Artist uses quality stones in her jewelry
One by one, the pink beads slide down the thread-thin silver wire, butting against one another with an almost imperceptible crack. Susan Senn-Davis, her hands seemingly on auto-pilot, looks up from the necklace she's working on and smiles, her laboring fingers unaware that nobody threads a needle with her eyes closed. Before long, she will have fastened a sterling clasp on either end of the wire and transferred the completed piece to a large, plastic bin containing more of her wares. Total time invested: perhaps three hours.

Arts groups could benefit from cooperation

Artist uses quality stones in her jewelry

Arts groups could benefit from cooperation
It's no secret that the members of Augusta's arts community are a territorial lot.

School codes, shops disagree on fashion

Guide to private Schools

Guide to Augusta Technical College

Big changes will greet students at USC Aiken

Guide to Augusta State University

Guide to Richmond County Schools

Schools shuffle with reopening

Parents can help by volunteering

Guide to Aiken Technical College

Cell phones out of service in schools

Guide to Aiken County Schools

Parents keep tabs on education

'Left Behind' transfers strain school system

Make money stretch on tax-free holidays

County changes required shots

People can be well by washing hands

In the know

Guide to Edgefield County Schools

Return to school opens doors for disease

Guide to Troy State University

Schools use officers to ensure pupil safety

New headmaster comes to Westminster

Guide to Columbia County Schools

Guide to Columbia County Schools
When school begins Aug. 6, about 445 Lewiston Lions will march into their new elementary school. The school will be the first for the county since Euchee Creek and Greenbrier elementary schools opened their doors in 1996. Set on 18 acres on Hereford Farm Road, the 66,925-square-foot-building features 34 classrooms, including a music, art and indoor physical education room.

'Left Behind' transfers strain school system
Michelle Coleman brought her children to Augusta more than 2,700 miles from her home in Yakima, Wash., in September.

Guide to Troy State University
Troy State University is at the Augusta Corporate Center, 2753 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 201. The Augusta campus offers graduate degrees in several areas including education, health care and business administration.

Return to school opens doors for disease
Besides homework, there's something else a child might be bringing home from school: germs.

Parents can help by volunteering
School authorities agree that the presence of a helpful parent in school hallways is advantageous for all, but what isn't as obvious is exactly how parents can be involved.

People can be well by washing hands
If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then a teaspoon of soap is better than a trip to the doctor's office.

Guide to Augusta Technical College
Augusta Technical College is a public, postsecondary institution of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education. The school offers associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit in 80 programs. The college also has campuses in Thomson and Waynesboro.

New headmaster comes to Westminster
Westminster Schools of Augusta welcomes a new headmaster this school year.

Guide to private Schools
Alleluia Community School: 2819 Peach Orchard Road, 793-9663, grades K-12. Superintendent: Chuck Hornsby. School starts Sept. 2. School day is 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In the know
The University Health Care System is sponsoring its annual Back To School Festival with Columbia County Schools from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2 at Evans High School, 4550 Cox Road.

Make money stretch on tax-free holidays
All right, Mom and Dad - it's that time of year again when your children begin driving you crazy begging to go back-to-school shopping.

Cell phones out of service in schools
Students in Richmond County may bring cell phones on school property this year after the Georgia legislature voted to lift the statewide ban.

Parents keep tabs on education
Busy parents know that juggling their daily tasks doesn't leave much time for peering over their children's shoulders to make sure homework assignments are complete.

County changes required shots
Pupils going into Aiken County schools may need some additional shots this year.

Guide to McDuffie County Schools
First day of school - Thursday, Aug. 7

Bills complicate health exams
New requirements for Georgia's Medicaid program could prove to be a back-to-school headache for some parents who want to use the local health departments.

Guide to Augusta State University
Augusta State University is a public institution of the University System of Georgia. It offers a wide range of undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences, business administration and education. The university also offers graduate programs in business, psychology, education and public administration.

Schools shuffle with reopening
When school starts next month, some Richmond County elementary school pupils will be attending a new school.

Guide to Burke County Schools
Open house: Aug. 5

Guide to Edgefield County Schools
What's new for Edgefield County schools:

Schools use officers to ensure pupil safety
In May, four Greenbrier High School students accused 19-year-old Thryshaun McCladdie of sexual misconduct.

Guide to Richmond County Schools
During the summer break, Richmond County school board members approved several changes to the Code of Student Conduct and Discipline. Here's a few:

Guide to Aiken Technical College
Aiken Technical College is a multiservice, two-year comprehensive college that offers health, public service, business, industrial, engineering technology and computer technology programs. The 273-acre campus is at 2276 Jefferson Davis Hwy. (U.S. Highway 1 and 78 South), Graniteville.

Guide to Aiken County Schools
What's new in Aiken County public schools

School codes, shops disagree on fashion
Miniskirts and short-shorts may be in fashion, but they are too way out when it comes to back-to-school wear.

Guide to Paine College
Paine College is a private, four-year liberal arts college that offers undergraduate degrees in business administration, philosophy and religion, social sciences, humanities and education. It was started in 1882 as Paine Institute. The name was changed to Paine College in 1903.

Big changes will greet students at USC Aiken
New and returning students at the University of South Carolina Aiken next month will find a newly completed baseball stadium, a record-breaking freshman class and construction on the school's new housing development.

Orosco joins Yankees

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

Rain forces delay at SkyDome
TORONTO -- A sudden shower forced a rare rain delay at SkyDome, where the retractable roof was open when bad weather moved in during Thursday night's game between the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays.

Rain forces delay at SkyDome

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.

Peyton Nichols Cagle

Parker Wesley Chance

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.

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.

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.

Elijah Gage Kindberg

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.

Emily Meredith Atkins

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.

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.

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.

Jacob Leo Remedies

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.

Paige Elyse Hays

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.

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.

Morgan Elise Hart

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

Jeffrey Raj Hallman

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.

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.

Mary Katherine Shanley Hodell

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.

Sierra Kathryn Kayea

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.

Alaiza Genai Jones

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.

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.

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.

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.

William Spencer Godbee

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.

Hadley Grace Fountain

Cody James Simmons

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.

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.

Hannah Aleene Hock

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.

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.

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.

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.

Prosecutor charges five with selling HIV-infected blood
INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana prosecutor is dusting off a little-used law to charge five HIV-infected people with knowingly selling their tainted blood to a plasma center.

Odds and Ends
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A 93-year-old time capsule from a high school in Aberdeen was opened with great expectations, an audience of state dignitaries and no small difficulty.

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.

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

Odds and Ends
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A 93-year-old time capsule from a high school in Aberdeen was opened with great expectations, an audience of state dignitaries and no small difficulty.

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

Atlanta's Ortiz continues to win
ATLANTA - When Russ Ortiz joined the Atlanta Braves, he already knew a thing or two about what it takes to win a championship.

Braves notebook

Atlanta's Ortiz continues to win

Marlins top Braves in 12 innings

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

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.

Black & Decker recalls cordless drills; may pose fire risk
WASHINGTON -- Black & Decker Inc. is recalling about 265,000 18-volt cordless drills and screwdrivers because the switch on the power tools may malfunction, causing the devices to overheat and possibly catch fire.

U.S. jobless claims drop for second week in a row

Postal Service urged to cut work force, costs

Democrats protest lack of progress on expanding child tax credit
WASHINGTON -- Democrats are using delaying tactics on the floor of the House of Representatives to protest a lack of progress on legislation expanding the child tax credit for low-income families.

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.

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.

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.

U.S. jobless claims drop for second week in a row
WASHINGTON --The number of workers filing new applications for jobless benefits dropped to a five-month low last week, a hopeful sign for an economy trying to shift into a higher gear.

Bank turns out record profits

Business briefs

City sees big rise in jobless rate

Consumer confidence levels, but still grim, poll says

Business briefs
MONTREAL - The printing giant Quebecor World is cutting 1,000 jobs, or 2.6 percent of its worldwide work force, after losing $62 million in the second quarter, the company announced Thursday.

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.

Furniture store opens
Macy's returns to Augusta Mall today nearly a year and a half after its high-profile departure - sort of.

Retailers enjoy impact of Armstrong influence

City sees big rise in jobless rate
The unemployment rate in metro Augusta jumped six-tenths of a percent from May to June, the largest one-month increase since 1993.

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.

Democrats protest lack of progress on expanding child tax credit

Suits by ex-Enron employees seek return of bonuses

Black & Decker recalls cordless drills; may pose fire risk

Furniture store opens

Clemson coach admits NCAA violation

Clemson coach admits NCAA violation
CLEMSON, S.C. -- A Clemson assistant football coach says he violated NCAA rules by running with a wide receiver he was disciplining.

Big East has little time to regroup

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.

Gone too far
Some fanatic fans of the University of Georgia are threatening to go a little too far. Drunk with superficial school pride and loyalty to the legendary Vince Dooley, this mob has sparked a modern-day witchhunt for UGA President Michael Adams.

Benefit of the doubt

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.

Gone too far

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:

Benefit of the doubt
On July 19, the nation watched in shock as Kobe Bryant, the young and charismatic L.A. Laker player, admitted having intercourse with the 19-year-old woman accusing him of rape. Grasping his wife's hand, the once arrogant superstar shifted his gaze downward as he shamefully read a public apology to his family and God, and promised he did not sexually assault the unnamed woman.

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.

Standing ovations
The Augusta GreenJackets will try to escape last place when they face the South Georgia Waves tonight and Saturday at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Milledge Road. Tickets cost $8 for box seats; $7 for reserved seats; $6 for general admission; $5 for seniors, children 4-12 and active-duty military with ID; and $1 for age 3 or younger.

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

Video watch
JUST OUT: The Life of David Gale, Spun and Nicholas Nickleby

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

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.

Stocks mixed on weak AOL, Sun earnings

Mortgage rates climb again
WASHINGTON -- Rates on benchmark 30-year mortgages climbed for the fifth week in a row, rising this week to the highest level since the middle of January, a trend that is slowing - but not stopping - refinancing activity.

Stocks drop on late selling

Stocks drop on late selling
Wall Street pulled back in late-day selling Thursday after investors, still worrying that the market's advance might have come too fast, decided to collect profits.

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.

Bonds prices fall
NEW YORK -- Bond prices fell Thursday after a new report showed an unexpected dropoff in jobless claims.

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.

Bonds prices fall

Tax procrastinators facing Aug. 15 deadline

Mortgage rates climb again

Youngster catches a 'canned carp'
When 14-year-old Rance McNair of Blythe, Ga., hooked a monster carp in the Augusta Canal, he didn't realize what he was getting into.

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

Hybrids, largemouths starting to school
When 14-year-old Rance McNair of Blythe, Ga., hooked a monster carp in the Augusta Canal, he didn't realize what he was getting into.

Hybrids, largemouths starting to school

Fishing tournament results

Macaroni Grill spiced with style

Barberitos adds zest to tortillas
A quick-serve restaurant featuring Southwestern-style burritos, quesadillas and tacos will open Aug. 15 in Daniel Village shopping center on Wrightsboro Road.

Macaroni Grill spiced with style
Romano's Macaroni Grill is one of those wonderfully designed eateries that manages to be spacious and cozy at the same time.

It's not too late for beans

Kinds of tree care could be harmful
Trees may be the most valuable plants in the landscape.

Tree-eating beetle a threat to nation's ash trees

Tree-eating beetle a threat to nation's ash trees
WHITEHOUSE, Ohio -- A tree-killing beetle no larger than a small paperclip is a new threat to the nation's ash trees that line city streets and shade backyards.

It's not too late for beans
How foolish it would be to buy green beans this time of year. Few vegetables are easier to grow than green beans and homegrown beans taste far superior to store-bought ones. Being able to get the beans from plant to table in five minutes accounts for only part of the flavor difference. The rest of the difference is because varieties for the backyard can be chosen only for good taste, while commercial growers must choose ones that yield and ship well.

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.

GreenJackets hold off Waves
After playing 13 consecutive days, the rain finally gave the Augusta GreenJackets a break for two days earlier this week.

My old binoculars enable me to see into the past

Buick will become new GHO sponsor
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Buick has agreed to become a title sponsor of what's now called the Greater Hartford Open, ensuring the golf tournament will continue to be a stop on the PGA Tour.

Whale of a time the goal for Greater Hartford Open

Mickelson looking for fresh start at GHO

Rosie Jones leads Evian Masters after two rounds

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.

Bernhard Langer named as Europe's Ryder Cup captain

Whaley wows the crowd in Hartford

Turnberry turns back clock for 1977 Open repeat

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.

Whaley wows the crowd in Hartford
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Suzy Whaley shot a respectable, but ultimately out of contention 5-over 75 on Thursday in the first round of the Greater Hartford Open, winning over the crowds but not the 137 men ahead of her on the leaderboard.

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.

Rosie Jones leads Evian Masters after two rounds
EVIAN, France -- Rosie Jones closed with two birdies to shoot a 4-under 68 Thursday and take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Evian Masters.

Bernhard Langer named as Europe's Ryder Cup captain
PORTMARNOCK, Ireland -- Bernhard Langer will be captain of Europe's Ryder Cup team.

Bjorn bounces back at Irish Open
PORTMARNOCK, Ireland -- Just four days after his final-round collapse at the British Open, Thomas Bjorn set a course record with an 8-under 64 in the first round of the Irish Open on Thursday.

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.

GreenJackets hold off Waves

Rain washes out Jackets' game

Thrashers reach agreements with Swanson, Piros
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers agreed to terms Thursday with free agent center Brian Swanson and forward Kamil Piros.

Mountains or beach? So far, the shore is winning
Is your dream vacation on the beach or in the mountains?

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.

Inmates need chaplaincy program
Regarding the Associated Press article of July 7, "Budget cuts hit prison system": Jane Cordell, Augusta

Inmates need chaplaincy program

Camp for diabetics enhances lives
I sincerely wish to express my appreciation to all of the individuals, foundations and corporations that made Camp Juliet possible recently. We are truly blessed in the Central Savannah River Area to have this wonderful group of people who work diligently to bring together children with diabetes for a weekend of fun, games, water sports, diabetes education and teamwork. Joan L. Woodbridge, Grovetown, Ga.

Nuclear energy is our future, but oil will always be needed

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 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

Bush abandons fiscal responsibility

Bush takes ownership of allegation

Greyhound adoption growing
I would like to thank Timothy Cox for his July 13 article, "Group gives dogs their day," about the retired racing greyhound. I would also like to let Augustans know there are several greyhound adoption groups serving the Augusta area. Sandra "Sam" Fulton, Augusta

Camp for diabetics enhances lives

Nuclear energy is our future, but oil will always be needed
Mike Runnels' July 11 letter ("Drilling in refuge no help to security") opposing drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge included the statement, "In 10 years, we could have enough investments in renewable energy to make all Arctic oil irrelevant and, for that matter, all Persian Gulf oil." Rick Geddes, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

Augustan set to appear on The Sopranos

Health calendar

Virtual target system eases Navy's move from Vieques

Study: computer voting system vulnerable to tampering

Theater screens movies for parents and babies

Room with a better view

In the know

Health calendar
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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.

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.

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.

Study: computer voting system vulnerable to tampering
BALTIMORE -- An electronic voting system used in some states as an alternative to the troublesome punch-card ballots is highly vulnerable to fraud, computer security experts warned in a study released Thursday.

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

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.

Officials to craft defense strategy

Across the area
Authorities investigating the suffocation of a 3-month-old baby Wednesday say the death was most likely accidental.

Across the area

News you can use
BACK IN TIME JULY 25, 1973 Augusta is "ready to go" on the development of a regional park along the canal, Richard Daniel, Chamber of Commerce vice president, said Tuesday night after a challenge by the state Natural Resources commissioner.

Man faces charges after police chase
An Augusta man faces more than a traffic ticket for a charge of running a stoplight.

Nursing homes correct faults

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.

Man faces charges after police chase

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Perdue gets judge-nominee list

Jurors convict man in assault

Supporting her cause

PTA leaders want to get dads involved
Reginald Forrest has a clever way of getting fathers involved in school functions: He asks them to bring something to a school activity or to perform a specific task.

Tiger's owner leaves state

Perdue gets judge-nominee list
The list is final: Gov. Sonny Perdue now has the names of five Augusta area lawyers to choose who he will nominate as the next Superior Court judge.

Making a splash
Clayton Bryant, 6, of Wagener, gets a big heave into the water from his aunt Angie Bloodworth (left), of Graniteville, and his mother, Melanie Bryant. The three fought the heat Thursday with a swim at the Langley Pond Park swim area.

Town clerk is no small job

Across South Carolina
WILLIAMSTON - Williamston's mayor is trying to decide how to handle prosecuting the town's former police chief on an assault charge after the town's law firm withdrew from prosecuting the case.

Police investigate fatal shooting of 12-year-old

Leaders struggle to agree on locale of new judicial center
Architects planning a new city courts complex know exactly how big a judicial center should be, including the number of courtrooms it will need (23), the number of hearing rooms it should have (none), and the office space that will be required to house it all (300,000 square feet).

Bill shifts control of Thurmond Lake land
Returning control of federally owned land along Thurmond Lake to Georgia and South Carolina counties would provide a financial boost to the local governments, but critics of the plan say it could undermine the purpose of the reservoir - flood control and natural-resource management.

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.

Facade program remains inactive

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.

Rants and Raves
IN REBUTTAL to the remarks made in Friday's Rants & Raves about my pastor, the honorable Rev. Marion Williams: It is obvious that you don't know the man.

Across Georgia

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

Across South Carolina

Supporting her cause
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFFSupporting her causeAndrea Bailey, an Evans High School graduate and the newly crowned Miss Georgia, requests support for the Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund. The fund, used to respond to disasters nationwide, has spent more than $85 million since last July. Ms. Bailey, who spoke Thursday, hopes her campaign will raise $30 million by Aug. 31.

Airport's original request for money falls through

SRS ships uranium out of state
By shipping weapons-grade uranium from Savannah River Site to be converted into fuel for two Tennessee Valley Authority reactors, the U.S. Department of Energy gets rid of another legacy of the Cold War. Plutonium from dismantled American nuclear weapons also will be converted into fuel for nuclear reactors at a $3.8 billion mixed oxide fuel facility at SRS.

SRS ships uranium out of state

Companies donate fans to low-income seniors

Kid of the day

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.

Corrections

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.

Schools recruit businesses to offer teacher incentives

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.

Nursing homes correct faults
Two Augusta nursing homes placed on a "watch list" by Consumer Reports magazine were cleared of deficiencies cited by the state.

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.

Corrections
The hours for the skate park off Damascus Road were incorrect in the Peek section of Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle. The park is open from 5-8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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 Georgia
MACON - A restaurant owner beat a robbery suspect with a broom handle when she refused to surrender and lie on the floor.

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.

Airport's original request for money falls through
Augusta Regional Airport might be on the list for sales tax money for a terminal expansion, but an earlier request to get city funding for new airport roads is no longer on the table.

Kid of the day
Dwalyan O'Harold Bull of North Augusta is today's kid of the day.

Police say teen suspect thought gun was safe
A 16-year-old killed his 12-year-old friend Thursday afternoon when he pointed a sawed-off shotgun at the boy's head and pulled the trigger, police said.

Rants and Raves
IN REBUTTAL to the remarks made in Friday's Rants & Raves about my pastor, the honorable Rev. Marion Williams: It is obvious that you don't know the man.

Schools recruit businesses to offer teacher incentives
With state and local belt-tightening and no teacher raises in the forecast, Columbia County's school-business partners now play a critical role in recruiting and maintaining the best teachers, school Superintendent Tommy Price said.

Across the area

Across the Southeast
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -About 2,500 paratroopers will begin leaving for Iraq in September to join 2,800 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division already there, the division commander said Thursday.

Leaders struggle to agree on locale of new judicial center

Students receive look at medical school life

News you can use

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.

Across the Southeast

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.

PTA leaders want to get dads involved

Bill shifts control of Thurmond Lake land

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Kid of the day

Perdue holds school summit

Police say teen suspect thought gun was safe

Offense carries the load for this year's Braves
ATLANTA - These Braves are downright offensive. Ain't it great?

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.

At the Movies: 'Seabiscuit'

At the Movies: 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life'
Once again, Angelina Jolie is all dolled up with plenty of places to go as adventurer Lara Croft.

At the Movies: 'Buffalo Soldiers'
In this era of renewed patriotism, of American flags fluttering on porches and soldier homecomings, this might NOT be the best time for a film that portrays the U.S. military as a bunch of drug addicts and arms dealers.

At the Movies: 'Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over'
How could the "Spy Kids" movies possibly have gotten any worse?

At the Movies: 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life'

At the Movies: 'Seabiscuit'
Gloriously shot and perfectly cast, "Seabiscuit" comes thundering into theaters, proving all that pre-race hype was justified.

At the Movies: 'Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over'

At the Movies: 'Buffalo Soldiers'

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

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.

Parents, grandparents targets in Internet music-sharing subpoenas
WASHINGTON -- Move over, college kids. Grandparents and roommates may be the first ones to pay in time and money for downloading songs on the Internet.

Parents, grandparents targets in Internet music-sharing subpoenas

Top songwriters will perform for cash prize

Top songwriters will perform for cash prize
Who are Augusta's idols? Two years ago, The Augusta Chronicle put out a call for local musicians to participate in its first singer/songwriter contest. The response was overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that we've reinvented the contest and are ready to try it again.

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.

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.

Earnhardt finds tough opponent in cyberspace

NASCAR not interested in traveling safety crews

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

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.

Rudd prepares for 700th NASCAR start

Gordon in New York state of mind

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.

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

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

Camp offers look at new Falcons

Eagles fans boo new policy banning outside food

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Mr. Ricky Kirk (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Verlene Hutto (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Roland Turner (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Daisy Robinson (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. J.C. Rowland (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Lois Reel (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Christopher Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Christopher Kelly (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Ralph Poole (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

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Mrs. Ruby Johnson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mabel McBride (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Rex Dickey (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Catherine Boatright (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Grace Hair (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Torres Holt (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lula Stembridge (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Earl Windom (WRENS, Ga.)

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Mrs. Elease Key (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Johnson (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Timmerman (DOUGLASVILLE, Ga.)

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Armstrong maintains overall lead

Battered Hamilton wins his first Tour de France stage

Dawgs sink teeth into national title

Area announcements

Overtime

Seabiscuit opening comes at perfect time for racing

Overtime

Morning joggers do it for more than exercise

Trades make closers scarce

Finally, it's gridiron time again

Overtime
Cornerback Terence Newman, the Dallas Cowboys' first draft pick under Bill Parcells, agreed to a seven-year contract Thursday.

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

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.

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.

Armstrong maintains overall lead
BORDEAUX, France -- Lance Armstrong finished 28th in the flat 17th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday, maintaining his overall lead and saving his strength for a crucial upcoming time trial.

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.

Finally, it's gridiron time again
OK, the suffering has gone on long enough.

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."

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.

Camp offers look at new Falcons
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Every time a car pulled into the parking lot Thursday, a swarm of television cameramen moved into position, hoping to catch a glimpse of the next Atlanta Falcons player arriving for training camp.

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!

CD celebrates Opry star's career

CD celebrates Opry star's career
Varese Vintage Records of California has released the CD Bill Anderson Classics, featuring remakes of 12 of the Grand Ole Opry star's biggest hits.

Offense carries the load for this year's Braves

Some movies never were

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.

Matchmaker provides inspiration for upcoming TV show

NBC's Lynch movie will focus on Iraqi rescuer
LOS ANGELES -- NBC said it envisions its Jessica Lynch TV movie as an action-adventure with the Iraqi lawyer who contributed to her rescue as the hero.

Affleck and Lopez help lead NBC to a ratings win

Matt LeBlanc to star in 'Friends' spinoff

Matt LeBlanc to star in 'Friends' spinoff
LOS ANGELES -- "Friends" is paring down to one friend. Matt LeBlanc will star in a spinoff of the hit NBC comedy that will wrap up a 10-year run with the 2003-04 season, NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker announced Thursday.

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.

NBC's Lynch movie will focus on Iraqi rescuer

Video watch

James Brown announces marriage breakup in full-page Variety ad

Club calendar

Dooley, Adams speak together

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.

Some movies never were
Who can forget Marilyn Monroe's nude night swim in Something's Gotta Give, or the stark Technicolor-tinted figure of Don Quixote framed against a Spanish sky, forever tilting at windmills. Who has not serenaded a loved one with the classic tunes from the Joe Orton-penned Beatles vehicle Up Against It, or scratched their head over the David Lynch sci-fi puzzler Ronnie Rocket?

Turman reinstated to Gamecocks

Father reports Turman back with Carolina
Daccus Turman has been reinstated to South Carolina's football team, his father said Thursday.

Father reports Turman back with Carolina

Turman reinstated to Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina runner Daccus Turman has been reinstated to the team, more than two weeks after a criminal domestic violence charge against him was dismissed.

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Brothel permits increased for 2004 Olympics in Athens

Prosecutor charges five with selling HIV-infected blood

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Lightning kills giraffe at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida