Book salutes often-neglected naval cruisers

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.

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

Inmates become prisoners of their own literary success

Arts Review: Updating 'Woyzeck' for the 21st century
NEW YORK -- If he hasn't already, John Ortiz can give up his gym membership.

Arts Review: Updating 'Woyzeck' for the 21st century

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

Recent books fill gaps in knowledge and on the reference shelf

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.

Book salutes often-neglected naval cruisers
"Sweet Pea at War: A History of USS Portland." By William Thomas Generous Jr. The University Press of Kentucky. 290 Pages. $29.95.

Recent books fill gaps in knowledge and on the reference shelf
Dictionaries, almanacs and encyclopedias have plenty of information - but even they don't know it all.

Inmates become prisoners of their own literary success
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Ever since eight inmates at the York Correctional Institution became award-winning authors, they've been prisoners of their own success.

Martinez fans 11 in Red Sox' win

Martinez fans 11 in Red Sox' win
BOSTON - Pinch-hitter David McCarty had a two-run triple that broke an eighth-inning tie Tuesday night and Pedro Martinez struck out 11 to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Cleveland Indians 5-3.

Americans still want some change in their pockets

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.

Cat survives cross country trip stuck in drawer
RENO, Nev. Lilly didn't see any of her two-week cross country trip from Tarrytown, N.Y., to Reno.

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.

Odds and Ends
EVERETT, Wash. -- What started out as just another early morning fare turned out to be an odyssey stretching about 2,300 miles for taxi driver Mark Forbes.

Parking meter too close to fire hydrant gets drivers cited
NEW YORK -- The city wasted no time in mollifying motorists angry over a case of meter madness.

Surprise pregnancy at St. Louis Zoo has scientists guessing how, and who
ST. LOUIS -- Despite a daily regimen of birth control pills, Merah the orangutan is pregnant. And St. Louis Zoo officials are uncertain who the father is.

Minnesota outdoors columnist cited for unlawful deer hunt
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- Donald "Babe" Winkelman, an outdoors columnist and a host of TV shows on hunting and fishing, faces a $200 fine after being charged with illegally using walkie-talkies during a deer hunt.

Woman finds mouse in soup on Mother's day
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- A woman out for an early Mother's Day lunch at the Cracker Barrel restaurant found a mouse in her vegetable soup. The woman had already eaten some of the soup on Saturday when she scooped up the mouse.

Braves' Garcia hopes to finally stick in majors

Braves activate Almanza from disabled list
ST. LOUIS -- Left-handed reliever Armando Almanza, who had elbow surgery late last season and then signed with Atlanta as a free agent, was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Braves on Tuesday. He had been on the disabled list all season.

Braves activate Almanza from disabled list

Bullpen is bolstered by healthy Almanza

Bullpen is bolstered by healthy Almanza
ST. LOUIS - When stories were to be written this spring about the Braves bullpen, Armando Almanza figured to play a prominent role.

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

Report: DPL chairman's computer files erased

MCI reports huge first quarter loss, announces plans to cut 7,500 jobs

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

SunTrust doesn't expect significant job cuts in NCF acquisition
ATLANTA -- SunTrust Banks Inc. said administrative positions could be affected but it doesn't expect significant job cuts from its nearly $7 billion purchase of National Commerce Financial Corp., which is known for its outlets in supermarkets and retail stores.

Corporate tax bill blossoms with special interest breaks during spring debate

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.

Interest in mill renovation back on the upswing

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.

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.

Brunswick pulp mill sold

Report: DPL chairman's computer files erased
DAYTON, Ohio -- About 740 files were erased from the personal laptop computer of DPL Inc.'s chairman days after investigators asked managers to keep documents related to a review of the utility's finances and executives' compensation, the investigators' report said.

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

MCI reports huge first quarter loss, announces plans to cut 7,500 jobs
MCLEAN, Va. -- MCI, the scandal-ridden company once known as WorldCom, reported a quarterly loss of $388 million Monday and said it will eliminate 7,500 jobs this year, or about 15 percent of its work force.

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.

Citigroup agrees to pay $2.65 billion to settle WorldCom shareholder case
NEW YORK -- In one of the largest securities fraud settlements ever, financial services giant Citigroup Inc. has agreed to pay $2.65 billion to settle a class action suit brought by investors who bought WorldCom Inc. securities before the telecommunications company went bankrupt in 2002.

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.

Article fuels talk of van plant in Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Better- than-expected U.S. sales of Dodge- and Freightliner-branded Mercedes vans are prompting DaimlerChrysler executives in Germany to take another look at a proposed auto plant near Savannah, according to Monday's issue of Automotive News.

