Security tight for Harry Potter book deliveries
LONDON -- Thousands of copies of the new Harry Potter book have been stolen from an industrial estate just days before its international release, police said Tuesday.

Carl Reiner: A life of laughs

Security tight for Harry Potter book deliveries

Carl Reiner: A life of laughs
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Tell Carl Reiner that his new memoir makes a life in show business seem wholly appealing, and he beams.

Citizens Bank buys naming rights for Phillies' new ballpark
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies' new ballpark will be named Citizens Bank Park under a $95 million deal announced Tuesday.

South Carolina tries to "extend their stay" at CWS

CWS fans love Rosenblatt Stadium
OMAHA, Neb. -- Fans at the College World Series may cheer for different teams, but they appear to be united about one thing: They love Rosenblatt Stadium.

CWS fans love Rosenblatt Stadium

Citizens Bank buys naming rights for Phillies' new ballpark

Sosa rejoins Cubs, pleases fans in BP
CINCINNATI -- Sammy Sosa rejoined the Chicago Cubs and put on a fan-pleasing show during batting practice Monday, scattering long drives to all parts of Great American Ball Park.

Sosa rejoins Cubs, pleases fans in BP

Desert Dome provides perch for camera
OMAHA, Neb. -- College World Series viewers are seeing new camera shots of Rosenblatt Stadium, courtesy of the adjacent Henry Doorly Zoo.

South Carolina tries to "extend their stay" at CWS
Walking on the edge at the College World Series has been very comfortable for South Carolina the past two seasons.

Be pet-conscious when vacationing with furry friend

Odds and Ends
LOS ANGELES -- Thousands of people on foot and bicycles giddily took over eight miles of the city's oldest major freeway Sunday in a symbolic snub of Los Angeles' famed car culture.

Homeless used to advertise pizza company
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Instead of going Dumpster-diving for maybe a half-eaten sandwich and some cold fries, Peter Schoeff, a 20-year-old homeless man, was served a slice of hot pizza dripping with cheese.

Odds and Ends
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- Relax, recline - and pray. Some worshippers at Evangelical Free Church didn't have to kneel at Sunday's services. They instead sat back in special seats of their own - rocking armchairs.

Printing errors foil men trying to pass bogus bonds
NEWARK, N.J. -- Two men accused of trying to obtain a line of credit from a brokerage house by presenting obviously fake Federal Reserves notes they said were worth $25 billion pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy.

Phillies end up on top in ninth
PHILADELPHIA - For the Philadelphia Phillies, this was about taking a step forward into the division race.

Smoltz is Braves' saving ace
ATLANTA - In a recent Sports Illustrated article, writer Daniel Habib wrote that "with two near-unhittable pitches, (Los Angeles Dodgers closer Eric) Gagne has fast become baseball's most overpowering finisher."

Ortiz settling influence on Braves rotation

Ortiz settling influence on Braves rotation
ATLANTA -- In a season of unrest for the Atlanta Braves' rotation, Russ Ortiz has been a settling influence.

Smoltz is Braves' saving ace

Phillies end up on top in ninth

Business briefs
SAN FRANCISCO - Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch hires a disproportionately white sales force, puts minorities in less-visible jobs and cultivates a virtually all-white image in its catalogs and elsewhere, a lawsuit charges.

Boeing touts strategy as rival Airbus basks in big jet deal
LE BOURGET, France -- As its European rival basked in a record-setting order for 41 planes, Boeing Co. laid out its vision Monday for retaking the lead in the fiercely competitive aviation industry: the newly christened 7E7 Dreamliner.

Study predicts local job growth
Despite a bleak national outlook for hirings, a survey released Tuesday predicts steady job growth during the coming months for the Augusta-Aiken market.

Retail center to open
Construction is wrapping up for a retail center in the middle of an Augusta urban neighborhood.

Study predicts local job growth

Role of fossil fuels, nuclear power complicate talks on hydrogen's future

Plants' union workers to reconsider contract
Workers at the Hatch and Vogtle nuclear power plants agreed to vote again on the same Southern Nuclear Operating Co. contract proposal they turned down less than two weeks ago. Another rejection likely will lead to the union's first strike in more than two decades.

Business briefs

Sportswear company to grow faster
An expansion project at Augusta Sportswear Inc. is expected to give the clothing company a stronger position in the highly competitive apparel industry.

