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.

Mini art works on display at the Smithsonian

New exhibition focuses on creation of 'La Grande Jatte'

Talks with theater producers break down; actors remain at work

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

Clinton sells nearly 1 million books in six days

Talks with theater producers break down; actors remain at work
NEW YORK -- Contract talks between Broadway producers and the actors' union broke down, but a strike was immediately avoided when the union said actors would keep performing.

Tony-winning revival of 'Assassins' to close early

'Wicked' getting a new good witch in July

Iconic photos document human tide of vast changes

'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.

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

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.

Clinton sells nearly 1 million books in six days
WASHINGTON -- Former President Clinton's memoirs have sold nearly 1 million copies in less than a week, his publisher said Monday.

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.

Tony-winning revival of 'Assassins' to close early
NEW YORK -- "Assassins," which won more 2004 Tonys than any other Broadway show, will close July 18, cutting short an engagement that had been expected to last until mid-September.

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.

Feliz making major strides as a regular for Giants

Fullerton comes full circle

Feliz making major strides as a regular for Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pedro Feliz is always up for a challenge. He even jokes about mastering Chinese, just because it would be so difficult.

Cal State Fullerton wins College World Series

Beltran gives Astros a boost

Red Sox raise $200,000 for Dominican relief effort

Injured Reds first baseman is day-to-day

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

Devil Rays trade Bautista to KC, send down Gaudin
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays traded infielder-outfielder Jose Bautista to Kansas City for cash Monday.

Fullerton comes full circle
OMAHA, Neb. - After Texas swept a two-game series with Cal State Fullerton in early March, a Longhorns coach walked past Titans coach George Horton.

Devil Rays trade Bautista to KC, send down Gaudin

Rivalry: Part two
NEW YORK - The Red Sox opened the New York Yankees' eyes in April.

Forget April - Red Sox and Yankees go at it again

Red Sox raise $200,000 for Dominican relief effort
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox helped raise more than $200,000 for victims of flooding in the Dominican Republic, the homeland of stars Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.

Rivalry: Part two

Beltran gives Astros a boost
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Carlos Beltran quickly made a big impression on his new Houston teammates.

Injured Reds first baseman is day-to-day
CINCINNATI -- Reds first baseman Sean Casey had his strained right calf examined Monday and his return to the lineup was uncertain.

Forget April - Red Sox and Yankees go at it again
NEW YORK -- The Red Sox opened the New York Yankees' eyes in April.

Cool breezes lure vacationers to Pacific Northwest

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.

Odds and Ends
CLEVELAND -- An edgy new advertising campaign to promote organ donation hints that police officers should cut speeders who are organ donors some slack.

Winds uproot tent at wedding, killing one
ISLE LA MOTTE, Vt. -- A sudden gust of wind uprooted a tent at a wedding moments after the couple recited their vows, killing one guest and injuring more than a dozen others.

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.

Braves duo makes progess
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves play four important games this week against the National League East-leading Florida Marlins.

Braves drench Marlins

Braves' comeback stuns Orioles

Ramirez throws in bullpen, LaRoche nearing return
ATLANTA -- Braves left-hander Horacio Ramirez, on the disabled list since May 26 with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, threw off the mound in the bullpen Monday and reported no problems.

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.

Braves start game against Marlins about 3 1/2 hours late
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves desperately wanted to play their game against the Florida Marlins on Monday night, so they waited out the rain.

Braves duo makes progess

Braves drench Marlins
ATLANTA -- John Thomson won for the first time in nearly a month and J.D. Drew homered to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Florida Marlins 6-1 on Monday night in a game delayed almost 3 1/2 hours by rain.

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.

Consumer spending rises by 1 percent in May
WASHINGTON -- Consumers - the lifeblood of the economy - boosted their spending in May by the largest amount in more than two years, an encouraging sign for the recovery's strength.

