Book teaches author about his Southern roots
It's hard to separate the experiences of one life from the influences of others, or so Chuck Smith found out.

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.

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.

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

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."

Book teaches author about his Southern roots

Cleaning of Michelangelo's 'David' is completed

Rolls placed on DL
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Infielder Damian Rolls was put on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who called up utilityman Charles Gipson from Triple-A Durham.

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

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.

Nasty Newman

Glavine throws one-hitter

A-Rod enjoys first trip back to Texas

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's starting to click as they head to Boston

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.

Poor start leaves Mariners struggling for answers

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.

Errors prove costly in double-dip split

Marlins cream Diamondbacks

Rolls placed on DL

Brewers' Helms out up to four weeks

Thome returns to Phillies' lineup

Greenbrier gives one back

Errors prove costly in double-dip split
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Glascock County pitcher Derrick Wood took a peak behind his back. When he saw shortstop Josh Harrell scooping up an infield dribbler, Wood breathed a sigh of relief.

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.

Greenbrier gives one back
Greenbrier shortstop Christopher Johnson sparkled in the field Tuesday evening. He'd lost all his shine after the second of two games with North Forsyth.

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.

Helton misses fourth straight game with back strain
DENVER -- Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton missed his fourth straight start Tuesday night with a sore back and probably won't return to the lineup until the weekend.

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.

Thome returns to Phillies' lineup
NEW YORK -- Jim Thome returned to the Philadelphia Phillies' lineup Tuesday night against the New York Mets after missing five games with an injured right index finger

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

Even with patchwork lineup, Cubs holding their own
CHICAGO -- Dusty Baker is tempted to make a beeline for the nearest doorway whenever he spots the Chicago Cubs trainer coming toward him these days.

SEC coaches ask for all 12 teams

Mets send down Yates, call up Feliciano
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets on Tuesday sent right-hander Tyler Yates to Triple-A Norfolk, where he will begin the transition from starter to reliever.

Mueller to be out six weeks for knee surgery
BOSTON -- Red Sox third baseman Bill Mueller will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday to help relieve symptoms of an arthritic condition.

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.

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.

Hanging around
Lamar Outdoor Advertising employee, Bob Churchill, dangles from a billboard after being blown off by the wind while trying to install a tarp on a billboard as his co-workers help to steady the harness, Monday, May 24, 2004, in Erie, Pa.

Odds and Ends
PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- A judge took a page from Solomon to settle a Biblical dispute.

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

Ohka shocks Braves

Drew's defense draws raves
MONTREAL - Having seen J.D. Drew play only six times a year, and sometimes less because of injuries, Bobby Cox had to rely on scouting reports to gauge the outfielder's defensive skills.

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.

Ohka shocks Braves
MONTREAL - In the moments after Monday night's win, Andruw Jones looked ahead and salivated at the thought of facing Expos pitcher Tomo Ohka.

Drew's defense draws raves

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.

Judge rules government can seek tobacco industry profits

Online retailers collectively reach profitability

Battle lines drawn in Spitzer v. Grasso

Business briefs

Blockbuster rolls out all-you-can-view subscriptions

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.

Nation's retailers test temporary stores

SABMiller bids for Chinese brewery, setting stage for takeover battle

Coca-Cola president sees C2 cannibalizing Coke

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

Rival jewelers entertain notion of merging forces

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.

McDonald's Corp. to test market DVD rentals in Denver

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.

Consumer confidence little changed in May

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.

Solo to shut Hoffmaster plant
Solo Cup Co. will close its Hoffmaster napkin and paper plant July 18, putting close to 70 people out of work.

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

Rival jewelers entertain notion of merging forces
The market's two largest independent jewelers are in talks for a possible merger.

Online advertising hits record in first quarter

Business briefs
A national supplemental education provider has opened a franchise office in the Evans area at 4536 Washington Road.

