Pushing and pulling, Pilobolus finds new ways to move
NEW YORK -- As the lights fade, Renee Jaworski is off balance, about to fall. Otis Cook reaches out to her, but the curtain drops before the audience can see if he means to ease or hasten her descent.

Stores able to meet demand for newest Harry Potter tale
After seeing a shopper stampede the first weekend of Harry Potter's latest tale, retailers say interest in the magical boy wizard subsided Saturday and Sunday, helping them keep pace with customer demand.

AN AP ARTS REVIEW: Exploring the hyperactive mind of Leonardo da Vinci

Stores able to meet demand for newest Harry Potter tale

Pushing and pulling, Pilobolus finds new ways to move

Book review: Fast-food investigator now probes pot, porn and produce-pickers
"Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market." By Eric Schlosser. Houghton Mifflin. 310 Pages. $23.

Book review: Fast-food investigator now probes pot, porn and produce-pickers

Book review: No dangling chads in precedent to 2000 election debate
"Fraud of the Century: Rutherford B. Hayes, Samuel Tilden, and the Stolen Election of 1876." By Roy Morris Jr. Simon & Schuster, 311 Pages. $27.

AN AP ARTS REVIEW: Exploring the hyperactive mind of Leonardo da Vinci
NEW YORK -- Call it Cirque du Soleil for eggheads.

Book review: No dangling chads in precedent to 2000 election debate

With each swing, Matsui becoming a bona fide hit
NEW YORK -- Hideki Matsui still has plenty to learn. Proved it during the weekend, in fact.

Interleague baseball boosts attendance

With each swing, Matsui becoming a bona fide hit

Interleague baseball boosts attendance
NEW YORK -- Major league baseball attendance went up 20 percent during interleague play, averaging 31,034 fans a game compared with 25,839 for other games.

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Bakery owner accused of stealing competitor's recipes
PHILADELPHIA -- The owner of a small North Carolina pita company got inside a suburban Philadelphia bakery by passing himself off as a production-line supervisor and stole the business' secret recipes, authorities say.

Odds and Ends
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Stephen Feist threw on his Grateful Dead T-shirt, slipped on some sandals, picked up his Martin guitar and went down in the record books.

Byrd to undergo Tommy John surgery
MIAMI -- Atlanta Braves right-hander Paul Byrd will have reconstructive surgery Tuesday on his pitching elbow.

Pitching keeps Atlanta on top

Ortiz's effort could turn into All-Star bid

Byrd to undergo Tommy John surgery

Braves shut out Devil Rays

Braves notebook

Ortiz's effort could turn into All-Star bid
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - If second baseman Marcus Giles, shortstop Rafael Furcal, catcher Javy Lopez and right fielder Gary Sheffield hold onto their All-Star voting leads, the Braves could send as many as six players to the midsummer classic.

Braves notebook
MIAMI - The news that Paul Byrd will undergo ligament-replacement surgery today on his right elbow and be lost for at least a year barely caused a ripple in the visitors clubhouse Monday afternoon.

Braves shut out Devil Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Russ Ortiz pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning and Andruw Jones broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the sixth, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2-0 Sunday.

Pitching keeps Atlanta on top
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - If Sunday afternoon's 2-0 victory for the Atlanta Bravesover the Tampa Bay Devil Rays had come in October, it would be considered a game for the ages.

Marlins leave Maddux reeling
MIAMI - For three starts against American League teams, Atlanta pitcher Greg Maddux looked like the former Cy Young winner he is.

Cool, rainy weather puts a chill on swimwear sales
NEW YORK -- Every Memorial Day weekend, Christine Cornell purchases several bikinis for the summer. But this year has been different. Cornell, who spent much of a cool, wet spring in dark fall clothes and rain gear, hasn't been in a beachwear mood.

PeopleSoft sprints to close sales in fight for survival

Waste Management to trim payroll by 600
HOUSTON -- Waste Management Inc. said Monday it will reduce its work force by 600 and eliminate 200 contract positions as part of a plan to reduce its markets and streamline costs.

Waste Management to trim payroll by 600

Business briefs
AKRON, Ohio - Shares of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plunged more than 6 percent Monday after members of the Steelworkers union rejected a contract offer and broke off talks over the weekend.

