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.

Putting your best voice forward on the Tony Awards show

Harry Potter may die in last book, says actor Daniel Radcliffe
LONDON -- Harry Potter may never grow up. Daniel Radcliffe, who stars as the daring schoolboy wizard, said Friday that Harry may die in the last book of J.K. Rowling's magical series.

Nicole and Sean and Taye and Scarlett at the 2004 Tonys

Panel set to promote arts center

Harvard's Huntington stirs the melting pot, praising 'Anglo-Protestant' America

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.

Harvard's Huntington stirs the melting pot, praising 'Anglo-Protestant' America
Harvard University's Samuel P. Huntington addresses some incendiary topics in his new book, "Who Are We?: The Challenges to America's National Identity" (Simon & Schuster).

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.

Benitez not thinking about New York, even with Mets in town
MIAMI -- Three hours before gametime, Armando Benitez's giant body was sprawled across a black leather recliner. Silver earrings dangled from his lobes, a bandanna was wrapped around his head and he happily greeted teammates standing on the other side of the clubhouse.

North Carolina wipes out Duke

North Carolina wipes out Duke
SALEM, Va. -- Andrew Miller worked hard to keep North Carolina in the game early against Duke, then had to work hard to keep himself loose as the game turned into the Tar Heels Relays.

Mueller has knee operation

Athletics pound Red Sox

Benitez not thinking about New York, even with Mets in town

Mueller has knee operation
BOSTON -- Red Sox third baseman Bill Mueller had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to remove a "hanging piece of cartilage" on Friday before returning home to recuperate.

Newman's win was team effort

Padres put Klesko on DL
MILWAUKEE -- San Diego Padres slugger Ryan Klesko was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a strained muscle in his rib cage.

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.

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

Baseball roundup

Padres put Klesko on DL

UCLA blanks LSU

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.

Tigers dethrone Royals

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.

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.

Baseball roundup
Boston allowed a season-high 17 hits in a 15-2 loss to Oakland on Thursday night. It was the most runs allowed by the Red Sox since losing 15-9 to Tampa Bay on July 24.

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.

Devil Rays call up McGriff
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Fred McGriff is ready to resume his quest to reach 500 home runs.

UCLA blanks LSU
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Keira Goerl threw a four-hitter and UCLA beat LSU 2-0 Friday in a winner's bracket game at the NCAA Women's College World Series.

Johnson to make Expos debut
MONTREAL -- First baseman Nick Johnson was activated from the 15-day disabled list and in lineup to make his Montreal debut Friday night.

Keep us posted on your vacation travels

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

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.

Odds and Ends
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A judge is in the dog house after he complained about a canine running around his neighborhood, then convicted the pet's owner in court.

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.

Phillies' Millwood shaken by Braves' bats

DeRosa hopes the worst is over

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.

Phillies bust Braves in 10
PHILADELPHIA - They had a revitalized Mike Hampton on the hill and a backup outfielder hitting a home run. They had Randy Wolf on the ropes, Jim Thome out of the lineup nursing a sore finger, and Pat Burrell without a hit in his first four trips.

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.

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.

Japanese recovery underlined by consumer spending, job data
TOKYO -- Government data released Friday underscored Japan's budding recovery as wage earner spending jumped, industrial output continued to grow and pressures eased on unemployment.

European Union, United States sign passenger data agreement

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.

Getting more mile for your buck

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

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.

Oil and gasoline futures rise ahead of Memorial Day
NEW YORK - Crude oil futures rose Friday on the New York Mercantile Exchange, led by a wave of buying in June gasoline ahead of contract expiration and the long Memorial Day weekend.

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

European Union, United States sign passenger data agreement
WASHINGTON -- U.S. and European Union officials signed an anti-terrorism agreement on Friday for sharing passenger data on transoceanic flights, saying it provides adequate privacy protection to air passengers.

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.

Former Rite Aid CEO Grass gets 8-year prison term

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.

Fed announces $70 million penalty against Citigroup and a subsidiary

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.

Consumer spending up solidly, income growth strong, good signs for economy

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.

