$7 million in one-day ticket sales for 'The Odd Couple'
NEW YORK - The revival of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, doesn't open on Broadway until Oct. 27, but the show took in a whopping $7 million Monday when tickets went on sale for American Express cardholders only.

Images of Southern culture capture rural experience
Rural Southern culture is changing. The places and traditions that make small towns across the region unique are slowly disappearing as the unpainted clapboard buildings are torn down, mom-and-pop operations close and the fast-food frenzy of mass-produced American culture takes over.

Cross Creek star's dream comes true

Cross Creek star's dream comes true
It was a day for horseshoes, firing up the grill, eating cake and having a drink or three.

Cross Creek star's dream comes true
It was a day for horseshoes, firing up the grill, eating cake and having a drink or three.

Odds and Ends
TOLEDO, Ohio - She's 91 and uses a hearing aid and eyeglasses, but Katherine Woodworth wasn't about to let somebody steal her purse.

Gunman kills teen as he lies wounded on stretcher
DETROIT - A masked man ordered paramedics to step away from a teenager who lay bleeding on a stretcher from bullet wounds, then killed him with a shotgun blast to the head, authorities said.

Man delivers pizzas after being shot in leg
TAMPA, Fla. - A robbery attempt by a masked man and a gunshot wound to the leg didn't stop a pizza delivery man from making his rounds, pies in hand.

Enormous puppet on loan at weird Brooklyn 'library'
NEW YORK - At the foot of a seven-story granite arch in the middle of a busy traffic circle, a scuffed yellow door opens once a week to a scene that's straight out of a children's storybook.

Enormous puppet on loan at weird Brooklyn 'library'
NEW YORK - At the foot of a seven-story granite arch in the middle of a busy traffic circle, a scuffed yellow door opens once a week to a scene that's straight out of a children's storybook.

Odds and Ends
TOLEDO, Ohio - She's 91 and uses a hearing aid and eyeglasses, but Katherine Woodworth wasn't about to let somebody steal her purse.

Ailing Jones sent to foot specialist

Chipper Jones thinking about surgery

Win helps heal Braves
ATLANTA - Amazingly, Horacio Ramirez was able to keep a reasonably straight face when talking about the two-seam fastball that, ahem, got away from him in the first inning Tuesday.

Chipper Jones thinking about surgery
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves continued to update their ever-growing injury list Wednesday.

Chipper Jones thinking about surgery
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves continued to update their ever-growing injury list Wednesday.

Rookie torches Braves
ATLANTA - This week was the first time the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Angels had ever played one another.

Ailing Jones sent to foot specialist
ATLANTA - Braves third baseman Chipper Jones will be sent to a foot specialist in North Carolina to determine the seriousness of the injury that put him on the disabled list.

Estrada: 'Felt like I was in a car wreck'
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves catcher Johnny Estrada is, by all estimations, a pretty big guy.

Ailing Jones sent to foot specialist
ATLANTA - Braves third baseman Chipper Jones will be sent to a foot specialist in North Carolina to determine the seriousness of the injury that put him on the disabled list.

Rookie torches Braves
ATLANTA - This week was the first time the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Angels had ever played one another.

Estrada: 'Felt like I was in a car wreck'

Estrada: 'Felt like I was in a car wreck'
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves catcher Johnny Estrada is, by all estimations, a pretty big guy.

Rookie torches Braves

Sentence holds businesses' fate
The companies Charles Walker spent years building could fall apart in a matter of weeks, depending on the severity of his sentence.

Economic forecast sends stocks sliding
NEW YORK - Stocks slumped Wednesday as the Bush administration said the nation's economy would likely grow at a slower pace than forecast six months ago, an assessment that eclipsed positive corporate news and lower oil prices.

Down to the Signs
Augusta's SouthTrust Bank branches have been operating as Wachovia Bank branches for several months. On Friday morning, most of them will begin flying the Wachovia banner.

Concerned raised about unfunded pension liability
WASHINGTON - Fearing that airlines and other struggling industries could present the country with its next S&L crisis, Congress and the White House are pushing an overhaul of pension-funding rules that has been overshadowed by Social Security.

Panel ponders keeping or abolishing tax breaks
WASHINGTON - House tax writers contemplated the difficulty of abolishing tax breaks in the name of simplicity on Wednesday while considering ideas to overhaul federal tax laws.

Atlanta Fed boss hints interest rates to keep rising

Concerned raised about unfunded pension liability

Comments from Fed yield mixed results

Sentence holds businesses' fate
The companies Charles Walker spent years building could fall apart in a matter of weeks, depending on the severity of his sentence.

Panel ponders keeping or abolishing tax breaks

Official forecast is a bit dimmer
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration on Wednesday issued a slightly less optimistic forecast for the country's economic growth and inflation for the rest of the year but predicted a solid increase in new jobs.

Sentence holds businesses' fate

Down to the Signs
Augusta's SouthTrust Bank branches have been operating as Wachovia Bank branches for several months. On Friday morning, most of them will begin flying the Wachovia banner.

Panel ponders keeping or abolishing tax breaks
WASHINGTON - House tax writers contemplated the difficulty of abolishing tax breaks in the name of simplicity on Wednesday while considering ideas to overhaul federal tax laws.

Crude oil futures fall more than $1 after rally fizzles
WASHINGTON - Oil prices fell for the third straight day on Wednesday, slipping below $53 a barrel after a rally that was sparked by a drop in supplies and as brokers locked in profits from a recent runup.

Crude oil futures fall more than $1 after rally fizzles
WASHINGTON - Oil prices fell for the third straight day on Wednesday, slipping below $53 a barrel after a rally that was sparked by a drop in supplies and as brokers locked in profits from a recent runup.

GM to cut 25,000 jobs by 2008

Economic forecast sends stocks sliding
NEW YORK - Stocks slumped Wednesday as the Bush administration said the nation's economy would likely grow at a slower pace than forecast six months ago, an assessment that eclipsed positive corporate news and lower oil prices.

Atlanta Fed boss hints interest rates to keep rising
ATLANTA - The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta suggested Tuesday he believes the door remains open to the possibility of further short-term interest rate hikes.

Monsanto raises third-quarter forecast

Comments from Fed yield mixed results
NEW YORK - Wall Street gave up a substantial early gain and staggered to a mixed finish Tuesday after a Federal Reserve official warned that interest rates might continue to climb.

GM to cut 25,000 jobs by 2008
WILMINGTON, Del. - General Motors Corp. plans to eliminate 25,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States by 2008 and close plants as part of a strategy to revive North American business at the world's largest automaker, its chairman said on Tuesday.

Concerned raised about unfunded pension liability
WASHINGTON - Fearing that airlines and other struggling industries could present the country with its next S&L crisis, Congress and the White House are pushing an overhaul of pension-funding rules that has been overshadowed by Social Security.

Monsanto raises third-quarter forecast
ST. LOUIS - Monsanto Co., maker of top-selling Roundup herbicide and a supplier of crop seeds, on Tuesday lowered its third-quarter forecast for net income but raised its outlook for adjusted earnings while forecasting an increase in expenses related to two acquisitions.

Monsanto raises third-quarter forecast
ST. LOUIS - Monsanto Co., maker of top-selling Roundup herbicide and a supplier of crop seeds, on Tuesday lowered its third-quarter forecast for net income but raised its outlook for adjusted earnings while forecasting an increase in expenses related to two acquisitions.

