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

Mark Morris' new dance is messy, exciting
NEW YORK -- Mark Morris' new dance, "Violet Cavern," is sprawling, flawed, overlong - and entirely exhilarating.

Broadway producers and actors union try again to reach a new labor contract
NEW YORK -- Facing a June 27 deadline, negotiations have resumed between Broadway producers and the union representing actors who perform in their shows.

Broadway producers and actors union try again to reach a new labor contract

Uninvited artist posts paintings at four prestigious art museums
NEW YORK -- Paintings of President Bush and former President Clinton, accompanied by messages referring to the artist's bodily fluids, mysteriously appeared last week on the walls of two major city museums and reportedly at two other museums in Philadelphia and Washington.

Ballet teaches fine points of swordplay

Galleries

Mark Morris' new dance is messy, exciting

Galleries
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Cubs outswing the Cardinals
CHICAGO -- The hits came one after another for the Chicago Cubs, a seemingly endless barrage that defied logic.

Super Regionals Capsules

Brown sent for tests
NEW YORK -- Kevin Brown was sent for medical tests on his back Thursday, and the New York Yankees waited to find out if they have a hole to fill in their pitching rotation.

Blue Jays activate Cash, option Lopez

Brown sent for tests

Sosa heads for rehab, Borowski gets second opinion
CHICAGO -- Sammy Sosa should be back at Wrigley Field next weekend after a detour through Tennessee.

Cubs outswing the Cardinals

The Rocket is still helping in Houston

Blue Jays activate Cash, option Lopez
TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays activated catcher Kevin Cash from the 15-day disabled list Thursday and optioned right-hander Aquilino Lopez to Triple-A Syracuse.

Super Regionals Capsules
A capsule look at the matchups for the eight best-of-three super regionals (coaches' records and years are at current schools through regionals, and tournament appearances include this year):

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.

Expos blank Royals in 1st game

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

Sosa heads for rehab, Borowski gets second opinion

Brewers whiff 26 times in victory

Expos blank Royals in 1st game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Zach Day pitched a six-hitter for his second career shutout, and the Montreal Expos ended a three-game skid with an 8-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday.

Vacation postcards convey a taste of adventures

Latest area births
Latest area birth announcements.

Latest area births

Odds and Ends
SALT LAKE CITY -- EurEEEKa! Just what the world needs: another mouse.

Court says twins conceived after father's death should get Social Security benefits
SAN FRANCISCO -- Twins conceived from frozen sperm after their father died of cancer are eligible to collect Social Security benefits, a federal appeals court ruled.

Report: Man finds daughter-in-law's body in London refrigerator
LONDON -- British police said Thursday they were searching for the husband of a woman whose dismembered corpse was found in a kitchen freezer at the couple's home.

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

Jones' father to the rescue

Jones' father to the rescue
DETROIT - Chipper Jones' struggles as a left-handed hitter have officially reached critical status.

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

Drizzle drowns Atlanta
DETROIT -- Mike Maroth was hardly discouraged after falling behind by three runs in the first inning.

Business briefs
TOKYO - Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s former president Katsuhiko Kawasoe was arrested Thursday on charges related to a cover-up of auto defects suspected in a fatal accident.

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.

Coke's No. 2 man to depart

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.

Target disposes of Marshall Field's department store chain

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.

Bush administration rejects appeal on phone competition rules

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.

Policy breach baffles bureau
Against its own internal policies, the Augusta Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau allowed $4,000 in credit card charges to accrue for well over half a year before being paid, an oversight that likely cost the director of finance and administration her job.

Residents get apology for security nuisance

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.

Energy watchdog forecasts stronger growth in oil demand

Energy watchdog forecasts stronger growth in oil demand
LONDON -- Global demand for oil will grow this year at its fastest rate since 1980, but the producer group OPEC's pledge to pump more crude should help ease the pressure on prices, the International Energy Agency said Thursday.

