With latest highly praised effort, novelist prepares for big time

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
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.

Arts Review: ABT kicks off spring season with a smorgasbord

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

Arts Review: Political discord hits home

New study shows big drop in books sold

Richard Alston Dance Company looks all grown up in American debut

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

Arts Review: ABT kicks off spring season with a smorgasbord
NEW YORK -- An evening at the ballet usually has a beginning, a middle and an end - in other words, an appetizer, main course and dessert.

Arts Review: Political discord hits home
NEW YORK -- The huddled tenements of Manhattan's Lower East Side are cramped enough, but when conversation turns to politics they can get downright claustrophobic.

Richard Alston Dance Company looks all grown up in American debut
NEW YORK -- If the Richard Alston Dance Company had any opening night jitters, they didn't show.

Once silent, Ramirez opens up

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Hawks even score

Westside sweeps Richmond Hill

Harlem holds off Savannah Christian

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.

Use highest bidder to balance budget

Suggestive bunny billboard in Times Square
NEW YORK -- Has sex returned to Times Square? An advertising billboard seems to suggest so.

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.

Braves riding a streak

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.

Braves notebook
MILWAUKEE - Chipper Jones had his first three-hit game of the season Thursday, followed it with a home run in Friday's game, but still doesn't feel comfortable at the plate.

Win tainted by Giles' injury

Win tainted by Giles' injury
MILWAUKEE - After two days of cruising, this Braves' trip gave way to unforeseen calamity Saturday night, when second baseman Marcus Giles fractured his right clavicle in a collision with center fielder Andruw Jones and will be out six-to-eight weeks.

Braves notebook

Investor says group wants Braves

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Walgreen Co.

Club Car's new Precedent exceeds its expected sales
Club Car Inc. officials said their new flagship golf vehicle, the Precedent, was the major driver behind a 25 percent increase in vehicle sales during the first quarter of the year.

Business briefs

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.

Small claims bring big pains
David Lachman was driving back to Augusta in his ragtop Chrysler Sebring about two years ago when he saw a billboard for a Cracker Barrel just outside Columbia.

For Gen X owners, baby boomer employees represent a great opportunity

Business calendar

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
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.

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.

Business calendar
Thursday: Estate planning, dinner seminar; sponsored by Kurt Mobley, of Edward Jones; Famous Dave's BBQ, 2820 Washington Road, 6 to 8 p.m.; with various speakers; for reservations, call Sherri Daniel at 736-6252.

Make sure old ways of doing things are still working

On the move
LeeAnn Enlow has been named SRP Federal Credit Union's assistant manager of the North Augusta branch.

On the move

Make sure old ways of doing things are still working
Two weeks ago, I talked about one of the five key attributes of successful businesses. This week, I would like to share with you the second of the five.

P.F. Chang's expands, succeeding where others have failed

Economic growth seen in mergers

Ego, resistance to change keep separation of chairman and CEO rare
NEW YORK -- It didn't prevent scandal at Enron or WorldCom, but for shareholder advocates it's still as basic as separation of church and state: the chairman and chief executive should never be the same person.

Signs show duel over right to sell

For Gen X owners, baby boomer employees represent a great opportunity
NEW YORK -- As the economy improves and companies hire more workers, many Generation X business owners are likely to find they're taking on and managing baby boomers.

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.

P.F. Chang's expands, succeeding where others have failed
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --There are spring rolls and mu shu pork on the menu at P.F. Chang's China Bistro, but the restaurant has more in common with Olive Garden or Outback Steakhouse than your local Chinese takeout.

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.

Ego, resistance to change keep separation of chairman and CEO rare

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.

Small claims bring big pains

Pocket change

Enron employees to get at least $66.5 million in settlements

Finance memo surprises commissioners

Finance memo surprises commissioners
Augusta commissioners were bent out of shape last week when a memo detailing a looming budget deficit was released to the media without first being explained to them. City Finance Director David Persaud generated the memo, actually at the direction of the finance committee, with cost cutting recommendations. Copies were placed in their mailboxes at city hall but they apparently hadn't seen them.

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.

