Stars of the past star in new coffee-table books
James Dean died at 24 and had major roles in only three Hollywood movies - two of which were released after his death. Yet today, 50 years later, Dean is still an object of fascination, as well as the subject of his own coffee-table book, "James Dean" (DK, $30).

'Spamalot' gets best musical at Tony Awards

Stars of the past star in new coffee-table books

Harry Potter book thief fired gunshot near reporter

James Patterson's '4th of July' is a dud
Underneath all the distractions, there's a good little mystery in James Patterson's "4th of July," written with Maxine Paetro. But a complex thriller it's not.

Harry Potter book thief fired gunshot near reporter
LONDON - A man who allegedly tried to sell a stolen copy of the forthcoming Harry Potter book to two tabloid newspapers fired a handgun next to the head of a reporter who came to meet him, police said Saturday. The reporter was not injured.

Game paved way for basketball integration
Sports fans shocked by last November's brawl in suburban Detroit might be surprised to learn that it was not the first nor the ugliest melee in a pro basketball arena.

'Spamalot' gets best musical at Tony Awards
NEW YORK - "Spamalot" didn't get a lot. "Monty Python's Spamalot," an irreverent romp inspired by the British film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," led all plays and musicals at the Tony Awards with 14 nominations, but took away only three prizes Sunday. It won the one that mattered, though - best musical.

James Patterson's '4th of July' is a dud

'Spamalot' gets best musical at Tony Awards
NEW YORK - "Spamalot" didn't get a lot. "Monty Python's Spamalot," an irreverent romp inspired by the British film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," led all plays and musicals at the Tony Awards with 14 nominations, but took away only three prizes Sunday. It won the one that mattered, though - best musical.

Game paved way for basketball integration
Sports fans shocked by last November's brawl in suburban Detroit might be surprised to learn that it was not the first nor the ugliest melee in a pro basketball arena.

Harry Potter book thief fired gunshot near reporter
LONDON - A man who allegedly tried to sell a stolen copy of the forthcoming Harry Potter book to two tabloid newspapers fired a handgun next to the head of a reporter who came to meet him, police said Saturday. The reporter was not injured.

Stars of the past star in new coffee-table books
James Dean died at 24 and had major roles in only three Hollywood movies - two of which were released after his death. Yet today, 50 years later, Dean is still an object of fascination, as well as the subject of his own coffee-table book, "James Dean" (DK, $30).

First-time novelist hits it big with Dracula saga
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Elizabeth Kostova used some unconventional ingredients from her own life - a childhood spent listening to Dracula tales, a love of Balkan folk music and a passion for libraries \u2013 to produce a debut novel that earned her a breathtaking $2 million advance.

James Patterson's '4th of July' is a dud
Underneath all the distractions, there's a good little mystery in James Patterson's "4th of July," written with Maxine Paetro. But a complex thriller it's not.

Buzz Aldrin hopes to inspire future astronauts

Buzz Aldrin hopes to inspire future astronauts
NEW YORK - Thanks to video games, TV shows and movies such as "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" that are loaded with special effects, today's children don't have a realistic impression of space or space travel, says Buzz Aldrin, one of the men who planted the U.S. flag on the moon.

Game paved way for basketball integration

Buzz Aldrin hopes to inspire future astronauts
NEW YORK - Thanks to video games, TV shows and movies such as "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" that are loaded with special effects, today's children don't have a realistic impression of space or space travel, says Buzz Aldrin, one of the men who planted the U.S. flag on the moon.

Baseball notebook
PITTSBURGH - As much as Atlanta starter Mike Hampton said he wanted to fight through the pain in his left forearm, the lingering tightness was enough for the team Saturday to send its veteran left-hander to the disabled list for the second time in a month.

Golden Eagles top Aggies to advance
CLEMSON, S.C. - Dennis Bigley had a two-run double and starter Taylor McIntyre went 7w strong innings to keep Oral Roberts going in the NCAA tournament with a 6-3 victory over North Carolina A&T on Saturday.

Golden Eagles top Aggies to advance

Golden Eagles top Aggies to advance
CLEMSON, S.C. - Dennis Bigley had a two-run double and starter Taylor McIntyre went 7w strong innings to keep Oral Roberts going in the NCAA tournament with a 6-3 victory over North Carolina A&T on Saturday.

Oral Roberts blanks Coll. of Charleston
CLEMSON, S.C. - Dennis Bigley drove in three runs and Oral Roberts starter Nick Jones handed College of Charleston its second straight NCAA shutout as the Golden Eagles advanced to the regional championship with a 6-0 victory Sunday.

Eugene Lester Doyle
Kimberly Ballard and Eugene Doyle III are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Eugene Lester, born May 18, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Brody Allen Sawyer
Allen and Amy Sawyer of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brody Allen, born May 18, 2005 at St. Joseph in Augusta.

Nicholas Alexander Toole
Kevin and Meredith Toole of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Alexander, born May 17, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Gehrig Owen Massey
Bryce and Riki Massey of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gehrig Owen, born May 19, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Nicholas Alexander Toole

Anna Claire Wicklum
Teryl and Amanda Wicklum of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Claire, born March 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 6 :15 a.m., weighed 8 lbs. 8 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Andy and Jane Edmunds of Augusta, Margaret Wicklum and the late Michael Wicklum of Ontario, Canada. She was welcomed home by big brother, Andrew, 3.

Denzil Ray Beeson
Denzil and Erika Beeson of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Denzil Ray, born May 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Cameron Bruce Foster
Jessica Rabun and Christopher Lee Foster are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Cameron Bruce, born May 6, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

London Bo Brooks
Jason and Kelli Brooks of Thomson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, London Bo, born May 18, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Aaron Matthew Altringer
Bryan and Frances Altringer of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Aaron Matthew, born May 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Austin Edward James
Larry and Carolyn Weeks of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Austin Edward James, born March 24, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 4:08 p.m., weighed 7 lbs 10 oz. and was 21.25 inches long. Proud grandparents are Edward and Joan Krusavage of Martinez, Larry and Gina Weeks of Richmond Hill, Ga. and Allen and Barbara Watson of North Augusta.

Tori Lilly-Maranda Mikell
Daniel and Carla Mikell of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tori Lilly-Maranda, born May 20, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Maya Honore Nwankwo

Bethany Nicole Williams
Brandon and Shannon Williams of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Bethany Nicole, born May 10, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Eugene Lester Doyle
Kimberly Ballard and Eugene Doyle III are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Eugene Lester, born May 18, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Brody Allen Sawyer
Allen and Amy Sawyer of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Brody Allen, born May 18, 2005 at St. Joseph in Augusta.

Gregory Lamar Grace
Gregory and Ranatta Grace of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gregory Lamar, born May 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

London Bo Brooks

Emily Marie Bartlett
Brian and Kimberly Bartlett of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Marie, born April 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 11:02 a.m., weighed 9 lbs. 11 Ú oz. and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Judith F. Holt and the late Jerry D. Holt of Jacksonville, Ala. and Mary R. Bartlett and the late Lowell I. Bartlett of Evans. She was welcomed home by big sister, Brianna Nicole, 2.

Marion Lee Pugh

Bonnie Annalee Highfield
Brian and Stacey Highfield of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Bonnie Annalee, born May 19, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Brighton Jewell Rinker

Austin Edward James
Larry and Carolyn Weeks of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Austin Edward James, born March 24, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 4:08 p.m., weighed 7 lbs 10 oz. and was 21.25 inches long. Proud grandparents are Edward and Joan Krusavage of Martinez, Larry and Gina Weeks of Richmond Hill, Ga. and Allen and Barbara Watson of North Augusta.

Aaron Matthew Altringer

Gehrig Owen Massey

Patrick Joseph Rowan

Amber Marie Chalmers

Marion Lee Pugh
Rose Ramos and Marion Pugh, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Marion Lee, born May 18, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Patrick Joseph Rowan
Paul and Celina Rowan of Martinez are please to announce the birth of their son, Patrick Joseph, born February 4, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Patrick Joseph Rowan
Paul and Celina Rowan of Martinez are please to announce the birth of their son, Patrick Joseph, born February 4, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Maya Honore Nwankwo
Grant and Cheryl Nwankwo of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Maya Honore, born May 17, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kenya Latasha Evette
Chandra Mims and Terashea Jones are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kenya Latasha Evette, born May 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Maya Honore Nwankwo
Grant and Cheryl Nwankwo of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Maya Honore, born May 17, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Gregory Lamar Grace
Gregory and Ranatta Grace of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gregory Lamar, born May 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Kenya Latasha Evette
Chandra Mims and Terashea Jones are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Kenya Latasha Evette, born May 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Amber Marie Chalmers
Candice Chalmers and Cosean Valentine are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Amber Marie, born May 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Brighton Jewell Rinker
Bryan and Patricia Rinker of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Brighton Jewell, born May 21, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Brighton Jewell Rinker
Bryan and Patricia Rinker of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Brighton Jewell, born May 21, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Amber Marie Chalmers
Candice Chalmers and Cosean Valentine are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Amber Marie, born May 16, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Bonnie Annalee Highfield
Brian and Stacey Highfield of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Bonnie Annalee, born May 19, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

McKenzie Jae Hutto
Jessica Ashmen and Ernest Wayne Hutto are pleased to announce the birth of their, daughter, McKenzie Jae, born May 24, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Anna Claire Wicklum
Teryl and Amanda Wicklum of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Anna Claire, born March 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 6 :15 a.m., weighed 8 lbs. 8 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Andy and Jane Edmunds of Augusta, Margaret Wicklum and the late Michael Wicklum of Ontario, Canada. She was welcomed home by big brother, Andrew, 3.

Talia Isabelle Wilkinson
Toby and Anna Wilkinson of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Talia Isabelle, born May 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Anna Claire Wicklum

Tori Lilly-Maranda Mikell
Daniel and Carla Mikell of Aiken are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Tori Lilly-Maranda, born May 20, 2005 at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken.

Austin Edward James

Bethany Nicole Williams
Brandon and Shannon Williams of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Bethany Nicole, born May 10, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Eugene Lester Doyle

Aaron Matthew Altringer
Bryan and Frances Altringer of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Aaron Matthew, born May 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Cameron Bruce Foster

Tori Lilly-Maranda Mikell

Gregory Lamar Grace

Denzil Ray Beeson
Denzil and Erika Beeson of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Denzil Ray, born May 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Bonnie Annalee Highfield

Gehrig Owen Massey
Bryce and Riki Massey of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Gehrig Owen, born May 19, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Bethany Nicole Williams

Nicholas Alexander Toole
Kevin and Meredith Toole of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Alexander, born May 17, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Denzil Ray Beeson

Emily Marie Bartlett
Brian and Kimberly Bartlett of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Marie, born April 18, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. She made her debut at 11:02 a.m., weighed 9 lbs. 11 Ú oz. and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Judith F. Holt and the late Jerry D. Holt of Jacksonville, Ala. and Mary R. Bartlett and the late Lowell I. Bartlett of Evans. She was welcomed home by big sister, Brianna Nicole, 2.

Talia Isabelle Wilkinson

Talia Isabelle Wilkinson
Toby and Anna Wilkinson of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Talia Isabelle, born May 20, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Emily Marie Bartlett

Cameron Bruce Foster
Jessica Rabun and Christopher Lee Foster are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Cameron Bruce, born May 6, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Brody Allen Sawyer

London Bo Brooks
Jason and Kelli Brooks of Thomson are pleased to announce the birth of their son, London Bo, born May 18, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Kenya Latasha Evette

Marion Lee Pugh
Rose Ramos and Marion Pugh, Jr. are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Marion Lee, born May 18, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Woman killed in crash hours before wedding
AURORA, Colo. - A 25-year-old woman died in a two-car collision only hours before she was to be married.

Woman killed in crash hours before wedding
AURORA, Colo. - A 25-year-old woman died in a two-car collision only hours before she was to be married.

'God loves you,' sign at church tells thief
BISHOP, Ga. - The bulletin board outside Oconee Baptist Church is usually reserved for routine church announcements - sermon topics, or covered-dish dinners.

When pigs play soccer
MOSCOW — In this game, everyone stinks and hogging the ball is to be expected. Ten squealing, wriggling piglets pushed (and licked) a soccer ball around a small caged pen Sunday in what organizers said was Russia's first-ever "pig-ball" championships.

Hard slide keeps Braves alive
PITTSBURGH - Atlanta's offense didn't do a whole lot of perking up Saturday, but doing the little things in the ninth got the Braves a win.

Atlanta again sent down river

Hard slide keeps Braves alive

Hard slide keeps Braves alive
PITTSBURGH - Atlanta's offense didn't do a whole lot of perking up Saturday, but doing the little things in the ninth got the Braves a win.

Atlanta again sent down river
PITTSBURGH - Major league teams don't take too many tips from rookies, but perhaps the Atlanta Braves should follow the lead of first-year outfielder Ryan Langerhans, regarding the link of hair to hitting.

It's back to DL for Hampton
PITTSBURGH - As much as Atlanta starter Mike Hampton said he wanted to fight through the pain in his left forearm, the lingering tightness was enough for the team Saturday to send its veteran left-hander to the disabled list for the second time in a month.

Atlanta again sent down river
PITTSBURGH - Major league teams don't take too many tips from rookies, but perhaps the Atlanta Braves should follow the lead of first-year outfielder Ryan Langerhans, regarding the link of hair to hitting.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for May 18-23. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Business briefs
- Alicia Johnson has been named assignments manager of television station WRDW (Channel 12). Ms. Johnson joined WRDW in November 2002 as a production assistant and was later named newscast producer. A native of Albany, Ga., she graduated from Paine College in 2002.

Home inspectors find rewards
DALLAS - When Deb Sadler bought her home, it opened a window to a new career. She had watched the home inspector look things over and wondered: Wouldn't it be fun to try this?

Small carmakers rise in China's large market

Lawson will buy Intentia
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Lawson Software Inc. plans to buy fellow business-software maker Intentia International AB, of Sweden, in an all-stock transaction that Lawson valued at $480 million, although selling Thursday by uneasy Lawson shareholders quickly cut the deal's value.

What's ahead for the new SEC?
NEW YORK - Just when the scandals at the likes of Enron and WorldCom start to seem to be distant memories, new examples of alleged corporate misdeeds cropped up at Marsh & McClennan, AIG and others in the insurance industry this year.

Property transfers

Hotel-condo hybrid growing trend nationwide
ORLANDO, Fla. - Denver attorney Jacques Machol loves the hotel amenities he gets when he stays at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach: room service, housekeeping, linen service and a complimentary breakfast.

Business bite
Mutual funds help bring diversification to your portfolio and give you professional management. When you've chosen them, they can take a lot of the work out of investing.

Maxima, Verona marginal in crash tests
WASHINGTON - The 2005 Nissan Maxima and Suzuki Verona received marginal ratings in crash tests released Sunday by the insurance industry. Researchers questioned how well the vehicles would protect occupants in side impact collisions.

Home inspectors find rewards
DALLAS - When Deb Sadler bought her home, it opened a window to a new career. She had watched the home inspector look things over and wondered: Wouldn't it be fun to try this?

Booksellers ponder the future of browsing
NEW YORK - As the book world winds up its annual national convention, some retailers are wondering about the fate of a cultural institution. It's not a book or a publisher, but a customer, the old-fashioned bookstore browser who picks and pokes and doesn't care about the critics or Oprah or the best-seller charts.

Industry begs for wireless standard
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The technology behind wireless data networks in homes and businesses is on the verge of a makeover that promises to fix longstanding complaints of spotty coverage, flaky connections and inconsistent speeds.

Small carmakers rise in China's large market
SHANGHAI, China - On the jam-packed elevated highways of China's commercial capital, the big sedans that once dominated the local car market are sharing lanes with a growing number of compact upstarts.

Maxima, Verona marginal in crash tests

What's ahead for the new SEC?
NEW YORK - Just when the scandals at the likes of Enron and WorldCom start to seem to be distant memories, new examples of alleged corporate misdeeds cropped up at Marsh & McClennan, AIG and others in the insurance industry this year.

Business briefs

Hotel-condo hybrid growing trend nationwide
ORLANDO, Fla. - Denver attorney Jacques Machol loves the hotel amenities he gets when he stays at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach: room service, housekeeping, linen service and a complimentary breakfast.

Lawson will buy Intentia
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Lawson Software Inc. plans to buy fellow business-software maker Intentia International AB, of Sweden, in an all-stock transaction that Lawson valued at $480 million, although selling Thursday by uneasy Lawson shareholders quickly cut the deal's value.

Apple to switch to Intel chips
SAN FRANCISCO - A stormy, decade-long relationship between Apple Computer Inc. and IBM is over, according to published reports.

Companies save employees, money with drug-free policy
R. Daniel Blanton keeps his employees drug-free, and saves about $1,700 a year while he's at it.