Role of fossil fuels, nuclear power complicate talks on hydrogen's future
WASHINGTON -- Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham sought to assure Europeans on Monday that the United States would pursue research in developing hydrogen from a wide range of sources, from fossil fuels and nuclear power to renewable energy.

Consumer prices flat in May
WASHINGTON --Consumer prices were flat in May as falling costs for energy products and clothing offset rising prices for medical care and lodging. Industrial production, meanwhile, posted its first increase since February.

59 Boeing workers to receive lay off notices Friday
MACON, Ga. -- Fifty-nine workers at Boeing's plant in Macon will be notified by Friday that they will be laid off in 60 days.

Stocks edge higher on economic reports
NEW YORK -- Wall Street managed slight gains on reports of modest economic improvement Tuesday as investors battled a temptation to cash in profits from Monday's rally.

Role of fossil fuels, nuclear power complicate talks on hydrogen's future

Retail center to open

Boeing touts strategy as rival Airbus basks in big jet deal

Consumer prices flat in May

Business briefs
The grand opening of wireless service provider Nextel Partners will begin at 11:30 a.m. today at 3836 Washington Road, Suite 5, in Martinez. Nextel Partners will donate $6,000 to the Columbia County Fire Department during the ceremony.

Business briefs

Role of fossil fuels, nuclear power complicate talks on hydrogen's future
WASHINGTON -- Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham sought to assure Europeans on Monday that the United States would pursue research in developing hydrogen from a wide range of sources, from fossil fuels and nuclear power to renewable energy.

Plants' union workers to reconsider contract

59 Boeing workers to receive lay off notices Friday

Stocks edge higher on economic reports

Unfair competition
Business is tough enough during these hardscrabble days without having the government compete against you. Government enterprises don't have to pay taxes; private enterprises do. Government can also call on taxpayer subsidies to keep its operations afloat if need be, whereas private companies can't.

Rx plans too costly

On life in Guantanamo
"I was trying to kill myself. I tried four times. ... It is against Islam to commit suicide, but it was very difficult to live there."

On life in Guantanamo

Rx plans too costly
Congress is working feverishly on a prescription drug entitlement for the elderly, and most political observers believe some kind of bipartisan bill will pass, perhaps soon.

Between rock and hard place
Preserving justice sometimes means challenging it. This is why the Augusta Indigent Defense Committee filed a lawsuit against the Augusta Commission.

Club, teens accountable

Club, teens accountable
They call themselves Generation Y, the generation of the millennium and an innovative off-spring of the Baby Boomers and Generation X. The future of the nation rests in their hands, and from their minds will spring complex solutions for our world.

Stillwater shakes up the bar scene
Matt Flynn, co-owner of Stillwater Tap Room on Broad Street, hopes the new venture has the feeling of an old favorite.

Pool offers playful environment
Edgar Reyes practices his pool game at Robbie's Sports Bar and Grill on Washington Road in Augusta. Robbie's offers a laid-back atmosphere which its pool patrons find appealing.

Stocks advance on positive manufacturing survey
NEW YORK -- Wall Street shot higher Monday after a report on New York manufacturing bolstered investors' expectations of a resurgent economy. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 201 points to its best performance in more than two months.

Tokyo shares rise, dollar higher against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose to a six-month high Tuesday on hopes that a U.S. economic upturn could boost Japan's export-dependent economy. The U.S. dollar was higher against the yen.

Stocks advance on positive manufacturing survey

Make time to eat at Casi's Kitchen
If you only have an hour for lunch, you may want to eat at Casi's Kitchen at dinnertime instead.

Small portions

Angelica diners leave satisfied

Make time to eat at Casi's Kitchen

Angelica diners leave satisfied
CONCORD, N.H. - Leslie McEachern's stewardship of Angelica Kitchen, a vegan institution on the New York restaurant scene, is all about satisfaction.

Small portions
When it comes to cheese, it isn't just the Atlantic that separates the American from the French varieties. It's also tradition. In France, cheesemakers have made cheese from raw milk - that is, unpasteurized milk - for centuries. Visit a goat-cheese farm there, and it's very likely that the cheese you purchase was made just a day or two before. The same thing is true in this country; it's just that the 1-day-old cheese will have been made from pasteurized milk. The law here says that no raw-milk cheese may be sold until it is at least 60 days old.

