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.

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.

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.

Kay Ryan wins $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

Fine art, historical artifacts boosting South as cultural destination

Kay Ryan wins $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize
NEW YORK -- Like many poets, Kay Ryan values time more than money - a preference that has left her savings account lean.

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.

Art exhibit tells story of 'Masters of Florence

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?

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.

Farm where Andrew Wyeth painted Helga nudes opens to public

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

Exhibit shows how artist painted over his own prints

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?"

Angels activate Erstad, put Molina on DL
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Angels activated first baseman Darin Erstad on Monday and put Gold Glove catcher Bengie Molina on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left calf.

Cubs sign veteran infielder Ricky Gutierrez

Angels activate Erstad, put Molina on DL

Indians blank Orioles
CLEVELAND -- John McDonald has made a point of not looking at the scoreboard when he steps into the batter's box.

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.

Giants concerned about Shockey's right foot
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tests on the right foot of two-time Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey have found a "hot spot" that is causing concern among the New York Giants.

Giants concerned about Shockey's right foot

Ken Griffey hits 499th career homer

Cubs sign veteran infielder Ricky Gutierrez
HOUSTON -- Ricky Gutierrez signed a one-year, minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs on Monday after being waived by the New York Mets earlier this season.

Sunday's Interleague Capsules

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.

Indians blank Orioles

Postcards already start to come in from travelers

Odds and Ends
HARTFORD, Conn. -- You can reasonably bet that Larry Olmsted is pretty sick of seven-card stud.

Smuggler caught with 160 bags of cocaine in his stomach
OSLO, Norway -- A smuggler swallowed 3.5 pounds of cocaine to avoid detection but was caught in southern Norway nevertheless, the customs service said Monday.

Braves Fame
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - A roll call of players in baseball's Hall of Fame who wore a Braves uniform during their careers is a Who's Who of the sport's legends.

Braves in the hall of fame

Braves Fame

Byrd seeks a home in Braves' crowded nest
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Paul Byrd never envisioned trying to catch Bobby Cox's attention in a bandbox stadium in upstate New York. Then again, he never figured he'd miss nearly two seasons following elbow ligament replacement surgery either.

Atlanta out early, often

Fielding woes continue to haunt Atlanta

Fielding woes continue to haunt Atlanta
ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones blames the scorekeepers. Rafael Furcal thinks the infield dirt at Turner Field is too hard. Mark DeRosa really doesn't want to talk about it.

Braves in the hall of fame
There are 42 players in baseball's Hall of Fame who wore a Braves' uniform in their career:

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.

Report: Social Security shortfall could occur a decade later than previously thought

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.

Borders makes habit of being first to go in downtown

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.

Drivers seek out fuel-efficient cars as fuel price spikes
NEW YORK - Higher gas prices aren't putting a dent in auto sales yet, but potential car buyers may be starting to explore the idea of buying fuel-friendly vehicles.

Teens among the hardest hit when jobs are scarce

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

MGM Mirage raises bid for Mandalay Resort

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.

Nokia unveils five new phones

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.

Wi-Fi technology is great, but how to sell it?

MGM Mirage raises bid for Mandalay Resort
NEW YORK -- MGM Mirage Inc. has raised its bid for casino operator Mandalay Resort Group which rejected an earlier offer as insufficient but said it plans to present the new offer to its board.

Drivers seek out fuel-efficient cars as fuel price spikes

Seagate to enter booming market for small hard drives

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - The Boeing Co. has won a Navy contract to build a new patrol plane.

Pricing data to be watched closely for inflation

Retail sales rebound in May
WASHINGTON -- The appetite of America's shoppers returned in May, boosting sales at the nation's retailers by 1.2 percent, a fresh sign the economic recovery is on solid footing.

Nardelli says investor perception of Home Depot off mark

Report: Social Security shortfall could occur a decade later than previously thought
WASHINGTON -- Social Security's long-term prospects are better than previously thought, a congressional report said Monday, estimating the program won't become insolvent until 2052, a decade later than projected earlier this year.

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.

Wi-Fi technology is great, but how to sell it?
NEW YORK -- Alas, wireless Internet may not be the technology sector's salvation after all.

