Text of Hall of Famers' letter to Selig and Fehr

Ted Williams' oldest daughter sees no room for compromise
INVERNESS, Fla. -- Ted Williams' oldest daughter, who is fighting her half- siblings over their father's body, said Tuesday she will never waver from her belief that the baseball star wanted to be cremated and not frozen.

Jackie Robinson's native town struggles to remember him
CAIRO, Ga. -- Jackie Robinson wasn't even 2 years old when his mother packed her five children on a midnight train from Georgia bound for a better life in California.

Umpires hire physicists and engineers to examine computer

Ted Williams' oldest daughter sees no room for compromise

Umpires hire physicists and engineers to examine computer
COCOA, Fla. -- Upset that baseball is using a new computer system to track ball-and-strike calls, the sport's umpires have hired physicists and engineers to examine its accuracy.

Text of Hall of Famers' letter to Selig and Fehr
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Text of the letter released Monday from 40 Hall of Famers and to baseball commissioner Bud Selig and union head Donald Fehr:

Jackie Robinson's native town struggles to remember him

Postcards arrive from vacationers in U.S. and abroad

Braves notebook

'Bench Dogs' getting the job done in Atlanta

Braves stop Brewers' streak
ATLANTA - When Atlanta pitcher Damian Moss, who has surrendered fewer home runs than any Braves starter other than Greg Maddux, gave up a home run to Jose Hernandez in the second inning Tuesday night, you could almost see the Milwaukee Brewers fall over each other in their haste to get to the plate.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Atlanta pitcher Kevin Gryboski breathed a big sigh of relief when Monday's MRI showed nothing more serious than a strained flexor muscle in his right elbow.

Braves stop Brewers' streak

Braves likely to stand pat

'Bench Dogs' getting the job done in Atlanta
ATLANTA -- They call themselves the "Bench Dogs," a fitting testament to their journeyman heritage.

Braves likely to stand pat
ATLANTA - Forget what the calendar says. John Schuerholz doesn't have an itchy trigger finger when it comes to the approaching trade deadline.

Treasury secretary says economy is fundamentally sound
WASHINGTON -- Touting an improved economy, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill is pushing Congress to pass President Bush's economic agenda to counter the stock market's troubles and business scandals that have shaken consumer confidence.

Manufacturing spurs recovery in South
ATLANTA - As the economy recovers from recession, diversified states such as Georgia, Florida and Texas will lag behind states such as South Carolina and Alabama, according to an analysis released Monday by the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University.

Business briefs
AIKEN - The holding company for Aiken-based Security Federal Bank announced a 33 percent increase in first quarter earnings.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Consumer confidence fell in July to its lowest level in five months because of a steep decline in stock prices and job anxiety.

Cutoff near for no-call listing
Brigitte Brueckner calls it the best $5 she has ever spent.

Mall purchase stirs hope
After learning this week that Regency Mall has new owners, Augusta officials said they have renewed hope in the abandoned shopping center.

Cutoff near for no-call listing

Debate delays vote on joining
State Sen. Charles Walker said Tuesday that the Richmond County Development Authority does not oppose the county's membership in a regional development authority but that it doesn't support the idea, either.

Consumer confidence fell in July to five-month low
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence fell sharply in July to its lowest level in five months, undermined by a steep decline in stock prices and worries about jobs, a private research group said Tuesday.

Shop owners brace for tax holiday weekend

Shop owners brace for tax holiday weekend
The tax holiday isn't until this weekend, but according to local retailers, the festivities already have begun.

Manufacturing spurs recovery in South

Hearings ordered on payday loans
ATLANTA - A crackdown on so-called "payday loan" companies got cranked up a notch this week, with the state insurance commissioner ordering hearings on companies he says are handing out pricey loans without a license.

Business briefs

Mall purchase stirs hope

Vote on CSRA group delayed
The Augusta Commission's Finance Committee voted Monday to delay a decision on whether to join the CSRA Unified Development Authority.

Commissioner strives to silence critics
HOOVER, Ala. - Mike Slive has heard plenty of questions - most of them negative - since he took over as commissioner for the Southeastern Conference on July 2.

Commissioner strives to silence critics

SEC Media Days notebook
HOOVER, Ala. -- The good news is, Arkansas actually has several quarterbacks on campus this summer. Coach Houston Nutt shared some of the bad news Tuesday.

