Arts review: Portrait of an artist as an unsatisfied man

Exhibit on the diversity of frogs opens at Natural History museum

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.

Putting your best voice forward on the Tony Awards show

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

Panel set to promote arts center

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.

Nicole and Sean and Taye and Scarlett at the 2004 Tonys

Fine arts calendar

Nicole and Sean and Taye and Scarlett at the 2004 Tonys
NEW YORK -- From Nicole to Sarah Jessica to Scarlett to P. Diddy. The list of presenters at the 2004 Tony Awards is an eclectic bunch, including some with tenuous ties to the theater but who might help draw a new audience for the awards show, which will be telecast June 6 by CBS from Radio City Music Hall.

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.

Putting your best voice forward on the Tony Awards show
NEW YORK -- What's in a song? Plenty, if you are a Tony Award nominee for best musical and get a little less than four minutes to put your best voice forward to sell your Broadway show before a national TV audience.

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.

Panel set to promote arts center
Before the first brick is laid, the proposed Savannah River Performing Arts Center will need the allocation of $25 million in special purpose local option sales tax funds - an essential ingredient in meeting the project's estimated $61 million price tag.

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

Just plain folk

Wellemeyer, Goodwin could be headed to DL

Tigers dethrone Royals

Tigers dethrone Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Carlos Pena and the hard-hitting Detroit Tigers left their mark on the Kansas City Royals - especially Justin Huisman.

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.

Glascock County moves on

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.

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

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.

Pettitte has muscle strain in left forearm
HOUSTON -- Astros left-hander Andy Pettitte has a strained muscle in his left forearm and will be evaluated by team doctors in the next few days.

Prep baseball
Prep baseball scores from Wednesday's action.

Red Sox win fifth straight

Newman's win was team effort
Michael Newman had plenty of help wearing the cape for Greenbrier on Wednesday. Clearly tired, he relied on a soundly-positioned outfield to snag deep drives in his last two innings of work in the Wolfpack's 8-6 victory.

Ace carries Greenbrier to series win

Athletics pound Red Sox
BOSTON -- Eric Chavez and Scott Hatteberg homered to lead Oakland's best offensive game of the season, and the Athletics beat the Boston Red Sox 15-2 Thursday night.

Griffey won't explain his glare

White Sox blank Rangers
CHICAGO -- Mark Buehrle scattered nine hits over seven innings, and Juan Uribe homered twice as the Chicago White Sox blanked the Texas Rangers for the second straight game, 9-0 Thursday night.

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.

Padres get win over Rockies after 10
DENVER -- Rookie Khalil Greene left Coors Field feeling much better than when he arrived.

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.

Prep baseball

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.

Mondesi close to deciding whether to join new team

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.

Newman's win was team effort

Ordonez scratched from lineup with strained calf

Athletics pound Red Sox

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.

Keep us posted on your vacation travels

Birth announcements

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- The long arm of the law may be ringing your doorbell and holding a pizza.

American Indian who refused to cut hair in prison is freed
LOS ANGELES -- A federal appeals court has ordered the release of an American Indian prison inmate whose sentence was extended because he refused to cut his hair.

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.

'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.

Ugly lobsters creeping north in New England
BOSTON -- A baffling disease that makes lobsters ugly, but not inedible, has crept northward from the Buzzards Bay hotspot where it's afflicted lobsters for several years.

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.

Atlanta prepares for pivotal series

DeRosa hopes the worst is over

Phillies' Millwood shaken by Braves' bats

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 roughs up Millwood, Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA - It was arguably the biggest game of the season to date, a meeting between the Atlanta Braves and the division-leading Philadelphia Phillies.

DeRosa hopes the worst is over
PHILADELPHIA - Mark DeRosa declared his two-month struggle to find his swing over Thursday, though there's little evidence to support him apart from Wednesday night's two hits and two RBI.

Phillies' Millwood shaken by Braves' bats
PHILADELPHIA - It was arguably the biggest game of the season to date, a meeting between the Atlanta Braves and the division-leading Philadelphia Phillies.

Braves' offense supports Ortiz

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.

