Museums lure audiences with pop culture, kid-friendly themes
CHICAGO -- Tyler Blunier had a choice. He could go to the Chicago museum that's home to the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered. Or he could see an exhibit with modern-day behemoths.

Museums lure audiences with pop culture, kid-friendly themes

Despite big sales for Harry and Hillary, publishers cut back

Despite big sales for Harry and Hillary, publishers cut back
NEW YORK -- This should be a great time for the book world.

Reds fire general manager Bowden, manager Boone
CINCINNATI -- General manager Jim Bowden and manager Bob Boone were fired Monday by the Cincinnati Reds, who failed to live up to expectations in a new ballpark.

Showcase of lefties: Willis faces Big Unit for first time
MIAMI -- For lovers of nicknames and low-scoring games, the matchup sounds like a doozy: the D-Train against the Big Unit.

Miley finally makes it back to majors

Steinbrenner to Red Sox: Don't celebrate yet

Miley finally makes it back to majors
CINCINNATI -- Dave Miley's only season in the major leagues was his worst year in baseball.

Steinbrenner to Red Sox: Don't celebrate yet
NEW YORK -- The Boss has a message for Boston: Don't celebrate just yet.

Showcase of lefties: Willis faces Big Unit for first time

Reds fire general manager Bowden, manager Boone

What might appear to be a yard sale sometimes isn't

Odds and Ends
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Airport security workers went under water to perform a sea cow security scan.

Odds and Ends
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- The threat of scrapes and bruises, not to mention sunburn, didn't stop the fledgling North American Nude Bikers club from holding its first rally this weekend.

Tampa truck-stop propreitors defy smoking ban
TAMPA, Fla. -- John and Wava Saunders are cultivating a reputation as brazen outlaws among the long-haul truckers who patronize their diner off Interstate 4.

First public gay high school in the nation to open in fall
NEW YORK -- New York City is creating the nation's first public high school for gays, bisexuals and transgender students.

Braves place Hodges on DL, recall Marquis
MONTREAL -- The Atlanta Braves placed pitcher Trey Hodges on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a strained right elbow and recalled pitcher Jason Marquis from Triple-A Richmond.

DeRosa takes 'home-run derby'

Hard work pays off for Atlanta's hitting coach
ATLANTA - What does a hitting coach do when the offense collects 66 hits and scores 43 runs in its past four games?

Braves barely survive this time

Red-hot Giles keys Braves win
ATLANTA - He lacks the glamour of batting champions and MVPs with whom he shares space in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse, but Marcus Giles won't take a back seat to anyone when it comes to swinging a bat.

Hard work pays off for Atlanta's hitting coach

Braves may trade for bullpen help

Red-hot Giles keys Braves win

Braves barely survive this time
MONTREAL - When Marcus Giles hit his first grand slam in May 2001, he was sent to Class AAA Richmond two days later.

DeRosa takes 'home-run derby'
MONTREAL - When you're hitting the way the Braves have this series at Olympic Stadium, you can afford a little merriment during pre-game batting practice.

Braves may trade for bullpen help
ATLANTA - Reinforcements are coming for the Atlanta Braves and their John Smoltz-then-anybody's-guess bullpen.

Industry sues over call list
WASHINGTON - Telemarketers expanded their legal challenge to the government's do-not-call list, suing a second federal agency over the call-blocking service for consumers that the industry says will devastate business and cost as many as 2 million jobs.

Bush economic team hits the road to promote tax cuts
MILWAUKEE -- President Bush's economic team traveled through America's heartland Tuesday seeking to dispel gloom with a forecast that the U.S. economy is poised to come roaring back, aided by the president's tax cut package.

Continental official will stop in city
Dave Hilfman, the vice president of sales and reservations for Continental Airlines, will soon hop a nonstop flight to Augusta to visit the community's leaders.

Telemarketing industry battles do-not-call list

Business briefs
WILMINGTON, Del. - Chemical giant DuPont Co. reported a 24 percent jump in second-quarter earnings Tuesday as gains in its agriculture and nutrition division helped offset higher raw material costs in textiles and other business segments.

Music-swapping Napster Web site to become pay service
LOS ANGELES -- Napster may be long dead, but the name and the "kitty" logo of the pioneer online music-swapping program could return to cyberspace before the year is out.

Business briefs
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Kellogg Co. on Monday said its earnings rose 17.3 percent in the second quarter on strong companywide sales growth, beating Wall Street's expectations.

Telemarketing industry battles do-not-call list
WASHINGTON -- Telemarketers expanded their legal challenge to the government's do-not-call list, suing a second federal agency over the call-blocking service for consumers that the industry says will devastate business and cost up to two million jobs.

Economy flashes more signs it has turned the corner

Talks hint at retailer making home in area

Consumer confidence drops sharply in July
NEW YORK -- Consumers, nervous about rising unemployment, lost confidence in their economic prospects in July, resulting in a sharp, unexpected drop in sentiment, according to the latest Conference Board survey.

