The role of 'Chicago's' Mama Morton has been good to Roz Ryan

Newark Museum straps its hands cross Springsteen's engines
NEWARK, N.J. -- From "Thunder Road" to "Racing in the Street," in pickups and pink Cadillacs, Bruce Springsteen spent the last 30 years riding shotgun with his fans down life's highways, dirt roads and dead ends.

'How to Build a Better Tulip' arrives off-Broadway
NEW YORK -- It sounds nefarious. Two rival plant breeders try to create the world's first black tulip.

'Fahrenheit 451' author Bradbury demands Moore change his film's title

Newark Museum straps its hands cross Springsteen's engines

Critics are bored, but booksellers still buzzed by Clinton book
NEW YORK -- Reviews have been discouraging and conservatives are on the attack, but booksellers still expect the best as they brace for Tuesday's release of Bill Clinton's "My Life," the year's most anticipated nonfiction book.

Clinton's portraitist combines passion with profession
SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Outside Simmie Knox's studio, the spring day is warm and inviting, a perfect vision of suburban bliss: children sell lemonade at a curbside stand; dying cicadas sing their love songs; butterflies flutter over lush green lawns as a breeze shimmies through the trees.

'Fahrenheit 451' author Bradbury demands Moore change his film's title
LOS ANGELES -- Ray Bradbury is demanding an apology from filmmaker Michael Moore for lifting the title from his classic science-fiction novel "Fahrenheit 451" without permission and wants the new documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" to be renamed.

The role of 'Chicago's' Mama Morton has been good to Roz Ryan
NEW YORK -- Roz Ryan is back in the role of Mama Morton, the saucy, salacious prison matron in the long-running Broadway revival of "Chicago.

Clinton's portraitist combines passion with profession

'How to Build a Better Tulip' arrives off-Broadway

Critics are bored, but booksellers still buzzed by Clinton book

Arizona defeats Arkansas
OMAHA, Neb. -- Jordan Brown hit two of Arizona's four home runs and John Meloan and Mark Melancon combined to hold Arkansas to five hits in Arizona's 7-2 victory in a College World Series elimination game Sunday.

Titans pitching in nicely
OMAHA, Neb. - Ricky Romero scattered nine hits in a complete game and Felipe Garcia went 4-for-4 to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 6-3 victory over Miami in the College World Series on Monday night.

Healthy Griffey back on his game

Tony Gwynn loves college baseball and the CWS

Tony Gwynn loves college baseball and the CWS
OMAHA, Neb. -- As Tony Gwynn sees it, the college game is getting better and better each year.

Griffey hits 500th career home run in Reds win

Titans pitching in nicely

Arizona defeats Arkansas

Shanks returns for another swing
Steve Phillips first saw James Shanks play two years ago in the Midwest League.

Rauch appreciates second chance with White Sox
MONTREAL -- Jon Rauch appreciates getting a second chance with the Chicago White Sox.

Healthy Griffey back on his game
ST. LOUIS -- If Ken Griffey Jr. can stay in the lineup, the next 100 home runs might come a lot easier than his 500th.

Griffey hits 500th career home run in Reds win
ST. LOUIS -- Ken Griffey Jr. trotted around the bases as if it were just another home run. It was anything but that.

Shanks returns for another swing

Wife has summer fling with novel

Airliner lands at Air Force base by mistake, passengers told not to peek
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Northwest Airlines flight that was headed to Rapid City, S.D., landed a few miles off course at Ellsworth Air Force Base, and passengers had to wait in the plane for more than three hours while their crew was interrogated.

Hot dog eating champion is a lean, mean, eating machine
TOKYO -- He's taken on sumo wrestlers. No contest. Former NFL star William "The Refrigerator" Perry, three times his size, took up the gauntlet. Not even close.

Boatload of African migrants arrives at Spanish nudist beach
MADRID, Spain -- Two worlds collided as a raft carrying 42 destitute Africans - bundled up for a chilly, wind-swept crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar - washed up on a nudist beach in southern Spain, officials said Monday.

Community hopes to boost tourism by documenting civil rights activists slayings
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. -- Forty years after three civil rights activists were executed by the Ku Klux Klan, tourism officials are documenting their demise in hopes of retelling history and drawing visitors to the town where their killers were once protected.

Thai prisoners get their kicks with elephant soccer
AYUTHAYA, Thailand -- Here come the elephants.

Odds and Ends
ORRVILLE, Ohio -- Fat and skinny, striped or plaid - Trinity United Methodist Church actually wanted neckties for Father's Day.

Braves relievers struggle through June

Braves face crucial stretch

Braves face crucial stretch
MIAMI - A glance at the National East standings suggests the Atlanta Braves are in the thick of the race, only 41/2 games out.

Braves falter again

Braves relievers struggle through June
ATLANTA -- The numbers aren't working for John Smoltz and the Atlanta Braves.

Braves falter again
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves had everything going their way Sunday, except the score.

Defect cover-up highlights dubious corporate culture automaker

Local TV remains the biggest outlet for attorney ads

Tax dodgers proving faster than tax collectors

Greenspan newly installed in fifth term at helm of Fed

Online banking grows fast, still room for expansion
NEW YORK -- Millions of Americans are doing their banking online, and their ranks are expected to grow rapidly in coming years as more e-services become available and Internet connections get faster.

Dance studio discovers new home

Simon to buy outlet owner
WASHINGTON - Bacardi Limited has agreed to purchase Grey Goose vodka from Sidney Frank Importing Co. for roughly $2 billion, adding another well-known brand of alcohol to its menu, which includes Dewar's scotch and Bombay Sapphire gin.

Online banking grows fast, still room for expansion

United CEO discusses 'relentless pressure,' oil prices

Alliance boosts jobs, research

U of Tenn business school shares Buffett's 'wealth'
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee may not get rich off billionaire investor Warren Buffett, but that's not the point.

Supreme Court rules for HMOs in fight over patient suits

United CEO discusses 'relentless pressure,' oil prices
CHICAGO -- Glenn Tilton switched from oil to aviation at a time when both United Airlines and the entire industry were mired in their deepest crises ever.

Wachovia in deal to buy competitor SouthTrust

Alliance boosts jobs, research
ATHENS, Ga. - The first person to live to be 150 years old is already alive today and will have a good quality of life.

Yahoo launches Chinese-language search site

Dance studio discovers new home
The Cutno Dance Studio is tapping its way across downtown, bringing more swing to a quickly growing area.

Wachovia to purchase SouthTrust Bank
Wachovia Corp.'s announcement Monday that it is buying rival SouthTrust Bank for $14.3 billion sets the stage for possible branch closures and layoffs in the Augusta area.

U of Tenn business school shares Buffett's 'wealth'

Tax dodgers proving faster than tax collectors
LUXEMBOURG -- The criminals can be spotted in the first-class cabins of intercity trains pulling into Luxembourg station, or perhaps stretching their legs outside the rows of modern bank buildings.

CEO 'compensation' is nonrefundable

Norwegian oil workers threaten to escalate strike
OSLO, Norway -- Striking oil workers are threatening to escalate a labor conflict by pulling additional crew members from an offshore platform.

Business briefs

Supreme Court rules for HMOs in fight over patient suits
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court said Monday that patients who claim their HMOs wouldn't pay for recommended medical care cannot sue for big malpractice damages, removing a weapon that trial lawyers and patient rights advocates said was crucial to keep the insurers honest.

Defect cover-up highlights dubious corporate culture automaker
TOKYO -- Four years ago, the Japanese public was stunned to learn that Mitsubishi Motors Corp. had stashed away thousands of complaints about vehicle defects in a file code-named "H" for the Japanese word for "secret."

Business briefs
SUMMER JOB FRONT: Summer means a hiatus for corporate recruiters, right? Maybe not.

CEO 'compensation' is nonrefundable
NEW YORK -- The ruse about performance-based pay is exposed. Executive "compensation," presumably intended to reward strong leadership, is apparently nonrefundable when it turns out the leadership wasn't so swell after all.

Greenspan newly installed in fifth term at helm of Fed
WASHINGTON -- Alan Greenspan, who has steered the world's largest economy under four presidents, has been sworn in to his fifth term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Local TV remains the biggest outlet for attorney ads
PITTSBURGH -- Their TV commercials call them "The Double Team." Attorneys Edward and Alex Shenderovich - identical twins - are proof that television advertising can boost a lawyer's business. Since Shenderovich & Shenderovich began running their commercials six years ago, they say their Pittsburgh-area personal injury practice has grown by about 500 percent.

Wachovia in deal to buy competitor SouthTrust
NEW YORK -- Banking giant Wachovia Corp. is buying competitor SouthTrust Corp. in a deal valued at $14.3 billion, the companies said Monday.

Yahoo launches Chinese-language search site
BEIJING -- Yahoo! Inc. launched a Chinese-language search portal on Monday, following Google's lead in maneuvering for a stronger foothold in one of the world's biggest Internet markets.

Former Vivendi chief in police custody in Paris
PARIS -- The former chief executive of Vivendi Universal, Jean-Marie Messier, was taken into police custody Monday in an investigation into financial wrongdoing during his time at the telecommunications giant, police said.

Wal-Mart, Mastercard reach agreement on debit card use
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Wal-Mart customers can use Mastercard signature debit cards to make purchases for the first time since February when the world's largest retailer suspended their usage in a disagreement over fees charged to merchants.

Former Vivendi chief in police custody in Paris

Norwegian oil workers threaten to escalate strike

Miss. State announces start times for first four games
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State has announced the starting times for its first four home football games of the season.

Miss. State announces start times for first four games

Wright State basketball coach denies any wrongdoing

Better late than never
Augusta commissioners have put a moratorium on licensing salvage centers and junk yards until they write a new ordinance, but to make the new rules apply to Campbell Recycling is something like shutting the barn door after the horses have escaped.

Fund Yucca Mountain
It's been more than two years since Congress - after decades of studies and more studies - finally approved Yucca Mountain, Nev., as the permanent storage site for the nation's high-level nuclear waste, yet so far not a nickel has been approved to get the project under way. The designated repository is supposed to start receiving those wastes in 2010, but much preparation must take place first - preparation that costs money.

Fund Yucca Mountain

The Saudis' monster

End union bullying
What is more American than a secret ballot? It ranks right up there with motherhood and apple pie.

The Saudis' monster
Has the Saudi royal family created a Frankenstein's monster that it can no longer control? For decades the kingdom allied itself with Western nations to prevent terrorists, or enemies such as Saddam Hussein, from overturning the regime.

Better late than never

Reports: Claudia Schiffer expecting a second child
LONDON -- German supermodel Claudia Schiffer and her husband, British movie producer Matthew Vaughn, are expecting a second child, People magazine and a British newspaper said.

People in the News
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson understands that talking about colons can be an unpleasant subject.

American Idol runner-up celebrates 17th birthday at Stone Mountain
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Thousands of fans showed up at Stone Mountain Park to celebrate the birthday of Snellville's favorite idol, who turned 17 Saturday.

People in the News
DETROIT -- Ben Wallace appears in ads touting Ford trucks. Rasheed Wallace tools around the Motor City in a $300,000 car built by DaimlerChrysler AG.

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

Flood insurance bill targets repeat damage claims
WASHINGTON -- Legislation heading for the president's signature would begin to crack down on property owners who make repeated flood damage claims that sometimes far outstrip the value of the property.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Tokyo stocks end higher, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks surged Monday on upbeat expectations for Japan's economic recovery as shares across the board recovered from recent falls. The U.S. dollar fell against the Japanese yen.

Dollar strengthens against major rivals
NEW YORK - The dollar held onto modest overnight gains against its European rivals Monday and recouped losses against the yen as markets began what dealers are calling a countdown to next week's expected hike in U.S. interest rates.

Walgreen profits rise 16 percent
CHICAGO -- Walgreen Co. reported a 16 percent profit gain for its fiscal third quarter Monday, slightly topping Wall Street's expectations as it continued its store-a-day expansion pace.

Walgreen profits rise 16 percent

Flood insurance bill targets repeat damage claims

Pilgrim Baxter agree to settlement in improper trading case
NEW YORK -- The mutual fund company Pilgrim Baxter & Associates agreed to return $40 million to some investors and pay penalties of $50 million in a settlement of improper trading allegations.

Monsanto raises estimate, well ahead of Street
ST. LOUIS -- Monsanto Co. Monday raised its earnings estimate for the recently ended quarter, citing a strong agricultural season in the United States and a lower tax rate.

Lack of motivation causes stocks to slip
NEW YORK -- Investor ennui pushed stocks lower Monday as Wall Street nervously awaited a key decision on interest rates, the transfer of power in Iraq and next month's second-quarter earnings.

Motorola chip unit sets IPO terms
WASHINGTON -- Motorola Inc.'s chip-making unit, Freescale Semiconductor Inc., Monday set the terms for its spinoff, saying it will sell 121.6 million shares for $17.50 to $19.50 each to the public.

Tokyo stocks end higher, dollar down against yen

Either frozen or fresh, a fry is still a fry
Don't throw away the broccoli just yet. The U.S. Department of Agricul-ture recently amended a rule concerning frozen french fries, and if you weren't paying attention, you might think a federal judge's endorsement of the rule means those crispy strips of fried potatoes are as healthy as an apple picked from a tree.

Either frozen or fresh, a fry is still a fry

GreenJackets no match for Bombers
Captial City starter Yusmeiro Petit started the game as the South Atlantic League's leader in strikeouts and wins.

Patches the puppy reveals conspiracy of canines

Carpenter's triumph more than just a win
SALUDA, S.C. - The gift Aiken's Tommy Carpenter gave his father on Sunday didn't have material value, but the sentiment behind it was immeasurable.

Seventh hole turns ugly Sunday
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- U.S. Open officials knew they were in trouble when tiny blades of grass on the seventh green at Shinnecock Hills wilted before their eyes Sunday morning.

Wild Goosen chase
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Phil Mickelson chased the second leg of the Grand Slam like Smarty Jones chased the Triple Crown, but Retief Goosen made like Birdstone and overtook the faltering fan favorite to win the U.S. Open.

US Open Key Hole of the Day
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- A look at the key hole in Sunday's final round of the U.S. Open:

Wild Goosen chase

Course blows Howell away
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - For his 25th birthday, Charles Howell got an Elmo cake and a fishfinder from his wife, an antique Augusta National flask from his parents and a root canal from the United States Golf Association.

Lima wins Aa Saint Omer Open

Similar result, different Phil

South African wins 2nd Open after Mickelson bungles 17th

U.S. Open overnight ratings up 13 percent

Woods never in contention
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Tiger Woods was never in contention for the U.S. Open title. In fact, he needed a final-hole birdie to avoid matching his worst round ever in the event.

They fall from glory faster than they think

Sunday's U.S. Open at a glance
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- A glance at Sunday's final round of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Country Club:

Similar result, different Phil
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Phil Mickelson is a changed man, even if the ending looked all too familiar.

Cristie Kerr wins final hole thriller in ShopRite
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Cristie Kerr hit an 8-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Sunday to win the ShopRite LPGA Classic, spoiling 17-year-old Paula Creamer's bid to make history.

They fall from glory faster than they think
Nobody would believe it. Finished? Please. He was much too young to be finished. He was the best golfer in the world. He had a chance, many said, to be the best ever. He was so good that the other golfers, almost all of them, knew they were beat before the tournament even began.

Woods never in contention

U.S. Open overnight ratings up 13 percent
NEW YORK -- The overnight ratings for Sunday's coverage of the final round of the U.S. Open were up 13 percent from last year, but 32 percent lower than those for Tiger Woods' victory in 2002.

Seventh hole turns ugly Sunday

Sunday's U.S. Open at a glance

South African wins 2nd Open after Mickelson bungles 17th
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Phil Mickelson had two holes to win his second major championship in a row, until he reverted to some of his old form - hitting mediocre shots and missing crucial short putts under pressure.

US Open Key Hole of the Day

Course blows Howell away

Carpenter's triumph more than just a win

Lima wins Aa Saint Omer Open
SAINT-OMER, France -- Frenchman Philippe Lima shot a 5-under 66 Sunday to win the Aa Saint Omer Open by one shot over Alessandro Tadini.

GreenJackets no match for Bombers

Sharks exercise their option on defenseman Stuart
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks exercised their option on defenseman Brad Stuart on Monday.

Sharks exercise their option on defenseman Stuart

Wife has summer fling with novel
Summer is supposed to be a big season for reading books.

Congressman wins South Carolina Senate runoff over former governor
Three-term Rep. Jim DeMint trounced ex-Gov. David Beasley on Tuesday to win a Republican runoff in South Carolina and earn a spot on the November ballot for a Senate seat that has been occupied by the same Democrat for almost 40 years.

Proposed raise brings discussion
A proposed raise for Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center General Manager Larry Rogers became a sticking point with some Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority members this morning as they discussed the center's budget for the coming year.

