Galleries calendar
ART AND WINE: 215 Park Ave. S.E., Aiken; limited-edition etchings, wine; noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; live music 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; (803) 649-9463.

'Hairspray' is still the best party on Broadway

Fans line up to buy Bill Clinton's autobiography

'Hairspray' is still the best party on Broadway
NEW YORK -- Those clouds of aerosol wafting off the stage of Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre remain as intoxicating as ever.

Bill Clinton's 'My Life': Much too much of a not-so-good thing

Bill Clinton's 'My Life': Much too much of a not-so-good thing
In 1992, presidential candidate Bill Clinton flew home from New Hampshire to affirm the execution of a cop killer, Rickey Ray Rector. Rector was brain-damaged; when he took his last walk, he left a slice of pecan pie in his cell, intending to eat it when he returned.

Fans line up to buy Bill Clinton's autobiography
NEW YORK -- Bill Clinton was greeted like a rock star Tuesday as he arrived at a midtown Manhattan store for his first book-signing appearance.

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Guillen agrees to $14 million, three-year extension with Tigers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Detroit Tigers and shortstop Carlos Guillen agreed Tuesday on a $14 million, three-year contract extension through 2007.

Beckett likely headed to DL with back injury
MIAMI -- Florida ace Josh Beckett is probably headed back to the disabled list.

Lopez back in Orioles' rotation
BALTIMORE -- Rodrigo Lopez is back in the Baltimore Orioles' starting rotation, and this time it's probably for the long haul.

Griffey enjoys celebration of 500th homer
NEW YORK -- Ken Griffey Jr. walked into the visitors' clubhouse at Shea Stadium and was greeted by 500 big, red balloons - one for every home run the Cincinnati Reds star has hit.

Contreras' family resolves paperwork, prepares to leave Miami
MIAMI -- The family of New York Yankees pitcher Jose Contreras resolved a paperwork issue Wednesday and was preparing to leave South Florida.

Texas players to stay put
OMAHA, Neb. - No matter how top-seeded Texas does in the College World Series, some of its players will be sticking around Nebraska for a while.

Arizona may be out, but Lopez is not down
OMAHA, Neb. -- Arizona may be out of this year's College World Series, but coach Andy Lopez is not down.

Big Ten proposes changes
The crowning of a College World Series champion is being played out in familiar fashion this week in Omaha, Neb., with eight Sun Belt schools taking part in the double-elimination tournament. But for the first time in the event's 58 year history a committee has gathered in Omaha to begin contemplating NCAA legislation that could dramatically change college baseball.

MRI exam reveals no ligament damage to Padilla's elbow
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Vicente Padilla will be out at least two more weeks because of an elbow injury.

Boston signs ex-Royals reliever

Blue Jays acquire outfielder Anthony Sanders from Colorado
TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays acquired minor league outfielder Anthony Sanders from the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday for a player to be named.

Griffey enjoys celebration of 500th homer

Boston signs ex-Royals reliever
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox signed right-handed reliever Curtis Leskanic on Tuesday and sent left-hander Mark Malaska to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Beckett's start pushed to Saturday because of back injury
MIAMI -- Florida ace Josh Beckett was bumped in the rotation to Saturday, giving him three extra days of rest to recover from a strained back muscle.

Beckett likely headed to DL with back injury

Beckett's start pushed to Saturday because of back injury

Contreras' wife, two daughters leave Cuba
BALTIMORE -- Jose Contreras' family defected from Cuba this week, and the New York Yankees pitcher left the team Tuesday and traveled to Miami to reunite with his wife and two daughters.

Lopez back in Orioles' rotation

Guillen agrees to $14 million, three-year extension with Tigers

Contreras' wife, two daughters leave Cuba

Blue Jays acquire outfielder Anthony Sanders from Colorado

Texas players to stay put

Contreras' family resolves paperwork, prepares to leave Miami

Latest area births
D'Alonte JaVere Orsten: Jerry Anderson Jr. and Elease Orsten, both of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, D'Alonte JaVere Orsten, Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Earniedel Orsten and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wilkerson, all of Augusta, and Jerry Anderson Sr. and Alean Anderson, of Hephzibah.

Latest area births

Odds and Ends
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- License plates proclaim Florida the Sunshine State, but the National Weather Service says when it comes to catching rays, it comes in a distant sixth.

Stinky flower gives off corpse-like smell
STORRS, Conn. -- Wait until the neighbors get a whiff of this.

There she is ... Miss Subways
NEW YORK -- For 35 years, the words "miss subways" had nothing to do with being late for work or nostalgia among expatriate New Yorkers. The words referred to the eager young women who hoped their photos on subway placards would be tickets to modeling careers or even Hollywood.

Odds and Ends
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- This may be the only city in America where a man in a foam chicken wing hat would not be bounced from a meeting with top officials.

Team taps unknown outfielder

Braves place Wise on DL

Team taps unknown outfielder
MIAMI - For the second time in five weeks, the Atlanta Braves called up the International League's leading hitter and inserted him in their lineup.

Relievers squander lead again
MIAMI - For six innings, the sound of Jaret Wright's fastball popping into catcher Johnny Estrada's mitt provided a suitable backdrop to the start of a stretch of seven games in 10 days against the Florida Marlins that will either take the Atlanta Braves that much closer to the top of the division or to the brink of oblivion.

DeRosa returns to familiar territory - the bench

Braves place Wise on DL
MIAMI -- The Atlanta Braves placed outfielder Dewayne Wise on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained left elbow and recalled Charles Thomas from Triple-A Richmond.

Marlins get easy win over Braves
MIAMI - Thanks for the memories, Atlanta. It's been a great run. Now would you mind handing over those crowns?

DeRosa returns to familiar territory - the bench
MIAMI - The Mark DeRosa experiment at third base ended ingloriously with his return to the bench last week.

Tax-free bonds will cover most of cancer center's bill
The Medical College of Georgia gained approval Tuesday from Richmond County economic developers to sell tax-free bonds to finance more than half the cost of a $54 million cancer research center.

Lodging tax sum implies tourism rise

German financial managers' economic outlook improves
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Growth expectations by German finance professionals improved modestly in June after a five-month slide, according to a survey released Tuesday that sent mixed signals about prospects for Europe's biggest economy.

EBay to buy Indian online shopping site for $50 million
BANGALORE, India -- Online auction giant eBay Inc. is buying Baazee.com Inc., India's most popular online shopping site, for $50 million to extend its reach in the world's second most populous country.

Judge approves class-action discrimination case against Wal-Mart
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge on Tuesday approved class-action status for a sex-discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. that has become the largest private civil rights case in U.S. history.

