Mixed reviews for Schwimmer's West End debut
LONDON - London theater reviewers blew hot and cold over David Schwimmer's West End debut in Neil LaBute's "Some Girls."

Study: record number of books out last year
NEW YORK - Despite widespread agreement that too many books are in the marketplace, publishers apparently can't help themselves.

Publishers protest Google's online library project
SAN FRANCISCO - A group of academic publishers is challenging Google Inc.'s plan to scan millions of library books into its Internet search engine index, highlighting fears the ambitious project will violate copyrights and stifle future sales.

Mixed reviews for Schwimmer's West End debut

'Nutcracker' can put strain on ballet company
Beware the battling Nutcrackers. Two productions of the holiday classic are slated to be staged in the Augusta area this year. The first will be a touring production presented by a company called the Moscow Ballet at Bell Auditorium in late November. The Augusta Ballet's annual production is scheduled a week later.

Study: record number of books out last year

'Nutcracker' can put strain on ballet company
Beware the battling Nutcrackers. Two productions of the holiday classic are slated to be staged in the Augusta area this year. The first will be a touring production presented by a company called the Moscow Ballet at Bell Auditorium in late November. The Augusta Ballet's annual production is scheduled a week later.

Publishers protest Google's online library project

Study: record number of books out last year
NEW YORK - Despite widespread agreement that too many books are in the marketplace, publishers apparently can't help themselves.

'Nutcracker' can put strain on ballet company

Mixed reviews for Schwimmer's West End debut
LONDON - London theater reviewers blew hot and cold over David Schwimmer's West End debut in Neil LaBute's "Some Girls."

Publishers protest Google's online library project
SAN FRANCISCO - A group of academic publishers is challenging Google Inc.'s plan to scan millions of library books into its Internet search engine index, highlighting fears the ambitious project will violate copyrights and stifle future sales.

Sosa activated from disabled list by Orioles

Knights yet again face Game 3

Evans fights back to win
How sweet is redemption? Just ask Tim Steflik and Hank McCladdie, who overcame Tommy John surgery and woeful hitting, respectively, to be the Knights' heroes Wednesday against Etowah in Game 3 of the Class AAAA state quarterfinals.

Sosa activated from disabled list by Orioles
BALTIMORE - Sammy Sosa came off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, still angry that some people suspected he feigned a foot injury to miss the Baltimore Orioles' trip to Chicago earlier this month.

Sosa activated from disabled list by Orioles
BALTIMORE - Sammy Sosa came off the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, still angry that some people suspected he feigned a foot injury to miss the Baltimore Orioles' trip to Chicago earlier this month.

Westside sweeps Pike County
It's impossible to describe Westside's sweep of Pike County in the quarterfinals of the Class AA baseball playoffs Tuesday without abusing the last name Hall.

Evans fights back to win
How sweet is redemption? Just ask Tim Steflik and Hank McCladdie, who overcame Tommy John surgery and woeful hitting, respectively, to be the Knights' heroes Wednesday against Etowah in Game 3 of the Class AAAA state quarterfinals.

Knights yet again face Game 3
Ricky Beale might not survive the playoff run of his Evans baseball team.

Evans fights back to win

Westside sweeps Pike County
It's impossible to describe Westside's sweep of Pike County in the quarterfinals of the Class AA baseball playoffs Tuesday without abusing the last name Hall.

Knights yet again face Game 3
Ricky Beale might not survive the playoff run of his Evans baseball team.

Westside sweeps Pike County

Odds and Ends
FENTON, Mich. - Chris MacIntosh didn't cry when he drove a power drill through his forearm, so it should come as no surprise that he shed no tears over losing a national contest for men of his ilk.

Odds and Ends
FENTON, Mich. - Chris MacIntosh didn't cry when he drove a power drill through his forearm, so it should come as no surprise that he shed no tears over losing a national contest for men of his ilk.

Oops! Drug dogs trained to detect talcum powder
CANBERRA, Australia - Fair warning for all those planning to sneak talcum powder into Australia: The cops will be waiting.

Odds and Ends
ALTON, Ill. - Tim Pruitt went fishing and pulled up a whopper of a beast.

Oops! Drug dogs trained to detect talcum powder
CANBERRA, Australia - Fair warning for all those planning to sneak talcum powder into Australia: The cops will be waiting.

Suntan oil helps woman slip away from attacker
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. - A woman who had slathered herself with suntan oil escaped an attacker in a park restroom in part because she was too slippery for him to grab, authorities said.

Odds and Ends
ALTON, Ill. - Tim Pruitt went fishing and pulled up a whopper of a beast.

Suntan oil helps woman slip away from attacker
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. - A woman who had slathered herself with suntan oil escaped an attacker in a park restroom in part because she was too slippery for him to grab, authorities said.

Hudson is now up to speed
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves catcher Johnny Estrada and manager Bobby Cox marveled at Tim Hudson's early-inning velocity in his victory Tuesday.

Furcal, Giles hope to end slumps
ATLANTA - Given the wacky final two innings Monday in Atlanta's 8-6 win against New York, it was easy to lose sight of the big reasons why the Braves had those eight runs.

Hudson is now up to speed
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves catcher Johnny Estrada and manager Bobby Cox marveled at Tim Hudson's early-inning velocity in his victory Tuesday.

Atlanta shuts out New York for sweep

Atlanta shuts out New York for sweep
ATLANTA - Apparently, the International League just didn't provide enough of a challenge for Kyle Davies.

Furcal, Giles hope to end slumps
ATLANTA - Given the wacky final two innings Monday in Atlanta's 8-6 win against New York, it was easy to lose sight of the big reasons why the Braves had those eight runs.

Atlanta shuts out New York for sweep
ATLANTA - Apparently, the International League just didn't provide enough of a challenge for Kyle Davies.

Furcal, Giles hope to end slumps

Braves continue to slam Glavine
ATLANTA - You've got to wonder why Braves fans booed longtime Atlanta pitcher Tom Glavine as he walked from the Turner Field mound Tuesday night.

Hudson is now up to speed

Budget is moving to Gordon Highway
Score one for Richmond County. In a rare case of Columbia-to-Richmond County business migration, Budget Car and Truck Sales in Martinez is pulling up stakes and heading for Gordon Highway in June.

Actors mulling strike over video game voice fees
LOS ANGELES - A button worn by picketing actors at last week's E3 video games trade show suggested they might pull the plug if they don't get a bigger share of the industry's huge profits.

Fed policymakers concerned about energy prices
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve policymakers were concerned about energy prices stoking broader inflation when they met in early May but didn't believe they needed to raise short-term interest rates more aggressively.

Microsoft to add aerial, satellite photos to search
SEATTLE - Seeking an edge on Google Inc. in localized online search, Microsoft Corp. previewed on Monday a layered, geo-mapping service featuring aerial photographs and satellite images that it promised for later this year.

