'Doubt' expected to get the best-play Tony
NEW YORK - No "Doubt" about it. The 2005 Tony Award for best play will go to John Patrick Shanley.

'Doubt' expected to get the best-play Tony
NEW YORK - No "Doubt" about it. The 2005 Tony Award for best play will go to John Patrick Shanley.

Arab-American memoir evokes tastes of Middle East
PORTLAND, Ore. - Food memoirs were once the sole province of such confirmed culinary superstars as M.F.K. Fisher, whose prose was filled with tantalizing descriptions of summer picnics and late night tete-a-tetes over cheese and figs.

Monuments recall the heroism - and horror - of war
In Venice, on the square in front of the grand Dominican Church of Saints John and Paul, stands a colossal bronze statue of a 15th-century military leader, Bartolomeo Colleoni, a mercenary who led the republic's land forces when the city was at the height of its power. If it were not for the fact that Venice has few outdoor sculptures devoted to military figures, the looming equestrian statue would not be remarkable, as it is not much different from the thousands of other military statues that stand tall in most of the world's cities.

Historian returns with '1776'

Historian returns with '1776'
SUDBURY, Mass. - David McCullough, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian, sits in a small, blue swivel chair and prepares to discuss the meaning of the American Revolution. His audience is not an assembly of scholars or reporters, but a gathering of fifth graders at the Josiah Haynes Elementary School.

'Spelling Bee' funny man rises from obscurity
NEW YORK - Dan Fogler is cracking himself up at the Palm. Posing for photographs, he grabs handfuls of his frizzy, shoulder-length hair and yanks it straight up, opening his mouth wide in a silent scream. Then he whisks a napkin off a table and drapes it over his arm, affecting the pose of a stuffy maitre d'.

'Doubt' expected to get the best-play Tony

Arab-American memoir evokes tastes of Middle East
PORTLAND, Ore. - Food memoirs were once the sole province of such confirmed culinary superstars as M.F.K. Fisher, whose prose was filled with tantalizing descriptions of summer picnics and late night tete-a-tetes over cheese and figs.

'Spelling Bee' funny man rises from obscurity

'Spelling Bee' funny man rises from obscurity
NEW YORK - Dan Fogler is cracking himself up at the Palm. Posing for photographs, he grabs handfuls of his frizzy, shoulder-length hair and yanks it straight up, opening his mouth wide in a silent scream. Then he whisks a napkin off a table and drapes it over his arm, affecting the pose of a stuffy maitre d'.

Historian returns with '1776'

Historian returns with '1776'
SUDBURY, Mass. - David McCullough, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian, sits in a small, blue swivel chair and prepares to discuss the meaning of the American Revolution. His audience is not an assembly of scholars or reporters, but a gathering of fifth graders at the Josiah Haynes Elementary School.

Arab-American memoir evokes tastes of Middle East

Historian returns with '1776'
SUDBURY, Mass. - David McCullough, Pulitzer-Prize winning historian, sits in a small, blue swivel chair and prepares to discuss the meaning of the American Revolution. His audience is not an assembly of scholars or reporters, but a gathering of fifth graders at the Josiah Haynes Elementary School.

Patriots following own script
ADEL, Ga. - It's so corny that it had to be made up. Or planned. Westside's Patriots took a charter bus to the Class AA baseball semifinals Monday in Adel.

Sunday's College Baseball Scores
Here are Sunday's College Baseball scores.

Knights facing another obstacle
ALBANY, Ga. - Evans pitchers have faced some great hitters this season.

White Sox squeak by Angels
CHICAGO -Timo Perez, a replacement for the injured Frank Thomas, singled in two runs in the ninth inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

White Sox squeak by Angels
CHICAGO -Timo Perez, a replacement for the injured Frank Thomas, singled in two runs in the ninth inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

Knights can't produce rally

White Sox squeak by Angels

Patriots following own script
ADEL, Ga. - It's so corny that it had to be made up. Or planned. Westside's Patriots took a charter bus to the Class AA baseball semifinals Monday in Adel.

Mississippi St. takes SEC tournament
HOOVER, Ala. - Mississippi State found a nice way to erase the sting of four consecutive losses to rival Mississippi: win the one that counts the most.

Sunday's College Baseball Scores

Knights facing another obstacle
ALBANY, Ga. - Evans pitchers have faced some great hitters this season.

Mississippi St. takes SEC tournament

Knights can't produce rally
LEESBURG, Ga. - It was a time-tested formula for the Evans baseball team this postseason.

Knights facing another obstacle

Knights can't produce rally
LEESBURG, Ga. - It was a time-tested formula for the Evans baseball team this postseason.

Mississippi St. takes SEC tournament
HOOVER, Ala. - Mississippi State found a nice way to erase the sting of four consecutive losses to rival Mississippi: win the one that counts the most.

Sunday's College Baseball Scores
Here are Sunday's College Baseball scores.

Patriots following own script

Don't take your barber's advice about vacation

Odds and Ends
LANGHORNE, Pa. - When Michele Hutchison's baby is born, she envisions more than a pure bundle of bouncing joy. She also sees a potential billboard.

TV thief released after 35 years
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. - After 35 years in prison for stealing a black-and-white television set, Junior Allen is a free man.

Ticket against jaywalking chicken dismissed
RIDGECREST, Calif. - A chicken that got a ticket for crossing the road has clawed his way out of it.

Ticket against jaywalking chicken dismissed
RIDGECREST, Calif. - A chicken that got a ticket for crossing the road has clawed his way out of it.

Doctor sells surgery exam answers on eBay
PHILADELPHIA - Doctors who fail the American Board of Surgery written exam are no longer allowed to review their tests privately after one man wrote down the answers to dozens of questions and offered them for sale on the Internet.

