John Tartaglia and Anika Noni Rose 2004 Clarence Derwent winners

Portrait of George Washington sells for $6.2 million

Cleaning of Michelangelo's 'David' is completed
FLORENCE, Italy -- The contested cleaning of "David" is done, with decades of grayish grime stripped from Michelangelo's towering tribute to nude male beauty months ahead of 500th anniversary celebrations for the masterpiece.

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.

Preserving American architectural gem a long, slow project

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.

Curtain rises Friday on eclectic Spoleto Festival's 28th season
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Mikhail Baryshnikov in a new play. An 18-hour Chinese opera. Performance artist DJ Spooky with his own "Birth of a Nation."

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.

Cleaning of Michelangelo's 'David' is completed

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.

Curtain rises Friday on eclectic Spoleto Festival's 28th season

Met unveils gifts from art dealer son of Henri Matisse

Vermeer to be auctioned goes on display in New York
NEW YORK -- A painting by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer that until recently was thought to be a fake is briefly on display in New York this week before it goes on sale in London this summer.

A's starting to click as they head to Boston

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

Poor start leaves Mariners struggling for answers
SEATTLE -- They've been one of baseball's top teams in recent years, winning a remarkable 116 games only three seasons back.

Marlins cream Diamondbacks
MIAMI -- Juan Pierre drove in four runs, Ramon Castro broke out of a season-long slump with three RBIs and the Florida Marlins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 13-5 Monday.

Glavine throws one-hitter
NEW YORK -- If there was one lesson to be learned from Tom Glavine's brilliant one-hitter against the Colorado Rockies, the New York Mets' left-hander thought it was obvious.

A-Rod enjoys first trip back to Texas

Nasty Newman

A-Rod enjoys first trip back to Texas
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Alex Rodriguez came back to Texas this weekend bracing for the worst. He left with some pleasant memories.

Glavine throws one-hitter

Brewers' Helms out up to four weeks
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers third baseman Wes Helms will miss two-to-four weeks after having surgery Monday on his strained right knee.

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.

A's starting to click as they head to Boston
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mark McLemore watched from afar as the Oakland Athletics used second-half surges the past two seasons to spoil the playoff hopes of his former team, the Seattle Mariners.

Poor start leaves Mariners struggling for answers

Countdown begins to Junior's 500th
CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. knows what he'll do when he hits home run No. 500.

Brewers' Helms out up to four weeks

SEC coaches ask for all 12 teams
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - If it were up to Tennessee coach Rod Delmonico, the Volunteers wouldn't have needed to win two of three games over the weekend to earn a spot in this week's Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.

SEC coaches ask for all 12 teams

Nasty Newman
The grosser "Monkeyhands" can act against North Forsyth this afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the Georgia High School Association Class AAAA playoffs, the better off Greenbrier will be.

Farr signs with Reds
Ashley Farr's whirlwind weekend extended to Monday as he left Columbia for Sarasota, Fla.

Marlins cream Diamondbacks

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.

Odds and Ends
CROWN POINT, Ind. -- Plenty of lawyers have dogs - but how many dogs have lawyers?

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.

Rock from highway overpass kills motorist in Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A passenger in a sport utility vehicle was killed Monday by a rock dropped from a highway overpass, authorities said.

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

Braves defeat Dodgers

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 start series with win
MONTREAL - OK, it may be the baseball equivalent of the 12-year-old throwing a hammerlock on his kid brother. If this were the family room, the Braves might have given the kid an atomic wedgie, too.

Braves take home series win

Online advertising hits record in first quarter

Online retailers collectively reach profitability

Online retailers collectively reach profitability
NEW YORK -- Online retailers collectively made a profit last year for the first time as sales jumped a better-than-expected 51 percent, in a sign of continued resilience in e-commerce, an industry survey found.

Mortgage lenders getting more creative as business wanes
NEW YORK - With the Federal Reserve widely expected to hike interest rates as soon as next month, mortgage lenders are hoping to keep business profitable by luring consumers with new terms.

Ford unveils latest version of profitable F-Series Super Duty pickup
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Ford Motor Co. is preparing for production of its latest F-Series Super Duty pickup, one of the automaker's most profitable vehicles.

SABMiller bids for Chinese brewery, setting stage for takeover battle
SHANGHAI, China -- SABMiller, the maker of Miller Lite beer, has formally launched an unsolicited takeover bid to buy the rest of China's fourth-largest brewery for $390 million.

