Newly signed Dodger goes west
Randy Broxton said if it were up to his son, Burke County pitching star Jonathan Broxton, he would have signed weeks ago.

Newly signed Dodger goes west

Brenly, Torre reward staffs
NEW YORK - Bob Brenly and Joe Torre rewarded their own, each taking six players from their teams to the All-Star game.

Brenly, Torre reward staffs

Something that's good to eat is actually good for you

Floridians ribbeted by frogs in throes of love
One night earlier this week, Raymond Vence awakened to find his wife rapping on their bedroom window, attempting to scare off a vociferous tree frog stuck on the outer side of the glass.

Odds and ends
MARSHALL, Mo. -- Getting a check from the Internal Revenue Service is usually a good thing. Diana Doss has learned to think otherwise.

Beware of falling bovine
VIENNA, Austria -- Drivers in farming regions know to be on the lookout for animals that stray onto the road, but even the most cautious seldom scan the heavens for livestock.

Franco's grand slam lifts Braves

Timely hits help Braves sweep Sox

Braves notebook

Braves notebook
BOSTON - Atlanta pitcher Tom Glavine expected to be named an All-Star. Braves' closer John Smoltz said he'd be disappointed if he wasn't. Andruw Jones planned to go home to Curacao if he wasn't selected.

Timely hits help Braves sweep Sox
BOSTON - Johnny Damon approached Atlanta manager Bobby Cox, who was seated in a corner of the visitors dugout, before Sunday afternoon's 10-inning, 7-3 Braves' win and shook his head in wonderment.

Franco's grand slam lifts Braves
ATLANTA - The race to finish first in the National League East is developing into a leisurely jog for the Atlanta Braves.

Office Depot will relocate

Government gets stuck with mountain of milk
WASHINGTON - Want milk? The government is trying to figure out what to do with $1 billion worth of nonfat milk powder it bought in the past three years to prop up the prices paid to dairy farmers.

Lavished with perks, executives went for the quick bucks
Lavished with stock options and loans, executives went for the quick bucks

Government gets stuck with mountain of milk

WorldCom CEO faces unexpected challenges
CLINTON, Miss. - A week ago, WorldCom Inc.'s employees and hometown supporters were hanging on encouraging words from the telecom's new chief.

Office Depot will relocate
Office Depot plans to move its store on Marks Church Road to a new location near the Augusta Exchange shopping center.

WorldCom CEO faces unexpected challenges

Nasdaq's close marks its lowest in five years
NEW YORK - Mounting concerns about accounting scandals and the health of the nation's companies prompted investors to again sell stocks sharply lower Monday. The high-tech dominated Nasdaq composite index finished under its post-Sept. 11 closing low, while the Dow Jones industrials tumbled more than 130 points.

Lavished with perks, executives went for the quick bucks

Nasdaq's close marks its lowest in five years

Try Downs in Ga.

Good riddance

Summit successes

Closure necessary?

A time to resign

Music sharing goes cellular
CAMDEN, N.J. - When Colombian singer Shakira takes the stage in this teen-pop stadium concert, girls in the crowd wave their hands in the air and squeal. Then they whip out their cell phones and call a friend.

PBS will air repeats of Ken Burns' best work
NEW YORK -- Taking a page from commercial networks' penchant for reruns, PBS said Monday it is turning to filmmaker Ken Burns this fall to reprise some of his best work.

Daily TV highlights for week beginning Monday
Singers Barry Manilow and Maureen McGovern lead the musical charge at the banks of the Charles River in Boston for "Pop Goes The Fourth" (7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 4, A&E).

Age old question
Between my job, housework and family obligations, I'm feeling really stressed. Is this bad for my health, and what can I do about it?

In the know
Ever wonder how fireworks and music can crescendo in unison, with each burst of light matched by a crash of percussion?

Men in black
Whether it's a tuxedo-clad spy ready to save the world, or a leather-clad singer serenading the public, men have a love affair with the color black.

GreenJackets come up short
Where was the help a couple of weeks ago, when Bryan Kent was trapped in the throes of a gut-wrenching 0-for-26 slump? Where was the much-needed night off last week, when Kent's average dipped to a season-low .175 after a miserable stretch when he managed only six hits in 55 at-bats?

GreenJackets scouting report
Capital City Bombers (Mets) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox)

Golf notebook
CORK, Ireland - Colin Montgomerie might be forced to withdraw from next month's British Open because of a persistent back injury.