Jack Daniel's gives shot to profits
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jack Daniel's whiskey packed a strong kick for sales at Brown-Forman Corp., which Wednesday reported a 7 percent gain in fourth-quarter profit and a 21 percent upswing for the year amid strong demand for its premium spirits.

Fulcher Hagler is moving up in the downtown
Fulcher Hagler LLP is moving up in the world, seven floors up.

Fed policymakers concerned about energy prices

Fed policymakers concerned about energy prices
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve policymakers were concerned about energy prices stoking broader inflation when they met in early May but didn't believe they needed to raise short-term interest rates more aggressively.

Durable goods orders and new home sales climb in April
WASHINGTON - Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose a solid 1.9 percent last month, the best showing since November. Sales of new homes hit an all-time high.

Simple safeguards could protect personal data

Stocks drop as oil prices surge
NEW YORK - Surging oil prices prompted new worries about the economy and sent stocks lower Wednesday as investors locked in profits from the market's recent rally.

Microsoft to add aerial, satellite photos to search
SEATTLE - Seeking an edge on Google Inc. in localized online search, Microsoft Corp. previewed on Monday a layered, geo-mapping service featuring aerial photographs and satellite images that it promised for later this year.

Drug makers have a hand in studies
Many U.S. medical schools are willing to give companies that sponsor studies of new drugs and treatments considerable control over the results, according to survey results that some doctors found troubling.

Actors mulling strike over video game voice fees
LOS ANGELES - A button worn by picketing actors at last week's E3 video games trade show suggested they might pull the plug if they don't get a bigger share of the industry's huge profits.

Fulcher Hagler is moving up in the downtown

Drug makers have a hand in studies
Many U.S. medical schools are willing to give companies that sponsor studies of new drugs and treatments considerable control over the results, according to survey results that some doctors found troubling.

Sales and prices of existing homes hit all-time highs

Budget is moving to Gordon Highway
Score one for Richmond County. In a rare case of Columbia-to-Richmond County business migration, Budget Car and Truck Sales in Martinez is pulling up stakes and heading for Gordon Highway in June.

Gas prices in S. Carolina slip below $2 a gallon
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Average gas prices in South Carolina have slipped below $2 a gallon just in time for the busy Memorial Day weekend.

Sales and prices of existing homes hit all-time highs
WASHINGTON - Existing homes were sold in April at the fastest pace in history as the nation's red-hot housing market just kept getting hotter.

Sales and prices of existing homes hit all-time highs
WASHINGTON - Existing homes were sold in April at the fastest pace in history as the nation's red-hot housing market just kept getting hotter.

Durable goods orders and new home sales climb in April

Simple safeguards could protect personal data
NEW YORK - Stealing Social Security numbers and other sensitive data isn't always a cloak-and-dagger, ultra-sophisticated operation: It's often a low-tech job made easier by carelessness and flimsy safeguards.

Actors mulling strike over video game voice fees

Simple safeguards could protect personal data
NEW YORK - Stealing Social Security numbers and other sensitive data isn't always a cloak-and-dagger, ultra-sophisticated operation: It's often a low-tech job made easier by carelessness and flimsy safeguards.

Microsoft to add aerial, satellite photos to search

Fulcher Hagler is moving up in the downtown
Fulcher Hagler LLP is moving up in the world, seven floors up.

Budget is moving to Gordon Highway

Durable goods orders and new home sales climb in April
WASHINGTON - Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose a solid 1.9 percent last month, the best showing since November. Sales of new homes hit an all-time high.

Drug makers have a hand in studies

Woods' game has influence on Shell

A TAD more improvement
It sounds too good to be true: a community raising millions of dollars in new revenues to upgrade blighted neighborhoods without raising taxes.

Repeal hurtful tax
If you're not crazy about the bipartisan U.S. Senate compromise that lets Democrat liberals keep the filibuster as an option to shoot down President Bush's judicial nominees, maybe your faith in bipartisanship will be restored, at least somewhat, by the Senate Finance Committee.

A TAD more improvement
It sounds too good to be true: a community raising millions of dollars in new revenues to upgrade blighted neighborhoods without raising taxes.

Activist litigants
Do you have a "right" to appear on NBC? Or any other broadcast network?

A TAD more improvement

Dismaying compromise
So who comes out ahead on the U.S. Senate's "historic" filibuster compromise? President Bush is promised the full Senate's up-or-down vote on only three of his filibustered federal appeal court nominees.

Dismaying compromise

Dismaying compromise
So who comes out ahead on the U.S. Senate's "historic" filibuster compromise? President Bush is promised the full Senate's up-or-down vote on only three of his filibustered federal appeal court nominees.

Repeal hurtful tax

It happens all over
The high-profile trials of former state Rep. Robin Williams and current state Sen. Charles Walker - and pending charges against former state school Superintendent Linda Schrenko - make it appear for the moment as if corruption carries an Augusta trademark.

Repeal hurtful tax
If you're not crazy about the bipartisan U.S. Senate compromise that lets Democrat liberals keep the filibuster as an option to shoot down President Bush's judicial nominees, maybe your faith in bipartisanship will be restored, at least somewhat, by the Senate Finance Committee.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augusta chronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220.

Spotted at Star Wars, Mayfest
Chase Jewell (from left), Robert Seawell and Taylor Medeiros dress the part for the premiere of Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Leno testifies Jackson's accuser was suspicious
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno testified Tuesday that the boy who is now accusing Michael Jackson of molestation was "overly effusive" and sounded suspicious in phone calls to him, but never asked for money.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Arts calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augusta chronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - A Carl's Jr. commercial starring a scantily clad Paris Hilton frolicking with a water hose is too hot for a media watchdog group.

Arts calendar
GET LISTED: Send your gallery's exhibit schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

The Liquid Life: Green Streets
DRINK SPECIALS: Daily: $1 gelatin shots, Gulf Coast iced tea in keepsake football-shape glass, $7; mile-high daiquiri in keepsake glass, $7; refills: $5; Tuesday: $10 drink and drown draft beer and well drinks ...

The Liquid Life: Green Streets
DRINK SPECIALS: Daily: $1 gelatin shots, Gulf Coast iced tea in keepsake football-shape glass, $7; mile-high daiquiri in keepsake glass, $7; refills: $5; Tuesday: $10 drink and drown draft beer and well drinks ...

Open tab
What's your entertainment pleasure? Here are some highlights for Augusta- and Aiken-area nightclubs:

People in the News
NEW YORK - Burt Reynolds apparently slapped a CBS-TV assistant producer in the face at a New York screening of his new film, "The Longest Yard."

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

Tupac Shakur's mother opens arts center for at-risk youth
ATLANTA - Afeni Shakur was in a cocaine haze in 1990 when she heard that her son's rap career was taking off.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Open tab
What's your entertainment pleasure? Here are some highlights for Augusta- and Aiken-area nightclubs:

The top five list
The top five list in entertainment.