Freeze the minimum tax
Three cheers for the Republican-led House of Representatives' overwhelming 333-89 vote recently to freeze the nefarious alternative minimum tax at the current level.

Don't delay BRAC
Fort Gordon - our area's No. 1 employer on this side of the river - will clearly be on the bubble when the Base Realignment and Closure Commission makes its recommendations next year.

Don't delay BRAC

Rescuing SRS cleanup

Freeze the minimum tax

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

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.

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

Georgia Southern edges out Citadel 10
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Jason Hurst hit a game-winning single in the ninth inning to lift Georgia Southern to an 11-10 win over The Citadel on Saturday.

Georgia Tech stretches winning streak
ATLANTA - Hard or soft? Georgia Tech pitcher Andrew Kown asked that question of Clemson hitters again and again Saturday, and the Tigers failed to answer correctly.

Georgia Southern edges out Citadel 10

GreenJackets notebook
The GreenJackets went 5-2 from May 7 through Friday. Starter Jarrett Gardner contributed two of those wins, which helped the right-hander earn South Atlantic League pitcher of the week honors.

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

GreenJackets bullpen pitching in
Augusta's Kyle Jackson had come close to recording his first win of the season many times.

Sergio surges into lead at Nelson
IRVING, Texas -- With awesome control from tee to green, Sergio Garcia figured his 5-under 65 should have been a little lower, and his two-shot lead at the Byron Nelson Championship a little larger.

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.

Golf capsules

Carpenter gets first-round lead
GRANITEVILLE - Tommy Carpenter's opening-round 70 was enough for the lead midway through the second Regions Cup event of the year.

Tiger's halfway home

Golf capsules
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- Mexico's Lorena Ochoa shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead through three rounds of the inaugural Franklin American Mortgage Championship.

Pacers finally claim a title
DELAND, Fla.-After coming so close before, Michael Carlisle finally coached his golf team to a national title.

Sergio surges into lead 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.

GreenJackets bullpen pitching in

GreenJackets notebook

Augusta adds to win streak

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.

Flyers pull back to even on Lightning

Flyers pull back to even on Lightning
PHILADELPHIA - Keith Primeau isn't thinking about missing the World Cup of Hockey. He's doing his best to get the Philadelphia Flyers into the Stanley Cup finals.

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.

Lightning look to take 3-1 lead back to Tampa

Use highest bidder to balance budget
There was discouraging news on the city budget last week. Augusta appears to be spending more than it's taking in, leaving some of us to wonder: What's a consolidated metropolis to do? Well, as usual, I have a few ideas.

Credit right player for victory
First, I would like to congratulate Greenbrier High School for winning the Region 3-AAAA baseball championship. But after reading the article in The Augusta Chronicle (May 7), I had a few concerns. Ren Hatfield, Martinez

Iraq war echoes Stalingrad

Urges Midland Valley area to unite

Choice is disservice to food service

Vietnam vets oppose Kerry
A newly formed organization of more than 100 members, both Democrat and Republican, held a press conference at the National Press Club on May 4. The organization's name is Swift Boat Veterans For Truth. Robert Smock, Hephzibah

AP keeps showing liberal bias

Iraq war echoes Stalingrad
We are seeing the beginning of the end for us in Iraq. What was touted as a war of liberation has turned into a debacle. Even the WMD ruse, later to be used as an excuse to invade neighboring countries, has failed. Allan Levene, Evans

Ultraliberal Democrats in trouble
The attack on District Attorney Danny Craig by Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lowell Greenbaum (The Chronicle, May 5) is not surprising. His "party of principle," as Mr. Greenbaum declares it, is in deep trouble at both the state and national levels. Bobby Wright, Augusta

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.

