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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?

Creative Tony campaign paid off for 'Avenue Q'

Ballet teaches fine points of swordplay

Galleries
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Ballet teaches fine points of swordplay
Augusta Ballet associate director Peter Powlus wants his pupils to fight in class.

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

Brewers whiff 26 times in victory
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ben Sheets had nothing to do with this deluge of strikeouts.

Diamondbacks top Orioles

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.

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.

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.

Royals' duo sore after collision

The Rocket is still helping in Houston

The Rocket is still helping in Houston
SEATTLE - Roger Clemens had already accomplished more than enough during a career that should put him in the Hall of Fame.

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.

Brewers whiff 26 times in victory

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.

Blue Jays make a series of roster moves

Yankees crack Rockies

Latest area births

Latest area births
Latest area birth announcements.

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.

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.

Atlanta is rolled over by Detroit
DETROIT - Dark and stormy nights are supposed to be full of suspense and clouded with mystery.

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.

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.

Reliever enjoys trip back home
DETROIT - The goose bumps came 17 years late for John Smoltz.

Error gives Braves win over Tigers

DH duty helps Chipper heal

Braves declaw Tigers after 10 innings

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.

Post Office to use FedEx for priority international service

Natural gas stocks adequate, but prices expected to stay high

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.

Carriers cut speed to save on fuel costs

Hotel report shows gains

Coke's No. 2 man to depart

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.

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

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.

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.

Giant infomercial shouts city's worth for summit

New HealthSouth CEO seeks to move firm past scandal
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Jay Grinney has already helped one scarred health care company, HCA Inc., make it through the aftermath of a scandal. Now his job is to lead HealthSouth Corp. as it recovers from charges of billion-dollar fraud.

Group sues cell phone companies for "locking" handsets

Carriers cut speed to save on fuel costs
Pilots for Ted, United Airlines' low-fare carrier, flew 14 mph slower at cruise altitude over the Memorial Day weekend.

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

FCC's appeal hits stumbling block
WASHINGTON - In a setback for federal regulators, U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson has decided against an appeal to the Supreme Court to revive new rules aimed at increasing competition for local telephone service, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

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.

Coke's No. 2 man to depart
ATLANTA - The Coca-Cola Co.'s No. 2 executive is stepping down after being passed over for the top job at the world's biggest beverage maker, the latest in a string of high-level departures. Now some are wondering who will be next.

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.

Local Holiday Inn likely will elude chain's changes
The Holiday Inn chain is getting a face-lift, but the Augusta hotel likely isn't on the list for changes.

New HealthSouth CEO seeks to move firm past scandal

Local Holiday Inn likely will elude chain's changes

Bush administration rejects appeal on phone competition rules
WASHINGTON -- In a victory for regional telephone companies, the Bush administration decided Wednesday to let stand a ruling freeing them from sharing their networks with competitors. Consumer advocates said the decision would drive up costs for phone customers.

Bush administration rejects appeal on phone competition rules

Florida State coach hopes to turn tables on Arkansas

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.

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.

Rose Bowl, college football await revamped BCS plan

Teen's on par with anyone

'Occupiers' no more
Nothing the Bush administration does will satisfy the anti-war zealots, but what happened Tuesday at least deprives them of some of their most telling ammunition - namely that the United States is basically an "occupying" power in Iraq, going it alone without the support of the Iraqi people or the United Nations.

Not-so-dumb presidents

More than knocking

More than knocking
Don't bother looking. It's not there.

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.

'Occupiers' no more

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.

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

Open tab
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a roundup of some entertainment and drink specials at Augusta-Aiken area clubs:

Clubbin' calendar
ABBI'S COFFEE MILL: 403 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez; Dottie Lee Saturday; 651-9111 tops the list area clubs and bars (alphabetically).

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

Applause calendar
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Stuff to do
Blues progeny John Lee Hooker Jr., the son of guitar great John Lee Hooker and a fine musician in his own right, will play Andy's, 548 Broad St. on Wednesday. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 722-6212.

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.

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.

Stocks lower as market absorbs latest Greenspan signals on rates
NEW YORK -- Stocks fell Wednesday after three days of gains as investors dealt with the likelihood of interest rates rising significantly higher than expected when the Federal Reserve meets later this month.