Greenspan's shoes will be tough to fill
WASHINGTON - Wanted: expert with a deep understanding of what makes the economy tick.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for May 18-23. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Hotel-condo hybrid growing trend nationwide

Hospices taking on bigger role in care of terminally ill
DALLAS - Lisa Grabbitt was at her wits' end caring for her terminally ill husband.

What's ahead for the new SEC?

Business bite
Mutual funds help bring diversification to your portfolio and give you professional management. When you've chosen them, they can take a lot of the work out of investing.

Booksellers ponder the future of browsing

Business briefs
- Alicia Johnson has been named assignments manager of television station WRDW (Channel 12). Ms. Johnson joined WRDW in November 2002 as a production assistant and was later named newscast producer. A native of Albany, Ga., she graduated from Paine College in 2002.

Companies save employees, money with drug-free policy

Companies save employees, money with drug-free policy
R. Daniel Blanton keeps his employees drug-free, and saves about $1,700 a year while he's at it.

Lawson will buy Intentia

Business bite

Maxima, Verona marginal in crash tests
WASHINGTON - The 2005 Nissan Maxima and Suzuki Verona received marginal ratings in crash tests released Sunday by the insurance industry. Researchers questioned how well the vehicles would protect occupants in side impact collisions.

Small carmakers rise in China's large market
SHANGHAI, China - On the jam-packed elevated highways of China's commercial capital, the big sedans that once dominated the local car market are sharing lanes with a growing number of compact upstarts.

Booksellers ponder the future of browsing
NEW YORK - As the book world winds up its annual national convention, some retailers are wondering about the fate of a cultural institution. It's not a book or a publisher, but a customer, the old-fashioned bookstore browser who picks and pokes and doesn't care about the critics or Oprah or the best-seller charts.

Home inspectors find rewards

Walker's projects smelled a little fishy
Buzzards were circling above the federal courthouse in Augusta while jurors deliberated the fate of Sen. Charles Walker last week. We wondered what the ancients would have said about that. I know what we said. It was not a good omen.

Ex-Clemson star McFadden dies of cancer
CLEMSON, S.C. - Banks McFadden, the only athlete in Clemson history to earn All-American honors in football and basketball, died Saturday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was 88.

A productive session
There's more to the South Carolina General Assembly than the annual budget-veto fights with the governor. Put aside the drubbing lawmakers gave Gov. Mark Sanford in overriding nearly all his 140 or so spending vetoes, and you find it was still a productive legislative session. Even Sanford agrees with that.

For what it is

Why is force necessary?
If Richmond County's football teams dropped this many balls, they'd disband the teams and give up.

Time to say yes is now
After giving more than 15 speeches on the virtues of June 21's general obligation bond election, Fred Russell jokes that "I'm convinced!"

Iran's slap in the face
There's no gainsaying that the effort to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons is looking grim.

For what it is
It doesn't carry the conspicuousness of a gun to the ribs, or the precision of a knife-point to the throat.

A productive session
There's more to the South Carolina General Assembly than the annual budget-veto fights with the governor. Put aside the drubbing lawmakers gave Gov. Mark Sanford in overriding nearly all his 140 or so spending vetoes, and you find it was still a productive legislative session. Even Sanford agrees with that.

A productive session

For what it is
It doesn't carry the conspicuousness of a gun to the ribs, or the precision of a knife-point to the throat.

Why is force necessary?
If Richmond County's football teams dropped this many balls, they'd disband the teams and give up.

Why is force necessary?

Marilyn Monroe's personal items auctioned
LOS ANGELES - A painting by Marilyn Monroe was auctioned off with her personal phone book with numbers for Frank Sinatra, Jack Benny and scores of other celebrities for more than $150,000.

Majority of Jackson jurors have children
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The jurors deciding Michael Jackson's fate include eight parents, a man who visited the singer's Neverland ranch, and a woman whose grandson has been convicted of a sex crime.

Family feud over Zsa Zsa Gabor's will leads to lawsuit
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - A multimillion-dollar family feud over who controls ailing socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor's will has spilled into the courtroom.

Majority of Jackson jurors have children
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The jurors deciding Michael Jackson's fate include eight parents, a man who visited the singer's Neverland ranch, and a woman whose grandson has been convicted of a sex crime.

Michael Jackson treated in emergency room
SOLVANG, Calif. - Michael Jackson was taken to an emergency room Sunday for treatment of a back problem that has plagued him throughout his molestation trial, a spokeswoman said.

Michael Jackson treated in emergency room
SOLVANG, Calif. - Michael Jackson was taken to an emergency room Sunday for treatment of a back problem that has plagued him throughout his molestation trial, a spokeswoman said.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Actor Tom Sizemore has filed a petition to throw out his conviction of domestic violence against former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Actor Tom Sizemore has filed a petition to throw out his conviction of domestic violence against former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss.

Family feud over Zsa Zsa Gabor's will leads to lawsuit
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - A multimillion-dollar family feud over who controls ailing socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor's will has spilled into the courtroom.

Marilyn Monroe's personal items auctioned
LOS ANGELES - A painting by Marilyn Monroe was auctioned off with her personal phone book with numbers for Frank Sinatra, Jack Benny and scores of other celebrities for more than $150,000.

Families should plan for financial needs in disasters
NEW YORK - With the arrival of hurricane season, it's a good time for families living near the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf Coast to make sure they're prepared financially if they have to flee a storm.

Families should plan for financial needs in disasters

Families should plan for financial needs in disasters
NEW YORK - With the arrival of hurricane season, it's a good time for families living near the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf Coast to make sure they're prepared financially if they have to flee a storm.

Saving energy a cool idea in hot weather

Saving energy a cool idea in hot weather
Summer is a good time to save energy, not only because of the expense but because of summer's increased demand and risk of blackouts.

Saving energy a cool idea in hot weather
Summer is a good time to save energy, not only because of the expense but because of summer's increased demand and risk of blackouts.

Pitcher solid as a rock for Jackets
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's Blake Wood is an admitted bullpen watcher.

Pitcher solid as a rock for Jackets
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's Blake Wood is an admitted bullpen watcher.

Pitcher solid as a rock for Jackets

GreenJackets score extra-inning victory
In Kannapolis, N.C., Carlos Sosa and Brian Horwitz both knocked in runs in the 10th inning, propelling the Augusta GreenJackets to an 8-6 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators on Saturday night.

GreenJackets crash against Intimidators
In Kannapolis, N.C., Kan- napolis' Giovany Gonzalez allowed only one hit over seven innings as the Intimidators beat the Augusta GreenJackets, 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.

GreenJackets score extra-inning victory
In Kannapolis, N.C., Carlos Sosa and Brian Horwitz both knocked in runs in the 10th inning, propelling the Augusta GreenJackets to an 8-6 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators on Saturday night.

Minor league notebook
On the heels of one of the most successful seasons in Augusta GreenJackets history, Boston Red Sox prospect Brandon Moss labored through his first month in Double-A. The 21-year-old hit just .209 in April after batting a team-record and South Atlantic League-high .339 last season.

GreenJackets crash against Intimidators
In Kannapolis, N.C., Kan- napolis' Giovany Gonzalez allowed only one hit over seven innings as the Intimidators beat the Augusta GreenJackets, 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Minor league notebook
On the heels of one of the most successful seasons in Augusta GreenJackets history, Boston Red Sox prospect Brandon Moss labored through his first month in Double-A. The 21-year-old hit just .209 in April after batting a team-record and South Atlantic League-high .339 last season.

You say tomato, I say pico de gallo

Jimenez wins Wales Open after 40-foot eagle
NEWPORT,Wales - Miguel Angel Jimenez eagled the 16th hole from 40 feet Sunday, carding a 7-under 62 to win the Wales Open by four strokes.

Blackburn shakes off loss, leads
Disappointment doesn't stay with Harlem's Jay Blackburn very long, which is one reason he's leading the W.M. Gregory Classic golf tournament.

Bryant winner at Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio - Bart Bryant hit some dramatic shots Sunday at the Memorial, even if no one seemed to notice until an unlikely par on the final hole that gave him a one-shot victory over Fred Couples.

Jenkins wins Allianz tournament in playoff

Jenkins wins Allianz tournament in playoff
POLK CITY, Iowa - Tom Jenkins has flirted with victory on the Champions Tour for more than a month. On Sunday, he finally got one.

Blackburn shakes off loss, leads
Disappointment doesn't stay with Harlem's Jay Blackburn very long, which is one reason he's leading the W.M. Gregory Classic golf tournament.

