Just plain folk
When William and Ann Oppenhimer pause to take in the paintings, sculptures and assemblages they have acquired over 25 years, they don't see objects of art.

Just plain folk

Book teaches author about his Southern roots

August Sander's images at Met capture Germany's soul

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

Exhibit on the diversity of frogs opens at Natural History museum

Arts review: Portrait of an artist as an unsatisfied man

Arts review: Portrait of an artist as an unsatisfied man
NEW YORK -- The past dogs the present in Donald Margulies' "Sight Unseen," the playwright's insightful portrait of an artist as an unsatisfied man.

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.

Exhibit on the diversity of frogs opens at Natural History museum
NEW YORK -- It's quite the colorful new ex-gribbit, er, exhibit.

August Sander's images at Met capture Germany's soul
NEW YORK -- With a simple box camera on a tripod and compassion for social diversity, August Sander captured the soul of turbulent Germany in his riveting portraits of the common man.

Fine arts calendar

Prep baseball
Prep baseball scores from Wednesday's action.

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.

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.

Ordonez scratched from lineup with strained calf

Greenbrier gives one back

Wellemeyer, Goodwin could be headed to DL

Rolls placed on DL

Griffey won't explain his glare

Ace carries Greenbrier to series win

Prep baseball

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.

Red Sox win fifth straight

Mondesi close to deciding whether to join new team

Griffey won't explain his glare
CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. won't explain the glare.

Errors prove costly in double-dip split

Mondesi close to deciding whether to join new team
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Out-of-work outfielder Raul Mondesi will decide soon whether to play again this season, and said he could wind up with Anaheim, Boston or Baltimore.

Thome returns to Phillies' lineup

Wellemeyer, Goodwin could be headed to DL
HOUSTON -- Outfielder Tom Goodwin and right-hander Todd Wellemeyer could be the latest Chicago Cubs to join the team's rapidly expanding disabled list.

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.

Rangers put Park on DL
CHICAGO -- The Texas Rangers placed right-hander Chan Ho Park on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and recalled right-hander reliever Rosman Garcia from Triple-A Oklahoma.

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

Rangers put Park on DL
CHICAGO -- The Texas Rangers placed right-hander Chan Ho Park on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, retroactive to May 20.

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.

Ordonez scratched from lineup with strained calf
CHICAGO -- Outfielder Magglio Ordonez was scratched from the Chicago White Sox's starting lineup Wednesday night against the Texas Rangers because of a strained left calf.

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.

Red Sox win fifth straight
BOSTON - Former Georgia Tech star Jason Varitek hit a three-run homer and Boston took advantage of Bobby Crosby's rare error in the Red Sox's 9-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.

Glascock County moves on

Glascock County moves on
COLUMBUS, Ga. - The high pop up to right field drifted foul and Glascock County's Matt Kent struggled to stay under it. A wind gust kept the ball in play.

Ace carries Greenbrier to series win
Michael Newman was the last of his team to leave the Greenbrier baseball complex Wednesday evening. It's no stretch to say he looked like the last man standing after an all-out brawl.

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.

Birth announcements
Garrison William Franklin and Ethan James Franklin: Pat and Kristin Franklin, of Evans, announce the birth of twin sons, Garrison William Franklin and Ethan James Franklin, Thursday, April 15, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Al Nutt, of Appling, Mildred Franklin, of Martinez, and the late Chester Franklin.

Birth announcements

'Spanky' the clown arrested on child porn charges
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- A clown who goes by the name of "Spanky" has been arrested on child pornography charges while traveling with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, federal agents said.

Judge removed from bench for repeated drunkenness
NEW ORLEANS -- An alcoholic judge was kicked off the bench Tuesday for repeatedly being drunk in the courtroom.

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
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- Four years after flying away from home, Fred the parakeet has returned to roost - and he still remembers his name.

