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

Controversial horse finds right pasture
The Iron Horse stands quietly in a pastoral setting that has been its home for more than 40 years.

A 'Wicked' 2004 Tony Awards with kudos for Hugh and Donna, too

Hoofers celebrate National Tap Dance Day

A 'Wicked' 2004 Tony Awards with kudos for Hugh and Donna, too
NEW YORK -- Will it be a "Wicked" 2004 Tony Awards? Yes, with the lavish "Wizard of Oz" musical taking the biggest prize of all - best musical - and at least three other awards during Sunday's three-hour ceremony from Radio City Music Hall.

Galleries calendar

Controversial horse finds right pasture

Galleries calendar
Here's a list of gallery showings and events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Reds fillet Marlins
MIAMI -- Dontrelle Willis made the pitch he wanted. Sean Casey still wasn't fooled.

Padres crack Rockies in10 innings

Athletics edge out White Sox
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mark Kotsay hit Oakland's second straight game-ending home run, a 10th-inning drive Wednesday that gave the Athletics a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.

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.

After 13 months, Burnett finally back in Marlins' rotation

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.

After 13 months, Burnett finally back in Marlins' rotation
MIAMI -- A.J. Burnett was on the field with the Florida Marlins plenty of times last year.

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.

Ordonez misses another game, could go on DL

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.

Reds fillet Marlins

Charlotte blanks Richmond

Athletics edge out White Sox

Zeile brings Mets back against Phils

Padres crack Rockies in10 innings
SAN DIEGO -- Jay Payton hit an RBI single past the glove of diving second baseman Aaron Miles with two outs in the 10th inning and the San Diego Padres beat Colorado 2-1 Wednesday to avoid being swept in consecutive home series.

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.

GHSA Baseball Playoffs
Schedule of the Georgia High School Association baseball playoffs. All series are best two-of-three:

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

Ordonez misses another game, could go on DL
OAKLAND, Calif. -- White Sox right fielder Magglio Ordonez missed his seventh straight game Wednesday with a strained left calf and probably will go on the disabled list later this week.

Texas reinstates pitchers arrested during tournament

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.

Panthers bow out in finale

Brenly trying to stay optimistic as Arizona fades in NL West

Latest area births
Kerith Allene Miller: Gabe and Connie Miller, of North Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Kerith Allene Miller, Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Steve and Kaye Ketterman, of Charlotte, N.C. and Fred Miller and Jo Ann McDonald, both of Keyser, W.Va.

Latest area births

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.

Man gored by elephant in attack at park near San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- A trainer at an amusement park was critically injured Tuesday when he was gored by an elephant, officials said.

Waterfront park angers civil liberties groups by halting river baptism
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Rev. Todd Pyle thought it was the perfect spot to baptize 12 new members of his church - the river was calm and shallow and there was a shaded area offshore for people to stand.

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.

'Ladies night' discounts on drinks ruled discriminatory
TRENTON, N.J. -- The state's top civil rights official has ruled that taverns cannot offer discounts to women on "ladies nights," agreeing with a man who claimed such gender-based promotions discriminated against men.

Odds and Ends
CLARKSVILLE, Ind. -- A 22-year-old man who climbed an electrical tower survived a 69,000-volt shock that a utility official said was nearly always fatal.

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.

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.

Momentum stalls for Braves

Momentum stalls for Braves
ATLANTA - It has been the biggest puzzler of the season, why Atlanta pitcher Mike Hampton can't win as consistently as he did during the final two months last year.

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

Kraft backs off plan to reduce portion sizes

Support forms around Saudi plan to raise OPEC oil output ceiling
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Several OPEC members expressed support Wednesday for a Saudi plan to raise the group's oil production ceiling by 10.6 percent in the hope of calming jittery markets and reducing crude prices from near record heights. Oil prices sank more than 5 percent in trading in New York and London.

Google soups up its search toolbox for intranets
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc. is sharpening the search tools that it sells to companies, schools and government agencies, hoping to mine new revenue sources as it strives to become less dependent on online advertising.

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.

Business briefs
R. Daniel Blanton, the president and CEO of Georgia Bank & Trust Co., has been elected chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association for 2004-2005.

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.