Sorenstam wins ShopRite LPGA Classic
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - With a vintage performance and a rousing finish, Annika Sorenstam eagled the last hole for a final-round 64 Sunday to win the ShopRite LPGA Classic by four strokes.

Bryant winner at Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio - Bart Bryant hit some dramatic shots Sunday at the Memorial, even if no one seemed to notice until an unlikely par on the final hole that gave him a one-shot victory over Fred Couples.

Jenkins wins Allianz tournament in playoff
POLK CITY, Iowa - Tom Jenkins has flirted with victory on the Champions Tour for more than a month. On Sunday, he finally got one.

Jaguars have bright futures
The golfing world spins fast these days for collegians and former collegians alike.

World's No. 1 into tie at top
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - With steely determination and precise putting, Annika Sorenstam shot 6-under-par 65 on Saturday to surge into a tie with Juli Inkster heading into the final round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Sunday shootout looms at Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio - David Toms feared his 5-iron was headed for the back bunker on the par-3 fourth hole, so when it kissed off the pin and dropped into the cup for an ace, he figured Saturday might be his day at the Memorial.

Jaguars have bright futures
The golfing world spins fast these days for collegians and former collegians alike.

Blackburn shakes off loss, leads

Jaguars have bright futures

Sunday shootout looms at Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio - David Toms feared his 5-iron was headed for the back bunker on the par-3 fourth hole, so when it kissed off the pin and dropped into the cup for an ace, he figured Saturday might be his day at the Memorial.

Jag takes a Major step

Jag takes a Major step
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - One average day in the late 1980s still rings fresh in Russ Manning's memory bank.

Bryant winner at Memorial

Jag takes a Major step
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - One average day in the late 1980s still rings fresh in Russ Manning's memory bank.

Sunday shootout looms at Memorial

GreenJackets crash against Intimidators

Minor league notebook

GreenJackets score extra-inning victory

Stash of garish old clothes comes in handy after all
You can't win. OK, maybe I can't win. My wife reminds me that this weekend, one of our dear friends is having a special birthday - you know, one of those ending in "0."

Bryant emerges winner at Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio - Bart Bryant hit some dramatic shots Sunday at the Memorial, even if no one seemed to notice until an unlikely par on the final hole that gave him a one-shot victory over Fred Couples.

Honor Sabbath as intended
It is time for the CSRA to review the Fourth Commandment. I don't know about you, but I see an awful lot of work being done around here on the Sabbath.Stephanie Wilson, Evans

Incompetence plagues road project

Honor Sabbath as intended

Incompetence plagues road project
The handling of the road project on Furys Ferry Road is a joke - a very bad one. Jeff Hegarty, Martinez

Honor Sabbath as intended
It is time for the CSRA to review the Fourth Commandment. I don't know about you, but I see an awful lot of work being done around here on the Sabbath.Stephanie Wilson, Evans

View slavery in a biblical context
Every person who claims to be against slavery, yet calls himself a Christian, is a hypocrite. Timothy Fellows, Augusta

'Chronicle' buys into Bush's lies
The editorial page of The Augusta Chronicle, in a pique of moral indignation, savaged Amnesty International for its "lies" and "bunk" regarding alleged U.S. human-rights abuses.Charles Heywood, Martinez

Embryonic stem-cell research is immoral
I applaud Rep. Charlie Norwood for voting against the stem-cell research bill recently. John Peduto, Augusta

'Chronicle' buys into Bush's lies

Incompetence plagues road project
The handling of the road project on Furys Ferry Road is a joke - a very bad one.Jeff Hegarty, Martinez

'Chronicle' buys into Bush's lies
The editorial page of The Augusta Chronicle, in a pique of moral indignation, savaged Amnesty International for its "lies" and "bunk" regarding alleged U.S. human-rights abuses.Charles Heywood, Martinez

An apple of a home

Corporations entering brave new world of blogs

Living briefs

New wireless devices mostly live up to hype

Go beyond Bourbon Street for family fun

Ask the Carey Brothers

Parkway along historic Southern route

Weddings vary from couple to couple

Everyday apples pack antioxidant punch

Hong Kong for $20 a day

Travel briefs

Fizz, fizz unclogs drains

Video game review: Forza Motorsport

Plan can ease wedding-day jitters

Techbits: Cell phones aloft, ID protection and more

Major Gettysburg work starts with restoring stream

Parents should get apology for couple's mistake

Video game review: Forza Motorsport
Bring on Danica Patrick! "Forza Motorsport" for Xbox is an auto racing video game that really runs circles around most other titles in this genre. If you're a gear head and love the feel of massive horsepower under your thumb, look no further.

Weddings vary from couple to couple
Something old, something new: The adage still holds true for weddings. While some traditions are still honored, though, couples also want to make a unique statement.

Parkway along historic Southern route
FRENCH CAMP, Miss. - The meandering Natchez Trace winds through lush forests and expansive fields of yellow wildflowers, offering a serene escape from the beaten path.

Parents should get apology for couple's mistake
Dear Carson: I recently sent out medical school graduation announcements to family and friends. It got back to us (my sweetheart and me) by the parent of the graduate (my sweetheart), however, that (our) sending announcements to their friends was in bad taste, as though it were a plea for gifts. We're shocked! Was it inappropriate to send announcements without consulting the parents? Should I write a note to all those family and friends and apologize for having offended them?

Corporations entering brave new world of blogs
When General Motors Corp. wanted to stop speculation this spring that it might eliminate its Pontiac and Buick brands, Vice Chairman Bob Lutz took his case directly to dealers and customers who were up in arms about the possibility.

Major Gettysburg work starts with restoring stream
GETTYSBURG, Pa.- Returning a stream to its Civil War-era condition will represent the first construction step in a $95 million project to send the Gettysburg battlefield back in time.

Living briefs
USA Network relaunches its summer hit The 4400. Back for a second season, the story picks up with the 4,400 abductees back for a full year but still struggling to fit into the lives they left. The show airs at 9 on USA.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: I have dry rot underneath my vinyl floor, next to the shower in the bathroom. There is a "bubble" formed. What kind of repair is involved and what is the estimated cost? Also, is this a do-it-yourself project? -- Jay from Martinez, Calif.

Travel briefs
TIERRA VERDE, Fla. - Fort De Soto's north beach, a finger of sugary sand that reaches into the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, was named North America's best beach in an annual list that heralds the start of summer.

Fizz, fizz unclogs drains
Got a clogged drain or a toilet that needs cleaning? Do you have pots and pans with burned-on grease? Did a bee just sting you? Grab an Alka-Seltzer; in fact, grab a handful.

Techbits: Cell phones aloft, ID protection and more
Flying is bad enough these days without spending the trip next to someone talking on a cell phone.

Living briefs
USA Network relaunches its summer hit The 4400. Back for a second season, the story picks up with the 4,400 abductees back for a full year but still struggling to fit into the lives they left. The show airs at 9 on USA.

Techbits: Cell phones aloft, ID protection and more
Flying is bad enough these days without spending the trip next to someone talking on a cell phone.

Parkway along historic Southern route
FRENCH CAMP, Miss. - The meandering Natchez Trace winds through lush forests and expansive fields of yellow wildflowers, offering a serene escape from the beaten path.

Everyday apples pack antioxidant punch
CONCORD, N.H. - America's most common apple also may be its most potent. Just don't skimp on the skin.

Go beyond Bourbon Street for family fun
NEW ORLEANS - It's a city of hot times and cold cocktails, known in the 1800s as the Great Southern Babylon and now as an annual gathering spot for women willing to bare their breasts at Mardi Gras.

Go beyond Bourbon Street for family fun
NEW ORLEANS - It's a city of hot times and cold cocktails, known in the 1800s as the Great Southern Babylon and now as an annual gathering spot for women willing to bare their breasts at Mardi Gras.

Hong Kong for $20 a day
HONG KONG - Visiting Hong Kong brings out the urge to splurge. Travelers are surrounded by glitzy shopping arcades filled with boutiques and stores selling the hottest fashions and the latest electronic gizmos.

Hong Kong for $20 a day
HONG KONG - Visiting Hong Kong brings out the urge to splurge. Travelers are surrounded by glitzy shopping arcades filled with boutiques and stores selling the hottest fashions and the latest electronic gizmos.

Travel briefs
TIERRA VERDE, Fla. - Fort De Soto's north beach, a finger of sugary sand that reaches into the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, was named North America's best beach in an annual list that heralds the start of summer.

Plan can ease wedding-day jitters
This is the time of the year when we say forever and really mean it. And boy, can it be scary.