Atlanta prepares for pivotal series
MONTREAL - They had to play nearly two months before the schedule-maker gave them a chance, but the Atlanta Braves will finally get an opportunity to take the measure of the Philadelphia Phillies tonight in the opener of a four-game series at new Citizens Bank Park.

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.

Braves' offense supports Ortiz

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.

Ohka shocks Braves

Drew's defense draws raves

Braves' offense supports Ortiz
MONTREAL - Chipper Jones said it was imperative that the Atlanta Braves win Wednesday and carry some momentum into tonight's showdown with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Atlanta prepares for pivotal series

Jeweler buys out top rival

Business brief
SIGN-A-RAMA, the world's largest sign company franchise, has opened its first Augusta-area store at 4015 Washington Road in Evans.

Wells Fargo buying Strong assets

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

Demand strains military suppliers
American soldiers are firing so much ammunition that the military's largest supplier of bullets can't keep up. Tanks that log 800 miles a year in peacetime are grinding through that many miles in a month, wearing out their treads.

Consumer confidence little changed in May

Wells Fargo buying Strong assets
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. -- Wells Fargo & Co. is buying all the assets of Strong Financial, whose founder and principal owner was banned from the industry because of his personal involvement in a trading scandal.

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.

Coca-Cola president sees C2 cannibalizing Coke

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

Need to trim costs? Move to Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. - If you want to relocate a 350-person office that needs 50,000 square feet to operate, Savannah might be the spot for you.

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

Battle lines drawn in Spitzer v. Grasso

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.

Board clears path for shopping center
Evans Middle School will be the site of Columbia County's newest retail project.

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.

Demand strains military suppliers

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.

Rival jewelers entertain notion of merging forces

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.

Board clears path for shopping center

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.

Strong assets go to Wells Fargo takes on Strong assets
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. - Wells Fargo & Co. is buying all the assets of Strong Financial, whose founder and principal owner was banned from the industry because of his personal involvement in a trading scandal.

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.

Orders dip for costly goods
WASHINGTON - Orders to factories for big-ticket goods fell sharply in April after posting a strong gain in the previous month, reflecting the sometimes bumpy recovery navigated by the nation's manufacturers.

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.

Nation's retailers test temporary stores

Blockbuster rolls out all-you-can-view subscriptions

Strong assets go to Wells Fargo takes on Strong assets

Need to trim costs? Move to Savannah

Jeweler buys out top rival
Augusta's jewelry market has gotten a little bit friendlier.

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.

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.

Former Colorado QB Hessler released from hospital
DENVER -- Former Colorado quarterback John Hessler checked out of a hospital and returned to his parents' home on Wednesday, another milestone in his long recovery from a serious head injury.

Former Colorado QB Hessler released from hospital

Same old feeling

Losing a leader
Since Wichita has just decided to hire Augusta city administrator George Kolb to run Kansas' largest city, the Wichita Eagle Wednesday treated its readers to a few "fast facts" about Augusta:

Pre-emptive protection
Youve heard of pre-emptive war thats what were fighting in Iraq. Well, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue also has declared a pre-emptive war of sorts. He calls it a pre-emptive state of emergency and its directed against protesters expected to show up at the G-8 summit at Sea Island from June 8-10.

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

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.

Losing a leader

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.

On the road
More than 500 re-enactors will converge on the site of the Civil War's most infamous prison during the Andersonville Spring Fair on Saturday and Sunday. The event will also feature musical acts, puppetry, magic and a ventriloquist. For more information, call (229) 924-2558.

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.

Comic queen brings raunchy act to town comedy
Sommore is serious about being funny.

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.

Assault charge against Richard Simmons dismissed
PHOENIX -- An assault charge against exercise guru Richard Simmons, who was accused of slapping a man at an airport, have been dropped.

Stuff to do
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (New Line, $29.95) Box-office and Academy Awards champ for 2003, the conclusion to Peter Jackson's fantasy trilogy follows the DVD pattern of its predecessors with a nicely stocked two-disc set.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES -- The Rock, Vin Diesel, Paris Hilton and Ice Cube will share the stage as presenters at the upcoming MTV Movie Awards.

