J.K. Rowling announces title of next Potter book
NEW YORK -- No word yet on when the next Harry Potter book comes out, but at least there's a title: "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince."

Talks with theater producers break down; actors remain at work

Tony-winning revival of 'Assassins' to close early
NEW YORK -- "Assassins," which won more 2004 Tonys than any other Broadway show, will close July 18, cutting short an engagement that had been expected to last until mid-September.

Harcourt to publish book on rare slave narratives
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- An upcoming book will offer rare personal, firsthand accounts of slaves' lives.

Local writer reaps her reward with publication of first novel

J.K. Rowling announces title of next Potter book

Local writer reaps her reward with publication of first novel
To the people of tiny Cayboo Creek, S.C., Augusta is a center of big money, highfalutin mannerisms and old-world heritage.

Clinton sells nearly 1 million books in six days
WASHINGTON -- Former President Clinton's memoirs have sold nearly 1 million copies in less than a week, his publisher said Monday.

Tony-winning revival of 'Assassins' to close early

Clinton sells nearly 1 million books in six days

Talks with theater producers break down; actors remain at work
NEW YORK -- Contract talks between Broadway producers and the actors' union broke down, but a strike was immediately avoided when the union said actors would keep performing.

Rivalry: Part two
NEW YORK - The Red Sox opened the New York Yankees' eyes in April.

Kearns needs surgery, out 4-6 weeks
CINCINNATI -- Austin Kearns needs surgery to remove scar tissue from his aching right thumb, sidelining the Cincinnati Reds outfielder for another four to six weeks.

Forget April - Red Sox and Yankees go at it again

Fullerton comes full circle

Auburn names Tom Slater baseball coach

Devil Rays trade Bautista to KC, send down Gaudin

Rivalry: Part two

Red Sox raise $200,000 for Dominican relief effort

Red Sox raise $200,000 for Dominican relief effort
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox helped raise more than $200,000 for victims of flooding in the Dominican Republic, the homeland of stars Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.

Giambi diagnosed with parasites, out of lineup vs. Red Sox
NEW YORK -- Ailing Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi was diagnosed with parasites and out of the starting lineup Tuesday night when New York played Boston.

Moss leads South to win
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The fans in Augusta know what Brandon Moss can do with the bat. After Tuesday night's South Atlantic League all-star game, so do the fans in Charleston, S.C.

Orioles place Gibbons on DL; will recall Mottola from Ottawa
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles put right fielder Jay Gibbons on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained left hip flexor.

Orioles place Gibbons on DL; will recall Mottola from Ottawa

Feliz making major strides as a regular for Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pedro Feliz is always up for a challenge. He even jokes about mastering Chinese, just because it would be so difficult.

Fullerton comes full circle
OMAHA, Neb. - After Texas swept a two-game series with Cal State Fullerton in early March, a Longhorns coach walked past Titans coach George Horton.

Injured Reds first baseman is day-to-day
CINCINNATI -- Reds first baseman Sean Casey had his strained right calf examined Monday and his return to the lineup was uncertain.

Feliz making major strides as a regular for Giants

Auburn names Tom Slater baseball coach
AUBURN, Ala. -- Tom Slater, who was an assistant during one of Auburn baseball's most successful periods, was hired Tuesday to lead the Tigers back to prominence.

Injured Reds first baseman is day-to-day

Beltran gives Astros a boost
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Carlos Beltran quickly made a big impression on his new Houston teammates.

Beltran gives Astros a boost

Devil Rays trade Bautista to KC, send down Gaudin
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays traded infielder-outfielder Jose Bautista to Kansas City for cash Monday.

Forget April - Red Sox and Yankees go at it again
NEW YORK -- The Red Sox opened the New York Yankees' eyes in April.

Cool breezes lure vacationers to Pacific Northwest

Teacher arrested on charges of having sex with 14-year-old student
TAMPA, Fla. -- A 23-year-old middle-school teacher was charged with having sex with a 14-year-old student in a classroom, at her apartment and, once, in a vehicle while the teen's 15-year-old cousin drove.

Comments at graduation delay Valedictorian's diploma
NEW YORK -- A valedictorian who was denied her high school diploma after she criticized her school during a graduation speech will receive her sheepskin Thursday, but she still doesn't have an apology, she said.

Winds uproot tent at wedding, killing one
ISLE LA MOTTE, Vt. -- A sudden gust of wind uprooted a tent at a wedding moments after the couple recited their vows, killing one guest and injuring more than a dozen others.

Odds and Ends
CLEVELAND -- An edgy new advertising campaign to promote organ donation hints that police officers should cut speeders who are organ donors some slack.

Mattel must pay nearly $2 million to artist who parodied Barbie
LOS ANGELES -- Mattel Inc. must pay more than $1.8 million in legal fees and court costs to a Utah man who incorporated nude Barbie dolls in his artwork, a federal judge has ruled.

Franco approaches hitting milestone

Ramirez throws in bullpen, LaRoche nearing return
ATLANTA -- Braves left-hander Horacio Ramirez, on the disabled list since May 26 with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, threw off the mound in the bullpen Monday and reported no problems.

Veteran records hitting milestone

Veteran records hitting milestone
ATLANTA - Milestones don't phase Julio Franco much.

Braves drench Marlins

Braves duo makes progess

Franco approaches hitting milestone
ATLANTA - Milestones don't phase Julio Franco much.

Atlanta fails to deliver again
ATLANTA - A month ago, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox said his team had plenty of opportunities for win streaks.

Braves start game against Marlins about 3 1/2 hours late
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves desperately wanted to play their game against the Florida Marlins on Monday night, so they waited out the rain.

Braves, Marlins try to recover from long day
ATLANTA -- Marlins right-hander Brad Penny was nearly finished with his pre-game warmup when the rain first started falling at Turner Field.

Braves duo makes progess
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves play four important games this week against the National League East-leading Florida Marlins.

