Artist herds her bovine creation to charity event

Discounted tickets could fill seats
As the orchestra wraps up the overture, a hush falls over the cast and crew. The stage is set for the first act, and all performers are in their assigned spots. The backstage work lights are extinguished and in a blaze of light, the curtain rises to ...

Harry Potter author sues newspaper over preview
NEW YORK -- The author of the Harry Potter book series slapped the Daily News with a $100 million lawsuit after the newspaper published tidbits about the fifth novel four days before its official release.

Discounted tickets could fill seats

Poetry event is in search of Southern talent
You can't get more soulful than a moonlit night filled with poetry.

Harry Potter author sues newspaper over preview

Artist herds her bovine creation to charity event
Sometimes, late at night, when the lights of Broad Street shine in through her living room window, Augusta artist Jordan Mastrodonato has been known to talk to her cow.

Canseco arrested on probation violation
DAVIE, Fla. -- Jose Canseco was arrested at his home Friday after testing positive for steroids, a violation of his probation stemming from a nightclub brawl.

Canseco arrested on probation violation

Reds beat Cubs
CINCINNATI -- Paul Wilson held Sammy Sosa to a harmless single in seven strong innings, then was bloodied and ejected during Cincinnati's second brawl in a week as the Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Thursday.

Reds beat Cubs

Stanford advances to finals
OMAHA, Neb. - Danny Putnam hit a two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning to send Stanford into the College World Series championship round with a 7-5 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Thursday night.

Postcard celebrates work of church carpenters

Odds and Ends
NORMANDY PARK, Wash. -- It was a very short trip to paradise for one 13-year-old boy: He flew from Washington to Hawaii and back in less than a day.

Boy killed by alligator in Dead River
TAVARES, Fla. -- A 12-year-old boy swimming in the Dead River was dragged under and killed by a 10-foot alligator minutes after two friends spotted the reptiles in the water and screamed at him to get out.

Killer whose lawyer slept in court pleads guilty
HOUSTON -- A convicted killer who won a new trial because his lawyer slept through parts of his case pleaded guilty to murder Thursday in a deal that spared him from a possible death sentence.

Bible bobbleheads: business aims to turn Noah, Moses into collectibles
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Dan Foote wants to make biblical figures as popular as professional athletes.

Odds and Ends
MOOSIC, Pa. -- This borough is sheepish when it comes to whacking weeds.

Climber survives lightning strike, dies in second hit an hour later
CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A college student survived a lightning strike while mountain climbing, but was killed in a second strike about an hour later as he and his girlfriend waited out the storm, authorities said.

Orioles fall under spell of Maddux
ATLANTA - On the same night that Harry Potter reappeared, Greg Maddux created some magic of his own, making pages fly off the calendar in evoking images of his glory years.

Orioles fall under spell of Maddux

Sheffield stays focused on season

Lopez has All-Star numbers
PHILADELPHIA - There was a time when people said Atlanta catcher Javy Lopez would be a perennial All-Star.

Orioles fall under Maddux' spell
ATLANTA - On the same night that Harry Potter reappeared, Greg Maddux created some magic of his own, making pages fly off the calendar in evoking images of his glory years.

Lopez has All-Star numbers

Orioles fall under Maddux' spell

Phillies hold off Braves' late rally

Sheffield stays focused on season
ATLANTA - Check out the National League's hitting leaders and Atlanta's Gary Sheffield is prominent among the three most significant categories - batting average, home runs and RBI.

Phillies hold off Braves' late rally
PHILADELPHIA - This is how bad it has become for the Atlanta Braves.

Stores cash in on Harry
NEW YORK - As the latest Harry Potter tale reaches store shelves, retailers hope to sell more than just books. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will offer Harry Potter cakes and is increasing its selection of toys and DVDs. Toys "R" Us has created Harry Potter boutiques within its stores.

