E.L. Doctorow lights out for the heartland

E.L. Doctorow lights out for the heartland
NEW YORK -- On a leisurely spring afternoon, author E.L. Doctorow sits for an interview in his office at New York University, a professorial figure with his high forehead and soft beard, his wry smile fitting for a man who always seems to be debating how much he's willing to tell.

Pittsburgh to hold first ever national performing-arts convention
PITTSBURGH -- For the first time, professional associations representing the performing arts will hold a convention next month to learn from each other and promote the arts.

John Tartaglia and Anika Noni Rose 2004 Clarence Derwent winners

Billy Joel signs book publishing deal with Scholastic

Portrait of George Washington sells for $6.2 million

John Tartaglia and Anika Noni Rose 2004 Clarence Derwent winners
NEW YORK -- John Tartaglia of "Avenue Q" and Anika Noni Rose of "Caroline, or Change" are winners of the 2004 Clarence Derwent Awards, given each year to the most promising performers on the New York stage.

Preserving American architectural gem a long, slow project

Billy Joel signs book publishing deal with Scholastic
NEW YORK -- First the Material Girl, now the Piano Man.

Met unveils gifts from art dealer son of Henri Matisse

Pittsburgh to hold first ever national performing-arts convention

Preserving American architectural gem a long, slow project
SPRING GREEN, Wis. -- Sunlight shimmers through panes of glass that reflect the lush green hills surrounding the main house at Taliesin.

Portrait of George Washington sells for $6.2 million
NEW YORK -- A Charles Willson Peale portrait of George Washington has sold for $6.2 million, a record for the artist.

Met unveils gifts from art dealer son of Henri Matisse
NEW YORK -- Pierre Matisse cuts a debonaire figure in an oil portrait by Baltus that introduces an engrossing survey at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of the late art dealer's personal collection.

Johnson's chance at back-to-back perfection ends in third inning
MIAMI -- Randy Johnson's bid to become the first pitcher to throw consecutive perfect games ended in the third inning Sunday.

Marlins stomp Diamondbacks ,11 - 2
MIAMI -- Luis Castillo shelved his switch-hitting skills and showed some rare power.

Johnson's chance at back-to-back perfection ends in third inning

Marlins stomp Diamondbacks ,11 - 2

The dryer ate my socks - what happened to my mind?

67-year-old to graduate from police academy
OMAHA, Neb. A 67-year-old University of Nebraska at Omaha professor is slated to graduate Tuesday from the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy in Tallahassee, Fla.

90-year-old woman earns GED
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. A 90-year-old woman who started her education in a one-room schoolhouse at a time when computers and overhead projectors didn't exist will receive her diploma next week.

Police looking at link between box of snakes and death of traveler
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Police are investigating a link between a mysterious box of venomous snakes and the death of a business traveler whose body was found in a rental car last week.

Braves take home series win
ATLANTA - Chipper Jones feels the same way about Sunday morning batting practice as he does about visits to his dentist.

Braves stuck in offensive swoon

Braves defeat Dodgers

Eight losses enough as Dodgers end skid

Braves take home series win

Eight losses enough as Dodgers end skid
ATLANTA - Gray clouds hung over Turner Field on Saturday afternoon.

Braves stuck in offensive swoon
ATLANTA -- One year ago, the Atlanta Braves overcame the exits of several top pitchers - including Tom Glavine and Kevin Millwood - by leading the National League in batting average, home runs and runs scored.

Braves defeat Dodgers
ATLANTA -- Mike Hampton isn't too proud of his record.

Crime linked to Wal-Mart Supercenters overwhelms small-town police

Boomers seeking ways to help fund care needs for aging parents, relatives
NEW YORK -- As their parents and other relatives age, many baby boomers are struggling to help finance their care at home or in institutions.

Business calendar

On the move
Matt Mills was promoted to vice president of Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial Corp. He is responsible for acquiring shopping centers and other income properties throughout the Southeast.

Good question

Communication keeps employees, management on track
Continuing on with our five key attributes of successful companies, No. 3 is communication. There are two types of business communications, internal and external. Most companies focus on external communications directed at the customer. Far less emphasis is devoted to internal communications.

On the move

UPS, FedEx have rivalry of contrasts
ATLANTA - Now and then, a purple-emblazoned delivery truck shows up with a package at the home of UPS Chief Executive Mike Eskew, whose company's vehicles are a familiar brown.

Good question
How can I save money on gasoline?

Cell-phone users free to find best deals, keep numbers
Cell phone users in the metro area, pick up. The call has come. The wait is over.

Crime linked to Wal-Mart Supercenters overwhelms small-town police
HARRISVILLE, Utah -- For the tiny police force in this bedroom community, the south end of town never caused much bother. Horses grazed in the green pastures, and for years two solitary bars provided the only late-night distractions for those who needed something to do.

