'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."

Exhibit includes silver communion tokens, documents
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- More than a century ago, before you could take communion at First Scots Presbyterian Church, you had to be able to recite the Ten Commandments, the Apostles Creed and the Lord's Prayer as well as show you "walked in the way of the Lord."

Arts calendar

Host of 'Trading Spaces,' hopes to bring down the house

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

Portrait artist paints famous folks who catch his eye, notably Jesus

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.

Museum exhibition looks at insects' role in crime-solving

Exhibit brings mental patients' art to walls of state museum
RALEIGH, N.C. -- For a long time, Philip Brubaker didn't want too many people to know that his photographs were on display in the hallways of a hospital's psychotic disorders unit. If they knew, he figured they'd also realize he was bipolar.

Exhibit brings mental patients' art to walls of state museum

Coffee table books for and about the great outdoors

London's Foundling Museum tells story of Britain's abandoned children

'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.

Broadway has its own Van Helsing in Stephen McKinley Henderson
NEW YORK -- Hollywood had Hugh Jackman as Van Helsing. Broadway has Stephen McKinley Henderson as the fearless vampire hunter in "Dracula, The Musical," which opens Aug. 16 at the Belasco Theatre.

Museum exhibition looks at insects' role in crime-solving
CHICAGO -- In a famous poem, Emily Dickinson wrote, "I heard a fly buzz when I died."

Broadway has its own Van Helsing in Stephen McKinley Henderson

London's Foundling Museum tells story of Britain's abandoned children
LONDON -- Eighteenth-century London, the world's biggest, richest, busiest city, was a tough place in which to grow up. Three-quarters of the children there died before their fifth birthday, and a thousand babies were abandoned on the streets each year.

'Father Joe' offers guidance and a good story

'Mr. Famous' and readers should get along famously

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

Portrait artist paints famous folks who catch his eye, notably Jesus
IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. -- For 60 years, Stanley Gordon has painted life-size portraits of "great achievers" who caught his eye but never came to his studio: John F. Kennedy, Mother Teresa, Arnold Palmer, Pope John Paul II, Sophia Loren.

Host of 'Trading Spaces,' hopes to bring down the house
NEW YORK -- On a glorious afternoon, Paige Davis steps out of a taxi in front of the Broadway home of the musical "Chicago" with a disposition as sunny as the sky itself.

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.

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

Pirates win ninth in row

Baseball movies strike a chord with fans

Bonds ties Rickey Henderson's walk record

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

NL battery could be fully charged
NEW YORK - Roger Clemens was picked for his first NL All-Star team Sunday and Mike Piazza was elected by fans to start the July 13 game in Houston, putting the Rocket in line to throw the opening pitch to his nemesis.

Fan favorites

Pirates win ninth in row
PITTSBURGH - Chris Stynes broke out of a season-long slump by driving in three runs with a homer and two-run double, and the Pittsburgh Pirates ran their longest winning streak since 1996 to nine games, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 on Sunday.

Baseball today

Baseball today
Texas Rangers at Cleveland Indians (8:05 p.m. EDT). Kenny Rogers goes for his league-leading 12th win for the Rangers.

Bonds ties Rickey Henderson's walk record
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds tied Rickey Henderson's major league walks record at 2,190 on Sunday when he drew a sixth-inning walk.

NL battery could be fully charged

Fixing the fan sheds light on wife's little secret

'Tsunami' Kobayashi defends crown, chews up challengers
NEW YORK - When it comes to eating hot dogs, "The Tsunami" still blows everybody away.

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.

Braves catcher is sole All-Star pick
ATLANTA - The only mild surprise when the results of All-Star balloting were released Sunday was that right fielder J.D. Drew wasn't going to Houston.

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

Braves catcher is sole All-Star pick

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.

Braves romp with 9 in 5th

Braves romp with 9 in 5th
ATLANTA - A flyover by Navy F-18 Hornets and the absence of Curt Schilling brought Atlanta's bats out of hiding Sunday afternoon.

On the move

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

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.

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:

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.

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.