Two arrested in AOL spam scheme, prosecutors say
NEW YORK -- An America Online software engineer was charged Wednesday with harvesting a list of 92 million customer screen names that was eventually used to send spam.

IRS investigates compensation paid to charity leaders
WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service plans to investigate the "seemingly high compensation" paid to leaders of some tax-exempt and charitable organizations, the agency's commissioner said Tuesday.

Coke's chief marketing officer stepping down
ATLANTA -- The Coca-Cola Co.'s chief marketing officer is stepping down, the latest in a series of top executives to announce their departures from the world's largest beverage maker.

Arby's hopes new menu items lure customers back
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The roast beef sandwich that has been Arby's signature dish for 40 years was starting to get a little boring for some customers.

Big cars reap tax benefit
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - At a time of record-high gas prices, Jeannie Creech will face a slippery choice when she goes shopping for her next company car.

Lodging tax sum implies tourism rise
Taxes paid by tourists at area hotels in April grew 10 percent from the same month last year, indicating that local lodgings made more money during Masters Week.

Development panel wants to revisit tree rule

Leading ad forecaster raises outlook
NEW YORK -- A prominent forecaster of advertising trends boosted his estimates for advertising spending in 2004 on Tuesday, saying that the effects of the economic recovery were finally spilling over into marketing budgets.

Opening is paving route to success
The extension of Bobby Jones Expressway into South Carolina will likely boost commercial activity on both sides of the river by cutting down rush-hour commute times and making south Augusta businesses more accessible.

Development panel wants to revisit tree rule
When it comes to marketing industrial land in Columbia County, sometimes it's hard to see the forest for the trees, especially with all those branches in the way.

Former Vivendi chief faces further day of questioning

Former Vivendi chief faces further day of questioning
PARIS -- A French judge on Tuesday ordered former Vivendi Universal boss Jean-Marie Messier to remain in police custody for another day of questioning as the probe intensifies into alleged financial wrongdoing at the French media and telecommunications group.

Trump puts 40 Wall St. on block, asking $400 million

China's Wen confident of 'soft landing' for surging economy
QINGDAO, China -- Premier Wen Jiabao expressed confidence Tuesday that China's efforts to rein in its surging economy can be carried out without causing a sharp slowdown that could threaten other Asian economies.

Arby's hopes new menu items lure customers back

Trump puts 40 Wall St. on block, asking $400 million
NEW YORK -- Donald Trump is betting that a $1 million investment he made in a dilapidated office building at 40 Wall Street in 1995 will fetch him at least $400 million when he sells the property today.

German financial managers' economic outlook improves

Coke's chief marketing officer stepping down

Judge approves class-action discrimination case against Wal-Mart

Big cars reap tax benefit

Leading ad forecaster raises outlook

China's Wen confident of 'soft landing' for surging economy

IRS investigates compensation paid to charity leaders

Gasoline prices fall to lowest level since May 3
WASHINGTON -- The average retail price of gasoline fell for the fourth week in a row to $1.937 per gallon, its lowest level since May 3, the government reported Monday.

Clemson's Morris won't return
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's Kelvin Morris, a defensive reserve in 2002 who sat out last year with an injury, has decided to transfer, the team said.

Clemson's Morris won't return

BCS trying to create more opportunities for access
BOSTON -- Bowl Championship Series officials are working on a new standard for guaranteed inclusion available to all Division I-A conferences.

Georgetown AD Lang retires

Georgetown AD Lang retires
WASHINGTON -- Joe Lang, Georgetown's athletic director since 1995, announced his retirement Wednesday.

UCLA dismisses two football players
LOS ANGELES -- UCLA freshmen Junior Lemau'u and Antwuan Smith have been dismissed from the football team for violating team policies.

BCS trying to create more opportunities for access

New formula for BCS standings on hold
BOSTON -- The Bowl Championship Series is still crunching numbers for its new formula to determine which teams will play for the national championship, a change prompted by last season's split title.

School task force releases behavior recommendations

New formula for BCS standings on hold

School task force releases behavior recommendations
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- A task force composed of University of Maryland students is calling on fellow students to take voluntary steps to curb rowdy fan behavior, an attempt to stave off university-imposed restrictions on how students can act at games.

UCLA dismisses two football players

Club-fitting system offers unique perspective

Gully-washer
The legal cloud hanging over Charles Walker's head for months finally has let loose with a torrent of criminal allegations.

A jerk by any other name

Into barbarism
You know you've really descended the moral ladder when you look above and see terrorism the next rung up.

A jerk by any other name
In a growing number of cases, the government is able to get information on you without your consent for any reason. Such cases are potentially frightening and suggestive of a Big-Brother society.

One trial was plenty
Lamark Grubbs pleaded guilty Monday to avoid a trial for murdering his stepsister, Ravonne Pernell.

Gully-washer

In Congress' court

In Congress' court
Reformers who hoped the U.S. Supreme Court would, in effect, "legislate" a patients' bill of rights were dealt a death blow Monday when the justices unanimously ruled that two HMO patients in Texas cannot pursue big malpractice or negligence suits against their insurers in state court.

Stuff to do
SHOWCASE OF HOMES: Six professionally decorated homes in Riverwood Plantation subdivision will be open from 1-4 p.m. today and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 and children 14 and younger are free.

Singer Jessica Simpson cancels show in Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Singer Jessica Simpson canceled her Tuesday show in Providence because of a kidney infection, a spokeswoman at Columbia Records said.

Fear of flying keeps Doris Day from receiving award
LOS ANGELES -- Doris Day is honored to be receiving a Presidential Medal of Freedom, but the entertainer's fear of flying will keep her from traveling to Washington Wednesday to accept it from President Bush.

'Lord of Rings' actress Liv Tyler pregnant, magazine says
NEW YORK -- Actress Liv Tyler is pregnant with her first child, a magazine reported.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

On the road
An ode to simpler times, the Country Gathering in Powder Springs features antiques, crafts, homemade food and historical exhibits, and casts an affectionate eye back in time. The event takes place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and admission is free. For more information, call (770) 439-1780.

People in the News
ATLANTA -- A televangelist is tapping into mainstream celebrities - including Magic Johnson and India.arie - to attract people to his religious festival this week in Atlanta.

Open tab
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a roundup of happenings at Augusta-Aiken area clubs:

People in the News
DAYTON, Ohio -- An auction company will sell a letter in which Orville Wright expresses disappointment over the Smithsonian Institution's failure to display the 1903 flyer he built with his brother.

Hot ticket
THE ACT: Dave Chappelle WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday THE VENUE: Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor St., Columbia, S.C.

David Bowie hit in the eye by lollipop at Norwegian music festival
OSLO, Norway -- Halfway through his third song at a Norwegian music festival, an object came flying out of the crowd and hit David Bowie in the eye.