Crude oil futures fall more than $1 after rally fizzles

Atlanta Fed boss hints interest rates to keep rising
ATLANTA - The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta suggested Tuesday he believes the door remains open to the possibility of further short-term interest rate hikes.

Economic forecast sends stocks sliding

Comments from Fed yield mixed results
NEW YORK - Wall Street gave up a substantial early gain and staggered to a mixed finish Tuesday after a Federal Reserve official warned that interest rates might continue to climb.

Down to the Signs

GM to cut 25,000 jobs by 2008
WILMINGTON, Del. - General Motors Corp. plans to eliminate 25,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States by 2008 and close plants as part of a strategy to revive North American business at the world's largest automaker, its chairman said on Tuesday.

ESPN pulls out of coaches' poll

ESPN pulls out of coaches' poll
ESPN withdrew from the college football coaches' poll Tuesday, the second major news organization to say it didn't want to be a part of the Bowl Championship Series' weekly rankings.

ESPN pulls out of coaches' poll
ESPN withdrew from the college football coaches' poll Tuesday, the second major news organization to say it didn't want to be a part of the Bowl Championship Series' weekly rankings.

Mother-to-be makes ace at Cedar Creek

Intellectual carjacking
Imagine the feeling you'd get by seeing a passing motorist behind the wheel of your car, which you didn't even know was stolen.

Intellectual carjacking
Imagine the feeling you'd get by seeing a passing motorist behind the wheel of your car, which you didn't even know was stolen.

A chance to move on

More digits or less hassle?
The price of population growth in our part of Georgia, along with expanding use of fax lines, computer lines and cell phones, is that by next year we could all be dialing 10 digits to make a local phone call.

A ray of sunshine
At one point Tuesday, when the Augusta Commission was wrangling over how to pick an interim mayor to replace Bob Young who's departing for a federal post June 20, Commissioner Bobby Hankerson, perhaps embarrassed by the panel's feuding and fussing, suggested going into legal - i.e. secret - session to continue the discussions.

A ray of sunshine

More digits or less hassle?
The price of population growth in our part of Georgia, along with expanding use of fax lines, computer lines and cell phones, is that by next year we could all be dialing 10 digits to make a local phone call.

A chance to move on
It's understandable why many Augustans feel bad for Charles Walker's family, but many also feel sorry for Walker himself - a classic case of misplaced sympathy.

Intellectual carjacking

Justice for Saddam is near
It doesn't seem right somehow. Saddam Hussein is going to be tried on only 12 counts in his upcoming Baghdad trial in a few months.

A ray of sunshine
At one point Tuesday, when the Augusta Commission was wrangling over how to pick an interim mayor to replace Bob Young who's departing for a federal post June 20, Commissioner Bobby Hankerson, perhaps embarrassed by the panel's feuding and fussing, suggested going into legal - i.e. secret - session to continue the discussions.

A chance to move on
It's understandable why many Augustans feel bad for Charles Walker's family, but many also feel sorry for Walker himself - a classic case of misplaced sympathy.

More digits or less hassle?

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augusta chronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220. Listings must be received by 6 p.m. Mondays for publication in the current week.

Open tab
Ready for a night out? Here's a roundup of entertainment and drink specials at Augusta and Aiken area bars and bistros:

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - After more than a week of haggling over costs, Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures have reached a deal that will allow "Mission: Impossible 3" to move ahead with filming in Italy next month.

'Science Guy' becomes Bill Nye the educator
ITHACA, N.Y. - Bill Nye is many things: comedian, scientist, author, inventor, TV personality.

The Section has room to play at Hale Tiki
D. Timm's Jazz Cafe is gone, but its house band, The Section, will play on. After performing its last gig for the restaurant and jazz cafe at 302 Sixth St., The Section has moved to Hale Tiki, at 660 Broad St. The band will perform there Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Nicole Kidman, star of the upcoming movie "Bewitched," is carefully not casting judgment on ex-husband Tom Cruise's relationship with Katie Holmes.

Stuff to do
The undefeated Augusta FireBall United, a developmental soccer team made up of collegiate players, takes on the Ajax Orlando Prospects at 7:30 p.m. today at Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road in Grovetown.

People in the News
NEW YORK - Nicole Kidman, star of the upcoming movie "Bewitched," is carefully not casting judgment on ex-husband Tom Cruise's relationship with Katie Holmes.

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

'Science Guy' becomes Bill Nye the educator
ITHACA, N.Y. - Bill Nye is many things: comedian, scientist, author, inventor, TV personality.

The Liquid Life: Still Water Tap Room
STILL WATER TAP ROOM ADDRESS: 974 Broad St. BEER ON TAP: Guinness Stout, Harp Lager, Bass Ale, Newcastle Brown Ale, Dinkle Acker Lager, Paulaner Hefeweizen, Rogue Nut...

Club calendar
Send your nightclub's entertainment or drink special information to rebecca.smith@augusta chronicle.com, or call (706) 823-3220. Listings must be received by 6 p.m. Mondays for publication in the current week.

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

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - After more than a week of haggling over costs, Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures have reached a deal that will allow "Mission: Impossible 3" to move ahead with filming in Italy next month.

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

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

Open tab
Ready for a night out? Here's a roundup of entertainment and drink specials at Augusta and Aiken area bars and bistros:

Stuff to do
The undefeated Augusta FireBall United, a developmental soccer team made up of collegiate players, takes on the Ajax Orlando Prospects at 7:30 p.m. today at Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road in Grovetown.

Culkin pleads guilty to two misdemeanor drug charges

The Section has room to play at Hale Tiki
D. Timm's Jazz Cafe is gone, but its house band, The Section, will play on. After performing its last gig for the restaurant and jazz cafe at 302 Sixth St., The Section has moved to Hale Tiki, at 660 Broad St. The band will perform there Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m.

Chicken-fried steak is unofficial dish for many Texans

Chicken-fried steak is unofficial dish for many Texans
BATON ROUGE, La. - Country food restaurants in small towns can be evaluated by the number of cars or trucks parked in front at lunch time. If there are fewer than four or five cars in the parking lot, drive on.\r\n

This Chinese tofu salad is a sweet-and-sour crunchy
CONCORD, N.H. - Much as I love them, my salads too often get too routine.

Hildebrandt's food store
ADDRESS: 226 Sixth St.ON THE MENU: Sandwiches served on rye, pumpernickel, sourdough, white or wheat bread or kaiser, onion or sub rolls: BLT: $2.50; bologna, $2; braunschweiger, $2.50...

Low-fat sesame-chili chicken will satisfy the palate
The gingered watermelon salsa served with this spicy chicken dish is a creative way to conjure up a fresh taste of summer that will satisfy the palate and do no damage to the waistline.

Hildebrandt's food store
ADDRESS: 226 Sixth St. ON THE MENU: Sandwiches served on rye, pumpernickel, sourdough, white or wheat bread or kaiser, onion or sub rolls: BLT: $2.50; bologna, $2; braunschweiger, $2.50...

Low-fat sesame-chili chicken will satisfy the palate
The gingered watermelon salsa served with this spicy chicken dish is a creative way to conjure up a fresh taste of summer that will satisfy the palate and do no damage to the waistline.

Low-fat sesame-chili chicken will satisfy the palate

Fruity bars are easy to bake and make good snacking
If you're looking for a wholesome, homemade snack that has more nutritious value than many "junk" food items, you may wish to try this recipe with its blend of grain ingredients.

Quick and easy hot Italian sausage and tomato pasta

Quick and easy hot Italian sausage and tomato pasta
This recipe produces a colorful, savory main dish to serve your hungry diners for a total of 30 minutes prep and cooking time. What more can a cook in a hurry ask for? How about a reward: some sit-back and bask-in-approval time for this half-hour of kitchen magic.

Fruity bars are easy to bake and make good snacking

Chicken-fried steak is unofficial dish for many Texans
BATON ROUGE, La. - Country food restaurants in small towns can be evaluated by the number of cars or trucks parked in front at lunch time. If there are fewer than four or five cars in the parking lot, drive on.

Fruity bars are easy to bake and make good snacking
If you're looking for a wholesome, homemade snack that has more nutritious value than many "junk" food items, you may wish to try this recipe with its blend of grain ingredients.

Quick and easy hot Italian sausage and tomato pasta
This recipe produces a colorful, savory main dish to serve your hungry diners for a total of 30 minutes prep and cooking time. What more can a cook in a hurry ask for? How about a reward: some sit-back and bask-in-approval time for this half-hour of kitchen magic.

Hildebrandt's food store

All-Star game tickets still available
More than 5,000 baseball fans in Charleston, S.C., last year got to see RiverDogs closer Chad Orvella earn a save as the Southern Division beat the Northern Division, 4-2 in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.

Good pitching not enough for Augusta
Darren Sack's record fell below .500 Wednesday afternoon, but much like Osiris Matos on Tuesday, the Augusta GreenJackets starter didn't deserve the loss.

Asheville shuts down Augusta
The Asheville Tourists and Augusta GreenJackets were first and second in the league in batting heading into Tuesday's series opener.

Good pitching not enough for Augusta
Darren Sack's record fell below .500 Wednesday afternoon, but much like Osiris Matos on Tuesday, the Augusta GreenJackets starter didn't deserve the loss.

All-Star game tickets still available
More than 5,000 baseball fans in Charleston, S.C., last year got to see RiverDogs closer Chad Orvella earn a save as the Southern Division beat the Northern Division, 4-2 in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.

Golf: Browne shoots 59
Olin Browne sought out a USGA official to ask him the proper way to withdraw from U.S. Open qualifying, figuring his 73 over the first 18 holes left him no chance. Good thing he changed his mind.

Golf: USC Aiken ready to claim another title
AIKEN - Randy Warrick stood beside a table holding two national championship trophies and noticed some available space.

Golf: USC Aiken ready to claim another title
AIKEN - Randy Warrick stood beside a table holding two national championship trophies and noticed some available space.

Golf: USC Aiken ready to claim another title

Golf: Browne shoots 59
Olin Browne sought out a USGA official to ask him the proper way to withdraw from U.S. Open qualifying, figuring his 73 over the first 18 holes left him no chance. Good thing he changed his mind.

Learjet cleared in Payne Stewart crash trial

Learjet cleared in Payne Stewart crash trial
ORLANDO, Fla. - Learjet should not be held responsible for the 1999 plane accident that killed golfer Payne Stewart, jurors said Wednesday.

Learjet cleared in Payne Stewart crash trial
ORLANDO, Fla. - Learjet should not be held responsible for the 1999 plane accident that killed golfer Payne Stewart, jurors said Wednesday.

Upcoming Events
Upcoming events in the world of golf:

Golf: Browne shoots 59

Good pitching not enough for Augusta

All-Star game tickets still available

That '70s salad: six-layer BLT salad
Cool entree salads are a nice change of pace on these hot days from standard dinner fare. This six-layer BLT salad packs the flavors of a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich into an entree salad.

That '70s salad: six-layer BLT salad
Cool entree salads are a nice change of pace on these hot days from standard dinner fare. This six-layer BLT salad packs the flavors of a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich into an entree salad.

That '70s salad: six-layer BLT salad

Pot calls kettle black on partisanship
Regarding Vern J.Simon's letter "Liberals mar stem-cell debate" (June 3), he states that Lowell Greenbaum "exists in a persistent, partisan political state" and "pushes a liberal agenda that colors all of his thinking and writing."Ginger Sitler, Augusta

Why limit CSRA's spelling champ?
Congratulations to Joe Shepherd for his tremendous achievement in the National Spelling Bee! Just as in any competition where an individual or team hails from the Augusta area, all of Augusta personally feels represented and cheers for success. Shirley Coleman, Augusta

Pot calls kettle black on partisanship
Regarding Vern J.Simon's letter "Liberals mar stem-cell debate" (June 3), he states that Lowell Greenbaum "exists in a persistent, partisan political state" and "pushes a liberal agenda that colors all of his thinking and writing."Ginger Sitler, Augusta

Insurance plan is worrisome
I read with interest the recent story reporting that state employees soon will have to pay more for medical insurance if they smoke. William Head, Grovetown

Other road also plagued with delays
I agree with Jeff Hegarty's letter ("Incompetence plagues road project," June 6). Gregory M. Garnett, Martinez

Insurance plan is worrisome

Sundays don't mean inactivity
Wow! Guess who got all the seasons of The Andy Griffith Show on DVD? Apparently Stephanie Wilson ("Honor Sabbath as intended," June 5) needs to step away from the television.Mark Zagar, Evans

Other road also plagued with delays

Other road also plagued with delays
I agree with Jeff Hegarty's letter ("Incompetence plagues road project," June 6). Gregory M. Garnett, Martinez

Why limit CSRA's spelling champ?
Congratulations to Joe Shepherd for his tremendous achievement in the National Spelling Bee! Just as in any competition where an individual or team hails from the Augusta area, all of Augusta personally feels represented and cheers for success. Shirley Coleman, Augusta

Pot calls kettle black on partisanship

Why limit CSRA's spelling champ?

Cultivate our pupils' fertile, young minds
School is out for the summer. How many children have been left behind?Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Insurance plan is worrisome
I read with interest the recent story reporting that state employees soon will have to pay more for medical insurance if they smoke. William Head, Grovetown

Clay shooting can be family affair

Poll: Nearly half of major minority groups favor ethnic media

Reporter takes aim at clay targets

Google Maps tinkerers make demographic data come alive

Batman comes to life in Pennsylvania farmhouse

Group calls for prompt greenhouse gas cuts

Clay shooting can be family affair
Arms crossed and her face creased with a small frown, Rachel Welch, 13, watches from behind amber safety glasses as her father, older sister and mother, in turn, lift shotguns toward the sky and take aim at the bright-orange targets spinning across their field of vision at the Pinetucky Gun Club's skeet range south of Augusta.

Clay shooting can be family affair
Arms crossed and her face creased with a small frown, Rachel Welch, 13, watches from behind amber safety glasses as her father, older sister and mother, in turn, lift shotguns toward the sky and take aim at the bright-orange targets spinning across their field of vision at the Pinetucky Gun Club's skeet range south of Augusta.

Reporter takes aim at clay targets
I had not pulled a trigger, not held a gun, for more than 15 years.

Living briefs
Rachel Nichols and Peter Coyote star in The Inside. It's a new drama series about a rookie FBI agent who, despite her lack of field experience, is tapped to join the bureau's Los Angeles-based violent crimes unit, which tackles the city's most psychologically taxing and physically threatening cases.

