Hoofers celebrate National Tap Dance Day

Hoofers celebrate National Tap Dance Day
NEW YORK -- Arthur Duncan and Jimmy Slyde still have the moves.

Yankees claim Anderson off waivers from Cleveland
NEW YORK -- Right-hander Jason Anderson rejoined the New York Yankees' organization Tuesday when he was claimed off waivers from Cleveland.

Charlotte blanks Richmond

Brenly trying to stay optimistic as Arizona fades in NL West
PHOENIX -- The bullpen's a mess, the big slugger probably is out for the season and nobody but Randy Johnson can win games.

Zeile brings Mets back against Phils
PHILADELPHIA - Todd Zeile hit a tying home run in the eighth and a go-ahead RBI single in the 10th to lead the New York Mets to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

Survival of the fittest: Series even

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.

Panthers bow out in finale

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.

Reds: Vander Wal needs more rehabilitation, return uncertain
CINCINNATI -- John Vander Wal will need more time to recover from offseason knee injury and there is no timetable for his return to the Cincinnati Reds.

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.

Charlotte blanks Richmond
FORT MILL, S.C. -- Andres Torres fell a base hit short of the cycle and Jason Grilli pitched a three-hitter as Charlotte took the first game of a doubleheader, 8-0, over Richmond on Tuesday.

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.

Panthers bow out in finale
GAINESVILLE, Ga. - It just wasn't meant to be.

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

Cubs blast Astros

Dodgers down Brewers after 10 innings

Texas reinstates pitchers arrested during tournament

Brenly trying to stay optimistic as Arizona fades in NL West

Zeile brings Mets back against Phils

Texas reinstates pitchers arrested during tournament
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas, the overall No. 1 seed for the NCAA baseball tournament, reinstated pitchers Justin Simmons and J. Brent Cox on Tuesday, a week after they were arrested on public intoxication charges during the Big 12 tournament.

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.

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."

Minnesota cracks down on underpriced gasoline
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend and as the cost of gasoline continues to climb, Minnesota is cracking down on service stations over gas prices.

Mexican Indian woman describes self-Caesarean
RIO TALEA, Mexico -- Alone in her one-room cabin high in the mountains of southern Mexico, Ines Ramirez Perez felt the pounding pains of a child insistent on entering the world.

Truckload of eggs closes Texas highway
BELLAIRE, Texas -- A truck carrying 30,000 pounds of eggs spilled its contents off a Houston-area overpass early Monday, shutting down a highway and leaving a smelly mess behind for cleanup crews.

Odds and Ends
WILKINSBURG, Pa. -- The manager of a check-cashing store was bound and gagged by an armed robber but managed to free one of her legs and dial 911 - using her toe.

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.

Late homers rescue Braves
ATLANTA - Atlanta's J.D. Drew didn't give Nick Green time for his second curtain call in two days.

Late homers rescue Braves

Long ball lets Green play hero

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.

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

Security changes terminal pick-ups

Energy producers vigilant during hurricane season
HOUSTON -- Forecasters predict a busy hurricane season for the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, raising the risk that violent storms could put a new crimp in the nation's stressed oil and natural gas production.

'Fear premium' pushes oil, gasoline prices ever higher
WASHINGTON -- A "fear premium" is driving up gasoline prices well past $2 a gallon.

Three-fourths of oil and gas leases on federal lands aren't producing
WASHINGTON -- Nearly three-fourths of the 40 million acres of public land currently leased for oil and gas development in the continental United States isn't producing any oil or gas, federal records show, even as the Bush administration pushes to open more environmentally sensitive public lands for oil and gas development.

Tailors make stitch in time

New payroll cards sub for pay, benefit checks
PHILADELPHIA -- Many car salesmen looking for their latest commission no longer ask if the check is in the mail, but if the money is on the card.

Saudi oil minister: OPEC will do 'its best' to ensure crude supply
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- As oil prices soared to new heights after a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia, the nation's influential oil minister tried to reassure markets Tuesday that OPEC would do its best to provide adequate supplies.

Oil giants outside Middle East struggle to offset rising global crude prices
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Leading oil exporters outside the Middle East have pledged to boost production to offset soaring world prices - but it could be months or years before Russia, Nigeria and Mexico really manage to open their taps.

Business briefs

Security changes terminal pick-ups
PHILADELPHIA - Bob Boague had time to kill before his daughter's flight arrived, so he eased his pickup onto the shoulder of Route 291 on the outskirts of the Philadelphia airport and waited there, despite the "No Stopping Anytime" sign. Five cars lined up behind him.

Oil giants outside Middle East struggle to offset rising global crude prices

Tailors make stitch in time
Attaching the sleeve to the shoulder is the hardest part of making a suit.

'Fear premium' pushes oil, gasoline prices ever higher

Construction spending, manufacturing activity up

Energy producers vigilant during hurricane season

Karmazin out as president of Viacom, replaced by Freston, Moonves

Three-fourths of oil and gas leases on federal lands aren't producing

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.

Karmazin out as president of Viacom, replaced by Freston, Moonves
NEW YORK -- Mel Karmazin has resigned as president and chief operating officer of the media giant Viacom Inc. as the company seeks to find a successor for its 81-year-old chairman and CEO, Sumner Redstone.

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.

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.

Capacity, rules keep costs high

New payroll cards sub for pay, benefit checks

Plant uses oil to make chocolate

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

Drought changing the way farmers do business

Travel industry's prospects look brighter this summer

Construction spending, manufacturing activity up
WASHINGTON -- Construction spending registered its best month on record in April and manufacturing activity expanded in May, fresh evidence of the economy's momentum as it headed into summer.

Tigers' Hendrix takes final shot

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?

Judge dismisses Arkansas foundation claims against Richardson

Judge dismisses Arkansas foundation claims against Richardson
LITTLE ROCK -- A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed an attempt by the University of Arkansas' athletic department fund-raising arm to reclaim money it has paid to Nolan Richardson, ruling that the fired coach has made adequate attempts to find work under terms of his contract.

Title won't change USC Aiken coach's address

Save Fort Discovery
Does Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue not have any idea what he's risking?

Terminate Sadr

Does S.C. want a leader?

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.

Save Fort Discovery

Mini-bottles smell fishy

Terminate Sadr
The U.S.-led coalition wants to encourage Iraqis to solve their own problems, which is why in various cities they've let Iraqis loosely allied with the coalition negotiate a truce with insurgents in order to avoid bloodshed.

Mini-bottles smell fishy
Why is it that whenever the South Carolina legislature is on the verge of letting voters decide whether to repeal the state's archaic and dangerous mini-bottle law, some lawmakers who seemed to be for the vote back off? It's suspicious. What's going on behind the scenes?

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.

Judge approves divorce of Marc Anthony
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- A judge approved a divorce Tuesday for Puerto Rican singer Marc Anthony and former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres.

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.

People in the News
SHANGHAI, China -- China to Britney: Come perform but leave the revealing outfits at home.

Summer survival
The best thing about summer is that things slow down.Take all the school prep out of the mix and pretty much whatever's going on you can handle it. That means that I'm a happy camper.

A ruse for reluctant readers
If youngsters in your house aren't interested in reading, no matter how often you read to them, no matter how many books you introduce, try something from the "books lite" menu. Go for a coloring or activity book.

Father's Day wishes
I want a new barbecue grill. My daughter was going to buy me one last year but I opted for new pots. Robert, father of five

Liam's 1st hiarcut
Liam Kennan celebrated his first birthday with his first haircut.

Summer survival guide
Summer days mean fun in the sun. But sun can be a killer. Protect yourself and your family. Here are five things you need to know.

Cooking with Kids: Hostess Helpers
The old adage about looking at the glass as half empty or half fullcan certainly be applied when entertaining with children. On one hand, it'soften difficult to host an adult-only dinner party when the children keep popping in, needing "one more thing." But, on the positive (glass-full) side, children love to serve as junior hosts and hostesses at adult gatherings.

Cool Dude
Kian Rea cools off at Brookfield Park.

Sound bites
Parents know that leading a household is one of the hardest jobs in the world. Here are some efficiency tips featured in the May issue of Redbook:

Out on a limb
Reid and Ian DeMass test their climbing skills in Aiken's Hopeland Gardens

6 Steps to a healthy mind, body and spirit
Georgia and South Carolina have some of the highest rates of obesity in the U.S. as well as some of the highest rates for stroke, heart disease and diabetes. If that is not enough to make you and your family want to get out and be active, consider that exercise will help you have a healthier mind, body and spirit.

Thank Heavens, summer vacation's here at last!
By the time you are reading this, school will be out for summer and I will have survived yet another year of elementary school. I don't know who is more anxious for summer vacation in my family- the kids, or the parents!

What to do
Candlelight Jazz: The Soul Bar Band will be performing at the Candlelight Jazz at the Riverwalk at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 at the gate. For more information, call 821-1754.

Homeowners face skyrocketing insurance costs in hurricane areas
MIAMI -- Retired police officers Ed and Nancy McCue are thinking about leaving their dream home near the shores of Biscayne Bay because it's in a prime target area for hurricanes.

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

Dow Corning emerges from bankruptcy

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

Tokyo stocks close up, dollar lower against yen

Tokyo stocks close up, dollar lower against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rebounded Tuesday amid hope for sustained momentum in Japan's economic recovery, but concern that rising oil prices might depress global markets tempered gains. The U.S. dollar was lower against the Japanese yen.

Dow Corning emerges from bankruptcy
MIDLAND, Mich. -- Dow Corning Corp. emerged Tuesday after nearly a decade of bankruptcy protection related to thousands of silicone breast implant liability lawsuits.

Late rally edges stock prices higher
NEW YORK -- A change of heart gave Wall Street a late-day rally Tuesday, as strong economic data overcame investors' anxiety over a surge in oil prices.

Homeowners face skyrocketing insurance costs in hurricane areas

Across ex-communist central Europe, a radical change in once-bland kitchens
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Grilled salmon with strawberry sauce. Sea salt and fresh basil and thyme. Sun-ripened avocados and fine chardonnay.

Demand for goat meat is growing
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Members of the state's rising ethnic population are creating a new market for goat meat, and farmers are stepping in to meet it.

Low-carb industry expects a shakeout
WASHINGTON -- Like the dieters who use their products, sellers of low-carb food seem set for some thinning.

Across ex-communist central Europe, a radical change in once-bland kitchens

Demand for goat meat is growing

New Mexico's hot peppers are off to good start
LOS LUNAS, N.M. -- David Chavez reaches down and picks up a fistful of dirt, working it with his fingers as he explains there's something about the soft clumps of soil that give his green chili a special flavor.

Chick-fil-A offers healthier alternative with fresh fruit cups

Chick-fil-A offers healthier alternative with fresh fruit cups
ATLANTA -- Chick-fil-A, a fast-food chain known for its fried-chicken sandwiches, is adding cups of sliced apples, grapes, pineapple and oranges to its menu to give customers a healthier alternative.

New Mexico's hot peppers are off to good start

Low-carb industry expects a shakeout

An ageless game, an age-old problem
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Jack Nicklaus sounded as if he were ready to retire.

It's later and has a new name, but they still call it the Kemper

It's later and has a new name, but they still call it the Kemper
POTOMAC, Md. -- The tents are going up instead of coming down at the TPC at Avenel course. It's early June, and the PGA Tour's yearly visit is usually done by now.

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

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.

Less golf, more fishing is in Golden Bear's near future
DUBLIN, Ohio - Jack Nicklaus knows he will play this week at the Memorial, the tournament he founded and hosts. Beyond that, he hasn't made any tee times.

Watson thanks grounds crew with pizza

Less golf, more fishing is in Golden Bear's near future

An ageless game, an age-old problem

Flames, Lightning both looking to extend Game 5 success

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.

Flames, Lightning both looking to extend Game 5 success
TAMPA, Fla. -- Three times before in these Stanley Cup playoffs, the Calgary Flames were 2-2 in a series. Three times they went on the road and won, then took the series.

Kiprusoff no joke in Calgary's run

Go Thai to pep up pizza
Gourmet pizza restaurants boomed in the 1980s, and their popularity remains strong. The trend has been so strong, in fact, that today you can find several brands of gourmet specialty pizzas in your grocer's freezer. It doesn't take much to bake up a gourmet pizza of your own, however.

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.

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

Norwood legislation is one-sided

Keep looking at ties between race, schools
The article "Equal but separate" (The Augusta Chronicle, May 16) was long overdue. It represents a good attempt at bringing the skeleton out of the closet. By publicizing that one-third of Richmond County schools are at least 90 percent black, we may now confront the implications of this fact. Greg Davis, Augusta

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

Imperial Theatre shows applauded
I'm asking people to support the Imperial Theatre. This past season my family and I enjoyed many family-oriented performances: The Three Musketeers, Annie and The Wiz. Denise Bouffard, Thomson

Beheading blamed on CBS

Norwood legislation is one-sided
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., is off base with his assumption of cards of authorization for organizing employers (The Augusta Chronicle, May 13). Johnny Hutcheson, Augusta

Keep looking at ties between race, schools

Summer survival guide

Wetter, the better

A ruse for reluctant readers

Out on a limb

Children get off couch to be fit for life

Michael Kors: Thinking old, thinking young, thinking everyone

Nomad straddles two worlds as big oil collides with traditional life

Study of 14 countries finds mental illness is prevalent

Magazine marks 10 years of being InStyle

Summer survival

Chipping away at unknowns of climate change

Father's Day wishes

Demand for obesity surgery increasing as population gets fatter

Thank Heavens, summer vacation's here at last!

Cool Dude

Sound bites

Cooking with Kids: Hostess Helpers

Civil liberties union raises concerns over FBI anti-terrorism info

Variety is spice of life but may be detriment of diets

6 Steps to a healthy mind, body and spirit

Losing just a little may have outsized health advantages

Study: Alaska earthquake affected eruptions of Yellowstone geysers

Japanese Internet star spreads the blogging gospel

Liam's 1st hiarcut

Some RVers steer clear of high gas prices with shorter trips, longer stops

Some RVers steer clear of high gas prices with shorter trips, longer stops
HAMLIN, N.Y. -- After 10 days parked in bird-loud woods near the Lake Ontario shore, John Gerfen is pumping 75 gallons of gasoline into his motor home this Memorial Day weekend, driving to his retirement home in Florida and hoping to keep his wanderlust in check.

Japanese Internet star spreads the blogging gospel
TOKYO -- Snapshots of his pet dog, thoughts on democracy and a recipe for bamboo shoots clutter Joichi Ito's Web journal, a lively peek into the tireless mind of one of Japan's biggest Internet stars.

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.

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

Study of 14 countries finds mental illness is prevalent
CHICAGO -- Mental illnesses including anxiety disorders and depression are common and under-treated in many developed and developing countries, with the highest rate found in the United States, according to a study of 14 countries.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Civil liberties union raises concerns over FBI anti-terrorism info
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Civil-liberties groups are voicing concerns over a first-in-the-nation system giving local police in New York and Vermont instant access to federal files on terrorism.

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.

NASA chief wants proposals for robots to repair Hubble Space Telescope
DENVER -- The Hubble Space Telescope, which once appeared doomed, could be rescued by robots, NASA's chief said Tuesday at a major astronomy meeting.

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.

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.

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:

Officer is shot in raid

Agency searches for foster parents

Miller makes most of status

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

Commissioners give budget OK
Columbia County commissioners approved an almost $41 million budget for the coming fiscal year Tuesday.

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.

Internet sites aid campaigns

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

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.

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.

'I have no regrets for what I done, what I seen.'
ALBERT LEE NIX , 80, enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and was later assigned to the USS Thomas Jefferson, an attack transport with landing craft on it. The Thomas Jefferson received six battle stars for World War II service.

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."

Ice cream parlors help beat the heat one lick at a time

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

Civilian instructors are forgotten fliers

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.

Across Georgia

Kid of the day

Senator takes jabs at GOP leaders, policies

Fewer pupils fail reading test

Sales tax issue worries leaders

Across the area

New school seeks help for supplies

Lawyers discuss laws on child sentencing

County council discusses putting blue laws on ballot
An economic group has asked the Aiken County Council to let voters decide whether the county should continue to enforce its "blue laws," which ban the sale of nonessential goods before 1:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Rants and raves
THIS IS IN RESPONSE to the rave for Jerry Baldwin. If he's such a good director of public safety, he needs to teach his police officers how to drive a patrol car. They think they can drive like Dale Jr. on the roads of Harlem. I think if they want to continue driving like that, they need to sign up for NASCAR!

Talks on replacing Kolb will be later
Augusta commissioners didn't discuss recruiting a new city administrator to replace George Kolb as planned Tuesday for a very good reason.

Commissioners give budget OK

New school seeks help for supplies
AIKEN - Educators at Edgefield County's new public charter high school are scouring the countryside for computers, filing cabinets and desks - they might even turn to prisons for their furniture needs

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia

Fort Discovery awaits word on state funding

Main library sees decline

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.

Kid of the day

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.

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.

Center to cut staff, hours

Georgians gather at old cemetery for war tribute

Agency searches for foster parents
AIKEN - Aiken County social workers are looking for foster parents with even temperaments and the patience of Job to take in the state's most troubled children.

Jury will look into city fleet handling
The Augusta Commission voted Tuesday to hand over allegations of possible wrongdoing in the city's fleet management department to a grand jury for investigation.

Area has two Barbie Arts finalists

Voters get to decide drinks
AIKEN - In November, South Carolina voters will vote on how they want their drinks poured - from a minibottle or a big bottle.

Student hits campaign trail on summer break

Fort Discovery awaits word on state funding
A day after Fort Discovery officials announced the cut of two-thirds of its work force because of the lack of state funding, there was still no word Tuesday on when, or whether, money would be coming from Atlanta.

County council discusses putting blue laws on ballot

Around town
Master gardener Fey Hardy, of Augusta, digs a hole as she and other gardeners and volunteers plant hydrangeas at Pendleton King Park. The workers were planting more than 200 hydrangeas of more than 60 varieties Tuesday in preparation for the Hydrangea Festival on Saturday.

News you can use
JUNE 2, 1950 Representatives of the city of Augusta, Richmond County and civic and business leaders have created a permanent fact-finding committee to complete a thorough survey of Augusta as a community.

Lawyers discuss laws on child sentencing
ATLANTA - Georgia law might need to be changed to strengthen sentences against children convicted of murder, said lawyers and politicians at a meeting on the topic Tuesday.

Drought fears turn sprinkler rules on
The day of reckoning has come for those in Augusta who water their lawns religiously.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Logan Chase New, 2, of Augusta.

Fewer pupils fail reading test
Almost 15 percent of Richmond County third-graders failed to pass a state reading test required for promotion to the fourth grade, Superintendent Charles Larke said Tuesday.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, a candidate for governor in the 2006 election, has donated a half-million dollars to the state Democratic Party.

Graduation may move inside
Outside graduation might have been a bad idea.

Session's goal to trim deficit
Augusta commissioners will meet today for a belt-tightening session geared toward heading off a big budget deficit and a possible property tax increase.

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.

Rants and raves
THIS IS IN RESPONSE to the rave for Jerry Baldwin. If he's such a good director of public safety, he needs to teach his police officers how to drive a patrol car. They think they can drive like Dale Jr. on the roads of Harlem. I think if they want to continue driving like that, they need to sign up for NASCAR!

Condos, mall are pitched for river
Luxurious high-rise condominiums could be headed to the Augusta riverfront if Augusta businessman Woody Merry has his way.

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

Judge orders prisoner freed
A federal judge ordered the immediate release Tuesday of an Augusta man in prison for manslaughter.

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.

Across the area
Joe Shepherd could have found himself in a "quandary" if he didn't know how to spell the word.

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.

Student hits campaign trail on summer break
COVINGTON, Ga. - Like many students at the University of Georgia, Andrew Dill was eagerly awaiting the arrival of summer vacation for a chance to get out of the classroom.

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.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - Attendance at this year's Atlantic Beach Bikefest was up slightly this year compared with last year, but it did not reach the 300,000 that officials had estimated.

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.

Police chief charged in sex case
The chief of police in a small Wilkes County town has been placed on administrative leave after his arrest on a sex charge, officials said Tuesday.

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Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE for the faculty and staff at Cross Creek High School, especially their principal. Their baccalaureate was perfect. Their graduation was very beautiful and dignified. The parents were simply amazed at the beauty and sophistication from that particular area. The southside community wishes to thank them for a job well done.

Rise cuts into teen social life

Drought fears turn sprinkler rules on

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.

Officer is shot in raid
A veteran drug investigator with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office was shot in the face Tuesday night at the climax of an undercover sting in Burke County, authorities said.

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

Ice cream parlors help beat the heat one lick at a time
AIKEN - "Sprinkles." That was the word that 2-year-old Meghan Glinski said as she studied the flecks of color that adorned the chocolate-dipped ice cream cone in her hand. She licked the rapidly-melting vanilla ice cream that topped the cone while sitting at the Sweet Cow Creamery with her mother, Holly Glinski, on Tuesday afternoon.

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.

Around town

'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.

Session's goal to trim deficit

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.

Condos, mall are pitched for river

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

Night vision goggles being used to catch cinema pirates

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.

'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.

Hawaiian music may be given own Grammy category
HONOLULU -- Hawaiian music is doing swimmingly with listeners, and now it's is ready to catch the big one: the Grammy.

Pulitzer Prize broadens criteria for music award

Pulitzer Prize broadens criteria for music award
NEW YORK -- The Pulitzer Prize music judges, hoping to encourage a broader range of entries from American composers, may soon be saying hooray for Hollywood - and all that jazz.

Repeat win has little to doubt

Gordon willing to try double again

Rice hopes to start new American run

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.

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

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.

Erving no longer a candidate for Raptors' GM job

Garnett's new gang ends best season in Wolves history

Garnett's new gang ends best season in Wolves history
MINNEAPOLIS -- With Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell by his side, Kevin Garnett earned the MVP award and went deeper in the playoffs than ever before.

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.

Malone four wins away from first championship

Erving no longer a candidate for Raptors' GM job
TORONTO -- Julius Erving is no longer a candidate to be general manager of the Toronto Raptors, who are looking for a replacement since firing Glen Grunwald on April 1.

Lakers' Fisher uncertain for Game 6

Malone four wins away from first championship
LOS ANGELES -- Ankle-deep in a bucket of cold water and ice strapped to his aging knees, Karl Malone finally had a chance to sit back and relax.

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

Rams release two-time NFL MVP

Jaguars bring back their pass-rush leader

All-Pros become bargain pickups

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Athletes warned again about risks of supplements
MONTREAL -- Athletes will be reminded before the Athens Olympics of the potential risks of nutritional supplements.

Emmons qualifies in third Olympic event
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- Matt Emmons became the first American to qualify for one Olympics in three shooting events, when he won the three-position competition at the U.S. trials on Monday.

Architect confident Olympic roof will be ready
ATHENS, Greece -- The architect who designed the glass-and-steel roof for the main Olympic stadium is certain it will be ready on time.

Architect confident Olympic roof will be ready

Organizers: majority of Athens tickets still not sold
ATHENS, Greece -- More than half the tickets for the Athens Olympics remain unsold, with corporate sponsors buying far fewer seats than four years ago, organizers said Tuesday.

Organizers: majority of Athens tickets still not sold

Romania's gymnastics medalist machine prepping for gold in Athens
DEVA, Romania -- In a gym filled with framed photos of Nadia Comaneci, a powerful pixie rockets across the mats. Then she takes flight, corkscrewing through the air with a faint jet trail of chalk dust in her wake.

Russia wins team relay in modern pentathlon

Back on the mat, Wilson makes the pain go away
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For Blaine Wilson, there is pain, and then there's the stuff that really hurts.

Russia wins team relay in modern pentathlon
MOSCOW -- Russia won its first gold medal in the men's relay at the world modern pentathlon championships Tuesday, with the United States rallying to finish second.

Budget process needs a statewide perspective
Over the last few days, there has been a well-chronicled fuss over budget vetoes. But the basic question all of us should ask is, why? At the end of the day, for me it has all been about two principles:

Budget process needs a statewide perspective
Over the last few days, there has been a well-chronicled fuss over budget vetoes. But the basic question all of us should ask is, why? At the end of the day, for me it has all been about two principles:

Smart Servis: Smarty team nearing racing immortality

Capriati, Serena go head-to-head

Team Smarty's unbelievable journey

Overtime

Williams sisters stumble at French Open

Team Smarty's unbelievable journey
NEW YORK -- It's a tale as remarkable as any soap opera: murder, a star who almost dies, bit players who become celebrities.

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

Overtime
James Heath, who played one year at Augusta State, fired a course-record 63 at Jubilee at St. Andrews, Scotland, to tie for first place after two rounds of medal play in the British Amateur Championship on Tuesday.

Williams sisters stumble at French Open
PARIS -- Venus Williams can brag that she lasted longer than her sister at the French Open - by 28 minutes.

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.

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.

Racing days aren't over for Smarty
BENSALEM, Pa - Win or lose, Smarty Jones' racing days probably won't end at the Belmont.

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.

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

Jaguars bring back their pass-rush leader
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars signed defensive end Tony Brackens to a one-year contract Tuesday, bringing back the team's leading career pass rusher and former second-round draft pick.

Rams release two-time NFL MVP
ST. LOUIS -- Kurt Warner's storybook stay with the St. Louis Rams ended Tuesday, but he's unlikely to be out of work for long.

Miss America trims down: Telecast will be two hours

Miss America trims down: Telecast will be two hours
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Finding fat on Miss America isn't easy. Finding it in the pageant telecast should be, though.

Bill Clinton to appear on '60 Minutes' to promote upcoming memoir

Ecuador looks to Miss Universe pageant to improve country's image
QUITO, Ecuador -- The Miss Universe pageant, watched by hundreds of millions around the world, can bring fame and fortune to its winner.

Bill Clinton to appear on '60 Minutes' to promote upcoming memoir
NEW YORK -- Bill Clinton, memoir writer, should get better ratings for "60 Minutes" than did Bill Clinton, co-host of "Point-Counterpoint."

Ecuador looks to Miss Universe pageant to improve country's image

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.

Love finds Carol Kane in 'Cosmopolitan' on PBS

People in the News

Reports: Oscar winner Julia Roberts pregnant with twins

People in the News

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.

Bulldogs, Jackets take top seeds in regionals

Gamecocks picked as nation's No. 2

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.

What to do

Title won't change USC Aiken coach's address
It happens all the time in collegiate sports: a coach wins a national title in a smaller classification, starts shopping his services around, then takes a job at a bigger school, usually on the NCAA Division I level.

4-1-1
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.

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.

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.

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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.

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

Activities, jobs help make season fun

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

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

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Mexican Indian woman describes self-Caesarean

Truckload of eggs closes Texas highway

Duke draws support from fractured far-right groups

Minnesota cracks down on underpriced gasoline