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

Salvador Dali exhibit, sale opens in Fort Worth
FORT WORTH, Texas -- From a nearly $500,000 oil painting to dream-inspired watercolors for less than $2,000, hundreds of Salvador Dali's works are for sale in Texas.

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.

Salvador Dali exhibit, sale opens in Fort Worth

'Avenue Q' to have a second home in Las Vegas
NEW YORK -- Wayne Newton. Cirque du Soleil. Celine Dion. And now - "Avenue Q," the latest Las Vegas headliner.

'Avenue Q' to have a second home in Las Vegas

Mark Morris' new dance is messy, exciting

Collectors bid for Titanic artifacts

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

Collectors bid for Titanic artifacts
NEW YORK -- Collectors began sinking thousands of dollars at a sale billed as "the most exceptional assemblage of Titanic material ever to be offered at auction."

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.

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.

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

Similar teams, different coaches in super regional
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- East Carolina coach Randy Mazey is brash and bold, almost begging South Carolina fans to bring as much grief on the former Clemson player as they can during this weekend's NCAA tournament super regional.

Indians' Martinez catches on quickly
CLEVELAND -- Victor Martinez pulls off a surprise nearly every time he takes the field.

Sosa heads for rehab, Borowski gets second opinion

Super Regionals Capsules

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

Expos blank Royals in 1st game

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):

Pirates coach won't back down
COLUMBIA - Bullies pick on people. People don't pick on bullies.

Brown sent for tests

Cedeno, Reed suspended for run-ins with umpires
NEW YORK -- St. Louis outfielder Roger Cedeno was suspended for four games and Colorado reliever Steve Reed was suspended for three games Friday for their animated run-ins with umpires.

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.

Blue Jays activate Cash, option Lopez

Pirates coach won't back down

Cubs outswing the Cardinals

Similar teams, different coaches in super regional

Indians' Martinez catches on quickly

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.

Vacation postcards convey a taste of adventures

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.

Odds and Ends
WAITE PARK, Minn. -- Joe Fautsch was mowing his lawn when he came around a corner and expected to see the Virgin Mary.

Japan refuses mother's request for recognition of children delivered by surrogate
TOKYO -- The Japanese government has rejected a popular television actress' request that her twin sons - delivered by a surrogate mother in the United States - be recognized as her own, the justice minister said Friday.

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

Teacher suspended for washing student's mouth out with soap
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- An elementary school teacher was placed on paid leave for washing a boy's mouth out with soap after he shouted an obscenity at a classmate.

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.

Jones' father to the rescue

The Wright pitch at the right time

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

The Wright pitch at the right time
CHICAGO - In his previous start, Jaret Wright showed how to pitch with smoke and mirrors. Friday night, Wright pitched with his curve revived and his confidence restored.

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

Japan's financial regulator warns Citigroup's Japanese affiliate on customer data

Chrysler again shows big improvement in productivity

Japan's financial regulator warns Citigroup's Japanese affiliate on customer data
TOKYO -- Japan's financial regulator on Friday reprimanded the Japanese banking affiliate of Citibank NA after a shipment containing data on nearly 125,000 ATM, credit card and investment transactions was lost during transit to the bank's data center in Singapore.

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.

Aetna gets Spitzer subpoena on broker compensation
HARTFORD - Aetna Inc. became the latest in a string of insurers to receive a subpoena from the office of New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, seeking information on the way brokers are paid.

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.

Exchange Shopping center lauds opening of Ashley Furniture
When Ashley Furniture Homestore arrived, it erased the Augusta Exchange's biggest black mark, created when Mansour's department store closed.

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

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.

Weekly U.S. oil and gas rig count up by 19

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.

Target disposes of Marshall Field's department store chain

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.

Cooling vest becomes hot commodity
As Donny Jenkins watched crews on television struggling to remove debris from the fallen World Trade Center, he had an epiphany.

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.

Stores reap little from G-8
SAVANNAH, Ga. - During four days at the G-8 Sea Island Summit, NBC News cameraman Geoffrey Doyle didn't set foot outside the International Media Center on Hutchinson Island.

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.

New government data shows fraction of jobs lost to offshoring

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.

Cooling vest becomes hot commodity

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.

Aetna gets Spitzer subpoena on broker compensation

Energy watchdog forecasts stronger growth in oil demand

Weekly U.S. oil and gas rig count up by 19
HOUSTON -- The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States rose by 19 this week to 1,187.

Residents get apology for security nuisance

Fuel costs hitting farmers hard
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Don Langston and his fellow farmers are feeling the pain at the gas pump just like everyone else, but for them it doesn't end there.

Policy breach baffles bureau

Consumer confidence up as economy, jobs market show gains
WASHINGTON -- Consumer confidence grew stronger over the past month as Americans' attitudes about the economy's future prospects brightened.

Jobless filings rise, signaling recovery

New government data shows fraction of jobs lost to offshoring
WASHINGTON -- While many American workers fear the prospect of seeing their jobs shipped overseas, a new government report indicates that few layoffs can be blamed directly on work being sent abroad.

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.

ABC to televise Clemson's first two games

Colorado players appear before grand jury
DENVER -- Colorado football players testified in front of a statewide grand jury Friday, the second time a grand jury has convened to hear testimony related to the school's recruiting scandal.

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.

Colorado players appear before grand jury

Mississippi State to plead its case

UConn center to undergo surgery

The final insult

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.

Savannah's G-8 bust

Savannah's G-8 bust
With security extraordinarily tight on small and relatively remote Sea Island where the G-8 summit was held this week, nearby Savannah was bracing for the worst. The last G-8 summit three years ago in Genoa resulted in one death and hundreds of injuries during two days of intense clashes between Italian police and anti-globalization demonstrators.

Remembering Ray
Now they say that absence makes the heart grow fonder,

Remembering Ray

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:

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Paris Hilton will make her long-awaited first appearance on the "Late Show" with David Letterman on Monday, CBS announced.

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

Meryl Streep receives award from American Film Institute
LOS ANGELES -- Inhuman. Shape-shifter. Spirit channeler. Too perfect.

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.

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.

Auction of Katharine Hepburn items fetch nearly $1.8 million
NEW YORK -- A diamond and sapphire brooch given to Katharine Hepburn by her then boyfriend, Howard Hughes, sold for $120,000 at an auction of hundreds of items from the estate of the late actress.

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.

China's runaway economy drags on Asian stocks
A large jump in China's consumer prices dragged on global stocks Friday, while European markets continued to wrestle with rising oil prices in an otherwise quiet trading day.

China's runaway economy drags on Asian stocks

Tokyo stocks down, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks fell Friday amid concerns that China, a major customer for Japanese goods, could move more rapidly to slow its booming economy. The U.S. dollar rose against the Japanese yen.

Dollar strengthens against major rivals

Dollar strengthens against major rivals
NEW YORK - The dollar climbed to its highest level in two weeks against its European counterparts Friday, drawing strength from another series of comments by Federal Reserve officials that raise the prospect of more aggressive rate hikes if inflationary pressures continue to build.

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.

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $1.62 billion in the latest week to $861.87 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

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.

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.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Large-caps, tech, health care may stand up best as rates rise
NEW YORK -- Interest rates are definitely on the way up, and hawkish remarks from Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan have some on Wall Street thinking they might keep climbing for some time.

Large-caps, tech, health care may stand up best as rates rise

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.

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.

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

Tokyo stocks down, dollar up against yen

Money funds fell in latest week

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

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
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.

Fishing tournament news

Couple of whoppers

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Rosales in the lead, with Sorenstam and Park lurking

Pain-free Couples leads
HARRISON, N.Y. - Dr. Snowball might be making house calls next week at Shinnecock Hills if Fred Couples keeps playing like this.

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.

After Augusta, Mickelson no longer has to answer The Question
It's time to put away the green jacket.

After Augusta, Mickelson no longer has to answer The Question

Singh leads Buick Classic by a stroke

Pain-free Couples leads

St. Louis wins Pearson award as players' MVP

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

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.

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.

'Leak' story is contrived confusion
The unidentified writer of the article on Page 11A of the June 4 Chronicle ("Bush worried about leak inquiry, legal experts say") about the possibility of Democrats trying to drag President Bush into the political inquiry about a "leak" of a CIA agent's name, carefully slanted the article to imply things that do not exist. Joe Weaver Graniteville, S.C.

City's trash pick-up is just garbage
I am still waiting for some explanation on what is going to happen about garbage pick-up costs. Before the consolidated garbage pick-up was initiated, we had a very dependable private service at a cost less than the current $195 per year. Our contractor used a clean, up-to-date garbage truck, and picked up yard waste. Joan A. Jackson Hephzibah

Writers get Iraq, equality wrong

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.

Reagan's legacy is glossed over

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.)

'Leak' story is contrived confusion

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

Norwood's record is exemplary
After reading Kathy Dexter's letter to the editor in The Augusta Chronicle last week ("Norwood missed many key votes," May 31), one thing seems abundantly clear: The political campaign silly season is here whether we like it or not. Duke Hipp Washington, D.C. (Editor's note: The writer is press secretary to U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga.)

Bicyclists should mind pedestrians

Bicyclists should mind pedestrians
When riding bicycles on a sidewalk, trails, walking/biking paths, bicyclists should yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. They should call out an audible signal (i.e. cyclist left/right, etc.) before overtaking and passing them in any and all situations. Billy Cooper North Augusta, S.C.

U.S. candy makers slim down their treats

Cicadas' love song creeps north

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

Cleaner skies were silver lining in last August's blackout, Maryland researchers say

Cassini spacecraft bears down on Saturn after 7-year trip

CDC: Hanging overtakes shooting as chief means of suicide among U.S. youngsters

Service allows people to send messages into deep space

Fight over electronic voting riles League of Women Voters

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.

Cleaner skies were silver lining in last August's blackout, Maryland researchers say
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Last summer's great Northeast blackout had a silver lining - cleaner skies downwind from the Midwestern power plants that were idled, researchers say.

Cassini spacecraft bears down on Saturn after 7-year trip
LOS ANGELES -- A hulking, 5,384-pound spacecraft is nearing the end of a seven-year voyage to Saturn, where it will begin an intensive study of the solar system's second-largest planet, its rings and the stable of moons that orbit it.

CDC: Hanging overtakes shooting as chief means of suicide among U.S. youngsters
ATLANTA -- Hanging and other forms of suffocation have overtaken guns as the chief means of suicide among American youngsters 10 to 14 years old, the government said Thursday.

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.

Cicadas' love song creeps north
NEWPORT, Pa. -- There's a love song playing under a crabapple tree on a farm in the mountains of central Pennsylvania. After a 17-year wait, millions of male periodical cicadas are pitching woo.

Service allows people to send messages into deep space
PHILADELPHIA -- Forget Internet postings, cell phone calls, greeting cards or newspaper classifieds. There's a new way to get your personal message to the whole universe - and perhaps even the afterworld - for less than $25.

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.

Across the Southeast

Police suspect links to gang

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.

Road will clog transit station
A planned extension of St. Sebastian Way in downtown Augusta is designed to help motorists avoid train tracks at 15th Street. But there's just one problem: an entryway to Augusta's main public transit transfer station happens to be in the way.

Kid of the day

Bypass bears leader's name
AIKEN - Rudy Mason could enter a room, make everyone notice and disagree with someone politically and still keep them as a friend, said Rep. Harry Cato, R-Travelers Rest.

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.

Flowers between showers

Deputies kill man after he stabs wife
At the moment when an Augusta man stabbed his stricken wife Friday, police used deadly force to stop him.

Police identify dead man

Teens search for work

Across Georgia

Deputies kill man after he stabs wife

Creative classrooms encourage learning

Plea gets man 15-year term

County to speed up network

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.

Surgery erases man's disease

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 arrested in string of arson cases

Around town

Entertainment panel touts Georgia talent

Across the Southeast

Across the area

Graham will stay quiet for runoff

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.

Abuse laws offer less aid in pregnancy cases
They've been kicked, beaten and bitten for returning items to the father of their children after the relationship ends.

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

Georgia yard sale stretches 50 miles

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.

Cardiologists train on clot catcher simulator
Cardiologist Ray Johnson didn't seem fazed that his patient in the cardiac catheterization lab had suddenly piped up.

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.

Fewer people eligible for aid
To Mel Story, it is a case of being penny-wise and pound-foolish.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Changes in salary don't lead to worry
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia President Michael Adams isn't rattled about his salary, which, starting July 1, 2005, no longer will be supplemented considerably by the UGA Foundation.

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.

Trotting out the reserves
AIKEN - Raised to race, Duke, a five-year-old thoroughbred bay, has been converted into a cop.

Company pitches space travel

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The bill stemming from the lawsuit over the state's legislative redistricting battle is approaching $2.4 million, nearly half of it for the lawyers who brought the case on behalf of several Republicans.

Mother, system strained by split

Plea gets man 15-year term
A man whose child molestation conviction and prison sentence were reversed on appeal is headed back to prison.

3 businesses conned in bad check scheme

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Swalaysea Waltower, 6, of Tallahassee, Fla.

Meetings reflect renewed harmony

Across South Carolina
CLEMSON - A teen has drowned while swimming out to a rope swing on Lake Hartwell, authorities said.

Arts director encourages local groups

Around town
A hazy start to the dayTraffic passes along Gordon Highway as early-morning fog drifts off the Savannah River. Muggy weather is expected to continue today, with a chance of storms.

Across South Carolina

Experiencing the arts
Northal Gaddy, of the Not Gaddy Drumming and Piano Studio, leads a percussion class at Artscape. Artscape is a six-week summer camp put on by the Greater Augusta Arts Council to let children of local housing communities gain experience with the arts.

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Tycoons in the making
Eleven-year-old Taylor Pinson (left) and Frederick Grimm, 12, try to sell lemonade to people passing their lemonade stand at Riverview Park in North Augusta. The stand was the weeklong culmination of "The Main Event" entrepreneurship camp. The children drew up a marketing plan and a budget, bought materials and rented space to sell their product.

Fewer people eligible for aid

50-gun Salute
Members of the Installation Support Platoon attend their guns after firing a 50-gun salute to honor former President Reagan. Mr. Reagan was honored during the flag retreat ceremony Friday at Fort Gordon. The platoon fired the salute after a short biography of Mr. Reagan was read.

News you can use

Tax lien firm sues attorney general
COLUMBIA - An investment firm has sued the state attorney general's office for $1 billion.

Across Georgia

Groups team up to teach needy
Augusta and some nonprofit agencies are teaming up to construct a summer program for needy young people.

Abuse laws offer less aid in pregnancy cases

Getting diplomas brings dreams closer to reality
Mary Norman attended classes at the Lincolnton Library for six years, knowing failure was not an option.

Past fame could hurt Beasley

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.

Experiencing the arts

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

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.

Georgia yard sale stretches 50 miles
DOUGLAS, Ga. - Hundreds of vendors lined up along U.S. Highway 441 on Friday for the latest many-mile yard sale, running from Pearson to McRae in south Georgia.

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.

Past fame could hurt Beasley
COLUMBIA - Former Gov. David Beasley or three-term U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint? Republicans are sizing up which candidate can galvanize the party and beat Democratic challenger Inez Tenenbaum in the fall.

Road will clog transit station

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who they said cashed several checks in the area that had false bank accounts on them.

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.

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.

3 businesses conned in bad check scheme
Businesses, beware.

Doctor awaits ethics decision
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A Charleston surgeon wants the American Medical Association to determine whether it's ethical to refuse treatment to plaintiffs' attorneys and their families involved in medical malpractice cases.

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.

Graham will stay quiet for runoff
COLUMBIA - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is not going to endorse either former Gov. David Beasley or U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint in the Republican runoff for the U.S. Senate, but he says he has no major differences with Mr. DeMint.

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.

Across the Southeast
LOUISVILLE, KY. - President Bush declared a disaster for storm-weary Kentucky, freeing up federal assistance for recovery from an onslaught of tornadoes, floods and mudslides.

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.

News you can use
JUNE 12, 1975 A $3.2 million plan to convert a section of a downtown mill into a production facility was announced by the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

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.

Experts spar over sludge study

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.

Tycoons in the making

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.

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.

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.

Experts spar over sludge study
ATHENS, Ga. - A bitter dispute over sewage sludge safety has boiled over from Burke County farmland to academia, pitting two respected University of Georgia researchers against each other.

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.

50-gun Salute

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.

Getting diplomas brings dreams closer to reality

News you can use

Across the area

Two suspects make 'admissions'

Cardiologists train on clot catcher simulator

Vineyards squeeze into state

Around town

School board allows Bible study to go on

Bypass bears leader's name

Suit aims to stop subdivision

Kid of the day

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.

At the Movies: 'The Chronicles of Riddick'

At the Movies: 'Garfield: The Movie'

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.

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.

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.

At the Movies: 'The Stepford Wives'

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 finds hip-hop magazine in contempt in Eminem case

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.

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.

Whitney Houston receives lifetime achievement award in Germany
HAMBURG, Germany -- Whitney Houston received a lifetime achievement award at the first-ever Women's World Awards.

Kiss still going after three decades

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.

Top 20 Concert Tours

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."

Kiss still going after three decades
TOKYO -- He still has all the old gimmicks - the bat wings, the leather everything, the fire breathing, the blood spitting. And, yes, his tongue is still usually found dangling somewhere down around the end of his chin.

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

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

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

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.

NASCAR president promises changes after Dover fiasco
LONG POND, Pa. -- NASCAR president Mike Helton on Friday promised changes to avoid a repeat of the caution-plagued race that slowed the field at Dover and upset drivers.

Rookie Kahne wins pole at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. -- There were no crashes or bad luck for Kasey Kahne at Pocono Raceway.

Texas could lose second IRL race
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The self-proclaimed second home of the Indy Racing League could lose the IndyCar Series season finale after this year.

Fast-running Rice starting up front in Texas

Fast-running Rice starting up front in Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Buddy Rice got his first IndyCar Series win at the Indianapolis 500. But he's always been fast.

NASCAR president promises changes after Dover fiasco

Texas could lose second IRL race

Rookie Kahne wins pole at Pocono

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.

Pistons' Prince slows down another star
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Kobe Bryant is finding out the same thing that NBA superstars such as Reggie Miller and Tracy McGrady discovered when they took on Tayshaun Prince.

Strong ratings continue for NBA Finals

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.

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.

Strong ratings continue for NBA Finals
NEW YORK -- Detroit's dominating win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of the NBA Finals was the highest-rated show on network television Thursday night.

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.

Million Dollar Man

Lakers seem to be in denial trailing Pistons 2-1
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Los Angeles Lakers handed out compliments to the Detroit Pistons on Friday about as well as they've gotten the ball to Shaquille O'Neal - grudgingly, or not at all.

Lakers facing problems on and off the court

Police investigating Malone's dispute with fan
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Police are investigating a confrontation between Karl Malone and a fan who says the Lakers' forward poked him in the face before Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Bryant attorneys can't strike rape-shield law

Lakers facing problems on and off the court
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- As if the Los Angeles Lakers don't have enough to worry about with the Detroit Pistons, they're also dealing with injuries and outside distractions.

Pistons' Prince slows down another star

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

Couch finally cut by Browns

Lions release tight end Mikhael Ricks

Reserve safety to miss 2004 season

Shockey misses practice again with foot injury

Dillon happy to be on winning team

Law, once disgruntled, now wants to retire with Patriots

NFL Hall of Fame lineman Roosevelt Brown dies

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

Costs for Athens Olympics skyrocket

From soccer balls to security, Iraqi team has long wish list
AMMAN, Jordan -- When Ahmed M. Abbas leaves his Baghdad home for soccer practice, he takes escorts for protection.

Troy and Justin: Heading to Athens in sync

Troy and Justin: Heading to Athens in sync

From soccer balls to security, Iraqi team has long wish list

Marion Jones wants grand jury testimony released to anti-doping agency
In another attempt to clear her name, Olympic champion Marion Jones wants federal prosecutors to release her grand jury testimony so she can give it to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Steroid scandal makes coaching chore more difficult

Costs for Athens Olympics skyrocket
ATHENS, Greece -- A few months ago, a group of Russian rocket scientists announced an ambitious plan to send six people on a round-trip journey to Mars within a decade. It was estimated that the project would need up to $5 billion to get off the ground.

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

Marion Jones wants grand jury testimony released to anti-doping agency

NBC expanding its Olympics TV schedule

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

Steroid scandal makes coaching chore more difficult
AUSTIN, Texas -- The women's track and field coach for the U.S. Olympic team says the steroid scandal that is rocking the sport leaves many questions about the makeup of the country's relay teams in Athens.

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.

President Bush must follow Reagan's inspiring example
Ronald Reagan made me proud to be an American. He truly believed in the greatness of America, and he convinced the rest of us to feel the same way.

