Bass player recalls days with Grateful Dead
"Searching for the Sound: My Life With the Grateful Dead." By Phil Lesh. Little, Brown. 338 Pages. $25.95.

Latest 'Prey' thriller returns to series' roots
In "Broken Prey," John Sandford delivers yet another blistering tale from the life of Lucas Davenport, surely one of the most attractive cops on the crime-fiction beat today.

Sparks' latest mystery-romance is for believers
If fortunetellers, UFOs and ghosts are just a bunch of paranormal mumbo-jumbo in your book, Jeremy Marsh would make good company.

'Spamalot' gets leading 14 Tony nominations

Bass player recalls days with Grateful Dead

'Spamalot' gets leading 14 Tony nominations
NEW YORK - "Monty Python's Spamalot," a madcap medieval musical loosely based on the zany British troupe's film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," led the field with 14 Tony nominations Tuesday, including best musical and bids for its King Arthur, Tim Curry, and Lancelot, Hank Azaria.

Latest 'Prey' thriller returns to series' roots
In "Broken Prey," John Sandford delivers yet another blistering tale from the life of Lucas Davenport, surely one of the most attractive cops on the crime-fiction beat today.

'Spamalot' gets leading 14 Tony nominations
NEW YORK - "Monty Python's Spamalot," a madcap medieval musical loosely based on the zany British troupe's film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," led the field with 14 Tony nominations Tuesday, including best musical and bids for its King Arthur, Tim Curry, and Lancelot, Hank Azaria.

Bass player recalls days with Grateful Dead
"Searching for the Sound: My Life With the Grateful Dead." By Phil Lesh. Little, Brown. 338 Pages. $25.95.

Sparks' latest mystery-romance is for believers

Latest 'Prey' thriller returns to series' roots

Sparks' latest mystery-romance is for believers
If fortunetellers, UFOs and ghosts are just a bunch of paranormal mumbo-jumbo in your book, Jeremy Marsh would make good company.

Power outage: Home runs down 9 percent
NEW YORK - In the first year of toughened steroid testing, home runs are down in the major leagues for the first time since 2002.

Power outage: Home runs down 9 percent

Terry, Styles take next step

Power outage: Home runs down 9 percent
NEW YORK - In the first year of toughened steroid testing, home runs are down in the major leagues for the first time since 2002.

USC Aiken's playoff hopes aren't so bright
It was too good to be true. USC Aiken's baseball team sat pretty in the region standings two weeks back. A Division II playoff berth seemed inevitable.

Slugger leaves game after being beaned
BOSTON - Manny Ramirez left Monday night's game against Oakland after being beaned, the second straight day the Red Sox slugger was removed after being hit by a pitch in the first inning.

Slugger leaves game after being beaned
BOSTON - Manny Ramirez left Monday night's game against Oakland after being beaned, the second straight day the Red Sox slugger was removed after being hit by a pitch in the first inning.

Silver Bluff takes advantage of errors
INMAN - Now there's no room for error for the Chapman softball team - and errors are the reasons why.

Slugger leaves game after being beaned

Terry, Styles take next step
Small ripples in life can lead to the biggest splashes of achievement.

Silver Bluff takes advantage of errors

Silver Bluff takes advantage of errors
INMAN - Now there's no room for error for the Chapman softball team - and errors are the reasons why.

USC Aiken's playoff hopes aren't so bright

Terry, Styles take next step
Small ripples in life can lead to the biggest splashes of achievement.

USC Aiken's playoff hopes aren't so bright
It was too good to be true. USC Aiken's baseball team sat pretty in the region standings two weeks back. A Division II playoff berth seemed inevitable.

Schools' actions aren't as crazy as they might seem

Odds and Ends
KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - Workers at two DaimlerChrysler's transmission plants better allow more time to walk in from the parking lot if they drive Fords or General Motors vehicles.

Prison officials trade pizzas for hostages
SYDNEY, Australia - Officials bought 15 pizzas to secure the release of a guard who had been held for 42 hours by inmates at an Australian top-security prison, police said Monday.

Jesus Christ in legal battle for driver's license
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Even Jesus Christ can't circumvent the rules for getting a driver's license in West Virginia.

Couple ticketed for allegedly allowing chicken to jaywalk
RIDGECREST, Calif. - Linc and Helena Moore may have finally learned the answer to that age-old question: Why did the chicken cross the road?

Jesus Christ in legal battle for driver's license
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Even Jesus Christ can't circumvent the rules for getting a driver's license in West Virginia.

Brazilian town declares orgasm day
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Sex rarely makes the news in Brazil's conservative Northeast - until a small town declared an official Orgasm Day on Monday.

Nevada brothels want to pay tax
MOUND HOUSE, Nev. - Nevada's legal brothels are feeling like the wife who slips into her sexiest negligee and still can't get her husband to put the newspaper down.

Odds and Ends
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Professor Eva Grudin was about to lead her students in a discussion of whether an abstract painting was meant to invoke a certain part of the male anatomy when her class was interrupted by the real thing.

Prison officials trade pizzas for hostages
SYDNEY, Australia - Officials bought 15 pizzas to secure the release of a guard who had been held for 42 hours by inmates at an Australian top-security prison, police said Monday.

Couple ticketed for allegedly allowing chicken to jaywalk
RIDGECREST, Calif. - Linc and Helena Moore may have finally learned the answer to that age-old question: Why did the chicken cross the road?

Stray dog saves abandoned baby
NAIROBI, Kenya - A stray dog saved the life of a newborn baby after finding the abandoned infant in a forest and apparently carrying it across a busy road and through some barbed wire to her litter of puppies, witnesses said.

Stray dog saves abandoned baby
NAIROBI, Kenya - A stray dog saved the life of a newborn baby after finding the abandoned infant in a forest and apparently carrying it across a busy road and through some barbed wire to her litter of puppies, witnesses said.

Man's toast auction has unhappy ending
STILLWATER, N.J. - A local man who made the case of runaway Georgia bride Jennifer Wilbanks the toast of eBay said he feels burned because the winning bidder has refused to pay for the item.

Nevada brothels want to pay tax
MOUND HOUSE, Nev. - Nevada's legal brothels are feeling like the wife who slips into her sexiest negligee and still can't get her husband to put the newspaper down.

Odds and Ends
KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) - Workers at two DaimlerChrysler's transmission plants better allow more time to walk in from the parking lot if they drive Fords or General Motors vehicles.

Brazilian town declares orgasm day
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Sex rarely makes the news in Brazil's conservative Northeast - until a small town declared an official Orgasm Day on Monday.

Odds and Ends
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Professor Eva Grudin was about to lead her students in a discussion of whether an abstract painting was meant to invoke a certain part of the male anatomy when her class was interrupted by the real thing.

Smoltz to take mound today
DENVER - After four days of what he called mental Pingpong, John Smoltz ultimately decided early Tuesday evening that he would make his scheduled start this afternoon at Coors Field.

Hot streak has Braves back in first place
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves began a long road trip Monday with the best record in the National League despite spending most of the first five weeks of the season floundering at the plate.

Smoltz to take mound today

Rockies rock Braves; snap five-game streak
As far an National League inauguration to the majors' hitting haven, Monday wasn't much of a celebratory one for the Braves' ace.

Smoltz to take mound today
DENVER - After four days of what he called mental Pingpong, John Smoltz ultimately decided early Tuesday evening that he would make his scheduled start this afternoon at Coors Field.

Hot streak has Braves back in first place
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves began a long road trip Monday with the best record in the National League despite spending most of the first five weeks of the season floundering at the plate.

Braves come out swinging
DENVER - For all the talk of altitude and balls flying around Coors Field faster than pitchers' heads can turn, Atlanta's relievers don't seem to fazed by the park's growing legend.

Rockies rock Braves; snap five-game streak

Braves come out swinging

Hot streak has Braves back in first place

Rockies rock Braves; snap five-game streak
As far an National League inauguration to the majors' hitting haven, Monday wasn't much of a celebratory one for the Braves' ace.

Braves come out swinging
DENVER - For all the talk of altitude and balls flying around Coors Field faster than pitchers' heads can turn, Atlanta's relievers don't seem to fazed by the park's growing legend.

Langerhans finding role with Braves
DENVER - Ryan Langerhans might not have this fourth outfielder thing down pat just yet, but he's picking up ground on its mastery.

Kodak stays in lead in digital-camera market
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Eastman Kodak Co., which shipped more digital cameras in the United States in 2004 than any of its Japanese rivals, retained its edge in the first quarter, a market research firm said Monday.

UPS to build five new freight hubs, add 200 jobs
ATLANTA - UPS Inc. is spending $24 million to build and equip five regional freight hubs at airports around the country in an expansion project that will initially create more than 200 new jobs.

Atlanta Gas Light appeals frozen rates
ATLANTA - Atlanta Gas Light on Monday filed a motion asking state regulators to reconsider their recent decision to freeze rates for natural-gas customers and cut the company's revenue target by several million dollars.

