Mini art works on display at the Smithsonian
WASHINGTON -- It's not unusual to see art aficionados squint to see the details of a painting, but at this exhibit they have to squint just see some of the paintings.

'Wicked' getting a new good witch in July
NEW YORK -- "Wicked," the season's biggest musical hit, is getting a new good witch.

'Five by Tenn" reduced to 'Four by Tenn'

Iconic photos document human tide of vast changes

A brilliant and unoriginal mystery

Sea of mystery surrounds Martha's Vineyard in two new whodunits
Bright blue waters, miles of beaches, and quaint towns and villages make Martha's Vineyard a paradise for residents and for the boatloads of vacationers who visit the Massachusetts island.

Mini art works on display at the Smithsonian

Life in Hollywood, as seen from the bottom rung

New exhibition focuses on creation of 'La Grande Jatte'

Ride through novel as enjoyable as the destination
Mystery writer Robert Barnard doesn't write the same book over and over.

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Life in Hollywood, as seen from the bottom rung
Ever dream about working in Hollywood? Lizzie Miller didn't. She loved politics, and after landing a job with a congressman in Washington, this Georgetown graduate looked forward to the day when she would be able to work on a public-waste bill or launch a petition on behalf of refugees.

Mother, daughter, take on adolescence together in new book

The joy and mystery of horses, passed from father to son
When his father told him late in life that the favorite memory of his sports writing career was covering Secretariat's Kentucky Derby win in 1973, John Jeremiah Sullivan was immediately intrigued.

Museum acquires bronze Apollo sculpture
CLEVELAND -- A sculpture of mythology's Apollo went on display Tuesday at the Cleveland Museum of Art, which hopes to prove the acquisition is the only one among about 20 large Greek bronzes in the world that can be linked to the ancient Greek masters.

Whodunit offers more formula than mystery
Even the best 20th high school reunion is something of a nightmare. But when a serial killer enters the scene targeting some of the popular girls from way back when, the gathering turns into something more: a Mary Higgins Clark whodunit.

Sea of mystery surrounds Martha's Vineyard in two new whodunits

A brilliant and unoriginal mystery
Michael Simon's first hard-boiled mystery novel, "Dirty Sally," manages to be both brilliant and thoroughly unoriginal - brilliant because it is a great story superbly told, the writing as taut and gritty as anything in modern crime fiction; unoriginal because you have to keep checking the title page to be sure it wasn't written by James Ellroy.

'Wicked' getting a new good witch in July

Mother, daughter, take on adolescence together in new book
PORTLAND, Ore. -- What parent of a teenager hasn't heard the refrain, often accompanied by an exaggerated eye-roll, and with an emphasis on the second syllable for maximum insolence: "Whatever, Mom"?

'Five by Tenn" reduced to 'Four by Tenn'
NEW YORK -- "Five by Tenn," five one-act plays by Tennessee Williams, was one of the opening attractions in the Kennedy Center's summer-long celebration of the playwright.

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New exhibition focuses on creation of 'La Grande Jatte'
CHICAGO -- Plunk down about 40 people, three dogs and one monkey on an island in the Seine just outside Paris on a sun-drenched afternoon. Put them in stiff poses. If your name is Georges-Pierre Seurat and you have some novel ideas about light and color, the results are going to be most striking.

The joy and mystery of horses, passed from father to son

Iconic photos document human tide of vast changes
NEW YORK -- Sidney D. Gamble portrayed the human face of China at the start of a turbulent revolution in his spellbinding photos of everyday life: rickshaw drivers on a Beijing thoroughfare, rowers on the Yangtze River, boys lining up at a soup kitchen, a wrinkled shoemaker dressed in rags, a cherubic infant in a lucky tiger suit.

Mims saw his squad's potential early

Coach's advice helps team fix its 'mess'
Imagine what runs through a first-year coach's mind when a state champion team from the previous season hits the skids.

Egan surpassed everything thrown at him throughout 2004 season

Public school all-area team
Augusta Chronicle All-Area team for Georgia and South Carolina public schools

Coach's advice helps team fix its 'mess'

Private school all-area team
Augusta Chronicle All-Area team for Georgia and South Carolina private schools

Cal State Fullerton wins College World Series

Mims saw his squad's potential early
Just about every coach in the area gives more than a season's worth of time to his team. Some triple the amount of time commitment they ask of their players.

Cal State Fullerton wins College World Series
OMAHA, Neb. -- After struggling at the start of the season, Cal State Fullerton ended it in style.

DeMore lives up to all the hype
Older brother followed little brother to a new team. When he did, Donny DeMore had the best baseball season of his life.

Egan surpassed everything thrown at him throughout 2004 season
Respect is usually given in casual doses in baseball. It came in bunches this spring to Jon Egan.

Public school all-area team

From Alaska to Hawaii, mail keeps rolling in

Crowd beats two people after hit-and-run accident injures three
MILWAUKEE -- A large crowd pulled two men from a car and beat them after the driver struck three children and tried to flee, Milwaukee County sheriff's officials said.

New law for 'fire-safe' cigarettes takes effect in New York
ALBANY, N.Y. -- There's something different about cigarette brands sold in New York these days, but you would hardly notice it by looking at them.