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

Nokia unveils five new phones
HELSINKI, Finland -- Nokia Corp. unveiled five new phone models Monday, saying it was confident it could regain recently lost ground in the mobile phone market and reach 40 percent of the global market share.

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.

RealNetworks, Starz to launch Internet movies service
SEATTLE -- RealNetworks Inc. and Starz Encore Group LLC are launching an Internet movie subscription service Monday, 18 months after the two companies first announced plans for the offering.

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.

Hiring survey shows good news

Retail sales rebound in May

Hiring survey shows good news
Area employers expect to hire more workers for the coming quarter, a sign, economists say, that the long-awaited job recovery is inching forward.

NYC hopes to host Big Apple Bowl at proposed Jets stadium

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.

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.

The terrorists' targets

Costly thoughts

The terrorists' targets
Since the United Nations Security Council agreed last week to recognize Iraqi sovereignty when the new government takes charge at the end of the month, two officials of that government have been assassinated - Deputy Foreign Minister Bassam Salih Kubba and Education Ministry official Kamal al-Jarah. Two other high-ranking officials narrowly escaped death.

Time for change is now
Augusta City Administrator George Kolb will be heading to a wonderful new opportunity when he becomes city manager in Wichita, Kan., after this month.

Costly thoughts
Imagine being fined for what you think.

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.

Bad truck ruling

Louisiana chef says Smokey Robinson infringing on his trademark
WHITE CASTLE, La. -- A Louisiana chef is suing Smokey Robinson for trademark infringement over a catchy slogan he says he has used for years to sell gumbo and other fare.

'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.

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.

It's a girl for Courteney Cox Arquette and David Arquette
LOS ANGELES -- Courteney Cox Arquette has a new friend: a baby girl named Coco, according to People magazine.

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
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Officials in Montgomery are banking on a visit by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to help them raise money for needy children and turn the spotlight on race relations.

TLC singer T-Boz files for divorce, alleging abuse
ATLANTA -- T-Boz of the female R&B group TLC has filed for divorce from her husband, rapper Mack 10, saying he committed adultery and threatened to kill her.

Schwarzenegger pokes fun at self in cameo appearance
LOS ANGELES -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's five-minute cameo as an egocentric, polygamist prince in Disney's "Around the World in 80 Days" has fellow actors applauding his willingness to mock his Hollywood image.

GM affirms financial goals for 2Q, full year

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

Ahold reports nearly $500 million loss in first quarter

Ahold reports nearly $500 million loss in first quarter
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Global retailer Royal Ahold NV lost 405 million euros ($490 million) in the first quarter due to one-time losses on businesses sold in Brazil and Thailand in a restructuring that followed an accounting scandal.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar up against yen

Mortgage delinquencies lower in first quarter
WASHINGTON --The percentage of homeowners who were behind on mortgage payments in the first quarter of this year fell sharply as an improved economy and firmer job market took pressure off household budgets.

401(k) savers still invest too much in employers stock
NEW YORK -- Apparently, the billion-dollar losses in retirement savings by employees at Enron, WorldCom and Global Crossing were not enough of a warning. Workers are still keeping an outsized portion of their nest eggs parked in their employer's stock.

401(k) savers still invest too much in employers stock

Shares of 99 Cents Only Stores plunge after lowered outlook

Shares of 99 Cents Only Stores plunge after lowered outlook
NEW YORK - Shares of 99 Cents Only Stores fell Monday after the discount retailer slashed its earnings and sales forecasts due to high gas and dairy prices, overcapacity, shrinkage and markdowns during the second quarter.

Mortgage delinquencies lower in first quarter

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities rose in Monday's auction.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Inflationary worries hold stocks down
NEW YORK -- Investors' growing dread of higher interest rates sent stocks sliding sharply Monday, with a solid retail sales report and expectations of higher inflation providing the latest catalyst for a selloff.

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

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks fell as fears of a glut in consumer electronic products sparked selling Monday. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

GM affirms financial goals for 2Q, full year
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. is on track to achieve its second-quarter and full-year financial targets, helped in part by stronger-than-expected global automotive sales so far this year, GM chairman and chief executive Rick Wagoner said Monday.

Bombers blank Jackets
The GreenJackets began their series against the Capital City Bombers by throwing a one-hit shutout.