Economy grows at faster rate than previously estimated

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.

Economy grows at faster rate than previously estimated
WASHINGTON -- The economy grew at a 4.4 percent annual rate in the first quarter of this year, slightly faster than previously thought and fresh evidence that the recovery possessed good momentum as it headed into the current quarter.

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.

Getting more mile for your buck
Don't cross road trips off your "things to do this summer" list just yet.

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.

High oil prices threaten airline industry recovery
GENEVA -- High oil prices threaten the recovery of the global airline industry, which is emerging from the crisis caused by last year's SARS epidemic and the Iraq war, the head of the International Air Transport Association said Thursday.

Fed announces $70 million penalty against Citigroup and a subsidiary

Former Rite Aid CEO Grass gets 8-year prison term
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Former Rite Aid Corp. chief executive Martin L. Grass was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday for conspiring to falsely inflate the value of the company his father founded and cover up the scheme.

U.S. energy secretary optimistic about higher oil output
MOSCOW -- U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham voiced optimism Thursday over the prospects for increasing global oil production, saying that more nations are likely to boost production following Saudi Arabia's example.

Bank buys Family Y property
Georgia Bank & Trust Co. has purchased the Family Y's Wheeler Center property as the location for its next branch office.

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.

Need to trim costs? Move to Savannah

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

Demand strains military suppliers

Board clears path for shopping center

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve on Thursday announced a $70 million penalty against Citigroup Inc. and a subsidiary over practices related to borrowers taking out riskier, higher-interest rate "subprime" personal and home-mortgage loans.

Aetna sues Abbott over 400 percent rise in AIDS drug price

Strong assets go to Wells Fargo takes on Strong assets

Getting more mile for your buck

Wells Fargo buying Strong assets

Former Rite Aid CEO Grass gets 8-year prison term

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.

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

Aetna sues Abbott over 400 percent rise in AIDS drug price
SAN FRANCISCO -- Aetna Inc. has sued pharmaceutical maker Abbott Laboratories Inc., accusing it of seeking a monopoly on AIDS drugs by raising the price of its popular drug Norvir by 400 percent.

Fed announces $70 million penalty against Citigroup and a subsidiary
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve on Thursday announced a $70 million penalty against Citigroup Inc., and a subsidiary regarding practices related to borrowers taking out riskier, higher-interest rate "subprime" personal and home-mortgage loans.

Jeweler buys out top rival

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.

U. of Colorado reinstates football coach and announces overhaul to recruiting practices

Ohio State's Wurtzman advances in singles
TULSA, Okla. -- Ohio State's Jeremy Wurtzman beat Jakub Praibis of Indiana in straight sets Thursday, making him the highest-rated player left in the NCAA men's tournament.

U. of Colorado reinstates football coach and announces overhaul to recruiting practices
BOULDER, Colo. -- Calling it the right thing to do, the president of the University of Colorado reinstated suspended football coach Gary Barnett on Thursday and said no one will lose their jobs for one of the worst college athletics scandals in years.

Former Colorado QB Hessler released from hospital

Ohio State's Wurtzman advances in singles

Distressing indictments
No one who investigated the goings-on at the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia last year is surprised at the 30-count indictment handed down by the federal grand jury in Savannah.

Distressing indictments

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 cynical ploy shot down
They didn't even get all the hot air into this trial balloon before it was shot down.

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:

A cynical ploy shot down

Losing a leader

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.

Meryl Streep and Steve Martin rekindle awards season
LOS ANGELES -- The Oscars just ended, but Meryl Streep and Steve Martin are rekindling awards season already.

Plan the weekend
Today - DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, STEWART & WINFIELD: 8 p.m., Friday, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $15; 722-8341.

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:

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

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

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

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.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Sarah Jessica Parker, who wore designer clothes on HBO's "Sex and the City" for six seasons, has agreed to represent the Gap in a marketing campaign that will debut in August.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Club calendar

Stocks higher on strong GDP data
NEW YORK -- A better-than-expected gross domestic product reading soothed investors' latest economic worries Thursday, sending stocks sharply higher on the expectation of robust second-quarter earnings.

