Exhibit featuring real human bodies makes U.S. debut in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- A pregnant woman lies on her side with a hand behind her head as if posing for a nude photograph. But her dead body isn't the only thing exposed. Her heart, intestines and 8-month-old fetus are visible as well.

Coffee table books for and about the great outdoors

'Book Club' brings Jane Austen into the 21st century
It has been said that a writer who imitates a great author is more likely to gain renown as a great mimic than as a great writer.

'Book Club' brings Jane Austen into the 21st century

Exhibit featuring real human bodies makes U.S. debut in Los Angeles

'Mr. Famous' and readers should get along famously

Coffee table books for and about the great outdoors
Their lavish color images of landscapes and seascapes make some coffee table books a great way to bring the great outdoors indoors.

'Father Joe' offers guidance and a good story

'Mr. Famous' and readers should get along famously
Mr. Famous has it all - fame, fortune, and a fabulously wealthy blue-blooded lover.

Arts calendar

Clinton's memoirs hit the million mark
NEW YORK -- Bill Clinton's "My Life" is a million seller. "This is an astonishing number for a work of nonfiction," Sonny Mehta, president of Alfred A. Knopf, said in a statement Thursday.

Arts calendar
ARTISTIC PERCEPTIONS: 551 Broad St.; art by Wanta L. Davenport; oil paintings, landscapes, still life, animal paintings, portraits in oils on canvas, art supplies, miscellaneous art objects, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, by appointment Sunday-Monday; 724-8739.

'Father Joe' offers guidance and a good story
Tony Hendra is a satirist whose name is familiar to readers of National Lampoon and Spy magazines, and to moviegoers who have seen him in "This Is Spinal Tap."

Beckett to return Monday

Diamondbacks fire manager Brenly; Pedrique named interim manager
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks fired manager Bob Brenly on Friday in the midst of their worst season since their expansion campaign of 1998.

Strange injury puzzles player
Steve Farr knows what a torn anterior cruciate ligament feels like. He tore one of his 10 years ago and still feels the pain in his knee today.

Fan favorites

Beckett to return Monday
MIAMI -- Florida Marlins ace Josh Beckett will return from the disabled list and start Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Baseball movies strike a chord with fans
Go to any ballpark. Ask the question.

Diamondbacks fire manager Brenly
PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks fired manager Bob Brenly on Friday in the midst of their worst season since their expansion campaign of 1998.

Fan favorites
Residents and local athletes pick their favorite baseball film characters

Diamondbacks fire manager Brenly; Pedrique named interim manager

Huff homer lifts D'Rays over .500

Pirates down Brewers
PITTSBURGH -- Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon thinks left-hander Oliver Perez belongs in the All-Star game despite his recent long winless streak. His last two performances show why.

Strange injury puzzles player

Baseball movies strike a chord with fans

Contreras' wife, two daughters leave Cuba

Huff homer lifts D'Rays over .500
MIAMI - Aubrey Huff homered and drove in three runs to help the Tampa Bay Devil Rays beat Carl Pavano and the struggling Florida Marlins 4-2 on Friday night.

Contreras' wife, two daughters leave Cuba
BALTIMORE -- Jose Contreras' family defected from Cuba this week, and the New York Yankees pitcher left the team Tuesday and traveled to Miami to reunite with his wife and two daughters.

Fixing the fan sheds light on wife's little secret

100-lb. wonder shakes up world of competitive eating
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Sonya Thomas may look like she "couldn't eat a cup of cottage cheese," but she's a rock star in the world of competitive eating.

Boy Scouts, looking at $14 million debt, peddle $250 lemonade
SALT LAKE CITY -- A Boy Scout troop tried to put a dent in a potential $14 million judgment Friday by selling lemonade - at $250 a glass.

Some military bases on alert for Coke's GPS promotion
NEW YORK -- There's a new security threat at some of the nation's military bases - and it looks uncannily like a can of Coke.

Couple charged with trying to poison Edwardsville mayor, husband
EDWARDSVILLE, Kan. -- A couple has been accused of trying to kill the mayor of a Kansas City suburb and her husband with poisoned soda and cupcakes sent through the mail.

Odds and Ends
SILVERDALE, Wash. -- A Rotary Club has been left with a $7,000 bill for roasted duck, but this fowl was no fall-off-the-bone confit - it was a little more on the rubbery side.

Alfonseca's sinker silences opposition

Alfonseca's sinker silences opposition
ATLANTA - It's not your imagination.

Home run lifts Braves
ATLANTA - When Atlanta Braves pitcher Jaret Wright, who had not given up a home run in his past four starts, was taken deep by David Ortiz in the first inning Friday night, one could almost hear the applause in Boston.

