Orosco joins Yankees
NEW YORK -- Jesse Orosco's career path took an unexpected detour.

Pirates wondering who's next to go in roster shakeup
PITTSBURGH -- As the Pittsburgh Pirates report to their clubhouse these days, they don't ask who is pitching or who is batting fourth. They wonder who has been traded.

Orosco joins Yankees

Pirates wondering who's next to go in roster shakeup

Sara Grace Mayson

William Spencer Godbee
William W. and Rebecca D. Godbee of Augusta announce the birth of a son, William Spencer Godbee, Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Harvel and Rose Wilkerson of Augusta, William O. and Michal Godbee of Sylvania, Ga., and Gerald and Martha Robinson of Martinez.

Cameron Ashley Allen
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall B. Allen III of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Cameron Ashley Allen, Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John W. Kaser of Columbus, Ohio, and Dr. and Mrs. Marshall B. Allen Jr. of Augusta.

Hadley Grace Fountain
Trey and Hillary Fountain of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Hadley Grace Fountain, Monday, June 16, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gentry of Athens, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fountain of North Augusta.

Paige Elyse Hays

Sophia Lee Coleman
Kevin and Jill Coleman of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Sophia Lee Coleman, Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ben Dietz of Grovetown and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Coleman of Harlem.

Mary Katherine Shanley Hodell

Parker Wesley Chance
Travers W. and Tracey L. Chance of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Parker Wesley Chance, Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Donna Crawford of North Augusta, Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson of Martinez and Wesley Chance of Evans.

Hadley Grace Fountain

Kirsten Taffey Cauley
Michael and Angel Cauley of Windsor announce the birth of a daughter, Kirsten Taffey Cauley, Friday, June 20, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dale E. Snader of Windsor and Mr. and Mrs. George L. Cauley of North Augusta.

Kirsten Mollie Haney

Benjamin Scott Caudill
Darrell and Dana Caudill of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Benjamin Scott Caudill, Monday, June 2, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Bill Norvell of Evans, Susan Norvell of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Caudill of Rockingham, N.C.

Parker Wesley Chance

Peyton Nichols Cagle
Mr. and Mrs. Darryl A. Cagle of Appling announce the birth of a son, Peyton Nichols Cagle, Saturday, July 5, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth S. Burton of Yardley, Pa., and Mr. and Mrs. George N. Cagle of Appling.

Alaiza Genai Jones

Cody James Simmons
Edgar A. and Crystal G. Simmons of Grovetown announce the birth of a son, Cody James Simmons, Saturday, July 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Hayes and Edgar A. Simmons Sr., all of Riverdale, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Nerling of Grovetown.

Hannah Aleene Hock

Presley Breanne Schneider
Russell and Amanda Schneider of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Presley Breanne Schneider, Thursday, June 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Richard Eckert of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Schneider of Martinez.

Jacob Leo Remedies
Timothy Remedies and Alicia Corley, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Jacob Leo Remedies, Sunday, July 13, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Billy and Belinda Corley, Marvin and Betty Lou Rowe, and Lane and Frances Remedies, all of Augusta.

Maggie Katherine Huskey
David T. and Kathy S. Huskey of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Maggie Katherine Huskey, Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Martin R. Spires of Aiken, Jo Anne M. Spires of Clearwater and Mr. and Mrs. Theron N. Huskey of North Augusta.

Raeleigh Maria Price
Mr. and Mrs. Estevan Price of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Raeleigh Maria Price, Thursday, July 10, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Jerry Hudgins and Becky Callahan, both of Cleveland, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Billy R. Price of Augusta.

Jeffrey Raj Hallman
Jeffrey K. and Ranu S. Hallman of North Augusta announce the birth of a son, Jeffrey Raj Hallman, Friday, July 4, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Shamsher Singh Sandhu of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Tony L. Hallman of North Augusta.

Savannah Grace Parrish
Kevin and Ellen Parrish of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Savannah Grace Parrish, Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Parrish of Augusta, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Reichart of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. Whit Thomas of Thomasville, Tenn.

Peyton Nichols Cagle

Sara Grace Mayson
Brian and Angie Mayson of Beech Island announce the birth of a daughter, Sara Grace Mayson, Monday, July 7, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Merritt and Lois Miller of Clearwater and Milledge and Deloris Mayson of Belvedere.

Abbi Lee
Mr. and Mrs. Herman T. Lee of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Abbi Lee, Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Zawacki and Mr. and Mrs. Ching Y. Lee, all of Augusta.

Morgan Elise Hart

Emily Meredith Atkins
Ravenel and Molly Atkins of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Emily Meredith Atkins, Monday, July 7, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Patricia Moore of Augusta and the late Philipp B. Moore, Mrs. Michelle A. Schmitz of Hephzibah and Chip and Marsha Atkins of Thomson.

