On Broadway, the shows and negotiations go on
NEW YORK -- The Broadway shows go on, and so do the labor talks between actors and theater producers.

Galleries

Galleries
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On Broadway, the shows and negotiations go on

Midseason picks no surprise

Midseason picks no surprise
CHICAGO - The envelope, please ... With the major league season almost halfway home, it's time to weigh in on the most outstanding performers and peer into the future Given the upside-down nature of baseball, not to mention the sometimes fuzzy reception on the Chicago Tribune's crystal ball, it's almost too easy to go on and on about things nobody expected.

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.

'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.

Mientkiewicz out after being hit by batting practice ball

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.

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.

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.

Spivey won't swear off headfirst slides
MILWAUKEE -- Junior Spivey's first headfirst slide, which landed him on the disabled list, won't necessarily be his last.

Pudge peeved over ejection

Tigers take a bite out of Yankees
NEW YORK -- The Detroit Tigers beat up New York pitching for the second time in three days, and left town with a series win over the Yankees for the first time in eight years.

Pudge peeved over ejection
NEW YORK -- Ivan Rodriguez felt badly for himself, his team and the people watching at home when he was ejected in the first inning of Detroit's 10-8 win over the New York Yankees on Wednesday.

Mientkiewicz out after being hit by batting practice ball
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz was scratched from Wednesday's lineup after he sustained a bruised left wrist when a ball hit him during batting practice.

Tigers bombard Yanks in Bronx

Martinez, Boston too much for A's
BOSTON - Pedro Martinez pitched seven strong innings to win his fifth consecutive decision, and the Boston Red Sox once again pounded Oakland, beating the Athletics 11-3 on Wednesday night.

Indians activate Bob Wickman; designate Jimenez for assignment

Tigers take a bite out of Yankees

'Edges' found in baseball

Martinez, Boston too much for A's

Saves streak over for Gagne

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.

Latest area births
Here is latest list of new arrivals for the local area.

Latest area births

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

Odds and Ends
JOSEPH, Ore. -- Dannie Eaves got busted for hauling some busts.

Newspaper publishes wrong running mate
NEW YORK -- The New York Post is reporting it right this time: John Edwards is the running mate of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.

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.

Braves finish Expos easily

Smoltz carries new perspective
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - At this point last year, Atlanta pitcher John Smoltz had 32 saves.

Braves finish Expos easily
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Bobby Cox called across the field during Monday's batting practice and congratulated Expos pitcher Livan Hernandez on being named to the National League All-Star team.

Smoltz carries new perspective

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

Service sector cools in June, but hiring is strong

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.

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.

U-Haul's trailer ban annoys owners of Ford Explorers

U-Haul's trailer ban annoys owners of Ford Explorers
It's been more than half a year since U-Haul decided to stop renting trailers to owners of Ford Explorers, and it doesn't appear the company is going to change its mind anytime soon.

GM, Ford heat up incentives battle
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. intensified their incentives battle Wednesday, dangling as much as $5,000 in cash for the purchase of some vehicles following disappointing sales in June.

Fed's Broaddus says factory jobs on the rise

Consumer confidence still growing, poll says
NEW YORK - Overall consumer confidence extended its recent string of gains last week, according to the latest ABC News/Money Magazine poll.

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.

Industry urges hands-off approach for Internet voice calls
WASHINGTON -- Heavy regulation of phone calls made over the Internet would crimp innovation and stifle investment in the new technology, industry officials told Congress on Wednesday.

Boeing says two European carriers to buy 10 7E7s Dreamliners

Russia executes order for Yukos to pay huge back taxes bill
MOSCOW -- The Russian government set in motion Wednesday its order for the Yukos oil company to pay $3.4 billion in back taxes, the Interfax news agency reported.

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.

Boeing says two European carriers to buy 10 7E7s Dreamliners
SEATTLE -- Two air charter carriers, Blue Panorama of Italy and First Choice Airways of the United Kingdom, are the first in Europe that plan to buy The Boeing Co.'s new 7E7 Dreamliner passenger jets, the company said Wednesday.

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.

Russian Central Bank tries to reassure country
MOSCOW -- Russia's Central Bank chief moved to reassure the country on Wednesday that its banking sector was sound, and a major state-owned bank stepped in to rescue the largest casualty yet, the troubled Guta Bank.