Group calls for prompt greenhouse gas cuts
LONDON - The U.S. National Academy of Sciences joined similar groups from other nations Tuesday in a call for prompt action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, warning that delays will be costly.

Batman comes to life in Pennsylvania farmhouse
EASTON, Pa. - Outside Tommy Castillo's bedroom window is a rolling horse pasture where Appaloosa mares frolic with their young - not at all like gritty Gotham, the fictional city that Castillo sees with his mind's eye as he draws the adventures of the Caped Crusader.

Google Maps tinkerers make demographic data come alive
SAN FRANCISCO - Tracking sexual predators in Florida. Guiding travelers to the cheapest gas nationwide. Pinpointing $1,500 studio apartments for rent in Manhattan.

Poll: Nearly half of major minority groups favor ethnic media
LOS ANGELES - Nearly half the country's Hispanics, Asian Americans and other minorities prefer ethnic newspapers, television and radio to mainstream media, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Reporter takes aim at clay targets
I had not pulled a trigger, not held a gun, for more than 15 years.

Group calls for prompt greenhouse gas cuts
LONDON - The U.S. National Academy of Sciences joined similar groups from other nations Tuesday in a call for prompt action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, warning that delays will be costly.

Google Maps tinkerers make demographic data come alive
SAN FRANCISCO - Tracking sexual predators in Florida. Guiding travelers to the cheapest gas nationwide. Pinpointing $1,500 studio apartments for rent in Manhattan.

Poll: Nearly half of major minority groups favor ethnic media
LOS ANGELES - Nearly half the country's Hispanics, Asian Americans and other minorities prefer ethnic newspapers, television and radio to mainstream media, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Batman comes to life in Pennsylvania farmhouse
EASTON, Pa. - Outside Tommy Castillo's bedroom window is a rolling horse pasture where Appaloosa mares frolic with their young - not at all like gritty Gotham, the fictional city that Castillo sees with his mind's eye as he draws the adventures of the Caped Crusader.

Proposal would move all graduations inside

Across South Carolina
ORANGEBURG - An assistant prosecutor has pleaded guilty to reckless driving after he was previously charged with driving under the influence in a collision about a month ago.

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

Owners await end of law on minibottles

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

City on watch for bad driving

Recycling

Fire chief finalist backs out

Events
LIFENET CHARITY RIDE: Bike registration, 8-10:30 a.m., ride begins at 11 a.m. Saturday; Paradise Barbecue, 1312 Washington Highway, Lincolnton, Ga.; to benefit Augusta Shelter for Abused Children; $5 meal tickets available at sign-in; (706) 359-4256

Across the area

Builders seek ban exemption

Across the river

Kid of the Day
Sebian E. Winfield is today's Kid of the Day

Former co-workers arrested in forgery

Local Scout funding isn't tied to quota
The kind of controversy that has erupted in Atlanta over United Way funding of the Boy Scouts is unlikely in Augusta, local officials of those organizations say.

Owners await end of law on minibottles
AIKEN - Bartenders won't be pouring such stiff drinks in South Carolina next year.

Across the river
CONFEDERATE VETS MEET: 7 p.m. Thursday; Bobby's Barbecue Buffet, 1897 Jefferson Davis Highway, Warrenville; with Roy Parrish Jr.; free, fee for optional meal; 648-6072

News you can use
Events scheduled for this week include:

North Augusta artist puts her people on display
Some people don't know Moses Miller, but Donna Garvey hopes they know someone like her.

Post will continue training sailors
Regardless of whether the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Ga., is closed soon, its detachment of sailors at Fort Gordon will remain, officials and experts said.

Reunions
ACADEMY OF RICHMOND COUNTY 1995: Seeking classmates for a 10-year reunion Friday-Sunday; $90 per graduate, $150 per couple; contact Alyssa Smith Brinson, 733-9079 or richmond academy1995@yahoo.com

Builders seek ban exemption
A seasonal, state-imposed ban on outdoor burning in Richmond and Columbia counties has local builders and developers fuming.

Perdue program looks to government's future

Workers face fraud charges
Two area nightclub workers were arrested and charged with using a customer's credit card to purchase personal items during a one-day shopping spree, police said.

Decision on mayor will wait

Residents worry about hassle of road closing
A Richmond County school bus needs to be able to drop children off all along Skinner Miller Road, so when part of the roadway is closed off this fall, it could make the route quite rocky.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Budget won't include increase in mill rate
Weeks of compromise and public meetings concerning Columbia County's 2005-06 fiscal year budget came down to three words Tuesday night: no millage increase.

Bones might be part of yellow fever cemetery
THUNDERBOLT, Ga. - A skeleton found buried under a Thunderbolt apartment complex parking lot two weeks ago might be the remains of a 19th-century yellow fever cemetery.

President, county spar over funding
AIKEN - Tuition at Aiken Technical College could jump by $88 per semester next year if the county doesn't fully fund the school with $1.8 million, President Susan Graham said Tuesday.

Post will continue training sailors
Regardless of whether the Navy Supply Corps School in Athens, Ga., is closed soon, its detachment of sailors at Fort Gordon will remain, officials and experts said.

Kid of the Day

Recreation
FORT DISCOVERY Seventh Street, 821-0200

Dental school to get new building

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Worries emerge on retail facility

Milestones
Louis M. Cox, Christopher H. Fleming, Ilisa B. Stern and John T. Tran, Medical College of Georgia dental students from Augusta, have been awarded scholarships from the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society.

Baby's burns lead to inquiry
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Police are investigating how a 4-month-old Savannah-area boy was seriously burned last weekend.

Events
LIFENET CHARITY RIDE: Bike registration, 8-10:30 a.m., ride begins at 11 a.m. Saturday; Paradise Barbecue, 1312 Washington Highway, Lincolnton, Ga.; to benefit Augusta Shelter for Abused Children; $5 meal tickets available at sign-in; (706) 359-4256

Athens will not appeal ruling on family zoning
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke County officials won't appeal a court ruling striking down part of a county ordinance limiting the number of unrelated people who can live together.

Justice in Georgia just got a new face
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue, expressing strong opposition for "activist judges" who legislate from the bench, chose his own top legal adviser on Wednesday to fill the first vacancy in a decade on the Georgia Supreme Court.

Workers face fraud charges

Proposal would move all graduations inside
Graduates stayed dry, but wind blew down flags, played havoc with caps and gowns and drowned out speakers during some recent Richmond County high school graduations.

Augusta State University spring graduate candidates
This is a list of spring graduate candidates from Augusta State University:

GBI applauds effort to prosecute bride
ATLANTA - When Jennifer Wilbanks decided to duck out on her wedding in late April, police in her hometown of Duluth weren't the only ones who spent time and money looking for her.

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

Across the river
CONFEDERATE VETS MEET: 7 p.m. Thursday; Bobby's Barbecue Buffet, 1897 Jefferson Davis Highway, Warrenville; with Roy Parrish Jr.; free, fee for optional meal; 648-6072

Walker's sentence could be lengthy
If former state Sen. Charles Walker were a regular Joe convicted of illegally finagling a contract with a state hospital, he could expect only a few years in prison.

Athens will not appeal ruling on family zoning

Across the area
A single-car accident killed a Martinez man early Wednesday.

