Creative Tony campaign paid off for 'Avenue Q'

Behind the scenes at the Tonys

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.

Creative Tony campaign paid off for 'Avenue Q'
NEW YORK -- Could the unexpected Tony Awards victory of "Avenue Q," which actively if playfully wooed voters, mean more creative politicking for Broadway's highest honors next year?

Diamondbacks top Orioles
BALTIMORE -- Randy Johnson won his fifth straight start, limiting the Baltimore Orioles to three hits over seven innings in leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to an 8-1 victory Tuesday night.

Closed story: Hawkins not feeling pressure in new role

Yankees crack Rockies

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.

Lots of familiar names called on draft's first day

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.

Jeter held out of Yankees' lineup as precaution, should return Wednesday
NEW YORK -- Shortstop Derek Jeter was out of the Yankees' lineup for the third game in a row Tuesday night, missing New York's game against the Colorado Rockies because of his strained groin.

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.

Jeter held out of Yankees' lineup as precaution, should return Wednesday

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

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

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.

Yankees crack Rockies
NEW YORK -- Javier Vazquez won his fourth straight start, pitching into the eighth inning to lead the New York Yankees past Colorado 2-1 Tuesday night in the Rockies' first visit to Yankee Stadium.

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.

Blue Jays make a series of roster moves
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays put slugger Carlos Delgado on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a strained right rib cage, making the move retroactive to May 30.

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.

Royals' duo sore after collision
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ken Harvey, the major leagues' leading hitter, was sore from his right shoulder to his right ankle Tuesday but expected to miss only one game after his collision with Kansas City teammate Jason Grimsley.

Local players receive the call
COLUMBIA - Go figure.

Blue Jays make a series of roster moves

St. Louis waiting for Pujols

Rangers put Powell on DL, activate Brocail

Local players receive the call

Royals' duo sore after collision

Giants crush Rockies

Diamondbacks top Orioles

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.

European elections bring out quirky candidates
ROME -- Europeans are enjoying a chuckle as the usually staid European Parliament heads into an election with candidates ranging from a soccer star and a supermodel to a porn star who campaigns in risque outfits.

Odds and Ends
PARKER CITY, Ind. -- A town marshal who was trying to quit smoking got some unexpected tough love from the Town Council - a one-day suspension for violating a no-smoking ordinance.

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.

Tampa Tribune mistakenly runs wrong editorial
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Tribune apologized to readers and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday after mistakenly running an editorial saying the hockey team had lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Jones losing time in quest for 100 RBIs

Braves declaw Tigers after 10 innings

Big shot

Braves declaw Tigers after 10 innings
DETROIT -- Danny Patterson's throwing error allowed Mark De Rosa to score the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Tigers 4-3 victory Tuesday night in their first visit to Detroit.

Error gives Braves win over Tigers
DETROIT - Atlanta manager Bobby Cox doesn't want to admit it, but there's something special about interleague play for the Braves.

DH duty helps Chipper heal

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.

DH duty helps Chipper heal
DETROIT - Chipper Jones has been the Atlanta Braves' designated hitter a handful of times since baseball instituted interleague play in 1997.

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.

Error gives Braves win over Tigers

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.

Braves take high school third baseman from Indiana

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.

Groups debate effect of bill

Post Office to use FedEx for priority international service
WASHINGTON -- The post office will be sending its international express mail via Federal Express.

Business briefs
Richmond Community Federal Union, formerly Gracewood Federal Credit Union, announced Tuesday that it has been approved for a community charter by the National Credit Union Administration.

Hotel report shows gains
Area hotels and motels probably made more money during Masters Week this year than the last, which was wracked by bad weather, a downturn in tourism and Martha Burk.

Group sues cell phone companies for "locking" handsets

Natural gas stocks adequate, but prices expected to stay high
WASHINGTON -- While there is plenty of natural gas in storage, growing demand this summer will keep prices high, industry leaders predicted Tuesday.

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.

MGM Mirage proposes merger with Mandalay Resort Group

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.

Proposal would end popular fixed-rate loan consolidation

Natural gas stocks adequate, but prices expected to stay high

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.