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

Battle lines drawn in Spitzer v. Grasso
NEW YORK -- Former New York Stock Exchange chief Richard A. Grasso was undaunted by the state attorney general's lawsuit over his $187.5 million compensation package, promising Tuesday to countersue the exchange and its interim chairman for unpaid portions of his pay package as well as for "besmirching" his name.

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

Previously owned homes post second-best month on record
WASHINGTON -- Scrambling to lock in a deal before mortgage rates move higher, buyers propelled sales of previously owned homes in April to the second-best month on record.

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."

Consumer confidence little changed in May
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence barely budged in May as an improving outlook about jobs offset worries about rising gasoline prices and heightened political uncertainty overseas, the Conference Board reported Tuesday.

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.

Shareholders at J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank One OK merger
CHICAGO -- Shareholders of J.P. Morgan Chase and Bank One approved the merger of their two companies in separate votes Tuesday, bringing the $58 billion deal a step closer to reality.

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.

Blockbuster rolls out all-you-can-view subscriptions
DALLAS -- Video-rental giant Blockbuster Inc. is going national with a monthly subscription plan that lets customers rent an unlimited number of movies and keep two or three at a time without running up late fees.

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.

Nation's retailers test temporary stores
NEW YORK -- The Chris Madden showroom that opened recently in Rockefeller Center won't be in business for long, but that's OK - that's exactly what J.C. Penney Co. Inc., which operates the store, has planned.

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.

Coca-Cola president sees C2 cannibalizing Coke
NEW YORK - Coca-Cola Co.'s new C2 soft drink will cash in on the low-carb craze, but at the cost of regular Coke and other drinks, the company's North America unit President and Chief Operating Officer Donald Knauss said.

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

Mortgage lenders getting more creative as business wanes

Oil price settles at new high of $41.72 per barrel

Knology grows in five years

Spitzer files suit against Grasso, NYSE, Langone

McDonald's Corp. to test market DVD rentals in Denver
DENVER -- Customers soon will be able to rent DVDs at McDonald's restaurants across metropolitan Denver.

BCS officials will decide the series' new format in June
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - With a few weeks left to make a decision that will shape the future of college football, Bowl Championship Series officials are narrowing their options for adding a fifth game to their multimillion-dollar package.

Same old feeling

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?

Bush talk reassures

A sheriff's broken mirror

A sheriff's broken mirror
If Jenkins County Sheriff Bobby Womack could see the mirror more clearly, he just might arrest himself.

Bush talk reassures
With violence seemingly on the rise in Iraq , revelations of U.S. mistreatment of Iraqi detainees and no apparent exit strategy let alone a victory strategy Americans were, understandably, losing confidence in President Bush's leadership in the war on terrorism. In print and over the airwaves, he was receiving far more criticism than votes of confidence. In Monday evening's TV talk, the president sought to reassure the nation, and the world, that he did have a plan a five point plan not only to get out of Iraq but to do it in a way that will leave that country stable and free.

Toward safer buses

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.

Back charter schools

Lions Gate to produce eight Marvel direct-to-DVD animated videos
NEW YORK -- Marvel Enterprises Inc. is teaming with Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. to enter the direct-to-DVD video cartoon market.

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."

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.

David Gest changes lawyers in divorce from Liza Minnelli
NEW YORK -- David Gest, estranged husband of entertainer Liza Minnelli, and his lawyer, Raoul Felder, have parted ways.

People in the News
LONDON -- David Beckham's wife says in a magazine interview that her husband has "always been faithful," despite the claims of two women who said they had affairs with him.

Snoop Dogg files for divorce
LOS ANGELES -- Snoop Dogg is getting a divizzle. The rapper/actor has filed for divorce from Shante Broadus, according to papers filed with Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday.

Michael Jackson's father hires lawyer to be 'extra pair of eyes' in court
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson has juggled lawyers as his child molestation case moves forward. Now, his father wants his own attorney to be an "extra pair of eyes" in court.

Hanging up on do-not-call violators
NEW YORK - Even though Mike Heinemann had signed up for the National Do Not Call Registry, he's still getting calls from telemarketers.