UPS, FedEx have rivalry of contrasts

Boomers seeking ways to help fund care needs for aging parents, relatives

Cell-phone users free to find best deals, keep numbers

Communication keeps employees, management on track

Business calendar
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Enough petty politics; let's honor achievers

Enough petty politics; let's honor achievers
After watching another marathon Augusta Commission meeting that ended after 10:30 p.m., during which commissioners listened to themselves talk for two solid hours and voted five times on whether to cover up an old swimming pool at a park on Highland Avenue, City Ink is taking a week off from petty politics.

Clemson wins NCAA East Regional
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Clemson senior Gregg Jones shot a 4-under 66 Saturday to lead the Tigers to the NCAA East Region tournament in men's golf.

Clemson fights off Devils

Clemson fights off Devils
DURHAM, N.C. -- Russell Triplett went 3-for-5 with four RBIs to propel Clemson to a 9-6 victory over Duke on Saturday.

Gator Bowl makes list of BCS hopefuls
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Gator Bowl is among nine college football bowl games to remain in contention for a fifth Bowl Championship Series game out of 12 that expressed an interest to the BCS last month.

Gator Bowl makes list of BCS hopefuls

AU will pay $100,000 for basketball coaches search

Arafat's effect

Hydrogen is a good bet

What were they thinking?

Arafat's effect
Palestinians will rail and wail about the Israeli raids into Gaza - and they will hold aloft, in memory, the caskets of 10 protesters killed in a clash with Israeli troops this week.

Hydrogen is a good bet
Is it a gamble or is it visionary? Actually, it's both - but just what is the risk?

What were they thinking?
After it was found out that a 20-year-old registered sex offender, a junior at Harlem High School, had been arrested on charges of molesting a 15-year-old female student, the public was understandably outraged. Yet authorities - like elites in an ivory tower - were still tiptoeing around the controversy.

Greenspan redux
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan "is one of those Washington figures - the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover was another - whom it seems impossible to live without," Dan Ackman wrote for Forbes magazine in April 2003 while the venerable Fed chief was making the markets very nervous - by undergoing prostate surgery.

People in the News
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- At a time when the U.S. military is coming under fire, Sen. Elizabeth Dole chose to focus instead on the positive, saying American soldiers were "filling the pages of history with tales of heroism, courage and compassion," while winning the war on terrorism in Iraq.

As identity theft jumps, so do costly monitoring services

As identity theft jumps, so do costly monitoring services
NEW YORK -- With identity theft rampant, we need to be cautious with our personal information. But consumer advocates say there's something else we ought to be vigilant about: expensive services for identity theft protection.

Greed, scandal haunt Wall Street
NEW YORK - Right now, with visions of handcuffed executives and billions in scandal settlements still fresh in their memories, executives and corporations have ample reason to avoid misbehavior.

Greed, scandal haunt Wall Street

Georgia Tech routs Maryland
ABERDEEN, Md. -- Tyler Greene had three hits, including a home run, and drove in a career-high five runs to lead Georgia Tech to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship with an 18-6 rout of Maryland on Sunday.

Georgia Tech routs Maryland

Jackets ground Gnats
Augusta made three errors and gave up seven runs against the Savannah Sand Gnats on Sunday ... and won.

Ciofrone rallies Augusta
The defense doesn't always play well behind Augusta starter Jose Vaquedano. The right-hander has given up the most unearned runs (6) of all GreenJackets pitchers.

Minor league notebook
Former USC Aiken star Adam Riggs didn't record a hit until the 11th inning of his first game back with the Anaheim Angels. But the 11th-inning single scored the game-winning run as the Angels beat the New York Yankees 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Don't restrict life by living off a list

Steinhauer wins for first time in five years
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Sherri Steinhauer was walking with two friends just minutes after she won the Sybase Classic.

Golf roundup

Campbell's record leads to three-way tie at Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Chad Campbell learned to play golf in windy conditions growing up in the flatlands of west Texas. So, 20-25 mph winds at the Colonial didn't even faze him.

Flesch wins at Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Steve Flesch lost his focus when he realized he had a two-stroke lead with two holes to play at the Colonial.

Weibring wins another Midwest tournament
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- From start to finish, it was another successful trip to the Midwest for D.A. Weibring.

Weibring wins another Midwest tournament

Golf roundup
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - Bobby Walzel is a survivor. By Sunday afternoon, he could be a champion.

Steinhauer wins for first time in five years

Campbell's record leads to three-way tie at Colonial

Immelman wins by a stroke in Germany
ST. LEON-ROT, Germany -- South Africa's Trevor Immelman birdied the final hole and beat defending champion Padraig Harrington by a stroke Sunday to win the Deutsche Bank Open.

