Hero in Koontz's 'Velocity' faces some tough decisions
Billy Wiles leads a quiet, ordinary life, working as a bartender in the local tavern. His philosophy: Stay low, stay quiet, keep it simple, don't expect much, enjoy what you have.

New first novels
Among new books by first-time novelists:

Authors go West for their latest books
When it came to choosing a topic for their new books, three popular authors seemed to agree - the West is best.

Authors go West for their latest books

Nicole Krauss pens anticipated 'History of Love'
NEW YORK - Nicole Krauss sits at a shaded table at the 2nd Street Cafe in Brooklyn. The location is part of her tree-lined comfort zone, just up the road from the brownstone she shares with her husband, author Jonathan Safran Foer.

Nicole Krauss pens anticipated 'History of Love'

Cold cases heat things up in 'The Closers'
In "The Closers," Michael Connelly's 11th in the series, Harry Bosch finally finds his calling: as a detective in the Los Angeles Police Department's new Open-Unsolved Unit. The voices that draw him to it belong to "the chorus of forgotten victims."

New first novels

Cold cases heat things up in 'The Closers'
In "The Closers," Michael Connelly's 11th in the series, Harry Bosch finally finds his calling: as a detective in the Los Angeles Police Department's new Open-Unsolved Unit. The voices that draw him to it belong to "the chorus of forgotten victims."

Photos show Red Cloud as warrior, diplomat
Red Cloud started down the path of becoming the most photographed American Indian of the 19th century one spring morning in 1872, a few blocks from the White House.

Cold cases heat things up in 'The Closers'

Best sellers

Best sellers
List of best sellers from Publishers Weekly.

Photos show Red Cloud as warrior, diplomat
Red Cloud started down the path of becoming the most photographed American Indian of the 19th century one spring morning in 1872, a few blocks from the White House.

Nicole Krauss pens anticipated 'History of Love'
NEW YORK - Nicole Krauss sits at a shaded table at the 2nd Street Cafe in Brooklyn. The location is part of her tree-lined comfort zone, just up the road from the brownstone she shares with her husband, author Jonathan Safran Foer.

Photos show Red Cloud as warrior, diplomat

New first novels
Among new books by first-time novelists:

Hero in Koontz's 'Velocity' faces some tough decisions

Best sellers
List of best sellers from Publishers Weekly.

Hero in Koontz's 'Velocity' faces some tough decisions
Billy Wiles leads a quiet, ordinary life, working as a bartender in the local tavern. His philosophy: Stay low, stay quiet, keep it simple, don't expect much, enjoy what you have.

Authors go West for their latest books
When it came to choosing a topic for their new books, three popular authors seemed to agree - the West is best.

Cardinals top Yankees
ST. LOUIS - Four years ago, Scott Seabol popped out in his only major league at-bat with the New York Yankees. On Sunday, he beat the team that picked him in the 88th round of the 1996 draft with his first career home run.

Baseball notebook
SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds worked out before the Giants' game Saturday, doing more resistance and agility drills in the outfield before San Francisco faced the Cleveland Indians.

Cardinals top Yankees

Baseball notebook

Cardinals top Yankees
ST. LOUIS - Four years ago, Scott Seabol popped out in his only major league at-bat with the New York Yankees. On Sunday, he beat the team that picked him in the 88th round of the 1996 draft with his first career home run.

Baseball notebook
SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds worked out before the Giants' game Saturday, doing more resistance and agility drills in the outfield before San Francisco faced the Cleveland Indians.

White House correspondent could have used a haircut

DaShaun Demetreus Hines
Angela Crawford and Shandell Hines are pleased to announce the birth of their son, DaShaun Demetreus, born May 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Alexander Marion Guill

Adam Matthew Doick

DaShaun Demetreus Hines
Angela Crawford and Shandell Hines are pleased to announce the birth of their son, DaShaun Demetreus, born May 10, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Adam Matthew Doick
Tai and Lisa Doick of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Adam Matthew, born March 15, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 11:33 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long.

Jackson Lawrence Gilmer
Vincent and Kristan Gilmer of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jackson Lawrence, born May 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 9:09 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and 21 inches long.

Parker Louis Jones

Tyrell Joshua Lino
Terry and Geryl Lino of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tyrell Joshua, born May 23, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Amelia Grace Bernard
Troy and Carrie Bernard of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Amelia Grace, born May 23, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Richard Alan Patterson
Richard and Robin Patterson of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Richard Alan, born May 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Karter Luke Wheat
Travis and Kymberley Wheat of Graniteville are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Karter Luke, born May 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Callie Whitney McKenzie
Vernon and Amanda McKenzie of Springfield are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Callie Whitney, born May 24, 2005 at St. Joseph/Candler Hospital in Savannah.

Richard Alan Patterson
Richard and Robin Patterson of North Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Richard Alan, born May 10, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Nicole and Madison Lindsey
Donald and Pamela Lindsey of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Nicole Judith and Madison Grace, born April 1, 2005 at Doctors Hospital.

Laney Bell Heaton

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.

Latrell Lil'Oddy Rainey

Adam Matthew Doick
Tai and Lisa Doick of Martinez, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Adam Matthew, born March 15, 2005 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 11:33 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long.

Jason Lee Aldridge

Parker Louis Jones
Bernard and Jennifer Jones of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Parker Louis, born May 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 8:22 a.m., weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Karter Luke Wheat

Laney Bell Heaton
David and Rebecca Heaton of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Laney Bell, born May 11, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Austin Edward James

Ian John Enkey
Heather Lafever and Jeffrey Enkey are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ian John, born May 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Laney Bell Heaton
David and Rebecca Heaton of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Laney Bell, born May 11, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Reagan McCahan Downes
Michael and Kimberly Downes of Evans are pleased to announced the birth of their daughter, Reagan McCahan, born on May 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Latrell Lil'Oddy Rainey
Santanna Jones and Ogden Rainey are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Latrell Lil'Oddy, born on May 24, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Andrew Jacob Martin
Anthony and Kristin Martin of Hephzibah are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Andrew Jacob, born April 30, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Jackson Lawrence Gilmer
Vincent and Kristan Gilmer of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jackson Lawrence, born May 29, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 9:09 a.m., weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and 21 inches long.

Kirstyn Lyn Johnson
Melvin and Erika Johnson of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughters, Kirstyn Lyn, born April 30, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Rick Jayson Scarboro
Karen Brooks and Rick Scarboro are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Rick Jayson, born May 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Amelia Grace Bernard
Troy and Carrie Bernard of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Amelia Grace, born May 23, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Ian John Enkey

Zion N'Kai Collier
Shelitha Banks and LeCadrick Collier are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Zion N'Kai, born May 25, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Reagan McCahan Downes

Latrell Lil'Oddy Rainey
Santanna Jones and Ogden Rainey are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Latrell Lil'Oddy, born on May 24, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Richard Alan Patterson

Rick Jayson Scarboro
Karen Brooks and Rick Scarboro are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Rick Jayson, born May 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Zion N'Kai Collier

Ian John Enkey
Heather Lafever and Jeffrey Enkey are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ian John, born May 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ellissia Dannielle Wilson

Ellissia Dannielle Wilson
Michael and Christy Wilson of Beech Island are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ellissia Dannielle, born May 22, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Jackson Lawrence Gilmer

Lukas Mitchell Tiroff
Dale and Tammy Tiroff of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lukas Mitchell, born May 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Tyrell Joshua Lino

Jason Lee Aldridge
James and Tracy Aldridge of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jason Lee, born May 18, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

DaShaun Demetreus Hines

Alexander Marion Guill
Cameron and Laura Guill of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Alexander Marion, born May 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Amelia Grace Bernard

Kirstyn Lyn Johnson
Melvin and Erika Johnson of Grovetown are pleased to announce the birth of their daughters, Kirstyn Lyn, born April 30, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Reagan McCahan Downes
Michael and Kimberly Downes of Evans are pleased to announced the birth of their daughter, Reagan McCahan, born on May 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Lukas Mitchell Tiroff
Dale and Tammy Tiroff of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Lukas Mitchell, born May 14, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Ellissia Dannielle Wilson
Michael and Christy Wilson of Beech Island are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ellissia Dannielle, born May 22, 2005 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Parker Louis Jones
Bernard and Jennifer Jones of Evans, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Parker Louis, born May 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta. He made his debut at 8:22 a.m., weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Jason Lee Aldridge
James and Tracy Aldridge of Evans are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jason Lee, born May 18, 2005 at Doctor's 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.

