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.

Galleries calendar

Newly acquired catcher out with kidney stones

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.

Brewers rock Rockies

Blue Jays blank Devil Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- When Orlando Hudson's bloop hit fell in shallow right field for an RBI single in the third inning, Mark Hendrickson figured he and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays were in for a long day against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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.

Garciaparra out of Red Sox lineup, Williamson back to Boston for tests
NEW YORK -- After struggling at the plate and committing three errors in two games against New York, Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra was out of the starting lineup for Thursday night's series finale at Yankee Stadium.

Garciaparra out of Red Sox lineup, Williamson back to Boston for tests

Cubs edge out Astros in 10 innings
CHICAGO -- Carlos Beltran did all he could to keep the Houston Astros in the game. Then Sammy Sosa sent the Chicago Cubs home with a victory.

Brewers rock Rockies
DENVER -- Lyle Overbay hit a two-run double, Victor Santos earned his fifth win in six starts and the Milwaukee Brewers held off the Colorado Rockies 10-9 Thursday for their fifth straight victory.

Montague to be All-Star crew chief

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

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.

Pirates defeat Cardinals

Blue Jays blank Devil Rays

Johnson hits milestone

Cubs edge out Astros in 10 innings

Astros blast Cubs

Cleveland's Gerut saves the day

Cleveland's Gerut saves the day
DETROIT -- Jody Gerut played like a star against the Detroit Tigers.

Athletics outswing Angels

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.

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.

Athletics outswing Angels
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Damian Miller hit two of Oakland's five home runs, and the Athletics completed a three-game sweep of the Anaheim Angels with a 7-3 victory Thursday.

Travelers shop and surf their summer days away

Latest area births

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.

Odds and Ends
VERSAILLES, Ill. -- Convicted bank robber Gordon A. Bryant might have had a better shot at his last hold-up attempt if he'd shown his face.

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

Chipper remains positive

Six-run first fuels Atlanta's victory
ATLANTA - For all the addled talk a few days ago that the Atlanta Braves were working on a blockbuster trade with the Chicago White Sox, it was fitting that Andruw Jones delivered the crippling blow in Thursday night's 9-1 win over the Florida Marlins.

Promotion reunites brothers
ATLANTA - The Drew brothers were reunited Thursday when the Atlanta Braves called up pitcher Tim Drew from Triple-A Richmond.

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

Six-run first fuels Atlanta's victory

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.

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.

Promotion reunites brothers

Deal with Sears boosts theory that Kmart is all about real estate, not retailing
DETROIT -- As Kmart Holding Corp. announced the second deal in less than a month to sell off dozens of stores, observers wondered whether chairman and majority owner Edward Lampert intends to revive the company's ailing retail business, or gradually sell it off, capitalizing on its vast real estate holdings.

Manufacturing activity increases again in June

Business briefs

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

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.

Fed increases key interest rate

European Central Bank holds firm even as the U.S. Fed begins raising rates
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The European Central Bank decided to leave its key interest rate unchanged Thursday as it sorts through mixed signals about future growth in the 12 countries using the euro currency - even as central bank rates are on the rise in the United States.

Consumers remain vulnerable to theft

Japanese business sentiment at highest level since 1991

Consumers to earn more on savings, pay more on debts

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.

Business briefs
The Downtown Devel-opment Authority on Thursday voted to donate $500 each to Fort Discovery and the Augusta Museum of History.

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

European Central Bank holds firm even as the U.S. Fed begins raising rates

Japanese business sentiment at highest level since 1991
TOKYO -- Japanese business sentiment has soared to its highest level in about 13 years, a key government survey showed Thursday.

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.

Jobless claims rise slightly but still point to labor market recovery
WASHINGTON --The number of new people signing up for jobless benefits rose slightly last week, although the overall pace of recent applications suggests the labor market remains in recovery mode.

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

Marketing plan lacks key piece

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.

Deal with Sears boosts theory that Kmart is all about real estate, not retailing

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.

Marketing plan lacks key piece
A body designed to tie the region together to attract outside industries still has loose ends.

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.

