Madonna's new children's book is about redemption

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.

'How to Build a Better Tulip' arrives off-Broadway
NEW YORK -- It sounds nefarious. Two rival plant breeders try to create the world's first black tulip.

Fashion writer and party girl Plum Sykes has big debut 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.

Adoptees' search for birth mothers subject of uneven novel

Fans will flip over flippant Sedaris' new collection

Novel explores childhood sorrows from unique angle

A new Florida mystery writer emerges

Clinton's portraitist combines passion with profession

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.

'How to Build a Better Tulip' arrives off-Broadway

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

Newark Museum straps its hands cross Springsteen's engines

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.

The role of 'Chicago's' Mama Morton has been good to Roz Ryan

Clinton's portraitist combines passion with profession
SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Outside Simmie Knox's studio, the spring day is warm and inviting, a perfect vision of suburban bliss: children sell lemonade at a curbside stand; dying cicadas sing their love songs; butterflies flutter over lush green lawns as a breeze shimmies through the trees.

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.

The role of 'Chicago's' Mama Morton has been good to Roz Ryan
NEW YORK -- Roz Ryan is back in the role of Mama Morton, the saucy, salacious prison matron in the long-running Broadway revival of "Chicago.

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.

Newark Museum straps its hands cross Springsteen's engines
NEWARK, N.J. -- From "Thunder Road" to "Racing in the Street," in pickups and pink Cadillacs, Bruce Springsteen spent the last 30 years riding shotgun with his fans down life's highways, dirt roads and dead ends.

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.)

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.

Arizona defeats Arkansas

Griffey hits 500th career home run in Reds win
ST. LOUIS -- Ken Griffey Jr. trotted around the bases as if it were just another home run. It was anything but that.

Tony Gwynn loves college baseball and the CWS
OMAHA, Neb. -- As Tony Gwynn sees it, the college game is getting better and better each year.

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.

Rauch appreciates second chance with White Sox
MONTREAL -- Jon Rauch appreciates getting a second chance with the Chicago White Sox.

Griffey hits 500th career home run in Reds win

Rivera homers twice in one inning

Arizona defeats Arkansas
OMAHA, Neb. -- Jordan Brown hit two of Arizona's four home runs and John Meloan and Mark Melancon combined to hold Arkansas to five hits in Arizona's 7-2 victory in a College World Series elimination game Sunday.

Tony Gwynn loves college baseball and the CWS

Fatherhood comes with its own array of questions

Hot dog eating champion is a lean, mean, eating machine
TOKYO -- He's taken on sumo wrestlers. No contest. Former NFL star William "The Refrigerator" Perry, three times his size, took up the gauntlet. Not even close.

Community hopes to boost tourism by documenting civil rights activists slayings
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. -- Forty years after three civil rights activists were executed by the Ku Klux Klan, tourism officials are documenting their demise in hopes of retelling history and drawing visitors to the town where their killers were once protected.

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.

Airliner lands at Air Force base by mistake, passengers told not to peek
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Northwest Airlines flight that was headed to Rapid City, S.D., landed a few miles off course at Ellsworth Air Force Base, and passengers had to wait in the plane for more than three hours while their crew was interrogated.

Thai prisoners get their kicks with elephant soccer
AYUTHAYA, Thailand -- Here come the elephants.

Braves falter again

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.

Braves falter again
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves had everything going their way Sunday, except the score.

Knowledge of sales, marketing can save business

Richmond County property transfers

Tax dodgers proving faster than tax collectors
LUXEMBOURG -- The criminals can be spotted in the first-class cabins of intercity trains pulling into Luxembourg station, or perhaps stretching their legs outside the rows of modern bank buildings.

U of Tenn business school shares Buffett's 'wealth'

On the move

CEO 'compensation' is nonrefundable

Defect cover-up highlights dubious corporate culture automaker

Local TV remains the biggest outlet for attorney ads

U of Tenn business school shares Buffett's 'wealth'
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee may not get rich off billionaire investor Warren Buffett, but that's not the point.

