How much money do Broadway stars make?

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.

How much money do Broadway stars make?
NEW YORK -- Compared to the millions they pay Tom, Julia or even that guy running for governor of California, Broadway salaries just aren't in the same show-biz league.

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

Expos likely to have one home next year

Expos likely to have one home next year
BOSTON -- Baseball wants the Montreal Expos to have one - and only one - home next season. But no one knows where.

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.

Little League to focus on baseball after two years of scandal

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.

Source: Tigers awarded 2005 All-Star game
DETROIT -- The All-Star game will return to Detroit for the first time in more than 30 years.

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.

Little League to focus on baseball after two years of scandal
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- After two years of rampant rumors and scandals about player eligibility, Little League officials are hoping to keep the focus on the field at this year's World Series.

Columbia County team retains Dixie boys crown

Source: Tigers awarded 2005 All-Star game

Investigators conduct inquiry into Ted Williams' note

Pete Rose's federal tax debt is paid off

Fantasy Baseball: It's time for a progress report

Come-from-behind Marlins lead wild card race

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.

It's safer to travel the world without leaving Georgia

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.

Madison Jane Plagwitz

Ryan Patrick Crapps

Ava Katherine Uhles

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.

Brittney Danielle Holmes

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.

Ricahiya Deyona Walton

George Durden Meadows Jr.

Gregorie Zack Kendrick

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.

MacKensie Ashlynn Arrington

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.

Grant Michael Cook

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.

Xander Scott Stearley

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.

Emmalee Christine Stine

Preston Brice Corley

Kaleb Christopher Daniels

Tyson Makai Brooks

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Avery Grace Reynolds

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.

Ansley Kara Moe

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.

Brandon Joseph Smith

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.

Madeline Elizabeth Bodkin

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.

Megan Paige Miller

Eric Rodriquez Robinson II

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

Gracie Lane Sidener

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.

Kaleb Brice Heffernan

Chelsey Amber Gracie Chavous

Mary Anne McCord

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.

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.

Man survives after being bumped onto subway tracks
NEW YORK -- Bumped off a crowded subway platform and onto the tracks, Brandon Crismon did the one thing that could save his life as a train approached - he rolled between the rails.

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

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Police officer Conan Schafer is handing out tickets - but these tickets are welcomed by downtown pedestrians.

Reds complete Mercker trade
CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds acquired righthander Matt Belisle on Thursday to complete the trade that sent lefthander Kent Mercker to the Atlanta Braves.

Hampton notches his 10th victory

Hampton returns to form after two miserable seasons
ATLANTA -- Welcome back, Mike Hampton.

Braves' homers defeat Padres
ATLANTA - Russ Ortiz became the first 17-game winner in the majors, Javy Lopez hit two more homers and the Atlanta Braves defeated the San Diego Padres 7-4 on Thursday night.

Braves send down Bong, put Hernandez on DL

Braves' homers defeat Padres

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.

Hampton returns to form after two miserable seasons

Reds complete Mercker trade

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.

Owner details renovations

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

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.

Georgia minorities gain buying power
Iris McLeod just bought her son, Direz, his second pair of basketball sneakers in two weeks. At 13, Direz's shoe size already equals his age, but a fast-growing foot isn't why he's getting a new pair of sneakers so soon.

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.

Manager wants more listeners

Retail sales up strongly in July

Consumer spending critical to economic recovery

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.

Wholesale priced edge up 0.1 percent in July
\WASHINGTON -- Wholesale prices nudged up by just 0.1 percent in July, restrained by falling costs for food products and a moderation in energy prices.

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.

Consumer spending critical to economic recovery
WASHINGTON -- Jodi Fields is eyeing a digital camera. Luigi Esposito is buying a new boat. Jack Manasco is saving for a rainy day. What Americans do with the fatter paychecks or child tax-credit checks from President Bush's latest tax-cut package will play a critical role in the strength of the economy's anticipated rebound this year.

Yellow Pages is suddenly sexy among investors

Textile industry gloom mounts as import quotas set to expire

McDonald's trying Cajun restaurant in New Orleans

Manager wants more listeners
The choice between broadcasting syndicated programs or local disc jockeys on Clear Channel's local radio stations comes down to what will attract the most listeners, the company's area general manager said Thursday.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - Rates on benchmark 30-year mortgages, which have been rising steadily since late June, dropped this week, offering a bit of a break to potential home buyers.

Wholesale priced edge up 0.1 percent in July

Owner details renovations
A downtown department store building that has been boarded up for more than two decades could see the light of day late next year.

Whitehurst takes control of Tigers

Bowden and Crosby meet

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 and Crosby meet
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Tommy Bowden met with receiver Roscoe Crosby on Thursday and hoped to have the two-sport star back with the team as soon as possible.

Coastal Carolina sells out program's opening football game

Big Ten to experiment with instant replay
The Big Ten has taken a step toward using instant replay in football games, implementing a pilot program to determine whether to use it for real in the future.

Quarterbacks cutting teeth under coach

New coach, new players, new attitude at Newberry

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.

Quarterbacks cutting teeth under coach
What's a preseason for the Florida Gators without a little quarterback controversy?

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

Duke looks to halt conference streak
The streak has become the butt of jokes on national talk-radio and ESPN's SportsCenter. Now Duke running back Alex Wade guarantees a new punch line.

Coastal Carolina sells out program's opening football game
CONWAY, S.C. -- The first-ever football game at Coastal Carolina will play to a sold-out house.

Watson upset with shoddy records, SLED says
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former South Carolina football star Derek Watson failed to keep track of his Upstate community service and was upset that the head of the agency where he was supposed to work didn't have better documentation, according to a State Law Enforcement Division investigation.

North Greenville having an easier time preparing for season
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- North Greenville coach Brian Smith said last year his job was the hardest he has ever undertaken. This year, things have gotten a lot easier.

Watson upset with shoddy records, SLED says

North Greenville having an easier time preparing for season

Duke looks to halt conference streak

Big Ten to experiment with instant replay

Autopsy: Dennehy shot twice in head

Staying the course
There've been no pay raises. State funds have been reduced by more than $2 million. And further budget cuts can be expected in Atlanta.

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.

Staying the course

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.

A condemned man
Orlando Martinez was a condemned man. Anyone who saw his trial in Augusta could have told you that.

Davis should resign

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.

Standing ovations
Commerce comes to the Common when the Saturday Farmers Market on Broad takes up residence Saturday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Augusta Common on the 800 block of Broad Street. The new market, which last week attracted about 2,000 people, features produce, baked goods, crafts and flowers. Admission is free.

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.

Applause calendar
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Club calendar
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a sampling of specials and entertainment at area nightclubs.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of concerts in the area.

South Carolina unemployment rises again in July
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's 7 percent unemployment rate in July was the highest level since March 1994, the South Carolina Employment Security Commission said Thursday.

South Carolina unemployment rises again in July

Catch sizes frustrate anglers
Members of Augusta area bass fishing clubs have been frustrated by the size of their tournament catches from Strom Thurmond Lake.

Catch sizes frustrate anglers

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing report

Fishing report
It never fails. Make a negative report about hybrids and striped bass schooling and they'll come back to embarrass you.

Retired builder now developing vibrant garden

Retired builder now developing vibrant garden
People who live in glass houses - or houses with lots of glass - shouldn't neglect their gardens, said Augusta resident George Perkins.

Moist climate is ideal for spittlebugs
Squish, squish, squish. That's what I heard last weekend as I walked across my lawn. It sounded like I was walking on a wet sponge.

Moist climate is ideal for spittlebugs

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

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

Barefoot or well-heeled, childhood can be tough

Golf Open to give boost to sport in Russia

Mickelson rises, Woods falters at PGA Championship

Augustan heads up Georgia amateurs

Georgia storms to lead

Furman senior shares top spot

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.

Furman senior shares top spot
AIKEN - Buddy Davis struck for six birdies Thursday at the Palmetto Amateur, but he still couldn't wait to get off the course.

Inspiration from an unlikely source

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.

Leader nears record

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.

Mickelson rises, Woods falters at PGA Championship
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Phil Mickelson was in the unfamiliar position of co-leader after the opening round of the PGA Championship. Tiger Woods was frustrated - again.

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.

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.

Georgia storms to lead
Whitney Frykman's education has taken a back seat this week to her golf schooling.

Ramirez's perfect night carries Jackets to win

Coach hopes tough schedule will help Washington-Wilkes

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.

Coach hopes tough schedule will help Washington-Wilkes
Although Washington-Wilkes coach Russell Morgan's team will be young - and he's calling this season a rebuilding year - the Tigers aren't shying away from a tough non-region schedule.

It's safer to travel the world without leaving Georgia
A century ago, people thought of foreign travel as a well-deserved luxury.

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.

Police seize cocaine and firearms
Local authorities said Friday they have seized more than 20 pounds of crack cocaine at a Columbia County residence.

Society negatively impacts kids despite parental efforts

Catch childhood-obesity trend earlier

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.

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.

Dress code should pertain to teachers, too

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

Impressed with writer's knowledge

Society negatively impacts kids despite parental efforts
Regarding James Tanner's letter on July 26, "Decency depends on caring parents": Mr. Tanner is correct - as parents, we are responsible for controlling what our children are exposed to. As a parent, I monitor what is on our television, what music my 13-year-old has in his possession, what books we have in our home, etc. Sharon Smith, Augusta

'Gay rights' are a perversion

Impressed with writer's knowledge
I read with interest Matthew J. Barry's letter in the Aug. 4 Chronicle Opinion section entitled "Do our students need Christianity in school?" Mr. Barry indicates the study of Christianity in public schools is unconstitutional. Lane Williams, Evans, Ga.

Dress code should pertain to teachers, too
Regarding the Aug. 7 dress code editorial, "Deal with dress code": In the editorial, it talks about the students not following the dress code. I think the main reason for that is the dress code is absurd. The students cannot wear any kind of logo or writing on their shirts. They have to have shirts tucked in at all times and cannot wear jackets at all in the halls. What is the point of that? Cassidy Spencer, Augusta

Catch childhood-obesity trend earlier
Your editorial regarding childhood obesity on Aug. 4, "A growing problem," sounded like it was written by two different people. It started out by chiding the American Academy of Pediatrics for measuring body mass index (BMI) on all children annually as if it were advocating shaking down little old ladies. Not a good analogy. William N. Jackson, Evans, Ga.

'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

Health and fitness calendar

How to store kidneys may affect transplants

End of fat camp can undo all its gains

FDA approves souped-up wheelchair that climbs stairs

Aspirin could be used as weapon against rare form of cancer

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

In the know

FDA approves another statin, this one controversial

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.

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.

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.

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.

FDA approves souped-up wheelchair that climbs stairs
WASHINGTON -- It's complicated and carries a hefty pricetag, but the federally approved iBOT wheelchair promises to give some of the nation's 2 million wheelchair users new freedom of movement, even allowing them to climb stairs.

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.

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.

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.

News you can use

Aiken pipe repairs are costly
AIKEN - Anyone who has needed a plumber recently knows better than to complain about Aiken's water and sewer fee increases.

Atlanta police officer facing drug charges was a top cop

Aiken pipe repairs are costly

15 more schools added to list
Eight more Columbia County schools and seven more Richmond County schools have been added to the list of needs-improvement schools under the guidelines of President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act.

Report: Computer skills needed for S.C. job market

News you can use

15 more schools added to list

Work continues on common
Despite being open for nearly a year, downtown's Augusta Common park has seen continued construction work, racking up change-order costs in excess of $137,800 for the $1.5 million project's first phase.

Beach advisories, closings up last year

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.

Deficits threaten health care

News you can use
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.

Five SRS employees disciplined for falsifying records

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.

Admitted killer gets reduced sentence

Rants and Raves
I'M STILL TRYING to understand why students in Richmond County have any unexcused absences. They're down to 16 from 24. Maybe I'm just not with the new system here, but I can remember when, if you were out of school, your parents had to send an excuse detailing illness, family tragedy, whatever, and request that you please be excused. What does unexcused absence mean - they can just not show up and it's OK? I don't understand that. How do they get an education?