Alexander Marion Guill
Cameron and Laura Guill of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Alexander Marion, born May 24, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Callie Whitney McKenzie
Vernon and Amanda McKenzie of Springfield are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Callie Whitney, born May 24, 2005 at St. Joseph/Candler Hospital in Savannah.

Zion N'Kai Collier
Shelitha Banks and LeCadrick Collier are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Zion N'Kai, born May 25, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Tyrell Joshua Lino
Terry and Geryl Lino of Augusta are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Tyrell Joshua, born May 23, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Lukas Mitchell Tiroff

Nicole and Madison Lindsey
Donald and Pamela Lindsey of Martinez are pleased to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Nicole Judith and Madison Grace, born April 1, 2005 at Doctors Hospital.

Rick Jayson Scarboro

Karter Luke Wheat
Travis and Kymberley Wheat of Graniteville are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Karter Luke, born May 27, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Callie Whitney McKenzie

Kirstyn Lyn Johnson

Nicole and Madison Lindsey

Athletics crush Braves, 11-5

McCann catching on quick
ATLANTA - Despite having played just one major-league game before Braves batting practice Saturday, Brian McCann was already being asked for autographs on baseballs and hats tossed to him by fans in the stands.

Athletics crush Braves, 11-5
ATLANTA - Eric Chavez stepped up with a pep talk on the team bus Thursday after the Oakland Athletics finished another road series loss.

Athletics crush Braves, 11-5
ATLANTA - Eric Chavez stepped up with a pep talk on the team bus Thursday after the Oakland Athletics finished another road series loss.

Smoltz goes the distance
ATLANTA - For all the young Braves having banner days Saturday, the biggest game of all belonged to one of the oldest guys on the field.

Braves call up two pitchers from Double A Mississippi
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves continued their search for pitching help Sunday, calling up Blaine Boyer and Jorge Vasquez from Double A Mississippi.

Braves call up two pitchers from Double A Mississippi

Smoltz goes the distance

Smoltz goes the distance
ATLANTA - For all the young Braves having banner days Saturday, the biggest game of all belonged to one of the oldest guys on the field.

Braves call up two pitchers from Double A Mississippi
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves continued their search for pitching help Sunday, calling up Blaine Boyer and Jorge Vasquez from Double A Mississippi.

Study says strategy is vital to downtown development

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for May 23-June 2. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Business calendar
Tuesday: Writing A Business Plan, workshop by the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center; 6:30-8:30 p.m., 1054 Claussen Road, $40; call 737-1790 for information.

Business calendar
Tuesday: Writing A Business Plan, workshop by the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center; 6:30-8:30 p.m., 1054 Claussen Road, $40; call 737-1790 for information.

Property transfers
Here are the Richmond County property transfers for May 23-June 2. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Small business owners are cautious in bumpy economy
NEW YORK - The economic uncertainty that has generated waves of fear and selling on Wall Street is also making small business owners think a little harder before they hire new employees or buy new equipment.

Business licenses
The following is a list of business licenses in Richmond County for March:

City's identity can boost economy
When it comes to creating a city's identity, Wal-Marts, Targets and row upon row of chain restaurants aren't going to cut it - because every other city in the country has the same thing.

Downtown's 12 step plan
The Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan think tank, recently released a study titled "Turning Around Downtown: Twelve Steps to Revitalization." Although downtowns differ, the study aims to address a dozen lessons that can be applied almost anywhere. The Chronicle spoke with local leaders and downtown stakeholders to find out how Augusta stacks up.

Revalued Chinese currency could boost U.S. inflation
NEW YORK - Sometimes you must be careful what you wish for. That may end up being the case with the United States' push to get China to revalue its currency.

Downtown's 12 step plan
The Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan think tank, recently released a study titled "Turning Around Downtown: Twelve Steps to Revitalization." Although downtowns differ, the study aims to address a dozen lessons that can be applied almost anywhere. The Chronicle spoke with local leaders and downtown stakeholders to find out how Augusta stacks up.

Limited Brands shifts to beauty products, lingerie
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Never heard of triple rose water? The sales associate in the white lab coat can tick off its benefits. Or try something more modern, like a green-tea inspired cleanser developed by a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon.

Old brews cool to young drinkers
ALBANY, N.Y. - A line of taps pouring elegant brews from Bass to Blue Moon beckon twentysomethings packed into Bomber's bar. But 21-year-old Elliot Cunniff orders something homier for himself and a friend.

Revalued Chinese currency could boost U.S. inflation

Paper checks likely to become niche market

Old brews cool to young drinkers

Risky interest-only loans benefit younger buyers
SAN FRANCISCO - Once a frustrated renter, Chris Economou is now a happy homeowner, enjoying a splendid view of San Francisco and an $80,000 increase in his property's value since he bought the one-bedroom condominium for $435,000 a year ago.

Limited Brands shifts to beauty products, lingerie

Study says strategy is vital to downtown development
If Augusta's downtown were to get a grade based on a recent Brookings Institution study, it would probably fail.

Small business owners are cautious in bumpy economy

On the move
- Lillian Smith has joined the sales team at WFXG-TV (Channel 54). Ms. Smith has previous experience in the marketing industry.

Property transfers

City's identity can boost economy
When it comes to creating a city's identity, Wal-Marts, Targets and row upon row of chain restaurants aren't going to cut it - because every other city in the country has the same thing.

Study says strategy is vital to downtown development
If Augusta's downtown were to get a grade based on a recent Brookings Institution study, it would probably fail.

On the move
- Lillian Smith has joined the sales team at WFXG-TV (Channel 54). Ms. Smith has previous experience in the marketing industry.

Old brews cool to young drinkers
ALBANY, N.Y. - A line of taps pouring elegant brews from Bass to Blue Moon beckon twentysomethings packed into Bomber's bar. But 21-year-old Elliot Cunniff orders something homier for himself and a friend.\r\n

Paper checks likely to become niche market
Q: Writing checks seems like a hassle. How long is it likely before this practice disappears entirely?

Revalued Chinese currency could boost U.S. inflation
NEW YORK - Sometimes you must be careful what you wish for. That may end up being the case with the United States' push to get China to revalue its currency.

Limited Brands shifts to beauty products, lingerie
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Never heard of triple rose water? The sales associate in the white lab coat can tick off its benefits. Or try something more modern, like a green-tea inspired cleanser developed by a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon.

Small business owners are cautious in bumpy economy
NEW YORK - The economic uncertainty that has generated waves of fear and selling on Wall Street is also making small business owners think a little harder before they hire new employees or buy new equipment.

City's identity can boost economy

Business licenses

On the move

Paper checks likely to become niche market
Q: Writing checks seems like a hassle. How long is it likely before this practice disappears entirely?

Business licenses
The following is a list of business licenses in Richmond County for March:

Downtown's 12 step plan

Business calendar

Risky interest-only loans benefit younger buyers

Risky interest-only loans benefit younger buyers
SAN FRANCISCO - Once a frustrated renter, Chris Economou is now a happy homeowner, enjoying a splendid view of San Francisco and an $80,000 increase in his property's value since he bought the one-bedroom condominium for $435,000 a year ago.

Interpretation makes all the difference with law

Interpretation makes all the difference with law
Augusta Commissioner Willie Mays' challenge to City Attorney Stephen Shepard, on his decision to allow commissioners to go into a closed-door session to discuss a process for selecting an interim mayor last week, was a classic.

Interpretation makes all the difference with law
Augusta Commissioner Willie Mays' challenge to City Attorney Stephen Shepard, on his decision to allow commissioners to go into a closed-door session to discuss a process for selecting an interim mayor last week, was a classic.

Tigers nip Bears
WACO, Texas - Stan Widmann hit a two-run single in the seventh to help Clemson beat Baylor 4-2 in the opening game of the NCAA Super Regional on Saturday.

Tigers nip Bears
WACO, Texas - Stan Widmann hit a two-run single in the seventh to help Clemson beat Baylor 4-2 in the opening game of the NCAA Super Regional on Saturday.

Baylor evens series with Tigers
WACO, Texas - Mark McCormick struck out 10 and scattered five hits to lead Baylor to a 7-1 win over Clemson in an NCAA super regional Sunday.

Tigers nip Bears

Someone to be proud of
They won't be putting up "Augusta: Home of Mike Carlson" signs anytime soon. But the bright young prosecutor sure has been a better ambassador for the area than some of its other public officials lately.