Dining out
Here are reviews of local eatery.

Dining out

GreenJackets on deck
June 20-22: vs. Charleston, S.C. (Devil Rays)

Roy pitches in to help club
Augusta GreenJackets reliever Angus Roy isn't an outfielder, but he played the role of one two weeks ago in Asheville, N.C.

Augusta, Savannah get rained out
SAVANNAH - Tuesday's game between the Augusta GreenJackets and the Savannah Sand Gnats was postponed because of rain, delaying their start of the second half.

Undrafted rookie shares Texas bond with Clemens
Before the pinstripes, the 300 wins and 4,000 strikeouts, Roger Clemens led the Texas Longhorns to victory in the 1983 College World Series.

Nicklaus and Watson to play at Senior Players Championship
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson committed Tuesday to play in the Senior Players Championship next month.

The course, the slump and some much needed perspective

Tilton wins Georgia State Amateur qualifier
Curiosity got the best of Kris Shepherd as he walked toward Zac Tilton at West Lake Country Club's 18th green.

Court denies golf club's appeal of discrimination award
BOSTON -- An appeals court has refused to overturn a $1.9 million verdict issued against the Haverhill Golf & Country Club, which was accused of discriminating against women.

The course, the slump and some much needed perspective
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- By the end of the week, Olympia Fields wasn't the pushover everyone thought it was.

Wie off to shaky start at Women's Public Links
PALM COAST, Fla. -- Michelle Wie, the 13-year-old golf prodigy from Hawaii, shot a 1-over 73 Tuesday and was five shots behind leader Beth Allen after the first round of qualifying at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.

Weir, Furyk lead wide open year

With Tiger out of contention, U.S. Open ratings drop
NEW YORK -- With Tiger Woods out of contention and a relatively suspense-free final round, the overnight ratings for Sunday's telecast of the U.S. Open dropped 40 percent from last year.

Weir, Furyk lead wide open year
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. -- The Masters champion is a southpaw from north of the border. The U.S. Open champion has a loop in his swing that helped him hit the ball straight on a course not far from the Loop in Chicago.

Tilton wins Georgia State Amateur qualifier

Woods more limited in his practice

Woods more limited in his practice
Tiger Woods missed two months while recovering from knee surgery and then won three of his first four tournaments, including a five-day marathon at the Match Play Championship and an 11-stroke victory at Bay Hill.

Roy pitches in to help club

GreenJackets on deck

Undrafted rookie shares Texas bond with Clemens

Augusta, Savannah get rained out

New head coach plans to bring Butler forward

New head coach plans to bring Butler forward
It might have been a passing comment made by Richmond County schools Superintendent Charles Larke before he left Tuesday's news conference, but its meaning was anything but flippant.

Butler selects new coach
Although his team went 4-6 last season and has not been to the postseason since 1988, former Butler coach David Land really thought the Bulldogs would come around next season.

You say potato
Potato salad is synonymous with summer. Though I enjoy my traditional potato salad made with mayonnaise, sour cream and sliced green onions, I'm always looking for an alternative.

You say potato

Be pet-conscious when vacationing with furry friend
Whenever my family gets together and the past is dredged up, someone's sure to recall the time we went on vacation and took my sister's cat.

Man in police custody after girlfriend's stabbing death
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - A Waynesboro woman was stabbed to death this morning, and her live-in boyfriend is in police custody, authorities said.

1 killed, 2 injured in wreck
At least one person was killed and two were injured Wednesday in a late afternoon wreck on Interstate 20 near North Augusta, a spokesman South Carolina Highway Patrol said.

Coliseum Authority rejects management contract
Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority members rejected a proposed contract Wednesday with the company they previously voted to hire to manage the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center complex.

Nursing center vital for the indigent
Regarding the June 11 article "County elder home decried": Wade Jones Jr. of Pepper Hill Nursing Center believes Mattie C. Hall Center should be put out of business because it doesn't pay taxes. Carl Champlin, Aiken, S.C.

