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.

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 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."

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

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

Broadway has its own Van Helsing in Stephen McKinley Henderson

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.

Exhibit brings mental patients' art to walls of state museum

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

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.

Museum exhibition looks at insects' role in crime-solving

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."

Pudge is a hit with the Tigers

Brewers outswing the Cubs
MILWAUKEE -- All-Star Ben Sheets struck out 12 in seven innings and Craig Counsell hit a rare homer that led the Milwaukee Brewers over the Chicago Cubs 1-0 Monday.

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

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.

Players bank on All-Star Game
NEW YORK - For Curt Schilling, starting next week's All-Star game would be a bonus - a $50,000 bonus.

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.

Players bank on All-Star Game

Pirates win ninth in row

Bonds ties Rickey Henderson's walk record

NL battery could be fully charged

Baseball today

Brewers outswing the Cubs

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.

Pudge is a hit with the Tigers
DETROIT -- Ivan Rodriguez hit .500 in June and started Tuesday with a .377 average, easily the best in the major leagues.

Postcards keep rolling in, piling up

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

Braves catcher is sole All-Star pick

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.

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.

Giles prepares for rehab gig

Giles prepares for rehab gig
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -After resting his sore right wrist for two days, Marcus Giles was all smiles Monday following a 25-30 swing batting practice with coach Glenn Hubbard.

Braves climb to .500 in rout

Braves romp with 9 in 5th

Braves climb to .500 in rout
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The temperature was in the mid-90s when they left the air-conditioned comfort of the visitors' clubhouse, but seven batters into Monday night's game the Atlanta Braves considered Hiram Bithorn Stadium a tropical paradise.

Business briefs

The customer is always right? Not anymore
The customer is always right? Not anymore. Some retailers are deciding that the customer can be very, very wrong - as in unprofitable. And some, including Best Buy Co. Inc., are discriminating between profitable customers and shoppers they lose money on.

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.

Clothing stores crave burger chain's merchandise
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- White Castle's quirky reputation for peddling small, square burgers at all hours has stirred cravings in some unlikely places - department stores and clothing retailers that cater to teens.

The customer is always right? Not anymore

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.

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.

Future for internet voice service is cloudy

Are companies still playing it too safe with cash?

Big deals under the big top
Businesses are going under the big top to bring in sales.

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.

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

Big deals under the big top

Fuel costs cause wide ripples
What do carpet, tires and paint have in common?

Clothing stores crave burger chain's merchandise

'Sock city' fights rise in imports
FORT PAYNE, Ala. - Chinese imports have people running scared in the self-proclaimed "Sock Capital of the World."

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

Microsoft changes its strategy, begins dealing with customers
SEATTLE - For years, Richard Thompson tried everything, but he couldn't get anyone at Microsoft Corp. to reply to his e-mails.

Picking a job in an outsourcing world

Business briefs
A tax-free shopping period, similar to the one offered last year, starts July 29 and lasts through Aug. 1.

Business briefs

Picking a job in an outsourcing world
NEW YORK -- Mike Zimmerman has left college to start a Web design business with some friends in Philadelphia. He's concerned, though, that the very technology he intends to make a living from also means someone else, far away, can do the same job.

Racket sports leader Wilson plots return to golf competition

The justices at war

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
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.

Unfiltered disappointment

Preparing for BRAC
Our community has rallied enthusiastically behind the CSRA Alliance for Fort Gordon, collecting more than $1 million the past year to protect the Army post - on which so much of our economy depends - from the 2005 round of base realignments and closings.

Lawmakers come through

The justices at war
Since World War II, the U.S. Supreme Court has vastly expanded its powers by poking its nose into every aspect of American life very much like it is a legislative body that makes laws, instead of a judicial body that interprets them.

People in the News
LONDON -- "Baywatch" star David Hasselhoff will appear in the London stage production of the hit musical "Chicago."

Mutual fund returns edge up slightly in second quarter

Automotive stocks may have further to fall

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.

As you saved for college, start now to save for a home

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.

As you saved for college, start now to save for a home
Parents and their offspring conditioned to save for college should prep themselves to apply that discipline all over again. Only this time, the financial goal is longer term: the grown child's first home.