A happy ending

Get tough on fraud

Pitt's dumb request

Profiling a good tool

Encouraging words

Austin Powers sets box office record
LOS ANGELES -- The new Austin Powers epic had a smashing debut, baby, raking in $71.5 million to set an opening record for a comedy.

Service dogs lend a paw to those who need it
Bear Murphree is in the service. It's kind of a secret service, because not many understand what he does. His uniform is a red vest, and when he wears it, he's all business.

In the know
The annual Georgia Literary Festival will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sparta, Ga.

The perfect pantry
This week I'm setting out to prove that hurried cooks can create delicious meals from their pantry alone.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle.

In the know
ABC gets mental with The Brain Game: What's Sex Got to Do With It? at 10 p.m. on WJBF-TV (Channel 6).

Small portions
Tossing fresh herbs onto a charcoal fire in the last part of cooking adds a wonderful flavor to the grilled foods, particularly fish and chicken. Rosemary and thyme are favorites, but if you don't have any fresh herbs around, dry bay leaves can also be fuel for flavor.

Tuna and white bean pasta
Now that you've got a perfectly stocked pantry, you can whip up my tuna and white bean pasta in minutes.

Couple invite viewers into their home
LOS ANGELES - What good is sitting alone in your room ... if no one is there to watch?

Tourists blank Jackets again
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Zach Parker pitched eight scoreless innings, and Chris Testa homered for the second-straight night as the Asheville Tourists shut out the Augusta GreenJackets 6-0 on Tuesday night at McCormick Field.

GreenJackets edge Tourists
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Augusta started a rally with two outs in the eighth inning that ended with a tiebreaking RBI single by Kris Coffey, giving the GreenJackets a 4-3 win over Asheville at McCormick Field on Monday night.

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

A premium ball with an elite name

Suggestions for the next prime-time battle
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- The Battle at Bighorn becomes the Battle at The Bridges next year. The prime-time TV exhibition featuring Tiger Woods and fill-in-the-blank is moving from the desert to the coast north of San Diego.

A year of generational battles
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Jack Nicklaus held his own against Tiger Woods for three rounds at the Memorial. It took a prime-time exhibition in the California desert to make him realize how much the game has passed him by.

A year of generational battles

A premium ball with an elite name
Nick Raffaele kept a secret in the palm of his hand as he walked away from the practice range at Bethpage Black during the U.S. Open. He opened his fingers just enough to reveal a golf ball that looked like any other, except for the script.

Trevino thinks Sergio is ahead of schedule

Trevino thinks Sergio is ahead of schedule
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Sergio Garcia has come as close as anyone to creating a rivalry with Tiger Woods. Not bad, considering Garcia has won only three times on the PGA Tour and perhaps his most memorable victory didn't even count.

Suggestions for the next prime-time battle

GreenJackets edge Tourists

Tourists blank Jackets again

GreenJackets scouting report

Harlem takes to the hitting under moonlight
Harlem football coach Jimmie Lewis would never hold practice on a Sunday. Never had, he said, never will.

Postcards arrive from vacationers in U.S. and abroad
I'm on vacation this week, and so are a lot of you. I have your cards to show for it.

Two killed in three-vehicle accident
Police say alcohol is suspected to be a factor in a three-vehicle wreck this afternoon that killed two women and forced the shutdown of portions of Dean's Bridge Road at Gordon Highway.

Man dies in North Augusta house fire
NORTH AUGUSTA - A North Augusta man died this morning when fire spread through his home on Wren Road, the second fire death in Aiken County in three days.

Man dead, another wounded in drug-related shootout
A drug-related shootout on an Augusta street late Tuesday left one man dead, one man hospitalized and another man in jail, authorities said today.

'Dry' First Fridays will hurt turnouts

Writer knows not of what he speaks

'Battle Hymn' qualifies as hateful

City wants its cut of First Fridays

Randall best bet for Aiken Co. Council

Column a must-read for commissioners

Arm qualified pilots in cockpit

Feminists focus on wrong issue

Manipulators make stock market gyrate

Mayor Young's game, 'Let's make a deal'

Service dogs lend a paw to those who need it

Couple invite viewers into their home

Austin Powers sets box office record

The perfect pantry

Senior calendar

In the know

Across Georgia and South Carolina

Mall has new owner, meeting reveals
After an hour of debating its role in revitalizing the defunct Regency Mall, the Augusta Commission asked to hear from the owner.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - State officials say more than 2,400 South Carolina teachers would not meet teacher quality requirements under a new federal law.