President Bush must follow Reagan's inspiring example
Ronald Reagan made me proud to be an American. He truly believed in the greatness of America, and he convinced the rest of us to feel the same way.

Armstrong getting ready to defend Tour de France title

Overtime

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

Overtime

Roddick fights to quarterfinals

Navratilova gets wild card, will play singles after 10-year absence

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.

Overtime
In Chautauqua, N.Y., an Augustan led Georgia Military College to victory in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III National Championship.

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.

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.

Navratilova gets wild card, will play singles after 10-year absence
WIMBLEDON, England -- Martina Navratilova will play singles at Wimbledon for the first time in a decade.

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

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.

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.

Dillon happy to be on winning team
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Corey Dillon came to the New England Patriots to be surrounded by the trappings of success. When his teammates collect their Super Bowl rings, though, he won't be there.

Lions release tight end Mikhael Ricks
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Tight end Mikhael Ricks was released Friday by the Detroit Lions after two years with the team.

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.

Couch finally cut by Browns
CLEVELAND -- Tim Couch was finally released Friday by the Cleveland Browns, a fittingly unceremonious send-off for the quarterback and former No. 1 overall draft pick.

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.

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.

Appeals court affirms ban on Bible classes at Tennessee public schools
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that argued weekly Bible classes are unconstitutional in the public schools of Rhea County, the same county where the "Scopes Monkey Trial" pitted creationists against evolutionists 79 years ago.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Families meet for fellowship, worship at 19th-century campground
For one week each year, the Fountain Campground in Warren County, Ga., is filled with children hunting crawfish in the creek and adults sitting around tents, swapping stories.

Sam's Club markets bulk 'Passion' videos to churches
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Mainstream retailer Sam's Club began offering 50-copy "church packs" of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" this week, in a twist on usual ways of selling to religious groups.

Faith digest
THE REV. LINDELL COOLEY, a former worship leader at Brownsville Revival in Pensacola, Fla., and the pastor of Grace Church in Nashville, Tenn., will lead worship at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday at River of Life Church, 1411 Columbia Highway in Aiken.

An angry teenager's experience demonstrates the Bible's mysterious power
Can words written thousands of years ago reach across eras to change the life of a youngster in inner-city America?

Pastors to back public schools at Baptist convention
A proposal urging Southern Baptists to pull their children out of the "godless" public school system didn't play well among Augusta pastors headed to the denomination's annual convention Tuesday and Wednesday in Indianapolis.

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
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.

Spanish-language network sues over 'people meter'

CNBC cuts ties to professional wrestler after Nazi gestures

Talk show host apologizes for remarks about Detroit

MTV puts its own spin on the makeover show with "Pimp My Ride"

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

Comedians recycle odd game show

MTV puts its own spin on the makeover show with "Pimp My Ride"
DETROIT -- Turn on a television set at any given time and something is being made over: a room (TLC's "Trading Spaces"), a house ("ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition") or even a human being (Fox's "The Swan").

Studio creates 'Six Feet Under' corpses

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.

Talk show host apologizes for remarks about Detroit
DETROIT -- Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show was pulled off the air for a night following a joke the comedian made about Detroit during the NBA Finals.

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.

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

Studio creates 'Six Feet Under' corpses
LOS ANGELES -- Walk into the unmarked office in a nondescript suburban industrial complex and, suddenly, a feeling of dread descends.

People in the News

Meryl Streep receives award from American Film Institute

People in the News

Auction of Katharine Hepburn items fetch nearly $1.8 million

Elizabeth Taylor settles lawsuit brought by former landscaper

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.

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.

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.

Georgia's magic man full of tricks

Bulldogs bite first

Johnson blows by competition

Bulldogs bite first
ATLANTA - During his team's post-game news conference after Friday's Game 1 of the Atlanta Super Regional against Georgia, Georgia Tech second baseman Eric Patterson was asked to give his take on Bulldogs closer Will Startup.

Odds and Ends

Japan refuses mother's request for recognition of children delivered by surrogate

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

Odds and Ends

Faith digest

An angry teenager's experience demonstrates the Bible's mysterious power

Faith Calendar

Families meet for fellowship, worship at 19th-century campground

Sam's Club markets bulk 'Passion' videos to churches

Pastors to back public schools at Baptist convention