Fed increases key interest rate

Banks may charge for debit card use

Manufacturing activity increases again in June
NEW YORK -- Manufacturing activity increased again in June, pointing to moderating but sustained expansion in that key sector, while May construction spending increased as well - more good signs for the rebounding economy.

Firehouse Subs add store to satisfy local appetites
Augusta is a hot market for submarine sandwiches.

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.

Former Jags assistant will coach at Campbell

Auburn's Monroe requests release

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.

Please, no Moore

Marriage plan is no joke

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.

Please, no Moore
Reviewing Fahrenheit 9/11 is something we would just as soon leave to the movie critics.

End the 'death spiral'

'Romancing' the elderly

'Romancing' the elderly
We've never subscribed to the notion that because your kids are out of school you shouldn't have to pay school taxes anymore. Why not? Just because you're getting older and your kids are grown up, doesn't mean you don't have a stake in the future. There are still grandchildren to educate.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

People in the News
AUGUSTA, Maine -- A lawyer for Aidan Quinn moved during a pretrial hearing to suppress evidence gathered after the actor was pulled over for erratic driving last year.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Joan and Melissa Rivers sign with TV Guide Channel
NEW YORK -- Joan Rivers and daughter, Melissa Rivers, are now hanging their Golden Hangers at the TV Guide Channel.

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.

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

Eminem's ex-wife sentenced for leaving drug treatment
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. -- Eminem's ex-wife was sentenced Wednesday to at least four months in jail for leaving a court-ordered drug treatment program without permission.

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.

Guys get their chance to go wild for the cameras in new video
NEW YORK -- Harvey Keitel has done it. Ewan McGregor has done it at least four times. Now all red-blooded American males can drop trou for the cameras.

Stocks slump on lower weak economic news
NEW YORK -- Stocks sagged Thursday as lower-than-expected activity in the manufacturing sector and a slight rise in weekly jobless claims stifled investor enthusiasm after two days of gains. The Dow Jones industrials lost more than 100 points, while tech stocks fell on concerns about Intel Corp. and Yahoo! Inc.

Social Security agreement reached with Mexico to expand eligibility

SEC charges Siebel with violating fair disclosure rule

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.

Texas teachers wash windows to qualify for Social Security

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.

Tokyo stocks end mixed, dollar down against 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
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

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.

Tokyo stocks mixed, dollar down against yen
LOS ANGELES -- A bidding war has broken out for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with Time Warner Inc. making a nearly $5 billion offer for the venerable Hollywood studio, according to newspaper reports.

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.

Tokyo stocks mixed, dollar down against yen

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 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.

Freddie Mac earnings down 52 percent last year

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.

General Mills earnings rise, beat expectations for fourth quarter

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.

Long-term mortgage rates fall, but climb for one-year ARMs
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages fell for the second week in a row, offering encouraging news for people in the market to buy a home.

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

Fishing tournament news

Barbee is reeled in for show
The hardest part of producing a television fishing show is getting the fish to cooperate, according to Ralph Barbee Jr., of Evans, whose latest effort began Thursday night on Knology's Channel 6.

School is back in session for hybrids
After a month of playing "hooky," Thurmond Lake's hybrids are finally schooling, with some of the better fish being caught late in the day in water opposite the mouth of the "Church Cove."

School is back in session for hybrids

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.

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

Grubbin

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.

French vintners pitted against health workers in battle over wine ads

Biennial foxgloves add charm to your garden
Foxgloves bring a cottage garden charm to any garden -- and they come up year after year.

Biennial foxgloves add charm to your garden

Bombers hand GreenJackets a familiar fate
The GreenJackets returned from the all-star break the same way they went into it - with a loss.

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

Woods hoping favorite tournament could spark turnaround

Woods' caddie has no apologies
The caddie for Tiger Woods said he was wrong to kick over a news photographer's camera during the U.S. Open, blaming his snap decision on hearing too many clicks from too many cameras at the wrong time.

Open course offers tough test

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

Woods' caddie has no apologies

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

Atlanta receives season's closer

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

Roberts shoots 64, leads by one

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.

