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.

Tigers bombard Yanks in Bronx

Indians activate Bob Wickman; designate Jimenez for assignment
CLEVELAND -- Reliever Bob Wickman was activated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday by the Cleveland Indians, who must fix their bullpen quickly before the season slips away.

Indians activate Bob Wickman; designate Jimenez for assignment

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.

'Edges' found in baseball

Blue Jays activate Delgado from DL
TORONTO -- Blue Jays slugger Carlos Delgado was activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday after missing 33 games because of a strained rib cage.

Saves streak over for Gagne

Brewers outswing the Cubs

'Edges' found in baseball
ATLANTA - Jack McKeon was managing in the Pacific Coast League many years ago when the Los Angeles Dodgers' top farm club arrived for a three-game series.

Pudge is a hit with the Tigers

Tigers bombard Yanks in Bronx
NEW YORK - Jason Johnson pitched eight dominant innings, and Rondell White and Bobby Higginson hit two-run homers to help the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 9-1 on Tuesday night, ending their five-game losing streak.

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.

White Sox, Garcia agree to $27 million, three-year extension
CHICAGO -- Pitcher Freddy Garcia plans to stay with the Chicago White Sox for a while.

Saves streak over for Gagne
LOS ANGELES -- For almost two years, it was "Game Over" every time Eric Gagne trotted in from the bullpen with the Los Angeles Dodgers ahead.

Players bank on All-Star Game

Postcards keep rolling in, piling up

Odds and Ends
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Something fishy happened to Ray Bolanos' luggage.

Teenagers injured while removing gunpowder from shotgun shells
HOUSTON -- Two teenagers were injured in an explosion when they used a sledgehammer to extract gunpowder from shotgun shells and bullets, police said.

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 shut out Expos
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - OK, so the Atlanta Braves' lineup is not Murderer's Row after all.

Giles prepares for rehab gig

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.

Braves climb to .500 in rout

Picking a job in an outsourcing world

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.

Big deals under the big top

Coca Cola opens a $8.3 million plant in Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya -- After a 15-year absence, Coca-Cola Co. returned to Somalia Monday with the opening of a $8.3 million bottling plant.

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.

Economic institute raises forecast for German economy
FRANKFURT, Germany -- A top research institute said Germany's economy would grow more than 2 percent next year, raising its forecast on expectations that a stronger world economy will boost German exports.

Racket sports leader Wilson plots return to golf competition

Service sector cools in June, but hiring is strong
NEW YORK - The U.S. service sector's expansion cooled off somewhat in June, a closely watched private survey found, though hiring and orders for new goods heated up compared to May's pace.

Clothing stores crave burger chain's merchandise

U.S. proposes tariffs on shrimp imported from China, Vietnam
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration on Tuesday proposed tariffs on shrimp from China and Vietnam, saying exporters have been dumping shrimp in the United States at artificially low prices.

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

Business briefs
Visitors to the Augusta metro area between June 27 and July 3 contributed an estimated $969,760 to the local economy, the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau said.

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

Bobby Jones Ford will shut body shop
Bobby Jones Ford is closing its body shop this summer, in line with a trend among many auto dealers.

Sprint, MCI raises rates on some plans
NEW YORK - Sprint Corp. and MCI Inc. are raising prices on a handful of wireline calling plans, saying rates are increasing across the industry.

Fed's Broaddus says factory jobs on the rise

The customer is always right? Not anymore

Service sector cools in June, but hiring is strong

Business briefs

Fed's Broaddus says factory jobs on the rise
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The manufacturing sector is showing signs of strength, but that doesn't mean the textiles and furniture industries in the Southeast will ever again employ the number of workers they once did, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond said Tuesday.

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.

Dell offers Linux-loaded PCs in Europe

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.

Business briefs

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

U.S. proposes tariffs on shrimp imported from China, Vietnam

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

Economic institute raises forecast for German economy

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.

Economy at midyear on track for best growth in two decades

Dell offers Linux-loaded PCs in Europe
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A line of Dell Inc. desktop computers running a version of the Linux operating system will be sold in Europe, broadening alternative offerings to Microsoft Corp.'s ubiquitous Windows software.

Economy at midyear on track for best growth in two decades
WASHINGTON -- The economy appears headed for a banner year despite a springtime spike in energy prices and a recent increase in interest rates.

Bobby Jones Ford will shut body shop

Top Miami football recruit gets three years' probation

Marcus Vick suspended by Virginia Tech
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick was suspended indefinitely from the team Tuesday, the same day it was revealed he was charged with reckless driving and possession of marijuana.