LaRoche makes rehab start with Triple-A Richmond
ATLANTA -- Braves first baseman Adam LaRoche went to Triple-A Richmond for a rehab start on Tuesday night.

Braves, Marlins try to recover from long day

Braves drench Marlins
ATLANTA -- John Thomson won for the first time in nearly a month and J.D. Drew homered to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Florida Marlins 6-1 on Monday night in a game delayed almost 3 1/2 hours by rain.

Atlanta fails to deliver again

LaRoche makes rehab start with Triple-A Richmond

Bank One agrees to settle mutual-fund allegations
CHICAGO -- Bank One Corp. agreed Tuesday to settle regulators' allegations that it allowed a hedge fund to make improper mutual fund trades.

Federal panel denies loan guarantee to United Airlines
WASHINGTON -- United Airlines on Monday lost a bid to secure a federal loan guarantee, a fresh setback to the carrier's efforts to emerge from bankruptcy.

Consumer spending rises by 1 percent in May
WASHINGTON -- Consumers - the lifeblood of the economy - boosted their spending in May by the largest amount in more than two years, an encouraging sign for the recovery's strength.

Consumer confidence jumps in June

Goodyear completes deal to buy Slovenian tire company
AKRON, Ohio -- The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said on Tuesday that it completed a $52 million deal for the 20 percent of Slovenia's Sava Tires it did not already own.

Japan's unemployment rate down to 4.6 percent in May
TOKYO -- Japan's unemployment rate edged down to 4.6 percent in May, its lowest level in almost four years, the government said Tuesday, amid growing signs the country's economy is recovering.

J.D. Power: Lexus again leads all brands in durability

Dozens lose jobs at Vogtle
Plant Vogtle laid off about 40 workers Monday as part of a reorganization of Southern Nuclear Operating Co., which runs it and two other nuclear facilities.

Low fees, hard work leaves Wall Street grumbling about Google's IPO
NEW YORK -- Google's initial public stock offering has become a lot of work for relatively little return for Wall Street's brokerage houses, leaving many of them grumbling about an IPO which they still feel they must participate in because of the prestige at stake.

Stirring up a stink
CHINO, Calif. - Regulators trying to clean Southern California's infamously unhealthy air have long targeted factories and old buses. Now they're setting their sights on a different breed of offender - dairy cows.

J.D. Power: Lexus again leads all brands in durability
DETROIT -- Toyota Motor Corp. remains the automaker with the most dependable vehicles, led by its Lexus luxury brand, though Detroit's Big Three manufacturers all showed improvement in the past year, according to the latest J.D. Power and Associates vehicle dependability study released Tuesday.

Oil prices fall sharply after transfer of political power in Iraq

Average gas price falls nearly 7 cents in the past two weeks
LOS ANGELES -- The average price of a gallon of gas fell close to 7 cents in the past two weeks - the second drop in a row after months of increases, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Townhome community gets under way in south Augusta
Work has begun on a 400-unit townhome and condominum neighborhood in south Augusta, a project officials say is the second-largest residential development in Richmond County.

Aetna cutting technology jobs

French vintners fight wine ad restrictions
PARIS - Embattled French winemakers, struggling with sagging sales but backed by a powerful alliance of lawmakers, have a message for those who like a tipple: Drink more.

Stirring up a stink

Consumer confidence jumps in June
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence jumped to its highest level in two years in June, buoyed by an improved job outlook, the New York-based Conference Board reported Tuesday.

Intel launches 64-bit processors for workstations
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Following the lead of a smaller rival, Intel Corp. on Monday launched workstation microprocessors that handle data in 64-bit chunks and work with existing software.

William F. Buckley Jr. to relinquish controlling shares in National Review
NEW YORK -- William F. Buckley Jr. is giving up ownership of the National Review, the conservative magazine he founded nearly a half-century ago, the magazine said Tuesday.

Oil prices fall sharply after transfer of political power in Iraq
WASHINGTON -- The price of oil fell sharply on Monday, as traders appeared to view the transfer of political power in Iraq as a step that could help reduce attacks against the country's oil infrastructure.

Interest rates poised to rise
WASHINGTON -- Poised to raise interest rates for the first time in four years, the Federal Reserve on Tuesday began debating how fast and how high. But one issue wasn't in doubt - the man controlling the debate was still Alan Greenspan.

Aetna cutting technology jobs
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Aetna is laying off more than 100 information technology workers and transferring or reassigning other employees.

Consumer spending rises by 1 percent in May

Credit card delinquencies fell in first quarter

Low fees, hard work leaves Wall Street grumbling about Google's IPO

Credit card delinquencies fell in first quarter
WASHINGTON -- With the economy clearly in recovery mode, the percentage of credit card payments that were past due in the first quarter of this year fell sharply, an improvement after two previous quarters of record-high delinquency rates.

Chat it up before you tee it up

Chat it up before you tee it up
Charlie Timmerman (left) a veterinarian in Aiken, talks with former Clemson football standout Michael Dean Perry before the start of the West End Zone fund-raising golf tournament at the River Golf Club in North Augusta.

Florida State, family agree on $2 million settlement

UT's McClure apologizes, explains events leading to arrest

Florida State, family agree on $2 million settlement
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A judge approved a $2 million settlement Monday between Florida State and the family of Devaughn Darling, a football player who died during an offseason workout in 2001.

UT's McClure apologizes, explains events leading to arrest
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A University of Tennessee football player who was arrested last week after allegedly shoving an instructor, grabbing a student and trying to get away from police apologized on Tuesday and said he has had a "very thorough medical evaluation."

Knights go globetrotting to get Capers

Water rules overdone
One of the advantages of living in Richmond or Columbia counties is that their problems with drought sometimes aren't as severe as many other Georgia counties. That seems to be true for now, too.

Cheney's hypocrisies

Amnesty? For what?
The ruling Saudi royal family is finally getting tough on terrorist Muslims. They'll rout the rats from their holes and cut them down like the murderous vermin they are.

