Fine arts calendar

'Da Vinci Code' author says he left out most controversial part
CONCORD, N.H. -- Though "The Da Vinci Code" was contentious enough to produce 10 books attempting to discredit it, its author said he left out what likely would have been the most controversial part.

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?

'Da Vinci Code' author says he left out most controversial part

Harvard exhibit reveals new layers to Copley paintings

Mom, son work out their issues on Broadway stage

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.

Harvard exhibit reveals new layers to Copley paintings
Harvard exhibit reveals new layers to Copley paintings

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

Mom, son work out their issues on Broadway stage
Shirley Jones and Patrick Cassidy, mom and son, work out their issues on Broadway stage

Arts Review: Cute but unprovocative 'Sex' set to song

Cracker Jack replaced by Crunch 'n Munch at Yankee stadium

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.

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.

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?

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

Athletics scrape past Tigers
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tim Hudson was glad to see the Oakland Athletics score a late run, no matter how they got it.

Sosa put on DL with bad back

Cardinals beat up on Mets

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

Bonds has more back problems

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.

Wolfpack sweep into third round

Vidro shows loyalty to Expos, not the bottom line

Giants best Cubs after 10 innings
CHICAGO -- The San Francisco Giants got a dramatic home run of their own from a most unlikely source.

Knights get stepped on by Trojans

Giants best Cubs after 10 innings

Marlins place Cordero on DL

Wood placed on DL with triceps injury

Brewers oust Expos

Pirates terminate Mondesi contract

Selig confident on Expos' decision by July

Twins edge out Blue Jays

Piniella's frustration growing with each Devil Rays loss

Ole Miss dismisses pitcher for violating team rules

Athletics scrape past Tigers

Errors cost Patriots

A-Rod returns to Texas, where the 'kids' are all right

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.

Knights get stepped on by Trojans
Intensity dripped off every pitch, every swing, every catch Thursday evening at Evans.

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.

A-Rod returns to Texas, where the 'kids' are all right
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Those "kids" in Texas have been all right without Alex Rodriguez, the MVP who was supposed to be their captain this season. Now they get an up-close view of A-Rod in pinstripes.

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.

Cardinals beat up on Mets
NEW YORK -- Scott Rolen was leading the major leagues in RBIs without hitting a home run for nearly month. He had 14 multihit games and was hitting a cool .350. But the longball was missing in action.

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.

Wood placed on DL with triceps injury
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs aren't taking any chances with Kerry Wood.

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.

Selig confident on Expos' decision by July
NEW YORK -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig expressed confidence Thursday that a new home for the Montreal Expos will be selected by mid-July.

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.

Brewers oust Expos
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Scott Podsednik hit the go-ahead home run off closer Rocky Biddle in the ninth inning Thursday to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Expos.

Double play saves Evans at the end

Piniella's frustration growing with each Devil Rays loss
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The anger in Lou Piniella's voice rose with every word, rolling out of his office into a mostly empty clubhouse.

Thome out at least two games; Wolf will miss start

Technology allows me to see less of my money

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
NEW YORK -- An insurance company executive is claiming some financial hanky-panky occurred during a visit to an upscale strip club that left him out $28,000.

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.

Boy fends off alligator
DELTONA, Fla. -- An alligator dragged a 12-year-old swimmer underwater in a lake, but the boy punched the reptile and swam safely to shore.

Doctors puzzled by man's shrinking brain
BOUNTIFUL, Utah -- David Mitchell is changing in a way that is ruining his life and confounding doctors.

Lawsuit claims Ga. worker fired because he couldn't urinate on demand
ATLANTA -- A man who says he was fired by Caterpillar Inc. because he wasn't able to urinate for a drug test sued the equipment giant Wednesday, alleging discrimination.

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

Men inaccurately classified as 'morons' want apology
BOSTON -- Six men wrongly classified as "morons" and held for years at a state school for the retarded asked Gov. Mitt Romney on Wednesday to remove such terms from their records - and for an apology.

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.

Air Force radios jamming garage door openers in Florida Panhandle
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A new military radio system is jamming remote-control garage doors in communities near this Florida Panhandle base.

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.

Ramirez dominates Arizona

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.

Time Warner not willing to sell Braves, according to investor
ATLANTA -- The leader of a group that wants to buy the Atlanta Braves says Time Warner Inc. is not willing to discuss the offer.