Online banking grows fast, still room for expansion
NEW YORK -- Millions of Americans are doing their banking online, and their ranks are expected to grow rapidly in coming years as more e-services become available and Internet connections get faster.

Despite rates, renters can afford to buy

CEO 'compensation' is nonrefundable
NEW YORK -- The ruse about performance-based pay is exposed. Executive "compensation," presumably intended to reward strong leadership, is apparently nonrefundable when it turns out the leadership wasn't so swell after all.

Local TV remains the biggest outlet for attorney ads
PITTSBURGH -- Their TV commercials call them "The Double Team." Attorneys Edward and Alex Shenderovich - identical twins - are proof that television advertising can boost a lawyer's business. Since Shenderovich & Shenderovich began running their commercials six years ago, they say their Pittsburgh-area personal injury practice has grown by about 500 percent.

United CEO discusses 'relentless pressure,' oil prices
CHICAGO -- Glenn Tilton switched from oil to aviation at a time when both United Airlines and the entire industry were mired in their deepest crises ever.

Business calendar

Partners build business managing rural land

Online banking grows fast, still room for expansion

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.

Business briefs
SUMMER JOB FRONT: Summer means a hiatus for corporate recruiters, right? Maybe not.

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.

Defect cover-up highlights dubious corporate culture automaker
TOKYO -- Four years ago, the Japanese public was stunned to learn that Mitsubishi Motors Corp. had stashed away thousands of complaints about vehicle defects in a file code-named "H" for the Japanese word for "secret."

Business briefs

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

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.

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

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

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

United CEO discusses 'relentless pressure,' oil prices

Employer spotlight

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:

Tax dodgers proving faster than tax collectors

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.

Wright State basketball coach denies any wrongdoing

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.

Let's start on Sept. 21

Fund Yucca Mountain

End union bullying
What is more American than a secret ballot? It ranks right up there with motherhood and apple pie.

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.

Fund Yucca Mountain
It's been more than two years since Congress - after decades of studies and more studies - finally approved Yucca Mountain, Nev., as the permanent storage site for the nation's high-level nuclear waste, yet so far not a nickel has been approved to get the project under way. The designated repository is supposed to start receiving those wastes in 2010, but much preparation must take place first - preparation that costs money.

People in the News
DETROIT -- Ben Wallace appears in ads touting Ford trucks. Rasheed Wallace tools around the Motor City in a $300,000 car built by DaimlerChrysler AG.

American Idol runner-up celebrates 17th birthday at Stone Mountain
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Thousands of fans showed up at Stone Mountain Park to celebrate the birthday of Snellville's favorite idol, who turned 17 Saturday.

'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.

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.

When to 'fire' a client or customer

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.

GreenJackets no match for Bombers
Captial City starter Yusmeiro Petit started the game as the South Atlantic League's leader in strikeouts and wins.

Patches the puppy reveals conspiracy of canines

Course blows Howell away
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - For his 25th birthday, Charles Howell got an Elmo cake and a fishfinder from his wife, an antique Augusta National flask from his parents and a root canal from the United States Golf Association.

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.

Carpenter's triumph more than just a win
SALUDA, S.C. - The gift Aiken's Tommy Carpenter gave his father on Sunday didn't have material value, but the sentiment behind it was immeasurable.

Howell rides early magic

Woods never in contention
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- Tiger Woods was never in contention for the U.S. Open title. In fact, he needed a final-hole birdie to avoid matching his worst round ever in the event.

Seventh hole turns ugly Sunday

US Open Key Hole of the Day
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- A look at the key hole in Sunday's final round of the U.S. Open:

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.

Sunday's U.S. Open at a glance
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- A glance at Sunday's final round of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Country Club:

Course blows Howell away

Wild Goosen chase
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Phil Mickelson chased the second leg of the Grand Slam like Smarty Jones chased the Triple Crown, but Retief Goosen made like Birdstone and overtook the faltering fan favorite to win the U.S. Open.

Cunning just does his thing on the course

Carpenter builds his lead

Lima wins Aa Saint Omer Open

Wild Goosen chase

Tiger hasn't given up

Woods never in contention

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

Second Open win is in reach for Goosen

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.

Seventh hole turns ugly Sunday
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- U.S. Open officials knew they were in trouble when tiny blades of grass on the seventh green at Shinnecock Hills wilted before their eyes Sunday morning.

South African wins 2nd Open after Mickelson bungles 17th

Sunday's U.S. Open at a glance

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

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

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

Showdown hits for final round

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

South African wins 2nd Open after Mickelson bungles 17th
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Phil Mickelson had two holes to win his second major championship in a row, until he reverted to some of his old form - hitting mediocre shots and missing crucial short putts under pressure.

Carpenter's triumph more than just a win

Funk's bad start relaxes him

US Open Key Hole of the Day

Tricky shots deliver golfers to final round

Cristie Kerr wins final hole thriller in ShopRite
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Cristie Kerr hit an 8-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Sunday to win the ShopRite LPGA Classic, spoiling 17-year-old Paula Creamer's bid to make history.

Lima wins Aa Saint Omer Open
SAINT-OMER, France -- Frenchman Philippe Lima shot a 5-under 66 Sunday to win the Aa Saint Omer Open by one shot over Alessandro Tadini.

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.

GreenJackets no match for Bombers

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.

Don't control kids with medication

Bush-basher draws fire from vet

Make DeMint your Senate choice

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.

Don't control kids with medication
Medication should not be used to control children's behavior. Psycho-stimulant drugs such as Ritalin, accompanied by effective behavioral interventions, will greatly enhance the ability of a child professionally diagnosed with attention disorders, such as ADD/ADHD, to focus their attention on assigned tasks, improving their potential for success. James Himley, M.A., M.Ed., LMSW 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

Collins is more pro-life than Isakson
At the GOP U.S. Senate debate in Augusta on June 12, U.S. Rep. Johnny Isakson used the term "somatic cell nuclear transfer" in response to a question about stem cell research to avoid saying he supports therapeutic cloning. Karen Cox Waynesboro

Write more about early Alzheimer's

Great men will be greatly missed
I write concerning the deaths of three great men. Their effect on the public and on world affairs varied greatly, but their effect on me was no less significant. Kevin Wells Grovetown

Letter-writer blasting Reagan gets it all wrong

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

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.

Homeless help wouldn't be costly
As I leave for work in the morning, I usually go out the back exit of the high-rise apartment complex I live in on the edge of downtown. As I walk past the dumpster, I often see a homeless person rifling in there, collecting soda cans. One of them is an elderly black gentleman who carefully lays out his Coca-Cola cans on the pavement before putting them in his large plastic bag for a few dollars from the recycling center. Kenneth Engelhardt Augusta

Have political convention, will blog

Video game review: Mario, Donkey Kong battle once again

HBO show proves to be a windfall for Deadwood

Flags should be at half-staff 30 days

Scientists learn the latest wireless applications for farm management

Montmorency Falls and Ile d'Orleans beckon at Quebec City

New museum celebrates Mississippi River's role in American music

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

Showcase contrasts home architecture and design

Farm vacations attract city slickers, suburbanites in Pennsylvania

The network strikes back: Experts worry about tech retaliation

Water Fights and Mud Wars

Techbits: Blogs pulled, Wireless drive, Wi-Fi rest stops

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

Product reviews: Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner; CLP-500 laser printer

Style Briefs

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

'Chronicle' contest gives dad makeover

Googling your e-mail, and now your calendar

More of what's new from the National Hardware Convention

Ornamental fence goes high-tech

Celebrating a 400-year-old French connection in Maine

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.

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.

Scientists learn the latest wireless applications for farm management
TIFTON, Ga. -- Farms of the not-too-distant future could be managed through wireless computer networks that allow farmers to sit in their pickups with a laptop and drive tractors, monitor soil moisture and even feed the hogs remotely.

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

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

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.

Googling your e-mail, and now your calendar
NEW YORK -- It pains me to watch people scroll through their e-mail queues, like rummagers through cluttered attics, in search of a particular message.

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.

Have political convention, will blog
NEW YORK -- A handful of scribes publishing in a newer medium will join the thousands of newspaper, magazine and broadcast journalists at this summer's political conventions.

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.

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:

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.

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?

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.

Techbits: Blogs pulled, Wireless drive, Wi-Fi rest stops
NEW YORK -- Dave Winer, a pioneer of an online journal format known as Web logs, thought he was doing people a favor by hosting 3,000 of such blogs for free.

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.

Product reviews: Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner; CLP-500 laser printer
For small businesses and home offices, a document scanner can mean the difference between clutter and organization. Paper that would otherwise pile up can be scanned into a digital format and filed away on a hard drive.

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.

The network strikes back: Experts worry about tech retaliation
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- In war, politics and sports, it's often said that the best defense is a strong offense. But the foot soldiers of computer security work differently: They scramble to build virtual walls that can blunt the impact of attacks.

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.

Video game review: Mario, Donkey Kong battle once again
Nintendo has reunited its video game superstars with "Mario vs. Donkey Kong."

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.

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.

'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.

The week ahead

Father, son convicted in horse abuse case

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Landowner Duke Power plans to repost no-trespassing signs and ask for police help enforcing them after two drownings at a Lake Wylie cove.

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

Sunday limits annoy buyers
NORTH AUGUSTA - When Ana Sauceda went to Wal-Mart to buy some shorts for her 2-year-old son, she was shocked when the checkout clerk said no sale.

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.

Canal honors fathers, creators
Farrell Turner and his wife, Robyn, spent Father's Day away from their children learning a little about the past.

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

Search called off for missing swimmer off of Tybee Island
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. -- Rescue workers called off a 13-hour search Friday for a South Carolina man believed to have drowned off Tybee Island.

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.

New drive-through lottery store opens near N.C. state line
FORT MILL, S.C. -- There's no fuzzy intercom and you can't "super size" it, but a new drive-through dedicated almost entirely to selling lottery tickets has popped up near the North Carolina state line.

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.

Private company may buy struggling Greene County hospital

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.

Trail grows colder in missing-persons cases
AIKEN - A heartsick Ryan Shuttleworth left a note at his grandparents' North Augusta home one recent afternoon, scrawled in his 9-year-old handwriting.

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
Two Augusta men reported being victims of an armed robbery and an assault in separate incidents in the parking lot of Augusta Mall on Saturday night.

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

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Bryce Gabrielle Pearson, 11, of Augusta.

Breakfast Serials bring out the joys of reading

Fatal disease showing up in more house cats
ATHENS, Ga. -- Local veterinarians are warning pet owners that a deadly disease has afflicted a number of house cats in northeast Georgia.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Man receives life sentence for death of girlfriend's mother
DALTON, Ga. -- A judge sentenced a man to life in prison Friday for ignoring the medical needs of his girlfriend's 72-year-old mother, who was staying at the couple's home.

State cuts hit Fort Discovery

Woman dies in Ware Shoals fire
WARE SHOALS, S.C. -- A woman died and an elderly man was critically injured in a fire that destroyed a home early Saturday morning, authorities say.

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

New drive-through lottery store opens near N.C. state line

Across South Carolina

Sunday limits annoy buyers

Schools look to reduce tribunal

Monkeys allowed to stay on Morgan Island

Despite court ruling, Hollywood council still at odds with mayor
HOLLYWOOD, S.C. -- The town government here has been torn by exchanges of lawsuits, personal attacks and racial strife. Now it faces a possible budget impasse and court takeover.

