Players likely to set strike date Monday

Baseball players fail to set strike date
CHICAGO -- Baseball players backed off setting a strike date Monday, saying they were hopeful recent progress in bargaining talks could lead to a new agreement by the end of the week.

Baseball players fail to set strike date

Players likely to set strike date Monday
NEW YORK -- All the drama in baseball this season hasn't been confined to the field.

Sick of losing, Sosa homers on

Sick of losing, Sosa homers on
DENVER -- Sammy Sosa has long been the kind of player who transcends loyalties.

Jitterbugs to catfish to camels - postcards have it all

Aquarium platform dumps people into shark tank
NEW ORLEANS -- Ten people on a behind-the-scenes tour at an aquarium plunged into a shark tank after a platform collapsed. No one was seriously injured, officials said.

Odds and ends
SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Don't worry, Toledo. The guinea pigs are on the way.

Braves' bats bash Astros
HOUSTON - The Astros' top-heavy lineup featuring Craig Biggio, Lance Berkman and Jeff Bagwell is accustomed to flaming out against the Braves early in the postseason, where Atlanta aces Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine are extra tough.By pure scheduling luck, the Astros did not have to face either of them over the weekend.

Is Bonds the best of all time?
ATLANTA - Barry Bonds turned 38 last month. This is his 18th year in professional baseball.

Is Bonds the best of all time?

US Airways to operate under bankruptcy protection
ARLINGTON, Va. -- A federal judge gave US Airways approval Monday to continue operations temporarily while it tries to reorganize its finances under bankruptcy protection.

Bear market continues despite rallies

TreasureDirect makes buying securities easy

Investors encouraged to remain in market

Think through your goal before putting it on resume
"GOAL: To gain experience in the field of work."

TreasureDirect makes buying securities easy
I'm concerned about the stock market and thinking of moving some of my money into Treasury securities. How do I go about buying them?

Bear market continues despite rallies
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's recent string of triple-digit rallies and a rare week of solid gains might give some investors hope that the bear market is finally ending.

Investors encouraged to remain in market
NEW YORK - With mutual fund performance going from bad to worse to really dreadful, dutiful investors have a persistent question: What should I do?

US Airways to operate under bankruptcy protection

Business briefs
NEW YORK - ImClone Systems Inc. founder and former chief executive Samuel Waksal pleaded innocent to insider trading and fraud charges, and said outside court that allegations against him should not detract from the potential of the biotech company's widely touted cancer drug, Erbitux, as a breakthrough treatment for cancer.

Business briefs

Tigers work on team unity

Bowden not panicking in fourth season
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden is not the panicky type - not yet anyway.

Tigers work on team unity
CLEMSON, S.C. -- To Clemson cornerback Brian Mance, this season is already off to a great start.

Bowden not panicking in fourth season

Judge considers sending Watson to prison

Rosenblatt: Let's not forget Florida State

Judge considers sending Watson to prison
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A judge says he's angry that Derek Watson has completed just a third of his court-ordered community service and wanted to send South Carolina State's new running back to jail.

Despite the ban on bowls; Alabama remains focused
Dennis Franchione says he likes the attitude and chemistry of his players. It's a well-worn cliche this time of year, when giddy anticipation has yet to be tempered by a loss.

Rosenblatt: Let's not forget Florida State
Bobby Bowden hates losing so much that an 8-4 season is unacceptable. And make no mistake - last year was utter misery for the 72-year-old coach.

The worst nightmare

Responsibility vs. rights

Hatfill of concern

Humiliating Martha

In the know
A pooch trains his owners on Beware of Dog, billed as Animal Planet's first sitcom (what, there might be more?). It all starts when cuddly, calculating Jack schemes his way into the Poole household, where he'll prove to be a precocious member of the family (he even serves as narrator). The cast includes Richard Waugh, Carolyn Dunn, Alex Appel, Gage Knox - with Chip the dog as star of what is clearly a pet project. It premieres tonight at 8 on Animal Planet.

