George Plimpton to write memoirs

George Plimpton to write memoirs
NEW YORK - George Plimpton, the author, actor and literary patron whose countless famous friends have included Ernest Hemingway, Robert Kennedy and Warren Beatty, has agreed to write his memoirs.

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.

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.

MLB reaches $500 million apparel deal

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

Baseball to build first U.S. youth academy in Compton

Griffey knew returning was risky

Griffey knew returning was risky
CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. knew he was taking a chance by returning to the Cincinnati Reds before his right shoulder was fully healed.

Baseball to build first U.S. youth academy in Compton
COMPTON, Calif. -- Major league baseball will build its first youth baseball academy in the United States, a $3 million facility at Compton Community College projected to open next summer.

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.

Vacation postcards mean not having an empty mailbox

Man pokes 'Sesame' character, cited for disorderly conduct
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. -- A man who became annoyed with a theme-park worker dressed as Telly from "Sesame Street" shoved an umbrella into the worker's stomach and was cited for disorderly conduct, police said.

Odds and Ends
DANVILLE, Ky. -- Lexington's skyline isn't known for its scenic view from the Ohio River - mainly because the central Kentucky city is nowhere near it.

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.

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.

Wacky public stunts, digitally enabled
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- About 200 people, mostly in their 20s and 30s, crowd into the card section of the Harvard Coop bookstore, pretending to look for a card for "Bill."

Pitchers seek cures for ills

Braves let lead slip
MILWAUKEE - You tell yourself it's just a two-game losing streak, something the Atlanta Braves haven't had since they dropped back-to-back games to the Marlins more than a month ago.

Pitchers seek cures for ills
MILWAUKEE - Lost in the shadow of Greg Maddux's horrible first half is the 37-year-old right-hander has not lost since June 30 and with 10 starts left, reaching 15 wins for a major league-record 16th consecutive season is no longer a pipe dream.

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.

Braves let lead slip

Smoltz on pace for another bullpen record

Cox decides catcher for Maddux

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.

Dark-chocolate Kisses

March of Maytag jobs heightens worker fears
DES MOINES, Iowa -- First, Maytag Corp. moved two parts plants to Mexico; now, a refrigerator plant is headed there.

Chains expand in Augusta
With shoppers looking to stretch their money, stores that cater to the almighty dollar are one of the few thriving retail niches right now.

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.

Chains expand in Augusta

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.

Business briefs
HOUSTON - Waste Management Inc.'s profit fell 18.9 percent in the second quarter, missing Wall Street expectations as it cited a weak economy and restructuring costs related to job cuts.

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.

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.

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.

Careerbuilder in, Monster out on AOL and MSN

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.

Careerbuilder in, Monster out on AOL and MSN
BOSTON -- Move over, Monster. Careerbuilder.com is moving in.

Atlanta Gas Company welcomes new leader

March of Maytag jobs heightens worker fears

Growth keeps company thriving

Florida tourism to grow
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The war in Iraq acted simply as a "speed bump" to Florida tourism, state tourism officials said this week. Although the military conflict caused a slight dip in interest from potential visitors to the state, tourism is expected to be up this year by almost 3 percent.

Factory orders up 1.7 percent in June

Dark-chocolate Kisses
Dark-chocolate Hershey's Kisses, sporting a purple foil wrap and paper tag reading "Dark," is the first permanent addition to the Kisses line in nearly 10 years.

Business briefs

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

Clemson reinstates Sampson

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 reinstates Sampson
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Linebacker Eric Sampson, dismissed from Clemson by head coach Tommy Bowden last December, was officially reinstated to the Tigers on Tuesday.

SEC, ACC tout quarterback talent
David Greene has led Georgia to a 21-5 record and a Southeastern Conference title in his first two years with the Bulldogs. He was named first-team All-SEC last year by the Associated Press and the league's coaches.

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.

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

Gator quarterback carousel belongs to Zook this time
It's a refrain as familiar in Gainesville as the sound of a summertime thunderstorm: The Florida Gators head into their first practice of the season unsure who their starting quarterback will be.

Alabama's Witt has no regrets over Price firing
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama's president has no regrets about firing football coach Mike Price, and hopes fans will be patient with new coach Mike Shula.

Gator quarterback carousel belongs to Zook this time

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.

SEC, ACC tout quarterback talent

Book puts Sarazen, TV series in spotlight

No grounds for phones

Testing service flunks

How to cut drug costs

'Fritz' exits with roar
No one ever accused U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, D-S.C., of not speaking his mind, and the 81-year-old political warhorse, a throwback to an era when Dixie Democrats dominated the Senate, was at it again in announcing Monday that next year he would not again seek the seat he has held since 1966.

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.

'Fritz' exits with roar

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.

Testing service flunks
Yes, it's good news that Georgia has no public schools listed as persistently dangerous, but if some schools had made that list, school systems opening this week would have had precious little time to move students seeking transfers.

Critical choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases.

Kennedy Center honors James Brown, other artists
WASHINGTON -- James Brown, Carol Burnett, Loretta Lynn, Mike Nichols and Itzhak Perlman have been chosen for the 26th annual Kennedy Center Honors.

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

Standing ovations
The baseball season is winding down and the Augusta GreenJackets open an eight-game home stand with a game against Lakewood at 7:15 p.m. today.

IRS to ask families for proof they qualify for tax credit
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday that 25,000 low-income earners will be asked to bolster their tax returns with proof that they qualify for a tax credit designed to lift the working poor out of poverty.

Stocks fall on fears about rising interest rates

Stocks fall on fears about rising interest rates
NEW YORK -- Investors shaken by a terrorist attack and a turnound in interest rates sent stocks sharply lower Tuesday, propelling the Dow Jones industrials down nearly 150 points in their worst day in 2 1/2 months.

Stocks end mixed following late-day rebound

Ford adds cash, financing incentives for cars, SUVs
CHICAGO - Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday said it will add cash back or better financing rates on three 2003 car models and two SUVs to clear out inventory for the 2004 models. The new deals are effective from Aug. 5 through Sept. 30.

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.

Village Deli is delectable
Walking into the Village Deli in Daniel Village is like stepping onto the set of the television show Cheers, where everybody knows your name.

Village Deli is delectable

Dining out

Small portions
If the cheese in your refrigerator is beginning to sprout a bit of mold, do not throw the baby out with the bathwater by getting rid of the whole thing.

Small portions

Add elegance to frozen yogurt
As the temperature rises, we all scream for ice cream. But some occasions merit a more elegant presentation than bowls of ice cream or sorbet provide.

Dining out
Listings and reviews of area restaurants.

Gailey sees promise on Yellow Jacket defense
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey likes what he sees so far in the Yellow Jackets defense.

Gailey sees promise on Yellow Jacket defense

On deck
Lakewood BlueClaws (Phillies) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox)

Extra bases
Today-Saturday: vs. Lakewood BlueClaws (Phillies)

Woosnam pulls out of PGA Championship following father's death

Daly's wife charged in drug scheme
OXFORD, Miss. -- John Daly faces more turmoil off the course, although this time it's not his own.

Woods, Curtis welcome PGA back to Boston

Price withdraws from PGA
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Two-time PGA champion Nick Price withdrew Tuesday from the PGA Championship so he could spend more time with his family.

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.

Price withdraws from PGA

Wilson selected to Walker Cup squad

Heading into last major, a real awards race brewing

Furyk turns stress into success

A major year for Sorenstam

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.

Rain suspends play again at Women's Amateur
GLADWYNE, Pa. -- Three Californians were tied for the lead Tuesday after the completion of the rain-delayed first round of the U.S. Women's Amateur, but weather again forced suspension play.

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

Heading into last major, a real awards race brewing
Tiger Woods must have grown weary giving the same speech.

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.

Rain suspends play again at Women's Amateur

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

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

Extra bases

Enjoy a salad with your sandwich
I'm a firm believer in cooking once and eating twice, so this week's recipe for chicken Caesar subs turns leftover grilled chicken into a delicious sandwich.

Enjoy a salad with your sandwich

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

Bodies of married couple found in Evans
The bodies of two Columbia County residents were discovered in their Evans apartment late Tuesday.

Back-to-back editorials refreshing

Don't blame Bush for downturn
I take issue with Democrats who blame President George W. Bush for the current economic downturn. Any economist will attest to the fact that the economy is a slow moving juggernaut at best. William R. Davis, Clearwater, S.C.

Back-to-back editorials refreshing
Gadzooks! Two editorials on the same day ("Gone too far" and "Benefit of the doubt" on July 25) that are actually moderate, reasonable, well-written opinions. How refreshing! Is the editorial staff OK? Or did someone have a serious lapse? John Spence, McCormick, S.C.

Charter school won't benefit all

One is innocent until guilt is proven

Blasts efforts end federal ownership of Thurmond land

Christians must take a stand now
Are we reaching a point of no return in our country? When one reaches a certain point in travel, it becomes impossible to turn back. I believe this country has come close to stepping over, or has actually stepped over, the invisible line in the sand. No longer do people fear the Lord - they fear each other... Barbara A. Mohler, Augusta

We all must do something to reduce violence
Data released by the Children's Defense Fund shows that in a single year, 3,365 children and teens were killed by gunfire in the United States - which is one child every two and a half hours, nine children every day and more than 60 children every week. Barbara Thurmond, Augusta

One is innocent until guilt is proven
Being the mother of two young men, the recent events involving Chad Muns have really concerned me. Here is an 18-year-old man, still being held in jail, who has never been convicted of a crime. Marianne Jones, Martinez, Ga.

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.

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

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.

Christians must take a stand now

In the know

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

Yoga's popularity spreads to children

Senors calendar

Guidelines created for teen obesity surgery

Major changes recommended in national vaccination program

FDA removes unappetizing warning label from fake fat

In the know

Millions doing away with their landline phones

Children find photo magic in computers

Body-mass index checks recommended for children

Guidelines created for teen obesity surgery
WASHINGTON -- Amy Topel had tried exercise, weight-loss pills and every diet, real or fad, around. But at age 15, she'd reached 260 pounds and a difficult decision: It was time to try surgery.

Children find photo magic in computers
Last August I taught a digital photography course at the Maine Photographic Workshops in Rockport, Maine.

In the know
More reality awaits on ABC's The Family, which follows 10 family members as they vie for $1 million while living the good life at a Palm Beach, Fla., estate.

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

Body-mass index checks recommended for children
CHICAGO -- From the seemingly slim to the truly chubby, all children should have their body-mass index measures evaluated yearly as part of efforts to identify and prevent obesity, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

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

FDA removes unappetizing warning label from fake fat
WASHINGTON -- Snacks made with the fake fat olestra no longer will have to bear the unappetizing label that warned they might cause cramps and diarrhea.

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.

'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.

Flood victims seek panel's help

Judge sentences couple

Rants and Raves
AT THOMSON HIGH SCHOOL last year, there were dress-code violations every day that no one seemed to care about. Shirts out, pants dragging the floor, shorts and skirts too short, and girls with short blouses and low blouses showing too much skin. Why do we make these rules if we are not going to enforce them?

Some worry about treating radium in groundwater

Organization provides seniors with chance to live a dream

Flood victims seek panel's help
About 30 flood victims showed up for Tuesday's Augusta Commission meeting searching for solutions to their water woes.

Correction

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.

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.

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

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

Puppies' tails mangled at county pound
Richmond County Animal Control officials are trying to find out who cut the tails off two boxer puppies at the facility and botched the job.

Hollings says he has many things to do before he retires

Victim of eastern equine encephalitis improves

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Georgia lawmakers struggling to pay Medicaid bills were warned Tuesday that the state won't be able to finance the health care program long into the future if it doesn't take steps to rein it in soon.

Across the area

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Revenue down for lodging in April

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

Bank robbers get away after locking two workers in vault

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.

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.

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.

School to keep Rebels moniker

Plea of guilty is entered by Drew
Jimmy Drew, an Augusta businessman and former Augusta Aviation Commission member, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Tuesday involving cash payments he made to a former North Carolina agriculture commissioner.

Suspect might face death if found guilty of shooting

Plea of guilty is entered by Drew

Bodies of married couple found in Evans

Suspect might face death if found guilty of shooting
An Augusta jail inmate received word Tuesday that his trial may be a fight for his life if he is found responsible for a fatal pawnshop robbery.

Across the area

Judge sentences couple
Someone else pulled the trigger, but it would never have happened without Katherine Conway and Keane Alan Bates, the prosecutor said.

Tax refund ordered for Charleston County residents

Old tractors are big business
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Old tractors never die and, unlike old soldiers, they don't just fade away.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Daylin Covell Hart, 2, of Thomson.

Republicans gear up for Hollings seat

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.

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.

Old tractors are big business

Budget-conscious lawmakers begin look into Medicaid

Across Georgia

Kid of the day

Doctors discover trigger

News you can use

Perdue names three new floor leaders

School performance list is out

Auditors will take look at marina's books

Student program comes to district

Ozmint says state needs alternatives to prison sentences

Bank robbers get away after locking two workers in vault
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Armed robbers wearing ninja outfits ambushed two bank employees as they were opening Tuesday, herded them into a vault and made their escape before police stormed the building 3 1/2 hours later.

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

Budget-conscious lawmakers begin look into Medicaid
ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers struggling to pay Medicaid bills were warned Tuesday that the state won't be able to finance the health care program long into the future if it doesn't take steps to rein it in soon.

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

Organization provides seniors with chance to live a dream
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- She can't walk as fast as she used to, but she can still fly.

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.

Hollings says he has many things to do before he retires
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- In the last year and a half of his term, U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, D-S.C., plans to focus on the same issues he has pushed his whole career: fiscally responsible government and support for the nation's textile and other industries.

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.

Tax refund ordered for Charleston County residents
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Charleston County must refund an estimated $9.3 million in property taxes some county residents were overcharged two years ago, a state judge has ruled.

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.

News you can use
AUG. 6, 1954 AIKEN - Agents of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division raided several Aiken County nightclubs yesterday - the third time this week. They arrested 15 persons, seven of them women on prostitution charges.

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.

Rants and Raves
AT THOMSON HIGH SCHOOL last year, there were dress-code violations every day that no one seemed to care about. Shirts out, pants dragging the floor, shorts and skirts too short, and girls with short blouses and low blouses showing too much skin. Why do we make these rules if we are not going to enforce them?

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.

School to keep Rebels moniker
JOHNSTON, S.C. - The Rebels of Strom Thurmond High School will stay, but the mustachioed Southern planter mascot must go, school officials decided Tuesday.

Correction
An article in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about summer rainfall incorrectly stated the nature of a bankruptcy involving roofing contractor David Hawkins. According to court records, Mr. Hawkins filed personal bankruptcy inNovember.

Pupils get free haircuts

Facility's bird dog to get help

Revenue down for lodging in April
Contrary to previous reports, hotels during Masters Week probably didn't make as much money as they did last year.

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.

Wandering bear turns up in area
They called her a nuisance in Gatlinburg, Tenn., where she rummaged through trash cans and annoyed tourists.

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.

Kid of the day

Leader to quit Senate in 2005

Across the area
A physician who lived in Martinez and faced domestic violence and weapon charges has had his license suspended.

Sanford economics stir criticism

Teacher in Iraq back from duty
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Jarret Cox looked a little overwhelmed as he was welcomed back to his classroom this week at Altama Elementary School with cheers; American flags; red, white and blue balloons; and patriotic songs.

News you can use

PeachCare advocates appeal for more funds
ATLANTA - A growing deficit could force Georgia's health-care program for children in working families to slash enrollment by more than 50,000, state health and budget officials warned Tuesday.

School performance list is out
Among Richmond County's poorest schools, three out of four failed to meet standards for yearly progress set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, according to figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Education.

Victim of eastern equine encephalitis improves
She scrunches her eyes when her name is spoken. Other times, Jennifer Tucker opens her eyes and appears to move them around. Little things, but they are progress for the 10-year-old Valdosta, Ga., girl struck by eastern equine encephalitis.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -Charleston County must refund an estimated $9.3 million in property taxes some county residents were overcharged two years ago, a judge has ruled.

"Gigli" bombs, but life goes on in no-fault Hollywood

"Gigli" bombs, but life goes on in no-fault Hollywood
LOS ANGELES -- The mob romp "Gigli" ended up a Hollywood disaster movie, yet stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez and most of their collaborators should emerge unscathed.

Music grows with Bow Wow

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

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.

Music grows with Bow Wow
He's dropped the Lil' from his name, picked up a driver's license and, with a new look and a new single, Let's Get Down, climbing the charts, 16-year-old Bow Wow is back.

Top IRL drivers cautiously optimistic about Kentucky track surface

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.

Investigation board recommendations won't be challenge

Circus comes to town for Kobe Bryant's first court appearance

Circus comes to town for Kobe Bryant's first court appearance
EAGLE, Colo. -- Across the street from the Eagle County courthouse, a mini-community of satellite trucks and television tents has suddenly sprouted. Inside, final touches were being put on a security plan more suited for a head of state.

Maker of chocolate spread ends endorsement deal with Bryant

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 lawyers seek sanctions to stop news leaks
EAGLE, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant's lawyers asked a judge Tuesday to punish any law enforcement officers who discussed the sexual assault case with reporters in violation of a court order.

Bryants faced hurdles long before sexual assault case

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.

Mild weather bizarre to some Atlanta players

Rossum, Jenkins vying for kickoff returner's job

Insect bite could keep Moorhead out of preseason opener

Falcons feel fine at camp

Owner upset over federal lawsuit

North Carolina appeals court denies former pro footballer Carruth's bid for new trial

Surgery awakens Carolina's sleeping giant

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Lewis decides against fighting again this year

American basketball teams, baseball post big wins

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

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Timbers forward Byron Alvarez plays for free

Tyson: Millions of dollars gone on diamonds, limos, rugs

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: Millions of dollars gone on diamonds, limos, rugs
NEW YORK -- A diamond necklace worth as much as some houses. More than $300,000 in limousine rides. Sixty thousand dollars worth of rugs.

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.

American basketball teams, baseball post big wins
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Just 10 hours after extending its winning streak to 25 games, the U.S. baseball team took the field again. And lost.

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.

Overtime
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.

Falcons feel fine at camp
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Todd Weiner often looks across the overcast practice fields at Furman University and wonders if he ever left Seattle.

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.

North Carolina appeals court denies former pro footballer Carruth's bid for new trial
RALEIGH, N.C. -- An appeals court on Tuesday refused to order a new trial for former pro football player Rae Carruth on his 2001 murder conspiracy conviction, despite an error by a lower court.

Surgery awakens Carolina's sleeping giant
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina defensive tackle Kris Jenkins used to sleep 14 hours a day.

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.

Mild weather bizarre to some Atlanta players
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Todd Weiner often looks across the overcast practice fields at Furman University and wonders if he ever left Seattle.

Investigation board recommendations won't be challenge
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA will not challenge any of the recommendations to be issued by the board that investigated the loss of space shuttle Columbia, the agency's deputy administrator said Tuesday.

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.

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.

Gay or straight, AMC film shows Hollywood can be a drag

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.

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

Thanks for the memories: CBS scores with a Bob Hope special

Thanks for the memories: CBS scores with a Bob Hope special
NEW YORK -- A Bob Hope special the night after the comedian died scored solid ratings - but not on NBC, the network where he worked for more than 60 years.

Gay or straight, AMC film shows Hollywood can be a drag
LOS ANGELES -- Given television's gay boomlet, filmmaker Jeremy Simmons' concerns about his new documentary, "The AMC Project: Gay Hollywood," appear misplaced.

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

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Critical choice

Kennedy Center honors James Brown, other artists

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Dawgs get back to work

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.

Second session an improvement, Richt says
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Bulldogs' second preseason practice was better than the first, coach Mark Richt said Tuesday after the team worked out in helmets, jerseys and shorts.

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

Gamecocks reinstate Thomas

Can Holtz work magic again with Gamecocks
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz better have something special up his sleeve this fall. Reviving the Gamecocks now could be a much harder trick than he's ever tried before.

Can Holtz work magic again with Gamecocks

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.

South Carolina-Arkansas game date moved, to be televised

Gamecocks reinstate Thomas
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina wide receiver Matthew Thomas has been reinstated, five months after he was suspended following his arrest on a simple assault charge.

Book puts Sarazen, TV series in spotlight
Gene Sarazen and Shell's Wonderful World of Golf is about the landmark television show from the 1960s, but Masters Tournament references are sprinkled throughout the book.

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Stealing could get friend humiliated, or put in jail
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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