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.

Former Enron chairman charged under sealed indictment
HOUSTON -- Former Enron Corp. chairman and CEO Kenneth Lay has been indicted on criminal charges related to the energy company's collapse as a web of accounting schemes unraveled, sources close to the case told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Economy at midyear on track for best growth in two decades

Iraqi oil exports back to normal after southern pipeline repaired
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Oil exports from southern Iraq rebounded to 1.8 million barrels a day Wednesday after repairs were completed on a pipeline damaged by sabotage, an official with the South Oil Co. said.

Economic institute raises forecast for German economy

Business briefs
SAN FRANCISCO - Business software maker PeopleSoft Inc. blamed rival Oracle Corp.'s $7.7 billion takeover attempt for weakening its second-quarter profit, a development that could help make Oracle's hostile offer become even more appealing.

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

Bobby Jones Ford will shut body shop

Business briefs

Dell offers Linux-loaded PCs in Europe

Industry urges hands-off approach for Internet voice calls

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.

Iraqi oil exports back to normal after southern pipeline repaired

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.

Former Enron chairman charged under sealed indictment

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.

Russia executes order for Yukos to pay huge back taxes bill

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.

Consumer confidence still growing, poll says

Russian Central Bank tries to reassure country

Former Clemson receiver finds his niche as a trainer
GREENVILLE, S.C. - When Sugar Ray Leonard, Sylvester Stallone and others who are developing the new NBC reality boxing series The Contender asked Ray Leonard Jr. to become part of the show, the son of the former boxing great was pleased.

Welp named to Clemson staff
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Alex Welp, an Ohio high school assistant coach, was named Clemson's graduate assistant men's basketball coach on Wednesday.

Former Clemson receiver finds his niche as a trainer

UT set to outsource merchandise sales to retailer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee athletic department has decided to get out of the retail business and hand over sales of apparel, souvenirs and other merchandise to an outside company.

Top Miami football recruit gets three years' probation

Suspended Ohio State football player enrolls at Youngstown State

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.

Suspended Ohio State football player enrolls at Youngstown State
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Former Ohio State tight end Louis Irizarry enrolled at Youngstown State, but apparently has no immediate plans to play football.

UT set to outsource merchandise sales to retailer

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.

Vigilantes: good or bad?
The emergence of vigilantism in Iraq may not be an encouraging harbinger of peace. But given the nation's history of tribal rivalries, it's not a surprise either. Perhaps it's even inevitable.

An airport problem
The unhappy experience Leo Vazquez had recently at Augusta Regional Airport is what turns people off from using the airport.

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

Vigilantes: good or bad?

Impact in space
In a few years, there may be as many things floating in cyberspace as there are in outer space.

An airport problem

Impact in space

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.

A demagogue for veep

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:

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

Kenny Rogers is the father of twins born in Atlanta
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Singer Kenny Rogers and his wife, Wanda, are the parents of identical twin boys.

Brando delivered his tough-guy roles with emotional complexity
I think Marlon Brando, who died last week, is a lot like a first kiss or a national tragedy. He's one of those actors that film fans are always able to recall the first time they saw him, playing the dark don of a crime family or a battle-crazed colonel holed up at the end of the world or a punch-drunk fighter soured by broken dreams.

Agent: Star Trek's 'Scotty' diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease
SEATTLE -- James M. Doohan, the actor who played Scotty on the '60s "Star Trek" TV series, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, his agent confirmed Tuesday.

Madonna imitation could win hotel stay and concert tickets
Who wouldn't want to be Madonna?

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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
NEW YORK -- Out of "sensitivity to their current situation," the "got milk?" magazine ads featuring twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have been retracted.

The top five list
Here are the top five TV shows, movies, music, concerts and video sales.

Open tab
Do you love the nightlife? Do you want to boogie? Here's a rundown of events at Augusta area clubs.

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

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

On the road
The 20th Annual Appalachian Summer Festival, which began last weekend and continues through the end of July, features performances this week by Robin and Linda Williams, the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, PDQ Bach, Hubbard Street Dance and the APPropos vocal ensemble. For more information and tickets, call (800) 841-2787.