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.

Group sues cell phone companies for "locking" handsets
LOS ANGELES -- A consumer watchdog group is suing three cell phone companies for "locking" their phones to make it harder for customers to switch carriers.

Giant infomercial shouts city's worth for summit

Greenspan says Fed will do what it can to keep prices stable
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan suggested Tuesday that Fed policy-makers can boost now super-low interest rates gradually, but he didn't rule out more aggressive action to keep inflation at bay.

Hotel report shows gains

East Asia readies emergency measures to overcome oil supply concerns

Giant infomercial shouts city's worth for summit
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Even if journalists arriving for the G-8 Summit disregard the piles of press releases and e-mails promoting Savannah, it's tough to ignore a 30-by-50-foot infomercial projected onto the side of a building.

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.

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.

Economic report moved up to Thursday

Post Office to use FedEx for priority international service

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

Greenspan says Fed will do what it can to keep prices stable

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.

Auburn fires Renfroe

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.

Florida State coach hopes to turn tables on Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK -- Florida State coach Mike Martin maintains a good sense of humor about having to face red-hot Arkansas in Fayetteville this weekend for the right to go to the College World Series.

Florida State coach hopes to turn tables on Arkansas

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.

Rose Bowl, college football await revamped BCS plan

Rose Bowl, college football await revamped BCS plan
Rose Bowl officials don't want to give up their prestigious status and traditional ties to the Pac-10 and Big Ten to be part of the Bowl Championship Series.

Trial date set for Miami recruit Williams

Teen's on par with anyone

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.

Not-so-dumb presidents

An economic disconnect

Not-so-dumb presidents
As Americans commemorate the passing of the nation's 40th president, only good things about Ronald Reagan are being recalled - his sterling character, his leadership, his courage, his steadfastness, his remarkable achievements.

Spend wisely on schools
Fewer things are riskier than investing in an idea.

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.

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.

People in the News
MIAMI -- He won't exactly be flipping burgers, but Magic Johnson is definitely in the business.

Marc Anthony won't say whether he married Jennifer Lopez
NEW YORK -- Saying his personal life is off-limits, singer Marc Anthony refused to confirm Tuesday whether he's married to Jennifer Lopez.

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.

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.

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?

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

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.

SEC suspends trading in 26 companies, cites failure to file reports

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tokyo stocks surge, dollar lower against yen

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.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

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.

SEC suspends trading in 26 companies, cites failure to file reports
WASHINGTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission suspended trading Tuesday in shares of 26 small companies for two weeks because they failed to file required periodic financial reports.

Tokyo stocks close higher, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks edged higher Tuesday as investors bought banks and issues related to the domestic economy on hopes for Japan's recovery. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

TiVo stock plunges as DirecTV sells shares
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Shares of TiVo Inc. dropped more than 14 percent Tuesday after DirecTV sold its entire stake in the digital video recorder pioneer, heightening concerns that the satellite TV company would end their relationship.

Alliance Gaming cuts fiscal 2004, 2005 earnings outlook

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

Mattress-maker Simmons plans initial public offering

Mattress-maker Simmons plans initial public offering
ATLANTA - Simmons Co., one of the nation's largest mattress companies, Tuesday said its parent company, THL Bedding Holding Co., plans to go public in an initial stock offering.

TiVo stock plunges as DirecTV sells shares

NYSE, Nasdaq to close Friday for Reagan's funeral

Alliance Gaming cuts fiscal 2004, 2005 earnings outlook
LAS VEGAS - Alliance Gaming Corp. shares plunged Tuesday after the gambling-machine maker lowered its earnings expectations for fiscal 2004 and 2005, citing declines in its New York lottery business and higher research and development costs.

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

Stocks push higher on Greenspan comments
NEW YORK -- Wall Street welcomed a surprisingly forthright statement on interest rates from Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan Tuesday, with investors sending stocks higher in acceptance of his tough stand on energy prices and inflation.

Small portions

Organic families try eating right at the right price
ALTAMONT, N.Y. -- They buy rice at a co-op, fruit at farm stands and organic beef on Sundays, when supermarkets cut prices to clear the shelves.