Medical care advances reduce murder rate
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Improvements in emergency care over the past 40 years have helped to dramatically lower the death rate among assault victims by nearly 70 percent and, in the process, decrease the nation's murder rate, according to a new study.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
The play "True West" can lay claim to many distinctions: More beer is swilled by just two characters ... more stolen toasters stack up ... and more histrionics occur in a kitchen than in probably any other play you can name.

Various accessories add color, lights
Danielle Pitts knew she had something in mind when she went to pick out the face plate for her cell phone.

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.

ABC turns to HBO for ideas
NEW YORK -- Television's coldest network is turning to one of its hottest for help.

Fall season may find 'comfort TV' in a new role: 'rescue TV'
NEW YORK -- If you had been strolling on Fourth Avenue in Manhattan one morning last week, you might have come upon "NYPD Blue," visiting from Los Angeles to shoot location scenes.

Bob tops Barney as most popular children's character
CARROLLTON, Texas -- Bob the Builder has stolen Barney's spotlight.

Jackets prepare for full-pad workout
ATLANTA -- After five workouts in shorts and T-shirts, Georgia Tech practices in full pads for the first time Monday, less than three weeks before its season opener against Vanderbilt.

Jackets prepare for full-pad workout

Jackets blow late lead
SALISBURY, Md. - Delmarva's Adam Manley struck out the first time he faced Augusta's Kevin Huang with the game on the line.

Jackets split series with Shorebirds
The Augusta GreenJackets salvaged a split from their four-game series with North Division-leading Delmarva by drubbing the Shorebirds 11-2 Monday night at Salisbury, Md.

Sheehan wins senior tournament

Victory sets up faceoff in finale

American Pena captures Sun Chlorella Classic

Woods wins the Buick Open
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Tiger Woods warmed up for the PGA Championship with a win.

Irish eyes smilin' in the majors
CHASKA, Minn. -- Padraig Harrington walked through a wall of autograph seekers on his way to the practice range Monday at Hazeltine National Golf Club when one exuberant fan shouted, "Awwwright Padraig! You the man, bay-bee!"

Sheehan wins senior tournament
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Patty Sheehan shot a 4-under 68 Sunday to win the Women's Senior Golf Tour's Great Lakes Classic by two strokes.

Lawrie runs away to victory in Wales Open

Dawson wins LaSalle Bank Open
LONG GROVE, Ill. -- Marco Dawson fired a final-round 69 to win the Buy.com Tour's LaSalle Bank Open at the Kemper Lakes Golf Course.

Woods wins the Buick Open

Webb makes history with victory in Women's British Open
TURNBERRY, Scotland -- Karrie Webb overcame a three-shot deficit with a 6-under 66 Sunday to win a record third Women's British Open and complete the LPGA's Super Slam.

Dawson wins LaSalle Bank Open

American Pena captures Sun Chlorella Classic
TOKYO -- American Christian Pena birdied the first hole of a playoff Sunday to win the Sun Chlorella Classic, his first victory on the Japanese tour.

Irish eyes smilin' in the majors

Lawrie runs away to victory in Wales Open
NEWPORT, Wales -- Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie scored a comfortable five-stroke victory in the Wales Open at Celtic Manor Sunday, a year after he lost in a three-man playoff.

Victory sets up faceoff in finale
GRANITEVILLE - In a month's time, Chip Whitaker has gone from a rank-and-file Regions Cup golfer to a serious contender for player of the year honors.

Jackets blow late lead

Jackets split series with Shorebirds

Jitterbugs to catfish to camels - postcards have it all
The murals in restaurants are on par with the food in museums.

Police identify rape suspect
North Augusta police are hunting for an intruder who forced his way into an apartment at Georgetown Villas late Monday, tied up five people and raped an 18-year-old woman who was visiting.

Woman sentenced to 40 years for shooting deputy
APPLING - The woman who pleaded guilty to shooting a Columbia County Deputy was sentenced this morning. Tamika Bum

Wisdom in water reclamation

Harold Jones, man with the plan

When Jones speaks, everyone should listen

Young ducks taking responsibility

Two strikes, she's almost out

'Hymn' whiners

Cross will stand strong

Drinkers contribute to carnage

Jefferson, the Constitution refute letter writer's 'Big Lie'

Hodges hot-dogging for re-election

Gracewood mission, patients deserve proper financing

Georgia must pay a living wage

DeLoach takes an interest in people

Kingery dedicated to service

Various accessories add color, lights

Bob tops Barney as most popular children's character

Medical care advances reduce murder rate

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Fall season may find 'comfort TV' in a new role: 'rescue TV'

ABC turns to HBO for ideas

In the know

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia

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

Across the area

Classes assist sailors' return
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Even after 20-plus years in the service and a handful of deployments, retired Navy Chief Richard Turner just couldn't get it right.

