Whitney museum renews expansion plans
NEW YORK -- The Whitney Museum of American Art has renewed its plans for a $200 million expansion, interviewing new architects including Italian designer Renzo Piano.

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

Whitney museum renews expansion plans

Harold Bloom creates his dream anthology
"The Best Poems of the English Language: From Chaucer Through Frost" arperCollins. 972 Pages. $34.95) - selected and with commentary by Harold Bloom

Arts review: Expertly traveling the bumpy road from innocence to maturity
NEW YORK -- Julia Jordan has been living a playwright's dream lately, seeing four of her pieces produced off-Broadway in the past year.

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: Expertly traveling the bumpy road from innocence to maturity

Harold Bloom creates his dream anthology

Mom, son work out their issues on Broadway stage

'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.

Harvard exhibit reveals new layers to Copley paintings

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

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.

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

Labor violations cost Giants two offseason workouts
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants had two days of their offseason program taken away Friday for violating the NFL's collective bargaining agreement under new coach Tom Coughlin.

Red Sox sign DH/1B Ortiz to two-year extension
BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez talked David Ortiz into staying with Boston. Now the Red Sox can only hope the three-time Cy Young winner follows his own advice.

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.

Glaus has shoulder surgery
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Angels slugger Troy Glaus had surgery on his right shoulder Friday, an operation that might sideline him for the rest of the season.

Laird out three months with torn ligament in thumb

Brewers-Pirates postponed
PITTSBURGH -- The opener of a three-game series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed Friday because of expected 70 mph winds and thunderstorms.

Athletics scrape past Tigers

Red Sox put Williamson on DL
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox placed reliever Scott Williamson on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation and recalled right-hander Anastacio Martinez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

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.

Johnson getting ready to head back to mound
MIAMI -- Sunday cannot come fast enough for Randy Johnson.

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.

Beck rejoins Padres
PHILADEPHIA -- Reliever Rod Beck rejoined the San Diego Padres on Friday, more than two months after leaving the team to deal with an unspecified personal problem.

Cardinals beat up on Mets

Former big leaguer Petrick retires with Parkinson's disease
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Former major league catcher Ben Petrick announced his retirement this week and said he had Parkinson's disease.

Bonds back in lineup for game in San Juan

Roberts to have shoulder surgery
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets agreed to allow right-hander Grant Roberts to have surgery on his ailing shoulder after he was examined by three doctors.

Piniella's frustration growing with each Devil Rays loss

Bonds back in lineup for game in San Juan
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- With just five minutes to go before the first pitch Friday night, Barry Bonds stood near the fence on the third-base line and signed autographs. Then, he did something that thrilled the Puerto Rican fans just as much: He played.

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

Laird out three months with torn ligament in thumb
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers rookie catcher Gerald Laird will have surgery to reattach a torn ligament in his left thumb Saturday, and will be sidelined approximately three months.

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.

Cardinals defeat Cubs in late bid
CHICAGO -- Early or late, the St. Louis Cardinals are managing to get enough offense to win.

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

Bonds gets his trainer
Major League Baseball has approved the San Francisco Giants' hiring of Bonds' long-time stretching coach as a member of the training staff, The San Francisco Chronicle has learned, after three months of high-level talks plus a lot of lobbying and pressure from Bonds.

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.

Former big leaguer Petrick retires with Parkinson's disease

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

Red Sox sign DH/1B Ortiz to two-year extension

Giants best Cubs after 10 innings

Knights get stepped on by Trojans

Cardinals defeat Cubs in late bid

Selig confident on Expos' decision by July

Beck rejoins Padres

Roberts to have shoulder surgery

Brewers-Pirates postponed

Bonds gets his trainer

Glaus has shoulder surgery

Red Sox put Williamson on DL

Brewers oust Expos

Wood placed on DL with triceps injury

Technology allows me to see less of my money

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.

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.

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.

Surf's up for high school athletes in Hawaii after sport made official
WAILUKU, Hawaii -- Surf's up for Hawaii's high schools. Riding the waves was made an official high school sport Thursday by the state Board of Education, convening on Maui. The decision whether to have a surfing team will be up to each school.

