to earn his ill-gotten gains? You tell me.

Some say Muscogee school district discriminates against pregnant students

Party seeks bearer for Hollings' torch

G-8 watchdogs prepare

Across the area

Retailers watch for suspicious customers

Time frame of docks' repair is discussed
The question by Augusta commissioners Monday wasn't so much about whether Augusta's riverfront marina docks are in need of emergency repair or whether they are now dangerous for boaters.

Suspect has prior conviction

Blacks still hold more low-income jobs

Increase in fraud alarms officers

Reshaping the future

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Minister fought for church's rights

Leaders praise Hollings at Stump
GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. - U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings walked through the crowd at Gallivants Ferry Stump on Monday evening, reminding folks he's known for years how the pressure is on his beloved Democratic Party now that he's leaving.

Five questions with Julie Hendrick
Julie Hendrick, a clinical nurse specialist for the Women's Center at University Hospital, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Schools propose tennis, golf cuts
It could be game, set, match for Columbia County middle school tennis and golf programs next year.

Tourism grows on farms
During the third weekend in June each year, McCorkle Nurseries, a plant wholesale company, holds a public sale.

The week ahead
It has been more than 20 years since the influential Boston band Mission of Burma released its last album of original work. In that time, the band has developed something of a cult following, influencing the school of rock that became known as alternative and leaving a notable, if often unacknowledged, imprint on modern music. Now, the power trio has returned with the release of ONoffON. Here's hoping it affords this act some of the fame it so richly deserves. If nothing else, the occasion earns itself the honor of being this week's Best Bet. Here's what else is happening:

113,000 lose licenses over lax insurance
More than 100,000 Georgia drivers who either were not listed on a statewide insurance database or have had a lapse in their insurance coverage are now grounded.

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A 16-year-old boy has been charged with killing a woman last month at a busy intersection in daylight.

Battle weighs heavily in town
SUMMERTON, S.C. - History always lurks nearby in Summerton, often in the most unexpected places. An empty field. A small motel. A school district office.

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Across Georgia
STATESBORO - When a Statesboro man tried to hire a hit man, he instead found an undercover Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, authorities said.

Members consider baggage system
A handful of Augusta aviation commissioners voted Monday to consider a more high-tech, expensive baggage screening system for Augusta Regional Airport's new terminal, which could push back the project's start date.

Across the area
An Augusta woman told sheriff's deputies that she was assaulted early Monday morning by a man who later threatened to kill her, a police report states.

Web site set up to honor slain student, generate information about case

Statesboro man tries to hire undercover agent for murder

Arrington gets death in slaying
For his first killing, Robert O. Arrington got a plea bargain and early parole. For his second killing, a jury fixed the punishment at death.

Rural hospitals fight for survival
FAIRFAX, S.C. - The small-town hospital is the mother ship for doctors practicing in the outback of South Carolina and Georgia, rural health experts say, but these local institutions are being withered by the same economic pressures slamming big-city and suburban medical centers.

Injured sheriff's deputy improves

Kid of the day

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is LaMontrez "Buster" Anderson of Augusta

Tourism grows on farms

Men honor soldiers of Civil War
AIKEN - Just blocks from where the bloody Battle of Aiken took place in 1865, wreaths were placed Monday at the foot of the obelisk that honors the soldiers who fought in the Civil War.

113,000 lose licenses over lax insurance

Rants and Raves
IF PROVEN TRUE, consider this to be a rant of epic proportion. A close friend, whose job it is to teach young children in one of our better schools of lower learning, informs me that he is constantly confronted with running out of basic supplies - yeah, paper and pencils (especially paper). Therefore, being the way he is, he takes money away from his already inadequate salary and buys some. What, pray tell, is Larke doing to earn his ill-gotten gains? You tell me.

Across the southeast
MACON, Miss. - Former hostage Thomas Hamill was greeted with hugs from fellow churchgoers Sunday as he attended services with his family.

Across the area
Police arrested an Augusta man after investigators said he threatened his wife at knifepoint to prevent her from leaving their home early Sunday.

Injured sheriff's deputy improves
A Richmond County sheriff's deputy who was injured while serving with his Naval Reserve unit in Iraq has been moved out of intensive care in a Navy hospital, officials said Monday.