Irish women's strategy could be sobering to club

Flesch wins at Colonial

Scotland's Simon Yates wins in South Korea

Scotland's Simon Yates wins in South Korea
SEOUL, South Korea -- Scotland's Simon Yates shot a 2-under par 70 Sunday for a one-stroke victory in SK Telecom Open.

Irish women's strategy could be sobering to club
The latest blow for equality of the sexes hits where it hurts most.

Jackets ground Gnats

Ciofrone rallies Augusta

Minor league notebook

Byrd focuses on unofficial visits

Byrd focuses on unofficial visits
North Augusta wrapped up its spring practice last week and will hold its annual spring scrimmage on Tuesday. C.J. Byrd will share his thoughts over his recruitment and final season with the Yellow Jackets this summer and fall in a diary. Today is the second installment of that ongoing series.

Stanley Cup Finals Capsule
Capsule look at the Stanley Cup finals:

Lightning bolt into Cup final
TAMPA, Fla. - Given a second chance to clinch their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals, the Tampa Bay Lightning redeemed themselves.

Lightning go from laughingstock to Stanley Cup finals
TAMPA, Fla. -- Jassen Cullimore will never forget the days when the Tampa Bay Lightning were the laughingstock of the NHL. The memories make the club's first trip to the Stanley Cup finals that much sweeter.

Game 7 loss will haunt the Flyers

Stanley Cup Finals Capsule

Lightning bolt into Cup final

Game 7 loss will haunt the Flyers
TAMPA, Fla. -- The goaltender emerged as a star, the captain established himself as one of the game's best clutch performers and the team proved it can overcome many obstacles to win.

Lightning go from laughingstock to Stanley Cup finals

The dryer ate my socks - what happened to my mind?
Why do we lose stuff? Some think forgetfulness is the first indication of senility's check-in at one's mental motel.

War in Iraq was pre-emptive

President need not apologize
Regarding Anne Cook's letter ("Bush must own up to mistakes," May 13): She demands apologies from a president who, in my opinion, need not apologize for anything. Angela Neglia, Augusta

Get the facts before you bash

Choose leader by holy principles

Sports coverage was slipshod
I teach at a middle school that feeds to both Greenbrier and Evans high schools. I was shocked May 15 to see that all Evans garnered in the sports pages was the box scores of both games. They won in 10 innings in the first game. Hank McCladdie pitched all 10 innings of shutout baseball and Evans won in the bottom of the 10th on a single by Ken Raborn. Bill Dunham, Evans

Cheers for ARC's soccer champions

'Group think' mentality ruinous
Frequently, trouble erupts from a disconnect between self-image and reality. Last year, the slogan was "mission accomplished." Today, we see body counts soaring, dehumanizing behavior by a few of ours and horrific beheadings by some of theirs. Those merely top the list of unintended consequences. Tom Zwemer, Augusta

'Group think' mentality ruinous

Get the facts before you bash
In response to Anne Cook's letter "Bush must own up to mistakes" (May 13), let me remind her of a few facts. Terry Smith, North Augusta, S.C.

Choose leader by holy principles
When Americans vote Nov. 2, they should keep these sacred guidelines in their minds, hearts and souls when pressing the screen for president and other candidates for elective office: The Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

War in Iraq was pre-emptive
A senator from Oklahoma is outraged that we are outraged at the treatment of Iraqi prisoners. Well, I'm outraged at the lack of outrage concerning President Bush's pre-emptive war in Iraq.

'Cowardly' Bush-basher draws some more fire
Richard Renew's May 10 letter, "Cowardly Bush saves own skin," is a prime example of repeating a lie often enough in hopes that some people will believe it. I don't know if Mr. Renew is a Vietnam veteran; however, I will venture a guess that he is a liberal who repeats the lies of people like Michael Moore and Al Franken, the blowhard darlings of the left. Don Christian, Hephzibah

Evict squirrels the humane way
Robert Pavey needed more than a radio to evict squirrels from his attic ("Noisy house guests relocated," May 6). Carla Bennett, Norfolk, Va. (Editor's note: The writer is a senior writer for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Norfolk, Va.)

Cheers for ARC's soccer champions
Congratulations to Coach Chris Hughes and the Richmond Academy men's soccer team for an outstanding season that culminated with the AAA state championship. Playing host to the state title game in Richmond County was a first that made all of us extremely proud. Tim Spivey, Augusta

President need not apologize

Diet: New wine labels give low-carb lowdown

A southern plan that fits the East, West and North

Techbits: Phone printing, Virtual church, File-sharing defense, New DVD, Vietnam monitors

Latest weight-loss gimmick requires you to see the dentist

A rare but frightening prospect: Being awake during your own surgery

Fitness: Video game fans dance off extra pounds

Accessories, color make house a home

Adults finding fun and exercise in an old playground favorite: dodgeball

Property transfers

New high-resolution camera nears virtual reality

Couples should sit where hostess dictates

In the know

Techbits: Phone printing, Virtual church, File-sharing defense, New DVD, Vietnam monitors
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Too busy to stop and print out a crucial e-mail, text message or picture snapped with a camera-phone?