The top five list
Here are the top five TV shows, movies, music, concerts and video sales.

Applause calendar
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Courtney Love pleads guilty to misdemeanor
LOS ANGELES -- Rock star Courtney Love pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance and agreed to enter a drug rehabilitation program.

Nicolas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley divorce made final
LOS ANGELES -- Nicolas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley took nearly a year and a half to end a marriage that lasted less than four months.

Find a new friend at this unique country 'hospital'
There are no babies at Babyland General, the quaint country hospital located in Cleveland, in northeast Georgia.

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.

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.

Club calendar

Open tab
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a roundup of some entertainment and drink specials at Augusta and Aiken area clubs:

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar higher against 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.

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.

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.

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.

Continuing fears stagnate trading
NEW YORK - Wall Street trudged through an indecisive session Wednesday, anxious again about a possible terrorist attack and also worried that the economy might be slowing more than investors have hoped. Prices closed mixed, with tech stocks and small-cap shares rising while large-caps edged lower.

Hanging up on do-not-call violators

Heinz reports bigger profits for the fourth fiscal quarter

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.

Krispy Kreme reports loss for first quarter

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.

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.

Schwab will lower commissions in return to discount roots

Saturns, Acuras among top targets for thieves last year

Search for perfect pizza becomes a culinary quest
Pizza. Depending on your age and status, the food has different meaning: For a teen or college student, it's a full course, any-hour meal; for an older person, it may be a family compromise.

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.

'Mocha Delites offers coffee, light foods

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.

Small portions

Search for perfect pizza becomes a culinary quest

'Mocha Delites offers coffee, light foods
Mocha Delites, an Atlanta-based coffee shop and deli chain, opened its second location in Augusta on Wednesday, at Eighth and Broad streets.

Jackets might need more help
ATLANTA - Forget March madness.

Georgia Tech rallies for 18th win in row
SALEM, Va. - Steven Blackwood hit a two-run double in the third inning Wednesday and top-seeded Georgia Tech won its 18th straight game, 4-3, against Maryland in the opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Georgia Tech rallies for 18th win in row

Early miscues thump Jackets
Augusta manager Chad Epperson thinks his team lost Wednesday's game against the Rome Braves in its initial turn at bat.

Roberts hoping firmer greens help at hometown tournament
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Loren Roberts has never seen the TPC at Southwind course play this tough.

Haas unfamiliar with favorite label
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jay Haas is entering unfamiliar territory at this week's Senior PGA Championship.

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.

Michelle Wie's Master plan

Roberts hoping firmer greens help at hometown tournament

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.

Bellyaching about long putters

Blue Jackets sign LW Shelley to two-year contract
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jody Shelley, Columbus' enforcer who was fourth in the NHL in penalty minutes this season, re-signed with the Blue Jackets on Wednesday.

Tortorella: Game 2 not a must-win situation for Lightning
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning understand how important it is to rebound from their Game 1 loss in the Stanley Cup finals.

Flames defensemen getting a workout

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

Blue Jackets sign LW Shelley to two-year contract

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.

Flames defensemen getting a workout
TAMPA, Fla. -- Andrew Ference played a game-high 27 minutes in the Calgary Flames' Game 1 victory in the Stanley Cup finals, and he's perfectly fine with the workload.

Tortorella: Game 2 not a must-win situation for Lightning

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.

Calgary lineman steps up his play
TAMPA, Fla. - Jarome Iginla is approaching one of those career-making moments when a player's talent and tenacity turn an average team into a champion, when a star transforms himself into a superstar.

Calgary lineman steps up his play

Developed on the track ... Put to use in production?
ATLANTA -- To hear some tell it, everything in your car was invented in auto racing.