Bulldog Nation pays tribute to Dooley
They lined up as they have for 40 years, asking the coach for an autograph or a picture or a few words of wisdom about the Bulldogs.

If only real life came with a blooper reel at the end
The other night I was flipping channels when I came across a program that was showing bloopers and outtakes from a series.

'Van Helsing' tops box office with $54.2 million

Ancient monsters get modern makeover in 'Van Helsing'
LOS ANGELES -- Look at them, the creatures of the night! What ghoulish movie stars they make.

'The Green Hat' takes top honors at Tribeca Film Festival
NEW YORK -- "The Green Hat," about a middle-aged man coping with his wife's infidelity, took the best narrative feature prize and its director was named best new narrative filmmaker at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen face age 18 in 'New York Minute'
LOS ANGELES -- Sometimes two of a kind beats a "Full House." Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen proved that by topping their childhood stint on that saccharine sitcom by starting a billion-dollar enterprise of direct-to-video movies, a little girl fashion line, and assorted books, dolls, trinkets and doodads.

Hugh Jackman battles monsters, belts out show tunes

'Super Size Me' filmmaker's on a mission to change way America eats
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Morgan Spurlock set out to make a movie. He ended up a crusader. And all it took was 5,000 calories a day.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen face age 18 in 'New York Minute'

'Van Helsing' tops box office with $54.2 million
LOS ANGELES -- Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein stomped the Olsen twins in the first major box-office contest of the summer blockbuster season.

New home-video releases
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Hugh Jackman battles monsters, belts out show tunes
NEW YORK -- Wanna meet Hugh Jackman? It's easy, though it could be expensive and a little embarrassing.

'Super Size Me' filmmaker's on a mission to change way America eats

John Grisham trying to build an audience for Little League movie
MUNCY, Pa. -- Marcia Tanner lives just a few blocks from where the Little League World Series is played, so she's familiar with bright lights and high drama.

Ancient monsters get modern makeover in 'Van Helsing'

New home-video releases

Twista rides 'Slow Jamz' to the top
NEW YORK -- When Twista made his debut 13 long years ago, it seemed only a matter of time before the Midwest motor-mouth would be a platinum success.

Many 'American Idol' losers are winning big
NEW YORK -- Acidic tongue-lashings from "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell could deflate anyone's musical aspirations, but many "Idol" losers are finding that second-chance success isn't a bad consolation prize.

Twista rides 'Slow Jamz' to the top

Singer/songwriter hopes to ruffle a few feathers with debut album

Q&A with media mogul Quincy Jones
NEW YORK -- Nearly 20 years ago, legendary producer and media mogul Quincy Jones gathered about 45 top musicians, including Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen, for the charity song "We Are The World."

Q&A with media mogul Quincy Jones

Many 'American Idol' losers are winning big

Singer/songwriter hopes to ruffle a few feathers with debut album
NEW YORK -- Nellie McKay isn't afraid to admit that she was a "band geek" in high school.

Indy officials get their wish with slower speeds
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indy Racing League officials hope slower cars will improve safety at this year's Indianapolis 500.

Schumacher wins fifth in a row
BARCELONA, Spain -- So far, it's the perfect year for Michael Schumacher.

Gordon bangs wall in second turn
INDIANAPOLIS -- Moments after completing his fastest lap of the day, Robby Gordon hit the wall Monday during practice for the Indianapolis 500.

Indy officials get their wish with slower speeds

Gordon bangs wall in second turn

Lakers dominate Spurs in Game 3

Duncan, Parker stifled in Spurs' loss

Accuser testifies at Kobe Bryant hearing for second time
EAGLE, Colo. -- The 19-year-old woman accusing NBA star Kobe Bryant of rape slipped into the courthouse through a fire exit Monday to testify for the second time since the case began.

Brown believes referees trying to antagonize Wallace
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Taking a swipe at the referees without naming names, Detroit Pistons coach Larry Brown charged Monday that some officials have tried to antagonize forward Rasheed Wallace.

Accuser testifies at Kobe Bryant hearing for second time

Lakers dominate Spurs in Game 3
LOS ANGELES -- Don't count the Lakers and their Fab Four out just yet.

Bryant to enter formal plea at hearing in assault case
EAGLE, Colo. -- Although merely a formality, NBA star Kobe Bryant is expected to plead not guilty this week to charges he raped a 19-year old woman last summer.

