J.K. Rowling announces title of next Potter book

Harcourt to publish book on rare slave narratives
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- An upcoming book will offer rare personal, firsthand accounts of slaves' lives.

Local writer reaps her reward with publication of first novel

Galleries calendar

Local writer reaps her reward with publication of first novel
To the people of tiny Cayboo Creek, S.C., Augusta is a center of big money, highfalutin mannerisms and old-world heritage.

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

J.K. Rowling announces title of next Potter book
NEW YORK -- No word yet on when the next Harry Potter book comes out, but at least there's a title: "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince."

Johnson hits milestone

Pirates defeat Cardinals
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates wish they had played this well against the St. Louis Cardinals back when they were close enough to see the division leaders in the standings.

Hentgen dropped from rotation

Astros blast Cubs
CHICAGO -- Carlos Beltran wasted little time showing his new Houston teammates - and the Chicago Cubs - what an impact he can have.

Johnson hits milestone
PHOENIX - Randy Johnson told Tanner, his 8-year-old son, to cover his ears while he discussed reaching 4,000 strikeouts and losing yet another game.

Newly acquired catcher out with kidney stones

Orioles place Gibbons on DL; will recall Mottola from Ottawa

Moss leads South to win
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The fans in Augusta know what Brandon Moss can do with the bat. After Tuesday night's South Atlantic League all-star game, so do the fans in Charleston, S.C.

Astros blast Cubs

Hentgen dropped from rotation
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Former Cy Young Award winner Pat Hentgen was dropped Wednesday from the Toronto Blue Jays' rotation.

Pirates defeat Cardinals

Montague to be All-Star crew chief
NEW YORK -- Umpire Ed Montague was picked Wednesday as the crew chief for the All-Star game and will work behind the plate on July 13 in Houston.

Montague to be All-Star crew chief

Orioles place Gibbons on DL; will recall Mottola from Ottawa
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles put right fielder Jay Gibbons on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained left hip flexor.

Newly acquired catcher out with kidney stones
SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo, just acquired in a weekend trade, wasn't at Safeco Field for Wednesday night's game against Texas because he was being treated for kidney stones.

Giambi diagnosed with parasites, out of lineup vs. Red Sox
NEW YORK -- Ailing Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi was diagnosed with parasites and out of the starting lineup Tuesday night when New York played Boston.

Kearns needs surgery, out 4-6 weeks
CINCINNATI -- Austin Kearns needs surgery to remove scar tissue from his aching right thumb, sidelining the Cincinnati Reds outfielder for another four to six weeks.

Auburn names Tom Slater baseball coach
AUBURN, Ala. -- Tom Slater, who was an assistant during one of Auburn baseball's most successful periods, was hired Tuesday to lead the Tigers back to prominence.

Auburn names Tom Slater baseball coach

Latest area births
Caroline Michelle Ennis: Larry G. and Michelle P. Ennis, of Evans, announce the birth of a daughter, Caroline Michelle Ennis, Friday, June 11, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Randy and Vicki Floyd and Brenda Ennis, all of Evans, and Peter Pappas, of Lander, Wyo.

Latest area births

Odds and Ends
ALUM BANK, Pa. -- Harley-Davidson fans can finally take their final ride in style.

Comments at graduation delay Valedictorian's diploma
NEW YORK -- A valedictorian who was denied her high school diploma after she criticized her school during a graduation speech will receive her sheepskin Thursday, but she still doesn't have an apology, she said.

Mattel must pay nearly $2 million to artist who parodied Barbie
LOS ANGELES -- Mattel Inc. must pay more than $1.8 million in legal fees and court costs to a Utah man who incorporated nude Barbie dolls in his artwork, a federal judge has ruled.

Teacher arrested on charges of having sex with 14-year-old student
TAMPA, Fla. -- A 23-year-old middle-school teacher was charged with having sex with a 14-year-old student in a classroom, at her apartment and, once, in a vehicle while the teen's 15-year-old cousin drove.

LaRoche makes rehab start with Triple-A Richmond
ATLANTA -- Braves first baseman Adam LaRoche went to Triple-A Richmond for a rehab start on Tuesday night.

Ex-Brave denies cut for agent
NEW YORK - Gary Sheffield contends Scott Boras, his former agent, has no right to a percentage of the salary he's earning with the New York Yankees.

Atlanta fails to deliver again

Atlanta fails to deliver again
ATLANTA - A month ago, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox said his team had plenty of opportunities for win streaks.

Franco approaches hitting milestone

Braves, Marlins try to recover from long day
ATLANTA -- Marlins right-hander Brad Penny was nearly finished with his pre-game warmup when the rain first started falling at Turner Field.

Atlanta's bats find win in rain
ATLANTA - Last year, they were batterymates on a bad minor league team in Richmond.

Veteran records hitting milestone

Chipper remains positive

Franco approaches hitting milestone
ATLANTA - Milestones don't phase Julio Franco much.

Braves, Marlins try to recover from long day

Veteran records hitting milestone
ATLANTA - Milestones don't phase Julio Franco much.

LaRoche makes rehab start with Triple-A Richmond

Chipper remains positive
ATLANTA - Atlanta's Chipper Jones ended June barely hitting his weight and will head into the All-Star break with the worst first-half numbers of his career.

Townhome community gets under way in south Augusta
Work has begun on a 400-unit townhome and condominum neighborhood in south Augusta, a project officials say is the second-largest residential development in Richmond County.

Fed increases key interest rate

Consumers to earn more on savings, pay more on debts
NEW YORK -- The Federal Reserve's decision on Wednesday to start raising rates means that savers will earn more interest on their bank accounts and debtors will pay more interest on their credit cards and home-equity lines of credit.

Consumers remain vulnerable to theft
To go on an Internet shopping spree with your identity, a thief needs only your name, your debit or credit card number and the card's expiration date.

