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.

Kay Ryan wins $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

Yankees put Brown on 15-day DL with strained back
PHOENIX -- Pitcher Kevin Brown was put on the 15-day disabled list by the New York Yankees on Tuesday because of a strained lower back.

Griffey remains stuck on No. 499

Pujols back in St. Louis lineup
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols was set Tuesday night to play first base for the St. Louis Cardinals for the first time since straining his left hamstring more than a week ago.

Yankees put Brown on 15-day DL with strained back

Indians promote OF Raul Gonzalez

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.

Indians promote OF Raul Gonzalez
NEW YORK -- The Cleveland Indians purchased the contract of outfielder Raul Gonzalez from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday and designated catcher Sandy Martinez for assignment.

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

Angels recall Turnbow

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

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.

Griffey remains stuck on No. 499
CINCINNATI - The Texas Rangers kept Ken Griffey Jr. stuck at 499 homers, but Cincinnati ended its seven-game losing streak Tuesday when Barry Larkin singled in the 11th for a 5-4 victory.

Indians blank Orioles

Mets fire hitting coach

Angels activate Erstad, put Molina on DL

Angels recall Turnbow
PITTSBURGH -- The Anaheim Angels recalled right-handed reliever Derrick Turnbow from Triple-A Salt Lake before beginning a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Giants concerned about Shockey's right foot

Beckett to return from DL Thursday
MIAMI -- Florida ace Josh Beckett, on the 15-day disabled list because of a blister on the middle finger of his right hand, will start Thursday night against the Chicago White Sox.

Mets fire hitting coach
NEW YORK -- Frustrated by a season-long struggle to score runs, the New York Mets fired batting coach Denny Walling on Tuesday and replaced him on an interim basis with bench coach Don Baylor.

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.

Odds and Ends
DURANGO, Colo. -- Two National Guard soldiers tied the knot while gazing in each others' eyes - yet separated by thousands of miles.

Braves Fame

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

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.

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

Wild pitch propels Braves

Wild pitch propels Braves
ATLANTA - The Braves wanted Chipper Jones' bat back in the lineup.

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.

Chipper Jones back at third base against Royals
ATLANTA -- Chipper Jones moved back to the infield, as expected. His position was the surprise.

Chipper Jones back at third base against Royals

Drivers seek out fuel-efficient cars as fuel price spikes

Business briefs
First Bank of Georgia ranked high among similarly-sized banks across the country, according to the June edition of Independent Banker magazine.

Yahoo fortifies free e-mail to counter Google's Gmail
SAN FRANCISCO -- Internet giant Yahoo! Inc. is fortifying its free e-mail service with 25 times more storage and freeing up millions of previously claimed e-mail addresses in an effort to thwart a looming threat from its increasingly disruptive rival Google Inc.

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.

Retail sales rebound in May

Consumer prices shoot up by 0.6 percent in May

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.

Japan central bank keeps monetary policy steady

Consumer prices shoot up by 0.6 percent in May
WASHINGTON -- Consumer prices - stoked by more expensive energy and food products - registered their largest increase in more than three years last month, a strong sign that inflation is springing back to life.

Dell bringing mall kiosks to California

Family move turns into unlucky waiting game

Apple launches iTunes in France, Germany, UK

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.

Survey: Companies optimistic about hiring in third quarter

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

Business briefs

McDonald's in Australia bites back at hit documentary
SYDNEY, Australia -- McDonald's took its beef with a documentary maker who criticizes the fast food giant to Australian television screens Tuesday in a nationwide campaign biting back at suggestions its food is unhealthy.

Gasoline prices may be turning a corner, Energy Department says

Gasoline prices may be turning a corner, Energy Department says
WASHINGTON -- Gasoline prices, which dipped under $2 a gallon for the first time in weeks, "may be turning a corner" and should continue declining this summer, though motorists shouldn't expect dramatic decreases at the pump, the Energy Department said Tuesday.

McDonald's in Australia bites back at hit documentary

Russia aims to become less reliant on oil exports for growth
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Russia wants to become less reliant on the export of its natural resources as part of the government's bid to double the gross domestic product by 2010, Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov said Tuesday.

Yahoo fortifies free e-mail to counter Google's Gmail

Family move turns into unlucky waiting game
Susan Lawrence thought her concerns about her family's recent move to Augusta would center on her husband's new job and the school her two young children would attend.

