Bill Clinton addresses big crowd at publishing convention

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.

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

Bill Clinton addresses big crowd at publishing convention
CHICAGO -- Bill Clinton, once a president and now an author, offered a characteristic performance Thursday night for the country's publishing community: late, long, but ultimately satisfying to the crowd.

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.

Nominated musicals rehearse their big Tony numbers
NEW YORK -- In the vast, cool darkness of Radio City Music Hall, entertainment for the 2004 Tony Awards comes together in bits and pieces.

Nominated musicals rehearse their big Tony numbers

Blue Jays put Halladay on DL

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.

Garciaparra hopes to be back in Boston lineup next week

Harang on DL with inflamed elbow

LHP Beltran activated, sent to minors
CINCINNATI -- The Montreal Expos activated left-hander Rigo Beltran from the 15-day disabled list Friday and sent him outright to Triple-A Edmonton.

Back in Bronx, Soriano takes wrong turn

Yankees defeat Orioles

Pride of the Dirtbags overpowering, entertaining

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

Pirates edge out Cubs

Back in Bronx, Soriano takes wrong turn
NEW YORK -- Back in the Bronx, Alfonso Soriano promptly got lost.

LHP Beltran activated, sent to minors

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.

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.

Benitez returns to Shea Stadium

La Russa, McClendon each suspended for two games

Royals declaw Tigers

Pirates edge out Cubs
CHICAGO -- Mark Prior gave the Chicago Cubs a glimpse of exactly what they've been missing.

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.

California captures first NCAA championship
HOT SPRINGS, Va. -- Peter Tomasulo and Jeff Hood both shot under par Friday to help California make up an eight-stroke deficit in the final round and claim its first NCAA men's golf championship.

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

La Russa, McClendon each suspended for two games
NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh manager Lloyd McClendon and St. Louis manager Tony La Russa were each suspended for two games Friday after getting into a shouting match during a game that caused both benches to empty.

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.

Harang on DL with inflamed elbow
CINCINNATI -- Aaron Harang went on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a sore right elbow, leaving the Cincinnati Reds scrambling to revamp their rotation.

Matheny put on DL, Molina promoted

Potential cannot be measured by college degrees

Cheese artist installs bed of ham
NEW YORK -- An artist best known for decorative cheese has broadened his palette, or palate, to ham.

Odds and Ends
RIVER HEIGHTS, Utah -- Students at a Utah elementary school now know what one million looks like.

Toothpick links inmate to 1991 strangling of 80-year-old woman
LAKE ALFRED, Fla. -- An inmate expecting to get out of prison in July was charged in a decade-old murder after police linked him to the crime using DNA on a discarded toothpick.

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.

Phillies roll past bullpen
ATLANTA - Never mind figuring out what to do with rookie Nick Green when second baseman Marcus Giles returns after the All-Star break.

Franco has grand old night

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.

Phillies roll past bullpen

Group plans Evans center

Unemployment rate holds at 5.6 percent

Business briefs
The Downtown Develop-ment Authority is working on a plan to shuttle medical district workers downtown during lunch to bolster restaurant sales in the central business district.

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.

British government will not suspend gasoline tax increase

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.

Pizza chain founder, champion cyclist injured in bike crash
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The founder of the Papa John's pizza chain and a national champion cyclist were injured in a bike crash that police are investigating as a possible assault.

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.

Kicking up business
This convention isn't just for kicks.

Wheel supplier selects park

Struggling Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors announces more recalls

KFC agrees to end ads touting healthfulness of fried chicken

Clear Channel settles with concert promoter

Fed member notes rise in prices but sees no immediate inflation worry

Business briefs

Industrial park gets first tenant

Industrial park gets first tenant
Columbia County ushered in its newest corporate citizen Friday, which will take over a supplier contract for Grovetown's John Deere factory.

DaimlerChrysler recalls more than 430,000 PT Cruisers

Restaurants to stay open for G-8 summit
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Not too long ago, restaurants and other businesses were talking about boarding up their windows and doors and shutting down for next week's G-8 Summit on Sea Island.

Kmart to sell up to 24 stores to Home Depot
TROY, Mich. -- Kmart will sell as many as 24 stores to Home Depot for up to $365 million, the discount retailer announced Friday. Its shares surged more than 7 percent in morning trading.

