Fashion writer and party girl Plum Sykes has big debut novel
NEW YORK -- Plum (Sykes, of course) strides hurriedly into Soho House, one of Manhattan's most exclusive spots, her Manolo (Blahnik, of course) loafers clacking on the floor, a white rabbit scarf by Tommy ilfiger, of course) draping her neck.

Clinton book says he had to sleep on the couch after confessing affair

Climbing society's heights in stiletto shoes
Can Cinderella find happiness after she meets Prince Charming and moves into the palace?

A new Florida mystery writer emerges

Adoptees' search for birth mothers subject of uneven novel
"Brother and Sister" tries to be a sweeping family epic about adoption, loss and forgiveness, but ends up resembling a soap opera with plots that become too tangled and lack focus.

Madonna's new children's book is about redemption

Suspense fans will take to 'Take Me'
"Take Me, Take Me With You" is billed as "a novel of suspense," and rightly so. The reader senses potential violence in everybody.

Adoptees' search for birth mothers subject of uneven novel

Novel explores childhood sorrows from unique angle
Laura Bartone and her brother, Steve Meyer, have little patience for their weird sister, Caroline. She's the middle child whose pouting and dark moods always seemed to put a damper on happy family moments.

Fans will flip over flippant Sedaris' new collection

Fans will flip over flippant Sedaris' new collection
David Sedaris, who gained a cult following more than 10 years ago after reading from his diary on National Public Radio, delves into familiar terrain in "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim," his fifth book of personal essays.

Novel explores childhood sorrows from unique angle

Madonna's new children's book is about redemption
Madonna is getting the hang of this kiddie book thing. "Yakov and the Seven Thieves" is the third installment of Madonna's five-book series for Callaway Editions, and it's the best, mostly because there is nothing Material Girlish about it. er first book, the rather boring "The English Roses," focused on a catty group of girls illustrated in a very fashion-forward manner.)

Fashion writer and party girl Plum Sykes has big debut novel

A new Florida mystery writer emerges
Ever since John D. MacDonald plunked private eye Travis McGee down on a Ft. Lauderdale houseboat more than 40 years ago, Florida mystery writers have been breeding like Everglades mosquitoes.

Thrilling account of U-boat's last days
Sixty years after Germany's U-boats and the navies of England and the United States fought it out in World War II's battle of the Atlantic, tales about that monumental confrontation still excite readers.

Clinton book says he had to sleep on the couch after confessing affair
NEW YORK -- Bill Clinton says in his new autobiography that his wife looked as if he had punched her in the gut when he finally confessed to his affair with Monica Lewinsky, and he slept on the couch for at least two months after that.

Rivera homers twice in one inning

Former Glascock coach sets precedent
Don Mims had already signed his contract to return as coach of the Glascock County baseball team for next season.

Former Glascock coach sets precedent

Outfielder sent to Cincinnati to have thumb examined

Wilson returns to Rockies early

Wilson returns to Rockies early
DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies had a surprise in the starting lineup Friday night: center fielder Preston Wilson.

Beckett intends to make next start despite back injury

Pirates' Torres, McClendon suspended

MRI shows no major damage on Schilling's ankle

Koch ready for fresh start with Marlins

Karsay resumes throwing
TAMPA, Fla. - New York Yankees reliever Steve Karsay resumed his throwing program Friday, four days after canceling a scheduled rehabilitation start because of shoulder trouble.

MRI shows no major damage on Schilling's ankle
BOSTON -- An MRI on Curt Schilling's sore right ankle showed no damage that would require him to miss his next start for the Boston Red Sox.

Rivera homers twice in one inning
MONTREAL -- Expos right fielder Juan Rivera homered twice and drove in six runs in one inning Saturday night against the Chicago White Sox.

Rangers send LHP Ramirez to minors, call up RHP Wasdin
MIAMI -- The Texas Rangers optioned left-hander Erasmo Ramirez to Triple-A Oklahoma on Friday, and purchased the contract of right-hander John Wasdin from Oklahoma.

Rangers send LHP Ramirez to minors, call up RHP Wasdin

Koch ready for fresh start with Marlins
MIAMI -- Reliever Billy Koch knows all about the player he is replacing with the Florida Marlins.

Karsay resumes throwing

Outfielder sent to Cincinnati to have thumb examined
ST. LOUIS -- Cincinnati Reds outfielder Austin Kearns was scratched from a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Louisville on Friday night because of persistent problems with a sore on the inside of his right thumb.

Athletics leave Cubs in the wind

Beckett intends to make next start despite back injury
MIAMI -- Florida ace Josh Beckett expects to make his next start despite a strained back muscle.

Pirates' Torres, McClendon suspended
EDs: UPDATES with quotes; McClendon to serving suspension Friday night, not Saturday; CHANGES dateline to Pittsburgh; ADDS byline.

Athletics leave Cubs in the wind
CHICAGO -- So much for Sammy Sosa's big homecoming bash.

Fatherhood comes with its own array of questions

Calif. air quality regulators want to reduce pollution from cows
LOS ANGELES -- Air quality regulators are proposing what they say would be the first attempt in the country to regulate smog-forming emissions from cow manure.