Roberts shoots 64, leads by one
LEMONT, Ill. - Loren Roberts can still show the youngsters a thing or two.

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.

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.

Bombers hand GreenJackets a familiar fate

GreenJackets draw up ideas

Devils sign Madden, Pandolfo

Thrashers sign free agent D Modry
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers added another veteran defenseman Thursday, signing free agent Jaroslav Modry to a $7 million, three-year contract.

Devils sign Madden, Pandolfo
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Free agent forwards John Madden and Jay Pandolfo re-signed Thursday with the New Jersey Devils.

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.

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.

Thrashers sign four forwards

Travelers shop and surf their summer days away
On this holiday weekend we celebrate liberty, independence and the right to pursue happiness.

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.

Marlon Brando dead at 80; unforgettable actor in 'Streetcar,' 'On the Waterfront,' 'Godfather'
LOS ANGELES -- Marlon Brando, who revolutionized American acting with his Method performances in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "On the Waterfront" and went on to create the iconic character of Don Vito Corleone in "The Godfather," has died. He was 80.

Cast judgeship vote for Padgett

Augusta politics is still appalling
It is absolutely astounding to me the level of blind faith some people will place in their "trusted" local politicians without reviewing what they're being charged with or even considering an ounce of it just might be true. Chris Smith Minneapolis

Oil and columnist's logic don't mix

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

Believe it: 'D' stands for 'Day'

'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

Augusta politics is still appalling

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

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.

Oil and columnist's logic don't mix
Former Cuban insurgent Joaquin Godoy decries the military intervention he would have welcomed in Cuba in the 1960s ("Express dismay with Bush at November polls," June 23). William J. Welsh, M.D. Augusta

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

Cast judgeship vote for Padgett
J. Wade Padgett is ideally suited to be Columbia County's next chief magistrate judge. I have seen Wade demonstrate several qualities that make this statement true. First, Wade has experience as an assistant district attorney. Second, Wade is a practicing attorney as well as an associate magistrate judge. Lastly, Wade is a community leader with a true, demonstrated love for this county. Mike Stanley Evans

Study: Multivitamins slowed down AIDS virus in African women

Group strives to help fathers

Desolation Canyon: The disappearance

Health and fitness calendar

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

Cassini settles into Saturn orbit

Supreme Court ruling has strong praise for Internet filters

Ford Escape is first gasoline-electric hybrid SUV

One-tank trips: Historic Beaufort

No mad cow disease found in cow singled out in screening

New $50 bill has red, blue and yellow tint

Survey finds many healthy eaters also say they are hefty

Group strives to help fathers
Savannah has one. So does Atlanta. So Terry Pitts and Book Facey see no reason why Augusta can't have a local chapter of Fathers Are Parents, Too, a nonprofit group dedicated to changing Georgia child custody laws.

Ford Escape is first gasoline-electric hybrid SUV
The vehicle Americans both love and hate - the sport utility - is getting greener.

Desolation Canyon: The disappearance
THE STORY SO FAR: A confrontation between Aaron's dad and Cassidy becomes dangerous when Cassidy picks up a huge log. He swings it about, threatening Aaron's dad.

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.

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.

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.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

Cassini settles into Saturn orbit
PASADENA, Calif. -- After seven years of hurtling through space to the outer solar system, the U.S.-European Cassini spacecraft squeezed through a gap in Saturn's shimmering rings, fired its brakes and settled into a near-perfect orbit around the giant planet.

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.

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.

One-tank trips: Historic Beaufort
Gasoline prices don't have to keep people from heeding the siren call of the road this summer.

Ballroom gets a spin at function
AIKEN - When Dorothy McLaurin walked in the door of the Aiken Municipal Building on Thursday night, the first thing she did was slip off her sandals decorated with flowers.

New airport ads focus on safety

Commission wants choices approved

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.

Reservist details his duty abroad
Spending his days flying above war-torn Afghanistan, Maj. Ethan Andrews will probably miss his infant daughter's first steps back home in Augusta.

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

Thurmond's biracial daughter has name added to monument

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.

Fox Creek clears past for future

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.

Holiday weekend inspires travelers to take longer trips

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.

Traffic rises in area after road's opening
AIKEN - The Palmetto Parkway has provided passage from Augusta to North Augusta for little more than a week, but already there are signs that it's bringing more traffic into South Carolina, officials said.

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.

3 teens arrested in robbery spree

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.

Prison re-entry project planned

Sheriffs attract Perdue scrutiny
ATLANTA - Jenkins County Sheriff Bobby Womack could be out of his job sooner than expected now that Gov. Sonny Perdue has taken the first steps to oust him.

Around town
Rodney Lucas (from left), Chad Benton and Shawn Fitzgerald of Master Craft Flooring of Augusta place a marble bicentennial marker on First Presbyterian Church. On Sunday, the church will celebrate the unveiling of the marker, which was put into place Thursday.

Post's celebration kicks off Independence Day events

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.

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.

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.

Around town

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

Holiday closings
The following schedules have been announced for Independence Day:

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.

Weekend events
Here's the schedule for all the exiting events for this 4th of July weekend.

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.

Traffic rises in area after road's opening

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.

Sheriffs attract Perdue scrutiny

Thurmond's biracial daughter has name added to monument
COLUMBIA - The name of Strom Thurmond's biracial daughter was added Thursday to his monument on the south side of the Statehouse grounds.

Across the area

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Sebastian M. Genova, 5, of Augusta.

Reservist details his duty abroad

Swing, batter, swing
Nicole McDonald, of North Augusta, helps her son, Quentin, 2, play tee ball at Hammond Park in North Augusta.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A human skull found when utility workers were digging in downtown Savannah to repair a gas line might have belonged to an old slave burial ground.

Target approves new Evans store
Target Corp. on Thursday confirmed that it will build its second Augusta store off Washington Road in Columbia County.

Medals are stolen from museum on Yorktown

3 teens arrested in robbery spree
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested one adult and two juveniles Thursday in connection with a series of violent crimes that all occurred during June.

Classic has money in the bank

Commission wants choices approved
Legitimate or not? That was the question before Augusta commissioners Thursday night concerning several appointees by state legislators for Augusta boards and authorities.

Across Georgia

City approves deal for seniors' meals

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.

Kid of the day

Jumping into first

Swing, batter, swing

MCG students get grant to teach health literacy

Ballroom gets a spin at function

Prison re-entry project planned
The diverse group of community leaders selected to put into action a new prisoner re-entry program in the Augusta area met this week to hear the first details about the program.

Fire destroys home

CDs will be sent to states' libraries
If you're window-shopping for good music this summer, you'll have to stick to the Georgia side of the Savannah River.

Weekend events

MCG students get grant to teach health literacy
Literacy is about more than reading for some Medical College of Georgia students. It also can be about becoming healthier and communicating better with health care providers, they said.

Clinic helps those going overseas to stay healthy

Rants and raves
I SAW REPRESENTATIVES of the Democratic Party whining about the Republican conspiracy to keep Fahrenheit 9/11 out of Augusta. Wow! How stupid you made all Democrats look. First, if you really wanted to see it, all you had to do was drive to Columbia. Secondly, it was a limited release. There are many films we don't get in Augusta -- not because of politics but because of the market size. And finally, yes, we're getting it here on Friday. I'm a Democrat, and I really wish Lowell Greenbaum would switch parties. He's such a strident little kvetch.

Marlon Brando dead at 80; unforgettable actor in 'Streetcar,' 'On the Waterfront,' 'Godfather'

Judge considers man's release to halfway house
U.S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. is pondering whether a Thomson construction company president should be considered for early release from federal prison.

USC raises tuition 11 percent

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A Charleston man has been acquitted in the shooting death of a Goose Creek man in 2002.

Rooster chooses unlikely home
BLUFFTON, S.C. - The age-old question has finally been answered.

Man is executed for '85 stabbing

City approves deal for seniors' meals
A Florida company will provide meals to seniors at four Augusta recreation sites - at least for a while.