Weddings vary from couple to couple
Something old, something new: The adage still holds true for weddings. While some traditions are still honored, though, couples also want to make a unique statement.

New wireless devices mostly live up to hype
SALINAS, Calif. - With a fast Internet connection and wireless access point at home, I can take a notebook PC and surf the Web in our closets, bathrooms and garage. But the signal fades where I want it most - in the living room.

Plan can ease wedding-day jitters
This is the time of the year when we say forever and really mean it. And boy, can it be scary.

Video game review: Forza Motorsport
Bring on Danica Patrick! "Forza Motorsport" for Xbox is an auto racing video game that really runs circles around most other titles in this genre. If you're a gear head and love the feel of massive horsepower under your thumb, look no further.

An apple of a home
Shirley Norman had heard about Augusta's Laney-Walker district. She knew about the area's decline and the development that was under way to revitalize it.

Everyday apples pack antioxidant punch
CONCORD, N.H. - America's most common apple also may be its most potent. Just don't skimp on the skin.

Parents should get apology for couple's mistake
Dear Carson: I recently sent out medical school graduation announcements to family and friends. It got back to us (my sweetheart and me) by the parent of the graduate (my sweetheart), however, that (our) sending announcements to their friends was in bad taste, as though it were a plea for gifts. We're shocked! Was it inappropriate to send announcements without consulting the parents? Should I write a note to all those family and friends and apologize for having offended them?

New wireless devices mostly live up to hype
SALINAS, Calif. - With a fast Internet connection and wireless access point at home, I can take a notebook PC and surf the Web in our closets, bathrooms and garage. But the signal fades where I want it most - in the living room.

Major Gettysburg work starts with restoring stream
GETTYSBURG, Pa.- Returning a stream to its Civil War-era condition will represent the first construction step in a $95 million project to send the Gettysburg battlefield back in time.

Corporations entering brave new world of blogs
When General Motors Corp. wanted to stop speculation this spring that it might eliminate its Pontiac and Buick brands, Vice Chairman Bob Lutz took his case directly to dealers and customers who were up in arms about the possibility.

Fizz, fizz unclogs drains
Got a clogged drain or a toilet that needs cleaning? Do you have pots and pans with burned-on grease? Did a bee just sting you? Grab an Alka-Seltzer; in fact, grab a handful.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: I have dry rot underneath my vinyl floor, next to the shower in the bathroom. There is a "bubble" formed. What kind of repair is involved and what is the estimated cost? Also, is this a do-it-yourself project? -- Jay from Martinez, Calif.

An apple of a home
Shirley Norman had heard about Augusta's Laney-Walker district. She knew about the area's decline and the development that was under way to revitalize it.

Prison abuse allegations could lead to changes
ATLANTA - Allegations of inmates being beaten at Rogers State Prison will be thoroughly investigated and may lead to changes at the state Department of Corrections, Commissioner James Donald said.

Walker verdict changes politics
In his time in politics, Charles Walker has been called many things.

Who will take over for Young?
Mayoral madness will soon envelop Augusta.

Rants and raves
Comments from our readers:

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Officials of the United Methodist Church in North Georgia have been investigating an allegation that one of its pastors misused church money.

Law enforcement sees good year in Legislature

NAACP boycott's effects waning

Group shifts arena plans

What they're saying about the Walker verdict

Take care of yourself first, speaker advises

Counties get tough on truancy
Skipping school and getting away with it won't so easy when Georgia pupils return this fall.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Allegations that inmates were beaten at Rogers State Prison will be thoroughly investigated and might lead to changes at the state Department of Corrections, Commissioner James Donald said.

What they're saying about the Walker verdict
Less than two hours after former state Sen. Charles Walker was found guilty on 127 counts in U.S. District Court, Augusta Chronicle readers began speaking out - submitting comments to www.augustachronicle. com/talk. We contacted a few of the contributors to share their comments with readers:

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - A woman has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of her boyfriend in their apartment.

Bryant emerges winner at Memorial

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are looking for a man who they said robbed an Augusta gas station Friday.

Graham's role in deal draws fire from GOP
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Sen. Lindsey Graham's role in a compromise on judges and filibusters doesn't sit well with some party regulars in this Republican state.

Blacks report bias in Guard
COLUMBIA - The enlisted ranks of South Carolina's Army National Guard are racially diverse, but statistics show that most black officers in the Guard are junior officers.

Swimmers need adult supervision

'McIntyre bill' now applies to Walker
Found guilty on 127 federal criminal charges last week, Charles Walker is expected to meet today with a federal probation officer who will begin investigating the former senator, his finances and his companies for a report that will affect what kind of sentence he receives.

Fort Gordon works to retain enlistees
It might have been a tough decision for Sgt. Loren Werner, a satellite communications operator at Fort Gordon, when he was offered more money to work as a civilian contractor doing the same job he's trained to do in the Army.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Kandice Elizabeth Goddard, 11, of Waynesboro.

Ye olde tyme spectacle
NORTH AUGUSTA - If you broke the law in a leafy suburban park Saturday, you'd face justice - 1780s style.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - A woman has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of her boyfriend in their apartment.

Bryant emerges winner at Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio - Bart Bryant hit some dramatic shots Sunday at the Memorial, even if no one seemed to notice until an unlikely par on the final hole that gave him a one-shot victory over Fred Couples.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Allegations that inmates were beaten at Rogers State Prison will be thoroughly investigated and might lead to changes at the state Department of Corrections, Commissioner James Donald said.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested two people who they said were caught stealing scrap metal from a business Saturday morning, records show.

Graham's role in deal draws fire from GOP
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Sen. Lindsey Graham's role in a compromise on judges and filibusters doesn't sit well with some party regulars in this Republican state.

Southern lawmakers eye highway bill
WASHINGTON - Southern states are preparing to grovel over gravel once again, but this time they'll be doing so as allies, not competitors.

Hotels lack incentive to shift to green
ATLANTA - A taxpayer-funded program designed to identify Georgia hotels trying to lessen their impact on the environment has failed to attract any new participants in more than a year, and some of those taking part in the program say the state isn't doing enough to promote the initiative.

'McIntyre bill' now applies to Walker
Found guilty on 127 federal criminal charges last week, Charles Walker is expected to meet today with a federal probation officer who will begin investigating the former senator, his finances and his companies for a report that will affect what kind of sentence he receives.

Five questions with Rusty Marsh
Rusty Marsh is the South Carolina administrator for Golden Harvest Food Bank's Aiken warehouse. Golden Harvest in Augusta and Aiken provides food for people living in 25 counties in Georgia and South Carolina. Tuesday is National Hunger Awareness Day.

Across the area

Group shifts arena plans
Augusta Entertainment LLC is back in the picture with a new proposal for a public-private partnership with the city to operate a sports arena at the Regency Mall site.

Across the southeast
BRYAN, Texas - A Texas A&M University student who had been feared murdered after disappearing nearly seven years ago has been found alive and working in Kentucky, according to authorities.

Ga lawmakers send aides on more free trips than themselves
WASHINGTON - Companies and interest groups routinely offer free - sometimes lavish - trips to members of Congress, but more often than not, Georgia's lawmakers are passing the best ones on to their staffers.

Five questions with Rusty Marsh
Rusty Marsh is the South Carolina administrator for Golden Harvest Food Bank's Aiken warehouse. Golden Harvest in Augusta and Aiken provides food for people living in 25 counties in Georgia and South Carolina. Tuesday is National Hunger Awareness Day.

Southern lawmakers eye highway bill
WASHINGTON - Southern states are preparing to grovel over gravel once again, but this time they'll be doing so as allies, not competitors.

Job is something to sing about
AIKEN - Most people submit a rsum or audition to find gainful employment.

Law enforcement sees good year in Legislature
COLUMBIA, S.C. - It was a good year for law enforcement as the Legislature had a budget surplus that allowed for pay increases, new officers and other resources.

Walker verdict changes politics

Despite compromise, S.C. senator likely not in hot water with GOP
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Sen. Lindsey Graham's role in a compromise on judges and filibusters doesn't sit well with some party regulars in this Republican state.

Leaders make plans for extra funds

Aiken could get bus cameras
AIKEN - In the five years Jeremy Williams has driven school buses, he has seen plenty of rowdy behavior.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A deputy director at the state Department of Transportation hopes no one takes offense to a parody song he helped write for a lobbyist party that refers to Gov. Mark Sanford as an intellectually challenged donkey.

Women excel in community
Julie Ginn Moretz remembers the frustration of having a child in the hospital and not being able to be with him.