Blue Cross gets insurance deal with University

Teacher begins program inspired by his coaches
Neely Lovett's high school coaches were mentors and father figures who made such an impression on his life, the 33-year-old said he wanted to do the same for others.

Across the area

School clubs rule creates debate
ATLANTA - Pupils, parents and teachers clashed Wednesday over the limits on children's freedom at a public hearing on a state Board of Education rule that would require parental permission to take part in extracurricular organizations.

Decision on mayor will wait
After a half-dozen failed motions about how and when they will appoint an interim mayor to replace Bob Young, Augusta Commission members voted to get the job done at their June 21 meeting.

Turpin Hill community holds annual festival
Monique Davis, 6, ran through water spewing near the intersection of Swanee Quintet and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards and Turpin Street.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A taxi cab probably isn't the best getaway car for a bank robbery.

Blue Cross gets insurance deal with University
After eight years apart, University Hospital and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia have finally come together.

Workers face fraud charges
Two area nightclub workers were arrested and charged with using a customer's credit card to purchase personal items during a one-day shopping spree, police said.

$78,000 fine due in man's fatal fall
A Florida company was ordered this week to pay fines totaling $78,000 over a Dec. 12 accident that claimed the life of a Louisiana pipefitter at International Paper Co.'s Augusta plant.

For the record

Bones might be part of yellow fever cemetery
THUNDERBOLT, Ga. - A skeleton found buried under a Thunderbolt apartment complex parking lot two weeks ago might be the remains of a 19th-century yellow fever cemetery.

Blue Cross gets insurance deal with University
After eight years apart, University Hospital and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia have finally come together.

Dental school to get new building
ATLANTA - The Medical College of Georgia will get a new $108 million home for its School of Dentistry, but it could take a decade or so for construction to begin.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day
Sebian E. Winfield is today's Kid of the Day

This week
FLIP FLOP FUN: 10 a.m. to noon today; Burns Memorial United Methodist Church, 2372 Lumpkin Road; learn to make flip flops; for ages 5-17; sponsored by Girl Scout Traveling Troops; free; 774-0505

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

North Augusta artist puts her people on display
Some people don't know Moses Miller, but Donna Garvey hopes they know someone like her.

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

Ft. Gordon soldier wins lottery

Interim mayor rules outlined
The legal qualifications to become Augusta's interim mayor became a little bit clearer Wednesday, but not by much.

Drumming in music lesson
Artscape is a six-week collaborative program between the club and the Greater Augusta Arts Council in which arts-related people or agencies will teach children at both Boys and Girls Club locations in two-week sessions.

CSRA Bridge Club Masterpoint Race winners
CSRA Bridge Club Masterpoint Race winners May 30 - June 5

Ft. Gordon soldier wins lottery
Comments from readers:

Perdue program looks to government's future
ATLANTA - With nearly a quarter of state agency managers set to retire in the next several years, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday the creation of a $1.5 million program designed to identify and cultivate the government leaders of tomorrow.

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

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE - A civil rights group called for protests Tuesday after failing to persuade a suburban Atlanta prosecutor to reopen the investigation of a jailed black man who died days after he was stunned repeatedly with a Taser.

Recycling
- To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations: Kimberly-Clark, Belvedere fire station at 204 Hampton Ave., Beech Island fire station, two Aiken County Department of Public Safety fire stations and the Graniteville fire station. Call 650-2876.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A taxi cab probably isn't the best getaway car for a bank robbery.

Turpin Hill community holds annual festival
Monique Davis, 6, ran through water spewing near the intersection of Swanee Quintet and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards and Turpin Street.

Road would ease school traffic woes
A new road might ease traffic congestion at the Greenbrier schools complex in Evans.

City on watch for bad driving
After Georgia's introduction of a Web site to let the public report bad drivers in state-owned vehicles, Augusta officials say they don't have any immediate plans to do something similar here.

Fire chief finalist backs out
One of the two finalists for the Augusta fire chief's job has withdrawn his name from contention, but it remained unclear Wednesday whether the remaining finalist will get the job.

Around the block
The Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy's seventh annual Swamp Soiree will be held from 6 to 9 tonight in a home along the Savannah River. The event will feature entertainment from the Carl Purdy Bluegrass Band, fly-fishing demonstrations, a wildlife display by the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, a raffle and dinner catered by Dye's Southern Catering. Tickets are $65. Call 828-2109.

Across the area
A single-car accident killed a Martinez man early Wednesday.

News you can use
Events scheduled for this week include:

Former co-workers arrested in forgery
Three former employees of an HIV/AIDS support services agency have been arrested after being linked to an attempt to forge checks amounting to more than $6,000, police said.

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

Kid of the Day
Sankeysha Geter is today's Kid of the Day.

Road would ease school traffic woes
A new road might ease traffic congestion at the Greenbrier schools complex in Evans.

Ft. Gordon soldier wins lottery
Comments from readers:

Children learn to create at Artrageous!
The sounds of drills and saws being used inside a workroom at the Morris Museum of Art on Sunday gave the impression there was a construction project going on rather than an art activity.

Center is the focus of planning meeting in Bethlehem

Across Georgia
DOUGLASVILLE - A man was shot and beaten, and several other people - including a 3-month-old infant - were tied up Wednesday morning during a home invasion robbery.

Across South Carolina
ORANGEBURG - An assistant prosecutor has pleaded guilty to reckless driving after he was previously charged with driving under the influence in a collision about a month ago.

School clubs rule creates debate
ATLANTA - Pupils, parents and teachers clashed Wednesday over the limits on children's freedom at a public hearing on a state Board of Education rule that would require parental permission to take part in extracurricular organizations.

Across Georgia
DOUGLASVILLE - A man was shot and beaten, and several other people - including a 3-month-old infant - were tied up Wednesday morning during a home invasion robbery.

Residents worry about hassle of road closing

GBI applauds effort to prosecute bride
ATLANTA - When Jennifer Wilbanks decided to duck out on her wedding in late April, police in her hometown of Duluth weren't the only ones who spent time and money looking for her.

News you can use

Justice in Georgia just got a new face
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue, expressing strong opposition for "activist judges" who legislate from the bench, chose his own top legal adviser on Wednesday to fill the first vacancy in a decade on the Georgia Supreme Court.

Bones might be part of yellow fever cemetery

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a 38-year-old woman Tuesday, accusing her of assaulting a woman with a beer bottle during an argument over sex with the same man, records state.

Post will continue training sailors

Worries emerge on retail facility
A new retail development bounded by River Watch Parkway and the Augusta Canal has some officials concerned about its effects on both.

Across South Carolina

Decision on mayor will wait
After a half-dozen failed motions about how and when they will appoint an interim mayor to replace Bob Young, Augusta Commission members voted to get the job done at their June 21 meeting.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Mayor breaks tie, seeks earlier elections for seats
A move to fill the unexpired terms of Mayor Bob Young and former state Sen. Charles Walker during the Nov. 8 general election failed Tuesday when Mr. Young got a rare chance to vote and nixed the motion.

Mayor breaks tie, seeks earlier elections for seats
A move to fill the unexpired terms of Mayor Bob Young and former state Sen. Charles Walker during the Nov. 8 general election failed Tuesday when Mr. Young got a rare chance to vote and nixed the motion.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Worries emerge on retail facility
A new retail development bounded by River Watch Parkway and the Augusta Canal has some officials concerned about its effects on both.

