Exhibit links Chicago with the art of the Southwest

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.

Baseball denies report of deal with Rose
NEW YORK -- Major league baseball denied an Internet report that it had reached an agreement with Pete Rose to allow the career hits leader to return to the sport next year.

Baseball denies report of deal with Rose

D-Train derailed? Marlins expect Willis to bounce back
MIAMI -- Dontrelle Willis bounded off the mound with a gangly gait, all arms, legs and youthful exuberance, even after the worst outing of his brief career.

D-Train derailed? Marlins expect Willis to bounce back

SI Report: Williams' body decapitated; DNA missing
NEW YORK -- Ted Williams was decapitated by surgeons at the cryonics company where his body is suspended in liquid nitrogen, and several samples of his DNA are missing, Sports Illustrated reported.

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

Hong Kong fashion chain removes Nazi-themed clothing
HONG KONG -- A Hong Kong fashion company has removed Nazi-themed clothing from its 14 stores after complaints from Israeli and German diplomats in the territory.

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.

Iranian aerobics dancer sparks cultural conflict
LOS ANGELES -- Mohammad Khordadian spent days in a cramped Iranian prison cell while an Islamic court decided whether to have him hanged.

Odds and Ends
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Anna Wilmot has her rowboat back a week before her 105th birthday.

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.

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.

Couple pleads guilty to faking daughter's cancer for donations
URBANA, Ohio -- A man accused of helping his wife fake leukemia in their 7-year-old daughter to obtain thousands of dollars in donations pleaded guilty Monday to a felony count of endangering children.

Roaches bug woman attempting record domino topple
SINGAPORE -- Cockroaches are just a creepy, crawling nuisance to many - but for Ma Lihua, who has been painstakingly setting up dominoes for the past six weeks in preparation for the world's longest solo topple, they are the enemy.

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

Padres make for long night for Maddux

Full circle brings Mercker back to Atlanta
ATLANTA - An Atlanta Braves bullpen in need of an experienced arm got a familiar one Tuesday, when former Braves left-hander Kent Mercker was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later.

Furcal joins ultra-exclusive club

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

Padres make for long night for Maddux
ATLANTA - An Atlanta Braves bullpen in need of an experienced arm got a familiar one Tuesday, when former Braves left-hander Kent Mercker was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later.

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.

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.

Furcal's season isn't totally lost

U.S.-made bike wheels are popular on European circuit

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.

Fed holds key short-term rate steady at 45-year low
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve held a key short-term interest rate at a 45-year low Tuesday amid scattered signs that the economy, after months of stubborn listlessness, is perking up.

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.

Augusta ranks low in growth

Textile executives send warning to GOP

Gillette responds to Quattro with patent suit
BOSTON -- Hours after Schick unveiled the first four-blade razor, Gillette slapped its rival with a patent infringement suit Tuesday, claiming the new Schick Quattro rips off the technology behind Gillette's Mach3.

Gillette responds to Quattro with patent suit

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.

Plaza receives face-lift

Fed expected to leave short-term interest rates unchanged

Business briefs
The Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau reported this week it helped bring five meeting groups this months to Augusta that will attract 1,800 visitors.

Computer worm hits Asia, Europe after striking U.S.

Perdue names man to bring trade group
ATLANTA - Georgia's effort to land the headquarters for a 34-nation trade organization now has a frontman.

Computer worm hits Asia, Europe after striking U.S.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Computers mysteriously restarted and tens of thousands of people lost Internet access as a virus-like network infection spread Tuesday in Europe and Asia.

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

U.S.-made bike wheels are popular on European circuit
INDIANAPOLIS -- A small U.S. bicycle wheel maker is enjoying a marketing bounce from an American cyclist's fourth-place finish in the Tour de France.

Internet infected by worm
Beth Capitosti noticed her computer acting up Monday night. By the time she woke up Tuesday morning, the co-owner of All Season Lawn Care could not get to her financial statements, customer base or the Internet.

Business briefs

Iraqi masses may have slippery hold on oil wealth

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.

Upscale Sony fights plunging prices, softened demand

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.

