City leaders say culture is too expensive
Imagine if, when presented with plans for Athens' Parthenon, an aesthetically uneducated city administrator had snubbed the project, deeming it too expensive, or not conforming to neighborhood covenants or an irresponsible use of dwindling marble stores.

City leaders say culture is too expensive

Cause of escalator accident at stadium sought
DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies shut down all the escalators at Coors Field on Thursday, one of the busiest days of the season, while engineers tried to find what caused one of the moving staircases to hurl dozens of terrified fans on top of each other.

Fantasy Baseball: Cardinal has Triple Crown potential
As of Wednesday, 23-year-old St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols leads the National League in batting by 48 points with a .382 average. With 23 home runs, he is tied for third in the league, and his 72 RBI is a league high.

Ratings up for interleague games

Fantasy Baseball: Cardinal has Triple Crown potential

Judge releases Canseco for five days to be with daughter
MIAMI -- Former baseball star Jose Canseco was released from jail Wednesday after making a special request to be freed for a five-day visit with his 6-year-old daughter.

Judge releases Canseco for five days to be with daughter

Ratings up for interleague games
NEW YORK -- Television ratings are up for baseball's interleague games.

Georgia patriot was too busy to sign Declaration

Kendall Emmely Hartley
Kevin D. and Kristi Y. Hartley of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Kendall Emmely Hartley, Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Emmett L. Sheppard and Mr. and Mrs. John D. Hartley Sr., all of Aiken.

James Donald Heider

James Michael Singletary III

James Michael Singletary III
James M. Singletary II and Michele H. Singletary of Augusta announce the birth of a son, James Michael Singletary III, Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Marie P. Hewett of Augusta and the late Homer L. Hewett, and Mr. and Mrs. James M. Singletary of Augusta.

Cade Montgomery Fort

Brantley William Jones
Brad and Stephanie Jones of Waynesboro, Ga., announce the birth a son, Brantley William Jones, Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Louie Chalker of Avera, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Reese Jones of Louisville, Ga., and the late Lamar Williams.

Tarrah Grace Makowski

Dennis Shane Mays Jr.
Dennis Mays Sr. and Maria A. Kirkland, both of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Dennis Shane Mays Jr., Monday, June 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Giovana Chiappa of Martinez and the late Rita Chiappa, and Stanley and Doris Mays of Atlanta.

Jahlil Jashawn Williams

Mallory Grace Kitchens
Tara Kitchens of Grovetown announces the birth of a daughter, Mallory Grace Kitchens, Thursday, June 19, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Kitchens of Thomson.

Katherine Virginia Haun

Lauren Grace Kraft
Kristopher D. and Kimberly M. Kraft of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Lauren Grace Kraft, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth M. Kraft of Martinez and Lonnie C. Sevier and Myong O. Sevier, both of Hephzibah.

Elizabeth Marie Fulton
Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne O. Fulton of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Elizabeth Marie Fulton, Saturday, May 31, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Henderson of Augusta and the late Mr. and Mrs. Hayward Fulton.

Ryann Ashley Kramer
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Kramer of Evans announce the birth of a son, Ryann Ashley Kramer, Thursday, June 12, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Ted and Mary Collins of Augusta, Norman Kramer of Eaton, Ohio, and Belinda Campbell of Wellsburg, W. Va.

Ethan Joseph Napier

Sean L. Daniels
Sean L. Daniels and Shneika Wilfork, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Sean L. Daniels Jr., Sunday, June 22, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are John and Diane Wilfork of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Earl and Linda Daniels of Aiken.

Tanner Andrew Priessler

Raymond Harris Lamar
Kipler S. and Vicki S. Lamar of Evans announce the birth of a son, Raymond Harris Lamar, Friday, May 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Nancy Riggs of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Harris Lamar of Martinez.

Ada Christiana Godwin

Zakkary Conner Lowery
Christopher A. and Kelly D. Lowery of Beech Island announce the birth of a son, Zakkary Conner Lowery, Sunday, June 8, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Walter Wilson and Kathy Wilson, both of Beech Island, Katherine Stallings of Jackson and the late Norman Stallings, Cynthia Craven and Eugene Lowery, both of Walterboro, S.C., and Dale Dover of Beech Island.

William Noah Richardson

Tarrah Grace Makowski
Robert and Suzanna Makowski of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Tarrah Grace Makowski, Monday, June 9, 2003, at Doctor's Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Donnie James and Monica Makowski, all of Augusta.

Ryann Ashley Kramer

Connor Seth Mihoulides
David C. and Tabatha H. Mihoulides of Warrenville, S.C., announce the birth of a son, Connor Seth Mihoulides, Thursday, June 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Rebecca Swearingen of Langley and Mr. and Mrs. John Mihoulides of Hampstead, N.C.

Cierra Anlee Spencer

Lane Elliott Ornosky
Ronald S. and Dawn M. Ornosky of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Lane Elliott Ornosky, Friday, June 20, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Vearl G. Dillon of Washington, Ill., and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ornosky of Beech Island.

Henry Bradford Anderson

Hadden Mac Rae Peel
Donald M. Peel Jr. and Nancye B. Peel of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Hadden Mac Rae Peel, Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jack B. Mohney and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lonergan Sheehan, all of Augusta, and Donald M. Peel of Fripp Island, S.C.

Ada Christiana Godwin
Joedy and Enola Godwin of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Ada Christiana Godwin, Sunday, June 8, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Harry and Christine Gay of Garfield, Ga., and James and Mary Moody of Adel, Ga.

Tanner Andrew Priessler
Justin and Kristy Priessler of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Tanner Andrew Priessler, Monday, June 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Gunter of Aiken, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Preissler of North Augusta and the late Jimmy Wood.

Raymond Harris Lamar

William Noah Richardson
Mr. and Mrs. Aaron H. Richardson of Langley announce the birth of a son, William Noah Richardson, Thursday, June 12, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William A. Addenbrook of Martinez, Rosalyn D. Richardson of North Augusta and the late Samuel E. Richardson.

Ashlyn Skyler Heard

Brady Thomas Riggenbach
Shawn T. and Michele L. Riggenbach of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Brady Thomas Riggenbach, Thursday, June 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Robert and LeAna Buckey of Pittsburgh, andThomasand Carol Riggenbach of Martinez.

Kevin Anhao Zhang

Zander Jacob DeJong
Brian and Stefanie DeJong of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Zander Jacob DeJong, Thursday, June 12, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are David and Lynn Tesch of Grovetown and James and Kyleen DeJong of Harlem.

Kendall Emmely Hartley

Lyndsey Maree Rodgers
Bryan A. and Melanie H. Rodgers of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Lyndsey Maree Rodgers, Thursday, June 19, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Carpenter of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rodgers Jr. of Harriman, Tenn.

Brantley William Jones

Ethan Joseph Napier
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Napier of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Ethan Joseph Napier, Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Randy Peters and Mr. and Mrs. William Napier, all of Augusta.

Connor Seth Mihoulides

Cierra Anlee Spencer
Charles E. Spencer Jr. and Yolanda V. Jackson, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Cierra Anlee Spencer, Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are James Jackson Jr. and Annie Jackson, both of Augusta, and Charles E. Spencer and Ruby Spencer, both of St. Joseph, La.

Alexis Anna-Michelle Hooper

Ashlyn Skyler Heard
Stephen and Dena Heard of Harlem announce the birth of a daughter, Ashlyn Skyler Heard, Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are William D. Crowe Sr. and Anthony S. Heard Sr., both of Evans, Linda W. Wilson of Grovetown and Jean A. Roberson of Aiken.

Alexis Anna-Michelle Hooper
Mr. and Mrs. James E. Hooper III of Aiken announce the birth of a daughter, Alexis Anna-Michelle Hooper, Monday, June 9, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Steve and Lynda Taylor and Yvonne Hooper, all of Aiken, and the late James Hooper Sr.

Henry Bradford Anderson
Frank and Christine Anderson of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Henry Bradford Anderson, Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Richard Gayle and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Anderson, all of Augusta.

Katherine Virginia Haun
Robb and Laura Haun of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Katherine Virginia Haun, Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Allan Edgar of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Haun of Erwin, Tenn.

Patrick Robert Dougherty

Dennis Shane Mays Jr.

James Donald Heider
Edward A. and Jacqueline C. Heider of Evans announce the birth of a son, James Donald Heider, Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James C. Fleming of Evans, Mr. and Mrs. Jack A. Caldwell of Greenville, S.C., and Ed Heider and Nancy Heider, both of Lexington, S.C.

Brady Thomas Riggenbach

James Andrew Stangland
Louis J. and Julianna J. Stangland of Augusta announce the birth of a son, James Andrew Stangland, Saturday, June 21, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Edith Jennings of Jamaica Estates, N.Y., and the late Stephen Jennings, and James M. and Elfreda R. Stangland of Baudette, Minn.

Lane Elliott Ornosky

Cameron Le'James Tucker
James Tucker and Lashanda Brown, both of Warrenton, Ga., announce the birth of a son, Cameron Le'James Tucker, Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Willie Ruth Brown and James Brown, both of Norwood, Ga., and James E. and Loretta Tucker of Mitchell, Ga.

Lyndsey Maree Rodgers

Elizabeth Marie Fulton

Ashley Faith Veasey

Ashley Faith Veasey
Willie and Shawny Veasey of Washington, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Ashley Faith Veasey, Friday, June 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Fred and Rosie Ashley of Hephzibah, and Addie Veasey of Crawfordville, Ga.

James Andrew Stangland

Jahlil Jashawn Williams
Jesse Williams and Shawnette Coleman, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Jahlil Jashawn Williams, Sunday, June 15, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Modean Lindsey and Jeanette Perry, and the Rev. Rosa L. Williams, all of Augusta.

