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

Arts Review: A scorching 'Suddenly Last Summer' lights up London
LONDON -- It's ladies' night at the Albery Theatre, where audiences can debate the sort of question that makes theatergoing a treat: Who's better in the spine-tingling new revival of "Suddenly Last Summer" - the seasoned veteran, Diana Rigg, or the astonishing young actress, Victoria Hamilton?

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.

Fine arts calendar

Fine arts calendar
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Arts Review: Cute but unprovocative 'Sex' set to song

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

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

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

Arts Review: Cute but unprovocative 'Sex' set to song
NEW YORK -- Among the many turn-ons and hang-ups presented in the off-Broadway musical "The Joys of Sex," one character laments about always missing out on sex with women because he's too darned nice.

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.

Boomer goes on DL with cuts; GM believes his story

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.

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.

Errors cost Patriots
To err is human. To err 12 times in one day of the Georgia High School Association Class AAA state baseball tournament will knock you out of the playoffs.

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.

Twins edge out Blue Jays
TORONTO -- The Minnesota Twins had only one reserve for Wednesday's game. It was enough.

Benard agrees to deal with Blue Jays

Sosa put on DL with bad back
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a sprained ligament in his lower back and the Chicago Cubs called up outfielder Jason Dubois from Triple-A Iowa.

Pirates: Close to resolution of Mondesi issue

Pirates terminate Mondesi contract
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates finally ran out of patience with absent outfielder Raul Mondesi, terminating his contract Wednesday when he didn't show up for the start of a three-game series against San Diego.

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.

Marlins place Cordero on DL
MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins placed utilityman Wil Cordero on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with right knee inflammation.

Cracker Jack replaced by Crunch 'n Munch at Yankee stadium
NEW YORK -- Buy me some peanuts and Crunch 'n Munch; I don't care if I, er... spoil my lunch?

Wolfpack sweep into third round
Strong hitting at key moments led to a Greenbrier sweep of Alexander in a second-round doubleheader in the Class AAAA baseball playoffs on Wednesday.

Bonds has more back problems

Vidro shows loyalty to Expos, not the bottom line
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Quaint stories about players who trade money for loyalty are rarely told anymore these days, an era in which the bottom line defines pro sports almost as much as winning and losing.

Pirates terminate Mondesi contract

Ole Miss dismisses pitcher for violating team rules
OXFORD, Miss. -- Sophomore pitcher Brae Wright has been kicked off the team at Mississippi for violating unspecified team rules, coach Mike Bianco said Wednesday.

Ole Miss dismisses pitcher for violating team rules

Bonds has more back problems
CHICAGO -- Barry Bonds' back started hurting again and the San Francisco Giants star was out of the lineup for Wednesday night's game with the Chicago Cubs.

Wolfpack sweep into third round

Thome out at least two games; Wolf will miss start
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies first baseman Jim Thome will sit out at least two games with a sprained index finger, and left-hander Randy Wolf will miss one start because of elbow tendinitis.

Cracker Jack replaced by Crunch 'n Munch at Yankee stadium

Double play saves Evans at the end

Twins edge out Blue Jays

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

Errors cost Patriots

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

Marlins place Cordero on DL

Yankees cut Osborne, activate Heredia

Thome out at least two games; Wolf will miss start

Standup Guy

Everett back in lineup after shoulder injury

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.

Vidro shows loyalty to Expos, not the bottom line

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.

Sosa put on DL with bad back

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.

Double play saves Evans at the end
Evans coach Ricky Beale charged out of the dugout and wrapped his arms around reliever Trey Beatty following the Knights' 10-9 Game 1 win over Lassiter.

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.

Latest area births

Latest area births
Makaylee Jo Robinson: Jonathan and Audrey Robinson, of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Makaylee Jo Robinson, Friday, April 30, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Greg Harrell, of Fayetteville, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Robinson, of Evans.

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.

Odds and Ends
TEMECULA, Calif. -- This Shadow knows. How to survive 35 days in a 30-foot-deep pit in the desert, that is.

Jail enforces dress code
SOUTH BEND, Ind. Guards at the St. Joseph County Jail are doing double duty as fashion police, enforcing new regulations that prohibit visitors from wearing scanty attire.

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.

Complaint filed against ex-manager of Hooters for alleged secret videotaping of applicants
WEST COVINA, Calif. -- Prosecutors filed a criminal complaint Tuesday against a former Hooters restaurant manager who allegedly secretly videotaped 14 waitress applicants - including four who were under 18 - as they changed into uniforms.

Woman tries to gas unwanted houseguests
VICTORVILLE, Calif. A woman tried to get rid of unwanted houseguests by gassing them. A family friend introduced the 51-year-old woman to Kevin Frye and Andrew King and she agreed to let them spend the night, investigators said. But they overstayed their welcome refusing to leave for six weeks as they allegedly sold drugs from her apartment.

Randy Johnson: Aged to perfection
ATLANTA -- Randy Johnson is aging to perfection.

Johnson's perfection

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.

Randy Johnson: Aged to perfection

Late homers propel Arizona
ATLANTA - Now, this was a game that won't be immortalized in baseball's Hall of Fame, unless they open a wing to lament Altanta's pitching.

State recognizes growth of Castleberry's
The front of Castleberry's Food Co.'s production facility on 15th Street looks as it always has, but around back is a different story.

Business briefs
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines said Wednesday it appointed a new chief financial officer and shuffled some senior executive responsibilities in a move to return to profitability.

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.

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.

Retiree health benefit to end

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

Gamble recrafts division of units

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.

Bush rejects quick fix to gas prices
WASHINGTON - President Bush on Wednesday rejected Democrats' calls to ease high gasoline prices by tapping the nation's petroleum reserve, saying such action would leave America vulnerable to terrorism in a time of war.

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

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.

University will honor CPA, alum with award
In the alphabet soup world of professional societies, Abram Serotta can claim the title of master chef.

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.

Delta to change its focus
ATLANTA - Passengers flying into and out of smaller cities such as Lubbock, Texas, and Augusta are the focus of the changing nature of commercial aviation, and Delta Air Lines intends to keep them as customers.

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.

Bush rejects quick fix to gas prices

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.

State recognizes growth of Castleberry's

Housing construction dips in April after brisk March

Gamble recrafts division of units
CINCINNATI - Procter & Gamble Co. announced a reorganization of its business units and a series of executive promotions and retirements that illustrate the growing importance of the company's beauty care and home care product businesses.

University will honor CPA, alum with award

Job forecast remains sluggish
ATLANTA - Many aspects of Augusta might be exciting, but not its economy.

Business briefs

Media groups file brief backing SI's appeal in Price case ruling

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.

Media groups file brief backing SI's appeal in Price case ruling
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Fifteen news media organizations filed a brief Wednesday supporting Sports Illustrated's bid to protect the confidentiality of sources it used in an article about former Alabama football coach Mike Price.

Report: Sex, alcohol used to recruit CU football players

Put 'em away for life

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.

Saving the judiciary
The agreement between President Bush and Senate Democrats to move ahead on judiciary appointments wasn't quite as difficult as negotiating a peace pact in Iraq, but almost.

Saving the judiciary

A sorry affair

Muddying marriage
Controversy surrounding gay and lesbian marriages hasn't been cleared up by Massachusetts becoming the first state to allow such unions. In fact, it has only further muddied the waters.

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.

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.

Applause calendar
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People in the News
FAIRLESS HILLS, Pa. -- Students at Pennsbury High School had a surprise guest at their prom - singer John Mayer.

Open tab
Ready for a night out? Here's a roundup of some drink and entertainment specials at nightclubs in Augusta and Aiken:

Stuff to do
Augusta act the Shaun Piazza band is slated to open for legendary Atlanta rockers Drivin' n' Cryin' Friday at the Imperial Theatre.

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

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

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."

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

Grubbin' at Fat Man's Cafe

Grubbin' at Fat Man's Cafe
WHAT'S THERE: Home-style Southern cooking

Rick Browne revels in love affair with barbecue

Jackets hand Dogs first series defeat
CHARLESTON, S.C. - When the Augusta GreenJackets won their series against the Charleston (W. Va.) Alley Cats, it was their first series win of the season.