Ramirez dominates Arizona
ATLANTA - Braves left-hander Horacio Ramirez is no Randy Johnson, but he's establishing himself as the ace of the Atlanta staff.

Time Warner not willing to sell Braves, according to investor

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

Indicators show signs of recovery

Ex-FutureCall employees can join suit
Relief might be coming for Augusta employees of recently shut down Click Dot Care, formerly FutureCall, who were never handed their last pay checks.

Experts predict that gas prices won't stop Americans from traveling
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Gas prices that have soared above $2 a gallon should be little more than a speedbump for a record number of American vacationers expected this summer, according to travel industry experts.

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

Arcadis sees benefits in Mill move

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.

University will honor CPA, alum with award

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.

Indicators show signs of recovery
NEW YORK - A closely watched gauge of future economic activity edged higher in April, providing more evidence of a sustained recovery.

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.

No relief in sight for high gas prices

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.

Business briefs

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

Experts predict that gas prices won't stop Americans from traveling

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.

Jobless claims rise, but still point to recovery in labor market
WASHINGTON -- The number of people signing up for jobless benefits rose last week, but the level of filings still pointed to a recovery in the labor market.

State recognizes growth of Castleberry's

No relief in sight for high gas prices
Asking area motorists to swallow the argument that they are lucky compared to others paying higher pump prices elsewhere is akin to asking them to gulp a gallon of gasoline.

Gamble recrafts division of units

Business briefs
Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that more than $12.5 million in OneGeorgia grants were given to spur rural economic development.

Business briefs

Arcadis sees benefits in Mill move
David Willis is well aware that a move from his longtime Aiken office to a spot in Augusta's Enterprise Mill is going to cost his world-class engineering company.

Leading indicators edge higher in April

Bush rejects quick fix to gas prices

Leading indicators edge higher in April
NEW YORK -- A private research group's closely watched indicator of future economic activity edged up in April, providing more evidence of a sustained recovery.

NCAA sued over football walk-on scholarship limits
SEATTLE -- A former University of Washington football player is suing the NCAA, claiming the organization is violating antitrust laws by limiting the number of scholarships that can be awarded.

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.

LSU game at Arkansas moved to Friday

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

LSU game at Arkansas moved to Friday
BATON ROUGE, La. -- In what has become an annual event, LSU's football game against Arkansas in Little Rock has been moved to Friday to accommodate CBS television, LSU announced on Thursday.

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.

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.

Big boost for the fort
The color-coded homeland security alert level is determined in good measure by the amount of "chatter" that national security centers' listening posts pick up from terrorist groups on the Internet and other sources, such as intercepting their signals.

Saving the judiciary

Big boost for the fort

We've just lost it
Controlling our borders needs to become a major cause.

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

Supreme Court denies media bid to drop gag order in Jackson case
LOS ANGELES -- The California Supreme Court said it will not consider arguments from news organizations trying to end a gag order in the Michael Jackson child molestation conspiracy case.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Black Sabbath will reunite for Ozzfest, which begins July 10 in Hartford, Conn., according to the Ozzfest Web site.

Applause calendar
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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.

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

Inflation concerns keep stocks mixed
NEW YORK - Wall Street ended a listless session with stocks nearly flat Thursday as rising oil prices and inflation fears - and a dose of indecision - kept most investors on the sidelines.

Anglers reap hybrid bonanza
Small hybrids and striped bass are schooling during the early mornings and late afternoons on the South Carolina side of Strom Thurmond Lake.

Fishing tournament results and news

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

Anglers reap hybrid bonanza

Grubbin' at Fat Man's Cafe

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

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.

Titleless trio on top at Sybase Classic
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The three players tied for the first-round lead at the Sybase Classic have a lot more in common than the 5-under-par 66s they shot Thursday.

Titleless trio on top at Sybase Classic

Good Perks leads Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas - Craig Perks completely overhauled his swing after winning the 2002 Players Championship. This year, he finally realized he had changed too much.

Han looking forward to Wykagyl

Strange leaves job as ABC golf analyst

Watson thinks caddies miss Bruce Edwards, too

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.

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

Women's golf to have world ranking
NEW YORK -- Women golfers will have their own world ranking next year, giving fans something to debate and the tours a way to choose teams if the sport is included in the Olympics.

Good Perks leads Colonial

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.

Strange leaves job as ABC golf analyst
Curtis Strange resigned as lead golf analyst for ABC Sports, saying the network did not give him a long-term deal in exchange for him continuing to cover golf during his prime years as a player on the Champions Tour.

