Memoirs of slave who died in Vermont to be republished this fall
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The last time Jeffrey Brace saw his parents was in western Africa as he headed to the river for a swim with friends.

'I Am My Own Wife' wins Tony award for best play; 'Avenue Q for best musical

Phylicia Rashad becomes first black actress to win Tony Award for lead role in a play
NEW YORK -- By winning the Tony for best actress in a play, Phylicia Rashad completed a journey started by Claudia McNeil more than four decades ago in the first production of "A Raisin in the Sun."

Australian Essie Davis arrives as Broadway's latest star

Australian Essie Davis arrives as Broadway's latest star
NEW YORK -- Most actresses would simply leap at the chance to make a splash in a Tom Stoppard play. Most would do cartwheels for a shot at a meaty role that could lead to a Tony Award nomination.

Rockwell exhibit examines social statements of his later works

'Much Ado About Nothing' this summer in Central Park
NEW YORK -- Jimmy Smits and Kristen Johnston will portray Shakespeare's battling lovers Benedick and Beatrice this summer in Central Park.

Phylicia Rashad becomes first black actress to win Tony Award for lead role in a play

Exhibit shows Russian religious images from czarist times

The hunt is on for lost New Deal murals

The hunt is on for lost New Deal murals
NEW ORLEANS -- A Cajun town about 150 miles west of here is playing historical detective. It is offering a reward of $2,000 for the recovery of a New Deal mural its post office once had on its wall and lost.

Behind the scenes at the Tonys

Rockwell exhibit examines social statements of his later works
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. -- It was an image that captured the country's attention: a 6-year-old black girl walking into an all-white school in New Orleans, protected by federal marshals.

Behind the scenes at the Tonys
NEW YORK -- It's five minutes to show time, and Hugh Jackman's microphone cord is too short. A sound technician rushes past, in search of another.

'Fiction': Asking to read what you may not want to hear
NEW YORK -- Reading someone else's diary could be asking for trouble: You might get to read what you don't want to hear.

Memoirs of slave who died in Vermont to be republished this fall

Exhibit shows Russian religious images from czarist times
WASHINGTON -- Russians have collected icons for centuries, displaying the paintings of religious figures and scenes and lighting candles and lamps before them in special corners of their homes.

'Fiction': Asking to read what you may not want to hear

'Much Ado About Nothing' this summer in Central Park

'I Am My Own Wife' wins Tony award for best play; 'Avenue Q for best musical
NEW YORK -- "Avenue Q," a cheeky little musical that uses puppets, four-letter words and catchy, jinglelike tunes, was the upset winner Sunday at the Tonys where history was made as Phylicia Rashad became the first black actress to win for a leading dramatic role.

Local players receive the call
COLUMBIA - Go figure.

Closed story: Hawkins not feeling pressure in new role
CHICAGO -- LaTroy Hawkins only cares about the end result, not how pretty the process looks.

Catcher turned pitcher awaits draft

Catcher turned pitcher awaits draft
CLEMSON, S.C.- If you're looking for Collin Mahoney this afternoon, here's a tip on where to find him.

Rangers put Powell on DL, activate Brocail
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers right-hander Jay Powell was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a sore right elbow.

LSU routs College of Charleston
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU pitcher Lane Mestepey missed his first start in the NCAA Regional at Baton Rouge with a sprained left ankle. He made it back in time to help the Tigers win another trip to a Super Regional.

Giants crush Rockies

Griffey hits 497th and 498th
CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. hit two homers Sunday, giving the Reds slugger 498 for his career.

Closed story: Hawkins not feeling pressure in new role

Padres have tough decision to make with draft's No. 1 pick
NEW YORK -- After months of evaluating thousands of athletes around the country, the San Diego Padres narrowed their decision on the No. 1 draft pick to three players.

Giants crush Rockies
DENVER -- Pedro Feliz's struggles batting behind Barry Bonds earlier this series forced manager Felipe Alou to move him around in the order.

Padres have tough decision to make with draft's No. 1 pick

St. Louis waiting for Pujols
CHICAGO - Albert Pujols might be available to pinch hit after getting treatment on his sore left hamstring Monday, but St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said he would try to avoid using his first baseman.

Griffey hits 497th and 498th

Local players receive the call

Rangers put Powell on DL, activate Brocail

LSU routs College of Charleston

Padres select high school shortstop Matt Bush with No. 1 pick
NEW YORK -- Matt Bush, a slick-fielding high school shortstop from California, was taken by the San Diego Padres with the No. 1 pick in Monday's baseball draft.

St. Louis waiting for Pujols

Boyce's iron-arm performance spurs Arkansas to Super Regional
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Every time Charley Boyce walked to the Arkansas dugout Sunday, common sense said he had pitched his last inning in the NCAA regional championship against Wichita State.

Lots of familiar names called on draft's first day

Lots of familiar names called on draft's first day
NEW YORK -- Stephen Drew and Jered Weaver are following in their big brothers' footsteps. A handful of others selected in the baseball draft Monday hope to be major leaguers some day, just like their fathers.

Boyce's iron-arm performance spurs Arkansas to Super Regional

Diet: What Would Jesus Eat?
SHELBY, N.C. -- The Rev. George Malkmus often preaches about how he believes the world of proper eating began.

Odds and Ends
HELENA, Mont. -- Bald is a hair color in Montana. Montana's Web site lists "bald" as an option when applying online for a fishing license.

Wedding stopped after groom says yes in wrong language
CLUJ, Romania -- The groom said "yes," but a city hall official said "no," refusing to marry a couple because the groom didn't voice his consent first in the Romanian language, authorities said Monday.

Big shot

Big shot
ATLANTA - Nick Green, normally the quietest of Braves players in the clubhouse, was miked for a recent televised game, prompting backup catcher Eddie Perez to question the wisdom of such a move.

Jones losing time in quest for 100 RBIs
ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones doesn't want to be misconstrued. Yes, he thinks a proposed return to the infield could help stabilize the Atlanta Braves' inconsistent lineup.