Surprise transfer

Cheney's hypocrisies
Vice President Dick Cheney has emerged from his undisclosed location to make some news - but not the kind that does him proud. In telling off Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., he used a filthy but all-too-familiar expletive deleted word. Then instead of apologizing, he told Fox News "I felt better afterwards," and besides Leahy had it coming.

Rewrite protest ordinance
The 2003 protest ordinance the Augusta Commission wrote served its purpose well. It kept radical feminist Martha Burk and her tiny band of troops well away from the Augusta National Golf Club's main gate during last year's Masters tournament - and that, in turn, put the kibosh on any plans to try another demonstration this year.

Rewrite protest ordinance

Amnesty? For what?

Surprise transfer
Transferring sovereignty to Iraqis' interim government two days early won't necessarily stop, or even curb, an escalation of killings and destruction by the terrorist insurgents, but it was a smart tactical move nonetheless. It robbed the violence of all its propaganda value.

People in the News
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- David Bowie canceled his planned performance at Denmark's annual Roskilde Festival, one of Europe's biggest outdoor rock events.

Ashley Olsen says her sister is 'hanging in there'
LOS ANGELES -- The "health-related issue" Mary-Kate Olsen is seeking treatment for is something she has struggled with for some time, her twin sister, Ashley, told People magazine.

Mira Sorvino is now a married woman
LOS ANGELES -- Wedding bells have rung for Oscar winner Mira Sorvino and her 22-year-old beau.

Courtney Love shows up five hours late for Manhattan court appearance
NEW YORK -- Courtney Love showed up more than five hours late to a Manhattan court appearance, and was scolded by a judge who said her tardiness was grounds for arrest.

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

Settlement reached in lawsuit brought against Marlon Brando by ex-employee
LOS ANGELES -- Lawyers for Oscar-winning actor Marlon Brando and his former personal assistant have agreed to settle a lawsuit involving a contentious $185,000 gift, according to court documents.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- "Fahrenheit 9/11" filmmaker Michael Moore called the opening weekend numbers for his documentary "mind-boggling" and credited his political opponents for boosting ticket sales.

Washington Mutual lowers outlook, citing interest rates
SEATTLE (Dow Jones/AP) - Washington Mutual Inc. lowered its 2004 earnings forecast as its mortgage banking business faces challenges amid higher long-term interest rates.

American Greetings earnings drop in first quarter
CLEVELAND -- Greeting cards retailer American Greetings Corp. said on Tuesday that earnings fell 78 percent in its first quarter due to the cost of buying back debt.

Tokyo stocks lower midday, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks fell Tuesday morning on weaker-than-expected industrial production data and profit-taking by investors following three sessions of gains. The dollar was higher against the Japanese yen.

Credit Suisse First Boston subpoenaed in ongoing mutual fund probe
NEW YORK -- Credit Suisse First Boston LLC has been subpoenaed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the state attorney general over its mutual fund trading practices, parent company Credit Suisse Group confirmed Monday.

Consumer confidence report boosts stocks
NEW YORK -- Wall Street posted a healthy advance Tuesday as consumer confidence surged to a 22-month high and quelled investor concerns about the economy a day before the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates.

Wal-Mart lowers forecast for June sales growth
BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. lowered its forecast Monday for June sales growth at stores open at least a year to a range of 2 percent to 4 percent, citing cool weather and disappointing Father's Day results.

Interest rate hikes to pinch credit card holders

Tokyo stocks close higher, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose Monday for the third straight session on optimism about the Japanese economy. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

Interest rate hikes to pinch credit card holders
NEW YORK -- If you've been lulled into carrying large balances on your low-interest credit cards, prepare your wallet for a rude awakening.

Credit Suisse First Boston subpoenaed in ongoing mutual fund probe

Target stock dips on weak sales outlook
MINNEAPOLIS -- Target Corp. stock dipped Tuesday, a day after it warned that sales would be "well below plan for the month" at stores open a least a year.

Target stock dips on weak sales outlook

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.

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

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

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

Growth, after a long stalemate with value, may be eking out an edge

Wal-Mart lowers forecast for June sales growth

Growth, after a long stalemate with value, may be eking out an edge
NEW YORK -- Professional investors are always searching for clues about which segment of the market is poised to take off next, and right now, many are betting on growth stocks.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Stocks sink in afternoon trading
NEW YORK -- Economic uncertainty overshadowed a peaceful and early transfer of power in Iraq Monday, cutting off a rally and leaving stocks modestly lower while investors fretted about the Federal Reserve's imminent decision on interest rates.

What do the Olympic gymnasts eat?
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- With rock-hard biceps and abs that would make a bodybuilder jealous, Stephen McCain doesn't need to lose weight. Yet count him as a devotee of the increasingly popular low-carbohydrate diet.

What do the Olympic gymnasts eat?

Special coffees can be loaded with calories
SEATTLE -- Gary Lass didn't think twice before ordering his usual Starbucks grande mocha Frappuccino one sunny afternoon.

Special coffees can be loaded with calories

Former librarian wins $1 million baking contest
LOS ANGELES -- A former librarian created a pie combining oats and walnuts with chocolate chips and crumbled granola bars to win $1 million in the Pillsbury Bake-Off on Tuesday.

Pitcher gets late call to team
Jarrett Gardner led the South Atlantic League in ERA. He led it in wins. He even earned a win with Double-A Portland in a two-classification jump for a spot start June 9.

Couples wins Par-3 Shootout with clutch putts on holes 11, 12
GAYLORD, Mich. -- Fred Couples dropped a 36-foot putt for a birdie on the 11th hole Tuesday, followed with an 8-footer on the next hole to earn $220,000 and went on to win the Par-3 Shootout on Tuesday.

Racket sports leader Wilson plots return to golf competition
CHICAGO -- After years of shrinking golf equipment sales, Wilson Sporting Goods hopes to restore the luster of its storied brand with a new product line and aggressive marketing.