Mayor wants city in the air

Plaza receives face-lift
Faced with fixing up a weathered and worn Peach Orchard Plaza or simply selling the shopping center, its owner opted for the unconventional - to stick it out and renovate.

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.

Fed holds key short-term rate steady at 45-year low

Textile executives send warning to GOP
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - President Bush and Dixie Republicans such as U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint, of South Carolina, can't count on solid support from Southern textile barons and mill workers stung by massive job losses and angry about the administration's failure to curb clothing imports from China, industry officials said Tuesday.

Clemson asks for waiver for Crosby

Bowden says defense ahead of offense after scrimmage

Bowden says defense ahead of offense after scrimmage
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden says his defense is ahead of his offense after watching a 112-play scrimmage Tuesday.

Clemson asks for waiver for Crosby
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson has asked the Atlantic Coast Conference to grant a medical waiver and allow Roscoe Crosby to play this season.

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

Maryland placed on probation for payments to recruit

Arkansas airs out hopes
There's a big difference between winning the Southeastern Conference title game and simply being in it.

Tide starts its roll with Shula

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

Arkansas airs out hopes

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

They're still heroes

Why NCLB is working

They're still heroes
Who was responsible for crashing hijacked Flight 93 into a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001, thus preventing the destruction of another American landmark and the deaths of possibly scores more innocent people?

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

Above the fray

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.

No parent left behind
Aiken public school officials seem to have sincerely thought they were doing parents a favor - first, by delaying notices of which schools need improvement under the federal No Child Left Behind law, then by withholding the information from the media even after letters went out to the parents.

No parent left behind

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.

Standing ovations
Jeff Barnes (above) and Russell Schneider pay tribute to Elvis Presley's career from the 1950s through '70s in a concert from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Rio Bomba, 2 Eighth St., at Riverwalk Augusta. Admission costs $5.

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.

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

'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

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.

Stocks rise after Fed decision to leave rates unchanged

Stocks advance on Oracle, Adobe Systems upgrades

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.

Stocks rise after Fed decision to leave rates unchanged
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's buying momentum extended into a fifth day Tuesday as investors took heart from a Federal Reserve decision to keep interest rates at their 41-year lows.

Be a star in Limelite
The Limelite Cafe may not be the center of attention for Augusta's bar-hopping crowd, but its staff makes customers feel like they're the stars of the show.

Treat salads to a dash of pepper
A hint of hot seasoning can offer a delicious contrast and exotic flair to summer fruit salads.

Having a blue summer can be sweet
Quick-to-assemble desserts using blueberries combine the fruit of the season with simple extras to delectable effect.

Having a blue summer can be sweet

Dining out
Reviews of local eateries.

FDA monitors the chemicals we eat

Pool hall serves up burgers
John "Baldhead Bull" Parker, 33, started hanging out at Sports Center Billiards on Broad Street because it had a reputation as being "biker friendly." Now he brings his 4-year-old son with him and refers to the pool hall and bar as a family restaurant.

Be a star in Limelite

Dining out

FDA monitors the chemicals we eat
BELTON, Mo. -- Thirteen cooks bustle in a steam-filled church kitchen, filleting catfish, frying lamb chops and roasting eggplant - 250 pounds of food, all bought with federal tax dollars.

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

Gailey: "100 percent sure" Bilbo will remain at Georgia Tech
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey said Tuesday he is "100 percent sure" that demoted quarterback Damarius Bilbo will remain with the Yellow Jackets this season.

Eagles ranked second in poll

GreenJackets extra bases
Tonight: vs. Delmarva (Orioles).

Ramos keeps on fighting
Everyone loved Kelly Ramos.

Delmarva snaps winning streak
The crowd had thinned to double digits. Haze had sunk in. And when the clock struck 11:59 Tuesday night, the GreenJackets failed to set a new record.

For scores of homeowners, a golf major brings a windfall
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- A golf circus is rolling into town, and William and Carol Ruby are rolling out.

Former life seems far away for British Open champ
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- In Ben Curtis' former life, he would have been thrilled just to be playing in the PGA Championship.

The wild ride of John Daly
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Sweat soaked his royal blue shirt and the back of his pants down to his knees as John Daly waited 20 minutes for the tee to clear Tuesday at Oak Hill.

