Amy Sedaris: Author, actress ... waitress?
NEW YORK -- The plot sounded innocent enough.

First-time actress tackles challenging role

Cows, frogs and pigs prompt public art debate
CINCINNATI -- Giant frogs in Toledo. Fiberglass horses in Lexington, Ky. Baseball bats in Cincinnati.

Offbeat Fringe Festival to feature striptease, rock 'n' roll

Cows, frogs and pigs prompt public art debate

Exhibit links Chicago with the art of the Southwest

Offbeat Fringe Festival to feature striptease, rock 'n' roll
NEW YORK -- A Russian dancer peels off a chiffon toga - and, seemingly, some of her skin. A turtle emerges from its shell and romps in a pink tutu. And a reality show contestant writes a real-life story about his experiences in a rock band.

Exhibit links Chicago with the art of the Southwest
CHICAGO -- Imagine an exhibition of Southwestern art without a single coyote howling beside a saguaro cactus. And now imagine that exhibition in shingle-flat Chicago, where the manmade landscape seems a world removed from the arroyos and mesas of New Mexico.

Amy Sedaris: Author, actress ... waitress?

First-time actress tackles challenging role
NEW YORK -- Nora-Jane Noone's movie debut hits close to home in a few ways.

Umpire vows to fight back if attacked again

Arroyo throws perfect game for Pawtucket

Umpire vows to fight back if attacked again
CHICAGO -- Next time, umpire Laz Diaz says he'll fight back.

Little League champs get victory lap
TALLMADGE, Ohio -- The Tallmadge All-Stars piled on top of a fire truck Sunday for a victory lap to celebrate the team's first trip to the Little League World Series since 1974.

Arroyo throws perfect game for Pawtucket
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Pawtucket's Bronson Arroyo pitched the fourth nine-inning perfect game in the 120-year history of the International League on Sunday to lead the Red Sox to a 7-0 win over the Buffalo Bisons.

When is a Coke not a Coke? When you're in South Dakota

Nazi symbols fashionable in Hong Kong
Customers walk past a Nazi swastika in a Hong Kong clothing store where swastikas and othe Nazi party symbols are used as decoration.

Cosmonaut weds earthbound bride
HOUSTON -- The bride blew the groom a kiss. He blew one back - from about 240 miles above terra firma.

Odds and Ends
BARTOW, Fla. -- Stray chickens here are now fair game.

Fish congregate in no fishing zone
PINEVILLE, S.C. -- Thousands of catfish and gar have congregated just below the Santee River Dam here and nobody can catch them.

Lucky license plates cost as much as cars
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's first auction of lucky license plates drew about a thousand bidders Monday, with the high bid - $95,200 - going for number 9999.

Who killed Mal Jones' chickens?
WEST TISBURY, Mass. -- It wasn't the island's most gruesome crime: Similar massacres have occurred in the past.

Jones looks to break slump

Furcal joins ultra-exclusive club

Pendleton leads amazing transformation
ATLANTA -- As a player, Terry Pendleton brought a winning attitude to Atlanta. As a coach, he helped turn the Braves into one of the most formidable lineups in the game.

Furcal's season isn't totally lost
ATLANTA - It has been a season measured in two distinct halves for Rafael Furcal.

Furcal's triple play wasted in late rally
ST. LOUIS - The Atlanta Braves' just-completed road trip doesn't qualify as a pleasure cruise, not after Horacio Ramirez and John Smoltz turned a win into defeat in the span of three pitches in Sunday night's 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Furcal's season isn't totally lost

Furcal's triple play wasted in late rally

Pendleton leads amazing transformation

Furcal joins ultra-exclusive club
ST. LOUIS -- The fact Woody Williams handles the bat better than most pitchers led to the rarest play in baseball.

Jones looks to break slump
ST. LOUIS - Chipper Jones wants to feel comfortable at the plate again. A painful session in the batting cage over the weekend was a good start.

Workers question the future after factory shutdowns

Augusta ranks low in growth

Farmers see catfish as alternative to declining crops
TRI CITY, Ky. -- John Murdock nets his heftiest profits from manmade ponds, not from the fertile soil on his farm.

Fed expected to leave short-term interest rates unchanged

Fed expected to leave short-term interest rates unchanged
WASHINGTON -- A key short-term interest rate is at a 45-year low, and Federal Reserve policy-makers are expected to keep it there when they meet Tuesday.

Business briefs
GENEVA - The United States has lodged an appeal with the World Trade Organization over a ruling that its tariffs on steel imports violate global trade laws.

Automakers target Generation Y

Mayor wants city in the air
Mayor Bob Young was on a US Airways flight to Washington in May when he picked up a copy of the airlines' in-flight magazine, Attache'. Inside was a 58-page business story and advertising spread on Charlotte, N.C.

Workers question the future after factory shutdowns
DOUGLAS, Ga. -- When the fourth factory quit town, 535 more voices joined the luckless chorus asking what is happening to this rural center's hardest-won jobs.

Augusta ranks low in growth
Augusta grew at a slower pace than most other metro areas during the past decade, but the factors that caused the lag shielded the city somewhat during the recent downturn.

Upscale Sony fights plunging prices, softened demand
TOKYO -- Sony Corp.'s new Qualia line of TVs are assembled by hand, by a worker who alone pieces each set together. The result is an $11,000 television with some of the richest video quality possible.

Automakers target Generation Y
DETROIT -- Toyota Motor Corp.'s success at selling reliable cars to baby boomers has a downside: Those customers aren't getting any younger. Now it's targeting their kids and grandkids in a radical move to win over Generation Y.

Iraqi masses may have slippery hold on oil wealth
Iraq is swimming in oil, but anybody who thinks that such natural wealth translates into a fat and happy middle class is in for a crude awakening.

Downturn robs rural towns of factory jobs gained in 1990s

Farmers see catfish as alternative to declining crops

Avoiding some common marketing pitfalls

Avoiding some common marketing pitfalls
NEW YORK -- Sales are down at your small business, and maybe you've lost a couple of customers. Time to get out there and do some marketing, right?

Iraqi masses may have slippery hold on oil wealth

Downturn robs rural towns of factory jobs gained in 1990s
NEW YORK -- It would be easy to call the evaporation of factory jobs from small towns merely the continuation of a longtime trend, but that would gloss over the recent past.

Business briefs

Upscale Sony fights plunging prices, softened demand

Restaurateur taps buffet niche
The allure of the never-ending meal is the idea behind a new restaurant in west Augusta.

Mayor wants city in the air

Alabama searches for placekicker and punter
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama special teams coach Dave Ungerer says Alabama's got the talent to put a good kicking game on the field, but he doesn't know who will be doing the kicking.

Tide starts its roll with Shula
We don't know much about Mike Shula the college football coach, but this much seems certain:

ACC is on verge of greatness

Coastal Carolina makes its debut

Alabama searches for placekicker and punter

Maryland placed on probation for payments to recruit

ACC is on verge of greatness
Seventeen days remain before the Atlantic Coast Conference kicks off its season Aug. 28. Ten questions that are likely to be asked between now and then:

Maryland placed on probation for payments to recruit
BALTIMORE -- Maryland was placed on one year of probation by the NCAA on Monday because an assistant football coach committed a "major" violation by giving money to a high school recruit.

Coastal Carolina makes its debut
CONWAY, S.C. -- Maurice Simpkins couldn't believe at times he came to Coastal Carolina to play college football.

Tide starts its roll with Shula

A growing problem
Talk about political correctness! This takes the cake!

Why NCLB is working
Federal, state and local governments are not going to win any good-government awards for how they've handled the first two years of President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind Act. Blunders made at every level of government have triggered anger, dismay and disappointment all across the nation.

A growing problem

Why NCLB is working

Above the fray

In very good company
So who do you think the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is honoring as "one of the most influential musicians of the past 50 years"?

Above the fray
At this point, the California recall looks like a tragic comedy.

Five questions with Kathleen Edwards
NEW YORK -- Kathleen Edwards called her first album "Failer" because that word, which she used in one of her songs, summed up how she felt while writing them.

'The Great Escape' game is not so great
Stealth is getting out of hand. The latest title to feature the sneaky style of play is "The Great Escape" from Pivotal and Gotham Games

Stars of 'Avenue Q' flaunt fur, shatter stigmas
NEW YORK -- Stigma seems like a natural subject for two people who star in a hit musical that features an Internet porn pirate, a closeted homosexual and a song entitled "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist."

Johnny Carson shares relationship with hometown
NORFOLK, Neb. -- Johnny Carson's name is still uttered daily here, even though it's been 11 years since the king of late-night television ended his reign.

Comic's new album turns tables on telemarketers
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The federal government's do-not-call list has saved millions of Americans from pesky telemarketers, but Tom Mabe had to take it one step further.

Fathers can help plan wedding
Advice for Father of The Bride: Show Up, Shut Up, Pay Up, Do As You're Told - and use that computer.

Video games open for Evanescence on concert tour
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- Now opening for the dark-rock band Evanescence: Luke Skywalker, extreme snowboarders and the claymation man-and-dog duo Wallace and Gromit.

Investors pour money into convertible bond funds
NEW YORK -- Investors nervous about the stock market have been pouring money into convertible bond funds, which buy securities that are a hybrid of stocks and bonds. But while these funds' returns have been strong, their best days might be over.

Stocks advance on Oracle, Adobe Systems upgrades

Upscale boomers help fuel home improvement market

Upscale boomers help fuel home improvement market
NEW YORK -- As baby boomers get older, many are increasing their investments in their biggest assets, their homes.

Stocks advance on Oracle, Adobe Systems upgrades
NEW YORK -- Brokerage upgrades of Oracle and Adobe Systems gave Wall Street a boost Monday, with tech shares leading the gains and rebounding from heavy losses last week.

Shop around for better rates on insurance
NEW YORK -- With the cost of auto and homeowners insurance rising rapidly, it's a good idea to review policies to see if there are ways to reduce premiums.

Investors pour money into convertible bond funds

If you switch carriers, can you use the same cell phone?

If you switch carriers, can you use the same cell phone?
If you switch wireless service and keep your number, can you use the same cell phone?

Eagles ranked second in poll
Georgia Southern was ranked second in the preseason Sports Network Division I-AA poll, which was released Monday.

Eagles ranked second in poll

Ramos keeps on fighting
Everyone loved Kelly Ramos.

Yount trying to make his own name
He may have one of the longest names in baseball: Dustin Yount, son of Hall of Famer Robin Yount.

Levi wins 3M Championship, first Champions Tour event
BLAINE, Minn. -- Wayne Levi sank a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the 3M Championship on Sunday, notching his first career Champions Tour victory.

Han wins Wendy's with birdie on third playoff hole
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Hee-Won Han had to work overtime to make sure she didn't settle for second place this time.

Quick start boosts Love to International win

Gustafson beats Pettersen in playoff; Sorenstam is third

Quick start boosts Love to International win
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Davis Love III birdied three of his first four holes Sunday at The International and cruised to his fourth victory of the season.

Nirapathpongporn wins U.S. Women's Amateur Championship title

Gustafson beats Pettersen in playoff; Sorenstam is third
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Sophie Gustafson tapped in a routine par putt on the third playoff hole to beat Suzann Pettersen and win the HP Open for the first time Sunday.

McCormick wins in playoff

McCormick wins in playoff
GRANITEVILLE - John McCormick loves to talk, but not Sunday. The Augustan kept his words to a minimum as he charged to victory in the Orville White Cup.

Levi wins 3M Championship, first Champions Tour event

Haas, Kuehne on Walker Cup team
FAR HILLS, N.J. -- Bill Haas and Trip Kuehne were among eight amateurs selected Monday to play for the U.S. team that will compete in the Walker Cup next month against Great Britain & Ireland.

Han wins Wendy's with birdie on third playoff hole

Van Pelt picks up first victory of year at Omaha Classic
OMAHA, Neb. -- Bo Van Pelt shot a 10-under-par 62, the best final round on the Nationwide Tour since 1995, to beat Craig Lile by two shots Sunday at the Omaha Classic.

Weir has a close encounter with Spikes
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Taking on Oak Hill didn't look so perilous compared to what Masters champion Mike Weir faced Monday afternoon - a near collision with Buffalo Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes.

Van Pelt picks up first victory of year at Omaha Classic

Nirapathpongporn wins U.S. Women's Amateur Championship title
GLADWYNE, Pa. -- Virada Nirapathpangporn beat Jane Park 2 and 1 in a 36-hole final to capture the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship title Sunday at Philadelphia Country Club.

Ramos keeps on fighting

Yount trying to make his own name

When is a Coke not a Coke? When you're in South Dakota
If you were traveling this summer, you might have discovered (again) that the thing that most defines difference among America's regions is what we call a soft drink.

Police identify body
A woman's body that was recovered from Phinizy Swamp on Aug. 1 was identified today as Ravone Yolanda Pernell, officials said.

Handicapped theater seating meant for handicapped only
Last night my husband and I went out for a night at the movies. I was in my wheelchair, the movie had not yet started and the theater was about half full. Dianne Pitts, Martinez, Ga.

How many deaths before light is installed?

Governors and state flag situation

Perplexed about poor education in America
As a foreigner, living in the United States for the past four years, I am perplexed by what is happening to education in this country. The article, "Student program comes to district" in The Chronicle's Aug. 5 Metro section, is a good example. Charles Ronen, Evans, Ga.

Columnist Cal Thomas wrong and mean-spirited to boot
Cal Thomas' July 31 column, "Study: Conservatives are mentally ill," inadvertently confirmed one of the study's main points - that conservatives effectively endorse inequality - with his closing barb, "... maybe I'll be able to park in the handicapped spaces at the mall." John J. Mack, Grovetown, Ga.

Perplexed about poor education in America

How many deaths before light is installed?
Several years ago a resident of Goshen subdivision tried to get a traffic light installed at the Highway 56 entrance to Goshen after his wife had a serious accident there. He was told "someone had to be killed there before a light would be installed." Mrs. Barbara A. Roach, Augusta

Governors and state flag situation
Recently the Columbia County section of The Chronicle gave an interesting overview of the Georgia state flag situation. It just missed the point that would've been crystal clear if there were three choices offered on the ballot! Does Gov. Sonny Perdue not know why he won the election? Pat Roach, Martinez, Ga.

Preventing right to bear arms won't end violence
In response to Barbara Thurmond's letter of Aug. 6, "We must all reduce the violence," I would like to present some facts which she left out of her letter on guns. John Bryan, Wrens, Ga.

Guns can't kill without a shooter
Barbara Thurmond's concern about reducing violence is a worthy cause (Aug. 6 letter, "We must all reduce the violence"). Teresa Glackin-Callahan, Harlem, Ga.

Preventing right to bear arms won't end violence

Columnist Cal Thomas wrong and mean-spirited to boot

Drain Lake Powell environmentalists say; locals scoff

New HP product to convert VHS home movies to DVD

In the know

AOL software finally grows up

Living organ donation on the rise

Slot machine cheat bilked casinos with ingenious gadgets

Retinal images track animals from birth to death

Drain Lake Powell environmentalists say; locals scoff
TICABOO, Utah -- Richard Ingebretsen bounds out of the boat with boyish enthusiasm, his sneakers splashing through the mud puddles and his voice echoing off the red canyon walls.

Slot machine cheat bilked casinos with ingenious gadgets
TULSA, Okla. -- In the back of a strip mall workshop a slot machine sits on two green milk crates like a patient on an operating table, its electronic innards exposed.

AOL software finally grows up
NEW YORK -- Finally, I can read and write e-mail on America Online without feeling as if I'm playing with a toy.

Readers can rate columns
Columnists seem to have the answer to every question, but is it the right advice?

Living organ donation on the rise
WASHINGTON -- The transplant was drawing near, and Kimberly Tracy knew she might die. She sat down to write her 2-year-old nephew a letter.

In the know
Columnists seem to have the answer to every question, but is it the right advice?

New HP product to convert VHS home movies to DVD
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It's a familiar sight in many households: shelves of home videotapes gathering dust.

Retinal images track animals from birth to death
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Using infrared light to photograph blood vessels in the eye sounds like the far-out technology of James Bond films, not western cattle ranches.

After 53 years, church gets finishing touch
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- His odyssey began in 1950.

Suspect found asleep
It was a fitting end for a North Augusta man accused of leading deputies on a headstone-crushing pursuit through a cemetery.

Richmond County schools lift ban on jeans

Across the southeast

It's never too late to learn
At age 50, Rhonda Jones is still trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up.

School note omits range of options

Across the southeast

Kid of the day

Denver's 1997 G-8 conference holds lessons for Georgia

Athens fuel spill makes way into Middle Oconee River

Watchdog group faces limits
AUSTELL, Ga. - Tucked in the corner office of a strip mall in the suburbs west of Atlanta, a small team of investigators keeps an eye on Georgia's police officers.

City council member has opposition

Athens fuel spill makes way into Middle Oconee River
ATHENS, Ga. -- Thousands of gallons of petroleum waste products leaked from an Athens oil company into a nearby creek Sunday, some making its way into the Middle Oconee River.

DSS keeps child death reports secret

Across Georgia
FORT STEWART -The 3rd Infantry Division soldiers who stormed Baghdad flew home Monday, completing a nine-month deployment to the Persian Gulf.

Rants and Raves
THIS RANT IS to the judges of Augusta. Why can't you give child rapists some real time in jail? What will it take for you to put these offenders away? How many children have to be raped and murdered before you decide to throw the key away on somebody?

Across South Carolina

Kolb offers ideas on drainage
It didn't have to rain more than 2 inches in 40 minutes last month for Augusta's Department of Public Works to realize the city has a drainage problem. Complaint records logged through the department's maintenance office show that the number of drainage-related calls during the first eight months of 2003 is more than double the calls logged in all of 2001.

High-end workers searching for work

Airport, ex-director study their options
At least one thing is certain about Ken Kraemer's future in Augusta.

Sharpton encourages youth, blacks to vote

Rants and Raves
THIS RANT IS to the judges of Augusta. Why can't you give child rapists some real time in jail? What will it take for you to put these offenders away? How many children have to be raped and murdered before you decide to throw the key away on somebody?

Edgefield has bloodied past
This is the first in an occasional series on South Carolina history and politics.

Director defends delay of building
If city officials are going to use the Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp.'s name in vain, the development group would appreciate having the opportunity to defend itself, Executive Director Robert Cooks told an Augusta Commission committee Monday.

Across the southeast
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -Onslow County's fire marshal has asked researchers to help figure out why six children died of smoke inhalation in a July mobile home fire that was confined to one room.

First Friday rules await board's OK
The full Augusta Commission couldn't pass a set of guidelines for First Friday merchants last week, but a panel of commissioners unanimously approved a revised rules list Monday, sending the issue back before the full board in one week.

Savannah family wins $50 million Mega Millions prize

Across the area

More rabies cases this year than all of last year
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- There have been more cases of rabies this year than in all of last year, prompting state health officials to remind South Carolinians to avoid strange animals and to vaccinate pets.

5 of county's schools must offer transfers

Lawyers vie for seat
Five lawyers vying for a vacant local Superior Court judgeship have interview dates with the governor.

Edgefield awaits scores

News you can use

Across South Carolina
BLACKSBURG -A state Transportation Department worker died Monday after being hit by a dump truck at a work site.

DeMint aims for Hollings' seat

Court orders voter requirements trial
ATLANTA - A federal appeals court Monday ordered a trial on whether Georgians must show state officials their Social Security numbers before they can vote.

Correction

DeMint aims for Hollings' seat
AIKEN - U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint of South Carolina was in Aiken on Monday, shaking hands, chit-chatting and softening up Republican wallets.

After 53 years, church gets finishing touch

Across the area
Two teens were arrested Monday in connection with the July 24 armed robbery of an Aiken convenience store, sheriff's officials said.

Watchdog group faces limits

City council member has opposition
AIKEN - Only one of Aiken City Council's three members up for re-election faces a challenger, and though that might not be good for democracy, it might save the city some cash.

Kid of the day

Sharpton encourages youth, blacks to vote
SANTEE, S.C. -- The electric organ pumped music into the sanctuary and a chorus of voices echoed the Rev. Al Sharpton as he reminded the congregation at Chapel Hill Baptist Church on Sunday about the struggle for civil rights and the important role for blacks in selecting the next president of the United States.

Study makes airport hopeful

Students fill health class
Columbia County will soon have a cadre of trained first responders.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Ebonee Romina Edwards, 8, of Augusta.

News you can use
AUG. 12, 1950 ATLANTA - Gov. Herman Talmadge told the Georgia Press Association last night that he would call "on the General Assembly to provide for expansion of the University Medical school at Augusta and build within the next four years a new general hospital at that institution and take such other steps as are necessary to make it possible to accept more medical students and train more nurses."

Twenty-five southwest Georgia prisoners test positive for pot
MORGAN, Ga. -- Twenty-five inmates at the Calhoun State Prison tested positive for marijuana, officials said Monday.

Kolb offers ideas on drainage

News you can use
AUG. 11, 1940 WRENS, Ga. - The folks who live in the ramshackle houses along Georgia's Tobacco Road may soon become a different people. A man who for years has administered to the discouraged inhabitants of the sandhill country has gone to Washington to suggest the government set up a rural rehabilitation community.

Bus no-shows, trailers and denim highlight first day of classes

Richmond County schools lift ban on jeans
Children who are tired of dirtying their fancy khakis on school playgrounds in Richmond County can wear jeans this year.

Lawyers vie for seat

Newberry pathologist solves mysteries of the dead
NEWBERRY, S.C. -- From prime-time's "Crossing Jordan" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" to reruns of old "Quincy" shows, many people have become familiar with the jobs of medical examiners.

Students fill health class

Director defends delay of building

Slippers found at ASU have superstitious root
Construction at Augusta State University has unearthed plenty of liquor bottles, broken china and musket balls, but never women's slippers.

Police identify body

N. Augusta gets tough on speeders
Some motorists might whine about how North Augusta's police have a reputation for tough speed enforcement.

Sharpton compares campaign to Schwarzenegger's race

Study makes airport hopeful
When comparing Augusta Regional Airport with other Southeastern airports, a new study suggests Augusta's profits and expenses are competitive, considering its passenger numbers.

News you can use

Fort gets happy returns
After seven months in Kuwait, Capt. Sean Nixon was happy Sunday to see his family and eager for the comforts of home.

Thieves stealing architectural fixtures from Savannah buildings
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Hand-crafted doors and mantels are quickly disappearing from centuries-old buildings in Savannah and ending up on the selling block.

Winner finds second time is the charm
Before Danielle Callan had made it off the stage after being crowned Miss Augusta 2004, her sister Jessica had called every phone number stored in her cell phone to spread the news.

High court orders child to register as sex offender
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Juvenile sex offenders must register on the state sex offender registry if required by law, the South Carolina Supreme Court says.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -Federal health researchers went to Lake Lanier this weekend to investigate a growing problem with carbon monoxide poisoning among boaters.

High-end workers searching for work
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- High unemployment has led to a new group of people seeking assistance at United Ministries.

Denver's 1997 G-8 conference holds lessons for Georgia
ATLANTA -- Business owners on the Georgia coast are hoping for big profits next summer when the international G-8 Summit comes to Sea Island, an event Georgia politicians say will pump $500 million into coastal communities.

3rd Infantry soldiers who stormed Baghdad return home

Slippers found at ASU have superstitious root

Bus no-shows, trailers and denim highlight first day of classes
Many parents in Savannah scrambled to find a way to take their children to school Monday after at least 800 students were left off a database used to schedule bus routes.

5 of county's schools must offer transfers
Grovetown Elementary, North Columbia Elementary and Harlem Middle schools have been added to the list of Columbia County schools that must offer transfers and tutoring services.

3rd Infantry soldiers who stormed Baghdad return home
FORT STEWART, Ga. -- The 3rd Infantry Division soldiers who stormed Baghdad flew home Monday to their headquarters at Fort Stewart, completing a nine-month deployment to the Persian Gulf.

Correction
Because inaccurate information was provided to The Augusta Chronicle, an article in Saturday's editions incorrectly reported the tenure of Daniel Field airport Manager Buster Boshears. He has served as manager of the airport since 1997.

Sharpton compares campaign to Schwarzenegger's race
SANTEE, S.C. -- The Rev. Al Sharpton says his run for the White House has something in common with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger's candidacy for governor of California.

Union spokesman: Pay the issue for Greenville police
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The number of city police officers joining a union local is increasing and money is the main reason, the union spokesman says.

DSS keeps child death reports secret
COLUMBIA, S.C.-- South Carolina's practice of keeping case reviews of child deaths secret allows social workers to speak freely without fear of legal retribution, a lawyer for the Department of Social Services says.

Rants and Raves
AS A SINGLE parent, I work very hard and feel that a tax break check is well-deserved at this time. However, there are many people who prefer to get the check without actually working. For those of you who are complaining about our "getting a break," perhaps if you worked a job or so, maybe you would be able to earn a check, too.

Savannah family wins $50 million Mega Millions prize
ATLANTA -- A Savannah family turned in a winning ticket on Monday for a Mega Millions jackpot worth $50 million.

Soldiers trained to battle weather
Summer heat doesn't give Army personnel at Fort Gordon an excuse to slack off. They have a job to do year-round.

Winner finds second time is the charm

Publication educates on campus crime
ATHENS, Ga. - If the new crop of University of Georgia students isn't more savvy about personal safety than last year's, it won't be from a lack of effort by Safe Campuses Now.

Newberry pathologist solves mysteries of the dead

Across the area
An Augusta man said he and a friend were robbed by another man at gunpoint at a car wash on Peach Orchard Road.

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH -The University of South Carolina is trying to raise money to build a research project on 1,200 acres of land it bought in Georgetown County about 10 years ago.

Fort gets happy returns

Layoffs not on Perdue's agenda as he faces tough budget year
ATLANTA -- The last time Georgia faced hard economic choices, a Democratic governor ordered layoffs and risked a backlash from his party's labor allies. Now a Republican with no special labor ties is in charge yet the "L" word isn't being mentioned.

Airport, ex-director study their options

Pizza tycoon hopes to toss up Georgia Senate race
ATLANTA -- For a multimillionaire with Washington connections, Herman Cain makes an unusual underdog for Georgia's U.S. Senate race.

Edgefield has bloodied past

More students get free school lunches
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Several Upstate schools are using a new checkout system to help the growing number of children eligible for free or reduced price meals feel less self-conscious about their financial status.

It's never too late to learn

Across the southeast
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -Floridians are cleaning up after several days of heavy thunderstorms and tornadoes left at least three residents dead and hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed.

School note omits range of options
AIKEN - Aiken County public school officials have sent parents of children attending three underachieving elementary schools a narrowly worded letter that does not mention the full range of options available under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, including transfers to public charter schools.

Edgefield awaits scores
JOHNSTON, S.C. - In many ways it was the typical first day of school at Johnston Elementary on Monday, except for the timing.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Shianne Faith Cartin, 12 months, of Aiken.

Suspect found asleep

Layoffs not on Perdue's agenda as he faces tough budget year

Across the area

Soldiers trained to battle weather

N. Augusta gets tough on speeders

Pizza tycoon hopes to toss up Georgia Senate race

'S.W.A.T.' takes custody of box office with $37 million debut
LOS ANGELES -- Calling in the SWAT team proved good business for Hollywood.

British director Newell to direct new Harry Potter movie
LONDON -- The British director of "Four Weddings and A Funeral" will direct the fourth Harry Potter movie, Warner Bros. Pictures announced Sunday.

Brightman's 'Harem" hard to pin down
NEW YORK -- Sarah Brightman walked into the room, looking very hippy, with bracelets around her ankles, rings on most of her fingers and what seemed to be hair extensions flowing down her back.

Brightman's 'Harem" hard to pin down

Suspects in rap industry investigation cut plea deals
NEW YORK -- A rap industry insider has quietly cut a plea deal with authorities investigating alleged ties between a music label and the city's violent drug trade.

Tracy wins for first time at Mid-Ohio

Gordon wins at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.-- Robby Gordon stretched his fuel over the final 39 laps to complete a sweep of this year's NASCAR road-course races with a victory Sunday at Watkins Glen International.

Unser crewman hurt in pit accident
MADISON, Ill. -- A crewman for Al Unser Jr. was seriously injured Sunday in a pit accident during the IRL's Emerson Indy 250 at Gateway International Raceway.

Castroneves ends victory drought

Gordon wins at Watkins Glen

Valiante wins Toyota Atlantic race
LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Michael Valiante took advantage of a bump with pole-sitter A.J. Allmendinger on the first green-flag lap to pick up his second CART Toyota Atlantic Championship victory of the season Sunday.

Castroneves ends victory drought
MADISON, Ill. -- Helio Castroneves did it the old-fashioned way Sunday: He drove without any cockpit electronics to win the Emerson Indy 250 and end his 20-race winless streak.

Tracy wins for first time at Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Paul Tracy won for the first time at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and moved back into the lead in the CART driver standings with his victory in Sunday's Champ Car Grand Prix.

The rules have changed, and the Americans need to adjust

The rules have changed, and the Americans need to adjust
NEW YORK -- Tracy McGrady, a newcomer to international basketball, was given a pop quiz: How do you call a timeout?

Hawks bringing back GM, coach
ATLANTA -- With team ownership still in limbo after more than three months of sales negotiations, the Atlanta Hawks announced Monday that they will keep general manager Billy Knight and coach Terry Stotts for the upcoming NBA season.

Hawks bringing back GM, coach

Vick doesn't a miss a beat in preseason debut

Panthers pleased with quarterbacks' performance

Coach finds plenty of negatives in 13-0 loss

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Overtime

Clijsters officially passes Williams at No. 1

Subandhi makes international badminton debut at Pan American Games

Overtime

Surinam runner fails drug test, loses gold medal

PWBA's fall four canceled

Overtime
Defending champion Carlos Moya was knocked out of the Cincinnati Masters in the first round Monday, losing 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to France's Fabrice Santoro.

PWBA's fall four canceled
ROCKFORD, Ill. -- The Professional Women's Bowling Association announced Monday that the 2003 fall schedule has been canceled because of a lack of operating funds.

Subandhi makes international badminton debut at Pan American Games
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Her teammates tease her at any opportunity, telling everybody they see that Jamie Subandhi is the youngest U.S. athlete at the Pan American Games. Anything to embarrass her.

Surinam runner fails drug test, loses gold medal
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Surinam's only Pan American Games medalist, 800-meter champion Letitia Vriesde, was stripped of her gold Sunday after testing positive for excessive caffeine.

Clijsters officially passes Williams at No. 1
Kim Clijsters officially replaced Serena Williams at No. 1 Monday, becoming the first woman to lead the rankings without having won a Grand Slam tournament.

Clijsters beats Davenport, earns No. 1 ranking
CARSON, Calif. -- Kim Clijsters became the new No. 1 in women's tennis Sunday, outlasting Lindsay Davenport 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 to win the JPMorgan Chase Open for her tour-high sixth title of the year.

Overtime
Augusta boxer Rayonta Whitfield won his first fight in the light flyweight division (106 pounds) over Brazil's Gillard Silva.

Panthers pleased with quarterbacks' performance
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Nothing has changed in Carolina's quarterback rotation after one preseason game. Rodney Peete is still the starter and three others are still trying to unseat him.

Coach finds plenty of negatives in 13-0 loss
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Bill Parcells will have no shortage of ammunition when his Dallas Cowboys return to practice this week.

Vick doesn't a miss a beat in preseason debut
ATLANTA -- Sophomore slump? Based on Michael Vick's first preseason game, it doesn't seem likely.

Multiple hosts on tap for this year's Emmy Awards

NBC grants Maria Shriver a leave of absence
NEW YORK -- NBC has granted Maria Shriver a leave of absence while her husband, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, runs for governor of California.

The fall TV season looks great
NEW YORK -- A TV critic surveying the fall program landscape sometimes feels like an inspector looking for weapons of mass destruction. You never want to find bad shows, of course. Yet something seems amiss when you don't.

TV Lookout: Highlights (and lowlights) for the week

The fall TV season looks great

TV Lookout: Highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Just when you thought it was safe to turn on the television, here comes Shark Week on the Discovery Channel.

New cable channel to be an alternative to BET

Multiple hosts on tap for this year's Emmy Awards
LOS ANGELES -- If one funny host is a good thing, organizers of the 55th annual Emmy Awards are banking on a whole bunch of them being even better.

Networks planning low-key 9/11 anniversary
NEW YORK -- Two years removed from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, broadcast networks will mark the anniversary with news stories but aren't planning to interrupt their regular schedules.

New cable channel to be an alternative to BET
NEW YORK -- Jonathan Rodgers will tell anyone who listens that his new TV network aimed at black adults is not, repeat NOT, trying to compete with BET.

NBC grants Maria Shriver a leave of absence

Fathers can help plan wedding

Johnny Carson shares relationship with hometown

Five questions with Kathleen Edwards

'The Great Escape' game is not so great

Video games open for Evanescence on concert tour

Stars of 'Avenue Q' flaunt fur, shatter stigmas

Comic's new album turns tables on telemarketers

Georgia safeties strive to fill leadership void on defense

Gibson benefits from offseason growth
ATHENS, Ga. -- For two years, Georgia coaches had been telling Fred Gibson to hit the weight room, that top receivers need upper-body strength to go with speed and height.

Veal optimistic for season opener

Georgia safeties strive to fill leadership void on defense
ATHENS, Ga. -- At least two of the players featured on the cover of Georgia's 2003 media guide are easily identified by even casual fans.

Young players will fill offensive line openings
ATHENS, Ga. - Mark Richt doesn't envy the job in front of Georgia offensive line coach Neil Callaway.

Veal optimistic for season opener
Defensive tackle Ken Veal, who sprained his left ankle Saturday, is optimistic he'll return for the season opener Aug. 30 at Clemson. Veal, a senior starter, said he expects to be out two weeks.

Young players will fill offensive line openings

Gibson benefits from offseason growth

Howell charged with criminal domestic violence

Howell charged with criminal domestic violence
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina center Rolando Howell was arrested and charged with criminal domestic violence, according to Richland County police.

Liberia's Taylor goes into long-awaited exile

Liberia's Taylor goes into long-awaited exile
MONROVIA, Liberia -- Indicted war criminal and former warlord Charles Taylor went into exile Monday, under international pressure and besieged by rebels who have overrun most of the West African country.

Audio best

Your style
THE FACTS: Priscilla S. Jamison, 16, a junior at Hephzibah High School

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

Team managers go the whole nine yards

Xtreme question of the week
Here is this week's question: What's your goal for the new school year?

Teenager struggles to deal with family

Team managers go the whole nine yards
Just as Adam Sandler's character Bobby Boucher was the victim of ridicule in The Waterboy for his devotion to perfect H2O, Leslie Johnson has been called "water girl" on more than one occasion.

Xtreme calendar
Richmond County public school pupils are back in class today.

Xtreme question of the week

Teenager struggles to deal with family
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: I'm living in the same house as my whole family. All of them are aggravating me. What can I do besides running away (which I've done before)?

Your style

Nazi symbols fashionable in Hong Kong

Odds and Ends

Cosmonaut weds earthbound bride

Who killed Mal Jones' chickens?