Mortgage foreclosures reach record high
WASHINGTON -- The percentage of mortgages in the foreclosure process climbed to another record high in the first three months of 2003 as some homeowners had trouble making ends meet amid economic hard times.

Mortgage foreclosures reach record high

Roll back of eased media ownership rules approved by Senate committee
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Commerce Committee voted Thursday to overturn parts of a Federal Communications Commission decision freeing media companies from decades-old ownership limits and allowing them to buy more outlets and merge in new ways.

Roll back of eased media ownership rules approved by Senate committee

Augusta will get business hall of fame

New jobs may be coming
Two months after visiting executives toured the area during Masters Week, business leaders say they have solid leads from companies looking to add new facilities and jobs to the area.

McDonald's curbing antibiotic use in meat

New owners set plan to reopen water park
Area children wilting in the summer sun will soon have more than 400,000 gallons of water to play in when a Columbia County water park reopens next week.

Current account deficit swells to record $136.1 billion
WASHINGTON -- The deficit in the broadest measure of trade swelled to a record $136.1 billion in the first three months of 2003 as war tensions stoked the prices of imported crude oil and other petroleum products.

U.S. biotech industry pushes hard on international stage
SAN FRANCISCO -- International discord over genetically modified crops is more pronounced than ever as thousands of biotech executives and government officials, including President Bush, gather at pro-biotechnology conferences on both U.S. coasts.

Stores cash in on Harry

New leader reaches out to members, businesses
Gordon Renshaw doesn't want to be presumptuous. So, after only a couple of days at the helm of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, he said he really doesn't have any long-term goals.

New jobs may be coming

Business briefs
NEW YORK -- Home decorating queen Martha Stewart will go on trial in January to face charges that she lied to investigators and investors about a questionably timed 2001 stock sale.

New leader reaches out to members, businesses

McDonald's curbing antibiotic use in meat
CHICAGO -- Responding to rising concerns about the heavy use of antibiotics to develop livestock, McDonald's Corp. is placing some restrictions on its suppliers that advocacy groups say could help curb worldwide use of the drugs.

U.S. biotech industry pushes hard on international stage

Augusta will get business hall of fame
A nonprofit organization is creating a "hall of fame" to honor Augusta's business titans throughout the years.

Current account deficit swells to record $136.1 billion

New owners set plan to reopen water park

Purnell to get $100,000 for ACC, NCAA titles

Purnell to get $100,000 for ACC, NCAA titles
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Oliver Purnell will get as big a bonus for winning the Atlantic Coast Conference title as for winning the NCAA championship.

Hokies face tough decision on ACC

Hokies face tough decision on ACC
RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Tech's sudden re-entry in the Atlantic Coast Conference expansion picture created quite a stir on campus Thursday, and could put the Hokies in the position of facing a difficult decision.

Changing landscape, not economics, drive ACC expansion

Changing landscape, not economics, drive ACC expansion
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference has been characterized in a lawsuit filed by a rival league as a corporate raider willing to stop at no economic cost to achieve expansion.

Meltdown
You can't say the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority isn't doing its share of managing the civic center.

Meltdown

Fort gains momentum
When pondering what needs to be done to keep Fort Gordon off the base closure list in two years, one often thinks in terms of the base's connection to the community and vice versa.

Hydrogen dreams

Problems coming home
As our troops scatter across the deserts of Iraq, attempting to exterminate the villains of injustice and violence, all is not quiet on the home front.

Hydrogen dreams
President Bush sought to make developing clean-burning hydrogen fuel cells to power cars a high priority in his State of the Union address last January. Since then, the plan, calling for spending $1.2 billion in federal money on hydrogen fuel research over five years, ran into criticism for being too expensive and too far off in the future to be a credible alternative to conventional fuel.

Fort gains momentum

Problems coming home

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

Applause calendar
ASHANTI, MR. CHEEKS: 8 p.m. June 27, Barton Field, Fort Gordon; gates open 7 p.m.; must have photo ID; $20 advance, $25 at gate; 793-8552 or fortgordon.com.