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

Readers offer their stories, suggestions

Garcia wins Buick Classic in playoff

United States wins Curtis Cup

ABC leaves Buick early

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.

Tiger in the woods: Win or lose, he just can't win

Sorenstam routs field for six-shot lead

Furyk to defend his title

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.

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
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
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
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.

ABC leaves Buick early
HARRISON, N.Y. - Television viewers got only a few glimpses of the final two holes of Sergio Garcia's playoff victory in the Buick Classic on Sunday after ABC ended its coverage to show America's Funniest Home Videos.

Tunnicliff wins Diageo event

Furyk to defend his title
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Jim Furyk rolled up his navy blue sweater and showed two purple spots on the top of his left hand which were made more visible by the chilly air Monday at Shinnecock Hills.

Doyle wins rain-shortened Bayer Advantage by one stroke

Tiger in the woods: Win or lose, he just can't win
We were sick of the winning. Man, were we sick of the winning. Tiger Woods won so often and by so much, it became a bit monotonous. Some of us pined for a PGA Tour with more competitive balance.

Gardner returns; GreenJackets lose

Bombers blank Jackets

Postcards already start to come in from travelers
The travelers are on the road, and they're sending news from across America.

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.

Vet tells how he'd fight war
I have seen war firsthand. I fought in North Africa and Italy for nearly two-and-a-half years. I am totally ignorant of how the war is being fought in Iraq. It seems to me we are more or less swapping bullet for bullet. James V. Parker North Augusta, S.C.

'Foster' image sometimes unfair

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

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

Editorial blasting GBI is unfair, patently false
While I commend reporter Johnny Edwards on his articles on Jenkins County, I must take issue with your editorial that claims the GBI has a history of sweeping corruption investigations under the rug. This is completely false and not supported by any facts. Moreover, your allegation is a slap in the face to the 300 special agents statewide who have dedicated their lives to protecting the citizens of this state. Vernon M. Keenan Decatur, Ga.

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

Uncovered fighter jets tell the story

Editorial blasting GBI is unfair, patently false

'Foster' image sometimes unfair
While I have been glad to see articles in your newspaper regarding the plight of families caught up in the child protection and juvenile court systems, my comments are on the articles about the grants given to the Aiken County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Council. Dorothy Kernaghan-Baez, Augusta

'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

Thankfully, 878th returned safely

'Black Pages' provides needed service

Losing the baby fat with fitness classes for babies and toddlers

New Web ads follow visitors around

Western-style shooter stylish but ultimately, a step backward

Seniors Calendar

Newspapers riding out complaints over online registration

Study shows exercise more important than calcium for strong bones in young women

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

Small things can score as makers selling portable items

Hobbyists' robot is headless and speechless but agile

White House panel: Reduce NASA role in space launches

Matsushita designs room that puts customers to sleep

Baby boomers pushing sales of comfortable, speedy recumbent bikes

The Wild Bunch

Wind power buffeted by technical and economic challenges

Garmin running gadget a good choice - away from cities

New guidelines urge better vision screening for preschoolers

Middle-aged men increasingly turn to plastic surgery for rejuvenation

Losing the baby fat with fitness classes for babies and toddlers
SEATTLE -- Lucy Brown somersaults backward down a ramp, leaps over a mat, rolls across a platform, jumps a series of hoops, squats into a yoga pose and hops over a row of cones.

Middle-aged men increasingly turn to plastic surgery for rejuvenation
NEW YORK -- Turning 50 two years ago motivated Jose Aponte to change his lifestyle. He quit smoking, improved his diet and started exercising regularly. But while he felt better, Aponte said he still looked haggard.

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.

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.

Baby boomers pushing sales of comfortable, speedy recumbent bikes
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The first time Rob Gentry saw a friend riding an odd-looking contraption known as a recumbent bike, he laughed. But not for long.

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.

Study shows exercise more important than calcium for strong bones in young women
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Got exercise? A recent study indicates that exercise is more important than calcium in developing strong bones in girls and young women.

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.

Small things can score as makers selling portable items
Fun comes in all sizes, but these days, smaller might just be better.

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 guidelines urge better vision screening for preschoolers
WASHINGTON -- Few preschoolers have their eyesight thoroughly checked, although up to 20 percent have some eye problem that, if uncorrected, could delay learning or even cause permanent vision loss.

