A splendid crime novel crawling with murderous lowlifes

Fine art, historical artifacts boosting South as cultural destination

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.

Exhibit shows how artist painted over his own prints

Move over, Bridget Jones - here comes Olivia Joules

Sci-fi museum hopes to inspire visitors
SEATTLE - The director of Seattle's new science fiction museum wants to get people thinking about "What if?"

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

Exhibit shows how artist painted over his own prints
WASHINGTON -- To the human eye, brilliant colors and thick black lines mark much of the work by French artist Georges Rouault, considered among the greatest of recent religious painters.

New fiction offers a bygone hero and a new heroine

Fine art, historical artifacts boosting South as cultural destination
JACKSON, Miss. -- Michael Van Winkle's sister, Karla McCade, didn't believe him when he told her there was a Vermeer painting and a 41-carat green diamond on display in the Magnolia state.

Getting a jump on Broadway: 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' in San Diego

Lynn Nottage quickly returns with 'Fabulation'
NEW YORK -- Lynn Nottage won the New York Drama Critics' Circle award this year for "Intimate Apparel," her heartbreaking tale of a lonely seamstress.

Unspectacular 'Spectacle' still has plenty to recommend it

Getting a jump on Broadway: 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' in San Diego
NEW YORK -- Want to get a jump on one of the big musicals coming to Broadway during the 2004-2005 season?

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."

Farm where Andrew Wyeth painted Helga nudes opens to public
CHADDS FORD, Pa. -- The view from inside the barn illustrated in Andrew Wyeth's "Spring Fed" remains the same: A metal bucket hangs over a stone trough brimming with cold water, the barnyard and Kuerner Hill visible through a lone window.

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.

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

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

Farm where Andrew Wyeth painted Helga nudes opens to public

Lynn Nottage quickly returns with 'Fabulation'

Art exhibit tells story of 'Masters of Florence
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- They were filthy rich and liked to be in charge. And because of that, the world was changed forever.

Art exhibit tells story of 'Masters of Florence

Sunday's Interleague Capsules
BALTIMORE -- Barry Bonds hit his 676th homer and drove in three runs, leading San Francisco past Sidney Ponson and the Orioles.

Royals' Beltran knows it's just the business

Ken Griffey hits 499th career homer

NCAA super regional roundup

Ken Griffey hits 499th career homer
CLEVELAND -- Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 499th career homer in the third inning of the Cincinnati Reds' game against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

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

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?

Sunday's Interleague Capsules

Atlanta out early, often
CHICAGO -- Mark Buehrle pitched eight solid innings, Carlos Lee extended his hitting streak to 27 games and the Chicago White Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 10-3 Sunday.

White Sox rough up Thomson

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.

Atlanta out early, often

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

Teens among the hardest hit when jobs are scarce
CHICAGO -- Erica Gomez dropped out of high school her freshman year so she could work to help her newly divorced mother pay the mortgage and buy groceries. A year and a half later, Gomez had a baby girl, Alize - and the need to make money became even more pressing.

Home Depot CEO trying to buck company's comparisons to Lowe's
ATLANTA -- Home Depot Inc. CEO Bob Nardelli doesn't like to talk about his company's chief rival, but that doesn't mean he's ignoring it - he tours Lowe's stores when he travels around the country.

Pricing data to be watched closely for inflation
NEW YORK -- Inflation was expected to be on investors' minds Monday as Wall Street tried to predict how far the Federal Reserve may go in raising interest rates later this month.

Property transfers

Workers might have left pensions behind

Business calendar
Business events for the week ahead.

On the move

Microsoft struggles to fortify small business unit
SEATTLE -- News that Microsoft Corp. discussed a merger with business software giant SAP AG has focused new attention on Microsoft's limited success in a market it would love to conquer.

Business licenses

Nardelli says investor perception of Home Depot off mark
ATLANTA -- Home Depot chief executive Bob Nardelli admits the home improvement retailer's image has had its highs and lows, and, this might be a jolt, he says both are probably unjustified.

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.

Business plan is a building block to potential success

Pocket change
Employer spotlight: Metso Corp.

Business calendar

Pricing data to be watched closely for inflation

Begin saving now for financial security

Seagate to enter booming market for small hard drives

Pocket change

Biweekly survey finds U.S. gas prices drop for first time this year

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.

Borders makes habit of being first to go in downtown

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.