Trenton's festival has more than peaches
If it can be made from peaches, you'll probably find it Saturday at the Ridge Peach Festival in Trenton, S.C.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of concerts in the area.

Bookstores plan for Harry Potter rush
It has been three years since Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire hit bookstores nationwide.

Standing ovations
The Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St., will be turned into a vintage-car parking lot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday when the Model A Ford Club of America holds its Southeastern divisional meeting. More than 85 of Henry Ford's manufactured marvels are expected to be on display. For more information, call 722-8454.

Create a birdbath
So your kids are getting a little restless this summer. Here's a fun and easy birdbath project that will keep them busy for awhile and give you a new addition for your garden.

From the editor
Funny how it's always the same people doing things - those are the people others turn to because they know they can count on them.

Canoeing Adventure
Chuck Woody and Chris McElhaney canoe at Lake Thurmond's Camp Lakeside run by the Family Y.

Send us your picks
Compare a "before-I-had-kids" checkbook register to one today. Or look back at your date book before the little ones arrived. It's hard to believe either could have been written by the same person. Kids change everything about the way we spend money and the things we do.

Ready, Set, Go
Lauren Green checks her shoes as she prepares to walk the track at Warren Park.

Hula Girl
Callie Younginer, 6, dances by her family pool in Evans.

What to do
A lising of family friendly events in the area.

The Sweet Sound of Summer Vacation
"Mommy, Maddy, gave me a monster wedgie!" Ah, yet another of my sweet wake-up calls as summer vacation rolls into its second month.

Small appliance cooking
BODY:One month into summer, and you've probably heard "I'm bored" more times than you'd like to admit. While students look forward to having the summer off, it seems there's never enough to do to stave off boredom.

Summer safety
Children who wear safety helmets while riding their bicycles are moving in the right direction, but for the helmets to be the most effective, they also need to fit properly.

Swingin' Good Time
Benjamin Greever, 31/2, enjoys swinging at Savannah Rapids Pavilion Park.

Extras
Comfort is a key factor in choosing any pair of shoes but there are specific comfort factors that can also affect foot development when choosing shoes for children.

Estate taxes repeal bill faces uphill battle in Senate

Earnings season likely to determine fate of market rally

Mortgage rates remain at record low levels
WASHINGTON --Rates on 30-year mortgages remained at record low levels this week, welcome news to the housing market, one of the economy's few sources of power.

Investors take profits for second day

Investors take profits for second day
NEW YORK -- Worried that Wall Street might have gotten ahead of itself, investors adopted a cautious strategy Thursday, cashing in more profits from the market's recent rallies and giving the market's major indexes their biggest losses in a month.

Stocks mixed on quadruple-witching Friday
NEW YORK -- Blue chips bounced back from a two-day sell-off Friday, rising higher amid investors' strengthening confidence in the economy and their anticipation of another interest rate cut next week. But technology shares, the biggest gainers in Wall Street's recent rally, succumbed to profit taking.

Estate taxes repeal bill faces uphill battle in Senate
WASHINGTON -- The House passed legislation that would permanently abolish estate taxes, but the bill faces long odds against winning support in the Senate.

Earnings season likely to determine fate of market rally
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's three-month rally lost a little momentum this past week as investors began to focus on upcoming second-quarter earnings reports. Many wondered whether the numbers would be able to reinforce their notion that a solid economic recovery is under way.

Panel passes bill giving deal on medical savings
WASHINGTON - A House committee advanced a Republican bill on Thursday that would allow individuals to sock away $2,000 a year tax-free in health savings accounts.

When Greenspan speaks, markets don't always listen
WASHINGTON -- When Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan speaks, markets listen - unless he's talking about the stock market.

House votes to extend April 15 deadline for electronic tax filers
WASHINGTON -- Millions of people who file their taxes electronically would get an extra 15 days under a House bill that accountants and tax preparers say could create confusion over the traditional April 15 deadline.

