Fox-Franken lawsuit continues

School days are different worldwide, book shows
Children's book author and former kindergarten teacher Ellen Jackson offers a window into the world's schools in her new book It's Back to School We Go: First Day Stories From Around the World (Millbrook Press).

Fox-Franken lawsuit continues
NEW YORK -- Oral arguments have been scheduled for Friday for the Fox News Channel's lawsuit against humorist Al Franken.

Texas reaches U.S. semifinals; Japan has perfect game

Ohio wins final game at Little League WS

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.

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.

Despite big salary, Yankees' Matsui living life of moderation

Texas reaches U.S. semifinals; Japan has perfect game
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- It took a while for the Richmond, Texas, hitters to figure out Kip Skibicki and his quirky motion.

Schmidt: Baseball to decide this fall on Pete Rose

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.

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.

Prosecutors won't file criminal charges in Ted Williams case

Still looking for that North Dakota postcard

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.

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.

The art of bacon
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The first thing that hit visitors was the smell - that sizzling, hickory, greasy smell that seeps into your clothes and hangs in your hair.

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

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.

Odds and Ends
OMAHA, Neb. -- Final exams in college are stressful enough, but Joy Conner had even more to deal with while taking four finals in one day.

Ortiz goes home

Giants top Braves in extra innings
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds hit his 651st home run leading off the 10th inning as the San Francisco Giants snapped its longest losing streak in three years with a 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

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.

Giants top Braves in extra innings

Hampton halts Diamondbacks

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

Post-worm lessons might go unheeded

FTC chairman says proposed do-not-spam list won't help

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Consumer confidence of the economy weakened marginally in the middle of August, according to a report released Tuesday by the University of Michigan.

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.

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.

Newest worm hits Internet
Another coordinated cyber-attack wiggled its through the Web and into thousands of computers worldwide Tuesday, causing commotion and slowing Internet traffic.

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.

FTC chairman says proposed do-not-spam list won't help
ASPEN, Colo. -- Federal Trade Commission Chairman Timothy Muris said Tuesday that efforts in Congress to establish a list of Internet users who don't want "spam" e-mails won't fix the growing problem.

Home building jumps to highest level in more than 17 years

Home building jumps to highest level in more than 17 years
WASHINGTON -- Home construction jumped in July to the highest level in more than 17 years as the red-hot housing market showed no signs of slowing down even as mortgage rates began to rise.

Schools try to rid campus of card offers

FCC delays rules against junk faxes to 2005
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission has delayed until 2005 a new rule requiring companies to obtain written permission before sending unsolicited faxes.

Sonoco says job, plant cuts to save $60 million

Schools try to rid campus of card offers
The Medical College of Georgia became alarmed when students received unsolicited credit card offers in the mail a few years ago, prompting fears of identity theft.

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.

Virginia looks to exceed surprise success of 2002
Virginia defies predictability.

Vols captain prepares for fatherhood

Vols captain prepares for fatherhood
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee center Scott Wells could be a father sooner than he expects.

Sherrill, Bulldogs begin a comeback

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.

Big East faces uncertainty
Big East football has never been stronger.

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

Big East faces uncertainty

Wolfpack ready for talent show

Big Ten comes down to OSU and Michigan - again

Virginia looks to exceed surprise success of 2002

Extradition hearing delayed for former Baylor player accused of killing teammate

Keep probe in focus
We need to keep the probe of former state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, in its proper perspective - even if he cannot seem to do so.

Spirituality vs. sexuality

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

Keep probe in focus

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.

Spirituality vs. sexuality
Teresa Becker had her college scholarship taken away when she declared a major in theology.

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.

Extra, extra
Power ballad potentates the Goo Goo Dolls will headline a free concert in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday. The concert will also feature performances by the Pat McGee Band and Marc Broussard.

Stocks end choppy sesssion with gains

Workers fear more work, less pay under proposed overtime changes
MIAMI -- There are days when Mike Farrar has to get to his job at 4 a.m. to keep up. At that hour, the phones don't ring constantly and the e-mails don't flood in, so he can get a head start on the day's work.

Personal bankruptcies continue record pace
NEW YORK -- Personal bankruptcies continued at a record pace in the 12 months ended June 30 as Americans struggled with the debt they took on in the 1990s.

Stocks trade sharply higher

Personal bankruptcies continue record pace

Stocks end choppy sesssion with gains
NEW YORK -- Wall Street waffled its way to a modest gain Tuesday as mixed economic news and a car bombing in Iraq revived investors' caution following Monday's big rally.

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.

Workers fear more work, less pay under proposed overtime changes

Dining out

Cafe's poetry nights go on
"It's OK to be afraid of my reflection so long as I never stop facing my fears, facing my face, and loving every flaw."

Cafe's poetry nights go on

Small portions
Hate the heat? Try a cold soup. Make a quick, one-pot soup like borscht or vichyssoise over the weekend. Enjoy it on a weeknight from the refrigerator with cold cuts or a rotisserie chicken from your local supermarket. It's a fast meal and very satisfying.

Soul food easy on wallet
Brown gravy and white rice drip over the side of the plastic plate. The juice from green beans threatens to touch the perfectly shaped grilled chicken breast. Wrapped cornbread - safe from any drippings - sits on the other side of the chicken breast.

Soul food easy on wallet

Small portions

Dining out
Mini-reviews of area restaurants.

Augusta third baseman downplays batting title
Chad Spann is too focused and too driven to waste time following the South Atlantic League batting race every day.

GreenJackets on deck
Wednesday: at Capital City Bombers (Mets)

GreenJackets sweep Bombers
There's a patch of white hair near Jon Lester's left temple.

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.

So far, challenging Oakmont hasn't tripped up Kuehne

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

A surprising snapshot at the majors

Nicklaus goes with experience, not majors

Presidential trip upcoming for Sluman

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.

So far, challenging Oakmont hasn't tripped up Kuehne
OAKMONT, Pa. -- He is an anomaly in a sport increasingly motivated by the drive for the PGA dollar, a world-class golfer who plays for championships and not cash.

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.

A surprising snapshot at the majors
AKRON, Ohio -- The young lady in the gallery at Oak Hill might not realize this until she gets her film back, but she has quite a memento from the PGA Championship.

Presidential trip upcoming for Sluman
AKRON, Ohio -- A summer slump with his putter cost Jeff Sluman a chance to make the Presidents Cup team, but it won't keep him from going to South Africa.

Seven months of questions follow Tiger

Ratings down 41 percent for PGA Championship

Prestonwood could use some drying out for senior event

GreenJackets sweep Bombers

GreenJackets on deck

There's something fishy about this tangy salsa
Vacationing on the Hawaiian island of Oahu is paradise to be sure.

There's something fishy about this tangy salsa

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.

Car accident kills Columbia County teen
A single-car accident late Tuesday has left another Columbia County teen dead.

Group optimistic about keeping Fort Gordon open
So, after meeting the people in charge of the Army command that Fort Gordon belongs to, how do Augusta's leaders feel about Fort Gordon's future?

Hits church leaders over issue of homosexuals
We who believe the word of God and who should be the standard for issues such as homosexuality have a difficult time getting our message out to the public. Orven Nicely, McCormick, 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.

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.

Strapped elderly must choose medicine or food
Do we eat, buy medicine or just die? The elderly and disabled of Augusta ask themselves this question every month. What has this town come to when we can't even take care of our own? Patrice Lamperti, Augusta

Affirmative action likened to Marxism

Bush's words are spun and criticized
Since President George W. Bush made the simple statement, "Bring 'em on," he has come under much criticism. The war in Iraq is already being called the "War that Never Ends," despite our stay of less than a year. It is surprising how quickly people forget about the three-week march to Baghdad. Christopher Baugh, Evans, Ga.

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

Seniors calendar

In the know

Security lessons unlearned, don't blame the worm

'Island' is a smart sequel to 'Recon'

It's a mod, mod world again for fashion

Try going online for photo tips

Debate continues as to whether there is life on Mars

It's a mod, mod world again for fashion
NEW YORK - Those 1960s British hipsters were on to something: Then and now, bold, graphic and swinging styles put the "mod" in modern fashion.

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?

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.

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.

Try going online for photo tips
When I became interested in photography, books and magazines were my prime resources. Today, the Internet has become another valuable source of photo instruction. With a few clicks of a mouse, you can learn new photographic techniques and find out what's happening in the world of photography.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send a fax to 722-7403 or e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include the name and phone number of a contact person.

In the know
If you're looking to have your 15 minutes of fame and don't mind sharing your body's imperfection with the TV viewing public, you could be a part of the next Extreme Makeover episode on ABC.

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.

'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.

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.

Marshall strays from district to stump for veterans
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall strayed outside his middle Georgia district Tuesday to rally veterans against what he calls an unfair tax on disabled military retirees.

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.

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

Friends react to student's death
As students at Albany State University return to campus this week, one young Augustan is missing from the southwest Georgia campus.

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.

Bonding trips aim to unite all pupils

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Head-on crash kills firefighter
AIKEN - An Augusta-Richmond County firefighter was killed Tuesday evening in a fiery crash on U.S. Highway 1, Aiken County Chief Deputy Coroner Tim Carlton said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Utility's goofs mean new fees

Juvenile Justice cuts 29 jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Juvenile Justice Department will cut 29 jobs even though the agency was one of the only departments in the state to avoid a budget cut this year.

New courts site is set on Telfair

Sanford's public hearings address budget woes
AIKEN - If it wants to run more smoothly, South Carolina government could start by communicating more efficiently.

Airport Ford has new driver

Probe raises Walker doubts
The FBI and the IRS will analyze the information seized from Charles Walker's office Monday, and the findings could be presented to the federal grand jury for review in their ongoing investigation of his business dealings.

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

Georgia woman accused of killing found in Alabama

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

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.

Sanford's public hearings address budget woes

State lowers legal alcohol limit for DUI

Car accident kills Columbia County teen

Soggy soil increases risk of flooding from tropical storms

Kraemer's file reads as clean
When looking at Ken Kraemer's personnel file, it's difficult to determine that the second-highest-paid city official in Augusta was fired.

News you can use

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.

Students accumulate more debt as tuition costs rise

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.

Hepatitis A outbreak spreads through northeast Georgia

Leah package store wins board approval
Despite opposition from a number of Leah residents, Columbia County officials sided with a businesswoman's request to open a package store.

Internship gives USC students training in biomedical research

Supreme Court limits grandparent visitation rights

Two men killed in plane crash

Episcopal Diocese leaders want to reject openly gay bishop-elect

Across South Carolina

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

Doctor in China is closer to visa

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.

Juvenile Justice cuts 29 jobs

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.

Fire plan funding approved

Last of Rocky Flats plutonium to be shipped to SRS
GOLDEN, Colo. -- In a milestone for the $7 billion cleanup at Rocky Flats, crews have finished removing more than 12 tons of weapons-grade plutonium from the former nuclear weapons site, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said Tuesday.

Plant board to be under DOE soon

Georgia woman accused of killing found in Alabama
HEFLIN, Ala. -- A Georgia woman has pleaded guilty to helping kidnap and kill a woman who had been a friend and benefactor for a decade.

Last of Rocky Flats plutonium to be shipped to SRS

Plant board to be under DOE soon
AIKEN - The independent panel of civilians who monitor activities and advise officials at the Savannah River Site will come under Department of Energy control in October, a move members say will rob the group of its autonomy and effectiveness.

Marshall strays from district to stump for veterans

Across the area
The civic center director fired last year after only three months on the job has filed suit against the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority.

Across South Carolina

Utility's goofs mean new fees
ATLANTA - Electricity customers in Georgia, already trying to beat the hot weather, could get even hotter when they receive their Georgia Power bills next summer.

Agents take records from Walker's offices

Doctor in China is closer to visa
A Medical College of Georgia researcher stuck in his native China is getting a second chance at a visa to rejoin his family in Augusta, officials said.

Owners push ban on Broad

Airport Ford has new driver
These days, Ken Kraemer drives a black Toyota Tacoma, not an Eddie Bauer Ford Explorer.

Judge denies bond for police officer charged with racketeering

Correction

Tax appraiser wants audit's aid

Program gets good response

Across Georgia

Across the area

Doctor hopes new drug can aid rare eye disorder

Kraemer's file reads as clean

Suspect in deputy's death kills self in shootout

Probe raises Walker doubts

Across the area

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.

Stop ahead

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

Man to speak against incinerator

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT about the trash on the streets. They need to clean and sweep on Peach Orchard Road, Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road. It's a shame to have visitors come in. We're ashamed of Augusta. They need to clean up.

Kid of the day

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

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

News you can use
AUG. 20, 1954 They are picking cotton on their knees in Richmond County these days because that's where the cotton left to pick is. And the farmers are on their knees, too, brought there by one of the worst droughts in Richmond County history.

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

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

Across South Carolina
RIDGELAND - Two dump-truck drivers have died in a fiery head-on collision so intense it melted parts of the trucks' engines and cabs and state Highway 462 beneath them.

Kid of the day

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Atlanta police are trying to determine how horseplay between two men ended in a deadly shooting last weekend.

New courts site is set on Telfair
The new, preferred site for a city courts complex, adopted by Augusta commissioners Tuesday, keeps the planned, 300,000-square-foot building downtown but moves it to an otherwise blighted part of the central business district.

School traffic snares
GLOVERVILLE - For the past two mornings, Lilian Thomas has had some white-knuckled moments. She's been watching parents run a gantlet from the four fast lanes of the Jefferson Davis Highway to the front door of her public charter school to drop off children.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A RANT about the trash on the streets. They need to clean and sweep on Peach Orchard Road, Gordon Highway and Deans Bridge Road. It's a shame to have visitors come in. We're ashamed of Augusta. They need to clean up.

Correction
An article in Monday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly reported the job title of Lesia Pollard Baker, who was charged with driving while impaired, child endangerment and weaving over the roadway. She is a case manager in the eligibility section of the Augusta-Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services. According to Richmond County sheriff's Deputy Chris Niehus, Ms. Baker was arrested Aug. 10 and her two children were in custody for about 10 minutes until the suspect's brother arrived to pick the children up from the scene.

Family sues military, doctors in Marine's boot camp death

Program gets good response
School officials say giving pupils a free breakfast each morning should boost test scores by making them more alert. There is a federal reimbursement for each pupil who eats breakfast at school.

School traffic snares

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Blaise Dominic Dresser Jr., 2, of Augusta.

Friends react to student's death

Bonding trips aim to unite all pupils
Augusta Preparatory Day School started its school year Tuesday morning.

Charleston prosecutor lodges new charges in deadly brawl

Teen drowned, autopsy finds
Harlem High School had a grim start to the school year after a student died in a one-car wreck Monday night.

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.

Fire plan funding approved
Columbia County commissioners approved funding for the creation of a fire master plan at their meeting Tuesday.

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.

Supreme Court limits grandparent visitation rights
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Supreme Court sharply limited the ability of Family Court judges to order visitation rights for grandparents in a ruling Monday.

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.

Episcopal Diocese leaders want to reject openly gay bishop-elect
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Leaders of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina met Monday to discuss what to do next now that the Episcopal Church has approved its first openly gay bishop-elect and affirmed same-sex blessing ceremonies.

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.

Family sues military, doctors in Marine's boot camp death
DETROIT -- Renee Thurlow knew her 18-year-old son was sick when she talked to him about two months after he left for boot camp at Parris Island, S.C.

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.

Charleston prosecutor lodges new charges in deadly brawl
CHARLESTON, S.C. --Three men face new charges in an October 2000 parking lot brawl that ultimately led to police killing a man trying to flee his attackers.

Bears making themselves at home in Upstate
PUMPKINTOWN, S.C. -- Black bears are making themselves at home around houses in the Upstate as they find easy foraging in trash cans, berry bushes and compost piles.

Carjacking suspects arrested

The fun of football has forsaken fans in Georgia
When did the runup to football season stop being so fun?

Critical choice
Here's what critics are saying about recent movie releases. See Friday's Applause section for theater listings and movie critic Roger Ebert's reviews of new movies.

Critical choice

Bands uses Web to reach its fans
Members of the Augusta band Estrela are getting some worldwide exposure, thanks to their online prowess.

Recording Industry says it doesn't target small downloaders
WASHINGTON -- The Recording Industry Association of America says it will not go after small violators when it sues people who illegally share songs on the Internet.

Atlanta rapper Ludacris surprises students
ATLANTA-- It didn't take long for Clark Atlanta University freshmen to learn an important first lesson: Expect the unexpected.

Bands uses Web to reach its fans

Best Buy to sell RealNetworks' music subscriptions

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.

Atlanta rapper Ludacris surprises students

Burtons split on NASCAR suspension
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Racing brothers Ward and Jeff Burton share many things. Their views on NASCAR's suspension of driver Jimmy Spencer are not among them.

Spencer appeals suspension and fine

Burtons split on NASCAR suspension

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.

Spencer suspended for punching Busch

Spencer appeals suspension and fine
Jimmy Spencer filed an appeal Tuesday with NASCAR, hoping to overturn the suspension and fine levied against him for a post-race altercation with Kurt Busch at Michigan International Speedway.

Firm polling Eagle County residents about Bryant case
EAGLE, Colo. -- A polling firm has begun interviewing residents about the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case, research legal experts say could be used by the defense to ask a judge to move the trial.

U.S. looks to have easy first round, but Argentina awaits

U.S. looks to have easy first round, but Argentina awaits
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Unlike four years ago, the Americans are keeping things local at the Olympic qualifying tournament.

Extradition hearing delayed for former Baylor player accused of killing teammate
CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- A judge agreed Tuesday to keep a former Baylor basketball player in jail for an additional 60 days as prosecutors work to extradite him to Texas.

Flutie plays on at 40, no signs of slowing down

History filled with bad luck

NFL kick returner acquitted on DWI charge

Doug Johnson: Replacing the NFL's most exciting player

Panther says team will win NFC South

Vick: 'I won't play scared'

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Agassi, Clijsters get No. 1 seedings for Open

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British Olympic champion signs deal to fight in United States

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

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Connors, Evert join U.S. Open Court of Champions

Connors, Evert join U.S. Open Court of Champions
NEW YORK -- Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert are part of the first class of inductees to the U.S. Open's Court of Champions, honoring the top players in tournament history.

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.

British Olympic champion signs deal to fight in United States
NEW YORK -- British Olympic super heavyweight champion Audley Harrison has moved to America and signed a three-fight television contract in an effort to jump-start his stalled career.

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
Jimmy Spencer filed an appeal Tuesday with NASCAR, hoping to overturn the suspension and fine levied against him for a post-race altercation with Kurt Busch at Michigan International Speedway.

Overtime
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.

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.

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

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.

Vick: 'I won't play scared'
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Michael Vick hobbled into the crowded room Tuesday - a crutch under each arm, a black cast on his right leg.

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

NFL kick returner acquitted on DWI charge
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers kick returner Michael Bates was acquitted of a drunken driving charge after a judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to prove the accusation.

Panthers' Foster hopes to delay return byone week
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Carolina Panthers running back DeShaun Foster hopes his much-anticipated comeback will be pushed back another week.

The fun of football has forsaken fans in Georgia

'CSI' boosting in interest in forensic science in campus

Blair Underwood brings change to 'Sex and the City'

California recall a boon to late-night TV comics during slow season

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.

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.

Plastic surgeons cut up FX drama 'Nip/Tuck'
PITTSBURGH -- "Nip/Tuck" may be a hit with audiences, but the new FX drama that grapples with the ugly side of the make-me-beautiful business has plastic surgeons sharpening their scalpels.

ABC Family cancels Roseanne Barr's show because of illness

'CSI' boosting in interest in forensic science in campus
MANSFIELD, Pa. -- Two of Matthew Lebeda's strongest subjects are physics and chemistry. And he always wanted to be a policeman. But he never knew those things could dovetail until he watched "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

California recall a boon to late-night TV comics during slow season
NEW YORK -- When it comes to the California recall election, who needs a punch line?

Plastic surgeons cut up FX drama 'Nip/Tuck'

Video game conference drawing more girls, families

Extra, extra

Another Bulldog injured

Another Bulldog injured
ATHENS, Ga. - It seems as though No. 11 Georgia's summer of discontent is carrying over into the fall.

Injuries provide Harrison his start
Through three years of virtual obscurity at Georgia, all Arnold Harrison ever wanted was a chance.

Injuries provide Harrison his start

Tanner happy with trip to Pan Am Games

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.

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

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

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

Xtreme calendar

Xtreme question of the week

Teen lifts weights and runs to stay competitive

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.

Your style

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

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Xtreme calendar
The musical Chicago is out in video and DVD.

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

If 'beating' is abuse, police should know

411

411
ARKive is an online project to provide a safe home to nature films, photographs and sound recordings of the world's 11,000 animal and plantspecies threatened with extinction. Initiated by the Wildscreen Trust, a British wildlife film organization, the site provides a centralized audio-visual memory of many of these species, with the first 500 to be completed by the end of this year. Check it out at www.arkive.org.

Mr. Little Guy answers kids questions

The art of bacon

Woman, 78, survives four days after falling into ditch

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