Fans line up to buy Bill Clinton's autobiography

Bill Clinton's 'My Life': Much too much of a not-so-good thing
In 1992, presidential candidate Bill Clinton flew home from New Hampshire to affirm the execution of a cop killer, Rickey Ray Rector. Rector was brain-damaged; when he took his last walk, he left a slice of pecan pie in his cell, intending to eat it when he returned.

'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.

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

Fans line up to buy Bill Clinton's autobiography
NEW YORK -- Bill Clinton was greeted like a rock star Tuesday as he arrived at a midtown Manhattan store for his first book-signing appearance.

Critics are bored, but booksellers still buzzed by Clinton book

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.

Bill Clinton's 'My Life': Much too much of a not-so-good thing

'Hairspray' is still the best party on Broadway

'Hairspray' is still the best party on Broadway
NEW YORK -- Those clouds of aerosol wafting off the stage of Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre remain as intoxicating as ever.

Contreras' wife, two daughters leave Cuba
BALTIMORE -- Jose Contreras' family defected from Cuba this week, and the New York Yankees pitcher left the team Tuesday and traveled to Miami to reunite with his wife and two daughters.

Beckett's start pushed to Saturday because of back injury
MIAMI -- Florida ace Josh Beckett was bumped in the rotation to Saturday, giving him three extra days of rest to recover from a strained back muscle.

Guillen agrees to $14 million, three-year extension with Tigers

Beckett's start pushed to Saturday because of back injury

Guillen agrees to $14 million, three-year extension with Tigers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Detroit Tigers and shortstop Carlos Guillen agreed Tuesday on a $14 million, three-year contract extension through 2007.

Shanks returns for another swing

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.

Contreras' wife, two daughters leave Cuba

Healthy Griffey back on his game

Lopez back in Orioles' rotation

Boston signs ex-Royals reliever
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox signed right-handed reliever Curtis Leskanic on Tuesday and sent left-hander Mark Malaska to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Texas players to stay put

Arizona may be out, but Lopez is not down
OMAHA, Neb. -- Arizona may be out of this year's College World Series, but coach Andy Lopez is not down.

Griffey enjoys celebration of 500th homer

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.

Boston signs ex-Royals reliever

MRI exam reveals no ligament damage to Padilla's elbow
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Vicente Padilla will be out at least two more weeks because of an elbow injury.

Big Ten proposes changes
The crowning of a College World Series champion is being played out in familiar fashion this week in Omaha, Neb., with eight Sun Belt schools taking part in the double-elimination tournament. But for the first time in the event's 58 year history a committee has gathered in Omaha to begin contemplating NCAA legislation that could dramatically change college baseball.

Titans pitching in nicely

Texas players to stay put
OMAHA, Neb. - No matter how top-seeded Texas does in the College World Series, some of its players will be sticking around Nebraska for a while.

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

Griffey enjoys celebration of 500th homer
NEW YORK -- Ken Griffey Jr. walked into the visitors' clubhouse at Shea Stadium and was greeted by 500 big, red balloons - one for every home run the Cincinnati Reds star has hit.

Lopez back in Orioles' rotation
BALTIMORE -- Rodrigo Lopez is back in the Baltimore Orioles' starting rotation, and this time it's probably for the long haul.

Wife has summer fling with novel

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.

There she is ... Miss Subways
NEW YORK -- For 35 years, the words "miss subways" had nothing to do with being late for work or nostalgia among expatriate New Yorkers. The words referred to the eager young women who hoped their photos on subway placards would be tickets to modeling careers or even Hollywood.

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

Odds and Ends
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- This may be the only city in America where a man in a foam chicken wing hat would not be bounced from a meeting with top officials.

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

DeRosa returns to familiar territory - the bench

DeRosa returns to familiar territory - the bench
MIAMI - The Mark DeRosa experiment at third base ended ingloriously with his return to the bench last week.

Braves face crucial stretch

Relievers squander lead again
MIAMI - For six innings, the sound of Jaret Wright's fastball popping into catcher Johnny Estrada's mitt provided a suitable backdrop to the start of a stretch of seven games in 10 days against the Florida Marlins that will either take the Atlanta Braves that much closer to the top of the division or to the brink of oblivion.

