Fox sues author for using 'Fair and Balanced' book title
NEW YORK -- Al Franken, the humorist being sued by Fox News Channel for use of the phrase "fair and balanced," said Tuesday he doesn't mind the legal action.

Eye see you

Eye see you
Cafe customers giggle as "Medama-man," which translates as "Eyeball-man," reads an English paper in Tokyo Wednesday.

Columbia County team retains Dixie boys crown
It was more than just the gifted young arms on the mound and the clutch hitting that lifted the Columbia County Recreation Department Dixie Boys All-Stars to the top.

Pete Rose's federal tax debt is paid off

Investigators conduct inquiry into Ted Williams' note

Baseball denies report of deal with Rose

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.

D-Train derailed? Marlins expect Willis to bounce back

Columbia County team retains Dixie boys crown

Fantasy Baseball: It's time for a progress report
Attention all fans of the Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres: This week's installment is for you.

Fantasy Baseball: It's time for a progress report

Come-from-behind Marlins lead wild card race
MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins have been behind all season.

Come-from-behind Marlins lead wild card race

Pete Rose's federal tax debt is paid off
CINCINNATI -- Pete Rose's $151,689 federal tax debt from 1998 has been paid off, allowing the government to lift a lien on his Los Angeles condominium.

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.

Investigators conduct inquiry into Ted Williams' note
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Investigators are examining whether a note stating baseball slugger Ted Williams wanted to be frozen after his death was forged, and if so, whether a crime was committed, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

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.

Grant Michael Cook
Mike and Jennifer Cook of Evans announce the birth of a son, Grant Michael Cook, Friday, July 25, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mrs. Sally A. Rice of Toronto, Canada, the late George Rice and Mrs. Neta Cook of Evans.

Megan Paige Miller

Gracie Lane Sidener
Dennis and Wendy Sidener of Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Gracie Lane Sidener, Wednesday, July 16, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. John McDowell of Johnston, Mr. and Mrs. John Sidener, Ms. Angela Flynn and Mr. and Mrs. Tony James, all of Augusta.

Kaleb Brice Heffernan
Michael Heffernan and Amanda Harris, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Kaleb Brice Heffernan, Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Keith Harris, Nancy Harris and Melba Cocilo, all of Statesville, N.C., Kevin and Marlo Heffernan of Augusta and Harry and Martha Miller of Elberton, Ga.

George Durden Meadows Jr.

George Durden Meadows Jr.
George and Freda Meadows of Wadley, Ga., announce the birth of a son, George Durden Meadows Jr., Sunday, July 20, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Greg and Teresa Walden of Avera, Ga., Raymond Meadows of Wadley, and the late Gail Meadows.

Ava Katherine Uhles
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Uhles of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Ava Katherine Uhles, Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Colin Tuesley of Thetford, England, and Mrs. Jeanne Uhles of Bellingham, Wash.

Eric Rodriquez Robinson II
Eric Rodriquez and Mary Ann Robinson, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Eric Rodriquez Robinson II, Thursday, June 26, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are John Cook and Viola Camio of Savannah, John and Louise Robinson and Queen Virdrine, all of Augusta and the late Edward and Laura Jean Simmons and Willie Robinson.

Kaleb Christopher Daniels
Christopher and Amber Daniels of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Kaleb Christopher Daniels, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Ronald E. and Jeorgia I. Eagleton of Crosby, Texas, Ella Mae Eagleton of Barrett Station, Texas, and Ulysses and Jacquelyn L. Daniels of Valdosta, Ga.

Brittney Danielle Holmes
Jim Holmes and Melissa Gay, both of Blythe, announce the birth of a daughter, Brittney Danielle Holmes, Friday, July 25, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Jerry Holmes of Greenville, S.C., Mary Holmes of Blythe and the late Barbra Gay.

Ryan Patrick Crapps

MacKensie Ashlynn Arrington
Jack D. and Stephanie C. Arrington of Grovetown announce the birth of a daughter, MacKensie Ashlynn Arrington, Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William R. Cannon of Thomasville, Ga., Jack Arrington of Martinez and Betty Cox of Burke, Va.

Madison Jane Plagwitz

Ava Katherine Uhles

Tyson Makai Brooks
Dexter Brooks and Monica Jones, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Tyson Makai Brooks, Thursday, June 12, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Levi and Ida Baker of Augusta and Shirley B. Hill of Warrenton.

Brittney Danielle Holmes

Xander Scott Stearley
Carl and Lisa Stearley of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Xander Scott Stearley, Friday, July 25, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Clyde Brannon of Blythe, Marcia Broadway and Regina Hardy, both of Augusta, Nell Stearley of Cleveland, Tenn., and the late K.E. Stearley.

Ricahiya Deyona Walton

Evan Michael Royer
Steven Royer and Danielle Deuel of Evans announce the birth of a son, Evan Michael Royer, Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Doctors Hospital. Grandparents are Mark Reeves and Karen Gray of Augusta and Bob and Linda Royer of Evans.

Gregorie Zack Kendrick

Madeline Elizabeth Bodkin

MacKensie Ashlynn Arrington

Eric Rodriquez Robinson II

Grant Michael Cook

Preston Brice Corley

Xander Scott Stearley

Tyson Makai Brooks

Ryan Patrick Crapps
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Crapps of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Ryan Patrick Crapps, Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Brice Parnell Jr. of Hephzibah, Angela Old and Ronnie Crapps, both of Augusta.

Megan Paige Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Miller of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Megan Paige Miller, Friday, July 25, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Roger and Jan Deal of Aleron, Ohio, and Richard and Joyce Miller of Aleron-Canton, Ohio.

Preston Brice Corley
Bobby G. and Cindy J. Corley of Harlem announce the birth of a son, Preston Brice Corley, Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Danny Johnson of Harlem, Bobby G. Corley Sr. of Spartanburg, S.C., and Mrs. Debbie Barwick of Grovetown.

Chelsey Amber Gracie Chavous
Wesley D. Chavous and Rhonda D. Harmon, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a daughter, Chelsey Amber Gracie Chavous, Friday, July 25, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ronald D. Harmon of Augusta, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy D. Chavous of Martinez and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy M. Stevens of Conway, S.C.

Gracie Lane Sidener

Ricahiya Deyona Walton
Ms. Indiana Walton of Augusta announces the birth of a daughter, Ricahiya Deyona Walton, Saturday, July 26, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. Ronald Walton of Rockledge, Fla., and the late Mrs. Vienna Walton.

Chelsey Amber Gracie Chavous

Emmalee Christine Stine
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Stine of Martinez announce the birth of a daughter, Emmalee Christine Stine, Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Danny Temple of Titusville, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Stine of Boynton Beach, Fla.

Kaleb Brice Heffernan

Brandon Joseph Smith
Joseph H. Cook Jr. and Brandi L. Smith, both of Aiken, announce the birth of a son, Brandon Joseph Smith, Thursday, July 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Meronel Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Cook Sr., all of Aiken.

Mary Anne McCord

Madeline Elizabeth Bodkin
Mr. and Mrs. Chris A. Bodkin of Evans, announce the birth of a daughter, Madeline Elizabeth Bodkin, Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. John Rider of Columbia and Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Bodkin of Tampa, Fla.

Avery Grace Reynolds

Avery Grace Reynolds
Patrick M. and Sharon D. Reynolds of North Augusta announce the birth of a daughter, Avery Grace Reynolds, Monday, July 21, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Steve Gurley of North Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. John J. Reynolds III of Vaucluse, S.C.

Ansley Kara Moe

Brandon Joseph Smith

Madison Jane Plagwitz
John C. and Sheila J. Plagwitz of Appling announce the birth of a daughter, Madison Jane Plagwitz, Thursday, July 24, 2003, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Charlie S. Stone of Grovetown, Sheila J. Stone of Tifton, Ga., and Billy and Cookie Plagwitz of Appling.

Ansley Kara Moe
Eric S. and Lisa A. Moe of Evans announce the birth of a daughter, Ansley Kara Moe, Monday, July 7, 2003 at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mrs. Barbara Brooks of Glenwood, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wood of New Hartford, N.Y. and Conrad Moe of Evans.

Emmalee Christine Stine

Mary Anne McCord
Mr. and Mrs. Chad McCord of Sylvania, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter, Mary Anne McCord, Thursday, July 24, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Joe and Patty Martin of Sylvania, Ga., and Bill and Dot McCord of Thomson.