Delta warns of substantial losses for rest of year
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. shares plunged Tuesday after the nation's third-largest carrier warned it will record a substantial loss for the rest of the year and will need to file for bankruptcy if its cash reserves fall too low or lenders seek immediate payment of its debts.

Powerplay: Duke Energy buying Cinergy

Yahoo introduces online music subscription service
SAN FRANCISCO - Internet powerhouse Yahoo Inc. is introducing an online music subscription service that will enable consumers to download thousands of songs onto their portable MP3 players for $60 annually, undercutting the prices of the current industry leaders by more than 60 percent.

Georgia adopts new filmmaker incentives

Termination of United Airlines pensions approved

Former Woolworth's building awaits redevelopment
An abandoned department store building in the heart of Augusta's business district might soon come back to life.

Yahoo introduces online music subscription service

Termination of United Airlines pensions approved
CHICAGO - A federal bankruptcy judge approved United Airlines' plan to terminate its employees' pension plans on Tuesday, clearing the way for the largest corporate-pension default in American history.

Delta warns of substantial losses for rest of year

Atlanta Gas Light appeals frozen rates

Former Woolworth's building awaits redevelopment

Kodak stays in lead in digital-camera market

Powerplay: Duke Energy buying Cinergy
CINCINNATI - Duke Energy Corp. has agreed to buy rival power company Cinergy Corp. in a stock deal worth $9 billion that will create one of the nation's largest power generators.

Oil prices rise above $52 again
NEW YORK -- Crude futures rose above $52 on Monday, as traders responded to speculation that U.S. refineries might be unable to match demand in the latter half of the year.

Former Woolworth's building awaits redevelopment
An abandoned department store building in the heart of Augusta's business district might soon come back to life.

Campaign to focus on Augusta's golf image
If it's poker chips for Las Vegas, it's golf balls for Augusta. Citing the impossibility of separating the Garden City from its popular pastime, the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau rolled out a new branding campaign Tuesday that melds golf with everything else that might attract tourists to Augusta.

Yahoo introduces online music subscription service
SAN FRANCISCO - Internet powerhouse Yahoo Inc. is introducing an online music subscription service that will enable consumers to download thousands of songs onto their portable MP3 players for $60 annually, undercutting the prices of the current industry leaders by more than 60 percent.

State Farm cuts auto insurance rates
CHARLESTON, S.C. - State Farm has cut auto insurance rates for its best drivers for the second time in six months.

Giant tire shortage cripples coal mines
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Steve Walker was ready to sell four massive, 200-ton dump trucks, with price tags as high as $3 million, when the orders were canceled.

Delta warns of substantial losses for rest of year
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. shares plunged Tuesday after the nation's third-largest carrier warned it will record a substantial loss for the rest of the year and will need to file for bankruptcy if its cash reserves fall too low or lenders seek immediate payment of its debts.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - A seat holder on the New York Stock Exchange filed suit Monday to block the merger between the NYSE and all-electronic stock market Archipelago Holdings Inc., claiming a breach of fiduciary responsibility

Giant tire shortage cripples coal mines

Giant tire shortage cripples coal mines
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Steve Walker was ready to sell four massive, 200-ton dump trucks, with price tags as high as $3 million, when the orders were canceled.

Oil prices rise above $52 again

Georgia adopts new filmmaker incentives
ATLANTA - When filmmakers start shooting The Note in Savannah this fall, they plan to make the city a prominent character.

Termination of United Airlines pensions approved
CHICAGO - A federal bankruptcy judge approved United Airlines' plan to terminate its employees' pension plans on Tuesday, clearing the way for the largest corporate-pension default in American history.

Atlanta Gas Light appeals frozen rates
ATLANTA - Atlanta Gas Light on Monday filed a motion asking state regulators to reconsider their recent decision to freeze rates for natural-gas customers and cut the company's revenue target by several million dollars.

Stock up as Kerkorian ready to buy GM shares
DETROIT - Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian went ahead Monday with an offer to buy up to 28 million GM shares - a bid that would roughly double his stake in the automaker - despite last week's downgrade of GM debt to "junk" status. Shares of the world's largest automaker rose slightly.

Kodak stays in lead in digital-camera market
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Eastman Kodak Co., which shipped more digital cameras in the United States in 2004 than any of its Japanese rivals, retained its edge in the first quarter, a market research firm said Monday.

Oil prices rise above $52 again
NEW YORK -- Crude futures rose above $52 on Monday, as traders responded to speculation that U.S. refineries might be unable to match demand in the latter half of the year.

Georgia adopts new filmmaker incentives
ATLANTA - When filmmakers start shooting The Note in Savannah this fall, they plan to make the city a prominent character.

Stock up as Kerkorian ready to buy GM shares
DETROIT - Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian went ahead Monday with an offer to buy up to 28 million GM shares - a bid that would roughly double his stake in the automaker - despite last week's downgrade of GM debt to "junk" status. Shares of the world's largest automaker rose slightly.

Powerplay: Duke Energy buying Cinergy
CINCINNATI - Duke Energy Corp. has agreed to buy rival power company Cinergy Corp. in a stock deal worth $9 billion that will create one of the nation's largest power generators.

Stock up as Kerkorian ready to buy GM shares

Clemson blanks Virginia Tech

Clemson blanks Virginia Tech
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Josh Cribb pitched a six-hit shutout and led Clemson to a 7-0 victory over Virginia Tech on Monday night.

Clemson blanks Virginia Tech
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Josh Cribb pitched a six-hit shutout and led Clemson to a 7-0 victory over Virginia Tech on Monday night.

Harvey's grand slam gives Clemson easy victory
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Kris Harvey hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to lead Clemson to a 6-2 win over Virginia Tech on Tuesday night.

Harvey's grand slam gives Clemson easy victory
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Kris Harvey hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to lead Clemson to a 6-2 win over Virginia Tech on Tuesday night.

Harvey's grand slam gives Clemson easy victory

Hall will not hurry to replace director

An eater's bill of rights
In less than two months - and for the first time in the state's history - diners will be able to enjoy meals in Georgia restaurants without the fear of unwanted cigarette smoke.

Stick to your guns, Arnold

Clearing away the rubble

Stick to your guns, Arnold
The water is socialism. The boy with his finger in the dike is Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Clearing away the rubble
Many of us might have thought that freedom came to Eastern Europe with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Stick to your guns, Arnold
The water is socialism. The boy with his finger in the dike is Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Holding down the fort
Hold your breath. This week, possibly as early as today, the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission will release names of the nation's bases the Pentagon seeks to shut down, consolidate or expand. With the fate of Fort Gordon, the area's largest employer, in the balance, the announcement - no matter how it turns out - will mark a historic turning point for our community.

Clearing away the rubble
Many of us might have thought that freedom came to Eastern Europe with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

The top five list
The top five list of entertainment.

The top five list
The top five list of entertainment.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Britney Spears is enjoying her pregnancy. "Eating for two is so much fun; I get to eat lots and lots!" the 23-year-old singer says in a posting on her Web site.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Nine Inch Nails and Eminem will perform at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards..

Ex-boyfriend of McCready charged with attempted murder
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A former boyfriend of country singer Mindy McCready has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly breaking into her home and beating her up.

Robert Blake testifies in deposition for lawsuit
IRVINE, Calif. - Robert Blake sparred during a deposition Monday with an attorney seeking to prove that the actor who was acquitted in March of murdering his wife should pay damages in a civil suit, the attorney said.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Britney Spears is enjoying her pregnancy. "Eating for two is so much fun; I get to eat lots and lots!" the 23-year-old singer says in a posting on her Web site.

Singer says he has evidence of alleged affair
NEW YORK - Responding to Paula Abdul's "Saturday Night Live" cameo appearance, Corey Clark's lawyer said the former "American Idol" contestant has "explicit" and "incriminating" evidence into their alleged affair.

Ex-boyfriend of McCready charged with attempted murder
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A former boyfriend of country singer Mindy McCready has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly breaking into her home and beating her up.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Nine Inch Nails and Eminem will perform at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards..

Zellweger and singer Kenny Chesney marry
CRUZ BAY, U.S. Virgin Islands - Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger and country music star Kenny Chesney were married Monday in a small ceremony on the Caribbean island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Robert Blake testifies in deposition for lawsuit
IRVINE, Calif. - Robert Blake sparred during a deposition Monday with an attorney seeking to prove that the actor who was acquitted in March of murdering his wife should pay damages in a civil suit, the attorney said.

Jackson defense calls former employee
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A former employee of Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch took the stand Monday to dispute the testimony of a maid who claimed the pop star inappropriately touched actor Macaulay Culkin and other boys.

Witness: family of Jackson accuser didn't want to leave
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The property manager at Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch testified that the family now accusing the singer of molestation was never mistreated or held against their will.

