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.

Controversial horse finds right pasture

Galleries calendar

Between Broadway and 'Pink Panther,' actress hunts a Tonys dress

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

HarperCollins acquires rights to Seymour Hersh book on prison scandal
NEW YORK -- If you think journalist Seymour Hersh is done pillorying the Bush administration, think again.

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

Between Broadway and 'Pink Panther,' actress hunts a Tonys dress
NEW YORK -- Kristin Chenoweth wrinkles her nose as she tries on a gold sequined gown by Michael Kors.

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

Ordonez misses another game, could go on DL

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.

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

Matheny put on DL, Molina promoted

Garciaparra hopes to be back in Boston lineup next week
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra hopes to be back in the Boston Red Sox lineup early next week, he said Thursday.

Blue Jays put Halladay on DL

After 13 months, Burnett finally back in Marlins' rotation

Benitez returns to Shea Stadium

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.

Yankees defeat Orioles

Blue Jays put Halladay on DL
TORONTO -- Cy Young winner Roy Halladay was put on the 15-day disabled list by the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday because of soreness in his right shoulder.

Royals declaw Tigers

Pride of the Dirtbags overpowering, entertaining

Garciaparra hopes to be back in Boston lineup next week

Reds fillet Marlins

Pride of the Dirtbags overpowering, entertaining
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Jered Weaver springs from Long Beach State's dugout, bounds over the foul line, takes the mound and launches into his elaborate warmup ritual.

Athletics edge out White Sox

Royals declaw Tigers
DETROIT -- Carlos Beltran is hoping June will be a bounce-back month for him.

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.

Yankees defeat Orioles
NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees are beginning to realize just how good they are.

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

Benitez returns to Shea Stadium
NEW YORK -- Armando Benitez was in a cheerful mood Thursday for his return to Shea Stadium, wearing a bandanna and greeting old pals who visited him in the Florida Marlins dressing room.

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.

Matheny put on DL, Molina promoted
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals catcher Mike Matheny was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained right side muscle and Yadier Molina was promoted from Triple-A Memphis.

Padres crack Rockies in10 innings

Potential cannot be measured by college degrees

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

'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
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A man who nearly drowned while trying to retrieve his car keys from a lake bottom - using a garden hose to breathe - will try again Thursday with a trained diver.

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.

Momentum stalls for Braves

Franco has grand old night
ATLANTA - With Julio Franco delivering a resounding grand slam, the Braves struck early Thursday night and held on for a 8-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a pivotal four-game series at Turner Field.

Franco has grand old night

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nation's retailers report robust sales in May
NEW YORK -- Consumers shopped with renewed enthusiasm during May following a one-month break, giving many of the nation's biggest retailers solid sales gains.

British government will not suspend gasoline tax increase
LONDON -- Prime Minister Tony Blair's government said Thursday it had no plans to shelve a scheduled hike in fuel taxes despite the threat of disruptive protests.

Support forms around Saudi plan to raise OPEC oil output ceiling

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - The productivity of America's workers in the opening quarter of 2004 grew at a brisk 3.8 percent annual rate, faster than previously thought.

Struggling Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors announces more recalls

British motorists moan as gas prices soar past $5.79 a gallon

Wheel supplier selects park

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.

Business briefs

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.

British government will not suspend gasoline tax increase

Kraft backs off plan to reduce portion sizes

OPEC to raise output ceiling by 2 million barrels a day

Productivity grows at 3.8 percent rate in first quarter
WASHINGTON -- The productivity of America's workers in the opening quarter of 2004 grew at a brisk 3.8 percent annual rate, faster than previously thought. Labor costs moved up.

Clear Channel settles with concert promoter

Wheel supplier selects park
A tire and wheel supplier for John Deere will be the first company to move into Columbia County's Horizon North Industrial Park.

Productivity grows at 3.8 percent rate in first quarter

Google soups up its search toolbox for intranets

Group plans Evans center

City has plans to woo nonprofits

Facility to grow despite failure

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

Nation's retailers report robust sales in May

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.

Group plans Evans center
With a median family income well above the state average, Columbia County can afford to find more places to fill cash registers.

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.