Nardelli says investor perception of Home Depot off mark

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.

Biweekly survey finds U.S. gas prices drop for first time this year
LOS ANGELES -- Lower oil prices and a boost in gasoline production have prompted the year's first drop in gas prices, with the nation's average price dropping 6 1/2 cents per gallon over the last two weeks, an industry analyst said Sunday.

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

Seagate to enter booming market for small hard drives
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Eyeing consumers' voracious appetite for digital media storage, Seagate Technology LLC will soon have a slew of new products to capitalize on the booming demand for mini hard drives.

Borders makes habit of being first to go in downtown
DETROIT -- Borders Group Inc. is becoming an urban pioneer.

Teens among the hardest hit when jobs are scarce

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.

NYC hopes to host Big Apple Bowl at proposed Jets stadium
NEW YORK -- New York City wants to host a college bowl game in 2010 at the proposed future home of the New York Jets on the West Side of Manhattan.

NYC hopes to host Big Apple Bowl at proposed Jets stadium

Costly thoughts
Imagine being fined for what you think.

Benefit boost is deserved
Reservists and National Guard members have taken a third of the casualties in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, yet when they aren't on active duty they aren't entitled to the same medical care as the regular military forces.

Costly thoughts

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.

DFCS nightmare

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.

Bad truck ruling

Bad truck ruling
We wonder in this election year if President Bush is happy with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week that empowers his administration to skip a lengthy environmental and safety study and open U.S. roadways to Mexican trucks.

Limbaugh announces end of 10-year marriage, his third
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh announced Friday that he and his wife, Marta, are divorcing.

People in the News
LINCOLN, Neb. -- TV reality star Anna Nicole Smith - recovering from two broken ribs - considered canceling an appearance at an HIV/AIDS benefit for children but showed up after all.

'P. Diddy' leaves "Raisin" production with stomach ailment
NEW YORK -- Hip-hop music impresario and Broadway performer Sean "P. Diddy" Combs was forced to leave Saturday's matinee performance of "A Raisin in the Sun" because of a stomach ailment, a spokesman for the production said.

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?

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

Gardner returns; GreenJackets lose
Maybe the Curse of the Bambino reached deep into the Boston Red Sox farm system.

Readers offer their stories, suggestions

Jones wins LaSalle Bank Open by one stroke
GLENVIEW, Ill. -- Australia's Brendan Jones shot a 4-under 67 in windy conditions Sunday for a one-stroke victory at the Nationwide Tour's LaSalle Bank Open.

Doyle wins rain-shortened Bayer Advantage by one stroke
PARKVILLE, Mo. -- Allen Doyle was declared the winner of the rain-shortened Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am on Sunday after thunderstorms swept through the Kansas City area the night before, making the course unplayable.

United States wins Curtis Cup

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.

United States wins Curtis Cup
FORMBY, England -- Michelle Wie helped the United States win its fourth straight Curtis Cup on Sunday with a 10-8 victory over Britain-Ireland.

Sorenstam routs field for six-shot lead

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

Garcia wins Buick Classic in playoff

Doyle wins rain-shortened Bayer Advantage by one stroke

After Augusta, Mickelson no longer has to answer The Question

Garcia wins Buick Classic in playoff
HARRISON, N.Y. -- Sergio Garcia won a three-man playoff for the second time in five weeks Sunday, holing a 7-foot birdie putt to beat Rory Sabbatini on the third extra hole in the Buick Classic.

49-year-old Roberts leads Buick Classic

Tunnicliff wins Diageo event
GLENEAGLES, Scotland -- Miles Tunnicliff shot a 4-under 68 in the final round of the Scottish PGA's Diageo Championship on Sunday to win the event by five strokes.

Sorenstam routs field for six-shot lead
WILMINGTON, Del. -- Annika Sorenstam blew away the field Sunday morning with a 7-under 64 to shatter the 54-hole record in the LPGA Championship and take a six-shot lead into the final round.

Tunnicliff wins Diageo event

Gardner returns; GreenJackets lose

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

James Brown admits guilt
AIKEN - Entertainer James Brown has admitted guilt to a criminal domestic violence charge, avoiding a public trial on the eve of his European tour.

Uncovered fighter jets tell the story

Thankfully, 878th returned safely

Media undermining terror war

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.

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

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.

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

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

'Black Pages' provides needed service

Thankfully, 878th returned safely
In March 2003, the National Guard 878th Engineer Battalion out of Augusta journeyed to Iraq. They returned home June 4. It was to my disappointment that no TV station, newspaper, or radio station of any kind from the area was there for this wonderful occasion. More than 500 men and women from the CSRA gave up their everyday lives for over a year to serve their country. Many families did without for this time, but they all felt it was for a good cause. I would like to express my pride in this unit! Stephaney Crenshaw Harlem

'Black Pages' provides needed service
Regarding Andrew Aiken's June 7 letter ("Black phone directory is racist"): The Black Pages directory allows the conscientious consumer to decide where and how to spend our money, plain and simple as that. Pamela Curry Augusta

Reagan could relate to Americans
I think the great thing about President Reagan was that it didn't matter whether you were Republican or Democrat. He was one of us. He knew what it was to work hard to make enough to eat. Jerry M. Tucker Sr. Augusta

Many others died before D-Day

Thanks for item on lobbyist

Larke's duties must match salary

Thanks to brave military people

Help continue Alzheimer's work

Uncovered fighter jets tell the story
Recently, 12 MiG-25 Foxbat fighter jets were found buried in the desert near a former Iraqi airfield. These aircraft were carefully protected so they could be uncovered for future use. Dennis Ellis Augusta

Columnist twists truth on pork

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.

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

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.

Despite its grandeur, home is inviting, comfortable retreat

In the know

Garmin running gadget a good choice - away from cities

New Web ads follow visitors around

Hobbyists' robot is headless and speechless but agile

Matsushita designs room that puts customers to sleep

Serials tell story one tale at time

Newspapers riding out complaints over online registration

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

Milwaukee-Muskegon ferry expected to draw tourists

Western-style shooter stylish but ultimately, a step backward

New York's Catskill Park celebrates 100 years

The latest and greatest for the home

Road Trips: A parent's survival guide

Living briefs

Wind power buffeted by technical and economic challenges

Photos of Saturn moon support theories it formed in solar system's far reaches

White Water!

Modern brides go for fashion-oriented gowns

Specify which type of casual dress is acceptable

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.

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.

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.

Wind power buffeted by technical and economic challenges
NORMAN, Okla. -- Mike Bergey is sailing along in his silver sedan with the "WINDPWR" license plate, streaming toward one of the electric windmills he has seeded around central Oklahoma's prairie, when a warning siren howls out of nowhere.

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.

Photos of Saturn moon support theories it formed in solar system's far reaches
LOS ANGELES -- High-resolution pictures taken by the Cassini spacecraft during a flyby of Saturn's largest outer moon suggest the banged-up rock hails from the outer reaches of the solar system, a mission scientist said Sunday.

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?

Matsushita designs room that puts customers to sleep
TOKYO -- In fading light, the murmur of a cool stream soothes your jangled nerves. Your back is slowly massaged, stretching muscles exhausted from the long commute home.

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

Garmin running gadget a good choice - away from cities
PARIS -- As if I weren't challenged enough running the Paris Marathon, I had to confront a course marked in kilometers - it might as well have been in furlongs for an American like me.

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?

Newspapers riding out complaints over online registration
PHILADELPHIA -- Imagine if a trip to the corner newsstand required handing over your name, address, age, and income to the cashier before you could pick up the daily newspaper.

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.

New Web ads follow visitors around
NEW YORK -- You certainly expect to see golf ads while visiting the golf section of ESPN.com. But if you're a devoted duffer, those pitches will soon find you as well when you're checking baseball scores or catching up on football trades.

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.

Western-style shooter stylish but ultimately, a step backward
Winston Churchill didn't have video games in mind when he said, "the price of greatness is responsibility." But now Rockstar Games is paying that price with "Red Dead Revolver," a stylish but flawed paean to the western.

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.

New York pop-up company challenges Utah's Spyware Control Act
SALT LAKE CITY -- A New York company that delivers Internet pop-up ads has asked a judge to block enforcement of Utah's new anti-spyware law pending resolution of a constitutional challenge.

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.

Companies look beyond behavior to expand ad targeting
NEW YORK -- Visit the gaming portal IGN.com or the computing news site BetaNews, and you might find some Web links in green instead of blue. As you move your mouse over them, ads pop up.

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.

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

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.

Hobbyists' robot is headless and speechless but agile
OSAKA, Japan -- If you're the kind of person who spends hours on build-it-yourself radio-controlled models, you'll love the Robovie-M walking robot.

Dangerous substance in old roofs makes demolition at ASU costly

State hot line will help aging parents of mentally disabled

Senate hopefuls debate issues

Across the area
Police arrested a 32-year-old Augusta man during the weekend after his female roommate said he fired shots inside their home, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Across the Southeast

Ray Noblet: 5 questions
1. Most people see insect pests as simply that. Is there anything beneficial that ticks and mosquitoes do, or any good reason for them to be here?

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.

Drawing winners have big plans
Sarah Long, 14, of North Augusta, doesn't have much luck when it comes to competing in contests.

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.

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

Private gifts to UGA roll in

Senate winner may be pioneer
ATLANTA - Could Georgia voters be on their way to electing the state's first black U.S. senator?

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Kid of the day
Taylor Claire Stripling of Columbia is today's kid of the day.

Outlaw on board
Adam Haller performs in the outlaw class at the Ambush BYOB Wakeboard Series. The Augusta tournament was held Saturday and Sunday on Lake Olmstead. It was the first event of Ambush Boarding Co. and Buywake.com's series.

Problems hinder school panels
The meeting was scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Seven people were supposed to attend.

Drawing winners have big plans

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT to the person complaining about the employee wearing a tank top and too-tight jeans. You are judgmental and shallow. You were there to handle your business, yet you gripe about what people are wearing. Get a life. Why don't you worry about the nuts running around harming innocent people like that poor woman who was just trying to provide for her family? My heart goes out to her and her family. May God bless them.

Outlaw on board

Homefront: Mother's illness led man to new life back home
It's the eclectic mixture of fox and rattlesnake skins, Indian artifact reproductions and a ceramic dairy cow and calf that might best represent Dean Pope, an Augusta native son who traveled to the end of the world and most points in between.

Customers could get bill for plants

Young mayors learn on the job
WEST UNION, S.C. - Like many recent college graduates, Josh Roberts is trying to find a job and move out of his parents' house, but first he has to help the tiny town of West Union renegotiate its 70-year-old water contract.

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

The week ahead
Once upon a time, there was this band, a great band, that combined elements of pure pop with punk exuberance, tempered ivory tower intellectualism with raw emotion and, for the most part, went unheard.

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

Bill requires braid specialists to train
AIKEN - Braiding hair for money in South Carolina will no longer be as easy as twisting locks into a stylish shape if a new bill is signed into law.

Kid of the Day

Blind baseball team needs pitchers
ATHENS, Ga. - It's not easy to play baseball when you can't see the ball hurtling toward you or the base that you are running for.

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.

Across Georgia
ATHENS - Despite the profession's economic limitations, an increasing number of men and women are choosing to take up farming - and find other ways to make ends meet.

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 South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Months after a settlement with a bankrupt hazardous waste company, former environmental policy-makers are warning that a major leak at the landfill near South Carolina's largest reservoir could cost the state $84 million in cleanup costs.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT to the person complaining about the employee wearing a tank top and too-tight jeans. You are judgmental and shallow. You were there to handle your business, yet you gripe about what people are wearing. Get a life. Why don't you worry about the nuts running around harming innocent people like that poor woman who was just trying to provide for her family? My heart goes out to her and her family. May God bless them.

Praying for comrades
Members of the rear guard of Georgia National Guard Unit 878 pray at the end of the worship service in the Georgia National Guard Armory.

Carlton isn't resting easy

Leaders make many promises
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Most Americans who saw little in their newspaper or on television about the Group of Eight Summit that ended Thursday may still wonder about the impact of agreements reached by the leaders of the world's richest nations.

Problems hinder school panels

Senate candidates spar over stances on abortion

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.

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.

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.

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.

Exhibit includes religious silver

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.

Across the southeast

Across the Southeast
SELMA, ALA. - Police arrested a man who they say fired shots during his son's birthday party at a McDonald's, wounding his girlfriend's pregnant sister and sending customers scrambling for cover.

Across Georgia

Kid of the day

News you can use

Across South Carolina

The week ahead

Ray Noblet: 5 questions

Across South Carolina
Malpractice lawsuit ends in settlement

Homefront: Mother's illness led man to new life back home

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.

Exhibit includes religious silver
CHARLESTON, S.C. - In another time, before you could take communion at First Scots Presbyterian Church, you had to be able to recite the Ten Commandments, the Apostles' Creed and the Lord's Prayer and show you "walked in the way of the Lord."

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.

Across Georgia

Sunday sales of beer show little impact

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Young mayors learn on the job

Court allows judge's appointment

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.

Wild birds ruffle town's feathers

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.

Army staff tests skills inside mock war zone

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Bill requires braid specialists to train

Officials hope expansion plan remains on course

Senate winner may be pioneer

Across the area

Leaders make many promises

Praying for comrades

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

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Christopher Walken likes to work and work
NEW YORK -- In "The Stepford Wives," Christopher Walken plays the town's foremost upstanding citizen - a leader among men (who have turned their wives into fawning slaves).

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

'Harry Potter,' 'Shrek,' rush of new flicks boost Hollywood
LOS ANGELES -- The boy wizard held off an interstellar fugitive, robotic wives and a talking cat to maintain his sway at movie theaters.

Christopher Walken likes to work and work

'Harry Potter,' 'Shrek,' rush of new flicks boost Hollywood

Film industry cares for its own at suburban hideaway
LOS ANGELES -- Tucked away on a lush 50-acre spread in a far corner of the suburbs, Hollywood cares for its own.

Film industry cares for its own at suburban hideaway

New teen artist Jojo aims for longevity

New teen artist Jojo aims for longevity
BOSTON -- Jojo can't drive and she can't vote, but the 13-year-old whose debut single, "Leave (Get Out)," recently topped Billboard's singles sales chart can belt out a tune with the emotion of a diva.

Carly Simon more comfortable on her farm than on stage

Carly Simon more comfortable on her farm than on stage
NEW YORK -- Singer-songwriter Carly Simon has managed to remain a household name for more than 20 years, even though she's only performed live about 75 times.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Listening to PJ Harvey's seventh disc is like waiting for a payoff that never quite comes.

Schumacher's latest victory is the Canadian Grand Prix
MONTREAL -- Michael Schumacher is just as happy to outsmart the field as he is to dominate it.

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.

NASCAR notebook

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.

NASCAR notebook
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.

Schumacher's latest victory is the Canadian Grand Prix

Johnson wins Pocono 500
LONG POND, Pa. -- Jimmie Johnson used a near-flawless performance to overcome a NASCAR mistake, drawing closer to the points lead with a win under caution Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Waltrip angry at Wallace over late-race accident

Other Schumacher wins Canada pole

Slow Pocono 500 leaves fans unhappy

Slow Pocono 500 leaves fans unhappy
LONG POND, Pa. - Many fans were unhappy with the way the Pocono 500 ended Sunday, but one took it too far when he struck flag man Jimmy Howell with a cooler as the final laps ended under caution.

Waltrip angry at Wallace over late-race accident
LONG POND, Pa. -- Michael Waltrip was heading toward a respectable finish Sunday until he was hit from behind by Rusty Wallace.

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.

Pistons win game 4

Pistons win game 4
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Cool, calm and collected, the Detroit Pistons took care of business while the Lakers lost their tempers.

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.

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Miss Willie Mae Trotter    (WARD, S.C.)
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Deacon Willie Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Kenneth Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Morris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Bennie Penwell (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. George Phillips (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Ford (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Penwell (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. William Davis (RAYLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Sue Amason (RAYLE, Ga.)

Dea. Willie Brown (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Robinson (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Clara Bell Green (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Phillips (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Cartledge (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Belma Tanner (HARLEM, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Iva Romeo (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

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

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

Mr. Phillip Beasley (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Hazel Duff (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Arthur Simpkins (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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

Mr. James Bing III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alfred Sirard (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Morris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Whitlock (Augusta, GA.)

Ms. Jannie Smith (AIKEN, S.C.)

Youngsters eye Athens after NCAA showing
AUSTIN, Texas -- A younger bunch of athletes, untainted by the steroid scandal rocking their sport, is eyeing the Athens Olympics in the aftermath of their competition at the NCAA track and field championships.

Olympic pin mania may collide with security, austerity in Athens
ATHENS, Greece -- The Olympics isn't all about gold, silver and bronze. For an eclectic tribe of hobbyists and dealers, the real crown jewels of the games are made of aluminum, alloy and enamel.

Americans take two bronzes on last day of N.Y. Grand Prix
NEW YORK -- Italy's Valentina Vezzali added to her record total of World Cup victories Sunday, winning her 51st title in women's foil at the New York Grand Prix of Fencing.

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.

Brazil receives Olympic flame on its first South American visit
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- A teary-eyed Pele carried the Olympic torch Sunday on its first trip to South America in front of a cheering crowd that turned out to watch the historic moment.

Athens will be ready on time

Diver, family representing the country that imprisoned them
ST. PETERS, Mo. - Gary Hirai has never been to Japan. He doesn't speak Japanese. He nicknamed his daughter Kimiko, but has no idea what it means in the language of his ancestral land.

Wilkinson survives scare to earn Olympic berth
ST. PETERS, Mo. -- Going right to her last dive, Laura Wilkinson survived a scare at the U.S. trials Sunday and earned a chance to defend her gold medal at the Olympics.

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.

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

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

All area girls soccer team

Report: Investigators talked with Marion Jones' former coach

France jolts England 2-1 in Euro 2004

The 2003 Georgia Sports Writers Association contest winners

World Boxing Council president announces bankruptcy plans

All-area boys soccer team

Anti-doping agency changes burden of proof in athletes' cases

Lakeside midfielder keeps fighting

Rogers' hat out of the ring for now

Overtime

Area sports announcments

United States blanks Grenada in World Cup qualifyer

Usry the cream of Musketeers' highly rich crop

Smarty Jones' owners map colt's future

Hughes builds champs his way

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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.

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.

France jolts England 2-1 in Euro 2004
LISBON, Portugal -- Defending champion France surged back in stunning fashion with two goals by Zinedine Zidane during second-half injury time to beat England 2-1 Sunday at the European Championship.

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

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

World Boxing Council president announces bankruptcy plans
MEXICO CITY -- The World Boxing Council plans to initiate bankruptcy liquidation proceedings Monday.

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.

United States blanks Grenada in World Cup qualifyer
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The United States opened qualifying for the 2006 World Cup with a modest win over Grenada, not a rout.

Report: Investigators talked with Marion Jones' former coach
NEW YORK -- Federal investigators interviewed the former coach of Olympic champion Marion Jones, the New York Times reported Sunday, but it was unclear whether he told them anything about Jones.

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.

Anti-doping agency changes burden of proof in athletes' cases
In a shift that could significantly hurt Olympic champion Marion Jones and other athletes under investigation for possible drug violations, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency plans to start using a less-stringent burden of proof in doping cases.

Smarty Jones' owners map colt's future
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Smarty Jones may still be racing next year, but the colt's owners already are planning his retirement.

The 2003 Georgia Sports Writers Association contest winners
ATLANTA -- List of winners in the 2003 Georgia Sports Writers Association contest, announced Sunday at the GSWA convention in Atlanta:

Overtime
The Augusta Chronicle received eight awards Sunday in the 2003 Georgia Sports Writers Association contest, including the Best Sports Section honor in the state's largest circulation category.

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

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.

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.

National JAKES event brings families outside

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.

More hunters getting their shot at gators

TBS to show a sanitized 'Sex and the City'

Las Vegas is all over the tube

The wizard of odd
In the new TV western "Deadwood," Ricky Jay plays a craps dealer and con man named Eddie Sawyer, and not since the World War II hero Audie Murphy played a World War II hero has a role been so cunningly cast.

TBS to show a sanitized 'Sex and the City'
NEW YORK -- When Carrie asked Mr. Big if he'd like to come up to her apartment in the "Sex and the City" finale, he answered with a phrase that fans recognized from the very first episode.

Las Vegas is all over the tube
LAS VEGAS -- When MTV came to Las Vegas three years ago, some of the Strip's biggest hotel-casinos refused to host "The Real World."

People in the News

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.

Georgia, Georgia Tech women finish in top 15 in NCAA track

Georgia, Georgia Tech women finish in top 15 in NCAA track
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Georgia women tied for seventh and Georgia Tech's women tied for 15th place in the NCAA track and field championships Saturday.

Bulldogs make World Series for fourth time

Powell glad he chose Gamecocks for four years

Gamecocks flood Pirates

USC forward Powell arrested on traffic charges

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.

South Carolina clinches NCAA super regional

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.

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.

South Carolina clinches NCAA super regional
COLUMBIA - After winning the Southeastern Conference tournament a couple of weeks ago, South Carolina's celebration consisted of a few high fives and smacks on the rear. No outlandish behavior, no hijinks.