A southern plan that fits the East, West and North
People never tire of Colonial designs. Plan APWB-159 is an example of the time-tested Colonial approach that is modest in footprint and long on value.

Latest weight-loss gimmick requires you to see the dentist
ATLANTA -- It's hard enough to go on a diet. The latest dieting gimmick makes you go to the dentist, too.

Accessories, color make house a home
It's the little things that make a house a home, especially for Sharon and Nehemiah Abrams, whose three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Grovetown boasts a large collection of handmade and bargain-priced accessories.

Diet: New wine labels give low-carb lowdown
RUTHERFORD, Calif. -- Ever wonder if that full-bodied wine will leave you in a similar condition? Some wineries are tapping into consumers' low-carb cravings with new labels listing calorie and carbohydrate counts.

Property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for May 4-7. The date indicates when the transaction was recorded in the clerk's office:

Adults finding fun and exercise in an old playground favorite: dodgeball
PORTLAND, Ore. -- If you were one of those kids who never got picked for the dodgeball team, you get a second chance.

Couples should sit where hostess dictates
Dear Carson: My husband and I recently attended a seated wedding reception. There were place cards on the tables, and I was shocked to discover that my husband and I were not seated together. We were even at separate tables. I am a shy person and not very good with small talk, so this situation made me very uncomfortable. My husband refused to change the place cards, saying we had to sit where the hostess wanted us to sit. What do you think? - Seating Situation

New high-resolution camera nears virtual reality
NEW YORK -- When photographer Clifford Ross first saw Colorado's Mt. Sopris, he was so taken with the beauty of the mammoth formation that he jumped on the roof of his brother-in-law's car - denting it - to photograph the landscape.

In the know
Before Stephaine Strader met Keith Fell at Tybee Island, Ga., she had every intention of leaving the resort. Sometimes love has other plans.

A rare but frightening prospect: Being awake during your own surgery
McLEAN, Va. -- The pain in Carol Weihrer's eye was so severe she decided to have it surgically removed, believing it was the only way to get on with life.

Fitness: Video game fans dance off extra pounds
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Forget the image of paunchy video gamers holed up in a dark room, surrounded by sticky Twinkie wrappers and empty soda cans.

Kid of the Day

Welding teacher inspires students

Senior fulfills tradition at Evans
A lot of Evans Knights have galloped through the Brooks household. When the youngest child, Mary Brooks, accepted her diploma Saturday, she became the ninth in her family to graduate from Evans High School.

Sanford pushes sale of State Hospital property
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Governor Mark Sanford wants the 178-acre central campus of the State Hospital near downtown Columbia sold this year to put the estimated $32 million in proceeds toward the state's budget deficit. But local politicians question whether the state can line up the right developer in time.

Offices seek late tax money

Curtain rises Friday on Spoleto's 28th season
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Mikhail Baryshnikov in a new play, an 18-hour Chinese opera and performance artist DJ Spooky deconstructing "Birth of a Nation." Such an eclectic mix can only mean one thing: Spoleto Festival U.S.A.

Across the area

Plans to renovate historic station stalled
MACON, Ga. -- Macon is in danger of losing more than $885,000 in federal money to renovate a train station that served as the main hub in two world wars for transporting troops and was projected to link the city with the state's planned commuter rail.

Teachers question proposal to send top teachers to poor schools
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A recommendation by a University of South Carolina professor to require nationally certified teachers to work in poor or rural schools sounds like a bad idea to some South Carolina teachers.

Some Athens families worry that cheap housing may fall victim to development
ATHENS, Ga. -- Paying only $385 in rent, Gloria Garcia knows the one-bedroom apartment that she and her husband, two daughters and son share is small but it's affordable and near schools, the hospital and grocery stores.

Having a ball

State DOT says expect delays on Georgia roadways this summer
ATLANTA -- Drivers will face more roadwork equipment and disappearing lanes this summer as the state enters one of its busiest road construction seasons in years.

Curtain rises Friday on Spoleto's 28th season

Sheriff says school officials uncooperative in alleged molestation case
BUCHANAN, Ga. -- An 11-year-old Haralson County boy has been accused of molesting at least a dozen girls, but local law enforcement officials and parents claim school officials have blocked efforts to investigate the allegations.

Across the Southeast
BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. - The bombers came slow and low. First, a B-52, its lumbering body appearing massive against the blue sky. Next, a B-17, flying low over the Black Mountain Range with a P-51 Mustang flying escort at its flank.

