Koontz again introduces good people plagued by bad things
"The Face." By Dean Koontz. Bantam. 608 Pages $26.95. Horror fiction is the natural vehicle for the cautionary tale, the object lesson, the story of the secret best left unknown.

Real life mirrors fiction for Jacquelyn Mitchard

Critics and kids give new Harry Potter a big thumbs up
Booksellers aren't the only ones celebrating the new, mega-selling Harry Potter. Critics - of all ages - love it, too.

Koontz again introduces good people plagued by bad things

Critics and kids give new Harry Potter a big thumbs up

Real life mirrors fiction for Jacquelyn Mitchard
OREGON, Wis. -- Jacquelyn Mitchard leans against two pillows on her unmade king-size bed, its cream colored sheets visible under a light green and peach comforter.

Friends remember pioneer
MONTCLAIR, N.J. - Friends, family and fellow Hall of Famers gathered Monday to remember Larry Doby, 56 years after he became the American League's first black player.

Marlins hoping another youngster gives them more spark

All-Star Futures rosters announced

Canseco jailed until July 21 hearing
MIAMI -- Jose Canseco was ordered to jail Monday to await a hearing on whether he violated probation by testing positive for steroids.

Rice wins College World Series

D.C. baseball group hires investment banking firm
WASHINGTON -- A group that wants to buy the Montreal Expos and move them to the nation's capital hired an investment banking firm that has been involved in the sale of several major league teams.

All-Star Futures rosters announced
NEW YORK -- Twenty-five man rosters of minor leaguers were announced on Monday for United States and World Teams which will play in the All-Star Futures Game at Chicago.

Friends remember pioneer

Marlins hoping another youngster gives them more spark
MIAMI -- Jack McKeon was sitting in the right field bleachers of the Florida Marlins' spring training complex, smoking a cigar and wanting to see Josh Beckett throw a couple of innings during an exhibition game.

D.C. baseball group hires investment banking firm

Rice wins College World Series
OMAHA, Neb. -- Rice scored three runs in the first inning, then added a record-tying seven in the sixth Monday night as the Owls won their first national title in any NCAA team sport with a 14-2 victory over Stanford.

Stanford evens series against Rice

Stanford evens series against Rice
OMAHA, Neb. -- John Hudgins earned his third win of the College World Series, and Sam Fuld hit a leadoff home run to tie the CWS record for career hits as the Cardinal defeated Rice 8-3 on Sunday in the second game of the championship series.

Vacations are great, just don't forget the postcard

Odds and Ends
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- A letter posted with a 10-cent stamp in San Francisco has arrived in Council Bluffs - 35 years after it was sent.

Man convicted of contracting defective bomb-sniffing dogs
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A dog trainer was convicted Friday of contracting defective bomb-sniffing dogs to the federal government.

Woman accused of leaving man stuck in windshield to die
FORT WORTH, Texas -- It was hours before dawn on a highway southeast of downtown. A homeless man walked along a shoulder of the road as a former nurse's aide drove home after a night of drinking at a bar.

Filmmakers get probation for staging fights among homeless
EL CAJON, Calif. -- Three filmmakers have been sentenced to probation for paying homeless people to beat each other up on camera, then selling the videotapes over the Internet.

Woman impaled by microphone stand feeling better
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A woman who was 8 1/2 months pregnant when she was impaled on a microphone stand has only minor aches and a 3-inch scar two weeks later, and her newborn son is perfectly healthy.

Bird escapes cage, causes deadly crash
CRANBERRY, Pa. -- A bird escaped from its cage inside a minivan and distracted the driver, causing a three-vehicle pileup in which a woman was killed and five people were injured, police said.

Court: woman can sue over ban of lawn sign
PHILADELPHIA -- Sybil Peachlum has been fighting York City Hall for a decade over a lawn sign with an anthropomorphized peach holding a newspaper with the headline, "Peachy News. Jesus is Alive."

