Australian writer wins the Samuel Johnson Prize
LONDON -- The Australian author of the book "Stasiland: Stories From Behind the Berlin Wall" has won Britain's richest literary prize for nonfiction.

Metropolitan Museum of Art creates new department
NEW YORK -- A new department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be responsible for showing the past and present of modern and contemporary art in all media.

Gallery calendar

Metropolitan Museum of Art creates new department

Gallery calendar
Here's a list of gallery showings and events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Yankees put Brown on 15-day DL with strained back

Blue Jays put Wells on DL
TORONTO -- All-Star outfielder Vernon Wells was put on the 15-day disabled list by the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday because of a strained right calf.

Rangers put Dominguez on DL
CINCINNATI -- The Texas Rangers put right-hander Juan Dominguez on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained muscle in the back of his shoulder.

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.

Angels recall Turnbow

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.

Mets fire hitting coach

Rangers put Dominguez on DL

Astros drop further behind in NL Central race
HOUSTON -- The boos were getting louder and harder to ignore.

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.

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.

Astros drop further behind in NL Central race

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.

Griffey remains stuck on No. 499

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
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 promote OF Raul Gonzalez

Latest area births

Latest area births
Samuel Henry Capps: Richard H. Capps Jr. and Tara S. Capps, of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Samuel Henry Capps, Monday, March 29, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Henry Colley, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Capps Sr. and Susan Schafer, all of Augusta, and the late Samuel Schafer.

101-year-old man parachutes into record books
CAIRNS, Australia -- A 101-year-old man is believed to be the world's oldest skydiver after he accepted a dare from friends and jumped out of an airplane Wednesday at nearly 10,000 feet.

Boy who lost foul ball to souvenir-hunting adult gets windfall
ARLINGTON, Texas -- A 4-year-old boy who lost a foul ball to a not-so-grown-up adult is getting a windfall worthy of a game-winning home run hitter.

Odds and Ends
NEW YORK -- It wasn't a usual perp chase for police Lt. John Daly.

Tractor-trailer crashes, sending bees on rampage
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- A tractor-trailer overturned on a curve on a highway, spilling its load of hundreds of bee hives and unleashing some nine million angry honey bees.

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

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

Braves fall to barrage by Royals
ATLANTA - It seemed like deja vu all over again, except in reverse.

Chipper Jones back at third base against Royals

Wild pitch propels Braves

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

Regional economic survey shows economy is improving

McDonald's in Australia bites back at hit documentary

Dell bringing mall kiosks to California

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.

Scandal-plagued Mitsubishi Motors carries out pay cuts
TOKYO -- Shaken by a cover-up scandal and a spate of recalls, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. on Wednesday said it will slash paychecks and reduce other costs to make up for an expected plunge in car sales.

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.

Industrial production surges in May
WASHINGTON -- Big industry production surged by 1.1 percent in May, the strongest showing in nearly six years, a fresh sign that manufacturers are on a firm recovery path and the national economy possesses good momentum.

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.

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

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.

Consumer prices shoot up by 0.6 percent in May

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.

Japan says improving corporate profits are helping economic recovery
TOKYO -- Improving corporate profits are adding an extra push to the nation's recovery, the Japanese government said Wednesday.

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.

Regional economic survey shows economy is improving

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

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.

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.

Scandal-plagued Mitsubishi Motors carries out pay cuts

Family move turns into unlucky waiting game

Japan says improving corporate profits are helping economic recovery

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.

Japan central bank keeps monetary policy steady

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.

Consumer confidence close to year low, poll says
NEW YORK - U.S. consumer confidence in the economy is still close to its low for the year, according to the latest ABC News/Money Magazine poll.

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.

Fed chairman says stability of economy susceptible to many factors

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.

Industrial production surges in May

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.

Mandalay Resort Group's board approves MGM Mirage's offer

Business briefs

Regional economic survey shows economy is improving
Excerpts from the Federal Reserve's survey of current economic conditions, according to its 12 regional bank districts. It was released Wednesday:

Survey: Companies optimistic about hiring in third quarter

Mandalay Resort Group's board approves MGM Mirage's offer
LAS VEGAS -- In a deal that would create the world's largest casino company and bring some of the most famous Las Vegas Strip properties under a single owner, Mandalay Resort Group directors have said yes to MGM Mirage's $4.8 billion cash buyout.