When Greenspan speaks, markets don't always listen

Stocks mixed on quadruple-witching Friday

Mortgage rates remain at record low levels

Investors take profits for second day
NEW YORK -- Worried that Wall Street might have gotten ahead of itself, investors adopted a cautious strategy Thursday, cashing in more profits from the market's recent rallies. Stocks incurred sharp losses despite two encouraging reports, one showing a drop in jobless claims and the other forecasting stronger-than-expected prospects for the economy.

Anglers find largemouth fishing tough

Anglers find largemouth fishing tough
Fishermen who prefer to use live herring for bait are doing well on their quests for striped bass and hybrids, but largemouth bass fishermen using artificial lures are finding it mostly t-o-u-g-h.

Fisherman's calendar
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Fisherman's calendar

Seed sowing is an art
What a thrill it is to watch sprouts of newly planted seeds poke up through the soil. But what a disappointment when, instead of an orderly row of well-spaced seedlings, only a few come up here and there down the row.

Take care of plants before vacation
It's summer and it's time for vacation. You probably make arrangements to have a neighbor or friend look after your house, pick up the newspaper and mail, turn the lights on and off and feed your pets. But what about the garden, lawn and house plants? They need attention, too.

Flowers in garden honor those who gave them
A rose by any other name would have to be in Annette Bridge's garden.

Flowers in garden honor those who gave them

GreenJackets On-Deck
Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs (Devil Rays) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox) WHERE: Lake Olmstead Stadium

Augusta loses twice
SAVANNAH - The Augusta GreenJackets finally opened the second-half of the South Atlantic League season Thursday, and it wasn't worth the wait.

Huang latest to serve suspension
Augusta GreenJackets pitcher Kevin Huang started serving his three-game suspension Friday for his role in the June 5 brawl on the road against the Asheville (N.C.) Tourists.

Jackets fight but fall short
It was a great at-bat for Hanley Ramirez, as the Augusta GreenJackets shortstop fouled off three straight pitches from Charleston RiverDogs reliever Carlos Hines with two strikes, two outs and two men on in the eighth inning.

Teske takes lead in Rochester
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Rachel Teske, who beat Annika Sorenstam in a playoff last weekend, shot a 4-under 68 Friday and took a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the Rochester LPGA.

Tiger still chasing Furyk; Baird shoots 63

Tiger still trying to put it all together
HARRISON, N.Y. -- Tiger Woods needed two days and 36 holes to put together one solid round on the soggy Westchester Country Club course.

Barrett takes one-stroke lead in Rochester LPGA

Everyone should be in a slump like Tiger Woods
HARRISON, N.Y. -- Tiger Woods smiled at the suggestion he's in a slump.

Everyone should be in a slump like Tiger Woods

Gane take 17 strokes on one hole at Diageo Championship
GLENEAGLES, Scotland -- Chris Gane of England hacked his way through heavy rough and took a 17 on the 18th hole Friday at the Diageo Championship, the second-highest single-hole score in European tour history.

Teske takes lead in Rochester

Gane take 17 strokes on one hole at Diageo Championship

Tiger still chasing Furyk; Baird shoots 63
HARRISON, N.Y. -- Tiger Woods is still chasing Jim Furyk.

Tiger still trying to put it all together

Barrett takes one-stroke lead in Rochester LPGA
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Tina Barrett, whose only tour victory came in her rookie year in 1989, birdied the last three holes Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Rochester LPGA.

Jackets fight but fall short

GreenJackets On-Deck

Augusta loses twice

Huang latest to serve suspension

Glenn Hills trio steps up for area team in opener

Postcard celebrates work of church carpenters
Some people do more than see the sights when they travel. Sometimes they make a difference for someone else.

Right of return should also pertain to the world's Jews

Cycling event participation appreciated

Only bigots say illegal aliens harm

Extends sympathies to victims' family

Only bigots say illegal aliens harm
Regarding John T. Petrozello's June 18 letter, "Illegal immigrants hurt United States": He stated illegal immigrants negatively impacted the U.S economy, culture, educational system, crime rates and social institutions. Then he offered a twofold solution to the immigration problem. Kevin Palmer, Martinez, Ga.

Right of return should also pertain to the world's Jews
I understand there's a plan to create a Palestinian state by 2005. There are several factors to consider first. Ben Mordecai, Martinez, Ga.

We need a Truth in Spending Act
I nearly always agree with President George W. Bush, but I don't agree with sending $15 billion to fight AIDS in Africa. Not that I'm not sympathetic to their suffering; I just don't think it will get any further than oil for food in Iraq. I don't think we should send more than all other nations combined. Besides, all of ours is borrowed money. Harry Oliphant, Hephzibah, Ga.

Honored to be at taping for Kent's book
On June 7 I attended C-Span 2's taping of Phil Kent's discussion of his book, The Dark Side of Liberalism, which is published by Randall Floyd's Harbor House Publishing Co. in Augusta. Jenny Morris, Augusta

MCG needs a leadership overhaul
The pharmacy at the Medical College of Georgia needs to be kept open. They also need a new president and executives to run the hospital and clinic. Where's all the money going? Margaree Proctor, Augusta

Extends sympathies to victims' family
I extend my deepest sympathies and regrets to the families of Ed and Leslie Johnson of North Augusta, who were taken from us in a tragic airplane accident near Bush Field on June 16. Jim Kelly, Aiken, S.C.

Cycling event participation appreciated
On behalf of the Dodge Tour de Georgia and the entire team, I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Augusta for making the inaugural event in April an overwhelming success. Stan Holm, Atlanta, Ga.

Honored to be at taping for Kent's book

MCG needs a leadership overhaul

Hula Girl

From the editor

Swingin' Good Time

Small appliance cooking

Send us your picks

The Sweet Sound of Summer Vacation

Ready, Set, Go

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - A York County man has sued a hospital, saying it charged him and other patients excessively high prices, violating a contract the county had with the private hospital.

Panel OKs funds for repair of fountain
A popular street fountain at Riverwalk Augusta and Eighth Street will be dry for the Fourth of July but flowing freely by Labor Day.

Across the Southeast
JACKSON, Ga. -A defense attorney testified that he was drinking a quart of vodka a day during a 1997 murder trial.

Across the area

Antique Ford parade spurs memories, tales

Veterans' headstones brought to shipshape
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Even as a retired Army colonel, Ken Seymour wants his soldiers in formation.

Library book reader

Donations lag in South Carolina

Atlanta Gas clash persists

RAIN

Bald eagle will grace new plates
Bald eagles will be riding with Georgia drivers next year.

Across Georgia

White Coat Ceremony
Chareunph Ta Inthirat exits the stage after being presented with his new threads at the White Coat Ceremony for the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. The 57 students who were coated Friday afternoon are about to begin the clinical part of their educations.

Tip spurs arrests in fire death
Charlie Johnson's family kept telling Richmond County investigators that he didn't just die in an accidental house fire. It was foul play, they insisted.

Boyces' soil OK, witness testifies

Leaders push homeowner aid
Elmer Williams had been searching for a house for more than five months.

News you can use

Airport savings may be costly
A plan to save Augusta Regional Airport money could actually end up costing it.

Damp weather leads to mold
The grass is growing without limits. Puddles are everywhere, and basements are flooded.

Rats work poorly in marijuana test
ATHENS, Ga. - Learn a lesson from rats: Don't smoke dope and drive.

Police investigate man's kidnapping

Harry Potter books cast spell on area stores
Muggles beware - the bewitching has begun again. Wizardry reigned Friday night as children and adults alike lined up to be the first to get the new Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Across the area
A former Augusta woman convicted of abusing her three children by beating, binding and locking them in closets is scheduled to be paroled today, three years before her prison term ends.

