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.

Collectors bid for Titanic artifacts

A splendid crime novel crawling with murderous lowlifes
James Lee Burke has again written a splendid crime novel crawling with murderous lowlifes.

Unspectacular 'Spectacle' still has plenty to recommend it

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

World War I's origins still subject of debate, 90 years later

New fiction offers a bygone hero and a new heroine
Two new novels give readers the choice of experiencing the exploits of a real-life hero of the past or those of a fictional heroine of today.

Move over, Bridget Jones - here comes Olivia Joules

New fiction offers a bygone hero and a new heroine

A splendid crime novel crawling with murderous lowlifes

'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.

Move over, Bridget Jones - here comes Olivia Joules
Helen Fielding, creator of the Bridget Jones novels, casts a new heroine in her latest book, "Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination."

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."

Unspectacular 'Spectacle' still has plenty to recommend it
Imagine a scenario where vote-buying is encouraged and the election takes weeks - intentionally.

World War I's origins still subject of debate, 90 years later
Ninety years after World War I started, the world is still fighting its aftereffects.

Salvador Dali exhibit, sale opens in Fort Worth

Indians' Martinez catches on quickly

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

Similar teams, different coaches in super regional

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.

NCAA super regional roundup

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

Pirates coach won't back down

NCAA super regional roundup
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Florida Gators made several miscues, and the Miami Hurricanes made them pay.

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.

Royals' Beltran knows it's just the business

Royals' Beltran knows it's just the business
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - How anxious is Carlos Beltran to leave Kansas City for more competitive pastures on the major-league landscape?

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.

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

White Sox rough up Thomson

The Wright pitch at the right time

White Sox rough up Thomson
CHICAGO - At the rate the Atlanta Braves are losing games, they might have difficulty keeping their heads above the break-even point.

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.

New government data shows fraction of jobs lost to offshoring

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.

Workers might have left pensions behind

Property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for May 26-June 1. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Business licenses
The following is a partial list of businesses in Richmond County from April:

Business plan is a building block to potential success
The five attributes were not presented in order of importance, because all are important. But this final attribute - the existence of a plan - is special because without it, very little success would occur.

Business plan is a building block to potential success

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Metso Corp.

Begin saving now for financial security

On the move
l Carolyn F. Amos has been appointed the head of Children's Services for the East Central Georgia Regional Library and will coordinate children's programming in six area counties. She will be responsible for providing outreach activities to schools, day cares, and other educational programs involving children. Ms. Amos was previously employed by Denmark Technical College and earned a master's degree in library science from Atlanta University.

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

Workers might have left pensions behind
NEW YORK - Millions of Americans have changed jobs at least once in their careers, and many have left behind pensions.

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.

Property transfers

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.

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.

Business calendar

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.

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.

Business calendar
Business events for the week ahead.

Cooling vest becomes hot commodity

Aetna gets Spitzer subpoena on broker compensation

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

Begin saving now for financial security
Dennis and Charlene Fehrman can relax comfortably in their five-bedroom home surrounded by 21 open acres and a collection of horses.

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.

Business licenses

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.

Pocket change

On the move

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.

Astronaut blasts governor on Fort Discovery funding

Astronaut blasts governor on Fort Discovery funding
An interesting story making the rounds is about National Science Center CEO Joe Edwards getting in the face of Gov. Sonny Perdue's chief of staff, John Watson, when the governor visited Fort Gordon.

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.

Colorado players appear before grand jury

Remembering Ray

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.

DFCS nightmare
You're a mother. You're with your 7-year-old son in a local hospital. In storms two men who handcuff your child and, with little explanation, haul him more than 100 miles away to a large and scary institution. You don't get to see him again for nearly a month. Then, when you finally do see him, he's drugged, frightened and still wearing the same clothes he had on when he was taken away.

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

Savannah's G-8 bust

Unbridled hatred
More proof that hatred flows like oil in the Mideast: Three more foreign aid workers were killed in an ambush in Afghanistan recently.