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

Odds and Ends
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Feeling sick as a dog? Patients at some Michigan hospitals may get comfort and a speedier recovery with a visit from their own pooch.

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.

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.

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.

Ortiz blanks Dodgers

Ortiz blanks Dodgers
ATLANTA - The presence of the Murph, the absence of the Big Unit, and a Friday night crowd of 27,194 fans didn't exactly galvanize the Braves offense.

Time Warner not willing to sell Braves, according to investor

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

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

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.

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.

No relief in sight for high gas prices

Business briefs

Workers resume bargaining
SAN ANTONIO - Less than a day into a four-day walkout over benefits and outsourcing, SBC Communications Inc. and a union representing the striking workers returned to the bargaining table to try to work out their differences.

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.

Arcadis sees benefits in Mill move

Evans project to bring dollars

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

Evans project to bring dollars
Columbia County developers will soon announce plans to build a 58-acre, upscale lifestyle center that could end up solidifying a downtown area for Evans.

Leadership group makes mark

Leading indicators edge higher in April

Tribes want to move casinos to other sites

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.

Solo debut

Import crutch raises gas costs
WASHINGTON - Everyone knows the United States relies heavily on foreign oil. But most people don't realize the nation also increasingly needs imported gasoline - a trend that's contributing to the recent spike in prices at the pump.

Workers resume bargaining

Indicators show signs of recovery

Import crutch raises gas costs

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.

Leadership group makes mark
Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.

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.

Solo debut
Workers Michael Smith (left) and Jason Whitaker put the finishing touches on the new company sign outside the Solo Cup Co. building on Wrightsboro Road. The company bought Sweetheart Cup Co. in March.

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.

Companies must pay to help smokers quit
NEW ORLEANS -A jury Friday ordered the tobacco industry to pay $590 million for nicotine patches, telephone hot lines, advertising and other programs to help Louisiana smokers kick the habit.

Tribes want to move casinos to other sites
WASHINGTON - The Tule River American Indian tribe runs a booming casino with 1,500 slot machines on its reservation in central California. But the casino is up a long, winding road, and tribal members are eyeing a better location along Highway 190.

Companies must pay to help smokers quit

Duke tops Clemson

Duke tops Clemson
DURHAM, N.C. -- Zach Schreiber tossed 8 1-3 strong innings and Eric Baumann belted a two-run home run to lead Duke to a 2-1 victory over Clemson on Friday.

Escort service manager in University of Colorado recruiting scandal appears before grand jury
DENVER -- A grand jury convened Friday to hear evidence in the University of Colorado recruiting scandal, hearing closed-door testimony from a former escort service employee who says a Colorado recruiting aide handed over $2,000 to her agency.

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.

LSU game at Arkansas moved to Friday

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.

Escort service manager in University of Colorado recruiting scandal appears before grand jury

A swath through history

A swath through history
Neil Armstrong's giant leap for mankind left a footprint on the moon.

S.C.: Repeal tattoo ban
You'd think documentary filmmakers would have more important topics to deal with than the ban on tattooing in South Carolina and Oklahoma.

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

S.C.: Repeal tattoo ban

Big boost for the fort

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Fishing tournament results and news

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.

Women's golf to have world ranking

Good Perks leads Colonial

Weibring holds two-shot lead in Champions event
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- He lives in Dallas, but Quincy, Ill., native D.A. Weibring remains a Midwesterner at heart.

Weibring holds two-shot lead in Champions event

Morgan takes lead halfway through Sybase Classic

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.

Titleless trio on top at Sybase Classic

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.

Morgan takes lead halfway through Sybase Classic
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Becky Morgan spent another day in the fairway and turned it into a four-stroke lead halfway through the 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.

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.

Strange leaves job as ABC golf analyst

Combs hopes to groom team into a success

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.

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

San Jose's dream is ended by Calgary

Judge orders hockey player to remain jailed on charges he tried to have agent killed

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.

Judge orders hockey player to remain jailed on charges he tried to have agent killed
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- The relationship between St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton and his agent continued through hours of jailhouse conversations after Danton's arrest in an alleged plot to kill the agent, an FBI agent testified Friday.

Lawyer attacks Danton

Lightning try to correct errors
TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Lightning made a promise to themselves for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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

Reward is offered in teen's slaying
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office announced Saturday it is offering a $25,000 reward for anyone with information on the October homicide of 18-year-old Natalie Clark, of Hephzibah.

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
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

Iraq is turning into another Vietnam
So because of world criticism, or congressional scrutiny, the Army will now limit its interrogation procedures used for "Iraqi detainees." We've even got the liberal news media calling prisoners of this war on terror "detainees"! What a farce. These barbarians are not even prisoners of war, but criminals. Tim Altmix, Evans

Augusta's flaws have changed little

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

Cut out rowdy graduation days
Graduation time is here again. I would like to ask that when you are attending please be respectful of all of the graduates and their families. The past several graduation exercises that I attended turned out to be little more than shouting and screaming matches. Please remember that all families want to hear their loved one's name called as much as you do yours. Edith Flynt, Grovetown

Columnist has sudden change of heart
Ellen Goodman has finally reached a sane conclusion in regard to government giveaway programs, in this case: the prescription drug program. Ms. Goodman's liberal writings, though always colorful and wryly humorous, have finally matured enough to admit that government programs are baffling, wasteful and supremely ineffective. Why the change in heart? This program uncharacteristically occurred under a Republican administration. William J. Welsh, M.D., Augusta

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

Iraq is turning into another Vietnam

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

Berg slaying was a wake-up call

Focus on the things that matter

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

Race track noise isn't too loud

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.

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

'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.)

Augusta's flaws have changed little
I lived in the Augusta area for 30-odd years and since moved from the area. I read on ocassion the online version of The Augusta Chronicle. Here are a couple of things I will never miss about Augusta: Rodney Solesbee, Buffalo, S.C.

Adirondacks: Hikers need more than cell phones

Revolution evolution

Product review: Microsoft focuses on collaboration in latest Mac Office

Virginia: Guide for disabled travelers

Old Faithful Inn: Yellowstone landmark 100 years old

Health calendar

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

Family Hikes: Discuss trail safety - then hit the woods

Video game review: Painkiller revives simple, scary shooter genre

Weekend calendar

Black biography project opens the pages of history

New video games dazzle but demand powerful computers

Video game review: Painkiller revives simple, scary shooter genre
Simple yet unnerving, "Painkiller" is a splendidly horrific homage to classic first-person shooters like "Quake" and "Doom."

Health calendar
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New video games dazzle but demand powerful computers
LOS ANGELES -- Video game manufacturers often resort to techno-lingo to explain what they've done to make "Half-Life 2" more lifelike and "EverQuest 2" graphically stunning.

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.

Weekend calendar
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Black biography project opens the pages of history
BOSTON -- History has not been good to Onesimus.

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."

Product review: Microsoft focuses on collaboration in latest Mac Office
The latest Macintosh edition of Microsoft Corp.'s Office suite does text, e-mail, spreadsheets and presentations with aplomb. Then again, so did its previous versions.

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.

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.

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

Arrests are 2nd for meth suspects

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.

Arrest may alter school policy

Around town
Paddleboat the Robt. E. Lee owned by Freddie Duffie is locked out at the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam on its way down the Savannah River from Augusta. The water is raised to 14 feet and then lowered to 5 feet in the lock according to lock master Wendell Hall.

Lack of keepers raises red flag
Nearly 60 Augusta children taken from their parents lack guardians to look out for them, The Augusta Chronicle has learned.

Close shave
Principal Jon Pike watches his locks of hair fall as assistant principal Judy Bonadio does the honors of shaving his head in front of the school.

End-of-year tricks can lead to charges

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day isSaxel Kissinger Darko, 6 months, of Hephzibah.

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.

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.

Across Georgia
DECATUR - An apartment complex accused of falsely telling black customers there were no vacancies will pay as much as $180,000 to settle a federal lawsuit.

Check reveals no other offenders
After a cross check of the registry, officials say they have no other sex offenders in Columbia County classrooms.

Evans Middle official takes top job in Warren County

Senior year: Where did the cash go?

Police step up seat-belt watch

Suspect admits to role in death

Across the area

News you can use

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

Lack of keepers raises red flag

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.