Stirring up a stink

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

Middlemen popping up to sell people's wares on eBay

Low fees, hard work leaves Wall Street grumbling about Google's IPO
NEW YORK -- Google's initial public stock offering has become a lot of work for relatively little return for Wall Street's brokerage houses, leaving many of them grumbling about an IPO which they still feel they must participate in because of the prestige at stake.

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.

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.

Study: American workers not impressed by corporate diversity efforts

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.

Consumer spending rises by 1 percent in May

Intel launches 64-bit processors for workstations
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Following the lead of a smaller rival, Intel Corp. on Monday launched workstation microprocessors that handle data in 64-bit chunks and work with existing software.

Average gas price falls nearly 7 cents in the past two weeks
LOS ANGELES -- The average price of a gallon of gas fell close to 7 cents in the past two weeks - the second drop in a row after months of increases, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Oil prices fall sharply after transfer of political power in Iraq
WASHINGTON -- The price of oil fell sharply on Monday, as traders appeared to view the transfer of political power in Iraq as a step that could help reduce attacks against the country's oil infrastructure.

Interest in older employees rises

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

Federal panel denies loan guarantee to United Airlines
WASHINGTON -- United Airlines on Monday lost a bid to secure a federal loan guarantee, a fresh setback to the carrier's efforts to emerge from bankruptcy.

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.

Low fees, hard work leaves Wall Street grumbling about Google's IPO

Severance compensation is large for departing CEOs

Tex-Mex chain growing fast

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.

Dozens lose jobs at Vogtle
Plant Vogtle laid off about 40 workers Monday as part of a reorganization of Southern Nuclear Operating Co., which runs it and two other nuclear facilities.

Rich nations turn to the developing world for nursing recruits

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!"

Oil prices fall sharply after transfer of political power in Iraq

Stirring up a stink
CHINO, Calif. - Regulators trying to clean Southern California's infamously unhealthy air have long targeted factories and old buses. Now they're setting their sights on a different breed of offender - dairy cows.

Chat it up before you tee it up

Chat it up before you tee it up
Charlie Timmerman (left) a veterinarian in Aiken, talks with former Clemson football standout Michael Dean Perry before the start of the West End Zone fund-raising golf tournament at the River Golf Club in North Augusta.

Florida State, family agree on $2 million settlement
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A judge approved a $2 million settlement Monday between Florida State and the family of Devaughn Darling, a football player who died during an offseason workout in 2001.

Florida State, family agree on $2 million settlement

Safe exception to the rule

Surprise transfer
Transferring sovereignty to Iraqis' interim government two days early won't necessarily stop, or even curb, an escalation of killings and destruction by the terrorist insurgents, but it was a smart tactical move nonetheless. It robbed the violence of all its propaganda value.

Surprise transfer

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.

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.

Water rules overdone
One of the advantages of living in Richmond or Columbia counties is that their problems with drought sometimes aren't as severe as many other Georgia counties. That seems to be true for now, too.

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.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- "Fahrenheit 9/11" filmmaker Michael Moore called the opening weekend numbers for his documentary "mind-boggling" and credited his political opponents for boosting ticket sales.

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

Wal-Mart lowers forecast for June sales growth

Credit Suisse First Boston subpoenaed in ongoing mutual fund probe

Stocks sink in afternoon trading
NEW YORK -- Economic uncertainty overshadowed a peaceful and early transfer of power in Iraq Monday, cutting off a rally and leaving stocks modestly lower while investors fretted about the Federal Reserve's imminent decision on interest rates.

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities rose in Monday's auction.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Tokyo stocks close higher, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose Monday for the third straight session on optimism about the Japanese economy. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

Rates rise in Treasury bill auction

Growth, after a long stalemate with value, may be eking out an edge

Wal-Mart lowers forecast for June sales growth
BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. lowered its forecast Monday for June sales growth at stores open at least a year to a range of 2 percent to 4 percent, citing cool weather and disappointing Father's Day results.

Credit Suisse First Boston subpoenaed in ongoing mutual fund probe
NEW YORK -- Credit Suisse First Boston LLC has been subpoenaed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the state attorney general over its mutual fund trading practices, parent company Credit Suisse Group confirmed Monday.

Growth, after a long stalemate with value, may be eking out an edge
NEW YORK -- Professional investors are always searching for clues about which segment of the market is poised to take off next, and right now, many are betting on growth stocks.

Pitcher gets late call to team
Jarrett Gardner led the South Atlantic League in ERA. He led it in wins. He even earned a win with Double-A Portland in a two-classification jump for a spot start June 9.

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.

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.

Tseng stuns Wie in Women's Publinx championship

Scott avoids collapse, holds on to win Booz Allen

Saiki gets first LPGA Tour win

Garren prevails in sudden death

Haas family shares lead in charity event
BARRINGTON, R.I. -- The father-and-son team of Jay and Bill Haas eagled the eighth hole and shot an 11-under 60 in best ball play Monday to share the lead halfway through the CVS Charity Classic.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Haas family shares lead in charity event

Couples, Mickelson prepare for final round of Par 3 Shootout
GAYLORD, Mich. -- Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples each won $30,000 for being closest to the pin three times, but no hole money was earned in the first round of the Par 3 Shootout skins event on Monday.

Remesy first French winner of French Open since 1969

Craig Stadler has day to be proud of

Mickelson to compete in Par-3 Shootout

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.

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.

Sowards takes Club Pro title by one stroke

Pitcher gets late call to team

Sanderson rejoins Blue Jackets after being claimed off waivers
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets claimed veteran forward Geoff Sanderson off waivers Monday and exercised next season's option on goaltender Karl Goehring.

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.

Mighty Ducks, McDonald agree to terms

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.

Mighty Ducks, McDonald agree to terms
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Mighty Ducks agreed to terms on a two-year contract Monday with center Andy McDonald on Monday.

Labor uncertainty means few trades at NHL draft

Cool breezes lure vacationers to Pacific Northwest
Your vacation postcards are coming in, and a lot are coming from the Pacific Northwest.

Slate of officials is most qualified

Union card checks not a threat

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

Keep moral values in our government

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.

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.

Bush's Iraq lies are mind-boggling
On June 16, the bipartisan Sept. 11 Commission voiced unanimously that they found no connection between the attacks of Sept. 11 and Saddam Hussein or Iraq, nor did they find evidence that al-Qaida and Iraq had any working relationship. As part of the basis for their conclusion, the commission described a meeting in Sudan in the mid-1990s attended by Osama bin Laden and some Iraqis, at which bin Laden asked the Iraqis for help with training camps and in other ways, but nothing came of it. Victor Reilly Aiken, S.C.

Keep moral values in our government
Under God or under Satan - that is the question. Bob L. Gordy Louisville

Slate of officials is most qualified
I am writing to support Sheryl Jolly. Mrs. Jolly is the only truly qualified person to be elected to the superior court system for Burke, Columbia and Richmond counties. She graduated from Mercer University, she has worked in the district attorney's office and she has been the head prosecuting solicitor in Richmond County for years. She knows the law. She is a fair and open-minded woman, and knows how a courtroom is supposed to be run. We need someone with her experience in office, and we need a woman judge. It's high time we recognize that a woman can fill that job and do a fantastic job at it. I would love to see her on the bench. She most definitely has my vote. Marlo Cramer Waynesboro

Test chemical increases sexual appetite in female rats

Online postings carry hidden clues

Kids love capes

Interest grows in blimps for homeland security, defense

Internet is extremists' channel of choice

FDA approves firm to sell leeches as medical devices

Cop on the beat now a walking database

Seniors Calendar

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

Desolate Canyon: What can you do with a wild one?

