Hard work paying off for Diamondbacks right-hander
PHOENIX -- A move to Arizona has turned Shea Hillenbrand from a line-drive hitter into a slugger.

Audit says Mets owe city $4.5 million
NEW YORK -- The Mets owe the city $4.5 million in payments on the club's lease at Shea Stadium, city Comptroller William Thompson found in an audit released Monday.

Lawyers: Canseco has history of steroid abuse
MIAMI -- Jose Canseco has a history of steroid abuse, his lawyers said Monday in an unsuccessful effort to hospitalize him for an addiction evaluation.

Readers still enjoy the sights and sounds of travel

Odds and Ends
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Talk about a stink. The owner of a pooper scooper business here sued a competitor to protect a company slogan.

Florida woman on house arrest sneaks out for Springer show
BRADENTON, Fla. -- The episode of the "Jerry Springer Show" is dubbed "Sneaky Sex Affairs," but officials say the real sneaking was done by a woman on house arrest who risked going to jail for the chance to appear on the show.

Camp counselors accused of organizing fights
ROANOKE, Va. -- Sheriff's officers are investigating allegations that counselors at a 4-H summer camp arranged fistfights between children ages 9 to 13, charged admission to the brawls and allowed betting.

Odds and Ends
SEATTLE -- Elvis has not entirely left the cab stand. Cabbie Dave Groh last week lost his appeal of a $60 fine for violating the dress-code for taxi drivers, but says he's determined to continue his lighthearted salute to the King from behind the wheel.

Lawsuit: Middle school forced pregnancy, STD tests on eighth-graders
NEW YORK -- School administrators forced several eighth-graders to be tested for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases after they skipped school to attend a party where some students reportedly had sex, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

TBS adds Caray and Van Wieren back to announcer rotation
ATLANTA -- Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren will be back on TBS' telecasts of the Atlanta Braves after the All-Star break, ending a 3 1/2 -month experiment by the cable network.

Braves notebook

Kitten found next to Braves dugout, finds new home with Fick
NEW YORK -- Robert Fick was focused on a kitten rather than hittin'.

Clubhouse abuzz about rookie

Braves top Mets

Victory ends Reynolds' skid
NEW YORK - Shane Reynolds' spot in the Atlanta Braves' starting rotation was tenuous long before Tuesday night's game against the New York Mets began.

Braves top Mets
NEW YORK -- Chipper Jones homered twice for the second straight day, and Horacio Ramirez pitched the first complete game of his major league career as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 7-3 Monday night.

Clubhouse abuzz about rookie
NEW YORK - One day after throwing Atlanta's first complete game this year, rookie pitcher Horacio Ramirez remained the talk of the Braves' clubhouse prior to Tuesday night's game against the New York Mets.

Kitten found next to Braves dugout, finds new home with Fick

Victory ends Reynolds' skid

Braves notebook
NEW YORK - Don't get Marcus Giles wrong. He's very happy to be voted the National League's starting second baseman for this year's All-Star Game.

Pump 'N Shop gets new fuel, fresh look
When it comes time to gas up the car, there are two types of people: those who are brand-loyal and those who buy whatever is cheapest.

$750 million WorldCom settlement approved

McDonald's to offer wireless Internet in San Francisco area
SAN FRANCISCO -- The counter help will be saying "You want Wi-Fi with that?" now that residents of the technology-focused Bay Area will be able to get a Big Mac and wireless Internet access at the same time.

Some analysts raise outlook for Japanese economy
TOKYO -- Some analysts are revising upward their expectations for Japan's economy and predicting stronger growth, although no one is forecasting vigorous recovery just yet.

Some analysts raise outlook for Japanese economy

Business briefs
PARIS - Reviving an once-spurned merger effort, Canada's Alcan launched Monday an unsolicited euro3.4 billion ($3.87 billion) takeover bid for French rival Pechiney in a deal that would create the world's top-selling maker of aluminum.

$750 million WorldCom settlement approved
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge on Monday approved a $750 million settlement between federal regulators and WorldCom, Inc., saying a substantially heavier fine for a corporate accounting fraud scandal would "unfairly penalize" the company's 50,000 employees.

Charleston tops Savannah port

Consumers use credit cards liberally in May
WASHINGTON -- Consumers were brisk borrowers in May as free-financing deals and deep discounts motivated them to use their charge cards more freely.

DaimlerChrysler plant may be approved Wednesday

Business briefs

Jacksonville is No.1 in transporting cars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Port Authority says it beat out New York and New Jersey as the nation's No. 1 port for handling vehicles during 2002, claiming the distinction for the second-straight year.

Pump 'N Shop gets new fuel, fresh look

Georgia in line to woo Boeing
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Boeing's proposed 7E7 Dreamliner jet is aptly nicknamed. Since the Seattle-based aerospace giant announced in May that it was looking for a place to build the new, midsize passenger jet, no fewer than 20 states have been dreaming of snagging the coveted assembly plant and all the economic perks that go with it.

Charleston tops Savannah port
SAVANNAH, Ga. - New figures show the Georgia Ports Authority, which manages the port of Savannah, set a new record in 2002-03 for the amount of cargo moving through its waters.

DaimlerChrysler plant may be approved Wednesday
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- DaimlerChrysler AG is expected to vote Wednesday on whether to approve plans to build a $754 million van plant that would create 3,300 new jobs in Georgia.

Charlotte assistant joins Clemson staff
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Kevin Nickelberry, an assistant for two years at Charlotte, was named an assistant coach at Clemson on Tuesday.

Charlotte assistant joins Clemson staff

Three wins would elevate Vaughn

The wrong Rx

The wrong Rx
Does bad policy make for good politics? President George W. Bush is about to find out. His leadership, for better or worse, has pushed a prescription drug benefit plan through both houses of Congress - a benefit for the elderly that lawmakers have been debating and arguing about for more than five years.

Deliver us from evil
This is not your father's Iranian revolution.

A commandment is just that
Be nice to your friends. Don't lie. Obey your father and mother. Don't steal. Don't hurt others so you can have a better life.

Radical treatment
The Coliseum Authority's search for a new manager has taken an unusual turn - one that may have the authority traveling full circle.

Radical treatment

TV star Buddy Ebsen dies at 95
LOS ANGELES -- Buddy Ebsen, the loose-limbed Broadway dancer who achieved stardom and riches in the television series "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Barnaby Jones," has died, a hospital official said Monday. He was 95.

'Soldier of Fortune II' offers action, gore galore
Bullets fly and so does the blood and gore in a new and ultimately disappointing Xbox title, "Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix."

GM extends summer auto incentives

GM extends summer auto incentives
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. extended most of its rebate and financing deals on 2003 models Tuesday as the world's largest automaker tried to spur what's been a lukewarm automotive market.

Stocks extend rally to second day, mergers provide a lift
NEW YORK -- A string of merger announcements gave Wall Street another lift Tuesday, extending the market's rally to a second day and pushing the Nasdaq composite index to its highest level in nearly 15 months.

Phone registration for do-not-call list opens nation-wide
WASHINGTON -- Americans living in the Eastern United States now have a powerful new tool in the fight against those persistent and annoying telemarketers.

Stocks trade sharply higher, Dow up more than 140 points
NEW YORK -- A burst of optimism about second-quarter earnings propelled stocks sharply higher Monday, lifting the Dow Jones industrials more than 140 points. The Nasdaq composite index shot above 1,700 for the first time in 14 months.

Phone registration for do-not-call list opens nation-wide

Stocks trade sharply higher, Dow up more than 140 points

Stocks extend rally to second day, mergers provide a lift

Growers develop a petite watermelon

Growers develop a petite watermelon
PHOENIX -- With its bulky size, the watermelon is usually reserved for big family meals and large picnics. But that could be changing, with two companies unveiling a downsized version aimed at people who might hesitate to buy the standard variety.

Small portions
Avid barbecuers love to experiment with different types of charcoals and wood chips to flavor their foods. An easy way to impart appealing flavors is to toss fresh herbs into the fire in the final moments of cooking. The more resinous herbs work best, like rosemary, thyme, savory, sage or oregano. Using these herbs alone or in combination gives food a wonderful Mediterranean flavor

Recipe perfects pasta, vegetables

Small portions

Recipe perfects pasta, vegetables
CONCORD, N.H. - Dutiful friends that we are, my wife and I have spent much of this summer trudging from one wedding to another as the single stragglers of our circle finally discover marital bliss.