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.

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.

Pricing war intensifies in U.S. auto market

Consumer confidence falls due to rising gas prices, poll shows
NEW YORK - Rising gasoline prices continued to weigh on overall consumer confidence in the United States last week, according to an ABC News/Money Magazine poll.

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

Sony to halt sales of Clie hand-held computers in U.S.
SAN DIEGO -- Sony Electronics said Tuesday it won't release new models of its Clie hand-held computers in the United States this year, effectively signaling its exit from the U.S. market.

Security changes terminal pick-ups

Pricing war intensifies in U.S. auto market
WILMINGTON, Del. -- The pricing battle among major automakers intensified Wednesday when rivals General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. began offering more cash to customers on new cars and trucks.

Construction spending, manufacturing activity up

City has plans to woo nonprofits
Barry White, the area's top tourism official, knows that even a moderate-size event can serve up a mighty economic wallop.

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

New payroll cards sub for pay, benefit checks

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.

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

Tailors make stitch in time

Energy producers vigilant during hurricane season

Google soups up its search toolbox for intranets

'Fear premium' pushes oil, gasoline prices ever higher

Support forms around Saudi plan to raise OPEC oil output ceiling

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

City has plans to woo nonprofits

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.

British motorists moan as gas prices soar past $5.79 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.

Mitsubishi Motors covered up 26 other defects in cars to avoid recalls

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.

British motorists moan as gas prices soar past $5.79 a gallon
LONDON -- As rising oil prices pushed gasoline past $5.79 per gallon in Britain, truck drivers threatened strikes and cabbies filling up at the pumps complained about working extra hours to make ends meet.

Kraft backs off plan to reduce portion sizes
NORTHFIELD, Ill. -- Kraft Foods Inc. has abandoned its plan to reduce some portion sizes, citing consumer research that shows shoppers prefer to have the choice of whether to go with smaller packages.

Mitsubishi Motors covered up 26 other defects in cars to avoid recalls
TOKYO -- Japan's Mitsubishi Motors hid 26 defects in its cars from regulators for years - in addition to four problems it publicized in 2000 - to avoid issuing recalls for the vehicles, the company said Wednesday.

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.

Judge dismisses Arkansas foundation claims against Richardson

Title won't change USC Aiken coach's address

A right to infanticide?
Even if there is a right to an abortion for any reason, is that right absolute and unrestricted?

Terminate Sadr

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?

End to the bottleneck

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

End to the bottleneck
When push came to shove, bar and restaurant workers from across the state who sought repeal of South Carolina's archaic and dangerous mini-bottle law out-numbered, and out-muscled, proponents of the status quo who sought to preserve the law.

Save Fort Discovery

Mini-bottles smell fishy

A right to infanticide?

Clubbin'
LAST CALL 2701 WASHINGTON ROAD THIS WEEKEND: Drink & Drown Friday; toga party Saturday

On the road
But me, I'm still on the road heading for another joint

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

Paul McCartney tried heroin, preferred cocaine
LONDON -- Paul McCartney says he got no thrill from heroin, but found cocaine more to his liking for a time.

Controversial horse finds right pasture
The Iron Horse stands quietly in a pastoral setting that has been its home for more than 40 years.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

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.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

People in the News
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Director Martin Scorsese will speak at the fifth annual Lake Placid Film Festival, which runs Wednesday through Sunday.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Cool Dude
Kian Rea cools off at Brookfield Park.

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.

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.

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

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.

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:

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.

Dow Corning emerges from bankruptcy

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.

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.

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

Tokyo stocks close up, dollar lower against yen

Federal program to help first-time home buyers with closing costs
WASHINGTON -- Families who can afford a monthly mortgage payment but do not have enough money for a down payment on a home can apply for assistance through a government program that got under way Wednesday.

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

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar higher against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks fell Wednesday as investors grew cautious waiting for the outcome of an oil producers meeting. The U.S. dollar was higher 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.

More families bank on loans to pay for college
WASHINGTON -- With college expenses on the rise and grants not keeping pace, loans have turned into a financial aid of choice among families, including wealthier ones

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.