New beer-alcohol level law causes ale lovers to rejoice

Economy grows at faster rate than previously estimated

Daft to step down as Coke chief seven months early
ATLANTA -- The Coca-Cola Co. said Friday that outgoing chairman and chief executive Doug Daft will step down from those positions seven months earlier than expected.

Center awards 2 local groups
Two area businesses have been recognized as outstanding family operations.

Consumer spending up solidly, income growth strong, good signs for economy
WASHINGTON -- Consumers - whose behavior plays a crucial role in shaping economic activity - increased their spending in April by a solid 0.3 percent, a good signal that the recovery remained firmly rooted as it entered the current quarter.

New beer-alcohol level law causes ale lovers to rejoice
ATLANTA - Beer in Georgia is about to get more kick.

Oil rig count down by 3 this week
HOUSTON -- The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States fell by three this week to 1,169.

Business briefs
TURIN, Italy - Fiat Chairman Umberto Agnelli, who emerged from decades in the shadows of his glamorous older brother to help orchestrate a turnaround at his family's troubled automaker, died of cancer Thursday evening at age 69.

Oil rig count down by 3 this week

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

Barnett reinstated; tough part is over
BOULDER, Colo. - For nearly four months, University of Colorado coach Gary Barnett listened as reports of sexual assaults, drug and alcohol use and questionable recruiting practices filtered almost daily from the campus. It was enough to make him wonder if he'd ever be allowed back.

Ohio State's Wurtzman advances in singles

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.

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.

Barnett reinstated; tough part is over

The nuclear power choice
This week's big blockbuster movie is The Day After Tomorrow, a disaster film about sudden, huge climatic change brought on by global warming. Environmentalists say the movie's a little over the top, but they hope it will make people more aware of the dangers of global warming and willing to support political and government action to combat it.

A cynical ploy shot down

An important test case

Distressing indictments

An important test case
We're not overly optimistic that the GBI is up to the job, frankly. Longtime observers will remember other alleged corruption cases that seemed to be whisked into a black hole when the GBI became involved.

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

The nuclear power choice

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.

People in the News
LONDON -- Princess Diana believed her husband, Prince Charles, was given permission by his father to return to his longtime love, Camilla Parker Bowles, after five years of marriage, according to Diana's former butler.

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.

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.

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

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

Jackson trial tentatively set for Sept. 13
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- The judge in the Michael Jackson child-molestation case set a tentative trial date of Sept. 13 over the objection of the pop star's lawyer. The defense also asked that Jackson's $3 million bail be lowered.

Two movie studios sue online seller of DVD-copying software
ST. LOUIS -- Two Hollywood movie studios have sued an online retailer, accusing Technology One of defiantly selling DVD-copying software previously barred by two federal courts.

Sponsors report few takers for Medicare drug cards
WASHINGTON -- As Tuesday's starting date approaches for the Medicare drug discount program, the number of older Americans enrolling for the new benefit has been disappointing, according to some card sponsors.

Dollar sinks against other currencies

Frontier posts narrower fourth-quarter loss

Bonds finish lower

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.

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.

Tokyo stocks mixed, dollar down against yen

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stocks mixed in quiet pre-holiday trading
NEW YORK -- A strong consumer spending and earnings report wasn't enough to fend off the pre-holiday doldrums on Wall Street Friday as stocks finished an uninspired session mixed. However, the major indexes managed a week of solid gains for the first time in over a month.

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.

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

Nintendo blames yen rise for sharp fall in profit

Frontier posts narrower fourth-quarter loss
DENVER -- Frontier Airlines Inc. blamed its $5.75 million fourth-quarter loss Friday on higher fuel costs and fares depressed by fierce competition in the airline industry.

Bonds finish lower
NEW YORK -- Bond prices fell Friday in abbreviated pre-holiday trading as traders considered some new economic reports.

Sponsors report few takers for Medicare drug cards

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.

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.

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 tops Clemson in 13 innings

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

Suarez stands tall in win
Ignacio Suarez was a double shy of hitting for the cycle Friday night.

Moss growing fast
When Brandon Moss finds himself struggling on the baseball field he gets help.

Levi storms to the front
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Wayne Levi made four birdies just before the second round was suspended because of darkness Friday and held a one-shot lead in the rain-delayed Senior PGA Championship.

