Paintings for book stand as individual scenes

Paintings for book stand as individual scenes
Each page of Pictures for Miss Josie bears the distinctive, stylistic hallmarks of artist Benny Andrews. His human figures - long, lean and angular - bisect the pages. His landscapes are festooned with loose, abstract flora meant to suggest color and life rather than the physical form of the plants in question. Flipping through the book, which recounts a young boy's journey to manhood, becomes as much about the function of color, shape and line as the journey itself.

Red Sox record 14-run inning
BOSTON - The Boston Red Sox set a major league record by scoring 10 runs before making an out against the Florida Marlins and led 14-1 after the first inning Friday night.

Bonds No. 73 ball: a story of greed
NEW YORK -- It was, at its core, a story of greed. Two men, one ball. Millionaire dreams.

Youngsters unlikely catalyst for streaking D'Backs

Bonds No. 73 ball: a story of greed

Youngsters unlikely catalyst for streaking D'Backs
PHOENIX -- The injury-decimated Arizona Diamondbacks thrust a corps of youngsters into the big-time out of necessity in what looked to be a lost season.

Lester Maddox is still just as tough to figure out

Tattoos provide escape from South Korean draft
SEOUL, South Korea -- Koreans have a curse - "You should be tattooed!" - that reflects the ancient practice of using tattoos to brand thieves and slaves.

Chickens are becoming hip suburban pets
BALA CYNWYD, Pa. -- Gail Herrine approaches a large rectangular cage in her backyard, asks her "girls" if they'd like to come out and hoists the coop several inches off the ground.

Odds and Ends
LIVINGSTON, Mont. -- A retired Montana railroader-turned-mountain man knew the odds were good he'd have a close encounter with a grizzly bear someday while alone in the back country.

Texas woman found guilty in 'windshield' case
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A jury took less than an hour Thursday to convict a former nurse's aide of murder for hitting a homeless man with her car, driving home with his mangled body lodged in the windshield and leaving him to die in her garage.

Chicken that was tied to balloons is up for adoption
SAN FRANCISCO -- A chicken that was strapped to 100 helium balloons and sent skyward last weekend in a stunt is resting these days at the city's animal shelter as people vie to adopt it.

Javy Lopez: What a difference a year makes

Javy Lopez: What a difference a year makes
ATLANTA -- Javy Lopez got a chance to experience rock-bottom.

Furcal's fielding struggles don't alarm Cox, shortstop
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Atlanta Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal has two errors and no hits in his past three games. He has three errors and three hits in his past five games.

Phillies squash Braves

Braves blast Devil Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella says that for the Devil Rays to become respectable they must learn how to win the close games.

Phillies squash Braves
ATLANTA - For those wondering what danger a team that finished below .500 in eight of the past nine seasons could pose to the perennial division champions, here's the answer: The Philadelphia Phillies have won three of four series from the Atlanta Braves this year, and with Thursday night's 8-1 win before a crowd of 30,405 fans at Turner Field, they have made it clear the race in the National League East has just started to heat up.

Atlanta's offense begins to cool off

Atlanta's offense begins to cool off
ATLANTA - After eight weeks of mashing, the Atlanta Braves' bats have cooled off from the top of the lineup to the bottom.

Furcal's fielding struggles don't alarm Cox, shortstop

Company eases online search for local businesses

Bill would require notification when 'hacked'
WASHINGTON -- Embarrassed businesses and government agencies would have to notify consumers under a proposed law if hackers break into computers and steal some types of personal information, including Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers and credit card information.

65 workers lose E-Z-Go jobs
E-Z-Go's annual shutdown, to accommodate changes for the new model year, begins Monday. It will last four weeks this year because of decreased product demand, the company said.

National sign-up begins Friday to avoid telemarketers
WASHINGTON -- Promising the gift of silence for people bedeviled by telemarketers, the government will launch a national do-not-call list Friday intended to block phone sales pitches from nearly all sources.

High natural gas prices, shortages worry industry, government

Business briefs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - HCA Inc. and Justice Department officials signed an agreement Thursday that calls for the hospital company to pay $631 million in civil penalties and damages to settle Medicare fraud charges.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Waste Management Inc. must sell its operations in Augusta before it can proceed with its merger with Allied Waste Industries Inc., which operates as BFI in Augusta.

High natural gas prices, shortages worry industry, government
WASHINGTON -- Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham warned Thursday that severe gas shortages and high prices are "a national concern that will touch virtually every American."