Pocket change
A professional kickboxer has begun offering martial arts training at Powerhouse Gym.

Pocket change

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.

Business roundup

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

States announce plans to sue Brown & Williamson for Kool cigarette campaign
WASHINGTON -- More than two dozen states say they plan to sue Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., accusing the company of targeting young people with its Kool cigarette marketing campaign.

Article fuels talk of van plant in Savannah

Location is owner's key to motel success

Brunswick pulp mill sold
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Wood products giant Georgia-Pacific Corp. has sold its Brunswick pulp mill to Koch Cellulose for $610 million.

States announce plans to sue Brown & Williamson for Kool cigarette campaign

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

Economic group says Japanese deflation should end next year
TOKYO -- Six years of declining consumer prices in Japan should end in 2005, halting a fall that has hurt growth in the world's second largest economy, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Tuesday.

Lowe's grants scholarships to Augusta Tech

Monsanto Co. drops plans for biotech wheat amid outcry over safety
ST. LOUIS -- Monsanto Co. has shelved plans to offer its genetically engineered spring wheat to farmers, a plan that had created worldwide opposition from food manufacturers, environmentalists and consumers.

SunTrust to acquire National Commerce Financial

Location is owner's key to motel success
For Nitin Shah, Columbia County's newest hotel is old hat. The owner of the lodging, the Best Suites Motel on Park West Drive, has built five hotels since 1986, most of them in the vicinity of Belair Road - home to about half the county's 11 hotels.

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.

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.

Florida adds former Clemson coach to basketball staff

Augusta State flips for 'Dip'

Newby's piece of paradise: No. 10 at 'the Patch'

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.

Release the ugly pics

End asbestos madness
Nothing better demonstrates America's mania for litigation than the asbestos imbroglio. Yes, tens of thousands of Americans have died or become sick because of asbestos - a fire-retardant product installed in countless homes, buildings and schools across the nation - and up to 70 companies closely linked to the cancer causing product have been driven into bankruptcy paying court awards to victims or their families.

On their honor

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.

On their honor
"The actions of a few will not be allowed to stain the honor of the mighty United States military."

End asbestos madness

One chance too many
Robert Arrington finally got what he deserved Monday when a Richmond County Superior Court jury sentenced him to die for murdering Kathy Hutchens in April 2001.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Selma Litowitz laughed, and for that, Jon Stewart is still grateful.

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.

Kate Beckinsale marries 'Underworld' director Len Wiseman
LOS ANGELES -- Actress Kate Beckinsale and "Underworld" director Len Wiseman were married in a small weekend ceremony at the lush Bel-Air Hotel.

Beatty, Lithgow: Left out of 2004 Tony nominations
NEW YORK -- Ned Beatty. John Lithgow. And yes, Sean Combs, but he wasn't expecting one anyway.

Prosecutors say actor Tom Sizemore violated probation
LOS ANGELES -- Actor Tom Sizemore has violated the terms of probation imposed for abusing ex-girlfriend and former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, a prosecutor said Monday.

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.

Techs lead small rally on Wall Street
NEW YORK -- A surge in technology shares led a moderate rally on Wall Street Tuesday as investors sought bargains, picking up interest rate-sensitive stocks that may have been oversold in the market's latest downturn.

Small portions
Three institutions working on behalf of ocean conservation have collaborated in producing a handy guide to help people make wise choices when eating seafood.

Small portions

Lamb dish can be on table in minutes
"Fast food" can be interpreted many ways, some better than others. Here's a quick and simple winner.

Lamb dish can be on table in minutes

Georgia Tech drops Georgia
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech extended its winning streak at the expense of Georgia's.

Georgia Tech drops Georgia

Moss helps gather win
The day after taking the lead in batting average in the South Atlantic League, Brandon Moss helped the GreenJackets upset the league's best team.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Putting on a smile

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.

Pacers on verge of Division II championship
Michael Carlisle is interested to see how this year's version of the Pacers will compete on Division II golf's grandest stage.

Green, team can't repeat

Pacers on verge of Division II championship

New book, same old candor from Johnny Miller

Jackets remain stuck vs. Cats

Moss helps gather win

Berry delightful
I can't get enough fresh strawberries when they're at their peak. From shortcakes to pies, smoothies to a cereal-topper, this versatile fruit graces my family's table often this time of year.

Berry delightful

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.

