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

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?

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.

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.

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."

The composer and director behind the new 'Nine'

'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.

Festival hopes to rejuvenate East Village counterculture

Prosecutors won't file criminal charges in Ted Williams case

Prosecutors won't file criminal charges in Ted Williams case
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Criminal charges won't be filed against two of Ted Williams' children who were accused by their brother-in-law of forging a note stating the slugger wanted to be frozen after death.

Ohio wins final game at Little League WS

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.

Despite big salary, Yankees' Matsui living life of moderation

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

Schmidt: Baseball to decide this fall on Pete Rose

Ohio wins final game at Little League WS
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Matt Keen's three hits and two runs led Tallmadge, Ohio, to a 5-4 victory over Richland, Wash., Monday in the last Little League World Series game for both teams.

Schmidt: Baseball to decide this fall on Pete Rose
CINCINNATI -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig probably will announce some time after the World Series whether he will reinstate Pete Rose, former Rose teammate Mike Schmidt said.

Despite big salary, Yankees' Matsui living life of moderation
New York Yankees slugger Hideki Matsui makes $7 million a year but his life in America doesn't appear too flashy.

Still looking for that North Dakota postcard

Mr. Little Guy answers kids questions
MINNEAPOLIS -- Four-year-old Shira Rabkin wanted to ask just the right questions, so she thought long and hard.

Odds and Ends
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- When the tips were tallied, Arkansas first lady Janet Huckabee had helped earn $1,838.70 as a waitress - all for charity.

Malfunctioning elevator kills man trapped in door
HOUSTON -- A surgical resident was killed when an elevator malfunctioned and decapitated him, authorities said.

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.

Woman, 78, survives four days after falling into ditch
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- A 78-year-old diabetic woman fell into a ditch and survived in the woods for four days through hail and lightning before she was rescued.

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.

Hampton halts Diamondbacks

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

Hampton halts Diamondbacks
ATLANTA - Two fairly impressive streaks were extended during the Atlanta Braves' 6-1 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday afternoon.

Schilling tops Maddux in duel

Ortiz goes home

Ortiz goes home
ATLANTA - When Russ Ortiz takes the mound tonight in San Fransisco, it will be the first time he has faced his former team.

Retailers profit from boomers' rock star fantasies

Sonoco says job, plant cuts to save $60 million
HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- Sonoco Products Co. will cut 340 jobs - mostly salaried workers - and shut down 20 plants worldwide in hopes of saving $60 million.

Sonoco says job, plant cuts to save $60 million

Post-worm lessons might go unheeded

Bush administration faces "litmus test" on Chinese textile dilemma

Business briefs
An Augusta real estate Web site will have a seminar for home sellers and buyers Sept. 16 at Sheraton Augusta Hotel at 2651 Perimeter Parkway.

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.

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.

Post-worm lessons might go unheeded
An invisible force from the Internet grabbed Steve Watts' laptop and wouldn't let go. He tried to download a software file that would help fix the problem, but the Internet worm kept rebooting his computer every two minutes.

Crosby returns to football practice field after two years

Crosby returns to football practice field after two years
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson wide receiver Roscoe Crosby hit the practice field for the first time in two years Monday evening.

Wolfpack ready for talent show
When it comes to having talent at the skill positions, North Carolina State coach Chuck Amato knows his team is probably the envy of the Atlantic Coast Conference, maybe even the nation.

Big Ten comes down to OSU and Michigan - again

Big Ten comes down to OSU and Michigan - again
Ohio State and Michigan can't wait for the season to start.

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.

Tar Heels toughen up for '03

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

Sherrill, Bulldogs begin a comeback
When Jackie Sherrill - the dean of SEC coaches - talks about survival, he's speaking about a lot more than the health of his football team.

