The composer and director behind the new 'Nine'
NEW YORK -- One is an owlish imp, a professorial composer who is never at a loss for words. But then neither is the articulate, tousle-haired British director whose striking good looks should have put him on stage rather than directing for it.

The composer and director behind the new 'Nine'

A barren September on Broadway for plays; but there's always October
NEW YORK -- Planning to see a play - not a musical - on Broadway next month?

Arts calendar

Festival hopes to rejuvenate East Village counterculture

Arts calendar
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A barren September on Broadway for plays; but there's always October

General Mills defies corporate trend with art collection
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Legend has it that in 1958, when General Mills moved into its new headquarters, Charlie Bell, who was then the company's president, took a look around and said, "It's too gray in here. We've got to do something to enliven this building."

Festival hopes to rejuvenate East Village counterculture
NEW YORK -- The peeling, crumbling tenements that once housed beatniks, hippies, musicians and artists are being taken over by young professionals eager to renovate not only the buildings but the neighborhood itself.

'Fame' - the stage musical - finally finds its way to a New York stage
NEW YORK -- "Fame" - the stage musical, not the movie and television series on which it's based - seems to have played everywhere except New York.

'Fame' - the stage musical - finally finds its way to a New York stage

Texas' 7-2 victory over Iowa highlights second day of LLWS
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Robert Psenka was the first to admit he didn't pitch his best game Saturday.

Texas' 7-2 victory over Iowa highlights second day of LLWS

Florida, Massachusetts advance to U.S. semis with wins

Florida, Massachusetts advance to U.S. semis with wins
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- By the time Richie DeJesus of Boynton Beach, Fla., made his first out Sunday, it was too late for Tallmadge, Ohio.

Forget Internet diplomas; enroll in the school of life

Savannah man survives two lightning strikes
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Joe Sauers gets a chill down his spine whenever he sees storm clouds approaching. But that's better than getting struck by lightning.

New wildlife CD features frog mating calls
ALBANY, Ga. -- The retching sound of the Eastern Spadefoot Toad and the monotonous jug o'rum call of the bullfrog are featured on a new CD devoted to the romantic bellowing of frogs.

Schilling tops Maddux in duel
ATLANTA -- This hasn't been a typical season for Curt Schilling or Greg Maddux.

Atlanta rallies for win
ATLANTA - Pinch hitter Julio Franco's two-run single highlighted a five-run fifth inning, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-6 on Saturday.

Schilling tops Maddux in duel

On the move

Bush administration faces "litmus test" on Chinese textile dilemma

Retailers profit from boomers' rock star fantasies
Before setting out to earn a Ph.D. in psychology roughly 30 years ago, Richard Holloway was a full-time singer-songwriter, performing at nightclubs and universities with a variety of backup bands.

Minority winemakers emerging
NAPA, Calif. - Rolando Herrera washed dishes, broke rocks and sometimes slept in his car in his struggle to become a winemaker.

Retailers profit from boomers' rock star fantasies

Business calendar
Tuesday: Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce Women in Business; Speaker Peg McCulloch, First Sun EAP Alliance Inc.; sponsored by University Hospital; 11:30 a.m., Pullman Hall; $15.

Business calendar

Used correctly, direct mail can be effective
As a small-business consultant, I hear it all the time: "Direct mail is a total waste of time and money. I sent 5,000 direct-mail pieces and no one responded."

Bush administration faces "litmus test" on Chinese textile dilemma
WASHINGTON -- Over the next several months, the Bush administration could send its strongest signal yet about how it plans to handle conflicts between the struggling American textile industry and China, which it is trying to appease as a new favored trading partner.

Used correctly, direct mail can be effective

Minority winemakers emerging

On the move
Marjorie Kilchenstein has joined Keystone Homes Inc. as a design consultant.

Pocket change
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT: Winn-Dixie Stores

Pocket change

Commissioners help each other

Commissioners help each other
It's said that two things are certain in life: death and taxes. Augusta Commissioner and local mortician Willie Mays has the fortune (good or bad, we don't know) of working with both.

Clemson's defense shines in scrimmage
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's defense led the way in the team's second full-scale scrimmage of preseason camp Saturday.

Defensive-led Sooners aim for second straight Big 12 title
Defensive tackle Tommie Harris might be the best defensive player in the nation. Or maybe it's linebacker Teddy Lehman. Cornerback Derrick Strait is another good candidate. So is safety Brandon Everage.

Oklahoma No. 1 in AP preseason poll
It's not hard to figure out why Oklahoma is the preseason No. 1 team in The Associated Press college football poll.

Manning has last chance

Tar Heels toughen up for '03

Oklahoma No. 1 in AP preseason poll

Manning has last chance
Even David Cutcliffe acknowledges that it's time for Mississippi to make its move.

Maryland hopes to reach the top

Defensive-led Sooners aim for second straight Big 12 title

Maryland hopes to reach the top
Maryland has long been the sleeping giant of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Now it seems a giant of a man has awakened the beast of the mid-east.

LSU lineman anchors team

LSU lineman anchors team
There's no "I" in team, but there is in birthday. No one knows that better than Louisiana State offensive guard Stephen Peterman, who might have to play hooky for the Tigers' season opener against Louisiana-Monroe on Aug. 30.

Tar Heels toughen up for '03
Last season's 3-9 debacle seems like something no one atNorth Carolina would care to remember.

Former Baylor coach apologized to player the morning after scheme revealed

Unintended flag flap
Ordinances sometimes have unintended consequences. That appears to be the case regarding the great flag flap in Columbia County.

Man-made floods
The long, hot three-year drought was bad for farm produce, lawns, gardens, air quality and more - but at least it kept flooding problems at bay. But since the rains returned this year, so have the floods.

How excusable is this?
This country has given lip service to raising educational standards for many years. Suddenly, the No Child Left Behind Act is calling our bluff.

Hope floats
Desperation is even more prolific than her sister Necessity when it comes to giving birth to Invention.

Order in the court
We don't believe a monument of the Ten Commandments outside the Alabama state judicial building violates the Constitution or the law.

How excusable is this?

Do it anyway
Looking for some good news? Then check out Georgia Environmental Protection Division's report that Augusta's air quality has improved enough that the city may not have to be listed as a nonattainment area under the federal Clean Air Act.

Order in the court

Layoff casualties take what they can get
SUDBURY, Mass. -- Tom Calderini used to supervise three teams of software programmers spread across two states and an office overseas, but that job never tested his "people skills" quite like this.

New mortality tables could reduce cost of some life insurance
NEW YORK -- It's not often that actuarial tables make headlines.

Mistakes on credit reports can be damaging
Late last year, Girish Sharma was shocked when both Home Depot and Lowe's turned him down for store credit.

Layoff casualties take what they can get

More investors turning to stodgy cyclical stocks
NEW YORK -- After sending tech stocks surging in recent months, Wall Street is now placing bets on a much stodgier investment: a batch of material, construction and industrial stocks known as cyclicals.

Stocks or bonds? Balanced funds offer some of both

Stocks or bonds? Balanced funds offer some of both
NEW YORK - Investors unnerved by recent volatility in the stock and bond markets are no doubt torn about where to invest. They might consider a kind of mutual fund, called a balanced fund, that invests in both stocks and bonds.

New mortality tables could reduce cost of some life insurance

More investors turning to stodgy cyclical stocks

Mistakes on credit reports can be damaging

Pickles, a sour sandwich staple, hated by some, loved by many

Pickles, a sour sandwich staple, hated by some, loved by many
PHILADELPHIA -- As her lunchtime order arrives, Patrice Landers launches into a familiar ritual: She lifts the bun and roots around inside, making sure her burger isn't tainted with one particularly polarizing topping - pickles.

Coach says Bilbo adjusting well to receiver post
ATLANTA -- Coach Chan Gailey had praise for Damarius Bilbo, a quarterback converting to receiver for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Coach says Bilbo adjusting well to receiver post

Around the horn
D.J. Hanson of the Charleston (W.Va.) AlleyCats struck out 14 batters in seven innings in a win over the Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs in Game 2 of a doubleheader Tuesday. Hanson is ninth in the SAL with a 2.98 ERA and has struck out 94 batters in 117 2/3 innings.

Minor league notebook
Bronson Arroyo was the ace of the Augusta GreenJackets pitching staff in 1996 and one of the prized young arms of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

Rome comes back to sweep Augusta
Rome swept the three-game series against Augusta with a come-from-behind 4-2 victory Saturday night at State Mutual Stadium.

Pak captures fourth Jamie Farr title
SYLVANIA, Ohio -- Se Ri Pak made some history at the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic.

Fraser beats Wiegele in playoff, wins Russian Open

Pope saves his best for a win

Thorpe wins Long Island Classic
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. -- Jim Thorpe rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to overtake Bob Gilder and win the Long Island Classic on Sunday.

Golf roundup

Pope saves his best for a win
NORTH AUGUSTA - Jeff Pope closed the book on his finest Regions Cup season with a victory Sunday in the season-concluding W.M. Gregory Classic.

Howell gets Presidential opportunity

Opportunity awaits surprise leaders

Aspiring pro leaves field in his dust
AIKEN - It was with an exclamation mark, not a period, that Scott Usher concluded his amateur golf career Saturday.

Howell gets Presidential opportunity
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Charles Howell will get his wish to play for his country in the Presidents Cup.

Jones keeps up to save streak
NORTH AUGUSTA - Lance Jones found a spark in his dormant golf game Saturday, giving him hope of keeping a Regions Cup streak alive.

Pak captures fourth Jamie Farr title

Opportunity awaits surprise leaders
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The PGA Championship was supposed to be the last chance for Tiger Woods to win a major. It turned into a great opportunity for two guys who have never even contended in one.

Another surprise: Micheel the PGA champion

Golf roundup
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. - Jim Thorpe tied a PGA Champions Tour record with a 10-under-par 60 to take the lead after the second round of the Long Island Classic on Saturday.

Thorpe wins Long Island Classic

Jones keeps up to save streak

Another surprise: Micheel the PGA champion
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Not many knew Shaun Micheel until this weekend. No one will forget the shot that won him the PGA Championship.

Aspiring pro leaves field in his dust

Fraser beats Wiegele in playoff, wins Russian Open
NAKHABINO, Russia -- Australia's Marcus Fraser made par on the second playoff hole Sunday to beat Austria's Martin Wiegele and win the Russian Open.

Minor league notebook

Around the horn

Area's powers in question this season

Coca-Cola bottles coach's success
LINCOLNTON, Ga. - Lincoln County Larry Campbell might be the only high school football coach in the nation with his own personalized Coca-Cola bottle.

Area's powers in question this season
Prep football begins in five days for Aiken and McCormick counties - 12 days for just about everybody else.

Forget Internet diplomas; enroll in the school of life
You'd think the General Accounting Office would be busy uncovering government corruption in Washington, but apparently not.

Ballet dancer's body found off Carolina beach
Ballet dancer's body found off Carolina beach

Former state Sen. Walker's office searched
Federal and state agents raided the offices of former Sen. Charles Walker on Monday.

Will turn dial
I think it stinks that I wake up expecting to hear Rebecca Reardon and John Patrick in the morning and some other radio jockeys are on. Rose M. Layton, Aiken, S.C.

Columbia County's action may ruin commercial pet crematory

Leave Lake Thurmond the way it is
We read with great dismay the text of the proposed Savannah River Lakes Private Land Ownership Restoration Act. The concept of "privatization" in this instance is nothing more than another attempt to commercialize our pristine Lake Thurmond shoreline. Lawrence and Janet Russo, McCormick, S.C.

Leave Lake Thurmond the way it is

Democrat sees party change over the years
I proudly served overseas in the U.S. military during World War II, and I wholeheartedly support our troops today wherever they may be. Al Kotras, Augusta

Local media losing touch with audience
While one cannot run a business without revenue, sometimes the amount of income generated is not as important as the quality of service rendered. However, this principle was apparently lost on those who chose to make a change in the format at WBBQ. E.G. Yrizarry, Grovetown, Ga.

Columbia County's action may ruin commercial pet crematory
I am the owner of Paradise Pet Cemetery and Crematory. I have been doing cremations for the Central Savannah River Area for the past 15 years, and I have worked hard to create a dignified compassionate business. I am now facing losing my cremation business due to the invasion of private enterprise by the Columbia County Animal Control. Richard Lord, Augusta

Local media losing touch with audience

Let's attend chamber's gospel breakfast

Democrat sees party change over the years

WBBQ's ratings will surely drop now
I have been listening to WBBQ all my life. I remember as a little girl playing the phone contests. Corky Ferrell, Aiken, S.C.

WBBQ's ratings will surely drop now

Let's attend chamber's gospel breakfast
I applaud Ed Presnell, James Kendrick and the new leadership at the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce. How clever - a Gospel Breakfast at Julian Smith Casino this Thursday at 7:15 a.m., with a "We would like to get to know you" theme. It is open to the community for a nominal cost. Area church Praise Teams will sing some old-time gospel music while you enjoy a great breakfast. Woody Merry, Augusta

Will turn dial

Let's recall Bush while we're at it
Since we don't have a parliamentary system and California is having a recall, wouldn't it be wonderful if we could also recall the appointment of President George W. Bush by the Supreme Court, have new elections and put an end to the present administration?Joaquin Godoy, Aiken, S.C.

Clinton's lies didn't kill; Bush's do
Every Memorial Day we pause to remember those brave men and women who gave their lives in military service for our nation. This is a wonderful time of thanks and remembrance; however, the real tragedy is that many of those brave heroes died because our nation's leaders lied to us and sent them into unnecessary military conflicts. Paul L. Cook, Augusta

Let's recall Bush while we're at it

In the know

Mother, daughter make own design magic with creative uses for ordinary items

Do not change party over feuding friends

Disposable digital camera shoots but doesn't score

Retro is the hottest style in footwear fashion

'Trading Spaces' fuels interest in interior design programs

Do not change party over feuding friends
Dear Carson: I have two friends who do not like each other. They had an argument, and I think they each were a little wrong and a little right. No middle ground has been reached, and they each expect me to side with them. In late summer I am having an alfresco party, and the guest list includes about 50 friends. Each of them would rather I did not invite the other, but one friend absolutely refuses to attend if I invite my other friend. What should I do? - Hard Choices

In the know
Have you forgotten what Dad looks like because he spends so much time at the office? Does your wife take on more an more work with a smile?

Disposable digital camera shoots but doesn't score
Since the arrival of digital cameras, photographers have had to choose between the convenience of the high-tech gadgets, the superior quality of traditional film cameras or the low cost and simplicity of single-use film disposables.

Home front
Sherwin-Williams has come up with an interior paint the company says is virtually odorless.

Mother, daughter make own design magic with creative uses for ordinary items
Niccol Valentine's Country Club Hills home is filled with treasures gleaned from trash.

Retro is the hottest style in footwear fashion
Men and women may fight over closet space, but there is one thing they can agree on - retro is in. For shoes that is.

'Trading Spaces' fuels interest in interior design programs
NEW YORK -- Whenever Ball State University instructor Janet Fick asks new or prospective interior design students whether they watch "Trading Spaces," she says, "every hand shoots up."

Hundreds of horses afflicted as mosquito virus cases rise
ATLANTA -- While West Nile virus cases increase in the West, another mosquito-borne virus continues to rage in the Southeast, afflicting hundreds of horses - and several people.

Ballet dancer missing off coast

Balancing act
Todd Corbett, of Aiken, skateboards at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center in Aiken.

DeKalb man denies beating stepson to death
ATLANTA -- A DeKalb County man accused of fatally beating his 2-year-old stepson denied Saturday that he abused him, claiming the boy died of injuries from a playground accident.

Lack of funds delays road projects

Democratic party aims to reclaim control
Area Democrats are stepping up their efforts to regain a political foothold after many key positions were lost to Republicans in several of last year's general election races.

Aviation Commission talks about changes in procedures
Inside their meetings, members call for fairness to local minority-owned businesses and pledge to follow procedures.

Firearm stolen years ago leads to young boy's death
Cacone Harrell was still two years from being born when the Remington 870 Express shotgun bearing serial number X048110M was manufactured.

Across South Carolina

Area law enforcement grateful for donations
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office bomb squad division had a dilemma - there were two guys on the team and only one bomb suit.

News you can use

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -The Citadel has dropped mealtime prayers after a federal appeals court decision this week involving the Virginia Military Institute.

Calls pour in to fire department, emergency management office

Across the area
Thunderstorms rolled through the Augusta area Saturday afternoon, knocking out electricity to more than 1,000 residents and causing scattered flooding.

South Carolina to watch Georgia's alligator hunting season
CROSS, S.C. -- An alligator-hunting season could bring the state additional funds while reducing the number of alligators, says a guide for one of South Carolina's largest hunting clubs.

Cars make hard road for horse rider
ATHENS, Ga. - There's nothing Tye Curtis loves more than riding his horse.

Teen to stand trial as adult in slaying
COLUMBUS, Ga. - An eighth-grader was bound over to Superior Court on Friday to be tried as an adult in the shooting death of a high-school freshman slain after a crowd of pupils gathered for an after-school fight.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Poultry waste remains state issue

Democrats seek Hollings' seat in Senate

Doctor's job goes beyond bodies

Across Georgia
Dooley backers urged to donate to UGA

News you can use

Paper trail of unreported income leads to shelter founder
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A professional auditor and former treasurer of a nonprofit homeless shelter here says the director should be investigated for fraud.

Across the area

Myrtle Beach man part of Iraq judgment
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Jeff Fox felt vindicated last month when a judge awarded him and 16 other Gulf War veterans $959 million in damages after they were tortured by Iraqi captors.

South Carolina to watch Georgia's alligator hunting season

North Florence community struggles to overcome drugs, violence with new programs
FLORENCE, S.C. -- Tim Waters drives down a narrow street in a north Florence neighborhood, where windows and doors of small abandoned homes have been nailed shut with plywood, and front porches lean as if they could give way at any moment.

GOP, Dems girding for next battle for legislative control
ATLANTA -- Keeping control of the state Legislature was one small ray of hope for battered Democrats last year in an electoral disaster that cost them the governor's office and a U.S. Senate seat. But even that comfort was short lived.

Calls pour in to fire department, emergency management office
Hard rain, thunder and lightning strikes made for an uncomfortable weekend for some Columbia County residents, including those at the Arrowwood Trailer Park in Grovetown.

Schools look at ways to force students to stay in high school
Robbie Miller understands that he needs a high school diploma to get a decent job. He just couldn't handle the policies that banned untucked shirts and dyed hair at Hephzibah High School.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is 7-month-old Joshua James Caldwell.

Aiken's elections have few hopefuls
AIKEN - On a warm summer evening around dusk, when the magnolias on Whiskey Road are in full bloom and the Aiken Civic Ballet Co. is set to give a free performance on the Hopelands Garden stage, it's easy to see why no one is challenging Mayor Fred Cavanaugh for his seat.

Firearm stolen years ago leads to young boy's death

Standards tougher in S.Carolina
AIKEN - Under the harsh light of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, South Carolina public schools will look far worse than schools in other states because the Palmetto State has the third-toughest set of test standards in the nation, state education officials and local educators say.

Across South Carolina

Officials cite flaws in law enforcement agencies

News you can use
AUG. 18, 1938 Lester Moody, veteran Chamber of Commerce secretary, was elected general chairman yesterday of the citywide organization formed at a mass meeting of representatives of nearly all Augusta organizations to arouse interest in the Sept. 9 auditorium bond election.

Aviation Commission talks about changes in procedures

Official details summit's security

GOP, Dems girding for next battle for legislative control

Cars make hard road for horse rider

Former state Sen. Walker's office searched

Balancing act

Airport calls amenities too costly

Police study video for homicide clues

Across the area

Area law enforcement grateful for donations

Budget crisis boosts tuition
AIKEN - To meet the demands of a busy life with a high school senior and a college junior, Brenda and Barry Buchanan say they "walk in faith," praying they can provide for their children without busting the household budget.