Stocks mixed, blue chips higher
NEW YORK -- Blue chip stocks got a boost Wednesday as OPEC signaled it would raise output to help curb surging oil prices, offering investors some relief from persistent worries about inflation. But the overall market was mixed while Wall Street awaited May employment numbers from the Labor Department and Intel Corp.'s mid-quarter forecast.

More families bank on loans to pay for college

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

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.

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

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

Margarita'z has exotic flavor
Margarita'z Bar and Grill is slated to open in the Best Suites Motel at 461 Park West Drive in Grovetown in mid- to late June.

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

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

New Mexico's hot peppers are off to good start

Grubbin'
The place: Sunshine Bakery, 1209 Broad St. WHAT'S THERE: Old-fashioned breads, pastries and German sandwiches

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
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.

Demand for goat meat is growing

Wood proves good for Boggs
ATLANTA - One of the perks of being among the nation's best college baseball players is the opportunity to spend summers on the beaches and ballparks of at Cape Cod, Mass.

GreenJackets hit groove
Early in the season, the Augusta GreenJackets and Greensboro Bats were in a tight battle for last place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division.

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

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.

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.

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

An ageless game, an age-old problem

A new kind of buzz at Muirfield Village

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

A new kind of buzz at Muirfield Village
DUBLIN, Ohio -- There's a buzz at the Memorial Tournament that cannot be ignored.

GreenJackets hit groove

Flames' Nieminen suspended for Game 5

Flames' Nieminen suspended for Game 5
TAMPA, Fla. -- Calgary Flames left wing Ville Nieminen was suspended Wednesday for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals, two days after ramming Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier's head into the glass.

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.

Flames, Lightning both looking to extend Game 5 success

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.

Accused shooter of sheriff's investigator has died
A man accused of shooting a Richmond County sheriff's narcotics investigator died this morning, officials said.

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

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

2004 graduations were appalling
I am a proud single mom of a young man that graduated May 26 from Hephzibah High School. I have scraped and worked overtime all year to ensure that my child had everything he needed to make his senior year special. My complaint is about how the Richmond County Board of Education says it saved money by having seniors graduate at their school stadiums. Carolyn Hickson, Hephzibah

Abu Ghraib detainees are the victims

Remember beloved Southern leader
Many historians have their own ways of tweaking the facts surrounding past events to support their interpretations of our history. Without exception, the "War of Rebellion" has received such refined treatment. I'm referring to the American Civil War, which wasn't a civil war in any regard. It was a group of sovereign states fighting against another group of sovereign states. ... As Northern politicians knew, the slavery issue had been, by them, used as a means to threaten Southerners when they scoffed at a higher export tariff. Dr. Robert L. Gordon, North Augusta, S.C.

Remember beloved Southern leader

Heighten your awareness of hunger
I am writing in reference to National Hunger Awareness Day, which is today, as mentioned in The Augusta Chronicle's Sunday article in the Richmond County Neighbors section. Annette Owens, Augusta

2004 graduations were appalling

Put gas control into citizens' hands
What has happened to former Vice President Al Gore? Every time he appears on TV airings, he is coming through as a very angry man. Has his disappointment with the last election caused him to just lose control of himself? Carolyn K. Kershner, Augusta

Abu Ghraib detainees are the victims
I am writing in an attempt to correct the ignorance of some of your readers. The people being held in Abu Ghraib prison were not convicted felons. They were not convicted murderers, nor were they convicted terrorists. They were not known members of al-Qaida. They were not even convicted of running a stop sign. Shawn H. Wilson, Evans

Perform proper cleanup of SRS
Regarding U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's, R-S.C., plan to reclassify and grout the radioactive sludge remaining in the tanks at the Savannah River Site: Joe Whetstone, Bluffton, S.C.

Heighten your awareness of hunger

Norwood legislation is one-sided

Keep looking at ties between race, schools

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

Summer survival

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

Sound bites

Letter carriers collect 70.9 million pounds of food

Study of 14 countries finds mental illness is prevalent

High gas prices crimping cruising for cash-strapped teens

Civil liberties union raises concerns over FBI anti-terrorism info

Study finds 'yo-yo dieting' may weaken immune system

Summer survival guide

Japanese Internet star spreads the blogging gospel

Cool Dude

Liam's 1st hiarcut

Father's Day wishes

A ruse for reluctant readers

6 Steps to a healthy mind, body and spirit

Thank Heavens, summer vacation's here at last!

