City leaders say culture is too expensive

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.

Injuries, slumps keep many big names out of All-Star game

Injuries, slumps keep many big names out of All-Star game
Baseball's annual midsummer argument is on. With rosters for the All-Star game expanded from 30 to 32 spots this year, plenty of room is left for new names. But some of the choices are never easy: Jim Edmonds or Andruw Jones in center field for the National League? Alfonso Soriano or Bret Boone at second base for the American League?

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.

Georgia patriot was too busy to sign Declaration

Odds and Ends
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- A new kind of Krispy Kreme shop is coming this way, but it might not be as easy to be first in line for those tasty pastries.

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.

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

Group organizes Homeless World Cup
NEW YORK -- Harris Pankin strides onto the soccer field alone, a lanky figure with tangled dark hair and a patchwork beard. As usual, he's the first to arrive.

Braves beat Expos, increase lead in NL East
ATLANTA - Terry Pendleton knows better than to freely offer advice to Chipper Jones.

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

Expos top Braves, remain unbeaten in Atlanta

Chipper's wrist needs more help
ATLANTA - Chipper Jones, who received a cortisone shot in his sore left wrist three weeks ago, is ready for another one.

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 beat Expos, increase lead in NL East

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

Chipper's wrist needs more help

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.

Financial freedom

June unemployment rate jumps to nine-year high

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.

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.

Local maternity shop expands

Leatherman celebrates 20 years of his invention
PORTLAND, Ore. -- On the crowded streets of Saigon in the early 1970s, Ted Leatherman watched in wonder as Vietnamese teenagers tore down and rebuilt Honda motorcycles with their bare hands.

Biotech crop inventors turn to more exotic manipulation

Business briefs

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

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.

Business briefs
U.S. financial markets were closed Friday in observance of Independence Day.

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

Local maternity shop expands
Mrs. Fleming and Beverly Dunn (left), a sales associate, tend to the merchandise. Mrs. Fleming wants to open stores on the Eastern seaboard.

Biotech crop inventors turn to more exotic manipulation
WASHINGTON -- Americans may not know it, but most eat genetically modified food daily. And two Midwestern scientists - one an unassuming gardener, the other a no-nonsense executive - are largely responsible.

Business briefs

Labeling modified foods is touchy subject
WASHINGTON - What's in a name? Deep political, economic and cultural concerns, at least when it comes to labeling food made with genetically modified ingredients.

Heaven help Hong Kong

To the death?
Nowadays, you don't have to train 60 hours a week or shuck out millions of dollars to Don King in order to be a famous boxer. Male, female, young or old, all you need is a weigh-in and a few bucks to get a chance to be declared the ultimate Toughman champion. But is that really all it takes?

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

Keep HOPE alive

Unsung hero dies
Fifty years ago, only visionaries imagined that blacks and whites would sit in the same section of a movie theater, or dine together at a downtown restaurant. Well, thanks to those courageous visionaries who took action, these once-far-fetched ideas have become the norm today.

To the death?

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

Keep HOPE alive
Soaring tuition costs at Georgia's post-secondary schools are darkening the future of one of Georgia's brightest programs - the HOPE scholarship.

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.

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.

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.

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

Cameron's absence can't terminate Schwarzenegger franchise
LOS ANGELES -- The audacity of it, a young upstart director commandeering a venerated science-fiction saga from a filmmaking idol.

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

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.

As benefits run out, many job seekers move back with relatives, deplete savings

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.

Few students learn money lessons
NEW ORLEANS -- It's basic economics: The supply of students who know much about money is woefully scarce, driving a demand for schools to do more - fast.

Tokyo stocks close down, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks closed down Friday, dampened by fears the market had overheated in recent days, and by Wall Street's losses Thursday. The dollar was higher against the yen.

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.

As benefits run out, many job seekers move back with relatives, deplete savings
LOS ANGELES -- Unemployed and running out of money, Brad Hoegler is back where he never thought he'd be - home with his parents.

