'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.

'Nutcracker' can put strain on ballet company

Tony Awards double for sets, costumes and lighting
NEW YORK - Sets. Costumes. Lighting. They provide some of the most potent memories of Broadway shows. And now the Tony Awards are doubling their recognition.

Mixed reviews for Schwimmer's West End debut

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."

Tony Awards double for sets, costumes and lighting

'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.

Tony Awards double for sets, costumes and lighting
NEW YORK - Sets. Costumes. Lighting. They provide some of the most potent memories of Broadway shows. And now the Tony Awards are doubling their recognition.

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."

Devil Rays squeak by Athletics

Clemson eliminates Hurricanes
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Josh Cribb threw a complete game, six-hitter to lead Clemson to a 9-1 win Thursday over the Miami Hurricanes, who were eliminated from the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Devil Rays squeak by Athletics
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Hideo Nomo took a shutout into the eighth inning and Carl Crawford snapped a scoreless tie with a sixth-inning single to help the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 Thursday.

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.

Clemson eliminates Hurricanes
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Josh Cribb threw a complete game, six-hitter to lead Clemson to a 9-1 win Thursday over the Miami Hurricanes, who were eliminated from the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

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.

Clemson eliminates Hurricanes

Evans fights back to win

Devil Rays squeak by Athletics
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Hideo Nomo took a shutout into the eighth inning and Carl Crawford snapped a scoreless tie with a sixth-inning single to help the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 Thursday.

Depending on spell check might be two convenient

Odds and Ends
OSLO, Norway - An enterprising Norwegian found a way to turn a tidy profit on Oslo real estate by renting out a nice apartment in a popular part of town.

Odds and Ends
OSLO, Norway - An enterprising Norwegian found a way to turn a tidy profit on Oslo real estate by renting out a nice apartment in a popular part of town.

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.

'Butter cow lady' wants to make Tiger Woods sculpture
DES MOINES, Iowa - A woman known as the "butter cow lady" for her life-size butter sculptures of dairy cows says she wants to do a likeness of golfer Tiger Woods at the Iowa State Fair.

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.

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

'Butter cow lady' wants to make Tiger Woods sculpture
DES MOINES, Iowa - A woman known as the "butter cow lady" for her life-size butter sculptures of dairy cows says she wants to do a likeness of golfer Tiger Woods at the Iowa State Fair.

Closer-by-committee is adopted by Braves
ATLANTA - Braves manager Bobby Cox isn't overly concerned about the state of the club's bullpen, particularly who will be the reliever called on to close out games.

Betemit waiting for opening with Braves

Hudson is now up to speed

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.

Closer-by-committee is adopted by Braves
ATLANTA - Braves manager Bobby Cox isn't overly concerned about the state of the club's bullpen, particularly who will be the reliever called on to close out games.

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

Betemit waiting for opening with Braves
ATLANTA - Wilson Betemit says he knows he can be a major league starting shortstop.

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.

Betemit waiting for opening with Braves
ATLANTA - Wilson Betemit says he knows he can be a major league starting shortstop.

Closer-by-committee is adopted by Braves

EPD challenges court over bid
ATLANTA - The state's top environmental policy director has issued a letter challenging a federal bankruptcy judge's ruling that the water rights of a defunct coastal Georgia paper mill can be sold off to the highest bidder.

Durable goods orders and new home sales climb in April

Good news boosts spirits and stocks
NEW YORK - Stocks rose Thursday as encouraging signs of economic growth eased investors' fears of a business slowdown.

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

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.

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
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.

Rising rate ends plan of expansion
An area manufacturer maintains that this month's Georgia Power rate increase has derailed plans for an expansion and new jobs at its Old Savannah Road plant.

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

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.

Budget is moving to Gordon Highway

Economy grows at 3.5 percent pace in first quarter
WASHINGTON - The country's economic performance in the opening quarter of 2005 was better than first thought, logging a solid 3.5 percent annual growth rate in a new sign of a strong springtime business expansion.

EPD challenges court over bid
ATLANTA - The state's top environmental policy director has issued a letter challenging a federal bankruptcy judge's ruling that the water rights of a defunct coastal Georgia paper mill can be sold off to the highest bidder.

Yahoo testing e-mail photo service
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Yahoo Inc. is testing an e-mail service that will let people share digital photos without the hassle of often cumbersome attachments that hog storage space and bandwidth.

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.

Fed's Gramlich: more measured rate hikes "possible"
PARIS - Federal Reserve Governor Edward Gramlich said Thursday that measured increases in U.S. interest rates could continue.

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.

Economy grows at 3.5 percent pace in first quarter

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.

Economy grows at 3.5 percent pace in first quarter
WASHINGTON - The country's economic performance in the opening quarter of 2005 was better than first thought, logging a solid 3.5 percent annual growth rate in a new sign of a strong springtime business expansion.

Fed's Gramlich: more measured rate hikes "possible"
PARIS - Federal Reserve Governor Edward Gramlich said Thursday that measured increases in U.S. interest rates could continue.

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.

Fed's Gramlich: more measured rate hikes "possible"

EPD challenges court over bid

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.

Against the trend
Creating human life only to experiment on it used to be the stuff of science fiction.

Repeal hurtful tax

Against the trend

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.

Pruning season
Worrying people to death isn't a crime. Robbing people you don't even know of precious days and hours while they search for you in vain isn't against the law.

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

The civilized thing to do
While the heavy-metal band Motley Crue whines about having its First Amendment "right" to sing on NBC violated, real threats to free speech abound in the world.

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.

Against the trend
Creating human life only to experiment on it used to be the stuff of science fiction.

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.

Garth proposes to Trisha at awards show
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Garth Brooks stole the show Wednesday night when he got down on one knee in front of 7,000 fans and proposed to fellow country music star Trisha Yearwood.

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 ...

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.

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.

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
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."

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."

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.

Angelina Jolie: I never slept with Pitt
NEW YORK - In a new interview, Angelina Jolie says she "thinks the world" of Brad Pitt - but never slept with him.

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

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:

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.

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.

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 - Yo mama's so poor, you asked for a PlayStation and she took you to the bus station and said, "Go ahead, play."

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

Garth proposes to Trisha at awards show
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Garth Brooks stole the show Wednesday night when he got down on one knee in front of 7,000 fans and proposed to fellow country music star Trisha Yearwood.

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.

Angelina Jolie: I never slept with Pitt
NEW YORK - In a new interview, Angelina Jolie says she "thinks the world" of Brad Pitt - but never slept with him.

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

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Yo mama's so poor, you asked for a PlayStation and she took you to the bus station and said, "Go ahead, play."

Fishing Tournaments

Wind can be angler's friend
Many fishermen view wind as an enemy, but it can be the difference between success and failure on any given day.

Fishing Tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

Wind can be angler's friend
Many fishermen view wind as an enemy, but it can be the difference between success and failure on any given day.

Wind can be angler's friend

Fishing Tournaments
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928.

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...

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
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

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.

Continuum reopens to fill stomachs

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.

Open-air fare worth a look

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.

Hardy Knock Out rose lives up to its moniker
At the Mid-South Greenhouse Growers Conference, a speaker told of a recent rose introduction that was surprising everyone with its nonstop blooming and apparent tolerance, if not resistance, to the cursed black spot. What was this knockout rose? It was Knock Out, a 2000 All-America Rose Selections winner.

Hardy Knock Out rose lives up to its moniker

All honeysuckles have virtue

Hardy Knock Out rose lives up to its moniker
At the Mid-South Greenhouse Growers Conference, a speaker told of a recent rose introduction that was surprising everyone with its nonstop blooming and apparent tolerance, if not resistance, to the cursed black spot. What was this knockout rose? It was Knock Out, a 2000 All-America Rose Selections winner.

All honeysuckles have virtue
Believe it or not, there are people who can dislike a plant with so sweet a name as "honeysuckle." Not that every honeysuckle should be loved.

All honeysuckles have virtue
Believe it or not, there are people who can dislike a plant with so sweet a name as "honeysuckle." Not that every honeysuckle should be loved.

GreenJackets fall to Bombers
Chad Epperson made his return to Augusta on Thursday night - and it was a triumphant one.

GreenJackets fall to Bombers
Chad Epperson made his return to Augusta on Thursday night - and it was a triumphant one.

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.

Leonard has two-stroke lead at St. Jude Classic
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Justin Leonard took advantage of his early tee time, shooting an 8-under 62 in unusually calm conditions at TPC at Southwind to take a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the St. Jude Classic.

Leonard has two-stroke lead at St. Jude Classic

Leonard has two-stroke lead at St. Jude Classic
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Justin Leonard took advantage of his early tee time, shooting an 8-under 62 in unusually calm conditions at TPC at Southwind to take a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the St. Jude Classic.

GreenJackets fall to Bombers

Bombers' roster features ex-GreenJackets

Depending on spell check might be two convenient
Our spelling bee champion Joe Shepherd heads to Washington next week for his final challenge in national competition, and he takes our best wishes with him.