Reports: Garner, Affleck expecting child
NEW YORK - Is Jennifer Garner taking on a new role as mother?

Zellweger and singer Kenny Chesney marry
CRUZ BAY, U.S. Virgin Islands - Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger and country music star Kenny Chesney were married Monday in a small ceremony on the Caribbean island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Sunshine Band singer recovering after fall
NEW YORK - For KC of KC and the Sunshine Band, falling off the stage during a concert is definitely not the way he likes it. Uh huh, uh huh.

Sunshine Band singer recovering after fall
NEW YORK - For KC of KC and the Sunshine Band, falling off the stage during a concert is definitely not the way he likes it. Uh huh, uh huh.

Low-fat: Fourteen vegetable stew with pork
This hearty, satisfying vegetable and pork stew boasts an impressive variety of healthy ingredients, a wide range of nutrients, textures and flavors, and a low amount of fat.

Quick: Sea scallops in sweet chili sauce
A simple marinade and some smartly combined seasonings give sea scallops just the right backup in this recipe from Martin Yan, popular master of Asian cuisine, cookbook author and television food-show host.

Big award uncovers little restaurant in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS - Nearly 50 years after Willie Mae Seaton started dishing up fried chicken, smothered pork chops, and red beans and rice at her little restaurant near a public housing project, she has suddenly become trendy.

Low-fat: Fourteen vegetable stew with pork
This hearty, satisfying vegetable and pork stew boasts an impressive variety of healthy ingredients, a wide range of nutrients, textures and flavors, and a low amount of fat.

Toss up fruity spring salad in no time

Vegertarian: Linguine with caper and green olive sauce
Pasta is an appealing meal option for vegetarians, since the basic ingredient comes in countless shapes and forms, cooks quickly, and dresses up wonderfully well with vegetables and herbs.

Here are several angles on "the best" in recipes
Deciding what's "the best" is a tricky challenge, since such definitions are clearly subjective - especially with recipes and food. De gustibus, and all that.

Big award uncovers little restaurant in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS - Nearly 50 years after Willie Mae Seaton started dishing up fried chicken, smothered pork chops, and red beans and rice at her little restaurant near a public housing project, she has suddenly become trendy.

Toss up fruity spring salad in no time
To point out that this juicy strawberry-cucumber salad is easy to make doesn't mean it lacks lively depth of taste and colorful ingredients that chime together nicely. Not at all: How about those bites of green onion and red radish in the salad, and a vinaigrette sparked with cumin and paprika?

Here are several angles on "the best" in recipes

Big award uncovers little restaurant in New Orleans

Vegertarian: Linguine with caper and green olive sauce

Here are several angles on "the best" in recipes
Deciding what's "the best" is a tricky challenge, since such definitions are clearly subjective - especially with recipes and food. De gustibus, and all that.

Low-fat: Fourteen vegetable stew with pork

Quick: Sea scallops in sweet chili sauce

Toss up fruity spring salad in no time
To point out that this juicy strawberry-cucumber salad is easy to make doesn't mean it lacks lively depth of taste and colorful ingredients that chime together nicely. Not at all: How about those bites of green onion and red radish in the salad, and a vinaigrette sparked with cumin and paprika?

Quick: Sea scallops in sweet chili sauce
A simple marinade and some smartly combined seasonings give sea scallops just the right backup in this recipe from Martin Yan, popular master of Asian cuisine, cookbook author and television food-show host.

Vegertarian: Linguine with caper and green olive sauce
Pasta is an appealing meal option for vegetarians, since the basic ingredient comes in countless shapes and forms, cooks quickly, and dresses up wonderfully well with vegetables and herbs.

Musgrave steady again as Augusta wins
Augusta GreenJackets starter Mike Musgrave allowed just two earned runs in his past two starts combined - both GreenJackets wins - but the right-hander didn't factor into the decision in either game.

Klink, GreenJackets in swing
Simon Klink leads his team and is second in the league in strikeouts. After Tuesday night, the Augusta GreenJackets third baseman also leads his team and is in the top 10 in the league in RBI.

Musgrave steady again as Augusta wins
Augusta GreenJackets starter Mike Musgrave allowed just two earned runs in his past two starts combined - both GreenJackets wins - but the right-hander didn't factor into the decision in either game.

Augusta difficult to reel in
The Augusta GreenJackets have been nearly impossible to beat this season when they go into the eighth inning with a lead.

Klink, GreenJackets in swing
Simon Klink leads his team and is second in the league in strikeouts. After Tuesday night, the Augusta GreenJackets third baseman also leads his team and is in the top 10 in the league in RBI.

Augusta difficult to reel in
The Augusta GreenJackets have been nearly impossible to beat this season when they go into the eighth inning with a lead.

Craig Stadler enjoying life as golf dad
CONCORD, Mass. - Craig Stadler won an unexpected prize with his victory in the Bank of America Championship: a whole new view of fatherhood.

Craig Stadler enjoying life as golf dad

Aquinas girls take Class A golf title
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Aquinas took the Class A girls golf title Monday with a score of 162, beating runner-up Brookstone by 16 strokes at Southbridge Golf Club. Aquinas teammates Margrita Ramos and Sarah Mooney shared the medalist honors, each shooting 81.

Thompson hunts down crown
HARTWELL, Ga. - As expected, the 2005 Class AAA state golf champion is headed for the University of Georgia. Only he'll be pursuing a medical career instead of golf.

With streak over, Sorenstam refocuses

Thompson hunts down crown
HARTWELL, Ga. - As expected, the 2005 Class AAA state golf champion is headed for the University of Georgia. Only he'll be pursuing a medical career instead of golf.

Singh doesn't need anyone to tell him he's No. 1

Sergio Garcia's stunning collapse
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sergio Garcia looked at ease in the spotlight during the Wachovia Championship, starting with a private party two days before the tournament. Standing on stage before a packed house, with a beer in his hand and beautiful women at his side, he belted out the chorus to "Mustang Sally."

Singh doesn't need anyone to tell him he's No. 1
IRVING, Texas - The buzz in golf this year has been the "Big Four," and IMG figured it could not go wrong by inviting Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson to showcase their skills on prime-time television later this summer in the "Battle at the Bridges."

Faxon starting to regret not having surgery
IRVING, Texas - Brad Faxon decided not to have surgery after tearing ligaments in his right knee toward the end of 2003. He had only two top 10s last year and wound up 76th on the money list, his lowest position since 1990.

Sergio Garcia's stunning collapse

Craig Stadler enjoying life as golf dad
CONCORD, Mass. - Craig Stadler won an unexpected prize with his victory in the Bank of America Championship: a whole new view of fatherhood.

Thompson hunts down crown

With streak over, Sorenstam refocuses
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - When Annika Sorenstam walked off the course, her chances of extending her winning streak firmly intact again, a fan leaned over the railing of the grandstands and yelled, "We're pulling for six!"

Playoffs plentiful in first half of '05

Sergio Garcia's stunning collapse
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sergio Garcia looked at ease in the spotlight during the Wachovia Championship, starting with a private party two days before the tournament. Standing on stage before a packed house, with a beer in his hand and beautiful women at his side, he belted out the chorus to "Mustang Sally."

Faxon starting to regret not having surgery

Playoffs plentiful in first half of '05
Sunday evening local news is taking a beating, thanks to the PGA Tour's overtime ways this season.

Faxon starting to regret not having surgery
IRVING, Texas - Brad Faxon decided not to have surgery after tearing ligaments in his right knee toward the end of 2003. He had only two top 10s last year and wound up 76th on the money list, his lowest position since 1990.

Singh doesn't need anyone to tell him he's No. 1
IRVING, Texas - The buzz in golf this year has been the "Big Four," and IMG figured it could not go wrong by inviting Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson to showcase their skills on prime-time television later this summer in the "Battle at the Bridges."

Playoffs plentiful in first half of '05
Sunday evening local news is taking a beating, thanks to the PGA Tour's overtime ways this season.

With streak over, Sorenstam refocuses
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - When Annika Sorenstam walked off the course, her chances of extending her winning streak firmly intact again, a fan leaned over the railing of the grandstands and yelled, "We're pulling for six!"

Augusta difficult to reel in

Musgrave steady again as Augusta wins

Klink, GreenJackets in swing

Gretzky, Coyotes still in talks
PHOENIX - Wayne Gretzky is still in talks to become coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, but no decision is close, the team said Tuesday.

NHL, union delay trip to continue bargaining

NHL, union delay trip to continue bargaining
NEW YORK - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and players' association executive director Bob Goodenow will hold labor negotiations today and Thursday instead of going to Austria for the world hockey championships.

NHL, union delay trip to continue bargaining
NEW YORK - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and players' association executive director Bob Goodenow will hold labor negotiations today and Thursday instead of going to Austria for the world hockey championships.