Odds and Ends
TRENTON, N.J.-- It's unanimous: Women deserve a cheap drink, at least in New Jersey bars and restaurants.

Byrd ignites Atlanta win
ATLANTA - Paul Byrd's opening act was, as anticipated, what you would expect in a passion play, marked with drama, power and glory.

Lee shuts down Braves offense
ATLANTA - If the first 66 games are indicative of what is to come for the Atlanta Braves this summer, college football can't start soon enough around these parts.

Lee shuts down Braves offense

Current account deficit swells to record $144.9 billion in first quarter

Business calendar
Here's a list of upcoming business events.

Knowledge of sales, marketing can save business
Many people today seem to think sales and marketing are one in the same. People talk about them as though they are interchangeable. In actuality, they are as different as manufacturing and accounting.

General Motors unveils overhaul of its European operations
RUESSELSHEIM, Germany -- General Motors announced a major overhaul of its European operations Friday designed to streamline the company by bringing its struggling units Adam Opel AG, Vauxhall Motors Ltd. and Saab Automobile AB under a single management structure.

Despite rates, renters can afford to buy

Company to pay $400 million to settle corn sweetener lawsuit
DECATUR, Ill. -- Archer Daniels Midland Co. will pay $400 million to settle a federal antitrust lawsuit that claimed the company conspired to fix the price of high fructose corn syrup, a sweetener used in products ranging from soft drinks to pasta sauces.

Sales are heating up as people get ready for fun in the sun
Summer doesn't start until tomorrow, but spending on summer toys has already kicked in.

Current account deficit swells to record $144.9 billion in first quarter
WASHINGTON -- The deficit in the broadest measure of trade swelled to an all-time high of $144.9 billion in the first quarter of this year, reflecting Americans' insatiable appetite for foreign-made goods.

Government aid snub sets stage for more change at United Airlines

A FLAIR FOR FLAVOR
As the summer days get hotter , Stephanie Weinstein has a simple solution - a snow cone.

On the move
The following people have joined Johnson Motor Co.'s sales staff at the Walton Way location:

Business briefs
CHICAGO - UNITED AIRLINES' application for a government loan guarantee would be submitted in "days, not weeks," the airline's chief operating officer said Friday.

On the move

Richmond County property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for June 2-9. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Despite rates, renters can afford to buy
It's sweaty-palm time for apartment and home renters.

Richmond County property transfers

Business calendar

Company to pay $400 million to settle corn sweetener lawsuit

Government aid snub sets stage for more change at United Airlines
CHICAGO -- United Airlines' best hope to emerge from bankruptcy with strong financial backing was dashed by a government assistance panel, potentially setting the stage for further cuts and restructuring at the world's No. 2 carrier.

Partners build business managing rural land
Alex Nixon remembers his dad describing the dead cotton fields dotting the train route between Athens and Augusta on his trips home from the University of Georgia in the late 1920s.

Employer spotlight

Hidden charges mar free checking
Free checking has become a popular term in most bank commercials, but just because they say it's free doesn't mean it always is.

Partners build business managing rural land

Hidden charges mar free checking

A FLAIR FOR FLAVOR

Sales are heating up as people get ready for fun in the sun

Employer spotlight
GIW Industries Product/Services: Slurry pumps used by mining, dredging and chemical companies to move mixtures of liquids and abrasive solids

Knowledge of sales, marketing can save business

A few tip their hats to Kolb

A few tip their hats to Kolb
It's been a busy week. Augusta commissioners accepted City Administrator George Kolb's resignation and essentially told him to get out of Dodge before sundown. But in a show of last-minute magnanimity, commissioners applauded, then took turns praising and bidding him adieu, except for Marion Williams and Betty Beard.

No cash for protesters

Let's start on Sept. 21
Everyone working for a brighter future for Augusta knows that renewing the special purpose local option sales tax is a must. That's especially true this year with so much at stake.

'An action of barbarism'
Islamic militants said they set a deadline and we didn't respect it.

Smarter tests

No cash for protesters
It's often been said that those naive, unruly anti-globalist throngs that flock to international events such as the recent G-8 Summit on Sea Island near Savannah don't have a clue about how the real world works.

Smarter tests
High-school graduation tests - specifically, how tough they are - is one hot button of an issue that people can't seem to resist pressing.

Let's start on Sept. 21

Kelly Ripa signs new contract as 'Live' co-host with Regis Philbin
NEW YORK -- Kelly Ripa will be a "Live" star for five more years, according to the syndicated TV entertainment show "Extra."

People in the News
LONDON -- Madonna won her bid Friday to stop walkers from traipsing over large parts of her $16 million country estate.

Blockbuster shareholders to get cash distribution

Tokyo stocks close sharply lower, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks tumbled Friday amid worries about rising oil prices and a sell-off in key technology stocks. The U.S. dollar declined against the Japanese yen.

'Bounce protection' can be costly for consumers
NEW YORK -- With so many things to juggle these days, it's easy for consumers to make a mistake and overdraw their checking accounts.

Blockbuster shareholders to get cash distribution
NEW YORK - Shareholders of video rental chain Blockbuster Inc. will receive a special cash distribution of $5 a share before the planned split-off of the chain from media giant Viacom Inc., according to a regulatory filing Friday.

