Author illuminates dark world of Afghanistan policy and terror

Author illuminates dark world of Afghanistan policy and terror
"Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, From the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001." By Steve Coll. The Penguin Press. 695 Pages. $29.95.

'Wicked' and 'I Am My Own Wife' win top Drama Desk Awards
NEW YORK -- "Wicked" was chosen best musical of the New York theater season, and "I Am My Own Wife" by Doug Wright was named best play in awards given Sunday by the Drama Desk, an organization of theater journalists and critics.

Aquila's touring 'Othello' finds its way to New York

Woods' new thriller offers two series' heroes for the price of one
"Reckless Abandon." By Stuart Woods. Putnam. 289 Pages. $25.95.

Berlin's opera wars flare as Thielemann quits Deutsche Oper in dispute over funding
BERLIN -- Christian Thielemann is quitting as music director of Berlin's Deutsche Oper in a dispute with the city government over scarce funding, the opera said Tuesday.

Greeley's new novel focuses on Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal

Suddenly Seymour is now suddenly Leo Bloom in 'The Producers'
With BC-Off-Broadway Tix

Well-known authors of new mysteries include one 'unknown'
Plenty of familiar names populate the list of authors with new hardcover novels of mystery and suspense, including Anne Perry, John Sandford, Loren D. Estleman and Lauren Kelly.

Aquila's touring 'Othello' finds its way to New York
NEW YORK -- The Aquila Theatre Company's production of "Othello" has found its way to New York after a 72-city, season-long tour under the National Endowment for the Arts' "Shakespeare in American Communities" program.

Greeley's new novel focuses on Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal
"The Priestly Sins." By Andrew M. Greeley. Forge. 301 Pages. $24.95.

Berlin's opera wars flare as Thielemann quits Deutsche Oper in dispute over funding

Woods' new thriller offers two series' heroes for the price of one

Suddenly Seymour is now suddenly Leo Bloom in 'The Producers'

Well-known authors of new mysteries include one 'unknown'

'Wicked' and 'I Am My Own Wife' win top Drama Desk Awards

Rockies recall pitcher Aaron Cook

Rockies recall pitcher Aaron Cook
DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies purchased the contract of pitcher Aaron Cook from Triple-A Colorado Springs before Monday's game against Philadelphia.

Overbay making Brewers fans forget about Sexson

Colbrun placed on DL, Hairston activated

Overbay making Brewers fans forget about Sexson
MILWAUKEE -- Lyle Overbay has turned around the question.

Giles glad to be with Padres - but enjoys return to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH -- Unlike many other former Pirates, Brian Giles was glad to be back in Pittsburgh.

Baseball revenue sharing money going to prospects

Boomer goes on DL with cuts; GM believes his story
SAN DIEGO -- Padres left-hander David Wells was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, two days after cutting his right wrist and left palm in what was described by the team as an accident at home.

Yankees cut Osborne, activate Heredia

Burnett throws shutout ball in first rehab start
JUPITER, Fla. -- Florida Marlins right-hander A.J. Burnett pitched 4 1-3 innings of shutout ball Tuesday in his first rehabilitation start since reconstructive elbow surgery last year.

Wood throws off flat ground, Prior throws side session
CHICAGO --Cubs right-hander Kerry Wood threw off flat ground, and Mark Prior pitched a regular side session at Wrigley Field on Monday.

Standup Guy
Mike Armstrong could do a pretty good Crash Davis from Bull Durham. Except the script of Evans' standout senior catcher would be a little different.

Unsung rotation keeping Cards competitive

Benard agrees to deal with Blue Jays

MLB creates pension fund for Negro Leaguers

Boomer goes on DL with cuts; GM believes his story

Mora's a hit with improved Orioles

Pirates: Close to resolution of Mondesi issue
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates haven't ruled out a return by outfielder Raul Mondesi, perhaps as early as this week, but won't wait much longer for him to decide whether he wants to come back.

Pirates: Close to resolution of Mondesi issue

Everett back in lineup after shoulder injury
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Montreal outfielder Carl Everett returned to the Expos' lineup Tuesday night after missing 30 games because of an injured right shoulder.

Baseball revenue sharing money going to prospects
NEW YORK -- Several of the biggest beneficiaries of baseball's revenue-sharing plan have among the lowest payrolls in the majors, spending the money on prospects, not stars.

Wood throws off flat ground, Prior throws side session

Benard agrees to deal with Blue Jays
TORONTO -- Free agent outfielder Marvin Benard agreed Tuesday to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Mora's a hit with improved Orioles
BALTIMORE -- No one's complaining about Melvin Mora's home runs anymore.

Yankees cut Osborne, activate Heredia
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Left-hander Donovan Osborne was designated for assignment by the New York Yankees on Tuesday when the team activated reliever Felix Heredia.

MLB creates pension fund for Negro Leaguers
NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball will provide more than $1 million in pensions to former Negro Leagues players through a new charitable program.

Standup Guy

Unsung rotation keeping Cards competitive
ST. LOUIS -- At the start of the season, the St. Louis Cardinals' weakness seemed to be their unsung rotation.

Giles glad to be with Padres - but enjoys return to Pittsburgh

Everett back in lineup after shoulder injury

Graves amazed that wallet, $1,400 returned
CINCINNATI -- Danny Graves couldn't believe what showed up in the mail.

Colbrun placed on DL, Hairston activated
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks placed pinch-hit specialist Greg Colbrunn on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of tendinitis in his right wrist.

Vacation close to home this summer and save money

Odds and Ends
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A frequent zoo visitor whose bitten-off finger was found outside a jaguar exhibit has been banned from the Rio Grande Zoo for life.

Man skips sentencing to play poker in Las Vegas
TOMS RIVER, N.J. A man scheduled to be sentenced for masterminding an illegal million-dollar investment scheme went to Las Vegas instead to play poker.

Police blame goose for deadly accident
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. -- A Canada goose smashed through the windshield of a van carrying high school students to a science fair Sunday, leading to an accident that killed the driver, police said.