Haas family shares lead in charity event

B.J. back on the bag
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. -- Michelle Wie didn't want to go through the trouble of working with a new caddie at the U.S. Women's Open, so she pulled a familiar face out of retirement - her father.

Racket sports leader Wilson plots return to golf competition

Wie not the only teen on parade

Haas family shares lead in charity event
BARRINGTON, R.I. -- The father-and-son team of Jay and Bill Haas eagled the eighth hole and shot an 11-under 60 in best ball play Monday to share the lead halfway through the CVS Charity Classic.

B.J. back on the bag

Couples, Mickelson prepare for final round of Par 3 Shootout
GAYLORD, Mich. -- Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples each won $30,000 for being closest to the pin three times, but no hole money was earned in the first round of the Par 3 Shootout skins event on Monday.

Wie not the only teen on parade
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. -- Michelle Wie is the most famous teenager in golf.

Pitcher gets late call to team

Hurricanes sign O'Neill to one-year deal
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Right wing Jeff O'Neill and the Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms Tuesday on a one-year contract that will keep the former All-Star with the franchise that drafted him 10 years ago.

Mighty Ducks, McDonald agree to terms
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Mighty Ducks agreed to terms on a two-year contract Monday with center Andy McDonald on Monday.

Hurricanes sign O'Neill to one-year deal

Mighty Ducks, McDonald agree to terms

Sanderson rejoins Blue Jackets after being claimed off waivers
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets claimed veteran forward Geoff Sanderson off waivers Monday and exercised next season's option on goaltender Karl Goehring.

Italian salsa is a snap with tomatoes from can, seasoning
Having a jar of salsa in the fridge and a bag of tortilla chips in the pantry is the sure way to be "at-the-ready" for drop-in guests, or to have a quick appetizer to take to the pool.

Italian salsa is a snap with tomatoes from can, seasoning

Cool breezes lure vacationers to Pacific Northwest
Your vacation postcards are coming in, and a lot are coming from the Pacific Northwest.

Muns would consider run for chairman of school board
Lee Muns' exit from the Columbia County Board of Education seat race might be temporary.

Fed increases key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve boosted a key short-term interest rate by a one-quarter percentage point Wednesday, its first rate increase in four years, in an attempt to keep the economy and inflation on an even keel.

Slate of officials is most qualified

Two obits will detail Reagan's legacy
With the exception of history, everything comes to an end. We'll hardly ever be able to find another country like the United States that's in constant search of a hero. Joaquin Godoy Aiken, S.C.

Keep moral values in our government

Keep moral values in our government
Under God or under Satan - that is the question. Bob L. Gordy Louisville

Kerry's Cuban policy is wrongheaded
U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., commenting on the Bush administration's Cuba policy, told the Miami Herald that he would open Cuba to "principled travel," and lift restrictions on sending money to people on the island. Luis Rodriguez Warrenton

We need to get priorities straight
Each day in the paper, I'm surprised and saddened that so much hatred and unkindness runs through our world. There are so many complaints, racial slurs, killings, robberies, politicians berating one another. Laurie Johnson Augusta

Bush's Iraq lies are mind-boggling
On June 16, the bipartisan Sept. 11 Commission voiced unanimously that they found no connection between the attacks of Sept. 11 and Saddam Hussein or Iraq, nor did they find evidence that al-Qaida and Iraq had any working relationship. As part of the basis for their conclusion, the commission described a meeting in Sudan in the mid-1990s attended by Osama bin Laden and some Iraqis, at which bin Laden asked the Iraqis for help with training camps and in other ways, but nothing came of it. Victor Reilly Aiken, S.C.

Two obits will detail Reagan's legacy

Slate of officials is most qualified
I am writing to support Sheryl Jolly. Mrs. Jolly is the only truly qualified person to be elected to the superior court system for Burke, Columbia and Richmond counties. She graduated from Mercer University, she has worked in the district attorney's office and she has been the head prosecuting solicitor in Richmond County for years. She knows the law. She is a fair and open-minded woman, and knows how a courtroom is supposed to be run. We need someone with her experience in office, and we need a woman judge. It's high time we recognize that a woman can fill that job and do a fantastic job at it. I would love to see her on the bench. She most definitely has my vote. Marlo Cramer Waynesboro

Kids love capes

Bird flu could threaten human worldwide, research suggests

Warming climate reduces yield for rice, one of world's most important crops

FDA approves firm to sell leeches as medical devices

Desolate Canyon: What can you do with a wild one?

Interest grows in blimps for homeland security, defense

International space mission reaches Saturn this week

Space station crew prepares for second shot at spacewalking repairs

International space mission reaches Saturn this week

Test chemical increases sexual appetite in female rats

Seniors Calendar

Kids love capes
It's a rite of passage. At some point in most children's lives, their dismayed parents will discover that their lovely lad or lass has draped one of the good towels across their shoulders, dug out an old pair of swim goggles and proceeded to save the world, one haphazard leap off the couch at a time.

Space station crew prepares for second shot at spacewalking repairs
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The international space station's crew received last-minute instructions and encouragement Tuesday for a second shot at spacewalking repairs, not quite a week after a finicky switch on one of the suits terminated the first attempt.

Warming climate reduces yield for rice, one of world's most important crops
WASHINGTON -- Global warming could mean bad news for one of the world's most important crops, rice.

FDA approves firm to sell leeches as medical devices
WASHINGTON -- The government has lent its seal of approval to a marketing an age-old medical device - leeches.

Desolate Canyon: What can you do with a wild one?
THE STORY SO FAR: At night, while camping along the Green River in Desolation Canyon, Aaron's dad is telling scary stories when Aaron is grabbed and pulled toward the water.

Astronauts will venture back out Wednesday
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The two astronauts on the international space station will venture back outside on a risky spacewalk Wednesday to replace a fried circuit breaker, after an attempt last week had to be aborted because of spacesuit trouble.

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.

Test chemical increases sexual appetite in female rats
WASHINGTON -- Could a Viagra for women be in the offing?