Depending on spell check might be two convenient
Our spelling bee champion Joe Shepherd heads to Washington next week for his final challenge in national competition, and he takes our best wishes with him.

Mayoral Resignation Procedure
The following is an outline of the procedure upon mayoral resignation from County Attorney Steve Shepard.

Augusta mayor to resign June 20
Augusta Mayor Bob Young, addressing what he called "Augusta's worst-kept secret," formally announced this morning that he will resign June 20 to become the gional director of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department in Atlanta.

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

Opera's 'Butterfly' was brilliant
Anyone who saw Augusta Opera's magnificent performance of Madama Butterfly is very fortunate. Patrons are still raving about it, and fortunately it attracted a lot of young people who will return. Joan Yunck, Martinez

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.

Read between lines of 'secession' law
The "anti-secession" law passed by the mainland China government prompts the question of what, or to whom, the law really refers.L.A. Heinrich, Aiken, S.C.

Planned Parenthood is just no good

Planned Parenthood is just no good
Regarding Mary Beth Pierucci's letter of May 13 ("Organization prevents need for abortion"):Ken Dendinger, 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.

Smoking ban is breath of fresh air

Planned Parenthood is just no good
Regarding Mary Beth Pierucci's letter of May 13 ("Organization prevents need for abortion"):Ken Dendinger, Augusta

Graham is right on China tariff
I wish to congratulate South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on his proposal to impose a 27.5-percent tariff on goods imported to the United States from China.Jim Fox, McCormick, S.C.

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

Nokia unveils handheld Internet tablet

New shot for kids to protect them from meningitis

Acura RSX delivers inexpensive luxury

Living briefs

Mint unveils Marine Corps commemorative coin

Collections, junk can overrun home, hinder life

Living briefs
Here's a look at some Memorial Day events:

Living briefs
Here's a look at some Memorial Day events:

Collections, junk can overrun home, hinder life
Judy Slavovsky didn't become a pack rat overnight. It took years to fill the Augusta home she shared with her husband, Peter, with so much stuff that it became too cluttered to have guests over.

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.

New shot for kids to protect them from meningitis
CHICAGO - High school freshman Leslie Meigs has a simple message for kids about the scary disease that struck out of the blue and within hours almost killed her: Get the new meningitis shot

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.

Acura RSX delivers inexpensive luxury
Acura's least-expensive car, the RSX, is an anomaly. The base RSX holds the top fuel economy ranking of all 2005 "sports/sporty cars," according to the EPA, with a rating of 27 miles a gallon in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway for a manual transmission model.

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.

New shot for kids to protect them from meningitis
CHICAGO - High school freshman Leslie Meigs has a simple message for kids about the scary disease that struck out of the blue and within hours almost killed her: Get the new meningitis shot

Acura RSX delivers inexpensive luxury
Acura's least-expensive car, the RSX, is an anomaly. The base RSX holds the top fuel economy ranking of all 2005 "sports/sporty cars," according to the EPA, with a rating of 27 miles a gallon in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway for a manual transmission model.

Collections, junk can overrun home, hinder life
Judy Slavovsky didn't become a pack rat overnight. It took years to fill the Augusta home she shared with her husband, Peter, with so much stuff that it became too cluttered to have guests over.

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.

Memorial Day Events
Events in the area this weekend:

Holiday Closings

Pet of the week

Augusta mayor to resign June 20

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.

News you can use

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.

Corrections

Getting clipped

Posing with the Godfather

Georgia roads to clear of work
For all those who shudder at road construction and are looking to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend, Judy Simmons has a suggestion.

Sources say mayor will say goodbye

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Across the area

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.

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.

Artistic ritual

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

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):

Board OKs upgrade of mapping software
When Dewayne Porter took the reins of the Columbia County School System transportation department two months ago, he knew he wanted a more efficient means of mapping the bus routes.

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.

Memorial Day Events
Events in the area this weekend:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Directors testify they didn't know of funds
State Sen. Charles Walker might have known how much money was available for the CSRA Classic, but the Classic directors through the years didn't have a clue, they testified Thursday.

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

Kid of the Day
Cole Garnett is today's Kid of the Day.

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

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

MCG might not treat inmates

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.

Ridge Forest residents strive for close-knit community

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

Across the area

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 ...

Inmate charged in '03 crime
Richmond County has arrested a prison inmate in connection with the robbery of a south Augusta pharmacy two years ago.

Augusta State University notes

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

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Judge allows release in child molestation case
A Richmond County Superior Court judge granted release on bond Thursday to a man indicted this month on charges of child molestation.