Schwab will lower commissions in return to discount roots
SAN FRANCISCO -- Hoping to regain a competitive edge, online stock brokerage leader Charles Schwab Corp. will lower online trading commissions for its average customers by 33 percent and reduce fees even more for wealthier investors.

Krispy Kreme reports loss for first quarter

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.

Heinz reports bigger profits for the fourth fiscal quarter
PITTSBURGH -- H.J. Heinz Co. reported sharply higher profits for its fourth fiscal quarter as a weak dollar aided sales internationally.

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.

Schwab will lower commissions in return to discount roots

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

Hanging up on do-not-call violators

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.

Stocks finish strong, overcoming oil worries
NEW YORK -- Investors heartened by signs of a stabilizing economy and a steep decline in oil prices propelled stocks sharply higher Tuesday, giving the Dow Jones industrials and Standard & Poor's 500 index their best day in two months.

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

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar higher against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks fell Tuesday as banking issues declined following mixed earnings results, while airlines and automakers took a hit from surging oil prices. The U.S. dollar rose against the yen.

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.

Saturns, Acuras among top targets for thieves last year

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

Heinz reports bigger profits for the fourth fiscal quarter

Krispy Kreme reports loss for first quarter
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Doughnut maker Krispy Kreme reported its first quarterly loss since going public in 2000 after warning earlier this month that low-carb diets were hurting its results.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar higher against yen

Tokyo stocks higher on bank gains, dollar rises against yen

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.

Saturns, Acuras among top targets for thieves last year
DETROIT -- The 1995 Saturn SL was the nation's most-stolen vehicle last year based on thefts versus the number of models registered, but hot-selling cars from Asian manufacturers remain popular targets and big sport utility vehicles are gaining ground, a new report shows.

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

Try dips for Bing cherries
Bing cherry season is the time to dip into the cherry baskets - or to dip the cherries themselves into one or more of the four easy dipping sauces suggested here. No cherry pitting needed before serving.

Small portions

Small portions
A fresh jalapeno's heat varies tremendously from one chili to another. Sometimes they can be so hot that they'll set your mouth afire, while other times, they're completely tame.

Jackets might need more help
ATLANTA - Forget March madness.

Michelle Wie's Master plan
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- She still hasn't graduated from the ninth grade, and Michelle Wie already is working on the Masters.

Bellyaching about long putters

Michelle Wie's Master plan

Bellyaching about long putters
Golf's governing bodies meet twice a year to talk about rules and equipment, and those sessions between the USGA and the Royal & Ancient almost always include the debate whether to ban long putters.

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.

Bettman warns players owners won't give in on labor overhaul

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.

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.

Bettman warns players owners won't give in on labor overhaul
TAMPA, Fla. -- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman promised again Tuesday that owners are determined to reach a radically different labor agreement no matter how long it takes and warned the players union not to test that resolve.

Lightning bolt safe even during Stanley Cup finals crush
TAMPA, Fla. -- In the past few years, it's been easy to keep people from stepping on the Tampa Bay Lightning's logo that covers a large chunk of space in the center of the locker room floor.

Vanek waiting on Sabres to make him an offer

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

Cool dip for a hot summer
Warm weather offers many opportunities to entertain outdoors - whether on the patio, by the lake or at the pool.

Cool dip for a hot summer

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.

Former state Rep. Williams indicted
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A federal grand jury indicted former state Rep. Robin Williams and others on conspiracy, theft, fraud and bribery charges today.

High-school graduation exam is a joke
OK, let me make sure I understand this. In your May 19 story, "Most area juniors pass key test," it states all high school students must pass the graduation test before being issued a high school diploma. Michele Lewis, Harlem

'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

Womack article not to be believed
Let the disgruntled, the unappreciative and the conspirators of Jenkins County come forth! Jo Anne Parker, Savannah

Bush policies are improving economy

Successful sheriff has a tender side
I am writing in regard to the article in the May 15 paper, "Honoring the fallen." I think that was very honorable for the sheriff and his very capable staff to do something so touching. It really did touch my heart. Johnnie W. Smith-Graham, Augusta

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

Bush policies are improving economy
New job figures and other recent economic data show that America's economy is strong and getting stronger and that the president's jobs and growth plan is working. Sarah Harper Scott, Augusta

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.)