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

Patriot Act needs closer look
There has been much debate over the Patriot Act, legislation passed shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, that granted the federal law enforcement community broader latitude in surveillance and searches during counter terrorism investigations. Its supporters say the Patriot Act is a vital tool in the war on terror. Its detractors claim it is a steamroller destroying our civil liberties. Herbert A. Edney IV, Augusta

Young ladies come to rescue

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

Preserve traditional marriage
I have read extensively concerning traditional marriage and same-sex marriage. Gene England, Aiken, S.C.

Mayor's vote damages Augusta
Mayor Bob Young represents Augusta on the Board of Directors of the CSRA Regional Development Center. He made the motion and voted at the board meeting in Thomson to reaffirm awarding the senior citizens food service contract to a for-profit Florida vending company instead of renewing the contract already in place with the Senior Citizens Council - a full-service, nonprofit food provider. Bobbie Olivero, Augusta

Preserve traditional marriage

Join in celebrating Older Americans Month

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

Koppel undermined war in Iraq

Mayor's vote damages Augusta

Google continues to pull out the stops in Yahoo duel

Seniors Calendar

Consortium pushes more video games that also teach

Open flame

Family Briefs

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

Take the old SAT before the new one? Class of 2006 must decide

Little League coach wants kids to put kids back in charge

High schools create 'grieving gardens' to memorialize dead students

Funerals in the home make a comeback as people seek simpler services

Funerals in the home make a comeback as people seek simpler services
HONOLULU -- Some want to be remembered with lavish services, others want their remains launched into space. Bob Prater envisioned his passing in simpler terms: A funeral at home.

Review: CSI returns to the computer screen
CBS has done well turning the crime lab into popular entertainment. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" was first, then came "CSI: Miami." On the heels of last year's "CSI" video game comes another franchise spinoff for home computers: "CSI: Dark Motives."

Take the old SAT before the new one? Class of 2006 must decide
As they look for a college admissions edge, soon-to-be high school juniors face a unique dilemma: Should they take the old SAT in the fall, or wait for the new version, with a timed essay, in the spring of 2005?

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.

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.

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.

High schools create 'grieving gardens' to memorialize dead students
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. -- Teesa Rowsey's legacy is etched in a plaque in the garden of her former high school, although few at the school remember her or the circumstances of her death.

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.

Google continues to pull out the stops in Yahoo duel
SAN FRANCISCO -- Internet search engine leader Google Inc. on Monday introduced a simpler way to publish the online personal journals known as "blogs," continuing a flurry of improvements that has coincided with stiffer competition from its former ally, Yahoo! Inc.

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.

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?

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.

Racing legend visits area
GRANITEVILLE - Mario Andretti wasn't gripping a steering wheel of an Indy car Tuesday afternoon, but he did share some of his experiences with the employees who make the tires for racing and regular automobiles.

News you can use

U.K. tips nab child porn suspect
State and local authorities say crime tips from Europe led them to a Hephzibah man with numerous pornographic images of children.

Leaders propose budget

Memo warns of budget deficit
Augusta is in a deficit quagmire that could last through 2005 unless major action is taken , according to a Finance Department memo issued Tuesday.

Racing legend visits area

Across South Carolina
ORLANDO, FLA. - A woman whose home was invaded by three South Carolina men who became involved in a deadly shootout with deputies has been arrested on marijuana trafficking charges.

Kid of the day

Tourism grows on farms

Memo warns of budget deficit

Increase in fraud alarms officers

Pupils to get head start in algebra

Pupils get school upgrade
MCCORMICK, S.C. - McCormick County pupils learn in a school built during Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, but in November pupils will be dealt their educational cards from a fresh and pricey deck.

Injured sheriff's deputy improves

Coast Guard prepares for terrorism threat
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Freighter hijackings and terrorist swimmers are among key concerns of the U.S. Coast Guard as it prepares to secure waterways for the upcoming G-8 Sea Island Summit, according to agency briefing papers prepared late last week.

Suspect has prior conviction

MCG to attempt regional campus
Students from the Medical College of Georgia can be seen learning in doctors' offices and hospitals throughout the state as part of their clinical training. But they might soon get their first permanent home away from home in Albany.

Rants and raves
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Rants and raves
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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.

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.

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.

Funds run dry for film office
Augusta Mayor Bob Young laughs when he recalls that he once was referred to as Hollywood Bob.

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

Members consider baggage system

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.

Woman is stable after river boating accident
A Fort Gordon woman remains in the hospital after a weekend boat accident at Thurmond Lake.

Pupils to get head start in algebra
X plus Y might equal Algebra I for more eighth-graders if the Richmond County school district can get the variables right.

Witness recalls man's slaying
AIKEN - Heath Harris, a 21-year-old former Eagle Scout, was killed in a robbery after he and a friend tried to buy a quarter-pound of marijuana from a pair of men they barely knew, a witness testified Tuesday in Aiken General Sessions Court.

Across Georgia

Sunken shrimper is raised in pieces
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Workers have begun lifting pieces of the sunken Capt. Ben Lee off the bottom of the river at the Brunswick city dock, freeing up valuable space for other vessels.

Arrington gets death in slaying

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.

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Across Georgia
ATHENS - An Athens man who was pepper-sprayed during a struggle with police has died, Athens-Clarke County police said.

Witness recalls man's slaying

Correction
l A story in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said Georgia observes Confederate Memorial Day on April 26. The Chronicle regrets the error.

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

Across South Carolina

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

Kid of the day

Man convicted of murder appeals his life sentence
ATLANTA - A Richmond County man convicted of murdering an Augusta social worker in 1994 and dumping her body in a trash bin is appealing his life sentence to the Georgia Supreme Court.

113,000 lose licenses over lax insurance

Board of health OKs fee increase
Inspection fees would double under a recommendation approved Tuesday night by the Richmond County Board of Health. The increase must be approved by the Augusta Commission, however, and one of two board members voting against the increase was Commissioner Tommy Boyles.

SRS awaits pit facility decision

Across the area
An Augusta woman who was seriously injured in a car wreck last month died early Tuesday, according to Richmond County Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen.

Senators OK bill for funds
John de la Howe Superintendent George Young knows exactly when his faith was restored.

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?

Rants and raves
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News you can use
MAY 12, 1947 An unidentified man in a soldier's uniform was being sought by police in connection with the beating of a woman in a downtown hotel early Sunday, the second such incident within a week.

Security is vital to be successful in business

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

Funds run dry for film office

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.

Senators OK bill for funds

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.

Correction

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.

Pupils get school upgrade

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.

Across the area

Men honor soldiers of Civil War

Woman is stable after river boating accident

Across the area

MCG to attempt regional campus

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

Across Georgia

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.

System might dip into reserve
The Columbia County School System could suffer a $4 million shortfall in revenue next year under the proposed budget that was presented to the School Board on Tuesday night.

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.

Security is vital to be successful in business
Small businesses can be especially vulnerable to crime, business consultants say, and need to take precautions to protect their investments.

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

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Oriana Brown of Augusta.

Leaders propose budget
Columbia County officials have worked up a balanced budget for next year, but there could be more shaving ahead before it is formally adopted.

Group seeks to define 'downtown'
ATHENS, Ga. - More than a year has passed since Athens-Clarke County commissioners voted to designate downtown as a historic district and place restrictions on what type of development fits among the unique buildings in the city's core.

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.

'The Passion of the Christ' to get Aug. 31 DVD debut
LOS ANGELES -- Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" will be released on DVD on Aug. 31.

Moviegoers make "Van Helsing" a monster weekend hit
LOS ANGELES -- "Van Helsing" was a monster success over the weekend, pulling in $51.75 million as the first hit of the summer movie season.

New home-video releases
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New home-video releases

'The Passion of the Christ' to get Aug. 31 DVD debut

Moviegoers make "Van Helsing" a monster weekend hit

'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.

Many 'American Idol' losers are winning big

Glen Campbell pleads guilty to extreme drunken driving, leaving scene of accident

Glen Campbell pleads guilty to extreme drunken driving, leaving scene of accident
PHOENIX -- Country singer Glen Campbell pleaded guilty Monday to extreme drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
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Willie Nelson cancels concerts to undergo surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome
ERIE, Pa. -- Willie Nelson has canceled concerts for the next two months to have surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, a promoter said.

Son of Ringo Starr to drum with Oasis
LONDON -- Oasis is taking its fascination with The Beatles one step further - by enlisting Zak Starkey, son of former Beatle Ringo Starr, to play drums.

Charley Pride recovering from brain operation
DALLAS -- Country singer Charley Pride is expected to make a full recovery following brain surgery last week, his personal manager said Monday.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Son of Ringo Starr to drum with Oasis

Willie Nelson cancels concerts to undergo surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome

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.

Lawmakers rally around protecting NASCAR's favorable tax treatment
WASHINGTON -- Stuffed in a package of proposed corporate tax breaks the Senate passed Tuesday is an order to the Internal Revenue Service: Don't start treating NASCAR like it's something other than a carnival ride.

Indy 500 struggling to fill 33-car field
INDIANAPOLIS -- There are plenty of cars at the track and several drivers looking for jobs. Still, the Indianapolis 500 might not have a full field for the first time since 1947.

