Performance artists put safety first
The heavy rope knots spin slowly at first, tracing lazy circles in the air.

Small cast fills many roles in musical revue

New theater company to perform occasionally

Small cast fills many roles in musical revue
Five women and many characters make up the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre's production of the musical revue A ... My Name is Alice.

New theater company to perform occasionally
Nobody answers the office phone at the Occasional Theatre Company.

Performance artists put safety first

Scioscia wants change to All-Star selection rules

All-Star game could have different look

All-Star game could have different look
CHICAGO -- Scott Rolen cringes. To him, the notion that players will now try harder in the All-Star game because "this time it counts" - as TV keeps bleating - is crazy.

Scioscia wants change to All-Star selection rules
NEW YORK -- Now that the All-Star game "counts," AL manager Mike Scioscia thinks it's time to drop the rule requiring every team to have a player in the game.

Former Mariners manager eager to see old pals at Safeco Field
SEATTLE -- Ichiro Suzuki laughs when he considers the possibilities for this weekend's three-game series between the Mariners and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Former Mariners manager eager to see old pals at Safeco Field

Knowledge alters sum of equations in work, romance

Message in bottle launched in 1984 comforts grieving parents
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Almost five years to the day that Roger Clay died in a motorcycle accident, his parents got one last message from him - a sun-scorched note he had stuffed in a bottle as a child and set adrift in 1984.

State troopers to don disguises to nab speeders
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Alabama state troopers will wear construction outfits and swap places with mannequins this summer as state officials try to reduce the number of traffic accidents along a stretch of Interstate 20 known locally as Death Valley.

Elvis' tooth, hair on eBay auction
A piece of the King's smile is on the auction block. A tooth purportedly pulled from Elvis Presley's mouth at a dentist's office, along with a lock of his hair and one of his gold records, are on eBay, an Internet auction Web site.

Sausage-suited woman hit by baseball player getting his bat
MILWAUKEE -- The young woman inside the Italian sausage costume says she'll accept an apology from Pittsburgh first baseman Randall Simon, but all she really wants is the bat he swatted her with as she ran past the Pirates' dugout.

Baseball player not charged after hitting 'sausage' with bat
MILWAUKEE -- In a bizarre scene during a popular costume race at Milwaukee Brewers games, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Randall Simon bopped a woman dressed as a huge Italian sausage with a bat and was arrested.

Odds and Ends
SINGAPORE -- Good news for gum lovers. The government of this island nation announced Thursday it will allow chewing gum, long-banned here, to be sold - although only from pharmacies.

Atlanta Braves' offense breezes past Chicago
CHICAGO - On the flagpole atop the center-field scoreboard, the American flag fluttered outward with distressing ripples, a not-so-subtle reminder that pitchers work at Wrigley Field at their own peril.

Sheffield better, but might sit again

Braves pull out eighth straight

Braves notebook
CHICAGO - Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux hates to reveal his secrets, so when a change in his approach was brought up after Thursday afternoon's 13-3 bashing of the Chicago Cubs, the four-time Cy Young winner arched an eyebrow and asked, "What's (catcher) Henry (Blanco) doing talking about my pitch patterns?"

Braves pull out eighth straight
CHICAGO - The Atlanta Braves have their first eight-game winning streak in more than three seasons after Friday's 9-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Braves notebook

Sheffield better, but might sit again
CHICAGO - Gary Sheffield hopes to return to the lineup Saturday afternoon after missing Friday's game with a sprained right thumb, but manager Bobby Cox isn't certain he'll be able to play.

Atlanta Braves' offense breezes past Chicago

More Americans file new claims for jobless benefits
WASHINGTON -- More American workers signed up for unemployment benefits last week, fresh evidence that businesses are keeping work forces lean and playing it safe until the economy shows clear signs of improvement.

Radio stations get new manager

Water-park buyer cancels deal
The slides are freshly painted at Krystal River Water Park, but it's not likely they will be open this summer.

Stocks rise on bargain-hunting, upgrades of Intel, Home Depot

Radio stations get new manager
It's as if the signs have always pointed toward Barry Kaye ending up in Augusta.

Water-park buyer cancels deal

Business briefs
GENEVA - In a stinging rebuke, the World Trade Organization ruled Friday that heavy duties on steel imports imposed by the Bush administration violate global trade rules.

Greenspan: High natural gas prices affecting some industries
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said Thursday that high natural gas prices and shortages are already having an adverse impact on some industries, but as yet not much direct fallout to the overall economy.

Figuring who could lose overtime is no simple matter
NEW YORK -- Say you're a cook, or a nurse, or the assistant manager of a store. You've worked more than 40 hours this week, so you're entitled to overtime pay, right?

Wholesale prices up 0.5 percent in June

More Americans file new claims for jobless benefits

Merger spurt spurs hopes for deal resurgence

Company details expansion
Calling his company's newest product an anchor for biotechnology in Augusta, Lexicor Health Systems Inc. President and CEO Steve Xenakis announced details Thursday on the company's expansion in the local market.

Wholesale prices up 0.5 percent in June
WASHINGTON -- Wholesale prices moved up in June, reflecting a surge in energy costs, after two months of decline. The combination of higher fuel bills and weak prices for many other products gave profit-squeezed businesses little to cheer about.

Retailers report modest gains for June
NEW YORK -- The arrival of warm weather at the end of June helped drive sales of air conditioners and bathing suits, but it came too late to lift overall monthly sales at the nation's retailers, which reported only modest gains on Thursday.

Figuring who could lose overtime is no simple matter

Greenspan: High natural gas prices affecting some industries

Merger spurt spurs hopes for deal resurgence
NEW YORK -- By most measures, the merger market is still limp, possibly worsening.

Company details expansion

Stocks rise on bargain-hunting, upgrades of Intel, Home Depot
NEW YORK -- Wall Street moved higher Friday as investors picked up shares following two days of declines. Brokerage upgrades of Intel and Home Depot added to the good mood.

Judge's Big East ties no problem for ACC lawyers
VERNON, Conn. -- A lawyer for the Atlantic Coast Conference has no problem with the Big East ties of the judge overseeing a lawsuit between the two conferences.

NCAA investigation into Mississippi State still going
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State will have to wait at least a few more weeks - and maybe much more - to learn the findings of an NCAA investigation into possible rules violations by the Bulldogs' football program.

Army football to leave Conference USA after 2004 season
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Army's football team will leave Conference USA after the 2004 season to play as an independent again.

Bloody Charles must go

Someone likes us
"I love the Americans because they always play with us, buy us gifts, sweets and bicycles. If they ever leave, I will be bored."

Baker's big mouth

DOE setback justified
An Idaho federal judge's order that all high-level radioactive nuclear waste be cleared from three federal nuclear weapons facilities, including the Savannah River Site, may turn out to be good news for our region if it survives an expected Department of Energy appeal.

Baker's big mouth
You know baseball's dog days of summer are here when the big stories are 1) a fan dressed as a sausage getting hit with a bat by a Pittsburgh Pirate, and 2) a black Major League manager making racially insensitive remarks.

DOE setback justified

Bloody Charles must go
Charles Taylor, the two-bit, Third-World thug who has nearly destroyed his own country, wants U.S. intervention to save Liberia from falling further into chaos. He reiterated this demand Monday, just hours before President George W. Bush arrived in Africa for a five-nation visit, adding "they (the United States) owe it to us."

Voters should decide
It appears Columbia County voters are on their way toward electing an at-large school board chairperson. The Board of Education has scheduled a public hearing on the proposal July 28 at Evans High School. Currently, trustees pick their own presiding officer, and that's the way they'd like to keep it.

Voters should decide

Applause calendar
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Standing ovations
Tony Williams and his father, Pops "B.B." Williams, perform a free concert with their band, Tony Williams' Blues Express, and Atlanta act the Sailcats from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Riverwalk Augusta at Eighth Street. The elder Mr. Williams spent many years playing in the B.B. King band.

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.

Stocks rise on bargain-hunting

Mortgage rates rise, but remain below levels of a year ago
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages, which climbed to a nine-week high this week, are still lower than a year ago and should continue to support America's thriving housing market.

Haggler passes on bargaining skills

Social Security Administration vulnerable to identity thieves

Haggler passes on bargaining skills
Steven Clayborn shocked a nurse and caused a scene at Doctors Hospital a few years ago when he refused to sign a standard consent form unless he could pencil in some changes.

Mortgage rates rise, but remain below levels of a year ago

Social Security Administration vulnerable to identity thieves
WASHINGTON -- The Social Security Administration's policies for issuing identification cards and numbers to infants, foreign students and citizens who report lost or stolen cards leave the agency vulnerable to identity thieves.

Stocks retreat on Yahoo! earnings, rise in jobless claims

Stocks retreat on Yahoo! earnings, rise in jobless claims
NEW YORK -- An unexpected rise in jobless claims unnerved Wall Street on Thursday, sending stocks sharply lower on worries the market's recent rally might have come too far, too fast. Yahoo! earnings which met, but didn't beat, estimates also disappointed investors.

Wall Street has a strong leader - long-battered technology stocks
NEW YORK -- Although stock investors are waiting for more solid evidence that the economy is on an upswing, they're willing to place some big bets on Wall Street's riskiest sector: technology.

Stocks rise on bargain-hunting
NEW YORK -- Wall Street moved higher Friday as investors picked up shares following two days of declines. Brokerage upgrades of Intel and Home Depot added to the good mood.

Wall Street has a strong leader - long-battered technology stocks

Fishing report
High heat indices are producing the Dog Days of Summer on Strom Thurmond Lake, so maybe it's time to head to the Georgia or South Carolina coasts.

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

Fishing report

Fishing tournament news

Cafe du Teau makes brunch special
We've discovered the coziest place in town to spend a lazy, drizzly Sunday morning.

Cafe du Teau makes brunch special

A blooming success

Wet summer only aggravates South's existing tick problems
I have gotten more than my usual number of calls about ticks this summer. I blame it on all the rain, just like everything else.

A blooming success
It's hard to focus on Genie Lehman's garden because, as "one of the few old Augustans left," she is so interesting.

Wet summer only aggravates South's existing tick problems

Texans select former Jacket
ATLANTA - A phone call at a Twiggs County, Ga., grocery store kicked off a large celebration for the Hollings family Thursday.

Huang's solid outing gives team a rare winning streak
In the late 1990s, the Boston Red Sox were one of the first clubs to blaze a scouting trail in Southeast Asia, but the club emerged with only a handful of prospects.

Jackets retain lead to get beyond Rome
From the throes of a horrific slump to the glory of delivering the key hit Thursday night, maybe Brett Bonvechio is finally ready to turn the corner.

Els extends lead to four strokes at Scottish Open

Els extends lead to four strokes at Scottish Open
LUSS, Scotland -- Ernie Els shot a 4-under-par 67 Friday and extended his lead to four strokes after two rounds of the Scottish Open.

Sorenstam withdraws from tournament after six holes
SURREY, British Columbia -- Annika Sorenstam played six holes Thursday then withdrew from the Canadian Women's Open.

Ex-Jaguar earns split in matches
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - Former Augusta State golfer Oliver Wilson split a pair of matches in Thursday's first day of the Palmer Cup collegiate tournament at Kiawah Island Club's Cassique course.

Els leads with 64 on rainy day at Scottish Open
LUSS, Scotland -- Ernie Els posted an early 7-under 64 that held up for a two-stroke lead in the rain-suspended opening round of the Scottish Open on Thursday.

Watson shoots 64 to take Senior Players lead

Morgan leads after an opening-round 64 at Senior Players
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Former champion Gil Morgan made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole Thursday to cap an 8-under 64 that gave him a two-stroke lead after the first round at the Senior Players Championship.

A major-less mantel for Tiger

Shooting for three
Scott Brown and Mike Jackson have had nearly a month to think about what's on the line at this weekend's Goshen Golf Classic.

Watson shoots 64 to take Senior Players lead
DEARBORN, Mich. -- The wind kicked up at the Senior Players Championship on Friday, and most of the scores reflected the harsh weather.

Women's Open champ misses cut

Morgan leads after an opening-round 64 at Senior Players

Blake takes lead with 29 on second nine
MILWAUKEE -- Jay Don Blake wasn't thinking about taking the lead at the Greater Milwaukee Open when he saved par with a 9-foot putt on his final hole.

Ex-Jaguar earns split in matches

Shooting for three

Els leads with 64 on rainy day at Scottish Open

Women's Open champ misses cut
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - There will be no encore this weekend for U.S. Women's Open champion Hilary Lunke, who missed the cut Friday at the Canadian Women's Open.

Blake takes lead with 29 on second nine

A major-less mantel for Tiger
SANDWICH, England -- Slump? Tiger Woods - and those trying to knock him off - snickered at the notion all along.

Huang's solid outing gives team a rare winning streak

Jackets retain lead to get beyond Rome

Tourney draws potential pros

Knowledge alters sum of equations in work, romance
John, Dianne, Lauren, Chris and Scott Hammond; Melinda and Lindsay Sadler; and Dwayne, Beth, Ryan and Tyler Moulton, all of North Augusta, send a card from Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Aiken standoff ends
AIKEN - Aiken authorities said they restricted traffic on two roads this morning after a man refused to allow them to serve a warrant.

Body found in North Augusta apartment building
A man was found dead at a North Augusta apartment complex Saturday, authorities said.

Column on women in the military insults the intelligence
Mona Charen's statement regarding "predictable results" in her July 2 column, "A patsy for feminist myth makers," is an insult to the normal intelligence of men and women. If you have more women than before in dangerous areas, you are going to have more female injuries or deaths to record. It does not mean the women are incompetent - they were just where a man would have been, therefore resulting in a female injury instead of a male one. Teresa Glackin-Callahan, Harlem, Ga.

Democracy in action at pit meeting
I was at the Modern Pit Facility meeting in North Augusta on July 7. As I sat there, I thought to myself that this meeting was basic evidence of democracy in action. People were present to let their voices be heard and their actions evidenced. H. Perry Holcomb, North Augusta, S.C.

Drilling in refuge no help to national security
In his June 18 column, "Who pays to protect environment?," Walter Williams puts forward a rather bizarre theory about environmentalists' motivations, then he starts to hypothesize about things he demonstrably fails to comprehend. Mike Runnels, Hephzibah, Ga.

Affirmative action needed to level playing field

Affirmative action needed to level playing field
As a minority, I have mixed reactions to the recent ruling concerning affirmative action at the University of Michigan. In part I believe the decision was the correct one, but I am more concerned about leveling the playing field elsewhere and not just in higher education. Jerome Rico Knox, Augusta

Drilling in refuge no help to national security

Encourage brightest youths to procreate
It's been said we're here today and gone tomorrow, and all we leave behind is our posterity. Some people worry about having a male child to carry on their name. I think having male or female children to carry on their genes is more important. Even wild animals fight each other, sometimes to the death, for the right to mate and produce offspring. James Cline, North Augusta, S.C.

Spirited couple remembered
On June 18 my 8-year-old daughter asked, "Who is going to take care of Chub Chub's children at her school next year?" You see Chub Chub is Leslie Johnson who, along with my father, Ed Johnson, was tragically killed in an airplane crash on June 16. Tiffany Johnson Coleman, Graniteville, S.C.

Camera-equipped cell phones create trouble

Microsoft launches speech-recognition software

In the know
It's been some 20 years since moviegoers were last asked to slap on glasses and bear the slings and arrows of outrageous 3-D movies flying off the screen, and nearly 50 years since the format's Golden Age.

Microsoft launches speech-recognition software
REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday released a test version of its new speech-recognition server software, hoping to stake a claim in the market for companies wanting to automate customer service and other functions.