Bird flu could threaten human worldwide, research suggests
WASHINGTON -- A strain of bird flu that scientists fear could lead to a worldwide pandemic in humans is becoming more infectious to mammals.

The new summer look is a 'free choice' wardrobe
MILAN, Italy -- Dolce & Gabbana set the tone for the summer of 2005, with the designing duo's poolside show opening the week of menswear preview showings.

International space mission reaches Saturn this week
PASADENA, Calif. -- Two decades and $3.3 billion in the making, an international exploration of Saturn begins this week when a spacecraft slips through a gap in the planet's shimmering rings and arcs into orbit.

Interest grows in blimps for homeland security, defense
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- In this age of laser-guided weaponry and real-time satellite communications, it may be difficult to imagine any interest in supplying the U.S. defense arsenal with fat, lumbering blimps.

Seniors can ignore tax

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A man indicted on charges he was the gunman who killed DeKalb County's sheriff-elect more than three years ago was shot Tuesday.

Rants and raves
I AM A BLACK FEMALE, and I did not attend the rally for Mr. Charles Walker. I have read the charges on the Internet, and I was very upset when I saw how Mr. Walker stood up in front of people and said he is not guilty. Yes, I know he has not gone to court and been proven guilty, but I cannot believe the FBI would make false statements without documentation to back up their charges. I am tired of politicians lying to people. Black people, stop supporting candidates who are corrupt.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Two Richburg brothers were among three people charged with murder in the shooting death of a 27-year-old Rock Hill man.

Labor official calls for unity
ATLANTA - Saying that Georgians need to focus on the issues that unite them instead of those that divide them, Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond spoke to a Confederate history group about blacks who served in the Civil War.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Three people, including a toddler, were killed in an early Monday morning shooting in southwest Atlanta, police said.

Truck dump

DFCS inquiry nears its end
An investigation into allegations that practices at the Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services endanger children is expected to be completed soon.

Seniors can ignore tax
Occasionally, someone rings the tax commissioner's office in Richmond County to inquire: Why do I have to pay school taxes if I don't have children in school?

Runner-up gets back to college
Erin Lindsay blends in Monday with the other students in the classroom at the Medical College of Georgia as instructor Beth Peters talks to them about cluing in to the mental status of their patients - for instance, if the patient has an obvious disability and refuses to recognize it.

Historic Washington hotel receives striking face-lift
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Some pigeons might be left homeless, but travelers to Washington now have a nice place to sleep since the renovation and grand opening of the Fitzpatrick Hotel.

Questions threaten nominees to boards
A squabble among a group of state legislators has some members questioning whether several recent appointments to Augusta boards and authorities are legitimate.

Truck dump
CHRIS THELEN/STAFFTruck dumpGlen Pace (third from left) and other Davis Hauling Co. employees clear dirt from a truck that flipped while Mr. Pace was turning off 15th Street onto Riverwatch Parkway on Tuesday.

2 will challenge incumbents
When the board of elections office opened for qualifying at 9 a.m. Monday, five incumbents to the Richmond County Board of Education were waiting to file.

Festival asks for earlier arrivals

Ruling on meal contract brings job losses closer
The Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta lost the first round of a legal battle to retain the nutrition program for the area's elderly and disabled.

Rants and raves
I'M CALLING DUE TO the rant that was in the paper Saturday, June 26. I agree with the person who wrote in about neighbors not keeping their yards up. I've got neighbors who have been in my neighborhood less than a year. They have a boat in the front yard, a refrigerator and stove on the car porch, and the grass is going to be higher than the house before the summer is over.

Education offices fail inspection
So much for a smooth move.

Attorney could face complaints on ethics
Ethics complaints against an Augusta attorney might mean harsher punishment if he's convicted of crimes in connection with the local mental health center.

Manager search stalls in meeting
It has gone before the Augusta Commission twice in the past month.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Byron Lyle, 10, of Martinez.

Rants and raves
I'M CALLING DUE TO the rant that was in the paper Saturday, June 26. I agree with the person who wrote in about neighbors not keeping their yards up. I've got neighbors who have been in my neighborhood less than a year. They have a boat in the front yard, a refrigerator and stove on the car porch, and the grass is going to be higher than the house before the summer is over.

Across the area
Officials of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said they plan to meet with District Attorney Danny Craig on Thursday to discuss campaign tactics in the Columbia County sheriff's race.

Graham works for SRS cash

Burial traditions surface in excavations
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Scien-tists excavating dozens of graves beneath the stands of The Citadel's Johnson Hagood football stadium have confirmed burial traditions and superstitions from the nation's past.

Court says county may charge for drainage

School-funding lawsuit likely
ATLANTA - A courtroom showdown between the state and a group of poor school districts over funding for education now seems inevitable, leaders of the Consortium for Adequate School Funding in Georgia said Tuesday.

Judge rules X-Mart may not have license
Moving the legal battle over an adult bookstore to state court didn't work out for the store Monday.

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JUNE 30, 1976 The first two blocks of the Broad Street revitalization project were opened at noon Tuesday, but the project will not be dedicated until Sunday.

Court says county may charge for drainage
ATLANTA - Even the rain isn't necessarily free anymore in Georgia now that the state's highest court has said governments can charge to drain away runoff water.

Rainfall eases some fears

Across the area
A Hephzibah teenager was killed Monday night when he crossed into oncoming traffic on Willis Foreman Road, authorities said.

Attorney could face complaints on ethics

Graham works for SRS cash
AIKEN - Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., promised Monday to mount a campaign of gentle persuasion and arm-twisting to restore money slashed from four major programs counted on to breathe new life and jobs into Savannah River Site.

Rants and raves
I AM A BLACK FEMALE, and I did not attend the rally for Mr. Charles Walker. I have read the charges on the Internet, and I was very upset when I saw how Mr. Walker stood up in front of people and said he is not guilty. Yes, I know he has not gone to court and been proven guilty, but I cannot believe the FBI would make false statements without documentation to back up their charges. I am tired of politicians lying to people. Black people, stop supporting candidates who are corrupt.