Huge power blackout from New York to Detroit and into Canada

Kid of the day

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.

Correction
A calendar item in Applause in the Aug. 1 and Aug. 8 editions and in Around Town in the Aug. 7 and 8 editions of The Augusta Chronicle gave an incorrect date for the Walton Foundation Golf Classic. The tournament will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club in North Augusta.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Montavious Termaine Ruff, 3, of Sparta, Ga.

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.

Kid of the day

Study says trees have no use for pine straw
There's little doubt that adding pine straw as mulch can protect shrubs and spruce up the aesthetics of any flower bed.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Board cuts number of absences permitted
Not going to school will soon get you locked up in Richmond County.

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Across Georgia
MARIETTA -The Marietta City Council rejected appeals from three adult entertainment stores that lost their business licenses.

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Bad behavior affects sentences
Moments after a federal marshal detailed how Tyson Marshek's bad behavior earned him the distinction of being the first federal prisoner kicked out of three jails, Mr. Marshek had something to say.

Program welcomes pupils

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

West Nile entering peak season, cases double to nearly 400

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

Officials predict tax increase

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.

Board cuts number of absences permitted

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Rants and Raves
I'M STILL TRYING to understand why students in Richmond County have any unexcused absences. They're down to 16 from 24. Maybe I'm just not with the new system here, but I can remember when, if you were out of school, your parents had to send an excuse detailing illness, family tragedy, whatever, and request that you please be excused. What does unexcused absence mean - they can just not show up and it's OK? I don't understand that. How do they get an education?

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

Facility receives $3.5 million federal grant
Augusta Regional Airport's goal to build a new terminal received a $3.5 million boost from the federal government Thursday.

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.

Despite broader exercise definition, most Americans still don't get enough

Tenenbaum says she will run for Senate

Study says trees have no use for pine straw

Correction

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A lunchtime fire Thursday at an Aiken valve manufacturing plant injured four workers and forced the evacuation of all 250 employees, said Aiken Public Safety Sgt. David Turno.

Work continues on common

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.

Sperm bank seeks women to donate eggs

West Nile entering peak season, cases double to nearly 400
ATLANTA -- West Nile virus, now entering its peak season, appeared in Arizona for the first time as the number of human infections more than doubled to nearly 400 over the past week, federal officials said Thursday.

Atlanta police officer facing drug charges was a top cop
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta police officer accused of secretly working with a drug gang was one of the department's most honored officers, named "Officer of the Year" just two weeks ago.

Despite broader exercise definition, most Americans still don't get enough
ATLANTA -- Even when sweeping, waiting tables and tossing a Frisbee count as exercise, most Americans still aren't getting enough of it.

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Hangout in Gwinnett County caters to older clientele
SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- The youngest of a group of a dozen men who hang out at Snell's Pharmacy and discuss politics, traffic and retirement over coffee describes the group in a way perhaps fitting of his age.

Graham plans trip to Middle East

Program welcomes pupils
To a boy like Zachary Butler, going to a new school can be a bit intimidating.

State may get national park

News you can use
AUG. 15, 1988 Army investigators are trying to determine what happened to a 20-year-old Fort Gordon soldier who was found dead Saturday at Fort Gordon's Center Golf Course.

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

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.

Program for disabled children reduces medical costs

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.

Make Kids Count finalists

Across South Carolina

County upgrades water meters

Brother says man plans to face jury

Leader's dismissal is linked with YDC

Groups oppose proposal to list HIV cases

County puts limits on transfer options

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.

Marietta rejects appeals from adult shops
MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Marietta City Council rejected appeals from three adult entertainment stores that lost their business licenses.

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.

Beach advisories, closings up last year
CHARLESTON, S.C.-- South Carolina issued 75 percent more beach advisories and closings because of pollution last year than the year before, according to a nationwide report.