Business calendar
This week in business

Future for internet voice service is cloudy
NEW YORK -AT&T Corp. says it expects to have 1 million voice over Internet customers by the end of next year, while cable TV giant Comcast Corp. has said it anticipates offering the service to all its customers by the end of 2006.

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

Richmond County property transfers

Business briefs
SPAM SECRET: We all profess to despise spam, but some Americans have a dirty little secret about junk e-mail: It works on them.

Reservists fear financial strains from tours of duty

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen face challenges as they get older
NEW YORK -- Ever since they were babies, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have had a huge and loyal fan following that has turned the twin actresses into merchandise moguls as well. Now that they're 18, they'll start learning whether they still have that same appeal as grown-ups.

Are companies still playing it too safe with cash?
NEW YORK -- Still smarting from the rough days, companies may be playing it too safe in their determination to pay off debt and build up cash.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen face challenges as they get older

Are companies still playing it too safe with cash?

Business briefs

Business calendar

Good public relations help media 'see the headline'

Future for internet voice service is cloudy

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.

Unfiltered disappointment
Remember when avoiding pornography was just a matter of walking past that seedy-looking magazine rack at the corner store?

Lawmakers come through

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.

Unfiltered disappointment

Lawmakers come through
Thanks to the efforts of the Richmond County legislative delegation, particularly state Sen. Randy Hall, R-Augusta, south Augusta's youth prison will reopen this fall, again as a state-run operation.

Restore SRS funding

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.

Credit, loan debts can hinder students

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?

Mutual fund returns edge up slightly in second quarter

Automotive stocks may have further to fall

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

Mutual fund returns edge up slightly in second quarter
NEW YORK -- U.S. mutual funds posted minimal returns in the second quarter, tracking the stock market's mediocre quarter overall, while international funds had negative returns as investors moved money into less risky holdings.

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.

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.

Automotive stocks may have further to fall
NEW YORK -- Lower sales, higher fuel costs and rising interest rates have helped make U.S. auto stocks some of the most unloved investments on Wall Street.

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

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.

Colors are harder to match in closet

Record round gives Mallon major title

Ames beats out Lowery to capture 1st Tour win
LEMONT, Ill. - The ball dropped into the cup and a wide grin broke across Stephen Ames' face.

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.

Ames, Hensby hold lead at Western, but Tiger lurking

Ames beats out Lowery to capture 1st Tour win

Record round gives Mallon major title
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass.- Merely a bystander during so many great moments in women's golf, Meg Mallon celebrated one of her own Sunday in the U.S. Women's Open.

GreenJackets notebook

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.

In short, vote for Barbara Sims

We must be wise with our water

Pledge gets politically correct

State gets 'F' on promotion tests

Just what company does Isakson keep?
I do not know if U.S. Senate candidate Johnny Isakson is favored by the trial lawyers, as Herman Cain, also a Senate candidate, says in his television advertisements. But I do know that Realtors are strong boosters of Mr. Isakson, as evidenced by their repeated TV advertisements favoring him. Richard Netzley Evans

Look at SPLOST investment wisely

In short, vote for Barbara Sims
If you want a polished, intelligent and elegant individual representing our city, vote for Barbara Sims. She is one of the few candidates who could go to Washington without embarrassment. C.B. Clemmons Augusta

Film riddled with disinformation

Nation is a rapidly sinking ship

Horse-lovers laud proposed park
Thank you for your coverage of the proposed 4,000-acre equestrian park on what is now Savannah River Site property north of U.S. Highway 278. Fred Christensen Aiken, S.C.

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

Home front needs old-fashioned resolve
I was only 11 when Pearl Harbor was attacked, but I can still vividly recall the home front's attitude during the following four years. That attitude was: Forget inconveniences and differences; let's defeat the enemy. Tom Bowden Augusta

Moretz can make things happen

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

This veteran is voting for Bush

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

Padgett has traits of fine judge

Home front needs old-fashioned resolve

Just what company does Isakson keep?

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.

This veteran is voting for Bush
I'm a military retiree, maybe as knowledgeable as Carroll C. Kenny ("Informed veterans will back Kerry," June 27), my vote will be for President Bush in November. Everett A. Fernandez Augusta

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

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

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

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

Drought-stricken farmers eager to cash in on wind

Remote controls proliferate despite strides for an all-in-on

Violent games under the gun from lawmakers

Desolation canyon: The Search

Two generations of Keelings record Earth's changes

Much more than Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown

RalliSport Challenge 2 takes rally racing to new heights

Exhibit recalling Roosevelt hunt a boon for former mill town

New N-Gage QD still needs work

Man should stand to greet, introduce friend

New product clears clogged drains

Wraparound porch, large pond attract friends, visitors to home

How to remove solar window film

In the know

Revitalized Cleveland has many attractions

Remote controls proliferate despite strides for an all-in-on
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- As the creator of television's first wireless remote control more than 50 years ago, Robert Adler spawned generations of viewers who do their channel changing from the couch.

RalliSport Challenge 2 takes rally racing to new heights
Rally racing is a test of focus and endurance that demands an expert balance between raw horsepower and precision driving. "RalliSport Challenge 2" for the Xbox does a great job of recreating the challenge and exhilaration of this often chaotic racing style.

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.

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?

New N-Gage QD still needs work
DALLAS -- Nokia Corp.'s new N-Gage QD is a vast improvement over the company's first all-in-one cell phone/gaming device. But that's not really saying much.

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

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

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.

Two generations of Keelings record Earth's changes
As globe breathes and warms, two generations of Keelings stand a long watch

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.

Drought-stricken farmers eager to cash in on wind
LAMAR, Colo. -- Mixed in with the sound of meadowlarks, tractors and the hum of the wind on Colorado's southeastern plains is a low, steady beat: "whoop, whoop, whoop."

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."

Violent games under the gun from lawmakers
NEW YORK -- In video games these days, you can strangle someone with a garrote ("Manhunt"), pop an enemy's head off in a shower of gore with a sniper shot ("Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy"), and direct a teenage girl to shotgun a demon dog ("Silent Hill 3").

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

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

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

Legacy of past, dream of future create rift in King's community

Foresters say trees unharmed by beetles

Rainy weather doesn't deter thousands at festival

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.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating a Saturday armed robbery that took place at a Washington Road motel, officials said Sunday.

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

Jewelry, cereal boxes show patriotism at new museum
ATLANTA - What is believed to be the nation's first museum devoted strictly to patriotism opened Sunday, and if you're not sure what a museum like that would include, the answer is: anything red, white and blue.

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.

Crematory settlement fails over insurance

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.

Little-known hopefuls spice up race

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.

County children make most of summer school

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.

Ride might end for Pavilion

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Meeting at beach bothers members

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

Hopes high for holiday events

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.

Across the southeast

Medicaid to help smokers quit

Across the area

Herman Cain

Rants and raves
WELCOME TO SOUTH Carolina. As you enter our friendly state, it is quite possible that you may be greeted by the red, white and blue of the lights of the North Augusta police department. It is a grand sight to see a police car do a quick 180-degree turn on Highway 1 - Schultz Hill. Simply thrilling. People who have not been given an escort are missing the paid tours. Come on over to South Carolina. Welcome again to North Augusta. Stay a while and be generous. If you miss North Augusta, Jackson and Aiken are glad to greet you with similar interest.

U.S. Rep. Mac Collins

Veracruz natives make up many of state's Mexican immigrants

Holiday closings

Team hunts guides used to set up line

Across South Carolina

Across the Southeast
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Sunday edition of the newspaper for Kentucky's second-largest city featured a prominent clarification at the top of its front page, apologizing for its failures in covering the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

Sheriff's spending attacked

Kid of the Day

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.

Training aids fireworks handlers

Cancer provides new outlook
Barbara Thurmond can't walk. She has no money. No job. Nothing most people think they can't be happy without. But she is.

News you can use

Veteran barber salvages his shop
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - George Wall recalls cutting hair aboard ship on 24 crossings of the Atlantic Ocean before he was discharged from the Navy.

Eleven seek to replace Miller

Legacy of past, dream of future create rift in King's community
ATLANTA - Rows of pictures and artifacts tell the story of Atlanta's Sweet Auburn neighborhood, from its heyday as a commercial and cultural haven for black residents to its gradual decline after desegregation.

State Sen. Mary Squires

Bursting pride

Signal Corps Band works year-round

W. Cliff Oxford

Cleland's film criticizes war

Firearms program succeeds in courts
AIKEN - Shedrick Jones probably shouldn't have been walking down the street with a beer in his hand, but it was the gun in his waistband that really landed him in trouble.

Swinging Fourth

Bursting pride
In the heat of a sunny, muggy Independence Day, people celebrated the nation's birthday at Riverwalk Augusta.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Ride might end for Pavilion
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - While a million visitors stride through the Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park each year, the landmark is having a tough time keeping up with wear, tear and the changing tastes of tourists.

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

3 are charged in boy's beating
Three people were charged Sunday after investigators said they found that the individuals severely beat - and one shackled - a 10-year-old boy visiting from Atlanta, officials said.

Veracruz natives make up many of state's Mexican immigrants
COLUMBIA - Ofelia Reyes got an unexpected chance to send her love to her home state of Veracruz, Mexico, thanks to the work of researchers at the University of South Carolina.

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.

County children make most of summer school
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Bright orange "Testing" signs were posted on doors at Gadsden Elementary's summer school last Tuesday.

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.

Jewelry, cereal boxes show patriotism at new museum

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.

Five question with Fred Russell
Fred Russell was recently named interim city administrator after the departure of George Kolb. We asked him how the job was going.

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.

Rants and raves
WELCOME TO SOUTH Carolina. As you enter our friendly state, it is quite possible that you may be greeted by the red, white and blue of the lights of the North Augusta police department. It is a grand sight to see a police car do a quick 180-degree turn on Highway 1 - Schultz Hill. Simply thrilling. People who have not been given an escort are missing the paid tours. Come on over to South Carolina. Welcome again to North Augusta. Stay a while and be generous. If you miss North Augusta, Jackson and Aiken are glad to greet you with similar interest.

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 Georgia
HOMERVILLE - Three men have been arrested in a drive-by shooting that killed a Homerville teenager.

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.

Team hunts guides used to set up line
GASTONIA, N.C. - Researchers, surveyors and underwater divers will help North Carolina and South Carolina try to define the border between them for the first time since 1772.

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.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - Two people were killed when their cars collided just south of Loris.

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

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Shalaha J. Lambert, 13, of Augusta.

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.

Across the Southeast

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

Across Georgia

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.

Firearms program succeeds in courts

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

Across the area

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

Man wants to prove innocence

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across South Carolina

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.

Man wants to prove innocence
COLUMBIA - Charles Wakefield Jr. is awaiting his day in court - again.

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.

U.S. Rep. Denise Majette

Technical colleges develop new image
ROME, Ga. - Georgia's technical schools, once viewed as a place for people not able to go to a traditional four-year college, have worked over the past two decades to show they are more than just a pipeline to the job market.

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.

Colors are harder to match in closet
As I write this, I'm at work, wearing a green shirt and brown socks. I usually try to match those articles of clothing, but in the dim light of my closet early this morning, my shirt looked brown.

Sundance founder Redford goes indie himself with 'The Clearing'
LOS ANGELES -- Robert Redford likes to keep a low profile at his Sundance Film Festival so the focus will remain on other people's movies.

Sundance founder Redford goes indie himself with 'The Clearing'

Debate of rock's birth set anew
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- As far as Elvis Presley songs go, "That's All Right," his very first record, wasn't among his biggest hits. In fact, the 1954 song wasn't even a hit at all.

Debate of rock's birth set anew

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews
Reviews of selected audio releases:

Victory helps Gordon in 'Chase'

Victory helps Gordon in 'Chase'
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Jeff Gordon doesn't have the same worries as other former champions like Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett and Terry Labonte. His victory in Saturday's rain-delayed Pepsi 400 moved him to third in standings and in good shape to qualify for the "Chase for the Championship."

NASCAR notebook

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

Carmichael wins 250cc race

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.

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.

Carmichael wins 250cc race
BUCHANAN, Mich. -- Ricky Carmichael won the Red Bud Track 'n Trail 250cc motocross race Sunday.

Push for rights seen as unfinished

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.

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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.

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

Site of Olympic swim trials: temporary pool above a parking lot
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Michael Phelps and Natalie Coughlin are expected to emerge as swimming stars at the Athens Games.

Champion defends at Wimbledon

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Wimbledon champion Sharapova leaps to stardom

Armstrong off to a hot start

Teens set distance mark

Youth served! Sharapova stuns Williams to win Wimbledon at 17

Woodbridge sets men's doubles mark

Area sports announcements

Champion defends at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England- Three championship matches, three victories - Roger Federer is a master of the Grand Slam final.

Armstrong takes care in dangerous first stage
CHARLEROI, Belgium - Lance Armstrong played it safe in the first full stage of the Tour de France.

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

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Teens set distance mark
Ten members of the Augusta Junior Rowing Club started rowing early Friday evening in a race against time and against junior rowers from New Zealand.

Overtime
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.

Federer beats Roddick for second straight Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England -- Barely in command of a tight Wimbledon final against Andy Roddick, Roger Federer hit a shot that clipped the net and popped over, helping set up a backhand winner.

Woodbridge sets men's doubles mark
WIMBLEDON, England - Australia's Todd Woodbridge earned a record ninth Wimbledon men's doubles title Sunday when he teamed with Jonas Bjorkman for a 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over Julian Knowle and Nenad Zimonjic.

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

Overtime
Martin Lel led a 1-2-3 Kenyan sweep of the 10-kilometer Peachtree Road Race on Sunday in Atlanta. Another Kenyan, Susan Chepkemei, captured the women's division.<

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

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

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.

Al-Azhar's philosophy influences Muslims bombarded with religious advice
CAIRO, Egypt -- Muslims today are bombarded with religious advice from many quarters: Osama bin Laden's railings on the Internet, dial-a-fatwa hot lines, suave preachers on the air waves, even T-shirts on Cairo streets declaring, "Jihad is the only language they understand."

Seat of Islamic learning represents silent majority of moderates
Since the Sept. 11 attacks focused attention on Islamic extremism, Grand Sheik Mohammed Sayed Tantawi - who perhaps more than any other leader embodies moderate, official Islam - has often condemned terrorism and al-Qaida. He repeated his denunciations in a rare interview with The Associated Press, but also called "occupying others' lands" - code for Israel in Palestinian territory - the "ugliest kind of terrorism."

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The week ahead

Fake presidential candidates learn the ropes from real politicos

'Crossballs' blurs the line with debate, absurdity
NEW YORK -- Pity Corey Williams. The actor is on a contentious talk show, sparring with a guy who practices for reality TV by eating cow patties, another who's begging to get on air - and a professor who thinks The Next Big Show is a "real-life Hogan's Heroes" set in a concentration camp run by neo-Nazis.

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?

'Crossballs' blurs the line with debate, absurdity

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Home movies typically offer an innocuous and comfortable view of family life. But they serve as a jarring, revealing counterpoint in the brilliant documentary "Capturing the Friedmans."

John McEnroe to try trading volleys with television guests
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. -- In a cable TV world where a host's ability often seems measured in volume, who better to hire than John McEnroe?

John McEnroe to try trading volleys with television guests

The week ahead
I have no problem with extreme sports. Watching some idiot hurtle down an icy slope on a plastic garbage can lid or leap an old Schwinn Sting-Ray over 73 flaming school buses not only entertains, it offers the safe-and-sound television viewer a feeling of superiority because, well, we're smart enough to avoid such activities.

Odom agrees to two-year contract extension

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

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

100-lb. wonder shakes up world of competitive eating

Al-Azhar's philosophy influences Muslims bombarded with religious advice

Seat of Islamic learning represents silent majority of moderates