Nintendo blames yen rise for sharp fall in profit

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.

Mortgage rates resume climb, contributing to refinancing slowdown
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages resumed their upward march this week, a factor that could contribute to a further slowdown in home-mortgage refinancings, economists said.

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $3.73 billion in the latest week to $866.23 trillion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Dollar sinks against other currencies
NEW YORK -- The dollar sank against all its major rivals Thursday, with a variety of factors contributing to the break of several key technical levels, particularly the euro's surge through $1.2200.

Tokyo stocks mixed, dollar down against yen

Nintendo blames yen rise for sharp fall in profit
TOKYO -- Japan's Nintendo Co. said Thursday its net profit plunged 51 percent during the last fiscal year due a sharp rise in the value of the yen against the dollar.

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

Dollar General profits rise 12.4 percent in first quarter
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. -- Discount retailer Dollar General Corp. reported Thursday that profits increased 12.4 percent in the first quarter, driven by an increase in stores and higher markups.

Dollar sinks against other currencies

Flowers Foods bounces back to profit, raises outlook for year
THOMASVILLE, Ga. - Flowers Foods Inc., a wholesale bakery, returned to a profit for its latest quarter, a year after costs associated with the sale of its Mrs. Smith's frozen desserts business weighed on results.

Vivendi's recovery gains pace in first quarter
PARIS -- French media and telecommunications company Vivendi Universal slashed its first quarter losses and posted a 10 percent increase in operating profit Thursday, offering a clear sign that the worst is over as it recovers from a brush with bankruptcy.

Tokyo stocks mixed, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks ended mixed Thursday amid lackluster trading. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

School's back in session
School is out for most area children, but a different kind of school that can be enjoyed by fishermen young and old is about to begin.

School's back in session

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

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.

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.

'Mocha Delites offers coffee, light foods

Flowers, like clothing, can grow out of fashion
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- How is it that computer search engines can track down high school classmates from the 1960s or Army buddies you served with 25 years ago yet aren't designed for finding nasturtiums like those in your grandmother's garden?

Georgia Tech tops Clemson in 13 innings
SALEM, Va. -- Micah Owings drove in the go-ahead run with an infield grounder, Clifton Remole hit a three-run double and Georgia Tech beat Clemson 11-7 in 13 innings Thursday night in the ACC tournament.

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 tops Clemson in 13 innings

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.

Augusta burns Rome
Jon de Vries' fly ball to right field with bases loaded and the game on the line wasn't very deep.

Augusta's Taylor takes lead

Els shoots 64 at Wentworth

Augusta's Taylor takes lead
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Switching his putting grip helped Augusta's Vaughn Taylor fix his stroke on the greens.

Roberts hoping firmer greens help at hometown tournament

Els shoots 64 at Wentworth
VIRGINIA WATER, England - Ernie Els took the early lead at the Volvo PGA on Thursday, shooting 8-under-par 64 in the opening round at Wentworth.

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

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

Augusta burns Rome

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

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

Blue Jackets sign LW Shelley to two-year contract

Flames trade-off for glory

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.

Lightning defense foils Flames, ties series 1-1
TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Lightning showed they can play defense even when it takes time to show off their flash and dash.

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.

Flames trade-off for glory
TAMPA, Fla. - Some on-the-rise teams use their minor league system as the cornerstone for rebuilding. Others rely on free agents or players dumped for salary reasons at the trading deadline.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Keep us posted on your vacation travels
Here we are again on the brink of a Memorial Day weekend and the long summer ahead. As usual, we have questions:

Woman burned in morning house fire
A handicapped Augusta woman has been sent to the hospital with severe burns to her body after a fire this morning at her home.

Auditors found no improprieties with Larke's vacation payout
An audit of Richmond County school Superintendent Charles Larke's $94,000 vacation payout found no improprieties in how it was handled, the school district's chief financial officer said today in a news conference.