Marlon Brando cremated after private memorial
LOS ANGELES -- Marlon Brando was cremated after a private memorial service attended by a small group of family members and friends, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Profit at consulting firm Accenture rises amid economic upswing
NEW YORK (Dow Jones/AP) - Accenture Ltd., the world's largest management and technology consulting company, Wednesday said profit for its latest quarter surged 59 percent, helped by an economic recovery in many parts of the world.

Rates fall in Treasury bill auction

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.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar down against yen

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.

PeopleSoft shares fall on lowered outlook
NEW YORK - PeopleSoft Inc. shares reached a 52-week low Wednesday after the software maker warned its second-quarter earnings and revenue would fall short of its expectations.

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.

Crude futures rise amid supply worries

Tokyo stock index falls for third straight trading day

Quickest boost of Medicare drug card enrollment said to hurt competition

Stocks climb on bargain hunting
NEW YORK -- Wall Street reversed a three-day slide Wednesday as investors returned to the market in search of bargains, shrugging off high-tech profit warnings and an analyst downgrade of Internet stocks.

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.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks fell for the fourth straight session Wednesday in selling triggered by Wall Street's declines and worries about parliamentary elections this weekend. The U.S. dollar was lower against the Japanese yen.

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

PeopleSoft shares fall on lowered outlook

SEC probes 401(k) plans

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.

Grubbin'
THE EATERY: The American Cafe, 3450 Wrightsboro Road WHAT'S THERE: American cuisine with special dishes inspired by other cultures

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.

Report: Kim Jong Il introduces hamburgers to North Korea

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.

Report: Kim Jong Il introduces hamburgers to North Korea
SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has introduced hamburgers to his reclusive, communist country in a campaign to provide "quality" food to university students, media reported Wednesday.

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

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

Frustrated Daniel contemplating retirement if play doesn't improve

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.

Second isn't as sweet for Swede

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.

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.

Frustrated Daniel contemplating retirement if play doesn't improve
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario -- Beth Daniel has far greater concerns than defending her title at the Canadian Women's Open this week.

Coyotes sign O'Donnell to three-year deal

Phoenix sends defenseman to Columbus

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.

Bruins re-sign defenseman Ian Moran

Avs hire Quenneville as coach, demote Granato
DENVER -- Joel Quenneville was hired Wednesday to coach the Colorado Avalanche, replacing Tony Granato, who will become his assistant.

Wild sign free-agent defenseman

At 39, can Hasek still dominate?

Avs hire Quenneville as coach, demote Granato

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.

Wild sign free-agent defenseman
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Free-agent defenseman Raymond Giroux signed a contract Wednesday with the Minnesota Wild.

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.

Bruins re-sign defenseman Ian Moran
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins re-signed defenseman Ian Moran to a two-year contract Wednesday.

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.

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

We must regain spiritual center

Event's ban on dogs is unfair
I am writing to share my negative experience at the Riverwalk on Sunday evening. My family, including our toy poodle, drove from Evans to downtown Augusta to view the fireworks display. I was informed by a member of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office that I couldn't bring the dog to the upper and lower Riverwalk area, but could stay at the main square. Bob Young walked past me and didn't say a word about my poodle in the square, yet three police officers walked up to me minutes later and said I would have to leave the Eighth to 15th Street vicinity because of the dog. Renee Carmichael Evans

We must regain spiritual center
Since we are living in one of the most perilous times in history, and energies are so dangerously low, I feel compelled to put out a plea for more spiritual transcendence than we ever seem to get. I know it exists, and pray that it shows up more so that this world can regain some balance and hope. Barbara Grear Augusta

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

'Sovereignty' is poor joke in Iraq

Moore has the facts, but editorial did not
How ironic that your editorial staff is eager to offer its negative opinion of Michael Moore without providing facts ("Please, no Moore," July 2). It seems that he is guilty only of having an opinion based on facts. Diane K. Smith Hephzibah

Moretz offers leadership, values

Moore has the facts, but editorial did not

Moretz offers leadership, values
In the upcoming election, David Moretz offers proven leadership for our Augusta Commission. Lewis A. Newman 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

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

Fragrance makers hook up with Hollywood stars

Rock City... and all its trails, caverns and gnomes

Three nose-it-alls are behind Estee Lauder's fragrance lineup

Parents urged to get involved to combat childhood obesity

Chanel: a symphony in black and white on display in Paris

Study finds loud noise, stress may prompt women to eat

New crop of seasonal fragrances is floral and fruity

One-tank trips: Myrtle Beach

UN aims to bring spam under control within two years

Three nose-it-alls are behind Estee Lauder's fragrance lineup
NEW YORK -- The nose knows. Actually at Estee Lauder, one of the world's largest beauty companies, there are three fine-tuned noses that make or break huge perfume launches.