Don't control kids with medication

'Hardball' host is a national liability

Don't control kids with medication
Medication should not be used to control children's behavior. Psycho-stimulant drugs such as Ritalin, accompanied by effective behavioral interventions, will greatly enhance the ability of a child professionally diagnosed with attention disorders, such as ADD/ADHD, to focus their attention on assigned tasks, improving their potential for success. James Himley, M.A., M.Ed., LMSW Augusta

Collins is more pro-life than Isakson
At the GOP U.S. Senate debate in Augusta on June 12, U.S. Rep. Johnny Isakson used the term "somatic cell nuclear transfer" in response to a question about stem cell research to avoid saying he supports therapeutic cloning. Karen Cox Waynesboro

Stem-cell study needed urgently
My husband and I never agreed with Ronald Reagan politically, but we can empathize with his wife and family because my dad also was robbed of his dignity and life by Alzheimer's disease. We welcome Mrs. Reagan as an advocate and supporter of stem-cell research to find a cure for Alzheimer's. Stem cell research has an endless potential for medical breakthroughs beyond our wildest imagination, and I believe it is a blessing from God. Anne Cook Augusta

Homeless help wouldn't be costly
As I leave for work in the morning, I usually go out the back exit of the high-rise apartment complex I live in on the edge of downtown. As I walk past the dumpster, I often see a homeless person rifling in there, collecting soda cans. One of them is an elderly black gentleman who carefully lays out his Coca-Cola cans on the pavement before putting them in his large plastic bag for a few dollars from the recycling center. Kenneth Engelhardt Augusta

'Hardball' host is a national liability
Hardball's Chris Matthews needs to look in the mirror if he wants to see what is wrong with our country. The "Farewell to Ronald Reagan" program was seen all over the world. It was a beautiful service, and told the world what kind of people we are. That is, until Matthews and Howard Fineman called children Patti Davis and Ron Reagan Jr. insincere and downright liars. Marianne Jones North Augusta, S.C.

Baptist group needs more tolerance
The Southern Baptist Convention voted June 15 to quit the Baptist World Alliance. The SBC claimed that the BWA has become liberal and anti-American. Tommy Bobo Lawrence, Kan.

Great men will be greatly missed
I write concerning the deaths of three great men. Their effect on the public and on world affairs varied greatly, but their effect on me was no less significant. Kevin Wells Grovetown

Techbits: Blogs pulled, Wireless drive, Wi-Fi rest stops

Desolation Canyon - Snakes

The network strikes back: Experts worry about tech retaliation

New York's skyscraper windows take heavy toll of migrating birds

Have political convention, will blog

SpaceShipOne rocket plane climbs above Earth's atmosphere

Scientists learn the latest wireless applications for farm management

SpaceShipOne rocket plane climbs above Earth's atmosphere

Video game review: Mario, Donkey Kong battle once again

Product reviews: Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner; CLP-500 laser printer

Charitable giving rises in 2003 as economy improves

Googling your e-mail, and now your calendar

Grown-up-styled products allow children to let creativity shine

SpaceShipOne rocket plane climbs above Earth's atmosphere
MOJAVE, Calif. -- A rocket plane soared above Earth's atmosphere Monday in the first privately financed manned spaceflight, then glided back to Earth for an unpowered landing.

Desolation Canyon - Snakes
THE STORY SO FAR: While taking a break and frolicking in Desolation Canyon, Aaron and Lisa are suddenly confronted by Cassidy hurling rocks down upon them from above.

Charitable giving rises in 2003 as economy improves
Helped by an improving economy, charitable giving in the United States last year rose by the highest rate in three years, according to a national survey released Monday.

Googling your e-mail, and now your calendar
NEW YORK -- It pains me to watch people scroll through their e-mail queues, like rummagers through cluttered attics, in search of a particular message.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Product reviews: Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner; CLP-500 laser printer
For small businesses and home offices, a document scanner can mean the difference between clutter and organization. Paper that would otherwise pile up can be scanned into a digital format and filed away on a hard drive.

New evidence shows people ate grasses and other cereals 23,000 years ago
WASHINGTON -- Ancient humans, probably struggling to cope with food shortages, broadened their diets to add grains some 23,000 years ago.

Scientists learn the latest wireless applications for farm management
TIFTON, Ga. -- Farms of the not-too-distant future could be managed through wireless computer networks that allow farmers to sit in their pickups with a laptop and drive tractors, monitor soil moisture and even feed the hogs remotely.

New York's skyscraper windows take heavy toll of migrating birds
NEW YORK -- It's not one of the oldest environmental problems, but it may be among the most common: Who hasn't been startled by a sudden thud and turned to see a small bird - dead or stunned - on the other side of a plate glass window?

The network strikes back: Experts worry about tech retaliation
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- In war, politics and sports, it's often said that the best defense is a strong offense. But the foot soldiers of computer security work differently: They scramble to build virtual walls that can blunt the impact of attacks.

Grown-up-styled products allow children to let creativity shine
Sneaking into mom's closet or using dad's gadget isn't quite as necessary these days as more and more products are "kid-size."

Have political convention, will blog
NEW YORK -- A handful of scribes publishing in a newer medium will join the thousands of newspaper, magazine and broadcast journalists at this summer's political conventions.

Video game review: Mario, Donkey Kong battle once again
Nintendo has reunited its video game superstars with "Mario vs. Donkey Kong."

Techbits: Blogs pulled, Wireless drive, Wi-Fi rest stops
NEW YORK -- Dave Winer, a pioneer of an online journal format known as Web logs, thought he was doing people a favor by hosting 3,000 of such blogs for free.

Across Georgia

Father, son convicted in horse abuse case

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The rapper known as T.I. says he thought his controversial video shoot at Fulton County Jail was approved by officials.

County ordered to fix phone system that violates Sixth Amendment

Across the southeast

Fatal disease showing up in more house cats

Private company may buy struggling Greene County hospital
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- A last-ditch effort to keep Greene County's only hospital open may put the facility into the hands of a private company.

Attacks close out GOP runoff campaign
AIKEN - The Republican runoff for U.S. Senate came to a boil on the last day of campaigning Monday, with former Gov. David Beasley and U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint taking shots at each other during separate stops in Aiken County.

Proposed raise brings discussion

Kid of the day

Across the area

Driver charged in wreck that kills bicyclist

Woman dies in Ware Shoals fire

Trail grows colder in missing-persons cases

Coroner: Chicken plant deaths from heat, heart disease
PERRY, Ga. -- One of two men who died on the roof of a Perdue Farms chicken procession plant suffered a heat stroke, while the other died of heart disease, according to the Houston County coroner's office.

Trail grows colder in missing-persons cases
AIKEN - A heartsick Ryan Shuttleworth left a note at his grandparents' North Augusta home one recent afternoon, scrawled in his 9-year-old handwriting.

