Anthology seeks to resurrect poet
NEW YORK - Elizabeth Hardwick, a birdlike woman who is an esteemed literary critic and novelist, is surrounded by walls of books as she sits in the cavernous Upper West Side apartment she once shared with her late ex-husband, poet Robert Lowell.

Arts review: The cheerfully demented puppets and people who live on 'Avenue Q'

Arts review: A vulnerable Roxie Hart with more than a little heart
NEW YORK -- A Roxie Hart with more heart?

Arts review: A vulnerable Roxie Hart with more than a little heart

Memoirs give partial look inside CIA
Thomas Powers' 1979 biography of former Central Intelligence Agency Director Richard Helms was appropriately titled The Man Who Kept the Secrets. Any revelations about the agency's unsavory excesses came after Helms left in 1973.

Anthology seeks to resurrect poet

Arts calendar
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Memoirs give partial look inside CIA

Arts review: The cheerfully demented puppets and people who live on 'Avenue Q'
NEW YORK -- Oh, those cheerfully misogynistic puppets and other demented denizens of "Avenue Q"!

Swamp is at stake in 'Everglades'

Swamp is at stake in 'Everglades'
The regional thriller, firmly rooted in its place and time, is one of the joys of American fiction. What James Lee Burke has done for Louisiana, Tony Hillerman for the Southwest, John Sandford for Minnesota and Joe R. Lansdale for east Texas, Randy Wayne White does for his own little acre in Everglades.

Arts calendar

Players try to stay above baseball's Mendoza Line

Baseball roundup
CINCINNATI - Newcomer Josh Hall settled down after giving up Barry Bonds' 34th homer, and the Cincinnati Reds stayed on their roll by rallying for a 5-4 victory Saturday over the San Francisco Giants.

Players try to stay above baseball's Mendoza Line
Every summer at about this time, a battle is waged by a cadre of struggling hitters trying to push their batting averages past .200 - baseball's dreaded Mendoza Line.

Brooklyn Cyclones retire Jackie Robinson's No. 42
NEW YORK -- Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers more than 50 years ago, had his jersey number retired Sunday by the minor league Brooklyn Cyclones.

Baseball roundup

Brooklyn Cyclones retire Jackie Robinson's No. 42

Vacationers kindly keep summer postcards pouring in

Record hailstone reported in Nebraska storm
WASHINGTON -- A record-size hailstone crashed into Nebraska during a storm in June, federal weather experts said Friday.

Georgia man's billboard salutes Fox
TUNNEL HILL, Ga. -- This retired ad salesman isn't the first Fox News Channel junkie to fill up on hours of the popular news outlet every day. But Bob Spratlin is probably the only one buying billboards thanking God for it.

Bank teller tackles robber
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A bank teller here chased down and tackled a suspected robber, leading to the man's arrest.

Splendid Splinter keeping cool in Scottsdale
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Seven shiny stainless steel containers, each 9 feet tall, offer no hint of their contents.

Predominantly black church offers to pay whites to attend
SHREVEPORT, La. -- Week after week, Bishop Fred Caldwell grew tired of seeing so few white faces in his predominantly black church. So now he is offering to pay whites to attend.

Hampton get fifth straight win as Braves beat Dodgers 4
ATLANTA -- Mike Hampton hasn't been dominating on the mound. Pitching for a team like the Atlanta Braves, it's not necessary.

Dodgers end Ortiz's streak

Dodgers end Ortiz's streak
ATLANTA - Streaks have a funny way of coming to an end when you least expect it. Just ask Atlanta Braves pitcher Russ Ortiz.

Hampton get fifth straight win as Braves beat Dodgers 4

Develop strategic plan during down economy
As a business owner in a sluggish economy, you may be facing a decline in sales, poor cash flow, aging accounts receivable and dwindling profit margins.

Tractor Supply: Everything but tractors

Pocket change

Cellular connections threaten pay phones - and Superman's dressing room
BARNSTABLE, Mass. - When next you pass a pay phone, stop. Pick up the handset and luxuriate in its dial tone for one melodious moment.

Harley-Davidson gets ready to party amid economy's slowdown
MILWAUKEE -- Harley-Davidson Inc. is getting ready to celebrate its 100th birthday next month as the economic slowdown threatens to put the brakes on the motorcycle industry's sales growth.