Facility to grow despite failure
AIKEN - The South Carolina Legislature adjourned Thursday without passing crucial investment tax credit legislation for Kimberly-Clark Corp., but company officials insisted this failure wouldn't derail a planned $400 million expansion of their Beech Island tissue and paper products plant.

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.

Clear Channel settles with concert promoter
DENVER -- Radio and concert promotions giant Clear Channel Communications Inc. has settled an antitrust lawsuit filed by an independent Denver promoter.

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.

Toyota safety center developing safer cars
SUSONO, Japan -- Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. is developing softer hoods to break the impact for pedestrians who get hit by cars, while making smarter vehicles that automatically stay in proper lanes and stop ahead of collisions.

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.

Struggling Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors announces more recalls
TOKYO -- A day after acknowledging it had hidden defects from authorities for years, struggling Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors recalled more than 116,000 vehicles Thursday in its ninth recall this year and said another 220,000 of its cars in Europe may have defects with the turn signals .

Pricing war intensifies in U.S. auto market

OPEC to raise output ceiling by 2 million barrels a day
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- OPEC agreed Thursday to raise its production ceiling by 2 million barrels a day next month in a bid to bring down uncomfortably high prices of crude, oil ministers said.

Deja vu all over again for Tigers
ATHENS, Ga. - Deja vu, meet Clemson. Clemson, deja vu.

SEC compliance and enforcement rules
DESTIN, Fla. -- Recommendations of the Task Force on Compliance and Enforcement approved by the Southeastern Conference during its annual spring meeting:

Gun charge dismissed against WVU linebacker
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- A federal judge has dismissed a firearms dealing charge against suspended West Virginia University linebacker Muhammad "Mo" Howard.

SEC compliance and enforcement rules

Gun charge dismissed against WVU linebacker

End to the bottleneck

A right to infanticide?

Quite a spell for young Joe
Joe Shepherd is among the best of the best.

Quite a spell for young Joe

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.

The war at home
The drug-bust shootout Tuesday in Burke County is a reminder that the Iraq war isn't the only war going on, and that U.S. Marines and GIs aren't the only people who risk their lives to make the world safer.

Hardly any vindication
The school district did nothing wrong. It's all the media's fault.

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

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

Writers, producers resume contract talks - but no deal yet
LOS ANGELES -- Contract negotiations for the Writers Guild of America resumed after a three-week break this week, with producers and three broadcast networks - ABC, CBS and NBC - making a final offer to keep the scribes working for the next three years.

People in the News
DALLAS -- Eric Clapton will host a three-day festival this weekend featuring 60 guitarists, including B.B. King, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Joe Walsh, J.J. Cale, Bo Diddley, James Taylor, Jimmie Vaughan and Vince Gill.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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:

Dennis Quaid has warming of the heart with marriage proposal
LOS ANGELES -- Dennis Quaid battles the forces of nature in his new movie, "The Day After Tomorrow," but he's surrendering to them in real life.

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.

Former child star Brian Bonsall arrested for alleged drunken driving
BOULDER, Colo. -- Brian Bonsall, the youngest member of the Keaton clan on television's "Family Ties," was arrested last week on suspicion of drunken driving.

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.

Stocks sag as investors await jobs number
NEW YORK -- Stocks slid Thursday as investors focused on the government's upcoming employment report, shrugging off a widely expected decision by OPEC to raise its crude oil output.

Money funds dropped in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $2.74 billion in the latest week to $863.50 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

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

Money funds dropped in latest week

Dollar weakens against major rivals

Tokyo stocks fall, dollar rebounds against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks ended lower on Thursday, surrendering early gains as traders sold on concerns about high oil prices and worries that China's efforts to rein in growth might affect Japan's export-driven economy. The U.S. dollar was slightly higher against the Japanese yen.

Rates on 30-year mortgages dip this week
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages dipped this week but are up sharply from where they stood a year ago, a main reason behind the slowdown in home-mortgage refinancings.

Dollar weakens against major rivals
NEW YORK - The dollar ended New York trading Thursday weaker against most European rivals after choppy trading that reflected fluctuating oil prices, as investors geared up for Friday's U.S. employment data.

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.

Tokyo stocks fall, dollar rebounds 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.