Perdue program looks to government's future
ATLANTA - With nearly a quarter of state agency managers set to retire in the next several years, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday the creation of a $1.5 million program designed to identify and cultivate the government leaders of tomorrow.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a 38-year-old woman Tuesday, accusing her of assaulting a woman with a beer bottle during an argument over sex with the same man, records state.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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

Augusta State University spring graduate candidates

Residents worry about hassle of road closing
A Richmond County school bus needs to be able to drop children off all along Skinner Miller Road, so when part of the roadway is closed off this fall, it could make the route quite rocky.

Proposal would move all graduations inside
Graduates stayed dry, but wind blew down flags, played havoc with caps and gowns and drowned out speakers during some recent Richmond County high school graduations.

Dental school to get new building
ATLANTA - The Medical College of Georgia will get a new $108 million home for its School of Dentistry, but it could take a decade or so for construction to begin.

Across South Carolina

Mayor breaks tie, seeks earlier elections for seats

School clubs rule creates debate

Turpin Hill community holds annual festival

Westinghouse is making good on pledge

Builders seek ban exemption
A seasonal, state-imposed ban on outdoor burning in Richmond and Columbia counties has local builders and developers fuming.

Richmond County restaurant ratings

Athens will not appeal ruling on family zoning
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke County officials won't appeal a court ruling striking down part of a county ordinance limiting the number of unrelated people who can live together.

City on watch for bad driving
After Georgia's introduction of a Web site to let the public report bad drivers in state-owned vehicles, Augusta officials say they don't have any immediate plans to do something similar here.

Man leaves military behind for ministry

Westinghouse is making good on pledge
Westinghouse Savannah River Co. President Bob Pedde presented North Augusta 2000 officials with a check for $50,000 on May 2.

Westinghouse is making good on pledge
Westinghouse Savannah River Co. President Bob Pedde presented North Augusta 2000 officials with a check for $50,000 on May 2.

Drumming in music lesson
Artscape is a six-week collaborative program between the club and the Greater Augusta Arts Council in which arts-related people or agencies will teach children at both Boys and Girls Club locations in two-week sessions.

Center is the focus of planning meeting in Bethlehem
Residents and friends of the Bethlehem area gathered at New Bethlehem Community Center on May 31 and selected seven items for the center to focus on.

Man leaves military behind for ministry
It was a proud day for Command Sgt. Maj. Clark Dimery Sr.

Man leaves military behind for ministry
It was a proud day for Command Sgt. Maj. Clark Dimery Sr.

Children learn to create at Artrageous!

Fire chief finalist backs out
One of the two finalists for the Augusta fire chief's job has withdrawn his name from contention, but it remained unclear Wednesday whether the remaining finalist will get the job.

This week

Ex-agent criticizes Deep Throat's role
HANNIBAL, Mo. - Nick O'Hara was a new FBI agent in Washington in 1963 when he first met Mark Felt, the bureau executive later nicknamed Deep Throat when he became a source for damaging information about the investigation into President Nixon during the Watergate crisis.

Drumming in music lesson

News you can use

Reunions

Former co-workers arrested in forgery
Three former employees of an HIV/AIDS support services agency have been arrested after being linked to an attempt to forge checks amounting to more than $6,000, police said.

GBI applauds effort to prosecute bride

Kid of the Day
Sankeysha Geter is today's Kid of the Day.

Across Georgia

Recycling
- To raise money to assist burn victims, the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation has aluminum-can recycling trailers in the following locations: Kimberly-Clark, Belvedere fire station at 204 Hampton Ave., Beech Island fire station, two Aiken County Department of Public Safety fire stations and the Graniteville fire station. Call 650-2876.

Milestones

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

Events

Augusta State University spring graduate candidates
This is a list of spring graduate candidates from Augusta State University:

Kid of the Day

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

This week
FLIP FLOP FUN: 10 a.m. to noon today; Burns Memorial United Methodist Church, 2372 Lumpkin Road; learn to make flip flops; for ages 5-17; sponsored by Girl Scout Traveling Troops; free; 774-0505

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

Around the block

Children learn to create at Artrageous!
The sounds of drills and saws being used inside a workroom at the Morris Museum of Art on Sunday gave the impression there was a construction project going on rather than an art activity.

Road would ease school traffic woes

Around the block
The Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy's seventh annual Swamp Soiree will be held from 6 to 9 tonight in a home along the Savannah River. The event will feature entertainment from the Carl Purdy Bluegrass Band, fly-fishing demonstrations, a wildlife display by the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, a raffle and dinner catered by Dye's Southern Catering. Tickets are $65. Call 828-2109.

Library events

Reunions
ACADEMY OF RICHMOND COUNTY 1995: Seeking classmates for a 10-year reunion Friday-Sunday; $90 per graduate, $150 per couple; contact Alyssa Smith Brinson, 733-9079 or richmond academy1995@yahoo.com

North Augusta artist puts her people on display

Center is the focus of planning meeting in Bethlehem
Residents and friends of the Bethlehem area gathered at New Bethlehem Community Center on May 31 and selected seven items for the center to focus on.

Justice in Georgia just got a new face

Support groups

Owners await end of law on minibottles
AIKEN - Bartenders won't be pouring such stiff drinks in South Carolina next year.

Milestones
Louis M. Cox, Christopher H. Fleming, Ilisa B. Stern and John T. Tran, Medical College of Georgia dental students from Augusta, have been awarded scholarships from the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society.

Pinehurst setup should mend fences
Donald Ross once wrote: "There's the golf hole. Play it any way you please."

Pinehurst setup should mend fences
Donald Ross once wrote: "There's the golf hole. Play it any way you please."

Anne Bancroft recalled as a 'consummate actress'
With BC-Obit-Bancroft-Filmography

Mini reviews

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

Anne Bancroft recalled as a 'consummate actress'
With BC-Obit-Bancroft-Filmography

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

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

Cruise reaches deal on 'Mission: Impossible 3'
LOS ANGELES - After more than a week of haggling over costs, Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures have reached a deal that will allow "Mission: Impossible 3" to move ahead with filming in Italy next month.

New DVD releases
Here's a look at what's new in DVD and video releases and a calendar of what's coming:

Cruise reaches deal on 'Mission: Impossible 3'

Cruise reaches deal on 'Mission: Impossible 3'
LOS ANGELES - After more than a week of haggling over costs, Tom Cruise and Paramount Pictures have reached a deal that will allow "Mission: Impossible 3" to move ahead with filming in Italy next month.

Anne Bancroft recalled as a 'consummate actress'

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

New DVD releases

New DVD releases
Here's a look at what's new in DVD and video releases and a calendar of what's coming:

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Music Midtown: From hip-hop to rock to country

Musician's travels influence her eclectic style
Former North Augustan Miriam Allen will be back in the area this weekend to perform original songs she calls "my crazy, Latiny, country-gone-awry music."

Hot ticket
WHEN: 8 p.m. Monday,br>WHERE: The Fabulous Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta

Coldplay inspires love and hate
NEW YORK - With some 20 million albums sold worldwide, it's clear Coldplay has its share of fans. What surprises singer Chris Martin is all the people who actively hate the band.