North Augusta man dies in fire
Fire officials blamed an overloaded extension cord for a blaze Tuesday that killed a North Augusta man, the second fire death in Aiken County in three days.

Army probes credit fraud at hospital
Army officials are investigating the purchase of $100,000 in computers, stereos and electronic equipment acquired with government credit cards through Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, according to a government report.

Stalker is guilty but mentally ill
Gordon Albert told jurors Monday he couldn't believe writing a letter to a child would be considered a felony.

Army probes credit fraud at hospital

Hodges visits rival's hometown
SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. - Gov. Jim Hodges stopped by a public school just up the beach from Republican opponent Mark Sanford's home Tuesday and unveiled his "Next Steps" plan to continue to improve public education in South Carolina.

Augusta to toughen water rules

Incumbents fill school board race

Agents honored in fake-ID case

Athletic fields damaged by fire at Augusta State
Firefighters battled a brush fire Tuesday that burned a field behind Augusta State University's athletic complex and threatened neighboring apartment buildings.

Burke County not likely site for naval airfield

Mall has new owner, meeting reveals

Corrections
A story in The Augusta Chronicle's Religion section July 20 incorrectly stated the cause of a knee injury to Christian wrestler Joey Lynn. The story should have said Mr. Lynn injured his knee in a motorcycle accident.

Across Georgia

News you can use
JULY 30, 1934 Despite the fact that statistics from the United States weather bureau indicate that Augusta was a hot spot during the past week, the records of the Augusta Fire Department show there was very little fire.

Three-vehicle crash kills two
Police say they suspect alcohol was a factor in a three-vehicle wreck that killed two women and closed part of the intersection of Deans Bridge Road and Gordon Highway for nearly two hours Tuesday.

Incumbents fill school board race
The five open seats on the Richmond County school board could be filled with some familiar faces.

Common project progressing
Downtown's premier park likely won't be completed until late October, but city contractors say that by next month Augusta Common will start looking less like a demolition site and more like an urban refuge.

Stores find new ways to combat shoplifting
Roger Guerrero, the asset team leader at Target, has to think like a shoplifter in order to catch one.

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

Accident sends three to hospital

Appraisals immoral, family's lawyer says
The appeal of the city's condemnation of 188.45 acres at Tobacco Road and Mike Padgett Highway for a new water treatment plant began Tuesday with a nine-hour hearing before court-appointed special master Bill Williams.

Subscriber of the day

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Dr. Rudy Volkmann of Augusta.

News you can use

Rescue answered local women's prayers

Appraisals immoral, family's lawyer says

Treat in the heat

Political sign law attacked

Corrections

School board questions tax office fee
Concerned that enough money from taxpayers wasn't reaching the classroom, the Columbia County Board of Eduction has questioned the amount of money they spend to collect school taxes.

Stores find new ways to combat shoplifting

Two killed in three-vehicle accident

Agents honored in fake-ID case
AIKEN - An Aiken County man who, authorities say, pressured illegal immigrants to purchase his fake passports and driver's licenses was arrested after he applied to become a firefighter in Aiken, authorities said Tuesday.

Political sign law attacked
A Columbia County ordinance that regulates political signs is being called unconstitutional by an organization that focuses on First Amendment rights.

Treat in the heat
Ten-year-old Meshayla Nesbitt, of Aiken, finds a tasty way to beat the summer heat with a frozen treat. She was attending the Summer Fun Day Camp at the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center in Aiken on Monday, when the temperature reached 100 degrees.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Pam Lasecki of Evans.

Man dead, another wounded in drug-related shootout

Peeping Tom faces new charges
Authorities say a Columbia County man who served time for peeping at women underneath stalls in public restrooms has gone back to his old habits.

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

Augusta fixes sloppy books
An annual audit of city finances showed that Augusta's books are looking better than they have in years.

Across Georgia
CUMMING - A 2-year-old girl was killed when a minivan rolled backward and pinned her against a tree.