Chimps at Lincoln Park Zoo get to take revenge on people - with air gun
CHICAGO -- The apes at Lincoln Park Zoo are finally getting a chance to take their revenge on people who for years have been pounding their palms against the glass walls of the primates' old home.

Ortiz ignores trade talk in strong outing

Thomas making mark with swings
BALTIMORE - It didn't take Bobby Cox long to see why Charles Thomas was leading the International League with a .358 batting average when he was called up last Wednesday.

Ortiz ignores trade talk in strong outing
BALTIMORE - Atlanta pitcher Russ Ortiz did more than step back in time by wearing a 1968 uniform Saturday afternoon.

Braves' comeback stuns Orioles

Braves' comeback stuns Orioles
BALTIMORE - Yes, the Braves need another bat or two. But it's not just other teams that can deliver big hits. Just ask the gang of hitters the Braves sent to the plate in the eighth inning Sunday afternoon.

Business licenses

Companies that refurbish golf cars see lots of green

On the move

Companies that refurbish golf cars see lots of green
Being home to Club Car and E-Z-Go, the Augusta area has come to be known as the golf-car capital of the world.

Pocket change

Business calendar
Thursday: QuickBooksPro 2003; Serotta Maddocks Evans & Co., CPA's; 701 Greene St. , Suite 200; 8:30-5 p.m.; www.smecpa.com; seminar by Sonia Gowen, Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor; Qualifies for A & A CPE Credit; $195 due at registration; continental breakfast and lunch provided; call Dawn M. Hayen at (706) 722-5357.

Rich nations turn to the developing world for nursing recruits
MEXICO CITY -- Grappling with a shortage of nurses, hospitals in the United States are sending recruiters to Mexico and other poor nations, raising concerns of a possible drain on already strained health care in the developing world.

Pocket change
Employer Spotlight: University Health Care System

Middlemen popping up to sell people's wares on eBay

Interest in older employees rises
After her husband's death, Doris Pease needed time to grieve and piece together her life as a widow.

Severance compensation is large for departing CEOs

Study: American workers not impressed by corporate diversity 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.

Interest in older employees rises

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Study: American workers not impressed by corporate diversity efforts

Rich nations turn to the developing world for nursing recruits

Tex-Mex chain growing fast

Spyware endangers computer's health

Distinction between disclosure and plain talk is still lost on most companies

Business licenses
The following is a partial list of businesses in Richmond County from April:

Middlemen popping up to sell people's wares on 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 fast-growing crowd of businesses who want to be part of the process.

Cause-based marketing often stimulates growth
One challenge every business faces is how to best spend its marketing dollars. There is an endless parade of advertising opportunities available but how do you pick the best one?

Severance compensation is large for departing CEOs
NEW YORK -- A deal is a deal, unless it's a severance agreement for a departing top executive. Then the terms are subject to a last-minute reinterpretation which can make parting a sweet sorrow for the executive and simply sorrowful for shareholders.

On the move
Phillip R. Wahl II, the Augusta market president and senior client manager for Bank of America, has assumed the leadership role for the company's Aiken market.

Tex-Mex chain growing fast
ATLANTA -- Its name is based on a Three Stooges character. The menu is filled with references to "Seinfeld" and other TV shows. And employees are required to greet every customer with a shout of "Welcome to Moe's!"

Spyware endangers computer's health
Q: My computer's been sluggish lately, and I seem to get a lot more pop-up ads. What's going on?

Distinction between disclosure and plain talk is still lost on most companies
NEW YORK -- Judging from the expanding waistlines of annual reports and rising flood of corporate disclosures, companies seem plenty anxious to convince shareholders that they've got nothing to hide.

Cause-based marketing often stimulates growth

Indictment leads Walker to seek divine intervention

Indictment leads Walker to seek divine intervention
Last week's indictment of former state Senate Majority leader Charles Walker came as no surprise. More surprising were the indictment of his daughter Monique and allegations that Mr. Walker stole money from the annual CSRA Classic to pay his gambling debts, which he vehemently denied at Thursday's fish fry at Julian Smith Casino.

Toward swifter justice
Like most states, South Carolina is spending a good part of its Big Tobacco settlement on programs that are neither anti-smoking nor medical in nature.

Riveting race on tap

Riveting race on tap
Three-term U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint did a remarkable job in turning the tables on former Gov. Jim Beasley in the runoff campaign to be the GOP's nominee for South Carolina's U.S. Senate seat this fall.

Safe exception to the rule

A test of facts, not a fight

Safe exception to the rule
Georgia's new rule designed to stop the odious practice of social promotions requires third graders to pass a test to prove they can read well enough to be promoted to the fourth grade.

A test of facts, not a fight
It seems that whenever someone prominent is indicted, he or she vows to "fight the charges."

People in the News
NEW YORK (AP)- Moby, Dick and a Lunachick celebrated a rite of summer in Brooklyn's annual Mermaid Parade, joining about 1,500 people who marched along the Coney Island boardwalk, many in nautical dress.

The breast feeding debate
At only two weeks old, Charles Robert Futo had already become a connoisseur of fine dining.