Group rallying for monument to remember lynching victims
BOSTWICK, Ga. -- A small cast-aluminum plaque remembering the four victims of a 1946 lynching at Moore's Ford Bridge in Walton County currently marks the site of the notorious slayings, but a local group is rallying to erect a much larger memorial.

Inmates say sheriff used their labor

Military police unit returns from Iraq
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Soldiers from the Army's 214th Military Police Company returned from Iraq to the welcoming arms of friends and family at Fort Benning, although the celebration was tempered by the loss of one of their own in the war.

Correction
Some of today's editions of The Augusta Chronicle have an incorrect list of graduates for Lincoln County High School in the Best and Brightest section.

Welding teacher inspires students
It's not uncommon to hear welding students talking about the stock market, classical music or healthy habits in Thomas Lyles' class at Augusta Technical College.

Military police unit returns from Iraq

Having a ball
Kevin Martin/StaffHaving a ballCesar Almazan, 6, plays with a soccer ball at Riverview Park in North Augusta. Cesar visited the park Sunday with his family, and his father joined him in the soccer game.

Across South Carolina

Across the area
Three Aiken County men, including two volunteer firefighters, were arrested early Sunday and charged with intentionally setting a fire near the intersection of S.C. Highway 19 and Old Friar Road, police said.

Sheriff hopefuls seek out support

Across the southeast
LARGO, FLA. - A 2-year-old girl was run over and killed when she chased after her father, who was letting a 12-year-old boy drive a car in a parking lot.

Across Georgia

Graduates end school with prayer
Church and state came together in an uncommon fellowship Sunday.

Sanford pushes sale of State Hospital property

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A recommendation by a University of South Carolina professor that nationally certified teachers be required to work in poor or rural schools sounds like a bad idea to some South Carolina teachers.

Correction

Across Georgia
BUCHANAN - An 11-year-old Haralson County boy has been accused of molesting at least a dozen girls, but local law enforcement officials and parents say school officials have blocked efforts to investigate the allegations.

Grovetown law would regulate adult entertainment
Columbia County doesn't have an adult entertainment business, but that's not stopping Grovetown officials from looking for a way to control the establishments.

NAACP observes impact of decision
Standing before the congregation at New Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Dr. James A. Hogan Sr. grabbed the attention of an audience that convened to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education ruling Sunday.

GBI, Russian police join for arrest

Teen stays in town to lead team
Winning homecoming queen, prom queen, Miss Senior and female athlete of the year would be impressive for any high school graduate.

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

Couple ties knot in roaring style while gunshots blare

DeMint upholds his stand on trade
AIKEN - In the high-stakes game of a political campaign, U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint has bet all his chips on a pat free-trade hand nobody thought he would still be holding.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Grace Carline Jansen,12, of Evans.

Letter ends teaching plan
ATLANTA - Retiring U.S. Sen. Zell Miller says he'd love to return to teaching when he leaves office next year.

State looks for with accurate way to measure tourism dollars

Offices seek late tax money
If you haven't paid your 2003 Richmond County tax bill and think maybe the tax office has forgotten about it, think again. Legal proceedings are forthcoming.

Plans to renovate historic station stalled

Across the southeast

Teachers question proposal to send top teachers to poor schools

Kid of the day

School district fears transfers
AIKEN - Aiken County School District officials are bracing for an avalanche of school-transfer expenses and logistical problems this summer caused by the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Group rallying for monument to remember lynching victims

Teen stays in town to lead team

The week ahead

School district fears transfers

Driver leaves scene after injuring 2 men

Across the Southeast

Some Athens families worry that cheap housing may fall victim to development

Senior fulfills tradition at Evans

Businesses save by flying

Graduates end school with prayer

NAACP observes impact of decision

Five questions with Charles Simpkins

Fund-raiser serves up treats, tunes
Jason Sabo and his wife, Kambria, picked a great day to give their 14-month-old son, Christian Sabo, a chance to use his newest skill - walking.

Businesses save by flying
AIKEN - When Avondale Mills Inc. executives need to fly halfway across the country, they get to their destination on time with no risk of losing their luggage.

News you can use

Sheriff hopefuls seek out support
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - If you live in Edgefield County, you'd have to be blind not to know there's a sheriff's race going on.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for the person who said teen clubs are the reason children are in the position they are in today. No, the reason is because of a lack of caring parents, such as yourself, who want other people to raise their children for them.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for the person who said teen clubs are the reason children are in the position they are in today. No, the reason is because of a lack of caring parents, such as yourself, who want other people to raise their children for them.