Organic families try eating right at the right price

Small portions
Iced coffee is a welcome refresher that is worth making carefully, Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare your icy brew:

Seasonings put interest in burgers
Cooks are increasingly turning to their grills for making meals. It's an entertainingly flexible way of cooking, and experimenting with it produces countless variations of standard dishes.

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

Sorenstam wants to show youngsters she's the boss

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

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.

Ryder Cup comes first for Sutton

Thrice as nice

The Big Easy presents a big challenge

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.

Sorenstam wants to show youngsters she's the boss
WILMINGTON, Del. - Goals are still hard to find for Annika Sorenstam.

Ryder Cup comes first for Sutton
U.S. Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton was eligible to play in the Memorial as a past champion, but showed up only to see players get fitted for uniforms. He will be at the Buick Classic this week to work for ABC Sports.

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

Errors add to losing skid

Fatigued Flames still moved by fans

Former GM becomes Ottawa's new coach
OTTAWA - Bryan Murray was hired as coach of the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, leaving as general manager of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to run a team that was ousted in the first round of the playoffs.

Coyotes sign college star Ballard
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Former University of Minnesota defenseman Keith Ballard signed a three-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.

Staying the course led to Lightning's surprise Stanley Cup

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

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.

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

Staying the course led to Lightning's surprise Stanley Cup
TAMPA, Fla. -- For the last 10 years, there was no room for the little guys in the Stanley Cup finals.

Bourque and Coffey top candidates for Hockey Hall of Fame induction

Bourque and Coffey top candidates for Hockey Hall of Fame induction
TORONTO -- Ray Bourque and Paul Coffey are virtually assured of being selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Fatigued Flames still moved by fans
CALGARY, Alberta - A weary and subdued Calgary Flames team returned home to grateful fans Tuesday, hours after losing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Burgers combine favorite dishes into one meal
My children, like most, love pizza and hamburgers. In fact, I think they would eat one or the other at every meal if I'd let them.

Burgers combine favorite dishes into one meal

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.

Sheriff announces slaying arrests
Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength announced arrests in the slaying of Shanequa Carpenter 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.

Read up on America's many problems

Some people should never be in control
I am a 76-year-old veteran of 20 years of military service; 15 years at the Community Mental Health System of East Central Georgia, and a nine-year stint of teaching remedial math at a local school. Jim Galvin Augusta

Dems have share of hypocrisy
This is in response to Paul Cook's hate-filled letter in the June 4 Chronicle ("Bush used 'Brown' to show hypocrisy"). Dennis M. Perry Sr. Evans

Fort Discovery is valuable resource

Fort Discovery needs community's help
We are writing as a board to show our strong support for the National Science Center at Fort Discovery, and what it means to this community. Each board member of the Augusta Museum of History has resolved to make a financial contribution to this fine organization to help overcome its current budget shortfall. We challenge the entire community to follow our lead. Board of Trustees The Augusta Museum of History

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

Fort Discovery needs community's help

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

Proposed free trade deal is feudal
So-called "free trade agreements" are about engaging the United States in sovereignty-destroying entanglements, not free trade. NAFTA created more than 30 international tribunals and oversight bureaucracies. The Free Trade Areas of the Americas (FTAA) will create even more. Elton T. Booth North Augusta, S.C.

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

Nuclear fears are vastly overstated
Your May 26 article "G-8 summit highlights fate of excess nukes" had a number of factual errors, misrepresentations and exaggerated fears of things nuclear. For example, it refers to "the Savannah River Site, a nuclear weapons factory ..." . SRS does not, and never has, made nuclear weapons. Christopher Noah, Ph.D. 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

Read up on America's many problems
I'd like to share my enthusiasm with all our citizens on two of the best books I've read in years. Steve Kohn Hephzibah

Death toll in Iraq is small next to D-Day

Dems have share of hypocrisy

Don't fret over new military retirement

Nuclear fears are vastly overstated

Is Kerry really a responsible politician?