Continental official will stop in city

E-Z-Go rolls out new vehicle
When E-Z-Go's factory cranked back up Monday after its annual summer shutdown, a new vehicle rolled off the line.

Social Security overhaul needed, GAO says

Talks hint at retailer making home in area
A grassy, nondescript patch of land where Tobacco and Windsor Spring Roads meet might morph over the coming year into a center of commercial activity in south Augusta.

Bush economic team hits the road to promote tax cuts

Economy flashes more signs it has turned the corner
WASHINGTON -- The economy may at last be pulling out of a three-year slump that began with a bursting stock market bubble and was intensified by recession, terrorist attacks, corporate scandals and war.

Business briefs

Music-swapping Napster Web site to become pay service

E-Z-Go rolls out new vehicle

Point, click, grocery shop
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Say you've got a hankering for pickled lambs' tongues. You've tried your local supermarket but walked out empty-handed. Now, thanks to the Internet, your salvation is at hand. Online grocery shopping is here - again.

Consumer confidence drops sharply in July

Fuel economy increases for cars, SUVs considered
WASHINGTON -- Two of every five barrels of oil go into gasoline in this country, a fact weighing on a Senate debate over reducing motorists' fuel use.

Point, click, grocery shop

Social Security overhaul needed, GAO says
WASHINGTON -- The sooner Congress addresses the inevitable decline in Social Security revenue when baby boomers begin retiring in five years, the easier it will be for future generations to keep the system afloat, congressional investigators say.

Fuel economy increases for cars, SUVs considered

Group hoping to draw people
After years of increasing the monetary goal for its annual fund-raising campaign, the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce is tossing out its old targets.

Wildcats put faith in Brooks
HOOVER, Ala. - Kentucky coach Rich Brooks will enter the Southeastern Conference this year the same way Georgia's Mark Richt did two years ago - a lifetime believer in the one-quarterback system who feels compelled to play two quarterbacks.

SEC chief sees end to probation

SEC chief sees end to probation
HOOVER, Ala. - Expecting 12 Southeastern Conference schools to stay clean is something akin to asking the Three Stooges to kick clumsiness.

Wildcats put faith in Brooks

Colleges set new rules - affirm old ones - after Baylor player's slaying

Bob Hope, patriot

Bullet dodged, for now
Gun makers seemingly dodged a bullet this month when a Brooklyn federal judge threw out an NAACP case against the gun industry. The NAACP, Judge Jack Weinstein ruled, did not prove its members were "uniquely harmed" - that is, harmed differently from anyone else - by the defendants through illegal availability of guns in New York.

Norwood vs. Corps

Bob Hope, patriot
He wasn't the 20th century's most innovative comedian - that was probably Charlie Chaplin - but Bob Hope, who died Sunday night a few months after turning 100, was surely the most widely known and beloved and, despite his persona as a fast-talking coward, one of the bravest.

Norwood vs. Corps
U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., has upped the ante in his ongoing "border war" with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Last week he introduced H.R. 2753 which simply reads: "To direct the secretary of the Army to convey certain land in Georgia and South Carolina to the counties in which the land is located, and for other purposes."

A good bet for No. 6
Is Lance Armstrong from another planet? He's turned the Tour de France into a tour de force. Seven years ago he was fighting to survive testicular cancer. This year the 31-year-old Texan won the world's greatest bicycle race - 2,100 miles over two mountain ranges - for the fifth straight year, only the second man ever to win that many of the grueling races consecutively and the just fifth to win five overall.

Improving Commerce

Bullet dodged, for now

Improving Commerce
It seemed like the South Carolina legislature did nothing this year except grapple with its horrendous deficit problem. But, in fact, other important work was done. Exhibit "A" is the Commerce Department reform bill just signed by Gov. Mark Sanford.

Thanks for the memories
LOS ANGELES -- Bob Hope, ski jump-nosed master of the one-liner and favorite comedian of servicemen and presidents alike, has died, just two months after turning 100.

Hope's honors include Peabody awards, special Oscars
Some of the honors given to Bob Hope:

Where to learn more about Bob Hope
Books and Web sites about Bob Hope.

Hope's jokes available online
WASHINGTON -- War, terrorism and stock market slumps have been unlikely fodder for decades' worth of reassuringly goofy jokes. The Library of Congress has a half-million of them, courtesy of Bob Hope.

Hope praised for verbal, physical wit in films
LOS ANGELES -- A generation or two of Americans judge Bob Hope's comedy style primarily on his television specials, barely aware that he starred in 53 movie comedies over a 34-year period, some of them considered classics.

Rock climbing hits new heights
Fear. It's what drives most people away from whatever it is they are afraid of. But for Siva, a rock climbing instructor in Aiken, it's what pulls her closer to the rock.

Standing ovations
The Young Artists Repertoire Theatre company will present a stage adaptation of the classic television spy satire Get Smart at 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday at Goodwill Commons, Augusta Preparatory Day School, 285 Flowing Wells Road, Martinez.

Silver City offers diversity
Jeff Paul has struck gold in downtown Augusta with Silver City.

Extras, extras
Heading to the video store this weekend? Here's a preview of some of the extras on new DVD releases:

Highlights in the life of Bob Hope
A timeline of events in Bob Hope's life:

Kit can fight identity theft

Workers can expect very limited pay raises this year and next

Kit can fight identity theft
WASHINGTON - Stolen credit card and Social Security numbers. Check fraud. Drained bank accounts. Ruined credit. Nightmares for victims, identity crimes also can be vexing to local police departments trying to unravel the crimes.

Workers can expect very limited pay raises this year and next
NEW YORK -- Employers are dispensing notably smaller pay raises this year - well below the 4 percent-plus increases routine before the economy lost its footing - and workers should not expect much improvement in 2004.

Stocks mixed earnings news, investor caution
NEW YORK -- Wall Street stalled Monday as upbeat earnings from Northrop Grumman and Kellogg couldn't overcome investor concerns that the market's recent rally might have come too quickly. Stocks closed narrowly mixed.

Stocks fall on drop in consumer confidence
NEW YORK -- An unexpected and sharp decline in consumer confidence jolted Wall Street Tuesday, sending stocks lower on investor fears of a stumbling economy in the months ahead.

Stocks mixed earnings news, investor caution

Dining out

Tuna brings out best in wood-plank cooking
Grilling on a wood plank keeps food moist and gives it a mild, smoky flavor. Try it for fish, pork and beef.

Tuna brings out best in wood-plank cooking

Asian flavor component is full-bodied
WASHINGTON - The flavor component known as umami is unfamiliar to many Westerners, but Southeast Asian cooks have used it for many years to give food a richer taste without adding fat.

Poppy Seeds is spicy treat

Small portions
Savory fruit soups can be spicy, too - think curry or ginger - or herby, with cooling basil, mint, or tarragon. Fruit soups are a fitting counterpoint to grilled shrimp or chicken.

Asian flavor component is full-bodied

Dining out
Mini reviews of area restaurants.

Small portions

Poppy Seeds is spicy treat
If you're in the mood for lunch with flair, ride down to Poppy Seeds off Walton Way. You won't regret it.

Eagles picked to repeat
GREENVILLE, S.C. - No one's expecting a rebuilding season at Georgia Southern. The construction of a championship football team was nearly completed last season.

Eagles picked to repeat

Captains hammer Jackets
EASTLAKE, Ohio - A matchup of the best and worst teams in the South Atlantic League went as expected Tuesday night.

GreenJackets on deck
Today-Thursday: at Lake County Captains (Indians).

Strange journey brings Brisson back to Augusta
Dustin Brisson has come full circle, though his journey through the minors with two organizations must feel more like a ride on a boomerang.

Mickelson, Garcia win at Bridges
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia saved their best golf for the bright lights.

Tiger always has an audience

Mickelson, Garcia win at Bridges

A trophy with a business card
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- The next player to win the U.S. Open might find a business card taped to the bottom of the trophy.

Woods to return to old driver
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- His old Titleist driver in hand, Tiger Woods was picking out targets he had to squint to see at the end of the driving range.

Life has changed for Ben Curtis

For Woods, the majors are all about opportunity
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- All he had to do was make pars at Royal St. George's and Tiger Woods might have captured the silver claret jug.

Sorenstam targets career Grand Slam
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- For someone who is so good at her game that she has even played against the top men in golf, Annika Sorenstam hasn't much else to achieve.

Nicklaus gives a peek at Tahoe's next golf jewel

Monday Night Golf not going anywhere
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- Not even Tiger Woods and three top players could stop the television ratings from sliding in Monday Night Golf.

A trophy with a business card

Life has changed for Ben Curtis
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- In less than two weeks, Ben Curtis has gone from an unknown rookie on the PGA Tour to someone famous enough to be invited into the White House and onto David Letterman's show.

Woods to return to old driver

Nicklaus gives a peek at Tahoe's next golf jewel
TRUCKEE, Calif. -- The 18th hole at Old Greenwood rises softly up a hillside, with breathtaking views of Mount Pluto behind it. The fairway climbs past lavish mountain homes to a picturesque green in front of a spectacular clubhouse.

Tiger always has an audience
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. -- The sun became a hazy blur of yellow as it faded behind late afternoon clouds over the Pacific, and Tiger Woods was in his favorite environment - alone on the golf course.

Sorenstam targets career Grand Slam

For Woods, the majors are all about opportunity

Monday Night Golf not going anywhere

Captains hammer Jackets

GreenJackets on deck

Strange journey brings Brisson back to Augusta

Heat is unseen foe of summer athletes

Heat is unseen foe of summer athletes
As football teams began practicing in full pads in 90-degree weather Monday, coaches were targeting a common opponent: high temperatures.

Rework leftovers into a delicious dinner
Leftovers get a bad rap. Instead of looking at leftovers as something to reheat in the microwave, I like to get creative with them.

Rework leftovers into a delicious dinner

What might appear to be a yard sale sometimes isn't
We had some friends visit for the weekend. They parked their vehicles on the street in front of the house.

Body of missing fisherman found
The body of a 23-year-old Augusta man missing since a weekend boating accident was recovered Wednesday from the Savannah River, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Explains to Democrats why they shouldn't be whining about Bush
Well, there they go again. I am referring, of course, to the whining letters to the editor from Lowell Greenbaum (July 13, "President Bush deserves punishment for WMD deception") and Anne Cook (July 20, "War waged by Bush nothing but carnage"). I wonder if these two know how to have a rational thought between them. Don Christian, Hephzibah, Ga.

How expendable are Aiken residents?

Expensive freeway short on exits

Bush was the right man at the right time

Compares fate of fire tax money to that of storm water fees

Event brings tourists, supports boxing
This is to acknowledge the outstanding job that was accomplished by the Augusta Recreational Department and Boxing Club, especially Tom Beck and Tom Moraetes, in the execution of the Ringside Augusta Summer Boxing Classic. I know that Mr. Beck has helped to bring many amateur boxing events to the city of Augusta, and this is just another example of his dedication to the community and the sport. John Brown, Lenexa, Kan.

Bush only a 'shadow of a president'
Only a shadow of a president would consider the lives of our children, parents and spouses to be expendable. He is forcing the military to stay in Iraq as "policemen" when our country's past experience in Korea, Vietnam, etc., has shown our military might is in open combat, not policing. Bernard W. Clark, Keysville, Ga.

Compares fate of fire tax money to that of storm water fees
After returning from the doctor where my wife had eye surgery, I was not in a good mood until I read your editorial on July 16, "Burn fire fees; OK tax." Donald L. McLeod, Grovetown, Ga.

Bush only a 'shadow of a president'

Seeks help with retiree health-insurance
Recently, introduction of the legislation H.R. 1231 and S623 was announced to help retirees cope with the burden of high health-insurance cost. The National Association of Retired Federal Employees members have again been asked to contact our representatives in both the House and the Senate to sponsor this legislation. Basically, what this means is that we are asking to be treated as the current active employees in that we would like to pay our insurance with pre-tax dollars - wages excluded from both income and Social Security payroll taxes. For example, if a retiree's share of a premium is $2,000, the adjusted gross income is lowered by that amount for purposes of filing personal income taxes. Retirees would not be required to take any further action like itemizing deductions or filing special tax forms since their reported income automatically results in lower income tax under the benefit. Ken Holmes, Augusta

Supports Bush's action toward Iraq

How expendable are Aiken residents?
The Chronicle reported July 20 that Aiken's growing retirement community has attracted people prone to questioning the status quo ("Retirees flock to Aiken"). Because these questions accompany advocacy of slower and smarter growth, some long-time Aikenites are worried about future economic growth.Don Moniak, Aiken, S.C.

Supports Bush's action toward Iraq
Lowell Greenbaums's letter of July 13, "President Bush deserves punishment for WMD deception," is great fodder for his fellow ill-informed, liberal Democrats. Frank Scharite, Augusta

Seeks help with retiree health-insurance

Bush was the right man at the right time
Regarding Anne Cook's July 20 letter, "War waged by Bush nothing but carnage": How small the mind the faithful Democratic believer is. How innocently they "forget the carnage" during their President Bill Clinton's push to support the carnage of abortion of the unborn children in the United States. Ms. Cook speaks of her 23-year-old grandson (who) she encourages not to support America by not fulfilling (his) obligation to serve the country of his birth. Dale Sylvester, North Augusta, S.C.

Event brings tourists, supports boxing

Expensive freeway short on exits
South Carolina legislators say they'll take what they can get. Well, what did they get for South Carolina and Aiken County? They got a $300 million freeway that has one exit in the state of South Carolina and that exit is seven-tenths of a mile from Broad Street in Augusta. Jack F. Montgomery, North Augusta, S.C.

Explains to Democrats why they shouldn't be whining about Bush

Seniors calendar

'Dead Aim' big on gore, not on plot

Hollywood surgeon comes to Augusta

Not everyone likes color pictures

Small device has big functions

In the know

Star power fills Gap in fashion

Small device has big functions
Equipping a small or home office used to cost a bit of money and a lot of patience if you wanted the basics - copier, fax, scanner, printer. Now it's around $200 for the shooting match, and Lexmark is offering it in one 22-pound widget.

'Dead Aim' big on gore, not on plot
If you like killing zombies - and who doesn't - you're going to love Resident Evil: Dead Aim. If you prefer a game that provides an engrossing plot and something to do between zombie attacks besides trudge around a storm-tossed ocean liner, look elsewhere.

Hollywood surgeon comes to Augusta
A new TV show and a new doctor in town have one thing in common: plastic surgery.

Not everyone likes color pictures
These days, it's relatively easy for photo enthusiasts without a wet darkroom to get into black-and-white photography. We can do that with black-and-white one-time-use cameras, 35-mm chromogenic films (color films that produce black-and-white pictures), and by converting the color digital images that we take with our digital cameras into black-and-white pictures in the digital darkroom.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.

In the know
Bounty wants to make some "roll" models. The paper-towel maker is introducing Bounty Activity Prints just in time for the school season. The prints will feature Clifford the Big Red Dog, I Spy and The Magic School Bus.

In the know
A brief history of the kazoo DERIVATION: Ancient Africa. Used in tribal gatherings to distort voices in storytelling and rituals.

Star power fills Gap in fashion
NEW YORK - When you're working with Madonna and Missy Elliott, you never know what you're going to get - and that's just what Gap wanted.

Coyotes sign goalie Bierk to 1-year deal

Coyotes sign goalie Bierk to 1-year deal
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes on Monday signed goaltender Zac Bierk to a one-year contract.

News you can use

Riverwalk fountain will reopen at last

Turtles emerge from island's lone nest

Federal court to decide lawsuits
The lawsuits filed by the survivors of three men killed in a March 2001 explosion at the BP Amoco plant will stay in federal court, a judge ruled this month.

Post's officer returns home
Pale smoke billowed from a line of exploding cannons Monday, signaling welcome for a new deputy commanding general at Fort Gordon.

Foundation to give funds to move historic house
ATHENS, Ga. - If the move is deemed feasible, a private foundation has agreed to provide $1.5 million to help bring the Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb House, now at Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta, back to Athens.

School board postpones mascot decision
JOHNSTON, S.C. - In a standing-room-only Edgefield County school board meeting Tuesday night, board members decided to delay making a final decision on the fate of Strom Thurmond High School's mascot and nickname.

News you can use
JULY 30, 1923 AIKEN - A man giving his name as Harper and his address as Savannah was arrested here yesterday and charged with wrecking a passing car near Monetta, badly injuring two of its four passengers.

Hospitals battle nurse shortage

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Douglas Rashad McCain, 8 months, of North Augusta.

Boy gains days to dish up snow

North Greenville professor says beliefs cost him job
GREENVILLE, S.C.-- A former North Greenville College art professor has sued the school, saying he was fired because he belongs to an organization that seeks the independence of Southern people.

Rants and Raves
HAS THE BOARD of Tax Assessors gone to sleep? Hello, your chief appraiser never completed the 2002 digest, and now he wants to extend the 2003 digest. Some property owners will now be paying two tax bills this year (2002 and 2003). What happened to the old days when the tax digest was completed on time? To think they are trying to give him a raise in pay. Typical Richmond County.

Gintoli: Mental illness should be treated same as other ailments
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A fully integrated health care system that includes treatment for mental illness could reduce the stigma associated with emotional disorders, Mental Health Department director George Gintoli says.

Chambliss calls for crackdown on use
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, of Georgia, says some American companies are exploiting visa laws that allow them to hire immigrants with certain professional skills, and he contends that these loopholes are handing top-flight American jobs to foreign workers.

Perdue: Savannah can expect protests during G-8 summit
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Savannah will be a likely target for protests when next summer's G-8 summit is held on a secluded resort island more than 60 miles away, Gov. Sonny Perdue said Tuesday.

Retailers gear up for event

Teen donates hair for children's wigs
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Marie Hines made a drastic change in her appearance that most teenagers - let alone a cheerleader starting her junior year - wouldn't dream of making three weeks before school starts: She had 14.5 inches of flowing brown hair lopped off.

Schools add denim to dress code

Area utility may opt to spray waste
AIKEN - A private sewer provider that has been cited repeatedly with polluting local waterways has plans to ignore the remedy recommended by environmental regulators, a company spokesman said Tuesday.

School board postpones mascot decision

UGA students seek study place
ATHENS, Ga. - More than 2,000 students a day who used the University of Georgia's Main Library before a fire closed the facility July 23 have been forced to find another quiet place to study and research for the rest of the summer session.

Post's officer returns home

Police seek witnesses in library arson case
ATHENS, Ga. - Investigators have located and spoken with three potential witnesses to the arson fire that heavily damaged the University of Georgia's Main Library last week, according to UGA Police Chief Chuck Horton.

Office's finish is running behind
An inner-city office building is behind schedule and at risk for future delays. But who's to blame for slowing the publicly funded project depends on who's being asked, Augusta commissioners learned Monday during an administrative services committee meeting.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The founder of the state's chapter of the Christian Coalition wants the U.S. House seat that Rep. Jim DeMint will vacate to run for the Senate.

Across Georgia
ATHENS -Cleanup workers began picking through the University of Georgia's main library Monday, surveying damage from an arson last week that contaminated many of the building's 2 million books with soot.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A State Court judge from Gwinnett County, who was suspended after a television crew taped him drinking and driving, told the station that he would resign after being confronted with driving on a suspended license.

Across the area

Turtles emerge from island's lone nest
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - Confused by the lights of beachfront homes, a passel of newborn loggerhead sea turtles were safely shepherded to the sea by volunteers who had been baby-sitting the island's sole turtle nest for a week.

Small store fights big
WAGENER - In a world where behemoths such as Wal-Mart and The Home Depot rule the retailing universe - turning the Main Streets of small towns into wastelands of empty storefronts - Tyler Brothers Hardware not only survives but it also thrives.

Riverwalk fountain will reopen at last
A downtown street fountain that has been dry since the summer of 2001 will be up and running Saturday, public works officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Bryce Biggerstaff, 4, of North Augusta.

Hospitals battle nurse shortage
It could be as simple as knowing where to find gloves, or as complex as working the computerized drug dispenser to get medication for a patient. Even after completing nursing school at the Medical College of Georgia in May, Crissy Henderson was glad to be put back into class.

Across South Carolina

Family rejoices in wounded man's return
After an airplane rolled into Gate 3 at Augusta Regional Airport on Tuesday, the Monaco family waited for Spc. Steven Monaco, 19, to descend.

Foundation to give funds to move historic house

Couple reports home invasion
An elderly Augusta couple reported that they were the victims of a home invasion Monday night, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Area utility may opt to spray waste

Rants and Raves
TO ALL THE people complaining about George W. Bush and the administration in Washington: Move to Canada.

Kid of the day

North Greenville professor says beliefs cost him job

Company is indicted over meat

Teen donates hair for children's wigs

Judges hears testimony in FOI lawsuit against sheriff's office

Couple reports home invasion

Perdue: Savannah can expect protests during G-8 summit

Police seek witnesses in library arson case

Makeup of panel debated

Family rejoices in wounded man's return

Boy gains days to dish up snow
AIKEN - Bo Mitchell, the 8-year-old snow-cone entrepreneur, is back in business, for now.

Small store fights big

Judges hears testimony in FOI lawsuit against sheriff's office
UNION, S.C. -- A judge has heard the Freedom of Information Act case against the Union County sheriff's office and says he will rule at a later date.

Across the area
Augusta authorities are still looking for a woman who has been missing since July 11, when she left work telling her co-workers she was sick.

Across South Carolina
BEAUFORT - The State Ports Authority probably will retain at least part ownership of its Port Royal property even if the small facility is closed, officials said.

Rants and Raves
TO ALL THE people complaining about George W. Bush and the administration in Washington: Move to Canada.

Rants and Raves
HAS THE BOARD of Tax Assessors gone to sleep? Hello, your chief appraiser never completed the 2002 digest, and now he wants to extend the 2003 digest. Some property owners will now be paying two tax bills this year (2002 and 2003). What happened to the old days when the tax digest was completed on time? To think they are trying to give him a raise in pay. Typical Richmond County.

Retailers gear up for event
Want a tax-free handbag to go with that new tax-free school dress?

Across the area
An Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority search committee agreed Monday to recommend that lawyer J. Edward Enoch Jr. be hired as legal counsel.

Office's finish is running behind

News you can use

Across Georgia

Across the area

Company is indicted over meat
AIKEN - The general manager of an Orangeburg, S.C., food distributor that has bid on public school contracts across South Carolina, including in Aiken County, was indicted this month on federal meat inspection violations that could see his business fined as much as $500,000.

Gintoli: Mental illness should be treated same as other ailments

Makeup of panel debated
Though fewer than 10 people showed up for a public forum, the debate over whether to have an at-large, elected Columbia County school board chairman seems to have gained momentum.

Chambliss calls for crackdown on use

Fisherman is missing after boat accident
Mike Burnett thought his weekend outing on the Savannah River would be an ordinary fishing trip with his stepson and neighbors.

News you can use
JULY 29, 1933 Jule W. Felton, deposed Georgia Public Service Commission member, criticized Augusta lawyer Roy Harris for both "jumping on the Talmadge band wagon" and attacking the "de-horned" public service commissioners.

Meeting will hear opinions
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Those on both sides of the fiery debate surrounding Strom Thurmond High School's mascot - an old Southern planter with a white mustache and cane - will voice their opinions again tonight during a specially called school board meeting.

Schools add denim to dress code
Sales of jeans are expected to jump this year in Richmond County.

Kid of the day

SEC is counting on strong ties that bind
HOOVER, Ala. - No matter how many times the question was rephrased, Mike Slive was consistently emphatic.

Critical Choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases. See Friday's Applause section for theater listings and movie critic Roger Ebert's reviews of new movies.

'Spy Kids 3-D' takes No. 1 at box office
LOS ANGELES -- "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over" came in first at the box office this weekend with $32.5 million, but the mystery remained which of four contenders would come in second

Critical Choice

'Spy Kids 3-D' takes No. 1 at box office

Alternate ending to '28 Days Later' is darker than the first

Alternate ending to '28 Days Later' is darker than the first
NEW YORK -- As if a film about a virus that wipes out London and turns its victims into shrieking, blood-spewing zombies weren't bleak enough, "28 Days Later" now has a darker alternate ending.

Mixed results for Kirov at the Met

Legal online music business restricted to U.S.

Mixed results for Kirov at the Met
NEW YORK -- The Kirov Opera is growing up fast.

Legal online music business restricted to U.S.
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Internet may be global, but buying music legally online must still respect national borders.

No rest for NASCAR's stars
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- One of NASCAR's signature events - the Brickyard 400 - is just five days away. You would never suspect it by who's at Watkins Glen.

Skinner replaces Wallace for Brickyard 400

Skinner hired to fill in for Nadeau
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mike Skinner was hired Tuesday to take injured driver Jerry Nadeau's spot at MB2 Motorsports.

No rest for NASCAR's stars

Suspended NASCAR truck driver faces drug charges
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- A grand jury will consider several drug charges against Brian Rose, a driver suspended in April from the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks series.

NASCAR hasn't donated to Rainbow/PUSH in 2003
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Pressured by a conservative group, NASCAR has cut off contributions to Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, USA Today reported Tuesday.

Skinner hired to fill in for Nadeau

Suspended NASCAR truck driver faces drug charges

Skinner replaces Wallace for Brickyard 400
INDIANAPOLIS -- Mike Skinner will take over as driver of the MB2 Motorsports Pontiac, starting with the Brickyard 400 on Sunday.

City begins arena construction with 'groundblasting'
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- With exploding dirt and a rain of confetti, city leaders and NBA owner Bob Johnson ceremoniously opened construction Tuesday on the city's new $260 million downtown arena.

Lakers, Spurs featured on opening night; LeBron-Carmelo showdown early
NEW YORK -- Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers will play the Dallas Mavericks on the opening night of the NBA season in one of three games scheduled for Oct. 28.

Lakers, Spurs featured on opening night; LeBron-Carmelo showdown early

Prosecutor wins more money for Bryant case
EAGLE, Colo. -- Prosecutors handling Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case won a request for additional money Tuesday, securing $105,000 from county commissioners and the possibility of more.

Colleges set new rules - affirm old ones - after Baylor player's slaying
DALLAS -- In 28 seasons as a college basketball coach, Billy Tubbs never had a rule preventing players from owning guns. He will this fall.

Former Falcons official claims sex discrimination

Allen known for long runs on busted plays

Cornerback breaks thumb, to miss 4-6 weeks

New receiver brings new dimension to offense

Delhomme enjoying competition in Carolina

Wilkins hopes to get back on Panthers' playing field

Sentimentality won't tip scales in Kasay's favor

Bethea: Quiet demeanor off field, loud hits on it

Jasper, Hall happy with Johnson's return

Mrs. Amy Williams    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Dr. J. Gray Dinwiddie Jr. will be remembered for his tireless effort to strengthen Augusta College through his support of its faculty, staff and students, his friends said Monday.

Mr. Hubert Hester    (LITTLE ROCK, Ark.)
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THOMSON, Ga. - The Belle Meade Hunt lost its voice Sunday.

Mr. Louis Gattman, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Dr. J. Dinwiddie, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Col. Richard Graven, M.D.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. Oliver Dye    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mr. Edwin Jennings    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
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Mr. James Bunch, Sr.    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Ms. Jean Conner    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Karhonda Battle    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Florence Turner (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

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Ms. Karhonda Battle (DEARING, Ga.)

Ms. Delmond Sherrod (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Enrique Arostegui (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Gary DeWitt (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Mr. Hadley Plemmons (APPLING, Ga.)

Mr. James Vaughn Jr. (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Louis Gattman, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Amy Williams (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Whisenant (DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla.)

Mr. Wilburn Jenkins (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Roberta Perkins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Mike Carroll (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Col. Richard Graven, M.D. (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mrs. Kathleen Bone (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lou Carlson (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Annie Smith (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Naomi Terry (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Nell Helton (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Hester Stallings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Enrique Arostegui (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ronald DeWolfe (BELVEDERE, S.C.)

Ms. Jean Conner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Oliver Dye (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Sam Davis Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Edwin Jennings (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Annie Higdon (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Harold Wilkins (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Johnson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Overstreet (GREENVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Dorothy Mormant (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Johnnie Tennison (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Whisenant (DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla.)

Mr. Frank Coleman (PHILADELPHIA)

Mr. Edwin Jennings (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Ms. Shirley Perkins (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Featured obituary: Dr. J. Gray Dinwiddie Jr.