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

'Boston Globe' rape story was a fake

Brand-name drug prices rising much faster than other inflation

New type of training picks up speed among weekend athletes

Astronauts forced to take tougher spacewalk next month

Boogie Sisters perform wartime music

State of Vermont listed among most endangered places

Seniors calendar

Rise in male breast cancer may hint at obesity link

Farmers turn to Web for help keeping their businesses growing

Mold blamed for breathing problems

Mold blamed for breathing problems
WASHINGTON -- Increased effort is needed to reduce mold-producing moisture in buildings that has been blamed for respiratory problems, including some asthma, a scientific panel said Tuesday.

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.

Brand-name drug prices rising much faster than other inflation
WASHINGTON -- Brand-name prescription drug prices rose at more than three times the rate of overall inflation last year, two groups pressing for lower prices said in studies Tuesday.

Rise in male breast cancer may hint at obesity link
ATLANTA -- The nation's growing obesity problem may have contributed to an increase in breast cancer among American men over the past 25 years.

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.

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.

Study: Aspirin might cut risk of breast cancer
CHICAGO -- Aspirin, the wonder drug that can help prevent heart attacks and strokes, also appears to reduce women's chances of developing the most common type of breast cancer, a study found.

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.

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.

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.

Lynx are home during Masters
The Masters Tournament won't be the only sporting event in town the first week of April next year.

Across Georgia
BUCHANAN - The principal of a Haralson County elementary school has turned over information to sheriff's officers investigating claims that an 11-year-old student fondled as many as a dozen girls over a two-year period.

Airport awaits screening choice
The decision about what kind of baggage screening system Augusta Regional Airport will have in its new terminal is still up in the air because commissioners say they want to keep their options open.

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.

GOP ends candidate search
AIKEN - After a search that lasted almost six weeks, the South Carolina Republican Party hand-picked a replacement candidate to run against veteran state Sen. Tommy Moore without formally reopening its filing window so other candidates could compete for the GOP nomination, a party official said Tuesday.

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.

Income tax debate begins with losing round on bingo
COLUMBIA - "Bingo" was the one of the first words spoken Tuesday as senators began debating Gov. Mark Sanford's plan to lower the state's top income tax rate.

News you can use
May 26, 1990 The Evans High School Knights took their third consecutive Georgia Class AAAA state baseball championship Friday night when Craig Combs stole home to give them a 7-6 victory over Dunwoody and a sweep of the best-of-three series.In the bottom of the seventh inning, Evans coach Terry Holder - who recorded his 300th victory at the school with the win - gave Craig the steal sign from third base. The Evans runner scored without a play when Dunwoody pitcher Jeff Abbott threw the pitch over the catcher's head.Evans, ranked 11th in the nation by USA Today, finished the season 31-3.

Cooler buses high on agenda
More Columbia County pupils might be riding in comfort next year.

Visitors will see glimpse of past
In the early 1900s, members of Augusta society boated down to the headgates of the Augusta Canal for summertime parties at the dance pavilion.

Health center chooses leader
An Augusta mental health center whose former administrators were the subject of state and federal investigations is ready to move on with a new CEO.

Rants and raves
I thought loan sharking was against the law, but these title pawn companies can charge you 129 percent and it will be legal. They need to be outlawed and put out of business.

Correction
Because incorrect information was provided to The Augusta Chronicle, a phone number published for those seeking information on an AARP driving program, which began Tuesday, was inaccurate. The correct number is 733-9793.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Beasley has picked up an endorsement from former Lt. Gov. Bob Peeler.

Kansas selects Kolb as leader
George Kolb no longer has to answer to those Augusta commissioners who complain about his job performance.