Cooking with Kids: Hostess Helpers

Out on a limb

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.

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.

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 finds 'yo-yo dieting' may weaken immune system
SEATTLE -- A new study has found that "yo-yo dieting" - repeatedly losing, then regaining weight - may harm a woman's immune system.

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.

High gas prices crimping cruising for cash-strapped teens
BUFORD, Ga. -- The American teen tradition of cruising is taking a back seat to today's record-high price for a gallon of gas.

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.

Letter carriers collect 70.9 million pounds of food
WASHINGTON -- The nation's mail carriers set a food-collection record, picking up nearly 70.9 million pounds of donations this year.

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

Council wants college seat promise fulfilled

Senate delay threatens jobs
AIKEN - A state tax break considered crucial to a planned $400 million expansion of the Kimberly-Clark Corp.'s Beech Island plant is in danger of dying in the South Carolina Senate today, placing 100 new jobs for Aiken County in jeopardy, a key lawmaker said Wednesday night.

Accused shooter of sheriff's investigator has died

County council discusses putting blue laws on ballot

Earning her stars

Fraud trial to get Aiken County jury

Businesses clean up in aftermath of crime

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.

Grammar blunder foils spelling star

Officer is recovering from bullet

Around town

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

Panel looks at pay issue

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.

News you can use
June 3, 1988 WASHINGTON - Gregory Rogers, of North Augusta, finished fourth in the 61st annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee on Thursday, earning $500 in the process.

Rants and raves
I WONDER WHY Gov. Perdue will allow the Ogeechee District Attorney's Office and region five GBI office to investigate Sheriff Bobby Womack of Jenkins County when they have allowed him to get away with using inmates for labor and having drugs in his jail for a number of years. This doesn't make sense.

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.

Around town

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

Lawyers learn of case's tie to judge

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.

News you can use

Commissioners give budget OK

Student hits campaign trail on summer break

'We had all prepared ourselves to die'
Willis Irvin JR., 79, enlisted in the Army in August 1943. Awarded three Purple Hearts, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, a Combat Infantry Badge and a Presidential Unit Citation.

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.

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

Soldiers of Guard to return this week
Another group of an Augusta-based National Guard unit will be coming home to Georgia this week, officials said Wednesday.

Officer is recovering from bullet
A Richmond County sheriff's investigator shot during a drug bust in Burke County was recovering from his injuries at a local hospital Wednesday. The man accused of shooting him, wounded in the same incident, remained in the same hospital.

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.

Lawyers learn of case's tie to judge
The judge who dismissed Angela Van Eeden's restraining order against Willie G. Allen six months before investigators charged him with murder in her death will preside over Mr. Allen's death penalty trial.

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.

Panel looks at pay issue
ATHENS, Ga. - The state Board of Regents could vote as early as next week to end private pay supplements for presidents in Georgia's 34-school system of colleges and universities.

Incumbent's advice led to opposition
AIKEN - The lone Aiken County Council election Tuesday pits an 18-year veteran against an opponent he once encouraged to become an active participant in the mechanics of government.

Preparations for G-8 set barriers on barrier islands
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - It is possible for combat veterans on the Georgia barrier islands to have flashbacks without leaving home these days.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jarius TeVonta Byrd, 7, or Trenton, S.C.

Panel works on ending deficit
Augusta Commission members met Wednesday to consider budget cuts that could curb a projected $3.9 million deficit by year's end.

Hanging out
Scott Caneda, 18, of Augusta, gets air time Wednesday at North Augusta's Riverview Park.

Fort Discovery awaits word on state funding

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.

Around town
Bailey Vanhaastrecht, 9, of North Augusta, plays with a fire hydrant faucet near the fountain at Riverwalk Augusta.

Kid of the day

Boy will follow turtle's travels during global summit
While world leaders ponder the fate of nations, an 8-year-old Lincoln County boy will be tracking his turtle.

Income tax cut could be dead

Earning her stars
After more than a year of waiting, Fort Gordon's first female commander received her second star Wednesday.