What to do
Aiken Community Playhouse: The ACP Youth Wing will present "Anne of Green Gables" at 3 p.m. today at the Washington Center for Performing Arts, 124 Newberry St., Aiken. For tickets, call (803) 648-1438.

Pigeon is back in this delightful book
After his disappointing attempt in 2003 to persuade readers to let him drive a bus, Pigeon returns to the literary scene. I assume he flew or hitchhiked.

Swing Time
Jordan and Alyssa Oleson enjoy the tire swing at H. Odell Weeks Park in Aiken.\nSwing Time

Let's have a luau!
Last summer my family and I journeyed to the Hawaiian island of Oahu. This was the first family vacation we had taken that required airline travel, and it was a fun and exciting experience for all four of us!

Immunizatons: to believe or not to believe
Scared to give your child immunizations? Don't be. "When it comes to child health, prevention is always better than treatment, and nowhere is this more evident than with immunizations," states Carden Johnston, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics. While most parents understand and would agree that thousands of children's lives have been saved or disability prevented with the creation of vaccinations/immunizations, many still have questions about the need for immunizations today and if the risk to their child is greater with immunizations than without. So what should a parent believe? Below are some of the most common myths and realities about immunizations, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The summer slump
We're heading into that "Summer Slump" stage. You know - that time after July 4 when you've had enough of the pool, it's too hot to spend much time outside, the best summer movies have already been watched, friends are out-of-town and sprinklers just don't hold the same appeal as they did a few weeks earlier. Even watermelon and popcicles just aren't quite as satisfying.

Bond funds still deserve a place in your portfolio

Bond funds still deserve a place in your portfolio
NEW YORK -- Bond investors must be feeling pretty grouchy by now.

GreenJacket's notebook
Whether it's the rain or the humidity, the weather in Augusta is a change for Augusta GreenJackets starter Beau Vaughan - an Arizona native.

Garren prevails in sudden death
THOMSON - In one of his infrequent tournament appearances, Augusta's Crane Garren outplayed the better-known Regions Cup stars in his group Sunday to win the Camellia Classic at Belle Meade Country Club.

Garren prevails in sudden death

Sowards takes Club Pro title by one stroke

Craig Stadler has day to be proud of

Mickelson to compete in Par-3 Shootout
GAYLORD, Mich. -- Masters champion Phil Mickelson highlights a foursome that also includes Fred Couples, Lee Trevino and Fuzzy Zoeller, competing in the Par 3 Shootout skins event on Monday.

Scott avoids collapse, holds on to win Booz Allen
POTOMAC, Md. -- The Australian with Greg Norman's coach and Norman's old caddie felt a Norman-like collapse coming on.

Scott avoids collapse, holds on to win Booz Allen

Golf capsules

Sowards takes Club Pro title by one stroke
NASHPORT, Ohio -- Bob Sowards made up eight shots on the front side as leader Jeff Coston unraveled, coasting to a one-stroke victory Sunday in the 37th PGA Club Professional Championship.

Scott ties 54-hole record at Booz Allen, takes six-shot lead

Scott ties 54-hole record at Booz Allen, takes six-shot lead
POTOMAC, Md. -- A curious fan watched Adam Scott hit a perfect wedge to 2 feet to set up a birdie at the eighth hole.

Saiki gets first LPGA Tour win

Remesy first French winner of French Open since 1969
VERSAILLES, France -- Jean-Francois Remesy became the first Frenchman in 35 years to win the French Open, shooting an even-par 71 Sunday for a seven-shot victory.

Jackson wants to be first double dipper
THOMSON - Forget about just beating his fellow senior golfers. Augusta's Mike Jackson, the 2003 Regions Cup Senior Player of the Year, wants to defeat everybody in the Camellia Classic.

Scott ties 54-hole record at Booz Allen, takes six-shot lead

Jackson wants to be first double dipper

Golf capsules
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Defending champion Michelle Wie won two matches Saturday to advance to the final of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Championship.

Remesy first French winner of French Open since 1969

Tseng stuns Wie in Women's Publinx championship
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Once the only teen sensation of female golfers, tall and regal and in training for greatness, Michelle Wie learned this week it might not be easy to stay at the top.

Tseng stuns Wie in Women's Publinx championship

Stadler wins Nationwide tournament in playoff
FINDLEY LAKE, N.Y. -- Kevin Stadler tapped in for par on the fourth playoff hole Sunday, winning the Nationwide Tour's Lake Erie Charity Classic on the same day his father won on the Champions Tour.

Saiki gets first LPGA Tour win
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Kim Saiki waited 12 years for her first LPGA Tour win, and it practically left her speechless.

Craig Stadler has day to be proud of
CONCORD, Mass. -- Like father, like son.

Mickelson to compete in Par-3 Shootout

GreenJacket's notebook

Thrashers acquire goalie, take six more draft picks
ATLANTA -- After focusing on defense on the first day of the NHL draft, the Atlanta Thrashers traded for a goaltender and then focused on adding front line help in the last six rounds of the draft Sunday.

Thrashers stick to game plan, get defenseman in first round
DULUTH, Ga. -- Atlanta Thrashers general manager Don Waddell got the player he wanted in the NHL draft for the sixth straight year.