Braves' notebook
ATLANTA - Nick Green is quickly developing a reputation as a clutch hitter.

Boston batters Thomson, Atlanta
ATLANTA - It wasn't the biggest game of the season for either team, but it might have been the most satisfying for the Boston Red Sox.

Home run lifts Braves

How competitive eating went big-time

Business briefs

High energy prices trickle down slightly through the economy
What do carpet, tires and paint have in common? They are just a few of the household items getting more expensive due to the high cost of oil and natural gas, important raw materials for these products and the source of energy needed to manufacture and ship them.

Unemployment rate remains unchanged at 5.6 percent
WASHINGTON -- Employers hired less help in June than economists anticipated - 112,000 new payroll jobs - and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.6 percent for a third straight month.

High energy prices trickle down slightly through the economy

Business briefs
COLUMBIA - South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. has asked state utility regulators to approve an 8.8 percent increase in its electric rate for residential customers.

Delta CEO says restructuring plan to be submitted in August
ATLANTA -- Financially-troubled Delta Air Lines Inc. plans to submit a restructuring plan that includes labor cost-cutting measures to its board in late August, chief executive Gerald Grinstein said.

Electrolux line fused with European flair

Relationships curb turnover
Being a coach, not a referee, is a great way for supervisors to keep their best talent.

Analysts say signs of higher home-heating costs on the rise

Apple Computer shares tumble after iMac delay

Richmond County property transfers

Unemployment rate remains unchanged at 5.6 percent

Business calendar

Some happy about high oil prices: Alaska state budget minders

Reservists fear financial strains from tours of duty

Delta CEO says restructuring plan to be submitted in August

On the move

Relationships curb turnover

Columbia County follows trend on bigger housing developments
It's a sunny day in the suburbs, and Chris Elliott is a focused man as he maneuvers his fertilizer spreader.

Apple Computer shares tumble after iMac delay
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Shares of Apple Computer Inc. fell more than 5 percent Friday, a day after the company announced a delay in the release of the next-generation iMac.

Reservists fear financial strains from tours of duty
As a former full-time military man, Adam Reiser knew when he joined the Army Reserve last year it could lead to a long-term deployment.

Analysts say signs of higher home-heating costs on the rise
WASHINGTON -- As if steep gasoline prices this summer weren't enough to make consumers grumpy, the energy crunch also could lead to higher home heating costs next winter.

On the move
Donna Marella, of Grovetown, has become a consultant for national direct sales company Tastefully Simple Inc.

How competitive eating went big-time
NEW ORLEANS -- The woman's contorted expression reveals something between skepticism and pure revulsion, but the president of the International Federation of Competitive Eating is undaunted. In fact, Rich Shea is quite accustomed to this reaction - and understandably so.

Pocket change
You should save all important documents in a secure place, such as a fireproff box or a safe deposit box, including:

Electrolux line fused with European flair
Augusta's Electrolux Home Products joined its Swedish parent company this week in unveiling its new Icon line of European-inspired appliances.

Business calendar
This week in business

Some happy about high oil prices: Alaska state budget minders
JUNEAU, Alaska -- High oil prices may be wreaking havoc with motorists' budgets, but they've put the state of Alaska in the black.

Good public relations help media 'see the headline'
There is a feeling in the marketing world that public relations costs you less than other forms of advertising, and at the same time, it is the best kind of exposure you can get. This is partly true but also can be misleading.

Good public relations help media 'see the headline'

Richmond County property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for June 10-23. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Move makes seniors want to 'beat Bob Young's butt'

Move makes seniors want to 'beat Bob Young's butt'
Mayor Bob Young sure stirred up a hornet's nest by backing the CSRA Regional Development Center's award of the senior citizens nutrition contract to a Florida-based company, a move that will force the Senior Citizens Council on 15th Street to close and cost the city in more ways than one.

Missouri says Snyder unintentionally broke rules, denies Clemons was paid

A date with justice

Freedom's fight goes on
It is fitting that, on this day marking the United States' independence from Great Britain, the world's newest national government is taking its first tentative steps toward building an enduring democracy.

A date with justice
As his date with justice got under way in an Iraqi court Thursday, the Butcher of Baghdad was alternately confused, angry and defiant. Although the world's attention was focused on Saddam Hussein, it was the young Iraqi judge who maintained stately control of the verbal volleys and arraignment.

Curtail the bobtail
The practice of bobtailing - tacking unrelated amendments onto carefully drawn up legislation at the last minute - should be curbed, if not banned. The issue was discussed recently with the Aiken Chamber of Commerce by the area's lawmakers.