Quotes of the week
"I saw the word 'million' and sat there and trembled. I started shaking and shook my head."

Willis for fire chief
The Augusta Commission seems to know who it would like to hire as fire chief. It would be the interim chief, Howard Willis, who's also serving as director of the city's emergency management agency. We agree, if the commission wants Willis as permanent fire chief, then go for it.

Genuine GM disaster
Stockholders may be a little happy with the news that General Motors is cutting 25,000 jobs by 2008, but the rest of us should be very worried.

Quotes of the week
"I saw the word 'million' and sat there and trembled. I started shaking and shook my head."

Quotes of the week

A renewed vigilance
The Richmond County School Board accomplished two good things with its unanimous vote Thursday to give the school system's administrative staff the same 2-percent raise that teachers will receive - basically rejecting Superintendent Charles Larke's earlier recommendation to give the brass, including himself, a 4-percent raise.

Genuine GM disaster

Don't punish Aiken Tech
What has the Aiken County Council got against Aiken Technical College? It's one of the best colleges of its kind in the Southeast; it contributes mightily to the area's economy by training thousands of people every year to take good-paying jobs in multiple industries; and it helps fill the employment needs not only of existing employers, but also of new ones seeking an educated work force.

Don't punish Aiken Tech

Genuine GM disaster
Stockholders may be a little happy with the news that General Motors is cutting 25,000 jobs by 2008, but the rest of us should be very worried.

Don't punish Aiken Tech
What has the Aiken County Council got against Aiken Technical College? It's one of the best colleges of its kind in the Southeast; it contributes mightily to the area's economy by training thousands of people every year to take good-paying jobs in multiple industries; and it helps fill the employment needs not only of existing employers, but also of new ones seeking an educated work force.

People in the News
TROMSOE, Norway - Nelson Mandela teamed up with more than 50 international music stars to press the world's richest nations to take increased action against AIDS and poverty.

People in the News
TROMSOE, Norway - Nelson Mandela teamed up with more than 50 international music stars to press the world's richest nations to take increased action against AIDS and poverty.

More 401(k) savers are having money managed for them
NEW YORK - Mike Brooks admits he didn't pay a lot of attention to his 401(k) retirement account.

Major insurer pushes pill-splitting savings
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Chopping his Lipitor tablets in half gives Randy Schneider a little thrill.

Major insurer pushes pill-splitting savings
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Chopping his Lipitor tablets in half gives Randy Schneider a little thrill.

Major insurer pushes pill-splitting savings

More 401(k) savers are having money managed for them

More 401(k) savers are having money managed for them
NEW YORK - Mike Brooks admits he didn't pay a lot of attention to his 401(k) retirement account.

Jackets not so 'super'
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech will wander for another year in search of college baseball's promised land.

GreenJackets fall, walk in winning run
In Charleston, S.C., a day after holding Charleston to a single hit, walks did in the GreenJackets in extra innings. Augusta gave up four free passes in the 10th inning to lose 5-4 to the RiverDogs.

GreenJackets fall, walk in winning run
In Charleston, S.C., a day after holding Charleston to a single hit, walks did in the GreenJackets in extra innings. Augusta gave up four free passes in the 10th inning to lose 5-4 to the RiverDogs.

Minor league notebook
With an ankle brace and shin guard in tow, Bradley Key left Sarasota, Fla., on Monday to start a more than 1,000-mile trip to Dayton, Ohio.

Minor league notebook
With an ankle brace and shin guard in tow, Bradley Key left Sarasota, Fla., on Monday to start a more than 1,000-mile trip to Dayton, Ohio.

Augusta pitchers toss one-hit victory
Four Augusta GreenJackets pitchers combined for a one-hiter in a 4-1 win over the league-leading Charleston RiverDogs.

Augusta pitchers toss one-hit victory
Four Augusta GreenJackets pitchers combined for a one-hiter in a 4-1 win over the league-leading Charleston RiverDogs.

I wouldn't be where I am without Deep Throat

Quigley, Morgan tied for lead in suspended Champions Tour event

Surging Garcia wins Booz Allen Classic
BETHESDA, Md. - Sergio Garcia emerged from a pack of contenders to master Congressional's Blue Course as few others have, closing with a 6-under 65 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory in the Booz Allen Classic.

Annika hits cruise control
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - Annika Sorenstam showed a vulnerable side to her game Saturday as Laura Davies chipped away at an eight-shot deficit until they were separated by just three shots at the LPGA Championship.

Seasoned Kite flies high

Annika hits cruise control
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - Annika Sorenstam showed a vulnerable side to her game Saturday as Laura Davies chipped away at an eight-shot deficit until they were separated by just three shots at the LPGA Championship.

Sorenstam halfway home to slam

Seasoned Kite flies high
BETHESDA, Md. - Tom Kite sank a 15-foot birdie at the 18th hole, bent his knees, punched the air with a fist and waved to the crowd.

Memories abound of Payne Stewart at Pinehurst

Pinehurst memories are plentiful

LPGA notebook
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - Michelle Wie stood next to her 300-yard drive in the middle of the eighth fairway, hands on hips.

Annika hits cruise control

Sorenstam halfway home to slam
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - Annika Sorenstam is making the Grand Slam look like a slam dunk.

Short game in focus at Pinehurst No. 2

Quigley, Morgan tied for lead in suspended Champions Tour event
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Gil Morgan and Dana Quigley, the leaders in the clubhouse when rain suspended play, will have to wait until Monday afternoon to find out whether they'll meet in a sudden-death playoff for the Champions Tour's Bayer Advantage Classic title.

Does the Open go too far?

Surging Garcia wins Booz Allen Classic

Wie proves she belongs on tour
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - Michelle Wie was rolling her eyes and slapping her thigh in disgust early in the final round of the LPGA Championship.

Couch wins LaSalle Bank Open

Sorenstam halfway home to slam
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - Annika Sorenstam is making the Grand Slam look like a slam dunk.

Pinehurst memories are plentiful
The 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 will be haunted.

Does the Open go too far?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The U.S. Open tests competitors physically and mentally, and it's a close call as to whether body or mind is pushed more to the limit.

Seasoned Kite flies high
BETHESDA, Md. - Tom Kite sank a 15-foot birdie at the 18th hole, bent his knees, punched the air with a fist and waved to the crowd.

Short game in focus at Pinehurst No. 2
PINEHURST, N.C. - Few players can butcher a hole quite like John Daly. But his performance in the final round of the 1999 U.S. Open was spectacular, even by his standards.

U.S. Open Tee Times
Thursday: first hole; Friday: 10th hole

Memories abound of Payne Stewart at Pinehurst
PGA Tour rules official Jon Brendle was setting up the course for the Byron Nelson Championship last month when he reached a spot on the TPC at Las Colinas that caused him to think of Payne Stewart.

U.S. Open Tee Times
Thursday: first hole; Friday: 10th hole

Couch wins LaSalle Bank Open
GLENVIEW, Ill. - Former Florida player Chris Couch won his second Nationwide Tour title of the year Sunday to move within a victory of a promotion to PGA Tour, shooting a 4-under 67 for a four-stroke victory in the LaSalle Bank Open.

Surging Garcia wins Booz Allen Classic
BETHESDA, Md. - Sergio Garcia emerged from a pack of contenders to master Congressional's Blue Course as few others have, closing with a 6-under 65 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory in the Booz Allen Classic.

Pinehurst memories are plentiful
The 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 will be haunted.

Quigley, Morgan tied for lead in suspended Champions Tour event
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Gil Morgan and Dana Quigley, the leaders in the clubhouse when rain suspended play, will have to wait until Monday afternoon to find out whether they'll meet in a sudden-death playoff for the Champions Tour's Bayer Advantage Classic title.

Does the Open go too far?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The U.S. Open tests competitors physically and mentally, and it's a close call as to whether body or mind is pushed more to the limit.

Short game in focus at Pinehurst No. 2
PINEHURST, N.C. - Few players can butcher a hole quite like John Daly. But his performance in the final round of the 1999 U.S. Open was spectacular, even by his standards.

Couch wins LaSalle Bank Open
GLENVIEW, Ill. - Former Florida player Chris Couch won his second Nationwide Tour title of the year Sunday to move within a victory of a promotion to PGA Tour, shooting a 4-under 67 for a four-stroke victory in the LaSalle Bank Open.

