Man creates spacemen and superheroes
LENEXA, Kan. -- By day, Jai Nitz works in an office. By night, he inhabits a world of spacemen and superheroes, mad scientists and talking monkeys.

World War II Jewish icon had life filled with secrets

'Extraordinary Gentlemen' teams literary superheroes

'Extraordinary Gentlemen' teams literary superheroes
LOS ANGELES -- Mutants, freaks and angry hulks were on the loose more than a century before today's comic-book craze. Back then, they just wore classy Victorian garb instead of gaudy Spandex.

Man creates spacemen and superheroes

World War II Jewish icon had life filled with secrets
For a man forever tied to the Holocaust and the cause of world Jewry, Otto Frank - the father of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank - went through life carrying a sense of constant ambivalence.

Long-suffering franchise gets its due
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox haven't won a World Series since 1917, haven't been to one since 1959 and are 0-for-3 in their only playoff appearances since then.

All-Star game rosters
Lineups for the 2003 MLB All-Star Game

Phenoms, flops, fast starts highlight first half
CHICAGO -- Dontrelle Willis was in a hurry.

All-Star game rosters

Giambi set to defend his All-Star home run title
CHICAGO -- Jason Giambi will try to defend his title in the All-Star home run derby against Carlos Delgado and Albert Pujols in a competition that for now is missing some of baseball's top sluggers.

Giambi set to defend his All-Star home run title

Phenoms, flops, fast starts highlight first half

Long-suffering franchise gets its due

It's not about what's on your head, but what's in it

Judge drops charges against man who said tea drove him insane
PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- Criminal charges were dropped against a man whose defense lawyer claimed that drinking jasmine tea made him temporarily insane before he smashed his way into a neighbor's house and chased the woman with a dagger.

Calif. magistrate clears environmentalist who tried to save rats
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- A federal magistrate has cleared a bus driver who prosecutors said tried to thwart government efforts to rid the Channel Islands of black rats.

Odds and Ends
PITTSBURGH -- A judge has annulled a woman's two-month marriage after she said she didn't remember the ceremony.

Sisters banned from Filene's Basement stores
BOSTON -- A note to serious shoppers: think twice about returning those pants that don't quite fit, or that scarf that doesn't match your purse after all.

Braves top Cubs
CHICAGO -- Vinny Castilla capped a remarkable series against the Chicago Cubs, getting three hits and driving in two runs to pace the Atlanta Braves to a 7-2 victory Sunday night.

Giles won't play in All-Star Game
CHICAGO - Concern over Marcus Giles' mild concussion prompted team doctor Joe Chandler to recommend the second baseman withdraw from Tuesday night's All-Star Game. Giles, who was voted a starter by fans, will attend the game, but will not play.

Braves top Cubs

Braves' notebook

Braves in lead again, but will it turn into a title in 2003?
ATLANTA - They have won by a little, and they have won by a lot. They have had batting champions, MVPs, and Cy Young winners. When it comes to winning a pennant race, the Braves are the acknowledged experts.

Giles won't play in All-Star Game

Braves in lead again, but will it turn into a title in 2003?

Braves fall for first time in nine games
CHICAGO - Atlanta's Horacio Ramirez lost a step in his race against Florida's Dontrelle Willis for National League Rookie of the Year honors Saturday.

Braves' notebook
CHICAGO - Second baseman Marcus Giles remembers a nurse at Illinois Masonic Hospital asking him the date following his second-inning collision with Cubs pitcher Mark Prior on Friday afternoon.

Braves fall for first time in nine games

Gusty Britain boosting wind power to fight global warming
DOUGLAS, Scotland -- When the breeze blows the wrong way over the grassy hilltops above this quiet Scottish village, coal dust from the mines below can darken the air that powers rows of slim white wind turbines.

City works to become prime East Coast film location

Off the desktop, and on the go

University helps companies look to overseas markets
With the value of the dollar well down from last year, it is a good time for companies to start looking at foreign markets for additional revenues and profits.

Pocket change
The company, now on its third generation of family ownership, was started in 1919 as a real estate, insurance and mortgage company by George C. Blanchard and Francis Calhoun.

Former executive is happy to dig ditches
Just more than a year ago, Charles Shaw was living in England, earning $200,000 a year overseeing information systems for U.S. military hospitals in Europe.

Export of core tech jobs could imperil the American programmer
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Peter Kerrigan encouraged friends to move to Silicon Valley throughout the 1980s and '90s, wooing them with tales of lucrative jobs in a burgeoning industry.

Biz bites
There's been much talk about whether people should save or spend their extra cash from the latest federal income-tax cut. Atlanta's Consumer Credit Counseling Service suggests:

Business calendar

City works to become prime East Coast film location
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Savannah appears to have set its sights on becoming a top city for entertainment, at least in a behind-the-scenes sense.

Export of core tech jobs could imperil the American programmer

On the move
SouthTrust Bank announced Robin Emmette has joined the residential construction lending department and has been appointed vice president. She will be responsible for the Augusta and Savannah markets. Ms. Emmette has 28 years if banking experience.

Former executive is happy to dig ditches

Business calendar
Monday: GrayKnight Computing; classes 6-8 p.m.; for more information, Donny Gray, 364-4729 or go to www.grayknight.net and click on "Classes."

Off the desktop, and on the go
NEW YORK -- The latest cell phones can show you the nearest bathrooms in San Francisco or which subway to take in London. They can also help with your diet by tracking calorie intake.

Airlines trim amenities as companies tighten travel expenses
Life on the road isn't as cushy as it used to be for business travelers, with employers counting their pennies more closely and airlines scaling back service and amenities.

Reader's Digest struggles through a difficult turnaround
NEW YORK -- This time last year, Reader's Digest Association Inc. was showing signs of life after years of struggle. It had just closed a major acquisition, new business segments were growing and a new editor was stirring things up at the 81-year-old magazine.

Payless loses some footing
TOPEKA, Kan. - Despite its 5,000 stores across the country, Payless ShoeSource Inc. finds itself in the same difficult position as a multitude of mom-and-pop retailers - contending with the ever-increasing rivalry of Wal-Mart, Target and other mass merchandisers.

Reader's Digest struggles through a difficult turnaround

University helps companies look to overseas markets

Biz bites

Pocket change

Gusty Britain boosting wind power to fight global warming

Payless loses some footing

Airlines trim amenities as companies tighten travel expenses

On the move

ACC wants football title game

ACC wants football title game
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The expanding Atlantic Coast Conference has ready its request to reduce the minimum number of teams required for a league title game.

Big change? Fat chance
Americans' waistlines aren't the only things expanding. As a result of swarming predatory lawsuits, the Food and Drug Administration is requiring that a new line disclosing the amount of trans fat in products be added to nutrition labels.

Pass Kuhlke plan
City Commissioner Bill Kuhlke's very welcome resolution to abolish the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority, which he plans to introduce Tuesday, will show, once and for all, who on the commission is serious about straightening out the civic center catastrophe.

Just enforce the law
Our nation has immigration laws, but you'd hardly know it given the virtual invasion of illegal aliens into our country - tens of thousands every year.

The war for decency

The war for decency
Is the envelope ever going to push back?

Wavering commission
There's strength in numbers. But, as proven recently by the Augusta Commission, that's not always a good thing.

Five Questions With Joe Nichols
LAS VEGAS -- Joe Nichols was lying on the floor of a Nashville home, installing a television cable, when the customer tapped him on the shoulder and asked, "Aren't you Joe Nichols?"

Johnny Depp says ahoy to a 'Pirates' life
LOS ANGELES -- Admit it. You always knew Johnny Depp was a pirate at heart.

Investors pour money into real estate funds

Boomers teach kids about investing
CHICAGO -- I got a lesson in stock market investing the other day from an unexpected source: my 12-year-old son.

Can I still get a timeshare for the summer?

Investors pour money into real estate funds
NEW YORK -- Investors seeking alternatives to low-paying money market funds and bonds have been pouring money into real estate funds, which offer a fatter payout. While advisers say the investments offer long-term promise, they caution that real estate shares aren't without substantial risks and might be overpriced.

Boomers teach kids about investing

Can I still get a timeshare for the summer?
Q. Now that summer is here, can I still get a timeshare?

Owner needs to step up for fans
First, let us begin with a disclaimer. The Augusta GreenJackets are doing just fine at the gate. Through Friday, the local minor-league club ranked 10th in the 16-team South Atlantic League in attendance, averaging 2,102 fans a game after 44 home dates.

Around the horn
Top Mets prospect Scott Kazmir was lights out for the Capital City Bombers in a win over Asheville (N.C) on Monday, allowing one hit with six strikeouts in seven innings.

Stadler cruises to win at Senior Players Championship

Perry captures Greater Milwaukee Open for third win in four starts
MILWAUKEE -- Kenny Perry isn't about to analyze the hottest streak of his career.

Brown trails by 1 at Goshen; Jackson fades
Scott Brown is right where he wants to be for today's final round of the Goshen Golf Classic - in the final group of the day, playing with the leader. Mike Jackson wishes he could say the same in the senior division.

Jaguars golfer shares Georgia Amateur lead
KENNESAW, Ga. - Augusta State's Thomas Hagler of Ringgold has a share of the lead after 54 holes of the Georgia Amateur Championship.

Els wins by five after a 69

Brown achieves Region triple

Golf roundup
MILWAUKEE - Kenny Perry never expected to be in the lead after three rounds at the Greater Milwaukee Open, especially at only 8 under par.

Brown achieves Region triple
The way Scott Brown was making birdies Sunday, it wasn't a question of if he'd take a record-tying third consecutive Regions Cup victory, but by how many shots.

Woods 'blinded' by first glimpse of Royal St. George's
SANDWICH, England -- Tiger Woods played Royal St. George's for the first time Sunday and said he might need a few more rounds to get a feel for this British Open.

Ogilvie wins The Reese's Cup Classic

Els wins by five after a 69
LUSS, Scotland -- Ernie Els won the Scottish Open by five strokes after shooting a 2-under 69 Sunday.

Woods 'blinded' by first glimpse of Royal St. George's

Stadler cruises to win at Senior Players Championship
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Craig Stadler wasted little time in earning his first victory on the Champions Tour, shooting a 6-under 66 on Sunday to win the Senior Players Championship.

British Open trivia
How well do you know the British Open? Try this quiz:

Ogilvie wins The Reese's Cup Classic
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Joe Ogilvie shot a final-round 1-under 71 Sunday to win The Reese's Cup Classic by three strokes and become the first double-winner on the Nationwide Tour this season.

Brown trails by 1 at Goshen; Jackson fades

Noll wins Georgia Amateur by one shot over Hagler
KENNESAW, Ga. -- David Noll made his return to amateur golf a successful one, holding off Thomas Hagler by one shot Sunday to win the 82nd Georgia Amateur Championship at Pinetree Country Club.

British Open trivia

Golf roundup

Perry captures Greater Milwaukee Open for third win in four starts

Noll wins Georgia Amateur by one shot over Hagler

Around the horn

Owner needs to step up for fans

Cremins tells role of college to youths

7-footer stops Select

It's not about what's on your head, but what's in it
I swing up out of the swimming pool and my father says, "You're looking more like Sean Connery these days."

Police investigate man's death
Police are investigating the death of a man found with apparent head injuries inside a car on Mercier Street on Sunday morning.

Put racist symbols to rest
Here in the deep South whites have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the future when that future consists of dismantling the final, overt symbols of yesterday's racist mistakes. Robert "Tunk" Martin, Edgefield, S.C.

Thanks those responsible for RiverBlast

City's U.S. flags deplorable

President Bush deserves punishment for WMD deception

President Bush deserves punishment for WMD deception
The July 3 editorial, "Pay dirt," stating that the president should not be criticized for not finding Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, is a cover-up. It is a cover-up for what probably is one of the most horrendous acts of deceit by any president in the history of our country, (i.e. sending in troops for political purposes without proof that the United States was in harm's way). Lowell Greenbaum, Augusta

Supports bill for vet benefits
On June 12 U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Ga., introduced a discharge petition providing for floor consideration for H.R. 303, a bill that would amend Title 10 of the United States Code, to permit Armed Forces retirees who have a service-connected disability to receive both military retiree pay (by reason of their years of military service) and disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for their disability. The discharge petition was assigned the number 0002. Boyd Simmons, Augusta

Court can't prevent disastrous acts of God

Why not raise taxes on all vices?
We have all heard how bad tobacco use is, and how it's causing disease and deaths. Those of us who smoke know the consequences! We all know how bad the economy is - take a long look at the growing number of unemployed. Pat Merkerison, Bath, S.C.

Court can't prevent disastrous acts of God
The Supreme Court hath spoken, and the sodomites are happy, but will their happiness remain? Can the Supreme Court control the weather? Can it hold back the floods? Can it declare pestilence and famine not allowed in the United States? Tim Fellows, Augusta

City's U.S. flags deplorable
Many Augustans flew the U.S. flag proudly during the Independence Day celebrations. The flags flown throughout the area appeared to be in excellent condition and were displayed according to flag etiquette. Maurie L. Reardon, Martinez, Ga.

Supports bill for vet benefits

Put racist symbols to rest

Thanks those responsible for RiverBlast
An enthusiastic thanks to TV station WAGT-Channel 26 and its partners for sponsoring RiverBlast in downtown Augusta on the Fourth of July. The holiday event clearly required a great deal of planning and sacrifice, but the end result was a day full of activities and fun that appealed to a cross-section of the city. Barbara Coleman, Augusta

Ring on right hand may mean nothing

Woman tries to get America walking

It comes off the wrist for talking

Gross-out Garbage Pail Kids slated to return

Oregon town braces for flood of 'Clarkies'

Road to discovery

In the know

Decor with taste

Decor with taste
From the driveway, John and Elaine Marks' ranch-style home doesn't look very large, but as the Marks can attest, looks can be deceiving.

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.

Woman tries to get America walking
DENVER -- When the choir rises, Lucille Johnson's heart burns with faith and she feels herself pulled down the path of righteousness as fast as her sneakers will carry her.

Ring on right hand may mean nothing
Dear Carson: If a woman wears an engagement ring on her right third finger, what does that normally signify? I have always had the impression that she was indicating she is no longer attached and was interested in finding new companionship. Is it customary for a woman to wear a wedding band on her left and the engagement ring on her right hand after marriage? - Curious and Puzzled

Oregon town braces for flood of 'Clarkies'
ASTORIA, Ore. - Lewis and Clark slept here. Well, almost.

Gross-out Garbage Pail Kids slated to return
NEW YORK -- Long before "South Park" or "Beavis and Butthead" entertained kids with lowbrow toilet humor, there were the Garbage Pail Kids. Now, the grandfather of gross-out is making a comeback.

Road to discovery
Glenn Boswell's first car, a Ford Model A, didn't inspire him to treasure the now-classic vehicle.

It comes off the wrist for talking
TOKYO -- It's cool to play Dick Tracy with a watch-shaped phone. But it turns out the thrill wears off pretty quickly, especially if you like to keep your phone conversations private.

Home front
A swimming pool can be more than a big blue hole. Catriona Tudor Erler's new book, Poolscaping, helps readers turn it into a retreat

Across Georgia
FORT BENNING -About 250 soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division arrived home at Fort Benning early Sunday morning.

Finance inquiry angers Adams

Man found dead in his car

Police investigate man's death

Correction
A photo caption in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle should have said Mike Wolf, who was presenting a slide show for a summer camp at Fort Discovery, is an astrophysicist who works with NASA.

Capitol visitor guide has translation errors
ATLANTA - Something definitely got lost in this translation.

Serviceman of the day

New face takes over facility
Jody Rowland looks over the terrain of the Augusta Youth Development Campus - at the red brick buildings, the razor-wire fences, the grassy acres and the pine trees draped with Spanish moss - and says it's sort of like a small town.

Antique show hits Savannah

News you can use
JULY 14, 1940 Fire Chief John B. Kennedy, long considered the power behind the throne in Augusta politics, was unanimously proposed as a candidate for mayor of Augusta in the next municipal election at the meeting of the Civil Service commission last night.

News you can use

Barber thrives on Eighth

Man found dead in his car
An Augusta man is charged with murder in connection with the Sunday slaying of a North Carolina man.

North Augusta man found dead

Family of child who killed himself at YDC still searching for answers
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Winston and Hattye Shavers sat in their parlor on a hot, sticky day, reading aloud the letters they got from their grandson before he killed himself in a juvenile detention center.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Casey Griesel, 12 months, of Evans.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

City to take steps to improve air
Electric lawn mowers, more bicycle and pedestrian paths and speed limit reductions on commuter arteries are among potential remedies to Augusta's air pollution, according to a new state report.

North Augusta man found dead
A man was charged after authorities found another man dead at a North Augusta apartment complex Saturday.

Transfer students rejected at crowded UGA
ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia's record freshman class has forced the school to drastically limit admissions of transfer students.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have caught a man sought in a fatal shooting last April at Dogwood Terrace.

Across the area
Police on Sunday were looking for the people who robbed a convenience store on Gordon Highway.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Brides and grooms in Georgia no longer are required by law to give blood before getting married.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for Principal Dorothy Gandy at A.R. Johnson Health, Science and Engineering High School. Of the five teachers who were transferred, who were all seasoned and veteran teachers, they are being replaced by all first-year teachers. I realize first-year teachers need jobs, but this seems sort of asinine to me, to replace them with first-year teachers.

Across South Carolina
EASLEY -A 78-year-old woman died when her car backed over her, troopers say.

Across the area

Group gives dogs their day
John Schedel Jr. and his wife, Jean-Margot, for years have enjoyed the companionship that greyhounds can provide.

Capitol visitor guide has translation errors

Doctor studies clues to disease
He has been dean of the School of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia for more than a year, but something still ties David Mark Stern to a laboratory in New York City.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT for Principal Dorothy Gandy at A.R. Johnson Health, Science and Engineering High School. Of the five teachers who were transferred, who were all seasoned and veteran teachers, they are being replaced by all first-year teachers. I realize first-year teachers need jobs, but this seems sort of asinine to me, to replace them with first-year teachers.

States' exempt periods coexist
Parents planning for a back-to-school buying binge in Georgia and South Carolina need to wait only until the end of this month, when tax-free weekends in both states will allow them to cash in on deep discounts.

Across South Carolina

Spokeswoman's 'butt' creates controversy
Airport spokeswoman Kathryn Solee has gotten her britches in a bunch about her right to use the word "butt" in airport documents.

Kid of the day

Serviceman of the day
Master Sgt. Thomas R. Thigpen Sr. of Augusta is today's serviceman of the day.

Crash kills 1, injures 11

News you can use
JULY 13, 1989 Cancer-causing chemicals have been found in Richmond County's drinking wells, but a state official said no action will be taken because the levels are within legal standards.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Clues may lead to missing pilot
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - On what would be Scott Speicher's 46th birthday Saturday, U.S. intelligence officials examined a 6-month-old Iraqi document that names the Jacksonville Navy pilot who disappeared over Iraq 12 years ago.

Ex-guard exposed YDC ills to public
A year and a half ago, Augusta Youth Development Campus guard Patricia Walker took her battle with her employer public.

University of Georgia lowers transfer number
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia must dramatically limit admissions of transfer students for the fall semester to compensate for admitting 10 percent more freshmen than expected this year.<

Georgia sees rise in West Nile virus, EEE
ATLANTA -- More birds and horses in Georgia are turning up with West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis, prompting health officials to increase warnings that people should shield themselves from mosquito bites.

Franklin votes to display Ten Commandments
The Franklin County Commission has become the latest east Georgia government to become part of a national campaign to publicly display a version of the Ten Commandments.

Across the southeast
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -The NAACP's executive director, Julian Bond, urged states that have abandoned affirmative action policies for higher education to "come back into the Union" Sunday while criticizing President Bush and his brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, for challenging race-conscious admissions.

Farmers fight war on weevil
COUCHTON - There has been a Brown farming in Aiken County since before the Civil War, tilling the sandy soil for the fluffy white gold that made the South the place where King Cotton reigned supreme.

Serviceman of the day
Today's serviceman of the day is Spc. Phillip B. Hatcher of Dearing.

Finance inquiry angers Adams
ATHENS, Ga. - University of Georgia President Michael Adams calls the probe into his use of private UGA Foundation funds "an attack on my personal integrity."

Fight leads to murder charge
A man was charged with murder Sunday, a day after a man he fought with was found dead at a North Augusta apartment complex.

Kid of the day
Emma Marie Mann of Grovetown is today's kid of the day.