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

Wolfpack ready for talent show

Sherrill, Bulldogs begin a comeback

Manning has last chance

Defensive-led Sooners aim for second straight Big 12 title

Former Baylor coach apologized to player the morning after scheme revealed

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

HIV reporting OK
Receiving federal funds isn't the only reason Georgia health authorities are pushing a plan to collect the names of all state residents who test positive for HIV, a medical condition that often precedes the onset of AIDS.

Last call
The folks who market Augusta to tourists are always looking for ways to get people to come here.

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.

How excusable is this?

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.

Last call

Video game conference drawing more girls, families
DALLAS -- The Bouldin family drove 14 hours nonstop from their home in Phoenix to see old friends they'd never met before. Cary and Jeremiah Johnson, newlyweds from Austin, came to revel in the shared passion that brought them together in the first place.

New mortality tables could reduce cost of some life insurance

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 trade sharply higher
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrials climbed to their highest close in 14 months Monday, rising sharply in a quiet session following last week's blackout. Good earnings news from Lowe's and Toys "R" Us helped lift stocks, but there was little other news to influence the market.

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.

More investors turning to stodgy cyclical stocks

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

Stocks or bonds? Balanced funds offer some of both

Stocks trade sharply higher

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.

Layoff casualties take what they can get

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.

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

Pope saves his best for a win

Nicklaus goes with experience, not majors

Fraser beats Wiegele in playoff, wins Russian Open

Prestonwood could use some drying out for senior event
CARY, N.C. -- Add golfer Bruce Lietzke to a long list who would like to see the area's monsoon-like summer come to an end.

Nicklaus goes with experience, not majors
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Jack Nicklaus took experience over major championships Monday, selecting Jay Haas and Fred Funk - a combined 96 years old - to fill out his U.S. team that will try to retain the Presidents Cup in November.

Prestonwood could use some drying out for senior event

Ratings down 41 percent for PGA Championship

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.

Another surprise: Micheel the PGA champion

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

Thorpe wins Long Island Classic

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.

Ratings down 41 percent for PGA Championship
NEW YORK -- The PGA Championship's final-round TV ratings dropped 41 percent this year.

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.

Seven months of questions follow Tiger
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Tiger Woods was on the practice green about an hour before his final round in the PGA Championship when he looked over at a large clock.

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.

Seven months of questions follow Tiger

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

Howell gets Presidential opportunity

Pak captures fourth Jamie Farr title

Still looking for that North Dakota postcard
At the top of our absence list is North Dakota. It is the only state we don't have represented in this summer's vacation postcard contest. We had summer travelers go through North Dakota. We've had area vacationers stop in North Dakota. But no one sent a card.

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

Local media losing touch with audience

Affirmative action likened to Marxism

Affirmative action likened to Marxism
For four decades, affirmation action has heightened racial and sexual animosities. It has also cast a stigma of unworthiness on members of "minority" groups whose personal abilities and achievements ought not be questioned. Glenda Windham, Wagener, S.C.

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.

Being taxed doesn't enhance economy
There's a big misconception in the Matthew Mogul story about what Augustans are going to do with their tax rebate checks and whether their actions will stimulate the economy. Mike Forman, Evans, Ga.

Program of Merriwether charter school explained
Merriwether Preparatory High School will be a public charter high school located in Edgefield County. The school will initially be staffed to teach a maximum of 200 students. Sherolyn Bishop, North Augusta, S.C.

Will turn dial

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

WBBQ's ratings will surely drop now

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.

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.

Seniors calendar

'Island' is a smart sequel to 'Recon'

Planets' orbits will make Mars easier to see in night sky

'Trading Spaces' fuels interest in interior design programs

Debate continues as to whether there is life on Mars

Disposable digital camera shoots but doesn't score

Security lessons unlearned, don't blame the worm

Security lessons unlearned, don't blame the worm
An invisible force from the Internet grabbed Steve Watts' laptop and wouldn't let go. He tried to download a software file that would help fix the problem, but the Internet worm kept rebooting his computer every two minutes.

Debate continues as to whether there is life on Mars
"Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids," Elton John once sang, citing the planet's frigid climate.