Independent truckers take hit on rising diesel prices
NORTH AUGUSTA - At the 76 Truck Stop in North Augusta, Brian Staples put on a pair of work gloves before he filled the two fuel tanks on his white 2000 Freightliner tractor-trailer.

Prisoner contests appeal by attorney

Burns lead to charges
An Augusta mother accused of waiting 16 hours to seek treatment for her infant's many burns was worried social workers would take her children, authorities said.

Correction
An item in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly stated that a Hephzibah man was wanted by Richmond County authorities for failing to register as a sex offender. Charles Thomas Kight, 37, has been in jail since June 23 on the felony charge.

Meet and greet
Meet and greetU.S. Rep. Charles Norwood (R-Augusta) is greeted by Millie Schumacher, the chairwoman of marketing, and Brian Muherin, the chairman of disaster relief for the Augusta chapter of the American Red Cross. The congressman spoke Monday at the Augusta Red Cross Media Appreciation Luncheon, which was held at Red Cross headquarters on Ellis Street.

Festival asks for earlier arrivals
Fort Gordon wants people to have fun at its Independence Day celebration Thursday.

Monument will recognize Thurmond's daughter
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford has signed legislation to add Essie Mae Washington Williams' name to the Strom Thurmond monument, recognizing her as a daughter of the one-time segregationist.

July 4 events
Here is a list of area July 4 events.

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JUNE 29, 1984 The National Science Center for Communications and Electronics rapidly is turning from dream to reality, the director of the center said Thursday.

Federal grant funds construction
Augusta Regional Airport officials say a newly awarded $2.5 million federal grant will be used to help with construction costs on the new terminal and make improvements to one of the runways.

2 will challenge incumbents

Across South Carolina
BEAUFORT - Fighter jets at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort have been grounded after two pilots died in crashes within 48 hours.

Prisoner contests appeal by attorney
AIKEN - Anxious and frustrated victims of Arthur Hasting Wise will have to wait, perhaps into next year, for the condemned killer's execution.

Rainfall eases some fears
AIKEN - Maybe state officials should declare a drought more often.

1st court date set for Walkers
The first court hearing for former Senate Majority Leader Charles W. Walker Sr. and his daughter is set for July 14.

Around town
Aaron Dobbs (left) and Bennett Tucker paint fire hydrants in Aiken. The two Aiken Department of Public Safety cadets were painting, greasing and flushing the city's fire hydrants on Tuesday.

Dozens fight proposed traffic ordinance
Bankers, builders and fiery businesspeople attacked the city of Aiken's proposed traffic ordinance Tuesday night, saying it would scare off investment and stunt growth.

Splash parks drown out pools
AIKEN - The traditional public swimming pool is fast becoming a relic.

Dozens fight proposed traffic ordinance

16 schools must allow transfers of pupils
AIKEN - Letters are in the mail to parents who have the option of transferring their children out of Aiken County schools that didn't show improvement in test scores over the past two years.

Federal grant funds construction

Leaders rethink speeding proposal
Instead of barrelling ahead with a decision about the future of speed humps in Columbia County, commissioners took a cautionary pause Tuesday.

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Downtown qualifies for tax breaks
Augusta's entire downtown district has made its way into history, and Thomas Robertson couldn't be happier.

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Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Winston Eric Bailey, 10 months, of North Augusta.

1st court date set for Walkers

Fed increases key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point

Kid of the day

Historic Washington hotel receives striking face-lift

Ruling on meal contract brings job losses closer

Correction

DFCS inquiry nears its end

Burial traditions surface in excavations

Across South Carolina

Kid of the day

Independent truckers take hit on rising diesel prices

Splash parks drown out pools

July 4 events

Across the area

Doctor indicted on fraud charges
An Augusta podiatrist has been indicted on Medicare fraud charges of submitting false billings, including claims for treating patients who no longer have feet.

School-funding lawsuit likely

Runner-up gets back to college

16 schools must allow transfers of pupils

Questions threaten nominees to boards

Across South Carolina

Across the area

Downtown qualifies for tax breaks

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Education offices fail inspection

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'Spider-Man 2' star Tobey Maguire harbors secret identity
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Under cover of darkness, Tobey Maguire will wear a disguise and sneak around town.

At the Movies: 'Spider-Man 2'
More is more - and we're not talking about Michael Moore, for once - with "Spider-Man 2."

'Fahrenheit 9/11' leads new era of documentaries as pop cinema

As Doctor Octopus, Alfred Molina gets revenge on spiders
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Alfred Molina has had trouble with spiders before.

'Spider-Man 2' star Tobey Maguire harbors secret identity

The web-slinger returns, but can Spidey break his own records?
LOS ANGELES -- Peter Parker is older, wiser and better-equipped to navigate the web of pitfalls that accompany the superhero life. The real issue is: Can he manage a raise in pay?

The web-slinger returns, but can Spidey break his own records?

At the Movies: 'Spider-Man 2'

'Fahrenheit 9/11' leads new era of documentaries as pop cinema
LOS ANGELES -- Since the early days of cinema, documentaries have served as inquisitive, truth-seeking counterparts to make-believe drama.

As Doctor Octopus, Alfred Molina gets revenge on spiders

Keith Richards to perform in tributes to Gram Parsons
LOS ANGELES -- The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards has signed on to perform at two concerts next month paying tribute to late country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons.

Cash-strapped record companies wary of 'vanity' label deals
LOS ANGELES -- Twelve years ago, Madonna decided to apply the business instincts that made her a superstar toward finding and developing new acts for her own music label.

Keith Richards to perform in tributes to Gram Parsons

Cash-strapped record companies wary of 'vanity' label deals

First single by 'Idol' finalist Diana DeGarmo to be released

First single by 'Idol' finalist Diana DeGarmo to be released
ATLANTA -- Now comes a real thrill for the pride of Snellville. "American Idol" finalist Diana DeGarmo's first single, "Dreams," will be released Tuesday by RCA Records, and the 17-year-old singer says she's excited to hear it played on the radio.