Pornography site strips political references
WASHINGTON -- The Whitehouse.com pornography Web site, which poked fun at its government namesake with parody sections about first ladies and interns, has been stripped of all political references.

Banks may charge for debit card use
Bank charges may be coming to a store near you.

Fed increases key interest rate
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve boosted a key short-term interest rate by a one-quarter percentage point Wednesday, its first rate increase in four years, in an attempt to keep the economy and inflation on an even keel.

U.S. consumer confidence continues to rise, poll says
NEW YORK -Overall consumer confidence got a substantial boost for the second week in a row, bringing it back up to levels not seen since mid-May, according to the latest ABC News/Money Magazine poll.

French vintners fight wine ad restrictions
PARIS - Embattled French winemakers, struggling with sagging sales but backed by a powerful alliance of lawmakers, have a message for those who like a tipple: Drink more.

J.D. Power: Lexus again leads all brands in durability

Consumer confidence jumps in June

Consumers to earn more on savings, pay more on debts

Consumer confidence jumps in June
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence jumped to its highest level in two years in June, buoyed by an improved job outlook, the New York-based Conference Board reported Tuesday.

Bank One agrees to settle mutual-fund allegations
CHICAGO -- Bank One Corp. agreed Tuesday to settle regulators' allegations that it allowed a hedge fund to make improper mutual fund trades.

Taser awarded $1.8 million military contract
PHOENIX -- Taser International Inc. won a $1.8 million contract to provide stun guns to military personnel - the company's largest ever order.

J.D. Power: Lexus again leads all brands in durability
DETROIT -- Toyota Motor Corp. remains the automaker with the most dependable vehicles, led by its Lexus luxury brand, though Detroit's Big Three manufacturers all showed improvement in the past year, according to the latest J.D. Power and Associates vehicle dependability study released Tuesday.

Text of the Federal Reserve statement
The Federal Reserve statement Wednesday on interest rates:

Goodyear completes deal to buy Slovenian tire company
AKRON, Ohio -- The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said on Tuesday that it completed a $52 million deal for the 20 percent of Slovenia's Sava Tires it did not already own.

Banks may charge for debit card use

Credit card delinquencies fell in first quarter
WASHINGTON -- With the economy clearly in recovery mode, the percentage of credit card payments that were past due in the first quarter of this year fell sharply, an improvement after two previous quarters of record-high delinquency rates.

Fed increases key interest rate

Aetna cutting technology jobs
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Aetna is laying off more than 100 information technology workers and transferring or reassigning other employees.

U.S. consumer confidence continues to rise, poll says

Japan's unemployment rate down to 4.6 percent in May
TOKYO -- Japan's unemployment rate edged down to 4.6 percent in May, its lowest level in almost four years, the government said Tuesday, amid growing signs the country's economy is recovering.

Consumers remain vulnerable to theft

Interest rates poised to rise
WASHINGTON -- Poised to raise interest rates for the first time in four years, the Federal Reserve on Tuesday began debating how fast and how high. But one issue wasn't in doubt - the man controlling the debate was still Alan Greenspan.

William F. Buckley Jr. to relinquish controlling shares in National Review
NEW YORK -- William F. Buckley Jr. is giving up ownership of the National Review, the conservative magazine he founded nearly a half-century ago, the magazine said Tuesday.

Credit card delinquencies fell in first quarter

Aetna cutting technology jobs

UT's McClure apologizes, explains events leading to arrest
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A University of Tennessee football player who was arrested last week after allegedly shoving an instructor, grabbing a student and trying to get away from police apologized on Tuesday and said he has had a "very thorough medical evaluation."

UT's McClure apologizes, explains events leading to arrest

ACC begins process of selecting title game site
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference began reviewing proposals Wednesday from seven cities to host the league's first football championship game in 2005.

Knights go globetrotting to get Capers

End the 'death spiral'

Amnesty? For what?

Cheney's hypocrisies
Vice President Dick Cheney has emerged from his undisclosed location to make some news - but not the kind that does him proud. In telling off Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., he used a filthy but all-too-familiar expletive deleted word. Then instead of apologizing, he told Fox News "I felt better afterwards," and besides Leahy had it coming.

Marriage plan is no joke

Cheney's hypocrisies

Rewrite protest ordinance

Marriage plan is no joke
The Bush administration's proposed Healthy Marriage Initiative has been hit with a barrage of criticism, mostly from the Left - not to mention ribbing from late night comedians.

Rewrite protest ordinance
The 2003 protest ordinance the Augusta Commission wrote served its purpose well. It kept radical feminist Martha Burk and her tiny band of troops well away from the Augusta National Golf Club's main gate during last year's Masters tournament - and that, in turn, put the kibosh on any plans to try another demonstration this year.

End the 'death spiral'
There's a message for Augusta's leaders in the recently released updated census figures. Stopping the population slide - or, better yet, reversing it - should be the city's No. 1 priority.

Amnesty? For what?
The ruling Saudi royal family is finally getting tough on terrorist Muslims. They'll rout the rats from their holes and cut them down like the murderous vermin they are.

Courtney Love shows up five hours late for Manhattan court appearance
NEW YORK -- Courtney Love showed up more than five hours late to a Manhattan court appearance, and was scolded by a judge who said her tardiness was grounds for arrest.

More bang for your buck
Fireworks have come a long way since the days of Black Cats, bottle rockets and blue steel sparklers.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- "Full House" actor John Stamos says it's been difficult dealing with the breakup of his marriage to actress Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.

Settlement reached in lawsuit brought against Marlon Brando by ex-employee
LOS ANGELES -- Lawyers for Oscar-winning actor Marlon Brando and his former personal assistant have agreed to settle a lawsuit involving a contentious $185,000 gift, according to court documents.

Festivals will light up nights
The Fourth of July isn't until Sunday, but the nation's birthday party is a four-day affair locally, with concerts and carnivals, barbecue and baseball - and fireworks, lots of fireworks.