Across Georgia

Across the southeast

Group sees job vacancy as a hazard

Embezzler enters guilty plea
A former bank officer pleaded guilty Monday to embezzlement charges lodged after it was discovered she took more than $200,000 from customers' investment accounts.

Embezzler enters guilty plea

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

Pupils fill fort's new school

Across the area
An Augusta man told police two men cut in front of his car on Peach Orchard Road on Sunday and pointed a gun at him.

Subscriber of the day

Traffic, growth will get review
Traffic and future commercial growth will be discussed in a study session before Aiken City Council's meeting tonight.

Voters examine new machines

Reverend urges local blacks to vote

Police release names of 58 in drug bust

Freshman gets off to smooth start
Casey Jones knew she wouldn't hug her mom. Not in the school parking lot.

Changed lives give purpose to couple

Costs rise for Augusta's indigent defense
The cost of defending the poor will escalate in Augusta courts, beginning today.

Police identify rape suspect

News you can use

Across the southeast

Changed lives give purpose to couple
It is the child they found abandoned in the garbage dump outside Manila who found a new life in an orphanage. It is the 14-year-old in Myanmar who not only recovered from pneumonia but also found a new inspiration for her life.

Freshman gets off to smooth start

Across Georgia
DORAVILLE -A teenager lost control of his car, ran into a tree and died early Sunday morning - the second teen traffic fatality of the weekend.

Allgoods, pilot's family file suits

Lesser-known candidate keeps focus on the issues

Arrest delays blaze battle
Firefighters from the Aiken Department of Public Safety were met with the unusual Monday night.

City debates coliseum control
Several Augusta commissioners are pushing for city management of the civic center and Bell Auditorium, calling current leadership of the city-owned facilities "beyond dysfunctional."

Traffic study verifies concerns
An independent traffic consultant confirmed Monday night what Aiken city leaders likely had expected: There are a lot of vehicles driving on the city's roads.

Ex-Democrat speaks out for government 'by the people'

Voters examine new machines
Soon voting will be as simple as the touch of a finger.

Around town

News you can use
AUG. 13, 1969 A Fort Gordon noncommissioned officer was charged by the Army with two counts of involuntary manslaughter Monday in connection with the deaths of two army privates and the injury of 14 others. The deaths and injuries occurred when a car rammed into a platoon of basic trainees Saturday night, fort officials said.

Around town

Schools chief says 'clear difference' is called for

Pupils fill fort's new school
Crouching at a table Monday, Becky Allen kissed her son Adam goodbye on his first day of school at Freedom Park Elementary School.

Group sees job vacancy as a hazard
It's a vacant city position that Priscilla Bence argues has become an obstacle to safer roads in Augusta.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is George Meals of Augusta.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -State budget cuts are to blame for the more than 60 inmates judged incompetent to stand trial but left in county jails, Mental Health Department officials say.

Police release names of 58 in drug bust
Narcotics investigators released the names Monday of 58 people who were arrested in a seven-month undercover sting.

Across the area
A North Augusta man who bragged about his lottery winnings was robbed of $2,000 on Sunday, authorities said.

Allgoods, pilot's family file suits
Family members of Thomas and Thelma Allgood and pilot Stephen Patterson, who were killed in a plane crash two years ago, have filed lawsuits.

Subscriber of the day

Gas station shooting kills man

Lesser-known candidate keeps focus on the issues
MACON, Ga. - The way Bill Byrne sees it, the three-way Republican primary for governor is pretty easy to figure out.

News you can use
AUG. 12, 1967 Delta Airlines will open a regional reservation center in the new Georgia Railroad Bank Building within the next year.