Online advertising hits record in first quarter
NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - Internet advertising revenue reached about $2.3 billion in the first quarter, a record for a single quarter, in the latest sign the industry is poised this year to surpass its bubble-era peak.

Judge rules government can seek tobacco industry profits
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge ruled Monday that the government can seek billions in tobacco industry profits as part of a civil racketeering suit against cigarette manufacturers.

Mortgage lenders getting more creative as business wanes

Saudi oil minister says $30-$34 per barrel is 'fair' price for oil
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Saudi Arabia's oil minister, the most powerful voice in OPEC, said Monday that he believed $30-$34 per barrel was a "fair and reasonable price" for oil in the United States, though he added that the group had no plans to change its preferred benchmark price range of $22-$28.

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

Spitzer files suit against Grasso, NYSE, Langone
NEW YORK -- The state attorney general's office sued former New York Stock Exchange chief Richard Grasso, the exchange itself and a former board member Monday, saying Grasso's $187.5 million compensation package was "wholly inappropriate and illegal."

Knology grows in five years

Knology grows in five years
Knology Inc. probably won't be looking for gifts of wood included with its cable payments.

Business briefs

Good question
How can I save money on gasoline?

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

Biweekly survey finds U.S. gas prices up 14 cents
LOS ANGELES -- After crossing the $2 threshold, gas prices across the country have continued to rise - and show no signs of slowing their climb, according to an industry analyst.

Biweekly survey finds U.S. gas prices up 14 cents

Oil price settles at new high of $41.72 per barrel
WASHINGTON -- The price of oil reached a new high Monday, settling at $41.72 per barrel as traders shrugged off Saudi Arabia's latest pledge to boost production one week ahead of the busy summer driving season.

Business briefs
Solo Cup Co. recently went 365 days without an employee having to take time off or modify his work because of injury.

Good question

Oil price settles at new high of $41.72 per barrel

Saudi oil minister says $30-$34 per barrel is 'fair' price for oil

Spitzer files suit against Grasso, NYSE, Langone

Ford unveils latest version of profitable F-Series Super Duty pickup

SABMiller bids for Chinese brewery, setting stage for takeover battle

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.

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.

Judge rules government can seek tobacco industry profits

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.

AU will pay $100,000 for basketball coaches search

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.

Back charter schools
Charter schools have not made much headway in South Carolina because local school districts see them as a nuisance or, even worse, as competition. The result is that very few charter schools have gotten a green light from the local districts.

Hydrogen is a good bet

Toward safer buses
Isn't it odd that the state is really strict about requiring children to be properly buckled up in cars and trucks, but on school buses there's no mandate for safety restraints at all?

Back charter schools

Toward safer buses

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

People in the News
CINCINNATI -- Goldie Hawn said she suffered from depression and anxiety early in her career before years of therapy helped her discover the healing power of laughter.

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.

Actor Christopher Reeve offers insight at commencement ceremony
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Actor Christopher Reeve told Middlebury College's graduating class Sunday that they should not lose sight of the difference they can make in the world, adding that "inaction is unacceptable."

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.

Stocks end mixed on oil price worries
NEW YORK -- A renewed rise in oil prices stifled a rally on Wall Street Monday, leaving stocks mixed and investors worrying that oil will climb further despite Saudi Arabia's vow to boost production.

As identity theft jumps, so do costly monitoring services

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities rose in Monday's auction.

Big Movers in the Stock Market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

Campbell Soup profits rise 10 percent in third quarter
CAMDEN, N.J. -- Campbell Soup Co.'s profit rose 10 percent in its third fiscal quarter, with favorable currency exchange rates offsetting increased promotional spending and lower volume.

Tokyo stocks higher on bank gains, dollar rises against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks edged higher Monday as investors bought bank issues on expectations the big four banks will deliver solid earnings results. The U.S. dollar was up against the yen.

EMI reports full-year loss, fall in sales
LONDON -- Music company EMI Group PLC said Monday it lost about $127.4 million in its latest fiscal year as sales continued to fall, but added that the music market showed signs of improving.

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

Lucent acquiring Internet phone provider Telica for $295 million in stock
MURRAY HILL, N.J. -- Lucent Technologies has agreed to buy Telica, a privately held Internet phone service provider, for about $295 million in stock and options, the telecommunications giant announced Monday.

Campbell Soup profits rise 10 percent in third quarter

Dollar weakened by rising oil prices
NEW YORK - Surging oil prices sent the dollar down Monday, except against the yen.

Tokyo stocks higher on bank gains, dollar rises against yen

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.

Don't restrict life by living off a list

Flesch wins at Colonial

Wie exempt into Women's Open
FAR HILLS, N.J. - Michelle Wie received a special exemption Monday to play in the U.S. Women's Open, the first time an amateur has been given a free pass to the biggest tournament in women's golf.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Steinhauer wins for first time in five years

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.

Weibring wins another Midwest tournament

Jackets ground Gnats

Vanek waiting on Sabres to make him an offer
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- First-round draft pick Thomas Vanek is prepared to return to Minnesota for his junior year if he doesn't get an offer from the Buffalo Sabres.

Stanley Cup Finals Capsule

Vanek waiting on Sabres to make him an offer

Game 7 loss will haunt the Flyers

Lightning go from laughingstock to Stanley Cup finals

Mirror image: Lightning, Flames are similar teams with the same goal
TAMPA, Fla. -- Their aggressive styles are so similar, their coaches so alike, their players so interchangeable, the Tampa Bay Lightning probably could swap jerseys with the Calgary Flames midway through the Stanley Cup final without the casual fan realizing it.

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.

Mirror image: Lightning, Flames are similar teams with the same goal

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

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.

You can't have enough Williams, Bills, Willies ...
What an author likes to write most is his signature on the back of a check.

Chemical warehouse fire forces evacuations east of Atlanta
CONYERS, Ga. -- A huge fire broke out in a chemical warehouse Tuesday morning, setting off multiple explosions and prompting residents over a large area to evacuate.

Cosby was right: Save our children
I am glad Bill Cosby came out with remarks that rocked certain establishments in this country (Editor's note: In a May 17 speech, Mr. Cosby chastized some lower-income blacks in his citing of a statistic that 50 percent of black males in inner cities are dropping out of school). Thad Mohler, Augusta

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

'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

'Boston Globe' rape story was a fake
In rebuttal to Brenda Turner's May 19 letter ("Columnist misses mark on defining atrocity"), I'd like to say that Walter Williams had hit the point with his "Humiliating? Yes, Atrocity? No" column. Michael K. Rockwell, Augusta

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

'Boston Globe' rape story was a fake

Same-sex marriage is abomination
Lynzi Morrison's March 23 letter stating that same-sex marriage means equal rights is as far from the truth as East is from West. The Rev. Sam Tanksley Jr., Augusta

Choose leader by holy principles

Government slips on autism report
The May 18 release of the Institute of Medicine's report on autism and vaccines clearly indicates there is no connection between mercury in vaccines and autism, despite evidence to the contrary. Therefore, federal public health agencies have clearly signaled they are now abandoning important autism research and a gereration of children with the disorder. Maurine Meleck, North Augusta (Editor's note: The writer represents Unlocking Autism of South Carolina and is the grandmother of an autistic child.)

A southern plan that fits the East, West and North

New type of training picks up speed among weekend athletes

Astronauts forced to take tougher spacewalk next month

New high-resolution camera nears virtual reality

State of Vermont listed among most endangered places

Seniors calendar

Latest weight-loss gimmick requires you to see the dentist

Farmers turn to Web for help keeping their businesses growing

Fitness: Video game fans dance off extra pounds

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

Boogie Sisters perform wartime music

Boogie Sisters perform wartime music
When the United States plunged into World War II in 1941, the Andrews Sisters helped lift the nation's mood with cheerful, upbeat songs such as I'll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time and Rum and Coca-Cola.

State of Vermont listed among most endangered places
WASHINGTON -- Famous for its fall foliage, quaint towns and covered bridges, the state of Vermont - and its charm - is threatened by a corporate behemoth, a nonprofit preservation group warned on Monday.

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.

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.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

Farmers turn to Web for help keeping their businesses growing
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- When Stanley Blunier needs help deciding when to buy crop insurance or how to keep track of his stored grain, he doesn't consult pricey professionals. He jumps online.

Astronauts forced to take tougher spacewalk next month
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA ruled Monday that U.S. spacesuits on the international space station are unusable and ordered the crew to use Russian gear instead, adding considerable time and distance to a critical spacewalk next month.

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.

New type of training picks up speed among weekend athletes
RICHMOND, Va. -- George Dintiman can remember when he trained athletes to hold a rope strapped to a motor scooter and run behind the moving bike. Keeping up with the bike was supposed to make them faster. It was pretty out there for the time, he admits, but it worked.

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.

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.

Sheriff hopefuls seek out support

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Chaniyah Carrieonna Lord, 10 months, of Augusta.

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.

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.

Augusta searches for an identity

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.

Across Georgia

Kid of the day

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.

Officials find man wanted in accident

Across South Carolina

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.

Businesses save by flying

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.

News you can use

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.

NAACP observes impact of decision

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.

Teachers question proposal to send top teachers to poor schools

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.

Having a ball

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.

Graduates get bright forecast

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.

Across the area

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.

Officials find man wanted in accident
A 34-year-old Martinez man whom police were looking for in connection with a Sunday night hit-and-run accident in Augusta was arrested in Columbia County on Monday.

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.

Welding teacher inspires students

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.

The week ahead

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

Offices seek late tax money

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.

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.

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.

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.

Across Georgia

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

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.

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.

Across the area

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.

Ex-Marine is big shot at contest

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

Chemical warehouse fire forces evacuations east of Atlanta

Curtain rises Friday on Spoleto's 28th season

Kid of the day

Sanford pushes sale of State Hospital property

Rants and raves
A BIG RAVE TO the Glascock County Diamond Panthers for a great 2004 Season. Congratulations on being Region 7-A Champs for the second consecutive year.

State looks for with accurate way to measure tourism dollars

Suspect gets closer to trial
Trial is drawing near for a young Harlem man who spent his 21st birthday in jail and at best faces a lifetime behind bars if convicted of murder.

Military police unit returns from Iraq

Sheriff will be investigated
The governor's office and the Ogeechee Circuit District Attorney said Monday that they will look into allegations that Jenkins County Sheriff Bobby Womack has been using his jail inmates as personal laborers.

Group rallying for monument to remember lynching victims

Ex-Marine is big shot at contest
NEW ELLENTON - Wackenhut security police officer Casey Petosky is one of Savannah River Site's youngest guns, and also one of its surest shots.

Driver leaves scene after injuring 2 men

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Jamil Al-Amin, the 1960s black militant once known as H. Rap Brown, lost a bid in the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday to overturn his conviction for the shooting death of a Fulton County sheriff's deputy four years ago.

Grovetown law would regulate adult entertainment

Georgians to see World War II Memorial
ATLANTA - Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Richard Echols was the captain of an escort boat that shot down Kamikaze pilots during the invasion of Okinawa, Japan.

Sanford cites need for income tax cut

Court-martial testimony begins
The court-martial of a soldier accused of shooting at three other soldiers at their barracks got under way at Fort Gordon on Monday.

Georgians to see World War II Memorial

Augusta searches for an identity
Augusta is missing something many other cities have, and city commissioners are willing to spend $10,000 to help downtown leaders find it.

Around town

Across the area
An Augusta man was arrested Monday in connection with two robberies in less than 24 hours, authorities said.

Report says EPA knew of bad well
ATHENS, Ga. - State and federal environmental officials knew of spreading groundwater contamination from an Athens petroleum facility years before an Athens boy's leukemia prompted chemical tests of nearby groundwater, according to a recently completed report on the site.

Rants and raves
A BIG RAVE TO the Glascock County Diamond Panthers for a great 2004 Season. Congratulations on being Region 7-A Champs for the second consecutive year.

News you can use
MAY 25, 1973 Dr. George Christenberry, the president of Augusta College, and Dr. J.B. Searce Jr., commissioner of the newly formed South Atlantic Conference, offered words of encouragement about the future of the new conference to Augusta College athletes at the annual spring sports banquet yesterday.

Report says EPA knew of bad well

Graduates get bright forecast
Knock on wood, but it looks good for the Richmond County school district's initial attempt at outdoor stadium graduations.

Student wins fellowship

20-year-old gets 10-year jail term
The lure of "easy'' money cost the victims their sense of safety and one young man a decade behind bars.

Sheriff will be investigated

Student wins fellowship
That Fatima Cody Stanford got a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study an odd protein is remarkable for the second-year medical student at the Medical College of Georgia.

Arrests stir Eureka arson investigation

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - A 31-year-old man was sentenced to death Monday for killing his estranged wife.

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.

Gullah coast is endangered site
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Breakneck development along the South Carolina coast is threatening the state's Gullah culture and has prompted the National Trust for Historic Preservation to list the coast as one of the nation's most endangered historic places.

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.

Sanford cites need for income tax cut
AIKEN - South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford used the front steps of an Aiken feed store as a pedestal Monday, urging the state Senate to vote on his income tax reduction plan today or tomorrow to give the bill a chance to pass before the General Assembly adjourns June 3.

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.

Arrests stir Eureka arson investigation
AIKEN - Aiken County arson investigators will comb through several years' worth of incident reports in the Eureka fire district after two members of the volunteer department were arrested during the weekend and charged with intentionally setting a blaze.

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.

Author explores female millionaires' habits
ATLANTA - When you've sold more than $100 million worth of cars over a 30-year career, what might you choose to drive in retirement?

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

Lighthouse transfer suggested
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Transferring ownership of the Morris Island Lighthouse to the state Budget and Control Board should help resolve issues delaying the stabilization of the 128-year-old lighthouse washed by the waves of the Atlantic.

Graduates end school with prayer

Around town
Anant Mandawat (right), 17, a senior at Lakeside High School, is embraced by his mother, Rama, after winning The Augusta Chronicle Best and Brightest top student award. The Best and Brightest ceremonies were held at the Marbury Center on Monday evening. Katherine Kulovitz, of Greenbrier High; Michael McCarty, of Williston-Elko High; Brence Pernell, of Blackville-Hilda High; and Douglas Slaughter, of Westside High, were runners-up for the award.

Five questions with Charles Simpkins

Across the southeast

Plans to renovate historic station stalled

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.

'Shrek 2' clobbers box office with $104.3 million

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.

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

Film festival offers happiness hints from the disabled

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.

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

DeGarmo already making plans for first album

Music industry sues 493 more people over song downloads
WASHINGTON -- The recording industry on Monday sued 493 more people it said were illegally sharing music across the Internet.

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.

Q&A: Trapt rocker Chris Brown

Avril Lavigne seeks to showcase artistry after 'angry' debut
NEW YORK -- Avril Lavigne knows her image: a moody, teen rock star with an acidic tongue, steely stare and tough-girl attitude.

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.

Avril Lavigne seeks to showcase artistry after 'angry' debut

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."

Lila Downs crosses borders musical, cultural and spiritual

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.

Roush gets victory, headaches in All-Star Challenge

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

Schumacher's winning streak stops at Monaco

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.

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.

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.

Kenseth passes Newman to win All-Star Challenge

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.

Truex Jr. wins thrilling final Busch race at Nazareth

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.

Indy field filled; Ray leads final qualifiers

Wallace struggles in Game 1, guarantees victory

Pistons block 19 to defeat Pacers
INDIANAPOLIS - In a fitting finish, the play of the game was a defensive one.

Mailman eager to mix it up in rough West finals
LOS ANGELES -- Though he's a bit more choosy these days, Karl Malone never backs down from a confrontation. The NBA's highest-scoring power forward ever is too close to his first championship to get sidetracked by a little rough stuff.

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

Different strokes, still good coaches

Pistons block 19 to defeat Pacers

Different strokes, still good coaches
MINNEAPOLIS - Phil Jackson has collected nine championships and won at a higher percentage than any other NBA coach, using his mastery of motivation, Zen philosophy and mediation.

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.

Ravens' Wright undergoes surgery; out four months

Appeals court formally rules against Clarett

Raiders sign quarterback Kerry Collins

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Rogge credits partnership with Athens organizing chief
ATHENS, Greece -- Jacques Rogge on Monday credited the IOC's strong relationship with the head of the Athens organizers for getting Greece ready for the Olympics.

Four Americans qualify for Olympic shooting team
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Jason Parker earned a spot on his second straight Olympic team, and Matt Emmons, Sarah Blakeslee and Morgan Hicks each qualified for their first at the U.S. shooting trials on Sunday.

Greece to get American radiation detectors for Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- The United States will provide Greece with radiation detection equipment to boost defenses against potential terrorist threats to the Olympics such as a dirty bomb, authorities said Monday.

Rulon Gardner takes 1-0 lead in Olympic wrestling trials

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.

Greece to get American radiation detectors for Olympics

Iran boycotts U.S. sports events over combat in holy cities
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran will boycott wrestling and fencing tournaments in Atlanta and New York next month to protest American forces' actions in Shiite holy cities in Iraq, dealing a setback to the sports diplomacy between the two nations.

Jones' attorney: USADA has no compelling evidence

Jones' attorney: USADA has no compelling evidence
SAN FRANCISCO -- Marion Jones was presented with evidence of her possible steroid use by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Monday, but none of it was compelling enough to ban the star sprinter from the Olympics, her lawyer said.