Bull market is back, but will it stay?
NEW YORK -- The bull market is back, according to at least some definitions of the term.

Stocks fall on surprising spike in unemployment

Few students learn money lessons

Mortgage rates jump to 7-week high

Bull market is back, but will it stay?

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 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 not 'firecracker hot,' but improving

Fishing tournament results

Couple's yard teems with life

Teas are easy to grow

Several products help in controlling fire ants

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?

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
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.

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.

Woods ties course record to take lead

McKay settles for four-shot lead

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

McKay settles for four-shot lead
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. -- Mhairi McKay was on the verge of a record and a runaway at the U.S. Women's Open. One hole, and seven shots later, all she had was a four-shot lead.

Woods hangs on to lead at Western Open
LEMONT, Ill. -- Tiger Woods got off to the kind of start that puts records in danger. By the end of the round, he was barely hanging on.

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

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
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.

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

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.

Southern health officials concerned about eastern equine encephalitis

Less summer fun: The dulling of the American playground

Fireworks fever: 227 years of bangs and pops

Practice makes perfect for close-up photos

New test uncovers first West Nile-infected blood donation

New test uncovers first West Nile-infected blood donation
WASHINGTON -- Testing the nation's blood supply for West Nile virus began just days ago and already has uncovered the first infected donation - in Texas - letting health workers stop the blood from reaching any patients, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.

Less summer fun: The dulling of the American playground
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The playgrounds, like so much in Gigi McGaughey's 4-year-old world, are not the way her parents remember.

Southern health officials concerned about eastern equine encephalitis
ATLANTA -- Health officials on alert for the return of West Nile virus are concerned about the re-emergence of another mosquito-borne disease in the Southeast: eastern equine encephalitis.

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.

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.

Bond is denied in abuse of girls

Across South Carolina

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.

Rants and raves
IT DOESN'T MATTER if it's rap, rock, country, classical or even gospel; loud music is an invasion of other people's privacy. And about those $2,000 rims: Please make sure your family is taken care of before you spend so much money to dress up your car.

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

Across the Southeast

Restoration at Sacred Heart focuses on fixing water damage

News you can use

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.

Townspeople give makeover to courthouse

Having a blast for the Fourth

New flag similar to first banner

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.

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.

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

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.

Downs pleads innocent

Bridge accident leaves man dead

Sanford OKs holiday liquor sales as police crack down

Across Georgia

Cause of man's crash unknown

Forum gathers group to voice Patriot Act protest

Thurmond's death leaves void in GOP

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

Across the area

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.

Street racing gains speed among teens

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.

Swimmer drowns in river current
An Augusta man looking to cool himself from the summer heat by diving into the Savannah River was swept downstream by the current and drowned.

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.

Having a blast for the Fourth
The oohs and ahhs heard early Friday evening weren't for spectacular fireworks but another brief explosion from the sky. Rain.

Today's Independence Day events

Sanford OKs holiday liquor sales as police crack down
CLEARWATER - South Carolina has a schizophrenic relationship with alcohol.

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.

Today's Independence Day events
Lincoln County and McCormick County chambers of commerce present a fireworks display over Thurmond Lake at 9:30 p.m..

Across the area

New flag similar to first banner
ATLANTA - Historians say Georgia's first official flag, adopted in 1879, bears a striking resemblance to the new state flag passed by the General Assembly earlier this year.

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.

Events draw big crowds for Fourth
The rain might have slowed them down, but it didn't stop thousands of spectators from turning out to participate in the Patriots Park Fourth of July Celebration.

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.

Restoration at Sacred Heart focuses on fixing water damage
When Sandra Fenstermacher sees children awestruck at hand-painted stained-glass windows and marble statues in Sacred Heart Cultural Center's great hall, she's filled with appreciation of the restoration work in the former church.

