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

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

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

Exhibit opens on 'SmartWrap,' new technology for building

Exhibit opens on 'SmartWrap,' new technology for building
NEW YORK -- Take a look at that plastic soda bottle. Now imagine a wall, or even the facade of a whole building, made from the same material.

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"!

MLB reaches $500 million apparel deal
NEW YORK -- Major league baseball announced a five-year apparel and headwear global licensing deal Monday that will generate more than $500 million in revenue for the 30 clubs.

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.

Brooklyn Cyclones retire Jackie Robinson's No. 42

Marlins owner believes Miami can be top-10 market for baseball

MLB reaches $500 million apparel deal

Marlins owner believes Miami can be top-10 market for baseball
MIAMI -- From his seat near home plate, Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria can hear the chatter on the field and in the dugout.

Vacation postcards mean not having an empty mailbox

Odds and Ends
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Municipal Court might be the last place you would expect to find offenders meditating and learning to balance their chi.

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

Daughter locked in trunk while woman visited husband in prison
HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- A woman who locked her 3-year-old daughter in the trunk of a car while she visited her husband in prison has been charged with endangerment.

Cox decides catcher for Maddux
ATLANTA - Blame it on Greg Maddux, if you must. But the four-time Cy Young winner insists the debatable decision to bench catcher Javy Lopez, the Atlanta Braves' leading home run hitter, when he pitches is not his choice.

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.

Smoltz on pace for another bullpen record
ATLANTA -- John Smoltz got to spend an entire game in the dugout. No pressure. No apprehension. No wondering if he'd get called on to pitch.

Smoltz on pace for another bullpen record

Cox decides catcher for Maddux

Dodgers end Ortiz's streak

Is there a reason for department stores to exist?

Atlanta Gas Company welcomes new leader

Factory orders up 1.7 percent in June

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

Statistical error found in June construction
WASHINGTON -- An error in a government economic report caused spending on construction projects in June to be underestimated. Construction spending rose last month by 0.3 percent as opposed to being flat, the Commerce Department said Monday.

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.

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.

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.

Growth keeps company thriving

Atlanta Gas Company welcomes new leader
In the minds of many consumers, Atlanta Gas Light Co. ceased to exist when it stopped selling natural gas four years ago.

Jobless say improving economy is a mirage
NEW YORK -- Six days before Christmas, Antonio Tirado called his wife with the news - he'd just been laid off. The next morning, Martha Tirado had to return the favor.

Growth keeps company thriving
Many businesses would kill for a financial track record to match that of W.A. Bragg & Co. Even if they've never heard of the company.

Factory orders up 1.7 percent in June
WASHINGTON -- Orders to U.S. factories rose 1.7 percent in June, the biggest gain in three months, a fresh sign that the nation's battered manufacturing sector is turning a corner.

Luxury baby items tug at the heart - and purse strings

Local merchants find ways to compete with Wal-Mart

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.

Summer is good time to examine business

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.

Business briefs
PITTSBURGH - U.S. Steel Corp. reported a net loss for the second quarter and blamed increases in the cost of pensions and natural gas as well as higher spending on planned outages. Still, its results were well ahead of analysts' projections.

Clemson's Bowden knows it's getting hot in Death Valley
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden has gone to four-straight bowl games, has never had a losing record and has beaten state rival South Carolina three out of four times.

Clemson's Bowden knows it's getting hot in Death Valley

Alabama's first-game offense a mystery, even to coaches

Alabama's first-game offense a mystery, even to coaches
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Dave Rader would love to be able to project Alabama's exact pass-run ratio this season and pinpoint every strength and weakness, but he can't.

Alabama requests dismissal of Price lawsuit
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama asked a judge Monday to dismiss former coach Mike Price's $20 million lawsuit against the university, claiming the university is a state agency and can't be sued under the constitution.

How to cut drug costs
America's big pharmaceutical companies sell prescription drugs abroad for about 40 percent less than they do in the United States because most foreign countries, like Canada, control drug prices while the United States, under free enterprise, does not.

A brainless scheme

No grounds for phones
Bells won't be the only thing ringing in schools this fall. A Georgia legislative vote has lifted a statewide ban on cell phones in schools, leaving the decision to allow them at the discretion of individual school districts.

Funding hypocritical

No grounds for phones

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.

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.

How to cut drug costs

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stocks end mixed following late-day rebound
NEW YORK -- Stocks began the week indecisively Monday, closing mixed in the absence of earnings news to guide investors. But the major indexes managed to rebound from sizable early losses.

Should I refinance my mortgage?

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?

Stocks end mixed following late-day rebound

August typically bodes ill for the market

Investors worry whether bond funds are running out of steam

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.

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.

A slam for Sorenstam

Scott wins by two shots in Sweden

Watson regular Padgett prevails

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

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

Furyk turns stress into success
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Jim Furyk enjoys getting out of bed with an upset stomach.

Furyk wins Buick Open

Woosnam pulls out of PGA Championship following father's death
LONDON -- Ian Woosnam withdrew from the PGA Championship following the death of his father.

Oglivy enjoys the bright lights on center stage

Woosnam pulls out of PGA Championship following father's death

ASU picks golf coach
When Shannon Hanson resigned from her women's golf coach position at Augusta State, word spread fast.

A major year for Sorenstam
Louise Suggs, an LPGA Tour founder and the first woman to complete the Grand Slam, was among those who worried that Annika Sorenstam would bring harm to women's golf if she failed miserably at the Colonial.

A major year for Sorenstam

Furyk turns stress into success

Woods, Curtis welcome PGA back to Boston

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

Woods, Curtis welcome PGA back to Boston
NORTON, Mass. -- Tiger Woods and British Open champion Ben Curtis will help welcome the PGA back to New England.

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.

Wilson selected to Walker Cup squad

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.

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

Wilson selected to Walker Cup squad
Former Augusta State golfer Oliver Wilson was named to the Great Britain & Ireland team Monday for the upcoming Walker Cup match, Sept. 6-7, at Ganton Golf Club in Yorkshire, England.

Vacation postcards mean not having an empty mailbox
Summer vacation travelers have filled the mailbox, so let's try to catch up.

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.

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

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."

Charter school won't benefit all
Regarding your July 22 editorial, "They went out and got it": As a Merriwether resident and a founding member of the Merriwether Community Development Association, I must correct the misinformation that is coming from certain members of this organization. Roy Blackwell, Merriwether, S.C.

Blasts efforts end federal ownership of Thurmond land
I oppose Reps. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., and Gresham Barrett, R-S.C., in their efforts to pass legislation ending federal ownership and management of land surrounding Thurmond Lake. This land is protected for wildlife and is usable to all under the Army Corps of Engineers. Serene wildlife, fishing and camping areas would inevitably be sold, becoming a patchwork of housing projects in a cloud of jet-ski exhaust. Shame on would-be developers and their politician friends who seek profit from the land at such an expense to us all. Let's choose not to become another Lake Murray, which resembles a subdivision surrounding a pond. Colleen Moore, North Augusta, S.C.

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.

Soldiers need to toughen up
As a retired soldier, I have become sickened by the lack of patriotism of the soldiers in Iraq. It is very disheartening to hear soldiers complaining. I began to think about Korea and Vietnam and World War II. I think of all those who remembered their pledge - which is, "I am an American fighting man, I serve in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, and I am prepared to give my life in its defense." It goes on to say, "I will trust in God and the president of the United States of America." Joseph Diggs Sr., Augusta

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

Offers driving tips for older drivers

Blasts efforts end federal ownership of Thurmond land

Gay rights: Where do we go from here?

There's too much spam in our lives

Charter school won't benefit all

Major changes recommended in national vaccination program

Millions doing away with their landline phones

Company offers personalized, celebrity autographs on demand

Genetically engineered trees quietly sprouting

In the know

Guys and molls

Some suspicious spouses resort to online surveillance

What's a 'normal' brain?

Yoga's popularity spreads to children

'K-1' is not a knockout, but it's fun

Senors calendar

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

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.

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.

Major changes recommended in national vaccination program
Major changes recommended in national vaccination program

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

Millions doing away with their landline phones
WASHINGTON -- The curly-corded phone by Brandon Fogel's bed was starting to seem like a relic.

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.

'K-1' is not a knockout, but it's fun
Combine boxing and kickboxing, you get one of the fight game's more-obscure disciplines - K-1.

In the know
Giorgio Armani has a new muse: Barbie.

Yoga's popularity spreads to children
NEW YORK - When the yoga teacher urges her students to stretch like trees, Benjamin Wolfgang gets up on his toes. Jenna Katz opens her palms to the ceiling.

Senors 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.

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.

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.

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.

Some worry about treating radium in groundwater
LEXINGTON, S.C. -- Some people worry about plans to treat radium in groundwater in Lexington County.

Sanford calls for tax reform

News you can use
AUG. 5, 1958 Sale of the renovated James Hotel, formerly the Plaza Hotel on Augusta's Barrett Plaza, was announced Monday. Augusta businessman Robert Turbyfill said he purchased the four-story brick building from J.M. Major of Savannah for $115,000. The former owner had been undertaking extensive renovation of the hotel since he bought it last December for $75,000.

Facility's bird dog to get help

Perdue names three new floor leaders
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue named three new floor leaders in the Legislature Monday.

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.

Ozmint says state needs alternatives to prison sentences
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- South Carolina should find alternative sentences for nonviolent offenders to reduce a growing prison population, Corrections Department director Jon Ozmint says.

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.

Pupils get free haircuts
GRANITEVILLE - Sitting still with the wail and thump of modern gospel music and the close whir of electric clippers ringing in his ears, Julian Coleman got a jump Monday on the serious business of moving up to seventh grade with a free haircut.

Correction

Sanford economics stir criticism
AIKEN - During his first few months in office last spring, rookie South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford got dinged by legislators, both Republican and Democratic, for not showing enough leadership on the state's ongoing fiscal crisis.

Area police back order
As legislation allowing police to detain criminal and illegal immigrants awaits hearings in Congress, some local authorities have voiced support for the bill.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Enrique Dante Cordy, 2, of Hephzibah.

Leader to quit Senate in 2005

Student program comes to district
You don't interrupt your boss's vacation at the beach for just any news.

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.

Close family overcomes loss

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.

Party is seen as archaic

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.

Milledgeville couple on their way to seventh heaven
MACON, Ga. -- Terry and Marolotta Reid always hoped to add a girl to their family of three boys.

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.

Ozmint says state needs alternatives to prison sentences

Across the southeast

Perdue names three new floor leaders

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

Auditors will take look at marina's books

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

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

News you can use

Doctors discover trigger

Across Georgia

Across Georgia

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A RANT against Augusta State University. Although the admissions office is run wonderfully and very well-detailed and professional, once you get into ASU you have to contend with a registrar's office that doesn't know what's going on and a financial aid office that doesn't know what's going on. You also have to contend with being a nontraditional student, but with offices that keep traditional hours.

Student program comes to district

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

Across the area

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.

Republicans gear up for Hollings seat

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

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.

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.

Auditors will take look at marina's books
Government auditors have been directed to examine the books of Augusta's Riverwalk Marina after the boat dock's employees were unable to account for more than $11,000 in unpaid slip fees.

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.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -South Carolina should find alternative sentences for nonviolent offenders to reduce a growing prison population, Corrections Department chief Jon Ozmint said Monday.

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.

Republicans gear up for Hollings seat
Word that Democratic Sen. Fritz Hollings is retiring was sweet music Monday for Republicans who are lining up to take his place in 2004.

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.

Special education lacks new recruits

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.

Security guard killed, body set on fire at Lexington plant

Newcomers rock DOT board

Across South Carolina

Budget board to weigh changes in state worker health plan

To save HOPE, rules may be re-examined

Augusta State hires women's golf coach

Denver recounts past U.S. summit

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.

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

Kid of the day

Some worry about treating radium in groundwater

Doctors discover trigger
Stem cells are like cell factories that not only reproduce but also make other types of essential cells. They are found throughout the body and replace everything from blood to skin to muscle. Researchers have worked for years to learn how to manipulate the cells to repair damage to the body.

Leader to quit Senate in 2005
U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings of South Carolina announced Monday that he's retiring after 2004, ending a career in the Senate that spanned parts of five decades but was often overshadowed by the longevity of Sen. Strom Thurmond.

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 economics stir criticism

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.

Pupils get free haircuts

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina

Facility's bird dog to get help
Mayday the border collie relies on signals from her trainer to deter wildlife interference with flights at Augusta Regional Airport.

Jury selection begins for couple charged in child's death
ST. GEORGE, S.C. -- Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a Dorchester County couple charged with homicide by child abuse in the death of their 6-year-old autistic son more than two years ago.

Coweta County names first female high school principal
NEWNAN, Ga. -- Coweta County has named a veteran instructor as its first female high school principal.

Air park is a pilot's paradise

Across the area

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A crucial school assessment report showing which schools meet federal standards was delayed again Monday after the state school superintendent found an error in the programming used to produce it.

Budget cuts will be evident in classrooms

Across the area
A body that police suspect is that of an Augusta woman missing since July 11 was sent to Atlanta for further medical examinations, Richmond County Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen said Monday.

Many state rivers, lakes under mercury consumption advisories

Small towns experience extraordinary growth

Rants and Raves
I HAVE A RANT against Augusta State University. Although the admissions office is run wonderfully and very well-detailed and professional, once you get into ASU you have to contend with a registrar's office that doesn't know what's going on and a financial aid office that doesn't know what's going on. You also have to contend with being a nontraditional student, but with offices that keep traditional hours.

'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

Wooden elephant turns to soul legends for help

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."

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.

Single White Female: Atlanta-based Sarai tries to make a dent in rap
NEW YORK -- Eminem has disproved the notion that white boys can't rap. White girls, on the other hand, have had almost zero impact on the genre in its 30-year history.

Marty Stuart calls country music back to its rural roots

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

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?