Yahoo, Microsoft work to challenge Google
SAN FRANCISCO - In five mind-blowing years, Google has blossomed from a nerdy college experiment to a mainstream sensation so ubiquitous that its goofy name is now synonymous with looking things up.

Summer is good time to examine business
NEW YORK - It's summertime, and business slows for many small companies, giving owners a chance to do some planning and catching up on paperwork and chores.

Tractor Supply: Everything but tractors
COLUMBIA, Tenn. - The only tractors for sale at Tractor Supply Co. are the die-cast models being marked for clearance.

Harley-Davidson gets ready to party amid economy's slowdown

Business calendar
Tuesday: Senior Workshop: The Four Cornerstones of a Successful Retirement; free lunch at eejay's at Kalmia Plaza in Aiken; sponsored by Banker's Life and Casualty Co.; for reservations, call 803-221-2308.

Is there a reason for department stores to exist?
NEW YORK -- Lord & Taylor's announcement this past week that it would close 32 stores was the latest, and perhaps most dramatic, in a long series of moves department stores have made to revive their business. But despite all their efforts, these retailers don't seem to have a reason for being in the eyes of some consumers.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: E-Z-GO INC.

Luxury baby items tug at the heart - and purse strings
NEW YORK -- Burp cloth: $26. T shirt with UV protection: $42. Designer socks: $55. Crib: $1,499 - with bedding add $800.

On the move
Everton J. Weeks has been named to the new position of corporate director of advertising for Morris Communications Co. A former sales consultant for Morris, Mr. Weeks also was president of EJW Inc., an online marketing company, where he co-founded XCEL Marketing Group and the Web Sales Coach and created a real estate cable television show. Mr. Weeks earned an undergraduate degree from Temple University and received his master's degree in business administration from the University of Miami.

Local merchants find ways to compete with Wal-Mart
HIAWATHA, Kan. -- Francis Duncan operates a farm and home store and Don Koontz runs the downtown hardware store. Like other local merchants, their biggest competitor is Wal-Mart.

Summer is good time to examine business

Critics say process hurts innovation
BOSTON - In the early 1990s, Tim O'Reilly's company had a new and potentially lucrative idea: Use advertising revenue to run a Web portal. Essentially, Mr. O'Reilly claims, Global Network Navigator invented the Internet banner ad.

Is there a reason for department stores to exist?

Local merchants find ways to compete with Wal-Mart

Critics say process hurts innovation

Cellular connections threaten pay phones - and Superman's dressing room

Yahoo, Microsoft work to challenge Google

Develop strategic plan during down economy

Business calendar

On the move

Luxury baby items tug at the heart - and purse strings

Commissioner turns to power of pen

Commissioner turns to power of pen
It's memorandum mayhem over city hall these days, all because Augusta Commissioner Willie Mays is giving City Administrator George Kolb the silent treatment.

College football notebook

College football notebook
David Pollack doesn't have any problem singling out the biggest losers in college football's new preseason practice format.

Bush must fight back
President George W. Bush's poll numbers have taken enough of a tumble in recent weeks - from an approval rating of 70 percent or so to 56 percent - that for the first time since 9-11 his re-election next year is not a given. Formerly forlorn Democrats are even talking excitedly of getting Hillary Clinton into the race, or bringing back Al Gore.

Only the best will do
Unfortunately, the interviews July 22 in Atlanta for 11 area lawyers vying to be the next judge for the Augusta Judicial Circuit weren't open to the public.

A brainless scheme
There are people in the Pentagon with too much time on their hands. It's hard to believe, but some of them developed and got approved a futures market to help predict terrorist strikes.

Funding hypocritical
South Carolina's poverty-plagued rural school districts have complained for years that the state's funding formula is unfair to them. They have a point.

Funding hypocritical

Only the best will do

A brainless scheme

Dancers break world record for longest dance party
CLEVELAND -- Kool & the Gang's "Celebration" played early in the morning at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, marking what 41 marathon dancers hope is a new record for the longest dance party.

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

Five Questions With Anna Paquin
Anna Paquin can't remember much about day-to-day life on the set of "Buffalo Soldiers." It's hard to blame her - Miramax postponed release of the black comedy several times after acquiring it on Sept. 10, 2001.