Applause calendar
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The top five list
Here are the top five TV shows, movies, music, concerts and video sales.

Ben Affleck wins $356,400 at poker tournament
COMMERCE, Calif. -- Ben Affleck won $356,400 at a poker tournament that also earned him a seat in next year's World Poker Tour Championship, casino officials said.

Report: Mary-Kate Olsen being treated for eating disorder
NEW YORK -- Mary-Kate Olsen, the brunette half of the Olsen twins entertainment empire, has entered a treatment facility "to seek professional help for a health-related issue," her publicist said Tuesday.

PalmOne earnings beat Street view
MILPITAS, Calif. -PalmOne Inc., the maker of handheld computers and cell phones, returned to profit in the latest quarter as revenue rose 23 percent on strong demand.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks slipped Tuesday as investors took profits from the previous session's gains. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Jackson Hewitt rises slighlty in debut, amid poor showing for IPOs
NEW YORK -- Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. had a difficult debut on the public markets, falling below its offering price in early trading Tuesday. It recovered somewhat by the market close.

Tokyo stocks end slightly lower, dollar down against yen

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Divided SEC requires independent chairmen for fund boards

Wal-Mart reports same stores sales at low end of estimates
BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported Monday that June sales at stores open at least a year were tracking at the low end of its previous estimates, raising the possibility that the discounter could fall short of its monthly forecast.

Stocks edge higher, but trading indecisive
NEW YORK -- Wall Street had its second straight late-session rally Wednesday, but the pattern of trading left market-watchers doubtful that the advance would hold ahead of a key Federal Reserve meeting and the hand-over of power in Iraq next week.

Kroger says California strike cut into first-quarter earnings
CINCINNATI -- Kroger Co.'s first-quarter earnings tumbled 25 percent, depressed largely by the impact of a 4 1/2-month California supermarket strike.

Publishers see improved ads; USA Today raises price
NEW YORK -- Newspaper publishers told investors Tuesday they were seeing a generally improved advertising climate thanks in part to robust classified advertising, especially help-wanted ads. USA Today announced an increase in its cover price.

Jackson Hewitt rises slighlty in debut, amid poor showing for IPOs

Divided SEC requires independent chairmen for fund boards
WASHINGTON -- Addressing an industry scandal, a deeply divided Securities and Exchange Commission voted Wednesday to require mutual fund boards to have chairmen who are independent from the companies managing the funds.

Wal-Mart reports same stores sales at low end of estimates

FedEx reports 47 percent increase in quarterly earnings
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The FedEx Corp. reported a 47 percent increase in fourth quarter earnings Wednesday, citing continued growth in ground deliveries and international express shipments.

Low fees prompt Merrill to pull out of Google IPO
NEW YORK - Merrill Lynch & Co., the nation's largest retail brokerage, dropped out of the list of underwriters taking part in the upcoming $2.7 billion initial public offering of Google Inc., mostly out of concern that the fees it would generate wouldn't be worth it.

Morgan Stanley net more than doubles

Big Movers in the Stock Market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar down against yen

Tech earnings boost stocks
NEW YORK -- A surge in technology shares lifted stocks moderately higher Tuesday, as palmOne Inc.'s strong earnings report injected a bit of life into what has been a stagnant market.

Tokyo stocks end slightly lower, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks slipped Wednesday on losses by banking issues, although gains by high-technology shares helped limit the market's fall. The U.S. dollar was slightly lower against the Japanese yen.

Morgan Stanley net more than doubles
NEW YORK -- Morgan Stanley on Tuesday said profit for its latest quarter more than doubled from a year ago, helped by strong results in its institutional securities operation.

PalmOne earnings beat Street view

Publishers see improved ads; USA Today raises price

Kroger says California strike cut into first-quarter earnings

Low fees prompt Merrill to pull out of Google IPO

Dutch company markets potatoes as "low-carb" in United States

Heat-loving broccoli could alter economics of growing it
GILROY, Calif. -- The patch of land in front of the old barn is primed, its brown soil plowed. Soon, an unusual breed of broccoli will sprout here, and is expected to flourish in temperatures above 100 degrees.

Dutch company markets potatoes as "low-carb" in United States
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Trying to cash in on the low-carb craze, a Dutch company is marketing a variety of its potatoes in the United States as containing fewer carbohydrates than the regular spud.

Grubbin

Heat-loving broccoli could alter economics of growing it

Volunteers put Mexican restaurants to taste-bud test

Vermont's maple syrup production is up this year

Volunteers put Mexican restaurants to taste-bud test
Dozens of Mexican restaurants line the streets of the Augusta area, with new ones opening all the time. From tacos to tostados, fajitas to flan, Mexican is an international cuisine that can offer something for just about every diet and taste.

Researchers say white bread makes a person rounder
WASHINGTON - Many Americans are like a loaf of bread - soft, with one side round. And some researchers believe their choice of bread may be part of the reason.

Grubbin
THE PLACE: Whistle Stop Cafe, 573 Greene St. WHAT'S THERE: Breakfast until 2 p.m., salads and sandwiches

Researchers say white bread makes a person rounder

Vermont's maple syrup production is up this year
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont's maple syrup producers say this year's crop is one of the largest of the past decade.

GreenJackets win delayed game in 11th
Right before Brandon Moss came up to bat in the bottom of the 11th inning Wednesday, Greensboro reliever Tim Wood got a visit from one of his coaches. During the break, Moss chatted with Peter Ciofrone, who was on deck.

Woods concedes caddie was wrong
Tiger Woods said Wednesday that his caddie "probably went too far" by kicking over a photographer's lens and taking another camera from someone in the gallery at the U.S. Open.

Course deemed severe, yet fair
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Something strange happened the day after the U.S. Open.

Green, rain rule at Georgia Junior
Augusta's Michael Green is the clubhouse leader through two rounds in the rain-plagued Georgia Junior Championship.

Junior title goes to local competitor

Woods concedes caddie was wrong

Augusta National gives $3.2 million
Augusta National Golf Club will donate more than $3.2 million to local and national charities, Chairman Hootie Johnson announced Tuesday.

Junior title goes to local competitor
Michael Green is tough to beat at Augusta Country Club. The members know it, and now, so do the state's top juniors golfers.

Course deemed severe, yet fair

GreenJackets win delayed game in 11th

Are drivers athletes?
LONG POND, Pa. -- During the 90 minutes that separated practice and pole qualifying last month at the Pocono Raceway, most drivers barricaded themselves in their private motor coaches or in the lounge of their team transporter.

'Young Gun' committed to grow sport
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Although we're just a little over a third of the way through the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup season, the hype, mainstream appeal and larger-than-life presence that NASCAR has been generating continues to amaze me.

Go back to nature in New Hampshire
LOUDON, N.H. - So few places on the Nextel Cup circuit offers such a variety of options as the New Hampshire International Speedway.

Daytona: spectacle of lights
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- By adding lights, the Daytona International Speedway transformed itself from special to something spectacular. The 2.5-mile speedway has always been con-sidered hallowed grounds in stock car racing.

Single groove haunts N.H. track
LOUDON, N.H. - If Bob Bahre didn't own the New Hampshire International Speedway, it would be easy to give up on the one-mile oval.

Brendan Gaughan: In his own words
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Brendan Gaughan is rarely lost for words; just wind up him and let him go.

On the beach by day, at the race by night
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - When they started racing in the summer at the Daytona International Speedway, some crafty people in the marketing department came up with a catchy slogan: ''Race in the morning, on the beach by noon.''

Drivers compare Chicago's electrifying speeds to Daytona
JOLIET, Ill. -- The Chicagoland Speedway isn't in Chicago. In fact, it's about an hour away.

Be sure and enjoy the 'Windy City'
JOLIET, Ill. - The best part about being one hour away from Chicago is you're only one hour away from Chicago.

Cherry pie filling gives moistness to chocolate cake
Summer is usually filled with long, lazy weekends spent gathering with family, friends and neighbors. Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs usually feature on the menu, but there's still room for lots of side dishes and desserts.

Former state Senator Charles Walker indicted
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A federal indictment accuses former state Sen. Charles W. Walker Sr. and his daughter of conspiring to cheat newspaper advertisers and taking money intended for college scholarships for the underprivileged.

Reagan was a genuine American
Even in his passing, President Reagan fanned the flame of authentic American pride, leaving us wanting more. I was raised a Southern Democrat, and though I was too young to vote at the time, I was disappointed when Reagan defeated President Carter in 1980. However, when Reagan ran for his second term, I was in the voting booth, proudly casting my vote for four more years. P.K. Fitzgerald Harlem

Beheading defies Islamic principles
At the general body meeting of the Islamic Society of Augusta on Sunday, the following resolution was passed: Hossam E. Fadel Martinez

Keep high-school graduations indoors
This is in regard to this year's outdoor graduation - a plan that was implemented without much thought. Marja Green Hephzibah

Bachelor politicians? Who cares?

Judicial system needs repairing
Regarding the Terry Nichols verdict: I can't believe that a jury could convict someone of 161 counts of first-degree murder and not give that person the death penalty. ... Connie Solomon Hephzibah

Isakson tries to flee from his liberal past

Parents must help improve schools

Elect Moretz to the Augusta Commission

Beheading defies Islamic principles

Cain has traits of a true leader

Parents must help improve schools
As a public school educator, and a Southern Baptist, I was delighted to hear that the Southern Baptist Convention's proposal to encourage parents to take their children out of public school was voted down. However, I was upset that the proposal was even brought up. Patti Powell North Augusta

Television journalist disrespected Reagan
It's been said that some people, for whatever reason, don't have an ounce of decency. That applies to Sam Donaldson, who was interviewed June 11 on national television concerning one of our national treasures, Ronald Reagan. Andy Chandler Augusta

Bachelor politicians? Who cares?
I found E. Maner's June 17 letter, "President could be unmarried" more than a bit snottily supercilious in its assessment of the "stupid and ignorant" American psyche that he evidently believes leads to the rejection of qualified unmarried candidates for president. Catherine S. Minor Martinez

Isakson tries to flee from his liberal past
Johnny Isakson is desperately trying to distance himself from his liberal past. In his most recent advertisement, he paints himself as a devout Christian against abortion. Milton Gresham Evans

Race issue just keeps us divided
Regarding the letter from Kevin Palmer, who calls for election of a "person of color" as president, claiming that it was "time": I would like to ask Mr. Palmer what he meant by a person of color, although I'm assuming he meant black. The last time I checked my color charts, I noticed white and red as being colors also. Lawrence Smith Augusta

Cain has traits of a true leader
Why am I supporting Herman Cain for Georgia's U.S. Senate seat? Integrity, leadership, effective communication skills, a humble spirit and an enormous work ethic. Maurice Atkinson Macon

Elect Moretz to the Augusta Commission
David Moretz and his distinguished family have been personal friends of mine for many years. In addition, David served as my district coordinator when I served in the U.S. Congress representing the 10th District of Georgia. David proved to be a very conscientious member of my staff. He is hard-working and intelligent, with strong moral values. D. Douglas Barnard Jr. Augusta

Keep high-school graduations indoors

Judicial system needs repairing

Study finds toxic rocket fuel chemical in milk from Calif. cows

Federal health officials alert to threat of new mosquito disease

Breast milk compound kills warts, possibly more dangerous lesions

After private rocket flight, is space tourism next?

Genetic mutation makes toddler super strong

More than 39 million Americans expected to travel on July Fourth

In catchup move, Sprint to boost wireless speed up to tenfold

Food stamp program goes electronic

After private rocket flight, is space tourism next?
MOJAVE, Calif. -- The chubby-looking, stubby-winged aircraft that cracked the commercial space flight barrier this week may have made a great leap forward in aviation history, but the man who designed it believes we are still a long way from regular space tourism.

Genetic mutation makes toddler super strong
Somewhere in Germany is a baby Superman, born in Berlin with bulging arm and leg muscles. Not yet 5, he can hold seven-pound weights with arms extended, something many adults cannot do. He has muscles twice the size of other kids his age and half their body fat.

Federal health officials alert to threat of new mosquito disease
ATLANTA -- As if West Nile virus wasn't bad enough, now U.S. health officials are on the lookout for another mosquito-borne disease, fearing it could become a permanent part of the American landscape if it entered the country.

Study finds toxic rocket fuel chemical in milk from Calif. cows
SAN FRANCISCO -- Young children and pregnant women who drink milk from California cows may be exposed to unsafe levels of a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel, according to a new study by an environmental group.

Study: Estrogen-only pills may raise the risk of Alzheimer's
CHICAGO -- Estrogen pills appear to slightly increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia in postmenopausal women, a study found, echoing recent findings involving estrogen-progestin supplements.

More than 39 million Americans expected to travel on July Fourth
WASHINGTON -- Thinking of taking a road trip over the July Fourth holiday weekend? So are 34.4 million other American motorists, AAA reported Tuesday, an increase of 3 percent from last year despite sky-high gasoline prices.

In catchup move, Sprint to boost wireless speed up to tenfold
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Trying to keep pace with its rivals, Sprint Corp. is boosting speeds on its wireless data network by up to tenfold in a technology upgrade it says will cost about $1 billion.