Kid of the day

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Reports of child abuse and neglect have soared since December, overwhelming some social workers and causing concern among children's advocates and state Division of Family and Children Services officials.

Senate delay threatens jobs

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Individuals who make money by braiding hair would be required to undergo 60 hours of training under a bill approved by lawmakers Wednesday.

Teachers sort through standards

Dealer tag on aide's loaner car raises flag
COLUMBIA - The state Department of Motor Vehicles is inquiring about the decision by a Columbia car dealer to loan a car to Gov. Mark Sanford's spokesman last month.

Agency searches for foster parents

Teachers sort through standards
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Eighth-grade history teacher Debbie Durham flips through her thick binder loaded with South Carolina standards she must teach her pupils each year.

New school seeks help for supplies

Council wants college seat promise fulfilled
AIKEN - It's been a year since the Aiken County Council agreed to give Aiken Technical College an additional $342,000 in return for a seat on the school's board of directors, and the county has yet to take its place at the table.

'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.

Across Georgia

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.

Fraud trial to get Aiken County jury
AIKEN - The high-profile trial of Carolina Investors President Larry Owens on securities fraud charges will be decided by a panel of jurors drawn from Aiken County, a judge ruled Wednesday.

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.

Condos, mall are pitched for river

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

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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.

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!

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.

Lawyers discuss laws on child sentencing

Incumbent's advice led to opposition

Session's goal to trim deficit

Panel works on ending deficit

Across the area

Man sought in molestations
AIKEN - Authorities are looking for an Orangeburg County man suspected of molesting five children between the ages of 4 and 9 last year in Aiken County.

Fewer pupils fail reading test

Grammar blunder foils spelling star
He slipped on "solecism," but that's fine with area spelling savant Joe Sheperd.

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

Businesses clean up in aftermath of crime
Death terrified Harold Kovach as a child. It wasn't until years later, when he managed a commercial hog farm in Virginia and witnessed the cycle of life, that he realized death happens to every living thing.

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!

Income tax cut could be dead
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford's plan to cut income taxes for the state's highest-paid residents effectively died Wednesday as the Senate sent his cornerstone agenda item back to a committee.

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

Drought fears turn sprinkler rules on

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.

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

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.

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.

Hanging out

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.

Soldiers of Guard to return this week

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.

Boy will follow turtle's travels during global summit

Across the area
A car chase through Evans on Wednesday ended when the suspect ran into the side of a Columbia County Sheriff's Office cruiser and damaged two other patrol cars.

Man sought in molestations

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Across the area

Rants and raves
I WONDER WHY Gov. Perdue will allow the Ogeechee District Attorney's Office and region five GBI office to investigate Sheriff Bobby Womack of Jenkins County when they have allowed him to get away with using inmates for labor and having drugs in his jail for a number of years. This doesn't make sense.

Officer is shot in raid

Nicklaus wants to quietly say farewell to the Masters
It was buried in all the nostalgia of Arnold Palmer's 50th finale at Augusta National. It was dismissed as trivial after years of retirement rhetoric.

Mini reviews

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Bad Religion's latest disc is noisy, political tirade
In the early 1980s, Bad Religion churned out an album's worth of Southern California punk every year, but around 1994, the band settled into a pattern of releasing a new CD every two years.

Band fragments unite to form Polemic partnership

John Adams wins new prize for classical music composition
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Grammy-winning composer John Adams has been named the first recipient of a new award in classical music composition established by Northwestern University.

Concert calendar

Band fragments unite to form Polemic partnership
Athens, Ga., act Polemic, which plays Friday at the Hangnail Gallery, was built against the backdrop of bands breaking up.

Drive-By Truckers break all the rules as they hijack stage at the Imperial

Pulitzer Prize broadens criteria for music award

Rock rolls on

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.

Hot ticket
THE ACT: KC & The Sunshine Band BEST KNOWN FOR: The disco-era standards Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty), I'm Your Boogieman and Boogie Shoes

Rock rolls on
It's difficult to determine when the rock revolution began. Was it when blues pioneer Robert Johnson went down to the crossroads? Was it when a handful of country artists began giving their twangy tales of heartbreak a big, bass backbeat?