Training program offers hope to the unemployed
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. - In January, George McKay unexpectedly found himself among the ranks of the nation's unemployed.

Fledgling printing company makes it through hard times
MACON, Ga. -- Entrepreneurs Jim Hardin and Andy Mealor combined their skills to beat the odds. They bought a printing business, restructured it and expanded it while the economy was sinking.

Plants' workers escape strikes
Union workers at Vogtle and Hatch nuclear plants averted a strike when they voted to accept the same Southern Nuclear Operating contract proposal they rejected less than a month ago.

Latest interest rate cut could be last for a while

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.

Cool, rainy weather puts a chill on swimwear sales

Fledgling printing company makes it through hard times

Waste firm to trim its payroll
HOUSTON - Waste Management Inc. said Monday it will reduce its work force by 600 and eliminate 200 contract positions as part of a plan to reduce its markets and streamline costs.

Training program offers hope to the unemployed

Business briefs

PeopleSoft sprints to close sales in fight for survival
SAN FRANCISCO -- With its survival at stake, business software maker PeopleSoft Inc. is racing to close sales this week so it can wield customer loyalty as a club against its unwelcome suitor, Oracle Corp.

Miami, Virginia Tech add football power to ACC

Miami, Virginia Tech add football power to ACC
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The jokes about Atlantic Coast Conference football being Florida State and the eight dwarfs will stop with the addition of Miami and Virginia Tech.

Auburn confers with NCAA on basketball probe

Strength of character

Let's get behind YDC

It's the 'pits' for SRS

Let's get behind YDC
For some time now, the Augusta Youth Development Campus has been in a death spiral. Whether it can pull out of it, even with radical maneuvers, remains to be seen.

Private lives
Gays last week appeared to have won the right to be left alone.

It's the 'pits' for SRS
One of the most important missions federal, state and local leaders are seeking for the Savannah River Site is a "pit" facility to replace the nation's nuclear weapons triggers.

Strength of character
She convinced her husband to change his name. Cary Grant called her "the most completely honest woman I've ever met." She rewrote studio contracts to suit her, and fought doggedly for her choices for co-stars and directors. Mostly, she just lived life on her own terms.

Video games get updated parental-rating system
LOS ANGELES -- Four new categories designed to specify different types of violence have been added to video game ratings.

No place like home for new Judy Garland museum
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- Judy Garland is more to Robert Baneky than simply a favorite actress.

Five questions with Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- To hear Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu tell it, life's been one long, jolly slumber party in the four years since they hooked up for "Charlie's Angels."

Investing strategies differ depending on threat of deflation, inflation

Second-quarter warnings, earnings will test Wall Street's mettle
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's mettle will be put to the test in the coming weeks as companies tell investors what to expect of second-quarter earnings reports. And the market's recent spectacular ride could be over if corporate outlooks are bleak.

Stocks end day slightly lower
NEW YORK -- Wall Street ended a stunning second quarter quietly Monday as fund managers spent the day repositioning their holdings, but the narrow losses didn't stop the Standard & Poor's 500 index from achieving its best quarterly gain since the final three months of 1998.

Second-quarter warnings, earnings will test Wall Street's mettle

Analysts wonder Airline stocks are flying too high

Bush administration proposes free yearly access to credit reports
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration wants to increase consumer access to credit reports and streamline credit security for victims of identity theft.

How do I know if that cruise "bargain" really is?
Q. The newspaper travel sections are rife with what appear to be fantastic cruise deals, especially to Alaska and the Caribbean. How do I discern a true bargain in this confusing field?

Stocks end day slightly lower

Investing strategies differ depending on threat of deflation, inflation
NEW YORK -- Wall Street has rallied in the past three months on expectations of a solid economic rebound. But the Federal Reserve is maintaining its caution about the threat of deflation, where a listless economy sets off a prolonged decline in prices.

How do I know if that cruise "bargain" really is?

Analysts wonder Airline stocks are flying too high
Battered airline stocks have soared in recent months despite industry analysts' warnings that major carriers are more than a year away from profitability.

Georgia Tech coach signs new $250,000 contract
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt has signed a new contract with a $250,000-a-year base salary that will keep him with the Yellow Jackets through the 2007-08 season.