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

Asbestos wrongs must be righted
In your May 12 editorial "End asbestos madness," once again you clearly leave out some of the most important facts on the subject. Richard K. Thomas, Augusta

Republicans also can switch on issues

Left doesn't want win in terror war
In his recent rambling rant against America ("Iraq war echoes Stalingrad," May 16), Allan Levene revealed more than a lack of insight into the lessons of history. He also revealed the true nature of the American political left. They are willing, perhaps even hoping, to see America fail in our epic struggle with terrorism, this century's moral equivalent of World War II, as long they can gain by that loss. Lou Pedraza, Martinez

Left doesn't want win in terror war

DeMint is best choice for Senate
In the June 8 Republican primary we have a great opportunity to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Fritz Hollings, D-S.C., with a true conservative and someone who has been fighting hard in Washington against wasteful spending by our federal government: Rep. Jim DeMint. Leland Reynolds, Aiken, S.C.

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

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

DeMint is best choice for Senate

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

Mars rover to begin 'deep sleep' to save energy despite risk

Living briefs

Dietary panel calls for more fish, fewer refined grains in meals

West Nile virus survivors tell of crippling pain and sleepless nights

Forecasters predict three 'major' storms this hurricane season

Administration considers speed, routing limits to save big whales

Health and fitness calendar

Moviemakers get carried away with weather catastrophes

'Onimusha 3' is devilishly delightful video games

Latest game advances come with hefty prices

Study: Aspirin might cut risk of breast cancer

Who's the first Bozo? Clown Hall of Fame to honor the original jester

Living briefs
Even marine reserves, which are supposed to protect fish, apparently cannot save them when coral reefs start to decline.

Dietary panel calls for more fish, fewer refined grains in meals
WASHINGTON -- A revised food pyramid coming from the government to guide Americans' eating habits should recommend more fish and fiber and fewer refined grains such as white bread, federal advisers decided Thursday.

Mars rover to begin 'deep sleep' to save energy despite risk
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Mars rover Opportunity will be put into a "deep sleep" mode at night to save energy even though the step risks cold damage to one of its instruments, NASA said.

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

Moviemakers get carried away with weather catastrophes
Not since 2001's A.I.: Artificial Intelligence has New York City been immersed under so much ice. In the movie The Day After Tomorrow, which opens today, bowling ball-size hail pummels Tokyo, twisters rage through downtown Los Angeles and the Statue of Liberty is hit with a tsunami, all because of sudden changes in the planet's climate.

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.

Who's the first Bozo? Clown Hall of Fame to honor the original jester
MILWAUKEE -- There are no hand buzzers, trick flowers or balloon animals in this clown story. The issue is who created Bozo the Clown - and the dispute is wiping the smile off some clowns' faces.

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.

Forecasters predict three 'major' storms this hurricane season
TAMPA, Fla. -- Forecasters predicted three "major" storms this hurricane season, which begins Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Novice Ravenel gathers support

Across the area

Collision hospitalizes 2 women
Two women were hospitalized Thursday when their cars crashed on Doug Barnard Parkway, knocking one vehicle completely off the roadway and causing the other car to cross the median and flip over multiple times, police said.

Senior took charity to school
AIKEN - Brandon Kearse peers into the dysfunctional hard drive of one of the many computers scattered around his house, following wires and circuits that snake through the machine.

Correction

Williams' lawyer calls deals legal
Former lawmaker Robin Williams will be cleared of fraud and money-laundering charges at an Augusta mental health center, his attorney predicted Thursday.

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.

Unlocked vehicles become targets of theft
It takes only a few seconds to prevent people from stealing unlocked cars, a crime that's been hitting the area, authorities say.

Collision hospitalizes 2 women

Williams indicted on fraud

Preconstruction engineer retires from DOT

Coroner contest becomes intense
AIKEN - County coroner races aren't generally known for their heated politics, but Aiken County's Republican primary has proved an exception this year.

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

Time for a holiday
As Memorial Day approaches, residents are readying their grills, preparing their vehicles for vacation travel and anxiously awaiting the holiday weekend.

GBI to handle Womack case

News you can use
MAY 28, 1960 The new $2 million bridge over the Savannah River at Fifth Street was opened to traffic late Friday for the first time.

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.