Spotted at Star Wars, Mayfest
Chase Jewell (from left), Robert Seawell and Taylor Medeiros dress the part for the premiere of Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - A Carl's Jr. commercial starring a scantily clad Paris Hilton frolicking with a water hose is too hot for a media watchdog group.

Tupac Shakur's mother opens arts center for at-risk youth
ATLANTA - Afeni Shakur was in a cocaine haze in 1990 when she heard that her son's rap career was taking off.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Burt Reynolds apparently slapped a CBS-TV assistant producer in the face at a New York screening of his new film, "The Longest Yard."

Leno testifies Jackson's accuser was suspicious
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno testified Tuesday that the boy who is now accusing Michael Jackson of molestation was "overly effusive" and sounded suspicious in phone calls to him, but never asked for money.

Open-air fare worth a look

Try crostini with peaches and blue cheese recipe

Continuum reopens to fill stomachs
Continuum has been reborn on Broad Street. The club, which was open on Ellis Street from January 2000 to February 2005, has reopened in the space formerly occupied by Adam's Pizza, next to The Firehouse bar.

Make this Pork with pesto dish in a jiffy

Chicken with ethnic flair is a delicious meal
One of the secrets of successfully paring recipes down to a few healthy basics is to focus on flavor, to make the finished dishes so tasty no one will feel they're missing out on anything.

Small bites
Coincidences enliven daily life. Consider these three new, very different food books that happen to be lined up currently on bookstore shelves:

Beginners fishing for help can cook by the book
Not even a good book can ensure total success the first time the new cook grabs a wet fish, but it can help. Plenty of illustrations can prepare the way, too, and the best reward is the wonderful taste when a recipe comes out just right.

Try crostini with peaches and blue cheese recipe
CONCORD, N.H. - Jeremy Jackson has done it again. Trouble is, I can't decide whether that's good.

Open-air fare worth a look
To sit outside and enjoy a meal is to be one with the elements. Along with the usual chatter of your fellow diners, add wind, sun, birds, butterflies and, oh yes, sometimes rain.

Make this Pork with pesto dish in a jiffy
This is an ideal dish for those free-and-easy days when last-minute entertaining is one of the fair weather pleasures. The ingredients are a well-chosen handful, preparation is simple and the cook should have the main course on the table in about 20 minutes.

Beginners fishing for help can cook by the book

Beginners fishing for help can cook by the book
Not even a good book can ensure total success the first time the new cook grabs a wet fish, but it can help. Plenty of illustrations can prepare the way, too, and the best reward is the wonderful taste when a recipe comes out just right.

Continuum reopens to fill stomachs

Make this Pork with pesto dish in a jiffy
This is an ideal dish for those free-and-easy days when last-minute entertaining is one of the fair weather pleasures. The ingredients are a well-chosen handful, preparation is simple and the cook should have the main course on the table in about 20 minutes.

Continuum reopens to fill stomachs
Continuum has been reborn on Broad Street. The club, which was open on Ellis Street from January 2000 to February 2005, has reopened in the space formerly occupied by Adam's Pizza, next to The Firehouse bar.

Grubbin': Pizza Central

Open-air fare worth a look
To sit outside and enjoy a meal is to be one with the elements. Along with the usual chatter of your fellow diners, add wind, sun, birds, butterflies and, oh yes, sometimes rain.

Grubbin': Pizza Central
ADDRESS: 4106 Evans to Locks Road, Evans.ON THE MENU: Hot specialty sandwiches (stacked ham, Italian, club, chicken Parmesan, chicken fajita, chicken cordon bleu and Buffalo chicken) served with chips...

Grubbin': Pizza Central
ADDRESS: 4106 Evans to Locks Road, Evans. ON THE MENU: Hot specialty sandwiches (stacked ham, Italian, club, chicken Parmesan, chicken fajita, chicken cordon bleu and Buffalo chicken) served with chips...

Small bites
Coincidences enliven daily life. Consider these three new, very different food books that happen to be lined up currently on bookstore shelves:

Try crostini with peaches and blue cheese recipe
CONCORD, N.H. - Jeremy Jackson has done it again. Trouble is, I can't decide whether that's good.

Small bites

Ga. Tech prepares for postseason
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's postseason dress rehearsal starts today at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Bombers' roster features ex-GreenJackets
When the Augusta GreenJackets play host to the Greenville Bombers for four games beginning at 7:15 tonight at Lake Olmstead Stadium, there will be a few familiar faces in the third-base dugout and bullpen.

Bombers' roster features ex-GreenJackets
When the Augusta GreenJackets play host to the Greenville Bombers for four games beginning at 7:15 tonight at Lake Olmstead Stadium, there will be a few familiar faces in the third-base dugout and bullpen.

Upcoming events

Sorenstam must work for next win
The challenges keep coming for Annika Sorenstam. She also seems to meet every one.

Women's tour on cusp of teenage takeover
ATLANTA - There were no champagne toasts last Sunday after Paula Creamer won the Sybase Classic in New Rochelle, N.Y. At 18, she's not old enough to drink alcohol, rent a car or sit with the high rollers in a casino.

Women's tour on cusp of teenage takeover
ATLANTA - There were no champagne toasts last Sunday after Paula Creamer won the Sybase Classic in New Rochelle, N.Y. At 18, she's not old enough to drink alcohol, rent a car or sit with the high rollers in a casino.

Women's tour on cusp of teenage takeover

Sorenstam must work for next win
The challenges keep coming for Annika Sorenstam. She also seems to meet every one.

Upcoming events
Upcoming events in the world of golf:

Upcoming events
Upcoming events in the world of golf:

Sorenstam must work for next win

Bombers' roster features ex-GreenJackets

NHL labor talks to begin Wednesday
NEW YORK - Hoping to build off momentum from last week, the NHL and the players' association will resume labor talks Wednesday and Thursday in Chicago, back in a smaller-group format and without their respective leaders.

Dessert is summertime twist on Italian classic
Whether you stop by a strawberry farm and pick your own, purchase them from a corner stand or make a Saturday trip to the farmers market, there are many ways to enjoy fresh strawberries.

Dessert is summertime twist on Italian classic
Whether you stop by a strawberry farm and pick your own, purchase them from a corner stand or make a Saturday trip to the farmers market, there are many ways to enjoy fresh strawberries.

Dessert is summertime twist on Italian classic

Smoking ban is breath of fresh air

Remember what we're fighting for

Get fire chief with sense, not degree

Planned Parenthood misrepresents itself
What I find remarkable are the misconceptions expressed in Mary Beth Pierucci's May 13 letter to the editor ("Organization prevents need for abortion").Amy Peduto, Augusta

Remember what we're fighting for
Tracy Williams Jr.'s letter in the May 17 Chronicle ("War in Iraq causes rifts here, abroad") clearly indicates that he is devoid of knowledge of military strategy.Thomas L. Lamb, Augusta

Smoking ban is breath of fresh air
Although I live in Aiken, S.C., I want to thank Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for signing the smoking ban for public places.Deanna Trier, Aiken, S.C.