Restore SRS funding
It has been said there are two things you should never watch being made if you have a weak stomach - sausage or legislation. Those of us who support missions for the Savannah River Site have very upset stomachs today - but we have our fingers crossed that it's only going through the "sausage-making stage" and that eventually everything will turn out all right.

Strengthening schools
Things just got better for Georgia schools.

Restore SRS funding

Curtail the bobtail

Strengthening schools

Actor Marlon Brando dead at 80
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.

Willie Nelson, still in pain from hand surgery
DALLAS -- Country star Willie Nelson said Thursday he'll sing but won't be able to play guitar at his annual Fourth of July picnic because of a slow recovery from carpal tunnel surgery.

Remembering the colorful, contentious, genius actor Marlon Brando
EDITOR'S NOTE - Bob Thomas has been covering Hollywood for The Associated Press for 61 years. In 1973, his unauthorized biography about Marlon Brando titled "Marlon, Portrait of a Rebel as an Artist," was published.

People in the News
LONDON -- An auction of Stan Laurel memorabilia took in $36,800 from fans of the famous comedian.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Focusing on dividend-paying funds can be a good long-term strategy
NEW YORK -- Get ready to start paying attention to another number in your equity mutual fund portfolio: yield.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks fell Friday, sending the market's best-known indicator down nearly 1.5 percent. The U.S. dollar was higher against the Japanese yen.

Credit, loan debts can hinder students
NEW YORK - Leaving college and entering the real world can be daunting. New graduates often must juggle finding a place to rent, buying a car and investing in an office wardrobe. At the same time, accumulated credit card bills and college loans must be paid.

Bonds jump following employment report

Bonds jump following employment report
NEW YORK -- Bond prices rose sharply Friday in an abbreviated session, with traders revisiting their assumptions of interest rate hikes after a weaker-than-expected employment report.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar up against yen

Consumers should review beneficiaries on accounts
Q. I recently discovered that my ex-wife is named as the beneficiary on my company life insurance policy. What should I do to make sure the money goes to my current wife and our children?

Credit, loan debts can hinder students

Focusing on dividend-paying funds can be a good long-term strategy

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $6.37 billion in the latest week to $850.74 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

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

Poor jobs data leads stocks lower
NEW YORK -- Fresh questions about the strength of the economic recovery sent stocks lower Friday as a disappointing report on job creation weighed heavily on investor confidence. All three major indexes lost ground for the week.

Celebrating the burger
Whether grilled in the back yard or ordered to-go, the American love affair with the hamburger has seldom waned and the taste of grilled meat between a bun has never left the American palate.

Celebrating the burger

Bombers capitalize on Jackets' miscues
Errors and stranded runners are often the recipe for a loss in baseball.

GreenJackets notebook
Augusta GreenJackets fans who will be home tonight will get the chance to see their team play the Capital City Bombers live on television.

Woods makes cut at Western

Woods makes cut at Western
LEMONT, Ill. - Tiger Woods watched as his ball clipped the top of a large willow tree and fell 30 yards in front of him. Another swing moved the ball a measly few feet. Finally, on the third try, he punched out to the fairway, still 40 yards shy of the pin.

Ames, Hensby hold lead at Western, but Tiger lurking

Rosales takes 1-shot lead

Rosales takes 1-shot lead
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - Annika Sorenstam hit the ball so pure that she missed only one green and one fairway, the kind of golf that usually wins the U.S. Women's Open.

Ames, Hensby hold lead at Western, but Tiger lurking
LEMONT, Ill. -- Ten years ago, Mark Hensby was sleeping in his car on the range at Cog Hill Golf Club, killing time until he could go home to Australia.

GreenJackets notebook

Bombers capitalize on Jackets' miscues

Fixing the fan sheds light on wife's little secret
The only thing that holds a marriage together is the husband being big enough to step back and see where the wife is wrong.

Nation is a rapidly sinking ship
After a nominal change of Iraqi government, we will continue to bail out this Titanic of a country as fast as possible just to keep it afloat. We don't understand that it isn't what the majority of Iraqis want, only what the minority is willing to sacrifice for their cause. Most people will sit back and watch, hoping to be left alone. No amount of flag- waving, patriotic fervor and hand-wringing in this country will make the slightest bit of difference. Allan Levene Evans

Film riddled with disinformation
Regarding Michael Moore's movie Fahrenheit 9/11: Have we so blurred the lines between actual news and entertainment that people can no longer tell the difference? Mary Beth Seaha Aiken, S.C.