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

TiVo stock plunges as DirecTV sells shares

Alliance Gaming cuts fiscal 2004, 2005 earnings outlook

Medicare drug card enrollments top 3 million, but confusion persists
WASHINGTON -- More than 3 million Americans have signed up for Medicare drug discount cards, but confusion persists, a Senate panel was told Tuesday.

Mattress-maker Simmons plans initial public offering

Medicare drug card enrollments top 3 million, but confusion persists

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Small portions

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:

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.

Grubbin

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.

Grubbin
THE EATERY: Mai Thai, 4272 Washington Road, Suite 1, Evans.

Organic families try eating right at the right price

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

Sorenstam wants to show youngsters she's the boss

Ryder Cup comes first for Sutton

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.

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.

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.

Staying the course led to Lightning's surprise Stanley Cup

Bourque and Coffey top candidates for Hockey Hall of Fame induction

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.

Fatigued Flames still moved by fans

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.

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.

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

Judge refuses to release teen into parent's custody
A Richmond County juvenile judge has refused to release a 15-year-old boy charged in connection with the death of Shanequa Carpenter to his parents.

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

Ray Charles, Grammy-winning master of music, dies at 73
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Ray Charles, the Grammy-winning crooner who blended gospel and blues in such crowd-pleasers as "What'd I Say" and ballads like "Georgia on My Mind," died Thursday, a spokesman said. He was 73.

Some people should never be in control

CSRA has several HIV resources
The article about Al Ray in The Augusta Chronicle's May 17 Homefront cited many of the problems encountered by patients living with HIV infection, but gave the impression that these patients have no resources in the Central Savannah River Area. In this community, the problems encountered by individuals and families with HIV have been addressed for a long time. Barbara Kiernan, Ph.D., R.N. Augusta

CSRA has several HIV resources

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

Dems have share of hypocrisy

Read up on America's many problems

Nuclear fears are vastly overstated

Fort Discovery needs community's help

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

Support Lieberman this November

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.

Support Lieberman this November
The upcoming presidential election provides voters with little choice other than to vote straight party or for the less disliked. I would not refer to either candidate as "evil." Gene Rickaby Martinez

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

Kimberly-Clark plays shell game with jobs
I read on your front page June 3 that "a tax break for the Kimberly-Clark Corp. is in danger of dying in the South Carolina Senate, putting 100 new jobs for the Aiken area in jeopardy." Jerry Hughes Clarks Hill, S.C.

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

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

Parents can ease children to camp

Foam from old boat docks becoming significant source of pollution

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.

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.

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.

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.

Across South Carolina

Across South Carolina

Wichita OKs Kolb's contract

Across Georgia
WINDER - Two northeast Georgia teens did not conspire to go on a murderous spree at their middle school, but they are guilty of causing widespread panic by making terroristic threats against a teacher and schoolmates, a Barrow County Juvenile Court judge ruled this week.

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?

Demolition for stadium leaves a trail of tires
Sections of the Laney-Walker neighborhood appear tornado-torn as old homes are demolished for a high school football stadium. A growing collection of tires doesn't help.

'Low-key' race leaves Hightower on council

Two men face murder charges
The question of who authorities think killed Shanequa Carpenter was settled Wednesday, but authorities had no answer as to why she was strangled and then burned.

News you can use

Regents restrict salary sources
ATLANTA - The state Board of Regents voted Wednesday to ban college and university presidents, including the president of the Medical College of Georgia, from taking money from university foundations.

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.

Ray Charles, Grammy-winning master of music, dies at 73

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.

NATO's position in Iraq debated

Local offices will close in observance

Demolition for stadium leaves a trail of tires

Election results

Rants and raves
THIS IS TO THE PERSON complaining about the cigarette butts and urine-filled soda bottles at Bobby Jones and Windsor Spring and Highway 25: If you don't like how it looks, why don't you get out there and get some exercise and clean it up instead of putting it off on the prisoners to do it?

Across the area

Marker honors surveyors' place in history of Aiken

Kid of the day

Two men face murder charges

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.