Memories abound of Payne Stewart at Pinehurst
PGA Tour rules official Jon Brendle was setting up the course for the Byron Nelson Championship last month when he reached a spot on the TPC at Las Colinas that caused him to think of Payne Stewart.

U.S. Open Tee Times

GreenJackets fall, walk in winning run

Minor league notebook

Augusta pitchers toss one-hit victory

Arlene makes landfall, but fizzles out
GULF SHORES, Ala. - As Tropical Storm Arlene bore down on the Gulf Coast with hurricane warnings firmly in place, Kim and Donald Carter weren't stocking up on generators or tarps or batteries. They were looking for sun hats.

Arlene makes landfall, but fizzles out
GULF SHORES, Ala. - As Tropical Storm Arlene bore down on the Gulf Coast with hurricane warnings firmly in place, Kim and Donald Carter weren't stocking up on generators or tarps or batteries. They were looking for sun hats.\r\n

White House correspondent could have used a haircut
Nelson Danish called the other day to remind me that this weekend marks the 25th anniversary of Barbecue Baron Larry Sconyers' famous 1980 White House visit, in which the man who would become consolidated Augusta's first mayor fed President Carter, a whole bunch of congressmen and the news media on the south lawn of our nation's Executive Mansion.

White House correspondent could have used a haircut
Nelson Danish called the other day to remind me that this weekend marks the 25th anniversary of Barbecue Baron Larry Sconyers' famous 1980 White House visit, in which the man who would become consolidated Augusta's first mayor fed President Carter, a whole bunch of congressmen and the news media on the south lawn of our nation's Executive Mansion.

Edwards wins at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. - Carl Edwards raced to his second Nextel Cup victory of the year Sunday, easily adjusting to a new gearing rule and avoiding the tire woes that plagued other drivers Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Bowyer wins rain-delayed Busch Series race
GLADEVILLE, Tenn. - Clint Bowyer raced to his first NASCAR Busch Series victory Sunday, beating Kenny Wallace by 2.386 seconds in the rain-delayed Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.

Michael Jackson not guilty on all counts
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The jury in the Michael Jackson trial reached a verdict Monday in the child molestation and conspiracy case against the pop superstar.

Sorenstam halfway home to a slam
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - Annika Sorenstam is making the Grand Slam look like a slam dunk.

St. Joseph Hospital may be closed, sold or downsized
St. Joseph Hospital may be closed, sold or downsized, according to Ascension Health, the non-profit health system that operates the hospital.

Sunday is not the true Sabbath
In her June 5 letter ("Honor Sabbath as intended"), Stephanie Wilson states that it is time for the CSRA to review the Fourth Commandment to realize the inappropriateness of secular activities on Sundays.Carl E. Young, Augusta

Augusta must vote for bonds
I am writing this letter with the hope that it will encourage fellow Augustans to help save Augusta by voting affirmatively for the general obligation bonds June 21. Ellis Johnson, Augusta

Old columnists are missed
Memory is one of the most precious abilities endowed to men and women. It is said that old people hate change, and in a way that's right. But on the other hand, new things are interesting, and often I think we enjoy them more than the young. One thing we look forward to is our daily newspaper. Doris A. Jones, Augusta

Old columnists are missed

See Flag Day for what it is
I would like to encourage all patriots to display the flag of their choice on Flag Day, June 14. Tom Stafford, Grovetown

Augusta must vote for bonds

Sunday is not the true Sabbath

Our nation is lying about abuses
Evidently, the editorial-page writers of The Augusta Chronicle do not read their own paper. Duncan Robertson, Augusta

See Flag Day for what it is
I would like to encourage all patriots to display the flag of their choice on Flag Day, June 14. Tom Stafford, Grovetown

Sunday is not the true Sabbath
In her June 5 letter ("Honor Sabbath as intended"), Stephanie Wilson states that it is time for the CSRA to review the Fourth Commandment to realize the inappropriateness of secular activities on Sundays. Carl E. Young, Augusta

Old columnists are missed
Memory is one of the most precious abilities endowed to men and women. It is said that old people hate change, and in a way that's right. But on the other hand, new things are interesting, and often I think we enjoy them more than the young. One thing we look forward to is our daily newspaper. Doris A. Jones, Augusta

Welfare is a drain on taxpayers
Why the fuss about the comment made by President Vicente Fox of Mexico that his people are taking jobs that "not even blacks will do"? He is absolutely correct with one slight detail left off: He should have said "blacks or whites." Don Turner, Grovetown

See Flag Day for what it is

Public fiddles, society burns
If there ever was a group that frustrates me to no end, it's the religious right. They haven't a clue how the real world operates. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Augusta must vote for bonds
I am writing this letter with the hope that it will encourage fellow Augustans to help save Augusta by voting affirmatively for the general obligation bonds June 21. Ellis Johnson, Augusta

House features picture-perfect porches

Some days, Hollywood does come a-calling

History of war comes alive in upstate New York

Travel briefs

Girls' Getaway: 'Sideways' meets 'Thelma and Louise'

Self-guided hikes allowed again at Tahquitz Canyon

Venice, and it's famous Muscle Beach, turns 100

Replacing a window can be complicated

Girl's story is winner for 'Rainbow'

Traffic jams spreading from big city to small

Review: Centrino pumps up graphics, not battery life

JAWS: Do you still fear the fin?

Heirlooms fill cottage in Augusta

Ask the Carey Brothers

Web can provide cancer patients comfort

Ex-wife is allowed to use Mrs. as her title

Techbits: Mobile TV, Disposable camcorders and more

Techbits: Mobile TV, Disposable camcorders and more
DALLAS - A new extension to TiVo Inc.'s portable video service will let mobile subscribers watch pre-recorded television shows on Windows-based handheld devices.

Self-guided hikes allowed again at Tahquitz Canyon
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - In April of 1969, rowdies leaving a rock concert here retreated to Tahquitz Canyon to continue the party, and stayed. Hippies, hermits and the homeless took up residence in the canyon's rock shelters.\r\n

House features picture-perfect porches
Showcasing a wraparound porch, a gazebo and a wide rear porch, this home, plan M-78 by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers' Network, covers 2,267 square feet of living space.

Girl's story is winner for 'Rainbow'
Color has always been something 7-year-old Savannah Hillman, of Hephzibah, has appreciated, her mother, Amy, said.

Cell users interact with messages
NEW YORK - Next time you're walking down a city sidewalk, look out for the Internet.

Some days, Hollywood does come a-calling
I write books for a living, and some people think an author's life is all caviar and champagne buckets when, in fact, it's more likely to be pork rinds and Kentucky Fried Chicken buckets. As an author, however, I'm allowed the occasional trappings of glamour. While on tour, my publisher, Simon and Schuster, puts me up in chi-chi hotels such as the Ritz Carlton or the Peabody.

Ex-wife is allowed to use Mrs. as her title
Dear Carson: My friend's husband's ex-wife is still using the designation "Mrs." My friend thought that it was inappropriate and that the ex-wife should be using "Ms." I told her I thought the ex-Mrs. had a right to use the designation, but not with the ex-husband's given names. "Ms." has been a product of the women's movement and serves as an alternative to "Miss" or "Mrs." and could be used at a woman's discretion. What's the proper? - Designation Dilemma

JAWS: Do you still fear the fin?
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Warm and bright, the stretch of sand at the Folly Field Beach is filled with the sights and sounds of summer. People laugh, lounge and, most important, splash into the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Travel briefs
NEW YORK - Where's the best place for a secluded honeymoon? An affordable honeymoon? A honeymoon for people who love the beach?

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: I have white laminate countertops. They are in good condition, other than stained. Everything tends to stain them. I have tried bleach, which tends to yellow the surface and replacing them would be prohibitively expensive. So, I am wondering if there is a product or method you recommend to refinish them? -- Maxine from Stockbridge, Ga.

Traffic jams spreading from big city to small
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - By 7 a.m. on a Wednesday, traffic's backed up through four stoplights along this city's main drag. Cars are circling for spots in a "park and ride," where carpoolers meet and buses head off for Philadelphia or New York - 50 and 100 miles away. The highways are jammed, red brake lights flashing for miles.

Replacing a window can be complicated
With 35 million windows set to be replaced in homes this year, those who think the tradeout is as simple as a few minutes to plunk the same size window into an existing hole sealed with a bead of caulk, had best think again.