ABC to televise Auburn-Georgia Tech game
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn's Sept. 6 game at Georgia Tech will be televised nationally by ABC.

ABC to televise Auburn-Georgia Tech game

Ex-GreenJacket Cooper struggles after promotion
Matt Cooper has yet to duplicate at high Class A Sarasota the success he had with the Augusta GreenJackets, but at least the former third-round pick is getting the shot he's long been waiting for.

GreenJackets on deck
Rome Braves at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox).

Jackets continue stumbling
HICKORY, N.C. - The Hickory Crawdads completed a home run-filled series against the Augusta GreenJackets with three more long balls Monday night, coasting to a 9-3 victory at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Jackets continue stumbling
HICKORY, N.C. - The Hickory Crawdads completed a home run-filled series against the Augusta GreenJackets with three more long balls Monday night, coasting to a 9-3 victory at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Woods might miss Match Play

Woods might miss Match Play
LONDON -- Tiger Woods might miss the World Match Play championship because of a sponsorship commitment that conflicts with the Oct. 16-19 tournament.

Sorenstam growing into role as face of LPGA
TULSA, Okla. -- Annika Sorenstam is comfortable now as the face of women's professional golf, although that wasn't always the case.

Lunke wins U.S. Women's Open
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. -- Hilary Lunke surprised everyone but herself, winning the U.S. Women's Open on Monday with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole of a three-way playoff.

Sorenstam growing into role as face of LPGA

Woods' tinkering pays off - again
LEMONT, Ill. -- When Tiger Woods looks at tapes from 1997, the year he won his first Western Open, he barely recognizes his swing.

Caddiegate at the Women's Open
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. -- The father of a golf prodigy went to the Portland area to caddie for his kid, but a fight broke out and he turned over the job to someone else.

Former Jaguars shining
For the second time in three weeks a former Augusta State golfer is making a name for himself on a professional tour.

Woods' tinkering pays off - again

Lunke's first victory a big one
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. -- Hilary Lunke surprised everyone but herself, winning the U.S. Women's Open with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole of a three-way playoff to become the first qualifier to capture women's golf most prestigious trophy.

Caddiegate at the Women's Open

Former Jaguars shining

Master's touch

Lunke wins U.S. Women's Open

Skins Game in Annika's future?

Lunke's first victory a big one

Skins Game in Annika's future?
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. -- Annika Sorenstam is done playing on the PGA Tour, but Colonial might not be her last chance to play against the men.

Master's touch
Jack Nicklaus stood at the tee of the par-3 eighth hole and didn't like what he saw - wetlands left, a huge mound right and a green too elevated for his liking.

African golfers again fail to show for qualifying
SANDWICH, England -- Ten golfers from Nigeria and four from Ghana failed to show for British Open qualifying this week, but organizers believe it is not a repeat of last year's visa scandal.

GreenJackets on deck

Jackets continue stumbling

Jackets continue stumbling

Ex-GreenJacket Cooper struggles after promotion

Brand pleased with first look at summer camp

High school camp gets an international flavor

Nutty idea for dessert is a crowd-pleaser
I always say you should have a hunk of cream cheese on hand for quick and easy appetizers, but this week and next, I'll share two delicious desserts that highlight this ingredient.

Nutty idea for dessert is a crowd-pleaser

Readers still enjoy the sights and sounds of travel
People are visiting, all right, and many are sending us postcards.

Welcome center to relocate
The Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau will move its welcome center to the Augusta Museum of History by the end of the year.

Man arrested in connection with Broad Street shooting
An Augusta man was arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with a Broad Street shooting on Saturday.

Man arrested in connection with Broad Street shooting
An Augusta man was arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with a Broad Street shooting on Saturday.

GBI: Prosecutions unlikely in YDC probe
The extensive criminal investigation used to justify privatization of the Augusta Youth Development Campus is unlikely to lead to prosecutions.

Civic center needs new direction
I recently returned from serving as a delegate at the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church at the Athens, Ga., Classic Center. I paid particular attention to many things because of experience with this same conference last June at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. Patty Strickland, Augusta

Affirmative action needed now more than ever to undo racists' damage
The death of former Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox reminds us all of the racial hatred and bigotry perpetuated by segregationists like him, former Alabama Gov. George Wallace and South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond. These men have done more to widen the racial divide than any men in our history. William Sanders, Augusta

Civic center needs new direction

A troubling thought

Craig has the skills to be judge
I have had the privilege of knowing District Attorney Danny Craig for over 20 years. I knew him long before he was district attorney - I knew him when he was just an attorney. I must say he is the only man who should be appointed Superior Court judge when Judge Lynn Allgood leaves office. Frank Murphy, Augusta

'God Squad' doesn't represent God

Judicial appointment should be nonpartisan
I am a senior citizen, and I want to say we all need District Attorney Danny Craig to fill Superior Court Judge Lynn Allgood's seat. Mr. Craig is a good man with a wonderful family. His adversity in his personal life has never stopped him from doing his job - not even once. George Kramer, Waynesboro, Ga.

The wrong Rx

The wrong Rx
Does bad policy make for good politics? President George W. Bush is about to find out. His leadership, for better or worse, has pushed a prescription drug benefit plan through both houses of Congress - a benefit for the elderly that lawmakers have been debating and arguing about for more than five years.

Show love of country by flying flag
I lived in Augusta for almost eight years. On two or three occasions, I drove around the complex I lived in and, even on holidays, the most I ever saw people flying their flags was one large flag hung out two or three times. I have hung my flag out every day except when rain was forecasted. Hal Lasky, Augusta

A troubling thought
After watching the fanfare of reverence in memory of Sen. Strom Thurmond, you can't avoid the thought that a short time ago, U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., lost his job as Senate majority leader at the hands of his "fellow" Republicans for his jocular little praise for this "legend," as you called him. Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

'God Squad' doesn't represent God
Recently, we celebrated the founding of our country, and I am proud to be an American. The phrase, "One nation under God," has only been in the salute for 50 years. Those who truly study history know that God and the truth are the foundation of our country. Ronald H. Gates, Augusta

Co-workers should work more, preach less
I am an employee of an Augusta hospital. I have a problem putting up with co-workers recruiting other co-workers to join the Christian faith while on duty. I clock in for 12 hours to do patient care and not to be preached to or hear the latest church sermon. Roy Smith, Grovetown, Ga.

Clothes get top billing in 'Legally Blonde 2'

Hackers 'contest' vandalize Web sites

In the know

Seniors calendar

Recovering lost, deleted digital photos is possible

Program helps youngsters read

In the know
It's an image that occurs thousands of times a year. A man in love, a misty-eyed woman and a ring.

Seniors 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.

Program helps youngsters read
School's out, and the little brains so carefully molded by early elementary school teachers are happily turning back into native mush.

Clothes get top billing in 'Legally Blonde 2'
NEW YORK -- Sure, Reese Witherspoon is the star of "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde," but a lot of the buzz surrounding the new movie is about its glitzy fashion show.

Recovering lost, deleted digital photos is possible
Several months ago, while I was teaching a digital photography workshop with noted photo-digital-computer expert, Joe Farace, three of the participants lost, or seemingly lost, their precious pictures.

Hackers 'contest' vandalize Web sites
WASHINGTON -- A battle among hackers erupted on the Internet Sunday as some factions disrupted a loosely coordinated "contest" among other groups trying to vandalize thousands of Web sites around the world.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Army Spc. Sammy Jackson III of Augusta.

Rants and Raves
WE WERE WONDERING what happened to Paul Davis and Kelly Kline? We miss you.

Meth lab suspects sought

Rants and Raves
WE WERE WONDERING what happened to Paul Davis and Kelly Kline? We miss you.

Correction

Man leads way to name center
WASHINGTON - Rep. Gresham Barrett, R-S.C., is leading an effort to name a new visitor center at the U.S. Capitol after former Sen. Strom Thurmond, who died nearly two weeks ago.

April hotel sales climb
Local hotels saw increased sales during Masters Week this year despite having fewer people in town and the public protest led by Martha Burk, officials said Monday.

Extra waste is not issue at SRS facility
AIKEN - Savannah River Site won't be handicapped by old nuclear waste in its race to win a new project to make triggers for nuclear weapons.

Lack of evidence hampers case

Kid of the day

Lack of evidence hampers case
Richmond County investigators are still looking into the death of an Augusta man whose body was found nearly two months ago between two public housing neighborhoods.

Across Georgia

Jury convicts man of murder
Burke County jurors took just an hour Tuesday afternoon to convict a man in the drug-related slaying of a Waynesboro man.

South Carolina's holiday road deaths fall

Church objects to wine license
A wine license request from the owner of a soon-to-open upscale food market on Davis Road failed to pass in an Augusta Commission committee Tuesday.

News you can use

Georgia has fewer bad bridges

Correction

Across the area

Mourners laud former mayor

News you can use

Across South Carolina

Walker's libel suit could be transferred
A libel suit by Charles "Champ" Walker Jr. against U.S. Rep. Max Burns, R-Ga., might be transferred out of Augusta unless objections are presented, an official said.

Radioactive cleanup to be costly

Politics plays into plant site
Savannah River Site's massive infrastructure and extensive history of handling plutonium make it a front-runner among candidates for a new trigger factory for nuclear weapons, but that alone might not be enough to land the deal, politicians and industry experts said Tuesday.

SRS proposal triggers protest

Extra waste is not issue at SRS facility

Across the area

Committee votes not to expand Bible program
School board members will not immediately expand an off-campus Christian-education program in Richmond County, but they will allow a pilot program at John Milledge Elementary School to continue.

Big pot boosts sales of tickets

SRS proposal triggers protest
NORTH AUGUSTA - The two sides that packed a public hearing Monday night had entirely different visions of what the proposed plutonium factory at Savannah River Site could mean for the future.

Future grim for old tree

Across the area
An Augusta woman was arrested Monday, charged with molesting a 14-year-old girl Sunday night, a police report stated.

Police misconduct becomes trial issue

Correction
An article in Sunday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported a fact about the Augusta-Richmond County dive team. The team, composed of volunteers under the direction of the Emergency Management Agency, pulled the body of Lonnie Miller from the Savannah River on Friday.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A rave for all of the sponsors of the Fourth of July downtown. I hope they continue to do this for years to come. It was a great celebration.

Serviceman of the day

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A rave for all of the sponsors of the Fourth of July downtown. I hope they continue to do this for years to come. It was a great celebration.

Man leads way to name center

Future grim for old tree
The prognosis for Augusta State University's Arsenal Oak isn't looking good, whether you're talking about the original or its planned clone.

Committee votes not to expand Bible program

Soaring humidity boosts heat index

Man arrested in connection with Broad Street shooting

Kid of the day

Politics plays into plant site

Mourners laud former mayor
ATLANTA - Mourners gathered Monday to honor Ivan Allen Jr., who as mayor guided Atlanta through the turbulent 1960s, helping to minimize racial strife while leading the city toward modernization and prosperity.

Georgia has fewer bad bridges
In the past 10 years, Georgia has reduced the number of deficient bridges it has as South Carolina's figure has increased, according to a new study.

Big pot boosts sales of tickets
COLUMBIA - A growing Powerball jackpot has meant increased sales for the South Carolina lottery.

Soaring humidity boosts heat index
It's like the old cliche: It's not the heat, it's the humidity.

South Carolina's holiday road deaths fall
AIKEN - The unusually low number of fatal accidents reported in South Carolina during the Independence Day holiday period are proof that safety initiatives are working, public safety officials and advocates say.

Correction
An article in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about Augusta Commission committee action should have said the committee met Monday.

Jury convicts man of murder

Defense argues photos in case

Man arrested in connection with Broad Street shooting

GBI: Prosecutions unlikely in YDC probe

Meth lab suspects sought
AIKEN - A Pelion, S.C., couple is believed to have operated a portable methamphetamine lab in an Aiken County motel room for a week with a small child in tow, authorities said Tuesday.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A new lottery program aims to cut down on litter from used lottery tickets.

Police search inn for drugs
AIKEN - Two floors of a Holiday Inn Express were evacuated Monday afternoon after housekeepers noticed a caustic odor that sheriff's investigators say indicates a small methamphetamine lab might have been in operation in a second-story room.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Gowans Trulock, 2, of Augusta.

Radioactive cleanup to be costly
AIKEN - Salt of the lethally radioactive kind is at the heart of the big, expensive headache a federal judge in Idaho has given U.S. Department of Energy officials at Savannah River Site and two other federal nuclear reservations.

Across the area
A man who authorities say shot and killed a pawnshop employee in April was indicted by a Richmond County grand jury Tuesday.

Police misconduct becomes trial issue
Defense attorneys for an Augusta couple charged in two murder-for-hire slayings accused a former homicide investigator Monday of sexual misconduct and suggested in opening arguments that he set up their clients.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said Monday he will seek the death penalty against a man suspected in the shooting death of a county police officer.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford on Monday named Columbia lawyer Harry B. Gregory Jr. to the South Carolina's Workers' Compensation Commission.

Across South Carolina

Across Georgia
GAINESVILLE - A 22-year-old Dalton man drowned last weekend in Lake Lanier, the second this year in the lake. He was among six drownings reported statewide during the holiday weekend, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

News you can use
JULY 9, 1942 Rumors that the suspension of Augusta Police Chief C.J. Wilson was linked to another department scandal were denied yesterday.

News you can use
JULY 8, 1982 The city-county dispute over a proposed joint law enforcement center continued Wednesday with the chairman of the Augusta City County Committee disparaging a county claim. At issue this time was whether the city has been offered sufficient participation in planning sessions.

April hotel sales climb

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Johnnie Walker Raborn IV, 21 months, of Martinez.

Defense argues photos in case
Defense attorneys for a couple charged with two murder-for-hire slayings continued Tuesday to hammer police detectives, suggesting the crime scene was contaminated and the victims' bodies were moved improperly.

Box-office slump continues

At the Movies: 'Pirates of the Caribbean'
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for ... someone, but who? It's hard to tell from watching "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."

Box-office slump continues
LOS ANGELES -- This year's movie superheroes are getting licked by last year's.

Stripes' unique style is big hit
DETROIT - The White Stripes have captured the holy grail of rock: indie credibility plus mainstream success.

After six years in exile, revamped Lollapalooza tours again

After six years in exile, revamped Lollapalooza tours again
INDIANAPOLIS -- Dubbed the concert that changed the world, Lollapalooza toured summer stages for six years in the 1990s with a tripped-out mix of sights and sounds.

Stripes' unique style is big hit

Skinner returns to NASCAR's Truck Series
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Mike Skinner was hired Tuesday to drive the next two races in NASCAR's Truck Series.

Ratings for Pepsi 400 up 15 percent
NEW YORK -- NBC's coverage of the Pepsi 400 earned a 6.0 national rating, a 15 percent jump from last year's broadcast on Fox.

Ratings for Pepsi 400 up 15 percent

Skinner returns to NASCAR's Truck Series

James steals the spotlight in pro debut

After late start, Diaw makes it to NBA

James steals the spotlight in pro debut
ORLANDO, Fla. - With equal parts flash and fundamentals, LeBron James was a thrill to watch Tuesday night in his pro basketball debut.

Prosecutors deciding whether to charge Bryant
EAGLE, Colo. -- Prosecutors need more time before deciding whether to bring charges against Kobe Bryant, who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a resort near Vail last week.

Sheriff says woman who accused Bryant is 19, from Colorado

After late start, Diaw makes it to NBA
ATLANTA -- When Boris Diaw was growing up in France, his mother tried to steer him away from the idea of playing in the NBA.

Prosecutors deciding whether to charge Bryant

Sheriff says woman who accused Bryant is 19, from Colorado
EAGLE, Colo. -- The sexual assault allegations against Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant were made by a 19-year-old Colorado woman.

Falcons sell out 2003 season tickets

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Known by titles including historian, former mayor of North Augusta, flight instructor, city developer and church member, Hammond Burkhalter was a leader who definitely made a mark on his community, his friends said Tuesday.

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Assistance programs will lessen impact of pharmacy closing
THERE IS A common misconception that the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics are state funded. They are not. We do receive state assistance for medical education and public service, but those monies do not begin to cover our costs. We cover the majority of our costs, as well as our care for the indigent, through the revenues we generate by billing patients or their insurance carriers.

Assistance programs will lessen impact of pharmacy closing
THERE IS A common misconception that the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics are state funded. They are not. We do receive state assistance for medical education and public service, but those monies do not begin to cover our costs. We cover the majority of our costs, as well as our care for the indigent, through the revenues we generate by billing patients or their insurance carriers.

Armstrong ready to get serious in Tour de France

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U.S. boxing team gets first win in Thailand

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Lance Armstrong: The Tour de France's backseat driver

Autopsy shows Cameroon striker died of heart attack

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North Augusta's Darby Sligh has qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.

Autopsy shows Cameroon striker died of heart attack
LYON, France -- Cameroon's Marc-Vivien Foe died during the Confederations Cup last month because of a heart attack caused by an enlarged left ventricle, the state prosecutor said.

Lance Armstrong: The Tour de France's backseat driver
SEDAN, France -- For Lance Armstrong, finishing 54th Monday made for a good day - perfect, actually - on the Tour de France.

Armstrong ready to get serious in Tour de France
SAINT-DIZIER, France -- Now Lance Armstrong gets serious.

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Midland Valley's Tommy Hill has signed a scholarship to play collegiately at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., next season. Hill, an outfielder, participated in this year's North-South All-Star Game.

U.S. boxing team gets first win in Thailand
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Andre Berto of Winter Haven, Fla., won a welterweight bout Tuesday, giving the United States its first victory at the World Amateur Boxing Championships.

High school camp gets an international flavor
INDIANAPOLIS -- Idoagesit Ibok believes African prep basketball players are every bit as good as Americans.

Brand pleased with first look at summer camp
INDIANAPOLIS -- NCAA president Myles Brand was pleasantly surprised when he arrived Tuesday at his first Nike All-America Camp.

Falcons sell out 2003 season tickets
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Confirming Monday that season tickets have sold out for just the second time in franchise history, the Atlanta Falcons crossed another milestone with owner Arthur Blank at the helm.

TNN allowed to call itself 'Spike TV'
NEW YORK -- Spike Lee and Viacom Inc. have settled a lawsuit the filmmaker filed to keep the media giant from calling its TNN cable television network "Spike TV."

MSNBC fires Michael Savage after anti-gay comments
NEW YORK -- MSNBC on Monday fired Michael Savage for anti-gay comments.

TNN allowed to call itself 'Spike TV'

MSNBC fires Michael Savage after anti-gay comments

TV star Buddy Ebsen dies at 95

'Soldier of Fortune II' offers action, gore galore

Three wins would elevate Vaughn
Augusta native Vaughn Taylor might not have to wait until 2004 to play on the PGA Tour full time . It could happen this season, thanks to the tour's "battlefield promotion" rule.

Girl shouldn't be friend's pawn
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I have a huge problem. One of my best friends is using me to get to my other best friend's boyfriend. What should I do? - 14-year-old Hephzibah girl.

Teen plans to make career out of award-winning welding skills

Program gives students experience
In a cross between a laboratory and a gym, three area students are exercising their minds while many of their classmates are using the summer to take a break from studying.

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Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine.

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New CDs in stores today include Save My Soul by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy; Trace Adkins, Greatest Hits Collection I; Madonna's hit single Hollywood; Peter Malick and Norah Jones, New York City; and Beyonce's import single, Crazy in Love.

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.

Latest Potter book was worth long wait
After a long and agonizing three-year wait, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has finally made its debut to the delight of fans worldwide. Best of all, the book has exceeded all of my expectations, and the expectations of others I know who have read it.

'White Album' is perplexing masterpiece

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Tiffany Hobbs, 15, is a junior at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School.

Latest Potter book was worth long wait

Teen plans to make career out of award-winning welding skills
Trent Marks never thought he would become a welder. At 19 years old, he said he hasn't really "grown up" completely, but with his new job as an apprentice at Savannah River Site, he certainly feels that way.

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Question of ther week
Statistics say that writing in a diary or journal every day is therapeutic. Do you have a diary, and, if so, how often do you write in it?

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Will the real Slim Shady please stand up? Now everyone will have the chance to look like Eminem, because the rap artist has his own clothing line, Shady Limited, creeping into select stores. Log on to shadyltd.com for more details.

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'White Album' is perplexing masterpiece
From the beginning, the Beatles were known for their catchy lyrics and unusual musical style.

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Lawsuit: Middle school forced pregnancy, STD tests on eighth-graders

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Camp counselors accused of organizing fights