Clemson considers changes to boost revenue, improve ranking
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Clemson University leaders plan to explore several changes, including changing the way students are charged tuition, in the upcoming year to raise revenue as the school strives to become a top-ranked university.

Crash kills 1, injures 11
AIKEN - One person was killed and 11 were taken to area hospitals after a two-vehicle collision Saturday outside the Aiken city limits at the intersection of South Carolina Highway 19 and Powderhouse Road.

Barber thrives on Eighth
When Feltonnous Talbert announced that he was opening a barbershop on Eighth Street a year ago, an area surrounded by hair salons and spas, he said some people were less than optimistic.

Clues may lead to missing pilot

Museum's visitors get weaving lessons
Determined as she was in the beginning, Taylor Elam's efforts at weaving a pot holder turned into, well, sort of a mess.

Doctor studies clues to disease

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -A leatherback turtle decided Folly Beach was a good spot to deposit her eggs.

Family of child who killed himself at YDC still searching for answers

Antique show hits Savannah
It was already a steamy Saturday morning when people began streaming across the parking lot at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.

Correction

Kid of the day

Across the area

News you can use

Franklin votes to display Ten Commandments

Fight leads to murder charge

Spokeswoman's 'butt' creates controversy

Georgia sees rise in West Nile virus, EEE

Farmers fight war on weevil

Ex-guard exposed YDC ills to public

States' exempt periods coexist

3-year-old girl drowns at lake
A 3-year-old girl whose family thought she had wandered away drowned Sunday at Thurmond Lake while swimming at a popular recreation site in Columbia County.

Group gives dogs their day

New face takes over facility

Serviceman of the day

City to take steps to improve air

'Pirates' finds box-office treasure with $46.4 million debut

'Pirates' finds box-office treasure with $46.4 million debut
LOS ANGELES -- Disney was rolling in doubloons as "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" plundered the box office for $46.4 million in its first weekend.

Macy Gray seeks to re-establish herself

The squeezebox is square no more
PHILADELPHIA -- Rock 'n' roll and a square reputation nearly squeezed all the life out of the accordion - but the instrument that launched a thousand Lawrence Welk shows is back.

Macy Gray seeks to re-establish herself
LOS ANGELES -- Only two years ago, Macy Gray was on top of the music world - a critical and commercial darling with a multiplatinum debut album, a Grammy and a ubiquitous hit single.

The squeezebox is square no more

Tracy runs away in Toronto
TORONTO -- Paul Tracy ran away with the Molson Indy on the streets of his hometown Sunday, winning in Toronto for the first time in 10 years and widening his lead in the CART series standings.

Tracy runs away in Toronto

NASCAR notebook

Late passes draw raised eyebrows

Newman wins Chicago race
JOLIET, Ill. -- Ryan Newman and an empty gastank spoiled Kevin Harvick's bid for three straight Chicagoland Speedway victories, with Newman pulling away at the end to win the Tropicana 400 on Sunday.

Pook: No big surprises expected in shareholder meeting

Pook: No big surprises expected in shareholder meeting
TORONTO -- CART boss Chris Pook isn't expecting any major developments concerning the future of the struggling series at this week's shareholder meeting.

Mears' picture finding focus

NASCAR notebook
JOLIET, Ill. - Although Matt Kenseth has finished on the lead lap in 16 of 17 races this season, Bobby Labonte has an equally impressive record of 10 top-five finishes.

Newman gains revenge
JOLIET, Ill. - Matt Borland was positive his driver, Ryan Newman, had plenty of gas to finish Sunday's Tropicana 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway. His belief couldn't stop him from worrying.

Mears' picture finding focus
JOLIET, Ill. - Casey Mears walked through the Chicagoland Speedway garage area Friday and Saturday, taking pictures of people taking pictures of him.

Newman wins Chicago race

Late passes draw raised eyebrows
JOLIET, Ill. - Matt Kenseth failed to finish on the lead lap for only the second time all year Sunday in the Tropicana 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway.

Lisa Leslie injured in West win
NEW YORK -- When Lisa Leslie fell to the floor during the WNBA All-Star game, a hush fell over Madison Square Garden.

Bryant: 'I would never do something like that'
LOS ANGELES -- Speaking publicly for the first time since he was accused of sexual assault, Kobe Bryant denied the allegations and said he "would never do something like that."

Lisa Leslie injured in West win

Bryant: 'I would never do something like that'

Falcons sold out for the season

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Mrs. Eula Baughman (WARD, S.C.)

Rev. Wilson Johnson (APPLING, Ga.)

Mrs. Dorothy Hamilton (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Mildred Brown (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

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Mr. Lawrence Williams Sr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Turner (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Mrs. Gladys Williams (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Georgia El (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Corey Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Area sports announcements

Mayorga decisions Forrest in rematch

Overtime

Armstrong takes overall lead in Tour de France

Ten-year-old becomes state all-star

Not Lance, not yet

Not Lance, not yet
MORZINE, France - Legs whirring, shirt open, a silver chain bouncing against his chest, Lance Armstrong powered up the Tour de France's first big climb, fans' cheers ringing in his ears.

Overtime
This week's 2003 Augusta Southern Nationals on the Savannah River will kick off out of the water.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Armstrong takes overall lead in Tour de France
L'ALPE D'HUEZ, France -- Lance Armstrong took the overall leader's yellow jersey for the first time in the Tour de France after finishing third in the second mountain stage of the race Sunday.

Ten-year-old becomes state all-star
The future of Augusta-area swimming was on display this past week at Augusta Aquatics Center. Judging by the number of competitors during the weeklong CSRA Swim League events, the future is bright.

Mayorga decisions Forrest in rematch
LAS VEGAS -- Ricardo Mayorga, relentlessly throwing punches from every angle, took a majority decision over Vernon Forrest on Saturday night to retain his WBC and WBA welterweight titles.

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors calendar
b>Thursday: Georgia's Wildlife Resources Division will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. to discuss planned changes in rules governing the use of dogs for deer hunting. The meeting will be at Statesboro High School gym, Statesboro, Ga. Call (770) 918-6400 for more details. Written comments can be mailed to Georgia DNR, Game Management Section, 2070 U.S. Highway 78 SE, Social Circle, GA 30025.

Father, son turn lure-making into full-time family business
Roy Altman can safely say he's the only semiprofessional angler with a doctorate in toxicology who manufactures fishing lures in Augusta.

7-footer stops Select
With the score tied and 2.2 seconds left in regulation Saturday, Peach Jam Select coach Zach Norris drew up two plays.

Cremins tells role of college to youths
Former Georgia Tech basketball coach Bobby Cremins picked up the whistle again Sunday, helping Nike and the Greater Augusta Sports Council commence the Eighth Annual Nike Peach Jam with a coaches' clinic for local youths at Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta.

Falcons sold out for the season
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons sold out for the season Saturday, selling their remaining single-game tickets in only 26 minutes.

Father, son turn lure-making into full-time family business

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Banzai! Little else in reality television has worked this summer, so why not a game show spoof imported from Japan?

Real men take gay style advice in new Bravo series

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

Real men take gay style advice in new Bravo series
LOS ANGELES -- Want help in transforming a schlub of a husband or boyfriend into one who's attractive and socially adept?

Cheryl's a match for Jim, according to Courtney Thorne-Smith

PBS explores 1849 murder at Harvard Medical School

PBS explores 1849 murder at Harvard Medical School
BOSTON -- It was the O.J. Simpson trial of its day. It lasted 12 days, attracting 60,000 spectators and journalists from all over the world. The throngs were so big that the city marshal wrapped a chain around the courthouse for crowd control. People were allowed to watch for 10 minutes, then had to leave so more folks could see.

Cheryl's a match for Jim, according to Courtney Thorne-Smith
LOS ANGELES -- "According to Jim" isn't just about Jim. His wife, Cheryl, has equally strong opinions.

Johnny Depp says ahoy to a 'Pirates' life

Five Questions With Joe Nichols

The final year: Dooley tries to remain calm in eye of storm

The final year: Dooley tries to remain calm in eye of storm
ATHENS, Ga. - Vince Dooley grabs a tiny booklet off his desk, a handy testament to just how much things have changed in the past four decades.

Hall of Fame sidelines mascot nomination
MACON, Ga. -- Uga, the University of Georgia Bulldogs' mascot, will sit on the sidelines when the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame announces this year's inductees.

Sisters banned from Filene's Basement stores

Odds and Ends