Doctor sells surgery exam answers on eBay
PHILADELPHIA - Doctors who fail the American Board of Surgery written exam are no longer allowed to review their tests privately after one man wrote down the answers to dozens of questions and offered them for sale on the Internet.

Odds and Ends
LANGHORNE, Pa. - When Michele Hutchison's baby is born, she envisions more than a pure bundle of bouncing joy. She also sees a potential billboard.

Mother who hired stripper for son indicted
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A mother faces criminal charges after she hired a stripper to dance at her 16-year-old son's birthday party.

TV thief released after 35 years
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. - After 35 years in prison for stealing a black-and-white television set, Junior Allen is a free man.

Braves don't let Phillies have sweep
ATLANTA - The young Atlanta Braves got significantly younger Sunday. And that might not be such a bad thing.

Braves suspect foul play
WASHINGTON - In a city loaded with lobbyists and packed with politicians, the Washington Nationals, even in their first year here, proved expertly Monday at RFK Stadium that they understand the powers of persuasion.

Braves suspect foul play
WASHINGTON - In a city loaded with lobbyists and packed with politicians, the Washington Nationals, even in their first year here, proved expertly Monday at RFK Stadium that they understand the powers of persuasion.

Nationals hang on to defeat Braves

Braves suspect foul play

Braves don't let Phillies have sweep
ATLANTA - The young Atlanta Braves got significantly younger Sunday. And that might not be such a bad thing.

Nationals hang on to defeat Braves
WASHINGTON - Despite a series of missteps in the field, at the plate and on the basepaths, the Washington Nationals were clinging to a one-run lead against the Atlanta Braves in the seventh inning when Brian Jordan hit a shot to left field.

Johnson adjusting quickly to majors

Johnson adjusting quickly to majors
WASHINGTON - Kelly Johnson said, in making his major-league debut at home Sunday, he felt like the Bearded Lady or something big-toppish.

Braves don't let Phillies have sweep

Braves set to cut ties with Mondesi

Braves set to cut ties with Mondesi
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz has called Raul Mondesi a calculated gamble. But, in the end, it appears the Braves decided to fold.

Johnson adjusting quickly to majors
WASHINGTON - Kelly Johnson said, in making his major-league debut at home Sunday, he felt like the Bearded Lady or something big-toppish.

Braves set to cut ties with Mondesi
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz has called Raul Mondesi a calculated gamble. But, in the end, it appears the Braves decided to fold.

Nationals hang on to defeat Braves
WASHINGTON - Despite a series of missteps in the field, at the plate and on the basepaths, the Washington Nationals were clinging to a one-run lead against the Atlanta Braves in the seventh inning when Brian Jordan hit a shot to left field.

Town center rules may spread
The Evans Town Center could be headed to other Columbia County corridors - or at least most of its requirements could.

Business briefs
OLDER WORKERS: The aging of America holds an important consequence for U.S. business - the retirement loss of a lot of experienced talent.

iRobot co-founder's perseverance now pays off

Music variety format takes off on the radio

About 40 percent seek prescription drug subsidy
WASHINGTON - If an early test run is any indication, only two out of five Medicare recipients eligible for extra help with their prescription drug costs next year will apply for that help.

China unravels its textile concessions

Business briefs
OLDER WORKERS: The aging of America holds an important consequence for U.S. business - the retirement loss of a lot of experienced talent.

Interest in dividend-paying stocks renewed
NEW YORK - The emerging leadership of dividend-paying stocks has some market watchers spotting a broader trend: With earnings growth on the decline, there's renewed interest in what was once considered an old-fashioned investment.

Business briefs

Buybacks aren't necessarily bullish
NEW YORK - The way companies like to spin stock buybacks, they make them seem like a no-lose situation for investors. But the truth is that share repurchases often do little or nothing to boost shareholder value.

China unravels its textile concessions
BEIJING - China on Monday scrapped concessions meant to avert a trade war with the United States and Europe, withdrawing a plan to sharply increase export duties on Chinese-made textiles that are flooding foreign markets.

Some see the beginning of the end of oil
Could the petroleum joyride - cheap, abundant oil that has sent the global economy whizzing along with the pedal to the metal and the AC blasting for decades - be coming to an end?

iRobot co-founder's perseverance now pays off
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Watching the original "Star Wars" movie as a mathematically inclined 11-year-old, Helen Greiner dreamed of someday creating a robot like the heroic R2-D2.

Are the dollar's gains here to stay?
NEW YORK - It may be too soon to call the dollar's recent rise a full-fledged turnaround. And there may be some in corporate America who are just fine with that.

About 40 percent seek prescription drug subsidy

iRobot co-founder's perseverance now pays off
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Watching the original "Star Wars" movie as a mathematically inclined 11-year-old, Helen Greiner dreamed of someday creating a robot like the heroic R2-D2.

About 40 percent seek prescription drug subsidy
WASHINGTON - If an early test run is any indication, only two out of five Medicare recipients eligible for extra help with their prescription drug costs next year will apply for that help.

China unravels its textile concessions
BEIJING - China on Monday scrapped concessions meant to avert a trade war with the United States and Europe, withdrawing a plan to sharply increase export duties on Chinese-made textiles that are flooding foreign markets.

Interest in dividend-paying stocks renewed

Some see the beginning of the end of oil
Could the petroleum joyride - cheap, abundant oil that has sent the global economy whizzing along with the pedal to the metal and the AC blasting for decades - be coming to an end?

Buybacks aren't necessarily bullish
NEW YORK - The way companies like to spin stock buybacks, they make them seem like a no-lose situation for investors. But the truth is that share repurchases often do little or nothing to boost shareholder value.

Music variety format takes off on the radio
CHICAGO - The posters hanging on the walls of the broadcasting booth at Nine FM are as eclectic as the music the radio station plays - Pink Floyd and Aerosmith sharing space with the Marx Brothers, the Rat Pack and the Beatles.

Are the dollar's gains here to stay?

Are the dollar's gains here to stay?
NEW YORK - It may be too soon to call the dollar's recent rise a full-fledged turnaround. And there may be some in corporate America who are just fine with that.

Buybacks aren't necessarily bullish

Interest in dividend-paying stocks renewed
NEW YORK - The emerging leadership of dividend-paying stocks has some market watchers spotting a broader trend: With earnings growth on the decline, there's renewed interest in what was once considered an old-fashioned investment.

Some see the beginning of the end of oil

Music variety format takes off on the radio
CHICAGO - The posters hanging on the walls of the broadcasting booth at Nine FM are as eclectic as the music the radio station plays - Pink Floyd and Aerosmith sharing space with the Marx Brothers, the Rat Pack and the Beatles.

Clemson picked as NCAA regional site
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson has made the NCAA baseball tournament.

Clemson picked as NCAA regional site
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson has made the NCAA baseball tournament.

Clemson picked as NCAA regional site

Amnesty's lies

Teaching the Constitution
Some in the education establishment are upset with the law Congress passed last year requiring schools and colleges that receive federal money to hold classes on the U.S. Constitution and its legacy.

Mourn the fallen
For many years after the unpopular Vietnam war, the true significance of Memorial Day was lost on large segments of the U.S. public. For many Americans, it came to be identified more as a cheerful holiday marking the start of summer instead of as a solemn day to mourn, remember and honor hundreds of thousands of the nation's armed forces who fought and died through the centuries to preserve our freedoms and our values.

Amnesty's lies
In its annual report on human rights, Amnesty International describes the U.S-run Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba as "the gulag of our times" - so bad that U.S. leaders such as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld deserve to face prosecution in international courts for the prisoners' treatment.

This is up to you
If you're on an east Georgia lake this summer without your life jacket, don't even think of running into Mark Held.

Amnesty's lies
In its annual report on human rights, Amnesty International describes the U.S-run Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba as "the gulag of our times" - so bad that U.S. leaders such as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld deserve to face prosecution in international courts for the prisoners' treatment.

We've got your back
It's one thing for your comrades in arms to second-guess your actions in the heat of battle.

Actor Jared Padalecki wary after failed TV pilot
LOS ANGELES - Jared Padalecki knew better than to count on his new drama being picked up by a TV network. "Young MacGyver" never made it on the air.

People in the News
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Hungary's prime minister on Monday bestowed a national honor on British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, praising his support of Hungarian culture.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - They say imitation is a form of flattery, but the artist who's been called Japan's "Andy Warhol" isn't convinced.

Actor Jared Padalecki wary after failed TV pilot
LOS ANGELES - Jared Padalecki knew better than to count on his new drama being picked up by a TV network. "Young MacGyver" never made it on the air.

People in the News
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Hungary's prime minister on Monday bestowed a national honor on British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, praising his support of Hungarian culture.

Tape gives jurors image of Jackson accuser
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Investigators' first look at the boy who accused Michael Jackson of molesting him is also the last one jurors will be left with as they decide whether he is credible enough to convict the pop star.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - They say imitation is a form of flattery, but the artist who's been called Japan's "Andy Warhol" isn't convinced.

Tape gives jurors image of Jackson accuser
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Investigators' first look at the boy who accused Michael Jackson of molesting him is also the last one jurors will be left with as they decide whether he is credible enough to convict the pop star.

South next in line for free credit reports
ATLANTA - Residents of the South will have the right to order free copies of their credit reports starting Tuesday.

South next in line for free credit reports

South next in line for free credit reports
ATLANTA - Residents of the South will have the right to order free copies of their credit reports starting Tuesday.

Jackets win ACC title
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Tyler Greene had two hits and drove in a run, leading Georgia Tech to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title Sunday with a 4-3 win over Virginia and earning the Yellow Jackets the league's automatic NCAA berth.

Jackets win ACC title
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Tyler Greene had two hits and drove in a run, leading Georgia Tech to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title Sunday with a 4-3 win over Virginia and earning the Yellow Jackets the league's automatic NCAA berth.

Jackets win ACC title

Jackets win big to split with Bombers
Aaron Hornostaj's two-run triple in the bottom of the second broke an early tie, and the Augusta GreenJackets poured it on for a 14-2 victory Sunday over the Greenville Bombers at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Jackets win big to split with Bombers
Aaron Hornostaj's two-run triple in the bottom of the second broke an early tie, and the Augusta GreenJackets poured it on for a 14-2 victory Sunday over the Greenville Bombers at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Thinking too hard just ruins the joke

Cabrera wins BMW Championship by two strokes

Kang wins Corning Classic
CORNING, N.Y. - For a change, Annika Sorenstam just didn't have it. Jimin Kang did.

USC Aiken's best receive more awards
Coming off their second consecutive NCAA Division II title, the top four players on the USC Aiken golf team received more accolades.

Reid gets improbable win
LIGONIER, Pa. - Mike Reid was on the wrong end of one of championship golf's worst collapses. This time he benefited from not one but two improbable breakdowns minutes apart for a Senior PGA victory even he didn't think was possible.

Kang wins Corning Classic
CORNING, N.Y. - For a change, Annika Sorenstam just didn't have it. Jimin Kang did.

Cabrera wins BMW Championship by two strokes
VIRGINIA WATER, England - Angel Cabrera shot a 5-under 67 Sunday, winning the BMW Championship by two strokes over Paul McGinley.