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.

New crop of seasonal fragrances is floral and fruity
NEW YORK -- Many people already divide their wardrobes into categories of "day" and "night," and it seems as if they may start doing the same with their fragrances.

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.

Rock City... and all its trails, caverns and gnomes
For many, Rock City, the natural wonder-cum-tourist mecca perched atop Lookout Mountain in Tennessee, is little more than a faded name painted across a barn roof (Rock City advertising was, at one time, bartered for free barn paintings) or an RV bumper stick, emblazoned with the simple command "See Rock City."

Fragrance makers hook up with Hollywood stars
NEW YORK - The latest trend in fragrances isn't about seductive scents or eye-catching bottles. It's all about the Hollywood star connection.

Chanel: a symphony in black and white on display in Paris
PARIS -- Karl Lagerfeld's fall haute couture show for Chanel was a lovely symphony in black and white, plus a few muted tans and browns. These were gracious clothes that ladies love to buy and wear.

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.

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.

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.

One-tank trips: Myrtle Beach
It takes time to come to terms with the tackiness of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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.

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.

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.

Four get reduced charges in beating

Lynx could get costs covered

Across Georgia
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE - Air Force authorities have identified a suspect arrested Monday evening in the deaths of a senior airman and his wife.

Christian group surveys judges

Report shows flaws in bidding
ATLANTA - More than three-quarters of state contracts reviewed by the state auditor's office were not competitively bid before they were awarded, according to a report by the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts. About 250 of those contracts were exempt from competitive bidding because they are agreements between two agencies, the survey found.

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.

Across the area
An Augusta woman was the victim of a purse snatching Tuesday evening while she was shopping at a west Augusta bookstore.

Report shows flaws in bidding

Mold sends Sanford to pool house
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford is known for pinching pennies, and he's not about to waste any just because a hazardous mold temporarily displaced his family from the Governor's Mansion.

Farmers can receive disaster loan

Suspect in theft also is wanted in assault
A man accused Wednesday of trying to rob a woman on a west Augusta road is suspected in the sexual assault and robbery of a woman in Burke County, police said.

Junk automobiles drive county to arrest man

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Mia Nicole Brewster, 3, of Augusta.

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.

Evicted tenants can lose claim to goods
Thanks to a new state law, anyone evicted from their house or apartment might have a difficult time tracking down personal property removed from their dwelling.

Parolee is charged in weekend beating

Rants and raves
PLEASE, dog owners, be considerate of your neighbors and bring your pet inside if it barks constantly. Although my pet spends time outside, if he is disturbed by something and continues to bark, I bring him in. This just seems like the considerate thing to do, especially early in the morning or late at night.

Across the Southeast

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?

Mold sends Sanford to pool house

Walker lawyers seek dismissal

Kicking gold out of class?

Edwards might help swing states

Evicted tenants can lose claim to goods

Low-carb diet could be causing peach glut

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.

Kid of the day

300 hunters can snap at chance to bag a gator

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

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
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?

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.

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.

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.

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

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A Great Falls reserve police officer was arrested Wednesday after authorities said he beat up a man who was repossessing a vehicle.

Edwards might help swing states
SAVANNAH, Ga. - If John Kerry has a chance in Georgia, then putting John Edwards on his ticket gives him a better one.

Farmers can receive disaster loan
AIKEN - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering emergency loans for area farmers whose crops were hit hard by excessively wet weather last year.

Campaign statement reveals sheriff's credit card number

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.

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.

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.

Suspect in theft also is wanted in assault

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.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss confirms he has prostate cancer

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.

Kid of the day

SRS will preserve Cold War history
AIKEN - Department of Energy officials and history buffs who want to preserve Cold War history at Savannah River Site have agreed to spare significant buildings, documents and artifacts at the nuclear reservation, according to an agreement all sides plan to sign today.

Shooting rekindles residents' concerns

Low-carb diet could be causing peach glut
AIKEN - South Carolina and Georgia peach growers are at the height of packing bumper crops of some of the sweetest, juiciest fruit they've ever produced.

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Campaign statement reveals sheriff's credit card number
Been eyeing those expensive shoes for the weekend? Perhaps some shiny, new golf clubs?

Across the area

Across the Southeast
RICHMOND, Va. - Workers across Virginia have been telling their bosses they want Sundays off after learning of a legislative mistake that resurrected a "day-of-rest" law for all employees.

Five seek impact on utilities

Athens adopts partial block
ATHENS, Ga. - Restaurant and bar patrons in Athens will be guaranteed smoke-free air until 11 each night, when ashtrays will hit the table and bar for late-night crowds.

Across South Carolina

Shooting rekindles residents' concerns
On Wednesday afternoon, Randolph Wade Jr. still hadn't heard anything about a shooting Tuesday night in his Barton Village subdivision.

Edgefield debates plan for crumbling building

Public sector faces shortage of nurses

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.

Company offers deal for meal deliveries

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.

Secretary is accused in fraud

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.

Kicking gold out of class?
Tired of fashion distractions, school administrators in Richmond County will ask the school board tonight to ban pupils from wearing gold teeth, sagging pants, excessively large belt buckles and clothing that appears to be gang-related.

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.

Switch leaves seniors unfed
Mamie Morris usually eats only one meal a day.

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

Walker lawyers seek dismissal
Attorneys for former state Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker have asked a court to dismiss the 142-count federal indictment against their client, his businesses and his daughter Monique Walker-Hill on grounds it denies the defendants their right to due process.

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.

Few use shelters to get out of heat

Aiken legislative worker arrested

Authorities investigate shooting

ASU ready to open entry

Sen. Saxby Chambliss confirms he has prostate cancer
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss has prostate cancer but is expected to make a full recovery, he confirmed Thursday.

Georgia voter turnout usually is low

Rants and raves
PLEASE, dog owners, be considerate of your neighbors and bring your pet inside if it barks constantly. Although my pet spends time outside, if he is disturbed by something and continues to bark, I bring him in. This just seems like the considerate thing to do, especially early in the morning or late at night.

SRS will preserve Cold War history

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Four get reduced charges in beating
Four men accused by police in an October beating and robbery were sentenced to jail after pleading no contest to lesser misdemeanor charges Wednesday.

Switch leaves seniors unfed

GMC coach has found the right balance
MACON, Ga. - Bert Williams didn't have to look far around the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame function room Wednesday to see the fruits of his labors.

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

'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'

Mini reviews

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Experimental group lets three friends make music together

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Experimental group lets three friends make music together
Part supergroup and part science experiment, the North Carolina Americana act Tres Chicas is a three-headed tribute to good chemistry.

Hot ticket
THE ACT: Mary Chapin Carpenter WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

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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.

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

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.

Sonic spotlight
NAME: John Donnelly AGE: 53 HOMETOWN: Bettendorf, Iowa. Moved to Augusta in 1994 via Virginia, then Germany, then Virginia

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Reverend Horton Heat keeps its faith with uplifting new album 'Revival'

Reverend Horton Heat keeps its faith with uplifting new album 'Revival'
Jaunty, upbeat and majestically irreverent, Reverend Horton Heat has always been a welcome distraction from the gloom and doom normally associated with the same alternative college radio crowd that has supported it for more than a decade.

Dollars shift gears of success
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Mike Wallace struggled to find the words that described his victory Friday night in the Busch Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Gordon a threat for fifth championship

Champ Car adds September race to schedule

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.

Richmond track offers fans a haven from rowdy drinkers

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.

NASCAR newsmaker Richard Petty
Saturday's race at Daytona International Speedway marked the 20th anniversary of Richard Petty's 200th, and final, victory on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series circuit. President Ronald Reagan was in the stands when Petty beat Cale Yarborough by a couple feet racing back to the caution flag with two laps to go.

Dollars shift gears of success

Drivers trying to flag down changes

Richmond track offers fans a haven from rowdy drinkers
RICHMOND, Va. -- When Mark Spangenberg goes to the track with his wife and teenage daughter, he'd rather not be near the tailgate parties and rowdy drinkers.

Johnson top driver in second quarter balloting

Johnson top driver in second quarter balloting
Jimmie Johnson was the runaway winner in second-quarter balloting for driver of the year.

Rice and Rahal Letterman: a winning combination
Bobby Rahal and David Letterman needed a driver. Buddy Rice needed a ride.

Gordon a threat for fifth championship
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In any other season, Jeff Gordon would be a long shot to win the championship.

Drivers trying to flag down changes
JOLIET, Ill. - With declining television ratings and rising discontent among fans, NASCAR is expected to change its rules to guarantee a green flag finish on the Nextel Cup Series.

Champ Car adds September race to schedule
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The Champ Car World Series added a Sept. 25 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to its 2004 schedule.

Fans try to save Pee Dee raceway

NASCAR newsmaker Richard Petty

Rice and Rahal Letterman: a winning combination

Raptors sign Rafer Alston
TORONTO -- Free agent point guard Rafer Alston signed a six-year contract worth up to $30 million with the Toronto Raptors, his agent said Wednesday.

Warriors sign first-round pick Biedrins

Thorpe shoots for third title on Champions Tour

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.

Hawks to announce Woodson as new coach

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.

Media urges court to OK publication of Bryant case transcripts
DENVER -- The media asked the Colorado Supreme Court on Wednesday to clear the way for publication of closed-door hearing details in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case, saying fair trial and privacy rights do not trump the First Amendment.

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.

Pacers sign top draft pick Harrison

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.

Death threats found at house of Magic GM
ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando Magic general manager John Weisbrod reportedly received written death threats at his home about trading two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady.

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

Tomjanovich offered Lakers job

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.

Hawks to announce Woodson as new coach
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks have scheduled a news conference for Thursday afternoon to announce Mike Woodson as the team's new head coach.

Magic sign No. 1 draft pick Howard to three-year contract

Thorpe shoots for third title on Champions Tour
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Jim Thorpe is one of four two-time winners on the Champions Tour this year.

Death threats found at house of Magic GM

Lakers expected to hire Rudy Tomjanovich

Martin visits Nuggets, plans meetings with Jazz, Hawks
DENVER -- New Jersey forward Kenyon Martin, one of the NBA's most sought-after free agents, met with the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday but said he wants stay with the Nets.

Media urges court to OK publication of Bryant case transcripts

Lakers expected to hire Rudy Tomjanovich
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Lakers remained without a coach late Wednesday, but the hiring of Rudy Tomjanovich appeared imminent.

Raptors sign Rafer Alston

Magic sign No. 1 draft pick Howard to three-year contract
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Top overall draft pick Dwight Howard signed a three-year contract with the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.

Warriors sign first-round pick Biedrins
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors signed first-round draft pick Andris Biedrins on Wednesday.

Nets place Gill on waivers

Woodson accepts offer from Hawks

Hornets get top pick Smith under contract

Pacers sign top draft pick Harrison
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Pacers signed first-round draft pick David Harrison on Wednesday.

Krzyzewski touched by student's e-mail

Williams tells Lakers he's not interested in job

Patriots release cornerback Smith

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Phelps glides to record
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Michael Phelps began his quest for Olympic history with a world record.

First Bulgarian astronaut carries Olympic torch
SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Georgi Ivanov, Bulgaria's first astronaut, opened the Olympic torch relay Wednesday in the capital of Greece's northern neighbor.

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'

WADA wants more information on cycling investigation
CANBERRA, Australia -- The World Anti-Doping Agency wants more information on the drug-use investigation of five Australian cyclists.

Long jump champion to miss Olympics

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.

First Bulgarian astronaut carries Olympic torch

Swimmers take different approaches to making U.S. team
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Michael Phelps and Natalie Coughlin are expected to emerge as major swimming stars in the Athens Olympics. They're taking different approaches to getting there.

Olympic torch visits Istanbul

Long jump champion to miss Olympics
KARLSRUHE, Germany -- Two-time Olympic long jump champion Heike Drechsler will skip the Athens Olympics because she is unhappy with her results.

Swimmers take different approaches to making U.S. team

Young talent brings hope
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A new generation of talent will be on display at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials that begin Friday.

WADA wants more information on cycling investigation

Phelps glides to record

Athens hotel workers stage 24-hour strike for bonuses

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.