Thrashers acquire Havelid from Anaheim
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers got the veteran defenseman they needed, acquiring Niclas Havelid in a trade with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Saturday.

Labor uncertainty means few trades at NHL draft

Thrashers acquire Havelid from Anaheim

Thrashers stick to game plan, get defenseman in first round

Thrashers acquire goalie, take six more draft picks

Labor uncertainty means few trades at NHL draft
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Trades were a rarity during this weekend's NHL draft, with labor uncertainty making teams reluctant to take on large contracts.

From Alaska to Hawaii, mail keeps rolling in
I have many vacation memories, but the best are among the first.

Get the facts on stem-cell study
Surprise! Another Cook letter has emerged full of half-truths and innuendos ("Stem-cell study needed urgently," Anne Cook, June 22). As usual, her "anybody but Bush" mantra doesn't give the complete story. Brook Aiken Evans

Informed veterans will back Kerry
With some people questioning whether the letter writers who are not Bush backers have ever served in the military, I would like to preface this letter with my credentials: I am a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. I also was a merchant seaman for more than 20 years, and have been awarded the Silver Star, the Purple Heart and many other decorations and awards. Carroll C. Kenny Martinez

Manpower needed to fight crime

Get the facts on stem-cell study

Bone up on political terminology
Immediate classification prejudices all subsequent thinking, a probable root cause of the pejorative labels in published letters. Nevertheless, a lexicon of terms is useful. Tom Zwemer Augusta

Disability benefits denial is very unfair
Allow me to tell you my true story about my discriminatory and unequal representation that I have received from U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Timothy M. Bledsoe North Augusta, S.C.

Manpower needed to fight crime
On April 10, there was a drive-by shooting on Picquet Avenue, in the historical Bethlehem area. On April 11, another drive-by occurred on Old Savannah Road. Children were at Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church for an Easter egg hunt. Bullets flew. Children were rushed inside. That night, a man behind a bush snatched my son from his truck, shot him in the stomach and attempted to shoot him in the head, but he was shot in the arm. That gunman and about four others in black hoods shot up the block. A house on Ninth Street was shot, and the occupants placed the children in the bathtub for protection. Now you know why Johnny can't learn - he's traumatized. Mattie Mitchell Augusta

Augusta's commissioners are ill-equipped to lead, determine spending
I am solidly behind a renewed special purpose local option sales tax, but only for a five-year period, and only to underwrite capital improvements in the public safety, parks and recreation and public works areas. A.B. Cresci Augusta

Augusta's commissioners are ill-equipped to lead, determine spending

Union card checks not a threat
In reference to your editorial June 21 ("End union bullying"): "Card checks" have been in existence since 1995 and perhaps longer. It is a system whereby the employer can choose to recognize the union if 50 percent plus one of the employees sign a card requesting they be recognized by the union. There is no rule or mandate issued by the National Labor Relations Act that specifies that the employer must recognize the union. The employer has the option to grant bargaining rights to the union, or it may elect to call for an election. William H. Wells Lincolnton

Bone up on political terminology

Abortions epitomize barbarity
Your editorial June 19 (" 'An act of barbarism' ") was correct: al-Qaida operatives "show no respect for law and, more tragically, no respect for human life." Hubert Baker Aiken, S.C.

Union card checks not a threat

Chinese politicians use technology to tap public opinion

Medical world debates risk of being a little on the pudgy side

The breast feeding debate

Classic video games make a comeback

Old home puts family in touch with the past

Is weight gain less hazardous for blacks than whites?

New home exercise rooms focusing on yoga

Cop on the beat now a walking database

Internet is extremists' channel of choice

Let's have a luau!

Video game review: 'Riddick' redefines Xbox gaming

Swing Time

Lawn logicCroquet fundamentals

Florist should be told about ill plant

The summer slump

The fantasy world Cirque du Soleil livens Las Vegas

The summer slump

Sprinkler systems are the secrets to savings

Pigeon is back in this delightful book

Media hubs bridge gap between PC, living room

Online postings carry hidden clues

In the know

The fantasy world Cirque du Soleil livens Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- After a decade, Cirque du Soleil has become an institution in the gambling capital, but it never stops evolving.

Lawn logicCroquet fundamentals
Sally Patterson greets others with warm handshakes, bright eyes and a wry smile.

Florist should be told about ill plant
Dear Carson: A local florist sent us a diseased bromeliad plant at my father's recent funeral. The customers were elderly relatives who could not attend the funeral. This bromeliad was the sickliest plant I have ever seen.

Media hubs bridge gap between PC, living room
You've got hours of home movies, thousands of songs and countless digital pictures on the PC in the den. But the best places for watching and listening - the big television and stereo - are in the living room at the other end of the house.

In the know
If there's a recipe for relationship success, Krista Faye Gladman and Gerald Terrell Jr. have found that it includes equal parts of friendship and time.

Video game review: 'Riddick' redefines Xbox gaming
Perhaps Vin Diesel should stick with video games: "The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay" is a superlative new title for the Xbox.

Sprinkler systems are the secrets to savings
Watering a few flowerpots only takes a moment or two. Watering a garden takes longer. And when it comes to an entire landscape -- if you plan on hand-watering -- expect to spend an hour or more.