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.

Watson thinks caddies miss Bruce Edwards, too

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.

Han looking forward to Wykagyl

Augusta State golfers begin title quest
Augusta State's golf team will be looking to ride its late-season momentum to a spot in the NCAA Division I Championships.

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.

Han looking forward to Wykagyl
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Hee-Won Han is hoping a familiar place can give her golf game a jump-start.

Driving woes leave Woods frustrated

Watson thinks caddies miss Bruce Edwards, too
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- So far, Tom Watson has avoided any embarrassing slip of the tongue.

Garcia prefers to spend time in home country

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

GreenJackets extend lease

Jackets hand Dogs first series defeat

Primeau hopes to lead Flyers to Game 7
VOORHEES, N.J. -- Facing elimination for the first time in the playoffs, the Philadelphia Flyers are turning to - who else - Keith Primeau.

Primeau hopes to lead Flyers to Game 7

Blackhawks sign Sutter to one-year extension

Blackhawks sign Sutter to one-year extension
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks signed Brian Sutter to a one-year contract extension Wednesday.

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.

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.)

Columnist misses mark on defining atrocity

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.)

Cut and run in Iraq or we will lose

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.)

District attorney deserves apology
I am a longtime reader of your paper. However, I must say that I am surprised and appalled at the attack on our wonderful district attorney, Danny Craig, in the Lowell Greenbaum column of May 5. I feel that The Chronicle and Mr. Greenbaum owe Mr. Craig an apology on bended knee. Jessie B. Hitt, Augusta

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

Augusta brimmed with hospitality for brewers

Bush corrupts Americans' values
Ubiquitous remarks that abuses against Iraqi detainees do not reflect American values demonstrate blind spots to values expressed by U.S. behaviors in the war on terrorism. Tom Booker, Augusta

Cut and run in Iraq or we will lose
John Kerry served his country in combat in the mud and water of Vietnam. He bears the physical scars and a close personal understanding of the horrible futility of foolish efforts to win a guerrilla war on alien soil. James E. Himley, Edgefield, S.C.

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.)

Spas: the next great American appliance

'Red Dead Revolver' lets cowboys ride into town with guns blazing

Bay seating area is bright and cheery

Learning to speak the language of a happy toddler

'Big Three' announcements will change way gamers play

Home safety tour is a worthwhile experience

Dry weather may mean sweeter watermelons this year

Preventing bathroom water damage

Rocking the cradle

Home safety tour is a worthwhile experience
We recently participated in the First Alert Home Safety Challenge Tour. It was an eye-opening experience. Besides our assignment of spending time on home remodeling with guests, we were exposed to important areas of home safety. As we move into the hot season, the likelihood of home fires increases. We learned that in California alone last year, 13,000 homes were lost in fires.

Bay seating area is bright and cheery
A bay window can add interest and charm to a flat wall.

Q&A: Ridding a home of spiders
Q. Phil asks: We recently moved into a new home. Can you suggest something we can use to get rid of spiders without hiring an exterminator?

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."

Spas: the next great American appliance
Spas have come a long way since inventive Californians soaked themselves in warm water poured into wine casks in the 1960s and 1970s.

'Big Three' announcements will change way gamers play
The Electronic Entertainment Expo has been called "Mecca for gamers," but really it's more like a trip to Disneyland or Willie Wonka's chocolate factory.

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.

Preventing bathroom water damage
Bathrooms are more susceptible to water damage than are other rooms in your home.

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

'Red Dead Revolver' lets cowboys ride into town with guns blazing
Wherever all the cowboys have gone, it certainly hasn't been to video-game consoles. The Western, despite its naturally game-adaptable, six-shooter-blasting and revenge-minded story lines, has been a largely ignored and poorly plumbed genre for programmers.

Officers say man had marijuana in court
AIKEN - Memo to criminal defendants: When you go to see the judge, leave your marijuana at home.

Across the region

McMillan fired over conduct

Kid of the day

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.

Funding is issue in station revamp

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.