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.

White House panel: Reduce NASA role in space launches
WASHINGTON -- A White House commission will recommend that NASA give private corporations a broader role in space launches - and a greater share of the financial burden - to ensure President Bush's goal of ultimately flying to Mars, according to documents obtained Monday.

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.

The Wild Bunch
THE STORY SO FAR: Aaron, Lisa, and Cassidy, along with their dads, set out on a white-water rafting expedition on the Green River, through Desolation Canyon, Utah. The first time they hit rough water, Aaron gets into trouble.

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.

Seniors Calendar
SpecialThe Game Boy Advance SP series features a hand-held system that measures a little more than 3 inches square and weighs only 5 ounces. It can play more than 375 game titles, with an LCD screen sharper than consoles played on a 27-inch TV.

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.

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.

Drawing winners have big plans

Fallen soldier's family awaits word on cause
The family of an Aiken soldier is still awaiting details surrounding the cause of death for their son, who died of injuries sustained while serving in Iraq.

Brown forfeits bond for trial

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

Kid of the day

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.

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.

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.

Busy season arrives at kennels

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 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.

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.

Exhibit includes religious silver

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.

Leaders make many promises

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.

Across the area

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."

Kid of the day

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.

Across the Southeast
MANCHESTER, TENN. - Two fans died during the weekend Bonnaroo music festival, and investigators said drugs appear to have been involved.

Soldier's complaint inspired miles charity

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

Lawyers argue over food contract

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

Across the area
A North Carolina man was charged Monday in a robbery that occurred last week at an Augusta discount store, police reports state.

Across the Southeast

The week ahead

Outlaw on board

Soldier's complaint inspired miles charity
MACON, Ga. - A high-cost flight for one Georgia soldier may have helped thousands of troops enjoy free trips.

Problems hinder school panels

Around town
Molly Moses (right), 8, and Caroline McCully, 6, stretch before learning dance steps at the Augusta Players Summer Theater Camp at Hillcrest Baptist Church. The camp started Monday.

Across the area

Group wants tax-free property
The attorney for the Medical College of Georgia Physicians Practice Group Foundation asked the Richmond County Tax Assessors' Board to grant tax exemptions for 11 real estate parcels and personal business property at six offices.

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.

Brown forfeits bond for trial
AIKEN - Entertainer James Brown has decided not to fight a charge of criminal domestic violence, avoiding a public trial on the eve of his European tour.

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina
BLACKSBURG - A Gaffney man has been charged in the shooting death of a woman at her home in Blacksburg, police said.

Teens peer into science fields

Across Georgia
WASHINGTON - Three months of book sales made Zell Miller more money last year than 12 months in the Senate, according to personal financial records made public Monday.

Garbage fee, limits increase

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Joseph R. Neal III, 5, of Augusta.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT to parents who let their kids run around in stores. I am not in a store to dodge your kids with my buggy or get bumped into while they're playing ball, tag or whatever else. If you can't shop and watch your hyper kids at the same time, please leave them at home.

Deputies will return to work
Two Richmond County sheriff's deputies who shot a man to stop him from stabbing his wife Friday will return to duty this week, officials said Monday.

Garbage fee, limits increase
AIKEN - The Aiken City Council voted Monday to restrict the pickup of yard debris and large household items, while approving the increase of its garbage service fee.

Busy season arrives at kennels
While babies, children and even surly teenagers come along on family vacations, many summer trips do not include their four-legged brothers or sisters.

Across Georgia

Board looks for graduation input
Not everyone in Richmond County hated outdoor graduation. Diane Carswell enjoyed watching her son march in the stadium at T.W. Josey High School.

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.

Lawyers argue over food contract
Both sides have until Friday to argue in writing whether the CSRA Regional Development Center put the cart before the horse in bypassing the Senior Citizens Council in favor of a Florida-based corporation.

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?

News you can use
JUNE 15, 1982 Donald D. Thornhill, the superintendent of Columbia County Schools, will announce today his intentions to leave the county school system for a state job, school officials say.

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

Alumna repays college for help
Imagining a life without teachers is impossible for Louise Tarver Jackson.