Sorenstam surges toward U.S. Women's Open

Sorenstam surges toward U.S. Women's Open
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Many wondered if Annika Sorenstam could top last season. After all, she had eight victories to go with 19 top-10 finishes.

GreenJackets scouting report

GreenJackets come up short

Something that's good to eat is actually good for you
Step aside, broccoli. Sit down, oat bran.

Letters outrage parent of Xtreme subject

Meat eaters' lessons not learned

Judges create law where none exists

Injustice for 'gatekeeper' not gratifying to taxpayers

Aiken Co. positioned for security funds

Americans should stand against minority

Highlight positive aspects of tatooing

Ruling demands pro-active response

Are cops picking on good kids?

Bush on TV shows his hard work

Music sharing goes cellular

Daily TV highlights for week beginning Monday

Men in black

In the know

Age old question

PBS will air repeats of Ken Burns' best work

Across Georgia
ALBANY -Both sides in the murder trial of former Sheriff Sidney Dorsey rested their cases Monday after tearful testimony from the widow of the successor he is accused of killing.

Senior citizens turn out for council's activities
Dressed in their fancy clothes - the women in flowered dresses and one man wearing a bow tie - the guys and gals playing bingo at the Aiken Area Council On Aging aren't fooling around.

Senior citizens turn out for council's activities

Subscriber of the day

It's getting harder to thwart bike theft

True grits

Around town

Holiday beckons to U.S. travelers
Although the FBI has warned of possible terrorist attacks this Fourth of July, the threat doesn't seem to be scaring away many travelers.

Schools will see rise in funding

News you can use

Around town

Apologetic councilman resigns

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Josey D. Welsh of North Augusta.

Man faced sex charge in '94 also

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - South Carolina textile workers won't be getting their usual weeklong Fourth of July break this year.

Correction

Athens office shines in legal-aid system

Across the southeast

Across the area

Man faced sex charge in '94 also
A part-time choir director at Good Shepherd Baptist Church who was charged with child molestation involving two young church members has been accused of abusing children in his care before.

Athens office shines in legal-aid system
ATHENS, Ga. - Russell Gabriel resists the suggestion that the University of Georgia Legal Aid and Defender Clinic serves as a model for indigent defense in the state.

Across Georgia

Education levels increase locally

News you can use
July 2, 1920 Gus Polite, who achieved sudden fame one cold night last winter by disappearing in the darkness in his night clothes when officers went to raid his place near the Richmond Factory, is again in the toils of the law.

Lottery's program cuts cost of tuition

Apologetic councilman resigns
North Augusta City Councilman Kent Sullivan, arrested on drunken driving charges last week for the second time in 13 months, resigned his position Monday night.

Correction
A business article in Sunday's editions should have listed acupuncture as a licensed profession in Georgia. It is monitored by the state Board of Medical Examiners.

Across the southeast

Across the area
A 7-year-old Aiken boy was critically injured Monday when the car in which he was riding was struck by another vehicle, police said.

Holiday beckons to U.S. travelers

Education levels increase locally
Jennifer Moore knows the importance of an education.

True grits
Hush my mouth! Grits is officially groceries in Georgia.

For this fisherman, work is paradise

Hopefuls fight for attention of voters

Florida attorney is model example

Across the southeast
MONROE, N.C. -A woman who had been pregnant with twins died the day after authorities say she shot and wounded her grandfather, then turned the gun on herself.

Subscriber of the day

Across the area

Holiday checkpoints planned

Hopefuls fight for attention of voters
ATLANTA - Between now and November, four major-party candidates will vie for the right to become Georgia's next lieutenant governor.

Schools will see rise in funding
The Richmond County school system will see an increase in federal funding this year of almost $2 million to reduce the gap between poorer and richer school districts.

Florida attorney is model example
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Peter Johnstone is a free man today, thanks in part to the work of defense attorney Ann Finnell.

Father charged in gun accident
An Augusta father said he tripped while carrying a loaded assault rifle in his house Monday, accidentally firing three rounds through a bedroom wall and wounding his 10-year-old son.

Holiday checkpoints planned
AIKEN - With the Fourth of July falling midweek and fatalities mounting, law enforcement officials are worried people will stretch out holiday celebrations, leading to more tragedies on Aiken County roads.

It's getting harder to thwart bike theft
A sheriff's deputy said that Lillian Gibson was to blame for the theft of her son's bicycle because she left it unsecured on the side of their Hephzibah home.

Across the southeast
MONROE, N.C. -A pregnant woman shot her grandfather, then apparently shot herself in the head, police said. Her twins were born by Caesarean section and are in critical condition.