Women's golf to have world ranking

Jackets hand Dogs first series defeat

Combs hopes to groom team into a success

San Jose's dream is ended by Calgary
CALGARY, Alberta - Right up to the final seconds of their final game, Alyn McCauley was certain the San Jose Sharks would find a way to keep their dream season going.

Calgary flames Canada's pride

Lawyer attacks Danton

Calgary flames Canada's pride
CALGARY, Alberta - All of Canada has been consumed by Flames, and the national obsession with Calgary's overachieving hockey club is about to spread.

Lawyer attacks Danton
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. - St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton was "too cowardly" to kill his agent himself, instead enlisting the help of a teenage fan and lover before the scheme unraveled, a prosecutor alleges.

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.

San Jose's dream is ended by Calgary

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

Primeau hopes to lead Flyers to Game 7

Blackhawks sign Sutter to one-year extension

Technology allows me to see less of my money
It struck me the other day that I don't see my money much anymore.

Ty Cobb's label as racist is undeserved, baseball historian says
The people of Augusta need to be educated on Ty Cobb. And the NAACP needs to revisit its position on Mr. Cobb. Augusta's commissioners need to consider naming the city's minor league baseball stadium after the great Hall of Famer. Wesley Fricks, Temple Terrace, Fla. (Editor's note: The writer, a noted expert on Ty Cobb, is an adviser and former historian for the Ty Cobb Museum in Royston, Ga., and operates a Web site and an Internet sports group devoted to Cobb.)

Berg slaying was a wake-up call

'Chronicle' carries racist taint
In theory, I agree with William S. Morris' May 8 column ("Chronicle will remain a vigilant watchdog") and his idea on how the news should be reported. Excellent! L.C. Gates Jr., El Paso, Texas (Editor's note: The writer is a former Augusta resident.)

Race track noise isn't too loud
Regarding the Margaret Ann Hogue letter of May 1: It gave me my laugh for the day. James Loveless, Grovetown

Race track noise isn't too loud

Berg slaying was a wake-up call
First, let me say that what the soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison did was wrong. Anyone involved at any level should face swift American justice. Kevin Wells, Grovetown

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

Beheading is detestable outrage
I, like many Americans, was shocked and outraged at the images in the news lately. I could not believe what some people were capable of doing to others, even in war! Darren Eubanks, North Augusta, S.C.

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 Bill Cole for coroner
I endorse Bill Cole for Aiken County coroner in the upcoming primary. E.L. "Bo" Rearden, Aiken, S.C.

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

Focus on the things that matter

Focus on the things that matter
It is time for America to wake up. Is it too hard for the people of America to see that one party is offensively attacking. If Democrats go on the offense, we will not have to defend: Rick McDonald, Augusta

Ty Cobb's label as racist is undeserved, baseball historian says

What should Bush apologize for?
I really have to respond to Anne Cook's May 13 letter about what President Bush needs to apologize for ("Bush must own up to mistakes"). She listed six items that I want to take one by one. Linda Parnell, Evans

Bush-bashers have it all wrong
This letter is in response to letters to the editor from Richard Renew ("Cowardly Bush saves own skin," May 10) and Carroll Kenny ("Vietnam woes started under Eisenhower," May 4). Stephen McMillan, Grovetown

Cut and run in Iraq or we will lose

Virginia: Guide for disabled travelers

Adirondacks: Hikers need more than cell phones

Revolution evolution

'Big Three' announcements will change way gamers play

Home safety tour is a worthwhile experience

Preventing bathroom water damage

Weekend calendar

Bay seating area is bright and cheery

Old Faithful Inn: Yellowstone landmark 100 years old

Spas: the next great American appliance

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

Health calendar

Family Hikes: Discuss trail safety - then hit the woods

Thou shalt catch all typos: Bible proofreaders sweat the small stuff

Adirondacks: Hikers need more than cell phones
NORTH ELBA, N.Y. -- When rangers hiked up New York's highest mountain on a recent rescue, they were answering a cell phone call from the peak.

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.

Weekend calendar
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Family Hikes: Discuss trail safety - then hit the woods
NEW YORK -- Hiking is a great vacation activity for families - healthy, inexpensive and fun.

'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.

'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.

Thou shalt catch all typos: Bible proofreaders sweat the small stuff
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Thank the Lord - and the proofreaders at Peachtree Editorial and Proofreading - that the Bible refers to "our ancestors" instead of "sour ancestors," and calls for an end to "factions" - not "fractions."