Pledge gets politically correct
I feel that my country is divided as never before, and I would like to propose, tongue in cheek, a new Pledge of Allegiance: Dick Donnelly Evans

State gets 'F' on promotion tests

Padgett has traits of fine judge

State gets 'F' on promotion tests
The truth finally comes out. Georgia requires all third-graders to pass a standardized test before they can be promoted to the fourth grade. Michele Lewis Harlem

Film riddled with disinformation

Moretz can make things happen
You're a good man, David Moretz. David and his family have been dedicated friends for over 15 years. I know him to be of strong moral character and unquestionable integrity. There is no better person to serve on the Augusta Commission. Steven Robertson Augusta

We must be wise with our water

Look at SPLOST investment wisely
On June 25, The Augusta Chronicle ran an article concerning a poll done about the possibility of an arena being built at Regency Mall using money from the upcoming special-purpose local option sales tax issue. The problem with your story is that it didn't say how the question was asked, and 800 people is not representative of the county as a whole. Jay Collett Augusta

Augusta's first lady deserves honor

Padgett has traits of fine judge
I support J. Wade Padgett for Columbia County's chief magistrate, and encourage others to vote for him. Sue Tshishiku Martinez

Kerry is not the man for the job
For the past few months, I have listened to Sen. John Kerry's disdainful rhetoric against our president and our country's policies, which has led me to this conclusion: Gregory J. Topliff Aiken, S.C.

We must be wise with our water
While I do not disagree with the conclusion in your editorial ("Water rules overdone," June 29), I have a problem with your oversimplification of our water resource. Frank Carl Augusta

Nation is a rapidly sinking ship

Augusta truly is a city of character

Pledge gets politically correct

Augusta's first lady deserves honor
Although there was an honorable mention in The Chronicle's Across the Area section, I feel this deserves a nod of note. I've heard estimates that there are more than 50,000 licensed real estate agents in Georgia and about 4,000 in the Central Savannah River Area. Johnny Hensley Augusta

Unions are beneficial, not bullying
Regarding your editorial "End union bullying" (June 21), it should be the other way around. The companies bullying the workers threatening the workers if they sign the cards. Gene Harvey Hephzibah

Augusta truly is a city of character
Despite the racial tensions found within and despite the tensions of Augusta's commissions dealing with city issues, this Garden City of Augusta shines on as a city of character. The Rev. Michael Lubinsky Augusta

Look at SPLOST investment wisely

Moretz can make things happen

Computers drive out need for chickenscratch

Much more than Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown

New product clears clogged drains

Revitalized Cleveland has many attractions

Exhibit recalling Roosevelt hunt a boon for former mill town

Desolation canyon: The Search

How to remove solar window film

Man should stand to greet, introduce friend

Wraparound porch, large pond attract friends, visitors to home

In the know

In the know
It began as a simple business arrangement two years ago for Lori Ascani and David Van Lenten.

New product clears clogged drains
Got a clogged drain? Reaching for a plunger or a "snake" auger? Perhaps there's a better way.

Computers drive out need for chickenscratch
At Greenwich Country Day, a prestigious Connecticut private school, computers have all but replaced pencil and paper. Typing instruction starts in second grade, and laptops are mandatory by seventh. Essays are typed, and often class notes are, too.

Short-lived nuptials for stars not unusual
Oh. My. God. Like, Britney is getting married ... again!

How to remove solar window film
Q. Natalie asks: You referred to a removable solar window film on your radio program that can be removed and reapplied to reduce solar heat. Can you tell me more about it?

Man should stand to greet, introduce friend
Dear Carson: I have a hypothetical question for you. If a man is sitting in a restaurant with family and friends, and is approached by another female friend, should he continue to sit or should he stand up to greet and introduce those at his table; ditto if the other friend is a male? - Standing on Ceremony

Microsoft releases security update to block new virus transmitters
NEW YORK -- Microsoft Corp. was delivering software updates Friday to close a loophole that had allowed hackers to convert popular Web sites into virus transmitters.

Wraparound porch, large pond attract friends, visitors to home
A great home should be shared, and for Kathy Lee, whose home on Goshen Road is often filled to the brim with family and friends, that's part of the appeal.

Revitalized Cleveland has many attractions
CLEVELAND -- Walking the towpath of the 19th century Ohio & Erie Canal, deep in the Cuyahoga River valley amid chirping birds, croaking frogs and the smell of honeysuckle, you could easily forget you're in Cleveland.

Much more than Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Everyone's heard of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, where the annual induction ceremony honoring the sport's greatest players will be held this year on July 25.

Exhibit recalling Roosevelt hunt a boon for former mill town
TALLULAH, La. -- President Theodore Roosevelt spent 10 hot days in 1902 thrashing through bush on a failed hunt for Louisiana black bear that he later called "exasperating."

Desolation canyon: The Search
THE STORY SO FAR: Aaron's dad and Cassidy share a raft but when the next camping spot is reached, they are gone. An empty raft, a blood stained cap, and Cassidy's footprints are all that's found

FDA warns of side effects from certain 'permanent makeup' ink
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration warned consumers Friday that it is investigating side effects, some serious, associated with a popular brand of "permanent makeup" ink used to perform cosmetic-like tattooing of lips and eyes.

Around town
Caleb Palker (left), 8, and Drake Horton, 8, both of Augusta, push Poetic Smith, 7, of North Augusta, in a junk car in front of Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta. The boys, who are participating in the Summer of Fun 2004 Day Camp, made cars out of buckets, duct tape, wheels and pillows. The cars had built-in slingshots.

Injuries from fireworks decline with education

Kid of the Day

Foresters say trees unharmed by beetles
AIKEN - Foresters and tree surgeons aren't quite sure whether the iceman is going to ring twice this summer.

Across the area
An Augusta man was arrested Friday night after an argument with a female acquaintance, a Richmond County sheriff's report stated.

Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - A 20-year-old man was in jail Saturday after he was accused of shooting a dart at a police officer with a blow gun.

Crematory settlement fails over insurance

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A man trying to evade the Highway Patrol after a checkpoint stop found alcohol in his car died in a crash that also left a mother of two dead.

Training aids fireworks handlers

Rainy weather doesn't deter thousands at festival
AIKEN - It was a good time out in the cloudy heat - rap music from local groups, a petting zoo for the toddlers, lots of grease-laden fair food, a chance to duck away from mom or dad and hang out with friends.

Camp teaches new skills to those with brain injuries
Three years ago, Shanon Leigh Brooks wasn't the type of teen who would spend her summer days at a camp.

Crematory settlement fails over insurance
ROME, Ga. - A proposed settlement between crematory operator Ray Brent Marsh and as many as 1,600 plaintiffs has fallen through, lawyers say, setting up a civil trial for Mr. Marsh, who's accused of stashing hundreds of bodies instead of cremating them.

Candidate still uncertain on same-sex marriage ban
SAVANNAH, Ga. - U.S. Senate hopeful Cliff Oxford is retreating from a potentially politically poisonous endorsement of a November state ballot measure to ban gay marriages.

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - The tobacco farmer who closed down the National Mall by driving his tractor into a pond and threatening to detonate explosives was back in North Carolina on Saturday, getting his first full night's sleep since he was released from jail, a spokesman said.

Mold cleanup is moving slowly

Holiday events
RIVERBLAST 2004: Noon to 9:30 p.m., Riverwalk Augusta and Augusta Common; concerts, arts and crafts, games and rides, vendors and fireworks at Riverwalk Augusta and Augusta Common today; free admission; 821-1754.

Rainy weather doesn't deter thousands at festival

Little-known hopefuls spice up race

U.S. Rep. Denise Majette

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

Training aids fireworks handlers
When families are sitting back enjoying the fireworks at Patriots Park, one guy will have the best seat in the house.

Record rainfall for June heads off drought fears

Money concerns delay relocation
About $2 million in federal money is now available to relocate Augusta's downtown railroads, but officials said that doesn't mean construction will start any time soon.

Fired up for the Fourth

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Around town

Record rainfall for June heads off drought fears
A yearlong drought that scorched much of the Southeast might have come to an end this summer after an exceptionally wet June broke precipitation records across the United States.

W. Cliff Oxford
DECATUR, Ga. - Ever since Cliff Oxford made a last-minute decision in April to run for the U.S. Senate, the millionaire businessman has wanted to talk almost exclusively about keeping jobs in Georgia and creating more of them.

Foresters say trees unharmed by beetles

U.S. Rep. Denise Majette
DECATUR, Ga. - Denise Majette has already won over perhaps the toughest critic she will face this year in her campaign to be Georgia's next U.S. senator.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is TeMihkail Haynes Davis, 6, of Augusta.

U.S. Rep. Johnny Isakson
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - As U.S. Rep. Johnny Isakson leaves a Sweet Tomatoes restaurant one Saturday morning, a female supporter calls out a hope that Mr. Isakson himself had voiced just a few minutes earlier.