Brown believes referees trying to antagonize Wallace

Duncan, Parker stifled in Spurs' loss
LOS ANGELES -- Tim Duncan and Tony Parker went from dominating duo to also-rans against the Los Angeles Lakers' energized defense.

Heat in another hole as series moves to Miami
MIAMI -- This is a small, but daunting hole for the Miami Heat.

Heat in another hole as series moves to Miami

Augusta State flips for 'Dip'
Five-year-old Elizabeth Metress played with her plush jaguar doll as her father was being announced as Augusta State's new basketball coach Monday afternoon.

Jaguars dip in for new coach
Darren "Dip" Metress will be announced as the Augusta State men's head basketball coach at a press conference today, according to sources close to the school.

Force snaps losing streak

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Mrs. Lois Medlock (EVANS, Ga.)

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Mrs. Dorothy Turner (GOUGH, Ga.)

Mr. Hayward Gant, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Dorothy Herrin (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

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ATHENS: Ancient city gets fresh look for Olympic homecoming
ATHENS, Greece -- Greeks call it the "volta."

With IOC inspectors in town, roof arch begins slow glide at Athens Olympic stadium

U.S. grouped with Sweden, Russia in Olympic hockey
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- The United States will play Sweden and Russia in its hockey group at the 2006 Turin Olympics.

Workers prepare to put roof arches in place at Olympic stadium

Ridge says progress being made on Olympics security
WASHINGTON -- Recent talks about security for the Athens Olympics have been productive and indicate significant progress, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Monday.

Hamman looking to give United States Olympians a big lift in Athens

With IOC inspectors in town, roof arch begins slow glide at Athens Olympic stadium
ATHENS, Greece -- A section of roof at the main Olympic stadium began moving into place Monday, an important step for organizers in meeting a deadline set by IOC inspectors.

ATHENS: Ancient city gets fresh look for Olympic homecoming

Hamman looking to give United States Olympians a big lift in Athens
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Shane Hamman can dead lift more weight than any Olympic athlete in America. Imagine being able to hoist the back end of a Ford Focus or a Dodge Neon above one's head, and you get the idea.

Workers prepare to put roof arches in place at Olympic stadium
ATHENS, Greece -- Workers dismantled support towers on sections of a delayed steel-and-glass roof at the main Olympic stadium Sunday in preparation for rolling the arches into place during a visit by International Olympic Committee inspectors.

U.S. grouped with Sweden, Russia in Olympic hockey

Overtime

Injured Venus Williams pulls out of German Open final

Moya, a craftsman on clay, wins Italian Open

Journeyman jockey made good on golden opportunity

Kentucky Derby winning jockey sues newspaper for libel

Serena Williams, Capriati gearing up for majors

Overtime

Marquex, Pacquiao may do it all over again

No. 1 Aiken upset in soccer quarterfinal

Overtime
No. 14-ranked Augusta State will head to the East Regional in hopes of qualifying for its sixth straight NCAA Tournament.

Moya, a craftsman on clay, wins Italian Open
ROME -- Carlos Moya began the year aiming for a top-eight finish. After winning the Italian Open and reaching a No. 2 ranking, he might have to rethink his goals.

Journeyman jockey made good on golden opportunity
BENSALEM, Pa. - In the heady aftermath of the Kentucky Derby, hours after guiding Smarty Jones to the winner's circle, Stewart Elliott spotted an acquaintance at a party.

Overtime
In Albuquerque, N.M., Cindy Parlow, Mia Hamm and Lori Chalupny scored second-half goals to lead the U.S. women's national team past Mexico 3-0 on Sunday in an exhibition match to prepare for the Olympics.

Serena Williams, Capriati gearing up for majors
ROME -- Serena Williams and Jennifer Capriati are hoping their bodies and games will be healthy just at the right time: for the French Open and Wimbledon.

Kentucky Derby winning jockey sues newspaper for libel
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The jockey who rode Funny Cide to victory in last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes is suing The Miami Herald for libel, seeking $48 million in damages.

No. 1 Aiken upset in soccer quarterfinal
AIKEN - Spring Valley's Chase Rowell and John Rollison took turns discussing their goals in Monday night's South Carolina Class AAAA soccer quarterfinal.

Marquex, Pacquiao may do it all over again
LAS VEGAS -- Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao gave themselves a tough act to follow with a thrilling featherweight title fight that had multiple knockdowns, lots of blood and even a little bit of controversy.

Injured Venus Williams pulls out of German Open final
BERLIN -- Hobbling on crutches and hoping for the best, Venus Williams knew she couldn't play for the German Open title. Whether she'll be ready for the French Open is uncertain.

Force snaps losing streak
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Leon Murray threw for 334 yards and eight touchdowns, and the Georgia Force snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 72-51 victory over the Columbus Destroyers on Sunday in the Arena Football League.

Skeptics may refuse to relent but, yes, there's evidence of Jesus outside the Bible
Did Jesus even exist?

Bulldog Nation pays tribute to Dooley

Van Dyke, Moore revisit classic '60s TV comedy
LOS ANGELES -- When Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Carl Reiner and Rose Marie got together for a reunion of "The Dick Van Dyke Show," it was as if 40 years hadn't passed.

"Survivor" contestant loses game but gains a bride

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Most Manhattanites slog through traffic as if they were blindfolded. But Gerry McCambridge really is. Blindfolded. Putt-putting through Times Square on a gas-powered scooter.

Toga epics are reborn as two Ancient Rome epics shoot in Italy

Toga epics are reborn as two Ancient Rome epics shoot in Italy
ROME -- Ancient Roman commoners trembled with excitement at the arrival of Mark Antony, shoving to get near the general as he strode under a triumphal arch.

NBC leaving little to chance in 'Nightly News' anchor transition
NEW YORK -- Every week or so, a handful of NBC News executives meet to plot the schedule of a man who usually isn't in the room.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

"Survivor" contestant loses game but gains a bride
NEW YORK -- It was "Survivor" meets "The Bachelor" at Madison Square Garden.

Van [filtered word], Moore revisit classic '60s TV comedy

'Wicked' dominates for 2004 Tonys

People in the News

Augusta goes to the Dogs
Mark Richt signed footballs, flags, jerseys and anything within range of his marker Monday evening.

Augusta goes to the Dogs

Georgia Tech, Georgia to take winning streaks to Turner Field

Diamond Dogs top Mississippi St. in extra innings

Diamond Dogs top Mississippi St. in extra innings
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Josh Morris had three RBIs and hit a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the 11th, and Georgia won its school-record 12th straight game, beating Mississippi State 8-6 on Sunday.

Georgia Tech, Georgia to take winning streaks to Turner Field
ATLANTA -- While NCAA tournament fever heats up in Atlanta, razors are gathering dust in Athens.

Dooley's farewell tour comes to town
The Vince Dooley farewell tour makes it way through Augusta today.

South Carolina defeats Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. -- Brendan Winn and Landon Powell drove in seven runs combined to help South Carolina defeat Auburn 12-11 on Sunday.

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

Problem with mother must be confronted

Question of the week
How health-conscious are you?

4-1-1
"California, here we come, right back where we started from!" What die-hard fan of The O.C. hasnt fallen in love with the show's theme song? Now, it and several other indie and emo tracks have been released on the O.C. soundtrack.

Audio best

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Question of the week

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Activities can fill summer with fun
Yearbooks. Prom. Exams. Yup, summer is coming. Excited? Going anywhere?

Activities can fill summer with fun

Xtreme calendar
NEW TO DVD AND VHS: Things get crazy with the release of Scary Movie 3, starring Leslie Nielsen and Anthony Anderson; and Antonio Banderas portrays a Mexican revolutionary in And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself.

Problem with mother must be confronted
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: Me and my boyfriend have been together for over a year now. I love him to death and he loves me back, but he has to sneak to see me and hang out with me because of his mother. He won't stand up to her; he has no freedom. He can't even talk on the phone sometimes. What can I do? His mother is ruining everything I've made this relationship to be.

Your style
THE FACTS: Cori Bookert, 15, a freshman at the Academy of Richmond County

Audio best
These are the weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Hands off!
Sex sells, and teenage hormones run wild, so it can be hard to resist the urge to have sex.

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Odds and Ends

Man has been hiccuping for 44 years

Invasive frogs in San Francisco pond evade eradication efforts

Skeptics may refuse to relent but, yes, there's evidence of Jesus outside the Bible