Author writes a twisted Valentine to his hometown

Museum offers taste of wild West in the South

'Tattooed' leaves mark on readers

'Tattooed' leaves mark on readers
The Tattooed Girl, the latest novel by the prolific Joyce Carol Oates, is a visceral telling of a man's demise, but repetition and melodrama often get in the way of a potentially great read.

Museum offers taste of wild West in the South
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Fans of the wild, wild West headed south Saturday, as the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville officially opened its doors to the public.

Who are these clowns?
PITTSBURGH -- The Andy Warhol Museum's "Clown Paintings: From the Collection of Diane Keaton and Others" is comical, sad and sometimes downright creepy. Not all the paintings, though, are great works of art.

Who are these clowns?

Author writes a twisted Valentine to his hometown
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The guy wandering around outside the tiki bar on the north edge of town can't even pay for a clue, he's so lost.

Probation violation charge against Canseco dropped

Probation violation charge against Canseco dropped
MIAMI -- Jose Canseco will be allowed to leave jail after prosecutors dropped charges Monday that the former baseball star violated his probation by taking steroids.

Major League Baseball gives $250,000 to Little League Urban Initiative
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Major League Baseball has donated $250,000 toward Little League Baseball's Urban Initiative, a program designed to make baseball more accessible to inner-city youth.

Bonds placed on Giants' bereavement list; Rueter recalled

Bonds placed on Giants' bereavement list; Rueter recalled
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds was placed on the San Francisco Giants' bereavement list on Sunday, one day after his father's death.

Butts wouldn't be the first county to change its name

Saddam's wizard tells of a leader obsessed with magic
HEET, Iraq -- The wrinkled old man sprays perfume around the sparse, dingy room, then holds out his hands and feet and instructs one of his visitors to tie him up, knot the cloth three times and blow on it.

Judge banishes man from all but one county
CONYERS, Ga. -- A Rockdale County judge has ordered that a man sentenced for selling cocaine be banished from most of the state for life.

Tiny smart dust grains can find oily pollution in water
WASHINGTON -- Grains the size of dust that can sense their environment, orient themselves and assemble in groups have been developed by a team of California chemists who want to build miniature robots.

Odds and Ends
STERLING, Kan. -- After three years of crossing the state on a quest for hamburgers, Bill Bunyan finally tasted victory on his 65th birthday.

12-year-old begins medical school
CHICAGO -- Sho Yano's mother hands him his lunch for school in a brown paper bag - a turkey sandwich and cookies included.

Ortiz earns 18th win
DENVER - Acquired in a trade with San Francisco last December, Russ Ortiz has fit seamlessly into the Atlanta rotation - just like almost every other Braves starter in the last dozen years.

Ortiz earns 18th win

Turner Field shoddy thanks to concert
ATLANTA -- Arizona first baseman Mark Grace took a grounder off his collarbone during batting practice in a recent visit to play the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, then bemoaned the uneven playing surface.

Turner Field shoddy thanks to concert

Advisers urge troops to save extra money
HINESVILLE, Ga. - As U.S. troops continue to return from serving in Iraq, more and more are finding large increases in their monthly checks because of hazard pay and foreign service.

Business briefs
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Pillowtex Corp. said Monday that it has filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., seeking approval for a plan to address payments associated with an estimated $5 million in unpaid employee medical claims.

Sales of previously owned homes hit record high
WASHINGTON -- Sales of previously owned homes hit a new record in July as fears of rising mortgage rates pushed buyers off the fence and into the market.

Comcast to offer upgraded signals
Comcast Cable will begin offering high-definition television this week that features cinema-quality pictures and digital surround sound to up to 100,000 of its metro-area subscribers.

Gas prices take record jump amid troubles

Gas prices take record jump amid troubles
CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Supply shortages pushed average retail gasoline prices up more than 15 cents a gallon nationally during the past two weeks, the largest retail price hike on record since the Lundberg Survey began keeping records 50 years ago.

Advisers urge troops to save extra money

Comcast to offer upgraded signals

High gas prices on tap for Labor Day drivers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Gasoline prices for the Labor Day weekend will be just 6 cents to 8 cents less than the highest ever recorded in North Carolina and South Carolina, the AAA Carolinas motor club said Monday.

MasterCard seeks to lure consumers from checks, cash
NEW YORK -- For MasterCard, catching up with its main rival, Visa, would be priceless.

Pascarella sees new technology changing card industry
NEW YORK -- The credit card industry is anything but static these days, with new products and services coming at a fast pace.

Boomers grapple with newfound time and money

Boomers grapple with newfound time and money
NEW YORK -- The youngest kid just left for college. Better still, the youngest just finished college.

Pascarella sees new technology changing card industry

College of Charleston changes logo
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The College of Charleston will have a new look - at least for its sports teams - this season.