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

Rants and raves
IT DOESN'T MATTER if it's rap, rock, country, classical or even gospel; loud music is an invasion of other people's privacy. And about those $2,000 rims: Please make sure your family is taken care of before you spend so much money to dress up your car.

Townspeople give makeover to courthouse
CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. - Bob Kendrick's fascination with Taliaferro County's aging courthouse dates back to his childhood.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A funeral for Enestae Kessee Jr., the homeless newborn who died this week, will be held today.

Let the holiday fun begin

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The husband of a convicted child killer says he wanted to be shot to death by police after leading them on a chase.

UGA receives budget boost

Across the area
An elderly Augusta woman said two men posing as police officers stole some of her money, according to a sheriff's office report.

Augusta vendor grilled

Cause of man's crash unknown
A preliminary autopsy performed Friday on a North Augusta man confirmed that a medical condition did not contribute to the accident that killed him Thursday night.

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.

News you can use
NEWS YOU CAN USE JULY 5, 1950 More than 500 residents, ex-residents, visitors and graduates of Fleming School attended the ninth annual Fleming Community homecoming yesterday at the community house.

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

Georgia's budget crunch postpones parks projects
ATLANTA - The new golf course at Richard B. Russell State Park in Elbert County is ready for its first weekend duffers. The three new cottages at Fort McAllister State Park in Richmond Hill are spick and span.

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.

County to vote on Bible classes
More elementary school pupils could be allowed to pick Bible classes instead of physical education and recess if the Richmond County Board of Education votes next week to expand an off-campus Christian education program.

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.

Across the Southeast
WILMINGTON, N.C. -Federal investigators are examining the death of New Hanover County jail inmate Gary Rummer, who died of head trauma and a broken neck while in a holding cell.

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.

Street racing gains speed among teens
AIKEN - Hollywood calls them the Fast and the Furious. Veteran drag racer Annette Summer calls them the fast and the foolish.

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.

Thurmond's death leaves void in GOP
COLUMBIA - The death of former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond last week has left the South Carolina Republican Party with a void in leadership, political observers say.

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

Thurmond is missed at festival
GILBERT, S.C. - Beauty queens, grandparents and politicians briefly escaped the Fourth of July heat in the air-conditioned lunch room at Gilbert Primary School on Friday, but one familiar face was absent.

Georgia's budget crunch postpones parks projects

Serviceman of the day
Army 1st Sgt. Marvin Glanton, of Edgefield, S.C., is today's serviceman of the day.

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.

July 4th closings

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.

Swimmer drowns in river current

Plane crash inquiry set

Across Georgia

Fireworks head across river

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.

County to vote on Bible classes

Norwood speaks to Rotary

Authority criticizes fireworks location

Operation targets drunken driving

Serviceman of the day

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.

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, and we catch its drift. "Spider-Man." Enough said.

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

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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.

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

Singer Barry White dies at 58

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.

Beyonce's popularity continues to grow

Finger Eleven has no snap

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

Singer Barry White dies at 58
LOS ANGELES -- Velvet-voiced R&B crooner Barry White, renowned for his lush baritone and lyrics that oozed sex appeal on songs such as "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe," died Friday morning, his manager said.

Teammates will start in top 10 at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start fifth in tonight's Pepsi 400. Michael Waltrip is sixth. It couldn't be much better for Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Don't call Earnhardt yellow for April pass
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Although Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NASCAR continue to stick by their version of the yellow line fracas in April at Talladega, Ala., others still aren't sure what to make of the special rule in play there and at Daytona International Speedway.

Waltrip has chance to make Daytona history

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.

Biffle struggles in first Winston Cup season

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.

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

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.

Atlanta offers packages at low rates to lure fans
HAMPTON, Ga. - From his office high above Atlanta Motor Speedway, track president Ed Clark has a panoramic view of all 124,000 seats in a grandstand rarely filled to capacity.