Court-martial begins in case of desertion
HINESVILLE, Ga. - Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark finds a paradox in the simultaneous courts-martial of American soldiers in Iraq and Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia at Fort Stewart.

Boshears still awaits contract

Fire safety
Sgt. Steve Parish, left, and Lt. Randy Reese with the Richmond County fire department talk about fire safety to Immaculate Conception Catholic School third graders .The event was part of National Public Works Week.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Meisha G. Godbee, 6, of Augusta.

Across the area
Richmond County schools Superintendent Charles Larke will recommend the hiring of Vickie Addison as the new principal of Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School during tonight's school board meeting.

Regents give final approval to tuition rise
ATLANTA - A spending plan raising tuition 5 percent and slashing millions of dollars from Georgia colleges and universities gained final approval from the Board of Regents on Wednesday with little discussion.

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.

Around town
Staff Sgt. Tim Williams, from Fort Gordon, helps Sarah Gunderson cross the bars during Bel Air Elementary Schools field day exercises. Soldiers from the fort volunteered to monitor the various exercise stations for the pupils field day.

Election workers garner praises

Airport will lose five screeners

Corpse could give Irish kin fortune
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Under four bodies in a cemetery in Ireland, an Irish family is trying to find a genetic link to millions of dollars of Savannah money.

Allegations of cheating arise at high school

Science fair junkie wins big

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

All Stars learn to make better choices
AIKEN - Seniors from high school and college aren't the only folks getting a diploma this time of year.

Across the area

Correction
A photo caption in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misidentified Evans High School catcher Alex Sickman.

Electric chair becomes rarity

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.

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

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.

Post to get new security center
A $230 million improvement announced Wednesday for Fort Gordon in the nation's war on terrorism might mean a stronger position for the post as it goes into the 2005 base closure round, officials said.

Regents rework collegiate goals
ATLANTA - Faced with a tough budget situation and a five-year strategic blueprint that officials said is ambitious, the Board of Regents voted Wednesday to scale back the plan for the University System of Georgia.

Speed of fleet office inquiry upsets official

Regents give final approval to tuition rise

Rigamarole

Junk with wheels

Rants and raves
DOES THIS SEEM strange? The United States of America owns a country, second richest in the world, and our oil prices have gone out of sight. What has happened? Is this another one of Halliburton's games?

Post to get new security center

Approval calls for student housing

Photographer caught Georgia coast on film

Minibottles step closer to ballot

Correction

Kolb's search heads West

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News you can use

Rigamarole
Alton Davis, of Vance, S.C., escaped injury Wednesday when his tractor-trailer flipped on Doug Barnard Parkway. Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Paul Johnson said Mr. Davis was heading south when he lost control of his rig.

Harlem helps freshmen adjust to surroundings

Crowds not sole busing concern

Crowds not sole busing concern
Third-grader Amanda Wehunt hadn't put her books down at home before complaining to her parents about the overcrowded bus and the boy on it who bothered her.

Rants and raves
DOES THIS SEEM strange? The United States of America owns a country, second richest in the world, and our oil prices have gone out of sight. What has happened? Is this another one of Halliburton's games?

News you can use
May 20, 1947 Discussion of methods of gathering evidence to be used in Recorder's Court against those liquor dealers allegedly violating the city ordinance was held yesterday by members of the Recorder's Court Committee of City Council, which ruled that Judge Berry Ellison should "exercise his own discretion in trying such cases."

Fire safety

Study links hard arteries to sexual dysfunction
Hardening of the arteries ironically makes it more likely a man will not be able to achieve an erection, Medical College of Georgia researchers said.

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.

Morale ascends for aviation commission
In the past 10 months, a third of the faces on the Augusta Aviation Commission have changed.

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.

Drivers in wreck still remain hospitalized

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.

Parade injuries result in lawsuit

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

Plan has teachers retiring in waves

Across Georgia
HIRAM - The Monday thunderstorm that resulted in the death of a Douglasville construction worker from lightning also killed a Paulding County man.

Kid of the day

Around town

Regents approve tuition increase

Dooley takes last tour as director

Council votes for hydrogen lab

Study links hard arteries to sexual dysfunction

Electric chair becomes rarity
AIKEN - An instrument of death that legal experts say is well on its way to becoming a relic will nonetheless be dusted off next week by South Carolina corrections officials for what will be the state's first execution by electric chair in eight years.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings is defending statements that President Bush went to war with Iraq to protect Israel and appease American Jews.

Most area juniors pass key test

School proposal heads to Senate
COLUMBIA - A bill making it easier to create charter schools is on its way to the Senate floor.

Officers say man had marijuana in court

Photographer caught Georgia coast on film
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Jack Leigh, the photographer whose haunting cover image helped propel the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil to international acclaim, died of cancer Wednesday at his home.

Funding is issue in station revamp
A proposed renovation of one of Augusta's historic fire stations has for the moment hit a funding fire wall of sorts with some Augusta Commission members.

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.

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.

Williams' name gets closer to monument
COLUMBIA - Essie Mae Washington Williams is close to being recognized in stone as the biracial daughter of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond.

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.

Interceptor boats add to Coast Guard security

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.

Motor vehicle office in Evans gets lease

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.

Roads could test hospital plan

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.

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.

Junk with wheels
EDGEFIELD - Strom Thurmond High School senior Thomas Blackstone dumped the pipe cleaners, milk cartons, film canisters, rubber bands and other items from his box of junk Wednesday, trying to imagine what could be used as the wheels, engine and body of a car.

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

Mini reviews

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

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

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

In Cannes, Ebert goes heavy on the films, light on the fetes
CANNES, France -- Roger Ebert has spent nearly three decades perfecting his Cannes Film Festival regimen: see four films a day, attend the occasional black-tie event and go easy on the beach parties.

At the Movies: 'Shrek 2'

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

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

Mini reviews
THEATERS, RATINGS

In Cannes, Ebert goes heavy on the films, light on the fetes

Films examine America's effort to deal with foreign ways of thinking
The American melting pot is about acceptance, assimilation and the embracing of all things foreign and new, or so the theory goes. However, it's also a process, a time-consuming labor that often leaves its participants scarred, perhaps smarter and, in spite of what the Statue of Liberty says, not always in line for the rewards expected from the American dream.

Vignettes from the Cannes Film Festival
CANNES, France -- Tom Hanks made a slip of the tongue during his Cannes Film Festival appearance Tuesday to promote the Coen brothers' "The Ladykillers."

Top DVDs
These are the most popular DVDs listed in the May 14 issue of Video Business magazine, compiled from a national sampling of video stores:

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.

Vignettes from the Cannes Film Festival

Films examine America's effort to deal with foreign ways of thinking

New video & DVD releases

'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.

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.

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.

Pianist Marcia Ball rejoices in black-and-white blues
For blues chanteuse Marcia Ball, nothing feels like home as much as 88 gleaming keys.

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.

Concert calendar

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected audio reviews:

Scatter the Ashes' debut album a noisy ride down a dark roadmusic
Members of Scatter the Ashes obviously have excellent record collections and are more than willing to exhibit their influences.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Young rapper is set to wow crowd during end-of-school block party

Crash course in Drivin'

Judge lets Eminem suit against Apple, MTV continue

On the road
WHO ARE YOU: The Who Festival, a tribute to the late folk artist Howard Finster, takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road. The festival will include works by more than 80 folk artists and a special appearance by the world's largest MoonPie. For more information, call (770) 993-7660 or visit www.whohadada.com.

Young rapper is set to wow crowd during end-of-school block party
Jody Breeze's life has been in a whirlwind since August.

Concert calendar
PETER TORK AND JAMES LEE STANLEY WITH AURA3: Friday, Jungle Jim's, Columbia

Jazzy troupe dances into town

Crash course in Drivin'
For nearly 20 years, the Atlanta act Drivin' n' Cryin' has been winning fans and influencing people with a unique blend of glam rock guitars, sensitive Dylanesque songwriting and famously frantic live performances.

Pianist Marcia Ball rejoices in black-and-white blues

On the road

Jazzy troupe dances into town
With a jaunty tilt of a bowler, the gentle wave of a white gloved hand and the sensuous roll of the shoulders, Bob Fosse forever altered the form, and function, of dance in American musical theater.

Rainbow Warrior' returns for all-star race
Much of Jeff Gordon's NASCAR success came during the 1990s while racing with the familiar rainbow design on his No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet.

Browning named Darlington President
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- With North Carolina Speedway's demise still on his mind and in his heart, new Darlington Raceway president Chris Browning wondered if he was simply moving from one dying track to another.

Browning named Darlington President
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- With North Carolina Speedway's demise still on his mind and in his heart, new Darlington Raceway president Chris Browning wondered if he was simply moving from one dying track to another.

Earnhardt assumes place as No. 1 in NASCAR

Earnhardt assumes place as No. 1 in NASCAR
He had a nickname and a sponsor before he drove his first race in the big leagues. He draws fans from the MTV set, and from old-timers who revered his father.

All-Stars will test new Ford engine

Browning named Darlington President

NASCAR newsmaker Mark Martin

Gordon to pass up two Busch races for extra practice
INDIANAPOLIS -- The busiest man in auto racing is cutting his schedule to better prepare for the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600.

Browning named Darlington President

Rough and tough Tony
CONCORD, N.C. - The twisted fenders are mounting in the Nextel Cup Series garage area. So is the angry finger-pointing.

Gordon to pass up two Busch races for extra practice

Work now is to build endurance for Indy 500

Rough and tough Tony

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.

Rainbow Warrior' returns for all-star race

NASCAR newsmaker Mark Martin
Mark Martin won the 1998 Nextel All-Star Challenge which was part of a season that included a career-best 22 top-five finishes. He's only won two races since, he still gets excited about racing. Martin talked about Saturday's race and the rest of the season.

All-Stars will test new Ford engine
CONCORD, N.C. - Ford unveiled its new cylinder head last Saturday night at Richmond.

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.

Heat aiming to build off turnaround season

Garnett, Minnesota win Game 7 thriller
MINNEAPOLIS - Kevin Garnett validated his MVP award and put the Minnesota Timberwolves into the Western Conference finals.

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.

Pacers solve Heat, await Pistons or Nets in conference finals

Kings, Wolves look for first taste of Game 7 success

Heat aiming to build off turnaround season
MIAMI -- Being at home gave the Miami Heat a sense of invincibility that allowed them to turn their season around. Yet their own locker room was the last place they wanted to see Wednesday.

Kidd a mess heading into Game 7

Bulls hire Boylan as assistant coach

West wins NBA Executive of the Year Award

Garnett, Minnesota win Game 7 thriller

Nets set to meet Pistons in Game 7
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Detroit and New Jersey are out of secrets, and soon one team will be out of time to make a championship run.

Nets set to meet Pistons in Game 7

Pacers solve Heat, await Pistons or Nets in conference finals
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jermaine O'Neal didn't have to score a bunch of points to leave his mark on the most important game of Indiana's season.

Bulls hire Boylan as assistant coach
CHICAGO -- Jim Boylan was hired Wednesday as an assistant to Chicago Bulls coach Scott Skiles.

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.

Burress still a no-show as Steelers workouts resume

Texans release LB Clemons

Unhappy McKenzie hires new agent

McNair receives co-MVP trophy eying another prize

Sharpe joins CBS' "The NFL Today"

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

Beijing delays leg of Olympic torch relay

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.

Beijing delays leg of Olympic torch relay
BEIJING -- Beijing postponed its leg of the torch relay for the Athens Olympics by one day to avoid conflicting with university entrance exams.

Athens organizers give more security assurances to IOC

Athens organizers give more security assurances to IOC
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Athens organizers offered the IOC more assurances Tuesday that "everything humanly possible" was being done to safeguard the Olympics.

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.

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
PHOENIX -- Toby Stevenson can easily be spotted at a track meet. He's the guy wearing a helmet in the pole vault.

USOC: Waving the flag not off-limits
DENVER -- The U.S. Olympic Committee has a message for its athletes: Go ahead and wave the flag.

Kelli White accepts two-year ban for steroid use
DENVER -- American sprinter Kelli White accepted a two-year drug ban Wednesday, costing her a trip to the Athens Olympics and every medal she won during the past four years.