Group tries to teach history without hate
MOULTRIE, Ga. - Eleven-year-old Kenny Mason is proud to wear the uniform of a Confederate soldier while marching in parades and visiting cemeteries to honor the memory of Southerners who fought in the Civil War.

What they're saying
Less than two hours after former state Sen. Charles Walker was found guilty on 127 counts in U.S. District Court, Augusta Chronicle readers began speaking out - submitting comments to www.augustachronicle.com/talk. We contacted a few of the contributors to share their comments with readers:

Swimmers need adult supervision
Katie Lyle cringes when parents tell her their child isn't ready to take swimming lessons because they're nervous about the water.

'A courageous step'

Rants and raves
Comments from our readers:

Across Georgia

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

Graham's role in deal draws fire from GOP

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Niki Willingham of Augusta

Ga lawmakers send aides on more free trips than themselves

Effort to save school leads to popular bluegrass series
WOODBINE, Ga. - An effort to save an 80-year-old schoolhouse from demolition has turned into a weekly country and bluegrass concert series that draws hundreds from as far away as Arkansas.

Annex brings mixed reaction

Ye olde tyme spectacle
NORTH AUGUSTA - If you broke the law in a leafy suburban park Saturday, you'd face justice - 1780s style.

Defendants had faith in Williams
Trusting former state Rep. Robin Williams could get you in trouble, two of his co-defendants testified Tuesday.

Ga lawmakers send aides on more free trips than themselves
WASHINGTON - Companies and interest groups routinely offer free - sometimes lavish - trips to members of Congress, but more often than not, Georgia's lawmakers are passing the best ones on to their staffers.

Hotels lack incentive to shift to green

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Kandice Elizabeth Goddard, 11, of Waynesboro.

Southern lawmakers eye highway bill

'A courageous step'
To Andrew Savage, what he needs is "structure" to help him get off the streets of Augusta. For Kenneth Dawson, what he needs is "a step" away from his current drug problems to get his life in order. A new mental health program that reaches out to the homeless might be what they're looking for.

Across the area

Where we live

Despite compromise, S.C. senator likely not in hot water with GOP

Schools tighten rules on excuses

'McIntyre bill' now applies to Walker

Fort Gordon works to retain enlistees

Aiken could get bus cameras

Across the area
Richmond County authorities are looking for a man who they said robbed an Augusta gas station Friday.

Across South Carolina

Hotels lack incentive to shift to green
ATLANTA - A taxpayer-funded program designed to identify Georgia hotels trying to lessen their impact on the environment has failed to attract any new participants in more than a year, and some of those taking part in the program say the state isn't doing enough to promote the initiative.

Job is something to sing about

Take care of yourself first, speaker advises
It's a good idea to heed a flight attendant's instructions to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others with theirs.

Who will take over for Young?

Annex brings mixed reaction
BURNETTOWN - In the late 1990s, Robert Gay supported the annexation of his Belclear Heights neighborhood into Burnettown.

Kid of the Day

Counties get tough on truancy

Blacks report bias in Guard

Ye olde tyme spectacle

Defendants had faith in Williams

Lawmakers hope highway proposal gets green light

What they're saying

Group tries to teach history without hate

Swimmers need adult supervision
Katie Lyle cringes when parents tell her their child isn't ready to take swimming lessons because they're nervous about the water.

Rants and raves
Comments from our readers:

Leaders make plans for extra funds
Imagine having $1.2 million in discretionary money to spend on recreation and transportation in Columbia County.

Where we live
A weekly snapshot of the interesting places that make up the Augusta area.

News you can use
Entertainment events and activities for this week include:

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested two people who they said were caught stealing scrap metal from a business Saturday morning, records show.

Who will take over for Young?
Mayoral madness will soon envelop Augusta.

NAACP boycott's effects waning
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - If Crystal Hunt and Marquita Jackson were looking to draw attention, they succeeded. Wolf whistles and honking horns followed the bikini-clad duo as they strutted down Myrtle Beach's famed Ocean Boulevard.

Annex brings mixed reaction
BURNETTOWN - In the late 1990s, Robert Gay supported the annexation of his Belclear Heights neighborhood into Burnettown.

What they're saying about the Walker verdict
Less than two hours after former state Sen. Charles Walker was found guilty on 127 counts in U.S. District Court, Augusta Chronicle readers began speaking out - submitting comments to www.augustachronicle. com/talk. We contacted a few of the contributors to share their comments with readers:

The week ahead
The other day I watched, amused, as a young man tried to get his 3-year-old son to eat all the macaroni and corn on his plate.

Schools tighten rules on excuses
Writing excuses for sick children is about to get a little more complicated for parents in Richmond County.

Job is something to sing about
AIKEN - Most people submit a rsum or audition to find gainful employment.

Leaders make plans for extra funds
Imagine having $1.2 million in discretionary money to spend on recreation and transportation in Columbia County.

Bicycling helps health of others
Kevin Berry once pedaled a bicycle from Jacksonville, Fla., to St. Augustine and back - and thought it seemed like a incredibly long distance.

Lawmakers hope highway proposal gets green light
WASHINGTON - Southern states are preparing to grovel over gravel once again, but this time they'll be doing so as allies, not competitors.

'A courageous step'
To Andrew Savage, what he needs is "structure" to help him get off the streets of Augusta. For Kenneth Dawson, what he needs is "a step" away from his current drug problems to get his life in order. A new mental health program that reaches out to the homeless might be what they're looking for.

Lawmakers hope highway proposal gets green light
WASHINGTON - Southern states are preparing to grovel over gravel once again, but this time they'll be doing so as allies, not competitors.

Group shifts arena plans
Augusta Entertainment LLC is back in the picture with a new proposal for a public-private partnership with the city to operate a sports arena at the Regency Mall site.

Fort Gordon works to retain enlistees
It might have been a tough decision for Sgt. Loren Werner, a satellite communications operator at Fort Gordon, when he was offered more money to work as a civilian contractor doing the same job he's trained to do in the Army.

Women excel in community
Julie Ginn Moretz remembers the frustration of having a child in the hospital and not being able to be with him.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A deputy director at the state Department of Transportation hopes no one takes offense to a parody song he helped write for a lobbyist party that refers to Gov. Mark Sanford as an intellectually challenged donkey.

Aiken could get bus cameras
AIKEN - In the five years Jeremy Williams has driven school buses, he has seen plenty of rowdy behavior.

Across the southeast
PENSACOLA, Fla. - Two men accused of street racing have been cleared of criminal charges in a collision that killed two Pensacola high school students.

Defendants had faith in Williams
Trusting former state Rep. Robin Williams could get you in trouble, two of his co-defendants testified Tuesday.

Walker verdict changes politics
In his time in politics, Charles Walker has been called many things.

Cheney praises training center
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Vice President Dick Cheney told students and staff at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center that they are among the country's first and best defense against terrorists who would target the country.

NAACP boycott's effects waning
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - If Crystal Hunt and Marquita Jackson were looking to draw attention, they succeeded. Wolf whistles and honking horns followed the bikini-clad duo as they strutted down Myrtle Beach's famed Ocean Boulevard.

Across South Carolina

Group tries to teach history without hate
MOULTRIE, Ga. - Eleven-year-old Kenny Mason is proud to wear the uniform of a Confederate soldier while marching in parades and visiting cemeteries to honor the memory of Southerners who fought in the Civil War.

What they're saying
Less than two hours after former state Sen. Charles Walker was found guilty on 127 counts in U.S. District Court, Augusta Chronicle readers began speaking out - submitting comments to www.augustachronicle.com/talk. We contacted a few of the contributors to share their comments with readers:

Schools tighten rules on excuses
Writing excuses for sick children is about to get a little more complicated for parents in Richmond County.

Despite compromise, S.C. senator likely not in hot water with GOP
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Sen. Lindsey Graham's role in a compromise on judges and filibusters doesn't sit well with some party regulars in this Republican state.

Five questions with Rusty Marsh

Law enforcement sees good year in Legislature
COLUMBIA, S.C. - It was a good year for law enforcement as the Legislature had a budget surplus that allowed for pay increases, new officers and other resources.

Counties get tough on truancy
Skipping school and getting away with it won't so easy when Georgia pupils return this fall.

Take care of yourself first, speaker advises
It's a good idea to heed a flight attendant's instructions to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others with theirs.

Women excel in community

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Blacks report bias in Guard
COLUMBIA - The enlisted ranks of South Carolina's Army National Guard are racially diverse, but statistics show that most black officers in the Guard are junior officers.