Pitching turns cold in Atlanta

Streak doesn't concern Chipper

Braves' starting pitching raises questions

Streak doesn't concern Chipper
ATLANTA - Last year, Chipper Jones batted .301 with runners in scoring position and knocked in 100 runs, becoming the fifth player in National League history to reach 100 RBI in seven straight seasons.

Pitching turns cold in Atlanta
ATLANTA - This is the kind of day it was for Bobby Cox: Before even attempting to explain how Shane Reynolds will hold his spot in the starting rotation once Paul Byrd returns, the Braves manager discussed his relief corps, which took even more creativity.

Braves likely to have large All-Star contingent
ATLANTA -- At first, Braves closer John Smoltz wasn't keen on the idea of having the All-Star game decide home-field advantage in the World Series.

Braves' starting pitching raises questions
ATLANTA - If the first three months of the season are indicative of what is to come, this should be a rollicking October for the Atlanta Braves.

Braves likely to have large All-Star contingent

Fed prepares to drop interest rates even lower
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve is prepared this week to drop a key interest rate to its lowest level since President Eisenhower's second term.

Business briefs
Aiken-based Advanced Glassfiber Yarns LLC on Monday filed a Chapter 11 reorganization plan with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware in which secured creditors, mostly banks, will receive full stock ownership in the company and unsecured creditors will receive partial ownership.

Iraq exports first oil to world markets since war

Residents unfazed by town growth

Perdue plans to bring business to state
ATLANTA - Last week, Gov. Sonny Perdue was busy selling Georgia to executives looking for places to build factories, and he said Monday he feels that he'll make the sale - several of them.

Imports of liquefied natural gas rise
COVE POINT, Md. -- For the first time in nearly a quarter century, ships carrying liquefied natural gas will chug up the Chesapeake Bay next month to a massive unloading dock at Cove Point, one mile off the coast of Maryland.

Fed prepares to drop interest rates even lower

New Potter book sets sales record

Restaurateurs launch fast-food duo
Gary Gibson believes hamburgers and chicken form a natural combination.

Imports of liquefied natural gas rise

Residents unfazed by town growth
ARNOLDSVILLE, Ga. - Gene Carr pondered a question as he stood in the doorway of his home behind a crumbling two-story granite cotton gin that symbolized busier times in this quaint Oglethorpe County city.

Iraq exports first oil to world markets since war
CEYHAN OIL TERMINAL, Turkey -- Iraq returned to the world oil market Sunday, exporting its first crude oil since the U.S.-led invasion, a step crucial for paying for the country's reconstruction.

Ford hoping compact SUV for South America will stem losses
CAMACARI, Brazil -- Just beyond the palm trees lining Avenida Henry Ford, nearly 5,000 Brazilian workers at a new plant assemble one pint-sized SUV after another.

Restaurateurs launch fast-food duo

Unemployed 'Booomers' encounter particular cruelties in the job search
Unemployed Baby Booomers encounter particular cruelties in the job search

Ford hoping compact SUV for South America will stem losses

Unemployed 'Booomers' encounter particular cruelties in the job search

New Potter book sets sales record
Harry Potter just keeps topping himself.

Perdue plans to bring business to state

Banana republic
The campaign in California to recall Gov. Gray Davis is shaping up to be an embarrassment to the nation. We're not a banana republic, but what's going on out there could make us look like one.

Narrowly tailored suit
For all the legalese and complex issues involved, the U.S. Supreme Court was asked a relatively simple question in the twin University of Michigan affirmative action cases it ruled on Monday: Have we become a colorblind society yet?

Tax hike regrettable

Narrowly tailored suit

Tax hike regrettable
Could Aiken County's aging police cruisers use more repairs and possibly some replacements? Could the county's new detention center use more employees?

Forecast: dry

Kill two in one
The fickle Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority has the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. The committee, which is responsible for the city's civic center, can improve the aesthetic qualities of the arena, and at the same time grant fallen citizens a chance to make a difference.

Forecast: dry
Talk about being left high and dry!

New 'Tomb Raider' video game tweaks franchise
LOS ANGELES -- Lara Croft has finally learned that there's more than one way to raid a tomb.

'No down payment' mortgages, grants get working families into their own homes

'No down payment' mortgages, grants get working families into their own homes
NEW YORK -- Later this month, Maurice and Samantha Johnson will be moving out of a relative's house and into their own four-bedroom home.

Time is right for fund investors to be bullish
NEW YORK - With Wall Street rallying for more than three months, stock fund investors are feeling more bullish. Funds with positive returns far outnumber those with negative returns, and riskier funds, including those that focus on growth or technology stocks, are outpacing bearish havens such as gold funds.

Dow slides more than 120 points, investors take profits
NEW YORK -- Lacking major earnings or economic news to guide them, investors fell back on profit-taking Monday, sending stocks sharply lower and knocking the Dow Jones industrials down more than 120 points.

Time is right for fund investors to be bullish

Dow slides more than 120 points, investors take profits

Market for ethnic food grows

Market for ethnic food grows
NEW YORK -- At Patel Brothers' fragrant grocery, you can almost get lost these days in the frozen food section.

Tech RB plans to enter NFL supplemental draft
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech running back Tony Hollings plans to petition the NFL to enter next month's supplemental draft after being ruled academically ineligible.

Tech RB plans to enter NFL supplemental draft

Jackets fall in ninth
Lee Curtis attended his share of Charleston RiverDogs games during his standout career at the College of Charleston.

Rachel Teske wins by four in Rochester LPGA
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Rachel Teske held off hard-charging rookie Lorena Ochoa with a 4-under 68 Sunday to capture the Rochester LPGA, her second consecutive tournament win for the second time in her career.

Kjeldsen holds on to win by two strokes

Rachel Teske wins by four in Rochester LPGA

Watson, Nicklaus set for Senior British Open
VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson will play in next month's Senior British Open at Turnberry, where Watson defeated Nicklaus by a stroke to win the 1977 British Open.

Thirteen-year-old Wie captures first national title
PALM COAST, Fla. -- Michelle Wie now has a national championship to go with her unlimited potential.

Defending champion Garcia wins $60,000 on first day of Canadian Skins Game
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario -- Defending champion Sergio Garcia won four skins worth $60,000 to take the lead on the first day of the Telus Skins Game on Monday.

Kjeldsen holds on to win by two strokes
GLENEAGLES, Scotland -- Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen overcame three bogeys on the front nine and shot even-par 72 Sunday for a two-stroke victory at the Diageo Championship.

BMW Charity Pro-Am raises nearly $675,000

Thirteen-year-old Wie captures first national title

Kaye wins Buick Classic in playoff

Tewell wins Farmers Charity in playoff
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Doug Tewell birdied the third hole of a playoff with Eamonn Darcy of Ireland on Sunday to win the Farmers Charity Classic on the Champions Tours.

BMW Charity Pro-Am raises nearly $675,000
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The BMW Charity Pro-Am has raised a record $674,788 during a four-day tournament last month, organizers say.

Kaye wins Buick Classic in playoff
HARRISON, N.Y. -- Jonathan Kaye won the water-logged Buick Classic for his first PGA Tour title Sunday, holing a 12-foot eagle putt from just off the back of the 18th green on the first hole of a playoff with John Rollins.

Steady play carries Lovander in Hy-Vee Classic
JOHNSTON, Iowa -- Marilyn Lovander won the Hy-Vee Classic by one stroke on Sunday when Amy Alcott faltered on the last two holes and Martha Nause missed an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 18 that would have forced a playoff in the Women's Senior Golf Tour event.

Watson, Nicklaus set for Senior British Open

Irwin drops out of Senior Open with bad back
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Two-time U.S. Senior Open champion Hale Irwin dropped out of this week's tournament on Monday because of a back injury.