For this fisherman, work is paradise
There's a tongue-in-cheek disclaimer greeting fishermen who pull up to the Brickyard Bait & Tackle Store, which serves as the gate to Merry Brickyard Ponds.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Faith Wargowsky of Aiken.

Officials debate changes in representation system
ATLANTA - Even those who acknowledge there's a problem with Georgia's indigent-defense system say it won't be easy to change.

UGA set to cash in on name game
ATHENS, Ga. - Want a college building named in your company's honor? Got a hankering to see your name emblazoned on the doors of an academic department?

Around town
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Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Across South Carolina

News you can use
JULY 1, 1954Two Aiken men are being held in the Aiken City Jail on charges of breaking into a local firm before daylight this morning, Police Chief Frampton Gregory said today.

News you can use

Across the area
An Augusta man was charged Sunday with shooting into a crowd at a party Saturday night, police said. No one was injured.

Officials debate changes in representation system

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The Greater Columbia Hotel and Motel Association sent letters to incoming university President Andrew Sorensen and state leaders opposing the University of South Carolina Foundation's plan for a 125-room hotel near campus.

Lottery's program cuts cost of tuition
The South Carolina Education Lottery will cut tuition nearly in half for Aiken Technical College students eligible for the lottery's tuition assistance program.

Across Georgia
MACON -A Macon State College professor could know as early as this week whether mosquitoes in Georgia carry the West Nile virus.

Man charged in two robberies
A man linked to two weekend robberies in Aiken County is the same one charged in a Masters Week holdup at an Aiken convenience store, authorities said.

Da Matta wins third straight

Biffle is repeat champion
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Greg Biffle won the GNC Live Well 250 for the second year in a row Sunday after leading the race for much of the way.

Da Matta wins third straight
CICERO, Ill. - Diminutive Cristiano da Matta has become the biggest man in CART.

Biffle is repeat champion

Hornets give Davis 6-year extension

Hornets give Davis 6-year extension
NEW ORLEANS -- Baron Davis is moving to New Orleans with the Hornets after all.

Mystics keep home-streak alive

Sting stay perfect at home

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Mr. Tracy Coleman Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Mattie Bellamy    (JACKSON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Irene Harley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Leta Bowers    (SALUDA, S.C.)
Ms. Fanette Tate    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Ms. Lucille Roberts    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
Mr. Tracy Coleman Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Edwin Rice Jr.    (MCCORMICK, S.C.)
Mrs. Mary Norman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Thomas Reed    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Charlotte McDuffee    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Brown    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Morris Shorts    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Jamison Williams    (JONESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Marian Walker    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
Mrs. Grace Wells    (ASHVILLE, N.C.)
Mrs. Margaret Coile    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
Mr. James Turner Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bertha Fielding    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Carrie Seays    (MIDVILLE, Ga.)
Mr. Wade Dawkins Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Suzy Sears    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
Mrs. Ida Palmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Martha Redd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Dennis Pope    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Floyd Peck    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Oscar Gonzalez    (TWIN CITY, Ga.)
Mrs. Ida Palmer    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Miss Allaire Hancock    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Richard Hurd    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Morris Hazel    (CLEARWATER, S.C.)
Mrs. Christine Jackson    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Lawrence Rearden Jr.    (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)
Mr. Joseph Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Bessie Robinson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Earl Johnson    (CAJON, Calif.)
Mr. Willie Sullivan    (ESSEX, M.D.)
Mr. Jimmy Johnson    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
Mr. James Turner Sr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Jonelle Johnson    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
Mr. Ben Baldy Sr.    (JACKSON, S.C.)
Mr. Robert Jones    (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)
Dr. John Bowers    (MILLEN, Ga.)
Mrs. Helen Kelsey    (PHILADELPHIA, Penn.)
Mrs. Maebelle Coleman    (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)
Mrs. Bertha Fielding    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Wade Dawkins Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mr. Joseph Jackson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Nelle Golden    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Miss Allaire Hancock    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mr. Richard Hurd    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mrs. Earline Padgett    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Earline Padgett    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Mayson    (EVANS, Ga.)
Mr. Ronnie Hickson    (WADLEY, Ga.)
Mrs. Charlotte McDuffee    (AIKEN, S.C.)
Mrs. Katherine Gunnells    (BARNWELL, S.C.)
Mr. David Nixon Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Mitchell Goodwin    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Marian Walker (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Ida Palmer (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Charlotte McDuffee (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Earline Padgett (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

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Mrs. Catherine Cain (THOMSON, Ga.)

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Jamison Williams (JONESBORO, Ga.)

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Mr. Floyd Peck (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

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Mrs. Blanche Burke (MILLEN, Ga.)

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Mrs. Charlotte McDuffee (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. Robert Jones (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Edwin Rice Jr. (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Dennis Pope (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mrs. Maebelle Coleman (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Miss Allaire Hancock (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. David Nixon Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Tracy Coleman Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Irene Harley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Sullivan (ESSEX, M.D.)

Mr. Mitchell Goodwin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Bellamy (JACKSON, S.C.)

Mrs. Martha Redd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Morris Shorts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen Kelsey (PHILADELPHIA, Penn.)

Mrs. Christine Jackson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Turner Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Oscar Gonzalez (TWIN CITY, Ga.)

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Mrs. Mary Mayson (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Maebelle Coleman (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. James Turner Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Theresa Gembicki (AIKEN, S.C.)

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Mr. Morris Hazel (CLEARWATER, S.C.)

Mr. Tracy Coleman Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Carolyn Putnam (LYONS, Ga.)

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Mr. Mitchell Goodwin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Grace Wells (ASHVILLE, N.C.)

Mr. Earl Johnson (CAJON, Calif.)

Mrs. Martha Redd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Injustice for 'gatekeeper' not gratifying to taxpayers
Regarding the June 20 Chronicle article concerning the Elaine Matthews case. We were the attorneys who represented Ms. Matthews in her unsuccessful effort to obtain justice. We would like to respond to David E. Hudson's statement that the taxpayers of Columbia County are "gratified" that the case against the county has now been dismissed. Mike Brown, Augusta

Judges create law where none exists
With fire in their bellies and God in their hearts, men with passion and courage nursed our nation, bled on its soil and gave us that which the human spirit longs for: freedom. Today, these strong men would weep. Joshua H. Bolin, Augusta

Letters outrage parent of Xtreme subject
I am a parent of one of the girls who was featured in the Xtreme section of the paper. I am responding not only to Randy Potter's June 3 letter, but also to Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington's reply on June 12. Judy Key, Augusta

Closure necessary?
There are problems at the Barnwell uranium processing plant, but the question is whether they are serious enough for the state's environmental agency to shut it down. Or is the closure a political ploy by Gov. Jim Hodges?

Try Downs in Ga.
How many times can William "Junior" Downs be put to death?

A time to resign
Kent Sullivan may be a fine North Augusta Council member, loving family man and an all-around nice guy, but as far as the criminal justice system is concerned, his most salient characteristic is being a menace behind the wheel.

Are cops picking on good kids?
On June 23, I was sitting in my front yard with my daughter, and my son-in-law and the guy next door were playing basketball at the end of our driveway in the street. We live in a neighborhood, and it is not a busy street like a highway. While they were playing, a cop who was coming down the street stopped, told them that they could not play there and that they had to move. C. Waldron, Augusta

Ruling demands pro-active response
It's disgusting that the federal court in San Francisco ruled the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional. This, quite simply, is the work of cads. Bill Lesshafft, Martinez, Ga.

Meat eaters' lessons not learned
I found Roger Nelms' June 21 letter attacking the anti-meat argument to be ironic since three articles in the same edition of The Chronicle discuss concerns about increasing incidences of obesity, heart disease and the early onset of diabetes, all due to Americans' pathetic lifestyle habits. Gail Kaitschuck, Augusta

Aiken Co. positioned for security funds
Thanks, Chronicle, for your June 24 editorial. As president of the United Way of Aiken County, I am not only proud of our community and our 211 partners, but I am extremely pleased the with the recognition given to this effort by our local media. Michael L. Williamson, Aiken, S.C.

Good riddance
"A truck just hauled them all away ... They're on their way to Texas. I sold them for about 25 cents on the dollar."

Highlight positive aspects of tatooing
I just read your article on tattooing. I live in Georgia, recently turned 18 and recently acquired a tattoo. I think the law stating you must be 18 is a good law, and more states should enact it. However, I highly disagree with your sanitation statements. Tracy Conrad, Loganville, Ga.

Summit successes
Usually when the world's top industrial nations hold one of their scripted summits it's a giant yawn. The news value is often in the hundreds of anti-globalist protesters who show up, some of them violent.