Odds and Ends
NEW YORK -- It's not made of gold - just eggs, lobster, caviar and a few trimmings. But an omelet on the menu of a swanky Manhattan hotel will set you back $1,000, plus tip.

Virginia man in petroleum jelly jam for alleged motel room vandalism
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Roger Chamberlain may have thought he gave police the slip when he switched motels.

Johnson's perfection
ATLANTA - Arizona's Randy Johnson became the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game, retiring all 27 hitters to lead the Diamondbacks over the Atlanta Braves 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Braves' boo-boos blemishing season

Braves' boo-boos blemishing season
ATLANTA -- Marcus Giles is wearing a sling instead of a uniform. Rafael Furcal is having trouble gripping the baseball. Eli Marrero is struggling to put on weight.

Johnson's perfection

Business briefs
Security Federal Corp. announced Monday that it will repurchase 5 percent of its about 2.5 million outstanding shares.

Housing construction dips in April after brisk March

Hispanic lawmakers, activists want beer ads pulled
LOS ANGELES -- Several Hispanic lawmakers and activists called on a beer distributor Friday to pull billboard ads for Tecate beer, saying the ads and their tag line - "Finally, A Cold Latina" - are offensive.

Laid-off workers could lose job-training help because of change in Labor Department rule
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Across 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.

Landscapers attempt to stay afloat amid drought
DENVER - Lush, eye-pleasing lawns are shrinking in parts of the West. Ornamental fountains are restricted in Las Vegas while gardening with outdoor pots is gaining a new following.

California company asks for new trial in Winnie the Pooh flap with Disney
LOS ANGELES -- The family that owns merchandising rights for Winnie the Pooh characters has asked for a new trial in its long-running royalty dispute with The Walt Disney Co.

Bush is to blame for gas prices, Kerry says
PORTLAND, Ore. - Democrats led by presidential candidate John Kerry faulted President Bush on Tuesday for failing to tamp down gas prices as the political party out of power sought a summertime issue to ignite the election campaign.

Lowe's first quarter earnings rise 8 percent
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lowe's Companies Inc. improved first-quarter earnings by 8 percent as the world's second largest home improvement retailer said Monday it drove down costs and improved profit margins.

Bush renominates Alan Greenspan as chairman of the Federal Reserve
WASHINGTON -- President Bush renominated Alan Greenspan as chairman of the Federal Reserve on Tuesday, praising his leadership and sending a strong signal of stability to financial markets.

Week honors small businesses
The backbone of America's economy will be in full celebration this week.

After flashy failures, Internet grocery quietly grows to $2.4 billion industry
PHILADELPHIA -- After the spectacular crashes of big-name Internet grocers in the late 1990s, the dream of a grand new wave of online food stores appeared to fizzle.

California company asks for new trial in Winnie the Pooh flap with Disney

Trial of former HealthSouth CEO delayed
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A judge has delayed the fraud trial of fired HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, set to begin Aug. 23, until at least late September.

Trial of former HealthSouth CEO delayed

Retiree health benefit to end
AIKEN - Avondale Mills Inc. officials on Tuesday blamed global competition and unfair trade practices for a decision to cut health benefits for 67 retired mill workers in Georgia and South Carolina. They won't, however, be closing plants or handing out pink slips in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Laid-off workers could lose job-training help because of change in Labor Department rule

Housing construction dips in April after brisk March
WASHINGTON -- The number of housing projects builders broke ground on dipped in April, but even with the decline the level of activity still suggested that the residential construction sector of the economy remains healthy.

Week honors small businesses

Kellogg moving 300 Keebler jobs to Michigan from Illinois
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- Kellogg Co. plans relocate its U.S. Snacks unit to Battle Creek from Elmhurst, Ill., the cereal maker said Tuesday, as it continues to integrate cookie- and cracker-maker Keebler Foods.

World Forum participants say rising oil prices are key source of instability
SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan -- Fluctuating oil prices should not cause alarm, but are a key source of global instability, participants at the World Economic Forum said Saturday.

AT&T makes deal with Sprint to offer wireless service
NEW YORK -- AT&T Corp. has reached an agreement with one of its biggest rivals, Sprint Corp., to offer cell phone service over Sprint's wireless network, the companies announced Tuesday.

Landscapers attempt to stay afloat amid drought

Retiree health benefit to end

World Forum participants say rising oil prices are key source of instability

Careful growth plan leads credit union to Evans site

Lowe's first quarter earnings rise 8 percent

Business briefs
RALEIGH, N.C. - Lowe's Cos. Inc. improved first-quarter earnings by 8 percent by driving down costs and improving profit margins.

Few Iraqis help rebuild nation
WASHINGTON - Fewer than 25,000 Iraqis are working on projects in the U.S. reconstruction effort, tempering expectations that more than $18 billion in American spending would jump-start Iraq's economy and trigger a surge in goodwill toward the United States.

Careful growth plan leads credit union to Evans site
Charm McCall can't commit to memory the account numbers of everyone who walks through her door today like she did when she worked at a small credit union in Athens 25 years ago.

Business briefs

After flashy failures, Internet grocery quietly grows to $2.4 billion industry

Report: Sex, alcohol used to recruit CU football players
DENVER -- In a blistering report that stopped short of calling for firings, an investigative panel said Tuesday that sex, alcohol and drugs were used to lure football recruits to the University of Colorado and lax oversight by top university officials was to blame.

Marcus Vick, teammates face disciplinary action
ROANOKE, Va. -- Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick and two teammates convicted of serving alcohol to minors will be punished by the school, athletic director Jim Weaver said Monday.

Marcus Vick, teammates face disciplinary action

Police: Two Gator football players arrested after scuffle
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Two University of Florida football players face misdemeanor charges after they were arrested for scuffling with police outside a Gainesville nightclub, officials said Monday.

Report: Sex, alcohol used to recruit CU football players

Intimidation won't work

Put 'em away for life

Put 'em away for life
Computer security experts hope the arrest of the alleged "Sasser" worm creator will scare off other cyberspace ne'er-do-wells.