The week ahead
While it may not have been the best movie of last year (my vote goes to the far trimmer and tauter Master and Commander) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King certainly has to qualify as the most anticipated. On Tuesday, the first of two DVD releases of the film hits the shelves. A fitting wrap-up for what has to be one of the greatest achievements in extended cinematic storytelling, the final Rings installment might meander a bit, but remains a fine, effective and affecting piece of cinema. It's this week's somewhat obvious Best Bet. Here's what else is going on.

Ex says man broke in, beat her
An Augusta man was arrested over the weekend after his ex-wife accused him of breaking into her house and beating her, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Driver leaves scene after injuring 2 men
Two people were seriously injured in a collision at the intersection of Ninth and Reynolds streets Sunday night, police said.

DeMint upholds his stand on trade

Fund-raiser serves up treats, tunes

Across Georgia

Ex says man broke in, beat her

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A federal appeals court has ruled that payday lenders may not continue to operate while they challenge the new state law seeking to put them out of business.

Sheriff extends reward for help

Grovetown law would regulate adult entertainment

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Thomas Jacob Bell

Sheriff extends reward for help
Seven months after the killing of 18-year-old Natalie Clark, of Hephzibah, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office announced Saturday that it is offering a $25,000 reward for anyone with new information about her death.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Ten people have been indicted in a mortgage fraud scheme, U.S. Attorney J. Strom Thurmond Jr. said.

Lowcountry officials hope low air fares will draw more tourists
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Efforts to lure tourists and new businesses to the Lowcountry should get easier with the introduction of a new discount carrier at the Charleston airport, officials say.

Inmates say sheriff used their labor
MILLEN, Ga. - It's been a sweet arrangement for a small-town sheriff who's also a logger and a landlord.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Couple ties knot in roaring style while gunshots blare
BEECH ISLAND - Two of civilization's most serious rituals highlighted Saturday's Beech Island Heritage Day at Granville Plantation - a wedding and a duel, both held on the grounds of the stately antebellum mansion.

GBI, Russian police join for arrest
ATLANTA - The Russians were watching Dr. Gregory Kapordelis for about six weeks. Prompted by a tip in early March from the Grand Europe Hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia, a police officer there began investigating whether the Gainesville, Ga., anesthesiologist was flying to Russia to have sex with boys, some as young as 12.

State looks for with accurate way to measure tourism dollars
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Revised figures show Grand Strand tourism had fewer tourists in recent years and suffered more following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks than previous statistics indicated.

Five questions with Charles Simpkins
Charles Simpkins, head custodian at Aiken High School, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Humility in the humidity good for team
As baseball enters the sweltering season in Atlanta, it's not so much getting beat that defines these Braves, it's the humility.

Don't restrict life by living off a list
As I was lying back on the cot, a river of blood draining from my arm into a plastic bag, I thought about all the questions they had asked me to make sure I was a suitable donor.

Film festival offers happiness hints from the disabled
NEW YORK -- A documentary director whose film was picked up by HBO says he can understand why some people might be hesitant to attend a film festival this weekend spotlighting men and women with Down syndrome, autism and other disabilities.

'Shrek 2' clobbers box office with $104.3 million

Film festival offers happiness hints from the disabled

Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' wins top honor at Cannes Film Festival

'Shrek 2' clobbers box office with $104.3 million
LOS ANGELES -- It's a humongous "happily ever after" for "Shrek 2."

Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' wins top honor at Cannes Film Festival
CANNES, France -- American filmmaker Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," a scathing indictment of White House actions after the Sept. 11 attacks, won the top prize Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival.

Q&A: Trapt rocker Chris Brown

Lila Downs crosses borders musical, cultural and spiritual
MEXICO CITY -- In the movie "Frida," Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky tells Frida Kahlo that her paintings "express what everyone feels: that they are alone, and suffering."

DeGarmo already making plans for first album

Radiohead guitarist to become the BBC's composer in residence

DeGarmo already making plans for first album
ATLANTA -- As American Idol fans prepare for one more night of speed-dialing for their favorites, Diana DeGarmo says she already feels like a winner.

Jill Scott readies follow-up to double-platinum 2000 debut

Lila Downs crosses borders musical, cultural and spiritual

DVD Review: Busta Rhymes, "Everything Remains Raw" (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
The Phoenix, Ariz., audience bobbing their heads in Busta Rhymes new concert DVD, "Everything Remains Raw," seems enthused. The rapping Rhymes, on the other hand, appears to be looking for a reason to stay excited, and fails.

Radiohead guitarist to become the BBC's composer in residence
LONDON -- Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood will become the British Broadcasting Corp.'s new composer in residence and will write a new work for one of its radio stations.

Q&A: Trapt rocker Chris Brown
Trapt lead singer Chris Brown spent high school dodging cops who wanted to bust his after-school parties and trying to convince his skeptical parents that he could pull off a career in rock 'n' roll.