Adams should reverse Dooley decision
University of Georgia President Michael Adams is doing the university and the state of Georgia a grave disservice by not renewing Coach Vince Dooley's contract. Elliott C. Mumper, Augusta

Where have city insect sprayers gone?
What happened to those evenings in the backyard, cooking steaks and eating by candlelight? They're gone because of the mosquitoes! Naomi Williams, Augusta

How to address Augusta's needs
With all the things that need addressing in this community, our residents seem to have more interest in the flag, Bruce Almighty and who smells like what than the growth of the area. Rev. Chester Heard, Augusta

A.R. Johnson needs a change
I agree with Retha Baker (June 10, "A.R. Johnson not what it once was"), however I was not too impressed with A.R. Johnson Magnet School from the day that my daughter was enrolled. She was a 2002 graduate. The atmosphere and culture of the school is seriously different than that of John S. Davidson Magnet School of Fine Arts, yet the two schools are supposedly premier places of learning. Deborah Ivey Terry, Augusta

Nursing center vital for the indigent

Creationism as valid as other electives
In response to the June 9 editorial, "Sunday school is for Sunday," creationism is another theory - just as evolution is a theory. There are many variations of this theory, but why should any theory be left out of the discussion, if it is indeed an academic discussion? Carolyn Wheatley, Trenton, S.C.

Prays for return of husband in 878th

Illegal immigrants hurt United States
The United States is no safer today than it was the day before the Sept. 11 attacks two years ago. John T. Petrozello, Martinez, Ga.

McKee cartoon gives a needed dose of laughter
I want to congratulate Rick McKee on the outstanding cartoon he drew in the June 12 Chronicle. I haven't laughed as much since the days Clyde Wells was drawing a bead on the Richmond County Commission. Carl Langley, Aiken, S.C.

Prays for return of husband in 878th
My husband is one of the 500-plus National Guard members of the 878th Engineering Battalion who were recently deployed to an undisclosed region of the Middle East for an uncertain amount of time. The battalion is made up of soldiers from Augusta, Swainsboro and Lyons. For security purposes, I can't be told where they are, nor can I contact my husband in a timely manner. Stephaney Crenshaw, Harlem, Ga.

McKee cartoon gives a needed dose of laughter

Creationism as valid as other electives

Where have city insect sprayers gone?

How to address Augusta's needs

Video watch

Techbits

In the know

'Splurge Day' is good excuse to spend some money

Seniors calendar

Standing ovations

Seniors 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, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.

In the know
Brew fresh coffee and you have a lot of spent grounds left over. Here's an idea to put them to good use and benefit your garden.

Video watch
Heading to the video store this weekend? Here's a preview of some of the extras on new DVD releases:

'Splurge Day' is good excuse to spend some money
Splurge.There's just something about the way the word rolls off your tongue that makes you want to run out and buy something.

Standing ovations
Riverwalk Augusta presents Soulful Saturday from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at the Eighth Street Bulkhead at Riverwalk Augusta. The event features poetry readings by poets from around the region, with musical accompaniment provided by Black and Mild. Tickets cost $5. For more information, call 821-1754.

Techbits
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- For years, computer files compressed with the ubiquitous "Zip" standard have been readable by rival programs, regardless of the software used to make the original archive.

In the know
Baby games such as Peekaboo and This Little Piggy are more than just an introduction to fun; they are the building blocks to teach memory, object permanence and intellectual growth.

Commissioners postpone vote on facility site

Bills would help Reserve, Guard
An area congressman has introduced federal legislation that could reward military reservists and members of the National Guard and their employers.

Serviceman of the day
Army Chief Warrant Officer Charles E. Fishe II of Martinez is today's serviceman of the day.

School recalls worker killed

Mosquito-borne viruses concern horse owners

Senior centers will stay open

YDC change notification found faulty
The Juvenile Justice Department did not notify the appropriate state officials about plans to privatize the Augusta Youth Development Campus as required by state law but will proceed anyway because it contends the situation there is too dire to wait any longer.

Council OKs tax increase

Fugitive concerns relatives

Council OKs tax increase
A divided Aiken County Council passed a 6.7 percent property tax increase Tuesday night to meet next year's budget.

Fugitive dad eludes Aiken authorities

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -At 100, former Sen. Strom Thurmond has become a grandfather for the first time.

Commissioners postpone vote on facility site
After years of talking about the construction of a downtown courts complex, the Augusta Commission said Tuesday a decision on the facility's location should be able to wait a few weeks longer.

Mental health center approves new budget

Incentive plan could help cut air pollution
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Residents in one of the nation's smoggiest regions may get government incentives to trade in their high-polluting old cars and lawn mowers for cleaner, more fuel-efficient models.

