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.

First-time authors and best friends strike publishing gold with esoteric thriller
NEW YORK -- They met as 8-year-olds at a friend's birthday party and soon became inseparable, playing on the same soccer team and writing short stories.

Though no perfect specimen, 'The Body' has good parts
Starting over late in life isn't a new theme. But doing it by having your brain surgically implanted into the brand-new body of your choice is the interesting twist in Hanif Kureishi's novella "The Body."

'Double Play' is Robert B. Parker's finest novel

Bill Clinton addresses big crowd at publishing convention

Pearson's new Lou Boldt thriller grips the imagination

'Double Play' is Robert B. Parker's finest novel
At the age of 72, more than 40 years since publication of his first book, best-selling mystery writer Robert B. Parker has written his finest novel.

Arts calendar

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.

Gossipy but enlightening look at 1920s literary scene

Gossipy but enlightening look at 1920s literary scene
Don't judge Marion Meade's latest book by its title. "Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin" might sound like the tag for another nostalgic tour of 1920s parties like those boozy soirees in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." But Meade's historical account wastes little time boring readers with what they already know about the Roaring '20s and its raised hemlines, lowered standards, Manhattan speakeasies and bootleg booze.

First-time authors and best friends strike publishing gold with esoteric thriller

Nominated musicals rehearse their big Tony numbers

Though no perfect specimen, 'The Body' has good parts

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

Pearson's new Lou Boldt thriller grips the imagination
Lou Boldt is a man you'd love to have on your side of an argument. He's smart and brave - and has the highest case clearance on average in the history of the Seattle Police Department.

LHP Beltran activated, sent to minors

Pirates edge out Cubs

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.

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

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

La Russa, McClendon each suspended for two games

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.

Back in Bronx, Soriano takes wrong turn

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.

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.

Baseball notebook
ATLANTA - The Philadelphia Phillies will place Randy Wolf on the 15-day disabled list because of tendinitis in his left elbow if closer Billy Wagner has a good rehabilitation outing today.

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.

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.

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.

Phillies roll past bullpen

Ortiz runs out of magic tricks
ATLANTA - He has been the Braves' ace since he arrived 18 months ago, and this weekend he was prepared to lead them out of one more hole.

KFC agrees to end ads touting healthfulness of fried chicken

Property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for May 20-25. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Business calendar

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.

On the move

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.

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.

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

Changes to lifestyle can prevent, lessen burnout
Many business owners eat, sleep, breathe and live their businesses. Every day (and many nights) they are managing people, finances and the other daily tasks of running a business. As time marches on, pressures build, and Joe Owner eventually displays symptoms of burnout.

Business briefs

Knowledge can make marketing easier task
Associated PressNEW YORK - Marketing can seem like an overwhelming prospect for a small-business owner - there's research to do, publicity campaigns to pull together, mailings to send out, and more.

Maytag announces restructuring, job cuts

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Realtors say high rates won't deter buyers
When Becky Donner says the recent rise in mortgage rates shouldn't have too much an impact on area home sales, she says so with some authority.

Unemployment rate holds at 5.6 percent

On the move
Jennifer Blankenship has been promoted to bookkeeper at Muns Welding & Mechanical Inc. Ms. Blankenship has been employed at Muns for five years and is pursuing her associate's degree in accounting.

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.

Employer spotlight
Shaw Industries

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.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Board of directors, United Way of the CSRA Inc., regular meeting; United Way office, 630 Ellis St.; 4 p.m.

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.

Realtors say high rates won't deter buyers

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.

DaimlerChrysler recalls more than 430,000 PT Cruisers

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.

Wal-Mart plans to improve employee treatment, equalize pay

Industrial park gets first tenant

Knowledge can make marketing easier task

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.

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.

Kicking up business

Restaurants to stay open for G-8 summit

Changes to lifestyle can prevent, lessen burnout

Some of Fort Discovery's money ended up in pockets of lobbyist
Some folks are blaming the legislative delegation, particularly Republican Sens. Don Cheeks and Randy Hall, for not being able to bring home the bacon (known as pork when it goes elsewhere) because Gov. Sonny Perdue cut state funds for the Augusta Mini Theatre and held up $890,000, half the money appropriated for Fort Discovery this year. But is the blame misplaced?

