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

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.

National Black Arts Festival bounces back from budget cuts

Pollock painting nets $11.6 million at Christie's, a record for the artist

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.

New study shows big drop in books sold

A busy off-Broadway season for playwright Julia Jordan

With latest highly praised effort, novelist prepares for big time
PRINCETON, N.J. -- A few weeks ago, as novelist Chang-rae Lee was carting his clubs around a golf course near his home, two white golfers interrupted their conversation to ask whether he belonged to the club.

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

New study shows big drop in books sold
NEW YORK -- Not even Harry Potter could prevent a big drop in book sales in 2003.

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

Pollock painting nets $11.6 million at Christie's, a record for the artist
NEW YORK -- A Jackson Pollock painting sold for $11.6 million, setting a record for the artist and topping a blockbuster auction of postwar and contemporary art at Christie's.

With latest highly praised effort, novelist prepares for big time

'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.

Greenbrier breezes through first round
Greenbrier swept a doubleheader from Troup to win its Class AAAA first-round playoff series at the Brierpatch on Friday.

Tavarez has had hat checked twice in the last month
ST. LOUIS -- Julian Tavarez' beat-up, smudged cap keeps getting him in trouble.

Orioles blank White Sox, 1st game

Westside sweeps Richmond Hill
The last time Logan Jackson dove for a line drive, he ended up with a torn ligament in his thumb. A similar play Friday afternoon ended much better and put Westside High School into the second round of the Class AAA state baseball playoffs.

Posada feeling better, but still out with broken nose
NEW YORK -- Jorge Posada had the bandage removed from his broken nose Friday and much of the swelling to his face had subsided, but he remained out of lineup for the New York Yankees' game against Seattle.

Posada feeling better, but still out with broken nose

Yankees beat Angels

Once silent, Ramirez opens up

Devil Rays rout Rangers

Hawks even score

Prior switches caps, receives degree
LOS ANGELES -- Already a successful multimillionaire, Mark Prior was determined to return to college and get his degree.

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

Once silent, Ramirez opens up
BOSTON -- Manny Ramirez stood in the Red Sox clubhouse, chatting amiably with reporters.

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.

Hawks even score
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Hardaway evened the score on Friday at one apiece with Columbia County.

Phillies edge out Giants

Harlem holds off Savannah Christian
HARLEM - The Harlem Bulldogs postponed their post-game celebration after pitcher Clayton Bruce fell to the ground following a collision with third baseman James Davis on the final out.

Baseball's playoff season set to start

Harlem holds off Savannah Christian

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

Westside sweeps Richmond Hill

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.

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.

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.

Money to change city nicknames is best saved

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A Louisiana state representative's idea to ban low-slung pants is making him the butt of colleagues' jokes.

Investor says group wants Braves
ATLANTA -- A man whose company has tried to move the Montreal Expos to Puerto Rico says his group now is interested in acquiring the Atlanta Braves.

Braves riding a streak
MILWAUKEE - The turnstile in the Braves' infield spun again Friday when the team recalled infielder Nick Green from Class AAA Richmond to replace Jesse Garcia, who is on bereavement leave to attend his grandmother's funeral in Texas.

Investor says group wants Braves

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.

Braves riding a streak

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

Shakeup does the trick

Signs show duel over right to sell
There are two sets of signs staked on the property at 4046 S. Belair Road. One says the land is for sale; the other says the business isn't.

Enron employees to get at least $66.5 million in settlements
WASHINGTON -- Former Enron employees who lost millions of dollars in retirement money in the company's stunning collapse would get at least $66.5 million from two newly reached settlements of lawsuits, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao said Wednesday.

Experts predict rise in rates
WASHINGTON - Inflation appears to be stirring from its hibernation. Consumer prices are advancing in the first four months of this year at a pace twice as fast as the increase for all of 2003.

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.

Gap Inc. describes working conditions in garment factories worldwide

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.

Economic growth seen in mergers
NEW YORK - With price tags as high as $63 billion and $58 billion, the merger business is awakening from the bear-market hibernation that made corporate marriages a tough sell during the past few years.

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.

Higher prices may cause "licker shock" at the ice cream stands this summer
Already staggering from sticker shock at the gas pump, consumers may suffer "licker shock" at the ice cream stand this summer when they see some of the industry's biggest price hikes ever.