Matt Kenseth: In his own words
CONCORD, N.C. -- Matt Kenseth, the 2003 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion, is not known for having much to say. His thoughts are generally racing-related, but every once in a while he lets his mind wonder away from the racetrack.

The Real All-Stars
NASCAR's top drivers dueled in the Nextel All-Star Challenge last month. But when it comes to picking a NASCAR 'Dream Team', these guys are the best.

Driver of the month: Jeff Gordon
CAR: No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet TEAM: Hendrick Motorsports CREW CHIEF: Robbie Loomis

What's all this stuff under here?
CONCORD, N.C. - Lee McCall doesn't own any wrenches. He can't change his own oil or replace a spark plug on his own car. If work involves anything more serious than checking the oil or adding water, McCall sends his car to the shop.

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

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.

Save senior citizens' food program
I recently attended a Neighborhood Association meeting in Gracewood. Augusta Commissioners Andy Cheek, District 6, and Richard Colclough, District 4, were there along with other political representatives and candidates, plus guest speakers. One of the last speakers was Bobby Olivero from the Senior Citizens Council. She brought attention to a disturbing situation in that group. John E. Hunt, Augusta

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

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

Republicans also can switch on issues

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

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

Rise above ignoble prison scandal
Our country is free, and permits right and wrong actions, and we are willing to wash our linen in public to let the world know how we stand. But that does not mean we support or condone the torture of prisoners. Walter Lamb, Aiken

Republicans also can switch on issues
So you Republicans think that John Kerry changes his position on various issues too often. I remember a politician once described as a "liberal Democrat," but when he became president, he spent money like there was no tomorrow. Richard Amundson, Augusta

'Onimusha 3' is devilishly delightful video games

Tech show report: How to photograph 50 million buildings at 40 mph

Study: Aspirin might cut risk of breast cancer

Brand-name drug prices rising much faster than other inflation

Administration considers speed, routing limits to save big whales

Latest game advances come with hefty prices

Mold blamed for breathing problems

West Nile virus survivors tell of crippling pain and sleepless nights

Rise in male breast cancer may hint at obesity link

Latest game advances come with hefty prices
LOS ANGELES - Video-game manufacturers often resort to techno-lingo to explain what they've done to make Half-Life 2 more lifelike and EverQuest 2 graphically stunning.

Tech show report: How to photograph 50 million buildings at 40 mph
NEW YORK -- An odd-looking van sprouts 13 digital cameras that its builder wants to use to photograph 50 million buildings in the country while driving, taking pictures every 15 feet.

Study: Aspirin might cut risk of breast cancer
CHICAGO -- An effective weapon against many women's most feared disease might be as close as their medicine cabinets, according to new research linking aspirin with a reduced risk of breast cancer.

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.

West Nile virus survivors tell of crippling pain and sleepless nights
DELTA, Colo. -- Nearly a year after a red and swollen mosquito bite on her wrist signaled the onset of West Nile virus, Jean Lemon still suffers from crippling bouts of fever.

Administration considers speed, routing limits to save big whales
WASHINGTON -- In an effort to protect North Atlantic right whales, one of the world's most endangered large whales, the Bush administration is considering speed and routing restrictions for East Coast shipping.

'Onimusha 3' is devilishly delightful video games
This is going to get a little confusing.

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.

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.

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

Kid of the day

Soldier is acquitted of assault, firearm charges
A Fort Gordon military panel handed down an acquittal Wednesday to a soldier accused of shooting at a group of fellow soldiers at a barracks complex this winter.

Williams indicted on fraud

Across the area

News you can use
May 27, 1950 Facts that might help stabilize the tax structures of the city of Augusta, Richmond County and the Richmond County Board of Education will be sought by a committee assembled yesterday.

Union plans protest at MCG building site

Justice hopeful had problem with bills

Kansas selects Kolb as leader

Novice Ravenel gathers support
AIKEN - South Carolina Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel's campaign is trumpeting new poll numbers as evidence the political newcomer's star is on the rise, while his opponents' camps say they aren't placing much stock in the survey.