People in the News
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- David Bowie canceled his planned performance at Denmark's annual Roskilde Festival, one of Europe's biggest outdoor rock events.

Video best
These are the best-selling DVDs and most-rented DVDS, listed in the June 25 issue of Video Business magazine, compiled from a national sampling of video stores for the week ending June 20.

Mira Sorvino is now a married woman
LOS ANGELES -- Wedding bells have rung for Oscar winner Mira Sorvino and her 22-year-old beau.

Ice cream shop banking on 'cut-through' traffic
Just in time for First Friday crowds, Holy Cow! Creamery is opening today at 132-134 Eighth St., between Broad and Reynolds streets. The ice cream shop is in the space formerly occupied by a card shop and a women's clothing store.

Ashley Olsen says her sister is 'hanging in there'
LOS ANGELES -- The "health-related issue" Mary-Kate Olsen is seeking treatment for is something she has struggled with for some time, her twin sister, Ashley, told People magazine.

Band spotlight
THE BAND: The Steep Canyon Rangers THE GIG: A bluegrass showcase at Stillwater Tap Room, 974 Broad St.

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

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

Raceway museum preserves its racing stocks
The Darlington (S.C.) Raceway has been a part of NASCAR history for more than a half-century, and its museum works to preserve the relics, classic and recent, of stock car racing.

On the road
DAZE DAY: Lazy Daze in Georgia, a juried exhibition and sale of pieces by more than 30 artists, takes place 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the massive Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive. Artists working in oils, stained glass, pottery and photography are expected to participate. For more information, call (404) 249-6400.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Beyonce and Jay-Z big winners at 2004 BET Awards
LOS ANGELES -- R&B diva and actress Beyonce and her rap star boyfriend Jay-Z won separate awards and were honored for their hit song collaboration during Tuesday's 2004 BET Awards honoring musicians, actors and athletes.

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

Howard Stern radio show will be heard in 9 new markets
NEW YORK -- Howard Stern's radio show is expanding to nine new markets, including four where his show was taken off the air over indecency concerns.

Featured musician
NAME: Roman Howerton, drummer, Kill RadiusAGE: 33 HOMETOWN: Augusta

Alleged stalker of Catherine Zeta-Jones issues apology letter
LOS ANGELES -- A woman who has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of stalking actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has written a letter of apology, her lawyer said Tuesday.

Stocks move higher as Fed hikes key interest rate
NEW YORK -- Wall Street ended the first half of 2004 with a moderate advance Wednesday as the Federal Reserve's widely expected interest rate hike allowed investors to put weeks of uncertainty behind them.

General Mills earnings rise, beat expectations for fourth quarter

Freddie Mac earnings down 52 percent last year
WASHINGTON -- A year after its accounting crisis erupted, mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported Wednesday a 52 percent drop in earnings last year amid volatile interest rates and losses as it hedged against risk.

Texas teachers wash windows to qualify for Social Security

Freddie Mac earnings down 52 percent last year

Consumer confidence report boosts stocks
NEW YORK -- Wall Street posted a healthy advance Tuesday as consumer confidence surged to a 22-month high and quelled investor concerns about the economy a day before the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates.

General Mills earnings rise, beat expectations for fourth quarter
MINNEAPOLIS -- General Mills Inc. reported its earnings rose 24 percent in its fourth quarter despite higher commodity prices, but lowered its projections for sales and earnings in 2005 and 2006.

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

Tokyo stocks end mixed, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks closed mixed Wednesday as investors remained on the sidelines ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates and the findings of a key Japanese central bank survey. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Washington Mutual lowers outlook, citing interest rates
SEATTLE (Dow Jones/AP) - Washington Mutual Inc. lowered its 2004 earnings forecast as its mortgage banking business faces challenges amid higher long-term interest rates.

Tokyo stocks end mixed, dollar down against yen

American Greetings earnings drop in first quarter
CLEVELAND -- Greeting cards retailer American Greetings Corp. said on Tuesday that earnings fell 78 percent in its first quarter due to the cost of buying back debt.

SEC charges Siebel with violating fair disclosure rule
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators charged Siebel Systems Inc. on Tuesday with violating a rule barring companies from revealing information to Wall Street before the general public - the second such accusation against the software maker.

Tokyo stocks lower midday, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks fell Tuesday morning on weaker-than-expected industrial production data and profit-taking by investors following three sessions of gains. The dollar was higher against the Japanese yen.

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

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Texas teachers wash windows to qualify for Social Security
DALLAS -- Thousands of Texas teachers are rushing to retire before a lucrative loophole in Social Security law closes, but there's one catch: They must first spend a day washing windows or scrubbing floors.

Interest rate hikes to pinch credit card holders

Social Security agreement reached with Mexico to expand eligibility
WASHINGTON -- Thousands more workers in the United States and Mexico would qualify for Social Security benefits under an agreement that could cost the retirement system about $105 million a year.

Target stock dips on weak sales outlook

Kmart to sell up to 54 stores to Sears
DETROIT -- Kmart Holding Co. will sell up to 54 of its stores to Sears, Roebuck and Co. for up to $621 million, the retailer said Wednesday.

Social Security agreement reached with Mexico to expand eligibility

SEC charges Siebel with violating fair disclosure rule

Target stock dips on weak sales outlook
MINNEAPOLIS -- Target Corp. stock dipped Tuesday, a day after it warned that sales would be "well below plan for the month" at stores open a least a year.

Interest rate hikes to pinch credit card holders
NEW YORK -- If you've been lulled into carrying large balances on your low-interest credit cards, prepare your wallet for a rude awakening.

What do the Olympic gymnasts eat?

French vintners pitted against health workers in battle over wine ads

French vintners pitted against health workers in battle over wine ads
PARIS -- Embattled French winemakers, struggling with sagging sales but backed by a powerful alliance of lawmakers, have a message for those who like a tipple: Drink more.