Jackets fall in ninth

West Virginia team takes tourney by storm

Vacations are great, just don't forget the postcard
Time moves fast when you're on vacation, so let's go through the mail.

Coliseum authority chairman unexpectedly resigns
The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority gavel fell into Vice Chairman Billy Holden's hands Tuesday when the board's chairman unexpectedly resigned.

Jury: Augusta responsible for cattle deaths
Jurors concluded today that the city of Augusta's sewage sludge was responsible for cattle deaths and property damage at a Burke Conty dairy farm.

Apologizes to Owings for behavior of few
With profound shame and humility and as a member of First Baptist Church for 78 years, I offer an apology to Dr. Timothy Owings for the treatment by a few who have chosen to ask for his resignation on his 50th birthday. I guess they also handed him a birthday cake made by the devil himself. Jessie B. Hitt, Augusta

Appreciates show of support for pastor
A world war has begun in the metaphysical world. The elite forces of God are being called out of their comfort zones to active duty - routed out in a rude awakening to the battlefield's front line. C.B. Clemmons, Augusta

Lets off steam about grounds care
I appreciate The Augusta Chronicle and reporter Heidi Coryell Williams for the June 13 "Mowing miscue makes a mess" article. It has provided a perfect solution to the long-standing problems of the city administration. A.J. Harden, Augusta

Opposes call for Palestinian state

Boys' devastating deaths were a mistake, not murder
So much attention has been given to our nephew, Michael Batchelor, lately that we felt it was time for some comments from his family. Delores Fischer, Charlene Free Langley, S.C.

Counting growth's cost in Columbia Co.
In reply to Larry Jarrett's June 12 letter, "I-520 growth spurt may be cancerous in the long run," and his comment, "Do you think the people in Columbia County want to contaminate their fresh air with that found in the south and east of Augusta?": Wayne Cheselka, North Augusta, S.C.

YDC story focuses on wrong issues
It is unfortunate to see the upcoming changes at the Augusta Youth Development Campus being compared to the closure of The Bridge Institute in Athens in the June 16 news article, "YDC change recalls failure at Athens center." In fact, the two situations are quite different, and comparing the two leads to a focus on the wrong issues. Judy Fitzgerald, Atlanta, Ga.

Questions why U.S. policy fails at home and abroad
Some politicians of both parties and other critics are clamoring for answers to questions about U.S. intelligence reports and our handling of foreign affairs. Al Kotras, Augusta

Opposes call for Palestinian state
True red-blooded Americans, specifically those holding in high regard the Judeo-Christian aspects of America's unique heritage, must never become blind followers of any one political party or individual officeholder. Such loyalty is tantamount to idolatry. P.K. Fitzgerald, Harlem, Ga.

Appreciates show of support for pastor

Techbits

NoviiRemote rescues old Palm from junk drawer

Supreme Court upholds use of Internet filters in public libraries

DVD player for pirates' favorite format

Array of new television choices dazzle but confuse

In the know

NoviiRemote rescues old Palm from junk drawer
It was stuck in a junk drawer for most of the last 2 1/2 years, a perfectly good but now hopelessly obsolete Palm IIIxe handheld computer. But I found a way to give it renewed life - as a universal remote control that freed up precious real estate on my coffee table.

In the know
DVD rentals for the first time have surpassed videocassette rentals.

Supreme Court upholds use of Internet filters in public libraries
WASHINGTON -- A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that Congress can force the nation's public libraries to equip computers with anti-pornography filters.

DVD player for pirates' favorite format
NEW YORK -- It's sure to draw the attention of movie pirates, and I don't mean the kind played by Errol Flynn: a DVD player that also supports the most popular format for movies swapped on the Web.

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, 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.

Array of new television choices dazzle but confuse
EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. -- At the Good Guys store, a wall gleams with more than two dozen flat-panel televisions, hanging like video canvases at a museum. Gary Dixon ogles them, then walks out with a sigh.

Scientists struggle to shed light on dark matter, energy
WASHINGTON - The Earth, moon, sun and all visible stars in the sky make up less than 1 percent of the universe. Almost all the rest is dark matter and dark energy, unknown forces that puzzle astronomers.

Techbits
NEW YORK -- Hewlett-Packard Co. will pre-install anti-spam software with its consumer desktop computers, though the free program will only block certain types of unsolicited e-mail.

HOPE scholarship puts Georgia colleges a step ahead
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Without the HOPE scholarship program, Georgia College & State University might be like many small public colleges - a place for local students who couldn't get accepted at most other schools.

Across South Carolina

Summer enrollement in college gives jump start for freshmen

Across the southeast
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -Coast Guard rescuers were searching Sunday for a Palm Beach County couple who disappeared in their fishing boat on Florida's Atlantic coast last week.

Rants and Raves
BASEBALL IS GOING to be like wrestling - fake. It is not how you play the game, but how many bucks you get. It is no game; it has gone nuts with player costs and ticket costs.

Raised taxes to be spread thin

Counties plan to seek more money from SRS

Across the area

News you can use

Sludge trial jury fails on verdict

Physicians work to assist Hispanics

Protest letter causes beer delay

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Sgt. Devin L. Battle of Wrens, Ga.

Iraq attack kills S.C. serviceman
COLUMBIA - A South Carolina soldier has died in Iraq after an attack on his military convoy south of Baghdad, officials said Monday.

News you can use

Contract renews for Kraemer
Although some Augusta Aviation commissioners have recently criticized Ken Kraemer's job performance, they'll probably have to keep him around a little while longer.

Rants and Raves
BASEBALL IS GOING to be like wrestling - fake. It is not how you play the game, but how many bucks you get. It is no game; it has gone nuts with player costs and ticket costs.

Statutes endanger north side structures
AIKEN - Regulations attached to federal grant money used by the city of Aiken to rehabilitate rundown houses is threatening future plans to save old structures on the north side of town.

HOPE scholarship puts Georgia colleges a step ahead

Camp focuses on children instead of their disabilities

Students will not wear IDs

Rants and Raves
WHEN IS SOMEONE going to do something about this backward system to help someone who supposedly needs help in the state? I have worked my entire life and have never asked for help. People have a zillion babies, and they stay on the system. They get money, and they are completely able to work, and they just sit at home. And I have worked two and three jobs my entire life.

Across the southeast

Past owner says plane was secure
The former owner of the airplane that crashed June 16 near Augusta Regional Airport, killing Ed and Leslie Johnson, said Monday the plane had never experienced engine problems before.

Statutes endanger north side structures

'McDuffie Mirror' gets first editor
McDuffie County is getting one of its own as the editor of a new weekly newspaper.

Aviation experts say most airplane accidents occur in takeoff, landing

Unit comes home for redeployment
Some local National Guard soldiers have come home - only to be sent away on duty again.

News you can use
JUNE 23, 1956 A Fort Gordon soldier, Pfc. Ralph Howland, 26, was killed yesterday afternoon when the car in which he was traveling overturned on Tobacco Road near the intersection of U.S. Highway 25.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A suit challenging Georgia's legislative and congressional redistricting plans must go to a three-judge federal panel for resolution, a judge ruled Monday.

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina Electric and Gas is warning customers about a phone scam in which callers are posing as employees of the utilities.

Serviceman of the day

Across the area
A suspect sought in the weekend slaying of a Hephzibah man was found hiding under a bed early Sunday, authorities said.

Officials delay permits for Sunday beer, wine

Dog bites threaten children
Christy Wright knows the damage a dog bite can cause to a child.

Protest letter causes beer delay
AIKEN - Thirsty beer drinkers will have to wait at least six more days to buy their beer on Sunday in this South Carolina town because "a little old lady" living in Aiken mailed in a letter of protest 16 days ago, South Carolina Department of Revenue officials said Monday.

Hearings on flooding to focus on hazard plan
Qualifying for government grants that could help Augusta fix flooding begins with four public meetings scheduled for this week.

Small-town merchants enjoy train passengers

Counties plan to seek more money from SRS
AIKEN - Before the Savannah River Site nuclear facility started giving, it took.

Past owner says plane was secure

News you can use
JUNE 24, 1965 A motion was filed in U.S. District Court here Wednesday asking that the Richmond County Board of Education be restrained from operating its summer school session on a racially segregated basis.

Officials delay permits for Sunday beer, wine
AIKEN - The beer coolers remained off-limits to grocery shoppers Sunday.

Sludge trial jury fails on verdict
Almost eight hours of deliberation Monday failed to produce a verdict in a $12.5 million lawsuit against the city of Augusta.

Across Georgia

Students will not wear IDs
Richmond County high school students won't have to wear identification badges in the fall.

Dog bites threaten children

Aviation experts say most airplane accidents occur in takeoff, landing
AIKEN - Pilots will tell you the tense alpha and omega of any airplane flight is the takeoff and the landing.

Across the area

Death stops trial
A murder suspect who was depressed about his upcoming trial died Sunday morning from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, authorities said.

Excessive rain delays field work and damages some crops

Small-town merchants enjoy train passengers
Passengers from the tourist train eye exhibits at the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum in Leslie. The museum gets most of its business from the train, which stops once a week in the tiny community before heading to its destination of Americus.

Serviceman of the day

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Budget cuts at the state Revenue Department have added to the budget crisis by making it more difficult for the state to collect from people who owe back taxes.

'McDuffie Mirror' gets first editor

Camp focuses on children instead of their disabilities
After she graduated this year from Evans High School, Taylar Stallings had her summer plans set.

Summer enrollement in college gives jump start for freshmen
Few people think of college students as early starters.

PBS show focuses on black religion
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A PBS documentary that begins today shows the religious experience of blacks over 300 years, from slave days and war days to Jim Crow and civil rights.

Across Georgia
BRUNSWICK -An elderly man in southeast Georgia is the first person in the nation this year to get infected with eastern equine encephalitis, state health officials said.

Police say pupils trashed gym
Three middle school pupils face expulsion after their weekend arrests in a costly vandalism spree in the Hephzibah High School gymnasium.

Jury: Augusta responsible for cattle deaths

Authorities offer motive for shooting
A man fatally shot on Valentine's Day died because he was suspected of being a police informant, authorities said Monday.

Across the area
Columbia County officials are prioritizing their list of transportation projects.

Physicians work to assist Hispanics
The doors to the emergency room part and a nurse approaches as you carry your feverish child in your arms. The nurse looks down and says, "Que es el problema con su nino?" She looks puzzled when you don't respond.

Area leaders recall work of Atlanta mayor
The death of former Atlanta Mayor Maynard H. Jackson Jr. surprised and saddened those in Augusta who knew him best.

Tracks open after train derailment
By early Sunday morning a train derailment in an Augusta neighborhood had been cleaned up and the tracks were reopened, said CSX spokesman Dan Murphy.

18 offices selected to close
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will scale back its enforcement division in September. Hunting and fishing licenses will still be available at retail outlets. DNR can be reached at (800) 922-5431.

Excessive rain delays field work and damages some crops
ALBANY, Ga. -- Farmers Neil and Boyd Hagerson have about had it with rain, but the brothers are reluctant to complain, considering that Georgia is just emerging from a five-year drought that cost growers millions in crop losses.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Air Force Staff Sgt. Bruce Herrington Jr. of Augusta.

Raised taxes to be spread thin
AIKEN - Education officials agree that protecting the classroom comes at a high price.

'Hulk' smashes June opening record with $62.6 million box office debut
LOS ANGELES -- "The Hulk" was a monster at the box office in its debut weekend, with the comic-book adaptation taking in a June opening record of $62.6 million.