Enron employees to get at least $66.5 million in settlements

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.

Economic growth seen in mergers

Harbor House will move into historic house

Business briefs

Laid-off workers to lose training
DES MOINES, Iowa - Throughout the country, thousands of laid-off workers - many of them from smaller companies in thinly populated states - stand to lose job retraining opportunities because of a little-noticed change in the way the government pays for such programs.

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.

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

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.

Business briefs
TORONTO - NORTEL NETWORKS RECEIVED A SUBPOENA FROM FEDERAL PROSECUTORS IN DALLAS on Friday, ordering the Canadian telecom equipment maker to produce its accounting records and other documents going back more than four years.

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.

Signs show duel over right to sell

Kona coffee lovers clamor for coast's expensive beans

Disney earnings rise on theme park, DVD performance

IEA urges oil suppliers to explore for more crude

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

Airport efforts herald safety

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

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.

Chamber wants more members, not meetings

Business briefs

Clemson inducts seven into Hall of Fame

Clemson inducts seven into Hall of Fame
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Football All-American Stacy Long and former PGA Tour golfer Clarence Rose were among seven picked for the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame.

Failures must be punished

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?

Wimps for president?

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.

Minibottle repeal in peril

Minibottle repeal in peril
This looked like the year South Carolina finally was going to get rid of its ridiculous, outdated and dangerous minibottle law. That's the law that requires restaurants and bars to serve hard liquor out of the same miniature bottles used on commercial airlines.

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."

Rescuing SRS cleanup
A way apparently has been found that will get the accelerated cleanup project at the Savannah River Site back on track.

A great gift

Rescuing SRS cleanup

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.

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.

Stocks end volatile session mixed
NEW YORK -- Wall Street struggled to at least a temporary bottom to its slide Friday, closing mixed as investors overcame some of their dejection over interest rates.

Stocks end volatile session mixed

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.

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.

Fishing tournament news and results

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.

Record cobia landed in Beaufort's Broad

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 adds to win streak
Ian Cronkhite didn't waste much time winning over the fans at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Augusta's Parel blitzes final nine to win event

Tiger's halfway home

Tiger prowling at Nelson

Midland Valley a favorite for many
Regions Cup golfers pick and choose which of the 10 tournaments they play in each year based on various factors, but the event's golf course is rarely the main one.

Tiger's halfway home
IRVING, Texas - The position atop the leaderboard should be familiar to Tiger Woods. So should the company he'll be keeping in today's third round of the Byron Nelson Championship.

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.

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 adds to win streak

Jackets stop Alley Cats again

Lightning look to take 3-1 lead back to Tampa

Tampa's road warriors roll past Philadelphia

Home isn't sweet for Flames, Sharks

Home isn't sweet for Flames, Sharks
CALGARY, Alberta -- Though Calgary claims its hometown fans are the NHL's best, that adoration has brought out the worst in the Flames recently.

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

Lightning look to take 3-1 lead back to Tampa
PHILADELPHIA -- As bad as the Tampa Bay Lightning looked at home in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, that's how good they've been on the road.

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

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.

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.

Whole newspaper must support one Augusta
I applaud Michael Ryan's column about striving for one Augusta on the opinion pages (May 9). But what about the rest of the paper? David Allard, Evans

Forgive religious ignorance

Urges Midland Valley area to unite
As a member of the Committee to Unite Midland Valley, I know we are in for an uphill battle. Contrary to anyone's thoughts, Burnettown is not "desirous" of taking over the entire valley. Dayle H. Lipski, Langley, S.C.

Writer 'fires' publisher Morris
Regarding publisher William S. Morris's May 9 column, "Chronicle will remain a vigilant watchdog": I would like to share a story about a recent experience with The Augusta Chronicle. Ray Mundy, Martinez

Urges Midland Valley area to unite

Sticky ads sully 'Chronicle'

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

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

Cell phone limits, Browser feeds, Wedding tie-ins

Good question

Playin' it safe

Weekend calendar

Partial remains of first Tyrannosaurus rex ever found up for auction

Health calendar

E3 showcases top game gadgets

Museum exhibit chronicles Civil War siege

Children's Motrin containers might contain adult Tylenol

Marc Ecko's rhino is a forward-moving force

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.

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

Weekend calendar
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Cell phone limits, Browser feeds, Wedding tie-ins
NEW YORK -- How would you like to curb your gabby teen's mobile chats or your employee's cell calls about fantasy football?

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.

Renters need to watch out for financial, privacy issues
When it comes to disputes between tenants and landlords, the most common - and most contentious - are generally over refunding a security deposit or making repairs, said Janet Portman, co-author of the Nolo publishing house's "Every Tenant's Legal Guide."

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.

Marc Ecko's rhino is a forward-moving force
NEW YORK -- His logo might be a rhinoceros, but Marc Ecko might be more aptly described as a chameleon.

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.

E3 showcases top game gadgets
LOS ANGELES -- Most video game fanatics aren't going to be satisfied with the latest crop of snazzy games: They want better gadgets, too.

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.

American Legion president tours area veterans hospital
The head of one of the nation's largest women's service organizations stopped by an Augusta Veterans Administration hospital to see facilities serving local veterans.

Police nab man, pot in drug bust

Magazine says Athens is haven for bachelors
ATHENS, Ga. - Come here often?

News you can use

Kolb is finalist for Kansas job

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

Around town
Advocate of the Child nominations committee member Rodger B. Murchison, of First Baptist Church of Augusta, introduces Jane Hudson as the recipient of the James W. Bennett Advocate of the Child Award at the MCG Children's Medical Center. The event was held Friday morning.

A HOMETOWN HERO

GOP finds opponent for race
AIKEN - It took five weeks, but South Carolina Republican Party officials finally found a candidate to run against veteran state Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater, an Aiken County Republican Party official said Friday.

Across South Carolina

Magazine says Athens is haven for bachelors

Professor urges more RNA study
The ability to use ribonucleic acid to block the output of defective genes could be an important tool in the molecular battle to cure disease, a 1989 Nobel Laureate in chemistry said. But visiting scientist Sidney Altman warned Friday that the federal government is risking future discoveries and might lose some of its best scientists if it is stingy with research funding.

Police arrest social worker
ATHENS, Ga. - One ex-employee of an Athens-based social-services agency was arrested Thursday on charges of stealing money from a retarded client, the day after another ex-employee was indicted on charges she stole from a blind woman for whom she was caring.

Kolb finalist for Wichita job

Groups prepare for disaster

Group will ask judges' opinions through survey

Union Point mayor shoots self in head

Honoring the fallen

Kid of the day

Kid of the day

Day for a Grammy

Honoring the fallen
On Friday, local public safety officials participated in a ceremony many wish wasn't necessary - honoring a fallen comrade.

Curry found guilty of murder

Rants and raves
I JUST WANTED to say what a terrific job The Chronicle did on the coverage of the Kentucky Derby. I loved the full-page spread on the horses, the trainers and little blurbs and pictures of each horse. I thought that was the best coverage I've ever seen. Y'all do a great job.

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

Hotels train staff on customs
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Over coffee and biscuits, Domenick Buffone gives his staff at the Hyatt Regency a quick lesson in welcoming guests for next month's G-8 summit of world leaders.

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 South Carolina
CONWAY - A modeling agency owner has pleaded guilty to several sex charges and was sentenced to three years in prison, prosecutors say.

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.

Inmate is likely to face chair for death
COLUMBIA - James Neal Tucker will likely be the first inmate to die in the electric chair in South Carolina since 1996.

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

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

Travelers step out in summer

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.

Inmate is likely to face chair for death

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..

Professor urges more RNA study

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.

Red carpet treatment

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

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

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

Around town

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

MCG cancer program gets boost

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

Georgia Democrats scramble to capture 12th District seat

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.

Council files suit over food program

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.

Police arrest social worker

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.

Travelers step out in summer
Gas prices might be at the highest levels ever, but experts say that won't stop vacationers from putting the pedal to the metal this summer.

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.

Kolb is finalist for Kansas job
If sunny Fort Lauderdale, Fla., doesn't work out for Augusta City Administrator George Kolb, he just might find there's no place like home in Wichita, Kan.

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.

News you can use
May, 15, 1973 One of Augusta's oldest remaining landmarks is scheduled to fall in the path of progress, as the city of Augusta prepares to tear down the water tank on Monte Sano Avenue constructed more than 75 years ago as part of the water system for the old village of Summerville.

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

Dog owner sentenced in maulings
ATHENS, Ga. - An Athens woman whose two pit bull terriers killed neighborhood pets was sentenced Thursday in Athens-Clarke County Municipal Court to spend one day in jail and serve probation for two years.

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.

Police nab man, pot in drug bust
Narcotics investigators from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office arrested a Richmond County man on drug trafficking charges and seized more than 130 pounds of marijuana Friday.

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.

Practice area is memorial to teammates
Swinging in tandem, Greenbrier High School's varsity golf team hit the first ball Friday on what will be the school's new golf practice green.

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.

Council files suit over food program
The Senior Citizens Council has gone to court to try to keep the CSRA nutrition program in Augusta.

Across the Southeast
Rice compares church bombers to terrorists

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Train service was interrupted after MARTA police said something "that appears to be a fetus" was found near the tracks on a westbound line.

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.

Across the area
Bond was denied Friday for an Augusta man accused of murder and weapons violations.

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
Today's kid of the day is Timmorra Gracey, 2, of Augusta.

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

Director leads site to success
AIKEN - To folks outside the nuclear arena, Dr. Todd Wright and what he does at the newly minted Savannah River National Laboratory probably remain relatively obscure.

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.

Tie for title disappoints Richmond Academy
The Academy of Richmond County's soccer team fell short Friday night. It's a testament to how special a season the Musketeers had in 2004 to say that.

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.

Across the area

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.

Dog owner sentenced in maulings

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

Tie for title disappoints Richmond Academy

News you can use

Hotels train staff on customs

Officials oppose BRAC delay

Director leads site to success

Witnesses say woman showed grief

Rants and raves
I JUST WANTED to say what a terrific job The Chronicle did on the coverage of the Kentucky Derby. I loved the full-page spread on the horses, the trainers and little blurbs and pictures of each horse. I thought that was the best coverage I've ever seen. Y'all do a great job.

Store workers face charges of theft, lying

American Legion president tours area veterans hospital

Brown's trial set for June

Across the area

GOP finds opponent for race

Richmond displays the agony of victory
There are two sides to every tie, but rarely are they such polar opposites.

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

At the Movies: 'A Slipping Down Life'

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.

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.

Film explores a day in the life of California without Hispanics

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?

Tarantino, Almodovar get cameras rolling for Cannes film fest

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

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

Gloria Estefan plans U.S. tour, first in eight years
MIAMI -- Gloria Estefan knows how she'll be spending her summer - on a concert tour.

Rumsfeld's 'poetic' voice set to classical music

Gloria Estefan plans U.S. tour, first in eight years

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.):

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.

Best Sellers-Audio

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.

Goodbye to the Rock; NASCAR taking races to Texas, Phoenix

NASCAR shakeup to affect IRL

NASCAR takes one race from Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- The math is simple, convenience store clerk Kay Dixon says. NASCAR is taking one of Darlington Raceway's two Nextel Cup races away next year. So her most profitable time just got cut in half.

Goodbye to the Rock; NASCAR taking races to Texas, Phoenix
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- NASCAR will pack up and leave this little town forever.

Vickers finally grabs top spot

Vickers wins first pole as Richmond gets slick

Vickers wins first pole as Richmond gets slick
RICHMOND, Va. -- The track record fell again and again in qualifying at Richmond International Raceway, but two drivers also crashed Friday when the new asphalt went from grippy to slippery.

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 shakeup to affect IRL
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NASCAR schedule shakeup will cost the IndyCar series a race in Nazareth, Pa., the possible loss of one of its two races at Texas Motor Speedway and probably a change of dates at Phoenix International Raceway or other tracks.

NASCAR takes one race from Darlington

Rain isn't a pain for Castroneves

Vickers finally grabs top spot
RICHMOND, Va. - The track record fell again and again in qualifying at Richmond International Raceway, but two drivers also crashed Friday when the new asphalt went from grippy to slippery.

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.

Move over LeBron and Melo, Dwyane's starring in the playoffs
INDIANAPOLIS -- Lamar Odom was at a loss when asked to describe teammate Dwyane Wade's impact this postseason.

Lakers' win over Spurs highest-rated game on ABC this year

NBA denies Spurs' protest

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.

Move over LeBron and Melo, Dwyane's starring in the playoffs

NBA denies Spurs' protest
NEW YORK -- The NBA denied the San Antonio Spurs' protest of Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, which ended with a buzzer-beating shot by Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lakers' win over Spurs highest-rated game on ABC this year
NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Lakers' last-second win over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night was the highest-rated game of the playoffs for ABC.

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

Los Angeles stuns Spurs

Nets grind out arduos victory
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- A grueling game that took four hours to play and three overtimes to decide could not slow down Richard Jefferson.

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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.

Olympic security to top agenda at Bush meeting with Greek premier
ATHENS, Greece -- Olympic security will be the main item on the agenda when President Bush and Greek Premier Costas Caramanlis meet at the White House next week.

Greek group claims responsibility for Athens bombings

Olympic security to top agenda at Bush meeting with Greek premier

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."

Brown recalls own Olympic experience, looks ahead to Athens
NEW YORK -- Forty years ago in Tokyo, Larry Brown was an athlete at the 1964 Olympics.

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.

Brown recalls own Olympic experience, looks ahead to Athens

Documents reveal Olympic cauldron is spindle-shaped

An inside look at G-8 protest planning
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An inside look at G-8 protest planning
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Williams-Capriati semifinal in Italian Open

Safin loses to Melzer; Federer wins

Horse racing needs a superstar

Navratilova to play singles in Paris; Seles won't

Musketeers must share title

Beckham's reign in Spain is not so mighty

Overtime

Overtime

Richmond's numbers out of this world

Federer beats Moya in Hamburg Masters

Panthers hope to put end to Marist's run

Serena sharp in victory

Federer beats Moya in Hamburg Masters
HAMBURG, Germany -- Top-ranked Roger Federer beat Carlos Moya 6-4, 6-3 Friday, defeating one of the best clay-court players to reach the semifinals of the Hamburg Masters.

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.

Panthers hope to put end to Marist's run
Lakeside junior Susanne Rogers thinks sleep will be an option tonight - only with the help of a few Tylenol. Teammate Jamie Lake has had "all knots" in her stomach for three days now.

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.

Williams-Capriati semifinal in Italian Open
ROME -- Top-seeded Serena Williams and No. 5 Jennifer Capriati advanced to the semifinals of the Italian Open with straight-set wins on Friday.

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

Overtime
In Deland, Fla., the 18th hole proved kind to USC Aiken, which moved within one round of its first Division II national title.<

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.

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.

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.

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.

Musketeers must share title
Richmond Academy still has the unbeaten part down. They'll spend an entire summer wrestling with the fact they are no longer untied.

Israeli food, life, culture to be shared at festival
A wedding dress and a Jewish wedding canopy called a chuppah will be part of the ceremonial display in the heritage room during the Israel Experience, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way in Evans.

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?

Sacred movement
One by one, the Spirit and Truth liturgical dancers at Calvary Deliverance Evangelistic Church glide down the church aisles, slowly making their way to the front.

Disease hasn't muted singer's faith
The day Rick Busby graduated with a doctorate in theology from Southern Bible Institute and Seminary in Thomson in 2002, he needed help to get onto the platform to receive his degree.

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.

Faith digest
THE REV. GLENN ETHRIDGE will be leaving Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans for Cannon United Methodist Church in Snellville, Ga., after the North Georgia Conference meeting in June. He will be roasted during a Mexican dinner at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wesley, 825 N. Belair Road.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403, or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

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.

Florida prison uses faith to change lives
LAWTEY, Fla. - For 22 years, Curtis Cason has been unable to shake the cocaine demons he blames for putting him behind bars six times.

Richmond displays the agony of victory

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

'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.

'Angel' ends with vampire fans in mourning for the undead

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

Spoof series apologizes for Make-A-Wish remark

'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.

Congressional audit to start on new Nielsen system for measuring TV viewers
NEW YORK -- A congressional audit has been ordered on a new system for measuring TV viewership in big cities, which some critics contend will undercount blacks and Latinos.

'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.

'Angel' ends with vampire fans in mourning for the undead
LOS ANGELES -- Just because the wry vampire drama "Angel" is over doesn't mean it's the end of the world ... even if the final episode does include an appearance by the Apocalypse.

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.

Congressional audit to start on new Nielsen system for measuring TV viewers

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

Odds and Ends

Police seek grease thief

Odds and Ends

Aging octopus finds love at last

Faith calendar

Faith digest

Disease hasn't muted singer's faith

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

Florida prison uses faith to change lives

Religion news in brief

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

Sacred movement

Israeli food, life, culture to be shared at festival