Hopes high for holiday events

U.S. Rep. Mac Collins
DALLAS, Ga. - If it weren't for the business shirt and tie he's wearing, Mac Collins would look just like one of the guys at Martin's Restaurant.

News you can use

Herman Cain
DECATUR, Ga. - Herman Cain is having fun. The former head of Godfather's Pizza, who had drawn national attention in recent months as a black Republican running for a U.S. Senate seat in the heart of the South, seems alternately amused and amazed as he sits at a restaurant and discusses his sudden popularity.

Across Georgia

Little-known hopefuls spice up race
ATLANTA - They are the five who are apparently not afraid of a serious challenge.

Cleland's film criticizes war
WASHINGTON - While Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 cleans up at the box office, the producer of a critical - albeit less scathing - rebuke of President Bush and the war in Iraq is trying to find a buyer for his documentary featuring former Sen. Max Cleland, of Georgia.

Eleven seek to replace Miller
ATLANTA - With U.S. Sen. Zell Miller ready to pack up his Washington office and come back home to Georgia, nearly a dozen major-party candidates are hoping to fill the popular Democrat's shoes.

W. Cliff Oxford

Medicaid to help smokers quit

Meeting at beach bothers members

Signal Corps Band works year-round

Across South Carolina

Herman Cain

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

State Sen. Mary Squires

Parham project will end crossing
Porter Sonja said it has become too dangerous to take walks with her young daughters around their home in a rural neighborhood off Gordon Highway.

Across South Carolina

News you can use
July 3, 1993 The high-profile Tokars murder case from Cobb County might be transferred to Augusta for the trial later this year. Court sources in Augusta have said that Cobb County attorneys have been in contact with Richmond County court administrators about the possibility of trying the case here.

Cleland's film criticizes war

Fired up for the Fourth
Organizers of Sunday's Fourth of July festivities in downtown Augusta say those attending shouldn't worry about security or a cancellation based only on a slight drizzle of rain.

Across the southeast

Mother charged in child burning
For the second time this week, Richmond County sheriff's deputies have locked up a mother on child abuse charges after investigators found severe burns on a child's body.

Sale, use of pyrotechnics is illegal in Georgia for safety
Just because it's easy to get fireworks near the Georgia border with South Carolina doesn't mean it's legal.

Attorney criticizes drug raid
COLUMBIA - South Carolina's attorney general said Friday it was "highly inappropriate" for police to draw guns during a drug sweep at a Charleston-area high school last year but the action did not warrant charges.

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

Mold cleanup is moving slowly
COLUMBIA - Hazardous mold growing in the Governor's Mansion will keep South Carolina's first family out of their home until at least September, officials said Friday.

Camp teaches new skills to those with brain injuries

Detainees may head to town
HANAHAN, S.C. - Residents in this small town tucked away between North Charleston and the Cooper River are concerned about the possibility that terrorist suspects could be moved from a holding facility in Cuba to stateside prisons such as the Navy Consolidated Brig at the Charleston Naval Weapons Station.

End of qualifying leaves one seat unopposed
Four candidates qualified Friday to run for school board seats in Richmond and Columbia counties, resulting in only one uncontested race.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - The father of a Woodmont Middle School pupil has sued the Greenville school district, saying officials did not provide adequate security to prevent his daughter from being sexually assaulted at her school.

Medicaid to help smokers quit
COLUMBIA - Medicaid will now pay for smoking cessation aids in South Carolina.

Candidate still uncertain on same-sex marriage ban

Swinging Fourth

Attorney criticizes drug raid

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Hopes high for holiday events
The weather should cooperate for Independence Day, and law enforcement officials are hoping for the same from anyone celebrating the day with alcohol, fireworks and friends.

Across the area

U.S. Rep. Mac Collins

Signal Corps Band works year-round
When the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band performs as part of Independence Day celebrations tonight at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, the public will see a band that has been all over the area, playing tunes of patriotism.

News you can use

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Erika Danay Folk of Hephzibah.

Kid of the day

Holiday closings

End of qualifying leaves one seat unopposed

Sheriff's spending attacked

Sale, use of pyrotechnics is illegal in Georgia for safety

Swinging Fourth
Stephanie Servy swings her son Alexander Gajic, 4, at the Augusta Common during Riverblast 2004.

Eleven seek to replace Miller

State Sen. Mary Squires
DECATUR, Ga. - The rain clouds are building over a quiet, middle-class subdivision on the south side of DeKalb County, but Mary Squires doesn't plan to halt her door-to-door campaign anytime soon.

Meeting at beach bothers members
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It was meant as a convenience for participants from eastern North Carolina. Instead, some local Alcoholic Beverage Control board members are upset that the state association's annual meeting will be held in South Carolina.

Injuries from fireworks decline with education
Every year about this time, Dr. Michael Shafay sees a steady flow of adolescents brought into the Medical College of Georgia Hospital's emergency department with burns to their fingers, eye injuries and other fireworks-related wounds.

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

Sheriff's spending attacked
In the Columbia County sheriff's race, where challenger Lewis Blanchard has made the incumbent's budget a cornerstone of his campaign, even the cost of tacos and hamburgers are open to scrutiny.

No bull: Bull Durham is tops on list
The game might be non-linear and timeless and as simple as hitting, throwing and catching the ball, but baseball players are far less poetic and far more complicated than that.

Krzyzewski eyes sunny California
He runs the best college basketball program in the country (yes North Carolina, Kentucky and UCLA folks, it's better).

Omaha rock makes its mark on national scene

Omaha rock makes its mark on national scene
OMAHA, Neb. -- When the band Tilly and the Wall takes the stage, you're going to hear guitars, keyboards, hymn-like vocals - plus thigh-slaps and a woman tap-dancing on hollow boxes and metal discs to create different tones.

Labonte considering retirement

NASCAR marks 20th anniversary of Petty's 200th victory
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Long before the green flag ever waved for the race at Daytona International Speedway on July 4, 1984, there was an overwhelming sense that Richard Petty would win the event.

Waltrip gains momentum after five top-10 finishes

Labonte considering retirement
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Terry Labonte is nearing the end of his racing career and hinted Friday that this season could be his last.

NASCAR notebook
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Add Rusty Wallace to the growing list of drivers critical of NASCAR's new system for crowning the Nextel Cup champion.

Waltrip gains momentum after five top-10 finishes
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - After five races this year, Michael Waltrip was 38th in points and "in dire straights."

NASCAR marks 20th anniversary of Petty's 200th victory

NASCAR notebook

Push for rights seen as unfinished
Signed into law 40 years ago this week, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was hailed by President Johnson as "a milestone in America's progress toward justice for all its citizens." The act profoundly changed the way black and white Americans coexisted, but its promise - in the eyes of many blacks - remains only partially fulfilled.

Push for rights seen as unfinished

Duke waits for coach's decision
DURHAM, N.C. - When Duke's season ended with a Final Four loss to Connecticut in April, there was no indication that Mike Krzyzewski might have coached his last game with the Blue Devils.

Duke waits for coach's decision

Missouri says Snyder unintentionally broke rules, denies Clemons was paid
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder unintentionally violated NCAA rules, the university said in a formal response to NCAA allegations.

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'Cause' returns Sakorafa to sport
ATHENS, Greece - The desire was still there. So were flashes of her world record form.

Some Greek cities feel Olympic cash drain
THESSALONIKI, Greece -- Athens is racing to finish building its stadiums, roads, walkways and a new tram system in the six weeks remaining until the Olympics.

Olympic torch returns to Moscow
MOSCOW - The Olympic flame traveled through Moscow on Saturday, with Russian sports stars Elena Dementieva, Pavel Bure and Maria Butyrskaya among the torchbearers in a relay that ended with a concert at Red Square.

A brief history of Michael Adams' contribution to UGA leadership
Ever wondered how many Georgia Tech fans are walking the earth? I would estimate 900 million, because that is how many have asked me when was I going to write a column explaining the civil war at the University of Georgia.

A brief history of Michael Adams' contribution to UGA leadership
Ever wondered how many Georgia Tech fans are walking the earth? I would estimate 900 million, because that is how many have asked me when was I going to write a column explaining the civil war at the University of Georgia.

Rowing away

Youth served! Sharapova stuns Williams to win Wimbledon at 17

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Wimbledon champion Sharapova leaps to stardom

Area sports announcements

Russian takes Centre stage

Armstrong off to a hot start

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Nike could be facing a tough decision about how prominently it will feature Marion Jones in TV ads while she is under investigation for possible doping violations.

Armstrong off to a hot start
LIEGE, Belgium - Doubters take note: Lance Armstrong is not playing to lose.

Russian takes Centre stage
WIMBLEDON, England - The shout came from the cheap seats on Centre Court, if there is such a thing.

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Bowl Championship Series officials are considering a proposal in which media and coaches polls would account for 80 percent of the formula that determines the title game matchup, a BCS source told The Associated Press on Friday.

Wimbledon champion Sharapova leaps to stardom
WIMBLEDON, England -- Get ready for the Maria Sharapova marketing blitz.