Costs rise for Augusta's indigent defense

Reverend urges local blacks to vote
The churches were crowded, and the Rev. Joseph Lowry hoped everyone took his message to heart.

Schools chief says 'clear difference' is called for
ROME, Ga. - It's a winner of a political sound bite - one that Linda Schrenko breaks out every time she gets a chance.

Mom's memory inspired win
Judith Pannell knows her mother would be pleased.

Across the southeast
ORLANDO, Fla. - A gasoline tank truck overturned Sunday and struck a retaining wall on an overpass, bursting into flames and hurling chunks of concrete into the path of traffic below, the Highway Patrol said. Two people were killed and five were injured.

Across South Carolina

Gas station shooting kills man
An Augusta man recently paroled from prison was gunned down in front of customers at an Augusta convenience store early Sunday, a killing the victim's father says was revenge for his son's testimony in a 2000 murder trial.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG -The Spartanburg Water System soon might begin mandatory water restrictions unless customers cut back on their own, says the system's general manager, Graham Rich.

Church gets pupils, teachers ready for school
When it comes to asking for God's blessing, nothing seems off limits at a Columbia County church.

Across the southeast
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -Forty-five years after President Eisenhower was forced to dispatch federal troops to integrate Little Rock's Central High School in a historic 1957 racial confrontation, the school district is still fighting to end its federal court oversight.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is William Presson of Aiken.

Across the area

City debates coliseum control

News you can use

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Wallace Fugate, sentenced to death for killing his wife 11 years ago, was denied clemency Monday.

Ex-Democrat speaks out for government 'by the people'
ROSWELL, Ga. - It's a few minutes before the Roswell Rotary Club will ring its bell and get down to business, and former state Sen. Sonny Perdue is in his element.

Giaffone holds off Hornish to win first IRL race

Priestley expected to fully recover

Jason Priestley's spine fractured in race car crash; actor said to be improving Monday
SPARTA, Ky. -- Actor Jason Priestley was becoming more alert and should recover fully from a concussion, broken back and other injuries sustained when his race car crashed into a wall at 180 mph, doctors said Monday.

$20.5 million award to promoter whose track plan fizzled

Stewart survives restart to get win

Stewart drives to victory at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Tony Stewart took his aggression to the track and rolled to victory Sunday at Watkins Glen International.

Stewart drives to victory at Watkins Glen

Giaffone holds off Hornish to win first IRL race
SPARTA, Ky. -- Felipe Giaffone narrowly beat fast-closing Sam Hornish Jr. in the Belterra Casino Indy 300 on Sunday for his first victory in the Indy Racing League.

$20.5 million award to promoter whose track plan fizzled
MIAMI -- Auto racing promoter Ralph Sanchez has been awarded a $20.5 million judgment against the Aruban government for scuttling his plans to develop a Formula One track on the Dutch Caribbean island.

Priestley expected to fully recover
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Actor Jason Priestley faces weeks of healing and rehabilitation but is expected to fully recover from head and spinal injuries sustained in a high-speed crash during practice for an auto race.

Stewart survives restart to get win
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - The worst part for Tony Stewart was the wait.

Jason Priestley's spine fractured in race car crash; actor said to be improving Monday

Big Dog introduced as newest Atlanta Hawk

Big Dog introduced as newest Atlanta Hawk
ATLANTA -- Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson leaves a team that fell below expectations and missed the playoffs and could have made the NBA Finals in 2001 if he hadn't missed a jump shot.

Rookie Foster earns more playing time after solid NFL debut

Redesigned football helmets tackle concussions, comfort

Second season crucial for Bell

Sting stay in hunt

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SAVANNAH, Ga. - Congestive heart failure did what three wars, a POW camp and two cancers couldn't do to retired Marine Lt. Gen. John McLaughlin.

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Mr. James Chandler (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Hollis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. George Wallace (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

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Young ducks taking responsibility
Regarding Joe Nirenberg's Aug. 5 letter, "Young does OK with what he works with," in support of Augusta Mayor Bob Young: Brad Owens, Augusta

Humiliating Martha
There's no better example of government abusing its power than the way the U.S. House is investigating - or perhaps more accurately, persecuting - Martha Stewart.