Chinese politicians use technology to tap public opinion
BEIJING -- Communist officials tote the latest laptops under their arms. Citizens go online to chat with national legislators. Internet bulletin-board users post statements critical of the government, if only by a smidgen.

Old home puts family in touch with the past
About five years ago, Rick and Rebekah Porterfield traded a home in a new subdivision for a two-story house in Johnston, S.C. It came with the character they wanted and a slice of town history.

Is weight gain less hazardous for blacks than whites?
While much research suggests even a little extra weight can be bad for people's health, the hazard is much less clear for black people than for whites.

Water Babies
The Story So Far: Aaron, Lisa and Cassidy, with their dads, are camping along the Green River, in Desolation Canyon, Utah. As night comes on, it is discovered that Cassidy is missing.

Medical world debates risk of being a little on the pudgy side
Riding to the mall one Saturday, Joanne Ikeda's younger sister turned to her and asked, out of nowhere, "Do you know that I am now overweight?"

New home exercise rooms focusing on yoga
STATHAM, Ga. -- Mats, mirrored walls and gurgling fountains are replacing iron weights, bulky cardio equipment and loud televisions in some home exercise rooms as yoga enters the picture as a mainstream fitness option.

Cop on the beat now a walking database
BOSTON -- A police officer stops you on the street, then taps something into a device in the palm of his hand.

Q&A: Preserving a deck
Q. Dan asks: Is there something we can do with a three-quarter-inch plywood deck to preserve it besides continually painting and water sealing? A neighbor put roofing material with gravel on his deck, but we wouldn't want that. It doesn't look very appealing and is not at all nice to walk on. Someone mentioned outdoor carpet, but wouldn't the plywood get moldy and rot under the carpet? Heavens, what would we do with our flowerpots?

Classic video games make a comeback
RALEIGH, N.C. -- When Rob O'Hara needs a serious video game fix, he unwinds a black rubber joystick and plays a few rounds of "Space Invaders" on his Atari 2600, vintage 1982.

Online postings carry hidden clues
NEW YORK -- With basic tools and skills, Internet sleuths can learn much from Web sites and online discussion boards beyond what terror groups and their sympathizers may be saying in the open.

Internet is extremists' channel of choice
NEW YORK -- Al-Qaida-linked terror groups and their sympathizers have in recent months made a big splash on the Internet, making it their communications channel of choice.

Indictment alleges G-8 bomb plot

Most employers quiet about race

Fans still seek reason for Dooley's departure
ATHENS, Ga. - More than a year has passed since Vince Dooley was told his 25 years as University of Georgia athletics director would end against his wishes - a decision made by UGA President Michael Adams.

Skyrocketing tuition costs put prepay program at risk
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Marsha Fisher of Greenville was eager to plunk hard-earned money into a state program that promised her children's college tuition would be covered even if the costs rose.

State hires private company to help improve Allendale schools

Alliance set for BRAC
More than a year after its inception, the CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon remains geared up to protect the Army post.

Rangers fight fire with fire

Defectors, maps affect primaries

Ship's 50th reunion celebrates crewman
Bob Richards is a humble man. So when a group of his shipmates chose to honor him at the 50th annual reunion of the USS Ashtabula crew, he was genuinely surprised.

Johnsonville holds new election for mayor after state high court voids 2002 election

Across Georgia

State hires private company to help improve Allendale schools
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Education Department has hired a private company to help improve Allendale schools, where many students continue to fail tests in math and reading despite the state's takeover of the district nearly four years ago.

Traffic measure bothers owners

South Carolina losing money in unpaid car tax bills
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina counties could be losing millions of dollars in revenue because most do not bother to track down those who don't pay their car tax bills, relying mostly on tickets issued by law enforcement to catch delinquent taxpayers.

Across the area

Johnsonville holds new election for mayor after state high court voids 2002 election
FLORENCE, S.C. -- Johnsonville residents will choose mayor Tuesday after the state Supreme Court threw out the results of an election held two years ago because some voters in the tight contest did not live in the city.

Rangers fight fire with fire
RED HILL, S.C. - For Steve Wilhelm and Beth LeMaster, the black of burned stumps and logs and the charred bark of tall pines are signs of a forest on the road back to ecological health.

Charleston board wants investigation of charter school spending
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Charleston County School Board plans to ask the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate how a North Charleston charter school spent a $365,000 overpayment from the school district.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Some criticize new Savannah River island that's going to the birds
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Transportation is spending nearly $8 million on an island at the mouth of the Savannah River that has gone to the birds - literally.

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

Newest Miss Georgia makes history
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- On a whim, Danica Tisdale entered the Miss Atlanta pageant last year and won.

News you can use

Some criticize new Savannah River island that's going to the birds
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Transportation is spending nearly $8 million on an island at the mouth of the Savannah River that has gone to the birds - literally.

Federal guidelines affect Lake Murray

Beer can pack more wallop on July 1 when new laws take effect
ATLANTA -- Georgians who want their beer to pack a little more punch will be able to buy higher-octane brew after July 1 thanks to one of more than 100 new laws taking effect that day.