Planets' orbits will make Mars easier to see in night sky
There's no need to call your insurance company just yet. Mars won't be crashing into the Earth this month - but it will come closer than it has since perhaps 48,000 B.C.

'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."

Seniors calendar
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'Island' is a smart sequel to 'Recon'
The latest videogame to carry author Tom Clancy's blessing is Ghost Recon: Island Thunder, from Red Storm and UBI Soft for Xbox. It's an excellent follow to last year's Ghost Recon.

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 and 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.

UGA Foundation hires lawyers for Adams investigation
ATLANTA -- A fund-raising group for the University of Georgia hired attorneys Monday to investigate the way President Michael Adams has spent the school's money.

Across South Carolina

ASU's limited parking woes continue for students
It's called a parking permit, but it's really a hunting license.

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

Across the southeast

Carjacking suspects arrested
Three suspects in a carjacking outside Atlanta were captured in Columbia County on Monday after evading deputies during an all-night search.

Airport calls amenities too costly

One-car crash kills teen
A one-car accident on a rural Columbia County road Monday evening resulted in the death of a Harlem teenager and injuries to another woman.

DeKalb man denies beating stepson to death

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

Suspect in deputy's death kills self in shootout
BEREA, S.C. -- A man suspected of killing a Greenville County sheriff's deputy shot himself in the head after deputies spotted him early Monday morning, the Greenville County coroner's office said.

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.

Satellite system questioned to track suspects
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Prosecutors are concerned a bail bond company's system that uses a satellite to keep track of suspects has few kinks to be worked out.

Georgia Southern opens new apartment-style dorms
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Nearly 3,300 students converged on Georgia Southern's campus over the weekend as they moved in to 13 residence halls, including two new ones.

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.

Deputy killing trial begins in Brunswick
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The death penalty trial of a Savannah man charged with shooting a Camden County sheriff's deputy started Monday.

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.

Internship gives USC students training in biomedical research
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Summer was no vacation for University of South Carolina student Bridget Moore.

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.

Judge denies bond for police officer charged with racketeering
ATLANTA -- A federal judge denied bond Monday for Atlanta police officer David Alan Freeman, indicted last week on charges of racketeering and of being a leader in a violent gang of narcotics dealers.

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.

Rants and Raves
I WISH OUR commissioners would take the money they want to spend for a public relations firm and hire someone with the knowledge to run the waterworks. They wouldn't need public relations people to convince the people what kind of job they should do. They should do that and let the results rule the department.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Kathryn Lloyd Arrowood, 2, of Harlem.

Number, salaries of state employees drop in most agencies

Agents take records from Walker's offices

Kid of the day

Judge denies bond for police officer charged with racketeering

Stop ahead

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.

Across the area

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.

Suspect in deputy's death kills self in shootout

Lack of funds delays road projects

Georgia Southern opens new apartment-style dorms

Aiken's elections have few hopefuls

Internship gives USC students training in biomedical research

Former state Sen. Walker's office searched

Hepatitis A outbreak spreads through northeast Georgia

GOP, Dems girding for next battle for legislative control

Students accumulate more debt as tuition costs rise

Across Georgia

News you can use

Number, salaries of state employees drop in most agencies
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Although the number of highly paid state employees has decreased and the total number of employees has fallen, the biggest salaries still are paid by South Carolina universities.

Soggy soil increases risk of flooding from tropical storms

Soggy soil increases risk of flooding from tropical storms
ALBANY, Ga. -- With soggy soils and higher-than-normal lake and river levels, Georgia Emergency Management officials say the state is "primed" for flooding from tropical storms like the one that triggered Georgia's deadliest and most destructive natural disaster in 1994.

State lowers legal alcohol limit for DUI

Students accumulate more debt as tuition costs rise
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Nearly all South Carolina freshmen entering Clemson University have a state scholarship, but they are accumulating more debt to keep up with rising tuition costs, a school official says.

