Whistler plays pivotal role in impressionism show in Toronto
TORONTO -- American painter James McNeil Whistler is the pivotal artist linking the styles and influences of Frenchman Claude Monet and Briton J.M.W. Turner in a three-man exhibit of impressionism at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Metropolitan Museum of Art creates new department

Moroccan novelist Ben Jelloun wins $120,000 prize
DUBLIN, Ireland -- Moroccan-born novelist and poet Tahar Ben Jelloun won the world's most lucrative literary prize Thursday after international judges picked his novel about the horrors of desert camps as the best work of English fiction for 2002.

Gallery calendar

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

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.

Moroccan novelist Ben Jelloun wins $120,000 prize

Omaha is where college baseball players want to be

Red Sox wipe out Rockies

Giants complete sweep

Giants complete sweep
SAN FRANCISCO -- Michael Tucker hit a tiebreaking triple in the eighth inning Thursday and the San Francisco Giants completed a three-game sweep with an 8-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Late homer propels Mariners to victory
MILWAUKEE -- Scott Spiezio hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the eighth inning Thursday, sending the Seattle Mariners to a 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Omaha is where college baseball players want to be
OMAHA, Neb. -- Indianapolis has the 500. Pasadena has the Rose Bowl. And Louisville has the Kentucky Derby. But Omaha has the College World Series.

Donnelly activated by Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- All-Star reliever Brendan Donnelly was activated from the disabled list Thursday by the Anaheim Angels.

Rangers put Dominguez on DL

Donnelly activated by Angels

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.

Hidalgo shipped to Mets

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

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.

Red Sox wipe out Rockies
DENVER -- Derek Lowe pitched four-hit ball for seven innings in the 24th shutout in Coors Field history, and David Ortiz drove in a career-high five runs Thursday to help the Boston Red Sox avoid a sweep with an 11-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Late homer propels Mariners to victory

Hidalgo shipped to Mets
HOUSTON - Hoping to help their sagging offense, the New York Mets acquired right fielder Richard Hidalgo from the Houston Astros on Thursday for right-handers David Weathers and Jeremy Griffiths.

Astros drop further behind in NL Central race

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.

Latest area births

Thieves steal computers, mobile phone at crime prevention trade fair
HONG KONG -- Thieves snatched two computers from a Hong Kong trade fair, a particularly brazen act considering that the victims were security companies showing off the latest crime-stopping technology.

Lobster found guarding a watch off England
LONDON -- Lobsters have long been known as solitary and territorial crustaceans - but timely and fashion conscious?

Odds and Ends
ST. PAUL. Minn. -- A goodnight kiss turned into a man's nightmare when his girlfriend bit off part of his tongue.

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.

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

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.

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

Bullpen collapses again for Atlanta
ATLANTA - It could be worse, but it's hard to imagine how. The Atlanta Braves are fading like a desert sunset and they seem powerless to stop the slide.

Bullpen collapses again for Atlanta

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.

Rise in mortgage rates won't hurt market, economists say

Jobless claims down, wholesale prices up: two sides of economic rebound

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.

Regional economic survey shows economy is improving

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:

Downtown sites lead to confusion
When Main Street Augusta created its Saturday farmers market last year to attract more traffic downtown, little did it know that it would be taking customers away from another downtown market.

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

Brazil keeps base interest rate at 16 percent

Regional economic survey shows economy is improving

Court summons Dow Chemical representative in Bhopal gas leak tragedy

Industrial production surges in May

Bureau had bill problem since 2001
Unpaid credit card charges at the city's tourism bureau went unnoticed for years, rather than months, as initially reported, and officials knew about the problems earlier than they let on.

United Airlines CEO coaxing carrier back from brink

More Georgians opt for part-time farming
ATHENS, Ga. - When Russell Yeany retired after 25 years in the University of Georgia's College of Education, he could have had a life of ease, thanks to his retirement income and benefits.

United Airlines CEO coaxing carrier back from brink
CHICAGO -- When Glenn Tilton took over the leadership of United Airlines in 2002, skepticism abounded that a career oilman could learn the airline business fast enough to pull the carrier out of its dangerous dive.

Downtown sites lead to confusion

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.

More Georgians opt for part-time farming

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.

Leading indicators move higher in May

Swiss National Bank raises interest rate a quarter point
GENEVA -- Switzerland's central bank Thursday announced it was raising a key Swiss interest rate by a quarter percentage point after holding near zero for more than a year.

Bureau had bill problem since 2001

Court summons Dow Chemical representative in Bhopal gas leak tragedy
BHOPAL, India -- A court has summoned a Bombay representative of Dow Chemical Co. to explain why the company should not be forced to pay for environmental damages and compensation to the victims of the gas leak that killed thousands of people in central India nearly 20 years ago, a court official said Thursday.

Japan says improving corporate profits are helping economic recovery

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.

Scandal-plagued Mitsubishi Motors carries out pay cuts

Jobless claims down, wholesale prices up: two sides of economic rebound
WASHINGTON -- The number of new people signing up for jobless benefits dropped last week and wholesale prices rose in May at the fastest pace in 14 months, according to two reports that sent mixed messages about the strength of the economic resurgence.

Leading indicators move higher in May
NEW YORK -- A closely watched gauge of future economic activity rose a stronger-than-expected 0.5 percent in May, suggesting that the U.S. economy will continue sturdy expansion through the summer.

Brazil keeps base interest rate at 16 percent
BRASILIA, Brazil -- Rising oil prices and concerns over a resurgence of inflation and a possible interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve led Brazil's central bank on Wednesday to maintain the country's base interest rates at 16 percent.

Rise in mortgage rates won't hurt market, economists say
WASHINGTON - Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages rose this week, a trend that isn't expected to clip the wings of the housing market, economists said.

Yes to same-sex classes

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.

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

Upbraiding the state

A discouraging poll

A discouraging poll
A comprehensive poll of thousands of Iraqi people commissioned by the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority is terribly discouraging. The results weren't supposed to be made public - and it's easy to understand why - but the Associated Press got hold of the survey, and it is devastating.

Upbraiding the state
What happens in South Carolina when someone gets their hair braided free of charge? Apart from a new 'do, not much.

Hard to swallow
Someone ought to fry for this.

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.

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

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

Woman pleads not guilty to stalking Catherine Zeta-Jones
LOS ANGELES -- A woman has pleaded not guilty to felony charges she stalked actress Catherine Zeta-Jones by calling and sending her threatening letters, authorities said Wednesday.

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.

Pat O'Brien to leave 'Access Hollywood'
LOS ANGELES -- It's a wrap for "Access Hollywood" co-host Pat O'Brien.

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.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- First, he was named Britain's sexiest actor. Now, Orlando Bloom is among the "50 Hottest Bachelors," according to People magazine.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Carnival reports sharp jump in quarterly earnings

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.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar slightly down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks slipped Thursday after a big advance in the previous session. The U.S. dollar was nearly flat against the Japanese yen.

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

Tokyo stocks end higher, dollar down against yen

Goodyear delays first-quarter results

Mortgage rates rose this week
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages rose this week, a trend that isn't expected to clip the wings of the housing market, economists said.

Smucker profit falls on weaker Crisco sales, charges

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.

Smucker profit falls on weaker Crisco sales, charges
ORRVILLE, Ohio -The J.M. Smucker Co., the country's largest maker of jams and jellies, Thursday said profit for its latest quarter declined from a year ago, as slowing sales of Crisco oil, restructuring charges and the pending acquisition of International Multifoods hurt its bottom line.

Money funds fell in latest week

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $632.4 million in the latest week to $861.23 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Delta CEO gives bleak outlook for airline's revenue

Stocks lower on mixed economic reports
NEW YORK -- Wall Street extended its slide Thursday as a pair of economic reports carried a conflicting message to investors: The growing economy is fueling a job market recovery, but also allowing inflation to rise.

One in four credit reports has serious errors, survey finds
WASHINGTON -- One in four credit reports has errors that are serious enough to disqualify consumers from buying a home, opening a bank account or getting a job - and an overwhelming majority contain mistakes of some kind, according to a survey released Thursday by a consumer group.

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.