Poll: Gulf coast, Northeast unprepared for hurricane season
MIAMI - Most residents along the East and Gulf coasts don't plan to take even simple steps to protect themselves and their homes from hurricanes, despite the devastation caused by five hurricanes that struck the United States last year, according to a new poll.

Potato dish is great with grilled meat
Grilling season is in full swing, so the question this time of year isn't what's for dinner, it is often what to serve with your favorite grilled steak or chicken breasts.

Potato dish is great with grilled meat
Grilling season is in full swing, so the question this time of year isn't what's for dinner, it is often what to serve with your favorite grilled steak or chicken breasts.

Potato dish is great with grilled meat

Schools' actions aren't as crazy as they might seem
Reading the news last week, I began to wonder if Georgia school administrators were losing their minds.

Schools' actions aren't as crazy as they might seem
Reading the news last week, I began to wonder if Georgia school administrators were losing their minds.

Gas-line rupture reroutes traffic
Law enforcement officers are rerouting traffic this afternoon through downtown Augusta after a construction crew ruptured a gas line at 13th and Reynolds streets.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Aiken County
The National Weather Service doppler radar indicates a line of severe thunderstorms capable of producing nickel-size hail.

Capitol, White House evacuated
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol and White House were evacuated Wednesday. War planes were seen flying overhead and security cars rushed away from the buildings.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for area counties
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm warning for Columbia County, Georgia until 4:40 p.m.

Approving bond issue is a bad idea
The Augusta Commission and the present administrator's recommendations are not in the best interest for Richmond County property owners. Harry Sellers, Hephzibah

Look around for Medicare fraud
As a resident of the Augusta area and a former employee of East Georgia Community Mental Health Center, I am compelled to voice some facts as well as a few of my own opinions. Dena Ingram, Augusta

Upgrade services to improve airport
Regarding the impending airport director's review, and the TV ads extolling travel via Augusta Regional Airport: What a joke - another example of denial. Philip Blumenfield, Augusta

Look around for Medicare fraud

Know Catholic truth on Mary's role
Regarding the Rev. J. F. Rodgers' letter ("Pope's scope was misrepresented," May 4), I would like to elaborate on his statement, "Only Catholics believe that Mary is the mother of God. All other Christians, including me, know Mary as the mother of Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God." Doug Lockhart, Martinez

Look around for Medicare fraud
As a resident of the Augusta area and a former employee of East Georgia Community Mental Health Center, I am compelled to voice some facts as well as a few of my own opinions.Dena Ingram, Augusta

Groups filled evening with music
I wanted to write this while all the good feelings were still with me. On Saturday, the Augusta Symphony - with the help of University Health Care - put on a fantastic concert to end their 50th season! They chose to end the season by giving a free concert in Columbia County, Pops Under the Stars, at the new University Health Care complex on Belair Road. Kurt Breitinger, Martinez

Teacher drives great production
Recently, I attended the Harlem High School spring production Anything Goes. From the moment I stepped into Harlem's theater, with its unique character and charm, I knew I was in for a wonderful night. Nancy Sladky, Augusta

Foreign languages can be part of everyday life for young children

Microsoft unveils new Windows Mobile

Photos detail King Tut's face

Seniors calendar

Success reported in West Nile vaccine

Living briefs

College recruitment efforts target new immigrants

Family briefs

Different brain responses found in homosexual, heterosexual men

Health calendar

Living briefs

Low-fat dairy may lower risk of diabetes in men

Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old shoe

Yearbooks reveal personality, life's direction

Demand for organic foods creates opportunity

Gridlock: It's not just Atlanta now

We want to make dreams come true

Weight Watchers tops in diet rating

College recruitment efforts target new immigrants
LINCOLN, Neb. - Jesus Gaytan is one of only a few dozen Hispanic students on the Doane College campus, and he wants that to change. So do college administrators.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Low-fat dairy may lower risk of diabetes in men
CHICAGO - Eating low-fat dairy products may help slightly lower the risk of developing diabetes, a new study of more than 40,000 middle-aged men suggests.

College recruitment efforts target new immigrants
LINCOLN, Neb. - Jesus Gaytan is one of only a few dozen Hispanic students on the Doane College campus, and he wants that to change. So do college administrators.

Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old shoe
LONDON - Now this is an old shoe. Archaeologists said Tuesday they found a 2,000-year-old shoe hidden in a hollow tree used to construct an ancient well near Wellington in southwest England.

Photos detail King Tut's face
CAIRO, Egypt - The first CT scan facial reconstructions of King Tutankhamun's mummy have produced images strikingly similar to the boy pharaoh's ancient portraits, with one model showing a baby-faced young man with chubby cheeks and a round chin.

Archaeologists find 2,000-year-old shoe
LONDON - Now this is an old shoe. Archaeologists said Tuesday they found a 2,000-year-old shoe hidden in a hollow tree used to construct an ancient well near Wellington in southwest England.

Living briefs
We want to make dreams come true. The Augusta Chronicle wants to know your dream.

Gridlock: It's not just Atlanta now
WASHINGTON - Sitting in traffic, an annoying part of life in many big cities, is becoming a major headache in places not usually lumped in with New York, Washington and Los Angeles.

Different brain responses found in homosexual, heterosexual men
WASHINGTON - The brains of homosexual men respond more like those of women when reacting to a chemical derived from the male sex hormone, new evidence of physical differences related to sexual orientation.

Yearbooks reveal personality, life's direction
High school yearbooks usually sit on bookshelves or are tucked away in boxes, but past the dusty exteriors are pages and pictures that reveal their owners' high school glories.

Family briefs
An initiative by Scholastic and Woman's Day magazine urges parents and young readers to consider books as another warm-weather essential, just like bathing suits, pails and shovels, and baseballs.

Living briefs
We want to make dreams come true. The Augusta Chronicle wants to know your dream.

Foreign languages can be part of everyday life for young children
NEW YORK - The world has gone global, and it might benefit children to speak that language.

Success reported in West Nile vaccine
BOSTON - Early tests of a vaccine for West Nile virus are promising, a Cambridge biotech company said Wednesday.

We want to make dreams come true
The Augusta Chronicle wants to know your dream.

We want to make dreams come true
The Augusta Chronicle wants to know your dream.

Low-fat dairy may lower risk of diabetes in men
CHICAGO - Eating low-fat dairy products may help slightly lower the risk of developing diabetes, a new study of more than 40,000 middle-aged men suggests.

Demand for organic foods creates opportunity
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. - Dairy cows munch lazily on a grassy hilltop overlooking Traders Point Creamery as 23-year-old Marc Murnane strides into the organic creamery's store in search of chocolate milk - lots of it.

Demand for organic foods creates opportunity
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. - Dairy cows munch lazily on a grassy hilltop overlooking Traders Point Creamery as 23-year-old Marc Murnane strides into the organic creamery's store in search of chocolate milk - lots of it.

Living briefs
It's down to the wire for those globe-trotting contestants of The Amazing Race. The Emmy-winning reality series concludes its latest season tonight as it narrows its final three duos down to the ultimate big-money winners. The show airs at 9 on CBS (WRDW, Channel 12).

Gridlock: It's not just Atlanta now
WASHINGTON - Sitting in traffic, an annoying part of life in many big cities, is becoming a major headache in places not usually lumped in with New York, Washington and Los Angeles.

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

Living briefs
It's down to the wire for those globe-trotting contestants of The Amazing Race. The Emmy-winning reality series concludes its latest season tonight as it narrows its final three duos down to the ultimate big-money winners. The show airs at 9 on CBS (WRDW, Channel 12).

Success reported in West Nile vaccine
BOSTON - Early tests of a vaccine for West Nile virus are promising, a Cambridge biotech company said Wednesday.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists items of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To list your activity, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Microsoft unveils new Windows Mobile
NEW YORK - Microsoft Corp. unveiled Tuesday a new version of its Windows operating system for mobile devices that unifies the platform for cell phones and Pocket PC handheld computers while adding such features as PowerPoint viewing and internal hard drive support.

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

Photos detail King Tut's face
CAIRO, Egypt - The first CT scan facial reconstructions of King Tutankhamun's mummy have produced images strikingly similar to the boy pharaoh's ancient portraits, with one model showing a baby-faced young man with chubby cheeks and a round chin.

Yearbooks reveal personality, life's direction
High school yearbooks usually sit on bookshelves or are tucked away in boxes, but past the dusty exteriors are pages and pictures that reveal their owners' high school glories.

Weight Watchers tops in diet rating
Meetings and shakes trump counting carbs when it comes to long-term weight loss, according to a recent analysis of diets by Consumer Reports magazine.

Different brain responses found in homosexual, heterosexual men
WASHINGTON - The brains of homosexual men respond more like those of women when reacting to a chemical derived from the male sex hormone, new evidence of physical differences related to sexual orientation.

Weight Watchers tops in diet rating
Meetings and shakes trump counting carbs when it comes to long-term weight loss, according to a recent analysis of diets by Consumer Reports magazine.

