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

Recent books fill gaps in knowledge and on the reference shelf

Inmates become prisoners of their own literary success

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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.

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

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.

'Rigoletto' sets love, poor judgment to music
Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto, being staged this weekend by the Augusta Opera, is about much more than the tears of a clown.

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.

Book salutes often-neglected naval cruisers

ASU catcher excels on field, classroom

ASU catcher excels on field, classroom
When Sam Barth talks about his future, there's something in his voice that makes you believe one day he might just become a town mayor or a state governor.

Martinez fans 11 in Red Sox' win

Indians beat Red Sox for the 1,000th time
BOSTON - Cliff Lee pitched six strong innings and Jody Gerut had three hits on Wednesday night to help Cleveland beat Boston 6-4 - the Indians' 1,000th victory over the Red Sox.

Indians beat Red Sox for the 1,000th time

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.

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.

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.

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.

Court rules genetic mom has no parental rights to twins
SAN FRANCISCO -- A woman has no parental rights over the twins she was raising with her lesbian partner - even though she is the childrens' genetic mother, an appeals court ruled.

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.

Bank-robbing grandmother sentenced to nearly six years in prison
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A woman was sentenced Tuesday to nearly six years in prison for robbing two Michigan banks while on a trip to visit her son - a police officer. She also admitted to 10 other robberies in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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.

Odds and Ends
PALMERTON, Pa. -- The world's weightiest raccoon, famed for his junk-food jones, has died after tipping the scales at nearly 75 pounds.

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.

It's same old story for Braves
ST. LOUIS - This Braves' trip is no longer a pleasure cruise along the Mississippi, not after another sickly offensive display and another costly error.

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.

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 notebook
ST. LOUIS - The manager said he didn't know when leadoff man Rafael Furcal will return to the lineup. So what else is new?

Braves activate Almanza from disabled list

Braves notebook

Bullpen is bolstered by healthy Almanza

It's same old story for Braves

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

California lawyers say they deserve $258 million for suing Microsoft
SAN FRANCISCO -- Lawyers who persuaded Microsoft Corp. to settle their class-action lawsuit accusing the company of price-fixing are asking for $258 million in legal fees, the largest amount ever in an antitrust case.

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.

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.

California lawyers say they deserve $258 million for suing Microsoft

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.

Store caters more to teenagers' tastes

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.

Airline adds 3 Charlotte flights
Travelers will soon have a few more opportunities to fly to Charlotte, N.C.

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.

Trade deficit swells to record $46 billion in March
WASHINGTON -- The trade deficit swelled to an all-time high of $46 billion in March as a stronger U.S. economy stoked Americans' appetite for foreign-made cars, TVs and other goods.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Store caters more to teenagers' tastes
Neilly Holloway always liked the clothes she found in department stores, just not the stores themselves.

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.

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

Report: DPL chairman's computer files erased

Brunswick pulp mill sold

Article fuels talk of van plant in Savannah

Location is owner's key to motel success

Florida adds former Clemson coach to basketball staff

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

The nature of our enemy
Whatever "atrocities" have been committed by stressed-out U.S. troops at Iraqi prisons, they have now been reduced to all the diabolicalness of a panty raid.

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.

On their honor

Save, don't tax!

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
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.

Save, don't tax!
In the private sector, businesses cut back on their spending when hard times come. They'll trim salaries, freeze or reduce jobs, curb travel expenses, postpone office improvements, make efficiencies in management techniques. In short, they do whatever it takes to bring their expenditures in line with their budgets.

Actor Kiefer Sutherland files for divorce from wife of eight years
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Actor Kiefer Sutherland has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly eight years, citing irreconcilable differences.

'Frasier' star Peri Gilpin becomes a mother
LOS ANGELES -- "Frasier" co-star Peri Gilpin is having a big month: The end of the long-running sitcom and the arrival of two daughters.

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.

Raiders say they haven't hired Nick Warnock of 'The Apprentice'
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders said they haven't hired Nick Warnock, who made it to the final episodes of Donald Trump's NBC hit reality show, "The Apprentice," but the team hadn't ruled out employing him in the future.

Stuff to do
The Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre continues its run of the Second Samuel, a Southern comedy with a twist, with dinner at 7 p.m. and shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Thursday-Saturday May 20-22. Tickets start at $15 for show only. Call 793-8552, or see the Web site www.fortgordon.com/theatre.htm.