Gracewood mission, patients deserve proper financing
I was disappointed to read your editorial on July 24 ("Gracewood woes"), concerning Gracewood State Hospital. I don't take issue with publicizing the lapses in quality of care found by federal inspectors. Such inspections are necessary to safeguard our most vulnerable citizens. William S. Robson, Martinez, Ga.

The worst nightmare
Although most rapes are committed by someone the victim knows - a friend, acquaintance or even a family member - the scariest assault, the kind that strikes deep fear into a community, is the one where a stranger attacks, seemingly out of nowhere.

Responsibility vs. rights
Reproductive rights are in the news again - and not just in an Ellen Goodman column. And, as is usually the case with this issue, nobody wins.

'Hymn' whiners
Perhaps these people complaining about the Battle Hymn of the Republic are frustrated Georgia Tech fans. Ron Mathis, Martinez, Ga,

Drinkers contribute to carnage
When will the carnage end? You may think I am talking about terrorism or gun violence or road rage or child molestation. No, none of the above. I am talking about the carnage caused by drinking liquor. The Rev. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Harold Jones, man with the plan
The new 97th Georgia House District will need a leader, a person with a plan and vision for the district, as well as for Augusta-Richmond County. We need an individual with proven qualifications, experience and leadership. Bill Jones, Augusta

Hatfill of concern
You want to believe what your government says. You want to think government officials have things well in hand. You hope federal law enforcement agents know what they're doing. You hope against hope they will bend over backward not to hurt one of us with reckless accusations.

Kingery dedicated to service
It's about time Columbia County exerts greater leadership in regional economic development. Andrew Kingery, former bank vice president and past chairman of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, is the only qualified candidate for chairman of the Columbia County Commission. Dennis M. Moore, Evans, Ga.

Cross will stand strong
The people of Columbia County have the privilege to elect our own chairman of the commissioners in the election on Aug. 20. Ron Cross, who has lived in Columbia County for some 30-plus years, is a candidate running for that position. James D. Metts, Evans, Ga.

When Jones speaks, everyone should listen
It is very refreshing to see young black men from our community in leadership positions and running for office. I am referring to attorney Harold Jones II. He has a quiet demeanor but when he speaks, everyone listens. J. McGrady, Augusta

Jefferson, the Constitution refute letter writer's 'Big Lie'
So, Andy Windham (July 15 letter, "ACLU 'Communists' use 'Big Lie' to subvert freedom") thinks the "Big Lie" is that "separation of church and state" provides all residents here with freedom of religion, thereby not having someone else's religious beliefs shoved down our throats. Richard Amundson, Augusta

Wisdom in water reclamation
Every couple of years water conservation makes the front page of The Chronicle. This time the drought extends its reach to the upper Savannah River, and Atlanta threatens to divert some huge amount for its use. John Culbert, Williston, S.C.

Georgia must pay a living wage
It was with shame and embarrassment that I read the July 25 Augusta Chronicle article about the legislative committee chairwoman of the Society for Human Resource Management. She advocated Georgia legislation for employers to pay less than a living wage ("Activist warns against laws that cost employers more," Page 10A). Toby Tomasi, Augusta

DeLoach takes an interest in people
I appreciate state Rep. George DeLoach, R-Hephzibah, for his continued support for the developmentally disadvantaged and the committees he serves. Maurice Alligood, Augusta

Two strikes, she's almost out
Your July 26 editorial, "New shelter woes," regarding conditions at Richmond County Animal Control, reminded me of having heard Dr. Bonnie Bragdon on Austin Rhodes' show and the harsh tone that came across in discussing the animals kept in the shelter. Holley Renno, Augusta

Hodges hot-dogging for re-election
Having been an Aiken community member for more than 10 years, I've seen quite a bit of political bantering and posturing regarding Savannah River Site, but this South Carolina governor takes the cake. Ben Lacy, Aiken, S.C.

Record set at PPA championship

Overtime

Davenport sees herself as potential U.S. Open spoiler

Overtime

U.S. gymnastics on the rise again

Davenport sees herself as potential U.S. Open spoiler
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- Lindsay Davenport's fears about coming back from knee surgery and not being good enough to be successful are over.