Camera-equipped cell phones create trouble
TOKYO -- It may have been inevitable. Now that cell phones with little digital cameras have spread throughout Asia, so have new brands of misbehavior.

Future of tattoo ban in doubt

Police looking for 2 men suspected of check fraud
Police are asking Augusta businesses to be on the lookout for two men who they say have used several counterfeit personal checks during the past month.

City looks for ways to control vandals
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. - Springfield city officials are considering a curfew and other measures to control what they call young hoodlums, who reportedly are running amok in a neighborhood.

News you can use
JULY 11, 1982 For Augusta native Julia Diane Hill, the third time was a charm.

News you can use

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Hensley of Hephzibah.

School board approves Bible class
An off-campus Christian education program was approved for a full year Thursday for one Richmond County school, but some school board members have growing concerns about the controversial course.

Fire chief, six officers to resign
WAGENER - Chief Mark Redd of the Wagener Volunteer Fire Department said Thursday that he and the six officers who lead the department will resign at Monday's town council meeting, citing a lack of funds and community support.

School officials look into equipment move
Columbia County school officials are investigating how some Evans High School weight-lifting equipment ended up at Aquinas High School.

Missing woman's family has hope
Family members remain hopeful for the return of an Emanuel County grandmother who has been missing for nearly a month.

City ready for marsh walk
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Construction is set to begin on a marsh walk that will give people a rare glimpse into one of the most fertile and diverse ecosystems in the world.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - Officials with the Miss South Carolina pageant say they have no plans to change their program despite an animal rights group's pleas.

Rants and Raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Across Georgia
DAHLONEGA - Two people in a sport utility vehicle died after it collided with a bus carrying campers from nearby Camp Coleman on Thursday morning.

School officials look into equipment move

Crew cleans up during eviction
Marvin Smith brought about a dozen men to help clean up debris and trash during an eviction at a residence on Nixon Drive early Thursday morning.

Convicted killer loses appeal over mental state
ATLANTA - Ernest Morrison isn't retarded, and the trial he got to try to prove he was gave him a fair chance, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Airport security might change hands
Security at Augusta Regional Airport could soon be known by another name - the Augusta Marshal's Department, not Sizemore Security.

Parking services fixing dilemma
ATHENS, Ga. - A snag in the University of Georgia's parking assignment process wrongly denied hundreds of professional-school students a parking lot assignment for the fall semester.

Airport board debates insurance for dog
Mayday! Mayday! The bird-chasing dog at Augusta Regional Airport has no life insurance!

Senate OKs funding for fort
The U.S. Senate approved legislation Friday that includes a new training center for Fort Gordon, a move that officials say strengthens the post against closure.

Georgia pupils' writing is still below average
Fourth-grade and eighth-grade pupils in Georgia lag behind the national average in writing skills, new test results show.

Reserves wanting to leave Mideast
First, they heard it would be May. Then they heard June. Then they thought they had a departure date of July 20.

Across the area
A tornado touched down at a campground near Baker's Creek in McCormick, S.C., late Thursday night, injuring 32 people, officials at the McCormick Sheriff's Office said.

Scholarships help more area students
It's been in the back of her mind ever since Alison Ivey was a high school freshman.

Rants and Raves
FOR YOU PEOPLE who live in the CSRA and neighboring counties, don't get influenced by people like Tom Clements of Greenpeace and Dr. Mildred McClain of Citizens for Environmental Justice, because if the Savannah River Site - not to mention the possible closure of Fort Gordon - goes dead, all you people who think you're safe in your jobs or business will find out, the hard way, the laws of economics. See you at the welfare office.

Man arrested after standoff
BELVEDERE - A man who claims he is exempt from U.S. laws because he is of Moorish descent held authorities at bay outside his home Friday for more than seven hours.

Witness recalls change in woman's statement
Two days before the bullet-ridden bodies of Rhonda Warren and Timothy Hale were found, one of those accused in the double homicide told a friend both were dead.

Body found in North Augusta apartment building

Cyclists take part in 1,600-mile trek
A group of cyclists pumped their way through Augusta on Thursday on one leg of a 1,600-mile journey from Key West, Fla., to Bloomington, Ind.

Deaf 17-year-old wins scholarship for speech

City looks for ways to control vandals

City ready for marsh walk

Reserves wanting to leave Mideast

Meth lab busts in motel rooms increase
It's a motel manager's worst nightmare: A highly explosive blend of chemicals and toxic vapors secretly brewing under his roof, surrounded on all sides by unsuspecting guests.

Kid of the day

Museum's storage is expanding
Wedding dresses from the 1930s and Army uniforms hang on tissue-padded hangers. Rolled-up rugs are set on shelves alongside boxes of jewelry, quilts and toys.

Deaf 17-year-old wins scholarship for speech
Those who saw DeCarlos Manor give his speech were struck by the teen's raw emotion. You couldn't hear it. The Hephzibah teenager is deaf and speaks by using sign language.

Rants and Raves
FOR YOU PEOPLE who live in the CSRA and neighboring counties, don't get influenced by people like Tom Clements of Greenpeace and Dr. Mildred McClain of Citizens for Environmental Justice, because if the Savannah River Site - not to mention the possible closure of Fort Gordon - goes dead, all you people who think you're safe in your jobs or business will find out, the hard way, the laws of economics. See you at the welfare office.

Marsh walk nears start
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Construction is set to begin on a marsh walk that will give people a rare glimpse into one of the most fertile and diverse ecosystems in the world.

Fire chief, six officers to resign

Judge jails ex-loan officer for embezzlement
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A former loan officer has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for embezzling $16,750 from customer accounts at the Camden County bank where she worked.

Serviceman of the day

News you can use
Salary increases totaling more than $200,000 per year were voted to employees of the Richmond County Board of Education last night.

Meth lab busts in motel rooms increase

Across the area
Richard Chad Muns remains in jail after a bond hearing Friday on a rape charge.

Across South Carolina

Man gets 20-year sentence in girlfriend's strangling
A Hephzibah man charged with choking his girlfriend to death in October was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison.

Across the area

Harlem attraction draws fans from home, abroad
One year after her city opened a museum in honor of its native son - comedian Oliver Hardy - Kathy Ham still gets phone calls from all over the country and the world.

Airport board debates insurance for dog

Killer's ad asks for new friends
COLUMBIA - Convicted child killer Susan Smith has placed an online personal ad from behind bars that seeks pen pals and is getting hundreds of responses, according to the company that posted it.

Witness recalls change in woman's statement

Cyclists take part in 1,600-mile trek

News you can use

Crew cleans up during eviction

Georgia pupils' writing is still below average

Rants and Raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Kid of the day

Jury finds two guilty in 8-year-old murder
Two people accused of taking part in a double homicide nearly eight years ago were convicted of malice murder late Friday night.

Aiken standoff ends

Convicted killer loses appeal over mental state

Across Georgia

Serviceman of the day

School board approves Bible class

Jury finds two guilty in 8-year-old murder

Serviceman of the day
Sgt. Yolanda R. Hill of Edgefield, S.C., is today's serviceman of the day.

Man arrested after standoff

Sea Island may hold G-8 world summit
ATLANTA - Georgia's Sea Island is among a small group of U.S. sites under consideration by President Bush to be host of the G-8 world summit next year, state government sources said Friday.

Correction

Kid of the day
Bailey Curry of Martinez is today's kid of the day.

Pupils wrap up summer school term

Future of tattoo ban in doubt
In a typical week, more than half the customers at LeDan Peace's Augusta tattoo parlor come from South Carolina, where a longstanding ban on tattooing has created a cottage industry for border towns.

Harlem attraction draws fans from home, abroad

Across Georgia
MARIETTA - A Cobb County judge ruled Friday that prosecutors may tell jurors that the boyfriend of a woman accused of poisoning her husband with antifreeze died the same way.

Killer's ad asks for new friends

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A former special education teacher has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted of fondling one of his female students.

Across the area

Correction
An article in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have included a photo of Georgia school Superintendent Kathy Cox (shown).

Pupils wrap up summer school term
Rising freshman John Harris was an unlikely candidate for success at summer school after skipping many of his classes last year.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Anna Claire Parviainen of Augusta.

Mini reviews

Video watch
Just out: Phone Booth and Basic.

New Disney flick attempts to avoid the pirate curse
LOS ANGELES -- Ahoy, me buckos! Be thar a pirate curse on them seeking treasure from movie tales of seafaring thieves?

At the Movies: 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'

At the Movies: 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'
It's a high-school dropout's worst nightmare: You buy a ticket to a summer action film. You see all the great characters from the Cliff's Notes you skimmed in a panic before English Lit tests, which you failed spectacularly. And you realize that these characters have gathered on screen to mock you.

Video watch

New Disney flick attempts to avoid the pirate curse

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.

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Harvick is back on the track he loves

NASCAR makes technical change to hood tether
JOLIET, Ill. -- Kevin Harvick will try Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway to become the first driver in the Winston Cup era to win the first three races at a new track.

Tracy comes home to Toronto as CART points leader

Stewart's fine line gets pole
JOLIET, Ill. - Tony Stewart set the standard Friday by the way he approached the first and second turns at Chicagoland Speedway.

Harvick is back on the track he loves
JOLIET, Ill. -- The real season is about to start for Kevin Harvick.

NASCAR makes technical change to hood tether

Tracy comes home to Toronto as CART points leader
TORONTO -- Paul Tracy couldn't be in a better position in his return home to Canada.

Stewart's fine line gets pole

Test that gouged hole in wing replica helps 'connect the dots'

Liberian war veterans complain of attacks as hostility mounts against Taylor
MONROVIA, Liberia -- Hundreds of former soldiers protested outside U.S. and European missions Friday, complaining of mounting attacks on followers of President Charles Taylor and saying they fear violence if he leaves power.

Liberian war veterans complain of attacks as hostility mounts against Taylor

Malone commits to Lakers

Malone commits to Lakers
LOS ANGELES -- Free agent Karl Malone, the NBA's second-leading all-time scorer, committed Thursday to join the Los Angeles Lakers, giving them a lineup with four superstars.

Rookie CB signs five-year contract

Falcons nose tackle again considering retirement

Former QB likes team's chances in 2003

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Armstrong retains second place overall

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Armstrong maintains second place overall

Hair-pulling captivates nation

Legend of Lance: In N.C. mountains, memory of Armstrong's climb is vivid

Mayorga offers no apologies

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Armstrong where he wants to be as mountains loom

Schools in Athens object to changes

Mayorga offers no apologies
LAS VEGAS - Ricardo Mayorga stuffs chicken in his mouth as he steps on the scales at weigh-ins. He's been known to light a cigarette in the ring.

Legend of Lance: In N.C. mountains, memory of Armstrong's climb is vivid
BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. -- Far from the Tour de France, Ken Cluley stands on the pedals of his bicycle through another steep climb, willing himself to the top of Beech Mountain.

Venus Williams and Seles withdraw from Fed Cup team due to injuries
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Venus Williams and Monica Seles will not play for the United States in the Fed Cup quarterfinals because of injuries.

Armstrong maintains second place overall
LYON, France -- Lance Armstrong finished 39th in the sixth stage of the Tour de France on Friday, retaining second place overall behind U.S. Postal Service teammate Victor Hugo Pena.

Overtime
Casey Mears won his first Busch Series pole Friday, taking the top spot for the Tropicana Twister 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Overtime
Connecticut will become a full-time football member of the Big East Conference next year, and the league won't add any new schools before the 2005-06 season.

Armstrong retains second place overall
NEVERS, France -- Lance Armstrong finished 53rd in the fifth stage of the Tour de France on Thursday and remained second overall behind U.S. Postal Service teammate Victor Hugo Pena.

Hair-pulling captivates nation
TOKYO - The Japanese are pulling their hair out over a little hair-pulling.

Schools in Athens object to changes
When Monday's deadline for appeal of a reclassification proposal for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 school years passed, none of the Augusta-area Georgia High School Association member schools filed a complaint.

Armstrong where he wants to be as mountains loom
LYON, France -- Monsters for some, manna for others, the mountains of the Tour de France offer Lance Armstrong a chance to power away from rivals as he goes for a fifth straight title.

Tourney draws potential pros
Who will be the next future NBA star to grace the courts of the Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta?

Former QB likes team's chances in 2003
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Steve Bartkowski understands the pressure that accompanies high expectations.

Falcons nose tackle again considering retirement
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons learned Friday that nose tackle Ellis Johnson returned to his home in Indianapolis to be with his family, and coach Dan Reeves seems willing to give him some time to consider his future.

Falcons uncertain why nose tackle left team complex
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Nose tackle Ellis Johnson left the Atlanta Falcons' complex before practice Thursday morning without an explanation.

Rookie CB signs five-year contract
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons signed rookie cornerback Bryan Scott to a five-year contract Thursday that includes a signing bonus worth about $1.25 million.

Even in music, Maddox rebelled

Defenders fight fraud charge over reputed Jesus artifact
The Israel Antiquities Authority has greatly amplified the cries of fraud leveled against a purported first-century inscription that names Jesus.

Orthodox academy's future hinges on Turkey and Europe
ATHENS, Greece - At a site of Orthodox Christian study for more than 1,000 years, desks are kept dusted and ancient manuscripts carefully preserved. There is everything except students.

Book examines Mormon extremists
SALT LAKE CITY - Best-selling author Jon Krakauer has built a reputation on gripping portrayals of those who push their physical limits. Now the writer has set his sights on spiritual extremes, and his upcoming book is already creating headaches for the image-conscious Mormon church.

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

Faith digest
The True Believers from McComb, Miss., and the Gospel Four from Memphis, Tenn., will join other performers in a salute to James "Big Red" Anderson, 78, the last original member singing with the Swanee Quintet, at 6 p.m. July 19 at the C.V. Bing Elementary School, U.S. Highway 278 in Allendale, S.C.

Church defends lesbian minister
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The sermon at Glendale Baptist Church one recent Sunday recalled how Jesus mingled with tax collectors and prostitutes, refusing to snub people for the unpopular things they did.

Even in music, Maddox rebelled
While I'll remember Lester Maddox for his fiery brand of politics, I'll also remember him for his love of country, gospel and patriotic music.

Hepburn epitomized stardom

Test that gouged hole in wing replica helps 'connect the dots'
WASHINGTON -- Columbia accident investigators said Friday the foam test that gouged a large hole in a replica of a space shuttle's wing has allowed them to "connect the dots even further" and solve some lingering puzzles about the disaster.

Blair Underwood will appear on HBO's 'Sex and the City'
LOS ANGELES -- Blair Underwood is joining "Sex and the City" for four episodes, but producers and his publicist won't say which of the characters he'll romance.

Blair Underwood will appear on HBO's 'Sex and the City'

Applause calendar

Club calendar

Hepburn epitomized stardom
Few actors personify what being a Hollywood star is about as well as Katharine Hepburn, who died at her home June 29. Each time she donned a costume, took up a new name and stepped in front of lights and camera, Ms. Hepburn essentially played the person she knew best - herself. What made this style so successful was her complexities. Both cultured and common, willfully independent and blessed with a singular face that possessed an odd sort of angular beauty, Ms. Hepburn was a personalitythat audiences continue to respond to. Here are a few of her many outstanding contributions to cinema history:

Elvis' tooth, hair on eBay auction

Baseball player not charged after hitting 'sausage' with bat

Sausage-suited woman hit by baseball player getting his bat

State troopers to don disguises to nab speeders

Odds and Ends

Orthodox academy's future hinges on Turkey and Europe

Faith digest

Defenders fight fraud charge over reputed Jesus artifact

Faith calendar

Church defends lesbian minister

Book examines Mormon extremists