Excitement comes from Frears' films, not man himself
WASHINGTON -- Stephen Frears is best known for directing "Dangerous Liaisons" and "The Grifters," for which he received an Oscar nomination in 1990 - that is, if he's known at all.

Hilary Duff moves on from "Lizzie McGuire" franchise
NEW YORK -- On a recent hot summer's day, as hundreds of children waited anxiously with their parents to meet the latest, hottest teen star, one uninformed parent asked who all the fuss was about.

Should I refinance my mortgage?

Investors worry whether bond funds are running out of steam

Review life insurance while rates are low
NEW YORK - Most people don't like to think about life insurance - it's such a reminder of their own mortality.

August typically bodes ill for the market
NEW YORK -- August has long been a dismal month for Wall Street, with stocks suffering some of their worst declines amid economic problems in the United States and political troubles overseas. Given current earnings and economic conditions, which are improving but still sluggish, this August promises to be no different.

August typically bodes ill for the market

Review life insurance while rates are low

Investors worry whether bond funds are running out of steam
NEW YORK -- As bond prices extend their declines, investors are more skittish about bond mutual funds and are clearly worried that bonds' long rally has run its course.

Should I refinance my mortgage?
Q. The Federal Reserve recently lowered interest rates again but mortgage rates are rising. Should I refinance my mortgage and if so, what type of mortgage should I consider?

Small-town doctor shares pizza prescription

Small-town doctor shares pizza prescription
WINFALL, N.C. -- Small-town doctor Neil DeNunzio is rolling in the dough.

Bilbo maturing as quarterback
ATLANTA - Damarius Bilbo had much higher aspirations.

Gailey uncertain about key roles
ATLANTA -- Wanted: Quarterback and tailback. No experience required. Send resumes to Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey.

Georgia Tech notebook
ATLANTA - Jonathan Cox, the only returning starter in the Georgia Tech secondary, found himself in a new position during Saturday's first practice - with the second team.

Bilbo maturing as quarterback

Gailey uncertain about key roles

Minor league notebook
Baseball fans in Columbus - what little there are these days judging by the brutal attendance figures - have spent much of the season bracing for the reality of losing their team for the second time in as many years.

Around the horn
PITCHER OF THE WEEK Asheville Tourists right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez went 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in 14 innings last week. The Nagua, Dominican Republic, native allowed one earned run, struck out 12 and walked four to improve to 8-6 with a 3.47 ERA in 22 starts. He's third in the SAL in strikeouts (117).

Furyk takes the lead at Buick Open, four shots ahead of Woods
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Jim Furyk has bounced back from his abysmal showing at the British Open.

Furyk wins Buick Open
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Jim Furyk's career year just got better.

Oglivy enjoys the bright lights on center stage
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- This was foreign territory in more than one way for Geoff Oglivy.

A slam for Sorenstam
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England -- The pressure was intense. The goal was to find the fairway.

Furyk takes the lead at Buick Open, four shots ahead of Woods

A slam for Sorenstam

Former champ makes return as senior leader
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Frank Perry hasn't lost that cackle when he laughs, or his golf game.

Furyk wins Buick Open

Watson regular Padgett prevails
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Seniors carried the day in the Perry Watson Memorial on Sunday, even in the regular division.

Former champ makes return as senior leader

Scott wins by two shots in Sweden

Oglivy enjoys the bright lights on center stage

Scott wins by two shots in Sweden
LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- Adam Scott of Australia closed with a 3-under 69 Sunday to win the Scandinavian Masters by two shots for his first title of 2003.

Watson regular Padgett prevails

Woods' errant shot injures fan
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Well, John Yates is now the proud owner of a golf glove autographed by Tiger Woods. The fan also has three stitches courtesy of an errant shot by Woods.

Allen Doyle wins FleetBoston Classic
CONCORD, Mass. -- Allen Doyle shot 67 on Sunday to coast to victory in the FleetBoston Classic, finishing at 15-under-par to win by three strokes for his first title this year on the Champions Tour.

Around the horn

Vacationers kindly keep summer postcards pouring in
We're so backed up with your vacation postcards that it will take a few days to go through them all. But here are the latest dispatches:

Augusta State hires women's golf coach
Augusta State University hired Trelle Kite on Tuesday afternoon as its women's golf coach. Kite, who coached men's and women's golf at Mercer, replaces Shannon Hanson.

Gay rights: Where do we go from here?

Do kids need Christianity?
Before he approved Bible study for public school students (which, by the way, is unconstitutional), Richmond County school board member Kenneth Echols claimed, "Kids need Christianity."

There's too much spam in our lives
It's another sign of the times. Telemarketers and their ilk have forced the government to step in and regulate their industry because they wouldn't do it themselves. Spam threatens to undermine the very function and appeal of e-mail for many, while more than half of my snail mail is immediately thrown away. There is a garbage can under my mailbox, for crying out loud. Randy Potter, Augusta

Supporter debunks misrepresentations about pit facility
Anti-nuke groups are using misrepresentations to attack the government's plan to maintain the reliability of the U.S. nuclear-weapon stockpile. The government is proposing to construct a multibillion-dollar facility, the Modern Pit Facility, to recycle old - and perhaps unreliable - triggers (called pits) in the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal. This new facility may be built at the Savannah River Site. Mal McKibben, Aiken, S.C.

Alcohol sales voted on by residents

There's too much spam in our lives

Offers driving tips for older drivers

Supporter debunks misrepresentations about pit facility

Gay rights: Where do we go from here?
I have not been, am not, nor do I expect to be an expert on the subject of sexuality in the animal kingdom - including mankind. I am, however, under the impression that the reason our creator - or nature or whatever you choose to call it - has given us our sexual drive is for the preservation of the various species. Procreation gives us a future, as well as a past. This, then, is the natural order of things. This is normal. Richard Netzley, Evans, Ga.

Alcohol sales voted on by residents
In response to James K. Ellis' July 19 letter, "Alcohol sales a desecration": He's got it all wrong. Ernest H. Hickman, Aiken, S.C.

Offers driving tips for older drivers
Could plentiful, convenient senior transportation have saved lives in Santa Monica, Calif.? Although most of Georgia's older adults are exceptionally safe drivers, large numbers of seniors continue to take to the roads in spite of dangerous changes in sight, hearing and reaction time. Jeanette Cummings, Augusta

Survival doesn't a hero make
How can your paper publish that Pfc. Jessica Lynch is a hero? I don't want to rain on her parade, but she isn't a hero just because she got lost then captured. Show me anyone who can report having seen Pfc. Lynch trying to fight back. Joe Nirenberg, North Augusta, S.C.

Survival doesn't a hero make

In the know

Company offers personalized, celebrity autographs on demand

Guys and molls

Some suspicious spouses resort to online surveillance

St. Bart's offers pristine beaches, fine French cuisine

Classic touches add vintage elegance to new home

School fashion is a mixed bag

Avoid even a whisper of unkindness

Genetically engineered trees quietly sprouting

Home front

What's a 'normal' brain?

Guys and molls
A blonde in a red strapless gown grasps the receiver of an emergency telephone, but her call to the cops has been interrupted. From behind her, a beefy brute with a scar on his cheek clamps a meaty hand over her mouth. His other hand presses a .45-caliber automatic against her neck.

Genetically engineered trees quietly sprouting
SAN FRANCISCO -- Roll over John Muir and tell Johnny Appleseed the news: biotechnology is coming to the forest and orchard

School fashion is a mixed bag
It's prep vs. punk. It's Old School vs. New Wave. And in some ways, it's the same stuff children and teenagers have been wearing since the advent of jeans and T-shirts.

Some suspicious spouses resort to online surveillance
NEW YORK -- Suspicious husbands and wives who once might have hired a private eye to find out if their spouses were cheating are now using do-it-yourself technology to check on an increasingly popular hideaway for trysts - the Internet.

In the know
NBC's drama American Dreams, which looks back at what was considered this country's time of innocence through music, American Bandstand, and the lives of one Philadelphia family, airs the pilot at 8 p.m. on WAGT-TV (Channel 26).

What's a 'normal' brain?
LOS ANGELES -- Human brains are stunningly diverse. No two are identical, not even those of identical twins.

Avoid even a whisper of unkindness
Dear Carson: Please tell me the rules of etiquette regarding whispering in public. I eat breakfast with the same group of people every morning before work. We have always spoken freely with one another, and our conversations are relaxed and amusing. Recently, a relatively new employee has joined us. Two particular employees have always felt free to talk among us, even of their work and we consider them friends. However, when the new employee comes around, there is almost always a point in the conversation when she begins to whisper or talk in code to them. Am I being too sensitive? If not, what would be the proper thing for me to say to her? I do not want to be rude or out of line. I would appreciate your help. - Slighted by Secrecy

Home front
Sit on a toilet by TOTO, Japan's largest toilet maker, and you'll quickly realize you're not in Kansas anymore. This is a nation where toilets feature heated seats and spray deodorizers. The seats spray warm jets of water to clean the most sensitive spots. Some even feature a water massage option for those who may be feeling, well, a bit uptight. And to top it off, a stream of warm air dries one's posterior.

Company offers personalized, celebrity autographs on demand
TAMPA, Fla. -- Somebody named Brittany will be getting a nice 8-by-10 of Rowdy Roddy Piper dressed in a kilt, autographed especially to her by the former pro wrestling bad boy.

St. Bart's offers pristine beaches, fine French cuisine
Two things are immediately apparent about Saint Barthelemy, a tiny island in the French West Indies.

Classic touches add vintage elegance to new home
Georgia Chancellor's first considered renovating an old home in Elberton, Ga.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area

Special education lacks new recruits
School systems often have trouble filling classrooms with qualified teachers, but when it comes to finding special-education teachers, the job is even tougher.

Sanford calls for tax reform

Adult store in south Augusta stays open

Newcomers rock DOT board

Across the area
Police are looking for a man who robbed a Deans Bridge Road convenience store early Saturday, a clerk said.

Across the southeast

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Kyla M. Islar, 10 months, of Grovetown.

Across the area

Across South Carolina

Budget cuts will be evident in classrooms

Kid of the day

Special education lacks new recruits

Hollings' future stays murky
U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings of South Carolina was locked behind closed doors Tuesday, eagerly scribbling down notes for a speech later that day on free trade and the country's economy, his spokesman said.

Across South Carolina

Some question benefit of tax holiday
A sales tax holiday is a cheap political trick that doesn't stimulate lasting economic growth, said Will Folks, a spokesman for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.

To save HOPE, rules may be re-examined

News you can use
AUG. 4, 1948 Augusta City Council paved the way last night for the University Hospital to get back on the accredited list of the American College of Surgeons by voting 80 percent of the amount sought by the Hospital Authority.

Denver recounts past U.S. summit

Party is seen as archaic
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - The Rev. Eugene Wright thought a Democrat was a Democrat until he moved to South Carolina 15 years ago.

Kid of the day

Events prepare pupils, parents for classes

Party is seen as archaic

Across Georgia

Budget board to weigh changes in state worker health plan

Some question benefit of tax holiday

Correction

Georgia lists no unsafe schools
ATLANTA - Georgia has no public schools to list as persistently dangerous, although a few come close, state schools Superintendent Kathy Cox says.

Augusta State hires women's golf coach

Kid of the day
Simeon Buchanan Stokes is today's kid of the day.

Poet laureate is from island

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A security guard died after being shot twice and set on fire at a Lexington County plant early Saturday morning.

Across Georgia

Adult store in south Augusta stays open
A controversial adult bookstore has been up and running for more than six months, after city attorneys lost a fight to shut down the Gordon Highway shop in federal court late last year.

Many state rivers, lakes under mercury consumption advisories

Budget cuts will be evident in classrooms
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When children start returning to South Carolina schools this month, they will find fewer teachers and programs such as prekindergarten, music, foreign language and Advancement Placement classes.

Small towns experience extraordinary growth

Across the southeast
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -North Carolina is quickly making a name for itself as one of the nation's top winemaking states.

Security guard killed, body set on fire at Lexington plant

Air park is a pilot's paradise
GRANITEVILLE - Instead of climbing into the car when they want to visit friends, the Clavels take their seats in one of their three planes, all nestled safely behind their house on the Aiken-Edgefield county line.

News you can use

To save HOPE, rules may be re-examined
ATLANTA - If the rules for earning one of Georgia's coveted HOPE scholarships were a little stricter, student "D-1" - as he was described to a legislative committee last week - never would have made the grade.

Red tape holds doctor in China

Poet laureate is from island
SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. - From the windows of Marjory Wentworth's garret, one can see, depending on the direction, the Sullivans Island Lighthouse, glimpses of open ocean or the silver-gray towers of the Cooper River bridges.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RAVE for my county commissioner Ulmer Bridges. At a time when Augusta cannot get our commissioners to make a sound decision and/or commitment, my commissioner did. Thanks for hearing us and we love the streetlights that were much needed on Green Meadows Drive.

State of body from swamp stalls autopsy

Air park is a pilot's paradise

Inaugural blues fest pleases older crowd

Denver recounts past U.S. summit
ATLANTA - As coastal Georgia prepares to play host to the G8 summit next summer, it's likely a few phone calls will be made to Denver, the last U.S. city to welcome the world's premier economic conference.

Fried Green Tomato Festival benefits heart surgery patient

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RAVE for my county commissioner Ulmer Bridges. At a time when Augusta cannot get our commissioners to make a sound decision and/or commitment, my commissioner did. Thanks for hearing us and we love the streetlights that were much needed on Green Meadows Drive.

Sanford calls for tax reform
Gov. Mark Sanford will present his tax-reform proposals to the South Carolina Legislature when it reconvenes in January.

Close family overcomes loss
A house fire in 2001 took away much that Marilyn Mosey and her children had.

Hollings' future stays murky

Red tape holds doctor in China
Siyuan Liang hoped that dropping his long-delayed visa application and filing a new one would speed up getting permission to return from China to his family in Augusta. But after an interview at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing last week, Dr. Liang said he is still in the same boat.

News you can use

Newcomers rock DOT board
ATLANTA - The people in charge of building and maintaining Georgia's roads have been set in their ways for a long time.

Fried Green Tomato Festival benefits heart surgery patient
BEECH ISLAND - Outside the Country Ranch club Saturday, folks got down on a grass dance floor to the sound of country music, hollering out the name of their favorite song when the feeling hit just right.

Small towns experience extraordinary growth
ATHENS, Ga. - People talk a lot about sprawl in Athens, but in some ways the city's growth pales in comparison with what's happening in the area's small towns.

State of body from swamp stalls autopsy
An autopsy will be performed Monday on a body discovered in Phinizy Swamp that might be that of a college student who has been missing since last month, authorities said Saturday.

Across the area
Bath fire officials were investigating a fire that destroyed a home on Bath Lake Road.

News you can use
AUG. 3, 1938 Abe Derico, who often preaches to the prisoners in the Richmond County stockade, wants to visit his old home in Wilkes County, and has petitioned the Richmond County Commission to help get some new clothes.

Across Georgia
DACULA -A 150-year-old Dacula cemetery has been vandalized for the third time in two years, troubling residents who suspect the crimes were committed by the same group.

Events prepare pupils, parents for classes
Grovetown Elementary School third-grader Hanna Booth was puzzled as she watched Buster the bus spin around the floor, wink and talk to the other children about bus safety.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Police say they don't plan to press charges against a man who fired shots at people he said were drug dealers involved in a shootout in his front yard.

Inaugural blues fest pleases older crowd
A scorching hot sun suddenly turned to torrential rains, but that couldn't cool off the sizzling sounds that pervaded the Augusta Exchange Fairgrounds on Saturday.

Correction
A story in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle understated the seriousness of injuries suffered by Brenda Webb, of North Augusta, in an auto accident July 28. Ms. Webb, whose car was struck by two tractor-trailers, was in fair condition Sunday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, according to MCG spokeswoman Danielle Wong.

Across Georgia
DECATUR -A DeKalb County woman who started a fire in her home that killed her 3-year-old daughter last year pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Budget board to weigh changes in state worker health plan
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state Budget and Control Board will decide this week how to deal with projected shortfalls in a state health insurance plan that, by commercial standards, is broke.

Correction
A Faith Digest item in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle gave an incorrect date for a concert by Jeff and Sheri Easter. The concert at the First Assembly of God in Lincolnton, Ga., will be Aug. 10.

Security guard killed, body set on fire at Lexington plant
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A security guard died after being shot twice and set on fire at a Lexington County plant early Saturday morning.

Child dies after fall from boat
A 10-year-old boy who fell off a boat on Thurmond Lake and was cut by propeller blades died Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Many state rivers, lakes under mercury consumption advisories
LAKE JOCASSEE, S.C. -- The waters in Lake Jocassee in the northwest corner of South Carolina have a reputation as being the cleanest, clearest and deepest in the state.

Close family overcomes loss

Friends say goodbye to hometown soldier
LAURENS, S.C. -- Friends in Capt. Josh Byers' hometown remembered the 29-year-old soldier as the epitome of a leader and an example of service to God and country.

Georgia reloads, but will it shoot blanks?
There are plenty of believers out there. Georgia head coach Mark Richt isn't ready to include himself among them.

'American Wedding' takes cake at box office
LOS ANGELES -- If the weekend's top movie - "American Wedding" - glowed like a happy newlywed, then you could say the critically reviled "Gigli" stumbled like an ugly bridesmaid.

'American Wedding' takes cake at box office

Marty Stuart calls country music back to its rural roots
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For a guy with a lot of imagination, country singer Marty Stuart sure didn't use much for the title of his new album: "Country Music."

Wooden elephant turns to soul legends for help
MARGATE, N.J. -- How do you make a six-story wooden elephant easier for the handicapped to enjoy?

Yo-Yo Ma's peripatetic musical journey takes him to Brazil
NEW YORK -- He has rocked with Bach, fiddled with Appalachia, crouched with tigers, tangoed in Argentina, traded on the Silk Road. Now, Yo-Yo is going Rio.

Yo-Yo Ma's peripatetic musical journey takes him to Brazil

Marty Stuart calls country music back to its rural roots

Wooden elephant turns to soul legends for help

Allmendinger wins third straight Toyota Atlantic race

Pit troubles continue to cost Jarrett
INDIANAPOLIS -- Dale Jarrett had more misery in the pits at the Brickyard 400 on Sunday when he injured a crewman.

Harvick wins Brickyard

Joshua Johnson wins 100 in Greece

Harvick wins Brickyard
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - The guy climbing through the flower bed surrounding Victory Lane and reaching over the railing caught Kevin Harvick by surprise.

Pit troubles continue to cost Jarrett

NASCAR notebook

Harvick sets track record in winning Brickyard pole

Harvick wins Brickyard
INDIANAPOLIS -- The biggest problem Kevin Harvick had all day at the Brickyard 400 was when his right rear tire blew and the fender flew off while he spun victory doughnuts.

Busch wins title for series
INDIANAPOLIS - Kurt Busch won the International Race of Champions title with a fourth-place finish Saturday behind Jimmie Johnson in the season finale.

Another Andretti has bad luck in Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Andretti family tradition of bad luck in Indianapolis added another chapter Sunday when John Andretti was hit from behind and crashed into the turn one wall on Lap 46.

NASCAR notebook
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - NASCAR said it would honor former champions and its 32-year relationship with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Winston in the final 14 races of the season.

Burton might leave owner
SPEEDWAY, Ind.- Ward Burton wants out at Bill Davis Racing.

Another Andretti has bad luck in Indianapolis

Burton might leave owner

Harvick wins Brickyard

Montoya wins German Grand Prix

Joshua Johnson wins 100 in Greece
THESSALONIKI, Greece -- American Joshua Johnson won the 100 and 200 meters at the IAAF Grand Prix II meet Sunday.

Harvick sets track record in winning Brickyard pole
INDIANAPOLIS -- Kevin Harvick is a California boy with no special ties to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ryan Newman is a Hoosier with big dreams of winning on his home track.

Montoya wins German Grand Prix
HOCKENHEIM, Germany -- Juan Pablo Montoya sped from a crash on a scorching day and won the German Grand Prix, which was all but settled in the opening seconds.

Allmendinger wins third straight Toyota Atlantic race
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec -- Rookie A.J. Allmendinger won the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on Sunday for his third consecutive Toyota Atlantic series victory and fifth of the season.

Busch wins title for series

U.S. women edge Canada in PanAm games
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The U.S. women needed to stop playing Cuba to get a win.

Bryant, wife attend Teen Choice Awards
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- In a rare public appearance since he was charged with sexual assault, Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa attended the 2003 Teen Choice Awards, where he was honored as favorite male athlete.

Bryant lawyers would face uphill battle in admitting evidence of accuser's mental problems

Bryant lawyers would face uphill battle in admitting evidence of accuser's mental problems
LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant's lawyers would have a tough time presenting evidence that his accuser had mental problems months before her encounter with the NBA star, legal experts say.

Stram's taped speech highlights Hall enshrinement

Wilson hopes frontrunner will emerge at fullback

Media picks Hall members

Augusta group lobbies for punter

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No Serena or Sampras: US Open will have new champs

U.S. wins big on first day of Pan American Games

U.S. women win volleyball bronze

Augusta boxer closes in on his dream

Area sports announcements

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Gold-winning gymnastics team gets call from president

Tyson's finances down for the count

Swiss rider, reserve score upset at world track cycling

Gold-winning gymnastics team gets call from president
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The U.S. women's gymnastics team received a congratulatory call Sunday from President Bush after earning the first gold medal for the country at the Pan American Games.

Tyson's finances down for the count
NEW YORK -- Mike Tyson has filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, claiming his finances are in disarray.

Augusta boxer closes in on his dream
Seated in Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center seven years ago, Rayonta Whitfield watched the best amateur boxers in the country pound each other while chasing the ultimate dream.

Area sports announcements
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U.S. women win volleyball bronze
ANDRIA, Italy -- The U.S. women won the bronze medal at the World Grand Prix volleyball tournament Sunday, beating the Netherlands 25-22, 25-20, 28-26.

No Serena or Sampras: US Open will have new champs
NEW YORK -- Without Serena Williams, the U.S. Open women's title suddenly seems up for grabs.

Swiss rider, reserve score upset at world track cycling
STUTTGART, Germany -- Switzerland's Franco Marvulli and reserve Bruno Risi upset a top field Sunday and won the men's Madison title at the World Track Cycling Championships.

U.S. wins big on first day of Pan American Games
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- A slow start for U.S. teams at the Pan American Games on Saturday gave way to a rush of gold later in the day.

Overtime
Funny Cide's return to the races didn't include a trip to the winner's circle.

Overtime
The mother of a former Baylor basketball player who lived with a teammate now accused of murder said she warned the school about rampant drug use on the team, according to a published report.

Experts teach youngsters

Experts teach youngsters
JACKSON, S.C. - Dean Harrigal blew a well-worn duck call and shared a tidbit of knowledge gained over a quarter-century of waterfowl hunting.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Outdoors calendar

In fall, public may hunt Jenkins County wetland
Five years ago this week, Georgia's Department of Natural Resources closed a deal to acquire one of the region's most unique wetlands communities.

Stram's taped speech highlights Hall enshrinement
CANTON, Ohio -- Hank Stram was pushed to the front of the stage in a wheelchair, wearing his newest blazer as 115 of the NFL's greatest names welcomed him.

Media picks Hall members
Below is the selection process for the NFL Hall of Fame:

Wilson hopes frontrunner will emerge at fullback
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Running backs coach Ollie Wilson is uncertain who will start at fullback when Green Bay visits the Georgia Dome for the Atlanta Falcons' first preseason game Saturday night.

Augusta group lobbies for punter
He's considered by many as the greatest punter to ever step on a football field. But when the NFL holds its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio, today, Ray Guy won't be there.

In fall, public may hunt Jenkins County wetland

Georgia reloads, but will it shoot blanks?

Jon Stewart at top of political and media satire

Jon Stewart at top of political and media satire
NEW YORK -- Jon Stewart could barely contain himself. A congressman had publicly called a colleague a "fruitcake" and, since it happened on a Friday night, Stewart couldn't joke about it on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" until three days later.

Fox puts another Southern California milieu on prime-time map

Fox puts another Southern California milieu on prime-time map
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. -- The young girls' ball gowns are pristine white. Jewels sparkle at their throats. The young men's tuxedos are natty. Carnations sprout from their buttonholes. The grown-ups appear prosperous and proud.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Tracey Ullman, as always, is amazing in her ability to play wacky characters - this time on her newest comedy treat, the fresh and funny "Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales."

Five Questions With Anna Paquin

Hilary Duff moves on from "Lizzie McGuire" franchise

Dancers break world record for longest dance party

Top 20 Concert Tours

Excitement comes from Frears' films, not man himself

Meeting resolved problems
ATHENS - The summer of discontent is almost over.

Georgia seniors step up
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's Class of 2003 officially takes over its team today.

Record hailstone reported in Nebraska storm

Splendid Splinter keeping cool in Scottsdale

Predominantly black church offers to pay whites to attend

Georgia man's billboard salutes Fox

Bank teller tackles robber