Leonard wins St. Jude Classic by one stroke

Kang wins Corning Classic

Reid gets improbable win

Reid gets improbable win
LIGONIER, Pa. - Mike Reid was on the wrong end of one of championship golf's worst collapses. This time he benefited from not one but two improbable breakdowns minutes apart for a Senior PGA victory even he didn't think was possible.

Leonard wins St. Jude Classic by one stroke
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Justin Leonard sure knows how to make things interesting.

Leonard wins St. Jude Classic by one stroke
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Justin Leonard sure knows how to make things interesting.

Cabrera wins BMW Championship by two strokes
VIRGINIA WATER, England - Angel Cabrera shot a 5-under 67 Sunday, winning the BMW Championship by two strokes over Paul McGinley.

Jackets win big to split with Bombers

Devils burning mad over name change proposal
TRENTON, N.J. - What chance do the New Jersey Devils give a proposal that would give the pro hockey franchise a less demonic name?

Don't take your barber's advice about vacation
June is almost here. The summer vacation season is about to begin, and what better way to mark them both than with this story:

Don't take your barber's advice about vacation
June is almost here. The summer vacation season is about to begin, and what better way to mark them both than with this story:

Keep Viagra from sex offenders

Voting for bonds, SPLOST is mistake
I have been following the hot topic of the obligation bonds and property tax increase, and the special-purpose local option sales tax, to be used for the sports arena and infrastructure needs, respectively. Frank W. Scharite, Augusta

Keep Viagra from sex offenders
A startling news article recently stated that a 1998 directive from federal officials told states that Medicaid prescription programs must include Viagra. Al Kotras, Augusta

Don't discount danger of flooding
It is ironic that no engineer has been associated with the vast building program on the North Augusta side of the Savannah River. People recently have claimed that the river can never flood again, because Thurmond Lake will prevent flooding, and that the levee on the Augusta side should be removed.Curtis D. Choplin, North Augusta, S.C.

Voting for bonds, SPLOST is mistake

Voting for bonds, SPLOST is mistake
I have been following the hot topic of the obligation bonds and property tax increase, and the special-purpose local option sales tax, to be used for the sports arena and infrastructure needs, respectively.Frank W. Scharite, Augusta

In Williams case, many people lose
Regarding the stories about the recent Robin Williams case: In all I have read and heard, I heard nothing about the nonmonetary losses.Annie Payton, Augusta

Require permits to acquire pit bulls
We make people take a test before we give them licenses to drive, because of the potential danger to the public if the car isn't handled properly. Gerald Roberts, Augusta

Norwood voted wrong on stem cells
Of all people to vote against the stem-cell research bill which passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, Rep. Charlie Norwood should know a lot better. Lowell M. Greenbaum, Augusta

Remember leader of Confederacy
A man who certainly has received the worst treatment by revisionist historians is Jefferson Davis. Robert L. Gordon, North Augusta, S.C.

Don't discount danger of flooding

Keep Viagra from sex offenders
A startling news article recently stated that a 1998 directive from federal officials told states that Medicaid prescription programs must include Viagra. Al Kotras, Augusta

Require permits to acquire pit bulls

In Williams case, many people lose
Regarding the stories about the recent Robin Williams case: In all I have read and heard, I heard nothing about the nonmonetary losses.Annie Payton, Augusta

In Williams case, many people lose

Require permits to acquire pit bulls
We make people take a test before we give them licenses to drive, because of the potential danger to the public if the car isn't handled properly. Gerald Roberts, Augusta

Don't discount danger of flooding
It is ironic that no engineer has been associated with the vast building program on the North Augusta side of the Savannah River. People recently have claimed that the river can never flood again, because Thurmond Lake will prevent flooding, and that the levee on the Augusta side should be removed. Curtis D. Choplin, North Augusta, S.C.

White shoes: Should you or shouldn't you?

All-black rodeo has been on tour for 21 years

Review: handheld puzzles, 'Polarium,' and 'Mercury'

Japanese number puzzle conquers Britain

Ergonomic keyboards break old rule

White shoes: Should you or shouldn't you?
NEW YORK - It's one of the last great fashion debates: Should you or shouldn't you wear white shoes?

Ergonomic keyboards break old rule
A decade ago, there was much talk about keyboards causing repetitive motion injuries. Attention was focused on ergonomics and leading manufacturers including Microsoft introduced special curved and split keyboards.

All-black rodeo has been on tour for 21 years
CONYERS, Ga. - What led the Rev. Joseph Lowery, one of the nation's best-known black leaders, to trade his Sunday church clothes for Western wear and jump on a horse?

Review: handheld puzzles, 'Polarium,' and 'Mercury'
What's great about puzzle games is that there's no real commitment and no story line.

Japanese number puzzle conquers Britain
LONDON - Britain has a new addiction. Hunched over newspapers on crowded subway trains, sneaking secret peeks in the office, a puzzle-crazy nation is trying to slot numbers into small checkerboard grids.

Japanese number puzzle conquers Britain
LONDON - Britain has a new addiction. Hunched over newspapers on crowded subway trains, sneaking secret peeks in the office, a puzzle-crazy nation is trying to slot numbers into small checkerboard grids.

All-black rodeo has been on tour for 21 years
CONYERS, Ga. - What led the Rev. Joseph Lowery, one of the nation's best-known black leaders, to trade his Sunday church clothes for Western wear and jump on a horse?

Ergonomic keyboards break old rule
A decade ago, there was much talk about keyboards causing repetitive motion injuries. Attention was focused on ergonomics and leading manufacturers including Microsoft introduced special curved and split keyboards.