Newell Rubbermaid still a fixer-upper
NEW YORK - Many of the housewares Newell Rubbermaid Inc. sells have earned a reputation for making everyday chores a little easier, but it remains to be seen whether the company has the right tool in its belt to fix what's been ailing it and to get its sales growing again.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Best Buy earns $114 million in first quarter

Carnival reports sharp jump in quarterly earnings
MIAMI -- Carnival Corp. & PLC, the world's largest cruise company, posted a sharply higher profit for the second quarter as cruise prices and bookings continue to recover from a slowdown caused by terrorism fears and the war in Iraq.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar slightly down against yen

Oracle remains on earnings upswing as it hunts for takeovers

One in four credit reports has serious errors, survey finds

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Weeding out big fish isn't an easy task

Weeding out big fish isn't an easy task
Largemouth bass fishing on Strom Thurmond Lake has been tough, but is expected to improve steadily as the dreaded (by some) aquatic weed hydrilla makes itself known.

Grubbin'

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

Harvesting your peas -- the last and important step
For the best flavor, pick your peas at just the right moment.

Find out whether soil is acidic or alkaline
Soil pH is one of many factors that can affect plant growth.

Rivals reeling in Tiger

Duval's last but hopeful
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - It was hardly a storybook comeback, but David Duval didn't seem to mind a bit.

Carlisle named coach of year
Fresh off leading his team to its first national championship, Michael Carlisle raked in another postseason honor this week.

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

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

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.

Furyk defending despite surgery
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Jim Furyk took a chance that he could come back from wrist surgery sooner than later to defend his U.S. Open title.

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

Favorites lying in wait
Phil Mickelson could see the terrifying seventh green ahead of him through the fog with the flag laying down and the surface as receptive as it might be all week. He hated to wait nearly 12 hours to take a swing at it.

Shinnecock gets tougher, better with age

Pruitt back to defend title
He works just 30 weeks a year. His employer is the PGA Tour. And as defending champion of the South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship, he doesn't have any pressure yet.

Louisianan takes lead in Southern Junior golf

Fans offer golfers new experience

ShopRite is devoid of spotlight
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Annika Sorenstam isn't playing the ShopRite LPGA Classic this year. Neither is 14-year-old phenomenon Michelle Wie.

Furyk defending despite surgery

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.

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

Pruitt back to defend title

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

Carlisle named coach of year

Fans offer golfers new experience
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - The three extra guys who went with the fifth group off Shinnecock's back nine Thursday turned out to be wholly unnecessary.

Favorites lying in wait

50-year-old takes over at U.S. Open
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Jay Haas won't be dragged onto the Champions Tour just because of a chronological number.

50-year-old takes over at U.S. Open

Howell off to a tough start
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Charles Howell has been playing catch-up from the start, and he has 23 holes this morning to make up some serious ground.

Howell off to a tough start

Easy decision: Lightning pick up option on Khabibulin
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning picked up the $6.5 million option on Thursday to bring back goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin next season.

Easy decision: Lightning pick up option on Khabibulin

Sharks rarely attack, but try to avoid them anyway
Traveling to the beach this summer? Don't worry too much about sharks.

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.

Spare the opinions and give us facts
Thanks, Chronicle, for demolishing my misperception that the economy is still bad ("An economic disconnect," June 8). I needed that. Rick Carpenter Appling

Reagans helped Alzheimer's awareness

Directory helps black business grow
Regarding Andrew Aiken's June 7 letter to the editor, "Black phone directory is racist": I'm assuming the word "networking" isn't in Mr. Aiken's vocabulary. William Sanders Augusta

Media's agenda is subversive
More people are recognizing the perfidious nature of the network news and their commentators. If you depend on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN et al for your information, you are receiving a totally biased point of view. Their agenda is promotion of liberalism/socialism, the discrediting of those who are not of that persuasion, and protection of those who are. Robert Smock Hephzibah

Directory helps black business grow

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

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

Health and fitness calendar

Akamai says impact of Internet attack minimal

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

Desolation Canyon: Danger

Tom Hanks would find home at Augusta airport

Post office to test fuel cell vehicle

Viper V-10 revs up '04 Dodge Ram

Study finds no health dividend from liposuction

Finding their voice

Desolation Canyon: Danger
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third chapter of a 15-part story that The Augusta Chronicle will publish in Your Life on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays until July 16.

Another technical glitch slows Web portal Yahoo!
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Some Yahoo! Inc. Web sites and services stumbled for the second time in less than a week Thursday as the Internet giant worked to resolve a hardware problem.

Shell boss tells newspaper future grim unless carbon emissions cut
LONDON -- A chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Cos. said in comments published Thursday that he sees "very little hope for the world" unless there is a reduction in global carbon dioxide emissions.

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.

Researchers surprised by comets craters, pinnacles
WASHINGTON -- When scientists sent a spacecraft to get a close look at a comet, they thought they knew what they'd see. They were wrong.

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.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

Viper V-10 revs up '04 Dodge Ram
The 2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10 is an awesome piece of machinery.

Finding their voice
Elmer Bowen sat at a long table in St. Joseph Hospital's Sister Mary Louise Conference Room on Sunday afternoon with frustration on his mind.

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.

Tom Hanks would find home at Augusta airport
An airport is its own microcosm of society, so much so that in Steven Spielberg's new movie, The Terminal, John F. Kennedy International Airport becomes one man's entire world.

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.

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

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

Study calls for exhibit center

Pair are accused of having meth lab
Burke County authorities have arrested two men who they said were making methamphetamine near the Richmond-Burke county line.

A witness to history

House gets surprise remodeling
WINDER, Ga. - One big family is in for quite a shock when they return home from summer vacation next month.

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.

Society commends 50-year employee
An Augusta woman who has devoted half a century to the Augusta Humane Society received a lifetime achievement award from the nonprofit group Thursday night.

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.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A Greenville police officer has been suspended without pay for three days after flushing evidence down a toilet.

School offices head downtown

Across the Georgia
ATLANTA - A supermarket security guard shot a teenage boy in the head after seeing him in a friend's stolen car in Clayton County.

Enjoying it while he can
Taylor Berry, 13, soars off a diving board at a neighbor's pool in North Augusta before Thursday's thunderstorms. Rain held off in the area until late afternoon Thursday.

FBI considers investigating sheriff's conduct
Already under scrutiny by state investigators, Jenkins County Sheriff Bobby Womack could soon be the subject of an FBI probe.

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.

A witness to history
What took more than 200 years to grow will all come down today in just four hours.

News you can use
June 18, 1990 It took Grace Smoak a long time to get a college degree.

Rants and raves
TO THE PERSON that's wondering where he should be allowed to smoke cigarettes: Tell him to go to the cemetery and smoke them. That's where smokers usually wind up anyway.

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.

Board reinstates fired supervisor

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.

Ballot date could decide sales tax

Across the Georgia

Molester gets 20 years in jail

4 long-shot Senate hopefuls debate

Cell phone case gets 2nd appeal

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.

Peace demonstrators seek $2,000 from city
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Savannah leaders gave G-8 Summit demonstrators nearly everything they wanted, but now organizer Kellie Gasink is asking for a little bit more.

Coliseum Authority meets to discuss raises, budget
Members of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority informally agreed Thursday to give a $5,000 raise to civic center General Manager Larry Rogers and a 3 percent increase to other employees.

FBI considers investigating sheriff's conduct

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.

Golf program puts children on course

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.

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.

Official affirms changes
A state representative confirmed Thursday that Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services Director Carolyn Beard, who has been under scrutiny because of allegations of mismanagement in her office, has been reassigned.

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

Around town
Augusta State University student Jennifer Fender is dressed in pajamas and walks around campus. She is with her psychology graduate class and participates in a shaming exercise for the students to learn what a patient can experience. The exercise lasts about an hour.

Goin' for a spin

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Film depicts horror of the Bosnian War

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

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

Judge seeks change for juvenile post

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Inventions born of imagination, teamwork, a little elbow grease

Correction

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.

Salons to join battle against abuse

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

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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.

Residents sue to halt path's way

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.

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.

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
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.

Charges in slaying of fetus uncertain
District Attorney Danny Craig says he has not decided whether two men charged with murder in the slaying of an expectant mother of three should be charged with the death of her unborn child, officials said Thursday.

Residents sue to halt path's way
NORTH AUGUSTA - John and Valerie Zentz say they support the development of North Augusta's Greeneway, a pedestrian-friendly network of nature trails. But they contend that a connector path that will cut along the west side of their two-story cottage-style house on Bolin Road is an unnecessary intrusion on their privacy, and they have sued to stop it.

Changes await Highway 316
ATLANTA - Members of the public got their first look at proposed improvements to Georgia Highway 316 during a "public information open house" Thursday in Gwinnett County.

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.

Cleanup pledges to get 99 percent

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.

Charges in slaying of fetus uncertain

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.

Debate brings out diatribes on trade

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.

Coliseum Authority meets to discuss raises, budget

Correction
Thursday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle included the wrong television schedule.

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Russell selects 2 deputies
New interim Augusta Administrator Fred Russell wasted no time in bringing in acting deputy administrators to help him run city government.

Across the area
An Augusta teenager told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was hit in the head with a hammer after an argument Wednesday evening.

Golf program puts children on course
AIKEN - When 9-year-old Matthew Bauerlin stepped onto the Houndslake Country Club golf course, the only golf club he had ever used was a putter.

Changes await Highway 316

Cleanup pledges to get 99 percent
WASHINGTON - The Energy Department is committed to removing 99 percent of the nuclear waste in underground tanks at weapons sites, and anything less is "off the table," the head of the cleanup program told lawmakers Thursday.

Enjoying it while he can

Salary varies by race
GREENVILLE, S.C. - While almost 16 percent of Greenville County's 1,571 full-time employees are black, none is paid $70,000 or more, according to the most recent Equal Employment Opportunity Commission records.

Rants and raves
TO THE PERSON that's wondering where he should be allowed to smoke cigarettes: Tell him to go to the cemetery and smoke them. That's where smokers usually wind up anyway.

Across the area

Kid of the day

Added workload led to 4 new hires

Debate brings out diatribes on trade
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Former Gov. David Beasley and U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint attacked each other's positions on international trade Thursday in the second broadcast debate of the runoff.

Youth prison set to reopen

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Nigel Zamir Jones, 20 months, of Augusta.

Care Card offers discount rates

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

4 long-shot Senate hopefuls debate
SAVANNAH, Ga. - With their key rivals away voting in Washington, four lesser-known candidates vying to succeed U.S. Sen. Zell Miller took the spotlight in a debate Thursday with few fireworks aside from questions about one contender's personal life.

Study calls for exhibit center
Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Barry White laid out the case to city commissioners Thursday for a Reynolds Street exhibit and trade center to be included on the next special purpose sales tax program.

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

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.

A second wind has hit Haas
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Just try to make sense of this.

Duval's last but hopeful
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - It was hardly a storybook comeback, but David Duval didn't seem to mind a bit.

At the Movies: 'The Terminal'

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.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Films to highlight week leading to opening of Clinton Library

At the Movies: 'Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story'

At the Movies: 'Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story'
Dodgeball is a love-it or hate-it sport. You either have fond childhood memories of hurling those red rubber balls at opposing heads and groins and torsos - occasionally taking a beaning yourself - or you were one of those kids in danger of soiling your gym shorts on dreaded dodgeball day.

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Conservatives mobilizing to counter Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11'
LOS ANGELES -- While the White House and the Republican National Committee have taken an official "no comment" approach to Michael Moore and his new anti-Bush documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," some conservatives have mobilized a letter-writing campaign and crafted ads that slam the film and its maker.

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."

Conservatives mobilizing to counter Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

At the Movies: 'The Terminal'
You think you've got it hard, trying to amuse yourself at an airport when your plane's delayed for three hours? Try spending nearly a year there, living on airport food, sleeping on chairs, hosing yourself down in the men's room.

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

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.

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

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.

Bitter feud settled between Madonna and Warner Music Group

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

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.

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.

Knee injury forces Britney Spears to cancel summer tour

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.

Courtney Love, facing legal woes, reschedules summer tour

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

Duran Duran regrouping for a new album

'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.

Duran Duran regrouping for a new album
NEW YORK -- Duran Duran, who regrouped last year for a successful tour, are reuniting again - this time, for a new album on a new record label.

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

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."

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.

Unstoppable songs and inspired jams at Bonnaroo

'Crunk Classics' lets club anthems stir adrenaline

Pinmonkey plays a little bit of everythingHard to define

Featured musician: Danielle Purcell

Courtney Love, facing legal woes, reschedules summer tour
LOS ANGELES -- Rocker Courtney Love will not tour in June or July so she can focus on mounting legal troubles - including a felony drug case and an alleged assault with a liquor bottle, her publicist said.

Top 20 Concert Tours

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.

Canada opens its border to sport

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.

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.

Michigan should calm down recent NASCAR chaos
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Rusty Wallace is hoping calm replaces chaos and confusion at Sunday's NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway.

NASCAR spotlight

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

More penalties for Kenseth and Harvick

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.

Michigan should calm down recent NASCAR chaos

McGrady to meet with Magic owner
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Magic owner Rich DeVos is preparing to make his best pitch to get Tracy McGrady to stay in Orlando.

Pistons fans salute the NBA champs
DETROIT -- Hundreds of thousands of Pistons fans lined downtown Thursday to honor the NBA champions, a celebration that left outspoken Rasheed Wallace almost speechless.

Hawks audition point guards

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.

Kobe Bryant's defense team wins access to text-message records
EAGLE, Colo. -- A judge has granted Kobe Bryant's attorneys access to cell phone text messages sent among three people - including the woman accusing the NBA star of rape - in the hours after the alleged attack.

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.

McGrady to meet with Magic owner

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.

Milicic undergoes surgery, could miss Olympics
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Darko Milicic broke his hand in a token appearance in the Detroit Pistons' NBA title clincher, an injury that could jeopardize his chances of playing for Serbia in the Olympics.

Pistons fans salute the NBA champs

Hornets promote Bristow to general manager
NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Hornets selected Allan Bristow to replace Bob Bass as general manager on Thursday.

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.

Lakers hope to resolve coaching situation shortly
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers plan to decide soon whether Phil Jackson will be their coach next season.

Pistons are built to last

Milicic undergoes surgery, could miss Olympics

Hornets promote Bristow to general manager

Average rating for NBA Finals highest since 2001

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Title a perfect fit for Pistons

Lakers hope to resolve coaching situation shortly

Shockey considering surgery on right foot

Emmitt Smith named starter again

Delhomme gets five-year extension worth $38 million

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

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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.

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.

Jones takes drug fight to public domain

St. Louis welcomes Olympic torch as U.S. tour marches on
ST. LOUIS -- A century since becoming the first American city to host the modern-era Olympic Games, St. Louis welcomed back the Olympic flame Thursday.

Williams sisters' past gets them higher seedings

Classic sets its field of 64

Botham's deeds transform club

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Planning leads to success

Without Real Madrid, MLS All-Stars revert to East vs. West format

Overtime
In Eatonton, Ga., Julie Bartholomew of Marietta won the Top 60 Classic by one stroke on Thursday, holding off Augusta's Laura Coble at the Golf Club of Cuscowilla.

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.

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.

Without Real Madrid, MLS All-Stars revert to East vs. West format
NEW YORK -- Major League Soccer's all-star game will feature teams from its two conferences, a switch after Real Madrid pulled out of the midseason exhibition.

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.

Classic sets its field of 64
A team of Angels will fly down from Arkansas. Another flight of Eagles are swooping in from Alabama. Tornadoes are on the way from West Virginia.

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.

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.

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.

Delhomme gets five-year extension worth $38 million
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jake Delhomme was rewarded Thursday for helping guide the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl, getting a five-year contract extension worth $38 million.

Emmitt Smith named starter again
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Emmitt Smith, the NFL's all-time leading rusher, was designated Thursday as the Arizona Cardinals starting running back.

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.

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.

A second wind has hit Haas

Duval's goals surpass golf game

Brush with legend is unforgettable

Screech of tires, hazardous obstacles fuel car movies

'Back in Business' tries too hard, fails

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.

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of June 7-13. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

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

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.

Clinton tells CBS he never considered resigning
NEW YORK -- Former President Bill Clinton tells the CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes" that he never considered resigning and is proud he fought impeachment, the outcome of his lying under oath about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

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Attempted profile of filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan goes sour

Clinton tells CBS he never considered resigning

'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.

Alanis Morissette gets engaged to actor Ryan Reynolds

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

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Georgia, Arizona 'dog it

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.

Perno's not so risky now

Georgia, Arizona 'dog it
OMAHA, Neb. - Georgia coach David Perno and Arizona's Andy Lopez haven't taken dibs on who is the biggest underdog in today's opening game of the College World Series.

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.

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.

Carlisle named coach of year
Fresh off leading his team to its first national championship, Michael Carlisle raked in another postseason honor this week.

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.

Gonner charged with driving without a license

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.

Royal Flush
COLUMBIA - Chad Blackwell calls South Florida home. Billy Buckner is from Conyers, just outside of Atlanta. Matt Campbell grew up near Greenville, S.C.

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Thieves steal computers, mobile phone at crime prevention trade fair

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Lobster found guarding a watch off England

101-year-old man parachutes into record books

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

Southern Baptists reject public school pullout, back gay marriage ban