Apple launches iTunes in France, Germany, UK

Russia aims to become less reliant on oil exports for growth

Gasoline prices may be turning a corner, Energy Department says

Series of one-day amateur events coming to Augusta area

Yes to same-sex classes

BCS is still a boar
Question: What do you get when you cross a pig with Saks Fifth Avenue?

Wimping out

Yes to same-sex classes
Discussions concerning the pros and cons of coed education have been picking up in the Augusta-Aiken area and elsewhere around the nation since March, when the U.S. Department of Education announced it would change enforcement of the Title IX anti-discrimination law to make it easier for public school districts to create single-sex schools.

Foiling the bomb plot

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.

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.

Hard to swallow
Someone ought to fry for this.

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.

Stuff to do
New movies out Friday include the quirky Steven Spielberg drama The Terminal, with Tom Hanks, and the over-the-top Ben Stiller comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.

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

Bobby Brown gets suspended sentence after missing support payments
CANTON, Mass. -- R&B singer Bobby Brown was given a suspended sentence after missing three child support payments in a Massachusetts paternity case.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

Creator of 'Saturday Night Live' gets Mark Twain prize for humor
WASHINGTON -- Lorne Michaels, a Canadian-born comedy writer who created "Saturday Night Live" and produced "Wayne's World," "Tommy Boy" and other movies that showcased its stars, will be awarded one of America's top comedy prizes.

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?"

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

Guidestones display messages for mankind in any language
In late 1979, or so the story goes, a mysterious man operating under the pseudonym R.C. Christian walked into an Elberton, Ga., bank and set up an escrow account to create a lasting message to all mankind.

Alanis Morissette gets engaged to actor Ryan Reynolds
NEW YORK -- Isn't it ironic? Alanis Morissette, who made her name with poignant, angry songs about wrecked relationships, is engaged.

Open tab
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a roundup of drink specials at Augusta-Aiken area clubs:

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Even after selling millions of records and winning Grammy awards, Jack White says he still isn't sure what makes The White Stripes work.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Concert spotlight
THE ACT: Dashboard Confessional WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Ga., Interstate 85 east of Atlanta

Club calendar
VARIETY ABBI'S COFFEE MILL: 403 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez; 651-9111.

Court TV: Documents detail Michael Jackson settlement
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson agreed to pay $15.3 million to the child he was accused of molesting in 1993, according to a confidential settlement of a lawsuit.

On the road
Charleston celebrates its seagoing heritage through Sunday at the Charleston Maritime Festival. The event, spread over four days and a lot of water, features all manner of vessels, from multimasted tall ships to model sailboats. The festival will take place at the Maritime Center Complex and the adjacent Ansonborough Field in Charleston, one block from the corner of East Bay and Calhoun streets. Call (843) 722-1030.

Investors weigh rate worries
NEW YORK -- Stocks wobbled in and out of positive territory Wednesday, settling near unchanged levels as the market shrugged off a pair of economic reports that suggested continued strength in the recovery.

Delta CEO gives bleak outlook for airline's revenue
ATLANTA -- The chief executive of Delta Air Lines gave a bleak outlook Wednesday of the carrier's ability to increase revenue, and said that means getting deep wage cuts from pilots is even more crucial to its survival.

Oracle remains on earnings upswing as it hunts for takeovers
SAN FRANCISCO -- Oracle Corp. continues to fatten its profits as corporate America regains its technology appetite, but the software giant remains hungry for an even larger slice of the action.

Pier 1 profit plunges on weak sales

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.

Best Buy earns $114 million in first quarter
MINNEAPOLIS -- Best Buy Co. Inc. reported first-quarter earnings of $114 million as the nation's biggest consumer electronics chain saw its revenue climb 17 percent.

Oracle remains on earnings upswing as it hunts for takeovers

Judge dismisses SEC case against former brokers; SEC to refile

Tokyo stocks end higher, dollar down against yen

Tokyo stocks end higher, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose Wednesday as receding expectations for an early interest rate hike in the United States helped boost technology and other export-related issues. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Schwab says customers reluctant to trade

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.

Tokyo stocks lower, dollar up against yen

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

Circuit City reports $5.9 million loss in fiscal first quarter

Goodyear delays first-quarter results
AKRON, Ohio -- Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. postponed Wednesday's release of its first-quarter financial statements and instead issued a summary projecting record first-quarter sales of about $4.3 billion and a sharply narrowed loss of $75 million to $85 million.