Sean L. Daniels

Kevin Anhao Zhang
Yan Zhang and Rujuan Dai of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Kevin Anhao Zhang, Friday, June 20, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia.

Mallory Grace Kitchens

Patrick Robert Dougherty
Owen and Laura Dougherty of Bluffton, S.C., announce the birth a son, Patrick Robert Dougherty, Friday, June 13, 2003, at Hilton Head (S.C.) Medical Center. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Dewey Kitchens of Grovetown and Dr. and Mrs. James Dougherty of Texas.

Lauren Grace Kraft

Cade Montgomery Fort
Kevin A. and Lara S. Fort of Evans announce the birth of a son, Cade Montgomery Fort, Sunday, November 24, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. DaleRoarabaugh of Six Mile Run, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. Owen Fort of Evans.

Ansley Kate Fullen
Steve and Kim Fullen of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Ansley Kate Fullen, Thursday, April 17, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Price of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Fullen of Greenville, Tenn.

Ansley Kate Fullen

British racing pigeon veers off course 3,000 miles and ends up in the Big Apple
NEW YORK -- Joseph Ida picked the bright-eyed bird out of his flock of 100 racing pigeons as soon as they settled on his terrace. It looked a little tired, thin, run down.

Park service selling pieces of Alcatraz
SAN FRANCISCO -- Now you can own a piece of The Rock, aka Alcatraz Island.

Parents sue school after hidden cameras catch students undressing
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Some Overton County parents have sued the school system, saying officials allowed security cameras to film children undressing in locker rooms and then stored the images on a computer accessible through the Internet.

Odds and Ends
DULUTH, Minn. -- An exasperated resident turned the tables on a company that hounded him with telemarketing calls, calling them more than 100 times in two days.

Expos extend Braves' losses
ATLANTA - Fresh off a game Greg Maddux had described as "the best of the year," the Braves went silent before a rookie Montreal Expos pitcher.

Braves' offense hits June swoon
ATLANTA - The record-setting scoring pace of May has slowed to a trickle.

Expos top Braves, remain unbeaten in Atlanta
ATLANTA -- Claudio Vargas won his third straight start and Endy Chavez and Michael Barrett provided the offense as the Montreal Expos remained unbeaten in Atlanta this year with a 5-4 victory over the Braves Thursday night.

Braves win pitching duel

Pitching troubles rotation

Braves' offense hits June swoon

Pitching troubles rotation
MIAMI - For the first time in 11 years, Atlanta pitchers won't win the ERA title or finish as the league's runner-up.

Expos top Braves, remain unbeaten in Atlanta

Braves win pitching duel
MIAMI - It was the night of the dueling rookies, Dontrelle Willis of the Florida Marlins strengthening his case as an All-Star with another masterful performance, and Horacio Ramirez of the Atlanta Braves suggesting voters not be too hasty with their rookie-of-the-year ballots.

Cities nationwide are seeking handouts from nonprofits

June unemployment rate jumps to nine-year high

Financial freedom

Cities nationwide are seeking handouts from nonprofits
PITTSBURGH -- Cash-strapped cities nationwide are going hat-in-hand to nonprofit organizations for donations to help pay the bills.b>

Business briefs
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Georgia Ports Authority was a bit premature when it announced in March that Savannah had overtaken Charleston, S.C., as the nation's fourth-busiest port.

Trash services change hands
Waste Management Inc. has acquired the trash-hauling business of Allied Waste Industries' BFI in Augusta.

Companies look to youth to help them repackage, re-market products

Trash services change hands

Business briefs

Companies look to youth to help them repackage, re-market products
CHICAGO -- So you're an executive at The Wrigley Company and you've got this gum called Juicy Fruit that - with its familiar yellow wrapper and name - has been a top seller for more than 100 years.

No joke: It's really Acme
When cartoon fans hear the name Acme Corp., zany images of invisible-ink bottles and other phony products associated with the lovable Road Runner and luckless Wile E. Coyote characters come to mind.

Liberty agrees to buy QVC from Comcast for $7.9 billion
PHILADELPHIA -- Liberty Media Corp. has agreed to buy Comcast's majority stake in the lucrative shopping channel QVC for $7.9 billion, the companies said Thursday.

No joke: It's really Acme

Financial freedom
Not stressing about money during these dark economic days is a luxury many of us would love to brag about.

Government, industry warn of mass hacker attacks on July 6

Business briefs
SAN FRANCISCO -- Business software maker PeopleSoft Inc. disclosed Thursday that its second-quarter deals could saddle Oracle Corp. with customer refunds totaling $354 million if the spurned suitor prevails in a hostile takeover bid.

June unemployment rate jumps to nine-year high
WASHINGTON -- The nation's unemployment rate soared to a nine-year high of 6.4 percent in June, smashing the hopes of job seekers anxious for paychecks in a sagging economy.

Government, industry warn of mass hacker attacks on July 6
WASHINGTON -- The government and private technology experts warned Wednesday that hackers plan to attack thousands of Web sites Sunday in a loosely coordinated "contest" that could disrupt Internet traffic.