'Chronicle' garners 23 commendations
PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The Augusta Chronicle won 23 awards, including second place in the general excellence category, among the state's largest newspapers in the Georgia Press Association 2003 Better Newspaper Contest.

Plane wreckage removed from swamp

Details clash in homicide case
Before Daniel C. Samilpa slipped into a coma and died last fall, he twice named the man he said nearly disemboweled him.

Rants and Raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Airport savings may be costly

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - As Georgia Democrats struggle to find a candidate for next year's U.S. Senate race, a new name is being raised as a possibility: the University of Georgia's popular outgoing athletic director, Vince Dooley.

Atlanta Gas clash persists
An environmental cleanup in Augusta remains in legal limbo while attorneys for Atlanta Gas Light Co. and the city work toward a contract for completion of the project.

Serviceman of the day
Marine Capt. Gerald A. Thomas of Augusta is today's serviceman of the day.

Boyces' soil OK, witness testifies
Pastures at Boyceland Dairy show no evidence of contamination and could return to productive use immediately, according to a former Auburn University professor who testified Thursday on behalf of the city of Augusta.

Rains hit record pace

Officials pore over gambling decision

Across the Southeast

Damp weather leads to mold

Library book reader
Brittany Merriweather, 5, traces the words with her fingers as she reads silly fairy tales at the library on Greene Street. She and her mom, Martina Simpkins, visited the library Thursday.

Officials pore over gambling decision
North Augusta city leaders are worried that the electronic gaming industry is attempting to use a recent court development to sidestep the video poker laws that banned games of chance three years ago and bring similar machines back to their town.

Boy, 13, charged in death
Aiken County sheriff's officials charged a 13-year-old Monetta boy in the death of a Monetta man Thursday night.

Prosecutor gets fire chief file
Nearly one year after a special grand jury report criticized the city's former fire chief and hinted of possible criminal acts, the investigative file is in the hands of a new prosecutor.

Forecasters expect more rain this summer
The next few days might be rain-free in Augusta, but don't get used to it.

News you can use
JUNE 20, 1939 Witnesses in the assault and battery cases against William E. Bush, the president of the Forest Hills Hotel, have been subpoenaed for Thursday.

Donations lag in South Carolina
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Charities across the state have been forced to cut staff and services as the tight economy pinches donations.

Serviceman of the day

Decision removes children from golf cart driver's seat
Some Columbia County children will have to find a new way to get around.

Prosecutor gets fire chief file

Serviceman of the day
Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Hunter is today's serviceman of the day.

Farming agency reduces size

City sets up for Bush visit
GREENSBORO, Ga. - President Bush has selected the affluent Reynolds Plantation in Greene County for his first campaign stop outside of Washington, D.C.

8 judges withdraw from case
The outcome of a legal fight, which might double how much money Augusta taxpayers must shell out to ensure attorneys represent poor people accused of minor crimes, will be decided by a judge outside the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

City sets up for Bush visit

Across the area
Bond was denied Friday for a 16-year-old Augusta teenager facing multiple armed robbery and other charges.

Tip spurs arrests in fire death

RAIN
The next few days might be rain-free in Augusta, but don't get used to it.

News you can use
CLEARWATER, S.C. - The second of three textile mills in the area closed since April 1 by strikes reopened yesterday without incident. About 250 workers filed back to their jobs as the Seminole Mill opened on a single-shift basis.

'Chronicle' garners 23 commendations

Plane wreckage removed from swamp
The Piper Navajo will be sent to a storage facility in Griffin, Ga. The National Transportation Safety Board will then begin an investigation, which could last six months to a year.

8 judges withdraw from case

Rants and Raves
HERE'S A RANT for the Corps of Engineers' operation of Thurmond Lake. You doubled the prices for everything, and the maintenance and services are nonexistent. I've been in bars that smelled better than the bathrooms. All you need is a bulldozer to push around the trash at Lake Springs, and you can call it a dump.