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 relievers struggle through June

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.

Former Vivendi chief in police custody in Paris

Gasoline prices fall to lowest level since May 3
WASHINGTON -- The average retail price of gasoline fell for the fourth week in a row to $1.937 per gallon, its lowest level since May 3, the government reported Monday.

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.

Wachovia in deal to buy competitor SouthTrust

Judge approves class-action discrimination case against Wal-Mart

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.

Coke's chief marketing officer stepping down

Greenspan newly installed in fifth term at helm of Fed

Development panel wants to revisit tree rule

Alliance boosts jobs, research

Leading ad forecaster raises outlook

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.

China's Wen confident of 'soft landing' for surging economy

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.

German financial managers' economic outlook improves

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.

Big cars reap tax benefit

Opening is paving route to success
The extension of Bobby Jones Expressway into South Carolina will likely boost commercial activity on both sides of the river by cutting down rush-hour commute times and making south Augusta businesses more accessible.

Big cars reap tax benefit
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - At a time of record-high gas prices, Jeannie Creech will face a slippery choice when she goes shopping for her next company car.

Dance studio discovers new home

Coke's chief marketing officer stepping down
ATLANTA -- The Coca-Cola Co.'s chief marketing officer is stepping down, the latest in a series of top executives to announce their departures from the world's largest beverage maker.

Norwegian oil workers threaten to escalate strike

China's Wen confident of 'soft landing' for surging economy
QINGDAO, China -- Premier Wen Jiabao expressed confidence Tuesday that China's efforts to rein in its surging economy can be carried out without causing a sharp slowdown that could threaten other Asian economies.

Supreme Court rules for HMOs in fight over patient suits

German financial managers' economic outlook improves
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Growth expectations by German finance professionals improved modestly in June after a five-month slide, according to a survey released Tuesday that sent mixed signals about prospects for Europe's biggest economy.

Yahoo launches Chinese-language search site

Former Vivendi chief faces further day of questioning
PARIS -- A French judge on Tuesday ordered former Vivendi Universal boss Jean-Marie Messier to remain in police custody for another day of questioning as the probe intensifies into alleged financial wrongdoing at the French media and telecommunications group.

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.

IRS investigates compensation paid to charity leaders
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service plans to investigate the "seemingly high compensation" paid to leaders of some tax-exempt and charitable organizations, the agency's commissioner said Tuesday.

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.

Development panel wants to revisit tree rule
When it comes to marketing industrial land in Columbia County, sometimes it's hard to see the forest for the trees, especially with all those branches in the way.

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.

Tax-free bonds will cover most of cancer center's bill
The Medical College of Georgia gained approval Tuesday from Richmond County economic developers to sell tax-free bonds to finance more than half the cost of a $54 million cancer research center.

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.

Leading ad forecaster raises outlook
NEW YORK -- A prominent forecaster of advertising trends boosted his estimates for advertising spending in 2004 on Tuesday, saying that the effects of the economic recovery were finally spilling over into marketing budgets.

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

Judge approves class-action discrimination case against Wal-Mart
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge on Tuesday approved class-action status for a sex-discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that has become the largest private civil rights case in U.S. history.

Former Vivendi chief faces further day of questioning

IRS investigates compensation paid to charity leaders

Clemson's Morris won't return

Clemson's Morris won't return
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's Kelvin Morris, a defensive reserve in 2002 who sat out last year with an injury, has decided to transfer, the team said.

New formula for BCS standings on hold

New formula for BCS standings on hold
BOSTON -- The Bowl Championship Series is still crunching numbers for its new formula to determine which teams will play for the national championship, a change prompted by last season's split title.

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

UCLA dismisses two football players
LOS ANGELES -- UCLA freshmen Junior Lemau'u and Antwuan Smith have been dismissed from the football team for violating team policies.

UCLA dismisses two football players

Club-fitting system offers unique perspective

One trial was plenty
Lamark Grubbs pleaded guilty Monday to avoid a trial for murdering his stepsister, Ravonne Pernell.

In Congress' court

Into barbarism
You know you've really descended the moral ladder when you look above and see terrorism the next rung up.