All-or-nothing Braves win
ATLANTA - You couldn't rule out anything, not in a week in which bantam-sized second baseman Nick Green hit home runs in consecutive games, 45-year-old Julio Franco hit a grand slam and Mike Hessman went deep for the first time this season.

Jones losing time in quest for 100 RBIs

All-or-nothing Braves win

Braves take high school third baseman from Indiana
ATLANTA -- For the second straight year, the Atlanta Braves took a teenager with their first pick in the baseball draft, selecting high school third baseman Eric Campbell on Monday.

Braves take high school third baseman from Indiana

East Asia readies emergency measures to overcome oil supply concerns
MANILA, Philippines -- Facing runaway oil prices and security fears, East Asian officials meeting in Manila will make emergency plans that included creating oil reserves and finding alternative sources for their energy imports.

Business leaders confident about all but letting shareholders vote

Business briefs
NEW YORK - A federal judge has delayed the sentencing of Martha Stewart until next month, giving lawyers time to prepare legal papers aimed at winning her a new trial.

Proposal would end popular fixed-rate loan consolidation

MGM Mirage proposes merger with Mandalay Resort Group
LAS VEGAS -- Shares of Mandalay Resort Group soared more than 19 percent Monday on news MGM Mirage offered to buy the company for about $4.5 billion in a blockbuster deal that would merge two of the biggest gambling companies in the world.

Economic report moved up to Thursday

General Motors plans massive investment in China
SHANGHAI, China -- Signaling its confidence in the booming Chinese economy, General Motors Corp. said Monday it plans to spend $3 billion in China over the next three years in a challenge to rival Volkswagen for dominance of the world's fastest-growing auto market.

MGM Mirage proposes merger with Mandalay Resort Group

AP Poll: Younger Americans less likely to buy products made in this country

East Asia readies emergency measures to overcome oil supply concerns

Microsoft selling Windows at bargin prices in emerging markets

Alternative payment methods hurt check printers

Economic report moved up to Thursday
WASHINGTON -- The Labor Department will report on wholesale prices for May on Thursday, a day earlier than scheduled, because the government will now be closed on Friday.

Business briefs
LOST HOLIDAYS: As Americans, we do a pretty poor job when it comes to getting away from our work, according to an annual "Vacation Deprivation" survey.

AP Poll: Younger Americans less likely to buy products made in this country
WASHINGTON -- Fresh concerns about U.S. jobs being shipped overseas are not being turned into renewed public sentiment to buy American, an Associated Press poll found.

Maybe Bush could use some lessons from Fed in dealing with oil market

Proposal would end popular fixed-rate loan consolidation
For students with loans to pay off, times have never been better. And they may never be this good again.

Maybe Bush could use some lessons from Fed in dealing with oil market
NEW YORK -- Financial markets can be a game of nuance, one the Federal Reserve attempts to play with finesse by keeping investors guessing on its next move in interest rate policy.

Supermarkets shift to self-checkout lanes

Supermarkets shift to self-checkout lanes
WASHINGTON -- Supermarket checkout clerks are going the way of the bank teller - available if you want one, avoidable if you don't.

Microsoft selling Windows at bargin prices in emerging markets
BANGKOK, Thailand -- The long-running legal battles between Microsoft Corp. and governments in Europe and the United States make the company look like a partner in a bad marriage, ready to walk out and call the divorce lawyer.

Business briefs

Business leaders confident about all but letting shareholders vote
NEW YORK -- If corporate executives are still so confident of their leadership skills, maybe it's time they finally allowed shareholders to say whether they agree.

Groups debate effect of bill
A South Carolina telephone bill that needs only the governor's signature to become law will boost competition, buoy consumer choice and bring down phone rates. Or it could have exactly the opposite effect.

Groups debate effect of bill

Alternative payment methods hurt check printers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Consumers like Gretchen Schultz are the scourge of companies that print checks.

Auburn fires Renfroe
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn fired coach Steve Renfroe on Monday after the Tigers missed the Southeastern Conference tournament for the first time in eight years.

Auburn fires Renfroe

Trial date set for Miami recruit Williams

Trial date set for Miami recruit Williams
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A July 26 trial date has been set for Miami football recruit Willie Williams on a felony charge for setting off fire extinguishers at a hotel during a recruiting trip.

An economic disconnect
The adage that perception counts more than reality in the public mind is borne out by the latest polls on the economy. Economists report that statistically and data-wise, the economy is doing great.

History's pivotal day
Take the 20th century's 36,500-some-odd days. How many of them do you suppose you'd classify as "pivotal"?

U.S. must command

An economic disconnect

G-8 must be about progress

G-8 must be about progress
This week's three-day G-8 Summit at Sea Island, Ga., which begins today, may be a step forward toward a safer, more prosperous world.

U.S. must command
President Bush brushed aside claims that his administration was displeased with the Iraqi Governing Council's choice of powerful tribal leader Ghazi Mashal Ajil al-Yawar to head up the interim government that's to take charge of the country on June 30 until elections can be held next January.

People in the News
MEXICO CITY -- The director of "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" says he strived to be faithful to the books by J.K. Rowling as he crafted the third movie in the Harry Potter series.

David Hasselhoff arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated
LOS ANGELES -- David Hasselhoff was arrested over the weekend on suspicion on driving while intoxicated, police said Monday.

Having conquered the newsstand, Maxim magazine takes on radio
NEW YORK -- Can Maxim magazine keep its stranglehold on the young male libido without the benefit of pictures of scantily clad women?

Sarah Jessica Parker is fashion's favorite star
NEW YORK -- Sarah Jessica Parker was set to be toasted Monday night as this year's fashion icon at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards.

Items from Barbra Streisand's career up for auction to benefit charity
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Collectors took advantage of a rare opportunity Saturday when Barbra Streisand put hundreds of items from her films and personal life on auction to benefit several charities.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- As host of the 2004 Tony Awards, Hugh Jackman knows how to move a show along, whether on-camera or off.