Harry Potter books cast spell on area stores

Police investigate man's kidnapping
An Augusta businessman was kidnapped Wednesday night by two masked robbers who had hidden in his van while he paid for gasoline at a convenience store, authorities said.

Leaders push homeowner aid

Fan has tight grip on Hulk
When Bruce Banner was bombarded with gamma radiation, he transformed into The Incredible Hulk.

Decision removes children from golf cart driver's seat

White Coat Ceremony

Police rule wrongly in deaths

Panel OKs funds for repair of fountain

Senator hits GOP on budget
AIKEN - South Carolina's legislative session ended less than two weeks ago, but Democrats and Republicans are already trading salvos in preparation for the next session, which begins in January.

Details clash in homicide case

Arguments end in sludge trial

Graduations move out of civic center
Next spring, when Richmond County students graduate, they won't walk across the stage at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Rains hit record pace
If recent rains persist, Augusta could be breaking rainfall records.

Antique Ford parade spurs memories, tales
AIKEN - Ted Rabun watched a string of old Ford Model A's roll along Laurens Street during a Shade A Club parade in downtown Aiken on Thursday, and his mind took him back in time to a much different America.

Forecasters expect more rain this summer

Rats work poorly in marijuana test

Across the area

Cleanup time comes for hotel's remnants
A collapsed downtown Augusta hotel will start being cleared away next week, more than a month after the front half of the structure crumbled to the ground.

Police rule wrongly in deaths
MONETTA, S.C. - For the second time in 30 days, investigators for Aiken County Sheriff Mike Hunt have called a death a homicide only to have the coroner rule that the victim died from natural causes.

News you can use

Farming agency reduces size
South Carolina farmers can expect less personal attention from fewer county extension agents because state money for the long-standing program has been significantly reduced, agricultural officials said Fri-day.

Rants and Raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Arguments end in sludge trial
The city of Augusta rested its defense in a $12.5 million civil lawsuit trial Friday after calling only two of its 10 witnesses.

Expansion efforts are tarnishing the ACC's reputation
In football, they call them Hail Mary passes. In basketball, they're labeled long-range buzzer-beaters.

Video watch

At the Movies: 'Hulk'

Video watch
JUST OUT: Deliver Us From Eva, Heaven, Narc and Just Married

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'Alex & Emma'

At the Movies: 'Hulk'
Ang Lee attracted droves of subtitle-shy Americans to his Mandarin-language epic "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," an elegant and deeply passionate story of tragic heroes.

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.

Harpist uses talent to help patients heal

Harpist uses talent to help patients heal
Nell Morris has a Harley, a harp and, as it turns out, healing hands.

Road-race ringer takes pole
SONOMA, Calif. - Boris Said was hired as a ringer by MB2 Motorsports to drive on the road course at Infineon Raceway. While the road racer wasn't accustomed to the bulky nature of a 3,400-pound stock car, his experience in turning both left and right put him on the pole for Sunday's race.

NASCAR's races will go wireless

Road-race ringer takes pole

Road course specialists race at Sonoma
SONOMA, Calif. -- They are hired guns, specialists brought in to drive in the only two road races on the Winston Cup schedule each season.

NASCAR's races will go wireless
ATLANTA - Instead of lighting up, NASCAR will dial up in 2004.

Road course specialists race at Sonoma

ABC samples tackle's humor

Falcons serve as role models at camp for prisoners' children

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Three impressive choices for military leadership
LAST WEEK Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made some extremely important decisions about who would lead the military in the future. Who are these people and what will they bring to the table? I will tell a brief story about each person.

Three impressive choices for military leadership
LAST WEEK Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made some extremely important decisions about who would lead the military in the future. Who are these people and what will they bring to the table? I will tell a brief story about each person.

Glamour soccer star Beckham on Asian tour

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Overtime

Hewitt to open against Karlovic at Wimbledon

Venus raises the fashion bar for Wimbledon

Inaugural event gets 115 boxers

Wimbledon hit with more withdrawals

Glamour soccer star Beckham on Asian tour
TOKYO -- English soccer star David Beckham is so popular in Japan he can change fashion overnight. Last year, he did it with his tufted, spiky hairdo. These days, the country deferentially calls his shaggy ponytail a "samurai topknot."