Some people should never be in control

Apple launches wireless hardware for PCs, Macs

Seniors calendar

Parents can ease children to camp

Foam from old boat docks becoming significant source of pollution

Drones pressed into search at leakiest border stretch

Kazakhstan has space dreams

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

Researchers unexpectedly find toxins in polar bears, Arctic seagulls

Spirit rover finds more signs of past water on Mars
LOS ANGELES -- NASA's Mars rover Spirit has found concentrated salt below the surface of the Red Planet, offering more evidence of past water activity, mission scientists said Tuesday.

Foam from old boat docks becoming significant source of pollution
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Every spring, as scores of volunteers scour the shorelines of the Lake of the Ozarks looking for trash, much of their haul is chunks of floating, dingy blobs.

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.

Astronomy buffs view rare transit of Venus
SYDNEY, Australia -- Astronomy buffs hunched over their telescopes Tuesday, staring at the sky through dark filters as a black ball - the planet Venus - began creeping across the face of the sun in one of the rarest of celestial spectacles.

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.

Parents can ease children to camp
NEW YORK - The best, most exciting things about summer camp, and especially sleep-away camp, are the same things that present challenges for many children: separation from their parents, meeting new people and being asked to do new skills, sports or crafts.

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.

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.

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.

2 finalists vie for scholarship
Katherine Bendickson was the bearer of exciting news Tuesday.

Beasley, DeMint advance to runoff in Senate race

Across South Carolina

Members OK bus-cooling funds
After some debate, the Columbia County Board of Education voted to buy cool air for some bus riders next year.

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.

Alternative schools carry hefty price tag
AIKEN - Aiken County School Board members reviewed four alternative-school models Tuesday night that could help create a more uniform system throughout the county, but large price tags attached to the plans helped delay a decision.

Beasley, DeMint advance to runoff in Senate race
COLUMBIA - Former Gov. David Beasley stoked the fires of his political career Tuesday, winning a spot in the Republican runoff for U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings' open seat.

School budget gains support
They talked about toilet paper, school buses and travel expenses, among other things.

Kid of the day

Eatery inspection fees might double
Restaurant and other inspection fees would double under a plan approved Tuesday night by the Richmond County Board of Health. The plan would spare small establishments, however, and it must still be approved by the Augusta Commission.

2 finalists vie for scholarship

Around town
Will Hardy, 5, of North Augusta, looks at a book at the Nancy Carson Library in North Augusta during a Scholastic book fair. Profits from the book fair will go to the library to buy new books.

Missing woman's body found

Strangling victim was pregnant
Authorities said Tuesday that a mother of three found strangled and burned this weekend was pregnant.

Carlton claims win in coroner primary
AIKEN - In what had become a contentious, sometimes ugly primary race, Tim Carlton beat out two opponents in a landslide for the Republican candidacy for Aiken County coroner Tuesday.

Donation could aid complex
The Salvation Army in Augusta hopes to qualify for part of the $1.5 billion that McDonald's heiress Joan Kroc willed to the agency's national headquarters to build a centrally located campuslike facility, possibly where the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center now sits.

Members OK bus-cooling funds

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Tyler J. Reese, 5, of Hephzibah.

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.

Across the area
Torrential rains in a short amount of time contributed to a number of vehicle accidents and flooding in Richmond County neighborhoods Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Across the area

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - An inmate at the Perry Correctional Institution was charged Tues-day in the stabbing of two guards last month.

School budget gains support

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Officials hope a $10,000 reward and a hot line will help solve a series of about 30 suspicious fires.

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.

Wichita OKs Kolb's contract
Augusta City Administrator George Kolb found there's no place like Kansas on Tuesday, having a contract unanimously approved to start as Wichita's city manager July 26 with more than a $20,000 raise.

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.

Heat wave heralds approach of summer
Summer officially doesn't start until June 20, but spend any time outside and it feels as though the season has arrived two weeks early.

Teens to be tried as juveniles in sex case

Third-graders study for retest
Two dozen Columbia County third-graders are undergoing intense training this week to prepare to retake a test that will determine whether they are promoted to fourth grade.

South Carolinians pick election candidates

Fort will honor brigade's leader
Officials at Fort Gordon will hold a memorial service today for the commander of the post's 513th Military Intelligence Brigade, according to the post's public affairs office.

Kid of the day

Rants and raves
I'VE BEEN PUTTING THIS message in for a month now, and I still don't see it. Let's try again. I'm wondering why the Wal-Mart in North Augusta doesn't allow you to purchase hygiene products until 1? Only half the store is open until 1 p.m. Why is the store open at all?

Volunteers want to add new Bible classes
An off-campus Bible program was so successful at one Richmond County school, volunteers are ready to expand it to several others.

News you can use
JUNE 9, 1971 A committee of the Richmond County Board of Education is advising the full board to study installing burglar alarms at various schools. A rash of vandalism and break-ins prompted the action.

Election results
As Tuesday's first voter in precinct 47, Mike Bohannon (center) of Aiken, must check the ballot box for Poll Manager Bill Dulworth (left) and the clerk of precinct 47, Byron England.

Third-graders study for retest

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 South Carolina

Initiatives target weapons, famine
SEA ISLAND, Ga. - The world's most powerful nations announced Tuesday they are making their most ambitious efforts ever to curb the spread of nuclear weapons, a White House official said.

Across Georgia

Alternative schools carry hefty price tag

Palmetto Parkway phase almost done
Almost two years of major roadwork to connect Augusta with Aiken County is set to end next week.

Around town

Choate squeaks by in GOP sheriff's race

Election results

Rants and raves
I'VE BEEN PUTTING THIS message in for a month now, and I still don't see it. Let's try again. I'm wondering why the Wal-Mart in North Augusta doesn't allow you to purchase hygiene products until 1? Only half the store is open until 1 p.m. Why is the store open at all?

'Low-key' race leaves Hightower on council

Sheriff announces slaying arrests

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.

Heat wave heralds approach of summer

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.

Wichita OKs Kolb's contract

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.

News you can use

'Low-key' race leaves Hightower on council
AIKEN - Aiken County Council's District 8 Democratic primary pitted the mentor against his student.

Choate squeaks by in GOP sheriff's race
EDGEFIELD - Dan Choate, the retired South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agent who has been campaigning unofficially for Edgefield County sheriff since long before Tuesday's election, won the Republican primary by 11 votes.

Senate primary may see runoff

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Court date set in case of fraud

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

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.

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.

Program may aid older drivers

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.

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Recycler slips past new ban

Economy takes front seat among voters for election

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.

'50 First Dates' fails to capture successful 'Groundhog' essence
Imagine crafting a movie in which fate requires a primary character to live the same day, over and over.

'50 First Dates' fails to capture successful 'Groundhog' essence

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

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."

Simon & Garfunkel heading out on the road again

Prosecutors file charges in deaths of auto racing legend, wife
PASADENA, Calif. -- Prosecutors filed murder charges Tuesday in the long-unsolved slayings of auto racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife, accusing the couple's former business partner.

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.

Prosecutors file charges in deaths of auto racing legend, wife

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 draw even
LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant came through in the clutch, saving the Lakers at the end of regulation and carrying them in overtime.

Lakers feeling relaxed after defeat in Game 1

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

Jackson's critics are silenced by his rings
LOS ANGELES - If Game 1 of the NBA Finals showed how well Larry Brown prepared his Pistons, the weight of Game 2 fell on Phil Jackson and his Lakers.

Jackson's critics are silenced by his rings

Less-patient Parcells expects more from Cowboys

Parcells won't be fined for 'inappropriate reference'

Vikings sign free agent Keith Newman from Atlanta

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

Rams re-sign TE Cleeland to one-year deal

Bills sign 7th-round pick, WR Smith

Steelers sign Maddox to contract extension

Team restricts access to Vick

Panthers give son of NFL Hall of Famer DeLamielleure a workout

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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

Olympic torch makes way through China

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.

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.

Garcia takes surprising lead at U.S. diving trials

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.

Dumais leads semifinals in 3-meter springboard

Police told to maintain guard during Olympics

Dragila sets world record in pole vault

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.