DFCS nightmare

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

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.

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.

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.

Money funds fell in latest week

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

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

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.

Tokyo stocks down, dollar up against 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.

Research ensures quality health care

Research ensures quality health care
Q, How can I ensure that my medical treatment isn't shortchanged by my health plan's financial concerns?

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.

Rare errors seal Georgia Tech's fate
ATLANTA - Errors happen. Georgia Tech third baseman Mike Trapani said as much after Saturday's Atlanta Super Regional game.

Rare errors seal Georgia Tech's fate

After Augusta, Mickelson no longer has to answer The Question
It's time to put away the green jacket. Phil Mickelson sure had a blast while it lasted. He got to chat on the phone with President Bush and Don King. Ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Yuk it up with Jay Leno and David Letterman.

Pain-free Couples leads

After Augusta, Mickelson no longer has to answer The Question

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

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.

After Augusta, Mickelson no longer has to answer The Question

49-year-old Roberts leads Buick Classic
HARRISON, N.Y. -- Loren Roberts left the kids behind in the Buick Classic.

49-year-old Roberts leads Buick Classic

Vacation becomes setting for new boring routines
It's the same old song, but with a different meaning since you've been gone.

Bicyclists should mind pedestrians

Thanks for item on lobbyist

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.

Help continue Alzheimer's work

'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.

Larke's duties must match salary
So Dr. Larke makes $168,716 annually. But as we know, thanks to your reporters, he also makes $7,212 a year in travel expenses. He has a deferred annuity equal to $42,179 (based on his annual salary). In addition he is repaid for all that is deducted from his paycheck - insurance, retirement, FICA and medicare. If he is taxed at 37 percent, that is an additional bonus of $62,425. Those three items alone total more than $111,000. Add in the other listed perks - two cell phones, civic dues, a computer and Internet service, dues in three professional associations, and an annual physical - and he is paid double his reported salary. Justen Wonderly Evans

Columnist twists truth on pork
To say that Robert Novak's column criticizing pork-barrel politics in the Senate ("Both parties enjoy a taste of pork," June 8) quotes me out of context would be a polite understatement. Kimberly Pinter Washington, D.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

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.)

Columnist twists truth on pork

Thanks to brave military people
I want to thank the many men and women in all branches of the U.S. armed services who serve this nation and are willing to give their life for the cause of freedom. Joseph Jackson Augusta

Beasley deserved much better
We have all seen how shamelessly liberals criticize our current president, George W. Bush, and with the memorials to former President Ronald Reagan, we are reminded how the same thing happened to him. Jerry Clontz Aiken, S.C.

Media undermining terror war
D-Day could not succeed in today's media and political environment. Robert B Rackliffe North Augusta, S.C.

'Leak' story is contrived confusion

Thanks for item on lobbyist
The purpose of this note is to congratulate Sylvia Cooper on her piece about Fort Discovery payments to Rick Camp and his indictment (City Ink, June 6). Frank Langford, Jr. Aiken, S.C.

Many others died before D-Day

Thanks to brave military people

Help continue Alzheimer's work
Our 40th and oldest elected president of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan, died from complications brought on by Alzheimer's on June 5. On Friday, we honored him with a day of national mourning. He will be remembered for his many notable events while public service as both gover- nor of California and as president. Stephen C. Francis North Augusta, S.C.

Media undermining terror war

Many others died before D-Day
I'm sure you and the rest of the news media didn't know. Here of late, all we heard about is D-Day at Normandy. Arnold J. Throckmorton Hephzibah

Larke's duties must match salary

Specify which type of casual dress is acceptable

New York's Catskill Park celebrates 100 years

White Water!