Marcus Vick suspended by Virginia Tech

Top Miami football recruit gets three years' probation
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Top Miami football recruit Willie Williams was placed on probation for the second time in two weeks Tuesday under conditions that his lawyers believe will help him get admitted to the school.

A demagogue for veep
Presumptive presidential nominee John Kerry, notorious for his flip-flops on public issues, has done it again with his selection of John Edwards to be his running mate on the Democratic ticket.

Help us, Madagascar!
You may not have heard about it, it's so incredibly inane.

A demagogue for veep

The justices at war

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.

Be it resolved
When the cornerstone of the Freedom Tower was laid at the site of the Twin Towers on Independence Day, it signified the cornerstone of freedom itself:

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.

Celebrities still slippery when it comes to their ages
NEW YORK -- Twenty-four years ago, starring in the movie "Fame," Irene Cara promised us that she would live forever.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES -- Actor Dennis Quaid celebrated Independence Day by getting married to Texas real estate agent Kimberly Buffington.

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

Quickest boost of Medicare drug card enrollment said to hurt competition
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is resisting calls from across the political spectrum to broaden the automatic enrollment of poor people in the Medicare discount drug card program.

Quickest boost of Medicare drug card enrollment said to hurt competition

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

SEC probes 401(k) plans

Tokyo stock index falls for third straight trading day
TOKYO -- The Tokyo stock market's main index slipped Tuesday for the third straight session. The U.S. dollar was higher against the Japanese yen.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Tech sector leads stock lower
NEW YORK -- Rising oil prices and disappointing forecasts for the technology sector sent stocks skidding Tuesday, with pessimism over the economy further fueling the selloff. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index fell more than 2 percent, its biggest loss since mid-March.

Crude futures rise amid supply worries
NEW YORK - Crude futures in New York settled 3.3 percent higher Tuesday, reaching their highest mark in more than a month, as supply concerns in Nigeria, Russia and Iraq prompted speculators to snap up contracts.

SEC probes 401(k) plans
NEW YORK - The Securities and Exchange Commission has requested detailed information from mutual-fund firms about how and why they pay to be included in 401(k) plans.

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.

Crude futures rise amid supply worries

Rates fall in Treasury bill auction

Tokyo stock index falls for third straight trading day

Rates fall in Treasury bill auction
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities fell in Tuesday's auction.

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

University aims to thwart terrorist threats to food supply
MINNEAPOLIS -- A federally funded center to protect the nation's food supply from terrorists opened Tuesday at the University of Minnesota.

Area ethnic grocers make trips for food

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.

Small portions
Freshly baked cookies satisfy like no others, but whipping up a batch from scratch every time the urge hits you is impractical. Most drop cookie doughs - chocolate chip, oatmeal, or peanut butter - freeze beautifully.

Second isn't as sweet for Swede

Mallon still hasn't come down from U.S. Open victory
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario -- Meg Mallon was still having trouble comprehending what she accomplished last weekend.

Mallon still hasn't come down from U.S. Open victory

Men's U.S. Open is possible for Wie
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - Michelle Wie doesn't need a special exemption for the next U.S. Women's Open because she finished in the top 20 at Orchards Golf Club.

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.

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

Mallon magnificent at age 41

Men's U.S. Open is possible for Wie

Second isn't as sweet for Swede
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - The silver medal Annika Sorenstam received for her runner-up finish was slung around the back of her neck so no one could see it. It was not an intentional gesture but certainly symbolic.

Phoenix sends defenseman to Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Phoenix Coyotes sent defenseman Radoslav Suchy and a sixth-round pick in next year's amateur draft to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2005 draft.

Panthers sign defenseman Eric Cairns

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

At 39, can Hasek still dominate?

Kings sign Conroy to four-year deal
LOS ANGELES -- Unrestricted free agent Craig Conroy, who helped the Calgary Flames reach the Stanley Cup finals this spring, agreed Tuesday to a four-year, $12.6 million contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Phoenix sends defenseman to Columbus

Coyotes sign O'Donnell to three-year deal

At 39, can Hasek still dominate?
OTTAWA -- Dominik Hasek is thinking Stanley Cup again, and that's exactly why the Ottawa Senators signed one of the game's top goaltenders.

Coyotes sign O'Donnell to three-year deal
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes signed free-agent defenseman Sean O'Donnell to a $6 million, three-year contract Tuesday.

Keep cool with handy pasta dish
Deli pasta salad can come to the rescue when you're short on time. But, if you can boil water, you can whip up a pasta salad that's entree-worthy with this week's pesto penne chicken salad.

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

Authorities investigate shooting
Richmond Country authorities were investigating a shooting late Tuesday in the Barton Village neighborhood in south Augusta.

'Sovereignty' is poor joke in Iraq
On what wavelength can The Augusta Chronicle's editorial staff be operating? ("Surprise transfer," June 29) Applauding the earlier-than-scheduled transfer of sovereignty to Iraq's interim government as a brilliant tactical move, which "robbed the violence of all its propaganda value," is pathetic. Sounds more like claiming victory in a street brawl after using a blow from your face to disable your attacker's fist. Susan Bloomfield Augusta

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.

Moretz would serve city honorably

Hinesley is best choice for judge

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

Editorial grossly insults the French
It is one thing to express a political opinion, even if it is extreme. It is another to insult a race, people or nation - namely France and the French - in your editorial of June 11 ("The final insult"). Since this culturally shallow opinion is not signed, we may assume that all members of the editorial board condone it and share its irresponsibility. Edouard J. Servy, M.D. Augusta

'Fahrenheit 9/11' is filled with lies
Anyone who believes that history is learned through such movies as Fahrenheit 9/11 is very much mistaken. Floyd Brown, USAF (retired) Evans

'Sovereignty' is poor joke in Iraq

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

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

Study finds loud noise, stress may prompt women to eat

UN aims to bring spam under control within two years

Canyon crowded with spirits

Microsoft security flaws renew calls for alternative Web browsers

Dior puts on a royal mock-up, Rucci shows real couture

'Nuisanceware' can try your patience

Microsoft looks to customer service as competitive threats grow

Demolition company changes the way stadiums are destroyed

Parents urged to get involved to combat childhood obesity

Dior puts on a royal mock-up, Rucci shows real couture
PARIS -- Designer John Galliano showed off his penchant for spectacle at Dior's haute couture show Tuesday, with a beautiful, fun and weird collection of Edwardian-era pastiche.

UN: Asia has window of opportunity to stem AIDS onslaught
BANGKOK, Thailand -- Asia has an opportunity to control its HIV/AIDS crisis, but failure to act quickly could lead to an epidemic of major proportions, a United Nations expert said Tuesday.

Milk, calcium again linked to colon cancer protection
WASHINGTON -- Drinking at least a glass of milk a day may lower the risk of colorectal cancer, say researchers who pooled some of the world's largest studies on the long-believed link.

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.

Study finds loud noise, stress may prompt women to eat
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Tough day at work? That might be one more reason to watch what you eat when you get home.

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.

UN aims to bring spam under control within two years
GENEVA -- The United Nations is aiming to bring a "modern day epidemic" of junk e-mail under control within two years by standardizing legislation to make it easier to prosecute offenders, a leading expert said Tuesday.

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.

Parents urged to get involved to combat childhood obesity
INDIANAPOLIS -- Susan Hedrick and her 18-year-old daughter are turning the tide on years of fast food and sedentary living. In a bid to shed a combined 180 pounds, they have been eating healthier and taking long walks this summer.

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.

China confirms new outbreak of bird flu
BEIJING -- China said Tuesday it has confirmed a new outbreak of bird flu in poultry in an eastern province, nearly four months after declaring victory over the highly contagious disease.

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.

'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.

Political leanings dictate market for documentary

Lynx could get costs covered
A Coliseum Authority committee will recommend extending a $12,000 olive branch to the Augusta Lynx ice hockey team if the team's management agrees to pay for the spotlights and sound at future hockey games.

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

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.

Company offers deal for meal deliveries

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.

Five seek impact on utilities

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.

Across the area

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.

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

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.

Aiken legislative worker arrested

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

County's couples go south to marry

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."

Across South Carolina

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?

Across South Carolina
DENMARK - Police are searching for the driver of a log truck who ran into the corner of an art gallery and fled the scene.

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia continues to improve its accuracy in calculating food stamps, although it still is off by millions of dollars every year, officials said.

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

News you can use
JULY 7, 1972 Data processing students at Augusta Tech will not be able to take advantage of the "best setup in the state," according to A.J. Progar, director of data processing. Mr. Progar was referring to the NCR 100 dual-integrated disc system given to Augusta Tech by the Richmond County Board of Education and the UNIVAC 9200 model, which is hooked up to the computer center in Atlanta.

Across the area

Few use shelters to get out of heat

Edgefield debates plan for crumbling building

News you can use

Christian group surveys judges
ATLANTA - In a closely watched attempt to install more conservatives on state courts, the Christian Coalition of Georgia released its first judicial voter guide Tuesday, a list of questions about social issues such as gay rights and prayer in schools.

Georgia voter turnout usually is low

Aiken legislative worker arrested
AIKEN - The office manager for Aiken County's legislative delegation was placed on administrative leave Tuesday after her arrest last week on a charge of misdemeanor shoplifting.

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?

Waste could end up at SRS
AIKEN - In coming years, Savannah River Site could become home to as much as 13 metric tons of orphaned plutonium that has no identified use or permanent storage location at the nuclear reservation, according to a Department of Energy letter obtained Tuesday.

Lynx could get costs covered

Edgefield debates plan for crumbling building
EDGEFIELD - It's been a year since the spotlight shone on Edgefield with the death of favorite son Strom Thurmond, and the late senator's presence seems undiminished.

Junk automobiles drive county to arrest man

Junk automobiles drive county to arrest man
AIKEN - The three-year stalemate between Aiken County officials and a man with more than 100 dilapidated cars on his property ended Tuesday afternoon.

300 hunters can snap at chance to bag a gator

Georgia voter turnout usually is low
ATHENS, Ga. - Voting will be easier than ever in Georgia this year - but how many people will bother?

300 hunters can snap at chance to bag a gator
ALBANY, Ga. - Art Ford's frightening experience fighting an angry gator last year has whetted his appetite for more adventures during Georgia's second alligator-hunting season.

Five seek impact on utilities
ATLANTA - Members of the Public Service Commission may have state government's most direct impact on Georgians' pocketbooks - helping set rates that appear on electricity, phone and natural gas bills.

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.

Across the area
State and local authorities are investigating a weekend sexual assault in which a woman told police she was forced off of a Burke County road, dragged out of her car and raped, officials said Tuesday.

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.

Public sector faces shortage of nurses
AIKEN - Public health officials in South Carolina and Georgia say they're having a tough time keeping experienced nurses from job-jumping to the more lucrative salaries and benefits of private hospitals, and the talent drain is undermining the ability of county health clinics to deliver treatment to their underprivileged clientele.

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

Company offers deal for meal deliveries
After undergoing gallbladder surgery a year ago, Doris Skidmore has found it more difficult to get out for lunch.

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.

Parolee is charged in weekend beating
A man charged in the beating of a Thomson man this weekend had been released from jail less than a year ago, records show.

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.

Project works to free inmates
COLUMBIA - Columbia attorney Joe McCulloch credits a 1988 documentary about a man wrongfully convicted of killing a police officer for his desire to help others in the same situation.

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.

Secretary is accused in fraud
A Richmond County grand jury handed down a 46-page indictment Tuesday against an Appling woman who authorities say bilked her employer out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Kid of the day

Rants and raves
I HAVE SEEN Fahrenheit 9/11. Practically every frame of the film was of actual pictures of people. No actors were involved. So how can it be fictional? The old saying is a picture is worth a thousand words. If the movie is fictional, why doesn't the Republican National Committee sue Mr. Moore for slander?

Cyclists push for new lanes

Christian group surveys judges

Across South Carolina

Few use shelters to get out of heat
Even though Augusta's long summer days are turning hotter, few people in Richmond and Columbia counties are showing up at cooling centers intended to provide those without air conditioning a comfortable place to rest.

Actions on King statue proceed

ASU ready to open entry
Designers compare it to the Arch at the University of Georgia or the Horseshoe at the University of South Carolina.

News you can use

Rants and raves
I HAVE SEEN Fahrenheit 9/11. Practically every frame of the film was of actual pictures of people. No actors were involved. So how can it be fictional? The old saying is a picture is worth a thousand words. If the movie is fictional, why doesn't the Republican National Committee sue Mr. Moore for slander?

Fourth of July sets off few injuries, accidents

Authorities investigate shooting

Enjoying a lazy day

Secretary is accused in fraud

Web scams target visa seekers

Public sector faces shortage of nurses

Marine mishap figures expand

Parolee is charged in weekend beating

Troubled community seeks police presence

ASU ready to open entry

Late customers see little aid

Pastors see slavery reparations as balm for wounded America

Kid of the day

'Spider-Man 2' ignites box-office fireworks with $180 million

At the Movies: 'King Arthur'
There's no Camelot, no Excalibur. There's no Arthur-Guinevere-Lancelot love triangle.

'Spider-Man 2' ignites box-office fireworks with $180 million
LOS ANGELES -- "Spider-Man 2" pulled in a record $180 million in its first six days and obliterated other box-office highs over the long Fourth of July weekend.

At the Movies: 'King Arthur'

Fashion just as important as the concerts at Essence Music Festival

Elvis fans celebrate 50th anniversary of 'That's All Right'
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Elvis Presley's "That's All Right" played simultaneously on radio stations around the world Monday to mark the 50th anniversary of the rock 'n roll icon's first professional record.