Food stamp program goes electronic
WASHINGTON -- The government's food stamp program is going fully electronic, and with no more stamps - actually coupons - the Agriculture Department is looking for a snazzier name for the program that helps the needy buy groceries.

Breast milk compound kills warts, possibly more dangerous lesions
A compound in breast milk has been found to destroy many skin warts, raising hopes it might also prove effective against cervical cancer and other lethal diseases caused by the same virus.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A would-be technology company executive will be given two months to come up with $600,000 to repay investors he defrauded or face prison time.

More flu shots available this year
ATLANTA - The government says it won't repeat last year's mistake of having too few flu vaccines available, announcing that 100 million flu shots will be distributed for this winter's outbreak.

Officials brace for new West Nile virus cases

Around town

List ranks Augusta 35th most child-friendly
Augusta isn't the best place in the country to raise children, but it's far from the worst, according to a national research group dedicated to bettering the quality of life for children.

City Web site changes server

Deal to prevent facility closure
ATHENS, Ga. - After years of financial struggle, threats of closure at the end of this month, and two days of back-to-back meetings of the Greene County Board of Commissioners, Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital has a buyer.

Family recalls drowned man

Public brings questions, concerns on road work

Across the area

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Joshua Bryce Martin, 2, of Hephzibah.

Trade stance key for DeMint

Turning up the heat
AIKEN - Joseph Martin, 11, gleefully stomped his sneakers in the decontamination tent erected outside the Aiken Department of Public Safety, soaked in water from head to toe after being sprayed by an array of nozzles.

Three local road projects picked for Fast Forward

Thousands heed call of coast
CHARLESTON, S.C. - From the golf courses and arcades of Myrtle Beach to the gated plantations of Hilton Head Island, growth along the South Carolina coast has continued unabated since the 2000 Census.

Kid of the day

Owners, cashiers learn about how to prevent underage sales

Parkway now open for business

County to enforce water rules
Drought or no drought, Max Hicks says his office will begin enforcing outdoor water restrictions on Richmond County residents and businesses Aug. 1.

Pupils' curbs at risk

Powerful storm
A Richmond County Sheriff's deputy directs traffic at the intersection of Washington and Steven's Creek roads during a power outage. Another line of heavy thunderstorms rolled through the area Wednesday night, knocking out power to more than 15,000 residential and business customers for more than an hour, a Georgia Power spokeswoman said. Power outages affected west Augusta residences at about 9 p.m., including businesses along Washington Road and Alexander Drive. More rain, partly cloudy skies and a high around 90 are expected today, according to the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.

County to enforce water rules

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT for the North Augusta recreation department for the water fountains along the Greeneway. They are not servicing them where people can drink from them. They are surely needed very much in this weather.

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Around town
Deborah Bledsoe, of Clearwater, enjoys a nice relaxing day with her best friend, Febe.

Phone system angers court

City Web site changes server
Internet users might have had a problem accessing Augusta's Web site in the past few days, but city officials say the site is back up and running.

Across South Carolina

Trade stance key for DeMint
AIKEN - Former Gov. David Beasley was tossed out of South Carolina's U.S. Senate race like an old shoe.

Across the area

Corrections
A story in the June 15 editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained incorrect information about how much yard debris Aiken city crews would pick up from residences. The article should have said residents can leave no more than 5 cubic yards of debris, an amount equivalent to the size of five kitchen stoves, for pickup each week.

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BEAUFORT - A man was injured when the elevator he was repairing dropped from the fourth floor into the basement.

Across the area
Lance Cpl. T.E. "Tommy" Moore was honored Wednesday as the outstanding trooper for the South Carolina Highway Patrol's Post 7, which covers Aiken, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Bamberg, Barnwell and Hampton counties.

Rants and raves
THIS IS BOTH A RANT and a rave. First of all, a rant to all the people that write in about the trash around Augusta. If you see it, pick it up! We do in our neighborhood. And now my rave to all of the hard-working people that made the hydrangea festival a reality. Many thanks for adding another garden to the Garden City.

Stamping out smoking

Textbooks are being tested
Ever wanted to be a book critic?

Silence still can lead to arrest

Parkway now open for business
It took 600,000 man hours, 25 subcontractors, a thousand so-called "hard hats" and more than 100,000 cubic yards of material.

Evans Middle School contract awarded
Rising sixth-graders at Evans Middle School will have the privilege of being the first graduating class when the new school opens in 2006.

List ranks Augusta 35th most child-friendly

Rain, winds cause flooding, power outages

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Kid of the day

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RANT for the North Augusta recreation department for the water fountains along the Greeneway. They are not servicing them where people can drink from them. They are surely needed very much in this weather.

Around town
Five-year-old Samantha Clayborn, from Grovetown, catches her breath as others try to get her to go during practice for the Aloha Ice Skating Recital at the Ice Forum in Augusta.

Turning up the heat

DeMint ends Beasley's run

Civic center manager's raise draws fire
A proposed raise for Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center General Manager Larry Rogers became a sticking point with some members of its governing board Tuesday as they discussed the coming year's budget.

DeMint ends Beasley's run
AIKEN - U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint slammed the door on former Gov. David Beasley on Tuesday, grabbing almost 60 percent of the vote with most of the state counted.

Silence still can lead to arrest
If a Richmond County sheriff's deputy asks your name and you refuse to provide it, be prepared for the consequences. You might see the inside of a jail cell until you decide to reveal your identity.

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June 23, 1956 A Fort Gordon soldier, Pfc. Ralph E. Howland, 26, was killed yesterday afternoon when the car in which he was traveling overturned on Tobacco Road near the intersection of U.S. Highway 25.

Veterans get special care at new rehabilitation unit
For Petty Officer 1st Class Lindon Haworth, rehabilitation has been a long journey - from a mortar attack in Iraq back home to an Augusta Veterans Affairs hospital.

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Public brings questions, concerns on road work
John Sullivan said he has complained repeatedly about the dangers in stretches of Windsor Spring and Peach Orchard roads off Bobby Jones Expressway.

Three local road projects picked for Fast Forward
Three large-scale area road projects will receive funding through a state program designed to accelerate roadwork in Georgia, officials said Wednesday.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The state Ethics Commission has fined two Georgia lawmakers for violating campaign laws.

Pupils' curbs at risk
When school resumes in the fall, some Evans High School students who park off campus could find no-parking signs at their former roadside spots.

7 convicted sex offenders sought for not registering
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is looking for seven men it said did not properly register as sex offenders, officials said Tuesday.

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Rider reform demand grows
AIKEN - The practice of bobtailing - tacking on an amendment to a piece of legislation, often at the last minute - should be changed or eliminated, state lawmakers told Aiken Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia made room for an additional 140,710 people last year as the state's population neared 8.7 million, according to the latest estimate from the Census Bureau.

Walker's hospital ties show in search
Less than a month before he will go before Democratic primary voters, former Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker still has the specter of a federal grand jury investigation hanging over his head.

2 convicted sex offenders jailed; 5 more still sought
Richmond County sheriff's deputies said Wednesday that they have taken into custody two men wanted for failing to register as sex offenders and are looking for five more.

Across the area
An Augusta man previously imprisoned for manslaughter was indicted Tuesday on murder charges.

Powerful storm

Court to hear case on stucco
ATLANTA - When Robert and Ursula Dowse bought their residence in Savannah's Southbridge subdivision in November 1994, they could have never imagined their lawyer would be at the Georgia Supreme Court 10 years later arguing over the house's siding.

Walker indicted
A few years ago, former Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker was the subject of serious speculation as a potential candidate for governor. On Wednesday, he became the subject of a 142-count federal indictment, brought down by what prosecutors called greed and heavy gambling debts,

Owners, cashiers learn about how to prevent underage sales
AIKEN - Dewey and Barbara Ward, who run the Li'l Country Store in Windsor, said rarely does a day go by without an underage youth attempting to purchase alcohol or tobacco with a fake ID.

Gambling boat dealt to-do list
SAVANNAH, Ga. - It's been a month since the managing partner of the Millionaire's Casino boat rolled the dice and predicted the gambling ship would be ready to sail off Georgia's coastline in three weeks.

Across the Southeast
FAIRFAX, Va. - A judge on Tuesday set a tentative date of Oct. 4 for convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad's second trial, turning aside defense objections that it was too early to take such action.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Morgan Williams, 12, of North Augusta.

League accused of vote for sale
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Is a Savannah business group selling political campaign endorsements?

Walker's hospital ties show in search

Activists fear plutonium shipment
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A shipment of bomb-grade plutonium from the Cold War era could arrive in Charleston Harbor this month as part of a joint U.S.-Russian agreement to reduce stockpiles of nuclear weapons and convert them into power-plant fuel.

Activists fear plutonium shipment

Correction
A headline on the front page of Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle contained an incorrect numerical amount. Wachovia will buy SouthTrust for $14.3 billion.

Former state Senator Charles Walker indicted

Georgia Lottery to let loose of Change Game
ATLANTA - Apparently, Georgians don't have as much change to spare as lottery officials had hoped.

Rain, winds cause flooding, power outages
The Augusta area was bombarded by a torrential downpour and high winds Tuesday evening that caused flooding, power outages and falling tree limbs.

Officials brace for new West Nile virus cases
ATLANTA - With the warmer weather, people and mosquitoes have been out in droves, causing health officials to brace themselves for a new season of mosquito-spread diseases, including West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis.

Walker indicted

7 convicted sex offenders sought for not registering

Rider reform demand grows

Labor official doesn't expect public ethics hearing
ATLANTA - Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond responded Tuesday to allegations a political operative filed with the State Ethics Commission nearly two years ago, and said he believed the matters would be resolved without a full-blown hearing.

Textbooks are being tested

Family recalls drowned man
AIKEN - Terry Powell knew he wasn't a strong swimmer, but that didn't stop him from stepping into the swift currents of the Savannah River to rescue a teenage boy in danger of drowning in deep water, family members said Tuesday.

League accused of vote for sale

2 convicted sex offenders jailed; 5 more still sought

Veterans get special care at new rehabilitation unit

Stamping out smoking
Jessica Bennett said she breathes hard while marching in the band, kicking around a soccer ball or swimming laps at the Augusta Aquatic Center.

Corrections

Evans Middle School contract awarded

News you can use
June 24, 1965 A motion was filed in U.S. District Court here Wednesday asking that the Richmond County Board of Education be restrained from operating its summer school session on a racially segregated basis.

Across the Southeast

Phone system angers court
ATHENS, Ga. - Officials met this week to discuss a court order to fix a telephone system that allows illegal eavesdropping on conversations between indigent Clarke County jail inmates and their lawyers.

News you can use

Rants and raves
THIS IS BOTH A RANT and a rave. First of all, a rant to all the people that write in about the trash around Augusta. If you see it, pick it up! We do in our neighborhood. And now my rave to all of the hard-working people that made the hydrangea festival a reality. Many thanks for adding another garden to the Garden City.

Goosen isn't Open's only winner
Several friends and a few PGA Tour players thought it was insane to even try.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Studios, movie theaters offer rewards to thwart piracy

Mini reviews

Studios, movie theaters offer rewards to thwart piracy
LOS ANGELES -- Film studios and movie theaters are offering rewards of up to $500 to theater employees who nab people using camcorders to record films.

Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' raises temperature on terrorism debate
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Moore is not known for restraint, yet when it came to showing the Sept. 11 attacks in "Fahrenheit 9/11," Moore opted for moderation: The screen fades to black and the audience hears the engine roar and explosions of the jets that crashed into the World Trade Center, and the screams of witnesses.

Appeals board upholds R rating for 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' raises temperature on terrorism debate

Appeals board upholds R rating for 'Fahrenheit 9/11'
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Moore and his distributors lost their appeal Tuesday to lower the R rating for "Fahrenheit 9/11," his scathing assault on President Bush's actions before and after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews
The trouble with musical genius is how sad it is when only echoes of that genius remains.

Concert calendar

Music industry sues 482 more computer users for swapping songs
LOS ANGELES -- The music industry filed copyright infringement lawsuits against 482 computer users Tuesday, the latest round of litigation by recording companies against suspected online music file-swappers.

Spotlight: Lillie Morris
NAME: Lillie Morris AGE: 49 HOMETOWN: Augusta, but moved recently to Appling

Bob Dylan gets honorary degree from Scottish university

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Saint Louis Symphony avoids closing
ST. LOUIS -- Four years ago, the Saint Louis Symphony was nearly bankrupt, with year after year of operating losses and a pitiful endowment for a world-class orchestra.

Wilco's style lives in 'a ghost is born'
The story behind Wilco's success (band creates great album, band refuses to make it more "commercially viable" for major label, band gets picked up by smaller label, band's album is celebrated by a near unanimous chorus of critics) has become so widespread, it's practically a fable for those who feel compromise is a four-letter word.

Ministry cranks up amps for great album

Wayne C brings Iraq war home in music
Wayne C hopes to shake up the music industry. The local rapper, whose real name is Wayne Coleman, has released his Red Drum Records debut, Da Coach, available at www.reddrumrecords.com. He will perform Friday at Club Continuum on Ellis Street.

Spotlight: Lillie Morris

Bob Dylan gets honorary degree from Scottish university
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Bob Dylan accepted an honorary doctor of music degree Wednesday from Scotland's oldest university. He was speechless, but a professor at the University of St. Andrews sang his praises.

Wayne C brings Iraq war home in music

Wilco's style lives in 'a ghost is born'

Ministry cranks up amps for great album
For the past decade, Ministry has been so bogged down by ill-advised Bob Dylan covers and pseudo metal dirges, it's easy to forget that Jesus Built My Hotrod, which catapulted Al Jourgensen and Paul Barker into the spotlight in 1992, was featured on the same record as N.W.O., a fiery assault on former President George H.W. Bush's "New World Order" speech.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

Lollapalooza 2004 cancels all dates
NEW YORK -- The Lollapalooza music festival tour has been canceled because of poor ticket sales, according to its Web site.

NASCAR Newsmaker
Klaus Graf, 32, tried his hand at Formula One and sports car racing, and now is hoping to make his debut Sunday on the Nextel Cup Series in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway.

Elliott will race in this year's Brickyard 400

Elliott will race in this year's Brickyard 400
INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Brickyard 400 champion Bill Elliott will attempt to qualify for this year's race.

Menard gets Busch ride from DEI

Rudd's feet can balance pedal job
SONOMA, Calif. - Some stock car drivers have strange ways of getting around road courses. Some take it slow and easy; some attack each corner.

Single groove haunts N.H. track

Menard gets Busch ride from DEI
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Dale Earnhardt Inc. will field a second Busch series car for Paul Menard beginning July 24 in Loudon, N.H.

Szegedy getting chance in Busch

Be sure and enjoy the 'Windy City'

NASCAR Newsmaker

Trouble in the turns

'Young Gun' committed to grow sport

Trouble in the turns
SONOMA, Calif. - The Napa Valley is known throughout the world for its wine. But one weekend every year, when the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series comes to town, it's a little more like whine country.

Daytona: spectacle of lights

Szegedy getting chance in Busch
A year ago it was David Reutimann who got the opportunity to show off his talent in NASCAR's Busch Series, thanks to a program designed to help drivers who lack financial resources to get into top equipment.

Brendan Gaughan: In his own words

Go back to nature in New Hampshire

Are drivers athletes?

Rudd's feet can balance pedal job

Drivers compare Chicago's electrifying speeds to Daytona

Orlando GM: McGrady won't be traded before draft
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tracy McGrady isn't leaving Orlando any time soon.

Lakers put other matters aside for NBA draft
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers don't have a coach and might have an overhauled roster next season. They'll put those uncertainties aside briefly to participate in Thursday's NBA draft.

Riley confirms meeting with Lakers, says no offer made
MIAMI -- Miami Heat president Pat Riley confirmed Wednesday that he met with Los Angeles Lakers officials about their coaching vacancy, but stressed that no contract offers or demands were made.

Bobcats still trying to deal

No trial date set in Bryant case
EAGLE, Colo. -- Attorneys wrapped up closed-door arguments Tuesday over whether the sex life of the woman accusing Kobe Bryant of rape can be introduced at the NBA star's trial.

Riley confirms meeting with Lakers, says no offer made

Bobcats still trying to deal
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Bobcats would like more than just the second overall selection in the NBA draft, and are talking with several teams about trading for another first-round pick.

No trial date set in Bryant case

Fisher opts out of contract, becomes free agent
LOS ANGELES -- Derek Fisher, a key member of the Los Angeles Lakers the past eight seasons, opted out of his contract Wednesday to become an unrestricted free agent.

Payton exercises option, will be back with Lakers

Payton exercises option, will be back with Lakers
LOS ANGELES -- Gary Payton will remain with the Los Angeles Lakers next season, exercising a $5.4 million option despite struggling throughout his first year with the team.

Dwight Howard: Part Garnett, part Robinson

Dwight Howard: Part Garnett, part Robinson
ATLANTA -- Dwight Howard rattles off names with the same ease that he used to dunk over shorter, slower high school opponents.

Lakers put other matters aside for NBA draft

Bird believes Indiana made better offer than Houston's for McGrady
INDIANAPOLIS -- Larry Bird believes the Indiana Pacers made a better offer for Tracy McGrady than the package of players the Houston Rockets have proposed sending to the Orlando Magic.

Hambrick ready for fresh start with Raiders

Patriots sign first rookie

Bobcats begin forming roster

Gannon confident as ever at 38, despite addition of Collins

McCardell skips Bucs minicamp; wants pay raise

Bucs running back suspended three games and fined additional two games' pay

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Olympic torch passes by EU headquarters
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The Olympic flame passed by European Union headquarters Tuesday on its last relay leg through Europe before the Athens Games begin less than two months.

Dispute over Olympic selection for boxer who killed daughter
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- New Zealand's national Olympic committee Tuesday defended its decision to choose a boxer for the Athens Games who was convicted of killing his infant daughter.

Mexico's Guevara envisions a golden trip to Athens
MEXICO CITY -- Ana Guevara insists she's getting better, and that's saying something.

Mexico's Guevara envisions a golden trip to Athens

Hoffmann receives gold medal two years after race
VIENNA, Austria -- Cross-country skier Christian Hoffmann of Austria was awarded a 2002 Olympic gold medal originally given to an athlete disqualified for using drugs.

Slow sales but no drop in Olympic ticket prices
ATHENS, Greece -- Ticket prices for the Olympics will not drop despite worries of sluggish sales and empty seats at some venues.

Slow sales but no drop in Olympic ticket prices

Express dismay with Bush at November polls
Our country not only is facing its demise as a world leader but also the loss of credibility and respect, including from our closest allies. The time has come for the American people this November to deliver an unequivocal message of unity, and let the world know that we are fully aware of the isolation this administration has created.

Express dismay with Bush at November polls
Our country not only is facing its demise as a world leader but also the loss of credibility and respect, including from our closest allies. The time has come for the American people this November to deliver an unequivocal message of unity, and let the world know that we are fully aware of the isolation this administration has created.

Governor's edict effectively KOs Tyson in NJ

Bovina pulls out after singles victory; Dementieva out of doubles

Ferreira celebrates new mark with win

Overtime

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Tourney receives rants, raves

Sights set on success

Overtime
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency plans to seek a lifetime ban against 100-meter world record holder Tim Montgomery for alleged drug violations, The Associated Press has learned.

Ferreira celebrates new mark with win
WIMBLEDON, England - Andre Agassi missed Wimbledon because of a bum hip. So did Gustavo Kuerten.

Tourney receives rants, raves
WIMBLEDON, England - Serena Williams loves Wimbledon. Marat Safin hates it.

Bovina pulls out after singles victory; Dementieva out of doubles
WIMBLEDON, England -- Elena Bovina pulled out of Wimbledon with an abdominal strain Tuesday night after easily winning her first-round singles match.

Overtime
Jim Harrick is back in coaching more than a year after being forced to resign at Georgia amid accusations of improper payments to players and academic fraud.

Sights set on success
When Sarah Ingram aims her rifle on a sweltering afternoon in a room void of air-conditioning, she appears perfectly still.

Governor's edict effectively KOs Tyson in NJ
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Mike Tyson got a boxing license in New Jersey, but it isn't worth much now.

Bucs running back suspended three games and fined additional two games' pay
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Michael Pittman was suspended by the NFL without pay for three games and fined an additional two games' pay Tuesday for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Hambrick ready for fresh start with Raiders
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Running back Troy Hambrick knew it was time to leave the Dallas Cowboys.

Bobcats begin forming roster
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Choosing an assortment of players with mostly low profiles and low salaries, the Charlotte Bobcats began stocking their roster Tuesday night by selecting 19 players in the expansion draft.

McCardell skips Bucs minicamp; wants pay raise
TAMPA, Fla. -- No longer the No. 2 receiver in Tampa Bay's offense, Keenan McCardell wants to be paid like a No. 1.

Gannon confident as ever at 38, despite addition of Collins
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Rich Gannon is more than a year removed from his MVP award, turns 39 in December, and swears he is 100 percent healthy and not the least bit concerned about the addition of backup Kerry Collins to the Oakland Raiders' quarterback mix.

Patriots sign first rookie
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots signed fourth-round draft choice Dexter Reid and free agent defensive tackle DeVonte Peterson on Tuesday.

Music producer was a friend to many

Music producer was a friend to many
Few people have heard of Bill Lowery, but many of those same people go around humming and singing songs that he brought to fruition.

Goosen isn't Open's only winner

'Bad Santa' is dark and vulgar comedy not for the squeamish

Cowboy Mouth pumps small crowd with lots of energy, infectious tunes

Regardless of political actions, the French make great movies

AFI goes 'Over the Rainbow' to find top American movie tune
LOS ANGELES -- There's no song like "Over the Rainbow." Kansas farm girl Dorothy Gale's wistful ditty in "The Wizard of Oz" led the American Film Institute's list of 100 best movie songs Tuesday, followed by "As Time Goes By" from "Casablanca" at No. 2 and the title tune from "Singin' in the Rain" at No. 3.

Comedic toast of British TV takes on America
NEW YORK -- "I need something LOUD," says British comic Graham Norton as he swishes through the designer collections at Bergdorf Goodman on a recent shopping spree.

Basketball bests Clinton's interview in ratings
NEW YORK -- Only B-ball beat Bill in the ratings last week. A much-hyped appearance by former President Bill Clinton carried CBS' "60 Minutes" to its second-place finish in the rankings. Clinton, interviewed by Dan Rather at the start of a TV blitz to publicize his memoirs, was seen by almost 15.8 million viewers.

AFI goes 'Over the Rainbow' to find top American movie tune

Basketball bests Clinton's interview in ratings

Nielsen defends new ratings technology
LOS ANGELES -- New technology to determine television ratings does not undercount Hispanics and should be allowed to be used in Los Angeles, Nielsen Media Research said in court documents.

What qualifies as TV news? Most anything
NEW YORK - News from the Mideast and Washington last week was dismaying.

What qualifies as TV news? Most anything

Comedic toast of British TV takes on America

Nielsen defends new ratings technology

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'Lord of Rings' actress Liv Tyler pregnant, magazine says

Singer Jessica Simpson cancels show in Providence

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Report: Mary-Kate Olsen being treated for eating disorder

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David Bowie hit in the eye by lollipop at Norwegian music festival

Dawgs get bit

Augustan gets start for Georgia

Hyle's six innings give Georgia a shot at Texas

Harrick denies being hired to coach ABA expansion team
ATLANTA -- Former UCLA and Georgia basketball coach Jim Harrick says reports that he has been hired to coach the American Basketball Association's Vancouver expansion team are premature.

Harrick denies being hired to coach ABA expansion team

Texas comeback finishes Georgia
OMAHA, Neb. - Bobby Felmy's eyes stared straight into the sea of TV cameras, while Marshall Szabo sat slumped in a chair during Georgia's postgame news conference after Wednesday's game against Texas in the College World Series.

Dawgs get bit
OMAHA, Neb. -- Carson Kainer, the last regular player in the Texas lineup without a hit at the College World Series, got the most important one of his young career to send the Longhorns to the tournament finals.

Augustan gets start for Georgia
OMAHA, Neb. - Although David Perno indicated that senior Paul Lubrano would start Wednesday's game against Texas in the College World Series, the Georgia coach changed his mind Tuesday night and decided to go with Johnny Dobbs.

Hyle's six innings give Georgia a shot at Texas
OMAHA, Neb. - Georgia coach David Perno issued pitcher Michael Hyle a challenge prior to Tuesday's elimination game in the College World Series against Arizona.

Texas comeback finishes Georgia

Regardless of political actions, the French make great movies
Given the current political climate, it's hard not to make fun of the French. After all, even under the best of circumstances, the relationship between the United States (viewed as loud, uncouth and uncultured) and France (considered pompous, rude and unhygienic) has been strained.

Cowboy Mouth pumps small crowd with lots of energy, infectious tunes
Sunday night's Cowboy Mouth show at the Imperial Theatre was the greatest show Augusta never saw.

'Bad Santa' is dark and vulgar comedy not for the squeamish
There is nothing ho ho and holly jolly about Bad Santa.

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Gamecocks get another chance against Titans
OMAHA, Neb. - Bryan Triplett had four hits, and Nick Gardiner and Brendan Winn drove in three runs apiece as South Carolina eliminated Miami from the College World Series with a 15-11 victory Tuesday night.

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OMAHA, Neb. - Maybe it's the famous Omaha steaks, or perhaps the fresh Midwestern air. Whatever the reason, South Carolina's bats are the hottest things going at the College World Series.

Gamecocks' win sets up clash with Titans
OMAHA, Neb. - In 2002, South Carolina battled through the loser's bracket in the College World Series to earn a berth in the championship game against Texas.

Gamecocks get another chance against Titans

Club-fitting system offers unique perspective
There's a $250,000 piece of computerized wizardry at the International Golf Academy in Evans that brings new meaning to club fitting and golf instruction.

There she is ... Miss Subways

Stinky flower gives off corpse-like smell

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