Board reviews Larke's terms

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A contract for the installation of voting machines in South Carolina was improperly awarded to a Nebraska company and must be put up for bid again.

GOP ends candidate search

GBI to handle Womack case
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will investigate allegations that Jenkins County Sheriff Bobby Womack used inmates at his jail as personal laborers.

Visitors will see glimpse of past

Income tax debate begins with losing round on bingo

Woman's residence gets makeover

Man, girlfriend will serve jail time for meth charges
Donny Williams was free on bond when arrested again on methamphetamine charges, and his girlfriend Karen Miller couldn't keep away from the drug just days before their sentencing hearing Wednesday.

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Across the area
Authorities are looking for the driver of a white, 1990s-vintage Buick Century that fled the scene after hitting a Salley couple walking on South Carolina Highway 302, six miles east of Aiken, at about 2 a.m. Saturday.

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.

Budget for schools calls for job cuts

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.

Cooler buses high on agenda

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.

Arsenal Oak will be felled
The execution date has been set.

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.

Rants and raves
I'M COMMENTING ON the 17-year-old girl who was arrested for fighting a police officer at the Red Wing Rollerway. Why wasn't it printed that the 17-year-old was trying to protect her mother's sister, who was 13?

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.

High-tech services may expand

Development won't go into neighborhood

Ex-dentist admits he wasn't licensed

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

Kid of the day

City debates timing of search
One day after George Kolb was selected as the new city manager for Wichita, Kan., Mayor Bob Young and some commissioners agreed Wednesday that a replacement for Augusta's city administrator should be found as soon as possible.

Rants and raves
I'M COMMENTING ON the 17-year-old girl who was arrested for fighting a police officer at the Red Wing Rollerway. Why wasn't it printed that the 17-year-old was trying to protect her mother's sister, who was 13?

Across Georgia

Pupil to face judge today

Georgian puts on poker face in contest
ATLANTA - Just $150 has enabled a Duluth, Ga., man to earn at least $45,000 and a chance to win a record $5 million purse for playing poker.

Sanford considers override of 105 vetoes disrespectful
COLUMBIA - A fuming Gov. Mark Sanford accused Republican leaders of trying embarrass him as he watched the House swiftly override his stack of budget vetoes Wednesday.

Forrestal, former member of Fed committee, dies
ATLANTA - Robert P. Forrestal, who was a member of the Federal Reserve policy committee that sets the nation's monetary and inflation policy, died Wednesday at Hospice Atlanta. He was 72.

Eyes on the prize
Adam Sevi, of Anchorage, Alaska, escapes the heat of the day with his canine companions in Aiken. Mr. Sevi and his family had stopped in the area Tuesday for a rest. The heat will continue today with highs in the mid-90s.

Around town
Westside High School graduates celebrate after turning their tassels at Wednesday's ceremony.

Pupil to face judge today
AIKEN - Silver Bluff High School honor student Griselda Lopez, who faces deportation to Mexico, will step into a courtroom for the first time today.

Soldier is acquitted of assault, firearm charges

MCG misses 2003 clinic list
The banner behind them proclaimed Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics as a Solucient Top 100 Hospital. On Wednesday, though, MCG Health Inc.'s Board of Directors learned that a four-numeral clarification - 2002 - is probably in order.

Molestation suspect arrested
Grovetown authorities arrested a former church bus driver on child molestation charges Wednesday.

School plans to cut 43 jobs
On one hand, the Medical College of Georgia will have to cut some administrative positions, increase billing rates and continue working to keep its uninsured patient charges down.

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.

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - The Cobb County Commission has voted to rescind retirement benefits for Lynn Turner, a former 911 operator convicted of poisoning her husband with antifreeze.

Across the area

High-tech services may expand
McCORMICK, S.C. - For rural McCormick County, where the population has dwindled since the Roaring '20s, fiber-optic cable and high-speed Internet are still rare.

Activists focus on grim future of SRS

Williams indicted on fraud
Former Georgia Rep. Robin Williams and his business associates used an Augusta mental health center to funnel millions in health care money to companies that would then kick back as much as half to Mr. Williams, federal officials alleged Wednesday.

Former state Rep. Williams indicted

Patriotic duty
Rocky Thomas, an electrician for the Augusta Public Works Department, hangs an American flag on a light pole in downtown Augusta. Mr. Thomas hung the banner Wednesday in preparation for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

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.

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.

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.

A few islanders give big to GOP

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.

News you can use

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.

Airport awaits screening choice

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

Across Georgia

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

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.

Coliseum authority questions team's debts

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.

Senior's act tough to copy

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

University must part with fund-raising arm

Kansas selects Kolb as leader

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.

Author takes inspiration from quake's anniversary

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Budget for schools calls for job cuts
Richmond County Superintendent Charles Larke released his proposed $216 million budget Wednesday, with major personnel cuts and reserve funds helping to balance the budget in a tough economic year.

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

GBI to handle Womack case

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.

City debates timing of search

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

Man, girlfriend will serve jail time for meth charges

Patriotic duty

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.

Georgian puts on poker face in contest

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

Eyes on the prize

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

Perdue backs severing ties
ATHENS, Ga. - Gov. Sonny Perdue said Wednesday that he supports the state Board of Regents' decision to end the University of Georgia's relationship with the fund-raising group that oversees the school's private contributions and academic scholarships.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Joshua Dorsey, 1, of Augusta.

Novice Ravenel gathers support

Take cover! Disasters make for some fascinating cinema

Mini reviews

New on video & DVD

There is surprising depth to zany world of 'Bubba'
The oddball idea behind the movie Bubba Ho-Tep is endearing enough - an aging Elvis Presley and a man who believes himself to be slain President John F. Kennedy, forgotten in a Texas nursing home, do battle with an Egyptian mummy. What's not to love?

At the Movies: 'Raising Helen'
"Raising Helen" is a tour of the Comedy Cliche Museum.

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

There is surprising depth to zany world of 'Bubba'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see augusta.com/movies.

At the Movies: 'Raising Helen'

Take cover! Disasters make for some fascinating cinema
The world, as we know it, ends tomorrow.

At the Movies: 'The Day After Tomorrow'
"The Day After Tomorrow" is a big, loud, summer action movie masquerading as a cautionary tale with social and political relevance.

At the Movies: 'The Day After Tomorrow'

Concert calendar

The Streets dodge sophomore

Carlos Santana to be honored at Latin awards ceremony

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.

The Streets dodge sophomore
Mike Skinner has an odd way of building songs. Take a midtempo beat and hit play. Talk a bit over the spartan house beat, paying attention to your dealings with your mates, birds, chips and other English slang. Sing a bit and stop again, then fall back into a mishmash of vocal expression.

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.

Phish breaks up with tour, new album approaching

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

Local musician profile

Madonna starts world tour

Phish breaks up with summer tour, new album approaching
NEW YORK -- Phish, the enormously popular jam band that experimented with myriad musical genres and whose legions of dedicated fans made them a younger version of The Grateful Dead, announced Tuesday that they are breaking up.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Hot ticket

Local musician profile
Travis Petrea, fender jazz bass guitar, The Josh Pierce Group.

Phish breaks up with summer tour, new album approaching

Truckers deny moniker 'Southern rock'
Although Athens, Ga., act the Drive-By Truckers features three ragged, raging guitars wrapped around Southern-style storytelling, the band is in no way the spiritual sons of Skynyrd.

Missy Elliott cancels Indonesia concert over security fears

Hot ticket
THE ACT: Andrew W.K., 8 p.m. Tuesday, The Cotton Club, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta.

Madonna canceled tour date due to stomach flu

Concert calendar
AQUAFINA ON THE BRICKS: 6-11 p.m. Friday, Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta; with Train, Gavin DeGraw, Liz Phair, Graham Colton Band; $5; children 5 and younger free

Truckers deny moniker 'Southern rock'

Carlos Santana to be honored at Latin awards ceremony
LOS ANGELES -- Carlos Santana will be honored as the Latin Recording Academy's 2004 Person of the Year for his professional, cultural and social contributions to music.

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."

Madonna canceled tour date due to stomach flu
LOS ANGELES -- Madonna canceled the second date of her Re-Invention tour due to a stomach flu, according to a statement posted on her Web site.

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.

Painful legacy: Indy car drivers hobble through life

Penske tries for fourth straight Indy 500 win

Robby Gordon: Doing the 'double' more mental than physical

Teens take first steps to Nextel
CONCORD, N.C. - The next generation of drivers on the Nextel Cup Series will make their first steps in big-time stock car racing this week at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Lowe's was wave of the future

Lowe's was wave of the future
CONCORD, N.C. - Before it was built, architects and engineers said Lowe's Motor Speedway wasn't possible.

Driver of the month: Jeff Gordon

NASCAR Newsmaker Dale Earnhardt
Dale Earnhardt Jr. grew up in a racing family that was obsessed with winning championships; his father, Dale Earnhardt, won seven. His focus never wanders from the big picture. Every race is a chance to stockpile points and move a little closer to his first title.

Gibbs teammates take turns at Lowe's

Some drivers pay a painful price
INDIANAPOLIS - Alex Zanardi used to steer clear of parking spots reserved for the handicapped. He wouldn't even walk through those spaces, never wanting to believe he might actually need one.

NASCAR Newsmaker Dale Earnhardt

Painful legacy: Indy car drivers hobble through life
INDIANAPOLIS -- Alex Zanardi used to steer clear of parking spots reserved for the handicapped. He wouldn't even walk through those spaces, never wanting to believe he might actually need one.

What's all this stuff under here?

Gibbs teammates take turns at Lowe's
CONCORD, N.C. -- Bobby Labonte enjoys coming to Lowe's Motor Speedway for all the obvious reasons - it's close to home, the facilities are second to none and no one has more recent success at the track.

Developed on the track ... Put to use in production?

Robby Gordon: Doing the 'double' more mental than physical
AUTO RACING PACKAGE: Robby Gordon: Doing the 'double' more mental than physical

Teens take first steps to Nextel

Penske tries for fourth straight Indy 500 win
INDIANAPOLIS -- The sight was enough to make Indy 500 regulars gape in wonderment.

NBA Commissioner David Stern wants minor league
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Commissioner David Stern wants the NBA to send some of its players to the minor league.

Piston lets his play do talking

Piston lets his play do talking
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Rasheed Wallace made another loud statement, only this time he did it during the game instead of before or after it.

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.

Minnesota coach says star should complain

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.

Saunders demands more respect for KG
LOS ANGELES -- Though Kevin Garnett has no interest in entering politics, his coach believes it might be time for the NBA's MVP to start campaigning for a fair deal from the referees.

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

Saunders demands more respect for KG

Miller sees familiar traits in Hamilton

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

Artest fined $10,000 for obscene gesture

Minnesota coach says star should complain
LOS ANGELES - Although Kevin Garnett has no interest in entering politics, his coach believes it might be time for the NBA's MVP to start campaigning for a fair deal from the referees.

Collins content to back up Gannon - for now

Bills sign OL McFarland, 7th-round pick

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James wants to take an active role
AKRON, Ohio - LeBron James isn't going to the Olympics this summer to be a cheerleader.

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.

International officials support U.S. probe
LONDON - International anti-doping officials fully support the U.S. investigation that could bar Marion Jones and other track stars from the Athens Olympics even if they haven't failed drug tests.