Young mayors learn on the job

Counties await fate of cap bill
COLUMBIA - County leaders from throughout the state will head to Columbia on Wednesday to try to sort out what they're going to do when Gov. Mark Sanford signs or vetoes a bill limiting how much property values can increase in periodic reassessments.

Across South Carolina

Teens peer into science fields
AIKEN - Khandis Koonce, 16, watched closely as Dawn Price, a nurse in the emergency room, demonstrated how she would insert a clear plastic tube through a patient's throat and down into his stomach.

Ray Noblet: 5 questions

DeMint doubts fiscal fears
NORTH AUGUSTA - U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint came to B.C. Davenport's for more than a crisp salad and a tall glass of iced tea Monday afternoon.

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.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT to parents who let their kids run around in stores. I am not in a store to dodge your kids with my buggy or get bumped into while they're playing ball, tag or whatever else. If you can't shop and watch your hyper kids at the same time, please leave them at home.

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.

Deputies will return to work

Bill requires braid specialists to train

Counties await fate of cap bill

Senate winner may be pioneer

Alumna repays college for help

Praying for comrades

News you can use

Center won't regain funds
An Augusta mental health center's board faced the inevitable Monday and voted to write off $12 million in overdue billing.

Around town

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.

Group wants tax-free property

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

Readers offer their stories, suggestions
When readers call or write me in response to a column, I always try to reply, very often in the same calendar year.

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

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.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

'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.

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

Film industry cares for its own at suburban hideaway

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).

Christopher Walken likes to work and work

Groban happy under the radar

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

Sammy Hagar rejoins Van Halen after ending feud

Groban happy under the radar
NEW YORK -- Josh Groban's latest album has outsold the likes of Britney Spears, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, and dates on his spring tour sold out in a couple of hours.

After more than a year, Maroon 5 finally breaks into mainstream

Sammy Hagar rejoins Van Halen after ending feud
Eight years after parting ways during a heated feud, vocalist Sammy Hagar and guitarist Eddie Van Halen have called a truce.

Facts on Britney Spears' Onyx tour

Facts about Liz Phair's concert tour
WHO: Liz Phair, the indie rock goddess' anti-misogynistic lyrics made her a role model for angry teenage girls and independent young women in the early 1990s. But when Phair attempted to reinvent herself as a pop idol last year with her self-titled fourth album - hiring the pop production trio of The Matrix - she became a punching bag for rock critics and some fans who felt betrayed by her quest for radio hits and pop fame. Still, Phair is recognized as a pioneer of "grrl rock" and her debut album is a must-have.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Jessica Simpson hits the big time

Prince brings out the old hits on tour
Despite the wealth of hits Prince sings on tour each night, he knows there are some fans who want to hear the raunchy ditties of his past - tunes that the devout Jehovah's Witness will no longer sing.

Facts about the Ozzfest tour
WHAT: Ozzfest. The big, bad metal tour is a magnet for moshpit-loving, tattooed and pierced rock fans. The festival was founded in 1996 by America's coolest parents, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, after Ozzy was booted off the Lollapalooza bill. It's not for the weak of heart (or ears): The festival draws droves of hardcore headbangers, making it one of the most anticipated concerts and biggest metal events of the summer.

Facts about the Ozzfest tour

Facts on the Lollapalooza Festival
WHAT: Lollapalooza, Perry Ferrell's brainchild, a two-day, traveling hippielike music festival that began in 1991, took a hiatus in 1997 and returned last year. A forum for music, artistic expression and political activism, the festival's performances and festivities last long into each night. It's difficult to see everything - veteran attendees often devise intricate schedules in order to see bands on both stages and visit all of the tents.

Facts about the 'American Idol' tour

Facts on Usher's upcoming summer tour
WHO: Usher, 2004's chart king, R&B crooner and heartbreaking ladies man.

Facts on Usher's upcoming summer tour

Facts on Britney Spears' Onyx tour
WHO: Britney Spears - tabloid queen, teen idol, sex goddess - and pop singer.

Prince brings out the old hits on tour

Facts on Madonna's tour
WHO: Madonna, Madge, The Material Girl, the Queen of Pop - whatever you want to call her, she's one of the biggest pop icons of all time. Her many incarnations throughout the years - from sex provocateur to children's author - has kept her relevant and fresh.

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.