Holiday drives people to road

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.

Senior named national scholar

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.

Ex-doctor accused of molesting child

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.

Holiday Closings

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

Kid of the Day

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.

Sheriff's office must compete for tax money

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 ...

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.

Across the area
An inmate at the Aiken County detention center who was found dead in his cell May 17 died from natural causes, an official said Thursday.

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.

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

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

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue met with federal officials in Washington on Wednesday to pitch his plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program.

Across South Carolina

Library meetings

Parade will honor soldiers

Bus line pulls out of Augusta

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.

BRAC commissioner looks over bases

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

Beach boulders are a mystery to many
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Some say the unexplained appearance of rocks on a stretch of beach is a coverup.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Worker tells of 'Focus' scheme

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 Georgia

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.

Meetings

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.

Train wreck settlement to be reviewed

Mayoral Resignation Procedure

Reunions

Directors testify they didn't know of funds

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Board OKs upgrade of mapping software

Peer counseling program grows
Ken Whiddon remembers grinding up the glass and filling the ice cube trays with it. He picked out bridges he might drive off and dreamed of putting a gun to his head.

Peer counseling program grows

Memorial Day events
The following celebrations are being held during the holiday:

Kid of the Day

Sources say mayor will say goodbye
Augusta Mayor Bob Young has called a news conference today where he is expected to announce his resignation and appointment as regional director of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department in Atlanta, according to sources close to the mayor.

$1 billion in homes planned

Ex-doctor accused of molesting child
A 45-year-old Evans man who had worked as a gynecologist in the Augusta area has been arrested on a charge of child molestation and aggravated assault.

Memorial Day events

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.

Corrections
Because of incorrect information provided to The Augusta Chronicle, an article in Thursday's editions incorrectly listed the nearest bus station providing Greyhound bus service after the company eliminates Augusta as a stop June 21.

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

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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.

Across the area
An inmate at the Aiken County detention center who was found dead in his cell May 17 died from natural causes, an official said Thursday.

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina has appointed a new dean for the university's honors college and its music school.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Georgia may get another area code
ATLANTA - As the 706 area code runs out of numbers, state regulators are looking at adding a new code for the region.

Posing with the Godfather
Hattie Darring has her fianc, Donell Gatlin, take her photo next to the James Brown statue in the median of the 800 block of Broad Street.

Speaker installs microphone silencer
ATLANTA - If common courtesy and a sense of decorum won't keep Georgia House members in order, perhaps cutting the power to the main microphone will.

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.

Urban renewal progress slower than expected
AIKEN - The urban renewal of Aiken's north side is progressing slower than officials anticipated, budget figures show.

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.

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.

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

Across Georgia

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.

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.

Kid of the Day
Cole Garnett is today's Kid of the Day.

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.

Directors testify they didn't know of funds
State Sen. Charles Walker might have known how much money was available for the CSRA Classic, but the Classic directors through the years didn't have a clue, they testified Thursday.

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.

$1 billion in homes planned
GRANITEVILLE - Developers announced plans Thursday to build two massive communities on either side of Graniteville that would dramatically alter Aiken County's landscape during the next 10 years.

Rants and Raves
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Posing with the Godfather
Hattie Darring has her fianc, Donell Gatlin, take her photo next to the James Brown statue in the median of the 800 block of Broad Street.

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

Ex-doctor accused of molesting child
A 45-year-old Evans man who had worked as a gynecologist in the Augusta area has been arrested on a charge of child molestation and aggravated assault.

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

Sources say mayor will say goodbye
Augusta Mayor Bob Young has called a news conference today where he is expected to announce his resignation and appointment as regional director of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department in Atlanta, according to sources close to the mayor.

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.

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

Board OKs upgrade of mapping software
When Dewayne Porter took the reins of the Columbia County School System transportation department two months ago, he knew he wanted a more efficient means of mapping the bus routes.

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

Peer counseling program grows
Ken Whiddon remembers grinding up the glass and filling the ice cube trays with it. He picked out bridges he might drive off and dreamed of putting a gun to his head.

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

Augusta mayor to resign June 20
Augusta Mayor Bob Young, addressing what he called "Augusta's worst-kept secret," formally announced this morning that he will resign June 20 to become the gional director of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department in Atlanta.

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.

Mayoral Resignation Procedure
The following is an outline of the procedure upon mayoral resignation from County Attorney Steve Shepard.

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

Corrections
Because of incorrect information provided to The Augusta Chronicle, an article in Thursday's editions incorrectly listed the nearest bus station providing Greyhound bus service after the company eliminates Augusta as a stop June 21.