Clemson slips by Birmingham Southern
ATHENS, Ga. -- Travis Storrer's RBI single in the ninth rallied Clemson past Birmingham Southern 5-4 in an elimination game of the NCAA Regionals Saturday night.

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.

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 sets another record by distributing $108.8 million

On Reagan's shoulders

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.

On Reagan's shoulders
''In a president, character is everything. A president doesn't have to be brilliant. ... He doesn't have to be clever; you can hire clever. You can hire pragmatic. ... But you can't buy courage and decency, you can't rent a strong moral sense. A president must bring those things with him. He needs to have, in that much-maligned word, a vision of the future he wishes to create. But a vision is worth little if a president doesn't have the character - the courage and heart - to see it through.''

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.

Enduring words from the Great Communicator, Ronald Reagan:
"Government is not the solution, it's the problem." - Inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1981

Tenet's tenure

Enduring words from the Great Communicator, Ronald Reagan:

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.

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.

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.

Rising rates could help savers, hurt borrowers
NEW YORK -- With interest rates starting to creep higher, consumers should take steps now to maximize what they earn on their savings and minimize what they pay on their debts.

Free credit reports available beginning late this year

Some customers feel shortchanged by bank mergers

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.

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.

What - if anything - to do when your fund manager leaves

Intel narrows second-quarter financial forecast

Rising rates could help savers, hurt borrowers

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.

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.

How can I donate my car to charity?

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.

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.

How can I donate my car to charity?
How can I donate my car to charity?

What - if anything - to do when your fund manager leaves
NEW YORK -- A good mutual fund manager can achieve rock star status in financial circles. Consistently high returns that manage to beat the market can propel a manager to investment fame, with cover stories in personal finance magazines and punditry opportunities on television.

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.

Yellow Jackets march to final
ATLANTA - Standing in the third base coaching box, Georgia Tech coach Danny Hall could feel Micah Owings' eyes on him from the dugout.

GreenJackets notebook
The Boston Red Sox have been busy lately in switching up their Class-A rosters. The Augusta GreenJackets have lost three players in the past week to high-A Sarasota and lost another in a Boston trade with San Diego.

Bombers unload on GreenJackets
Nothing seemed to go right for the Augusta GreenJackets against the Capital City Bombers on Saturday.

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.

Golf capsules

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.

Curtis, Rose rise to the top at Memorial

Coach prepares for Lady Jaguars' first home event
Think you've been busy this year? Try being Augusta State women's golf coach Trelle McCombs.

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.

Brown returns in front

Brown returns in front
If Scott Brown is looking for new challenges on the Regions Cup golf circuit, he's got one today.

Coach prepares for Lady Jaguars' first home event

Golf capsules
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Ernie Els came out firing and never let up Saturday until he had a 6-under 66, an immaculate round that gave him a two-shot lead in the Memorial.

Big Easy leads Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio - Ernie Els could sense his lead in the Memorial getting away.

Bombers unload on GreenJackets

GreenJackets notebook

Jackets' rally stolen in ninth

Sutter brings family traits to Calgary Flames
CALGARY, Alberta - As the Calgary Flames near the end of the mentally wearing, emotionally tugging, physically challenging two-month grind that is the Stanley Cup playoffs, it is no surprise they often seem to be the most in-control team.

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

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.

Sutter brings family traits to Calgary Flames

Sounds of summer can be heard all around us
Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves.

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.

Recycling theft is deplorable

Get realistic in the war on terrorism

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

Improve Augusta's representation
As I sit in my ivory tower high atop the hill in North Augusta, I keep thinking, "They haven't learned." The Augusta City Commission cannot reach or implement any important decisions. George A. Nelson, North Augusta, S.C.