Media hubs bridge gap between PC, living room

Video game review: 'Riddick' redefines Xbox gaming

Chinese politicians use technology to tap public opinion

Is weight gain less hazardous for blacks than whites?

International space mission reaches Saturn this week

Classic video games make a comeback

International space mission reaches Saturn this week

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.

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.

FDA approves firm to sell leeches as medical devices
WASHINGTON -- The government has lent its seal of approval to a marketing an age-old medical device - leeches.

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.

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.

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

Kids love capes
It's a rite of passage. At some point in most children's lives, their dismayed parents will discover that their lovely lad or lass has draped one of the good towels across their shoulders, dug out an old pair of swim goggles and proceeded to save the world, one haphazard leap off the couch at a time.

Interest grows in blimps for homeland security, defense
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- In this age of laser-guided weaponry and real-time satellite communications, it may be difficult to imagine any interest in supplying the U.S. defense arsenal with fat, lumbering blimps.

Desolate Canyon: What can you do with a wild one?
THE STORY SO FAR: At night, while camping along the Green River in Desolation Canyon, Aaron's dad is telling scary stories when Aaron is grabbed and pulled toward the water.

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.

International space mission reaches Saturn this week
PASADENA, Calif. -- Two decades and $3.3 billion in the making, an international exploration of Saturn begins this week when a spacecraft slips through a gap in the planet's shimmering rings and arcs into orbit.

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.

The new summer look is a 'free choice' wardrobe
MILAN, Italy -- Dolce & Gabbana set the tone for the summer of 2005, with the designing duo's poolside show opening the week of menswear preview showings.

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?"

Test chemical increases sexual appetite in female rats
WASHINGTON -- Could a Viagra for women be in the offing?

Astronauts will venture back out Wednesday
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The two astronauts on the international space station will venture back outside on a risky spacewalk Wednesday to replace a fried circuit breaker, after an attempt last week had to be aborted because of spacesuit trouble.

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.

Traffic measure bothers owners

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

Graham works for SRS cash
AIKEN - Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., promised Monday to mount a campaign of gentle persuasion and arm-twisting to restore money slashed from four major programs counted on to breathe new life and jobs into Savannah River Site.

News you can use
JUNE 29, 1984 The National Science Center for Communications and Electronics rapidly is turning from dream to reality, the director of the center said Thursday.

School overcame poor surroundings

Meet and greet
Meet and greetU.S. Rep. Charles Norwood (R-Augusta) is greeted by Millie Schumacher, the chairwoman of marketing, and Brian Muherin, the chairman of disaster relief for the Augusta chapter of the American Red Cross. The congressman spoke Monday at the Augusta Red Cross Media Appreciation Luncheon, which was held at Red Cross headquarters on Ellis Street.

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

Across the area
A Hephzibah teenager was killed Monday night when he crossed into oncoming traffic on Willis Foreman Road, authorities said.

State hires private company to help improve Allendale schools

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Two Richburg brothers were among three people charged with murder in the shooting death of a 27-year-old Rock Hill man.

Alliance set for BRAC

Questions threaten nominees to boards

Mountains of mail

Runner-up gets back to college
Erin Lindsay blends in Monday with the other students in the classroom at the Medical College of Georgia as instructor Beth Peters talks to them about cluing in to the mental status of their patients - for instance, if the patient has an obvious disability and refuses to recognize it.

Skyrocketing tuition costs put prepay program at risk

Manager search stalls in meeting
It has gone before the Augusta Commission twice in the past month.

Federal guidelines affect Lake Murray

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.

News you can use

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.

Cloudy weather makes counting butterflies difficult

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.

Prisoner contests appeal by attorney
AIKEN - Anxious and frustrated victims of Arthur Hasting Wise will have to wait, perhaps into next year, for the condemned killer's execution.

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

Judge rules X-Mart may not have license
Moving the legal battle over an adult bookstore to state court didn't work out for the store Monday.