Museum aims to be first stop on tour through state's history

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.

Rants and raves
FOR THE MAN WHO got caught with marijuana, the first four letters of his name spell him out correctly. D-U-M-B dumb.

Evans Middle official takes top job in Warren County
Evans Middle School Assistant Principal Vanessa Watkins is packing her bags and heading to Warren County.

Dive team inspects cracks found in dam

Across the area
Griselda Lopez, 15, the Silver Bluff High School honor student who faces deportation to Mexico, was adopted by her aunt and uncle Thursday, but it won't help her in her quest to become an American citizen, her attorney Glenda Bunce said Friday.

Group targets Beasley campaign

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.

State close to lifting tattoo ban

House OKs 2-year wait on closings

Soldier convicted of desertion

Wildlife also gets protection

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.

Board shifts focus to buses

Across the area

News you can use

Pupils could be kept behind

Tuition increases loom for students

Check reveals no other offenders

Driver sentenced to 5-year jail term

Augusta man faces child abuse charge

Pupils could be kept behind
Some Columbia County third-graders likely will detour to summer school before crossing the bridge to fourth grade.

Close shave

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

Reward is offered in teen's slaying

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.

Around town

Riding into summer
At first, the streets remained empty, except for pockets of chatting friends.

Soldier convicted of desertion
HINESVILLE, Ga. - Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia will sit in a military prison for one year, a free man in his own mind.

Senior year: Where did the cash go?
Some people make payments on their car.

Kolb is near top of list in Wichita
Augusta City Administrator George Kolb may be heading back to Kansas next week for another round of interviews with the Wichita City Council.

Augusta man faces child abuse charge
An Augusta man has been arrested in connection with the beating of a 2-year-old girl, who authorities said was incoherent and lethargic when taken to the hospital.

Across South Carolina
YORK - The York County sheriff is no longer allowing deputies to use patrol cars when they are off-duty to run errands because of rising gas prices.

Museum aims to be first stop on tour through state's history
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - As soon as Lydarius Tutt, 8, and his second-grade classmates entered the Discovery Center on Friday, they were overwhelmed with the history and artifacts that surrounded them.

Driver sentenced to 5-year jail term
A man whom authorities accused of causing an accident that seriously injured a passenger in his vehicle was sentenced to prison Friday.

Training sessions focus on worst-case scenarios
Robert Bassler looked at the blood-soaked man lying on the ground next to the stretcher and tried to offer some encouragement.

Parking bays could survive streetscaping
The parking bays on Broad Street might not have received a warm welcome from some when they were first opened in the 1970s. But these days, popular demand from Broad Street business owners just might save the bay's spaces after all.

Parking bays could survive streetscaping

Arrests are 2nd for meth suspects
Three people suspected of operating meth labs in two Augusta motel rooms were charged with doing the same thing in North Augusta just six months ago.

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.

Rants and raves
FOR THE MAN WHO got caught with marijuana, the first four letters of his name spell him out correctly. D-U-M-B dumb.

Around town

Across Georgia

Police step up seat-belt watch
Motorists not wearing seat belts in Richmond County should be prepared to pay next week, officials said Friday.

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.

Kid of the day

Kid of the day

Soldier testifies at court-martial

Letters spark investigation

Fund-raising campaign begins for planned Aiken center

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.

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

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.

Taste of Aiken delights patrons

News you can use
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.

Officers arrest three in meth lab operation

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.

Caseworker states quitting was forced

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.

Security heightens fears of deportation

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

News you can use
MAY 22, 1954 Augusta relatives of Capt. Michael Phillip Carroll, 32, U.S. Marine Corps, were unable yesterday to give any reason why the World War II veteran killed his three children, seriously injured his wife and then ended his life with a butcher knife. The tragedy occurred in Jacksonville, N.C., late Thursday.

Suspect admits to role in death
LOUISVILLE, Ga. - The Augusta man who waited in the car while a gunman robbed and killed a Summerville convenience store clerk pleaded guilty Friday.

Shattered Olympic dream won't slow down Whitfield
The Olympics officially begin in 82 days, but for Ray Whitfield they've been over for three months.