'Hulk' smashes June opening record with $62.6 million box office debut

Indie rocker goes pop
NEW YORK -- The first time Liz Phair pooled her allowance money to buy a record, years before she became an indie rock queen, she bought "Saturday Night" by the bubblegum band Bay City Rollers.

Indie rocker goes pop

Dwight Yoakam's busy summer: new movie, new album
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tough guy, that Dwight Yoakam. A car crash and a gunfight, and the worst thing that happened to him was four stitches in his index finger.

Dwight Yoakam's busy summer: new movie, new album

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews
"Bittersweet" (Arista, $18.98) - Blu Cantrell Blu Cantrell doesn't break any new ground on her second album, but "Bittersweet" takes the basics and polishes them to a high shine. The entire project is so refreshing to the ear that it's easy to forgive Cantrell for not being more experimental.

Fernandez gets first win as owner
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Adrian Fernandez got his first win as a team owner, and his first victory as a driver since 2000, pulling away from pole-sitter Paul Tracy to win the G.I. Joe's 200 Sunday at Portland International Raceway.

Nextel trying to block AT&T
SONOMA, Calif. - Nextel's 10-year, $700 million-plus contract with NASCAR for the naming rights to what's now known as the Winston Cup Series may give the telecommunications company enough clout to block AT&T's entry into the sport next year.

Nextel trying to block AT&T

Fernandez gets first win as owner

Harvick reacts angrily to teammate Gordon's pass
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kevin Harvick criticized teammate Robby Gordon on Monday for passing him under a yellow flag on the way to victory in the Winston Cup race in Sonoma, Calif.

Gordons end up 1 and 2

Gordons end up 1 and 2
SONOMA, Calif. - Robby Gordon had road racing experience and a strong Chevrolet in the Dodge/Save Mart 350, but those factors weren't nearly as important as his reputation for being aggressive.

Harvick reacts angrily to teammate Gordon's pass

Greek teenager benefits from draft eligibility rule change

Greek teenager benefits from draft eligibility rule change
NEW YORK -- On the day after his 18th birthday, Sofoklis Schortsanitis put his impressively large body on display Monday for the New York Knicks in a tryout that wouldn't have been possible a year ago.

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Overtime

Court date set in Big East lawsuit

Weekend Sports In Brief

Williams sisters look to grab another title

Venus advances to 2nd round at Wimbledon

Overtime

Bloody night leaves Lewis with some questions and explaining to do

Hewitt falls to 'Tower of London' in first round at Wimbledon

Rutgers athletic director proposes new compromise on ACC expansion plan

Mexico's Aguirre retains WBC title

Connecticut AG accuses ACC, schools of delays in litigation over expansion
Connecticut's attorney general sent a letter Sunday to Miami, Boston College and the Atlantic Coast Conference, accusing them of delaying a lawsuit by Big East schools trying to stop ACC expansion.

Weekend Sports In Brief
LOS ANGELES -- Lennox Lewis retained his heavyweight title after a cut stopped Vitali Klitschko after six brawling rounds.

Bloody night leaves Lewis with some questions and explaining to do
LOS ANGELES -- His night in the ring was long since over, and Lennox Lewis and his people were still working hard. Vitali Klitschko was tough enough, but now there was some serious explaining to do.

Rutgers athletic director proposes new compromise on ACC expansion plan
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Rutgers has floated a compromise plan that would allow Miami to join the expanding Atlantic Coast Conference, as long as ACC officials agree to end their bid to add other Big East schools.

Court date set in Big East lawsuit
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A court date has been set in the lawsuit seeking to keep three Big East schools from defecting to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Augusta boxer to make history
Ray Whitfield will make history in less than two months. At the same time, he'll continue carving his already bright future.

Overtime
Chicago Bulls guard Jay Williams injured his knee and pelvis in addition to breaking his leg in a motorcycle accident, a source close to the player said.

Venus advances to 2nd round at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- Venus Williams wants to play better by trying to be less than perfect.

Overtime
Itoro Umoh-Coleman, a former Hephzibah and Clemson star, was waived Monday by the Houston Comets of the WNBA.

Hewitt falls to 'Tower of London' in first round at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- Wimbledon began with an upset unprecedented in the Open era Monday when defending champion Lleyton Hewitt lost to 6-foot-10 qualifier Ivo Karlovic of Croatia.

Mexico's Aguirre retains WBC title
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Mexico's Jose Antonio Aguirre retained his WBC title in the 105-pound division Monday, stopping Japan's Keitaro Hoshino in the final round.

Williams sisters look to grab another title
WIMBLEDON, England -- Pete Sampras is out. So is the curtsy.

West Virginia team takes tourney by storm
Alexis Hornbuckle's speed and the consistent jump shot of Tasha Humphries made the West Virginia Tornadoes a tournament favorite at the fourth annual Garden City Roundball Classic.

'This Far By Faith' explores the religions, faith of black Americans

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
It's time to salute the season's shrewdest marketing rollout!

Sci Fi Channel to investigate UFOs

In pace-setting Britain, housework makes for hot reality TV
LONDON -- Ebenezer Scrooge received his bleak vision of an unreformed future from Marley's ghost.

In pace-setting Britain, housework makes for hot reality TV

Sci Fi Channel to investigate UFOs
NEW YORK -- In an unusual step for a television network, the Sci Fi Channel is campaigning to persuade the government to be more forthcoming and aggressive in investigating UFO sightings.

'Sex and the City' star Chris Noth in 'Julius Caesar'
NEW YORK -- Among actors who deserve the title Mr. New York City, Chris Noth wouldn't necessarily spring to mind.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

'Sex and the City' star Chris Noth in 'Julius Caesar'

'This Far By Faith' explores the religions, faith of black Americans
NEW YORK -- An ambitious goal: To shine light on the religious faith of black Americans, while exploring what sealed their devotion across three centuries of history.

New 'Tomb Raider' video game tweaks franchise

Teen, parents should discuss rules
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My parents are overprotective of me. I can't even hang out with my friends, much less date. I think they're being unreasonable, but they don't see it my way. What can I do to change them? - 15-year-old Hephzibah girl.

'In-Laws' has lots of action, laughs
In this remake of a 1979 classic comedy, Michael Douglas plays Steve Tobias, an adventurous, undependable CIA agent, opposite Albert Brooks as Jerry Peyser, a podiatrist who wears a fanny pack and suffers from a dozen phobias.

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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:

Question of the week
Q: Are you staying here for college, or going away?

Xtreme seeks teen board members
It's that time of year again, and we're looking for a new Xtreme Teen Board. Applications will be accepted through July 15.

Relaxing, listening help in getting license

Teen, parents should discuss rules

Clothing not needed at teen camp
MESA, Ariz. - Parents sending their children to one Arizona summer camp won't have to worry about outfitting them in the latest fashions.

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Artist's corner

Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD: Punch Drunk Love, starring Adam Sandler in a dramatic role; The Hours, with Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore as women from different eras, all affected by the works of Virginia Woolf; and Dark Blue, a police drama set in 1991 in Los Angeles, days before the acquittal of four white police officers charged with beating Rodney King.

'In-Laws' has lots of action, laughs

Artist's corner
Jamie Leigh Howard, 17, is a recent graduate of A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet High School. This untitled drawing was created with a scanned pencil sketch and Paint Shop Pro 7.0.

Audio best

Relaxing, listening help in getting license
Learning to drive was easy for 16-year-old Mike Stephens. Learning to drive without speeding was the hard part, especially when Mike, a junior at Evans High School, took the driver's license exam.

Question of the week

Clothing not needed at teen camp

Woman impaled by microphone stand feeling better

Woman accused of leaving man stuck in windshield to die

Man convicted of contracting defective bomb-sniffing dogs

Odds and Ends

Bird escapes cage, causes deadly crash