Music Midtown: From hip-hop to rock to country
Now in its 12th year, Atlanta's Music Midtown Festival has emerged as a leader in the ever-expanding pack of summer music festivals.

Black Eyed Peas sell out for commercial success

Rapper ordered to stand trial in Vibe Awards fracas
LOS ANGELES - A rapper accused of stabbing a man during a melee at last year's Vibe Awards must stand trial on an assault charge, a judge ruled Monday.

Rapper ordered to stand trial in Vibe Awards fracas
LOS ANGELES - A rapper accused of stabbing a man during a melee at last year's Vibe Awards must stand trial on an assault charge, a judge ruled Monday.

Sonic Spotlight: Jonathan Powell
AGE: 25HOMETOWN: Augusta

Midtown schedule of performers
COCA-COLA/VERIZON WIRELESS/HOT 107.9/ FOX 5 STAGE PRODUCED BY JERMAINE DUPRI

Black Eyed Peas sell out for commercial success
Going for the obvious instead of the interesting, for the quick buck instead of the quality product, the Black Eyed Peas, once a bright hope emerging from the hip-hop underground, have officially sold out.

Vibe MusicFest marks Black Music Month
The staff at Vibe Magazine saw a void in a major national celebration of Black Music Month and decided to be an innovator this June by filling that void.

Midtown schedule of performers
COCA-COLA/VERIZON WIRELESS/HOT 107.9/ FOX 5 STAGE PRODUCED BY JERMAINE DUPRI

Black Eyed Peas sell out for commercial success
Going for the obvious instead of the interesting, for the quick buck instead of the quality product, the Black Eyed Peas, once a bright hope emerging from the hip-hop underground, have officially sold out.

Coldplay inspires love and hate
NEW YORK - With some 20 million albums sold worldwide, it's clear Coldplay has its share of fans. What surprises singer Chris Martin is all the people who actively hate the band.

Sonic Spotlight: Jonathan Powell
AGE: 25 HOMETOWN: Augusta

Coldplay inspires love and hate

Hot ticket
WHEN: 8 p.m. Monday,br> WHERE: The Fabulous Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta

Rapper ordered to stand trial in Vibe Awards fracas

Sonic Spotlight: Jonathan Powell

Midtown schedule of performers

Musician's travels influence her eclectic style

Music Midtown: From hip-hop to rock to country
Now in its 12th year, Atlanta's Music Midtown Festival has emerged as a leader in the ever-expanding pack of summer music festivals.

Musician's travels influence her eclectic style
Former North Augustan Miriam Allen will be back in the area this weekend to perform original songs she calls "my crazy, Latiny, country-gone-awry music."

Hot ticket

Wanted: Women drivers

Racing Newsmaker: Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth, the 2003 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion, finished seventh in last Sunday's race at Dover, Del., his best effort of the season.

Patience in short supply already
LONG POND, Pa. - In a business where everything happens at full speed, there is little time for patience.

Wanted: Women drivers
LONG POND, Pa. - Danica Patrick got what she wanted: NASCAR's attention.

Patience in short supply already

Patience in short supply already
LONG POND, Pa. - In a business where everything happens at full speed, there is little time for patience.

Racing Newsmaker: Matt Kenseth

Wanted: Women drivers
LONG POND, Pa. - Danica Patrick got what she wanted: NASCAR's attention.

Racing Newsmaker: Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth, the 2003 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion, finished seventh in last Sunday's race at Dover, Del., his best effort of the season.

Spurs expect defense to dominate finals

Spurs expect defense to dominate finals
SAN ANTONIO - Gregg Popovich has long credited Larry Brown for bringing him into the NBA and teaching him much of what he knows about basketball.

Spurs expect defense to dominate finals
SAN ANTONIO - Gregg Popovich has long credited Larry Brown for bringing him into the NBA and teaching him much of what he knows about basketball.

Sanders signs one-year deal with Ravens

Mr. Michael Anthony Hill    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Duvall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Lockamy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Trudy Martin Louden    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn P. Mims    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Allen Perry Stone    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret Arthur    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Walter Vinson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Julian W. Jackson, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Smalley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary W. Avera    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Watkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Randall Gibson    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Welk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Self Conard    (HOLLAND, MI)

Ms. Frances Flanders    (JESUP, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Vinson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John E. Hoy    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Madison Hodges    (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret B. Jackson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie B. Gaines    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ola Mae Smith    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Willie H. Bryant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Thelma L. Kitchens    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Francis E. Jameson, Sr.    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Key    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie H. Bryant    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret B. Jackson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine S. Golphin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John E. Hoy    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Ronald N. Bell    (LOUISVILLE, KY)

Mrs. Leola Holmes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert (Bob) Welk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary W. Avera    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Welk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Kim Smalley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William McClendon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Key    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Lockamy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret B. Jackson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Francis E. Jameson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Frances Flanders    (JESUP, Ga.)

Mr. Terence Hudson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Billie Ann Corley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine S. Golphin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Arthur    (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Randall Gibson    (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Story    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Garnett Evans Akins    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Smalley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Deacon George L. Cohen    (VARNVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Teleasia Tucker    (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald N. Bell    (LOUISVILLE, KY)

Mr. Tony Key    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Duvall    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Deacon George L. Cohen    (VARNVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Garnett Evans Akins    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Terence Hudson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Francis E. Jameson, Sr.    ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Madison Hodges    (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Key    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Dave Anderson    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Thelma L. Kitchens    (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Francis E. Jameson, Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Lockamy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Lockamy    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ola Mae Smith    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Kim Smalley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Trudy Martin Louden    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Jessie B. Gaines    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Allen Perry Stone    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary W. Avera    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Anthony Hill    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Ellen B. Walton    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Dave Anderson    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mrs. Margaret B. Jackson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert (Bob) Welk    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SGM Curtis E. Stoer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ellen B. Walton    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. William McClendon    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Teleasia Tucker    (HARRISON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary W. Avera    (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Story    (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Ms. Billie Ann Corley    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

SGM Curtis E. Stoer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Watkins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Self Conard    (HOLLAND, MI)

Mrs. Evelyn P. Mims    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Julian W. Jackson, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Francis E. Jameson, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine S. Golphin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Deacon George L. Cohen (VARNVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Thelma L. Kitchens (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Kim Smalley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sandra Smalley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Duvall (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret B. Jackson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. William McClendon (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John E. Hoy (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Randall Gibson (MITCHELL, Ga.)

Ms. Frances Flanders (JESUP, Ga.)

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

Mrs. Ola Mae Smith (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Terence Hudson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Tony Key (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ellen B. Walton (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mr. Ronald N. Bell (LOUISVILLE, KY)

Mr. Madison Hodges (NEWINGTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn P. Mims (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Julian W. Jackson, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Vinson, Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert (Bob) Welk (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Allen Perry Stone (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Charlie Story (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Watkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael Anthony Hill (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Trudy Martin Louden (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Rose Self Conard (HOLLAND, MI)

Ms. Billie Ann Corley (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Ms. Teleasia Tucker (HARRISON, Ga.)