Road repair
Traffic creeps around the asphalt machine on Whiskey Road in Aiken. The four-lane highway has undergone extensive work, causing slower traffic. When completed within the next week, the road will be two feet wider on each side and resurfaced to remedy potholes and wear.

Across South Carolina
LAURENS - The death of a 2-year-old girl has led to the arrest of her mother and a 22-year-old man, police officials said.

Husband, wife die when plane crashes

Across South Carolina

Group backs fuel cell research
AIKEN - The push to replace conventional fuel with hydrogen, a process potentially worth billions of dollars and thousands of jobs, gained valuable backing Monday from a scientific group.

Across Georgia
SYLVESTER - A young mother who left her two toddlers home alone has been charged after a weekend house fire killed the children, officials said Monday.

Fights at club could be end of The Industry
Vice officers warned the owner of a popular Augusta teen club Monday that he could be forced to shut down if frequent fighting continues.

News you can use

Rants and Raves
THIS IS TO RESPOND to all who complain about tipping servers in restaurants. My daughter is a server at a restaurant in Augusta. We recently returned from a trip to France. Every restaurant in France includes a 15 percent tip in the check. My daughter thought that was a great idea until we experienced poor service in nearly every restaurant. For those who feel no obligation to tip, you had better consider the method of the French. Fortunately, you nontippers are not the majority.

Truck going wrong way slams into five vehicles

Husband, wife die when plane crashes
Minutes before a small, twin-engine plane crashed in the swamp surrounding Augusta Regional Airport on Monday, killing a local aviator and his wife, Brian Fealko wished his friend Ed Johnson a safe flight.

Man sought in kidnapping

Across the area
CADLEY, Ga. -The pilot of a single-engine plane that ran out of fuel made an emergency landing in a Warren County field Monday morning.

YDC change notification found faulty

New courthouse site studied
A push to build a new judicial center in the 500 block of Reynolds Street ignores a three-year-old study that said the riverfront site would be a poor place for a government structure.

Funding approved for Fort Gordon center

Group backs fuel cell research

Across the area

Senior centers will stay open
Four city senior centers at risk of shutting down early next month will stay open, thanks to $130,000 set aside Tuesday by the Augusta Commission.

Across Georgia

Mental health center approves new budget
Buoyed by some extra state funding to end the year, a once financially strapped Augusta mental health center is looking forward to a better, if leaner, year ahead.

Sludge numbers disputed

Across the area
A Waynesboro, Ga., woman was fatally stabbed in the chest Tuesday, and police filed murder charges against her live-in boyfriend, authorities said.

Incentive plan could help cut air pollution

Rants and Raves
OVERINDULGENCE of children is the greatest form of child abuse in our nation.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Republicans in the Georgia Senate elected Gov. Sonny Perdue's floor leader, Bill Stephens of Canton, as their majority leader Tuesday, rejecting a candidate who was a key player in a failed revolt this year against the governor's tax plan.

Rants and Raves
OVERINDULGENCE of children is the greatest form of child abuse in our nation.

Correction
A news item in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly stated the promotion status of Fort Gordon's commanding general. Brig. Gen. Janet A.E. Hicks is awaiting promotion to major general.

1 killed, 2 injured in wreck

Coliseum job is up for vote
A year after firing its general manager over a botched conference, the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority meets today to vote on filling the management vacancy.

School recalls worker killed
NORTH AUGUSTA - Her mother wonders about Leslie Johnson's last thoughts before that fatal fall.

Truck going wrong way slams into five vehicles
A driver going the wrong way on Belair Road slammed into several vehicles Tuesday, injuring three people and tying up traffic for nearly an hour.

Serviceman of the day

Sludge numbers disputed
Records detailing the amounts of sludge and heavy metals applied to pastures at Boyceland Dairy are incomplete and in some cases inaccurate, according to a former city employee who supervised the program.

Mosquito-borne viruses concern horse owners
AIKEN - The battle against two mosquito-borne viruses, deadly to both humans and horses, is being fought at a feverish pace with the needle and syringe Dr. Sallie Hyman wields every day in the barns of western South Carolina.

News you can use
JUNE 18, 1990 It took Grace Smoak a long time to get a college degree.