Senate shows two faces on bankruptcy

Senate shows two faces on bankruptcy
In March, the U.S. Senate passed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention Act, which will become effective later this year. Lee Ringler, Augusta

Senate shows two faces on bankruptcy
In March, the U.S. Senate passed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention Act, which will become effective later this year. Lee Ringler, Augusta

Enough with Furys Ferry delays
It was with utter contempt that I read the May 4 article concerning Furys Ferry Road widening and its ever-present delay. Roy Bowers, Martinez

Remember what we're fighting for
Tracy Williams Jr.'s letter in the May 17 Chronicle ("War in Iraq causes rifts here, abroad") clearly indicates that he is devoid of knowledge of military strategy.Thomas L. Lamb, Augusta

Smoking ban is breath of fresh air
Although I live in Aiken, S.C., I want to thank Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for signing the smoking ban for public places.Deanna Trier, Aiken, S.C.

'Chronicle' locksteps with liberals
The May 4 editorial "Abu Ghraib's Cover Girl," slamming Pfc. Lynndie England, was disappointing, and it demonstrates that The Augusta Chronicle has become, as Prof. Walter Williams so aptly put it, "a useful idiot for the liberal agenda."Allen W. Johnson, Augusta

Get fire chief with sense, not degree
I'd like to jump in on this fire chief business. So now a person must have a college degree. Where did these clowns come up with that idea?Arnold J. Throckmorton, Hephzibah

Get fire chief with sense, not degree
I'd like to jump in on this fire chief business. So now a person must have a college degree. Where did these clowns come up with that idea?Arnold J. Throckmorton, Hephzibah

Icing down patients can avoid brain damage

Some air travelers head to the gym

Internet infection holds computer files hostage

Mint unveils Marine Corps commemorative coin

Nokia unveils handheld Internet tablet

Living briefs
The new American Idol will be crowned tonight. That means, among other things, that television's May "sweeps" are ending, and Thursday you can catch up on plenty of shows that you might have missed the first time they were on. Catch the final at 8 on Fox (WFXG, Channel 54).

Nokia unveils handheld Internet tablet
NEW YORK - Nokia Corp. is straying from its core cellular business with its first non-phone mobile device, a handheld Internet tablet for accessing the Web around the home over a wireless broadband connection.

Internet infection holds computer files hostage
WASHINGTON - The latest threat to computer users doesn't destroy data or steal passwords - it locks up a person's electronic documents, effectively holding them hostage, and demands $200 over the Internet to get them back.

Mint unveils Marine Corps commemorative coin
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Mint is unveiling a new coin to honor the 230th anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps - the first time the government has struck a commemorative coin to salute a branch of the military.

Internet infection holds computer files hostage
WASHINGTON - The latest threat to computer users doesn't destroy data or steal passwords - it locks up a person's electronic documents, effectively holding them hostage, and demands $200 over the Internet to get them back.

Icing down patients can avoid brain damage
WASHINGTON - For 24 hours, Hamilton Loeb lay unconscious inside a cold blue suit that put his brain on ice.

Some air travelers head to the gym
CHICAGO - When Harvey "Chip" Reed has a few hours to kill between flights at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, he doesn't wander aimlessly or fill up on fast food. He works out.

Some air travelers head to the gym
CHICAGO - When Harvey "Chip" Reed has a few hours to kill between flights at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, he doesn't wander aimlessly or fill up on fast food. He works out.

Nokia unveils handheld Internet tablet
NEW YORK - Nokia Corp. is straying from its core cellular business with its first non-phone mobile device, a handheld Internet tablet for accessing the Web around the home over a wireless broadband connection.

Mint unveils Marine Corps commemorative coin
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Mint is unveiling a new coin to honor the 230th anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps - the first time the government has struck a commemorative coin to salute a branch of the military.

Icing down patients can avoid brain damage
WASHINGTON - For 24 hours, Hamilton Loeb lay unconscious inside a cold blue suit that put his brain on ice.

Ferguson era begins for Lynx
As new Augusta Lynx coach Bob Ferguson says, there are two ways to coach:

Ferguson era begins for Lynx

Ferguson era begins for Lynx
As new Augusta Lynx coach Bob Ferguson says, there are two ways to coach:

Across the region
ATLANTA - Despite demands by a civil rights group that a county prosecutor reopen the case of a jailed man who died after he was stunned with a Taser, the district attorney said Tuesday he is not likely to reopen the case.

OK'd budget to come up short
Columbia County school officials approved an unbalanced budget Tuesday night that might put the system about $2.7 million in the hole.

Man kills ex-girlfriend, himself
An argument between an estranged Columbia County couple Tuesday night ended tragically when the man shot his former girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself.

Railroad reveals formula in Graniteville settlement
COLUMBIA - Railroad owner Norfolk Southern would pay a family of five that was evacuated for nearly two weeks during one of the nation's deadliest chemical spills at least $15,000 for inconvenience and minor injuries under a preliminary class-action settlement filed late Monday in federal court.

Future of gambling boat uncertain
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A new gambling boat has drifted into town as the Millionaire's Casino continues to flounder on River Street.

Old hospital building will house crisis unit
An Augusta mental health center will run a crisis stabilization unit in the former Georgia Regional Hospital building, despite some reservations expressed by its physicians.

Sorority tutors pupils as part of program

Across the area
A fifth-grader's bloody attack on a teacher's assistant in Richmond County last month will result in a year of Alternative School for the boy, according to a tribunal report released Tuesday.

Reunions
Glenn Hills HighSchool 1985: Seeking classmates for a 20-year reunion Friday-Sunday; contact Ellis Godbee, (706) 554-0580

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

Augusta State University notes
Russell A. Blanchard, former president of Georgia Railroad Bank, has been presented the Augusta State University President's Award, the university's highest honor.

Two dead after four-hour standoff
HARLEM - Two people are dead after a Grovetown man shot his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself.

Artistic ritual
Karen Banker paints a watercolor outside of Sacred Heart Cultural Center. She belongs to Women on Paper, a group of eight female artists, formed in 1987, who display their work in art shows and paint together every Wednesday.

Across the region
ATLANTA - Despite demands by a civil rights group that a county prosecutor reopen the case of a jailed man who died after he was stunned with a Taser, the district attorney said Tuesday he is not likely to reopen the case.

Memorial Day Events
Events in the area this weekend:

Holiday Closings

Some see no need for arena
Several members of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority don't want the public to support a $60 million general obligation bond for construction of a new entertainment and sports arena at the Regency Mall site.