NBC closes merger with Universal to create new media powerhouse conglomerate
NEW YORK -- NBC completed its deal to merge with the Universal entertainment businesses Wednesday, creating a new media conglomerate that will take its place alongside giants such as Time Warner Inc. and Viacom Inc.

On the road
The Garfield Wash Pot Festival takes place Saturday in this town 15 miles east of Swainsboro on Georgia Highway 23. The festival features a parade, soapbox derby racing, a lawn mower pull and wash-pot (think witch's cauldron) cooking.

People in the News
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Sweden's former Foreign Minister Anna Lindh was posthumously voted "European of the Year in Sweden."

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.

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

Applause Calendar
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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.

Stocks mixed as investors seek bargains following midday slide
NEW YORK -- Stocks ended a volatile session mixed Wednesday as late-day bargain-hunting erased earlier declines, helping the Dow Jones industrial average recover from an intraday loss of more than 160 points.

Small portions

Fish & More opens two locations

Grubbin': Dino's Chicago Express

Fish & More opens two locations
The family-owned Fish & More has opened two locations.

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

Grubbin': Dino's Chicago Express
Chicago-style hot dogs and Greek sandwiches

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.

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

Georgia Tech drops Georgia

Late surge lifts Jackets to win
Jose Vaquedano threw seven scoreless innings Wednesday night and lucky for him the GreenJackets' offense came alive in the fifth.

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.

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.

Pacers on verge of Division II championship

Big Four in the big D

Big Four in the big D
IRVING, Texas -- Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus were reminiscing last year at the Presidents Cup about similarities in their careers, not only the major championships they won but the rivals they faced.

South Aiken takes titles
GREENVILLE, S.C. - South Aiken High coach Jeremy West figured his team could win the Class AAAA golf championship with a final-round score of 300 or below Wednesday.

Late surge lifts Jackets to win

Moss helps gather win

Flyers buy coach's winning formula
VOORHEES, N.J. - Ken Hitchcock was a few days into his job as the Philadelphia Flyers' coach when he saw captain Keith Primeau walk by his office several times.

Flyers buy coach's winning formula

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

MCG gets cancer grant
Even as a college freshman, Tiffany Gossett could see the wisdom in getting an experimental vaccine against a virus that can cause cervical cancer. Two years later, that study at the Medical College of Georgia is one of the few available in the area for cancer prevention.

Ruth Crawford is an Augusta treasure
It was a magical moment for me when I watched Paine College's president, Dr. Shirley Lewis, honor Augusta's Ruth Crawford with an honorary degree at the school's 2004 commencement program. E. Maner, 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

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

Bush must own up to mistakes
During George W. Bush's last press conference, he seemed to be more arrogant than ever when a reporter asked him if he had made any mistakes during his time in the White House. He said he couldn't think of any. Well, I'd like to remind him of just a few: Anne Cook, Augusta

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

Junk cars, degrees are problems
I would like to comment on two news articles which appeared in your paper May 5. Justen Wonderly, Evans

Preserve traditional marriage

Mayor's vote damages Augusta

Junk cars, degrees are problems

Homeowners can build a case for construction loans

Google continues to pull out the stops in Yahoo duel

High schools create 'grieving gardens' to memorialize dead students

Beautiful, clear graphics of 'Far Cry' may leave some players in awe among action

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

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

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.

Making new paint appear old
A popular design technique is taking something new and making it look old - aged and weather-beaten, at that.

Beautiful, clear graphics of 'Far Cry' may leave some players in awe among action
Beauty always comes at a price.

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?

Homeowners can build a case for construction loans
In an Internet era when home loan approval has shrunk to hours if not minutes, home construction mortgages are a bit of a throwback.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jalik Wilder of Augusta.

Across South Carolina

Families, officers honor fallen
AIKEN - Thelma Patton wiped away tears Wednesday as she remembered her son, Aiken Public Safety Officer Michael Harvey, who died 26 years ago in the line of duty.

Norwood wants union 'card checks' gone

MCG gets cancer grant

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

Church's work not yet done
Renovations at Union Baptist Church are far from complete, but those involved with the church's improvement projects are confident the result will be worth the wait.

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.

Road funds will go to Augusta
Augusta is a strong candidate to receive a good chunk of the $15.5 billion the Georgia Department of Transportation received to accelerate existing state road projects, officials said.

Beasley passes on Aiken forum

Kid of the day

Families, officers honor fallen

College, industries join forces

News you can use

Pupils to get head start in algebra

Rants and raves
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Rants and raves
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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.

Security is vital to be successful in business

Surgeon, MCG graduate to give $2 million to school
J. Harold Harrison was only 18 when he burst through the doors of the Medical College of Georgia and went on to blaze a trail in vascular surgery in Atlanta. Dr. Harrison is trying to make sure those who follow him can have the same impact.

Witness recalls man's slaying

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.

Funds run dry for film office

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.

Senators OK bill for funds

Like a scene from a movie

Correction

Church's work not yet done

Pupils get school upgrade

Suspect decides not to testify
AIKEN - Murder defendant Thaddeus Curry, charged in the March 2003 shooting death of a 21-year-old North Augusta man during a robbery disguised as a drug deal, chose not to testify Wednesday in his own defense.

Across the area

Road funds will go to Augusta

Woman is stable after river boating accident

Beasley passes on Aiken forum
AIKEN - Former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley won't be at tonight's forum in Aiken with other Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate, and it's not the first such event he hasn't attended.

MCG to attempt regional campus

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

Rants and raves
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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.

Like a scene from a movie
RON COCKERILLE/STAFFLike a scene from a movieAnne Mathis, of Warrenville, waits for a wrecker to pull her car from the Movie Gallery on Silver Bluff Road in Aiken after her son, driving on a learner's permit, drove through the front window. No one was hurt, and the accident is under investigation.

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.

Across South Carolina
BEAUFORT - Soil studies by the Environmental Protection Agency have found up to five times the normal lead and arsenic concentration - considered cleanup levels by state and federal environmental agencies - in areas of Port Royal Landing and River Club condominiums.

Budget cuts vex leaders
Fewer firefighters and recreation centers, no Saturday service by public transit and a sheriff's office further strained by a budget cut.

Across Georgia
NORMAN PARK - An 8-year-old boy was recuperating Wednesday after a farm irrigation system ripped off two fingers on his left hand, officials said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News you can use
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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.

Rants and raves
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School to showcase its Grammy talent

Surgeon, MCG graduate to give $2 million to school

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

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.

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

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.

School to showcase its Grammy talent
Not many Grammy award ceremonies take place in high school theaters.

6 pupils injured in bus wreck
CENTER, Ga. - Six pupils were brought to the hospital with minor injuries after a school bus was rear-ended by a 10-wheel cement mixer.

International bird center is coming

Budget cuts vex leaders

Judge's son charged in firebombings
A college student from Martinez has been charged with making and detonating six firebombs on the campus of Belmont University in Tennessee, according to Nashville police.

Children saved in fire are critical

Thurmond's daughter uses Confederate Mint
FLORENCE, S.C. - The company that will put the likeness of Strom Thurmond's eldest daughter on a commemorative coin is the Confederate States Mint.

HOPE bill adds private school students

Antifreeze case begins wrap-up
PERRY, Ga. - Jury deliberations in the trial of a former 911 operator suspected of fatally poisoning two men with antifreeze could begin as early as Friday.

HOPE bill adds private school students
ATLANTA - While legislators devised a way to save millions of dollars in the HOPE scholarship program, they added a cost of $4.5 million that will benefit students who attend private schools part-time.

Conference focuses on water issues

International bird center is coming
AWENDAW, S.C. - A 10-year-old bald eagle perched Wednesday on the leather glove on Stephen Schabel's hand, occasionally spreading its wings and circling his head in an attempt at flight.

Kid of the day

Norwood wants union 'card checks' gone
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood on Wednesday waded into a politically-charged debate concerning how labor unions conduct their elections, arguing that the common practice of signing a card to unionize should be outlawed in favor of secret ballot votes.

Antifreeze case begins wrap-up

Conference focuses on water issues
ALBANY, Ga. - The state's environment and economy are dependent on a plan for managing water, the director of the Georgia Environmental Resources Division said Wednesday.

News you can use

Judge's son charged in firebombings

Children saved in fire are critical
AIKEN - Two Aiken children who were rescued from a burning house early Wednesday remained hospitalized at an Augusta burn center in critical condition, while Red Cross officials were assisting the family of seven, whose Crosland Park home was destroyed.

Across Georgia

Across the area
An Augusta man was charged Wednesday with child molestation after the victim's father told sheriff's deputies he walked into his Hephzibah home and found the man with his daughter.

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.

College, industries join forces
GLOVERVILLE - Aiken Technical College wants its students to practice what it teaches, President Susan Graham said Wednesday.

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.

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

Memo warns of budget deficit

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.

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'Coffee and Cigarettes'

'Miracle' misses net by focusing on coach instead of emotional impact of players
Despite a surefire climax and enough flag-waving jingoism to turn even the most steadfast cynic into a misty-eyed patriot, Miracle, the cinematic retelling of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team's famous underdog gold medal run, is a good-hearted and entertaining stab at greatness that sadly falls short.

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.

2004 Summer Movie Preview

Moviegoers make "Van Helsing" a monster weekend hit

Mini reviews
BREAKIN' ALL THE RULES: (HHH, PG-13) A magazine writer (Jamie Foxx) is dumped by his fiance. He quits his job and writes a best seller about how to break up with a girl before she can break up with you. His best friend (Morris Chestnut) enlists him to help him dump his girl (Gabrielle Union), but in a case of mistaken identity, the writer falls in love with her instead. Augusta Exchange and Aiken

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

At the Movies: 'Coffee and Cigarettes'
It almost seems as if Jim Jarmusch threw a bunch of names in a hat, then pulled them out randomly and combined them for the 11 vignettes that constitute "Coffee and Cigarettes."

At the Movies: 'Troy'
Women. We're trouble, aren't we? We make men do crazy things for love, like woo us away from our husbands and start wars that destroy entire nations. But we're worth it ... right?

'Miracle' misses net by focusing on coach instead of emotional impact of players

At the Movies: 'Breakin' All the Rules'
Before you take your honey to see the land mine of a date flick "Breakin' All the Rules," stop and think for a minute.

At the Movies: 'Troy'

2004 Summer Movie Preview
Where would Hollywood be without summer? Thirty years ago, the months between May and September were considered a no-fly zone by the filmmaking industry. The balmiest months were a dumping ground, a cinematic wasteland where B-list movies and cinematic missteps were exiled.

At the Movies: 'Breakin' All the Rules'

New on video & DVD
Here's a look at what's new in video and DVD:

'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.

Ying Yang Twins have stripped away all the fluff with their rap delivery
There's always a story to be told in the strip club. So claims Deongelo "D-Roc" Holmes, one-half of Atlanta hip-hop sensation, the Ying Yang Twins.

Hip-Hop violinist
WHO: Ashanti Floyd, 20, a Tallahassee, Fla., native, who has studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has opened for B.B. King and Vince Gill.

Concert calendar
Tonight: Blonde in concert at Earthlink Live, 1374 West Peachtree, Atlanta

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.

Tired songs make country newcomer's debut a blaring sonic assault on genre
On Here for the Party, Nashville newcomer Gretchen Wilson seems intent on positioning herself in the role of hard-drinking honky-tonk queen, the lost daughter of Hank Williams Jr., and the woman most likely to steal Kid Rock's heart.

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.

Rasheeda says moment is right for longtime musicians from Atlanta

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Clubbin': Former drummer leaves big time to step into spotlight with solo material
Ben Mize, who performs tonight at Metro A Coffeehouse, recently decided to quit living invisibly in front of thousands and to step into the spotlight for a few dozen.

Willie Nelson cancels concerts to undergo surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome

Concerts' start times should appeal to families
Sensing a need for something stripped down and simple, Augusta musician Joe Stevenson has lined up a series of early evening concerts meant to appeal to a population of music-lovers that he himself has joined.

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Rasheeda says moment is right for longtime musicians from Atlanta
Rapper Rasheeda knows the secret to the recent emergence of new artists from the Atlanta: There isn't one.

Son of Ringo Starr to drum with Oasis

Clubbin': Former drummer leaves big time to step into spotlight with solo material

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

Ying Yang Twins have stripped away all the fluff with their rap delivery

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.

Hip-Hop violinist

NASCAR newsmaker
RICHMOND, Va. - Jamie McMurray has four top-10 finishes in his last five races, allowing him to move from 19th to 12th in the Nextel Cup Series standings.

NASCAR newsmaker

Cup stars shine in minors, too
Imagine opening the newspaper one morning to find Barry Bonds among the Class AAA home run leaders.

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.

Robby Gordon says he's not nuts, just loves a challenge
INDIANAPOLIS -- No one likes to have their sanity questioned. But when I announced that I'd race in both the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte on the same day for the third consecutive year, a writer asked if any other NASCAR drivers thought I was nuts.