Three-vehicle crash kills two

Correction
An article in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said that Janice Smith and Erleen Davis, local relatives of a miner who was trapped in a Pennsylvania mine, moved to the Augusta area while their parents were in the military. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Across the area
Aaron LeBlanc was returned to North Carolina on Monday to face a rape charge.

News you can use
July 31, 1957 A Grovetown youth identified as Eugene Newman, about 17, was taken to McDuffie County Hospital Tuesday shortly after being knocked from his motorcycle by an automobile here about 3 p.m., Harlem Chief of Police Charlie Watson reported.

City plans to keep offices downtown
A proposed city complex for Augusta's public works, engineering and utility departments will almost certainly be somewhere in south Augusta. But city officials are hammering out a plan that would protect downtown's existing government jobs.

Across Georgia and South Carolina
ATLANTA -Police arrested 118 people, including a 16-year-old girl, in a raid on a private nightclub that charged customers $25 to witness sex acts on stage.

Rescue answered local women's prayers
Clutching a metal figure of Jesus that her grandfather carried 60 years ago in the coal mines of Pennsylvania, Janis Smith of Grovetown smiled Monday, knowing that her prayers for her cousin had been answered.

Across the area
The U.S. Department of Justice has approved the city's reapportionment plan for Augusta Commission and Richmond County Board of Education districts, clearing the way for them to be used in upcoming elections.

School board questions tax office fee

Around town

Correction

City plans to keep offices downtown

Across the area

Subscriber of the day

Common project progressing

News you can use

Accident sends three to hospital
A 6-year-old girl was airlifted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital and three other people were injured late Tuesday after a two-car accident on Dozier Road in Columbia County.

Education act perplexing to school systems
A national education-reform package has created more confusion than clarity for local school systems.

Education act perplexing to school systems

Peeping Tom faces new charges

Stalker is guilty but mentally ill

Across South Carolina

Hodges visits rival's hometown

Burke County not likely site for naval airfield
An airfield for the Navy's new F/A-18 Super Hornet attack jets should be built in North Carolina, not in Burke County, Ga., according to the Department of Defense.

Augusta to toughen water rules
Homeowners caught watering their lawns illegally could find themselves high and dry under an updated city ordinance that regulates conservation efforts.

New panel will study grand jury report
Hoping to avoid hours of argument, Augusta commissioners decided Monday to send a special grand jury report on the city's fire department to a new subcommittee of elected and appointed officials.

All that and a bag of chips?
HOOVER, Ala. - Nobody dishes out the pessimism like Lou Holtz, which is why folks in the SEC East should be a little bit afraid.

Russell races to Top Fuel victory

Indy's soft wall to remain in place for Formula One race
INDIANAPOLIS -- An energy-absorbing barrier installed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indy 500 in May will remain in place for the upcoming U.S. Grand Prix.

Driver who led protest against woman is himself disqualified
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The race car driver whose protest led to a female competitor's disqualification was himself stripped of a victory.

Indy's soft wall to remain in place for Formula One race

Russell races to Top Fuel victory
KENT, Wash. -- Darrell Russell earned his second straight Top Fuel victory Monday at the NHRA Nationals at Pacific Raceways.

Judge dismisses all but one charge against Iverson
PHILADELPHIA -- NBA All-Star Allen Iverson was cleared of all but a misdemeanor Monday at a hearing into charges he stormed into his cousin's apartment with a gun and threatened two men while looking for his wife.

Walls thankful to be back with Panthers

Falcons stop contract talks as they investigate RB's injuries

Age just a number as Weinke turns 30

An unanticipated trip to Canton for Hampton

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Shipp: From agriculture to governor, Georgia women are hitting campaign trail
You think the teachers are upset? You believe the flag boys are mad? You've heard the tree-huggers are angry?

Model T trapped in a Toyota showroom
I WOKE UP this morning, read the paper and realized that I had become a relic - a dinosaur living amongst mammals. The times have passed me by, for I am an outdated curiosity of an age when people conducted their lives by a certain set of values or moral standards.

Encouraging words
"The harm done by some priests and religious to the young and vulnerable fills us all with a deep sense of sadness and shame. But think of the vast majority of dedicated priests and religious whose only wish is to serve and do good. Be close to them and support them."