Modern brides go for fashion-oriented gowns

Despite its grandeur, home is inviting, comfortable retreat

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

Georgia and South Carolina offer motorists plenty to look at if they're willing to travel off the beaten path

Cicadas' love song creeps north

Road Trips: A parent's survival guide

Cassini spacecraft bears down on Saturn after 7-year trip

Living briefs

Service allows people to send messages into deep space

The latest and greatest for the home

In the know

Milwaukee-Muskegon ferry expected to draw tourists

Serials tell story one tale at time

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

Serials tell story one tale at time
Novel serializations have been around for centuries. Long before Charles Dickens became famous for publishing serialized works such as the Pickwick Papers in 1836, newspapers avoided paying higher paper taxes by increasing their size, calling themselves "pamphlets" and filling up the extra space with long works of prose broken up over the course of days, weeks, months or even years.

New York's Catskill Park celebrates 100 years
PHOENICIA, N.Y. -- Before the morning mist burns off, the top of Mount Tremper can seem a world away.

New attractions aim to draw summer visitors to connecticut
MYSTIC, Conn. -- Connecticut is unofficially known as "the land of steady habits," but the region's tourist attractions are showing this summer that they're not afraid to try something new.

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.

In the know
Two years ago on Christmas Day, Desmarae Kennedy couldn't figure out why Stephen Watkins , her boyfriend of six years, was so tense.

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.

Despite its grandeur, home is inviting, comfortable retreat
Turning sketches on a construction plan into a comfortable, beautiful home has been a pleasure for Penelope and Bernard Williams.

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.

Milwaukee-Muskegon ferry expected to draw tourists
MUSKEGON, Mich. -- A new high-speed, high-tech ferry began plying Lake Michigan June 1, covering the 76 nautical miles between Milwaukee and Muskegon in about two and a half hours, and bringing with it hopes of a regional travel boom.

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.

Road Trips: A parent's survival guide
NEW YORK -- Think you're a road warrior for planning a long car trip with children this summer?

White Water!
Coyotes on the canyon rim woke us early - or was it Wild Man Willie yowling, "Come 'n' get it!"?

Modern brides go for fashion-oriented gowns
NEW YORK - Today's bride is a modern woman: She's chic and sophisticated, and she knows exactly what she wants when it comes to her wedding - and her wedding dress.

The latest and greatest for the home
We recently attended the 59th Annual National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. We were in search of the latest and greatest in new home products. Some are so new they won't be shipping to stores until later this summer.

Specify which type of casual dress is acceptable
Dear Carson: My husband and I recently were hosts at a get-together in our home. For the dress designation we put "informal." We were aghast to greet a couple attired in a tank top for the woman and a T-shirt with a logo for the man. Both wore rubber flip-flops. Of course, we said nothing and tried not to let our amazement show. How should I have stipulated the invitation so that it would have been clearer, even to this sleazy-looking and socially inept pair? - Disturbed Over Dress

Q&A: Attic vent calculation
Q. Clem asks: My home has no eave vents, but it does have three gable vents (14 inches x 14 inches each). The roof is 5-in-12 pitch, has R-30 insulation and covers 1,500 square feet. Could you tell me how to calculate the proper amount of attic ventilation?

Georgia and South Carolina offer motorists plenty to look at if they're willing to travel off the beaten path
Historic battle sites and stunning antebellum architecture are great to visit during summer vacations, but sometimes you just want to see a really big peanut. With the driving season upon us, we've got a list of some of the more offbeat attractions Georgia and South Carolina have to offer.

Living briefs
NEW YORK -- Chanel's Levres Lumiere Intense Glossimer Extreme and the Kiehl's Since 1851 Lip Balm SPF 15 with a red tint are the year's top lip-product innovations, according to Cosmetic Executive Women, a group of 2,500 executives in the beauty, cosmetics, fragrance, and related industries.

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.

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.

Across South Carolina

News you can use

Experiencing the arts

Sunday sales of beer show little impact
AIKEN - Almost a year after popping the top on off-premise Sunday beer sales, there is little evidence the city of Aiken has realized a significant economic impact.

Road will clog transit station

Tycoons in the making

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

Fewer people eligible for aid

Private gifts to UGA roll in
ATHENS, Ga. - Tensions involving University of Georgia President Michael Adams, the UGA Foundation and the University System Board of Regents don't seem to have affected the amount of private contributions flowing to the university.