Newest Miss Georgia makes history

Ruling on meal contract brings job losses closer

Kid of the day

Kid of the day

High tuition threatens prepayment program

Graham works for SRS cash

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

Education offices fail inspection
So much for a smooth move.

Defectors, maps affect primaries

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

South Carolina losing money in unpaid car tax bills

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.

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

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

Across Georgia

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.

The week ahead

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.

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

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.

Director's favorite works focus on people, not roads

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.

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.

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

Job begins this week for lawyer

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

Across the area

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.

Across the area

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

2 will challenge incumbents

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

Monument will recognize Thurmond's daughter
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford has signed legislation to add Essie Mae Washington Williams' name to the Strom Thurmond monument, recognizing her as a daughter of the one-time segregationist.

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.

Burns lead to charges
An Augusta mother accused of waiting 16 hours to seek treatment for her infant's many burns was worried social workers would take her children, authorities said.

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.

Independent truckers take hit on rising diesel prices
NORTH AUGUSTA - At the 76 Truck Stop in North Augusta, Brian Staples put on a pair of work gloves before he filled the two fuel tanks on his white 2000 Freightliner tractor-trailer.

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.

Court says county may charge for drainage
ATLANTA - Even the rain isn't necessarily free anymore in Georgia now that the state's highest court has said governments can charge to drain away runoff water.

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

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Winston Eric Bailey, 10 months, of North Augusta.

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

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Three people, including a toddler, were killed in an early Monday morning shooting in southwest Atlanta, police said.

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.

DFCS inquiry nears its end
An investigation into allegations that practices at the Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services endanger children is expected to be completed soon.

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.

Runner-up gets back to college

Independent truckers take hit on rising diesel prices

Court says county may charge for drainage

Across South Carolina

Questions threaten nominees to boards
A squabble among a group of state legislators has some members questioning whether several recent appointments to Augusta boards and authorities are legitimate.

Prisoner contests appeal by attorney

Rants and raves
I'M CALLING DUE TO the rant that was in the paper Saturday, June 26. I agree with the person who wrote in about neighbors not keeping their yards up. I've got neighbors who have been in my neighborhood less than a year. They have a boat in the front yard, a refrigerator and stove on the car porch, and the grass is going to be higher than the house before the summer is over.

Rants and raves
I'M CALLING DUE TO the rant that was in the paper Saturday, June 26. I agree with the person who wrote in about neighbors not keeping their yards up. I've got neighbors who have been in my neighborhood less than a year. They have a boat in the front yard, a refrigerator and stove on the car porch, and the grass is going to be higher than the house before the summer is over.

2 will challenge incumbents
When the board of elections office opened for qualifying at 9 a.m. Monday, five incumbents to the Richmond County Board of Education were waiting to file.

DFCS inquiry nears its end

Education offices fail inspection

Ruling on meal contract brings job losses closer
The Senior Citizens Council of Greater Augusta lost the first round of a legal battle to retain the nutrition program for the area's elderly and disabled.

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).

'Fahrenheit 9/11' leads new era of documentaries as pop cinema
LOS ANGELES -- Since the early days of cinema, documentaries have served as inquisitive, truth-seeking counterparts to make-believe drama.

'Fahrenheit 9/11' leads new era of documentaries as pop cinema

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.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

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

At the Movies: 'Spider-Man 2'
More is more - and we're not talking about Michael Moore, for once - with "Spider-Man 2."

'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.

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

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.

Tigers and humans switch places in 'Two Brothers'

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.

At the Movies: 'Spider-Man 2'

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.

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

International Latino Film Festival schedule includes film starring Banderas, Thompson

Cash-strapped record companies wary of 'vanity' label deals

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

First single by 'Idol' finalist Diana DeGarmo to be released

Cash-strapped record companies wary of 'vanity' label deals
LOS ANGELES -- Twelve years ago, Madonna decided to apply the business instincts that made her a superstar toward finding and developing new acts for her own music label.