Making sports history

Intimidation won't work
The tragic suicide car-bomb assassination Monday of the U.S.-appointed president of the Iraqi Governing Council sends a powerful message to would-be Iraqi leaders as coalition forces prepare to turn sovereignty back to that country at the end of next month.

Making sports history
Central Savannah River Area sports history was made this past weekend. On this side of the river, the Academy of Richmond County brought to the county its first-ever state soccer title, and it couldn't be more prestigious - the Georgia High School Association Class AAA championship.

A sorry affair

A sorry affair
They came together at the community's behest some three years ago, these 12 strangers. "Grand jury" was the only name we knew them by.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES -- Queen Noor of Jordan urged graduating students to build coalitions to achieve global peace and security, creating "a safety net for all of us."

People in the News
PHILADELPHIA -- Bono was careful not to say anything off-color during his commencement speech at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tony Randall, Emmy-winning 'Odd Couple' star, dies at 84
NEW YORK -- Tony Randall, the comic actor best known for playing fastidious photographer Felix Unger on "The Odd Couple," has died. He was 84.

Iraqi leader's death sends stocks down more than 100

Iraqi leader's death sends stocks down more than 100
NEW YORK - Wall Street, already beset by worries about the economy and world events, skidded even lower Monday on news that the head of Iraq's governing council had been assassinated. The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 100 points.

Modest rally gives slight lift to stocks
NEW YORK - Lower-than-expected housing figures coaxed buyers back to Wall Street on Tuesday, giving stocks a subdued rally as investors grew hopeful that the economy might be cooling. Technology stocks had the largest advance, but low volume pointed to a general lack of conviction in the market.

Small portions

California: Take the tasting tour and say cheese

Rick Browne revels in love affair with barbecue
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- This spring, a 6-year-old girl spotted Rick Browne at a barbecue festival in Iowa, turned to her mother and said, "Oh, look, there's Santa Claus."

California: Take the tasting tour and say cheese
HANFORD, Calif. -- California is finally producing artisanal cheeses that mix old world expertise with bold, local flavors that are worthy of sharing the table with its world-class wines.

Small portions
Dried mushrooms are a great pantry item; they last forever and a small amount imparts an essential earthy flavor to a dish.

Rick Browne revels in love affair with barbecue

Dandelion has its bright side

Dandelion has its bright side
If there ever was a plant that jumped in and out of the role of "weed," it is dandelion. Lawn-lovers, gardeners, even fruit farmers despise the plant for its appearance and the way it grabs for nutrients and water and distracts bees. The plant is perennial, tough, and spreads its seeds all summer long. What a weed!

GreenJackets extend lease
The GreenJackets will continue Augusta's rich minor league baseball history for at least the next decade, team co-owner Michael Savit said Tuesday.

GreenJackets' bats stay quiet
If you've gone to Lake Olmstead Stadium the past two days looking for offense, you've probably left disappointed.

Player takes his turn to look at Champions
Gary Player let out a "Whoo-whee" when he got out of the golf cart and stepped to the tee box of the third hole.

USC Aiken returns as champion
Beef. It's what champions have for dinner.

Driving woes leave Woods frustrated
IRVING, Texas - A spectator walking down the right side of the eighth hole at the Byron Nelson Championship turned when he heard the "thwack" of a tee shot in the distance. What happened next made it perfectly clear who had hit the drive.

Player takes his turn to look at Champions

Irish golf club might sober up
DUBLIN, Ireland - A top Irish golf course could be banned from selling alcohol for a week as punishment for discriminating against women, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Driving woes leave Woods frustrated

Sergio slowly returns as consistent contender
IRVING, Texas -- Still one of the youngest players in golf, Sergio Garcia has a hard time believing the Byron Nelson Championship was the five-year anniversary of his professional debut on the PGA Tour.

Garcia prefers to spend time in home country

Sergio slowly returns as consistent contender

USC Aiken returns as champion

Garcia prefers to spend time in home country
Sergio Garcia has a house in Florida, but not a home.

GreenJackets' bats stay quiet

GreenJackets extend lease

Flyers, Lightning look for edge in Eastern Conference finals
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Eastern Conference finals have evolved into exactly the kind of series the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning anticipated - long, emotional and extremely physical.

Flyers, Lightning look for edge in Eastern Conference finals

Flexible scampi sauce can be made to taste
Shrimp scampi is a popular restaurant menu item, but the name is redundant: Scampi literally means "shrimp'' or "prawns'' in Italian.

Vacation close to home this summer and save money
I'm not so surprised that the gas price keeps rising, I'm surprised that I keep paying it.

Columnist misses mark on defining atrocity
Regarding Walter Williams' May 12 column ("Humiliating? Yes. An atrocity? No way"): Only a man could think that a woman being gang raped does not qualify as torture or atrocity "so far as those terms have been historically defined." Brenda Turner, Thomson

Is God displeased with county school board?
It is my strong conviction that God requires us to be good stewards of his money. His expectations would be in place regardless of what job or service we have in our community. W. Franklin Boulineau, Hephzibah (Editor's note: The writer retired from the Richmond County School System after 32 years as a chemistry teacher and principal.)

Lying president also is a spendthrift, racist
In addition to being a liar and a spendthrift, our president is a racist. My evidence? His statements to reporters recently in the Rose Garden. Stephanie Wilson, Evans

Verb was racially insensitive
I am dismayed by The Augusta Chronicle's poor taste and insensitivity displayed in the photo caption of the article regarding repairs to an Interstate 20 bridge on May 5. The caption described a caucasian work foreman who "oversees" a road crew of two men, one who is definitely African-American. Daniel F. McFerran, Martinez

Bush presidency ensures safety
When the Gulf War ended I, like most people, wondered why, after spending all that money and losing some lives, we didn't just go ahead and take out that Iraqi monster, Saddam Hussein. We had him on the ropes, but the senior George Bush was wise. He was not as popular as his son and he knew the liberals would jump and down like a monkey, screaming - as they are now doing - if we lost two or three people in combat. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah

Augusta brimmed with hospitality for brewers

Columnist misses mark on defining atrocity

Support made winning easy for soccer team
When I began my high school soccer career four years ago at the Academy of Richmond County, I dreamed of playing for and winning a state championship. Friday night that dream came true. I think it is necessary and appropriate that my teammates and I say thanks to this community, the media, the Board of Education and ARC for all the support and encouragement. Havird Usry, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is co-captain of the Academy of Richmond County soccer team.)