Officials hope expansion plan remains on course
By the Fourth of July festivities, the Augusta Common is set to open a much-needed addition - public restrooms in a two-story Riverwalk Augusta events building.

Across South Carolina
Malpractice lawsuit ends in settlement

Plea gets man 15-year term

Across the southeast

Abuse laws offer less aid in pregnancy cases

Customers could get bill for plants
ATLANTA - The Georgia Public Service Commission is about to consider how much electric customers will have to pay out of a $563 million bill for construction of two power plants.

Across Georgia

Dangerous substance in old roofs makes demolition at ASU costly

Getting diplomas brings dreams closer to reality

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Bypass bears leader's name

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.

Dangerous substance in old roofs makes demolition at ASU costly
After nearly a decade of planning and preparation, Augusta State University will begin demolition this summer of six World War II-era classroom buildings that contain potentially dangerous levels of asbestos.

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.

Sheriff defends officers' actions
Richmond County sheriff's deputies who killed an Augusta man at an Augusta apartment complex Friday morning acted appropriately, Richmond County Sheriff Ronald Strength said Saturday.

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.

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.

Army staff tests skills inside mock war zone
A wounded soldier suffering from a gunshot wound to the throat appeared lifeless on a stretcher, known as a four-man litter in military terms.

50-gun Salute

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Darshon Broadwater of Augusta.

Past fame could hurt Beasley

Sunday sales of beer show little impact

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.

Senate candidates spar over stances on abortion

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Graham will stay quiet for runoff

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

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.

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.

Experts spar over sludge study

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

Across the Southeast

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.

Georgia yard sale stretches 50 miles

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

Deputies kill man after he stabs wife

Carlton isn't resting easy

Across the area

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Cardiologists train on clot catcher simulator

Senate hopefuls debate issues

Around town

State hot line will help aging parents of mentally disabled

Carlton isn't resting easy
AIKEN - Tim Carlton's resounding win in last week's Republican primary for Aiken County coroner has most observers predicting an equally lopsided victory against a lesser-known opponent in November's general election.

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

Officials hope expansion plan remains on course

Customers could get bill for plants

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across Georgia

Wild birds ruffle town's feathers
FITZGERALD, Ga. - Founded as a Deep South colony for Union veterans, residents of this south Georgia town always have prided themselves on their ability to put differences aside and live in harmony.

Court allows judge's appointment

Beasley hunts votes in Aiken
The remaining 10 days before the Republican runoff for South Carolina's U.S. Senate seat are akin to an overtime period in professional sports.

Private gifts to UGA roll in

State hot line will help aging parents of mentally disabled
ATLANTA - For nearly four decades, Chester and Annette Vinings have worked hard to help their mentally disabled son, Stan, live a rewarding life.

Wild birds ruffle town's feathers

Across Georgia
LAGRANGE - Four teenagers face several charges after police say they stole a van and fled a youth home with their babies.

Across South Carolina

Across the area
Police are investigating a robbery that occurred at a Gordon Highway business early Saturday.

News you can use

Across the southeast
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - A 16-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to murdering her stepfather and will testify against her mother, who is accused of plotting the killing.

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

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

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.

Court allows judge's appointment
ATLANTA - Sen. Edward Kennedy lost a bid to block former Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor's appointment to the federal appeals court in Atlanta when Judge Pryor's fellow judges turned down the Massachusetts Democrat's motion to argue it was unconstitutional.

Kid of the Day

Senate hopefuls debate issues
Three Republicans vying for their party's nod to run for U.S. Sen. Zell Miller's seat made their pitches as the best conservative choice Saturday night in Augusta.

Army staff tests skills inside mock war zone

Water event draws families
LANGLEY - The loud music, tattooed and tanned bodies and flashy hairdos gave Saturday's racing at Langley Pond a rock concert feel.

Kiss still going after three decades

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.

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.

NASCAR notebook

Fast-running Rice starting up front in Texas

Other Schumacher wins Canada pole

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

Pocono will test rookies
LONG POND, Pa. - Kasey Kahne's eyes instantly were fixed and his lower lip trembled, much the way one of the many deer reacts at the Pocono Raceway as speeding traffic approaches.

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.

Rookie Kahne wins pole at Pocono

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.

NASCAR president promises changes after Dover fiasco

Other Schumacher wins Canada pole
MONTREAL - It's going to be a lot harder for Michael Schumacher to win the Canadian Grand Prix this time.

Texas could lose second IRL race

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LONG POND, Pa. - Michael Waltrip isn't leaving Dale Earnhardt Inc. after all, as the team plans to expand its operation to three full-time Nextel Cup teams and a pair of Busch Series entries.

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.

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.

Lakers facing problems on and off the court

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.

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.

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.

Magic blasts listless Lakers
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Magic Johnson doesn't like what he sees from the Los Angeles Lakers, and he decided to speak up about it Saturday.

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.

Strong ratings continue for NBA Finals

Pistons' Prince slows down another star

Huggins on indefinite suspension after DUI
CINCINNATI - Bob Huggins is getting a second chance. Embarrassed by Huggins' arrest on a drunken driving charge, Cincinnati put its basketball coach on indefinite, paid suspension Saturday so he can get his life in order.

Lions release tight end Mikhael Ricks

Dillon happy to be on winning team

Couch finally cut by Browns

Mr. Herbert W. Roe    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Jean Cartledge    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Steve Garner    (WARTHEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Alfred Sirard    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rubye Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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MSGT Wallace Eubanks    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Mrs. Joyce Sheppard Mitchum    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lizzie Mae Butler    (IRWONTON, Ga.)
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Brittany Woods    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Fredda Jones    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mrs. Daisy Brinkley    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Pamela Gantt    (BELVEDERE, S.C.)
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Mr. Vernon Peeler Jr.    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. James Gleaton    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Willie Price    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Steve Garner    (WARTHEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Jerry Roland Chitty Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Evelyn Houston    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas Chandler    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Herbert Oliphant    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
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Miss Willie Mae Trotter    (WARD, S.C.)
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Mr. Harry Key    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Herbert Roe    (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Clara Bell Green    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Harold Scilidy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Bing III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Dea. Willie Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Kenneth Thomas    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. James Bing III    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Harrie Carpenter    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Willie Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Dr. Elbert Dickert Jr.    (NEWBERRY, S.C.)
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Mr. Michael Whitlock    (Augusta, GA.)
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Mrs. Myrtie Lawson    (UNION POINT, S.C.)
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Mr. Bennie Penwell (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Tommy Burley (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Cartledge (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Viola Gamble (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Vernon Peeler Jr. (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Dea. Willie Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Cartledge (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Houston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joyce Sheppard Mitchum (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Jerry Roland Chitty Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Dr. Elbert Dickert Jr. (NEWBERRY, S.C.)

Mrs. Pamela Gantt (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mr. George Phillips (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Brinkley (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Clara Penland (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Dora Johnson (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Rubye Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie Sue Thornton (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Julia Johnson-Taylor (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Gleaton (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred Sirard (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Harry Key (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Herbert Roe (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Miss Willie Mae Trotter (WARD, S.C.)

Mrs. Myrtie Lawson (UNION POINT, S.C.)

Mr. Marion Morris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. James Bing III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Whitlock (Augusta, GA.)

Mr. Willie Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert W. Roe (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

MSGT Wallace Eubanks (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Clara Bell Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lizzie Mae Butler (IRWONTON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Harold Scilidy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Steve Garner (WARTHEN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas Chandler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

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

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.

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.

Athens will be ready on time
ATHENS, Greece - The city's main square is torn up. Marble tiles sit in stacks, and barricades block all entrances.

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

Athens will be ready on time

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.

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

Flame passes through Cape Town
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela was handed the Olympic flame Saturday at the island prison where he spent most of his 27 years in jail during the country's leg of the torch's worldwide relay.