Kaleb Christopher Daniels

Gregorie Zack Kendrick
Mr. and Mrs. R. Jeremy Kendrick of Augusta announce the birth of a son, Gregorie Zack Kendrick, Saturday, June 14, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital. Grandparents are Michael Strickland of Tallahassee, Fla., Vicki Wisnieski and Mr. and Mrs. J. Richard Sammons, all of Augusta and Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Kendrick of Lexington, S.C.

Pop idols used to recruit for Japan's military
TOKYO -- "Go! Go! Peace!" is the new call to arms in Japan, where a hot candy-coated pop group is trying to win recruits for a beleaguered military straining under expanded overseas missions and a severe manpower shortage.

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
ABILENE, Texas -- Authorities say convicted bank robber J.L. Hunter "Red" Rountree isn't letting old age stand in his way.

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 still won't leave site near dam
PINEVILLE, S.C. -- It will take more than an electric shock to drive thousands of catfish and other fish out of a no-fishing sanctuary at the foot of the Santee River Dam.

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.

Family, friends stunned at discovery of millionaire's double life
TAMPA, Fla. -- While their wives drove Rolls-Royces and moved among Tampa's elite, Douglas S. Cone and Donald Carlson always seemed busy with business.

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.

Hampton notches his 10th victory
ATLANTA - Atlanta's Mike Hampton might yet find a way to top himself, but in a season in which he's awakened images of his 22-4 campaign four years ago, this one confirmed what Bobby Cox has been saying for several weeks.

Braves send down Bong, put Hernandez on DL

Braves send down Bong, put Hernandez on DL
ATLANTA -- The Braves sent left-hander Jung Bong to Triple-A Richmond and placed struggling reliever Roberto Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, juggling their bullpen to accommodate the arrival of Kent Mercker.

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.

Padres make for long night for Maddux

Hampton notches his 10th victory

Yellow Pages is suddenly sexy among investors
NEW YORK -- When several Yellow Pages publishers came up for sale recently, something interesting happened: Investors paid huge sums for them.

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.

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.

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

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.

Textile industry gloom mounts as import quotas set to expire

McDonald's trying Cajun restaurant in New Orleans

McDonald's trying Cajun restaurant in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS -- It won't smell like or taste like or look like McDonald's.

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.

Plaza receives face-lift

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.

Textile industry gloom mounts as import quotas set to expire
RALEIGH, N.C. -- If 2003 has seemed terrible for the U.S. textile industry, just wait - next year could be far worse.

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.

Retail sales up strongly in July
WASHINGTON -- America's shoppers threw caution to the wind and splurged in July on cars, appliances and clothes, catapulting sales at the nation's retailers by 1.4 percent, the biggest increase in four months.

Retail sales up strongly in July

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.

Textile executives send warning to GOP

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.

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

Yellow Pages is suddenly sexy among investors

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.

Gillette responds to Quattro with patent suit

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

Gas deal signed for fort
Atlanta Gas Light Co. announced Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with the Defense Department to take over Fort Gordon's natural gas pipeline system.

Whitehurst takes control of Tigers

Clemson asks for waiver for Crosby

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.

Whitehurst takes control of Tigers
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's Charlie Whitehurst glides out in front of the Tigers as they trot off the practice field, just like a starting quarterback should.

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.

Bowden says defense ahead of offense after scrimmage

New coach, new players, new attitude at Newberry

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

Arkansas airs out hopes

Auburn hopes running game stays healthy
Auburn's Tommy Tuberville has a problem most college coaches would love to have.

New coach, new players, new attitude at Newberry
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- There's a new coach, new players and definitely a new attitude at Newberry. But unfortunately there's still an old tradition.

Autopsy: Dennehy shot twice in head

No options off table

No options off table
Gov. Sonny Perdue is making a game effort to avoid calling a special legislative session to plug up the state's budget hole. Like his GOP counterpart in South Carolina, the Georgia governor is asking state agencies to prioritize everything they do.

Davis should resign
Gray Davis should face it. It's a virtual certainty he'll be terminated as California's governor; polls show even most Democrats want him out of office. Polls also show the GOP's newest running man - movie action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger - is the odds-on favorite to succeed him.

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.

Davis should resign

They're still heroes

No parent left behind

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?

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.

Ben Affleck jokes about 'Gigli' while promoting his latest film
NEW YORK -- Despite the debacle that was "Gigli," Ben Affleck is out promoting another movie: "The Battle of Shaker Heights," his latest "Project Greenlight" production with partner Matt Damon.

Elvis fans gather for 26th anniversary of his death
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Elvis Presley might have become a decent actor if manager Tom Parker hadn't been so eager to cash in on a string of lackluster movies, says a songwriter who created music for some of the films.

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

Stocks rise after Fed decision to leave rates unchanged

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.

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.

Having a blue summer can be sweet

FDA monitors the chemicals we eat

Dining out

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.

Be a star in Limelite

Dining out
Reviews of local eateries.

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.

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

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.

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.

New quarterback not lacking confidence
ATLANTA -- Reggie Ball fakes a handoff into the line, rolls out to the right and flips a pass to Georgia Tech teammate John Paul Foschi, standing all alone in the end zone.

New quarterback not lacking confidence

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

Ramirez's perfect night carries Jackets to win
Maybe the grind of a 140-game schedule had caught up to Hanley Ramirez.

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.

Barefoot or well-heeled, childhood can be tough

Augustan heads up Georgia amateurs
There's no love lost between Georgia and Florida when it comes to college football. The same holds true for women's amateur golf.

For scores of homeowners, a golf major brings a windfall

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

Leader nears record

Former life seems far away for British Open champ

Augustan heads up Georgia amateurs

Leader nears record
AIKEN - Jason Hodges' scorecard in Wednesday's first round of the 28th annual Palmetto Amateur golf tournament looked like his close friend Davis Love III's on the PGA Tour.

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

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.

The wild ride of John Daly

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.

A different standard for Tiger

Inspiration from an unlikely source

Wie hoping not to hit into parking lot at Farr Classic
SYLVANIA, Ohio -- Teen sensation Michelle Wie arrived early for the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic and found out that she won't be able to pull out her powerful driver on every hole.

Golf Open to give boost to sport in Russia

Inspiration from an unlikely source
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Optimism at the PGA Championship has never been so high for so many players, and not just because Tiger Woods has gone five majors without winning one.

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.

Golf Open to give boost to sport in Russia
MOSCOW -- Golf came to Russia a year before McDonald's restaurants, and despite the head start, nine irons and caddie cars haven't caught on as quickly as burgers and fries.

Ramirez's perfect night carries Jackets to win

GreenJackets extra bases

Prep champions retain rankings
As expected, all of last season's state title winners remained in the No. 1 spot when the Georgia Associated Press Preseason High School poll was released Wednesday.

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

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.

Huge power blackout from New York to Detroit and into Canada
NEW YORK -- A huge power blackout hit U.S. cities spreading from New York to Cleveland and Detroit and north into Canada Thursday afternoon.

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.

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.

Suggestions for improving SAT scores in South Carolina
If Gov. Mark Sanford wants to improve SAT scores in South Carolina and save children's lives at the same time, here's a suggestion. For starters, change the age limit for the driver's license to 18 and make a high-school diploma or the equivalent a requirement to have a driver's license. A restricted driver's license may be obtained at age 17, but this license will be suspended if the person drops out of school or fails to get a high-school diploma or the equivalent. Terry Smith, North Augusta, S.C.

'Gay rights' are a perversion
What has happened to common decency? Where has our outrage gone? Why are more people not speaking out against the moral and social perversion of our society? I refer to the latest blitzkrieg from the homosexual community. Clay Redmond, Augusta

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

'Gay rights' are a perversion

Long-time magistrate bids farewell
I wish to communicate my thanks to residents of Aiken for allowing me to serve the community as magistrate for the past 25 years. Max A. Meek Sr., Aiken, S.C.

Where is money for Augusta's upkeep going?
What's up with the city's upkeep? I was driving down Gordon Highway about to turn onto Walton Way when I noticed that the median has weeds as tall as five feet high. Along the edge of the curve and alongside the street, there are millions of cigarette butts. It's like that not only at that corner, but all over the city. Gary K. Whitaker Sr., 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

Fatigued physicians in training a threat

Praises Community Trust Initiative

Aspirin could be used as weapon against rare form of cancer

Zoo trip can be a safari for pictures

In the know

How to store kidneys may affect transplants

Small portions

End of fat camp can undo all its gains

Pills made from tree resin may raise cholesterol, not lower it

In the know

FDA approves another statin, this one controversial

Senior safety

Health and fitness calendar

How to store kidneys may affect transplants
WASHINGTON -- It's a scene familiar from TV dramas, a helicopter racing an ice chest holding a precious donated organ to waiting surgeons. But instead of storing kidneys on ice, a few transplant centers hook them to complex machines that pump special fluids through the blood vessels.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Aspirin could be used as weapon against rare form of cancer
Dutch scientists plan to test aspirin against a rare form of cancer after genetic testing suggested the common painkiller might also kill tumor cells.

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.

End of fat camp can undo all its gains
WASHINGTON -- The last of the children who went away to camp this summer to lose weight are returning home, where the odds are that they will regain whatever they lost.

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.

FDA approves another statin, this one controversial
WASHINGTON -- The government approved a cholesterol-lowering drug called Crestor Tuesday, after long debate about the risk of side effects.

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.

Pills made from tree resin may raise cholesterol, not lower it
CHICAGO -- A popular folk remedy made from a tree resin might have dangerous effects on cholesterol levels despite laboratory experiments suggesting otherwise, a study found.

In the know
If you're rendered speechless at dinner parties and think yourself a bore in small talk in the office, a buzz is on a new book that will boost your conversation quotient.

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.

Owners give OK to sale

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.

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.

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.

Special session for Georgia Legislature not planned for now

Thousands fewer on South Carolina Medicaid rolls
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Thousands fewer people are enrolled for Medicaid in South Carolina after missing deadlines for filing updated forms to keep their benefits, officials say.

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.

Five SRS employees disciplined for falsifying records

Death-penalty decision awaits reports on boy
Prosecutors are awaiting autopsy and investigative reports before deciding whether to seek the death penalty against an Edgefield County couple charged with chronic abuse in the death of their 13-month-old son.

Admitted killer gets reduced sentence

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Aug. 14, 1978 SALLEY, S.C. - Salley officials are meeting with Robert Bell, chairman of the Aiken County Democratic Party, today to seek advice on the political dilemma they face in connection with last week's municipal election.

Airport tries to win Washington service

Land bill reaction is mixed

Officials to examine contamination from South Carolina plant

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.

'Mean' Atlanta considers ban on panhandling

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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.

Textile leaders want protection from imports

Appeals court orders trial on voter requirements

Airport Inn to make way for parking

Across the area

Art Deco brooch sold to benefit charities

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT about the Richmond County school system. How do you expect to teach students anything when it seems like the Board of Education needs to go back to school? They really have a mess on their hands. I'm just glad we're military and by the time our kids are old enough to attend public school, we'll be long gone.

Bankruptcy plan confusing to investors

State gets custody of teen in shooting

Cancer network needs work

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.

Perdue accepts resignation of Juvenile Justice Department Commissioner

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.

Tenenbaum says she will run for Senate
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum said Wednesday she will run for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings' seat.

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.

Across Georgia
CONYERS - Drug agents arrested two men after seizing 11 kilograms of cocaine worth about $1 million from their Walton County business, authorities said.

Judges tosses out $30 million defamation judgment
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A state judge, ruling a jury was influenced by passion not the evidence, tossed out a $30 million judgment awarded a physician in a defamation suit against Trident Medical Center.

'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.

Sperm bank seeks women to donate eggs

Program for disabled children reduces medical costs
COLUMBIA, S.C.-- A Medicaid program at a Columbia hospital that treats children with chronic illnesses is winning praise from parents and state officials who say it improves patient health and saves the state money.

Graham plans trip to Middle East

S.C. education chief, Columbia's mayor to vie for Hollings' seat
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's education chief and the mayor of the state's largest city on Wednesday each jumped in the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings.

Inmate fails in escape try
WILLISTON, S.C. - Midway through the packed funeral for his 83-year-old grandmother, South Carolina inmate Datron Anderson decided to make his escape, sheriff's officials said.

Five SRS employees disciplined for falsifying records
AIKEN, S.C. -- Three workers at the Savannah River Site were exposed to excess levels of radiation, and five employees have been disciplined after records of the incident were falsified.

Kid of the day

Deficits threaten health care
ATLANTA - Faced with alarming shortfalls, Georgia health policy-makers either must dramatically increase taxpayer money for health care or impose severe spending cuts on health coverage for 1.2 million poor people.

Forecast is clean air

Panel extends sales tax plan
A future sales tax is undergoing major changes, and it's still months away from being on ballots.

Land bill reaction is mixed
MODOC, S.C. - Residents who own lakefront property in Modoc say they're ready to see the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers give up control of land around Thurmond Lake.