Chrysler again shows big improvement in productivity

Jobless filings rise, signaling recovery
WASHINGTON - The number of new people signing up for unemployment benefits rose last week. But even with the increase, claims are hovering at a level that points to a recovery in the jobs market.

Business briefs

Jobless filings rise, signaling recovery

Policy breach baffles bureau

New HealthSouth CEO seeks to move firm past scandal

Analysts favor spy planes of Georgia
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In the race to develop the U.S. military's next-generation spy plane, some analysts say the jet pulling ahead is made by Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. of Savannah.

Local Holiday Inn likely will elude chain's changes

Chrysler again shows big improvement in productivity
DETROIT -- DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler Group made the biggest gain in North American manufacturing efficiency last year, passing Ford Motor Co. for the first time in a closely watched study of automotive productivity.

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.

Volkswagen announces new China factory amid production shortage
BEIJING -- Volkswagen plans to open a new factory in China next year to boost production capacity that the German automaker said it needs to meet the booming demand in the world's fastest-growing market.

Carriers cut speed to save on fuel costs

Target disposes of Marshall Field's department store chain
MINNEAPOLIS -- After years of failing to extract much growth from its department store division, Target Corp. plans to let someone else try.

FCC won't appeal ruling on phone competition rules
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission will not appeal a court ruling that vacated the agency's phone competition regulations requiring regional carriers to share their networks with competitors at deep discounts.

Residents get apology for security nuisance
SAVANNAH, Ga. - As usually bustling downtown restaurants sat nearly empty and encircled by ominous cement and metal barricades this week, a homeland security adviser for President Bush apologized for the inconvenience.

ABC to televise Clemson's first two games

ABC to televise Clemson's first two games
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson has announced kickoff times for its first two games of the season, which will be broadcast on ABC.

Mississippi State to plead its case

Mississippi State to plead its case
JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi State officials are preparing for a weekend hearing before the NCAA's committee on infractions concerning allegations of rules violations within the Bulldogs' football program.

UConn center to undergo surgery

The final insult

More than knocking

Badly out of step
The extensive coverage of Ronald Reagan's death is galling America's "Big 3" news anchors - Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings - and for good reason:

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

The final insult
When a Frenchman pats you on the back, you can be comforted indeed, for he is giving the utmost consideration to the exact location wherein he will insert the knife.

'Occupiers' no more

'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.

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

Britney Spears injures knee in video shoot, has surgery
NEW YORK -- Pop princess Britney Spears injured her knee during a video shoot and was hospitalized for arthroscopic surgery, her record label said Wednesday.

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.

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

People in the News
SALT LAKE CITY -- Robert Redford says he's not planning to sell his Sundance resort in Utah's Wasatch Mountains.

Elizabeth Taylor settles lawsuit brought by former landscaper
LOS ANGELES -- Elizabeth Taylor has settled a lawsuit filed by her former landscaper, who accused her of firing him after he refused sexual advances from Taylor's butler.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Tokyo stocks end higher, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose Thursday amid optimism over Japan's economic recovery. The U.S. dollar was higher against the Japanese yen.

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.

Mortgage rates move higher but are not expected to hurt home sales
WASHINGTON -- Mortgage rates moved higher this week, a trend that is slowing home-mortgage refinancings but isn't expected to do much to hurt home sales, economists said.

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

Medicare drug card enrollments top 3 million, but confusion persists

Mortgage rates move higher but are not expected to hurt home sales

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.

P&G comfortable with analysts' estimate of fourth-quarter earnings
CINCINNATI -- Procter & Gamble Co. said Thursday it is comfortable with analysts' increased earnings estimate for the fourth quarter that ends June 30.

FedEx raises outlook for fourth quarter profits
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- FedEx raised its fourth quarter earnings outlook on Thursday after seeing strong demand for domestic and international services.

Stocks edge higher on jobs picture
NEW YORK -- A steady unemployment picture boosted Wall Street's confidence in the economy Thursday, lifting stocks moderately higher and giving the major indexes a gain for the shortened trading week.