Across the southeast
PHILADELPHIA, MISS. - Gov. Haley Barbour and other politicians joined hundreds of people Sunday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the slayings of three civil rights workers and support the reopening of an investigation into their deaths.

Local races may affect turnout
U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings' seat has had a Democrat's name stamped on it for almost 40 years.

Supreme Court election generates partisan fight
ATLANTA - One of the biggest political fights in Georgia this election year is for an office that is officially nonpartisan. Even a casual look shows how the lines are drawn in the contest for a seat on the Georgia Supreme Court.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Congressman wins South Carolina Senate runoff over former governor

Toddler drowns in Lake Wylie
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A 2-year-old North Carolina girl is the second person to drown in a popular swimming area of Lake Wylie in the past few weeks.

8-year-old hit and killed by vehicle

Monkeys allowed to stay on Morgan Island
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A state agency has agreed to let monkeys that roam a lush island near Beaufort stay for at least two years because they produce income for South Carolina and are important to biomedical research nationally.

Man charged in killing at horse-training site

8-year-old hit and killed by vehicle
GEORGETOWN, S.C. -- The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the death of an 8-year-old girl struck and killed by a vehicle while riding her bicycling in rural Georgetown County.

Man receives life sentence for death of girlfriend's mother

Man charged in killing at horse-training site
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Investigators think a fight led to a fatal shooting at a horse training facility in St. Matthews.

News you can use

The week ahead

Fatal disease showing up in more house cats
ATHENS, Ga. -- Local veterinarians are warning pet owners that a deadly disease has afflicted a number of house cats in northeast Georgia.

Man pleads guilty in porn case

Search called off for missing swimmer off of Tybee Island
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. -- Rescue workers called off a 13-hour search Friday for a South Carolina man believed to have drowned off Tybee Island.

Soldiers stop in Atlanta during quick trips home
ATLANTA - For thousands of soldiers stationed in the Middle East, the route home includes a stop in Atlanta as they make their way to friends and family for a quick reunion.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Bryce Gabrielle Pearson, 11, of Augusta.

Local races may affect turnout

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Landowner Duke Power plans to repost no-trespassing signs and ask for police help enforcing them after two drownings at a Lake Wylie cove.

Around town

Across the area
Two Augusta men reported being victims of an armed robbery and an assault in separate incidents in the parking lot of Augusta Mall on Saturday night.

Across the area

Canal honors fathers, creators
Farrell Turner and his wife, Robyn, spent Father's Day away from their children learning a little about the past.

Project starts to extend facility

Panel OKs bar location rules

Parkway prepares for debut
The long-anticipated Palmetto Parkway will go from theoretical to concrete today.

Sunday limits annoy buyers

Two airports to help pay director's salary
Both airports Buster Boshears oversees will now help pay his salary.

Macon airport renovation back on track despite FAA concerns

Voters will get precinct cards
Richmond County voters soon can clean out the old precinct cards from their wallet or purse.

Parkway prepares for debut

Project starts to extend facility
Augusta notables join supporters of the Family Y today to break ground on the organization's $7 million expansion and renovation project.

Search called off for missing swimmer off of Tybee Island

Private company may buy struggling Greene County hospital

Attacks close out GOP runoff campaign

Five questions: Margaret Williams
Margaret Williams, manager of the Georgia Visitors Center, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Cancer research propels runner
Running a marathon is a feat less than 1 percent of the population will ever accomplish. Yet Joanne Cassedy, of Evans, not only completed the 26.2-mile run this month, she also raised $6,000 for charity.

Board loses 2 leaders, pick for CEO position

Psychology research fills students' summer

Canal honors fathers, creators

Man sentenced for second molestation

Across South Carolina

Man sentenced for second molestation
A former 20-year-old Harlem High School junior will spend at least 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to child molestation, Assistant District Attorney Ashley Wright said Monday.

Around town
At a ceremony for the parish hall renovation at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Camilla Davis, a member of the renovation committee, signs a commemorative beam. The beam will be placed in the new 73-foot-tall bell tower, which will be one of the highest points in Augusta.

Panel OKs bar location rules
An Augusta Commission committee approved on Monday a request from the Downtown Advisory Panel that would change the distance requirements for alcohol permits near churches or synagogues in the downtown district.

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The state Court of Appeals has overturned a murder conviction, saying the prosecution should not have been allowed to tell the jury that the defendant refused to talk with police after his arrest.

Loophole could promote pupils who failed tests

DUI death sends man to prison
AIKEN - With dozens of tearful supporters packing the courtroom Monday, a Gaston man whose best friend was killed when he wrecked a Jeep near Wagener was sentenced to 18 months in prison on a felony DUI charge.

Governor puts off Medicaid changes

Psychology research fills students' summer
CLEMSON, S.C. - While other college students are waiting tables or answering telephones to earn extra spending cash this summer, Victoria Watson is working a 40-hour week finding ways to prevent car wrecks.

Voters will get precinct cards

Youth's death investigated

Couple's patent on grill stuck in bankruptcy case
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Marc and Amy Newman are battling to win back the rights to a gas grill they invented and sold to a Columbia company last year.

Across the area
An Augusta man said he was robbed at gunpoint while withdrawing cash from a downtown automatic teller machine, a police report says.

Father, son convicted in horse abuse case
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A Hopkins father and son face time in jail after a Richland County jury convicted them in a horse abuse case.

Parking space talks go nowhere
Augusta Commissioner Andy Cheek assumed it would be a slam dunk - a request for commissioners to approve their own reserved parking spaces.

Man pleads guilty in porn case
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A Mount Pleasant man faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.

Youth's death investigated
Officials are investigating why a teenager who attended a youth academy at Fort Gordon died almost two weeks after he was involved in a fight, authorities said.

Company says cove where two have drowned supposed to be off-limits
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Landowner Duke Power plans to repost no-trespassing signs and ask for police help enforcing them following two drownings at a Lake Wylie cove.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Lawyers for four G-8 protesters being held in Brunswick after refusing to give police their names say their case won't be affected by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that says people have no such constitutional right.