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

Memorial Day events
The following celebrations are being held during the holiday:

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

Agency approves public hunts to curb deer herds

$1 billion in homes planned
GRANITEVILLE - Developers announced plans Thursday to build two massive communities on either side of Graniteville that would dramatically alter Aiken County's landscape during the next 10 years.

Memorial Day Events

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include

Heroes of the class

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

Children are given awards for academic achievement

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.

This week

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Commissioners want 'what if' plans

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The University of South Carolina has appointed a new dean for the university's honors college and its music school.

Protest rules elicit their own protests

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue met with federal officials in Washington on Wednesday to pitch his plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program.

For the record

Events

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.

Crew escapee is convicted rapist

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

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.

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.

'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.

'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.

'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.

Mini reviews

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

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Big ticket

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.

Vibe magazine enters crowded music festival scene
Not every hot musical concert will be coming to a town near you. Some of the summer's most anticipated gigs are not tours, but destination music festivals. Among the biggest this year are the return of Lollapalooza as a two-day blowout, and weekend bashes by Vibe and Essence magazines

Cowboy Troy brings 'hick-hop' to audiences
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Cowboy Troy gets that look a lot. He'll be hanging around an arena before a show and see a black person who works there.

Cowboy Troy brings 'hick-hop' to audiences

Vibe magazine enters crowded music festival scene
Not every hot musical concert will be coming to a town near you. Some of the summer's most anticipated gigs are not tours, but destination music festivals. Among the biggest this year are the return of Lollapalooza as a two-day blowout, and weekend bashes by Vibe and Essence magazines

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.

Sonic spotlight

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."

Artists include reggae in sounds of summer
Two years ago, the musical flavor of the month seemed to be garage rock. One year ago, it was New Wave circa 1982. Next year, it could very well be reggae.

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

Vibe magazine enters crowded music festival scene

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.

Theatrics of old-school metal brought back to stage

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

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

Cowboy Troy brings 'hick-hop' to audiences
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Cowboy Troy gets that look a lot. He'll be hanging around an arena before a show and see a black person who works there.

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.

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.

Racing newsmaker: Mark Martin

Track mark is shattered by Newman
CONCORD, N.C. - Ryan Newman's latest qualifying effort was impressive even by his own standards.

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.

Earnhardt's car owner pursues insurance claim

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.

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
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.

NASCAR: No more double duty

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.

Rice wants to end career with Broncos

Browns' Winslow: 'I humbly apologize'

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Teens capture fancy of Paris

U.S. men bid Paris farewell

U.S. men bid Paris farewell
PARIS - First, the trainer massaged Andy Roddick's left calf, then the right one in the fifth set at the end of a sweltering day at the French Open that brought cramps to players and heatstroke to fans.

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.

U.S. men bid Paris farewell
PARIS - First, the trainer massaged Andy Roddick's left calf, then the right one in the fifth set at the end of a sweltering day at the French Open that brought cramps to players and heatstroke to fans.

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

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

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
Augusta State University's Garrett Phillips, of St. Simons Island, Ga., has extended her lead in the Greater Atlanta Women's Amateur Championship in Villa Rica, Ga.

Browns' Winslow: 'I humbly apologize'
CLEVELAND - Kellen Winslow Jr. apologized to Browns fans on Thursday for his reckless use of a motorcycle and confirmed that he will miss the upcoming season because of injuries sustained in the crash.

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.

Browns' Winslow: 'I humbly apologize'
CLEVELAND - Kellen Winslow Jr. apologized to Browns fans on Thursday for his reckless use of a motorcycle and confirmed that he will miss the upcoming season because of injuries sustained in the crash.

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

Film company produced top-notch British classics

'Jeopardy!' ace meets his match
NEW YORK - Maybe Ken Jennings isn't so tough after all.

'Jeopardy!' ace meets his match

'Nightline' to again recite names of war dead

Paul Newman plays sly codger in HBO drama
LOS ANGELES - "I wish I was 79 again," quips Paul Newman, who turned 80 in January.

'Jeopardy!' ace meets his match
NEW YORK - Maybe Ken Jennings isn't so tough after all.

Paul Newman plays sly codger in HBO drama
LOS ANGELES - "I wish I was 79 again," quips Paul Newman, who turned 80 in January.

'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
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.

Paul Newman plays sly codger in HBO drama

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Angelina Jolie: I never slept with Pitt

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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

'Butter cow lady' wants to make Tiger Woods sculpture

Suntan oil helps woman slip away from attacker

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