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

Best Sellers-Video
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission:

Filmmaker searches for objectivity in documentary about Al-Jazeera

"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.

Best Sellers-Video

Filmmaker searches for objectivity in documentary about Al-Jazeera
NEW YORK -- As journalists from around the world descended on Doha, Qatar, to cover the war in Iraq in early 2003, filmmaker Jehane Noujaim had another idea - reporting on the reporters.

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

Best Sellers-Audio
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission. (Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold.):

Best Sellers-Audio

Wallace puts it together
CONCORD, N.C. - Rusty Wallace wasn't the fastest driver during Friday night's qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge. And his pit crew wasn't the quickest.

Newman better off in 2004 even without winning
CONCORD, N.C. -- For Ryan Newman, losing races is working out pretty well so far this season.

Unser with new, untried team
INDIANAPOLIS -- When Al Unser Jr. looks around the Patrick Racing garage at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway he sees mostly unfamiliar faces.

Wallace puts it together

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.

Johnson joins new NASCAR committee on diversity

Elliott to miss all-star race for only the second time
CONCORD, N.C. - The Nextel All-Star Challenge won't have Bill Elliott in the field for only the second time ever.

Newman better off in 2004 even without winning

Bourdais takes Monterrey Grand Prix's provisional pole
MONTERREY, Mexico -- France's Sebastien Bourdais captured the provisional pole for the Monterrey Grand Prix on Friday, turning a fast lap of 1 minute, 15.978 seconds.

Bourdais takes Monterrey Grand Prix's provisional pole

Elliott to miss all-star race for only the second time

Unser with new, untried team

Drivers brace for 20th all-star race

New team, same Unser
INDIANAPOLIS - When Al Unser Jr. looks around the Patrick Racing garage at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway he sees mostly unfamiliar faces.

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.

Los Angeles takes Game 1
MINNEAPOLIS - Shaquille O'Neal and the Los Angeles Lakers gave an early preview of the tenacity and cool necessary to win in the Western Conference finals.

Pacers' O'Neal sits out practice with injured eye

Housekeeper killed in Houston area home owned by Shaq

Bryant jumping court to court

Carlisle faces familiar foe in Detroit
INDIANAPOLIS -- Like many in the basketball world, Jermaine O'Neal was puzzled when he heard the Detroit Pistons fired Rick Carlisle after 100 wins and two Central Division titles in two seasons.

Coach faces former team
INDIANAPOLIS - Like many in the basketball world, Jermaine O'Neal was puzzled when he heard the Detroit Pistons fired Rick Carlisle after 100 wins and two Central Division titles in two seasons.

Former NBA star Jayson Williams to face second trial on reckless manslaughter charge

Montgomery takes over at Golden State
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mike Montgomery admitted to Chris Mullin right away that he doesn't know all the inner workings of the NBA, and that honesty impressed Mullin.

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.

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

Housekeeper killed in Houston area home owned by Shaq
SUGAR LAND, Texas -- A housekeeper was stabbed to death Friday at a suburban Houston home owned by Los Angeles Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal.

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.

Former NBA star Jayson Williams to face second trial on reckless manslaughter charge
SOMERVILLE, N.J. -- Former NBA star Jayson Williams will be retried on a reckless manslaughter charge in the death of a limousine driver two years ago, prosecutors said Friday.

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.

Montgomery takes over at Golden State

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.

Carlisle faces familiar foe in Detroit

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

Young Pacers ready to go

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.

Pro basketball's first female coach stares down skeptics

Pistons cut down Nets

Weary Wolves get little rest between series

Bulger finally clear of Warner's shadow

Manning adjusting to life with Giants

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Rogge: athletes staying outside village responsible for own security

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.

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.

Greek police destroy time bomb found near Athens Olympic site

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.

Afghan Olympic team leaves to train on Greek island
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan's Olympic team left Friday for a Greek island training camp, where they'll hone their skills in hopes of putting this war-ravaged country back on the sporting map.

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

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."

It's time for America to enjoy some good news for a change
I don't know about you, but I am tired of hearing bad news. I am weary of all the blathering on radio talk shows, smug comments by know-it-all television commentators and photographs of innocent Americans being beheaded by cowardly lowlifes in Iraq. Thus, this week I will focus only on good news in the hopes that we can get things back into perspective. Won't you join me?

