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.

Koontz again introduces good people plagued by bad things

Bad things happen in Koontz books
Horror fiction is the natural vehicle for the cautionary tale, the object lesson, the story of the secret best left unknown.

Family traditions can help you bond

Critics and kids give new Harry Potter a big thumbs up

Bad things happen in Koontz books

Family traditions can help you bond
NEW YORK - OK, so not many families have the time or even the desire to gather around the Sunday dinner table each week for a hot meal of meatloaf and green-bean casserole. That doesn't mean, though, that today's families shouldn't go without their own bonding rituals.

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.

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.

Rice wins College World Series

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.

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.

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.

Marlins hoping another youngster gives them more spark

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.

D.C. baseball group hires investment banking firm

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.

Friends remember pioneer

Bonds might never see another player with 500-500 vision
SAN FRANCISCO -- For just a moment, the muscle-bound slugger was a wiry, speedy kid again. Barry Bonds checked out Eric Gagne's deliberate delivery, saw an opening and sprinted to second base, stealing the bag without a throw.

All-Star Futures rosters announced

Vacations are great, just don't forget the postcard

Prisoner using fake gun escapes
TACOMA, Wash. -- A prisoner made a fake gun out of paper and cardboard and escaped as he was being led from jail to the courthouse Monday to receive a life sentence.

Inmates sue over rule on beards, long hair
JARRATT, Va. -- As a Muslim, David Allen Evick Jr. believes Islam requires him to grow a beard, like Muhammad, the religion's founder.

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.

Odds and Ends
BOULDER, Colo. -- It's art to some, yes, but apparently not to the custodian who threw away the newest exhibit at the Boulder Public Library.

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.

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.

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.

Lopez comes to the rescue
ATLANTA - Sometimes you paint with a fine brush. And sometimes you spray paint, and you need more than one coat for the corners.

Voters help Braves make up ground
ATLANTA - Thanks to a weekend series against the Baltimore Orioles that drew 117,290 fans to Turner Field, most of whom apparently made their All-Star selections with the Braves in mind, second baseman Marcus Giles, shortstop Rafael Furcal and catcher Javy Lopez are now leading the All-Star voting.

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.

Voters help Braves make up ground

Braves likely to have large All-Star contingent

Braves' starting pitching raises questions

Lopez comes to the rescue

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.

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

A design of tremendous possibilities

Consumer confidence essentially flat in June
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence was steady in June as growing optimism about the future offset mixed sentiments about current conditions, a private research group said Tuesday.

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.

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.

Business briefs

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Verizon Wireless Inc. has given up its fight against pending federal rules that would make it easier for mobile-phone customers to keep their old phone numbers after switching carriers.

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.

Restaurateurs launch fast-food duo

Residents unfazed by town growth

Ford hoping compact SUV for South America will stem losses

A design of tremendous possibilities
The small, one-story office building being remodeled at the corner of Walton Way and Bohler Avenue doesn't rank among the multimillion-dollar projects put together by architects Richard Hinman and Jim Webb.

Fed prepares to drop interest rates even lower

Consumer confidence essentially flat in June

Perdue plans to bring business to state

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.

State: Plea negotiations off, McPherson felony trial next month
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson will stand trial July 14 on felony charges that he stole a blank check, filled it out and cashed it, an assistant state attorney said Tuesday.

State: Plea negotiations off, McPherson felony trial next month

Forecast: dry
Talk about being left high and dry!

Forecast: dry

Judicial train wreck

Judicial train wreck
Democrats are accusing President George W. Bush of playing partisan right-wing politics in his choice of "out-of-the-mainstream" U.S. Supreme Court justices. The problem is, there aren't any vacancies on the high court, at least not yet. Can't the fight wait until there is?

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.

Maynard Jackson Jr.
Maynard Jackson Jr., felled Monday by a heart attack at age 65, was a large man with a large vision who'll be remembered not just as the first black mayor of a major Southern city, but as one of the most historically significant mayors of the 20th century.

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?

A welcome detour
Manholes, sidewalks and off-ramps are now safe for awhile.

Narrowly tailored suit

A welcome detour

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.

Club offers classy variety
From outside, A Touch of Class Lounge on Damascus Road looks like your typical nightclub. But inside there is a difference: It is two clubs under one roof.

Dow slides more than 120 points, investors take profits

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.

Stocks mixed ahead of Fed decision on interest rates

Stocks mixed ahead of Fed decision on interest rates
NEW YORK -- Investors made few moves Tuesday ahead of a decision on interest rates, leaving blue chips moderately higher and tech stocks narrowly lower in a lightly traded session.

Garfield can put you in the mood for food
There on the cover of the new cookbook is our chef-hero, his white toque not quite fitting over his ears, but his wooden spoon and spatula clutched defiantly aloft in his paws in a yeah-victor's salute.

Snickers maker turns to energy bar
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. -- The makers of Snickers think it's time to melt the energy bar and candy bar concepts together.

Snickers maker turns to energy bar

Small portions

Dining out
Brief reviews of area restaurants.

Cafe offers healthy choices

Small portions
Sweeter dessert fruit soups - berry, cherry, or blends- are a great backdrop for scoops of refreshing sorbet, fresh whipped cream, or frozen yogurt. Leftover sweet fruit soups also can be poured into molds for homemade Popsicles.

Dining out

Garfield can put you in the mood for food

Cafe offers healthy choices
New Life Natural Foods on Washington Road sells nothing but organic and natural foods and beverages.

GreenJackets' pitcher continues to improve
Jon Lester is proof that a pitcher's record in the minor leagues doesn't always tell the whole story.

Two minutes with Addison Bowman
Augusta GreenJackets catcher/outfielder Addison Bowman answers questions for Chronicle staff writer Rob Mueller.

GreenJackets on deck
June 26-30 vs. Hickory (Pirates)

North's late rally falls short
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Southern Division picked up its fifth win in the past six years, with nine pitchers working an inning apiece in a 3-2 victory over the Northern Division in the 44th South Atlantic League All-Star Game at Applebee's Park on Tuesday night.

Driver debate: Is everything legal?

A summer vacation like no other
Michelle Wie left home three weeks ago for an incredible summer of golf.

Defending champion takes lead
With one blue blazer already collecting dust in his closet, Casey Thompson has a best-case scenario mapped out should he win a second jacket.

A summer vacation like no other

A different recipe for success

Mediate and Sluman combine to win CVS Charity Classic
BARRINGTON, R.I. -- Rocco Mediate and Jeff Sluman combined on a 14-under 57 Tuesday and beat the host team of Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon by one stroke to win the CVS Charity Classic.

Watson, Nicklaus set for Senior British Open

Singh wins Canadian Skins in a playoff
NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario -- Vijay Singh made a 3-foot birdie putt worth $50,000 on the fourth playoff hole Tuesday and won the Telus Skins Game with a total of $140,000 and six skins.

Sorenstam, Pak, Webb set for Women's British Open

Sorenstam, Pak, Webb set for Women's British Open
BLACKPOOL, England -- Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak and Karrie Webb confirmed their spots Tuesday in the Women's British Open.

A different recipe for success
PALM COAST, Fla. -- Tiger Woods found motivation from a list he taped on his bedroom wall, a timeline of the golfing exploits by his idol Jack Nicklaus.

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.

Driver debate: Is everything legal?
Tiger Woods walks from the practice green to the first tee, picks up the official scorecard, meets the volunteers keeping score, then waits for the starter to announce his name before hitting his opening tee shot.

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.

Defending champion takes lead

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.

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.

BMW Charity Pro-Am raises nearly $675,000

GreenJackets on deck

Two minutes with Addison Bowman

GreenJackets' pitcher continues to improve

Pudding brings out flavor of garden vegetables
If it's beginning to look like a bumper zucchini crop in your back yard, my recipe for zucchini-corn pudding is for you.

Pudding brings out flavor of garden vegetables

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

YDC to ship some inmates to another facility
Forty-eight boys - almost half of the remaining inmate population - are being moved out of the Augusta Youth Development Campus today. Buses arrived at the south Augusta youth detention center this afternoon and are preparing to ship the boys to Bill E. Ireland Youth Development Campus in Milledgeville, according to Juvenile Justice Department spokeswoman Jaci Vickers.

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.

Former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox, a symbol of Old South segregation, dead at 87
ATLANTA -- Lester Maddox, the restaurateur who became a symbol of segregationist defiance and then Georgia governor in a fluke election, died Wednesday, family members said. He was 87.

Teenager dies in all-terrain vehicle accident
William Holley, an Augusta Chronicle all-area football and baseball player, died early this morning after suffering injuries when his all-terrain vehicle struck a car, police said.

Fed cuts key interest rate
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve cut a key short-term interest rate Wednesday by a one-quarter percentage point to its lowest level in 45 years. The aim is to energize consumer spending and business investment and help the economy snap out of a funk.

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.

Riverfront site for judicial center mistake
"That," our tour guide said ruefully, "is our city jail," as he gestured toward a hulking brick building on the banks of the Monongahela River. "Now our prisoners have one of the best views in Pittsburgh." Rebecca B. Rogers, Augusta

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

Appreciates show of support for pastor

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

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

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

Offers medical information about shrimp allergy
I read with interest The Chronicle's June 8 article, "Harvesting shrimp is successful venture for farmer," by Robert Pavey. I became alarmed as I read the comment regarding the safety of freshwater prawns for those with prior allergic reactions to shrimp secondary to the absence of iodine. Nothing could be further from the truth. Donnie P. Dunagan, M.D., Augusta

Columbia County zoning decisions put public at risk
The Columbia County Planning Commission showed bad judgment in rezoning property along Reed Creek for commercial development. Either these men are suffering from amnesia or they did not reside here Oct. 12, 1990. It was on this day that Columbia and Richmond counties experienced massive flooding that paralyzed downtown Augusta. Harvey Reif, Evans, Ga.

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.

Supreme Court upholds use of Internet filters in public libraries

Vatican puts museum collection online

Apple unveils first 64-bit Power Macintosh computer

In the know

In the know

Microsoft turns focus on privacy, hires new privacy chief

Microsoft turns focus on privacy, hires new privacy chief
SEATTLE -- Since Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates sent a memo 18 months ago urging the company to focus on making its software trustworthy, the company has devoted developers and money to security in its software products.

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.

Apple unveils first 64-bit Power Macintosh computer
SAN FRANCISCO -- Reigniting the 20-year debate over the most powerful desktop computer, Apple Computer Inc. on Monday unveiled a next-generation Macintosh with features that up until now have been found only in expensive workstations.

In the know
For three months on American Idol, they were the show's odd couple, the anointed favorites and seemingly predetermined finalists. On May 21, only 130,000 votes separated them. They released singles on the same day and quickly moved to No. 1 and No. 2 on the charts. Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard are having so much fun with their careers intertwined that they see no reason to stop.

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

Vatican puts museum collection online
VATICAN CITY -- The Sistine Chapel is now online.

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.

Board approves tax increase

Sanford holds first round of agency budget hearings
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- One week after completing vetoes to the state budget that takes effect in July, Gov. Mark Sanford began a series of hearings Tuesday to get input from agencies on the 2004-2005 state budget.

Board's chairman steps down
The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority gavel fell into Vice Chairman Billy Holden's hands Tuesday when the board's chairman unexpectedly stepped down.

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

Across the area

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.

Research finds fire ants are deadly to many
Kevin Hunt knew the bite was different when his throat started closing up.

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.

What happened to foes of the Georgia Lottery?
JONESBORO, Ga. -- An elderly man walks out of the Phillips 66 station clutching a wad of Cash 3 tickets. Ask him if he plays scratch-off games, too, and he'll grin and slide a dozen or so from his pocket.

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.

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.

Raised taxes to be spread thin

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.

Subscriber of the day

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

Rants and Raves
RAVES TO THE POLICE officers who pay attention to loud car stereos because they are often signals for criminal behavior. And raves for additional fines for men and women who carry children in their cars as covers during illegal activities, permanently destroying their tender eardrums. Maybe the reason they're having trouble in school is they're going deaf.

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.

Budget cuts will bring change
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Nettie Jones reflects the cold, dispassionate truth about South Carolina's budget woes.

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.

Memorials planned for Atlanta's first black mayor
ATLANTA -- Jackson Atlanta International Airport? City officials are exploring renaming all or part of the bustling airport for Maynard Jackson, Atlanta's first black mayor, who died Monday.

Perdue releases funding

Stormwater fee argued at hearing
Columbia County officials will have to wait a few weeks to find out the fate of their monthly stormwater charge.

'McDuffie Mirror' gets first editor

Teenager dies in all-terrain vehicle accident

News you can use

Statutes endanger north side structures

Across Georgia
FORT VALLEY - A police chief accused of driving drunk to work and failing a random alcohol breath test could be stripped of his officer certification.

Georgians take advantage of preschool funding
A report released this month by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that Georgia continues to reap benefits from investment in early education.

Jury indicts three murder suspects
Murder indictments were issued Tuesday for a man accused of killing his infant son and for two others accused of beating and robbing an elderly man before leaving him to die in his burning home.

Sanford holds first round of agency budget hearings

News you can use
JUNE 25, 1930 Bishop Frederick T. Keeney, formerly bishop of the Atlanta area Methodist Church, will lecture in Augusta twice tonight. The first talk will be made at the First Baptist Church at 8 o'clock. The second talk will take place at Bethel AME Church at 9 o'clock.

Libraries in area have Internet filters in place
This week's Supreme Court ruling that allows local governments to require anti-pornography filters on library computers had little effect on local libraries.

Libraries in area have Internet filters in place

Demolition crews begin preparations for cleanup
Before the remains of the Augusta Hotel can be hauled away from Sixth and Broad streets, demolition crews are working to clean out the abandoned building - prep work that they hope will pay off after wrecking machines level the structure later this week.

Across the area

Across the area
Richmond County authorities want the public's help in finding an Augusta teen.

Man robs bank in Aiken

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.

Board's chairman steps down

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Louise E. Jennings of Augusta.

Chambliss panel considers ways to help military families

Former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox said to be gravely ill
ATLANTA -- Former Gov. Lester Maddox, 87, one of the Old South's last segregation governors, was gravely ill at an Atlanta hospice Tuesday, said a family friend who wished to be unnamed.

Former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox said to be gravely ill

Chambliss panel considers ways to help military families
WASHINGTON -- Military officials acknowledge it's not uncommon for children of servicemen and women to attend six or more schools before graduation - a reality Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss says is draining the American armed services of some of their best and brightest.

Former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox, a symbol of Old South segregation, dead at 87

Sludge award upsets family
Jurors on Tuesday awarded $550,000 to Boyceland Dairy after a two-week trial in which the Boyce family accused the city of Augusta of poisoning its crops and cattle with sewage sludge.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Plans begin for traffic study

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

Research finds fire ants are deadly to many

Fed cuts key interest rate

Sludge award upsets family

What happened to foes of the Georgia Lottery?

Killings for year mirrors '02 toll

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.

Sludge trial jury fails on verdict

News you can use

Plans begin for traffic study
A consultant will spend the next three months studying the transportation needs of Columbia County.

Stormwater fee argued at hearing

Protest letter causes beer delay

Budget cuts will bring change

Students will not wear IDs

Georgians take advantage of preschool funding

Across Georgia

Memorials planned for Atlanta's first black mayor

Serviceman of the day

Rants and Raves
RAVES TO THE POLICE officers who pay attention to loud car stereos because they are often signals for criminal behavior. And raves for additional fines for men and women who carry children in their cars as covers during illegal activities, permanently destroying their tender eardrums. Maybe the reason they're having trouble in school is they're going deaf.

Jury: Augusta responsible for cattle deaths

Board approves tax increase
AIKEN - Ray Fleming wasn't sure whether he was actually going to stand up at Aiken County's school board meeting and read the speech he had prepared.

Camp focuses on children instead of their disabilities

Fireworks move changes plans
Plans for Augusta's Fourth of July celebration will be a dud for some fireworks spectators.

Killings for year mirrors '02 toll
The year isn't half over, and Richmond County has recorded 15 homicides, the total count for all of 2002.

Demolition crews begin preparations for cleanup

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

Past owner says plane was secure

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

Soldiers' families deal with unknowns
The television news bulletin that a South Carolina soldier was killed in action in Iraq on Sunday took Angela Harper's breath away.

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.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - After less than three years on the job, the manager of one of South Carolina's largest cities has quit.

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.

Man robs bank in Aiken
AIKEN - A red-headed bank robber with a tattoo on his neck and a surfboard T-shirt made away with an undisclosed amount of cash from the People's Community Bank on Whiskey Road in Aiken on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

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.

Perdue releases funding
Gov. Sonny Perdue has loosened his grip on money for Georgia's pilot elementary foreign language program.

Across Georgia

YDC to ship some inmates to another facility

Mini reviews

Video reviews

Mini reviews
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.

Video reviews

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

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

Decrepits are happy with unique sound
The Decrepits (from left) Joe Norman, Chancey Pruitt, John John Mims and drummer Jody McCullough (not pictured) play for the crowd at The Capri club in downtown Augusta.

Indie rocker goes pop

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.

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Decrepits are happy with unique sound

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.

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.

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.

NASCAR ratings remain steady on Fox

NASCAR ratings remain steady on Fox
NEW YORK -- The average rating for NASCAR on Fox remained the same as the last two years, despite the impact on viewing that the United States' war with Iraq had on three of the races.

Harvick reacts angrily to teammate Gordon's pass

Investigators finalizing tests on foam impact damage

Milicic impresses Pistons - and the rest of the league
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons are not the only NBA team raving about Darko Milicic.

LeBron as smooth in front of a camera as he is on the court

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.

Milicic impresses Pistons - and the rest of the league

Greek teenager benefits from draft eligibility rule change

LeBron as smooth in front of a camera as he is on the court
NEW YORK -- LeBron James bopped and swayed to the rap music of 50 Cent, squaring his broad shoulders and leaning straight into the lens as his eyes widened into a playful stare for the briefest of moments.

Bank One is 'presenting partner' for the Chicago Bears in the NFL's first such deal

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European Union study subject of class trip
NO DUCT TAPE? The students and I were prepared for hardships when we left for France this May, but we weren't prepared for this.

European Union study subject of class trip
NO DUCT TAPE? The students and I were prepared for hardships when we left for France this May, but we weren't prepared for this.

Weekend Sports In Brief

Court date set in Big East lawsuit

Serena Williams wins Wimbledon opener

Coach K says Duke would settle on adding Miami

Rutgers athletic director proposes new compromise on ACC expansion plan

Mexico's Aguirre retains WBC title

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

Overtime

Venus advances to 2nd round at Wimbledon

Klitscko will heal as he pursues Lewis rematch

Holyfield to fight Toney Oct. 4

Overtime

Agassi successfully begins title bid

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.

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

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

Agassi successfully begins title bid
WIMBLEDON, England -- It took awhile for Andre Agassi to polish his postmatch ritual. Once at Wimbledon several Grand Slam titles ago, he celebrated a victory by clumsily blowing a kiss to British rugby players in the Royal Box.

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.

Serena Williams wins Wimbledon opener
WIMBLEDON, England -- Serena Williams regained her Grand Slam grin Tuesday.

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.

Holyfield to fight Toney Oct. 4
NEW YORK -- At age 40, Evander Holyfield is making a personal declaration of independence, a statement that he won't let his career be controlled by promoters.

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.

Coach K says Duke would settle on adding Miami
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says the Atlantic Coast Conference hasn't distinguished itself as it tries to expand with three teams from the Big East, and he supports a plan to add only Miami.

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.

Klitscko will heal as he pursues Lewis rematch
The deep cuts on Vitali Klitschko's face are filled of stitches and just beginning to heal. He won't be able to fight again until late this year, at the earliest.

Overtime
Former Augustan Richard Maddox won the Florida State Golf Association Amateur Championship at Bay Hill Golf in Orlando on Sunday.

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

Bank One is 'presenting partner' for the Chicago Bears in the NFL's first such deal
CHICAGO -- Bank One Corp. presents ... the Chicago Bears.

Investigators finalizing tests on foam impact damage
WASHINGTON -- A suitcase sized chunk of foam that smashed into Columbia's left wing and damaged a critical heat shield is "the most probable cause" of the Columbia space shuttle disaster, an investigation panel said Tuesday.

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

A new experience for Iraqis - watching satellite TV
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- After years of all-Saddam-most-of-the-time, "Tom and Jerry" and the Arabic version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" come as quite a change for Iraqi TV viewers.

Spike Jones Jr. says Spike Lee does not own the name 'Spike'

Spike Jones Jr. says Spike Lee does not own the name 'Spike'
NEW YORK -- Lawyers for television network TNN filed court papers Monday by Spike Jones Jr., son of the legendary music satirist, saying it is "frightening" that filmmaker Spike Lee is trying to claim exclusive ownership of the name "Spike."

'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.

A new experience for Iraqis - watching satellite TV

Club offers classy variety

New 'Tomb Raider' video game tweaks franchise

Wynn won't return to Georgia

Wynn won't return to Georgia
Shedrick Wynn is leaving Georgia's football team because he couldn't get along with the Bulldogs' coaching staff, Wynn said Tuesday evening.

Clothing not needed at teen camp

Relaxing, listening help in getting license

Question of the week

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

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Want to learn more about street children? Visit Street Angels Africa at www.almudo.com for links to reports, documentaries and music about African street children.

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.

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Teen, parents should discuss rules

'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.

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.

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.

Artist's corner

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.

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:

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.

'In-Laws' has lots of action, laughs

Odds and Ends

Woman impaled by microphone stand feeling better

Bird escapes cage, causes deadly crash

Prisoner using fake gun escapes

Inmates sue over rule on beards, long hair

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