Consumer spending rises 0.1 percent in May
WASHINGTON -- Consumers didn't shop until they dropped but they did boost spending in May, a fresh sign that they are still doing their part to keep the economy going.

Hundreds of thousands register with national do-not-call list

Hundreds of thousands register with national do-not-call list
WASHINGTON -- The public's simmering frustration with telemarketers erupted Friday as people hurried to sign up for a new national do-not-call list, registering about 635,000 telephone numbers in the program's first 14 hours.

Bill would require notification when 'hacked'

New on Knox Avenue
A one-mile stretch of road in North Augusta is becoming the busiest strip of commercial development the region has seen in recent years.

65 workers lose E-Z-Go jobs

Economy grows worse than previously thought in first quarter
WASHINGTON --The economy was more sluggish in the first three months of 2003 than previously thought and grew at a poky annual rate of just 1.4 percent, underscoring the country's struggles to break through its economic lethargy.

Consumer spending rises 0.1 percent in May

Latest interest rate cut could be last for a while
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve's first short-term interest rate cut of this year could turn out to be its last bracing tonic if the economy's vital signs - which the Fed says already are improving - get even stronger in the coming months.

Economy grows worse than previously thought in first quarter

Latest interest rate cut could be last for a while

Company eases online search for local businesses
An Augusta Internet services company this week completed the consumer launch of a shopping-oriented search engine that helps people find hometown businesses.

East Carolina fans want the ACC's consideration
RALEIGH, N.C. - As the Atlantic Coast Conference pursues Virginia Tech and Miami in its plan to expand, some fans of East Carolina say the league should look a little closer to home.

Low grades could cost teams

Low grades could cost teams
INDIANAPOLIS - College sports programs with perennially poor academic records could lose scholarships and not be eligible for postseason tournaments under an NCAA subcommittee recommendation.

East Carolina fans want the ACC's consideration

Auburn flirting with home season sellout
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn football hasn't been such a hot ticket since Bo Jackson's Heisman Trophy season.

Repeal archaic law

Bilingual promise
"During my recent trip to Europe, I noticed one stark contrast between their education system and ours: European children learn a second language in the early grades. Together with parents, foreign language educators, the Professional Standards Commission and the Legislature, I will work toward the day that all Georgia students have access to instruction in a second language."

Strom Thurmond: A catalyst for change
Imagine how proud you'd be to see your child grow up to be superintendent of schools. Or judge. Or how about regaling your friends with stories of your son the war hero? Or, instead, how would you feel if your son grew up to be a governor? Or U.S. senator? Better yet, the longest-serving senator ever?

Repeal archaic law
There are few laws as archaic - or ridiculous - as South Carolina's mandate that restaurants and bars serve hard liquor out of the same miniature bottles used on commercial airlines.

Bilingual promise

Difficult to please
There's no pleasing some people - especially Koreans, North or South.

Strom Thurmond: A catalyst for change

Ashanti finds the spotlight as a star
Rhythm-and-blues diva Ashanti, performing tonight at Fort Gordon, could well end up remembered for being more than the Foolish and Happy girl.

Applause calendar
This is a listing of upcoming area events, including 4th of July festivities.

Club calendar
Information about area clubs and scheduled entertainment.

Standing ovations
Both Fort Gordon and the Augusta GreenJackets will present fireworks in advance of Independence Day. The Fort Gordon event, which takes place at Barton Field on Thursday, will feature fireworks, a laser light show, live entertainment and a carnival. The carnival begins at 10 a.m., with the main event at 5 p.m. Admission is free. You must have picture identification for admission to the base.

Aiken celebrates early
The Aiken Jaycees will celebrate the nation's birthday a week early with its annual festival and fireworks display Saturday at the Aiken Jaycees Fairgrounds.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Dark Blue, Kangaroo Jack, Punch-Drunk Love and The Hours

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.

Richest got richer between 1992 and 2000, IRS says
WASHINGTON -- The nation's richest people paid a lower proportion of their income in federal taxes in 2000 than in 1992, new government figures show.

Stocks rise moderately on jobless claims report
NEW YORK -- A report suggesting that layoffs might be stabilizing helped reassure Wall Street Thursday and sent stocks moderately higher, although the gains were limited by news of a sluggish gross domestic product.