Review: Centrino pumps up graphics, not battery life
When Intel Corp. introduced its Centrino technology for wireless notebook computers in 2003, the chip maker initially targeted business users willing to pay a premium for longer battery life and better performance.

House features picture-perfect porches
Showcasing a wraparound porch, a gazebo and a wide rear porch, this home, plan M-78 by the Homestore Plans and Publications Designers' Network, covers 2,267 square feet of living space.

Review: Centrino pumps up graphics, not battery life
When Intel Corp. introduced its Centrino technology for wireless notebook computers in 2003, the chip maker initially targeted business users willing to pay a premium for longer battery life and better performance.

Girls' Getaway: 'Sideways' meets 'Thelma and Louise'
LOS ANGELES - When I began planning a California road trip with my best girlfriend, I had Hollywood snapshots in my mind, something like "Sideways" meets "Thelma and Louise." .

Replacing a window can be complicated
With 35 million windows set to be replaced in homes this year, those who think the tradeout is as simple as a few minutes to plunk the same size window into an existing hole sealed with a bead of caulk, had best think again.

Travel briefs
NEW YORK - Where's the best place for a secluded honeymoon? An affordable honeymoon? A honeymoon for people who love the beach?

Girls' Getaway: 'Sideways' meets 'Thelma and Louise'
LOS ANGELES - When I began planning a California road trip with my best girlfriend, I had Hollywood snapshots in my mind, something like "Sideways" meets "Thelma and Louise." .

Venice, and it's famous Muscle Beach, turns 100
LOS ANGELES - In various incarnations, Venice has been called the Coney Island of the Pacific, ghetto by the sea, and - in a new movie about a group of trailblazing skateboarders - Dogtown.

Venice, and it's famous Muscle Beach, turns 100
LOS ANGELES - In various incarnations, Venice has been called the Coney Island of the Pacific, ghetto by the sea, and - in a new movie about a group of trailblazing skateboarders - Dogtown.\r\n

Self-guided hikes allowed again at Tahquitz Canyon
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - In April of 1969, rowdies leaving a rock concert here retreated to Tahquitz Canyon to continue the party, and stayed. Hippies, hermits and the homeless took up residence in the canyon's rock shelters.

History of war comes alive in upstate New York
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. - History lessons don't have to be confined to classrooms. This summer, they're being given outdoors by red coats and Rangers, American Indian warriors and frontier wives, accompanied by the roar of cannon and the rattle of muskets.

History of war comes alive in upstate New York
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. - History lessons don't have to be confined to classrooms. This summer, they're being given outdoors by red coats and Rangers, American Indian warriors and frontier wives, accompanied by the roar of cannon and the rattle of muskets.

Techbits: Mobile TV, Disposable camcorders and more
DALLAS - A new extension to TiVo Inc.'s portable video service will let mobile subscribers watch pre-recorded television shows on Windows-based handheld devices.

Heirlooms fill cottage in Augusta
When Betty and Al Williams talk about having ties to their neighborhood, they aren't kidding.

Web can provide cancer patients comfort
NEW YORK - "Whatever you do, don't go on the Web." That was the advice from a young family friend who'd survived malignant eye and kidney tumors when I told him I had been diagnosed with endometrial cancer.

Ex-wife is allowed to use Mrs. as her title
Dear Carson: My friend's husband's ex-wife is still using the designation "Mrs." My friend thought that it was inappropriate and that the ex-wife should be using "Ms." I told her I thought the ex-Mrs. had a right to use the designation, but not with the ex-husband's given names. "Ms." has been a product of the women's movement and serves as an alternative to "Miss" or "Mrs." and could be used at a woman's discretion. What's the proper? - Designation Dilemma

Traffic jams spreading from big city to small
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - By 7 a.m. on a Wednesday, traffic's backed up through four stoplights along this city's main drag. Cars are circling for spots in a "park and ride," where carpoolers meet and buses head off for Philadelphia or New York - 50 and 100 miles away. The highways are jammed, red brake lights flashing for miles.

Girl's story is winner for 'Rainbow'
Color has always been something 7-year-old Savannah Hillman, of Hephzibah, has appreciated, her mother, Amy, said.

Web can provide cancer patients comfort
NEW YORK - "Whatever you do, don't go on the Web." That was the advice from a young family friend who'd survived malignant eye and kidney tumors when I told him I had been diagnosed with endometrial cancer.\r\n

Some days, Hollywood does come a-calling
I write books for a living, and some people think an author's life is all caviar and champagne buckets when, in fact, it's more likely to be pork rinds and Kentucky Fried Chicken buckets. As an author, however, I'm allowed the occasional trappings of glamour. While on tour, my publisher, Simon and Schuster, puts me up in chi-chi hotels such as the Ritz Carlton or the Peabody.

Heirlooms fill cottage in Augusta
When Betty and Al Williams talk about having ties to their neighborhood, they aren't kidding.

JAWS: Do you still fear the fin?
HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Warm and bright, the stretch of sand at the Folly Field Beach is filled with the sights and sounds of summer. People laugh, lounge and, most important, splash into the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Ask the Carey Brothers
Q: I have white laminate countertops. They are in good condition, other than stained. Everything tends to stain them. I have tried bleach, which tends to yellow the surface and replacing them would be prohibitively expensive. So, I am wondering if there is a product or method you recommend to refinish them? -- Maxine from Stockbridge, Ga.

Living briefs
IN A SURVEY OF MORE THAN 1,000 BABY BOOMERS, AARP THE MAGAZINE ALSO ASKED RESPONDENTS questions about relationships with their fathers. When asked to describe the strongest emotion they felt in their relationship with their father, 41 percent said love, while 35 percent said respect.

Residents work to save church
PHILOMATH, Ga. - Regular services haven't been held at the Philomath Presbyterian Church since the 1960s.

Medical Center's service is only cut, not stopped
The head of Georgia's Department of Veterans Service said Saturday that he's sad the Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Centers Downtown Division is cutting the hours of its emergency room.

Some say hassle, cost are worries
ATLANTA - Georgia officials say they are uncertain about how much new federal requirements for driver's licenses will cost the state or affect lines at licensing offices.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated the shooting of a 20-year-old Hephzibah man early Saturday, a police report states.

What does the REAL ID law mean for you?

Across Georgia
PERRY - Law enforcement officers raided a convenience store in Perry on Friday, seizing what they say were five illegal video poker machines.

Across the area
A McDuffie County man was killed late Saturday when he was struck by a train, officials said.

Across Georgia

Vote to decide on funding for area projects
In nine days, Augusta voters will have a chance to vote on two bond issues totaling $160 million that would pay for a new judicial center, public safety projects and a sports arena. Yet most people don't even know the referenda are coming up, and the turnout is expected to be very low.

State has edge on new law

Sorenstam halfway home to a slam

News you can use

Edwards wins at Pocono

Snake repellent developed in Georgia garage

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - A national animal advocacy organization wants the Spartanburg County Council to pass an ordinance that would restrict dog chaining.

Group wants reactor for SRS

Sorenstam halfway home to a slam
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - Annika Sorenstam is making the Grand Slam look like a slam dunk.

Some say hassle, cost are worries

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jada Zaurice Walker of North Augusta.

Medical Center's service is only cut, not stopped

Vote informed; we've decoded the issue
Unless you're a state legislator, one of the three issues on the June 21 ballot might not make a whole lot of sense.

American Indians worship at powwow
Dancing to the beat of booming drums in a circular arena, about two dozen people from various tribes, adorned in American Indian regalia, ushered in a spirit of praise and worship to their creator.

Group wants reactor for SRS
AIKEN - A group that includes 16 universities from across the Southeast has submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of Energy to build a nuclear research reactor at Savannah River Site.

Across the southeast
KEY WEST, FLA. - Sen. Mel Martinez said the Bush administration should consider closing the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorism suspects - the first high-profile Republican to make the suggestion.

Residents work to save church

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - A national animal advocacy organization wants the Spartanburg County Council to pass an ordinance that would restrict dog chaining.

Augusta freely celebrates liberty

Coroners use volunteers to stretch dollars
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Keith Plexico was all set to spend the week after Christmas with his family when a plane crashed in Spartanburg County and his pager buzzed.

Rants and raves
Comments from our readers:

Coroners use volunteers to stretch dollars

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies investigated the shooting of a 20-year-old Hephzibah man early Saturday, a police report states.