Single White Female: Atlanta-based Sarai tries to make a dent in rap

Harvick wins Brickyard

Allmendinger wins third straight Toyota Atlantic race

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.

Another Andretti has bad luck in Indianapolis

Joshua Johnson wins 100 in Greece

Pit troubles continue to cost Jarrett

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.

Top IRL drivers cautiously optimistic about Kentucky track surface
SPARTA, Ky. -- Indy Racing League drivers testing their cars at Kentucky Speedway gave the track a thumbs-up Monday, six weeks after many of them complained about rough patches.

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

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.

Montoya wins German Grand Prix

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.

Harvick wins Brickyard

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.

Burton might leave owner

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.

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.

Top IRL drivers cautiously optimistic about Kentucky track surface

Maker of chocolate spread ends endorsement deal with Bryant

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.

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.

Maker of chocolate spread ends endorsement deal with Bryant
TRENTON, N.J. -- The maker of Nutella chocolate spread said Monday it is phasing out endorsements from Kobe Bryant in part because of the sexual assault charge against the NBA superstar.

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.

Bryants faced hurdles long before sexual assault case
LOS ANGELES -- They met at a music video shoot. She was an 18-year-old high school student working as a background model. He was 21, living in wealthy Pacific Palisades with a huge NBA contract and millions of dollars in endorsement deals.

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

Bryants faced hurdles long before sexual assault case

Owner upset over federal lawsuit

Stram's taped speech highlights Hall enshrinement

Rossum, Jenkins vying for kickoff returner's job

Wilson hopes frontrunner will emerge at fullback

Insect bite could keep Moorhead out of preseason opener

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Gold-winning gymnastics team gets call from president

U.S. men advance, women upset Brazil in basketball

Tyson's finances down for the count

U.S. men advance, women upset Brazil in basketball
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The U.S. men's basketball team leaves no margin for error.

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.

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.

Timbers forward Byron Alvarez plays for free
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Byron Alvarez is one of the Portland Timbers' best forwards and brightest stars. And yet he's the only member of his team who isn't paid.

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

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.

Lewis decides against fighting again this year
LOS ANGELES -- Heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis is considering retirement and has decided against fighting again this year, meaning a discussed rematch against Vitali Klitschko in December won't take place.

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.

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Swainsboro's Charles Silas has made the grade to play for South Carolina this fall, his former coach said Monday.

Insect bite could keep Moorhead out of preseason opener
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Carolina Panthers fifth-round draft choice Kindal Moorehead returned to the team Monday after spending four days in a Charlotte hospital because of an insect bite.

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.

Rossum, Jenkins vying for kickoff returner's job
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis believes a leader will begin to emerge Saturday night between his two leading candidates to return kickoffs this year.

Owner upset over federal lawsuit
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank says allegations of a sexual harassment in suit by the team's former vice president of human resources, are totally unjustified.

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.

'Street Time' returns, hoping this year it catches viewers' attention

Changes in offing if Clinton, Dole debates on '60 Minutes' continue

'Street Time' returns, hoping this year it catches viewers' attention
NEW YORK -- Word on the street about "Street Time" last season was - well, there wasn't any. Mum was the word.

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."

Don't touch that clicker! NBC tries minimovies to keep viewers tuned in

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

Don't touch that clicker! NBC tries minimovies to keep viewers tuned in
NEW YORK -- The good news for Michael Richards, Carmen Electra and Tom Arnold is that they'll be involved in new NBC productions going on the air this fall.

Jon Stewart at top of political and media satire

Changes in offing if Clinton, Dole debates on '60 Minutes' continue
NEW YORK -- When "60 Minutes" returns with new episodes this fall, those debates between former President Clinton and Bob Dole will either be back in radically different form or not at all.

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.

Dancers break world record for longest dance party

Excitement comes from Frears' films, not man himself

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Hilary Duff moves on from "Lizzie McGuire" franchise

Injuries mar first practice
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia's football team has had only one practice, and already four key reserves have suffered injuries significant enough to keep them out of the first two games.

Dawgs get back to work

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

Dawgs get back to work
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Bulldogs didn't get much chance to enjoy their first football title in 20 years.

South Carolina-Arkansas game date moved, to be televised

South Carolina-Arkansas game date moved, to be televised
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas will host South Carolina at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock on Nov. 6, instead of Nov. 8, so that the game can be televised by ESPN.

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THE FACTS: Kristen Rouse, 16, is a junior at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School.

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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:

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THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My friend and I were shopping, and she stole something. She didn't get caught, but she's done it before, and I don't like it. What should I do?

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CD releases include What the World Needs Now Is Love, from Wynonna Judd; Blues Traveler's Truth be Told;Quebec, from Ween; Jeff, by Jeff Black; and Soul Deep, by Laura Turner.

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