Warrants pile up faster than deputies can serve them
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A recent attempt to serve a warrant on a man accused of skipping out on child-support payments highlights the reason for a backlog of tens of thousands of warrants at the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Shandria Tanksley, 6, of Jackson.

Despite court ruling, Hollywood council still at odds with mayor
HOLLYWOOD, S.C. -- The town government here has been torn by exchanges of lawsuits, personal attacks and racial strife. Now it faces a possible budget impasse and court takeover.

Governor puts off Medicaid changes
ATLANTA - The governor offered a 90-day reprieve Monday to more than 1,800 nursing home patients who had been scheduled to lose Medicaid benefits when the state's new budget year begins July 1, saying the delay will give them time to make new arrangements.

Sunday limits annoy buyers
NORTH AUGUSTA - When Ana Sauceda went to Wal-Mart to buy some shorts for her 2-year-old son, she was shocked when the checkout clerk said no sale.

Two admit actions in woman's strangling
The man who choked an Augusta college student to death and dumped her body in a swamp pleaded guilty to murder Monday.

Driver charged in wreck that kills bicyclist
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A Phoenix man has been charged with driving under the influence after his car struck and killed a 68-year-old man riding a bicycle in North Charleston, state troopers say.

Loophole could promote pupils who failed tests
A loophole allowing parents and school officials to push through third-graders who failed Georgia's reading test is not expected to be abused, state educators said Monday.

Board loses 2 leaders, pick for CEO position
Two of the leaders who shepherded an Augusta mental health center through state and federal investigations will soon be gone. And a new chief executive officer for the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia is not on the horizon.

Rants and raves
TO THE 70-YEAR-OLD veteran that was never welcomed home from a son of a man that was missing for over 33 years: Welcome home and thank you for what you did to help this country. You, unlike John Kerry, are an example of what a military man is all about. Once again from the bottom of my heart, welcome home.

Reduction in traffic tickets puts hole in Aynor budget
AYNOR, S.C. -- Whether the town of Aynor is a speed trap or not, one thing is for certain. The town's sudden reduction in tickets has put a hole in its budget.

Supreme Court election generates partisan fight

New drive-through lottery store opens near N.C. state line
FORT MILL, S.C. -- There's no fuzzy intercom and you can't "super size" it, but a new drive-through dedicated almost entirely to selling lottery tickets has popped up near the North Carolina state line.

Savannah works to battle insect epidemic while keeping oaks green

Toddler drowns in Lake Wylie

The week ahead
Finally, we have an excuse to sweat.

Macon airport renovation back on track despite FAA concerns
MACON, Ga. -- City officials say the $5.9 million renovation of the Middle Georgia Regional Airport is back on track, after they addressed concerns by the Federal Aviation Administration that called the project "poorly designed and managed."

Final phases of freeway begin
All that's left to complete a 215-mile roadway connecting Augusta to Columbus and Macon, Ga., are a few projects between Wrens and Gordon, Ga., officials said.

Man receives life sentence for death of girlfriend's mother
DALTON, Ga. -- A judge sentenced a man to life in prison Friday for ignoring the medical needs of his girlfriend's 72-year-old mother, who was staying at the couple's home.

Despite court ruling, Hollywood council still at odds with mayor

County ordered to fix phone system that violates Sixth Amendment
ATHENS, Ga. -- Three Athens-Clarke County judges signed an order Friday forcing the sheriff's office to fix a system that allowed police and prosecutors to eavesdrop on privileged conversations at the county jail - a practice one defense attorney called "Big Brother run amok."

New drive-through lottery store opens near N.C. state line

Man drowns in rescue effort
The first full day of summer ended in the drowning death of a North Augusta man who died saving his grandson's life as the two were fishing along the Savannah River in North Augusta.

Cancer research propels runner

News you can use
JUNE 22, 1933 W.F. Burton Sr., outstanding Augusta merchant and president of the local unit of the Quality Service Stores Inc., was elected president of the national organization at the third annual convention at Newport News, Va. yesterday.

Savannah works to battle insect epidemic while keeping oaks green
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Moss-draped live oaks, which comprise the city's lush, green canopy, are being attacked by tiny insects that are turning the trees' leaves a sickly brown.

Warrants pile up faster than deputies can serve them

Monkeys allowed to stay on Morgan Island

Woman dies in Ware Shoals fire
WARE SHOALS, S.C. -- A woman died and an elderly man was critically injured in a fire that destroyed a home early Saturday morning, authorities say.

USGA shows its worst to best
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y- It's easy to say that Phil Mickelson lost it on Sunday. He did miss the two short putts on 17 that ultimately were the difference in the 104th U.S. Open.

Patches the puppy reveals conspiracy of canines
We were out under the stars, Patches and I, and I kept urging her to do her puppy business so we could get back indoors.

Hanks and Spielberg maintain 'Terminal' friendship
LOS ANGELES -- When you're the world's biggest actor, nobody tells you "no." The same is true when you're the world's most powerful director.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Homer's ancient was much different than Hollywood's Troy

Hanks and Spielberg maintain 'Terminal' friendship

'Dodgeball' bombards theaters with $30 million weekend
LOS ANGELES -- Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn buried Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg under a barrage of red rubber balls.

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

'Dodgeball' bombards theaters with $30 million weekend

Homer's ancient was much different than Hollywood's Troy
Homer's ancient Troy would have only small resemblance to Brad Pitt's Hollywood city

Hanks and Spielberg savored real-life shops in phony 'Terminal' set

Hanks and Spielberg savored real-life shops in phony 'Terminal' set
LOS ANGELES -- Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg said it's not so bad to be stranded at an airport - especially if you've built it.

Long-awaited second album arrives from Patti Scialfa
NEW YORK -- Rising before the sun rose over New Jersey, sitting alone with a barely tuned guitar, Patti Scialfa conjured the songs for her second album while her husband and three kids slept.

Q&A with teen singer Skye Sweetnam

Rapper says jail officials approved his video shoot
ATLANTA -- The rapper known as T.I. says he thought his controversial video shoot at Fulton County Jail was approved by officials.

Rapper says jail officials approved his video shoot

Q&A with teen singer Skye Sweetnam
NEW YORK -- Teen singer Skye Sweetnam grew up in a quaint Canadian town, but that doesn't stop her from belting out angst-ridden rocker girl songs like she comes from the gritty city.

Long-awaited second album arrives from Patti Scialfa

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Fans looking for clues as to why Phish is breaking up after 21 years may find some if they look hard enough in the band's latest - and perhaps last - studio release, "Undermind."

Wilco back again with more of their enigmatic rock 'n' roll
NEW YORK -- Wilco's music is, by turns, enigmatic, compelling, thrilling and absorbing. And it's often - let's be honest here - just plain weird.

Wilco back again with more of their enigmatic rock 'n' roll

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Schumacher's perfect move leads to another win at U.S. Grand Prix
INDIANAPOLIS -- Michael Schumacher was all business on the track Sunday. Off it, he was worried about his injured brother, Ralf.

Schumacher's perfect move leads to another win at U.S. Grand Prix

Dixon snaps 18-race losing streak
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. -- Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon snapped an 18-race losing streak by winning Sunday's NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Cautions help Newman grab first win of season

Dixon snaps 18-race losing streak

Cautions help Newman grab first win of season
BROOKLYN, Mich. - As far as Ryan Newman is concerned, there is no controversy with the NASCAR rule book. While others gripe about all the quirks in the sport's new rules for caution periods, Newman's team continued to take advantage of those rules to win Sunday's DHL 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Cuban, Mavs moving slowly in Shaq sweepstakes
DALLAS -- Mark Cuban, Don Nelson and the Dallas Mavericks are always eager to make trades. And their team desperately needs a big man.

Bobcats acquire No. 2 overall pick from Clippers
The Charlotte Bobcats swapped first-round draft choices with the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, giving the NBA's newest franchise a chance to select Dwight Howard or Emeka Okafor with the No. 2 overall pick.

Bobcats acquire No. 2 overall pick from Clippers

Under new management

Kobe case discusses consent
EAGLE, Colo. -- His season over, Kobe Bryant returned to court Monday for a two-day hearing that began with sharp arguments over how to guide the jury in determining whether the NBA star raped a woman.

Kobe case discusses consent

Cuban, Mavs moving slowly in Shaq sweepstakes

Kupchak says Lakers will be patient in hiring next coach
LOS ANGELES -- The Lakers hope to hire a new coach within a couple of weeks, with general manager Mitch Kupchak saying he plans to interview more than one candidate and fewer than 10.

Under new management
ATLANTA - Thrashers general manager Don Waddell took his last question, then glanced toward the back of the room at Hawks GM Billy Knight.

Wright State basketball coach denies any wrongdoing
DAYTON, Ohio -- Wright State basketball coach Paul Biancardi strongly denied Sunday allegations that when he was an Ohio State assistant he arranged for payments to players, provided a woman with season tickets and asked her to introduce players to agents.

Redskins sign sixth-round pick Molinaro

Resisting arrest charges dropped against Patriots' Ty Law

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Volunteers needed to help visitors find their way in Athens

Cunningham, Haworth form downsized weightlifting team
ATLANTA -- Tara Cunningham and Cheryl Haworth, the only American women's weightlifters going to Athens, are as different as, well, their physiques.

Australian cyclist banned for life from Olympics
SYDNEY, Australia -- Cyclist Mark French, suspended for two years for drug offenses, was banned for life Monday from representing Australia in the Olympics.

How do you find an announcer for Olympic badminton?
How do you find an announcer for Olympic badminton? Or handball? Or tae kwon do?

Miranda fought stereotypes, her own family to become Olympic wrestler
INDIANAPOLIS -- When Patricia Miranda enters Yale Law School this fall, she plans to study conflict mediation. Understandably so, since she has already had plenty of it to mediate, much if it in her own household.

Australian cyclist banned for life from Olympics

Athens torch touches down in Europe
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The Olympic torch touched down Monday in Europe on its last relay leg of the world's five continents before the August opening of the summer games in Athens, Greece.

U.S. Olympic cycling roster taking shape
REDLANDS, Calif. -- Duplicating the setup of the Olympic road courses was easy. Now the trick for USA Cycling is figuring out how an inexperienced roster will handle the burden of performing on sport's elite stage.

Athens torch makes a stop in Montreal
MONTREAL -- The torch for the Athens Games passed through the host city of the 1976 Summer Olympics on Sunday amid flag-waving crowds and ceremonies honoring the ancient Greeks.

Volunteers needed to help visitors find their way in Athens
ATHENS, Greece -- Can't find the Parthenon? Help may be on the way.

Wimbledon police to fans: Leave weapons at home

Wimbledon Glance

Much different for Williams sisters in return to Wimbledon

Picture perfect 76ers

Overtime

Overtime

Mike Tyson gets New Jersey boxing license

Navratilova marks singles return with easy victory

Much different for Williams sisters in return to Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- So much has changed for Serena and Venus Williams since they were last at the All England Club.

Mike Tyson gets New Jersey boxing license
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Mike Tyson was granted a boxing license Monday in New Jersey, a state he walked away from nearly six years ago after swearing at regulators during a licensing hearing.

Llodra upsets Coria to win Ordina Open
DEN BOSCH, Netherlands -- French Open finalist Guillermo Coria lost the championship match of the Ordina Open on Sunday, beaten by wild card Michael Llodra 6-3, 6-4 for the Frenchman's first title in his five-year career.

Overtime
Augusta's Rayonta Whitfield won his professional debut Saturday night with a unanimous decision over Chris Burford at Sam's Town Casino in Tunica, Miss.

Picture perfect 76ers
Nicole Mealing should have been famished. The Strom Thurmond High stalwart was in the midst of her fifth game in three days Sunday afternoon at the 2004 Roundball Classic.