Former librarian wins $1 million baking contest
LOS ANGELES -- A former librarian created a pie combining oats and walnuts with chocolate chips and crumbled granola bars to win $1 million in the Pillsbury Bake-Off on Tuesday.

Grubbin

Special coffees can be loaded with calories

Special coffees can be loaded with calories
SEATTLE -- Gary Lass didn't think twice before ordering his usual Starbucks grande mocha Frappuccino one sunny afternoon.

New Zealand wine industry posts record 2004 vintage
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- New Zealand's rapidly expanding grape output has produced a record 2004 vintage - and winemakers said Wednesday they will boost marketing to sell much of their produce overseas.

Grubbin
THE EATERY: The Variety Restaurant, 921 York St., Aiken WHAT'S THERE: Steak and fresh seafood family restaurant

What do the Olympic gymnasts eat?
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- With rock-hard biceps and abs that would make a bodybuilder jealous, Stephen McCain doesn't need to lose weight. Yet count him as a devotee of the increasingly popular low-carbohydrate diet.

GreenJackets draw up ideas
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Chris Scheuer has done this before.

Open course offers tough test

Open course offers tough test
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - There is a quiet charm to this U.S. Women's Open, starting with small roads winding through tiny New England towns that lead to Orchards Golf Club, a course built for a woman and owned by female-only Mount Holyoke College.

USGA on Women's Open: Shinnecock it's not
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. -- Shinnecock Hills barely had any grass on the greens at the U.S. Open because the USGA refused to water them. There was some concern that Orchards Golf Club might not have much grass for the U.S. Women's Open, but for an entirely different reason.

Racket sports leader Wilson plots return to golf competition
CHICAGO -- After years of shrinking golf equipment sales, Wilson Sporting Goods hopes to restore the luster of its storied brand with a new product line and aggressive marketing.

Atlanta receives season's closer

Wie not the only teen on parade
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. -- Michelle Wie is the most famous teenager in golf.

Woods says relationship with Harmon "much better" after call
LEMONT, Ill. -- Tiger Woods and Butch Harmon have patched up their differences.

Couples wins Par-3 Shootout with clutch putts on holes 11, 12
GAYLORD, Mich. -- Fred Couples dropped a 36-foot putt for a birdie on the 11th hole Tuesday, followed with an 8-footer on the next hole to earn $220,000 and went on to win the Par-3 Shootout on Tuesday.

Atlanta receives season's closer
ATLANTA - For most of its 100-year history, East Lake Golf Club has been known as the home of Bobby Jones.

Racket sports leader Wilson plots return to golf competition

Woods hoping favorite tournament could spark turnaround

Wie not the only teen on parade

B.J. back on the bag

USGA on Women's Open: Shinnecock it's not

Woods hoping favorite tournament could spark turnaround
LEMONT, Ill. -- Tiger Woods had barely settled into his chair when the barrage began.

B.J. back on the bag
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. -- Michelle Wie didn't want to go through the trouble of working with a new caddie at the U.S. Women's Open, so she pulled a familiar face out of retirement - her father.

GreenJackets draw up ideas

Hurricanes sign O'Neill to one-year deal

Maple Leafs re-sign Belfour, Roberts, Nieuwendyk and Berg
TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed goalie Ed Belfour, forwards Joe Nieuwendyk, Gary Roberts and defenseman Aki Berg on Wednesday.

Hurricanes sign O'Neill to one-year deal
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Right wing Jeff O'Neill and the Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms Tuesday on a one-year contract that will keep the former All-Star with the franchise that drafted him 10 years ago.

Thrashers sign four forwards

Thrashers sign four forwards
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers likely will part ways with defensemen Yannick Tremblay and Chris Tamer, leaving Patrik Stefan as the last remaining original member of the team.

Italian salsa is a snap with tomatoes from can, seasoning
Having a jar of salsa in the fridge and a bag of tortilla chips in the pantry is the sure way to be "at-the-ready" for drop-in guests, or to have a quick appetizer to take to the pool.

Italian salsa is a snap with tomatoes from can, seasoning

Perdue forms team to investigate Womack
Gov. Sonny Perdue has appointed a commission to investigate allegations that Jenkins County Sheriff Bobby Womack has been using inmate labor for personal gain.

Muns would consider run for chairman of school board
Lee Muns' exit from the Columbia County Board of Education seat race might be temporary.

Fed increases key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve boosted a key short-term interest rate by a one-quarter percentage point Wednesday, its first rate increase in four years, in an attempt to keep the economy and inflation on an even keel.

Kerry's Cuban policy is wrongheaded
U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., commenting on the Bush administration's Cuba policy, told the Miami Herald that he would open Cuba to "principled travel," and lift restrictions on sending money to people on the island. Luis Rodriguez Warrenton

Two obits will detail Reagan's legacy

Believe it: 'D' stands for 'Day'

We need to get priorities straight
Each day in the paper, I'm surprised and saddened that so much hatred and unkindness runs through our world. There are so many complaints, racial slurs, killings, robberies, politicians berating one another. Laurie Johnson Augusta

Two obits will detail Reagan's legacy
With the exception of history, everything comes to an end. We'll hardly ever be able to find another country like the United States that's in constant search of a hero. Joaquin Godoy Aiken, S.C.

If you can vote, vote for Wade Padgett
I may not be old enough to vote, but I know a good candidate for office when I see one. J. Wade Padgett would make a great chief magistrate judge. Barret C. Duncan Evans

'Fahrenheit 9/11' is a must-see film
All controversy aside, Fahrenheit 9/11 is the most moving film I have ever seen. Yes, it does show Michael Moore's opinions, but it also shows the opinions of American soldiers, Iraqi civilians and American families who have lost loved ones in the war. Patrick Parker Augusta

'Fahrenheit 9/11' is a must-see film

Believe it: 'D' stands for 'Day'
Much has been printed in the past several days in Rants & Raves about what "D-Day" means. The U. S. Army Center of Military History (www.army.mil/cmh-pg/faq/ddaydef.htm) gives this definition: "The terms D-day and H-hour are used for the day and hour on which a combat attack or operation is to be initiated. They designate the day and hour of the operation when the day and hour have not yet been determined, or where secrecy is essential. The letters are derived from the words for which they stand, 'D' for the day of the invasion and 'H' for the hour operations actually begin. D. L. Stroud Hephzibah

Liberals are little more than 'brats'
Regarding Joaquin Godoy's column June 23 ("Express dismay with Bush at November polls"): Mr. Godoy will indeed see the expression of Americans at the November polls. However, it will not be dismay with the Bush administration. It will be confirmation of a proud nation in an honorable administration whose belief in defense of America is paramount. Ken Fallaw Aiken, S.C.

Space station crew prepares for second shot at spacewalking repairs

Warming climate reduces yield for rice, one of world's most important crops

Bird flu could threaten human worldwide, research suggests

Study: Multivitamins slowed down AIDS virus in African women

New $50 bill has red, blue and yellow tint

EPA says counties in 22 states have bad air because of soot

Supreme Court ruling has strong praise for Internet filters

Survey finds many healthy eaters also say they are hefty

No mad cow disease found in cow singled out in screening

Survey finds many healthy eaters also say they are hefty
When it comes to living lean, sometimes it seems as though Americans just can't get it right.

EPA says counties in 22 states have bad air because of soot
WASHINGTON -- Twenty-two states are being put on notice that air quality in many of their counties is unhealthy because of tons of microscopic soot from power plants, diesel-burning trucks, cars and factories.

Space station crew prepares for second shot at spacewalking repairs
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The international space station's crew received last-minute instructions and encouragement Tuesday for a second shot at spacewalking repairs, not quite a week after a finicky switch on one of the suits terminated the first attempt.

No mad cow disease found in cow singled out in screening
WASHINGTON -- A follow-up government test found no sign of mad cow disease in an animal singled out in preliminary screening last week, the Agriculture Department said Wednesday.

New $50 bill has red, blue and yellow tint
WASHINGTON -- A colorful new $50 bill with touches of red, blue and yellow will start showing up in banks, cash registers and wallets this fall.

Warming climate reduces yield for rice, one of world's most important crops
WASHINGTON -- Global warming could mean bad news for one of the world's most important crops, rice.

Study: Multivitamins slowed down AIDS virus in African women
A study of HIV-infected African women found that daily doses of multivitamins appear to slow down the disease and cut the risk of developing AIDS in half.

Bird flu could threaten human worldwide, research suggests
WASHINGTON -- A strain of bird flu that scientists fear could lead to a worldwide pandemic in humans is becoming more infectious to mammals.

Supreme Court ruling has strong praise for Internet filters
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is embracing Internet filtering software - already popular in schools and libraries - as an effective alternative to a U.S. law to ban online material that might be harmful to children.

Correction

Teachers get state help with discipline
Surveys show that rowdy children push many teachers out of the profession.

USC raises tuition 11 percent

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Byron Lyle, 10, of Martinez.

Downtown qualifies for tax breaks
Augusta's entire downtown district has made its way into history, and Thomas Robertson couldn't be happier.

July 4 events
Here is a list of area July 4 events.

Rainfall eases some fears

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A man indicted on charges he was the gunman who killed DeKalb County's sheriff-elect more than three years ago was shot Tuesday.

Fort will recycle building material

Rants and raves
A RANT FOR Vice President Cheney. His recent acts in Congress expose him for what he really is - a foul-mouthed liar and crook.

Dozens fight proposed traffic ordinance
Bankers, builders and fiery businesspeople attacked the city of Aiken's proposed traffic ordinance Tuesday night, saying it would scare off investment and stunt growth.

Seniors can ignore tax
Occasionally, someone rings the tax commissioner's office in Richmond County to inquire: Why do I have to pay school taxes if I don't have children in school?

Fed increases key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point

Across South Carolina
BEAUFORT - Fighter jets at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort have been grounded after two pilots died in crashes within 48 hours.

Burial traditions surface in excavations

Teens must stay in class to drive
Starting today, the rule for teenagers is simple: no school, no driver's license or permit.

New airport ads focus on safety

Fort will recycle building material
Some of Fort Gordon's dead wood will be auctioned off to the highest bidder this month, officials said Wednesday.

Across the region

Across the region
NORCROSS, Ga. - Neighborhood residents are opposing the expansion of a home for a Catholic order out of concerns that a larger house would overwhelm their community.

Center to seek help with food deliveries

Medals are stolen from museum on Yorktown
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Seven Congressional Medals of Honor have been stolen from the Yorktown aircraft carrier's Medal of Honor museum at Patriots Point.

Federal grant funds construction

USC raises tuition 11 percent
COLUMBIA - Students at the University of South Carolina will need to be more thrifty with their spending this summer because college will cost more this fall.

News you can use
JUNE 30, 1976 The first two blocks of the Broad Street revitalization project were opened at noon Tuesday, but the project will not be dedicated until Sunday.

Employee sought in theft, robbery
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who they said stole money from his employer and robbed a convenience store overnight Wednesday.

1st court date set for Walkers
The first court hearing for former Senate Majority Leader Charles W. Walker Sr. and his daughter is set for July 14.

Kid of the day

Historic Washington hotel receives striking face-lift

Attorney could face complaints on ethics

Across Georgia

Downtown qualifies for tax breaks

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Around town
Katy Lipscomb, the owner of Material Things in the Centre South shopping center in Aiken, sets up a patriotic display in her store for the Fourth of July. A sign urges patrons to buy American.

Across the area

Center to seek help with food deliveries
The CSRA Regional Development Center's contract with a private Florida-based company goes into effect today, and Executive Director Andy Crosson is looking for volunteers to deliver meals after the company drops them off at the senior center on 15th Street in Augusta.

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
NORCROSS, Ga. - Neighborhood residents are opposing the expansion of a home for a Catholic order out of concerns that a larger house would overwhelm their community.