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

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?

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

Virginia: Guide for disabled travelers
RICHMOND, Va. -- St. John's Church is Richmond's oldest house of worship, and the site of Patrick Henry's famous "Give me liberty or give me death" speech in 1775.

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.

Revolution evolution
Baby, you've come a long way. Depending on how far back you're willing to look, the bicycle, which is being touted as a way to get to work this week, is 187 years old.

Old Faithful Inn: Yellowstone landmark 100 years old
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- It has survived fire, earthquake, and visits by thousands of tourists. But a century after the Old Faithful Inn first opened, this Yellowstone landmark remains as much of an awe-inducing spectacle as the namesake geyser that erupts reliably just outside its windows.

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

Funding is issue in station revamp

House OKs 2-year wait on closings
WASHINGTON - The House broke with the Bush administration over military base closings Thursday, disrupting the otherwise smooth passage of a massive defense bill aimed at securing the nation's military strength and winning the war in Iraq.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Kid of the day

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

Correction

Soldier testifies at court-martial

Across Georgia

Study links hard arteries to sexual dysfunction

Across the area

Rigamarole

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.

Officers say man had marijuana in court

Dive team inspects cracks found in dam
Augusta's 129-year-old Diversion Dam is showing its age, according to a preliminary inspection conducted Thursday.

Wildlife also gets protection
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Military and security forces will be authorized to shoot to kill while policing Sea Island and its surrounding waters during next month's G-8 Summit.

Soldier testifies at court-martial
HINESVILLE, Ga. - Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia was baptized twice in Iraq - the first time into the Catholic faith by an Army chaplain and the second by fire and mortar from resistance forces.

Security heightens fears of deportation
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Many Glynn County residents will leave town or stay home during the G-8 Summit on Sea Island rather than sit out traffic delays and dodge expected protests.

Search is narrowed for CEO
An Augusta mental health center whose former administrators were targeted by state and federal investigations could be getting a new chief executive soon.

Security heightens fears of deportation

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT for the person who had the rant about Condoleezza Rice advising the president. Do you live in the Dark Ages? Women can even vote now. I bet you beat your wife, too.

Tuition increases loom for students

Junk with wheels

Caseworker states quitting was forced

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are searching for a man who they say robbed two businesses and broke into another.

Arrest may alter school policy

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.

Officers arrest three in meth lab operation

Wildlife also gets protection

State close to lifting tattoo ban
COLUMBIA - Ron White soon should be able to do what he has always wanted - give someone a tattoo in South Carolina without breaking the law.

Photographer caught Georgia coast on film

Rule may crimp students' plans
ATLANTA - Students at Georgia technical schools could be forced to give up their HOPE grants sooner than they planned under a change approved this week by the Georgia Student Finance Commission.

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.

Caseworker states quitting was forced
She says she tossed and turned at night, worrying about what was best for Jennifer Santiago's toddler before deciding the child should be reunited with her mother.

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.

Letters spark investigation
Allegations of endangered children, falsified records and mismanagement at the Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services are being investigated by state officials.

Taste of Aiken delights patrons
AIKEN - Standing in the Victorian-styled Rose Hill Estate dining room, an Aiken couple faced a dilemma Thursday evening.

Fund-raising campaign begins for planned Aiken center
AIKEN - Louise Curry knows better than most the history of Aiken's black culture. As a young child, she climbed the steps to the second story of what was then the Andrew Robinson Institute at the corner of Richland Avenue and York Street for daily prayer.

Tuition increases loom for students
ATLANTA - As challenging budget times bring cuts to state agencies across the board, it might be considered a blessing that the University System of Georgia's budget will be down only about 1 percent next year.

Schools serious about pranks
Anticipating pranks on the last day of school, the Richmond County school district today is continuing its tradition of beefing up security and banning book bags in the high schools and middle schools.

Board shifts focus to buses
Calling it an accident waiting to happen, Richmond County school board members agreed Thursday night to address overcrowding on school buses, low morale and a shortage of qualified drivers.

Group targets Beasley campaign
AIKEN - Confederate flag supporters have dogged Republican U.S. Senate candidate and former Gov. David Beasley at campaign stops across South Carolina, haunting him for his gubernatorial call to remove the Southern emblem from atop the Statehouse.

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

Officers arrest three in meth lab operation
Narcotics investigators with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office arrested three people Thursday in connection with the manufacturing of methamphetamine at two Augusta hotels.

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May 21, 1990 AIKEN - Cancer and heart disease do not hit Aiken County any harder than they do the rest of the state or the country. But an increase in population, a traffic fatality rate that is almost double the nation's and murder cases that have more than doubled last year's total have pushed Coroner Sue Townsend's workload to an average of more than one death per day.

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE - An Atlanta man who died in the back seat of a Gwinnett County police car might have choked to death on a bag of cocaine he tried to swallow, authorities said.

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.

Arrest may alter school policy
Stunned by the arrest of student who is a registered sex offender at Harlem High School, Columbia County school officials said Thursday they were reexamining and revising system policies regarding students with criminal records.

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.

Electric chair becomes rarity

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?

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.

Post to get new security center

Fire safety

Regents give final approval to tuition rise

House OKs 2-year wait on closings

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.

Fund-raising campaign begins for planned Aiken center

Letters spark investigation

Around town

State close to lifting tattoo ban

End-of-year tricks can lead to charges

Group targets Beasley campaign

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

Dive team inspects cracks found in dam

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.

Crowds not sole busing concern

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Kid of the day

Night school cost rises moderately
The cost of attending evening school in Richmond County will rise, but not as much as originally planned.

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.

Taste of Aiken delights patrons

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

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Mason Alexander Cobb, 3, of Augusta.

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.

Board shifts focus to buses

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

Across the area

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.

End-of-year tricks can lead to charges
Every year about this time, Principal Randall Lee spends his nights inside Atlanta's Lakeside High School as a walking deterrent to senior class pranksters seeking to go out with a splash of hijinks.

Around town
Housekeeper Barbara Watson cleans the front doors of Augusta's Riverview Park Activities Center on Thursday.

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

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.

"Y Tu Mama Tambien" star impresses Cannes in 2 different, challenging roles
CANNES, France -- Gael Garcia Bernal made his first Cannes Film Festival appearance in drag. Then he came back as Ernesto "Che" Guevara.

New video & DVD releases

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

Mini reviews

Mini reviews
THEATERS, RATINGS

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."

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

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:

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

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

"Y Tu Mama Tambien" star impresses Cannes in 2 different, challenging roles

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

On the road

Pianist Marcia Ball rejoices in black-and-white blues

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.

Crash course in Drivin'

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Jazzy troupe dances into town

Johnson joins new NASCAR committee on diversity
CONCORD, N.C. -- Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson will serve as co-chairman of a new NASCAR committee on diversity.

Browning named Darlington President

Gordon to pass up two Busch races for extra practice

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.

Drivers brace for 20th all-star race

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

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

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.

Johnson joins new NASCAR committee on diversity

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.

All-Stars will test new Ford engine

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.

Drivers brace for 20th all-star race
CONCORD, N.C. -- Darrell Waltrip unwittingly helped NASCAR's all-star race earn a frantic reputation in its very first year.

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

Rough and tough Tony

NASCAR newsmaker Mark Martin

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.

Rainbow Warrior' returns for all-star race

Pistons cut down Nets

Pistons cut down Nets
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Detroit's rout ended New Jersey's reign in the Eastern Conference.

Bryant jumping court to court

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.

Weary Wolves get little rest between series
MINNEAPOLIS - Though the Minnesota Timberwolves have homecourt advantage in the Western Conference finals, it's hard to consider them a favorite against the well-rested, more experienced and supremely confident Los Angeles Lakers.

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

Young Pacers ready to go

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.

Pacers' O'Neal sits out practice with injured eye
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jermaine O'Neal sat out the Indiana Pacers' practice Thursday to rest his injured left eye, though he plans to play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday.

Young Pacers ready to go
INDIANAPOLIS - Anthony Johnson knows what it's like to play in the Eastern Conference finals. That makes him fairly unique among his Indiana Pacers teammates.

Pacers' O'Neal sits out practice with injured eye

Bryant jumping court to court
Mark the date on your calendar. The Minnesota Timberwolves probably already have.

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.

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

Weary Wolves get little rest between series

Bulls hire Boylan as assistant coach

Warriors move in on Montgomery
OAKLAND, Calif. - Chris Mullin made a bold first move in his new position as executive vice president of basketball operations for the Golden State Warriors.

Heat aiming to build off turnaround season

Pro basketball's first female coach stares down skeptics

Garnett, Minnesota win Game 7 thriller

Pro basketball's first female coach stares down skeptics
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The new coach of the Nashville Rhythm has no experience and doesn't turn 23 until July.