Higher aspirations

News you can use
What is a severe thunderstorm? The National Weather Service has specific guidelines for what qualifies. It must meet at least one of the following criteria: winds of 58 miles per hour or greater, or hail at least three-quarters of an inch in diameter.

Residents work to save church
PHILOMATH, Ga. - Regular services haven't been held at the Philomath Presbyterian Church since the 1960s.

Rants and raves
Comments from our readers:

Correction
- An article about the Richmond County school board's retreat in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly implied that the board had taken a vote to change its policy. Although the nine board members in attendance agreed to require that an auditor certify the results of the superintendent's yearly performance evaluation, no formal action was taken.

Edwards wins at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. - Carl Edwards raced to his second Nextel Cup victory of the year Sunday, easily adjusting to a new gearing rule and avoiding the tire woes that plagued other drivers Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

HOPE recipients upset over cuts, rising costs
Haresh Soorma feels like he's been tricked.

What does the REAL ID law mean for you?
ATLANTA - The third time was the charm for Kate Crouch. That's how many visits the Atlanta resident had to make to her local DMV office before successfully switching her out-of-state driver's license.

Group wants reactor for SRS
AIKEN - A group that includes 16 universities from across the Southeast has submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of Energy to build a nuclear research reactor at Savannah River Site.

State has edge on new law
AIKEN - Some South Carolina officials are confident that the state's existing identification validation system will meet many of the proposed federal standards that were signed into law in May.

School board members discuss differences at retreat
Children and education must be their focus, not personal differences and infighting, Richmond County school board members said during a retreat Saturday.

Where we live
They call him "Crash." It might not be the best nickname for a cab driver, but thanks to a fender bender and a sarcastic dispatcher, it's one that has stuck for nearly 22 years.

Where we live
They call him "Crash." It might not be the best nickname for a cab driver, but thanks to a fender bender and a sarcastic dispatcher, it's one that has stuck for nearly 22 years.

School board members discuss differences at retreat
Children and education must be their focus, not personal differences and infighting, Richmond County school board members said during a retreat Saturday.

The week ahead

Augusta freely celebrates liberty
On Saturday, Augustans gathered to celebrate the final word of liberation of the slaves, more than 100 years ago.

Corruption isn't always a federal case

HOPE recipients upset over cuts, rising costs
Haresh Soorma feels like he's been tricked.

Kid of the Day

Across South Carolina

What does the REAL ID law mean for you?
ATLANTA - The third time was the charm for Kate Crouch. That's how many visits the Atlanta resident had to make to her local DMV office before successfully switching her out-of-state driver's license.

Vote to decide on funding for area projects

Rants and raves
Comments from our readers:

Across the area

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Jada Zaurice Walker of North Augusta.

Where we live

Wine ceremony honors those who died during slave trade
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The thumping of African drums. The harmony of steadily tapping feet. The chirping of insects in nearby grassland. The rippling of water in the harbor.

HOPE recipients upset over cuts, rising costs

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Susu Franklin, 13, of Augusta.

Correction
- An article about the Richmond County school board's retreat in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly implied that the board had taken a vote to change its policy. Although the nine board members in attendance agreed to require that an auditor certify the results of the superintendent's yearly performance evaluation, no formal action was taken.

New law brings privacy worries
ATLANTA - At a time when several high-profile security breaches appear to have made personal information more vulnerable, the federal government wants to increase the amount of data that states collect from drivers and share it with licensing offices nationwide.

News you can use
What is a severe thunderstorm? The National Weather Service has specific guidelines for what qualifies. It must meet at least one of the following criteria: winds of 58 miles per hour or greater, or hail at least three-quarters of an inch in diameter.

Michael Jackson not guilty on all counts
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The jury in the Michael Jackson trial reached a verdict Monday in the child molestation and conspiracy case against the pop superstar.

Across Georgia
PERRY - Law enforcement officers raided a convenience store in Perry on Friday, seizing what they say were five illegal video poker machines.

Children need running start at living healthy, study says
If he is ever going to follow his idol LeBron James into the NBA, 9-year-old Kahlige Fleglar knows he has to keep up his daily practice.

American Indians worship at powwow
Dancing to the beat of booming drums in a circular arena, about two dozen people from various tribes, adorned in American Indian regalia, ushered in a spirit of praise and worship to their creator.

Snake repellent developed in Georgia garage
PELHAM, Ga. - As a rural pharmacist, James Tennyson dispensed his share of antibiotics, cough remedies and eye drops, but it was his customers' fear of poisonous snakes that led him to his true calling.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A man convicted of criminal domestic violence and mistakenly released from jail has been re-arrested and charged in an attack on the same woman.

Harrell prepared for role as leader

Snake repellent developed in Georgia garage
PELHAM, Ga. - As a rural pharmacist, James Tennyson dispensed his share of antibiotics, cough remedies and eye drops, but it was his customers' fear of poisonous snakes that led him to his true calling.

Across the area

Augusta freely celebrates liberty
On Saturday, Augustans gathered to celebrate the final word of liberation of the slaves, more than 100 years ago.

GOP, Democrats differ on education spending

Medical Center's service is only cut, not stopped
The head of Georgia's Department of Veterans Service said Saturday that he's sad the Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Centers Downtown Division is cutting the hours of its emergency room.

Children need running start at living healthy, study says

Vote informed; we've decoded the issue
Unless you're a state legislator, one of the three issues on the June 21 ballot might not make a whole lot of sense.

Georgia Army Guard hits recruiting target

Vote to decide on funding for area projects
In nine days, Augusta voters will have a chance to vote on two bond issues totaling $160 million that would pay for a new judicial center, public safety projects and a sports arena. Yet most people don't even know the referenda are coming up, and the turnout is expected to be very low.

St. Joseph Hospital may be closed, sold or downsized

Recovering tradition

Projects decided for stormwater funds
Columbia County's stormwater utility fee is coming to fruition with the first two major county projects set to begin.

Michael Jackson not guilty on all counts

St. Joseph Hospital may be closed, sold or downsized
St. Joseph Hospital may be closed, sold or downsized, according to Ascension Health, the non-profit health system that operates the hospital.

State has edge on new law
AIKEN - Some South Carolina officials are confident that the state's existing identification validation system will meet many of the proposed federal standards that were signed into law in May.

GOP, Democrats differ on education spending
ATLANTA - With news last week that the state treasury would end the fiscal year June 30 with a surplus, many teachers and administrators may be asking why the extra money isn't being used to restore education budget cuts.

Questions and answers about REAL ID
Under the REAL ID Act, millions of U.S. residents will see new rules affecting how they get their driver's licenses and identification cards. States, which have been mostly in charge of setting standards for their own licenses, will now have to follow the federal mandates or face not having their ID cards recognized by the federal government.

Across the area
A McDuffie County man was killed late Saturday when he was struck by a train, officials said.

Some say hassle, cost are worries
ATLANTA - Georgia officials say they are uncertain about how much new federal requirements for driver's licenses will cost the state or affect lines at licensing offices.

Across Georgia
VALDOSTA - Two women were killed when their car was hit by a train at a railroad crossing.

Across the southeast
Good Samaritan's widow settles suit

'Journey of a lifetime'
ATLANTA - Wendy Greene didn't get much sleep the night before her journey back home.

GOP, Democrats differ on education spending
ATLANTA - With news last week that the state treasury would end the fiscal year June 30 with a surplus, many teachers and administrators may be asking why the extra money isn't being used to restore education budget cuts.

Recovering tradition
Whenever American Indians are portrayed in popular culture, it's almost a guarantee they'll be on horseback.

The week ahead
Mother's Day is one of the busiest restaurant days of the year. Why isn't Father's Day? What did fathers ever do to not deserve the same treat? Sure, moms are typically more nurturing and emotional. Dads might seem tougher and less sentimental, but I think they occasionally want to be pampered, too.

Cyclists raise funds, see state in new way
COLUMBUS, Ga. - In the 26-year history of the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia, the annual event has been called everything from a stress reliever to an ideal family outing.

Children need running start at living healthy, study says
If he is ever going to follow his idol LeBron James into the NBA, 9-year-old Kahlige Fleglar knows he has to keep up his daily practice.

'Journey of a lifetime'
ATLANTA - Wendy Greene didn't get much sleep the night before her journey back home.

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Georgia Army Guard hits recruiting target
MACON, Ga. - While military units around the country struggle to meet recruiting goals, Georgia Department of Defense officials say they expect to meet their Army National Guard recruiting target this year.