Elijah Gage Kindberg
Timothy P. Kindberg Jr. and Christie N. McKinney, both of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Elijah Gage Kindberg, Thursday, July 10, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joel W. McKinney Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Russ O. Cantey, all of Hephzibah, Timothy P. Kindberg of Martinez and the late Patricia Kindberg.

Cody James Simmons

Sierra Kathryn Kayea
Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Kayea of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Sierra Kathryn Kayea, Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. R. Bruce Argenbright of Cicero, N.Y., and Gracelyn Kayea of Peru, N.Y.

Sophia Lee Coleman

Maggie Katherine Huskey
David T. and Kathy S. Huskey of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Maggie Katherine Huskey, Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Martin R. Spires of Aiken, Jo Anne M. Spires of Clearwater and Mr. and Mrs. Theron N. Huskey of North Augusta.

Sierra Kathryn Kayea

Mary Katherine Shanley Hodell
Patrick and Colleen Hodell of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Mary Katherine Shanley Hodell, Saturday, July 5, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Georgeann Martin of Evans and the late Patrick Martin, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hodell of Milledgeville, Ga.

Jacob Leo Remedies

Hannah Aleene Hock
Candice Marie Hock of Grovetown announces the birth of a daughter, Hannah Aleene Hock, Friday, May 30, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ray of Grovetown and Carroll Hock of Thomson.

Jeffrey Raj Hallman

Paige Elyse Hays
Michael W. Hays and Melissa F. Smith, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Paige Elyse Hays, Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Byron and Debbie Smith of Yadkinville, N.C., Tony Hays of Atlanta, Texas, and Gallie Crawford of Statesville, N.C.

Emily Meredith Atkins

Kirsten Taffey Cauley
Michael and Angel Cauley of Windsor announce the birth of a daughter, Kirsten Taffey Cauley, Friday, June 20, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dale E. Snader of Windsor and Mr. and Mrs. George L. Cauley of North Augusta.

Benjamin Scott Caudill
Darrell and Dana Caudill of Martinez announce the birth of a son, Benjamin Scott Caudill, Monday, June 2, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Bill Norvell of Evans, Susan Norvell of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Caudill of Rockingham, N.C.

Presley Breanne Schneider
Russell and Amanda Schneider of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Presley Breanne Schneider, Thursday, June 12, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Richard Eckert of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Schneider of Martinez.

Raeleigh Maria Price

Morgan Elise Hart
Michael and Debra Hart of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Morgan Elise Hart, Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hawk of Mansfield, Ohio, and Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Post and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hart, all of Parkersburg, W. Va.

Elijah Gage Kindberg

William Spencer Godbee

Alaiza Genai Jones
Marquel Jones and Jenay Lawrence, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Alaiza Genai Jones, Thursday, July 10, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Horace and Pearl Jones of Augusta and the late Kelvin Lawrence.

Abbi Lee
Mr. and Mrs. Herman T. Lee of Hephzibah announce the birth of a daughter, Abbi Lee, Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Zawacki and Mr. and Mrs. Ching Y. Lee, all of Augusta.

Kirsten Mollie Haney
Kenny and Connie Haney of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, Kirsten Mollie Haney, Monday, July 14, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are David Melchert of Augusta, the late Mollie Melchert, and Kenneth and Arlene Haney of Andrews, N.C.

Savannah Grace Parrish
Kevin and Ellen Parrish of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Savannah Grace Parrish, Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Parrish of Augusta, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Reichart of Aiken and Mr. and Mrs. Whit Thomas of Thomasville, Tenn.

Odds and Ends
NEW YORK -- Highway signs will soon encourage drivers on their way out of the Brooklyn borough to "fugheddaboudit."

Newborn baby's toe accidentally cut off by hospital worker
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A hospital employee accidentally cut off part of a newborn baby's toe while trying to remove a security tag, a hospital spokesman said Tuesday.

Brothel permits increased for 2004 Olympics in Athens
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Nordic and Baltic ministers for gender equality expressed their "abhorrence" over Greek plans to increase the number of brothel permits in Athens for the 2004 Olympics.

Lightning kills giraffe at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Lightning struck and killed a giraffe at Disney's Animal Kingdom as the animal roamed among tourists, company officials said Wednesday.

Maddux gets victory over Cubs
ATLANTA - Normally, facing an opposing pitcher in his major league debut has been trouble for the Atlanta Braves.

Atlanta sticks by Reynolds despite Monday's outing

Atlanta sticks by Reynolds despite Monday's outing
ATLANTA - Tuesday was a day of reflection for struggling Atlanta Braves starter Shane Reynolds after giving up six earned runs in four innings during Monday's 15-6 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Braves notebook

Marlins top Braves in 12 innings

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Atlanta right fielder Gary Sheffieldheld out his right hand, flexed his thumb and grimaced.