Rooster chooses unlikely home

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

CDs will be sent to states' libraries

SRS is proud of work on craft
AIKEN - Savannah River Site engineer Rick Burns has eagerly monitored the Cassini spacecraft during the seven years before its arrival at Saturn this week.

Rants and raves
I SAW REPRESENTATIVES of the Democratic Party whining about the Republican conspiracy to keep Fahrenheit 9/11 out of Augusta. Wow! How stupid you made all Democrats look. First, if you really wanted to see it, all you had to do was drive to Columbia. Secondly, it was a limited release. There are many films we don't get in Augusta -- not because of politics but because of the market size. And finally, yes, we're getting it here on Friday. I'm a Democrat, and I really wish Lowell Greenbaum would switch parties. He's such a strident little kvetch.

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.

SRS is proud of work on craft

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

Judge considers man's release to halfway house

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.

Target approves new Evans store

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

Holiday closings

Around town

Fire destroys home
Martinez firefighters spray water on the smoldering remains of a vacant home on P&M Road in Evans. The home's previous tenant had been evicted Wednesday.

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.

Clinic helps those going overseas to stay healthy
In their jobs, Dr. David Haburchack and Dr. Mary Forsyth constantly get to travel - at least vicariously.

Center to seek help with food deliveries

Teens must stay in class to drive

Colleges will play in next Classic

Kid of the day

Fort will recycle building material

Across the area
Retired teacher Sylvia Littlejohn filed Thursday to run for the Richmond County Board of Education.

Man is executed for '85 stabbing
JACKSON, Ga. - The state of Georgia executed Robert Karl Hicks on Thursday for stabbing a 28-year-old woman to death nine months after he was released from prison on a rape conviction.

Across the region

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

Post's celebration kicks off Independence Day events
Despite gloomy weather forecasts, many visitors enjoyed the surprise sunshine peeking out behind the clouds for Fort Gordon's Independence celebration Thursday.

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.

Perdue forms team to investigate Womack

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.

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.

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

'Spider-Man 2' takes in record $40.5 million in opening day
LOS ANGELES -- "Spider-Man 2" took in $40.5 million in its first day, a record debut that positions the film to challenge more box-office highs through the Fourth of July weekend.

At the movies

'Spider-Man 2' takes in record $40.5 million in opening day

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.

Concerts

Celebration blossoms into an annual music pilgrimage

Top 20 concert tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Clay Aiken ready to light fuse on holiday concert, tour
LOS ANGELES -- For Clay Aiken, performing at what he considers the nation's pre-eminent July Fourth bash, PBS' "A Capitol Fourth" in Washington, could have been moving enough.

Syndrome album shows collaborations can work

Hot ticket

Clay Aiken ready to light fuse on holiday concert, tour

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

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

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.

Drivers say Daytona qualifying is useless
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Kasey Kahne was still in diapers when a driver won the Pepsi 400 from the pole position.

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

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.

Bourdais fastest in qualifying

Bourdais fastest in qualifying
CLEVELAND -- Daytime or nighttime, Sebastien Bourdais can't be caught right now.

Drivers say Daytona qualifying is useless

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.

Points race heats up heading into Daytona

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

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

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.

Stewart penalty debated through garage
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jimmy Spencer punched someone and was suspended. Tony Stewart had a similar confrontation and is allowed to race.

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.

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.

Stewart penalty debated through garage

Partial transcript of Saddam Hussein's arraignment

Partial transcript of Saddam Hussein's arraignment
The following partial transcript, transcribed by eMediaMillWorks Inc., was taken from audio that was edited by the U.S. military. The audio did not reflect everything Saddam Hussein said during his arraignment Thursday such as Saddam's remark: "This is all a theater by Bush, the criminal." A question mark after a name indicates that it was not completely clear who was speaking:

Duke: Lakers, Krzyzewski discussing coaching vacancy
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke's Mike Krzyzewski met with Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak on Thursday and was in "serious discussions" with the team about its coaching vacancy.

New number, new look for resort in Bryant case
DENVER -- After a year of unwelcome notoriety, the Colorado mountain resort at the heart of the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case has had a makeover.

Carlisle: Miller's early decision should help Pacers in free agency
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana coach Rick Carlisle wasn't surprised by Reggie Miller's decision to return for an 18th season. He even believes the move will help the Pacers in the free agent market.

Boozer a free agent, but not leaving Cleveland

Carlisle: Miller's early decision should help Pacers in free agency

Agent: Malone to decide this summer on plans

Clippers believe they're in the hunt for Kobe

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.

Bol seriously injured in highway accident
COLCHESTER, Conn. -- Former NBA center Manute Bol was seriously injured in a car accident, police said.

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

Clippers believe they're in the hunt for Kobe
LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers believe they have a good shot at signing Kobe Bryant and will do whatever possible at landing the plum of the free agent crop.

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.

Agent: Malone to decide this summer on plans
LOS ANGELES -- Karl Malone had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee this week and will decide during the summer if he will return for another season.

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.

Duke: Lakers, Krzyzewski discussing coaching vacancy

Dampier opts out of contract with Warriors

Bol seriously injured in highway accident

Clippers believe in young Shaun Livingston

New number, new look for resort in Bryant case

Boozer a free agent, but not leaving Cleveland
CLEVELAND -- Carlos Boozer's free agency should be short-lived. He isn't planning to go anywhere.

McGrady dazzled by welcome to Houston

Former Jags assistant will coach at Campbell
After failing to receive the Augusta State head basketball coaching position in May, Kerwin "Buck" Harris decided to take his career down a different path.

Auburn's Monroe requests release
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn point guard Lewis Monroe received a release from his scholarship Thursday and plans to transfer, the third player to leave since Jeff Lebo replaced Cliff Ellis as head coach.

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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.

Harrigan hopes to retire after Athens in style

Thompson has eight golds, none individually Greatest teammate
Jenny Thompson, a third-year medical student and the most decorated American female swimmer in history, occasionally finds herself in the absurd position of having to defend or apologize for her Olympic medal count.

Greek police step up patrols

Thompson has eight golds, none individually Greatest teammate

Greek police step up patrols
ATHENS, Greece - Security teams began a full-scale tightening of surveillance and patrols Thursday in preparation for August's Olympics.

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.

Harrigan hopes to retire after Athens in style
LAS VEGAS - Lori Harrigan and her Team USA teammates have been crisscrossing the country since February. They are in the middle of their "Aiming For Athens" grassroots tour that will see them playing softball in towns where only a Greyhound bus might stop. So you would think the Las Vegas native might be happy that the Olympic Games are just six weeks away.

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.

Williams easily beats Capriati to reach semis

Overtime

Doping allegations cast pall over Tour de France

Overtime

Williams, Sharapova reach Wimbledon final

Women's semifinal thumbnails

Strong seven will compete in YBOA national tourney

Greece upsets Czech Republic

Williams, Sharapova reach Wimbledon final
WIMBLEDON, England -- Serena Williams' racket was cracked. Not her will.

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

Greece upsets Czech Republic
PORTO, Portugal - Greece jolted the European Championships yet again, beating the Czech Republic 1-0 in overtime Thursday on a header by Traianos Dellas.

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.

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.

Federer still looks like a sure thing
WIMBLEDON, England - Roger Federer shares with Pete Sampras more than just a dominant serve, fearsome forehand, stylish flair and love of grass.

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.

Overtime
The Los Angeles Lakers are in "serious discussions" with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski about their coaching vacancy.

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

Actor Ernest Borgnine still horsing
LOS ANGELES -- "Shouldn't I be?" exclaims Ernest Borgnine, when asked why he's still working at 87.

Actor Ernest Borgnine still horsing

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.

Al Sharpton: television's latest reality TV host

Rankings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of June 21-27. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

People in the News

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Festivals will light up nights

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Beyonce and Jay-Z big winners at 2004 BET Awards

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Eminem's ex-wife sentenced for leaving drug treatment

Applause calendar

Joan and Melissa Rivers sign with TV Guide Channel

Ice cream shop banking on 'cut-through' traffic

Video best

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Howard Stern radio show will be heard in 9 new markets

'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.

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.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends