Sanford Biggers expanding use of sound in his work
CINCINNATI -- Artist Sanford Biggers sits in a chair surrounded by trees. Eyes closed, he appears to be meditating as his head is shaved. He then opens his eyes as his barber walks away, the wind and leaves rushing past.

New museum captures the story behind Sisi, a fabled Austrian empress
VIENNA, Austria -- After more than a century, the fabled empress Sisi continues to reign in Vienna.

Renowned cellist takes classical music to the masses

Behind the scenes with the Romanovs

'The Normal Heart' extends for a summer-long run at the Public
NEW YORK -- The revival of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart" has turned into one of the biggest hits of the off-Broadway season.

A double dose of Tony nominations for Kathleen Marshall

Behind the scenes with the Romanovs
SANTA FE, N.M. -- The handsome, bearded young man in the outsized oil painting stands tall in his blue military uniform, sword hanging at his side. He looks - well, royal.

'The Normal Heart' extends for a summer-long run at the Public

Broadway's version of 'Assassins' to get a recording

New museum captures the story behind Sisi, a fabled Austrian empress

A double dose of Tony nominations for Kathleen Marshall
NEW YORK -- It's the most delirious musical-comedy moment of the season: a group of giddy Brazilian naval cadets, carrying leading lady Donna Murphy, conga their way across the stage of the Al Hirschfeld Theater.

Sanford Biggers expanding use of sound in his work

Broadway's version of 'Assassins' to get a recording
NEW YORK --"Assassins" will sing again on CD. The Roundabout Theatre Company revival of the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical about presidential killers will be recorded by PS Classics on June 7, the day after the Tony Awards.

Renowned cellist takes classical music to the masses
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The musician settled into a chair onstage, examined his nearly 300-year-old cello and began to play.

Wolfpack's bite can't down Devils
Scott Wandless had to wipe away tears Monday night. The well in his eyes flowed after Columbus swept its Georgia High School Association Class AAAA semifinal series against the Wolfpack.

Defending champ Rice selected as one of 16 regional hosts

Cubs blast Astros

Greenbrier's 'BR' boys buoy lineup
Imagine a pitcher's burdens against Greenbrier. Leadoff man Ryan Wallace starts off the batting order. Then there's Chris Johnson, a switch-hitting shortstop with a patient eye and a hot playoff bat, in the second spot.

Rival coach expects series to be a classic
Marist coach Don Perez, a two-time state title winner, will head south today. Despite being done for the season, his Memorial Day travel plans lead him to an out-of-the-way destination.

Defending champ Rice selected as one of 16 regional hosts
Defending College World Series champion Rice was one of 16 schools selected Sunday as regional site hosts for the NCAA Division I baseball tournament.

Survival of the fittest: Series even
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - It was a matter of survival for Glascock County.

Greenbrier's 'BR' boys buoy lineup

Dodgers down Brewers after 10 innings

Red Sox encouraged by Garciaparra outing
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Nomar Garciaparra went 2-for-3 Monday for Triple-A Pawtucket in his second minor league rehabilitation game.

Survival of the fittest: Series even

Dodgers down Brewers after 10 innings
LOS ANGELES -- Cesar Izturis hit an RBI single in the 10th inning, capping the Los Angeles Dodgers' 3-2, come-from-behind victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.

Griffey hits 494th home run, passes Gehrig
MIAMI -- Ken Griffey Jr. homered in the seventh inning Monday, giving him 494 for his career and moving him past Lou Gehrig for 20th place on baseball's all-time list.

Cubs blast Astros
CHICAGO -- Greg Maddux earned his 293rd career victory and Moises Alou homered Monday to lead the Chicago Cubs over the Houston Astros 3-1.

Duke draws support from fractured far-right groups
KENNER, La. -- Fresh out of prison for bilking supporters, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke hosted a weekend gathering of enthusiastic backers eager to hear him as he lashed out at Jews, blacks, immigrants and the "Zionist-controlled media."

'Nuclear' discovery dampens cookout
BETHLEHEM, Pa. Here's one way to put a scare into your holiday weekend barbecue.

Smith is good; Phillies better
PHILADELPHIA - You take your inspiration wherever you can find it.

Long ball lets Green play hero
ATLANTA -- When he made contact with a slider from Livan Hernandez in the seventh inning, Nick Green knew the ball had a chance to clear the left-field wall.

Long ball lets Green play hero

Business briefs
GAS FORECAST: The average retail price of petrol is now over $2, a hardship for the finances many Americans, not to mention numerous fuel-dependent industries.

Capacity, rules keep costs high

Drought changing the way farmers do business
PHOENIX -- A nearly decade-long drought is changing the way Frank Martin does business at Crooked Sky Farms.