'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.

First single by 'Idol' finalist Diana DeGarmo to be released
ATLANTA -- Now comes a real thrill for the pride of Snellville. "American Idol" finalist Diana DeGarmo's first single, "Dreams," will be released Tuesday by RCA Records, and the 17-year-old singer says she's excited to hear it played on the radio.

Gordon cool after hot win

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.

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.

Observers to keep eye on safety workers

Media groups challenge Bryant-case judge's prohibition on publishing transcripts

Media groups challenge Bryant-case judge's prohibition on publishing transcripts
DENVER -- Media organizations that were accidentally sent transcripts of a closed-door hearing in the Kobe Bryant case asked the Colorado Supreme Court on Monday to overturn a judge's order threatening them with contempt of court if they publish or even retain the information.

Nelson wants to prove doubters wrong again
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Jameer Nelson proved doubters wrong in college, and promises to do so again with the Orlando Magic.

Hawks rookies not worried about team's history

Hawks rookies not worried about team's history
ATLANTA -- Josh Childress joined most of the rest of the country last season in tuning out the Atlanta Hawks.

NBA union director pessimistic about early collective bargaining proposal

NBA union director pessimistic about early collective bargaining proposal
LAS VEGAS -- Expressing pessimism after reviewing NBA owners' initial collective bargaining proposal, the director of the players' union said Monday the league could be heading toward a work stoppage at the conclusion of the 2004-05 season.

Jamison looking forward to new start with Wizards

Nelson wants to prove doubters wrong again

Jamison looking forward to new start with Wizards
WASHINGTON -- Antawn Jamison is moving from a team that won 52 games last season to one that hasn't made the playoffs since 1997 - and he couldn't be happier about it.

Bears sign Johnson to deal

Judge orders arrest of Rison

Former Falcons player joins Georgia Southern coach staff

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Bhardwaj, 25, not giving up Olympic quest
ANAHEIM, Calif. - At 25, Mohini Bhardwaj should have long ago hung up the leotard. Clearly, though, she had different thoughts about a sport that spits most girls out while they're still in their teens.

Bhardwaj, 25, not giving up Olympic quest

Pakistan's top boxer banned before Olympics
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A boxer who was Pakistan's best hope for an Olympic medal was barred from the Athens Games for using a prohibited weight-loss drug.

25-year-old not done in Olympic quest

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

United States wins women's water polo tourney

United States wins women's water polo tourney
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Jackie Frank made two saves in a penalty shootout to help give the United States a 12-10 victory over Hungary on Sunday night in the championship match of the FINA Women's World League Super Final.

Pakistan's top boxer banned before Olympics

Construction at Olympic stadium to be done just before games
ATHENS, Greece -- Construction at the main Olympic sports complex will be finished just before the opening ceremony for the Athens Games.

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.

Construction at Olympic stadium to be done just before games

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.

25-year-old not done in Olympic quest
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- At 25, Mohini Bhardwaj should have long ago hung up the leotard. Clearly, though, she had different thoughts about a sport that spits most girls out while they're still in their teens.

Athens-bound Plata finishes second in New York

Lunke returns after crazy year

Monty makes it back to Troon

Former WBA flyweight champion charged with sexual assault

Beckham says media attention is distracting

Overtime

Uncharted waters: Spadea reaches 4th round at Wimbledon

Philippoussis not sorry for angry ouburst

People's Sunday brings out Henman's best

Armstrong hopes for a ride into cycling history

Davenport, Sharapova lead way into quarters

Federer and Hewitt lead way into men's quarters

Overtime

Overtime
In Statesboro, Ga., former Atlanta Falcons running back Ken Oxendine has been named wide receivers coach at Georgia Southern University, head coach Mike Sewak announced Monday.

Former WBA flyweight champion charged with sexual assault
MADISON, Wis. -- Former World Boxing Association flyweight champion Eric Morel and two of his relatives were charged Monday with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in 2002.