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.

The wild ride of John Daly

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.

Brothers revel in experience
Ask Luke and Adam Hart who is the best golfer, and you'll get different answers from the fraternal twins.

Brothers revel in experience

A different standard for Tiger
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Everyone is picking on Tiger Woods.

A different standard for Tiger

Former life seems far away for British Open champ

For scores of homeowners, a golf major brings a windfall

GreenJackets extra bases

Ramos keeps on fighting

Jalapeno can heat up a cool summer salad
Hot summer afternoons call for cool salad suppers, and this week I'm tossing up a wonderful shrimp salad with jalapeno dressing.

Jalapeno can heat up a cool summer salad

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.

Perdue accepts resignation of Juvenile Justice Department Commissioner
Gov. Sonny Perdue accepted the resignation of Juvenile Justice Department Commissioner Orlando Martinez today, according to a news release from Gov. Sonny Perdue's office.

Make Kids Count finalists narrowed
The Augusta Chronicle held a Make Kids Count drawing Wednesday, August 13, to narrow the 16 finalists to 8 in our $10,000 Scholarship Giveaway in the newborn to 3 year olds category. The drawing took place Wednesday afternoon at The Augusta Chronicle.

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.

Columnist Cal Thomas wrong and mean-spirited to boot

Trying to fix racism with a Band-Aid
As I was watching the local news recently, I was almost shocked to hear the comments made regarding the Strom Thurmond mascot. It seems we're trying to put a Band-Aid on broken legs. By that I mean, we're still looking to fix the big things in little ways. But I agree, we must start somewhere ... Pamela Curry, Augusta

Praises Community Trust Initiative
I want to commend James Kendrick, president of Augusta Blueprint, and Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce President Ed Presnell for presenting the chamber's latest project, the Community Trust Initiative, to more than 100 invited residents on July 22 at Fort Discovery's auditorium. I also want to pass along accolades to the chamber's chairman, Ron Thigpen, for his endorsement of the project and selection of Mr. Kendrick as chairman. Tracy E. Williams Jr., Augusta

Praises Community Trust Initiative

Fatigued physicians in training a threat

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.

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

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.

How many deaths before light is installed?

Preventing right to bear arms won't end violence

Fatigued physicians in training a threat
Prior to July 1, standard hospital practice meant forcing physicians in training to work as many as 120 hours a week. New regulations limiting resident physicians to 30-hour shifts and 80 hours a week (averaged over four weeks) have been hailed as the greatest change in medical education in many decades. Junior Harris III, Martinez, Ga.

In the know

Senior safety

Small portions

Retinal images track animals from birth to death

In the know

Drain Lake Powell environmentalists say; locals scoff

Zoo trip can be a safari for pictures

New HP product to convert VHS home movies to DVD

Senior safety
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - When Mary Wenig read about elderly drivers in California and Florida who lost control of their cars and plowed into marketplace crowds, it gave weight to something her daughters wanted her to do.

Small portions
To avoid flare-ups that can be dangerous to you and your food, remove as much fat as possible from fatty meats and arrange the coals around a drip pan under the rack. If they occur, a fast way to put them out is to put the cover down over the grill. Use long-handled tongs and brushes while grilling to avoid burning.

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

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

Zoo trip can be a safari for pictures
Many serious photographers dream of going on a safari to Africa, India or Nepal to get dramatic wildlife pictures.

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.

In the know
A favorite of critics, NBC's crime drama Boomtown did less well with viewers and was anything but a certainty to be brought back for a second season. Now it's getting some extra exposure Tuesday at 10 on WAGT-TV (Channel 26), and also will be seen in its new spot on the schedule at 10 p.m. Friday. Here's a chance to decide if its complicated storytelling style appeals. The ensemble cast includes Donnie Wahlberg, Mykelti Williamson, Gary Basaraba and Jason Gedrick as Los Angeles police officers.

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.

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.

Owners give OK to sale
Owners of the Augusta Lynx voted to sell the team during a shareholder's meeting Tuesday evening, but the team's local investors emerged from the meeting with many of their questions unanswered.

Owners give OK to sale

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

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.

Top Democrats hold off endorsements for White House hopefuls

Principal enjoys first day
Aiken County schools start today.

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 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.

Rants and Raves
A RANT to the telemarketers claiming job losses resulting from the law stopping the practice: Those jobs should not have been created by the aggravaters in the first place. We can now RIP.

Bankruptcy plan confusing to investors

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.

Cancer network needs work

City council member has opposition

Perdue accepts resignation of Juvenile Justice Department Commissioner

Budget means fewer services from Natural Resources
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State budget cuts have forced the Natural Resources Department to stop a popular program that provided property owners with free advice on how to manage lakes for fish.

15 schools file appeals

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - The death of a 2-year-old boy found beneath a kitchen range in his home this week has been ruled an accident.

State finished 2003 with deficit under $70 million

Airport Inn to make way for parking

Forecast is clean air

Officials to examine contamination from South Carolina plant

Avondale workers to return to jobs

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.

Special session for Georgia Legislature not planned for now

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.

Principal enjoys first day

Officials to examine contamination from South Carolina plant
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Nuclear regulators will examine how workers at a Progress Energy plant in South Carolina overlooked radioactive contamination on a rail container of spent fuel sent to Wake County.

Kid of the day

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.

News you can use

Art Deco brooch sold to benefit charities
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- After 24 years of hiding behind a dressing table skirt and seven years tucked inside a bank deposit box, the Kaminski brooch is for sale. Bidding starts at $72,000.

Appeals court orders trial on voter requirements

15 schools file appeals
Appeals will be filed for 15 schools in Richmond County that the state said failed to make adequate yearly progress based on problems with attendance or participation on tests, school officials said Tuesday.

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

Police identify body

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.

Budget means fewer services from Natural Resources

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.

Water-damage claims rise

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

Bloodworth addresses budget cuts

Avondale workers to return to jobs
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - An inventory backlog that idled workers at five textile plants in Graniteville has been cleared, and those workers will be back on the job next week, the chairman and chief executive officer of Avondale Mills Inc. said Tuesday.

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.

Suspect dies at hand of officer
BARNWELL, S.C. - A Barnwell police officer shot and killed a suspect late Monday after the man wrested a weapon from the officer and beat him repeatedly in the head, authorities said.

Textile leaders want protection from imports

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Ciarra Alexandria Thompson, 12 months, of Valdosta, Ga.

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.

Slippers found at ASU have superstitious root

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.

Edgefield awaits scores

Director defends delay of building

5 of county's schools must offer transfers

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.

DeMint aims for Hollings' seat

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Judge rejects suit over McKinney's primary loss
ATLANTA -- A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit filed by supporters of former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, who claimed her loss in the 2002 Democratic primary resulted from widescale Republican crossover voting.

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.

'Mean' Atlanta considers ban on panhandling
ATLANTA -- Atlanta - listed in a recent survey as the nation's fifth meanest city toward the homeless - is considering whether to ratchet things up a notch.

Bankruptcy plan confusing to investors
ANDERSON, S.C.-- South Carolinians who lost money when Carolina Investors collapsed say documents explaining a plan to get some of their money back are confusing.

Leader named for Georgia push to gain free trade headquarters
ATLANTA -- Atlanta businessman Jose Ignacio Gonzalez was named Tuesday to head the state's efforts to pitch Atlanta as the permanent host city for a new Western Hemisphere free trade zone.

Textile leaders want protection from imports
SPARTANBURG, S.C.-- A coalition of Southern textile executives is sending a message to President Bush that the South might not be all that solidly behind his re-election bid if he isn't behind protecting the industry from Chinese imports.

Perdue to hold talks in Augusta
Mow the yard. Wash the dog. Meet the governor.

Appeals court orders trial on voter requirements
ATLANTA -- A federal appeals court has ordered a trial to determine whether Georgians must give state officials their Social Security numbers before they can vote.

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.

Airport tries to win Washington service
Augusta Regional Airport officials say they're pulling out all the stops to get nonstop flight service for Augustans to Washington, D.C.

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.

Bloodworth addresses budget cuts
William Bloodworth Jr. admitted stealing the joke from a previous speech.

