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.

Family traditions can help you bond

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.

Bad things happen in Koontz books

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.

Fantasy Baseball: Don't overlook hidden gem

Fantasy Baseball: Don't overlook hidden gem
Each year, by about midseason, a class of productive players falls under the radar screen for the casual baseball fan and, perhaps, the not-so-informed fantasy owner.

Bonds' 73rd homer sells for $450,000

Bonds' 73rd homer sells for $450,000
NEW YORK -- Todd McFarlane got off much cheaper this time.

Miles Michael Brown

Sarah Danielle Phillips

Tyler Dylan Washington

Harrison Boyd Bartley
John and Jennifer Bartley of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Harrison Boyd Bartley, Friday, May 30, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Spencer and Linda Boyd of Covington, Ga., and Thomas and Lydia Bartley of Dalton, Ga.

Ella Elizabeth Guinn

Sarah Danielle Phillips
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Phillips of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Sarah Danielle Phillips, Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Richard and Connie Norman of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Phillips of Destin, Fla.

Joseph Dylan Grimes
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph V. Grimes of Warrenville announce the birth of a son, Joseph Dylan Grimes, Monday, May 26, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jackson of Mableton, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Grimes of Clearwater.

Colby Bryson Partain
David and Yvonne Partain of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Colby Bryson Partain, Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Ann Gossage of Augusta and the late Harry Gossage, and Marlene Partain of Antreville, S.C., and the late Charles Partain.

Eliza Somerville Shadden

Lance Christian Moxley
Chris and Linda Moxley of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Lance Christian Moxley, Monday, June 9, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Larry and Yoshie Nichols of Martinez and Tommy and Gail Moxley of Evans.

Simuel De'miles Sanchez

Noah Michael Milford
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Milford of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Noah Michael Milford, Friday, May 23, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Woodruff of Martinez and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Milford Sr. of Evans.

Gregory Cory Yazzie
Gregory R. and Wendy M. Yazzie of Warrenville announce the birth of a son, Gregory Cory Yazzie, Thursday, June 5, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Clyde A. Billings III and Gloria Jean Billings of Everett, Wash., Raymond and Sharon Yazzie of North Augusta and Ronnie Cox and Jeanie Cox, both of Graniteville.

Brooklyn Jae McGhee
Bill J. and Laney M. McGhee of Leesville, La., announce the birth of a daughter, Brooklyn Jae McGhee, Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Saint Francis Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, La. Grandparents are Jerry and Rhonda McGlothlin and Sandra Slater, all of Leesville, and Suzanne Pritchett and James and Therisia McGhee, all of Hephzibah.

Zoe Ruth Long

Noble Charles Lancaster McClure
Daniel L. McClure and Kendra J. McGhen, both of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a son, Noble Charles Lancaster McClure, Friday, June 6, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Diana Barnes Noa of Tampa, Fla., Shirley Ann Smith of Hephzibah and Daniel J. McClure of Fayetteville, N.C.

Sarah Ann Cabe

Zoe Ruth Long
Robert and Tara Long of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Zoe Ruth Long, Saturday, May 31, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Lu Ann Phillips of Aiken and Pierce E. Long of New Ellenton.

Christopher Anthony Scott Himburg

Abagail Marie Lazenby
Jason and Michelle Lazenby of Beech Island announce the birth of a daughter, Abagail Marie Lazenby, Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Philip and Denise Taylor of Warrenville and Willis and Susan Lazenby of Beech Island.

Brooklyn Jae McGhee

William Nathan Jurl Keough
Jonathan A. and Cynthia R. Keough of Augusta announce the birth of a son, William Nathan Jurl Keough, Saturday, June 7, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Carolyn Newman and Darrell Robertson, both of Augusta, Iran Mansell of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Keough of Aiken.

Ma'kiyah Kenye' Heath

Carlos Javier Landaverde III
Carlos J. Landaverde Jr. and Shona M. Syms, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Carlos Javier Landaverde III, Friday, June 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Sam M. Syms and Pamela D. Sibert, both of Augusta, and Carlos J. Landaverde Sr. and Sandra Landaverde of Rock Hill, S.C.

Noble Charles Lancaster McClure

Eliza Somerville Shadden
Mr. and Mrs. H. Spencer Shadden of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Eliza Somerville Shadden, Thursday, May 22, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Floyd E. Bliven Jr. and Margaret Shadden, all of Augusta, and Harry S. Shadden Jr. of Fayetteville, Ark.

Michael Kenneth Wehunt
Jason Wehunt Sr. and Christina Oates, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Michael Kenneth Wehunt, Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Oates Sr. and Kim Thomaston, all of Augusta, and Adrian Wehunt of Cartersville, Ga.

Tyler Dylan Washington
Nick and Stacie Washington of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Tyler Dylan Washington, Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Russell and Helen Kennedy of Harlem, Ricky Washington and Linda Knight and Harvey and Helen Washington, all of Grovetown.

Simuel De'miles Sanchez
Samantha Gail Avery of Matthews, Ga., announces the birth of a son, Simuel De'miles Sanchez, Sunday, April 20, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Roger Avery, Victoria McNeal and Lula McNeal, all of Matthews, and Joe McNeal of Commerce, Ga.

Miles Michael Brown
Stephen M. and Alison L. Brown of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Miles Michael Brown, Saturday, May 3, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Eleanor Peterson of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. John Michael Brown of Evans.

Christopher Anthony Scott Himburg
Randall S. Himburg Sr. and Tonya L. Blackstone, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Christopher Anthony Scott Himburg, Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth A. Vaughn of Augusta.

Ella Elizabeth Guinn
Scott and Caroline Guinn of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Ella Elizabeth Guinn, Monday, March 3, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William A. Herman III of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. John W. Guinn III of Martinez.

Ma'kiyah Kenye' Heath
Roosevelt Heath and Dara Odoms, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Ma'kiyah Kenye' Heath, Monday, June 9, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Joseph H. and Vicki Odoms of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mattie Heath of Augusta and the late Roosevelt Heath Sr.

Michael Kenneth Wehunt

Lindsey Renee Baker
Phil and Amy Baker of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Lindsey Renee Baker, Saturday, June 14, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Baker of Graniteville and the late Mr. and Mrs. James I. Brown.

Noah Michael Milford

Harrison Boyd Bartley

Abagail Marie Lazenby

William Nathan Jurl Keough

Lindsey Renee Baker

Lance Christian Moxley

Sarah Ann Cabe
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cabe of Tennille, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Sarah Ann Cabe, Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Farmer Sr. of Tennille and Mr. and Mrs. M.D. Cabe of Bartow, Ga.

Asa David Fort

Colby Bryson Partain

Asa David Fort
Micah D. and Laurie M. Fort of Evans announce the birth of a son, Asa David Fort, Friday, June 6, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Bill and Pam Croom of Martinez, Owen and Carol Fort of Evans and the late David L. Vander Loop.

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.

Odds and Ends
OCONOMOWOC, Wis. -- Tom Snyder lost his high school and college class rings. Today, more than 50 years later, he has both of them back.

Man charged with murder after knife-proof vest fails test
LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A man was charged with murder for allegedly killing his nephew while demonstrating a bulletproof vest they believed could also stop knives.

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.

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.

Court allows charges in case where sex offender and victim never met
TRENTON, N.J. -- A man who called a 10-year-old girl and persuaded her to touch herself sexually can be charged with sexual assault, even though he never met the girl, a state appellate court has ruled.

Lopez comes to the rescue

Phillies hammer Maddux, Braves

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Anyone who criticized Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz for giving Javy Lopez a $7 million player option for this season is probably reconsidering their choice of words.

Voters help Braves make up ground

Phillies hammer Maddux, Braves
ATLANTA - He might yet find a way to win 15 games in what is presumed to be his final season with the Atlanta Braves, but Greg Maddux's invulnerability factor has been greatly diminished.

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 notebook

Nissan to move Pathfinder production to Smyrna

Study: more than 8 million could lose overtime pay
WASHINGTON -- More than 8 million professionals would lose their overtime pay under a Bush administration proposal to change the types of jobs that must receive more money for extra work, says a new study by a union-supported think tank.

Fed cuts key interest rate

Consumer confidence essentially flat in June

Study: more than 8 million could lose overtime pay

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

Business briefs

Durable-goods orders drop in May
WASHINGTON -- America's manufacturers saw demand for their products dip in May for the second straight month, a fresh sign of the industry's struggles to get back on sure footing. New-home sales, meanwhile, soared to the highest level on record.

Business briefs
Junior Achievement's Augusta District is seeking nominations for its inaugural Augusta Business Hall of Fame, which will become an annual event to honor the city's business leaders.

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.

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.

Nissan to move Pathfinder production to Smyrna
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nissan North America Inc. announced Wednesday it will move production of the Pathfinder sport utility vehicle to Tennessee, adding 800 jobs and giving its Smyrna plant the most automotive production capacity in the United States.

Durable-goods orders drop in May

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.

State: Plea negotiations off, McPherson felony trial next month

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.

Judicial train wreck

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

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?

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.

Lester Maddox
"The Maddox administration was a good one, marked with historic and progressive achievements. Under his watch, Georgia instituted a more humane prison system and integrated the Georgia State Patrol and county welfare and draft boards throughout the state. History will judge his administration well."

A welcome detour

Lester Maddox

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.

'Enter The Matrix' a wild ride through a bizarre land
The "Matrix" movies, despite the bizarre and depressing world they present, are amazingly popular.

Michael Jackson sings with James Brown at BET Awards
LOS ANGELES -- Rapper 50 Cent captured best new artist and best male hip-hop artist honors at Tuesday's BET Awards show, while Michael Jackson presented the "godfather of soul," James Brown, with a lifetime achievement award.

Stocks fall after Federal Reserve cuts 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.

Stocks fall after Federal Reserve cuts rates
NEW YORK -- The Federal Reserve's decision to cut interest rates by a quarter-percentage point disappointed Wall Street Wednesday, sending the Dow Jones industrials lower more than 90 points.

Stocks mixed ahead of Fed decision on interest rates

Snickers maker turns to energy bar

Garfield can put you in the mood for food

Small portions

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.

Cafe offers healthy choices

Dining out
Brief reviews of area restaurants.

Dining out

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

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.

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.

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.

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

GreenJackets on deck
Hickory Crawdads (Pirates) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox).

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.

Simple auto tips can make every drive a safe one

Golfer endures competition despite accident
It was a lazy summer day three weeks ago when Drew Blackston was helping his father, Charles, and some workers complete the seemingly harmless task of building a fence.

Defending champion takes lead

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.

Watson hopes to keep caddie's plight in the headlines
TOLEDO, Ohio -- In the two weeks since their magical 65 in the first round of the U.S. Open, Tom Watson has received an outpouring of concern and support for his longtime caddie who is dying from Lou Gehrig's disease.

A summer vacation like no other

Golfer endures competition despite accident

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.

It finally feels like summer on the PGA Tour

It finally feels like summer on the PGA Tour
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Put away the rain pants, long-sleeved shirts and bag covers. It finally feels like summer on the PGA Tour.

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.

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

Watson hopes to keep caddie's plight in the headlines

Driver debate: Is everything legal?

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.

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

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.

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

GreenJackets on deck

Two minutes with Addison Bowman

GreenJackets' pitcher continues to improve

GreenJackets on deck

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

Former Sen. Strom Thurmond dead
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, a one-time Democratic segregationist who later helped fuel the rise of the modern conservative Republican Party in the South, died Thursday night. He was 100, the oldest and longest-serving senator in history.

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.

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.

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.

Supreme Court orders more consideration of Georgia political map
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Thursday gave states some leeway in drawing political boundaries in areas with heavy black populations, a ruling that helps Democrats.

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.

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.

Advocates universal health insurance

Aiken Co. Class of 2003 earned bragging rights
With the Class of 2003 on its way into full-fledged adulthood, and area youth basking in the delight of summertime fun, let us not forget what was achieved as the very last graduate strolled across the stage to receive his or her diploma. If you have not been made aware, our Aiken County high school seniors amassed in excess of $14.5 million in scholarships this year - $14,539,660 to be exact, as of June 10. Tammie Newman, North Augusta, S.C.

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

Aiken Co. Class of 2003 earned bragging rights

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

Bible provides answers to churches' problems

Bible provides answers to churches' problems
In the aftermath of the two incidents in our local "churchology," I feel moved to respond. Linsey Howard, Grovetown, Ga.

Advocates universal health insurance
I am writing in response to Jennifer Bailie's June 14 letter, "APRNs can be key to health-care reform," advocating prescriptive authority for advance practice registered nurses as being the solution to the problem of medically uninsured Americans. Randy Cain, Avera, Ga.

The tuxedo stays classic, unchanged

In the know

Smart cars, smart roads can help out dumb drivers

Vatican puts museum collection online

IBM sees an automotive future with a 'butler in the dashboard'

Microsoft turns focus on privacy, hires new privacy chief

In the know

Apple unveils first 64-bit Power Macintosh computer

Buying Nemo

Health calendar

Smart cars, smart roads can help out dumb drivers
McLEAN, Va. -- Federal highway officials think they've found a way to prevent thousands of traffic accidents every year: "smart intersections" that warn drivers they're about to run a red light or smash into a truck.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Buying Nemo
Know exactly what you are getting before finding your own clownfish

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
Pamela Anderson has a wish. "All I asked was to have larger boobs and a smaller waist," she says.

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

IBM sees an automotive future with a 'butler in the dashboard'
HAWTHORNE, N.Y. -- A driver of the future - the near future, IBM says - will be able to dictate and send e-mails, get spoken directions to a restaurant, even play a game of "Name That Tune" with his onboard computer.

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.

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.

The tuxedo stays classic, unchanged
NEW YORK - The years-old tuxedo a man dusts off for a party or special event is as fashionable now as it was when he bought it - even if it was purchased decades ago.

Lobbyists hired to fight for Fort Gordon
The first strategic planning meetings between the CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon and the firms are set for late July in Washington.

Chambliss panel considers ways to help military families

Sanford holds first round of agency budget hearings

Serviceman of the day

Beer sales will ring up Sunday
AIKEN - It's official: Beer will be sold in Aiken this Sunday.

Supreme Court orders more consideration of Georgia political map

Teen dies in ATV crash
As an Augusta Chronicle All-Area football and baseball player for Briarwood Academy, William Holley was remembered by teachers and students as an outstanding athlete, a hard worker and an all-around good guy.

Police seek driver's ed scam suspect

Across Georgia

News you can use

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.

Beer sales will ring up Sunday

Groups debate cut in funds
A lack of state money and cutbacks by other health care providers in Augusta are causing a strain on Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics and leading to austerity measures, such as permanently closing the outpatient pharmacy, MCG Health officials say.

Prominent figures to attend Maynard Jackson's funeral

Airport must cut screeners
Augusta Regional Airport recently got approval to keep more federal screeners this year than originally planned. The airport, however, should still experience screener job cuts - something fliers such as Jyoti Patel disagree with.

Lending a helping hand

Research finds fire ants are deadly to many

News you can use

Fed cuts key interest rate

Stormwater fee argued at hearing

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

48 get moved out of center

Former Sen. Strom Thurmond dead

Maddox leaves legacy in Georgia

Trust brings back regulars Roadside stand sees fewer stops
CLEARWATER - Business has never been so good at Midland Mercantile, a hardware-and-more mom-and-pop shop between Augusta and Aiken where regulars stop in daily to sit in the store's high-back indoor swing to chew the cud with the owners and chat about galvanized buckets and cast-iron pots.

Groups debate cut in funds

Across the area
An Augusta woman was charged Wednesday with scalding her boyfriend's 2-year-old son with chicken grease and waiting a few hours before notifying anyone, authorities said.

Fiery leader remembered by those who knew him

New suspect charged in killing of police officer during 1969 race riot
YORK, Pa. -- A black man who surprised prosecutors in March by implicating himself on the witness stand in the shooting death of a white police officer during a 1969 race riot has been charged with murder.

Budget cuts will bring change

Across the area

Georgians take advantage of preschool funding

Board approves tax increase

Memorials planned for Atlanta's first black mayor

Rants and Raves
I AM A T.W. Josey alumnus, and I want to give a rave for the contractors who have done the Josey renovations. The front office is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for your hard work.

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.

48 get moved out of center
Citing discontent among workers and concerns about children's safety, the Juvenile Justice Department moved nearly half of the remaining inmate population out of the Augusta Youth Development Campus on Wednesday.

Lobbyists hired to fight for Fort Gordon

Plans begin for traffic study

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

'Watch list' includes two nursing homes

Trust brings back regulars Roadside stand sees fewer stops

Attacker wants break

Airport must cut screeners

Maddox leaves legacy in Georgia
ATLANTA - Former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox died at age 87 early Wednesday, leaving a complex legacy as both an outspoken segregationist and as a government reformer.

Across South Carolina

Man robs bank in Aiken

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.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kirby J. Eldridge of Hephzibah.

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.

Attacker wants break
An Augusta man who decided to take a home invasion a step further by sexually assaulting a teenager wants his prison sentence reduced.

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

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Myrtle Beach, its police chief and Horry County have asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the NAACP alleging discrimination during a black biker rally held each year on South Carolina's Grand Strand.

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.

News you can use
JUNE 26, 1972 "Kitchen police" duty, commonly known in the military as KP, might soon be an experience of the past for Fort Gordon soldiers, according to Col. Daniel Smaw, deputy director of industrial operations.

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.

Prominent figures to attend Maynard Jackson's funeral
ATLANTA -- Former President Bill Clinton will be one of the high-profile guests attending Maynard Jackson Jr.'s funeral on Saturday, his office confirmed Wednesday.

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

Perdue criticized for lowering flags for Maddox, not for Jackson
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue ordered flags on state buildings lowered to half-staff Wednesday for the death of former Gov. Lester Maddox, but he faced criticism for not immediately doing the same for Maynard Jackson, Atlanta's first black mayor.

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.

Chairman of ANIC resigns
Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. Chairman Bernard Silverstein has resigned from its board.

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

'Watch list' includes two nursing homes
Two Augusta nursing homes have been identified as having chronic problems by a nonprofit research organization.

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

YDC to ship some inmates to another facility

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.

Police seek driver's ed scam suspect
AIKEN - Beth Rautio enrolled her teenage daughter in a driver's education course that they hoped would help get her behind the wheel by her 16th birthday.

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.

Demolition crews begin preparations for cleanup

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.

Fiery leader remembered by those who knew him
Former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox, who died early Wednesday, had many ties to Augusta, including the late Richard A. Dent- the only black legislator to vote for him in the historic General Assembly balloting of January 1967.

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.

What happened to foes of the Georgia Lottery?

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.

Lending a helping hand
Johnnie May Brown has a lot to smile about, and when she smiles her eyes seem to well up with tears.

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.

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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.

Killings for year mirrors '02 toll

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.

Sludge award upsets family

Across Georgia
WAYCROSS - A motorist found an 8-year-old girl lying on the side of a road Tuesday morning who said she had been abducted and sexually assaulted.

Jailer charged with trespassing
A jailer for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office was arrested on criminal trespass charges, accused of damaging items at his former girlfriend's home, police said Wednesday.

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

Jailer charged with trespassing

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.

Perdue criticized for lowering flags for Maddox, not for Jackson

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

Perdue releases funding

Teenager dies in all-terrain vehicle accident

Across Georgia

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.

Former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox said to be gravely ill

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

Board's chairman steps down

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.

Across the area

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.

Man faces charges in assault on wife
The husband of a Richmond County school system police sergeant has been charged with beating his wife with her service revolver and stealing her county-owned vehicle.

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

Woods: Integrity of golf in peril
WOODSTOCK, Ga. - The dirtiest word in golf is "cheating." According to the game's greatest practitioner, it is happening "more and more often" on the PGA Tour.

Simple auto tips can make every drive a safe one
A rock broke my windshield recently, and after the glass-shop guys had come to replace it in the parking lot at work, I jumped into my car and pulled into traffic.

Video reviews

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

Zombie movies: A feast for (and of) the mind

Zombie movies: A feast for (and of) the mind
LOS ANGELES -- Braaaiins! Everyone knows that zombies love to snack on them, but many movies about the shuffling cranial-crackers also target gray matter with social commentary hidden beneath the horror.

'Wild Thangs' make coach's heart sing
The Georgia Wild Thangs make their coach's heart sing.

Decrepits are happy with unique sound

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.

Music industry to sue hundreds for piracy
WASHINGTON - The embattled music industry disclosed plans Wednesday for an unprecedented escalation in its fight against Internet piracy, threatening to sue hundreds of individual computer users who illegally share music files online.

Top 20 Concert Tours

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Q&A with Chad Blount
Chad Blount is a rookie on the NASCAR Busch Series. He will compete in Sunday's GNC LiveWell 250 at The Milwaukee Mile. Blount, who will drive a Dodge that commemorates Bobby Allison's 1983 Winston Cup Series championship while he drove for Miller Beer, talked about the rigors of being a first-year driver and his goal of driving a Winston Cup car.

Rain, war don't stop viewers
ATLANTA - The war with Iraq and rain delays at the two of the crown jewel events couldn't slow NASCAR's popularity among Fox television viewers this year.

Racing facts - GNC Livewell 250
Here are facts about this weekend's GNC Livewell 250 race.

Racing's gentlemen's agreement - R-i-i-i-ght

Racing's gentlemen's agreement - R-i-i-i-ght
ATLANTA - Given the choice of being ungentlemanly or winning a race, Robby Gordon picked winning. After all, manners are better used at the dinner table, not the racetrack.

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.

Q&A with Chad Blount

NASCAR ratings remain steady on Fox

Rain, war don't stop viewers

Investigators finalizing tests on foam impact damage

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

Kitchings says any outcome will suit him
There will be no drama in the Kitchings household tonight.

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.

Hawks in limbo on draft day

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.

James, other NBA lottery picks, turn to Charlotte clothier for right look
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When teenage phenom LeBron James steps onstage at Madison Square Garden as the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, he wants to look the part of a rich and successful professional athlete.

Milicic impresses Pistons - and the rest of the league

Kitchings says any outcome will suit him

Hawks in limbo on draft day
ATLANTA -- Draft day is a time of optimism for the NBA's downtrodden teams.

Cavs focusing on second draft pick

Anthony might be third pick, but doesn't think he's third best
NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony is conceding nothing to LeBron James and Darko Milicic, except that they will be the first two picks in the NBA draft.

James, other NBA lottery picks, turn to Charlotte clothier for right look

Cavs focusing on second draft pick
CLEVELAND -- The No. 1 pick in the NBA draft is a no-brainer for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The No. 31 selection will require a lot more thinking.

How many trades, if any, will be made at NBA draft?

How many trades, if any, will be made at NBA draft?
NEW YORK -- At least one person closely associated with the NBA draft believes there will be several trades made Thursday night, and Marquette junior Dwyane Wade expects he may be a factor in those dealings.

Anthony might be third pick, but doesn't think he's third best

Falcons notebook

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

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Ms. Janie Garnett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Miss Nellie Hadden (GIBSON, Ga.)

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Mr. Reyes Mendoza (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Blanche Krehely (HARLEM, Ga.)

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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.

ACC invites Miami, Virginia Tech to join

Roddick beats Rusedski in Wimbledon shootout

Big East lawsuit will move forward

Agassi successfully begins title bid

In the game spotlight

Coach K says Duke would settle on adding Miami

Rahman itching for opportunity to fight Mesi

Overtime

'Wild Thangs' make coach's heart sing

Overtime

Serena Williams wins Wimbledon opener

Klitscko will heal as he pursues Lewis rematch

Holyfield to fight Toney Oct. 4

Youth basketball team to vie for national title

Get in the game - North Augusta Jackets

Area announcements

In the game spotlight
This week's in the game spotlight is on Damien Williams, 16, of Augusta.

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.

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.

ACC invites Miami, Virginia Tech to join
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference ended its six-week expansion saga Wednesday by inviting only Miami and Virginia Tech to leave the Big East and join its league.

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.

Rahman itching for opportunity to fight Mesi
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- If Joe Mesi wants to fight a name opponent to solidify his place as a heavyweight contender, Hasim Rahman is ready.

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

Big East lawsuit will move forward
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Having been invited to join the Atlantic Coast Conference, Virginia Tech withdrew Wednesday from the Big East's lawsuit against the ACC, Miami and Boston College, but the litigation will move forward.

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.

Youth basketball team to vie for national title
Another grueling two-hour practice inside the steamy North Augusta Middle School gymnasium is finally over when one of the coaches offers the team of 13-year-old boys some food for thought.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Get in the game - North Augusta Jackets
The North Augusta Jackets, a 13-and-younger boys basketball team based in North Augusta.

Ballplayer pinch hits for Army wife at family restaurant
COLUMBUS, Ga. - After two decades as a professional softball player, Charles Wright knows how to step up to the plate.

Roddick beats Rusedski in Wimbledon shootout
WIMBLEDON, England -- Andy Roddick won a serving showdown and Greg Rusedski lost his cool Wednesday at Wimbledon.

Overtime
Augusta's Laura Coble is two shots off the lead after the first round of the Georgia Women's Top 60 Classic in St. Simons Island.

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

Falcons notebook
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Three months into his career with the Atlanta Falcons, Cory Hall no longer dreads the notion of leaving home.

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

Woods: Integrity of golf in peril

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.

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

A new experience for Iraqis - watching satellite TV

Showtime's dark comedy probes business side of death
LOS ANGELES -- "Angels don't like getting their hands dirty. You know, upper management types," declares Rube, one of the grim reapers who populate Showtime's new drama "Dead Like Me."

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."

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.

Babes and gadgets: it worked in magazines, will it work on TV?

Babes and gadgets: it worked in magazines, will it work on TV?
NEW YORK -- Gadgets, wrestling and Pamela Anderson - is this what guys want?

Reruns top new episodes of reality TV

Study: TV lags in depicting Hispanic population
LOS ANGELES -- Hispanics are the nation's largest and fastest-growing minority, their buying power is increasing - yet they remain barely visible on the major broadcast networks, according to a study released Tuesday.

Showtime's dark comedy probes business side of death

Study: TV lags in depicting Hispanic population

Reruns top new episodes of reality TV
NEW YORK - So far this summer, television viewers prefer reruns of old favorites to anything new that broadcast networks have to offer.

'Enter The Matrix' a wild ride through a bizarre land

Michael Jackson sings with James Brown at BET Awards

Club offers classy variety

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.

Former USC player pleads guilty to drug charge
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A former South Carolina running back and kick returner has pleaded guilty to drug charges in a plea bargain and will likely get probation.

Man charged with murder after knife-proof vest fails test

Odds and Ends

Court allows charges in case where sex offender and victim never met

Prisoner using fake gun escapes

Odds and Ends

Inmates sue over rule on beards, long hair