Choice is disservice to food service
I find it difficult to understand the decision to hire a private company to provide the food services currently provided by the Senior Citizens Council. Frank E. Simmons Jr., Martinez

Credit right player for victory

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

AP keeps showing liberal bias
On May 5, The Augusta Chronicle ran two Associated Press stories next to each other: one about Democrat John Kerry and the other about Republican George W. Bush, giving presidential campaign speeches. Tom Hunter, Augusta

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

Product review: Easy-to-use software can launch your life as a blogger

Study: The brain prefers working over getting money for nothing

E3 showcases top game gadgets

Marc Ecko's rhino is a forward-moving force

Evans home has whole new look, thanks to TV shows

Fitness: Focus of senior centers shifts from bingo to exercise

Wedding to celebrate historic 1924 union

Brooklyn and beer: A match made in 100 breweries

Into the fold

Cell phone limits, Browser feeds, Wedding tie-ins

In the know

Swimsuit fashion includes many new colors, patterns and styles

Swimsuit fashion includes many new colors, patterns and styles
That whimper you hear is the sound of thousands of women getting ready to make the most dreaded of journeys - the annual foray into the swimsuit dressing room.

In the know
Shannon Fuller and Matthew Powell know the power of love.

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.

Brooklyn and beer: A match made in 100 breweries
NEW YORK -- Raise a glass to Brooklyn, once home to more than 100 breweries, former producer of more beer than Milwaukee, the borough where Prohibition was greeted with a wink ... and an ice-cold draft.

Evans home has whole new look, thanks to TV shows
After watching lots of Trading Spaces episodes and having a Southern Living Home Interiors party in her house, Julie Arrowood decided it was time to update her 12-year-old Evans home.

Fitness: Focus of senior centers shifts from bingo to exercise
ACCIDENT, Md. -- Not long ago, Sally Schwing had little time for organized senior activities and no interest in joining a health club. Then a doctor prescribed exercise and the 68-year-old homemaker discovered that bench presses had replaced bingo at her local senior center.

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."

Study: The brain prefers working over getting money for nothing
ATLANTA -- It's nicer when you actually earn it.

Product review: Easy-to-use software can launch your life as a blogger
NEW YORK -- After years of seeing friends, co-workers and strangers start Web journals on current events and everyday life, I decided it was time to try blogging myself.

Into the fold
New Augusta Assembly members Tori and Braye Boardman (from left) attended the May party of the group at the Augusta Country Club with Sadie Maguire and her husband, Sam, who is the Augusta Assembly president.

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?

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.

Books tell horrors of war
Told with compassion and insight, Some Survived, by Manny Lawton, paints a vivid picture of what has been called one of the worst prisoner of war situations involving American soldiers.

Wedding to celebrate historic 1924 union
Tessa Boyle has taken the wedding adage "something old" to new heights.

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

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.

Hotels train staff on customs

Change arrives despite politics
To gauge how much times have changed in Columbia and Aiken counties, two formerly rural jurisdictions that are struggling to adapt their traditional firefighting networks to the stress of high growth, take a look at Chief McFarland's expanded title and responsibilities.

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.

Across the area

Honoring the fallen

Despite change, deficit still rises

News you can use

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

Change arrives despite politics

Travelers step out in summer

Festival delivers another success

Director leads site to success

Across South Carolina

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

New prisons deputy criticized

Equal but separate

Eight remain in Kids Count contest
Eight local pupils are closer to winning a $10,000 scholarship bond after their names were selected from a group of 16 finalists Saturday.

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.

Police nab man, pot in drug bust

School reveals plans to visitors
MERRIWETHER, S.C. - Parents, teachers and pupils huddled around a floor plan Saturday morning to see where their high school's new library, computer lab and classrooms will be next year.

Thousands partake in rally for school funding, desegregation

Moms say rules ignored in child custody cases
Amber Crosby says she wanted her children's lives to be different from her own, to be rooted in a structured and loving environment where they would learn to be morally strong and compassionate and know they could be whatever they wanted when they grew up.

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.

Brown case paved way for progress

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.

Across the area
Three people were taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Saturday after their convertible slammed into a telephone pole at Laney-Walker Boulevard and First Street at about 7:45 p.m.

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.

Cleanup of Brown site carries high price tag
TOPEKA, Kan. - When it is all done, the city will have spent more than $1.8 million in local and federal funds dressing up the Monroe neighborhood surrounding the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site at the former Monroe Elementary School.

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.

Thousands partake in rally for school funding, desegregation
COLUMBIA - More than 2,000 people from throughout the state gathered Saturday for a march and rally at the Statehouse to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court decision that desegregated schools and press legislators for more education funding.

Council files suit over food program

New prisons deputy criticized
ATLANTA - Georgia's new deputy juvenile justice commissioner already is under criticism before he begins.

Diversity is key in school, teens say

Judge's order met with controversy
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - When a drug-addicted homeless woman had her newborn taken away last spring, she agreed the baby should be placed in foster care with her three other children.

Kid of the Day

Equal but separate
Shelita Wright isn't bothered by the lack of racial diversity at Lucy C. Laney High School. She has noticed that only a handful of white students walk the hallways where her son Jamar is a senior. But Ms. Wright, who is black, cares simply about the quality of her son's education.

Magazine says Athens is haven for bachelors

Despite change, deficit still rises
The promise of consolidation was that it would streamline local government, reduce the number of employees and, in the end, save money.

Bauer could inherit senior services bureau
COLUMBIA - The nation's youngest lieutenant governor might be taking on responsibilities for dealing with the state's senior citizens.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Tie for title disappoints Richmond Academy

Diversity is key in school, teens say
Schools dominated by pupils of one race lack the diversity necessary to teach pupils about an increasingly diverse world, said members of The Augusta Chronicle's Teen Board.

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.

American Legion president tours area veterans hospital

Moms say rules ignored in child custody cases

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.

Across Georgia

University regents must pay salary for Meredith
ATHENS, Ga. - Regents of the University System of Georgia will each be asked to raise $10,000 annually for a private foundation that helps pay Chancellor Thomas Meredith's salary.

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.

Companies fight hackers with hackers

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

Judge's order met with controversy

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.

News you can use

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.

Professor urges more RNA study

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.

Inmate is likely to face chair for death

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.

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

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.

Bauer could inherit senior services bureau

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Patrick Freeman of Auguata

Police arrest social worker

Companies fight hackers with hackers
AIKEN - Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. Words of wisdom aren't always easy to live by in the 21st century given today's technological advances, especially when it comes to computer hackers.

School reveals plans to visitors

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

Around town

Brown case paved way for progress

Across the area

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The fate of a bill that lifts limits on gun purchases is in the hands of Gov. Mark Sanford.

Hungarian is fond of time at ASU
Augusta State University has long been thought of as a school for locals. If that's true, Boglarka "Bogi" Masters, of Hungary, has had one heck of a commute.

Dog owner sentenced in maulings

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.

GOP finds opponent for race

Kid of the day

Kolb is finalist for Kansas job

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.

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 hold rally contesting case
TOPEKA - About 35 members of three white supremacist groups who oppose racial integration of American schools rallied in a Topeka park Saturday while between 150 and 200 counterprotesters showed support for school integration.

Across Georgia
DECATUR - The first time Lorenzo Critten created a fictional brother, killed a homeless man and cut off his hands to eliminate fingerprints, he collected $100,000 in insurance and got away with the crime.

Festival delivers another success
The 28th annual Mayfest again fulfilled its original mission Saturday, said Yolanda Marshall, the special events supervisor for Augusta Parks and Recreation Department.

Title tie yields more mature Menk
At roughly 6-foot-4 and still a high school junior, Peter Menk is a growing young man. He has grown a good measure since Friday night.

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

John Ondrasik follows 'Superman' with '100 Years'

John Mayer to offer musical musings in monthly Esquire column
NEW YORK -- John Mayer's first Esquire column hasn't hit newsstands yet, and already he's gotten people riled up.

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

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.

John Ondrasik follows 'Superman' with '100 Years'
LOS ANGELES -- For the past few years, it wasn't easy being John Ondrasik.

Darlington gets lapped by newer tracks, loses race
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

NASCAR, DOT join in seat belt initiative

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

Gordon struggles in opening to long day
RICHMOND, Va. - The race started for Robby Gordon 12 hours before the start of Saturday night's Chevy American Revolution 400 at the Richmond International Raceway.