Buckshot Jones back behind the wheel

Atlanta offers packages at low rates to lure fans

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

Don't call Earnhardt yellow for April pass

Drivers push to win final Winston Cup

Biffle struggles in first Winston Cup season
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Greg Biffle, fresh off a Busch series title, couldn't believe what he saw when he stepped into his new Winston Cup garage at vaunted Roush Racing before this season.

Safety getting added touches

After bike crash, Carpentier happy to be behind wheel

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.

Teammates will start in top 10 at Daytona

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No, we don't need more bombs; plutonium is too dangerous
It's the problem child of the Atomic Age. The first-born from the union of Uranium with man. Gone forth and multiplied - well, proliferated. The fearsome heart of atomic bombs. And now, 34 tons of our precious plutonium is finding its way back home to the Savannah River Site.

Need for pit is real; time to proceed is now
FOR MOST OF its life, the Savannah River Site has been part of a far-flung national complex that provided America's nuclear deterrent. This nuclear deterrent played a major role in winning the Cold War.

No, we don't need more bombs; plutonium is too dangerous
It's the problem child of the Atomic Age. The first-born from the union of Uranium with man. Gone forth and multiplied - well, proliferated. The fearsome heart of atomic bombs. And now, 34 tons of our precious plutonium is finding its way back home to the Savannah River Site.

Need for pit is real; time to proceed is now
FOR MOST OF its life, the Savannah River Site has been part of a far-flung national complex that provided America's nuclear deterrent. This nuclear deterrent played a major role in winning the Cold War.

Ali needs more than talk to win

Overtime

Kenyans win Peachtree Road Race

Overtime

Roddick to play in Wimbledon semifinals

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

Federer will play Philippoussis in final

Another all-Williams final at Wimbledon

Race now more than just a T-shirt

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.

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

A historic Tour de France starts with quick dash
PARIS -- Lance Armstrong's bid for a record-tying fifth straight win in the Tour de France, a punishing cross-country slog of more than 2,100 miles, begins with a quick dash.

Overtime
High school star likes Tar Heels Marvin Williams Jr., a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward who is considered Washington state's top high school player in the Class of 2004, said he will enroll at North Carolina.

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.

Kenyans win Peachtree Road Race
ATLANTA -- Kenyans Robert Cher Kipkoech and Susan Chepkemei were winners Friday in the 10-kilometer Peachtree Road Race.

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

Federer will play Philippoussis in final
WIMBLEDON, England -- Andy Roddick's run at Wimbledon was stopped by the closest thing there is to Pete Sampras right now: Roger Federer.

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.

Singer is happy taking his time

Cyclists brake for fellowship in Augusta
When cyclists roll into town Wednesday, more than half of their 1,500-mile journey will be over.

Faith digest
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - More than ever, people are turning to Christian bookstores in search of inspiration and purpose in their lives, say several Tallahassee bookstore owners.

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.

Unitarian interprets the Bible liberally
"Liberalism good. Conservatism bad."

Of Jayson Blair and the Ten Commandments: Is there a U.S. 'epidemic of lying'?
Following the scandal over New York Times reporter Jayson Blair's fabrications, San Francisco Chronicle culture critic Steven Winn offered a pessimistic view of the state of the union on truthfulness.

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

A congenial Tom Green to host MTV talk show
BURBANK, Calif. -- Tom Green walks out on stage to greet the audience for his new MTV talk show, pulling gamely at the dress shirt spilling out of his pinstriped trousers.

A congenial Tom Green to host MTV talk show

Applause calendar

Concert calendar

Club calendar

July 4th festivities have something for everyone

Cameron's absence can't terminate Schwarzenegger franchise

'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.

Group organizes Homeless World Cup

Parents sue school after hidden cameras catch students undressing

Odds and Ends

Cyclists brake for fellowship in Augusta

Of Jayson Blair and the Ten Commandments: Is there a U.S. 'epidemic of lying'?

Faith and fellowship calendar

Unitarian interprets the Bible liberally

Faith digest