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

Conyers chemical warehouse fire forces evacuations
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.

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

Kansas selects Kolb as leader
George Kolb no longer has to answer to those Augusta commissioners who complain about his job performance.

Kansas selects Kolb as leader

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.

Development won't go into neighborhood
The residents of the Historic Summerville District want Augusta State University to be a good neighbor.

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.

SPLAT! Paintball aims at all ages
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Playing video games is one thing, but getting the chance to actually be in a game - well, sort of - might explain the ever-increasing popularity of paintball.

A few islanders give big to GOP
SEA ISLAND, Ga. - The G-8 Summit gathering will bring the leaders of the world's leading industrial nations to one of this nation's richest communities June 8-10.

Sanford cites need for income tax cut

Author takes inspiration from quake's anniversary
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. - Gail Karwoski settled into a chair at the kitchen table to talk about her newest book, Quake! Disaster in San Francisco 1906, which is her third in a series of historical novels for young readers.

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.

Coliseum authority questions team's debts
The spotlight was not only shining on a dispute at Tuesday's Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority, it was also part of the controversy.

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.

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.

Visitors will see glimpse of past

Woman's residence gets makeover

Airport awaits screening choice

Cooler buses high on agenda

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?

Ex-dentist admits he wasn't licensed

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.

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Aiken veterinarian takes his office to pets' homes
AIKEN - In the heart of Thoroughbred Country, Trey Wofford is making house calls for kitties and pooches instead of barn calls for horses.

Lawyers fight firearm charge
The court-martial of a soldier accused of shooting at three fellow soldiers continued Tuesday, as defense attorneys attempted to get the judge to reject some of the charges against their client.

Coliseum authority questions team's debts

Across the area
Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday he would take action against Jenkins County Sheriff Bobby Womack if the sheriff has acted improperly.

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.

Union plans protest at MCG building site
An Augusta union will picket a construction site today at Medical College of Georgia over what it said is a lack of benefits for workers there.

Activists focus on grim future of SRS
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Growing up in Savannah in the 1960s, Cheryl Jay was admonished not to play outside when it rained. The mothers in her neighborhood were afraid of fallout from nuclear testing in Nevada.

Ex-dentist admits he wasn't licensed
A former Augusta dentist who continued to prescribe narcotics for patients after his license expired pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Author takes inspiration from quake's anniversary

Bases impress Perdue
Gov. Sonny Perdue ended a two-day tour of Georgia military bases Tuesday at Fort Gordon, giving the facility high marks entering the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure round.

Senior's act tough to copy

Outstanding nurse wins scholarship
Victoria Burt hugs Barbara Hebert in greeting and sits down to look at pictures of Ms. Hebert's newest grandchild. Even though Ms. Hebert finished 12 weeks of cardiac rehabilitation at University Hospital in January, she is drawn back to visit her former nurse, Mrs. Burt.

Georgians to see World War II Memorial

Graduates get bright forecast

Kid of the day

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.

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

Senior's act tough to copy
NORTH AUGUSTA - Candace Wroten is the Cal Ripken of the education game.

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.

GOP ends candidate search

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.

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.

Rants and raves
I thought loan sharking was against the law, but these title pawn companies can charge you 129 percent and it will be legal. They need to be outlawed and put out of business.

Across the area

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.

Board reviews Larke's terms
Vacation pay for Superintendent Charles Larke will again be at issue as the Richmond County school board negotiates changes in his contract this summer.

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.

Across the area

Woman's residence gets makeover
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Savannah woman who is thought to be somewhere between 111 and 113 years old has recently returned to her home of 59 years after a group of volunteers spruced up her longtime residence.

Across Georgia

Union plans protest at MCG building site

University must part with fund-raising arm
ATHENS, Ga. - The state Board of Regents on Tuesday ordered the University of Georgia to part ways with its official fund-raising group.

Activists focus on grim future of SRS

Income tax debate begins with losing round on bingo

University must part with fund-raising arm

Across Georgia

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jamya Brionna Holmes, 1, of Augusta.

Student wins fellowship

Justice hopeful had problem with bills
ATLANTA - The retired superior court judge seeking to unseat Supreme Court Justice Leah Sears says reliance on an aide, a dispute and plain forgetfulness explain the 10 liens that were placed on his home for unpaid bills.

Kansas selects Kolb as leader

Former state Rep. Williams indicted

Sheriff will be investigated

A few islanders give big to GOP

Ex-Marine is big shot at contest

Board reviews Larke's terms

Chemical warehouse fire forces evacuations east of Atlanta

Development won't go into neighborhood

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.

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.

Report says EPA knew of bad well

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

Arrests stir Eureka arson investigation

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.

Officials find man wanted in accident

Kid of the day

Augusta searches for an identity

Justice hopeful had problem with bills

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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.

Madonna starts world tour
LOS ANGELES -- Madonna says she has canceled three Israeli stops on her "Re-Invention" tour because of violence in the region, including the killing of the leader of the militant group Hamas.

DVD Review: matchbox twenty, "Show"
The Atlanta audience is obviously enjoying itself as thousands of people sing along with lead singer Rob Thomas in the new two-disc concert DVD, "Show: A night in the life of matchbox twenty."

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.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Missy Elliott cancels Indonesia concert over security fears

Phish breaks up with tour, new album approaching

Avril Lavigne seeks to showcase artistry after 'angry' debut

Madonna starts world tour

Missy Elliott cancels Indonesia concert over security fears
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Hip-hop star Missy Elliott canceled a planned concert in Jakarta after the U.S. Embassy warned Americans about potential terrorist attacks in Indonesia.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Music reviews from the Associated Press.

Phish breaks up with tour, new album approaching
NEW YORK -- Phish, the Vermont-based jam band whose legions of dedicated fans made them one of the nation's top touring acts, announced Tuesday that they were breaking up.

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.

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.

Different strokes, still good coaches

Pistons block 19 to defeat Pacers

Brown can't take credit for Detroit's 19 blocks

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

Brown can't take credit for Detroit's 19 blocks
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Larry Brown is obsessed with teaching basketball's infinite nuances.

Miller sees familiar traits in Hamilton

Artest fined $10,000 for obscene gesture
NEW YORK -- Ron Artest of the Indiana Pacers was fined $10,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for making an obscene gesture during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Detroit.

Artest fined $10,000 for obscene gesture

Miller sees familiar traits in Hamilton
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- When Reggie Miller takes a close look at the way Richard Hamilton plays, he sees an uncanny resemblance to himself.

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.

Ravens' Wright undergoes surgery; out four months

Raiders sign quarterback Kerry Collins

Collins content to back up Gannon - for now

Bills sign OL McFarland, 7th-round pick

Appeals court formally rules against Clarett

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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.

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.

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.

Jones' attorney: USADA has no compelling evidence

Gardner keeps going and going

Knocked down a few times, Gardner refused to stay down

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
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?

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.

Fighter from Iraq is free to compete
ATLANTA - For Najah Ali, liberation from the reign of Saddam Hussein means an opportunity to box for Olympic gold - without fear of being tortured if he doesn't bring a medal back to Iraq.

Four Americans qualify for Olympic shooting team

U.S. delivers nuclear detection equipment for use at Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- The United States provided Greek police and border officials with radiation detection equipment Wednesday to help guard the Athens Olympics against a nuclear or "dirty" bomb.

Greece to get American radiation detectors for Olympics

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?

IOC chief predicts Athens Olympics will be the best
Despite all the delays and worries and warnings, Jacques Rogge has a prediction for the Summer Games.

Capriati advances while U.S. men go 0-for-3

Federer bids adieu to his losing streak

Mauresmo doesn't like that Navratilova got wild card

Jitters part of play

Gatti intends to avoid slugfest against Dorin

Aging Agassi upset in Paris

Overtime

Overtime

Santoro wins 6-hour match
PARIS - After pounding a backhand winner down the line Tuesday, Fabrice Santoro ended the longest match on record by sliding on his back with arms aloft.