Augusta brimmed with hospitality for brewers
Last month I had the opportunity to attend the first Border Beer Bust in downtown Augusta. As a visiting brewer from Flossmoor, Ill., I wanted to give you my reaction to our weekend in Augusta. Matt Van Wyk, Flossmoor, Ill. (Editor's note: The writer is head brewmaster of the Flossmoor Station Brewing Co. in Flossmoor, Ill.)

Bush presidency ensures safety

How can we save Fort Gordon? Give BRAC the ax
We need a two-pronged approach to the Base Realignment and Closure process. The BRAC Commission is under mandate to recommend closing 20 percent of the nation's military installations and 35 percent of training bases by May of next year. Chuck R. Pardue, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is a Georgia State Senate candidate for the 24th District.)

Parents challenged by adult children, who are neither adults nor children

Spending soars for children's attention deficit, behavior drugs

Travel briefs

Is wine a beautiful thing?

Biking to work in Augusta takes stamina - and nerve

Dry weather may mean sweeter watermelons this year

Style Briefs

Rocking the cradle

Pedal power

Learning to speak the language of a happy toddler

Biking to work in Augusta takes stamina - and nerve
"You're a brave man," they said. "You're going to what?" they asked.

Style Briefs
NEW YORK -- It's another vicious cycle of fashion: Up-and-coming designers and small boutiques go to great lengths to generate buzz and interest but once they've accomplished that oftentimes they have no way to get their wares into shoppers' hands.

Learning to speak the language of a happy toddler
NEW YORK -- It makes sense that happy toddlers usually have happy parents.

Spending soars for children's attention deficit, behavior drugs
TRENTON, N.J. -- As more children pop pills for attention deficit and other behavior disorders, new figures show spending on those drugs has for the first time edged out the cost of antibiotics and asthma medications for kids.

Parents challenged by adult children, who are neither adults nor children
NEW YORK -- This should be the time of year when new college graduates celebrate their independence, moving into a home they can finally call their own.

Partial remains of first Tyrannosaurus rex fetch $93,250 at auction
LOS ANGELES -- A collection of fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex bones believed to be part of the first ever to be found of the animal fetched $93,250 at an auction Sunday, far less than what organizers had hoped.

Rocking the cradle
Discoveries made during a dig in southeastern Iran have convinced archaeologist Yousef Madjidzadeh that a desolate valley, near modern day Jiroft, was once home to a thriving - and literate - community. He calls it nothing less than "the earliest Oriental civilization."

Travel briefs
ROCKLAND, Maine -- Take a ferry to a scenic island. Watch a bald eagle return to a treetop nest. Visit a lighthouse, and dine on fresh-caught lobster.

Dry weather may mean sweeter watermelons this year
ALBANY, Ga. -- Cool temperatures and a lack of rain have slowed the growth of Georgia's $40 million watermelon crop, but the melons should recover by the Fourth of July and may be even sweeter than usual, experts say.

Is wine a beautiful thing?
NEW YORK -- The debate about whether a little wine is good for your health has gone on for years and likely will continue for many more. The new question is: Is wine - or at least wine-based products - good for your skin?

Pedal power
Mark Shells spends his entire workday around cars at Sunbelt Nissan on Washington Road, but when it's time to head home to Georgia Avenue in North Augusta, he mounts a $1,800 Felt road bike and braves eight miles of traffic-choked streets to get there.

Science fair junkie wins big

Rants and raves
THIS IS A BIG RAVE for the Lindberg exhibit at the Augusta Museum of History. It is a wonderful exhibit, and Augusta is very lucky to be one of the cities selected to have it. If you have not taken time to see it, please do so, as it will be leaving soon. The curators are very informative and helpful.

Allegations of cheating arise at high school

GOP pick is called premature
AIKEN - The South Carolina Republican Party's search for somebody to run against state Sen. Tommy Moore took another turn Monday toward indecision and delay.

Developer appeals for landfill
An Atlanta developer has appealed the state's denial of his request for permits to establish a 1,030-acre landfill in Taliaferro County.

Across Georgia
GAINESVILLE - A 33-year-old man was arrested after a standoff at a Gainesville motel.

News you can use

Cost of evening school may rise
A proposal to double the cost of Richmond County Evening High School tuition is one way of discouraging students from taking it easy during the day, school officials said.

Interceptor boats add to Coast Guard security
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A blurted radio message interrupted the constant growl of the idled twin-outboards Monday afternoon.

Club needs to work out parking
Seven weeks after Augusta commissioners gave city attorney Steve Shepard the go-ahead to pursue legal action against the owner of The Club at Raes Creek, the issue has not been settled.

State budget runs into snag
COLUMBIA - Plans to get the state's $5.5 billion budget to Gov. Mark Sanford's desk hit a snag Tuesday when Sen. Greg Ryberg balked at the idea of adopting the massive spending plan without reading it.

Across South Carolina
CHESTER - A North Carolina man was killed and three people injured in a head-on collision, the state Highway Patrol says.

Most area juniors pass key test

Cheney says June 30 deadline is set

Developer appeals for landfill

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Dalton Garrett Bell, 4 years old.

Sanford weighs budget veto

Around town
A tree frog rests inside a canna lily on Broad Street in Augusta. The tree frog is native to the southeastern area of the United States and can be heard calling at night in southern Georgia.

Boshears still awaits contract
Nearly three months after Augusta Regional Airport officials said they would name Buster Boshears as the airport's full-time director, his contract still has not been approved.

Regents approve tuition increase
ATLANTA - Students at the state's 34 public colleges and universities will likely have to dig a bit deeper in their pockets after the Board of Regents gave preliminary approval to relatively modest increases in tuition and fees Tuesday.