It's time for America to enjoy some good news for a change
I don't know about you, but I am tired of hearing bad news. I am weary of all the blathering on radio talk shows, smug comments by know-it-all television commentators and photographs of innocent Americans being beheaded by cowardly lowlifes in Iraq. Thus, this week I will focus only on good news in the hopes that we can get things back into perspective. Won't you join me?

Davenport wins in 36 minutes in Strasbourg

Navratilova prepares to bid adieu to Paris - really, this time

Real life to PROLIFE

Senior Showdown

FIFA lifts Cameroon's six-point penalty

Overtime

Overtime

Navratilova prepares to bid adieu to Paris - really, this time
PARIS -- Martina Navratilova has never been one to let others dictate what she should think, say or do. So it's really not too surprising that she'll compete at the French Open next week at age 47.

Overtime
In New Haven, Conn., all five Augusta State players improved on their first-round scores in Friday's second round of the NCAA East Regional, and kept the Jaguars' NCAA Division I championship hopes alive.

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.

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

Senior Showdown
Gavin Hamilton of Evans (left) goes for the ball against Richmond Academy's Havird Usry during the Columbia-Richmond Senior Soccer Bowl at Augusta Soccer Park on Friday. It was a clean sweep for Columbia County, winning the boys game, 2-0, and the girls game, 7-0. Thomson's Shannon Hampton also won the Jenny Clark Memorial Scholarship. Scores, 2C.

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

FIFA lifts Cameroon's six-point penalty
PARIS -- Cameroon's six-point penalty for wearing one-piece uniforms during the African Cup of Nations was lifted by soccer's governing body on Friday.

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

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

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.

Bulger finally clear of Warner's shadow
ST. LOUIS -- Though Marc Bulger is 18-3 as the St. Louis Rams' starting quarterback over the past two seasons, Friday was the first time he took the field as the unquestioned No. 1.

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.

Faith digest
THE RICHMOND COUNTY BACCALAUREATE SERVICE WILL BEGIN AT 3 P.M. SUNDAY AT THE AUGUSTA-RICHMOND COUNTY CIVIC CENTER, 601 SEVENTH ST

Reaching out
Lynn Kirkland sensed a new calling on his first mission trip to Africa in 1999 - to be an evangelist. A second trip confirmed it.

Author teaches the need to forgive
R.T. Kendall first prayed for Yasser Arafat in 1982. He never thought he would meet the Palestinian leader, but in the past two years he has visited with him four times.

Gay crisis fallout: Major changes proposed for 77 million Anglicans and Episcopalians
LONDON -- A written constitution, new powers for the archbishop of Canterbury, a looser federation of national churches - these ideas reportedly are among proposals being considered by a commission that is seeking a way to hold the Anglican Communion together.

Religion news in brief
SAN FRANCISCO -- Bishop William Swing of the Episcopal Church's Diocese of California says he suspended Bishop Otis Charles from clergy functions because he broke Swing's directive when he spoke publicly about entering a same-sex marriage.

Grease and God: Mechanics resurrect cars, jump-start spirituality
BOTHELL, Wash. -- Slumped over the wheel of a stubborn car that just won't start, many a desperate person has pleaded with God for help.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Shattered Olympic dream won't slow down Whitfield

'Adult Swim' puts Cartoon Network in the fast lane

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.

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

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

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.

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

Fox debuting new series across the calendar

'Bachelor' quarterback passes gives Jessica starting nod

'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
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.

Supreme Court denies media bid to drop gag order in Jackson case

People in the News

Doctors puzzled by man's shrinking brain

Odds and Ends

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

Men inaccurately classified as 'morons' want apology

Surf's up for high school athletes in Hawaii after sport made official

Boy fends off alligator

Air Force radios jamming garage door openers in Florida Panhandle

Odds and Ends

Religion news in brief

Faith digest

Faith Calendar

Author teaches the need to forgive

Grease and God: Mechanics resurrect cars, jump-start spirituality

Reaching out

Gay crisis fallout: Major changes proposed for 77 million Anglicans and Episcopalians