Costs for Athens Olympics skyrocket

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.

Let's not bury our love for our nation's leaders
More than a former president was buried this past week.

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.

Let's not bury our love for our nation's leaders
More than a former president was buried this past week.

Rogers' hat out of the ring for now

All area girls soccer team

All-area boys soccer team

Overtime

Hughes builds champs his way

Area sports announcments

Usry the cream of Musketeers' highly rich crop

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

Overtime

Lakeside midfielder keeps fighting

Rogers' hat out of the ring for now
Donny Rogers wore so many hats for Lakeside this season it was hard to keep track. His rsum received another laurel when he became the first area coach to lead two teams to a Georgia High School Association soccer championship game.

Area sports announcments
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Lakeside midfielder keeps fighting
The Augusta Chronicle All-Area Girls Soccer Player of the Year forged herself into a force.

All area girls soccer team
The Augusta Chronicle's All-Area Girls Soccer team

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

Overtime
In London, Andy Roddick reached the final of the Queen's Club grass-court tournament Saturday with a 7-6 (7), 6-3 victory over Lleyton Hewitt.

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.

Usry the cream of Musketeers' highly rich crop
Singling out Havird Usry as the best player on his own team is like choosing just one keepsake from a grove of four-leaf clovers. Richmond Academy was that sort of team this spring.

All-area boys soccer team
The Augusta Chronicle's All-Area boys Soccer team

Hughes builds champs his way
Some would call the task of coaching the best high school team in Augusta soccer history a dream.

National JAKES event brings families outside
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Samantha Monroe journeyed all the way from Oregon to enjoy some outdoor fellowship with other teens from across the nation. She even got to bring her parents along.

National JAKES event brings families outside

Fat catfish
Billy Maddox (left), and Clay McDaniel of Thomaston, Ga., have some major bragging rights after their recent catch of an 85-pound flathead catfish on the Altamaha River.

Solo catch

Fat catfish

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Solo catch
Aubrey Harold, 8, hauled in this 2-pound Brim at Silverlake Estates near Washington Road in Augusta.

More hunters getting their shot at gators
Georgia's inaugural alligator season was so successful last year that the Board of Natural Resources voted recently to do it again - with more permits available in a wider geographic area that will include Screven County, south of Augusta.

Senate candidates spar over stances on abortion
ATLANTA - U.S. Rep. Johnny Isakson, the front-runner for the GOP nomination to succeed U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, says he is anti-abortion. So does U.S. Rep. Mac Collins, one of Mr. Isakson's challengers in the Republican primary. The other, pizza magnate Herman Cain, also opposes abortion.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

More hunters getting their shot at gators

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.

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

Talk show host apologizes for remarks about Detroit

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

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.

Meryl Streep receives award from American Film Institute

People in the News

Auction of Katharine Hepburn items fetch nearly $1.8 million

Bulldogs make World Series for fourth time

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.

Bulldogs bite first

Bulldogs make World Series for fourth time
ATLANTA - Before Saturday's game in the Atlanta Super Regional against Georgia Tech, Georgia outfielder Jonathan Wyatt was best known for having the nicest cleats on the team - a pair of red-striped Nike Griffey G-8s.

USC forward Powell arrested on traffic charges

Powell glad he chose Gamecocks for four years

Powell glad he chose Gamecocks for four years
COLUMBIA - Landon Powell gets a distant, glazed look in his eyes when you ask him to picture life without his college years.

Gamecocks flood Pirates
COLUMBIA - East Carolina baseball coach Randy Mazey was significantly more subdued Saturday evening than he was during the week leading up to his team's Super Regional series at South Carolina.

USC forward Powell arrested on traffic charges
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- University of South Carolina senior forward Carlos Powell has been charged with driving with a suspended license and driving left of center.

Gamecocks flood Pirates

Odds and Ends

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

Faith digest

Pastors to back public schools at Baptist convention

Faith Calendar

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

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

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