International officials support U.S. probe

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.

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.

Raymond runs out of miracles

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

Gatti intends to avoid slugfest against Dorin

Overtime

Overtime

Federer bids adieu to his losing streak

In their element

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.

Raymond runs out of miracles
PARIS - Right up until the very last point of her second-round loss Wednesday at the French Open, Lisa Raymond probably figured, "I still have a chance."

Overtime
Augusta State catcher Sam Barth has been selected to the first team of the Rawlings/ABCA Division II South Atlantic All-Region team.

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

In their element
When Ryan Gober finishes his season swimming for the University of Tampa in Florida, the 20-year-old returns to Augusta to coach in the CSRA Swim League.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Surgery a success for Eagles' Andrews
PHILADELPHIA -- For Philadelphia Eagles' guard Shawn Andrews, eating, breathing and sleeping have long been a challenge - until now.

Guyton festival to draw bluegrass fans

Boston Archdiocese to lose 65 parishes by year's end because of financial problems
BOSTON -- The weight of a priest shortage, shrinking collections and the clergy sex abuse scandal combined to force Boston's archbishop to announce Tuesday that his Roman Catholic archdiocese will lose 65 parishes by year's end.

Denver archbishop: Denying communion is for 'extraordinary cases'
DENVER -- Communion should be withheld only in "extraordinary cases of public scandal," the archbishop of Denver said Tuesday amid a growing national debate over religion, politics and voting.

Guyton festival to draw bluegrass fans
Bluegrass music fans will be at the Mossy Oak Music Park near Guyton, Ga., today through Sunday for the Lonesome Whistle Band's third annual Hometown Bluegrass Festival.

Songs of the South

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.

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

'American Idol' down to the final vote

'American Bandstand' back with 'American Idol' flavor

'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."

CBS wins comfortably as sweeps month heads to close

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

MTV Networks announce Logo, network geared toward gays and lesbians
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.

CBS wins comfortably as sweeps month heads to close

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.

Love goes, ring stays with Jen of 'The Bachelor'

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.

'West Wing' star Allison Janney engaged

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.

MTV Networks announce Logo, network geared toward gays and lesbians

'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."

Diana or Fantasia? Viewers vote for the next 'American Idol'

Network geared toward gays and lesbians slated for February

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.

'West Wing' star Allison Janney engaged
LOS ANGELES -- Allison Janney of "The West Wing" found her heart in San Francisco, where she and actor Richard Jenik became engaged to marry.

Love goes, ring stays with Jen of 'The Bachelor'
LOS ANGELES -- Jen Schefft says she and Andrew Firestone of "The Bachelor" have a bond despite their split - and she's got the engagement ring.

Diana or Fantasia? Viewers vote for the next 'American Idol'
SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- With all the notes sung, the judges' opinions rendered and the votes cast, the only thing left is the announcement: Is Diana DeGarmo or Fantasia Barrino this season's "American Idol?"

No sitcom for Jessica Simpson at ABC

Comic queen brings raunchy act to town comedy

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

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Assault charge against Richard Simmons dismissed

Snoop Dogg files for divorce

Michael Jackson's father hires lawyer to be 'extra pair of eyes' in court

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Vanderbilt laeves Georgia in the dust

Vanderbilt laeves Georgia in the dust
HOOVER, Ala. -- Jeremy Sowers pitched a complete-game three-hitter and Vanderbilt beat Georgia 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference tournament's opening round Wednesday.

Songs of the South
Much is made of the British Invasion, the California soft rock revolution and the leather-tough sound of New York noise, but much of America's musical heritage stems not from the Beatles, Eagles or Ramones, but acts born and bred south of the Mason-Dixon line.

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.

Return to Sarge motivates Gamecocks

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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.

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'Spanky' the clown arrested on child porn charges

Judge removed from bench for repeated drunkenness

Boston Archdiocese to lose 65 parishes by year's end because of financial problems