Some criticize new Savannah River island that's going to the birds

Police ask public for information about two missing people
ATHENS, Ga. -- Authorities are asking the public for information about two missing people who are now believed dead, both possibly killed by a man currently in jail on separate charges.

Higher posts remain far off

Use of nuclear fund might bring big bill

Suspicions began at Grady hospital

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Weldon Dean Bailey, 2, of North Augusta.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - One winning ticket for Saturday's $65.8 million Powerball drawing was sold in South Carolina, lottery officials said Sunday.

Ship's 50th reunion celebrates crewman

Across Georgia
ATHENS - Authorities are asking the public for information about two missing people who are now thought dead, both possibly killed by a man currently in jail on separate charges.

Tisdale wins Miss Georgia pageant
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Danica Tisdale, Miss Atlanta, became the first black contestant to be crowned Miss Georgia Saturday night.

Across the area
Police arrested a 22-year-old Augusta man Sunday in connection with a morning shooting, according to officials.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a Blythe woman Friday after a man said she threw a paring knife at him during an argument.

Cloudy weather makes counting butterflies difficult
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Fifteen census takers have had little luck finding the object of their count this weekend in the Congaree National Park.

Across the southeast
HESSMER, LA. - A freight train struck a car at a rural crossing early Saturday, killing two people and injuring a third, the second fatal train-vehicle wreck in as many days in Louisiana.

Mountains of mail
When it comes to marketing and publication materials, James Franklin Strother knows the business well.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Aubrey Marie Cottone of Hephzibah

School overcame poor surroundings
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Their journey was long, their textbooks dog-eared and their classrooms spartan. But black students had no excuse for not learning at Risley High School.

Suspicions began at Grady hospital
The federal investigation that led to last week's 142-count indictment of former state Sen. Charles Walker, his daughter and companies may have begun with Joyce Harris' suspicions that using Mr. Walker's company was wasting taxpayers' money.

Director's favorite works focus on people, not roads
AIKEN - The nerve center of most any city is its public works department.

Across the southeast

Job begins this week for lawyer
Later this week, Sam B. Sibley Jr. will finally get the salary to go with his new title, public defender for the Augusta Judicial Circuit.

Across the area

Defectors, maps affect primaries
ATLANTA - Georgia Republicans have made big gains over the past few years by persuading conservative Democrats to switch parties.

School overcame poor surroundings

Tisdale wins Miss Georgia pageant

Rants and Raves
THIS RANT IS for County Commissioner Steve Brown's comments regarding speed bumps in our neighborhoods. Mr. Brown, you say, and I quote, "Enforce the law. Hire more deputies or make them go out there." Did you count and put a price on how much hiring more deputies would cost? I'm pretty sure it would be more than the speed bumps. You say speed bumps are not going to affect speeding problems. That is the most ignorant statement I've heard in a long time. How did you become a commissioner in the first place? If you help write the county budget, I might have to move to Richmond County.

Traffic measure bothers owners
AIKEN - Debate over the city of Aiken's proposed traffic ordinance could boil down to what came first: the cars or the businesses looking for the cars.

Job begins this week for lawyer

Five questions - Valery Dinkins
Valery Dinkins, Columbia County Teacher of the Year for 2003, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Director's favorite works focus on people, not roads

Rants and Raves
THIS RANT IS for County Commissioner Steve Brown's comments regarding speed bumps in our neighborhoods. Mr. Brown, you say, and I quote, "Enforce the law. Hire more deputies or make them go out there." Did you count and put a price on how much hiring more deputies would cost? I'm pretty sure it would be more than the speed bumps. You say speed bumps are not going to affect speeding problems. That is the most ignorant statement I've heard in a long time. How did you become a commissioner in the first place? If you help write the county budget, I might have to move to Richmond County.

Streamlined brigade awaits return to Iraq

Most employers quiet about race
Despite reporting minority hiring practices to the federal government, most of the area's top employers are unwilling to discuss them publicly.

Hispanic group works for God

Tiny camera finds a way to help medical science
On his way through Donna Harris' stomach to her small intestine, something red catches Charles Spurr's eye.

The week ahead

Newest Miss Georgia makes history

Alliance set for BRAC

Cloudy weather makes counting butterflies difficult

2 court VP spot by bashing Bush

Mountains of mail

Kid of the Day

S.C. officials trying to verify where ticket was sold

Tiny camera finds a way to help medical science

Federal guidelines affect Lake Murray
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission wants to slow down growth that it says threatens Lake Murray.

Higher posts remain far off
Just a decade ago, a white customer refused to shake Walter Dukes' hand.

The week ahead
I don't play tennis. In fact, I've made the attempt only a few ill-fated times, and for periods just long enough to remember why I've never gone racket shopping. Tennis, sadly, falls into that category of sports I was destined never to play. I'm an awkward soul with little (or no) hand-eye coordination, and so should I feel the tennis jones beginning to take me, the safest thing for all involved is for me to pick up a television remote.

Oral STD rate in teens is up, doctors report
They can't point to clear statistics, but local health officials say they are seeing a growing number of oral sexually transmitted diseases among teens.