Higher aspirations
ATLANTA - For two decades, Ralph Reed made his mark as a political operator by helping other candidates win elections. Now he will learn if he can win one for himself.

Charleston base recruitment meets Air Force Reserve goal
CHARLESTON, S.C. - While military recruiting offices around the nation are having a tough time reaching goals to enlist newcomers, Charleston Air Force Base already has met this fiscal year's goal for the Air Force Reserve.

Across Georgia
VALDOSTA - Two women were killed when their car was hit by a train at a railroad crossing.

Across South Carolina

Correction

'Journey of a lifetime'

School board members discuss differences at retreat

School secretary was there from beginning

American Indians worship at powwow

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Rants and Raves
Comments from our readers:

Across Georgia

School secretary was there from beginning
AIKEN - East Aiken Elementary has stood on Old Wagener Road for 34 years.

Projects decided for stormwater funds

Projects decided for stormwater funds
Columbia County's stormwater utility fee is coming to fruition with the first two major county projects set to begin.

Across the southeast

The week ahead
Mother's Day is one of the busiest restaurant days of the year. Why isn't Father's Day? What did fathers ever do to not deserve the same treat? Sure, moms are typically more nurturing and emotional. Dads might seem tougher and less sentimental, but I think they occasionally want to be pampered, too.

Recovering tradition
Whenever American Indians are portrayed in popular culture, it's almost a guarantee they'll be on horseback.

Coroners use volunteers to stretch dollars
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Keith Plexico was all set to spend the week after Christmas with his family when a plane crashed in Spartanburg County and his pager buzzed.

School secretary was there from beginning
AIKEN - East Aiken Elementary has stood on Old Wagener Road for 34 years.

Higher aspirations
ATLANTA - For two decades, Ralph Reed made his mark as a political operator by helping other candidates win elections. Now he will learn if he can win one for himself.

Corruption isn't always a federal case
Don't make a federal case of it, the saying goes.

Five questions with Charles Caruso
Augustan Charles Caruso is a father of four. His children are Joanna, 18; Kelly, 14; Paul, 11; and Aaron, 8. Father's Day is Sunday.

Across the southeast
Good Samaritan's widow settles suit

Corruption isn't always a federal case
Don't make a federal case of it, the saying goes.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A man convicted of criminal domestic violence and mistakenly released from jail has been re-arrested and charged in an attack on the same woman.

Vote informed; we've decoded the issue

Georgia Army Guard hits recruiting target
MACON, Ga. - While military units around the country struggle to meet recruiting goals, Georgia Department of Defense officials say they expect to meet their Army National Guard recruiting target this year.

Kid of the Day

Harrell prepared for role as leader
COLUMBIA - Since he became a state representative in 1993, Charleston Republican Bobby Harrell has worked toward his goal of becoming speaker of the House.

Harrell prepared for role as leader
COLUMBIA - Since he became a state representative in 1993, Charleston Republican Bobby Harrell has worked toward his goal of becoming speaker of the House.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Susu Franklin, 13, of Augusta.

When you wish upon a star ...
Jermaine Smith can pinpoint the moment his life hung on a hinge and swung the opposite direction. He can describe it today as clearly as he experienced it 12 years ago on the ball field behind C.T. Walker Elementary School.

When you wish upon a star ...
Jermaine Smith can pinpoint the moment his life hung on a hinge and swung the opposite direction. He can describe it today as clearly as he experienced it 12 years ago on the ball field behind C.T. Walker Elementary School.

I wouldn't be where I am without Deep Throat
When word broke recently that Deep Throat at last had been identified, I was overjoyed. It wasn't the long-held identity that thrilled me, simply that he was a real, live person.

I wouldn't be where I am without Deep Throat
When word broke recently that Deep Throat at last had been identified, I was overjoyed. It wasn't the long-held identity that thrilled me, simply that he was a real, live person.

'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' tops weekend box office
LOS ANGELES - Off-screen couple or not, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had enough on-screen chemistry to lift their assassin tale "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" to a robust $51 million opening weekend.

'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' tops weekend box office

'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' tops weekend box office
LOS ANGELES - Off-screen couple or not, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had enough on-screen chemistry to lift their assassin tale "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" to a robust $51 million opening weekend.

Pink Floyd to re-form for Live 8 concert
LONDON - Organizers of the London Live 8 concert said Sunday that the members of the British rock band Pink Floyd would perform at the July event for the first time in more than two decades.

Pink Floyd to re-form for Live 8 concert

Pink Floyd to re-form for Live 8 concert
LONDON - Organizers of the London Live 8 concert said Sunday that the members of the British rock band Pink Floyd would perform at the July event for the first time in more than two decades.

Edwards wins at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. - Carl Edwards raced to his second Nextel Cup victory of the year Sunday, easily adjusting to a new gearing rule and avoiding the tire woes that plagued other drivers Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Scheckter wins; Patrick is 13th
FORT WORTH, Texas - Tomas Scheckter edged Sam Hornish Jr. by half a car-length Saturday night, while Danica Patrick finished 13th - last on the lead lap - in the first Indy Racing League event since her thrilling finish at the Indianapolis 500.

Youth is key for Edwards
LONG POND, Pa. - At 25, Carl Edwards was too young to know Pocono Raceway is supposed to be one of the most-difficult tracks on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit.

Waltrip wasn't sure how well he finished
LONG POND, Pa. - After a record-setting qualifying lap, Michael Waltrip ran well Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Rice behind wheel for Texas IRL event
FORT WORTH, Texas - Buddy Rice had a hard time watching the Indianapolis 500. What helped make that bearable was who drove his car instead.

Bowyer wins rain-delayed Busch Series race
GLADEVILLE, Tenn. - Clint Bowyer raced to his first NASCAR Busch Series victory Sunday, beating Kenny Wallace by 2.386 seconds in the rain-delayed Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.

Danica learns some hard lessons at Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas - Danica Patrick is learning some hard lessons.

Rice behind wheel for Texas IRL event

Drivers infuriated by tire blowouts
LONG POND, Pa. - NASCAR's rules that essentially ended the practice of shifting on the mile-long straightaway were considered a success because only one car in Sunday's Pocono 500 had engine or transmission failure.

Rice behind wheel for Texas IRL event
FORT WORTH, Texas - Buddy Rice had a hard time watching the Indianapolis 500. What helped make that bearable was who drove his car instead.

Youth is key for Edwards
LONG POND, Pa. - At 25, Carl Edwards was too young to know Pocono Raceway is supposed to be one of the most-difficult tracks on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit.

Sprague stops drought
FORT WORTH, Texas - Jack Sprague led the final nine laps Friday night for his 25th career NASCAR truck series victory, but first in more than a year.

Edwards wins at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. - Carl Edwards raced to his second Nextel Cup victory of the year Sunday, easily adjusting to a new gearing rule and avoiding the tire woes that plagued other drivers Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Drivers infuriated by tire blowouts

Danica learns some hard lessons at Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas - Danica Patrick is learning some hard lessons.

Waltrip wasn't sure how well he finished

NASCAR notebook

Danica learns some hard lessons at Texas

NASCAR notebook
LONG POND, Pa. - The last time Michael Waltrip started on the pole for a Nextel Cup Series race, the other George Bush was president.

Youth is key for Edwards

Gordon, Stewart back to business
LONG POND, Pa. - Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart have tempered the anger that followed a crash the last time they raced.

Edwards wins at Pocono

NASCAR notebook
LONG POND, Pa. - The last time Michael Waltrip started on the pole for a Nextel Cup Series race, the other George Bush was president.

Waltrip wasn't sure how well he finished
LONG POND, Pa. - After a record-setting qualifying lap, Michael Waltrip ran well Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

Drivers infuriated by tire blowouts
LONG POND, Pa. - NASCAR's rules that essentially ended the practice of shifting on the mile-long straightaway were considered a success because only one car in Sunday's Pocono 500 had engine or transmission failure.

Spurs take Game 2
SAN ANTONIO - Two steps quicker, two games ahead.

Brown has history in Texas city
SAN ANTONIO - Back in the days when he coached in overalls, Larry Brown was pelted with avocados on 10-cent beer night at the old HemisFair Arena.

Spurs take Game 2

Brown has history in Texas city

Spurs take Game 2
SAN ANTONIO - Two steps quicker, two games ahead.

Brown has history in Texas city
SAN ANTONIO - Back in the days when he coached in overalls, Larry Brown was pelted with avocados on 10-cent beer night at the old HemisFair Arena.