Around town

City rejects pension land plan
By the end of this summer, Augusta officials hope to purchase riverfront property at the site of an old train depot at Reynolds and Fifth streets.

Perdue forms team to investigate Womack

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Colleges will play in next Classic

Classic has money in the bank
The CSRA Classic Inc. put out the word Wednesday that it is financially sound, despite federal prosecutors' allegations that former state Sen. Charles Walker stole tens of thousands of dollars from the charity.

Burial traditions surface in excavations
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Scien-tists excavating dozens of graves beneath the stands of The Citadel's Johnson Hagood football stadium have confirmed burial traditions and superstitions from the nation's past.

Holiday weekend inspires travelers to take longer trips
Come Saturday, Susan Everitt's vacation will not take her to the beach or the mountains or an exotic resort.

Dozens fight proposed traffic ordinance

Leaders rethink speeding proposal
Instead of barrelling ahead with a decision about the future of speed humps in Columbia County, commissioners took a cautionary pause Tuesday.

Federal grant funds construction
Augusta Regional Airport officials say a newly awarded $2.5 million federal grant will be used to help with construction costs on the new terminal and make improvements to one of the runways.

Truck dump
CHRIS THELEN/STAFFTruck dumpGlen Pace (third from left) and other Davis Hauling Co. employees clear dirt from a truck that flipped while Mr. Pace was turning off 15th Street onto Riverwatch Parkway on Tuesday.

Rants and raves
I AM A BLACK FEMALE, and I did not attend the rally for Mr. Charles Walker. I have read the charges on the Internet, and I was very upset when I saw how Mr. Walker stood up in front of people and said he is not guilty. Yes, I know he has not gone to court and been proven guilty, but I cannot believe the FBI would make false statements without documentation to back up their charges. I am tired of politicians lying to people. Black people, stop supporting candidates who are corrupt.

Colleges will play in next Classic
So long as the CSRA Classic charity football game is on, we'll be there.

16 schools must allow transfers of pupils

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Officials of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said they plan to meet with District Attorney Danny Craig on Thursday to discuss campaign tactics in the Columbia County sheriff's race.

Festival asks for earlier arrivals

Across the area
An Augusta man was severely injured Wednesday night after being thrown from his pickup during an accident on Gordon Highway, police said.

Attorney could face complaints on ethics
Ethics complaints against an Augusta attorney might mean harsher punishment if he's convicted of crimes in connection with the local mental health center.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Shelby Chandler Rogers, 4, of Augusta.

Doctor indicted on fraud charges
An Augusta podiatrist has been indicted on Medicare fraud charges of submitting false billings, including claims for treating patients who no longer have feet.

Jumping into first
AIKEN - With graceful agility and a look of sheer determination, Lacie Doolittle makes it look easy to jump with two ropes blending into a blur as they whirl in opposite directions around her.

Correction
An item in Tuesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle incorrectly stated that a Hephzibah man was wanted by Richmond County authorities for failing to register as a sex offender. Charles Thomas Kight, 37, has been in jail since June 23 on the felony charge.

Fox Creek clears past for future
NORTH AUGUSTA - Video poker machines and carpet with a pattern of scattered playing cards at the Fox Creek Shopping Center have been removed to make way for desks and science lab tables.

Rants and raves
I AM A BLACK FEMALE, and I did not attend the rally for Mr. Charles Walker. I have read the charges on the Internet, and I was very upset when I saw how Mr. Walker stood up in front of people and said he is not guilty. Yes, I know he has not gone to court and been proven guilty, but I cannot believe the FBI would make false statements without documentation to back up their charges. I am tired of politicians lying to people. Black people, stop supporting candidates who are corrupt.

Muns bows out of race for school board trustee
Lee Muns' exit from a Columbia County School Board race might be temporary.

July 4 events

Seniors can ignore tax

Holiday weekend inspires travelers to take longer trips

Truck dump

Kid of the day

Classic has money in the bank

1st court date set for Walkers

Carpenter slaying hearing held
Just before a teenager saw Shanequa Carpenter's body, he listened as two acquaintances joked and laughed about a killing, a detective testified Wednesday.

Festival asks for earlier arrivals
Fort Gordon wants people to have fun at its Independence Day celebration Thursday.

New airport ads focus on safety
Augusta Regional Airport officials on Wednesday approved two new TV commercials, which will begin airing next week.

Rainfall eases some fears
AIKEN - Maybe state officials should declare a drought more often.

Rants and raves
A RANT FOR Vice President Cheney. His recent acts in Congress expose him for what he really is - a foul-mouthed liar and crook.

Splash parks drown out pools
AIKEN - The traditional public swimming pool is fast becoming a relic.

Across South Carolina

Labor official calls for unity
ATLANTA - Saying that Georgians need to focus on the issues that unite them instead of those that divide them, Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond spoke to a Confederate history group about blacks who served in the Civil War.

Across the area

16 schools must allow transfers of pupils
AIKEN - Letters are in the mail to parents who have the option of transferring their children out of Aiken County schools that didn't show improvement in test scores over the past two years.

Splash parks drown out pools

School-funding lawsuit likely
ATLANTA - A courtroom showdown between the state and a group of poor school districts over funding for education now seems inevitable, leaders of the Consortium for Adequate School Funding in Georgia said Tuesday.

Historic Washington hotel receives striking face-lift
WASHINGTON, Ga. - Some pigeons might be left homeless, but travelers to Washington now have a nice place to sleep since the renovation and grand opening of the Fitzpatrick Hotel.

Jumping into first

News you can use
JULY 1, 1954 Two Aiken men are being held in the Aiken City Jail on charges of breaking into a local firm before daylight this morning, Police Chief Frampton Gregory said today.

Medals are stolen from museum on Yorktown

Teens must stay in class to drive

Fox Creek clears past for future

Around town
Aaron Dobbs (left) and Bennett Tucker paint fire hydrants in Aiken. The two Aiken Department of Public Safety cadets were painting, greasing and flushing the city's fire hydrants on Tuesday.