Review: handheld puzzles, 'Polarium,' and 'Mercury'
What's great about puzzle games is that there's no real commitment and no story line.

White shoes: Should you or shouldn't you?
NEW YORK - It's one of the last great fashion debates: Should you or shouldn't you wear white shoes?

Board questions school budget
Richmond County school trustees are taking a hard look at the budget and where Superintendent Charles Larke wants to spend $222 million.

Bikers bring enthusiasm for a cause
As a former Army brat, Carolyn Ramp said there was no way she would have missed Sunday's Memorial Ride for Hospitalized Veterans.

Battle wages over clubs in Georgia schools
ATLANTA - Sometimes, even Micah Weiss has trouble listing all the school clubs he's involved with at Grady High School.

Growing schools hire officers
Columbia County school officials are calling the hiring of three new public safety officers a needed measure for a growing school system and not a response to a rise in school-related incidents.

Holiday Closings

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Two people were shot to death and two others were wounded during a home invasion. No arrests had been made as of Sunday, police said.

Mom, daughter deal with issue's publicity
ATLANTA - Savannah Pacer and her daughter might feel a bit besieged by the media crush surrounding 17-year-old Kerry's efforts to start a club at White County High School.

Across the southeast
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. - An Alabama woman is seeking class-action status for a lawsuit against a Dillard's Inc. hair salon that she said charged black women more than white women.

'The meaning of sacrifice'
Retired U.S. Army Maj. Bill Price got something after Monday's Memorial Day observance at the All Wars Monument in downtown Augusta that he never expected - three shell casings from bullets fired in a three-volley salute by a Fort Gordon honor guard.

Across the area
A resident in a downtown Augusta neighborhood told police he was intentionally hit by a car driven by a man he did not know early Sunday.

Growing schools hire officers

Defense begins arguing its case
The first defense witness in state Sen. Charles Walker's trial Sunday testified that there was no illegal quid pro quo relationship between the senator and an Atlanta public hospital.

'Pushing the frontier'

Lunch system allows parents to spy
MARIETTA, Ga. - As Garin Hughes picks through his school-lunch burrito and unidentifiable apple-pear dessert, he has a secret.

Ceremony continues in the rain
AIKEN - The James L. Hammons Detachment Marine Corps League canceled its annual Memorial Day ceremony because of rainy weather Monday.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Gerald Harrison Grant Brown, 2, of North Augusta.

Across the Southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - State lawmakers are concerned about young people and keg parties and the potentially dangerous situations they can create.

Former DeKalb sheriff prefers talk of Williams' innocence
REIDSVILLE, Ga. - Imprisoned for ordering the murder of a political rival, a former sheriff says he rather talk about another high-profile killer's innocence than his own.

Homosexual student says group offers refuge
ATLANTA - Devin Jefferson didn't necessarily want his parents to know that he was gay; at least not when they found out; at least not how.

Friends testify in Walker's defense

Kid of the Day
Jaida S. Jenkins is today's Kid of the Day.

Board questions school budget

Fan's love brought disc golf into area
Golf was never Brian Graham's game. Add a disc to the mix, though, and that's his passion.

Kid of the Day

Defense begins arguing its case

Across Georgia

Across the area

Homosexual student says group offers refuge

Roadkill doesn't go to waste in near bird center

'The meaning of sacrifice'

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area

News you can use
Events today include:

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Florida slaying suspect whose 56-hour crane standoff led to a spectacle in the city's entertainment district was informed by a judge Monday that he would be held without bail pending an extradition hearing.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Friends testify in Walker's defense
Dozens poured into the federal courthouse Monday, undaunted by the rain or giving up any Memorial Day celebration, to testify for state Sen. Charles Walker.

Roadkill doesn't go to waste in near bird center
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Every now and then, a couple of women pull off the side of U.S. Highway 17, hoist a fresh deer carcass into their truck and speed off.

Board questions school budget
Richmond County school trustees are taking a hard look at the budget and where Superintendent Charles Larke wants to spend $222 million.

A visit to their stars
Resigned to the likelihood that he would never see the National World War II Memorial in person, Harold Mays watched the dedication ceremony on television last year.

Ceremony continues in the rain
AIKEN - The James L. Hammons Detachment Marine Corps League canceled its annual Memorial Day ceremony because of rainy weather Monday.

Fan's love brought disc golf into area
Golf was never Brian Graham's game. Add a disc to the mix, though, and that's his passion.

Across the area
An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies he was shot in the left leg early Monday morning.

Transplanted Northerners take interest in Civil War
ATLANTA - Eric Peterson lives only eight miles from the route his great-great-grandfather took during the Civil War through what is now suburban Atlanta. But Mr. Peterson's ancestor wasn't a gray-coated Rebel; he was a Union soldier from Wisconsin taking part in Gen. Sherman's march through Georgia.

Ceremony continues in the rain

'Pushing the frontier'
CONYERS, Ga. - What led the Rev. Joseph Lowery, one of the nation's best-known black leaders, to trade his Sunday church clothes for Western wear and jump on a horse?

Transplanted Northerners take interest in Civil War
ATLANTA - Eric Peterson lives only eight miles from the route his great-great-grandfather took during the Civil War through what is now suburban Atlanta. But Mr. Peterson's ancestor wasn't a gray-coated Rebel; he was a Union soldier from Wisconsin taking part in Gen. Sherman's march through Georgia.

The week ahead
Considering I come from a large family - my maternal grandparents had a dozen children, my paternal had 15, and I couldn't tell you how many cousins I have - Memorial Day usually meant it was time to see whose house would be the site of the cookout where everyone would show up. My generation wasn't one that saw real wartime, so the day mostly provided a reason to see relatives, laugh and play, and not so much to remember people who had lost their lives in war.