Companies grumbing at regulatory reforms and costs
ALL BUSINESS: Companies grumbing at regulatory reforms and costs, so maybe they're working

La-Z-Boy goes after style-conscious consumers

Drought changing the way farmers do business

Plant uses oil to make chocolate
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The market for the world's favorite sweet treat continues to grow, even as the beans that make cocoa butter - a prime ingredient in chocolate - are becoming more scarce and difficult to harvest.

Gas prices don't seem to be hurting U.S. auto sales, analysts say
DETROIT -- Heavy discounting of new cars and trucks appears to be offsetting concerns about rising gasoline prices, even when it comes to the sale of big pickups and sport utility vehicles, analysts and auto executives say.

La-Z-Boy goes after style-conscious consumers
MONROE, Mich. -- For many people, the name La-Z-Boy says it all: comfy but clunky easy chairs designed for lazing about, not for making a fashion statement.

Travel industry's prospects look brighter this summer
Sharon Jones will travel abroad this summer for the first time since the Sept. 11 attacks.

Plant uses oil to make chocolate

Business briefs

Business briefs

Gas prices don't seem to be hurting U.S. auto sales, analysts say

Travel industry's prospects look brighter this summer

Business briefs
LAST YEAR, 214,905 people reported cases of identity theft, accounting for 42 percent of all Federal Trade Commission complaints. Victims are bilked by criminals who use their identity to drain their bank accounts and apply for new credit accounts and loans.

Capacity, rules keep costs high
PHILADELPHIA - With the summer driving season beginning during the weekend, oil supply and refining capacity are stretched so thin that there is no room for error.

Companies grumbing at regulatory reforms and costs

Tigers' Hendrix takes final shot
Matt Hendrix spent last week bouncing around to different Aiken golf courses. What else was there to do for the recent Clemson graduate?

Tigers' Hendrix takes final shot

A deeply felt day
No one Memorial Day is more important than any other Memorial Day, but some are more deeply felt than others.

Court is half right
The U.S. Supreme Court got it half right last week when it ruled against the state of Tennessee in not providing access for the disabled at some of its rural courthouses.

Does S.C. want a leader?
The problem with Augusta government is that it has no central leadership no one with a citywide perspective who can get things done. The mayor has very little power and the city administrator can't even hire and fire the people whose work performance he's responsible for.

Does S.C. want a leader?

A deeply felt day

Terrorists can't stop summer

Terrorists can't stop summer
As Americans embark on what should be a fun-filled summer, the Bush administration was sending oddly mixed messages about the threat of terror.

This week in entertainment history
Entertainment highlights during the week of May 30-June 5:

Durham minister seeks to oust DJ for Barrino criticism
DURHAM, N.C. -- A Durham minister has started an online petition drive to oust a local morning radio personality for "racially incendiary" comments insulting "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino.

Reports: Oscar winner Julia Roberts pregnant with twins
LOS ANGELES -- Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts is pregnant with twins, according to magazine reports.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Linda Ronstadt says today's music industry values sex appeal more than talent.

Macaulay Culkin leaves child-star past behind
WASHINGTON -- Macaulay Culkin is a normal, well-adjusted 23-year-old guy. Really.

People in the News
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Actor Scott Wolf of the former Fox hit "Party of Five" has tied the knot with Kelly Limp, a former cast member of MTV's "The Real World."

Tech stocks may still lead the market, but which ones?
NEW YORK -- Long cast in the role of Wall Street's leading sector, technology stocks are fulfilling that expectation again, recording a bigger advance over the past two weeks than other shares.

Another slowdown for e-brokerages may be ahead

Another slowdown for e-brokerages may be ahead
NEW YORK - Last summer, online-brokerage firms ducked a weak seasonal trend. This year, they may not get so lucky.

Jackets fall to Florida State
SALEM, Va. -- Florida State left nothing to chance this time, taking a big early lead and getting solid pitching from Mark Sauls to beat Georgia Tech 17-5 Sunday in the ACC tournament championship.

Trying to get cheap gas might cost you your soul

Toms repeats as champion despite 2-over 73
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- David Toms' comeback from wrist surgery is complete.

Anderson beats Jones in eight-hole playoff

Watson thanks grounds crew with pizza
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Tom Watson took care of lunch for the maintenance crew at Valhalla Golf Club on Monday.

Nicklaus unable to make a run at Senior PGA leaderboard
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jack Nicklaus withdrew from the Senior PGA Championship after struggling with the course he designed.

Drummond, ranked 435th, wins Volvo PGA
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Scotland's Scott Drummond, ranked 435th in the world, won the Volvo PGA Championship on Sunday. He is the first to capture the European tour's flagship event on his first try since Arnold Palmer in 1975.

Anderson beats Jones in eight-hole playoff
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Chris Anderson made a 15-foot par putt on the eighth playoff hole to beat Brendan Jones and win the Nationwide Tour's SAS Carolina Classic on Sunday.

Irwin leads Senior PGA after three rounds
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Hale Irwin held a one-shot lead over Dave Barr and Jay Haas when the final round was suspended Sunday at the rain-plagued Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla.

Irwin leads Senior PGA after three rounds

Watson thanks grounds crew with pizza

Nicklaus unable to make a run at Senior PGA leaderboard

Toms repeats as champion despite 2-over 73

Hale and high water just fine
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Hale Irwin survived a grueling week and a challenge from the Champions Tour's newest player to win his fourth Senior PGA Championship.

Sorenstam wins Corning for her 51st triumph
CORNING, N.Y. -- Add the Corning Classic to Annika Sorenstam's impressive resume.

Flames defense tight on St. Louis and Lightning

Good or bad? Favored Lightning at a crossroads in Stanley Cup final

Kiprusoff no joke in Calgary's run

Good or bad? Favored Lightning at a crossroads in Stanley Cup final
CALGARY, Alberta -- Good game, bad game. Good game, bad game.

Flames defense tight on St. Louis and Lightning
CALGARY, Alberta -- Martin St. Louis has been bottled up and shut down by the Calgary Flames.

Kiprusoff no joke in Calgary's run
CALGARY, Alberta - Ville Nieminen has seen only one weakness in goalie Miikka Kiprusoff during their few months together with the ever-surprising Calgary Flames.

Home alone means no dietary restrictions, just cereal
My family left town and I was alone for the holiday weekend.

Drug officer shot in Burke County
An officer with the Richmond County Drug Task Force was shot tonight during an apparent drug investigation in Burke County, officials said.

Ignore liberal whining on Iraq
This is reference to James E. Himley's May 20 letter, "Cut and run in Iraq or we will lose." John Conley, Evans

Amend the Constitution
May 17 marks another benchmark of social engineering through judicial fiat. On Jan. 22, 1963, the Supreme Court of the United States found that our Constitution held the right for women to kill their pre-born babies. This action has caused the loss of a quarter of a generation. Garry Fuller, Augusta

Beheading blamed on CBS

Norwood missed many key votes
Apparently The Augusta Chronicle's promise to be fair and unbiased in its news reporting has no teeth. The following information was published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, but was not printed in The Chronicle. What is "fair and unbiased" about failing to report on a significant dereliction of duty by a sitting U.S. congressman, especially when that congressman's home is in the CSRA? ... Kathy Dexter, Evans

Beheading blamed on CBS
Did it ever occur to you that there are acts so horrific that words cannot describe your feelings? Jeanette D. Wilcher, Lincolnton

Mideast peace outlook appears bleak
We applaud your recent editorials on terrorism. The first called for Muslims to repudiate terrorism by the few of their 1.2 billion population responsible for spreading fear and bloodshed through the Middle East. The second called for Palestine Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat to step aside and let others step forward to take advantage of the many opportunities for peace that have been presented to the Palestinian people. Warren Umansky, Ph.D., Debbie Katcoff

Ignore liberal whining on Iraq

Mideast peace outlook appears bleak

Computer virus researcher looks to biology for clues

'Compatibility patent' lets computers decide

Magazine marks 10 years of being InStyle

In online world, simple passwords no longer suffice

Microsoft technology to allow PC, e-mail search, too

Demand for obesity surgery increasing as population gets fatter

Scientists: Dinosaur skull is evidence Africa broke off later than thought

Losing just a little may have outsized health advantages

Study: Alaska earthquake affected eruptions of Yellowstone geysers

Children get off couch to be fit for life

Wi-Fi popularity breeds huge security hole at home

Chipping away at unknowns of climate change

Tsk, tsk: Good manners apply on the beach, too

Michael Kors: Thinking old, thinking young, thinking everyone

Study: Telephone still most popular despite e-gov advances

Nomad straddles two worlds as big oil collides with traditional life

Variety is spice of life but may be detriment of diets

Wetter, the better

New NCsoft games show the best, worst in online games

Chipping away at unknowns of climate change
MAUNA LOA OBSERVATORY, Hawaii -- Two miles up, above black lava fields and a white blanket of clouds, a tower rising from this U.S. government observatory gulps in some of the clear, crisp air and gets a taste of man's future on Earth.

Tsk, tsk: Good manners apply on the beach, too
OCEAN CITY, N.J. -- Looking for your place in the sun?

Wetter, the better
From the tap or from the bottle, water seems to be filling the lives and the cups of many Americans.

How much activity is enough?
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR SPORT & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, CONCERNED ABOUT INCREASING RATES OF OVERWEIGHT AND ASSOCIATED HEALTH PROBLEMS AMONG THE NATION'S CHILDREN, ISSUED ITS FIRST-EVER GUIDELINES FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS IN FEBRUARY 2002. LAST DECEMBER, IT INCREASED THEIR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHILDREN AGES 5 TO 12:

Study: Alaska earthquake affected eruptions of Yellowstone geysers
BILLINGS, Mont. -- A major earthquake that hit Alaska in 2002 set off a flurry of smaller quakes in far-off Yellowstone National Park and changed eruption intervals in several geysers, according to a new study.

Wi-Fi popularity breeds huge security hole at home
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- With a laptop perched in the passenger seat of his Toyota 4Runner and a special antenna on the roof, Mike Outmesguine ventured off to sniff out wireless networks between Los Angeles and San Francisco. He got a big whiff of insecurity.

Nomad straddles two worlds as big oil collides with traditional life
Nomad straddles two worlds as big oil collides with traditional life in Saudi desert

In online world, simple passwords no longer suffice
To access her bank account online, Marie Jubran opens a Web browser and types in her Swedish national ID number along with a four-digit password.

Scientists: Dinosaur skull is evidence Africa broke off later than thought
CHICAGO -- The fossil skull of a peculiar, wrinkle-faced dinosaur unearthed four years ago in the Sahara is providing new evidence that Africa split from the other southern continents more recently than previously thought, scientists say.

New NCsoft games show the best, worst in online games
"City of Heroes" and "Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle" have so little in common, it's hard to believe both new video games are published by the same company, South Korean-based NCsoft.

Losing just a little may have outsized health advantages
For the obese, a small loss may be a big victory. Evidence is building that really heavy people may be able to greatly improve their odds of dodging weight-related illnesses while remaining very heavy.

Computer virus researcher looks to biology for clues
TROY, N.Y. -- A man sneezes. Flu viruses are released. People close by catch it. They go to work, go shopping. More people are infected. Then more and - Whoosh! - it's an epidemic.

Children get off couch to be fit for life
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The assignment seemed straightforward.

Study: Telephone still most popular despite e-gov advances
NEW YORK -- Americans like to visit government Web sites for research but when it comes to more sensitive and complex interactions - even when they're available online - most prefer to pick up the phone or visit in person, a new study finds.

Demand for obesity surgery increasing as population gets fatter
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- As waistlines expand around the world, the demand for stomach stapling and other types of surgery to treat obesity is gradually increasing, experts said Saturday.

Microsoft technology to allow PC, e-mail search, too
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. is looking beyond Internet searches, heading into its battle with Google Inc. with technology designed to allow people to scour their e-mails, personal computers and even hefty databases for information.

Variety is spice of life but may be detriment of diets
CONCORD, N.H. -- Ed Glomb admits he gets a little carried away when faced with the more than 150 all-you-can-eat options on the Red Apple Buffet's Italian-American-Chinese-Japanese menu.

To Mars and back is not an easy trip
On the day this past January that President Bush was scheduled to announce a major new space policy, more than 100 scientists jammed into the Grandstand Sports Bar in Montgomery, Texas, to watch the address.

Michael Kors: Thinking old, thinking young, thinking everyone
NEW YORK -- Michael Kors is flattered to be considered at the head of the new class of American fashion designers - especially since he's been at this for 23 years.

'Compatibility patent' lets computers decide
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Chemistry? Forget it. Psychology and statistics best determine whether two people will have a happy marriage. At least so claims an online dating service that's patented its matchmaking formula.

Magazine marks 10 years of being InStyle
NEW YORK -- The world is a beautiful place when everything is seen through the lens of celebrity, and that's the world that InStyle magazine has brought to its readers every month for the past 10 years.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - As tourists begin arriving on Lowcountry beaches, real estate agents and owners are hoping for a busy summer to rebound from three years of low occupancy rates.

GOP Senate candidates lack military experience

Soldiers make adjustments to life at home

'The Lord was with us. He had to be.'
Editor's Note: The stakes were high and well understood. To Allied Forces - and the Nazis - the success of World War II rode on the outcome of the invasion of Northwest Europe on June 6, 1944, better known as D-Day. Code-named Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy landed more than 150,000 U.S., British and Canadian troops along a 50-mile stretch of coastline in 24 hours. Six divisions assaulted five code-named landing beaches: Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno and Sword. Those who survived that hellish day will never forget what they saw. The Augusta Chronicle talked to a number of D-Day veterans and will present their stories this week.

Across the area
A man apparently wearing a protective suit and toting a gun robbed an Augusta gasoline station Sunday night.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Tyler Thomas, 3, of Augusta.

Miller makes most of status
WASHINGTON - Sen. Zell Miller confesses that in the unlikely event his proposal to do away with the direct election of U.S. senators ever reached the Senate floor, even he might oppose it.

Identity of Army officer shot in downtown Savannah released
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The name of an Army officer who was shot to death in a downtown Savannah square popular with tourists has been released.

Across the area

UGA charting new territory by severing ties with fund-raising group
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia is at the forefront of a debate between universities and foundations that manage private contributions of money and property for student scholarships, faculty endowments and other uses.

Civilian instructors are forgotten fliers

GBI looking into shooting after traffic stop
EATONTON, Ga. -- State authorities are investigating whether an Eatonton police officer was justified in shooting a truck driver after a traffic stop.

Rise cuts into teen social life
BUFORD, Ga. - Just like some of their parents did decades ago, scores of teenagers and twentysomethings met up on a recent muggy night to socialize, flirt and show off their tricked-out trucks, customized cars and souped-up engines.

State looking to pay entire salaries for presidents
ATLANTA -- The state would be expected to find at least $500,000 to supplement the salaries of the presidents of Georgia's public colleges and universities if a plan to remove the amount paid by the schools' private foundations is approved.

Kid of the day

Summit thrusts coastal Georgia into reluctant spotlight
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Posters hanging from a fort in historic Forsyth Park provide the first line of defense when protesters arrive for the G-8 summit in just over a week.

Across Georgia
EATONTON - State authorities are investigating whether an Eatonton police officer was justified in shooting a truck driver after a traffic stop.

Shooting raises race questions in Cobb County
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Some members of the community say a deadly shooting in a Marietta apartment complex has harmed efforts to improve race relations because some believe the killing was racially motivated.

Area has two Barbie Arts finalists
Aiken Elementary School pupil Robert Nesbitt was so impressed with his art teacher that he wrote a poem and nominated her for "best art teacher in America."

Authorities on lookout for unsafe boaters
MACON, Ga. -- With lakes and rivers packed with boaters and other recreation watercraft this Memorial Day weekend, law enforcement officers are on the lookout for drunken or unsafe drivers.

Summit thrusts coastal Georgia into reluctant spotlight

Murphy released from hospital
ATLANTA -- Former Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy was released Saturday after spending four days in Emory University Hospital, an Emory spokeswoman said.

Shooting raises race questions in Cobb County

$6 billion development seeks to remake Charleston's gateway
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The gateway to Charleston is a forgotten place, little noticed by the millions of visitors who speed by on the interstate en route to the historic district, area plantations and nearby beaches.

'I didn't even get a scratch. I guess I was lucky.'
Roy Raborn , age 90, was drafted into the Army in March 1942. Awarded a Silver Star and French Crois de Galle.

State law enforcement ranks thinned by budget, pay
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Three years of budget cuts have thinned the ranks of state troopers and other state law enforcement officers, making it more difficult to keep South Carolina a safe place, law enforcement officials say.

Main library sees decline

Undercover police work sometimes requires on-the-job drinking
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Richland County sheriff's office plans to keep closer watch on undercover officers after an on-duty narcotics officer was killed in a car crash after drinking.

Across Georgia
CARROLLTON - A 40-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy drowned Sunday when a boat capsized in Snake Creek Reservoir, about four miles south of Carrollton, authorities said.

Supporters hope to muster minibottle referendum vote in House
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Supporters of a referendum that would allow voters to decide the fate of minibottles in November hope to muster enough votes to pass it in the House this week.

Center to cut staff, hours
The state's deferment of funding for Fort Discovery brought layoffs and reduced hours for visitors to the riverfront science museum.

Pilot missing in North Myrtle Beach plane crash
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Divers are searching the pilot of a small plane crashed in the Intracoastal Waterway on Sunday.

The week ahead

GOP Senate candidates lack military experience
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- For the first time in generations, South Carolina Republicans are on the verge of choosing a candidate for U.S. Senate who never served in the military.

Murphy released from hospital

More S.C. families lose homes to foreclosure
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- More people in South Carolina are failing to pay mortgages and losing their homes as the state struggles to create manufacturing jobs.

The week ahead
Man, do I wish I lived in New York.

Better organization could solve some problems with bike festival
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Better organization at the Atlantic Beach Bikefest could ease traffic, persuade more Grand Strand businesses to keep their doors open and help defuse charges of discrimination at the festival that attracts thousands of black bikers each Memorial Day weekend, officials say.

Upkeep is chore for staff
Imagine 4,000 feet walking through your front door every day.

Veterans see shades of Vietnam in Iraq war
Nearly 30 years after the Vietnam War ended, veterans of the conflict are watching another military campaign that in some ways seems all too familiar.

Supporters hope to muster minibottle referendum vote in House

Soldiers make adjustments to life at home
MONTMORENCI - When Sgt. Russ Kirkland came home from Iraq with the Army National Guard's 122nd Engineer Battalion in March, he was a veteran of two wars.

Man served God, wife and country

A ride to remember
Motorcycle enthusiasts from Augusta roar out of the parking lot at the VA Medical Center off Wrightsboro Road in Augusta during the Memorial Day Ride for Hospitalized Veterans. The event was sponsored by the South Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association and American Bikers Active Toward Education. The ride was intended to raise awareness of Veterans Affairs.

'The Lord was with us. He had to be.'

Spelling whiz is set for 3rd bee
Winner is actually the last word 12-year-old Joe Shepherd wants to spell this week during his third trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington.

Across South Carolina

UGA charting new territory by severing ties with fund-raising group

Training in Army aids role of deputy

Spelling whiz is set for 3rd bee

Georgians gather at old cemetery for war tribute
MARIETTA, Ga. - Flowers and flags adorned the graves of those who served in America's armed forces at Marietta National Cemetery on Monday.

GBI looking into shooting after traffic stop

Stone could define border
LAKE WYLIE, S.C. - A stone monument sunk decades ago by the creation of Lake Wylie might hold the key to exactly where part of the South Carolina-North Carolina state line is located.

Across the southeast

Internet sites aid campaigns
ATLANTA - On his own Web sites about local politics, Bob Griggs' point of view is anything but hidden. But it's different when it comes to business.

$6 billion development seeks to remake Charleston's gateway

Jackson says public should elect judges
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina General Assembly's failure to elect a black judge in recent elections underscores the need for popular elections of judges, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said Monday.

Civilian instructors are forgotten fliers
They might have been aces. In another war at another time, airplane pilots Ed Jungemann, Carl Wheeler, Louis Harkins and John Webb Howard Jr. might have become heroes.

Senator takes jabs at GOP leaders, policies
AIKEN - Officially, state Sen. Tommy Moore's Republican challenger is a relatively obscure county council member from McCormick County, Bernie Hamby, a Savannah River Site employee who lives in Modoc.

A ride to remember

Across the Southeast
Last widow of Civil War veteran dies at 97

Undercover police work sometimes requires on-the-job drinking

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Zada Jessie, 1, of Augusta.

State law enforcement ranks thinned by budget, pay

Area veterans look back on trials of war
John Strickland remembers a buddy in basic training, the one with the long, loping strides.

Senator takes jabs at GOP leaders, policies

Pilot missing in North Myrtle Beach plane crash

Man served God, wife and country
For Augusta resident Jacob B. Berlin, the two most important things in life were serving the Lord and loving his wife, Anne.

Georgians gather at old cemetery for war tribute

Across the southeast
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. - North Carolina's beaches are expecting a record run of tourists this summer as an improving economy follows years of recession and terrorism fears.

Main library sees decline
Bibliophile Kunjan Patel, a 22-year-old Martinez resident, checks out two books a week from W.C. Gibbs Memorial Library in Evans.

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR the little snake who stole my cordless drill and cordless saw set off the back of my truck. I hope you use it, and I hope it cuts your fingers off. You deserve it for stealing.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Three years of budget cuts have thinned the ranks of state troopers and other state law enforcement officers, making it more difficult to keep South Carolina safe, law enforcement officials say.

Rise cuts into teen social life

Rants and Raves
I WANT TO KNOW why Augusta can't keep Westview Cemetery clean. Why do they want to find other things around the city and have other events when they can't take care of what they've already got?

Center to cut staff, hours

Rants and raves
THIS IS FOR the little snake who stole my cordless drill and cordless saw set off the back of my truck. I hope you use it, and I hope it cuts your fingers off. You deserve it for stealing.

Miller makes most of status

Better organization could solve some problems with bike festival

Across South Carolina

Sales tax issue worries leaders
The Augusta Commission - much like the length of its meetings - has no set time frame when it comes to a sales tax referendum.

Across Georgia

Five questions with Holly Johnson
Holly Johnson, program coordinator for the Augusta Aquatic Center, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Kid of the day

State looking to pay entire salaries for presidents

Across the area

Training in Army aids role of deputy
Deputy Brenda Daniels is a natural for police work.

Internet sites aid campaigns

Sales tax issue worries leaders

Across the area
A 19-year-old Evans man said he was punched in the face by a man dressed as a woman early Sunday, a Richmond County sheriff's report states.

Area has two Barbie Arts finalists

Rants and Raves
I WANT TO KNOW why Augusta can't keep Westview Cemetery clean. Why do they want to find other things around the city and have other events when they can't take care of what they've already got?

Trying to get cheap gas might cost you your soul
I dropped by a convenience store the other day to price some gasoline. I noticed something new behind the counter, a gold-and-jewel-encrusted throne.

Night vision goggles being used to catch cinema pirates
LONDON -- No, they are not Lord Voldemort's Death Eaters - but they sure could give you a scare.

Weinstein brothers finalize deal to buy Michael Moore's documentary

Weinstein brothers finalize deal to buy Michael Moore's documentary
LOS ANGELES -- Bob and Harvey Weinstein finalized the deal Friday to buy back Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" - which Walt Disney Co. blocked their Miramax Films division from releasing - and distribute it themselves.

'Shrek 2,' 'Day After Tomorrow' lift Hollywood to record Memorial Day weekend

Night vision goggles being used to catch cinema pirates

'Shrek 2,' 'Day After Tomorrow' lift Hollywood to record Memorial Day weekend
LOS ANGELES -- The end of the world ran a close second to a cartoon ogre at the Memorial Day weekend box office.

Director destroys the world for a good cause

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Director destroys the world for a good cause
LOS ANGELES -- When the real world is filled with war, desperation and terror, "The Day After Tomorrow" could have turned out like a barbecue in the middle of a forest fire.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Audio review briefs from The Associated Press.

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Q&A with rapper Ludacris
NEW YORK -- Peering out a hotel window, Ludacris is considering a more sedate lifestyle. Less "Chicken 'N Beer," more exercise and books. Maybe even giving up some of his hard-partying ways.

Q&A with rapper Ludacris

Gordon willing to try double again

Repeat win has little to doubt

Gordon willing to try double again
As an experienced race car driver, I feel confident in my ability to control most situations on the racetrack.

Gordon's attempt at double foiled by rain

Repeat win has little to doubt
CONCORD, N.C. - Last year, Jimmie Johnson was declared the winner of the rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600.

Gordon's attempt at double foiled by rain
CONCORD, N.C. -- Robby Gordon will have to wait another year to complete a grueling racing double.

Johnson pulls off repeat at Coca-Cola 600

One week later, Schumacher is winning again
NUERBURGRING, Germany -- After a one-week departure from form, Formula One returned to its set ways: a victory by Michael Schumacher.

Rice hopes to start new American run

Buddy Rice wins Indy 500 in the rain
INDIANAPOLIS -- Buddy Rice grabbed the lead after a flurry of early crashes and late pit stops and won a rain-shortened Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

One week later, Schumacher is winning again

Johnson pulls off repeat at Coca-Cola 600
CONCORD, N.C. - A return to his team's namesake track was all it took to snap Jimmie Johnson's string of disappointments.

Rice hopes to start new American run
INDIANAPOLIS - Raise the Stars & Stripes. Sing The Star-Spangled Banner. There's an American champion again at the Indianapolis 500.

Buddy Rice wins Indy 500 in the rain

Lakers' Fisher uncertain for Game 6

Pistons let rip
INDIANAPOLIS - Richard Hamilton came up big again for the Detroit Pistons - at his old coach's expense.

Minnesota's Cassell out for Game 6

O'Neal's knee injury worse than first thought
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jermaine O'Neal's sprained knee is worse than first believed, but the Indiana star was still expected to play in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Lakers' Fisher uncertain for Game 6
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Lakers guard Derek Fisher has a sprained right knee and it was uncertain if he could play against Minnesota in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.

Minnesota's Cassell out for Game 6
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota point guard Sam Cassell won't play in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals Monday night, missing a second straight game with back spasms and an injured hip.

Pistons take Game 5

Can Garnett carry Wolves to L.A. upset?
LOS ANGELES -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have a patchwork starting lineup that's missing an All-Star, and they're making up their offensive schemes on the fly in the Western Conference finals.

Pistons take Game 5
INDIANAPOLIS -- The masked man dubbed "Mini-Me" by Reggie Miller put the Detroit Pistons within one victory of the NBA Finals.

Can Garnett carry Wolves to L.A. upset?

All-Pros become bargain pickups

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Finance minister: cost of Olympics far greater than expected

Aussies, Dutch gain Olympic volleyball berths
Australia and the Netherlands won the final spots for the men's volleyball tournament at the Athens Olympics during separate qualifying tournaments Sunday.

Drug-testing in track: Athletes must always be ready
The doorbell rings at Marion Jones' house, or there's a knock at the hotel room where Allen Johnson is staying. The Olympic gold medalists open the door to a familiar sight.

Drug-testing in track: Athletes must always be ready

Aussies, Dutch gain Olympic volleyball berths

Finance minister: cost of Olympics far greater than expected
ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's new finance minister says the cost of hosting the Olympics was higher than expected, and the rewards less than Greece anticipated.

Cunego wins Giro d'Italia

Capriati, Serena go head-to-head

Smart Servis: Smarty team nearing racing immortality

Williams sisters, Capriati reach quarterfinals

Hairy escape for Henman as he reaches quarterfinals

Smarty Jones could arrive Wednesday at Belmont

Kuerten rises again in Paris
PARIS - With the red clay he loves caked on his shirt and shorts, Gustavo Kuerten moved one round closer to his fourth French Open title Monday.

Cunego wins Giro d'Italia
MILAN, Italy -- Italy's Damiano Cunego won the Giro d'Italia on Sunday, holding a two-minute lead over his closest opponents at the end of the 20-stage cycling race.

Smart Servis: Smarty team nearing racing immortality
BENSALEM, Pa. - He was a grieving horse owner ready to quit the business. The death of his longtime friend and trainer had persuaded Roy Chapman to clear the barn and enjoy retirement.

Overtime
A night after a disappointing loss to Capital City, the Augusta GreenJackets made up for it against the Bombers, using six unearned runs in the sixth inning for a 9-3 victory.