Olympic torch visits Istanbul
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Mehmet Okur, who recently agreed to terms with the Utah Jazz, carried the Olympic torch in his native Turkey on Tuesday.

Hotel workers in Athens strike for Olympic bonus
ATHENS, Greece -- Hotel workers in Athens staged a 24-hour strike Wednesday to demand Olympic bonuses for extra work during next month's games.

Athens hotel workers stage 24-hour strike for bonuses
ATHENS, Greece - Hotel workers in Athens staged a 24-hour strike Wednesday to demand Olympic bonuses for extra work during August's games.

Armstrong survives rough, bumpy Tour de France stage

Youth team earns a spot in nationals

Key Armstrong rival falters in Tour de France

Armstrong takes overall lead in Tour de France

Johnson, Sanchez win hurdles events

Uruguay and Mexico break even

Overtime

Area youths dive in for more than just a swim

Overtime

Area schools to renew rivalry this fall

More than a game

Armstrong gets his 60th jersey

More than a game
Frank Warren started playing Putt-Putt tournaments for the same reason as the novices who've been competing in Monday tournaments lately at Putt-Putt Golf & Games - for the fun of it.

Armstrong takes overall lead in Tour de France
ARRAS, France -- Lance Armstrong took the leader's yellow jersey Wednesday for the first time at this year's Tour de France, in one of the fastest team time trials in the race's history.

Area schools to renew rivalry this fall
Aquinas will play host to Richmond Academy in football again this fall. That's something.

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.

Uruguay and Mexico break even
CHICLAYO, Peru -- Defender Paul Montero put home a header off a corner kick in the 88th minute for undermanned Uruguay in a 2-2 tie with Mexico at Copa America.

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.

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.

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

Area youths dive in for more than just a swim
Grace Hudson shooed away stray thoughts of this weekend's All-Star meet from creeping into her cranium.

Youth team earns a spot in nationals
The Augusta Soccer Academy Elite Under-12 boys team is headed for a national tournament in Raleigh, N.C., on July 21.

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

Armstrong gets his 60th jersey
ARRAS, France - It's the jersey Lance Armstrong covets and works so hard for: garish yellow and awarded daily to the leader of the Tour de France.

Overtime
Former runner-up Jeff Knox heads a group of six area players in the Georgia Amateur Championship, which begins today at Athens Country Club.

Patriots release cornerback Smith
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots released cornerback Otis Smith on Wednesday, less than three months after re-signing the 14-year veteran.

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.

Artist brings Elvis to Imperial

Vatican in red for third year, but reduces deficit
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican reported a deficit for the third consecutive year Wednesday - about $11.8 million - but said it reduced the shortfall by nearly 30 percent from 2002 despite the costs for the Holy See's expanding diplomatic missions.

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.

Artist brings Elvis to Imperial
It's a good thing that Damon Hendrix's father left carnival life, else Mr. Hendrix today might still be selling cotton candy rather than being a popular Elvis tribute artist.

GMC coach has found the right balance

Gloom and doom never end for Kutcher in 'Butterfly'

Augusta promoters could profit from new, big acts

Boxed sets are classics

The dawning of 'Atlantis' expands 'Stargate' franchise

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."

The dawning of 'Atlantis' expands 'Stargate' franchise
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Brad Wright appears as weathered as the rugged Canadian landscape on this misty morning on the Bridge Studios lot.

Baby brokering piqued Delany's interest in film

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Kenny Rogers is the father of twins born in Atlanta

Agent: Star Trek's 'Scotty' diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease

Madonna imitation could win hotel stay and concert tickets

Brando delivered his tough-guy roles with emotional complexity

The top five list

Celebrities still slippery when it comes to their ages

Marlon Brando cremated after private memorial

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People in the News

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Applause calendar

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.

Gloom and doom never end for Kutcher in 'Butterfly'
If science fiction cinema has taught us anything, it's that time travelers should never, ever screw with the past.

Boxed sets are classics
Here's a look at some of the new releases in video and DVD:

Augusta promoters could profit from new, big acts
Augusta, I'm afraid, has a tendency to judge bookings by the cover.

Kornegay named women's golf assistant

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

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Teenagers injured while removing gunpowder from shotgun shells

Newspaper publishes wrong running mate

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