Couple of whoppers
Brothers Dudley Baird Jr. (left) and John Baird caught seven bass on a recent trip with professional guide Jack Brown of Beaufort, S.C., including these two. The brothers, who live in Augusta, fished for spottail bass and used plastic grubs on lead-headed jigs. The largest bass they caught was 13 pounds. All seven fish were released.

Fishing tournament news

New mysteries remain unsolved
Ahhhh, sweet fishing mysteries of life!

Couple of whoppers

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

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

Grubbin

All plants love soy
A gardener asks, "What should I feed my lawn?" The answer is soybean meal, a fertilizer that could feed any hungry plant. Another gardener asks, "What can I feed my roses?" Soybean meal. "What about my rhododendrons?" Soybean meal. "What about...?" Soybean meal. Soybean meal. Two pounds per hundred square feet.

Hemerocallis society to meet, tour gardens
One day. That's it. The day lily - genus Hemerocallis, Latin for "beauty of the day'' - spends falls and winters waiting to blossom.

Hemerocallis society to meet, tour gardens

Jackets' Remole in pretty good company
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's Clifton Remole blushes a little when people remind him he's in the same class as Tech greats Nomar Garciaparra and Jason Varitek.

Rosales in the lead, with Sorenstam and Park lurking

Singh leads Buick Classic by a stroke
HARRISON, N.Y. -- Vijay Singh took the pressure off his shaky putting game with solid driving and pinpoint short-iron play.

Wie appearing in first Curtis Cup
FORMBY, England - Michelle Wie has already accomplished one goal in her first appearance in Britain.

Singh leads Buick Classic by a stroke

Rosales in the lead, with Sorenstam and Park lurking
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Annika Sorenstam got mad and finished with two birdies. Grace Park got a good break and then ended her round with two bogeys. Both wound up chasing Jennifer Rosales, who played a steady hand Thursday with a 5-under 66 in the LPGA Championship.

Lightning town celebrates Stanley Cup
TAMPA, Fla. - Office workers in button-down shirts and ties rubbed elbows with teenagers wearing championship jerseys as thousands of fans lined downtown streets at lunchtime Wednesday, celebrating the Tampa Bay Lightning's Stanley Cup victory.

St. Louis wins Pearson award as players' MVP

Blue Jackets re-sign Klesla to one-year contract

Blue Jackets re-sign Klesla to one-year contract
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed defenseman Rostislav Klesla to a one-year contract Thursday.

St. Louis wins Pearson award as players' MVP
TORONTO -- Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Lester B. Pearson Award as the NHL's most outstanding player Thursday.

Vacation postcards convey a taste of adventures
Summer travel has begun, and so have our vacation postcards.

Police identify dead man
Authorities have identified the man who they said was shot and killed during an incident with police this morning.

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.

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.

Reagan's legacy is glossed over

Support Lieberman this November

Governor pole-axed our Fort Discovery
As far as Gov. Sonny Perdue is concerned, Fort Discovery and Fort Gordon can drop dead! This translates into "Augusta, drop dead." Lowell Greenbaum Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)

Writers get Iraq, equality wrong

CSRA has several HIV resources

Reagan's legacy is glossed over
Many people believe Ronald Reagan was a great president. His recent passing has the media gushing with admiration and adulation for his legacy. Mark Gelbart Augusta

Writers get Iraq, equality wrong
On Paul Cook's June 4 letter ("Bush used 'Brown' to show hypocrisy"): Mr. Cook needs to review Basic Social Engineering 101. Guy R. Dobson Barnwell, S.C.

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.

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

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

Man's best friend is also a good listener, study shows

U.S. candy makers slim down their treats

Fight over electronic voting riles League of Women Voters

Man's best friend is also a good listener, study shows
BERLIN -- Everyone knows dogs can fetch and sit on command, but they have the brains to do more: A study published Friday indicates they can remember the words for dozens of objects, some of them for weeks.

Fight over electronic voting riles League of Women Voters
A battle over electronic voting is threatening the cohesion of the nonpartisan League of Women Voters, whose national leadership is refusing to endorse demands by hundreds of members for a paper trail to guard against fraud, hackers and malfunctions.