Facts about The Vines
WHO: The Vines. This Australian garage rock band is as well known for their music as for their seemingly permanently inebriated eccentric frontman, Chad Nicholls, who occasionally instigates on-stage brawls with his band and mumbles incoherently into the microphone.

British pop greats go on tour together

Facts about Kid Rock's tour
WHO: Kid Rock, the Detroit-born rap-rocker-turned-country-twanger; the former boyfriend of Pamela Anderson and more recently, actress Jamie Lee Presley. Rock became best known for his blend of rap, rock, metal and white trash persona, which, along with his "good-time guy" image, catapulted him to stardom.

Facts about Jewel's summer tour

British pop greats go on tour together
Sting and Annie Lennox have a lot in common: Grammy wins, world-renowned new wave bands, families, lucrative solo careers.

On Nickelback's tour, music - and pranks - a top priority
Nickelback has discovered the perfect pastime for life on the road - the fine art of playing pranks.

Mayer wants to let the blood flow on tour
John Mayer is looking forward to two things on his summer tour - perfecting his live set and trying out the new "NASA-like" bed sheets that he recently purchased online.

Facts about The Vines

Mraz longs for days of low-key performances in bars
NEW YORK -- Jason Mraz only hit the big time about two years ago, and already he's longing for the good old days of his less-famous past.

Mraz longs for days of low-key performances in bars

Jessica Simpson hits the big time
NEW YORK -- Jessica Simpson's summer tour is focused on music, but the thing that made her a superstar will definitely be represented.

Mayer wants to let the blood flow on tour

Facts about the 'American Idol' tour
WHAT: The "American Idol" tour. A showcase for Clay Aiken wannabes and soulful future Kelly Clarksons, this year marks the third year of the competition and tour. There was plenty of controversy this time around, especially about "fixed" voting after diva and viewer favorite, La Toya London, was surprisingly voted off instead of Jasmine Trias.

Facts about Liz Phair's concert tour

Hoobastank's Robb remembers the concert that inspired him
When Doug Robb reminisces about the first concert he ever attended, he recalls how it all "seemed bigger than life."

Facts about Martina McBride's tour

Incubus changes it up for new tour
Incubus has been working at the rock 'n' roll game for so long, they've decided it's time for something different. But luckily for fans, that change doesn't involve band members or musical direction - they're simply switching up their already explosive live set.

Dido surrounds herself with friends on tour

After more than a year, Maroon 5 finally breaks into mainstream
Adam Levine doesn't mind living on a bus with four other guys. In fact, he finds it "comforting."

Facts on Eric Clapton's tour

Facts about Sarah McLachlan's tour
WHO: Sarah McLachlan. The Lilith Fair founder took six years off to raise a family. Now the emotive Canadian-born singer-songwriter is back to breathe new life into her catalog and offer reflective musings with newly released material from her album "Afterglow."

New teen artist Jojo aims for longevity

Facts about Jewel's summer tour
WHO: Jewel, the folk singer-turned-club maven, returns to her roots, playing old hits and incorporating previously unreleased material into her live set. The singer-songwriter recently shocked naysayers by making waves on the dance charts with club-friendly tunes.

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.

Incubus changes it up for new tour

Carly Simon more comfortable on her farm than on stage

Facts about Sarah McLachlan's tour

Facts on Eric Clapton's tour
WHO: Eric Clapton. After several unfulfilled "retirement" promises, the legendary guitarist and ethereal rock star will hit the stage yet again, performing tracks from his four-decade career.

Facts about Martina McBride's tour
WHO: Martina McBride. The reigning Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association female vocalist of the year has sold nearly 10 million albums, including the current "Martina," which has been certified platinum.

Dido surrounds herself with friends on tour
When Dido goes out on the road, she likes to surround herself with people she's certain she'll get along with. And for the London-born pop star, that just so happens to be an easy task.

Facts on the Lollapalooza Festival

Johnson poised to make serious run at points championship

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.

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.

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

Johnson poised to make serious run at points championship
LONG POND, Pa. -- Jimmie Johnson likes his chances for his first career Nextel Cup championship.

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.