Area ethnic grocers make trips for food
It's not enough to simply suggest that you try new foods and drinks from other countries. You have to put your money where your mouth is, so intrepid members of The Augusta Chronicle newsroom recently noshed on food from around the world. All the products tested were purchased at markets in and around Augusta.

Area ethnic grocers make trips for food

Colors are harder to match in closet

Mallon magnificent at age 41
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - Juli Inkster finished her final round as Meg Mallon was getting ready to tee off. Her bags packed, she asked her husband for the green pass that allowed each player to have one guest walk inside the ropes at the U.S. Women's Open, knowing Mallon's large family could use another one.

Record round gives Mallon major title

Ames beats out Lowery to capture 1st Tour win

Courses enjoy recent rains
When ominous, dark gray clouds blew into the area recently, Steve Foss couldn't have been any happier.

Courses enjoy recent rains

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.

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.

Mallon magnificent at age 41

Panthers sign defenseman Eric Cairns

Panthers sign defenseman Eric Cairns
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Free agent defenseman Eric Cairns signed with the Florida Panthers on Monday.

Postcards keep rolling in, piling up
The vacation postcards keep coming in.

Hinesley is best choice for judge
Voters in McDuffie, Wilkes, Lincoln, Warren, Glascock, and Taliaferro counties will be very fortunate July 20. On that day, the Toombs Judicial Circuit will have the opportunity to elect Hal Hinesley as superior court judge. Lynn Young Thomson

Hinesley is best choice for judge

Veterans should back our president
I read with interest the letter by Carroll C. Kenny in The Augusta Chronicle on June 27. He indicated we veterans and military retirees are ignorant and unlearned. He stated, "Why any knowledgeable veteran or military retiree would vote for President Bush or Republican is beyond me." Wallace Eubanks Aiken, S.C.

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

In short, vote for Barbara Sims

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

Letter writer gets it wrong on Kerry
Chris Rich states ("Kerry dusts off his war record," June 24) that John Kerry served in Vietnam for only four months. Kerry's service record (see vietnamwar.net) shows that Kerry served in the Navy from December 1966 to March 1970, with two tours in Vietnam that appear to total nine months. Susan Kinney Waynesboro

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.

Moretz would serve city honorably
I have known David Moretz and his family for 25 years. He is very enthusiastic about our community's potential for the future. He was born and raised right here in Augusta. Faith, family and community are the passions of his life. Paulwyn L. Boliek Augusta

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

Moretz would serve city honorably

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

Just what company does Isakson keep?

This veteran is voting for Bush

Home front needs old-fashioned resolve

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

Violent games under the gun from lawmakers

Canyon crowded with spirits

Microsoft looks to customer service as competitive threats grow

New N-Gage QD still needs work

Microsoft security flaws renew calls for alternative Web browsers

'Nuisanceware' can try your patience

Demolition company changes the way stadiums are destroyed

RalliSport Challenge 2 takes rally racing to new heights

Drought-stricken farmers eager to cash in on wind

Two generations of Keelings record Earth's changes

Demolition company changes the way stadiums are destroyed
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- On a shelf behind Steve Pettigrew's desk are tiny models of three sports stadiums - each serving as a reminder of a job well done.

Canyon crowded with spirits
This is the 11th chapter of a 15-part story that The Augusta Chronicle will publish in Your Life on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays until July 16.

Microsoft security flaws renew calls for alternative Web browsers
NEW YORK -- It's been a bad week for many users of Microsoft Corp.'s nearly ubiquitous Internet Explorer browser.

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.

'Nuisanceware' can try your patience
It's bad enough that e-mail users must wade through endless batches of offensive spam, Nigerian financial scams and "phishing" attempts to steal their passwords and credit card numbers.

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."

Microsoft looks to customer service as competitive threats grow
SEATTLE -- For years, Richard Thompson tried everything, but he couldn't get anyone at Microsoft Corp. to reply to his e-mails.

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.

Software glitches cause worries over paperless voting terminals
From New York to California, a growing number of lawmakers are expressing doubts about the integrity of paperless voting terminals that as many as 50 million Americans will use to cast ballots in November.

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").

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.

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

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

Across the Southeast

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

Across Georgia
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE - The bodies of a man and woman were discovered Monday morning at an undisclosed housing location at Robins Air Force Base, officials said. The bodies were found at about 5 a.m. by base security officers.

Team hunts guides used to set up line

Across the area
Three Augusta residents who were arrested during the weekend in the beating of a 10-year-old Atlanta boy who was visiting relatives were released from jail Monday, according to a Richmond County sheriff's jail official.

Political leanings dictate market for documentary
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - Fahrenheit 9/11 is turning up the heat on theater companies to consider politics as part of a shrewd marketing strategy.

County's couples go south to marry
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Georgia couples used to flock to Hamilton County to say their wedding vows.

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.

Troubled community seeks police presence
For Mattie Mitchell, the frightening sounds of gunfire have become an all too common occurrence in her block, and the Augusta native has had enough.

Pastors see slavery reparations as balm for wounded America
CLEARWATER - Add this to the sinful bill of particulars that indict more than two centuries of slavery on American soil, says the Rev. Nathaniel Irvin: the compensation owed the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of slaves for their ancestors' labor.

Actions on King statue proceed

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.

Actions on King statue proceed
An idea conceived last winter to erect a statue in Augusta honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has moved into more concrete stages, organizers said.

Cyclists push for new lanes
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Bicyclists in South Carolina say the state needs wider shoulders for roads and more bike lanes to improve safety.

Web scams target visa seekers
When an Iraqi woman living in the Augusta area realized she had been scammed out of $175 by a fraudulent Internet immigration company, she wasn't upset about the money.

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.

County's couples go south to marry

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

Rants and raves
ATTENTION SINGLE mothers: People who work for a living pay taxes that cover your housing costs, food stamps, day care and medicine. Sex is a good form of recreation, but you should contact the health professionals we pay for about birth control so you won't be continuously reproducing! Children who are neglected and abused by their mothers and their mothers' boyfriends will grow up to be damaged, depressed and hostile adults. Is that the kind of people you want to run the world?

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

Pastors see slavery reparations as balm for wounded America

Across the area

Late customers see little aid

Across South Carolina

Troubled community seeks police presence

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.

Web scams target visa seekers

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.

Enjoying a lazy day

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

Fourth of July sets off few injuries, accidents

Marine mishap figures expand
COLUMBIA - The deadly crashes involving two Beaufort-based Marine Corps pilots last week are part of a disturbing trend, officials say.

News you can use

Political leanings dictate market for documentary

Kid of the day

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.

Cyclists push for new lanes

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.

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.

Marine mishap figures expand

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 area

Man wants to prove innocence

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

Jewelry, cereal boxes show patriotism at new museum

Veracruz natives make up many of state's Mexican immigrants

Late customers see little aid
Walking around Augusta Regional Airport past about 8 p.m. is like setting foot inside a ghost town.

County children make most of summer school

Rants and raves
ATTENTION SINGLE mothers: People who work for a living pay taxes that cover your housing costs, food stamps, day care and medicine. Sex is a good form of recreation, but you should contact the health professionals we pay for about birth control so you won't be continuously reproducing! Children who are neglected and abused by their mothers and their mothers' boyfriends will grow up to be damaged, depressed and hostile adults. Is that the kind of people you want to run the world?

Bursting pride

Ride might end for Pavilion

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Randall Jamaal Cleckley, 1, of Hephzibah.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A Taylors man is dead after he became entangled in fishing line Sunday morning.

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.

Firearms program succeeds in courts

Enjoying a lazy day
Jessica Smith (clockwise from top), Betty Walton and Jeremy Walton relax on their boat under the hot summer sun at Plum Branch, S.C., on Lake Thurmond. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 90s today, with sunny skies.

Across Georgia

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.

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.

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.

News you can use
JULY 6, 1962 The Richmond County Board of Commissioners officially set Sept. 12 as a referendum date for a $5 million bond issue for the new University Hospital. Thursday's action followed a lengthy discussion. Meeting with the commissioners were the members of the Hospital Authority and a large group of civic and business leaders. Among those in the audience speaking against the proposed bond issue was John L. Murray, Augusta businessman and member of the city's Civil Service Commission. "I'm not against progress," he said, "but I think this has been something jumped at too hastily. We just can't stand any more taxes."

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.

Fourth of July sets off few injuries, accidents
Local law enforcement had much to celebrate Monday after a long July 4 weekend produced few incidents.

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.

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.

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'

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.

Fashion just as important as the concerts at Essence Music Festival

World's longest concert adds two notes, the first in a year
BERLIN -- In an abandoned church in the German town of Halberstadt, the world's longest concert moved two notes closer to its end Monday: Three years down, 636 to go.

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.

World's longest concert adds two notes, the first in a year

Debate of rock's birth set anew

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Fashion just as important as the concerts at Essence Music Festival
NEW ORLEANS -- Like thousands of others, Veronica Jones came to the Essence Music Festival for a show, except she didn't have tickets for any of the superstar-packed concerts.

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews
Reviews of selected audio releases:

Carmichael wins 250cc race

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."

Victory helps Gordon in 'Chase'

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

Rockets' popularity lifts off with McGrady acquisition
HOUSTON - The crowd beckoned Tracy McGrady, chanting his name and cheering at a Jumbotron video showing some of his most impressive highlights.

Coach K will stay at Duke
DURHAM, N.C. -- Mike Krzyzewski is staying at Duke, ending talks with the Los Angeles Lakers about becoming their coach.

Coach K will stay at Duke

Rockets' popularity lifts off with McGrady acquisition

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Euro 2004 win might aid Greece's Olympic fever
ATHENS, Greece - Greeks rejoiced Monday in their national soccer team's stunning win at the European Championships, a victory many hope will revive flagging public interest in next month's Olympics.

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.

Fearing for his safety, Stange resigns as Iraq coach

Federer is on track for domination

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Woodbridge sets men's doubles mark

Overtime

Teens set distance mark

Champion defends at Wimbledon

Federer is on track for domination
WIMBLEDON, England - You heard it here first: Roger Federer will eclipse Pete Sampras' record for career Grand Slam singles titles. Admittedly, that's an awfully premature prediction. After all, Sampras walked away with 14 trophies from tennis' top tournaments, two more than anyone else.

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

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.

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

Two stages in, Armstrong worries about upcoming challenges
NAMUR, Belgium -- Lance Armstrong has no doubts about the risks that lurk in the next stage of the Tour de France: If luck goes against him, he says, his drive for a record sixth straight win could be over almost before it's begun.

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.<

Overtime
Two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Rodger Ward died Monday at a hospice in Anaheim, Calif., Indianapolis Motor Speedway said.

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.

Fearing for his safety, Stange resigns as Iraq coach
BERLIN -- Fearing for his safety, Bernd Stange said Monday he has resigned as coach of Iraq's national soccer team.

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.

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."

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."

The week ahead

'Crossballs' blurs the line with debate, absurdity

'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.

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."

Popular shows look to improve for new season

Popular shows look to improve for new season
Some notes, thoughts and potshots from the wonderful world of TV:

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?

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

John McEnroe to try trading volleys with television guests

MTV shines with 'Real World - San Diego'
It's the perfect ending for a crazy season of The Real World on MTV - Brad ends up drunk and in trouble again, Robin and her attorney plead for her freedom in court and everyone spends their last night in San Diego boozing it up with champagne.

MTV shines with 'Real World - San Diego'

People in the News

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.

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

Question of the week
Have you started your back-to-school shopping yet?

My style
Courtini Reese (right), 16, is a rising junior at A.R. Johnson Health, Science and Engineering Magnet School and Yalencia Harrison, 17, is a rising junior at Burke County High School.

Xtreme wants you

'Freshman 15' gain can be avoided
It's summer - just look at the searing temperatures, people showing skin and the higher numbers on your odometers.

Growing up can mean loss of old friends
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: I'm a rising eighth-grader so I'm just realizing life and everything about it. I love my friends and everything, but it seems like they are all different than me. I feel weird when I'm around them. I don't know how to approach them about it. What should I do?

Tug-of-war
Deciding whether to go have ice cream with his father or go skateboarding with his friends should be a no-brainer for Kevin O'Connor, 15.

Tour of Italy leaves lasting memories
THE TRIP: Ten-day tour of Italy, including five days in Rome and two days in Venice.

Tour of Italy leaves lasting memories

Question of the week

Growing up can mean loss of old friends

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

Seat of Islamic learning represents silent majority of moderates