University council cuts short Price appeal of his firing
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mike Price's appeal of his firing as Alabama's football coach was cut short Wednesday by the university's Staff Mediation Council, prompting Price's lawyer to say a lawsuit will be filed within two weeks.

ACC expansion another challenge to troubled SEC
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference has endured coaching scandals, NCAA troubles and a mediocre season by its own lofty standards.

ACC expansion another challenge to troubled SEC

University council cuts short Price appeal of his firing

Friend says missing Baylor basketball player feared threats to him, roommate

Sweeter than even peace

Lawyers getting fat on fear

Pay dirt

Stepping in
For the past three years, the African nation of Liberia has been in the throes of civil war between the government of a corrupt President Charles Taylor and rebel forces. The devastation has translated to widespread murder, rape and robbery, as well as the displacement of nearly 300,000 citizens.

Heaven help Hong Kong
As many Americans prepare to hit grocery aisles for last-minute hotdog buns and briquettes, in celebration of not only the fact but also the ideal of independence, hundreds of thousands in Hong Kong have hit the streets this week for last-minute protests against what they fear is the beginning of the end of their freedom.

Sweeter than even peace
Some people blindly stump for peace. Peace now. Peace, not war. Peace at any cost.

Pay dirt
The credibility of the Bush administration. The credibility of U.S. foreign policy. The U.S. relationship with the Arab world. The next presidential election. And, just maybe, the safety and security of U.S. citizens and cities.

Heaven help Hong Kong

Lawyers getting fat on fear
Eating too many Oreos could make you fat.

Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of concerts in the area.

Applause calendar
Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

July 4th festivities have something for everyone
Fireworks will soar over the Savannah River and music will fill the air when Fourth of July festivities commence today in downtown Augusta and in Columbia County.

Standing ovations
Comedian Rickey Smiley, of Friday After Next and BET's Comicview fame, will perform his standup act at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. Tickets cost $32.50 for floor seating and $28.50 for balcony seats. For more information, call 724-2400.

Judge throws out suit against Merrill Lynch mutual fund

Stocks fall on surprising spike in unemployment
NEW YORK -- Investors unnerved by a larger-than-expected jump in unemployment sent stocks lower Thursday, taking profits from Wall Street's two days of rallies. But news of surprisingly strong growth in the nation's service sector helped offset the losses.

Mortgage rates jump to 7-week high

Judge throws out suit against Merrill Lynch mutual fund
NEW YORK -- A federal judge on Wednesday threw out a lawsuit by investors who lost money in a Merrill Lynch technology-stock mutual fund and claimed the firm issued misleading research reports to win investment banking business.

Mortgage rates jump to 7-week high
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages jumped to a seven-week high this week. But even with the increase, mortgage rates likely remain at sufficiently low levels to support the housing market, one of the economy's few bright spots.

Stocks trade sharply higher, boosted by better-than-expected factory orders
NEW YORK -- Inspired by a bigger-than-expected rise in factory orders, investors sent stocks sharply higher Wednesday, taking advantage of lower prices after last week's declines and extending the market's advance to a second day.

Stocks fall on surprising spike in unemployment

Stocks trade sharply higher, boosted by better-than-expected factory orders

Fishing not 'firecracker hot,' but improving
Fishing has not been as hot as a firecracker on Thurmond Lake heading into the Fourth of July weekend, but that status could change most any day.

Fishing tournament results
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.

Fishing not 'firecracker hot,' but improving

Fishing tournament results

Teas are easy to grow

Several products help in controlling fire ants
Q: I have fire ants in my yard. I use various insecticides on them but it does not seem to do much good. I think I am only making them move. Any suggestions?

Couple's yard teems with life
Everything thrives in Elli and Andy Anderson's spectacular garden, from their 10-foot-tall Angel Trumpets to the belligerent bullfrog in their Koi pond.

Teas are easy to grow
Herb teas are inexpensive and tasty. Still, you might want to grow some herbs for tea simply because the plants are pretty and easy to grow.

Couple's yard teems with life

Several products help in controlling fire ants

Bombers drop Jackets
COLUMBIA - Alhaji Turay, Andres Rodriguez and Derran Watts combined for seven hits as the Capital City Bombers defeated the Augusta GreenJackets 6-2 at Capital City Stadium on Thursday night.

Pitcher continues recovery
On Jan. 3, Chris Smith looked down and saw two bloody holes in his right forearm.

Backyard fire brings back flashes of parental lies

Big Four dominate women's majors

McKay grabs lead at Pumpkin Ridge
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. -- Mhairi McKay turned in a surprising performance Thursday with five straight birdies on the back nine, finishing with a tap-in birdie for a 5-under 66 that gave her the lead in the first round of the U.S. Women's Open.

Young and old at the top of the Women's Open

Ex-Jaguar one back in European Open
STRAFFAN, Ireland - Former Augusta State golfer Gary Murphy is one shot off the lead after the first round of the European Open.

Ex-Jaguar one back in European Open

Why two parking spaces cost $500,000

Michelle Wie stays cool under the spotlight
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. -- After some practice putting on the 18th green at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Michelle Wie was whisked away for yet another television interview.

Michelle Wie stays cool under the spotlight

Big Four dominate women's majors
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. -- Se Ri Pak was chipping out of a grassy hollow left of the 18th green as Annika Sorenstam waited down the fairway, debating whether she could hit a 7-wood out of the bunker and over a hazard.

Young and old at the top of the Women's Open
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. -- Hey, these kids can play. In a clash of generations at the toughest event in women's golf, 17-year-old Aree Song made Pumpkin Ridge look like child's play with a 1-under 70 Thursday, giving her a share of the early lead at the U.S. Women's Open with 43-year-old Rosie Jones.

PGA Tour makes a return visit to Chicago
LEMONT, Ill. -- Well, well, well, look who's back in town.

Woods ties course record to take lead

Why two parking spaces cost $500,000
Just in case the PGA Tour ever gets serious about testing for illegal equipment, cheaters are advised to memorize the following:

PGA Tour makes a return visit to Chicago

Woods ties course record to take lead
LEMONT, Ill. -- Here's one way to quiet all that talk about a slump.

Pitcher continues recovery

Bombers drop Jackets

Georgia patriot was too busy to sign Declaration
Today is America's Independence Day, and if you get a chance to look at that famous document, you might notice Georgia has only three signees.

Downs enters not guilty plea
A man who faces the death penalty in the sexual assault and murder of a 10-year-old boy in 1991 pleaded not guilty this morning.

Wrong objective
On June 22, 60 Minutes aired a story of a study of young people (mostly male) at the age of 9 or 10 who attend special classes from 4:30 a.m. until the time regular classes begin at 8:30 a.m. Helen A. Skinner, Augusta

Craig best for judge seat

Don't mistake legacy with myth

Wrong objective

Pit facility reduces security of U.S.

Craig best for judge seat
The citizens of Burke, Columbia and Richmond counties are very lucky to have the Superior Court judges we have serving our citizens. We have the best Superior Court judges in the state of Georgia. James Murphy, Blythe, Ga.

Pit facility reduces security of U.S.
The publishers of The Augusta Chronicle and the Aiken Standard have pushed for approval of a new plutonium pit facility at Savannah River Site. There is no question that this would provide many jobs for the community, but so did building the ovens at Auschwitz. Jobs must not be a factor in the decision to build this plant. Victor Reilly, Aiken, S.C.

Don't mistake legacy with myth
Have you ever heard the saying "Criticism can be a good teacher, if we are willing to learn from it"? Well, I am going to criticize The Chronicle's June 27 headline, "Legend dies," which, as you should know, is totally false. Bill Adams, North Augusta, S.C.

Practice makes perfect for close-up photos

Health and fitness calendar

Fireworks fever: 227 years of bangs and pops

Manufacturers have hot ideas for keeping food cool

In the know

Fireworks fever: 227 years of bangs and pops
WASHINGTON -- Thirteen rockets in honor of the 13 states graced the Fourth of July celebration in Philadelphia in 1777, beginning a wild tradition of gunfire, cannon fire and fireworks that was only gradually tamed into the displays of today.

In the know
St. Paul's Episcopal Church will hold its annual Independence Day concert Friday at 8 p.m. The cost is $12 for adults, $8 for students ages 13 or older and $5 for children 12 or younger. A $50 patron pass for two includes free reserve parking at church, reserve seating and program recognition. Call 722-3463 for more information.

Practice makes perfect for close-up photos
Close-up photographs offer an unusual view of our world, especially when that world is pictured larger than life.

Manufacturers have hot ideas for keeping food cool
Boxes of wood and metal laden with chunks of ice used to be the norm if you were looking for a cold, frosty one.

Health and fitness 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.

News you can use
JULY 3, 1993 The high-profile Tokars murder case from Cobb County might be transferred to Augusta for trial later this year.

Norwood speaks to Rotary
Standing before a group of sweet-tea drinkers at an Augusta West Rotary Club meeting Thursday, U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood spoke about everything from the war in Iraq to a prescription drug bill he recently voted against.

EPD officials accept landfill application

Board will fight for Ten Commandments

July 4th closings

Serviceman of the day
Army 1st Lt. Christian A. Durham of Hephzibah is today's serviceman of the day.

Fireworks head across river
NORTH AUGUSTA - Mark Gill of Hephzibah spent $340 on fireworks Thursday, loading an assortment of rockets, pinwheels and other novelties into the trunk of his Chevy before heading back across the border to Georgia.

Sanford opens liquor stores on July Fourth
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Independence Day takes on a new meaning Friday, the first Fourth of July in years that liquor stores will have the freedom to stay open.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The husband of convicted killer Gail Cutro was shot twice after he pulled a knife while trying to avoid being arrested, police say.

Bond is denied in abuse of girls

Bond is denied in abuse of girls
A Richmond County judge denied bond Thursday to a 67-year-old man who is charged with molesting two girls in June.

UGA receives budget boost

State asks public to pick textbooks

Across the area
A Richmond County grand jury has indicted a man on murder charges in the slaying of a man found shot in the back of the head on Valentine's Day.

Augusta vendor grilled

UGA receives budget boost
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia deans received a boost to their budgets Wednesday, thanks to the 15 percent tuition increase approved in May.

Touching lives for 70 years

News you can use
NEWS YOU CAN USE JULY 4, 1965 One Augustan is believed to have killed another with a 12-gauge shotgun Saturday afternoon, police said.

Across the area
A Richmond County 911 dispatcher was charged with aggravated assault after her husband told authorities that she cut him during an argument early Thursday morning.

Operation targets drunken driving

EPD officials accept landfill application
State regulators received a completed application Wednesday for a controversial landfill in Taliaferro County, Ga., where county commissioners risked going to jail over their ongoing attempts to block the project.

Operation targets drunken driving
Not stressing about money during these dark economic days is a luxury many of us would love to brag about.

Plane crash inquiry set
An inspection of the twin-engine plane that crashed June 16 in Phinizy Swamp, killing Ed and Leslie Johnson, is scheduled to begin next week.

News you can use

Plane crash inquiry set

Serviceman of the day

Norwood speaks to Rotary

Touching lives for 70 years
GRANITEVILLE - A half-century ago, the only key that would unlock the doors of a segregated society for blacks was a degree in higher education - and maybe a little spunk.

Recovering wrecked truck challenges cleanup crews

Man charged in kidnapping
A man accused of abducting a woman from a New Ellenton car wash at knifepoint, taking her to an isolated area and raping her is behind bars after his arrest this week, authorities said.

Rants and Raves
WHO CARES ABOUT kids riding golf carts in Spring Lakes? Apparently, you do, because that is all you ever write about in your paper. You ought to write about something important. Let one of the rich, preppy kids get a job.

Let the holiday fun begin
Miguel Penagos watched as his 8-year-old son Armando tried to throw a red ring over a bottle.

Nuclear waste to be moved
AIKEN - An Idaho judge's federal ruling Thursday that orders all nuclear waste be cleared from three federal facilities, including the Savannah River Site, will make environmental cleanup more expensive for the Department of Energy and taxpayers, but also may ensure a longer mission that will keep jobs at the federal facility.

Across Georgia
ROME - The attorneys for a Floyd County high school athlete convicted of aggravated child molestation and statutory rape asked for a retrial Wednesday, but no decision has been made yet.

Authority criticizes fireworks location

Forum gathers group to voice Patriot Act protest
On the eve of Independence Day, more than 50 people gathered at the main library on Greene Street to celebrate their freedom of speech.

Mower's firing lets roadside grass grow
Blame it on the rain, but overgrowth along Augusta's highways isn't only from the wet weather.

Order seeks Walker records
A federal grand jury has subpoenaed records from a CSRA Classic Inc. event sponsor, concerning the corporation and former state Sen. Charles Walker.

Schools compile crime data

Rants and raves
FOR THE PERSON who said that the Constitution grants us the right to freedom from religion, that is not correct. The Constitution grants us freedom of religion. If you do not want to participate in a creationist class, that is your choice. But you cannot control others' religions.

Across Georgia

Tattoo patrons still appreciate patriotic signs

Molesting suspect sought by officials
Richmond County authorities are searching for a man they say sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl Tuesday night.

Across the area

Bridge accident leaves man dead

Across Georgia
DECATUR -An inmate escaped from the DeKalb County jail Wednesday by tying together bedsheets and climbing down 100 feet from the top of the eight-story building.

Tattoo patrons still appreciate patriotic signs
ST. MARYS, Ga. - A south Georgia tattoo artist says patriotic images and symbols continue to be his customers' biggest request almost two years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Police monument vandalized
Police are investigating the vandalism of a riverwalk monument honoring slain police officers.

Serviceman of the day

July 4th closings
List of government, school and other closings.

Former Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. dead at 92
ATLANTA -- Former Mayor Ivan Allen Jr., credited with helping Atlanta desegregate peacefully as other Southern cities erupted in violence, died Wednesday at 92.

Inspection set to begin in Phinizy plane crash
An inspection of the twin-engine plane that crashed June 16 in Phinizy Swamp, killing Ed and Leslie Johnson, is scheduled to begin next week.

Law lets birth parents look for their children
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Georgia law passed in 1990 let adopted children search for their birth parents through a statewide registry, but it didn't allow the birth parents to search for their children.

Downs pleads innocent
A man who could face the death penalty in the sexual assault and murder of a 10-year-old boy in 1991 pleaded innocent Thursday morning.

Rain may force changes to 4th
Patriots could feel their spirits dampened if rain takes the sizzle out of fireworks this Independence Day.

Rants and Raves
WHO CARES ABOUT kids riding golf carts in Spring Lakes? Apparently, you do, because that is all you ever write about in your paper. You ought to write about something important. Let one of the rich, preppy kids get a job.

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Teenager is finalist in national contest
J.J. Hynes just knew his Martinez home was on fire when his 13-year-old daughter called him screaming.

Fourth of July events
Here is a listing of Fourth of July events for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Let the holiday fun begin

Forum gathers group to voice Patriot Act protest

Across Georgia

Authority criticizes fireworks location
In a scathing letter to Augusta Administrator George Kolb, Port Authority Chairman Carl M. Nechtman has blasted the city for its decision to light Fourth of July fireworks off the Fifth Street bridge tonight, saying the pyrotechnics' proximity to the marina is dangerous and places boats and lives in jeopardy.

Augusta vendor grilled
A federal-state investigation into contracts awarded for the North Carolina State Fair has led to the questioning of an Augusta-based fair vendor.

Downs pleads innocent

State asks public to pick textbooks
For anyone who has ever complained how lousy school textbooks were, the Georgia Board of Education is offering a no-excuses solution.

Fireworks head across river

Survey reveals gaps in learning
Although most American children celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, an embarrassing number apparently don't know why.

Recovering wrecked truck challenges cleanup crews
Columbia County sheriff's deputies blocked Washington Road for three hours Wednesday while crews recovered a truck from an embankment next to Little Kiokee Creek.

Former Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. dead at 92

Board will fight for Ten Commandments
WINDER, Ga. - The Barrow County Commission voted unanimously to accept legal help in a possible fight with the American Civil Liberties Union after more than 200 supporters showed up to a special meeting Monday in support of a Ten Commandments plaque hanging in the courthouse.

Fourth of July events

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Todd D. Reinert of Augusta.

Across South Carolina

Schools compile crime data
Richmond County school officials are scrambling this week to gather crime data that the state said it needs for compiling a list of dangerous schools.

Man charged in kidnapping

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Police say a man kept his estranged wife gagged and tied up for four days as he beat her with a metal rod and a hammer.

Rants and raves
FOR THE PERSON who said that the Constitution grants us the right to freedom from religion, that is not correct. The Constitution grants us freedom of religion. If you do not want to participate in a creationist class, that is your choice. But you cannot control others' religions.

July Fourth closings
Here is a list of July Fourth holiday closings.

Bridge accident leaves man dead
A 38-year-old North Augusta man was killed Thursday night when his truck darted across traffic and into the wall of the 13th Street bridge near the state line.

Molesting suspect sought by officials

Fireworks transport may mean legal woes
Crossing the Savannah River to get fireworks might seem like no big deal.

Survey reveals gaps in learning

Rain may force changes to 4th

Across the area

Taylor says success 'still sinking in'
The rank and file of the Nationwide Tour can breath a little easier at this week's event in Canada. The hottest golfer on tour is spending the Fourth of July holiday at home in Augusta.

Backyard fire brings back flashes of parental lies
Mount Glynnmoore is no more.

Video watch
JUST OUT: Gangs of New York, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and The Real Cancun

Original producers of 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' say they haven't been paid
LOS ANGELES -- The original producers of the hit independent film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," have sued star Nia Vardalos and actor Tom Hanks' production company, saying they haven't received their share of the film's profits.

What's in a movie name? These days, lots of words
LOS ANGELES -- "Jaws." Says it all in four letters. "Ghostbusters." One word, three syllables, we catch its drift. "Spider-Man." Enough said.

Mini reviews

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What's in a movie name? These days, lots of words

Original producers of 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' say they haven't been paid

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.

Family man
For John Michael Montgomery, a career in country music has become a means to an end.

Beyonce's popularity continues to grow
NEW YORK -- With millions in album sales, Grammys, more than a half-dozen hit singles, a blockbuster movie and A-list endorsements, it's hard to imagine how Beyonce Knowles' star could get much brighter.

Finger Eleven has no snap
Safe, soulless and sanitary, Finger Eleven might be the metal equivalent of a Motel 6.

White Stripes take their unique brand of rock up the charts
DETROIT -- The White Stripes have captured the holy grail of rock: indie credibility plus mainstream success.

Beyonce's popularity continues to grow

White Stripes take their unique brand of rock up the charts

Finger Eleven has no snap

Racing facts - Pepsi 400

After bike crash, Carpentier happy to be behind wheel

Waltrip has chance to make Daytona history
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Michael Waltrip is quietly having the best season of his career and returning to Daytona International Speedway isn't likely to slow him down.

Drivers have say on tracks
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Bulldozers have logged as many miles as race cars in the past seven years at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Waltrip has chance to make Daytona history

LaJoie fired from Busch ride
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - This silly season isnt restricted only to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

Buckshot Jones back behind the wheel
Buckshot Jones was so convinced his racing career was over that he got a real job.

Park leads slow pole
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A strange thing happened Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway.

Drivers push to win final Winston Cup

Safety getting added touches
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Ever since Dale Earnhardt's fatal wreck, NASCAR has stepped up its effort to protect drivers, examining everything from neck restraints to soft walls.

Buckshot Jones back behind the wheel

Q&A with Shane Hmiel

Safety getting added touches

After bike crash, Carpentier happy to be behind wheel
CLEVELAND -- Patrick Carpentier is looking forward to being back in his race car, hugging hairpin turns at 150 mph and powering down straightaways at more than 200 mph.

Racing facts - Pepsi 400
Here are facts about this weekend's Pepsi 400 race.

Drivers push to win final Winston Cup
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Matt Kenseth was steady, Dale Earnhardt Jr. a surprise. Dale Jarrett and Tony Stewart were downright disappointing.

LaJoie fired from Busch ride

Q&A with Shane Hmiel
The Busch Series driver was parked for a lap last Sunday at Milwaukee for rough driving. Now he's scheduled to make his Winston Cup Series debut Saturday night in the Pepsi 400 in a one-race deal to drive one of the most famous cars in racing history - the No. 43 Dodge from Petty Enterprises. Hmiel talks about making the big jump.

Former Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. dead at 92

Former Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. dead at 92
ATLANTA -- Former Mayor Ivan Allen Jr., credited with helping Atlanta desegregate peacefully during the 1960s when other Southern cities erupted in violence, died Wednesday at 92.

Cavs, James still talking contract
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James has already been delivered to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now they just have to sign him.

Friend says missing Baylor basketball player feared threats to him, roommate
WACO, Texas -- The roommate of missing Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy is not in hiding and hired an attorney because of all the media attention, not because of questions from police, his cousin said Wednesday.

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'Confident' Armstrong sticks with almost same team for record-tying Tour attempt

Overtime

Vancouver gets 2010 Winter Games

Lewis wants a rematch with Klitschko

Roddick to play in Wimbledon semifinals

In the game spotlight on Krista Bashline

Grace under pressure

Ali needs more than talk to win

Another all-Williams final at Wimbledon

Lance Armstrong - still the man to beat on the Tour de France

Race now more than just a T-shirt

Another all-Williams final at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- Venus Williams' shoulders sagged with relief as she gave the Centre Court crowd a wave and weary smile, capping another triumphant day for her family at Wimbledon.

Ali needs more than talk to win
She definitely has the old man's gift of gab.

Roddick to play in Wimbledon semifinals
WIMBLEDON, England -- Andy Roddick remembers when he was 6 or 7, at home in Florida watching Wimbledon telecasts of matches between Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg on Centre Court.

Grace under pressure
When it comes to handling the pressures and adversity often associated with being a champion gymnast, Grace Taylor lives up to her name.

Overtime
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was strong as usual Thursday at Daytona International Speedway, winning the pole for the Busch Series race.

In the game spotlight on Krista Bashline
This week's in the game spotlight is on Krista Bashline of Leesville, S.C.

Lance Armstrong - still the man to beat on the Tour de France
PARIS -- Physically, he looks as fit as ever. But the Lance Armstrong who sets out Saturday in search of a historic Tour de France crown is a man facing a mountain of pressure - from fame, fortune, family and a marriage that, by his own admission, he's struggled to keep together.

Vancouver gets 2010 Winter Games
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Vancouver was awarded the 2010 Winter Olympics on Wednesday, taking the games back to Canada for the first time since 1988.

Race now more than just a T-shirt
ATLANTA - Tim Singleton had a brilliant idea while running in his first Boston Marathon in 1971.

Lewis wants a rematch with Klitschko
NEW YORK -- Get ready for Lewis-Klitschko II.

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.

Frustrating day for Henman, fans at rainy Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- No Englishman has won Wimbledon since 1936, so British fans are accustomed to waiting. And they did a lot of it Wednesday.

'Confident' Armstrong sticks with almost same team for record-tying Tour attempt
PARIS -- Lance Armstrong is working on the principle that if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Singer is happy taking his time

Singer is happy taking his time
You would think Shannon Lawson would be down after being dropped from MCA Nashville Records when his debut album and two follow-up singles failed to ignite.

Taylor says success 'still sinking in'

'76 was a revolutionary year in film

Fox drops 'Charlie Chan' film festival

Fox drops 'Charlie Chan' film festival
LOS ANGELES -- Charlie Chan is off the case for the Fox Movie Channel.

For reality producer, fiction is the new frontier
LOS ANGELES -- Producer Bruce Nash, one of the barons of reality television, has three series kicking off within 24 hours of each other this month.

For reality producer, fiction is the new frontier

Concert calendar

Applause calendar

Club calendar

July 4th festivities have something for everyone

'76 was a revolutionary year in film
Nothing against the founding fathers, but when I think Spirit of '76, I conjure up images of taxi drivers, not tea tax, of Rocky, not revolution.

Parents sue school after hidden cameras catch students undressing

British racing pigeon veers off course 3,000 miles and ends up in the Big Apple