School-funding lawsuit likely

Turmoil, infighting builds to quiet change in Athens
ATHENS, Ga. - After a rancorous year and months of transitional leadership, the deadline date set long ago by the president finally arrived.

As Doctor Octopus, Alfred Molina gets revenge on spiders

The web-slinger returns, but can Spidey break his own records?
LOS ANGELES -- Peter Parker is older, wiser and better-equipped to navigate the web of pitfalls that accompany the superhero life. The real issue is: Can he manage a raise in pay?

The web-slinger returns, but can Spidey break his own records?

At the movies
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

'Spider-Man 2' star Tobey Maguire harbors secret identity

'Spider-Man 2' star Tobey Maguire harbors secret identity
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Under cover of darkness, Tobey Maguire will wear a disguise and sneak around town.

At the movies

As Doctor Octopus, Alfred Molina gets revenge on spiders
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Alfred Molina has had trouble with spiders before.

Celebration blossoms into an annual music pilgrimage

Keith Richards to perform in tributes to Gram Parsons
LOS ANGELES -- The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards has signed on to perform at two concerts next month paying tribute to late country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons.

Concerts

Hot ticket
THE ACT: Mary J. Blige WHEN: 7 p.m. today THE VENUE: Chastain Park Amphitheater, Stella Drive and Pool Road, Atlanta

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

Celebration blossoms into an annual music pilgrimage
NEW YORK -- When Essence decided to stage a concert extravaganza to celebrate their 25th anniversary in 1995, officials at the black women's magazine were a little worried about the festival's prospects.

Syndrome album shows collaborations can work

Keith Richards to perform in tributes to Gram Parsons

Syndrome album shows collaborations can work
Despite its diverse, and dis-couraging, ingredients, Holy Happy Hour, the debut album by the sorta-supergroup Stockholm Syndrome turns out to be a tight, tuneful, collection of songs.

Points race heats up heading into Daytona

Stewart is fined $50,000 in scuffle
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Driver Tony Stewart has been fined $50,000, penalized 25 driver championship points and placed on probation until Aug. 18 as a result of an altercation with driver Brian Vickers on Sunday after the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

Pruett takes Daytona pole
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Scott Pruett won his fourth pole of the season Wednesday for the Grand American sports car race at Daytona International Speedway.

NASCAR newsmaker
NASCAR Chairman Brian France is a busy man. His group is not only looking to expand its Busch Series, it continues to adjust its rules package.

Driving no longer fun for Indy two-time champion Unser Jr.

NASCAR officials considering Stewart punishment

Points race heats up heading into Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Even from his perch atop the points standings, Jimmie Johnson hasn't wavered in his dislike for NASCAR's new championship system.

Stewart is fined $50,000 in scuffle

Driving no longer fun for Indy two-time champion Unser Jr.
INDIANAPOLIS - Two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr. retired Wednesday because he was no longer having fun as a driver.

NASCAR looking to simplify rules
For the most part, the first 10 months of Brian France's tenure as boss of NASCAR has been a breeze.

Daytona race turns into one of circuit's more popular events
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Michael Waltrip is one of many drivers who thinks the installation of lights seven years ago instantly elevated the Saturday night Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway to one of the premier races of the season.

NASCAR officials considering Stewart punishment
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR officials spent Tuesday discussing what type of punishment to levy against driver Tony Stewart for an altercation with Brian Vickers after the race at Sears Point.

NASCAR looking to simplify rules

Daytona race turns into one of circuit's more popular events

Orlando trades McGrady for Francis in multiplayer deal
HOUSTON -- In a blockbuster deal that gives the Houston Rockets one of basketball's most intriguing tandems, Tracy McGrady was traded to Houston in a multiplayer deal that sent Steve Francis to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.

Nets make qualifying offer to Kenyon Martin

Ginobili hopes to stay with Spurs
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Spurs guard Manuel Ginobili hopes to sign a long-term contract with San Antonio.

McGrady dazzled by welcome to Houston

Nets make qualifying offer to Kenyon Martin
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New Jersey Nets have made a qualifying offer to All-Star power forward Kenyon Martin.

Willis Reed leaves Knicks to help Hornets
NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Hornets hired NBA Hall of Famer Willis Reed as vice president of basketball operations Tuesday, giving the former New York Knicks star a chance to finish his career in his native state.

Clippers believe in young Shaun Livingston

Francis meets with Magic officials

Francis meets with Magic officials
HOUSTON -- Houston Rockets guard Steve Francis met with Orlando Magic officials on Tuesday, possibly paving the way for a multiplayer trade that would include NBA scoring leader Tracy McGrady.

Clippers believe in young Shaun Livingston
LOS ANGELES -- With the Los Angeles Clippers, it's always been a case of wait 'til next year.

Willis Reed leaves Knicks to help Hornets

McGrady dazzled by welcome to Houston
HOUSTON -- Tracy McGrady was escorted to his new home court in a white stretch limo, treated to a Jumbotron video of his most impressive highlights and greeted by hundreds of cheering fans.

Dampier opts out of contract with Warriors

Ginobili hopes to stay with Spurs

District attorney won't take lead role in Bryant trial
DENVER -- The prosecutor who has led the sexual assault case against Kobe Bryant since last summer said Wednesday he will not take a prominent role in the NBA star's trial, instead leaving day-to-day responsibilities to his chief deputy and two others.

Dampier opts out of contract with Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors center Erick Dampier has opted out of his contract as expected and becomes a free agent.

Orlando trades McGrady for Francis in multiplayer deal

Knights go globetrotting to get Capers
Bruce Capers can twirl a basketball on his finger, but don't expect him to show his new team any Harlem Globetrotter tricks.