Seymour fails to show up

Colorado wins ArenaBowl

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Gibson D. "Gib" Waters, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jack M. Sheets    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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Mr. Zollie R. Compton, Sr.    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

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Featured obituary: Mr. Zollie R. Compton Sr.
Zollie R. Compton Sr., who served as Jefferson County sheriff for more than three decades, died Friday from heart and lung complications. He was 83.

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Mrs. Karen Baynham    (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

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Mr. L. Jerry Jordan    (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. Billy C. Hodges    (OCONEE, Ga.)

Mrs. Jeannette Clifton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Cook (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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Mrs. Ruth Scruggs Jolley (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Not all Democrats are in agreement on Walker verdict
I have been following the comments about the Charles Walker conviction, and feel compelled to write after reading Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lowell Greenbaum's comment that appeared Sunday:

We can forgive, but must never forget, child-sex offenders
This is in response to the May 15 guest column of Billy Laws on surviving after prison, titled "Every sex offender carries life sentence."

We can forgive, but must never forget, child-sex offenders
This is in response to the May 15 guest column of Billy Laws on surviving after prison, titled "Every sex offender carries life sentence."

We can forgive, but must never forget, child-sex offenders
This is in response to the May 15 guest column of Billy Laws on surviving after prison, titled "Every sex offender carries life sentence."

Not all Democrats are in agreement on Walker verdict
I have been following the comments about the Charles Walker conviction, and feel compelled to write after reading Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lowell Greenbaum's comment that appeared Sunday:

Not all Democrats are in agreement on Walker verdict
I have been following the comments about the Charles Walker conviction, and feel compelled to write after reading Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lowell Greenbaum's comment that appeared Sunday:

Afleet Alex repeats magic

Andromeda's Hero holds out for Zito's lone spot in money

Sharapova breezes to final

Sports gala set for Monday

Requiem for a heavyweight

Roddick eyes third Queen's title in a row

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Tyson's career may be over after latest loss

Overtime

Federer wins Halle title to extend streak
HALLE, Germany - Roger Federer beat a racket-slamming Marat Safin 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-4 Sunday to win the Gerry Weber Open for the third year in a row. The top-ranked Swiss captured his 20th straight ATP final and 29th straight match on grass courts.

Andromeda's Hero holds out for Zito's lone spot in money
NEW YORK - Trainer Nick Zito had the numbers in this year's Triple Crown with 11 starters, including a record-tying five in the Kentucky Derby.

Roddick eyes third Queen's title in a row
LONDON - Defending champion Andy Roddick advanced to his third straight final at the Queen's grass court tournament, overcoming a sloppy second set to beat Radek Stepanek, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 on Saturday.

Afleet Alex repeats magic
NEW YORK - No acrobatics, no long shots. Just an overpowering, seven-length victory by Afleet Alex in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, the final and longest leg of the Triple Crown.

Roddick wins third straight Queen's title
LONDON - Andy Roddick won his third consecutive title at Queen's on Sunday, defeating 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4) to join Lleyton Hewitt and John McEnroe as the only players to win this Wimbledon tuneup three straight times.

Requiem for a heavyweight
WASHINGTON - Mike Tyson was sprawled on the canvas, his head stuck oddly between the first and second ropes. Kevin McBride had shoved him down and now he sat there, trying to contemplate whether to get up.

Andromeda's Hero holds out for Zito's lone spot in money
NEW YORK - Trainer Nick Zito had the numbers in this year's Triple Crown with 11 starters, including a record-tying five in the Kentucky Derby.

Area sports 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. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Tyson's career may be over after latest loss
WASHINGTON - Mike Tyson's career apparently ended in yet another shocker Saturday night when he quit on the stool after taking a beating in a foul-filled sixth round against unheralded Kevin McBride.

Area sports 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. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Sharapova breezes to final
BIRMINGHAM, England - Defending champion Maria Sharapova beat Tatiana Golovin, 7-5, 6-1 on Saturday, to reach the final of the DFS Classic.

Sports gala set for Monday
U.S. Olympic Committee Chief Executive Jim Scherr will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Augusta Sports Awards Gala on Monday at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Sharapova breezes to final
BIRMINGHAM, England - Defending champion Maria Sharapova beat Tatiana Golovin, 7-5, 6-1 on Saturday, to reach the final of the DFS Classic.

Roddick eyes third Queen's title in a row
LONDON - Defending champion Andy Roddick advanced to his third straight final at the Queen's grass court tournament, overcoming a sloppy second set to beat Radek Stepanek, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 on Saturday.

Overtime
Nomination forms are still needed for The Augusta Chronicle's All-Area Teams for boys and girls soccer and baseball.

Overtime
Nomination forms are still needed for The Augusta Chronicle's All-Area Teams for boys and girls soccer and baseball.<

Sports gala set for Monday
U.S. Olympic Committee Chief Executive Jim Scherr will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Augusta Sports Awards Gala on Monday at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta.

Requiem for a heavyweight
WASHINGTON - Mike Tyson was sprawled on the canvas, his head stuck oddly between the first and second ropes. Kevin McBride had shoved him down and now he sat there, trying to contemplate whether to get up.

Tyson's career may be over after latest loss
WASHINGTON - Mike Tyson's career apparently ended in yet another shocker Saturday night when he quit on the stool after taking a beating in a foul-filled sixth round against unheralded Kevin McBride.

Overtime
In Jekyll Island, Ga., The Augusta Chronicle won 11 awards in Division I on Saturday night at the Georgia Sports Writers Association convention.

Overtime
In Jekyll Island, Ga., The Augusta Chronicle won 11 awards in Division I on Saturday night at the Georgia Sports Writers Association convention.

Afleet Alex repeats magic
NEW YORK - No acrobatics, no long shots. Just an overpowering, seven-length victory by Afleet Alex in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, the final and longest leg of the Triple Crown.

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

215 kids go fish at Fort Gordon
Fort Gordon's Kids Fishing Derby attracted 215 youngsters last weekend, with 460 fish checked in after the half-day event.

Honoree proving wise beyond his deers
HILLTONIA, Ga. - They say you can't fool Mother Nature, but Chris Pevey does the next best thing.

Honoree proving wise beyond his deers
HILLTONIA, Ga. - They say you can't fool Mother Nature, but Chris Pevey does the next best thing.

Seymour fails to show up
FOXBORO, Mass. - Richard Seymour missed his second straight day of the New England Patriots' mandatory minicamp Friday, but teammates didn't seem overly concerned.

Seymour fails to show up
FOXBORO, Mass. - Richard Seymour missed his second straight day of the New England Patriots' mandatory minicamp Friday, but teammates didn't seem overly concerned.

Colorado wins ArenaBowl
LAS VEGAS - Clay Rush kicked a 20-yard field goal as time expired to give the Colorado Crush a 51-48 victory over the Georgia Force on Sunday in the ArenaBowl.

Colorado wins ArenaBowl
LAS VEGAS - Clay Rush kicked a 20-yard field goal as time expired to give the Colorado Crush a 51-48 victory over the Georgia Force on Sunday in the ArenaBowl.

Pope to hold special audience with children
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday he will lead a special gathering with children at the Vatican in October.

Pope to hold special audience with children
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday he will lead a special gathering with children at the Vatican in October.

Honoree proving wise beyond his deers

When you wish upon a star ...

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Morgan Spurlock wants you to see how the other half lives. And he's displaying it on his new show "30 Days."

Tucker Carlson starts own MSNBC show
NEW YORK - With the real Tucker Carlson sitting beside him in a conference room, MSNBC chief Rick Kaplan grumbles at something the televised Tucker Carlson says on a taped run-through of the new prime-time talk show "The Situation."

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Morgan Spurlock wants you to see how the other half lives. And he's displaying it on his new show "30 Days."

Tucker Carlson starts own MSNBC show

'Queer As Folk' makes final season count
LOS ANGELES - An unexpectedly cold breeze swept the hotel's poolside cafe where writer-producers Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman were discussing their Showtime series "Queer as Folk."

Tucker Carlson starts own MSNBC show
NEW YORK - With the real Tucker Carlson sitting beside him in a conference room, MSNBC chief Rick Kaplan grumbles at something the televised Tucker Carlson says on a taped run-through of the new prime-time talk show "The Situation."

People in the News

Arlene makes landfall, but fizzles out

Pope to hold special audience with children