When to 'fire' a client or customer

Trade deficit, oil can't hold down stocks
NEW YORK -- Investors overcame their concerns about inflation and mounting trade deficits to push stocks moderately higher Friday, but the major indexes ended the week mixed as nervousness mounted over the Federal Reserve's pending decision on interest rates.

When to 'fire' a client or customer
NEW YORK -- You have a huge customer who provides a third of your revenue. But working with this account is a nightmare, and you're questioning whether the money is worth the cost to your stomach lining and your employees' morale.

GreenJackets notebook
Jason Childers spent most of the past 2 years playing for the Indianapolis Indians waiting for that all-important phone call from the Milwaukee Brewers.

Howell trying to find groove
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - For a summary of Charles Howell's season thus far, just study Shinnecock Hills.

Howell rides early magic

Hanging around
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - His caddie kicked a camera out of a photographer's hand on his first hole Friday but, by the end of the day, Tiger Woods didn't kick himself out of the U.S. Open.

Hanging around

Tiger hasn't given up

Sergas, Killeen share lead of ShopRite LPGA Classic

Bugs, heat don't faze lead pair
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Shrugging off wilting heat and pesky insects, Giulia Sergas and Denise Killeen fired 6-under-par 65s on Friday to share the first-round lead in the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Carpenter builds his lead

Second Open win is in reach for Goosen
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Retief Goosen has a knack for staying under the radar. Quiet, soft-spoken and owner of a serviceable but not spectacular game, the 35-year-old South African even acts like the most surprised guy in the room when he wins a golf tournament. He's never alone in that regard.

Field trimmed to eight in Match Play

Second Open win is in reach for Goosen

Tiger hasn't given up
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Tiger Woods threw the bag over his shoulder and gladly lugged it to the green.

Cunning just does his thing on the course
Patrick Cunning thinks about constant improvement and escalating his golf while at South Carolina next year.

Sergas, Killeen share lead of ShopRite LPGA Classic
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Shrugging off wilting heat and pesky insects, Giulia Sergas and Denise Killeen fired 6-under-par 65s Friday to share the first-round lead in the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Carpenter builds his lead
SALUDA, S.C. - Here's how badly Tommy Carpenter wants to be the 2004 Regions Cup Player of the Year: He cut short a family vacation to make a rare appearance in this weekend's North Augusta Exchange Club/Persimmon Hill Classic.

Funk's bad start relaxes him
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Fred Funk sensed the worst of disasters coming after he bogeyed his first two holes in the third round of the U.S. Open on Saturday.

Wie falls short at Publinx
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Michelle Wie shot a 2-under 142 at the U.S. Men's Public Amateur Links qualifying, all but ending her chance to qualify for the 2005 Masters through the Publinx tournaments.

Field trimmed to eight in Match Play
On a day of upsets and surprises, medalist Todd White of Moore, S.C., rallied to avoid the fate of so many others Friday in the South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship.

Tricky shots deliver golfers to final round
NORTH AUGUSTA - If you wanted to reach the final of the South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship, you needed to make birdie from the woods.

Howell trying to find groove

Tricky shots deliver golfers to final round

Showdown hits for final round
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Golf has been itching for a heavyweight rivalry. Nobody figured it wouldn't include Tiger Woods.

Howell rides early magic
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Charles Howell made close to the most of a second chance in the U.S. Open.

Funk's bad start relaxes him

Cunning just does his thing on the course

Showdown hits for final round

U.S. Open notebook
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Tim Clark was a couple of feet and an inch from the round of his life, let alone the U.S. Open.

U.S. Open notebook

GreenJackets notebook

Fatherhood comes with its own array of questions
Father's Day comes with its age-old questions. With my many years in the business, let me provide some age-old answers.

Look at Edgefield: Every vote counts

Bias extends throughout the media
Your editorial June 11 about the bias in the news media as they covered President Reagan's funeral ("Badly out of step") makes a good point, but it also serves as an excellent example of the hypocrisy found in the media itself. George De Baca Augusta

Look at Edgefield: Every vote counts
Many people sit at home at election time and say, "My vote doesn't count, so I don't think I will go vote today." Lee Neal North Augusta

Make DeMint your Senate choice
If you have met U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, the following traits stand out: He has the highest integrity, stands by his word and doesn't change his stance on controversial issues when the going gets tough. The same holds true for U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint. He feels so strongly about DeMint's candidacy, Barrett has endorsed him to be South Carolina's next Republican senator. Robert G. Gossett Graniteville, S.C.

Write more about early Alzheimer's

Write more about early Alzheimer's
The recent letter written by my cousin Steven Francis ("Help continue Alzheimer's work," June 13), was a real tribute to our late president Ronald Reagan but, most importantly, it was a reminder of the studies being done to find the causes of, and hopeful cure of, Alzheimers. Audra Heffner Charlotte, N.C.

