A busy off-Broadway season for playwright Julia Jordan
NEW YORK -- Playwright Julia Jordan has had a busy year in New York.

'Intimate Apparel' chosen best play; Barbara Cook gets special citation
NEW YORK -- "Intimate Apparel," Lynn Nottage's drama about a lonely seamstress and her search for love in turn-of-the-century New York, has won the New York Drama Critics' Circle award for best play of the 2003-2004 season.

'Intimate Apparel' chosen best play; Barbara Cook gets special citation

Sound bite central: 2004 Tony Award nominees meet and greet the press

Sound bite central: 2004 Tony Award nominees meet and greet the press
NEW YORK -- Look, there's Hugh Jackman, crisply attired in an open dark blue shirt, expounding on "The Boy From Oz" as a reporter from CNNfn's "The Biz" nods in rapt agreement.

'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.

Fine Arts calendar

Fine Arts calendar
ART AND WINE: 215 Park Ave. S.E., Aiken; portraits, prints, etchings, wine; visits by appointment; noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; www.poloartist.com; (803) 648-3564.

A busy off-Broadway season for playwright Julia Jordan

National Black Arts Festival bounces back from budget cuts

National Black Arts Festival bounces back from budget cuts
ATLANTA -- The National Black Arts Festival has seen its share of growing pains since starting off as a experimental biennial event back in 1988.

ASU catcher excels on field, classroom

Devil Rays rout Rangers

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.

Orioles blank White Sox, 1st game

Yankees beat Angels
NEW YORK -- Bernie Williams arrived early at Yankee Stadium on Thursday and his hitting started to show up, too.

Yankees beat Angels

Indians beat Red Sox for the 1,000th time

Phillies edge out Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jason Michaels homered for the first time this season and Vicente Padilla pitched six-plus effective innings in the Philadelphia Phillies' 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.

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.

Devil Rays rout Rangers
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays treated their new owners to a rare victory.

Orioles blank White Sox, 1st game
CHICAGO -- Daniel Cabrera was understandably nervous until he threw his first major league pitch. Then, the jitters went away. And so did Chicago's hitters.

Baseball's playoff season set to start

Phillies edge out Giants

Rockies outplay Pirates in 1st game
DENVER -- A day of waiting and a short warmup took some of the zing off Shawn Estes' pitches early.

Baseball's playoff season set to start
Washington-Wilkes got a head start on the Georgia High School Association baseball playoffs Thursday afternoon at Buford, while the rest of the area's 13 playoff teams open the postseason today. Area schools that finished first or second in their respective GHSA regions earned home games today and, if they advance, in the second round on Wednesday.

Money to change city nicknames is best saved

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.

Aging octopus finds love at last
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- It looks like J-1 is in love.

Odds and Ends
AMES, Iowa -- Astronauts no longer have an excuse for not eating their vegetables.

Police seek grease thief
EDMOND, Okla. A slippery thief is on the loose in Edmond, where police say nearly 5,000 pounds of used cooking grease has been stolen from three restaurants.

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.

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.

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.

Augusta Chronicle - 05/14/04
ST. LOUIS - He had spent the night thinking about his lineup, and when he sat down to write out the order, Bobby Cox chose a new leadoff man and made 45-year-old Julio Franco the No. 2 hitter.

Shakeup does the trick

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?

Shakeup does the trick
ST. LOUIS -- J.D. Drew enjoyed his return to Busch Stadium, but his happy homecoming could have been better.

It's same old story for Braves

Braves notebook

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.

Harbor House will move into historic house
An Augusta book publisher is moving downtown.

Store caters more to teenagers' tastes

Gap Inc. describes working conditions in garment factories worldwide

Kona coffee lovers clamor for coast's expensive beans
CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii - It started as a backyard business for Marin Artukovich, a few acres of coffee planted high above the coastline on the slopes of a volcano.

Airport efforts herald safety

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

IEA urges oil suppliers to explore for more crude

California lawyers say they deserve $258 million for suing Microsoft

Wholesale prices shot up 0.7 percent in April, showing inflation on the rise

Airport efforts herald safety
Augusta Regional Airport officials said its new advertising campaign will hammer the same message they've been touting for the last year - only in a fresh way.

IEA urges oil suppliers to explore for more crude
LONDON -- Demand for oil is growing at its fastest rate in eight years, but the economic recovery could fizzle unless suppliers keep pace by drilling new wells and producing fresh crude, the International Energy Agency warned Wednesday.

Disney earnings rise on theme park, DVD performance

Kona coffee lovers clamor for coast's expensive beans

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.

Harbor House will move into historic house

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

Wholesale prices shot up 0.7 percent in April, showing inflation on the rise
WASHINGTON -- Wholesale prices shot up by 0.7 percent in April, the largest increase in a year, propelled by higher gasoline costs and the biggest jump in dairy product prices since 1946.

Business briefs

Business briefs
Area hotels are seeing more guests and charging higher room rates for the first time since last year.

Chamber wants more members, not meetings

Chamber wants more members, not meetings
Anyone who has been to an Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce membership meeting in the past could tell last week's breakfast wasn't the typical "chamber meeting." The same goes for the chamber's south Augusta membership event Tuesday.

Pfizer to plead guilty, pay $430 million to settle illegal drug marketing case
BOSTON -- Pfizer Inc. has agreed to plead guilty and pay $430 million in fines to settle charges that its Warner-Lambert unit flouted federal law by promoting non-approved uses for one of its drugs.

Disney earnings rise on theme park, DVD performance
LOS ANGELES -- The Walt Disney Co. reported sharply higher second quarter income Wednesday on the strength of increased DVD sales and strong attendance at its theme parks, balanced by losses at its film studio.

Gap Inc. describes working conditions in garment factories worldwide
SAN FRANCISCO -- In an unusual display of corporate candor, Gap Inc. on Wednesday acknowledged that many of the overseas workers making the retailer's clothes are mistreated and vowed to improve often shoddy factory conditions by cracking down on unrepentant manufacturers.

Save, don't tax!

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.

Failures must be punished
Congress has been holding hearings most of the week on abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and, so far, no one's been able to answer the key question: Who in the chain of command gave the orders to use humiliation as a means of torture to get the Muslim prisoners to talk?

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.

Failures must be punished

Wimps for president?

A great gift

Wimps for president?
Does the United States have a couple of wimps running for commander in chief? It certainly seemed that way Wednesday when President George W. Bush and his chief rival for the job, U.S. Sen. John Kerry, were asked about the videotaped beheading of American Nick Berg on al-Qaida friendly Islamic Web sites.

A great gift
"They give an opportunity for folks like me from Kite, Ga., to get an education. Anything I can do to help ... gives a country boy a chance to go to school. If we can improve the school, we can give him a better chance at getting a quality education that will compete with anybody in the country."

Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Denzel Washington among BET nominees
LOS ANGELES -- Beyonce, Denzel Washington and Venus Williams are among the nominees for the 2004 BET Awards, which honor musicians, actors and athletes.

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.

'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.

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

Michael Douglas donates $1 million to father's namesake theater
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Actor Michael Douglas has donated $1 million to the construction of a new theater to be named after his father, Kirk Douglas.

Applause Calendar
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Stocks turn lower on inflation fears
NEW YORK - Uncertainty gripped Wall Street yet again Thursday as investors, forsaking an early advance, gave in to inflation fears and sent stocks generally lower.

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.

Record cobia landed in Beaufort's Broad
An almost five-foot-long, 86-pound cobia landed last weekend by an Atlanta angler in the Broad River of Beaufort County, S.C., is the Palmetto State's newest record salt water fish.

Fishing tournament news and results

Record cobia landed in Beaufort's Broad

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

Fish & More opens two locations

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

Grubbin': Dino's Chicago Express

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

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.

Jackets stop Alley Cats again
Before their series against the Charleston Alley Cats, GreenJackets manager Chad Epperson told his players Charleston's impressive record didn't mean anything.

Augusta's Parel blitzes final nine to win event
MARSHVILLE, N.C. - Augusta's Scott Parel birdied his final four holes, and added another one on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff, to win the Tarheel Professional Tour's Eagle Chase Classic on Thursday.

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.

Tiger prowling at Nelson
IRVING, Texas - The EDS Byron Nelson Championship began with a familiar feel: clouds threatening rain, lightning flashing in the distance, and Tiger Woods lurking on the leaderboard.

Augusta's Parel blitzes final nine to win event

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.

Tiger prowling at Nelson

Late surge lifts Jackets to win

Jackets stop Alley Cats again

Tampa's road warriors roll past Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA - Even Philadelphia's notoriously hostile crowd didn't bother the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Flyers buy coach's winning formula

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.

Tampa's road warriors roll past Philadelphia

Money to change city nicknames is best saved
I guess we're still calling Augusta "The Garden City."

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.

Kolb finalist for Wichita job
A Kansas newspaper is reporting that Augusta Administrator George Kolb in one of five finalists for the Wichita city manager's job.

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

Forgive religious ignorance
Regarding Robert Novak's May 4 column, "Kerry pleads case to Catholic cardinal," and his statement that pro-choice politicians have not yet seen how American Catholic bishops will "finally 'out' liberal Catholics for what they are at heart, Protestants," as quoted from an anonymous priest: Wouter Ceyssens, Augusta

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

Sticky ads sully 'Chronicle'
I am a long-time Chronicle subscriber who voraciously reads the entire paper every day. I enjoy the paper and almost always agree with your editorial policy. Kenneth W. Stephens, Martinez

Terror, crime aided by news media
I am angry at the ignorance of ego-driven people who would prostitute our dead servicemen and women to further their careers and enhance their ratings. The recent TV fiasco to honor those killed in the Iraqi war was a disservice, not an honor. Gregory J. Topliff, Aiken, S.C.

Junk cars, degrees are problems

Forgive religious ignorance

Sticky ads sully 'Chronicle'

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

Good question

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

Homeowners can build a case for construction loans

Children's Motrin containers might contain adult Tylenol

Partial remains of first Tyrannosaurus rex ever found up for auction

Museum exhibit chronicles Civil War siege

Health calendar

Playin' it safe

Weekend calendar

Children's Motrin containers might contain adult Tylenol
FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Bottles that were supposed to contain Children's Motrin grape chewable ibuprofen tablets might mistakenly contain an adult dose of a different kind of over-the-counter painkiller, a drugmaker announced Wednesday.

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

Playin' it safe
When Humpty Dumpty toppled off his perch, it's probably safe to say he wasn't at a public playground. If he had been, he would have bounced off sand, wood chips or even rubberized panels and might not have needed to be put back together again.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Partial remains of first Tyrannosaurus rex ever found up for auction
LOS ANGELES -- An auction house hopes to sell a collection of fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex bones that are believed to be part of the same animal that was the first of the sharp-toothed dinosaurs ever to be found.

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

Museum exhibit chronicles Civil War siege
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The towering steeple of Second Presbyterian Church was used by Union batteries to sight the guns that lobbed shells into Charleston during a 587-day Civil War siege.

Good question
How can I protect my computer while I'm on vacation?

Weekend calendar
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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.

Officials oppose BRAC delay

Church's work not yet done

Rants and raves
RAVES - HUGE RAVES - to the faculty and student body of John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School for having earned the distinction of being the 2004 National Grammy Signature School. What an honor for them and the city of Augusta! Congratulations to one and all and thank you for making our city and county look good. We need more folks like you

Kid of the day

Police arrest man in ties to arson, break-ins
A Beech Island man is in jail on burglary and arson charges in connection with a November blaze that destroyed a major portion of a Clearwater building supply company, authorities said Thursday.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given a positive safety review to the Catawba Nuclear Station on Lake Wylie.

Children saved in fire are critical

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.

College, industries join forces

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.

Witnesses say woman showed grief
PERRY, Ga. - The mother of a former 911 operator suspected of fatally poisoning two men with antifreeze was among several people who testified Thursday that the defendant showed grief at the victims' funerals and did not act inappropriately.

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.

Perdue signs in stronger beer bill
ATLANTA - Merchants will get to sell stronger beer in Georgia, and sportsmen can register to vote when they buy hunting and fishing licenses under legislation signed on Thursday by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

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.

Brown's trial set for June
AIKEN - Still a road warrior at age 71, soul singer James Brown will have to take a break from a busy summer touring schedule to appear before an entirely different audience - a jury.

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.

Brown's trial set for June

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.

MCG cancer program gets boost

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.

Perdue looking to freeze funds again
ATLANTA - If Gov. Sonny Perdue has his way, no new state money will be going next year to fund an obscure program run by a politically connected former state official who owes the state back taxes, Mr. Perdue's press secretary said Thursday.

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

MCG gets cancer grant

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.

A HOMETOWN HERO
SNELLVILLE, Ga. - American Idol finalist Diana DeGarmo was presented a key to her hometown Thursday, and for the big day pink was the color of choice - even for the mayor.

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.

Group will ask judges' opinions through survey
ATLANTA - Judges will be asked their opinions on abortion, gay rights and prayer in school before running for statewide office this year.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Keith Verecinzo McCladdie, 4, of Augusta.

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.

Store workers face charges of theft, lying

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.

Red carpet treatment
NORTH AUGUSTA - North Augusta Elementary School Principal Angela Burkhalter started her Thursday morning by bursting into tears.

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

Beasley passes on Aiken forum

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Red carpet treatment

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.

Georgia Democrats scramble to capture 12th District seat

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.

Budget cuts vex leaders

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

Study says brain doesn't prefer to get something for nothing
ATLANTA - It's nicer when you actually earn it.

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.

Like a scene from a movie

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.

International bird center is coming

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.

Curry found guilty of murder
AIKEN - An Aiken jury found Thaddeus Curry guilty of murder Thursday, and jailhouse death threats he supposedly made against two witnesses did him no favors.

Officials oppose BRAC delay
Some area officials say they oppose an effort in Congress to delay base closures until 2007.

Across the area
An employee of a west Augusta restaurant told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was robbed at gunpoint behind the restaurant Wednesday night, officials said.

Groups prepare for disaster
Richard Green had to hang on to his right eyeball as he got off the plane from Savannah. It was a little disappointing for the 19-year-old soldier at Fort Gordon, because it had been attached earlier to his face but melted off in the heat at Augusta Regional Airport.

Around town
Kindergartner Kaley Phillips watches her ball knock down pins at South Columbia Elementary School's field day exercises.

Kolb in top 4 for Florida job
Whether or not he gets the job, Augusta City Administrator George Kolb will have three fewer people to compete with this week for the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., city manager position.

Union Point mayor shoots self in head
UNION POINT, Ga. - Mayor Ben Stewart killed himself Thursday, just hours before a county grand jury was to hear fraud charges against him that could have led to a sentence of more than 1,000 years in prison.

Georgia Democrats scramble to capture 12th District seat
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The 12th Congressional District was designed by Democrats in the state legislature to be represented by a Democrat in Congress.

Across the Southeast
Rice compares church bombers to terrorists

GPS may track area parolees
Parolees in the Augusta area might have an eye in the sky watching over them by this fall.

Store workers face charges of theft, lying
Police arrested two convenience store clerks, charging them with lying about an armed robbery to cover for money they took for themselves, authorities said Thursday.

Kid of the day

News you can use

Union Point mayor shoots self in head

Witnesses say woman showed grief

Surgeon, MCG graduate to give $2 million to school

Blaze guts 2 empty sites
Battling thick, black smoke, firefighters worked for more than an hour Thursday night to extinguish a fire that destroyed two abandoned buildings dating from the late 19th century.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

MCG cancer program gets boost
Even as a college freshman, Tiffany Gossett could see the wisdom in getting an experi-mental vaccine against a virus that can cause cervical cancer.

Judge's son charged in firebombings

Study says brain doesn't prefer to get something for nothing

Group will ask judges' opinions through survey

School to showcase its Grammy talent

Officials prepare to route traffic
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Try biking. Try walking.

Families, officers honor fallen

Curry found guilty of murder

Across the area

Day for a Grammy

Kolb finalist for Wichita job

Groups prepare for disaster

Around town

News you can use

A HOMETOWN HERO

Antifreeze case begins wrap-up

Road funds will go to Augusta

Conference focuses on water issues

Across South Carolina

Norwood wants union 'card checks' gone

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.

Rants and raves
RAVES - HUGE RAVES - to the faculty and student body of John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School for having earned the distinction of being the 2004 National Grammy Signature School. What an honor for them and the city of Augusta! Congratulations to one and all and thank you for making our city and county look good. We need more folks like you

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.

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE - Police have arrested a 21-year-old man after a series of burglaries at Gwinnett County veterinary hospitals where the target was a party drug called Ketamine.

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
MAY 14, 1953 Members of the Richmond County Commission pushed their plans yesterday for supplying adequate water to the Thomas Woods and Lumpkin Park areas..

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.

Day for a Grammy
Grammy officials opened no sealed envelope for the results Thursday. They said choosing John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School as the nation's best high school music program was easy.

HOPE bill adds private school students

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Miramax chiefs to buy Michael Moore's Sept. 11 documentary from Disney
LOS ANGELES -- Miramax Films chiefs Bob and Harvey Weinstein plan to buy back Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9-11" - which Walt Disney Co. blocked Miramax from releasing - and distribute it themselves.

Mini reviews

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: 'A Slipping Down Life'
For a film about a musician, "A Slipping Down Life" is seriously tone-deaf.

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.

Tarantino, Almodovar get cameras rolling for Cannes film fest

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

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?

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

Film explores a day in the life of California without Hispanics
LOS ANGELES - California is home to 12 million Hispanics, about one-third of the state's population. What if they all disappeared?

'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.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

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."

Film explores a day in the life of California without Hispanics

At the Movies: 'Coffee and Cigarettes'

At the Movies: 'Breakin' All the Rules'

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

At the Movies: 'A Slipping Down Life'

2004 Summer Movie Preview

Tarantino, Almodovar get cameras rolling for Cannes film fest
CANNES, France -- Two Academy Award-winning filmmakers - Pedro Almodovar and Quentin Tarantino - were raising the curtain Wednesday on the 57th Cannes Film Festival.

Miramax chiefs to buy Michael Moore's Sept. 11 documentary from Disney

At the Movies: 'Troy'

Hip-Hop violinist

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

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.

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

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.

Rumsfeld's 'poetic' voice set to classical music
SAN FRANCISCO -- After hearing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld dress down the media at Pentagon press briefings, two San Francisco musicians came to an inevitable conclusion: his words simply must be set to chamber music.

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.

Rumsfeld's 'poetic' voice set to classical music

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.

Rasheeda says moment is right for longtime musicians from Atlanta

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.

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

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.

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

Best Sellers-Audio
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission. (Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold.):

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

Racing dates added at western tracks
RICHMOND, Va. - NASCAR will continue its push to the West next year with the Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway each getting a second annual racing date.

NASCAR notebook
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.

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

Drivers expect records to fall at repaved Richmond

NASCAR newsmaker

NASCAR notebook

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.

Rain isn't a pain for Castroneves
INDIANAPOLIS - The weather changed Helio Castroneves' plan Thursday in practice for the Indianapolis 500, but it didn't slow him down.

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.

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.

Rain isn't a pain for Castroneves

Brown fined $7,500 for criticizing officials

Los Angeles stuns Spurs
SAN ANTONIO - The final second featured two unbelievable shots. Tim Duncan's might have been better, but Derek Fisher's came last.

Floyd says he was shocked by firing
NEW ORLEANS -- Tim Floyd was surprised when the New Orleans Hornets fired him last week, and he believes unrealistic expectations led to his dismissal.

Los Angeles stuns Spurs

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.

Floyd says he was shocked by firing

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Greek group claims responsibility for Athens bombings
ATHENS, Greece -- A Greek group claimed responsibility Thursday for triple bombings at a police station and warned that some Olympic visitors - from heads of state to wealthy Western tourists - would be "undesirable."

Volleyball federation approves new code of conduct
PORTO, Portugal -- A new code of conduct was approved by the international volleyball federation Thursday that gives more power to its president and prohibits legal challenges to his authority.

Documents reveal Olympic cauldron is spindle-shaped
ATHENS, Greece -- The Olympic flame will burn in a huge spindle-shaped cauldron that will be visible from all parts of the main stadium, according to plans by the designer.

IOC inspector: Doubts on Athens Olympics 'have disappeared'

Greek group claims responsibility for Athens bombings

Documents reveal Olympic cauldron is spindle-shaped

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.

Richmond's numbers out of this world

Capriati and Mauresmo moving forward - to the net

Navratilova to play singles in Paris; Seles won't

In the game

Serena sharp in victory

Overtime

Team defense is golden for Kicks Sting team

Safin loses to Melzer; Federer wins

Beckham's reign in Spain is not so mighty

Overtime

Horse racing needs a superstar

Lakeside regroups in semis

Safin loses to Melzer; Federer wins
HAMBURG, Germany -- Marat Safin cracked his racket on a linesman's chair during a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Juergen Melzer at the Hamburg Masters on Thursday.

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.

Beckham's reign in Spain is not so mighty
MADRID, Spain -- It seemed like the perfect match: soccer's most celebrated star playing for the world's most glamorous club.

Overtime
Westside's William Elam announced his acceptance of a football scholarship Thursday afternoon at the school media center. Elam will play next season at Rainey River Community College in International Falls, Minn.

Horse racing needs a superstar
No major championship in sports has a shorter shelf life than the Kentucky Derby.

Navratilova to play singles in Paris; Seles won't
PARIS -- Martina Navratilova will play at the French Open, a decade after her last Grand Slam singles match.

Richmond's numbers out of this world
It's tough to measure the most amazing thing about the Richmond Academy boys' soccer team. The 24-0 record and No. 1 national ranking are impressive. So is the nugget that the team has scored 223 goals this season.

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.

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.

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.

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

Serena sharp in victory
ROME - Serena Williams cruised past 97th-ranked Dally Randriantefy of Madagascar, 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the Italian Open quarterfinals.

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.

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

Reform Jews, progressive on women's issues, worried that men have been sidelined
NEW YORK -- The branch of American Judaism that pioneered elevating women to leadership positions is now wrestling with an uncomfortable issue: Where have the men gone?

Religion news in brief
MINNEAPOLIS -- A local leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is trying to convince denominational leaders to delay a divisive final vote on homosexuality next year.

Nation's first faith-based prisons seek to reduce recidivism
LAWTEY, Fla. -- For 22 years, Curtis Cason has been unable to shake the cocaine demons he blames for putting him behind bars six times.

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

Spoof series apologizes for Make-A-Wish remark

NBC signs Tom Brokaw to new 10-year contract
NEW YORK -- Tom Brokaw is leaving the anchor chair but not NBC. He signed a 10-year contract Wednesday to remain at the network, largely to produce and narrate documentaries.

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.

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

'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.

'American Idol' shocker: La Toya London gets voted off
NEW YORK -- Another diva bit the dust on "American Idol" with the shocking ejection of La Toya London Wednesday night.

Spoof series apologizes for Make-A-Wish remark
LOS ANGELES -- The company producing an upcoming spoof of talent shows apologized for invoking the name of the Make-A-Wish Foundation during filming.

NBC signs Tom Brokaw to new 10-year contract

'Friends' gives NBC big goodbye ratings hug

'Law & Order' trio get renewals, with a fourth announced, in NBC deal
NEW YORK -- Fans of the three "Law & Order" shows can look forward to more - and No. 4.

'Mean Girls' star Lindsay Lohan to host MTV Movie Awards
NEW YORK -- Lindsay Lohan will be the queen bee of the MTV Movie Awards, serving as host of the ceremony airing June 10.

Black humor gets Broadway gig and HBO special

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

'American Idol' shocker: La Toya London gets voted off

Michael Douglas donates $1 million to father's namesake theater

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NBC closes merger with Universal to create new media powerhouse conglomerate

People in the News

Actor Kiefer Sutherland files for divorce from wife of eight years

Applause Calendar

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

Police seek grease thief

Aging octopus finds love at last

Bank-robbing grandmother sentenced to nearly six years in prison

Odds and Ends

Court rules genetic mom has no parental rights to twins

Odds and Ends

Reform Jews, progressive on women's issues, worried that men have been sidelined

Religion news in brief

Nation's first faith-based prisons seek to reduce recidivism