Majority to move up a grade
A majority of Columbia County's third- and fifth-graders passed standardized tests required for promotion to the next grade, Superintendent Tommy Price announced Tuesday.

Holiday drives people to road
In lieu of battling the predicted crowds at Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head, Justin and Amber Flynn will spend the long weekend in a lesser-known spot next to Fripp Island.

Board tells monitors to stop watching drivers
Bus monitors should keep their eyes on the children and off the drivers.

Around the block
Lunch with the Doctor will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Levi W. Hill III Auditorium at University Hospital, 1350 Walton Way. Dr. Steven R. Broadwater will present Latest Technologies in Cardiovascular Care: Balloon and Stent Replacement. Free meal tickets will be provided at the end of the program. Reservations are required.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Sorority tutors pupils as part of program
Eleven-year-old Malcom Johnson responded quickly when asked about his future.

Reunions

Future of gambling boat uncertain
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A new gambling boat has drifted into town as the Millionaire's Casino continues to flounder on River Street.

Across the area

Kid of the Day
Stephen Hammond is today's Kid of the Day.

Train wreck settlement to be reviewed

Crew escapee is convicted rapist
A Screven County jail inmate who escaped from a work detail Tuesday morning was a convicted rapist who had been put to work at a high school while class was in session.

Meetings

OK'd budget to come up short

Ridge Forest residents strive for close-knit community

Jobs decline in Augusta area
ATLANTA - After three years of employment growth, the Augusta area reported overall job losses for the first quarter of 2005, recording one of Georgia's highest unemployment rates.

Jurors hear two sides of Walker
Both sides agreed Tuesday that state Sen. Charles Walker is a wealthy man who didn't need to steal anything from anyone.

Officials to tour school

Getting clipped

Train wreck settlement to be reviewed
AIKEN - A federal judge is to review today a proposed settlement between the Norfolk Southern railroad and residents affected by the Jan. 6 train accident and chlorine spill in Graniteville.

Worker tells of 'Focus' scheme

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MCG might not treat inmates

Children are given awards for academic achievement
More than 20 children in the Barton Village area received awards and certificates at a special Weed and Seed ceremony at which two of its programs came to a close.

Woman charged in man's stabbing
A woman who was put on probation after breaking into her ex-boyfriend's house and torching a car in 2003 was jailed again Tuesday, charged with stabbing her ex-boyfriend, officials said.

This week
RED, WHITE AND BLUE CELEBRATION: 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday; Columbia County Justice Center, 640 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans; parade, special guests include Maj. Gen. Janet Hicks and U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood; musical entertainment by U.S. Signal Corps Band; fireworks at 9 p.m.; (706) 312-7415

Scholarship field narrowed to eight
The field of contestants for a $10,000 scholarship was narrowed from 16 to eight teenagers Saturday.

Ridge Forest residents strive for close-knit community
Troy Alderman, of Augusta, doesn't live in the Ridge Forest community off Tobacco Road, but some of his friends do.

Library meetings
TEEN ACTIVITY WORKSHOPS: 10 a.m. to noon Monday, June 20, 2-4 p.m. Monday, July 11, 2-4 p.m. Monday, July 18; poetry workshops with poet Reesee Willis

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For the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

Parade will honor soldiers

Jurors hear two sides of Walker

BRAC commissioner looks over bases

Pet of the week
Lisa, a 4-month-old female chocolate Labrador, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Jobs decline in Augusta area

Library meetings
TEEN ACTIVITY WORKSHOPS: 10 a.m. to noon Monday, June 20, 2-4 p.m. Monday, July 11, 2-4 p.m. Monday, July 18; poetry workshops with poet Reesee Willis

Experts discuss jury makeup in Walker trial
The majority of the federal jurors entrusted with finding the truth about the allegations against state Sen. Charles Walker are white, the public learned Tuesday morning.

Officials to tour school
ATHENS, Ga. - Members of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission will visit the Navy Supply Corps School today as part of a fact-finding mission to assess whether the Prince Avenue facility should close.

Kid of the Day
Harris Carter is today's Kid of the Day.

Meetings
AL-ANON/ALATEEN: For friends and family members of alcoholics; 738-7984 for meeting information

Majority to move up a grade
A majority of Columbia County's third- and fifth-graders passed standardized tests required for promotion to the next grade, Superintendent Tommy Price announced Tuesday.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Former state Rep. Jim Martin of Atlanta said Wednesday he is planning to seek the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor next year.

Board tells monitors to stop watching drivers
Bus monitors should keep their eyes on the children and off the drivers.

Across the area
Fort Gordon will gain more than 100 sailors currently stationed in Spain at the beginning of June, according to the offices of U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood.

Sorority tutors pupils as part of program
Eleven-year-old Malcom Johnson responded quickly when asked about his future.

Old hospital building will house crisis unit
An Augusta mental health center will run a crisis stabilization unit in the former Georgia Regional Hospital building, despite some reservations expressed by its physicians.

Heritage Academy pupils are introduced to cooking

Experts discuss jury makeup in Walker trial
The majority of the federal jurors entrusted with finding the truth about the allegations against state Sen. Charles Walker are white, the public learned Tuesday morning.

Across Georgia

Railroad reveals formula in Graniteville settlement

Artistic ritual

New homes planned for Aiken
AIKEN - A developer is supposed to announce plans this morning to build two residential subdivisions on more than 2,400 acres in Aiken County.

Pet of the week

Future of gambling boat uncertain

Library meetings

Kid of the Day

For the record

Couple sought in bank card theft from school
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are seeking the identities of a couple who they said stole many credit and debit cards from teachers at a Summerville private school, officials said Wednesday.

Protest rules elicit their own protests

Father is wanted in kidnap of 2-year-old
Richmond County authorities are seeking a man they say snatched his 2-year-old daughter from her mother, fled on a bicycle and dropped the child off at her grandparents' house early Wednesday.

Commissioners want 'what if' plans

Worker tells of 'Focus' scheme
Year after year, Augusta Focus General Manager Frederick Benjamin repeated circulation numbers for the newspaper that he knew were gross exaggerations, he told the jury in state Sen. Charles Walker's federal trial Wednesday.

Across South Carolina

MCG might not treat inmates
The company that runs Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics is preparing its budget for next year assuming it will not be treating many state prisoners even as a task force continues to look into the fatal shooting of a prisoner there last month.

This week

Parade will honor soldiers
More than 150 entries are expected for the annual Aiken Marine Corps League Memorial Day Parade on Saturday in downtown Aiken

Children are given awards for academic achievement

Getting clipped
Josh Pharis, a marketing analyst for cable provider Comcast, gets his head shaved after co-workers raised $3,000 for cystic fibrosis research during a recent fund-raising drive.