Mr. Herman Breeland, Sr. (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Ms. Jean Conner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Hubert Hester (LITTLE ROCK, Ark.)

Mr. James Bunch, Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Gary DeWitt (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Dr. J. Dinwiddie, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Dora Christmas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Burton (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Henry Wall, Jr. (MADISON, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Ponder (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Sparks (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Brewington (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. James Bunch, Sr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Overtime

Judge keeps ACC case on fast track

Overtime

Agassi last member of 'tough generation to follow'
WASHINGTON -- Andre Agassi set a lofty standard for the next wave of U.S. tennis stars Monday, saying he's part of a "tough generation to follow."

Judge keeps ACC case on fast track
VERNON, Conn. -- A Superior Court judge has decided to keep the Big East's lawsuit against the University of Miami and the Atlantic Coast Conference on the fast track.

Overtime
USC Aiken added a sixth member to its incoming class this fall, as coach Will Condon announced the signing of middle hitter Brandy Johnson.

Overtime
A park in Sarnia, Ontario, located about 175 miles west of Toronto, will be named after Masters Tournament champion Mike Weir.

Sentimentality won't tip scales in Kasay's favor
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- If all things are equal in the battle between Carolina kickers John Kasay and Shayne Graham, the Panthers don't think Kasay has an automatic edge because of his years with the team.

Cornerback breaks thumb, to miss 4-6 weeks
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Atlanta cornerback Tod McBride will likely miss 4-to-6 weeks after breaking his left thumb on the third day of training camp Monday.

Former Falcons official claims sex discrimination
ATLANTA -- A former official of the Atlanta Falcons has filed a federal lawsuit against team owner Arthur Blank, alleging she was fired after speaking out against sexual harassment of women staffers.

Wilkins hopes to get back on Panthers' playing field
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Terrence Wilkins tucked his new Carolina playbook under his arm and carried it to lunch Monday.

Bethea: Quiet demeanor off field, loud hits on it
HOUSTON -- For years, Elvin Bethea repeatedly played down his chances of making the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

New receiver brings new dimension to offense
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- George Stewart can sense something special happening in his first season as the Atlanta Falcons' receivers coach.

Delhomme enjoying competition in Carolina
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Jake Delhomme had to beg the Carolina Panthers to be patient with him the first few times he tried to direct the offense.

Jasper, Hall happy with Johnson's return
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Ed Jasper could only watch Tuesday as Ellis Johnson and Travis Hall were grinding through both practice sessions at Furman University.

Allen known for long runs on busted plays
The play was designed to go off-tackle.

SEC is counting on strong ties that bind

A documentary recalls the Watergate hearings
NEW YORK -- Never a TV story, Watergate was broken and propelled by Woodward and Bernstein of The Washington Post.

Telemundo to air 'La Cenicienta,' reality dating show
LOS ANGELES -- A single mother in search of love will be featured on a reality dating show that reflects Hispanic culture, Telemundo executives said Friday.

Telemundo to air 'La Cenicienta,' reality dating show

A documentary recalls the Watergate hearings

Rock climbing hits new heights

Where to learn more about Bob Hope

Hope praised for verbal, physical wit in films

Hope's jokes available online

Standing ovations

Thanks for the memories

Extras, extras

Silver City offers diversity

Georgia contest at LSU will be on TV

Georgia contest at LSU will be on TV
Georgia's Sept. 20 game at LSU will kick off at 3:30 p.m., and be broadcast on CBS.

Pinkins ready for his time at quarterback
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- He's poised, he's confident, and he's finally the man.

Pinkins ready for his time at quarterback

Question of the week

Audio best

Pack lightly for college stay
Students attending college for the first time have a lot to think about: new friends, new classes and new digs.

Question of the week
This week's question: What's your favorite way to listen to music?

Pack lightly for college stay

Your style
THE FACTS: Calvin Norris, 16, is a rising sophomore at Cross Creek High School.

411
With 13 songs combining punk, country and early rock styles, Amy Honey's self-titled album is bound to appeal to a wide variety of music fans. Armed with fresh instrumentation including banjos, mandolins and clarinets, Ms. Honey possesses the ability to tell stories with her music, keeping the listener hooked until the song's very end.

Mom-to-be shouldn't wait to reveal father's identity
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I'm pregnant, and I told two different boys they are the daddy, but I know which one is the daddy. Should I tell the other boy or just lead him on until the baby gets here? What should this 19-year-old Augusta girl do?

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Mystery novel is captivating
How could he possibly have blown himself up? That's the only question running through Hayley's mind.

Mystery novel is captivating

Mom-to-be shouldn't wait to reveal father's identity

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Xtreme calendar
New CD releases include News by Prince and Enemies of Reality by Nevermore.

Tampa truck-stop propreitors defy smoking ban

Odds and Ends

First public gay high school in the nation to open in fall

Odds and Ends