County puts limits on transfer options
AIKEN - The high-spirited chaos of the first day back in class at North Aiken Elementary was tempered Wednesday by the knowledge that it is one of three underachieving primary schools that fell below standards mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind Act for the second-straight year.

Navy air depot remark worries officials
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Months before another round of U.S. base closures commences, Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton and other city officials have a new cause for concern about the status of Jacksonville's Naval Air Depot.

County upgrades water meters
The backbreaking work of Jose Trujillo will one day electronically automate all the water meters in Richmond County.

Principal enjoys first day
Aiken County schools start today.

Sperm bank seeks women to donate eggs
Some eggs are worth $5,000, especially to a couple who wants a child.

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.

Leader's dismissal is linked with YDC
The controversial move to privatize Augusta's long-term youth detention center has cost Georgia's Juvenile Justice commissioner his job, according to a source in the governor's office.

Deficits threaten health care

State may get national park

Graham plans trip to Middle East
COLUMBIA, S.C. --The intelligence on which the Bush administration based claims of weapons of mass destruction were not faulty and will bear out in the end, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday.

State gets custody of teen in shooting
A Richmond County Juvenile Court judge committed the teen charged with unintentionally killing 12-year-old Cacone Harrell to state custody Wednesday, with a recommendation that he be placed in a residential treatment facility.

Brother says man plans to face jury

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT about the Richmond County school system. How do you expect to teach students anything when it seems like the Board of Education needs to go back to school? They really have a mess on their hands. I'm just glad we're military and by the time our kids are old enough to attend public school, we'll be long gone.

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.

Inmate fails in escape try

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.

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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.

Navy air depot remark worries officials

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.

County puts limits on transfer options

Across the area
Barnwell County authorities identified a man Wednesday who was killed this week by a Barnwell police officer.

Leader's dismissal is linked with YDC

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.

County upgrades water meters

Tenenbaum says she will run for Senate

Make Kids Count finalists

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.

Program for disabled children reduces medical costs

Across Georgia

S.C. education chief, Columbia's mayor to vie for Hollings' seat

Across South Carolina
IVA - Police say they will aggressively investigate damage to an outhouse put up in protest by a businesswoman even though messages painted on the structure mocked the Iva Police Department.

Bloodworth addresses budget cuts

Brother says man plans to face jury
The on-again, off-again guilty plea of Michael Batchelor is off again.

Leader named for Georgia push to gain free trade headquarters

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jalen Antwan Gross, 2, of Augusta.

Budget means fewer services from Natural Resources

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Top Democrats hold off endorsements for White House hopefuls

Principal enjoys first day

Make Kids Count finalists narrowed

Avondale workers to return to jobs

Perdue to hold talks in Augusta

State finished 2003 with deficit under $70 million

Water-damage claims rise

15 schools file appeals

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.

State may get national park
Congaree Swamp National Monument might become South Carolina's first national park, but similar upgrades aren't likely for other federally designated sites, including the Augusta Canal.

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.

Groups oppose proposal to list HIV cases
A state proposal to collect the names of all those in Georgia who test positive for HIV has drawn fire from AIDS and gay-rights activists.

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

Admitted killer gets reduced sentence
A Hephzibah man who killed a friend has won a rare sentencing reduction.

Across South Carolina

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Huge power blackout from New York to Detroit and into Canada

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

Groups oppose proposal to list HIV cases

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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.

Make Kids Count finalists
ROB CARR/STAFFMake Kids Count finalistsDeborah Sailors claps while holding her 2-year-old son, Joshua, as they wait to hear the names of the finalists in the Make Kids Count $10,000 Scholarship Giveaway. The eight finalists in the newborn-to 3-year-old category are: Isaiah Bracy, Reagan Burke, Haley Harrison, Kye Krebs, Reed McNair, Liam Newsome, Nolan Short and Brandi Tiedeman. The next drawing will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Georgia Bank & Trust Co.'s Columbia Road branch and will narrow the eight finalists to four.

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.

Barefoot or well-heeled, childhood can be tough
I keep hearing about how much harder it is for children to grow up today than it was when I was a child.

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.

Critical choice

Third-grader has future on course
You know those bumper stickers, the ones that read "My kid can beat up your honor student?"

The great get greater: Evgeny Kissin improves with age
NEW YORK -- Evgeny Kissin sang his first tune before he spoke his first word, started tinkering on the piano at age 2 and became a sensation at 13 with a Chopin concert in his native Moscow.

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.

The great get greater: Evgeny Kissin improves with age

Daze of Haze wants to be the next craze

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.

Drivers calling on NASCAR to improve safety crews

NASCAR fan sentenced after flooding Fox with e-mails

Q&A with Ryan Newman

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?

Drivers say full-time emergency crew needed

Report of CART sale appears premature

Racing facts: GFS Marketplace 400

Kenseth works on and off track to keep points lead

The Earnhardt feud: Just a clash of wills?
BROOKLYN, Mich. - The standoff between Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his stepmother, Teresa Earnhardt, is more about a clash of wills than money.

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.

Drivers say full-time emergency crew needed
BROOKLYN, Mich. - If Jeff Gordon had been injured, even slightly, during his final lap crash last Sunday at Watkins Glen, N.Y., he could have bled to death before the got to the infield hospital.

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.

Q&A with Ryan Newman
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Ryan Newman, the second-year driver who leads the NASCAR Winston Cup Series with four victories, seems to be putting all the pieces together to make a run for the championship as soon as 2004. Newman talked about what it takes to be a championship contender and what changes are necessary on the circuit.

Racing facts: GFS Marketplace 400
Here are facts about this weekend's GFC Marketplace 400 race.

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.

Autopsy: Dennehy shot twice in head
WACO, Texas -- Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy was shot twice in the side of the head and did not have alcohol in his system when he died, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday.

Stewart, Rogers holding on as starters

Atlanta's Duckett looks to expand role on offense

Black to miss up to six weeks with broken hand bone

Former Panthers wideout sues team, surgeon

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Third-grader has future on course

Marion Jones juggles motherhood, workouts a year before Olympics

Area announcements

Schools to decide whether to use American Indian mascots, nicknames

X Games getting bigger

Boudreau ready for weightlifting competition despite her battle with breast cancer

Columbia County team retain Dixie boys crown

Overtime

Overtime
In Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, gold eluded the United States in two team sports, with a trip to the Olympics also slipping away in field hockey.

X Games getting bigger
LOS ANGELES -- All of 250 people were there for Jamie Bestwick's first BMX competition in 1984, near his hometown of Nottingham, England.

In the game spotlight
This week's in the game spotlight is on Cecelia Grove, 17, of Hephzibah.

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

Marion Jones juggles motherhood, workouts a year before Olympics
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Marion Jones gets in one last cuddle with her 6 1/2 -week-old son and heads to her day job as the world's fastest woman.

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.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls will be accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

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.

Columbia County team retain Dixie boys crown
It was more than just the gifted young arms on the mound and the clutch hitting that lifted the Columbia County Recreation Department Dixie Boys All-Stars to the top.

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.

Former Panthers wideout sues team, surgeon
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Patrick Jeffers is suing the team, its former orthopedist and his Charlotte clinic over a 2000 surgery that the player says ended his NFL career.

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.

Jenkins sprains ankle in Panthers practice; Peete injures fingers
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Carolina Panthers had their first real scare of training camp Wednesday when defensive tackle Kris Jenkins sprained his left ankle.

Atlanta's Duckett looks to expand role on offense
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - T.J. Duckett has several goals he wants to meet this season, but none is more important than his desire to improve as a blocker and receiver in the Atlanta Falcons' passing game.

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

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.

Ciaran Hinds takes center-screen in 'The Mayor of Casterbridge'

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

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.

Ciaran Hinds takes center-screen in 'The Mayor of Casterbridge'
LONDON -- Ciaran Hinds is used to supporting roles. So imagine his surprise at landing the title role of the doomed Michael Henchard in the latest adaptation of "The Mayor of Casterbridge."

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

Extras, extras

Standing ovations

Ben Affleck jokes about 'Gigli' while promoting his latest film

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.

Georgia's other quarterback patiently waits for his chance

South Carolina reports two secondary violations

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.

Howell suspended indefinitely after arrest

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.

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.

Offense picks up at end of South Carolina scrimmage

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.

U.S. forces may keep peace in Liberia
WASHINGTON -- Some 200 American troops could move ashore in Liberia if rebels fighting there abandon the country's port, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

U.S. forces may keep peace in Liberia

Liberia rebels agree to withdraw from vital port

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