Red Hat CFO quits, company shares plummet
NEW YORK - Red Hat Inc. said Monday its chief financial officer, Kevin Thompson, has resigned "to pursue other interests" - a move that surprised investors. The company's shares plunged.

Hiring survey shows good news

Dell bringing mall kiosks to California
ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Direct retailer Dell Inc. announced plans Monday to expand its retail presence, saying it will add 20 of its tiny "Dell Direct Stores" to malls in California next month.

MGM Mirage raises bid for Mandalay Resort

Miller Brewing halts effort for injunction against rival ads
MILWAUKEE -- Miller Brewing Co. dropped efforts Monday to force its chief rival to pull an ad calling Miller Lite the "Queen of Carbs," but said it is proceeding with its lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch Cos. alleging false and misleading advertising.

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

Fed chairman says stability of economy susceptible to many factors
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Tuesday the central bank must stand ready to deal with a large number of possible threats to the economy, including another terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

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.

Apple launches iTunes in France, Germany, UK
LONDON -- Apple Computers Inc. launched its highly anticipated iTunes Music Store in Europe on Tuesday, expanding the popular digital music service to users in Britain, France and Germany.

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.

Japan central bank keeps monetary policy steady
TOKYO -- Japan's central bank on Tuesday issued its most upbeat assessment of the nation's economy in a decade, saying growth was gathering steam due to a boost in employment from higher industrial production and corporate profits.

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.

Survey: Companies optimistic about hiring in third quarter
MILWAUKEE -- U.S. companies expect to add jobs at a healthy pace this summer to satisfy demand for their goods and services, a new survey shows.

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.

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.

Fed chairman says stability of economy susceptible to many factors

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

Russia aims to become less reliant on oil exports for growth

Nokia unveils five new phones

Series of one-day amateur events coming to Augusta area

The terrorists' targets

Wimping out

Wimping out
You can say this about the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday on the Pledge of Allegiance: It got atheists and Christians to agree on something - namely, that the high court ducked the issues being raised in the California lawsuit, Elk Grove Unified School District vs. Newdow.

Foiling the bomb plot
Some Bush administration critics are scoffing at the bomb-plot indictment leveled this week against a Somali immigrant. Nuradin Abdi, who operates a small cell-phone business and has been under surveillance for months, has been charged in Columbus, Ohio, in a four-count grand jury indictment, with conspiring to blow up an Ohio shopping mall.

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.

Foiling the bomb plot

At 100, New York Friars Club still looking for perfect punch line
NEW YORK -- Maybe the mantra of the famed New York Friars Club should be "If you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at?"

People in the News
SAN FRANCISCO -- Michael Moore says he had footage of prisoner abuse in Iraq but decided to stay quiet until his new movie came out.

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.

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.

P. Diddy to go on tour this summer
NEW YORK -- Rap mogul Sean Combs is about to assume his P. Diddy persona again.

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.

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.

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.

The top five list
Here are the top five TV shows, movies, music, concerts and video sales.

Schwab says customers reluctant to trade

Schwab says customers reluctant to trade
NEW YORK - Discount brokerage firm Charles Schwab Corp. on Tuesday signaled it won't meet analysts' second-quarter earnings expectations because customers are hesitant to trade stocks.

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

Circuit City reports $5.9 million loss in fiscal first quarter
RICHMOND, Va. -- Circuit City Stores Inc., the nation's No. 2 consumer electronics chain after Best Buy Co. Inc., said Tuesday its loss narrowed to $5.9 million in its first quarter as sales rose nearly 7 percent.

Inflation worries ease, stocks rise
NEW YORK -- Investors got some reassurance about inflation and the economy from Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan Tuesday, and sent stocks higher as the market's interest rates worries ebbed.

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

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar up against yen

Judge dismisses SEC case against former brokers; SEC to refile
BOSTON -- A judge on Monday dismissed a complaint by federal securities regulators alleging that six former brokers and branch managers at Prudential Securities Inc.'s Boston office were involved in improper trading.

Pier 1 profit plunges on weak sales
FORT WORTH, Texas - Pier 1 Imports Inc.'s profit for its latest quarter plummeted 38 percent, as less effective advertising and inconsistent store performance hurt customer traffic and sales.

Mortgage delinquencies lower in first quarter

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.

GM affirms financial goals for 2Q, full year

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.

Shares of 99 Cents Only Stores plunge after lowered outlook

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.