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

Bad Religion's latest disc is noisy, political tirade

Drive-By Truckers break all the rules as they hijack stage at the Imperial
The Drive-By Truckers are an act so full of sharp noise and subtle nuance, of heartbreak verses and hallelujah choruses, that playing 150 minutes of sweet and spicy Southern rock should be no problem.

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Sonic spotlight
NAME: Adam Tolar AGE: 20 HOMETOWN: Augusta OCCUPATION: Junior at Augusta State University majoring in business marketing; employee at A World Of Music

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.

NASCAR driver Wimmer convicted of DWI
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- NASCAR driver Scott Wimmer was convicted of driving while impaired and leaving the scene of a January accident.

NASCAR newsmaker Ryan Newman

Crucial stretch of races arrives

NASCAR newsmaker Ryan Newman
Ryan Newman swept both races last year at Dover International Speedway, and this Sunday's MBNA 400 Salute to Heroes comes as Newman is still looking for his first victory of the season. Ranked ninth in the Nextel Cup Series point standings, the third-year driver knows he needs to start putting together consistent finishes in the top 10 to assure himself a spot in the "Chase for the Championship."

Ex-driver joins the other side

Crucial stretch of races arrives
DOVER, Del. - Starting with last Sunday's 600-mile race at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the Nextel Cup Series now is in a stretch of races most drivers consider to be the heart of the schedule.

Ex-driver joins the other side
CONCORD, N.C. - When Brett Bodine accepted a job as NASCAR's director of cost research, the only thing he had to promise was to clear all interviews in advance through the public relations office.

Lakers-Pistons matchup might not be easy on the eyes

Garnett's new gang ends best season in Wolves history

Malone four wins away from first championship

Erving no longer a candidate for Raptors' GM job

Lakers-Pistons matchup might not be easy on the eyes
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Shaquille O'Neal bills the NBA Finals as the Fantastic Four against the Wallace Guys and believes they'll be one of the most watched ever.

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.

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.

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.

Wofford, Georgia Southern players win honors
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Wofford safety Matt Nelson and Georgia Southern volleyball star Martina Veiglova received Southern Conference athlete of the year honors for the past season.

Jaguars bring back their pass-rush leader

Panthers rookie tears knee ligament

Rams release two-time NFL MVP

Falcons cut CB Williams, 2003 draft pick

Williams to apply for reinstatement at USC

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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.

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.

Ben Wallace expects to play in Olympics

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.

Ben Wallace expects to play in Olympics
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace expects to play for the U.S. men's basketball team at the Olympics in Athens.

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.

Kupets wants to check out the view from atop the podium
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Courtney Kupets has some unfinished business.

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

O'Neal says he probably won't play in Athens
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Indiana Pacers All-Star Jermaine O'Neal said Tuesday night that his injured left knee will probably keep him from playing for the U.S. Olympic team this summer.

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.

Organizers: majority of Athens tickets still not sold

Russia wins team relay in modern pentathlon

Architect confident Olympic roof will be ready

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:

Team Smarty's unbelievable journey

De La Hoya, Hopkins both out to prove something Saturday night

Gaudio extends Argentina's rule at French Open

Smarty Jones' original trainer not forgotten

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Smarty Jones odds-on favorite to sweep Triple Crown

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Williams sisters stumble at French Open

Latest promotion by boxing's King: President Bush

Smarty Jones moving to New York for his shot at Triple Crown

Rowers seek national title

Gaudio extends Argentina's rule at French Open
PARIS -- Bloodied by a third-set spill but undeterred, Gaston Gaudio advanced Wednesday to the French Open semifinals by beating Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

Latest promotion by boxing's King: President Bush
PHILADELPHIA -- Don King, the wild-haired boxing promoter, is touring the country with Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie to tout President Bush's re-election.

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.

Smarty Jones' original trainer not forgotten
BENSALEM, Pa. -- Gene Camac dropped to his knees in the middle of a restaurant as he watched the Kentucky Derby, pleading for a little divine intervention.

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.

De La Hoya, Hopkins both out to prove something Saturday night
LAS VEGAS -- Oscar De La Hoya can call himself a middleweight champion of sorts if he beats Felix Sturm on Saturday for the lightly regarded WBO version of the title.