Doctor arrested on drug charges
The Department of Veterans Affairs has suspended the privileges of a doctor who was arrested on drug possession charges, officials said.

Allegations of cheating arise at high school
FOLKSTON, Ga. - Charlton County School District administrators are investigating accusations that a "few" 11th-grade students might have cheated on the state's mandatory high school graduation test.

Election workers garner praises
Months before the 2004 presidential election, some of Georgia's elections workers got a pep talk Tuesday from the state's top poll official.

Boshears still awaits contract

Plan has teachers retiring in waves
AIKEN - This week, fifth-grade teacher Sara Rutland removed the educational posters that had covered her classroom walls for more than 20 years.

Dooley takes last tour as director
DULUTH, Ga. - In Savannah, they gave Vince Dooley a replica of "Little Wendy," the bird girl statue made famous in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Parade injuries result in lawsuit

Motor vehicle office in Evans gets lease
Renovation work is expected to start immediately on Columbia County's new branch of the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety, officials said Tuesday.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A BIG RAVE for the Lindberg exhibit at the Augusta Museum of History. It is a wonderful exhibit, and Augusta is very lucky to be one of the cities selected to have it. If you have not taken time to see it, please do so, as it will be leaving soon. The curators are very informative and helpful.

Approval calls for student housing
ATLANTA - Augusta State University might be getting student housing on campus and beginning to plan for a new student center after the Board of Regents heard the details Tuesday.

Election workers garner praises

Regents approve tuition increase

Dooley takes last tour as director

Roads could test hospital plan
Betty Beard looked up at the colorful map of University Hospital's $84.5 million future renovation and saw a simple potential flaw. At a hospital board meeting Tuesday, the Augusta Commission member asked whether the occasional flooding on D'Antignac Street at the hospital's main entrance would hamper construction.

McMillan fired over conduct

Kolb's search heads West

Interceptor boats add to Coast Guard security

Harlem helps freshmen adjust to surroundings

Police charge four teens in break-in
Four teens were arrested and more arrests could take place in the wake of a weekend break-in at Harlem High School.

Speed of fleet office inquiry upsets official

Sanford weighs budget veto
COLUMBIA - After largely winning a fight to pay off a two-year-old state deficit, Gov. Mark Sanford has turned his attention to other budget priorities, including restoring money raided from a variety of trust and reserve accounts during the past three years.

Roads could test hospital plan

Cheney says June 30 deadline is set
POOLER, Ga. - Hours after a suicide car bombing killed the leader of the Iraqi Governing Council outside coalition headquarters, Vice President Dick Cheney reaffirmed the U.S. military's June 30 deadline to hand over sovereignty to a government in Iraq.

Around town

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT about the statutory rape case. The paper made sure they pointed out that the 13-year-old girl consented. What would you do - one 13-year-old girl and four boys ages 17 to 18? Georgia law says a 13-year-old cannot consent - male or female. It's attitudes like this that keeps girls from pressing charges. The double standard that boys will be boys and girls are to blame shouldn't cut it anymore. How would you feel if this was your child?

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT about the statutory rape case. The paper made sure they pointed out that the 13-year-old girl consented. What would you do - one 13-year-old girl and four boys ages 17 to 18? Georgia law says a 13-year-old cannot consent - male or female. It's attitudes like this that keeps girls from pressing charges. The double standard that boys will be boys and girls are to blame shouldn't cut it anymore. How would you feel if this was your child?

Pupils, leaders celebrate case's 50th anniversary
AIKEN - Seventh-grader Jory Wright stood on the Aiken County Courthouse steps Monday, shifting his body from side to side, as words from the landmark Supreme Court ruling against segregated school districts were read aloud.

Airport will lose five screeners

County officials shave dollars off budget
No more county-funded trips to Nowy Sacz, Poland.

Parade injuries result in lawsuit
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A woman injured in Savannah's St. Patrick's Day parade crash is suing the driver of a Chrysler Sebring - and the vehicle's manufacturer - after she was hurt when the car careened out of control and struck her.

Weekly club ditches second wheel
ATHENS, Ga. - Al Lieffring can explain the physics of how a unicycle works - why its lack of gears makes pedaling more difficult, why a taller unicycle is easier to balance, why the size of the wheel has a lot to do with how fast you can go.

Science fair junkie wins big
Only the son of a scientist would study crawfish instead of snacking on them.

Leader may OK gun law repeal
CLEARWATER - The owner of Hootie's Hunting and Fishing said purchasing a handgun will be done only one way - legally. And he'll only sell one to somebody he thinks isn't a gun runner ready to peddle a bushel of Palmetto State firepower to criminals up North.

News you can use
All members of the Augusta City Council and the mayor pro tempore have been summoned to appear before the special investigating committee of the council Monday afternoon. The purpose of the call was not disclosed. However, summons are ready for 25 or more other witnesses as the committee appears ready to delve in the dark, dank history of the way politics have been run in Augusta, and into the reasons behind a flourishing underworld of bootleggers, slot machines, gambling and other vices.

Across the area
The driver of a dump truck ran a red light on Windsor Spring Road on Monday afternoon, causing an accident that resulted in injuries to children leaving an elementary school, police said.

Airport will lose five screeners
Augusta Regional Airport will be losing five full-time security screeners as part of a nationwide, government-mandated reallocation of screeners.

Event kicks off traffic enforcement campaign
NORTH AUGUSTA - A little warning and a little fright might just help reduce South Carolina road fatalities this summer.

Drivers in wreck still remain hospitalized
Two drivers involved in a south Augusta car accident on Windsor Spring Road on Monday remain hospitalized, a Medical College of Georgia Hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is D'yma Alicia Griffin, 4 months, of Grovetown.

Guardsmen to return today
After more than a year since their deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom, more than 100 soldiers from an Augusta-based Army National Guard unit will be coming home to Georgia this morning.

News you can use
Gwinn Nixon, the chairman of the Richmond County Better Governments Committee, has proposed a new plan for securing a candidate for mayor to succeed Richard E. Allen in January 1940.

Harlem helps freshmen adjust to surroundings
Some Harlem High School freshmen will be starting the new school year early.

Perdue approves legal protection
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law Monday the legislation designed to protect Georgia's popular HOPE scholarship program.

Charitable car show gains steam
AIKEN - The cars won't be rolling into town on rails, but exotic breeds of autos will cruise into Aiken to help rebuild the old Aiken train depot.

Around town
Greg Horn relaxes Monday on his motorcycle as he waits for a shoe repair shop to open in downtown Augusta.

Speed of fleet office inquiry upsets official
Augusta's Fleet Management Department has been under investigation for the past several months for possible criminal wrongdoing, it was announced at Tuesday's Augusta Commission meeting.

Battle is ongoing, Jackson asserts
TOPEKA, Kan. - Sunday afternoon in a packed Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. Jesse Jackson called the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision the start of a new America, but cautioned against complacency in the midst of celebration.

Council votes for hydrogen lab
AIKEN - Aiken County is prepared to make a $9.2 million bet on the future of hydrogen technology that could mean billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs for South Carolina.

Day care law honors victim
ATLANTA - Anthony Juan Boatwright wasn't on hand Monday when a new law bearing his name became part of Georgia's legal system, but he was certainly the star of the show.

McMillan fired over conduct
AIKEN - Former police Chief Van McMillan's rocky ride in New Ellenton came to an abrupt end Monday, but his termination had nothing to do with the three-month investigation that put him on paid leave, city officials said in a news release Tuesday.

Budget lacks Augusta funds
Although Gov. Sonny Perdue approved Georgia's budget for the next fiscal year Monday, he delayed funds for two Augusta projects and cut funds for another completely.

Across the area
A Thomson man was killed late Monday after he was ejected from his car after losing control of the vehicle, according to the Georgia State Patrol's McDuffie County Post.

Bush says Brown changed America
TOPEKA, Kan. - Although the first legal challenges to segregation began more than 100 years earlier, the Brown v. Board of Education decision paved the way and inspired efforts to bring equality in schools, President Bush declared Monday.

Minibottles step closer to ballot
COLUMBIA - South Carolina voters are one step closer to choosing whether they want to keep minibottles after a House committee approved a state constitutional amendment Tuesday.

Mandatory rules help 2 counties conserve
Although a state environmental department is preparing to issue mandatory water restrictions to prevent water shortages this summer, utility officials in Richmond and Columbia counties already have taken conservation steps.

Council votes for hydrogen lab

County officials shave dollars off budget

Kid of the day

Perdue approves legal protection

Plan has teachers retiring in waves

Event kicks off traffic enforcement campaign

Kolb's search heads West
George Kolb now has a lot more riding on the possibility of being named the city manager of Wichita, Kan.

Leader may OK gun law repeal

Most area juniors pass key test
A majority of high school juniors in Richmond and Columbia counties passed the state's crucial High School Graduation Test this year on their first try, test results show.

Budget lacks Augusta funds

Minibottles step closer to ballot

Across the area

Drivers in wreck still remain hospitalized

Across South Carolina

News you can use

Bush says Brown changed America

Around town

Kid of the day

Motor vehicle office in Evans gets lease

Weekly club ditches second wheel

Approval calls for student housing

Police charge four teens in break-in

Across the region

Pupils, leaders celebrate case's 50th anniversary

Across the region
ATLANTA - Lynn Turner, convicted of killing her police officer husband by poisoning him with antifreeze, might have to pay back about $85,000 in pension funds she has received since his death.

NASCAR ignores fan base
First North Wilkesboro. Now the Rock.

Despite rabble-rousing image, Cannes darling Moore says he's a shy guy
CANNES, France -- Michael Moore is a shy man, a lazy man. A couch potato who watches too much TV and does not read enough literature. Someone with a teeny ego who cannot stand to look at himself on a movie screen.

'Hee Haw' returns with pickin' and grinnin' on home video
EDITOR's Note: Joe Edwards has written about "Hee Haw" for The Associated Press since 1974 and once appeared on camera with cast members.

Banderas plays his inner cat in 'Shrek'
Antonio Banderas swaggers into an interview with a hint of cockiness that some might recall from one of his more famous roles. Just like his title character in The Mask of Zorro, he's brash, funny and charming. But this time he's not promoting a swashbuckling hero - he's promoting a swashbuckling feline.

'Shrek' puts computer cartoons in Cannes limelight

Swashbuckling cat, wimpy gingerbread man steal scenes in 'Shrek 2'
LOS ANGELES -- Who would dare steal from two bickering ogres and an overly talkative donkey? Try a sword-jabbing kitten, a wimpy gingerbread man and a jittery, conniving king-in-law.

Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' ignites Cannes audiences with anti-Bush assault

New home-video releases

'Shrek 2' mixes comic plot potion to lure kids and grown-ups

Banderas plays his inner cat in 'Shrek'

'Pirates,' 'Rundown' daredevils win annual World Stunt Awards

Filmmakers worry footage from Tibet documentary might endanger subjects

'Shrek 2' mixes comic plot potion to lure kids and grown-ups
LOS ANGELES -- The makers of "Shrek 2" may have bottled the magic potion that transcends age.

New home-video releases
Selected home-video releases:

At the Movies: 'Shrek 2'
Whatever was wrong with "Shrek" - and there were more weaknesses than its beloved status would suggest - has been eradicated or improved upon with "Shrek 2," a rare example of a sequel that's better than the original.

Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' ignites Cannes audiences with anti-Bush assault
CANNES, France -- As promised, Michael Moore lit a powder keg Monday at the Cannes Film Festival: His incendiary "Fahrenheit 9/11" riled and disturbed audiences with a relentless critique of the Bush administration in the post-Sept. 11 world.

Despite rabble-rousing image, Cannes darling Moore says he's a shy guy

'Shrek' puts computer cartoons in Cannes limelight
CANNES, France -- Even the snooty Cannes Film Festival loves computer animation, which has become such the rage in Hollywood it has virtually displaced traditional hand-drawn cartoons on studio slates.