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

Elect Bishop to Edgefield council
On June 8, voters in the Merriwether section of Edgefield County have a distinct choice between a pair of four-year veterans of the county council. Danny Bishop served from 1997-2001, and his opponent, Joel Hudson, has served since 2001. John W. Pettigrew Jr. Edgefield, S.C.

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

Liberals wreck energy policy
Whining about the price of gas? Why not blame it on President Bush? Liberal Democrats and environmentalists do it every day. But they should know better. S.G. von Schweinitz Appling

More prisoners mean less crime
A headline in the May 28 Augusta Chronicle, Page 13A, read: "Prison population grows despite lower crime rate." "Despite"? This is a classic liberal piece of illogic, and I'm surprised The Chronicle fell for it. David Clayton Carrad Martinez

Elect Bishop to Edgefield council

Who else should pack up for Wichita?

Voters must back Jim DeMint
South Carolina Republicans have a special opportunity to take the U.S. Senate seat held by Fritz Hollings. Hollings' retirement, however, has led to a plethora of candidates running to fill his shoes. With the Republican primary fast approaching June 8, which is the best candidate to win the general election in November and stand for solid Republican principles? David Allen, Aiken, S.C.

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

Promote responsible fatherhood

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

More prisoners mean less crime

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

Recycling theft is deplorable
There are certain crimes that affect whole groups of individuals. A thief stole $700 worth of cans that our mentally challenged clients were diligently recycling. Not only does this teach them the value of recycling, but it rewards them with a quarterly picnic or outing. One person's selfishness has demoralized our entire agency. Audrey Murell Augusta

Cheating never should be taken lightly

Errors fill letter on Cleland, Iraq

Promote responsible fatherhood
I was interested to read the recent article by Karen Ethridge on recognizing the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children ("Appreciation will be shown to caring fathers," May 23). We agree. That's why President Bush has launched several initiatives to promote responsible fatherhood. Wade F. Horn, Ph.D. Washington, D.C.

U.S. needs attack of common sense

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

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

A cautious trip through Indonesia

Governors Island in N.Y. open for public tours

Couple's personality, tastes reflected in home's decor

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

Useful home tips

Apparel retailers and manufacturers chase after hassle-free apparel

Sportswear meets swimwear at the beach

Seating for couples can be modified

Q&A: Damaged paint on bath ceiling

Rising price of ice cream leaves many screaming

A cautious trip through Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- When my parents traveled from their hometown of Edina, Minn., to visit me in Jakarta, a co-worker put the trip in perspective, saying: "You are completely responsible for your parents' health and safety."

Sportswear meets swimwear at the beach
NEW YORK -- The buzz at the beach this summer is more about covering up than baring all.

Couple's personality, tastes reflected in home's decor
The brick ranch house on Audubon Circle in Belvedere had gone through some changes since it was built in the early 1950s, but when Lisa and Jason Leonard bought it in August 2002, they were determined to make it their own.

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.

Governors Island in N.Y. open for public tours
NEW YORK -- Perhaps the most remarkable thing about New York's newest tourist attraction is that New Yorkers want to go there.

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.

Seating for couples can be modified
Dear Carson: My husband and I often go out to dinner with other couples and the seating always creates a problem. What is the proper seating for two couples dining together? The four of us have a continual disagreement on this topic. Please help us settle this dilemma. - Seating Solution

Useful home tips
Although our column usually tackles a specific project or subject, this week we're sharing some useful tips with you.

Rising price of ice cream leaves many screaming
Milk, cocoa and vanilla should add up to a sweet treat, but thanks to rising commodity prices, it's a recipe for pricing disaster for ice cream makers and lovers.

Q&A: Damaged paint on bath ceiling
Q. William asks: I disagree with your answer to a man who had a bathroom door that fit too tight and did not permit any airflow to the vent fan. In my experience, this problem is caused by carpet filling the space under the door. What you should have said was: Open and close the door while the vent fan is running. If the fan increases or decreases its rpm, you have a problem with air circulation. Cut half an inch off the bottom of the door. Recheck. If it improves but still changes rpm, take off another quarter of an inch.

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.