Hewitt gets bigger, better deal
ATLANTA - Paul Hewitt celebrated his new contact by playing golf.

Georgia Tech coach signs new $250,000 contract

Hickory victory clocks Augusta
Home run trots are supposed to be triumphant strides around the base paths. If it's your first professional home run, it should be even sweeter.

Another game, another bad day
A stray kitten found its way to the top row of Lake Olmstead Stadium and wailed away for most of Monday night's game.

Stanford wins first LPGA title at ShopRite
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Angela Stanford set a torrid pace early and played error-free golf the rest of the way Sunday to win the ShopRite LPGA Classic, her first championship as a pro.

Top-Flite Golf files for bankruptcy, plans sale to club maker Callaway

Drug tests conducted at French Open for first time
VERSAILLES, France -- Drug tests were conducted on the European Tour for the first time Sunday as six players were tested after the final round of the French Open.

Green finishes with golf, moves on to battle with cancer

Green finishes with golf, moves on to battle with cancer
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Playing in Sunday's final round of the U.S. Senior Open, Hubert Green said he never gave a second thought to what was ahead for him.

Lietzke hangs on to capture U.S. Senior Open over Watson

Beem will not have to labor over this decision
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Rich Beem is clear about what he will do. When his wife is ready to give birth, he puts the PGA Championship aside.

Beem will not have to labor over this decision

Stanford wins first LPGA title at ShopRite

Playoff results in Taylor's win

Toms wins second victory of year
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- David Toms shot a 7-under 64 Sunday and won the St. Jude Classic by three strokes for his second victory in eight weeks.

Top-Flite Golf files for bankruptcy, plans sale to club maker Callaway
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Top-Flite Golf Co., the world's largest golf ball producer, is filing for bankruptcy and plans to sell its assets to club maker Callaway Golf.

Taylor wins Knoxville Open
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Vaughn Taylor won the Knoxville Open for his first Nationwide Tour title Sunday, shooting an 8-under 64 and beating Joe Ogilvie with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

Lietzke hangs on to capture U.S. Senior Open over Watson
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Bruce Lietzke began the day with a four-shot lead and played efficient, if unspectacular, golf to hold off Tom Watson and win the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday.

Playoff results in Taylor's win
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Vaughn Taylor's first victory on the Nationwide Tour gave him exempt status on the circuit through 2004.

Hickory victory clocks Augusta

Another game, another bad day

Exploring the excitement of Delaware? Drop a line
Why do people travel?

Man found shot to death
Police are investigating the death of a man was found shot multiple times in the backyard of a Broad Street duplex Tuesday night.

Coliseum Authority recommends manager
Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority members voted today to recommend hiring former civic center manager Larry Rogers to run the facility.

YDC privatization begins Tuesday
Privatization of the Augusta Youth Development Campus has been bumped up a month. It starts Tuesday.

Flood warning issued
The National Weather Service issued a flood warning this afternoon in parts of Georgia and South Carolina.

Commissioners perform for cameras

CSRA should get no free lunch from SRS
An article in The Chronicle on June 23, "Counties plan to seek more money from SRS," seems to reflect the popular philosophy that there is really a free lunch. It argues to wit that since the Savannah River Site is an extremely valuable piece of real-estate property owned by the rich federal government, it should be highly taxed in order to remove the tax burden on residents of the counties it's located in. Tom Bowden, North Augusta, S.C.

Traficant is a hero to some
What about Waco, and what about Ruby Ridge? A man, who I believe is innocent, sits in prison - a man who was extremely critical of both these incidents; a man who was critical of former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno's tactics though, ironically, they shared the same political party. The Rev. M. Allen Flowers, Augusta

Expresses praise and criticism for same edition

U.S. education needs improvement
I listened to the June 22 broadcast of 60 Minutes, and once again heard glowing reports of how young people of other cultures excel in learning as compared to their American counterparts - in particular, the graduates from the India Institute of Technology. Sandra W. Sanders, Thomson, Ga.

Landlords are taxpayers, too
I manage a local apartment complex, and have been caught up in the recent struggle over the process for evictions and hauling away the junk left by evicted tenants. Patricia Sanford, Augusta

Even immigrants have problem with illegals

Commissioners perform for cameras
Has it reached the point where the majority of Augustans must accept that half of our duly-elected county commissioners are a point of embarrassment instead of pride, as seen when we view them on television? Andy Chandler, Augusta

Expresses praise and criticism for same edition
Your cover photo on the June 15 TV Week insert was outrageously vulgar. A sheer stocking on legs and torso only changes the color, not the anatomy, of the body. Such an exposure of male private parts is unacceptable in any decent society. I am hoping that my hometown newspaper just "slipped up" on this one. Wheldon Hair, Harlem, Ga.

Even immigrants have problem with illegals
Regarding Kevin Palmer's June 20 letter, "Only bigots say illegal aliens harm," attempting to rebut a previous letter on the subject of illegal immigration: I can confidently state that his generalizations are brilliant. To quote: "Typically, Mr. Petrozello's beliefs are representative of a certain bigoted segment of American society which only wants immigrants who resemble pilgrims to enter the United States." Robert Simmons, Evans, Ga.

Editorial writers as stupid as letter writers
You have stupid people writing letters to the editor, but I thought your editorial writers would know what they were writing about when they wrote the editorial on June 17, "Rx plans too costly." The Chronicle's editorial page editor, Michael Ryan, is also a dummy. William T. Davis, Warrenton, Ga.

The software price is right

Wireless carriers try to hook Americans on texting

Airport screeners may get X-ray vision

America's next energy source - hydrogen power

Japan's NEC shows laptop computer with fuel cell

Colorful designer returns

Senior calendar

Are public court records too public in cyberspace?

In the know

Japan's NEC shows laptop computer with fuel cell
TOKYO - Japanese computer giant NEC Corp. Monday revealed a prototype of a laptop computer that runs on a methanol fuel cell instead of a rechargeable battery, and said it will start selling it next year.

The software price is right
Educational software has gone from curiosity and novelty to commonplace and commodity, but the pricing hasn't moved quite as rapidly.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.

Are public court records too public in cyberspace?
SAN FRANCISCO -- Courthouses have long been considered stodgy institutions, foreign to the public they serve. The Internet has made them a little less detached, offering the ability to pay tickets, attend traffic school, even monitor dockets online.

Colorful designer returns
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. - When Jim Bradbeer and Scott Beaumont acquired the Lilly Pulitzer trademark in 1993, they got more than outrageously pink and green dresses.

Car 'black-box' data land in courts
No one disputes that Michelle Zimmermann lost control of her 2002 GMC Yukon as she drove on a two-lane highway in Massachusetts one snowy afternoon last January. Her friend died after the SUV slammed into a tree.

America's next energy source - hydrogen power
Every day, American drivers eat up nearly 7 billion miles of pavement - roughly the distance to Pluto and back - getting where they want to be.

Airport screeners may get X-ray vision
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- A scanner the government is testing for airport screening reveals much more than meets the eye to be comfortable for most passengers.

In the know
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has launched a Web site to track running-related injuries.

'Sesame Street' figures to help children deal with war, terrorism
NEW YORK -- The Muppets have more to offer than lessons on numbers, letters and shapes - now they're teaching children about fear, violence and war.

Wireless carriers try to hook Americans on texting
NEW YORK -- It's worked in Europe and Asia - why not here?

Hospital, Aetna plan to discuss insurance cost

Tiger's owner remains in jail
AIKEN - A Salley, S.C., woman remained in the Aiken County Detention Center on Monday, charged with neglecting to register a dangerous animal with Aiken County Animal Control.

Privatization of YDC starts a month early

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -Several South Carolina school districts are being sued by workers who say they were not paid for overtime as required by federal law.

Work by inmates draws complaint

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Gov. Sonny Perdue has backed off a plan to combine the Office of Education Accountability with the state Education Department.

Man found shot to death

Across the area
A pot on a stove led to a fire that quickly spread and severely damaged an Augusta home Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME JUNE 28, 1955 AIKEN - An inquest into the death of Eugene Harold Key, 9, who died Saturday, hours after his bike crashed into a car, will be held Wednesday, Coroner James L. Gregory said.

Officials work to revive scenic Woodpecker Trail
FOLKSTON, Ga. - Before interstates were built, motorists en route to Florida's Gulf Coast drove on a two-lane highway called the Woodpecker Trail through Georgia towns such as Metter, Hoboken and Folkston. Interstate 95 changed all that, and the Woodpecker Trail became a distant memory.

Failing schools face penalties
Richmond County Schools Superintendent Charles Larke wanted area educators to hear the news from someone other than him.

News you can use
JUNE 30, 1976 The first two blocks of the Broad Street revitalization project were opened at noon Tuesday, but the project will not be dedicated until Sunday.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Pfc. John L. Froncisco III of Augusta.

Rants and Raves
GIVE ME A BREAK, you inconsiderate slob! I'm 50 and like to crank up my stereo occasionally. But I don't make other people listen to what I'm listening to.

Dignitaries to turn out for funeral
COLUMBIA - Strom Thurmond was a war hero in life and an ardent supporter of the military during his 48 years in the U.S. Senate, and will be given the hauntingly solemn honors of a soldier today during his funeral service in Columbia and his burial in Edgefield, the place he was born more than a century ago.

Woman is champion for community causes
If Fran Stewart were a minister, she would have a year's worth of sermons ready to go.

Batchelor surrenders to police

Across the southeast
MARSHALLBERG, N.C. -Folks who ride personal watercraft are hoping the National Park Service will ease or drop a ban on the speedy craft at Cape Lookout National Seashore in Carteret County.

Dignitaries to turn out for funeral

Budget cuts mean job loss for workers
AIKEN - The budget crisis that has crippled South Carolina's government is rippling across the basic services its people depend on most, from fewer public schoolteachers to fewer state troopers patrolling remote highways to fewer officers guarding more state prison inmates.

Church members recall Thurmond
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - It was a simple Sunday statement about Strom Thurmond, made in front of a stained-glass window.

Troubled children flee state programs
COLUMBIA - Each month, an average of 74 children run away from the foster or group homes or treatment facilities where the state has put them. Often, they are never found.

Man's hiding spot is puzzle
Michael Batchelor's whereabouts during his 16 days on the run remain a mystery that might never be solved, authorities said Monday.

First Steps faces steep cuts
BISHOPVILLE, S.C. - Parents will find fewer classrooms next fall for 4-year-olds who need extra help learning colors, counting and socializing with other children before they start kindergarten.

County may get waste transfer site
An Atlanta businessman planning a 1,030-acre landfill in Taliaferro County also is proposing a solid waste transfer station in Warren County, according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

Thurmond's influence lives on through his proteges
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- While South Carolinians remember former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond as a man who could get things done for them, many others from the Palmetto State see their time spent with Thurmond as the stepping stone to greater things.

Rants and Raves
THE MAIN GATE of Fort Gordon has become more a bus stop for vagrants then a place to egress and ingress. Every afternoon, very undesirable-looking people hang out at the gate and on the sides of the road looking like they are waiting to board a prison bus or hitch a ride. Fort Gordon, please clean up your act.

Funeral speakers reflect diversity of Thurmond's career
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, a founder of the conservative Republican South, will be eulogized by two Democrats as well as a federal appeals court judge.

Hospital, Aetna plan to discuss insurance cost
Aetna Inc. and Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics part ways today but are not shutting the door on each other.

Thurmond lies in state Capitol
COLUMBIA - The flag-draped casket of former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond was escorted Sunday into the South Carolina Statehouse on a bright and blistering afternoon, and hundreds of people braved the heat to pay respects to the political legend who lived for more than a century.

DMV plot suspects named
Four of the five men arrested over the weekend at the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety in what police say was a scheme to obtain fraudulent driver's licenses are foreign nationals who had been deported, law enforcement officials said Monday.

Crime lab ends delay of results, court cases

Failing schools face penalties

Church members recall Thurmond

Evans graduate is Miss Georgia

Officials work to revive scenic Woodpecker Trail

Tiger's owner remains in jail

Few in Georgia cross river to buy

Facility fills last medicine

Ex-dropout earns Yale fellowship

News you can use

Thurmond's influence lives on through his proteges

Across the southeast

Budget cuts mean job loss for workers

Evans graduate is Miss Georgia
For Andrea Bailey, the fifth time was the charm.

News you can use

Georgia is spared worst budget woes
ATLANTA - While some states are laying off government workers and letting prisoners out of jail, Georgia is falling back on its reserves and accelerating tax collections.

Declining revenues tax state leaders

Declining revenues tax state leaders
ATLANTA - Summer started early this year in Oregon, when cash-strapped schools shut down weeks ahead of schedule.

Funeral speakers reflect diversity of Thurmond's career

Few in Georgia cross river to buy
AIKEN - Just like the slow pace of a Carolina weekend afternoon, the start of Sunday beer and wine sales in Aiken was taken casually.

City looks to Smart Start to discourage crime early

City looks to Smart Start to discourage crime early
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Many think there is a strong connection between crime and education, or rather the lack of it.

Privatization of YDC starts a month early
Privatization of the Augusta Youth Development Campus has been bumped up a month. It starts today.

Savannah celebrates 50 copious years in produce
SAVANNAH, Ga. - By midnight, most folks in the early to mid-1900s would have turned out the lights and fallen fast asleep.

Crime lab ends delay of results, court cases
AIKEN - Candice Gilliland, Aiken County's resident forensic scientist, says her job isn't quite as glamorous as portrayed in the latest TV crime dramas.

Ex-dropout earns Yale fellowship
Paul Weinberger is the first to say how surprised he is to be doing research at Yale starting Tuesday.

Man gets 12 years for molesting girl
A 29-year-old Augusta man convicted of molesting a little girl received a 12-year prison sentence Monday.

Savannah celebrates 50 copious years in produce

Batchelor surrenders to police
AIKEN - Fugitive Michael Batchelor, on the run since jumping bail June 13 instead of pleading guilty as planned to involuntary manslaughter and felony drunken-driving charges, turned himself in Sunday at the Aiken County Detention Center, authorities said.

Across the area

Across the area
An Augusta man facing the possibility of more than 200 years in prison chose Monday to plead guilty in exchange for a sentencing recommendation.

Thurmond lies in state Capitol

Across South Carolina
PENDLETON - A Pendleton man has died after he was shot at a community center, Anderson County officials say.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Sgt. James Ingram Jr. of Beech Island.

Across Georgia
NORFOLK, Va. -A Georgia man pleaded guilty Monday to the abduction and mutilation slaying of a 67-year-old nun and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.

Rants and Raves
GIVE ME A BREAK, you inconsiderate slob! I'm 50 and like to crank up my stereo occasionally. But I don't make other people listen to what I'm listening to.

News you can use
JULY 1, 1954 AIKEN - Two men are being held in the Aiken City Jail on charges of breaking into a local firm before daylight this morning, Police Chief Frampton Gregory said.

News you can use

Work by inmates draws complaint
The policing of Augusta's rights of way for overgrown grass and trash has been left to prison work crews.

Georgia is spared worst budget woes

Facility fills last medicine
Dorothy Priester, 72, hoists a plastic caddy full of pill bottles and manages a little humor.

Woman is champion for community causes

Flood warning issued

Serviceman of the day

Serviceman of the day

First Steps faces steep cuts

Rants and Raves
THE MAIN GATE of Fort Gordon has become more a bus stop for vagrants then a place to egress and ingress. Every afternoon, very undesirable-looking people hang out at the gate and on the sides of the road looking like they are waiting to board a prison bus or hitch a ride. Fort Gordon, please clean up your act.

Across Georgia

Across the area

YDC privatization begins Tuesday

Police bust prostitution ring
AIKEN - Six people were charged with prostitution in an investigation of a call-girl ring operating in the Augusta-Aiken area, authorities said Monday.

Across South Carolina

Why not just take out an ad to find No. 12?
Since the ACC has clearly lost its way on the road to becoming a 12-team superconference, might I suggest a new and cost-effective approach for filling that last awkward vacancy?

Katharine Hepburn dies at 96
OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. -- Katharine Hepburn, an icon of feminist strength and spirit who brought a chiseled beauty and patrician bearing to such films as "The Philadelphia Story" and "The African Queen," died Sunday, her executor and town authorities said. She was 96.

Hollywood offers wave of flicks from '70s TV
LOS ANGELES -- That '70s decade just won't stay buried.

Friends, admirers remember Katharine Hepburn

Chaplin enters modern times with restored films on DVD
LOS ANGELES -- Charles Chaplin distrusted machines, new technology and mass production - precisely the things that have mended his best-loved films for everyone to watch in their living rooms.

Katharine Hepburn dies at 96

'Angels' ascend to No. 1, 'Hulk' tumbles in second weekend
LOS ANGELES -- The angels have lost a little of their kick but they can still pulverize the opposition, even if he's big and green.

Chaplin enters modern times with restored films on DVD

Friends, admirers remember Katharine Hepburn
OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. -- People who knew her in life and others who just felt they did by watching her in movies remembered Katharine Hepburn as a model of patrician class - who always maintained a common touch.

Hollywood offers wave of flicks from '70s TV

Monica triumphs over personal tragedies with new album

Sticky new method: CDs in soft drink cup caps
LOS ANGELES -- Pop singer Rachel Farris is far from a household name, but a new spin on marketing could change that.

Monica triumphs over personal tragedies with new album
NEW YORK -- Delays and false starts surrounding the release of Monica's third album, "After the Storm," are just a minor bump in the road compared with the personal upheaval she's gone through.

Sticky new method: CDs in soft drink cup caps

Dixon new man to beat in IRL

Ralf Schumacher leads a 1-2 BMW-Williams finish in European GP
NUERBERGRING, Germany -- Ralf Schumacher took advantage of the misfortunes of his brother and polesitter Kimi Raikkonen to end a 24-race winless streak.

Dixon new man to beat in IRL
RICHMOND, Va. -- Scott Dixon found the consistency he was looking for and is now the man to beat in the Indy Racing League.

Ralf Schumacher leads a 1-2 BMW-Williams finish in European GP

Keller wins his first race of season at The Milwaukee Mile
WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- Jason Keller won the GNC Live Well 250 under the yellow flag on Sunday for his first Busch series victory of the season.

Keller wins his first race of season at The Milwaukee Mile

Kohl says he's decided not to sell Bucks to Michael Jordan
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl has decided not to sell the team to Michael Jordan.

Auburn confers with NCAA on basketball probe
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn officials have met with the NCAA enforcement staff in hopes of reaching a conclusion to its investigation into the men's basketball program.

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Dr. Beatrice Chambers    (THE FOUR SEASONS, Ind.)
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Mr. James Bonnett (EATONTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rebecca Wilson (ABBEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Marc McCray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothea Keen (DUBLIN, Ga.)

Mr. Adolphus Kennedy (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Patterson (WRENS, Ga.)

Mrs. Rose Barnwell (EHRHARDT, S.C.)

Mrs. Patricia Hawkins (GOOSE CREEK, S.C.)

Mrs. Nina Smith (CLARKS HILL, S.C.)

Mrs. Mercedes Nash (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Fannie Coxville (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Jack Greenway (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Adam Jennings (McCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. H.E. Buffington Jr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

MSG Ret. Roy Shropshire (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Marc McCray (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Madonna Williams (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Usry (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Jean Usry (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. John Simmons (WINDSOR, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Kemp (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hansel Howard (TIGNALL, Ga.)

Mrs. Esther Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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James Heath (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Eddie Roundtree (PLUM BRANCH, S.C.)

Mrs. Marian Brookes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Emily Giusto (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

MSG. Ret. Roy Shropshire (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Lawrence Dunbar (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Marjorie Barbee (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Susan Lopez (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Emily Giusto (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Beatrice Chambers (THE FOUR SEASONS, Ind.)

Mr. Jeffrey Jenkins (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Darrick Free Jr. (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Daniel Hallman Jr. (COLUMBIA, S.C.)

Mr. John Patterson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Buster White (MILEY, S.C.)

Mr. Gary Turner (SAN ANTONIO, Texas)

46 aces by Philippoussis dooms Agassi

Overtime

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Agassi, Roddick lead way into second week at Wimbledon; Venus gets rematch

Miami accepts invitation to join Atlantic Coast Conference

Deadline nears for Miami to make its affiliation decision

Drama yet to come on women's side at Wimbledon

Deadline nears for Miami to make its affiliation decision
MIAMI -- After a seven-week courtship, one unresolved courtroom battle and last-ditch offers from the league that has them and the league that wants them, an answer is finally near to Miami's million-dollar question: Will the Hurricanes stay in the Big East or accept an invitation to join the Atlantic Coast Conference?

Overtime
Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl has decided not to sell the team to Michael Jordan. Kohl said Sunday that he had extensive negotiations with Jordan but that he doesn't want to part with the team right now.

Drama yet to come on women's side at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- Even by Grand Slam standards, the parade of top female players Monday at Wimbledon was remarkable.

Miami accepts invitation to join Atlantic Coast Conference
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday, spurning a flurry of last-minute offers from Big East officials to remain in their league.

Overtime
Ernie Grunfeld was hired as president of basketball operations of the Washington Wizards on Monday, taking the job that Michael Jordan held the last two seasons.

Alabama athletic facilities getting makeover
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's athletic department is in a state of upheaval this summer, but it's because of construction, not sudden coaching changes.

46 aces by Philippoussis dooms Agassi
WIMBLEDON, England -- The ace race was one-sided, the match much closer. Andre Agassi lost them both.

Agassi, Roddick lead way into second week at Wimbledon; Venus gets rematch
WIMBLEDON, England -- My, how Andre Agassi has changed his tune.

Why not just take out an ad to find No. 12?

CBS adds twist to fourth edition of 'Big Brother'

TV news in an age of big media: Just viewer come-ons?
NEW YORK -- For TV news programmers, Laci Peterson is big business.

ABC cancels 'Port Charles'

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

Letterman fails to close the gap with Leno
NEW YORK -- As he enjoyed some extra time off this summer, David Letterman would have been wise not to ponder the results of CBS' effort to narrow the ratings gap between him and Jay Leno. The news isn't particularly good.

TV news in an age of big media: Just viewer come-ons?

'Golden Girls' are a TV hit the second time around

Letterman fails to close the gap with Leno

ABC cancels 'Port Charles'
NEW YORK -- Low ratings have taken a bite out of "Port Charles," forcing ABC to cancel the daytime drama.

CBS adds twist to fourth edition of 'Big Brother'
NEW YORK -- It's hard enough living in a camera-filled house for three months with a bunch of strangers. Now, imagine if your ex-flame is one of them.

'Golden Girls' are a TV hit the second time around
NEW YORK -- Four wisecracking women who love to talk about sex star in one of television's hottest shows - but it's not what you're thinking.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Television, like the good Americans who watch it, gets in a patriotic spirit this time of year.

No place like home for new Judy Garland museum

Five questions with Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu

Video games get updated parental-rating system

Your style
THE FACTS: Patrice Striggles, 18, a graduate of Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School.

Teen board helps with Habitat home

Teen mom-to-be faces big decision
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I'm pregnant, and my boyfriend said he would help me but I don't know what to do. He said he would come and live with me, and my parents said it was OK. What should I do? - 15-year-old Martinez girl.

'Hulk' isn't your typical superhero movie
What's mean, green and causing a rampage on movie screens? Hulk manages to create a film worth watching with its engaging plot, action sequences, film techniques and humor, even if it's unintentional.

Artist's corner
Erin Wicker, 17, is a rising senior at Evans High School. Way Too Soon was written in memory of the Columbia County students killed this year.

Dancers will bust a move on national television
Tre' Williams and Craig Williams are ready to rub the stump.

Teen mom-to-be faces big decision

Teen board helps with Habitat home
The Augusta Chronicle's Xtreme Teen Board has been working over the summer with on various projects for Habitat for Humanity.

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New CDs in stores today include Ashanti's Chapter II; Our Lady Peace's Live from Calgary & Edmonton; and Sheryl Crow: Live at Budokan.

Xtreme calendar

Question of the week
Do you think affirmative action play a part in admissions to college?

Dancers will bust a move on national television

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Audio best

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As an ongoing project, photographer Jeff Harris had his portrait taken (either by himself or by a friend) every day since January 1999. And now he's set up a Web site, www.jeffharris.org, where more than 1,500 of these photos can be viewed. The site also encourages visitors to submit a short journal entry describing a day from their lives.

Xtreme seeks teen board members

Xtreme seeks teen board members
It's that time of year again, and we're looking for a new Xtreme Teen Board. Applications will be accepted through July 15, 2003.

Question of the week

Artist's corner

Your style

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