A visit to their stars
Resigned to the likelihood that he would never see the National World War II Memorial in person, Harold Mays watched the dedication ceremony on television last year.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina tops the list of places to go for 6 percent of people surveyed by the Travel Industry Association.

Bikers bring enthusiasm for a cause

Holiday Closings
The following closings have been announced for Memorial Day.

Kid of the Day

Growing schools hire officers
Columbia County school officials are calling the hiring of three new public safety officers a needed measure for a growing school system and not a response to a rise in school-related incidents.

Across Georgia

Bikers bring enthusiasm for a cause
As a former Army brat, Carolyn Ramp said there was no way she would have missed Sunday's Memorial Ride for Hospitalized Veterans.

Transplanted Northerners take interest in Civil War

Holiday Closings
The following closings have been announced for Memorial Day.

Former DeKalb sheriff prefers talk of Williams' innocence

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Two people were shot to death and two others were wounded during a home invasion. No arrests had been made as of Sunday, police said.

Across South Carolina

Across the area
A resident in a downtown Augusta neighborhood told police he was intentionally hit by a car driven by a man he did not know early Sunday.

Retired Marines help others return
Some local retired Marines are looking to help other Marines make the transition from military life to civilian life.

Defense begins arguing its case
The first defense witness in state Sen. Charles Walker's trial Sunday testified that there was no illegal quid pro quo relationship between the senator and an Atlanta public hospital.

Just don't swat 'em
JACKSON - J Vaun McArthur sifts the sediment of Upper Three Runs Creek like an eager miner panning for gold.

Lunch system allows parents to spy
MARIETTA, Ga. - As Garin Hughes picks through his school-lunch burrito and unidentifiable apple-pear dessert, he has a secret.

UGA is trying to diversify faculty
ATHENS, Ga. - As part of the University of Georgia's efforts to increase diversity, administrators are focusing efforts on recruiting not just students, but also faculty members from a variety of backgrounds.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Gerald Harrison Grant Brown, 2, of North Augusta.

Homosexual student says group offers refuge
ATLANTA - Devin Jefferson didn't necessarily want his parents to know that he was gay; at least not when they found out; at least not how.

Former DeKalb sheriff prefers talk of Williams' innocence
REIDSVILLE, Ga. - Imprisoned for ordering the murder of a political rival, a former sheriff says he rather talk about another high-profile killer's innocence than his own.

Battle wages over clubs in Georgia schools
ATLANTA - Sometimes, even Micah Weiss has trouble listing all the school clubs he's involved with at Grady High School.

Roadkill doesn't go to waste in near bird center
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Every now and then, a couple of women pull off the side of U.S. Highway 17, hoist a fresh deer carcass into their truck and speed off.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A third-generation Marine wants a Clarendon County veterans memorial fixed because the Marine Corps' seal carved into the granite wasn't done right.

Lunch system allows parents to spy

Across the area
An Augusta man told Richmond County sheriff's deputies he was shot in the left leg early Monday morning.

The week ahead

Kid of the Day
Jaida S. Jenkins is today's Kid of the Day.

A visit to their stars

State sees high number of speeding deaths
ATLANTA - Speed, alcohol and not wearing seat belts contributed to the majority of Georgia's 34 traffic deaths so far this Memorial Day weekend, the highest number of fatalities on record for the state for the holiday period.

Fan's love brought disc golf into area

Just don't swat 'em
JACKSON - J Vaun McArthur sifts the sediment of Upper Three Runs Creek like an eager miner panning for gold.

'The meaning of sacrifice'
Retired U.S. Army Maj. Bill Price got something after Monday's Memorial Day observance at the All Wars Monument in downtown Augusta that he never expected - three shell casings from bullets fired in a three-volley salute by a Fort Gordon honor guard.

Rants and Raves
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Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina tops the list of places to go for 6 percent of people surveyed by the Travel Industry Association.

UGA is trying to diversify faculty
ATHENS, Ga. - As part of the University of Georgia's efforts to increase diversity, administrators are focusing efforts on recruiting not just students, but also faculty members from a variety of backgrounds.

UGA is trying to diversify faculty

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Florida slaying suspect whose 56-hour crane standoff led to a spectacle in the city's entertainment district was informed by a judge Monday that he would be held without bail pending an extradition hearing.

Rants and Raves
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Friends testify in Walker's defense
Dozens poured into the federal courthouse Monday, undaunted by the rain or giving up any Memorial Day celebration, to testify for state Sen. Charles Walker.

Schools offer 'HELP!' to students who failed
Georgia students who failed a portion of the Georgia High School Graduation Test will get five chances to make good on the exam.

Battle wages over clubs in Georgia schools

'Pushing the frontier'
CONYERS, Ga. - What led the Rev. Joseph Lowery, one of the nation's best-known black leaders, to trade his Sunday church clothes for Western wear and jump on a horse?

Just don't swat 'em

The week ahead
Considering I come from a large family - my maternal grandparents had a dozen children, my paternal had 15, and I couldn't tell you how many cousins I have - Memorial Day usually meant it was time to see whose house would be the site of the cookout where everyone would show up. My generation wasn't one that saw real wartime, so the day mostly provided a reason to see relatives, laugh and play, and not so much to remember people who had lost their lives in war.

Five questions with Jerry Sensenig
Sgt. 1st Class Sensenig, 42, is a soldier in the 67th Signal Battalion of the 93rd Signal Brigade at Fort Gordon. The 67th returned home from deployment in the Middle East in February after a yearlong tour. This Memorial Day, the sergeant is spending the holiday back at home in the United States.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A third-generation Marine wants a Clarendon County veterans memorial fixed because the Marine Corps' seal carved into the granite wasn't done right.