Great leaders did not 'waffle'

Bush-basher draws fire from vet
Regarding James Himley's May 20 letter concerning why U.S. Sen. John Kerry should be elected president: As usual, Democrats pour out misinformation to make their point. His opening paragraph lauding Kerry's service in Vietnam and his "physical scars" from combat has worn itself out as a Democratic mantra. John B. Cheatham, Ed.D. Augusta

Views on G-8 were anti-democratic
I object to the substance and tone of the June 12 editorial on the Sea Island G-8 meeting last week. Georgia has shown the world how to host a G-8 meeting by keeping protests down, you write. "Peace, Love, and Vandalism" avers Rick McKee's disappointed protest character. Jurgen Brauer Augusta

Letter-writer blasting Reagan gets it all wrong
Regarding Mark Gelbart's June 11 letter, blasting President Reagan, "Reagan's legacy is glossed over": Add his name to the long list of people who didn't pay attention in civics class. Scott Finley Augusta

Great leaders did not 'waffle'
Regarding Bronwyn Lance Chester's June 14 column, "In defense of Kerry and his 'waffling,' ": She wrote: "Changing one's mind over the course of 20 years ... to correspond with new realities isn't just normal, it's sane." Chris Baugh Evans

Letter-writer blasting Reagan gets it all wrong

Make DeMint your Senate choice

Bush-basher draws fire from vet

HBO show proves to be a windfall for Deadwood

A designer whose time is now, then, and, she hopes, always

Spade writes the book(s) on occasions, manners and style

Farm vacations attract city slickers, suburbanites in Pennsylvania

New museum celebrates Mississippi River's role in American music

Onancock's shore town's charm attracting artists, tourists

Showcase contrasts home architecture and design

'Chronicle' contest gives dad makeover

Water Fights and Mud Wars

Weather radio, Homeland Security combining emergency warning efforts

Celebrating a 400-year-old French connection in Maine

Passion for privacy could hamper national cell phone directory

Style Briefs

Few problems found at Canadian Internet pharmacies, GAO report says

More of what's new from the National Hardware Convention

Flags should be at half-staff 30 days

Montmorency Falls and Ile d'Orleans beckon at Quebec City

Ornamental fence goes high-tech

Mary Lou Andre's closet shopping list
In Mary Lou Andre's book "Ready to Wear: An Expert's Guide to Choosing and Using Your Wardrobe" (Perigee), the founder of Organization By Design and dressingwell.com lists her tips for effectively shopping in your own closet. They include:

Montmorency Falls and Ile d'Orleans beckon at Quebec City
QUEBEC CITY, Quebec -- Most visitors to this Canadian city known for a European ambience head straight to Vieux Quebec - the old quarter - with its stone fortifications and four centuries of history.

More of what's new from the National Hardware Convention
We recently reported on several finds at the 59th Annual National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, Nev. Here are some more.

Weather radio, Homeland Security combining emergency warning efforts
WASHINGTON -- Emergency alerts for everything from tornadoes to missing children and terror warnings will get out to the public through an expanded weather radio network, the government announced Thursday.

A designer whose time is now, then, and, she hopes, always
NEW YORK -- Even while sitting in a decorator's dream of a showroom, surrounded by faux fur-trimmed handbags and metallic stilettos, Kate Spade makes the case that she's not consumed by fashion in that "high fashion" sort of way.

Passion for privacy could hamper national cell phone directory
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- Sheila Vreeburg has entrusted her cell phone number to very few people - her family, close friends and her veterinarian. If she could keep it that way, she would.

Q&A: Well water pressure
Q. Brian R. asks: I live on a farm that is one-quarter mile from the well. The water pressure in the house is not that good. Is there anything short of replacing the well that will give me adequate water pressure?

Few problems found at Canadian Internet pharmacies, GAO report says
WASHINGTON -- Despite safety concerns voiced by opponents of prescription drug imports, congressional investigators said they encountered few problems with medicines purchased from Canadian Web sites.

Onancock's shore town's charm attracting artists, tourists
ONANCOCK, Va. -- Virginia's Eastern Shore doesn't have the multimillion-dollar homes of North Carolina's Outer Banks or the boardwalks and arcades of resort towns like Ocean City to the north.

'Chronicle' contest gives dad makeover
Dads do so much for us, and yet while Mom gets the big bouquet of roses on her day, Pop often gets stuck with yet another floral necktie.

New museum celebrates Mississippi River's role in American music
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- A 1929 film clip of country music legend Jimmie Rogers. Scratchy recordings of Delta blues king Robert Johnson. Images of folk icon Bob Dylan's early performances in Twin Cities cafes.

Flags should be at half-staff 30 days
Dear Carson: Since President Reagan died, how long do we keep our flag lowered? I raise the flag at school and want to be sure that I show respect. - Flag Fundamentals

Spade writes the book(s) on occasions, manners and style
NEW YORK -- Kate Spade is one of the country's best-known accessories designers, so a book on style makes sense.

Showcase contrasts home architecture and design
Although the two houses are next door to each other, their architectural styles and interior designs couldn't be more different.

Style Briefs
NEW YORK -- Models look good in photographs because they are relaxed and happy to be there.

Water Fights and Mud Wars
THE STORY SO FAR: Confronting their first real danger on the wild Green River, Aaron and his dad plunge through raging white water toward a huge boulder.

Ornamental fence goes high-tech
Homeowners who covet the stately look of a wrought iron fence but not the maintenance worries have a new champion in polymer fencing.

Farm vacations attract city slickers, suburbanites in Pennsylvania
AVELLA, Pa. -- One sunny morning, a lanky middle-age man who likes to be called Farmer Dale lifted a wood panel in his chicken coop and a half- dozen free-range hens strutted out in a line on the chicken run.

HBO show proves to be a windfall for Deadwood
DEADWOOD, S.D. -- The wild and woolly days of Deadwood's golden past not only come to life in the HBO series named for the place, but have kindled intense interest in this historic town that once was home to Wild Bill Hickok and other colorful characters.

Celebrating a 400-year-old French connection in Maine
ST. CROIX ISLAND, Maine -- Long a footnote to history, this uninhabited island in the St. Croix River that marks the U.S.-Canadian border is poised to become the focal point for a 10-day international celebration.

Wild Side
Motorists will see more clasping coneflowers, lemon mints and perennial gaillardias popping up just in time for summer travel.

Recent rains don't quell drought worries
AIKEN - The warning signs might not be obvious with the ground still wet from recent rains, but Georgia and South Carolina could be heading toward another drought.

Train tickets

Recent rains don't quell drought worries

Across the area

DeMint has Condon in his corner

Around town

Schools look to reduce tribunal

Beating suspect released on bond
A man whom authorities accuse of violating a protective order and then attacking his child's mother in May was granted bond Friday.

Across South Carolina

Agency official confirms move
A spokesman for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services confirmed Friday that Richmond County DFCS Director Carolyn Beard is no longer with the local office on Fenwick Street.

Strong leadership is critical for city's progress, Kolb says

Phone monitoring will not stop trial
ATHENS, Ga. - A Clarke County Superior Court judge said he was "disturbed" about a system that allowed a prosecutor and Athens-Clarke County police officers to listen in on a conversation between a county jail inmate and his attorney, but refused to dismiss the case against the armed robbery defendant on the grounds his attorney-client privilege had been breached.

Breakfast Serials bring out the joys of reading

Watchdog is being formed

State cuts hit Fort Discovery

News you can use

Schools look to reduce tribunal
Plea agreements. Time off for good behavior. Minimum punishment for admitting guilt.

3 G-8 protesters bond out of jail
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Three protesters bonded out of jail Friday after they were arrested last week, accused of trying to cross a police barricade onto Sea Island during the G-8 summit.

Aiken is vital to hopefuls
AIKEN - The two remaining Republican candidates for U.S. Senate won't find the vast blocks of voters in Aiken County that they will in the state's metropolises of Greenville, Charleston or Columbia.

Across the area
A bond hearing for two men charged with the murder of a pregnant Augusta woman scheduled before a judge Friday has been continued.

Strong leadership is critical for city's progress, Kolb says
With a look of calm, he cleans out the last peppermint in his desk, casually leans back in his plush leather chair and makes the handover of power official with the toss of a key ring.

Around town
Gary Middleton, of Augusta, casts his line while fishing on the Lake Olmstead bridge. Mr. Middleton, who has been fishing the same spot for 17 years, was catching bream Friday.

Mourning a son on Father's Day
Thomas Thigpen's La-Z-Boy rocker is positioned perfectly for an optimal view of his driveway and street from his living room.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A Dorchester County man who forced three boys to watch him sexually assault a 9-year-old girl has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

State cuts hit Fort Discovery
State budget cuts for Fort Discovery began to kick in just as attendance at the center was starting to recover after several years of decline, records show and officials say.

USC Aiken warns of rising cost

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Arsenal Oak is felled after battling disease
From the serene sky to a roar of chain saws, the Arsenal Oak slowly disappeared Friday, opening a sun-filled gap on passers-by as they pointed cameras and marvelled at the sight.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and raves
THIS IS IN RESPONSE to the no smoking outside of restaurants. I am a smoker. I do understand there should be areas that smoking is not allowed, but get real - to think that we should not be able to stand outside of somewhere and smoke. Maybe we should have a place where nonsmokers are not allowed. I guess then you would be calling it discrimination.

Peach festival delights crowds
TRENTON, S.C. - Jim Burleson, 76, stood proudly and waved as members of the Army National Guard's 122nd Engineering Battalion slowly drove through the streets in downtown Trenton on Saturday morning.

Kid of the day

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A teenager shot in the head by a security guard died in an Atlanta hospital late Friday.

Augustan will go to Belgium
Most college students travel to job interviews after graduation.

Across South Carolina
GEORGETOWN - The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the death of an 8-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a vehicle while riding her bicycling in rural Georgetown County.

Tick-spread disease threatens pet cats

Across the area
Authorities recovered a stolen car Saturday that was taken during an armed robbery at an Augusta hair salon.

Train tickets
Pat Monohan, of the band Train, performs at Fort Gordon as part of the Army Concert Tour. Train is known for its hits Meet Virginia, Drops Of Jupiter and Calling All Angels. Opening for Train on Friday evening was the Graham Colton Band.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Joshua Bing of Augusta.

DeMint has Condon in his corner
COLUMBIA - U.S. Senate candidate Jim DeMint scooped up a key endorsement Friday from former rival Charlie Condon in the race for the Republican nomination.

Monday ends registration to vote in local elections
The voter registration deadline for the July 20 general primary and Richmond County special election is 5 p.m. Monday.

Tick-spread disease threatens pet cats
ATHENS, Ga. - Cat lovers beware - Athens-area veterinarians say a deadly feline disease is on the prowl.

Mourning a son on Father's Day

Watchdog is being formed
A nonprofit organization to monitor the growing list of issues involving the Savannah River and its water is being created at the behest of congressional offices.

Across Georgia

Child's injuries lead to inquiry
Richmond County sheriff's deputies were investigating the injury of a 7-month-old girl as a possible case of child abuse, officials said Friday.

Across the area

USC Aiken warns of rising cost
AIKEN - Students at the University of South Carolina Aiken are expected to face tuition increases of as much as 11 percent next year, boosting the cost for one semester by as much as $503.

Aiken is vital to hopefuls

Past, present will collide at Ridge Peach Festival
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Ike Carpenter straddles his wood-shaving horse and takes off paper-thin strips of wood with a lathe.

Monday ends registration to vote in local elections

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Amya Kiera Bush, 9 months, New Ellenton.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Arsenal Oak is felled after battling disease

Kid of the Day

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - An independent auditor warns that the state should not move too fast on a new curriculum for its 1.5 million public school pupils.

Peach festival delights crowds

'Chronicle' gets 3rd-place award
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Augusta Chronicle was again selected one of the state's top newspapers, and two of its columnists took first-place honors in the Georgia Press Association's Better Newspapers Contest competition, the GPA announced Friday.

Augustan will go to Belgium

Rants and raves
THIS IS IN RESPONSE to the no smoking outside of restaurants. I am a smoker. I do understand there should be areas that smoking is not allowed, but get real - to think that we should not be able to stand outside of somewhere and smoke. Maybe we should have a place where nonsmokers are not allowed. I guess then you would be calling it discrimination.

Breakfast Serials bring out the joys of reading
It's summertime, and the reading is easy in The Augusta Chronicle.

Wild Side

3 G-8 protesters bond out of jail

News you can use
June 19, 1925 The successful delivery of many thousands of Augusta Chronicle air mail bulletins yesterday was an epochal event in the history of American newspapers. It is the first time, so far as we are able to learn, that such a feat has been attempted.

The 'new' Mickelson finally listens
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - A simple thanks would do.

Hope for bogey at unlucky 7
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - It's known as a "Redan" hole, though the politically incorrect members of Shinnecock Hills cleverly labeled it the "RedMan Hole."

Aretha Franklin lip-synched national anthem, producer says

Embarrassed officials in Atlanta said rapper T.I. made video in jail

Aretha Franklin lip-synched national anthem, producer says
DETROIT -- Aretha Franklin's performance of the national anthem before the decisive Game 5 of the NBA Finals was pre-recorded and lip-synched, one of the Queen of Soul's producers said.

Embarrassed officials in Atlanta said rapper T.I. made video in jail
ATLANTA -- A best-selling rapper filmed an unauthorized video at the Fulton County Jail, where he has been held since April on a probation violation charge, embarrassed city officials said.

Gordon takes DHL 400 pole

Truex Jr. wins pole in wild qualifying for Meijer 300
SPARTA, Ky. -- Martin Truex Jr. won the pole on Friday for the NASCAR Busch Series Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway, topping a record-setting qualifying session.

Gordon takes DHL 400 pole
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Jeff Gordon didn't apologize for knocking teammates Jimmie Johnson and Brian Vickers off the pole Friday for the DHL 400 at the Michigan International Speedway.

Team sweeping race fields

Harvick and Kenseth still upset over penalties

Hamilton claims Craftsman race
MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Bobby Hamilton took the lead with eight laps left and held off Shane Hmiel by 0.423 seconds Saturday to win the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series' O'Reilly 200.

Gordon beats teammates for Michigan pole

Bourdais wins pole for Champ Car race
PORTLAND, Ore. - Sebastien Bourdais had plenty left a week after racing 24 hours in Le Mans to earn the pole Saturday for the Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland.

Gordon beats teammates for Michigan pole
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- In his 13 years in NASCAR's top series, Jeff Gordon has learned when to use finesse and when to charge.

Team sweeping race fields
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Hendrick Motorsports' sweep of the top-three qualifying spots for today's DHL 400 - and its success in the last seven races - stir memories of the 1996 season when that team finished one-two in the point standings.

Harvick and Kenseth still upset over penalties
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick just won't let their feud go.

Bourdais wins pole for Champ Car race

Hamilton claims Craftsman race

Jackson finished with Lakers
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - The Zen Master's coaching career with the Los Angeles Lakers is over.

Jackson finished with Lakers

Lakers will never be the same
LOS ANGELES -- The NBA trade market has one huge addition: Call him The Big Commodity.

Mr. Oliver Walden, Jr.    (GIBSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Earlena Coates (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Mamie Frazier (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mr. Pharis Parsons (SALEM, S.C.)

Mr. Travis Zane Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Walter Chandler (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

Mrs. Pearl Allen (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Herbert Ross, Sr. (RALEIGH, N.C.)

Mrs. Robin Searcy (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Ms. Teria McCorkle (HINESVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Herbert Ross, Sr. (RALEIGH, N.C.)

Mr. Johnson Germany, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorine Houston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Lillie Barnes (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Joel Golden (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Lloyd Lamb (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Donna Harison (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Travis Zane Roberts (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Pearl Allen (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Fannie Willingham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Frances Ashley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Todd, Sr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Clawston Earl Reid (MORAVIAN FALLS, N.C.)

Mr. Jay McGahee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lorine Houston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Frederick (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Anna Taylor (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mrs. Betty Berry (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Evelyn Ford (WADLEY, Ga.)

Mrs. Helen McCrary Lewis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Toy Quie Chow Lee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Jay McGahee (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Earlena Coates (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Nicole Thomas (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Carlos Noblett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ralph Jaquess (BLYTHE, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Maddox (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mamie Frazier (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mr. Elmore Butler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Richard Nelson (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosetta McCain (JAMAICA, N.Y.)

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Will Athens Games be safe? The oracle is mum
DELPHI, Greece -- For centuries, people from all over Europe sought advice from the oracle on Mount Parnassus. Wars, business deals and marriages were arranged on the basis of her predictions.

Will Athens Games be safe? The oracle is mum

Former Olympians greet torch in Atlanta
ATLANTA -- On a stage full of former Olympians, Rafael San Miguel was the star.

Armstrong, McCartney win Olympic road cycling berths

A sport for all of Athens: Olympic traffic jams
ATHENS, Greece -- Transport Minister Michalis Liapis beamed as he rode Athens' new tram line on a test run along the city's southern coast.

Torch crosses New York
NEW YORK - The Olympic torch arrived for a five-borough tour of New York on Saturday, two months before the Athens Games open and eight years before the city hopes to play host to its own Olympics.

Horner seeks elusive Olympic road cycling spot
REDLANDS, Calif. -- Chris Horner's hopes of making the 1996 Olympic team hinged on a coach's vote - one that didn't go his way.

Armstrong, McCartney win Olympic road cycling berths
REDLANDS, Calif. -- Kristin Armstrong's hope was to make the 2004 Olympics in the triathlon. Osteoarthritis in her hips ended that plan two years ago.

Horner seeks elusive Olympic road cycling spot

Torch relay visits Atlanta

Torch relay visits Atlanta
ATLANTA - On a stage full of former Olympians, Rafael San Miguel was the star.

A sport for all of Athens: Olympic traffic jams

'Thousands' of G-8 protesters must have gotten lost
Rap! Rap! Rap! "Ladies and gentlemen and those of you somewhere in between, I call to order this meeting of the Committee for Rebellion, Unrest and Destruction, or CRUD, to review the impact of our highly anticipated protests during the recent G-8 Summit and to see if there is any room for improvement going forward. This is an extremely important exercise for us. Otherwise, we might have to go out and get real jobs." (Yuck! Ack! Perish the thought!)

Community must rally to keep Fort Discovery
The National Science Center, headquartered at Fort Discovery, is a national organization with national contributors and supporters, but the greatest beneficiary of this educational laboratory for math, science and technology is our CSRA community.

Cain flies high, but Isakson is well-grounded
If you vote in Georgia's July 20 Republican primary for U.S. Senate, you'll have to decide what kind of football coach you might be.

'Thousands' of G-8 protesters must have gotten lost
Rap! Rap! Rap! "Ladies and gentlemen and those of you somewhere in between, I call to order this meeting of the Committee for Rebellion, Unrest and Destruction, or CRUD, to review the impact of our highly anticipated protests during the recent G-8 Summit and to see if there is any room for improvement going forward. This is an extremely important exercise for us. Otherwise, we might have to go out and get real jobs." (Yuck! Ack! Perish the thought!)

Father's Day with gay son is to be celebrated
For a few years after my son Adam came out to me as a homosexual, Father's Day became a day of mourning, the day when I was reminded of what I lost.

Father's Day with gay son is to be celebrated
For a few years after my son Adam came out to me as a homosexual, Father's Day became a day of mourning, the day when I was reminded of what I lost.

Community must rally to keep Fort Discovery
The National Science Center, headquartered at Fort Discovery, is a national organization with national contributors and supporters, but the greatest beneficiary of this educational laboratory for math, science and technology is our CSRA community.

Cain flies high, but Isakson is well-grounded
If you vote in Georgia's July 20 Republican primary for U.S. Senate, you'll have to decide what kind of football coach you might be.

Lamback finds center is for eating, sleeping, swimming

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Team earns victory with defensive play

Sprinter loves food; all her opponents taste is her dust

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Lamback finds center is for eating, sleeping, swimming
EDITOR'S NOTE: Lantz Lamback is competing in the Paralympic Games, Sept. 19-27, in Athens, Greece. He will compete in four individual events (50 free, 100 free, 400 free and 100 back) and two relays. Lantz has been training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., since May 31. The 17-year-old Augusta resident is sharing his thoughts with staff writer Chris Gay.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
In St. George's, Grenada, the United States takes a three-goal lead into today's second leg of its World Cup qualifying series against Grenada, a tiny Caribbean nation hoping to pull off what would be one of the greatest upsets in soccer history.

Overtime
Augusta GreenJackets starter Jarrett Gardner, who leads the South Atlantic League in ERA, was added to the Southern Division All-Star Game roster on Friday.

Sprinter loves food; all her opponents taste is her dust
Marcella Avery is 5-foot-4, and the needle of her scale is closer to 150 pounds than she might like. The rising junior at Glenn Hills High School confesses an affection for southern home cooking.

Team earns victory with defensive play
When he delivered his team's halftime sermon, coach Sam Ward made sure he invoked the lesson taught by the NBA World Champion Detroit Pistons.

Spring sports standouts
SOFTBALL

Outdoors calendar

Young angler

Collectors, owners get trigger-happy

Collectors, owners get trigger-happy
Toombs Lewis Jr. clicked off the safety of his vintage Thompson submachine gun and squeezed the trigger. Then he grinned.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Young angler
Blake Seigler is 6 and has been fishing with his dad, Jimmy Seigler of Augusta, since he was just 2. During a recent trip to Lake Murray near Lexington, S.C., Blake landed his first striped bass - weighing just over 15 pounds.

Burrowing box turtle just a small reminder
Box turtles have fascinated me since I was a kid. They are ponderous, patient and friendly looking. Sometimes they almost seem to smile.

In Mexican state, Catholic-Protestant conflict over schools
TZEJALTETIC, Mexico -- Thousands of children have been forced to leave their schools as a new form of segregation takes root in rebellion-wracked southern Mexico, with conflicts in Indian communities pitting Catholics against Protestants, and traditionalists against the political opposition.

Opponents of gay marriage look for support in the pews
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Ken Keeley spends his Sunday mornings at church - not just to worship, but to collect signatures for a ballot measure that would amend Oregon's constitution to ban gay marriage.

Religious conflicts affect schools in Mexican state
TZEJALTETIC, Mexico - Thousands of children have been forced to leave their schools as a new form of segregation takes root in rebellion-racked southern Mexico, with conflicts in Indian communities pitting Catholics against Protestants, and traditionalists against the political opposition.

Russian court upholds ban on Moscow's Jehovah's Witnesses
MOSCOW -- A Moscow court upheld a ban on the city's Jehovah's Witnesses, ending a six-year case that reflected growing pressure to stifle minority religious groups in Russia, where Orthodox Christianity is predominant.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Faith digest
The Episcopal Diocese of Albany N.Y., has voted to join a conservative network of Americal Episcopal Churches that formed after the denomination consecated its first openly gay bishop last year.

Man links Abu Ghraib prison scandal with women soldiers
R. Albert Mohr Jr. is among the Americans repelled by the "moral depravity" of some U.S. soldiers' deeds at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. While fellow moral conservatives use the moment to denounce America's pornography industry, Mohler cites another issue.

Burrowing box turtle just a small reminder

The 'new' Mickelson finally listens

Hope for bogey at unlucky 7

Rob Lowe scuffs up for 'Salem's Lot'

Christian version of American Idol scheduled to debut on TBN
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The management company that represents Britney Spears and 'N Sync is searching for a divine voice.

Rob Lowe scuffs up for 'Salem's Lot'
LOS ANGELES -- A grungy man with a stubbled face and lank hair enters a homeless shelter. Moments later he's locked in mortal combat with a priest, the pair hurtling through shattering glass to the street below.

Christian version of American Idol scheduled to debut on TBN

People in the News

Kelly Ripa signs new contract as 'Live' co-host with Regis Philbin

Bulldogs are true underdogs

Vince Dooley's 40-year reign comes to a forced ending
ATHENS, Ga. -- Vince Dooley arrived at Georgia four decades ago, a pregnant wife and two small children in tow.

Vince Dooley's 40-year reign comes to a forced ending

Bulldogs start with win
OMAHA, Neb. - Georgia coach David Perno obviously knew what he was talking about when he dubbed closer Will Startup 'Magic Man.'

Bulldogs are true underdogs
OMAHA, Neb. - When Texas coach Augie Garrido says his Longhorn pitching staff might be the best he's ever had, it pays to listen.

Bulldogs start with win

Windsor hurls gem at South Carolina
OMAHA, Neb. - Contrary to popular belief, Long Beach State's Jered Weaver isn't the only big-time pitcher who calls the Big West Conference home.

Windsor hurls gem at South Carolina

Tanner has good returns
COLUMBIA - Before Ray Tanner's days as South Carolina's baseball coach ever began, he received numerous offers to watch the College World Series.

Tanner has good returns

Calif. air quality regulators want to reduce pollution from cows

Odds and Ends

Faith digest

In Mexican state, Catholic-Protestant conflict over schools

Opponents of gay marriage look for support in the pews

Faith Calendar

Religious conflicts affect schools in Mexican state

Russian court upholds ban on Moscow's Jehovah's Witnesses

Man links Abu Ghraib prison scandal with women soldiers