Better late than never

In Congress' court
Reformers who hoped the U.S. Supreme Court would, in effect, "legislate" a patients' bill of rights were dealt a death blow Monday when the justices unanimously ruled that two HMO patients in Texas cannot pursue big malpractice or negligence suits against their insurers in state court.

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.

The Saudis' monster

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.

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

People in the News
DAYTON, Ohio -- An auction company will sell a letter in which Orville Wright expresses disappointment over the Smithsonian Institution's failure to display the 1903 flyer he built with his brother.

Ben Affleck wins $356,400 at poker tournament
COMMERCE, Calif. -- Ben Affleck won $356,400 at a poker tournament that also earned him a seat in next year's World Poker Tour Championship, casino officials said.

Report: Mary-Kate Olsen being treated for eating disorder
NEW YORK -- Mary-Kate Olsen, the brunette half of the Olsen twins entertainment empire, has entered a treatment facility "to seek professional help for a health-related issue," her publicist said Tuesday.

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

David Bowie hit in the eye by lollipop at Norwegian music festival
OSLO, Norway -- Halfway through his third song at a Norwegian music festival, an object came flying out of the crowd and hit David Bowie in the eye.

'Lord of Rings' actress Liv Tyler pregnant, magazine says
NEW YORK -- Actress Liv Tyler is pregnant with her first child, a magazine reported.

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.

Low fees prompt Merrill to pull out of Google IPO

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.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks slipped Tuesday as investors took profits from the previous session's gains. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

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.

PalmOne earnings beat Street view

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.

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.

Kroger says California strike cut into first-quarter earnings
CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co.'s first-quarter earnings tumbled 25 percent, depressed largely by the impact of a 4 1/2-month California supermarket strike.

Morgan Stanley net more than doubles

Tech earnings boost stocks
NEW YORK -- A surge in technology shares lifted stocks moderately higher Tuesday, as palmOne Inc.'s strong earnings report injected a bit of life into what has been a stagnant market.

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.

Jackson Hewitt rises slighlty in debut, amid poor showing for IPOs
NEW YORK -- Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. had a difficult debut on the public markets, falling below its offering price in early trading Tuesday. It recovered somewhat by the market close.

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.

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

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.

Wal-Mart reports same stores sales at low end of estimates
BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported Monday that June sales at stores open at least a year were tracking at the low end of its previous estimates, raising the possibility that the discounter could fall short of its monthly forecast.

PalmOne earnings beat Street view
MILPITAS, Calif. -PalmOne Inc., the maker of handheld computers and cell phones, returned to profit in the latest quarter as revenue rose 23 percent on strong demand.

Low fees prompt Merrill to pull out of Google IPO
NEW YORK - Merrill Lynch & Co., the nation's largest retail brokerage, dropped out of the list of underwriters taking part in the upcoming $2.7 billion initial public offering of Google Inc., mostly out of concern that the fees it would generate wouldn't be worth it.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar down against yen

Walgreen profits rise 16 percent

Jackson Hewitt rises slighlty in debut, amid poor showing for IPOs

Morgan Stanley net more than doubles
NEW YORK -- Morgan Stanley on Tuesday said profit for its latest quarter more than doubled from a year ago, helped by strong results in its institutional securities operation.

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.

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.

Kroger says California strike cut into first-quarter earnings

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Wal-Mart reports same stores sales at low end of estimates

Tokyo stocks end higher, dollar down against yen

Flood insurance bill targets repeat damage claims

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Vermont's maple syrup production is up this year
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont's maple syrup producers say this year's crop is one of the largest of the past decade.

Heat-loving broccoli could alter economics of growing it
GILROY, Calif. -- The patch of land in front of the old barn is primed, its brown soil plowed. Soon, an unusual breed of broccoli will sprout here, and is expected to flourish in temperatures above 100 degrees.

Dutch company markets potatoes as "low-carb" in United States

Either frozen or fresh, a fry is still a fry

Researchers say white bread makes a person rounder
WASHINGTON - Many Americans are like a loaf of bread - soft, with one side round. And some researchers believe their choice of bread may be part of the reason.

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.

Vermont's maple syrup production is up this year

Heat-loving broccoli could alter economics of growing it

Dutch company markets potatoes as "low-carb" in United States
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Trying to cash in on the low-carb craze, a Dutch company is marketing a variety of its potatoes in the United States as containing fewer carbohydrates than the regular spud.

Researchers say white bread makes a person rounder

Augusta National gives $3.2 million
Augusta National Golf Club will donate more than $3.2 million to local and national charities, Chairman Hootie Johnson announced Tuesday.

U.S. Open overnight ratings up 13 percent

Green, rain rule at Georgia Junior
Augusta's Michael Green is the clubhouse leader through two rounds in the rain-plagued Georgia Junior Championship.

Course deemed severe, yet fair

Similar result, different Phil

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.

Course deemed severe, yet fair
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Something strange happened the day after the U.S. Open.

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.

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

They fall from glory faster than they think

Sharks exercise their option on defenseman Stuart

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

Cherry pie filling gives moistness to chocolate cake
Summer is usually filled with long, lazy weekends spent gathering with family, friends and neighbors. Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs usually feature on the menu, but there's still room for lots of side dishes and desserts.

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.

Former state Senator Charles Walker indicted
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A federal indictment accuses former state Sen. Charles W. Walker Sr. and his daughter of conspiring to cheat newspaper advertisers and taking money intended for college scholarships for the underprivileged.

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.

'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.

Beheading defies Islamic principles
At the general body meeting of the Islamic Society of Augusta on Sunday, the following resolution was passed: Hossam E. Fadel Martinez

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

Bachelor politicians? Who cares?
I found E. Maner's June 17 letter, "President could be unmarried" more than a bit snottily supercilious in its assessment of the "stupid and ignorant" American psyche that he evidently believes leads to the rejection of qualified unmarried candidates for president. Catherine S. Minor Martinez

Reagan was a genuine American
Even in his passing, President Reagan fanned the flame of authentic American pride, leaving us wanting more. I was raised a Southern Democrat, and though I was too young to vote at the time, I was disappointed when Reagan defeated President Carter in 1980. However, when Reagan ran for his second term, I was in the voting booth, proudly casting my vote for four more years. P.K. Fitzgerald Harlem

Judicial system needs repairing
Regarding the Terry Nichols verdict: I can't believe that a jury could convict someone of 161 counts of first-degree murder and not give that person the death penalty. ... Connie Solomon Hephzibah

Parents must help improve schools

Parents must help improve schools
As a public school educator, and a Southern Baptist, I was delighted to hear that the Southern Baptist Convention's proposal to encourage parents to take their children out of public school was voted down. However, I was upset that the proposal was even brought up. Patti Powell North Augusta

'Hardball' host is a national liability

Beheading defies Islamic principles

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.

Bachelor politicians? Who cares?

Judicial system needs repairing

Race issue just keeps us divided
Regarding the letter from Kevin Palmer, who calls for election of a "person of color" as president, claiming that it was "time": I would like to ask Mr. Palmer what he meant by a person of color, although I'm assuming he meant black. The last time I checked my color charts, I noticed white and red as being colors also. Lawrence Smith Augusta

Charitable giving rises in 2003 as economy improves

More than 39 million Americans expected to travel on July Fourth

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

Desolation Canyon - Snakes

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

SpaceShipOne rocket plane climbs above Earth's atmosphere

In catchup move, Sprint to boost wireless speed up to tenfold

Food stamp program goes electronic

After private rocket flight, is space tourism next?

Study finds toxic rocket fuel chemical in milk from Calif. cows

SpaceShipOne rocket plane climbs above Earth's atmosphere

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More than 39 million Americans expected to travel on July Fourth
WASHINGTON -- Thinking of taking a road trip over the July Fourth holiday weekend? So are 34.4 million other American motorists, AAA reported Tuesday, an increase of 3 percent from last year despite sky-high gasoline prices.

After private rocket flight, is space tourism next?
MOJAVE, Calif. -- The chubby-looking, stubby-winged aircraft that cracked the commercial space flight barrier this week may have made a great leap forward in aviation history, but the man who designed it believes we are still a long way from regular space tourism.

Food stamp program goes electronic
WASHINGTON -- The government's food stamp program is going fully electronic, and with no more stamps - actually coupons - the Agriculture Department is looking for a snazzier name for the program that helps the needy buy groceries.

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."

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.

Study finds toxic rocket fuel chemical in milk from Calif. cows
SAN FRANCISCO -- Young children and pregnant women who drink milk from California cows may be exposed to unsafe levels of a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel, according to a new study by an environmental group.

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.

In catchup move, Sprint to boost wireless speed up to tenfold
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Trying to keep pace with its rivals, Sprint Corp. is boosting speeds on its wireless data network by up to tenfold in a technology upgrade it says will cost about $1 billion.

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?

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.

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.

Public brings questions, concerns on road work
John Sullivan said he has complained repeatedly about the dangers in stretches of Windsor Spring and Peach Orchard roads off Bobby Jones Expressway.

Textbooks are being tested

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.

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.

Around town

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.

Correction
A headline on the front page of Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained an incorrect numerical amount. Wachovia will buy SouthTrust for $14.3 billion.

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Former state Senator Charles Walker indicted

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.

News you can use
June 23, 1956 A Fort Gordon soldier, Pfc. Ralph E. Howland, 26, was killed yesterday afternoon when the car in which he was traveling overturned on Tobacco Road near the intersection of U.S. Highway 25.

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.

Family recalls drowned man
AIKEN - Terry Powell knew he wasn't a strong swimmer, but that didn't stop him from stepping into the swift currents of the Savannah River to rescue a teenage boy in danger of drowning in deep water, family members said Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

League accused of vote for sale

Attacks close out GOP runoff campaign

Rider reform demand grows

Project starts to extend facility

Activists fear plutonium shipment

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

Evans Middle School contract awarded
Rising sixth-graders at Evans Middle School will have the privilege of being the first graduating class when the new school opens in 2006.

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

DeMint ends Beasley's run
AIKEN - U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint slammed the door on former Gov. David Beasley on Tuesday, grabbing almost 60 percent of the vote with most of the state counted.

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.

7 convicted sex offenders sought for not registering
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is looking for seven men it said did not properly register as sex offenders, officials said Tuesday.

Parkway prepares for debut

Officials brace for new West Nile virus cases
ATLANTA - With the warmer weather, people and mosquitoes have been out in droves, causing health officials to brace themselves for a new season of mosquito-spread diseases, including West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The state Ethics Commission has fined two Georgia lawmakers for violating campaign laws.

League accused of vote for sale
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Is a Savannah business group selling political campaign endorsements?

Psychology research fills students' summer

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.

Man sentenced for second molestation

7 convicted sex offenders sought for not registering

Panel OKs bar location rules

Across the Southeast

Congressman wins South Carolina Senate runoff over former governor

Veterans get special care at new rehabilitation unit

Around town

Public brings questions, concerns on road work

Kid of the day

Rain, winds cause flooding, power outages

Across the area

Officials brace for new West Nile virus cases

Board loses 2 leaders, pick for CEO position

Silence still can lead to arrest

Youth's death investigated

Owners, cashiers learn about how to prevent underage sales

Across Georgia

Rain, winds cause flooding, power outages
The Augusta area was bombarded by a torrential downpour and high winds Tuesday evening that caused flooding, power outages and falling tree limbs.

Rants and raves
THIS IS BOTH A RANT and a rave. First of all, a rant to all the people that write in about the trash around Augusta. If you see it, pick it up! We do in our neighborhood. And now my rave to all of the hard-working people that made the hydrangea festival a reality. Many thanks for adding another garden to the Garden City.

Around town
Deborah Bledsoe, of Clearwater, enjoys a nice relaxing day with her best friend, Febe.

Textbooks are being tested
Ever wanted to be a book critic?

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Joshua Bryce Martin, 2, of Hephzibah.

Parkway now open for business
It took 600,000 man hours, 25 subcontractors, a thousand so-called "hard hats" and more than 100,000 cubic yards of material.

Proposed raise brings discussion

Civic center manager's raise draws fire
A proposed raise for Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center General Manager Larry Rogers became a sticking point with some members of its governing board Tuesday as they discussed the coming year's budget.

Across South Carolina
BEAUFORT - A man was injured when the elevator he was repairing dropped from the fourth floor into the basement.

Silence still can lead to arrest
If a Richmond County sheriff's deputy asks your name and you refuse to provide it, be prepared for the consequences. You might see the inside of a jail cell until you decide to reveal your identity.

Loophole could promote pupils who failed tests

Governor puts off Medicaid changes

Labor official doesn't expect public ethics hearing
ATLANTA - Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond responded Tuesday to allegations a political operative filed with the State Ethics Commission nearly two years ago, and said he believed the matters would be resolved without a full-blown hearing.

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.

Georgia Lottery to let loose of Change Game
ATLANTA - Apparently, Georgians don't have as much change to spare as lottery officials had hoped.

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

Activists fear plutonium shipment
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A shipment of bomb-grade plutonium from the Cold War era could arrive in Charleston Harbor this month as part of a joint U.S.-Russian agreement to reduce stockpiles of nuclear weapons and convert them into power-plant fuel.

Owners, cashiers learn about how to prevent underage sales
AIKEN - Dewey and Barbara Ward, who run the Li'l Country Store in Windsor, said rarely does a day go by without an underage youth attempting to purchase alcohol or tobacco with a fake ID.

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.

Across the area
An Augusta man previously imprisoned for manslaughter was indicted Tuesday on murder charges.

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.

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.

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

Walker's hospital ties show in search

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.

DeMint ends Beasley's run

Across the Southeast
FAIRFAX, Va. - A judge on Tuesday set a tentative date of Oct. 4 for convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad's second trial, turning aside defense objections that it was too early to take such action.

Veterans get special care at new rehabilitation unit
For Petty Officer 1st Class Lindon Haworth, rehabilitation has been a long journey - from a mortar attack in Iraq back home to an Augusta Veterans Affairs hospital.

Court to hear case on stucco
ATLANTA - When Robert and Ursula Dowse bought their residence in Savannah's Southbridge subdivision in November 1994, they could have never imagined their lawyer would be at the Georgia Supreme Court 10 years later arguing over the house's siding.

Rants and raves
THIS IS BOTH A RANT and a rave. First of all, a rant to all the people that write in about the trash around Augusta. If you see it, pick it up! We do in our neighborhood. And now my rave to all of the hard-working people that made the hydrangea festival a reality. Many thanks for adding another garden to the Garden City.

Walker's hospital ties show in search
Less than a month before he will go before Democratic primary voters, former Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker still has the specter of a federal grand jury investigation hanging over his head.

Kid of the day

Voters will get precinct cards

Evans Middle School contract awarded

Across the area

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.

Parkway now open for business

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.

Family recalls drowned man

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Rider reform demand grows
AIKEN - The practice of bobtailing - tacking on an amendment to a piece of legislation, often at the last minute - should be changed or eliminated, state lawmakers told Aiken Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday.

Appeals board upholds R rating for 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

Appeals board upholds R rating for 'Fahrenheit 9/11'
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Moore and his distributors lost their appeal Tuesday to lower the R rating for "Fahrenheit 9/11," his scathing assault on President Bush's actions before and after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Studios, movie theaters offer rewards to thwart piracy
LOS ANGELES -- Film studios and movie theaters are offering rewards of up to $500 to theater employees who nab people using camcorders to record films.

Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' raises temperature on terrorism debate

Studios, movie theaters offer rewards to thwart piracy

Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' raises temperature on terrorism debate
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Moore is not known for restraint, yet when it came to showing the Sept. 11 attacks in "Fahrenheit 9/11," Moore opted for moderation: The screen fades to black and the audience hears the engine roar and explosions of the jets that crashed into the World Trade Center, and the screams of witnesses.

Lollapalooza 2004 cancels all dates
NEW YORK -- The Lollapalooza music festival tour has been canceled because of poor ticket sales, according to its Web site.

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews
The trouble with musical genius is how sad it is when only echoes of that genius remains.

Saint Louis Symphony avoids closing
ST. LOUIS -- Four years ago, the Saint Louis Symphony was nearly bankrupt, with year after year of operating losses and a pitiful endowment for a world-class orchestra.

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.

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Music industry sues 482 more computer users for swapping songs
LOS ANGELES -- The music industry filed copyright infringement lawsuits against 482 computer users Tuesday, the latest round of litigation by recording companies against suspected online music file-swappers.

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

Elliott will race in this year's Brickyard 400

Elliott will race in this year's Brickyard 400
INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Brickyard 400 champion Bill Elliott will attempt to qualify for this year's race.

No trial date set in Bryant case
EAGLE, Colo. -- Attorneys wrapped up closed-door arguments Tuesday over whether the sex life of the woman accusing Kobe Bryant of rape can be introduced at the NBA star's trial.

Bobcats acquire No. 2 overall pick from Clippers

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.

Bird believes Indiana made better offer than Houston's for McGrady
INDIANAPOLIS -- Larry Bird believes the Indiana Pacers made a better offer for Tracy McGrady than the package of players the Houston Rockets have proposed sending to the Orlando Magic.

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.

Payton exercises option, will be back with Lakers

Payton exercises option, will be back with Lakers
LOS ANGELES -- Gary Payton will remain with the Los Angeles Lakers next season, exercising a $5.4 million option despite struggling throughout his first year with the team.

Dwight Howard: Part Garnett, part Robinson
ATLANTA -- Dwight Howard rattles off names with the same ease that he used to dunk over shorter, slower high school opponents.

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.

Kobe case discusses consent

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.

Under new management

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.

Cuban, Mavs moving slowly in Shaq sweepstakes

No trial date set in Bryant case

Dwight Howard: Part Garnett, part Robinson

Bobcats begin forming roster

Bucs running back suspended three games and fined additional two games' pay

Gannon confident as ever at 38, despite addition of Collins

McCardell skips Bucs minicamp; wants pay raise

Redskins sign sixth-round pick Molinaro

Resisting arrest charges dropped against Patriots' Ty Law

Patriots sign first rookie

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Dispute over Olympic selection for boxer who killed daughter
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- New Zealand's national Olympic committee Tuesday defended its decision to choose a boxer for the Athens Games who was convicted of killing his infant daughter.

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.

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

Australian cyclist banned for life from Olympics

Mexico's Guevara envisions a golden trip to Athens
MEXICO CITY -- Ana Guevara insists she's getting better, and that's saying something.

Mexico's Guevara envisions a golden trip to Athens

Hoffmann receives gold medal two years after race
VIENNA, Austria -- Cross-country skier Christian Hoffmann of Austria was awarded a 2002 Olympic gold medal originally given to an athlete disqualified for using drugs.

Slow sales but no drop in Olympic ticket prices

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.

Slow sales but no drop in Olympic ticket prices
ATHENS, Greece -- Ticket prices for the Olympics will not drop despite worries of sluggish sales and empty seats at some venues.

Olympic torch passes by EU headquarters
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The Olympic flame passed by European Union headquarters Tuesday on its last relay leg through Europe before the Athens Games begin less than two months.

Volunteers needed to help visitors find their way in Athens

Express dismay with Bush at November polls
Our country not only is facing its demise as a world leader but also the loss of credibility and respect, including from our closest allies. The time has come for the American people this November to deliver an unequivocal message of unity, and let the world know that we are fully aware of the isolation this administration has created.

Express dismay with Bush at November polls
Our country not only is facing its demise as a world leader but also the loss of credibility and respect, including from our closest allies. The time has come for the American people this November to deliver an unequivocal message of unity, and let the world know that we are fully aware of the isolation this administration has created.

Tourney receives rants, raves

Wimbledon police to fans: Leave weapons at home

Overtime

Governor's edict effectively KOs Tyson in NJ

Overtime

Mike Tyson gets New Jersey boxing license

Navratilova marks singles return with easy victory

Ferreira celebrates new mark with win

Bovina pulls out after singles victory; Dementieva out of doubles

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.

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.

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.

Ferreira celebrates new mark with win
WIMBLEDON, England - Andre Agassi missed Wimbledon because of a bum hip. So did Gustavo Kuerten.

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.

Overtime
Jim Harrick is back in coaching more than a year after being forced to resign at Georgia amid accusations of improper payments to players and academic fraud.

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

Governor's edict effectively KOs Tyson in NJ
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Mike Tyson got a boxing license in New Jersey, but it isn't worth much now.

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.

Tourney receives rants, raves
WIMBLEDON, England - Serena Williams loves Wimbledon. Marat Safin hates it.

Bovina pulls out after singles victory; Dementieva out of doubles
WIMBLEDON, England -- Elena Bovina pulled out of Wimbledon with an abdominal strain Tuesday night after easily winning her first-round singles match.

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

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.

McCardell skips Bucs minicamp; wants pay raise
TAMPA, Fla. -- No longer the No. 2 receiver in Tampa Bay's offense, Keenan McCardell wants to be paid like a No. 1.

Bucs running back suspended three games and fined additional two games' pay
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Michael Pittman was suspended by the NFL without pay for three games and fined an additional two games' pay Tuesday for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

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

Gannon confident as ever at 38, despite addition of Collins
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Rich Gannon is more than a year removed from his MVP award, turns 39 in December, and swears he is 100 percent healthy and not the least bit concerned about the addition of backup Kerry Collins to the Oakland Raiders' quarterback mix.

Patriots sign first rookie
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots signed fourth-round draft choice Dexter Reid and free agent defensive tackle DeVonte Peterson on Tuesday.

Bobcats begin forming roster
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Choosing an assortment of players with mostly low profiles and low salaries, the Charlotte Bobcats began stocking their roster Tuesday night by selecting 19 players in the expansion draft.

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.

Basketball bests Clinton's interview in ratings

Comedic toast of British TV takes on America
NEW YORK -- "I need something LOUD," says British comic Graham Norton as he swishes through the designer collections at Bergdorf Goodman on a recent shopping spree.

Comedic toast of British TV takes on America

AFI goes 'Over the Rainbow' to find top American movie tune

AFI goes 'Over the Rainbow' to find top American movie tune
LOS ANGELES -- There's no song like "Over the Rainbow." Kansas farm girl Dorothy Gale's wistful ditty in "The Wizard of Oz" led the American Film Institute's list of 100 best movie songs Tuesday, followed by "As Time Goes By" from "Casablanca" at No. 2 and the title tune from "Singin' in the Rain" at No. 3.

Basketball bests Clinton's interview in ratings
NEW YORK -- Only B-ball beat Bill in the ratings last week. A much-hyped appearance by former President Bill Clinton carried CBS' "60 Minutes" to its second-place finish in the rankings. Clinton, interviewed by Dan Rather at the start of a TV blitz to publicize his memoirs, was seen by almost 15.8 million viewers.

'Lord of Rings' actress Liv Tyler pregnant, magazine says

Report: Mary-Kate Olsen being treated for eating disorder

Reports: Claudia Schiffer expecting a second child

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David Bowie hit in the eye by lollipop at Norwegian music festival

People in the News

Bulldogs still pack mean bite

Perno has tough decision ahead

Hyle's six innings give Georgia a shot at Texas
OMAHA, Neb. - Georgia coach David Perno issued pitcher Michael Hyle a challenge prior to Tuesday's elimination game in the College World Series against Arizona.

Hyle's six innings give Georgia a shot at Texas

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.

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.

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Gamecocks get another chance against Titans

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OMAHA, Neb. - Maybe it's the famous Omaha steaks, or perhaps the fresh Midwestern air. Whatever the reason, South Carolina's bats are the hottest things going at 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.

South Carolina nixes LSU

Collision rule plays role in two College World Series games

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.

Gamecocks get another chance against Titans
OMAHA, Neb. - Bryan Triplett had four hits, and Nick Gardiner and Brendan Winn drove in three runs apiece as South Carolina eliminated Miami from the College World Series with a 15-11 victory Tuesday night.

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.

Club-fitting system offers unique perspective
There's a $250,000 piece of computerized wizardry at the International Golf Academy in Evans that brings new meaning to club fitting and golf instruction.

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

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.

Girl should let her old friend know of worry

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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

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.

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Year-round schedule cuts summer short

There she is ... Miss Subways

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