NASCAR officials considering Stewart punishment
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR officials spent Tuesday discussing what type of punishment to levy against driver Tony Stewart for an altercation with Brian Vickers after the race at Sears Point.

NASCAR looking to simplify rules
For the most part, the first 10 months of Brian France's tenure as boss of NASCAR has been a breeze.

NASCAR officials considering Stewart punishment

NASCAR looking to simplify rules

Ginobili hopes to stay with Spurs
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Spurs guard Manuel Ginobili hopes to sign a long-term contract with San Antonio.

Willis Reed leaves Knicks to help Hornets
NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Hornets hired NBA Hall of Famer Willis Reed as vice president of basketball operations Tuesday, giving the former New York Knicks star a chance to finish his career in his native state.

NBA union director pessimistic about early collective bargaining proposal

Nets make qualifying offer to Kenyon Martin
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets have made a qualifying offer to All-Star power forward Kenyon Martin.

Hawks rookies not worried about team's history

Jamison looking forward to new start with Wizards
WASHINGTON -- Antawn Jamison is moving from a team that won 52 games last season to one that hasn't made the playoffs since 1997 - and he couldn't be happier about it.

Hawks rookies not worried about team's history
ATLANTA -- Josh Childress joined most of the rest of the country last season in tuning out the Atlanta Hawks.

Media groups challenge Bryant-case judge's prohibition on publishing transcripts

Francis meets with Magic officials
HOUSTON -- Houston Rockets guard Steve Francis met with Orlando Magic officials on Tuesday, possibly paving the way for a multiplayer trade that would include NBA scoring leader Tracy McGrady.

Nelson wants to prove doubters wrong again
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Jameer Nelson proved doubters wrong in college, and promises to do so again with the Orlando Magic.

Nelson wants to prove doubters wrong again

Media groups challenge Bryant-case judge's prohibition on publishing transcripts
DENVER -- Media organizations that were accidentally sent transcripts of a closed-door hearing in the Kobe Bryant case asked the Colorado Supreme Court on Monday to overturn a judge's order threatening them with contempt of court if they publish or even retain the information.

Orlando trades McGrady for Francis in multiplayer deal
HOUSTON -- In a blockbuster deal that gives the Houston Rockets one of basketball's most intriguing tandems, Tracy McGrady was traded to Houston in a multiplayer deal that sent Steve Francis to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.

Ginobili hopes to stay with Spurs

Jamison looking forward to new start with Wizards

Orlando trades McGrady for Francis in multiplayer deal

Nets make qualifying offer to Kenyon Martin

Willis Reed leaves Knicks to help Hornets

Francis meets with Magic officials

NBA union director pessimistic about early collective bargaining proposal
LAS VEGAS -- Expressing pessimism after reviewing NBA owners' initial collective bargaining proposal, the director of the players' union said Monday the league could be heading toward a work stoppage at the conclusion of the 2004-05 season.

Knights go globetrotting to get Capers
Bruce Capers can twirl a basketball on his finger, but don't expect him to show his new team any Harlem Globetrotter tricks.

Williams misses start with tendinitis

Bobcats have first minicamp practice

Dolphins' TE Randy McMichael charged with assaulting wife

NFL, CFL extend working agreement through 2006 season

Judge orders arrest of Rison

Bears sign Johnson to deal

Former Falcons player joins Georgia Southern coach staff

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25-year-old not done in Olympic quest

United States wins women's water polo tourney
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Jackie Frank made two saves in a penalty shootout to help give the United States a 12-10 victory over Hungary on Sunday night in the championship match of the FINA Women's World League Super Final.

Construction at Olympic stadium to be done just before games
ATHENS, Greece -- Construction at the main Olympic sports complex will be finished just before the opening ceremony for the Athens Games.

Pakistan's top boxer banned before Olympics

25-year-old not done in Olympic quest
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- At 25, Mohini Bhardwaj should have long ago hung up the leotard. Clearly, though, she had different thoughts about a sport that spits most girls out while they're still in their teens.

Bhardwaj, 25, not giving up Olympic quest

Court: Young should be stripped of Olympic gold

Interpol chief: No known threats on horizon for Athens Olympics

Pakistan's top boxer banned before Olympics
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A boxer who was Pakistan's best hope for an Olympic medal was barred from the Athens Games for using a prohibited weight-loss drug.

Olympic flame begins trip through Germany
MUNICH, Germany -- The Olympic flame began its trip through Germany on Tuesday in Munich, the scene of the 1972 games that were overshadowed by a deadly terrorist attack on Israeli athletes.

United States wins women's water polo tourney

Interpol chief: No known threats on horizon for Athens Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- Interpol's global network has detected "no threats" against the Olympics, but Greek authorities must constantly fine-tune their security operations until the games are over, the head of the international police organization said Tuesday.

Construction at Olympic stadium to be done just before games

Court: Young should be stripped of Olympic gold
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- U.S. sprinter Jerome Young should be stripped of his Sydney Olympics relay gold medal for testing positive in 1999 for steroids, the world's top sports court ruled Tuesday.

Bhardwaj, 25, not giving up Olympic quest
ANAHEIM, Calif. - At 25, Mohini Bhardwaj should have long ago hung up the leotard. Clearly, though, she had different thoughts about a sport that spits most girls out while they're still in their teens.

Battle of the ages: Sharapova, 17, against Davenport, 28

Williams, Capriati set up quarterfinal match

Monty makes it back to Troon

Philippoussis not sorry for angry ouburst

Overtime

Federer and Hewitt lead way into men's quarters

Armstrong hopes for a ride into cycling history

Davenport thinking about retirement; Williams wants more Olympic security info

Former WBA flyweight champion charged with sexual assault

Davenport, Sharapova lead way into quarters

Lunke returns after crazy year

Overtime

Monty makes it back to Troon
SUNNINGDALE, England -- Colin Montgomerie survived a 12-man playoff Monday, getting one of the final six spots available to qualify for the British Open.