Officials predict tax increase
AIKEN - South Carolina's re-emerging deficit crisis heightens the likelihood of major tax and fee increases next year, state officials said Thursday.

Navy air depot remark worries officials

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG -Police are looking for a 16-year-old female runaway they say robbed a bank.

Across the area

Land bill reaction is mixed

Inmate fails in escape try

State gets custody of teen in shooting

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.

Hangout in Gwinnett County caters to older clientele

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.

Report: Computer skills needed for S.C. job market
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Computer engineering, programming and teaching of those subjects will be among the fastest-growing fields in South Carolina over the next seven years, according to a report from the state Employment Security Commission.

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.

At The Movies: 'Open Range'

At the Movies: 'Freddy vs. Jason'
No one really wins in Freddy vs. Jason, the showdown between horror icons Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees - except maybe the manufacturers of their trademark red-and-green striped sweater and hockey mask, which prove indestructible.

At the Movies: 'Freddy vs. Jason'

At the Movies: 'Uptown Girls'

Mini reviews

At The Movies: 'Open Range'
Remember all those leathery drifters with bad intentions who wandered off the prairie to serve as target practice for townsmen like John Wayne and Gary Cooper? Here they are again, this time as the good guys.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater location through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

At the Movies: 'Uptown Girls'
"This place is so loud, it's giving me a migraine," screams Ray, a precocious 8-year-old, over the din at a Manhattan nightclub in "Uptown Girls."

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

Cast your vote

Cast your vote
The hits kept coming and coming and coming. The Augusta Chronicle asked for entries in its second singer-songwriter contest, and, at deadline, the final count was an impressive 79. The entries are listed on Page 3D, and they range from rock to ragtime.

Kings of Leon rule over retro, Southern sound

Kings of Leon rule over retro, Southern sound
Taking music cues from Memphis soul, Neil Young, the British invasion and Southern rock and a fashion cue from Blue Oyster Cult, Kings of Leon already has conquered England, with a gold record and festival appearances to show for it.

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.

The great get greater: Evgeny Kissin improves with age

Local performers will pay tribute to the King
Fans of Elvis Presley can markSaturday's 26th anniversary of the King's death at a tribute concert tonight at Rio Bomba on Eight Street at Riverwalk Augusta.

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.

Kenseth raising Roush's hopes of first title
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Jack Roush doesn't really want to talk about the strong possibility of Roush Racing finally giving the team owner his first Winston Cup championship in 16 years of trying.

Source: Sunoco to be new official fuel of NASCAR
Sunoco will replace Union 76 as the official fuel of NASCAR's top three series, beginning in 2004.

Racing facts: GFS Marketplace 400

Kenseth raising Roush's hopes of first title

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.

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.

Q&A with Ryan Newman

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

Drivers say full-time emergency crew needed

Zone-hater Larry Brown is changing his ways - barely

Bryant's 911 call sought medical aid for his wife, according to city documents
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- The 911 call Kobe Bryant made the day before he surrendered to police on a sexual assault charge was for medical assistance for his wife, city documents showed.

Zone-hater Larry Brown is changing his ways - barely
NEW YORK -- The biggest zone-hater in the NBA, Larry Brown, says he might have the U.S. Olympic qualifying team play something other than its usual man-to-man defense.

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.

Suspect's wife testifies before grand jury
WACO, Texas -- The estranged wife of a man accused of killing Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy testified before a grand jury and told a newspaper that her husband had contacted her often from jail.

Atlanta's Duckett looks to expand role on offense

Widow pleads guilty to killing former Panther back Fred Lane

Former Panthers wideout sues team, surgeon

Fantasy Football: Two receivers top rest

Giants looking forward to seeing John Fox again

It's only preseason, but Atlanta wary of Ravens LB

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Merriwether deserves community high school now
AS CHAIR OFthe Merriwether Charter School Association, I commend The Augusta Chronicle for its editorial on July 22, "They went out and got it," and the accuracy of information included in that editorial concerning our efforts and reasons for a charter high school.

Merriwether deserves community high school now
AS CHAIR OFthe Merriwether Charter School Association, I commend The Augusta Chronicle for its editorial on July 22, "They went out and got it," and the accuracy of information included in that editorial concerning our efforts and reasons for a charter high school.

Area announcements

Fights return to NBC on Sept. 13

Two knee injuries, six years later, Gatson is back at worlds

X Games getting bigger

Marion Jones juggles motherhood, workouts a year before Olympics

Columbia County team retain Dixie boys crown

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Third-grader has future on course

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Chang heads list of U.S. Open wild-card entries
NEW YORK -- Michael Chang was among eight men granted a wild-card entry Thursday to the U.S. Open, which will be his final tournament as a pro.

Two knee injuries, six years later, Gatson is back at worlds
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The first knee injury was disappointing. The second felt more like a cruel joke.

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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.

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.

NCAA: Few schools make money on sports
INDIANAPOLIS -- Only a handful of schools consistently make money on major sports, and big bucks don't necessarily translate into big wins, according to an NCAA report released Thursday.

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.

Fights return to NBC on Sept. 13
NEW YORK -- Olympic silver medalist Rocky Juarez will headline the card when boxing returns to network television Sept. 13.

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.

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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.

Overtime
In Lahti, Finland, Freddy Adu scored three goals as the United States routed South Korea 6-1 to open the Under-17 World Championships.

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

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.

Giants looking forward to seeing John Fox again
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After struggling on offense in their preseason opener, the New York Giants aren't catching a break with old pal John Fox returning to Giants Stadium for the first time since becoming the Carolina Panthers coach last year.

Fantasy Football: Two receivers top rest
When it comes to the top receiver in fantasy football this season, it might be best to just flip a coin. Either way, owners are going to be on the money.

Vick vs. video Vick
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick enters his third season faced with the pressure of helping his team reach the Super Bowl. But for a moment, he'd rather revel in a personal triumph.

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.

It's only preseason, but Atlanta wary of Ravens LB
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick avoided Ray Lewis last year. The gifted quarterback will have nowhere to hide this time.

Widow pleads guilty to killing former Panther back Fred Lane
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sobbing and apologizing to the family of NFL running back Fred Lane, Deidra Lane pleaded guilty Thursday to voluntary manslaughter for the gunning her husband down as he walked through the front door of their home.

Sisters break out on their own

Sisters break out on their own
Few people get to sing on a recording with their boss, but, in the case of Shaunna and Tina Larkin, their boss is Dolly Parton.

Baby has right name to be a star

Two co-stars missing from 'Everybody Loves Raymond'

CBS announces Diversity Institute
LOS ANGELES -- CBS is setting up an institute to coordinate writing, directing and acting programs intended to foster diversity at the network.

Two co-stars missing from 'Everybody Loves Raymond'
LOS ANGELES -- Laughter and two co-stars were missing from the set of "Everybody Loves Raymond."

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

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."

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

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Davis steps up as Bulldogs try to replace Bailey
ATHENS, Ga. -- Boss Bailey was regarded as a rare talent at Georgia - a linebacker who ran like a safety and made big plays from sideline to sideline, and his departure was expected to leave a huge void.

Davis steps up as Bulldogs try to replace Bailey

Baby has right name to be a star
My wife, Joanne, last week gave birth to a daughter (our first), a beautiful girl named Ava Katherine. Mother and daughter are doing fine, healthy and happy. I, on the other hand, am wracked with guilt. Although confession won't end my sleepless nights, I'm hoping it will ease my pain.

Holtzes receive welcome news about wife's health

Holtzes receive welcome news about wife's health
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- There was good news Thursday for the Holtz family and it had nothing to do with football.

U.S. forces may keep peace in Liberia

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.

Rebels lift siege of Liberia's capital, U.S. Marines land

Rebels lift siege of Liberia's capital, U.S. Marines land
MONROVIA, Liberia -- Rebels lifted their two-month siege of Liberia's starving capital Thursday, and dozens more U.S. troops came ashore, significantly increasing the American presence in support of West African peacekeepers.

Family, friends stunned at discovery of millionaire's double life

Pop idols used to recruit for Japan's military

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