Five questions: Margaret Williams
Margaret Williams, manager of the Georgia Visitors Center, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Warrants pile up faster than deputies can serve them
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A recent attempt to serve a warrant on a man accused of skipping out on child-support payments highlights the reason for a backlog of tens of thousands of warrants at the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

Supreme Court election generates partisan fight
ATLANTA - One of the biggest political fights in Georgia this election year is for an office that is officially nonpartisan. Even a casual look shows how the lines are drawn in the contest for a seat on the Georgia Supreme Court.

Man pleads guilty in porn case
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A Mount Pleasant man faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The rapper known as T.I. says he thought his controversial video shoot at Fulton County Jail was approved by officials.

Couple's patent on grill stuck in bankruptcy case
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Marc and Amy Newman are battling to win back the rights to a gas grill they invented and sold to a Columbia company last year.

Across the southeast
PHILADELPHIA, MISS. - Gov. Haley Barbour and other politicians joined hundreds of people Sunday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the slayings of three civil rights workers and support the reopening of an investigation into their deaths.

Man charged in killing at horse-training site
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Investigators think a fight led to a fatal shooting at a horse training facility in St. Matthews.

Private company may buy struggling Greene County hospital
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- A last-ditch effort to keep Greene County's only hospital open may put the facility into the hands of a private company.

Monkeys allowed to stay on Morgan Island
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A state agency has agreed to let monkeys that roam a lush island near Beaufort stay for at least two years because they produce income for South Carolina and are important to biomedical research nationally.

Coroner: Chicken plant deaths from heat, heart disease
PERRY, Ga. -- One of two men who died on the roof of a Perdue Farms chicken procession plant suffered a heat stroke, while the other died of heart disease, according to the Houston County coroner's office.

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Savannah works to battle insect epidemic while keeping oaks green
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Moss-draped live oaks, which comprise the city's lush, green canopy, are being attacked by tiny insects that are turning the trees' leaves a sickly brown.

Warrants pile up faster than deputies can serve them

County ordered to fix phone system that violates Sixth Amendment
ATHENS, Ga. -- Three Athens-Clarke County judges signed an order Friday forcing the sheriff's office to fix a system that allowed police and prosecutors to eavesdrop on privileged conversations at the county jail - a practice one defense attorney called "Big Brother run amok."

Mourning a son on Father's Day

Macon airport renovation back on track despite FAA concerns
MACON, Ga. -- City officials say the $5.9 million renovation of the Middle Georgia Regional Airport is back on track, after they addressed concerns by the Federal Aviation Administration that called the project "poorly designed and managed."

Aiken is vital to hopefuls

Reduction in traffic tickets puts hole in Aynor budget
AYNOR, S.C. -- Whether the town of Aynor is a speed trap or not, one thing is for certain. The town's sudden reduction in tickets has put a hole in its budget.

Peach festival delights crowds

Driver charged in wreck that kills bicyclist
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A Phoenix man has been charged with driving under the influence after his car struck and killed a 68-year-old man riding a bicycle in North Charleston, state troopers say.

Search called off for missing swimmer off of Tybee Island

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.

Despite court ruling, Hollywood council still at odds with mayor

Company says cove where two have drowned supposed to be off-limits
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Landowner Duke Power plans to repost no-trespassing signs and ask for police help enforcing them following two drownings at a Lake Wylie cove.

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

Father, son convicted in horse abuse case
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A Hopkins father and son face time in jail after a Richland County jury convicted them in a horse abuse case.

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

Across the southeast

Kid of the day

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

8-year-old hit and killed by vehicle

Toddler drowns in Lake Wylie
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A 2-year-old North Carolina girl is the second person to drown in a popular swimming area of Lake Wylie in the past few weeks.

Macon airport renovation back on track despite FAA concerns

Driver charged in wreck that kills bicyclist

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

County ordered to fix phone system that violates Sixth Amendment

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.

Across Georgia

Across the area

Kid of the Day

Monday ends registration to vote in local elections

Man charged in killing at horse-training site

Across the area

Savannah works to battle insect epidemic while keeping oaks green

Toddler drowns in Lake Wylie

Supreme Court election generates partisan fight

Across South Carolina

Canal honors fathers, creators

Woman dies in Ware Shoals fire

Local races may affect turnout

Cancer research propels runner

Man pleads guilty in porn case

Man receives life sentence for death of girlfriend's mother

Fatal disease showing up in more house cats

Final phases of freeway begin
All that's left to complete a 215-mile roadway connecting Augusta to Columbus and Macon, Ga., are a few projects between Wrens and Gordon, Ga., officials said.

Trail grows colder in missing-persons cases

Cancer research propels runner
Running a marathon is a feat less than 1 percent of the population will ever accomplish. Yet Joanne Cassedy, of Evans, not only completed the 26.2-mile run this month, she also raised $6,000 for charity.

Local races may affect turnout
U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings' seat has had a Democrat's name stamped on it for almost 40 years.

The week ahead
Finally, we have an excuse to sweat.

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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."

USGA shows its worst to best
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y- It's easy to say that Phil Mickelson lost it on Sunday. He did miss the two short putts on 17 that ultimately were the difference in the 104th U.S. Open.

Patches the puppy reveals conspiracy of canines
We were out under the stars, Patches and I, and I kept urging her to do her puppy business so we could get back indoors.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

'Dodgeball' bombards theaters with $30 million weekend

Homer's ancient was much different than Hollywood's Troy
Homer's ancient Troy would have only small resemblance to Brad Pitt's Hollywood city

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Hanks and Spielberg savored real-life shops in phony 'Terminal' set
LOS ANGELES -- Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg said it's not so bad to be stranded at an airport - especially if you've built it.

Hanks and Spielberg savored real-life shops in phony 'Terminal' set

Hanks and Spielberg maintain 'Terminal' friendship
LOS ANGELES -- When you're the world's biggest actor, nobody tells you "no." The same is true when you're the world's most powerful director.

Hanks and Spielberg maintain 'Terminal' friendship

'Dodgeball' bombards theaters with $30 million weekend
LOS ANGELES -- Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn buried Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg under a barrage of red rubber balls.

Homer's ancient was much different than Hollywood's Troy

Q&A with teen singer Skye Sweetnam
NEW YORK -- Teen singer Skye Sweetnam grew up in a quaint Canadian town, but that doesn't stop her from belting out angst-ridden rocker girl songs like she comes from the gritty city.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Q&A with teen singer Skye Sweetnam

Long-awaited second album arrives from Patti Scialfa
NEW YORK -- Rising before the sun rose over New Jersey, sitting alone with a barely tuned guitar, Patti Scialfa conjured the songs for her second album while her husband and three kids slept.

Long-awaited second album arrives from Patti Scialfa

Rapper says jail officials approved his video shoot

Rapper says jail officials approved his video shoot
ATLANTA -- The rapper known as T.I. says he thought his controversial video shoot at Fulton County Jail was approved by officials.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Fans looking for clues as to why Phish is breaking up after 21 years may find some if they look hard enough in the band's latest - and perhaps last - studio release, "Undermind."

Cautions help Newman grab first win of season
BROOKLYN, Mich. - As far as Ryan Newman is concerned, there is no controversy with the NASCAR rule book. While others gripe about all the quirks in the sport's new rules for caution periods, Newman's team continued to take advantage of those rules to win Sunday's DHL 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Bourdais wins pole for Champ Car race

Schumacher's perfect move leads to another win at U.S. Grand Prix
INDIANAPOLIS -- Michael Schumacher was all business on the track Sunday. Off it, he was worried about his injured brother, Ralf.

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.

Schumacher's perfect move leads to another win at U.S. Grand Prix

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.

Dixon snaps 18-race losing streak
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. -- Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon snapped an 18-race losing streak by winning Sunday's NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

Cautions help Newman grab first win of season

Dixon snaps 18-race losing streak

Team sweeping race fields

Hamilton claims Craftsman race

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.

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

Wright State basketball coach denies any wrongdoing
DAYTON, Ohio -- Wright State basketball coach Paul Biancardi strongly denied Sunday allegations that when he was an Ohio State assistant he arranged for payments to players, provided a woman with season tickets and asked her to introduce players to agents.

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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.

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.

U.S. Olympic cycling roster taking shape
REDLANDS, Calif. -- Duplicating the setup of the Olympic road courses was easy. Now the trick for USA Cycling is figuring out how an inexperienced roster will handle the burden of performing on sport's elite stage.

Miranda fought stereotypes, her own family to become Olympic wrestler
INDIANAPOLIS -- When Patricia Miranda enters Yale Law School this fall, she plans to study conflict mediation. Understandably so, since she has already had plenty of it to mediate, much if it in her own household.

Armstrong, McCartney win Olympic road cycling berths

Cunningham, Haworth form downsized weightlifting team
ATLANTA -- Tara Cunningham and Cheryl Haworth, the only American women's weightlifters going to Athens, are as different as, well, their physiques.

Athens torch makes a stop in Montreal
MONTREAL -- The torch for the Athens Games passed through the host city of the 1976 Summer Olympics on Sunday amid flag-waving crowds and ceremonies honoring the ancient Greeks.

How do you find an announcer for Olympic badminton?
How do you find an announcer for Olympic badminton? Or handball? Or tae kwon do?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Much different for Williams sisters in return to Wimbledon

Picture perfect 76ers

Spring sports standouts

Sprinter loves food; all her opponents taste is her dust

Overtime

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Lamback finds center is for eating, sleeping, swimming

Wimbledon Glance

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.

Much different for Williams sisters in return to Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- So much has changed for Serena and Venus Williams since they were last at the All England Club.

Wimbledon Glance
A look at Wimbledon, which starts Monday at the All England Club:

Overtime
Augusta Boxing Club's Divante Jones took the championship in the 11-12 year old 85-pound class at the Ringside Summer Classic at May Park this weekend.

Picture perfect 76ers
Nicole Mealing should have been famished. The Strom Thurmond High stalwart was in the midst of her fifth game in three days Sunday afternoon at the 2004 Roundball Classic.

Spring sports standouts
SOFTBALL

Llodra upsets Coria to win Ordina Open
DEN BOSCH, Netherlands -- French Open finalist Guillermo Coria lost the championship match of the Ordina Open on Sunday, beaten by wild card Michael Llodra 6-3, 6-4 for the Frenchman's first title in his five-year career.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Collectors, owners get trigger-happy

Young angler

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

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

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.

Burrowing box turtle just a small reminder

Hope for bogey at unlucky 7

USGA shows its worst to best

Documentary focuses on a community's immigration struggles

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

'Nip/Tuck' exposes even more nerve in its second season

Documentary focuses on a community's immigration struggles
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- They're the ones running the power mowers and leaf blowers over manicured lawns. You see them hauling tiles and paint cans to construction sites, or washing pots and pans at a restaurant.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
"NYPD 24-7" opens with a call about a suicide in a Manhattan subway station, where the body lies along the tracks below the station platform.

'Nip/Tuck' exposes even more nerve in its second season
LOS ANGELES -- The two men in crimson scrubs and rubber gloves are having a bit of a squabble.

People in the News

American Idol runner-up celebrates 17th birthday at Stone Mountain

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.

Texas routs Georgia
OMAHA, Neb. -- David Maroul's three-run double highlighted Texas' five-run first inning and Seth Johnston and Dooley Prince had four hits apiece to lead the Longhorns to a 9-3 victory over Georgia in the College World Series on Sunday night.

Bulldogs are true underdogs

Texas routs Georgia

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

Thai prisoners get their kicks with elephant soccer

Community hopes to boost tourism by documenting civil rights activists slayings

Calif. air quality regulators want to reduce pollution from cows

Hot dog eating champion is a lean, mean, eating machine

Airliner lands at Air Force base by mistake, passengers told not to peek