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, DOT join in seat belt initiative
RICHMOND, Va. -- NASCAR attracts many celebrities everywhere it goes, and it drew one Saturday who was accompanied by guards wearing bulletproof vests in this security-conscious time.

Surprising Rice takes Indy pole

NASCAR takes one race from Darlington

NASCAR shakeup to affect IRL

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.

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.

Gordon struggles in opening to long day

Vickers wins first pole as Richmond gets slick

Darlington gets lapped by newer tracks, loses race

Vickers finally grabs top spot

Junior drives to third win of year

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.

Junior drives to third win of year
RICHMOND, Va. - As far as Dale Earnhardt Jr. was concerned, the decision to make a pit stop for new tires with 54 laps to go was easy: He wasn't about to give up track position at the end of the Chevy American Revolution 400 at the Richmond International Raceway.

Surprising Rice takes Indy pole
INDIANAPOLIS -- All Buddy Rice wanted was a chance.

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.

NBA denies Spurs' protest

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.

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

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.

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

Panthers re-sign safety Cooper

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Olympic security to top agenda at Bush meeting with Greek premier

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.

Brown recalls own Olympic experience, looks ahead to Athens

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.

Maybe a little anger isn't such a bad thing
Imagine if Attila the Hun had video equipment at his disposal. Do you suppose he could have resisted filming his barbarous tendencies for posterity?

An inside look at G-8 protest planning
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Maybe a little anger isn't such a bad thing
Imagine if Attila the Hun had video equipment at his disposal. Do you suppose he could have resisted filming his barbarous tendencies for posterity?

Overtime

Musketeers must share title

Tarver shocks Jones with knockout win

Area sports annouuncements

Williams-Capriati semifinal in Italian Open

Smarty Jones romps

Panthers hope to put end to Marist's run

Federer beats Moya in Hamburg Masters

Lakeside's title hopes just short

Tennis roundup

Tennis roundup
In Rome, Jennifer Capriati beat Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 Saturday to reach the Italian Open final for the first time.

Tarver shocks Jones with knockout win
LAS VEGAS -- Antonio Tarver won the light heavyweight title, but it hardly seemed significant. With one crushing left hand, Tarver not only knocked out Roy Jones Jr. but also may have rewritten his place in boxing history.

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.

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.

Lakeside's title hopes just short
Pride was the rainbow that followed the tears at Panthers Stadium Saturday night.

Area sports annouuncements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

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.

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.

Smarty Jones romps
BALTIMORE - The move came in a flash. Lion Heart had the lead, Smarty Jones was lurking and jockey Stewart Elliott was waiting for the right moment to go. The Preakness was setting up according to plan.

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

Outdoors calendar
TODAY: Savannah River Rifle & Pistol Club will holds its second annual Open House and Fun Shoot at its outdoor range in South Carolina. Call 803-593-4524 or go to www.srrpclub.com for directions and details.

Outdoors calendar

Panthers re-sign safety Cooper
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers safety Jarrod Cooper, a special teams standout over the past three seasons, has re-signed with the team, according to the Panthers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Richmond displays the agony of victory

Title tie yields more mature Menk

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

'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.

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.

Korean TV dramas winning passionate fans in U.S.
CHICAGO -- J.P. Paulus is Dutch-Indonesian, and had no exposure to Asian culture while growing up. So how did he become a fan and promoter of Korean television drama?

CNBC's Maria Bartiromo stepping away from the New York Stock Exchange
NEW YORK -- CNBC reporter Maria Bartiromo, whose breathless reporting from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange was a symbol of the 1990s boom, is leaving her reporting perch.

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

Georgia shuts out Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. -- Josh Morris hit a three-run home run to left-center field in the third as Georgia tallied four runs in the inning to defeat Auburn 4-0 on Saturday.

South Carolina topples Tennessee

South Carolina topples Tennessee
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Aaron Rawl threw a two-hit complete game and Hank Parks hit a two-run homer as South Carolina beat Tennessee 2-0 Saturday.

Odds and Ends

Florida prison uses faith to change lives

Faith digest

Israeli food, life, culture to be shared at festival

Sacred movement

Disease hasn't muted singer's faith

Faith calendar