Inaugural event gets 115 boxers
Augusta's Martin Murray made short work of Manuel Garcia at the first Augusta Summer Boxing Classic held at May Park.

Venus raises the fashion bar for Wimbledon
LONDON -- Venus Williams wants to outdo sister Serena with her tennis - and her fashion - at Wimbledon.

Hewitt to open against Karlovic at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- Lleyton Hewitt will open his Wimbledon title defense against Ivo Karlovic, a Croat ranked 203rd.

Overtime
The River Golf Club in North Augusta will hold a golf tournament Monday at 12:30 p.m. to benefit Clemson's WestZone project.

Overtime
With one pair of Air Jordans already enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Michael Vick is ready to take the next step.

Wimbledon hit with more withdrawals
WIMBLEDON, England -- Wimbledon was hit with more withdrawals Friday, with Amelie Mauresmo, Marat Safin, Alex Corretja and Magnus Norman pulling out three days before the tournament begins.

Glenn Hills trio steps up for area team in opener
Tyhiesha Smith, Veronica Whitfield and Keosha Worthy narrowly missed the opportunity to defend their 2002 state high school basketball title at Glenn Hills in March. They might not have to wait until next winter for the chance to earn their next championship.

ABC samples tackle's humor
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Leave it to Bob Whitfield to have the final word.

Falcons serve as role models at camp for prisoners' children
SUWANEE, Ga. -- About 100 young athletes will be trying to impress former Atlanta Falcons assistant coach Jerry Rhome at a one-day football camp in Suwanee.

Reunions brings singer home

Leading Unitarian says 'skeptics, seekers and religious liberals' should reconsider the Bible
"Liberalism good. Conservatism bad."

Minor league baseball team recruiting Christians to ballpark
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Minor league baseball players warmed up before a recent Nashville Sounds game to the salacious song "Girls, Girls, Girls" by Motley Crue.

Faith digest
HAMDEN, Conn. - The religiosity of Orthodox Jewish candidate Joseph Lieberman and born-again Protestant George W. Bush won't have much effect on 2004 voters, if a Quinnipiac University poll is any indication.

Religion news in brief
ATHENS, Greece -- The outspoken leader of the Greek Orthodox Church blasted the European Union for omitting mention of God or Europe's Christian heritage in its draft constitution.

Faith and fellowship calendar
The Faith and Fellowship Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. E-mail items to vanorton@augustachronicle.com; send a fax to 722-7403; or mail to Faith and Fellowship, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

Methodism's mother possessed strong will, faith
Susanna Wesley (1669-1742) was a woman who knew her own mind.

Reunions brings singer home
Singer Suzanne Lawrence Geimer is living the good life in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Expansion efforts are tarnishing the ACC's reputation

Peck characters are timeless

Club calendar

Applause calendar

Trenton's festival has more than peaches

The buck stops with Felton at UGA

The buck stops with Felton at UGA
ATHENS, Ga. -- Dennis Felton says his regime at Georgia will be different from the last one: If anything goes wrong, he's the man to see.

Peck characters are timeless
Gregory Peck, who died June 11 at the age of 87, may not have invented dignity, but his quiet humanity, chiseled chin and soft, rumbling voice went a long way toward selling it to a movie-going public.

What to do

Killer whose lawyer slept in court pleads guilty

Climber survives lightning strike, dies in second hit an hour later

Bible bobbleheads: business aims to turn Noah, Moses into collectibles

Odds and Ends

Faith digest

Methodism's mother possessed strong will, faith

Leading Unitarian says 'skeptics, seekers and religious liberals' should reconsider the Bible

Faith and fellowship calendar

Minor league baseball team recruiting Christians to ballpark

Religion news in brief