Age wins over youth in opener
WIMBLEDON, England - The woman Martina Navratilova played in her 1973 Wimbledon debut was back at the All England Club on Monday to watch her daughter's first-round match.

Venus back on grass and back in contention
WIMBLEDON, England -- At its worst, Wimbledon is dull matches, bad bounces and rain interrupted by occasional tennis. There was all of that Monday, and Venus Williams minded not a bit.

Navratilova marks singles return with easy victory
WIMBLEDON, England -- It was just like old times for former Wimbledon champions Martina Navratilova and Goran Ivanisevic.

Overtime
Augusta Boxing Club's Divante Jones took the championship in the 11-12 year old 85-pound class at the Ringside Summer Classic at May Park this weekend.

Wimbledon police to fans: Leave weapons at home
WIMBLEDON, England -- Police are asking tennis fans to leave any weapons behind when they come to Wimbledon. And stalkers aren't welcome at the lawn tennis championships, either.

Wimbledon Glance
A look at Wimbledon, which starts Monday at the All England Club:

Texans sign seventh-round draft pick
HOUSTON -- Seventh-round draft pick Sloan Thomas signed Monday with the Houston Texans.

Redskins sign sixth-round pick Molinaro
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Redskins signed offensive lineman Jim Molinaro, a sixth-round draft pick, on Monday.

Resisting arrest charges dropped against Patriots' Ty Law
MIAMI -- Prosecutors dropped a final charge Monday against New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law, who was arrested in April after he allegedly led police on a brief foot chase.

More than 20,000 revelers gather at Stonehenge for summer solstice
STONEHENGE, England -- More than 20,000 New Age followers, self-styled druids and other revelers celebrated the summer solstice at this ancient stone circle Monday, dancing to drums and holding aloft flaming torches.

USGA shows its worst to best

Documentary focuses on a community's immigration struggles
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- They're the ones running the power mowers and leaf blowers over manicured lawns. You see them hauling tiles and paint cans to construction sites, or washing pots and pans at a restaurant.

'Nip/Tuck' exposes even more nerve in its second season

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

'Nip/Tuck' exposes even more nerve in its second season
LOS ANGELES -- The two men in crimson scrubs and rubber gloves are having a bit of a squabble.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
"NYPD 24-7" opens with a call about a suicide in a Manhattan subway station, where the body lies along the tracks below the station platform.

Documentary focuses on a community's immigration struggles

Reports: Claudia Schiffer expecting a second child

American Idol runner-up celebrates 17th birthday at Stone Mountain

People in the News

People in the News

Perno has tough decision ahead
OMAHA, Neb. - If Georgia can defeat Arizona in today's College World Series elimination game, coach David Perno could have an interesting decision to make regarding his starting rotation against Texas on Wednesday.

Texas routs Georgia
OMAHA, Neb. -- David Maroul's three-run double highlighted Texas' five-run first inning and Seth Johnston and Dooley Prince had four hits apiece to lead the Longhorns to a 9-3 victory over Georgia in the College World Series on Sunday night.

Bulldogs still pack mean bite

Perno has tough decision ahead

Texas routs Georgia

Bulldogs still pack mean bite
OMAHA, Neb. - Georgia worked out for about an hour Monday at nearby Bellevue East High School, but shortstop Justin Holmes wondered why the Bulldogs were even there.

South Carolina nixes LSU
OMAHA, Neb. -- Kevin Melillo had four hits and was ejected and reinstated after a collision at home plate, leading South Carolina to a 15-4 win over LSU on Monday that eliminated the Tigers from the College World Series.

South Carolina eliminates SEC rival LSU
OMAHA, Neb. - During his post-game news conference, South Carolina coach Ray Tanner was asked the significance of his team's six-run outburst during the sixth inning of Monday's elimination game in the College World Series game against SEC rival Louisiana State.

Collision rule plays role in two College World Series games
OMAHA, Neb. -- Players at the College World Series are colliding with an NCAA rule meant to keep the baselines free of altercations.

Collision rule plays role in two College World Series games

South Carolina nixes LSU

My style
The Facts: Curtis Proctor, 16, a rising sophmore at T.W. Josey High School

Busy teenagers cite convenience, taste and cost as reasons for eating on the run

Year-round schedule cuts summer short

Busy teenagers cite convenience, taste and cost as reasons for eating on the run
Wanita Bussey, 16, barely had time to finish her Burger King Junior Whopper with cheese and medium fries before she was checking the fast-food restaurant's clock.

Question of the week
Is summer vatation getting shorter each year?

4-1-1
It's mid-June. Need a reason to party? June 15 is the anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's famous kite experiment and Justice for Janitors Day, established in 1990 to honor Los Angeles janitors who withstood police brutality during a peaceful protest against a giant international cleaning contractor. Juneteenth, the oldest celebration of the end of slavery, is June 19, and June 26 is the day the Pied Piper piped all the rats out of Hamelin in 1284.

Question of the week

Xtreme calendar
NEW ON DVD AND VHS: Bad Santa, starring Bernie Mac and Billy Bob Thornton as a crook in Kris Kringle's clothing. In the mood for a thriller? There's Secret Window, starring Johnny Depp as an author being stalked by a man (John Turturro) who says his work was plagiarized.

My style

Girl should let her old friend know of worry

Xtreme needs Teen Board members
Have something to say? Want to say it in Xtreme? Here's your chance.

Girl should let her old friend know of worry
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: I used to be best friends with this girl and a guy got in between us. Well, we don't talk at all anymore and I saw her the other day. She looked really sick, like an eating disorder. I don't know how to approach her about it.

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

Year-round schedule cuts summer short
In May, most pupils are practically salivating at the prospect of three whole months without teachers, classrooms, and (sadly enough) probably without books.

Hot dog eating champion is a lean, mean, eating machine

Airliner lands at Air Force base by mistake, passengers told not to peek

Thai prisoners get their kicks with elephant soccer

Odds and Ends

Community hopes to boost tourism by documenting civil rights activists slayings