Family briefs
An initiative by Scholastic and Woman's Day magazine urges parents and young readers to consider books as another warm-weather essential, just like bathing suits, pails and shovels, and baseballs.

Foreign languages can be part of everyday life for young children
NEW YORK - The world has gone global, and it might benefit children to speak that language.

Microsoft unveils new Windows Mobile
NEW YORK - Microsoft Corp. unveiled Tuesday a new version of its Windows operating system for mobile devices that unifies the platform for cell phones and Pocket PC handheld computers while adding such features as PowerPoint viewing and internal hard drive support.

Child service agency faces money woes
Kids Restart is in need of a jump start. The local nonprofit organization - which provides services to children in protective custody and their families - recently lost a large chunk of state money, meaning it has to come up with $25,000 to $35,000 to stay afloat.

Georgia communities await base closure list
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers, lobbyists and community leaders traded rumors Tuesday about the fate of Georgia's military bases, but the Pentagon was keeping the official closure list close to the vest.

Capitol, White House evacuated
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol and White House were evacuated Wednesday. War planes were seen flying overhead and security cars rushed away from the buildings.

Across the region

Developers fight landfill decision
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Developers of a proposed landfill in Taliaferro County hope to reverse a series of legal setbacks by taking their case before Georgia's Supreme Court.

Boy's cracker art seeks bites on eBay

Legislators reach deal on $5.8 billion budget
COLUMBIA - Legislators delivered a final deal on the state's $5.8 billion budget early Tuesday morning that puts $11.5 million into law enforcement officer raises and pumps an extra $315 million into public schools.

Perdue signs college donor secrecy bill
COLUMBIA, S.C. - As people live longer and need more assistance in later life, church-supported retirement homes are finding themselves in a financial pinch.

Mental health center cashed in insurance
Even before five men were convicted of defrauding it of $2 million, the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia had been reimbursed a substantial portion of the money.

State will stop collecting drivers' fingerprints in a year
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue signed legislation Monday that sets the stage for the state to quit collecting fingerprints from drivers license applicants in about a year and to destroy the records it has amassed since the practice began in 1996.

Perdue signs college donor secrecy bill

Kid of the Day
Logan Celeste Mayson of North Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Across the area

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court has overturned a murder conviction for a Bulloch County woman accused of shooting and running over her husband seven years ago and has granted her a new trial.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating a Tuesday morning home invasion at an apartment complex off Deans Bridge Road, according to a police report.

In the know
Ron and Natalie Daise, of the Nickelodeon Gullah Gullah Island TV show, will offer a presentation on the customs, beliefs, folkways, language and heritage of the coastal Gullah people as part of Family Day on Sunday at the Morris Museum of Art.

Teacher earns state honor after taking a leap of faith

Judge says race affects rally rules
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A federal judge, ruling race motivated how Myrtle Beach handles traffic during a black biker rally, ordered the city Monday to use the same traffic controls for black and white biker rallies later this month.

Correction
- A brief news story in Monday's editions incorrectly reported details of a report filed with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. An Augusta woman, who reported to police that her longtime boyfriend drove into her vehicle Sunday, was driving to her home when the incident occurred, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's report. Ronza Hankinson's boyfriend lives elsewhere, according to the report.

Robot dog nose knows where the ball goes
ATLANTA - It looked like a scene from a sci-fi flick. Hugging the sideline, the dog droid waddled down the field and hit a ball with its nose. The ball bounced off the goal post.

Up on the roof
Maintenance manager Kathy Berner puts a coat of primer paint on the caps of the roof of Whole Life Ministries in Augusta.

Cookbook writer, U.S. senator's ex-wife dies
ATLANTA - Betty Shingler Talmadge, ex-wife of late U.S. Sen. Herman E. Talmadge, died Saturday after a long illness. She was 81.

Across the region
ATLANTA - A man who disrupted travel at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport earlier this month when he abandoned a stolen rental truck at the curb has been taken into police custody.

Students fight for cell phones
Some Richmond County pupils are reacting violently to attempts by school officials to confiscate their cell phones for a year, a policy recently implemented in reaction to a rash of phoned-in bomb threats.

Across the area

Across the area
A 37-year-old Millen, Ga., man was killed early Monday morning as he knelt in front of a moving train in south Augusta, according to officials.

Perdue gives OK to budget

State's abortion law gets new restrictions
ATLANTA - Women wanting an abortion in Georgia will now have to wait 24 hours after a physician's consultation, under the Woman's Right to Know Act that Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law Tuesday.

Runaway bride enters treatment program

Perdue gives OK to budget
ATLANTA - A spending plan of more than $17 billion was one of several bills Gov. Sonny Perdue signed Tuesday, while he went light on the veto pen for both the budget and other legislation.

Child service agency faces money woes

Caught in traffic
Atlanta Gas Light employees work to repair the gas leak in downtown Augusta. A MasTec construction crew hit the Atlanta Gas Light line and briefly slowed rush-hour traffic Tuesday after authorities closed the 13th Street bridge to motorists for several hours.

Archaeologists to identify artifacts
The Augusta Archaeological Society is sponsoring a free Artifact Identification Day on the grounds of the Ezekiel Harris House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21.

Archaeologists to identify artifacts
The Augusta Archaeological Society is sponsoring a free Artifact Identification Day on the grounds of the Ezekiel Harris House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating a Tuesday morning home invasion at an apartment complex off Deans Bridge Road, according to a police report.

News you can use

Kid of the Day
Angel "Brittney" Gore of North Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Archaeologists to identify artifacts

Developers fight landfill decision

State's abortion law gets new restrictions

Study calls for more ticketing

Winning brings in more money for Ga. Republicans
ATLANTA - Since Gov. Sonny Perdue was elected to office in 2002, fellow Republican candidates in Georgia have seen an increase in campaign contributions.

2 arrested in hit-and-run; 1 is still sought

News you can use
Edgefield County School Board of Trustees (board of education trustees): 6:30 p.m., School District Conference Room, 3 Par Drive, Edgefield (executive session held before)

Sender of child porn agrees to guilty plea

Across South Carolina
MOUNT PLEASANT - Gov. Mark Sanford on Monday signed into law a bill giving movie and television production companies more incentives for bringing casts and crews to South Carolina, according to a release from the governor's office.

Across Georgia

Budget plan won't raise Aiken property tax
AIKEN - For the first time in six years, Aiken taxpayers won't have to shoulder fee increases for trash, recreation and other services.

Gas-line rupture reroutes traffic

Atlanta murder cases are reopened after 20 years
ATLANTA - Some relatives of victims of the wave of child slayings that terrorized the Atlanta area more than 20 years ago believe the wrong man was blamed for the bulk of the killings and they hope a new police investigation will uncover the real killer.

Runaway bride enters treatment program
ATLANTA - Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks has voluntarily entered an inpatient medical treatment program, a spokesman for her family's church said Tuesday.

Sender of child porn agrees to guilty plea
A Harlem man indicted on more than 150 counts of felony sexual exploitation of children pleaded guilty to 15 counts in a Columbia County courtroom Monday.

Fort Gordon's efforts to be answered Friday
Friday the 13th, after all, will be the date when Augustans will know more about Fort Gordon's fate.

2 arrested in hit-and-run; 1 is still sought
Two Augusta men were arrested Sunday in connection with a hit-and-run accident last week in south Augusta that seriously injured an 11-year-old boy, police said.

Mental health center cashed in insurance
Even before five men were convicted of defrauding it of $2 million, the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia had been reimbursed a substantial portion of the money.

Anti-tobacco group aims at minorities
It was no accident that tobacco-control training Monday was done at Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Child service agency faces money woes
Kids Restart is in need of a jump start. The local nonprofit organization - which provides services to children in protective custody and their families - recently lost a large chunk of state money, meaning it has to come up with $25,000 to $35,000 to stay afloat.

Study calls for more ticketing
Augusta doesn't have a parking problem, it has a people problem.

Eclectic Five Points shop still fills a niche
COLUMBIA, S.C. - With 50,000 choices, no wonder Graham Drummond was feeling a little overwhelmed.

Sanford says blacks won't be elected to state office
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford said last week in a television interview it might be a long time before a black candidate is elected to statewide office in South Carolina, raising a few eyebrows but prompting a few amens from black leaders.

Courts may begin case assignment
District Attorney Danny Craig told potential jurors in February that a new day was coming. It may have arrived in the mail Monday.

Request on train cargo is rejected

Governor signs ban on smoking
ATLANTA - While voicing concern about its impact on personal liberty, Gov. Sonny Perdue on Monday signed legislation that will outlaw smoking in most public places around the state, effective July 1.

State will stop collecting drivers' fingerprints in a year

Augusta sports arena plan passes
It took less than a minute Monday for a majority of Augusta commissioners to approve a local company's latest proposal for operating an entertainment and sports arena at the Regency Mall site.