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.

Martina ousted in first round
PARIS - Martina Navratilova hit an ace Tuesday, a nifty achievement for a 47-year-old player at the French Open. She needed more than one.

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.

Capriati advances while U.S. men go 0-for-3
PARIS -- Jennifer Capriati glared toward the stands, told fans to shut up and endured scattered boos from the French Open crowd.

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

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.

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.

Federer bids adieu to his losing streak
PARIS - Roger Federer's new resolve finally was on display at the French Open.

Overtime
USC Aiken has signed three more players, including Loyola College transfer Kenny Burr.

Gatti intends to avoid slugfest against Dorin
NEW YORK -- For boxing fans hoping to see another round of rock 'em sock 'em robots from Arturo Gatti, forget it.

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.

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.

Collins content to back up Gannon - for now
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Kerry Collins believed he had a better long-term outlook backing up a 38-year-old quarterback coming off an injury that a hotshot rookie who was the top pick in the draft.

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.

Bills sign OL McFarland, 7th-round pick
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Offensive lineman Dylan McFarland, the first of Buffalo's two seventh-round draft picks, signed with the Bills on Tuesday.

Saints' McAllister gives $1 million to Ole Miss
OXFORD, Miss. -- New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister announced Tuesday he is giving $1 million to the University of Mississippi toward construction of an indoor practice facility.

No sitcom for Jessica Simpson at ABC
LOS ANGELES -- A sitcom starring Jessica Simpson failed to make the cut when ABC announced its fall schedule.

No sitcom for Jessica Simpson at ABC

Governor urges Georgians to vote for 'American Idol' finalist

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.

'American Idol' down to the final vote
SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- One thing is for certain. A teenage singer from the South will be the next "American Idol."

Network geared toward gays and lesbians slated for February

'American Bandstand' back with 'American Idol' flavor
LOS ANGELES -- "American Bandstand" is coming back with a new twist, courtesy of the producer of "American Idol."

'American Bandstand' back with 'American Idol' flavor

The World Series Poker is a TV and Internet sensation

CBS wins comfortably as sweeps month heads to close

'American Idol' down to the final vote

DeGarmo fans pack governor's mansion
ATLANTA - Several hundred supporters of American Idol finalist Diana DeGarmo headed to a private party at the Georgia governor's mansion Tuesday evening to cheer on their hometown favorite in the final round of the nationally televised singing competition.

Showtime's 'Soul Food' ends five-year run
LOS ANGELES -- The fifth and final season of television's longest-running black drama, Showtime's "Soul Food," is serving up its last episode, leaving behind an uncertain future for the genre.

DeGarmo fans pack governor's mansion

Network geared toward gays and lesbians slated for February
NEW YORK -- Logo, an MTV-backed basic cable network aimed at the gay and lesbian community and long in the planning stages, will go on the air next February.

Showtime's 'Soul Food' ends five-year run

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.

CBS wins comfortably as sweeps month heads to close
NEW YORK -- In the last full week of the May ratings "sweeps," CBS rode its "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" franchise to a dominant victory.

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People in the News

Snoop Dogg files for divorce

Actor Christopher Reeve offers insight at commencement ceremony

Lions Gate to produce eight Marvel direct-to-DVD animated videos

Return to Sarge motivates Gamecocks

Return to Sarge motivates Gamecocks
Landon Powell is well aware that his days in a South Carolina baseball uniform are in short supply. The senior catcher is just hoping his time playing in front of South Carolina's home crowd hasn't already expired.

Same old feeling
In the early 1990s, Augusta's Ed Payne started formulating a plan that he'd set in motion when he turned 50.

Picture this
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.

4-1-1

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.

Question of the week
Have you ever been discriminated against?

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.

Tan now, burn later

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.

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.

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

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

Fear should not override girl's needs from boy

My style

Picture this

Question of the week

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Rock from highway overpass kills motorist in Tennessee

Hanging around

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