Doubly unemployed, couples struggle with both partners out of work
BOLTON, Mass. -- The clock over the counter in Avril and Ed Sobolik's kitchen gave out months ago, leaving the hands - shaped like tiny wooden spoons - stuck interminably at 6:30.

Doubly unemployed, couples struggle with both partners out of work

Congress expects to extend child credit for low-income families this summer

Stocks fall on consumer spending, income reports
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrials and Standard & Poor's 500 index ended a four-week winning streak Friday as investors cashed in profits despite reports of modest growth in consumer income and spending. The Dow lost nearly 90 points to close below the 9,000 mark.

Credit-card delinquencies unchanged in first quarter
WASHINGTON - The number of people who were past due on their credit card bills was unchanged in the first three months of this year after reaching a record high in the last quarter of 2002, the American Bankers Association said Thursday.

Congress expects to extend child credit for low-income families this summer
WASHINGTON -- Congress left for the July Fourth recess without completing a bill to let millions of minimum-wage families share in the child tax credit rebates this summer. Key negotiators hope they can get it done by July 25, when rebate checks start to go out to middle-income families.

Stocks rise moderately on jobless claims report

Stock funds achieve best quarterly results in 3 1/2 years
NEW YORK -- Stock mutual funds had a stunning second quarter, turning in their best three-month results in 3 1/2 years. For the most part, funds scored double-digit positive returns, rallying with the rest of Wall Street on strong earnings and economic reports and a swift end to the war in Iraq.

Stocks fall on consumer spending, income reports

Stock funds achieve best quarterly results in 3 1/2 years

Fishing report

Fishing report
At last! Maybe.

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

If wilt strikes, tomatoes are doomed

If wilt strikes, tomatoes are doomed
Bacterial wilt on tomatoes is an all-too-common problem in the garden every year.

Soil is the foundation for great plants

Back yard being turned into garden spots
Barbsie and Nelson Brown's back yard wasn't really an eyesore. It just needed professional help.

Back yard being turned into garden spots

Soil is the foundation for great plants
Occasionally you hear talk about the monstrous plants in such-and-such a person's garden. Their soil, it seems, possesses mystical properties or is home to green-thumbed gnomes who labor by moonlight.

Five errors cost Jackets a win
The Hickory Crawdads beat the Augusta GreenJackets 8-6 on Thursday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium, but they sure didn't have to do much to record the victory.

Defense fails Jackets
Defensive woes plagued Augusta once again Friday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium, as the Augusta GreenJackets blew a comfortable lead for the second-straight night against Hickory.

Sorenstam, Wie head tourney field

Early birdies make for Cunning victory

Woods confirms he will play in Buick Open

Watson shoots 66 for three-shot lead at Senior Open

Pavin three behind leader at SK Telecom Open

Pavin three behind leader at SK Telecom Open
SEOUL, South Korea -- Corey Pavin shot a 5-under-par 67 Thursday and was three strokes behind first-round leader K.J. Choi of South Korea at the Asian PGA Tour's SK Telecom Open.

Haas, Stiles share one-stroke lead in suspended first round

Watson shoots 66 for three-shot lead at Senior Open
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Another first round of an Open, another terrific day for Tom Watson.

French amateur shares French Open lead

Fernandez's hot finish eclipses Watson

Haas, Stiles share one-stroke lead in suspended first round
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Jay Haas and Darron Stiles shot 7-under-par 64s Thursday and shared a one-stroke lead in the suspended first round of the rainy St. Jude Classic.

Early birdies make for Cunning victory
Whenever Patrick Cunning needed a blue jacket in the past, he borrowed one from his father.

Sorenstam, Wie head tourney field
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Annika Sorenstam won't be the only one drawing a crowd at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Diaz, Lindstrom, Stanford lead after first round of ShopRite

French amateur shares French Open lead
VERSAILLES, France -- French amateur Eric Chaudouet shot a 6-under par 66 Thursday and shared the first-round lead of the French Open.

Huston shares one-stroke lead with tour rookie

Huston shares one-stroke lead with tour rookie
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- John Huston made a 6-foot birdie putt on his final hole Friday and joined PGA Tour rookie Richard S. Johnson as a co-leader after the second round of the St. Jude Classic.

Diaz, Lindstrom, Stanford lead after first round of ShopRite
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- With Annika Sorenstam having mixed success using a new ball and phenom Michelle Wie struggling with her putter, three less-publicized players shared the first-round lead in the ShopRite LPGA Classic on Friday.

Woods confirms he will play in Buick Open
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Tiger Woods will defend his title at the Buick Open and try to become the first player in more than 35 years to win the event in consecutive years.

Fernandez's hot finish eclipses Watson
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Vicente Fernandez believes he's owed a major championship. On Friday, at the U.S. Senior Open, he took a step toward claiming it.

Defense fails Jackets

Lester Maddox is still just as tough to figure out
How do you explain Lester Maddox, Georgia's 75th governor, who died Wednesday?

Toddler killed after being hit by truck
A 2-year-old Augusta boy was struck and killed by a truck this morning in south Augusta after darting into traffic in front of his home, authorities said.

John Wesley shaped Christian life
Thank you for the space in the June 21 Chronicle devoted to Father John Wesley on the 300th anniversary of his birth. John M. Younginer Jr., North Augusta, S.C.

John Wesley shaped Christian life

Name-calling does little to advance dialogue on illegal immigrants
Regarding Kevin Palmer's June 20 letter, "Only bigots say illegal aliens harm": Mr. Palmer seems to suffer from the liberal disease of being non-judgmental. Let me see if I can put this into a perspective even he might understand. Robert B. Rackliffe, Belvedere, S.C.

Union workers say strike is matter of trust
As a member of IBEW Local 84 and an employee of the Southern Co., I thought the article in the June 7 Chronicle by Matthew Mogul, "Nuclear plant strike gets closer," on the nuclear workers' strike was incomplete. The main issue focused on seniority but, in actuality, that is just part of a much larger whole. Jesse Key, Augusta

Union workers say strike is matter of trust

Complaints about swimming ban are endless
It's been over a year since Eric Doughtry lost his life, drowning in a local Augusta canal. Our organization, Mother's for Water Safety Coalition, fought the city of Augusta for some time to get much-needed signs put up around the canal to warn swimmers of a law that was in place that banned swimming in the canal. We fought for some time and won the right to have six "no swimming" signs in place along the nine mile canal that bordered the Savannah River in Augusta. This process caused a lot of anger among residents in Augusta, as they protested the idea of the signs. It also brought up the 1920 law that was in place on the Savannah River that also banned swimming. Lea Owens, Beech Island, S.C.

Death of sons like death sentence to mother
I would like to address the June 24 letter, "Boys' devastating deaths were a mistake, not murder," from Michael Batchelor's aunts (Delores Fischer and Charlene Free). I can't understand how they could know anything about the circumstances surrounding the accident that took my children's lives on July 11, 2002. These people did not even know my boys and had never seen them. And as far as I know, they haven't had any contact with Michael for years. So how would they know anything?

Moore integral in passing of reform bill
State Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater, deserves a lot of credit for the campaign finance reform bill passed by the South Carolina General Assembly on the last day of this year's session. Mr. Moore has fought for this reform for at least four years and was one of the chief authors of the original campaign finance reform bill passed in 1991 in the wake of Operation Lost Trust. John V. Crangle, Columbia, S.C.

Death of sons like death sentence to mother

Agrees with affirmative-action decision
On June 23, I watched the news, which featured an open-microphone segment. The question being asked was, "Do you think race should be considered when decisions are made by the courts?" I was appalled by the answers of some blacks. Joseph Diggs Sr., Augusta

Name-calling does little to advance dialogue on illegal immigrants

School leaders should set example
I read with interest the June 11 Augusta Chronicle article "Board weighs larger teacher raises." This article was a reminder that the Aiken County Board of Education decided to impose a $15 million tax increase on Aiken County taxpayers, and grant teachers a salary increase in excess of the state recommendation. Robert Gilbert, Aiken, S.C.

Moore integral in passing of reform bill

Complaints about swimming ban are endless

Across the area

Rants and Raves
PEOPLE WHO WORK in the public and deal with the public should have a better demeanor about themselves. I'm not asking for a long-term friendship, just a simple greeting.

School mascot's removal remains issue of debate
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - There are times when it seems the Civil War never ended and racial tensions over the symbols of the old Confederacy never will.

New deputies

Thurmond saw a century of changes
Former Sen. Strom Thurmond, who became the longest-serving senator in the nation's history, was born in Edgefield County, S.C., a year before the Wright Brothers showed man the secret of powered flight.

Drivers can expect delays when heading to the lake

Board raises taxes

Charleston City Hall set for renovation

Across Georgia

Across Georgia

Russian experts to head to Aiken
AIKEN - A team of nuclear scientists from Russia will visit Aiken next month to complete a management course aimed at training Cold War-era nuclear experts to use their skills on the free market and not on weapons of mass destruction.

6 stores accused in sting

Reaction to Strom Thurmond's death
Reactions to the death of former Sen. Strom Thurmond Thursday:

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down South Carolina's sodomy law
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's law prohibiting sodomy was struck down by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday saying that the law was an unconstitutional violation of privacy.

Baker asks court to drop case on who calls legal shots
ATLANTA -- If Attorney General Thurbert Baker has his way, the question of whether he or the governor calls the state's legal shots won't be settled anytime soon by Georgia's Supreme Court, even though it is now pondering that very question.

Abuse investigation targets YDC

Former Sen. Strom Thurmond dies

Bash at the base

Judge sets bond for suspect accused of golf-club beating

Thurmond legacy is complex for blacks

Airport builds ad campaign

Statesman left lifetime of stories

Russian experts to head to Aiken

Roping in a good time

MCG outreach group urges awareness of HIV risk factors
David Thompson found out he had HIV from a crying doctor.

Rants and raves
A GREAT BIG RAVE for Dillard's at National Hills for its music. Such a joy to hear hymns such as Amazing Grace and others while shopping recently.

Thurmond saw a century of changes

Serviceman of the day
Master Sgt. Charles V. Harmon of Graniteville is today's serviceman of the day.

Augusta crews run flood drill at levee openings
Charlie Ivy Jr. (right) and Melvin Isenhour straighten a beam as it is placed into the levee opening on Sixth Street.

6 stores accused in sting
North Augusta police have busted six convenience stores for selling beer to a teenage girl, a sting that followed complaints from parents about underage sales, Public Safety Department Chief Lee Wetherington said Friday.

Board raises taxes
The increasing price of public education will cost Richmond County homeowners next year.

Artifacts search
Nicklaus Stough (left) and Ross Mutimer, pretending to be archaeologists, dig for artifacts in their vacation Bible school class at Wesley United Methodist Church. The children were studying Egypt.

Baker asks court to drop case on who calls legal shots

New deputies
Richmond County sheriff's Deputy James Curry is pinned with his badge by his wife, Paula, in a ceremony held for police academy graduates at the Medical College of Georgia's Alumni Hall.

Strom Thurmond biographical information

Roping in a good time
Pam Treadway and her 12-year-old horse Cowboy prepare for the evening rodeo, where they were presenting the colors for the opening of the show.

Across Georgia
JEKYLL ISLAND - Two Jekyll Island lifeguards died in a car crash that seriously injured another teenager.

Statesman left lifetime of stories
AIKEN - Those who knew Strom Thurmond recalled Friday his seemingly boundless energy, his compassion for constituents, his patriotism, and above all, his dedication to South Carolina.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Cynthia S. Reynolds of New Ellenton.

Thurmond life changed town
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - When the news of former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond's death first flashed across the television screen, David Satcher knew just what to do and where to go - down the hall of his house to the room where the South Carolina political legend was born a century ago.

High court gives Democrats win in redistricting battle

Bash at the base
Singer Ashanti reaches out to the crowd during a performance at Fort Gordon's Barton Field. The singer took part in a concert at the military base on Friday night along with Mr. Cheeks.

Across South Carolina

Thurmond legacy is complex for blacks
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - For many blacks, Strom Thurmond could never have lived long enough for them to forget his segregationist past.

School mascot's removal remains issue of debate

Rants and raves
A GREAT BIG RAVE for Dillard's at National Hills for its music. Such a joy to hear hymns such as Amazing Grace and others while shopping recently.

MCG outreach group urges awareness of HIV risk factors

Crowds expected for fireworks, festival

Traffic stop turns up cocaine, $34,000 cash
AIKEN - Two Aiken County deputies making a routine traffic stop early Thursday on Interstate 20 happened on more than a pound of cocaine and a shoebox stuffed with $34,000 in cash, authorities said.

Artifacts search

High court gives Democrats win in redistricting battle
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court dealt Georgia Republicans a blow Thursday when it accepted a version of the state Senate district boundaries that Democrats drew to maximize their election chances.

Across South Carolina

Strom Thurmond biographical information
Here is biographical information about Strom Thurmond.

Serviceman of the day

Thurmond set Senate record for filibustering: 24 hours and 18 minutes
WASHINGTON -- Fortified with a good rest, a steam bath and a sirloin steak, Sen. Strom Thurmond talked against a 1957 civil rights bill for 24 hours and 18 minutes - longer than anyone has ever talked about anything in Congress.

Thurmond life changed town

Former Sen. Strom Thurmond dies
AIKEN - Strom Thurmond, the South Carolina political legend and the nation's longest-serving U.S. senator, is dead at age 100.

Abuse investigation targets YDC
State welfare investigators are looking into allegations of child abuse and neglect involving an incarcerated teenager in the care of the Augusta Youth Development Campus' mental health provider.

Important dates in the life of Strom Thurmond
Important dates in the life of former Sen. Strom Thurmond:

Drivers can expect delays when heading to the lake
Anyone looking to take a trip to Thurmond Lake this summer might want to consider a new route.

Airport builds ad campaign
Banking on an idea as old as The Wizard of Oz, Augusta Regional Airport officials want to convince area residents there's no place like home when it comes to flying.

Across the area
Richmond County authorities charged 10 men in an undercover sting targeting people who solicit prostitutes in downtown Augusta.

2-year-old boy dies after being hit by truck

Crowds expected for fireworks, festival
Next week's convergence of First Friday and Fourth of July fireworks has downtown merchants such as Kristen Varn preparing for a business boom.

'General Lee' flies again in Covington
COVINGTON, Ga. - There's nothing like a Southern homecoming, especially for the General Lee, the 1969 Dodge Charger made famous by the hit television series The Dukes of Hazzard.

2-year-old boy dies after being hit by truck
A 2-year-old Augusta boy was struck and killed by a truck Friday morning in south Augusta after darting into traffic in front of his home, authorities said.

USC trustees approve 15 percent tuition increase
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- University of South Carolina trustees on Thursday approved a 15 percent tuition increase to help offset state budget cuts.

USC trustees approve 15 percent tuition increase

'General Lee' flies again in Covington

Subscriber of the day

Vehicle law moves slowly

Vehicle law moves slowly
AIKEN - John Wade is a plumber trying to make a living, but his truck is too big, so that makes him a lawbreaker.

Rants and Raves
PEOPLE WHO WORK in the public and deal with the public should have a better demeanor about themselves. I'm not asking for a long-term friendship, just a simple greeting.

News you can use

Across South Carolina
Teacher is diagnosed with viral meningitis

Friends, former foes pay tribute to Maddox

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down South Carolina's sodomy law

Friends, former foes pay tribute to Maddox
MARIETTA, Ga. - Lester Maddox was remembered Friday as a devoted husband, a committed Christian and a "one of a kind" public figure as hundreds gathered to say farewell to the former Georgia governor.

Across the area
Amid a barrage of media reports about family members being called to the bedside of former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, a family friend said Thursday that the South Carolina political legend has been weakening during the past few days, but he declined further comment about his condition.

Important dates in the life of Strom Thurmond

News you can use
JUNE 27, 1992 Augusta's Vernon Forrest will go for the gold in the Barcelona Olympics.

Judge jails man for DUI death
Thomas Blue didn't ask the judge for mercy Friday. He had only words of apology for the family of the woman killed when he drove drunk after a 2002 New Year's Eve party.

Across the area

Hundreds line up to pay respects to Maynard Jackson
ATLANTA -- Hundreds of mourners waited in lines stretching two blocks Thursday to pay their respects to Maynard Jackson, first black mayor of Atlanta.

Authorities arrest man after finding stolen cars
An Augusta man was charged with operating a chop shop Friday after police say they found stolen cars in his backyard.

Thurmond set Senate record for filibustering: 24 hours and 18 minutes

Judge sets bond for suspect accused of golf-club beating
A $25,000 bond was set Friday for a man accused of murder in the death of an acquaintance, who needed only six stitches to close the wound that allegedly caused his death.

Hundreds line up to pay respects to Maynard Jackson

Across Georgia
PERRY - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested two men in the death of a man who has been missing for more than three years.

Augusta crews run flood drill at levee openings

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A century-old mill has burned to the ground in an inferno that took more than 50 firefighters to control.

Charleston City Hall set for renovation
CHARLESTON, S.C. - After surviving earthquake, war, tornado and hurricane, one of Charleston's best-known landmarks - City Hall on the historic Four Corners of Law - will get its first complete renovation since it was built two centuries ago.

Reaction to Strom Thurmond's death

Ex-Clemson stars approve expansion
If you're searching for a sensible reason for why the ACC redrafted its expansion whims at the 11th hour, there isn't one. My best guess is that former Clemson star quarterback Steve Fuller infiltrated the decisive conference call to rock the vote.

At the Movies: '28 Days Later'
"28 Days Later" is not the sequel to 2000's "28 Days" - it's far scarier than the idea of a second movie starring Sandra Bullock as a recovering alcoholic.

Mini reviews

N.J. man pleads guilty to posting 'Hulk' bootleg

At the Movies: '28 Days Later'

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

At the Movies: 'Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle'

At the Movies: 'Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle'
Hey, can I tell you a something? Come closer, I have to whisper it ... I secretly want to be one of Charlie's Angels.

N.J. man pleads guilty to posting 'Hulk' bootleg
NEW YORK -- A New Jersey man pleaded guilty Wednesday to making a bootleg copy of the action film "The Hulk" and posting it on the Internet before the movie was released in theaters.

Music companies vow to sue hundreds of Internet users sharing songs

Music companies vow to sue hundreds of Internet users sharing songs
WASHINGTON -- The music industry pledged to begin steps Thursday to file lawsuits against hundreds of individual computer users who illegally share music files on the Internet, an aggressive gamble to cripple online piracy by suing some of music's biggest fans.

CD shows jazz singer has learned some lessons
Sometimes the most interesting releases are not artists' finest work, the pinnacle of their recording careers. Instead, it's the releases that capture them in the the process of learning to be the performers they will become that fire the imagination. It's a funny thing, because for every Sgt. Pepper fan, there's a music fan ready and willing to wax poetic about Revolver.

CD shows jazz singer has learned some lessons

Female rap group doesn't hide its suburban New York roots

Female rap group doesn't hide its suburban New York roots
Yes, hip-hop trio Northern State is three white women from Long Island, N.Y., and yes, they have taken the hallmarks of classic hip-hop and made them their own.

Dixon, Fisher take top Richmond spots

Short-track racing fires up IRL drivers
RICHMOND, Va. -- IRL cars crashed in bunches the first two times the series ran at Richmond International Raceway - a classic NASCAR bullring.

Herta to replace Franchitti for rest of season
RICHMOND, Va. -- Bryan Herta will replace injured driver Dario Franchitti in the Indy Racing League car owned by Andretti Green Racing, the team said Thursday.

Dixon, Fisher take top Richmond spots
RICHMOND, Va. - Scott Dixon's inconsistent rookie season in the IRL took an upward turn when he won the pole Friday night at Richmond International Raceway.

Cook's defense starts off well

Short-track racing fires up IRL drivers

Dallenbach turns in fastest time at Pikes Peak qualifying
CASCADE, Colo. -- Paul Dallenbach had the fastest time Thursday in qualifying for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb with a run of 5 minutes, 3.085 seconds in an open-wheel car.

Cook's defense starts off well
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Defending race champion Terry Cook won the pole Friday for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series race at The Milwaukee Mile.

NASA chief hopes to resume shuttle flights by April

NASA chief promises to meet and even exceed safety recommendations of investigators

LeBron James selected first by Cleveland in NBA draft

Bosh, Hayes go in top 10 of NBA draft

LeBron James selected first by Cleveland in NBA draft
NEW YORK -- LeBron James was chosen No. 1 in the NBA draft Thursday night and strode onstage wearing an all-white suit, appropriate garb for a player expected to be the savior of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bosh, Hayes go in top 10 of NBA draft
ATLANTA -- The NBA draft had a definite home-state flare. Chris Bosh from Georgia Tech and Jarvis Hayes of Georgia were among the first 10 players taken Thursday night.

Euro players came out of the crowd at NBA draft
NEW YORK -- When point guard Paccelis Morlende of France heard his name called with the 50th pick of the NBA draft, he got out of his seat amid a throng of Knicks fans and walked onstage to meet deputy commissioner Russ Granik.

Euro players came out of the crowd at NBA draft

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Overtime

Venus sets up rematch; Roddick in 4th round for first time

Rusedski's fine: Many say it was too little

Henman hopes for new script at Wimbledon

Lance Armstrong is preparing for a date with history

Capriati enjoys tea, biscuits and winning at Wimbledon

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Miami considering counterproposals from Big East

Overtime
Jean Reynolds shot even- par 70 in the final round to capture the Georgia State Golf Association's Women's Top 60 Classic by six strokes Thursday.