Marlins top Braves in 12 innings
ATLANTA - Florida's Mike Mordecai made sure Atlanta's latest comeback effort didn't result in a win.

Retailers enjoy impact of Armstrong influence
The $10,000 that Joey Hopkins shelled out for one of his souped-up road bicycles last year would, for most people, be better spent on a nice car.

UPS enjoys profit in second quarter
ATLANTA - United Parcel Service said Tuesday that efforts to distinguish itself as more than a shipping company and strong growth in its international business helped boost second-quarter profit 13.3 percent.

Business briefs

Consumer confidence levels, but still grim, poll says

Suits by ex-Enron employees seek return of bonuses
HOUSTON -- The committee representing Enron Corp.'s former employees in its bankruptcy case is attempting to recover $72 million in bonuses paid to 292 employees, officers and executives of the company in the final hours before Enron filed for bankruptcy.

Retailers enjoy impact of Armstrong influence

Business brief
IRVING, Texas - Kimberly-Clark Corp., the maker of Kleenex and Huggies, said Wednesday that its second-quarter profit fell in part because of weaker than expected growth in the sales of diapers and consumer tissue products.

Suits by ex-Enron employees seek return of bonuses

UPS enjoys profit in second quarter

Postal Service urged to cut work force, costs

Consumer confidence levels, but still grim, poll says
NEW YORK - Overall consumer confidence in the United States leveled off last week, but remains on pace for its worst annual performance in a decade, according to a survey released Wednesday.

Companies are reaching out to four-legged customers
ATLANTA -- When John Paul DeJoria, the co-founder of Paul Mitchell salon products, decided to launch another hair care line, he made sure it addressed a common consumer problem: fleas and ticks.

Postal Service urged to cut work force, costs
WASHINGTON -- The Postal Service should take advantage of coming retirements to cut the size of its work force in the next few years, the president's commission on the Postal Service recommended Wednesday.

Aiken cable to undergo big changes
Aiken residents will soon have new options for high-speed Internet access and digital cable as a new entrant to the market begins a multimillion dollar upgrade project next month.

Bank turns out record profits
The corporate parent of Augusta's Georgia Bank & Trust Co. on Wednesday reported record quarterly profits and said it has surpassed $600 million in assets.

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Sam Waksal, the ImClone Systems Inc. founder whose jet-setting lifestyle crumbled in an insider-trading scandal, is expected to report today to a federal prison where his work could include waxing floors and cutting grass.

Bank turns out record profits

Aiken cable to undergo big changes

Companies are reaching out to four-legged customers

ACC waits for decision on title game
GREENSBORO, Ga. - Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford said it might take 10 months for his expanded league to know whether it can stage a championship game in football.

Big East has little time to regroup

Non-BCS schools unite

Big East has little time to regroup
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Fresh off two defections that shattered the conference, the Big East has little time to regroup if it wants to maintain its status as a major player in college football.

Non-BCS schools unite
The major college football schools left outside the Bowl Championship Series united Tuesday in an effort to get access to the lucrative postseason and reduce the requirements to belong in Division I-A.

ACC waits for decision on title game

Failure: Not an option

Turning the tide
Very little good news has been coming out of Iraq the past several weeks, as guerrilla attacks and the GI death toll increase daily. The belief grows that conditions are deteriorating.

Smart spending cuts

Failure: Not an option
Some things are just too precious to gamble with. In one hot second, suffocating flames can engulf an entire area, smoldering hard-earned belongings, memories and even lives - items that most are unwilling to jeopardize. The populace of Wagener County, however, is another story.

Smart spending cuts
Georgians and their state lawmakers are no doubt heartened at the word from Gov. Sonny Perdue's office that he likely won't be calling a special session to deal with the state's fiscal problems. Special sessions are costly, divisive and reflect badly on state government - why couldn't the General Assembly get its work done in the allotted time?

Do the difficult thing
As Augusta commissioners today hear detailed plans for a new judicial center, we'd like to file an appeal - to their better judgment:

James Brown announces marriage breakup in full-page Variety ad
LOS ANGELES -- "Godfather of Soul" James Brown has announced his breakup from his wife, Tomi Rea Brown, with a full-page ad in the show-business trade newspaper Variety.

Company brings TV creations by teens to cable and the Web
NEW YORK -- Joe Shults is building a network to serve a ready-made audience: The viewers who will help create its programs.

Pension agency put on 'high risk' watch list
WASHINGTON -- Congressional investigators on Wednesday designated the government's pension insurance program as "high risk," adding it to a list of major agencies and programs that need urgent attention to continue operating effectively.

Tax procrastinators facing Aug. 15 deadline
NEW YORK -- The approach of August finds some small business owners in emotional upheaval - they're the ones who didn't get their tax returns filed in April and who have dawdled away the months since then.

Stocks mixed on weak AOL, Sun earnings

Kinko's case shows public Internet risk
NEW YORK - For more than a year, unbeknownst to people who used Internet terminals at Kinko's stores in New York, Juju Jiang was recording what they typed, paying particular attention to their passwords.

Stocks mixed on weak AOL, Sun earnings
NEW YORK -- A batch of mixed earnings reports flustered Wall Street Wednesday, leaving prices mixed as investors searched in vain for strong evidence of a resurging economy by year's end.

Stocks move higher on news of raid in Iraq

Stocks move higher on news of raid in Iraq
NEW YORK -- Wall Street regained a positive track Tuesday following news that four Iraqis were killed in a U.S. raid in Iraq. Investors were encouraged by news that two of Saddam Hussein's sons were among the dead.

Kinko's case shows public Internet risk

Tax procrastinators facing Aug. 15 deadline

Cafe offers eclectic meals
White Elephant Cafe on Broad Street serves up some delectable dishes at a great price, but you might want to stop in for dinner instead of lunch.

Cafe offers eclectic meals

Alex's pulls weekend crowd

Small portions
At the supermarket look for artichokes that feel heavy for their size and give a little squeak when you squeeze them. Cook them as soon as possible once you get them home. If you must, store artichokes in your crisper in a perforated plastic bag.

Alex's pulls weekend crowd
Brenda Palmer and Alex Askew are the mother-daughter team owners of Alex's Restaurant and Sports Bar on Wrightsboro Road.

Spicy pork recipe is kept under wraps

Sweet-and-sour dish is a snap

Spicy pork recipe is kept under wraps
Some dishes can be so easy and so simple. Their secret? Often it proves to be their original, perhaps uncommon combinations of ingredients.

Sweet-and-sour dish is a snap
Sweet-and-sour chicken has a lively mix of flavors, plenty of nutrition and not much fat. Pineapple and orange juice lend sweetness, balanced by sharp contrasts of soy sauce and vinegar to keep taste buds awake.

Extra bases
Tonight: at Capital City Bombers (Mets) Thursday-Saturday: vs. South Georgia Waves (Dodgers)

Lester put on pitch count
The Boston Red Sox are taking no chances with Augusta GreenJackets left-hander Jon Lester, one of the organization's brightest young pitching prospects.

GreenJackets on-deck
South Georgia Waves (Dodgers) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox) WHERE: Lake Olmstead Stadium

Rain washes out Jackets' game
COLUMBIA - Wednesday's doubleheader between the Augusta GreenJackets and the Capital City Bombers was postponed because of rain. No makeup date has been announced.

My old binoculars enable me to see into the past

Announcer's son tops Palmetto qualifying

British Open champion pulls out of Greater Hartford Open
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Ben Curtis, the surprise winner of last weekend's British Open, withdrew from the Greater Hartford Open on Tuesday.

Sorenstam returns to defend title in Evian Masters

Mickelson looking for fresh start at GHO

Finally, a race for player of the year
SANDWICH, England -- Tiger Woods returned to the top of the PGA Tour money list for the first time since April with his tie for fourth in the British Open. He has the lowest scoring average on tour by a mile, and more victories than anyone.

Whale of a time the goal for Greater Hartford Open

Longshot winners in the majors

Ochoa, Inkster share Evian Masters lead
EVIAN, France -- Rookie Lorena Ochoa and veteran Juli Inkster shot 6-under-par 66s Wednesday to share the lead after one round of the Evian Masters.

Finally, a race for player of the year

Mickelson looking for fresh start at GHO
CROMWELL, Conn. -- While Suzy Whaley chases history as the first woman to compete in the Greater Hartford Open, two-time defending champ Phil Mickelson is looking for his first win since last year's GHO.

Announcer's son tops Palmetto qualifying
Dalton Melnyk, son of ABC golf announcer Steve Melnyk, shot 3-under-par 68 to lead qualifying Monday for next month's Palmetto Amateur.

Whale of a time the goal for Greater Hartford Open
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Bo Jackson played football and baseball but never tried a crossover like his golfing partner Wednesday.

Turnberry turns back clock for 1977 Open repeat

Sorenstam returns to defend title in Evian Masters
EVIAN, France -- The accumulated stress of a groundbreaking year has hit Annika Sorenstam hard.

Turnberry turns back clock for 1977 Open repeat
TURNBERRY, Scotland -- More than a quarter of a century since their British Open "duel in the sun", Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson go head to head at Turnberry for another major.

Longshot winners in the majors
SANDWICH, England -- The sand was rumpled in the pot bunker just right of the 16th hole at Royal St. George's, no doubt the result of amateurs wanting to see just how badly Thomas Bjorn blew his chance to win the British Open.