Smarty Jones could arrive Wednesday at Belmont
NEW YORK -- Smarty Jones likely will move his show from Philadelphia Park to Belmont Park on Wednesday.

Capriati, Serena go head-to-head
PARIS - Jennifer Capriati caught herself.

Hairy escape for Henman as he reaches quarterfinals
PARIS -- Tim Henman says he will stop shaving as long as he stays in the French Open.

Williams sisters, Capriati reach quarterfinals
PARIS -- Venus Williams' body language worried her mother. At least twice, Williams swatted awkwardly at a ball, winced, then grabbed her stomach.

All-Pros become bargain pickups
NEW YORK - Now the bargain hunting starts.

Carol Kane dances into PBS' 'Cosmopolitan' romance
LOS ANGELES -- Dressed in shades of black, clutching a bouquet of purple flowers, Carol Kane is trailed by a small entourage of family, friends, co-workers and fans as she exits a Hollywood screening of the TV movie "Cosmopolitan."

Love finds Carol Kane in 'Cosmopolitan' on PBS

NBC dismisses criticism for run of "Dateline" entertainment shows
NEW YORK -- Want to get an NBC executive's blood boiling? Just suggest that "Dateline NBC" may have besmirched its reputation with its series of shows about the network's entertainment fare.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
ABC News and Peter Jennings take to the violent streets of a Los Angeles neighborhood, home to more than 60 gangs, for an examination of one city's battle against crime.

Tom Selleck stars in 'Ike,' Eisenhower D-Day drama
LOS ANGELES -- A film paying tribute to Dwight D. Eisenhower and his World War II D-Day achievement required precise casting, said writer-producer Lionel Chetwynd.

Tom Selleck stars in 'Ike,' Eisenhower D-Day drama

Carol Kane dances into PBS' 'Cosmopolitan' romance

NBC dismisses criticism for run of "Dateline" entertainment shows

Love finds Carol Kane in 'Cosmopolitan' on PBS
LOS ANGELES - Dressed in shades of black, clutching a bouquet of purple flowers, Carol Kane is trailed by a small entourage of family, friends, co-workers and fans as she exits a Hollywood screening of the TV movie Cosmopolitan.

Macaulay Culkin leaves child-star past behind

Durham minister seeks to oust DJ for Barrino criticism

People in the News

Reports: Oscar winner Julia Roberts pregnant with twins

People in the News

Bulldogs, Jackets take top seeds in regionals

Bulldogs, Jackets take top seeds in regionals
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech was named the No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament Monday when the full 64-team field was announced.

Georgia, Georgia Tech named hosts of NCAA regional sites
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech and Georgia were two of the 16 schools named Sunday as regional sites for the NCAA baseball tournament.

Georgia, Georgia Tech named hosts of NCAA regional sites

Gamecocks picked as nation's No. 2

Gamecocks win title
HOOVER, Ala. -- Zac McCamie pitched into the eighth inning and South Carolina scored twice in the sixth, capturing its first Southeastern Conference tournament title with a 3-2 victory over Vanderbilt Sunday.

Gamecocks win title

Gamecocks picked as nation's No. 2
COLUMBIA - Even South Carolina's most optimistic baseball players were turning various shades of anxious around noon Monday, awaiting the release of the NCAA Tournament bracket.

South Carolina picked as NCAA regional site
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina hasn't played its last game at home after all.

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Activities, jobs help make season fun

We want your pictures
The ink is still fresh on the diplomas for the Class of 2004. Got your photos back from your graduation ceremony? Share them with Xtreme.

Moving in with boy not option

Activities, jobs help make season fun
Summer vacation can be a blessing and a curse.

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Question of the week

Question of the week
Here are the results of last week's question:

Butler, Cross Creek, Laney and Westminster Prom pictures
Tez Walker and Laurie Walker looked the part for their "Best Dressed" title at the T.W. Josey High School prom held April 17 at Paine College.

Your style
THE FACTS: Dominique Quarles, 15, a rising sophomore at A.R. Johnson Health, Science and Engineering Magnet High School.

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Brothers Henry, JoJo and Ringo Garza make up the Latino rock group Los Lonely Boys. It's hard not to notice the influence Carlos Santana has had on guitar player Henry. He dominates most of the self-titled debut with his endearing guitar solos, which give the album its flavor, but is most noticeable on Senorita and Crazy Dream. Though the album slows down in the middle, things pick up by Onda, an 8-minute showcase of the brothers' talents, which is slightly reminiscent of old Allman Brothers Band jams.

Moving in with boy not option
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: My mom just got fired from her job for something she didn't do. She worked where we lived, and now we have to move. My mom wants to move to Kentucky (where we are from). But I have a boyfriend and we really love each other and I have a best friend.

Duke draws support from fractured far-right groups