Heroes of the class

Restaurant ratings
The following is a listing of restaurant ratings by the Richmond County Department of Environmental Health. Listed are the restaurant name, address, inspection date and the establishment's score (out of a perfect 100):

Agency approves public hunts to curb deer herds

Heritage Academy pupils are introduced to cooking
On a school field trip to learn about cooking, a dozen Heritage Academy pupils trekked through the kitchen at Very Vera after watching a film on how the catering business was started.

Events

Pet of the week
Lisa, a 4-month-old female chocolate Labrador, is available for adoption through Molly's Militia.

Senior named national scholar

Augusta State University notes
Russell A. Blanchard, former president of Georgia Railroad Bank, has been presented the Augusta State University President's Award, the university's highest honor.

Augusta State University notes

Historic Augusta celebrates with Cotton Ball
The former winter retreat of a Chicago industrialist will be the site of this year's Cotton Ball.

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Meetings
AL-ANON/ALATEEN: For friends and family members of alcoholics; 738-7984 for meeting information

Bus line pulls out of Augusta

Recycling centers
- Augusta-North Augusta Regional Material Recovery Facility, 101 Clay Pit Road, North Augusta, 441-4242, takes plastic and aluminum food and beverage containers.

Sheriff's office must compete for tax money

Senior named national scholar
AIKEN - Shahin Rothermel finds a way to fill almost every hour of the day.

Memorial Day Events

This week
RED, WHITE AND BLUE CELEBRATION: 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday; Columbia County Justice Center, 640 Ronald Reagan Drive, Evans; parade, special guests include Maj. Gen. Janet Hicks and U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood; musical entertainment by U.S. Signal Corps Band; fireworks at 9 p.m.; (706) 312-7415

Crew escapee is convicted rapist

Experts discuss jury makeup in Walker trial

Kid of the Day

Two dead after four-hour standoff

Holiday drives people to road

Events
GEORGIA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends through June 5; Peachtree City/Fairburn, Ga.; re-creation of 16th century Europeon country fair with costumed characters, jousts, food and drink; demonstrations of weaving, glass-blowing, sculpting, leather crafting and more; $15.95 adults, $12.95 seniors, $7.50 ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger; (770) 964-8575

Heroes of the class
Academy of Richmond County teacher Tom Gamblin (center) places the shocking pad on the training manequin as he trains for an Automated External Defibrillator ...

Ridge Forest residents strive for close-knit community
Troy Alderman, of Augusta, doesn't live in the Ridge Forest community off Tobacco Road, but some of his friends do.

Kid of the Day
Stephen Hammond is today's Kid of the Day.

For the record
Sentencings, indictments, paroles, marriage licenses and divorces.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - House Speaker David Wilkins said Wednesday morning he passed the first round of confirmation hearings on his appointment to become U.S. ambassador to Canada.

Senior named national scholar
AIKEN - Shahin Rothermel finds a way to fill almost every hour of the day.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Former state Rep. Jim Martin of Atlanta said Wednesday he is planning to seek the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor next year.

Jurors hear two sides of Walker
Both sides agreed Tuesday that state Sen. Charles Walker is a wealthy man who didn't need to steal anything from anyone.

Across the area
Fort Gordon will gain more than 100 sailors currently stationed in Spain at the beginning of June, according to the offices of U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood.

Railroad reveals formula in Graniteville settlement
COLUMBIA - Railroad owner Norfolk Southern would pay a family of five that was evacuated for nearly two weeks during one of the nation's deadliest chemical spills at least $15,000 for inconvenience and minor injuries under a preliminary class-action settlement filed late Monday in federal court.

Artistic ritual
Karen Banker paints a watercolor outside of Sacred Heart Cultural Center. She belongs to Women on Paper, a group of eight female artists, formed in 1987, who display their work in art shows and paint together every Wednesday.

Heroes of the class
Academy of Richmond County teacher Tom Gamblin (center) places the shocking pad on the training manequin as he trains for an Automated External Defibrillator ...

Commissioners want 'what if' plans
Augusta might not need to spend $80 million on a new judicial center because of a recent Georgia Supreme Court decision that could streamline court procedures in the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - House Speaker David Wilkins said Wednesday morning he passed the first round of confirmation hearings on his appointment to become U.S. ambassador to Canada.

Protest rules elicit their own protests
ATLANTA - Confederate heritage enthusiasts reacted angrily Wednesday after the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board unanimously agreed to overhaul the state's rules on permits for protests at state parks.

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

Crew escapee is convicted rapist
A Screven County jail inmate who escaped from a work detail Tuesday morning was a convicted rapist who had been put to work at a high school while class was in session.

Commissioners want 'what if' plans
Augusta might not need to spend $80 million on a new judicial center because of a recent Georgia Supreme Court decision that could streamline court procedures in the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

Bus line pulls out of Augusta
Faster trips and fewer stops. Those are the reasons why Greyhound Lines Inc. says it will stop offering service to Augusta's downtown bus station, effective June 21.

Protest rules elicit their own protests
ATLANTA - Confederate heritage enthusiasts reacted angrily Wednesday after the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board unanimously agreed to overhaul the state's rules on permits for protests at state parks.

Train wreck settlement to be reviewed
AIKEN - A federal judge is to review today a proposed settlement between the Norfolk Southern railroad and residents affected by the Jan. 6 train accident and chlorine spill in Graniteville.

OK'd budget to come up short
Columbia County school officials approved an unbalanced budget Tuesday night that might put the system about $2.7 million in the hole.

Worker tells of 'Focus' scheme
Year after year, Augusta Focus General Manager Frederick Benjamin repeated circulation numbers for the newspaper that he knew were gross exaggerations, he told the jury in state Sen. Charles Walker's federal trial Wednesday.

Across the area
A fifth-grader's bloody attack on a teacher's assistant in Richmond County last month will result in a year of Alternative School for the boy, according to a tribunal report released Tuesday.

BRAC commissioner looks over bases
MARIETTA, Ga. - Two of the Georgia military bases slated for closing got their chance to showcase their operations during brief visits Wednesday by one of the commissioners who will ultimately decide on accepting the Pentagon's recommendations.

Two dead after four-hour standoff
HARLEM - Two people are dead after a Grovetown man shot his girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself.

Sheriff's office must compete for tax money
AIKEN - The creaky trailer-turned-office building that rests on concrete blocks at the Aiken County Sheriff's Office is a shabby reminder of the county's limited spending capabilities.

Kid of the Day
Harris Carter is today's Kid of the Day.

Jobs decline in Augusta area
ATLANTA - After three years of employment growth, the Augusta area reported overall job losses for the first quarter of 2005, recording one of Georgia's highest unemployment rates.

Majority to move up a grade

Agency approves public hunts to curb deer herds
ATLANTA - With deer overpopulation having a negative impact on state parks, the board of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources gave final approval Wednesday to limited public hunts at three of the recreation sites.