Five cities make list for 2012 Olympics host race

Over a dozen other athletes given OK to change nationality for 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.

Kelli White accepts two-year ban for steroid use

Smarty rarin' to race, ready to be a Triple Crown Champ

Area sports announcements

Perry defending champ at Colonial without Annika

Overtime

Local rider to compete in Cyclismo

Adu loses starting position, but good times never cease

Ruiz will miss at least two games

Overtime

Denmark appeals punishment for refusing to play in Algeria

Unbeaten lightweight braces for 140-pound debut

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.

Denmark appeals punishment for refusing to play in Algeria
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Denmark filed an appeal Wednesday to a ruling that kicked the country out of the Davis Cup until 2005.

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.

Smarty rarin' to race, ready to be a Triple Crown Champ
BENSALEM, Pa. - The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner is still ready to run.

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

Local rider to compete in Cyclismo
Sports weren't exactly Kurt Garin's specialty during high school.

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.

Unbeaten lightweight braces for 140-pound debut
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Unbeaten WBC lightweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. likes the idea of moving up in weight class. For one thing, he won't have to watch the scales as closely.

Overtime
The Augusta Lynx added another returning player Wednesday to their growing roster. Forward Jarrett Thompson, 24, and the Lynx agreed to terms for the coming season.

Perry defending champ at Colonial without Annika
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kenny Perry knows he will always be remembered as the player who won Annika Sorenstam's tournament.

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

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

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.

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.

Okefenokee Joe was once songwriter Dick Flood

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.

Okefenokee Joe was once songwriter Dick Flood
It is a toss-up of which is stranger: the life of Dick Flood or that of Okefenokee Joe.

NASCAR ignores fan base

Hollywood enjoys easy vehicle of graduation-theme movies

Barrino family believes fame inevitable for single mom
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Addie Collins says she knew when her granddaughter was young that fame and success lay ahead.

Sock it to me: Stallone joins hopefuls at "Contender" casting call

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.

CBS adding five new series with familiar stars

'Frasier' leaves after 11 years on top of the ratings heap

ABC appoints Vargas to replace Walters, hires British interviewer Martin Bashir
NEW YORK -- ABC News on Tuesday appointed Elizabeth Vargas to replace Barbara Walters as co-host of the newsmagazine "20/20," and hired British celebrity interviewer Martin Bashir for the show.

Sock it to me: Stallone joins hopefuls at "Contender" casting call
NEW YORK -- Sylvester Stallone stepped into the ring Monday and, though wearing jeans and long-sleeve shirt, struck a blow for his upcoming TV series "The Contender."

'Frasier' leaves after 11 years on top of the ratings heap
NEW YORK -- Frasier Crane can always say that he went out on top.

NBC adding two new comedies, three dramas in the fall

Barrino family believes fame inevitable for single mom

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

DeGarmo honed her 'American Idol' skills on karaoke

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

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

Jimmy Fallon signs off from 'Saturday Night Live'

'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.

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

CBS adding five new series with familiar stars
NEW YORK -- CBS is offering Rob Lowe as a doctor, Jason Alexander as a sportswriter and John Goodman as a family patriarch in new series that will debut this fall.

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

Group nearing decision on increased costs to buy tickets for UGA home games
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia fans will have to pay more for the right to buy season tickets to football home games although the exact increase is still being determined by a group of faculty members and alumni.

Group nearing decision on increased costs to buy tickets for UGA home games

Hollywood enjoys easy vehicle of graduation-theme movies
There is little that distinguishes one graduation ceremony from another. The caps and gowns are always there, as are the stirring strains of Pomp and Circumstance. There will always be a speaker of some celebrity urging the assembled to go forth and do great things, and there will always be the endless litany of names as student after student parades across a stage or gym floor.

Virginia man in petroleum jelly jam for alleged motel room vandalism

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Complaint filed against ex-manager of Hooters for alleged secret videotaping of applicants

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Woman tries to gas unwanted houseguests

Jail enforces dress code

Pope marks birthday with launch of new book

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