Gordon bangs wall in second turn

Indy 500 struggling to fill 33-car field

Lawmakers rally around protecting NASCAR's favorable tax treatment

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.

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.

NBA star Kobe Bryant pleads not guilty in rape case
EAGLE, Colo. -- Nearly 11 months after his arrest, NBA star Kobe Bryant pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a rape charge that could land him in prison for life.

NBA star Kobe Bryant pleads not guilty in rape case

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

Accuser testifies at Kobe Bryant hearing for second time

Florida adds former Clemson coach to basketball staff
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan added former Clemson coach Larry Shyatt to his staff Tuesday, hoping his "new ideas" will help the Gators next season.

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.

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Chief planner: Athens turns 'credibility corner' with roof progress

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
ATHENS, Greece -- Greeks call it the "volta."

Greek javelin thrower petitions IOC to compete for Palestine
ATHENS, Greece -- Greek javelin thrower Sofia Sakorafa said Tuesday she has petitioned the International Olympic Committee to allow her to compete for Palestine at the Athens Games.

ATHENS: Ancient city gets fresh look for Olympic homecoming

Greek official: Last week's bombings on Olympic countdown day 'high treason'
ATHENS, Greece -- The triple bombing of a police station last week was "high treason" that blackened Greece's image and its security efforts for the Olympics, the public order minister said Tuesday.

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.

Chief planner: Athens turns 'credibility corner' with roof progress
ATHENS, Greece -- Progress on the main Olympic stadium's roof gave organizers the push they needed in their race to complete preparations for the Summer Games, a lead official said Tuesday.

Greek official: Last week's bombings on Olympic countdown day 'high treason'

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

No. 1 Aiken upset in soccer quarterfinal

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Charleston, Atlanta, Fort Worth bid to host Davis Cup semifinal

Favorite is ready

Overtime

Serena Williams, Capriati gearing up for majors

ARC makes state final

Journeyman jockey made good on golden opportunity

Serena Williams wins in return from injury

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.

Overtime
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Derian Hatcher was suspended for next season's first three games by the NHL for elbowing an opponent in the head during the Western Conference semifinals.

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.

Charleston, Atlanta, Fort Worth bid to host Davis Cup semifinal
NEW YORK -- Atlanta, Charleston, S.C., and Fort Worth, Texas, are the leading candidates to host the U.S. Davis Cup team's semifinal against Belarus.

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

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.

ARC makes state final
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Cline Beam did not say 'There's no place like home' Tuesday against Savannah Christian, even though he looked like he wore a pair of cleats inspired by Dorothy's slippers from the Wizard of Oz.

Favorite is ready
BENSALEM, Pa. - Smarty Jones was at the front of his stall, throwing his head around and waiting to get loose early Tuesday, giving trainer John Servis confidence heading into the Preakness.

Serena Williams wins in return from injury
ROME -- Serena Williams won her first match after a month off with a knee injury, beating Maria Sanchez Lorenzo 7-5, 6-3 Tuesday to reach the Italian Open's third round.

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

Cheers to 'Frasier,' ending an 11-year, award-filled run
LOS ANGELES -- When the blue-collar barroom comedy "Cheers" ended its run in 1993, it managed the neat trick of turning beer into champagne.

Frankie Muniz grows up along with "Malcolm"
LOS ANGELES -- After five seasons as the adolescent title character of Fox's "Malcolm in the Middle," Frankie Muniz has grown up.

Arkin feels at home on '8 Simple Rules'
Although he makes it clear that his character, school Principal Ed Gibb, on 8 Simple Rules, is not a "love interest," Adam Arkin was feeling the love when he shot his three-episode stint on the ABC comedy.

Arkin feels at home on '8 Simple Rules'

Frankie Muniz grows up along with "Malcolm"

Cheers to 'Frasier,' ending an 11-year, award-filled run

'Wicked' dominates for 2004 Tonys

Beatty, Lithgow: Left out of 2004 Tony nominations

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Kate Beckinsale marries 'Underworld' director Len Wiseman

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.

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

Newby's piece of paradise: No. 10 at 'the Patch'
Something magical happens when Heywood Newby steps on the tee at the par-3 10th hole at Augusta Municipal Golf Course.

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.

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.

Question of the week

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:

Your style

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

Problem with mother must be confronted

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.

4-1-1

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

Hands off!

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.

Question of the week
How health-conscious are you?

Activities can fill summer with fun

Invasive frogs in San Francisco pond evade eradication efforts

Odds and Ends

Minnesota outdoors columnist cited for unlawful deer hunt

Cat survives cross country trip stuck in drawer

Odds and Ends

Woman finds mouse in soup on Mother's day

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