Tour director says doped riders will be caught
PARIS -- Organizers will have new tools at their disposal to combat possible drug use at the Tour de France.

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.

Armstrong hopes for a ride into cycling history
PARIS -- Lance Armstrong hopes to do what no other cyclist has done, a test so demanding it has blocked the four great champions before him.

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.

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

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.

Monty makes it back to Troon
SUNNINGDALE, England -- Colin Montgomerie survived a 12-man playoff Monday, getting one of the final six spots available to qualify for the British Open.

Davenport, Sharapova lead way into quarters
WIMBLEDON, England -- Former champion Lindsay Davenport reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals Monday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Vera Zvonareva.

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.

Philippoussis not sorry for angry ouburst
WIMBLEDON, England - Mark Philippoussis lost his temper - and the match.

Lunke returns after crazy year
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. -Success didn't spoil Hilary Lunke, but it nearly ruined her game.

Federer and Hewitt lead way into men's quarters
WIMBLEDON, England -- Defending champion Roger Federer extended his grass-court winning streak to 21 matches Monday, setting up a showdown with 2002 winner Lleyton Hewitt in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Judge orders arrest of Rison
ATLANTA -- An arrest warrant has been issued for former NFL receiver Andre Rison, who owes $184,787 in two states for overdue child support payments, attorney's fees and interest.

Bears sign Johnson to deal
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears signed second-round draft pick Tank Johnson to a five-year contract Monday.

Former Falcons player joins Georgia Southern coach staff
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Former Atlanta Falcons running back Ken Oxendine has been named wide receivers coach at Georgia Southern University, head coach Mike Sewak announced Monday.

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.

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.

Study: TV reality is harsher than fiction

Family friendly television group growing at its fifth anniversary

TV journalists cross the line on book promotion

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

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: Teenagers receive mixed lessons about families from TV
LOS ANGELES -- Teenagers and parents in TV fiction often portray healthy relationships but television sends young viewers mixed messages about sex, a new study shows.

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.

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

People in the News

People in the News

In surprise move, U.S. transfers sovereignty to Iraqi government

In surprise move, U.S. transfers sovereignty to Iraqi government

In surprise move, U.S. transfers sovereignty to Iraqi government
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The U.S.-led coalition transferred sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government two days early Monday in a surprise move that apparently caught insurgents off guard, averting a feared campaign of attacks to sabotage the historic step toward self-rule.

Question of the week

Graduation photos

Graduation at school made event all the more special

It's mean to tell friend that boy she's dating is one you wanted

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Teen's video earns spot in national film festival

Graduation at school made event all the more special
The grimace on my face was evident this past fall at the release of the Richmond County School District's "graduate in your stadium" plan. It astonished me that after four years of hard work and dedication our reward would be to graduate outside ... in May ... with a suit ... and a gown ... and a cap.

Teens undergo intensive training to protect swimmers

My style
Jasmine Proctor,15, a rising sophmore at T.W. Josey High School.

Graduation photos
Taylor Ellison (from left), Charlotte Boyd and Blake Collier enjoy a moment during their May 15 graduation from Westminster Preparatory Day School.

My style

Teens undergo intensive training to protect swimmers
Between games and relays, the splash of cool water on warm days and the squeals of delight from young patrons, there's a certain excitement at the pool.

Audio best

It's mean to tell friend that boy she's dating is one you wanted
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: My friend knew I wanted to get with her godbrother but instead she hooked him up with another of my friends. It really hurt me that she did this to me. Should I talk to my friend and tell her that I liked the boy she is going with or not?

Question of the week
Are teen clubs a good idea?

Teen's video earns spot in national film festival
While many of his classmates probably spent the past summer watching music videos, Hodges Usry, 16, was creating one.

Xtreme wants you
Have something to say? Want to say it in Xtreme? Here's your chance.

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

Odds and Ends

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

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