City wants its cut of First Fridays
It's time for First Friday again. Thousands of people will flock downtown for the fun and festivities first brought to Augusta by the hard work and determination of the downtown business owners (with a few exceptions). This event started slowly - almost like watching paint dry - but with all the bands, food, arts and crafts now, I must say the beauty of it all is breathtaking. J. Armstrong, Augusta

Get tough on fraud
You don't have to go to Wall Street to find corporate fraud. It's here in our own backyard. Two State Construction Co. President Clifford C. Poston, 48, of Thomson admitted in U.S. District Court last week that he cheated the maker of the arthritis drug Celebrex out of millions of dollars.

A happy ending
The military. Police. Firefighters. Law-enforcement officers. These are the perilous professions from which most heroes are drawn. But not all.

Mayor Young's game, 'Let's make a deal'
I was not surprised that Mayor Bob Young wrote a recommendation to get former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few a new job. That action is merely the status quo. Tommy Godbee, Augusta

Pitt's dumb request
Calls by partisan Democrats and Bush administration nemesis Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for Harvey Pitt to resign as Securities and Exchange Commission chairman seemed ridiculous to us.

Profiling a good tool
If you're boarding a plane, wouldn't you want men of Mideastern descent screened more thoroughly than other passengers? If the answer is yes, then you support racial profiling.

Randall best bet for Aiken Co. Council
I am proud to support Joel Randall in his bid for re-election to the District 6 Aiken County Council seat. Mr. Randall is always accessible and helpful. Roger Boyd, Graniteville, S.C.

'Dry' First Fridays will hurt turnouts
The city of Augusta has done a wonderful job promoting First Friday and providing its residents with a social event to look forward to each month. The decision to ban alcoholic beverages from the streets and sidewalks will hurt the turnouts more than the commission knows. Rence R. Jones, Augusta

Column a must-read for commissioners
Every Augusta commissioner should be required to read Leonard Pitts Jr.'s July 23 column, "Seeing through Connerly's colorblind scheme." It is an excellent read. His comments and enlightenment on Ward Connerly's proposal in California are quite to the point, and I agree with him totally. It is impossible to make the world colorblind. Jerry O'Connor, Augusta

Arm qualified pilots in cockpit
As a frequent-flying Republican, I have a complaint. I'm dumbfounded by the continued resistance to arming qualified pilots in the cockpit. Donald L. Davis, Evans, Ga.

Model T trapped in a Toyota showroom
I WOKE UP this morning, read the paper and realized that I had become a relic - a dinosaur living amongst mammals. The times have passed me by, for I am an outdated curiosity of an age when people conducted their lives by a certain set of values or moral standards.

'Battle Hymn' qualifies as hateful
Regarding Karen R. Jones's July 17 letter concerning The Battle Hymn of the Republic: I'm sure she means well, but she misses the mark. James C. Murray Jr., Augusta

Feminists focus on wrong issue
As a widow of a long time (48 years) member of the Augusta National Golf Club and as an ardent feminist, I would like to respond to the latest attack on the National. Elizabeth Bryans Claussen, Augusta

Writer knows not of what he speaks
Regarding Harry F. Myers' July 13 letter entitled "Ellenton reference misunderstood": I do not know why Mr. Myers has a problem with the former towns of the Savannah River Site, but I have taken offense to his absurd assumptions and ridiculous conclusions regarding these communities. Tonya A. Browder Taylor, Johnston, S.C.

Manipulators make stock market gyrate
I believe the wildly gyrating stock market is primarily caused by "big money" stock manipulators. These manipulators care nothing for the average stock holder or for the financial well-being and good of the country. James Cline, North Augusta, S.C.

Agassi defies age, competition to keep winning

Williams sisters head women's U.S. Open field

Overtime

Armstrong within reach of Tour de France record

Overtime

Overtime
South Carolina outfielder and second baseman Justin Harris has been accepted into the Pre-Trial intervention Program in Richland County, after being arrested last month.

WUSA announces first All-Star game
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Women's United Soccer Association announced Monday it will hold its inaugural All-Star game Sept. 21 in Portland.

Overtime
Grant Guthrie, a rising senior at Lakeside, has been offered a grant-in-aid to play soccer at the University of South Carolina.

Armstrong within reach of Tour de France record
PARIS -- Five Tour de France titles? Heck, Lance Armstrong wants to keep going until he gets record-breaking No. 6.