Man faces new charge in beating
An Augusta man now faces a murder charge in Friday's golf-club beating of an acquaintance. Police upgraded the charge against Melvin Holmes, 56, of Carrie Street, after reviewing results of an autopsy of Robert Brown, 66.

Fugitive concerns relatives
AIKEN - Family members of fugitive Michael R. Batchelor say that they don't know where he is and that they worry for his safety.

Man in police custody after girlfriend's stabbing death

Man sought in kidnapping
Law officers in Aiken County searched without success Tuesday for a man suspected of abducting at knifepoint a woman he knew and holding her captive in an abandoned house for nearly 24 hours.

Man faces new charge in beating

Across the southeast
TAMPA, Fla. - The death of a 30-year-old woman injured in a Toughman boxing competition she had entered on an impulse sparked a police investigation Tuesday and renewed calls among boxing experts for a ban on such events.

Swamp hinders recovery process
The twin-engine airplane that crashed in the Phinizy Swamp on Monday, killing a local aviator and his wife, was on its way to be repaired, Augusta Regional Airport officials said Tuesday.

Road repair

News you can use
Danford Luke of Wrightsboro Road was in serious condition at a local hospital Thursday with second- and third-degree burns received from an auto accident.

Across South Carolina

Fugitive dad eludes Aiken authorities
AIKEN - Joy Batchelor says she isn't surprised her ex-husband jumped bail on charges related to the July 2002 car crash that killed her three sons.

New courthouse site studied

Sludge was toxic, doctor testifies
A veterinarian who worked with cattle at Boyceland Dairy for 19 years told jurors Monday that the onset of sickness and death in the Burke County herd was nothing short of "catastrophic."

Across the area

Medical association adopts disaster courses
The Medical College of Georgia is becoming known for disaster.

Serviceman of the day

Sudden rainstorm causes flooding, power outages
AIKEN - A torrential rainstorm that swept through Augusta and into Aiken County with little warning left downtown merchants sweeping water from their storefronts and some customers bailing out their soaked cars.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS TO RESPOND to all who complain about tipping servers in restaurants. My daughter is a server at a restaurant in Augusta. We recently returned from a trip to France. Every restaurant in France includes a 15 percent tip in the check. My daughter thought that was a great idea until we experienced poor service in nearly every restaurant. For those who feel no obligation to tip, you had better consider the method of the French. Fortunately, you nontippers are not the majority.

Sludge was toxic, doctor testifies

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Marine Corps Cpl. James R. Aiken of Augusta.

Fights at club could be end of The Industry

Sudden rainstorm causes flooding, power outages

News you can use

Funding approved for Fort Gordon center
A new $4.3 million facility for Fort Gordon cleared a congressional hurdle Tuesday, which may help the base stave off closure, an official said.

At the Movies: 'Alex & Emma'

At the Movies: 'Alex & Emma'
"Alex & Emma" is pretty much what it looks like: "When Harry Met Sally ..." meets "Adaptation," though this harmless, utterly forgettable romantic comedy from director Rob Reiner lacks the wit of the former and the intensity of the latter.

Critical Choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases. See Friday's Applause section for theater listings and movie critic Roger Ebert's reviews of new movies.

Critical Choice

Struggling CART series looking for buyer
INDIANAPOLIS -- The struggling CART series would consider selling the company and has hired an investment banker to consider its options.

Struggling CART series looking for buyer

From Winston to wireless: NASCAR dials new title sponsor

Citgo ending Roush sponsorship at end of season
CONCORD, N.C. -- Roush Racing lost the primary sponsor on Jeff Burton's car Monday when Citgo Petroleum Corp., said it was leaving at the end of the season.

Citgo ending Roush sponsorship at end of season

From Winston to wireless: NASCAR dials new title sponsor
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR is trading cigarettes for cell phones.

Spurs team will be different next year

Spurs team will be different next year
SAN ANTONIO - When the San Antonio Spurs hold their ring ceremony 4 1/2 months from now, they'll bear only a passing resemblance to the championship squad that finished off the Nets in six games.

Falcons notebook

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Injuries force players to abandon Wimbledon

ACC vote not likely Wednesday

Overtime

SCHSL proposes realignment for 2004-06

Serena and Venus in opposite halves; Hewitt could get Roddick in quarters

Hewitt, Serena get No. 1 seeds at Wimbledon

Laporta pressured to deliver Beckham after winning election

Laporta pressured to deliver Beckham after winning election
MADRID, Spain -- He won FC Barcelona's presidential elections on the David Beckham promise. The question now: Can Joan Laporta deliver Beckham?