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.

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.

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.

P&G to allow shareholders to vote on board election rules
CINCINNATI -- Procter & Gamble Co. will allow shareholders to vote this fall on the proposed annual election of its entire board of directors.

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.

Delta CEO gives bleak outlook for airline's revenue

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

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.

Goodyear delays first-quarter results

Best Buy earns $114 million in first quarter

Grubbin'
THE PLACE: Almond Express, 2625 Deans Bridge Road, Suite 5 WHAT'S THERE: Chinese cuisine

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

Grubbin'

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.

Brown tests game against top players

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

Howell out for streak of his own

Estate agent builds lead in qualifying
Watching Kevin King blister Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club, Jackson Hughes III said he felt like a hacker.

Rivals reeling in Tiger

Mickelson has momentum
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Phil Mickelson is out of context.

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.

Shinnecock gets tougher, better with age

Rivals reeling in Tiger
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Two years have elapsed since the golf world last converged on Long Island and wondered whether Tiger Woods would ever find a rival or ever lose another major.

Louisianan takes lead in Southern Junior golf

Shinnecock gets tougher, better with age
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Shinnecock Hills Golf Club only gets better with age. And tougher.

Mickelson: Greatest player with one major

Woods reign at No. 1 in jeopardy at U.S. Open
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Tiger Woods, the second-best player in the world?

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

Louisianan takes lead in Southern Junior golf
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Michael Smith of Lafayette, La., shot a tournament-low, 2-under-par 68 Wednesday to take a 1-shot lead in the Southern Junior Golf Championship.

Woods reign at No. 1 in jeopardy at U.S. Open

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.

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

Columbus toddler reported kidnapped
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A 2-year-old boy has been kidnapped during a carjacking and police say the child is "extreme danger," according to an Amber Alert issued Thursday.

Toddler who was reported kidnapped from car is found safe in hometown after phone tip
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A 2-year-old boy who was reported kidnapped in a carjacking and held for a $100,000 ransom was found safe Thursday outside a gas station in his hometown, authorities said.

Toddler who was reported kidnapped from car is found safe in hometown after phone tip
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A 2-year-old boy who was reported kidnapped in a carjacking and held for a $100,000 ransom was found safe Thursday outside a gas station in his hometown, authorities said.

Blame over Fort Discovery is misplaced

Military made proud showing for Reagan

President could be unmarried
Is America ready for a bachelor or bachelorette president? I asked myself: Why shouldn't America be ready for something of this magnitude? E. Maner Augusta

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

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

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

Reagans helped Alzheimer's awareness
The Alzheimer's Association joins the world in mourning the loss of former President Ronald Reagan. Lora Hydrick Augusta

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

Thank Bush for our booming economy
Hey, Democrats! One year after President Bush's historic tax cut was passed, the economy is up and running. You see, the tax cut reduced income tax rates, upped business depreciation, slashed the capital gains tax and somewhat reduced the double taxation of dividends. Your party predicted a double-dip recession and deflation, but today we find we have to worry about the economy growing too fast. Richard E. Hogue Grovetown

Reagans helped Alzheimer's awareness

82 million people in U.S. uninsured for part of 2002-2003

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

Scientists urge steps now to reduce, adapt to climate change

Post office to test fuel cell vehicle

Akamai says impact of Internet attack minimal

League of Women Voters drops support of paperless voting machines

Latest government research finds no decrease in obesity rates

Web distributor: attack behind sluggish Internet sites

Study finds no health dividend from liposuction

Study finds no health dividend from liposuction
BOSTON -- Liposuctioning your waistline can make you look just fabulous, but it won't necessarily make you healthier.

82 million people in U.S. uninsured for part of 2002-2003
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 82 million people - one third of the U.S. population younger than 65 - lacked health insurance at some point over the past two years and most of those were uninsured for more than nine months, says a study by the private group Families USA.

Cancer drug appears highly effective against arthritis
BOSTON -- For the first time, a drug has relieved rheumatoid arthritis by knocking out a certain type of immune cell - an approach that could open the way for precisely targeted, "smart" treatments for the joint disease and other illnesses, too.

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.

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.

Post office to test fuel cell vehicle
WASHINGTON -- The Postal Service said Tuesday it will begin testing a fuel-cell powered vehicle in the Washington area.

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.