Jennifer Lopez's exes are all smiles over her surprise wedding
NEW YORK -- Sean Combs, the self-proclaimed "bad boy for life," says Jennifer Lopez is his "girl for life," even after her surprise weekend wedding to Marc Anthony.

Reports: Jennifer Lopez marries Marc Anthony in Beverly Hills
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Jennifer Lopez reportedly married Marc Anthony in a small ceremony at her home, less than six months after she ended her high-profile engagement to Ben Affleck.

McDonald's sales growth continues, pace slows
OAK BROOK, Ill. -- McDonald's Corp. reported a 13th straight month of higher sales at its established restaurants worldwide, extending its recovery into a second year despite a modest slowing of its brisk sales growth.

Americans' credit cards rest a bit easier in April, but debt still rises
WASHINGTON -- Americans cooled off their credit cards in April, a factor in a slower rate of increase in borrowing for the month, the Federal Reserve reported Monday.

Auto incentives not going away anytime soon, industry observers say

June set to be another sideways month for investors

NYSE, Nasdaq to close Friday for Reagan's funeral

June set to be another sideways month for investors
NEW YORK -- June will be a long month for investors who are cranky about rising interest rates and skyrocketing oil prices.

NYSE, Nasdaq to close Friday for Reagan's funeral
NEW YORK -- The New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq Stock Market and American Stock Exchange will close Friday in observance of the national day of mourning for former President Reagan.

Many young workers shirk 401(k) participation

Wireless consumers unhappy with cell phone companies
NEW YORK -Your cell phone company knows you hate it. Mobile phone service was the second-lowest ranked industry - beating only cable providers among the 40 rated - in the University of Michigan's newest customer satisfaction index.

Wireless consumers unhappy with cell phone companies

Auto incentives not going away anytime soon, industry observers say
DETROIT -- Automakers offered record levels of discounts on new cars and trucks last month, lifting sales above most forecasts, and consumers are likely to find even better deals on some models in the next month or so, industry observers say.

Tokyo stocks surge, dollar lower against yen

Americans' credit cards rest a bit easier in April, but debt still rises

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

Many young workers shirk 401(k) participation
Tracy Yen's opinion of 401(k) plans soured when she was laid off from her first job and learned she hadn't been with the company long enough to keep the matching funds her employer had contributed to the plan.

Tokyo stocks surge, dollar lower against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks surged Monday as investors picked up exporter and high-technology issues after strong U.S. jobs data spurred a rise on Wall Street Friday. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Bullish investors push stocks higher; Dow up 145
NEW YORK -- Optmistic investors bid stocks sharply higher in light trading Monday, buoyed by the strength of the economy and even ignoring a slight rise in oil prices. The Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 140 points.

Fast start paces region title run
ATLANTA - One Georgia team is headed to the College World Series.

Fast start paces region title run

Errors add to losing skid
The GreenJackets' defense has been an enigma this season.

Jackets pushing to avoid sweep
The GreenJackets pulled to two games under .500 on Friday.

Real life is hard to compare with Slumberland

Ailing Bean withdraws from Champions Tour event
ADA, Mich. -- Second-round co-leader Andy Bean was taken to a hospital after he said he wasn't feeling well, forcing him to withdraw before his final round of the Farmers Charity Classic on Sunday.

Mickelson prevails at Exelon Invitational in sudden-death chip-off

Khan beats Casey on second playoff hole at Wales Open

Williams still has his touch

Thrice as nice

Nicklaus shoots 71 in possible farewell to tournament golf
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Jack Nicklaus wouldn't say it was his last competitive round - and he wouldn't say it wasn't.

Thorpe wins Farmers Charity Classic
ADA, Mich. -- Jim Thorpe finally won the Farmers Charity Classic title that had been so elusive.

Thorpe wins Farmers Charity Classic

Mickelson prevails at Exelon Invitational in sudden-death chip-off
AVONDALE, Pa. -- Masters champion Phil Mickelson won a sudden-death chip-off Monday in the sixth annual Exelon Invitational.

Nicklaus shoots 71 in possible farewell to tournament golf

The Big Easy presents a big challenge
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Tiger Woods might have been looking over his shoulder at the wrong guy.

The Big Easy presents a big challenge

Webb runs away from the field for five-stroke win
AURORA, Ill. -- This was the Karrie Webb of old.

Big Easy grinds out a Memorial victory
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Ernie Els always wanted to win Jack Nicklaus' tournament. He made sure no one else had a chance Sunday at the Memorial, taking only 11 putts over the final nine holes for a 6-under 66 and a four-shot victory.

Ailing Bean withdraws from Champions Tour event

Williams still has his touch
Danny Williams has won so many amateur tournaments that they've started to run together in his mind. He's also lost track of the number, though it's more than 100.

Big Easy grinds out a Memorial victory

Khan beats Casey on second playoff hole at Wales Open
NEWPORT, Wales -- England's Simon Khan made a 3-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole Sunday to beat countryman Paul Casey and win the Wales Open.

Webb runs away from the field for five-stroke win

Thrice as nice
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - A four-day practice session at Sea Island Golf Club turned into a slumber party, not surprising considering this Curtis Cup team is the youngest in history.

Jackets pushing to avoid sweep

Errors add to losing skid

Is Game 7 the NHL's last game for foreseeable future?
TAMPA, Fla. -- Finally, after a six-month season and two more months of exhausting and totally unpredictable playoffs, the NHL entered Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals Monday night not knowing what next season holds.

Anybody's game? Home ice is big advantage in Game 7

Lightning strike at home to claim title
TAMPA, Fla. - No, Canada.

Anybody's game? Home ice is big advantage in Game 7
TAMPA, Fla. -- In Game 7 of a Stanley Cup finals, anything can happen. A winner emerges from the opportunistic bounce of a puck, a loser spends years replaying mistakes that occur in a millisecond yet alter the outcome of an entire season.

Is Game 7 the NHL's last game for foreseeable future?