Bush on TV shows his hard work
On national television June 24, President George W. Bush, after describing America's honorable conditions for peace in the Middle East and a Palestinian state, had no choice but to take hammer in hand and hit the nail on the head. Douglas Neal Sr., Augusta

Americans should stand against minority
As a proud American and a Christian, I was both appalled and angered at the California Courts' decision regarding the Pledge of Allegiance. True, we are a free country but, to me, that means freedom to speak how we feel - not the freedom to change those precepts that our country has held as a basis of our founding. It is a privilege and great honor to recite the Pledge of Allegiance . I am now throughly convinced that our legal system is one big joke. Ruth T. Mobley, Hephzibah, Ga.

Brazil wins fifth soccer championship

Wimbledon's week 2 starts with one certainty: Team Williams

Overtime

Venus Williams, Hewitt win in straight sets

Overtime

Optional holiday declared as Brazilians bask in championship

Overtime
Nick Faldo withdrew Monday from this week's European Open because of a stomach ailment.

Venus Williams, Hewitt win in straight sets
WIMBLEDON, England -- Top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt and Venus Williams bolstered their status as title favorites by winning easily in straight sets Monday to reach the quarterfinals on a chilly, rainy day at Wimbledon.

Optional holiday declared as Brazilians bask in championship
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Brazil's World Cup victory led President Fernando Henrique Cardoso to declare Tuesday an optional holiday allowing banks, businesses and schools to choose whether they want to stay open.

Brazil wins fifth soccer championship
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Brazil was weak. Ronaldo was through. The World Cup title was beyond their reach.

Overtime
Former Burke County High pitcher Jonathan Broxton, The Augusta Chronicle's 2002 High School Baseball Player of the Year, signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night.

Wimbledon's week 2 starts with one certainty: Team Williams
WIMBLEDON, England -- Venus Williams loses the opening set, composes herself, then drops just three games the rest of the way.

Augusta to appeal ejection
Augusta's leading wide receiver has been suspended for Friday night's arenafootball2 game.

Vitamin-rich foods may reduce Alzheimer's risk
CHICAGO -- Eating nuts, leafy green vegetables and other foods rich in antioxidants such as vitamin E may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, two studies suggest.

Video puts words into mouths
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Marilyn Monroe died a generation before karaoke, digital animation and the pop singer Dido's race onto Billboard's Top Ten.

A fundamental premise of the Web is challenged
Nicolai Lassen considers linking such a fundamental element of the World Wide Web that he sees nothing wrong with creating a service around linking to news articles at more than 3,000 other sites.

Sting stay perfect at home
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tonya Edwards led six players in double figures with 14 points as the Charlotte Sting beat the Phoenix Mercury 90-68 Monday to remain unbeaten at home.

Mystics keep home-streak alive
WASHINGTON -- Vicky Bullett's 3-pointer with 1:59 remaining broke a tie and lifted the Washington Mystics to a come-from-behind 56-55 win over the Charlotte Sting on Sunday.

Your style
Dziko Walton, 15, a rising sophomore at the Academy of Richmond County

Artist's corner
Ronnie Williams Jr., 16, is a rising sophomore at T.W. Josey High School. He's been drawing since fourth grade, when he saw a cousin doing it. This picture of his 15-year-old brother, Ronald, is pencil on paper.

My page
Samantha Kalney, 14, a home-schooled rising freshman, Grovetown.

Xtreme calendar

'Scooby' does have some laughs

Artist's corner

Question of the week
Q: Do you think "under God" should be taken out of the Pledge of Allegiance?

Instrument of success

Girl says sex was mistake
Ever since I had sex with my boyfriend, he's been asking for more. I thought it was a mistake, and I don't want to have it again. But I don't want to hurt his feelings and tell him I don't want to.

My page

Instrument of success
And the band played on. And on. For Brynn Brinkman, it played for six years.

'Scooby' does have some laughs
It's never easy to turn a TV show into a movie hit, but it seems the makers of Scooby-Doo have succeeded, topping the box office charts by making more than $54 million in the first week of release.

Question of the week

Your style

Girl says sex was mistake

Xtreme calendar
Play ball! The Augusta GreenJackets play the Capital City Bombers from Columbia at 7:15 p.m. at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Milledge Road. To order tickets, call 736-7889.

Singers proud to make All-State
Imagine doing almost nothing but singing, eating and sleeping for three days straight.

On the charts
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Floridians ribbeted by frogs in throes of love

Beware of falling bovine

Odds and ends

Video puts words into mouths

Vitamin-rich foods may reduce Alzheimer's risk

A fundamental premise of the Web is challenged