Gardner keeps going and going

Knocked down a few times, Gardner refused to stay down
He had plenty of chances to quit. Excuses, too. Instead, Rulon Gardner willed himself to become one of those stories that make you watch and wonder: What keeps a guy like that going?

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.

Knocked down a few times, Gardner refused to stay down

Four Americans qualify for Olympic shooting team

Gardner keeps going and going
He had plenty of chances to quit. Excuses, too. Instead, Rulon Gardner willed himself to become one of those stories that make you wonder: What keeps a guy like that going?

Aging Agassi upset in Paris

Julio Cesar Chavez says 'adios' to Mexico with victory

Mauresmo doesn't like that Navratilova got wild card

Jitters part of play

Coria rested and ready to bid for first Grand Slam title

Floyd Mayweather Jr. sets sights on 140-pound title

Williams returns to her day job: Grand Slam tennis

Overtime

Armstrong wins final stage in tuneup race

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.

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.

Mauresmo doesn't like that Navratilova got wild card
PARIS -- Martina Navratilova's return to Grand Slam singles after a 10-year absence is generating plenty of talk - not all of it positive.

Roddick ends losing streak at French Open
PARIS -- Andy Roddick finally made it into the French Open's second round Monday, though not before a misunderstanding with opponent Todd Martin over the rules.

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.

Jitters part of play
PARIS - Justine Henin-Hardenne felt queasy at the prospect of returning to work Monday morning, and she took that as a good sign.

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.

Overtime
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank announced Monday he has reached an agreement to buy the Georgia Force Arena Football League team.

Aging Agassi upset in Paris
PARIS - With sagging shoulders and head bowed, Andre Agassi left the French Open through a courtside doorway Monday, uncertain if he'll return next year.

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

Ravens' Wright undergoes surgery; out four months
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Anthony Wright will be sidelined until October after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder Monday.

Raiders sign quarterback Kerry Collins
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Kerry Collins signed with the Oakland Raiders on Monday, ending his monthlong search for a team and raising questions about the future of 2002 NFL MVP Rich Gannon.

Deal signed, Northcutt back with Browns
BEREA, Ohio -- Dennis Northcutt has learned to watch his words and to always read the fine print.

Appeals court formally rules against Clarett
NEW YORK -- A federal appeals court formally ruled Monday against Maurice Clarett's effort to enter the NFL draft early, saying federal labor policy permits NFL teams to act together to set rules for when players can enter the league.

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.

TV schedule announcements illustrate industry's fast pace of change

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.

The World Series Poker is a TV and Internet sensation

The World Series Poker is a TV and Internet sensation
LAS VEGAS -- The best poker player in the world quickly does the math and doesn't like his odds at this week's World Series of Poker.

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.

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.

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.

Governor urges Georgians to vote for 'American Idol' finalist

Governor urges Georgians to vote for 'American Idol' finalist
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue is urging Georgians to support "American Idol" finalist Diana DeGarmo by watching Tuesday's finale and casting a vote for her by telephone.

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

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

People in the News

Actor Christopher Reeve offers insight at commencement ceremony

People in the News

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.

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

Question of the week

Audio best
The best-selling recorded music as listed in Billboard:

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

Picture this

Tan now, burn later
As the weather gets warmer and the clothing get smaller, tans are the must-have accessory, and many teens are taking to tanning beds.

Teens can take tanning too far
It wasn't long ago when smooth, pale skin on a girl was acclaimed to be perfect. But in today's appearance-based society, opinions of tanning beds, tanning naturally or staying pale are as different as night and day.

Question of the week
Have you ever been discriminated against?

4-1-1
Got anything to do now that school is coming to a close? Is Mom nagging you to get off your duff and get a job? Well, before you default to the nearest greasy spoon, try thinking a bit differently. It's summer, so get outside and try working as a camp counselor or a rock-climbing assistant. In some places you can sign on as an archery instructor or volunteer for summer music festivals.

Fear should not override girl's needs from boy
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: I'm dating this guy and I really like him. Things are going great, it's just that everything seems to be too physical. It seems there's no conversation; I want something deeper. I don't want to end the relationship but I'm afraid that if it does end, he'll go back to some old bad habits.

Fear should not override girl's needs from boy

My style
THE FACTS: Stephon McWilliams, 18, a senior at Cross Creek High School.

My style

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Tan now, burn later

Odds and Ends

Rock from highway overpass kills motorist in Tennessee

90-year-old woman earns GED

67-year-old to graduate from police academy

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

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