Akamai says impact of Internet attack minimal
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A purported Internet attack that affected some of the world's most popular Web sites was "large scale" and "sophisticated" yet had only minimal impact, according to the targeted company.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cell phone case gets 2nd appeal

Man gets court to let him die
AIKEN - Condemned mass murderer Arthur Hastings Wise doesn't want to wait any longer for his execution - and the South Carolina Supreme Court has obliged him.

Airport official leaves post after three years
Augusta Regional Airport's marketing director has resigned from her position, effective immediately, officials said.

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.

School offices head downtown

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

Medicaid payments give hospital boost
Despite seeing fewer patients in recent months, Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics is making more money, thanks in part to once-disputed South Carolina Medicaid payments.

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.

Man faces forgery, fraud charges
Richmond County sheriff's investigators said Wednesday that they have charged a man with 13 counts of financial crimes.

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.

Care Card offers discount rates

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.

Inventions born of imagination, teamwork, a little elbow grease

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

School offices head downtown
Downtown Augusta is welcoming some new faces.

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

Across Georgia
GUM BRANCH - Two bodies found buried in a shed have been identified as a couple last seen in March.

Old enough to graduate

Salons to join battle against abuse
AIKEN - Between the swish of a brush and the drone of a hair dryer, most hairstylists learn a lot about customers sitting in the chair for a trim.

Ballot date could decide sales tax

Judge seeks change for juvenile post
Deciding who should sit behind closed doors and determine the fate of children might soon change.

Board reinstates fired supervisor

Procedure eases tumor treatment
Mary Cooper was camping when she suddenly felt a sharp pain in her left side that soon got so bad she could barely walk.

Goin' for a spin
Above, Katie Eagan, of Grounds Maintenance magazine, test drives the Club Car Carryall 294 4x4 Gas with Club Car employee Matt Zaremba. At left, Club Car engineer Ian Fisher drives the diesel version of the Club Car Carryall 294 4x4 with passenger Roger Stanley of Lawn & Landscape magazine. Editors from a variety of publications were invited to test the new 4x4 at the company's test track Wednesday.

Ballot date could decide sales tax
Depending on whom you ask, George Bush and John Kerry just might have an effect on whether Augusta gets a performing arts center, a sports arena, an expanded Augusta Mini Theatre and much more from future sales tax money.

Child recounts molestation

Salons to join battle against abuse

Senior meals choice delayed

Across Georgia

Rants and raves
IN RESPONSE TO the rant about parents who let their kids run around in stores, I call you selfish. At the same time, why don't you open a day-care center and keep all the kids whose parents want to shop? Give them a day out since you don't have any and aren't concerned about people with children.

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.

Film depicts horror of the Bosnian War

Woman sought in rental scam
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for a woman they say took more than $10,000 worth of items from furniture rental businesses.

Toddler who was reported kidnapped from car is found safe in hometown after phone tip

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.

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

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.

Principal defends doctorate from online school

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

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.

Cell phone case gets 2nd appeal
ATLANTA - A federal appeals court took the rare step this week of allowing lawyers a second chance to argue the case of a Coastal Georgia doctor convicted of trying to arrange his wife's murder.

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.

Film depicts horror of the Bosnian War
On the big screen, it would easily earn an R rating. But life during the Bosnian War was violent, and that is what Augusta State University film student Arijana Sijercic wanted to show in her six-minute film called I Lived in Terror.

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.

Added workload led to 4 new hires
Since the sons of the chief Superior Court judge in the Augusta Judicial Circuit were appointed public defenders for juvenile courts, not only did the salary double, but more attorneys have been hired to do the job.

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.

Board reinstates fired supervisor
An Augusta Animal Services employee who was terminated after officials said he improperly took a dog from the agency will get his job back, a review board determined Wednesday.

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.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A nonprofit organization has purchased nearly three square miles of land that eventually will be included in the Francis Marion National Forest.

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.

Across the area
A man whom sheriff's deputies have been searching for over the past several weeks for a string of convenience store robberies was in police custody Wednesday, officials said.

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

Board weighs degree claim
AIKEN - The Aiken County School Board will investigate the credentials of Jackson Middle School Principal David Yates, who received a doctorate in education from an unaccredited university, board members said Wednesday.

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.

Molester gets 20 years in jail
AIKEN - A Costa Rican construction worker will spend the next 20 years in prison after an Aiken County jury found him guilty of molesting a North Augusta boy.

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.

News you can use
June 17, 1964 Danford Luke, of Wrightsboro Road, was in serious condition at a local hospital Tuesday with second- and third-degree burns suffered in an automobile accident.

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

Kid of the day
Today's kid ot the day is Christian Neibel, 5, of Greenville.

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.

Youth prison set to reopen
Augusta's youth prison is scheduled to reopen this fall as a state-run operation that once again will house the state's most mentally disturbed juvenile offenders.

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.

Care Card offers discount rates
Sitting with his three children in the pediatrician's office, John Pinion watched as his youngest, 3-year-old John, put on his sunglasses and then shyly covered his eyes with his hands while Dr. Halbert Capuy tried to reassure him.

Work paves way for profits

Going green
With his head and arms buried in leafy greens, it's easy to lose Bob Thoresen in his backyard garden.

Kid of the day

Youth prison set to reopen

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Longtime leader of publisher dies at 77

Added workload led to 4 new hires

Mentor lived the message he speaks

Judge seeks change for juvenile post

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Wagener duo face charges for meth

Molester gets 20 years in jail

Flood fund will add greenspace

Goin' for a spin

Classes aim at young teens

Rants and raves
IN RESPONSE TO the rant about parents who let their kids run around in stores, I call you selfish. At the same time, why don't you open a day-care center and keep all the kids whose parents want to shop? Give them a day out since you don't have any and aren't concerned about people with children.

Breakfast becomes budget talk

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.

Inventions born of imagination, teamwork, a little elbow grease
NORTH AUGUSTA - Caitlyn Smoldt, 7, removed the final screw from her 1980s-style telephone, raised its plastic shell and peered inside.

Duval's goals surpass golf game
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - David Duval might not hit a fairway today. He might not break 80. He might not play another golf tournament the rest of the year or the rest of his life.

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.

Little Rock, Ark., hosts world premiere of Clinton documentary
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- More than a thousand people turned out for the world premiere of "The Hunting of the President," a film claiming to expose "the 10-year campaign to destroy Bill Clinton."

Films to highlight week leading to opening of Clinton Library

Mini reviews

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."

Films to highlight week leading to opening of Clinton Library
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- "Control Room," portraying operations of the Arab news network Al-Jazeera during the war in Iraq, will join "The Hunting of the President" as headliners for the Reel Film Festival set for the opening week of the Clinton Presidential Library in November.

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

Little Rock, Ark., hosts world premiere of Clinton documentary

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Bitter feud settled between Madonna and Warner Music Group

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Pinmonkey plays a little bit of everythingHard to define

Pinmonkey plays a little bit of everythingHard to define
Pinmonkey might have been a great bluegrass band, had it not been for all those power chords. And the trio could have been a great honky-tonk country ensemble, were it not for Beatles-style hooks and folksy leanings.

Cowboy Mouth happily makes point to give all, put all into its live shows

Cowboy Mouth happily makes point to give all, put all into its live shows
Make no mistake, Cowboy Mouth members live to play live.

Top 20 Concert Tours

'Crunk Classics' lets club anthems stir adrenaline
Get crunk. When uttered by a DJ or a Dirty South rapper, hip-hop lovers know, it's time to get buck wild, crazy, all out hyped and amped.

Unstoppable songs and inspired jams at Bonnaroo
MANCHESTER, Tenn. -- As far as many of the musicians who inhabited the stage at the Bonnaroo music festival are concerned, there is no such thing as the "jamband community." And even if there was, they wouldn't consider themselves a part of it.

Featured musician: Danielle Purcell

Bitter feud settled between Madonna and Warner Music Group
NEW YORK -- Warner Music Group has agreed to buy Madonna out of Maverick Records, the label she co-founded 12 years ago, to end the legal battle that pitted the music conglomerate against their biggest star.

Featured musician: Danielle Purcell
PLAYS: A singer (second soprano), but she also plays the washboard, the wood block and tambourine. "I prefer older washboards; the ridges are different-they're just better. I wear them out, though; this is probably my third or fourth." She plays the washboard with a curved pull tap wine opener. "At first I tried a wood block mallet, then a piece of wood, then a lighter. This wine opener was just sitting there one night and I grabbed it and went, 'Oh my God, this is perfect!' Because of the curves, it's just perfect for the ridges."