Not too wet for a walk

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

MCG seeks new dental facility

Across South Carolina
SUMMERVILLE - The principal of Summerville High has been reassigned after the school district investigated complaints that grades for five seniors were changed to allow them to graduate.

Across the area

Winning hopefuls get help

Leaders' spouses discuss Mideast

Hit-maker Lowery dies of cancer at 79

News you can use

2 finalists vie for scholarship

Kolb asks to leave June 30
George Kolb made it official Wednesday, resigning as Augusta's city administrator and asking for June 30 to be his last day on the job.

School budget gains support

Local offices will close in observance
The life and death of former President Reagan is being remembered this week in more ways than one in Augusta.

Beasley, DeMint advance to runoff in Senate race

Marker honors surveyors' place in history of Aiken
AIKEN - More than a century before the Savannah River Site came to the area, Aiken was created by a different form of cutting-edge technology - and Ola Hitt, 94, is one of the last living links to that transportation marvel.

Around town

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

Alternative schools carry hefty price tag

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.

Members OK bus-cooling funds

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Third-graders study for retest

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sperm donors sought locally
Despite having its headquarters in Augusta, international sperm bank Xytex Corp. didn't have local donors. That is about to change, officials said.

Woman's family must grieve again
The family of an Augusta woman who was found burned to death Sunday is experiencing memories of a similar tragedy that occurred more than 35 years ago.

Kid of the day

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.

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

Regents restrict salary sources

Rice calls Iraq vote a major step forward

Across the area
Recent rains helped improve air quality in Augusta, where the first excessive ozone violations since 2002 were recorded Monday, according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

News you can use
June 10, 1981 A dangerously eroded dam at the Goshen Lake Country Club appeared close to bursting Tuesday and threatened to inundate an exclusive residential area with millions of gallons of water before workers cut a spillway to ease pressure and avert a dam break.

Regents give troops in-state tuition deal
ATLANTA - A plan that would allow members of the U.S. military to be eligible for in-state tuition rates at Georgia colleges when they leave the service passed the Board of Regents on Wednesday.

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.

Physical therapy will go doctoral
ATLANTA - The Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a plan to upgrade the Medical College of Georgia's physical therapy program, but the college backed off plans to immediately eliminate its master's degree in favor of the new doctorate.

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.

MCG seeks new dental facility
ATLANTA - Pointing to a statewide dentist shortage, Medical College of Georgia President Dr. Daniel Rahn on Wednesday asked the state Board of Regents to approve a new, $113.5 million home for the college's school of dentistry.

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

NATO's position in Iraq debated
SEA ISLAND, Ga. - President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair moved forward on the future of Iraq on Wednesday, meeting at the G-8 summit with new Iraqi President Ghazi al-Yawer and suggesting an expansion of North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces in the war-weary nation.

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

Rice calls Iraq vote a major step forward
SAVANNAH, Ga. - National security adviser Condoleezza Rice believes this week's G-8 Summit at Sea Island will be remembered as a historic event with major agreements between the United States and its allies.

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

Physical therapy will go doctoral

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

Choate squeaks by in GOP sheriff's race

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

Commandments fight may draw loans
WINDER, Ga. - Barrow County officials sent a check for $35,000 to the lead attorney in their fight to retain a Ten Commandments plaque in the county courthouse Tuesday - even though the northeast Georgia county has only $24,000 of that money in its coffers.

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.

Hit-maker Lowery dies of cancer at 79
ATLANTA - Bill Lowery, the first person to be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, has died.

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?

Not too wet for a walk
Barry and Jane Bronsteni, of Baltimore, watch for a break in traffic to cross Park Avenue as they take a walk in the rain in downtown Aiken. More rainy weather is predicted for today.

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.

Leaders' spouses discuss Mideast
SEA ISLAND, Ga. - On a dreary day of steel gray skies and intermittent showers, first lady Laura Bush still managed to provide a full schedule of activities for G-8 spouses Wednesday, including a morning nature walk and a roundtable discussion on women's issues in the Middle East.

Across Georgia

2 G-8 demonstrations incur police response
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Two groups of protesters prompted police response Wednesday, but the confrontations resulted in more noise than anything else while others tried to make their point quietly.

Around town

Loan earmarked for hydrogen lab
AIKEN - The Aiken Electric Cooperative Inc. announced Wednesday that it is providing a low-interest $380,000 loan to Aiken County to help build a $9.2 million hydrogen-research laboratory.

2 G-8 demonstrations incur police response

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Bailen Dean Jones, 5, of Langley.

Woman's family must grieve again

Sheriff announces slaying arrests

Rants and raves
THIS IS TO THE PERSON complaining about the cigarette butts and urine-filled soda bottles at Bobby Jones and Windsor Spring and Highway 25: If you don't like how it looks, why don't you get out there and get some exercise and clean it up instead of putting it off on the prisoners to do it?

Heat wave heralds approach of summer

Around town
Miatece Hodge (left), 8, watches as Terrance Dallas, 10, tries to snag his toy car with a net after Wednesday's heavy rains flooded the intersection of Mauge and 13th streets in Augusta.

Winning hopefuls get help
AIKEN - After finishing a close third in Tuesday's Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, millionaire Charleston businessman Thomas Ravenel on Wednesday endorsed U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint, who faces former Gov. David Beasley in the June 22 runoff.

Sperm donors sought locally

'Stepford' stars don't talk like compliant dolls
NEW YORK - Nicole Kidman is feeling a little loopy on rum cake. Glenn Close, Bette Midler and Faith Hill are talking a blue streak. Their brains obviously haven't been implanted with a chip that keeps them sober, quiet and compliant like the women in The Stepford Wives.

Video watch

'Garfield' is poor re-creation of comic-strip hero

Some child stars move successfully into adulthood on big screen

'Garfield' is poor re-creation of comic-strip hero
Garfield: The Movie elicits laughs about as infrequently as a hairless Sphinx kitten sheds fur. The movie's vocal coup - landing Bill Murray as mouthpiece for droll Garfield, the lazy hero of Jim Davis' comic strip - falls flat amid the banal lines he's given to mew.

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

Movie listings

'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.

'Stepford' stars don't talk like compliant dolls

Video watch
Here's a look at some of the new releases in video and DVD:

Movie listings
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, see augusta.com/movies.

Some child stars move successfully into adulthood on big screen
Hollywood has always loved the cute kid - and well it should. After all, nothing sells tickets quite as effectively as bright eyes and a precocious disposition.

Sonic spotlight
This week's sonic spotlight falls on Patrick McNamara, 53, Born in Redwood City, Calif; moved to Augusta from Atlanta in 1968.

On the road
The Blairsville Scottish Festival and Highland Games take place Saturday and Sunday in Union County. The event features performances by pipe and drum bands, sheepherding, weaving, falconry swordplay and traditional highland game competitions, such as the caber toss and the Scottish hammer.

Sonic spotlight

On the road

Concert calendar
This week's listing of scheduled concerts.

Hot ticket

Hot ticket
This week's hot ticket headliner is Chingy, Friday, at Centennial Park, Williams Street and International Blvd., Atlanta.

Souvenirs a source of income
CONCORD, N.C. - Seth Schaneman looked like a confused boy walking around Lowe's Motor Speedway in May. He was wearing a Casey Mears jacket, a Jeff Gordon T-shirt and an Elliott Sadler cap.

Timing issues a concern for sport
LONG POND, Pa. - Last Sunday's race at Dover International Speedway took nearly 4 hours, 50 minutes to complete, prompting both fans and race teams alike to be thankful that track officials reduced races from 500 miles to 400 in 1997.

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.

NASCAR newsmaker Jimmie Johnson

NASCAR newsmaker Jimmie Johnson
Despite trouble last Sunday at Dover, Del., Jimmie Johnson remains vigilant in his pursuit of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Nextel Cup Series points race.

Timing issues a concern for sport

Souvenirs a source of income

Prosecutors file charges in deaths of auto racing legend, wife

Mourners view pageantry

State government honors for President Reagan come at a hefty price

State government honors for President Reagan come at a hefty price
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Many states will remember Ronald Reagan by giving their workers the day off Friday, an honor given to several other presidents that will cost some governments tens of millions of dollars.

Mourners view pageantry
WASHINGTON -- The nation's capital began saying goodbye to Ronald Reagan on Wednesday, citizens celebrating the 40th president's common touch, Congress marking his achievements and all engaged in the high and rare pageantry of America's first presidential state funeral in three decades.

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.

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.

Jackson's critics are silenced by his rings

Pistons try to shake shot
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - One shot has drastically changed the dynamics of the NBA Finals. The question now for the Detroit Pistons is whether they'll let it affect them in Game 3 the way it did in overtime of Game 2.

Lakers are weak at point
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Derek Fisher is injured, while Gary Payton just isn't himself - and unless the Los Angeles Lakers' point guards get it together, Chauncey Billups will keep carving them up in the NBA Finals.

Team restricts access to Vick

Couch is finally cut loose by Cleveland

Bills sign 7th-round pick, WR Smith

Rams re-sign TE Cleeland to one-year deal

Parcells won't be fined for 'inappropriate reference'

Vikings sign free agent Keith Newman from Atlanta

Falcons' first-rounders live up to their billing

Mr. Charlie Baker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. David Gary    (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)
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Mrs. Ida Brown    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Mr. Neal Durden    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Carolyn Ellison    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lucille Free    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
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Mr. John Carroll, Jr.    (STIEFELTOWN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Angelle Johnson    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. John Carroll, Jr.    (STIEFELTOWN, S.C.)
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Miss Grace Hildebrand    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annette Guy    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Emma Leigh Andrews    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annette Guy    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruby Rumley    (GLOVERVILLE, Ga.)
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Ms. Evelyn Leverette    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. James Williams, Sr.    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Douglas Lacer    (SRP AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Odom    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Martile Humphries    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Ms. Janice Odom    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruth Harvey    (IRVINGTON, Va.)
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Mr. Willie Price    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Henry Fulcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Edward Hunt    (OXFORD, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sarah Cartledge Johnson    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Sarah Johnson    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Ms. Amy Workman    (ELKO, S.C.)
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Mrs. Christine Kimball    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Jimmy Booker    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Martha Kinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Shanequa Carpenter    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Mrs. Nancy McClattie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Bonnie Collins    (MURFREESBORO, Tenn.)
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Miss Sierra Nicole Porter    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Mary Findley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Dorothy 'Dot' Kennedy    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry Fulcher    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Clinton Rhodes    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carrie Gregory    (PETERSBURG, Fla.)
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Mr. Marion Morris    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Martile Humphries    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Nancy McClattie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mary Lou Maltsberger    (APPLING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Emma Jones    (HARTWELL, Ga.)
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Mrs. Margaret Wood    (WADLEY, Ga.)
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Mrs. Irene Kinard    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lavonia Bodie    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Lamar Lummus    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ida Ruth Brown    (Wrens, GA.)
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Mrs. Helen Mobley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruby Rumley    (GLOVERVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Farrell "Tommy" Wooley Sr.    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Herbert Oliphant    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Ms. Jennifer Adams    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Annie Odom    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Miss Sierra Nicole Porter    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mr. Harrie E. Carpenter    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Ms. Margaret Cartin    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
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Mr. Douglas Lacer (SRP AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Neal Durden (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Rumley (GLOVERVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Christine Kimball (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Sarah Cartledge Johnson (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Mobley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lavonia Bodie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Jones (HARTWELL, Ga.)

Ms. Janice Odom (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Amy Workman (ELKO, S.C.)

Miss Grace Hildebrand (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Booker (THOMSON, Ga.)

Ms. Margaret Cartin (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Annette Guy (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyn Ellison (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nancy McClattie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida Ruth Brown (Wrens, GA.)

Mrs. Ida Brown (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Harvey (IRVINGTON, Va.)

Miss Sierra Nicole Porter (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy 'Dot' Kennedy (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Sarah Johnson (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert Oliphant (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Martile Humphries (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. John Carroll, Jr. (STIEFELTOWN, S.C.)

Mr. Farrell "Tommy" Wooley Sr. (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Harrie E. Carpenter (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Kinson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Morris (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Fulcher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Baker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Carroll, Jr. (STIEFELTOWN, S.C.)