Robot dog nose knows where the ball goes

Gas-line rupture reroutes traffic
Law enforcement officers are rerouting traffic this afternoon through downtown Augusta after a construction crew ruptured a gas line at 13th and Reynolds streets.

Anti-tobacco group aims at minorities

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Aiken County
The National Weather Service doppler radar indicates aline of severe thunderstorms capable of producing nickel-size hail.

Courts may begin case assignment

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for area counties
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm warning for Columbia County, Georgia until 4:40 p.m.

Eclectic Five Points shop still fills a niche

Study calls for more ticketing
Augusta doesn't have a parking problem, it has a people problem.

Georgia communities await base closure list
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers, lobbyists and community leaders traded rumors Tuesday about the fate of Georgia's military bases, but the Pentagon was keeping the official closure list close to the vest.

Students fight for cell phones
Some Richmond County pupils are reacting violently to attempts by school officials to confiscate their cell phones for a year, a policy recently implemented in reaction to a rash of phoned-in bomb threats.

School safety buttons delayed by cost
Putting panic buttons in all Richmond County schools would cost more than a half-million dollars, a price tag that has caused the school board to delay installing one in each classroom.

Anti-tobacco group aims at minorities
It was no accident that tobacco-control training Monday was done at Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Correction
- A brief news story in Monday's editions incorrectly reported details of a report filed with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. An Augusta woman, who reported to police that her longtime boyfriend drove into her vehicle Sunday, was driving to her home when the incident occurred, according to a Richmond County Sheriff's report. Ronza Hankinson's boyfriend lives elsewhere, according to the report.

2 arrested in hit-and-run; 1 is still sought
Two Augusta men were arrested Sunday in connection with a hit-and-run accident last week in south Augusta that seriously injured an 11-year-old boy, police said.

Request on train cargo is rejected
AIKEN - Asking railroads to give cities advance notice before shipping hazardous materials would prove too costly at the moment, compared with the level of security provided in return, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta wrote recently to Augusta Mayor Bob Young.

Robot dog nose knows where the ball goes
ATLANTA - It looked like a scene from a sci-fi flick. Hugging the sideline, the dog droid waddled down the field and hit a ball with its nose. The ball bounced off the goal post.

Developers fight landfill decision
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Developers of a proposed landfill in Taliaferro County hope to reverse a series of legal setbacks by taking their case before Georgia's Supreme Court.

Sender of child porn agrees to guilty plea
A Harlem man indicted on more than 150 counts of felony sexual exploitation of children pleaded guilty to 15 counts in a Columbia County courtroom Monday.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Atlanta murder cases are reopened after 20 years
ATLANTA - Some relatives of victims of the wave of child slayings that terrorized the Atlanta area more than 20 years ago believe the wrong man was blamed for the bulk of the killings and they hope a new police investigation will uncover the real killer.

Boy's cracker art seeks bites on eBay
ATHENS, Ga. - Artistic inspiration can come from some interesting places. For Oconee County mother and son team Pam and Sam Kennon, it came from a famous piece of toast bearing the image of Jennifer Wilbanks, the runaway bride, and a tawdry scandal about the love lives of American Idol judge Paula Abdul and former Idol contestant Corey Clark.

Budget plan won't raise Aiken property tax
AIKEN - For the first time in six years, Aiken taxpayers won't have to shoulder fee increases for trash, recreation and other services.

Teacher earns state honor after taking a leap of faith
MERRIWETHER, S.C. - The 12,000-square-foot former gambling center that sits just off Interstate 20 doesn't seem like an ideal setting for a high school.

News you can use
Edgefield County School Board of Trustees (board of education trustees): 6:30 p.m., School District Conference Room, 3 Par Drive, Edgefield (executive session held before)

Legislators reach deal on $5.8 billion budget
COLUMBIA - Legislators delivered a final deal on the state's $5.8 billion budget early Tuesday morning that puts $11.5 million into law enforcement officer raises and pumps an extra $315 million into public schools.

Across the area
A 37-year-old Millen, Ga., man was killed early Monday morning as he knelt in front of a moving train in south Augusta, according to officials.

UGA, Tech led effort to shield more records
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia were among those pushing hardest for a law that would keep from the public information about who gives money to the state's public colleges - even as they recognized they would be criticized.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court has overturned a murder conviction for a Bulloch County woman accused of shooting and running over her husband seven years ago and has granted her a new trial.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Courts may begin case assignment
District Attorney Danny Craig told potential jurors in February that a new day was coming. It may have arrived in the mail Monday.

Across the region
ATLANTA - A man who disrupted travel at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport earlier this month when he abandoned a stolen rental truck at the curb has been taken into police custody.

Governor signs ban on smoking
ATLANTA - While voicing concern about its impact on personal liberty, Gov. Sonny Perdue on Monday signed legislation that will outlaw smoking in most public places around the state, effective July 1.

Up on the roof
Maintenance manager Kathy Berner puts a coat of primer paint on the caps of the roof of Whole Life Ministries in Augusta.

Augusta sports arena plan passes
It took less than a minute Monday for a majority of Augusta commissioners to approve a local company's latest proposal for operating an entertainment and sports arena at the Regency Mall site.

School safety buttons delayed by cost
Putting panic buttons in all Richmond County schools would cost more than a half-million dollars, a price tag that has caused the school board to delay installing one in each classroom.

State will stop collecting drivers' fingerprints in a year
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue signed legislation Monday that sets the stage for the state to quit collecting fingerprints from drivers license applicants in about a year and to destroy the records it has amassed since the practice began in 1996.

Fort Gordon's efforts to be answered Friday
Friday the 13th, after all, will be the date when Augustans will know more about Fort Gordon's fate.

Kid of the Day
Logan Celeste Mayson of North Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Request on train cargo is rejected
AIKEN - Asking railroads to give cities advance notice before shipping hazardous materials would prove too costly at the moment, compared with the level of security provided in return, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta wrote recently to Augusta Mayor Bob Young.

Winning brings in more money for Ga. Republicans
ATLANTA - Since Gov. Sonny Perdue was elected to office in 2002, fellow Republican candidates in Georgia have seen an increase in campaign contributions.

Runaway bride enters treatment program
ATLANTA - Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks has voluntarily entered an inpatient medical treatment program, a spokesman for her family's church said Tuesday.

Perdue signs college donor secrecy bill
COLUMBIA, S.C. - As people live longer and need more assistance in later life, church-supported retirement homes are finding themselves in a financial pinch.

Kid of the Day
Angel "Brittney" Gore of North Augusta is today's Kid of the Day.

Eclectic Five Points shop still fills a niche
COLUMBIA, S.C. - With 50,000 choices, no wonder Graham Drummond was feeling a little overwhelmed.

Winning brings in more money for Ga. Republicans

News you can use

Students fight for cell phones

Kid of the Day

Capitol, White House evacuated

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Aiken County

Correction

Budget plan won't raise Aiken property tax

Sanford says blacks won't be elected to state office

Governor signs ban on smoking

Fort Gordon's efforts to be answered Friday

Augusta sports arena plan passes

School safety buttons delayed by cost

Atlanta murder cases are reopened after 20 years

Kid of the Day

Mental health center cashed in insurance

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for area counties

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Perdue gives OK to budget
ATLANTA - A spending plan of more than $17 billion was one of several bills Gov. Sonny Perdue signed Tuesday, while he went light on the veto pen for both the budget and other legislation.

Caught in traffic
Atlanta Gas Light employees work to repair the gas leak in downtown Augusta. A MasTec construction crew hit the Atlanta Gas Light line and briefly slowed rush-hour traffic Tuesday after authorities closed the 13th Street bridge to motorists for several hours.

Teacher earns state honor after taking a leap of faith
MERRIWETHER, S.C. - The 12,000-square-foot former gambling center that sits just off Interstate 20 doesn't seem like an ideal setting for a high school.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Boy's cracker art seeks bites on eBay
ATHENS, Ga. - Artistic inspiration can come from some interesting places. For Oconee County mother and son team Pam and Sam Kennon, it came from a famous piece of toast bearing the image of Jennifer Wilbanks, the runaway bride, and a tawdry scandal about the love lives of American Idol judge Paula Abdul and former Idol contestant Corey Clark.

State's abortion law gets new restrictions
ATLANTA - Women wanting an abortion in Georgia will now have to wait 24 hours after a physician's consultation, under the Woman's Right to Know Act that Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law Tuesday.

Caught in traffic

Sanford says blacks won't be elected to state office
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford said last week in a television interview it might be a long time before a black candidate is elected to statewide office in South Carolina, raising a few eyebrows but prompting a few amens from black leaders.

Georgia communities await base closure list

Up on the roof

Legislators reach deal on $5.8 billion budget

Felton knows place; Richt is king
Considering the religious following that college football - specifically Georgia Bulldogs football - has around here, it's fitting that the local boosters congregate annually at St. Mary on the Hill for a rousing revival.

Felton knows place; Richt is king
Considering the religious following that college football - specifically Georgia Bulldogs football - has around here, it's fitting that the local boosters congregate annually at St. Mary on the Hill for a rousing revival.

New home-video releases
Selected home-video releases:

'The Graduate' is 38 - and still looking good
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Mike Nichols says he was "just trying to make a nice little movie" when he directed Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft in 1967's "The Graduate."

'Star Wars' boss glad to leave space behind
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - A wilted monolith of establishment politics. An entrenched ruling class fearful of change. And one man who stealthily rebels from within, turning the system on its head and bending it to his will.

Mark Hamill reminisces on 'Star Wars'
NEW YORK - Though the new "Star Wars" movie ends with Luke Skywalker as a baby, the Jedi knight grew up a long time ago.

New home-video releases
Selected home-video releases:

Woody Allen among familiar faces at Cannes

'Star Wars' boss glad to leave space behind
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - A wilted monolith of establishment politics. An entrenched ruling class fearful of change. And one man who stealthily rebels from within, turning the system on its head and bending it to his will.

'Star Wars' boss glad to leave space behind

Mark Hamill reminisces on 'Star Wars'
NEW YORK - Though the new "Star Wars" movie ends with Luke Skywalker as a baby, the Jedi knight grew up a long time ago.

Mark Hamill reminisces on 'Star Wars'

New home-video releases

Woody Allen among familiar faces at Cannes
CANNES, France - The Cannes Film Festival is back in the hands of comfy old friends with a lineup that includes such familiar filmmakers as Woody Allen, David Cronenberg, Gus Van Sant, Wim Wenders, Lars von Trier and Atom Egoyan.

Woody Allen among familiar faces at Cannes
CANNES, France - The Cannes Film Festival is back in the hands of comfy old friends with a lineup that includes such familiar filmmakers as Woody Allen, David Cronenberg, Gus Van Sant, Wim Wenders, Lars von Trier and Atom Egoyan.

Stones announce new album, world tour
NEW YORK - Roll over Beethoven, and tell Tchaikovsky the news: The Rolling Stones announced a new album and world tour Tuesday with a three-song mini-concert at one of Manhattan's bastions of classical music, the Juilliard School.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected audio reviews:

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected audio reviews:

Stones announce new album, world tour
NEW YORK - Roll over Beethoven, and tell Tchaikovsky the news: The Rolling Stones announced a new album and world tour Tuesday with a three-song mini-concert at one of Manhattan's bastions of classical music, the Juilliard School.

Porcupine Tree's push forward, hears past
NEW YORK - The first time you hear the rock group Porcupine Tree, expect to be struck by its sonic richness, its sprawling eclecticism.

Stones announce new album, world tour

Porcupine Tree's push forward, hears past

Porcupine Tree's push forward, hears past
NEW YORK - The first time you hear the rock group Porcupine Tree, expect to be struck by its sonic richness, its sprawling eclecticism.

Busch's team wins Pit Crew Championship
MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Kurt Busch's team won the National Pit Crew Championship, defeating Jeremy Mayfield's crew in the final round with a mistake-free stop Monday night.

Suns trounce Mavericks

Suns trounce Mavericks
PHOENIX - The Phoenix Suns are just too fast to gather any rust.

Pistons get easy victory over Pacers
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Detroit and Indiana were able to just play basketball for the first time this season at The Palace.

Heat too much for Wizards
MIAMI - The sellout crowd in Miami serenaded Shaquille O'Neal with another "M-V-P" chant.

Spurs top SuperSonics, extend series lead

D'Antoni honored for leading Suns' big turnaround
PHOENIX - After directing the Phoenix Suns to a 33-win turnaround and installing a fast-paced, high-scoring style praised throughout the league, Mike D'Antoni was rewarded as the NBA's coach of the year on Tuesday.

Pistons get easy victory over Pacers

Spurs top SuperSonics, extend series lead
SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs sure are making things look easy this postseason.

Suns trounce Mavericks
PHOENIX - The Phoenix Suns are just too fast to gather any rust.

Heat too much for Wizards
MIAMI - The sellout crowd in Miami serenaded Shaquille O'Neal with another "M-V-P" chant.

D'Antoni honored for leading Suns' big turnaround

Pistons get easy victory over Pacers
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Detroit and Indiana were able to just play basketball for the first time this season at The Palace.

D'Antoni honored for leading Suns' big turnaround
PHOENIX - After directing the Phoenix Suns to a 33-win turnaround and installing a fast-paced, high-scoring style praised throughout the league, Mike D'Antoni was rewarded as the NBA's coach of the year on Tuesday.

Heat too much for Wizards

Spurs top SuperSonics, extend series lead
SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs sure are making things look easy this postseason.

Vikings expected to be sold by June

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Jim Martin, a former Augusta Chronicle sports editor and confidante to some of golf's greatest players, died last week in Birmingham, Ala.

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Roddick upset; Federer wins at Hamburg

Agassi's game hits a cold stretch in Hamburg

One Derby superfecta winner gets lucky twice

European gymnastics to test video replay

Roddick upset; Federer wins at Hamburg
HAMBURG, Germany - Top-ranked Roger Federer won his first match after a three-week injury layoff while Andy Roddick lost in the opening round of the Hamburg Masters and Rafael Nadal withdrew because of a cut hand.

Greenbrier's Fransoso goes for Tigers ahead of schedule
Stephanie Fransoso sat in on a math class during a visit to Auburn a few weeks back.

One Derby superfecta winner gets lucky twice
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Chris Hertzog figured all was lost as he sifted through the trash at Turf Paradise, frantically searching for his winning Kentucky Derby superfecta ticket.

Agassi's game hits a cold stretch in Hamburg
HAMBURG, Germany - With a nasty wind blowing and fans wrapped in blankets, Andre Agassi had little to offer Tuesday at the Hamburg Masters.

Roddick upset; Federer wins at Hamburg
HAMBURG, Germany - Top-ranked Roger Federer won his first match after a three-week injury layoff while Andy Roddick lost in the opening round of the Hamburg Masters and Rafael Nadal withdrew because of a cut hand.

Injury trips up Bellamy Road
NEW YORK - In just a few days, Bellamy Road has gone from favorite to flameout.

European gymnastics to test video replay
MOUTIER, Switzerland - Video replays will be tested at the European gymnastics championships next month, the sport's latest attempt to avoid scoring errors like the one that plagued the Athens Olympics.

Agassi's game hits a cold stretch in Hamburg
HAMBURG, Germany - With a nasty wind blowing and fans wrapped in blankets, Andre Agassi had little to offer Tuesday at the Hamburg Masters.

Overtime
Augusta State senior Scott Jamieson has been named the NCAA All-Independent Player of the Year.

European gymnastics to test video replay
MOUTIER, Switzerland - Video replays will be tested at the European gymnastics championships next month, the sport's latest attempt to avoid scoring errors like the one that plagued the Athens Olympics.

One Derby superfecta winner gets lucky twice
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Chris Hertzog figured all was lost as he sifted through the trash at Turf Paradise, frantically searching for his winning Kentucky Derby superfecta ticket.

Vikings expected to be sold by June
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs said Monday he's confident his team will soon be sold to the investor group now headed by New Jersey real estate developer Zygmunt Wilf.

Vikings expected to be sold by June
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs said Monday he's confident his team will soon be sold to the investor group now headed by New Jersey real estate developer Zygmunt Wilf.

Benedict's quest to reach out to flock tests security
VATICAN CITY - It was a security detail's nightmare, and with Benedict XVI's first days as pope spiced up with seemingly fearless forays into the public, it could be a recurring one.

Benedict's quest to reach out to flock tests security
VATICAN CITY - It was a security detail's nightmare, and with Benedict XVI's first days as pope spiced up with seemingly fearless forays into the public, it could be a recurring one.

Pope accepts resignation of Alabama bishop
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Monsignor David Foley, the bishop of Birmingham, Ala., the Vatican said Tuesday.

Court convicts Vatican cardinal in environmental case
ROME - A Rome court convicted a Vatican cardinal and a top Vatican Radio official Monday of polluting the environment with electromagnetic waves from a transmission tower, an official from Vatican Radio said.

Pope accepts resignation of Alabama bishop
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Monsignor David Foley, the bishop of Birmingham, Ala., the Vatican said Tuesday.

S.C. Baptist ministries struggle to run retiree homes
COLUMBIA, S.C. - As people live longer and need more assistance in later life, church-supported retirement homes are finding themselves in a financial pinch.

Pope John Paul II's baseball card creating biggest buzz
The sports trading card generating the most buzz among collectors right now doesn't feature a baseball, basketball or football player. This captivating athlete was a soccer goalie who also liked skiing, swimming, hiking and kayaking.

Surveys make the case for public school Bible classes
Can you identify the following?

Church leader: New outlook needed in post-Sept. 11 world
AGIOS ANDREAS, Greece - Christian churches must set aside differences and adopt less confrontational approaches toward other faiths in an age of mobile populations and strains between the West and the Islamic world, the head of the Greek Orthodox Church told a global religious conference Tuesday.

Pope John Paul II's baseball card creating biggest buzz
The sports trading card generating the most buzz among collectors right now doesn't feature a baseball, basketball or football player. This captivating athlete was a soccer goalie who also liked skiing, swimming, hiking and kayaking.

Pope presses ahead with busy schedule
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI is pressing ahead with a busy schedule of ceremonies and travel, indicating that concern over his age and health - including reports he has suffered at least two strokes - isn't slowing him down.

Court convicts Vatican cardinal in environmental case
ROME - A Rome court convicted a Vatican cardinal and a top Vatican Radio official Monday of polluting the environment with electromagnetic waves from a transmission tower, an official from Vatican Radio said.

Church leader: New outlook needed in post-Sept. 11 world
AGIOS ANDREAS, Greece - Christian churches must set aside differences and adopt less confrontational approaches toward other faiths in an age of mobile populations and strains between the West and the Islamic world, the head of the Greek Orthodox Church told a global religious conference Tuesday.

Surveys make the case for public school Bible classes
Can you identify the following?

S.C. Baptist ministries struggle to run retiree homes
COLUMBIA, S.C. - As people live longer and need more assistance in later life, church-supported retirement homes are finding themselves in a financial pinch.

Pope presses ahead with busy schedule
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI is pressing ahead with a busy schedule of ceremonies and travel, indicating that concern over his age and health - including reports he has suffered at least two strokes - isn't slowing him down.

Felton knows place; Richt is king

It's goodbye after 9 season of loving 'Raymond'

Robin Roberts joins anchors on 'GMA'
NEW YORK - ABC elevated Robin Roberts to anchor status with Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America," a recognition of her increased role on the news program.

Robin Roberts joins anchors on 'GMA'
NEW YORK - ABC elevated Robin Roberts to anchor status with Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America," a recognition of her increased role on the news program.

'Raymond' stars look to future as show ends
"Everybody Loves Raymond" was a loving gift for its cast. Patricia Heaton puts it most bluntly: "I didn't have a career until this show." For veteran actress Doris Roberts, "it put my career over the top."

Report: Chappelle's partying, pressure delay show
NEW YORK - Dave Chappelle is under pressure, according to a Newsweek report.

"Idol" Rocker Bice a softy for family, hometown
HELENA, Ala. - Bo Bice hasn't traded his grandma-made rocker threads for Hollywood's designer labels just yet.

Robin Roberts joins anchors on 'GMA'

"Idol" Rocker Bice a softy for family, hometown

Rock band's swear word gets out on 'SNL' broadcast
NEW YORK - NBC censors caught the five planned expletives in rock band System of a Down's "Saturday Night Live" performance - but a sixth, unscripted swear word slipped through.

'Raymond' stars look to future as show ends
"Everybody Loves Raymond" was a loving gift for its cast. Patricia Heaton puts it most bluntly: "I didn't have a career until this show." For veteran actress Doris Roberts, "it put my career over the top."

Rock band's swear word gets out on 'SNL' broadcast
NEW YORK - NBC censors caught the five planned expletives in rock band System of a Down's "Saturday Night Live" performance - but a sixth, unscripted swear word slipped through.

It's goodbye after 9 season of loving 'Raymond'
LOS ANGELES - "Everybody Loves Raymond" wasn't hip, wasn't cool and missed out on the magazine covers that usually fawn over flavor-of-the-season TV shows.

Solomon goes from delivering mail to delivering on 'Idol'

"Idol" Rocker Bice a softy for family, hometown
HELENA, Ala. - Bo Bice hasn't traded his grandma-made rocker threads for Hollywood's designer labels just yet.

"Idol" finalist Underwood has small town talking
In the small Oklahoma town of Checotah, ranchers who gather at Katy's Cafe for breakfast usually talk about cattle prices or whether the crappie are biting at Lake Eufaula.

"Idol" finalist Underwood has small town talking
In the small Oklahoma town of Checotah, ranchers who gather at Katy's Cafe for breakfast usually talk about cattle prices or whether the crappie are biting at Lake Eufaula.

Rock band's swear word gets out on 'SNL' broadcast

Controversy has little effect on 'American Idol' ratings
NEW YORK - Fox's "American Idol" ratings juggernaut showed no signs of slowing despite the widely publicized report of an affair between judge Paula Abdul and first-year contender Corey Clark.

"American Idol": Fedorov lucky to be talking

It's goodbye after 9 season of loving 'Raymond'
LOS ANGELES - "Everybody Loves Raymond" wasn't hip, wasn't cool and missed out on the magazine covers that usually fawn over flavor-of-the-season TV shows.

"American Idol": Fedorov lucky to be talking
PHILADELPHIA - Anthony Fedorov was never supposed to talk, let alone sing.

Controversy has little effect on 'American Idol' ratings

Solomon goes from delivering mail to delivering on 'Idol'
When Vonzell Solomon sings, people cry.

'Raymond' stars look to future as show ends

"American Idol": Fedorov lucky to be talking
PHILADELPHIA - Anthony Fedorov was never supposed to talk, let alone sing.

"Idol" finalist Underwood has small town talking

Controversy has little effect on 'American Idol' ratings
NEW YORK - Fox's "American Idol" ratings juggernaut showed no signs of slowing despite the widely publicized report of an affair between judge Paula Abdul and first-year contender Corey Clark.

Solomon goes from delivering mail to delivering on 'Idol'
When Vonzell Solomon sings, people cry.

Robert Blake testifies in deposition for lawsuit

Sunshine Band singer recovering after fall

Zellweger and singer Kenny Chesney marry

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Hall will not hurry to replace director
The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame doesn't plan to replace executive director Mark Darnell, at least not anytime soon.

Hall will not hurry to replace director
The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame doesn't plan to replace executive director Mark Darnell, at least not anytime soon.

My Ride
THE DRIVER: Garrett Lynn, 18, a senior at Strom Thurmond High School

Question of the week

Yearbooks are not a given any more

Yearbooks are not a given any more
Cover to cover, a high school yearbook contains a school term's worth of events that become the memories of a lifetime.

My Ride
THE DRIVER: Garrett Lynn, 18, a senior at Strom Thurmond High School

Baseball is too important to let drug users ruin it
The aromas of fresh-cut grass and grilled hot dogs waft through the air. Some in the crowd wear jerseys and waves foam fingers. Little boys in the stands carry gloves, hoping to catch a home run.

My Ride

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Q: What's the best graduation gift?

Nothing beats finding expert for opening up
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My mother and I have had a talk about my sexuality. I prefer girls over boys, because I have been through a lot of stuff with boys. She doesn't like that, but she doesn't want to talk anymore about it. What should I do?

Yearbooks are not a given any more
Cover to cover, a high school yearbook contains a school term's worth of events that become the memories of a lifetime.

Picture Perfect
Xtreme is looking for pics from your prom.

Question of the week
Q: What's the best graduation gift?

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RENT OR BUY: Pirates, kidnapping and bankruptcy are some of the problems that plague Bill Murray's character in the comedy The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, at left. Also out on DVD and VHS are: In Good Company starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman who finds herself courted by the guy (Topher Grace) who has taken her father's (Dennis Quaid) job; and Racing Stripes, the family movie about a zebra who thinks he has what it takes to be a race horse.

Nothing beats finding expert for opening up

Nothing beats finding expert for opening up
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My mother and I have had a talk about my sexuality. I prefer girls over boys, because I have been through a lot of stuff with boys. She doesn't like that, but she doesn't want to talk anymore about it. What should I do?

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RENT OR BUY: Pirates, kidnapping and bankruptcy are some of the problems that plague Bill Murray's character in the comedy The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, at left. Also out on DVD and VHS are: In Good Company starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman who finds herself courted by the guy (Topher Grace) who has taken her father's (Dennis Quaid) job; and Racing Stripes, the family movie about a zebra who thinks he has what it takes to be a race horse.

Brazilian town declares orgasm day

Jesus Christ in legal battle for driver's license

Nevada brothels want to pay tax

Stray dog saves abandoned baby

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Couple ticketed for allegedly allowing chicken to jaywalk

Prison officials trade pizzas for hostages

Odds and Ends

S.C. Baptist ministries struggle to run retiree homes

Benedict's quest to reach out to flock tests security

Church leader: New outlook needed in post-Sept. 11 world

Pope John Paul II's baseball card creating biggest buzz

Court convicts Vatican cardinal in environmental case

Surveys make the case for public school Bible classes

Pope accepts resignation of Alabama bishop

Pope presses ahead with busy schedule

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