Board tells monitors to stop watching drivers

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Bus line pulls out of Augusta
Faster trips and fewer stops. Those are the reasons why Greyhound Lines Inc. says it will stop offering service to Augusta's downtown bus station, effective June 21.

Parade will honor soldiers
More than 150 entries are expected for the annual Aiken Marine Corps League Memorial Day Parade on Saturday in downtown Aiken

BRAC commissioner looks over bases
MARIETTA, Ga. - Two of the Georgia military bases slated for closing got their chance to showcase their operations during brief visits Wednesday by one of the commissioners who will ultimately decide on accepting the Pentagon's recommendations.

Holiday Closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Memorial Day:

Sheriff's office must compete for tax money
AIKEN - The creaky trailer-turned-office building that rests on concrete blocks at the Aiken County Sheriff's Office is a shabby reminder of the county's limited spending capabilities.

MCG might not treat inmates
The company that runs Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics is preparing its budget for next year assuming it will not be treating many state prisoners even as a task force continues to look into the fatal shooting of a prisoner there last month.

Across the area

Holiday drives people to road
In lieu of battling the predicted crowds at Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head, Justin and Amber Flynn will spend the long weekend in a lesser-known spot next to Fripp Island.

Old hospital building will house crisis unit

Memorial Day Events
Events in the area this weekend:

Events
GEORGIA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends through June 5; Peachtree City/Fairburn, Ga.; re-creation of 16th century Europeon country fair with costumed characters, jousts, food and drink; demonstrations of weaving, glass-blowing, sculpting, leather crafting and more; $15.95 adults, $12.95 seniors, $7.50 ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger; (770) 964-8575

Getting clipped
Josh Pharis, a marketing analyst for cable provider Comcast, gets his head shaved after co-workers raised $3,000 for cystic fibrosis research during a recent fund-raising drive.

Agency approves public hunts to curb deer herds
ATLANTA - With deer overpopulation having a negative impact on state parks, the board of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources gave final approval Wednesday to limited public hunts at three of the recreation sites.

Children are given awards for academic achievement
More than 20 children in the Barton Village area received awards and certificates at a special Weed and Seed ceremony at which two of its programs came to a close.

Holiday Closings
The following holiday schedules have been announced for Memorial Day:

Reunions
Glenn Hills HighSchool 1985: Seeking classmates for a 20-year reunion Friday-Sunday; contact Ellis Godbee, (706) 554-0580

Heritage Academy pupils are introduced to cooking
On a school field trip to learn about cooking, a dozen Heritage Academy pupils trekked through the kitchen at Very Vera after watching a film on how the catering business was started.

Officials to tour school
ATHENS, Ga. - Members of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission will visit the Navy Supply Corps School today as part of a fact-finding mission to assess whether the Prince Avenue facility should close.

Childers family strikes out again
ATLANTA - There are two things that run deep in the Childers family genes - baseball and patience. Both elements were quietly on display this week at Turner Field.

Coach might be missing Lynx
Any convening of commonly bonded sports fans is a lot like the political kind - they come to hear what they want to hear.

Coach might be missing Lynx
Any convening of commonly bonded sports fans is a lot like the political kind - they come to hear what they want to hear.

Childers family strikes out again
ATLANTA - There are two things that run deep in the Childers family genes - baseball and patience. Both elements were quietly on display this week at Turner Field.

Mini reviews

'Stripes' shows that military comedy is timeless
Comedy is rarely classic right out of the gate. A film comedy requires time, a fermentation period, before audiences accept and understand that the gags are indeed timeless and worthy of merit.

At the Movies: 'Madagascar'
"Make it fresh," Alex the Lion advises his best buddy, Marty the Zebra, when trying to entertain crowds at the Central Park Zoo.

'Stripes' shows that military comedy is timeless

Mini reviews
Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times.

At the Movies: 'Madagascar'

Mini reviews
Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times.

At the Movies: 'Madagascar'
"Make it fresh," Alex the Lion advises his best buddy, Marty the Zebra, when trying to entertain crowds at the Central Park Zoo.

'Stripes' shows that military comedy is timeless
Comedy is rarely classic right out of the gate. A film comedy requires time, a fermentation period, before audiences accept and understand that the gags are indeed timeless and worthy of merit.

Big ticket
BRIGHT EYES WHEN: 8 p.m. Monday-Tuesday WHERE: Earthlink Live, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta

Sonic spotlight
HOMETOWN: Sandusky, Ohio. Moved to Augusta in 1981 to work at Savannah River Site. "I wanted to come South anyway. I'd been stationed in Charleston (S.C.) and Jacksonville (Fla.), and I enjoyed the weather."

Sonic spotlight

Theatrics of old-school metal brought back to stage
Staunch believers in rock and role playing, the members of the Asheville, N.C., band Monsters of Japan deliver traditional metal with a full complement of theatrics.

Theatrics of old-school metal brought back to stage
Staunch believers in rock and role playing, the members of the Asheville, N.C., band Monsters of Japan deliver traditional metal with a full complement of theatrics.

Audioslave charts own course
Supergroups usually aren't anything of the kind. Blind Faith wasn't nearly as ground-breaking, or creative, as the groups that fed into it: Cream and Traffic.

Audioslave charts own course
Supergroups usually aren't anything of the kind. Blind Faith wasn't nearly as ground-breaking, or creative, as the groups that fed into it: Cream and Traffic.

Big ticket
BRIGHT EYESWHEN: 8 p.m. Monday-TuesdayWHERE: Earthlink Live, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta

Theatrics of old-school metal brought back to stage

Sonic spotlight
HOMETOWN: Sandusky, Ohio. Moved to Augusta in 1981 to work at Savannah River Site. "I wanted to come South anyway. I'd been stationed in Charleston (S.C.) and Jacksonville (Fla.), and I enjoyed the weather."

Big ticket

Audioslave charts own course

Earnhardt's car owner pursues insurance claim

Tensions equal big bucks for owner

Racing newsmaker: Mark Martin
Mark Martin, 46, won last Saturday night's all-star race at the Lowe's Motor Speedway, and he returns to the 1.5-mile raceway this Sunday for the Coca-Cola 600.

NASCAR: No more double duty

Tensions equal big bucks for owner
CONCORD, N.C. - The 10-car crash during last Saturday night's all-star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway might have cost owners about $700,000 in damages, but it should be worth that much - or more - in increased ticket sales for Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600.

Earnhardt's car owner pursues insurance claim
LEXINGTON, N.C. - A life insurance company cheated the widow of late race car driver Dale Earnhardt out of millions of dollars by refusing to pay up when he died, a lawyer for Richard Childress Racing said in the opening statements of a civil trial Wednesday.

Earnhardt's car owner pursues insurance claim
LEXINGTON, N.C. - A life insurance company cheated the widow of late race car driver Dale Earnhardt out of millions of dollars by refusing to pay up when he died, a lawyer for Richard Childress Racing said in the opening statements of a civil trial Wednesday.