You say tomato, I say pico de gallo
Summer will be here soon, and with it a bountiful harvest of greens and yellows and reds from the vegetable garden - except in my yard, known all around my neighborhood as The Seed Graveyard.

You say tomato, I say pico de gallo
Summer will be here soon, and with it a bountiful harvest of greens and yellows and reds from the vegetable garden - except in my yard, known all around my neighborhood as The Seed Graveyard.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

'Madagascar' takes over top box-office spot

'Madagascar' takes over top box-office spot
LOS ANGELES - A talking lion became king of the box office as the animated tale "Madagascar" climbed to the No. 1 spot with $28.7 million in its second weekend.

MTV Movie Awards jabs at award show convention
LOS ANGELES - Not even award shows are safe from ridicule at the MTV Movie Awards.

'Madagascar' takes over top box-office spot
LOS ANGELES - A talking lion became king of the box office as the animated tale "Madagascar" climbed to the No. 1 spot with $28.7 million in its second weekend.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

MTV Movie Awards jabs at award show convention
LOS ANGELES - Not even award shows are safe from ridicule at the MTV Movie Awards.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

MTV Movie Awards jabs at award show convention

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected audio reviews:

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Kaiser Chiefs ride the 'roller coaster' of success
Nick Hodgson, principal songwriter and drummer for the Kaiser Chiefs - the latest Brit band to storm the shores of the United States - isn't tired of talking about where his band stands on the retro continuum, because, well, no one's really asking him about that.

Kaiser Chiefs ride the 'roller coaster' of success
Nick Hodgson, principal songwriter and drummer for the Kaiser Chiefs - the latest Brit band to storm the shores of the United States - isn't tired of talking about where his band stands on the retro continuum, because, well, no one's really asking him about that.

Q&A: Bobby Valentine on early fame
Bobby Valentino may look like an newcomer, but the baby-faced crooner is actually back for the first time.

Kaiser Chiefs ride the 'roller coaster' of success

Q&A: Bobby Valentine on early fame
Bobby Valentino may look like an newcomer, but the baby-faced crooner is actually back for the first time.

Wilco hits their stride and the road

Q&A: Bobby Valentine on early fame

Simple Plan hit the road with Good Charlotte
Simple Plan likes to play around, as the title of their latest album, "Still Not Getting Any...," suggests.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected audio reviews:

Wilco hits their stride and the road
Jeff Tweedy is a new man. The Wilco frontman, who battled an addiction to painkillers in 2004, has been clean for a year now and is feeling better than ever.

Wilco hits their stride and the road
Jeff Tweedy is a new man. The Wilco frontman, who battled an addiction to painkillers in 2004, has been clean for a year now and is feeling better than ever.

Tempers flare over reckless driving

Biffle crashes way to MBNA
DOVER, Del. - It took 401 miles for Greg Biffle to make his only mistake in Sunday's Nextel Cup series race at Dover International Speedway. Fortunately for him, the race only lasted 400 miles.

Tempers flare over reckless driving
DOVER, Del. - The rash of reckless driving continued on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit Sunday, and with it came the promise of retaliation.

Tracy passes Vasser for win
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Paul Tracy has been schooled by several masters of oval racing, and Saturday he turned some of that savvy into his fourth win at The Milwaukee Mile.

Biffle wins at Dover
DOVER, Del. - Greg Biffle's surprising run to the top of Nextel Cup competition got a boost Sunday from a stunningly easy victory in a crash-filled race on The Monster Mile.

Truex runs away from Dover field
DOVER, Del. - Martin Truex Jr. bided his time until the handling on Kevin Harvick's car went away, then passed him for the lead with 70 laps to go and eventually drove away to an easy victory in the NASCAR Busch series race Saturday at Dover International Speedway.

Should drivers fix own damage?
DOVER, Del. - Mark Martin has a solution to the aggressive driving on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series this year: Make the drivers fix the cars.

Tracy passes Vasser for win
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Paul Tracy has been schooled by several masters of oval racing, and Saturday he turned some of that savvy into his fourth win at The Milwaukee Mile.

Biffle wins at Dover
DOVER, Del. - Greg Biffle's surprising run to the top of Nextel Cup competition got a boost Sunday from a stunningly easy victory in a crash-filled race on The Monster Mile.

Should drivers fix own damage?
DOVER, Del. - Mark Martin has a solution to the aggressive driving on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series this year: Make the drivers fix the cars.

Tempers flare over reckless driving
DOVER, Del. - The rash of reckless driving continued on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit Sunday, and with it came the promise of retaliation.

Patrick's fame could pave the way for others
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Erin Crocker nervously watched the Indianapolis 500, silently rooting on Danica Patrick while doing her best to suppress any feelings of jealousy.

Biffle crashes way to MBNA

Patrick's fame could pave the way for others

Biffle wins at Dover

Should drivers fix own damage?

Biffle crashes way to MBNA
DOVER, Del. - It took 401 miles for Greg Biffle to make his only mistake in Sunday's Nextel Cup series race at Dover International Speedway. Fortunately for him, the race only lasted 400 miles.

Tracy passes Vasser for win

Patrick's fame could pave the way for others
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Erin Crocker nervously watched the Indianapolis 500, silently rooting on Danica Patrick while doing her best to suppress any feelings of jealousy.

Spurs adopting lessons of Phoenix series

Spurs adopting lessons of Phoenix series
SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich repeated his pat answer when he was asked how his Spurs will customize their game to fit their yet-to-be-decided opponent in the NBA Finals - the Miami Heat or the Detroit Pistons.

Spurs resting, but don't want to relax

Spurs resting, but don't want to relax
SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs are trying to balance the pluses and the minuses of their eight-day layoff before the start of the NBA Finals.

Spurs adopting lessons of Phoenix series
SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich repeated his pat answer when he was asked how his Spurs will customize their game to fit their yet-to-be-decided opponent in the NBA Finals - the Miami Heat or the Detroit Pistons.

Piston force game 7 with win
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The bus carrying the losing team pulled away from the loading dock exactly 48 minutes after the final buzzer sounded, the mood of the Miami Heat as foul and their answers as pithy as their exit was hasty.

Spurs resting, but don't want to relax
SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs are trying to balance the pluses and the minuses of their eight-day layoff before the start of the NBA Finals.

Piston force game 7 with win

Piston force game 7 with win
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The bus carrying the losing team pulled away from the loading dock exactly 48 minutes after the final buzzer sounded, the mood of the Miami Heat as foul and their answers as pithy as their exit was hasty.

Player's father blames media

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Mr. Howard Grishkat    (THOMSON, Ga.)

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Mrs. Sallie Mae Baker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Susie Kate Hooks (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Bud H. Robinson (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Wallace Yarrington, Jr. (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Leola Holmes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Allean "Big Mama" Neal (DEARING, Ga.)

Mrs. Allean Neal (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Walter V. "Bubba" Howe (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. George Kitchens (STAPLETON, Ga.)

Mr. Howard Grishkat (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret S. O'Hara (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Arthur (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Kathleen V. Laird (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Marguerite Boyd (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Fay Herbst (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Sallie Mae Baker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Gladys Hendrix (MILLEN, Ga.)

Rev. Herbert W. Elder (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances B. Moore (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mrs. Carol Doyle (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Holston (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Ms. Gladys McDaniel (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Oliver R. Lamb (BROOKLYN, N.Y. )

Mr. Mitch Shaw (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Mitch Shaw (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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Mrs. Martha Green (GILBERT, S.C.)

Mrs. Laura Mitchell (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Edward Mincey (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary. W. Avera (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Walter V. "Bubba" Howe (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Margie Steadman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert W. Barnes (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Wallace A. Yarrington (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Alice N. Rogers (GRAND BLANC, Mich.)

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U.S. defense spending is running on $800 billion a year
For fiscal year 2004, Defense Department expenditures were $436.4 billion, just under one-fifth of the total federal outlays of $2,292.2 billion - but those numbers are a far cry from the real cost of defense. Many Americans think 19 cents on defense for every 81 cents on non-defense costs is a reasonable way to spend each tax dollar.

U.S. defense spending is running on $800 billion a year
For fiscal year 2004, Defense Department expenditures were $436.4 billion, just under one-fifth of the total federal outlays of $2,292.2 billion - but those numbers are a far cry from the real cost of defense. Many Americans think 19 cents on defense for every 81 cents on non-defense costs is a reasonable way to spend each tax dollar.

U.S. defense spending is running on $800 billion a year
For fiscal year 2004, Defense Department expenditures were $436.4 billion, just under one-fifth of the total federal outlays of $2,292.2 billion - but those numbers are a far cry from the real cost of defense. Many Americans think 19 cents on defense for every 81 cents on non-defense costs is a reasonable way to spend each tax dollar.

Nadal wins French Open at 19

U.S. shuts out Costa Rica

Bumps in the mud

Pair of lefties face off in final

Area sports announcments

Win would bring U.S. close to World Cup berth

Armstrong begins push for seventh Tour

Overtime

Overtime

New team in town debuts

Overtime
In Atlanta, Matt Nagy threw for seven touchdowns and ran for another as the Georgia Force defeated the Orlando Predators, 60-58, to earn a trip to ArenaBowl XIX.

Pair of lefties face off in final
PARIS - In French they're "les deux gauchers" - the two left-handers. At the French Open, one of them will become "le champion."

Overtime
Augusta's Ray Whitfield defeated Miguel Delgado (2-1) of Fort Worth, Texas, at the Summer Showdown held at the Isle of Capri Casino in Luna, Miss.

Area sports announcments
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Bumps in the mud
A rain-soaked field didn't stop around 250 volleyball competitors from converging on the Augusta Soccer Park on Saturday for the Augusta Open, which is sponsored by the Augusta Volleyball Association. The tournament finishes today. The association's next tournament will be in August.

Armstrong begins push for seventh Tour
AIX-LES-BAINS, France - Lance Armstrong plans to enjoy his last Tour de France by winning it.

Nadal wins French Open at 19
PARIS - Rafael Nadal, the new king of clay, put on a show worthy of the royalty watching him.

Henin-Hardenne wins French title
PARIS - Grand Slam, indeed. Justine Henin-Hardenne slammed Mary Pierce grandly in the French Open final Saturday, reducing the Frenchwoman to tears and an apology to fans after the most lopsided title match at Roland Garros in 17 years.

Win would bring U.S. close to World Cup berth
SALT LAKE CITY - For a change, the U.S. soccer team can take the easy route.

Pair of lefties face off in final
PARIS - In French they're "les deux gauchers" - the two left-handers. At the French Open, one of them will become "le champion."

New team in town debuts
This afternoon, the Augusta area will be introduced to its newest sports team. Augusta FireBall United, a member of the Premier Development League, is an under-23 soccer team made up of Division I collegiate players from the Southeast.

New team in town debuts
This afternoon, the Augusta area will be introduced to its newest sports team. Augusta FireBall United, a member of the Premier Development League, is an under-23 soccer team made up of Division I collegiate players from the Southeast.

U.S. shuts out Costa Rica
SALT LAKE CITY - With a big pro-American crowd cheering from start to finish, Landon Donovan and Kasey Keller took big steps toward putting the United States in next year's World Cup.

Bumps in the mud
A rain-soaked field didn't stop around 250 volleyball competitors from converging on the Augusta Soccer Park on Saturday for the Augusta Open, which is sponsored by the Augusta Volleyball Association. The tournament finishes today. The association's next tournament will be in August.

On the right foot
On Sunday afternoon, Augusta FireBall United team president Alec Papadakis easily summed up the team's performance.

U.S. shuts out Costa Rica
SALT LAKE CITY - With a big pro-American crowd cheering from start to finish, Landon Donovan and Kasey Keller took big steps toward putting the United States in next year's World Cup.

Win would bring U.S. close to World Cup berth
SALT LAKE CITY - For a change, the U.S. soccer team can take the easy route.

Overtime
In Atlanta, Matt Nagy threw for seven touchdowns and ran for another as the Georgia Force defeated the Orlando Predators, 60-58, to earn a trip to ArenaBowl XIX.

Nadal wins French Open at 19
PARIS - Rafael Nadal, the new king of clay, put on a show worthy of the royalty watching him.

Area sports announcments
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Armstrong begins push for seventh Tour
AIX-LES-BAINS, France - Lance Armstrong plans to enjoy his last Tour de France by winning it.

Overtime
Augusta's Ray Whitfield defeated Miguel Delgado (2-1) of Fort Worth, Texas, at the Summer Showdown held at the Isle of Capri Casino in Luna, Miss.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Hunter's idea has him 'calling' his own shots
Tom Wiley got his start in the duck call industry while working as an emergency room nurse in his hometown of Starkville, Miss.

Hunter's idea has him 'calling' his own shots
Tom Wiley got his start in the duck call industry while working as an emergency room nurse in his hometown of Starkville, Miss.

Player's father blames media
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - Injured Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. made his first public appearance since his motorcycle crash, and his father used the occasion Friday night to lambaste the media for its coverage of the accident.

Player's father blames media
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - Injured Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. made his first public appearance since his motorcycle crash, and his father used the occasion Friday night to lambaste the media for its coverage of the accident.

Pope calls for release of hostage
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI called Sunday for the release of an Italian hostage held in Afghanistan, while that nation's foreign minister expressed optimism the woman's captivity would have a "peaceful, happy ending."

Hunter's idea has him 'calling' his own shots

Jerry Hall seeks 'Kept' man for new TV show
NEW YORK - Wanted: Single, twentysomething boy toy to change light bulbs and escort divorced model-actress down red carpets. Must be somewhat intelligent, well-groomed and able to hang with rock royalty. Bond-era Sean Connery lookalikes preferred.

Brian Williams' first 6 months rife with change

Jerry Hall seeks 'Kept' man for new TV show
NEW YORK - Wanted: Single, twentysomething boy toy to change light bulbs and escort divorced model-actress down red carpets. Must be somewhat intelligent, well-groomed and able to hang with rock royalty. Bond-era Sean Connery lookalikes preferred.

Jerry Hall seeks 'Kept' man for new TV show

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
The funniest thing about "The Comeback": It's so tragic.

'Deadwood' returns for a marathon encore
NEW YORK - Oddly enough, there's a certain nobility to E.B. Farnum. As played by William Sanderson on HBO's western drama "Deadwood," Farnum is a weasel - but devoutly so. He's a schemer who never gives himself a day off. He's unafraid to be a wimp

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
The funniest thing about "The Comeback": It's so tragic.

Brian Williams' first 6 months rife with change
NEW YORK - Perhaps because he was busy with other things - like the news, for instance - Brian Williams let last week's minor milestone of six months since replacing Tom Brokaw as NBC's chief anchor go unnoticed.

'Deadwood' returns for a marathon encore
NEW YORK - Oddly enough, there's a certain nobility to E.B. Farnum. As played by William Sanderson on HBO's western drama "Deadwood," Farnum is a weasel - but devoutly so. He's a schemer who never gives himself a day off. He's unafraid to be a wimp

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Brian Williams' first 6 months rife with change
NEW YORK - Perhaps because he was busy with other things - like the news, for instance - Brian Williams let last week's minor milestone of six months since replacing Tom Brokaw as NBC's chief anchor go unnoticed.

'Deadwood' returns for a marathon encore

Marilyn Monroe's personal items auctioned

People in the News

Majority of Jackson jurors have children

Michael Jackson treated in emergency room

Family feud over Zsa Zsa Gabor's will leads to lawsuit

Richt, Bulldogs dismiss LB White

No worries: Bulldogs win title by 11 shots
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - After putting out on the No. 18 green, a jubilant Brendon Todd grabbed the flagstick and started walking toward his Georgia teammates.

Richt, Bulldogs dismiss LB White
In Athens, Ga., University of Georgia linebacker Derrick White, a senior projected as a starter, has been dismissed from the team by coach Mark Richt after White's arrest Friday.

No worries: Bulldogs win title by 11 shots

Richt, Bulldogs dismiss LB White
In Athens, Ga., University of Georgia linebacker Derrick White, a senior projected as a starter, has been dismissed from the team by coach Mark Richt after White's arrest Friday.

No worries: Bulldogs win title by 11 shots
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - After putting out on the No. 18 green, a jubilant Brendon Todd grabbed the flagstick and started walking toward his Georgia teammates.

Gamecocks eliminate Michigan
ATLANTA - Neil Giesler hit a three-run homer and South Carolina eliminated Michigan from the NCAA tournament with a 4-3 victory Sunday, a game that took 6½ hours to complete because of heavy rain and lightning.

Gamecocks eliminate Michigan
ATLANTA - Neil Giesler hit a three-run homer and South Carolina eliminated Michigan from the NCAA tournament with a 4-3 victory Sunday, a game that took 6½ hours to complete because of heavy rain and lightning.

Gamecocks eliminate Michigan

Woman killed in crash hours before wedding