Tokyo stocks lower, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks fell Tuesday for the third straight session as technology stocks followed a slide on Wall Street a day earlier. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

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

Gateway trims loss forecast
NEW YORK - The stock of Gateway Inc. rose Tuesday after the company narrowed its second-quarter loss forecast.

Judge dismisses SEC case against former brokers; SEC to refile

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

Circuit City reports $5.9 million loss in fiscal first quarter

Tokyo stocks lower, dollar up against yen

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.

Pier 1 profit plunges on weak sales

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.

Ahold reports nearly $500 million loss in first quarter

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.

Big Movers in the 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.

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.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Judge allows batter-coated french fries as fresh vegetable on USDA list
WASHINGTON -- Batter-coated french fries are a fresh vegetable, according to the Agriculture Department, which has a federal judge's ruling to back it up.

Now available in select markets: orange cauliflower
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Do not adjust your set. That cauliflower on your plate really is orange.

Now available in select markets: orange cauliflower

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

Brown tests game against top players

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.

U.S. Open details
U.S. Open Site: Southampton, N.Y. Schedule: Thursday-Sunday. Course: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (6,996 yards, par 70).

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.

Mickelson: Greatest player with one major
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Phil Mickelson knew the question was coming.

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.

ABC leaves Buick early

Brown tests game against top players
There's no question that Scott Brown is the top player in the local Regions Cup series. This week, the North Augustan finds out how he stacks up against some of South Carolina's top amateurs.

Mickelson: Greatest player with one major

Howell out for streak of his own
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Charles Howell pulled his tee ball right on the impossibly banked par-3 seventh hole Tuesday, eliciting a quick challenge from his practice-round partner's caddie.

Furyk to defend his title

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

Howell out for streak of his own

Bombers blank Jackets

Asian twist gives barbecue international flair
Barbecue is a summer favorite, and I am fortunate to be married to a fantastic barbecue chef. Bond's pulled pork and smoked chickens are truly delicious, but they're reserved for weekend dinners because monitoring the smoker and cooking the meats to tender perfection take hours.

Asian twist gives barbecue international flair

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

Blame over Fort Discovery is misplaced
Regarding Lowell Greenbaum's letter June 11, "Governor pole-axed our Fort Discovery": He screams words of indignation at Gov. Sonny Perdue and other Republicans for the mess at Fort Discovery, and the governor's unwillingness to save it. I can only mention facts. Charles Kimbrough Sylvania

Editorial blasting GBI is unfair, patently false

Blame over Fort Discovery is misplaced

'Foster' image sometimes unfair

Military made proud showing for Reagan
As an Air Force retiree, I have never been more proud of America's military. Watching the ceremonies surrounding the funeral of President Reagan filled my chest with pride. Bill Wood Sr. Hephzibah

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
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

Military made proud showing for Reagan

It's time to elect president of color
Here we are in the 21st century. Another presidential election will be held in a few short months and, just like the previous 43 U.S. presidents, the 44th will be a white male. Sadly, it appears that tacit apartheid will continue in the office of the president. To the uninformed, this white male dominance of the U.S. presidency would appear to be a requirement of eligibility. In fact, there is not, and never has been, a racial constitutional requirement to be president. Kevin A. Palmer Martinez

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.

Local United Way will miss Kolbs dearly
It is with mixed feelings that I received the word of George and Sandy Kolb's move to Wichita, Kan. I am delighted that George has been offered such a great professional opportunity, but saddened by the loss of leadership in our community. Jo Endres Maypole, Ph.D. Augusta

Baby boomers pushing sales of comfortable, speedy recumbent bikes

Web distributor: attack behind sluggish Internet sites

League of Women Voters drops support of paperless voting machines

The Wild Bunch

Middle-aged men increasingly turn to plastic surgery for rejuvenation

New guidelines urge better vision screening for preschoolers

Seniors Calendar

Losing the baby fat with fitness classes for babies and toddlers

World's land turning to desert at alarming speed, UN warns

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

Scientists urge steps now to reduce, adapt to climate change

Small things can score as makers selling portable items

White House panel: Reduce NASA role in space launches

Latest government research finds no decrease in obesity rates

Web distributor: attack behind sluggish Internet sites
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Several major Web sites - including Yahoo!, Microsoft and Google - were inaccessible at times early Tuesday due to what the company that distributes them online called an attack.

Scientists urge steps now to reduce, adapt to climate change
WASHINGTON -- Climate change is already occurring and immediate steps are needed to both slow it down and adapt to the changes that will occur anyway, scientists said Tuesday.

U.S. declines to create do-not-spam list
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration will not immediately create a national do-not-spam registry to discourage unwanted e-mails, saying using current technology to do so might generate even more unsolicited sales pitches across the Internet, according to documents obtained Tuesday.

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.

Mars rover Spirit develops wheel problem
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Mars rover Spirit has developed a problem with one of its six wheels, but NASA officials said Tuesday they believe the robot geologist can continue working.

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.

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.

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.

Latest government research finds no decrease in obesity rates
CHICAGO -- Despite the sounding of the alarm in recent years, the latest government figures show no decline in the U.S. obesity rate, with 31 percent of adults and 17 percent of youngsters seriously overweight.

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.

World's land turning to desert at alarming speed, UN warns
UNITED NATIONS -- The world is turning to dust, with lands the size of Rhode Island becoming desert wasteland every year and the problem threatening to send millions of people fleeing to greener countries, the United Nations says.

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.

League of Women Voters drops support of paperless voting machines
The League of Women Voters rescinded its support of paperless voting machines on Monday after hundreds of angry members voiced concern that paper ballots were the only way to safeguard elections from fraud, hackers or computer malfunctions.

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.

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.

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

League changes playoff format
The cliche that every game counts has a truer meaning in the ECHL this year as a result of last week's Board of Governors meeting.

Longtime leader of publisher dies at 77

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.

Kid of the day

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.

News you can use

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

Flood fund will add greenspace

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Breakfast becomes budget talk
Home from their prolonged stint at the General Assembly, Columbia County's legislative delegation reported back Tuesday about this year's session during a breakfast put on by the county's chamber of commerce.

Around town

Rants and raves
IT'S A SHAME THE Republicans have had to waste so much of this week bashing everyone else in the universe for lack of proper piety. If they'd paid more attention to the ceremonies for President Reagan, they might have learned a little about the role of good will in the human spirit.

Group wants tax-free property

Longtime leader of publisher dies at 77
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Peter Manigault, the longtime head of the Evening Post Publishing Co., has died, his company's flagship newspaper reported.

Kid of the day

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.

Across the area

Garbage fee, limits increase

Work paves way for profits

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.

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.

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.

Counties await fate of cap bill

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.

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

Principal defends doctorate from online school

Rants and raves
IT'S A SHAME THE Republicans have had to waste so much of this week bashing everyone else in the universe for lack of proper piety. If they'd paid more attention to the ceremonies for President Reagan, they might have learned a little about the role of good will in the human spirit.

Mentor lived the message he speaks

Work paves way for profits
AIKEN - Additional layers of asphalt and a revamped concourse at Aiken Municipal Airport have officials giddy over the terminal's potential for increased profits.

Breakfast becomes budget talk

Child recounts molestation
AIKEN - A North Augusta man molested a boy in his home numerous times over a yearlong period, a prosecutor told Aiken County jurors Tuesday, while lawyers defending the man said the 10-year-old accuser has told several different stories and used the allegations as a way of "getting back" at his relatives.

Lawyers argue over food contract

Across Georgia
PEACHTREE CITY - A blind man drove a golf cart for two miles through the winding streets of Peachtree City, accompanied by his guide dog - and an inebriated friend giving instructions - before running into a parked car, police said.

Commission blasted for delaying vote
Columbia County commissioners are used to catching heat for the decisions they make. But on Tuesday night, some received fiery words for not making one at all.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - A candidate who lost last week's primary election by 31 votes has filed a protest with the South Carolina Republican Party against the results, said Spartanburg County Republican Party Chairman Rick Beltram.

News you can use

Across the area
A couple accused of cutting a woman and holding her captive for three days before killing her were indicted Tuesday.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Dayna Nicole Thomas, 4, of Evans.

Recycler's license is rescinded
Against the advice of their attorney but with the blessings of a nearby neighborhood, Augusta commissioners voted Tuesday to rescind the business license of a recycler who has set up shop in south Augusta.

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.

Senior meals choice delayed
Augusta commissioners postponed action Tuesday on a contract with a Florida company to provide meals for four senior nutrition sites until Superior Court Judge William M. Fleming Jr. rules on a lawsuit filed by the Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta challenging the contract.

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

Five plead innocent to fraud
Former lawmaker Robin Williams and four others accused of stealing money meant to treat the mentally ill entered innocent pleas Tuesday.

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

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.

Brown forfeits bond for trial

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.

Teens peer into science fields

Deputies will return to work

Busy season arrives at kennels

Alumna repays college for help

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 area

Old enough to graduate

Principal defends doctorate from online school
AIKEN - A principal at an Aiken County Middle School who uses the formal title of doctor defends his degree from an online university dubbed a diploma mill by the federal government and the South Carolina Department of Education.

Classes aim at young teens
Abstinence educators are targeting a younger audience these days.

Child recounts molestation

Search for care
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Come the end of June, Beth Watkins will be out of a job.

Senior meals choice delayed

Flood fund will add greenspace
It could be considered a death row list for flood-prone homes and a rebirth to greenspace in Augusta. The list, which details homes in flood-prone areas now registered with the city for removal, has more than 160 Augusta homes in consideration to be purchased and then destroyed.

Commission blasted for delaying vote

Mentor lived the message he speaks
Even though he went to Glenn Hills High School in Augusta, Chris Franklin took the long way to the School of Medicine at the Medical College of 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.

Old enough to graduate
Many of Richmond County's yellow buses have been going to school as long as most high school seniors.

Wagener duo face charges for meth
AIKEN - A Wagener couple was charged with operating a methamphetamine lab from the trunk of their car this week, the latest arrest in what local authorities say is a growing problem in Aiken County.

Election commission sets stage for July 20 primary
Richmond County residents who plan to vote in the July 20 primary election have until Monday to register.

Classes aim at young teens

City gets interim administrator
Augustans can say goodbye to George Kolb and hello to an already familiar face to some - Fred Russell.

Wagener duo face charges for meth

Cause of deadly crash in '03 is still a mystery
Federal investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the Augusta plane crash that killed Ed and Leslie Johnson one year ago today.

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.

News you can use
June 16, 1979 SWEETWATER, S.C. - Independent truckers staged a peaceful blockade of the huge Sweetwater gasoline storage complex Friday in an effort to generate support for the nationwide truckers strike protesting high fuel prices and restrictive regulations on the trucking industry.

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.

Faldo, Kite take the high road to U.S. Open
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - One is a 54-year-old former U.S. Open champion with a healthy career on the cart-riding senior circuit. Another is a six-time major winner recently fitted for prescription glasses who hasn't won anything minor in six years.

At the Movies: 'Around the World in 80 Days'
"Speed is good, only when wisdom leads the way," Edward R. Murrow warns during the prologue to the original "Around the World in 80 Days."

At the Movies: 'Around the World in 80 Days'

Facts about the 'American Idol' 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."

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.

Jessica Simpson hits the big time

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 the Ozzfest tour

Facts on Eric Clapton's tour

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

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.

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.

Sammy Hagar rejoins Van Halen after ending feud

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.

Dido surrounds herself with friends on tour

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.

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 Jewel's summer tour

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 on the Lollapalooza Festival

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 about The Vines

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.

Groban happy under the radar

Facts on Usher's upcoming summer tour

Mraz longs for days of low-key performances in bars

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.

Mayer wants to let the blood flow on tour

Facts about Sarah McLachlan's tour

Facts on Britney Spears' Onyx 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.

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.

Incubus changes it up for new tour

Facts about Liz Phair's concert 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 Martina McBride's 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 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.

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.

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

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.

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."

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.

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

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.

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.

Prince brings out the old hits on tour

British pop greats go on tour together

Johnson poised to make serious run at points championship

Blaney replaces rookie Sauter
WELCOME, N.C. -- Dave Blaney will replace rookie Johnny Sauter in Richard Childress Racing's No. 30 in NASCAR's top series.

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

Pistons thump Lakers for first title in 14 years
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Motown is Titletown. The descendants of the Bad Boys made sure of it with a stunning upset that was really no contest at all.

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.

Pistons chief executive enjoys a remarkable runTitle wave hits Detroit

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

Team Dysfunctional blown out
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - These Los Angeles Lakers were supposed to be one of the best teams in history. In the end, they looked old and tired.

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.

Pistons chief executive enjoys a remarkable runTitle wave hits Detroit
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Detroit Pistons chief executive Tom Wilson had hoped to win at least one championship during his career. Wilson, who also holds the titles of president and CEO of Palace Sports and Entertainment, could soon have five.

Brown one win away from first NBA title

Team Dysfunctional blown out

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

Pistons thump Lakers for first title in 14 years

Fields back with team after cancer treatments

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Mr. Nick Nicholson (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

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Mrs. Alice Hobbs Hixon (APPLING, Ga.)

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Zagunis on a roll heading into the Olympics
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks fell Tuesday for the third straight session as technology stocks followed a slide on Wall Street a day earlier. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

Olympic torch passes through Mexico City
MEXICO CITY -- The Olympic flame that burned over Mexico City during the tumultuous 1968 Games was returned for a more peaceful tour of the city on Tuesday, part of a 26-nation ceremony ahead of the Athens Games.

At 95, former pole vaulter on Greek team to carry Olympic torch
LOS ANGELES -- In 1932, a 23-year-old Greek pole vaulter named Peter Clentzos marched into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the Summer Olympics.

Olympic torch passes through Mexico City

USOC appoints Ueberroth

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.

Venus and Serena Williams looking ahead to Athens Olympics
NEW YORK -- The Athens Olympics are two months away, but tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams are already planning their on-court wardrobes.

Ueberroth right man for USOC job

Zagunis on a roll heading into the Olympics

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.

New rules causing waves

Ueberroth right man for USOC job
Peter Ueberroth is a contrarian. He goes against conventional wisdom, does things nobody thinks possible.

Beckham bears burden of England's loss against France

Overtime

Overtime

Armstrong disputes claims in new book

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

Overtime
South Carolina pitchers Chad Blackwell and Aaron Rawl, and catcher Landon Powell were named to the National College Baseball Writers Assocation All-America team Tuesday.

Armstrong disputes claims in new book
SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Lance Armstrong juggled controversy and ceremony Tuesday, promising to take action against "absolutely untrue" doping accusations and announcing a new sponsor.

Agassi pulls out of Wimbledon
LONDON -- Andre Agassi pulled out of Wimbledon on Tuesday with a hip injury, leaving the tournament without one of the world's most popular players.

Ex-Redskin admits to drug charges
WASHINGTON -- Former Washington Redskins tackle George Starke pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug charges Tuesday and agreed to enter a rehabilitation program.

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.

Southern Baptist Convention quits the Baptist World Alliance
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Southern Baptist Convention voted Tuesday to quit the Baptist World Alliance following complaints that some members of the loose, global association had adopted liberal theology and "anti-American" thinking.

Year-round season floods TV with new shows

NBA Finals leads ABC to top of Nielsen rankings

Year-round season floods TV with new shows
NEW YORK -- Life, say some philosophers, is a cycle with no beginning or end. Sort of like the scheduling philosophy nowadays at the broadcast networks, blurring the time-honored lines between one season and another.

NBA Finals leads ABC to top of Nielsen rankings
NEW YORK -- Basketball did for ABC what its regular programming can't - lead the network to the top of the Nielsen Media Research rankings.

Jordan Levin quits as head of WB network
NEW YORK -- Jordan Levin, chief executive of the WB television network, quit on Monday rather than accept a demotion to entertainment chief.

P. Diddy to go on tour this summer

People in the News

At 100, New York Friars Club still looking for perfect punch line

TLC singer T-Boz files for divorce, alleging abuse

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

People in the News

Startup is Georgia's best finishing act
ATHENS, Ga. -- David Perno's game plan for guiding Georgia through the College World Series begins with a simple objective: Get Will Startup into every game.

Schedule helped prepare Cats

Schedule helped prepare Cats
OMAHA, Neb. - Georgia coach David Perno has enjoyed playing the underdog role during the Bulldogs' foray into NCAA postseason play, but he'll have nothing on Arizona, Georgia's opponent Friday in Game 1 of the College World Series.

Startup is Georgia's best finishing act

First two South Carolina games to be televised
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's first two games this fall against Vanderbilt and Georgia will be televised, the school's athletic department spokesman Kerry Tharp said.

Ex-Gamecock Hinton, 35, dies
COLUMBIA - Patrick Hinton, a former South Carolina linebacker known as the "Hit Man," has died from a pulmonary embolism, his brother said. He was 35.

First two South Carolina games to be televised

Ex-Gamecock Hinton, 35, dies

Series of one-day amateur events coming to Augusta area
This area is fortunate to have an organized amateur tournament series such as the 10-event Regions Cup, which runs from late April to late August each year.

My style

Question of the week

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

True friends do not breach trust of secret

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.

Student exchange can change lives

Snapshots

A great father is valued so much

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

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

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

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

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):

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.

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.

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Odds and Ends

Southern Baptist Convention quits the Baptist World Alliance