Kid of the Day

Aiken's elections have few hopefuls

Across the southeast

Across the southeast

Across the southeast
PILOT, N.C. -A modified Jeep racing on a mud-pit course crashed through a fence into a crowd at a small-town track, killing a woman and injuring 20 other people, including her daughter, the sheriff said Sunday.

Atlantic Southeast flights often tardy

Rants and Raves
I AGREE WITH the person who said WBBQ is wrong to let Rebecca and John go. They have been an important part of my morning. I love waking up to their show and I really am going to miss them. I believe WBBQ is making a serious mistake, and I wish they would reconsider and bring them back.

Lack of funds delays road projects
If the city doesn't get started with road projects already on the books, the price will continue to escalate, straining the already lean coffers and possibly jeopardizing some of the planned work.

Kid of the day

Rants and Raves
I AGREE WITH the person who said WBBQ is wrong to let Rebecca and John go. They have been an important part of my morning. I love waking up to their show and I really am going to miss them. I believe WBBQ is making a serious mistake, and I wish they would reconsider and bring them back.

Ballet dancer missing off coast
The Coast Guard will continue its search today for a member of the Augusta Ballet company who disappeared Saturday afternoon while swimming off Harbor Island in South Carolina.

Treutlen County sheriff to use exhaustion as defense
SOPERTON, Ga. -- A Treutlen County sheriff accused of using excessive force against two suspects is claiming exhaustion as a defense, according to court documents.

Democrats seek Hollings' seat in Senate
The Democratic Party jumped into the race to replace U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings this week, with state Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum and Columbia Mayor Bob Coble announcing their candidacies.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -Severe storms brought winds up to 70 mph into the Upstate on Saturday, damaging several planes at the downtown Greenville airport and leaving more than 2,600 people without power.

News you can use
Gov. J. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, States Rights Democrat presidential nominee, will address the Fourth Division reunion in Augusta on Sept. 4 at the Municipal Auditorium.

CDC cautions against confusing viral meningitis with West Nile virus
ATLANTA -- Federal officials are warning health officials not to confuse West Nile virus and a mild illness commonly known as viral meningitis that has appeared this summer in outbreaks across the country.

Across the southeast
TAMPA, Fla. -Explorers say they have found the sunken remains of an 1860s steamer that could yield the richest cargo ever recovered from a shipwreck: thousands of gold coins worth as much as $180 million.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A DeKalb County man accused of fatally beating his 2-year-old stepson denied Saturday that he abused him, claiming the boy died of injuries from a playground accident.

Doctor's job goes beyond bodies
Among the many autopsies Daniel K. Brown has performed as medical examiner for the Augusta crime lab, there are cases - because of the sight and the manner of death - that take a toll on his emotions.

Officials cite flaws in law enforcement agencies
AIKEN - The case of Raymond Stevens Jr. perfectly illustrates the troubling disconnect between prosecutors, law enforcement agencies and judges in different counties, South Carolina's criminal justice officials say.

Budget crisis boosts tuition

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Myles Cristobal Burnette of Hephzibah.

Airport calls amenities too costly
A Houston-based company wants to treat corporate pilots and passengers like millionaires at Augusta Regional Airport.

Official details summit's security
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Security measures for Sea Island residents will be strict for next year's G-8 summit, but not oppressive, an official said Friday.

Atlantic Southeast flights often tardy
Geeta Desai had no problem with delays on a recent Continental Express flight from Augusta to Houston.

Across Georgia

Across Georgia

Poultry waste remains state issue
ATLANTA - By the late 1990s, Linda Burkhalter had stopped visiting the property her family owns along the Canoochee River in Evans County, four miles downstream from a poultry plant.

North Florence community struggles to overcome drugs, violence with new programs

DeKalb man denies beating stepson to death

Police study video for homicide clues
Police are analyzing a surveillance videotape taken from a south Augusta convenience store where the owner was fatally shot Friday night.

CDC cautions against confusing viral meningitis with West Nile virus

Across the area
Police on Sunday were investigating a series of cash-exchange scams at Augusta businesses.

Democratic party aims to reclaim control

Paper trail of unreported income leads to shelter founder

Officers find body of dancer
The body of missing Augusta Ballet dancer Jaime Burcham was recovered Sunday off the coast of Harbor Island, S.C., officials said.

Vick's injury could've been prevented
Such a waste. And for nothing. With 4:20 remaining in the first quarter of a meaningless preseason football game, the most marketable commodity in the most popular sport in America lay in pain on the artificial turf of the Georgia Dome.

Slashers Freddy and Jason combine for No. 1 box-office debut
LOS ANGELES -- The horror tag-team "Freddy vs. Jason" had a killer weekend as the showdown between the bad guys of the "Friday the 13th" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" franchises debuted with $36.4 million.

Newcomer Erin McKeown wants to be an original

Backstreet Boy brings music business to Louisville

Five Questions With Pat Monahan
Train's songs tend to stick around for a while, as the San Francisco rock band learned from ubiquitous singles "Meet Virginia" and Grammy-winning "Drops of Jupiter."

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Backstreet Boy brings music business to Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kevin Richardson hopes others won't have to follow his path to superstardom.

Top 20 Concert Tours

At 77, Stan Freberg still hasn't tired of satirizing America

Newcomer Erin McKeown wants to be an original
NEW YORK -- There are shades of Fiona Apple and Natalie Merchant in Erin McKeown's voice, a jazzy instrument that winds and sighs its way through her latest disc, "Grand."

At 77, Stan Freberg still hasn't tired of satirizing America
LOS ANGELES -- Stan Freberg was speaking to a group of seminary students when the father of the funny commercial, inventor of the modern comedy album and co-creator of the beloved 1950s kids show "Time for Beany and Cecil" had his audience doubled over in laughter.

Five Questions With Pat Monahan

Carmichael wins at Millville

Newman wins Michigan on fuel strategy
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Ryan Newman had enough fuel and Kurt Busch didn't.

One killed, 20 injured when Jeep crashes into spectators during mud-pit race

Some surprises at top of lineup in Michigan

One killed, 20 injured when Jeep crashes into spectators during mud-pit race
PILOT, N.C. -- A mud-racing Jeep crashed through a chain-link fence into a crowd of spectators, killing one woman and injuring her daughter and 19 others.

Newman wins Michigan on fuel strategy

Spencer could face assault charges for fight with Busch
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- NASCAR driver Jimmy Spencer could face assault charges after allegedly attacking fellow competitor Kurt Busch following Sunday's GFS Marketplace 400.

Carmichael wins at Millville
MILLVILLE, Minn. -- Ricky Carmichael won the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship race at Spring Creek Motocross Park on Sunday, his seventh win of the season.

Some surprises at top of lineup in Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Kevin Lepage looked around the Winston Cup garage area and said, "Man, it's nice to be here."

Hornish wins fastest IRL race ever
SPARTA, Ky. -- Sam Hornish Jr. set Indy Racing League records for average speed and career wins in a dominating victory at the Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Erika doesn't live up to hurricane forecasts

Tropical Storm Erika doesn't live up to hurricane forecasts
BROWNSVILLE, Texas -- Tropical Storm Erika petered out as it made landfall short of hurricane strength Saturday, shaving palm trees and shattering a few car windows but doing little significant damage.

U.S. tops Puerto Rico in exhibition game
NEW YORK -- Jason Kidd graded the U.S. team with a "B," which seemed about right after a performance that was very good - but not great.

U.S. tops Puerto Rico in exhibition game

Former Baylor coach apologized to player the morning after scheme revealed
AUSTIN, Texas -- Baylor University's former basketball coach apologized to one of the players he tried to enlist in a scheme to cover up alleged NCAA violations by accusing a slain player of dealing drugs, the player's father said Sunday.

Parcells sorry Cowboys won't face Vick

Falcon's notebook

Newberry on Football: Vick's injury par for Falcons course

Falcons' Vick suffers injury

Team rallies behind backup

Carolina linebacker diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease

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MAP-ing a new course for South Carolina
THE LARGEST government-restructuring effort in decades is underway in South Carolina. Modeled after former President Ronald Reagan's Grace Commission, Gov.Mark Sanford's Commission on Management, Accountability and Performance was formed June 17. Fourteen commissioners and more than 250 task force-members from the private sector, state government and the General Assembly are probing the way South Carolina does business.

MAP-ing a new course for South Carolina
THE LARGEST government-restructuring effort in decades is underway in South Carolina. Modeled after former President Ronald Reagan's Grace Commission, Gov.Mark Sanford's Commission on Management, Accountability and Performance was formed June 17. Fourteen commissioners and more than 250 task force-members from the private sector, state government and the General Assembly are probing the way South Carolina does business.

Roddick rallies to win set, match from Mirnyi

Overtime

Pan American Games go on just fine, hitches and all

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Pan American Games go on just fine, hitches and all
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The Dominican Republic's big show wasn't as disastrous as it was billed to be.

Overtime
Nine South Carolina athletes have tested positive for drugs between January and July, the school says.

Overtime
In Pilot, N.C., a mud-racing Jeep crashed through a chain-link fence into a crowd of spectators, killing one woman and injuring her daughter and 19 others.

Roddick rallies to win set, match from Mirnyi
MASON, Ohio -- Seventh-seeded Andy Roddick scored the final six points to win the tiebreaker in the first set and then beat Max Mirnyi 6-4 in the second set on Saturday to advance to the finals of the Cincinnati Masters.

Trail will undergo extensive redesign
Two centuries ago, famed naturalist William Bartram traveled extensively along the Savannah River above Augusta and recorded his observations for posterity.

Georgia's frogs debut on new CD
Walt Knapp is Georgia's newest recording artist - and he owes it all to frogs. Their soothing peeps, chirps, grunts, croaks and other varied sounds are music to Knapp's ears - and fodder for his new CD.

Falcon's notebook
ATLANTA - If the Falcons are going to fulfill their goal of making the Super Bowl this season, the ride will begin on the arm of Doug Johnson - not the legs of Michael Vick.

Parcells sorry Cowboys won't face Vick
SAN ANTONIO -- While Michael Vick's injury might improve the Dallas Cowboys' chances of beating the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener, coach Bill Parcells isn't happy about it.

Team rallies behind backup
ATLANTA - The day after Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick broke his right leg, the talk across town was filled with mixed emotions.

Carolina linebacker diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers linebacker Mark Fields has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and will miss the entire season, the team said Sunday.

Newberry on Football: Vick's injury par for Falcons course
ATLANTA -- What is it about the Atlanta Falcons?

Falcons' Vick suffers injury
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick fractured his right fibula Saturday night during an exhibition game against Baltimore, and a team source told The Associated Press the quarterback will be sidelined at least six weeks.

Georgia's frogs debut on new CD

Vick's injury could've been prevented

A documentary explores the plight of aging actresses

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

UPN tries another remake with rumors of its possible demise
NEW YORK -- UPN and its weblet rival, the WB, have competed on generally equal footing among viewers since both started broadcasting in 1995. But the WB has what UPN has always lacked: an identity.

UPN tries another remake with rumors of its possible demise

A documentary explores the plight of aging actresses
NEW YORK -- When did you last see Hollywood actresses on TV talking - as opposed to talking something up?

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Maybe you're tired of hearing it (or saying it): Movies used to be better 30 years ago.

'Enterprise' soars into new sexy, action-packed season

'Enterprise' soars into new sexy, action-packed season
LOS ANGELES -- When the director calls "Action!" on the set of UPN's "Enterprise," stuff really flies.

Offense dominates in South Carolina scrimmage
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The offense finally dominated in South Carolina's scrimmage Sunday afternoon, coach Lou Holtz says, but the strong performance also gave him some new concerns.

Offense dominates in South Carolina scrimmage

Aid groups rush supplies to Liberia as hunger grips capital amid reports of countryside fighting
MONROVIA, Liberia -- Humanitarian aid trickled into Liberia's devastated capital by plane and boat Saturday, a welcome relief but not nearly fast enough for residents famished after 70 days of siege. Fighting persisted in the interior, blocking hopes of immediate help for the millions trapped there.

Aid groups rush supplies to Liberia as hunger grips capital amid reports of countryside fighting

New wildlife CD features frog mating calls