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

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

Underwater foliage lures crappie
Crappie fishing on Strom Thurmond Lake is on the upswing, with most fish being caught over submerged trees and brush in 24 to 30 feet of water. Small, live golden shiners are the bait to use.

Underwater foliage lures crappie

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.

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

Century after blight, American chestnut may be poised for return

A few tricks can yield many vegetables
Even a small plot of ground can grow an amazing amount of fresh vegetables. Some ways to eke the most from limited garden space are to transplant whenever possible, to plant another vegetable as soon as you clear space of one vegetable, to plant quick- and slow-maturing vegetables together, and to train plants vertically.

Garden favorite can be grown for many reasons

Reasons not to plant black locust
Black locust is a wonderful tree, but not one that everyone should plant. These trees look nicest growing in groves or - especially as they age - lining long, country driveways or roads. Not many people have the space for a locust grove or a driveway long and rustic enough to do justice to a row of these trees.

Garden favorite can be grown for many reasons
Tomato or to-mah-to? With so many other debatable aspects associated with the fruit - or vegetable, depending on whom you ask - its pronunciation is the least significant.

Century after blight, American chestnut may be poised for return
A century after blight began to bring down the American chestnut tree, once known as the "redwood of the East," scientists are tantalizingly close to reviving the majestic species.

Reasons not to plant black locust

A few tricks can yield many vegetables

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.

Georgia Tech knows all about comebacks
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech is playing host to an NCAA regional for the fourth time in the past five seasons and the sixth time overall. This trip was unlike any of the others.

Georgia Tech tries to start a new winning streak
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech is hosting an NCAA regional for the fourth time in the past five seasons and the sixth time overall. This trip was unlike any of the others.

Jackets taking offense
Mickey Hall finally looked more like the second-round draft pick he was in 2003 than the .196 hitter he's been this year with the Augusta GreenJackets.

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.

Els, Curtis top first round
DUBLIN, Ohio - Ernie Els and Ben Curtis made their share of birdies on a tough Muirfield Village course Thursday. What made them co-leaders in the first round of the Memorial was finishing with a par.

Sorenstam goes for three straight in Aurora
AURORA, Ill. -- Annika Sorenstam knows how difficult it is to win a tournament three times in a row.

Sorenstam goes for three straight in Aurora

Els, Curtis top first round

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

A new kind of buzz at Muirfield Village

GreenJackets hit groove

Jackets taking offense

Lewis to return as Red Wings coach

The 'Michael Jordan of Hockey' isn't done yet
TAMPA, Fla. - Vincent Lecavalier was a prodigy when Tampa Bay made him the No. 1 pick in the 1998 entry draft at age 18. Mesmerizing one minute, maddening the next, he was too good to sit down but often was too out of control to excel.

Maple Leafs forward Darcy Tucker has abdominal surgery
TORONTO -- Maple Leafs forward Darcy Tucker underwent abdominal surgery Thursday.

Flames' Nieminen suspended for Game 5

Maple Leafs forward Darcy Tucker has abdominal surgery

Lewis to return as Red Wings coach
DETROIT -- Dave Lewis will return to coach the Detroit Red Wings.

Salo returns to native Sweden after 10 years in NHL

Salo returns to native Sweden after 10 years in NHL
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Goaltender Tommy Salo ended a 10-year NHL career on Thursday, signing with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League.

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.

Potential cannot be measured by college degrees
If you're interviewing recent college graduates in the weeks ahead, better check those diplomas.

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.

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.

High-school exit exams do the job
In regard to Michele Lewis' issue with the high-school diploma test ("High-school graduation exam is a joke," May 26): She asks, "What exactly is the point of the test?" Michael Schortinghuis, Grovetown

Vote Choate for Edgefield sheriff
On June 8, Edgefield County has an opportunity it has never had: To elect a sheriff with qualifications never before offered by a candidate running for this office. Jean Strein, North Augusta, S.C.

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

Get the graduations right for 2005
I can't believe the members of the Richmond County Board of Education didn't see this coming! There are some things you skimp on and some things you need to do correctly. After 12 years of hard work, graduating seniors, family and friends deserve to have a graduation ceremony in a comfortable environment - free of the threat of inclement weather. Gloria Walker Hephzibah

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

High-school exit exams do the job

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

Bush used 'Brown' to show hypocrisy
On May 17, America observed the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that school segregation was unconstitutional because "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." Unfortunately, George W. Bush used that historic anniversary to display Republican Party hypocrisy when he stood on the stage of Monroe Elementary School which is now the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Abu Ghraib detainees are the victims

Get the graduations right for 2005

Remember beloved Southern leader

Streamline, firm up local government
As taxpayers, we do not need to provide revenue for a mayor pro tem position. In the absence or unavailability of our mayor, the commissioner representing the district with the greatest number of registered voters can cover his job and perform routine business during his absence. The pro tem position exists only to racially balance the mayor's office (if the mayor is white, the pro tem must be black; if the mayor is black, the pro tem must be white). Douglas Neal Sr. Augusta

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.

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

Heighten your awareness of hunger

Kolb rises above Augusta's chaos
From what I have read in your newspaper for many, many months, I have come to the conclusion that George Kolb, the Augusta administrator, is a man of considerable talent and considerable patience. Carl Langley, Aiken

2004 graduations were appalling

House bill to put presidents on dollar coins advances

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

High gas prices crimping cruising for cash-strapped teens

Weekend calendar

Scion xB features unusual styling, lots of headroom

Health and fitness calendar

Renault unveils no-frills sedan for poor countries

Letter carriers collect 70.9 million pounds of food

Vegetable oil used as a cleaner, cheaper fuel alternative

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.

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

Weekend 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.

Renault unveils no-frills sedan for poor countries
PARIS -- Renault's latest car comes without power steering, antilock brakes or electric windows. There's no air conditioning either, and if you want music while you drive you'll probably have to sing it yourself.

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.

House bill to put presidents on dollar coins advances
WASHINGTON -- A bill that would replace American Indian guide Sacagawea on the front of the dollar coin with U.S. presidents was approved on a voice vote by the House Financial Services Committee Thursday.

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.

Vegetable oil used as a cleaner, cheaper fuel alternative
WESTON, Conn. -- As car owners across the country grapple with pumped-up gas prices, some are turning to their favorite restaurants for a solution: recycled vegetable oil.

Scion xB features unusual styling, lots of headroom
If Americans voted for the wackiest-looking new car, the 2004 Scion xB would be the likely winner.

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.

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.

Boy will follow turtle's travels during global summit

Accused shooter of sheriff's investigator has died

Man sought in molestations

Most pupils pass high-stakes test

Across South Carolina

Kid of the day

Across the area

Suspect dies from injuries in drug bust

Lawyers learn of case's tie to judge

Around town

Income tax cut could be dead

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.

Council wants college seat promise fulfilled

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.

Kid of the day

Soldiers of Guard to return this week

News you can use

Across South Carolina

Senate delay threatens jobs

Transit issues hinder service

Incumbent's advice led to opposition

Correction

Fraud trial to get Aiken County jury

Businesses clean up in aftermath of crime

Panel works on ending deficit

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.

Arts groups want new center, school
Augusta's arts community took the stage Thursday before an Augusta Commission audience to ask for special sales tax money for several planned projects.

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.

Suspect dies from injuries in drug bust
A man shot during an undercover drug bust died Thursday, and investigators continue to piece together what happened in the Tuesday night gunfight in which a veteran Richmond County deputy also was wounded.

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.

Around town
Santa Claus points out a vintage Santa doll to Shirley Mosley, the assistant manager of Catholic Social Services. They visited a new Christmas merchandise room at the social services building.

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.

Child sex crime suspect caught
AIKEN - After more than a month of searching for child molestation suspect Cleo E. Smith by conventional means, it took less than a day of broadcasting and printing his name and picture in the news media for authorities to find their man.

Food bank touts successes
Fighting a battle to end hunger in the region seems like a difficult task, but with the help of 500 programs and agencies, Golden Harvest Food Bank has been successful in serving more than 164,000 families in 2003-04.

Transit issues hinder service
AIKEN - Most parents won't take advantage of after-school programs provided under the federal No Child Left Behind law at three Aiken County schools next year if transportation isn't provided, district officials said this week.

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

Group plans Evans center
With a median family income well above the state average, Columbia County can afford to find more places to fill cash registers.

Arts groups want new center, school

Senate OKs storage of nuclear sludge
AIKEN - In the battle of South Carolina's senior and junior senators, the younger prevailed Thursday as U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., pushed through an amendment that would allow the Department of Energy to store a portion of its high-level nuclear waste at the Savannah River Site in concrete-laced storage tanks.

Food bank touts successes

Across Georgia
COVINGTON - A Newton County man has been charged with murder after his wife was found bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer.

Agency claims flaws in report

Across South Carolina
FLORENCE - A 19-year-old has been charged with murder in the death of his stepfather despite claims of some family members that the Effingham man shot himself last December.

Getting your goat?

Ex-chief cleared in porn inquiry
AIKEN - Former New Ellenton Police Chief Van McMillan, who was investigated for more than three months after being accused of viewing child pornography on a city computer, was cleared of any wrongdoing Thursday, according to a letter obtained from 2nd Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan.

Downtown accident

Getting your goat?
BARNWELL - All of the honeysuckle vines on Barbara Still's dusty farm are stripped of all leaves and blossoms by the herd of goats that graze on almost anything leafy and green.

Facility to grow despite failure

Most pupils pass high-stakes test
ATLANTA - After three years of build-up, the first group of Georgia third-graders faces being held back a grade after failing their first shot at a high-stakes state reading test.

Senate OKs storage of nuclear sludge

Democrats say GOP has been ineffective
COLUMBIA - Days before the state's primary election, South Carolina Democrats said the Republican-controlled General Assembly has been ineffective and urged voters to consider change.

Earning her stars

Facility to grow despite failure
AIKEN - The South Carolina Legislature adjourned Thursday without passing crucial investment tax credit legislation for Kimberly-Clark Corp., but company officials insisted this failure wouldn't derail a planned $400 million expansion of their Beech Island tissue and paper products plant.

Grammar blunder foils spelling star

Hanging out

Panel looks at pay issue

Officer is recovering from bullet

'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.

Teachers sort through standards

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.

Group plans Evans center

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.

Jail's new name honors ex-sheriff
Not just anybody would want to have their name on a jail.

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

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.

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

Math's a breeze for Lakeside student
Not many high school freshmen earn the distinction of being called a mathematician.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Revenue gain boosts confidence

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.

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.

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

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.

Claim seeks to reimburse center funds
An Augusta mental health center that federal authorities said was bilked out of more than $2 million is looking to a state insurance policy to get much of it back.

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

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.

Revenue gain boosts confidence
ATLANTA - An 8.5 percent increase in tax collections last month gave state officials some welcome news Thursday and bolstered confidence that Georgia will end its budget year June 30 in the black.

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.

Across the area
Martinez firefighters fought the same blaze twice late Wednesday and early Thursday after it rekindled in an Evans home.

Correction
An article on the front page of Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle misstated the rank of a retired former commander of Fort Gordon and inspector general of the Army. Michael Ackerman is a retired lieutenant general.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Amber Denise Davis, 13, of Johnston, S.C.

'You had no time to get nervous'
Harry J. Reynolds, 83, was Drafted into the Army in August 1942; among the medals awarded him were the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart .

Rants and raves
I CANNOT BELIEVE no one is complaining about the money ($2 million) Robin Williams and his cohorts have been accused of stealing from the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia. But you can write and complain about the money Dr. Larke received for his earned leave. At least Dr. Larke did not steal money from the children, whereas Mr. Williams and his cohorts are accused of stealing from the mental patients.

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.

Math's a breeze for Lakeside student

Mental hospital patient's release is barred
A request to release Oscar Moore from the mental hospital that has been his home for 14 years was denied Thursday.

News you can use

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.

Rants and raves
I CANNOT BELIEVE no one is complaining about the money ($2 million) Robin Williams and his cohorts have been accused of stealing from the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia. But you can write and complain about the money Dr. Larke received for his earned leave. At least Dr. Larke did not steal money from the children, whereas Mr. Williams and his cohorts are accused of stealing from the mental patients.

Agency claims flaws in report
Just how many possibly abused or neglected Richmond County children have been taken from their homes depends on whom, and when, you ask.

News you can use
June 3, 1960 Final papers were signed Thursday formally transferring WRDW-TV (Channel 12) from Southeastern Newspapers Inc. to WPIT Inc., a member of the Friendly Group of stations of Steubenville, Ohio.

Downtown accident
Christopher Moore, a student at Paine College, removes the last of his belongings from his car before it is towed after a wreck at the intersection of 11th and Green streets. No one was seriously injured in Thursday's wreck, but Amelia Moore, the driver, was taken to the hospital for examination, according to a police officer at the scene.

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.

At the Movies: 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'
Harry Potter is 13 now, an awkward age for anyone - even a boy wizard armed with magical powers.

Michael Moore releases trailer for 'Fahrenheit 9/11'
LOS ANGELES -- The trailer for Michael Moore's incendiary new documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" debuts in theaters Friday, but the curious can find it on his Web site a day earlier.

Michael Moore releases trailer for 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

Mini reviews

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Bad Religion's latest disc is noisy, political tirade

New York Philharmonic names new president

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

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

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

Sonic spotlight

New York Philharmonic names new president
NEW YORK -- Zarin Mehta, executive director of the New York Philharmonic, has been named the orchestra's president.

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?

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Rock rolls on

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.

Concert calendar

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

Band fragments unite to form Polemic partnership

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.

Newman hopes to end slide with win at Dover

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

Newman hopes to end slide with win at Dover
DOVER, Del. -- Ryan Newman insists a race on The Monster Mile could be exactly what's needed to jump-start his season.

NASCAR newsmaker Ryan Newman

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
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."

Crucial stretch of races arrives

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.

Carlisle: Changes will be made to Pacers roster

Lakers' outlook remains cloudy

Lakers-Pistons matchup might not be easy on the eyes

Carlisle: Changes will be made to Pacers roster
INDIANAPOLIS -- After a disappointing loss to the more experienced Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference finals, Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said he expects some changes to be made.

Lakers' outlook remains cloudy
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Amid the joy of the Los Angeles Lakers reaching the NBA Finals and preparing to play the Detroit Pistons for their fourth championship in five years, there still remains a cloud over this team regarding its future.

Kurt Thomas has surgery on finger on right hand

Kurt Thomas has surgery on finger on right hand
NEW YORK -- Knicks forward Kurt Thomas had surgery Thursday on the little finger of his right hand and is expected to be ready for training camp.

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.

Panthers rookie tears knee ligament

Gibbs keeping practice, strategies under wraps

Williams to apply for reinstatement at USC

Testaverde reunited with Parcells in Dallas

Dutton finally comfortable playing for Elway

Falcons cut CB Williams, 2003 draft pick

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Wilson watches Hamm dominate at nationals
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Forced to take the night off, Blaine Wilson sat on the sidelines and watched another gymnast dominate the rest of the Americans the way he used to.

Athens mayor travels to United States to promote Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- The mayor of Athens is traveling to the United States to promote the Greek capital leading up the Olympics.

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.

Ben Wallace expects to play in Olympics

New U.S. women's water polo team favored in Athens Olympics
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. -- The U.S. women's water polo team is ready to win its first gold medal at the Olympics.

Wilson watches Hamm dominate at nationals

Olympic flame leaves Athens on 35-day around-the-world trip

Olympic flame leaves Athens on 35-day around-the-world trip
ATHENS, Greece -- The Olympic flame left the traffic-clogged Greek capital Wednesday night on a jumbo jet dubbed "Zeus," starting the first leg of an unprecedented six-continent visit to 26 countries before returning for the Summer Games.

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

IOC Vice President Kim sentenced to 2 1/2 years for embezzlement and bribery
SEOUL, South Korea -- International Olympic Committee Vice President Kim Un-yong was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison on embezzlement and bribery charges by a South Korean court.

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.