Jill Scott readies follow-up to double-platinum 2000 debut
NEW YORK -- Jill Scott's debut album, released four years ago, sold more than two million copies, garnered her critical acclaim and answered the question posed by its title: "Who Is Jill Scott?"

Kenseth passes Newman to win All-Star Challenge

Schumacher's winning streak stops at Monaco
MONTE CARLO, Monaco -- Formula One can count on this much: Michael Schumacher will not win every race this season.

Roush gets victory, headaches in All-Star Challenge
CONCORD, N.C. -- Jack Roush won NASCAR's All-Star Challenge for the second time, and with it, the longtime car owner pocketed a large portion of the $1 million prize.

Fans flock to race to show spirit
CONCORD, N.C. - The Charlotte area proved again Saturday night it loves stock car racing and it won't give up the Nextel All-Star Challenge without a fight.

Indy field filled; Ray leads final qualifiers

Marlin wins Nextel Open, Schrader voted into All-Star Challenge
CONCORD, N.C. -- Two new tires were enough to get Sterling Marlin to the big show - barely.

Truex Jr. wins thrilling final Busch race at Nazareth
NAZARETH, Pa. -- Martin Truex Jr. led for just one lap in the final NASCAR Busch Series race at Nazareth Speedway on Sunday, yet still managed his series-best fourth win of the season.

Fans flock to race to show spirit

Edwards' mistake lets Setzer keep streak alive
CONCORD, N.C. - Dennis Setzer took the lead when Carl Edwards inexplicably slowed for what he thought was a caution with four laps left, and Setzer held on Friday night to win the Infineon 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Marlin wins Nextel Open, Schrader voted into All-Star Challenge

Schumacher's winning streak stops at Monaco

Edwards' mistake lets Setzer keep streak alive

Roush gets victory, headaches in All-Star Challenge

Champ proving self to others
CONCORD, N.C. - Vindication came with a $1 million payday and a sense of satisfaction that was priceless for Matt Kenseth on Saturday night.

Truex Jr. wins thrilling final Busch race at Nazareth

Kenseth passes Newman to win All-Star Challenge
CONCORD, N.C. -- Matt Kenseth drove the final 20 laps as hard as he could, with a nervous energy he hasn't felt since his first victory.

Indy field filled; Ray leads final qualifiers
INDIANAPOLIS -- For Greg Ray, it was worth the wait.

Timberwolves even series
MINNEAPOLIS -- Even without injured Sam Cassell, the Minnesota Timberwolves had the energy and attitude to even the Western Conference finals.

Shaq stands tall for Los Angeles
MINNEAPOLIS - Shaquille O'Neal scooped up the racquetball, examined it in his massive hands and began to dribble it nimbly between his legs, never interrupting his conversation.

Wallace struggles in Game 1, guarantees victory

Shaq stands tall for Los Angeles

Wallace struggles in Game 1, guarantees victory
INDIANAPOLIS -- When the Detroit Pistons acquired Rasheed Wallace from the Atlanta Hawks at the trade deadline, many thought the balance of power had shifted in the East.

AU will pay $100,000 for basketball coaches search
AUBURN, Ala. -- Chicago-based executive recruiter John Mengelt will be paid $100,000 by Auburn University for his role in finding new head basketball coaches for the men's and women's programs.

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Afghan Olympic team arrives in Greece
ATHENS, Greece -- After an eight-year absence from the Olympics, an Afghan team of five athletes - including the country's first female participants - arrived Saturday to train for the Athens Games.

Gatson has traveled long, hard road to get to Athens
Jason Gatson's dream of going to the Olympics was as strong as ever when he went home to California in the spring of 2002.

Gatson has traveled long, hard road to get to Athens

Groom wins singles rowing final
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Conal Groom pulled ahead of Adam Holland with two strokes left to win the men's single sculls finals Sunday at the non-qualified Olympic small boat trials on Lake Mercer.

Rulon Gardner takes 1-0 lead in Olympic wrestling trials
INDIANAPOLIS -- Rulon Gardner, the surprise star of the Sydney Games, defeated national champion Dremiel Byers 2-1 in overtime Sunday to take the lead in their best-of-three series to decide a spot on the U.S. Olympic wrestling team in Athens.

Rulon Gardner takes 1-0 lead in Olympic wrestling trials

This force could rival U.S. military
There's a force out there that may surpass even the United States military in its ability to induce change in the world.

This force could rival U.S. military
There's a force out there that may surpass even the United States military in its ability to induce change in the world.