Carjacking suspects arrested

Across Georgia

Rants and Raves
I WISH OUR commissioners would take the money they want to spend for a public relations firm and hire someone with the knowledge to run the waterworks. They wouldn't need public relations people to convince the people what kind of job they should do. They should do that and let the results rule the department.

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.

Pilot may join airport panel
The owner of an Augusta iron and steel works company could become the next member of the Augusta Aviation Commission.

Hepatitis A outbreak spreads through northeast Georgia
GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Health officials aren't sure why an outbreak of hepatitis A has hit northeast Georgia, infecting 100 people in the first half of the year.

Doctor hopes new drug can aid rare eye disorder
George Malcomb pulled off his glasses to reveal tiny blue eyes that disappeared and reappeared, disappeared and reappeared.

Man to speak against incinerator
Columbia County's plans for its new pet incinerator remain a point of contention for a local business owner.

Tax appraiser wants audit's aid
The county's chief tax appraiser is asking elected officials to pay an outside auditing firm to find oversights in his staff's work and root out undervalued personal property throughout Augusta.

News you can use
AUG. 19, 1928 AIKEN - The political situation in Aiken County is becoming more interesting as the Aug. 28 election draws nearer. Last night, one of the largest crowds ever to attend a county campaign meeting heard candidates speak for officers at the courthouse.

Paper trail of unreported income leads to shelter founder

Man to speak against incinerator

Owners push ban on Broad
Nearly a year after an open-container law for downtown Augusta was widely opposed and eventually dropped, business owners and law enforcement officials are working to ban alcoholic beverages from Broad Street sidewalks.

State lowers legal alcohol limit for DUI
AIKEN - Starting today, it becomes a little easier to get a DUI in South Carolina.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A Columbia man has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for making about $180,000 in fake $100 bills, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Stop ahead
Clarence Williams, of Aiken, who works for the South Carolina Department of Transportation, replaces the yield sign at Barnwell Avenue and Pendleton Street with a stop sign.

Across Georgia
LITHONIA -Police shot a man to death Monday morning after an hourlong standoff at a suburban Atlanta house.

Tax appraiser wants audit's aid

Across the area
Every slot for this weekend's "Saturday with Sonny" event was filled within 45 minutes, Gov. Sonny Perdue's office reported Monday.

Owners push ban on Broad

Agents take records from Walker's offices
Charles Walker has been cooperating with a federal investigation for months, so the attorney for the former state Senate majority leader said he doesn't know why agents would raid his client's offices with a search warrant.

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.

Candidate confident of home status
AIKEN - Call it a political squabble about when a house can truly be called a home.

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

Two men killed in plane crash
ROME, Ga. -- A plane crash in a Floyd County pasture killed two Atlanta-area men employed by Delta Air Lines, authorities said.

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.

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.

Calls pour in to fire department, emergency management office

CDC cautions against confusing viral meningitis with West Nile virus

Atlantic Southeast flights often tardy

Doctor hopes new drug can aid rare eye disorder

Diocese argues lawsuit
AIKEN - The Catholic Diocese of Charleston is firing back against an Aiken couple suing the church for $6 million.

Two men killed in plane crash

Across the area

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.

News you can use

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.

Doctor's job goes beyond bodies

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.

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.

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

Across South Carolina

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.

Poultry waste remains state issue

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.

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

Police shoot bank robbery suspect after standoff
LITHONIA, Ga. -- Police shot and killed a bank robbery suspect Monday morning after an hourlong standoff at a suburban Atlanta house.

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.

Two churches - one black, one white - to hold joint service
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- The congregations of two coastal Georgia churches - one predominantly black, the other mostly white - are holding a joint service to celebrate their unity and racial diversity and to honor a slain Brunswick police officer.

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.

Kid of the day

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.

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.

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

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

Best Buy to sell RealNetworks' music subscriptions

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

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

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.

Best Buy to sell RealNetworks' music subscriptions
SEATTLE -- RealNetworks Inc. and electronics retailer Best Buy plan to announce a deal Monday in which customers can try out and sign up for RealNetworks' online music service at Best Buy's 560 stores across the country.

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.

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."

Five Questions With Pat Monahan

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.

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

Newman wins Michigan on fuel strategy

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.

Carmichael wins at Millville

Spencer suspended for punching Busch

Spencer suspended for punching Busch
Jimmy Spencer was suspended Monday from all NASCAR-sanctioned competition until Aug. 26 for punching Kurt Busch in the garage at Michigan International Speedway.

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.

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.

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.

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Panther says team will win NFC South

Carolina linebacker diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease

Parcells sorry Cowboys won't face Vick

Team rallies behind backup

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

Doug Johnson: Replacing the NFL's most exciting player

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U.S. team leaves for Puerto Rico, will face Brazil on Wednesday

Pan American Games go on just fine, hitches and all

Agassi, Clijsters get No. 1 seedings for Open

Agassi, Clijsters get No. 1 seedings for Open
NEW YORK -- Andre Agassi and Kim Clijsters were seeded No. 1 Monday for the U.S. Open.

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Augusta's Monday night game against Capital City was postponed by inclement weather at Lake Olmstead Stadium. The GreenJackets and Bombers will play a doubleheader tonight at 6:15.

U.S. team leaves for Puerto Rico, will face Brazil on Wednesday
NEW YORK -- Day 9 of their shared existence brought a break for the U.S. Olympic team as coach Larry Brown canceled the practice that was supposed to precede their flight to Puerto Rico.

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.

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.

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

Flutie plays on at 40, no signs of slowing down
CARSON, Calif. -- Doug Flutie was talking about his long-ago days in the USFL when he suddenly paused and looked around the San Diego Chargers' locker room.

Doug Johnson: Replacing the NFL's most exciting player
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Peerless Price signed with the Atlanta Falcons because he wanted to catch passes from Michael Vick. A former college teammate told Price to keep an eye on the other quarterback.

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.

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.

History filled with bad luck
ATLANTA - What is it about the Atlanta Falcons?

Panther says team will win NFC South
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Carolina Panthers are certainly talking a good game in the NFC South.

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.

Blair Underwood brings change to 'Sex and the City'
LOS ANGELES -- Miranda's new squeeze in "Sex and the City" is handsome, successful and charming. He's also black - notable for a show that has been almost uniformly white in its casting.

Blair Underwood brings change to 'Sex and the City'

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

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.

'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.

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?

ABC Family cancels Roseanne Barr's show because of illness

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.

ABC Family cancels Roseanne Barr's show because of illness
NEW YORK -- Roseanne Barr's hysterectomy has forced the cancellation of her upcoming cooking show, "Domestic Goddess," and may claim the ABC reality show leading up to it.

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

Video game conference drawing more girls, families

Tanner happy with trip to Pan Am Games
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's Ray Tanner could only think of one thing to better his summer leading the U.S. national team - a baseball gold at the Pan Am Games.

Offense dominates in South Carolina scrimmage

Tanner happy with trip to Pan Am Games

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.

Liberian rebels and government sign peace deal
ACCRA, Ghana -- The Liberian government and rebels signed a peace accord Monday to end a three-year insurgency that toppled warlord-president Charles Taylor.

Liberian rebels and government sign peace deal

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If 'beating' is abuse, police should know

If 'beating' is abuse, police should know
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: My parents are beating me for no good reason, like for not cleaning the house. I tell my friends and they don't understand.

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What did you think of your first week back in classes?

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Erika Ramos, 18, is a graduate of Butler High School.

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The musical Chicago is out in video and DVD.

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

Teen lifts weights and runs to stay competitive

Teen lifts weights and runs to stay competitive
Taylar Stallings has taken girl power to a higher level.

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Woman, 78, survives four days after falling into ditch

New wildlife CD features frog mating calls

Mr. Little Guy answers kids questions