Film holds long-forgotten moments
One of the more useful parenting tips I've learned is that the best time to clean up a child's room is when he's away visiting his grandmother.

Woman's body identified
Authorities have confirmed that the body of a woman found severely burned Sunday is that of Shanequa Carpenter, officials said this afternoon.

South Carolinians pick election candidates
South Carolina voters went to the polls Tuesday to narrow the field of candidates for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, as five candidates hoped for a runoff spot against the expected front-runner, former Gov. David Beasley.

Severe thunderstorm warning
The National Weather Service in Columbia, S.C. has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Aiken County and Central South Carolina lasting until 8:15 p.m.

Fort Discovery is valuable resource

Black phone directory is racist
How can we possibly teach our kids the tenets of judging character and not judging skin color when we have the next in-your-face affront in the form of The Black Pages detracting from our message? Andrew Aiken Evans

Carlton would make fine coroner
My vote will be for Tim Carl-ton for Aiken County coroner. I work at Kennedy Middle School, where every year we have six-week mini courses. One period a day each week, the principal invites people from the community to share their careers from hair and nail care to taxidermy. Deborah White Aiken, S.C.

Black phone directory is racist

Is Kerry really a responsible politician?

Don't fret over new military retirement

Commission needs to follow suggestions
There is a negative perception among some of our citizens and outsiders that our city leaders are incompetent, arrogant, intolerant, opinionated, self-centered, micromanaging power-seekers. The list goes on and on. Tracy E. Williams Jr. Augusta

Fort Discovery is valuable resource
The announcement that the governor is going to hold on to the funds that were approved by the Georgia General Assembly to help Fort Discovery continue to operate came as a shock to me, because I thought the mandates given to our schools would be funded. I guess I am naive. Dick Donnelly, Evans

Don't fret over new military retirement
On June 3, The Augusta Chronicle had a news article telling readers that many of our military members serving today would not be allowed to retire at their 20-year mark. Others would have their tour of duty extended beyond their normal commitment. I thought I could do a service by telling everyone this is nothing new. Charles F. Hafey, Augusta

Death toll in Iraq is small next to D-Day
In the wake of Memorial Day, as disturbing as it is to remember, I feel this comparison is necessary. Bill Rogers, Hephzibah

Is Kerry really a responsible politician?
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry said in a speech at Phoenix last month, "The buck stops here. I will take responsibility for what I do." David G. Brown, Augusta

Death toll in Iraq is small next to D-Day

Seniors calendar

Apple launches wireless hardware for PCs, Macs

Kazakhstan has space dreams

Some try trading 'hot air' to buy time on climate

Drones pressed into search at leakiest border stretch

Venus to cross face of sun - first time in 122 years

Car wash workers must deal with bugs, tar, rain, customers

Pioneering community has mixed results with solar power

'Transformers' make modern comeback in Atari game

Google mail's flexible features outweigh privacy concerns

Researchers unexpectedly find toxins in polar bears, Arctic seagulls

Your wireless text messages could show up in court
DENVER -- A few hours after NBA star Kobe Bryant had sex with a Vail-area hotel worker last summer, the woman exchanged cell phone text messages with a former boyfriend and someone else.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Drones pressed into search at leakiest border stretch
PAPAGO FARMS, Ariz. -- A rusty barbed wire fence is all that separates the United States from Mexico in this stark, dusty area of the southern Arizona desert.

Researchers unexpectedly find toxins in polar bears, Arctic seagulls
OSLO, Norway -- Researchers have found the man-made toxin deca-BDE in the polar bears and sea gulls, a sign the flame-retardant chemical normally used in televisions and plastic toys has found its way to the Arctic and its food chain.

'Transformers' make modern comeback in Atari game
The "Transformers," that race of gigantic, shape-shifting robots who turned into cars, airplanes and tanks, have returned in a new Atari game that will rekindle the nostalgia of 20-somethings who loved the toys in the 1980s.

Some try trading 'hot air' to buy time on climate
Buyers, sellers, brokers and lawyers, even "specialists in carbon asset creation management," convene Wednesday on the banks of the Rhine to launch a new business for a worried world.

Car wash workers must deal with bugs, tar, rain, customers
In a culture as obsessed with cars as it is with youth, the car wash ranks right up there with the gas station and the mechanic in the American psyche.

Venus to cross face of sun - first time in 122 years
NEW YORK -- Ben Franklin watched it. Sousa named a march after it. Crowds jammed the sidewalks of New York to see it in 1882. But nobody alive today has ever seen the silhouette of Venus crawl across the face of the sun.

Kazakhstan has space dreams
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan -- The Russians who run this Soviet-built cosmodrome, which launched the first man into space, once ridiculed the local Kazakhs as not fit to join in their ascents to the heavens.

Google mail's flexible features outweigh privacy concerns
Google Inc.'s free e-mail service has been derided as an obnoxious privacy invasion that will suck up vast amounts of user data and deposit information into a massive database that never disappears.

Pioneering community has mixed results with solar power
GARDNER, Mass. -- This old mill city built prosperity from the force of its waterways. So there was a legacy of renewable energy when the local electrical utility sought to thrust Gardner into the age of inexhaustible sun power, ahead of everyone.

Apple launches wireless hardware for PCs, Macs
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Apple Computer Inc. broadened its support of Windows-based computers Monday, introducing a new wireless access device designed to work with computers running either Mac OS X or Microsoft Corp.'s operating system.

Carter expresses grief over loss of former president

Missing woman's body found
Shanequa Carpenter left her Barclay Street home Friday afternoon to buy diapers and groceries.

Five questions with
Judy McMinn, Richmond County sheriff's Lieutenant in charge of the records division, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area
An Augusta Commission committee postponed approving a contract Monday with Florida-based G.A. Food Service Inc. for food services at four senior nutrition sites operated by the city.

Coroner's race takes spotlight
AIKEN - When it comes to voter interest in South Carolina's primaries, apply the wag-the-dog rule in Aiken County.