Trio's resurgence began at Roland Garros

Coria rested and ready to bid for first Grand Slam title

Floyd Mayweather Jr. sets sights on 140-pound title

Serena has designs on French title

Armstrong wins final stage in tuneup race

Shirley rides to Criterium victory

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Williams returns to her day job: Grand Slam tennis

Area sports announcements

Julio Cesar Chavez says 'adios' to Mexico with victory

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Augusta State won't be going to the NCAA Division I Championship this year after a disappointing showing in the East Regional.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. sets sights on 140-pound title
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Victorious in his 140-pound debut, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has his sights set on a third world title.

Even casual fans drawn to Smarty
BENSALEM, Pa. - The letters, calls and e-mails arrive so fast that trainer John Servis can't keep up.

Armstrong wins final stage in tuneup race
SETE, France -- Lance Armstrong won the final stage of the Languedoc-Roussillon cycling race Sunday, picking up the pace in his preparations for a July attempt at a sixth straight Tour de France title.

Shirley rides to Criterium victory
Maggie Shirley rolled down Broad Street one final time with all the pace of a leisurely Sunday ride in the park.

Williams returns to her day job: Grand Slam tennis
PARIS -- En route to the French Open, Serena Williams paid a visit to the Cannes Film Festival. She enjoyed the glamour of it all, saw some movies, and even chatted with Tom Hanks about acting.

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Coria rested and ready to bid for first Grand Slam title
PARIS -- Guillermo Coria is ready to start a new winning streak at the French Open.

Julio Cesar Chavez says 'adios' to Mexico with victory
MEXICO CITY - It was one of the boxing matchups of the century - last century.

Serena has designs on French title
PARIS - Serena Williams calls it a tribute to the Moulin Rouge, but Paris has never seen anything like this.

Trio's resurgence began at Roland Garros
PARIS - Heading into the 2003 French Open, Andy Roddick, Roger Federer and Juan Carlos Ferrero were brimming with potential and had little to show for it.

Outdoors calendar

Reel big fish
specialReel big fishGreg Story of Evans took a break from baseball practice last week to enjoy a fishing trip with Clint Hardy. The 15-year-old Greenbrier High School student landed this 10-pound striper while casting a striker plug in deep water. Hybrids and striped bass are schooling this month and generating lots of smiles among local anglers.HANDOUT PHOTO VIA SOURCE 5-18-04

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NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Deer harvest increase might be temporary
Georgia's deer harvest rose to a record 484,000 during the 2003-04 season, representing a 74,000-deer increase over the previous year, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Pope tells U.S. bishops that church needs to do more in support of marriage
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II said Saturday the Catholic Church needs to do more to help encourage lasting marriages, saying the secular world has lost sight of the religious aspects of matrimony.

Deer harvest increase might be temporary

Humility in the humidity good for team

TV schedule announcements illustrate industry's fast pace of change

Journalist Bill Moyers: A Peabody winner, and one of a kind

Ellen DeGeneres rebounds after career slump - and comes out on top

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
The death toll so far is nearly 800 victims of a virus released in a Los Angeles hotel. More of the deadly virus is due to be released within minutes, guaranteeing countless more deaths.

Felicity Huffman teams with husband William H. Macy in 'Reversible Errors'

TV schedule announcements illustrate industry's fast pace of change
NEW YORK -- The first new fall series that ABC showed off last week was "Wife Swap," a family friendly show involving real-life moms trading homes for two weeks and inexplicably given a 10 p.m. time slot after kids have gone to bed.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

Ellen DeGeneres rebounds after career slump - and comes out on top
LOS ANGELES -- If Ellen DeGeneres is carrying heavy baggage these days, it's only because she's stuffed it with Emmys.

Journalist Bill Moyers: A Peabody winner, and one of a kind
NEW YORK -- Bill Moyers walks with Dora the Explorer and paper company branch manager David Brent.

TV networks setting the board for fall's big game
NEW YORK - It's spring, but the networks are ready for fall.

Felicity Huffman teams with husband William H. Macy in 'Reversible Errors'
LOS ANGELES -- Felicity Huffman is on her cell as she enters the restaurant for an interview. She's talking to husband William H. Macy, who's half a world away filming the adventure "Sahara."

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Georgia beats South Carolina
ATHENS, Ga. -- Justin Holmes hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning and Georgia clinched the East Divison title in the Southeastern Conference with a 6-4 win over South Carolina on Saturday.

Georgia loses to Washington in regional softball final
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia's softball team missed out on the College World Series, losing to Washington 3-1 Sunday in the regional final.

Georgia beats South Carolina

South Carolina tops Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. -- South Carolina's Landon Powell hit three solo home runs to power the Gamecocks to an 8-2 victory Sunday that kept Georgia from capturing the Southeastern Conference baseball championship outright.

South Carolina tops Georgia

Police looking at link between box of snakes and death of traveler

90-year-old woman earns GED

67-year-old to graduate from police academy

Pope tells U.S. bishops that church needs to do more in support of marriage