Memorial Day weekend events
WORLD WAR II RECOGNITION CEREMONY: The American Legion Jesse C. Lynch Memorial Post 71, 300 E. Spring Grove Ave. in North Augusta, will conduct a World War II recognition ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday at the post. The ceremony will recognize local World War II veterans, and a flag disposal ceremony will be conducted. Several local dignitaries and organizations will participate in the event. There also will be an exhibit of World War II memorabilia. The ceremony is free. For more information, call Charles Smiley at 279-5074.

Senior took charity to school

Postmaster admits delaying mail
Don't fault folks in the small McCormick County town of Clarks Hill if they complain about slow postal service - for some it took almost five years to get their mail.

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Project leaders request funding
Thursday was sales pitch day in the Augusta Commission's chamber for Augusta's public library, the Augusta-Richmond County Detention Center on Phinizy Road and the city's technology department.

Hopefuls debate experience

Inmate awaits death in chair
COLUMBIA - As the hours left in his life tick away, James Neil Tucker grows more at peace, while the families of his victims anxiously await the end of an ordeal that began more than a decade ago.

Hopefuls debate experience
Several candidates seeking various posts squared off in a debate Thursday at Grovetown Middle School.

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.

Georgian puts on poker face in contest

Soldier is acquitted of assault, firearm charges

Woman burned in morning house fire

Across the area
Columbia County authorities filed another child molestation charge against Jimmie Lee Mills on Thursday.

Patriotic duty

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

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.

Georgia financial guru dies at age 75

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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.

Kid of the day

Letter from '99 reports use of inmates' labor
The Ogeechee Circuit District Attorney's Office had information about Jenkins County Sheriff Bobby Womack's use of inmate labor in 1999, but the district attorney at the time didn't pursue it, documents from a closed GBI file show.

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

Williams' lawyer calls deals legal

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 HAVE A RAVE for Dr. Charles Larke. I called and asked Dr. Larke for a donation for inner-city children to attend summer camp, and he did not hesitate to give a generous check. Thank you, Dr. Larke.

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.

Kid of the day

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.

How to properly display the colors

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.

Postmaster admits delaying mail

City debates timing of search

Project leaders request funding

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.

Coroner contest becomes intense

Pupil to face judge today

Inmate awaits death in chair

Airport gets official director
Thursday's Aviation Commission meeting brought some closure to two major airport issues.

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 Georgia
SEA ISLAND - The UGA Foundation, whose relationship with the University of Georgia will end in 90 days, decided against voting on a fiscal year 2005 budget and a slate of new officers Thursday.

Memorial Day closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Memorial Day:

Alumni of Josey celebrate 40th year
Augusta native Larry Palmer was thrilled about speaking on behalf of his alma mater Thursday night.

Budget for schools calls for job cuts

How to properly display the colors
How to properly display the colors.

Man, girlfriend will serve jail time for meth charges

Developers seek rise in minimum levels of river

Airport gets official director

High-tech services may expand

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.

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.

Across the area

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.

Letter from '99 reports use of inmates' labor

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.

Rants and raves
I HAVE A RAVE for Dr. Charles Larke. I called and asked Dr. Larke for a donation for inner-city children to attend summer camp, and he did not hesitate to give a generous check. Thank you, Dr. Larke.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Lorenzo Segettini, 13, of Martinez.

Eyes on the prize

Correction
An article about budget changes at MCG Health Inc. in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle failed to differentiate between the Medical College of Georgia and its separate hospital and clinics. The article should have said that Medical College of Georgia Hospital will have 43 administrative positions cut in its 2005 fiscal year budget.

Time for a holiday

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - South Carolinians might not get the chance to vote on the state's minibottle requirement after all.

Georgia financial guru dies at age 75
ATLANTA - Henry Thomassen, the chief economic adviser to every Georgia governor since the early 1960s, died Thursday in Florida. He was 75.

Developers seek rise in minimum levels of river
Minimum water levels in the Savannah River above Stevens Creek Dam could be raised about 2 feet under a proposal by developers of a new Columbia County subdivision.

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.

Preconstruction engineer retires from DOT
Longtime Department of Transportation employee David Griffith worked his last day on the job Thursday, retiring after serving as the District 2 preconstruction engineer for the past 11 years.

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.

Leaving on a jet plane
Ann Bruno says this Memorial Day weekend is probably one of the first travel holidays in which Augustans are taking to the skies in larger numbers since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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.

Leaving on a jet plane

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.

Memorial Day weekend events

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.

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?

Alumni of Josey celebrate 40th year

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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?

Take cover! Disasters make for some fascinating cinema

At the Movies: 'Soul Plane'
It would be an interesting exercise to show a double feature of Mario Van Peebles' new movie "Baadasssss!" - about the struggle to destroy old stereotypes of blacks in film - with "Soul Plane," a broad comedy that seems solely interested in perpetuating new stereotypes.

At the Movies: 'Baadasssss!'

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: 'Soul Plane'

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

At the Movies: 'The Day After Tomorrow'

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.

Kim Cattrall says no to 'Sex and the City' movie
LOS ANGELES -- Kim Cattrall said she didn't want any more "Sex and the City," so that means her co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis won't be getting any either.

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'
"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'

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

There is surprising depth to zany world of 'Bubba'

New on video & DVD

At the Movies: 'Raising Helen'

At the Movies: 'Baadasssss!'
Mario Van Peebles isn't afraid to show the bad along with the good in "Baadasssss!", his loving, warts-and-all depiction of the struggles his father endured in making the seminal "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song."

Mini reviews

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

At the Movies: 'Raising Helen'

The Graham Colton Band: influenced to succeed

Local musician profile

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.

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

Carlos Santana to be honored at Latin awards ceremony

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

Phish breaks up with summer tour, new album approaching

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.

Truckers deny moniker 'Southern rock'

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.

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.

Toby Keith sweeps top honors at Country Music awards

Hot ticket

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

The Streets dodge sophomore

The Graham Colton Band: influenced to succeed
NEW YORK -- Graham Colton swears he's a PG-13 kind of guy - no hard-rockin' lifestyle for him. The other four members of the band that bears his name snicker, but Colton won't back down.

Concert calendar

Brothers Gibb say the Bee Gees are no more
LONDON -- Barry and Robin Gibb, who went to Buckingham Palace to be honored Thursday, said the Bee Gees died with their brother, Maurice.

Toby Keith sweeps top honors at Country Music awards
LAS VEGAS -- One year after a disgruntled Toby Keith walked out of the Academy of Country Music awards before being named entertainer of the year, he won the top honor again, and then some.

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.

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

Madonna canceled tour date due to stomach flu

Painful legacy: Indy car drivers hobble through life

Newman's win was team effort

Burton wants to revisit Victory Lane
CONCORD, N.C. -- Jeff Burton used to come to each track - particularly Lowe's Motor Speedway - as one of the favorites.

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.

NASCAR Newsmaker Dale Earnhardt

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 hopes for better day
INDIANAPOLIS - A.J. Foyt IV is fortunate - there are no lasting scars from his first Indianapolis 500.

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.

Late run earns pole to Johnson

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.

Driver of the month: Jeff Gordon

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

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

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.

Newman's win was team effort
Michael Newman had plenty of help wearing the cape for Greenbrier on Wednesday. Clearly tired, he relied on a soundly-positioned outfield to snag deep drives in his last two innings of work in the Wolfpack's 8-6 victory.

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.

Late run earns pole to Johnson
CONCORD, N.C. - Sometimes being last isn't so bad.

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

Burton wants to revisit Victory Lane

Penske tries for fourth straight Indy 500 win

Gibbs teammates take turns at Lowe's

What's all this stuff under here?

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

Teens take first steps to Nextel

Lowe's was wave of the future

Pacers might adjust offense for Game 4

Piston lets his play do talking

Bryant holds court over Timberwolves

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.

Scott heading to the Hornets

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.

Bryant holds court over Timberwolves
LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant spent one more day in a Colorado courtroom - and one more night at the peak of his game.