U.S. candy makers slim down their treats
CHICAGO -- Call it Candy Lite. Long viewed as a slightly naughty self-indulgence, candy is getting a makeover as companies try to concoct sweets that are a little healthier.

Meetings reflect renewed harmony
SAVANNAH, Ga. - As the world leaders wrapped up their discussions Thursday on Sea Island, analysts were attempting to put the G-8 Summit in perspective.

Around town

3 businesses conned in bad check scheme
Businesses, beware.

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.

Vineyards squeeze into state
JACKSON - After eight years of working the vines, Guy and Theresa Valentine are starting to taste the fruits of their labor in their dry white wine made from a diminutive Virginia grape and a sweet red from the tougher-skinned muscadine.

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.

Creative classrooms encourage learning
YORK, S.C. - Seven-year-old Joshua Rolan grabs a smiley-face neon yellow pillow and stretches out on the floor.

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.

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.

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.

School board allows Bible study to go on
Marc Gottlieb was outnumbered Thursday when he argued against a Bible program for two Richmond County schools.

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.

Teens search for work
AIKEN - Behind the counter at Bath & Body Works in the Aiken Mall sits a swollen folder, more than 6 inches thick, filled with completed job applications.

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.

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.

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.

Mother, system strained by split
Caught in the midst of chaos at the local Department of Family and Children Services are children such as Jemecka Berrian's 7-year-old son, who was handcuffed and taken to the state's largest mental institution last month.

Police suspect links to gang

Across Georgia
NEWNAN - A methamphetamine lab explosion at a Coweta County home left a 40-year-old man with burns over 80 percent of his body, authorities said.

Demolition for stadium leaves a trail of tires

Mother, system strained by split

Meetings reflect renewed harmony

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.

Company pitches space travel

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.

Surgery erases man's disease
When Jim McMurrain learned he had pancreatic cancer in November, all he could think of was a former banking colleague who also was diagnosed with the disease.

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.

Company pitches space travel
AIKEN - A rocket-launching company hoping to do business in Aiken County entertained listeners Thursday with ambitions of colonizing the moon, along with near-term goals of creating a big-time commercial shipping program into space.

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.

NATO's position in Iraq debated

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.

Flowers between showers
Dean Ochiltree takes advantage of the sunny weather while trimming shasta daisies and cone flowers at his home in North Augusta. Brief periods of sunshine were enjoyed, but today's forecast still calls for clouds and thunderstorms hovering over the Augusta area.

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.

Entertainment panel touts Georgia talent

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Bush Field upgrades its security equipment
The security equipment at Augusta Regional Airport will soon complete its transformation from aging to state-of-the-art, officials said.

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.

Kolb asks for project priorities
Augusta City Administrator George Kolb again pleaded with commissioners Thursday to begin prioritizing projects for the city's next special purpose local option sales tax.

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.

Board adjusts work schedule
Desperate to save money, the Richmond County Board of Education on Thursday approved a four-day work week for summer workers, a plan designed to reduce utility costs.

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.

School board allows Bible study to go on

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.

Vineyards squeeze into state

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.

Across the Southeast

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.

Arts director encourages local groups

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

Two suspects make 'admissions'

Winning hopefuls get help

Around town
The Lucy Craft Lane Museum of Black History is a museum dedicated to promoting the legacy of legendary Augusta educator Lucy C. Laney.

Kid of the day

News you can use

Rice calls Iraq vote a major step forward

News you can use
JUNE 11, 1980 Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony for the $70 million W.F. Hall Printing plant near Evans was "a most significant occasion" because the plant will bring economic, technological and educational benefits to the area, Georgia Gov. George Busbee said.

Sperm donors sought locally

Across the Southeast
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A prosecutor raised religious objections to the death penalty in asking to step aside in the case of two men charged with killing a couple and setting their house on fire.

Local offices will close in observance

Across the area
An employee at a Hephzibah convenience store told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that she was robbed early Thursday morning, a police report says.

Woman's family must grieve again

County to speed up network
AIKEN - Aiken County's judicial system may not be as wired as judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officials would like, but its capabilities will soon be increased nearly tenfold, thanks to Big Tobacco.

Hit-maker Lowery dies of cancer at 79

Sentence stands in McCladdie case
An Appling man sentenced to more than 20 years in prison on sexual assault charges was denied a change of sentence and a request to withdraw his guilty plea in a Columbia County court Thursday.

News you can use

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?

Not too wet for a walk

Arts director encourages local groups
Susan Weiner, the new director for the Georgia Council for the Arts, appeared before an audience of Augusta arts professionals and enthusiasts Thursday, bearing a message of numbers.

Creative classrooms encourage learning

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

Across the area

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.

Flowers between showers

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia

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.

Two arrested in string of arson cases

2 G-8 demonstrations incur police response

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?

Around town

Surgery erases man's disease

Physical therapy will go doctoral

Suit aims to stop subdivision
Residents of the Lake Olmstead area have filed suit in Richmond County Superior Court to halt the development of a high-density subdivision in their community.

Regents restrict salary sources

Police identify dead man

Leaders' spouses discuss Mideast

County to speed up network

Across the area

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Ryan Dixon, 18 months, of North Augusta.

MCG seeks new dental facility

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT to the teenage girls in the Augusta Mall walking around. Please put some clothes on. Nobody wants to see your stomach hanging over your pants. And learn some respect. Telling someone to move out of your way is disrespectful, especially when you're not in there shopping. Teenage girls like you can make the whole generation look bad. Cover up some, and learn respect.

Two men face murder charges

Two arrested in string of arson cases
ATLANTA - Tips to authorities led to the arrests of two men suspected of starting 33 recent fires that caused $4 million in damages.

Marker honors surveyors' place in history of Aiken

Police suspect links to gang
Two men bearing gang tattoos and a teenager charged in the killing of a pregnant Augusta woman probably knew each other through a street gang, Richmond County authorities said.

Kid of the day

Entertainment panel touts Georgia talent
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Hollywood may have the tinsel, but Georgia has the hospitality.

Teens search for work

Analysts favor spy planes of Georgia
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In the race to develop the U.S. military's next-generation spy plane, some analysts say the jet pulling ahead is made by Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. of Savannah.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT to the teenage girls in the Augusta Mall walking around. Please put some clothes on. Nobody wants to see your stomach hanging over your pants. And learn some respect. Telling someone to move out of your way is disrespectful, especially when you're not in there shopping. Teenage girls like you can make the whole generation look bad. Cover up some, and learn respect.

Two suspects make 'admissions'
CUMMING, Ga. - Two men suspected in a string of metro Atlanta fires made "some admissions" during questioning by police, and items stolen from several of the burned buildings were found in one of their homes, investigators said Thursday.

Suit aims to stop subdivision

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - A 12-year-old boy died after he was shot in the head when an antique gun his 14-year-old brother had been handling went off at their home.

3 businesses conned in bad check scheme

G-8 protest march leads to 13 arrests
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Thirteen protesters were arrested Thursday after sitting in the middle of an intersection at the entrance to the causeway that leads to Sea Island, where world leaders are gathered for the final day of the G-8 Summit.

At the Movies: 'Garfield: The Movie'

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

At the Movies: 'The Stepford Wives'

At the Movies: 'Garfield: The Movie'
Fat cat Garfield has gone to the dogs in his big-screen debut.

'Stepford' costumer pulls in color, waists

'Stepford' costumer pulls in color, waists
NEW YORK -- The very feminine - and very fitted - floral dresses featured in the new movie "Stepford Wives" look like they were designed by men who feel threatened by career-oriented, suit-wearing women - especially when those women are their wives.

Video watch

'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.

'Stepford' stars don't talk like compliant dolls

Movie listings

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

At the Movies: 'The Chronicles of Riddick'

Some child stars move successfully into adulthood on big screen

At the Movies: 'The Stepford Wives'
Faith Hill's character in "The Stepford Wives," a beautiful Barbie doll of a suburban housewife, spins wildly out of control while square dancing at a Fourth of July celebration in the idyllic Connecticut town that gives the film its title.

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.

At the Movies: 'The Chronicles of Riddick'
The black-hearted anti-hero of the cult hit "Pitch Black" is back, but he's choking on Diesel fumes.

Green, Hall & Oates, McLean and famed Motown duo make Songwriters hall

Judge finds hip-hop magazine in contempt in Eminem case

Judge finds hip-hop magazine in contempt in Eminem case
NEW YORK -- Rap magazine The Source has been ordered to pay Eminem's legal fees for violating a federal court order not to publish full versions of the rapper's racially charged lyrics.

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Parton's 'I Will Always Love You' tops CMT 100 greatest love songs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In the teen movie "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," one character advises his buddy, "When it comes down to making out, whenever possible, put on side one of Led Zeppelin IV."

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.

Parton's 'I Will Always Love You' tops CMT 100 greatest love songs

Concert calendar
This week's listing of scheduled concerts.

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.

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

Green, Hall & Oates, McLean and famed Motown duo make Songwriters hall
NEW YORK -- The creators of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," "She's Gone," "Let's Stay Together" and "American Pie" are all getting their due.

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

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

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

Top 20 Concert Tours

Hot ticket

On the road

Soulful singer gave Georgia its hit state song
SAVANNAH, Ga. - An overflow crowd of 400 watched the man in dark glasses and a purple suit approach the grand piano wedged between the desks and podium of the Georgia House of Representatives.

Timing issues a concern for sport

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.

NASCAR newsmaker Jimmie Johnson

Stewart eager to repeat at challenging Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. - Tony Stewart shouldn't be worried if 2004 begins to look a lot like last year, despite a problem off the racing surface that kept him from winning a week ago.

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.

Souvenirs a source of income

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.

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.

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.

State government honors for President Reagan come at a hefty price

Mourners view pageantry

Million Dollar Man
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Karl Malone started Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night despite the possibility that he has a torn ligament in his right knee.

Million Dollar Man

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.

Bryant attorneys can't strike rape-shield law
DENVER - The judge in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case rejected arguments Thursday by the NBA star's attorneys that the state's rape-shield law is unconstitutional.

Bryant attorneys can't strike rape-shield law

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.

Motor City Muscle
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - As the entry pass floated inside to Shaquille O'Neal, Elden Campbell reached his left arm around and knocked it away. As O'Neal stood planted in the paint, Richard Hamilton picked up the loose ball and flung it forward.

UConn center to undergo surgery
STORRS, Conn. -- Connecticut center Josh Boone will have surgery Friday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

Law, once disgruntled, now wants to retire with Patriots

Shockey misses practice again with foot injury

Couch is finally cut loose by Cleveland

Reserve safety to miss 2004 season

Falcons' first-rounders live up to their billing

NFL Hall of Fame lineman Roosevelt Brown dies

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Olympic Stadium gets first test at Greek track championships
ATHENS, Greece -- From the air, the long-awaited Olympic stadium looks like a butterfly. From the ground, it seems to need a little more time in its cocoon.

Troy and Justin: Heading to Athens in sync

Troy and Justin: Heading to Athens in sync
ST. PETERS, Mo. -- For much of their lives, Troy and Justin Dumais were brothers in name only.

Mandela to carry Olympic torch on its first trip to South Africa

NBC expanding its Olympics TV schedule

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.

NBC expanding its Olympics TV schedule
NEW YORK -- NBC's blanket coverage of the 2004 Olympics in Athens just got a little thicker.

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.

Mandela to carry Olympic torch on its first trip to South Africa
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Nelson Mandela will carry the Olympic torch when it arrives in South Africa for the first time, organizers said Thursday.