Slow Pocono 500 leaves fans unhappy

Malone won't be charged in dispute with fan
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Karl Malone will not be charged in a confrontation with a fan who said the Lakers' forward poked him in the face before Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Brown one win away from first NBA title

Stellar Shaq's one-man show not enough
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Shaquille O'Neal performed the way he did in three previous NBA Finals with the Lakers, when he won the MVP award each time.

Jackson facing one of biggest challenges of coaching career
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Oh, great Zen Master, what now?

Pistons win game 4

Brown one win away from first NBA title
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons are a victory away from giving Larry Brown the only thing his coaching career is missing - an NBA title.

Jackson facing one of biggest challenges of coaching career

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

Fields back with team after cancer treatments

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

Mrs. Hazel Duff (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Mozelle Broome (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. James Bing III (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Miriam A. Tinley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bobby Stichert (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Pat Patterson, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

SPC Matthew Willing (AIKEN, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Belma Jane Tanner (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. George Phillips (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. James Sheffield (Sylvania, Ga.)

Mrs. Belma Tanner (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Leon Miller (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Ford (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Agnes Kirkendohl (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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

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

Mr. Ray Bailey (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Mrs. Virda Wade (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Nick Nicholson (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mr. William Davis (RAYLE, Ga.)

Mr. Eddie Garvin (MILLEN, Ga.)

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

Mr. Alfred Sirard (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Morris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie White (NEWBERRY, S.C.)

Mrs. Hazel Duff (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Claude Keys, Jr. (GIBSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Sue Amason (RAYLE, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Fredda Jones (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Jack Malcom (GRESHAMVILLE, Ga.)

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

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

USOC appoints Ueberroth
DENVER - Former baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth was appointed chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee's new board of directors Monday, two decades after leading the Los Angeles Games to a record profit.

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.

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.

New rules causing waves

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.

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.

New rules causing waves
The switch to a lower burden of proof in doping cases has raised concerns among some lawyers representing athletes under scrutiny for possible drug violations.

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.

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.

USOC appoints Ueberroth

Report: Investigators talked with Marion Jones' former coach

Beckham bears burden of England's loss against France

Smarty Jones' owners map colt's future

France jolts England 2-1 in Euro 2004

World Boxing Council president announces bankruptcy plans

Overtime

The 2003 Georgia Sports Writers Association contest winners

United States blanks Grenada in World Cup qualifyer

Overtime

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

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.

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.

Beckham bears burden of England's loss against France
LONDON -- David Beckham hid his famous face in shame as he trudged from the soccer field - blaming himself for England's improbable, last-minute loss to rival France.

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.

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

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:

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.

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.

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
Flyers captain Keith Primeau signed a four-year, $17 million contract Monday, 10 days before he was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.

Fields back with team after cancer treatments
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Less than 10 months after being diagnosed with Hodgkins disease, Carolina Panthers linebacker Mark Fields was back on the field Monday, practicing at full speed.

Las Vegas is all over the tube

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."

TBS to show a sanitized 'Sex and the City'

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.

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.

People in the News

TLC singer T-Boz files for divorce, alleging abuse

It's a girl for Courteney Cox Arquette and David Arquette

People in the News

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.

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

South Carolina clinches NCAA super regional

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.

Students who are minorities in schools find acceptance

True friends do not breach trust of secret
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: I recently came out to some of my friends that I have a girlfriend.

4-1-1

4-1-1
Held on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, which usually lands in June, the dragon boat race is an important tradition in Chinese culture. Dragon boat racing honors the tale of Qu Yuan, a poet and hero of the 4th century, who threw himself into the Mei Lo River as a form of protest against the oppressive government.

Students who are minorities in schools find acceptance
People often look strangely at Ashley Williamson, 17, when she tells them she attended Lucy C. Laney High School.

Student exchange can change lives
Two years ago, I would never have considered sharing my room, bathroom, and every aspect of my life with a stranger from another country.

True friends do not breach trust of secret

My style
The facts: Tiffany Boyd , 17, a rising senior at Burke County High School

A great father is valued so much

Student exchange can change lives

My style

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. (Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold):

A great father is valued so much
Father's Day is Sunday, and I have yet to find a gift for my wonderful father.

Snapshots

Question of the week

Question of the week
Q: Do teens get enough sleep?

Snapshots
Phillip Duggan celebrates as a member of the Cross Creek High school Class of 2004.

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