Minnesota coach says star should complain

Saunders demands more respect for KG

Pacers might adjust offense for Game 4
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - While most of the Indiana Pacers waited on the team bus, Ron Artest stayed on the court hoisting jump shots until he was drenched in sweat.

Kobe Bryant's attorneys want DNA samples to probe accuser's sex life

Brand has surgery on finger and knee
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers forward Elton Brand had surgery on both his left knee and right ring finger.

Brand has surgery on finger and knee

Kobe Bryant's attorneys want DNA samples to probe accuser's sex life
EAGLE, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant's attorneys asked a judge Thursday to order a co-worker and a former boyfriend of a woman accusing the NBA star of rape to submit DNA samples, saying they could prove she lied about her sex life.

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.

Scott heading to the Hornets
NEW ORLEANS -- Byron Scott will be the next coach of the New Orleans Hornets.

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.

Panthers guard Nelson has hip surgery

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HGH test could be in place before Athens

HGH test could be in place before Athens
CANBERRA, Australia -- A test for human growth hormone could be secretly implemented in time for the Athens Olympics to catch cheaters unaware of the new exam.

U.S. coach says McGrady will miss Olympics

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.

Should Athens have been awarded the Olympics?
ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's new public works minister questioned Thursday whether Athens should have been awarded the Olympics because of the amount of work needed to host the games.

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

U.S. coach says McGrady will miss Olympics
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Tracy McGrady will not play for the U.S. men's basketball team at the Olympics, U.S. coach Larry Brown said Wednesday.

International officials support U.S. probe

Athens 2004: From Dream Team to drugs

Athens 2004: From Dream Team to drugs
The Dream Team doesn't look so dreamy anymore. A top rower decided he was too scared to go to Athens, Greece, and the U.S. baseball team wasn't good enough to go.

Hungary's Voros leads qualifying field in modern pentathlon
MOSCOW -- Defending champion Szuzsanna Voros of Hungary collected 4,172 points to lead qualifying Thursday at the opening day of the modern pentathlon world championships.

Overtime

In their element

Overtime

Raymond runs out of miracles

Serena wins amid jeers from crowd

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.

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.

Serena wins amid jeers from crowd
PARIS - Serena Williams drew both jeers and cheers Thursday at the French Open as she rallied twice to beat 17-year-old Russian Maria Kirilenko.

Overtime
Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia announced Thursday that the team has come to terms with forward Todd Bennett. Bennett scored 20 goals (seven on power plays), 38 points and played in 66 games for Augusta last season.

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

Panthers guard Nelson has hip surgery
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers' offensive line was dealt a blow Thursday when guard Bruce Nelson underwent hip surgery to repair a torn right labrum.

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

Fantasia Barrino is the new 'American Idol'
LOS ANGELES -- An estimated 31.4 million people tuned in to watch Fantasia Barrino's tearstained victory at the conclusion of "American Idol," Nielsen Media Research said Thursday.

Hometown is proud of 'Idol' runner-up
ATLANTA -- Diana DeGarmo may be coming home second best, but there's still a parade waiting for her.

Fantasia Barrino is the new 'American Idol'

North Carolina cheers an idol of it's own - Fantasia Barrino

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of May 17-23. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

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

North Carolina cheers an idol of it's own - Fantasia Barrino
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- North Carolina has raised its second "American Idol" - a teenager with a voice that made her TV judges reach for the thesaurus.

CBS wins comfortably as sweeps month heads to close

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

MTV Networks announce Logo, network geared toward gays and lesbians

'West Wing' star Allison Janney engaged

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?"

'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.

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.

Hometown is proud of 'Idol' runner-up

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.

Rankings for basic cable networks

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.

Club calendar

Applause calendar

Plan the weekend

Assault charge against Richard Simmons dismissed

Stuff to do

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

People in the News

The top five list

Comic queen brings raunchy act to town comedy

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.

Vanderbilt laeves Georgia in the dust

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.

The Real All-Stars

Ugly lobsters creeping north in New England

American Indian who refused to cut hair in prison is freed

Odds and Ends

'Spanky' the clown arrested on child porn charges

Judge removed from bench for repeated drunkenness

Odds and Ends

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