U.S. gymnastics on the rise again
CLEVELAND -- Humiliated by their resounding defeats, the American gymnasts couldn't leave the Sydney Olympics fast enough.

Overtime
Two Greater Augusta Swimming club members will compete in this week's USA Swimming National Championships in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Joel Johnson of North Augusta will compete in the 100-meter backstroke on Tuesday and Augusta's Cissy Schepens begins qualifying in the 200 breaststroke on Thursday. Johnson is competing in his first national championships; it's the third for Schepens.

Record set at PPA championship
Cliff Matthews kicked the air on the 12th hole of the final round, motioning for his ball to drop into the hole.

Overtime
The Georgia Bulldogs practiced in full pads Monday for the first time during their preseason drills. After the afternoon session, the team worked out in shorts and shoulder pads.

Redesigned football helmets tackle concussions, comfort
CHICAGO -- The NFL's top football helmet manufacturer is looking to turn more heads, especially on campuses around the country, with a new model it claims could reduce the risk of concussions.

Rookie Foster earns more playing time after solid NFL debut
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Rookie running back DeShaun Foster has earned some playing time with the first team following his performance in Saturday night's preseason opener against the Washington Redskins.

Falcons sign veteran linebacker Sam Rogers
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed eight-year veteran Sam Rogers on Monday after a rash of injuries at linebacker.

Second season crucial for Bell
LATROBE, Pa. - With Hall of Famers Mean Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Jack Lambert and Mel Blount as alumni, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a rich defensive tradition, and Kendrell Bell already fits in.

Doubt cast on al Qaeda's cyber skills
Are we in danger of an al Qaeda cyber attack?

Gizmos that handle compression
When was the last time you thought about how software you download from the Internet is decompressed? Most folks would probably say "never," but the true computer addict not only wants to know how it's being done, but what options he has when doing it.

Aspirin might reduce pancreatic cancer
WASHINGTON -- Yet another potential benefit from taking aspirin may have been found - a reduction in pancreatic cancer.

Miracle keep playoff hopes alive
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Nykesha Sales scored 19 points to help the Orlando Miracle keep their playoff hopes alive with a 71-58 win over the Detroit Shock on Sunday.

Sting stay in hunt
NEW YORK-- Allison Feaster scored 18 points as the Charlotte Sting beat the New York Liberty 71-58 Sunday to stay in the hunt for the Eastern Conference's second playoff spot.

My pad
THE FACTS: Whitney Shepherd, 15, a sophomore at Evans High School

Teen Board members say goodbye
First there were 20. Then there were 15. Then seven, and finally only four remain.

Friend asks teen to make choice
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My best friend is a guy, and he wants me to choose between him and my boyfriend. I really don't care about my boyfriend, and I really care about this guy. I never get to talk to my friend. Sometimes we go out together, but it's not a lot. Should I choose him over my boyfriend? I need some help - 17-year-old Graniteville girl

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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:

On the ropes

Your style
THE FACTS: Jawelle Roberson, 16, a senior at the Academy of Richmond County.

Question of the week

Question of the week
Q: How much do you know about the war in the Middle East?

Friend asks teen to make choice

On the ropes
Aiken teen William Knight isn't a little kid anymore. At 16, he's given up the tiny action figures and mini video games. And he's given up watching wrestling, too.

Teen Board members say goodbye

Audio best

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Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD: Showtime, starring Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro as two very different policemen who partner up for a reality-based cops show; Clockstoppers, starring Jesse Bradford as a teen who discovers a wristwatch that can stop time; and the critically acclaimed In the Bedroom, starring Oscar-winning actresses Marisa Tomei and Sissy Spacek as a mother and girlfriend dealing with the death of the son they both loved.

Ashanti CD lacks originality
Known as Murder Inc.'s Princess of Hip-Hop and R&B, Ashanti Douglas is no stranger to the R&B scene. After placing her vocals on Ja Rule's Always on Time and Fat Joe's What's Luv, her self-titled debut album shows that she can shine on her own.

My ride
THE FACTS: Mandy Moats, 16, a junior at Harlem High School.

Odds and ends

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Gizmos that handle compression

Doubt cast on al Qaeda's cyber skills