Catch of the day

Front-runners face challenges
AIKEN - State Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum supports the war in Iraq and the death penalty. She also opposes gay marriage.

Reagan transformed local politics
It was a small moment 28 summers ago, a short meeting between the conservative, if officially nonpartisan, mayor of Augusta and a man destined to become a political immortal.

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.

A delay that proved costly
After jumping out of a C-47 transport at about midnight June 5 in nearly pitch-black darkness, Mr. Trudeau landed shoulder-deep in water in a field flooded by the Germans near Varaville. During the drop, Mr. Trudeau lost a bag that contained most of his equipment, leaving him with only a bandoleer of ammunition for a Sten gun he no longer had, a few grenades and a small knife.

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.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Kwentrell M. Boston of Augusta

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.

Fatalities drop in annual motorcycle rallies
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - This year's Grand Strand motorcycle rallies produced fewer fatalities and were generally tamer events than in past years, local law enforcement agencies reported.

Local team will assist at summit

Demand strains water supply
AIKEN - For hundreds of thousands of people in the Aiken-Augusta area, the Savannah River provides the water they drink and, in many cases, drives the industries where they work.

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

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.

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

'The invasion was the key, the crucial key'
t was about 3 a.m. on June 6 when the Flying Fortress that Mr. Parken was a crew member on taxied up the runway to take off for the flight to the Normandy coast. There were about two dozen B-17s stationed at the Glatton air base near Peterborough, England, and as they lined up for takeoff Mr. Parken was already performing one of his duties that day.

Kid of the day

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's authorities are searching for an Augusta woman whose children were found alone on a busy south Augusta thoroughfare Saturday.

Protesters arrive in Brunswick

Chow time in the field
Mr. Harbuck's mechanized armored transport unit waited in the English Channel on a British landing craft as Allied warships pounded the Normandy beaches to take out enemy fortifications.

Across Georgia

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Purple Heart Order gathers

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Front-runners face challenges

'The first wave, they were just slaughtered'
The destroyer USS Meredith sat about a quarter of a mile from Utah Beach during the brunt of the invasion. Mr. Scoggins was in charge of one of the ship's quad 40 mm anti-aircraft guns.

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.

Across the southeast

Rocket maker looks at Aiken

Around town

Across South Carolina

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.

News you can use

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

Across the southeast
DOBSON, N.C. - A Texas law officer didn't think two men would be riding in a minivan without a woman, so he stopped the vehicle and captured two of the six men who escaped from the Surry County jail last week.

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.

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.

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.

Across the area

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.

Hurrying to 'Harry'

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.

Protesters form group to keep tabs on police

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

Danger in the water
Mr. Norris was part of the first wave of infantrymen to hit the Utah shores. It was his first time in combat. The way he remembers it, the hardest part, and the key to surviving, was getting out of the water.

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.

Protesters arrive in Brunswick
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - The G-8 Summit protesters have arrived, but even they don't know how large their numbers will be or whether there will be any run-ins with police.

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.

Across South Carolina
CLEMSON - Clemson University will push ahead with plans to install sprinklers in student housing even though the money from a $5.3 million dollar bond won't be available until next spring.

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.

Across Georgia
ROME - A high school football player might have his legal troubles behind him, after the Georgia Supreme Court upheld its decision to clear him of child molestation charges in one case and prosecutors announced they would not press charges in another.

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.

Augustans recall 1983 crash, siege
On a fall day nearly 21 years ago, Charles Harris crashed his 1974 Dodge pickup through Gate 3 of Augusta National Golf Club while President Reagan was playing No. 16.

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.

Purple Heart Order gathers
As the nation acknowledges the 60th anniversary of D-Day, a special group of military veterans reunited this weekend to acknowledge current events in their lives.

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.

Groups question value of teacher certification
ATLANTA - When it came to getting national board certification, a prestigious honor given to high-quality teachers, one of the major motivations for Lesley Taylor was simply showing she could do it.

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.

Market's site lends to growth
M.J. Rodgers has seen many a farmers market in her time, particularly the one in her hometown, Santa Barbara, Calif.

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.

Runoff is likely for Republicans in 6-man contest
AIKEN - In the political version of musical chairs being played in South Carolina's Republican contest for U.S. Senate, there are four players and two seats, but one of those spots is already occupied.

'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.

Journals tell soldier's story
Talking about his World War II service came hard to Roderick Turnbull.

Benefits of coed learning debated

'Everybody had religion that night'
As part of the 29th Division, 116th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Mr. Bolgla was in the first wave to storm Omaha Beach. His company's mission was to take out enemy pillboxes and eventually gain control of a seaport 20 miles away.

Judge steps down from case

River basin gets resource first
AIKEN - There is fear that faraway cities will take coveted water from the Savannah River that residents in the Aiken-Augusta area depend on.

Many St. Simons Island residents to leave town

GOP draws black candidates

Reagan transformed local politics

Market's site lends to growth

Across the area

Augustans recall 1983 crash, siege

Groups question value of teacher certification

Demand strains water supply

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.

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Session's significance seems caught up in tattoos, liquor

River basin gets resource first

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.

Cox is Braves' big hero
ATLANTA - Not that he cares, but maybe this is what it takes for Bobby Cox to be appreciated.

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

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.

'American Idol' winner to sing at CFDA Awards

'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.

NASCAR notebook
DOVER, Del. - The rain that postponed the finish of Saturday's MBNA America 200 for the Busch Series until Monday was expected to push through the area in time for today's Nextel Cup Series race.

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.

NASCAR notebook

Busch field must return after rain at Dover
DOVER, Del. -- Bobby Hamilton Jr. will have the lead when the rain-delayed NASCAR Busch series race resumes Monday at Dover International Speedway.

Mayfield shatters Dover qualifying mark

Newman needs to make charge
DOVER, Del. - After winning a series-best eight races last year, including a sweep of both Nextel Cup Series events at Dover International Speedway, Ryan Newman was supposed to be a key figure in this year's championship picture.

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.

Scientists struggle, but no cure has yet been developed for Alzheimer's

Noteworthy places in Reagan's life and his memories about them.
Noteworthy places in Reagan's life and his memories about them. (from Reagan's 1990 autobiography, "An American Life.")

Former presidents react to Ronald Reagan's death

Former presidents react to Ronald Reagan's death
Gerald Ford: "Betty and I are deeply saddened by the passing of our longtime friend, President Reagan. Ronald Reagan was an excellent leader of our nation during challenging times at home and abroad. We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to Nancy and his family."

Post-White House Reagan: The Gipper gradually faded from public eye
LOS ANGELES -- The day George H.W. Bush took over the Oval Office in 1989, the Gipper returned to Reagan Country beaming with an aw-shucks smile and dreams of chopping wood and riding his horse at his mountaintop ranch.

A chronology of Reagan's life
Key dates in life of Ronald Reagan.

A chronology of Reagan's life

In Russia, Reagan remembered for helping bring down Soviet Union
MOSCOW -- He stunned the Soviet Union with his tough rhetoric, calling it an "evil empire" whose leaders gave themselves the "right to commit any crime."

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.

Bush says Reagan helped save the world
PARIS -- President Bush mourned Ronald Reagan on Saturday as a great American who "leaves behind a nation he restored and a world he helped save."

Scientists struggle, but no cure has yet been developed for Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's disease, which claimed former President Reagan on Saturday, is one of the most common, and perhaps the most feared, consequences of growing old.

Always upbeat, Reagan conquered bullet wound, cancer during presidency
Ronald Reagan, who at 69 was the oldest man ever elected president of the United States, maintained a thumbs-up demeanor for the public during several bouts with illness during and after his presidency.

Mourning in America, and across the world: The Great Communicator remembered
From all corners of the planet, the eulogies streamed in - a barrage of quotations and orations for the president known as the Great Communicator, the man whose enemies and friends agreed changed the world.

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

Mourning in America, and across the world: The Great Communicator remembered

Noteworthy places in Reagan's life and his memories about them.

Reagan's 1987 dare to "tear down this wall" soon became reality

Always upbeat, Reagan conquered bullet wound, cancer during presidency

Reagan's 1987 dare to "tear down this wall" soon became reality
BERLIN -- President Reagan's dramatic 1987 challenge to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall" was the last high point of Cold War rhetoric in Berlin.

Post-White House Reagan: The Gipper gradually faded from public eye

In Russia, Reagan remembered for helping bring down Soviet Union

Billups says Pistons are ready to shock the world
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Chauncey Billups knows that few people outside the Detroit locker room think the Pistons can beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.

Billups says Pistons are ready to shock the world

Lakers look to defense to win another championship

Bad Boys, they're not

Lakers look to defense to win another championship
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant is ready to run, even without track shoes. He'd better be

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.

Bills teammates coax Henry back to practice

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Veteran 'loved his Lord,' niece says
Growing up without a father can be hard for a child, but Margaret Marie Buoy had her uncle Jacob Phinizy Benefield to take care of her.

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Kupets, Schwikert shine in Showtime

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 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.

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.

Olympic torch begins first leg of its worldwide relay

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.

Augusta government searching for Holy Grail
It's difficult to lunch in public with George Kolb these days. It seems everyone in the joint wants a piece of the outgoing city administrator.

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.

Augusta government searching for Holy Grail
It's difficult to lunch in public with George Kolb these days. It seems everyone in the joint wants a piece of the outgoing city administrator.

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.

Overtime

Mature Myskina conquers herself

Someday is here

Henman loss makes all-Argentine finale

'Time to dance'

All eyes on Smarty Jones

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Smarty's loss triply disappointing for Baffert, other trainers who came close

Triple Crown Successes-Failures

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

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.

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

Mature Myskina conquers herself
PARIS - Anastasia Myskina knows how it feels to fight herself more than her opponent. She knows how it feels to get so frustrated that the urge rises to toss a racket or scream or even just give up.

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.

Overtime
Becky Hammon scored 12 points to lead the New York Liberty to their sixth straight win, defeating the San Antonio Silver Stars, 62-57 on Saturday night.

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.

Smarty's loss triply disappointing for Baffert, other trainers who came close
NEW YORK -- Bob Baffert felt horrible when he saw Smarty Jones fall back. His wife took it even harder.

'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.

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.

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.

Area sports announcements
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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.

Smarty Jones loses Belmont, falls short in Triple Crown try
NEW YORK -- Belmont, that ol' heartbreaker, did it again. It swallowed up Smarty Jones just when it looked as if he had it beat, stopping yet another 3-year-old who had his sights set on winning the Triple Crown.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Outdoors calendar

Savannah changes will come
Ed Marshall knows there are big changes on the horizon for the Savannah River he has loved since his childhood.

GOP draws black candidates
ATLANTA - Herman Cain is a well-to-do black businessman with an engaging speaking style and a strong belief that the Democratic Party his race embraced through the civil rights struggles has swung too far to the left.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Savannah changes will come

Cox is Braves' big hero

Smarty Jones' story came at right time

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.

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.

Former 'NYPD Blue' star settles moldy house case

Close call sends Bulldogs on way
ATHENS, Ga. - As Clemson's Russell Triplett rounded third base for home, Bobby Felmy's throw from left field was straight and true.

Ticket prices go up for Georgia

Ticket prices go up for Georgia
DESTIN, Fla. - Georgia football fans will have to dig deeper in their wallets if they want to buy tickets in the future.

Close call sends Bulldogs on way

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.

Gamecocks carried by curveballs

Gamecocks carried by curveballs
COLUMBIA - With its short fences, favorable breezes and boisterous crowds, much has been made of South Carolina's Sarge Frye Field advantage in the NCAA Tournament.

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.

Unlikely stars lead Gamecocks

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

Cheese artist installs bed of ham

Odds and Ends

Faith digest

Religion News in Brief

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

Pastor seeks solace in God after death of his daughter

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

Hindus plan for laying of cornerstone

Ecclesiastes gets a new Jewish analysis

Vacation Bible school offered for whole family