High tuition threatens prepayment program

Three killed in helicopter crash near Barnesville
BARNESVILLE, Ga. -- Three people were killed when a helicopter crashed south of Atlanta early Sunday.

Hispanic group works for God
Hoarse from translating God's word into English and Spanish, Michael Gonzalez's strained voice still wielded enthusiasm Saturday morning.

Kid of the day

Use of nuclear fund might bring big bill
AIKEN - A failure by state legislators to start repaying $80 million they have looted from a radioactive waste fund since 2000 could create a taxpayer burden more than three times that size by 2050, statistical projections show.

High tuition threatens prepayment program
COLUMBIA - Marsha Fisher, of Greenville, was eager to plunk hard-earned money into a state program that promised her children's college tuition would be covered even if the costs rose.

Carolina Beach Blast helps raise money for fire truck
JACKSON - Anslie Wiggins looked ready for the summer heat at the Carolina Beach Blast on Saturday.

South Carolina losing money in unpaid car tax bills

Streamlined brigade awaits return to Iraq
SAVANNAH, Ga. - As the 3rd Infantry Division rolled toward Baghdad, Spc. Jorge Hernandez's role was fairly straightforward.

Skyrocketing tuition costs put prepay program at risk

Indictment alleges G-8 bomb plot
ATHENS, Ga. - Two men were indicted this week in Athens federal court on separate terrorist incidents, one of which involved a threat to destroy the Sea Island resort that played host to world leaders attending the G-8 Summit earlier this month.

Some criticize new Savannah River island that's going to the birds

Across Georgia
MACON - A Bibb County judge has granted a request from the mayor of Macon to delay a paternity suit until a DNA test can confirm whether a 1-year-old boy is his child.

S.C. officials trying to verify where ticket was sold
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- One winning ticket for Saturday's $65.8 million Powerball drawing was sold in South Carolina, lottery officials said Sunday.

Fulton's sheriff could be replaced
ATLANTA - A U.S. district judge has challenged Fulton County officials to tell him why he shouldn't replace Sheriff Jackie Barrett as head of the county's jail.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A Charleston County sheriff's deputy was placed on administrative leave after his cruiser struck and killed a 58-year-old man Thursday night.

Oral STD rate in teens is up, doctors report

Loyalty like Dooley's is rare in these times
Forty years is lifetime. For some professionally, for others literally.

From the coast to the examining table, life is unpredictable ride
On a recent Friday evening, I attended a banquet at which I talked shop with other newspapermen from across the state (and believe me, whenever two or more journalists get together, all they talk is shop).

Tigers and humans switch places in 'Two Brothers'

International Latino Film Festival schedule includes film starring Banderas, Thompson
NEW YORK -- More than 60 movies are lined up for the International Latino Film Festival, organizers announced Thursday.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Raimi dreams of 1,000-year camera to witness urban history
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Sam Raimi hopes to remain in film a long time after he's through making "Spider-Man" movies. For about 1,000 years.

'Fahrenheit 9/11' pulls in record documentary haul of $21.8 million

Tigers and humans switch places in 'Two Brothers'
LOS ANGELES -- The set of "Two Brothers" was like a reverse zoo: The tigers roamed free while the humans paced back and forth in cages.

Pulling Spidey's strings: Filmmaker Raimi sheds cult status
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- With great power comes great responsibility, both for Spider-Man and the dapper director who orchestrates the superhero's big-screen adventures.

Raimi dreams of 1,000-year camera to witness urban history

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

International Latino Film Festival schedule includes film starring Banderas, Thompson

'Fahrenheit 9/11' pulls in record documentary haul of $21.8 million
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" took in a whopping $21.8 million in its first three days, becoming the first documentary ever to debut as Hollywood's top weekend film.

'American Idol' Fantasia living it up with new home, new record
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A year ago, she was Fantasia Barrino, unemployed and borrowing money to pay rent on a one-bedroom apartment, where she spent days playing with her 1-year-old daughter, Zion.

'American Idol' Fantasia living it up with new home, new record

Gordon cool after hot win
SONOMA, Calif. - The only problem Jeff Gordon had during Sunday's Dodge/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway was a breakdown with his in-car cooling system.

NASCAR notebook

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.

NASCAR notebook
SONOMA, Calif. -- With four of the last seven Nextel Cup races having finished under a yellow caution flag, NASCAR is considering a rules change that would give the drivers an opportunity to finish under green.

Gordon cool after hot win

Other Gordon man to beat at Sonoma

Observers to keep eye on safety workers

Slippery surface might turn race into a no passing zone
SONOMA, Calif. - It will take a lot more than a fast car, strong engine and bulletproof transmission to survive today's Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, much less win it.

Observers to keep eye on safety workers
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Track observers at Daytona International Speedway will have more direct communication with safety workers on track beginning with next weekend's Pepsi 400.

Other Gordon man to beat at Sonoma
SONOMA, Calif. -- Jeff Gordon's strategy this week at Infineon Raceway is simple: "Attack, attack, attack."

Slippery surface might turn race into a no passing zone

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Howard C. Slagter Jr. will be remembered as a loving father-in-law to Peter Theriault, of Augusta.

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McClure looks for another family gold
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Men's Olympic team member Brett McClure doesn't have to look very far for inspiration.

McClure looks for another family gold

Prince Felipe lights Olympic cauldron on Spain's leg of torch relay
MADRID, Spain -- Crown Prince Felipe completed the torch relay through the streets of Madrid on Sunday by lighting an Olympic cauldron in one of the capital's most symbolic squares.

Parthenon's makeover comes up short for Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- The Parthenon, the icon of Athens' ancient glory, might not be looking its best for the Olympics.

Athens-bound Plata finishes second in New York

Parthenon's makeover comes up short for Olympics

Athens-bound Plata finishes second in New York
NEW YORK -- Two weeks ago, Victor Plata qualified for his first Olympic team - and it wasn't even the highlight of his month.

What more could you possibly ask of your friends?
I was riding in the back passenger seat with the windows open. The desert air was cooled by intermittent thunderstorms. The bumpy dirt road leading into Fallujah was sprinkled with an occasional vendor selling snacks from coolers.

What more could you possibly ask of your friends?
I was riding in the back passenger seat with the windows open. The desert air was cooled by intermittent thunderstorms. The bumpy dirt road leading into Fallujah was sprinkled with an occasional vendor selling snacks from coolers.

Weather forces Sunday action

Uncharted waters: Spadea reaches 4th round at Wimbledon

Overtime

Beckham says media attention is distracting

People's Sunday brings out Henman's best

Overtime

Beckham says media attention is distracting
LISBON, Portugal -- David Beckham admits constant media scrutiny about his personal life has distracted him and is a burden to his family.

Fans, players enjoy People's Sunday at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- Ten thousand people formed a single line Sunday morning outside the All England Club, where they ate, chatted, napped and waited for the chance to watch some tennis.

People's Sunday brings out Henman's best
WIMBLEDON, England -- The sounds of People's Sunday rang through Centre Court.

Overtime
Smarty Jones will take up residence at Three Chimneys Farm, in Midway, Ky., at the end of his racing career under terms of an agreement with owners Roy and Patricia Chapman, who will retain a 50 percent interest in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner during his breeding career.

Uncharted waters: Spadea reaches 4th round at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- Vince Spadea has bad memories of renting a flat for two weeks at Wimbledon, then finding himself idle after a round or two.

Weather forces Sunday action
WIMBLEDON, England - Wimbledon organizers scheduled play on the middle Sunday for only the third time in the tournament's 127-year history as rain washed out all matches for the second time this week.

Overtime
Milan Baros scored twice in two minutes to help the Czech Republic beat Denmark 3-0 Sunday to advance to the semifinals of the European Championships.

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

Fishing guide job done all in a hard day's work
CLARKS HILL, S.C. - David Willard will tell you he has a stressful, high-pressure job - and sometimes you can almost believe him.

Fishing guide job done all in a hard day's work

Golf course won't cut off any access
As upscale development creeps along the Savannah River's lush shorelines in Columbia County, some anglers are worried that access to fish-rich tributaries and branches might someday be restricted.

2 court VP spot by bashing Bush
DES MOINES, Iowa - Sen. John Edwards and Gov. Tom Vilsack advertised themselves as potential vice presidential candidates Saturday with sharply populist assaults on President Bush before hundreds of Democratic activists.

Golf course won't cut off any access

Loyalty like Dooley's is rare in these times

TV journalists cross the line on book promotion

TV journalists cross the line on book promotion
LOS ANGELES -- This column comes with a valuable reader bonus: It's not hawking a book we've written or a book written by a colleague, a former colleague, someone we hung out with in high school or our dentist.

Study: TV reality is harsher than fiction

Study: TV reality is harsher than fiction
NEW YORK -- Real life is coarser than fiction - or at least the TV version of reality.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Billing itself as American television's only series of international documentaries, "Wide Angle" is returning for its third season and promises to give special attention to stories from the Islamic world. This week it certainly makes good on that pledge.

Late-night TV comics welcome back an old friend
NEW YORK -- Bill Clinton's book tour has resurrected fond memories of the good ol' days for late-night TV comics.

Family friendly television group growing at its fifth anniversary
NEW YORK -- Frustrated by a paucity of family-oriented TV programs where she felt comfortable placing her company's commercials, Pfizer's Kaki Hinton met for lunch five years ago with executives at nine other corporations who had similar complaints.

Family friendly television group growing at its fifth anniversary

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

People in the News

Vince Dooley timeline

The legend of Georgia's undefeated 1980 team
The Easter weekend travel plans called for Vince and Barbara Dooley to head north for a long holiday weekend with their children to visit her brother in Boston.

Vince Dooley timeline
Some significant dates in the life of the former Bulldogs football coach.

A farewell conversation

Vince Dooley at a glance
A look at Vince Joseph Dooley, who is stepping down as Georgia's athletic director on June 30:

Vince Dooley at a glance

A farewell conversation
Q: Forty years ago this summer, you began your first preseason coaching at Georgia. What during your time living and working here sticks with you the most after all of these years?

New law for 'fire-safe' cigarettes takes effect in New York

Chimps at Lincoln Park Zoo get to take revenge on people - with air gun

Crowd beats two people after hit-and-run accident injures three