Knee injury forces Britney Spears to cancel summer tour

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas works to help the public keep score of living classical music

Unstoppable songs and inspired jams at Bonnaroo

Beasties go old-school with '5 Boroughs' disc
The Beastie Boys' highly anticipated new album, To the 5 Boroughs, is a return to the classic hip-hop style not heard entirely on a Beasties release since 1989's Paul's Boutique.

Radio friendly Train works to stretch beyond the beaten track

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas works to help the public keep score of living classical music
NEW YORK -- When it was over, he glowed ... and growled.

Radio friendly Train works to stretch beyond the beaten track
When Meet Virginia became a surprise hit for the jangling San Francisco band Train in 1998, there was some worry among the members that their career might have peaked too soon.

Knee injury forces Britney Spears to cancel summer tour
NEW YORK -- Britney Spears won't be gyrating in revealing outfits this summer - at least not on stage.

'Crunk Classics' lets club anthems stir adrenaline

When credibility hits the pits
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Jimmie Johnson was in a forgiving mood after Sunday's Pocono 500. Others weren't as nice.

NASCAR spotlight

More penalties for Kenseth and Harvick
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick were each penalized by NASCAR a second time Wednesday for bumping each other at the end of last weekend's Pocono 500.

Canada opens its border to sport
BROOKLYN, Mich. - The formation of NASCAR Canada apparently doesn't mean stock car racing is making a run for the border.

More penalties for Kenseth and Harvick

Canada opens its border to sport

NASCAR spotlight
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Car owner Ray Evernham watched Kasey Kahne's chances to win at Dover, Del., two weeks ago end when his car spun in oil and crashed with 18 laps to go. Last week at Pocono, Pa., he watched Jeremy Mayfield finish second. Evernham talked about the progress of his two race teams and what he expects the rest of the season.

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.

Title a perfect fit for Pistons
They were square pegs uncomfortably squeezed into circular confinements. And within the ground rules of perception, a failure to conform easily morphs into an inability to succeed.

Team Dysfunctional blown out

Average rating for NBA Finals highest since 2001
NEW YORK -- Detroit's title-clinching win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night was the second-highest rated NBA Finals game since 1998, and the series was the highest-rated since 2001.

Hawks audition point guards

Los Angeles doesn't make dignified exit
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Summer's here, and the time became right for dancing in the streets with 3:42 left in the third quarter.

Hornets acquire Brazilian guard from Spurs

Hawks audition point guards
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Hawks general manager Billy Knight doesn't merely have holes in his lineup.

Average rating for NBA Finals highest since 2001

Pistons are built to last
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Joe Dumars was sporting an NBA championship hat and T-shirt while chewing on an unlit cigar.

Title a perfect fit for Pistons

Jackson bids farewell, sort of, to begin NBA's summer of change
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Phil Jackson stood at the podium in the interview room with four of his five grown children and said there was a "pretty slim chance" he'll coach the Los Angeles Lakers next season.

Pistons chief executive enjoys a remarkable runTitle wave hits Detroit

Pistons are built to last

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.

Jackson bids farewell, sort of, to begin NBA's summer of change

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.

Hornets acquire Brazilian guard from Spurs
NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Hornets claimed guard Alex Garcia off waivers from the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

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.

Pistons thump Lakers for first title in 14 years

Bobcats looking to move up in NBA draft
FORT MILL, S.C. -- The expansion Charlotte Bobcats apparently want to improve their already-high draft position.

Shockey considering surgery on right foot

Panthers' Manning dwells on the bad plays in the Super Bowl

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

Zagunis on a roll heading into the Olympics

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.

Jones takes drug fight to public domain

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.

Jones takes drug fight to public domain
SAN FRANCISCO - Olympic champion runner Marion Jones called Wednesday for a public hearing in her campaign to clear her name and prevent drug allegations from keeping her out of the Athens Games.

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 begins U.S. journey in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- With the theme to his signature movie, "Rocky," blaring in the background, Sylvester Stallone took the Olympic torch from Mayor James Hahn on Wednesday and carried it on what was to be a winding journey through Los Angeles.

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.

Ueberroth right man for USOC job

Olympic torch passes through Mexico City

Williams sisters' past gets them higher seedings

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Armstrong disputes claims in new book

Botham's deeds transform club

Planning leads to success

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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.

Planning leads to success
A summer tournament that determined the national junior boxing champion was thrown together in about a month last year. This year, it will be televised.

Williams sisters' past gets them higher seedings
LONDON - Despite a season of injuries, defeats and tumbling rankings, Serena and Venus Williams are still the players to beat at Wimbledon.