College of Charleston changes logo

Ignorant Bliss
We're sure that the disgraceful actions of former Baylor University basketball coach Dave Bliss are not symptomatic of other college athletic coaches, most of whom are honest and decent men setting good examples for their young charges.

One dream fills void
He had a dream. But let's face it; that was 40 years ago.

Ignorant Bliss

Rough road ahead
Members of the 319th Transportation Company have finally returned home from the war in Iraq.

Murder isn't justice
Did defrocked Roman Catholic priest and convicted child molester John J. Geoghan get what he deserved when he was beaten and strangled to death Saturday in a Massachusetts maximum security prison?

Don't limit panel
One reason the Savannah River Site enjoys widespread support throughout the region is because of the SRS Citizens Advisory Board, an independent panel made up of civilians in the region who monitors the facility's activities and advises its officials.

One dream fills void

The magic's in you

The magic's in you
The theme for today's kickoff of the United Way of the CSRA's campaign is "The Magic of United Way."

Don't limit panel

Murder isn't justice

Records show Arnie's father was member of Nazi storm troops
VIENNA, Austria -- It's just a tiny typewritten line tucked away in an immense archive, but it sheds further light on the Nazi past of Arnold Schwarzenegger's father.

Sony deftly packs video, Wi-Fi access into its latest handheld
HOBOKEN, N.J. -- The new Sony Clie looks like a laptop built for Lilliputians.

EA Sports creates college football masterpiece
It's a crisp fall afternoon and college football fan is glued to the television, where his favorite team is hammering its traditional rivals into the gridiron.

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.

Magazine offers advice for the humor-challenged
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Know your joke by heart. Don't announce in advance that it's going to be hilarious. And never say "But seriously ... " when you're finished.

'Free Willy' whale remains the star of his own show
TAKNES BAY, Norway -- Keiko the "Free Willy" whale still doesn't want to be free.

Balanced on the Biggest Wave
Rachel Beal at Savannah Rapids Pavillion

To the rescue!
Somewhere, I've always hoped, there is a family driving home from Hilton Head Island, S.C., to New Jersey, or Ohio, or Kentucky, with a really stinky car.

Don't miss - September
Things to do in September

Salt dough refrigerator magnets
The family refrigerator: part art gallery, part message board, part food storage. When that latest drawing or well-done test paper makes it to the fridge front, the kids know its special.

What to do
Ideas for family fun

Keeping kids safe
f you're thinking of attending a concert with your child or teenager, consider these tips from Parenting magazine:

About the Family Chronicles
The Family Chronicles is a monthly publication of The Augusta Chronicle. It is distributed free in racks at various locations throughout the Augusta-area. Sunday subscribers can have it delivered to their home by calling 706-722-5620.

From the editor
We all have our favorites. Some like red, some like green. Some like hamburgers, some like tacos. Some want to go to an amusement park, others the beach. Making everyone in a family happy all the time isn't likely - there are plenty of compromises.

Canned goods
Good news if your child turns her nose up at raw carrots and tomatoes but loves canned veggies and tomato sauce: Some canned or frozen vegetables are actually more nutritious than the fresh stuff.

College care packages
Everyone loves receiving mail, especially those students who are away at college and are out of the nest for the first time. Staying connected with your almost-adult children through care packages can ease the transition for both you and your child.

Family scrapbook
If you would like to submit a photo for the Family Scrapbook, please send it to Jennifer Miller, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA, 30903 or email it at a .jpg file to jennifer.miller@augustachronicle.com.

And the winners are
When it comes to where and how we spend our money, nobody watches a buck more closely than a parent. After all, unless youre independently wealthy those dollars have to stretch a long way to support a house full of kids, pets and the assorted equipment and activities that go along with them.

Back to School Mania
Seems like we were celebrating the 4th of July one day and buying school supplies the next. That's when I learned that second grade is cool.

3 great reads
Geography is more than just maps. Inside National Geographic's revised World Atlas for Young Explorers, children will find population and economic data, and information about native animals and cultural traditions.

California bonds offer buying opportunity, but not without risk
NEW YORK -- California municipal bonds and bond funds have taken a hit in recent months amid the state's budget woes and an unprecedented effort to recall the governor. But while the investments remain risky, some say their beaten-down prices could present buying opportunities.

States, colleges, students grapple with tuition hikes

Investors take profits from recent gains
NEW YORK -- Investors sold stocks for a second straight day Monday, collecting profits in the absence of major economic and earnings news. Brokerage house downgrades accounted for most of the market's more notable activity in an otherwise mundane session.

More buyers look to adjustable-rate mortgages

Investors take profits from recent gains

California bonds offer buying opportunity, but not without risk

States, colleges, students grapple with tuition hikes
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- In the days before the start of his senior year, Brandon Cox joined hundreds of other University of Kansas students in a bid for something vital to continuing his education: a job.