Rowing away
Chris Kemp, of the Augusta Junior Rowing Club, rows on a machine as teammates watch at the Boathouse. Ten rowers in the club will row for 24 hours and try to break a world record.

One step at a time
Skater and volunteer Paige McNeil (left), of Augusta, teaches 8-year-old Garielle Hawes how to ice skate at Augusta Ice Sports Center as part of Camp Fix-It. The camp, operated at Dyess Park, has taught children about different sports during the past four weeks. Children ages 5-17 have learned about swimming, tennis, golf, ice skating and hockey. The camp ended Friday.

Rain suspends men's semifinals
WIMBLEDON, England - Yawn.

Youth served! Sharapova stuns Williams to win Wimbledon at 17
WIMBLEDON, England -- Waiting to walk out on Centre Court with Serena Williams for the Wimbledon final, Maria Sharapova was fidgety. She bit her nails, tapped her foot, pressed a finger against her neck to feel her pulse.

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

Outdoors calendar

Dolphin make trip worthwhile
KEY WEST, Fla. - Art DuPlessis and Steve Hadas are typical Key Westerners: they came from somewhere else, liked what they saw and never left.

Faith-based folds
One of the final gestures at many a funeral, from a foot soldier's to a president's, is the ritual folding of the American flag. Tucked into each fold are the same sentiments of patriotism, loyalty and gratitude Americans commemorate on the Fourth of July.

Growth in knowledge of God's word is never-ending
It is a sad sight to witness adults trying to manage their problems with the biblical understanding they had when they were 12 years old. The very thought is as ridiculous as trying to pay a bills with a 12-year-old's allowance.

Renovations unite churches
Instead of heavenly visions two years ago, Wesley McClain and his congregation at First United Pentecostal Church were looking up at sagging plaster and a water leak in their 50-year-old sanctuary on Fenwick Street.

Faith digest
CHAPLAIN (COL.) WILFRED BREWSTER JR., FORMER STAFF CHAPLAIN AT FORT GORDON, LEFT THIS WEEK for his new assignment as installation staff chaplain at Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas.

Church-based credit unions help low-income members learn banking skills
PHILADELPHIA -- In 1959, a dozen deacons at Denver's Zion Baptist Church pooled $75.41 to form a credit union so church widows could obtain small loans.

Minister's book helps him cope with death
Cathy Fuller was a good woman, a godly woman, but not perfect. She was the love of Gregory Fuller's life, but she died of AIDS in 1995, the eighth year of their marriage. The Rev. Dr. Fuller tells their story in From Bliss to a Blizzard: How God Turns Burdens Into Blessings.

An atheist official complains that the Bible's view of humanity is immoral
What's up with atheism, agnosticism and humanism, movements that make a religion out of opposing religion, and often complain about media neglect?

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Religion News in Brief
FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- The Baptist World Alliance says it was "slandered" as being liberal on issues related to homosexuality when the Southern Baptist Convention decided to quit the organization.

Christian retailers look for niche, scope out future best sellers at annual meeting
ATLANTA -- It was a sign from above that the Christian book industry is changing.

Dolphin make trip worthwhile

Krzyzewski eyes sunny California

Chuck D's residency at Trio features documentary on slur
NEW YORK -- While music shopping one day, author Stanley Crouch heard a group of people behind him toss the N-word around in casual conversation - with familiarity, not contempt.

Chuck D's residency at Trio features documentary on slur

Fake presidential candidates learn the ropes from real politicos
WASHINGTON -- What if Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, villain of "The Apprentice," tried to scheme her way into the White House?

Fake presidential candidates learn the ropes from real politicos

Saddam court appearance leads to embarrassment for NBC

Saddam court appearance leads to embarrassment for NBC
NEW YORK -- NBC's "Today" show was embarrassed Thursday when it aired Katie Couric batting a badminton shuttlecock while its rivals showed the first footage of Saddam Hussein's court appearance.

Actor Marlon Brando dead at 80

People in the News

Remembering the colorful, contentious, genius actor Marlon Brando

Odom agrees to two-year contract extension
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina signed basketball coach Dave Odom to a two-year contract extension Friday.

Odom agrees to two-year contract extension

100-lb. wonder shakes up world of competitive eating

Odds and Ends

Boy Scouts, looking at $14 million debt, peddle $250 lemonade

Church-based credit unions help low-income members learn banking skills

Religion News in Brief

Faith-based folds

Minister's book helps him cope with death

Renovations unite churches

Growth in knowledge of God's word is never-ending

An atheist official complains that the Bible's view of humanity is immoral

Faith digest

Faith Calendar

Christian retailers look for niche, scope out future best sellers at annual meeting