Botham's deeds transform club
When Bill Botham walked into the Augusta Boxing Club to shoot a public service announcement, little did he know how much that one moment would change his life.

Navratilova will compete in singles
EASTBOURNE, England - Nine-time champion Martina Navratilova said Wednesday she has accepted a wild card to play singles at Wimbledon for the first time in 10 years.

Overtime
The Augusta GreenJackets used the bats of Peter Ciofrone, Mickey Hall and newcomer Tim Burgess to beat the Asheville Tourists 13-7 and snap a three-game losing streak Wednesday in Asheville.

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.

Panthers' Manning dwells on the bad plays in the Super Bowl
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A short memory is a must if you're going to play cornerback in the NFL. But it's tough to forget bad plays when they come in the Super Bowl, and you have the entire offseason to dwell on them.

Shockey considering surgery on right foot
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey is considering having surgery on his right foot, a procedure that could force him to miss the opening of the New York Giants' training camp.

Gary Allan tries not to follow the music fads

Southern Baptists reject public school pullout, back gay marriage ban
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Southern Baptist Convention voted down a controversial proposal Wednesday that would have asked parents to pull their children from public schools in favor of religious education.

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.

Gary Allan tries not to follow the music fads
When Gary Herzberg married Danette Day at the Willcox Inn in Aiken over Thanksgiving weekend of 1998, the wedding photos ended up in Country Weekly magazine.

Duval's goals surpass golf game

'Back in Business' tries too hard, fails

Screech of tires, hazardous obstacles fuel car movies

Brush with legend is unforgettable

'American Idol' host says judge Cowell is pompous, arrogant

Year-round season floods TV with new shows

'American Idol' host says judge Cowell is pompous, arrogant
SINGAPORE -- Ryan Seacrest, the host of television hit "American Idol," said the show's lead judge Simon Cowell is arrogant and pompous and says things that are "too harsh," a report said Wednesday.

NBA Finals leads ABC to top of Nielsen rankings

Attempted profile of filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan goes sour

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.

David Janollari named WB entertainment president
NEW YORK -- David Janollari, an independent producer who helped get "Six Feet Under" on the air at HBO, was named entertainment president of the WB network on Tuesday.

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.

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.

Attempted profile of filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan goes sour
NEW YORK -- The Sci Fi Channel was thrilled when M. Night Shyamalan, maker of films "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs," agreed last fall to open his world to a documentarian's cameras.

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Creator of 'Saturday Night Live' gets Mark Twain prize for humor

Court TV: Documents detail Michael Jackson settlement

P. Diddy to go on tour this summer

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

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Alanis Morissette gets engaged to actor Ryan Reynolds

Startup is Georgia's best finishing act

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.

Perno's not so risky now
OMAHA, Neb. - When Vince Dooley assesses the job David Perno has done coaching Georgia's baseball team, he does so with tremendous pride.

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

Perno's not so risky now

Screech of tires, hazardous obstacles fuel car movies
Has it really been 10 years? Ten years ago today, America was riveted by the unlikely sight of a white Bronco driving slowly down a Los Angles freeway, a trail of police cruisers following, just as slowly.

Brush with legend is unforgettable
I'm ashamed to say that when the news of Ray Charles' death reached me last Thursday afternoon, my first thought was not of his incalculable contributions to music, nor was it the void in the American cultural landscape left by his exit.

'Back in Business' tries too hard, fails
Barbershop 2: Back in Business is a lot of things. It's a human comedy, mining simple conversations and life experiences for laughs. It's a soap opera, an open-ended look at the intimate lives and loves of its ensemble cast. It's political in its message and polite in its presentation.

Surgery didn't keep Pearce off diamond

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.

Gonner charged with driving without a license

Ex-Gamecock Hinton, 35, dies

Gonner charged with driving without a license
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina guard Josh Gonner has been charged with driving without a license after a car crash this past weekend.

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.

Surgery didn't keep Pearce off diamond
COLUMBIA - Steve Pearce's brief bio in the South Carolina baseball media guide says his main hobby is playing video games.

First two South Carolina games to be televised

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.

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Boy who lost foul ball to souvenir-hunting adult gets windfall

Odds and Ends

101-year-old man parachutes into record books

Southern Baptist Convention quits the Baptist World Alliance

Southern Baptists reject public school pullout, back gay marriage ban