Estill leads Sorenstam by one at Corning

Morgan, Haas join leaders in rain-delayed Senior PGA
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jay Haas and Gil Morgan needed only three holes to move into a tie for the lead at the flood-delayed Senior PGA Championship on Friday.

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

Taylor's 65 fits in at the top
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - David Toms should never, ever miss playing a round at the TPC at Southwind.

Morgan, Haas join leaders in rain-delayed Senior PGA

Taylor's 65 fits in at the top

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.

Augusta's Taylor takes lead

Els shoots 64 at Wentworth

Estill leads Sorenstam by one at Corning
CORNING, N.Y. -- The Annika chase didn't last long.

Augusta burns Rome

Suarez stands tall in win

Moss growing fast

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.

Flames trade-off for glory

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.

Teams' tempers starting to flare
CALGARY, Alberta - It's taken only two games for the Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning to realize they don't really like each other.

Teams' tempers starting to flare

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.

Left doesn't want win in terror war

DeMint would serve well in Senate
Recently, Robert Gossett wrote a letter to the editor in support of Rep. Jim DeMint's candidacy in the upcoming June 8 Republican primary for U.S. Senate. In his letter, Mr. Gossett states that he was Rep. Gresham Barrett's Aiken County co-chairman when Mr. Barrett was running for Congress during 2002. Greg West, Aiken, S.C.

Writer has skewed view on Iraq 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.

DeMint would serve well in Senate

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

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

Writer has skewed view on Iraq war
I'd like to know the source for Linda Parnell's contention (May 21) that former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland , D-Ga., did not lose his limbs fighting in Vietnam, as he and others claim, but lost them in a warehouse accident working with equipment. I've done a search and can't find any support for this assertion. (Editor's note: In April 1968, Mr. Cleland mistakenly picked up a live grenade as he was disembarking from a helicopter.) Susan Kinney, Waynesboro

Gay-marriage column light on facts
This is in response to the May 20 column "Gay marriages could redefine commitment" by Ellen Goodman. In the article, she concludes that, as long as the spouses are truly committed to each other, gay marriage does not destroy the institution of marriage, but can bring back to marriage the commitment that is so absent from it in our society. Jessica Mouser, Aiken, S.C.

DeMint is best choice for Senate

Forecasters predict three 'major' storms this hurricane season

Industry conference offers a vision - literally - of what's to come

Pilgrim's Pride reports avian flu infection

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

Health and fitness calendar

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

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

Moviemakers get carried away with weather catastrophes

Living briefs

Pilgrim's Pride reports avian flu infection
PITTSBURG, Texas -- About 24,000 chickens were destroyed after an avian influenza infection was found at an East Texas farm that supplies chickens to Pilgrim's Pride, the poultry giant and state officials said Friday.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Industry conference offers a vision - literally - of what's to come
SEATTLE -- A television sewn into your shirt sleeve. A dashboard screen to monitor the kids in the back seat. A 3-D computer monitor sharp enough to make a hardcore gamer's heart stop - or help a surgeon start one.

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.

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.

Fire puts handicapped woman in hospital
A handicapped Augusta woman was severely burned after a fire Friday morning at her home, as was a firefighter who went in to combat the blaze, officials said.

Kid of the day

City applauds groups for aid to homeless
Augusta Commissioner Bobby Hankerson shared disturbing news as he spoke at the third annual Augusta Task Force for the Homeless' resource fair and luncheon Friday.

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

Around town

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.

Judge sets death penalty in beating
A judge formally imposed Robert O. Arrington's death sentence Friday morning.

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.

Cab fares could increase
A cab ride in Augusta soon could start costing riders a little bit more.

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.

Coroner contest becomes intense

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.

Across the area
A 66-year-old man who stabbed a friend during a drunken argument was sentenced to five years in prison Friday.

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

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.

Woman burned in morning house fire

Bureau hopes ads keep tourism rising
Augusta's tourism figures are mirroring a statewide increase in tourist dollars and are expected to only grow this year if a new ad campaign in magazines such as Southern Living proves successful, officials say.

Leaving on a jet plane

Doctors advised on outbreak
Easton Knowles is the exception. While other 5-year-old leukemia patients might want to go to Disney World for their special trips, Easton wants to see the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.