Serena and Venus in opposite halves; Hewitt could get Roddick in quarters
WIMBLEDON, England -- After an all-Belgian French Open final broke the streak, Wimbledon could be another all-in-the family affair.

SCHSL proposes realignment for 2004-06
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Tommy Bobo, football coach and athletic director at Wren High, had some work to do when he found out Tuesday his school would move up to Class 4A from Class 3A in the proposed South Carolina High School League realignment.

ACC vote not likely Wednesday
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference said it may not vote on adding Miami, Syracuse and Boston College until later this month, further prolonging the league's expansion saga.

Overtime
Augusta's Darryl Reeves took eighth place and earned All-America honors in the long jump for South Carolina State at the Outdoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend.

Injuries force players to abandon Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- Anna Kournikova has pulled out of Wimbledon because of a back injury.

Hewitt, Serena get No. 1 seeds at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- Defending champions Lleyton Hewitt and Serena Williams are seeded No. 1 for Wimbledon.

Falcons notebook
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Rookie Justin Griffith must wait another five weeks for thegreen flag to drop on his bid to beat out George Layne as the Atlanta Falcons' starting fullback.

CBS News woos Private Lynch with corporate synergy
LOS ANGELES -- CBS News did nothing improper in dangling possible book and TV deals while pursuing an interview with rescued soldier Jessica Lynch, a spokeswoman said Monday.

CBS News woos Private Lynch with corporate synergy

Pool offers playful environment

Stillwater shakes up the bar scene

Search committee lists criteria

Georgia-Clemson on ABC TV
CLEMSON, S.C. -- The season-opening football game between Georgia and Clemson at Death Valley on Aug. 30 will be televised by ABC.

Georgia-Clemson on ABC TV

Search committee lists criteria
ATHENS, Ga. - The search committee in charge of finding candidates to be Georgia's next athletic director left its first meeting no closer to finding Vince Dooley's replacement, but it did get an idea of what kind of person to look for, the committee's chairman said.

Desert Dome provides perch for camera

Stanford eliminates Gamecocks
OMAHA, Neb. -- Danny Putnam hit a home run and knocked in five runs as Stanford eliminated South Carolina from the College World Series with a 13-6 victory Tuesday.

Desert Dome provides perch for camera
OMAHA, Neb. -- College World Series viewers are seeing new camera shots of Rosenblatt Stadium, courtesy of the adjacent Henry Doorly Zoo.

South Carolina tries to "extend their stay"

South Carolina tries to "extend their stay"
Walking on the edge at the College World Series has been very comfortable for South Carolina the past two seasons.

Stanford eliminates Gamecocks

Artist's corner

Artist's corner
Cliff McCullough, 19, is a recent graduate of Lakeside High School. Untitled is a freehand pencil-and-ink drawing.

Decrepits stagger to catchy chaos
You've probably never heard of them, let alone any of their songs, but don't let that stop you from getting to know The Decrepits.

Learning by experience

Dumping jailbird is best
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My boyfriend is in jail. I like him but I don't love him. I don't know if I should write him and wait for him while he's in jail, or if I should break up with him. What should I do? - 16-year-old Augusta girl

Decrepits stagger to catchy chaos

4-1-1
Ever wonder what your name means? Check out www.behindthename.com to find out.

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Your style
THE FACTS: Ethan St. Martin, 13, a freshman at Lakeside High School.

4-1-1

Xtreme question of the week
Q: How many times did it take you to pass your driver's license exam?

Dumping jailbird is best

Learning by experience
A Richmond County Sheriff's Office program lets teens play a grown-up game of cops and robbers.

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:

Saturday is big day for Harry Potter fans

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R&B singer Monica's new album, After the Storm, is in stores today.

Audio best

Saturday is big day for Harry Potter fans
Saturday is coming.

Xtreme seeks teen board members
Wanted: 18 responsible teens who want to expand their horizons by working and writing for a real newspaper. Teens who just want to pad college applications need not apply.

Xtreme question of the week

Printing errors foil men trying to pass bogus bonds

Odds and Ends

Homeless used to advertise pizza company