Runner's Clinic doctors know needs of patients

Euro 2004 gives Beckham chance to mend his fences

Roddick fights to quarterfinals

Ronald Reagan: Above all, the Gipper was a good sport

Paying attention

Rain, lightning disrupt opening day of NCAA meet

Armstrong getting ready to defend Tour de France title

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Reagan cards are hot items
He was a movie actor. He was a governor. He was a president.

Ronald Reagan: Above all, the Gipper was a good sport
Ronald Reagan wasn't the first United States President to recognize the advantages of aligning himself with competitive athletics. That tradition dates back to at least 1892, when Benjamin Harrison became the first President to attend a major league baseball game.

Armstrong getting ready to defend Tour de France title
SAINT-PAUL-TROIS-CHATEAUX, France -- Lance Armstrong knows he's not riding the way he needs to win a sixth straight Tour de France. Still, there's three weeks before cycling's premier race and Armstrong is confident he'll be ready.

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
Augusta's Brendan O'Connell and Georgia Military College carry a 10-shot lead into today's final round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III National Championship in Chautauqua, N.Y.

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

Roddick fights to quarterfinals
LONDON - Top-seeded Andy Roddick held off Mario Ancic, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4, on Thursday and reached the quarterfinals of the Queen's Club tournament.

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
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.

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

Shockey misses practice again with foot injury
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tight end Jeremy Shockey may miss the final week of the New York Giants offseason program because of a foot problem.

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.

Reserve safety to miss 2004 season
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons placed Keion Carpenter on injured reserve Thursday, meaning the backup free safety will miss the entire season.

NFL Hall of Fame lineman Roosevelt Brown dies
MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Roosevelt Brown, the Hall of Fame offensive tackle whose blocking helped the New York Giants reach six NFL championship games, has died. He was 71.

Law, once disgruntled, now wants to retire with Patriots
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Ty Law now says he wants to retire with the New England Patriots, an about-face that comes after he declared he wanted to leave and called his coach a liar.

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.

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.

Different point of viewArtists display skewed scenes of familiar

Museum's collection puts music on display

Hall of fame is deaf to our area's music

'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
LOS ANGELES - Eminem's moon has been eclipsed.

'Reno 911' success built on stellar cast

Patrick Swayze returns to romance in "King Solomon's Mines"
LOS ANGELES -- Allan Quatermain captured the public imagination in 1885. The Hallmark Channel believes he still can.

CNBC cuts ties to professional wrestler after Nazi gestures

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of May 31-June 6. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

Comedians recycle odd game show

Comedians recycle odd game show
LOS ANGELES -- Sometimes television shows are like old meatloaf: They become stranger as time goes on.

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.

Study: Cable news viewers becoming more partisan in their choices

Spanish-language network sues over 'people meter'

Spanish-language network sues over 'people meter'
LOS ANGELES -- Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications Inc. sued to block Nielsen's new TV ratings system, arguing Thursday that it will drastically undercount Hispanics.

Patrick Swayze returns to romance in "King Solomon's Mines"

MTV censors howl at Eminem's moon

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.

Behind the scenes at the MTV Movie Awards

CNBC cuts ties to professional wrestler after Nazi gestures
NEW YORK -- CNBC has dumped professional wrestler John "Bradshaw" Layfield as a financial analyst after he was observed making Nazi gestures during a World Wrestling Entertainment match in Munich.

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Elizabeth Taylor settles lawsuit brought by former landscaper

Johnson blows by competition

Georgia's magic man full of tricks
ATHENS, Ga. - Will Startup's clutch pitching is a big reason the Georgia baseball team is on the doorstep of a trip to Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series.

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.

Johnson blows by competition
AUSTIN, Texas - Arizona State freshman Jacquelyn Johnson used a burst of energy down the stretch of the 800 meters to win the heptathlon Thursday at the NCAA track and field championships.

Bulldogs' trip to Atlanta gets slow start
ATLANTA -- Georgia's trip to Atlanta for the NCAA super regional was grounded before it even began - literally.

Georgia's magic man full of tricks

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.

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.

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.

Report: Man finds daughter-in-law's body in London refrigerator

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