Special session for Georgia Legislature not planned for now
ATLANTA -- Four months after ending one of the longest legislative sessions ever, Georgia lawmakers still don't know for sure if they will be called back to Atlanta this fall for a special session to handle the state's continuing budget problems.

News you can use
AUG. 13, 1987 National Gypsum Co. has paid $8.4 million to settle the claims of about 155 national school districts - including Richmond County. The suits relate to asbestos-containing materials in their buildings, the company said yesterday.

Cancer network needs work
There needs to be more detail on an Augusta-Athens cancer network and a Medical College of Georgia-University of Georgia cancer research center, the head of the Georgia Cancer Coalition said.

Forecast is clean air
Augusta's air might be a little hazy this week, but it isn't polluted, according to the latest data from Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

Crash site to get light
It's going to be awhile before officials install a traffic signal at the intersection where a deadly crash occurred last week, they said.

Top Democrats hold off endorsements for White House hopefuls
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Democrats are trying to learn from Republicans how not to polarize the party just before a presidential primary.

Airport Inn to make way for parking
Joe Neal Sr. vividly recalls The Continental - a restaurant at the Augusta Regional Airport hotel where visitors enjoyed sizzling steaks, jumping music and plenty of dancing.

State finished 2003 with deficit under $70 million
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina finished its 2003 fiscal year with a deficit of less than $70 million, Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom said Tuesday.

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - A homeless man who threatened a bicyclist with a knife and stole $2 was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Trooper charged with assaulting men during traffic stop
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A trooper has been arrested after a State Law Enforcement Division agent said he struck two handcuffed men during a traffic stop.

Across the area
A woman's body that was recovered from Phinizy Swamp on Aug. 1 was identified Tuesday as that of Ravone Yolanda Pernell, officials said.

Kolb offers ideas on drainage

Perdue to hold talks in Augusta

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

'Mean' Atlanta considers ban on panhandling

3rd Infantry soldiers who stormed Baghdad return home

Art Deco brooch sold to benefit charities

Across the area

Make Kids Count finalists narrowed

Savannah family wins $50 million Mega Millions prize

Leader named for Georgia push to gain free trade headquarters

Across the southeast

Airport tries to win Washington service

Water-damage claims rise
Broken pipes, exploding water heaters, refrigerator leaks - they all cost homeowners big money, and more people than ever are shelling out the dough to clean up the damage.

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.

Airport, ex-director study their options

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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."

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

Students fill health class

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Sharpton compares campaign to Schwarzenegger's race

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.

Correction

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.

School note omits range of options

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.

Athens fuel spill makes way into Middle Oconee River

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.

DSS keeps child death reports secret

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.

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?

Kid of the day

Lawyers vie for seat

Knowing Jack could help Howell
For a young golfer such as Augusta's Charles Howell, there is an element of international intrigue playing out at this week's PGA Championship. His entry into the realm of major international team play might hinge on his performance this week at Oak Hill Country Club.

Critical choice

Critical choice
Heading to the movies? See what the critics are saying about recent releases. See Friday's Applause for movie critic Roger Ebert's reviews of new movies.

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.

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.

Daze of Haze wants to be the next craze
What started as a daydream in the seventh grade has becomea profession of choice for four Columbia County high-school seniors.

Daze of Haze wants to be the next craze

Report of CART sale appears premature
It appears it will be business as usual for Championship Auto Racing Teams for at least a while longer.

Drivers calling on NASCAR to improve safety crews
CONCORD, N.C. -- Four-time Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon asked NASCAR to improve its safety crews, joining a growing list of drivers unsatisfied with the current rescue efforts.

Kenseth works on and off track to keep points lead
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- What's a guy got to do to get ahead in NASCAR?

NASCAR fan sentenced after flooding Fox with e-mails

Report of CART sale appears premature

Drivers calling on NASCAR to improve safety crews

Childress to drive No. 3 car in prerace celebration
CONCORD, N.C. -- Car owner Richard Childress will drive the late Dale Earnhardt's No. 3 Chevrolet in a prerace ceremony at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

NASCAR fan sentenced after flooding Fox with e-mails
BOSTON -- An angry NASCAR fan who flooded Fox Entertainment with e-mails after a Boston Red Sox game pre-empted an auto race has been sentenced to six months of home detention.