Defense wants judge to question jurors about sheriff

Charity work helps narrow culture gap
The volunteers discussed soccer and baseball while preparing a midday meal of chicken, rice, greens and bread for the Master's Table Soup Kitchen.

Domestic assault squad is sought
AIKEN - Dwayne Courtney could scarcely believe the number of incident reports on criminal domestic violence that ended up on his desk every day when he took the job of chief deputy at the Aiken County Sheriff's Office last year.

Work in Iraq earns honors for battalion
GRANITEVILLE - On the 60th anniversary of that stormy dawn when Allied troops surged through the killing boom of surf, bullets and shells on the beaches of Normandy, the citizen-soldiers of Charlie Company lined up to accept the medals and ribbons of a grateful state and nation for service in another war in another faraway place.

Senate primary may see runoff
AIKEN - In Southern politics, the primary runoff is often the bane of the front-runner and the last, best hope for a come-from-behind challenger.

Firefighters find burned corpse
The burned body of a woman was found Sunday afternoon lying in a wooded area of a south Augusta subdivision, police said.

Program may aid older drivers
Just as their 16-year-old grandchildren do, senior citizens tend to see car keys as unlocking more than just their Hondas or Toyotas.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - Protesters gathered to plead for the closure of a Columbus club where a Fort Benning soldier was killed.

The week ahead

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - A jewelry store owner wasn't about to let a thief get away with three diamond rings, police said.

Across the southeast

Across the area
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who robbed a Hephzibah convenience store at gunpoint Sunday.

Investigation finds no wrongdoing in Orangeburg sheriff's office
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- The State Law Enforcement Division investigation initiated by Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams into his own agency found "nothing of a criminal nature," a prosecutor says.

Sunday with mom
Becky Godbee (left) kisses her son, Liam, 11 months, at Lake Olmstead. The mother and son were with Mrs. Godbee's husband, Bill, who was working with the Richmond County Dive Team in the Augusta Canal.

Coastal Georgia under heavy guard as world leaders set to arrive

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - Former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms was in a hospital Saturday after having a gallstone removed but was doing fine, aides say.

Recycler slips past new ban
Augusta took aim on junkyards and salvage centers Monday and moved to issue a moratorium on licensing them, but it was too late to stop one recycler who has set up shop in a controversial area.

The week ahead
Five years ago, I was living in the small city of Bellingham, Wash., about 90 miles up the coast from Seattle, where the World Trade Organization was holding its well-publicized conference. It's interesting because I don't remember any of the dignitaries who attended, nor do I remember any of the issues discussed.

Officials suggest change for alternative schools
AIKEN - Like a toy soldier with a warped mainspring, Aiken County's alternative school system for troubled pupils is so out of sync that many offenses draw different penalties at different schools.

Rants and Raves
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Around town
Samantha Johnson, of the Augusta Mini Theatre, plays Mariah in a performance of The Johnny Williams Story. The show was put on Monday for young people participating in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church's Leadership School, which continues this week at Paine College.

Woman's body identified

Around town

Old fight results in mistrial for teens accused of drag racing

Fairs reveal hidden hazards

Fairs reveal hidden hazards
She kept a wary eye on it for a long time, but high blood pressure still managed to creep up on Virginia Nicholson.

Greene County hospital to close next month

Savannah's tourism trade taking backseat to summit

Seven's a crowd? Professional backgrounds distinguish 6th District candidates

One dead in Georgia plane crash

South Carolinians pick election candidates

Missing woman's body found

Investigation finds no wrongdoing in Orangeburg sheriff's office

Man testifies brother charged in crime spree is "not a monster"
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Chadrick Fulks is "not a monster," the accused kidnapper's oldest brother testified after he cursed at a prosecutor and forced a short break in the death penalty trial.

Rants and raves
SOMEBODY FINALLY WISED up about this outside graduation bit. If Jeff Padgett would stop hanging under Larke's coattails so close and do his job on the school board, we wouldn't have had this fiasco in the first place.

Coastal churches pray for safety, peace as G-8 approaches

Relaunch of Cabbage Patch Kids banking on retro toy craze

Firefighters find burned corpse

Divers search canal for signs of erosion
Sunday's boating excursion along the Augusta Canal was no pleasure cruise.

Man testifies brother charged in crime spree is "not a monster"

Coroner's race takes spotlight

Across Georgia

Store owner thwarts jewel heist
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A North Carolina man picked the wrong jewelry store to rob.

Kid of the day

Divers search canal for signs of erosion

Economy takes front seat among voters for election

Turnover is common with college leaders

News you can use

Across the area

Group disputes delegation rule
Richmond County lawmakers met Monday in Augusta for what could be the shortest delegation meeting on record after a disagreement erupted on procedure.

Couple brings relief to needy
For the 12th year in a row, Lonnie and Louise Davis will be on call this summer for disasters, their plans at the mercy of Mother Nature but focused on a mission of helping others.

Court date set in case of fraud
Former state representative Robin Williams and four others accused of stealing millions from Augusta's mental health center will make their first court appearance next week.

Turnover is common with college leaders
Before she resigned from the University of Georgia, Kathryn Costello's academic ride chugged through six universities during a roughly 30-year span.

Sea Island: Ritzy yet rugged resort has pre-G-8 history with Bush family

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Kanesha Moody, 12, of Augusta.

Couple brings relief to needy

Historic courthouse to become county museum
KNOXVILLE, Ga. -- For years, the old Crawford County Courthouse sat dormant, covered by layers of sheetrock, spackle and paint hiding its 153-year-old brick facade.

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Sea Island: Ritzy yet rugged resort has pre-G-8 history with Bush family
SEA ISLAND, Ga. -- Offering absolute security with its natural moat of dense marsh and ocean, this ritzy-yet-rugged resort on the Georgia coast will play host to President Bush and fellow world leaders during next week's G-8 summit.

Historic courthouse to become county museum

Savannah's tourism trade taking backseat to summit
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The city's $1 billion tourism industry is taking a hit this week as the G-8 Summit appears to be keeping away the area's traditional visitors.

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Relaunch of Cabbage Patch Kids banking on retro toy craze
CLEVELAND, Ga. -- To find out whether Cabbage Patch Kids can make a comeback more than 20 years after their heyday, there's no better place to start than the town where those chubby-faced dolls never went out of style.

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Carter expresses grief over loss of former president
PLAINS, Ga. -- Former President Jimmy Carter said Sunday he joins the rest of the nation in mourning the loss of former President Ronald Reagan, the man who defeated him in the 1980 presidential election.

Business leaders will get to give input on budget
The Augusta Commission is turning to the city's business community for a little help with its budget.

Coastal churches pray for safety, peace as G-8 approaches
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- With a military helicopter whirring overhead and state troopers parked outside, members of St. Simons United Methodist Church prayed Sunday for safety and wisdom for the world leaders gathering a few miles away this week for the G-8 summit.

Kid of the day

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Rants and raves
SOMEBODY FINALLY WISED up about this outside graduation bit. If Jeff Padgett would stop hanging under Larke's coattails so close and do his job on the school board, we wouldn't have had this fiasco in the first place.

Senate primary may see runoff

Court date set in case of fraud

Teens to be tried as juveniles in sex case

Teens to be tried as juveniles in sex case
The district attorney has opted not to prosecute three Columbia County teenagers as adults on child-molestation charges.

Activists slow to arrive for summit
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Police and military far outnumbered activists Monday as a smattering of protesters turned out in Brunswick and Savannah on the eve of the Group of Eight Summit on Sea Island.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Darius Broadwater, 4, of North Augusta.

Seven's a crowd? Professional backgrounds distinguish 6th District candidates
WASHINGTON -- At first glance, the seven candidates jostling to represent suburban Atlanta's 6th congressional district seem to lack much variety. All are conservative Republicans, six live in the same county, five the same city, and four are state legislators.

Economy takes front seat among voters for election
WARRENVILLE - Julian Johnson ambled slowly along the fresh-vegetable aisle at Gurley's Super Market on Monday, carefully shopping for discounts.

Coastal Georgia under heavy guard as world leaders set to arrive
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- The coastal area including the site of this week's G-8 Summit has quickly been transformed from a series of quaint tourist towns and islands to more like a military installation.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court has tossed out a state law making it illegal for motorists to have heavily tinted windows on their cars.

Old fight results in mistrial for teens accused of drag racing
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A decade-old fight resulted in a mistrial in the case of two teens accused of drag racing and causing the death of a 17 year old.

Across South Carolina
ST. STEPHEN - A St. Stephen couple are suing a cellular phone company, saying a tower it has built threatens the man's pacemaker.

House returns home, but questions about racism linger
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation is no longer involved in a controversial project to restore the historic T.R.R. Cobb House, which returned to the Classic City last week.

Father might face trial soon in deaths
AIKEN - The trial of a man charged in a 2002 car crash that killed his three sons could begin the day after Father's Day.

Greene County hospital to close next month
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- The Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital will close next month, causing 70 staffers to lose their jobs and taxpayers to foot $4 million in debt.

News you can use
JUNE 8, 1961 New Ellenton Police Chief T.L. Meeks was shot to death Wednesday in an attempt to end a fracas between a husband and wife.

One dead in Georgia plane crash
DALLAS, Ga. -- An ultralight aircraft crashed in a subdivision west of Atlanta Saturday, killing one man and seriously injuring his son, officials said.

Recycler slips past new ban

Defense wants judge to question jurors about sheriff
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Dorchester County Sheriff Ray Nash's pledge to be at a murder trial Tuesday instead of the polls has the defense lawyer in the case wanting the judge to ask potential jurors who they support in the election.

Program may aid older drivers

Work in Iraq earns honors for battalion

Across South Carolina

Real life is hard to compare with Slumberland
Why do we dream, and why do we dream what we dream? I had a strange one the other night, and it still puzzles me.

Daniel Radcliffe has more than a little Harry Potter inside

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

'Harry Potter' repeats box-office magic with $92.6 million debut
LOS ANGELES -- The boy wizard has worked his biggest box-office spell to date.

Behind the mask lurks a gentle giant
NORTHEAST HARBOR, Maine -- Gunnar Hansen's blood-spattered past is old news to most folks in this genteel village at the edge of Acadia National Park, but it still resonates with children at the elementary school near his home.

'Harry Potter' repeats box-office magic with $92.6 million debut

Daniel Radcliffe has more than a little Harry Potter inside
NEW YORK -- Daniel Radcliffe doesn't need any hocus-pocus to transform himself into a normal teen: The "Harry Potter" actor simply takes off the boy wizard's signature glasses and dons a baseball cap.

Card lets younger teens into R-rated movies
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Still weeks shy of her 16th birthday, Sydni Norris caught the R-rated war epic "Troy" on the big screen last month while her parents stayed home.

Schwarzenegger plays bawdy royal in 'Around the World in 80 Days' cameo
LOS ANGELES -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger portrays royalty in his latest film role, but the character is no Prince Charming - he's the sultan of swingers.

Card lets younger teens into R-rated movies

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Behind the mask lurks a gentle giant

A different kind of jazz star invades the States

Simon & Garfunkel heading out on the road again

Julie Roberts moves from label secretary to label darling
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Julie Roberts is great at keeping secrets. The country singer, whose debut single, "Break Down Here," is rising on the charts, kept her musical aspirations quiet for more than a year - even while she worked as a secretary for Luke Lewis, the chairman of Universal Music Group Nashville.

Sound Bites: Music Review
Selected audio review from the Associated Press:

Julie Roberts moves from label secretary to label darling

A love letter set to music
Everyone has a special song buried somewhere in their memory. For Smithsonian magazine's Neil Amdur, and he suspects for a lot of others in his generation, a doo-wop ballad that a 19-year-old soldier wrote to his sweetheart while standing guard duty on a starry fall night still shimmers like the eternal first love. As its author would agree. "There were other nights that we spent together," says Fred Parris, "but there's only one first time."

A different kind of jazz star invades the States
NEW YORK -- MTV rarely covers jazz, but Jamie Cullum is a different story.

A love letter set to music

Simon & Garfunkel heading out on the road again
NEW YORK -- Fans couldn't help but be curious last fall when Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel strode onstage to open their reunion concerts with the song "Old Friends."

Sound Bites: Music Review

With noise and glamour, Shanghai inaugurates Formula One track

Biffle wins rain-delayed Busch race at Dover
DOVER, Del. -- Greg Biffle took the lead for the first time with 21 miles to go and then drove away from the field to win the rain-delayed NASCAR Busch series race Monday at Dover International Speedway.

Martin slays a Monster

With noise and glamour, Shanghai inaugurates Formula One track
SHANGHAI, China -- Shanghai inaugurated its Formula One circuit Sunday, marking international auto racing's arrival in China and a milestone in the nation's rise as an international sports venue.

Martin slays a Monster
DOVER, Del.- Mark Martin had old tires for a final 10-lap sprint at the Dover International Speedway; Tony Stewart had new tires. But Martin said the finish wasn't about tires - it was about determination.

State funerals bound by rules, history, judgment
WASHINGTON -- Ronald Reagan will be memorialized at the first presidential state funeral in more than three decades, a ritual rich in traditions from the country's earliest days.

State funerals bound by rules, history, judgment

Lakers feeling relaxed after defeat in Game 1
LOS ANGELES - Leave it to the Lakers to make light of a loss.

Pistons shock Lakers
LOS ANGELES -- Forget about the NBA Finals being a mismatch or a walkover.

Pistons shock Lakers

Milicic kills time on Pistons bench

Lakers feeling relaxed after defeat in Game 1

Milicic kills time on Pistons bench
LOS ANGELES -- He got his ears pierced last month, and dyed his hair blond twice this season.

Three Minnesota Vikings players arrested after fight outside bar

Steelers sign Maddox to contract extension

For now, it's 'The Bachelor' at quarterback for the Giants

Panthers give son of NFL Hall of Famer DeLamielleure a workout

Less-patient Parcells expects more from Cowboys

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Garcia takes surprising lead at U.S. diving trials

Pedro headed to fourth Olympics
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jimmy Pedro earned a spot on his fourth Olympic team by winning the 73-kilogram division at the U.S. judo trials.

Road to Athens not an easy one for gymnasts

Olympic torch catches a ride in Tokyo
TOKYO -- Japanese cycling champion Koichi Nakano rode the Olympic flame over the Rainbow Bridge on Sunday with the torch strapped to the back of his bicycle.

Athens mayor says city preparations on track for Summer Games
WASHINGTON -- Athens mayor Dora Bakoyannis said Monday the city's $8.5 billion preparations for the Summer Olympics are on track, and he expressed confidence that security measures can deter a potential terrorist attack.

Road to Athens not an easy one for gymnasts
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Now comes the hard part.

Olympic volleyball champ to compete under new name
ATHENS, Greece -- Olympic volleyball champion Serbia-Montenegro will face Poland when it begins defense of its men's title under the country's new name.

Rogge questions Jones' relationships
LONDON -- IOC president Jacques Rogge said Marion Jones showed poor judgment in becoming involved with people linked to doping scandals.

Zagunis gets Olympic berth after Nigerians decline
American Mariel Zagunis, one of the top 10 women's saber fencers in the world, will compete in the Athens Olympics after the Nigerian Olympic Committee declined to have its fencer participate in the competition.

Opening ceremony is a secret of Olympic proportions

Garcia takes surprising lead at U.S. diving trials
ST. PETERS, Mo. -- Caesar Garcia took the lead with his second dive from the 10-meter platform and held it after the semifinals of the U.S. Olympic diving trials Monday.

Lopez earns spot on second Olympic team
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Steven Lopez and Nia Abdallah qualified for the Athens Olympics with victories at the U.S. taekwondo trials.

Rogge questions Jones' relationships

Opening ceremony is a secret of Olympic proportions
ATHENS, Greece -- Shhhh! Athens has a secret. As organizers hustle to get everything ready for the opening festivities of the Aug. 13-29 Olympics, they are also going to extremes to keep details of the ceremony a mystery. In a country known for having the gift for gab this is no small feat. But there are clues the ceremony will celebrate Greece and its heritage.

Lopez earns spot on second Olympic team

Sixth Grand Slam doubles title for Ruano Pascual-Suarez

Stage fright overwhelms women at Roland Garros

Overtime

Taylor, Hendrix can't qualify

Smarty Jones still Philly's champ despite failed Triple Crown bid

Clijsters out of Wimbledon

De La Hoya escapes to fight another day, and Hopkins awaits

Sixth Grand Slam doubles title for Ruano Pascual-Suarez
PARIS -- Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suarez won their sixth Grand Slam doubles title and their third in a row Sunday at the French Open. The top-seeded team beat Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Likhovtseva 6-0, 6-3.

Taylor, Hendrix can't qualify
SUMMIT, N.J. - Two area residents came up short in their attempt to qualify for next week's U.S. Open.

Smarty Jones still Philly's champ despite failed Triple Crown bid
BENSALEM, Pa. -- Just when Philadelphia thought it had a long-awaited champion, Smarty Jones failed to bring home horse racing's most elusive prize.

Gaudio beats Coria for first Slam
PARIS -- Even one point from defeat, Gaston Gaudio just kept telling himself to enjoy the moment, to cherish the chance to play in a French Open final.

Clijsters out of Wimbledon
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Kim Clijsters pulled out of Wimbledon on Monday because of a wrist injury that already forced the Belgian star to miss the French Open.

Stage fright overwhelms women at Roland Garros
PARIS -- The women's results are in from the French Open: Jitters won out, and fans were the loser.

Overtime
Four Augusta area lifters excelled in the WNPF USA "Drug Free" Powerlifting Championships.