More buyers look to adjustable-rate mortgages
NEW YORK -- With interest rates rising, many people think it's too late to get a good deal on a mortgage to buy new homes or refinance their current homes.

Yellow Jackets need replacements for Manget, punters
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech kicker Dan Burnett finished off the 2-minute drill with a 40-yard field goal, the ball curling just inside the left upright.

Freshman quarterback to start for Yellow Jackets Thursday
ATLANTA -- For the first time in school history, Georgia Tech will have a true freshman starting at quarterback in the season opener.

Freshman quarterback to start for Yellow Jackets Thursday

Yellow Jackets need replacements for Manget, punters

Tourist complete sweep of Jackets
The Asheville Tourists completed a four-game sweep of the Augusta GreenJackets with a 12-5 victory on Sunday afternoon.

Unknown Australian Flanagan surprise winner of U.S. Amateur
OAKMONT, Pa. -- The unknown kid from Down Under turned the U.S. Amateur upside down.

Storm shortens senior tourney
GRANITEVILLE - The Regions Cup's regular season ended with a whimper when the final round of the Midland Valley Senior Invitational was canceled Sunday.

Unknown Australian Flanagan surprise winner of U.S. Amateur

Clarke a tough man to beat

Kung wins LPGA tourney
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Candie Kung overcame a slow start and shot a 2-under-par 70 Sunday for a two-stroke victory over defending champion Se Ri Pak and Meg Mallon at the Wachovia LPGA Classic.

Clarke a tough man to beat
AKRON, Ohio -- Put Darren Clarke in the final pairing of a World Golf Championship, and nobody can stop him - least of all, Tiger Woods.

Storm shortens senior tourney

Tourist complete sweep of Jackets

Butts wouldn't be the first county to change its name
Some people in Georgia's Butts County are tired of the name.

Investigators say flawed NASA culture led to Columbia accident
WASHINGTON -- The destruction of space shuttle Columbia and the death of its seven astronauts were caused by a NASA culture driven by schedule, starved for funds and burdened with an eroded, insufficient safety program, investigators said Tuesday.

One child dead, another burned in morning fire
One child was killed and another burned in a fire that broke out early Monday morning in a Martinez home.

Georgia ranks 50th in SAT scores
ATLANTA -- For the second year in a row, Georgia high school students tanked out at 50th in the nation in SAT scores, trailed only by students in Washington, D.C.

Civic center improvement funds approved
The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority members gave their new manager the go-ahead Tuesday to start sprucing up the civic center complex.

Airplane makes emergency landing at Augusta
An airplane headed to Myrtle Beach from Atlanta made an emergency landing at Augusta Regional Airport Tuesday morning after an irregularity was discovered in one of the plane's engines.

South Carolina SAT scores climb eight points
South Carolina high school seniors raised the state's average Scholastic Aptitude Test scores another eight points in 2003, but students still trail the national average by a significant margin, Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum said Tuesday.

One child dead, another burned in morning fire
One child was killed and another burned in a fire that broke out early Monday morning in a Martinez home.

Proposed national consumption tax is stupidest idea yet
The stupidest tax plan in American history has been submitted by U.S. Rep. John Linder, R-Ga. The plan calls for the replacement of the income tax with a national consumption tax. Mark Gelbart, Augusta

Ordaining gay bishop is ludicrous
I am constantly amazed at the stupidity of the powers that be. Ordaining an openly perverted bishop on the heels of the Catholic Church child molestation scandal is ludicrous. Sharon D. Schroeder, Evans, Ga.

Proposed national consumption tax is stupidest idea yet

Article on town's past gives Edgefield bad name
The article in the Aug. 11 Chronicle, "Edgefield has bloodied past," painted a very inaccurate picture of our town. Edgefield, S.C., is not living in the days of the Wild West with people hitting the ground every time a car backfires on the square as described in the interview with Tonya Taylor, historian and director of the Tompkins Library in Edgefield. John W. Pettigrew Sr., Edgefield, S.C.

House bill a travesty to Lake Thurmond
This morning, as I paddled my kayak over the smooth waters of Lake Thurmond at daybreak, I took in the grandeur of the lake's thickly forested shoreline. The lake-front homes were barely visible through the trees. The reason for this is that the Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the collar of land surrounding the lake, is ensuring that this property remain in its natural state. What a tragedy it would be if the Savannah River Lakes Private Land Ownership Restoration Act were to pass. Robert Linsenmayer, McCormick, S.C.

Opposes disability pay for 'double dipping,' retired vets
After reading the Aug. 16 letter by Jeanne Newby ("Are veterans penalized for serving?"), I just had to respond. Apparently Mrs. Newby must be the wife of a retired veteran trying to get this benefit to no avail.Linda J. Flythe, Hephzibah, Ga.

Local dancer's death a loss for the arts
Jaime Burcham, the missing Augusta Ballet dancer whose body was recently recovered off the coast of Harbor Island, S.C., always deserved to make the front page, but this was the furthest thing from my mind when I pictured his name in the headlines. Erin Read, Augusta

Support troops with more than rhetoric
Mrs. Jeanne Newby asked the question in her Aug. 16 letter, "Are veterans penalized for serving?" I say yes. Dick Donnelly, Evans, Ga.

House bill a travesty to Lake Thurmond

Opposes disability pay for 'double dipping,' retired vets

Ordaining gay bishop is ludicrous

Article on town's past gives Edgefield bad name

Senior calendar

And the winners are

Family scrapbook

Canned goods

'Urban legend' rumors keeps racial lynching theories alive in South

Salt dough refrigerator magnets

FlashTrax packs performance into digital photo box

Balanced on the Biggest Wave

Internet star born out of private moment on videotape

Blind man's restored vision gives new insight into nature of seeing

To the rescue!

Technology key to better anticipating and preventing outages

3 great reads

From the editor

Back to School Mania

What to do

Keeping kids safe

About the Family Chronicles

Defining hip in video game gadgets

Should I worry about computer security?

In the know

Bra makers realize more sizes are needed

Exercise may prolong men's sex lives

Study: boredom, stress, cash leads some to substance abuse
WASHINGTON -- Boredom and a wad of cash can lead young Americans to substance abuse, according to a Columbia University survey released Tuesday.

In the know
According to Impulse Research, almost a quarter of Americans are embarrassed to leave their garage doors open.

Senior 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.

Internet star born out of private moment on videotape
It was a moment of unadulterated goofiness, the kind of thing anyone might do with no one watching: A teen from Quebec videotaped himself as he pretended to wield a light saber "Star Wars" style.

Should I worry about computer security?
Q. I've been hearing a lot lately about firewalls, worms and patches. What are they, and do I need to worry?

'Urban legend' rumors keeps racial lynching theories alive in South
BELLE GLADE, Fla. -- Three years ago in a small Mississippi town, a man found his black son's body hanging from a pecan tree. Three months ago in Belle Glade, another man found his stepson dangling from a tree in their yard.

Exercise may prolong men's sex lives
WASHINGTON -- A new study offers an additional reason for men to exercise: It could add years to their sex lives.

Blind man's restored vision gives new insight into nature of seeing
After 43 years of blindness, Michael May can see again.

Bra makers realize more sizes are needed
In the early 1980s, Playtex released a bra line that could have revolutionized the industry.

Defining hip in video game gadgets
DALLAS -- Play enough video games and you'll soon realize that good hand-eye coordination alone doesn't guarantee victory.

FlashTrax packs performance into digital photo box
SAN FRANCISCO -- With digital photography enjoying a steady rise, now's a good time for a device that can provide loads of portable disk space for storing photos on the go.

Technology key to better anticipating and preventing outages
NEW YORK -- Every two to 10 seconds, the power grid operator for a clutch of Mid-Atlantic states collects thousands of measurements on voltage, circuit breaker positions and the like.

Prices drop to vie with Atlanta

School breakfasts delivered to classroom

Condos may come to predominantly black sea island

S.C. Democrats to host second presidential primary debate
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Democratic Party and Young Democrats will hold a presidential debate just days before the state's Feb. 3 primary.

Sanford: Fort Jackson's size, missions could fend off closure

King son says more work to be done on civil rights
WASHINGTON -- Forty years after Martin Luther King Jr. eloquently captured the struggle of black Americans for equality, civil rights activists called Saturday for his dream to finally be realized.

Laptop computers are essential on college campuses
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Laptop computers have become as essential as paper and pencils at Clemson University.

Police investigate disappearance of Georgia Tech student
ATLANTA -- Police were searching for a Georgia Tech engineering student who disappeared after a fraternity party early Saturday.

Poultry manure powers turbine

Senators fear homeland security grants will continue to slight Atlanta
WASHINGTON -- When the Department of Homeland Security divvied up $500 million in grants to 30 major cities three months ago, the city of Atlanta was noticeably absent from the recipient list.

Perdue: no new taxes or fees on tap for next year

Aiken's Republicans are a party divided
AIKEN - Republicans have come to dominate Aiken County politics in such a way that battles are fought from within rather than across party lines, evidenced most recently by this year's Aiken City Council race.

Augusta's tax digest falls short

Group deposits habitat
HARBOR ISLAND, S.C. - Summer and planting go hand in hand.

Class assists senior drivers
AIKEN - Frank Medlock, 91, and his 88-year-old wife, Olive, were back in driving school Monday.

Prices drop to vie with Atlanta
Nearly 20 percent of Walter Barton's business is helping Augustans get to Atlanta to avoid a higher airline ticket price in Augusta.

Supreme Court sends alimony case back to Family Court
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The state Supreme Court has sent an alimony case concerning an ex-wife whose remarriage was annulled because of bigamy back to Family Court.

Across the area
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigated a two-car accident on Georgia Highway 56 on Sunday afternoon that injured three people.

Board hearing attracts few

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH -Police arrested a Savannah man in connection with the death of his wife and 2-year-old son Saturday.

Condon trying different approach in Senate announcement

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -A Columbia businessman has proposed a $5 surcharge for some college football tickets to help improve pay for top professors.

Islamic Center fire was arson

Rants and Raves
I WOULD LIKE to give a pat on the back to my mother, Linda, because she's always there and she's always there for all six of her kids, and she's a great mother, and she's a great listener, too.

CDC appoints new Environmental Health director

Mayor gives residents ghetto timeline
SAVANNAH, Ga. - There are lush lawns, trimmed shrubbery and perfectly painted houses in the Windsor Forest and Wilshire neighborhoods on the suburban southside of Savannah.

Early morning fire kills 9-year-old boy

Rants and Raves
I WOULD LIKE to give a pat on the back to my mother, Linda, because she's always there and she's always there for all six of her kids, and she's a great mother, and she's a great listener, too.

Group deposits habitat

Senators fear homeland security grants will continue to slight Atlanta

Agencies start up drive for funding
There were no tuxedo-clad illusionists pulling rabbits out of hats at Monday's United Way of the CSRA kickoff luncheon at the Bell Auditorium, but magic was the theme of the day as the organizationannounced its fund-raising goal of $4.25 million.

Kid of the day

Poultry manure powers turbine
CARNESVILLE, Ga. - Georgia poultry farms generate 3 billion pounds of manure each year, and a team of engineers in Franklin County thinks it has a solution to the nuisance waste product blamed for phosphorous contamination in some regions.

Mayor gives residents ghetto timeline

Condos may come to predominantly black sea island
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- One of the last mainly black waterfront hamlets on the South Carolina coast is comprised of modest brick houses and mobile homes on a small island between Folly Beach and James Island.

Aiken's Republicans are a party divided

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA -The Commission on Higher Education has named Conrad Festa executive director.

Insect thwarts infestation

Across the area

Sanford takes on opposers Governor's tactics resemble Clinton's

Class assists senior drivers

Study shows Lake Greenwood is shrinking
GREENWOOD, S.C. -- Greenwood County's largest lake is filling with sediment because of heavy rains and runoff from Greenville and Pickens counties, a new study shows.

State Guard fills in when National Guard's away

Digital corridor tries low-key approach to snagging high-tech firms
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The slogan of Charleston's Digital Corridor is "18th century architecture, 21st century technology." And the mix seems to be paying off in this historic city's efforts to attract high-tech business with high-paying jobs.

Georgia ranks 50th in SAT scores

Metalworking is in man's blood
NORWOOD, Ga. - Sidney Smith sees himself as an old-fashioned, traditional kind of guy.

Justices throw out half-cent sales tax in Charleston

Insect thwarts infestation
A year ago, the flat hilltop near Thurmond Lake was shaded with towering pines that had thrived for half a century. Today, only decaying trunks remain.

Supreme Court sends alimony case back to Family Court

News you can use
AUG. 25, 1926 HEPHZIBAH - Hephzibah friends of Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Timms will deeply regret to hear of their moving to Augusta to make their future home. Mr. and Mrs. Timm have endeared themselves to the entire neighborhood and this news comes as a great shock to a host of their friends.

Insurance director: Health care a flawed business model

Sanford takes on opposers Governor's tactics resemble Clinton's
AIKEN - In the increasingly heated political war over South Carolina's budget crisis, political professionals are starting to wonder whether rookie Republican Gov. Mark Sanford is starting to morph into the man his party regards as the Great Satan - former President Clinton.

Civic center improvement funds approved

Making of honey is down in state
AIKEN - The price of hon-ey is getting sweeter for South Carolina beekeepers, but their hives aren't buzzing with the same productivity as in years past.

Investigators say flawed NASA culture led to Columbia accident

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Mary Kay Knox, 9 months, of Martinez.

Airplane makes emergency landing at Augusta

Sex abuse low at Citadel
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Sexual assault allegations at the Air Force Academy have not prompted The Citadel to examine its sexual harassment policy, the school's president says.

Ordinance will limit drinking

Carter's inn is history to Plains tourists
PLAINS, Ga. - Jimmy Carter has been giving people a reason to come to this small south Georgia farming community for nearly 30 years. Now he's given them a place to stay.

King son says more work to be done on civil rights

Schools stress attendance
A recent No Child Left Behind Act report, which cites eight Columbia County schools as low-performing because of absentee rates, has school officials wondering how they can be penalized for something they have no control over.

Police investigate disappearance of Georgia Tech student

Sanford: Fort Jackson's size, missions could fend off closure
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- The sheer size of Fort Jackson and its variety of military missions could help keep base closure attempts at bay, Gov. Mark Sanford said Monday.

Augusta's tax digest falls short
Despite a projected shortfall in property tax collections, Augusta's tax digest was adopted Monday, which means local homeowners should start receiving bills by the end of September.

State Guard fills in when National Guard's away
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The State Guard, first established more than 300 years ago to protect residents in the settlement of Charles Town, now has a new role.

Augusta expects higher SAT scores
Richmond County can expect an increase in SAT scores today when the results are released, schools Superintendent Charles Larke said Monday.

Justices throw out half-cent sales tax in Charleston
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The buses may soon stop in Charleston after the state Supreme Court threw out a half-cent sales tax passed last year by Charleston County voters.

Early morning fire kills 9-year-old boy
One child was killed and another was severely burned in a fire that broke out early Monday morning in a Martinez home.

News you can use
AUG. 26, 1952 PLUM BRANCH, S.C. - An Air Force sergeant from Plum Branch was formally charged yesterday with murder in the death of his wife, injured last March with a butcher knife. The knife, which Sgt. Plumer Cathron Jr. admitted throwing last March, lodged in the neck of Mrs. Cathron, his pregnant wife. She had accused him of infidelity while stationed in Tampa.

School breakfasts delivered to classroom
GEORGETOWN, S.C. -- Students at Pleasant Hill Elementary School start the day eating muffins and sipping juice while working math problems or listening to teachers read to them.

CDC appoints new Environmental Health director
ATLANTA -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has named Henry Falk its new director of the National Center for Environmental Health.

Condon trying different approach in Senate announcement
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Former Attorney General Charlie Condon will break with tradition and conventional political wisdom when he announces his candidacy for the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Bailee Brown Walton, 7, of Martinez.

Judge retires, but doesn't stop working
BEAUFORT, S.C. -- Judge Thomas Kemmerlin Jr. slouches forward in a tall blue executive chair, almost hidden behind a messy pile of file folders clustered on a table in the courthouse law library.

Across the area
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is offering a $2,000 reward in the slaying of an Augusta convenience store owner.

Insurance director: Health care a flawed business model
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Health costs and insurance premiums continue to rise because the nation's medical system is based on a flawed business model, South Carolina's insurance director told a congressional hearing Monday.

One child dead, another burned in morning fire

Senators fear homeland security grants will continue to slight Atlanta
WASHINGTON -- When the Department of Homeland Security divvied up $500 million in grants to 30 major cities three months ago, the city of Atlanta was noticeably absent from the recipient list.

Schools stress attendance

Rome schoolchildren getting values lessons on TV
ROME, Ga. -- There's Dolly Pardon Me, who teaches the kids about manners. And Captain Character, who uses a story about wasting paper towels in the bathroom to teach children about thrift.

Across Georgia

Rants and Raves
I AM SURE GLAD to see the new principal at Greenbrier Elementary has changed the afternoon car-pool line. I hope he can change the attitudes of the teachers that run the car-pool line, because they are very rude.

Carter's inn is history to Plains tourists

Islamic Center fire was arson
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A weekend blaze that destroyed the Islamic Center of Savannah was set on purpose, Savannah fire investigators said Monday.

Across the area

Across Georgia
ALPHARETTA -Singer Bobby Brown will stay in jail until his court appearance Wednesday, DeKalb County officials said.

Digital corridor tries low-key approach to snagging high-tech firms

Ordinance will limit drinking
Drinking would be permitted at the Augusta Common, the Eighth Street Plaza and the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, but banned elsewhere on the streets of downtown under an ordinance tentatively approved Monday by an Augusta Commission committee.

News you can use

South Carolina SAT scores climb eight points

Metalworking is in man's blood

News you can use

Board hearing attracts few
The Richmond County Board of Education asked for public comment on its proposed tax increase. Apparently, not many people cared to speak and not every board member cared to hear them.

One child dead, another burned in morning fire

Judge retires, but doesn't stop working

Senators fear homeland security grants will continue to slight Atlanta

Augusta expects higher SAT scores

Laptop computers are essential on college campuses

Agencies start up drive for funding

Perdue: no new taxes or fees on tap for next year
ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue said Monday that despite the state's continuing budget problems there will be no new taxes or fees in the spending proposal he submits to the election-year Legislature next year.

'Freddy vs. Jason' remains top flick
LOS ANGELES -- A weak batch of new movies made easy prey for "Freddy vs. Jason," which took in $13.45 million to remain the No. 1 weekend flick, according to studio estimates Sunday.

'Freddy vs. Jason' remains top flick

'Animal House' college reunion shuts down Hollywood Boulevard

'Animal House' college reunion shuts down Hollywood Boulevard
LOS ANGELES -- A class reunion of the rowdy "Animal House" gang shut down Hollywood Boulevard with a parade featuring a live elephant, an ROTC contingent, a cheerleading squad and an interruption by the "Deathmobile."

Swamp pop stars jam on

Fashion also stars at MTV's Video Music Awards
The racy wedding dress Madonna wore to the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards ceremony, now in its 20th year, marked the marriage of music and fashion moments.

Five Questions With John Mellencamp
Two years ago, John Mellencamp didn't expect to make another album for a major record label.

Swamp pop stars jam on
ROBERT, La. -- From out of the postwar swamps of south Louisiana, there arose a music all its own - a feel-good sound known as "swamp pop."

Five Questions With John Mellencamp

Bobby Brown arrested for probation violation
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Singer Bobby Brown was arrested on a probation violation and remained in jail Saturday, officials said.

Fashion also stars at MTV's Video Music Awards

Wallace goes flying after Bristol crash
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Rusty Wallace was up - and flying - Sunday, a day after a hard wreck at Bristol sent him to the hospital.

Penske hires Hornish; de Ferran retiring after season
READING, Pa. -- Two-time defending IRL champion Sam Hornish will drive next season for Team Penske, which also announced Monday that Indianapolis 500 champion Gil de Ferran will retire at the end of this year.

Busch incurs wrath

Busch incurs wrath
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Unlike a dented fender or broken engine, fixing Kurt Busch's reputation on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series won't be so easy.

Penske hires Hornish; de Ferran retiring after season

Darlington ready for history making week

Wallace goes flying after Bristol crash

Darlington ready for history making week
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- The old country track hasn't ever seen a farewell like this.

Families of Columbia astronauts forge ahead with life

Receiver a surprise cut for Atlanta

Bengals have a ways to go to beat the best

Cornerback gears up for big season

Falcons drop 8 players

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Lending a helping hand to those in need was a kind gesture many could expect daily from Margaret Radford Hensley, a homemaker.

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Teen club doesn't deserve bad reputation
IT HAS ALWAYS been my goal, by opening The Industry nightclub, to provide a safe place for teenagers to dance away their Saturday nights, to play the music they want to hear, to allow them to act like adults, and to be treated like adults. Unfortunately, that has not always been the case.

Teen club doesn't deserve bad reputation
IT HAS ALWAYS been my goal, by opening The Industry nightclub, to provide a safe place for teenagers to dance away their Saturday nights, to play the music they want to hear, to allow them to act like adults, and to be treated like adults. Unfortunately, that has not always been the case.

Overtime

Without a Williams, No. 1 Clijsters has best shot at first major

With great worlds behind them, Americans look for an encore

Sampras: 'I'm done, 100 percent done'

White's win in women's 100 overshadowed by chaos in men's heats

Overtime

Mercer wins on 3rd round KO

Davenport quickly wins opener despite ailing left foot

Sampras: 'I'm done, 100 percent done'
NEW YORK -- Pete Sampras kept saying it, over and over, almost as though he wanted to make sure it sounded right: "I'm done, 100 percent done."

Davenport quickly wins opener despite ailing left foot
NEW YORK -- Lindsay Davenport's ailing left foot had to hold up for only 46 minutes Monday afternoon.

Overtime
Augusta's Laura Coble shot 77 on Monday at The Landings Club's Deer Creek Course to tie for third in sectional qualifying and gain a spot in this fall's U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur.

Mercer wins on 3rd round KO
After a first round filled with holding, grabbing and wrestling - mostly by opponent Mario Cawley - trainer Stacy McKinley told Ray Mercer not to get frustrated.

With great worlds behind them, Americans look for an encore
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The medals count at the world championships shows the United States has one of the best gymnastics programs anywhere.

White's win in women's 100 overshadowed by chaos in men's heats
With BC-RUN--Worlds-Men's 100, BC-RUN--Worlds-Women's 100, BC-RUN--Worlds-False Start Rule

Overtime
In Braunschweig, Germany, Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki injured his ankle while playing in a game for Germany.

Without a Williams, No. 1 Clijsters has best shot at first major
NEW YORK -- The sounds bounced loudly off the thousands of empty blue seats as workers armed with drills and hammers put the finishing touches on Arthur Ashe Stadium, 24 hours before the start of the U.S. Open.

NFL 2003: With Vick out, the Bucs are back in
Michael Vick is hyped as the next John Elway or more. He was supposed to carry the Atlanta Falcons past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South this season and, perhaps, on to the Super Bowl.

Falcons drop 8 players
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons got an early jump on Tuesday's mandatory roster cutdown by cutting eight players and moving one to the unable to perform list on Sunday.

Receiver a surprise cut for Atlanta
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons waived Trevor Gaylor Monday to trim their roster to 70 active players.

Cornerback gears up for big season
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- For all the attention Keith Brooking and Patrick Kerney received with huge signing bonuses in the last 10 months, Ray Buchanan wants fans to remember the Atlanta Falcons made a substantial investment in him three years ago.

Fasani expected to be released in Panthers' cuts
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers are expected to release quarterback Randy Fasani in their first round of roster cuts.

Bengals have a ways to go to beat the best
CINCINNATI -- Steve McNair found all the Cincinnati Bengals' flaws.

Families of Columbia astronauts forge ahead with life
HOUSTON -- Evelyn Husband and her children lost a huge influence in their lives when her husband was killed aboard the doomed space shuttle Columbia.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

PBS films looks at gay kids, their devout families
LOS ANGELES -- In this summer of lighthearted gay-themed programming, a new PBS documentary is a reminder of how disconnected glossy TV images can be from real life.

PBS films looks at gay kids, their devout families

Johnny Cash may steal the show at MTV's Video Music Awards

Johnny Cash may steal the show at MTV's Video Music Awards
Work by country legend Johnny Cash may steal the show at MTV's Video Music Awards

Father-son conflicts kick-start 'American Chopper'

Father-son conflicts kick-start 'American Chopper'
LOS ANGELES -- Building $200,000 motorcycle masterpieces is the hook to lure viewers to "American Chopper," but it's the father-son bickering that kick-starts the Discovery Channel's reality show.

ABC updates 'Dragnet' franchise
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- "Start with what you know," says Joe Friday in explaining the basics of crime-solving as the cameras roll on a Universal Studios soundstage.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
LOS ANGELES -- Before there was "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," there was "What Not to Wear," a makeover show without a gay-straight twist but with its own flair.

ABC updates 'Dragnet' franchise

Records show Arnie's father was member of Nazi storm troops

Magazine offers advice for the humor-challenged

Sony deftly packs video, Wi-Fi access into its latest handheld

'Free Willy' whale remains the star of his own show

EA Sports creates college football masterpiece

Pollack looks for more after breakout season
ATHENS, Ga. -- The play defined the season for David Pollack, and probably Georgia as well, but the All-American defensive end would just like to forget it.

Dogs fans watch in style

Young offensive line takes over at Georgia

Dogs fans watch in style
ATHENS, Ga. - On Sept. 6, while the majority of fans in Sanford Stadium watch from the stands as the University of Georgia Bulldogs battle Middle Tennessee State University, Paul Martin and some of his friends will be taking in the football game from a climate-controlled private suite high above the turf.

Pollack looks for more after breakout season

Young offensive line takes over at Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia tackle Daniel Inman was a redshirt last season and spent most of his time on the scout team, working in practice against All-American defensive end David Pollack.

College care packages

Don't miss - September

Holtz says offense is changing
Gamecocks defensive end Charles Silas, a former Swainsboro High star, did not practice Monday evening and isn't expected to play Saturday.

Holtz says offense is changing

Parking fees at USC football games helps charities
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina football fans provide thousands of dollars each year to area charities by choosing not-for-profit lots for parking on game days.

Parking fees at USC football games helps charities

Pregnant teen doesn't need abusive boyfriend

Pregnant teen doesn't need abusive boyfriend
THIS WEEK'S PROBLEM: Me and my boyfriend have been going together for about a year now and he hits on me; he beats me; he treats me very bad. But in the end he tells me that he loves me, that he's sorry and he won't do it again. I'm currently carrying his baby but he don't know about it. I'm scared of him, at times, but he wants to marry me."

Fancy footwook

411
Skater girls everywhere should get their hands on a copy of PUSH, a cutting-edge skateboarding magazine. It's a lot like any other skate mag out there, except that it's geared to girls. It focuses on the lives of real skaters, not just on cool clothes or hot skater guys.

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Question of the week

Audio best

Your style

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:

Fancy footwook
It's a line dance. It's a tap dance. It's clogging. For the junior team of the Rhythm and Class dancers, it's a way to make friends, have some fun and possibly earn a college scholarship.

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Question of the week
Here's this week's question: Where does all your money go?

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Hilary Duff, star of Lizzie McGuire, releases her CD, Metamorphosis. Other CD releases include: Mary J. Blige's Love and Life, Outkast's Speakerboxxxx, and the Nappy Roots' Wooden Leather.

Your style
THE FACTS: Cory Trottie, 16, a junior at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School.

12-year-old begins medical school

Tiny smart dust grains can find oily pollution in water

Saddam's wizard tells of a leader obsessed with magic

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