Smarty Jones moving to New York for his shot at Triple Crown
BENSALEM, Pa. -- Smarty Jones took his show on the road Wednesday, this time with a shot at racing immortality at stake.

Rowers seek national title
The rowing bug bit Alexis Balbag after she saw a flier during orientation at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School.

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.

Argentina men make history
PARIS - Gustavo Kuerten's right hip hurt, plain and simple. A shot, a sprint, a lunge: Each was enough to cause pain, making his task that much tougher against a determined David Nalbandian in the French Open quarterfinals.

Smarty Jones odds-on favorite to sweep Triple Crown
NEW YORK -- Smarty Jones was made the overwhelming 2-5 favorite to win Saturday's Belmont Stakes and become the first Triple Crown winner in 26 years.

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

Overtime
In Ada Township, Mich., Craig Stadler pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while impaired after he was arrested for drunken driving, and withdrew from the Farmers Charity Classic.

Ravens wait on Kordell Stewart
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens have offered Kordell Stewart a one-year contract and hope to have the veteran quarterback in next week's minicamp.

Falcons cut CB Williams, 2003 draft pick
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons officially are starting over at cornerback.

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.

Panthers rookie tears knee ligament
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rookie wide receiver Drew Carter of the Carolina Panthers tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Wednesday, the third such injury of his career.

Williams to apply for reinstatement at USC
LOS ANGELES -- Kept out of the NFL draft by the courts, wide receiver Mike Williams will ask the NCAA to let him return to college football.

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.

Harlem High's principal graduates with his students at end of his career

Pope leaves for Switzerland on Saturday, first trip in nine months.
VATICAN CITY -- Watching him slump in his chair, slur his words and gasp for breath during a pilgrimage to Slovakia nine months ago, even close aides of Pope John Paul II wondered whether the most-traveled pontiff in history would travel again.

Harlem High's principal graduates with his students at end of his career
Graduation speeches - and I've heard a bunch of them over the years - usually are delivered with few real emotions and little lingering substance.

Nicklaus wants to quietly say farewell to the Masters

Nine hours of timeless SCTV comedy immortalized on DVD

Human quest for Utopia inspires cinematic themes

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

NBC stumbles in marketing new DreamWorks animated show

Celebrity contestants plead to be expelled from 'Survivor'-type show
BOGOTA, Colombia -- The bugs - both the ones that bite and those that must be eaten to stave off hunger - the heat and other discomforts are claiming their toll as celebrity contestants on a Colombian "Survivor"-style reality show drop like flies.

Miss America trims down: Telecast will be two hours

Celebrity contestants plead to be expelled from 'Survivor'-type show

Australian wins Miss Universe title
QUITO, Ecuador -- A 20-year-old Australian involved in modeling and dancing won the Miss Universe title Tuesday night in a two-hour pageant watched by television viewers around the world.

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.

NBC stumbles in marketing new DreamWorks animated show
LOS ANGELES -- When taped remarks from Roy Horn were played for a recent gathering in New York, the Las Vegas magician recovering from a near fatal tiger mauling was met with respectful silence.

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."

Activist complains to FCC about 'Dr. Phil' disclaimer
LOS ANGELES -- A mental health activist has filed a complaint about "Dr. Phil" with the Federal Communications Commission, alleging the show fails to air an adequate viewer disclaimer.

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

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.

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Nine hours of timeless SCTV comedy immortalized on DVD
The forgotten younger sibling to the higher profile Saturday Night Live, SCTV never quite caught the country's attention the way its Saturday counterpart did.

Human quest for Utopia inspires cinematic themes
It's human nature to peer over the fence and think "Dang, that guy sure does have a nice lawn." Something about our physiological and psychological makeup leads us to believe that things are brighter and better around the next bend and that if we keep rounding bend after bend we'll end up in Utopia.

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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.

Minnesota cracks down on underpriced gasoline

Mexican Indian woman describes self-Caesarean

Truckload of eggs closes Texas highway

Waterfront park angers civil liberties groups by halting river baptism

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Pope leaves for Switzerland on Saturday, first trip in nine months.