Business briefs

KFC agrees to end ads touting healthfulness of fried chicken
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- KFC can no longer claim that its fried chicken is compatible with popular low-carb diets, federal regulators said Thursday in settling complaints about the restaurant chain's ads.

Maytag announces restructuring, job cuts

Fed member notes rise in prices but sees no immediate inflation worry
WASHINGTON -- Even though prices for energy and some other goods have been rising, the U.S. economy is not on the brink of an unwanted bout of inflation, a Federal Reserve member suggested Friday.

Maytag announces restructuring, job cuts
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Maytag Corp. announced Friday it is cutting its salaried work force by 20 percent as part of a restructuring and lowered its earnings expectations, citing lower sales and higher materials costs. Maytag shares were down 8 percent in early trading.

Hyatt, T-Mobile strike deal on Wi-Fi Web access
CHICAGO -- High-speed wireless Internet access is coming to nearly all of Hyatt Corp.'s 200-plus hotels and resorts by 2005, under a deal announced Thursday by Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and T-Mobile USA Inc.

OPEC to raise output ceiling by 2 million barrels a day

Weekly U.S. oil and gas rig count down by one
HOUSTON -- The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States fell by three this week to 1,168.

Productivity grows at 3.8 percent rate in first quarter

Nation's retailers report robust sales in May

Facility to grow despite failure

DaimlerChrysler recalls more than 430,000 PT Cruisers
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- DaimlerChrysler is recalling 438,391 PT Cruisers because of a flaw that cause a fire under the hood.

Unemployment rate holds at 5.6 percent
WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers added almost a quarter million workers in May, extending a nine-month hiring spree and accommodating enough new jobseekers to hold the unemployment rate steady at 5.6 percent.

Wal-Mart plans to improve employee treatment, equalize pay
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc., facing lawsuits for alleged gender bias and unfair treatment of workers, will cut top executives' bonuses if the company does not meet its diversity goals, as part of an initiative to improve work conditions, its top executive announced Friday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 .

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.

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.

Kicking up business

Restaurants to stay open for G-8 summit

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.

Hyatt, T-Mobile strike deal on Wi-Fi Web access

Wal-Mart plans to improve employee treatment, equalize pay

Weekly U.S. oil and gas rig count down by one

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

Tigers strike for win
ATHENS, Ga. - Travis Storrer drove in three runs with a home run and a double as Clemson defeated Birmingham-Southern, 10-6 in its NCAA regional opener Friday night.

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 sets another record by distributing $108.8 million
DESTIN, Fla. -- In what is becoming a rite of spring, the Southeastern Conference announced another financial windfall Friday, doling out a record $108.8 million to its 12 members for this school year.

After dominating prep ranks, Knotts eyes new challenge at Duke
DURHAM, N.C. -- Tom Knotts had everything a high school coach could want, tallying more state championships than losses in his last four seasons at Charlotte Independence.

After dominating prep ranks, Knotts eyes new challenge at Duke

SEC compliance and enforcement rules

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:

SEC sets another record by distributing $108.8 million

Gun charge dismissed against WVU linebacker

Tenet's tenure

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.

One nameless man
He's been called one of the 20th century's top 20 revolutionaries. His act of extraordinary courage and peaceful resistance to tyranny will forever endure as one of humankind's most uplifting and inspiring images.

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

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

Tenet's tenure
Whether George Tenet stepped down as CIA director after a seven-year stint to be with his family, as he says, or was forced out, as his critics say, is an academic inside-the-Beltway political debate that will go on for weeks.

A welcome cover-up
Consumers have power after all.

Quite a spell for young Joe

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

People in the News
LOS ANGELES -- A judge has agreed to decide whether overtime claims should be part of a lawsuit that alleges actor Tom Sizemore harassed and sexually battered his former personal assistant.

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.

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.

Former 'NYPD Blue' star settles moldy house case
LOS ANGELES -- Actor Nicholas Turturro has settled a lawsuit against a man who sold him a home in 2002 allegedly infested with toxic mold, lawyers said.

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.

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.

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.

Some customers feel shortchanged by bank mergers

Dollar weakens against major rivals

Strong job growth spurs buying on Wall Street
NEW YORK -- A gratifying May employment report and Intel Corp.'s strong mid-quarter update gave Wall Street a moderate advance Friday, with falling oil prices padding the market's gain. But the tech-heavy Nasdaq, buffeted by the previous session's volatility, still posted a loss for the week.

Intel narrows second-quarter financial forecast

Tokyo stocks fall, dollar rebounds against yen

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.

Lawmakers, regulators voicing concern about fees for college-savings plans
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers and federal regulators are examining the fees charged by popular college-savings plans, and an investigation of big brokerage firms' sales of the plans has widened.

Intel narrows second-quarter financial forecast
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Intel Corp. tightened the range - and raised the midpoint - of its second-quarter revenue forecast after it saw stronger-than-expected demand for flash memory chips used primarily in cell phones.

Tokyo stocks end higher, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks inched up Friday as investors in lackluster trading. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

Free credit reports available beginning late this year

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.

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.

Free credit reports available beginning late this year
WASHINGTON -- Consumers in the Western United States will be able to start requesting free annual credit reports this December.

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.

U.S. Attorney inquires about AIM Investments funds
WASHINGTON - AIM Investments, a unit of Amvescap PLC, said Thursday it received an inquiry from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York relating to AIM mutual funds.

Money funds dropped in latest week

Burger King reports strong sales for four straight months

Some customers feel shortchanged by bank mergers
NEW YORK - A continuing wave of bank mergers is leaving some consumers feeling shortchanged.

Burger King reports strong sales for four straight months
MIAMI -- Burger King Corp. said Thursday its U.S. same-store sales have increased for four straight months, in a sign the second-largest fast-food chain's turnaround is succeeding after several slumping years.

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

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.

Century after blight, American chestnut may be poised for return

A few tricks can yield many vegetables

Reasons not to plant black locust

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.

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.

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.

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

Yellow Jackets advance
ATLANTA - Eric Patterson, Clifton Remole and Whit Robbins all homered, leading Georgia Tech past Jacksonville State 16-3 on Friday night in the NCAA regional in Atlanta.

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.

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.

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.

Jackets' rally stolen in ninth
Kyle Jackson has found out this season that being the No. 1 starter in the rotation often means you're going up against another team's ace.

Rachels takes one-shot lead in Farmers Charity Classic
ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Sammy Rachels birdied five of the last seven holes for an 8-under-par 64 and a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Farmers Charity Classic on Friday.

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.

Curtis, Rose rise to the top at Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Ben Curtis hasn't taken the claret jug on a world tour since winning the British Open, but he decided to bring it with him to the Memorial Tournament for a little motivation.

Els, Curtis top first round

Curtis, Rose rise to the top at Memorial

Sorenstam goes for three straight in Aurora

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.

Jackets' rally stolen in ninth

Jackets taking offense

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

Lightning: Pressure's all on Calgary in possible Cup-clinching game
CALGARY, Alberta -- Calgary is revving up to enjoy one of the most unlikely Stanley Cup championships in NHL history, one some Flames fans probably thought they'd never see but now might be only hours away.

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.

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.

Lightning: Pressure's all on Calgary in possible Cup-clinching game

Maple Leafs forward Darcy Tucker has abdominal surgery

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

Lewis to return as Red Wings coach

Salo returns to native Sweden after 10 years in NHL

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

Ronald Reagan, 40th president, of the United States, dies at age 93
WASHINGTON -- Ronald Reagan, the cheerful crusader who devoted his presidency to winning the Cold War, trying to scale back government and making people believe it was "morning again in America," died Saturday after a long twilight struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 93.

Liberals hinder efforts in Iraq
What awful people are terrorists who hide behind women and children to ambush our people as they pass, then run out and dance around the bodies in celebration. Orelia M. Oliphant Matthews

Cheating never should be taken lightly
Regarding The Born Loser comic strip in the May 30 paper by Art and Chip Sansom: I totally fail to see any humor in the act of cheating at golf! Dan Lindbom Harlem

Choose Herman Cain for U.S. Senate

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

U.S. needs attack of common sense
Why does the world hate us? It's because we're a bunch of liars and hypocrites. They know it, but we have lied to ourselves and are convinced we are a virtuous, moralistic and outstanding nation that is the "guiding light" of the world. Clarence J. Cook Jr. Augusta

Get realistic in the war on terrorism

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

Cheating never should be taken lightly

Who else should pack up for Wichita?
Do you by chance think that we could make Wichita, Kan., a package deal? Along with City Administrator George Kolb, we could send them a very large-mouthed Commissioner Marion Williams; the illustrious, self-centered and highly overpaid School Superintendent Charles Larke; and about a half-dozen members of a very sorry board of education. Bill King, Augusta

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

Get realistic in the war on terrorism
Once again the defeatist, appeasing harpies are eagerly clamoring for another defeat of the U.S. military's efforts to build a world safe for democracy. It seems there is a purposeful agenda in our popular TV and print media to undermine the U.S. military. The incessant 24-7 drumbeating on the story of the excesses of some over-stressed soldiers conveniently ignores the brutal and senseless murders of a noncombatant U.S. citizen, or the brutal murder and mutilation of four private contractors in Iraq to help Iraqis to build a new country. Bill Thompson Augusta

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.

Errors fill letter on Cleland, Iraq
For someone who sought to correct the record, Susan Kinney's efforts ("Writer has skewed view on Iraq war," May 29) were fraught with error. Bob Gardner Augusta

U.S. needs attack of common sense

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

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

High-school exit exams do the job

Who else should pack up for Wichita?

Get the graduations right for 2005

Errors fill letter on Cleland, Iraq

Choose Herman Cain for U.S. Senate
Georgians will go to the polls soon to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Zell Miller. D-Ga. I am supporting Herman Cain as Sen. Miller's replacement. Helen Blocker-Adams Augusta

Health and fitness calendar

Renault unveils no-frills sedan for poor countries

Vegetable oil used as a cleaner, cheaper fuel alternative

Apparel retailers and manufacturers chase after hassle-free apparel

Weekend calendar

House bill to put presidents on dollar coins advances

Study: 'Toxic dust' on computers has chemicals linked to diseases

Scion xB features unusual styling, lots of headroom

World's nations agree on new push to promote renewable energy

Study: 'Toxic dust' on computers has chemicals linked to diseases
SAN FRANCISCO -- "Toxic dust" found on computer processors and monitors contains chemicals linked to reproductive and neurological disorders, according to a new study by several environmental groups.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Apparel retailers and manufacturers chase after hassle-free apparel
NEW YORK -- One of the hottest trends in clothes this spring isn't apparent until the garments come out of the washer and dryer.

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.

World's nations agree on new push to promote renewable energy
BONN, Germany -- More than 150 nations pledged Friday to promote alternative energy sources "with a sense of urgency," closing a global conference marked by warnings about the vulnerability of world oil supplies to terrorism.

Most pupils pass high-stakes test

Downtown accident

Many St. Simons Island residents to leave town

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.

Session's significance seems caught up in tattoos, liquor

Math's a breeze for Lakeside student

Across the area
An Augusta man accused of killing his girlfriend's 4-year-old son was denied bond Friday.

Ronald Reagan, 40th president, of the United States, dies at age 93

Around town

Transit issues hinder service

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

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.

New trial sought in '94 killing
An Augusta man ordered freed from prison Tuesday by a federal judge is instead in the Richmond County Jail.

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.

Correction

Catch of the day

Suspect dies from injuries in drug bust

'I didn't want to do it, but had to do it'

Judge steps down from case

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

'I didn't want to do it, but had to do it'
Mr. Charlie Wendt served with the 22nd Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. Mr. Wendt, who was among the second wave of U.S. troops who hit Utah Beach on D-Day, earned five medals, including two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.

Around town
Chris Poole, an 11th-grader at Grayson High School, warms up for his second game Friday. Grayson lost to Evans High 5-2 in the first of five games in the Westside Diamond Classic.

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.

Getting your goat?

Session's significance seems caught up in tattoos, liquor
AIKEN - Fiscal discipline and educational funding might have been central issues for South Carolina legislators this year, but in the end it might be booze and tattoos that form the more memorable legacy of the session that just ended.

Across the area

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.

Agency claims flaws in report

Revenue gain boosts confidence

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.

Senate OKs storage of nuclear sludge

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A lawyer and radiologist became Georgia's newest millionaires Friday as the Savannah couple matched six numbers to win the $5 million Lotto South prize.

Catch of the day
Cindy Britton (left) prepares to catch Claire Valentine, 3, as she jumps into Hammond Hill Pool in North Augusta. Cindy's husband, Joel, gets ready to catch Claire's twin sister, Meghan. They visited the pool Friday.

Facility to grow despite failure

Funds threaten county's battle
WINDER, Ga. - Barrow County commissioners plan to meet Monday to decide whether dwindling funds will force the county out of a legal battle with the American Civil Liberties Union over a Ten Commandments plaque.

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.

Protesters form group to keep tabs on police

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.

Rocket maker looks at Aiken
AIKEN - Aiken County's hunger for new, high-tech jobs to replace those it will lose at the Savannah River Site will point toward the final frontier next week when officials from a Florida company unveil plans to build a solid-fuel rocket factory for commercial space launches.

Kid of the day

Protesters form group to keep tabs on police
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Pacifists Nikki Hartman and Robert Davis believe police in Savannah and Brunswick could learn a lot from the mistakes made during Miami's trade protests last November.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - An Anderson man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of shooting a man after an argument at the Greer Dragway.

Judge steps down from case
CHESTER, S.C. - The judge in the case of a boy charged with killing his grandparents has recused himself after learning his wife owns stock in a company that makes an anti-depressant that is key in the boy's defense.

Food bank touts successes

Rants and raves
I'M REALLY INTERESTED in who looks at these articles before they are put in the paper. Have we changed the English language? I was just reading an article about someone in an accident. It was printed like this: This person got in an accident. Do you call that proper English? Or that person went missing? Tell me, is the word disappeared disappeared from our English language? Someone please clear this up for me.

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.

Hurrying to 'Harry'

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.

Group plans Evans center

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Rocket maker looks at Aiken

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.

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.

Local team will assist at summit

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

Rants and raves
I'M REALLY INTERESTED in who looks at these articles before they are put in the paper. Have we changed the English language? I was just reading an article about someone in an accident. It was printed like this: This person got in an accident. Do you call that proper English? Or that person went missing? Tell me, is the word disappeared disappeared from our English language? Someone please clear this up for me.

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.

Warrenton launches showcase
Warrenton, Ga., is hoping to lure tourists to its town center this weekend as it kicks off a planned series of First Saturday celebrations that showcase some of the community's attractions.

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.

Local team will assist at summit
The G-8 Summit will be on the state's coast next week, but Augusta-area law enforcement will help in efforts to protect dignitaries and protesters.

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.

Hurrying to 'Harry'
Bespectacled children wearing long black robes and Hogwarts T-shirts descended on movie theaters Friday to be among the first to watch Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban leap from the pages to the big screen.

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.

Schools will use Pilots in class
EDGEFIELD - Sixth-grade social studies teacher Crystal Sullivan scrolls through Web sites in search of educational programs she can download to her Palm Pilot.

Kolb might skirt 90-day clause
If officials in Wichita, Kan., have their way, Augusta City Administrator George Kolb could be headed west before August.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Tyris Damon Shuler, 1, of Augusta.

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.

Benefits of coed learning debated
Public schools soon will get more freedom to teach boys and girls separately, but some area residents remember when that was the rule, rather than the exception.

News you can use

Parents admit guilt in child cruelty case
Convinced an Augusta woman and her former boyfriend did not inflict countless injuries to her 6-year-old son, but that they did fail to get him medical treatment, a judge gave them both probation sentences Friday.

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.

'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 .

Benefits of coed learning debated

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

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

Arts groups want new center, school

Kid of the day

Many St. Simons Island residents to leave town
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - World leaders are coming to Georgia's Sea Island next week, and more than a few residents are leaving town.

Smarty Jones' story came at right time
To say Cot Campbell doesn't have a horse in today's Belmont Stakes is technically correct - but emotionally wrong.

Michael Moore releases trailer for 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

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.

Rock band Creed breaks up after three albums, 24 million copies sold

New York Philharmonic names new president

Rock band Creed breaks up after three albums, 24 million copies sold
NEW YORK -- The spiritually inclined band Creed, whose anthemic hits "Higher" and "With Arms Wide Open" helped them become one of the top-selling rock acts of the past decade, has called it quits.

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.

'American Idol' winner to sing at CFDA Awards

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.

'American Idol' winner to sing at CFDA Awards
NEW YORK -- "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino will perform at next week's 2004 CFDA Fashion Awards.

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

Newman hopes to end slide with win at Dover

Chaffin gets first career win in truck
DOVER, Del. -- Chad Chaffin took the lead during a caution period and held on over the last 52 laps Friday at Dover International Speedway for his first victory in the NASCAR truck series.

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.

Mayfield shatters Dover qualifying mark
DOVER, Del. -- This time, Jeremy Mayfield finished ahead of Ryan Newman, knocking him off the pole with a record-setting qualifying run Friday at Dover International Speedway.

Mayfield shatters Dover qualifying mark

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.

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.

Bad Boys, they're not

Carlisle: Changes will be made to Pacers roster

Lakers' outlook remains cloudy

Bad Boys, they're not
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Beyond their home arena and success on defense, there's little the Detroit Pistons have in common with the 1989 and '90 NBA champion Bad Boys.

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.

Testaverde reunited with Parcells in Dallas

Gibbs keeping practice, strategies under wraps

Dutton finally comfortable playing for Elway

Bills teammates coax Henry back to practice

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

Massive roof for Athens Olympic stadium completed
ATHENS, Greece -- The second half of a steel-and-glass roof for the main Olympic stadium was pulled into place Friday to cover the 75,000-seat facility that will serve as a showcase for the Aug. 13-29 games.

Kupets, Schwikert shine in Showtime
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The lights were on, the pressure was high and after a long, long wait, the Olympics were finally in sight.

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.

Olympic torch begins first leg of its worldwide relay

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

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.

Kupets, Schwikert shine in Showtime

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.

New York City Olympic torch bearers announced
NEW YORK -- A woman badly burned on Sept. 11, a TV newscaster, a Central Park rape victim and several athletes will be among those who carry the Olympic torch when it passes through the city later this month.

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.

Olympic torch begins first leg of its worldwide relay
SYDNEY, Australia -- In her most-watched run since winning the 400 meters at the 2000 Sydney Games, Cathy Freeman carried the Olympic torch Friday on the first leg of its worldwide relay to Athens.

HEAT campaign makes safety priority
You probably have already heard the news, but you need to hear it again: The HEAT is on. From now through Sept. 12, more than 500 law enforcement agencies in the state are going to show zero tolerance to the reckless drivers who have made Georgia's highways so dangerous and deadly.

HEAT campaign makes safety priority
You probably have already heard the news, but you need to hear it again: The HEAT is on. From now through Sept. 12, more than 500 law enforcement agencies in the state are going to show zero tolerance to the reckless drivers who have made Georgia's highways so dangerous and deadly.

Smarty Jones takes a gallop around Belmont

Dementieva beats Suarez in French Open semifinals

It's a Russian Grand Slam

Someday is here

Overtime

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

All eyes on Smarty Jones

Affirmed wore racing's Triple Crown 26 years ago

Purging Smarty Jones

Overtime

'Time to dance'

Henman loss makes all-Argentine finale

Triple Crown Successes-Failures

Smarty following Affirmed
NEW YORK - Steve Cauthen was an 18-year-old kid with a daunting task in 1978: ride Affirmed to victory in the Belmont Stakes and win the Triple Crown.

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.

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.

Someday is here
PHILADELPHIA - Roy Chapman was always a sharp businessman, never afraid to take risks.

Triple Crown Thumbnails
Eleven horses have come to the Belmont and left with the Triple Crown:

Triple Crown Successes-Failures
Sixteen horses have failed to win the Triple Crown by losing in the Belmont Stakes. How they raced in the Belmont.

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.

Coria makes it an all-Argentine men's final at French Open
PARIS -- Guillermo Coria won 13 games in a row, then survived Tim Henman's comeback bid to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, 7-5 Friday at the French Open, setting up the first all-Argentine men's Grand Slam final.

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.

All eyes on Smarty Jones
NEW YORK -- Smarty Jones appears to enjoy the cameras and attention lavished on him as the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.

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.

Overtime
North Augusta's Scott Brown makes his 2004 Regions Cup debut this weekend in the W.M. Gregory Classic at North Augusta Country Club.

'Time to dance'
NEW YORK - So what if rain is forecast for the today's Belmont Stakes? Smarty Jones has already splashed to victory through pools of mud at the Kentucky Derby.

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

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

Henman loss makes all-Argentine finale
PARIS - Guillermo Coria swept 13 games in a row, then withstood Tim Henman's comeback bid to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, 7-5 on Friday at the French Open, setting up the first all-Argentine Grand Slam final.

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.

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

Bills teammates coax Henry back to practice
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Travis Henry was back practicing with the Buffalo Bills this week after missing the previous week's session while working out on his own.

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

Vacation Bible school offered for whole family
Vacation Bible school isn't just for elementary pupils. Adults will have their chance to learn this year at several Augusta churches.

Religion News in Brief
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has cut 15 percent of its employees, closed two departments and downsized its administrative offices to save $1 million a year as it prepares to resolve clergy sex abuse claims.

Fifty years ago, Billy Graham made a big but not lasting impact in Britain
LONDON -- Plenty of people were suspicious when a clean-cut American evangelist arrived in London in February 1954 for a 12-week mission: Newspapers sneered at the "Yankee spellbinder" and "hot-gospeller" and at least one columnist predicted that the man's brand of "Bible-based evangelism" would fail to ignite conservative Britons.

Hindus plan for laying of cornerstone
Several Augusta families will travel this week to Atlanta to join other Hindus in a social and cultural conference led by their spiritual leader, Pramukh Swami Maharaj, of Gujarat state in India.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. The deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augustachronicle.com.

Lamb of God offers unwavering hope
Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away our sins forever.

Ecclesiastes gets a new Jewish analysis
What is the Book of Ecclesiastes doing in the Bible? This astonishing little masterwork from ancient Israel struggles with concepts found elsewhere in the Scriptures.

Twenty-five years later, passions still strong on Southern Baptists' conservative takeover
HOUSTON -- Back in 1979, the Rev. Jimmy Allen thought the highlight of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting would be a giant rally at the Astrodome featuring the Rev. Billy Graham.

Faith digest
DANIEL FIRMIN, of Augusta, will be ordained a Catholic priest at 10 a.m. today by Bishop J. Kevin Boland at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, Ga.

Pastor seeks solace in God after death of his daughter
The Rev. Bryan Cockrell remembers the doctor's soft, low tones three years ago telling him his teenage daughter Jenna's brain scan showed no activity after a car accident. She was taken off life support and died.

Smarty Jones' story came at right time

Producer David E. Kelley plans reality TV series about lawyers

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.

Evening news ratings race getting more competitive as Brokaw exit nears

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.

NBC will sing Motown tune with 12-hour miniseries
LOS ANGELES -- A 12-hour series about the famed Motown Records music empire and its founder, Berry Gordy, is being developed for NBC.

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.

Rev. Al Sharpton joining CNBC as political commentator

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.

Rankings for basic cable networks

Networks plan special coverage to mark 60th anniversary of D-Day
NEW YORK -- Television viewers may get a peculiar sense of time warp if they tune in to MSNBC on Saturday night.

Dennis Quaid has warming of the heart with marriage proposal

Former 'NYPD Blue' star settles moldy house case

Former child star Brian Bonsall arrested for alleged drunken driving

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Georgia expects to break out of hitting slump

Georgia romps first-round foe
ATHENS, Ga. -- Marshall Szabo, Bobby Felmy and Kyle Keen hit home runs as regional host Georgia broke out of its offensive doldrums with a 16-2 rout of Middle Tennessee State in their NCAA tournament opener on Friday.

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.

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.

Unlikely stars lead Gamecocks

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

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."

Unlikely stars lead Gamecocks
COLUMBIA - By the look on Rita Stanley's tear-stained face, and the sight of her fists pumping skyward in joy, you'd think she had just hit her first career home run.

Gamecocks begin their quest

Toothpick links inmate to 1991 strangling of 80-year-old woman

Cheese artist installs bed of ham

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Hindus plan for laying of cornerstone

Vacation Bible school offered for whole family

Fifty years ago, Billy Graham made a big but not lasting impact in Britain

Pastor seeks solace in God after death of his daughter

Twenty-five years later, passions still strong on Southern Baptists' conservative takeover

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Ecclesiastes gets a new Jewish analysis

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