Mrs. Nancy McClattie (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Odom (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Fulcher (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Jennifer Adams (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Emma Leigh Andrews (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Price (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Evelyn Leverette (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. James Williams, Sr. (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Martile Humphries (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Irene Kinard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Annette Guy (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Gregory (PETERSBURG, Fla.)

Mrs. Lucille Free (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mr. David Gary (ORANGEBURG, S.C.)

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.

Olympic torch makes way through China

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.

Dragila sets world record in pole vault

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.

IAAF: No world mark for Dragila
LONDON - When Stacy Dragila pole vaulted higher than any woman ever had at an outdoor meet, she celebrated what she believed was a world record.

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.

Drug scandal might hit team
While Marion Jones was not among four athletes to receive letters of possible drug violations, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency isn't done with her yet.

Police told to maintain guard during Olympics

Dumais leads semifinals in 3-meter springboard

Euro 2004 gives Beckham chance to mend his fences

Runner's Clinic doctors know needs of patients

Paying attention

Rain, lightning disrupt opening day of NCAA meet

Euro should provide better play than Cup

Overtime

Overtime

Runner's Clinic doctors know needs of patients
Joseph Poole and his wife will be celebrating their one-year anniversary this year in San Francisco.

Overtime
The 20th annual South Carolina Coaches Association of Women's Sports All-Star games will be played Friday and Saturday at USC Aiken's J.H. Satcher Field.

Euro 2004 gives Beckham chance to mend his fences
LISBON, Portugal - The fashion, the marketing, the big money, the rock-star aura - they are all put aside now.

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.

Rain, lightning disrupt opening day of NCAA meet
AUSTIN, Texas - Nasty weather disrupted the opening day of the NCAA track and field championships Wednesday.

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

Paying attention
Before he left Augusta Soccer Park on Wednesday, Anson Dorrance noticed a few stray plastic cups sitting on the ground.

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.

Couch is finally cut loose by Cleveland
CLEVELAND - Quarterback Tim Couch was released Wednesday after five seasons with the Cleveland Browns, a league source told The Associated Press.

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.

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.

Falcons' first-rounders live up to their billing
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - DeAngelo Hall and Michael Jenkins didn't need long to move up the Atlanta Falcons' depth chart.

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.

Opry star provided hits for other

Opry star provided hits for other
The highlight of the three-hour Academy of Country Music Awards show May 26 was the Brad Paisley-Alison Krauss duet, Whiskey Lullaby.

Keane's potential is lost among impersonations of other bands

Hall of fame is deaf to our area's music

Museum's collection puts music on display

Different point of viewArtists display skewed scenes of familiar

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.

'Reno 911' success built on stellar cast

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.

Study: Cable news viewers becoming more partisan in their choices

Behind the scenes at the MTV Movie Awards
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Eminem and his D12 crew became backstage bullies at the MTV Movie Awards, living up to their names as they hassled people and played pranks.

'Reno 911' success built on stellar cast
Just when you think it's safe to dismiss TV comedy, a show such as Reno 911! proves all bets are off.

MTV censors howl at Eminem's moon

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

MTV censors howl at Eminem's moon
LOS ANGELES - Eminem's moon has been eclipsed.

Study: Cable news viewers becoming more partisan in their choices
NEW YORK -- The nation's political divide is increasingly being reflected in where Americans get their news: Republicans like Fox News Channel and Democrats prefer CNN.

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

Behind the scenes at the MTV Movie Awards

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.

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Marc Anthony won't say whether he married Jennifer Lopez

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Brothers face off in final games
ATHENS, Ga. - Rick and Terri Robbins are going to Omaha, Neb., next week for the College World Series. They just don't know what color clothes they'll need to pack.

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.

Hall of fame is deaf to our area's music
There's nobody from Augusta who ever taught the world how to have a funky good time.

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

Museum's collection puts music on display
The Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon is where rock - and gospel and country and soul - live.

Different point of viewArtists display skewed scenes of familiar
Memphis, Tenn., artists Susan Maakestad and Hamlett Dobbins believe perception is not always about what is seen.

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.

Odds and Ends

European elections bring out quirky candidates