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

Mr. Dave Anderson (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Tony Key (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Lockamy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. David Lockamy (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SGM Curtis E. Stoer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Willie H. Bryant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Welk (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jessie B. Gaines (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret B. Jackson (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Garnett Evans Akins (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Francis E. Jameson, Sr. ( AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Overtime

Club's hopes follow trio into boxing ring

Overtime

FireBall's unbeaten mark on line

Tyson has much to prove in ring

Augusta team has learned its lesson

Bets are on Afleet Alex

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Augusta team has learned its lesson
The Augusta Junior Rowers varsity men's quad team looked at last year's competition in the USRowing National Youth Invitational and scoffed. They just knew they'd medal in the biggest U.S. rowing event.

Overtime
South Aiken outfielder Ryne Salmon and Cross Creek pitcher Brett Wiggins were both taken on the second day of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft.

FireBall's unbeaten mark on line
It was a telling scene at Patriots Park on Sunday afternoon.

Bets are on Afleet Alex
NEW YORK - All along, trainer Tim Ritchey believed the more miles he put into Afleet Alex in the mornings the better the results would be in the afternoons.

Area Announcements
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.

FireBall's unbeaten mark on line
It was a telling scene at Patriots Park on Sunday afternoon.

Bets are on Afleet Alex
NEW YORK - All along, trainer Tim Ritchey believed the more miles he put into Afleet Alex in the mornings the better the results would be in the afternoons.

Tyson has much to prove in ring
WASHINGTON - Kevin McBride barely had a chance to utter what seems to be the only phrase he knows when Mike Tyson told him how it was going to be.

Club's hopes follow trio into boxing ring
Divante Jones has a title to defend. The 12-year-old will step into the ring this weekend with one goal in mind: To win this year's Ringside Summer Classic.

Tyson has much to prove in ring
WASHINGTON - Kevin McBride barely had a chance to utter what seems to be the only phrase he knows when Mike Tyson told him how it was going to be.

Augusta team has learned its lesson
The Augusta Junior Rowers varsity men's quad team looked at last year's competition in the USRowing National Youth Invitational and scoffed. They just knew they'd medal in the biggest U.S. rowing event.

Overtime
Two players with Augusta-area connections have qualified for next week's U.S. Open at Pinehurst, N.C.

Overtime
South Aiken outfielder Ryne Salmon and Cross Creek pitcher Brett Wiggins were both taken on the second day of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft.

Overtime
Two players with Augusta-area connections have qualified for next week's U.S. Open at Pinehurst, N.C.

Club's hopes follow trio into boxing ring
Divante Jones has a title to defend. The 12-year-old will step into the ring this weekend with one goal in mind: To win this year's Ringside Summer Classic.

Area Announcements
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.

Sanders signs one-year deal with Ravens
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Deion Sanders signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens after passing his physical Wednesday, then announced himself ready for another season.

Sanders signs one-year deal with Ravens
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Deion Sanders signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens after passing his physical Wednesday, then announced himself ready for another season.

Performances, new music keep country great on road, in studio

Performances, new music keep country great on road, in studio
Grand Ole Opry star Bill Anderson says television actor Rick Schroder wants to direct more country music videos.

Performances, new music keep country great on road, in studio
Grand Ole Opry star Bill Anderson says television actor Rick Schroder wants to direct more country music videos.

Pinehurst setup should mend fences

Hollywood finds best place for squealers is on screen

Russia to launch 24-hour English-language satellite channel
MOSCOW - A 24-hour, English-language satellite news channel announced Tuesday and funded by the state has been simultaneously lauded as a much-needed antidote to the doom-and-gloom stereotypes of Russia in the western media, and slammed as Kremlin-managed propaganda tool that few will view.

CNN hires Bob Costas as regular fill-in for Larry King
NEW YORK - Bob Costas will become a regular substitute host for Larry King on CNN, conducting prime-time interviews about 20 times a year, the network said Wednesday.

Hilfiger's reality show 'Cut' from different cloth
NEW YORK - Along with putting his name on clothing, Tommy Hilfiger is now putting his name on "The Cut."

Rick Schroder added to "Strong Medicine"
CULVER CITY, Calif. - Lifetime's "Strong Medicine" was originally created to be "about women on both sides of the stethoscope," says executive producer Tammy Ader.

Michelle Rodriguez joins 'Lost' castaways

CNN hires Bob Costas as regular fill-in for Larry King

Rick Schroder added to "Strong Medicine"
CULVER CITY, Calif. - Lifetime's "Strong Medicine" was originally created to be "about women on both sides of the stethoscope," says executive producer Tammy Ader.

Comedy Central meets with Dave Chappelle

ABC News sends crew to North Korea for series of reports

Prime-Time Nielsen ratings
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen Media Research for May 30-June 5. Top 20 listings include the week's ranking, with viewership for the week and season-to-date rankings in parentheses.

Prime-Time Nielsen ratings

ABC News sends crew to North Korea for series of reports

Michelle Rodriguez joins 'Lost' castaways
NEW YORK - Michelle Rodriguez is getting "Lost" full-time. The 26-year-old actress will join the cast of the stranded-on-an-island drama when production resumes for its second season, ABC announced Monday.

Rick Schroder added to "Strong Medicine"

Dancers, music has-beens light up TV ratings
NEW YORK - Who would have thought TV viewers would have been intrigued by the idea of Evander Holyfield learning to dance or A Flock of Seagulls and Loverboy singing anything?

Hilfiger's reality show 'Cut' from different cloth

Michelle Rodriguez joins 'Lost' castaways
NEW YORK - Michelle Rodriguez is getting "Lost" full-time. The 26-year-old actress will join the cast of the stranded-on-an-island drama when production resumes for its second season, ABC announced Monday.

Dancers, music has-beens light up TV ratings
NEW YORK - Who would have thought TV viewers would have been intrigued by the idea of Evander Holyfield learning to dance or A Flock of Seagulls and Loverboy singing anything?

Prime-Time Nielsen ratings
Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen Media Research for May 30-June 5. Top 20 listings include the week's ranking, with viewership for the week and season-to-date rankings in parentheses.

Comedy Central meets with Dave Chappelle
NEW YORK - Comic Dave Chappelle has met with executives at Comedy Central for the first time since his unscheduled "spiritual retreat" in South Africa forced the suspension of the third season of his show.

ABC News sends crew to North Korea for series of reports

Dancers, music has-beens light up TV ratings

Comedy Central meets with Dave Chappelle
NEW YORK - Comic Dave Chappelle has met with executives at Comedy Central for the first time since his unscheduled "spiritual retreat" in South Africa forced the suspension of the third season of his show.

CNN hires Bob Costas as regular fill-in for Larry King
NEW YORK - Bob Costas will become a regular substitute host for Larry King on CNN, conducting prime-time interviews about 20 times a year, the network said Wednesday.

Hilfiger's reality show 'Cut' from different cloth
NEW YORK - Along with putting his name on clothing, Tommy Hilfiger is now putting his name on "The Cut."

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'Science Guy' becomes Bill Nye the educator

Hollywood finds best place for squealers is on screen
Where would the world be without tattletales?

Hollywood finds best place for squealers is on screen
Where would the world be without tattletales?

Mother-to-be makes ace at Cedar Creek
North Augusta's Shay Thatcher recently made her first hole-in-one, which is amazing because she's only been playing golf for a year.

Mother-to-be makes ace at Cedar Creek
North Augusta's Shay Thatcher recently made her first hole-in-one, which is amazing because she's only been playing golf for a year.

Enormous puppet on loan at weird Brooklyn 'library'

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