Venus sets up rematch; Roddick in 4th round for first time
WIMBLEDON, England -- Venus Williams is back in a Grand Slam groove.

Overtime
New York Jets defensive tackle Josh Evans was suspended indefinitely Friday by the NFL for violating its substance-abuse policy for a third time

Man in Tyson brawl case released from jail
NEW YORK -- One of two men charged in a street brawl with Mike Tyson was released from jail Thursday after prosecutors failed to produce a sworn statement from the former heavyweight champion.

Lance Armstrong is preparing for a date with history
The No. 1 question on the minds of many cycling fans is: Is Lance Armstrong ready to win a fifth consecutive Tour de France?

Rusedski's fine: Many say it was too little
WIMBLEDON, England -- Even tournament referee Alan Mills believes the $2,500 fine against Greg Rusedski for using profanity in his second-round loss wasn't enough.

Miami considering counterproposals from Big East
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami will consider counterproposals from the Big East Conference before deciding whether to accept an offer to join the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Capriati enjoys tea, biscuits and winning at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- Jennifer Capriati enjoys the atmosphere, tradition and locker-room snacks at Wimbledon. Her only complaint is that she'd like more tickets - and a championship trophy.

Henman hopes for new script at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- The fans rose right on cue, clapping, yelling and waving Union Jack flags as the Centre Court scoreboard flashed a five-set victory for the Briton. Now the question is: Will life imitate art in 1 1/2 weeks?

The general loves his country

Role of Muslim prayer leaders in America transforming to meet community needs
A Lebanese man living in Syria, Muhammad Musri chafed under that nation's restrictive laws. Then he heard a Voice of America broadcast about the shortage of imams, or Muslim prayer leaders, in the United States.

Conservative Protestants cite Jesus' words in Matthew 18 to quell public disagreements
During recent conservative Protestant disputes, the same words from Jesus were applied to two totally different topics: global Christian-Muslim relations and college journalism ethics.

Warren Baptist group provides medical care to Ecuadoran Indians
The villages of the Quichau Indians are so small they aren't even named.

Religion News in Brief
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Re-Imagining Community, a group that developed out of a controversial 1993 meeting of radical Christian feminists, appears to be dissolving.

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

Faith digest
ROCKVILLE, Md. - Montgomery County school officials are fighting an attempt by Child Evangelism Fellowship to distribute fliers to pupils at two elementary schools, with the Justice Department's civil rights division supporting the religious group.

Women have enjoyed decades of music, friendship at church
Friends say Lila Hensley Lewis was playing hymns for Marvin United Methodist Church before 1937, and a diary entry from that year may be the only clue that they are right.

The general loves his country
As the Fourth of July approaches, it is nice to find out that one of America's heroes of the Iraq war, Gen. Tommy Franks, is not only a country-music fan but a country-music singer.

Ex-Clemson stars approve expansion

Steinbeck wrote visual stories

NASA chief hopes to resume shuttle flights by April
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's boss said Thursday he hopes to resume space shuttle flights by next April and promised to go well beyond the recommendations of the Columbia accident investigation board for improving safety.

NASA chief promises to meet and even exceed safety recommendations of investigators
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA will meet and even exceed the safety recommendations of the Columbia accident investigators, doing everything "humanly possible" to prevent another disaster, the space agency's chief says.

Ellen DeGeneres: not a 'gay' comedian

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of June 16-22. Each ratings point represents 1,067,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

Ellen DeGeneres: not a 'gay' comedian
NEW YORK -- She was once simply Ellen DeGeneres, comedian. And that's what she would like to be again.

Rankings for basic cable networks

Club calendar

Top 20 Concert Tours

Video watch

Applause calendar

Standing ovations

Ashanti finds the spotlight as a star

Steinbeck wrote visual stories
Nearly 35 years after his death, John Steinbeck is about to get hot again.

Chickens are becoming hip suburban pets

Odds and Ends

Chicken that was tied to balloons is up for adoption

Texas woman found guilty in 'windshield' case

Faith and fellowship calendar

Faith digest

Religion News in Brief

Role of Muslim prayer leaders in America transforming to meet community needs

Warren Baptist group provides medical care to Ecuadoran Indians