Williams misses start with tendinitis

Dolphins' TE Randy McMichael charged with assaulting wife

NFL, CFL extend working agreement through 2006 season

Bobcats have first minicamp practice

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Court: Young should be stripped of Olympic gold
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- U.S. sprinter Jerome Young should be stripped of his Sydney Olympics relay gold medal for testing positive in 1999 for steroids, the world's top sports court ruled Tuesday.

Greece's food safety agency to fine eateries for health violations
ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's food safety agency announced Wednesday that 265 restaurants and food suppliers in cities hosting Olympic events will be fined for violating health codes.

Court: Young should be stripped of Olympic gold

Interpol chief: No known threats on horizon for Athens Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- Interpol's global network has detected "no threats" against the Olympics, but Greek authorities must constantly fine-tune their security operations until the games are over, the head of the international police organization said Tuesday.

Olympic flame returns to Berlin, site of the first torch relay
BERLIN -- Thousands of spectators turned out Wednesday as the Olympic flame returned to Berlin, the site of the first modern torch relay more than six decades ago.

Olympic flame begins trip through Germany
MUNICH, Germany -- The Olympic flame began its trip through Germany on Tuesday in Munich, the scene of the 1972 games that were overshadowed by a deadly terrorist attack on Israeli athletes.

Interpol chief: No known threats on horizon for Athens Olympics

Abdullah becomes first black man to qualify for U.S. Olympic rowing
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Aquil Hashim Abdullah became the first black male rower to qualify for the U.S. Olympic squad Wednesday, teaming with U.S. Navy officer Henry Gantt Nuzum to win double skulls at the Qualified Olympic Small Boat Trials.

Overtime

Davenport thinking about retirement; Williams wants more Olympic security info

Battle of the ages: Sharapova, 17, against Davenport, 28

Women's semifinal thumbnails

Williams, Capriati set up quarterfinal match

Overtime

Strong seven will compete in YBOA national tourney

Williams easily beats Capriati to reach semis

Doping allegations cast pall over Tour de France

Doping allegations cast pall over Tour de France
PARIS - As hundreds of riders get ready for the start of cycling's premier race this weekend, a shadow created by numerous doping allegations hangs over the Tour de France.

Women's semifinal thumbnails
WIMBLEDON, England -- Thumbnail sketches of the women's singles semifinalists at Wimbledon (seedings in parentheses). The matches are scheduled for Thursday:

Williams easily beats Capriati to reach semis
WIMBLEDON, England -- In a match that never lived up to expectations, two-time defending champion Serena Williams beat a listless Jennifer Capriati 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday to advance to the Wimbledon semifinals.

Battle of the ages: Sharapova, 17, against Davenport, 28
WIMBLEDON, England -- The shrieks that accompany some of her shots are reminiscent of Monica Seles, and her modeling contract invites comparisons to fellow Russian Anna Kournikova.

Strong seven will compete in YBOA national tourney
The fact that Arthur Marshall is taking his team to the national tournament again comes as no surprise.

Tyson says wild past is behind him
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A humble and reflective Mike Tyson said Tuesday he's done with the chaos that enveloped his life and is serious about one last boxing comeback.

Overtime
The National Basketball Development League said its Charleston (S.C.) franchise was moving to Fort Myers, Fla., for the next season.

Williams, Capriati set up quarterfinal match
WIMBLEDON, England -- Two-time defending champion Serena Williams served 12 aces - including one clocked at a Wimbledon women's record of 126 mph - and overwhelmed 16-year-old Tatiana Golovin 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday to advance to the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Overtime
Augusta's Michael Green is a first alternate for the U.S. Junior Amateur, which will be held in July at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Davenport thinking about retirement; Williams wants more Olympic security info
WIMBLEDON, England -- If this is Lindsay Davenport's last Wimbledon, she's going out in style.

Williams misses start with tendinitis
LOS ANGELES -- San Francisco Giants right-hander Jerome Williams missed his scheduled start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night because of mild tendinitis in his shoulder.

Bobcats have first minicamp practice
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Bobcats opened their first minicamp Tuesday with a lecture on losing.

Dolphins' TE Randy McMichael charged with assaulting wife
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins tight end Randy McMichael was arrested Tuesday for allegedly hitting his pregnant wife.

NFL, CFL extend working agreement through 2006 season
TORONTO -- The NFL and CFL extended their working agreement through the 2006 season Tuesday.

Ray Charles gave country music his own touch

Ray Charles gave country music his own touch
Country music fans owe a great debt of gratitude to the late Ray Charles.

Turmoil, infighting builds to quiet change in Athens

Even big-shot movie stars endured humility of first jobs

'Blazing Saddles' pokes fun at less-taken trail of taboos

Al Sharpton: television's latest reality TV host
NEW YORK -- Al Sharpton, who failed in his last bid for a new job - president of the United States - now has a job on a reality TV show that guides people on career makeovers.

Fox's all-season scheduling getting off to slow start
NEW YORK -- Fox is preaching patience as its attempt to run more original summer programming has yet to be embraced by viewers.

Fox's all-season scheduling getting off to slow start

Cable network launches digital music show with free song downloads
LOS ANGELES -- A new cable music video show that debuted Monday allows viewers to download songs online for free during the broadcast.

Al Sharpton: television's latest reality TV host

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Howard Stern radio show will be heard in 9 new markets

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Beyonce and Jay-Z big winners at 2004 BET Awards

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Mira Sorvino is now a married woman

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Courtney Love shows up five hours late for Manhattan court appearance

Even big-shot movie stars endured humility of first jobs
In every career there is that first job, a first step into the work force that teaches fiscal and personal responsibility, a first lesson on the value of a job well done. First jobs instill lessons that will remain part of our character for life.

'Blazing Saddles' pokes fun at less-taken trail of taboos
In turns scatological and satirical, slapstick and sexual, surrealistic and socially aware, Blazing Saddles is a movie that, logically speaking, should never have been made and, in all likelihood, will never be made again.

Odds and Ends

Mattel must pay nearly $2 million to artist who parodied Barbie