Tensions equal big bucks for owner
CONCORD, N.C. - The 10-car crash during last Saturday night's all-star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway might have cost owners about $700,000 in damages, but it should be worth that much - or more - in increased ticket sales for Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600.

Racing newsmaker: Mark Martin

NASCAR: No more double duty
CONCORD, N.C. - When John Andretti competed in the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day, the real race didn't come at Indianapolis Motor Speedway or Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Racing newsmaker: Mark Martin
Mark Martin, 46, won last Saturday night's all-star race at the Lowe's Motor Speedway, and he returns to the 1.5-mile raceway this Sunday for the Coca-Cola 600.

NASCAR: No more double duty
CONCORD, N.C. - When John Andretti competed in the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day, the real race didn't come at Indianapolis Motor Speedway or Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Cheeks and Iverson glad to be back together
PHILADELPHIA - Maurice Cheeks got his dream job. Allen Iverson has the coach he always wanted.

Hawks: Knight still 'confident' with No. 2 pick
ATLANTA - The day after the Atlanta Hawks finished second in the NBA draft lottery, Billy Knight said all is not lost.

Cheeks and Iverson glad to be back together
PHILADELPHIA - Maurice Cheeks got his dream job. Allen Iverson has the coach he always wanted.

Cheeks and Iverson glad to be back together

Rice wants to end career with Broncos

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Andre Agassi at crossroads in career

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Teens capture fancy of Paris

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In Greensboro, S.C., the Greensboro Grasshoppers scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 5-4 comeback victory over the Augusta GreenJackets on Tuesday afternoon.

Andre Agassi at crossroads in career
PARIS - His back rigid, his feet shuffling in stutter steps, his face contorted from a burning pain down his leg, Andre Agassi arrived at a crisis in his career.

Overtime
In Greensboro, S.C., the Greensboro Grasshoppers scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 5-4 comeback victory over the Augusta GreenJackets on Tuesday afternoon.

Teens capture fancy of Paris
PARIS - One charismatic teen bludgeoned the ball, the other stroked it elegantly. The first showed off sculpted biceps with a sleeveless neon green shirt, the other motored around court on muscle-bulging legs.

Overtime
In Villa Rica, Ga., two golfers with Augusta connections dominated the first round of the Greater Atlanta Women's Amateur Championship on Wednesday.

Andre Agassi at crossroads in career
PARIS - His back rigid, his feet shuffling in stutter steps, his face contorted from a burning pain down his leg, Andre Agassi arrived at a crisis in his career.

Overtime
In Villa Rica, Ga., two golfers with Augusta connections dominated the first round of the Greater Atlanta Women's Amateur Championship on Wednesday.

Sharapova reaches second round at Open
PARIS - Maria Sharapova savored her first-round triumph at the French Open on Tuesday even though she struggled throughout the match.

Teens capture fancy of Paris
PARIS - One charismatic teen bludgeoned the ball, the other stroked it elegantly. The first showed off sculpted biceps with a sleeveless neon green shirt, the other motored around court on muscle-bulging legs.

Rice wants to end career with Broncos
DENVER - The Greatest Of All Time wants to finish his career as a backup with the Denver Broncos.

Rice wants to end career with Broncos
DENVER - The Greatest Of All Time wants to finish his career as a backup with the Denver Broncos.

Backup band records its first bluegrass-gospel CD

Backup band records its first bluegrass-gospel CD
It is possible that 80-year-old Gordon Stoker has sung on more hit recordings than any other vocalist.

Backup band records its first bluegrass-gospel CD
It is possible that 80-year-old Gordon Stoker has sung on more hit recordings than any other vocalist.

Childers family strikes out again

Coach might be missing Lynx

Film company produced top-notch British classics

'Jeopardy!' ace to star in new game show
NEW YORK - More than pride, a cottage industry may be at stake when "Jeopardy!" ace Ken Jennings takes on two challengers in the game show's $2 million challenge that airs this week.

TV's big stories need more than an hour to tell
The history of episodic television is told, for the most part, in convenient hour and half-hour chunks. The stories are spawned, explored and wrapped up neatly in the short period between the opening and ending credits - most of the time.

Three season finales top 30 millions viewers
NEW YORK - In a positive sign for network television as its traditional season nears its end, three scripted series drew more than 30 million viewers in the past week, according to Nielsen Media Research.

'Sopranos' star to join cast of 'Law & Order'
NEW YORK - Annabella Sciorra is the latest "Sopranos" star to cross police lines to "Law & Order."

'Jeopardy!' ace to star in new game show
NEW YORK - More than pride, a cottage industry may be at stake when "Jeopardy!" ace Ken Jennings takes on two challengers in the game show's $2 million challenge that airs this week.

TV's big stories need more than an hour to tell

'Jeopardy!' ace to star in new game show

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of May 16-22. Each ratings point represents 1,096,000 households. Day and start time (EST) are in parentheses.

'Nightline' to again recite names of war dead
NEW YORK - ABC's "Nightline," which ignited a brief political battle last year with its decision to read the names of Americans killed in Iraq, will do so again this year.

'Nightline' to again recite names of war dead

'Nightline' to again recite names of war dead
NEW YORK - ABC's "Nightline," which ignited a brief political battle last year with its decision to read the names of Americans killed in Iraq, will do so again this year.

TV's big stories need more than an hour to tell
The history of episodic television is told, for the most part, in convenient hour and half-hour chunks. The stories are spawned, explored and wrapped up neatly in the short period between the opening and ending credits - most of the time.

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Film company produced top-notch British classics
I'm an Anglophile. I'll drink tea without worrying about the emasculating effects; will speak at length, and in reverent tones, about The Beatles' lasting contributions to popular music; and married an English woman because, among her many fine qualities, she had an accent that really did it (and continues to do it) for me.

Film company produced top-notch British classics
I'm an Anglophile. I'll drink tea without worrying about the emasculating effects; will speak at length, and in reverent tones, about The Beatles' lasting contributions to popular music; and married an English woman because, among her many fine qualities, she had an accent that really did it (and continues to do it) for me.

Six months in, Spurrier still excited
COLUMBIA, S.C. - In six months on the job, Steve Spurrier has learned a lot of about South Carolina's football team - and its fans.

Six months in, Spurrier still excited
COLUMBIA, S.C. - In six months on the job, Steve Spurrier has learned a lot of about South Carolina's football team - and its fans.

Six months in, Spurrier still excited

Woods' game has influence on Shell
It's no coincidence that Regions Cup golfer Ryan Shell swings like Tiger Woods.

Woods' game has influence on Shell
It's no coincidence that Regions Cup golfer Ryan Shell swings like Tiger Woods.

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Oops! Drug dogs trained to detect talcum powder

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Suntan oil helps woman slip away from attacker