At the Movies: 'Shrek 2'

Filmmakers worry footage from Tibet documentary might endanger subjects
CANNES, France -- Two filmmakers at Cannes took extreme precautions Sunday to make sure the people they interviewed for a rare documentary filmed in Tibet would not face a crackdown by Chinese authorities.

Swashbuckling cat, wimpy gingerbread man steal scenes in 'Shrek 2'

'Pirates,' 'Rundown' daredevils win annual World Stunt Awards
LOS ANGELES -- As celebrities ranging from Brendan Fraser and Michelle Rodriguez literally crashed the stage in mock stunts, the men and women who risk their lives to make movie action-sequences look realistic were honored Sunday at the World Stunt Awards.

'Hee Haw' returns with pickin' and grinnin' on home video

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected audio reviews:

Judge lets Eminem suit against Apple, MTV continue
DETROIT -- A federal judge says rapper Eminem's copyright infringement claims over use of his song "Lose Yourself" in a commercial for Apple Computer Inc. can go forward.

Judge lets Eminem suit against Apple, MTV continue

Work now is to build endurance for Indy 500

Work now is to build endurance for Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS -- So far, practice for the Indianapolis 500 has been a series of sprints for speed. Now the emphasis is on endurance for most teams and drivers, trying to make sure their cars not only stay fast but can also go the distance.

Stojakovic starting to find an offensive rhythm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Peja Stojakovic's struggles have been a big topic during Sacramento's second-round playoff series against Minnesota.

Kidd a mess heading into Game 7
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- His left knee has been aching for more than a month, his back is reportedly acting up and his shooting touch has been mostly AWOL.

Kings, Wolves look for first taste of Game 7 success

Kings, Wolves look for first taste of Game 7 success
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Kings haven't won a Game 7 since moving from Kansas City to Sacramento.

McElhiney becomes head coach of ABA team
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ashley McElhiney was introduced as the new coach of the expansion Nashville Rhythm of the American Basketball Association on Monday, becoming the first female head coach of a professional men's basketball team.

Kings' Peeler suspended two games for elbowing Garnett

With Game 7 looming, Wolves, Kings try to relax
MINNEAPOLIS -- Bodies are aching, tempers are flaring and elbows are flying.

With Game 7 looming, Wolves, Kings try to relax

Stojakovic starting to find an offensive rhythm

West wins NBA Executive of the Year Award
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis Grizzlies president Jerry West was selected NBA Executive of the Year by the Sporting News on Tuesday after turning a struggling franchise into a playoff team.

West wins NBA Executive of the Year Award

Devean George not interested in going home

Kidd a mess heading into Game 7

Devean George not interested in going home
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The heck with going home to Minneapolis and spending time with family and friends. Los Angeles Lakers forward Devean George hopes the Sacramento Kings eliminate the Minnesota Timberwolves from the playoffs.

Kings' Peeler suspended two games for elbowing Garnett
NEW YORK -- Sacramento's Anthony Peeler was suspended for two games Monday for elbowing Minnesota's Kevin Garnett, meaning the Kings guard will miss Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Unhappy McKenzie hires new agent

CBS: Shannon Sharpe taking TV job

Improved Boller settles in at No. 1

Burress still a no-show as Steelers workouts resume

Raiders sign Hambrick, Terrell

Sharpe joins CBS' "The NFL Today"

McNair receives co-MVP trophy eying another prize

Texans release LB Clemons

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Greek security official pleased with results of four-day Olympic exercise
ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's top security official said Sunday he was satisfied by the results of a four-day security exercise testing the country's ability to respond to terror attacks during the upcoming Summer Olympics.

Over a dozen other athletes given OK to change nationality for Athens Games
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- More than a dozen athletes who have changed nationalities were given permission Tuesday to compete for their new homelands at the Athens Games.

Helmet firmly in place, Stevenson soaring toward Athens

Five cities make list for 2012 Olympics host race
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- New York and four European capitals - London, Madrid, Moscow and Paris - were selected as finalists Tuesday in the race to host the 2012 Olympics.

Bid cities await 2012 shortlist decision

Greek security official pleased with results of four-day Olympic exercise

Jets release plans for West Side stadium
NEW YORK -- The New York Jets released details of their planned West Side stadium Tuesday, featuring wind turbines and solar collector tubes to generate much of its own electricity and hot water.

Women's 470 team qualifies for Athens
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. -- Katie McDowell of Barrington, R.I., and Isabelle Kinsolving of New York qualified for the Athens Olympics in the 470 class by finishing eighth out of 53 boats at the world championships in Croatia.

Over a dozen other athletes given OK to change nationality for Athens Games

IOC gives go-ahead for transsexuals to compete in Olympics
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Transsexuals were cleared Monday to compete in the Olympics for the first time.

Helmet firmly in place, Stevenson soaring toward Athens
PHOENIX -- Toby Stevenson can easily be spotted at a track meet. He's the guy wearing a helmet in the pole vault.

IOC closes book on two dozen U.S. drug cases
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The International Olympic Committee on Monday closed the cases of two dozen U.S. Olympic medalists who failed drug tests in the 1980s and 1990s.

Women's 470 team qualifies for Athens

Bid cities await 2012 shortlist decision
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- New York bid leader Dan Doctoroff showed no signs of nerves as he awaited Tuesday's selection of the finalists vying to host the 2012 Olympics.

Five cities make list for 2012 Olympics host race

Holyfield trying to prove he will remain the 'Real Deal'

Adu loses starting position, but good times never cease

Overtime

Elliott taking newfound success in stride

Ruiz will miss at least two games

Overtime

Dupuis beats Di Pasquale to advance to second round

Bartoli advances to second-round match against Davenport

Overtime
The Augusta Soccer Park and Augusta Arsenal socer club will hold a soccer all-star game between senior standouts from Columbia County and Richmond County on Friday.

Charleston gets Davis Cup semifinals
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Charleston, S.C., will host the U.S. Davis Cup team's semifinal against Belarus in September.