Thinking too hard just ruins the joke
Today's a holiday, which means I have too much time on my hands. Time to think, and that's always a dangerous thing.

Thinking too hard just ruins the joke
Today's a holiday, which means I have too much time on my hands. Time to think, and that's always a dangerous thing.

Ring tone becomes hit single in Britain
LONDON - A cell phone ring tone appeared set to top the British singles chart Sunday, outselling the new single by the band Coldplay by nearly four to one, a music retailer said.

Ring tone becomes hit single in Britain

Ring tone becomes hit single in Britain
LONDON - A cell phone ring tone appeared set to top the British singles chart Sunday, outselling the new single by the band Coldplay by nearly four to one, a music retailer said.

'Gypsy' Reba McEntire enjoys life on the road
Talk to some singers about touring, and you'll hear litany of complaints about long hours, living out of a suitcase and other irksome things about life on the road.

Q&A: Common discusses his new album
NEW YORK - Common's sixth album is also his shortest, and perhaps his best.

'Gypsy' Reba McEntire enjoys life on the road

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz on tour

Q&A: Common discusses his new album

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz on tour
As if pairing Eminem and 50 Cent isn't wild enough, Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz are going be joining their "Anger Management 3" tour this summer.

'Gypsy' Reba McEntire enjoys life on the road
Talk to some singers about touring, and you'll hear litany of complaints about long hours, living out of a suitcase and other irksome things about life on the road.

Nine Inch Nails drop out of MTV Movie Awards
LOS ANGELES - Nine Inch Nails dropped out of the MTV Movie Awards after clashing with the network over an image of President Bush the band planned as a performance backdrop.

Q&A: Common discusses his new album
NEW YORK - Common's sixth album is also his shortest, and perhaps his best.

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz on tour
As if pairing Eminem and 50 Cent isn't wild enough, Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz are going be joining their "Anger Management 3" tour this summer.

Wheldon wins Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS - The Andretti jinx is over at the Indianapolis 500. Danica Patrick's reign is just beginning.

Wheldon wins Indianapolis 500

Johnson wins third-consecutive Coca-Cola 600
CONCORD, N.C. - Jimmie Johnson slid past Bobby Labonte in the final turn to win the Coca-Cola 600 for the third consecutive year Sunday night. This one was nowhere near as easy as his previous wins.

Litke: No more jokes about women drivers
INDIANAPOLIS - No more jokes about women drivers.

Johnson wins third-consecutive Coca-Cola 600

Johnson wins third-consecutive Coca-Cola 600
CONCORD, N.C. - Jimmie Johnson slid past Bobby Labonte in the final turn to win the Coca-Cola 600 for the third consecutive year Sunday night. This one was nowhere near as easy as his previous wins.

Wheldon wins Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS - The Andretti jinx is over at the Indianapolis 500. Danica Patrick's reign is just beginning.

Heat take lead in East
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Instead of focusing on the Miami Heat, the Detroit Pistons devoted their attention to the referees. The champions weren't happy, and they let their disgust beat them.

Heat take lead in East
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Instead of focusing on the Miami Heat, the Detroit Pistons devoted their attention to the referees. The champions weren't happy, and they let their disgust beat them.

Defense could mean return to Finals for Spurs
SAN ANTONIO - After all they've accomplished this season, the Phoenix Suns are taking an incredibly humble goal into what could be their 2004-05 finale.

Defense could mean return to Finals for Spurs

Defense could mean return to Finals for Spurs
SAN ANTONIO - After all they've accomplished this season, the Phoenix Suns are taking an incredibly humble goal into what could be their 2004-05 finale.

Heat take lead in East

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Overtime

Overtime

Sharapova surges into quarterfinals

Davenport reaches French quarterfinals

Marion Jones shrugs off critics but finishes second at FBK Games

Overtime
Five golfers qualified for the regional event at Wedges and Woods driving range.

Overtime
Five golfers qualified for the regional event at Wedges and Woods driving range.

Davenport reaches French quarterfinals
PARIS - Lindsay Davenport phoned home with news every bit as shocking to her husband at it was to herself.

Sharapova surges into quarterfinals
PARIS - Maria Sharapova slugged her way into the French Open quarterfinals Monday, and one of the first questions she was asked was about her makeup, her dresses and feeling beautiful.

Marion Jones shrugs off critics but finishes second at FBK Games
HENGELO, Netherlands - Given the chance to finally compete in Europe, Marion Jones had another disappointing performance.

Overtime
The Augusta GreenJackets game on Monday was postponed due to inclement weather.

Davenport reaches French quarterfinals
PARIS - Lindsay Davenport phoned home with news every bit as shocking to her husband at it was to herself.

Overtime
The Augusta GreenJackets game on Monday was postponed due to inclement weather.

Sharapova surges into quarterfinals
PARIS - Maria Sharapova slugged her way into the French Open quarterfinals Monday, and one of the first questions she was asked was about her makeup, her dresses and feeling beautiful.

Marion Jones shrugs off critics but finishes second at FBK Games
HENGELO, Netherlands - Given the chance to finally compete in Europe, Marion Jones had another disappointing performance.

Pope reaches out to Orthodox Church in inaugural pilgrimage of papacy
BARI, Italy - Pope Benedict XVI pledged Sunday to work to end Roman Catholicism's 1,000-year-old rift with the Orthodox Church, delivering a message of healing on the first trip of his papacy.

Pope reaches out to Orthodox Church in inaugural pilgrimage of papacy
BARI, Italy - Pope Benedict XVI pledged Sunday to work to end Roman Catholicism's 1,000-year-old rift with the Orthodox Church, delivering a message of healing on the first trip of his papacy.