Williams sisters head women's U.S. Open field
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Sisters Venus and Serena Williams, finalists at the last two Grand Slam tournaments, head the field for the U.S. Open, set for Aug. 26-Sept. 8 at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

Agassi defies age, competition to keep winning
LOS ANGELES -- When he was 17, Andre Agassi only worried about what he was going to do Friday or Saturday night. No way did he think he'd still be a top tennis player at 32.

Age just a number as Weinke turns 30
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Chris Weinke isn't expecting cake or ice cream or any other big surprises for his 30th birthday.

Falcons stop contract talks as they investigate RB's injuries
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Concerned T.J. Duckett might have been seriously injured in a fight last week, the Atlanta Falcons declared an impasse Monday in contract negotiations with their first-round draft pick.

An unanticipated trip to Canton for Hampton
Dan Hampton knew little about football growing up. And even when he was a dominating defensive lineman at Arkansas, he didn't think much about turning pro.

Walls thankful to be back with Panthers
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Wesley Walls walks with a thick ice pack wrapped around his left knee, evidence of how precious his playing days are. After two major knee injuries, Carolina's veteran tight end knows another one might mark the end of his career.

Gibbs back in the game
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Joe Gibbs stood under a blazing sun Tuesday, watching his first football practice in almost a decade. It quickly became apparent how long he's been away.

All that and a bag of chips?

Shipp: From agriculture to governor, Georgia women are hitting campaign trail
You think the teachers are upset? You believe the flag boys are mad? You've heard the tree-huggers are angry?

Windows bugs hinders upgrades
In baseball, batting .500 is cause for celebration. In installing operating systems, it's a well of woe.

Drought creates toxic hay
BILLINGS, Mont. -- As drought deepens around the country, farmers in Montana hoping to salvage damaged grain fields for hay are being warned to be careful.

U.S. gives robots first combat test
QIQAY, Afghanistan -- Hermes the robot edged its way into the dark cave, its treads spinning over the dust and small rocks until a boulder appeared in its path. No problem. The tiny machine dropped its side arms, lifted onto and over the boulder, and rolled on, its two cameras sending images to an operator waiting outside.

Georgia learns lesson

Richt working to avoid time management blunders
HOOVER, Ala. -- Most Georgia fans have been kind to Mark Richt lately, telling him not to fret about the questionable time management decision against Auburn as a rookie head coach.

Georgia learns lesson
HOOVER, Ala. - The more NFL names Jon Stinchcomb rattled off, the more he wondered how so could go so wrong.

Harris accepted for pre-trial program

Harris accepted for pre-trial program
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina outfielder and second baseman Justin Harris has been accepted into the Pre-Trial intervention Program in Richland County, after being arrested last month.

Question of the week
Q: How much do you know about the stock market and how it affects you economically?

My ride
THE FACTS: Keith Hamilton, 16, a rising junior at North Augusta High School.

Band does poor job of ripping off Tool

My pad
THE FACTS: Kim Rhoden, 17, a rising junior at Midland Valley High School.

Singer defies teen-pop stereotype

Band does poor job of ripping off Tool
If imitation is the highest form of flattery, Tool should be floating somewhere around Cloud 9, because a group of podunk mental delinquents has taken their style and tried to profit from it.

Your style

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

Girl should stay out of friend's situation
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I have a friend who has a boyfriend, and while he's been out of town, she's found another boyfriend. She doesn't think she's doing the first one wrong. She's pulled me into this mess, and now I don't know what to do. Should I help her or tell her that's her problem and leave it alone? - 14-year-old Augusta girl

Girl should stay out of friend's situation

Freshmen often targets of upperclassmen pranks
Consider this your warning: there is no pool on the roof of your high school, no matter what that helpful upperclassman tells you.

Your style
THE FACTS: Nicki Gray, 16, a rising junior at Greenbrier High School.

My ride

Freshmen often targets of upperclassmen pranks

Xtreme calendar

My pad

Question of the week

Xtreme calendar
Bonnie Raitt and Lyle Lovett perform at Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta.

Singer defies teen-pop stereotype
When you're sick of listening to overplayed hits from Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton, get Let's Go, the first release from a talented newcomer, 17-year-old Avril Lavigne.

Windows bugs hinders upgrades

U.S. gives robots first combat test

Drought creates toxic hay