Tyson says wild past is behind him
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A humble and reflective Mike Tyson said Tuesday he's done with the chaos that enveloped his life and is serious about one last boxing comeback.

Battle of the ages: Sharapova, 17, against Davenport, 28
WIMBLEDON, England -- The shrieks that accompany some of her shots are reminiscent of Monica Seles, and her modeling contract invites comparisons to fellow Russian Anna Kournikova.

Federer and Hewitt lead way into men's quarters
WIMBLEDON, England -- Defending champion Roger Federer extended his grass-court winning streak to 21 matches Monday, setting up a showdown with 2002 winner Lleyton Hewitt in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Williams, Capriati set up quarterfinal match
WIMBLEDON, England -- Two-time defending champion Serena Williams served 12 aces - including one clocked at a Wimbledon women's record of 126 mph - and overwhelmed 16-year-old Tatiana Golovin 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday to advance to the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Armstrong hopes for a ride into cycling history
PARIS -- Lance Armstrong hopes to do what no other cyclist has done, a test so demanding it has blocked the four great champions before him.

Former WBA flyweight champion charged with sexual assault
MADISON, Wis. -- Former World Boxing Association flyweight champion Eric Morel and two of his relatives were charged Monday with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in 2002.

Philippoussis not sorry for angry ouburst
WIMBLEDON, England - Mark Philippoussis lost his temper - and the match.

Davenport thinking about retirement; Williams wants more Olympic security info
WIMBLEDON, England -- If this is Lindsay Davenport's last Wimbledon, she's going out in style.

Lunke returns after crazy year
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. -Success didn't spoil Hilary Lunke, but it nearly ruined her game.

Overtime
Augusta's Michael Green is a first alternate for the U.S. Junior Amateur, which will be held in July at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Overtime
In Statesboro, Ga., former Atlanta Falcons running back Ken Oxendine has been named wide receivers coach at Georgia Southern University, head coach Mike Sewak announced Monday.

Tour director says doped riders will be caught
PARIS -- Organizers will have new tools at their disposal to combat possible drug use at the Tour de France.

Davenport, Sharapova lead way into quarters
WIMBLEDON, England -- Former champion Lindsay Davenport reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals Monday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Vera Zvonareva.

Judge orders arrest of Rison
ATLANTA -- An arrest warrant has been issued for former NFL receiver Andre Rison, who owes $184,787 in two states for overdue child support payments, attorney's fees and interest.

Former Falcons player joins Georgia Southern coach staff
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Former Atlanta Falcons running back Ken Oxendine has been named wide receivers coach at Georgia Southern University, head coach Mike Sewak announced Monday.

NFL, CFL extend working agreement through 2006 season
TORONTO -- The NFL and CFL extended their working agreement through the 2006 season Tuesday.

Bobcats have first minicamp practice
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Bobcats opened their first minicamp Tuesday with a lecture on losing.

Dolphins' TE Randy McMichael charged with assaulting wife
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins tight end Randy McMichael was arrested Tuesday for allegedly hitting his pregnant wife.

Williams misses start with tendinitis
LOS ANGELES -- San Francisco Giants right-hander Jerome Williams missed his scheduled start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night because of mild tendinitis in his shoulder.

Bears sign Johnson to deal
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears signed second-round draft pick Tank Johnson to a five-year contract Monday.

Fox's all-season scheduling getting off to slow start

Fox's all-season scheduling getting off to slow start
NEW YORK -- Fox is preaching patience as its attempt to run more original summer programming has yet to be embraced by viewers.

Cable network launches digital music show with free song downloads
LOS ANGELES -- A new cable music video show that debuted Monday allows viewers to download songs online for free during the broadcast.

Study: Teenagers receive mixed lessons about families from TV
LOS ANGELES -- Teenagers and parents in TV fiction often portray healthy relationships but television sends young viewers mixed messages about sex, a new study shows.

People in the News

Courtney Love shows up five hours late for Manhattan court appearance

People in the News

Mira Sorvino is now a married woman

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In surprise move, U.S. transfers sovereignty to Iraqi government
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The U.S.-led coalition transferred sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government two days early Monday in a surprise move that apparently caught insurgents off guard, averting a feared campaign of attacks to sabotage the historic step toward self-rule.

In surprise move, U.S. transfers sovereignty to Iraqi government

In surprise move, U.S. transfers sovereignty to Iraqi government

It's mean to tell friend that boy she's dating is one you wanted
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: My friend knew I wanted to get with her godbrother but instead she hooked him up with another of my friends. It really hurt me that she did this to me. Should I talk to my friend and tell her that I liked the boy she is going with or not?

Teen's video earns spot in national film festival

My style
Jasmine Proctor,15, a rising sophmore at T.W. Josey High School.

Teens undergo intensive training to protect swimmers

Teens undergo intensive training to protect swimmers
Between games and relays, the splash of cool water on warm days and the squeals of delight from young patrons, there's a certain excitement at the pool.

Graduation at school made event all the more special
The grimace on my face was evident this past fall at the release of the Richmond County School District's "graduate in your stadium" plan. It astonished me that after four years of hard work and dedication our reward would be to graduate outside ... in May ... with a suit ... and a gown ... and a cap.

Question of the week
Are teen clubs a good idea?

Teen's video earns spot in national film festival
While many of his classmates probably spent the past summer watching music videos, Hodges Usry, 16, was creating one.

It's mean to tell friend that boy she's dating is one you wanted

Xtreme wants you
Have something to say? Want to say it in Xtreme? Here's your chance.

Question of the week

My style

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:

Graduation photos
Taylor Ellison (from left), Charlotte Boyd and Blake Collier enjoy a moment during their May 15 graduation from Westminster Preparatory Day School.

Graduation photos

Graduation at school made event all the more special

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Mattel must pay nearly $2 million to artist who parodied Barbie

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