Pacers solve Heat, await Pistons or Nets in conference finals

Nets set to meet Pistons in Game 7

Manning adjusting to life with Giants

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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.

Athens organizers give more security assurances to IOC

USOC panel rules USA Triathlon must hold new elections
DENVER -- A U.S. Olympic Committee panel has overturned results of last year's USA Triathlon board elections and ordered the organization to hold a new vote as soon as possible.

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.

Kelli White accepts two-year ban for steroid use

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.

Greek police destroy time bomb found near Athens Olympic site
ATHENS, Greece -- Police destroyed a small time bomb found near a major complex for the Olympics.

Greek police destroy time bomb found near Athens Olympic site

Beijing delays leg of Olympic torch relay

O'Brien tries for comeback, six years after his last decathlon

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.

Rogge: athletes staying outside village responsible for own security

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.

O'Brien tries for comeback, six years after his last decathlon
PHOENIX -- Dan O'Brien knows that 37 is ancient for a decathlete, that most grueling of track and field competitions - 10 events over two days with the Olympic winner earning the title "world's greatest athlete."

Rogge: athletes staying outside village responsible for own security
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Olympic teams and athletes choosing to stay at hotels or other sites outside the athletes' village must take responsibility for their own security during the Athens Games.

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

Unbeaten lightweight braces for 140-pound debut

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Denmark appeals punishment for refusing to play in Algeria

Perry defending champ at Colonial without Annika

Real life to PROLIFE

Local rider to compete in Cyclismo

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Davenport wins in 36 minutes in Strasbourg

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

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.

Davenport wins in 36 minutes in Strasbourg
STRASBOURG, France -- Lindsay Davenport surged into the Strasbourg Open semifinals, winning in 36 minutes Thursday with a 6-0, 6-1 rout of Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik.

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.

Overtime
Augusta State is off to a slow start in the 54-hole NCAA East Regional in New Haven, Conn.

Players of the week
This week's players of the week ar Will Batson of Richmond Academy and Carty Dunn of Lakeside.

Spring prep scores
Area spring prep sports scores from Thursday's action.

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.

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.

Real life to PROLIFE
AIKEN - Six years ago, trouble seemed to be around every corner for Tieara Abney.

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

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

Combs hopes to groom team into a success
Josh Combs needed a few days to think about the job offer to coach the Silver Bluff boys basketball team. Combs, an assistant at Spring Valley, used that time to consider his family, which will be expanding with a baby daughter on the way in August.

Manning adjusting to life with Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Adjusting to life in the NFL with the New York Giants is proving difficult for Eli Manning.

Okefenokee Joe was once songwriter Dick Flood

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.

Hollywood enjoys easy vehicle of graduation-theme movies

Hold the phone: That busy signal is 'Idol' theme song

Barrino, DeGarmo to face off in 'American Idol' finale
NEW YORK -- Jasmine Trias was voted off "American Idol" after a longer journey than some thought she deserved, leaving Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo to sing off in next week's finale.

'Bachelor' quarterback passes gives Jessica starting nod

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.

Hold the phone: That busy signal is 'Idol' theme song
LOS ANGELES -- The right to vote isn't at issue with "American Idol." It's the fight to vote that counts.

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

Barrino family believes fame inevitable for single mom

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.

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

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

'Adult Swim' puts Cartoon Network in the fast lane
NEW YORK -- A milkshake, a container of fries and a ball of hamburger meat walk into a bar ... Actually, they don't, because that would require too much effort.

Barrino, DeGarmo to face off in 'American Idol' finale

'Adult Swim' puts Cartoon Network in the fast lane

Fox debuting new series across the calendar

Fox debuting new series across the calendar
NEW YORK -- Fox is launching its new series in June, August, November and January this year - nearly every month but the traditional September start of the television season.

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."

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.

CBS adding five new series with familiar stars

'Bachelor' quarterback passes gives Jessica starting nod
NEW YORK -- It was Jessica who won NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer the finale of "The Bachelor."

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

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.

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.

Jail enforces dress code

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Boy fends off alligator

Air Force radios jamming garage door openers in Florida Panhandle

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Woman tries to gas unwanted houseguests

Doctors puzzled by man's shrinking brain

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

Men inaccurately classified as 'morons' want apology

Lawsuit claims Ga. worker fired because he couldn't urinate on demand