Holyfield trying to prove he will remain the 'Real Deal'
Relaxing in a brown leather chair in his palatial suburban Atlanta mansion, Evander Holyfield is within arm's reach of a book about the man who defined the sport of boxing in Holyfield's youth.

Bartoli advances to second-round match against Davenport
STRASBOURG, France -- France's Marion Bartoli defeated Austria's Barbara Schett 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 Monday to advance to the second round of the Strasbourg Open.

Ruiz will miss at least two games
CARSON, Calif. -- Los Angeles Galaxy forward Carlos Ruiz will miss two games this week because of a sprained right ankle.

Dupuis beats Di Pasquale to advance to second round
CASABLANCA, Morocco -- France's Antony Dupuis beat countryman Arnaud Di Pasquale 7-6 (6), 6-4 Monday to advance to the second round of the Grand Prix Hassan II tournament.

Adu loses starting position, but good times never cease
WASHINGTON - Anyone expecting instant greatness from Freddy Adu was probably expecting too much.

Elliott taking newfound success in stride
BENSALEM, Pa. -- Stewart Elliott knows horse racing can be fickle.

Overtime
The NFL's career leader in receptions and yards at his position will replace Deion Sanders on The NFL Today pregame show, CBS spokeswoman LeslieAnne Wade confirmed Monday. She said the official announcement will be made Tuesday.

CBS: Shannon Sharpe taking TV job
DENVER -- Denver tight end Shannon Sharpe is retiring, after all.

Raiders sign Hambrick, Terrell
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Free agent running back Troy Hambrick signed with the Oakland Raiders on Monday, less than a week after being cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

Burress still a no-show as Steelers workouts resume
PITTSBURGH -- Wide receiver Plaxico Burress was a no-show again when the Pittsburgh Steelers resumed their offseason workouts Tuesday.

Unhappy McKenzie hires new agent
MILWAUKEE -- Cornerback Mike McKenzie has hired a new agent to help secure a trade from the Green Bay Packers.

Improved Boller settles in at No. 1
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- When Kyle Boller noticed the quizzical look on the faces around him, the Baltimore Ravens' starting quarterback realized just how far he has come in the span of a year.

Sharpe joins CBS' "The NFL Today"
NEW YORK -- Shannon Sharpe hopes he's a standout as a television analyst, too.

McNair receives co-MVP trophy eying another prize
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Steve McNair finally feels like co-MVP of the NFL now that he has the trophy in his hands, but it's the Lombardi Trophy he really wants to hold.

Texans release LB Clemons
HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans cut outside linebacker Charlie Clemons on Tuesday, letting him go with three years left on his contract.

Pope names six new saints
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II named six new saints Sunday, including a woman who became a symbol for abortion opponents because she refused to end her pregnancy despite warnings that it could kill her.

Pope marks birthday with launch of new book
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II marked his 84th birthday Tuesday with publication of his new book, which mixes memories from his native Poland, a touch of self-criticism and a defense of priestly celibacy.

Give St. Paul a break on women and slavery, scholarly defenders say
No biblical author has taken more lumps lately than St. Paul, the missionary pioneer who took Christianity to Europe and wrote a good chunk of the New Testament.

NASCAR ignores fan base

Jimmy Fallon signs off from 'Saturday Night Live'

DeGarmo honed her 'American Idol' skills on karaoke

Opening shot in a $9 billion game: networks releasing fall schedules

NBC adding two new comedies, three dramas in the fall

Opening shot in a $9 billion game: networks releasing fall schedules
NEW YORK -- This week, broadcast networks unveil their fall schedules in presentations that, in past years, offered the first glimpse of hits such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "Friends."

Fans drawn to island sweetheart Trias' charm

NBC adding two new comedies, three dramas in the fall
NEW YORK -- After losing two of its signature comedies, NBC will add five new series in the fall, casting Heather Locklear as an airport chief and bringing a crime drama back to the 50th state.

Jimmy Fallon signs off from 'Saturday Night Live'
NEW YORK -- Say goodbye to Jimmy Fallon on "Saturday Night Live."

DeGarmo honed her 'American Idol' skills on karaoke
SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- Diana DeGarmo was auditioning to be a singing star long before anyone heard of Simon Cowell or American Idol.

Fans drawn to island sweetheart Trias' charm
HONOLULU -- A sweetheart, yes. A star, maybe. But don't call Jasmine Trias a diva.

'Martha Stewart Living' TV show to be put on hiatus

'Martha Stewart Living' TV show to be put on hiatus
NEW YORK -- With its star facing a possible prison sentence, the "Martha Stewart Living" television show will be put on hiatus after this season winds up, the show's producers announced Tuesday.

People in the News

People in the News

Tony Randall, Emmy-winning 'Odd Couple' star, dies at 84

Liking same guy comes between two friends

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The dress is in the bag and the rented tux has been returned. Got your photos back? It's the time of your life, so why not share it with us? We're looking for your prom snapshots, those photos you will cherish forever.

Liking same guy comes between two friends
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: Me and this girl have been friends for a very long time and she has constantly bugged me about dating this guy. But when she went on a trip she began to flirt with him and act like she really liked him herself in front of my face. Should I act as if it never happened?

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Looking forward to summer?
Here's the cycle: homework, tardy bells and tests for the 180 days of the school year and then the 2 months of fleeting freedom that summer brings.

My Style
The Facts: Johnnie Hamilton Martin, 17 a junior at North Augusta High School.

Xtreme question of the week
Here are the results of last week's question:

Laughing is best medicine
As I was walking out of a teen club during spring break I saw a girl slip in a puddle of water and totally bust her rear end. It was funny, but what was funnier was to see her reaction.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Xtreme question of the week

Looking forward to summer?

Man skips sentencing to play poker in Las Vegas

Police blame goose for deadly accident

Virginia man in petroleum jelly jam for alleged motel room vandalism

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Pope marks birthday with launch of new book

Pope names six new saints

Give St. Paul a break on women and slavery, scholarly defenders say