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.

Shooting points to gang activity
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have arrested two men in what they said Friday was a gang-related shooting in south Augusta, and said more arrests are expected.

Memorial Day weekend events

Inmate awaits death in chair

Memorial Day events

Williams' lawyer calls deals legal

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Ladora A. Harris, 14, of Augusta.

Kid of the day

Doctors advised on outbreak

Memorial Day 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. today 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.

ACLU sues Savannah, county over protest law

Latest poll shows gain by Ravenel
AIKEN - South Carolina's Republican primary battle for U.S. Senate just tightened another notch.

Nostalgia drives tractor buffs

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.

Audit clears board in payout

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.

City applauds groups for aid to homeless

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

Pigs don't lighten Capitol mood

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.

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.

Rants and raves
AFTER READING (former Augusta-Richmond County Fire Chief Ronnie) Few's grand jury report from Washington, D.C., every time I look at Marion Williams and Willie Mays and the future I see them as racists. Every time I look at them, it makes me sick on my stomach that Augusta would have people of their caliber and quality running the city. There's no end to it and never will be an end to it as long as the racists are out. It's not the white people who are racist. It's the black people who are racist.

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.

Post critical for communication
They're not the infantry that the public sees often on TV in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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.

Audit clears board in payout
State auditors, armed with news articles on Superintendent Charles Larke's $94,000 vacation payout, found no improprieties this week after scrutinizing how the school district handled the matter, the system's chief financial officers said Friday at a news conference.

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A request for $20 million for the computer system in Atlanta's public schools has been put on hold pending an investigation into how money was spent previously, regulators said.

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 - James Neil Tucker, who killed two women while looking for money 12 years ago, was put to death in South Carolina's electric chair Friday.

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.

Correction
Comments attributed to a clergyman in Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle might have been misleading. Providence Baptist Church Pastor Don Prosser said a statement attributed to him should have said Jimmie Lee Mills, a child molestation suspect, is no longer attending the church.

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.

Across the area

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.

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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.

Correction

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

Collision hospitalizes 2 women

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

Senior took charity to school

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.

Bureau hopes ads keep tourism rising

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.

Center's ex-lawyer pleads innocent
An attorney caught up in the allegations of corruption at the mental health center pleaded innocent to charges Friday.

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

Around town
Frank Bowman (from left), T.W. Josey High School class of 1967, watches as Effie Forde and Hagan Curtis, a graduate of the class of '67, set up a wreath next to the grave of T.W. Josey at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Augusta. Ms. Forde is the granddaughter of Mr. Josey.

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

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

Preconstruction engineer retires from DOT

Nostalgia drives tractor buffs
BEECH ISLAND - George Purcell always wanted to restore an American-made tractor that he could use for tilling his garden.

Airport gets official director

ACLU sues Savannah, county over protest law
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the city of Savannah and Chatham County over protest laws.

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

Some owners blame county
A number of Richmond County taxpayers rushed to pay their delinquent 2003 tax bills after The Augusta Chronicle published their names and amounts due on Monday.

Developers seek rise in minimum levels of river

Authorities emphasize lake safety
Thurmond Lake visitors can expect lots of company this holiday weekend, and possibly a visit from law enforcement.

Project leaders request funding

Some owners blame county

Letter from '99 reports use of inmates' labor

Across the area

Postmaster admits delaying mail

Holiday closings

Hopefuls debate experience

Rants and raves
AFTER READING (former Augusta-Richmond County Fire Chief Ronnie) Few's grand jury report from Washington, D.C., every time I look at Marion Williams and Willie Mays and the future I see them as racists. Every time I look at them, it makes me sick on my stomach that Augusta would have people of their caliber and quality running the city. There's no end to it and never will be an end to it as long as the racists are out. It's not the white people who are racist. It's the black people who are racist.

How to properly display the colors

Center's ex-lawyer pleads innocent

Alumni of Josey celebrate 40th year

Judge sets death penalty in beating

Time for a holiday

Fire puts handicapped woman in hospital

Georgia financial guru dies at age 75

Pigs don't lighten Capitol mood
AIKEN - By dragging a pair of pigs into the Statehouse to underscore a point about pork-barrel spending, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford fractured an already rocky relationship with fellow Republicans, who control both houses of the Legislature, and heightened chances he'll face a GOP primary challenge in 2006, lawmakers and political professionals said Friday.

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."

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.

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!'

At the Movies: 'The Day After Tomorrow'

At the Movies: 'Raising Helen'

At the Movies: 'Soul Plane'

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

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.

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.

The Graham Colton Band: influenced to succeed

Toby Keith sweeps top honors at Country Music awards

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.

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.

Report: NASCAR considers speedway on Staten Island
NEW YORK -- NASCAR is thinking about building a speedway in a city better known for traffic jams and taxicabs than for motorsports.

Indy 500 might alter start time

Newman's win was team effort

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

Indy 500 might alter start time
INDIANAPOLIS - Jim Nabors always sings "Back Home Again in Indiana." Mari Hulman George always yells, "Gentlemen, start your engines!" The celebration in Victory Lane always includes milk.

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.

Biffle, Busch move forward
CONCORD, N.C. - Greg Biffle isn't ready to forget last week's all-star race crash, but the challenge of racing 600 miles during Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 won't allow him to dwell on his problems with Roush Racing teammate Kurt Busch.

Burton wants to revisit Victory Lane

Report: NASCAR considers speedway on Staten Island

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.

Late run earns pole to Johnson

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

Lakers push to finish series in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Los Angeles Lakers need just one win in their next three games to advance to the NBA Finals.

Billups sheds old mentality
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Chauncey Billups was all alone with the ball on the left wing, near the 3-point line.

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.

Brand has surgery on finger and knee

Billups sheds old mentality

Scott heading to the Hornets

Scott introduced as Hornets head coach

Lakers push to finish series in Minnesota

Pacers might adjust offense for Game 4

Bryant holds court over Timberwolves

Scott introduced as Hornets head coach
NEW ORLEANS -- The man expected to be Byron Scott's best player next season is also one of the coach's biggest fans.

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.

Cassell a game-time decision for Game 5

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

Cassell a game-time decision for Game 5
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Sam Cassell will be a game-time decision Saturday for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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.

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.

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

Panthers guard Nelson has hip surgery

Blake signs one-year deal with Philadelphia

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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.

Drug policies all over the map in sports

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.

HGH test could be in place before Athens

Hungary's Voros leads qualifying field in modern pentathlon

NATO to train Greek forces on chemical and biological warfare

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.

Relative of first Greek marathon hero to help bring flame home

Acropolis to be accessible for disabled by start of Paralympics

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.

This Olympics may be one for Americans to forget

Drug policies all over the map in sports
The incessant clash between doping and anti-doping forces ought to be staged as a tragedy in the ancient Greek theater on the Acropolis this summer.

Athens 2004: From Dream Team to drugs

This Olympics may be one for Americans to forget
The Dream Team doesn't look so dreamy anymore. A top rower decided he was too scared to go to Athens, 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.

Relative of first Greek marathon hero to help bring flame home
ATHENS, Greece -- The Olympic flame's first round-the-world journey promises to be a showcase of stars.

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.

NATO to train Greek forces on chemical and biological warfare
ATHENS, Greece -- Greek soldiers will travel to the Czech Republic to be trained by a NATO unit in chemical, biological and nuclear warfare to counter any attack during the Aug. 13-29 Olympics.

Barca-Cysique leads France to win at volleyball qualifier

Ulmer, Henderson give New Zealand double gold
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Sarah Ulmer of New Zealand followed up her record-setting performance with a victory in the individual pursuit Friday at the world track cycling championships.

U.S. coach says McGrady will miss Olympics

Barca-Cysique leads France to win at volleyball qualifier
TOKYO -- Philippe Barca-Cysique powered France to a straight sets win over Iran at the men's Olympic volleyball qualifying tournament Friday.

Acropolis to be accessible for disabled by start of Paralympics
ATHENS, Greece -- The 2,500-year-old ruins on the Acropolis will be made accessible to people with disabilities in time for the Paralympics in September.

Georgia on your mind? Consult the Internet
The rich just keep getting richer. As if Georgia wasn't already the greatest place on God's green Earth, now we have our own online encyclopedia to prove it.

Georgia on your mind? Consult the Internet
The rich just keep getting richer. As if Georgia wasn't already the greatest place on God's green Earth, now we have our own online encyclopedia to prove it.

Serena wins amid jeers from crowd

Rogue Agent romps as favorite in Belmont's feature

Overtime

Smarty Jones primed to deliver a Triple Crown

Overtime

Smarty ready for Belmont Stakes
BENSALEM, Pa. - John Servis can breathe a little easier: Smarty Jones' final tuneup was flawless.

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.

Smarty Jones primed to deliver a Triple Crown
NEW YORK -- Somewhere in the racing machine that is Smarty Jones, there has to be an Achilles' heel. It may be exposed in the Belmont Stakes next Saturday - or it may not, and the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will become racing's 12th Triple Crown champion.

Overtime
In Villa Rica, Ga., Laura Coble sank an 8-foot par putt on the second playoff hole to win the 35th Annual Greater Atlanta Women's Amateur Championship over defending champion Margaret Shirley on Friday.

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.

Rogue Agent romps as favorite in Belmont's feature
NEW YORK -- Rogue Agent won again in the rain Friday, drawing away in the final furlong on Belmont Park's sloppy main track for a 2 3/4 -length victory over Powerful Touch in the $50,000 feature race for older horses.

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.

Blake signs one-year deal with Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA - Quarterback Jeff Blake signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday.

Rural churches struggle to maintain congregations in old buildings
SPRING MILLS, Pa. -- The stained glass windows are being removed from the old First Pentecostal Church, now falling apart in this central Pennsylvania village. Less than a mile away, a "For Sale" sign sits outside the century-old St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

New generation of pastors uses new methods to reach out into culture
Joey Thompson brought home the message of Christ's Ascension for his Crawford Avenue Baptist Church congregation with a balloon launch Sunday at Riverview Park in North Augusta.

Religion news in brief
TORONTO -- A female bishop who was a candidate for head of the Anglican Church of Canada has withdrawn from the election after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Congregant creates class for children with autism
Six-year-old Jalen Owens likes to sit under or between church pews rather than on them, but he never gets a stare at Flowing Wells Worship Center, which recently started a Sunday school class for autistic children.

Faith digest
Peck and Benji Mallory, the founders of Fellowship of New Testament Ministries in Carrollton, Ga., will speak at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Living Waters Full Gospel Church, 1319 Community Park Road.

Plenty of insights into character of John Paul II in pope's new book
VATICAN CITY -- Ever since communism came crashing down in his native Poland and across Soviet-dominated eastern Europe, Pope John Paul II has been thanking God for ending a dark era for believers.

School's nuns leave for reassignment
This has been a year of milestones in the 91-year history of Immaculate Conception School on Laney-Walker Boulevard.

Nielsen moving ahead with controversial measurement system

'American Family' scrambles to meet Emmy deadline
LOS ANGELES -- It took a major effort to ensure that the PBS miniseries "American Family" would be eligible for Emmy Award consideration.

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.

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.

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

Hometown is proud of 'Idol' runner-up

Nielsen moving ahead with controversial measurement system
NEW YORK -- Nielsen Media Research says it is going forward with a new TV viewer measurement system in New York next week despite an independent group's decision not to accredit it.

Fantasia Barrino is the new 'American Idol'

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.

Rankings for basic cable networks

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.

'American Family' scrambles to meet Emmy deadline

The top five list

Two movie studios sue online seller of DVD-copying software

Plan the weekend

People in the News

Jackson trial tentatively set for Sept. 13

Bulldogs fall prey to Gators' swing
HOOVER, Ala. -- Connor Falkenbach pitched a three-hitter and C.J. Smith hit a two-run homer to lift Florida to a 7-0 victory over Georgia Friday, bouncing the Bulldogs from the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Bulldogs fall prey to Gators' swing

Ugly lobsters creeping north in New England

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

American Indian who refused to cut hair in prison is freed

Faith digest

New generation of pastors uses new methods to reach out into culture

Rural churches struggle to maintain congregations in old buildings

Faith Calendar

Plenty of insights into character of John Paul II in pope's new book

Religion news in brief

Congregant creates class for children with autism

School's nuns leave for reassignment