Kenseth works on and off track to keep points lead

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

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.

Black to miss up to six weeks with broken hand bone

Panthers pleased with quarterbacks' performance

Stewart, Rogers holding on as starters

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PWBA's fall four canceled

Boudreau ready for weightlifting competition despite her battle with breast cancer

Clijsters officially passes Williams at No. 1

Overtime

Subandhi makes international badminton debut at Pan American Games

Schools to decide whether to use American Indian mascots, nicknames

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.

Boudreau ready for weightlifting competition despite her battle with breast cancer
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Carrie Boudreau points to one of her eyebrows to show what her long locks used to look like before chemotherapy took all her hair.

Overtime
The U.S. team dominated the opening day of swimming at the Olympic Center.

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.

Schools to decide whether to use American Indian mascots, nicknames
INDIANAPOLIS -- For at least the next two years, the NCAA will let schools and conferences decide for themselves whether to use American Indian mascots, nicknames or logos.

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.

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.

Stewart, Rogers holding on as starters
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Will Overstreet isn't getting ahead of himself as he looks toward the Atlanta Falcons' season opener at Dallas Sept. 7.

Black to miss up to six weeks with broken hand bone
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Carolina reserve wide receiver Nathan Black broke a bone in his hand during practice, one of a series of nagging training camp injuries for the Panthers.

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.

Anti-Defamation League voices concerns about Mel Gibson film
NEW YORK -- The Anti-Defamation League expressed concern on Monday that Mel Gibson's "The Passion" will fuel anti-Semitism by reinforcing a belief that Jews were guilty for Jesus' death.

Knowing Jack could help Howell

Fox gets the jump on fall season with "The O.C."
NEW YORK -- Fox got the jump on a new television season by premiering the California-based prime-time soap, "The O.C." last week, and nearly 7.5 million people tuned in.

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.

It's raining men: TV boasts a summer of both Guys and Gays
NEW YORK -- This summer, television has gone boy-crazy - in more ways than one.

It's raining men: TV boasts a summer of both Guys and Gays

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.

Fox gets the jump on fall season with "The O.C."

Multiple hosts on tap for this year's Emmy Awards

Standing ovations

Fathers can help plan wedding

Comic's new album turns tables on telemarketers

'The Great Escape' game is not so great

Extras, extras

Video games open for Evanescence on concert tour

Young players will fill offensive line openings

Georgia's other quarterback patiently waits for his chance

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.

Gibson benefits from offseason growth

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.

Georgia's other quarterback patiently waits for his chance
ATHENS, Ga. -- Waiting in the shadows of Georgia's two-quarterback rotation is another highly regarded passer who knows there won't be much playing time for him this season.

Veal optimistic for season opener

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.

Howell suspended indefinitely after arrest
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina center Rolando Howell has been suspended from the team indefinitely following his arrest on a criminal domestic violence charge, coach Dave Odom says.

Offense picks up at end of South Carolina scrimmage
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The defense ruled the first half of South Carolina's 100-play scrimmage Tuesday, but the offense picked up at the end, coach Lou Holtz says.

South Carolina reports two secondary violations
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina reported two secondary violations to the NCAA for the first six months of the year, the school said Tuesday.

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.

Offense picks up at end of South Carolina scrimmage

Howell suspended indefinitely after arrest

South Carolina reports two secondary violations

Howell charged with criminal domestic violence

Liberia rebels agree to withdraw from vital port
MONROVIA, Liberia -- Rebels laying siege to Liberia's capital signed a pledge Tuesday to withdraw from Monrovia's port, allowing food and aid to flow to hundreds of thousands of people starving in the government-held side of the city, the U.S. ambassador said.

Liberia's Taylor goes into long-awaited exile

Liberia rebels agree to withdraw from vital port

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.

Your style

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)?

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:

Audio best

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

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

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.

Teenager struggles to deal with family

Xtreme question of the week

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

Team managers go the whole nine yards

Iranian aerobics dancer sparks cultural conflict

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Odds and Ends

Nazi symbols fashionable in Hong Kong