Summer totes bulge with light reads

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.

Summer totes bulge with light reads
NEW YORK - Nobody wants to read Dostoevsky on the beach. But a trashy novel about husband-seeking socialites in New York? Now that's another story.

Hidden from view, CIA analyst "Anonymous" sells books

Galleries calendar

Stalin's favorite pianos a hit in America

Billy Crystal bringing one-man show to Broadway
NEW YORK -- Billy Crystal, after conquering "Saturday Night Live," is taking on the rest of the week.

Hidden from view, CIA analyst "Anonymous" sells books
WASHINGTON -- A CIA employee is making a stir, but, as might be expected in the spy world, the public doesn't know his name. He's "Anonymous."

Art calendar
FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Macartan Street, which connects Broad and Reynolds between Ninth and 10th streets.

Stalin's favorite pianos a hit in America
TALLINN, Estonia -- More than 50 years after Josef Stalin set up the Soviet Union's premier piano plant in this Baltic Sea state, the despot's favorite pianos are back in red-hot demand - in the United States.

Art calendar

Diana's former butler brings one-man show to New York
NEW YORK -- Princess Diana's former butler has turned his tell-all book about his days as a royal servant into a one-man show.

Billy Crystal bringing one-man show to Broadway

Mets-Yanks set for another Subway ride

Twins defeat Red Sox after 10
BOSTON -- Nomar Garciaparra's exceptional grab of a 10th-inning grounder up the middle ended up costing the Boston Red Sox the game.

White Sox best Indians
CHICAGO -- Jon Rauch stuck around to enjoy the victory. Really, he had little choice - his left arm was literally handcuffed to his locker.

La Russa, Kline say everything is fine

White Sox best Indians

Expos recall Downs for start Saturday in Toronto

Mets-Yankees rained out; Contreras' start pushed back to Sunday

Satcher recovers after senior slump

Tigers rout Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ivan Rodriguez had three doubles, a single and four RBIs Thursday to help the Detroit Tigers stop a five-game losing streak with a 12-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Boone to sign with Indians
CLEVELAND -- Free agent third baseman Aaron Boone has reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract with the Cleveland Indians, The Associated Press learned Friday.

Furious Bonds: 'I ain't never met Tim Montgomery'
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds avoided specifics Thursday when asked about the latest doping allegations against him, instead unleashing a flurry of expletives toward sprinter Tim Montgomery.

Contreras returns to Yankees a happy man
NEW YORK -- Jose Contreras woke up Friday morning to the gentle touch of his daughter's little hands.

Minor leaguer strikes out 12 in a row

Baseball, FDA ban steriodlike drug
PHILADELPHIA - With little fanfare, Major League Baseball and its players have banned the use of andro, the steroidlike substance made famous by Mark McGwire when he hit 70 home runs in 1998.

Baseball, FDA ban steriodlike drug

Furious Bonds: 'I ain't never met Tim Montgomery'

Tigers rout Royals

Boone to sign with Indians

Expos eek out victory Phillies

Mets-Yankees rained out; Contreras' start pushed back to Sunday
NEW YORK -- Jose Contreras woke up Friday morning to the gentle touch of his daughter's little hands.

La Russa, Kline say everything is fine
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals manager Tony La Russa didn't want to talk Thursday about the actions of reliever Steve Kline, who made an obscene gesture and yelled toward his own dugout the previous night.

Adding Beltran proves Astros serious about winning
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Carlos Beltran had played just two games during his rookie season when then-Boston manager Jimy Williams was asked about the young outfielder his team was facing.

Expos recall Downs for start Saturday in Toronto
MONTREAL -- The Montreal Expos recalled left-hander Scott Downs from Triple-A Edmonton following Thursday's 3-2 win over Philadelphia.

Satcher recovers after senior slump
North Augusta's Brandon Satcher deserves acclaim for what he accomplished off the field this month. It's more impressive than the two-sport excellence he attained by playing in the South Carolina All-Star baseball game earlier this month.

Mets-Yanks set for another Subway ride
NEW YORK -- A big birthday for Derek Jeter. An emotional start for Jose Contreras. A matchup of Kaz and Hideki Matsui.

Friendly competition
OMAHA, Neb. - Two good friends are facing each other in the championship of the College World Series.

Minor leaguer strikes out 12 in a row
ABERDEEN, Md. -- Luis Ramirez set a minor league record by striking out 12 straight batters, and didn't get a win to show for it.

Friendly competition

Newly reunited Contreras family arrives in New York area
NEWARK, N.J. -- Yankees pitcher Jose Contreras and his family landed in the New York area Thursday, two days after they were reunited in South Florida.

Twins defeat Red Sox after 10

Expos eek out victory Phillies
MONTREAL -- Tony Armas Jr. got his first win in over a year as the Montreal Expos survived a brush with Jim Thome's power, as well as his legs.

Contreras returns to Yankees a happy man

Travelers weather cicadas, sheep and rodeos

Girls lobby to bring ice cream shops back to gaming town
WEIRTON, W.Va. -- It was bad enough when Bruster's ice cream shop became a gambling parlor. But when both Dairy Queens closed to make way for mini-casinos, two 11-year-old girls had to act.

Odds and Ends
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. -- Country singer Michael Martin Murphey wasn't amused by the bawdy humor of clowns at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo.

Atlanta bats wake up in win

Rookie shuts out Atlanta

Atlanta bats wake up in win
MIAMI - Atlanta manager Bobby Cox was sitting behind his desk in the visitors' clubhouse when his afternoon was interrupted by the daily inquisitors who can make a three-game skid seem as dreary as 100 losses.

Rookie shuts out Atlanta
BALTIMORE - Sometimes, you lose to Randy Johnson. And sometimes you lose to a guy whose best previous work was with the Delmarva Shorebirds of the South Atlantic League.

June auto sales likely off from May but still at healthy levels
DETROIT -- New car and truck sales in June are likely to be well off last month's robust results, but analysts say business still should be sound despite only a modest rise in consumer incentives.

Weekly U.S. oil and gas rig count up by five
HOUSTON -- The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States rose by five this week to 1,176.

Court throws out FCC's media ownership rules

Economy slows to a 3.9 percent pace in first quarter
SEATTLE -- As Washington school and library officials wade through thousands of CDs sent by the recording industry to settle a price-fixing lawsuit, one district can't help but wonder: Can a library have too much Whitney Houston?

June auto sales likely off from May but still at healthy levels

Germany's Ifo index of business sentiment drops in June
FRANKFURT, Germany -- A widely-watched indicator of business sentiment in Germany dropped unexpectedly in June in an unsettling sign for Europe's biggest economy.

AOL buying marketing services provider Advertising.com
NEW YORK -- Internet giant America Online Inc. is buying Advertising.com Inc., which provides services to help companies advertise online and measure the results, for $435 million in cash.

U.S. employers get bad reviews on race efforts
NEW YORK - Fewer than a third of American workers believe their companies have effective diversity programs, according to a report by the National Urban League.

Factories see big-ticket orders fall in May
WASHINGTON -- Factories saw orders for big-ticket goods fall for the second straight month in May, typifying the often uneven road of recovery for the nation's manufacturers.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - The economy, weighed down by a bloated trade deficit, grew at a slower pace in the first quarter of the year. The 3.9 percent rate suggested a still-sturdy recovery but raised questions about its strength in the months ahead.

Hybrid owners get service at dealerships, and likely nowhere else

Helping people eBay
ATLANTA - Yes, people go to eBay simply to buy and sell stuff to each other. But as the Internet auction site becomes increasingly popular, it's attracting a crowd of businesses who want to be part of the process.

Box wine uncorks industry
MANTECA, Calif. - Cork-sniffers beware: A new crop of vintners is joining the cubist movement, selling their wine in a box.

Home loans cause worry
The expected surge of home equity loans this year has industry watchers cautioning people about the risks of using their homes - typically a person's most valuable asset - as collateral to borrow money.

Court throws out FCC's media ownership rules
NEW YORK -- A federal appeals court on Thursday largely reversed a landmark set of rule changes from the Federal Communications Commission that would have allowed companies to own more radio and television stations in the same market.

Hackers find new weakness in Web
NEW YORK - A computer virus designed to steal valuable information such as passwords spread Friday through a new technique that converted popular Web sites into virus transmitters.

Hybrid owners get service at dealerships, and likely nowhere else
DETROIT -- With Ford Motor Co.'s Escape hybrid sport utility vehicle due out this summer, the automaker is training thousands of mechanics at dealerships around the country how to service them.

Weekly U.S. oil and gas rig count up by five

Business briefs
The Georgia Depart-ment of Labor reported Thursday that Augusta-Aiken's unemployment rate rose 0.2 percent in May to 4.6 percent as recent high school and college graduates entered the job market.

Economy slows to a 3.9 percent pace in first quarter

Helping people eBay

Germany's Ifo index of business sentiment drops in June

Box wine uncorks industry

Business briefs

Home loans cause worry

AOL buying marketing services provider Advertising.com

Former Globetrotter to coach at Aiken Tech
Henry Capers has been named Aiken Technical College's new basketball coach, the school announced Friday.

Texas-Arkansas football will be on national television

Texas-Arkansas football will be on national television
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas and Texas will play on national television on Sept. 11 when the football teams meet at 7:45 p.m. at Razorback Stadium.

Times pulls its computer poll out of BCS
NEW YORK -- The New York Times pulled its computer college football rankings out of the formula used by the Bowl Championship Series to determine which teams play for the national championship.

Former Globetrotter to coach at Aiken Tech

Another Lindbergh
In a more impassioned era, the world would be as excited about test pilot Michael Melvill's journey into space Monday as it was about Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic air flight in 1927. Lindbergh pioneered commercial air flight; Melvill pioneered commercial space travel.

Fair evaluation urged

Allegations stand out
That was sure a plethora of charges and accusations a federal grand jury leveled at Charles Walker this week.

Another Lindbergh

Let the facts decide
Whenever politicians get in trouble with the law, their supporters almost always cry politics - and so it is with the defrauding and conspiracy charges against former state Sen. Charles Walker and his daughter Monique.

Shameless, shameful

Let the facts decide

Fair evaluation urged
Granted, it may have been self-serving for Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center Manager Larry Rogers to recommend a salary hike for himself in the proposed $1.66 million budget. But then, as the saying goes, if you don't blow your own horn, nobody else is going to blow it for you.

Shameless, shameful
We've come to expect self-serving behavior from former President Clinton.

People in the News
NEWARK, N.J. -- A concert promoter and Democratic activist is gathering signatures in an effort to draft Bruce Springsteen for a benefit concert to oppose President Bush's re-election bid.

Hip surgery successful for Michael Reagan
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Syndicated radio talk-show host Michael Reagan was recuperating Wednesday after successful hip replacement surgery earlier in the week, his spokesman said.

Ron Reagan criticizes Bush administration's handling of war in Iraq
LOS ANGELES -- Ron Reagan, the younger son of the late President Reagan, criticized the Bush administration's foreign policy, saying he believed the president misled Americans to gain support for the Iraq war.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Australian rock band INXS, which has kept going with guest vocalists since Michael Hutchence died in 1997, has enlisted reality TV guru Mark Burnett to help them find a new singer.

Michael Jackson case grand jury transcript will remain sealed
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- The judge in the Michael Jackson child molestation case rebuffed requests Friday from a news media attorney to unseal grand jury transcripts so the public can learn whether the singer is getting a fair trial.

Country singer Marty Stuart arrested on suspicion of drunken driving
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. -- Country singer Marty Stuart was charged Wednesday with driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

Medicare lottery will give drug coverage to 50,000

Medicare lottery will give drug coverage to 50,000
TOKYO -- Japan's central bank decided Friday to keep its monetary policy steady amid signs of ongoing price decreases, even though the economy appears to be recovering.

Higher sales, prices help Micron return to profitability

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

Tokyo stocks close up, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks closed slightly higher Friday as investors traded cautiously ahead of key interest rate and economic data due out next week. The U.S. dollar was lower against the Japanese yen.

Higher sales, prices help Micron return to profitability
BOISE, Idaho -- Significantly higher sales and prices in the international computer chip market this spring put Micron Technology Inc. in the black for only the second quarter in the past 14, the world's second largest chip maker reported Wednesday.

Markets sag as economic news, attacks in Iraq, give buyers little incentive
NEW YORK -- Stocks shifted lower Thursday as investors' enthusiasm flagged in the face of multiple attacks overseas, weak sales of manufactured goods and a lower forecast from AT&T Corp.

Survey: More black investors in stock market after 2003 retreat

Big Movers in the Stock Market

States look to curb credit card marketing on campuses

Money funds fell in latest week

Nike income increases 24 percent
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Nike Inc. reported Thursday that its quarterly income surged 24 percent, helping the world's largest athletic shoe and clothing maker beat Wall Street estimates.

Survey: More black investors in stock market after 2003 retreat
NEW YORK -- Encouraged by the recovery in stock prices over the past year, many black investors are returning to stocks and mutual funds after abandoning the market in droves in 2003.

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

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $4.14 billion in the latest week to $857.11 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Tokyo stocks end higher, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose to a two-month high Thursday after a U.S. ratings agency hiked its view of eight Japanese banks and investors snapped up technology issues following gains on Wall Street. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

States look to curb credit card marketing on campuses
ALBANY, N.Y. -- For college-bound high school graduate Kenneth Cashwell, the credit card offers started coming that summer of 2000 too fast to count and too alluring to resist.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Cabela's shares leap in trading debut on NYSE
NEW YORK -- Cabela's Inc. shares jumped Friday in their trading debut on the New York Stock Exchange, propelled by increased investor interest in outdoor sporting-goods retailers.

Tokyo stocks end higher, dollar down against yen

Stocks mixed on GDP report
NEW YORK -- A weaker gross domestic product figure and a flurry of late-day trading left stocks widely mixed Friday, with tech issues and small caps gaining as blue chips suffered. The major indexes all finished the week lower.

Strong winds come to aid of fishermen
Fishermen who opt not to use live blueback herring for striped bass and hybrids have been trolling pearl-white Super Flukes and Gotcha Shads with some success this week.

Fishing tournament results
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Strong winds come to aid of fishermen

Fishing tournament results

When certain plants can help one another thrive, that's real companionship
NEW MARKET, Va. -- Think about the power of love, and Hollywood's great romantic legends spring to mind: Gable and Lombard, Bogie and Bacall, Tracy and Hepburn.

Keep your garden chugging along

Keep your garden chugging along
With the feverish pitch of spring planting past, there is a lull in the garden.

When certain plants can help one another thrive, that's real companionship

Rain can't stop GreenJackets
A rain delay nearly cost the GreenJackets a win in their second-half opener, but Augusta rallied to beat the Greensboro bats in 11 innings.

Howell bounces back with 61

Sorenstam casts long shadow

Sorenstam casts long shadow
PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Candie Kung and Kim Saiki share the lead after two rounds of the Rochester LPGA on Friday. It was the name four spots down the list that was drawing the attention.

Prep golfer coasts past field with stellar play
Before this week, David Connor didn't know anything about North Augusta Country Club other than it was "a nice course, and near Augusta."

Palmetto golf pro says he belongs at course

Shaky putter can't stop Wie in first match

Palmetto golf pro says he belongs at course
AIKEN - When Tom Moore took the job as head golf pro at Palmetto Golf Club, he expected to stay "two or three years" so he could put on his rsum that he'd been a head pro.

Howell bounces back with 61
POTOMAC, Md. - Augusta native Charles Howell set a course record with 10-under-par 61 - including 28 on his final nine holes at the TPC at Avenel - and held a three-shot lead Thursday after the first round of the Booz Allen Classic.

Kung and Saiki share second-round lead in Rochester
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Candie Kung and Kim Saiki shared the lead after two rounds of the Rochester LPGA on Friday. It was the name four spots down the list that was drawing the attention.

Shaky putter can't stop Wie in first match
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Defending champion Michelle Wie is still a club away from being on top of her game. It hasn't mattered yet for the 14-year-old in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.

Scott sets 36-hole record, takes lead at Booz Allen
POTOMAC, Md. -- A 61 and a 62 were already in the books over two days at the Booz Allen Classic when Glen Day made a serious charge toward the 50s. Then the weather took over.

Kung and Saiki share second-round lead in Rochester

Scott sets 36-hole record, takes lead at Booz Allen

Prep golfer coasts past field with stellar play

Rain can't stop GreenJackets

Thrashers hope to get lucky with 10th pick
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers have a list of nine players they might select with their first-round pick of the NHL draft.

NHL hyping a game that may not be played

Canucks' Bertuzzi charged with assault for on-ice punch

Thrashers hope to get lucky with 10th pick

NHL hyping a game that may not be played
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The NHL draft is in town, and with it skating clinics, concerts, autograph opportunities and whatever other hoopla the league can muster to build its diminutive fan base.

Canucks' Bertuzzi charged with assault for on-ice punch
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Canucks star Todd Bertuzzi was charged with assault Thursday for a sucker-punch that broke Steve Moore's neck and left him in a pool of blood, an attack that prompted an outcry about hockey violence.

Travelers weather cicadas, sheep and rodeos
It's the Friday before a summer weekend, and the vacation travelers have sent in a huge stack of postcards. Let's see if we can go through a few.

Storm warning issued for Augusta
The National Weather service has issued a severe storm worning for the Augusta area until 6:30 p.m. Lightning, heavy rain and hail are possible.

Sheriff's officer accused of sexual battery
A Richmond County sheriff's officer was arrested Thursday, accused of sexual battery, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

Kerry dusts off his war record

Kerry dusts off his war record
It is amazing that the John Kerry campaign has brought his Vietnam War experience into the 2004 presidential race. Mr. Kerry, in fact, used a technical loophole to be transferred out of 'Nam, leaving his men behind. Mr. Kerry served in Vietnam - for four months! Chris Rich Augusta

Medicine column was poorly reasoned
The June 10 Paul Campos column "Medical steps forward sadly put us all back" raises a number of important ethical questions. He claims that "modern medicine created" the social problems attendant with Alzheimer's and other geriatric diseases by increasing life expectancy. He also blames public health policy in America which he claims is based on the "assumption that the main point of life is to stay alive as long as possible." Joseph B. Harris Washington, Ga.

Medicine column was poorly reasoned

Veterans' observances instill pride
I have never been more proud as in the past few weeks to join this area's Allied veterans of World War II who may have viewed or participated in the dedication of the World War II Memorial on the Washington Mall, and the D-Day ceremony held on Omaha beach a week later. I suppose it's been a long time since many of us have extended our chests beyond our belt buckles. God bless America, whom we served so many years ago. E.H. Binic Martinez

Political bachelorhood is a non-issue

Veterans' observances instill pride

Rant misrepresented state senator

Arab world must cast aside hatred

Good Samaritan saved family pets

Good Samaritan saved family pets
On June 12, my family and I came to Augusta for the day from Atlanta for a bench dedication for my late mother-in-law, Lillian Widener. We brought along our two Labrador retrievers, and put them in my father-in-law's back yard. When we returned, we discovered that the dogs had gotten out and were gone. Tara Widener Atlanta

Rant misrepresented state senator
In response to an item in Rants & Raves : You may go to church with state Sen. Tommy Moore of South Carolina, but you might not be a Christian. Joyce Browder Beck Augusta

Arab world must cast aside hatred
The gruesome murders of Americans and other Westerners are devastating indeed, but certainly not surprising considering whom we're dealing with. Bringing down the economies of Saudi Arabia and other Muslim nations doing business with the West is one of the goals of al-Qaida. Riding camels and pitching tents every night beats driving BMWs and living in air-conditioned villas. Bob Groothand Augusta

Pursue adult stem-cell research

Political bachelorhood is a non-issue
For the benefit of letter writer E. Maner ("President could be unmarried," June 17) and others who may be uninformed, it is recorded in the Oxford History of the American People that Grover Cleveland was a bachelor of 48 years when he was elected to the presidency in 1884. There was no outcry. People were not upset. He did court and marry a woman half his age during his first term. Ernestine Crews Hephzibah

Pursue adult stem-cell research
I am writing in response to the letter from Anne Cook ("Stem-cell study needed urgently," June 22). She makes the statement: "George W. Bush ... refuses to support stem-cell research." That statement is not true. Ruth A. Johnson North Augusta

Drug ads target pet lovers' emotions

New rules to fight surgery mixups

Biotechs mine hardy bacteria for industrial use

Scientist sees elevator reaching 62,000 miles into space

Health calendar

Decent proposal: More girls push for modest fashion options

Tapping into Augusta

Fashion designer creates a model doll

Air Force testing robot vehicles to protect bases and forward units

Oregon takes aggressive steps to eradicate oak disease

The Outlaw Trail

Scientist sees elevator reaching 62,000 miles into space
WASHINGTON -- President Bush wants to return to the moon and put a man on Mars. But scientist Bradley C. Edwards has an idea that's really out of this world: an elevator that climbs 62,000 miles into space.

Decent proposal: More girls push for modest fashion options
REDMOND, Wash. -- During a recent shopping trip to Nordstrom, 11-year-old Ella Gunderson became frustrated with all the low-cut hip-huggers and skintight tops.

Biotechs mine hardy bacteria for industrial use
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The creatures are known as "extremophiles," and they earn the name: They live in toxic Superfund cleanup sites, boiling deep-sea rift vents, volcanic craters and polar glaciers - some of the planet's harshest environments.

Air Force testing robot vehicles to protect bases and forward units
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., -- The Air Force wants to take away Staff Sgt. Miguel Jimenez's job, and that's just fine by him.

Drug ads target pet lovers' emotions
SEATTLE -- As a marketing executive, Marian Salzman knows she shouldn't let the slick advertisements get to her.

Tapping into Augusta
Georgia beer aficionados can celebrate Thursday, when the Prohibition-era law prohibiting the sale of beer stronger than 6 percent alcohol will be scrapped, opening the doors to an array of craft beers from American and foreign brewers.

Oregon takes aggressive steps to eradicate oak disease
PORTLAND, Ore. -- After facing a possible federal quarantine of its leading agricultural crop, Oregon is taking aggressive action to wipe out sudden oak death fungus, a disease that has threatened commercial nurseries nationwide.

Health calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403 and send e-mail to feature@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

Fashion designer creates a model doll
NEW YORK -- Some fashion designers try to break the mold of conventional fashion. Robert Tonner uses conventional fashion to dress the mold.

PBR beer regains former popularity
Can Pabst Blue Ribbon have cachet?

New rules to fight surgery mixups
WASHINGTON -- Starting July 1, operating rooms are supposed to be a little safer: Surgical teams must take new steps to prevent operating on the wrong body part or wrong patient.

The Outlaw Trail
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the sixth chapter of a 15-part story that The Augusta Chronicle will publish in Your Life on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays until July 16.

Four SRS programs lose funds
AIKEN - Four major programs crucial to new missions and new jobs at the Savannah River Site were severely slashed in a House appropriations bill passed Friday afternoon. This sets the stage for a battle to restore money in both the Senate and a conference committee that will be formed in early July.

Rants and raves
I WAS CALLING ABOUT the title pawn businesses. Why is it when you pay for a year, the same amount, and you still owe the same amount after a year plus you have another year and a half? Is this not robbery? Something needs to be done about these kinds of businesses. They say they are cheaper than the bank, and that is a lie.

Scandals' impact on city is limited
ATLANTA - Having two of its former legislators under indictment shouldn't harm Augusta's ability to gain political influence at the Capitol, according to political insiders.

Terminal project manager sought
With fewer than five months until construction is set to start on the new terminal at Augusta Regional Airport, aviation commissioners are under the gun to fix two of the airport's taxiways and select a manager to supervise the large-scale project.

Unusual visitor
Sandy Browning, a children's librarian in Greenville, S.C., holds the head of a 16-foot Burmese python named Penelope as children gather around to touch the snake, who weighs more than 200 pounds. Penelope visited the library Friday as part of the "Snakes Alive" science program, which teaches children about reptiles.

Rants and raves
I WAS CALLING ABOUT the title pawn businesses. Why is it when you pay for a year, the same amount, and you still owe the same amount after a year plus you have another year and a half? Is this not robbery? Something needs to be done about these kinds of businesses. They say they are cheaper than the bank, and that is a lie.

Black officials discuss vote
SAVANNAH, Ga. - As the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials meets in Savannah this weekend, an all-white slate of candidates fights for the Democratic nomination in the 12th U.S. Congressional District.

Camps keep youths thinking
Whoever robbed the Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta is one cocky thief.

Kid of the day

Terminal project manager sought

County leaders consider ending speed hump plan

Richmond County population slides

County leaders consider ending speed hump plan
It's the hottest accessory for Columbia County neighborhoods, and it seems as ifs everyone wants one.

Miller will speak at GOP convention

Miller will speak at GOP convention
WASHINGTON - Georgia Sen. Zell Miller, the highest-profile Democrat to endorse President Bush for re-election, will speak at the Republican National Convention later this summer, a congressional aide said Friday.

News you can use

Deputy faces child sex charge
A Richmond County sheriff's deputy has been arrested after being accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl in Grovetown.

School board qualifying is next week

Sale of SRS land deemed unlikely

School board qualifying is next week
Though qualifying opens Monday for board of education elections in Richmond and Columbia counties, one candidate has already tossed his hat in the ring.

Hundreds show support at fund-raiser

Athens scores 'Men's Journal' designation as top singles town

Peach farms get help from Mexico

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Callie Yvonne Newman, 18 months, of North Augusta.

Lawsuit wants cheap settlements tossed
CONYERS, Ga. - Settlements between victims of a chemical fire and Biolab Inc. should be thrown out, a lawsuit claims.

Sheriff's officer accused of sexual battery

Across the area
A masked man jumped the counter at Homewood Suites Hotel on Stevens Creek Road at about 9:15 p.m. and ordered the employee to get money from a cash drawer. She had seen the man go into a hotel bathroom and was calling 911 when he came out and put a gun to her head, a sheriff's report states. Another clerk ran, but Ms. Thomas was ordered to open a register or die. The man ran after taking the money.

News you can use
JUNE 26, 1972 Kitchen police, commonly called KP, hopefully will soon be an experience of the past for Fort Gordon soldiers, according to Col. Daniel Smaw, the deputy director of industrial operations. Approximately 240 civilians are tentatively scheduled to be hired to work in Fort Gordon's mess halls under the Modern Volunteer Army program to return soldiers to their duty of soldiering, Col. Smaw explained. Pending final approval, the first civilians will begin appearing in the post's mess halls in early July, and the process will be completed within the next 60 days.

Canceled party led to probe by police
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating a complaint by a man who says he leased the city's aquatics center for a party in May and paid $1,300 that was not refunded after the center canceled the event.

Kid of the day

Fire districts face crunch
AIKEN - In the GVW fire district, volunteer firefighters are well equipped, with three stations, six engines, a ladder truck and a service truck, all up to date and well maintained.

City divides over smoking ban idea

Valves could explain loss of submarine
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Almost four years after the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley was raised from the Atlantic, experts are still unsure why the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship went to the bottom.

Unusual visitor

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The state prison employee charged in connection with the April wounding of two Allendale Correctional Institution inmates has been suspended since shortly after her arrest, the Corrections Department says.

Computer careers are top pick for new school

Computer careers are top pick for new school
The public has spoken, and it seems most people want to see majors dealing with careers in computers at the new $16 million Richmond County Technical Careers Magnet School.

Across South Carolina

Walker's image may suffer amid scandal
Charles Walker has emerged relatively unscathed from prior investigations into his business-political connections. And the controversial former state senator could still rebound, even if this latest investigation yields a fine or a prison term.

Cooling off for two

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June 25, 1930 Bishop Frederick T. Keeney, formerly resident bishop of the Atlanta area, Methodist Church, and bishop of China, will lecture in Augusta twice tonight. The first talk will be made at the First Baptist Church, of which the Rev. Fred E. Smith is pastor, at 8 o'clock, and the second at Bethel A.M.E. Church at 9 o'clock.

Four SRS programs lose funds

Fountain will be shut off
Its seems the Augusta Riverwalk fountain at Eighth Street could again be causing problems.

Lawsuit wants cheap settlements tossed

Hospital plans to add beds
Faced with a rising number of sicker patients who are staying longer, University Hospital's first step in its massive renovation will be to add more critical care beds.

Valves could explain loss of submarine

Long sentence for ex-senator is improbable
Former Senate Majority Leader Charles W. Walker Sr. might find the world gloomy now, but even if he is convicted of 142 federal charges, a long prison sentence is doubtful.

Walker's image may suffer amid scandal

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MCDONOUGH - A woman accused of trying to hire a hit man for $10,000 to kill her husband has been released on bond.

Storm warning issued for Augusta

Across South Carolina
MONCKS CORNER - A young boy who would have celebrated his ninth birthday Friday drowned in an unsuccessful attempt to rescue his younger brother from a pond, the coroner said.

South Carolina's Senate race puts Southern chivalry to test

Last of Guard unit to return
The last soldiers from an Augusta-based Georgia Army National Guard unit will be coming home this weekend, officials said Thursday.

Youth corps beautifies roads

Tree falls on house in storm
If a tree falls in an Augusta neighborhood and no one hears it, did it really fall?

Charges may cut event's funding

If guilty, tenure could be limited
It involves a lot of ifs, but former Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker could take a Senate seat and lose a Senate seat within days of each other.

Airport to keep screeners

Fans are enticed to buy parking spots
ATHENS, Ga. - A South Carolina investment group is banking on the premium University of Georgia football fans place on parking during home games. Greenville-based Tailgate Station LLC plans to develop a condominium-style parking venue about seven-tenths of a mile from UGA's Sanford Stadium.

Scandals' impact on city is limited

Inmate wins interim stay of execution
AIKEN - Convicted killer Arthur Hastings Wise, scheduled to die next month for a 1997 Aiken County plant shooting that left four people dead, was granted a temporary stay of execution Thursday by the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Toxic emissions drop - mostly

Peach farms get help from Mexico
RIDGE SPRING, S.C. - A steady stream of Spanish flowed between the long rows of fruit-laden trees at Titan Peach Farms on Thursday.

Long sentence for ex-senator is improbable

Youth corps beautifies roads
AIKEN - Sweat dripped from Emily Harris' forehead as she slammed her shovel underneath a dead azalea bush and ripped the eyesore from the median on Laurens Street on Thursday.

Shooter requests stay of execution
COLUMBIA - A man sent to death row for killing two 8-year-old girls during a shooting spree at a Greenwood elementary school has asked the state Supreme Court to stop his execution because he is not mentally competent.

Sale of SRS land deemed unlikely
AIKEN - There are no plans to sell or give away hunks of the sprawling Savannah River Site, a U.S. Department of Energy spokesman said Thursday.

Charleston family greeted by triplets
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Lynne Carroll tried to relax on a doctor's office table as she awaited an ultrasound to check on her new pregnancy. It's an exciting moment for many pregnant women, a chance to see the tiny life growing within.

Hundreds show support at fund-raiser
Even before Charles Walker took the stage Thursday night at his fund-raiser at Julian Smith Casino, it was clear that his supporters are sticking by him, some with near-religious fervor.

Roadwork strives to end floods
If this week's thunderstorms had dumped more rain near the West Lake subdivision, it's likely Stevens Creek Road would have flooded - again.

Around town
Brianna Wilson, 8, waits for her turn to go horseback riding at the Girl Scouts' Camp Tanglewood in Evans. Among the other activities the camp offers are swimming, softball and crafts.

Law on protest gets no hearing
The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will not let Augusta make a case that its protest ordinance is legally valid, and Mayor Bob Young said Friday that officials will probably meet next week to decide their next step.

Athens scores 'Men's Journal' designation as top singles town
ATHENS, Ga. - Say so long to the fabled music scene, au revoir to the association with the University of Georgia's sports programs and adios to the noteworthy Southern Gothic homes - Athens' latest claim to fame doesn't have a thing to do with art, athleticism or even architecture.

Around town
Jenny Williams, 4, makes her way across playground equipment at Riverview Park in North Augusta. Jenny was helped out at the park by her grandfather Terry Huskey.

Across the area
An Augusta pizza deliveryman told Richmond County sheriff's deputies that he was robbed while making a delivery Wednesday night.

Toxic emissions drop - mostly
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Although the total amount of toxic waste produced by South Carolina industrial plants has dropped, many of the state's top producers are creating more waste, according to new federal data.

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ABINGDON, VA. - Six officials in a remote coal community allegedly accepted clothing, NASCAR tickets, hunting dogs and other gifts totaling more than $500,000 in exchange for directing flood disaster relief money to contractors, federal authorities charged Thursday.

Families recall 2 dead pilots
SAVANNAH, Ga. - It takes a special breed of pilot to put an Army Apache AH64-D Longbow helicopter through its combat paces.

Cooling off for two
Adrienne Miulford, 6, finds an ideal place where she and her doll can escape the heat. As temperatures reached the 90s on Thursday, she cooled down at Brookfield Park.

Haines denies buying support
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Facing claims that he bought a key endorsement, 12th Congressional District candidate Doug Haines says it isn't so.

South Carolina's Senate race puts Southern chivalry to test
COLUMBIA - Tuesday's runoff resolved one question in South Carolina's Senate race, but another looms: How does a man in these rough-and-tumble contests take on a woman in a state that prides itself on chivalry?

City divides over smoking ban idea
ATHENS, Ga. - Restaurant and bar owners in this bustling college city are facing the probability that a proposed smoking ban will become law and take a portion of their business with it.

Walker vows to fight charges against him
Former state Senate Majority Leader Charles W. Walker Sr. looked a federal indictment in the face Thursday and vowed to fight.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Emory University has received $2.2 million from the government for clinical trials of promising anti-HIV microbicides, university officials said.

Airport to keep screeners
Airports across the country will be allowed to switch back to private screeners later this year, but Augusta Regional Airport, like most airports nationwide, will probably stay with federal screeners, at least for now, officials said Thursday.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Hope Leigh Boysen, 23 months, of Evans.

Leaders warm to funds' use for arena
The idea of using sales tax money to build a sports and entertainment arena at the Regency Mall site was well received by Augusta commissioners Thursday.

Richmond County population slides
Out on a house-shopping trip, Daniel and Christina Stephens stood inside a National Hills home Friday, saying they want their first house together to be in Richmond County.

Debate heated at GOP forum
Personal attacks flew at times during Thursday night's debate between several of Columbia County's Republican candidates, but some of the strongest barbs shot between the two men running for sheriff.

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Charges may cut event's funding
The CSRA Classic might face a tough year for funding scholarships in the wake of the indictments against Charles Walker Sr.

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Charleston family greeted by triplets

Across the area

Shooter requests stay of execution

Fountain will be shut off

Black officials discuss vote

Fans are enticed to buy parking spots

Haines denies buying support

Around town

Around town

Walker vows to fight charges against him

Fire districts face crunch

Debate heated at GOP forum

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Across the Southeast

Roadwork strives to end floods

Leaders warm to funds' use for arena

Across Georgia

From 83 to 61 in one round
One of Charles Howell's favorite phrases is the country club equivalent of the gearhead mantra "That's racin'.'' It's almost always delivered with a shrug.

At the Movies: 'White Chicks'
When it comes to racial humor, black comedians have had a free pass for years, making white people the butt of ridicule that would send Jesse Jackson sprinting for a microphone were such stereotypical jokes directed at blacks.

At the Movies: 'White Chicks'

At the Movies: 'Fahrenheit 9/11'
Michael Moore has more in common with Mel Gibson than he'd probably like to admit.

At the Movies: 'Two Brothers'

At the Movies: 'Two Brothers'
Instead of taking the kids to "Garfield: The Movie," consider "Two Brothers," starring real cool cats.

At the Movies: 'The Notebook'
Other than oohing at Rachel McAdams in a mind-boggling array of 1940s dresses and ahhing at Ryan Gosling with his shirt off, there's really little point in seeing "The Notebook" because you've seen it before - more than once, and with more imagination.

At the Movies: 'The Notebook'

Librarians critical of CDs sent for recording industry settlement

Digital bugle plays taps when soldiers can't
WASHINGTON -- The playing of taps to honor America's fallen soldiers is a familiar sound, but at thousands of military funerals these days, not all is as it seems.

Librarians critical of CDs sent for recording industry settlement
SEATTLE -- As Washington school and library officials wade through thousands of CDs sent by the recording industry to settle a price-fixing lawsuit, one district can't help but wonder: Can a library have too much Whitney Houston?

Digital bugle plays taps when soldiers can't

Q&A with Uncle Kracker

Q&A with Uncle Kracker
NEW YORK -- Uncle Kracker is one artist who refuses to be pegged.

NASCAR says no to liquor sponsorship

Gordon sets track record
SONOMA, Calif. - When Jeff Gordon drove off the circuit during qualifying for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 on Friday, it gave everyone else hope at Infineon Raceway they could beat the road course ace.

NASCAR says no to liquor sponsorship
SONOMA, Calif. -- NASCAR has rejected Roush Racing's bid to sign a hard liquor company as primary sponsor for Jeff Burton's No. 99 Ford.

Road race welcome change for Gordon
SONOMA, Calif. -- Robby Gordon figured this was the perfect place to test his car - Infineon Raceway, site of Sunday's NASCAR race on a road course in scenic wine-growing country.

Gordon sets track record

Atlanta happy with 1st choice
ATLANTA - Rebuffed in their efforts to move up in the NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Stanford star Josh Childress with the No. 6 pick Thursday night.

Magic confident in draft pick
ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando general manager John Weisbrod asked his assistants the night before the NBA Draft why the Magic should not pick Dwight Howard.

Atlanta happy with 1st choice

Bryant to go on trial Aug. 27 on sexual assault charge
EAGLE, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant's sexual assault trial will begin Aug. 27, more than a year after he was accused of raping a 19-year-old woman.

Giants, Expos to play rescheduled game Aug. 9
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants will visit the Montreal Expos on Aug. 9 to make up a game postponed from May 23.

Magic confident in draft pick

Giants, Expos to play rescheduled game Aug. 9

Orlando Magic draft high schooler Howard with No. 1 pick
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic declared their willingness to wait for a payoff with the first pick of the NBA draft, selecting Atlanta prep forward Dwight Howard on Thursday night.

Orlando Magic draft high schooler Howard with No. 1 pick

Williams going back to USC, no word from NCAA

George's future with Titans still uncertain as minicamp ends

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Enduring Heenan gets another shot
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Katie Heenan was in shock when she left the national championships earlier this month, her career as an elite gymnast seemingly over.

Oklahoma is perfect fit for Comaneci and Conner

Nothstein, Mirabella nominated to Olympic cycling squad
Two-time Olympic medalist Marty Nothstein and returning Olympian Erin Mirabella were among the seven riders nominated Friday by USA Cycling to compete in the Athens Games.

Enduring Heenan gets another shot

Oklahoma is perfect fit for Comaneci and Conner
NORMAN, Okla. -- Tucked in a cabinet in a velvet maroon box, the bright blue Tiffany's pouch gives only a hint of the glorious treasures inside.

Nothstein, Mirabella nominated to Olympic cycling squad

Team's roster will be decided
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Blaine Wilson and Jason Gatson are rounding into good health. That's good news for American gymnastics, but bad news for a handful of talented men who thought they had a chance to take their spots at the Olympics.

Greece to add elevator to Acropolis in time for Olympics

Olympic security exercise begins
ATHENS, Greece -- An eight-nation exercise to test security for the Athens Olympics began Friday, and the Greek government wants to extend surveillance powers to screen phone calls.

Team's roster will be decided

Report: Chinese sports officials misusedOlympics funds to build apartments
BEIJING -- Chinese sports officials misused more than $13 million meant for the 2008 Beijing Olympics to build apartments for their staff, state media said Thursday.

Gatson, Wilson keep moving toward Olympics

Gatson, Wilson keep moving toward Olympics
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Blaine Wilson and Jason Gatson are rounding into good health. That's good news for American gymnastics, but bad news for a handful of talented men who thought they had a chance to take their spots at the Olympics.

Greece to add elevator to Acropolis in time for Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- A temporary elevator will help visitors unable to climb steps reach the Acropolis - the first such alteration in the ancient site's 2,500-year history, the culture ministry said Friday.

Believe it or not, there are some Democrats I like
A member of the Loyal Opposition - meaning those who don't agree with anything I say, which includes about half of the inhabited earth - confided to a friend that, "the only Democrats Dick Yarbrough likes are dead Democrats." Not true. There are a lot of live Democrats I like.

Believe it or not, there are some Democrats I like
A member of the Loyal Opposition - meaning those who don't agree with anything I say, which includes about half of the inhabited earth - confided to a friend that, "the only Democrats Dick Yarbrough likes are dead Democrats." Not true. There are a lot of live Democrats I like.

Umpire's bad call leads to dismissal

Overtime

Overtime

Navratilova looks her age in Wimbledon loss

Grenada coach hears it from team's fans

Large debt will keep Tyson fighting in the ring for years

High-profile cases continue to upturn the world of sports

Teen ousts Venus

Croat Ivanisevic loses last match

Croat Ivanisevic loses last match
WIMBLEDON, England - Goran Ivanisevic ended his tennis career Friday, leaving Centre Court to a rousing standing ovation after losing in straight sets to the man who succeeded him as Wimbledon champion two years ago.

Large debt will keep Tyson fighting in the ring for years
Mike Tyson will have to fight - and fight often - to get out of debt, despite the prospect of a $14 million payment from Don King to settle his claims against the promoter.

Grenada coach hears it from team's fans
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada - Grenada's national soccer coach says he was harassed by fans after his team's 3-2 loss to the United States during a World Cup qualifying game.

Overtime
The Augusta Lynx announced Thursday that they signed Josh St. Louis, who played in Augusta during the 2001-02, 2002-03 seasons.

Umpire's bad call leads to dismissal
WIMBLEDON, England - The chair umpire who awarded an extra point to Venus Williams' opponent during her second-round loss at Wimbledon won't work another match during the tournament.

Navratilova looks her age in Wimbledon loss
WIMBLEDON, England -- Spectators stood six deep Thursday on the walkway alongside cozy Court 3. They filled an adjacent stairway, peered over the backstop and looked on from a nearby balcony, eager to see Martina Navratilova win in singles at Wimbledon.

High-profile cases continue to upturn the world of sports
The world's fastest man could face a lifetime ban for alleged doping. Baseball's home run king is dogged almost daily with questions about whether he's used performance-enhancing drugs. The world's greatest cyclist has come under suspicion.

Teen ousts Venus
WIMBLEDON, England - Two-time champion Venus Williams was upset in the second round of Wimbledon on Thursday, losing in straight sets to Croatia's Karolina Sprem in a match marred by an umpire's scoring error in the final tiebreaker.

Overtime
Aiken's Tommy Carpenter, fresh off a Regions Cup victory last week at the North Augusta Exchange Club/Persimmon Hill Classic, heads the field in this weekend's Camellia Classic at Thomson's Belle Meade Country Club.

Williams going back to USC, no word from NCAA
LOS ANGELES -- Wide receiver Mike Williams is enrolled at Southern California for summer school, but there's no word from the NCAA on whether he will be allowed to play college football next season.

George's future with Titans still uncertain as minicamp ends
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans finished their final minicamp Thursday with Eddie George's future with the team still unsettled.

Film sparked ongoing debate about Pontius Pilate
Among matters revived by Mel Gibson's stupendously popular movie "The Passion of the Christ": How evil was Pontius Pilate, the Roman ruler who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus?

Church founded by weight-loss guru investigated in death of child
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- The Remnant Fellowship, a church that grew out of a Christian weight-loss program, preaches obedience and tough discipline for unruly children.

Rabbis fill need in small congregations around the country
COLLEYVILLE, Texas -- For Jeff Brown, studying to become a rabbi has been quite a journey - and not just in the spiritual sense.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augustachronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403, or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Handwritten St. John's Bible uses both old techniques
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. -- As Donald Jackson and his scribes worked on a handwritten and "illuminated" Bible, they used an image unavailable to the monks of the Middle Ages: a view of Earth taken from outer space

Churches are slow to enter Web
Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church in Evans took a giant step into cyberspace about a year ago when it began posting its weekly bulletin on the World Wide Web.

Religion News in Brief
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II said Europe cannot sever itself from its Christian roots, days after European Union leaders failed to include a direct reference to the faith in a planned constitution.

The casual look is wearing thin with Augusta pastors
Dressing down for church has hit a low point with some Augusta pastors.

Faith digest
About 25 homeowners in the Hyde Park community got help this week from more than 300 Southern Baptist youths, called World Changers. The primarily teenage volunteers repaired porches and roofs, painted and did minor carpentry.

Photo exhibit chronicles Manhattan's religious centers
NEW YORK -- And you thought the only things that were worshipped in Manhattan were money, power and fame.

From 83 to 61 in one round

'Rock Star' is set to be heavier 'Idol'
The complaint was valid. American journalism devoted much of its time to yet another exercise in herd-style, roadblock "reporting" - namely, the weeklong eulogizing and coverage of President Reagan's funeral ceremonies.

Outdoor Life expands cycle race coverage
With the ratings of so many sports on television either flat or declining, it's a challenge to locate untapped events and reach out to new fans.

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of June 14-20. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

Phony reality, Las Vegas plague fall prime-time TV

'Rock Star' is set to be heavier 'Idol'

Phony reality, Las Vegas plague fall prime-time TV
It's no laughing matter.

Outdoor Life expands cycle race coverage

Country singer Marty Stuart arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

People in the News

Michael Jackson case grand jury transcript will remain sealed

Ron Reagan criticizes Bush administration's handling of war in Iraq

People in the News

Gamecocks are surprised

Gamecocks are surprised
OMAHA, Neb. - After combining for 35 runs in their three previous College World Series games, offense didn't figure to be a problem for the South Carolina's Gamecocks on Thursday, particularly against a pitcher who was making only his second start of the year.

Girls lobby to bring ice cream shops back to gaming town

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Faith Calendar

Film sparked ongoing debate about Pontius Pilate

Rabbis fill need in small congregations around the country

Handwritten St. John's Bible uses both old techniques

Faith digest

Churches are slow to enter Web

Photo exhibit chronicles Manhattan's religious centers

The casual look is wearing thin with Augusta pastors

Church founded by weight-loss guru investigated in death of child