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews
Three years have passed since Angie Stone's last album, but the long overdue "Stone Love" is well worth the wait.

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.

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

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

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.

Browning charged with saving "The Lady In Black"
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- New Darlington Raceway president Chris Browning won't paint any doomsday scenarios for the region or state about life without NASCAR racing.

Fans try to save Pee Dee raceway

Fans try to save Pee Dee raceway
COLUMBIA - New Darlington (S.C.) Raceway president Chris Browning won't paint any doomsday scenarios for the region or state about life without NASCAR racing.

Williams tells Lakers he's not interested in job

Rockets' popularity lifts off with McGrady acquisition

Woodson accepts offer from Hawks
ATLANTA -- Mike Woodson has agreed to coach the Atlanta Hawks, and he says he knows major challenges await him in his first job as a head coach.

Tomjanovich offered Lakers job

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.

Nets place Gill on waivers

Nets place Gill on waivers
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eddie Gill was placed on waivers by the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday.

Hornets get top pick Smith under contract

Krzyzewski touched by student's e-mail

Williams tells Lakers he's not interested in job
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he talked briefly with the Los Angeles Lakers about their coaching vacancy, but that he will not leave the Tar Heels.

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.

Tomjanovich offered Lakers job
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- With Mike Krzyzewski out of the picture, it appears Rudy Tomjanovich is in line to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Coach K will stay at Duke

Hornets get top pick Smith under contract
NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Hornets signed top draft pick J.R. Smith to a three-year contract Tuesday.

Krzyzewski touched by student's e-mail
DURHAM, N.C. -- Andrew Humphries was distraught when he heard Mike Krzyzewski might leave Duke to coach the Los Angeles Lakers.

Woodson accepts offer from Hawks

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Greek myth seeks to honor 'founders of sport'
VOLOS, Greece -- Jason and the Argonauts will sail again, this time as part of a musical "supershow" days before the Olympic soccer preliminaries.

Olympic torch winds its way through Ukraine's capital
KIEV, Ukraine -- Hundreds of Ukrainians cheered the arrival of the Olympic torch Monday as athletes carried the flame into the capital.

Swimmer advises U.S. rival to forget Spitz's record
BRISBANE, Australia -- Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe has some advice for U.S. rival Michael Phelps: forget about trying to break Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals at the Athens Olympics.

Greek myth seeks to honor 'founders of sport'

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.

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Federer is on track for domination

Johnson, Sanchez win hurdles events

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Fearing for his safety, Stange resigns as Iraq coach

Armstrong survives rough, bumpy Tour de France stage

Key Armstrong rival falters in Tour de France

Accused athletes are allowed to run
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The troubles of track and field, along with its triumphs, will be on display when the U.S. Olympic trials begin Friday.

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.

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Georgia's new athletic director Damon Evans already has hired a replacement to fill his old job.

Johnson, Sanchez win hurdles events
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Hicham El Guerrouj rebounded from his startling loss in Rome last week, winning the 1,500 meters Tuesday night on a fast, new track at the Athletissima Super Grand Prix.

Armstrong survives rough, bumpy Tour de France stage
WASQUEHAL, France -- Lance Armstrong turned two treacherous and cobblestone stretches of the third stage to his advantage Tuesday while Spanish rival Ivan Mayo crashed in a blow to his Tour de France hopes.

Key Armstrong rival falters in Tour de France
WASQUEHAL, France -- One key rival down for Lance Armstrong, at least four others to go.

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

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.

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.

Bettis responds to questions about ties to gambling project
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis acknowledged Tuesday limited partnership in a company seeking to build a $500 million horse racing track and slots parlor.

Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., says it will file for bankruptcy
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Archdiocese said Tuesday that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, in the face of dozens of pending cases accusing clergy of sexual abuse.

MTV shines with 'Real World - San Diego'

Popular shows look to improve for new season

Baby brokering piqued Delany's interest in film
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Dana Delany is happy to describe her life as containing "no pets, no plants, no children."

Baby brokering piqued Delany's interest in film

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

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.

People in the News

Celebrities still slippery when it comes to their ages

People in the News

Evans promotes Crumley
ATHENS, Ga. -- Still in his first week as Georgia's new athletic director, Damon Evans already has hired a replacement to fill his old job.

Kornegay named women's golf assistant
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Marci Kornegay was named assistant women's golf coach at South Carolina on Tuesday.

Kornegay named women's golf assistant

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

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?

'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.

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.

Growing up can mean loss of old friends

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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.

Tour of Italy leaves lasting memories

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

Teenagers injured while removing gunpowder from shotgun shells

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