De La Hoya escapes to fight another day, and Hopkins awaits
LAS VEGAS -- Oscar De La Hoya was sore, discouraged and uncharacteristically subdued. An unknown German had nearly beaten him in his middleweight debut, and now De La Hoya was trying to explain what had gone wrong.

Three Minnesota Vikings players arrested after fight outside bar
MINNEAPOLIS -- Three Minnesota Vikings players were arrested after a fight outside a downtown Minneapolis bar early Sunday.

Steelers sign Maddox to contract extension
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox agreed to terms of a one-year contract extension, signing with the team through 2007.

Less-patient Parcells expects more from Cowboys
IRVING, Texas -- Bill Parcells isn't going to be as patient in his second season with the Dallas Cowboys.

Panthers give son of NFL Hall of Famer DeLamielleure a workout
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Todd DeLamielleure said he's normally a timid about approaching someone he doesn't know.

For now, it's 'The Bachelor' at quarterback for the Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The No. 1 pick in the draft and the guy with two MVP trophies and a Super Bowl ring stood in the back when the New York Giants offense began its drills at minicamp Monday.

Stronger-looking pope appears to thrive on youthful Swiss enthusiasm
BERN, Switzerland -- A stronger-looking Pope John Paul II, appearing to thrive on the enthusiasm of young Swiss Roman Catholics, joined 70,000 people Sunday in celebrating his first open-air Mass abroad in nine months.

Live telecast takes viewers to the Titanic's watery grave
NEW YORK -- If a penny saved is a penny earned, on Monday you can earn yourself a cool $30,000.

ABC tries personnel changes to reinvigorate newsmagazines

Bats and bling on tap at the MTV Movie Awards

ABC tries personnel changes to reinvigorate newsmagazines

Tony bounces back on 'The Sopranos' finale

ABC tries personnel changes to reinvigorate newsmagazines
NEW YORK -- If she weren't running one, Shelley Ross doubts she'd watch many television newsmagazines.

Eminem rear-baring performance removed from MTV Awards

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Networks plot coverage plans for Reagan funeral and other ceremonies
NEW YORK -- Television networks planned extensive coverage this week of former President Ronald Reagan's funerals and other ceremonies leading to his burial.

Thurman, Barrymore grab honors at irreverent MTV Movie Awards

Eminem rear-baring performance removed from MTV Awards
LOS ANGELES -- Eminem's moon has been eclipsed. MTV plans to cut a shot of the rapper exposing his rear end to the audience at the 2004 Movie Awards when the show is broadcast Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT, a network representative confirmed.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
You are hereby summoned to consider the verdict of "The Jury," a new drama premiering with back-to-back episodes at 8 p.m. Tuesday on FOX (WFXG-TV, Channel 54).

ABC tries personnel changes to reinvigorate newsmagazines
NEW YORK -- If she weren't running one, Shelley Ross doubts she'd watch many television newsmagazines.

Mark Cuban gives sneak peek of 'The Benefactor'
DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's Blogmaverick.com Web site gives a sneak peek of "The Benefactor," the reality show in which one lucky contestant will win $1 million from Cuban.

Tony bounces back on 'The Sopranos' finale
NEW YORK -- Tony caught a break when the Feds caught his foe, mobster Johnny Sack.

Thurman, Barrymore grab honors at irreverent MTV Movie Awards
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- The 2004 MTV Movie Awards turned into "ladies night" on Saturday, as women who kicked butt and made jokes took away most of the top awards.

Networks plot coverage plans for Reagan funeral and other ceremonies

Live telecast takes viewers to the Titanic's watery grave

Bats and bling on tap at the MTV Movie Awards
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- The fire-breathing metallic bat made the pretend Paris Hilton and substitute Snoop Dogg visibly nervous.

Reports: Jennifer Lopez marries Marc Anthony in Beverly Hills

David Hasselhoff arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated

People in the News

People in the News

Jennifer Lopez's exes are all smiles over her surprise wedding

Diamond Dogs rally for win over Clemson
ATHENS, Ga. -- Clint Sammons' 10th-inning homer, made possible by some ninth-inning magic inspired in turn by their coach's dramatic ejection, lifted the Georgia Bulldogs to a dramatic come-from-behind 7-6 victory over Clemson in the NCAA Regional finals Sunday.

Fighting for the same thing
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech and Georgia have always had a hate-hate relationship.

Diamond Dogs rally for win over Clemson

Gamecocks keep repeating
COLUMBIA - Chad Blackwell's emergence from the South Carolina bullpen has meant good things for the Gamecocks far more than its meant bad ones this season.

South Carolina's Powell goes in first round
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Finally, the major league baseball draft went Landon Powell's way.

Gamecocks keep repeating

South Carolina's Powell goes in first round

Graduation
Representing four generations of Lincoln County High School graduates, Michelle Matthews Moss (mother of Macy and member of Class of 1982), Macy Michelle Moss (Class of 2004), Myrtle Smalley Flint (mother of Louise and member of Class of 1939), and Louise Flint Matthews (mother of Michelle and member of Class of 1961) gather after ceremonies May 21.

Graduation

Too many teenagers faking their behavioral disorders
As methods for treating attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder have received more media attention, it seems there's been an "epidemic" of these problems at schools.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

My style
THE FACTS: Ashley Smalley, 15, a rising junior at T.W. Josey High School

Question of the week

More boys are delving into grooming care
It starts out with the stroke of an ice cube and progresses to a cocoa-butter mixture applied to his face. At the end of an hour, however, it is just another way to look his best, said Terrence Jackson, 18.

Question of the week
Is it easier to lie or to tell the truth?

Students try hands at 3-D art
What is art? Students in the three-dimensional art class at Aquinas High School don't have the answer quite yet, but it took creativity, patience and steady hands to complete their final projects.

My style

More boys are delving into grooming care

Too many teenagers faking their behavioral disorders

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Girl who made mistake needs mother as ally

Girl who made mistake needs mother as ally
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: I lost my virginity about a week ago, and I'm scared to tell my mom. I need help on how to tell her.

Odds and Ends

Diet: What Would Jesus Eat?