Lester put on pitch count

Extra bases

Rain washes out Jackets' game

Sherried steaks are ideal for grilling
Ham steaks are great to have on hand for a quick weeknight entree. Browned in a skillet or heated in the oven, they're a simple and child-friendly dish.

Sherried steaks are ideal for grilling

Photos of corpses released to document deaths of Saddam's sons
WASHINGTON -- The United States hopes to convince skeptical Iraqis that two of Saddam Hussein's sons are dead by releasing photographs of their bodies, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said.

Police investigate fatal shooting of 12-year-old
A 12-year-old died from a gunshot wound to the head Thursday afternoon while visiting an Augusta apartment complex, officials said.

Columbia County trail dangerous
I lived in North Augusta for a little over a year. I was fortunate enough to be close to the Greeneway and Riverview Park. I could ride my bike, with my children, from our house to the Greeneway and then to Riverview Park and beyond. Charles Bowles, Evans, Ga.

How can we trust Bush?

Democrats want us dependent on government

Bush takes ownership of allegation
While the reference crediting the British government for the report that Iraq sought uranium from Africa was factually correct, the allegation was not only patently untrue, but was well known to be untrue by the American intelligence community and the White House speech writers. Tom Zwemer, Augusta

Democrats want us dependent on government
In 1952, the incoming president of Cornell University, Deane Waldo Malott, said in his speech, "Like a giant octopus, government is wrapping itself around more and more phases of our lives. Its implications stand stark before us. There must come a new thinking into America, which insists that government be not an end in itself, but a servant of free enterprise, an expediter for the industry and the energy of a free people. Otherwise, an unseen paralysis sweeps over the nation, and we sink slowly from the free republic of decentralized government to the welfare state, then the handout state, to the police state. Over and over again in the history of man, this cycle has repeated itself." S.G. von Schweinitz, Appling, Ga.

Bush acted on credible information
Nothing President George W. Bush does will ever satisfy the likes of Lowell Greenbaum, writer of the July 13 letter "President Bush deserves punishment for WMD deception." Floyd Brown, Evans, Ga.

Bush takes ownership of allegation

Bush abandons fiscal responsibility
It may seem hard to believe, but it was only three years ago that the federal government had a surplus of revenue. In the final year of Bill Clinton's presidency, the federal government posted a $127 billion surplus, with an additional projected surplus of $2.9 trillion between 2003 and 2008. Brian Gridley, Evans, Ga.

Bush abandons fiscal responsibility

How can we trust Bush?
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and now even the president himself, are claiming that "technically" the president's statement about Iraq's trying to obtain uranium from Africa was correct, for if you look closely at the president's actual words, you will notice he only said that the British government had reported it, not that it was true. And that, Mr. Rumsfeld says with a smile, means that the president was not speaking falsely. Greg Weis, Aiken, S.C.

'Lebowski' gets bigger through its cult status

'Lebowski' gets bigger through its cult status

Virtual target system eases Navy's move from Vieques

Room with a better view

Considers features when choosing digital camera

Health calendar

In the know

Augustan set to appear on The Sopranos

In the know

Theater screens movies for parents and babies

Health calendar
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Virtual target system eases Navy's move from Vieques
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. -- An A-10 "Warthog" attack jet dropped bombs and the cruiser USS Ticonderoga fired shells that splashed harmlessly into the Gulf of Mexico last November.

In the know
The completely fat-free, carbohydrate-free diet may be beneficial to lose pounds quickly, but it wreaks havoc on the quality and visual beauty of the skin, said Dr. James Lyons, assistant clinical instructor in plastic surgery at Yale University.

Standing ovation
The Clarence Carpenter All-Star Band performs at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Living History Park on the corner of Spring Grove and Lake avenues in North Augusta.

Augustan set to appear on The Sopranos
DeVone Lawson Jr. has been a busy actor since leaving his hometown.

Fans complain of limited parks
Sweat trickles down Dylan Stankus' face. The North Augusta resident holds his skateboard between his hand and foot, carefully playing out his next trick in his mind.

Room with a better view
OK. It's time to relinquish your prized shot-glass collection and upgrade your coffee table to something other than a piece of plywood balanced on cinderblocks.

In the know
Jell-O has decided to take the plunge into the smoothie market with its ready-to-eat Smoothie Snacks.

'Lebowski' gets bigger through its cult status
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Real Lebowski lives. And people love him.

Theater screens movies for parents and babies
GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- Just as the previews roll before "Pirates of the Caribbean," 9-month-old Gwyneth lets out a high-pitched wail.

Considers features when choosing digital camera
Choosing a digital camera, one that meets your creative and shooting needs in addition to your budget, can be difficult. That's because there are dozens of cameras from which to choose. If we look carefully at a camera's features, however, the choice becomes easier.

News you can use

Students receive look at medical school life
Before they spend major bucks on medical school, a group of high school seniors and college undergraduates is getting a chance to see whether becoming a physician is an attractive option.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - State Board of Education members voted Wednesday in favor of a rule that allows students to transfer out of persistently dangerous schools.

Braving the elements
Michael Carroll (from left), his nephew Jon Carroll, and Jon's father, Robert, all of Augusta, fish near a bridge at Lake Olmstead.

Police investigate fatal shooting of 12-year-old

Rants and raves
THIS RANT is for Channel 6. God created heaven and Earth in seven days. On the seventh day, he rested. This is what a lot of us like to do also. When I turned to Channel 6 on Sunday and saw golf instead of the Parade of Quartets, I was very disappointed. Augusta, we are headed for hell.

Correction

Burke Company may send its sludge
An Arkansas company wants to develop a network of sites in Burke County, Ga., that will receive about 2 million gallons a month of waste sludge from commercial food-processing facilities.

Judge hears argument on evidence

City leaders address issue of race relations
An effort to repair Augusta's longstanding racial and factional divisions was launched Tuesday with leaders from business, industry, government and community organizations.

Rants and Raves
I WAS RECENTLY a patient at University Hospital with a fractured heel. The nurses on the 10th floor were wonderful and made my visit there a very smooth experience following surgery. Keep up the good work.

Ozone levels can drop with simple measures
Mike Taylor knew it was the season for heat, but lately he's learned it's also the season for dangerous ozone in the Augusta area.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A Greenville police officer charged with driving under the influence will not be paid while awaiting a hearing, a city commission has decided.

Historic home to be restored
A 130-year-old house on Greene Street - owned by the city and once considered for demolition - has been sold to a local businessman.

Across the area
Two Aiken teens were charged Wednesday in the burglary and armed robbery of three people at an Aiken home Tuesday night.

Across the Southeast
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -Just a few blocks from the future site of Bill Clinton's $160 million presidential library, a couple of Clinton haters hope to open a museum devoted to mocking his presidency.

Perdue holds school summit
PERRY, Ga. - Improving student discipline, reducing paperwork and engaging parents in their children's education topped the list of concerns of nearly 900 teachers at an education summit put on by Gov. Sonny Perdue on Wednesday.

Civic center's ex-chief hired
Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority members voted Tuesday to hire former Manager Larry Rogers to run the civic center complex, pending approval of a contract.

Town clerk is no small job
WAGENER - Tina Salley says she's not an especially tidy person, but everything located on her desk is exactly where she can find it quickly, and her system works. It has to, because she's in charge of keeping tabs on most of the town's paperwork.

Across the area
Two people were in custody Tuesday after an early-morning armed robbery near the Richmond Summit, police said.

Kid of the day

Health group leader resigns
The head of a regional mental health group has resigned suddenly.

Correction
An article in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about the death of Thomas Berry Jr. should have included his wife, Virginia Beck Berry, with his survivors.

Kid of the day
Caitlyn Craig of Evans is today's kid of the day.

Photos of corpses released to document deaths of Saddam's sons

Judge hears argument on evidence
A federal judge will decide whether prosecutors can use disputed evidence if a physician stands trial on 457 charges of prescribing narcotics without legitimate medical reasons.

Town clerk is no small job

Midway owner indicted in Phipps investigation
RALEIGH, N.C. -- A man whose family company runs the Mountain State Fair midway was charged Tuesday with lying about giving illegal payments to the campaign of former Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps.

Kid of the day
James Richard Andrews III of Martinez is today's kid of the day.

Grand jury indicts man over funds
A businessman whose family company ran Exchange Club fairs in Augusta for 56 years was charged Tuesday with lying about giving illegal payments to the campaign of former North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps.

Across the area

Civic center's ex-chief hired

Man gets additional charge at sentencing
Facing nearly 30 years of combined prison time, a Harlem man was charged again after he struggled with sheriff's deputies at his sentencing hearing Wednesday.

News you can use
BACK IN TIME JULY 24, 1983 A Georgia State Patrol officer was in critical condition at Eugene Talmadge Memorial Hospital late Saturday after being shot in the back while making a "routine traffic stop" in Jenkins County.

Facade program remains inactive
A city program that pays commercial property owners to fix up their storefronts has sat idle for more than two years, leaving thousands of dollars unspent and prompting downtown Augusta stakeholders to complain.

City leaders address issue of race relations

Health group leader resigns

Panel wants new SRS board

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COLUMBIA - Seven workers were injured in an explosion at a Blythewood pharmaceutical packaging company.

Jurors convict man in assault

Tiger's owner leaves state
WAGENER - Leaving a trail of dogs, lawsuits, exotic animals, a boyfriend, a befouled rental truck and an angry ex-landlord in her wake, Melanie Szegedi has headed north out of the Palmetto State, authorities said Wednesday.

Historic home to be restored

Burke Company may send its sludge

Rants and Raves
I WAS RECENTLY a patient at University Hospital with a fractured heel. The nurses on the 10th floor were wonderful and made my visit there a very smooth experience following surgery. Keep up the good work.

Grand jury indicts man over funds

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Jurors convict man in assault
AIKEN - A 60-year-old woman's testimony about her abduction and rape was enough for an Aiken County jury to convict the man she accused.

Commissioner wants funds to expand terminal
A new terminal at Augusta Regional Airport might not be off the drawing board yet, but that didn't stop an Augusta Aviation Commission member from asking for $6 million in sales tax funds to expand it.

Facade program remains inactive

Perdue holds school summit

Officials to craft defense strategy
Augusta's "troops" are in place to fight for Fort Gordon's future.

Glassfiber workers dispute bonus plan, contract stipulations
AIKEN - The labor battle at Advanced Glassfiber Yarns of Aiken is shaping up as a fight between management trying to lead the company out of bankruptcy by slashing costs and angry union members who say they have been duped into giving away too many concessions on wages and benefits.

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Glassfiber workers dispute bonus plan, contract stipulations

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BACK IN TIME JULY 23, 1993 U.S. Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary on Thursday unveiled a new departmentwide safety and health policy, promising to make it the "hallmark and highest priority" of her agency.

Companies donate fans to low-income seniors

Across Georgia
RIDGELAND, S.C. - An Atlanta man has been taken into custody after police seized 30 kilograms of cocaine during a traffic stop on Interstate 95.

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Woman recounts assault at house
AIKEN - A woman described for an Aiken County jury Tuesday how she was abducted from her home and raped repeatedly by a man she first thought to be a good Samaritan.

Panel wants new SRS board
COLUMBIA - An advisory board for two new projects at Savannah River Site would ease residents' suspicions about activities at the former nuclear weapons complex, a citizens panel says.

College guts mosquito control
As Augusta enters its wettest month of the year, the city's mosquito-control program is about to lose 75 percent of its work force.

Companies donate fans to low-income seniors
For 70-year-old Edwardo Pinkette, a box fan will help him stay cool in Augusta's summer heat without breaking the bank.

Woman recounts assault at house

Students receive look at medical school life

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Tiger's owner leaves state

Across the Southeast

Officials to craft defense strategy

Ozone levels can drop with simple measures

Midway owner indicted in Phipps investigation

Board hears center plans
They're calling it a Dream Center, and until Wednesday, that is all a proposed downtown facility for Augusta-area nonprofits was - a dream.

Braving the elements

Kid of the day

Questions cloud conference's future
GREENSBORO, Ga. - A year ago the ACC kicked off a yearlong celebration of its 50-year history. At present we begin a long-drawn acceptance of its future.

My old binoculars enable me to see into the past
The other day, my wife and I saw an unusually marked bird across our big back yard, so I ran inside the house to get my binoculars.

Morning joggers do it for more than exercise
It's not for the rush, or the desire to be shaken from a deep sleep by an alarm clock, or even for the chance to explore downtown Augusta before sunrise.

Dawgs sink teeth into national title
Hunker down, you hairy Dawgs. You are national champions.

George, Bacilos lead Latin Grammy nominations
MIAMI -- Producer-composer Sergio George, who wrote the hit "Mi Primer Millon" for the group Bacilos, led the Latin Grammy nominations Tuesday with six, while Colombia singer-songwriter Juanes netted five.

Cory Morrow carries flag for Texas music

George, Bacilos lead Latin Grammy nominations

Cory Morrow carries flag for Texas music
DALLAS -- Fun-loving country singer Cory Morrow makes up for his lack of white-collar education with a blue-collar road show.

Rudd prepares for 700th NASCAR start

Earnhardt finds tough opponent in cyberspace
LONG POND, Pa. - The faceless person on the other end of the Internet used the screen name dalejr3.

Earnhardt finds tough opponent in cyberspace

Gordon in New York state of mind
Robby Gordon, who finished fifth in the New England 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway on Sunday, made a special appearance at a New York firehouse Tuesday to unveil a new FDNY-Special Olympics paint scheme. Gordons No. 31 Chevrolet Monte Carlo will promote fire safety and the Special Olympics Aug. 10 for the Sirius at the Glen at Watkins Glen International on Aug. 10.

NASCAR notebook
LONG POND, Pa. - Morgan-McClure Motorsports has chosen Brett Bodine to drive the No. 4 Pontiac Sunday at the Pennsylvania 500 at the Pocono Raceway.

NASCAR not interested in traveling safety crews
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- With flames engulfing them, Bobby Labonte and Ryan Newman had to keep calm while scrambling out of their fiery race cars.

Seven questions with Travis Carter

Rudd prepares for 700th NASCAR start
Ronald Reagan was President, Charles and Di got married and the first space shuttle was launched.

Seven questions with Travis Carter
Car owner Travis Carter has been close to being out of business on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series a couple times in the past few years. In 2002, Kmart filed for bankruptcy at the beginning, leaving him and driver Todd Bodine to put together a race-by-race schedule.

Gordon in New York state of mind

NASCAR not interested in traveling safety crews

Friend of Bryant's accuser says he saw evidence of alleged assault
EAGLE, Colo. -- The 19-year-old woman who accused Kobe Bryant of sexually assaulting her had "visible evidence" of the alleged attack a week later, one of her friends said Wednesday.

Friend of Bryant's accuser says he saw evidence of alleged assault

Kobe Bryant's defense team well-regarded
DENVER -- Kobe Bryant's legal dream team consists of two low-profile attorneys with a client list ranging from JonBenet Ramsey's father to retired Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy and writer Hunter S. Thompson.

Kobe Bryant's defense team well-regarded

Eagles fans boo new policy banning outside food

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Seabiscuit opening comes at perfect time for racing

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Battered Hamilton wins his first Tour de France stage

In one magic moment, Armstrong saves his Tour de France

Trades make closers scarce

Streeter sets another record in free diving

Morning joggers do it for more than exercise

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Saratoga abuzz over impending Funny Cide-Empire Maker showdown

Dawgs sink teeth into national title

In one magic moment, Armstrong saves his Tour de France
PAU, France -- There are rare, inspiring moments in sports when the magic all comes together. Cycling superstar Lance Armstrong conjured his up on a mountain in the Pyrenees.

Overtime
Missouri kicked Ricky Clemons off its basketball team for good Tuesday, ending his troubled career with the Tigers.

Area announcements
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.

Seabiscuit opening comes at perfect time for racing
NEW YORK -- In the final lines of "Seabiscuit," jockey Red Pollard says everybody was wrong. It wasn't the owner, trainer and rider who fixed a broken down racehorse: "He fixed us. Every one of us. And I guess in a way, we kind of fixed each other, too."

Streeter sets another record in free diving
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos -- Tanya Streeter, who set a free diving record a day earlier, set a mark in a new category Tuesday, descending to about 115 feet on a single breath and surfacing without the aid of fins.

Holyfield-Toney about position to challenge for title
LAS VEGAS -- No heavyweight championship will be at stake when Evander Holyfield and James Toney fight this fall. The winner, though, should improve his position to challenge for a title.

Saratoga abuzz over impending Funny Cide-Empire Maker showdown
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- It's the talk of the town, from the bars to the backstretch: Funny Cide and Empire Maker renewing their rivalry during the biggest racing meet of the summer at the nation's oldest track.

Trades make closers scarce
Don't look now, but if you're desperate for a closer these days, you could end up sifting through such names as Danny Kolb, Mike Lincoln, Dan Wheeler and 42-year-old John Franco.

Battered Hamilton wins his first Tour de France stage
BAYONNE, France -- Riding with the pain of a double-fractured collarbone, it could be argued that Tyler Hamilton shouldn't even be in the Tour de France. Try telling him that.

Overtime
Many people who followed guidelines for using the herbal stimulant ephedra still reported health problems, congressional investigators found.

Security, electricity promised for Pan Am games
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- In final preparations for the 2003 Pan American Games, the Dominican Republic is organizing a 7,000-member security team and setting up generators in case of blackouts.

Eagles fans boo new policy banning outside food
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles say they won't let people bring hoagies and other food into their lavish $520 million stadium set to open next month. To which Eagles fans respond: Baloney!

Questions cloud conference's future

After court battle, Spike TV sets its premiere date
NEW YORK -- Two months later than its operators hoped, The National Network will be renamed Spike TV.

After court battle, Spike TV sets its premiere date

Affleck and Lopez help lead NBC to a ratings win
NEW YORK -- Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez showed star power on television last week, with their "Dateline NBC" interview leading the network to a weekly win in the ratings race.

Affleck and Lopez help lead NBC to a ratings win

Matchmaker provides inspiration for upcoming TV show

Matchmaker provides inspiration for upcoming TV show
PHILADELPHIA -- With a keen memory for names and faces, and many single friends and acquaintances, divorce lawyer Samantha Daniels became so successful at playing Cupid that she started running a dating service.

Company brings TV creations by teens to cable and the Web

James Brown announces marriage breakup in full-page Variety ad

Dooley, Adams speak together
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley and university President Michael Adams met in an official capacity Wednesday for the first time since Adams rejected Dooley's contract extension request more than six weeks ago.

Dooley, Adams speak together

Newborn baby's toe accidentally cut off by hospital worker

Brothel permits increased for 2004 Olympics in Athens

Lightning kills giraffe at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida

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