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.

Robby Gordon says he's not nuts, just loves a challenge

Lawmakers rally around protecting NASCAR's favorable tax treatment

Drivers expect records to fall at repaved Richmond

Indy 500 struggling to fill 33-car field

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Drivers expect records to fall at repaved Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. -- A new asphalt surface at Richmond International Raceway should result in a record qualifying speed.

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RICHMOND, Va - After losing three NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races in the last eight years, state lawmakers in North Carolina are willing to spend millions of dollars to maintain the state's status as the heart of stock-car racing.

Brown fined $7,500 for criticizing officials

Brown fined $7,500 for criticizing officials
NEW YORK -- Detroit Pistons coach Larry Brown was fined $7,500 Wednesday by the NBA for criticizing officials.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

IOC inspector: Doubts on Athens Olympics 'have disappeared'

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.

IOC inspector: Doubts on Athens Olympics 'have disappeared'
ATHENS, Greece -- Olympics organizers have managed to overcome worrisome delays and appear on course to meet all key deadlines for the Athens Games, the chief International Olympic Committee overseer said Wednesday.

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

Team defense is golden for Kicks Sting team

Lakeside regroups in semis

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

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In the game

Serena Williams wins in return from injury

Capriati and Mauresmo moving forward - to the net

Favorite is ready

ARC makes state final

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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.

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.

Lakeside regroups in semis
CUMMING, Ga.-Imagine a 1-1 tie with 19 minutes and two seconds to go in the most important soccer game of your life.

In the game
Joseph A. Beggs Jr., Wrens Elementary School

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.

Capriati and Mauresmo moving forward - to the net
ROME -- Jennifer Capriati and Amelie Mauresmo won comfortably at the Italian Open on Wednesday. The biggest challenge for both was something they're fairly uncomfortable doing: coming to the net.

Preakness field set at 11
BALTIMORE - Kristin Mulhall wasn't all that excited about bringing Imperialism across the country to take on Smarty Jones again in the Preakness Stakes.

Overtime
In Deland, Fla., USC Aiken carded a first-round 16-over-par 304 and trails by 13 after the first round of the Division II Championships at Victoria Hills Golf Club. The 72-hole tournament runs through Saturday.

Team defense is golden for Kicks Sting team
The North Augusta Kicks boys soccer team scored only three goals in its three state tournament games.

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.

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.

Skaggs leaves boilers behind to flood venues with fans of bluegrass music

Skaggs leaves boilers behind to flood venues with fans of bluegrass music
Bluegrass and country music fans might never have heard of Ricky Skaggs if he hadn't flooded the basement of the Virginia Electric and Power Co.

Films featuring robots have a way of stirring deep human emotions

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

'60 Minutes II' to air video of an American talking about Iraqi prisoners
NEW YORK -- A video that shows a young American soldier saying "who cares?" about Iraqi prisoners who died will air on "60 Minutes II."

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.

Grammer not opposed to idea of revisiting his Frasier Crane character
NEW YORK -- Kelsey Grammer isn't shutting the door on the idea of bringing back his long-running character, Frasier Crane, on another television series.

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.

Black humor gets Broadway gig and HBO special
NEW YORK -- Lewis Black is calm. Really.

'60 Minutes II' to air video of an American talking about Iraqi prisoners

Arkin feels at home on '8 Simple Rules'

Frankie Muniz grows up along with "Malcolm"

Black humor gets Broadway gig and HBO special

'Friends' gives NBC big goodbye ratings hug
LOS ANGELES -- "Friends" was a friend to the end for NBC, with the sitcom's final episode boosting the network to its best weekly showing in two years.

'Friends' gives NBC big goodbye ratings hug

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.

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Actor Kiefer Sutherland files for divorce from wife of eight years

Beatty, Lithgow: Left out of 2004 Tony nominations

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NBC closes merger with Universal to create new media powerhouse conglomerate

People in the News

Kate Beckinsale marries 'Underworld' director Len Wiseman

Films featuring robots have a way of stirring deep human emotions
As a child, I was fascinated with the idea of owning a robot.

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.

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Odds and Ends

Cat survives cross country trip stuck in drawer

Court rules genetic mom has no parental rights to twins

Bank-robbing grandmother sentenced to nearly six years in prison

Minnesota outdoors columnist cited for unlawful deer hunt

Woman finds mouse in soup on Mother's day