Rowers seek national title

Purging Smarty Jones

Dementieva beats Suarez in French Open semifinals

Smarty Jones takes a gallop around Belmont

It's a Russian Grand Slam

Latest promotion by boxing's King: President Bush

Smarty Jones odds-on favorite to sweep Triple Crown

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

Affirmed wore racing's Triple Crown 26 years ago

Gaudio extends Argentina's rule at French Open

Overtime

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

Overtime

Smarty Jones' original trainer not forgotten

Hopkins the champ, but De La Hoya is the cash cow

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.

Overtime
In Hot Springs, Va., defending champion Clemson missed the 54-hole cut in the NCAA Championship by one shot, and Georgia had to win a playoff to avoid the same fate.

Dementieva beats Suarez in French Open semifinals
PARIS -- With the French Open field depleted by upsets, No. 9-seeded Elena Dementieva advanced to her first Grand Slam final Thursday by beating Paola Suarez 6-0, 7-5.

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.

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.

Hopkins the champ, but De La Hoya is the cash cow
LAS VEGAS -- Bernard Hopkins is the undisputed middleweight champion of the world, a fighter so good that he hasn't lost in 11 years.

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.

Smarty Jones takes a gallop around Belmont
NEW YORK -- Smarty Jones galloped around the track at Belmont Park for the first time Thursday morning, two days before attempting to win the Belmont Stakes and become the first Triple Crown champion in 26 years.

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.

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.

It's a Russian Grand Slam
PARIS - Jennifer Capriati's French Open encore turned out to be a flop.

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.

Purging Smarty Jones
NEW YORK - Purge is going to try - yet again - to beat Smarty Jones in the Belmont Stakes.

Affirmed wore racing's Triple Crown 26 years ago
NEW YORK -- Count Steve Cauthen among the legion of fans rooting for Smarty Jones to win the Belmont Stakes and become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown winner.

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.

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

Testaverde reunited with Parcells in Dallas
IRVING, Texas -- Vinny Testaverde wants another chance at age 40 to be a starting quarterback. His former coach is giving it to him.

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.

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.

Gibbs keeping practice, strategies under wraps
ASHBURN, Va. -- Joe Gibbs' return to coaching is becoming a cloak-and-dagger operation.

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.

Dutton finally comfortable playing for Elway
DENVER -- Playing for John Elway was a bit overwhelming at first to Colorado Crush quarterback John Dutton.

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

Rev. Al Sharpton joining CNBC as political commentator
NEW YORK -- Rev. Al Sharpton is joining CNBC as a political commentator for its coverage of the upcoming Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the network announced Thursday.

Rev. Al Sharpton joining CNBC as political commentator

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.

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.

Producer David E. Kelley plans reality TV series about lawyers
LOS ANGELES -- Producer David E. Kelley, who dramatized the law in "The Practice" and "Ally McBeal," has teamed up to create an NBC reality television show about lawyers.

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.

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.

Evening news ratings race getting more competitive as Brokaw exit nears
NEW YORK -- With Tom Brokaw's exit from NBC's "Nightly News" nearing, the ratings race between his program and ABC's "World News Tonight" is heating up.

Producer David E. Kelley plans reality TV series about lawyers

NBC stumbles in marketing new DreamWorks animated show

Evening news ratings race getting more competitive as Brokaw exit nears

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

Rankings for basic cable networks

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of May 24-30. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

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Dennis Quaid has warming of the heart with marriage proposal

Paul McCartney tried heroin, preferred cocaine

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Former child star Brian Bonsall arrested for alleged drunken driving

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Georgia expects to break out of hitting slump

Georgia expects to break out of hitting slump
ATHENS, Ga. -- Despite scoring just one run in three games during last weekend's Southeastern Conference tournament, Georgia's hitters are confident entering Friday's NCAA Regional.

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.

Coaches, players don't like familiar feel of Columbia Regional
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The teams playing in Columbia this weekend in the NCAA baseball tournament are quite familiar with each other. And South Carolina coach Ray Tanner doesn't like that one bit.

Coaches, players don't like familiar feel of Columbia Regional

Gamecocks begin their quest

Gamecocks begin their quest
COLUMBIA - When South Carolina pitcher Billy Buckner was lying in his bed a little more than month ago, his throat sore and nearly swollen shut, he wasn't exactly thinking, "Hey, I'm really helping out my team right now."

Waterfront park angers civil liberties groups by halting river baptism

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

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