Hawaiian island is the world's stand-in on 'Lost'
MOKULEIA, Hawaii - As a band of jittery plane crash survivors huddle on an island hillside listening to a distress call that has looped through the airwaves for 16 years, one of them asks, "Where ARE we?"

Fans take action over 'Joan of Arcadia' cancellation
NEW YORK - Even God is vulnerable to low television ratings.

Hawaiian island is the world's stand-in on 'Lost'
MOKULEIA, Hawaii - As a band of jittery plane crash survivors huddle on an island hillside listening to a distress call that has looped through the airwaves for 16 years, one of them asks, "Where ARE we?"

Fans take action over 'Joan of Arcadia' cancellation
NEW YORK - Even God is vulnerable to low television ratings.

Networks prepare a flood of reality TV for summer
NEW YORK - Get ready for Tommy Lee as an undergrad, two separate dance contests and apprentice rock stars, apprentice chefs, apprentice fashion designers, apprentice scholars, apprentice slackers and apprentice Hiltons.

'Arcadia' fans probably too late to save show

Networks prepare a flood of reality TV for summer

'Arcadia' fans probably too late to save show
NEW YORK - Even God is vulnerable to low television ratings.

'Starting Over' takes desperation out of housewives
NEW YORK - Rhonda Britten and Iyanla Vanzant, the life coaches from the daytime reality series "Starting Over," hope to take the desperation out of housewives - one woman at a time.

What happens to reality show losers?
NEW YORK - So you want to be on a reality TV show? Be prepared. If you actually make it, you're probably going to lose.

Networks prepare a flood of reality TV for summer
NEW YORK - Get ready for Tommy Lee as an undergrad, two separate dance contests and apprentice rock stars, apprentice chefs, apprentice fashion designers, apprentice scholars, apprentice slackers and apprentice Hiltons.

What happens to reality show losers?
NEW YORK - So you want to be on a reality TV show? Be prepared. If you actually make it, you're probably going to lose.

Fans take action over 'Joan of Arcadia' cancellation

'Arcadia' fans probably too late to save show
NEW YORK - Even God is vulnerable to low television ratings.

What happens to reality show losers?

Hawaiian island is the world's stand-in on 'Lost'

'Starting Over' takes desperation out of housewives
NEW YORK - Rhonda Britten and Iyanla Vanzant, the life coaches from the daytime reality series "Starting Over," hope to take the desperation out of housewives - one woman at a time.

'Starting Over' takes desperation out of housewives

People in the News

People in the News

Actor Jared Padalecki wary after failed TV pilot

Tape gives jurors image of Jackson accuser

Xtreme calendar

Plan can help bridge distance
This week's problem: My boyfriend is about to go to an out-of-town school, and we want to be together still. I really like him and I want him to get his education, but I don't think that we can make it a year without seeing each other because we (are) around each other every day. Please give me some advice on how we can work out a long-distance relationship.

Teens must deal with peer pressure
Pressure: It's all around. From drugs to drinking, dressing to having sex, the stress of trying to fit in is faced by nearly every teen.

Prom pictures
Seniors Eli Rodriquez and Jessica Brunson included a bit of bling in preparing for the Evans High School prom April 15.

Xtreme question of the week

Xtreme question of the week
Q: Do American teens take their freedom for granted?

Teens must deal with peer pressure

Xtreme calendar
NEW MUSIC includes releases by hip-hop and pop-fusion group Black Eyed Peas with Monkey Business, mellow rockers Coldplay with X&Y, Latin superstar Shakira with Fijacion Oral and The White Stripes with Get Behind Me Satan.

Seeking board members
We're looking for 18 young minds with fresh ideas and the attitude to get things done to serve on the 2005-06 Xtreme Teen Board. Applications will be accepted through July 5.

Snaps of caps wanted
You have the cap, the gown, the diploma and the picture, too. Why not send us a copy? Send us photos from your graduation, and we'll try to run them in Xtreme. Better get doubles, though, because we can't return them.

Snaps of caps wanted
You have the cap, the gown, the diploma and the picture, too. Why not send us a copy? Send us photos from your graduation, and we'll try to run them in Xtreme. Better get doubles, though, because we can't return them.

My ride
Bo Ealy, 17, drives a cotton-candy blue 1984 Buick Regal.

Plan can help bridge distance

Xtreme question of the week
Q: Do American teens take their freedom for granted?

Snaps of caps wanted

Seeking board members

Prom pictures

Seeking board members
We're looking for 18 young minds with fresh ideas and the attitude to get things done to serve on the 2005-06 Xtreme Teen Board. Applications will be accepted through July 5.

Teens must deal with peer pressure
Pressure: It's all around. From drugs to drinking, dressing to having sex, the stress of trying to fit in is faced by nearly every teen.

Xtreme calendar
NEW MUSIC includes releases by hip-hop and pop-fusion group Black Eyed Peas with Monkey Business, mellow rockers Coldplay with X&Y, Latin superstar Shakira with Fijacion Oral and The White Stripes with Get Behind Me Satan.

Prom pictures
Seniors Eli Rodriquez and Jessica Brunson included a bit of bling in preparing for the Evans High School prom April 15.

Plan can help bridge distance
This week's problem: My boyfriend is about to go to an out-of-town school, and we want to be together still. I really like him and I want him to get his education, but I don't think that we can make it a year without seeing each other because we (are) around each other every day. Please give me some advice on how we can work out a long-distance relationship.

Ticket against jaywalking chicken dismissed

Doctor sells surgery exam answers on eBay

Odds and Ends

TV thief released after 35 years

Pope reaches out to Orthodox Church in inaugural pilgrimage of papacy