Olympic torch makes way through China
Torchbearer Yang Chen carries the Olympic Flame on the Great Wall of China during Day 6 of the Athens 2004 Olympic Torch Relay on Tuesday, June 8, 2004, in Beijing.

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.

Dragila sets world record in pole vault
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic -- Stacy Dragila broke the world outdoor record in the pole vault, clearing 15 feet, 10 inches Tuesday at an IAAF meet.

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.

Police told to maintain guard during Olympics
THESSALONIKI, Greece -- Greece's two top law enforcement officials warned police Tuesday they must not let their guard down during the Olympics despite the lack of a clear terrorist threat so far.

Dumais leads semifinals in 3-meter springboard
ST. PETERS, Mo. -- Troy Dumais erased an early deficit to lead the men's 3-meter springboard after the semifinals Tuesday at the Olympic diving trials.

Opening ceremony is a secret of Olympic proportions

Overtime

Clijsters out of Wimbledon

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Taylor, Hendrix can't qualify

Euro should provide better play than Cup

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.

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

Overtime
Georgia Southern golfer Aron Price of Statesboro shot 68-71-139 to earn the fourth alternate spot out of the U.S. Open qualifying tournament in Atlanta on Tuesday.

Euro should provide better play than Cup
LISBON, Portugal - The display of talent is daunting.

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.

Vikings sign free agent Keith Newman from Atlanta
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Linebacker Keith Newman signed on Tuesday with Minnesota after playing with Atlanta last season.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Parcells won't be fined for 'inappropriate reference'
IRVING, Texas -- Bill Parcells won't be fined by the NFL for calling surprise plays used in practice "Jap plays," a remark for which he later apologized and called inappropriate.

Rams re-sign TE Cleeland to one-year deal
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams have re-signed tight end Cam Cleeland.

Bills sign 7th-round pick, WR Smith
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Receiver Jonathan Smith, the second of Buffalo's two seventh-round draft picks, signed Tuesday with the Bills.

Team restricts access to Vick
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - After being named head coach of the Atlanta Falcons five months ago, Jim Mora moved quickly to reassure Michael Vick.

Keane's potential is lost among impersonations of other bands

McCarthy was discredited 50 years ago - and TV showed the world

2004 Tony Awards was the least watched Tony show ever
NEW YORK -- The 2004 Tony Awards show was the least watched ever, even with Hugh Jackman as host, according to preliminary figures released Monday by Nielsen Media Research.

ABC tries personnel changes to reinvigorate newsmagazines

Eminem rear-baring performance removed from MTV Awards

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

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.

NBA Finals leads ABC to a place rarely seen: the top of the ratings

Networks plot coverage plans for Reagan funeral and other ceremonies

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

Tony bounces back on 'The Sopranos' finale

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.

McCarthy was discredited 50 years ago - and TV showed the world
NEW YORK -- The Army-McCarthy hearings of spring 1954 have been called "the first great made-for-TV political spectacle," and under hot TV lights in a jammed Senate caucus room this Washington miniseries hit its boiling point 50 years ago.

NBA Finals leads ABC to a place rarely seen: the top of the ratings
NEW YORK -- The Detroit Pistons had a better night than Tony Soprano or Hugh Jackman - not to mention Los Angeles Lakers.

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

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Marc Anthony won't say whether he married Jennifer Lopez

David Hasselhoff arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated

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

Dogs finally find power in homers
ATHENS, Ga. - Josh Smith leaned against the railing outside the Georgia dugout, flashed a smile and shrugged his shoulders.

Keane's potential is lost among impersonations of other bands
Radiohead has a lot to answer for.

South Carolina's Powell goes in first round

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

Gamecocks to face E-C-Who?

Gamecocks to face E-C-Who?
COLUMBIA - Maybe there'll be a few people at Sarge Frye Field this weekend who won't take East Carolina University seriously.

Teen's on par with anyone
The PGA Tour doesn't keep records on the age of amateurs who have played in Champions Tour events, but Augusta newcomer Alina Lee will certainly become one of the youngest this week.

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.

More boys are delving into grooming care

Girl who made mistake needs mother as ally

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Too many teenagers faking their behavioral disorders

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

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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:

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